May 2016 Archives

Two killed in Hughenden Avenue gun attack

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crime-scene-7.jpgTwo men were murdered last night in Hughenden, St Andrew and two others injured while playing a game of cards on Hughenden Avenue, police have confirmed.

Information reaching our news desk is that about 8:25 pm, Adrian Thompson, believed to be about 34-years-old, of a Glenmuir address in Clarendon and 36-year-old Fabian Reid-Thomas, otherwise called 'Drippy', were among four men at a shop owned by one of the victims.

Reports are that a gunman approached and opened fire hitting them.

The men were rushed to hospital where Thompson and Reid-Thomas were pronounced dead and the other two admitted in stable condition.

No motive has been established for the incident.

Investigations are ongoing.





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Lisa Hanna says she's running for PNP VP

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lisa-hanna-photo-3.jpgLisa Hanna has announced her bid for vice president of the People's National Party (PNP) via social media.

Hanna, who is the current chairman of the PNP's Region One, made the announcement on Instagram Sunday afternoon using the hashtags #IAmRunning and #LisaVP2016

The MP for South East St Ann says she will be running in a bid to strengthen the PNP and make it inclusive. She says she wants to build a party that is more accountable and transparent to delegates and Jamaicans, as well as uses modern management principles.

Hanna continued in her message on Instagram that she wants to build a party that practises "build of politics rather than a 'tear down, cut down, stab you in the back politics".

Former national security minister and PNP general secretary, Peter Bunting, has also given strong indications that he will be contending for president in September.





Teenagers, Beware of raper man taxi drivers!

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shocked.jpgTen teenage girls were raped last month by robot tax operators.

Head of the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA), Superintendent Enid Ross- Stewart, said that one person has been arrested in connection with an incident of rape that may be linked to a series of similar circumstances in the Corporate Area.

"For the last month we have had at least 10 cases of rape. These rapes were committed by men who drive white plate cars, reported to be unregistered taxis. The persons who were raped took them as taxis," Ross-Stewart said.

"We were able to arrest one person, simply because the young lady remembered. She had the presence of mind to take the registration number so we were able to track the person. We were able to arrest this culprit and we are now looking at some of these reports to see if he is involved in more than just this one."

Ross-Stewart has also encouraged parents to make a greater effort in ensuring that their children understand that they should avoid taking unauthorised taxis.

"Remember that when you take these taxis, even if they are red plates, just take a quick glance. I just want the young girls to understand that they must be able to care for themselves. Parents, tell your children not to just take any vehicle, (avoid) the white plates," Ross-Stewart.





band-r5.jpg"Now watch me Whip..now watch me Nae Nae."

Not everyone may know the name of the artiste who sings this song, but close to everyone on the planet must have heard these lines at some point or the other and even tried to do the Whip and Nae Nae dance moves. With the official video inching towards one billion views, and quite a few nominations and awards under his belt, including Sunday's Billboard Award for Top Streaming Artiste (Video) Silento has made his mark and he is all set to make his debut performance in Jamaica on July 9 at YMZ, the ultimate family entertainment event.

Produced by Mysterious Music Minds, YMZ will be held at the National Stadium in Kingston and features a balanced package with two top international acts and two hugely popular local artistes. In addition to Silento, YMZ features sibling group R5, Bling Dawg and Don Andre who together comprise the fantastic four gearing up to give concert-goers a summer to remember.

Dave Lindsay, a director of Mysterious Music Minds, noted that although the producers of YMZ (Youth Music Zone) are tapping into a predominantly youth market, the concept is one of clean, appropriate, entertainment that the entire family can come out and enjoy, in addition to a production that will be second to none, with state-of-the-art audio and lighting effects.

"We observed that the current landscape was lacking in family entertainment shows. You know the type where parents can tag along with their kids and actually have fun themselves, so we decided to fix that," he said.

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With their wealth of experience in the entertainment business, it was a no-brainer for the team to choose the ideal artistes for this package. "The Aji Bounce and the Tom Cruise have taken over the place so it was fitting to get Bling Dawg and Don Andre on the line-up. R5 is a hit with the teens and we know that the youngster can't wait to see them live," Lindsay explained. He added that Silento is pretty excited about his first performance in Jamaica. From last month, the 18-year-old who whose global hit Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae) saw him charting in places such as Australia, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Slovakia, South Africa, Sweden and Switzerland, posted on his Facebook Page, "I'll Be In Kingston, Jamaica Soon! let everyone know to be at the venue with the squad."

R5, a US pop/rock band formed in 2009, comprises siblings Riker, Rocky and Ross Lynch and their sister Rydel, along with family friend Ellington Ratliff. In 2010, R5 released their debut EP, Ready Set Rock. Individual acting roles helped to boost the group's profile -Ross stars in Austin & Ally aired on Disney Channel - and in 2012 they signed to Hollywood Records. The group released their second EP, Loud (2013), then followed it up with the debut album, Louder. R5 was nominated for Best Band at Disney Music Awards, and won the title of Next Big Thing in 2013 and a Radio Disney Music Award 2014.

YMZ is endorsed by the National Parent Teachers' Association, while among the official sponsors of the July 9 event are iCool, Jamaica Yellow Pages, Youth Link, Gleaner, Children's Own, Zip FM, Irie FM, Hype TV, KaribLink Digital, Main Event, Esirom, Renaissance Disco, Atlas Protection, Tutti Frutti, Caribbean Sofa, School SMS, Carib Tix, 1Luv TV

Check out YMZ on July 9 at the National Stadium...it a go loud!

Please visit our website for more details: http://www.youthmusiczone.com/





patty-eating-contest.jpgTAPPAN, NY - Groovin In the Park, the largest international reggae and R&B festival will be even more exciting this year with the addition of the Caribbean Food Delights World Jamaican Beef Patty Eating Championship.

"Groovin in the Park is excited to partner with Caribbean Food Delights (CFD) for the World Jamaican Beef Patty Championship, which is sanctioned by Wisconsin's based All Pro Eating Promotions governing body," said Groovin Executive Producer, Christopher Roberts.

*This is probably the first time that a professional competition of this kind is being held at a reggae/ R&B festival in North America, which will provide Groovin In The Park patrons a unique opportunity to experience the competition first hand. I am confident they will enjoy it" Roberts noted.

"Our Jamaican patty eating competition in its 15th year, is bigger than ever, with prize money of approximately $20,000. The grand prize winner receives $10,000, second place - $5,000, third, fourth and fifth places $2,500, $1,000 and $500, respectively" said CFD's Chief Operating Officer, Sabrina HoSang-Jordan.

Groovin In the Park is scheduled for Sunday, June 26, 2016 at Roy Wilkins Park, in Queens, New York. It features a star-studded lineup of international reggae singers including Toots Hibbert, Beres Hammond, Tessanne Chin and Duane Stephenson and internationally renowned R&B singers Peabo Bryson, Brian McKnight and Regina Belle.





Marvin the Dancer is wanted by the cops

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marvin-the-dancer-photo-1.jpgMarvin the Dancer is being sought by the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).

Superintendent Enid Ross-Stewart, the officer in charge of CISOCA, is reported to have indicated that Marvin should turn himself in to the police at any constabulary station or CISOCA's office in Montego Bay.

Irie FM's Music News pointed to the superintendent's directive late on Friday afternoon.

Detectives from CISOCA launched an investigation into Marvin's activities following a video which went viral recently, showing Marvin the Dancer and other men horsing around a female. In the video, it appeared that the female tried to get away from the men, but was cornered by the group, who forced themselves on her in a most indecent way involving wild gyrating on the woman.

The video triggered widespread and intense condemnation of the men's activities from several groups.

As a result of the development, the female in question was interviewed by CISOCA last week, resulting in the call for Marvin the Dancer to report to the police.





crime-scene-7.jpgPolice in Negril say that at approximately 1:30 am, the entertainer known as Bastic was on the beach on Norman Manley Boulevard, when a man attacked him with a knife.

He was stabbed multiple times and rushed to hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

His attacker escaped in a motor car. David White, Senior Superintendent and Westmoreland 'top cop' reportedly said the police know the suspect and are currently pursuing the individual.

Bastic, - real name Ricardo Patterson was known for singles such as Richest Set A Gal, Live My Life, Lovely Day, featuring Chi Ching Ching, and Summer Shorts, featuring Big Wayne.





brigitte-foster-hylton-photo-1.jpgOlympian and former 100 metre hurdler Brigitte Foster-Hylton is now a mother.

Reports are that Foster-Hylton and her husband Patrick Hylton are now the proud parents of a boy.

Foster-Hylton, with a 100-metre hurdles personal best of 12:45 seconds, retired from track and field after the London 2012 Olympic games.

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gully-bop-and-amari-onstage.jpgRecording and later uploading a video of herself showing a used and stained sanitary napkin, Gully Bop's former girlfriend A'mari has come under hell fire for her actions.

Following the crazy action, veteran star, Ninja Man has denounced the viral pair.

In an almost 16-minute-long tape posted to social media, Ninja Man went off on a rant beseeching that both Gully Bop and A'mari put an end to their offensive displays on the Internet.

"What kind of disgraceful thing dem deh my youth?" Ninja Man questioned on camera.

The dancehall artiste did not pass up the opportunity to tell viewers just how disturbed he was by the showing.

"Jesus Christ, me belly pain me, mi stomach sick fi see a woman come pon the [expletive] Internet and a talk dem things deh bout artiste," he said.

ninjaman-benz.jpgLater in the video, Ninja Man even appeared to scorn Gully Bop stating: "Gully Bop, me a go tell you this yu nuh, you can't come nowhere near me again yu nuh!"

During his rant however, Ninja Man took time out to deliver a sobering message to the pair.

"In the name of Jesus, unu get a hold a unu self man. This don't look good...A'mari, you have a daughter you have son, you have pickney. You can't make yourself a do dem something deh. Inna the future, when yu pickney dem see dem something deh, dem a go shame," he said.





Bunny Brown pays tribute to Prince

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bunny-brown.jpgOne of the golden voices of Jamaica, Bunny Brown (Chosen Few), lends his vocals to the mega hit 'PURPLE RAIN' as Reggae's tribute to Prince. Produced by Sly and Robbie and Bunny Brown, and released on the Taxi label it is a true musical treat.

Fans of Prince's original will, as we say in Jamaica, "fulljoy" this new taste with the twist of all spiced Reggae.

Hardcore lovers of reggae who know of Prince, but not necessarily a fan of the original rendition of music will no doubt be won over to the lyrical prowess and tease that prince is known for. Bunny soulfully delivered this tribute with his own flavour adding variety to the songs taste.

Enjoy and share:
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KLE Group exits nightclub operations

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The Kingston Live Entertainment (KLE) Group has shed light on its decision to get rid of its night club operations, stating that the company's management and board have been reviewing the strategic position of the company and the expansion into restaurant franchising.

KLE says the exit from the night club business ended the demand on the company's working capital and other resources which are needed to focus on the restaurant and franchising business.

The decision was made to sell the assets used in the operations of the Famous Night Club.

KLE still owns the trademarks associated with the brand.

Earlier this year it completed the sale of 51 per cent of Tracks and Records to Joseph Bogdanovich.





Kartel releases new clothing line

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The Official VK Line brand, based on Vybz Kartel's Gaza Movement, and communicated through his music, is poised to take over urban fashion globally.

The Gaza Movement already has pent up demand for official Vybz Kartel merchandise so it is expected this will be a global brand in a matter of weeks.

Buses in Kenya are painted with Kartel all over it, Scandinavian kids in north Europe proudly choose his songs for their dance-offs and the first English phrase Japanese youths say is often "Gaza for life!". The brand could be coined "A brand, for the progressive ghetto youth, made by progressive ghetto youths."

Not much is being revealed about the corporate structure of the brand except that all the intellectual property is owned by Taneisha Johnson, wife of Vybz Kartel and licensed to a company owned by one of his close business associates.

With the line extending from t-shirts, to underwear, intimate apparel, bustiers, beach attire, ladies gym shorts, foot wear and premium caps; driven by a plan to take on global brands; it is evident that this company is well funded and proudly says "Official VK Line - From Portmore to the World".





BoJ stems slide in dollar

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The Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) says it sold US$158 million to the foreign exchange market on April 28 and May 20 in an effort to stem the slide in the value of the Jamaican dollar. It was the biggest intervention by the Central Bank in the market.

Speaking Thursday morning at the Central Bank's quarterly media briefing, BOJ Governor Brian Wynter, described the movement in the dollar as excessive.

According to Mr. Wynter, the pressure on the dollar was due mainly to the prospect of a large US dollar bond issued on the local capital market by a foreign financial institution.

He, however, expressed confidence that the BOJ's intervention is enough to settle the dollar.

"It is our expectation that these actions, combined with the economic conditions that I have described will restore calm to the foreign exchange market in the near future," he said.

In the meantime, the BOJ governor says he does not expect the recently announced tax plan to derail the inflation target of between 4.5 and 6.5 per cent this fiscal year.

"The tax on fuel, the $7 per litre, has a direct impact of something of the range of 0.2 percentage points added to the inflation number. But as I say, you're seeing a decline from other forces, so that's why I am hesitating to give a raw number," he delared.





One dead, nine injured in Portland crash

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crime-scene-7.jpgA man is dead and nine persons in hospital following a motor vehicle crash on the Woodstock main road in Portland Thursday.

According to the Buff Bay Police, about 3:20 in the afternoon, three persons were travelling in a Toyota Corolla when the driver reportedly lost control of the vehicle. It collided with a Toyota Wish which had seven passengers.

All ten persons were taken to hospital where 38 year old Marshall Carpenter died.

Two women are among the nine persons who remain in hospital. Three of the injured are said to be in serious condition.





Five dead in major road accident in St Ann

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st-ann-crash-photo-1.jpgFive persons have died, while several remain in hospital, following a motor vehicle collision on the main road between Runaway Bay and St Ann's Bay, in St. Ann.

No students were not among the fatalities, however, two students have been hospitalized with head injuries.

Principal of York Castle High School Raymond Treasure, students from at least four schools were on the minibus when it overturned. But, he says three students from his school were among those injured and taken to St. Ann's Bay Regional Hospital.

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According to eyewitness reports, a minibus operating between Brown's Town and Ocho Rios collided with an SUV and overturned.

Firefighters had to cut the top of the bus to rescue those trapped in the vehicle.

The incident led to significant traffic delays in the area.

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Prisoner shot dead after escape attempt

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crime-scene-gun.jpgAn inmate who allegedly tried to escape from the St Catherine Adult Correctional Centre was this afternoon shot dead by a correctional officer.

According to the National Security Ministry, the inmate was pronounced dead at the Spanish Town hospital.

His name is being withheld, however, as his family has not yet been informed.

In the meantime, the Ministry says the police and the Independent Commission of Investigations are investigating.





vybz-kartel-money-featured.jpgThe way is being cleared for jailed dancehall deejay Vybz Kartel to kickstart his appeal.

Reports are that Kartel could soon get several boxes of transcripts from his trial and once reviewed, he can instruct his legal team to start the appeal against his life-sentence conviction.

Tom Tavares-Finson, one of the deejay's attorneys, confirmed this development.

"The transcripts have been reviewed, and we were told that they have been copying and numbering the pages over the last couple of months. As you can well imagine, it is a couple of boxes of transcripts, but we have been informed that within the next week, it will be finished and Vybz Kartel will receive it, and then he can instruct his legal team, whosoever he chooses, to act and start the appeal process," Tavares-Finson reportedly told an online news outlet.

Vybz Kartel, whose given name is Adijah Palmer; entertainer Shawn 'Shawn Storm' Campbell; Kahira Jones; and Andre St John were sentenced on April 3 to life imprisonment for the August 16, 2011 murder of Clive 'Lizard' Williams.

Justice Lennox Campbell ordered that Vybz Kartel serve 35 years in prison, with hard labour, before he becomes eligible for parole. Campbell and Jones are to serve 25 years before becoming eligible for parole, while St John is to become eligible after serving 30 years of his sentence. Following a 65-day trial, they were convicted on March 13.

A fourth accused, Shane Williams, was acquitted by the 11-member jury.

Kartel is being held at the Horizon Adult Remand Centre in Kingston.

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The radio landscape has changed drastically with the advent of Internet and brokered radio stations in the Diaspora. This has led to an erosion in the quality of many of the presenters. In the 80's it was a much different situation when it was about creativity and quality presentation.

"If you ask me, New York's best Caribbean radio was presented in the 80's and 90's" said Jamaican born, NY broadcaster Conroy Allison, who is celebrating 35 years the industry.

Allison began his stint on radio in 1973 at Fordham University's WVUV-FM.

"WFUV was a great learning experience, lots of fun. I then moved on to WLIB-AM, which would become the Caribbean's first powerhouse station in New York," he said of his upward mobility in radio.

"All of my 22 years at WLIB and WBLS-FM were spent in the marketing department. I enjoyed the challenge of advertising sales and apparently, did it very well." said Allison.

Allison's voice has not just connected with Jamaicans but has reached Trinidadians, Barbadians, Guyanese, Antiguans, and African Americans. With marketing in his blood, Allison combined his love of both worlds - radio and promotions. He threw a party in Brooklyn in 1981 with star attraction Winston 'Merritone' Blake. The event was a resounding success. This started a business relationship between Allison and Blake that lasted until his passing this year.

Reflecting on the relationship with Blake, Allison said, "Over time, I developed a healthy respect for Winston's ability to entertain, his work ethic and his absolute commitment to his craft. While his passing leaves a void impossible to fill, the Merritone Fun Day will continue; I'll be working closely with his brothers, Monte and Trevor."

Prior to the 2016 Merritone Family Fun Day, Allison will celebrate his 35th anniversary on radio.





marley-family-photo-shoot.jpgGQ Style reunited Bob Marley's family reunited for their first photo shoot in over a decade, featuring some of Marley's sons, daughters and grandsons.The shoot was organized by for their debut issue.

The Marleys wore Gucci, Valentino, Dolce & Gabbana, Burberry, and Ralph Lauren along with several other top name brands.

Firstborn, Ziggy Marley told GQ Style that he did not feel pressured by his role as the first son of Bob.

"This is a family. Whatever we are is the same way we grow up-nothing has changed, really. Each individual role is important." Ziggy said he sees himself less as a patriarch than as a "voice of reason.

According to Ziggy, there's a clear "hierarchy of the elders, the adults, which is Cedella, me, and Sharon (the oldest).

Cedella, who spearheads Tuff Gong enterprises and cannabis brand Marley Natural, among other projects confirmed her position as the main driving force behind the Marley's businesses.

"Whatever business ventures we get into, I'm the one who has to deal with whoever we partner with on a day-to-day basis," she explained.

Both Damian and Ziggy will be releasing albums later this year and spoke to GQ about their inspirations musically.

Stephen is also planning to release his own album, Revelation Part II: The Fruit of Life this summer.

Son of Cedella, Skip Marley was also featured in the article and his mother spoke of the moment the family realized his musical talent at a concert.

"When he got onstage for a chorus of "One Love, it was like a jaw-drop moment," said the doting mother.

A separate article was also done on Bob's style and swanky fashion when he was alive.





Drake fires back at Mr Vegas

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drake-and-popcaan-controlla.jpgOutspoken dancehall artiste, Mr Vegas has garnered the attention of Canadian-American rapper, Drake.

This comes after Mr Vegas called out Drake for not listing dancehall artistes on his latest album even though he sampled their work.

Vegas' rant received thousands of views, seemingly including that of Drake's.

Drake took to Instagram on Sunday to thank fans who came out for his recent performance at Jewel Nightclub. He also took time to throw jabs at Vegas' hit single Heads High.

"Had to done off Vegas...Y fi di heads high," he wrote.

And he did not stop there. He later went over to Popcaan's Instagram page to comment on and like a video that was also aimed at Mr Vegas.

"Wicked, wicked, Wicked...OVO Unruly same ting," he said.

mr-vegas-photo-12.jpgBut while many are defending the rapper, a number of persons have come out in defense of Vegas.

"@popcaanmusic this is where you should come together with Mr. Vegas and defend dancehall artistes music instead if trying to war the guy Drake was wrong for what he did and im sure you didnt make much money as Drake did when Controlla drop.....yuh sell out yourself for free now trying to incite a fued with Vegas when he didn't say nun wrong......In the words of Buju arrogance is much different from ignorance......stop being a clown for chicken or pizza Sell out," one social media user commented.

"Drake your di biggest SAMPLE.. sampling dancehall music using or slangs and not giving credit where it's due. Mr Vegas was right! U ain't original," another said.





adele-21.jpgAdele has signed a multi-album contract with the Sony record label worth L90 million, which if paid out in full would make it the biggest record deal in history.

The 28-year-old singer/songwriter, who was the best-selling artist in the world in 2015, was approached by Sony after her original contract that she signed at the age of 19 with British independent label XL expired.

Adele is already worth an estimated L85 million, having generated extraordinary sums from her albums.

She earned over L35 million in sales generated by her latest album 25. Released in November last year, 25 has been credited with single-handedly reviving album sales across the globe, having sold more than 19 million copies to date worldwide.

In the US, the album claimed the largest single-week sales for an album since records began in 1991; while her second album 21, released in 2011, has now sold more than 30 million copies globally, making it the most successful album of the past decade.





Jay Z's Tidal now available in Jamaica

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jay-z-tidal.jpgReports are that Jay Z's streaming service TIDAL is now available in six additional countries including Jamaica as of Wednesday. This, as the brand expands its reach around the world.

The other five countries to access TIDAL are Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic and Peru. This is the first time fans in these countries will have subscription access to TIDAL.

Members will be able to access more than 40 million music tracks and 130,000 videos. Additionally, they will have access to exclusive content, livestreams, videos and concert tickets.

Each region will have country-specific music access, including local artistes.





rapper-ti.jpgOne person has died and three others have been wounded in a shooting inside a crowded New York City concert venue where hip-hop artist T.I. was scheduled to perform, police said.

At least four people were shot after gunfire erupted around 10.15pm on Wednesday at Irving Plaza, near Manhattan's Union Square.

The gunman opened fire inside the green room inside the popular venue.

Police said a 34-year-old man was shot in the chest and a 33-year-old man was shot in the stomach and died a short time later.

Elijah Rodriguez was attending the concert with his sister and they were in the VIP area by the stage.

He said T.I. was supposed to go on stage at 9 or 9.30pm but 'he never showed up.'

Rappers Maino and Uncle Murda had been performing on stage at the time of the shooting.

At about 10pm he said the venue started playing music again, and at about 10.15pm, he saw a line of people coming out from where the performers were coming onstage.

'All the sudden I heard someone saying that there was a shot, that someone got shot,' Rodriguez said.

T.I. was set to perform at Irving Plaza and then 1 OAK later on Wednesday, however NYPD reportedly shut down the club.

The 35-year-old Atlanta rapper started in the music business in 2001 and is the founder of Grand Hustle Records.

He has released nine studio albums and recorded hits such as Whatever You Like, Live your Life with Rihanna and About the Money with Young Thug.

He has also starred in several movies and television shows such as Boss and American Gangster.





Nesbeth mourns sister's death

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nesbeth-photo-1.jpgReggae crooner Greg Nesbeth has been dealt another harsh blow.

The My Dream singer today lost a sister, just three months after his wife died.

Nesbeth's publicist, Raymond 'Shadow' Small, told THE STAR that the artiste's sister passed away Wednesday morning. However, Small did not offer much more details.

"He is trying to take it in strides," Small began.

"I'm not privy to speak as I have not been made aware of the full details surrounding her passing, so I cannot speak extensively on the matter," he said.





Ananda Alert for missing 12 year-old

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missing-child-devano-smith-photo.jpgA high-level Ananda Alert has been activated for 12-year-old Devano Smith of Wood Haven Avenue, Tree Oaks Gardens in Kingston 19 who has been missing since Tuesday, May 24.

He is of brown complexion, slim build and about 160 centimetres (5 feet 3 inches) tall.

Reports are that Devano was last seen at school about 2:45 pm, dressed in a khaki shirt and khaki pants and a blue epaulet. He has not been heard from since.

The police urge anyone knowing the whereabouts of Devano Smith to contact the Duhaney Park Police at 933-4280, police's emergency 119 number or the nearest police station.





spelling-bee-chaunte-blackwood.jpgJamaica's Spelling Bee champion, Chaunte Blackwood has advanced to Thursday's final of the Scripps Spelling Bee being held in the US.

13-year-old Chaunte moved past 200 other spellers from across the United States and elsewhere to do battle for the coveted Scripps Spelling Bee Cup.

"I am thrilled and honoured to be among the top 45 finalists, down from 284, and I am am looking forward to this amazing experience here in Maryland", Chaunte reportedly told The Gleaner.

Her coach, Hanif Brown, himself a student, has been equally upbeat.

"Chaunte has already made it this far and we are hoping she will go all the way to the top," he said.

On Wednesday, Chaunte correctly spelt the word a-i-l-e-t-t-e and c-a-n-t-i-n-a.

Points from her preliminary test on Tuesday were added to her spelling score today. The final will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and ESPN starting at 10 a.m.

Chaunte, the Gleaner's Children's Own Spelling Bee champion, attends Ardenne High School in Kingston.





sex-offenders-registry-logo.jpgA total of 124 names were added to the Sex Offenders Registry between July 2014 and last December. The figure comprises 120 men and four women.

Janet Davey, Director in charge of Probation After-care Services at the Department of Correctional Services, says more than 80% of the offenders were charged with having sex with a minor. She says the list contains the names of ex-convicts and persons who received non-custodial sentences.

However, Ms Davey says the Sex Offenders Registry is underutilized. She is appealing to school administrators and others to use the registry to determine the suitability of prospective employees. She says the Department of Correctional Services is taking steps to ramp up its public education programme to increase awareness of the registry.

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Pastor/teacher charged for kissing student

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A student who was left traumatised after she was kissed by her teacher, who is also a minister of religion, reported the incident to her parents and the man has been arrested and charged.

The pastor, who teaches at a traditional high school in Clarendon, is said to be among four male teachers who have been arrested and charged with sexual abuse and child molestation in the parish.

Allegations are that the teacher, who conducts mentoring session at the school, was in a session with a female student when he kissed her.

The student told her parents who reported it to the school, which called in the police and the pastor was arrested and charged.





vegas-featured.jpgdrake-and-popcaan-controlla.jpgCanadian rapper Drake and PopCaan have both responded to Mr. Vegas following his 8 minutes long video questioning Drake's motives for not crediting the Jamaican acts sampled on his album.

On Sunday, Drake wrote on Instagram "Had to done off Vegas...Y fi di heads high." Drake has also commented on a video aimed at Mr. Vegas on Popcaan's Instagram page. The rapper wrote, "Wicked, wicked, Wicked...OVO Unruly same ting."

Meanwhile, PopCaan has openly rejected Mr. Vegas' assistance using a video to telling him he doesn't need his help.

"Leave our business alone," Popcaan tells Vegas in the clip.





Flippa's re-trial re-scheduled

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flippa-mafia.jpgDancehall artiste's Flippa Mafia retrial has been re-scheduled.

Last Friday Flippa's lawyer J Michael Farrell hinted that their request to bar the State's decision to retry the dancehall deejay may affect a retrial of the case slated for today.

The State will retry Flippa 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.





Cops investigating Marvin The Dancer

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marvin-the-dancer.jpgDancer Marvin 'The Beast' is being investigated by the police for his alleged dangerous dancing performances at entertainment events.

Steve McGregor, senior superintendent of police in charge of St James,says that the probe includes seeking to find out whether the Montego Bay-based dancer assaulted a woman of unsound mind during a recent dancing episode.

McGregor said that the investigations were launched following recent performances by the dancer. Some of his antics have been captured on camera and have been posted on social media.

"Somebody sent one of the [recent] videos to me and I viewed it. Sadly, we found the main female who was in the act, as well as others, and they are claiming to say it's OK and they were having fun. But it is my intention to call him in, though, and question him," McGregor said.

McGregor noted that in order for any charges to be laid against the dancer, a willing complainant has to come forward, and thus far, none has.

"If we find that these are the kinds of acts that are playing out there, we can persecute the promoter, the owner of the venue, and the person who is operating the sound system because we would not have given them permission to be doing these acts at the dance," McGregor said.





Alkaline's US visa not revoked

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alkaline-photo-8.jpgAlkaline's manager has come out and denied that he has lot his visa.

Last week Monday the deejays fans were really surprised by the news that his US visa had been revoked leading to a lot of speculations on what could have been the reason.

We are sure they are now breathing a sigh of relief that the controversial artiste is still welcomed in the United States.

The news which was circulated on various websites, spread like wildfire that he lost out on the visa as a result of his latest track - Save Yourself.

According to these websites, the song is politically charged and incites violence against homosexuals.

Kereena Beckford, the entertainer's sister and manager, told the Star that it was false news and perceives it as a ploy to create drama around the artiste.

"It's all rumours. This is just something created by some unknown people who want to start something. Alkaline is not having any immigration issues anywhere. Right now, he's in Germany and he'll be leaving from there to go to London and then Canada, and all his visas are in tact," she was quoted as saying.





It was on May 25, 1963, that the leaders of 32 independent African States met to form the Organization of African Unity (OAU). By then more than two thirds of countries in the African continent had achieved independence from colonial rule. At this historic meeting, the date of Africa Freedom Day was changed from April 15 to May 25 and Africa Freedom Day was declared African Liberation Day (ALD). African Liberation Day has been held on May 25th in every corner of the world since.

On Wednesday, May 25, the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation(KSAC) will stage the Fifth Annual African Liberation Day event at St. William Grant Park, with artistes Queen Ifrica, Tony Rebel, Chezidek, Bushman, Charley B, Davianah, ELAD and many more, a press release outlined. A fashion show will be staged by employees of the KSAC and outfits will be provided by Africana House. The event is free to the public

The release quotes Mayor of Kingston, Dr. Angela Brown Burke as saying: "African Liberation Day is a very important day on our calendar, reminding us of our rich history and the merging of the two cultures of Jamaica and Africa. It's for this reason we place such great emphasis on this event. I am therefore inviting all to come out on Wednesday to help us celebrate our African Heritage. This celebration is an important acknowledgement of the cultural influence of Africentrism on our identity as a people."

Emcees will be Mutabaruka and Denise Isis Miller.

Exhibits will be on show from 3:00PM and the live concert will begin at 5PM, admission is free.





Labour Day in Pictures

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labour-day-1.jpgSenator Councillor Dr. Angela Brown Burke and Mr. Robert Hill, Town Clerk assist with the installation of a new door at the St. Tekle Haimanot Early Childhood Dev. Centre in East Rural St. Andrew. Garfield Bennett, Principal of the school looks on.

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Senator Councillor Dr. Angela Brown Burke giving a face lift to St. Tekle Haimanot Early Childhood Development Centre in East Rural St. Andrew as Councillor Pat Morgan from the Dallas Division also joins in.





Ganja sub committee set up

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cocaine-seized-photo-1.jpgBahamian arrested at Sangster International Airport

A Bahamian man who was allegedly held with cocaine at the Sangster International Airport on Friday, is now behind bars.

He has been identified as Burlin Mitchell Starr, 52, of South Beach, Nassau.

The police report that about 9 a.m., officers were conducting security checks in the departure hall when three parcels, wrapped in masking tape, were examined and found to contain two pounds of cocaine.

It has an estimated street value of J$1-million.Starr was later arrested.

He is scheduled to appear in court on May 27.





Abandoned baby found by fruit vendor

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shocked.jpgA one-day-old baby boy was found abandoned on Sunday, May 22 near the KFC in Old Harbour, St Catherine, by a fruit vendor.

The vendor found the baby with its placenta still attached in a black plastic bag and a hand written note nearby.

The note which appears to have been written by the child's mother stated that the she was a rape victim from Manchester and she could not abort the baby.

Also included in the note was the baby's birth date which was listed as May 21, 2016.

The vendor accompanied by the Old Harbor Police took the baby to the Spanish Town Hospital.





hands-behind-bars.jpgThee police officer, who is being held on suspicion that he had a female colleague killed last month, is now being probed for the 2013 murder of another police officer.

Information about the latest probe was disclosed by his attorney Peter Champagnie, who said detectives informed him of the development on Friday.

The suspect is being probed for the murder of Sergeant Courtney Simpson, who was attached to the Protective Services Division of the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

Simpson, who was the bodyguard of then state minister Julian Robinson, was shot multiple times at his gate in Harbour View, St Andrew, on the night of April 8, 2013, by men travelling in a white motor vehicle.

The suspect is expected to face a number of identification parade this week.

The cop was held several weeks ago in relation to the murder of Corporal Judith Williams, who was shot six times while at a bus stop near her home at McKintyre Villa (otherwise known as Dunkirk), in Kingston, on Thursday, April 28.

The 54-year-old Williams was attacked by two men traveling on a motorbike. She died hours later.

A civilian was held shortly after, followed by Williams' colleague.





Trinidad in fear over ISIS terror threat

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isis.jpgThe twin island republic of Trinidad and Tobago is facing a potential a terror attack from ISIS.

The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) is investigating an audio file, claiming that a terrorist attack will be carried out in Trinidad during the Corpus Christi holiday.

An unidentified man is heard warning citizens to stay away from the local shopping malls as he has received word of an impending terror attack. He also warned that the families of those involved in the plan have already been notified and he advises others to tell their families to stay inside.

"They planning a strike to hit the malls in Trinidad, ISIS, either between Friday/Saturday, or Thursday, Friday, Saturday," the voice says.

TTPS Head of Corporate Communications, Ellen Lewis urged persons to remain calm while police carry out their investigations. She has also reminded persons that the audio may be a hoax:

"It has been received and we are seeking to determine the source and whether it is credible...

"The intent is clearly to create panic and mischief as this is not the first [report] of its kind."





shocked.jpgA primary school principal who suffered the embarrassment of having his male member partially bitten off, was not shown the welcome sign when he turned up unexpectedly at his school last week.

The principal, who is on sick leave owing to the injury, drove onto the compound and when the students, teachers, parents and members of the community realised that it was him, drama unfolded.

The police had to be called to the school and the officers escorted the principal safely to his vehicle and watched until he drove away .

A parent, who was at the school last week when high drama unfolded, declared that the principal is no longer welcomed there

She said, "I attended this school, and now my children are here, and this type of embarrassment is distracting. The students are frightened and they don't trust him. They tell him they don't want him and dem run him weh. The police had to be called in and one of the officer cranked up him gun to scare away the children."

A father said he would remove his son from the institution if the principal in question continued working at the school.

"Mi a move my son and send him go another school 'cause a learn mi send my pickney go school fi learn, and pickney look up to principal. Mi nuh want nuh principal trick my child," he said.

Bryon Buckley, director, corporate communication at the Ministry of Education, confirmed that the ministry is aware of the disturbance which occurred at the school.

"A team from the ministry went there and spoke to the staff and the principal. He (the principal) was advised by the ministry not to be on the compound so as to quell things," Buckley said.

The St Andrew North police also confirmed that police were called to the institution to control the situation which had unfolded.





dudus-disguise.jpgAre we reading right? did Dudus' sister Sandy really tell a newspaper that her brother is studying theology in prison? Wow! Just Wow!

Well we haffi big up Sandy, Dudus, Livity and the big Man himself Faada God for this transformation.

Me hear one pastor preach a sermon wha day yah whe seh Massa God love bad man. Cause look pon Saul who was di baddest man and when him bukc Faada God pon di road to Damascus and ask him sey:"Saul Saul, why persecuteth thou me?" Saul did jus haffi roll ova and gi him life to God.

People like Dudus a dem deh tun inna real Christian. Massa God is not a man fi play wid.

We wish more a di bad man dem woulda puddong dem gun and tek up di Bible.

Dudus, Sandy and Livity, we a go ask Minister Judy Mowatt fi continue fi pray fi oonu. Walk inna di light. We happy fi all a oonu.





How to Reduce Blood Pressure Naturally

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blood-pressure.jpgAre you aware that there are simple and inexpensive ways to control blood pressure with food and supplements you already have in your kitchen?

Experts agree that these steps are some of the most effective in lowering blood pressure naturally.

1. CoQ10 supplements - CoEnzyme Q10 or CoQ10 For short is a powerful anti-oxidant which is in every cell in your body. Your body uses CoQ10 to derive Energy.

In a double-blind placebo controlled study published in The Journal of Human Hypertension, The group which took CoQ10 for just 8 weeks showed a significant reduction of blood pressure.

Note that blood pressure medication prevents the body from not only manufacturing its own CoQ10, but also your body's ability to absorb CoQ10. recommended dose: 100-200 mg gel caps each day to help lower blood pressure.

2. Vitamins, Herbs and Anti-oxidants

The following are Doctor recommended daily amounts.

Vitamin C - 1000 mg
Garlic - 2 cloves
Hawthorn berry - 500 mg
Omega 3 fatty acid fish oil Gel caps - 1000 mg
Vitamin b6 in a natural multivitamin
Magnesium - 500 mg
Astragalus root 500mg

3. Food Sources:

In a Greek study that examined the effects of the Mediterranean diet on 20,000 people proved that olive Oil, Fruits and Vegetables were significantly associated with lower systolic and diastolic blood pressure.

Celery - 4 sticks a day, relaxes the smooth muscles in the blood vessels.

Fresh cold water fish which is high in Omega-3 fatty Acids.

Salt - let's understand the real reason why salt is important to your blood pressure.

We've all heard that you need to cut down on sodium in your diet, although this is not bad advice, it misses the point. High sodium intake alone does not increase blood pressure, it is an excess of sodium to potassium ratio.

The ideal ratio is five times as much potassium as sodium in Your diet. You'll get the best results by eating three servings A day of potassium rich foods such as:

Bananas - 1 large
Avocados - 1 cup
Beans - 1 cup
Squash - 1 cup
Tomatoes - 1 cup

Low levels of magnesium can also contribute to high Blood pressure, so here are some Magnesium rich foods:

Almonds - 1/3 cup
Tofu - 1 cup
Cashews - 1 cup
Raisin bran - 1/3 cup

4. Lose extra pounds and watch your waistline. Blood pressure often increases as weight increases. ...

5. Exercise regularly.

And finally lets talk about what level of blood pressure is considered high. Right now the threshold pushed by mainstream medicine is 115/75 - 120/80 which WAS considered borderline LOW just 5 years ago.

This is because the standard for "high" blood pressure, just like the standard for cholesterol is repeatedly lowered to put more people on medication. Your individual risk factors and age play a big role in determining what is a good blood pressure level for YOU.

So don't just accept a one size fits all number when it comes to your blood pressure. Ask questions and discuss your health with a nutritionally educated Doctor to find what is best for you.

So what about YOU? Are You going to let the silent killer Sneak up on you? Or are You going to take action that will make this highly unlikely?

When You safe-guard Yourself with these proven techniques which You can easily incorporate into your life, then You will reap the healthy benefits.

Sources:

Singh RB, Niaz MA, Rostogi SS, et al. "Effect of Hydrosoluble coenzyme Q10 on blood pressure in Hypertensive patients with coronary artery disease". Journal of Human Hypertension. 1999 Mar;13(3):203-208.

About the Author:

Lee Cummings has been helping real people solve real problems and feel better with expert proven nutrition for over 5 years.





chris-brown-photo-1.jpgPop singer Chris Brown will be headlining the Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival.

The American singer will be the closing headliner of the Sam Cooke stage on Friday, September 2.

In announcing the new addition to the star-studded cast, the Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival said Brown made history when his first single "Run It!" instantly reached number one on the Billboard chart.

Since then, Brown has become one of the most popular US artists, selling millions of albums worldwide. He has won numerous awards, among them a Grammy, American Music Awards, and BET Awards, and has also built a successful acting career. Brown released his seventh studio album, "Royalty", in 2015. That same year, he also released a collaboration album with rapper Tyga.

Royalty, named after his daughter, is Brown's sixth number one on the Billboard R & B / Hip-Hop chart. Not only did the album peak the R & B charts, it also ranked the number two position in the Top Album Sales and Digital Albums Chart and number three on the Billboard 200. It's the seventh time Brown reached the top ten of the Billboard 200 in the first week after a new album release.

Other performers listed to perform are Al Jarreau, Tom Jones, Brandon Marsalis, Kassav, Jamie Cullum, Lenny Kravitz, Burt Bacharach and Michael Bolton, among others.

The Festival runs from September 1 to 3.





It's 'Drake the Fake' says Mr Vegas

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drake-performance-billboard.jpgIt is widely acknowledged that Drake's new album "Views" is heavily influenced by dancehall music. The Toronto rapper has also never been shy about his love for the music originated in Jamaica, but Mr. Vegas feels that he is not giving the genre enough credit.

In a video posted on his social media, Mr. Vegas rant about Drake not truly embracing dancehall but using the genre here and there in his music to get a buzz. The dancehall star went as far as to call Drizzy a fake.

"Drake the fake is just running with the hot genre right now," MV rant. "Because when yoy check it out really look how long Drake has been saying Gully before he start saying Gaza... 'Yow Gully bigup Mavado" but never did a song with Mavado yet and still don't do a song with Popcaan. So Drake maybe Meek Mill was right you're a fake."

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marvin-the-dancer.jpgDetectives from the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) have launched a probe into a recent 'dance routine' involving entertainer Marvin the dancer, his cronies and a female.

Head of CISOCA, Superintendent Enid Ross-Stewart said that police have since reviewed the online video of the incident. The video shows what appears to be a girl being humiliated on stage by Marvin the Dancer and at least three other men during one of his routines.

Police said they were now trying to find the girl to find out her age to determine whether charges could be laid against the dancer.

"If she is under age, the police would be able to act. In the case where the victim is adult, she would have to make a complaint to the police," one senior officer explained.

The officer went further to explain that if it is indeed a case where the alleged victim is mentally challenged - as it is being reported by some media outlets - a relative of the victim would have to make a report.

The footage which went viral last week shows Marvin the Dancer and his cronies chasing the female. In the video, it appears the female tries to get away but is cornered by the marauding males who force themselves on her while gyrating wildly.

The footage has triggered widespread condemnation from several groups.The dancer has since used his instagram page to apologize for the incident but this has done nothing to stop the reactions of concerned members of the public.





usain-bolt-wins-gold-200m-beijing-2015-photo-4.jpgUsain Bolt used his strong finish to win the 100 meters in 9.98 seconds at the Golden Spike meet in Ostrava, Czech Republic on Friday.

The Jamaican, who holds the world record in the 100m and 200m, recovered from a slow start but pulled ahead in the second half of the race to breeze unchallenged to the victory.

With the time, Bolt improved on his season's best of 10.05 in the Cayman Islands on Saturday. After that first race of the season, he needed treatment on a tight hamstring in Germany on the way to the Czech Republic.

He didn't appear to be limited on Friday. Ahead of the race, he said he would be happy with a time of 9.8.

New telecoms company enters the market

Cabinet has granted a mobile spectrum licence to telecommunications company, Symbiote Investments. The company will provide internet service in Jamaica. This is the third licence issued for the provision of mobile telecommunications service in the island.

Technology Minister Dr. Andrew Wheatley says Symbiote will have to pay US$20.8 million for use of the spectrum.

Dr. Wheatley says Symbiote, a Jamaican company, will increase competition in the telecoms market.

"A timeline is attached for full roll-out of the infrastucture and operations. I believe that within a year, we should see significant operations taking place and a full roll-out of this company," he said.

In the meantime, the Technology Minister says 500 persons are expected to be employed by Symbiote.





Woman stabs teen to death for hitting her son

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crime-scene-7.jpgA woman is in the custody of the St Mary police, after she stabbed a teenager to death on Thursday evening, May 19.

Dead is 15-year-old Devario Gardner of Bromley, St Mary.

It is being alleged that the woman stabbed the teen following a report from her six-year-old child that the teen had hit him.

The unfortunate incident occurred around 4:30 pm, according to initial police reports.

It is being further alleged that the woman approached Gardner with the allegations that he had hit her son. A dispute later developed and the woman took a knife and stabbed the teen in the chest.

Gardner was taken to the hospital, but was pronounced dead.

The woman was later taken into custody, where she is being held pending further investigations.

Gardner is said to be a student of the Jamaica Foundation for Life Long Learning in the parish.





A total of 14 high school students were arrested after being caught by the police on Wednesday afternoon at a house in Cooreville Gardens, St Andrew, where at least some of them were engaged in sexual activities.

They were released into the custody of their parents after appearing in the Family Court on Thursday. All 14 students were taken before the Family Court, accompanied by their parents, on charges of being in need of care and protection.

The students were taken into custody by personnel from the Hunts Bay and Duhaney Park police stations following a raid on the home in question, which is the residence of one of the boys who were involved.A 12-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl were among the eight boys and six girls who were arrested. The others were all 14-year-olds.

The police reported that the group of students was surprised by a police team at about 5:30 p.m. Of the group, two 'couples' reportedly admitted to have been engaged in sex at the time of the cops' arrival, but the others denied having been similarly engaged.

Arising from development, a senior police officer reportedly indicated that no sexual offence charges could be laid against the four students who admitted to having been engaged in sex, because they are all minors and the acts were voluntary on the part of all four.





Has Alkaline's visa been revoked?

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alkaline-photo-8.jpgAlkaline reportedly became the latest dancehall artiste to have his U.S. Visa revoked.

The problem reportedly stemmed from a new controversial single that the deejay released title "Save Yourself" where he sings about political issues affecting Jamaicans and other Caribbean nationals.

Other reports claimed that his visa was cancelled because he advocate violence against homosexuals in his music.

Over the last decade a slew of big name dancehall acts have had problems with their U.S. visa including Beenie Man, Mavado, Aidonia, Bouty Killer, Sizzla Kalonji and more.

Bounty Killer and Aidonia are still without a U.S. Visa.





Flippa Mafia to be sentenced June 3

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flippa-mafia.jpgDancehall deejay Flippa Mafia is scheduled for sentencing on June 3 in the Camden County Court, New Jersey.

The entertainer, whose given name is Andrew Davis, was found guilty of first-degree distribution of cocaine, second-degree money laundering, and second-degree conspiracy in December 2015. The court was, however, unable to find him guilty on the leader of narcotics-trafficking network charge and a retrial was ordered.

"Andrew Davis's retrial is being postponed because his attorneys are trying to pursue an interlocutory appeal. In light of the fact that it will likely be a few more months before he is retried on the charge of leader of a narcotics-trafficking network, the judge decided to sentence him on June 3 for the crimes for which he already was convicted at the first trial -- first-degree distribution of cocaine, and second-degree conspiracy and money laundering," Peter Aseltine, Division of Criminal Justice press officer in New Jersey's Attorney General Office, told the Jamaica Observer.

A first-degree rap carries a sentence of 10 to 20 years, while the second degree has an incarceration period of five to 10 years.





Hits galore on Youtube for Kartel's Fever

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vybz-kartel-photo-24.jpgAfter only one week, Vybz Kartel has racked up more than 700,000 views on YouTube for the video for 'Fever', the first single from the deejay's 'King of the Dancehall' album.

The raunchy video, directed by Jay Will and Game Over, features a girl in heat because of her lust-induced dreams.

King of the Dancehall was made available for pre-order on May 6 exclusively on iTunes. Distributed by Zojak World Wide, the album will be available exclusively to Apple Music subscribers on June 3, the same day the third instant-gratification track, Colouring This Life, will be offered in the iTunes store.

Apple Music will offer exclusive streaming one week before the 14-track album is available for download June 10, a service usually reserved for major label artistes.

King of the Dancehall contains never before released tracks from Vybz Kartel, all recorded by the prolific artiste before his incarceration, according to a press release. The album is a collaborative effort between Adidjahiem Records and TJ Records.





Filming For Snoop Dogg TV Series Sparks Panic

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snoop-dogg.jpgDuring the filming of Snoop Dogg's trial for murder members of the public thought it was all too real and broke out in panic running a Californian park!

It was actually the re-enactment of his arrest in August 1993 in connection with the death of Phillip Woldermariam, a member of a rival gang who was shot dead by Snoop's bodyguard, McKinley Lee.

Both were charged with murder, as the rapper was allegedly driving the vehicle from where Lee had shot Woldermariam.

Both Snoop and his bodyguard were later acquitted, but the famous murder trial is now the subject of a documentary series "Rich and Acquitted," and a reenactment of the murder took place at a San Fernando Valley park.

Of course local police had information that blanks would be used to replicate the gunfire in the filming of the murder scene, pity the park folks didn't know! They were under the impression that a real gun battle had broken out.

"Rich and Acquitted" is due to cover the acquittals of Robert Blake, Oscar Pistorius, O.J. Simpson, R. Kelly, and Michael Jackson, and will air on network Reelz in September.





merciless.jpgDancehall artiste Merciless will be seeking additional treatment on Wednesday after an attack by an iron-wielding assailant left him with bruises, cuts and a broken wrist.

The attack allegedly occurred on Monday afternoon when the 44 year-old deejay was at a mechanic shop in Free Town, Clarendon.

Eyewitnesses say that the deejay was approached by an unknown man who proceeded to severely beat him with a piece of iron, eventually breaking the deejay's wrist.

The deejay, whose real name is Leonard Bartley, was reportedly taken to the May Pen police station where the incident was reported.

The May Pen police have confirmed the incident.





usain-bolt-jamaica-flag.jpgFor Usain Bolt, the announcement that 31 athletes were caught doping in retests from the 2008 Beijing Olympics was "really bad news."

"It's rough. It's rough in the sport," the Jamaican great said Wednesday. "Something that's been tarnishing the sport for years."

Bolt was speaking a day after the International Olympic Committee announced that the 31 athletes could be banned from competing at the Rio de Janeiro Games. He said the World Anti-Doping Agency and others "are doing a very good job of cleaning up the sport. They've proven that anybody who has cheated, they're going to catch."

Bolt will run in the 100 meters at the Golden Spike meet in the eastern Czech city of Ostrava on Friday, his first race in Europe ahead of the Rio Games.

He said he believed that the crackdown on doping could prove successful.

"Hopefully, we can take steps forward in making the sports better and in the upcoming years we won't have these problems," Bolt said. "But, I think it's a process, and I think over time we will get better because they're doing such a good job."

In track, Russia is banned from competing because of a WADA panel report detailing state-sponsored doping. The IAAF has yet to decide if the Russian track team will be allowed to compete in Rio.

"I don't really think about it," Bolt said. "For me, rules are rules. I really don't make the rules, so, all I do is follow the rules. I can't really do anything about it."

Friday's race will be his second 100 after clocking 10.05 seconds in the Cayman Islands on Saturday. After that, he needed a treatment in Germany on the way to Prague.

"I had a tight hamstring after the last race but I went to see a doctor and he solved the problem," Bolt said. "I'm feeling pretty good right now. I'm feeling much better. I was training yesterday and everything was better."

The six-time Olympic champion will race for the eighth time at the Golden Spike meet, part of the IAAF world challenge series.

"I'll be very happy with at least 9.8," he said.

Bolt acknowledged his career might be coming to an end but was still not there.





Two children killed in fire

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fire.jpgA four-year-old boy and a 10-year-old girl, were burnt to death when fire gutted a 10 bedroom house close to Studio One Boulevard in Kingston on Wednesday morning.

Close to 15 other persons were left homeless as a result of the fire.

Reports are that, at about 4:30am, persons saw smoke coming from a house located in the tenement yard and raised an alarm.

Fire fighters were quick on the scene but were unable to save the children.

Grief-stricken relatives of the deceased ran through the streets crying out when they discovered the children's fate.

"Mi want back mi cousin! Mi want back mi cousin!" a girl, who appeared to be in her teens, said.

The mother of one of the children, unable to cope with her loss, had to be rushed to hospital. A man, said to be the father of one of the children, had to be restrained from entering the burning house.

The entire house was destroyed.





Marcia Barrett, the cousin of the farm worker who died in Canada, has taken issue with the assertions made at the Ministry's news conference yesterday. Ms. Barrett remains adamant that her cousin, Sheldon McKenzie, was stripped of his labour rights under the farm work programme, which also tried to cut off his access to health care. The matter was publicised by the media in Canada.

Labour Minister, Shahine Robinson, denied that Mr Jackson was prevented from receiving health care. She asserted that less than a day after Mr. McKenzie fell ill the Jamaican Liaison office responded, and was kept abreast of developments concerning Mr. McKenzie. But Miss Barrett insists that apart from an initial conversation with Mr McKenzie's mother, there was no more communication with the Ministry's representative. She strongly opposes the Ministry's version of events.

She is also adamant that not enough was done by the Liaison Officer. In the meantime, Miss Barrett has not stated whether legal action is being contemplated. However, she has declared that she will now be more forceful as an advocate for other workers facing similar situations.





balfour-gordon.jpgcrime-scene-gun.jpgThe husband and wife pair abducted from their home in Hanover Wednesday night and later murdered have been identified.

The husband has been identified as 66-year-old Balfour Gordon and his wife has been identified as Aleth Gordon, 45.

The two, along with a worker, were abducted from their home in Elgin Town and taken to Mosquito Cove District, over three miles, where they were shot.

The three were abducted around 8:00 pm when the husband and his worker were washing his bus, Loop News has been told. They were taken away in the bus that was being washed.

The worker managed to make it to the hospital after the gunmen left them for dead. The attackers reportedly drove the bus back to the couple's home where it was left.





Mr. G accuse Dexter Daps of allegedly ordering death treats against his life.





damion-crawford-and-cliff-hughes.jpgCommencing May 25, former People's National Party (PNP) Member of Parliament Damion Crawford will be hosting his own current affairs programme on Nationwide Radio.

Nationwide senior reporter Abka Fitz-Henley tweeted the information a short while ago, along with a photo of Crawford signing the contract with station owner Cliff Hughes.

The programme called 'Straight Forward With Crawford' is to air on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 8:00pm to 10:00pm.

On May 3, Crawford announced he would be hosting a radio programme but he gave no details.

"A now the place mash up... they gave Damion Crawford a radio show. Him alone and the mic... Crawford & Company and ur my company. It's shelled," he announced then.





policewoman-judith-williams-apr-29.jpgThe Police Constable implicated in the murder of one of his colleagues was not pointed out Tuesday during an identification parade.

Witnesses failed to identify the policeman under investigation for the murder of Woman Corporal Judith Williams.

He remains in custody as investigators continue their probe of the case.

Assistant Commissioner Ealan Powell, Head of the Criminal Investigation Branch, said other ID parades are scheduled in the matter.

Corporal Williams was shot dead at a bus stop in East Kingston three weeks ago, while on her way to work.





hands-behind-bars.jpgA Jamaican couple who was allegedly held with ganja in Guyana has been denied bail. They have been remanded to the New Amsterdam Prison until May 30.

The Jamaicans were allegedly found with 15.8 pounds of ganja, concealed in the false bottom of a suitcase while they were attempting to travel via the backtrack route to Suriname on May 12.

Benjamin Carrington, 29, and Dian Patterson, 22, who both gave their address as Papine St. Andrew, appeared before a Magistrate where they pleaded not guilty to the charge of being in possession of narcotics for trafficking.

Miss Patterson reportedly told investigators she was unaware of her boyfriend's business dealings.





Former Reggae Boy Fuller to retire

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reggae-boy-fuller.jpgFormer national striker Ricardo Fuller has called time on his playing career after taking part in a testimonial game to honour former stoke city defender Andy Griffin.

The 36 year old Fuller, who ended a three month contract with Oldham in January this year, says it will be his last parade on the field, having spent the last 15 years in the professional ranks.

Fuller played locally with Tivoli Gardens before moving overseas in 2001 to join Crystal Palace after which he moved to Preston North End, Portsmouth, Southampton, Ipswich and Stoke City, where he had his most successful stint.

He played 182 games for Stoke, scoring 43 goals. His returns at the international level were less impressive having netted just nine goals in 73 appearances.





prince.jpgLate pop icon Prince was remembered Sunday in a private ceremony at his church, with his family looking to hold a public event in August.

Television footage showed mourners dressed in black entering a Jehovah's Witness temple in the leafy suburb of Minnetonka outside Minneapolis.The Star Tribune newspaper of Minneapolis said that Prince's protegee Sheila E was among hundreds who attended the 45-minute service, which was closed to the media.

Prince, one of the most influential pop artists of his generation and whose songs were often sexually explicit, was baptized as a Jehovah's Witness in 2003. Prince embraced the faith's practice of proselytization, with the internationally famous pop legend reported to have knocked on doors in the Minneapolis suburbs to distribute religious literature.

Local television station KARE quoted the printed program at Prince's memorial as saying that the star "found great joy and satisfaction in sharing the things he learned from the Bible with others." His sister, Tyka Nelson, said Friday that she did not consider that "intimate gathering" to have been his funeral and that the family was still planning a public event.

"The proposed plan is to have our Memorial/Funeral/Tribute in August," she wrote on Facebook, adding that she and Prince's remains would only be present at that forthcoming event.





The South African Government is calling for all its citizens to play and buy local music in a bid to contribute to the economy of their country.

The move comes following an initiative by South African Radio Stations to Play 90 Percent Local Music.

The government has since congratulated the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) regarding its decision to play 90% local music across its 18 radio stations going forward.

The decision is part of the public broadcaster's bid to prioritize home-grown content.

According to AllAfrica.com, "it is an effort to ensure that local content reflecting the diversity of South African cultures is prioritized."





regina-belle.jpgGrammy Award winning R&B legend Regina Belle has been added to the powerful lineup for the 2016 'Groovin In The Park' concert which unfolds at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, NY on Sunday, June 26th. The news was recently announced on Groovin Radio, WVIP, 93.5 FM in New York City.

"Regina is a powerhouse singer who has recorded many R&B hit songs in her illustrious career. We are excited and sincerely grateful to include her on our lineup this year," Christopher Roberts, CEO of Groovin Inc, parent company of 'Groovin In The Park' said.

Born in New Jersey, Regina worked as an opening act for the Manhattans in her early career. She recorded a duet with the group titled, 'Where Did We Go Wrong,' that was produced by Bobby Womack in 1986. Her single 'Please Be Mine' peaked at number two on the R & B charts. She followed up with 'So Many Tears,' which also blazed up the R&B Top 20 chart.

The four-time Grammy Award and Academy Award winning vocalist has previously performed in Jamaica and will grace the Groovin stage for the very first time this year.

Regina Belle will be joined on stage at 'Groovin In The Park' by Grammy Award winners Brian McKnight and Peabo Bryson, reggae luminaries Beres Hammond and Toots Hibbert, NBC's Voice season 5 winner Tessanne Chin and popular reggae crooner Duane Stephenson.





richie-spice-photo-1.jpgFifth Element is reportedly back in business, this time around, simply as The Element, with directors - Chief Executive Officer Eaton Evans, President Claude Sayers and Managing Director Richell 'Richie Spice' Bonner.

"The Element's focus has always been and will always be culturally charged music. With our return, people can expect what we have always been about, the core of our message - positiveness, righteousness, upfullness, music of the highest standard, all coming from the teachings of His Majesty. What The Element is all about will never change," Evans said in an interview with a popular tabloid..

Richie Spice agrees that after working with the record label for several years, being a senior partner is only a natural progression.

Formed in 2000, the Fifth Element Records label shot to international prominence with Devon Wheatley, Evans and Sayers as the chief architects. Based in Jamaica with offices overseas, the international entertainment organisation embarked on artiste management, booking, record distribution, producing and event promotion. Its roster of artistes included Chuck Fenda, Etana, Anthony Cruz, Richie Spice, Jigsy King, Natural Black, Omar Silk, Lij Amlak and Jah Penco, to name a few. Several of these artistes have risen to international fame with successful careers.The label also produced several chart-riding singles and albums for some of reggae's biggest names, among them, Beenie Man, Capleton, Sizzla and George Nooks.

Several years later, it all came to an end when Evans and Sayers were arrested for smuggling and later extradited to the United States on ganja charges..

"We have paid our dues, done our time, and now we are back and ready again. It's ironic to see that what we went to prison for, they are now in the process of legalising it. That's life for you," said Sayers. "It is what it is. It was just our destiny to go through that and help set the tone to make it (ganja) free and legal. Now we are back to pursue the music, our first passion, and, of course, legally get involved in the cannabis industry. We are coming with what we are coming with, and we are gonna come harder this time."





500 pounds of ganja seized in St Elizabeth

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ganja-seized.jpgMembers of the Area 5 Narcotics police, on Sunday, made yet another major ganja seizure in the parish of St. Elizabeth.

About 500 pounds of ganja were found during an anti-narcotics operation in the Comma Pen community.

A search of a hut in nearby bushes, revealed the ganja which was in various stages of being cured in preparation for export. The ganja was seized and later destroyed. No one was arrested during the operation.





Taximan gunned down in Half-Way-Tree Sunday

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA taxi operator.was on Sunday night gunned down in Half-Way-Tree, St Andrew.

He has been identified A Lloyd Aitken of Hagley Park Road, Kingston 10.

Reports from the Half-Way-Tree police are that about 8:10 pm, police were alerted to Hagley Park Road, in the vicinity of the parish church, by the sound of explosions.





brother-and-sister-chevelle-jermain-lewis.jpgThe lives of sister and brother, Chevelle Asley Lewis and Jermaine Dominick Lewis were celebrated Saturday at Faith Temple New Testament Church of God in Portmore, St Catherine.

The two were killed in a motorcar accident last month after the vehicle in which they were travelling crashed into a house in Spanish Town.

A third form student at St Andrew High School for Girls, Chevelle was remembered for her active participation in school - tracks, swimming, Key Club, and dance - and her mischievous, yet loving presence.

Her brother Jermaine, a Kingston College alum, was remembered as a kind gentleman who, like his younger sister, was capable of making anyone smile.

"I'd like to think of Jermaine as the little giant with a heart of gold... who had a passion for life," his cousin Maurice Rose said in delivering the eulogy.

Former schoolmates reminisced on the brotherhood they shared.

An information technology technician, Jermaine was described as a promising individual who dreamed of owning an IT company some day.





Cops probe double murder in Clarendon

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hands-behind-bars.jpgThe Clarendon Police are probing a double murder in the parish Sunday night. A man and his common law wife were fatally shot at their home in May Pen.

Shortly after 9 o'clock, residents of Ivy Close heard explosions and called the police. The man was found with bullet wounds in bushes near his house, while his common law wife was found at the rear of the premises. She was also shot.

Senior Superintendent Fitz Bailey, Head of the Clarendon Police, who visited the scene, told RJR News that the cops are trying to establish a motive for the attack.

American woman charged for gun found in her luggage at airport.

An American woman who was last week arrested and charged with illegal possession of firearm and ammunition has been convicted.

After pleading guilty in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court on Thursday, May 12, Nikkii Adams, 33, an insurance underwriter of Georgia in the United States of America, was fined J$600,000 or 18 months at hard labour for illegal possession of firearm.

She was also fined J$500,000 for failing to declare the firearm.

Police officers arrested Adams on Tuesday, May 10 after routine checks at the baggage area of the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, St James, revealed a Taurus pistol in one of the suitcases.'





woman-assaulted-by-three-dancers-in-a-party.jpgConcerned dancehall fans have called for Marvin the Dancer to be banned. This following his deplorable antics on stage recently when he and two other dancers groped and physically assaulted an unwilling woman on stage.

Here are some of the comments from those who have watched the video which was posted on Facebook.

"They should ban him from any dance session. From all women, because he doesn't know how to treat them. I am sick of his actions."

"~ HOPE DEM FINE HIM N HIM CREW !!! "

"Them bwoy deh fi guh dun Inna the jungle guh dance with the wild animals there. Cause that's how he is, he's a wild animal. Normal ppl don't dance like that."

"They should be arrested"

"I think the video should be shown to the police, I could see alot of crime being committed, the guys get abusive they were jumping on the woman and ripping off her clothes, they should be arrested."

"I spoke to them. They watched it while on the phone with me. He needs to turn himself in. Let's #MarvinTheDancer turn yourself in to C.I.S.O.C.A."





tyga-photo-1.jpgTyga's relationships have always been stormy ones. His on-again-off-again romance with Blac Chyna produced a son but also recriminations when they broke up. And then he began dating the then-17-year-old Kylie Jenner.

Kylie and Tyga never seemed a perfect match, not the least of which was due to the fact that she was a minor when they reportedly began their romance. The most notable blow-up centred around Tyga's text messaging relationship with a 14-year-old aspiring musician. His relationship with soon-to-be Kardashian Blac Chyna has also been consistently subtweety and bizarre.

But their relationship is reportedly no more. Multiple outlets reported that they broke up just before the Met Gala earlier in May. So far those have just been rumors, but Tyga confirmed them in an interview with E! News.

"I'm good, you know?" he said of his mental state after their breakup. "Just another day and working hard and trying to get to that next level and achieve big things and evolve."

Kylie, for her part, is handling the breakup via cryptic Snapchats and hanging out at her mum's house.





joe-bogdanovich-onstage-may-17.jpgNew owner of Reggae Sumfest, Joe Bogdanovich has disclosed that roadshows will be introduced this year as part of the Sumfest experience leading up to the annual event.

According to reports, in the weeks prior to the festival, sound systems branded for Reggae Sumfest will take to the streets, visiting communities island-wide.

"We're going to go the extra five miles this year. Irie FM is gonna be out there, Pepsi is gonna be out there, and perhaps Red Stripe," said Johnny Gourzoug, former executive director of Summerfest Productions.

These roadshows will lead up to Reggae Sumfest week, which will retain the longstanding Sunday beach party and the All-White Party for Tuesday of Reggae Sumfest week. Instead of opening the performance stage on Thursday with Dancehall Night, that night will carry Reggae Sumfest's Sound System Explosion.

The organisers will also introduce live 360 degrees virtual reality streaming. And, according to Bogdanovich, members of the public will be able to use their phones to experience the festival in virtual reality, using finger touches to guide the viewer's direction.





Minister of Health, Dr Christopher Tufton urged Jamaicans to get moving again to curb lifestyle diseases as the burden of chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs) remains very high in the Jamaican population.

Minister Tufton was speaking at the official launch of Move for Health Day 2016, which was held on Tuesday at the Bargain Village Plaza in May Pen, Clarendon.

Minister Tufton stated that data from the Health and Lifestyle Survey 2010, reveals that 70 per cent of deaths in Jamaica were due to the four major NCDs namely cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancers and chronic respiratory diseases, of which 27 per cent occurred below the age of 70 years.

"One of the most important mandates of the health ministry is to get all Jamaicans to understand that it is important to take care of themselves by engaging in a number of things such as eating right, exercising and not over indulging in any activities in order to prevent lifestyle diseases such as hypertension, diabetes and high cholesterol," he said.

The Health and Lifestyle Study 2008 reveals that almost half (46 per cent) of the adult population was classified as having a low physical activity or being inactive. The majority or 90 per cent of Jamaicans 15-74 years were either sedentary or participated in light physical activity during their leisure time.

NCDs are caused, to a large extent, by four behavioural risk factors including tobacco use, unhealthy diet, insufficient physical activity and the harmful use of alcohol and unless the NCD epidemic is aggressively confronted, the mounting impact will continue and may be increasing.

Move for Health Day is celebrated each year on May 10 to generate public awareness of the benefits of physical activity in the prevention of non-communicable diseases.





Hurdler Brigitte Foster-Hylton pregnant

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brigitte-foster-hylton.jpgJamaica's most decorated sprint hurdler, Brigitte Foster Hylton and her banking executive husband, Patrick Hylton, are expecting their first child.

Foster Hylton's track club, MVP tweeted the news on Wednesday.

"Congrats @iaaf 100mH WorldChamp Brigitte Foster Hylton & her husband as they expect their child 1st child next month," the tweet read.

Foster Hylton won the silver medal at the 2003 World Championships and the bronze medal at the 2005 World Championships.

She copped gold at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin, Germany and retired after the London 2012 Olympic games.





family-park-william-grant.jpgThe KSAC recently broke ground with the CHASE Fund to commence the construction of a Family Park at William Grant Park.

According to Senator Mayor Brown Burke "The Family Park will not only be a place of fun, relaxation and togetherness, but will also re-emphasize the celebration and importance of The Family where parents and children, brothers, sisters,cousins, aunts and uncles, religious organisations, students and adults will come to enjoy the facility, and feel a sense of belonging, a sense of pride and a sense of love. Where children of all ages will come to play, and they will learn through play: developing social and cognitive skills as they learn how to be kind to one another, how to look out for each other, how to negotiate their differences; gaining self confidence as they master new skills and teach others what they know."

Mayor Brown explained that "This idea was born out of the necessity to have a facility for children and families in Downtown Kingston, where families living in close proximity wouldn't need to go very far to enjoy a world class interactive park with distinctively thematic activity and play areas that are 'attention-grabbing' yet educational."

The full project is estimated to cost in excess of $50.0 Million Dollars the CHASE Fund will take up a major portion of this project to the tune of $20.7 Million Dollars which will go toward the building of the Mother Hen Corner, Journey to Africa and The Seashell Amphitheatre.

The KSAC will be actively engaging other partners to assist in the funding to funding of the other themed areas which are:• The Mosaic Space• Reggae Avenue• The Main Family Monument• the Tuck Shop• the Walking Trail• the restroom facility Structural Engineer Scheed Cole will be responsible for the execution of these area.

"Over 95% of the material to be used in the construction of the facility will be recycled material and it is for this reason that we I am using this opportunity to launch our plastic bottle collection drive and appeal to residents of Kingston and St. Andrew and the wider Jamaica, whether at the

level of the household or large companies to donate! donate! donate! as many of your plastic bottles as possible to help us with the completion of this awesome project, approximately 3million bottles will be needed," says Mayor Brown Burke. Collection zones across the municipality will be announced very shortly.





Public gatherings have been banned in Lacovia, St. Elizabeth following the fatal shooting of 56 year old District Constable Lewis Robinson in the community early Monday morning.

Head of the St. Elizabeth Police Superintendent Lansford Salmon made the announcement Thursday while addressing the issue of crime in the parish, at a monthly meeting of the St. Elizabeth Parish Council.

Superintendent Salmon says the ban applies to all public gatherings and entertainment activities, especially those held at night.

He said the ban will be lifted when calm is returned to the community which is now very tense.

In the meantime, Superintendent Salmon said two other communities in St. Elizabeth are facing similar bans.

They are Braes River, where there was a recent shooting which left two persons injured, and Barbary Hall. He indicated that the ban in Barbary Hall will be lifted at midnight Saturday.





crime-scene-gun.jpgFive persons who are allegedly linked to lottery scamming were shot and injured by a gunman in Mandeville, Manchester Thursday night.

The individuals were at a plaza when the man walked up and opened fire on them.

According to the head of the Manchester Police, Superintendent Vendolyn Cameron-Powell approximately 9 p.m. yesterday, a group of five alleged scammers were at the plaza on Caledonia Road when gunmen appeared and opened fire hitting all five.

The men were taken to the hospital and treated for minor injuries.

According to the police, the victims are not wanted, but are a target for gunmen.

Information about several illegal activities at bars and clubs along Caledonia Road has since surfaced.

"It is really a cause for concern and we can't do anything just now as it concerns these businesses because they have their license to operate," Cameron-Powell said.

They have been admitted to hospital. Their injuries are not considered life threatening.

Deputy Superintendent Hempford Wade of the Manchester Police told RJR News that one of the injured persons was linked to the lottery scam.





More good news for ganja

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ganja-licence.jpgThe Government of Jamaica has reiterated that it will be relying significantly on the establishment of a legalized marijuana and hemp industry to achieve the level of economic growth it has set itself.

"Jamaica cannot afford to miss this boat. Where there is no vision the people perish so we must change our mindset and get ready for success. We must be bold while ensuring we meet all of our international obligations," Finance Minister Audley Shaw, declared while opening the 2016/17 Budget Debate in Parliament on Thursday.

In that regard, he said he would be leading by example in his own constituency of Manchester North Eastern, taking steps to prepare farmers for their legitimate involvement in the industry and to establish extraction facilities to process and create value-added products.

"We will build an industry in Jamaica where we process and manufacture value-added products and not export raw materials. This is about an opportunity for small farmers who will now earn from land which is presently sitting idle," he said.

This, he said, was important to Jamaica's Tourism industry "where Jamaica will be positioned as the medical tourism capital for the world bringing Health and wellness to the world."

Jamaica is uniquely positioned, he added, to play a leading role in the medical marijuana industry.

Accordingly, he said the country "must move with a sense of urgency and turn ganja which has been a negative for Jamaica into a major asset creating wealth for our country."

Pointing overseas, he said the American market for legal marijuana is predicted to rise from US$6.7 billion in 2016 to US$21.8 billion by 2020.

"Canada has built a major industry which is opening up for full legalization next year. The Dutch ministry of Health is exporting medical marijuana to Canada, Italy, Germany and the Czech Republic. Israel which is the largest recipient of United Sates aid has over 12,000 medical marijuana patients and is leading the world in research on medical marijuana," he elaborated.





Kingston Mayor Angela Brown-Burke in China

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mayor-angela-brown-burke-photo-1.jpgMayor of Kingston, Senator De. Angela Brown Burke is representing Jamaica at the 12th China (Shenzhen) International Cultural Industries Fair May 12-16, 2016.

Dr TANG Lixia, Director-General, Foreign Affairs Office, Shenzhen Municipal People's Government expressed his gratitude to the office of the Mayor for her commitment and dedication to promoting friendly relations between the two cities.

Brown Burke also expressed her appreciation to Dr Lixia and the Foreign Affairs Office of Shenzhen Municipal for the invitation to attend the Cultural Industries Fair and reiterated her commitment to the cause.

Senator Burke also noted that a meeting will be held between the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation and the Vice Mayor in Charge of International Relations and The Chief of Education Bureau in Shenzhen Education on May 12, 2016.

Shenzhen has 73 sister cities and friendship cities from 48 countries in five continents around the world. Their sister city network strives to include more members, generate concrete results and create mechanisms, which are ways to ensure that the cities would be able to connect with Shenzhen and other cities in the network, sharing resources and promoting cooperation across the spectrum in economic affairs and trade, education , culture, etc.

Mayor Senator Brown Burke returns to the Island next Wednesday.





The three teenage boys charged with the murder of Luciano's son, Menelik McClymont, were further remanded when they appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on Thursday.

Parish Judge Simone Wolfe-Reece further remanded the accused teens citing that the case file was not yet complete. They will return to court on May 26.

Charged with murder are Jerome Coombs, 18, of Bob Marley Boulevard in Cooreville Gardens, Kingston 20; Camanie Shaw, 18; and Nashlyn Anderson, 18, both of Ambrook Lane, Kingston 10.

Luciano, who was present in court, left seemingly disappointed that the matter did not get under way.

McClymont, 19, died on Sunday, February 28, as a result of stab wounds he received on Saturday, February 27. According to reports, McClymont was stabbed several times, around 2:30 p.m. in the vicinity of Parkington Plaza on Half-Way Tree Road, St Andrew.

He was rushed to hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.





Jamaicans will have to pay more for petrol, cigarettes, and even departure taxes in order to compensate for a raise in the income tax threshold. However, the country has been spared increases in general consumption tax.

With an additional $7 in gas tax imposed starting today, motorists will now pay about $31 in taxes on every litre of 87 octane gasolene at an expected ex-refinery price of $100 per litre.

Before yesterday's announcement, Jamaicans were paying approximately $24 in taxes on each litre of gas.

Light bills are also likely to increase, as the tax on heavy fuel oil has been revised and a Special Consumption Tax has been imposed on liquefied natural gas, which is mainly used in the generation of electricity.





Audley Shaw's budget

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audley-shaw.jpgFinance Minister Audley Shaw on Thursday announced new revenue measures aimed at raising $13.7 billion to help fund the $580 billion budget.

Here is the full list of the revenue measures:

1. Across-the-board increase in income tax threshold to $1,000,272.00

2. Increase in personal income tax on salaries of persons earning over $6 million per year from 25 per cent to 30 per cent

July 1, 2016

3. Increase in Specific Consumption Tax on petrol by $7 per litre

May 13, 2016

4. Introduction of Special Consumption Tax on LNG and revision of heavy fuel oil regime

May 13, 2016

*This means electricity bills will increase

5. Increase in Special Consumption Tax on cigarettes from $12 per stick to $14 per stick.

May 13, 2016

6. Increase in departure tax from US$14 to US$35

June 1, 2016

*This tax will now be denoted in US dollars.





hands-behind-bars.jpgPHILADELPHIA, United States (CMC) - The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency says several Jamaicans were arrested in a operation in Pennsylvania that targeted criminal immigrants, according to officers from its Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO).

Arrests were also made throughout Delaware and West Virginia.

The number of Jamaicans arrested was not disclosed, however, the ICE said all of those arrested have been convicted of crimes in the United States, or fell within the ICE's enforcement priorities for deportation.

Convictions include corruption of a minor, child pornography offences, indecent assault, robbery, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, driving under the influence, cocaine and heroin possession, and felony fraud.

In addition to the Jamaicans, nationals of Mexico, Uruguay, Kenya, El Salvador, Guatemala, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Argentina, Liberia, Honduras, Brazil, Ghana, India, Costa Rica, Papua New Guinea, Bosnia, and Germany were also arrested.

Among the summaries of some of immigrants arrested is a 39-year-old Jamaican with prior convictions for possession with the intent to distribute a controlled substance.

ICE said he was arrested on May 6 at a Philadelphia residence after being released from local custody and remains in custody pending a hearing before a federal immigration judge.

In fiscal year 2015, ICE said it conducted 235,413 deportations nationwide.

It said 91 per cent of individuals removed from the interior of the United States had previously been convicted of a criminal offence.





DJ Mona Lisa begging fight with Miss Kitty

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amari.jpgWhat is wrong with attention-seeking, wannabe-deejay Mona Lisa, or Amari or whatever she calls herself?

The lover of Gully Bop, this woman, who is the mother of 13 children, is hellbent on manufacturing a beef with Miss Kitty.

But, as many persons on Amari's Facebook page have questioned: Does Kitty even know of, or care about Amari's existence?

"Where's that careless bitch, Miss Kitty? You perverted soul.. Come pussy pussy!" Amari wrote on FB on Thursday. "Come kitty kitty. Here's a saucer of milk. Where is that arrogant bastard, Miss Kitty. Cum get me."

Of course, Kitty's fans dun har: "Hey gyal leave miss kitty alone...

U seeking attention, dyam bitch go get a life a wa u feel like... Kitty to the flipping world... Further more you cannot walk in a miss kitty clothes and shoes... U sickening to rass.".

"So because your music career flush down the toilet like shit ... you're attacking people who actually have a career and have things going for them.. listen mash mouth gal Tek ms kitty out yuh dirty drippy mouth."

"Amari looking a hype off a miss kitty!! Wanted to recognize!! She knows that if miss kitty answer her it will all over the world????????

"Why don't u take out that cheap hair an come off miss kitty back u nuh c a pure human hair miss kitty wear...."

In her most recent chatter, she noted that women when they lose weight, lose their breasts ..."like Miss Kitty (ha ha ha) and then they do surgery and get it back."





Brazil votes to impeach Presidentar

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brazil-president-cartoon.jpgBrazil's Senate voted on Thursday to put leftist President Dilma Rousseff on trial in a historic decision brought on by a deep recession and a corruption scandal that will now confront Michel Temer, the vice president who succeeds her.

With Rousseff suspended during the Senate trial for allegedly breaking budget rules, the centrist Temer will take the helm of a country that again finds itself mired in political and economic volatility after a recent decade of prosperity.

The 55-22 vote ends more than 13 years of rule by the left-wing Workers Party, which rose from Brazil's labor movement and helped pull millions of people out of poverty before seeing many of its leaders face corruption investigations.

Fireworks rang out in some neighborhoods across Brazil after the vote at the end of a 20-hour session in the Senate. Police had briefly clashed with pro-Rousseff demonstrators in Brasilia on Wednesday, exchanging volleys of tear gas and rocks.

The impeachment process began in the lower house of Congress in December and Rousseff, a 68-year-old economist and former Marxist guerrilla who was Brazil's first female president, is unlikely to be acquitted in a trial that could last as long as six months.

A two-thirds majority is needed in the Senate to convict her but the scale of her defeat in the vote on Thursday showed how little support she has.

"Today we are trying to overcome this situation by removing an irresponsible government. We have no alternative," said Senator Blairo Maggi, one of Brazil's biggest soy farmers, who is slated to become agriculture minister in Temer's government.

Rousseff has denied any wrongdoing and called her impeachment a "coup".





hands-behind-bars.jpgTwo brothers, charged with the murder of businessman Trevor Meikle, were remanded when they appeared in the Mandeville Criminal Court Wednesday afternoon.

Steve and Alwayne Edwards were charged on Tuesday with murder and robbery with aggravation. They are booked to return to court on June 29.

Mr. Meikle was killed on April 17 while at his daughter's house in Ingleside, Manchester.

His attackers stole cash and jewellery.





reggae-sumfest-logo.jpgFans of Reggae Sumfest, Jamaica's premier reggae festival, will this year enjoy a real Reggae Night.

This was among the big changes announced for the 2016 staging of Reggae Sumfest. Also, the organisers have made the decision to drop the two International Nights this year. Additionally, there will be no foreign acts on Reggae Sumfest.

The format for this year's Sumfest will include two nights - Dancehall Night on Friday, July 22, and Reggae Night on Saturday, July 23.

CEO of Summerfest Productions Joe Bogdanovich says it has become too expensive to secure an international act, adding that it can cost up to US$2 million (J$248 million).

Reggae Sumfest will be staged from July 17 - 23 in Montego Bay.





tanto-blacks.jpgDancehall artiste, Sample King recently shot the video for his single, "I Will Survive" and who showed up for a cameo, but the Real Rich man himself, Tanto Blacks.

Well, it's not surprising really, as Tanto and Sample have been spotted at quite a few events, and, of course they have the big tune, "Stinkin Rich", which has done a lot for the careers of both entertainers.

Tanto joined Sample King on location in Half-Way-Tree and turned the place upside-down, inside-out with his antics.

The single, which is an uplifting survival song with loads of potential for hitting the big times, samples Papa San's version of "I Will Survive" in the intro. Produced by KNatural Entertainment on the Bruk Back riddim, I Will Survive, shows growth of Sample King, who now resides between Jamaica and Canada.

The video was shot on location in Chancery Hall, Half-Way-Tree and New Kingston.

Meanwhile, Tanto Blacks was scheduled to perform in England last weekend, however, owing to delays at the British high Commission in Jamaica, the artiste was stuck in the island. There is no word on when (or if) the shows will be held.





bunny-wailer-and-proclamation-in-hartford-ct.jpgcopeland-forbes.jpgReggae's living legend, Bunny Wailer, and veteran artiste manager, Copeland Forbes, were presented with a proclamation by the city of Hartford, CT for their over 50 yrs individual contribution to the music industry and their contribution to the development of Jamaica's music culture worldwide.

The presentations were made Immediately following a blistering two hour performance by the living legend Bunny Wailer who was making his first-ever appearance in the city of Hartford on a 23-city-tour of North America in celebration of the 40th anniversary of his first solo album "Blackheart Man" released by Island Records in 1976.

The presentations were made by Veronica Airey-Wilson, Marva Wilks, Phyllis Airey and Velma Simpson on behalf of Council woman RJO Winch of the Court Of Common Council in Hartford, CT.

Promoter Ardie Cuban Wilson was also honored with a plaque for his contribution in the music industry and hosting many Reggae concerts featuring top reggae acts like Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Peter Tosh, Dennis Brown, Shabba Ranks, Luciano and Shaggy, just to name a few, and now Reggae's living legend Bunny Wailer.

The New York city show at BB Kings in Manhattan was a sold-out affair with quite a few celebrities in attendance which included the Mayor of New York City, Bill Deblaseo who came backstage and congratulated Wailer on a magnificent show and invited him back to New York.





Student held with gun at school

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hands-behind-bars.jpgAn 18-year-old student of Charlemont High School in Linstead, St. Catherine is in police custody after he was allegedly held with a gun Tuesday morning.

According to a police source, the student was at school when he was searched and a homemade gun with three rounds reportedly taken from him.

The police subsequently searched the student's home in Linstead, St. Catherine. Empty bullet casings were reportedly found.

The student is to undergo questioning.





oracabessa-high-student-rushane.jpgA Grade 10 student of the Oracabessa High School in St Mary was stabbed to death on Monday evening by two other classmates.

Initial reports are that theboy was walking near to the vicinity of Oracabessa police station, when an argument developed between him and another male student of the Oracabessa High School.

The dispute turned physical between the two. A third student intervened in the dispute and used a knife to stab the Grade 10 male.

An inspector, who was near to the police station, rushed to the scene and assisted the student. However, he was pronounced dead at hospital.

The two male students implicated in the incident are also Grade 10 students of the Oracabessa High School.

They were taken in custody.





hotel-collapse.jpgTwo construction workers on the Royalton Hotel site that collapsed on Tuesday are reportedly still missing.

The Ministry of Health reportedly made the disclosure at around midday.

The Royalton Hotel is being established on the property which is the former Grand Lido Hotel, and is undergoing major reconstruction. A section of the resort under construction collapsed at about 6am, injuring several workers.

Five injured workers were taken to the Noel Holmes Hospital in Hanover and the Savanna-la- Mar Hospital in Westmoreland, for treatment. One of the victims is reportedly in critical condition.

Reports are that the men were pouring concrete on a section of the construction site when it collapsed. Police and more than 20 firefighters and other rescue workers converged at the site.





Mother, 12-year-old son shot dead at home

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crime-scene-7.jpgA St James mother and her 12-year-old were murdered at home early Wednesday morning, the police report.

They are 49-year-old Yvette McLean and Devontae Haughton of Tucker District.

The two were attacked about 2:52 this morning by gunmen who kicked open their door and started firing on them.

Two other family members at the house were not harmed.

The mother and her son were taken to hospital where they were pronounced dead.

Police are yet to establish a motive for the attack.





oracabessa-high-student-rushane.jpgRushane Murray, 16-year-old Grade 10 student of Oracabessa High School in St. Mary who was knifed to death by his classmates this week, has been described as a very quiet student, who was full of potential.

Rushane was a was on his way home when he was stabbed to death by another student following a dispute with a different male from the school.

"Rushane was a very quiet and pleasant young man, who had potential. He interacted well with his peers and had good respect for his teachers. He was never accused of any improper conduct," school principal Lofters is quoted as saying.

Murray was pursing Building Technology as his vocational area.

In the meantime, the school received several counselling and visits from various stakeholders on Tuesday to assist with the grief process.

These included officers from the St Mary Community Safety and Security Branch (CSSB), the Ministry of Education, head of the St Mary police, Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay and members from both political divides.

In the meantime, the principal of Oracabessa High School revealed that the male student, who is accused of stabbing Murray was brought before the school board once for behavioural issues. However, the board reverted its decision to expel the student and placed him along with 10 others in a special programme to transform their behaviour.

The police report that Rushane, who is from Herbert Swaby Avenue, Tower Isle in the parish, was on his way home from school at about 5:30 pm on Monday, May 9, when a dispute developed between him and the other student.The police say the dispute became physical and a knife was brought into play, which resulted in Murray being stabbed.

He was taken to hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

The two students have not been charged and are still in custody.





hotel-collapse.jpgMinister of Local Government, Desmond McKenzie has ordered the immediate halting of construction at the Royalton hotel site in Negril, Hanover saying there have been numerous breaches.

According to McKenzie, the order halting the construction will initially be for 30 days, but will be extended if necessary.

He says a preliminary report into the incident indicates that substandard material was being used, work was being undertaken outside of permitted hours and construction was being undertaken in areas for which there had been no approval.

McKenzie has also acknowledged that the Hanover Parish Council has long been receiving reports about breaches at the construction site, however, it failed to intervene.

"I'm not offering any defence, but we need also to strengthen the capacity of the local authority to respond in a more meaningful way," he said.

Meanwhile, the Negril Chamber has called for a speedy probe into the building collapse at Royalton site.





AK47 seized in East Kingston

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gun-ak-47-dunkirk.jpgThe Kingston Eastern Police on Tuesday seized an AK-47 rifle during an operation in the vicinity of Wildman Street, Dunkirk in Kingston 2.

The police say no one was arrested in connection with the seizure.





Prado teams up with Sizzla for tribute song

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sizzla-and-prado.jpgWith one of the most popular songs dedicated to mothers recorded to date, it's no surprise that Sizzla Kolonji was the first choice for a collaborator when recording artiste Prado decided to record a modern day tribute to mothers.

Prado, formerly Desperado, will be officially releasing his 'My Mama' single featuring Sizzla Kolonji this Mother's day, May 8. The single can be purchased digitally as a gift to mothers globally on the day set aside to honour them.

"Sizzla is my all-time favourite artist and fortunately for me I can call him my musical brother. I think he has one of the best Momma songs ever written and would be able to bring the kind of sound the 'My Mamma' single would benefit from," Prado explained.

With Prado's 'My Momma' single, he highlights the fact that not all mothers are worthy and that we should be even more appreciative when we actually have a good mother.

Plans are underway to create a video for the 'My Mamma' single featuring Sizzla in May. Prado continues to evolve as an artiste with more material that shows his versatility; his 'Wild Out' single is performing extremely well locally and overseas and will have excellent visuals officially released this month.





spragga-benz-daughter-graduates.jpg"Congrats to you Shanice... Next...On to the Masters," said Spragga on Instagram.

The dancehall artiste and actor congratulated his daughter, Shanice, who graduated with a first degree from Villa Nova University, while encouraging her to take the next step of pursuing her Master' Degree.

Spragga, who enjoyed the height of his popularity in the 1990s, is known for hits such as Could a Deal, Jack it Up and Girls Hooray. He also made a name for himself in the US with his supporting role in the cult classic film, Shottas.





KSAC this week broke ground with the CHASE Fund to commence the construction of the Family Park at William Grant Park.

According to Senator Mayor Brown Burke "The Family Park will not only be a place of fun, relaxation and togetherness, but will also re-emphasize the celebration and importance of The Family where parents and children, brothers, sisters,cousins, aunts and uncles, religious organisations, students and adults will come to enjoy the facility, and feel a sense of belonging, a sense of pride and a sense of love. Where children of all ages will come to play, and they will learn through play: developing social and cognitive skills as they learn how to be kind to one another, how to look out for each other, how to negotiate their differences; gaining self confidence as they master new skills and teach others what they know."

Mayor Brown explained that "This idea was born out of the necessity to have a facility for children and families in Downtown Kingston, where families living in close proximity wouldn't need to go very far to enjoy a world class interactive park with distinctively thematic activity and play areas that are 'attention-grabbing' yet educational."

The full project is estimated to cost in excess of $50.0 Million Dollars the CHASE Fund will take up a major portion of this project to the tune of $20.7 Million Dollars which will go toward the building of the Mother Hen Corner, Journey to Africa and The Seashell Amphitheatre.

The KSAC will be actively engaging other partners to assist in the funding to funding of the other themed areas which are:• The Mosaic Space• Reggae Avenue• The Main Family Monument• the Tuck Shop• the Walking Trail• the restroom facility Structural Engineer Scheed Cole will be responsible for the execution of these area.

"Over 95% of the material to be used in the construction of the facility will be recycled material and it is for this reason that we I am using this opportunity to launch our plastic bottle collection drive and appeal to residents of Kingston and St. Andrew and the wider Jamaica, whether at the

Level of the household or large companies to donate! donate! donate! as many of your plastic bottles as possible to help us with the completion of this awesome project, approximately 3million bottles will be needed," says Mayor Brown Burke. Collection zones across the municipality will be announced very shortly.





crime-scene-gun.jpgThe Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) have confirmed that a district constable was shot and killed in Lacovia, St. Elizabeth on Sunday.

Information is that the policeman was found dead in his Toyata Camry motorcar about 8pm.

He had gunshot wounds to his head and chest.

The deceased has been identified as 56-year-old Lewis Robinson, who was attached to the Santa Cruz Police station.

Residents heard loud explosions and summoned the police. Robinson's body was found along the Lacovia Main Road.

The St. Elizabeth police say investigations are ongoing.





faye-jacobs.jpgFormer Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) candidate for Central Westmoreland Faye Reid Jacobs has died.

News of Reid-Jacobs' death was confirmed by the police who said that the former politician allegedly committed suicide by injecting a substance into her body.

She was found by relatives on Sunday, May 8 at 6:30 pm at her Mountainside Boulevard, Long Mountain, St. Andrew home.

Faye Reid- Jacobs in 2015 tendered her resignation as the party's candidate in the Central Westmoreland seat after electoral defeat by the People's National Party's Dwayne Vaz.

Reid-Jacobs was a financial consultant and the sister of the late Pauline Reid, former President of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce.

Reid Jacobs unsuccessfully contested the 2014 Central Westmoreland by-election for the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) against the People's National Party's Dwayne Vaz.

She resigned as the JLP's caretaker for the constituency less than one year after the defeat.

Reid Jacobs was the Executive Director of the consultancy firm Caribbean Integrated Financial Services Limited.





Suspect held for cop's murder

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hands-behind-bars.jpgA suspect has reportedly been held for questioning in relation to the murder Monday morning of a district constable in Lacovia, St Elizabeth.

The man was held Monday afternoon.

Lewis Robinson, a 56-year-old resident of the parish, was held up and shot after 2 o'clock and his firearm stolen.

Police report that Lewis' body was found in his car with a gunshot wound to his mouth.

Head of the St Elizabeth Police Division, Lansford Salmon, said residents in the area reported that they heard gunshots after 2 o'clock.

The attack in the area has left police in the division on high alert.





crime-scene-7.jpgSixty-four-year-old Clarendon pastor Leon Brown was killed on Monday afternoon and his wife seriously injured in a motor vehicle crash along the Clarendon Park Main Road.

The pastor was killed around 1:20 pm, after the Toyota Corolla he was driving slammed into a truck.

The pastor had just driven out of a gas station where he had stopped to buy petrol when the crash occurred.

It took a team from the Clarendon Fire Department more than half an hour to remove the couple from the mangled car..

Brown, the pastor of the Bethel Gospel Hall in Mocho died on the spot.

His wife has been hospitalised in serious condition.





hands-behind-bars.jpgA Portland security guard is now in police custody for allegedly raping a 10 year-old-girl in the community of Breastwork on the weekend.

According to the police, the child left her home and went to a nearby river with family and friends on Saturday afternoon.

It is alleged that after swimming, the girl decided to head home for a change of clothing, but did not return and family members became worried.

The police say the girl's sister went to investigate and found the child naked and crying.

An alarm was raised and the security guard was later picked up by the police.

Residents, however, converged at the Port Antonio Police Station demanding that the man be turned over to them.

The residents claim it was not the first time the security guard, believed to be in his 40s, was sexually molesting the child.

He is also said to be involved in a relationship with the child's mother.





faye-jacobs.jpgThe People's National Party (PNP) has joined in expressing condolences following the alleged suicide of former banker and politician Faye Reid Jacobs.

The police say Jacobs died yesterday two hours after she was taken to hospital after reportedly ingesting a chemical substance.

In a release, the PNP says it is saddened by this event and offered condolences to her family and friends.

The party also Reid Jacob's contribution to the political life of Jamaica.





Noting that the recent murder of two missionaries in St Mary was an unfortunate, but isolated incident, head of the Criminal Investigation Branch, ACP Ealan Powell, says that missionary groups are safe in Jamaica.

The police in Jamaican Police have emphasised that other missionary groups will be safe when they come to Jamaica.

ACP Powell is encouraging other missionaries who may have concerns to contact the police.

The bodies of 48-year-old, Randy Hentzel, and 53 year-old, Harold Nichols were found between April 30 and May 1.

Autopsies have revealed, that they died of gunshot and chop wounds.

Both missionaries lived and worked in Jamaica, for a Pennsylvania-based religious organization called Teams for Medical Missions.

The two men and their families did evangelism, bible ministry and built homes.

At the time of their deaths, the men were reportedly in the process of checking on the completion of the foundation for a home for a poor St Mary family, ahead of the visit by other missionaries, to finish the structure.





missionaries-killed.jpgThe group, Teams for Medical Missions, two of whose members were murdered in St. Mary, has postponed its upcoming trip fo Jamaica.

The announcement was made at a memorial service for the slain missionaries, Harold Nichols and Randy Hentzel, held on Saturday.

"Because of the circumstances, because of the part that Harold and Randy played in our teams, because of the fact that we house them in the Nichols' home, we felt it was unkind and unable for us to have the team come this week," said John Heater, Director of Teams for Medical Missions.

But despite the negative international publicity, as a result of the killings, it appears the team is looking to strengthen ties with Jamaica in the future.

The local police and a team from the FBI visited the crime scenes last weekend.





Tessanne fans ready for NY performance

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tessanne-chin-photo-10.jpgA past winner and an enduring favorite of NBC's smash television series The Voice, Tessanne Chin, will join the company of Grammy Award winners Brian McKnight, Peabo Bryson and reggae luminaries Beres Hammond and Toots Hibbert as headline performers at Groovin In The Park 2016 at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens.

The annual summer concert takes place on Sunday June 26 and the Jamaican songbird took to twitter to announce her glee saying "can't wait !!! #GroovinInThePark."

Radio host Ras Clem, who made the announcement on Groovin Radio, WVIP, 93.5FM in New York said "We are excited to welcome Tessanne to the New York area for this very important assignment. She is an extraordinary performer with a powerhouse voice. This is her 'Diaspora 'welcome home party' and fans are over the moon" he noted.

Announcement of her upcoming performance has sparked interest among loyal Voice TV viewers in the tri-state who voted in droves to ensure her victory in 2013.

"I am an avid Tessanne Chin supporter" Jamaican born, Mt. Vernon, NY resident Esroy Bernard stated.

"I fell in love with her voice when I heard 'Hideaway'. I voted for her on the Voice and can't wait to see her live on stage at Groovin In The Park" he said.

Since 2013, Tessanne has travelled the world performing for VIP guests including the President of the USA Barack Obama and his wife Michelle. Her first album after her Voice win 'Count on My Love' - included popular tracks 'Tumbling Down,' 'Everything Reminds Me of You' and 'People Change'. 'Fire,' the next release was produced by Grammy Award-winning produced Justice League (Mary J. Blige, Drake).

Her latest offering 'Love Suicide,' is now a staple on reggae radio in the tri-state area. Fans will be looking to hear the aforementioned songs as well as her rendition of Whitney Houston's 'I Have Nothing' and Simon & Garfunkel's 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' which soared to #1 on the iTunes Overall Top Songs chart when it was released in 2013.





rob-kardashian-and-blac-chyna.jpgFamily first. Khloé and Rob Kardashian have put their differences aside now that his fiancée, Blac Chyna, is pregnant. A source tells Us Weekly exclusively that the siblings reached out to each other after the Arthur George sock designer, 29, informed his family that he's going to be a dad.

"Rob and Khloe spoke three weeks ago and they worked things out," the insider tells Us of the former roomies who were at odds with each other over his relationship with the model, who has a child with Tyga, the rapper dating their younger sister Kylie Jenner. "She's happy for the baby."

According to the source, Rob has been over to Khloe's Calabasas, California, pad and has "patched things up" with his older sister.

"The baby brought them together," the insider says. "Rob is having a baby, which is huge and she needed to be there for him. It was the right thing to do."

As previously reported by Us, the formerly reclusive reality star's famous family has come to terms with his romance with the former music video model, 27, thanks to the help of Kim Kardashian.

"She's always been the peacemaker," another source told Us of the complicated family.





judy-mowatt-groovin-in-the-park-2015-myflash-photos.jpgIt's one thing for Ajax to get a Reggae showcase for patrons to enjoy, but it's something else when that showcase comes with history that everyone wants a piece of. On Saturday May 7th, 2016, Judy Mowatt, member of the I-Threes and original backing group of Bob Marley and the Wailers, will be in town for a rare show.

Just in time for the Mother's Day weekend, Mowatt will perform at Mysticle Lounge (282 Monarch Ave) alongside fellow legend Leroy Gibbons and award winning artist Colin Levy.

The Reggae legend whose catalog includes hit records "Many Are Called," "Thank You Lord" and "Put It On" has not performed in Canada for several years, but recently came to Canada at the special request of Colin Levy with whom she has maintained a good friendship over the years. "I don't perform often" she's quoted as saying "but when Colin calls, I have to take the stage!"

Fans have not seen Judy perform in Canada in several years making her one of the most requested artists when it comes to stage performance. Yvette from Pickering says she'll be traveling to Ajax to see Judy perform because she "grew up listening to Judy's music but never saw her perform." This will be her first time.

Leroy Gibbons aka Mr. Four Seasons Lover has not been seen in Canada for several years and is an added bonus to the Judy Mowatt package. Appealing to mature music lovers, Leroy's rendition of classics Soul songs as well as material from his own catalog provide the right mix for those wanting an above average evening.

Rounding out the performance line up is Colin Levy. Having just released his album Unleashed, the artist has new music to compliment his radio hits "Lover's Holiday," and "In My House." When asked if he feels pressure performing alongside such veterans, Colin replied "I look forward to joining these greats on the stage. Fans are going to love the show too!"

Since her days with Bob Marley and the Wailers, Judy has written several hit records with Bunny Wailer, is the first female to ever be nominated for a GRAMMY Award for Best Reggae Album (Working Wonders) which she produced, and became a Christian.





The issue of free movement of Jamaicans and other CARICOM nationals will be up for discussion at the regional Heads of Government conference scheduled to take place in July.

Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, Minister of Foreign Affairs, said the matter was placed on the agenda at Jamaica's request.

It follows the recent actions of Trinidad and Tobago to deny entry to a number of Jamaicans.

Senator Johnson Smith said after several discussions with her Trinidadian counterpart, Senator David Moses, she was able to get a written response.

"He has now committed to retrofitting an appropriate area within the Piarco Airport to ensure that they are, by July of this year, more able to treat with Jamaicans and all nationals who use the Piarco Airport and are denied entry," she said.





Good news for Ganja

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ganja-licence.jpgA week after a new Board of the Cannabis Licensing Authority was appointed, the Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) says it has signed off on regulations that will result in the development of a legal ganja industry in Jamaica. That is legal for medicinal, therapeutic and scientific purposes.

The regulations, as set out, will put the CLA in a position to start issuing licenses in the next few weeks for those interested in participating in the ganja industry. But before it reaches that stage, a few more things are to be done.

The regulations that were signed off on must now go to the Office of the Chief Parliamentary Counsel where the document will be finalised for the signature of the Chairman of the CLA as well as the Minister of Justice, ahead of it being submitted for gazetting and entry into law.

The CLA will, in the interim, be convening town hall meetings in several parishes during the last two weeks of this month to discuss the regulations.

The CLA was created by the Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Act 2015. It has powers to make and oversee the implementation of regulations for licences, permits and other authorisation for the cultivation, processing, distribution, sale and transportation of hemp, as well as ganja, for medicinal, scientific and therapeutic purposes.

The regulations that were signed off on do not deal with the hemp industry, which will be discussed in the future.





policewoman-judith-williams-apr-29.jpgThe Police High Command has promised further details on the probe into the brutal murder Corporal Williams, following confirmation that a suspect is in custody and the motorbike that was used by the killers has been seized by investigators.

Police sources have indicated that a least one serving member of the force is among persons being questioned about the murder.

The attack on Williams has been described as a 'hit' by senior investigators on the case. Now they are putting the pieces together to fully establish the motive behind the tragic incident, and the linkages that were involved.

Williams' murder has rocked her colleagues, many of whom have had to undergo grief counselling.





elephant-man-passport.jpgHaving recently regained his U.S. work permit dancehall recording artist Elephant Man it seems has found a passion for aviation.

A video of the entertainer piloting what appears to be a small single engine plane emerged online.





Dancehall duo Voicemail okay car accident

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Reports are that dancehall duo #Voicemail escaped life threatening injures Friday after the vehicle they were traveling in veered of the road and crashed into a ditch in Falmouth.

Hours later duo member #Qraig sought to assure fans and well wishers that despite being a bit shaken up they were ok.





prince-ermias-photo-1.jpgYardflex is no stranger to big ups, but this one by Prince Ermias Sahle Selassie, the grandson of HIM Haile Selassie is special in more ways than one.

The Prince and his wife visited Jamaica last week, and we were privileged to hang out with him, and we must say, that Prince Ermias is the MAN.

Blessed love Prince...and come back for another visit soon. The welcome mat is always spread out for you and the family.

download the video here.





No Hip Hop music for Montreal club

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Hip hop music is banned Canadian province of Montreal.

Popular nightclub, Muzique, has find itself in some 'hot water' after Michael Duchard was shot right outside of the club on the corner of Roy and Saint Laurent last Thursday. The assault is likely linked to gang violence.

With retaliation seem like a given the SPVM called an emergency hearing with Quebec's Liquor Control Board to have Muzique forcibly shut down in order to prevent any further incidents.

Once the hearings finished, it was ruled that Muzique would be able to stay open, but with some rather strange conditions.

"One of such conditions is, if Muzique hopes to remain in operation, hip-hop music can't be played at the venue," this according to a report in the Metro Journal.

It was also recommended that the club increase its security guards.





popcaan-photo-3.jpgThe Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda released the following statement on the arrest of Popcaan.

Popular Jamaican dancehall artiste Andrea Sutherland, aka Popcaan was arrested and taken into custody, following a confrontation with police at Fort James around 2:00 a.m. on Tuesday.

It was reported that during the artiste performance on stage, a number of patrons, who were attending show climbed onto the stage.

The police, who were there to maintain Law and Order, went on stage to remove the patrons and to protect the artiste.

However, while the police were carrying out their duty, Popcaan got in the way of the officer, and physically barring him from carrying out his duty.The artiste could be seen pushing a police officer aside, whilst at the same time on the microphone inciting the crowd to misbehave.

A number of patrons also resort to throwing missiles, causing injuries to innocent bystanders inside the crowd.

Popcaan was subsequently arrested and taken into custody by the police to prevent any further breach of the peace. He is likely to be charged with assault and battery of a police officer; obstructing a police officer and disorderly conduct.





Janet Jackson pregnant at 49

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janet-jackson.jpgJanet Jackson is reportedly pregnant with her first child.

The 49-year-old singer - who will turn 50 on May 16 - is expecting her first child with husband Wissam Al Mana, according to Entertainment Tonight.

The report of Janet's pregnancy comes just one month after she postponed her world tour because she is "planning a family".

She said in a video message to fans: "Hey you guys, on August 31 I launched the 'Unbreakable world tour.

"First I want to thank all the fans for coming out and seeing the show, you guys made it so enjoyable each and every night. We are in the second leg of the tour and there's been a sudden change and I thought it was important you be the first to know. My husband and I are planning a family so I'm going to have to delay the tour. Please, if you can, try and understand it's important that I do this now, I have to rest up, doctors orders, but i have not forgotten about you, I will continue the tour as soon as I possibly can (sic)."

She previously postponed 29 US dates on the tour after being advised to have surgery and rescheduled them for July and August.

In announcing the postponement of the US tour, Janet appealed to her fans for prayers.

She said on her website: "Hey you guys...Happy Holidays to each and every one of you! I need you to know, I learned today, from my doctors that I must have surgery soon. It breaks my heart to tell you that I am forced to postpone the 'Unbreakable Tour' until the spring. Please pray for me, my family and our entire company during this difficult time...There will be no further comment."





drake-performance-billboard.jpgWith an estimated net worth of $60 million, rapper Drake has become the newest member of the Forbes Top Five club of hip-hop's wealthiest artists.

He kicked 50 Cent out of the fifth spot.

The rest of the exclusive club consists of returning members Diddy, Dr. Dre, Jay Z and Birdman.

Drake's impressive financials are courtesy of his music sales, touring and tie-ins with Apple, Nike and Sprite.

Diddy continues to hold the most power with a net worth of $750 million thanks to his dealings with Diageo's Ciroc vodka, plus his TV network Revolt, clothing line Sean John, record label Bad Boy, tequila Deleon and water brand Aquahydrate.

Dr. Dre is close behind with $710 million, a fortune padded by his sale of Beats to Apple two years ago and last year's Straight Outta Compton film.

Jay Z is in third place with $610 million boosted by his streaming service Tidal, as well as earnings from his Roc Nation business empire.

In fourth place is Cash Money's Birdman, with a $110 million net worth, which is actually down since last year.





tony-matterhorn-photo-1.jpgSlector Tony Matterhorn has booked his spot in the finals of the Boom Energy Drink All-Star Sound Clash, powered by Magnum Tonic Wine, after narrowly escaping a bold and animated attack from Choice Movement Sound from Negril last Thursday.

Matterhorn will face either Emperor (from Japan) or popular selector Fire Links, who will face each other this week.

This final showdown follows 13 weeks of competition among 12 sound systems competing at the highly anticipated weekly sound clash event on Olympic Way in St Andrew.

Opting to go first after a coin toss, Matterhorn started his round with his customary onslaught on his opponent, telling the bus load of supporters from Negril to "go back home". He launched into classics from top artistes, including Buju Banton, Junior Gong, and Bounty Killer, and littered the venue with Vybz Kartel dubs.

Not to be outdone, Choice Movement's lead man, Slaughter, stamped his dominance on the stage in his work gear. Slaughter's team set the venue ablaze with a classic from I-Wayne. With skilled showmanship, Choice diversified their 20-minute set with dubs from Freddie McGregor and Nitty Kutchie, and ended a blazing set with a flip of Devin the Dakta's Rrri Bam Bi Deng Deng.

The judges awarded round one to Choice Movements. Slaughter and his team also took round two having elicited great responses from the crowd with big hits from Bounty Killer and Buju Banton.





peter-tosh-photo-1.jpgIn the year since announcing that the date of 4/20 would be recognized as International Peter Tosh Day, the family of the famed reggae artist and human-rights activist have taken major steps to enable the world to experience Peter's music and social views. To that end, the family is proud to announce it is launching Peter Tosh 420, a company with a mission to organically grow the Peter Tosh legacy by providing quality cannabis products for medicinal power, spiritual enlightenment and recreational enjoyment.

Peter Tosh 420 is a new venture being formed by the family of Peter Tosh, music and entertainment industry veteran Brian Latture, and cannabis industry leader Steven Trenk of Lizada Capital, LLC. Peter Tosh 420 is poised to capitalize on the current legalization movement.

"We are very excited to be partnering with Steven Trenk, who brings a wealth of experience and immediate industry credibility to our cause," said Latture, who manages the Peter Tosh brand and is Chief Executive Manager of the new venture, PT Capital, LLC.

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Trenk, who was an early pioneer investor in the legal cannabis space, agreed, adding "There are few names more synonymous with the Cannabis industry than that of Peter Tosh. I am just thrilled to be partnering with Peter's family to take a marquee brand like Peter Tosh, who was literally the Godfather of the legalization movement, and spreading his message through Peter Tosh 420."

"This venture is not just about business, it is about spreading my father's message of equal rights and justice, while bringing what he believed was a sacred herb to the world and doing good deeds in the process," said Niambe McIntosh, administrator of her father's estate, and President of PT Capital, LLC.

Peter Tosh 420 will embrace the mind, body, and spirit aspects of the cannabis culture, which Ms. McIntosh believes will build long-term brand loyalty. In addition, proceeds from every sale will be donated to the Peter Tosh Foundation, which will be administered by Peter's family.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Peter Tosh's first solo album and his cannabis anthem "Legalize It."





Popcaan pleads guilty

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popcaan-photo-4.jpgJamaican entertainer Popcaan on Tuesday pleaded guilty to assaulting a police officer in Antigua.

Popcaan, whose given name is Andre Sutherland, was taken before a magistrate court in Antigua and Barbuda court on summary offenses.

He entered the guilty plea to the two charges, battery on police and was fined EC$1,000 (approximately $45,409) and obstructing a police officer. He was fined EC$1,000 (approximately $45,409).

If he fails to pay the fines, he faces six months imprisonment.

Popcaan was arrested in Antigua and Barbuda early Tuesday morning.





Popcaan fined, released from custody

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popcaan-photo-3.jpgFollowing his arrest earlier this morning Dancehall recording artist #Popcaan was moments ago released by police on fine after his legal team of Michael Archibold, Lawrence Daniels and Jermaine Rhudd filled the necessary paperwork.

This stemming from a brief altercation with what appeared to be a #police office during his performance. The incident seem to stem from a misunderstanding after a fan was being escorted off stage.





Proper preparation of ackee

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ackee.jpgAccording to Acting Chief Medical Officer in the Ministry of Health, Dr. De La Haye, ackee contains high levels of a toxin called hypoglycin and if not ripened properly, can potentially lead to death if consumed.

He says persons should thoroughly clean the fruit by removing the seed and the pinkish/reddish membrane.

Wash the ackee properly, cook before eating and dispose of the water used. Other foods such as salt fish, ground provision and rice are to be cooked separately.

Symptoms of ackee poisoning include vomiting, stomach cramps/abdominal pain, dizziness, diarrhoea and sweating.

The Ministry of Health says persons experiencing these symptoms should seek medical attention immediately and should have a sweet drink while on their way to the health centre or hospital.

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hands-behind-bars.jpgA Costa Rican man, who was held along with a Jamaican woman with approximately 570 pounds of ganja and several barrels of fuel, Tuesday, pleaded guilty to Breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act.

He is 39 year old businessman Ragelio Dixon Austin.

However 26 year old Melinda Cole otherwise called Sherika Williams and Shelly pleaded not guilty to the charge when she appeared in the St. Elizabeth Court in Santa Cruz.

She was offered 200,000 bail.

Mr. Ragelio Austin is to be sentenced on May 13, while a mention date of June 13, has been set for Miss Melinda Cole to seek legal representation and return to court.

Two cases of ackee poisoning

In the wake of two cases of ackee poisoning since the start of the year, the Ministry of Health is warning the public to be careful in the preparation and consumption of the fruit.

In a statement Wednesday afternoon, the Health Ministry said if ackee is not prepared properly, it can be harmful due to the potentially high levels of toxins.

Acting Chief Medical Officer in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Winston De La Haye, says only fit and well opened ackees are to be used by householders.





popcaan-photo-3.jpgDancehall recording artiste Popcaan was last night arrested by the police in Antigua while performing at a stage show there.. The incident seem to stem from a misunderstanding after a fan was being escorted off stage. A report carried in the Antigua Observer this morning stated that the conflict began when a number of supporters climbed onto the stage and a police officer began removing them.

In the video shown below, Popcaan is seen intervening and saying on the mic not to handle them so rough. He also physically separated a patron from the police officer who reacted by strongly pushing Popcaan.

"Several patrons stepped in the way and another officer intervened to calm the police officer. The dancehall artist later reportedly responded by directing a diss song to the police officer further escalating the situation.

"The artiste then left the stage where he alleged a further conflict occurred and patrons began throwing bottles onto the stage.

In a further video the artiste - while being escorted by police officers into a vehicle - can be heard accusing the police of breaking open his mouth





Another cop attacked by gunmen

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police-cars.jpgA Corporal is in serious but stable condition after being attacked while on his way from work at the Guy's Hill Police Station in St. Catherine early Sunday.

It's reported that gunmen opened fire on his vehicle in Kitson Town in the parish - hitting him in the face and thigh.

The incident comes days after Corporal Judith Williams died after being shot in while on her way to work last Thursday.

The policewoman was shot multiple times in Franklyn Town, east Kingston; and a policeman was attacked and injured in Sandy Bay, Clarendon, while at home with his common-law wife on Thursday night.

Head of the Police Federation Sergeant Raymond Wilson said the spate of attacks on members of the force is frightening.

"I find it very difficult to understand the spate of attacks in recent days. We are aware of the shooting of our female colleague and to wake up to this this morning - it is quite heartrending for cops on the ground who require motivation in light of the spate of criminal activities to go out there and do a job when we ourselves are being attacked," Wilson said.

The policewoman subsequently died from her injuries.





The police have confirmed reports that a boat transporting Jamaicans to the USA, capsized off the coast of Bahamas, earlier today (April 30).

However, details of the incident have not been released.

The police say authorities also seized some contraband.

Concerned relatives have contacted Irie FM News, expressing frustration with being unable to get information about the incident.

The relatives fear their loved ones have drowned, however the police say they cannot confirm any report of deaths.





Missionary killed in St Mary

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american-missionary-randy-hentzell.jpgThe body of a missionary from Mango Valley in St Mary, was found Saturday afternoon at Wensworth in the parish.

The missionary, who has been identified as 48-year-old American Randy Hentzel, was found with his hands bound and a wound to the mouth.

Reports from the police are that about 8:00 am, Hentzel and another missionary went out on a motorcycle. Then, around 2:00 pm, Hentzel's body was found beside the motorcycle.

The police were reportedly summoned.

The other missionary has not been seen since.





McLeod clocks world-leading time

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hurdler-mcleod-jamaica.jpgJamaica's World Indoor champion Omar McLeod scorched to a world-leading and meet record victory in his first outdoor sprint hurdles race of the season at the Drake Relays in the United States ON Saturday.

Running in cold conditions and a negative wind, McLeod blazed to 13.03 seconds to win the event and break the previous record 13.14 which was set by fellow Jamaican Hansle Parchment in 2014. Parchment was third in Saturday's race in a season's best 13.42 seconds.

Reigning Commonwealth Games champion Kaliese Spencer was fourth in the women's 400 meter hurdles, clocking 56.39 seconds in her opening race of the season.

Another Jamaican, Ristanna Tracey was 7th in 59.08 seconds in the event won by Britain's Meghan Beesley in 55.43 seconds.





Jamaica and Cuba will sign a memorandum of understanding for multi-destination tourism between the two countries on Friday.

A similar agreement will be signed with the Dominican Republic in June.

Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett, made the announcement on Friday at the opening of the Jamaica Product Exchange (JAPEX) at the Montego Bay Convention Centre.

He said Jamaica is taking proactive steps to leverage its long-standing relationship with Cuba, to boost arrivals through the arrangement with that country and the Dominican Republic.

"Cuba which is our neighbour 90 miles away, will allow visitors to arrive there and then come to Jamaica. I believe that now that Cuba now better relations with the entire region, this will enable us to have greater connectivity."

He said Jamaica is also in discussions with China and the aim is to concretise a tripartite agreement with China, Jamaica and Cuba.





ganja-seized.jpgA Haitian is among three men arrested on Saturday following a major ganja seizure on a beach near Pelican Cay, off the coast of Old Harbour, St. Catherine.

The other two men are Jamaicans.The police say the seizure of 650 pounds of ganja and three 15 gallon bottles of fuel has dealt another blow to the guns-for-drugs trade between Jamaica and Haiti.

The police say the ganja seized is worth just under $4-million

It's reported that about 4:45 p.m., the Marine Police were patrolling the Pelican Cay area when they observed the bottles of fuel ashore.

This aroused their suspicion, leading them to search the surrounding area.During the search, the ganja was found in plastic bags.

The three men, who were at the location, were held and arrangements are being made for them to be interviewed.

Investigators theorise that the drug was being prepared for pick-up.





ganja-seized.jpgNASSAU, Bahamas (CMC) - Two foreign nationals, including a Jamaican, are due to appear in court later this week after they were arrested at the Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) over the weekend.

Police said that the two women, the other from Amsterdam, were arrested after members of the Drug Enforcement Unit, acting on information, conducted a search of a suitcase where they uncovered just over three pounds of ecstasy pills

"The two women were subsequently arrested and taken into custody. Investigations are ongoing," a police statement noted, adding that the two unidentified women were taken into custody late Friday.





court.jpgA man held and charged in connection with the rape of a Jamaican woman in Trinidad, is scheduled to appear in court on Monday.

The police report that the 38-year-old man was arrested at his home last Thursday, after he reportedly raped the 26-year-old woman at her home last week Sunday morning.

According to the police the woman was accosted by a man as she arrived at her home in Orchard Gardens, Chaguanas.

The man reportedly placed a knife to her throat and demanded that she hand over her belongings.

When she told him that she had nothing, he forced her into the house and allegedly raped her.

The man is expected to appear in the Tunapuna Magistrates Court on Monday to answer to charges.





ermias-emperor-haile-selassie-grandson.jpgHis Imperial Highness, Prince Ermias Sahle-Selassie and his wife, Princess Saba Kebede, departed the island yesterday, following their nine-day visit to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the State visit of his grandfather, the late Emperor of Ethiopia, Haile Selassie.

The Prince, who reportedly spoke with the state-controlled JIS News before leaving the Sangster International Airport, in Montego Bay, expressed appreciation to the Government and people of Jamaica, particularly the Rastafarian community, for making his visit memorable. He said he hopes to return to Jamaica soon.

Prince Sahle-Selassie said he cherished the fond memories of his visit and "it was very good to see that the legacy of His Majesty is still alive in Jamaica today."

Among his most memorable stops during his cross island tour was his visit to the Maroons of Accompong, St Elizabeth, he said.

"That was a great experience, also the visits to the different mansions of Rastafari: Bobo-shanti Hill, Nyah Binghi and the 12 tribes," he said, adding that visiting the high school named in honour of his grandfather, in Kingston, was also of great significance.

The Prince's visit involved a number of activities, including a floral tribute to National Hero, the Right Excellent Marcus Mosiah Garvey at National Heroes Park; courtesy calls on Prime Minister Andrew Holness and Leader of the Opposition Portia Simpson Miller, as well as tours of the historic exhibition, 'Rastafari: Unconquerable!' , at the National Museum of Jamaica in Kingston and Montego Bay

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crime-scene-7.jpgA top level probe has been launched into the killing of two American missionaries who were ambushed in Albion Mountain, St. Mary on Jamaica's north east on Saturday.

One of the missionaries, 48 year old Randy Hentzel, was found shot to death about 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon. Then, shortly after 5 o'clock Sunday afternoon, the body of 53 year old Harold Nichols was discovered by a search team comprising the police and residents. The body had bullet wounds.

The police have not yet ascertained a motive for the killings.

It's reported that the men disappeared while on the way to meet their team in Albion Mountain where they were constructing a house for a family.

Terry Nichols, the wife of Harold Nichols, working with a Pennsylvania based medical mission, said that she and her husband had been bringing medical teams to Jamaica "every quarter for the last 20 years."

The couple moved to Jamaica in 2002 and since then have also been assisting in building small homes for persons "in unfortunate circumstances."





Reggae Sumfest 2017

Teenagers, Beware of raper man taxi drivers!

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shocked.jpgTen teenage girls were raped last month by robot tax operators.

Head of the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA), Superintendent Enid Ross- Stewart, said that one person has been arrested in connection with an incident of rape that may be linked to a series of similar circumstances in the Corporate Area.

"For the last month we have had at least 10 cases of rape. These rapes were committed by men who drive white plate cars, reported to be unregistered taxis. The persons who were raped took them as taxis," Ross-Stewart said.

"We were able to arrest one person, simply because the young lady remembered. She had the presence of mind to take the registration number so we were able to track the person. We were able to arrest this culprit and we are now looking at some of these reports to see if he is involved in more than just this one."

Ross-Stewart has also encouraged parents to make a greater effort in ensuring that their children understand that they should avoid taking unauthorised taxis.

"Remember that when you take these taxis, even if they are red plates, just take a quick glance. I just want the young girls to understand that they must be able to care for themselves. Parents, tell your children not to just take any vehicle, (avoid) the white plates," Ross-Stewart.





band-r5.jpg"Now watch me Whip..now watch me Nae Nae."

Not everyone may know the name of the artiste who sings this song, but close to everyone on the planet must have heard these lines at some point or the other and even tried to do the Whip and Nae Nae dance moves. With the official video inching towards one billion views, and quite a few nominations and awards under his belt, including Sunday's Billboard Award for Top Streaming Artiste (Video) Silento has made his mark and he is all set to make his debut performance in Jamaica on July 9 at YMZ, the ultimate family entertainment event.

Produced by Mysterious Music Minds, YMZ will be held at the National Stadium in Kingston and features a balanced package with two top international acts and two hugely popular local artistes. In addition to Silento, YMZ features sibling group R5, Bling Dawg and Don Andre who together comprise the fantastic four gearing up to give concert-goers a summer to remember.

Dave Lindsay, a director of Mysterious Music Minds, noted that although the producers of YMZ (Youth Music Zone) are tapping into a predominantly youth market, the concept is one of clean, appropriate, entertainment that the entire family can come out and enjoy, in addition to a production that will be second to none, with state-of-the-art audio and lighting effects.

"We observed that the current landscape was lacking in family entertainment shows. You know the type where parents can tag along with their kids and actually have fun themselves, so we decided to fix that," he said.

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With their wealth of experience in the entertainment business, it was a no-brainer for the team to choose the ideal artistes for this package. "The Aji Bounce and the Tom Cruise have taken over the place so it was fitting to get Bling Dawg and Don Andre on the line-up. R5 is a hit with the teens and we know that the youngster can't wait to see them live," Lindsay explained. He added that Silento is pretty excited about his first performance in Jamaica. From last month, the 18-year-old who whose global hit Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae) saw him charting in places such as Australia, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Slovakia, South Africa, Sweden and Switzerland, posted on his Facebook Page, "I'll Be In Kingston, Jamaica Soon! let everyone know to be at the venue with the squad."

R5, a US pop/rock band formed in 2009, comprises siblings Riker, Rocky and Ross Lynch and their sister Rydel, along with family friend Ellington Ratliff. In 2010, R5 released their debut EP, Ready Set Rock. Individual acting roles helped to boost the group's profile -Ross stars in Austin & Ally aired on Disney Channel - and in 2012 they signed to Hollywood Records. The group released their second EP, Loud (2013), then followed it up with the debut album, Louder. R5 was nominated for Best Band at Disney Music Awards, and won the title of Next Big Thing in 2013 and a Radio Disney Music Award 2014.

YMZ is endorsed by the National Parent Teachers' Association, while among the official sponsors of the July 9 event are iCool, Jamaica Yellow Pages, Youth Link, Gleaner, Children's Own, Zip FM, Irie FM, Hype TV, KaribLink Digital, Main Event, Esirom, Renaissance Disco, Atlas Protection, Tutti Frutti, Caribbean Sofa, School SMS, Carib Tix, 1Luv TV

Check out YMZ on July 9 at the National Stadium...it a go loud!

Please visit our website for more details: http://www.youthmusiczone.com/





patty-eating-contest.jpgTAPPAN, NY - Groovin In the Park, the largest international reggae and R&B festival will be even more exciting this year with the addition of the Caribbean Food Delights World Jamaican Beef Patty Eating Championship.

"Groovin in the Park is excited to partner with Caribbean Food Delights (CFD) for the World Jamaican Beef Patty Championship, which is sanctioned by Wisconsin's based All Pro Eating Promotions governing body," said Groovin Executive Producer, Christopher Roberts.

*This is probably the first time that a professional competition of this kind is being held at a reggae/ R&B festival in North America, which will provide Groovin In The Park patrons a unique opportunity to experience the competition first hand. I am confident they will enjoy it" Roberts noted.

"Our Jamaican patty eating competition in its 15th year, is bigger than ever, with prize money of approximately $20,000. The grand prize winner receives $10,000, second place - $5,000, third, fourth and fifth places $2,500, $1,000 and $500, respectively" said CFD's Chief Operating Officer, Sabrina HoSang-Jordan.

Groovin In the Park is scheduled for Sunday, June 26, 2016 at Roy Wilkins Park, in Queens, New York. It features a star-studded lineup of international reggae singers including Toots Hibbert, Beres Hammond, Tessanne Chin and Duane Stephenson and internationally renowned R&B singers Peabo Bryson, Brian McKnight and Regina Belle.





Marvin the Dancer is wanted by the cops

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marvin-the-dancer-photo-1.jpgMarvin the Dancer is being sought by the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).

Superintendent Enid Ross-Stewart, the officer in charge of CISOCA, is reported to have indicated that Marvin should turn himself in to the police at any constabulary station or CISOCA's office in Montego Bay.

Irie FM's Music News pointed to the superintendent's directive late on Friday afternoon.

Detectives from CISOCA launched an investigation into Marvin's activities following a video which went viral recently, showing Marvin the Dancer and other men horsing around a female. In the video, it appeared that the female tried to get away from the men, but was cornered by the group, who forced themselves on her in a most indecent way involving wild gyrating on the woman.

The video triggered widespread and intense condemnation of the men's activities from several groups.

As a result of the development, the female in question was interviewed by CISOCA last week, resulting in the call for Marvin the Dancer to report to the police.





crime-scene-7.jpgPolice in Negril say that at approximately 1:30 am, the entertainer known as Bastic was on the beach on Norman Manley Boulevard, when a man attacked him with a knife.

He was stabbed multiple times and rushed to hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

His attacker escaped in a motor car. David White, Senior Superintendent and Westmoreland 'top cop' reportedly said the police know the suspect and are currently pursuing the individual.

Bastic, - real name Ricardo Patterson was known for singles such as Richest Set A Gal, Live My Life, Lovely Day, featuring Chi Ching Ching, and Summer Shorts, featuring Big Wayne.





brigitte-foster-hylton-photo-1.jpgOlympian and former 100 metre hurdler Brigitte Foster-Hylton is now a mother.

Reports are that Foster-Hylton and her husband Patrick Hylton are now the proud parents of a boy.

Foster-Hylton, with a 100-metre hurdles personal best of 12:45 seconds, retired from track and field after the London 2012 Olympic games.

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gully-bop-and-amari-onstage.jpgRecording and later uploading a video of herself showing a used and stained sanitary napkin, Gully Bop's former girlfriend A'mari has come under hell fire for her actions.

Following the crazy action, veteran star, Ninja Man has denounced the viral pair.

In an almost 16-minute-long tape posted to social media, Ninja Man went off on a rant beseeching that both Gully Bop and A'mari put an end to their offensive displays on the Internet.

"What kind of disgraceful thing dem deh my youth?" Ninja Man questioned on camera.

The dancehall artiste did not pass up the opportunity to tell viewers just how disturbed he was by the showing.

"Jesus Christ, me belly pain me, mi stomach sick fi see a woman come pon the [expletive] Internet and a talk dem things deh bout artiste," he said.

ninjaman-benz.jpgLater in the video, Ninja Man even appeared to scorn Gully Bop stating: "Gully Bop, me a go tell you this yu nuh, you can't come nowhere near me again yu nuh!"

During his rant however, Ninja Man took time out to deliver a sobering message to the pair.

"In the name of Jesus, unu get a hold a unu self man. This don't look good...A'mari, you have a daughter you have son, you have pickney. You can't make yourself a do dem something deh. Inna the future, when yu pickney dem see dem something deh, dem a go shame," he said.





Bunny Brown pays tribute to Prince

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bunny-brown.jpgOne of the golden voices of Jamaica, Bunny Brown (Chosen Few), lends his vocals to the mega hit 'PURPLE RAIN' as Reggae's tribute to Prince. Produced by Sly and Robbie and Bunny Brown, and released on the Taxi label it is a true musical treat.

Fans of Prince's original will, as we say in Jamaica, "fulljoy" this new taste with the twist of all spiced Reggae.

Hardcore lovers of reggae who know of Prince, but not necessarily a fan of the original rendition of music will no doubt be won over to the lyrical prowess and tease that prince is known for. Bunny soulfully delivered this tribute with his own flavour adding variety to the songs taste.

Enjoy and share:
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KLE Group exits nightclub operations

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The Kingston Live Entertainment (KLE) Group has shed light on its decision to get rid of its night club operations, stating that the company's management and board have been reviewing the strategic position of the company and the expansion into restaurant franchising.

KLE says the exit from the night club business ended the demand on the company's working capital and other resources which are needed to focus on the restaurant and franchising business.

The decision was made to sell the assets used in the operations of the Famous Night Club.

KLE still owns the trademarks associated with the brand.

Earlier this year it completed the sale of 51 per cent of Tracks and Records to Joseph Bogdanovich.





Kartel releases new clothing line

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The Official VK Line brand, based on Vybz Kartel's Gaza Movement, and communicated through his music, is poised to take over urban fashion globally.

The Gaza Movement already has pent up demand for official Vybz Kartel merchandise so it is expected this will be a global brand in a matter of weeks.

Buses in Kenya are painted with Kartel all over it, Scandinavian kids in north Europe proudly choose his songs for their dance-offs and the first English phrase Japanese youths say is often "Gaza for life!". The brand could be coined "A brand, for the progressive ghetto youth, made by progressive ghetto youths."

Not much is being revealed about the corporate structure of the brand except that all the intellectual property is owned by Taneisha Johnson, wife of Vybz Kartel and licensed to a company owned by one of his close business associates.

With the line extending from t-shirts, to underwear, intimate apparel, bustiers, beach attire, ladies gym shorts, foot wear and premium caps; driven by a plan to take on global brands; it is evident that this company is well funded and proudly says "Official VK Line - From Portmore to the World".





BoJ stems slide in dollar

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The Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) says it sold US$158 million to the foreign exchange market on April 28 and May 20 in an effort to stem the slide in the value of the Jamaican dollar. It was the biggest intervention by the Central Bank in the market.

Speaking Thursday morning at the Central Bank's quarterly media briefing, BOJ Governor Brian Wynter, described the movement in the dollar as excessive.

According to Mr. Wynter, the pressure on the dollar was due mainly to the prospect of a large US dollar bond issued on the local capital market by a foreign financial institution.

He, however, expressed confidence that the BOJ's intervention is enough to settle the dollar.

"It is our expectation that these actions, combined with the economic conditions that I have described will restore calm to the foreign exchange market in the near future," he said.

In the meantime, the BOJ governor says he does not expect the recently announced tax plan to derail the inflation target of between 4.5 and 6.5 per cent this fiscal year.

"The tax on fuel, the $7 per litre, has a direct impact of something of the range of 0.2 percentage points added to the inflation number. But as I say, you're seeing a decline from other forces, so that's why I am hesitating to give a raw number," he delared.





One dead, nine injured in Portland crash

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crime-scene-7.jpgA man is dead and nine persons in hospital following a motor vehicle crash on the Woodstock main road in Portland Thursday.

According to the Buff Bay Police, about 3:20 in the afternoon, three persons were travelling in a Toyota Corolla when the driver reportedly lost control of the vehicle. It collided with a Toyota Wish which had seven passengers.

All ten persons were taken to hospital where 38 year old Marshall Carpenter died.

Two women are among the nine persons who remain in hospital. Three of the injured are said to be in serious condition.





Five dead in major road accident in St Ann

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st-ann-crash-photo-1.jpgFive persons have died, while several remain in hospital, following a motor vehicle collision on the main road between Runaway Bay and St Ann's Bay, in St. Ann.

No students were not among the fatalities, however, two students have been hospitalized with head injuries.

Principal of York Castle High School Raymond Treasure, students from at least four schools were on the minibus when it overturned. But, he says three students from his school were among those injured and taken to St. Ann's Bay Regional Hospital.

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According to eyewitness reports, a minibus operating between Brown's Town and Ocho Rios collided with an SUV and overturned.

Firefighters had to cut the top of the bus to rescue those trapped in the vehicle.

The incident led to significant traffic delays in the area.

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Prisoner shot dead after escape attempt

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crime-scene-gun.jpgAn inmate who allegedly tried to escape from the St Catherine Adult Correctional Centre was this afternoon shot dead by a correctional officer.

According to the National Security Ministry, the inmate was pronounced dead at the Spanish Town hospital.

His name is being withheld, however, as his family has not yet been informed.

In the meantime, the Ministry says the police and the Independent Commission of Investigations are investigating.





vybz-kartel-money-featured.jpgThe way is being cleared for jailed dancehall deejay Vybz Kartel to kickstart his appeal.

Reports are that Kartel could soon get several boxes of transcripts from his trial and once reviewed, he can instruct his legal team to start the appeal against his life-sentence conviction.

Tom Tavares-Finson, one of the deejay's attorneys, confirmed this development.

"The transcripts have been reviewed, and we were told that they have been copying and numbering the pages over the last couple of months. As you can well imagine, it is a couple of boxes of transcripts, but we have been informed that within the next week, it will be finished and Vybz Kartel will receive it, and then he can instruct his legal team, whosoever he chooses, to act and start the appeal process," Tavares-Finson reportedly told an online news outlet.

Vybz Kartel, whose given name is Adijah Palmer; entertainer Shawn 'Shawn Storm' Campbell; Kahira Jones; and Andre St John were sentenced on April 3 to life imprisonment for the August 16, 2011 murder of Clive 'Lizard' Williams.

Justice Lennox Campbell ordered that Vybz Kartel serve 35 years in prison, with hard labour, before he becomes eligible for parole. Campbell and Jones are to serve 25 years before becoming eligible for parole, while St John is to become eligible after serving 30 years of his sentence. Following a 65-day trial, they were convicted on March 13.

A fourth accused, Shane Williams, was acquitted by the 11-member jury.

Kartel is being held at the Horizon Adult Remand Centre in Kingston.

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The radio landscape has changed drastically with the advent of Internet and brokered radio stations in the Diaspora. This has led to an erosion in the quality of many of the presenters. In the 80's it was a much different situation when it was about creativity and quality presentation.

"If you ask me, New York's best Caribbean radio was presented in the 80's and 90's" said Jamaican born, NY broadcaster Conroy Allison, who is celebrating 35 years the industry.

Allison began his stint on radio in 1973 at Fordham University's WVUV-FM.

"WFUV was a great learning experience, lots of fun. I then moved on to WLIB-AM, which would become the Caribbean's first powerhouse station in New York," he said of his upward mobility in radio.

"All of my 22 years at WLIB and WBLS-FM were spent in the marketing department. I enjoyed the challenge of advertising sales and apparently, did it very well." said Allison.

Allison's voice has not just connected with Jamaicans but has reached Trinidadians, Barbadians, Guyanese, Antiguans, and African Americans. With marketing in his blood, Allison combined his love of both worlds - radio and promotions. He threw a party in Brooklyn in 1981 with star attraction Winston 'Merritone' Blake. The event was a resounding success. This started a business relationship between Allison and Blake that lasted until his passing this year.

Reflecting on the relationship with Blake, Allison said, "Over time, I developed a healthy respect for Winston's ability to entertain, his work ethic and his absolute commitment to his craft. While his passing leaves a void impossible to fill, the Merritone Fun Day will continue; I'll be working closely with his brothers, Monte and Trevor."

Prior to the 2016 Merritone Family Fun Day, Allison will celebrate his 35th anniversary on radio.





marley-family-photo-shoot.jpgGQ Style reunited Bob Marley's family reunited for their first photo shoot in over a decade, featuring some of Marley's sons, daughters and grandsons.The shoot was organized by for their debut issue.

The Marleys wore Gucci, Valentino, Dolce & Gabbana, Burberry, and Ralph Lauren along with several other top name brands.

Firstborn, Ziggy Marley told GQ Style that he did not feel pressured by his role as the first son of Bob.

"This is a family. Whatever we are is the same way we grow up-nothing has changed, really. Each individual role is important." Ziggy said he sees himself less as a patriarch than as a "voice of reason.

According to Ziggy, there's a clear "hierarchy of the elders, the adults, which is Cedella, me, and Sharon (the oldest).

Cedella, who spearheads Tuff Gong enterprises and cannabis brand Marley Natural, among other projects confirmed her position as the main driving force behind the Marley's businesses.

"Whatever business ventures we get into, I'm the one who has to deal with whoever we partner with on a day-to-day basis," she explained.

Both Damian and Ziggy will be releasing albums later this year and spoke to GQ about their inspirations musically.

Stephen is also planning to release his own album, Revelation Part II: The Fruit of Life this summer.

Son of Cedella, Skip Marley was also featured in the article and his mother spoke of the moment the family realized his musical talent at a concert.

"When he got onstage for a chorus of "One Love, it was like a jaw-drop moment," said the doting mother.

A separate article was also done on Bob's style and swanky fashion when he was alive.





Drake fires back at Mr Vegas

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drake-and-popcaan-controlla.jpgOutspoken dancehall artiste, Mr Vegas has garnered the attention of Canadian-American rapper, Drake.

This comes after Mr Vegas called out Drake for not listing dancehall artistes on his latest album even though he sampled their work.

Vegas' rant received thousands of views, seemingly including that of Drake's.

Drake took to Instagram on Sunday to thank fans who came out for his recent performance at Jewel Nightclub. He also took time to throw jabs at Vegas' hit single Heads High.

"Had to done off Vegas...Y fi di heads high," he wrote.

And he did not stop there. He later went over to Popcaan's Instagram page to comment on and like a video that was also aimed at Mr Vegas.

"Wicked, wicked, Wicked...OVO Unruly same ting," he said.

mr-vegas-photo-12.jpgBut while many are defending the rapper, a number of persons have come out in defense of Vegas.

"@popcaanmusic this is where you should come together with Mr. Vegas and defend dancehall artistes music instead if trying to war the guy Drake was wrong for what he did and im sure you didnt make much money as Drake did when Controlla drop.....yuh sell out yourself for free now trying to incite a fued with Vegas when he didn't say nun wrong......In the words of Buju arrogance is much different from ignorance......stop being a clown for chicken or pizza Sell out," one social media user commented.

"Drake your di biggest SAMPLE.. sampling dancehall music using or slangs and not giving credit where it's due. Mr Vegas was right! U ain't original," another said.





adele-21.jpgAdele has signed a multi-album contract with the Sony record label worth L90 million, which if paid out in full would make it the biggest record deal in history.

The 28-year-old singer/songwriter, who was the best-selling artist in the world in 2015, was approached by Sony after her original contract that she signed at the age of 19 with British independent label XL expired.

Adele is already worth an estimated L85 million, having generated extraordinary sums from her albums.

She earned over L35 million in sales generated by her latest album 25. Released in November last year, 25 has been credited with single-handedly reviving album sales across the globe, having sold more than 19 million copies to date worldwide.

In the US, the album claimed the largest single-week sales for an album since records began in 1991; while her second album 21, released in 2011, has now sold more than 30 million copies globally, making it the most successful album of the past decade.





Jay Z's Tidal now available in Jamaica

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jay-z-tidal.jpgReports are that Jay Z's streaming service TIDAL is now available in six additional countries including Jamaica as of Wednesday. This, as the brand expands its reach around the world.

The other five countries to access TIDAL are Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic and Peru. This is the first time fans in these countries will have subscription access to TIDAL.

Members will be able to access more than 40 million music tracks and 130,000 videos. Additionally, they will have access to exclusive content, livestreams, videos and concert tickets.

Each region will have country-specific music access, including local artistes.





rapper-ti.jpgOne person has died and three others have been wounded in a shooting inside a crowded New York City concert venue where hip-hop artist T.I. was scheduled to perform, police said.

At least four people were shot after gunfire erupted around 10.15pm on Wednesday at Irving Plaza, near Manhattan's Union Square.

The gunman opened fire inside the green room inside the popular venue.

Police said a 34-year-old man was shot in the chest and a 33-year-old man was shot in the stomach and died a short time later.

Elijah Rodriguez was attending the concert with his sister and they were in the VIP area by the stage.

He said T.I. was supposed to go on stage at 9 or 9.30pm but 'he never showed up.'

Rappers Maino and Uncle Murda had been performing on stage at the time of the shooting.

At about 10pm he said the venue started playing music again, and at about 10.15pm, he saw a line of people coming out from where the performers were coming onstage.

'All the sudden I heard someone saying that there was a shot, that someone got shot,' Rodriguez said.

T.I. was set to perform at Irving Plaza and then 1 OAK later on Wednesday, however NYPD reportedly shut down the club.

The 35-year-old Atlanta rapper started in the music business in 2001 and is the founder of Grand Hustle Records.

He has released nine studio albums and recorded hits such as Whatever You Like, Live your Life with Rihanna and About the Money with Young Thug.

He has also starred in several movies and television shows such as Boss and American Gangster.





Nesbeth mourns sister's death

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nesbeth-photo-1.jpgReggae crooner Greg Nesbeth has been dealt another harsh blow.

The My Dream singer today lost a sister, just three months after his wife died.

Nesbeth's publicist, Raymond 'Shadow' Small, told THE STAR that the artiste's sister passed away Wednesday morning. However, Small did not offer much more details.

"He is trying to take it in strides," Small began.

"I'm not privy to speak as I have not been made aware of the full details surrounding her passing, so I cannot speak extensively on the matter," he said.





Ananda Alert for missing 12 year-old

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missing-child-devano-smith-photo.jpgA high-level Ananda Alert has been activated for 12-year-old Devano Smith of Wood Haven Avenue, Tree Oaks Gardens in Kingston 19 who has been missing since Tuesday, May 24.

He is of brown complexion, slim build and about 160 centimetres (5 feet 3 inches) tall.

Reports are that Devano was last seen at school about 2:45 pm, dressed in a khaki shirt and khaki pants and a blue epaulet. He has not been heard from since.

The police urge anyone knowing the whereabouts of Devano Smith to contact the Duhaney Park Police at 933-4280, police's emergency 119 number or the nearest police station.





spelling-bee-chaunte-blackwood.jpgJamaica's Spelling Bee champion, Chaunte Blackwood has advanced to Thursday's final of the Scripps Spelling Bee being held in the US.

13-year-old Chaunte moved past 200 other spellers from across the United States and elsewhere to do battle for the coveted Scripps Spelling Bee Cup.

"I am thrilled and honoured to be among the top 45 finalists, down from 284, and I am am looking forward to this amazing experience here in Maryland", Chaunte reportedly told The Gleaner.

Her coach, Hanif Brown, himself a student, has been equally upbeat.

"Chaunte has already made it this far and we are hoping she will go all the way to the top," he said.

On Wednesday, Chaunte correctly spelt the word a-i-l-e-t-t-e and c-a-n-t-i-n-a.

Points from her preliminary test on Tuesday were added to her spelling score today. The final will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and ESPN starting at 10 a.m.

Chaunte, the Gleaner's Children's Own Spelling Bee champion, attends Ardenne High School in Kingston.





sex-offenders-registry-logo.jpgA total of 124 names were added to the Sex Offenders Registry between July 2014 and last December. The figure comprises 120 men and four women.

Janet Davey, Director in charge of Probation After-care Services at the Department of Correctional Services, says more than 80% of the offenders were charged with having sex with a minor. She says the list contains the names of ex-convicts and persons who received non-custodial sentences.

However, Ms Davey says the Sex Offenders Registry is underutilized. She is appealing to school administrators and others to use the registry to determine the suitability of prospective employees. She says the Department of Correctional Services is taking steps to ramp up its public education programme to increase awareness of the registry.

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Pastor/teacher charged for kissing student

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A student who was left traumatised after she was kissed by her teacher, who is also a minister of religion, reported the incident to her parents and the man has been arrested and charged.

The pastor, who teaches at a traditional high school in Clarendon, is said to be among four male teachers who have been arrested and charged with sexual abuse and child molestation in the parish.

Allegations are that the teacher, who conducts mentoring session at the school, was in a session with a female student when he kissed her.

The student told her parents who reported it to the school, which called in the police and the pastor was arrested and charged.





vegas-featured.jpgdrake-and-popcaan-controlla.jpgCanadian rapper Drake and PopCaan have both responded to Mr. Vegas following his 8 minutes long video questioning Drake's motives for not crediting the Jamaican acts sampled on his album.

On Sunday, Drake wrote on Instagram "Had to done off Vegas...Y fi di heads high." Drake has also commented on a video aimed at Mr. Vegas on Popcaan's Instagram page. The rapper wrote, "Wicked, wicked, Wicked...OVO Unruly same ting."

Meanwhile, PopCaan has openly rejected Mr. Vegas' assistance using a video to telling him he doesn't need his help.

"Leave our business alone," Popcaan tells Vegas in the clip.





Flippa's re-trial re-scheduled

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flippa-mafia.jpgDancehall artiste's Flippa Mafia retrial has been re-scheduled.

Last Friday Flippa's lawyer J Michael Farrell hinted that their request to bar the State's decision to retry the dancehall deejay may affect a retrial of the case slated for today.

The State will retry Flippa 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.





Cops investigating Marvin The Dancer

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marvin-the-dancer.jpgDancer Marvin 'The Beast' is being investigated by the police for his alleged dangerous dancing performances at entertainment events.

Steve McGregor, senior superintendent of police in charge of St James,says that the probe includes seeking to find out whether the Montego Bay-based dancer assaulted a woman of unsound mind during a recent dancing episode.

McGregor said that the investigations were launched following recent performances by the dancer. Some of his antics have been captured on camera and have been posted on social media.

"Somebody sent one of the [recent] videos to me and I viewed it. Sadly, we found the main female who was in the act, as well as others, and they are claiming to say it's OK and they were having fun. But it is my intention to call him in, though, and question him," McGregor said.

McGregor noted that in order for any charges to be laid against the dancer, a willing complainant has to come forward, and thus far, none has.

"If we find that these are the kinds of acts that are playing out there, we can persecute the promoter, the owner of the venue, and the person who is operating the sound system because we would not have given them permission to be doing these acts at the dance," McGregor said.





Alkaline's US visa not revoked

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alkaline-photo-8.jpgAlkaline's manager has come out and denied that he has lot his visa.

Last week Monday the deejays fans were really surprised by the news that his US visa had been revoked leading to a lot of speculations on what could have been the reason.

We are sure they are now breathing a sigh of relief that the controversial artiste is still welcomed in the United States.

The news which was circulated on various websites, spread like wildfire that he lost out on the visa as a result of his latest track - Save Yourself.

According to these websites, the song is politically charged and incites violence against homosexuals.

Kereena Beckford, the entertainer's sister and manager, told the Star that it was false news and perceives it as a ploy to create drama around the artiste.

"It's all rumours. This is just something created by some unknown people who want to start something. Alkaline is not having any immigration issues anywhere. Right now, he's in Germany and he'll be leaving from there to go to London and then Canada, and all his visas are in tact," she was quoted as saying.





It was on May 25, 1963, that the leaders of 32 independent African States met to form the Organization of African Unity (OAU). By then more than two thirds of countries in the African continent had achieved independence from colonial rule. At this historic meeting, the date of Africa Freedom Day was changed from April 15 to May 25 and Africa Freedom Day was declared African Liberation Day (ALD). African Liberation Day has been held on May 25th in every corner of the world since.

On Wednesday, May 25, the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation(KSAC) will stage the Fifth Annual African Liberation Day event at St. William Grant Park, with artistes Queen Ifrica, Tony Rebel, Chezidek, Bushman, Charley B, Davianah, ELAD and many more, a press release outlined. A fashion show will be staged by employees of the KSAC and outfits will be provided by Africana House. The event is free to the public

The release quotes Mayor of Kingston, Dr. Angela Brown Burke as saying: "African Liberation Day is a very important day on our calendar, reminding us of our rich history and the merging of the two cultures of Jamaica and Africa. It's for this reason we place such great emphasis on this event. I am therefore inviting all to come out on Wednesday to help us celebrate our African Heritage. This celebration is an important acknowledgement of the cultural influence of Africentrism on our identity as a people."

Emcees will be Mutabaruka and Denise Isis Miller.

Exhibits will be on show from 3:00PM and the live concert will begin at 5PM, admission is free.





Labour Day in Pictures

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labour-day-1.jpgSenator Councillor Dr. Angela Brown Burke and Mr. Robert Hill, Town Clerk assist with the installation of a new door at the St. Tekle Haimanot Early Childhood Dev. Centre in East Rural St. Andrew. Garfield Bennett, Principal of the school looks on.

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Senator Councillor Dr. Angela Brown Burke giving a face lift to St. Tekle Haimanot Early Childhood Development Centre in East Rural St. Andrew as Councillor Pat Morgan from the Dallas Division also joins in.





Ganja sub committee set up

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cocaine-seized-photo-1.jpgBahamian arrested at Sangster International Airport

A Bahamian man who was allegedly held with cocaine at the Sangster International Airport on Friday, is now behind bars.

He has been identified as Burlin Mitchell Starr, 52, of South Beach, Nassau.

The police report that about 9 a.m., officers were conducting security checks in the departure hall when three parcels, wrapped in masking tape, were examined and found to contain two pounds of cocaine.

It has an estimated street value of J$1-million.Starr was later arrested.

He is scheduled to appear in court on May 27.





Abandoned baby found by fruit vendor

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shocked.jpgA one-day-old baby boy was found abandoned on Sunday, May 22 near the KFC in Old Harbour, St Catherine, by a fruit vendor.

The vendor found the baby with its placenta still attached in a black plastic bag and a hand written note nearby.

The note which appears to have been written by the child's mother stated that the she was a rape victim from Manchester and she could not abort the baby.

Also included in the note was the baby's birth date which was listed as May 21, 2016.

The vendor accompanied by the Old Harbor Police took the baby to the Spanish Town Hospital.





hands-behind-bars.jpgThee police officer, who is being held on suspicion that he had a female colleague killed last month, is now being probed for the 2013 murder of another police officer.

Information about the latest probe was disclosed by his attorney Peter Champagnie, who said detectives informed him of the development on Friday.

The suspect is being probed for the murder of Sergeant Courtney Simpson, who was attached to the Protective Services Division of the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

Simpson, who was the bodyguard of then state minister Julian Robinson, was shot multiple times at his gate in Harbour View, St Andrew, on the night of April 8, 2013, by men travelling in a white motor vehicle.

The suspect is expected to face a number of identification parade this week.

The cop was held several weeks ago in relation to the murder of Corporal Judith Williams, who was shot six times while at a bus stop near her home at McKintyre Villa (otherwise known as Dunkirk), in Kingston, on Thursday, April 28.

The 54-year-old Williams was attacked by two men traveling on a motorbike. She died hours later.

A civilian was held shortly after, followed by Williams' colleague.





Trinidad in fear over ISIS terror threat

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isis.jpgThe twin island republic of Trinidad and Tobago is facing a potential a terror attack from ISIS.

The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) is investigating an audio file, claiming that a terrorist attack will be carried out in Trinidad during the Corpus Christi holiday.

An unidentified man is heard warning citizens to stay away from the local shopping malls as he has received word of an impending terror attack. He also warned that the families of those involved in the plan have already been notified and he advises others to tell their families to stay inside.

"They planning a strike to hit the malls in Trinidad, ISIS, either between Friday/Saturday, or Thursday, Friday, Saturday," the voice says.

TTPS Head of Corporate Communications, Ellen Lewis urged persons to remain calm while police carry out their investigations. She has also reminded persons that the audio may be a hoax:

"It has been received and we are seeking to determine the source and whether it is credible...

"The intent is clearly to create panic and mischief as this is not the first [report] of its kind."





shocked.jpgA primary school principal who suffered the embarrassment of having his male member partially bitten off, was not shown the welcome sign when he turned up unexpectedly at his school last week.

The principal, who is on sick leave owing to the injury, drove onto the compound and when the students, teachers, parents and members of the community realised that it was him, drama unfolded.

The police had to be called to the school and the officers escorted the principal safely to his vehicle and watched until he drove away .

A parent, who was at the school last week when high drama unfolded, declared that the principal is no longer welcomed there

She said, "I attended this school, and now my children are here, and this type of embarrassment is distracting. The students are frightened and they don't trust him. They tell him they don't want him and dem run him weh. The police had to be called in and one of the officer cranked up him gun to scare away the children."

A father said he would remove his son from the institution if the principal in question continued working at the school.

"Mi a move my son and send him go another school 'cause a learn mi send my pickney go school fi learn, and pickney look up to principal. Mi nuh want nuh principal trick my child," he said.

Bryon Buckley, director, corporate communication at the Ministry of Education, confirmed that the ministry is aware of the disturbance which occurred at the school.

"A team from the ministry went there and spoke to the staff and the principal. He (the principal) was advised by the ministry not to be on the compound so as to quell things," Buckley said.

The St Andrew North police also confirmed that police were called to the institution to control the situation which had unfolded.





dudus-disguise.jpgAre we reading right? did Dudus' sister Sandy really tell a newspaper that her brother is studying theology in prison? Wow! Just Wow!

Well we haffi big up Sandy, Dudus, Livity and the big Man himself Faada God for this transformation.

Me hear one pastor preach a sermon wha day yah whe seh Massa God love bad man. Cause look pon Saul who was di baddest man and when him bukc Faada God pon di road to Damascus and ask him sey:"Saul Saul, why persecuteth thou me?" Saul did jus haffi roll ova and gi him life to God.

People like Dudus a dem deh tun inna real Christian. Massa God is not a man fi play wid.

We wish more a di bad man dem woulda puddong dem gun and tek up di Bible.

Dudus, Sandy and Livity, we a go ask Minister Judy Mowatt fi continue fi pray fi oonu. Walk inna di light. We happy fi all a oonu.





How to Reduce Blood Pressure Naturally

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blood-pressure.jpgAre you aware that there are simple and inexpensive ways to control blood pressure with food and supplements you already have in your kitchen?

Experts agree that these steps are some of the most effective in lowering blood pressure naturally.

1. CoQ10 supplements - CoEnzyme Q10 or CoQ10 For short is a powerful anti-oxidant which is in every cell in your body. Your body uses CoQ10 to derive Energy.

In a double-blind placebo controlled study published in The Journal of Human Hypertension, The group which took CoQ10 for just 8 weeks showed a significant reduction of blood pressure.

Note that blood pressure medication prevents the body from not only manufacturing its own CoQ10, but also your body's ability to absorb CoQ10. recommended dose: 100-200 mg gel caps each day to help lower blood pressure.

2. Vitamins, Herbs and Anti-oxidants

The following are Doctor recommended daily amounts.

Vitamin C - 1000 mg
Garlic - 2 cloves
Hawthorn berry - 500 mg
Omega 3 fatty acid fish oil Gel caps - 1000 mg
Vitamin b6 in a natural multivitamin
Magnesium - 500 mg
Astragalus root 500mg

3. Food Sources:

In a Greek study that examined the effects of the Mediterranean diet on 20,000 people proved that olive Oil, Fruits and Vegetables were significantly associated with lower systolic and diastolic blood pressure.

Celery - 4 sticks a day, relaxes the smooth muscles in the blood vessels.

Fresh cold water fish which is high in Omega-3 fatty Acids.

Salt - let's understand the real reason why salt is important to your blood pressure.

We've all heard that you need to cut down on sodium in your diet, although this is not bad advice, it misses the point. High sodium intake alone does not increase blood pressure, it is an excess of sodium to potassium ratio.

The ideal ratio is five times as much potassium as sodium in Your diet. You'll get the best results by eating three servings A day of potassium rich foods such as:

Bananas - 1 large
Avocados - 1 cup
Beans - 1 cup
Squash - 1 cup
Tomatoes - 1 cup

Low levels of magnesium can also contribute to high Blood pressure, so here are some Magnesium rich foods:

Almonds - 1/3 cup
Tofu - 1 cup
Cashews - 1 cup
Raisin bran - 1/3 cup

4. Lose extra pounds and watch your waistline. Blood pressure often increases as weight increases. ...

5. Exercise regularly.

And finally lets talk about what level of blood pressure is considered high. Right now the threshold pushed by mainstream medicine is 115/75 - 120/80 which WAS considered borderline LOW just 5 years ago.

This is because the standard for "high" blood pressure, just like the standard for cholesterol is repeatedly lowered to put more people on medication. Your individual risk factors and age play a big role in determining what is a good blood pressure level for YOU.

So don't just accept a one size fits all number when it comes to your blood pressure. Ask questions and discuss your health with a nutritionally educated Doctor to find what is best for you.

So what about YOU? Are You going to let the silent killer Sneak up on you? Or are You going to take action that will make this highly unlikely?

When You safe-guard Yourself with these proven techniques which You can easily incorporate into your life, then You will reap the healthy benefits.

Sources:

Singh RB, Niaz MA, Rostogi SS, et al. "Effect of Hydrosoluble coenzyme Q10 on blood pressure in Hypertensive patients with coronary artery disease". Journal of Human Hypertension. 1999 Mar;13(3):203-208.

About the Author:

Lee Cummings has been helping real people solve real problems and feel better with expert proven nutrition for over 5 years.





chris-brown-photo-1.jpgPop singer Chris Brown will be headlining the Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival.

The American singer will be the closing headliner of the Sam Cooke stage on Friday, September 2.

In announcing the new addition to the star-studded cast, the Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival said Brown made history when his first single "Run It!" instantly reached number one on the Billboard chart.

Since then, Brown has become one of the most popular US artists, selling millions of albums worldwide. He has won numerous awards, among them a Grammy, American Music Awards, and BET Awards, and has also built a successful acting career. Brown released his seventh studio album, "Royalty", in 2015. That same year, he also released a collaboration album with rapper Tyga.

Royalty, named after his daughter, is Brown's sixth number one on the Billboard R & B / Hip-Hop chart. Not only did the album peak the R & B charts, it also ranked the number two position in the Top Album Sales and Digital Albums Chart and number three on the Billboard 200. It's the seventh time Brown reached the top ten of the Billboard 200 in the first week after a new album release.

Other performers listed to perform are Al Jarreau, Tom Jones, Brandon Marsalis, Kassav, Jamie Cullum, Lenny Kravitz, Burt Bacharach and Michael Bolton, among others.

The Festival runs from September 1 to 3.





It's 'Drake the Fake' says Mr Vegas

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drake-performance-billboard.jpgIt is widely acknowledged that Drake's new album "Views" is heavily influenced by dancehall music. The Toronto rapper has also never been shy about his love for the music originated in Jamaica, but Mr. Vegas feels that he is not giving the genre enough credit.

In a video posted on his social media, Mr. Vegas rant about Drake not truly embracing dancehall but using the genre here and there in his music to get a buzz. The dancehall star went as far as to call Drizzy a fake.

"Drake the fake is just running with the hot genre right now," MV rant. "Because when yoy check it out really look how long Drake has been saying Gully before he start saying Gaza... 'Yow Gully bigup Mavado" but never did a song with Mavado yet and still don't do a song with Popcaan. So Drake maybe Meek Mill was right you're a fake."

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marvin-the-dancer.jpgDetectives from the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) have launched a probe into a recent 'dance routine' involving entertainer Marvin the dancer, his cronies and a female.

Head of CISOCA, Superintendent Enid Ross-Stewart said that police have since reviewed the online video of the incident. The video shows what appears to be a girl being humiliated on stage by Marvin the Dancer and at least three other men during one of his routines.

Police said they were now trying to find the girl to find out her age to determine whether charges could be laid against the dancer.

"If she is under age, the police would be able to act. In the case where the victim is adult, she would have to make a complaint to the police," one senior officer explained.

The officer went further to explain that if it is indeed a case where the alleged victim is mentally challenged - as it is being reported by some media outlets - a relative of the victim would have to make a report.

The footage which went viral last week shows Marvin the Dancer and his cronies chasing the female. In the video, it appears the female tries to get away but is cornered by the marauding males who force themselves on her while gyrating wildly.

The footage has triggered widespread condemnation from several groups.The dancer has since used his instagram page to apologize for the incident but this has done nothing to stop the reactions of concerned members of the public.





usain-bolt-wins-gold-200m-beijing-2015-photo-4.jpgUsain Bolt used his strong finish to win the 100 meters in 9.98 seconds at the Golden Spike meet in Ostrava, Czech Republic on Friday.

The Jamaican, who holds the world record in the 100m and 200m, recovered from a slow start but pulled ahead in the second half of the race to breeze unchallenged to the victory.

With the time, Bolt improved on his season's best of 10.05 in the Cayman Islands on Saturday. After that first race of the season, he needed treatment on a tight hamstring in Germany on the way to the Czech Republic.

He didn't appear to be limited on Friday. Ahead of the race, he said he would be happy with a time of 9.8.

New telecoms company enters the market

Cabinet has granted a mobile spectrum licence to telecommunications company, Symbiote Investments. The company will provide internet service in Jamaica. This is the third licence issued for the provision of mobile telecommunications service in the island.

Technology Minister Dr. Andrew Wheatley says Symbiote will have to pay US$20.8 million for use of the spectrum.

Dr. Wheatley says Symbiote, a Jamaican company, will increase competition in the telecoms market.

"A timeline is attached for full roll-out of the infrastucture and operations. I believe that within a year, we should see significant operations taking place and a full roll-out of this company," he said.

In the meantime, the Technology Minister says 500 persons are expected to be employed by Symbiote.





Woman stabs teen to death for hitting her son

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crime-scene-7.jpgA woman is in the custody of the St Mary police, after she stabbed a teenager to death on Thursday evening, May 19.

Dead is 15-year-old Devario Gardner of Bromley, St Mary.

It is being alleged that the woman stabbed the teen following a report from her six-year-old child that the teen had hit him.

The unfortunate incident occurred around 4:30 pm, according to initial police reports.

It is being further alleged that the woman approached Gardner with the allegations that he had hit her son. A dispute later developed and the woman took a knife and stabbed the teen in the chest.

Gardner was taken to the hospital, but was pronounced dead.

The woman was later taken into custody, where she is being held pending further investigations.

Gardner is said to be a student of the Jamaica Foundation for Life Long Learning in the parish.





A total of 14 high school students were arrested after being caught by the police on Wednesday afternoon at a house in Cooreville Gardens, St Andrew, where at least some of them were engaged in sexual activities.

They were released into the custody of their parents after appearing in the Family Court on Thursday. All 14 students were taken before the Family Court, accompanied by their parents, on charges of being in need of care and protection.

The students were taken into custody by personnel from the Hunts Bay and Duhaney Park police stations following a raid on the home in question, which is the residence of one of the boys who were involved.A 12-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl were among the eight boys and six girls who were arrested. The others were all 14-year-olds.

The police reported that the group of students was surprised by a police team at about 5:30 p.m. Of the group, two 'couples' reportedly admitted to have been engaged in sex at the time of the cops' arrival, but the others denied having been similarly engaged.

Arising from development, a senior police officer reportedly indicated that no sexual offence charges could be laid against the four students who admitted to having been engaged in sex, because they are all minors and the acts were voluntary on the part of all four.





Has Alkaline's visa been revoked?

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alkaline-photo-8.jpgAlkaline reportedly became the latest dancehall artiste to have his U.S. Visa revoked.

The problem reportedly stemmed from a new controversial single that the deejay released title "Save Yourself" where he sings about political issues affecting Jamaicans and other Caribbean nationals.

Other reports claimed that his visa was cancelled because he advocate violence against homosexuals in his music.

Over the last decade a slew of big name dancehall acts have had problems with their U.S. visa including Beenie Man, Mavado, Aidonia, Bouty Killer, Sizzla Kalonji and more.

Bounty Killer and Aidonia are still without a U.S. Visa.





Flippa Mafia to be sentenced June 3

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flippa-mafia.jpgDancehall deejay Flippa Mafia is scheduled for sentencing on June 3 in the Camden County Court, New Jersey.

The entertainer, whose given name is Andrew Davis, was found guilty of first-degree distribution of cocaine, second-degree money laundering, and second-degree conspiracy in December 2015. The court was, however, unable to find him guilty on the leader of narcotics-trafficking network charge and a retrial was ordered.

"Andrew Davis's retrial is being postponed because his attorneys are trying to pursue an interlocutory appeal. In light of the fact that it will likely be a few more months before he is retried on the charge of leader of a narcotics-trafficking network, the judge decided to sentence him on June 3 for the crimes for which he already was convicted at the first trial -- first-degree distribution of cocaine, and second-degree conspiracy and money laundering," Peter Aseltine, Division of Criminal Justice press officer in New Jersey's Attorney General Office, told the Jamaica Observer.

A first-degree rap carries a sentence of 10 to 20 years, while the second degree has an incarceration period of five to 10 years.





Hits galore on Youtube for Kartel's Fever

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vybz-kartel-photo-24.jpgAfter only one week, Vybz Kartel has racked up more than 700,000 views on YouTube for the video for 'Fever', the first single from the deejay's 'King of the Dancehall' album.

The raunchy video, directed by Jay Will and Game Over, features a girl in heat because of her lust-induced dreams.

King of the Dancehall was made available for pre-order on May 6 exclusively on iTunes. Distributed by Zojak World Wide, the album will be available exclusively to Apple Music subscribers on June 3, the same day the third instant-gratification track, Colouring This Life, will be offered in the iTunes store.

Apple Music will offer exclusive streaming one week before the 14-track album is available for download June 10, a service usually reserved for major label artistes.

King of the Dancehall contains never before released tracks from Vybz Kartel, all recorded by the prolific artiste before his incarceration, according to a press release. The album is a collaborative effort between Adidjahiem Records and TJ Records.





Filming For Snoop Dogg TV Series Sparks Panic

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snoop-dogg.jpgDuring the filming of Snoop Dogg's trial for murder members of the public thought it was all too real and broke out in panic running a Californian park!

It was actually the re-enactment of his arrest in August 1993 in connection with the death of Phillip Woldermariam, a member of a rival gang who was shot dead by Snoop's bodyguard, McKinley Lee.

Both were charged with murder, as the rapper was allegedly driving the vehicle from where Lee had shot Woldermariam.

Both Snoop and his bodyguard were later acquitted, but the famous murder trial is now the subject of a documentary series "Rich and Acquitted," and a reenactment of the murder took place at a San Fernando Valley park.

Of course local police had information that blanks would be used to replicate the gunfire in the filming of the murder scene, pity the park folks didn't know! They were under the impression that a real gun battle had broken out.

"Rich and Acquitted" is due to cover the acquittals of Robert Blake, Oscar Pistorius, O.J. Simpson, R. Kelly, and Michael Jackson, and will air on network Reelz in September.





merciless.jpgDancehall artiste Merciless will be seeking additional treatment on Wednesday after an attack by an iron-wielding assailant left him with bruises, cuts and a broken wrist.

The attack allegedly occurred on Monday afternoon when the 44 year-old deejay was at a mechanic shop in Free Town, Clarendon.

Eyewitnesses say that the deejay was approached by an unknown man who proceeded to severely beat him with a piece of iron, eventually breaking the deejay's wrist.

The deejay, whose real name is Leonard Bartley, was reportedly taken to the May Pen police station where the incident was reported.

The May Pen police have confirmed the incident.





usain-bolt-jamaica-flag.jpgFor Usain Bolt, the announcement that 31 athletes were caught doping in retests from the 2008 Beijing Olympics was "really bad news."

"It's rough. It's rough in the sport," the Jamaican great said Wednesday. "Something that's been tarnishing the sport for years."

Bolt was speaking a day after the International Olympic Committee announced that the 31 athletes could be banned from competing at the Rio de Janeiro Games. He said the World Anti-Doping Agency and others "are doing a very good job of cleaning up the sport. They've proven that anybody who has cheated, they're going to catch."

Bolt will run in the 100 meters at the Golden Spike meet in the eastern Czech city of Ostrava on Friday, his first race in Europe ahead of the Rio Games.

He said he believed that the crackdown on doping could prove successful.

"Hopefully, we can take steps forward in making the sports better and in the upcoming years we won't have these problems," Bolt said. "But, I think it's a process, and I think over time we will get better because they're doing such a good job."

In track, Russia is banned from competing because of a WADA panel report detailing state-sponsored doping. The IAAF has yet to decide if the Russian track team will be allowed to compete in Rio.

"I don't really think about it," Bolt said. "For me, rules are rules. I really don't make the rules, so, all I do is follow the rules. I can't really do anything about it."

Friday's race will be his second 100 after clocking 10.05 seconds in the Cayman Islands on Saturday. After that, he needed a treatment in Germany on the way to Prague.

"I had a tight hamstring after the last race but I went to see a doctor and he solved the problem," Bolt said. "I'm feeling pretty good right now. I'm feeling much better. I was training yesterday and everything was better."

The six-time Olympic champion will race for the eighth time at the Golden Spike meet, part of the IAAF world challenge series.

"I'll be very happy with at least 9.8," he said.

Bolt acknowledged his career might be coming to an end but was still not there.





Two children killed in fire

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fire.jpgA four-year-old boy and a 10-year-old girl, were burnt to death when fire gutted a 10 bedroom house close to Studio One Boulevard in Kingston on Wednesday morning.

Close to 15 other persons were left homeless as a result of the fire.

Reports are that, at about 4:30am, persons saw smoke coming from a house located in the tenement yard and raised an alarm.

Fire fighters were quick on the scene but were unable to save the children.

Grief-stricken relatives of the deceased ran through the streets crying out when they discovered the children's fate.

"Mi want back mi cousin! Mi want back mi cousin!" a girl, who appeared to be in her teens, said.

The mother of one of the children, unable to cope with her loss, had to be rushed to hospital. A man, said to be the father of one of the children, had to be restrained from entering the burning house.

The entire house was destroyed.





Marcia Barrett, the cousin of the farm worker who died in Canada, has taken issue with the assertions made at the Ministry's news conference yesterday. Ms. Barrett remains adamant that her cousin, Sheldon McKenzie, was stripped of his labour rights under the farm work programme, which also tried to cut off his access to health care. The matter was publicised by the media in Canada.

Labour Minister, Shahine Robinson, denied that Mr Jackson was prevented from receiving health care. She asserted that less than a day after Mr. McKenzie fell ill the Jamaican Liaison office responded, and was kept abreast of developments concerning Mr. McKenzie. But Miss Barrett insists that apart from an initial conversation with Mr McKenzie's mother, there was no more communication with the Ministry's representative. She strongly opposes the Ministry's version of events.

She is also adamant that not enough was done by the Liaison Officer. In the meantime, Miss Barrett has not stated whether legal action is being contemplated. However, she has declared that she will now be more forceful as an advocate for other workers facing similar situations.





balfour-gordon.jpgcrime-scene-gun.jpgThe husband and wife pair abducted from their home in Hanover Wednesday night and later murdered have been identified.

The husband has been identified as 66-year-old Balfour Gordon and his wife has been identified as Aleth Gordon, 45.

The two, along with a worker, were abducted from their home in Elgin Town and taken to Mosquito Cove District, over three miles, where they were shot.

The three were abducted around 8:00 pm when the husband and his worker were washing his bus, Loop News has been told. They were taken away in the bus that was being washed.

The worker managed to make it to the hospital after the gunmen left them for dead. The attackers reportedly drove the bus back to the couple's home where it was left.





Mr. G accuse Dexter Daps of allegedly ordering death treats against his life.





damion-crawford-and-cliff-hughes.jpgCommencing May 25, former People's National Party (PNP) Member of Parliament Damion Crawford will be hosting his own current affairs programme on Nationwide Radio.

Nationwide senior reporter Abka Fitz-Henley tweeted the information a short while ago, along with a photo of Crawford signing the contract with station owner Cliff Hughes.

The programme called 'Straight Forward With Crawford' is to air on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 8:00pm to 10:00pm.

On May 3, Crawford announced he would be hosting a radio programme but he gave no details.

"A now the place mash up... they gave Damion Crawford a radio show. Him alone and the mic... Crawford & Company and ur my company. It's shelled," he announced then.





policewoman-judith-williams-apr-29.jpgThe Police Constable implicated in the murder of one of his colleagues was not pointed out Tuesday during an identification parade.

Witnesses failed to identify the policeman under investigation for the murder of Woman Corporal Judith Williams.

He remains in custody as investigators continue their probe of the case.

Assistant Commissioner Ealan Powell, Head of the Criminal Investigation Branch, said other ID parades are scheduled in the matter.

Corporal Williams was shot dead at a bus stop in East Kingston three weeks ago, while on her way to work.





hands-behind-bars.jpgA Jamaican couple who was allegedly held with ganja in Guyana has been denied bail. They have been remanded to the New Amsterdam Prison until May 30.

The Jamaicans were allegedly found with 15.8 pounds of ganja, concealed in the false bottom of a suitcase while they were attempting to travel via the backtrack route to Suriname on May 12.

Benjamin Carrington, 29, and Dian Patterson, 22, who both gave their address as Papine St. Andrew, appeared before a Magistrate where they pleaded not guilty to the charge of being in possession of narcotics for trafficking.

Miss Patterson reportedly told investigators she was unaware of her boyfriend's business dealings.





Former Reggae Boy Fuller to retire

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reggae-boy-fuller.jpgFormer national striker Ricardo Fuller has called time on his playing career after taking part in a testimonial game to honour former stoke city defender Andy Griffin.

The 36 year old Fuller, who ended a three month contract with Oldham in January this year, says it will be his last parade on the field, having spent the last 15 years in the professional ranks.

Fuller played locally with Tivoli Gardens before moving overseas in 2001 to join Crystal Palace after which he moved to Preston North End, Portsmouth, Southampton, Ipswich and Stoke City, where he had his most successful stint.

He played 182 games for Stoke, scoring 43 goals. His returns at the international level were less impressive having netted just nine goals in 73 appearances.





prince.jpgLate pop icon Prince was remembered Sunday in a private ceremony at his church, with his family looking to hold a public event in August.

Television footage showed mourners dressed in black entering a Jehovah's Witness temple in the leafy suburb of Minnetonka outside Minneapolis.The Star Tribune newspaper of Minneapolis said that Prince's protegee Sheila E was among hundreds who attended the 45-minute service, which was closed to the media.

Prince, one of the most influential pop artists of his generation and whose songs were often sexually explicit, was baptized as a Jehovah's Witness in 2003. Prince embraced the faith's practice of proselytization, with the internationally famous pop legend reported to have knocked on doors in the Minneapolis suburbs to distribute religious literature.

Local television station KARE quoted the printed program at Prince's memorial as saying that the star "found great joy and satisfaction in sharing the things he learned from the Bible with others." His sister, Tyka Nelson, said Friday that she did not consider that "intimate gathering" to have been his funeral and that the family was still planning a public event.

"The proposed plan is to have our Memorial/Funeral/Tribute in August," she wrote on Facebook, adding that she and Prince's remains would only be present at that forthcoming event.





The South African Government is calling for all its citizens to play and buy local music in a bid to contribute to the economy of their country.

The move comes following an initiative by South African Radio Stations to Play 90 Percent Local Music.

The government has since congratulated the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) regarding its decision to play 90% local music across its 18 radio stations going forward.

The decision is part of the public broadcaster's bid to prioritize home-grown content.

According to AllAfrica.com, "it is an effort to ensure that local content reflecting the diversity of South African cultures is prioritized."





regina-belle.jpgGrammy Award winning R&B legend Regina Belle has been added to the powerful lineup for the 2016 'Groovin In The Park' concert which unfolds at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, NY on Sunday, June 26th. The news was recently announced on Groovin Radio, WVIP, 93.5 FM in New York City.

"Regina is a powerhouse singer who has recorded many R&B hit songs in her illustrious career. We are excited and sincerely grateful to include her on our lineup this year," Christopher Roberts, CEO of Groovin Inc, parent company of 'Groovin In The Park' said.

Born in New Jersey, Regina worked as an opening act for the Manhattans in her early career. She recorded a duet with the group titled, 'Where Did We Go Wrong,' that was produced by Bobby Womack in 1986. Her single 'Please Be Mine' peaked at number two on the R & B charts. She followed up with 'So Many Tears,' which also blazed up the R&B Top 20 chart.

The four-time Grammy Award and Academy Award winning vocalist has previously performed in Jamaica and will grace the Groovin stage for the very first time this year.

Regina Belle will be joined on stage at 'Groovin In The Park' by Grammy Award winners Brian McKnight and Peabo Bryson, reggae luminaries Beres Hammond and Toots Hibbert, NBC's Voice season 5 winner Tessanne Chin and popular reggae crooner Duane Stephenson.





richie-spice-photo-1.jpgFifth Element is reportedly back in business, this time around, simply as The Element, with directors - Chief Executive Officer Eaton Evans, President Claude Sayers and Managing Director Richell 'Richie Spice' Bonner.

"The Element's focus has always been and will always be culturally charged music. With our return, people can expect what we have always been about, the core of our message - positiveness, righteousness, upfullness, music of the highest standard, all coming from the teachings of His Majesty. What The Element is all about will never change," Evans said in an interview with a popular tabloid..

Richie Spice agrees that after working with the record label for several years, being a senior partner is only a natural progression.

Formed in 2000, the Fifth Element Records label shot to international prominence with Devon Wheatley, Evans and Sayers as the chief architects. Based in Jamaica with offices overseas, the international entertainment organisation embarked on artiste management, booking, record distribution, producing and event promotion. Its roster of artistes included Chuck Fenda, Etana, Anthony Cruz, Richie Spice, Jigsy King, Natural Black, Omar Silk, Lij Amlak and Jah Penco, to name a few. Several of these artistes have risen to international fame with successful careers.The label also produced several chart-riding singles and albums for some of reggae's biggest names, among them, Beenie Man, Capleton, Sizzla and George Nooks.

Several years later, it all came to an end when Evans and Sayers were arrested for smuggling and later extradited to the United States on ganja charges..

"We have paid our dues, done our time, and now we are back and ready again. It's ironic to see that what we went to prison for, they are now in the process of legalising it. That's life for you," said Sayers. "It is what it is. It was just our destiny to go through that and help set the tone to make it (ganja) free and legal. Now we are back to pursue the music, our first passion, and, of course, legally get involved in the cannabis industry. We are coming with what we are coming with, and we are gonna come harder this time."





500 pounds of ganja seized in St Elizabeth

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ganja-seized.jpgMembers of the Area 5 Narcotics police, on Sunday, made yet another major ganja seizure in the parish of St. Elizabeth.

About 500 pounds of ganja were found during an anti-narcotics operation in the Comma Pen community.

A search of a hut in nearby bushes, revealed the ganja which was in various stages of being cured in preparation for export. The ganja was seized and later destroyed. No one was arrested during the operation.





Taximan gunned down in Half-Way-Tree Sunday

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA taxi operator.was on Sunday night gunned down in Half-Way-Tree, St Andrew.

He has been identified A Lloyd Aitken of Hagley Park Road, Kingston 10.

Reports from the Half-Way-Tree police are that about 8:10 pm, police were alerted to Hagley Park Road, in the vicinity of the parish church, by the sound of explosions.





brother-and-sister-chevelle-jermain-lewis.jpgThe lives of sister and brother, Chevelle Asley Lewis and Jermaine Dominick Lewis were celebrated Saturday at Faith Temple New Testament Church of God in Portmore, St Catherine.

The two were killed in a motorcar accident last month after the vehicle in which they were travelling crashed into a house in Spanish Town.

A third form student at St Andrew High School for Girls, Chevelle was remembered for her active participation in school - tracks, swimming, Key Club, and dance - and her mischievous, yet loving presence.

Her brother Jermaine, a Kingston College alum, was remembered as a kind gentleman who, like his younger sister, was capable of making anyone smile.

"I'd like to think of Jermaine as the little giant with a heart of gold... who had a passion for life," his cousin Maurice Rose said in delivering the eulogy.

Former schoolmates reminisced on the brotherhood they shared.

An information technology technician, Jermaine was described as a promising individual who dreamed of owning an IT company some day.





Cops probe double murder in Clarendon

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hands-behind-bars.jpgThe Clarendon Police are probing a double murder in the parish Sunday night. A man and his common law wife were fatally shot at their home in May Pen.

Shortly after 9 o'clock, residents of Ivy Close heard explosions and called the police. The man was found with bullet wounds in bushes near his house, while his common law wife was found at the rear of the premises. She was also shot.

Senior Superintendent Fitz Bailey, Head of the Clarendon Police, who visited the scene, told RJR News that the cops are trying to establish a motive for the attack.

American woman charged for gun found in her luggage at airport.

An American woman who was last week arrested and charged with illegal possession of firearm and ammunition has been convicted.

After pleading guilty in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court on Thursday, May 12, Nikkii Adams, 33, an insurance underwriter of Georgia in the United States of America, was fined J$600,000 or 18 months at hard labour for illegal possession of firearm.

She was also fined J$500,000 for failing to declare the firearm.

Police officers arrested Adams on Tuesday, May 10 after routine checks at the baggage area of the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, St James, revealed a Taurus pistol in one of the suitcases.'





woman-assaulted-by-three-dancers-in-a-party.jpgConcerned dancehall fans have called for Marvin the Dancer to be banned. This following his deplorable antics on stage recently when he and two other dancers groped and physically assaulted an unwilling woman on stage.

Here are some of the comments from those who have watched the video which was posted on Facebook.

"They should ban him from any dance session. From all women, because he doesn't know how to treat them. I am sick of his actions."

"~ HOPE DEM FINE HIM N HIM CREW !!! "

"Them bwoy deh fi guh dun Inna the jungle guh dance with the wild animals there. Cause that's how he is, he's a wild animal. Normal ppl don't dance like that."

"They should be arrested"

"I think the video should be shown to the police, I could see alot of crime being committed, the guys get abusive they were jumping on the woman and ripping off her clothes, they should be arrested."

"I spoke to them. They watched it while on the phone with me. He needs to turn himself in. Let's #MarvinTheDancer turn yourself in to C.I.S.O.C.A."





tyga-photo-1.jpgTyga's relationships have always been stormy ones. His on-again-off-again romance with Blac Chyna produced a son but also recriminations when they broke up. And then he began dating the then-17-year-old Kylie Jenner.

Kylie and Tyga never seemed a perfect match, not the least of which was due to the fact that she was a minor when they reportedly began their romance. The most notable blow-up centred around Tyga's text messaging relationship with a 14-year-old aspiring musician. His relationship with soon-to-be Kardashian Blac Chyna has also been consistently subtweety and bizarre.

But their relationship is reportedly no more. Multiple outlets reported that they broke up just before the Met Gala earlier in May. So far those have just been rumors, but Tyga confirmed them in an interview with E! News.

"I'm good, you know?" he said of his mental state after their breakup. "Just another day and working hard and trying to get to that next level and achieve big things and evolve."

Kylie, for her part, is handling the breakup via cryptic Snapchats and hanging out at her mum's house.





joe-bogdanovich-onstage-may-17.jpgNew owner of Reggae Sumfest, Joe Bogdanovich has disclosed that roadshows will be introduced this year as part of the Sumfest experience leading up to the annual event.

According to reports, in the weeks prior to the festival, sound systems branded for Reggae Sumfest will take to the streets, visiting communities island-wide.

"We're going to go the extra five miles this year. Irie FM is gonna be out there, Pepsi is gonna be out there, and perhaps Red Stripe," said Johnny Gourzoug, former executive director of Summerfest Productions.

These roadshows will lead up to Reggae Sumfest week, which will retain the longstanding Sunday beach party and the All-White Party for Tuesday of Reggae Sumfest week. Instead of opening the performance stage on Thursday with Dancehall Night, that night will carry Reggae Sumfest's Sound System Explosion.

The organisers will also introduce live 360 degrees virtual reality streaming. And, according to Bogdanovich, members of the public will be able to use their phones to experience the festival in virtual reality, using finger touches to guide the viewer's direction.





Minister of Health, Dr Christopher Tufton urged Jamaicans to get moving again to curb lifestyle diseases as the burden of chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs) remains very high in the Jamaican population.

Minister Tufton was speaking at the official launch of Move for Health Day 2016, which was held on Tuesday at the Bargain Village Plaza in May Pen, Clarendon.

Minister Tufton stated that data from the Health and Lifestyle Survey 2010, reveals that 70 per cent of deaths in Jamaica were due to the four major NCDs namely cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancers and chronic respiratory diseases, of which 27 per cent occurred below the age of 70 years.

"One of the most important mandates of the health ministry is to get all Jamaicans to understand that it is important to take care of themselves by engaging in a number of things such as eating right, exercising and not over indulging in any activities in order to prevent lifestyle diseases such as hypertension, diabetes and high cholesterol," he said.

The Health and Lifestyle Study 2008 reveals that almost half (46 per cent) of the adult population was classified as having a low physical activity or being inactive. The majority or 90 per cent of Jamaicans 15-74 years were either sedentary or participated in light physical activity during their leisure time.

NCDs are caused, to a large extent, by four behavioural risk factors including tobacco use, unhealthy diet, insufficient physical activity and the harmful use of alcohol and unless the NCD epidemic is aggressively confronted, the mounting impact will continue and may be increasing.

Move for Health Day is celebrated each year on May 10 to generate public awareness of the benefits of physical activity in the prevention of non-communicable diseases.





Hurdler Brigitte Foster-Hylton pregnant

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brigitte-foster-hylton.jpgJamaica's most decorated sprint hurdler, Brigitte Foster Hylton and her banking executive husband, Patrick Hylton, are expecting their first child.

Foster Hylton's track club, MVP tweeted the news on Wednesday.

"Congrats @iaaf 100mH WorldChamp Brigitte Foster Hylton & her husband as they expect their child 1st child next month," the tweet read.

Foster Hylton won the silver medal at the 2003 World Championships and the bronze medal at the 2005 World Championships.

She copped gold at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin, Germany and retired after the London 2012 Olympic games.





family-park-william-grant.jpgThe KSAC recently broke ground with the CHASE Fund to commence the construction of a Family Park at William Grant Park.

According to Senator Mayor Brown Burke "The Family Park will not only be a place of fun, relaxation and togetherness, but will also re-emphasize the celebration and importance of The Family where parents and children, brothers, sisters,cousins, aunts and uncles, religious organisations, students and adults will come to enjoy the facility, and feel a sense of belonging, a sense of pride and a sense of love. Where children of all ages will come to play, and they will learn through play: developing social and cognitive skills as they learn how to be kind to one another, how to look out for each other, how to negotiate their differences; gaining self confidence as they master new skills and teach others what they know."

Mayor Brown explained that "This idea was born out of the necessity to have a facility for children and families in Downtown Kingston, where families living in close proximity wouldn't need to go very far to enjoy a world class interactive park with distinctively thematic activity and play areas that are 'attention-grabbing' yet educational."

The full project is estimated to cost in excess of $50.0 Million Dollars the CHASE Fund will take up a major portion of this project to the tune of $20.7 Million Dollars which will go toward the building of the Mother Hen Corner, Journey to Africa and The Seashell Amphitheatre.

The KSAC will be actively engaging other partners to assist in the funding to funding of the other themed areas which are:• The Mosaic Space• Reggae Avenue• The Main Family Monument• the Tuck Shop• the Walking Trail• the restroom facility Structural Engineer Scheed Cole will be responsible for the execution of these area.

"Over 95% of the material to be used in the construction of the facility will be recycled material and it is for this reason that we I am using this opportunity to launch our plastic bottle collection drive and appeal to residents of Kingston and St. Andrew and the wider Jamaica, whether at the

level of the household or large companies to donate! donate! donate! as many of your plastic bottles as possible to help us with the completion of this awesome project, approximately 3million bottles will be needed," says Mayor Brown Burke. Collection zones across the municipality will be announced very shortly.





Public gatherings have been banned in Lacovia, St. Elizabeth following the fatal shooting of 56 year old District Constable Lewis Robinson in the community early Monday morning.

Head of the St. Elizabeth Police Superintendent Lansford Salmon made the announcement Thursday while addressing the issue of crime in the parish, at a monthly meeting of the St. Elizabeth Parish Council.

Superintendent Salmon says the ban applies to all public gatherings and entertainment activities, especially those held at night.

He said the ban will be lifted when calm is returned to the community which is now very tense.

In the meantime, Superintendent Salmon said two other communities in St. Elizabeth are facing similar bans.

They are Braes River, where there was a recent shooting which left two persons injured, and Barbary Hall. He indicated that the ban in Barbary Hall will be lifted at midnight Saturday.





crime-scene-gun.jpgFive persons who are allegedly linked to lottery scamming were shot and injured by a gunman in Mandeville, Manchester Thursday night.

The individuals were at a plaza when the man walked up and opened fire on them.

According to the head of the Manchester Police, Superintendent Vendolyn Cameron-Powell approximately 9 p.m. yesterday, a group of five alleged scammers were at the plaza on Caledonia Road when gunmen appeared and opened fire hitting all five.

The men were taken to the hospital and treated for minor injuries.

According to the police, the victims are not wanted, but are a target for gunmen.

Information about several illegal activities at bars and clubs along Caledonia Road has since surfaced.

"It is really a cause for concern and we can't do anything just now as it concerns these businesses because they have their license to operate," Cameron-Powell said.

They have been admitted to hospital. Their injuries are not considered life threatening.

Deputy Superintendent Hempford Wade of the Manchester Police told RJR News that one of the injured persons was linked to the lottery scam.





More good news for ganja

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ganja-licence.jpgThe Government of Jamaica has reiterated that it will be relying significantly on the establishment of a legalized marijuana and hemp industry to achieve the level of economic growth it has set itself.

"Jamaica cannot afford to miss this boat. Where there is no vision the people perish so we must change our mindset and get ready for success. We must be bold while ensuring we meet all of our international obligations," Finance Minister Audley Shaw, declared while opening the 2016/17 Budget Debate in Parliament on Thursday.

In that regard, he said he would be leading by example in his own constituency of Manchester North Eastern, taking steps to prepare farmers for their legitimate involvement in the industry and to establish extraction facilities to process and create value-added products.

"We will build an industry in Jamaica where we process and manufacture value-added products and not export raw materials. This is about an opportunity for small farmers who will now earn from land which is presently sitting idle," he said.

This, he said, was important to Jamaica's Tourism industry "where Jamaica will be positioned as the medical tourism capital for the world bringing Health and wellness to the world."

Jamaica is uniquely positioned, he added, to play a leading role in the medical marijuana industry.

Accordingly, he said the country "must move with a sense of urgency and turn ganja which has been a negative for Jamaica into a major asset creating wealth for our country."

Pointing overseas, he said the American market for legal marijuana is predicted to rise from US$6.7 billion in 2016 to US$21.8 billion by 2020.

"Canada has built a major industry which is opening up for full legalization next year. The Dutch ministry of Health is exporting medical marijuana to Canada, Italy, Germany and the Czech Republic. Israel which is the largest recipient of United Sates aid has over 12,000 medical marijuana patients and is leading the world in research on medical marijuana," he elaborated.





Kingston Mayor Angela Brown-Burke in China

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mayor-angela-brown-burke-photo-1.jpgMayor of Kingston, Senator De. Angela Brown Burke is representing Jamaica at the 12th China (Shenzhen) International Cultural Industries Fair May 12-16, 2016.

Dr TANG Lixia, Director-General, Foreign Affairs Office, Shenzhen Municipal People's Government expressed his gratitude to the office of the Mayor for her commitment and dedication to promoting friendly relations between the two cities.

Brown Burke also expressed her appreciation to Dr Lixia and the Foreign Affairs Office of Shenzhen Municipal for the invitation to attend the Cultural Industries Fair and reiterated her commitment to the cause.

Senator Burke also noted that a meeting will be held between the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation and the Vice Mayor in Charge of International Relations and The Chief of Education Bureau in Shenzhen Education on May 12, 2016.

Shenzhen has 73 sister cities and friendship cities from 48 countries in five continents around the world. Their sister city network strives to include more members, generate concrete results and create mechanisms, which are ways to ensure that the cities would be able to connect with Shenzhen and other cities in the network, sharing resources and promoting cooperation across the spectrum in economic affairs and trade, education , culture, etc.

Mayor Senator Brown Burke returns to the Island next Wednesday.





The three teenage boys charged with the murder of Luciano's son, Menelik McClymont, were further remanded when they appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on Thursday.

Parish Judge Simone Wolfe-Reece further remanded the accused teens citing that the case file was not yet complete. They will return to court on May 26.

Charged with murder are Jerome Coombs, 18, of Bob Marley Boulevard in Cooreville Gardens, Kingston 20; Camanie Shaw, 18; and Nashlyn Anderson, 18, both of Ambrook Lane, Kingston 10.

Luciano, who was present in court, left seemingly disappointed that the matter did not get under way.

McClymont, 19, died on Sunday, February 28, as a result of stab wounds he received on Saturday, February 27. According to reports, McClymont was stabbed several times, around 2:30 p.m. in the vicinity of Parkington Plaza on Half-Way Tree Road, St Andrew.

He was rushed to hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.





Jamaicans will have to pay more for petrol, cigarettes, and even departure taxes in order to compensate for a raise in the income tax threshold. However, the country has been spared increases in general consumption tax.

With an additional $7 in gas tax imposed starting today, motorists will now pay about $31 in taxes on every litre of 87 octane gasolene at an expected ex-refinery price of $100 per litre.

Before yesterday's announcement, Jamaicans were paying approximately $24 in taxes on each litre of gas.

Light bills are also likely to increase, as the tax on heavy fuel oil has been revised and a Special Consumption Tax has been imposed on liquefied natural gas, which is mainly used in the generation of electricity.





Audley Shaw's budget

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audley-shaw.jpgFinance Minister Audley Shaw on Thursday announced new revenue measures aimed at raising $13.7 billion to help fund the $580 billion budget.

Here is the full list of the revenue measures:

1. Across-the-board increase in income tax threshold to $1,000,272.00

2. Increase in personal income tax on salaries of persons earning over $6 million per year from 25 per cent to 30 per cent

July 1, 2016

3. Increase in Specific Consumption Tax on petrol by $7 per litre

May 13, 2016

4. Introduction of Special Consumption Tax on LNG and revision of heavy fuel oil regime

May 13, 2016

*This means electricity bills will increase

5. Increase in Special Consumption Tax on cigarettes from $12 per stick to $14 per stick.

May 13, 2016

6. Increase in departure tax from US$14 to US$35

June 1, 2016

*This tax will now be denoted in US dollars.





hands-behind-bars.jpgPHILADELPHIA, United States (CMC) - The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency says several Jamaicans were arrested in a operation in Pennsylvania that targeted criminal immigrants, according to officers from its Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO).

Arrests were also made throughout Delaware and West Virginia.

The number of Jamaicans arrested was not disclosed, however, the ICE said all of those arrested have been convicted of crimes in the United States, or fell within the ICE's enforcement priorities for deportation.

Convictions include corruption of a minor, child pornography offences, indecent assault, robbery, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, driving under the influence, cocaine and heroin possession, and felony fraud.

In addition to the Jamaicans, nationals of Mexico, Uruguay, Kenya, El Salvador, Guatemala, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Argentina, Liberia, Honduras, Brazil, Ghana, India, Costa Rica, Papua New Guinea, Bosnia, and Germany were also arrested.

Among the summaries of some of immigrants arrested is a 39-year-old Jamaican with prior convictions for possession with the intent to distribute a controlled substance.

ICE said he was arrested on May 6 at a Philadelphia residence after being released from local custody and remains in custody pending a hearing before a federal immigration judge.

In fiscal year 2015, ICE said it conducted 235,413 deportations nationwide.

It said 91 per cent of individuals removed from the interior of the United States had previously been convicted of a criminal offence.





DJ Mona Lisa begging fight with Miss Kitty

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amari.jpgWhat is wrong with attention-seeking, wannabe-deejay Mona Lisa, or Amari or whatever she calls herself?

The lover of Gully Bop, this woman, who is the mother of 13 children, is hellbent on manufacturing a beef with Miss Kitty.

But, as many persons on Amari's Facebook page have questioned: Does Kitty even know of, or care about Amari's existence?

"Where's that careless bitch, Miss Kitty? You perverted soul.. Come pussy pussy!" Amari wrote on FB on Thursday. "Come kitty kitty. Here's a saucer of milk. Where is that arrogant bastard, Miss Kitty. Cum get me."

Of course, Kitty's fans dun har: "Hey gyal leave miss kitty alone...

U seeking attention, dyam bitch go get a life a wa u feel like... Kitty to the flipping world... Further more you cannot walk in a miss kitty clothes and shoes... U sickening to rass.".

"So because your music career flush down the toilet like shit ... you're attacking people who actually have a career and have things going for them.. listen mash mouth gal Tek ms kitty out yuh dirty drippy mouth."

"Amari looking a hype off a miss kitty!! Wanted to recognize!! She knows that if miss kitty answer her it will all over the world????????

"Why don't u take out that cheap hair an come off miss kitty back u nuh c a pure human hair miss kitty wear...."

In her most recent chatter, she noted that women when they lose weight, lose their breasts ..."like Miss Kitty (ha ha ha) and then they do surgery and get it back."





Brazil votes to impeach Presidentar

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brazil-president-cartoon.jpgBrazil's Senate voted on Thursday to put leftist President Dilma Rousseff on trial in a historic decision brought on by a deep recession and a corruption scandal that will now confront Michel Temer, the vice president who succeeds her.

With Rousseff suspended during the Senate trial for allegedly breaking budget rules, the centrist Temer will take the helm of a country that again finds itself mired in political and economic volatility after a recent decade of prosperity.

The 55-22 vote ends more than 13 years of rule by the left-wing Workers Party, which rose from Brazil's labor movement and helped pull millions of people out of poverty before seeing many of its leaders face corruption investigations.

Fireworks rang out in some neighborhoods across Brazil after the vote at the end of a 20-hour session in the Senate. Police had briefly clashed with pro-Rousseff demonstrators in Brasilia on Wednesday, exchanging volleys of tear gas and rocks.

The impeachment process began in the lower house of Congress in December and Rousseff, a 68-year-old economist and former Marxist guerrilla who was Brazil's first female president, is unlikely to be acquitted in a trial that could last as long as six months.

A two-thirds majority is needed in the Senate to convict her but the scale of her defeat in the vote on Thursday showed how little support she has.

"Today we are trying to overcome this situation by removing an irresponsible government. We have no alternative," said Senator Blairo Maggi, one of Brazil's biggest soy farmers, who is slated to become agriculture minister in Temer's government.

Rousseff has denied any wrongdoing and called her impeachment a "coup".





hands-behind-bars.jpgTwo brothers, charged with the murder of businessman Trevor Meikle, were remanded when they appeared in the Mandeville Criminal Court Wednesday afternoon.

Steve and Alwayne Edwards were charged on Tuesday with murder and robbery with aggravation. They are booked to return to court on June 29.

Mr. Meikle was killed on April 17 while at his daughter's house in Ingleside, Manchester.

His attackers stole cash and jewellery.





reggae-sumfest-logo.jpgFans of Reggae Sumfest, Jamaica's premier reggae festival, will this year enjoy a real Reggae Night.

This was among the big changes announced for the 2016 staging of Reggae Sumfest. Also, the organisers have made the decision to drop the two International Nights this year. Additionally, there will be no foreign acts on Reggae Sumfest.

The format for this year's Sumfest will include two nights - Dancehall Night on Friday, July 22, and Reggae Night on Saturday, July 23.

CEO of Summerfest Productions Joe Bogdanovich says it has become too expensive to secure an international act, adding that it can cost up to US$2 million (J$248 million).

Reggae Sumfest will be staged from July 17 - 23 in Montego Bay.





tanto-blacks.jpgDancehall artiste, Sample King recently shot the video for his single, "I Will Survive" and who showed up for a cameo, but the Real Rich man himself, Tanto Blacks.

Well, it's not surprising really, as Tanto and Sample have been spotted at quite a few events, and, of course they have the big tune, "Stinkin Rich", which has done a lot for the careers of both entertainers.

Tanto joined Sample King on location in Half-Way-Tree and turned the place upside-down, inside-out with his antics.

The single, which is an uplifting survival song with loads of potential for hitting the big times, samples Papa San's version of "I Will Survive" in the intro. Produced by KNatural Entertainment on the Bruk Back riddim, I Will Survive, shows growth of Sample King, who now resides between Jamaica and Canada.

The video was shot on location in Chancery Hall, Half-Way-Tree and New Kingston.

Meanwhile, Tanto Blacks was scheduled to perform in England last weekend, however, owing to delays at the British high Commission in Jamaica, the artiste was stuck in the island. There is no word on when (or if) the shows will be held.





bunny-wailer-and-proclamation-in-hartford-ct.jpgcopeland-forbes.jpgReggae's living legend, Bunny Wailer, and veteran artiste manager, Copeland Forbes, were presented with a proclamation by the city of Hartford, CT for their over 50 yrs individual contribution to the music industry and their contribution to the development of Jamaica's music culture worldwide.

The presentations were made Immediately following a blistering two hour performance by the living legend Bunny Wailer who was making his first-ever appearance in the city of Hartford on a 23-city-tour of North America in celebration of the 40th anniversary of his first solo album "Blackheart Man" released by Island Records in 1976.

The presentations were made by Veronica Airey-Wilson, Marva Wilks, Phyllis Airey and Velma Simpson on behalf of Council woman RJO Winch of the Court Of Common Council in Hartford, CT.

Promoter Ardie Cuban Wilson was also honored with a plaque for his contribution in the music industry and hosting many Reggae concerts featuring top reggae acts like Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Peter Tosh, Dennis Brown, Shabba Ranks, Luciano and Shaggy, just to name a few, and now Reggae's living legend Bunny Wailer.

The New York city show at BB Kings in Manhattan was a sold-out affair with quite a few celebrities in attendance which included the Mayor of New York City, Bill Deblaseo who came backstage and congratulated Wailer on a magnificent show and invited him back to New York.





Student held with gun at school

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hands-behind-bars.jpgAn 18-year-old student of Charlemont High School in Linstead, St. Catherine is in police custody after he was allegedly held with a gun Tuesday morning.

According to a police source, the student was at school when he was searched and a homemade gun with three rounds reportedly taken from him.

The police subsequently searched the student's home in Linstead, St. Catherine. Empty bullet casings were reportedly found.

The student is to undergo questioning.





oracabessa-high-student-rushane.jpgA Grade 10 student of the Oracabessa High School in St Mary was stabbed to death on Monday evening by two other classmates.

Initial reports are that theboy was walking near to the vicinity of Oracabessa police station, when an argument developed between him and another male student of the Oracabessa High School.

The dispute turned physical between the two. A third student intervened in the dispute and used a knife to stab the Grade 10 male.

An inspector, who was near to the police station, rushed to the scene and assisted the student. However, he was pronounced dead at hospital.

The two male students implicated in the incident are also Grade 10 students of the Oracabessa High School.

They were taken in custody.





hotel-collapse.jpgTwo construction workers on the Royalton Hotel site that collapsed on Tuesday are reportedly still missing.

The Ministry of Health reportedly made the disclosure at around midday.

The Royalton Hotel is being established on the property which is the former Grand Lido Hotel, and is undergoing major reconstruction. A section of the resort under construction collapsed at about 6am, injuring several workers.

Five injured workers were taken to the Noel Holmes Hospital in Hanover and the Savanna-la- Mar Hospital in Westmoreland, for treatment. One of the victims is reportedly in critical condition.

Reports are that the men were pouring concrete on a section of the construction site when it collapsed. Police and more than 20 firefighters and other rescue workers converged at the site.





Mother, 12-year-old son shot dead at home

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crime-scene-7.jpgA St James mother and her 12-year-old were murdered at home early Wednesday morning, the police report.

They are 49-year-old Yvette McLean and Devontae Haughton of Tucker District.

The two were attacked about 2:52 this morning by gunmen who kicked open their door and started firing on them.

Two other family members at the house were not harmed.

The mother and her son were taken to hospital where they were pronounced dead.

Police are yet to establish a motive for the attack.





oracabessa-high-student-rushane.jpgRushane Murray, 16-year-old Grade 10 student of Oracabessa High School in St. Mary who was knifed to death by his classmates this week, has been described as a very quiet student, who was full of potential.

Rushane was a was on his way home when he was stabbed to death by another student following a dispute with a different male from the school.

"Rushane was a very quiet and pleasant young man, who had potential. He interacted well with his peers and had good respect for his teachers. He was never accused of any improper conduct," school principal Lofters is quoted as saying.

Murray was pursing Building Technology as his vocational area.

In the meantime, the school received several counselling and visits from various stakeholders on Tuesday to assist with the grief process.

These included officers from the St Mary Community Safety and Security Branch (CSSB), the Ministry of Education, head of the St Mary police, Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay and members from both political divides.

In the meantime, the principal of Oracabessa High School revealed that the male student, who is accused of stabbing Murray was brought before the school board once for behavioural issues. However, the board reverted its decision to expel the student and placed him along with 10 others in a special programme to transform their behaviour.

The police report that Rushane, who is from Herbert Swaby Avenue, Tower Isle in the parish, was on his way home from school at about 5:30 pm on Monday, May 9, when a dispute developed between him and the other student.The police say the dispute became physical and a knife was brought into play, which resulted in Murray being stabbed.

He was taken to hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

The two students have not been charged and are still in custody.





hotel-collapse.jpgMinister of Local Government, Desmond McKenzie has ordered the immediate halting of construction at the Royalton hotel site in Negril, Hanover saying there have been numerous breaches.

According to McKenzie, the order halting the construction will initially be for 30 days, but will be extended if necessary.

He says a preliminary report into the incident indicates that substandard material was being used, work was being undertaken outside of permitted hours and construction was being undertaken in areas for which there had been no approval.

McKenzie has also acknowledged that the Hanover Parish Council has long been receiving reports about breaches at the construction site, however, it failed to intervene.

"I'm not offering any defence, but we need also to strengthen the capacity of the local authority to respond in a more meaningful way," he said.

Meanwhile, the Negril Chamber has called for a speedy probe into the building collapse at Royalton site.





AK47 seized in East Kingston

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gun-ak-47-dunkirk.jpgThe Kingston Eastern Police on Tuesday seized an AK-47 rifle during an operation in the vicinity of Wildman Street, Dunkirk in Kingston 2.

The police say no one was arrested in connection with the seizure.





Prado teams up with Sizzla for tribute song

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sizzla-and-prado.jpgWith one of the most popular songs dedicated to mothers recorded to date, it's no surprise that Sizzla Kolonji was the first choice for a collaborator when recording artiste Prado decided to record a modern day tribute to mothers.

Prado, formerly Desperado, will be officially releasing his 'My Mama' single featuring Sizzla Kolonji this Mother's day, May 8. The single can be purchased digitally as a gift to mothers globally on the day set aside to honour them.

"Sizzla is my all-time favourite artist and fortunately for me I can call him my musical brother. I think he has one of the best Momma songs ever written and would be able to bring the kind of sound the 'My Mamma' single would benefit from," Prado explained.

With Prado's 'My Momma' single, he highlights the fact that not all mothers are worthy and that we should be even more appreciative when we actually have a good mother.

Plans are underway to create a video for the 'My Mamma' single featuring Sizzla in May. Prado continues to evolve as an artiste with more material that shows his versatility; his 'Wild Out' single is performing extremely well locally and overseas and will have excellent visuals officially released this month.





spragga-benz-daughter-graduates.jpg"Congrats to you Shanice... Next...On to the Masters," said Spragga on Instagram.

The dancehall artiste and actor congratulated his daughter, Shanice, who graduated with a first degree from Villa Nova University, while encouraging her to take the next step of pursuing her Master' Degree.

Spragga, who enjoyed the height of his popularity in the 1990s, is known for hits such as Could a Deal, Jack it Up and Girls Hooray. He also made a name for himself in the US with his supporting role in the cult classic film, Shottas.





KSAC this week broke ground with the CHASE Fund to commence the construction of the Family Park at William Grant Park.

According to Senator Mayor Brown Burke "The Family Park will not only be a place of fun, relaxation and togetherness, but will also re-emphasize the celebration and importance of The Family where parents and children, brothers, sisters,cousins, aunts and uncles, religious organisations, students and adults will come to enjoy the facility, and feel a sense of belonging, a sense of pride and a sense of love. Where children of all ages will come to play, and they will learn through play: developing social and cognitive skills as they learn how to be kind to one another, how to look out for each other, how to negotiate their differences; gaining self confidence as they master new skills and teach others what they know."

Mayor Brown explained that "This idea was born out of the necessity to have a facility for children and families in Downtown Kingston, where families living in close proximity wouldn't need to go very far to enjoy a world class interactive park with distinctively thematic activity and play areas that are 'attention-grabbing' yet educational."

The full project is estimated to cost in excess of $50.0 Million Dollars the CHASE Fund will take up a major portion of this project to the tune of $20.7 Million Dollars which will go toward the building of the Mother Hen Corner, Journey to Africa and The Seashell Amphitheatre.

The KSAC will be actively engaging other partners to assist in the funding to funding of the other themed areas which are:• The Mosaic Space• Reggae Avenue• The Main Family Monument• the Tuck Shop• the Walking Trail• the restroom facility Structural Engineer Scheed Cole will be responsible for the execution of these area.

"Over 95% of the material to be used in the construction of the facility will be recycled material and it is for this reason that we I am using this opportunity to launch our plastic bottle collection drive and appeal to residents of Kingston and St. Andrew and the wider Jamaica, whether at the

Level of the household or large companies to donate! donate! donate! as many of your plastic bottles as possible to help us with the completion of this awesome project, approximately 3million bottles will be needed," says Mayor Brown Burke. Collection zones across the municipality will be announced very shortly.





crime-scene-gun.jpgThe Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) have confirmed that a district constable was shot and killed in Lacovia, St. Elizabeth on Sunday.

Information is that the policeman was found dead in his Toyata Camry motorcar about 8pm.

He had gunshot wounds to his head and chest.

The deceased has been identified as 56-year-old Lewis Robinson, who was attached to the Santa Cruz Police station.

Residents heard loud explosions and summoned the police. Robinson's body was found along the Lacovia Main Road.

The St. Elizabeth police say investigations are ongoing.





faye-jacobs.jpgFormer Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) candidate for Central Westmoreland Faye Reid Jacobs has died.

News of Reid-Jacobs' death was confirmed by the police who said that the former politician allegedly committed suicide by injecting a substance into her body.

She was found by relatives on Sunday, May 8 at 6:30 pm at her Mountainside Boulevard, Long Mountain, St. Andrew home.

Faye Reid- Jacobs in 2015 tendered her resignation as the party's candidate in the Central Westmoreland seat after electoral defeat by the People's National Party's Dwayne Vaz.

Reid-Jacobs was a financial consultant and the sister of the late Pauline Reid, former President of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce.

Reid Jacobs unsuccessfully contested the 2014 Central Westmoreland by-election for the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) against the People's National Party's Dwayne Vaz.

She resigned as the JLP's caretaker for the constituency less than one year after the defeat.

Reid Jacobs was the Executive Director of the consultancy firm Caribbean Integrated Financial Services Limited.





Suspect held for cop's murder

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hands-behind-bars.jpgA suspect has reportedly been held for questioning in relation to the murder Monday morning of a district constable in Lacovia, St Elizabeth.

The man was held Monday afternoon.

Lewis Robinson, a 56-year-old resident of the parish, was held up and shot after 2 o'clock and his firearm stolen.

Police report that Lewis' body was found in his car with a gunshot wound to his mouth.

Head of the St Elizabeth Police Division, Lansford Salmon, said residents in the area reported that they heard gunshots after 2 o'clock.

The attack in the area has left police in the division on high alert.





crime-scene-7.jpgSixty-four-year-old Clarendon pastor Leon Brown was killed on Monday afternoon and his wife seriously injured in a motor vehicle crash along the Clarendon Park Main Road.

The pastor was killed around 1:20 pm, after the Toyota Corolla he was driving slammed into a truck.

The pastor had just driven out of a gas station where he had stopped to buy petrol when the crash occurred.

It took a team from the Clarendon Fire Department more than half an hour to remove the couple from the mangled car..

Brown, the pastor of the Bethel Gospel Hall in Mocho died on the spot.

His wife has been hospitalised in serious condition.





hands-behind-bars.jpgA Portland security guard is now in police custody for allegedly raping a 10 year-old-girl in the community of Breastwork on the weekend.

According to the police, the child left her home and went to a nearby river with family and friends on Saturday afternoon.

It is alleged that after swimming, the girl decided to head home for a change of clothing, but did not return and family members became worried.

The police say the girl's sister went to investigate and found the child naked and crying.

An alarm was raised and the security guard was later picked up by the police.

Residents, however, converged at the Port Antonio Police Station demanding that the man be turned over to them.

The residents claim it was not the first time the security guard, believed to be in his 40s, was sexually molesting the child.

He is also said to be involved in a relationship with the child's mother.





faye-jacobs.jpgThe People's National Party (PNP) has joined in expressing condolences following the alleged suicide of former banker and politician Faye Reid Jacobs.

The police say Jacobs died yesterday two hours after she was taken to hospital after reportedly ingesting a chemical substance.

In a release, the PNP says it is saddened by this event and offered condolences to her family and friends.

The party also Reid Jacob's contribution to the political life of Jamaica.





Noting that the recent murder of two missionaries in St Mary was an unfortunate, but isolated incident, head of the Criminal Investigation Branch, ACP Ealan Powell, says that missionary groups are safe in Jamaica.

The police in Jamaican Police have emphasised that other missionary groups will be safe when they come to Jamaica.

ACP Powell is encouraging other missionaries who may have concerns to contact the police.

The bodies of 48-year-old, Randy Hentzel, and 53 year-old, Harold Nichols were found between April 30 and May 1.

Autopsies have revealed, that they died of gunshot and chop wounds.

Both missionaries lived and worked in Jamaica, for a Pennsylvania-based religious organization called Teams for Medical Missions.

The two men and their families did evangelism, bible ministry and built homes.

At the time of their deaths, the men were reportedly in the process of checking on the completion of the foundation for a home for a poor St Mary family, ahead of the visit by other missionaries, to finish the structure.





missionaries-killed.jpgThe group, Teams for Medical Missions, two of whose members were murdered in St. Mary, has postponed its upcoming trip fo Jamaica.

The announcement was made at a memorial service for the slain missionaries, Harold Nichols and Randy Hentzel, held on Saturday.

"Because of the circumstances, because of the part that Harold and Randy played in our teams, because of the fact that we house them in the Nichols' home, we felt it was unkind and unable for us to have the team come this week," said John Heater, Director of Teams for Medical Missions.

But despite the negative international publicity, as a result of the killings, it appears the team is looking to strengthen ties with Jamaica in the future.

The local police and a team from the FBI visited the crime scenes last weekend.





Tessanne fans ready for NY performance

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tessanne-chin-photo-10.jpgA past winner and an enduring favorite of NBC's smash television series The Voice, Tessanne Chin, will join the company of Grammy Award winners Brian McKnight, Peabo Bryson and reggae luminaries Beres Hammond and Toots Hibbert as headline performers at Groovin In The Park 2016 at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens.

The annual summer concert takes place on Sunday June 26 and the Jamaican songbird took to twitter to announce her glee saying "can't wait !!! #GroovinInThePark."

Radio host Ras Clem, who made the announcement on Groovin Radio, WVIP, 93.5FM in New York said "We are excited to welcome Tessanne to the New York area for this very important assignment. She is an extraordinary performer with a powerhouse voice. This is her 'Diaspora 'welcome home party' and fans are over the moon" he noted.

Announcement of her upcoming performance has sparked interest among loyal Voice TV viewers in the tri-state who voted in droves to ensure her victory in 2013.

"I am an avid Tessanne Chin supporter" Jamaican born, Mt. Vernon, NY resident Esroy Bernard stated.

"I fell in love with her voice when I heard 'Hideaway'. I voted for her on the Voice and can't wait to see her live on stage at Groovin In The Park" he said.

Since 2013, Tessanne has travelled the world performing for VIP guests including the President of the USA Barack Obama and his wife Michelle. Her first album after her Voice win 'Count on My Love' - included popular tracks 'Tumbling Down,' 'Everything Reminds Me of You' and 'People Change'. 'Fire,' the next release was produced by Grammy Award-winning produced Justice League (Mary J. Blige, Drake).

Her latest offering 'Love Suicide,' is now a staple on reggae radio in the tri-state area. Fans will be looking to hear the aforementioned songs as well as her rendition of Whitney Houston's 'I Have Nothing' and Simon & Garfunkel's 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' which soared to #1 on the iTunes Overall Top Songs chart when it was released in 2013.





rob-kardashian-and-blac-chyna.jpgFamily first. Khloé and Rob Kardashian have put their differences aside now that his fiancée, Blac Chyna, is pregnant. A source tells Us Weekly exclusively that the siblings reached out to each other after the Arthur George sock designer, 29, informed his family that he's going to be a dad.

"Rob and Khloe spoke three weeks ago and they worked things out," the insider tells Us of the former roomies who were at odds with each other over his relationship with the model, who has a child with Tyga, the rapper dating their younger sister Kylie Jenner. "She's happy for the baby."

According to the source, Rob has been over to Khloe's Calabasas, California, pad and has "patched things up" with his older sister.

"The baby brought them together," the insider says. "Rob is having a baby, which is huge and she needed to be there for him. It was the right thing to do."

As previously reported by Us, the formerly reclusive reality star's famous family has come to terms with his romance with the former music video model, 27, thanks to the help of Kim Kardashian.

"She's always been the peacemaker," another source told Us of the complicated family.





judy-mowatt-groovin-in-the-park-2015-myflash-photos.jpgIt's one thing for Ajax to get a Reggae showcase for patrons to enjoy, but it's something else when that showcase comes with history that everyone wants a piece of. On Saturday May 7th, 2016, Judy Mowatt, member of the I-Threes and original backing group of Bob Marley and the Wailers, will be in town for a rare show.

Just in time for the Mother's Day weekend, Mowatt will perform at Mysticle Lounge (282 Monarch Ave) alongside fellow legend Leroy Gibbons and award winning artist Colin Levy.

The Reggae legend whose catalog includes hit records "Many Are Called," "Thank You Lord" and "Put It On" has not performed in Canada for several years, but recently came to Canada at the special request of Colin Levy with whom she has maintained a good friendship over the years. "I don't perform often" she's quoted as saying "but when Colin calls, I have to take the stage!"

Fans have not seen Judy perform in Canada in several years making her one of the most requested artists when it comes to stage performance. Yvette from Pickering says she'll be traveling to Ajax to see Judy perform because she "grew up listening to Judy's music but never saw her perform." This will be her first time.

Leroy Gibbons aka Mr. Four Seasons Lover has not been seen in Canada for several years and is an added bonus to the Judy Mowatt package. Appealing to mature music lovers, Leroy's rendition of classics Soul songs as well as material from his own catalog provide the right mix for those wanting an above average evening.

Rounding out the performance line up is Colin Levy. Having just released his album Unleashed, the artist has new music to compliment his radio hits "Lover's Holiday," and "In My House." When asked if he feels pressure performing alongside such veterans, Colin replied "I look forward to joining these greats on the stage. Fans are going to love the show too!"

Since her days with Bob Marley and the Wailers, Judy has written several hit records with Bunny Wailer, is the first female to ever be nominated for a GRAMMY Award for Best Reggae Album (Working Wonders) which she produced, and became a Christian.





The issue of free movement of Jamaicans and other CARICOM nationals will be up for discussion at the regional Heads of Government conference scheduled to take place in July.

Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, Minister of Foreign Affairs, said the matter was placed on the agenda at Jamaica's request.

It follows the recent actions of Trinidad and Tobago to deny entry to a number of Jamaicans.

Senator Johnson Smith said after several discussions with her Trinidadian counterpart, Senator David Moses, she was able to get a written response.

"He has now committed to retrofitting an appropriate area within the Piarco Airport to ensure that they are, by July of this year, more able to treat with Jamaicans and all nationals who use the Piarco Airport and are denied entry," she said.





Good news for Ganja

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ganja-licence.jpgA week after a new Board of the Cannabis Licensing Authority was appointed, the Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) says it has signed off on regulations that will result in the development of a legal ganja industry in Jamaica. That is legal for medicinal, therapeutic and scientific purposes.

The regulations, as set out, will put the CLA in a position to start issuing licenses in the next few weeks for those interested in participating in the ganja industry. But before it reaches that stage, a few more things are to be done.

The regulations that were signed off on must now go to the Office of the Chief Parliamentary Counsel where the document will be finalised for the signature of the Chairman of the CLA as well as the Minister of Justice, ahead of it being submitted for gazetting and entry into law.

The CLA will, in the interim, be convening town hall meetings in several parishes during the last two weeks of this month to discuss the regulations.

The CLA was created by the Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Act 2015. It has powers to make and oversee the implementation of regulations for licences, permits and other authorisation for the cultivation, processing, distribution, sale and transportation of hemp, as well as ganja, for medicinal, scientific and therapeutic purposes.

The regulations that were signed off on do not deal with the hemp industry, which will be discussed in the future.





policewoman-judith-williams-apr-29.jpgThe Police High Command has promised further details on the probe into the brutal murder Corporal Williams, following confirmation that a suspect is in custody and the motorbike that was used by the killers has been seized by investigators.

Police sources have indicated that a least one serving member of the force is among persons being questioned about the murder.

The attack on Williams has been described as a 'hit' by senior investigators on the case. Now they are putting the pieces together to fully establish the motive behind the tragic incident, and the linkages that were involved.

Williams' murder has rocked her colleagues, many of whom have had to undergo grief counselling.





elephant-man-passport.jpgHaving recently regained his U.S. work permit dancehall recording artist Elephant Man it seems has found a passion for aviation.

A video of the entertainer piloting what appears to be a small single engine plane emerged online.





Dancehall duo Voicemail okay car accident

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Reports are that dancehall duo #Voicemail escaped life threatening injures Friday after the vehicle they were traveling in veered of the road and crashed into a ditch in Falmouth.

Hours later duo member #Qraig sought to assure fans and well wishers that despite being a bit shaken up they were ok.





prince-ermias-photo-1.jpgYardflex is no stranger to big ups, but this one by Prince Ermias Sahle Selassie, the grandson of HIM Haile Selassie is special in more ways than one.

The Prince and his wife visited Jamaica last week, and we were privileged to hang out with him, and we must say, that Prince Ermias is the MAN.

Blessed love Prince...and come back for another visit soon. The welcome mat is always spread out for you and the family.

download the video here.





No Hip Hop music for Montreal club

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Hip hop music is banned Canadian province of Montreal.

Popular nightclub, Muzique, has find itself in some 'hot water' after Michael Duchard was shot right outside of the club on the corner of Roy and Saint Laurent last Thursday. The assault is likely linked to gang violence.

With retaliation seem like a given the SPVM called an emergency hearing with Quebec's Liquor Control Board to have Muzique forcibly shut down in order to prevent any further incidents.

Once the hearings finished, it was ruled that Muzique would be able to stay open, but with some rather strange conditions.

"One of such conditions is, if Muzique hopes to remain in operation, hip-hop music can't be played at the venue," this according to a report in the Metro Journal.

It was also recommended that the club increase its security guards.





popcaan-photo-3.jpgThe Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda released the following statement on the arrest of Popcaan.

Popular Jamaican dancehall artiste Andrea Sutherland, aka Popcaan was arrested and taken into custody, following a confrontation with police at Fort James around 2:00 a.m. on Tuesday.

It was reported that during the artiste performance on stage, a number of patrons, who were attending show climbed onto the stage.

The police, who were there to maintain Law and Order, went on stage to remove the patrons and to protect the artiste.

However, while the police were carrying out their duty, Popcaan got in the way of the officer, and physically barring him from carrying out his duty.The artiste could be seen pushing a police officer aside, whilst at the same time on the microphone inciting the crowd to misbehave.

A number of patrons also resort to throwing missiles, causing injuries to innocent bystanders inside the crowd.

Popcaan was subsequently arrested and taken into custody by the police to prevent any further breach of the peace. He is likely to be charged with assault and battery of a police officer; obstructing a police officer and disorderly conduct.





Janet Jackson pregnant at 49

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janet-jackson.jpgJanet Jackson is reportedly pregnant with her first child.

The 49-year-old singer - who will turn 50 on May 16 - is expecting her first child with husband Wissam Al Mana, according to Entertainment Tonight.

The report of Janet's pregnancy comes just one month after she postponed her world tour because she is "planning a family".

She said in a video message to fans: "Hey you guys, on August 31 I launched the 'Unbreakable world tour.

"First I want to thank all the fans for coming out and seeing the show, you guys made it so enjoyable each and every night. We are in the second leg of the tour and there's been a sudden change and I thought it was important you be the first to know. My husband and I are planning a family so I'm going to have to delay the tour. Please, if you can, try and understand it's important that I do this now, I have to rest up, doctors orders, but i have not forgotten about you, I will continue the tour as soon as I possibly can (sic)."

She previously postponed 29 US dates on the tour after being advised to have surgery and rescheduled them for July and August.

In announcing the postponement of the US tour, Janet appealed to her fans for prayers.

She said on her website: "Hey you guys...Happy Holidays to each and every one of you! I need you to know, I learned today, from my doctors that I must have surgery soon. It breaks my heart to tell you that I am forced to postpone the 'Unbreakable Tour' until the spring. Please pray for me, my family and our entire company during this difficult time...There will be no further comment."





drake-performance-billboard.jpgWith an estimated net worth of $60 million, rapper Drake has become the newest member of the Forbes Top Five club of hip-hop's wealthiest artists.

He kicked 50 Cent out of the fifth spot.

The rest of the exclusive club consists of returning members Diddy, Dr. Dre, Jay Z and Birdman.

Drake's impressive financials are courtesy of his music sales, touring and tie-ins with Apple, Nike and Sprite.

Diddy continues to hold the most power with a net worth of $750 million thanks to his dealings with Diageo's Ciroc vodka, plus his TV network Revolt, clothing line Sean John, record label Bad Boy, tequila Deleon and water brand Aquahydrate.

Dr. Dre is close behind with $710 million, a fortune padded by his sale of Beats to Apple two years ago and last year's Straight Outta Compton film.

Jay Z is in third place with $610 million boosted by his streaming service Tidal, as well as earnings from his Roc Nation business empire.

In fourth place is Cash Money's Birdman, with a $110 million net worth, which is actually down since last year.





tony-matterhorn-photo-1.jpgSlector Tony Matterhorn has booked his spot in the finals of the Boom Energy Drink All-Star Sound Clash, powered by Magnum Tonic Wine, after narrowly escaping a bold and animated attack from Choice Movement Sound from Negril last Thursday.

Matterhorn will face either Emperor (from Japan) or popular selector Fire Links, who will face each other this week.

This final showdown follows 13 weeks of competition among 12 sound systems competing at the highly anticipated weekly sound clash event on Olympic Way in St Andrew.

Opting to go first after a coin toss, Matterhorn started his round with his customary onslaught on his opponent, telling the bus load of supporters from Negril to "go back home". He launched into classics from top artistes, including Buju Banton, Junior Gong, and Bounty Killer, and littered the venue with Vybz Kartel dubs.

Not to be outdone, Choice Movement's lead man, Slaughter, stamped his dominance on the stage in his work gear. Slaughter's team set the venue ablaze with a classic from I-Wayne. With skilled showmanship, Choice diversified their 20-minute set with dubs from Freddie McGregor and Nitty Kutchie, and ended a blazing set with a flip of Devin the Dakta's Rrri Bam Bi Deng Deng.

The judges awarded round one to Choice Movements. Slaughter and his team also took round two having elicited great responses from the crowd with big hits from Bounty Killer and Buju Banton.





peter-tosh-photo-1.jpgIn the year since announcing that the date of 4/20 would be recognized as International Peter Tosh Day, the family of the famed reggae artist and human-rights activist have taken major steps to enable the world to experience Peter's music and social views. To that end, the family is proud to announce it is launching Peter Tosh 420, a company with a mission to organically grow the Peter Tosh legacy by providing quality cannabis products for medicinal power, spiritual enlightenment and recreational enjoyment.

Peter Tosh 420 is a new venture being formed by the family of Peter Tosh, music and entertainment industry veteran Brian Latture, and cannabis industry leader Steven Trenk of Lizada Capital, LLC. Peter Tosh 420 is poised to capitalize on the current legalization movement.

"We are very excited to be partnering with Steven Trenk, who brings a wealth of experience and immediate industry credibility to our cause," said Latture, who manages the Peter Tosh brand and is Chief Executive Manager of the new venture, PT Capital, LLC.

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Trenk, who was an early pioneer investor in the legal cannabis space, agreed, adding "There are few names more synonymous with the Cannabis industry than that of Peter Tosh. I am just thrilled to be partnering with Peter's family to take a marquee brand like Peter Tosh, who was literally the Godfather of the legalization movement, and spreading his message through Peter Tosh 420."

"This venture is not just about business, it is about spreading my father's message of equal rights and justice, while bringing what he believed was a sacred herb to the world and doing good deeds in the process," said Niambe McIntosh, administrator of her father's estate, and President of PT Capital, LLC.

Peter Tosh 420 will embrace the mind, body, and spirit aspects of the cannabis culture, which Ms. McIntosh believes will build long-term brand loyalty. In addition, proceeds from every sale will be donated to the Peter Tosh Foundation, which will be administered by Peter's family.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Peter Tosh's first solo album and his cannabis anthem "Legalize It."





Popcaan pleads guilty

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popcaan-photo-4.jpgJamaican entertainer Popcaan on Tuesday pleaded guilty to assaulting a police officer in Antigua.

Popcaan, whose given name is Andre Sutherland, was taken before a magistrate court in Antigua and Barbuda court on summary offenses.

He entered the guilty plea to the two charges, battery on police and was fined EC$1,000 (approximately $45,409) and obstructing a police officer. He was fined EC$1,000 (approximately $45,409).

If he fails to pay the fines, he faces six months imprisonment.

Popcaan was arrested in Antigua and Barbuda early Tuesday morning.





Popcaan fined, released from custody

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popcaan-photo-3.jpgFollowing his arrest earlier this morning Dancehall recording artist #Popcaan was moments ago released by police on fine after his legal team of Michael Archibold, Lawrence Daniels and Jermaine Rhudd filled the necessary paperwork.

This stemming from a brief altercation with what appeared to be a #police office during his performance. The incident seem to stem from a misunderstanding after a fan was being escorted off stage.





Proper preparation of ackee

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ackee.jpgAccording to Acting Chief Medical Officer in the Ministry of Health, Dr. De La Haye, ackee contains high levels of a toxin called hypoglycin and if not ripened properly, can potentially lead to death if consumed.

He says persons should thoroughly clean the fruit by removing the seed and the pinkish/reddish membrane.

Wash the ackee properly, cook before eating and dispose of the water used. Other foods such as salt fish, ground provision and rice are to be cooked separately.

Symptoms of ackee poisoning include vomiting, stomach cramps/abdominal pain, dizziness, diarrhoea and sweating.

The Ministry of Health says persons experiencing these symptoms should seek medical attention immediately and should have a sweet drink while on their way to the health centre or hospital.

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hands-behind-bars.jpgA Costa Rican man, who was held along with a Jamaican woman with approximately 570 pounds of ganja and several barrels of fuel, Tuesday, pleaded guilty to Breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act.

He is 39 year old businessman Ragelio Dixon Austin.

However 26 year old Melinda Cole otherwise called Sherika Williams and Shelly pleaded not guilty to the charge when she appeared in the St. Elizabeth Court in Santa Cruz.

She was offered 200,000 bail.

Mr. Ragelio Austin is to be sentenced on May 13, while a mention date of June 13, has been set for Miss Melinda Cole to seek legal representation and return to court.

Two cases of ackee poisoning

In the wake of two cases of ackee poisoning since the start of the year, the Ministry of Health is warning the public to be careful in the preparation and consumption of the fruit.

In a statement Wednesday afternoon, the Health Ministry said if ackee is not prepared properly, it can be harmful due to the potentially high levels of toxins.

Acting Chief Medical Officer in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Winston De La Haye, says only fit and well opened ackees are to be used by householders.





popcaan-photo-3.jpgDancehall recording artiste Popcaan was last night arrested by the police in Antigua while performing at a stage show there.. The incident seem to stem from a misunderstanding after a fan was being escorted off stage. A report carried in the Antigua Observer this morning stated that the conflict began when a number of supporters climbed onto the stage and a police officer began removing them.

In the video shown below, Popcaan is seen intervening and saying on the mic not to handle them so rough. He also physically separated a patron from the police officer who reacted by strongly pushing Popcaan.

"Several patrons stepped in the way and another officer intervened to calm the police officer. The dancehall artist later reportedly responded by directing a diss song to the police officer further escalating the situation.

"The artiste then left the stage where he alleged a further conflict occurred and patrons began throwing bottles onto the stage.

In a further video the artiste - while being escorted by police officers into a vehicle - can be heard accusing the police of breaking open his mouth





Another cop attacked by gunmen

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police-cars.jpgA Corporal is in serious but stable condition after being attacked while on his way from work at the Guy's Hill Police Station in St. Catherine early Sunday.

It's reported that gunmen opened fire on his vehicle in Kitson Town in the parish - hitting him in the face and thigh.

The incident comes days after Corporal Judith Williams died after being shot in while on her way to work last Thursday.

The policewoman was shot multiple times in Franklyn Town, east Kingston; and a policeman was attacked and injured in Sandy Bay, Clarendon, while at home with his common-law wife on Thursday night.

Head of the Police Federation Sergeant Raymond Wilson said the spate of attacks on members of the force is frightening.

"I find it very difficult to understand the spate of attacks in recent days. We are aware of the shooting of our female colleague and to wake up to this this morning - it is quite heartrending for cops on the ground who require motivation in light of the spate of criminal activities to go out there and do a job when we ourselves are being attacked," Wilson said.

The policewoman subsequently died from her injuries.





The police have confirmed reports that a boat transporting Jamaicans to the USA, capsized off the coast of Bahamas, earlier today (April 30).

However, details of the incident have not been released.

The police say authorities also seized some contraband.

Concerned relatives have contacted Irie FM News, expressing frustration with being unable to get information about the incident.

The relatives fear their loved ones have drowned, however the police say they cannot confirm any report of deaths.





Missionary killed in St Mary

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american-missionary-randy-hentzell.jpgThe body of a missionary from Mango Valley in St Mary, was found Saturday afternoon at Wensworth in the parish.

The missionary, who has been identified as 48-year-old American Randy Hentzel, was found with his hands bound and a wound to the mouth.

Reports from the police are that about 8:00 am, Hentzel and another missionary went out on a motorcycle. Then, around 2:00 pm, Hentzel's body was found beside the motorcycle.

The police were reportedly summoned.

The other missionary has not been seen since.





McLeod clocks world-leading time

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hurdler-mcleod-jamaica.jpgJamaica's World Indoor champion Omar McLeod scorched to a world-leading and meet record victory in his first outdoor sprint hurdles race of the season at the Drake Relays in the United States ON Saturday.

Running in cold conditions and a negative wind, McLeod blazed to 13.03 seconds to win the event and break the previous record 13.14 which was set by fellow Jamaican Hansle Parchment in 2014. Parchment was third in Saturday's race in a season's best 13.42 seconds.

Reigning Commonwealth Games champion Kaliese Spencer was fourth in the women's 400 meter hurdles, clocking 56.39 seconds in her opening race of the season.

Another Jamaican, Ristanna Tracey was 7th in 59.08 seconds in the event won by Britain's Meghan Beesley in 55.43 seconds.





Jamaica and Cuba will sign a memorandum of understanding for multi-destination tourism between the two countries on Friday.

A similar agreement will be signed with the Dominican Republic in June.

Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett, made the announcement on Friday at the opening of the Jamaica Product Exchange (JAPEX) at the Montego Bay Convention Centre.

He said Jamaica is taking proactive steps to leverage its long-standing relationship with Cuba, to boost arrivals through the arrangement with that country and the Dominican Republic.

"Cuba which is our neighbour 90 miles away, will allow visitors to arrive there and then come to Jamaica. I believe that now that Cuba now better relations with the entire region, this will enable us to have greater connectivity."

He said Jamaica is also in discussions with China and the aim is to concretise a tripartite agreement with China, Jamaica and Cuba.





ganja-seized.jpgA Haitian is among three men arrested on Saturday following a major ganja seizure on a beach near Pelican Cay, off the coast of Old Harbour, St. Catherine.

The other two men are Jamaicans.The police say the seizure of 650 pounds of ganja and three 15 gallon bottles of fuel has dealt another blow to the guns-for-drugs trade between Jamaica and Haiti.

The police say the ganja seized is worth just under $4-million

It's reported that about 4:45 p.m., the Marine Police were patrolling the Pelican Cay area when they observed the bottles of fuel ashore.

This aroused their suspicion, leading them to search the surrounding area.During the search, the ganja was found in plastic bags.

The three men, who were at the location, were held and arrangements are being made for them to be interviewed.

Investigators theorise that the drug was being prepared for pick-up.





ganja-seized.jpgNASSAU, Bahamas (CMC) - Two foreign nationals, including a Jamaican, are due to appear in court later this week after they were arrested at the Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) over the weekend.

Police said that the two women, the other from Amsterdam, were arrested after members of the Drug Enforcement Unit, acting on information, conducted a search of a suitcase where they uncovered just over three pounds of ecstasy pills

"The two women were subsequently arrested and taken into custody. Investigations are ongoing," a police statement noted, adding that the two unidentified women were taken into custody late Friday.





court.jpgA man held and charged in connection with the rape of a Jamaican woman in Trinidad, is scheduled to appear in court on Monday.

The police report that the 38-year-old man was arrested at his home last Thursday, after he reportedly raped the 26-year-old woman at her home last week Sunday morning.

According to the police the woman was accosted by a man as she arrived at her home in Orchard Gardens, Chaguanas.

The man reportedly placed a knife to her throat and demanded that she hand over her belongings.

When she told him that she had nothing, he forced her into the house and allegedly raped her.

The man is expected to appear in the Tunapuna Magistrates Court on Monday to answer to charges.





ermias-emperor-haile-selassie-grandson.jpgHis Imperial Highness, Prince Ermias Sahle-Selassie and his wife, Princess Saba Kebede, departed the island yesterday, following their nine-day visit to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the State visit of his grandfather, the late Emperor of Ethiopia, Haile Selassie.

The Prince, who reportedly spoke with the state-controlled JIS News before leaving the Sangster International Airport, in Montego Bay, expressed appreciation to the Government and people of Jamaica, particularly the Rastafarian community, for making his visit memorable. He said he hopes to return to Jamaica soon.

Prince Sahle-Selassie said he cherished the fond memories of his visit and "it was very good to see that the legacy of His Majesty is still alive in Jamaica today."

Among his most memorable stops during his cross island tour was his visit to the Maroons of Accompong, St Elizabeth, he said.

"That was a great experience, also the visits to the different mansions of Rastafari: Bobo-shanti Hill, Nyah Binghi and the 12 tribes," he said, adding that visiting the high school named in honour of his grandfather, in Kingston, was also of great significance.

The Prince's visit involved a number of activities, including a floral tribute to National Hero, the Right Excellent Marcus Mosiah Garvey at National Heroes Park; courtesy calls on Prime Minister Andrew Holness and Leader of the Opposition Portia Simpson Miller, as well as tours of the historic exhibition, 'Rastafari: Unconquerable!' , at the National Museum of Jamaica in Kingston and Montego Bay

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crime-scene-7.jpgA top level probe has been launched into the killing of two American missionaries who were ambushed in Albion Mountain, St. Mary on Jamaica's north east on Saturday.

One of the missionaries, 48 year old Randy Hentzel, was found shot to death about 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon. Then, shortly after 5 o'clock Sunday afternoon, the body of 53 year old Harold Nichols was discovered by a search team comprising the police and residents. The body had bullet wounds.

The police have not yet ascertained a motive for the killings.

It's reported that the men disappeared while on the way to meet their team in Albion Mountain where they were constructing a house for a family.

Terry Nichols, the wife of Harold Nichols, working with a Pennsylvania based medical mission, said that she and her husband had been bringing medical teams to Jamaica "every quarter for the last 20 years."

The couple moved to Jamaica in 2002 and since then have also been assisting in building small homes for persons "in unfortunate circumstances."





Reggae Sumfest 2017

band-r5.jpg"Now watch me Whip..now watch me Nae Nae."

Not everyone may know the name of the artiste who sings this song, but close to everyone on the planet must have heard these lines at some point or the other and even tried to do the Whip and Nae Nae dance moves. With the official video inching towards one billion views, and quite a few nominations and awards under his belt, including Sunday's Billboard Award for Top Streaming Artiste (Video) Silento has made his mark and he is all set to make his debut performance in Jamaica on July 9 at YMZ, the ultimate family entertainment event.

Produced by Mysterious Music Minds, YMZ will be held at the National Stadium in Kingston and features a balanced package with two top international acts and two hugely popular local artistes. In addition to Silento, YMZ features sibling group R5, Bling Dawg and Don Andre who together comprise the fantastic four gearing up to give concert-goers a summer to remember.

Dave Lindsay, a director of Mysterious Music Minds, noted that although the producers of YMZ (Youth Music Zone) are tapping into a predominantly youth market, the concept is one of clean, appropriate, entertainment that the entire family can come out and enjoy, in addition to a production that will be second to none, with state-of-the-art audio and lighting effects.

"We observed that the current landscape was lacking in family entertainment shows. You know the type where parents can tag along with their kids and actually have fun themselves, so we decided to fix that," he said.

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With their wealth of experience in the entertainment business, it was a no-brainer for the team to choose the ideal artistes for this package. "The Aji Bounce and the Tom Cruise have taken over the place so it was fitting to get Bling Dawg and Don Andre on the line-up. R5 is a hit with the teens and we know that the youngster can't wait to see them live," Lindsay explained. He added that Silento is pretty excited about his first performance in Jamaica. From last month, the 18-year-old who whose global hit Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae) saw him charting in places such as Australia, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Slovakia, South Africa, Sweden and Switzerland, posted on his Facebook Page, "I'll Be In Kingston, Jamaica Soon! let everyone know to be at the venue with the squad."

R5, a US pop/rock band formed in 2009, comprises siblings Riker, Rocky and Ross Lynch and their sister Rydel, along with family friend Ellington Ratliff. In 2010, R5 released their debut EP, Ready Set Rock. Individual acting roles helped to boost the group's profile -Ross stars in Austin & Ally aired on Disney Channel - and in 2012 they signed to Hollywood Records. The group released their second EP, Loud (2013), then followed it up with the debut album, Louder. R5 was nominated for Best Band at Disney Music Awards, and won the title of Next Big Thing in 2013 and a Radio Disney Music Award 2014.

YMZ is endorsed by the National Parent Teachers' Association, while among the official sponsors of the July 9 event are iCool, Jamaica Yellow Pages, Youth Link, Gleaner, Children's Own, Zip FM, Irie FM, Hype TV, KaribLink Digital, Main Event, Esirom, Renaissance Disco, Atlas Protection, Tutti Frutti, Caribbean Sofa, School SMS, Carib Tix, 1Luv TV

Check out YMZ on July 9 at the National Stadium...it a go loud!

Please visit our website for more details: http://www.youthmusiczone.com/





patty-eating-contest.jpgTAPPAN, NY - Groovin In the Park, the largest international reggae and R&B festival will be even more exciting this year with the addition of the Caribbean Food Delights World Jamaican Beef Patty Eating Championship.

"Groovin in the Park is excited to partner with Caribbean Food Delights (CFD) for the World Jamaican Beef Patty Championship, which is sanctioned by Wisconsin's based All Pro Eating Promotions governing body," said Groovin Executive Producer, Christopher Roberts.

*This is probably the first time that a professional competition of this kind is being held at a reggae/ R&B festival in North America, which will provide Groovin In The Park patrons a unique opportunity to experience the competition first hand. I am confident they will enjoy it" Roberts noted.

"Our Jamaican patty eating competition in its 15th year, is bigger than ever, with prize money of approximately $20,000. The grand prize winner receives $10,000, second place - $5,000, third, fourth and fifth places $2,500, $1,000 and $500, respectively" said CFD's Chief Operating Officer, Sabrina HoSang-Jordan.

Groovin In the Park is scheduled for Sunday, June 26, 2016 at Roy Wilkins Park, in Queens, New York. It features a star-studded lineup of international reggae singers including Toots Hibbert, Beres Hammond, Tessanne Chin and Duane Stephenson and internationally renowned R&B singers Peabo Bryson, Brian McKnight and Regina Belle.





Marvin the Dancer is wanted by the cops

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marvin-the-dancer-photo-1.jpgMarvin the Dancer is being sought by the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).

Superintendent Enid Ross-Stewart, the officer in charge of CISOCA, is reported to have indicated that Marvin should turn himself in to the police at any constabulary station or CISOCA's office in Montego Bay.

Irie FM's Music News pointed to the superintendent's directive late on Friday afternoon.

Detectives from CISOCA launched an investigation into Marvin's activities following a video which went viral recently, showing Marvin the Dancer and other men horsing around a female. In the video, it appeared that the female tried to get away from the men, but was cornered by the group, who forced themselves on her in a most indecent way involving wild gyrating on the woman.

The video triggered widespread and intense condemnation of the men's activities from several groups.

As a result of the development, the female in question was interviewed by CISOCA last week, resulting in the call for Marvin the Dancer to report to the police.





crime-scene-7.jpgPolice in Negril say that at approximately 1:30 am, the entertainer known as Bastic was on the beach on Norman Manley Boulevard, when a man attacked him with a knife.

He was stabbed multiple times and rushed to hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

His attacker escaped in a motor car. David White, Senior Superintendent and Westmoreland 'top cop' reportedly said the police know the suspect and are currently pursuing the individual.

Bastic, - real name Ricardo Patterson was known for singles such as Richest Set A Gal, Live My Life, Lovely Day, featuring Chi Ching Ching, and Summer Shorts, featuring Big Wayne.





brigitte-foster-hylton-photo-1.jpgOlympian and former 100 metre hurdler Brigitte Foster-Hylton is now a mother.

Reports are that Foster-Hylton and her husband Patrick Hylton are now the proud parents of a boy.

Foster-Hylton, with a 100-metre hurdles personal best of 12:45 seconds, retired from track and field after the London 2012 Olympic games.

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gully-bop-and-amari-onstage.jpgRecording and later uploading a video of herself showing a used and stained sanitary napkin, Gully Bop's former girlfriend A'mari has come under hell fire for her actions.

Following the crazy action, veteran star, Ninja Man has denounced the viral pair.

In an almost 16-minute-long tape posted to social media, Ninja Man went off on a rant beseeching that both Gully Bop and A'mari put an end to their offensive displays on the Internet.

"What kind of disgraceful thing dem deh my youth?" Ninja Man questioned on camera.

The dancehall artiste did not pass up the opportunity to tell viewers just how disturbed he was by the showing.

"Jesus Christ, me belly pain me, mi stomach sick fi see a woman come pon the [expletive] Internet and a talk dem things deh bout artiste," he said.

ninjaman-benz.jpgLater in the video, Ninja Man even appeared to scorn Gully Bop stating: "Gully Bop, me a go tell you this yu nuh, you can't come nowhere near me again yu nuh!"

During his rant however, Ninja Man took time out to deliver a sobering message to the pair.

"In the name of Jesus, unu get a hold a unu self man. This don't look good...A'mari, you have a daughter you have son, you have pickney. You can't make yourself a do dem something deh. Inna the future, when yu pickney dem see dem something deh, dem a go shame," he said.





Bunny Brown pays tribute to Prince

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bunny-brown.jpgOne of the golden voices of Jamaica, Bunny Brown (Chosen Few), lends his vocals to the mega hit 'PURPLE RAIN' as Reggae's tribute to Prince. Produced by Sly and Robbie and Bunny Brown, and released on the Taxi label it is a true musical treat.

Fans of Prince's original will, as we say in Jamaica, "fulljoy" this new taste with the twist of all spiced Reggae.

Hardcore lovers of reggae who know of Prince, but not necessarily a fan of the original rendition of music will no doubt be won over to the lyrical prowess and tease that prince is known for. Bunny soulfully delivered this tribute with his own flavour adding variety to the songs taste.

Enjoy and share:
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KLE Group exits nightclub operations

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The Kingston Live Entertainment (KLE) Group has shed light on its decision to get rid of its night club operations, stating that the company's management and board have been reviewing the strategic position of the company and the expansion into restaurant franchising.

KLE says the exit from the night club business ended the demand on the company's working capital and other resources which are needed to focus on the restaurant and franchising business.

The decision was made to sell the assets used in the operations of the Famous Night Club.

KLE still owns the trademarks associated with the brand.

Earlier this year it completed the sale of 51 per cent of Tracks and Records to Joseph Bogdanovich.





Kartel releases new clothing line

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The Official VK Line brand, based on Vybz Kartel's Gaza Movement, and communicated through his music, is poised to take over urban fashion globally.

The Gaza Movement already has pent up demand for official Vybz Kartel merchandise so it is expected this will be a global brand in a matter of weeks.

Buses in Kenya are painted with Kartel all over it, Scandinavian kids in north Europe proudly choose his songs for their dance-offs and the first English phrase Japanese youths say is often "Gaza for life!". The brand could be coined "A brand, for the progressive ghetto youth, made by progressive ghetto youths."

Not much is being revealed about the corporate structure of the brand except that all the intellectual property is owned by Taneisha Johnson, wife of Vybz Kartel and licensed to a company owned by one of his close business associates.

With the line extending from t-shirts, to underwear, intimate apparel, bustiers, beach attire, ladies gym shorts, foot wear and premium caps; driven by a plan to take on global brands; it is evident that this company is well funded and proudly says "Official VK Line - From Portmore to the World".





BoJ stems slide in dollar

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The Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) says it sold US$158 million to the foreign exchange market on April 28 and May 20 in an effort to stem the slide in the value of the Jamaican dollar. It was the biggest intervention by the Central Bank in the market.

Speaking Thursday morning at the Central Bank's quarterly media briefing, BOJ Governor Brian Wynter, described the movement in the dollar as excessive.

According to Mr. Wynter, the pressure on the dollar was due mainly to the prospect of a large US dollar bond issued on the local capital market by a foreign financial institution.

He, however, expressed confidence that the BOJ's intervention is enough to settle the dollar.

"It is our expectation that these actions, combined with the economic conditions that I have described will restore calm to the foreign exchange market in the near future," he said.

In the meantime, the BOJ governor says he does not expect the recently announced tax plan to derail the inflation target of between 4.5 and 6.5 per cent this fiscal year.

"The tax on fuel, the $7 per litre, has a direct impact of something of the range of 0.2 percentage points added to the inflation number. But as I say, you're seeing a decline from other forces, so that's why I am hesitating to give a raw number," he delared.





One dead, nine injured in Portland crash

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crime-scene-7.jpgA man is dead and nine persons in hospital following a motor vehicle crash on the Woodstock main road in Portland Thursday.

According to the Buff Bay Police, about 3:20 in the afternoon, three persons were travelling in a Toyota Corolla when the driver reportedly lost control of the vehicle. It collided with a Toyota Wish which had seven passengers.

All ten persons were taken to hospital where 38 year old Marshall Carpenter died.

Two women are among the nine persons who remain in hospital. Three of the injured are said to be in serious condition.





Five dead in major road accident in St Ann

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st-ann-crash-photo-1.jpgFive persons have died, while several remain in hospital, following a motor vehicle collision on the main road between Runaway Bay and St Ann's Bay, in St. Ann.

No students were not among the fatalities, however, two students have been hospitalized with head injuries.

Principal of York Castle High School Raymond Treasure, students from at least four schools were on the minibus when it overturned. But, he says three students from his school were among those injured and taken to St. Ann's Bay Regional Hospital.

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According to eyewitness reports, a minibus operating between Brown's Town and Ocho Rios collided with an SUV and overturned.

Firefighters had to cut the top of the bus to rescue those trapped in the vehicle.

The incident led to significant traffic delays in the area.

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Prisoner shot dead after escape attempt

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crime-scene-gun.jpgAn inmate who allegedly tried to escape from the St Catherine Adult Correctional Centre was this afternoon shot dead by a correctional officer.

According to the National Security Ministry, the inmate was pronounced dead at the Spanish Town hospital.

His name is being withheld, however, as his family has not yet been informed.

In the meantime, the Ministry says the police and the Independent Commission of Investigations are investigating.





vybz-kartel-money-featured.jpgThe way is being cleared for jailed dancehall deejay Vybz Kartel to kickstart his appeal.

Reports are that Kartel could soon get several boxes of transcripts from his trial and once reviewed, he can instruct his legal team to start the appeal against his life-sentence conviction.

Tom Tavares-Finson, one of the deejay's attorneys, confirmed this development.

"The transcripts have been reviewed, and we were told that they have been copying and numbering the pages over the last couple of months. As you can well imagine, it is a couple of boxes of transcripts, but we have been informed that within the next week, it will be finished and Vybz Kartel will receive it, and then he can instruct his legal team, whosoever he chooses, to act and start the appeal process," Tavares-Finson reportedly told an online news outlet.

Vybz Kartel, whose given name is Adijah Palmer; entertainer Shawn 'Shawn Storm' Campbell; Kahira Jones; and Andre St John were sentenced on April 3 to life imprisonment for the August 16, 2011 murder of Clive 'Lizard' Williams.

Justice Lennox Campbell ordered that Vybz Kartel serve 35 years in prison, with hard labour, before he becomes eligible for parole. Campbell and Jones are to serve 25 years before becoming eligible for parole, while St John is to become eligible after serving 30 years of his sentence. Following a 65-day trial, they were convicted on March 13.

A fourth accused, Shane Williams, was acquitted by the 11-member jury.

Kartel is being held at the Horizon Adult Remand Centre in Kingston.

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The radio landscape has changed drastically with the advent of Internet and brokered radio stations in the Diaspora. This has led to an erosion in the quality of many of the presenters. In the 80's it was a much different situation when it was about creativity and quality presentation.

"If you ask me, New York's best Caribbean radio was presented in the 80's and 90's" said Jamaican born, NY broadcaster Conroy Allison, who is celebrating 35 years the industry.

Allison began his stint on radio in 1973 at Fordham University's WVUV-FM.

"WFUV was a great learning experience, lots of fun. I then moved on to WLIB-AM, which would become the Caribbean's first powerhouse station in New York," he said of his upward mobility in radio.

"All of my 22 years at WLIB and WBLS-FM were spent in the marketing department. I enjoyed the challenge of advertising sales and apparently, did it very well." said Allison.

Allison's voice has not just connected with Jamaicans but has reached Trinidadians, Barbadians, Guyanese, Antiguans, and African Americans. With marketing in his blood, Allison combined his love of both worlds - radio and promotions. He threw a party in Brooklyn in 1981 with star attraction Winston 'Merritone' Blake. The event was a resounding success. This started a business relationship between Allison and Blake that lasted until his passing this year.

Reflecting on the relationship with Blake, Allison said, "Over time, I developed a healthy respect for Winston's ability to entertain, his work ethic and his absolute commitment to his craft. While his passing leaves a void impossible to fill, the Merritone Fun Day will continue; I'll be working closely with his brothers, Monte and Trevor."

Prior to the 2016 Merritone Family Fun Day, Allison will celebrate his 35th anniversary on radio.





marley-family-photo-shoot.jpgGQ Style reunited Bob Marley's family reunited for their first photo shoot in over a decade, featuring some of Marley's sons, daughters and grandsons.The shoot was organized by for their debut issue.

The Marleys wore Gucci, Valentino, Dolce & Gabbana, Burberry, and Ralph Lauren along with several other top name brands.

Firstborn, Ziggy Marley told GQ Style that he did not feel pressured by his role as the first son of Bob.

"This is a family. Whatever we are is the same way we grow up-nothing has changed, really. Each individual role is important." Ziggy said he sees himself less as a patriarch than as a "voice of reason.

According to Ziggy, there's a clear "hierarchy of the elders, the adults, which is Cedella, me, and Sharon (the oldest).

Cedella, who spearheads Tuff Gong enterprises and cannabis brand Marley Natural, among other projects confirmed her position as the main driving force behind the Marley's businesses.

"Whatever business ventures we get into, I'm the one who has to deal with whoever we partner with on a day-to-day basis," she explained.

Both Damian and Ziggy will be releasing albums later this year and spoke to GQ about their inspirations musically.

Stephen is also planning to release his own album, Revelation Part II: The Fruit of Life this summer.

Son of Cedella, Skip Marley was also featured in the article and his mother spoke of the moment the family realized his musical talent at a concert.

"When he got onstage for a chorus of "One Love, it was like a jaw-drop moment," said the doting mother.

A separate article was also done on Bob's style and swanky fashion when he was alive.





Drake fires back at Mr Vegas

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drake-and-popcaan-controlla.jpgOutspoken dancehall artiste, Mr Vegas has garnered the attention of Canadian-American rapper, Drake.

This comes after Mr Vegas called out Drake for not listing dancehall artistes on his latest album even though he sampled their work.

Vegas' rant received thousands of views, seemingly including that of Drake's.

Drake took to Instagram on Sunday to thank fans who came out for his recent performance at Jewel Nightclub. He also took time to throw jabs at Vegas' hit single Heads High.

"Had to done off Vegas...Y fi di heads high," he wrote.

And he did not stop there. He later went over to Popcaan's Instagram page to comment on and like a video that was also aimed at Mr Vegas.

"Wicked, wicked, Wicked...OVO Unruly same ting," he said.

mr-vegas-photo-12.jpgBut while many are defending the rapper, a number of persons have come out in defense of Vegas.

"@popcaanmusic this is where you should come together with Mr. Vegas and defend dancehall artistes music instead if trying to war the guy Drake was wrong for what he did and im sure you didnt make much money as Drake did when Controlla drop.....yuh sell out yourself for free now trying to incite a fued with Vegas when he didn't say nun wrong......In the words of Buju arrogance is much different from ignorance......stop being a clown for chicken or pizza Sell out," one social media user commented.

"Drake your di biggest SAMPLE.. sampling dancehall music using or slangs and not giving credit where it's due. Mr Vegas was right! U ain't original," another said.





adele-21.jpgAdele has signed a multi-album contract with the Sony record label worth L90 million, which if paid out in full would make it the biggest record deal in history.

The 28-year-old singer/songwriter, who was the best-selling artist in the world in 2015, was approached by Sony after her original contract that she signed at the age of 19 with British independent label XL expired.

Adele is already worth an estimated L85 million, having generated extraordinary sums from her albums.

She earned over L35 million in sales generated by her latest album 25. Released in November last year, 25 has been credited with single-handedly reviving album sales across the globe, having sold more than 19 million copies to date worldwide.

In the US, the album claimed the largest single-week sales for an album since records began in 1991; while her second album 21, released in 2011, has now sold more than 30 million copies globally, making it the most successful album of the past decade.





Jay Z's Tidal now available in Jamaica

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jay-z-tidal.jpgReports are that Jay Z's streaming service TIDAL is now available in six additional countries including Jamaica as of Wednesday. This, as the brand expands its reach around the world.

The other five countries to access TIDAL are Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic and Peru. This is the first time fans in these countries will have subscription access to TIDAL.

Members will be able to access more than 40 million music tracks and 130,000 videos. Additionally, they will have access to exclusive content, livestreams, videos and concert tickets.

Each region will have country-specific music access, including local artistes.





rapper-ti.jpgOne person has died and three others have been wounded in a shooting inside a crowded New York City concert venue where hip-hop artist T.I. was scheduled to perform, police said.

At least four people were shot after gunfire erupted around 10.15pm on Wednesday at Irving Plaza, near Manhattan's Union Square.

The gunman opened fire inside the green room inside the popular venue.

Police said a 34-year-old man was shot in the chest and a 33-year-old man was shot in the stomach and died a short time later.

Elijah Rodriguez was attending the concert with his sister and they were in the VIP area by the stage.

He said T.I. was supposed to go on stage at 9 or 9.30pm but 'he never showed up.'

Rappers Maino and Uncle Murda had been performing on stage at the time of the shooting.

At about 10pm he said the venue started playing music again, and at about 10.15pm, he saw a line of people coming out from where the performers were coming onstage.

'All the sudden I heard someone saying that there was a shot, that someone got shot,' Rodriguez said.

T.I. was set to perform at Irving Plaza and then 1 OAK later on Wednesday, however NYPD reportedly shut down the club.

The 35-year-old Atlanta rapper started in the music business in 2001 and is the founder of Grand Hustle Records.

He has released nine studio albums and recorded hits such as Whatever You Like, Live your Life with Rihanna and About the Money with Young Thug.

He has also starred in several movies and television shows such as Boss and American Gangster.





Nesbeth mourns sister's death

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nesbeth-photo-1.jpgReggae crooner Greg Nesbeth has been dealt another harsh blow.

The My Dream singer today lost a sister, just three months after his wife died.

Nesbeth's publicist, Raymond 'Shadow' Small, told THE STAR that the artiste's sister passed away Wednesday morning. However, Small did not offer much more details.

"He is trying to take it in strides," Small began.

"I'm not privy to speak as I have not been made aware of the full details surrounding her passing, so I cannot speak extensively on the matter," he said.





Ananda Alert for missing 12 year-old

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missing-child-devano-smith-photo.jpgA high-level Ananda Alert has been activated for 12-year-old Devano Smith of Wood Haven Avenue, Tree Oaks Gardens in Kingston 19 who has been missing since Tuesday, May 24.

He is of brown complexion, slim build and about 160 centimetres (5 feet 3 inches) tall.

Reports are that Devano was last seen at school about 2:45 pm, dressed in a khaki shirt and khaki pants and a blue epaulet. He has not been heard from since.

The police urge anyone knowing the whereabouts of Devano Smith to contact the Duhaney Park Police at 933-4280, police's emergency 119 number or the nearest police station.





spelling-bee-chaunte-blackwood.jpgJamaica's Spelling Bee champion, Chaunte Blackwood has advanced to Thursday's final of the Scripps Spelling Bee being held in the US.

13-year-old Chaunte moved past 200 other spellers from across the United States and elsewhere to do battle for the coveted Scripps Spelling Bee Cup.

"I am thrilled and honoured to be among the top 45 finalists, down from 284, and I am am looking forward to this amazing experience here in Maryland", Chaunte reportedly told The Gleaner.

Her coach, Hanif Brown, himself a student, has been equally upbeat.

"Chaunte has already made it this far and we are hoping she will go all the way to the top," he said.

On Wednesday, Chaunte correctly spelt the word a-i-l-e-t-t-e and c-a-n-t-i-n-a.

Points from her preliminary test on Tuesday were added to her spelling score today. The final will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and ESPN starting at 10 a.m.

Chaunte, the Gleaner's Children's Own Spelling Bee champion, attends Ardenne High School in Kingston.





sex-offenders-registry-logo.jpgA total of 124 names were added to the Sex Offenders Registry between July 2014 and last December. The figure comprises 120 men and four women.

Janet Davey, Director in charge of Probation After-care Services at the Department of Correctional Services, says more than 80% of the offenders were charged with having sex with a minor. She says the list contains the names of ex-convicts and persons who received non-custodial sentences.

However, Ms Davey says the Sex Offenders Registry is underutilized. She is appealing to school administrators and others to use the registry to determine the suitability of prospective employees. She says the Department of Correctional Services is taking steps to ramp up its public education programme to increase awareness of the registry.

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Pastor/teacher charged for kissing student

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A student who was left traumatised after she was kissed by her teacher, who is also a minister of religion, reported the incident to her parents and the man has been arrested and charged.

The pastor, who teaches at a traditional high school in Clarendon, is said to be among four male teachers who have been arrested and charged with sexual abuse and child molestation in the parish.

Allegations are that the teacher, who conducts mentoring session at the school, was in a session with a female student when he kissed her.

The student told her parents who reported it to the school, which called in the police and the pastor was arrested and charged.





vegas-featured.jpgdrake-and-popcaan-controlla.jpgCanadian rapper Drake and PopCaan have both responded to Mr. Vegas following his 8 minutes long video questioning Drake's motives for not crediting the Jamaican acts sampled on his album.

On Sunday, Drake wrote on Instagram "Had to done off Vegas...Y fi di heads high." Drake has also commented on a video aimed at Mr. Vegas on Popcaan's Instagram page. The rapper wrote, "Wicked, wicked, Wicked...OVO Unruly same ting."

Meanwhile, PopCaan has openly rejected Mr. Vegas' assistance using a video to telling him he doesn't need his help.

"Leave our business alone," Popcaan tells Vegas in the clip.





Flippa's re-trial re-scheduled

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flippa-mafia.jpgDancehall artiste's Flippa Mafia retrial has been re-scheduled.

Last Friday Flippa's lawyer J Michael Farrell hinted that their request to bar the State's decision to retry the dancehall deejay may affect a retrial of the case slated for today.

The State will retry Flippa 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.





Cops investigating Marvin The Dancer

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marvin-the-dancer.jpgDancer Marvin 'The Beast' is being investigated by the police for his alleged dangerous dancing performances at entertainment events.

Steve McGregor, senior superintendent of police in charge of St James,says that the probe includes seeking to find out whether the Montego Bay-based dancer assaulted a woman of unsound mind during a recent dancing episode.

McGregor said that the investigations were launched following recent performances by the dancer. Some of his antics have been captured on camera and have been posted on social media.

"Somebody sent one of the [recent] videos to me and I viewed it. Sadly, we found the main female who was in the act, as well as others, and they are claiming to say it's OK and they were having fun. But it is my intention to call him in, though, and question him," McGregor said.

McGregor noted that in order for any charges to be laid against the dancer, a willing complainant has to come forward, and thus far, none has.

"If we find that these are the kinds of acts that are playing out there, we can persecute the promoter, the owner of the venue, and the person who is operating the sound system because we would not have given them permission to be doing these acts at the dance," McGregor said.





Alkaline's US visa not revoked

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alkaline-photo-8.jpgAlkaline's manager has come out and denied that he has lot his visa.

Last week Monday the deejays fans were really surprised by the news that his US visa had been revoked leading to a lot of speculations on what could have been the reason.

We are sure they are now breathing a sigh of relief that the controversial artiste is still welcomed in the United States.

The news which was circulated on various websites, spread like wildfire that he lost out on the visa as a result of his latest track - Save Yourself.

According to these websites, the song is politically charged and incites violence against homosexuals.

Kereena Beckford, the entertainer's sister and manager, told the Star that it was false news and perceives it as a ploy to create drama around the artiste.

"It's all rumours. This is just something created by some unknown people who want to start something. Alkaline is not having any immigration issues anywhere. Right now, he's in Germany and he'll be leaving from there to go to London and then Canada, and all his visas are in tact," she was quoted as saying.





It was on May 25, 1963, that the leaders of 32 independent African States met to form the Organization of African Unity (OAU). By then more than two thirds of countries in the African continent had achieved independence from colonial rule. At this historic meeting, the date of Africa Freedom Day was changed from April 15 to May 25 and Africa Freedom Day was declared African Liberation Day (ALD). African Liberation Day has been held on May 25th in every corner of the world since.

On Wednesday, May 25, the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation(KSAC) will stage the Fifth Annual African Liberation Day event at St. William Grant Park, with artistes Queen Ifrica, Tony Rebel, Chezidek, Bushman, Charley B, Davianah, ELAD and many more, a press release outlined. A fashion show will be staged by employees of the KSAC and outfits will be provided by Africana House. The event is free to the public

The release quotes Mayor of Kingston, Dr. Angela Brown Burke as saying: "African Liberation Day is a very important day on our calendar, reminding us of our rich history and the merging of the two cultures of Jamaica and Africa. It's for this reason we place such great emphasis on this event. I am therefore inviting all to come out on Wednesday to help us celebrate our African Heritage. This celebration is an important acknowledgement of the cultural influence of Africentrism on our identity as a people."

Emcees will be Mutabaruka and Denise Isis Miller.

Exhibits will be on show from 3:00PM and the live concert will begin at 5PM, admission is free.





Labour Day in Pictures

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labour-day-1.jpgSenator Councillor Dr. Angela Brown Burke and Mr. Robert Hill, Town Clerk assist with the installation of a new door at the St. Tekle Haimanot Early Childhood Dev. Centre in East Rural St. Andrew. Garfield Bennett, Principal of the school looks on.

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Senator Councillor Dr. Angela Brown Burke giving a face lift to St. Tekle Haimanot Early Childhood Development Centre in East Rural St. Andrew as Councillor Pat Morgan from the Dallas Division also joins in.





Ganja sub committee set up

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cocaine-seized-photo-1.jpgBahamian arrested at Sangster International Airport

A Bahamian man who was allegedly held with cocaine at the Sangster International Airport on Friday, is now behind bars.

He has been identified as Burlin Mitchell Starr, 52, of South Beach, Nassau.

The police report that about 9 a.m., officers were conducting security checks in the departure hall when three parcels, wrapped in masking tape, were examined and found to contain two pounds of cocaine.

It has an estimated street value of J$1-million.Starr was later arrested.

He is scheduled to appear in court on May 27.





Abandoned baby found by fruit vendor

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shocked.jpgA one-day-old baby boy was found abandoned on Sunday, May 22 near the KFC in Old Harbour, St Catherine, by a fruit vendor.

The vendor found the baby with its placenta still attached in a black plastic bag and a hand written note nearby.

The note which appears to have been written by the child's mother stated that the she was a rape victim from Manchester and she could not abort the baby.

Also included in the note was the baby's birth date which was listed as May 21, 2016.

The vendor accompanied by the Old Harbor Police took the baby to the Spanish Town Hospital.





hands-behind-bars.jpgThee police officer, who is being held on suspicion that he had a female colleague killed last month, is now being probed for the 2013 murder of another police officer.

Information about the latest probe was disclosed by his attorney Peter Champagnie, who said detectives informed him of the development on Friday.

The suspect is being probed for the murder of Sergeant Courtney Simpson, who was attached to the Protective Services Division of the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

Simpson, who was the bodyguard of then state minister Julian Robinson, was shot multiple times at his gate in Harbour View, St Andrew, on the night of April 8, 2013, by men travelling in a white motor vehicle.

The suspect is expected to face a number of identification parade this week.

The cop was held several weeks ago in relation to the murder of Corporal Judith Williams, who was shot six times while at a bus stop near her home at McKintyre Villa (otherwise known as Dunkirk), in Kingston, on Thursday, April 28.

The 54-year-old Williams was attacked by two men traveling on a motorbike. She died hours later.

A civilian was held shortly after, followed by Williams' colleague.





Trinidad in fear over ISIS terror threat

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isis.jpgThe twin island republic of Trinidad and Tobago is facing a potential a terror attack from ISIS.

The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) is investigating an audio file, claiming that a terrorist attack will be carried out in Trinidad during the Corpus Christi holiday.

An unidentified man is heard warning citizens to stay away from the local shopping malls as he has received word of an impending terror attack. He also warned that the families of those involved in the plan have already been notified and he advises others to tell their families to stay inside.

"They planning a strike to hit the malls in Trinidad, ISIS, either between Friday/Saturday, or Thursday, Friday, Saturday," the voice says.

TTPS Head of Corporate Communications, Ellen Lewis urged persons to remain calm while police carry out their investigations. She has also reminded persons that the audio may be a hoax:

"It has been received and we are seeking to determine the source and whether it is credible...

"The intent is clearly to create panic and mischief as this is not the first [report] of its kind."





shocked.jpgA primary school principal who suffered the embarrassment of having his male member partially bitten off, was not shown the welcome sign when he turned up unexpectedly at his school last week.

The principal, who is on sick leave owing to the injury, drove onto the compound and when the students, teachers, parents and members of the community realised that it was him, drama unfolded.

The police had to be called to the school and the officers escorted the principal safely to his vehicle and watched until he drove away .

A parent, who was at the school last week when high drama unfolded, declared that the principal is no longer welcomed there

She said, "I attended this school, and now my children are here, and this type of embarrassment is distracting. The students are frightened and they don't trust him. They tell him they don't want him and dem run him weh. The police had to be called in and one of the officer cranked up him gun to scare away the children."

A father said he would remove his son from the institution if the principal in question continued working at the school.

"Mi a move my son and send him go another school 'cause a learn mi send my pickney go school fi learn, and pickney look up to principal. Mi nuh want nuh principal trick my child," he said.

Bryon Buckley, director, corporate communication at the Ministry of Education, confirmed that the ministry is aware of the disturbance which occurred at the school.

"A team from the ministry went there and spoke to the staff and the principal. He (the principal) was advised by the ministry not to be on the compound so as to quell things," Buckley said.

The St Andrew North police also confirmed that police were called to the institution to control the situation which had unfolded.





dudus-disguise.jpgAre we reading right? did Dudus' sister Sandy really tell a newspaper that her brother is studying theology in prison? Wow! Just Wow!

Well we haffi big up Sandy, Dudus, Livity and the big Man himself Faada God for this transformation.

Me hear one pastor preach a sermon wha day yah whe seh Massa God love bad man. Cause look pon Saul who was di baddest man and when him bukc Faada God pon di road to Damascus and ask him sey:"Saul Saul, why persecuteth thou me?" Saul did jus haffi roll ova and gi him life to God.

People like Dudus a dem deh tun inna real Christian. Massa God is not a man fi play wid.

We wish more a di bad man dem woulda puddong dem gun and tek up di Bible.

Dudus, Sandy and Livity, we a go ask Minister Judy Mowatt fi continue fi pray fi oonu. Walk inna di light. We happy fi all a oonu.





How to Reduce Blood Pressure Naturally

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blood-pressure.jpgAre you aware that there are simple and inexpensive ways to control blood pressure with food and supplements you already have in your kitchen?

Experts agree that these steps are some of the most effective in lowering blood pressure naturally.

1. CoQ10 supplements - CoEnzyme Q10 or CoQ10 For short is a powerful anti-oxidant which is in every cell in your body. Your body uses CoQ10 to derive Energy.

In a double-blind placebo controlled study published in The Journal of Human Hypertension, The group which took CoQ10 for just 8 weeks showed a significant reduction of blood pressure.

Note that blood pressure medication prevents the body from not only manufacturing its own CoQ10, but also your body's ability to absorb CoQ10. recommended dose: 100-200 mg gel caps each day to help lower blood pressure.

2. Vitamins, Herbs and Anti-oxidants

The following are Doctor recommended daily amounts.

Vitamin C - 1000 mg
Garlic - 2 cloves
Hawthorn berry - 500 mg
Omega 3 fatty acid fish oil Gel caps - 1000 mg
Vitamin b6 in a natural multivitamin
Magnesium - 500 mg
Astragalus root 500mg

3. Food Sources:

In a Greek study that examined the effects of the Mediterranean diet on 20,000 people proved that olive Oil, Fruits and Vegetables were significantly associated with lower systolic and diastolic blood pressure.

Celery - 4 sticks a day, relaxes the smooth muscles in the blood vessels.

Fresh cold water fish which is high in Omega-3 fatty Acids.

Salt - let's understand the real reason why salt is important to your blood pressure.

We've all heard that you need to cut down on sodium in your diet, although this is not bad advice, it misses the point. High sodium intake alone does not increase blood pressure, it is an excess of sodium to potassium ratio.

The ideal ratio is five times as much potassium as sodium in Your diet. You'll get the best results by eating three servings A day of potassium rich foods such as:

Bananas - 1 large
Avocados - 1 cup
Beans - 1 cup
Squash - 1 cup
Tomatoes - 1 cup

Low levels of magnesium can also contribute to high Blood pressure, so here are some Magnesium rich foods:

Almonds - 1/3 cup
Tofu - 1 cup
Cashews - 1 cup
Raisin bran - 1/3 cup

4. Lose extra pounds and watch your waistline. Blood pressure often increases as weight increases. ...

5. Exercise regularly.

And finally lets talk about what level of blood pressure is considered high. Right now the threshold pushed by mainstream medicine is 115/75 - 120/80 which WAS considered borderline LOW just 5 years ago.

This is because the standard for "high" blood pressure, just like the standard for cholesterol is repeatedly lowered to put more people on medication. Your individual risk factors and age play a big role in determining what is a good blood pressure level for YOU.

So don't just accept a one size fits all number when it comes to your blood pressure. Ask questions and discuss your health with a nutritionally educated Doctor to find what is best for you.

So what about YOU? Are You going to let the silent killer Sneak up on you? Or are You going to take action that will make this highly unlikely?

When You safe-guard Yourself with these proven techniques which You can easily incorporate into your life, then You will reap the healthy benefits.

Sources:

Singh RB, Niaz MA, Rostogi SS, et al. "Effect of Hydrosoluble coenzyme Q10 on blood pressure in Hypertensive patients with coronary artery disease". Journal of Human Hypertension. 1999 Mar;13(3):203-208.

About the Author:

Lee Cummings has been helping real people solve real problems and feel better with expert proven nutrition for over 5 years.





chris-brown-photo-1.jpgPop singer Chris Brown will be headlining the Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival.

The American singer will be the closing headliner of the Sam Cooke stage on Friday, September 2.

In announcing the new addition to the star-studded cast, the Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival said Brown made history when his first single "Run It!" instantly reached number one on the Billboard chart.

Since then, Brown has become one of the most popular US artists, selling millions of albums worldwide. He has won numerous awards, among them a Grammy, American Music Awards, and BET Awards, and has also built a successful acting career. Brown released his seventh studio album, "Royalty", in 2015. That same year, he also released a collaboration album with rapper Tyga.

Royalty, named after his daughter, is Brown's sixth number one on the Billboard R & B / Hip-Hop chart. Not only did the album peak the R & B charts, it also ranked the number two position in the Top Album Sales and Digital Albums Chart and number three on the Billboard 200. It's the seventh time Brown reached the top ten of the Billboard 200 in the first week after a new album release.

Other performers listed to perform are Al Jarreau, Tom Jones, Brandon Marsalis, Kassav, Jamie Cullum, Lenny Kravitz, Burt Bacharach and Michael Bolton, among others.

The Festival runs from September 1 to 3.





It's 'Drake the Fake' says Mr Vegas

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drake-performance-billboard.jpgIt is widely acknowledged that Drake's new album "Views" is heavily influenced by dancehall music. The Toronto rapper has also never been shy about his love for the music originated in Jamaica, but Mr. Vegas feels that he is not giving the genre enough credit.

In a video posted on his social media, Mr. Vegas rant about Drake not truly embracing dancehall but using the genre here and there in his music to get a buzz. The dancehall star went as far as to call Drizzy a fake.

"Drake the fake is just running with the hot genre right now," MV rant. "Because when yoy check it out really look how long Drake has been saying Gully before he start saying Gaza... 'Yow Gully bigup Mavado" but never did a song with Mavado yet and still don't do a song with Popcaan. So Drake maybe Meek Mill was right you're a fake."

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marvin-the-dancer.jpgDetectives from the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) have launched a probe into a recent 'dance routine' involving entertainer Marvin the dancer, his cronies and a female.

Head of CISOCA, Superintendent Enid Ross-Stewart said that police have since reviewed the online video of the incident. The video shows what appears to be a girl being humiliated on stage by Marvin the Dancer and at least three other men during one of his routines.

Police said they were now trying to find the girl to find out her age to determine whether charges could be laid against the dancer.

"If she is under age, the police would be able to act. In the case where the victim is adult, she would have to make a complaint to the police," one senior officer explained.

The officer went further to explain that if it is indeed a case where the alleged victim is mentally challenged - as it is being reported by some media outlets - a relative of the victim would have to make a report.

The footage which went viral last week shows Marvin the Dancer and his cronies chasing the female. In the video, it appears the female tries to get away but is cornered by the marauding males who force themselves on her while gyrating wildly.

The footage has triggered widespread condemnation from several groups.The dancer has since used his instagram page to apologize for the incident but this has done nothing to stop the reactions of concerned members of the public.





usain-bolt-wins-gold-200m-beijing-2015-photo-4.jpgUsain Bolt used his strong finish to win the 100 meters in 9.98 seconds at the Golden Spike meet in Ostrava, Czech Republic on Friday.

The Jamaican, who holds the world record in the 100m and 200m, recovered from a slow start but pulled ahead in the second half of the race to breeze unchallenged to the victory.

With the time, Bolt improved on his season's best of 10.05 in the Cayman Islands on Saturday. After that first race of the season, he needed treatment on a tight hamstring in Germany on the way to the Czech Republic.

He didn't appear to be limited on Friday. Ahead of the race, he said he would be happy with a time of 9.8.

New telecoms company enters the market

Cabinet has granted a mobile spectrum licence to telecommunications company, Symbiote Investments. The company will provide internet service in Jamaica. This is the third licence issued for the provision of mobile telecommunications service in the island.

Technology Minister Dr. Andrew Wheatley says Symbiote will have to pay US$20.8 million for use of the spectrum.

Dr. Wheatley says Symbiote, a Jamaican company, will increase competition in the telecoms market.

"A timeline is attached for full roll-out of the infrastucture and operations. I believe that within a year, we should see significant operations taking place and a full roll-out of this company," he said.

In the meantime, the Technology Minister says 500 persons are expected to be employed by Symbiote.





Woman stabs teen to death for hitting her son

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crime-scene-7.jpgA woman is in the custody of the St Mary police, after she stabbed a teenager to death on Thursday evening, May 19.

Dead is 15-year-old Devario Gardner of Bromley, St Mary.

It is being alleged that the woman stabbed the teen following a report from her six-year-old child that the teen had hit him.

The unfortunate incident occurred around 4:30 pm, according to initial police reports.

It is being further alleged that the woman approached Gardner with the allegations that he had hit her son. A dispute later developed and the woman took a knife and stabbed the teen in the chest.

Gardner was taken to the hospital, but was pronounced dead.

The woman was later taken into custody, where she is being held pending further investigations.

Gardner is said to be a student of the Jamaica Foundation for Life Long Learning in the parish.





A total of 14 high school students were arrested after being caught by the police on Wednesday afternoon at a house in Cooreville Gardens, St Andrew, where at least some of them were engaged in sexual activities.

They were released into the custody of their parents after appearing in the Family Court on Thursday. All 14 students were taken before the Family Court, accompanied by their parents, on charges of being in need of care and protection.

The students were taken into custody by personnel from the Hunts Bay and Duhaney Park police stations following a raid on the home in question, which is the residence of one of the boys who were involved.A 12-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl were among the eight boys and six girls who were arrested. The others were all 14-year-olds.

The police reported that the group of students was surprised by a police team at about 5:30 p.m. Of the group, two 'couples' reportedly admitted to have been engaged in sex at the time of the cops' arrival, but the others denied having been similarly engaged.

Arising from development, a senior police officer reportedly indicated that no sexual offence charges could be laid against the four students who admitted to having been engaged in sex, because they are all minors and the acts were voluntary on the part of all four.





Has Alkaline's visa been revoked?

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alkaline-photo-8.jpgAlkaline reportedly became the latest dancehall artiste to have his U.S. Visa revoked.

The problem reportedly stemmed from a new controversial single that the deejay released title "Save Yourself" where he sings about political issues affecting Jamaicans and other Caribbean nationals.

Other reports claimed that his visa was cancelled because he advocate violence against homosexuals in his music.

Over the last decade a slew of big name dancehall acts have had problems with their U.S. visa including Beenie Man, Mavado, Aidonia, Bouty Killer, Sizzla Kalonji and more.

Bounty Killer and Aidonia are still without a U.S. Visa.





Flippa Mafia to be sentenced June 3

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flippa-mafia.jpgDancehall deejay Flippa Mafia is scheduled for sentencing on June 3 in the Camden County Court, New Jersey.

The entertainer, whose given name is Andrew Davis, was found guilty of first-degree distribution of cocaine, second-degree money laundering, and second-degree conspiracy in December 2015. The court was, however, unable to find him guilty on the leader of narcotics-trafficking network charge and a retrial was ordered.

"Andrew Davis's retrial is being postponed because his attorneys are trying to pursue an interlocutory appeal. In light of the fact that it will likely be a few more months before he is retried on the charge of leader of a narcotics-trafficking network, the judge decided to sentence him on June 3 for the crimes for which he already was convicted at the first trial -- first-degree distribution of cocaine, and second-degree conspiracy and money laundering," Peter Aseltine, Division of Criminal Justice press officer in New Jersey's Attorney General Office, told the Jamaica Observer.

A first-degree rap carries a sentence of 10 to 20 years, while the second degree has an incarceration period of five to 10 years.





Hits galore on Youtube for Kartel's Fever

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vybz-kartel-photo-24.jpgAfter only one week, Vybz Kartel has racked up more than 700,000 views on YouTube for the video for 'Fever', the first single from the deejay's 'King of the Dancehall' album.

The raunchy video, directed by Jay Will and Game Over, features a girl in heat because of her lust-induced dreams.

King of the Dancehall was made available for pre-order on May 6 exclusively on iTunes. Distributed by Zojak World Wide, the album will be available exclusively to Apple Music subscribers on June 3, the same day the third instant-gratification track, Colouring This Life, will be offered in the iTunes store.

Apple Music will offer exclusive streaming one week before the 14-track album is available for download June 10, a service usually reserved for major label artistes.

King of the Dancehall contains never before released tracks from Vybz Kartel, all recorded by the prolific artiste before his incarceration, according to a press release. The album is a collaborative effort between Adidjahiem Records and TJ Records.





Filming For Snoop Dogg TV Series Sparks Panic

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snoop-dogg.jpgDuring the filming of Snoop Dogg's trial for murder members of the public thought it was all too real and broke out in panic running a Californian park!

It was actually the re-enactment of his arrest in August 1993 in connection with the death of Phillip Woldermariam, a member of a rival gang who was shot dead by Snoop's bodyguard, McKinley Lee.

Both were charged with murder, as the rapper was allegedly driving the vehicle from where Lee had shot Woldermariam.

Both Snoop and his bodyguard were later acquitted, but the famous murder trial is now the subject of a documentary series "Rich and Acquitted," and a reenactment of the murder took place at a San Fernando Valley park.

Of course local police had information that blanks would be used to replicate the gunfire in the filming of the murder scene, pity the park folks didn't know! They were under the impression that a real gun battle had broken out.

"Rich and Acquitted" is due to cover the acquittals of Robert Blake, Oscar Pistorius, O.J. Simpson, R. Kelly, and Michael Jackson, and will air on network Reelz in September.





merciless.jpgDancehall artiste Merciless will be seeking additional treatment on Wednesday after an attack by an iron-wielding assailant left him with bruises, cuts and a broken wrist.

The attack allegedly occurred on Monday afternoon when the 44 year-old deejay was at a mechanic shop in Free Town, Clarendon.

Eyewitnesses say that the deejay was approached by an unknown man who proceeded to severely beat him with a piece of iron, eventually breaking the deejay's wrist.

The deejay, whose real name is Leonard Bartley, was reportedly taken to the May Pen police station where the incident was reported.

The May Pen police have confirmed the incident.





usain-bolt-jamaica-flag.jpgFor Usain Bolt, the announcement that 31 athletes were caught doping in retests from the 2008 Beijing Olympics was "really bad news."

"It's rough. It's rough in the sport," the Jamaican great said Wednesday. "Something that's been tarnishing the sport for years."

Bolt was speaking a day after the International Olympic Committee announced that the 31 athletes could be banned from competing at the Rio de Janeiro Games. He said the World Anti-Doping Agency and others "are doing a very good job of cleaning up the sport. They've proven that anybody who has cheated, they're going to catch."

Bolt will run in the 100 meters at the Golden Spike meet in the eastern Czech city of Ostrava on Friday, his first race in Europe ahead of the Rio Games.

He said he believed that the crackdown on doping could prove successful.

"Hopefully, we can take steps forward in making the sports better and in the upcoming years we won't have these problems," Bolt said. "But, I think it's a process, and I think over time we will get better because they're doing such a good job."

In track, Russia is banned from competing because of a WADA panel report detailing state-sponsored doping. The IAAF has yet to decide if the Russian track team will be allowed to compete in Rio.

"I don't really think about it," Bolt said. "For me, rules are rules. I really don't make the rules, so, all I do is follow the rules. I can't really do anything about it."

Friday's race will be his second 100 after clocking 10.05 seconds in the Cayman Islands on Saturday. After that, he needed a treatment in Germany on the way to Prague.

"I had a tight hamstring after the last race but I went to see a doctor and he solved the problem," Bolt said. "I'm feeling pretty good right now. I'm feeling much better. I was training yesterday and everything was better."

The six-time Olympic champion will race for the eighth time at the Golden Spike meet, part of the IAAF world challenge series.

"I'll be very happy with at least 9.8," he said.

Bolt acknowledged his career might be coming to an end but was still not there.





Two children killed in fire

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fire.jpgA four-year-old boy and a 10-year-old girl, were burnt to death when fire gutted a 10 bedroom house close to Studio One Boulevard in Kingston on Wednesday morning.

Close to 15 other persons were left homeless as a result of the fire.

Reports are that, at about 4:30am, persons saw smoke coming from a house located in the tenement yard and raised an alarm.

Fire fighters were quick on the scene but were unable to save the children.

Grief-stricken relatives of the deceased ran through the streets crying out when they discovered the children's fate.

"Mi want back mi cousin! Mi want back mi cousin!" a girl, who appeared to be in her teens, said.

The mother of one of the children, unable to cope with her loss, had to be rushed to hospital. A man, said to be the father of one of the children, had to be restrained from entering the burning house.

The entire house was destroyed.





Marcia Barrett, the cousin of the farm worker who died in Canada, has taken issue with the assertions made at the Ministry's news conference yesterday. Ms. Barrett remains adamant that her cousin, Sheldon McKenzie, was stripped of his labour rights under the farm work programme, which also tried to cut off his access to health care. The matter was publicised by the media in Canada.

Labour Minister, Shahine Robinson, denied that Mr Jackson was prevented from receiving health care. She asserted that less than a day after Mr. McKenzie fell ill the Jamaican Liaison office responded, and was kept abreast of developments concerning Mr. McKenzie. But Miss Barrett insists that apart from an initial conversation with Mr McKenzie's mother, there was no more communication with the Ministry's representative. She strongly opposes the Ministry's version of events.

She is also adamant that not enough was done by the Liaison Officer. In the meantime, Miss Barrett has not stated whether legal action is being contemplated. However, she has declared that she will now be more forceful as an advocate for other workers facing similar situations.





balfour-gordon.jpgcrime-scene-gun.jpgThe husband and wife pair abducted from their home in Hanover Wednesday night and later murdered have been identified.

The husband has been identified as 66-year-old Balfour Gordon and his wife has been identified as Aleth Gordon, 45.

The two, along with a worker, were abducted from their home in Elgin Town and taken to Mosquito Cove District, over three miles, where they were shot.

The three were abducted around 8:00 pm when the husband and his worker were washing his bus, Loop News has been told. They were taken away in the bus that was being washed.

The worker managed to make it to the hospital after the gunmen left them for dead. The attackers reportedly drove the bus back to the couple's home where it was left.





Mr. G accuse Dexter Daps of allegedly ordering death treats against his life.





damion-crawford-and-cliff-hughes.jpgCommencing May 25, former People's National Party (PNP) Member of Parliament Damion Crawford will be hosting his own current affairs programme on Nationwide Radio.

Nationwide senior reporter Abka Fitz-Henley tweeted the information a short while ago, along with a photo of Crawford signing the contract with station owner Cliff Hughes.

The programme called 'Straight Forward With Crawford' is to air on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 8:00pm to 10:00pm.

On May 3, Crawford announced he would be hosting a radio programme but he gave no details.

"A now the place mash up... they gave Damion Crawford a radio show. Him alone and the mic... Crawford & Company and ur my company. It's shelled," he announced then.





policewoman-judith-williams-apr-29.jpgThe Police Constable implicated in the murder of one of his colleagues was not pointed out Tuesday during an identification parade.

Witnesses failed to identify the policeman under investigation for the murder of Woman Corporal Judith Williams.

He remains in custody as investigators continue their probe of the case.

Assistant Commissioner Ealan Powell, Head of the Criminal Investigation Branch, said other ID parades are scheduled in the matter.

Corporal Williams was shot dead at a bus stop in East Kingston three weeks ago, while on her way to work.





hands-behind-bars.jpgA Jamaican couple who was allegedly held with ganja in Guyana has been denied bail. They have been remanded to the New Amsterdam Prison until May 30.

The Jamaicans were allegedly found with 15.8 pounds of ganja, concealed in the false bottom of a suitcase while they were attempting to travel via the backtrack route to Suriname on May 12.

Benjamin Carrington, 29, and Dian Patterson, 22, who both gave their address as Papine St. Andrew, appeared before a Magistrate where they pleaded not guilty to the charge of being in possession of narcotics for trafficking.

Miss Patterson reportedly told investigators she was unaware of her boyfriend's business dealings.





Former Reggae Boy Fuller to retire

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reggae-boy-fuller.jpgFormer national striker Ricardo Fuller has called time on his playing career after taking part in a testimonial game to honour former stoke city defender Andy Griffin.

The 36 year old Fuller, who ended a three month contract with Oldham in January this year, says it will be his last parade on the field, having spent the last 15 years in the professional ranks.

Fuller played locally with Tivoli Gardens before moving overseas in 2001 to join Crystal Palace after which he moved to Preston North End, Portsmouth, Southampton, Ipswich and Stoke City, where he had his most successful stint.

He played 182 games for Stoke, scoring 43 goals. His returns at the international level were less impressive having netted just nine goals in 73 appearances.





prince.jpgLate pop icon Prince was remembered Sunday in a private ceremony at his church, with his family looking to hold a public event in August.

Television footage showed mourners dressed in black entering a Jehovah's Witness temple in the leafy suburb of Minnetonka outside Minneapolis.The Star Tribune newspaper of Minneapolis said that Prince's protegee Sheila E was among hundred