January 2016 Archives

wiz-wendu-kanye.jpgShe has been suspended before for taking aim at hip hop stars' sexuality but that did not stop her from going after one of the biggest rappers in the world... or his wife.

Wendy Williams jumped into Wiz Kahlifa and Amber Rose's corner in their battle against Kanye West on Thursday.

The controversial 51-year-old host initially seemed to be criticizing the rapper for his comments about Amber's stripper past and her not yet three-year-old son but quickly turned it into attack on the Yeezus star and his wife Kim Kardashian.

As part of her Hot Topics segment, the host brought up Kanye's comment that Wiz 'let a stripper trap' him but while defending Amber from so-called 's**t shaming', she did the same to Kim.

Wendy told her audience: 'The idea he's talking about Amber being a stripper, you're not saying about anything she hasn't admitted herself.

'As a matter of fact, Kanye, you're the one who gave this stripper her come-up. [As Amber and Kanye dated].

'And, by the way, we recall meeting your wife on her back.'

The talk show host was, of course, talking about Kim's sex tape with Ray J which was released in 2007 and put Kim in the pop cultural map.

But Wendy was not done there, inferring that Kanye is gay as Amber slammed in him in a rather crude comment referring to a sex act.

Amber wrote in Twitter during the epic social media battle: 'Are you mad I'm not around to play in ur a**hole?'

Wendy, who was previously suspended from her radio job for creating a list of rappers she thought were gay, said Kim should be embarrassed.

As her audience screamed and laughed, she said: 'I was telling you I was wasn't feeling so well this morning. I wasn't going to come to work but I realized this whole story had to be told as I'm the OG [original gangster] in this whole booty war.

'I'm not going to say anything about Kanye, what people do behind closed doors is their own business.

'[But] I'm embarrassed for Kim Kardashian. I'm not even going to call you West because clearly that is not a real marriage.

'Any time a man is fighting with another man and bringing up his ex, like why is Kanye still talking about Amber, what kind of respect, or lack there of, does he have about his new son, Saint, and his daughter?'

Despite saying she would not talk about it, Wendy continued to insinuate that Kim and Kanye's relationship was fraudulent and questioned his sexuality.

'I'm embarrassed for Kim but, Kim, I think you're more into the image of what it looks like to be married to what you think is a man than anything else. I'm embarrassed for you. This is shameful. That's number one.

'And, number two, oh, gosh, you know what I'm exhausted by? I'm exhausted because anybody who knows me from radio knows since 1990 I have been talking to you all about what goes on allegedly behind some men's [doors] and I have been suspended without pay, I've been left for dead on the turnpike, you all have thrown tomatoes at me.

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'This is nothing but the same broken record that Wendy has been talking about since forever. No judgment, just saying.'

Wendy's comments come as Amber also responded to her ex-boyfriend Kanye's comments about her and her son, whom Kanye even said he 'owned'.

On Wednesday, the 32-year-old pre-recorded an interview with Allegedly podcast - a preview of which was obtained by TMZ - and said:'I would never talk about kids in an argument, it just shows what type of person he is.

'Even him saying things about my son I still didn't say anything about his kids, they are innocent babies, you don't talk about a baby, ever, ever. That just shows how f**king ridiculous he is.

'The crazy thing is he came out with a song last week saying I had my son for a meal ticket and I didn't even say anything, I was just like ''he's a corn ball and I'm not saying s**t.''

'Listen don't talk about my kid, that's all I got to say, don't talk about my baby. I wouldn't have said anything if it was just between him and Wiz, that's two grown men hashing it out.

'Hashing it out that's their business, I would have kept it cute and minded my own business but don't bring in my baby, that's so corny.'

Asked if she was surprised Kanye decided to take his fight with Wiz to such a personal level and spoke about her son - who turns three next month - Amber responded: 'No because I know him, I know he is a f**king clown, I know him.'

And she certainly does because, as Amber reminded Kanye, they dated from 2008 till 2010.

'He gets on the internet today and says ''a stripper trapped you Wiz'' but like you took me around the world, we dated for like two years but you're talking s**t about Wiz and my baby.'

As she did this her estranged husband Wiz made sure to name check Kanye when he stepped out on stage in Argentina.

Wiz kicked off his song Taylor Gang by saying: 'You just wanna write s**t up? You just wanna talk s**t on the internet, huh?'

Then in half way through the track, as captured in a video by fan Nahu Marin, the 28-year-old yells: 'F**k Kanye!'

The feud began when Kanye announced he changed the name of his upcoming album to Waves, which Wiz took umbrage to as he felt it disrespected the legacy of rapper Max B, who was the founder of the Wave sound. He is currently serving 75 years in prison for a deadly armed robbery.

Wave and Wavy in Max B's world means influential or cool leading many to believe Kanye lifted the name on purpose - including Wiz.

While Kanye let Wiz's thoughts on the title initially slide after the See You again rapper tweeted something with 'KK,' in it, Kanye thought he was talking about Kim Kardashian and unleashed - despite it actually being a reference to marijuana.

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In true Kanye style, he came up with 17 reasons why Wiz needs to know his place, including insulting Amber; claiming to own their son Sebastian as well as accusing him of stealing his style from rapper and Kanye protege Kid Cudi.

Kanye did however, praise Wiz for his ability to rock skinny jeans whilst claiming to have blazed the fashion path for the slender rapper to do so.

Kanye's epic rant aimed at Wiz including strong words like: 'You let a stripper trap you.'

'I know you mad every time you look at your child that this girl got you for 18 years [making reference to his big hit Gold Digger].

'You wouldn't have a child if it wasn't for me. Your own Waves? I own your child!'





Reggae Sumfest 2017

'I was not beaten,' says Shebada

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shebada-beautiful.jpgComedian and actor Keith 'Shebada' Ramsey flatly denies being dragged out of a nightclub in New York and beaten.

"Nothing like dat neva gwaan, so how mi nuh fi alright," he said. "I don't know where that story came from, but I'm good."

The story alleges that the actor was dragged out of a nightclub in New York and beaten by armed thugs. The story also claims that the beating took place after the men found out that the actor was a man and had been mistaken for a woman earlier. The article added that Shebada is now in bad physical condition after the altercation.

However, he refuted the allegations.

"When mi see it first, me just smile cause mi a say a weh dem people yah a get dem news," he said. "I have not travelled since October, I have been in the island since."

Though the story reports that Shebada was left in a bad physical condition after the alleged beating, the comedian maintains he is perfectly fine.





kaya-george-firehouse-crew.jpgAmsterdam-based reggae singer Kaya, who has been journeying to Jamaica for several years, joins the Firehouse Crew tomorrow for a special single and video launch, along with a free concert at the Sweet Calabash Restaurant on Kensington Crescent in Kingston.

The single, Live On Natty Dread, is a collab with veteran singer Macka B. As Kaya explained, the song is a tribute to reggae icon Bob Marley and it is also the first single from Kaya and The Firehouse Crew's upcoming album.

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Kaya, who is managed by Tony Owens - the Jamaican who at one point managed English reggae group Musical Youth (Pass The Dutchie) - is looking forward to his first official launch in Jamaica.

"We will have the launch for media and special guests at 7 p.m., followed by the free concert with artistes including Sizzla, Luciano, Lukie D, Andy Livingston, Bryhan Art and others, starting at 9 p.m. I really appreciate the fact that these singers have been so willing to join me and the Firehouse Crew for what will be a grand musical celebration with family, friends and fans," Kaya declared.

Members of the Firehouse Crew are also in high spirits and stated that the concert will serve as a launch pad for their upcoming tour of Europe.

Carlos Lopez, better known as Kaya the African Herbsman, was born in Mindelo City on the island of St. Vincente in Cape Verde, West Africa. A singer, songwriter. producer and musical arranger. Kaya possesses a very distinctive vocal range and style that compares favourably to that of a few notable Jamaican reggae legends.

CAPTION: Kaya, right, and George from the Firehouse Crew





Zika Virus could affect Olympics in Rio

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zika-virus-photo-2.jpgRIO DE JANEIRO - With about 500,000 people expected to visit Brazil for the Olympics here this year, researchers are scrambling to figure how much of a risk the Games might pose in spreading the Zika virus around the world.

Infectious disease specialists are particularly focused on the potential for Zika to spread to the United States. As many as 200,000 Americans are expected to travel to Rio de Janeiro for the Olympics in August. When they return to the Northern Hemisphere and its summer heat, far more mosquitoes will be around to potentially transmit the virus in the United States.

Brazilian researchers believe that Zika, which has been linked to severe birth defects, came to their country during another major sports event - the 2014 World Cup - when hundreds of thousands of visitors flowed into Brazil. Virus trackers here say that the strain raging in Brazil probably came from Polynesia, where an outbreak was rattling small islands around the Pacific.

As many as 1.5 million people are believed to have contracted the virus in Brazil since then, and the authorities are now investigating thousands of reported cases of babies being born recently with brain damage and abnormally small heads. Zika has spread to more than 20 nations and territories in the Western Hemisphere, according to the World Health Organization, illustrating how quickly the epidemic can expand even without a big international gathering.

By itself, the virus is not normally life-threatening, and most people who become infected have no symptoms at all.

The big question is whether Zika is responsible for the huge increase in birth defects reported by doctors, hospitals and other medical officials in Brazil over the last few months. That connection has still not been proved.

"There is more and more concern that there may be a causal relationship, but a lot of the work so far is to rule out other possible causes," Dr. Bruce Aylward, an assistant director general at the World Health Organization, said on Thursday, adding that it might take six to nine months to know for sure.

Asked whether the W.H.O. would advise people not to travel to Brazil for the Olympics, he replied: "I would think that would be very, very unlikely."

American officials in the United States said Thursday that there was little likelihood of a Zika outbreak in the United States, adding that the country's long history of mosquito control efforts had curbed other mosquito-borne diseases, like dengue or chikungunya, in the past.

But because the virus can be carried in a person's blood to a new country, then passed to others by mosquito bites, researchers are trying to determine whether a big global event like the Olympics could add to the global transmission of the disease.

"Infected travelers departing from Brazil are expected to return to regions that have the potential to sustain transmission," said Moritz Kraemer, a scholar at Oxford University who researches the global spread of viruses, emphasizing that many travelers would return to their home countries during the summer. "So the international spread of the virus might increase substantially due to higher activity of mosquitoes."

Using worldwide temperature profiles and air travel routes, Mr. Kraemer and other researchers found that more than 60 percent of the population of the United States lives in areas where Zika can be transmitted during the Northern Hemisphere's summer, when the Games will be held. A much smaller number, about 23 million people, live in parts of the United States where Zika can be transmitted year-round, like Florida and Texas, the researchers found.





selector-crushed-by-bus-master-j-stewart.jpgA family is mourning the untimely deaths of two brothers who lost their lives tragically three days apart.

Popular selector Sanjay Stewart Grey a.k.a Master J, died in Spanish Town after being crushed by a bus. His brother died tragically three days ago at an ill-fated dance where a gun salute during the dance went wrong..

"Mi feel it for the family, a mother lost two sons in the space of three days. Mi hear say Master J and his bredda reach the dance, and inna one corner, and five minutes later, the gun salute, the bredda dead, and now this. All when yu think your burden ah the heaviest, other people have it tougher. Mi feel this one," a family friend is reported as saying.

Master J is described as "a good youth".

"Mi feel it say him drop out so tragically. Him play ah nuff uptown parties, him ting a pick up, last week Thursday, mi see him shell down Early Thursdays at Link Sports Bar, he had a bright future ahead of him," the friend continued.

The selector had reportedly been waiting in a bus at the Spanish Town terminus, but grew impatient as the bus took a long time to 'load' and make its full quota so that it could be on its way. The man saw another bus in the Spanish Town square, and that bus was in the process of leaving, so he decided to exit and attempted to hop onto the moving bus, but lost his footing and fell. The bus ran over him.

He later succumbed to his injuries in the Spanish Town, and was pronounced dead while undergoing treatment.





The Avenja is ready

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avenja.jpgDescribing himself as a "late bloomer", rising artiste Avenja is ready, willing and able to put in the work required to enable him to scoop out a healthy portion of the reggae music pie.

Based in South Florida, where he holds down a full-time job as a banqueting captain, Avenja still manages to devote his every waking moment to all things musical. He has been hard at work in the studio and recently released two singles which show his versatility as an artiste and also his musical influences.

Produced by Roots Rock International, a relatively new outfit, the songs are Yeah Yeah, a thrilling '80s style reggae/dancehall offering, and Pop Dung, which is strictly dancehall.

Yeah Yeah, which is the song being given the greater emphasis by his team, has been receiving moderate play and much positive feedback from disc jocks, fellow artistes and casual listeners. It will be officially premiered on Jamaican radio this week, and the accompanying music video has already been shot and is now in the editing stage.

According to Avenja, born Conrad Palmer, he is quite happy at the progress being made in his career, especially since he now gets to spend more time in Jamaica. He noted that he chose to do the video shoot in Jamaica, not only to authenticate the single, but also to revel in his roots, culture and heritage.

With the release of the singles and the music video, Avenja is rubbing his hands in anticipation of performing the songs live on stage. "It doesn't matter if it's a big stage, a small stage or a little thing pon the cawna, I am ready for them," he vowed.





Gospel stalwarts inducted in Hall of Fame

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gospel-hall-of-fame-noel-willis-grace-thrillers.jpgNoel Willis, founder of the Grace Thrillers; Reverend Delroy West; Reverend Ezekiel Cash; Tony Young; Lieutenant Stitchie; and Reverend Norman Lewin were offically inducted into the Gospel Hall of Fame, at a ceremony held in Spanish Town recently

The Love Gospel International Awards Ceremony in its 23rd staging acknowledged the gospel ministers for their work done locally and abroad.

Outreach President Bishop J.O Baker said that the lack of recognition within the gospel fraternity encouraged him to start the outreach as a means of giving back.

"Some of the world's most gifted talents come out of Jamaica. These gospel acts have been obedient in spreading the word in the highways and the byways. We give them the recognition they deserve for spreading the gospel," he said.





lanmine.jpgUpcoming entertainer Lanmine was forced to abort a flight to Antigua on Thursday because his over 56 piercings on his face posed a security threat.

Reports are that the new artist triggered the metal detectors at the Norman Manley International airport with his metallic facial body jewelry. The entertainer was told that he could gain access if he removed the jewellery from his face.

But according to Lanmine, to remove 56 piercings from his face at that point was not possible so he accepted the loss.

Lanmine was expected to do a promotional gig in Antigua that was organized by his management team.





zika-virus.jpgThe Ministry of Education has designated Friday, February 5 as a National Clean-Up Day to facilitate vector control activities in schools in light of the threat of the Zika Virus.

The Ministry is calling for parents and other persons to participate in the school clean-up through PTA's and community groups.

Activities will also include the sensitisation of parents and members of the community on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the Zika Virus.

This includes removing or cleaning possible breeding sites once per week and ensuring stored water is properly covered.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) predicts three to four million people could be infected with the Zika virus in the Americas this year.

WHO Director General, Dr Margaret Chan, in a briefing yesterday said Zika had gone from a mild threat to one of alarming proportions.

The WHO will meet on Monday to decide whether Zika should be treated as a global emergency.

The last time an international emergency was declared was for the Ebola outbreak in West Africa which killed more than 11 thousand people.





Claudette Kemp to host birthday bash on February 6

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claudette-kemp.jpgOn February 6, her birthday. Ckaudette Kemp, manager of the Prophet, Capleton,Kemp will take the spotlight at her birthday bash and concert celebratingher 36th year in the music business.

The show will be held at Spego's Place, off Mandela Highway.

An impressive line-up of acts including Capleton, Luciano and Iba Mahr will salute Kemp, a former insurance industry executive who made her entertainment industry debut in 1980 as manager of singer Keith Poppin's Popular Song Contest campaign.

"We started out planning it as a birthday show, but I realised I've reached the four 9s in the music business. That's 36 years, so we decided to make it a celebration," Kemp said.

For the past 15 years, she has managed Capleton, one of dancehall's most flamboyant figures. According to Kemp, he first approached her to be his manager in 1994 but she declined. She had a change of heart when he came calling again six years later.

"I've watched him mature and grow as an artiste and as a professional. I've had the opportunity to travel the world with him, and that's a high point for me," she said.

The Kingston-born Kemp was working at the Dyoll insurance company in 1980 when Poppin suggested she produce his song for the Popular Song Contest that year.

"I didn't know a thing about producing, but he said, 'Yuh can do it! Jus' get some musician'. And I did."

Poppin's song, Jamdown Festival, was released on Peter Tosh's Intel Diplo label. It had an all-star cast: saxophonist Dean Fraser (who also arranged it); trumpeter David Madden, trombonist Nambo Robinson, and guitarists Willie Lindo and Winston 'Bo Pee' Bowen.

Stanley and the Turbines' Come Sing With Me won the contest, but Kemp decided to stay with the business. She managed Hammond for 11 years before assuming the reins for Capleton.





zika-virus.jpgThe Ministry of Education has designated Friday, February 5 as a National Clean-Up Day to facilitate vector control activities in schools in light of the threat of the Zika Virus.

The Ministry is calling for parents and other persons to participate in the school clean-up through PTA's and community groups.

Activities will also include the sensitisation of parents and members of the community on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the Zika Virus.

This includes removing or cleaning possible breeding sites once per week and ensuring stored water is properly covered.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) predicts three to four million people could be infected with the Zika virus in the Americas this year.

WHO Director General, Dr Margaret Chan, in a briefing yesterday said Zika had gone from a mild threat to one of alarming proportions.

The WHO will meet on Monday to decide whether Zika should be treated as a global emergency.

The last time an international emergency was declared was for the Ebola outbreak in West Africa which killed more than 11 thousand people.





aj-nicholson-photo-1.jpgHaving made what was admitted to have been a crude joke about 'flexi-rape' during debate on the flexi-work week bill that was before the Senate some time ago, Minister of Foreign Affairs, AJ Nicholson has again come under fire for inquiring whether the Auditor General, Pamela Munroe-Ellis, was in the bathroom when she received an update on a 2013 project.

Interestingly, last year, Nicholson made a public issue about whether a female member of the Senate Marlene Malahoo-Forte had gone to the bathroom when she was required by the Senate President.

On Friday, leader of Opposition Business in the Upper House, Tom Tavares-Finson, led the charge in reading into the record an email that Nicholson sent to all 21 members of the Senate last week and demanded, Nicholson, to apologise for Senate President, Floyd Morris, sought to stop Tavares Finson when the latter insisted that Minister Nicholson should apologise for the insulting statement about the Auditor General.

Despite Morris' objection, Tavares Finson demanded that Nicholson tell the Senate why he made the bathroom reference in the note about Munroe-Ellis.

It was also revealed in the sitting, that fellow Government Senator, Lambert Brown, had cautioned Nicholson during the email exchange following the initial correspondence, that Nicholson had sent his inquiry to all 21 senators, including the Opposition members. That was apparently viewed by the Opposition members as conformation that Brown had noted some degree of indiscretion in Nicholson's statement.

Senator Montague posed a relevant question when he asked Senator Nicholson how he speaks of Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller when the PM is out of earshot.

Nicholson refused to apologise or even comment on the matter.





Missing Sav-la-mar baby found in St Elizabeth

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The six month old baby who was reported missing in Savanna la mar, Westmoreland on Monday has been found alive in St Elizabeth.

A Sergeant attached to the Maggotty police tsaid the child was found Thursday night with his grand-aunt.

The woman is in police custody. The child is to be taken to the Black River Hospital for observation, after which he will be handed over to the Savanna la mar police.

According to the police, the woman tried to present the child as her own.

Earlier this week the Savanna-la-mar Police launched a hunt for the woman.

The child's mother, who lives in May Pen, Clarendon, said she spent the weekend with her aunt and could not find her son when she was preparing to leave.





ganja-image-1.jpgJamaica is one step closer to the start of a regulated cannabis industry.

The Cabinet Sub-Committee on Ganja, this week gave instructions for drafting of interim regulations.

The instructions came after an extensive process of consultation with key stakeholders by the Cannabis Licensing Authority.

The Interim Regulations will govern the licensing regime for the cultivation, harvesting, processing, manufacturing, transporting and retailing of ganja.

The instruction to draft the interim regulations comes nine months after the amendments to the Dangerous Drugs Act came into effect.





butch-stewart.jpgThe hotel chain owned by Gordon 'Butch' Stewart - Sandals - in the on going criminal trial of former Premier of the Turks& Caicos Islands Michael Misick, has been accused of procuring political favours with sizeable monetary donations.

This in turn would see preferential treatment in securing deals for the development of its Beaches Hotel on the small British territory.

Prosecuting lawyer Andrew Mitchell QC has claimed that between 2006 and 2010, Sandals paid over US$1 million to Misick entities and subsequently the Jamaican-formed hotel group landed concessionary deals and other favorable terms in constructing and operating the largest hotel complex in the Turks& Caicos.

Sandals has issued the following statement in response:

"On Tuesday, January 26, 2016, Andrew Mitchell Q.C. in continuing his opening statement in the criminal trial of former Premier of the Turks & Caicos, Michael Misick and others, stated that payments were made to Michael Misick by one or more Sandals-related companies. It is a fact that those payments were made.

"The matter first came to light in the course of investigation by the US Department of Justice. This triggered a series of internal investigations by Sandals to determine the source of the payment and the responsible parties., Tom Scott, a retired Federal judge and partner in the Florida law firm, Cole, Scott & Kissane, was retained by Sandals to assist with the investigation and a highly reputable forensic accounting firm in Washington D.C. was also engaged to conduct an in-depth accounting investigation into the affair. The results of the investigation and the forensic audit revealed that some US$1,650,000 had been paid to Prestigious Properties Limited, a real estate company in which Michael Misick, Phillip Misick and Washington Misick were the shareholders, and Chalmers Misick & Co., a firm of lawyers in the TCI. All those payments were made without the knowledge or consent of the principals of Sandals.

"The unauthorized payments were made by a Senior Executive and then Treasurer of Sandals. This culminated in the separation of the Senior Executive from the company and was followed by Sandals filing a lawsuit against him in the Bahamas to recover the unauthorized payments. The damage done to the Company by his actions was substantial. Not only had he betrayed the trust which the Chairman and other Directors had reposed in him but based on the level of his authority, the Company was legally bound by his actions and this culminated in the Company having to absorb a fine of US$12M imposed by the Turks & Caicos authorities.

"In concluding the investigation the US Department of Justice said that Sandals had cooperated: "with the United States authorities to a degree that [was] acknowledged to be both extraordinary and unique and included the early and voluntary release of valuable evidence that has been shared with the Special Investigation Prosecution Team ("SIPT")"





Jamaica confirms first confirmed Zika virus case

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zika-virus.jpgThe Ministry of Health on Saturday confirmed the first case of the Zika Virus in Jamaica.

The patient, a four-year-old child from Portmore, St Catherine, has now recovered, stated the Ministry in a press release. According to the ministry, the child began showing symptoms on January 17 after a trip to Texas in the United States.

Below is the full statement from the Health Ministry on the matter:

The Ministry of Health has confirmed one case of the Zika virus in Jamaica. The patient who has now recovered is a four year old child from Portmore, St. Catherine. The child began showing symptoms on January 17, 2016 after earlier returning to Jamaica from travel to Texas in the United States.

The child was investigated at the Bustamante Hospital for Children and samples sent to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) for testing on January 26, 2016. The Ministry received the positive zika virus test result from CARPHA late Friday afternoon (January, 29, 2016).

The case is being investigated to determine the source of infection and the child's parents and family have been contacted and briefed by a team from the Ministry of Health. No other family member is ill at this time.

As part of its investigations the Ministry of Health has undertaken the necessary community interventions in and around the area where the child lives to determine whether there are other cases and has heightened vector control activities.

The Minister of Health will provide a full update to the nation at a press briefing to be held on Monday, February 1, 2016.

In the meantime, the Ministry is advising persons, particularly pregnant women, to take extra precaution to prevent being bitten by the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes which transmit the Zika virus.

There is adequate medication available in the public health system at this time to treat the symptoms of Zika virus infection in the event of additional cases being identified.





Firehouse Crew & Friends - January 29, 2016 @ 9 PM

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Kaya Fyah Productions Presents

Firehouse Crew & Friends

Performances by:
Luciano, Sizzla, Lukie D, Bryhan Art, Mikey General, Kaya, Andy Livingston, Jahbar-I

Special Guest:
Nambo and Desi Roots

Also featuring the video launch of the single "Live on Natty Dread" featuring Kaya & Macka B

Address:
Sweet Calabash Restaurant
8 A Kensington Crescent

January 29, 2016
Start Time: 9 PM

Donations in Aid of the Maxfield Pack Childrens Home

Hosted by:
Denise 'Isis' Miller





female-doctor-attacks-cab-driver-photo-1.jpgThe Florida doctor captured on video lashing out at an Uber driver in downtown Miami says she is ashamed of her actions and says she and her family have been targeted since the video's release.

"I see a person that is not me. I'm ashamed," Anjali Ramkissoon said today on "Good Morning America" of the video that shows her berating the driver of another customer's Uber. "I still can't watch the entire video."

"Every time someone brings it up or tries to ask me, 'What was happening at this point?,' I just, I can't," she said.

Ramkissoon, a fourth-year neurology resident, can be seen in the video berating the driver, trying to hit him, and throwing items out of the window of the passenger seat, and ultimately trying to knee the driver.

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"In the moment I was just so angry. I wasn't really thinking and if I could take it back I would," Ramkissoon said. "There is absolutely no excuse for my actions. I am ashamed. I am so sorry. I've hurt so many people with this."

Ramkisson says her father was admitted to the hospital that day and, just minutes before the incident, she and her boyfriend of two years had split.

"I was extremely stressed out that day," she said. "It was probably one of the worst days of my life and I was caught at my lowest moment. Nothing like this has ever happened."

"I made a huge mistake, the biggest mistake of my life, and that person is not me," Ramkissoon said.

Yes," Ramkissoon replied when asked if she'd been drinking. "I'd actually driven to that place that night but I did not want to drive my car home so I left my car there and that was why I was trying to get the Uber to get home."

The customer who ordered the Uber car that Ramkissoon tried to get in filmed the heated incident on a cellphone and posted the video on YouTube.

Ramkissoon, who can be heard telling the Uber driver, "I'm getting really like belligerent right now," says she was cyberbullied after the video's release.

"My family was targeted. Their address was leaked," she said. "I've received messages telling me that I should kill myself, that I should have been raped that night."

"I think it's ridiculous and I'm here to own up to what I did," Ramkissoon said. "I'm taking responsibility for it and I'm asking for forgiveness."

The Uber driver declined to press charges against Ramkissoon, for which she says she is "grateful." Uber told ABC News they've suspended Ramkissoon's account while the incident is investigated.

"We actually settled while we were out there. I paid for the damages and I apologized to him and he accepted my apology," Ramkissoon said. "I'm so thankful that he did not press charges, that he did not have me arrested."

Ramkissoon has been placed on administrative leave and removed from all clinical duties, by her employer, the Jackson Health System. An internal investigation is underway to "determine if any disciplinary action will be taken, up to and including termination," a hospital spokesperson told ABC News last week.





al-gore-climate-change.jpgWatch out world, and we are sorry if you had not realised before reading this, the world is ending today. That's because today is the day that climate change entrepreneur, and former US Vice President, Al Gore warned us would be the beginning of a global emergency.

Gore told his supporters a decade ago that the world had until 27th January 2016 to end its addiction to fossil fuels or the it would come to an end. Gore did not specify what householders might expect to happen today, but he was clear that this would be the end. ...





obama-killer-banner-moscow.jpgEarly this morning in Moscow, a 30-foot flag featuring Barack Obama was raised to the top floor of a building across from the U.S. Embassy. In blood red letters, the word "KILLER" is stamped beneath the face of the president. The evening before, a laser display projected "Obama Killer #1" onto the U.S. Embassy itself.

The party responsible for such anti-American productions is the Moscow-based "Glavplakat" art society, who issued a statement saying the banner was in response to the "U.S. Government's plans to invade the territory of yet another sovereign state."

"The word 'killer' defines the 44th U.S. President, and is given to him because of his decision to send the infamous 101st Airborne Division into the Syrian conflict," states Glavplakat. "Let's keep in mind that this division carried out practically every U.S. military invasion in the last decade."

The move to send the 101st Airborne Division to Syria and Iraq was announced by U.S. Secretary of Defense, Ashton Carter, on January 25.

Also known as "The Screaming Eagles," the 101st Airborne Division is armed with 300 helicopters, including three battalions of 'Apache Attack' Boeing AH-64s. The decision to employ The Screaming Eagles only adds fuel to the fire that burns between Moscow and Washington-leading Russia's Foreign Minister to announce at a press conference yesterday that, "there will be no business as usual between Russia and the West."





iphone-7.jpgIf a new report is to be believed, there's at least one thing about the iPhone 7's new camera setup that's really going to make some users really happy, but others a little bit angry.

Apple insider Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities has been very accurate over the years with iPhone predictions. The analyst is back with a new note for investors, seen by 9to5Mac, that further details the iPhone 7's camera.

According to Kuo, Apple is preparing a dual camera system that should bring optical zoom to the iPhone - a recent patent discovery does detail such a camera setup, so it's certainly believable.

However, not all iPhone 7 versions will get the dual-camera setup that's been rumored before for the future of the iPhone. This camera advancement will be reserved for the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus only, the analyst believes. And it might not even make it to all Plus versions, but only to a premium version of the phone.

Kuo says that one of the two cameras will feature optical image stabilization (OIS) and a wide field of view while the second one will be a telephoto lens with a narrower field of view. 9to5Mac reminds us that Apple did purchase a camera tech company (LinX) whose software innovations might be used with a dual-camera setup.

Kuo notes that about 30% of iPhone 7 shipments will be equipped with a dual-camera system. Assuming the report is correct, this would be the first time the regular and "Plus" versions of a new iPhone are significantly different. So far, the only thing iPhone Plus buyers got, aside from the bigger display and battery, was OIS on the main camera.





It appears that Jamaica is closer to getting a third mobile phone provider.

Technology Minister Phillip Paulwell says an application is before Cabinet for the granting of a licence for the provision of mobile telecommunications services in Jamaica.

Speaking Wednesday at the opening of the Energy Services Company Industry (ESCO) National Stakeholder Conference in Kingston, Paulwell said the application has been approved by the Office of Utilities Regulation.

It has also received approval from the Spectrum Management Authority.

He noted that the granting of the new licence will broaden competition in Jamaica's telecommunications industry. Currently, there are two major telecommunications providers in Jamaica.





Producers Augustus 'Gussie' Clarke and Lee 'Scratch' Perry; ska great Wilburn 'Stranger' Cole, deejay Winston 'Yellowman' Foster, singers Ernie Smith, Gem Myers, Claudelle Clarke and Sister Scully; recording engineers Chris Daley and David Rowe; the Gemini and Jack Scorpio sound systems; musicians Boris Gardiner and Fil Callender; and broadcaster Alan Magnus are the other awardees.

Seven artistes will receive the Icon Award - Stranger Cole, Yellowman, Myers, Chaka Demus and Pliers, Sister Scully and Claudelle Clarke.

Magnus, who has worked at Radio Jamaica since the 1960s, will receive the award for Extraordinary Impact on the Reggae Industry.

Promoters of popular 'vintage' reggae show Startime will also be recognised.

The recipients of Breakthrough Artiste of The Year and Song of The Year will be announced at the event, which caps JaRIA's celebration of Reggae Month.





JARIA to honour 17

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jaria.jpgSome 17 stalwarts in entertainment will be honoured by the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) during its annual awards at Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston on February 28.

Pioneer artiste, sound system operator and producer Cecil Campbell, better known as Prince Buster tops the list of awardees. Prince Buster, who is responsible for some of reggae's early iconic songs, including Wash, Wash, Judge Dread and Oh Carolina by the Ffolkes Brothers, which he produced, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Mentorship Award goes to Junior Lincoln. Trumpeter Johnny 'Dizzy' Moore and.





Zika virus cases in the US climb to 20

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zika-virus.jpgThe number of cases of the Zika virus in the United States has increased to 20.

According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) all of the patients traveled to Brazil or other affected countries.

The CDC says the disease has not spread beyond those travelers.

The Arkansas Department of Health on Tuesday confirmed that a resident had tested positive for the virus; another case was confirmed in Virginia.

The CDC has added the US Virgin Islands and the Dominican Republic to its Zika virus travel alerts.

American Airlines and United Airlines have announced that they will allow some customers to cancel or postpone their trips if they are scheduled to fly to areas affected by the Zika virus.

United says its policy will include any areas listed in the CDC's alert, while American's policy so far includes flights to four destinations in Central America.

Charles Hobart, United's spokesman, says the airline is offering customers who are traveling to the affected regions the opportunity to re-book at a later date, or receive a full refund.





chris-gayle-photo-4.jpgSomerset have stuck to their word by re-signing controversial Jamaica and West Indies opener Chris Gayle for six matches in this summer's Twenty20 Blast, England's premier T20 competition.

Earlier this month, the 36-year-old was fined US $7200 after asking a television reporter for a date in a live interview while playing for Melbourne Renegades in Australia's Big Bash League

He later apologised but said the reaction was blown out of proportion. Gayle, whose first game is on June 1 against Sussex, scored 328 runs in three appearances for Somerset in 2015. The final match of his six-game stint will be against Hampshire on June 19.

Somerset's Director of Cricket Matt Maynard described Gayle as a world class cricketer who did phenomenal things for them last season.

Maynard who previously described Gayle as Box Office, also said the Jamaican is probably the biggest name in the sport at the moment.





Jamaican man freezes to death in the US

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jamaican-man-freezes-to-death.jpgA Jamaican man who worked at a hotel in Jackson, Wyoming in the United States, died last Saturday due to hypothermia, a condition which occurs when the body gets cold and loses heat faster than it can make it.

The coroner's office in Jackson said 30-year-old Aldane Mullings died from hypothermia due to exposure. The phenomenon can occur due to extreme exposure to cold air. Temperatures in Jackson, Wyoming hit minus-16 degrees Celsius last Friday night.

Mullings' body was found lying in a road on Saturday morning.

The Washington Times reported that the deceased man had been in Jackson on a J-1 visa, working at a hotel.

Authorities said he was last seen alive, drinking at a restaurant early on Saturday morning.

They said his death is no longer being treated as a suspicious development, this after an autopsy determined that none of his injuries was consistent with severe trauma.





Passenger crushed trying to hop onto bus

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shocked.jpgA commuter who hopped on a bus, fell and was crushed by the wheels of the bus in Spanish Town on Wednesday.

According to eyewitness reports, the man had been waiting on a bus at the Spanish Town terminus, but grew impatient as the bus took a long time to 'load' and make its full quota so that it could be on its way. The man saw another bus, in the Spanish Town square, in the process of leaving; so he decided to exit the vehicle he was in. He then attempted to hop onto the other bus while it was in motion, but lost his footing and fell. The bus ran over him.

"Mi a drive inna the middle of the road, and mi feel the bus run over something and there is no bump in the middle of the road, so I stopped. When mi go outside, big crowd draw, the bus had run over a man," bus driver Owen James is reported as saying.

The passengers in the bus quickly disembarked and assisted in getting the injured man onto the bus. James drove him to the Spanish Town hospital for emergency treatment, but the man eventually succumbed to his injuries in the Spanish Town hospital, and was pronounced dead while undergoing treatment.

The man has since been identified as Sanjay Stewart Grey of an unknown address.

An eyewitness recounted that the man was on a bus designated for Half Way Tree and kept telling the driver he was in haste and that he was wasting time.

"The driver didnt pay him any mind while the bus was loading. The man vex and come off and wi jus see weh de man hop onto Sun Tour Classic and drop off and the left back wheel run over him," the eyewitness recounted.

"Mi don't know if him drop because him a wear slippers or what, but it just unfortunate how him lose him life through carelessness."

A subsequent report was made at the Traffic Department of the Spanish Town police and an investigation launched into the incident.





Linstead man murdered

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crime-scene-7.jpgThirty-two year old Dwayne Harrison of Capture Land, Commodore in Linstead, St Catherine was shot and killed over the weekend by unknown assailants.

Reports from the police's communication arm, the Corporate Communications Unit (CCU), are that around 11:50 pm, explosions were heard and the police summoned.

Harrison's body was found along a dirt track in the community.

He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

An investigation has been launched.





drugs-bust-new-york.jpgTwo alleged drug dealers from Guatemala were arrested in New York on Tuesday after authorities found 100 pounds of heroin worth $14million in their pickup trucks.

Peter Omar Garcia-Romero and Jose Guadencio Lantan-Vela were busted as they circled snow-covered blocks of Queens looking for parking spots in two separate trucks - a silver pickup and a blue 'monster truck' with massive tires.

The vehicles were first spotted at about 8pm, driving slowly and circling the blocks several times. Both vehicles had North Carolina plates and one was unregistered, officials said.

At 8.45pm, officials approached the vehicles, identified themselves, and eventually took the men into custody after discovering the heroin.

The area in Elmhurst was under surveillance by agents from the US Drug Enforcement Division, the NYPD and State Police at the time 'as part of an ongoing investigation into heroin distribution organizations operating in the Northeast region of the United States' a statement from the organizations said.

The men gave inconsistent statements, said Erin Mulvey, spokeswoman for the New York Division of the DEA, according to the New York Post.

'It was a monster pickup truck driving around the streets of queens looking for a place to park in the snow, so it really stood out,' Mulvey said. 'The two trucks kept going around and around in the same area.'

A Port Authority trained search dog found the 100 pounds of heroin hidden inside an old drive shaft and axle casings that were laying the bed of the silver truck, officials told the Post.





pnp-gen-sec-paul-burke.jpgGeneral Secretary of the People's National Party, Paul Burke, is not ruling out the possibility that PNP President Portia Simpson-Miller could announce the date for the general election at Sunday's mass meeting in Half Way Tree Square.

In a media advisory yesterday the Party said Sunday's meeting is part of its national mobilisation effort as it prepares for the election. Mrs. Simpson-Miller and other officers will address supporters.

And the Jamaica Labour Party says it's ready in the event that the date for the election is announced on Sunday.

General Secretary, Dr Horace Chang says that the Party has campaign activities planned.





cisoca-logo.jpgThe Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) has launched an investigation into a rape video uploaded onto popular Facebook group Ragashanti Live on Monday evening.

The video shows four boys and a girl in an empty room as one young man forcefully removed the young girl's uniform, while the others recorded the ordeal, laughing to her grunts and tears.

"Please. No. It hurts," she pleaded as the youngster replied, "Shut yuh mout gyal and tek [expletive]."

The three-minute long video continued to show the girl crying, as the other boys eventually joined in - forcing the girl to perform fellatio.

The video has since been deleted, but not before thousands of Jamaicans saw the graphic content; voicing their outrage into the recording.

"So there's another rape video, Straight Outta Jamaica. WTH is wrong with these men. Smh," one woman wrote.

"Jah know, look how dem deal wid the girl! If she was my sister, mi nah hesitate fi get my justice fi har," one man noted.

"Animals! Just nasty," another woman exclaimed.

It is the latest incident of its kind in Jamaica.

On November 9, 2015, 25-year-old Clarendon resident Odane Greyson made himself a symbol of instant notoriety when he faced huge backlash for a video he uploaded to Facebook.

Greyson's video depicted a purported recording of sexual intercourse with him and a seemingly unwilling female participant begging him to stop hurting her.

Following a week-long investigation, he was slapped with rape and forcible abduction charges, and subsequently offered bail in the sum of $500,000 on Wednesday, December 9.





kaya-george-firehouse-crew.jpgAmsterdam-based reggae singer Kayah, who has been journeying to Jamaica for several years, joins the Firehouse Crew on Friday for a special single and video launch, along with a free concert at the Sweet Calabash Restaurant on Kensington Crescent in Kingston.

The single, which is entitled Live On Natty Dread is a collab with veteran singer Macka B. As Kaya explained, the song is a tribute to reggae icon Bob Marley and it is also the first single from Kaya and The Firehouse Crew's upcoming album.

Kaya, who is managed by Tony Owens - the Jamaican who at one point managed English reggae group Musical Youth (Pass The Dutchie) - is looking forward to his first official launch in Jamaica.

"We will have the launch for media and special guests at 7 pm, followed by the free concert with artistes including Sizzla, Luciano, Lukie D, Andy Livingston, Bryhan Art and others, starting at 9 pm. I really appreciate the fact that these singers have been so willing to join me and the Firehouse Crew for what will be a grand musical celebration with family, friends and fans," Kaya declared.

Members of the Firehouse Crew are also in high spirits and stated that the concert will serve as a launch pad for their upcoming tour of Europe.

"It has been a great journey working with Kaya and executive producer of the project, Tony Owens. We have all learnt something valuable. Kaya Fyah Productions grew out of our collaborative efforts throughout the years and we couldn't think of a better way to kickstart 2016. Last year we staged Firehouse Crew Meets Chinna Smith Inna De Yard and that was wonderful; we know that this will be even bigger and better," George 'Dusty' Miller from Firehouse Crew stated.

Carlos Lopez, better known as Kaya the African Herbsman, was born in Mindelo City on the island of St. Vincente in Cape Verde, West Africa. A singer, songwriter. producer and musical arranger. Kaya possesses a very distinctive vocal range and style that compares favourably to that of a few notable Jamaican reggae legends.

Over the years, Kaya has made several trips to Jamaica where he recorded at the internationally renowned Anchor and Tuff Gong (home of reggae icon Bob Marley) recording studios. He has worked with The Firehouse Crew and other legendary musicians like Tony Asha, Flabba Holt, Dean Fraser, Nambo Robinson, Tony Greene, Dwight Richards, Mitchum Chin, Winston Bope, Bongo Herman and Sticky Thompson.

His 2013 album Rocky Ways, was described by music critics as "conscious and uplifting" and contained great singles such as Rudy featuring acclaimed version DJ I-Roy. In 2014 he released New Chapter - Kaya and The Firehouse Crew.





Guidance readies debut album

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guidance.jpgAfter more than a decade and a half in the music industry, recognized reggae artiste Guidance is surrounded by an air of expectancy as he gets ready to release his very first studio album.

As yet untitled, the 14-track offering is being produced by Phree Music Records, the same outfit to which the artiste is signed. Girlfriend Yard, the first single from the album, has already been released with an accompanying music video and has received much love on radio and in the clubs. The team is now ready to release the follow-up song, (People Have) Problems Everyday, while simultaneously working on the music video with director Mikhail 'Tin Man' Williams..

Guidance noted that he was quite happy at the progress of the project, even though it has meant that his whole life seems to be revolving around the studio.

"I feel like I am always either entering or exiting a studio, but I am certainly not complaining," the Love What You Got singer said with a smile.

He added, "Even though albums/CDs are not selling, it is still hugely important as an artiste to define your career by releasing albums at intervals. My first album has been a long time coming, but you know what the wise man says: Nothing happens before the right time."

The singer took time to commend his team, which is intent on getting the right persons at every step of the project. He revealed that the single Girlfriend Yard was mastered at London's famous Metropolis Studio by John Davis who has worked with big name artistes including Led Zeppelin, U2 and Lana del Ray. Most of the voicing is being done at Mikey Bennet's Grafton Studio in Kingston.

So far there is one collaboration, a song entitled Planning Again with reggae songstress, Etana, but Guidance explained that he would be seeking out other artistes, including Bounty Killer and Anthony B, to add their voices to this long-awaited album.

Guidance's recent outstanding performance at Sting saw him reeling off solid, message filled songs, which without a doubt sent a warning to the industry that this talented artiste is here to stay.





ladysaw-sumfest.jpgLady Saw has given up her dancehall artiste and is looking forward to be known as Minister Marion Hall.

"I'm about to go to school to do leadership and ministering and take it from there and see where the Lord leads me. Right now I am into the Bible, watching TBN and I am not getting enough sleep because I'm so anxious," she told one newspaer.

"A lot of people want to teach me but everybody has their own way of teaching and interpreting and the Lord sent someone to me one day who told me that she used to own businesses and the Lord stripped her and sent her to Bible school and I was there like, 'Thank you Jesus, I hear you' because I was confused and talking to God in my mind," she added.

"The Lord have me preaching already. Sometimes when the Lord gives me a topic, it becomes a song and I realise I just start preaching in the midst of it. But I'm going to school to learn the right way," she said.

Hall also said that the Lord told her she will minister but she believes, understanding the word is important in ministry.

"I am hungry, I'm thirsty for His word. I feel so appreciated and so happy. I'm looking for a word to describe the Lord and I can't find it. People say He's awesome, He's majestic but for me it's more than that. I'm just in awe," she continued.





Fans of the Dancehall Doctor, Beenie Man have been taking to social media to give him their full support, while lashing out severely at 51-year-old, toothless artiste, Gully Bop.

This after a video of Gully Bop dising Beenie Man at Ninjaman's birthday bash by walking onto the stage during the doctor's performance has gone viral.

Bop interrupted Beenie Man's performance then urged the crowd to give Beenie a "padlock bye" as a sign that the "King of The Dancehall" should exit the stage. Beenie Man there and then chastised Gully Bop and told him not to make a fool of himself.

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Online, the backlash has been harsh.

One commentor, Linguary Allen, had very strong words for Bop, who recently had a very ugly and public break-up with fiancee Shauna Chin.

"GULLY FLOP YOU ARE GOING BACK TO THE GULLY YOU DON'T HAVE ANY APPROCH. YOU ARE A GULLY COCKROACH YOU DON'T HAVE ANY MANNERS, MANNERS TAKE YOU PLACES DISRESPECT TAKE YOU BACK TO THE GULLY AND TO THE PIT TOILET. NEVER SEE COME SEE A JAMAICAN PROVERBS. BOY KNOW YOUR SELF AND STOP DISSING PEOPLE BECAUSE REMEMBER WHERE YOU ARE COMING FROM BE CAREFUL BECAUSE COCK MOUTH KILL COCK BEHAVE YOUR SELF BECAUSE YOU ARE NOT SPECIAL YOU ARE ARTIFICIAL. YOU ARE THE BIGGEST PROBLEM IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY YOU SHOULDN'T BE ON STAGE DISRESPECTING WOMEN AND THE REAL ICONS YOU NEED TO GET A LIFE AND GO BACK TO SCHOOL. BLESSINGS TO ALL THE REAL BIG MEN AND WOMEN IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY WHO HAVE MANNERS AND GOING PLACES. GULLY FLOP FIX YOUR MOUTH AND FIX YOUR TALK YOU BELIEVE YOU ARE TALENTED BUT YOU ARE NOT GET ON YOUR KNEES AND PRAY AND TELL GOD THANKS FOR WHAT HE IS DOING FOR YOU TAKE YOU OUT OF THE GULLY SO THAT YOU COULD GET GOOD CLOTHES TO WEAR GOOD FOOD TO EAT AND DRINK AND NOT GULLY RATS AND GARBAGE. FROM ALMS HOUSE TO KINGS HOUSE TURN IT AROUND FROM A KINGS HOUSE TO ALMS HOUSE GULLY FLOP WATCH YOUR WORDS IT WILL TURN AROUND SO BE CAREFUL WORDS ARE POWERFUL. REPENT GULLY FLOP TAKE UP YOUR BIBLE STUDY THE WORDS AMEN."

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Below are some of the other comments:

"Stinking mouth gully bop a fly pass him nest full time him pitch, dat likkle shit nuh understand himself."

"Even thou am not into dance hall anymore i think this is very very disrepectful but then again he is a mad man so him dont no any better beenie man is a kind hearted person i used to love his music and his style."

"Disresptful lil ugly man."

"Gully is a full fledged idiot him soon fall let's see what gonna happen him shit don't dry yet him going around dissing plp."

"kmt Bop is a ugly waste man, if him to fall today him have nobody as friend who would really give him a 3rd chance, facebook was his last hope. DISRESPECT DAT!!!!"

"Gully bop needs to remember where he is coming from and understand what he is doing or else he will end up in the same place as before. If beenie man was a disrespectful artist he wouldn't be where he is today. Gully man look before you leap."





zika-virus.jpgThree persons have tested positive for the Zika Virus in New York, city officials said on Friday.

All three had travelled to areas outside the United States where the mosquito-borne ailment is spreading rapidly, the New York State Department of Health said, without specifying where.

Officials said one person has completely recovered, while the others are getting better.

US health authorities earlier on Friday expanded a travel warning for pregnant women to avoid 22 places in Latin America and the Caribbean due to the Zika virus.

It has been linked to thousands of cases of a birth defect known as microcephaly, when babies are born with abnormally small heads, which can cause brain damage. In New York, authorities have warned anyone contemplating travel to warmer regions to take care.

"We are urging residents, especially pregnant women, to check all health advisories before travelling, and take preventive measures when travelling to affected countries," said New York State Health Commissioner, Howard Zucker.





Bisexual Jamaican man granted asylum in Britain

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A bisexual man who said he would be killed if he was deported to his native Jamaica, has been granted the right to remain in the United Kingdom after a three-and-a-half-year legal battle with the British Home Office.

Orashia Edwards from Leeds, initially had his claim for asylum rejected after a judge ruled he had been "dishonest" about his sexuality.

But Edwards, who had a relationship with a man throughout much of his appeal, argued that he was treated unfairly because of misconceptions about bisexuality, and that widespread media coverage of his case in Jamaica would endanger his life.

In reacting to confirmation of his refugee status, Edwards, 33, tol the Gardian newspaper in the UK that: "I'm delighted. For the past three years I've had trouble eating, trouble sleeping, problems with depression, but now I can finally move forward with my life.

"It's a huge relief to me, to my mother, to my friends and supporters. I would never have made it without their support, I'm just so thankful to all of them."

He said he would now be able to open a bank account, apply for jobs and enroll in a college to pursue qualifications in electrical engineering.

Edwards, who was detained at times during the resolution of his asylum claim, said he had even provided intimate pictures of himself with another man to support his claim, but that officials had refused to acknowledge them as evidence of his sexuality.

Buggery was noted to be illegal in Jamaica, and punishable by up to 10 years in prison, while sexual relations between men are widely frowned upon and definitely not accepted in public.

The Guardian in its report on the outcome of Edwards' court battle, said in 2014, the organisation, Human Rights Watch, found that LGBT people in the Jamaica faced "unchecked" violence and discrimination, and could not depend on the police for protection.





Sagicor Group Jamaica president and CEO, Richard Byles collapsed while on business abroad.

In a press release on Monday afternoon, Sagicor announced that "Byles did not feel well and was taken to the hospital for observation."

The company stated that Byles "remains in touch with his office."

Byles is one of the most highly regarded corporate executives in Jamaica.

He joined Sagicor in March 2004 and has guided the company into being a major financial sector player in Jamaica.

He is co-chair of the Economic Programme Oversight Committee (EPOC).





PE teacher charged by CISOCA

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cisoca-logo.jpgCharges have been laid against a Physical Education teacher of a prominent high school. The teacher has been charged by detectives from the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA).

According to a release from the Jamaica Constabulary Force Corporate Communications Unit, the teacher is accused of inappropriately interacting with a student in his office in late December 2015.

He is to appear in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on Monday, February 1. He is facing a charge of sexual touching.

According to the JCF release, investigations are still ongoing.





Businesswoman charged for beating student with bat

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hands-behind-bars.jpgTrelawny businesswoman, Judith Scott, who operates a gas station in Duncans in the parish,has been charged by the police after allegedly using a baseball bat to beat a student of the Cedric Titus High School,last Saturday.

She is set to appear in court next Wednesday.

Police reports are that Scott found the 17-year-old schoolboy at her home studying with her 17-year-old niece also a student of the Cedric Titus High School.

Smith reportedly became angry when she found the teenage boy in her home and allegedly attacked him viciously, giving him a severe beating with the baseball bat, resulting in numerous injuries all over his body.

The injured teen reported the matter to the police.

Following investigations by the police, Scott was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

The matter was also reported to the Children's Services Division, who are conducting their own investigations.

Sources at the school said the students were study partners.





rohan-marley-and-shane-wittle-ceo.jpgLook wha Fabian The Truth cause!

In a recent post made to his Facebook page, Rohan Marley, son of the late reggae legend, said that Maxine Stowe and Bunny Wailer were the driving force behind Fabian Marley and his 'antics'.

The post uploaded on January 13, showed Fabian The Truth in an apparent interview. In the video, the singer is heard ranting about the recent DNA revelations, insisting that the results were false. The video was uploaded with the caption, "Fabian lashes out due to the results about his real father Othneil Stanford. The truth is an offense but not a sin. 'Jah go with him' SELAH."

The post attracted numerous comments, but one in particular, caught Maxine Stowe's attention, as she was named as one of the persons who pushed Fabian to get a paternity test to prove he was Bob Marley's son.

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Of course, Maxine replied, "Are you people off your rockers," she quizzed.

"Where in these various stories has Bunny Wailer or myself been mentioned! Maybe It's the Marley's who sent him (Fabian) out there as a publicity stunt like Snoop Dogg Being Bob Marley!"

Rohan Marley responded by accusing Maxine of having a vendetta against the Marley family. "We sent him out there in a publicity stunt, wow... Why will they not speak the truth?"

Maxine further shut down the accusations in a Gleaner interview saying neither that she nor Bunny Wailer pushed Fabian Marley to do anything. "When he (Fabian) first came to us (Bunny Wailer and myself) he already had a team of persons behind him who were helping him to get to the truth," she said. "He already had his lawyers and numerous paperwork and revealed that he came to us because he was frustrated that his attempts at getting to the truth were going nowhere, because he was being refused matching DNA from the Marley family. We did not put him up to anything, he had a clear understanding of what he wanted and that was to prove his paternity." She went on to say that she doesn't understand why the issue has not been laid to rest now that the truth has been revealed. "I do not understand what the issue is now," she said. "At the point where you have proven that you are or are not the father, then the thing should go to rest."





gully-bop-and-shauna-chin-photo-1.jpgRight now, Shauna Chin, the ex-fiancee of Internet-sensation-turn-good-up-good-up-artiste Gully Bop, is concentrating solely on her muisc.

Chin is signed to a label Diamond Music Empire, and is hellbent on making herself a name in the industry.Her singles, 'My Life' and 'Why', marketed on YouTube sites as a 'Gully Bop diss', has reportedly generated more than 60,000 views online, while Padlock featuring -- of all people-- LA Lewis, has become a favourite on street mix tapes.

"The bookings are coming in. I have got calls from Britjam and from the Nine Miles Music Festival, plus other calls for bookings all across the Caribbean have been coming in. Things are looking great for the 2016," she said.

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"Right now, I have over 10 tracks completed. People a post say mi need fi come with an album or EP I have a lot of unreleased material, just need to get the rhythm so I can re-record them," she said.

"Right now, I am just focussing on my music, I am not dealing with any animosity, just my music," she said.

Just in case you didn't know.





Man shot dead during gun salute at dance

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crime-scene-gun.jpgThe Police High Command has ordered an investigation into the circumstances under which a man was fatally shot at a dance in Dam Head, St Catherine yesterday.

Investigators are trying to determine whether members of the Force were involved in the death of Romeo Marks. Mr Marks was shot during a gun salute at the dance.

Head of the Criminal Investigation Branch, Assistant Commissioner Ealan Powell, confirmed that members of the Force are under investigation in the matter. He said that several shots were fired at the scene and that police were on location.





Cold front continues

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The Meteorological Service says Jamaica is being impacted by a cold front east of the island.

The system is expected to remain in the vicinity of Jamaica for the next two days.

As a result,cloudy conditions will continue with cooler than normal temperature across sections of the island.





Fight Zika Virus with nuclear radiation

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zika-virus.jpgYukiya Amano, director of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the United Nations top nuclear watchdog group, will propose the use of nuclear radiation treatment as a strategy to eliminate or reduce the mosquito population carrying the Zika virus.

He made the disclosure yesterday before leaving for an official visit to Central America where the virus has been rapidly spreading.

The Atomic Energy Agency head said his organization has conducted extensive scientific trials and research into the effectiveness of the proposed method. Mr. Amano said the technology to sterilise insects is very effective in the reduction or eradication of the population of mosquitos and other carriers.

He pointed out that similar treatments have been carried out in parts of Africa targeting the Tsetse fly, which infects humans with a parasitic disease known as human sleeping sickness. According to the Pan American Health Organization, the Zika virus will likely spread to all 33 Latin American and Caribbean countries as well as the southern part of the United States.

Alarmed at the surge of the mosquito virus in the Americas, the U.S. government has also launched an effort to develop a vaccine. However, medical observers say developing a vaccine could take years. In addition to causing birth defects the Zika virus appears to be linked to a rise in a nerve ailment called Guillain-Barre syndrome that causes paralysis in adults.





Policemen slapped with drugs charges

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hands-behind-bars.jpgTwo policemen and a former colleague of theirs have been slapped with drug charges following a cocaine bust at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston on Friday.

Sources indicate that one of the accused cops was caught with the drugs while dressed in the official uniform of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).

Reports were that the men were all held in an operation conducted by the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA).

While details of the operation remain sketchy, it has been confirmed that it did take place at the airport.

It is understood that the three men were taken from a vehicle in which the drugs was found.

Acting on intelligence, MOCA operatives were reportedly awaiting the trio when they arrived at the airport, where one of the accused was said to have been previously stationed.





PNP releases names of election candidates

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pnp-headquarters.jpgJamaica's governing People's National Party (PNP) has released the names of persons who are expected to be its candidates in the next general election.

The list of 63 individuals was published on Sunday in both daily newspapers. It includes 13 women. Seven are seeking entry to Gordon House for the first time. They are Marsha Francis in St. Thomas Western, Imani Duncan Price St. Andrew East Rural; Jacqueline Taylor O'Gilvie, St. Andrew Northern, and Lisa Ann-Edwards, St. Andrew North Eastern, Patricia Sutherland Clarendon in South Eastern, Norma Lue-Lindsay in Clarendon Central, and Ashley-Ann Foster, St. James Central.

The newcomers among the men are Donovan Isaacs in St. Andrew North Western, Desmond Brennan, Clarendon North Central, and Norris Grant St. Catherine Central.

Other newcomers are Courtney Spence in St. Catherine South Central, retired West Indies cricketer Darren Powell, running in St. Elizabeth North Western, and Anthony Henry in St. James North Western.





police-cars.jpgA team from INDECOM is expected to question a Senior Superintendent of Police, who is under investigation following the shooting of a pregnant woman in Montego Bay, St James on the weekend. The woman is in serious condition after being shot in the back.

It's reported that the police and members of the Transport Authority were conducting a spot check in Westgate when they signalled a taxi to stop. The driver disobeyed and this led to a high speed chase. It's reported that the cab smashed into other vehicles.

The Senior Superintendent and a District Constable, who were involved in the chase, reportedly opened fire on the cab. It was discovered that the woman was shot. Four other passengers including children were in the vehicle.

The firearms of the Senior Superintendent and the District Constable have been seized by INDECOM. The Bureau of Special Investigation and the Inspectorate of Constabulary are also probing the incident.

And the driver of the vehicle has been arrested and charged. The taxi operator, who has several outstanding tickets, has been charged with several traffic violations, including dangerous driving and disobeying the police. He is scheduled to appear in court later this week.





police-cars.jpgA high level investigation has been initiated by the Police High Command into a suspected international drug trafficking ring involving members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).

Two policemen and an ex-cop were arrested on Friday during a major drug bust at the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA).

The men were nabbed by operatives of the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA).

The trio was accosted while they sat in a car at the airport.

The vehicle was searched and 20 packages containing more than 10 pounds of cocaine valued at millions of dollars were seized.

One of the implicated policemen is reported to be attached to the Protective Service Division, while the other is said to be, or was previously, based at the Norman Manley International Airport.

Indications were that the police began probing the drug network at the airport following the arrest of another cop last year.

It is believed that the accused cops are linked to drug traffickers in South America and the United States.





jdf-soldier-girlfriend-murder-suicide.jpgA 35-year-old JDF soldier, Lance Corporal Junior Wallace and his wife 30-year-old Christina Dawkins - a third year architecture student at the University of Technology are dead in what police say was a case of murder-suicide.

The police report that relatives had not seen the couple for more than a day and went to their house in search of them.

They kicked in the door to the house and found the bodies of Dawkins and Wallace in their bedroom.

Dawkins had two gunshots to her upper body and Wallace had a single bullet wound to the right side of his head.

The couple who had been married ten years died leaving a son. A man and woman are dead in what the Clarendon Police suspect to be a murder/suicide shooting in Park Hall in the parish around 8pm on Saturday.

However, according to other reports, a team of officers was summoned to the premises of 28-year-old University of Technology (UTech) student Christina Dawkins and her common-law-husband, Junior Wallace, a 35-year-old lance corporal from the Jamaica Defence Force - after residents reported hearing explosions.

Upon their arrival, Dawkins and Wallace were found lying in a pool of blood.

While investigations into the grizzly incident continue, the police have further indicated that a Glock pistol was also recovered from the scene.





japanese-haitian-tennis-teen.jpgAfter routinely dismantling 18th-seeded Elina Svitolina 6-4, 6-4 to advance to the 3rd round of the Australian Open, 18-year-old Naomi Osaka, a self-described "child of the internet," was talking to reporters about Pokemon.

Asked about her tennis aspirations, Osaka smiled and declared confidently, "To be the very best, like no one ever was."

"That's a Pokemon quote, I'm sorry," she clarified, laughing. "That's the Pokemon theme song. But, yeah, to be the very best, and go as far as I can go."

Between her casual off-court banter with reporters and her cool domination in her first two matches, Osaka has been all the rage of the Australian Open. Even Serena Williams is gushing.

"She's really young and really aggressive," Williams said earlier this week. "She's a really good, talented player. Very dangerous."

Osaka is currently ranked 127th in the world and only qualified for the main women's draw by winning all three of her qualifying matches. Born in Japan to a Japanese mother and a Haitian father, she plays under the Japanese flag but trains and lives permanently in Florida, where she is coached by her dad.

Nevertheless, at the Australian Open she's taken to bowing to the Japanese fans that have turned out in droves to cheer for her and wave the Japanese flag during her matches.

"Yeah, it's the only part of my Japanese side," she said of the bow after the Svitolina match. "Kind of because there were a lot of people cheering for me, and I kind of wanted to show how grateful I was. I always think that they're surprised that I'm Japanese. So the fact that there was like Japanese flags and stuff, it was, like, really touching."

Osaka may be virtually unknown to the casual tennis fan, but her impressive play over the first two rounds isn't much of a surprise to those paying attention. As a 16-year-old, Osaka upset former world no. 1 Samantha Stosur with aggressive and powerful shots, including a 100-mile forehand.

During her second round of the Australian Open, she used her big serve to frustrate Svitolina. Svitolina was visibly frustrated throughout the match, while Osaka remained staunchly emotionless.

"Just genetically my face is like this. I'm sorry," she told reporters afterwards. "I feel like there's something wrong with me because I don't get excited or anything that much."

Her on-court Poker Face, of course, doesn't mean that she isn't nervous.

"In my brain I'm going, 'Oh, my God, why' about like 90 per cent of the time," Osaka said. "But, you know, I feel like I try to smile sometimes just so I don't throw my racquet."

As in all sports, tennis players regularly hide behind empty cliches about hard work and taking things one day at a time, which is why it's especially refreshing to hear Osaka speak so honestly to reporters. Her sense of humor, she said, is the product of Youtube.

"I feel like I'm a child of the Internet, and the Internet has raised me, and its jokes might not be appropriate at certain times," she acknowledged.

Osaka will have her work cut out for her in the 3rd round, where she will face Victoria Azarenka, the hard-hitting Belarusian who has dropped only three games through her first two rounds. But Osaka isn't worried.

"I never feel pressure from playing someone that's supposed to be like better than me," she said. "Sort of."





female-doctor-attacks-cab-driver-photo-1.jpgA Miami woman who was filmed attacking an Uber driver and throwing the man's belongings into the street before walking away has been identified as a local doctor.

Anjali Ramkissoon, a fourth-year neurology resident with Jackson Health System, reportedly got into an Uber without a reservation on Sunday night and when the driver asked her to leave became angry and belligerent.

The video shows her punching and kicking the man, who eventually walks away, and then getting into the passenger seat of the vehicle and throwing his mail, cell phone, electronics and other devices and possessions out into the street. At one point she also yells at him; 'Get the f*** in the car you piece of f****** disgusting s***.'

The Miami Herald reports that Ramkissoon has now been 'removed from all clinical duties'.

Her employer said in a statement; 'Jackson has launched an internal investigation.

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'The outcome of the investigation will determine whether any disciplinary action will be taken, up to and including termination.'

The video footage was taken by Juan Cinco, who had ordered the car to take him home from the Mary Brickell Village in Miami, Florida, on Sunday night. He later uploaded the clip to YouTube.

Information posted with the clip explains Ramkissoon, who was dressed in tight white shorts and a red top, came 'out of nowhere' and climbed into the backseat of the Uber.

When she refused to get out, Mr Cinco and his friend told the driver to cancel their ride and offered to book another ride home.

He said the driver pretended to phone the police, asking them to remove the woman from his car, which prompted Ramkissoon to reach into the front seat, grab his keys and start to walk away.

This was the point at which Cinco started filming, he said.

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In his YouTube post, Mr Cinco writes that the police arrived and had to remove Ramkissoon from a taxi she had hailed in an attempt to leave.

He continued: 'Once in handcuffs, she then tried kicking some of the police officers on the scene.

'It was only when they put her in the police car that she started crying, apologizing, and claiming that she would lose her medical license (she claimed to be a neurologist) if she got arrested.'

Mr Cinco said the Uber driver was 'too good of a person' and decided to take a cash settlement - 'only enough to pay his cellphone bill and maybe his cable bill' - rather than take legal action.

Miami police spokeswoman Frederica Burden confirmed officers had responded to the scene but said there was no report and there would be no investigation.

Uber also released a statement after the incident, saying; 'Uber expects everyone associated with the platform - both drivers and riders - to conduct themselves with a shared level of respect and common courtesy, and all forms of harassment and abuse are not tolerated.

'We have suspended the rider account of this individual as we investigate the incident.





bounty-killer-photo-6.jpgIn a recent post, Mr Vegas not that signing artistes like Mavado, Vybz Kartel, Busy Signal, Elephant Man, and Cham could have benefited Bounty Killer financially, as Killer played an important role in the development of the careers of these artistes.

In his very articulate response, Bounty Killer, whose real name is Rodney Pryce, stated: That's one way to look at it, yes, but I did not help the poor people to benefit or make a profit. I did it out of love and generosity. Making a dollar from a next man's earning means it's a business venture, and I would be helping whoever just to help my pocket," he said.

Bounty Killer said he regards his artistes as friends, and, therefore, does not hold them to the standards of the music business.

"If I had signed my friends, then it would have become straight business and my friendship means more than money," he said.

The artiste also said working with artistes under contract can lead to legal issues which he doesn't want to be concerned with.

"We had signed Scare Dem in 1998 to Wonder Dogg/Scare Dem Productions on TVT Records. The artistes bought scooters with the advance money and never did the album. In 2002, Elephant Man got his big break and had to give Johnny Wonder a piece of his publishing for not doing the album. That would also mean that I would have to take Elephant Man to court or sue him for mine, so I decided from there that I was not going to sign any other friends," Bounty Killer said.

As it relates to Mr Vegas' view that Bounty Killer would have done more for dancehall if he was given more opportunities internationally, the icon went for his resume to prove he was no small fry on the international scene.

"The album, My Experience, sold over 300,000 copies and Hey Baby went number five on the Billboard top 10 chart. I am the first Jamaican artiste to win a MTV Moon Man award, and I got two of them. I am also the only Jamaican artiste to get nominated in two different categories in the Grammys and won one of them," he said.

"I am the only Jamaican artiste to perform at the Super Bowl in 2002. I have been on MTV, BET, VH1, etc. I could not be anymore international because Jamaican culture could not come with me, and I am not leaving my culture.

"My songs sing for Jamaica and black people around the world. I don't reform or conform, and when I perform, my values are different. I am an advocate, not just an artiste."





devin-di-dakta.jpgRather than lick his wounds in private, Devin Di Dakta is trying to ease the pain he is suffering from the beaten inflicted by club operator Corey Todd by writing and singing about the incident.

He recently release a song which describes what exactly happened at Club Taboo in the early hours of Monday morning.

"As me reach out a door, blow! Box from Corey Todd!

Me tek a couple more even though me know me bad,

Cause a bere big security man a hold me.

Bere box inna me face, likkle most me mad.

Me get a few kicks and a couple more box.

From me own belt, a couple more slaps.

Corey Todd say 'you caan go station cause the cops can't do nutten bout dat'."

Corey Todd, in a release has denied the beating incident. Attempts by Yardflex to reach Corey Todd for a comment have failed, as he has reportedly fled the island.

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ninjaman-model.jpgFor the first time veteran deejay Ninjamans birthday bash will be staged over two nights, starting tonight, at the Turtle River Park in Ocho Rios, St Ann.

Now in its fourth year, the event is being called the Ocho Rios Festival.

According to Ninjaman,history will be created Friday night as it's the first time, outside of a world sound clash, that there will be six top sound systems and selectors coming together in one dance.

The sound systems are Bass Odyssey, Fire Links, Tony Matterhorn, Ricky Trooper, Pink Panther and Innocent Sound.

"Yuh never see that happen yet inna Jamaica and is not a world clash. That's the kind of entertainment Ninjaman is bringing to the people. On the second night is some of the top artiste inna dancehall we bringing to the people," the deejay explained.

For night two (Saturday) Ninjaman said except for Capleton, all the other advertised acts are down to appear.

"Just like my fans, the whole dancehall fraternity know how much I put into my show and that's why they always come out and support me. Capleton have to go an deal with a thing and him tell me he won't make it and I believe him. Capleton and Bounty Killer have been with me on this show from year one and support me to the fullest. Capleton is like my brother and if he is doing A St Mary Mi Come From this year, he know that Ninjaman will be there to support him. Saturday night is like a dancehall school and university. All the biggest artistes in dancehall. People who you don't see in a long while plus all the current dancehall artistes on one show."

The line-up for Saturday night includes Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Busy Signal, Romain Virgo, Ghost, Elephant Man, Professor Nuts, Gully Bop, Luciano, Admiral Bailey, Tarrus Riley and others.





magnum-louder-ad-campaign.jpgIn keeping with the charge of making the brand LOUDER, Magnum has incorporated the latest generation of Dancehall stars in their campaign.

These music and contemporary dance acts include Devin Di Dakta, the current Mangum King of Dancehall, alongside dancers Sherine "Sher" Scarlett, the 2012 International Dancehall Queen, Nickeisha "Head Top" Haye, who was crowned 2013 St. Catherine Dancehall Queen, and the popular Renee "Six-Thirty" Mclean.

Palmer explains that the brand communication, with its new look, will empower consumers to strive for personal and collective excellence both inside and outside of dancehall. The brand's refreshed image provides it with a greater ability to explore new opportunities and aspects of the overall Jamaican pop culture: "We definitely want all Jamaicans to be the best version of themselves daily, and live LOUDER in any of the many components of our country's diverse contemporary cultural elements of music, fashion, food, theatre, and more."

Dancehall fans are also in for a special treat, as the 2016 Calendar which features Jamaica's favourite Television personality Yanique "Curvy Diva" Barrett. Her journey with Magnum started in 2011 when she became the 2nd host of the Magnum Kings and Queens of the Dancehall TV show. The fashionable and captivating Curvy Diva is the face of Magnum 2016 "Go Louder" calendar which has received rave reviews.





No bail for man who allegedly murdered two sisters

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hands-behind-bars.jpgDelroy Erskine, the man accused of last year's murder of two sisters in May Pen, Clarendon, was remanded when he appeared before the May Pen Criminal Court on Thurday.

Erskine, a construction worker, who was charged last week, was remanded until March 24.

He is accused of the murders of 18 year old, Feleisha Bryan, who was a sixth form student at Vere Technical High School and her 23 year old sister, Janelle Howell.

Their bodies, which had stab wounds, were found in bushes near their home in Land Lease on October 3.

Erskine was captured last week in St Ann.





photog-rheco-snapdat.jpgTributes have been pouring in for well known photographer, Records Dowe aka Rheco Snapdat who reportedly drowned on Wednesday while diving at Blue Hole in St Ann.

"We believe that he hit his head before he hit the water and that's why he drowned because he is a good swimmer. He has jumped off the rocks at the Blue Hole before but this was his first attempt at that spot, and he died," close friend and dancehall artiste Chilando said.

"His family is mourning his loss, and he was a key member of Team Chilando, he was a neighbour, and a friend, and I am mourning a friend today. I was at home when I got the call and it shake me up say he is really gone."





tarrus-riley-photo-2.jpgPopular singer Althea,Hamilton, who has worked for several years with saxophonist Dean Fraser and reggae singer Tarrus Riley, succumbed to cancer this week.

According to a good friend, the singer had fought a valiant, eight-year battle with the disease.

"When she was put in hospice care at the end of last year, we knew in our hearts that that was the end. She was diagnosed eight years ago and has been treated at different stages. The cancer has gone into remission more than once, but it kept coming back, and in the end, it was at different places in her body, including the brain," the source told Yardflex.

Dean Fraser paid tribute to Althea on his Facebook page on Tuesday.

This makes the second back-up singer who worked with Dean to pass away. Connie Campbell died in 2012 after being in a coma for close to two years.





beenie-jazz.jpgThis might ot sem relevant but it is. Beenie Man, who yuh live wid? Don't you think that thee person who put yuh up inna her house all dem months yah deserve some respect?

When Beenie and TV host, Krystal Tomlinson put on that very public kiss at Rebel Salute last weekend many eyebrows were raised way up. Naturally, the picture man dem descend pon di two a dem, but dem neva waan tek no picture together. Ah wonder why?

Anyway, hear the kicker: "When contacted, Tomlinson told THE STAR that she prefers to keep her life private.

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"At this time, I'm not prepared to answer questions about that. I am not in a position to. I like to keep my life private, so at this time, I have no comment on the issue at all," she said.

Now Krystal, you and Beenie Man a kiss up inna big big public and then you a go chat bout you want to keep you private life "private"

Well, my dear, if that is so, then you shouldn't be kissing like that in public.

According to the story, Beenie Man confirmed that the two are dating. End of....





George Gresham, President of New York City's largest labor union, 1199SEIU, is being honored with the 2015 American Foundation for The University of the West Indies (AFUWI) Special Award. The union stalwart, who rose through the ranks to the helm of one of the most powerful trade unions, will be presented with the prestigious award at the glitzy Annual Legacy Awards Gala on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at The Pierre in New York City.

Now in its 18th year, the annual event, organized under the auspices of Honorary Patron, Dr Harry Belafonte, OJ, seeks to raise funds for the University of the West Indies (UWI), the largest and most longstanding higher education provider in the English-speaking Caribbean.

A strong advocate for the rights of health care workers and their families, Mr. Gresham is the fifth president in the union's 75-year history. After assuming the top post in April 2007, two years later he directed the successful collective bargaining with the League of Voluntary Hospitals and Homes on behalf of 135,000 New York metropolitan area members at 87 institutions. In addition to expanding job security for its members, including part-time workers, it also secured a comprehensive health package with improved pension benefits along with a 10 percent compounded wage increase through April 2015.

Mr. Gresham also serves as a Vice President of the Executive Board of Service Employees Internal Union (SEIU) with 2.1 million working members in locals throughout the nation, and co-chairs the 1199SEIU National Benefit Fund, the largest self-insured union healthcare plan in the nation, the 1199SEIU Training and Upgrading Fund, which has employer contributions and grant funding of over $150 million per year, the 1199/Employer Child Care Fund, which covers over 50,000 children of members, and the 1199SEIU Pension Fund, which has nearly $7 billion in assets.

Among the other honorees are Debra A. Sandler, Chief Health and Wellbeing Officer for Mars, Incorporated, Adam Stewart, CEO of Sandals Resorts International and George Willie, Managing Partner of Bert Smith & Co. who will receive the Caribbean Luminary Award; while Paxton Baker, Executive Vice President and General Manager of CENTRIC (formerly BETJ), will be presented with the Vice Chancellor's Achievement Award. The Legacy Awards are conferred on notable individuals or entities which represent high levels of achievement within their respective fields of industry and enterprise.

Tickets for the fundraising gala start at $500 and should be reserved by Friday, January 23, 2015. To reserve or purchase tickets, contact AFUWI by calling 212-759-9345. Proceeds from the gala each year go toward providing scholarships and last year 40 scholarships were awarded to deserving students for the academic year. For information about making a contribution to the Foundation, please visit http://www.afuwi.org.









fabian-marley-photo-6.jpgLOS ANGELES, Jan. 19, 2016 -- A series of DNA tests prove definitively that the man who calls himself Fabian "Marley" is without question not related to Bob Marley. Instead, the tests demonstrate conclusively that Fabian is the natural born son of Othneil Stanford.

"The DNA tests show with scientific certainty that Fabian Marley is not the half-brother of either Rohan Marley, Stephen Marley or Robert N. Marley. In addition, similar DNA tests show the probability of Fabian Marley being the son of Othneil Stanford is 99.99%," said Dr. Karl A. Reich, Scientific Director of Independent Forensics DNA Testing & Technologies. Independent Forensics is a fully accredited and well renowned DNA testing laboratory in Illinois.

The Marley family has repeatedly maintained that Fabian was an imposter who only asserted his familial relationship to Bob Marley in order to advance his music career. But for years Fabian had refused to undertake a DNA test with an accredited forensics laboratory. His most recent manager, Clayton Thomas, finally convinced Fabian to undergo the DNA test in October 2015 at an accredited DNA laboratory, and the results unequivocally demonstrate that Fabian cannot be the son of Bob Marley.

Fabian's mother, Ms. Raphie Munroe, said about her son, "This is crazy talk. I never in my life told my son that Bob Marley was his father. I don't know how he came up with this, but it is not true. It never happened. I don't know where he got this from, but no one in the family ever said this even once."

Fabian's eldest sister, Sandra Stanford Walker, confirmed, "Something is wrong with him, this is not normal behavior. Everyone knows he is not a Marley. His family, his friends, everyone in our community knows he is not Bob Marley's son. Fabian is troubled and we want to put an end to his lies."

A spokesperson for the Marley family stated, "The Marley family is pleased to finally have this matter behind us. We have said repeatedly that this man who calls himself Fabian is not the son of Bob Marley. The tests now prove we were correct. We hope he can finally accept the truth of his own true heritage."

Fifty-Six Hope Road Music, Ltd., is the company founded by Bob Marley's wife and children and the legal entity holding the trademark, publicity, persona and other intellectual property rights to legendary reggae artist Bob Marley.





Sound system selector, Stephen Chang, known in music circles as Stevie of Black Kat Sound has been hospitalized following a murder and double shooting incident.

The police report that Stevie was among three persons at a bar in Limit District, in Manchester on Monday when men approached them and started shooting.

Superintendent Cameron Powell who is attached to the Manchester Police Division said that the incident took place while the men were playing domino at the bar. Powell says the police were told that the suspects left the scene in a waiting motor car.

Stevie is presently in stable condition.





Frankie Paul's leg amputated

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frankie-paul.jpgVeteran reggae singer Frankie Paul was reportedly hospitalised due to an infection, but had to undergo an operation to amputate a part of his leg.

Reports are that the singer, who is legally blind, suffers from diabetes and had complications which necessitated his leg being cut off. The doctors in Jamaica had to cut Frankie Paul's foot from the ankles after he complained about having severe pain

Frankie Paul recently gave a great performance at the return of popular oldies show, Startime.

Yardflex wishes Frankie Paul a speedy recovery.





Prison escapee back in jail

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hands-behind-bars.jpgThe Westmoreland police say, they have recaptured an inmate who escaped from the Spanish Town lock-up in 2013.

He is Andre Knight of Spanish Town, and is said to be a member of the Clansman Gang, based in the old capital.

Knight was being sought for the killings of two Trinidad and Tobago nationals.

It is reported that police carried-out an operation in Carwina District in Westmoreland.

Its further reported that four persons were spotted at the house, one ran and managed to elude the police.

Three were taken into custody, including Knight.





fabian-marley-photo-2.jpgSo where liad Fabian coulda really get that story from?

Look how long him a walk round and a trick up people sey him is the long lost son of Bob Marley, and according to him mada, him sista and the whole a him generation dem, Fabin know sey nutten doan go so.

Da man yah really billias fi true.

Fabian, who change him name to 'Fabian The Truth' claimed that it was him mada, Raphie Munroe, who tell him sey him was the son of the reggae king, Bo Marley,but hear what him mada haffi sey bout the whole situation.

"This is crazy talk!"

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"I never in my life told my son that Bob Marley was his father. I don't know how he came up with this, but it is not true. It never happened. I don't know where he got this from, but no one in the family ever said this even once," Miss Raphie tell the Marley family.

Fakian, yuh get busted. So just come clean and confess and apologise and try get a real life.

Hope yuh have some a di massive amount a money yuh used to get a week time tie up inna one thread bag fi rainy day.





warmington.jpgEverald Warmington, crassness and bhuttuism personified, strikes again. This time the JLP politician noted in Parliament that MP Lisa Hanna is a Delilah and said it not once, but twice.

Naturally, him come under nuff pressure.

This is just one of a whole, never-ending list of comments:

lisa-hanna-photo-3.jpg"I wonder how long it will take for the JLP to remove this man, Warmington, from its ranks; for the House to censure him and for his constituency to call into question his representing them in Parliament. Warmington is out of control, not only because of his disrespect for women, but also for his lack of decency towards colleagues as well.What nation are we becoming when those who are our leaders are acting so disrespectfully and uncontrollably, This is not a laughing matter anymore, and the audience is; no one being entertained by his crude and distasteful antics."





'Kiss my black R*ss,' Gayle tell the haters

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chris-gayle-photo-3.jpg"To the MEDIA, Thank You all so! The Haters, I Thank you even more ... I think a lot of past and present cricketers who smile in front my face could have their say in the public when my so-called issue was going on, but y'all don't have the BALLs to stand firm when it matters - but yet when u see me you're like, Chris that's BS against you, it was blown out of proportion smh [shaking my head]...don't tell me, tell the media and (the) public!

"The past cricketer who say I make myself look like a chop, the other who claims I was no good to the youngsters while playing for the Thunder, the next one who said he expects that sort of behaviour from Chris - Y'all can kiss my 'Black R..s'. "I love Australia and I will be back again even for the ... oi oi," wrote the West Indies batting star, Christopher Henry Gayle.

"Ppl think I may have played my last innings in Aus, but my memory with the fans will live on forever!!" Gayle wrote. "I build leagues around the world and Big Bash is one of them ... 'Give the ppl what they want'."

In a parting shot after the fiasco that developed recently over his on-air advances to Australian journalist Mel McLaughlin, Gayle hit back at his main critics, especially former cricketers who chastised him for his behaviour during an interview with McLaughlin.

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Gayle declared himself a league builder in the T20 format, and said if he had played his last BBL innings, his "memory with the fans will live on forever".

His final innings was certainly memorable, a record-equalling 12-ball half-century to join India's Yuvraj Singh's 2007 knock at the top of the tables for the fastest T20 50.

But Gayle's latest Big Bash season will be remembered more for the McLaughlin interview in which he asked the interviewer out for a drink during the live international broadcast, and flustered her with the now famous flattery line: "don't blush, baby".

His comments were widely criticised, including by Cricket Australia, and while Gayle was not suspended by his team, Melbourne Renegades, it is considered unlikely he will be back for future BBL tournaments.

Gayle used his Instagram account on Tuesday, a day after his last innings of the series, to thank the Renegades and the Australian fans for their support.

Gayle's former Sydney Thunder teammate, Chris Rogers, was more expansive on ABC radio during the recent Sydney Test, and said he had concerns about the influence being set for younger players.

"From my time at the Thunder, I was very disappointed in his attitude and his behaviour, and I've never been a fan since," Rogers said at the time. "From what I saw, if I had been in the Thunder the next year, it would have been my advice that he shouldn't have been anywhere near the set-up.





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Yardflex has confirmed that 2015 Magnum Kings and Queens winner Devin Di Dakta, was severey beaten Corey Todd and so-called security personnel inside the parking lot of Taboo nightclub on Constant Spring Road early Monday morning.

As has been stated elsewhere, the attack was "unprovoked and involved "about 20 security personnel at the club and the club operator, Corey Todd".

Speaking to Yardflex early this morning, our credible sources stated that the whole story about Devin harassing a dancer was "pure fabrication".

"All lies. Absolutely nothing goes like that. Devin did not harass any dancer and they all know that. He was not in the club for five minutes good when he was paged by some men who told him that the boss wanted to see him," our source stated.

That "boss" just happened to be former Vybz Kartel manager, Corey Todd.

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Devin was reportedly forcibly removed from inside Taboo, where he was about to have a drink with a friend and the friend's wife.

"He had no security with him, as he was not at Taboo to party, he was simply there to have a drink with a friend who had been visiting Jamaica and was leaving later that day."

Once inside the parking lot of the venue, Devin was held down by some of the security thugs while another set, along with Corey Todd proceded to beat him up, our sources say, adding that Corey Todd did use Devin's belt to beat him.

The reason for this thuggish behaviour by Todd and his henchmen stems from a diss song Devin recorded about Masicka in 2012, prior to Masicka's involvement with Todd. Todd, after hearing the single, which has been re-released, decided that a line in the song could very well apply to him and had demanded that the line be removed.

"Since the song had nothing to do with Corey Todd, his demands were ignored," the Yardflex source explained.

"As a result of that, Todd made his move to beat up Devin and use his spin doctor in media, the one with the notorious rumour mills, to weave a web of lies and deceit in an effort to bully and bring down Devin the Dakta," the source stated, adding that Devin's manager was also threatened by Corey Todd.

The incident with Devin has been reported to the Constant Spring police, along with the threat against Devin's manager. The police have confirmed that the matter is being investigated at the highest level. Reports are that the police went to Taboo on Monday night to speak to Corey Todd, but he had slready slipped away.

Devin Di Dakta is known for songs such as Gaza Prayer and Run Mi Down.





fabian-marley-photo-5.jpgWho saw this one coming? Fabian Marley says he is no longer using the Marley name in a professional way, his new stage name is...you probably didn't guess it.... Fabian The Truth. Yes, you heard right.

The reggae artiste who has been entangled in an acrimonious DNA dispute with the Marley family, says that he will continue to use the name Fabian Marley in all his legal dealings, and he will fight to do so.

"I will not stop using my legal name, Fabian Marley. My name is trademarked in the US, it is legal in the eyes of the government, it is not a fake name. Who know the truth, know the truth but I will let it go."

Fabian the Truth says he is under a lot of pressure and has received intimidatory letters and threatening phone calls, therefore "just for peace sake, just so that no one can come and harm me or my family, I will leave it alone, I am no longer Fabian Marley, I am Fabian the Truth".

"This Marley controversy that has been going on for a long time, is causing a problem in my personal life and affecting my health. But this music is bigger than just Bob Marley, I have a message, so right now, my name is Fabian the Truth, ," he said.

There has been a boost in the singer's popularity since the Marley DNA controversy, with his video, Naw Go Say We Poor racking up thousands of views on youtube, while the single has popped up on two national reggae charts.





jada-pinkett-smith.jpgProminent celebrities are now taking a stand against 2016's #OscarsSoWhite. This year, out of the 20 people nominated in the acting categories at the Oscars none are people of color. None. Furthermore, in the nominated films that include non-white cast members, only white contributors have been recognized with nominations.

Jada Pinkett Smith announced via Facebook video that she would not be attending nor watching this year's Academy Awards. Spike Lee shared a similar sentiment on Instagram alongside a photo of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This year's ballot is the second consecutive set of Oscar nominees that feature no actors of colour.

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Jada expressed her dismay on the awards' lack of diversity. The "Magic Mike XXL" actress, 44, sent out a series of tweets over the weekend.

"At the Oscars ... people of color are always welcomed to give out awards ... even entertain, but we are rarely recognized for our artistic accomplishments," she wrote, adding, "Should people of color refrain from participating all together?"

She continued, "People can only treat us in the way in which we allow. With much respect in the midst of deep disappointment."

In a video posted to Facebook Monday morning, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the actress posed some powerful, thoughtful questions.

"Is it time that people of color recognize how much power, influence, that we have amassed, that we no longer need to ask to be invited anywhere?" she said in the video. "Maybe it's time that we recognize that if we love and respect and acknowledge ourselves in the way in which we are asking others to do, that that is the place of true power."

Pinkett Smith called for change, saying that "it's our responsibility now" to make the difference.

"Begging for acknowledgement, or even asking, diminishes dignity and diminishes power. And we are a dignified people and we are powerful," she said. "Let's do us, differently."

Meanwhile, 58-year-old filmmaker, Spike Lee, explained his decision in a lengthy post hashtagged ?#?OscarsSoWhite?, which was fittingly shared on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

'Dr. King said, "There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but he must take it because conscience tells him it's right,"' the controversial director wrote.

'How is it possible for the 2nd consecutive year all 20 contenders under the actor category are white? And let's not even get into the other branches. 40 white actors in 2 years and no flava at all. We can't act?! WTF!!'

Spike - born Shelton - said he meant no disrespect to this year's ironically black president (Cheryl Boone Isaacs), producer (Reginald Hudlin), and host (Chris Rock).

First, the two-time Emmy winner thanked the Academy for the Honorary Oscar he received at the Governors Awards on November 15.

Lee admitted the 'real battle' is actually taking place in the 'executive office of the Hollywood studios and TV and cable networks.'

'This is where the gate keepers decide what gets made and what gets jettisoned to "turnaround" or scrap heap,' he wrote to his combined 1.4M followers on social media.

The Chi-Raq director then pointed out that it's easier for an African-American to be President of the United States 'than be president of a Hollywood studio.'





Two women are in custody following the discovery of the body of ten year old Juvaine Bent in Portland Cottage, Clarendon on Sunday.

Head of the Clarendon Police, Senior Superintendent Fitz Bailey, disclosed that a man has also been detained.One of the women is from Portland Cottage.

Investigators are still trying to ascertain the circumstances which led to Juvaine's death.

Three days after he was reported missing his body was found near a pond on Sunday morning.

Reports are that several wounds were seen on the body and one of the arms is missing.





Zik V puts pause on pregnancy

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zika-virus-photo-1.jpgOn Monday, the Ministry of Health advised women to delay becoming pregnant for the next six to twelve months given the possible link between the mosquito-borne virus and birth defects.

Director of Emergency Disaster Management and Special Services in the Health Ministry, Dr. Melody Ennis, said with the increasing threat and closeness of the virus to Jamaica, the ministry's position has changed. In an advisory issued on Monday, the Health Ministry says women who are already pregnant should take extra precautions to prevent being bitten by mosquitoes as Zika could cause microcephaly.

Microcephaly is an abnormal growth of the brain and stunting of the growth of the head of the foetus arising from infection in the first months of pregnancy.

Babies who develop microcephaly in the womb may not live to full term, maybe born prematurely, still born or survive but with life-long disabilities.

The Ministry's statement comes in light of questions being raised about its delay in warning women against pregnancy as has been done in other countries with the virus such as Brazil.

Health Minister, Horace Dalley says there is still no absolute proof of the link between the Zika virus and microcephaly.However, based on evidence from Brazil, information from the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization and other technical partners the Ministry is seeking to prevent any possible adverse outcome to pregnant women.

He has reminded persons to take the necessary steps to rid their communities of the Aedes aegypti mosquito which transmits the Zika virus. He added that the Ministry of Health has heightened its alert and is scaling up vector control activities.

In a statement on Monday, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) recommended that member countries monitor and report increases in neurological syndromes and congenital anomalies, which growing evidence suggests may be linked to Zika infections.





corey-todd.jpgJust when you thought you heard it all...

Smething just not right with the story that Devin Di Dakta stand up and mek Corey Todd tek belt -- Devin owna belt from outta Devin owna pants waist -- and beat Devin inna him club parking lot and Devin entourage stand up and watch.

If a so it really go Devin fi run way di whole useless lot a dem. Dem no suppose to be di man 'protection' and 'security'. But dem daon serve no purpose if dem a go men man tek libatty wid him.

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We not saying that the artiste right fi grope di dancer ... IF ANYTHING REALLY GO SO, but since dem throw Devin outta Corey Todd club and him inna di parking lot a get ready fi leave, how dem tingz yah occur.

More questions than answers. Devin, we hope you and you ego recover soon and that you report it to the police dem who cannot be bought out.

More to come cause we haffi get to di bottom of this yah one.





the-cannabiz-business-and-international-investors-conference-jamaica-2016.jpgTowards Green Gold Prosperity for Jamaicans

The Cannabiz Business and International Investors Conference Jamaica 2016

Please access link: www.nalgjamaica.com

Wednesday 3rd & Thursday 4th February, 2016
Jamaica Conference Centre, Kingston
9:30 am to 5:00 pm daily

Objectives

  • To appraise Jamaicans and international investors and interested parties about the possible regulatory framework of the cannabis industry to be established in Jamaica
  • To allow potential investors and interests to have a better understanding of the investment climate in Jamaica
  • To facilitate partnerships with local interests and potential cannabis business operators

Registration

  • Overseas Delegates / Participants: US$200 per person
  • Int. Companies: US $500 (maximum of four delegates / participants)
  • Jamaicans: Members, Ganja Growers and Producers Associatin and Cannabis Commercial and Medicinal Research Institute: J$2,000 daily
  • Jamaicans / Non Members: J$3,000 daily

Wednesday 3rd February, 2016

Going Forward - Government Policy Framework

Thursday 4th February, 2016

Forging Partnerships with International Investors

National Alliance for the Legalization of Ganja
6 Cheriton Road, Kingston 2. Tel: 759-8901-2
Email: legalize.it.ja@gmail.com





First case of Zika virus hits the US

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zika-virus-photo-1.jpgAs if travelers didn't have enough to worry about with mosquitos spreading diseases like Dengue, Chikungunya, and West Nile, now there's a new virus threatening our health: Zika virus.

Just two days after the CDC issued a travel alert advising pregnant women to consider avoiding areas including Brazil, the Caribbean, and Puerto Rico where this once rare virus is now rapidly spreading, the first U.S. case of a baby born with Zika-related microcephaly has been confirmed in Hawaii. It is believed that the baby's mother was infected while pregnant in Brazil last year.

Mounting evidence has linked Zika infections in pregnant women to the birth defect microcephaly, a potentially deadly underdevelopment of a baby's brain, also resulting in abnormally small head size. Richard Kuhn, head of Biological Sciences at Purdue University tells Yahoo Travel that "Once a pregnant woman is infected, the placenta can also become infected, causing an infection in the brain of the fetus. It is still unclear whether there is a particular trimester during which fetuses are the most vulnerable," says Kuhn.

The most common symptoms of Zika, a flavivirus related to Dengue, Yellow Fever, and West Nile, according to Richard Kuhn, Head of Biological Sciences at Purdue University, include flu-like symptoms (fever, body aches, headache), as well as rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis.





A man died in a French hospital Sunday after taking part in an experimental drug trial for a painkiller, and five other participants remain hospitalized after one of France's most troubling medical incidents.

French prosecutors have launched a manslaughter investigation into the unusual case, which shined a spotlight on the practice of testing drugs on paid, healthy human volunteers. Scores of others were also given the drug. The Portuguese pharmaceutical company testing the drug, Bial, said in a statement that it's working with health authorities to determine what caused "this tragic and unfortunate situation."

The Rennes University Hospital in western France announced the death in a statement, but didn't identify the patient, who had already been in a state of brain death.

He was among six male volunteers between 28 and 49 hospitalized last week after volunteering to take the drug. French health authorities have said three of the hospitalized volunteers face possible brain damage.

The Paris prosecutor's office said the investigation was expanded after the death to include potential manslaughter charges.

The trial, which began Jan. 7, involved 90 healthy volunteers who were given the experimental drug in varying doses at different times.

The hospital said it has contacted the 84 other volunteers exposed to the new painkiller. Ten of those volunteers underwent medical exams Saturday, but the hospital found no anomalies, the statement says. It said another five will have medical exams closer to their homes, but didn't say whether the others are being monitored or tested.

The drug was given orally to healthy volunteers as part of a Phase 1 trial by Biotrial, a drug evaluation company based in Rennes, on behalf of Bial.





Iman and David Bowie - The perfect couple

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david-bowie-and-wife-iman-photo-1.jpgDavid Bowie sadly passed away last Sunday night following an eighteen-month battle with cancer, surrounded by his family - including his dedicated wife, Iman.

Now a close friend of the iconic musician has revealed that before he met his second wife at a Los Angeles party in 1990, Bowie was desperately lonely and did not enjoy much of a social life.

Teddy Antolin, Bowie's pal and personal hairdresser, revealed: "David was very lonely. It was so sad - all this hard work David did each day and then he was alone."

He also recalled the first time that the loved-up couple met, adding to The Sunday People: "David arrived in a white Mustang sports car, wearing white jeans and a white jacket, all denim.

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"Iman showed up in a black Mercedes wearing all black leather. And I thought, what could be more perfect.

"The minute she walked in all the attention went to her, she just claimed the room. She had a big smile and her and David looked at each other and it was love at first sight, you could feel the electricity, something went off.

"They spent the night talking to each other like they had known each other forever. They were looking at each other like, 'Now what, shall we skip dessert and go home?'

"There was no one else in their lives but those two from then on."

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The couple married in 1992 and Iman inspired Bowie to make huge lifestyle changes, including giving up alcohol and drugs

Teddy added: "David managed to become ¬sober when he met Iman. He decided, 'I met her, I'm changing my life, I've got to impress this woman and step up' and he did.

"He did everything to change any kind of bad habits he had and it was remarkable because David never had a drink after that or anything."





Chris Rock calls The Oscars 'The White BET Awards'

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chris-rock.jpgThe Academy Awards showcase has been the talk of the town since the nominees were announced earlier this week. The lack of diversity within the nods was startling, but not surprising to some, even prompting the Academy president, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, to speak out. Now, the host of the forthcoming evening shared his summation of the award show in a nutshell.

Chris Rock, who'll steer the Oscars this year, deemed the annual event as "The White BET Awards." During a promo that he released on Twitter, he also added why you shouldn't miss out on this year's festivity.

2015's #OscarsSoWhite trending topic re-emerged after the nominees were revealed, prompting a few actresses/actors to join in on the conversation.

One person in particular was Ice Cube, who was a pivotal collaborator in the groundbreaking Straight Outta Compton film.

During an interview with Wendy Williams, the Ride Along 2 star said he's not upset at the snub. "It's the Oscars, they do what they do. The people love the movie and the people supported the movie." He later continued, "It is nice to be recognized, but N.W.A is anti-establishment so we're used to people trying to dismiss what we gotta say, used to the industry looking down on us. We were the black sheeps of the industry and we used to it. If we didn't get nominated, that would be familiar territory."

The 88th annual Academy Awards will take place Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. on ABC.





david-bowie.jpgDavid Bowie's final album, Blackstar, debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, giving the late music legend his first No. 1 album.

Bowie died on Jan. 10 of cancer, two days after the release of the album.

Blackstar was issued through ISO/Columbia Records and earned 181,000 equivalent album units in the U.S., during the week ending Jan. 14, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 174,000 were in pure album sales - Bowie's biggest sales week for an album since Nielsen began electronically tracking point-of-sale music purchases in 1991. (His previous sales high in that span of time came when his last album, 2013's The Next Day, bowed with 85,000 sold in its first week.)

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new Jan. 30, 2016-dated chart (where Bowie debuts at No. 1) will be posted in full to Billboard's websites on Wednesday, Jan. 20. (Charts will be refreshed one day later than usual this week, due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Jan. 18.)

Clearly, music fans were moved by the news of Bowie's death, as not only did Blackstar perform strongly, but he has nine further albums that either re-enter or debut on the Billboard 200 chart. Among them are two further titles in the top 40: the greatest hits collection Best of Bowie (No. 4) and The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars (No. 21).

Bowie's history on the Billboard 200 dates back nearly 44 years, when Hunky Dory bowed on the chart dated April 15, 1972. Blackstar and Best of Bowie bring the artist's total of top 10-charting albums to nine. He previously hit the region with The Next Day (peaking at No. 2 in 2013), Let's Dance (No. 4, 1983), ChangesOneBowie (No. 10, 1976), Station to Station (No. 3, 1976), Young Americans (No. 9, 1975), David Live (No. 8, 1974) and Diamond Dogs (No. 5, 1974).

Best of Bowie, released in 2002, returns to the chart at No. 4 (a new peak) with 94,000 units (up from only a few thousand in the week previous). It sold 51,000 in pure album sales, gaining by 6,698 percent. (It originally peaked at No. 70 in 2002.)





lil-wayne-throws-down-mic.jpgDuring Wayne's performance, it appeared the crowd wasn't too into it. In the video above, you can see Weezy telling everyone to put their hands up, but nobody really does. As he's running through "John," some of his lyrics get bleeped out too. Eventually, he gets fed up, throws his mic in the air, and walks off the stage.

It's unclear whether the crowd knew who Wayne was or they just didn't understand his music. Whatever the situation, Wayne wasn't happy about it and reportedly left the venue immediately.

A representative for Lil Wayne has issued a clarification concerning the rapper's walk-off in Milan. According to TMZ, Wayne "didn't walk offstage because of the crowd, he was frustrated because the venue experienced technical difficulties and there were problems with his mic."





Twins of Twins 'Bun Again' padlock the city

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twin-of-twins-photo-1.jpgThe Twins named the song 'Bun Again', however, the streets have decided that the song's real name is 'Padlock', simply because the humourous single pokes fun at Gully Bop and Shauna Chin, detailing their very public break-up, which included the use of a padlock to beat Bop.

And, needless to say, 'Padlock/Bun Again' has totally locked the city.

The song starts out by telling the listeners "When you hear some man get bun don't laugh". It then recalls some of the hottest bun in dancehall, including the "bakery" that poor Foota Hype received and the hot bun that Mr Vegas bawling his eyes out.

However, the main butt is none other than Gully Bop, who says that Chin had her man wearing his clothes.

The Twins had a field day with that one.

The song is rapidly chalking up hits on yourube along with some very favourable comments.

Dancehall nice again!





The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services says an immigration lawyer has been arrested in New York for defrauding immigrants, including Caribbean nationals.

The agency says Gnoleba Seri of Brooklyn, New York has been charged for immigration fraud and aggravated identity theft.

It says Seri allegedly used his legal knowledge to circumvent the law and forge documents that are critical to obtaining an immigrant visa.

The US immigration authority says Seri is charged with one count of visa fraud, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison; one count of aggravated identity theft, which carries a mandatory consecutive minimum sentence of two years in prison; and one count of mail fraud, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.





Bog Walk Gorge closed as truck overturns in river

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truck-bog-walk-gorge.jpgThe Bog Walk Gorge in St. Catherine has been closed to facilitate the removal of a truck carrying Liquified Natural Gas which overturned in the Gorge early Sunday.

The incident in which the vehicle ended up in the Rio Cobre, reportedly took place about 3 o'clock .

The truck driver escaped serious injuries

It's not clear how the truck ended up partially submerged in the water.

Teams from the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) the National Works Agency, the Jamaica Fire Brigade and police are conducting assessments of the incident scene.





Negative results for suspected Zik V infections

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zika-virus-photo-1.jpgThe Ministry of Health is reporting that it has so far investigated twelve suspected cases of the Zika virus however they have returned negative results.

The samples, which were sent to the Caribbean Public Health Agency, included eleven Jamaicans and a foreigner who traveled from Latin America.

In a statement late Friday, Health Minister Horace Dalley, said with Zika confirmed in Haiti, the Ministry will intensify vector control activities this weekend.

Dalley says given Jamaica's relationship with Haiti and other countries where the virus has been confirmed such as Panama, the threat of spread to Jamaica is imminent. He noted that despite efforts there is still a high number of mosquito breeding sites in several communities across the island. Accordingly, the Health Ministry will publish the names of communities with high levels of Aedes aegypti mosquito breeding.

The main symptoms of the Zika virus are fever, conjunctivitis, temporary arthritis, mainly in the small joints of the hands and feet, and a rash that often starts on the face and spreads throughout the body.Symptoms are generally mild and last between two and seven days.

There is no vaccine or preventive drugs.





Who a di real hypocrite?

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nuffy.jpgNuffy do a diss song named Hypocrite calling out artiste Gully Bop and people like LA Lewis and Dr Love.

But this is the same Nuffy who did day him puddong mix-up and people bbusiness. So what a gwaan.

Anyway a this him hafi say fi himself:

"Mi did seh 2016 mi nuh inna nuh whole heap a mix up and nuh whole heap a excitement because mi mother, mi current woman and mi babymother dem look pan mi and seh forget about some things now because they saw that I was doing some things for fun, yet some people a tek it serious. So mi seh, 'Yuh kno wah, 2016 mi nah bother.' But a just the thing dem weh happen to mi, I was trying my best to hold it inside, but I had to do the song so that I can express myself and lose some of the anger that I had bottled up."

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Nuffy, who was once in Gully Bop's corner, used the song to diss Bop and chat nuff tings bout Bop and Shauna Chin.





When you lost politician find dem at Rebel Salute

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All a di people dem who can't tell when last dem set yeye pon dem MP shoulda did go backstage and VIP at Rebel Salute Satiday night. Di whole a dem did deh deh all palsy walsy wid artiste and a galang like sey dem a celebrity.

And all a dem a walk wid entourage and security detail. You woulda tink sey dem inna power already.

To be honest, we haffi tek Babsy outta it, cause she always represent. She deh a nuff stage show all over the island, not just di name brand one dem.

Well dem no have no jazz festival fi go dis year, so dem haffi mek di best use of Salute.





chris-martin.jpgRebel Salute gwaan good over the weekend so till. Di show sell off. Kudos to REbel and him team.

Beres, Sanchez and nuff more singer and deejay mash it up...flatten it dung to the grung. Di show did UP like seven but we haffi say dat Friday night belong to Sanchez and Saturday night belong to Beres. But the whole a di artiste dem perform well. Mi proud a di whole a dem..

All David Brooks did galang good. Is just that sometimes him neva memba say him was performing as him alter ego David Brooks and did a perform like him was Mavado.

Anyway, when him realise say him slip up and Mavado tek ova him show, him stop and apologise.

Louie Culture gwaan good; Everton Blender galang good; Richie Spice gwaan good; I-Octane galang good;

So by the way, Chris Martin did deh pon di line-up? Eh eh! Not a soul neva miss him so is a good ting him did stay which part him did deh.





Dr Love a go obeah 'nasty face Nuffy'

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nuffy.jpgNuffy, we really sorry fi you, but we cyaan help you.

Comedian Dr Love say him a go do you tings inna 2016 and stop you career before it even start. As to you car, that nah go start either. But a you wrong fi go call up him name inna you mix-up song and a style him.

Hear wha De Love write pon social media:

"Mi hear nasty face Nuffy mek song and try fi style mi seh him nuh want nuh fren from nuh obeah man. Nuffy, mek yuh tell yuh something, yuh shoulda neva try to come my way. Mi a guh mek yuh house haunted. Mi a guh mek sure seh yuh car can't start. Now Sting over and yuh a dead fi hungry and yuh want a buss back. Yuh life a guh haunted."





GUYANA: One case of Zika virus reported

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zika-virus.jpgDr. George Norton, Minister of Public Health, on Thursday told the National Assembly that the virus was detected by the Caribbean Public Health Agency in a blood sample taken from a 27-year-old woman.

Haiti also confirmed the presence of the virus in that country on Thursday.

Local transmission of the Zika virus has now been found in 15 Western Hemisphere countries and territories. The Aedes aegypti mosquito that transports the virus is found throughout the region, except in Chile and Canada. PAHO said it is likely that outbreaks will occur in other countries that have not yet reported cases.

The symptoms include mild fever, rash and headaches occurring about three to twelve days after the mosquito bite. Its clinical manifestation is often similar to dengue fever.





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WTJRC Founder and Grammy Winning Musician Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley Performing on 2015 Cruise (Photo By Anita Posada)

Welcome To Jamrock Reggae Cruise, the annual music voyage spearheaded by Grammy-winning artist Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley, announces plans for its third expedition across the Caribbean Sea.

Cruisers will board the Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas on November 14th, 2016 from Ft. Lauderdale, FL and will make stops in Montego Bay and Ocho Rios, Jamaica before returning on November 19th, 2016. Cabins are on sale now and can be purchased by going to welcometojamrockreggaecruise.com.

This year's lineup will include Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley, Stephen "Ragga" Marley, Toots & The Maytals, Steel Pulse, Sean Paul, Tarrus Riley, Bounty Killer, Mavado, Vegas, Junior Reid, Collie Buddz, Chaka Demus & Pliers, Romain Virgo, J Boog and Kabaka Pyramid. There will also be numerous sound systems and DJs onboard playing music all day and night, which will be announced at a later date.

In addition to witnessing the world's top tier reggae stars in action, passengers aboard the Royal Caribbean can enjoy multiple dining facilities, bars and lounges plus activites for every mood. Those seeking relaxation can visit the spa or one of the many pools and hot tubs, while adventure seekers can burn off some steam at the mini-golf course, basketball court, surf simulator, rock-climbing wall or state-of-the-art fitness center.

Jamrock has taken the reggae industry by storm as being the most exciting and talked about Reggae festival in the world. Jamrock 2015 had over 40 nations from all over the globe converging for their love of reggae music and the culture it emerged from. Earlier this year, Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley announced he has become the newest artist-owner of Tidal, the first artist-owned streaming service in the world. Tidal will join the WTJR Cruise again in 2016 to produce and release exclusive content to its subscribers.





Celine Dion's husband, René Angélil, dead at 73

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celine-dion-and-husband-angeli.jpgCeline Dion's husband, René Angélil, died on Thursday after a long battle with throat cancer, ET can confirm. He was 73 years old.

"René Angélil passed away this morning at his home in Las Vegas after a long and courageous battle against cancer," his rep said in a statement on Thursday. "The family requests that their privacy be respected at the moment; more details will be provided at a later time."

Angélil has been in Dion's life since they met when she was 12 years old - serving as both her manager and mentor - even mortgaging his home to fund her first record, La voix du bon Dieu. The two's relationship turned romantic in 1987, and they were engaged in 1991. The couple tied the knot in December 1994, in a lavish ceremony at Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal, Quebec.

Last month, the two celebrated their 21st wedding anniversary, with the singer Instagramming a sweet throwback photo of the two holding hands on their wedding day.

Angélil was first diagnosed with throat cancer in 1999. In 2014, Dion took an indefinite leave of absence from her Las Vegas residency to care for Angélil - who underwent surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from his throat in December 2013 - after his second cancer diagnosis.

In August, she returned the Colosseum stage at Caesars Palace, in large part because of Angélil's urging.

"We don't know what the future holds," Dion told ET in August, adding that Rene told her to be "back, strong, [to] do it, still share your passion."

"He's been there for me all my life, and I've been there for him all my life," she continued. "There's a part of me that never really left the stage. I wanted to be there but I needed to be someplace else which was much more important at that time. To be by his side. To be by my family."





Usain Bolt earned US 21 million in 2015

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usain-bolt-wins-gold-200m-beijing-2015-photo-3.jpgJamaica's superstar athlete, Usain St Leo Bolt made a total of just over JMD $2.5 billion dollars or the equivalent of USD $21 million dollars for 2015.

The 29 year old reigning Olympic and World Championship sprint triple champion got most of his earnings through on track appearances and endorsement deals.

Bolt, however has dropped 27 places from 45 in 2014 to joint 73rd alongside Barcelona forward Luis Suarez on the Forbes Magazine list of the world's highest paid athletes in 2015.

Retired boxer Floyd Mayweather, who earned USD $300 million topped the list for 2015 ahead of fellow boxer Manny Pacquio who made $160 million.

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo is third with $79.6 million, followed by FIFA Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi $73.8 million and tennis star Roger Federer who earned $67 million dollars.

The top ten biggest earners in sports for 2015 is completed by Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James $64.8 million, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant $54.1 million, golfers Phil Mickelson $50.8 million and Tiger Woods $50.6 million.

LA Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, who made $49.5 million, closes out the top 10 places.

Tennis players Maria Sharapova, at 26 with $29.7 million and Serena Williams at 47 with $26.4 million, are the top female earners for 2015.





bob-marley-photo-3.jpgTuff Gong International, under the direction of CEO, Cedella Marley, will stage the first annual One Love Music Festival on February 4 - 5, 2016, at Rose Hall Great House Lawns and Aqueduct, in Montego Bay, St James.

The festival is a fundraising event to celebrate Bob Marley's life and legacy by supporting life changing projects in education, the environment and poverty relief through the Bob Marley Foundation in partnership with the Rose Town Foundation and Sandals Foundation.

It will comprise of a gala reception and a live concert featuring international acts Akon, Sevyn Streeter, Kymani Marley, Julian Marley, Skip Marley and a host of local performers.

On February 4, the star studded gala reception takes place on the lawns of Rose Hall Great House.

VIP patrons as well as local donors and partners will have the opportunity to mingle with a host of international celebrities and enjoy the intimacy of unplugged and up-close live performances. Celebrity chefs from the island's top hotels will have stations of gourmet dishes to tantalize the taste buds.

On February 5, the One Love Concert will be at the Rose Hall Aqueduct - starring living legends and music legends in the making, from all genres, in never before seen and unexpected combinations.

The third generation of Marley music mavens is also set to make their Jamaican stage debut at the concert.

"Rose Hall is pleased to celebrate the life of Bob Marley not just with amazing music which represents what he stood for but with the meaningful work our foundations will do with funds raised through these events. This passion for the Jamaican people is truly the heart of Rose Hall," says Michael Rollins, President of Rollins Jamaica.

Patrons can visit the One Love Music Festival Facebook page at www.facebook.com/1lovemusicfest for ticket information and other details.





All systems go for Rebel Salute

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Rebel Salute had its St Ann international media launch Wednesday night at Jewel Dunn's River, the venue that has hosted the launch ever since it moved to the Garden Parish in 2013.

It was basically to say everything is in place for tonight's start, and to give those in attendance a taste of what is to come for two nights at Grizzly's Plantation Cove in Priory. The taste, in the form of wonderful performances from Davianah, Ernie Smith, Tony Gregory and others, was enough reason for the audience to be in attendance.

Several other entertainers were present, although they didn't perform, and included Macka B, The Congos and Little Hero.

Jewel Dunn's River added a touch of class to the event, presenting birthday boy, Rebel Salute promoter, Patrick 'Tony Rebel' Barrett, with a cake beautifully decorated in red, green and gold with the image of a lion and the show's logo.

Endorsements came from the St Ann Parish Council with Mayor Desmond Gilmore giving the thumbs up for the parish hosting the event, and the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) with Area Chair for Ocho Rios Runaway Bay Chapter, Vana Taylor, giving a ringing endorsement.

Assistant Commissioner in charge of Area Two, Glenford Hudson, ensured professional conduct from the police and said his team will be sensitised as it relates to the Herb Curb and the issue of marijuana.

Director of Sales at Jewel Resorts, Charmaine Deane, recognised the support that the event has garnered not just from the hote,l but from the wider community, saying Rebel Salute now has an official home in St Ann. Deane indicated the resort chain's continued support of Rebel Salute.

Director of Organic Heart, producers of Rebel Salute, attorney-at-law Jahyudah Barrett, in expressing her appreciation for the support that has come from St Ann, pledged "many, many more" shows at the venue, while promising another memorable event for 2016.





One escaped prisoner flung back behind bars

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hands-behind-bars.jpgDondre Hyman, 21, one of the four prisoners who escaped from the Whithorn lock up in Westmoreland earlier this week has been recaptured.

Hyman was held at a house in Whithorn on Thursday.

He is facing a murder charge and will now be slapped with a further charge of escaping custody.

The police are still on the hunt for the other escapees.

They are: 20-year-old Romaine Jenkinson, 29-year-old Marvin Wilson, and 26-year-old Orlando Jarrett.

Jenkinson and Wilson are facing murder charges while Jarrett is facing charges of housebreaking and larceny.





zika-virus.jpgThe United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reportedly debating whether to warn pregnant women against travel to countries in the Caribbean, and Latin American, where mosquitoes are spreading the Zika virus, which has been linked to brain damage in newborn babies·

Officials say it could be the first time the CDC advises pregnant women to avoid a specific region during an outbreak. But some infectious disease specialists say, while such a warning is warranted, it could have a devastating effect on travel and tourism.

A CDC spokesman said the agency hoped to make a final announcement either on Thursday or Friday

The Zika virus first appeared on the South American continent in May, and although it often causes only mild rashes and fevers, women, particularly those in the first trimester of pregnancy, appear to be much more likely to have children with small heads and damaged brains, a condition called microcephaly.

Dr. Lyle R. Petersen, director of vector-borne diseases for the CDC, said the agency had found Zika virus in tissue from four Brazilian infants, two of whom had microcephaly and died shortly after birth, and two of whom died in the womb.

Some American virologists are already warning women who are pregnant or trying to have children to avoid traveling to the region.The Zika virus has been found in Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Puerto Rico, Paraguay, Suriname and Venezuela.

The virus is transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito.

Jamaica has not yet reported any case of the Zika virus.





hands-behind-bars.jpgInvestigators have revealed that three of the four inmates who escaped from the Whithorn police lock-up in Westmoreland were murder suspects.

They escapees are Marvin Wilson (alias Grave Digger), Romaine Jenkinson, Orlando Jarrett, and Dande Hyman.

The four were discovered missing about 4 o'clock Wednesday afternoon.

It's reported that the men cut their way out of the lock-up.

Assistant Commissioner Winchroy Budhoo, head of Area One, told RJR News that a major search is on for the escapees. He has urged members of the public not to harbour the escapees.

This is the second jail break is less than a month. Four prisoners escaped from the Spanish Town lock up on December 19.





Prison escapee nicknamed 'Schoolboy' murdered

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crime-scene-7.jpgTwenty-one-year-old Romaine Esson, otherwise called 'School Boy', of Dalling Street, Savanna-la-Mar in Westmoreland, was shot dead in Caanan Mountain, Little London in the parish on Thursday.

Reports from the Little London police were that about 1:30 pm, residents heard an explosion and alerted them. On their arrival, Esson was seen lying in a yard with a gunshot wound.

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

Esson, who was charged for murder, escaped police custody at the Savanna-la-Mar Police Station lock-up.

Police investigations into his death continue.





boston-jerk-pork.jpgA visit by a team from the Health Ministry has prompted the closure of the Boston Jerk Centre in Portland, causing what will undoubtedly be a great financial los to the vendor there..

The Ministry ordered the world renown centre closed after its staff visited the location and found that unhealthy practices being undertaken there psed a serious health risk. Vendors preparing meals with dirty fingernails and pigs were being slaughtered on site are some of the unhealthy practices unearthed by the team.

The Ministry said it visited the site and warned the operators that they were not conducting themselves in a manner that was safe for patrons. However, despite the warnings, the vendors did not take steps to improve the situation so there was no option but to order the jerk centre closed.

The Boston Jerk Centre has been a popular spot for years and is credited for its jerk pork, lobster and chicken which attract visitors and locals alike.





dexta-daps-nudes-leaked.jpgA wha this we a hear bout say Dexta Daps did have on women's undergarment in one of the pictures that the white girl leak pon di Internet.

Tell us it aint so. PLEASE!

One report say dat mix-up selecta Foota Hype tell him followers dem pon Instagram dat him know di identity of the woman who dem say did leak the naked picture dem of Dexta Daps.

"Ppl Dem say a she a di wicked gal weh send out dextadaps pic," said Foota Hype on Instagram.

Foota Hype say dat the white girl is the ex-girlfriend of 'Shampoo' and that just open up a whole nodder can a worms. Don't ask if the people dem neva bun out the entertainer dem who love deh wid white ooman

"That's why they need to get over this complex and leave them white chicks alone. Stick with the evil that you know Dexta," said one commentator on Instagram

"The most high never intended for us to copulate with the white folks,' added another.

Anyway, the good-up god-up story concluded by saying: "Nude photos of Dexta Daps allegedly wearing a woman's undergarments was posted on social media earlier this week."





lt-stitchie-honored-for-his-contribution-to-the-jamaican-music-industry.jpgJam Link International will be hosting the governor of the dancehall, Lt. Stitchie, in Europe from January 28th through to March 16th.

Hot off his UK tour, where he completely captivated audiences at big events such as Hootananny Brixton, Faith Chapel in London, Crystal Palace, Glory House and even Feltham Youth Prison, where he ministered to young offenders, Lt. Stitchie is promising a tour like no other.

When asked what his fans in Europe can expect, he said: "my last appearance in Europe was in 2013 so I am going there with vengeance to unleash a barrage of my old catalogue plus my new music."

Although the lieutenant already has confirmed dates in Hamburg, Frankfurt, Vienna, Aarhus and several other cities, there are still some open dates that need to be filled.





Gully Bop, M-Gee score with Delilah

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m-gee-feat-gully-bop.jpgOvernight, M-Gee and Gully Bop have gained the most talked about single in dancehall since the start of the New Year. The impromptu soundtrack to a story of infidelity is suddenly on the radar way before an official release. It seems everyone wants to get a taste of the Delilah drama, which has gone viral.

Singer M-Gee is elated about the growing popularity of the song, "To be honest we had no idea that the song would spread like wild fire. From the moment we drop the video of us recording in the studio, the world just take it up and run with it. Now we are blessed with another hit."

The song was written by both M-gee and Gully Bop on spot in the studio, in the midst of a highly publicized break up with Bop and his fiancée. "I feel the tune connect with so many people because it come from the heart. We were all so hurt over the whole situation that you can feel the pain from the lyrics. This type of thing every single person can relate to, disappointment, heartache and betrayal," M-Gee explained.

The music video for Delilah will be premiered later this month. The song is produced by A Jus Di Vybz Music and Theo Prince and distributed by 21stHapilos.





dexta-daps-instagram.jpgFans seem to be in two minds about pictures of dancehall deejay, Dexta Daps, in his birthday suit only, which co-incidentally surfaced online on his birthday.

Reports are that the person who leaked the photos is a European woman famous for exposing dancehall artistes.

In one of the photos, a naked Dexta Daps lay flat on his back, with his underwear pulled down leaving his genitals fully exposed.

"Due to how mi just see Dexta Daps naked pic.Yall gimme a moment ..he too blessed in too many ways daaaaamn," one Facebook user wrote.

"I've always heard of them maga man who ah walk round with weapon of mass destruction," another commented.

But while some have praises for the artiste, others were down right disgusted.

"Just nasty!" one user wrote.

Others lamented about the moral decay of the country.

"Boy Jamaica gone to the dawgs to Baxide!!!!!! Wow!!!!! Why the nakedness thou? Obviously anuh him tek it."





garvey-maceo-students-in-accident.jpgThe Transport Authority has launched an investigation into Tuesday's crash along Foga Road in May Pen, Clarendon where an illegally operated bus overturned injuring several Garvey Maceo students.

The bus overturned following a collision with a Honda Integra motor car, shortly after 9 o'clock and left some 15 students hospitalised with at least two reportedly in serious condition.

In a statement on Wednesday, the Transport Authority said a team from it's operations division was dispatched to the crash scene to assess the situation and will be conducting further investigations into the matter.

The Authority is urging commuters to use only legal public passenger vehicles.

It is also joining the police in appealing to parents of students from Garvey Maceo and all other schools involved in the Safe School Bus Programme to ensure that they travel on approved school buses.

The Authority said, despite several efforts last year to implement a Safe School Bus programme in South Clarendon, some students from the participating schools refuse to take the designated buses.

It is calling for civic groups in the parish to help the Authority and the Police to galvanize support for the programme.





New May 23 trial date for Flippa Mogglea

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flippa-mafia.jpgDeejay Andrew 'Flippa Mogglea' Davis is scheduled for a retrial in Camden County Superior Court in New Jersey, on May 23.

The date was set when the entertainer appeared before Superior Court Judge John Kelley for a status conference on Monday.

"The State will retry Andrew Davis on the first-degree charge of Leader of a Narcotics Trafficking Network, the one charge on which the jury in the last trial could not reach a verdict," said Peter Aseltine, Division of Criminal Justice press officer in New Jersey's Attorney General Office.

"He will not be sentenced on the other charges until he is tried again on the leader charge," Aseltine continued.

Flippa Mafia is being represented by top-tier Philadelphia criminal attorney J Michael Farrell.

In December, the deejay was found guilty of first-degree distribution of cocaine, second-degree money laundering, and second-degree conspiracy. The first-degree rap carries a sentence of 10 to 20 years, while the second degree has an incarceration period of five to 10 years.

According to prosecutors, investigations began in March 2011, when agents from the Camden High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force and the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office seized two packages from a mail facility in Marlton destined for receipt by Andrew Davis and Marsha Bernard.

Each package contained four kilograms of cocaine. It is believed the 37-year-old entertainer ran an international drug ring that used the United States Mail and other delivery services to ship cocaine from California to New Jersey. More than 26 kilos of cocaine and over US$500,000 in cash were seized from the network. He has, however, maintained his innocence.

Bernard is scheduled to be sentenced on February 5.





Man killed and stuffed in car trunk identified

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crime-scene-7.jpgDetectives attached to the St Andrew Central Police Division have confirmed the identity of a man whose body was found in a Mitsubishi Gallant Terios motor car on Margaret Villa Road, Kingston 10, yesterday

He is 27-year-old Kevon McClure of 7 East, Greater Portmore, St Catherine.

The police had earlier issued an appeal for people to assist them with identifying the body.

Reports are that about 9:13 pm, residents stumbled upon the body and alerted the police. On their arrival, McClure's body was seen in the trunk of the motor vehicle with a gunshot wound.

Monday evening, detectives again appealed to anyone with information that can assist with their investigations to contact the Half-Way-Tree Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) at 926-2551, police 119 emergency number or the nearest police station.





raymond-pryce.jpgDeputy General-Secretary of the governing People's National Party (PNP) Raymond Pryce, has resigned from that position.

Pryce, Member of Parliament for St. Elizabeth North Eastern, in his letter to PNP President Portia Simpson Miller on Wednesday, said the ongoing unrest within the Party's organization in that constituency had caused "significant strain and concern" to him, particularly in light of the fact that he is not only the MP for that constituency, but also Deputy General-Secretary for Communication.

Pryce faced strong opposition last year from some PNP members to his candidacy for the next election, and eventually he withdrew from a selection run-off against businessman Evon Redman, clearing the way for Mr. Redman to be selected unopposed.

Since then, however, supporters of Mr. Pryce have been unrelenting in their demand that he be reinstated, mounting a series of demonstrations in the constituency. Matters came to a head on Monday, when scores of his unhappy supporters drove from St. Elizabeth to the PNP's headquarters in Kingston, pressing for a reconsideration of the matter, and denouncing some members of the Party leadership.

Pryce, in his letter to Mrs. Simpson Miller, said his decision to resign was a principled one, made also out of respect "to you personally and as Party President."

The Executive of the PNP also issued a statement on Wednesday, declaring that it had not voted or made any decision to remove or suspend Mr. Pryce, "notwithstanding the fact that many members expressed no confidence in him remaining in that position."

It added that Executive members had expressed strong concerns and criticisms of "the conduct of a small group of individuals who came to the Party Headquarters" to support Raymond Pyrce.





miss-norma-whitehall.jpgNorma Fay Henry, the owner of Norma's Restaurant on Whitehall Avenue, passed away Wednesday morning.

Henry developed medical complications and was admitted to hospital on Sunday. She was never discharged.

Her death has cast a pall of gloom along Whitehall Avenue, Mannings Hill Road, Red Hills Road and other communities where 'Miss Norma' was well known and loved.

"She will certainly be missed and we are very saddened by the news of her death. Rest In Peace Norma," one patron of the popular eatery told Loop News.





hands-behind-bars.jpgBradley Robinson, Principal of John Mills Primary and Junior High School, was arrested and charged last September with knowingly causing a child to be involved in the production of child pornography.

The case, which involves a former student, is now before the court.

Robinson is scheduled to return to court in March.

The Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) is handling the probe.

The court has ordered that Mr Robinson be prohibited from visiting the school..

There is now an acting Principal at the school.





Brit Jam promoter shot and killed in Mo Bay

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promoter-killed-alonzo-clarke.jpgA popular Montegonian, Alonzo Clarke, who was also part of the Brit Jam promotional team, was shot and killed just metres from the Barnett Street Police Station in St James, early Sunday morning.

According to reports, Clarke, a carpenter by profession, was chased by his attackers and shot multiple times in the heart of the city.

No motive has been established for the killing. Investigations continue.





Politician's son beats up love rival

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The son of a promonent politician is allegedly being investigated by police, ater it was reported that he and his thugs beat up the a male friend of his ex-girlfriend.

The incident took place at a party over the weekend.

Reports are that the ex-girlfriend of the politician's son was seen at the show in the company of another man and the two were confronted by the politician's son. Following an exchange of words, the man was attacked by the politician's son and members of his entourage.

The matter was reported to both the New Kingston and the Half-Way Tree police stations.





Rebel Salute 2016 Live Pay Per View Stream

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rebel-salute-flyer-2016.jpgOrgano H.E.A.R.T Group of Companies has partnered with Kariblink Digital to bring Rebel Salute 2016 Live Pay Per View Stream for two nights to audiences around the globe from the comfort of any Internet enabled device. Rebel Salute is undeniably a masterpiece, which is now hailed today as a spiritual renaissance, it has become the bedrock for the exposure and celebration of Jamaican roots music.

Under the theme Preservation of Reggae, the Rebel Salute line-up this year features Tony Rebel, Beres Hammond, I-Octane, Sanchez, Queen Ifrica, David Brooks AKA Mavado, Luciano, Pinchers, Richie Spice and 'tune fi tune' between singers Pluto Shervington and Ernie Smith.

The live stream is primarily for the international audience, those unable to attend the event. The cost of the stream will start at US$22.99, but will increase, as the show's start time gets closer.

The live stream of the event starts at 9p.m. until the show ends.

Visit http://kariblinkdigital.com/ppv/ to sign up.





David Bowie Was The Original Hot Mug Shot Guy

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david-bowie-mug-shot.jpgBack in the day, when the word "viral" referred to the spread of disease and nothing more, David Bowie took a mug shot.

It was and is the perfect mug shot. In it, Bowie's style is impeccable. His hair is combed back or hanging to the side, just so. His jawline, apparently chiseled by the Gods. His eyes, peering into your soul.

The photos were taken in March 1976 in Rochester, New York. After playing a show in the area, he was arrested at a hotel along with Iggy Pop and two others for having a bunch of weed on them. Though they were charged with possession of marijuana, they never went to jail, and Bowie again played in the western New York state city.

In short, David Bowie was cooler and better-looking than you, and he was the original hot mug shot guy, too. R.I.P.





Remembering David Bowie

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david-bowie-remembered.jpgStyle icon and legendary musician David Bowie died at the age of 69 on Sunday after an 18-month battle with cancer. The star's death led to an outpouring of love for the singer from his wife, Iman, his son and fans alike. Bowie, who released a final album earlier this month, was a groundbreaking figure throughout his career, and will be deeply missed.





Ity of 'Ity and Fancy Cat' fame is baptised

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Following hard on the heels of former dancehall diva, Lady Saw, comedian Ity has revealed that he has accepted the Lord and has been baptized.

The popular comedian from the Ity and Fancy Cat Show, got baptised on January 1, 2016.

ity-and-fancy-cat-show.jpg"My wife and my youngest daughter got baptised last year. We've been going to church together and thing. I have been listening to the word and meditating. The pastor who baptised me is my childhood friend that I met on the football field in Boy's Town just like Fancy Cat.

"I think God spoke to my heart in a way that he has never spoken before or in a way that I've never even heard before," he reported told a popular tabloid.

Ity says he has always believed in a higher power and acknowledges the work of God in his life.

As for his other childhood friend Fancy Cat, Ellis hopes that by simply living his life, Fancy Cat will also get saved.





Legendary rocker David Bowie dead at 69

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david-bowie.jpgDavid Bowie has died after a battle with cancer, his representative confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.

"David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer. While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family's privacy during their time of grief," read a statement posted on the artist's official social media accounts.

The influential singer-songwriter and producer dabbled in glam rock, art rock, soul, hard rock, dance pop, punk and electronica during his eclectic 40-plus-year career.

Bowie's artistic breakthrough came with 1972's The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, an album that fostered the notion of rock star as space alien. Fusing British mod with Japanese kabuki styles and rock with theater, Bowie created the flamboyant, androgynous alter ego Ziggy Stardust.

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Three years later, Bowie achieved his first major American crossover success with the No. 1 single "Fame" off the top 10 album Young Americans, then followed with the 1976 avant-garde art rock LP Station to Station, which made it to No. 3 on the charts and featured top 10 hit "Golden Years."

Other memorable songs included 1983's "Let's Dance" - his only other No. 1 U.S. hit - "Space Oddity," "Heroes," "Changes," "Under Pressure," "China Girl," "Modern Love," "Rebel, Rebel," "All the Young Dudes," "Panic in Detroit," "Fashion," "Life on Mars," "Suffragette City" and a 1977 Christmas medley with Bing Crosby.

With his different-colored eyes (the result of a schoolyard fight) and needlelike frame, Bowie was a natural to segue from music into curious movie roles, and he starred as an alien seeking help for his dying planet in Nicolas Roeg's surreal The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976). Critics later applauded his three-month Broadway stint as the misshapen lead in 1980's The Elephant Man.

Bowie also starred in Marlene Dietrich's last film, Just a Gigolo (1978), portrayed a World War II prisoner of war in Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983), and played Pontius Pilate in Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ (1988). And in another groundbreaking move, Bowie, who always embraced technology, became the first rock star to morph into an Internet Service Provider with the launch in September 1998 of BowieNet.

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Born David Jones in London on Jan. 8, 1947, Bowie changed his name in 1966 after The Monkees' Davy Jones achieved stardom. He played saxophone and started a mime company, and after stints in several bands he signed with Mercury Records, which in 1969 released his album Man of Words, Man of Music, which featured "Space Oddity," a poignant song about an astronaut, Major Tom, spiraling out of control.

In an attempt to stir interest in Ziggy Stardust, Bowie revealed in a January 1972 magazine interview that he was gay - though that might have been a publicity stunt - dyed his hair orange and began wearing women's garb. The album became a sensation.

Bowie changed gears in 1975. Becoming obsessed with the dance/funk sounds of Philadelphia, his self-proclaimed "plastic soul"-infused Young Americans peaked at No. 9 with the single "Fame," which he co-wrote with John Lennon and guitarist Carlos Alomar.

After the soulful but colder Station to Station, Bowie again confounded expectations after settling in Germany by recording the atmospheric 1977 album Low, the first of his "Berlin Trilogy" collaborations with keyboardist Brian Eno.

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Bowie also produced albums for, among others, Lou Reed, The Stooges and Moot the Hoople, for which he wrote the song "All the Young Dudes." He earned a lifetime achievement Grammy Award in 2006.

David Bowie was married to international supermodel, Iman and they have a 15-year-old daughter, Alexandria.





US official warns of ISIS threat in the Caribbean

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isis-photo-1.jpgGeneral John Kelly has repeated an earlier warning that ISIS terrorists from the Caribbean may carry out attacks in their home nations.

Speaking to reporters at the Pentagon on Friday, Kelly warned that there has been a shift in the rhetoric of radical leaders away from joining the fight in the Middle East and toward carrying out attacks on a local level. Kelly presents the thinking of such radicals saying, 'Rather than coming here to Syria, why don't you just stay at home and do San Bernardino or do Boston or do Fort Hood?' Kelly believes that these attacks on American soil could soon spread across the Caribbean.

According to Kelly, approximately 150 Caribbean nationals left the region to join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in the Middle East last year, an increase of around 50 over the previous year. In his initial warning last year, Kelly said that the terrorists returning to the Caribbean, come back more deeply radicalized and with new destructive skills.

Whether these radicals have never left or have returned with new skills, Kelly believes the situation is a serious one.

"Even just a few of these nuts can cause an awful lot of trouble down in the Caribbean because they [Caribbean nations] don't have an FBI, they don't have law enforcement like we do. And many of these countries have very, very small militaries - if they have militaries at all," he said on Friday. In his previous warning, Kelly singled out Jamaica, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela as being vulnerable to this threat.





February date for trial of cop on murder charge

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court.jpgCorporal Selvin Williams who is charged with the murder of Valbert Salmon in Top Hill, St. Elizabeth three years ago is to stand trial on February 15.

The date was set on Monday at the completion of the preliminary enquiry.

Senior Resident Magistrate Sonia Wint-Blair concluded that a prima facie case was established.

Williams was offered bail in the sum of US$400-thousand .

The police reported that on December 29, 2012 a team from the St. Elizabeth Operational Support led by the accused was on mobile patrol in Top Hill.

The team encountered two men in the middle of the road fighting.

While attempting to quell the fight, the accused reported that he was attacked with a knife and discharged one round in Salmon's direction.He was shot and later died.

Following an investigation, it was recommended that Williams be charged with murder.





Health ministry cautions about Zika virus

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zika-virus.jpgMinistry of Health is urging citizens to protect themselves as much as possible from the danger of being infected by the Zika virus, a mosquito borne disease.

With 13 countries in the Americas reporting local transmission of the virus, Dr. Marion Bullock Ducasse , Jamaica's Chief Medical Officer, said on Beyond the Headlines that great emphasis is being placed on reducing, as much as possible, the mosquito population which transmits the virus.

There have been reports of babies being born in Brazil with significant brain defects, as a result of their mothers being infected by the virus.

In light of that development, Dr. Bullock Ducasse was asked several times during the interview whether women in Jamaica would be advised against getting pregnant during this period. She eventually said this advisory would not be issued at this time, preferring instead to reiterate the importance of pregnant women protecting themselves from being bitten by mosquitoes, just like other members of the population.





Student from York Castle High commts suicide

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york-castle-student.jpgAccording to reports, 15-year-old, Rudolph Revers, a tenth-grade student at the York Castle High School, was discovered hanging from a tree in his backyard on January 8 by a relative.

The suicide death of the teen comes on the heels of Revers being referred by the school to both the parish psychologist and the Child Development Agency (CDA).

Principal of York Castle High school, Raymon Treasure said that he was alerted to the fact that the teen was struggling after fellow schoolmates reported that Revers displayed disturbing behaviours.

Disturbing behaviours, suicidal speech and other signs of a teen struggling were also noted as friend's of the teen paid tribute to Revers on his Facebook Page.

"It was clear that he was struggling with something," said Treasure who added that the matter was outside of the scope of the guidance counsellors at the high school and Revers and his family were subsequently referred to both a psychologist and a psychiatrist.

According to Treasure, it is unclear whether the parents followed through entirely with the referrals, although he knows the teen had started to receive help from parish psychologist.

The principal added that school community is very tight-knit as such the death of the teen is, even more, sad and impactful.

To show just how tight-knit of a community, Treasure points out that he knew Revers' grandparents and went to school with Revers' parents.

As for the students of the high school, Treasure said that they are particularly distraught.

Member of Parliament, Dayton Campbell, also commented on the death of the teen, adding that the councillor for the division has reached out to the family and efforts will be made to support the Revers family at this sensitive time.





Jully Black feat Tanya Stephens "BOM BOM Remix"

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hands-behind-bars.jpgA policeman attached to the St Elizabeth police division was on Thursday taken into custody for allegedly injuring his son. A file is to be sent to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions for a ruling.

It's reported that the policeman confronted his son over his low grades. The cop allegedly hit his son, resulting in the child's hand being fractured.

The boy underwent emergency surgery.





hands-behind-bars.jpgKingston based gynaecologist Dr. Lloyd Goldson had his bail extended this morning when he appeared in the Home Circuit Court.

Goldson and a female co-accused are facing several charges following their arrest last year.

They are charged with cruelty to a child, administering drugs to procure abortion and failing to report to the Office of the Children's Registry.

Justice Gloria Smith ordered both accused to return on April 8.

The woman's bail was also extended to that date.





crime-scene-7.jpgTwenty-one years after 17-year-old Jamaican Melonie Biddersingh was abused, killed and her charred remains left in a suitcase in Toronto, Canada her father has been found guilty of first-degree murder.

It took jurors just 5 1/2 hours yesterday to come to a unanimous decision in the case against 60-year-old Everton Biddersingh who is from Jamaica.

Crown attorney, Mary Humphrey, spoke with reporters shortly after the verdict was handed down stating that they sought justice and it came quickly. She noted that because its first degree murder its automatic life imprisonment with eligibility for parole after 25 years.

Formal sentencing will take place February 8 to allow family members to give impact statements. The court heard Melonie's mother sent her and two siblings from Jamaica to Toronto to live with her father and stepmother so they would have a better life. Instead, Melonie suffered years of abuse. The court heard she was kicked, punched, sometimes chained to furniture, deprived of food.

In 1994, her remains were found in a suitcase in an industrial area, but it took 18 years for police to identify her body after they received a tip. That led to the arrest of Everton and Melonie's stepmother Elaine, whose trial begins later this year.

In the meantime, Everton Biddersingh's lawyer, Jennifer Penman, says her client will appeal the verdict.





australian-reporter-paws-weathergirl.jpgqueen turned weather presenter, in the wake of the controversy over Chris Gayle's on-air pass at a journalist.

Sports reporter Hamish McLachlan wrapped his arms around Miss Universe Australia Monika Radulovic while she gave one of her first weather reports for Channel 7 in that country.

"Professional please... my goodness," Radulovic said while pushing McLachlan away on location.

He responded by pulling back and hopping over a nearby wooden fence to exaggerate his distance.

Australians quickly took to social media to voice their disgust, accusing the television station of hypocrisy in the wake of the "Don't blush baby" saga involving Jamaican cricket star Chris Gayle.

"I find it hypocritical that you are reporting on calls for a Chris Gayle worldwide ban while laughing about similar behaviour in your own report," one viewer tweeted.

Editor@SMNaustralia tweeted: "Ouch (fire emojicon) Worse than Chris Gayle".

@JenSMcNeil tweeted: "Hamish McLachlan yet another guy who doesn't get workplace:".

The backlash forced McLachlan to apologise on-air, in front of Radulovic who described his hug as a joke. No further sanctions have been revealed to date.

Gayle described as "a simple joke" his comments to Channel 10 reporter Mel McLaughlin during a live mid match interview.

"I came to have this interview with you to see your eyes for the first time. So hopefully we can win this game and have a drink after," he stated while laughing.

"Don't blush baby," he added.

In response, McLaughlin, dressed professionally in a white business suit, started looking away when Gayle spoke of her eyes and then responded in turn. "I'm not blushing."

Gayle was forced to offer an apology, fined US$7,300 and faces more sanctions over his on-air flirt with McLaughlin.

It is reported that Cricket Australia - which has the power to accept or deny players for the Big Bash League - will likely overlook the West Indian back next season.

It has led some to question whether the penalty is disproportionate.

Kirk@Jamaipanese tweeted: "Chris Gayle's comment was inappropriate but the reaction is blown out of proportion and has racism undertones".





Flippa Mafia for sentencing hearing Monday

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flippa-mafia.jpgBeleagured dancehall deejay, Flippa Mafia goes to court on Monday, January 11 for a status conference to determine if the defence is ready for a sentencing hearing.

The dancehall deejay was convicted last month in the Camden County Court in New Jersey, USA of first-degree distribution of cocaine, second-degree money laundering, and second-degree conspiracy after more than two years in Federal custody.

Prominent attorney at law, Professor David Rowe tells Music News that at the status conference slated for Monday is a court-ordered meeting with a judge where they decide the date of the trial.

Flippa was among eight persons arrested in 2014 under a massive anti-narcotics drive called "Operation Next Day Air" by the US authorities. Prosecutors say the organization shipped large quantities of cocaine through parcel delivery services to New Jersey for bulk distribution to other narcotics suppliers and dealers.

The dancehall deejay who faces up to 20 years to life in prison is awaiting a date for his sentencing.





fabian-marley.jpgPeope, mi say, da one yah no normal! No! It is not normal at all! Bare mix up and blenda people.

Good girls and boys, lend me your ears. We get a peek pon di DNA results. Yes, wid see it wid we owna two eye and, people ... a we fi tell oonu.

Fabian DNA and that of his real father, Mr Othniel Stanford match up goood good. Yep. Dem do the DNA when Fabian did go a foreign inna December, cause Fabian father and some of him brother and sister live inna di US.

But some of oonu not surprised because a long time mout a say Fabian a fake Marley.

But a bet oonu neva know say dat Fabian real father half white just like Bob Marley. And Fabian have a younger brother who look just like him.Fabain and him real family dem favour. Dem favour bad.

Anyway, listen to this. The same lickle birdie that pinch we and show we di DNA results tell we say Fabian real good-up good-up family want him fi stop di Marley nonsense and get him act together.

People, it look like Fabian real family willing to come forward now and take a stand because things get way out of control. Di poor people dem neva expect things fi reach so far, so till Fabian want tek the Marley dem go a court. And we hear say Fabian mother is not amused at her son's behaviour.

By the way, on a even more serious note, a how Massive a go get back all a di whole heap a millions what him spend pon Fabian?

What a bam bam!





lawrence-rowe-legendary.jpgOn Sunday March 6th, 2016, the highly anticipated Annual Cricket Legends Weekend will take place at the Central Broward Regional Park in Lauderhill, Florida. The Exhibition Cricket Match will feature such Legends as "The Great" Barry Richards (South Africa), Lawrence Rowe (Jamaica), Joel Gardner (Barbados), Augustine Logie (Trinidad), Faoud Bacchus, Lance Gibbs, Ramnaresh Sarwan (Guyana), Desmond Haynes, Rohan Kanhai, Alvin Kallicharran with many more legendary cricketers to be announced.

Since 2011 the Lawrence Rowe Legendary Cricket Foundation's, "Mission of the Heart" have been extending a helping hand to W.I Legends across the Caribbean. Also through their "Look Good Do Good" program the foundation has been educating the youths and community about the Caribbean Culture, through the sport of Cricket, creative expression, as well as providing tutoring for children 7-14 years of age.

The foundation has traveled throughout the Caribbean, North America and England educating the youths of tomorrow and teaching the dynamics and makeup of the sport of Cricket.

The exhibition cricket match will feature two games, Game 1 from 10AM to 2PM, and Game 2 from 3PM to 7PM. The event will also have a kids zone, batting cage and much more for a family day of fun.

Please visit www.LawrenceRowe.org
Sponsorship and vending information: (786) 683 - 9041
Media/Interviews: Consulting.mpr@gmail.com (347) 292 - 8005
Early Bird Tickets: General Admission $15 - VIP $65 (Access to players, complimentary food & drinks)





St Thomas wakes up to crocodile in his backyard

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alligator-found-st-thomas-backyard.jpgA S Thomas man got the fright of his life when he awoke on Thursday morning to see an 11-foot long crocodile siting in his backyard.

He made an alert which sent the residents of the Albion community scared, shocked and traumatized.

The reptile, reportedly measuring 134 inches (or 11 feet) in length, made its way onto the property from a nearby swamp.

The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) arrived shortly afterwards to collect the animal, which was not harmed during its encounter with the residents.

A representative from the agency informed that Albion is part of a natural wetland area, which is the natural habit for the American crocodile specie.

"From time to time, the crocodiles have occasionally been found in this area, as well as Portmore in St Catherine," she told Loop News.

NEPA was pleased the animal was not harmed and advised that crocodiles are listed as an endangered species, sheltered under the Wildlife Protection Act.

Any citizen caught harming crocodiles will be arrested, charged and fined up to $100,000 or serve 12-months imprisonment.

NEPA encourages Jamaicans who come into contact with a crocodile, not to interfere with the animal, but to call the agency at its Corporate offices: namely (876) 754-7540 or the toll-free hotline at 1-888-991-5005 FREE.





buju-banton-photo-9.jpgDecember 8, 2018 is the day that dancehall artiste, Mark 'Buju Banton' Myrie may be released from prison in the United States some two months earlier than his initial release date.

February 2019 date that was initially set for his release, however, the new date was posted onThursday on the official website of the US Federal Bureau of Prison.

A spokesperson for the Bureau of Prisons reportedly told The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre that she was not authorised to divulge information about an inmate.

Rosemary Duncan, coordinator of the Buju Banton Defence Support Committee reportedly declined to comment on the entertainer's reduced sentence.

This news comes just two months after, American network BET reported that the Grammy-winning reggae singer could be among 6,000 prisoners to be released during November as part of a reform from the US Sentencing Commission.

When the news went viral in Jamaica as fans were excited by the thought that the "Not An Easy Road" singer could be sent home early.

Buju who is being held at the McRae correctional institution in Atlanta, Georgia was remanded in Miami in December 2009 where where he was charged with conspiracy to distribute and possession of more than five kilograms of cocaine.

He was found guilty and sentenced to 10 years' imprisonment in 2011.





fabian-marley-photo-5.jpgMassive Entertainment Group, the managers of reggae singer Fabian Marley has issued a press release staing that DNA tests have proven that Fabian is not the long lost son of reggae king, Bob Marley, See release below:

"Clayton Thomas of Massive Entertainment Group is pleased to announce that the true identity of the artiste who goes by the name Fabian Marley has finally been revealed.

Mr. Thomas, who has been on record several times stating publicly that his priority has always been to establish the real parentage of the artiste in whom he has invested millions of Jamaican dollars, says he can breathe a sigh of relief now that he knows the truth.

"In my quest to find out whether or not Fabian was indeed a Marley, I was able to find Fabian's family who he grew up with and get a DNA test from the gentleman who Fabian knew as his father in his childhood. The tests have come back and it has been proven 100% that this man is indeed Fabian's real dad," the Massive Entertainmnet CEO stated.

He added, "I am very happy that this aspect has finally been put to rest and now all of us, inclding the Marleys, can move on with our lives and Fabian' with his career. I am sure that the Marleys, too are quite thrilled that, through my determination to unearth the truth, I have ended for them what must have been a rather unsettling situation."

In closing, Mr. Thomas stated that, for Fabian, the journey continues."





gully-bop-and-shauna-chin-fight.jpgFollowing a nasty split from Entertainer Gully Bop last month, Shauna Chin says she's now moving forward with her music, and says she just landed a three year deal with an overseas company, called 'Diamonds Music Empire'.

Chin has recorded her first single under the new label, a song called, My Life, which she says was inspired by the criticisms she's been dealing with, ever since she was involved with Gully Bop.





jutc-buses-photo-1.jpgTwo suspects, 22-year-old, Garfield Walters, and 28-year-old, George Ballentine, both of Bedward Gardens, Kingston 7 are to face the court January 11, on murder charges, in connection with the shooting death of a Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) bus driver, on December 29.

Walters and Ballentine are charged in connection with the death of 51-year-old, Albert Barnes and also face charges of illegal possession of firearm and ammunition

Walters surrendered to the Yallahs Police In St. Thomas on Friday, January 01, while Ballentine was picked up by the police during an operation in august town, St. Andrew on Monday . Cops say a point 3-8-0 semi-automatic pistol and 24 rounds of ammunition were taken from him.

Police had reported earlier that Mr. Barnes was driving a JUTC bus along Bedward Crescent, Kingston 7 when explosions were heard.

The police were summoned and he was found with a gunshot wound to the chest.

He died while being treated at hospital.

Video footage taken by internal cameras installed on all JUTC buses was turned over to the police by the bus company.

Walters and Ballentine are scheduled to appear before the half way tree resident magistrate's court next Monday, January 11.

The state owned JUTC responded to the attack, the second in the span of a month, with what it said was an increased level of security afforded to the JUTC crews.

Additionally, the JUTC has called on persons to utilize the smarter card system, to lower the amount of cash kept on buses.





hands-behind-bars.jpgA Jamaican flight attendant who crammed more than 6 pounds of cocaine into his underwear in an unsuccessful drug-smuggling attempt was yesterday sentenced to more than two years in federal prison in Florida. He is expected to be deported after he serves his prison term.

Forty year old Rohan Myers, was arrested in September at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport after working on a Caribbean Airlines flight from Montego Bay.

U.S Customs and Border Protection officers said he became very nervous and sweated profusely when they searched his baggage and questioned him about athletic compression pants in his luggage.He immediately admitted he was smuggling cocaine and showed officers four molded packages that were strapped to his thighs and ankles and held in place by long-legged compression underwear beneath his uniform.

Myers said it was his first attempt at drug smuggling, and he was recruited by a man in Jamaica who said he would be paid US$10,000 if the delivery was made.

U.S. District Judge William Dimitrouleas said even though Myers played a minor role, he tried to smuggle a fairly large amount of drugs into South Florida.He sentenced Myers to two years and six months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release.





ninjaman-benz.jpgVeteran dancehall deejay desmond Ballentyne, beter known as Ninjaman has lent his voice to the bad gas situation. This after he personally experienced the effects of the bad gas on his own vehicle.

According to Ninja, his car had to be taken to the garage five times because of the contaminated gas and noted that it is quite expensive to repair the damage. Bad gasoline has affected numerous vehicles in the country.

He says the minister needs to meet with Petrojam and the management of a prominent gas station.

Ninja man says the gas stations should not be blamed because the problem is being caused by the distributors of the gas.

The Ministry of Energy, last Tuesday revealed that 17 gas stations were found to be selling contaminated gas to customers and the pumps were ordered closed.

This followed complaints by motorists across the country that the gas was damaging their vehicles.

Several of the stations have since been reopened.





chris-gayle-and-ty-reporter.jpgIn a world which lavishes affection on a picture of 6ft 4 in tall Olympian, father and husband, Bruce Jenner, posing in coset pretending to be a woman on the cover of a celebrated woman's magazine, and Will Smith's SON is named the new fcae of WOMEN'SWEAR, then Chris Gayle acting like a real man and inviting out a real woman is truly a welcome breath of fresh air.

Thank you Chris Gayle!

After suggesting that he had played well in order to get an interview with the attractive female sports reporter, the big-hitting batsman Gayle, then proceeded to compliment her.

"To see your eyes for the first time is nice," the 36-year-old said. "Hopefully we can have a drink afterwards. Don't blush baby."

Yes, time and place were inapprpriate, but guess, what, if he didn't do it at that time and place, I for one, would not have had the pleasure of reading his smile-inducing, real old-fashioned kinda compliment. Simply put, him lyrics her: "To see your eyes for the first time is nice." BOOM!

Come on now, who says that? Only real men.

Without apology, I, as a woman, am no feminist. Truth be told, I am a wee bit contemptuous of the breed and believe that it would have definitely been a better world had it not been for this drastic, draconian women's movement demanding equal rights.

As a woman, I glorify in the differences between men and women and yes, I want a man to open the door for men and yes, I I want a man to pay me compliments without fear of being jailed for sexual harassment.

However, I do believe inat there are some some things to be addressed including the attitude of some men who treat women as property. Also, women desperately need to fully comprehend their own powerful role in the little space we all occupy within the universe. There is nothing more powerful that Mother Earth, except the creator.

And, as for the suggestions about Chris Gayle making the reporter "feel uncomfortable in her own space". Hogwash. Look how many time reporters make the persons they are interviewing squirm and sweat and feel really uncomfortable. Come on now, reporters are a tough breede. They know how to give it and they certainly ought to know how to take it.





shaun-chin-eye-patch.jpgOn the weekend, a video has been circulating of an alleged obeah man threatening Shauna Chin, the estranged fiancee of entertainer Gully Bop.

The man says he wants her to pay the money she owes him before he uses his powers to harm her, however, Chin has denied any dealings with the obeah worker.

He is heard saying, "You know I don't play enuh! You don't want me to bring out Circumnadibus, Masta Masta, Dudu, Black Man, Pink Man, Yellow Man .. so fix up yuh self and bring in me money."

In the minute-long video, a man who identified himself as Mr Williams, claiming to be an obeah worker, said Chin solicited his services to solve her problems and has now refused to pay him.

Williams was sporting a wrapped head with pens sticking from the side of the wrap, and had multiple beads around his neck seemingly to authenticate his claim as a professional obeah worker.





What a ting? All obeah man deh pon Youtube!

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gully-bop-and-miss-chin.jpgThis has got to be a joke. Obeahman a post video pon Youtube because him clients owe him money?!

If oonu tink sey nutten cyaan go so, then you need to see the obeahman who call himself Mr Williams warning Gully Bop ex, Shauna Chin to pay up or else.

Gone are the days when obeahmen were shrouded in secrecy. Enter the new modern day obeahman who uses Youtube to expose his clients and also his own identity.

Reallly and truly, no self-respecting obeahman a go post video pon Youtube. This Mr Williams is must a big ole ginnal, conman. Bout him a parade as obeahman.





Ras-I impresses at Sound Di Alarm Music Festival

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Reggae Artiste Ras-I (Immanuel Kerr) made another big step in his career by captivating the audience at Iba Mahr's Sound Di Alarm Music Festival in Linstead, St. Catherine on December 31, 2015.

Ras-I started his set at 11:53pm with his hit single 'Dread Inna Babylon', which was recently released on iTunes and a part of his upcoming EP entitled Tsojourna. The audience showed much appreciation to the young talent who was clearly enjoying himself on stage.

He hit the pause button on his set at 11:59pm and was joined on stage by the festival's MC Amber, who led the audience in the New Year countdown. Ras-I had the pleasure of being on stage as the fireworks went off as the clock struck 12. He then continued to captivate the audience and ended his set with 'Silhouette', a tribute to Dennis Brown, which had the everyone rocking to the soothing arrangement.

Ras-I left the audience in awe as they were pleasantly surprised by the talent from the young artiste.In 2016, Ras-I will release a video for his single 'Feel Alright', followed by his EP (Tsojourna).





oriel-reggae-singer.jpgPittsburgh, PA - The late great Bob Marley once said "One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.", those sentiment have always echoed in Afar Music Group and shared through their celebration of Reggae Fusion Fest, a Mind, Body and Soul experience through music.

On February 6th, 2016, Afar Music Group invites you to celebrate Reggae and the life and music of iconic Bob Marley. The event which has become Pittsburgh premier Reggae Festival will take place at the Altar Bar and be headlined by reggae artist ORieL & The Revoluters and feature Ras Maisha, Neil Amos, Truth & Rites (featuring Jah Ques, Ayana, Zapollogy & Banga), African Dance and Drum ensemble and Cellist Joe Bischoff.

Speaking on this annual event, Afar Music Group founder related "the idea is to make RFF into one of Pittsburgh's biggest out door festival at which time we would stage it in the summer time. Besides music we want to incorporate the concept of the Mind, which would include panel discussions on specific topics, authors reading from their books..The Body which would include yoga, exercise and culinary workshop from experts in these fields and the Soul which would be represented by the musical performers..but for now we wanted to start small like everything in the universe starting from a small point which gives us the ability to grow within the community and as promoters. Since its inception 2013 the festival has double in capacity ever year and on this the 4th staging we expect the same."





The Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) has shifted into high gear with the planning of the ninth staging of the annual Reggae Month celebration in February.

Emerging as a distinctive brand on Jamaica's cultural landscape, Reggae Month has garnered international attention attracting over

20,000 attendees in 2015. The month long festival of events pays tribute to the indisputable global impact of Jamaica's musical heritage.

Under the theme "Reggae Mekyah", Reggae Month 2016's calendar of activities features JaRIA's signature events including , Reggae Open University, the JaRIA Honour Awards and its signature Reggae Wednesdays which will transform Mandela Park with weekly performances every Wednesday as of February 3, 2016 from musical icons and rising reggae stars. .

The announcement of this year's theme is coupled with exciting news from the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) who named Kingston as one of the 47 creative cities in the world, specifically named for music. Thus JaRIA will continue to play its part in ensuring that Kingston continues to be the mecca of reggae through its own events as well as endorsements of other events showcasing music all month long.

In this regard, JaRIA invites all event organizers and promoters to submit applications for their respective events to be endorsed and included on the Reggae Month Calendar. The calendar is widely promoted bringing patrons from all corners of the globe to Jamaica, the reggae capital. All reggae, musical or cultural events in Jamaica, slated for February 1¬29 are applicable. To apply, organizers are being asked to contact JaRIA via email jaria.org@gmail.com no later than January 20th, 2016.

About Reggae Month

Reggae Month was first staged in 2008 by the Ministry of Culture. In 2009 the festival was mandated to Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) as the lead organizing entity of Reggae Month as a way of fostering unity in the Reggae industry. JaRIA diversified the Reggae Month programme by establishing signature events which augmented its celebratory note. The focus of Reggae Month is "edutainment" highlighting Jamaica's musical history and heritage. The programme has garnered international attention and pays tribute to the global impact of our musical heritage. The success of Reggae Month was made possible by the overwhelming support of the local media partners, music industry practitioners, dedicated government and corporate sponsors who share JaRIA's vision of making Jamaica the Reggae Mecca of the World.





British national Andrew Allwood, 53, who was reported missing, is in fact in prison in Jamaica.

He was arrested by detectives attached to the Police Narcotics Division and charged for breaches of the Dangerous Drug Act, on Wednesday, December 16, 2015.

Reports were that about 5:15 pm on December 16, Allwood, who is of a London, England address, was apprehended by lawmen when he arrived at the Sangster International Airport attempting to depart the island with a narcotic substance. During routine security checks, an officer searched two of his bags and it was observed that the handles felt unusual; they were opened and found to contain 1.5 pound of cocaine.

Allwood was subsequently arrested and charged for possession of cocaine, dealing in cocaine, and attempting to export cocaine.

He appeared before the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court on Wednesday, December 23, 2015, where he pleaded guilty and was fined $150,000 or six months in prison for possession of cocaine, $300,000 or six months for attempting to export cocaine, and was separately sentenced to one year hard labour.

Allwood, who is also of a Manchester address in Jamaica, had been reported missing. Reports from the Cross Keys police in the parish were that Allwood left home for an undisclosed location on December 15, 2015, and had not been seen or heard from since.





US issues Bahamas crime warning

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crime-scene-7.jpgThe US Embassy in The Bahamas on Tuesday issued a new crime warning. The notice singled out operators of personal watercraft, or jet skis, following the sexual assault of a US citizen.

The Royal Bahamas Police Force said a 26 year-old man was taken into custody as a suspect in the January 2 attack.

The embassy stated that there have been five sexual assaults of US citizens by jet-ski operators in Nassau since last July.

The embassy has banned its staff from using jet-ski rental companies because of insufficient regulation and also recommends US citizens not use them.

The embassy also expressed concerns last year about rising crime in the Bahamas.





Cops probe shootings in Lime Hall, St. Ann

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police-cars.jpgThe police are probing two shootings in Lime Hall, St Ann which left a man dead and another hospitalised early Tuesday.

In the first incident, David Hudson, a taxi operator of Tracyville in Lime Hall, arrived home shortly after 2 am when he was attacked by gunmen.

They shot him in the back as he tried to flee - he died on the spot.

Shortly after, the police were called to another community in Lime Hall where a man was shot.

He was previously taken into custody and released after the disappearance of four persons in the area.It is reported that men went to his house, kicked open the door, pulled him from under a bed and shot him.

He was taken to hospital where he remains in serious condition.

The police have not ascertained whether the two incidents are connected.





hands-behind-bars.jpgCharges have been laid against two men in connection with last week's fatal shooting of Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) bus driver, 51-year-old Albert Barnes, in August Town, St. Andrew.

Garfield Walters, 22, and 28 year-old George Ballentine both of Bedward Gardens, St. Andrew were yesterday charged with murder, illegal possession of a firearm and illegal possession of ammunition. They are scheduled to appear before the Half-Way-Tree Resident Magistrate's Court on Monday.

Mr. Walters surrendered to the Yallahs Police in St. Thomas last Friday while Mr. Ballentine was picked up by the police during an operation in August Town on Monday. A .380 semi-automatic pistol and 24 rounds of ammunition were reportedly taken from him.

Mr. Barnes was driving a JUTC bus along Bedward Crescent last week Tuesday when he was shot in the chest. He died at hospital.





clive-muir-kills-ex-lover.jpgA man who was once a friendly bus driver in St. Ann, Jamaica where he took school children to and from school, shot two people in Tamarac, Florida on New Year's Day before shooting himself.

According to Florida authorities, the man identified as Clive Muir, 65, drove to the apartment of Anne Nau, 21, on New Years' day to speak with her.

Nau is said to have let Muir into the apartment where he shot and killed her, she died on the spot.

Muir then drove to his former place of employment, Boston Market, where he shot assistant manager Jason Claire, 33.

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He then returned to his car and shot himself in the parking lot. Muir was pronounced dead on site.

Claire was taken to Broward Health Medical Center with injuries that are considered life-threatening.

According to Muir's friend, Bobby Sinclair, whom he spent a part of his holidays with, he was trying to get over his girlfriend, Anne Nau, however, he was not taking the break-up well.

Sinclair told the local media that he had encouraged Muir to move on, even jokingly adding, " Let's go to Jamaica and find some girls in Jamaica".

A cousin of Muir who lives in Jamaica told Loop News that she believes Muir got caught in a love triangle.

According to Muir's cousin, Muir had met Nau in Jamaica and the two had been dating for some time.

It is unclear why or how they broke up, but according to Muir's cousin, when Nau broke up with him, she also helped to get him fired from the Boston Market, then Nau became romantically involved with the new assistant manager, Claire- A move which deeply angered Muir.





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A Brooklyn teen has been charged with the the gruesome murder of her mother, and her mother's boyfriend.

According to reports, 15-year-old Destiny Garcia confessed during questioning to the double murder of Rosie Sanchez, 38 and her mother's boyfriend, 40-year-old Anderson Nunez.

Police say the bodies were found at about 6:30p.m. Monday (January 4) in her Sheepshead Bay apartment. Sanchez had been shot multiple times in the chest and was found sitting in the chair, while Nunez, who was shot and stabbed, was found on the living room floor. Destiny allegedly lived with the corpses for several days, and even went to Times Square to celebrate New Years Eve.

Initially, Garcia told police she murdered the pair because she was sexually abused by Nunez, and that her mom had turned a blind eye to the repeated attacks, sources said.

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But on Monday, NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said the girl changed her story, claiming she was actually being beaten by her mother, and the boyfriend was the one who wouldn't help.

"She said basically it was the mother that actually was abusive to her, physically abusive to her, in the past," Boyce said. "We don't believe this was at all an act of self-defense. She went and got a gun.... That's not consistent with someone (acting) in self-defense."

Garcia's close relative and confidant Jason Valentin, first cousin of the slain mom, said he doesn't believe any of it.

"What she's saying, I don't think is true," said Jason Valentin, 37. "It sounds like someone coached her to say that."

Valentin said he called police and drove Garcia from Sunset Park to the 61st Precinct stationhouse after she told him what she had done.

"It was hard for me, but at the end of the day, whether family or not, a crime was committed," he said. "Whoever is responsible, even if it's her, they have to pay for what they did."

The teen kept the killings and her alleged role in them secret for nearly a week - and went shopping and then to Times Square for New Year's Eve three days afterward, sources said.

On Monday, the girl gave a confession to cops at the stationhouse in the presence of her father, police said. She's being prosecuted as an adult and was arraigned Monday night.

Garcia's mom died of a gunshot wound to the head and a stab wound in the chest, the medical examiner said. Nunez was stabbed in the head, neck and torso.

Sources said Garcia told police she grabbed a gun out of a drawer in her mother's bedroom and fired at least two bullets into Sanchez. Then she allegedly fired the gun at Nunez. It's not known who the gun belonged to or how long it had been there.





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21st-hapilos-ceo-graham.jpgCEO of 21st Hapilos Digital Distribution, Kevin Reynolds, who is better known in entertainment circles as Dennis Graham, received a life sentence for murder in the United States in April.

He was convicted for killing Winston King in 2002.

In addition to the life sentence, Reynolds - who was using the identity Dennis Graham - was slapped with a 20-year sentence for carrying a handgun.

He was awaiting a flight to Jamaica when he was arrested at JFK Airport in New York.

Headquartered in Kingston and New York, 21st Hapilos Digital Distribution is a digital distributor of dancehall, reggae and Caribbean music.





Vershon spends New Year's behind bars

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hands-behind-bars.jpgUpcoming entertainer Vershon rang in the New Year in lockup after he was hauled to jail by the lawmen.

In what seems to be a case of mistaken identity, the "Inna Real Life" singjay was detained by police after a car fitting the description of his motor vehicle was suspected to have been involved in a shooting incident.

Reports are that the Hunts Bay Police took the entertainer in for questioning.

However, he was released on his birthday New Year's Day.

Vershon is also known for popular singles such as Use To Hungry and Rough Up The World.





Kapri not pressured

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kapri-dark-glasses.jpgSeven years between hit songs is like an eternity in dancehall music, but deejay Kapri is determined not to endure another drought, after making an impact last year with Dark Glass.

The song is produced by Rohan 'Jah Snow Cone' Fuller, best known for directing Sean Paul's mega hit Temperature. Kapri said there is no pressure to score another hit song in 2016.

"Kapri is never one to be pushed or pressed into makiing decisions based on outside expectations or perception. To me, a hit is any good song someone can relate to...that is a hit," he reasoned. "I personally don't know 500 people, so if I even get 500 views, to me that's a real big deal."

Dark Glass, which addresses the life of a 'joker gangsta', is Kapri's most successful song since 2008's Dear Mama, which was produced by Sean 'Seanizzle' Reid. Dear Mama was a regional hit in the United Kingdom and also did well in the Cayman Islands.

Dwayne Wallace (Kapri's real name) is from Pembroke Hall in Kingston. He has been recording for just over 10 years, starting his career in a talent competition called Battle Thursdays.

Dark Glass's breakthrough has only whetted Kapri's desire to push on.

"Having a song to me represents a platform for my voice/story to be told... an avenue to express my art and connect with people and culture outside of my geographical space. Having a song that looks ready to take over the airwaves is fantastic," he said.





Bacchanal rings in the New Year on Friday

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bacchanal-jamaica.jpgSoca lovers will have an opportunity to ring in the season's start at Bacchanal New Year - Fete and Band Launch scheduled for Mas Camp in St Andrew, on Friday.

In addition to the festivities, patrons will have a chance to see the season's costumes for the first time.This year is a special one as they will be celebrating the life of Earl 'Fuzzy' Franklin.

Franklin, 68, was a costume designer with Bacchanal Jamaica for 17 years. He collapsed while driving in July 2015 and died shortly thereafter.

Franklin had designed and made all the costumes before he died. His wife, Charmaine, a Bacchanal Jamaica director, had to only fine-tune them.

The evening's soundtrack will be provided by DJ Sanjay, Back2Basics and Richie Ras.

"We've kept the prices same as last year... $1,500 pre-sold and $2,000 at the gate for general. VIP is $4,000 pre-sold and $4,500 at the gate. We'll be having mug deals for patrons as well," Michael Ammar Jr said.





Farmer from Frankfield killed by praedial thieves

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crime-scene-7.jpgThe Clarendon police have launched an investigation after a 76-year-old farmer was reportedly killed by praedial thieves.

The body of Lloyd Riley was found in bushes near his home in Frankfield in the parish sometime after 7 o'clock last evening.

It appeared to have several chop sounds.

The police say preliminary investigations reveal that he was killed by praedial larcenists attempting to steal his cattle.

It's unclear if the thieves took any of the animals.





Gun, ammo seized in August Town

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ak-47-assault-rifle-ammo.jpgThe August Town Police seized a firearm and 24 rounds of ammunition in Bedward Gardens in the St Andrew community on Monday, January 4.

It is understood that the lawmen, who were on operation in the area, proceeded to search a premise around 7am.

Shortly afterwards, a .380 semi-automatic pistol and magazine containing 24 .380 rounds of ammunition were found.

One man was taken into custody in relation to the find however, his identity is being withheld pending further investigation.





Al Miller trial to take place March 23

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rev-al-miller-and-dudus.jpgMarch 23 has been set as the date when the corruption trial of Kingston pastor, Reverend Al Miller, will resume in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court.

The date was set this morning when the case was again called up in court.

Miller is on trial for attempting to pervert the course of justice.

The charge was laid by the police after then wanted man Christopher 'Dudus' Coke was found in a car Miller was driving on June 22, 2010.

Coke was wanted on an extradition warrant at the time he was captured along Mandela Highway in St Catherine.





Hoverboards riders will be fined!

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hoverboard-demo.jpgThe Traffic Police are warning that persons caught transporting themselves on hoverboards on the nation's streets will be prosecuted.

The cops are warning that no provisions exist under the Road Traffic Act that allows for the use of the devises on the public thoroughfare.

The cops also warned that the users of the devices should use them on private property, be at least 16 years old and wear a helmet.





crime-scene-7.jpgA second man has been held by the police in connection with the killing of Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) bus driver, Albert Barnes.

The police say the 18-year-old man was accosted in an operation in Bedward Gardens, August Town, St Andrew this morning.

According to the police, a point 38 pistol was recovered in the operation.

It is believed that the gun is the murder weapon.

The first male suspect remains in police custody.

He was handed over to the police on Thursday by his mother.

He is believed to be the main suspect in the case.

The 51-year-old JUTC bus driver was shot dead in the August Town community last week Tuesday.

The police report that Barnes was shot once in the chest after two armed men boarded the No. 72 bus he was operating.





court.jpgSeveral teachers turned up at the courthouse Tuesday morningup to show support for their colleague, Beverly Dinall, the St Richards Primary School teacher accused of beating a student causing him injuries pleaded not guilty to assault charges.

It was the first court appearance for Dinall since the alleged incident sparked a national debate last month about corporal punishment in schools.

In court Senior Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey ordered that Dinall give her fingerprint to the police.

She is scheduled to return to court on February 11.

Dinall is alleged to have beaten a male student at the primary school causing injuries to parts of his body.The incident drew the ire of the child's parents who reported it to the police.

Dinall was interviewed by investigators and later charged with assault occasioning bodily harm. She was granted station bail in the sum of $50,000.





chris-gayle-and-ty-reporter.jpgExplosive Jamaica and West Indies opener Chris Gayle was fined but avoided suspension for making inappropriate comments to a female reporter in a live TV interview during a Big Bash League Twenty20 match in Australia.

After scoring 41 from 15 deliveries for the Melbourne Renegades in a win over the Hobart Hurricanes on Monday night, the former West Indies captain suggested to television reporter Mel McLaughlin that the pair go out for a drink and made remarks about her appearance. He added, "Don't blush, baby" during an awkward pause in the interview.

Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland on Tuesday joined the criticism of Gayle's suggestive comments, saying it bordered on harassment and was inappropriate in the workplace.

Renegades chief executive Stuart Coventry reacted by fining Gayle $10,000 Australian dollars ($7,300).

"It was done in jest but it's inappropriate," Coventry said. "We had a look at some history and ... we think that this is a one-off scenario."

Coventry said Gayle was "quite surprised" when informed of the fine, which will be donated to charity.

Sutherland said Gayle "got it badly wrong last night."

"It's not a nightclub - it's actually a workplace, it's Chris Gayle's workplace and it's Mel McLaughlin's workplace and those comments border on harassment and are inappropriate for cricket and inappropriate for the workplace," he said.

"We are working incredibly hard to ensure cricket is a sport for all Australians - men and women, boys and girls - and we just won't tolerate behavior that undermines that."

Sutherland said that because the Renegades had sanctioned Gayle, the veteran batsman would not face further action from Cricket Australia for this incident.

Coventry and Gayle both apologized to McLaughlin, with the player defending his comments as a "simple joke."

"There wasn't anything meant to be disrespectful or offensive to Mel. If she felt that way, I'm really sorry for that," Gayle was quoted as saying by Australian Associated Press. "There wasn't any harm meant in that particular way.

"It was a simple joke - the game was going on. Things get out of proportion but these things happen."

McLaughlin said in a television interview Tuesday she accepted the apology and wanted to put the episode behind her, adding that she'd prefer to be talking about cricket than being at the center of a controversy.

"I've not spoken to (Gayle) personally," she said. "I know he issued an apology. I accept that and I just want to move on."

The BBL, one of a growing number of domestic Twenty20 tournaments helping revolutionize cricket, is a TV ratings winner in Australia and drew a crowd of 80,000 for a game at the Melbourne Cricket Ground over the weekend.

As part of the broadcasts, some players wear cameras on their caps or batting helmets and are involved in live interviews during the action.

Channel 10 head of sport David Barham was quoted by the Herald Sun newspaper as saying Gayle would no longer be fitted with a microphone for on-field comments.

Source: AP





fabian-marley-photo-3.jpgFabian Marley, the singer who makes claim to be the firstborn son of reggae icon, Bob Marley, made the news in 2015 in a Massive way and that makes him our pick for Newsmaker of the Year in Entertainment.

From his hit single and video, Naw Go Seh Mi Poor, which amassed a whopping 1.5 million views on worldstarhiphop.com in two days, to headlines talking about his DNA battles with the Marley family, promotion of his songs in France; a media party in New York, performing on GT Taylor Christmas Extravaganza and being admitted to hospital in a suspected case of poisoning, Fabian Marley was the man of the moment.

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Now signed to Clayton Thomas of Massive Entertainment Group, Fabian is working on an album to be released in 2016, which is also the year when, hopefully, the world will know once and for all what's the real deal with this child of Bob.

Here are some of the headlines that covered Fabian Marley in 2015:

Fabian Marley's video gets over 1.5 million hits in 2 days;

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Fabian Marley makes it through the fire

Fabian Marley promotes new single in France

The Marley family agrees to DNA comparison for Fabian Marley

Jamaican Fabian Marley Releases A Diamond Of A Song

Fabian Marley - Naw Go Say We Poor - WorldStarHipHop

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Fabian Marley Released From Hospital -- Food Poisoning

Fabian Marley DNA battle with Marley's intensifies

Give Fabian Marley the DNA sample of Bob Marley for testing

Fabian Marley Drops New Music Amid Fight To Prove He's Bob Marley's Son

FABIAN MARLEY, WHO ALLEGES HE'S BOB MARLEY'S SON, DROPS NEW VID, "NAW GO SAY WE POOR"





popcaan-photo-4.jpgIt was undoubtedly a super great year for Popcaan. Songs such as Never Sober, Weed is My Best Friend, Way Up and Unruly Prayer were anthems in the dancehall.

His weed song was way way up and rocked the dance and the charts in a huge way.

Internationally, Popcaan's guest spot on British producer/DJ Jamie XX's I Know There's Gonna Be Good Times (with rapper Young Thug) charted in the UK and Australia.

Way to go Papi.





Saudi Arabia severs ties with Iran

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saudi-arabia.jpgSaudi Arabia broke off diplomatic ties with Iran on Sunday after protesters ransacked its embassy in Tehran to protest the execution of a Shiite cleric whose killing has sparked fury.

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir made the announcement at a news conference in Riyadh, and said Iranian diplomats had 48 hours to leave the kingdom.

The diplomatic fallout come as Iran's supreme leader said Saudi Arabia would face "divine revenge" for executing Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, and as Western nations voiced concern about escalating sectarian tensions between Sunnis and Muslims.

Saudi Arabia "is breaking off diplomatic ties with Iran and requests that all members of the Iranian diplomatic mission leave... within 48 hours," Jubeir said.

"Iran's history is full of negative interference and hostility in Arab issues, and it is always accompanied by destruction," he said, and accused Tehran of seeking to "destabilise" the region.

On Saturday, a mob attacked the Saudi embassy in Tehran and a consulate in second city Mashhad amid protests at Nimr's execution.

Jubeir said Saudi authorities had asked their Iranian counterparts to ensure security at the embassy but they did not cooperate and failed to protect it.

Nimr, 56, was a force behind 2011 anti-government protests in oil-rich eastern Saudi Arabia, where Shiites have complained of marginalisation.

He was put to death along with 46 other people, Shiite activists and convicted Sunni militants who the Saudi interior ministry says were involved in Al-Qaeda attacks that killed dozens in 2003 and 2004. Some were beheaded and others were shot by firing squad.

Iran has said it arrested 44 people over the embassy attacks, and President Hassan Rouhani said the demonstrators were "radicals" and the assaults "totally unjustifiable".

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei condemned Nimr's execution, saying "God will not forgive" Saudi Arabia for putting him to death.

"It will haunt the politicians of this regime," he said.





Top entertainment stories globally in 2015

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Bruce Jenner transforms himself in somebody called Caitlyn

bruce-jenner.jpgFormer Olympic hero, father and husband, Bruce Jenner made his debut as a transgender woman in a cover for the July issue of Vanity Fair. "Call me Caitlyn," declared a headline with his photo in a strapless corset, legs crossed, sitting on a stool.

Did someone say HORRIBLE?

Bruce Jenner's transition has played out in public over the past year and included a high-profile interview with ABC's Diane Sawyer last April, in which Jenner, appearing nervous at first, declared, "Yes, for all intents and purposes, I am a woman."

Bruce Jenner has since starred in a documentary series 'I Am Cait' and was controversially awareded the Ashe Courage Award at ESPYs, in what some claim was a swap for the Diane Sawyer interview.

Bobbi Kristina Brown dies at 22

bobbi-kristina-brown-photo-3.jpgThe only daughter of Bobby Brown and the late Whitney Houston was found unresponsive and face down in a bathtub on Jan. 31 in her Roswell, Ga. home by longtime boyfriend, Nick Gordon. She remained in a medically induced coma until July 26, when she died in hospice care. Convinced of Gordon's wrongdoing, Brown's family banned him from attending her funeral - and then filed a wrongful death lawsuit against him in August.

Charlie Sheen reveals his HIV status

charlie-sheen.jpgIn a surreal live TV interview, Charlie Sheen revealed on "Today" that he was diagnosed with HIV four years ago. "It's a hard three letters to absorb," he told Matt Lauer, calling the diagnosis a "mule kick" to his soul.

Bill Cosby rape allegations

bill-cosby.jpgCosby's downfall continued with a vengeance well into 2015, following his earlier turn in favor in the fall of 2014. While much of the public already believed the accounts of the dozens of women who came forward with sexual assault allegations against the comedian, Cosby's defense of himself became even weaker in July 2015. At that time, the Associated Press released a report in which Cosby admits to giving Quaaludes to women he wanted to have sex with.

Josh Duggar molestation charges

josh-duggar-scandal.jpgThe 19 Kids and Counting star fell from grace in a huge way in May 2015. The eldest of the Duggar family, Josh was forced to comment after documents were made public detailing the reality star's history of molesting young women. The revelation prompted TLC to suspend 19 Kids and Counting and pull all reruns from rotation.

Lamar Odom survives a near-fatal Nevada brothel bender

lamar-odom.jpgThirty-five-year-old Lamar Odom was hospitalized after he was found unconscious at the Love Ranch brothel in Crystal, Nevada, about 70 miles outside of Las Vegas.

In the weeks after, the ailing former Laker battled a three-day-long coma, brain damage and reportedly also pneumonia, kidney damage and a series of strokes. He's currently undergoing intensive therapy at Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, relearning how to walk, talk and feed himself.

Reality TV personality Khloe Kardashian and Odom were married in 2009, but Kardashian filed for divorce in 2013, citing irreconcilable differences.

Ariana Grande donut-licking session

ariana-grande-donutgate.jpgDonutgate!

The "Problem" singer got herself into quite the sticky situation in July 2015, when security footage from a bakery in California surfaced. The video showed Grande and a male pal surreptitiously licking donuts meant for customers and muttering "I hate America." She released multiple apologies after the fact and dodged criminal charges for the incident.

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner announce their divorce

ben-affleck-and-jennifer-nanny.jpgIn June, one day after their 10-year wedding anniversary, the couple confirmed their split. Then came a scandalous turn as rumors circulated that the actress dumped her husband after discovering his affair with the children's nanny, Christine Ouzounian. Affleck issued a denial, and he and Garner rode out the salacious reports and become friendly exes.





Yardflex Year In Review - Top stories for 2015

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Lady Saw gets baptized - says good-bye to dancehall

lady-saw-baptised.jpgj-capri-photo-4.jpgIt was on December 14 while at the funeral for young dancehall act, JCapri that Marion Hall, the acclaimed Muma of the Dancehall started a brand new chapter in her life by renouncing dancehall and its lifestyle and embracing Christian moral and values.

After leaving the funeral, Lady Saw found a preacher and got baptised that very same evening.

Marion, we wish you strength as you take that momentour journey with the Lord.

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Sean Paul's wife says Usain Bolt is 'neighbour from hell'

usain-bolt-and-jinx.jpgWen Sean Paul's wife Jodie 'Jinx' Stewart wrote on social media that world's fastest man, Usain Bolt was the neighbour from hell and that he should go back where he came from, the comment echoes across the entire world.

Jinx was subjected to a dressing down that she will not likely forget in years to come. In fact, the outrage was such that the proud Jinx had to get back on social media and offer a grovelling apology to the big man.

Jinx has since made all her social media accounts private.

Two rape charges for socialite Don Creary; co-accused Shaneke Williams charged with aiding and abetting

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

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

The woman reported the matter to investigators in July.

The married 48-year-old former politician has denied the allegation. It is reported that both Creary and the woman admitted to police investigators that they were in a relationship.

Last week, Creary was charged with another case of rape.was granted bail in the sum of four million dollars when he appeared in court. Creary's bail was set at two million dollars with surety on each of the two counts.

He is to report to the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) on Wednesdays and Saturdays and his Travel documents surrendered.

His co-accused 22-year-old Shaneke Williams was granted bail in the sum of one point five million dollars with one to three sureties. Williams faces charges of aiding and abetting and sexual touching.

The charges against the two relate to a 15 year old girl in an incident which allegedly occurred in 2013. Arising from the rape charges, it is alleged that both accused persons are likely to be charged with human trafficking as the child was transferred from one parish to another.

It is also alleged that Creary will be charged with procuring violation of a person by administering drugs.

Tessane Chin splits from hubby Michael Cuffe

tessane-chin-and-michael-cuffe-jr.jpgIn March, it was reported that The Voice Season 5 winner Tessanne Chin was separating from her husband of four years, Michael Anthony Cuffe Jr.

"You have your up days, you have your down days and you have those moments where people need to respect your privacy," Tessanne said of it all.

"Cuffe and I, we're friends. Not every separation has to go through something nasty or be filled with drama. There's no foul play involved, all these rumors are kinda ridiculous and kinda just like, 'Where did that come from?'" she continues. "But it is something that is very personal and it is something that we are going through, and we're both delved into our god and our families have drawn close."

Jah Cure and wife Kamila separate

jah-cure-kamila-and-daughter.jpgAmid allegations of abuse, reggae singer Jah Cure and his media personality wife, Kamila McDonald, separated.

The two were married in August 2011, two years after meeting alnd now have a daughter. Those in the know say that Kamila moved out of the matrimonial home on more than one occasion, but usualy found her way back home.

The two seem headed for divorce.

Flippa Mafia guilty

flippa-mafia.jpgDeejay Flippa Mafia, also known as Flippa Mogglea, was found guilty of drug and money laundering in a New Jersey court in early December.

The 37-year-old - whose given name is Andrew Davis - was found guilty of first-degree distribution of cocaine, second-degree money laundering, and second-degree conspiracy.

The first-degree rap carries a sentence of 10 to 20 years.





Chin abused me says crybaby Gullly Bop

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gully-bop-and-shauna-chin-kissing.jpgWe can now officially add "crybaby" to the list of adjectives used to describe Gully Bop.

In a recent interview, Bop, who is 51 complained that he has been suffering abuse at the hands of Chin for quite some time and showed several bites and other wounds said to have been inflicted by her.

Condemning domestic abuse, Gully Bop said he would never put his hands on a woman and has no record of being violent.

"I am not stupid, am not a girl beater. I view abuse as a wicked thing. Man powerful enuh, and I wouldn't want to hurt Chin. Even when she a bite mi, the most I will do is tickle her so that she let go," he said.

Gully Bop will now be managed by Karl Durrant and can be reached at 876-431-1828 or email karl_durrant@yahoo.com. He is also warning promoters not to do business with Chin on his behalf.





Cops injure three, kill one, during shootout

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police-cars.jpgThe police in Kingston report that four men were shot during a shootout Kingston Friday morning, New Year's Day. One of the men reportedly succumbed to his injuries

Dead is 36 year old Richard Mattie of Caribbean Estates St. Catherine and Princess Street, Kingston.

Reports are that just after midnight, a team of officers was on patrol along the intersection of Princess Street and Charles Street.

The police reportedly observed a group of men doing a gun salute.

Further reports are that the men then opened fire at the cops, who took evasive action and returned fire.

After the shooting subsided, 4 men were found suffering from gunshot wounds.

They were taken to hospital where Mattie was pronounced dead, while the other 3 men were admitted under police guard.

Police say a one Baretta 9 mm pistol with a magazine was seized during the incident.

A man has been taken into police custody in relation to the stabbing death of his wife during a domestic dispute at the couple's home in Kingston yesterday (December 31).

Dead is thirty-nine-year-old Stephanie Warren of Carrboro, Ontario, Canada.

Police say Warren was stabbed by her husband during a dispute at La Taque.

Apartment, Crescent Road, Kingston 5 on Thursday, December 31.

Reports from the Half Way Tree police are that about 11:20 p.m., a dispute developed between the two during which warrens husband allegedly used a knife to stab her.

Warren was taken to hospital where she was pronounced dead.

The husband was subsequently taken into custody for questioning in relation to the incident.





ak-47-assault-rifle-ammo.jpgA Colt assault rifle, and 15 rounds of ammunition and a ski mask were seized in a police operation in Norwood, St. James, early Friday morning.

Police reports are that about 12:15 a-m, a team of Police Officers was on patrol in Norwood, when they heard a barrage of gunshots.They sped to the location where they heard the gunshots and a group of men was seen standing outside a premise.

Upon seeing the lawmen approaching the men ran leaving behind the weapon.





jutc-buses-photo-1.jpgPolice report that the main suspect in the killing of a Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) bus driver was handed over to them by his mother.

According to investigators, the woman turned up at the August Town Police Station with her son on Thursday.

It reportedly came after she was informed by investigators of her son's alleged involvement in the shooting death of 51-year-old bus driver Albert Barnes in the August Town community on Tuesday.

The suspect was later transferred to the Half-Tree Police Station.

The police report that Barnes was shot once in the chest 13 seconds after two armed men boarded the No. 72 bus he was operating.

A video recording of the killing was captured by the internal camera system installed on the bus and has since been turned over to the police.





spice-photo-4.jpgRecording artiste Don AndrE says Spice is creating controversy to stay relevant. He has denied allegations that he has been paying DJs to stop playing Spice's song 'Needle Eye'.

Don AndrE is also promoting a song with the same title,

"I take these accusations very seriously. It affects my integrity and what I stand for in this business. All my followers know I have always been very supportive of fellow musicians. I show respect, support and repost achievements of artistes whether we are my friends or not. Just about anyone can tell you that I am the type of artiste that's easy to get along with, so this is no joke to me," an upset Don AndrE said.

In a post on her Facebook page, Spice has lashed out at Don AndrE, stating that; "There is a space in dancehall for every song. When you realised how the man dem rate mi in the streets and you couldn't buy them out you come a try look friend, yes everybody tell mi back. A nuh everybody a go make yu two little pound frighten dem."

"Spice continues to create senseless charades in order to be relevant in the media. She creates all kinds of ridiculous stories that turn out to be a complete waste. I don't want to be a part of it," Don AndrE stated publicly.





Gully Bop remind Chin seh she is a 'ole deportee'

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gully-bop-and-miss-chin.jpgPoor Gully Bop and Chin. This is so NOT a good look.

Just yesterday Gully Bop was claiming how much he loved Chin; today he is blasting the "ole deportee" to hell.

"Mi all deh America a beg Obama fi give back Chin visa ... old deportee. Mi a beg fi di likkle old deportee and look what happen," he said of former fiancee Shauna Chin.

"Mi want the people know seh a nuh Chin look bout my visa, and the person hasn't cancelled nothing. Even last night me and the person on the phone, so Chin stop lock up mi career. You have been using me to buss yourself and yu fren dem ... You are just a cheater who bring man in my house," Gully Bop said.

Gully Bop also said if his visa is not returned by 9:35 a.m. today, he will be seeking the assistance of the police.

"If mi see 9:35 a.m. and mi passport nuh reach, Chin you are in big trouble. I don't want to put you in jail Chin, so please return my visa. You are telling lies on the embassy and yu better know the embassy don't like that. Mi all deh America a beg Obama fi give back Chin visa ... old deportee. Mi a beg fi di likkle old deportee and look what happen. Mi nuh do no wrongs in America, the only thing I do is love people and people love me back," Gully Bop said.





Yardflex Word Of The Day: \Furst-Foo T\

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noun
1. Scot. the first person to cross the threshold of a house on New Year's Day.
2. Scot. the first person met after starting out on the day of an important occasion.
Quotes
Custom held that the most fortunate "firstfoot" on a Hogmanay was a tall and handsome dark-haired man; to welcome one as the first visitor across the threshold after midnight brought good fortune to the house for the coming year.
-- Diana Gabaldon, The Fiery Cross, 2001
Origin
First-foot is a compound of the adjective first and the noun foot. It entered English in the late 1700s.
(Source: Dictionary.com)





the-hardwares-logo-photo.jpgFive weeks into the debut season of the Reality TV series The Hardweares, a distribution company has signed the series to a major distribution agreement that will see the show going to Africa and Europe. What began on CVM TV in Jamaica, the US (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut) and Canada (across the country) has grown into a widely respected Jamaican / American program attracting global attention.

Adding more good news to the shows' success comes the announcement that the series is also under review with a major US production company that produces shows like Zoe Saldana's 'My Hero,' 'Catfish,' Tia Mowry's 'At Home' and many others. In addition, the show is also under consideration with a major television network in New Zealand.

Very early in 2016, the show will also air in 15 additional US cities including Los Angeles, Dallas, Boston, Philadelphia and Baltimore as well as the UK. "This is excellent news" says Emmy Award Winning Producer Angela Thame, Executive Producer of The Hardweares. "Not only is the production company showing confidence in us, but the fans are too. They are the ones driving the expansion. The more they demand via social media, the more people are paying attention and in the long run, this is very good for the show and the industry as a whole."

Based on the real life relationship between Reggae power couple Singing Melody (Everton Hardweare) and his Wife Ruby Robinson who together endeavor to build a mansion on the North Coast of Jamaica, viewers also see the everyday dynamics between the couple. So unique is this format of television, fans in cross demographics are tuning in, surpassing expectations of the shows' producers.

The Executive Producers of The Hardweares added "we are very excited to have created a show that is getting this type of attention. We funded Season One almost exclusively ourselves. Season two will begin taping in May, 2016 with exciting locations across Jamaica, the Caribbean, US, Europe and Canada. "We would like to get enough sponsorship to remain an independent Caribbean production house delivering excellent, wholesome family oriented entertainment. We do have the option of Crowdfunding season two which may give us the necessary infusion of cash to do just that."

With a 13 episode season running from November 21st, 2015 to February 27th, 2016, fans tune in weekly to see an inspirational show of a couple building a dream and raising a family. Singing Melody is a critically acclaimed and international singing sensation, and Ruby, his Wife, is an executive for a telecommunications firm.

The shows Facebook page picked up more than 9,000 fans after the airing of 5 episodes, and is receiving unprecedented feedback with comments like "if I had 3 thumbs that's what I would give it all the way up," while Shernette W says "this show is a must watch for me!"

Over the holidays the show will be on a two week hiatus returning on January 9th at 10 PM in all markets. Viewers in Jamaica view the show on CVM TV. It also airs in the Tri-State on Cablevision (Optimum) 1103, and in Canada on Bell Fibe Channel 661 and Rogers TV Channel 684. Fans can also tune in to Sky Network in the US and MAS2 TV Video on Demand.

Preview of The Hardweares can be seen via YouTube:





ganja-ice-cream-bob-marley.jpgAn ice cream parlour in the northern Italian town of Alassio has created cannabis-flavoured ice cream in honour of the late reggae king Bob Marley.

The recipe uses peeled hemp seeds as a base and was created through a partnership with Canapa Ligura, a local association that promotes health benefits associated with hemp.

Aside from the association to Marley, the creators of this 'high' ice cream are also promoting the health benefits of their cannabis treat.

According to The Local-Italy, the producers are capitalising on the health benefits of hemp which they claim has "beneficial properties due to the high presence of fatty acids, which make it a valuable way to fight and prevent different ailments including arteriosclerosis, cholesterol, osteoarthritis, respiratory disorders, eczema and acne."

The Local-Italy also reports that the ice cream parlour will be selling the ice cream alongside the slogan, "it tastes good and it does good", which is also in-keeping with the health benefits of hemp.





Gully Bops blames lack of front teeth on break-up

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gully-bop-and-shauna-chin-photo-1.jpgIf only he had his front teeth instead of some extremely hard gums, Gully Bop and Shauna Chin would still be together today.

"Chin tired a di gum dem. Mi gum dem tough yuh nuh...me can even eat cane," a refreshingly honest Gully Bop said in a radio interview recently.

He says moving forward, he will be dealing with the issue.

Gully Bop was last year, offered new teeth by a overseas based Dentists, free of charge.





natalie-cole.jpgSinger Natalie Cole, the daughter of jazz legend Nat "King" Cole who carried on his musical legacy, has died. She was 65.

Natalie Cole is now 'at peace' according to her sister who spent Christmas with the singing legend.

Casey Cole said she and twin sister Timolin, 54, had flown out to Los Angeles to be with their seriously ill sibling over the festive period.

The family, including Cole's son Robert Yancy, enjoyed several days together during which Cole thanked them for their support, saying, 'I love you all'.

And Casey 54, who is now back home in Boca Raton, Florida, revealed her sister had son Robert by her side when she died in hospital on New Year's Eve.

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She told Daily Mail Online: 'It's heartbreaking, she's fought a very long battle and she's at peace now.

She passed last night and we were not with her as we are back in Florida, but she was in hospital with her son Robert, he was by her side.'

Cole's 1991 album, "Unforgettable ... With Love," sold some 14 million copies and won six Grammys. It featured reworked versions of some of her father's best-known songs.

On the title cut, "Unforgettable," she sang along with her father's taped version to create a memorable duet.

Nat "King" Cole died of lung cancer in 1965.





court-case.jpgThe two Atlas security guards, charged in connection with last week's $20-million heist, were remanded yesterday when they appeared before the Mandeville Criminal Court.

William Patterson, otherwise called "Bling", and Michael Budhoo were charged with larceny as a servant. The men are to return to court on January 7.

It was reported that the guards, employed to the Atlas Security Company, were given a shipment of cash to be delivered to the company's base in Manchester. However, after arrival, it was discovered that a bag containing $20 million was missing. A report was made to the Mandeville Police.

The police conducted a search of Mr Patterson's house in Black River where they reportedly recovered $14 million hidden under his bed. The cops also seized a stove and other appliances they believed were purchased with the stolen loot. Mr Budhoo was arrested, along with three other guards, but three of them were later released.





hands-behind-bars.jpgThe police have detained one of the three suspects being sought in connection with Tuesday's fatal shooting of a Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) driver in August Town, St Andrew. The suspect was picked up Thursday.

The police are investigating reports from residents that the other suspects have been killed.

Albert Barnes, 51, of 3 East, Greater Portmore, St. Catherine was shot dead on Bedward Crescent. It's reported that three gunmen who boarded the bus as passengers attempted to rob Mr Barnes. During a tussle he was fatally shot.

Residents of the community protested against the killing of JUTC driver and urged persons with information on the killers to turn them over to the police.





jutc-buses-photo-1.jpgA video recording captured by the internal camera system on board the No. 72 Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) bus 51-year-old Albert Barnes was operating has reportedly shown that the married father of two was shot in the chest 13 seconds after two hoodlums boarded the bus in August Town, St Andrew, on Tuesday night.

Colin Campbell, managing director of the JUTC,noted that he has seen the video and described how one of the thugs brandished a gun and placed it at Barnes' neck.

"We don't know what was said because it's not a system that records sound. Then we saw the shooter back off and fired one single shot and got off the bus," Campbell told The Gleaner yesterday.

"What the video actually shows is that between the time the guys boarded the bus and shot him and come off the bus was actually 13 seconds," he added.

The JUTC boss confirmed that no money was taken, but theorised that it could have been a robbery attempt.

Barnes succumbed to his injuries a short time later at the University Hospital of the West Indies.

Despite support from residents, who have reportedly denounced the killing, Campbell signalled that the killing could leave sections of the St Andrew community without regular bus service "for the time being".

He said the slain driver's shaken colleagues were hesitant to carry out their duties and they later sought approval to turn around their buses at the intersection of August Town Road and University Crescent out of concerns for their safety. Campbell indicated that he gave them the green light on the condition that they inform passengers in advance.





Reggae Sumfest 2017

kaya-george-firehouse-crew.jpgAmsterdam-based reggae singer Kaya, who has been journeying to Jamaica for several years, joins the Firehouse Crew tomorrow for a special single and video launch, along with a free concert at the Sweet Calabash Restaurant on Kensington Crescent in Kingston.

The single, Live On Natty Dread, is a collab with veteran singer Macka B. As Kaya explained, the song is a tribute to reggae icon Bob Marley and it is also the first single from Kaya and The Firehouse Crew's upcoming album.

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Kaya, who is managed by Tony Owens - the Jamaican who at one point managed English reggae group Musical Youth (Pass The Dutchie) - is looking forward to his first official launch in Jamaica.

"We will have the launch for media and special guests at 7 p.m., followed by the free concert with artistes including Sizzla, Luciano, Lukie D, Andy Livingston, Bryhan Art and others, starting at 9 p.m. I really appreciate the fact that these singers have been so willing to join me and the Firehouse Crew for what will be a grand musical celebration with family, friends and fans," Kaya declared.

Members of the Firehouse Crew are also in high spirits and stated that the concert will serve as a launch pad for their upcoming tour of Europe.

Carlos Lopez, better known as Kaya the African Herbsman, was born in Mindelo City on the island of St. Vincente in Cape Verde, West Africa. A singer, songwriter. producer and musical arranger. Kaya possesses a very distinctive vocal range and style that compares favourably to that of a few notable Jamaican reggae legends.

CAPTION: Kaya, right, and George from the Firehouse Crew





Zika Virus could affect Olympics in Rio

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zika-virus-photo-2.jpgRIO DE JANEIRO - With about 500,000 people expected to visit Brazil for the Olympics here this year, researchers are scrambling to figure how much of a risk the Games might pose in spreading the Zika virus around the world.

Infectious disease specialists are particularly focused on the potential for Zika to spread to the United States. As many as 200,000 Americans are expected to travel to Rio de Janeiro for the Olympics in August. When they return to the Northern Hemisphere and its summer heat, far more mosquitoes will be around to potentially transmit the virus in the United States.

Brazilian researchers believe that Zika, which has been linked to severe birth defects, came to their country during another major sports event - the 2014 World Cup - when hundreds of thousands of visitors flowed into Brazil. Virus trackers here say that the strain raging in Brazil probably came from Polynesia, where an outbreak was rattling small islands around the Pacific.

As many as 1.5 million people are believed to have contracted the virus in Brazil since then, and the authorities are now investigating thousands of reported cases of babies being born recently with brain damage and abnormally small heads. Zika has spread to more than 20 nations and territories in the Western Hemisphere, according to the World Health Organization, illustrating how quickly the epidemic can expand even without a big international gathering.

By itself, the virus is not normally life-threatening, and most people who become infected have no symptoms at all.

The big question is whether Zika is responsible for the huge increase in birth defects reported by doctors, hospitals and other medical officials in Brazil over the last few months. That connection has still not been proved.

"There is more and more concern that there may be a causal relationship, but a lot of the work so far is to rule out other possible causes," Dr. Bruce Aylward, an assistant director general at the World Health Organization, said on Thursday, adding that it might take six to nine months to know for sure.

Asked whether the W.H.O. would advise people not to travel to Brazil for the Olympics, he replied: "I would think that would be very, very unlikely."

American officials in the United States said Thursday that there was little likelihood of a Zika outbreak in the United States, adding that the country's long history of mosquito control efforts had curbed other mosquito-borne diseases, like dengue or chikungunya, in the past.

But because the virus can be carried in a person's blood to a new country, then passed to others by mosquito bites, researchers are trying to determine whether a big global event like the Olympics could add to the global transmission of the disease.

"Infected travelers departing from Brazil are expected to return to regions that have the potential to sustain transmission," said Moritz Kraemer, a scholar at Oxford University who researches the global spread of viruses, emphasizing that many travelers would return to their home countries during the summer. "So the international spread of the virus might increase substantially due to higher activity of mosquitoes."

Using worldwide temperature profiles and air travel routes, Mr. Kraemer and other researchers found that more than 60 percent of the population of the United States lives in areas where Zika can be transmitted during the Northern Hemisphere's summer, when the Games will be held. A much smaller number, about 23 million people, live in parts of the United States where Zika can be transmitted year-round, like Florida and Texas, the researchers found.





selector-crushed-by-bus-master-j-stewart.jpgA family is mourning the untimely deaths of two brothers who lost their lives tragically three days apart.

Popular selector Sanjay Stewart Grey a.k.a Master J, died in Spanish Town after being crushed by a bus. His brother died tragically three days ago at an ill-fated dance where a gun salute during the dance went wrong..

"Mi feel it for the family, a mother lost two sons in the space of three days. Mi hear say Master J and his bredda reach the dance, and inna one corner, and five minutes later, the gun salute, the bredda dead, and now this. All when yu think your burden ah the heaviest, other people have it tougher. Mi feel this one," a family friend is reported as saying.

Master J is described as "a good youth".

"Mi feel it say him drop out so tragically. Him play ah nuff uptown parties, him ting a pick up, last week Thursday, mi see him shell down Early Thursdays at Link Sports Bar, he had a bright future ahead of him," the friend continued.

The selector had reportedly been waiting in a bus at the Spanish Town terminus, but grew impatient as the bus took a long time to 'load' and make its full quota so that it could be on its way. The man saw another bus in the Spanish Town square, and that bus was in the process of leaving, so he decided to exit and attempted to hop onto the moving bus, but lost his footing and fell. The bus ran over him.

He later succumbed to his injuries in the Spanish Town, and was pronounced dead while undergoing treatment.





The Avenja is ready

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avenja.jpgDescribing himself as a "late bloomer", rising artiste Avenja is ready, willing and able to put in the work required to enable him to scoop out a healthy portion of the reggae music pie.

Based in South Florida, where he holds down a full-time job as a banqueting captain, Avenja still manages to devote his every waking moment to all things musical. He has been hard at work in the studio and recently released two singles which show his versatility as an artiste and also his musical influences.

Produced by Roots Rock International, a relatively new outfit, the songs are Yeah Yeah, a thrilling '80s style reggae/dancehall offering, and Pop Dung, which is strictly dancehall.

Yeah Yeah, which is the song being given the greater emphasis by his team, has been receiving moderate play and much positive feedback from disc jocks, fellow artistes and casual listeners. It will be officially premiered on Jamaican radio this week, and the accompanying music video has already been shot and is now in the editing stage.

According to Avenja, born Conrad Palmer, he is quite happy at the progress being made in his career, especially since he now gets to spend more time in Jamaica. He noted that he chose to do the video shoot in Jamaica, not only to authenticate the single, but also to revel in his roots, culture and heritage.

With the release of the singles and the music video, Avenja is rubbing his hands in anticipation of performing the songs live on stage. "It doesn't matter if it's a big stage, a small stage or a little thing pon the cawna, I am ready for them," he vowed.





Gospel stalwarts inducted in Hall of Fame

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gospel-hall-of-fame-noel-willis-grace-thrillers.jpgNoel Willis, founder of the Grace Thrillers; Reverend Delroy West; Reverend Ezekiel Cash; Tony Young; Lieutenant Stitchie; and Reverend Norman Lewin were offically inducted into the Gospel Hall of Fame, at a ceremony held in Spanish Town recently

The Love Gospel International Awards Ceremony in its 23rd staging acknowledged the gospel ministers for their work done locally and abroad.

Outreach President Bishop J.O Baker said that the lack of recognition within the gospel fraternity encouraged him to start the outreach as a means of giving back.

"Some of the world's most gifted talents come out of Jamaica. These gospel acts have been obedient in spreading the word in the highways and the byways. We give them the recognition they deserve for spreading the gospel," he said.





lanmine.jpgUpcoming entertainer Lanmine was forced to abort a flight to Antigua on Thursday because his over 56 piercings on his face posed a security threat.

Reports are that the new artist triggered the metal detectors at the Norman Manley International airport with his metallic facial body jewelry. The entertainer was told that he could gain access if he removed the jewellery from his face.

But according to Lanmine, to remove 56 piercings from his face at that point was not possible so he accepted the loss.

Lanmine was expected to do a promotional gig in Antigua that was organized by his management team.





zika-virus.jpgThe Ministry of Education has designated Friday, February 5 as a National Clean-Up Day to facilitate vector control activities in schools in light of the threat of the Zika Virus.

The Ministry is calling for parents and other persons to participate in the school clean-up through PTA's and community groups.

Activities will also include the sensitisation of parents and members of the community on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the Zika Virus.

This includes removing or cleaning possible breeding sites once per week and ensuring stored water is properly covered.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) predicts three to four million people could be infected with the Zika virus in the Americas this year.

WHO Director General, Dr Margaret Chan, in a briefing yesterday said Zika had gone from a mild threat to one of alarming proportions.

The WHO will meet on Monday to decide whether Zika should be treated as a global emergency.

The last time an international emergency was declared was for the Ebola outbreak in West Africa which killed more than 11 thousand people.





Claudette Kemp to host birthday bash on February 6

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claudette-kemp.jpgOn February 6, her birthday. Ckaudette Kemp, manager of the Prophet, Capleton,Kemp will take the spotlight at her birthday bash and concert celebratingher 36th year in the music business.

The show will be held at Spego's Place, off Mandela Highway.

An impressive line-up of acts including Capleton, Luciano and Iba Mahr will salute Kemp, a former insurance industry executive who made her entertainment industry debut in 1980 as manager of singer Keith Poppin's Popular Song Contest campaign.

"We started out planning it as a birthday show, but I realised I've reached the four 9s in the music business. That's 36 years, so we decided to make it a celebration," Kemp said.

For the past 15 years, she has managed Capleton, one of dancehall's most flamboyant figures. According to Kemp, he first approached her to be his manager in 1994 but she declined. She had a change of heart when he came calling again six years later.

"I've watched him mature and grow as an artiste and as a professional. I've had the opportunity to travel the world with him, and that's a high point for me," she said.

The Kingston-born Kemp was working at the Dyoll insurance company in 1980 when Poppin suggested she produce his song for the Popular Song Contest that year.

"I didn't know a thing about producing, but he said, 'Yuh can do it! Jus' get some musician'. And I did."

Poppin's song, Jamdown Festival, was released on Peter Tosh's Intel Diplo label. It had an all-star cast: saxophonist Dean Fraser (who also arranged it); trumpeter David Madden, trombonist Nambo Robinson, and guitarists Willie Lindo and Winston 'Bo Pee' Bowen.

Stanley and the Turbines' Come Sing With Me won the contest, but Kemp decided to stay with the business. She managed Hammond for 11 years before assuming the reins for Capleton.





zika-virus.jpgThe Ministry of Education has designated Friday, February 5 as a National Clean-Up Day to facilitate vector control activities in schools in light of the threat of the Zika Virus.

The Ministry is calling for parents and other persons to participate in the school clean-up through PTA's and community groups.

Activities will also include the sensitisation of parents and members of the community on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the Zika Virus.

This includes removing or cleaning possible breeding sites once per week and ensuring stored water is properly covered.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) predicts three to four million people could be infected with the Zika virus in the Americas this year.

WHO Director General, Dr Margaret Chan, in a briefing yesterday said Zika had gone from a mild threat to one of alarming proportions.

The WHO will meet on Monday to decide whether Zika should be treated as a global emergency.

The last time an international emergency was declared was for the Ebola outbreak in West Africa which killed more than 11 thousand people.





aj-nicholson-photo-1.jpgHaving made what was admitted to have been a crude joke about 'flexi-rape' during debate on the flexi-work week bill that was before the Senate some time ago, Minister of Foreign Affairs, AJ Nicholson has again come under fire for inquiring whether the Auditor General, Pamela Munroe-Ellis, was in the bathroom when she received an update on a 2013 project.

Interestingly, last year, Nicholson made a public issue about whether a female member of the Senate Marlene Malahoo-Forte had gone to the bathroom when she was required by the Senate President.

On Friday, leader of Opposition Business in the Upper House, Tom Tavares-Finson, led the charge in reading into the record an email that Nicholson sent to all 21 members of the Senate last week and demanded, Nicholson, to apologise for Senate President, Floyd Morris, sought to stop Tavares Finson when the latter insisted that Minister Nicholson should apologise for the insulting statement about the Auditor General.

Despite Morris' objection, Tavares Finson demanded that Nicholson tell the Senate why he made the bathroom reference in the note about Munroe-Ellis.

It was also revealed in the sitting, that fellow Government Senator, Lambert Brown, had cautioned Nicholson during the email exchange following the initial correspondence, that Nicholson had sent his inquiry to all 21 senators, including the Opposition members. That was apparently viewed by the Opposition members as conformation that Brown had noted some degree of indiscretion in Nicholson's statement.

Senator Montague posed a relevant question when he asked Senator Nicholson how he speaks of Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller when the PM is out of earshot.

Nicholson refused to apologise or even comment on the matter.





Missing Sav-la-mar baby found in St Elizabeth

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The six month old baby who was reported missing in Savanna la mar, Westmoreland on Monday has been found alive in St Elizabeth.

A Sergeant attached to the Maggotty police tsaid the child was found Thursday night with his grand-aunt.

The woman is in police custody. The child is to be taken to the Black River Hospital for observation, after which he will be handed over to the Savanna la mar police.

According to the police, the woman tried to present the child as her own.

Earlier this week the Savanna-la-mar Police launched a hunt for the woman.

The child's mother, who lives in May Pen, Clarendon, said she spent the weekend with her aunt and could not find her son when she was preparing to leave.





ganja-image-1.jpgJamaica is one step closer to the start of a regulated cannabis industry.

The Cabinet Sub-Committee on Ganja, this week gave instructions for drafting of interim regulations.

The instructions came after an extensive process of consultation with key stakeholders by the Cannabis Licensing Authority.

The Interim Regulations will govern the licensing regime for the cultivation, harvesting, processing, manufacturing, transporting and retailing of ganja.

The instruction to draft the interim regulations comes nine months after the amendments to the Dangerous Drugs Act came into effect.





butch-stewart.jpgThe hotel chain owned by Gordon 'Butch' Stewart - Sandals - in the on going criminal trial of former Premier of the Turks& Caicos Islands Michael Misick, has been accused of procuring political favours with sizeable monetary donations.

This in turn would see preferential treatment in securing deals for the development of its Beaches Hotel on the small British territory.

Prosecuting lawyer Andrew Mitchell QC has claimed that between 2006 and 2010, Sandals paid over US$1 million to Misick entities and subsequently the Jamaican-formed hotel group landed concessionary deals and other favorable terms in constructing and operating the largest hotel complex in the Turks& Caicos.

Sandals has issued the following statement in response:

"On Tuesday, January 26, 2016, Andrew Mitchell Q.C. in continuing his opening statement in the criminal trial of former Premier of the Turks & Caicos, Michael Misick and others, stated that payments were made to Michael Misick by one or more Sandals-related companies. It is a fact that those payments were made.

"The matter first came to light in the course of investigation by the US Department of Justice. This triggered a series of internal investigations by Sandals to determine the source of the payment and the responsible parties., Tom Scott, a retired Federal judge and partner in the Florida law firm, Cole, Scott & Kissane, was retained by Sandals to assist with the investigation and a highly reputable forensic accounting firm in Washington D.C. was also engaged to conduct an in-depth accounting investigation into the affair. The results of the investigation and the forensic audit revealed that some US$1,650,000 had been paid to Prestigious Properties Limited, a real estate company in which Michael Misick, Phillip Misick and Washington Misick were the shareholders, and Chalmers Misick & Co., a firm of lawyers in the TCI. All those payments were made without the knowledge or consent of the principals of Sandals.

"The unauthorized payments were made by a Senior Executive and then Treasurer of Sandals. This culminated in the separation of the Senior Executive from the company and was followed by Sandals filing a lawsuit against him in the Bahamas to recover the unauthorized payments. The damage done to the Company by his actions was substantial. Not only had he betrayed the trust which the Chairman and other Directors had reposed in him but based on the level of his authority, the Company was legally bound by his actions and this culminated in the Company having to absorb a fine of US$12M imposed by the Turks & Caicos authorities.

"In concluding the investigation the US Department of Justice said that Sandals had cooperated: "with the United States authorities to a degree that [was] acknowledged to be both extraordinary and unique and included the early and voluntary release of valuable evidence that has been shared with the Special Investigation Prosecution Team ("SIPT")"





Jamaica confirms first confirmed Zika virus case

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zika-virus.jpgThe Ministry of Health on Saturday confirmed the first case of the Zika Virus in Jamaica.

The patient, a four-year-old child from Portmore, St Catherine, has now recovered, stated the Ministry in a press release. According to the ministry, the child began showing symptoms on January 17 after a trip to Texas in the United States.

Below is the full statement from the Health Ministry on the matter:

The Ministry of Health has confirmed one case of the Zika virus in Jamaica. The patient who has now recovered is a four year old child from Portmore, St. Catherine. The child began showing symptoms on January 17, 2016 after earlier returning to Jamaica from travel to Texas in the United States.

The child was investigated at the Bustamante Hospital for Children and samples sent to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) for testing on January 26, 2016. The Ministry received the positive zika virus test result from CARPHA late Friday afternoon (January, 29, 2016).

The case is being investigated to determine the source of infection and the child's parents and family have been contacted and briefed by a team from the Ministry of Health. No other family member is ill at this time.

As part of its investigations the Ministry of Health has undertaken the necessary community interventions in and around the area where the child lives to determine whether there are other cases and has heightened vector control activities.

The Minister of Health will provide a full update to the nation at a press briefing to be held on Monday, February 1, 2016.

In the meantime, the Ministry is advising persons, particularly pregnant women, to take extra precaution to prevent being bitten by the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes which transmit the Zika virus.

There is adequate medication available in the public health system at this time to treat the symptoms of Zika virus infection in the event of additional cases being identified.





Firehouse Crew & Friends - January 29, 2016 @ 9 PM

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Kaya Fyah Productions Presents

Firehouse Crew & Friends

Performances by:
Luciano, Sizzla, Lukie D, Bryhan Art, Mikey General, Kaya, Andy Livingston, Jahbar-I

Special Guest:
Nambo and Desi Roots

Also featuring the video launch of the single "Live on Natty Dread" featuring Kaya & Macka B

Address:
Sweet Calabash Restaurant
8 A Kensington Crescent

January 29, 2016
Start Time: 9 PM

Donations in Aid of the Maxfield Pack Childrens Home

Hosted by:
Denise 'Isis' Miller





female-doctor-attacks-cab-driver-photo-1.jpgThe Florida doctor captured on video lashing out at an Uber driver in downtown Miami says she is ashamed of her actions and says she and her family have been targeted since the video's release.

"I see a person that is not me. I'm ashamed," Anjali Ramkissoon said today on "Good Morning America" of the video that shows her berating the driver of another customer's Uber. "I still can't watch the entire video."

"Every time someone brings it up or tries to ask me, 'What was happening at this point?,' I just, I can't," she said.

Ramkissoon, a fourth-year neurology resident, can be seen in the video berating the driver, trying to hit him, and throwing items out of the window of the passenger seat, and ultimately trying to knee the driver.

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"In the moment I was just so angry. I wasn't really thinking and if I could take it back I would," Ramkissoon said. "There is absolutely no excuse for my actions. I am ashamed. I am so sorry. I've hurt so many people with this."

Ramkisson says her father was admitted to the hospital that day and, just minutes before the incident, she and her boyfriend of two years had split.

"I was extremely stressed out that day," she said. "It was probably one of the worst days of my life and I was caught at my lowest moment. Nothing like this has ever happened."

"I made a huge mistake, the biggest mistake of my life, and that person is not me," Ramkissoon said.

Yes," Ramkissoon replied when asked if she'd been drinking. "I'd actually driven to that place that night but I did not want to drive my car home so I left my car there and that was why I was trying to get the Uber to get home."

The customer who ordered the Uber car that Ramkissoon tried to get in filmed the heated incident on a cellphone and posted the video on YouTube.

Ramkissoon, who can be heard telling the Uber driver, "I'm getting really like belligerent right now," says she was cyberbullied after the video's release.

"My family was targeted. Their address was leaked," she said. "I've received messages telling me that I should kill myself, that I should have been raped that night."

"I think it's ridiculous and I'm here to own up to what I did," Ramkissoon said. "I'm taking responsibility for it and I'm asking for forgiveness."

The Uber driver declined to press charges against Ramkissoon, for which she says she is "grateful." Uber told ABC News they've suspended Ramkissoon's account while the incident is investigated.

"We actually settled while we were out there. I paid for the damages and I apologized to him and he accepted my apology," Ramkissoon said. "I'm so thankful that he did not press charges, that he did not have me arrested."

Ramkissoon has been placed on administrative leave and removed from all clinical duties, by her employer, the Jackson Health System. An internal investigation is underway to "determine if any disciplinary action will be taken, up to and including termination," a hospital spokesperson told ABC News last week.





al-gore-climate-change.jpgWatch out world, and we are sorry if you had not realised before reading this, the world is ending today. That's because today is the day that climate change entrepreneur, and former US Vice President, Al Gore warned us would be the beginning of a global emergency.

Gore told his supporters a decade ago that the world had until 27th January 2016 to end its addiction to fossil fuels or the it would come to an end. Gore did not specify what householders might expect to happen today, but he was clear that this would be the end. ...





obama-killer-banner-moscow.jpgEarly this morning in Moscow, a 30-foot flag featuring Barack Obama was raised to the top floor of a building across from the U.S. Embassy. In blood red letters, the word "KILLER" is stamped beneath the face of the president. The evening before, a laser display projected "Obama Killer #1" onto the U.S. Embassy itself.

The party responsible for such anti-American productions is the Moscow-based "Glavplakat" art society, who issued a statement saying the banner was in response to the "U.S. Government's plans to invade the territory of yet another sovereign state."

"The word 'killer' defines the 44th U.S. President, and is given to him because of his decision to send the infamous 101st Airborne Division into the Syrian conflict," states Glavplakat. "Let's keep in mind that this division carried out practically every U.S. military invasion in the last decade."

The move to send the 101st Airborne Division to Syria and Iraq was announced by U.S. Secretary of Defense, Ashton Carter, on January 25.

Also known as "The Screaming Eagles," the 101st Airborne Division is armed with 300 helicopters, including three battalions of 'Apache Attack' Boeing AH-64s. The decision to employ The Screaming Eagles only adds fuel to the fire that burns between Moscow and Washington-leading Russia's Foreign Minister to announce at a press conference yesterday that, "there will be no business as usual between Russia and the West."





iphone-7.jpgIf a new report is to be believed, there's at least one thing about the iPhone 7's new camera setup that's really going to make some users really happy, but others a little bit angry.

Apple insider Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities has been very accurate over the years with iPhone predictions. The analyst is back with a new note for investors, seen by 9to5Mac, that further details the iPhone 7's camera.

According to Kuo, Apple is preparing a dual camera system that should bring optical zoom to the iPhone - a recent patent discovery does detail such a camera setup, so it's certainly believable.

However, not all iPhone 7 versions will get the dual-camera setup that's been rumored before for the future of the iPhone. This camera advancement will be reserved for the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus only, the analyst believes. And it might not even make it to all Plus versions, but only to a premium version of the phone.

Kuo says that one of the two cameras will feature optical image stabilization (OIS) and a wide field of view while the second one will be a telephoto lens with a narrower field of view. 9to5Mac reminds us that Apple did purchase a camera tech company (LinX) whose software innovations might be used with a dual-camera setup.

Kuo notes that about 30% of iPhone 7 shipments will be equipped with a dual-camera system. Assuming the report is correct, this would be the first time the regular and "Plus" versions of a new iPhone are significantly different. So far, the only thing iPhone Plus buyers got, aside from the bigger display and battery, was OIS on the main camera.





It appears that Jamaica is closer to getting a third mobile phone provider.

Technology Minister Phillip Paulwell says an application is before Cabinet for the granting of a licence for the provision of mobile telecommunications services in Jamaica.

Speaking Wednesday at the opening of the Energy Services Company Industry (ESCO) National Stakeholder Conference in Kingston, Paulwell said the application has been approved by the Office of Utilities Regulation.

It has also received approval from the Spectrum Management Authority.

He noted that the granting of the new licence will broaden competition in Jamaica's telecommunications industry. Currently, there are two major telecommunications providers in Jamaica.





Producers Augustus 'Gussie' Clarke and Lee 'Scratch' Perry; ska great Wilburn 'Stranger' Cole, deejay Winston 'Yellowman' Foster, singers Ernie Smith, Gem Myers, Claudelle Clarke and Sister Scully; recording engineers Chris Daley and David Rowe; the Gemini and Jack Scorpio sound systems; musicians Boris Gardiner and Fil Callender; and broadcaster Alan Magnus are the other awardees.

Seven artistes will receive the Icon Award - Stranger Cole, Yellowman, Myers, Chaka Demus and Pliers, Sister Scully and Claudelle Clarke.

Magnus, who has worked at Radio Jamaica since the 1960s, will receive the award for Extraordinary Impact on the Reggae Industry.

Promoters of popular 'vintage' reggae show Startime will also be recognised.

The recipients of Breakthrough Artiste of The Year and Song of The Year will be announced at the event, which caps JaRIA's celebration of Reggae Month.





JARIA to honour 17

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jaria.jpgSome 17 stalwarts in entertainment will be honoured by the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) during its annual awards at Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston on February 28.

Pioneer artiste, sound system operator and producer Cecil Campbell, better known as Prince Buster tops the list of awardees. Prince Buster, who is responsible for some of reggae's early iconic songs, including Wash, Wash, Judge Dread and Oh Carolina by the Ffolkes Brothers, which he produced, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Mentorship Award goes to Junior Lincoln. Trumpeter Johnny 'Dizzy' Moore and.





Zika virus cases in the US climb to 20

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zika-virus.jpgThe number of cases of the Zika virus in the United States has increased to 20.

According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) all of the patients traveled to Brazil or other affected countries.

The CDC says the disease has not spread beyond those travelers.

The Arkansas Department of Health on Tuesday confirmed that a resident had tested positive for the virus; another case was confirmed in Virginia.

The CDC has added the US Virgin Islands and the Dominican Republic to its Zika virus travel alerts.

American Airlines and United Airlines have announced that they will allow some customers to cancel or postpone their trips if they are scheduled to fly to areas affected by the Zika virus.

United says its policy will include any areas listed in the CDC's alert, while American's policy so far includes flights to four destinations in Central America.

Charles Hobart, United's spokesman, says the airline is offering customers who are traveling to the affected regions the opportunity to re-book at a later date, or receive a full refund.





chris-gayle-photo-4.jpgSomerset have stuck to their word by re-signing controversial Jamaica and West Indies opener Chris Gayle for six matches in this summer's Twenty20 Blast, England's premier T20 competition.

Earlier this month, the 36-year-old was fined US $7200 after asking a television reporter for a date in a live interview while playing for Melbourne Renegades in Australia's Big Bash League

He later apologised but said the reaction was blown out of proportion. Gayle, whose first game is on June 1 against Sussex, scored 328 runs in three appearances for Somerset in 2015. The final match of his six-game stint will be against Hampshire on June 19.

Somerset's Director of Cricket Matt Maynard described Gayle as a world class cricketer who did phenomenal things for them last season.

Maynard who previously described Gayle as Box Office, also said the Jamaican is probably the biggest name in the sport at the moment.





Jamaican man freezes to death in the US

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jamaican-man-freezes-to-death.jpgA Jamaican man who worked at a hotel in Jackson, Wyoming in the United States, died last Saturday due to hypothermia, a condition which occurs when the body gets cold and loses heat faster than it can make it.

The coroner's office in Jackson said 30-year-old Aldane Mullings died from hypothermia due to exposure. The phenomenon can occur due to extreme exposure to cold air. Temperatures in Jackson, Wyoming hit minus-16 degrees Celsius last Friday night.

Mullings' body was found lying in a road on Saturday morning.

The Washington Times reported that the deceased man had been in Jackson on a J-1 visa, working at a hotel.

Authorities said he was last seen alive, drinking at a restaurant early on Saturday morning.

They said his death is no longer being treated as a suspicious development, this after an autopsy determined that none of his injuries was consistent with severe trauma.





Passenger crushed trying to hop onto bus

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shocked.jpgA commuter who hopped on a bus, fell and was crushed by the wheels of the bus in Spanish Town on Wednesday.

According to eyewitness reports, the man had been waiting on a bus at the Spanish Town terminus, but grew impatient as the bus took a long time to 'load' and make its full quota so that it could be on its way. The man saw another bus, in the Spanish Town square, in the process of leaving; so he decided to exit the vehicle he was in. He then attempted to hop onto the other bus while it was in motion, but lost his footing and fell. The bus ran over him.

"Mi a drive inna the middle of the road, and mi feel the bus run over something and there is no bump in the middle of the road, so I stopped. When mi go outside, big crowd draw, the bus had run over a man," bus driver Owen James is reported as saying.

The passengers in the bus quickly disembarked and assisted in getting the injured man onto the bus. James drove him to the Spanish Town hospital for emergency treatment, but the man eventually succumbed to his injuries in the Spanish Town hospital, and was pronounced dead while undergoing treatment.

The man has since been identified as Sanjay Stewart Grey of an unknown address.

An eyewitness recounted that the man was on a bus designated for Half Way Tree and kept telling the driver he was in haste and that he was wasting time.

"The driver didnt pay him any mind while the bus was loading. The man vex and come off and wi jus see weh de man hop onto Sun Tour Classic and drop off and the left back wheel run over him," the eyewitness recounted.

"Mi don't know if him drop because him a wear slippers or what, but it just unfortunate how him lose him life through carelessness."

A subsequent report was made at the Traffic Department of the Spanish Town police and an investigation launched into the incident.





Linstead man murdered

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crime-scene-7.jpgThirty-two year old Dwayne Harrison of Capture Land, Commodore in Linstead, St Catherine was shot and killed over the weekend by unknown assailants.

Reports from the police's communication arm, the Corporate Communications Unit (CCU), are that around 11:50 pm, explosions were heard and the police summoned.

Harrison's body was found along a dirt track in the community.

He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

An investigation has been launched.





drugs-bust-new-york.jpgTwo alleged drug dealers from Guatemala were arrested in New York on Tuesday after authorities found 100 pounds of heroin worth $14million in their pickup trucks.

Peter Omar Garcia-Romero and Jose Guadencio Lantan-Vela were busted as they circled snow-covered blocks of Queens looking for parking spots in two separate trucks - a silver pickup and a blue 'monster truck' with massive tires.

The vehicles were first spotted at about 8pm, driving slowly and circling the blocks several times. Both vehicles had North Carolina plates and one was unregistered, officials said.

At 8.45pm, officials approached the vehicles, identified themselves, and eventually took the men into custody after discovering the heroin.

The area in Elmhurst was under surveillance by agents from the US Drug Enforcement Division, the NYPD and State Police at the time 'as part of an ongoing investigation into heroin distribution organizations operating in the Northeast region of the United States' a statement from the organizations said.

The men gave inconsistent statements, said Erin Mulvey, spokeswoman for the New York Division of the DEA, according to the New York Post.

'It was a monster pickup truck driving around the streets of queens looking for a place to park in the snow, so it really stood out,' Mulvey said. 'The two trucks kept going around and around in the same area.'

A Port Authority trained search dog found the 100 pounds of heroin hidden inside an old drive shaft and axle casings that were laying the bed of the silver truck, officials told the Post.





pnp-gen-sec-paul-burke.jpgGeneral Secretary of the People's National Party, Paul Burke, is not ruling out the possibility that PNP President Portia Simpson-Miller could announce the date for the general election at Sunday's mass meeting in Half Way Tree Square.

In a media advisory yesterday the Party said Sunday's meeting is part of its national mobilisation effort as it prepares for the election. Mrs. Simpson-Miller and other officers will address supporters.

And the Jamaica Labour Party says it's ready in the event that the date for the election is announced on Sunday.

General Secretary, Dr Horace Chang says that the Party has campaign activities planned.





cisoca-logo.jpgThe Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) has launched an investigation into a rape video uploaded onto popular Facebook group Ragashanti Live on Monday evening.

The video shows four boys and a girl in an empty room as one young man forcefully removed the young girl's uniform, while the others recorded the ordeal, laughing to her grunts and tears.

"Please. No. It hurts," she pleaded as the youngster replied, "Shut yuh mout gyal and tek [expletive]."

The three-minute long video continued to show the girl crying, as the other boys eventually joined in - forcing the girl to perform fellatio.

The video has since been deleted, but not before thousands of Jamaicans saw the graphic content; voicing their outrage into the recording.

"So there's another rape video, Straight Outta Jamaica. WTH is wrong with these men. Smh," one woman wrote.

"Jah know, look how dem deal wid the girl! If she was my sister, mi nah hesitate fi get my justice fi har," one man noted.

"Animals! Just nasty," another woman exclaimed.

It is the latest incident of its kind in Jamaica.

On November 9, 2015, 25-year-old Clarendon resident Odane Greyson made himself a symbol of instant notoriety when he faced huge backlash for a video he uploaded to Facebook.

Greyson's video depicted a purported recording of sexual intercourse with him and a seemingly unwilling female participant begging him to stop hurting her.

Following a week-long investigation, he was slapped with rape and forcible abduction charges, and subsequently offered bail in the sum of $500,000 on Wednesday, December 9.





kaya-george-firehouse-crew.jpgAmsterdam-based reggae singer Kayah, who has been journeying to Jamaica for several years, joins the Firehouse Crew on Friday for a special single and video launch, along with a free concert at the Sweet Calabash Restaurant on Kensington Crescent in Kingston.

The single, which is entitled Live On Natty Dread is a collab with veteran singer Macka B. As Kaya explained, the song is a tribute to reggae icon Bob Marley and it is also the first single from Kaya and The Firehouse Crew's upcoming album.

Kaya, who is managed by Tony Owens - the Jamaican who at one point managed English reggae group Musical Youth (Pass The Dutchie) - is looking forward to his first official launch in Jamaica.

"We will have the launch for media and special guests at 7 pm, followed by the free concert with artistes including Sizzla, Luciano, Lukie D, Andy Livingston, Bryhan Art and others, starting at 9 pm. I really appreciate the fact that these singers have been so willing to join me and the Firehouse Crew for what will be a grand musical celebration with family, friends and fans," Kaya declared.

Members of the Firehouse Crew are also in high spirits and stated that the concert will serve as a launch pad for their upcoming tour of Europe.

"It has been a great journey working with Kaya and executive producer of the project, Tony Owens. We have all learnt something valuable. Kaya Fyah Productions grew out of our collaborative efforts throughout the years and we couldn't think of a better way to kickstart 2016. Last year we staged Firehouse Crew Meets Chinna Smith Inna De Yard and that was wonderful; we know that this will be even bigger and better," George 'Dusty' Miller from Firehouse Crew stated.

Carlos Lopez, better known as Kaya the African Herbsman, was born in Mindelo City on the island of St. Vincente in Cape Verde, West Africa. A singer, songwriter. producer and musical arranger. Kaya possesses a very distinctive vocal range and style that compares favourably to that of a few notable Jamaican reggae legends.

Over the years, Kaya has made several trips to Jamaica where he recorded at the internationally renowned Anchor and Tuff Gong (home of reggae icon Bob Marley) recording studios. He has worked with The Firehouse Crew and other legendary musicians like Tony Asha, Flabba Holt, Dean Fraser, Nambo Robinson, Tony Greene, Dwight Richards, Mitchum Chin, Winston Bope, Bongo Herman and Sticky Thompson.

His 2013 album Rocky Ways, was described by music critics as "conscious and uplifting" and contained great singles such as Rudy featuring acclaimed version DJ I-Roy. In 2014 he released New Chapter - Kaya and The Firehouse Crew.





Guidance readies debut album

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guidance.jpgAfter more than a decade and a half in the music industry, recognized reggae artiste Guidance is surrounded by an air of expectancy as he gets ready to release his very first studio album.

As yet untitled, the 14-track offering is being produced by Phree Music Records, the same outfit to which the artiste is signed. Girlfriend Yard, the first single from the album, has already been released with an accompanying music video and has received much love on radio and in the clubs. The team is now ready to release the follow-up song, (People Have) Problems Everyday, while simultaneously working on the music video with director Mikhail 'Tin Man' Williams..

Guidance noted that he was quite happy at the progress of the project, even though it has meant that his whole life seems to be revolving around the studio.

"I feel like I am always either entering or exiting a studio, but I am certainly not complaining," the Love What You Got singer said with a smile.

He added, "Even though albums/CDs are not selling, it is still hugely important as an artiste to define your career by releasing albums at intervals. My first album has been a long time coming, but you know what the wise man says: Nothing happens before the right time."

The singer took time to commend his team, which is intent on getting the right persons at every step of the project. He revealed that the single Girlfriend Yard was mastered at London's famous Metropolis Studio by John Davis who has worked with big name artistes including Led Zeppelin, U2 and Lana del Ray. Most of the voicing is being done at Mikey Bennet's Grafton Studio in Kingston.

So far there is one collaboration, a song entitled Planning Again with reggae songstress, Etana, but Guidance explained that he would be seeking out other artistes, including Bounty Killer and Anthony B, to add their voices to this long-awaited album.

Guidance's recent outstanding performance at Sting saw him reeling off solid, message filled songs, which without a doubt sent a warning to the industry that this talented artiste is here to stay.





ladysaw-sumfest.jpgLady Saw has given up her dancehall artiste and is looking forward to be known as Minister Marion Hall.

"I'm about to go to school to do leadership and ministering and take it from there and see where the Lord leads me. Right now I am into the Bible, watching TBN and I am not getting enough sleep because I'm so anxious," she told one newspaer.

"A lot of people want to teach me but everybody has their own way of teaching and interpreting and the Lord sent someone to me one day who told me that she used to own businesses and the Lord stripped her and sent her to Bible school and I was there like, 'Thank you Jesus, I hear you' because I was confused and talking to God in my mind," she added.

"The Lord have me preaching already. Sometimes when the Lord gives me a topic, it becomes a song and I realise I just start preaching in the midst of it. But I'm going to school to learn the right way," she said.

Hall also said that the Lord told her she will minister but she believes, understanding the word is important in ministry.

"I am hungry, I'm thirsty for His word. I feel so appreciated and so happy. I'm looking for a word to describe the Lord and I can't find it. People say He's awesome, He's majestic but for me it's more than that. I'm just in awe," she continued.





Fans of the Dancehall Doctor, Beenie Man have been taking to social media to give him their full support, while lashing out severely at 51-year-old, toothless artiste, Gully Bop.

This after a video of Gully Bop dising Beenie Man at Ninjaman's birthday bash by walking onto the stage during the doctor's performance has gone viral.

Bop interrupted Beenie Man's performance then urged the crowd to give Beenie a "padlock bye" as a sign that the "King of The Dancehall" should exit the stage. Beenie Man there and then chastised Gully Bop and told him not to make a fool of himself.

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Online, the backlash has been harsh.

One commentor, Linguary Allen, had very strong words for Bop, who recently had a very ugly and public break-up with fiancee Shauna Chin.

"GULLY FLOP YOU ARE GOING BACK TO THE GULLY YOU DON'T HAVE ANY APPROCH. YOU ARE A GULLY COCKROACH YOU DON'T HAVE ANY MANNERS, MANNERS TAKE YOU PLACES DISRESPECT TAKE YOU BACK TO THE GULLY AND TO THE PIT TOILET. NEVER SEE COME SEE A JAMAICAN PROVERBS. BOY KNOW YOUR SELF AND STOP DISSING PEOPLE BECAUSE REMEMBER WHERE YOU ARE COMING FROM BE CAREFUL BECAUSE COCK MOUTH KILL COCK BEHAVE YOUR SELF BECAUSE YOU ARE NOT SPECIAL YOU ARE ARTIFICIAL. YOU ARE THE BIGGEST PROBLEM IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY YOU SHOULDN'T BE ON STAGE DISRESPECTING WOMEN AND THE REAL ICONS YOU NEED TO GET A LIFE AND GO BACK TO SCHOOL. BLESSINGS TO ALL THE REAL BIG MEN AND WOMEN IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY WHO HAVE MANNERS AND GOING PLACES. GULLY FLOP FIX YOUR MOUTH AND FIX YOUR TALK YOU BELIEVE YOU ARE TALENTED BUT YOU ARE NOT GET ON YOUR KNEES AND PRAY AND TELL GOD THANKS FOR WHAT HE IS DOING FOR YOU TAKE YOU OUT OF THE GULLY SO THAT YOU COULD GET GOOD CLOTHES TO WEAR GOOD FOOD TO EAT AND DRINK AND NOT GULLY RATS AND GARBAGE. FROM ALMS HOUSE TO KINGS HOUSE TURN IT AROUND FROM A KINGS HOUSE TO ALMS HOUSE GULLY FLOP WATCH YOUR WORDS IT WILL TURN AROUND SO BE CAREFUL WORDS ARE POWERFUL. REPENT GULLY FLOP TAKE UP YOUR BIBLE STUDY THE WORDS AMEN."

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Below are some of the other comments:

"Stinking mouth gully bop a fly pass him nest full time him pitch, dat likkle shit nuh understand himself."

"Even thou am not into dance hall anymore i think this is very very disrepectful but then again he is a mad man so him dont no any better beenie man is a kind hearted person i used to love his music and his style."

"Disresptful lil ugly man."

"Gully is a full fledged idiot him soon fall let's see what gonna happen him shit don't dry yet him going around dissing plp."

"kmt Bop is a ugly waste man, if him to fall today him have nobody as friend who would really give him a 3rd chance, facebook was his last hope. DISRESPECT DAT!!!!"

"Gully bop needs to remember where he is coming from and understand what he is doing or else he will end up in the same place as before. If beenie man was a disrespectful artist he wouldn't be where he is today. Gully man look before you leap."





zika-virus.jpgThree persons have tested positive for the Zika Virus in New York, city officials said on Friday.

All three had travelled to areas outside the United States where the mosquito-borne ailment is spreading rapidly, the New York State Department of Health said, without specifying where.

Officials said one person has completely recovered, while the others are getting better.

US health authorities earlier on Friday expanded a travel warning for pregnant women to avoid 22 places in Latin America and the Caribbean due to the Zika virus.

It has been linked to thousands of cases of a birth defect known as microcephaly, when babies are born with abnormally small heads, which can cause brain damage. In New York, authorities have warned anyone contemplating travel to warmer regions to take care.

"We are urging residents, especially pregnant women, to check all health advisories before travelling, and take preventive measures when travelling to affected countries," said New York State Health Commissioner, Howard Zucker.





Bisexual Jamaican man granted asylum in Britain

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A bisexual man who said he would be killed if he was deported to his native Jamaica, has been granted the right to remain in the United Kingdom after a three-and-a-half-year legal battle with the British Home Office.

Orashia Edwards from Leeds, initially had his claim for asylum rejected after a judge ruled he had been "dishonest" about his sexuality.

But Edwards, who had a relationship with a man throughout much of his appeal, argued that he was treated unfairly because of misconceptions about bisexuality, and that widespread media coverage of his case in Jamaica would endanger his life.

In reacting to confirmation of his refugee status, Edwards, 33, tol the Gardian newspaper in the UK that: "I'm delighted. For the past three years I've had trouble eating, trouble sleeping, problems with depression, but now I can finally move forward with my life.

"It's a huge relief to me, to my mother, to my friends and supporters. I would never have made it without their support, I'm just so thankful to all of them."

He said he would now be able to open a bank account, apply for jobs and enroll in a college to pursue qualifications in electrical engineering.

Edwards, who was detained at times during the resolution of his asylum claim, said he had even provided intimate pictures of himself with another man to support his claim, but that officials had refused to acknowledge them as evidence of his sexuality.

Buggery was noted to be illegal in Jamaica, and punishable by up to 10 years in prison, while sexual relations between men are widely frowned upon and definitely not accepted in public.

The Guardian in its report on the outcome of Edwards' court battle, said in 2014, the organisation, Human Rights Watch, found that LGBT people in the Jamaica faced "unchecked" violence and discrimination, and could not depend on the police for protection.





Sagicor Group Jamaica president and CEO, Richard Byles collapsed while on business abroad.

In a press release on Monday afternoon, Sagicor announced that "Byles did not feel well and was taken to the hospital for observation."

The company stated that Byles "remains in touch with his office."

Byles is one of the most highly regarded corporate executives in Jamaica.

He joined Sagicor in March 2004 and has guided the company into being a major financial sector player in Jamaica.

He is co-chair of the Economic Programme Oversight Committee (EPOC).





PE teacher charged by CISOCA

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cisoca-logo.jpgCharges have been laid against a Physical Education teacher of a prominent high school. The teacher has been charged by detectives from the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA).

According to a release from the Jamaica Constabulary Force Corporate Communications Unit, the teacher is accused of inappropriately interacting with a student in his office in late December 2015.

He is to appear in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on Monday, February 1. He is facing a charge of sexual touching.

According to the JCF release, investigations are still ongoing.





Businesswoman charged for beating student with bat

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hands-behind-bars.jpgTrelawny businesswoman, Judith Scott, who operates a gas station in Duncans in the parish,has been charged by the police after allegedly using a baseball bat to beat a student of the Cedric Titus High School,last Saturday.

She is set to appear in court next Wednesday.

Police reports are that Scott found the 17-year-old schoolboy at her home studying with her 17-year-old niece also a student of the Cedric Titus High School.

Smith reportedly became angry when she found the teenage boy in her home and allegedly attacked him viciously, giving him a severe beating with the baseball bat, resulting in numerous injuries all over his body.

The injured teen reported the matter to the police.

Following investigations by the police, Scott was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

The matter was also reported to the Children's Services Division, who are conducting their own investigations.

Sources at the school said the students were study partners.





rohan-marley-and-shane-wittle-ceo.jpgLook wha Fabian The Truth cause!

In a recent post made to his Facebook page, Rohan Marley, son of the late reggae legend, said that Maxine Stowe and Bunny Wailer were the driving force behind Fabian Marley and his 'antics'.

The post uploaded on January 13, showed Fabian The Truth in an apparent interview. In the video, the singer is heard ranting about the recent DNA revelations, insisting that the results were false. The video was uploaded with the caption, "Fabian lashes out due to the results about his real father Othneil Stanford. The truth is an offense but not a sin. 'Jah go with him' SELAH."

The post attracted numerous comments, but one in particular, caught Maxine Stowe's attention, as she was named as one of the persons who pushed Fabian to get a paternity test to prove he was Bob Marley's son.

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Of course, Maxine replied, "Are you people off your rockers," she quizzed.

"Where in these various stories has Bunny Wailer or myself been mentioned! Maybe It's the Marley's who sent him (Fabian) out there as a publicity stunt like Snoop Dogg Being Bob Marley!"

Rohan Marley responded by accusing Maxine of having a vendetta against the Marley family. "We sent him out there in a publicity stunt, wow... Why will they not speak the truth?"

Maxine further shut down the accusations in a Gleaner interview saying neither that she nor Bunny Wailer pushed Fabian Marley to do anything. "When he (Fabian) first came to us (Bunny Wailer and myself) he already had a team of persons behind him who were helping him to get to the truth," she said. "He already had his lawyers and numerous paperwork and revealed that he came to us because he was frustrated that his attempts at getting to the truth were going nowhere, because he was being refused matching DNA from the Marley family. We did not put him up to anything, he had a clear understanding of what he wanted and that was to prove his paternity." She went on to say that she doesn't understand why the issue has not been laid to rest now that the truth has been revealed. "I do not understand what the issue is now," she said. "At the point where you have proven that you are or are not the father, then the thing should go to rest."





gully-bop-and-shauna-chin-photo-1.jpgRight now, Shauna Chin, the ex-fiancee of Internet-sensation-turn-good-up-good-up-artiste Gully Bop, is concentrating solely on her muisc.

Chin is signed to a label Diamond Music Empire, and is hellbent on making herself a name in the industry.Her singles, 'My Life' and 'Why', marketed on YouTube sites as a 'Gully Bop diss', has reportedly generated more than 60,000 views online, while Padlock featuring -- of all people-- LA Lewis, has become a favourite on street mix tapes.

"The bookings are coming in. I have got calls from Britjam and from the Nine Miles Music Festival, plus other calls for bookings all across the Caribbean have been coming in. Things are looking great for the 2016," she said.

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"Right now, I have over 10 tracks completed. People a post say mi need fi come with an album or EP I have a lot of unreleased material, just need to get the rhythm so I can re-record them," she said.

"Right now, I am just focussing on my music, I am not dealing with any animosity, just my music," she said.

Just in case you didn't know.





Man shot dead during gun salute at dance

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crime-scene-gun.jpgThe Police High Command has ordered an investigation into the circumstances under which a man was fatally shot at a dance in Dam Head, St Catherine yesterday.

Investigators are trying to determine whether members of the Force were involved in the death of Romeo Marks. Mr Marks was shot during a gun salute at the dance.

Head of the Criminal Investigation Branch, Assistant Commissioner Ealan Powell, confirmed that members of the Force are under investigation in the matter. He said that several shots were fired at the scene and that police were on location.





Cold front continues

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The Meteorological Service says Jamaica is being impacted by a cold front east of the island.

The system is expected to remain in the vicinity of Jamaica for the next two days.

As a result,cloudy conditions will continue with cooler than normal temperature across sections of the island.





Fight Zika Virus with nuclear radiation

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zika-virus.jpgYukiya Amano, director of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the United Nations top nuclear watchdog group, will propose the use of nuclear radiation treatment as a strategy to eliminate or reduce the mosquito population carrying the Zika virus.

He made the disclosure yesterday before leaving for an official visit to Central America where the virus has been rapidly spreading.

The Atomic Energy Agency head said his organization has conducted extensive scientific trials and research into the effectiveness of the proposed method. Mr. Amano said the technology to sterilise insects is very effective in the reduction or eradication of the population of mosquitos and other carriers.

He pointed out that similar treatments have been carried out in parts of Africa targeting the Tsetse fly, which infects humans with a parasitic disease known as human sleeping sickness. According to the Pan American Health Organization, the Zika virus will likely spread to all 33 Latin American and Caribbean countries as well as the southern part of the United States.

Alarmed at the surge of the mosquito virus in the Americas, the U.S. government has also launched an effort to develop a vaccine. However, medical observers say developing a vaccine could take years. In addition to causing birth defects the Zika virus appears to be linked to a rise in a nerve ailment called Guillain-Barre syndrome that causes paralysis in adults.





Policemen slapped with drugs charges

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hands-behind-bars.jpgTwo policemen and a former colleague of theirs have been slapped with drug charges following a cocaine bust at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston on Friday.

Sources indicate that one of the accused cops was caught with the drugs while dressed in the official uniform of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).

Reports were that the men were all held in an operation conducted by the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA).

While details of the operation remain sketchy, it has been confirmed that it did take place at the airport.

It is understood that the three men were taken from a vehicle in which the drugs was found.

Acting on intelligence, MOCA operatives were reportedly awaiting the trio when they arrived at the airport, where one of the accused was said to have been previously stationed.





PNP releases names of election candidates

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pnp-headquarters.jpgJamaica's governing People's National Party (PNP) has released the names of persons who are expected to be its candidates in the next general election.

The list of 63 individuals was published on Sunday in both daily newspapers. It includes 13 women. Seven are seeking entry to Gordon House for the first time. They are Marsha Francis in St. Thomas Western, Imani Duncan Price St. Andrew East Rural; Jacqueline Taylor O'Gilvie, St. Andrew Northern, and Lisa Ann-Edwards, St. Andrew North Eastern, Patricia Sutherland Clarendon in South Eastern, Norma Lue-Lindsay in Clarendon Central, and Ashley-Ann Foster, St. James Central.

The newcomers among the men are Donovan Isaacs in St. Andrew North Western, Desmond Brennan, Clarendon North Central, and Norris Grant St. Catherine Central.

Other newcomers are Courtney Spence in St. Catherine South Central, retired West Indies cricketer Darren Powell, running in St. Elizabeth North Western, and Anthony Henry in St. James North Western.





police-cars.jpgA team from INDECOM is expected to question a Senior Superintendent of Police, who is under investigation following the shooting of a pregnant woman in Montego Bay, St James on the weekend. The woman is in serious condition after being shot in the back.

It's reported that the police and members of the Transport Authority were conducting a spot check in Westgate when they signalled a taxi to stop. The driver disobeyed and this led to a high speed chase. It's reported that the cab smashed into other vehicles.

The Senior Superintendent and a District Constable, who were involved in the chase, reportedly opened fire on the cab. It was discovered that the woman was shot. Four other passengers including children were in the vehicle.

The firearms of the Senior Superintendent and the District Constable have been seized by INDECOM. The Bureau of Special Investigation and the Inspectorate of Constabulary are also probing the incident.

And the driver of the vehicle has been arrested and charged. The taxi operator, who has several outstanding tickets, has been charged with several traffic violations, including dangerous driving and disobeying the police. He is scheduled to appear in court later this week.





police-cars.jpgA high level investigation has been initiated by the Police High Command into a suspected international drug trafficking ring involving members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).

Two policemen and an ex-cop were arrested on Friday during a major drug bust at the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA).

The men were nabbed by operatives of the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA).

The trio was accosted while they sat in a car at the airport.

The vehicle was searched and 20 packages containing more than 10 pounds of cocaine valued at millions of dollars were seized.

One of the implicated policemen is reported to be attached to the Protective Service Division, while the other is said to be, or was previously, based at the Norman Manley International Airport.

Indications were that the police began probing the drug network at the airport following the arrest of another cop last year.

It is believed that the accused cops are linked to drug traffickers in South America and the United States.





jdf-soldier-girlfriend-murder-suicide.jpgA 35-year-old JDF soldier, Lance Corporal Junior Wallace and his wife 30-year-old Christina Dawkins - a third year architecture student at the University of Technology are dead in what police say was a case of murder-suicide.

The police report that relatives had not seen the couple for more than a day and went to their house in search of them.

They kicked in the door to the house and found the bodies of Dawkins and Wallace in their bedroom.

Dawkins had two gunshots to her upper body and Wallace had a single bullet wound to the right side of his head.

The couple who had been married ten years died leaving a son. A man and woman are dead in what the Clarendon Police suspect to be a murder/suicide shooting in Park Hall in the parish around 8pm on Saturday.

However, according to other reports, a team of officers was summoned to the premises of 28-year-old University of Technology (UTech) student Christina Dawkins and her common-law-husband, Junior Wallace, a 35-year-old lance corporal from the Jamaica Defence Force - after residents reported hearing explosions.

Upon their arrival, Dawkins and Wallace were found lying in a pool of blood.

While investigations into the grizzly incident continue, the police have further indicated that a Glock pistol was also recovered from the scene.





japanese-haitian-tennis-teen.jpgAfter routinely dismantling 18th-seeded Elina Svitolina 6-4, 6-4 to advance to the 3rd round of the Australian Open, 18-year-old Naomi Osaka, a self-described "child of the internet," was talking to reporters about Pokemon.

Asked about her tennis aspirations, Osaka smiled and declared confidently, "To be the very best, like no one ever was."

"That's a Pokemon quote, I'm sorry," she clarified, laughing. "That's the Pokemon theme song. But, yeah, to be the very best, and go as far as I can go."

Between her casual off-court banter with reporters and her cool domination in her first two matches, Osaka has been all the rage of the Australian Open. Even Serena Williams is gushing.

"She's really young and really aggressive," Williams said earlier this week. "She's a really good, talented player. Very dangerous."

Osaka is currently ranked 127th in the world and only qualified for the main women's draw by winning all three of her qualifying matches. Born in Japan to a Japanese mother and a Haitian father, she plays under the Japanese flag but trains and lives permanently in Florida, where she is coached by her dad.

Nevertheless, at the Australian Open she's taken to bowing to the Japanese fans that have turned out in droves to cheer for her and wave the Japanese flag during her matches.

"Yeah, it's the only part of my Japanese side," she said of the bow after the Svitolina match. "Kind of because there were a lot of people cheering for me, and I kind of wanted to show how grateful I was. I always think that they're surprised that I'm Japanese. So the fact that there was like Japanese flags and stuff, it was, like, really touching."

Osaka may be virtually unknown to the casual tennis fan, but her impressive play over the first two rounds isn't much of a surprise to those paying attention. As a 16-year-old, Osaka upset former world no. 1 Samantha Stosur with aggressive and powerful shots, including a 100-mile forehand.

During her second round of the Australian Open, she used her big serve to frustrate Svitolina. Svitolina was visibly frustrated throughout the match, while Osaka remained staunchly emotionless.

"Just genetically my face is like this. I'm sorry," she told reporters afterwards. "I feel like there's something wrong with me because I don't get excited or anything that much."

Her on-court Poker Face, of course, doesn't mean that she isn't nervous.

"In my brain I'm going, 'Oh, my God, why' about like 90 per cent of the time," Osaka said. "But, you know, I feel like I try to smile sometimes just so I don't throw my racquet."

As in all sports, tennis players regularly hide behind empty cliches about hard work and taking things one day at a time, which is why it's especially refreshing to hear Osaka speak so honestly to reporters. Her sense of humor, she said, is the product of Youtube.

"I feel like I'm a child of the Internet, and the Internet has raised me, and its jokes might not be appropriate at certain times," she acknowledged.

Osaka will have her work cut out for her in the 3rd round, where she will face Victoria Azarenka, the hard-hitting Belarusian who has dropped only three games through her first two rounds. But Osaka isn't worried.

"I never feel pressure from playing someone that's supposed to be like better than me," she said. "Sort of."





female-doctor-attacks-cab-driver-photo-1.jpgA Miami woman who was filmed attacking an Uber driver and throwing the man's belongings into the street before walking away has been identified as a local doctor.

Anjali Ramkissoon, a fourth-year neurology resident with Jackson Health System, reportedly got into an Uber without a reservation on Sunday night and when the driver asked her to leave became angry and belligerent.

The video shows her punching and kicking the man, who eventually walks away, and then getting into the passenger seat of the vehicle and throwing his mail, cell phone, electronics and other devices and possessions out into the street. At one point she also yells at him; 'Get the f*** in the car you piece of f****** disgusting s***.'

The Miami Herald reports that Ramkissoon has now been 'removed from all clinical duties'.

Her employer said in a statement; 'Jackson has launched an internal investigation.

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'The outcome of the investigation will determine whether any disciplinary action will be taken, up to and including termination.'

The video footage was taken by Juan Cinco, who had ordered the car to take him home from the Mary Brickell Village in Miami, Florida, on Sunday night. He later uploaded the clip to YouTube.

Information posted with the clip explains Ramkissoon, who was dressed in tight white shorts and a red top, came 'out of nowhere' and climbed into the backseat of the Uber.

When she refused to get out, Mr Cinco and his friend told the driver to cancel their ride and offered to book another ride home.

He said the driver pretended to phone the police, asking them to remove the woman from his car, which prompted Ramkissoon to reach into the front seat, grab his keys and start to walk away.

This was the point at which Cinco started filming, he said.

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In his YouTube post, Mr Cinco writes that the police arrived and had to remove Ramkissoon from a taxi she had hailed in an attempt to leave.

He continued: 'Once in handcuffs, she then tried kicking some of the police officers on the scene.

'It was only when they put her in the police car that she started crying, apologizing, and claiming that she would lose her medical license (she claimed to be a neurologist) if she got arrested.'

Mr Cinco said the Uber driver was 'too good of a person' and decided to take a cash settlement - 'only enough to pay his cellphone bill and maybe his cable bill' - rather than take legal action.

Miami police spokeswoman Frederica Burden confirmed officers had responded to the scene but said there was no report and there would be no investigation.

Uber also released a statement after the incident, saying; 'Uber expects everyone associated with the platform - both drivers and riders - to conduct themselves with a shared level of respect and common courtesy, and all forms of harassment and abuse are not tolerated.

'We have suspended the rider account of this individual as we investigate the incident.





bounty-killer-photo-6.jpgIn a recent post, Mr Vegas not that signing artistes like Mavado, Vybz Kartel, Busy Signal, Elephant Man, and Cham could have benefited Bounty Killer financially, as Killer played an important role in the development of the careers of these artistes.

In his very articulate response, Bounty Killer, whose real name is Rodney Pryce, stated: That's one way to look at it, yes, but I did not help the poor people to benefit or make a profit. I did it out of love and generosity. Making a dollar from a next man's earning means it's a business venture, and I would be helping whoever just to help my pocket," he said.

Bounty Killer said he regards his artistes as friends, and, therefore, does not hold them to the standards of the music business.

"If I had signed my friends, then it would have become straight business and my friendship means more than money," he said.

The artiste also said working with artistes under contract can lead to legal issues which he doesn't want to be concerned with.

"We had signed Scare Dem in 1998 to Wonder Dogg/Scare Dem Productions on TVT Records. The artistes bought scooters with the advance money and never did the album. In 2002, Elephant Man got his big break and had to give Johnny Wonder a piece of his publishing for not doing the album. That would also mean that I would have to take Elephant Man to court or sue him for mine, so I decided from there that I was not going to sign any other friends," Bounty Killer said.

As it relates to Mr Vegas' view that Bounty Killer would have done more for dancehall if he was given more opportunities internationally, the icon went for his resume to prove he was no small fry on the international scene.

"The album, My Experience, sold over 300,000 copies and Hey Baby went number five on the Billboard top 10 chart. I am the first Jamaican artiste to win a MTV Moon Man award, and I got two of them. I am also the only Jamaican artiste to get nominated in two different categories in the Grammys and won one of them," he said.

"I am the only Jamaican artiste to perform at the Super Bowl in 2002. I have been on MTV, BET, VH1, etc. I could not be anymore international because Jamaican culture could not come with me, and I am not leaving my culture.

"My songs sing for Jamaica and black people around the world. I don't reform or conform, and when I perform, my values are different. I am an advocate, not just an artiste."





devin-di-dakta.jpgRather than lick his wounds in private, Devin Di Dakta is trying to ease the pain he is suffering from the beaten inflicted by club operator Corey Todd by writing and singing about the incident.

He recently release a song which describes what exactly happened at Club Taboo in the early hours of Monday morning.

"As me reach out a door, blow! Box from Corey Todd!

Me tek a couple more even though me know me bad,

Cause a bere big security man a hold me.

Bere box inna me face, likkle most me mad.

Me get a few kicks and a couple more box.

From me own belt, a couple more slaps.

Corey Todd say 'you caan go station cause the cops can't do nutten bout dat'."

Corey Todd, in a release has denied the beating incident. Attempts by Yardflex to reach Corey Todd for a comment have failed, as he has reportedly fled the island.

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ninjaman-model.jpgFor the first time veteran deejay Ninjamans birthday bash will be staged over two nights, starting tonight, at the Turtle River Park in Ocho Rios, St Ann.

Now in its fourth year, the event is being called the Ocho Rios Festival.

According to Ninjaman,history will be created Friday night as it's the first time, outside of a world sound clash, that there will be six top sound systems and selectors coming together in one dance.

The sound systems are Bass Odyssey, Fire Links, Tony Matterhorn, Ricky Trooper, Pink Panther and Innocent Sound.

"Yuh never see that happen yet inna Jamaica and is not a world clash. That's the kind of entertainment Ninjaman is bringing to the people. On the second night is some of the top artiste inna dancehall we bringing to the people," the deejay explained.

For night two (Saturday) Ninjaman said except for Capleton, all the other advertised acts are down to appear.

"Just like my fans, the whole dancehall fraternity know how much I put into my show and that's why they always come out and support me. Capleton have to go an deal with a thing and him tell me he won't make it and I believe him. Capleton and Bounty Killer have been with me on this show from year one and support me to the fullest. Capleton is like my brother and if he is doing A St Mary Mi Come From this year, he know that Ninjaman will be there to support him. Saturday night is like a dancehall school and university. All the biggest artistes in dancehall. People who you don't see in a long while plus all the current dancehall artistes on one show."

The line-up for Saturday night includes Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Busy Signal, Romain Virgo, Ghost, Elephant Man, Professor Nuts, Gully Bop, Luciano, Admiral Bailey, Tarrus Riley and others.





magnum-louder-ad-campaign.jpgIn keeping with the charge of making the brand LOUDER, Magnum has incorporated the latest generation of Dancehall stars in their campaign.

These music and contemporary dance acts include Devin Di Dakta, the current Mangum King of Dancehall, alongside dancers Sherine "Sher" Scarlett, the 2012 International Dancehall Queen, Nickeisha "Head Top" Haye, who was crowned 2013 St. Catherine Dancehall Queen, and the popular Renee "Six-Thirty" Mclean.

Palmer explains that the brand communication, with its new look, will empower consumers to strive for personal and collective excellence both inside and outside of dancehall. The brand's refreshed image provides it with a greater ability to explore new opportunities and aspects of the overall Jamaican pop culture: "We definitely want all Jamaicans to be the best version of themselves daily, and live LOUDER in any of the many components of our country's diverse contemporary cultural elements of music, fashion, food, theatre, and more."

Dancehall fans are also in for a special treat, as the 2016 Calendar which features Jamaica's favourite Television personality Yanique "Curvy Diva" Barrett. Her journey with Magnum started in 2011 when she became the 2nd host of the Magnum Kings and Queens of the Dancehall TV show. The fashionable and captivating Curvy Diva is the face of Magnum 2016 "Go Louder" calendar which has received rave reviews.





No bail for man who allegedly murdered two sisters

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hands-behind-bars.jpgDelroy Erskine, the man accused of last year's murder of two sisters in May Pen, Clarendon, was remanded when he appeared before the May Pen Criminal Court on Thurday.

Erskine, a construction worker, who was charged last week, was remanded until March 24.

He is accused of the murders of 18 year old, Feleisha Bryan, who was a sixth form student at Vere Technical High School and her 23 year old sister, Janelle Howell.

Their bodies, which had stab wounds, were found in bushes near their home in Land Lease on October 3.

Erskine was captured last week in St Ann.





photog-rheco-snapdat.jpgTributes have been pouring in for well known photographer, Records Dowe aka Rheco Snapdat who reportedly drowned on Wednesday while diving at Blue Hole in St Ann.

"We believe that he hit his head before he hit the water and that's why he drowned because he is a good swimmer. He has jumped off the rocks at the Blue Hole before but this was his first attempt at that spot, and he died," close friend and dancehall artiste Chilando said.

"His family is mourning his loss, and he was a key member of Team Chilando, he was a neighbour, and a friend, and I am mourning a friend today. I was at home when I got the call and it shake me up say he is really gone."





tarrus-riley-photo-2.jpgPopular singer Althea,Hamilton, who has worked for several years with saxophonist Dean Fraser and reggae singer Tarrus Riley, succumbed to cancer this week.

According to a good friend, the singer had fought a valiant, eight-year battle with the disease.

"When she was put in hospice care at the end of last year, we knew in our hearts that that was the end. She was diagnosed eight years ago and has been treated at different stages. The cancer has gone into remission more than once, but it kept coming back, and in the end, it was at different places in her body, including the brain," the source told Yardflex.

Dean Fraser paid tribute to Althea on his Facebook page on Tuesday.

This makes the second back-up singer who worked with Dean to pass away. Connie Campbell died in 2012 after being in a coma for close to two years.





beenie-jazz.jpgThis might ot sem relevant but it is. Beenie Man, who yuh live wid? Don't you think that thee person who put yuh up inna her house all dem months yah deserve some respect?

When Beenie and TV host, Krystal Tomlinson put on that very public kiss at Rebel Salute last weekend many eyebrows were raised way up. Naturally, the picture man dem descend pon di two a dem, but dem neva waan tek no picture together. Ah wonder why?

Anyway, hear the kicker: "When contacted, Tomlinson told THE STAR that she prefers to keep her life private.

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"At this time, I'm not prepared to answer questions about that. I am not in a position to. I like to keep my life private, so at this time, I have no comment on the issue at all," she said.

Now Krystal, you and Beenie Man a kiss up inna big big public and then you a go chat bout you want to keep you private life "private"

Well, my dear, if that is so, then you shouldn't be kissing like that in public.

According to the story, Beenie Man confirmed that the two are dating. End of....





George Gresham, President of New York City's largest labor union, 1199SEIU, is being honored with the 2015 American Foundation for The University of the West Indies (AFUWI) Special Award. The union stalwart, who rose through the ranks to the helm of one of the most powerful trade unions, will be presented with the prestigious award at the glitzy Annual Legacy Awards Gala on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at The Pierre in New York City.

Now in its 18th year, the annual event, organized under the auspices of Honorary Patron, Dr Harry Belafonte, OJ, seeks to raise funds for the University of the West Indies (UWI), the largest and most longstanding higher education provider in the English-speaking Caribbean.

A strong advocate for the rights of health care workers and their families, Mr. Gresham is the fifth president in the union's 75-year history. After assuming the top post in April 2007, two years later he directed the successful collective bargaining with the League of Voluntary Hospitals and Homes on behalf of 135,000 New York metropolitan area members at 87 institutions. In addition to expanding job security for its members, including part-time workers, it also secured a comprehensive health package with improved pension benefits along with a 10 percent compounded wage increase through April 2015.

Mr. Gresham also serves as a Vice President of the Executive Board of Service Employees Internal Union (SEIU) with 2.1 million working members in locals throughout the nation, and co-chairs the 1199SEIU National Benefit Fund, the largest self-insured union healthcare plan in the nation, the 1199SEIU Training and Upgrading Fund, which has employer contributions and grant funding of over $150 million per year, the 1199/Employer Child Care Fund, which covers over 50,000 children of members, and the 1199SEIU Pension Fund, which has nearly $7 billion in assets.

Among the other honorees are Debra A. Sandler, Chief Health and Wellbeing Officer for Mars, Incorporated, Adam Stewart, CEO of Sandals Resorts International and George Willie, Managing Partner of Bert Smith & Co. who will receive the Caribbean Luminary Award; while Paxton Baker, Executive Vice President and General Manager of CENTRIC (formerly BETJ), will be presented with the Vice Chancellor's Achievement Award. The Legacy Awards are conferred on notable individuals or entities which represent high levels of achievement within their respective fields of industry and enterprise.

Tickets for the fundraising gala start at $500 and should be reserved by Friday, January 23, 2015. To reserve or purchase tickets, contact AFUWI by calling 212-759-9345. Proceeds from the gala each year go toward providing scholarships and last year 40 scholarships were awarded to deserving students for the academic year. For information about making a contribution to the Foundation, please visit http://www.afuwi.org.









fabian-marley-photo-6.jpgLOS ANGELES, Jan. 19, 2016 -- A series of DNA tests prove definitively that the man who calls himself Fabian "Marley" is without question not related to Bob Marley. Instead, the tests demonstrate conclusively that Fabian is the natural born son of Othneil Stanford.

"The DNA tests show with scientific certainty that Fabian Marley is not the half-brother of either Rohan Marley, Stephen Marley or Robert N. Marley. In addition, similar DNA tests show the probability of Fabian Marley being the son of Othneil Stanford is 99.99%," said Dr. Karl A. Reich, Scientific Director of Independent Forensics DNA Testing & Technologies. Independent Forensics is a fully accredited and well renowned DNA testing laboratory in Illinois.

The Marley family has repeatedly maintained that Fabian was an imposter who only asserted his familial relationship to Bob Marley in order to advance his music career. But for years Fabian had refused to undertake a DNA test with an accredited forensics laboratory. His most recent manager, Clayton Thomas, finally convinced Fabian to undergo the DNA test in October 2015 at an accredited DNA laboratory, and the results unequivocally demonstrate that Fabian cannot be the son of Bob Marley.

Fabian's mother, Ms. Raphie Munroe, said about her son, "This is crazy talk. I never in my life told my son that Bob Marley was his father. I don't know how he came up with this, but it is not true. It never happened. I don't know where he got this from, but no one in the family ever said this even once."

Fabian's eldest sister, Sandra Stanford Walker, confirmed, "Something is wrong with him, this is not normal behavior. Everyone knows he is not a Marley. His family, his friends, everyone in our community knows he is not Bob Marley's son. Fabian is troubled and we want to put an end to his lies."

A spokesperson for the Marley family stated, "The Marley family is pleased to finally have this matter behind us. We have said repeatedly that this man who calls himself Fabian is not the son of Bob Marley. The tests now prove we were correct. We hope he can finally accept the truth of his own true heritage."

Fifty-Six Hope Road Music, Ltd., is the company founded by Bob Marley's wife and children and the legal entity holding the trademark, publicity, persona and other intellectual property rights to legendary reggae artist Bob Marley.





Sound system selector, Stephen Chang, known in music circles as Stevie of Black Kat Sound has been hospitalized following a murder and double shooting incident.

The police report that Stevie was among three persons at a bar in Limit District, in Manchester on Monday when men approached them and started shooting.

Superintendent Cameron Powell who is attached to the Manchester Police Division said that the incident took place while the men were playing domino at the bar. Powell says the police were told that the suspects left the scene in a waiting motor car.

Stevie is presently in stable condition.





Frankie Paul's leg amputated

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frankie-paul.jpgVeteran reggae singer Frankie Paul was reportedly hospitalised due to an infection, but had to undergo an operation to amputate a part of his leg.

Reports are that the singer, who is legally blind, suffers from diabetes and had complications which necessitated his leg being cut off. The doctors in Jamaica had to cut Frankie Paul's foot from the ankles after he complained about having severe pain

Frankie Paul recently gave a great performance at the return of popular oldies show, Startime.

Yardflex wishes Frankie Paul a speedy recovery.





Prison escapee back in jail

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hands-behind-bars.jpgThe Westmoreland police say, they have recaptured an inmate who escaped from the Spanish Town lock-up in 2013.

He is Andre Knight of Spanish Town, and is said to be a member of the Clansman Gang, based in the old capital.

Knight was being sought for the killings of two Trinidad and Tobago nationals.

It is reported that police carried-out an operation in Carwina District in Westmoreland.

Its further reported that four persons were spotted at the house, one ran and managed to elude the police.

Three were taken into custody, including Knight.





fabian-marley-photo-2.jpgSo where liad Fabian coulda really get that story from?

Look how long him a walk round and a trick up people sey him is the long lost son of Bob Marley, and according to him mada, him sista and the whole a him generation dem, Fabin know sey nutten doan go so.

Da man yah really billias fi true.

Fabian, who change him name to 'Fabian The Truth' claimed that it was him mada, Raphie Munroe, who tell him sey him was the son of the reggae king, Bo Marley,but hear what him mada haffi sey bout the whole situation.

"This is crazy talk!"

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"I never in my life told my son that Bob Marley was his father. I don't know how he came up with this, but it is not true. It never happened. I don't know where he got this from, but no one in the family ever said this even once," Miss Raphie tell the Marley family.

Fakian, yuh get busted. So just come clean and confess and apologise and try get a real life.

Hope yuh have some a di massive amount a money yuh used to get a week time tie up inna one thread bag fi rainy day.





warmington.jpgEverald Warmington, crassness and bhuttuism personified, strikes again. This time the JLP politician noted in Parliament that MP Lisa Hanna is a Delilah and said it not once, but twice.

Naturally, him come under nuff pressure.

This is just one of a whole, never-ending list of comments:

lisa-hanna-photo-3.jpg"I wonder how long it will take for the JLP to remove this man, Warmington, from its ranks; for the House to censure him and for his constituency to call into question his representing them in Parliament. Warmington is out of control, not only because of his disrespect for women, but also for his lack of decency towards colleagues as well.What nation are we becoming when those who are our leaders are acting so disrespectfully and uncontrollably, This is not a laughing matter anymore, and the audience is; no one being entertained by his crude and distasteful antics."





'Kiss my black R*ss,' Gayle tell the haters

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chris-gayle-photo-3.jpg"To the MEDIA, Thank You all so! The Haters, I Thank you even more ... I think a lot of past and present cricketers who smile in front my face could have their say in the public when my so-called issue was going on, but y'all don't have the BALLs to stand firm when it matters - but yet when u see me you're like, Chris that's BS against you, it was blown out of proportion smh [shaking my head]...don't tell me, tell the media and (the) public!

"The past cricketer who say I make myself look like a chop, the other who claims I was no good to the youngsters while playing for the Thunder, the next one who said he expects that sort of behaviour from Chris - Y'all can kiss my 'Black R..s'. "I love Australia and I will be back again even for the ... oi oi," wrote the West Indies batting star, Christopher Henry Gayle.

"Ppl think I may have played my last innings in Aus, but my memory with the fans will live on forever!!" Gayle wrote. "I build leagues around the world and Big Bash is one of them ... 'Give the ppl what they want'."

In a parting shot after the fiasco that developed recently over his on-air advances to Australian journalist Mel McLaughlin, Gayle hit back at his main critics, especially former cricketers who chastised him for his behaviour during an interview with McLaughlin.

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Gayle declared himself a league builder in the T20 format, and said if he had played his last BBL innings, his "memory with the fans will live on forever".

His final innings was certainly memorable, a record-equalling 12-ball half-century to join India's Yuvraj Singh's 2007 knock at the top of the tables for the fastest T20 50.

But Gayle's latest Big Bash season will be remembered more for the McLaughlin interview in which he asked the interviewer out for a drink during the live international broadcast, and flustered her with the now famous flattery line: "don't blush, baby".

His comments were widely criticised, including by Cricket Australia, and while Gayle was not suspended by his team, Melbourne Renegades, it is considered unlikely he will be back for future BBL tournaments.

Gayle used his Instagram account on Tuesday, a day after his last innings of the series, to thank the Renegades and the Australian fans for their support.

Gayle's former Sydney Thunder teammate, Chris Rogers, was more expansive on ABC radio during the recent Sydney Test, and said he had concerns about the influence being set for younger players.

"From my time at the Thunder, I was very disappointed in his attitude and his behaviour, and I've never been a fan since," Rogers said at the time. "From what I saw, if I had been in the Thunder the next year, it would have been my advice that he shouldn't have been anywhere near the set-up.





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Yardflex has confirmed that 2015 Magnum Kings and Queens winner Devin Di Dakta, was severey beaten Corey Todd and so-called security personnel inside the parking lot of Taboo nightclub on Constant Spring Road early Monday morning.

As has been stated elsewhere, the attack was "unprovoked and involved "about 20 security personnel at the club and the club operator, Corey Todd".

Speaking to Yardflex early this morning, our credible sources stated that the whole story about Devin harassing a dancer was "pure fabrication".

"All lies. Absolutely nothing goes like that. Devin did not harass any dancer and they all know that. He was not in the club for five minutes good when he was paged by some men who told him that the boss wanted to see him," our source stated.

That "boss" just happened to be former Vybz Kartel manager, Corey Todd.

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Devin was reportedly forcibly removed from inside Taboo, where he was about to have a drink with a friend and the friend's wife.

"He had no security with him, as he was not at Taboo to party, he was simply there to have a drink with a friend who had been visiting Jamaica and was leaving later that day."

Once inside the parking lot of the venue, Devin was held down by some of the security thugs while another set, along with Corey Todd proceded to beat him up, our sources say, adding that Corey Todd did use Devin's belt to beat him.

The reason for this thuggish behaviour by Todd and his henchmen stems from a diss song Devin recorded about Masicka in 2012, prior to Masicka's involvement with Todd. Todd, after hearing the single, which has been re-released, decided that a line in the song could very well apply to him and had demanded that the line be removed.

"Since the song had nothing to do with Corey Todd, his demands were ignored," the Yardflex source explained.

"As a result of that, Todd made his move to beat up Devin and use his spin doctor in media, the one with the notorious rumour mills, to weave a web of lies and deceit in an effort to bully and bring down Devin the Dakta," the source stated, adding that Devin's manager was also threatened by Corey Todd.

The incident with Devin has been reported to the Constant Spring police, along with the threat against Devin's manager. The police have confirmed that the matter is being investigated at the highest level. Reports are that the police went to Taboo on Monday night to speak to Corey Todd, but he had slready slipped away.

Devin Di Dakta is known for songs such as Gaza Prayer and Run Mi Down.





fabian-marley-photo-5.jpgWho saw this one coming? Fabian Marley says he is no longer using the Marley name in a professional way, his new stage name is...you probably didn't guess it.... Fabian The Truth. Yes, you heard right.

The reggae artiste who has been entangled in an acrimonious DNA dispute with the Marley family, says that he will continue to use the name Fabian Marley in all his legal dealings, and he will fight to do so.

"I will not stop using my legal name, Fabian Marley. My name is trademarked in the US, it is legal in the eyes of the government, it is not a fake name. Who know the truth, know the truth but I will let it go."

Fabian the Truth says he is under a lot of pressure and has received intimidatory letters and threatening phone calls, therefore "just for peace sake, just so that no one can come and harm me or my family, I will leave it alone, I am no longer Fabian Marley, I am Fabian the Truth".

"This Marley controversy that has been going on for a long time, is causing a problem in my personal life and affecting my health. But this music is bigger than just Bob Marley, I have a message, so right now, my name is Fabian the Truth, ," he said.

There has been a boost in the singer's popularity since the Marley DNA controversy, with his video, Naw Go Say We Poor racking up thousands of views on youtube, while the single has popped up on two national reggae charts.





jada-pinkett-smith.jpgProminent celebrities are now taking a stand against 2016's #OscarsSoWhite. This year, out of the 20 people nominated in the acting categories at the Oscars none are people of color. None. Furthermore, in the nominated films that include non-white cast members, only white contributors have been recognized with nominations.

Jada Pinkett Smith announced via Facebook video that she would not be attending nor watching this year's Academy Awards. Spike Lee shared a similar sentiment on Instagram alongside a photo of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This year's ballot is the second consecutive set of Oscar nominees that feature no actors of colour.

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Jada expressed her dismay on the awards' lack of diversity. The "Magic Mike XXL" actress, 44, sent out a series of tweets over the weekend.

"At the Oscars ... people of color are always welcomed to give out awards ... even entertain, but we are rarely recognized for our artistic accomplishments," she wrote, adding, "Should people of color refrain from participating all together?"

She continued, "People can only treat us in the way in which we allow. With much respect in the midst of deep disappointment."

In a video posted to Facebook Monday morning, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the actress posed some powerful, thoughtful questions.

"Is it time that people of color recognize how much power, influence, that we have amassed, that we no longer need to ask to be invited anywhere?" she said in the video. "Maybe it's time that we recognize that if we love and respect and acknowledge ourselves in the way in which we are asking others to do, that that is the place of true power."

Pinkett Smith called for change, saying that "it's our responsibility now" to make the difference.

"Begging for acknowledgement, or even asking, diminishes dignity and diminishes power. And we are a dignified people and we are powerful," she said. "Let's do us, differently."

Meanwhile, 58-year-old filmmaker, Spike Lee, explained his decision in a lengthy post hashtagged ?#?OscarsSoWhite?, which was fittingly shared on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

'Dr. King said, "There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but he must take it because conscience tells him it's right,"' the controversial director wrote.

'How is it possible for the 2nd consecutive year all 20 contenders under the actor category are white? And let's not even get into the other branches. 40 white actors in 2 years and no flava at all. We can't act?! WTF!!'

Spike - born Shelton - said he meant no disrespect to this year's ironically black president (Cheryl Boone Isaacs), producer (Reginald Hudlin), and host (Chris Rock).

First, the two-time Emmy winner thanked the Academy for the Honorary Oscar he received at the Governors Awards on November 15.

Lee admitted the 'real battle' is actually taking place in the 'executive office of the Hollywood studios and TV and cable networks.'

'This is where the gate keepers decide what gets made and what gets jettisoned to "turnaround" or scrap heap,' he wrote to his combined 1.4M followers on social media.

The Chi-Raq director then pointed out that it's easier for an African-American to be President of the United States 'than be president of a Hollywood studio.'





Two women are in custody following the discovery of the body of ten year old Juvaine Bent in Portland Cottage, Clarendon on Sunday.

Head of the Clarendon Police, Senior Superintendent Fitz Bailey, disclosed that a man has also been detained.One of the women is from Portland Cottage.

Investigators are still trying to ascertain the circumstances which led to Juvaine's death.

Three days after he was reported missing his body was found near a pond on Sunday morning.

Reports are that several wounds were seen on the body and one of the arms is missing.





Zik V puts pause on pregnancy

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zika-virus-photo-1.jpgOn Monday, the Ministry of Health advised women to delay becoming pregnant for the next six to twelve months given the possible link between the mosquito-borne virus and birth defects.

Director of Emergency Disaster Management and Special Services in the Health Ministry, Dr. Melody Ennis, said with the increasing threat and closeness of the virus to Jamaica, the ministry's position has changed. In an advisory issued on Monday, the Health Ministry says women who are already pregnant should take extra precautions to prevent being bitten by mosquitoes as Zika could cause microcephaly.

Microcephaly is an abnormal growth of the brain and stunting of the growth of the head of the foetus arising from infection in the first months of pregnancy.

Babies who develop microcephaly in the womb may not live to full term, maybe born prematurely, still born or survive but with life-long disabilities.

The Ministry's statement comes in light of questions being raised about its delay in warning women against pregnancy as has been done in other countries with the virus such as Brazil.

Health Minister, Horace Dalley says there is still no absolute proof of the link between the Zika virus and microcephaly.However, based on evidence from Brazil, information from the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization and other technical partners the Ministry is seeking to prevent any possible adverse outcome to pregnant women.

He has reminded persons to take the necessary steps to rid their communities of the Aedes aegypti mosquito which transmits the Zika virus. He added that the Ministry of Health has heightened its alert and is scaling up vector control activities.

In a statement on Monday, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) recommended that member countries monitor and report increases in neurological syndromes and congenital anomalies, which growing evidence suggests may be linked to Zika infections.





corey-todd.jpgJust when you thought you heard it all...

Smething just not right with the story that Devin Di Dakta stand up and mek Corey Todd tek belt -- Devin owna belt from outta Devin owna pants waist -- and beat Devin inna him club parking lot and Devin entourage stand up and watch.

If a so it really go Devin fi run way di whole useless lot a dem. Dem no suppose to be di man 'protection' and 'security'. But dem daon serve no purpose if dem a go men man tek libatty wid him.

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We not saying that the artiste right fi grope di dancer ... IF ANYTHING REALLY GO SO, but since dem throw Devin outta Corey Todd club and him inna di parking lot a get ready fi leave, how dem tingz yah occur.

More questions than answers. Devin, we hope you and you ego recover soon and that you report it to the police dem who cannot be bought out.

More to come cause we haffi get to di bottom of this yah one.





the-cannabiz-business-and-international-investors-conference-jamaica-2016.jpgTowards Green Gold Prosperity for Jamaicans

The Cannabiz Business and International Investors Conference Jamaica 2016

Please access link: www.nalgjamaica.com

Wednesday 3rd & Thursday 4th February, 2016
Jamaica Conference Centre, Kingston
9:30 am to 5:00 pm daily

Objectives

  • To appraise Jamaicans and international investors and interested parties about the possible regulatory framework of the cannabis industry to be established in Jamaica
  • To allow potential investors and interests to have a better understanding of the investment climate in Jamaica
  • To facilitate partnerships with local interests and potential cannabis business operators

Registration

  • Overseas Delegates / Participants: US$200 per person
  • Int. Companies: US $500 (maximum of four delegates / participants)
  • Jamaicans: Members, Ganja Growers and Producers Associatin and Cannabis Commercial and Medicinal Research Institute: J$2,000 daily
  • Jamaicans / Non Members: J$3,000 daily

Wednesday 3rd February, 2016

Going Forward - Government Policy Framework

Thursday 4th February, 2016

Forging Partnerships with International Investors

National Alliance for the Legalization of Ganja
6 Cheriton Road, Kingston 2. Tel: 759-8901-2
Email: legalize.it.ja@gmail.com





First case of Zika virus hits the US

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zika-virus-photo-1.jpgAs if travelers didn't have enough to worry about with mosquitos spreading diseases like Dengue, Chikungunya, and West Nile, now there's a new virus threatening our health: Zika virus.

Just two days after the CDC issued a travel alert advising pregnant women to consider avoiding areas including Brazil, the Caribbean, and Puerto Rico where this once rare virus is now rapidly spreading, the first U.S. case of a baby born with Zika-related microcephaly has been confirmed in Hawaii. It is believed that the baby's mother was infected while pregnant in Brazil last year.

Mounting evidence has linked Zika infections in pregnant women to the birth defect microcephaly, a potentially deadly underdevelopment of a baby's brain, also resulting in abnormally small head size. Richard Kuhn, head of Biological Sciences at Purdue University tells Yahoo Travel that "Once a pregnant woman is infected, the placenta can also become infected, causing an infection in the brain of the fetus. It is still unclear whether there is a particular trimester during which fetuses are the most vulnerable," says Kuhn.

The most common symptoms of Zika, a flavivirus related to Dengue, Yellow Fever, and West Nile, according to Richard Kuhn, Head of Biological Sciences at Purdue University, include flu-like symptoms (fever, body aches, headache), as well as rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis.





A man died in a French hospital Sunday after taking part in an experimental drug trial for a painkiller, and five other participants remain hospitalized after one of France's most troubling medical incidents.

French prosecutors have launched a manslaughter investigation into the unusual case, which shined a spotlight on the practice of testing drugs on paid, healthy human volunteers. Scores of others were also given the drug. The Portuguese pharmaceutical company testing the drug, Bial, said in a statement that it's working with health authorities to determine what caused "this tragic and unfortunate situation."

The Rennes University Hospital in western France announced the death in a statement, but didn't identify the patient, who had already been in a state of brain death.

He was among six male volunteers between 28 and 49 hospitalized last week after volunteering to take the drug. French health authorities have said three of the hospitalized volunteers face possible brain damage.

The Paris prosecutor's office said the investigation was expanded after the death to include potential manslaughter charges.

The trial, which began Jan. 7, involved 90 healthy volunteers who were given the experimental drug in varying doses at different times.

The hospital said it has contacted the 84 other volunteers exposed to the new painkiller. Ten of those volunteers underwent medical exams Saturday, but the hospital found no anomalies, the statement says. It said another five will have medical exams closer to their homes, but didn't say whether the others are being monitored or tested.

The drug was given orally to healthy volunteers as part of a Phase 1 trial by Biotrial, a drug evaluation company based in Rennes, on behalf of Bial.





Iman and David Bowie - The perfect couple

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david-bowie-and-wife-iman-photo-1.jpgDavid Bowie sadly passed away last Sunday night following an eighteen-month battle with cancer, surrounded by his family - including his dedicated wife, Iman.

Now a close friend of the iconic musician has revealed that before he met his second wife at a Los Angeles party in 1990, Bowie was desperately lonely and did not enjoy much of a social life.

Teddy Antolin, Bowie's pal and personal hairdresser, revealed: "David was very lonely. It was so sad - all this hard work David did each day and then he was alone."

He also recalled the first time that the loved-up couple met, adding to The Sunday People: "David arrived in a white Mustang sports car, wearing white jeans and a white jacket, all denim.

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"Iman showed up in a black Mercedes wearing all black leather. And I thought, what could be more perfect.

"The minute she walked in all the attention went to her, she just claimed the room. She had a big smile and her and David looked at each other and it was love at first sight, you could feel the electricity, something went off.

"They spent the night talking to each other like they had known each other forever. They were looking at each other like, 'Now what, shall we skip dessert and go home?'

"There was no one else in their lives but those two from then on."

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The couple married in 1992 and Iman inspired Bowie to make huge lifestyle changes, including giving up alcohol and drugs

Teddy added: "David managed to become ¬sober when he met Iman. He decided, 'I met her, I'm changing my life, I've got to impress this woman and step up' and he did.

"He did everything to change any kind of bad habits he had and it was remarkable because David never had a drink after that or anything."





Chris Rock calls The Oscars 'The White BET Awards'

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chris-rock.jpgThe Academy Awards showcase has been the talk of the town since the nominees were announced earlier this week. The lack of diversity within the nods was startling, but not surprising to some, even prompting the Academy president, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, to speak out. Now, the host of the forthcoming evening shared his summation of the award show in a nutshell.

Chris Rock, who'll steer the Oscars this year, deemed the annual event as "The White BET Awards." During a promo that he released on Twitter, he also added why you shouldn't miss out on this year's festivity.

2015's #OscarsSoWhite trending topic re-emerged after the nominees were revealed, prompting a few actresses/actors to join in on the conversation.

One person in particular was Ice Cube, who was a pivotal collaborator in the groundbreaking Straight Outta Compton film.

During an interview with Wendy Williams, the Ride Along 2 star said he's not upset at the snub. "It's the Oscars, they do what they do. The people love the movie and the people supported the movie." He later continued, "It is nice to be recognized, but N.W.A is anti-establishment so we're used to people trying to dismiss what we gotta say, used to the industry looking down on us. We were the black sheeps of the industry and we used to it. If we didn't get nominated, that would be familiar territory."

The 88th annual Academy Awards will take place Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. on ABC.





david-bowie.jpgDavid Bowie's final album, Blackstar, debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, giving the late music legend his first No. 1 album.

Bowie died on Jan. 10 of cancer, two days after the release of the album.

Blackstar was issued through ISO/Columbia Records and earned 181,000 equivalent album units in the U.S., during the week ending Jan. 14, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 174,000 were in pure album sales - Bowie's biggest sales week for an album since Nielsen began electronically tracking point-of-sale music purchases in 1991. (His previous sales high in that span of time came when his last album, 2013's The Next Day, bowed with 85,000 sold in its first week.)

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new Jan. 30, 2016-dated chart (where Bowie debuts at No. 1) will be posted in full to Billboard's websites on Wednesday, Jan. 20. (Charts will be refreshed one day later than usual this week, due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Jan. 18.)

Clearly, music fans were moved by the news of Bowie's death, as not only did Blackstar perform strongly, but he has nine further albums that either re-enter or debut on the Billboard 200 chart. Among them are two further titles in the top 40: the greatest hits collection Best of Bowie (No. 4) and The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars (No. 21).

Bowie's history on the Billboard 200 dates back nearly 44 years, when Hunky Dory bowed on the chart dated April 15, 1972. Blackstar and Best of Bowie bring the artist's total of top 10-charting albums to nine. He previously hit the region with The Next Day (peaking at No. 2 in 2013), Let's Dance (No. 4, 1983), ChangesOneBowie (No. 10, 1976), Station to Station (No. 3, 1976), Young Americans (No. 9, 1975), David Live (No. 8, 1974) and Diamond Dogs (No. 5, 1974).

Best of Bowie, released in 2002, returns to the chart at No. 4 (a new peak) with 94,000 units (up from only a few thousand in the week previous). It sold 51,000 in pure album sales, gaining by 6,698 percent. (It originally peaked at No. 70 in 2002.)





lil-wayne-throws-down-mic.jpgDuring Wayne's performance, it appeared the crowd wasn't too into it. In the video above, you can see Weezy telling everyone to put their hands up, but nobody really does. As he's running through "John," some of his lyrics get bleeped out too. Eventually, he gets fed up, throws his mic in the air, and walks off the stage.

It's unclear whether the crowd knew who Wayne was or they just didn't understand his music. Whatever the situation, Wayne wasn't happy about it and reportedly left the venue immediately.

A representative for Lil Wayne has issued a clarification concerning the rapper's walk-off in Milan. According to TMZ, Wayne "didn't walk offstage because of the crowd, he was frustrated because the venue experienced technical difficulties and there were problems with his mic."





Twins of Twins 'Bun Again' padlock the city

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twin-of-twins-photo-1.jpgThe Twins named the song 'Bun Again', however, the streets have decided that the song's real name is 'Padlock', simply because the humourous single pokes fun at Gully Bop and Shauna Chin, detailing their very public break-up, which included the use of a padlock to beat Bop.

And, needless to say, 'Padlock/Bun Again' has totally locked the city.

The song starts out by telling the listeners "When you hear some man get bun don't laugh". It then recalls some of the hottest bun in dancehall, including the "bakery" that poor Foota Hype received and the hot bun that Mr Vegas bawling his eyes out.

However, the main butt is none other than Gully Bop, who says that Chin had her man wearing his clothes.

The Twins had a field day with that one.

The song is rapidly chalking up hits on yourube along with some very favourable comments.

Dancehall nice again!





The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services says an immigration lawyer has been arrested in New York for defrauding immigrants, including Caribbean nationals.

The agency says Gnoleba Seri of Brooklyn, New York has been charged for immigration fraud and aggravated identity theft.

It says Seri allegedly used his legal knowledge to circumvent the law and forge documents that are critical to obtaining an immigrant visa.

The US immigration authority says Seri is charged with one count of visa fraud, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison; one count of aggravated identity theft, which carries a mandatory consecutive minimum sentence of two years in prison; and one count of mail fraud, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.





Bog Walk Gorge closed as truck overturns in river

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truck-bog-walk-gorge.jpgThe Bog Walk Gorge in St. Catherine has been closed to facilitate the removal of a truck carrying Liquified Natural Gas which overturned in the Gorge early Sunday.

The incident in which the vehicle ended up in the Rio Cobre, reportedly took place about 3 o'clock .

The truck driver escaped serious injuries

It's not clear how the truck ended up partially submerged in the water.

Teams from the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) the National Works Agency, the Jamaica Fire Brigade and police are conducting assessments of the incident scene.





Negative results for suspected Zik V infections

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zika-virus-photo-1.jpgThe Ministry of Health is reporting that it has so far investigated twelve suspected cases of the Zika virus however they have returned negative results.

The samples, which were sent to the Caribbean Public Health Agency, included eleven Jamaicans and a foreigner who traveled from Latin America.

In a statement late Friday, Health Minister Horace Dalley, said with Zika confirmed in Haiti, the Ministry will intensify vector control activities this weekend.

Dalley says given Jamaica's relationship with Haiti and other countries where the virus has been confirmed such as Panama, the threat of spread to Jamaica is imminent. He noted that despite efforts there is still a high number of mosquito breeding sites in several communities across the island. Accordingly, the Health Ministry will publish the names of communities with high levels of Aedes aegypti mosquito breeding.

The main symptoms of the Zika virus are fever, conjunctivitis, temporary arthritis, mainly in the small joints of the hands and feet, and a rash that often starts on the face and spreads throughout the body.Symptoms are generally mild and last between two and seven days.

There is no vaccine or preventive drugs.





Who a di real hypocrite?

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nuffy.jpgNuffy do a diss song named Hypocrite calling out artiste Gully Bop and people like LA Lewis and Dr Love.

But this is the same Nuffy who did day him puddong mix-up and people bbusiness. So what a gwaan.

Anyway a this him hafi say fi himself:

"Mi did seh 2016 mi nuh inna nuh whole heap a mix up and nuh whole heap a excitement because mi mother, mi current woman and mi babymother dem look pan mi and seh forget about some things now because they saw that I was doing some things for fun, yet some people a tek it serious. So mi seh, 'Yuh kno wah, 2016 mi nah bother.' But a just the thing dem weh happen to mi, I was trying my best to hold it inside, but I had to do the song so that I can express myself and lose some of the anger that I had bottled up."

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Nuffy, who was once in Gully Bop's corner, used the song to diss Bop and chat nuff tings bout Bop and Shauna Chin.





When you lost politician find dem at Rebel Salute

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All a di people dem who can't tell when last dem set yeye pon dem MP shoulda did go backstage and VIP at Rebel Salute Satiday night. Di whole a dem did deh deh all palsy walsy wid artiste and a galang like sey dem a celebrity.

And all a dem a walk wid entourage and security detail. You woulda tink sey dem inna power already.

To be honest, we haffi tek Babsy outta it, cause she always represent. She deh a nuff stage show all over the island, not just di name brand one dem.

Well dem no have no jazz festival fi go dis year, so dem haffi mek di best use of Salute.





chris-martin.jpgRebel Salute gwaan good over the weekend so till. Di show sell off. Kudos to REbel and him team.

Beres, Sanchez and nuff more singer and deejay mash it up...flatten it dung to the grung. Di show did UP like seven but we haffi say dat Friday night belong to Sanchez and Saturday night belong to Beres. But the whole a di artiste dem perform well. Mi proud a di whole a dem..

All David Brooks did galang good. Is just that sometimes him neva memba say him was performing as him alter ego David Brooks and did a perform like him was Mavado.

Anyway, when him realise say him slip up and Mavado tek ova him show, him stop and apologise.

Louie Culture gwaan good; Everton Blender galang good; Richie Spice gwaan good; I-Octane galang good;

So by the way, Chris Martin did deh pon di line-up? Eh eh! Not a soul neva miss him so is a good ting him did stay which part him did deh.





Dr Love a go obeah 'nasty face Nuffy'

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nuffy.jpgNuffy, we really sorry fi you, but we cyaan help you.

Comedian Dr Love say him a go do you tings inna 2016 and stop you career before it even start. As to you car, that nah go start either. But a you wrong fi go call up him name inna you mix-up song and a style him.

Hear wha De Love write pon social media:

"Mi hear nasty face Nuffy mek song and try fi style mi seh him nuh want nuh fren from nuh obeah man. Nuffy, mek yuh tell yuh something, yuh shoulda neva try to come my way. Mi a guh mek yuh house haunted. Mi a guh mek sure seh yuh car can't start. Now Sting over and yuh a dead fi hungry and yuh want a buss back. Yuh life a guh haunted."





GUYANA: One case of Zika virus reported

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zika-virus.jpgDr. George Norton, Minister of Public Health, on Thursday told the National Assembly that the virus was detected by the Caribbean Public Health Agency in a blood sample taken from a 27-year-old woman.

Haiti also confirmed the presence of the virus in that country on Thursday.

Local transmission of the Zika virus has now been found in 15 Western Hemisphere countries and territories. The Aedes aegypti mosquito that transports the virus is found throughout the region, except in Chile and Canada. PAHO said it is likely that outbreaks will occur in other countries that have not yet reported cases.

The symptoms include mild fever, rash and headaches occurring about three to twelve days after the mosquito bite. Its clinical manifestation is often similar to dengue fever.





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WTJRC Founder and Grammy Winning Musician Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley Performing on 2015 Cruise (Photo By Anita Posada)

Welcome To Jamrock Reggae Cruise, the annual music voyage spearheaded by Grammy-winning artist Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley, announces plans for its third expedition across the Caribbean Sea.

Cruisers will board the Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas on November 14th, 2016 from Ft. Lauderdale, FL and will make stops in Montego Bay and Ocho Rios, Jamaica before returning on November 19th, 2016. Cabins are on sale now and can be purchased by going to welcometojamrockreggaecruise.com.

This year's lineup will include Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley, Stephen "Ragga" Marley, Toots & The Maytals, Steel Pulse, Sean Paul, Tarrus Riley, Bounty Killer, Mavado, Vegas, Junior Reid, Collie Buddz, Chaka Demus & Pliers, Romain Virgo, J Boog and Kabaka Pyramid. There will also be numerous sound systems and DJs onboard playing music all day and night, which will be announced at a later date.

In addition to witnessing the world's top tier reggae stars in action, passengers aboard the Royal Caribbean can enjoy multiple dining facilities, bars and lounges plus activites for every mood. Those seeking relaxation can visit the spa or one of the many pools and hot tubs, while adventure seekers can burn off some steam at the mini-golf course, basketball court, surf simulator, rock-climbing wall or state-of-the-art fitness center.

Jamrock has taken the reggae industry by storm as being the most exciting and talked about Reggae festival in the world. Jamrock 2015 had over 40 nations from all over the globe converging for their love of reggae music and the culture it emerged from. Earlier this year, Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley announced he has become the newest artist-owner of Tidal, the first artist-owned streaming service in the world. Tidal will join the WTJR Cruise again in 2016 to produce and release exclusive content to its subscribers.





Celine Dion's husband, René Angélil, dead at 73

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celine-dion-and-husband-angeli.jpgCeline Dion's husband, René Angélil, died on Thursday after a long battle with throat cancer, ET can confirm. He was 73 years old.

"René Angélil passed away this morning at his home in Las Vegas after a long and courageous battle against cancer," his rep said in a statement on Thursday. "The family requests that their privacy be respected at the moment; more details will be provided at a later time."

Angélil has been in Dion's life since they met when she was 12 years old - serving as both her manager and mentor - even mortgaging his home to fund her first record, La voix du bon Dieu. The two's relationship turned romantic in 1987, and they were engaged in 1991. The couple tied the knot in December 1994, in a lavish ceremony at Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal, Quebec.

Last month, the two celebrated their 21st wedding anniversary, with the singer Instagramming a sweet throwback photo of the two holding hands on their wedding day.

Angélil was first diagnosed with throat cancer in 1999. In 2014, Dion took an indefinite leave of absence from her Las Vegas residency to care for Angélil - who underwent surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from his throat in December 2013 - after his second cancer diagnosis.

In August, she returned the Colosseum stage at Caesars Palace, in large part because of Angélil's urging.

"We don't know what the future holds," Dion told ET in August, adding that Rene told her to be "back, strong, [to] do it, still share your passion."

"He's been there for me all my life, and I've been there for him all my life," she continued. "There's a part of me that never really left the stage. I wanted to be there but I needed to be someplace else which was much more important at that time. To be by his side. To be by my family."





Usain Bolt earned US 21 million in 2015

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usain-bolt-wins-gold-200m-beijing-2015-photo-3.jpgJamaica's superstar athlete, Usain St Leo Bolt made a total of just over JMD $2.5 billion dollars or the equivalent of USD $21 million dollars for 2015.

The 29 year old reigning Olympic and World Championship sprint triple champion got most of his earnings through on track appearances and endorsement deals.

Bolt, however has dropped 27 places from 45 in 2014 to joint 73rd alongside Barcelona forward Luis Suarez on the Forbes Magazine list of the world's highest paid athletes in 2015.

Retired boxer Floyd Mayweather, who earned USD $300 million topped the list for 2015 ahead of fellow boxer Manny Pacquio who made $160 million.

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo is third with $79.6 million, followed by FIFA Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi $73.8 million and tennis star Roger Federer who earned $67 million dollars.

The top ten biggest earners in sports for 2015 is completed by Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James $64.8 million, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant $54.1 million, golfers Phil Mickelson $50.8 million and Tiger Woods $50.6 million.

LA Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, who made $49.5 million, closes out the top 10 places.

Tennis players Maria Sharapova, at 26 with $29.7 million and Serena Williams at 47 with $26.4 million, are the top female earners for 2015.





bob-marley-photo-3.jpgTuff Gong International, under the direction of CEO, Cedella Marley, will stage the first annual One Love Music Festival on February 4 - 5, 2016, at Rose Hall Great House Lawns and Aqueduct, in Montego Bay, St James.

The festival is a fundraising event to celebrate Bob Marley's life and legacy by supporting life changing projects in education, the environment and poverty relief through the Bob Marley Foundation in partnership with the Rose Town Foundation and Sandals Foundation.

It will comprise of a gala reception and a live concert featuring international acts Akon, Sevyn Streeter, Kymani Marley, Julian Marley, Skip Marley and a host of local performers.

On February 4, the star studded gala reception takes place on the lawns of Rose Hall Great House.

VIP patrons as well as local donors and partners will have the opportunity to mingle with a host of international celebrities and enjoy the intimacy of unplugged and up-close live performances. Celebrity chefs from the island's top hotels will have stations of gourmet dishes to tantalize the taste buds.

On February 5, the One Love Concert will be at the Rose Hall Aqueduct - starring living legends and music legends in the making, from all genres, in never before seen and unexpected combinations.

The third generation of Marley music mavens is also set to make their Jamaican stage debut at the concert.

"Rose Hall is pleased to celebrate the life of Bob Marley not just with amazing music which represents what he stood for but with the meaningful work our foundations will do with funds raised through these events. This passion for the Jamaican people is truly the heart of Rose Hall," says Michael Rollins, President of Rollins Jamaica.

Patrons can visit the One Love Music Festival Facebook page at www.facebook.com/1lovemusicfest for ticket information and other details.





All systems go for Rebel Salute

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Rebel Salute had its St Ann international media launch Wednesday night at Jewel Dunn's River, the venue that has hosted the launch ever since it moved to the Garden Parish in 2013.

It was basically to say everything is in place for tonight's start, and to give those in attendance a taste of what is to come for two nights at Grizzly's Plantation Cove in Priory. The taste, in the form of wonderful performances from Davianah, Ernie Smith, Tony Gregory and others, was enough reason for the audience to be in attendance.

Several other entertainers were present, although they didn't perform, and included Macka B, The Congos and Little Hero.

Jewel Dunn's River added a touch of class to the event, presenting birthday boy, Rebel Salute promoter, Patrick 'Tony Rebel' Barrett, with a cake beautifully decorated in red, green and gold with the image of a lion and the show's logo.

Endorsements came from the St Ann Parish Council with Mayor Desmond Gilmore giving the thumbs up for the parish hosting the event, and the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) with Area Chair for Ocho Rios Runaway Bay Chapter, Vana Taylor, giving a ringing endorsement.

Assistant Commissioner in charge of Area Two, Glenford Hudson, ensured professional conduct from the police and said his team will be sensitised as it relates to the Herb Curb and the issue of marijuana.

Director of Sales at Jewel Resorts, Charmaine Deane, recognised the support that the event has garnered not just from the hote,l but from the wider community, saying Rebel Salute now has an official home in St Ann. Deane indicated the resort chain's continued support of Rebel Salute.

Director of Organic Heart, producers of Rebel Salute, attorney-at-law Jahyudah Barrett, in expressing her appreciation for the support that has come from St Ann, pledged "many, many more" shows at the venue, while promising another memorable event for 2016.





One escaped prisoner flung back behind bars

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hands-behind-bars.jpgDondre Hyman, 21, one of the four prisoners who escaped from the Whithorn lock up in Westmoreland earlier this week has been recaptured.

Hyman was held at a house in Whithorn on Thursday.

He is facing a murder charge and will now be slapped with a further charge of escaping custody.

The police are still on the hunt for the other escapees.

They are: 20-year-old Romaine Jenkinson, 29-year-old Marvin Wilson, and 26-year-old Orlando Jarrett.

Jenkinson and Wilson are facing murder charges while Jarrett is facing charges of housebreaking and larceny.





zika-virus.jpgThe United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reportedly debating whether to warn pregnant women against travel to countries in the Caribbean, and Latin American, where mosquitoes are spreading the Zika virus, which has been linked to brain damage in newborn babies·

Officials say it could be the first time the CDC advises pregnant women to avoid a specific region during an outbreak. But some infectious disease specialists say, while such a warning is warranted, it could have a devastating effect on travel and tourism.

A CDC spokesman said the agency hoped to make a final announcement either on Thursday or Friday

The Zika virus first appeared on the South American continent in May, and although it often causes only mild rashes and fevers, women, particularly those in the first trimester of pregnancy, appear to be much more likely to have children with small heads and damaged brains, a condition called microcephaly.

Dr. Lyle R. Petersen, director of vector-borne diseases for the CDC, said the agency had found Zika virus in tissue from four Brazilian infants, two of whom had microcephaly and died shortly after birth, and two of whom died in the womb.

Some American virologists are already warning women who are pregnant or trying to have children to avoid traveling to the region.The Zika virus has been found in Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Puerto Rico, Paraguay, Suriname and Venezuela.

The virus is transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito.

Jamaica has not yet reported any case of the Zika virus.





hands-behind-bars.jpgInvestigators have revealed that three of the four inmates who escaped from the Whithorn police lock-up in Westmoreland were murder suspects.

They escapees are Marvin Wilson (alias Grave Digger), Romaine Jenkinson, Orlando Jarrett, and Dande Hyman.

The four were discovered missing about 4 o'clock Wednesday afternoon.

It's reported that the men cut their way out of the lock-up.

Assistant Commissioner Winchroy Budhoo, head of Area One, told RJR News that a major search is on for the escapees. He has urged members of the public not to harbour the escapees.

This is the second jail break is less than a month. Four prisoners escaped from the Spanish Town lock up on December 19.





Prison escapee nicknamed 'Schoolboy' murdered

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crime-scene-7.jpgTwenty-one-year-old Romaine Esson, otherwise called 'School Boy', of Dalling Street, Savanna-la-Mar in Westmoreland, was shot dead in Caanan Mountain, Little London in the parish on Thursday.

Reports from the Little London police were that about 1:30 pm, residents heard an explosion and alerted them. On their arrival, Esson was seen lying in a yard with a gunshot wound.

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

Esson, who was charged for murder, escaped police custody at the Savanna-la-Mar Police Station lock-up.

Police investigations into his death continue.





boston-jerk-pork.jpgA visit by a team from the Health Ministry has prompted the closure of the Boston Jerk Centre in Portland, causing what will undoubtedly be a great financial los to the vendor there..

The Ministry ordered the world renown centre closed after its staff visited the location and found that unhealthy practices being undertaken there psed a serious health risk. Vendors preparing meals with dirty fingernails and pigs were being slaughtered on site are some of the unhealthy practices unearthed by the team.

The Ministry said it visited the site and warned the operators that they were not conducting themselves in a manner that was safe for patrons. However, despite the warnings, the vendors did not take steps to improve the situation so there was no option but to order the jerk centre closed.

The Boston Jerk Centre has been a popular spot for years and is credited for its jerk pork, lobster and chicken which attract visitors and locals alike.





dexta-daps-nudes-leaked.jpgA wha this we a hear bout say Dexta Daps did have on women's undergarment in one of the pictures that the white girl leak pon di Internet.

Tell us it aint so. PLEASE!

One report say dat mix-up selecta Foota Hype tell him followers dem pon Instagram dat him know di identity of the woman who dem say did leak the naked picture dem of Dexta Daps.

"Ppl Dem say a she a di wicked gal weh send out dextadaps pic," said Foota Hype on Instagram.

Foota Hype say dat the white girl is the ex-girlfriend of 'Shampoo' and that just open up a whole nodder can a worms. Don't ask if the people dem neva bun out the entertainer dem who love deh wid white ooman

"That's why they need to get over this complex and leave them white chicks alone. Stick with the evil that you know Dexta," said one commentator on Instagram

"The most high never intended for us to copulate with the white folks,' added another.

Anyway, the good-up god-up story concluded by saying: "Nude photos of Dexta Daps allegedly wearing a woman's undergarments was posted on social media earlier this week."





lt-stitchie-honored-for-his-contribution-to-the-jamaican-music-industry.jpgJam Link International will be hosting the governor of the dancehall, Lt. Stitchie, in Europe from January 28th through to March 16th.

Hot off his UK tour, where he completely captivated audiences at big events such as Hootananny Brixton, Faith Chapel in London, Crystal Palace, Glory House and even Feltham Youth Prison, where he ministered to young offenders, Lt. Stitchie is promising a tour like no other.

When asked what his fans in Europe can expect, he said: "my last appearance in Europe was in 2013 so I am going there with vengeance to unleash a barrage of my old catalogue plus my new music."

Although the lieutenant already has confirmed dates in Hamburg, Frankfurt, Vienna, Aarhus and several other cities, there are still some open dates that need to be filled.





Gully Bop, M-Gee score with Delilah

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m-gee-feat-gully-bop.jpgOvernight, M-Gee and Gully Bop have gained the most talked about single in dancehall since the start of the New Year. The impromptu soundtrack to a story of infidelity is suddenly on the radar way before an official release. It seems everyone wants to get a taste of the Delilah drama, which has gone viral.

Singer M-Gee is elated about the growing popularity of the song, "To be honest we had no idea that the song would spread like wild fire. From the moment we drop the video of us recording in the studio, the world just take it up and run with it. Now we are blessed with another hit."

The song was written by both M-gee and Gully Bop on spot in the studio, in the midst of a highly publicized break up with Bop and his fiancée. "I feel the tune connect with so many people because it come from the heart. We were all so hurt over the whole situation that you can feel the pain from the lyrics. This type of thing every single person can relate to, disappointment, heartache and betrayal," M-Gee explained.

The music video for Delilah will be premiered later this month. The song is produced by A Jus Di Vybz Music and Theo Prince and distributed by 21stHapilos.





dexta-daps-instagram.jpgFans seem to be in two minds about pictures of dancehall deejay, Dexta Daps, in his birthday suit only, which co-incidentally surfaced online on his birthday.

Reports are that the person who leaked the photos is a European woman famous for exposing dancehall artistes.

In one of the photos, a naked Dexta Daps lay flat on his back, with his underwear pulled down leaving his genitals fully exposed.

"Due to how mi just see Dexta Daps naked pic.Yall gimme a moment ..he too blessed in too many ways daaaaamn," one Facebook user wrote.

"I've always heard of them maga man who ah walk round with weapon of mass destruction," another commented.

But while some have praises for the artiste, others were down right disgusted.

"Just nasty!" one user wrote.

Others lamented about the moral decay of the country.

"Boy Jamaica gone to the dawgs to Baxide!!!!!! Wow!!!!! Why the nakedness thou? Obviously anuh him tek it."





garvey-maceo-students-in-accident.jpgThe Transport Authority has launched an investigation into Tuesday's crash along Foga Road in May Pen, Clarendon where an illegally operated bus overturned injuring several Garvey Maceo students.

The bus overturned following a collision with a Honda Integra motor car, shortly after 9 o'clock and left some 15 students hospitalised with at least two reportedly in serious condition.

In a statement on Wednesday, the Transport Authority said a team from it's operations division was dispatched to the crash scene to assess the situation and will be conducting further investigations into the matter.

The Authority is urging commuters to use only legal public passenger vehicles.

It is also joining the police in appealing to parents of students from Garvey Maceo and all other schools involved in the Safe School Bus Programme to ensure that they travel on approved school buses.

The Authority said, despite several efforts last year to implement a Safe School Bus programme in South Clarendon, some students from the participating schools refuse to take the designated buses.

It is calling for civic groups in the parish to help the Authority and the Police to galvanize support for the programme.





New May 23 trial date for Flippa Mogglea

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flippa-mafia.jpgDeejay Andrew 'Flippa Mogglea' Davis is scheduled for a retrial in Camden County Superior Court in New Jersey, on May 23.

The date was set when the entertainer appeared before Superior Court Judge John Kelley for a status conference on Monday.

"The State will retry Andrew Davis on the first-degree charge of Leader of a Narcotics Trafficking Network, the one charge on which the jury in the last trial could not reach a verdict," said Peter Aseltine, Division of Criminal Justice press officer in New Jersey's Attorney General Office.

"He will not be sentenced on the other charges until he is tried again on the leader charge," Aseltine continued.

Flippa Mafia is being represented by top-tier Philadelphia criminal attorney J Michael Farrell.

In December, the deejay was found guilty of first-degree distribution of cocaine, second-degree money laundering, and second-degree conspiracy. The first-degree rap carries a sentence of 10 to 20 years, while the second degree has an incarceration period of five to 10 years.

According to prosecutors, investigations began in March 2011, when agents from the Camden High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force and the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office seized two packages from a mail facility in Marlton destined for receipt by Andrew Davis and Marsha Bernard.

Each package contained four kilograms of cocaine. It is believed the 37-year-old entertainer ran an international drug ring that used the United States Mail and other delivery services to ship cocaine from California to New Jersey. More than 26 kilos of cocaine and over US$500,000 in cash were seized from the network. He has, however, maintained his innocence.

Bernard is scheduled to be sentenced on February 5.





Man killed and stuffed in car trunk identified

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crime-scene-7.jpgDetectives attached to the St Andrew Central Police Division have confirmed the identity of a man whose body was found in a Mitsubishi Gallant Terios motor car on Margaret Villa Road, Kingston 10, yesterday

He is 27-year-old Kevon McClure of 7 East, Greater Portmore, St Catherine.

The police had earlier issued an appeal for people to assist them with identifying the body.

Reports are that about 9:13 pm, residents stumbled upon the body and alerted the police. On their arrival, McClure's body was seen in the trunk of the motor vehicle with a gunshot wound.

Monday evening, detectives again appealed to anyone with information that can assist with their investigations to contact the Half-Way-Tree Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) at 926-2551, police 119 emergency number or the nearest police station.





raymond-pryce.jpgDeputy General-Secretary of the governing People's National Party (PNP) Raymond Pryce, has resigned from that position.

Pryce, Member of Parliament for St. Elizabeth North Eastern, in his letter to PNP President Portia Simpson Miller on Wednesday, said the ongoing unrest within the Party's organization in that constituency had caused "significant strain and concern" to him, particularly in light of the fact that he is not only the MP for that constituency, but also Deputy General-Secretary for Communication.

Pryce faced strong opposition last year from some PNP members to his candidacy for the next election, and eventually he withdrew from a selection run-off against businessman Evon Redman, clearing the way for Mr. Redman to be selected unopposed.

Since then, however, supporters of Mr. Pryce have been unrelenting in their demand that he be reinstated, mounting a series of demonstrations in the constituency. Matters came to a head on Monday, when scores of his unhappy supporters drove from St. Elizabeth to the PNP's headquarters in Kingston, pressing for a reconsideration of the matter, and denouncing some members of the Party leadership.

Pryce, in his letter to Mrs. Simpson Miller, said his decision to resign was a principled one, made also out of respect "to you personally and as Party President."

The Executive of the PNP also issued a statement on Wednesday, declaring that it had not voted or made any decision to remove or suspend Mr. Pryce, "notwithstanding the fact that many members expressed no confidence in him remaining in that position."

It added that Executive members had expressed strong concerns and criticisms of "the conduct of a small group of individuals who came to the Party Headquarters" to support Raymond Pyrce.





miss-norma-whitehall.jpgNorma Fay Henry, the owner of Norma's Restaurant on Whitehall Avenue, passed away Wednesday morning.

Henry developed medical complications and was admitted to hospital on Sunday. She was never discharged.

Her death has cast a pall of gloom along Whitehall Avenue, Mannings Hill Road, Red Hills Road and other communities where 'Miss Norma' was well known and loved.

"She will certainly be missed and we are very saddened by the news of her death. Rest In Peace Norma," one patron of the popular eatery told Loop News.





hands-behind-bars.jpgBradley Robinson, Principal of John Mills Primary and Junior High School, was arrested and charged last September with knowingly causing a child to be involved in the production of child pornography.

The case, which involves a former student, is now before the court.

Robinson is scheduled to return to court in March.

The Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) is handling the probe.

The court has ordered that Mr Robinson be prohibited from visiting the school..

There is now an acting Principal at the school.





Brit Jam promoter shot and killed in Mo Bay

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promoter-killed-alonzo-clarke.jpgA popular Montegonian, Alonzo Clarke, who was also part of the Brit Jam promotional team, was shot and killed just metres from the Barnett Street Police Station in St James, early Sunday morning.

According to reports, Clarke, a carpenter by profession, was chased by his attackers and shot multiple times in the heart of the city.

No motive has been established for the killing. Investigations continue.





Politician's son beats up love rival

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The son of a promonent politician is allegedly being investigated by police, ater it was reported that he and his thugs beat up the a male friend of his ex-girlfriend.

The incident took place at a party over the weekend.

Reports are that the ex-girlfriend of the politician's son was seen at the show in the company of another man and the two were confronted by the politician's son. Following an exchange of words, the man was attacked by the politician's son and members of his entourage.

The matter was reported to both the New Kingston and the Half-Way Tree police stations.





Rebel Salute 2016 Live Pay Per View Stream

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rebel-salute-flyer-2016.jpgOrgano H.E.A.R.T Group of Companies has partnered with Kariblink Digital to bring Rebel Salute 2016 Live Pay Per View Stream for two nights to audiences around the globe from the comfort of any Internet enabled device. Rebel Salute is undeniably a masterpiece, which is now hailed today as a spiritual renaissance, it has become the bedrock for the exposure and celebration of Jamaican roots music.

Under the theme Preservation of Reggae, the Rebel Salute line-up this year features Tony Rebel, Beres Hammond, I-Octane, Sanchez, Queen Ifrica, David Brooks AKA Mavado, Luciano, Pinchers, Richie Spice and 'tune fi tune' between singers Pluto Shervington and Ernie Smith.

The live stream is primarily for the international audience, those unable to attend the event. The cost of the stream will start at US$22.99, but will increase, as the show's start time gets closer.

The live stream of the event starts at 9p.m. until the show ends.

Visit http://kariblinkdigital.com/ppv/ to sign up.





David Bowie Was The Original Hot Mug Shot Guy

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david-bowie-mug-shot.jpgBack in the day, when the word "viral" referred to the spread of disease and nothing more, David Bowie took a mug shot.

It was and is the perfect mug shot. In it, Bowie's style is impeccable. His hair is combed back or hanging to the side, just so. His jawline, apparently chiseled by the Gods. His eyes, peering into your soul.

The photos were taken in March 1976 in Rochester, New York. After playing a show in the area, he was arrested at a hotel along with Iggy Pop and two others for having a bunch of weed on them. Though they were charged with possession of marijuana, they never went to jail, and Bowie again played in the western New York state city.

In short, David Bowie was cooler and better-looking than you, and he was the original hot mug shot guy, too. R.I.P.





Remembering David Bowie

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david-bowie-remembered.jpgStyle icon and legendary musician David Bowie died at the age of 69 on Sunday after an 18-month battle with cancer. The star's death led to an outpouring of love for the singer from his wife, Iman, his son and fans alike. Bowie, who released a final album earlier this month, was a groundbreaking figure throughout his career, and will be deeply missed.





Ity of 'Ity and Fancy Cat' fame is baptised

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Following hard on the heels of former dancehall diva, Lady Saw, comedian Ity has revealed that he has accepted the Lord and has been baptized.

The popular comedian from the Ity and Fancy Cat Show, got baptised on January 1, 2016.

ity-and-fancy-cat-show.jpg"My wife and my youngest daughter got baptised last year. We've been going to church together and thing. I have been listening to the word and meditating. The pastor who baptised me is my childhood friend that I met on the football field in Boy's Town just like Fancy Cat.

"I think God spoke to my heart in a way that he has never spoken before or in a way that I've never even heard before," he reported told a popular tabloid.

Ity says he has always believed in a higher power and acknowledges the work of God in his life.

As for his other childhood friend Fancy Cat, Ellis hopes that by simply living his life, Fancy Cat will also get saved.





Legendary rocker David Bowie dead at 69

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david-bowie.jpgDavid Bowie has died after a battle with cancer, his representative confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.

"David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer. While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family's privacy during their time of grief," read a statement posted on the artist's official social media accounts.

The influential singer-songwriter and producer dabbled in glam rock, art rock, soul, hard rock, dance pop, punk and electronica during his eclectic 40-plus-year career.

Bowie's artistic breakthrough came with 1972's The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, an album that fostered the notion of rock star as space alien. Fusing British mod with Japanese kabuki styles and rock with theater, Bowie created the flamboyant, androgynous alter ego Ziggy Stardust.

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Three years later, Bowie achieved his first major American crossover success with the No. 1 single "Fame" off the top 10 album Young Americans, then followed with the 1976 avant-garde art rock LP Station to Station, which made it to No. 3 on the charts and featured top 10 hit "Golden Years."

Other memorable songs included 1983's "Let's Dance" - his only other No. 1 U.S. hit - "Space Oddity," "Heroes," "Changes," "Under Pressure," "China Girl," "Modern Love," "Rebel, Rebel," "All the Young Dudes," "Panic in Detroit," "Fashion," "Life on Mars," "Suffragette City" and a 1977 Christmas medley with Bing Crosby.

With his different-colored eyes (the result of a schoolyard fight) and needlelike frame, Bowie was a natural to segue from music into curious movie roles, and he starred as an alien seeking help for his dying planet in Nicolas Roeg's surreal The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976). Critics later applauded his three-month Broadway stint as the misshapen lead in 1980's The Elephant Man.

Bowie also starred in Marlene Dietrich's last film, Just a Gigolo (1978), portrayed a World War II prisoner of war in Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983), and played Pontius Pilate in Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ (1988). And in another groundbreaking move, Bowie, who always embraced technology, became the first rock star to morph into an Internet Service Provider with the launch in September 1998 of BowieNet.

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Born David Jones in London on Jan. 8, 1947, Bowie changed his name in 1966 after The Monkees' Davy Jones achieved stardom. He played saxophone and started a mime company, and after stints in several bands he signed with Mercury Records, which in 1969 released his album Man of Words, Man of Music, which featured "Space Oddity," a poignant song about an astronaut, Major Tom, spiraling out of control.

In an attempt to stir interest in Ziggy Stardust, Bowie revealed in a January 1972 magazine interview that he was gay - though that might have been a publicity stunt - dyed his hair orange and began wearing women's garb. The album became a sensation.

Bowie changed gears in 1975. Becoming obsessed with the dance/funk sounds of Philadelphia, his self-proclaimed "plastic soul"-infused Young Americans peaked at No. 9 with the single "Fame," which he co-wrote with John Lennon and guitarist Carlos Alomar.

After the soulful but colder Station to Station, Bowie again confounded expectations after settling in Germany by recording the atmospheric 1977 album Low, the first of his "Berlin Trilogy" collaborations with keyboardist Brian Eno.

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Bowie also produced albums for, among others, Lou Reed, The Stooges and Moot the Hoople, for which he wrote the song "All the Young Dudes." He earned a lifetime achievement Grammy Award in 2006.

David Bowie was married to international supermodel, Iman and they have a 15-year-old daughter, Alexandria.





US official warns of ISIS threat in the Caribbean

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isis-photo-1.jpgGeneral John Kelly has repeated an earlier warning that ISIS terrorists from the Caribbean may carry out attacks in their home nations.

Speaking to reporters at the Pentagon on Friday, Kelly warned that there has been a shift in the rhetoric of radical leaders away from joining the fight in the Middle East and toward carrying out attacks on a local level. Kelly presents the thinking of such radicals saying, 'Rather than coming here to Syria, why don't you just stay at home and do San Bernardino or do Boston or do Fort Hood?' Kelly believes that these attacks on American soil could soon spread across the Caribbean.

According to Kelly, approximately 150 Caribbean nationals left the region to join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in the Middle East last year, an increase of around 50 over the previous year. In his initial warning last year, Kelly said that the terrorists returning to the Caribbean, come back more deeply radicalized and with new destructive skills.

Whether these radicals have never left or have returned with new skills, Kelly believes the situation is a serious one.

"Even just a few of these nuts can cause an awful lot of trouble down in the Caribbean because they [Caribbean nations] don't have an FBI, they don't have law enforcement like we do. And many of these countries have very, very small militaries - if they have militaries at all," he said on Friday. In his previous warning, Kelly singled out Jamaica, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela as being vulnerable to this threat.





February date for trial of cop on murder charge

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court.jpgCorporal Selvin Williams who is charged with the murder of Valbert Salmon in Top Hill, St. Elizabeth three years ago is to stand trial on February 15.

The date was set on Monday at the completion of the preliminary enquiry.

Senior Resident Magistrate Sonia Wint-Blair concluded that a prima facie case was established.

Williams was offered bail in the sum of US$400-thousand .

The police reported that on December 29, 2012 a team from the St. Elizabeth Operational Support led by the accused was on mobile patrol in Top Hill.

The team encountered two men in the middle of the road fighting.

While attempting to quell the fight, the accused reported that he was attacked with a knife and discharged one round in Salmon's direction.He was shot and later died.

Following an investigation, it was recommended that Williams be charged with murder.





Health ministry cautions about Zika virus

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zika-virus.jpgMinistry of Health is urging citizens to protect themselves as much as possible from the danger of being infected by the Zika virus, a mosquito borne disease.

With 13 countries in the Americas reporting local transmission of the virus, Dr. Marion Bullock Ducasse , Jamaica's Chief Medical Officer, said on Beyond the Headlines that great emphasis is being placed on reducing, as much as possible, the mosquito population which transmits the virus.

There have been reports of babies being born in Brazil with significant brain defects, as a result of their mothers being infected by the virus.

In light of that development, Dr. Bullock Ducasse was asked several times during the interview whether women in Jamaica would be advised against getting pregnant during this period. She eventually said this advisory would not be issued at this time, preferring instead to reiterate the importance of pregnant women protecting themselves from being bitten by mosquitoes, just like other members of the population.





Student from York Castle High commts suicide

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york-castle-student.jpgAccording to reports, 15-year-old, Rudolph Revers, a tenth-grade student at the York Castle High School, was discovered hanging from a tree in his backyard on January 8 by a relative.

The suicide death of the teen comes on the heels of Revers being referred by the school to both the parish psychologist and the Child Development Agency (CDA).

Principal of York Castle High school, Raymon Treasure said that he was alerted to the fact that the teen was struggling after fellow schoolmates reported that Revers displayed disturbing behaviours.

Disturbing behaviours, suicidal speech and other signs of a teen struggling were also noted as friend's of the teen paid tribute to Revers on his Facebook Page.

"It was clear that he was struggling with something," said Treasure who added that the matter was outside of the scope of the guidance counsellors at the high school and Revers and his family were subsequently referred to both a psychologist and a psychiatrist.

According to Treasure, it is unclear whether the parents followed through entirely with the referrals, although he knows the teen