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Man marries his CELLPHONE in Vegas chapel

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man-marries-cellphone.jpgCalifornia native, Aaron Chervenak of Los Angeles headed to Sin City last month to marry the love of his life: His cell phone.

He donned a tux and his device had a white plastic case as they got married in a ceremony at the Little Vegas Chapel.

With a specially crafted ring on the back of the phone case, Chervenak was able to slip his finger into it, thus becoming one with the device.

The video, posted on YouTube by Kaspersky Lab UK, may feel like a sequel to the 2013 Oscar-winning film Her -- when a man falls in love with his mobile device, but this was crafted to show how humans are not intertwined with their phones more than ever.

Read: Unconscious Woman Receives CPR From Bride in Her Wedding Gown: 'My Nursing Instincts Kicked In'

"In a sense my smartphone has been my longest relationship," Chervenak said in the video. "What I hope my wedding will do is somehow act as a symbolic gesture to show how precious our phones are becoming in our daily lives."

The event was non-legally binding so if the phone wants to bail on its husband, it can deactivate the relationship at any time. He's also free to see other cell phones when he's due for an upgrade.

There is no word as to where they will honeymoon.





 

omar-mateen-gay-lover-miguel.jpgOmar Mateen, the Muslim gunman who committed the Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando, was "100 percent" gay and bore a grudge against Latino men because he felt used by them, according to a man who says he was his lover for two months.

"I've cried like you have no idea. But the thing that makes me want to tell the truth is that he didn't do it for terrorism. In my opinion he did it for revenge," he told Univision Noticias anchor Maria Elena Salinas in an exclusive interview in English and Spanish on Tuesday.

He said Mateen was angry and upset after a man he had sex with later revealed he was infected with the HIV virus.

Asked why he decided to come forward with his story, he said: "It's my responsibility as a citizen of the United States and a gay man."

The man said he had approached by the FBI and been interviewed three times in person by agents.The FBI confirmed to Univision that it had met with him.The man, who did not want his true identity revealed, agreed to an interview wearing a disguise and calling himself Miguel. Speaking in fluent Spanish and accented English, he said he met Mateen last year through a gay dating site and began a relationship soon after. He and Mateen were "friends with benefits," he said.

He described Mateen as "a very sweet guy" who never showed a violent side. He loved to be cuddled. "He was looking for love," he said. Mateen never revealed his name to him, saying only that he was 35 years old and married with a son, Miguel told Univision. He said they met 15-20 times, the last occasion in late December. He said he believed Mateen's second wife knew he frequented gay bars and that his marriage was a smoke screen to hide that he was "100 percent" gay.

"He adored Latinos, gay Latinos, with brown skin - but he felt rejected. He felt used by them - there were moments in the Pulse nightclub that made him feel really bad. Guys used him. That really affected him," Miguel said. "I believe this crazy horrible thing he did - that was revenge."

Mateen expressed frustration over his father's extreme views on homosexuality, which included a belief that "gay people [are] the devil and gay people have to die," Miguel said.

Mateen was especially upset after a sexual encounter with two Puerto Rican men, one of whom later revealed he was HIV positive, he added.

"He [Omar] was terrified that he was infected," he said. "I asked him, 'Did you do a test?' Yes. He went to the pharmacy and did the test ... it came out negative but it doesn't come out right away. It takes 4, 5 months."

"When I asked him what he was going to do now, his answer was 'I'm going to make them pay for what they did to me.'"





omar-mateen-gay-lover.jpgPortions of Omar Mateen's alleged hookup with at least one gay man were captured on surveillance cameras at an Orlando hotel ... TMZ has learned.

Sources at the Ambassador Hotel tell TMZ, Mateen was seen on camera footage recorded December 14, 2015 around 11 PM. We're told the video bolsters the claims of the heavily disguised man who told Univision he met up with Mateen 15-20 times at the hotel between November and December.

Our sources say the video shows Mateen walk to the front desk, speak to a staffer and then walk around a corner toward the room where the anonymous man says he was staying during their rendezvous.

We're told management showed the video to staffers and asked if anyone recalled seeing Mateen. The only person who noticed him is a guy who works the night shift.

We're told the FBI went to the Ambassador Tuesday night and took a copy of the surveillance footage.

The Bureau wouldn't confirm, but the video could go a long way to figuring out if Mateen attacked a gay club as part of a twisted revenge plot.





tanto-devonte-everyone-falls-in-love.jpg'Everyone Falls in Love' he 1997 hit song by Tanto Metro and Devonte has been sampled, by OVO artiste, Tony Lanez.

Last Friday, rising Canadian R&B crooner Tory Lanez tweeted: "Remember I said this ... I'm about to have Jamaica ON FIRE".

He then released a music video for his second single called Luv. The hook follows the same key and melody of Tanto Metro and Devonte's version.

The single follows Lanez's 2015 hit song, Say It, a mellow R&B tune with a gospel choir adding vocal flair to the chorus. Luv serves as the second official single from Tory Lanez's upcoming debut album titled I Told You.Since it's release on YouTube, views for the music video have climbed to over 800,000, following closely behind the song's SoundCloud count, currently climbing from 1.1 million plays.

"Though we are no stranger to seeing our material being covered, it still feels good to know the appreciation of our works from the past," said Devonte.

He says that he thinks Tory Lanez did a wonderful job putting his own twist on the record.

Tanto Metro said that what the song has done in the past, and is still doing today, makes the pair feel like winners.

"We've watched it cross generations," he said, "and as such, our deepest gratitude towards the artiste and his team."





ganja-trafficker-money.jpgAuthorities in Miami have seized at least $24 million in cash following the Tuesday arrest of a suspected marijuana trafficker.

The Miami Herald reported that the bust is the largest in the history of the Miami-Dade Police Department and said officers were still counting the money Wednesday.

According to the Miami Herald, most of the cash was bundled in increments of $100, placed in vacuum-sealed bags, and stuffed inside dozens of orange Home Depot-branded buckets.

Tuesday's raid was the culmination of a six-year--long investigation into Luis Hernandez-Gonzalez. The Herald reported that Hernandez-Gonzalez, 44, ran a North Miami store that sells equipment for indoor gardening. Investigators suspected the business catered to marijuana growers.

In addition to the raid on Gonzalez-Hernandez's house, where the cash was discovered, local police and federal agents raided the store, where they discovered marijuana seeds, marijuana labeled "Super Skunk" and "Chernobyl" and $180,000 in a safe.

Gonzalez-Hernandez, who reportedly admitted instructing his customers on how to grow marijuana, appeared in court Wednesday on charges of money laundering, marijuana trafficking and possession of a firearm while committing a felony, among other state charges. He ws ordered held on $4 million bail.

Gonzalez-Hernandez's sister, Salma Hernandez, was also arrested and charged with drug possession and conspiracy.





Student stabbed to death by another student

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crime-scene-7.jpgA student was stabbed to death in an altercation with a student from Oberlin High School on Wednesday morning.

Reports are that the student was on his way to school when he had an altercation with another youth of the same age group.

The incident unfolded in an area called Grant Hill.

A knife was brought into play and the teenager stabbed.

He was rushed to hospital but succumbed to his injury.

The student has been apprehended.





woman-killed -in-ochi-kyri.jpgA 58-year-old vendor is now in the custody of the Ocho Rios police after he allegedly stabbed his girlfriend to death at her workplace on Tuesday morning, June 29.

Police officers on the scene confirmed that the woman is Kyria Nelson, a 22-year-old employee of Torpedo Loan financing company on Brown's Plaza in the heart of Ocho Rios.

She was stabbed to death at her workplace at some time after 8am.

It is alleged that the vendor had been seen sharpening his knife from yesterday. At sometime after 8 this morning, he awaited the young woman as she entered the loan company to carry out his plan.The man then proceeded to slash her throat and he stabbed her several times.

When he completed his act, he left her in the building and proceeded to escape where he was apprehended by the Ocho Rios police some distance away from the plaza.

Head of the St Ann police, SSP Wayne Cameron explained that Nelson was alive, when she was rushed to the hospital.

However, she later died.





Barrington Levy to headline Reggae Sumfest

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barrington-levy-photo-2.jpgBarrington Levy will headline Reggae Sumfest on July 23, at Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex in Montego Bay.

Nominated this year for a Best Reggae Album Grammy for Acousticalevy, he returns to Sumfest after a three-year break.

"God bless my fans, on the night of the show, you will see what happens. I am asking the fans to come with the good vibes, the happy vibes. Walk with your tape and leave your machete, walk with your queen and leave your machine. Keep it clean, seen," said Levy.

Three years ago, Levy stole the show with an energetic, one-hour set. Next month, he will once again be backed by his California-based band, Detour Posse.

Levy is still promoting Acousticalevy which features unplugged versions of some of his biggest hits.

Levy, Sanchez and Tarrus Riley are among the big names on the closing night of Sumfest which is held this year under the theme, 'Our Music, Our Festival'.

Organisers have changed the format of the show, with an all-star Jamaican line-up over two days.





law-student-teresa-wilson.jpgJamaican law student arrested in the United States for mail fraud is alleged to have been involved in the lottery scam, in which she and co-conspirators defrauded an elderly victim of US $270,000 (J $34 million at today's exchange rate).

The allegations against 27-year-old Teresa Wilson are outlined in court document, a copy of which was provided to Loop News by the United States Department of Justice.

Wilson -- a resident of Montego Bay, St James who just completed studies at the Norman Manley Law School -- has been charged with mail fraud.

"It was a part of the conspiracy that co-conspirators would, and did, willfully devise and participate in a scheme to call an elderly victim, and make material false representation that they were associated with a lottery, including that one of the callers was an attorney for the lottery, to fraudulently obtain the victim's money," the document obtained by a popular website stated.

"It was further a part of the conspiracy that the co-conspirators would and did make material false representations that the victim had won approximately [US] $3.5 million as part of the lottery sweepstakes," the document stated further.

The criminal acts involving Wilson -- who calls herself a "wild child, caring and loving", on her Instagram profile -- and her co-conspirators reportedly occurred between October 2014 and March 2015.

The money in question was reportedly sent by the elderly victim on dates in November 2015. On one occasion, the victim is said to have mailed a package containing US $120,000 via UPS from Virginia to a co-conspirator's address in Florida.

That sum was reportedly collected in March 2015 by a Dwayne Breary who signed the alias Sandra Smith in an effort to conceal who the recipients of the package were.

According to the document, law enforcement officials obtained telephone messages sent by Wilson to a Yanique Coach on March 19, 2015, instructing, "Check the stacks tho," in reference to money.

A few days later, on March 22, 2015, Wilson reportedly sent a message via telephone threatening Coach. The message reportedly stated in part, "People belly go bang and U can't step out fi sort out business and save u self... Weh U priorities."

Another co-conspirator in the scheme was only identified in the document as SS.

The victim reportedly sent the cash after being told that in order to receive the "lottery money" the victim needed to pay fees and taxes in cash.

The victim, who lived in Virginia, was told to send the cash through UPS to various addresses in Florida and Georgia, which the victim allegedly did, sending packages of "large amounts of cash" to South Florida and the Middle District of Florida.

"It was further a part of the conspiracy that Teresa Wilson and another co-conspirator would and did travel from Jamaica to the United States to obtain the packages," the court documents said.

"It was further a part of the conspiracy that Teresa Wilson and other co-conspirators would and did perform acts and make statements to hide and conceal and cause to be hidden and concealed the purpose of the conspiracy and the acts committed in furtherance thereof," the document said.

If convicted, the State is seeking a forfeiture order of Wilson's assets, "which constitutes or is derived from proceeds traceable to the violation, including but not limited to a money judgement representing the amount of proceeds obtained by the defendant as a result of the allegations alleged in the indictment".





Jamaican man missing at sea in Cayman

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Cayman police say a Jamaican man, 40-year-old Migeal Aedran Palmer is among a group missing at sea.

A Caymanian identified as 59-year-old Carl Demmie Ebanks of West Bay is also missing.

According to police, the men are believed to have left from Ronald Martin's Dock, on North West Point Road in West Bay, on Ebanks' boat for an unknown destination. The vessel has been described as a Wellcraft boat -- approximately 20ft in length.

The men were reported missing three days after setting out for sea.

Police said the men did not file any report with Port Authority before beginning their journey.

"On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday last week, before the men were reported missing, the police helicopter flew over large areas offshore, including the Sister Islands, in the course of its schedule," a release from the police said.

"During those flights, the crew would have noted the vessel had it been seen a distance offshore, but did not see any vessel matching this description. No distress flares were seen, nor were any emergency calls on Channel 16 heard [the marine emergency channel]," the release added.

The release added: "While the areas patrolled offshore on these days were large, it cannot be known, given the vagueness of the details provided, that these areas would have fallen in any search pattern. Likewise, given the time that had elapsed since the believed departure time of the boat, as well as the fact that the destination was unknown, no search area could be defined by the time of the report on Saturday."

Police said that all local agencies as well as regional law enforcement were notified of the missing persons.

The search continues for the men.





chris-martin-coldplay.jpgchris-martin-coldplay-album.jpgHe described the Barbadian - with whom he collaborated on Princess Of China on the band's 2012 album Mylo Xyloto - as 'the Frank Sinatra of our generation'.

'She can turn anything into gold with that voice,' he told The Guardian, unlike his own, which he admitted some people hate.

He claimed that when describing great opera singers, singing teachers will always talk about consistency of tone.

'There's a book by Alfred Tomatis about why some people like certain people's voices and other people hate them, like Bob Dylan or me or whoever, some people say, "Oh, I hate that voice", so there's a thing about people's frequency responses - what they are pleased by.

'Rihanna has this thick tone, so it's very hard to annoy anybody,' he said. 'It's like a beautifully squeezed tube of toothpaste.'

He claimed that when you think of Rihanna's voice you think of this 'whole, rich thing, solid like a tree trunk' - and that Drake is pretty similar.

'But Rihanna's voice is just delicious for your ear. Sinatra had the same thing; anything he sang sounded pleasing to most people,' he added.





Appleton Estate EDX presents X2, a one-day festival showcasing two-parties, set for this Saturday at Grizzly's Plantation Cove, Ocho Rios which offers partygoers a unique experience of two exciting events in the same venue, on the same day, but at different times.

EDX, Electronic Dance Xposed, Jamaica's premier Electronic Dance Festival, which features the biggest, established and emerging names in the EDM genre, is now in its fourth staging, but this is the first time that the organizers are hosting the event in Ocho Rios and also the first time that there will be two events at the one-day festival.

The drink inclusive party will be broken into two segments - from 10 am to 6 pm, featuring a Beach Soca Fusion party with live performance from Allison Hinds, followed by the highly anticipated EDM concert from 10 pm to 6 am.

Event organizer Mark Tracey explained: "This year we are offering patrons a more rounded experience with the introduction of a Beach Soca Fusion party to complement our signature event, Appleton Estate EDX. Soca queen Allison Hinds has not performed in Jamaica in a while and she is raring to go. So too are the EDM acts."

Tracey added that English EDM producer and DJ, Gareth Emery, Bad Royale; Hypem top 10 DJ, GAZZO are all anticipating their debut Jamaican performance. Dance Music Manchester/BassJockey's DJ Competition winner, TOFTE, according to Tracey, will not be outdone as well as he is set to bring the house down. Balancing the strong overseas contingent will be heavyweight local DJs.

For further details please about the event please visit the festival's website at www.edxjamaica.com or instagram at edxjamaicaofficial.





Adele is way UP at Glastonbury Festival

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adele-21.jpgShe once said her music would never work at a festival.

But Adele proved herself wrong on Saturday night, drawing a crowd of thousands to Glastonbury's famous Pyramid Stage for her headline slot at the 2016 festival.

The Hello singer dressed to impress for her big moment in a stunning sequin gown, showing little sign of the nerves which have previously stopped her from agreeing to a performance at the world famous festival.

Playing to a crowd stretching back as far as the eye could see, the chart-topping star opened with her smash hit Hello, the lead single from her latest record breaking album 25.

The star changed one of the lyrics to say 'I've been Glastonbury dreaming,' prompting a huge cheer from the crowd.





kanye-west-famous-nude-video-kim-taylor.jpgTaylor Swift objected to the 'strong misogynistic message' after she heard Kanye West's new song Famous for the first time.

Now the 26-year-old pop star is said to be 'mad as hell' at the rapper for using a naked lookalike wax figure of her in his Famous music video that he debuted at The Forum in Los Angeles on Friday.

Taylor is 'planning something' and 'trying to figure out how to respond' to Kanye's shocking move, HollywoodLife.com reported.

Kanye's music video featured a bizarre orgy of himself in bed with Kim and some other 'famous' people including Ray J, Bill Cosby, Caitlyn Jenner and Donald Trump.

The 39-year-old rapper has kept silent on how many of the bedmates are real or fake replicas.





reggae-sumfest-logo.jpgDJ Omar aka Omizzle, has captured a high energy Reggae Sumfest vibe in his current spin on the Festival's mix tape now being distributed island wide. He was contracted by DownSound Entertainment (DSE), producers of the 2016 festival, to provide a compilation of music from artistes performing on Dancehall Night, July 22 and Reggae Night, July 23.

DJ Omar says he has been the mix tape man since high school days."I've been working with DownSound since 2012. I did the dancehall and reggae mix CDs in May. All of the artistes on Sumfest 2016 are on it. I've done mixed CDs for Ishawna, Harry Toddler, Nature and I have mixed tapes different from DownSound work - always hot tracks."

The Reggae Sumfest mix tapes have conjured up a vibe of excitement amongst members of the public in recent weeks. This, according to DSE was the aim of the promotional CD. The tapes are available on reggaesumfest.com and are distributed at local events and in the streets leading up to the Festival.

The transformed Reggae Sumfest kicks off in Montego Bay with a Beach Party at the Aqua Sol Theme Park on Sunday, July 17 hosted by Miss Kitty and Yanique 'The Curvy Diva' Barrett. The All White Party hits Pier 1 on Tuesday, July 19; and the Sound Explosion - where anything can happen - with Tony Matterhorn and Firelinks along with the island's top sound systems, takes place on Thursday, July 21, also at Pier 1. Dancehall Night revs up on the Friday at Catherine Hall with the big Reggae Night to close the curtains on Saturday, July 23.





Be careful when buying pumpkin

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The public is being warned to be careful when purchasing pumpkins. The warning was issued after thieves stole some of the crop from the Bernard Lodge Estate in St. Catherine on the weekend.

Opposition Senator Floyd Morris, who operates the farm, said the pumpkins were sprayed with insecticide and fungicide on Friday.

"I am issuing a warning to citizens within the Portmore, Spanish Town, Gregory Park area, not to purchase pumpkins from unknown farmers because those pumpkins are likely to harm their health," he urged.

He said some of the pumpkins, which were not fit, were removed from their vines and left in the field.

Mr. Morris said the matter is to be reported to the police.





crime-scene-gun.jpgPatrick Brown, a 55-year-old vendor from St Catherine, was shot and killed about 10:00 pm Saturday in the vicinity of the Buff Bay market in Portland.

His wife Michelle, 45, was also shot and injured in the incident.

Reports are that the couple was packing up to leave when they were approached by three masked men who made certain demands. One reportedly pulled a gun and shot Brown, while another shot his wife in her hand. They escaped in a motor car.

The couple was taken to the Annotto Bay Hospital where Brown was pronounced dead.





pnp-headquarters.jpgThe People's National Party National Executive Council has approved a nomination period for the positions of president and vice presidents.

The date was approved at the council's meeting yesterday at the University of the West Indies, a statement from the Opposition party said Monday.

"Nominations will open for the positions of president and vice presidents on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at 10:00 am and close on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at midday," the release said.

It also said nomination forms will be available from the party's secretariat.





hands-behind-bars.jpgA student of the Norman Manley Law School Teresa Wilson has been arrested in the United States on charges of mail fraud.

The 27-year-old Wilson was arrested in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on June 16.

Wilson recently completed studies at the Norman Manley Law School, at the University of the West Indies, in St Andrew, and was awaiting final exam results when she was reportedly busted.

A law enforcement official at the Broward County Sherriff's Office reportedly disclosed that Wilson is now in the custody of the US Marshals Service of the Southern District of Florida.

Wilson had allegedly been on the radar of US investigators for at least two years.

Associates of Wilson's at the law school are urging others not to rush to judgement at this time.





ymz-launch-don-andre-children-women.jpgCome on now people, let's not take silliness even a notch higher. Why is there any sort of comparison being made between YMZ and YVA's? How can YMZ, the very new kid on the concert block be compared to an awards show that is for teenagers only and which has been around for more than a minute.

Okay, so they both begin with the letter 'Y' and both names have three letters...and there endeth the similarity.

YMZ is a show for the entire family - from 4 years old to 94; the other show is billed strictly for teens. Just take a look at YMZ headline act Silento's video for his chartbusting Billboard single Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae) and you will get it. There are no age barriers in that video and that is the complexion of YMA.

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YMZ is a summer show; the other event isn't; YMZ is only about the performers on stage entertaining the audience; the other event is all about pre-voting, red carpet, celebrities and handing out awards; after YMZ, the patrons go home; after the other event, patrons go to an after-party.

Actually the two events are as different as day and night and in reality they are: YMZ starts in the day, the other event starts in the night.

So, please, promoters, it's best if you guys just support each other and feed off each other's success.





tyga-posts-pic-of-kylie-jenner.jpgA day after Kylie Jenner appeared in her rumored boyfriend PartyNextDoor's sexy music video, her ex Tyga shared a cryptic photo of the 18-year-old reality star.

In the pic posted on Friday morning by the 26-year-old rapper, Kylie is seen laughing while sitting on a bed. Tyga captioned the image: "They always come back..."

He later deleted the post.





gareth-pic-from-gareths-facebook.jpgIt will be a soca and EDM fusion event like none other on Saturday, July 2 at Appleton Estate's EDX, all-day, all-night party set to explode at Grizzly's Plantation Cove in Ocho Rios, St Ann.

A drinks-inclusive electronic dance music party, the event has moved from its original venue of the Caymanas Polo Club to the more spacious Plantation Cove.

Production team member and spokesperson, Adam Gomes, was in high spirits when he spoke about the award-winning event, which this year has Appleton Estate as its title sponsor and which is creating quite a stir on social media.

"We couldn't be more excited about this year's show. With a spectacular venue, bigger International acts, and the addition of Soca Fusion on the Beach. We believe this will be the most talked-about event in Jamaica for a while to come," Gomes said.

EDX has attracted big name international acts in soca and EDM. Headlining the Beach Soca Fusion will be sizzling soca ambassador, Alison Hinds, Richie Ras, DJ Sekou, and DJ Lantern. Waving the flag high for EDM will be Gareth Emery, English electronic dance music producer and DJ.

The promoters have already signed off on a shuttle service for patrons.

"We will be using the JUTC luxury buses from Kingston end, and we also have buses which will shuttle patrons from Pier One," Gomes said. Tickets are available online at www.yardticket.com and Fontana Pharmacy islandwide.





DNA test proves prisoner not Prince's son

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prince-dna.jpgA test results show a Colorado prison inmate is not Prince's son, a person who has seen a sealed document said Wednesday.

The finding means that Carlin Q. Williams is not entitled to inherit a fortune worth up to $300 million.

The person who spoke to The Associated Press was not authorised to release the finding and therefore requested anonymity. TMZ, citing unnamed sources with direct knowledge of the case, first reported the DNA results. Attorneys for Bremer Trust, the special administrator for the estate, filed the results Wednesday in Carver County District Court.

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Prince died of an accidental drug overdose on April 21 and no will has emerged for him. He had no known surviving children although a few other people besides Williams have filed documents claiming Prince was or might have been their father.

Williams claimed that his mother had unprotected sex with Prince at a Kansas City, Missouri, hotel in 1976. Williams, a 39-year-old Kansas City man whose long criminal record includes drug and domestic violence charges, is serving nearly eight years in federal prison for unlawfully transporting a firearm in a stolen vehicle.

Under Minnesota law, Prince's sister, Tyka Nelson, several half-siblings, and a possible niece and grandniece currently stand to inherit shares of the estate.





shebada-beautiful.jpgThe hotel room of popular Jamaican Comedian Keith 'Shebada' Ramsey was broken into on Wednesday night.

This was reported by NBC Miami.

The television station in Miramar, Florida said Shebada's money and several important items, including his passport were stolen from his hotel suite; while he was in Miramar performing his hit comedy called "Bangarang."

Speaking with NBC Miami, entertainment consultant, Garnett Newman said "someone was walking through the hallway checking room doors and his door was ajar and they went to his room and stole his passport, social security and his keys for his vehicle back home and his home."

However, the comedian didn't let the incident put a damper on his performance as he went on to incorporate the unfortunate incident into his play.

"You must embrace all your failures as you must embrace all your risings so when things like this happen you must go on and further your dreams," Shebada told International Press.





delus.jpgkonshens-and-delus.jpgDancehall deejay, Konshens took to social media early on Thursday to pour out his grief over the death of his brother, deejay Delus.

Delus took his own life on Wednesday evening at homw in Havendale, St Andrew.

See the post below:

"No know how mi aggo do dis without u dawg. But mi aggo do it cah u love see mi a do it. We can always say u neva affi do dat, but mi prefer seh mi wish u neva affi do dat. Mi know you, if it was so heavy that u think u needed to quit then [Expletive] it dawg. REST and rest easy to. I will pick up the pieces one way or another an u know who cyaa suffer already from me have breath she good. Mi know u pre alla dat before u mek u move bcuz u was never a coward or a [Expletive] an mi sure u believe inna me to di max. Mi have NO blame fi anybody or anything that sent you over the edge and me a share dis wid di world cah mi nah hide an bawl mi a bawl loud cah mi hurt deep an mi will always profess mi love and respect fi u proudly. Not even one day gone an mi affi a jump pan plane a go a work right now pan toppa all dis but bredda mi eye full a water an mi jus happy u escape whatever did a torment u fi so [Expletive] long. I know... Whether on the highest mountain peak or the lowest point in the deepest valley a man needs inner peace!! And we must never underestimate the power of it. Thank u fi dah last par yah bro. Thanks fi all the condolences. Will tell unnu how funeral arrangements go.





kanye-west-famous-nude-video.jpgOn Friday, Kanye West unveiled the bizarre and twisted new video for his song Famous that features an orgy of naked celebrities in bed together. The visual features the controversial rapper with his wife Kim Kardashian naked and asleep, along with ten other celebs including Taylor Swift and Ray J.

A slow zoom out reveals their other bedmates to be Amber Rose, Caitlyn Jenner, Bill Cosby, George W. Bush, Donald Trump, Anna Wintour, Rihanna and Chris Brown, all snuggled up beside them in an enormous bed.

And it appears the 39-year-old hasn't received as much backlash from the video as he might have hoped, taking to Twitter on Saturday morning to engage in a since deleted rant regarding the firestorm that has ensued since its premiere.

West has so far kept quiet on how many - if any - of the famous faces are the actual real celebs, or just a combination of lookalikes and digital trickery.

In the song, Kanye infamously rapped about Taylor that he 'made that b***h famous,' and adds that they might still have sex.

And while Kanye's co-stars might not be too keen on their completely nude depiction in the video, there is one singing sensation who has found the humor in the madness.

Chris Brown took to Instagram, writing: 'Why I gotta have the plumbers butt/ crack showing WAX figure? This n**** KANYE CRAZY, talented, but crazy'

The Grammy winner lies next to his ex Rihanna in the video, whose relationship made headlines in 2009 because of a domestic violence incident involving the pair. Brown also shared on Instagram a parody of the now infamous spectacle with Barbie dolls taking the place of West's wax figures.





Jamaican journalist Garfield Burford has been appointed News and Current Affairs Consultant at the state-owned Antigua & Barbuda Broadcasting Services (ABS).

The appointment became effective June 1, 2016. Burford joins the entity on a one-year contract.

Melford Nicholas, Minister with responsibility for Broadcasting in Antigua and Barbuda, said, "The appointment of Mr Burfod represents a significant milestone in the Ministry's pursuit, to transform ABS, until it becomes the new standard for Broadcast Media Services in Antigua and Barbuda".

Burford is expected to assist the management of ABS in developing and improving the standards for gathering, preparing and delivering the respective News and Current Affairs Programmes, a release by the government said.

Prior to his latest appointment, Burford spent nearly 13 years at CVM Television in Jamaica where he was news and current affairs manager.





Two students from Holy Childhood High were injured during a brawl along Half Way Tree Road in St Andrew on Friday.

Several students of the all-girls school and caused traffic pile up in the busy commercial district,as the two students ended up nursing injuries.Police have confirmed that students, along with their parents, had to go to the Half Way Tree Police Station giving statements.

The incident is the second violent flare up involving persons associated with an educational institution in the area, this week.

Earlier this week, there was a stabbing and shooting incident at the St Andrew High School for Girls compound which is located just across the road from Holy Childhood. That incident involved two males - a parent and another man. The men were reportedly attending a school leaving ceremony for sixth form students.





The driver of the ill-fated Honda Civic carrying workers at the Bahia Principe Hotel and which that crashed into a truck along the Laughlands main road, St Ann on Tuesday night has died, bringing to four the number of fatalities.

The St Ann police say 21-year-old Michael Glascow of Village Green, St Ann's Bay, the driver of the car, died in hospital on Wednesday.

The other deceased have been identified as 22-year-old Eric Forbes of Steerfield, St Ann, 24-year-old Jahnor Powell of Charlestown, St Mary and Teisha Douglas, whose address has not been ascertained. Two other persons remain hospitalised.

The six were travelling along the Laughlands Main Road on their way from work at the Gran Bahia Principe Hotel when Glascow lost control of his Honda Civic and crashed into a truck travelling in the opposite direction.

The impact the sent Glascow's car into another that was waiting to enter the main thoroughfare. Police say so far investigations suggest Glascow was at fault and no charges are pending against the truck driver.





The teacher who reportedly stabbed a parent - who in turn shot the teacher - is not a member of staff at the prestigious all-girls institution.

The police say one of the men was shot and the other was stabbed during the fight which occurred during a school-leaving service at the school on Tuesday evening. Unconfirmed reports are that a domestic dispute led to the altercation.

According to the police, they have not arrested any of the two men who were involved in the violent altercation at the school on Tuesday. Communication officer with the Jamaica Constabulary Force, Stephanie Lindsay, says no arrests were made because the police are still investigating the incident.

Lindsay says the police will prepare a case file to present to the Director of Public Prosecutions who will decide on how to proceed with the case.

On Wednesday,Principal of St Andrew High School for Girls, Sharon Reid told The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre that there are indications that the altercation stemmed from a domestic dispute. Shealso sent a letter to the Editor setting the record straight by explaining that the two persons were not affilated with the school.





One man charged for NCB worker's killing

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A man has been charged by the police in relation to the kidnapping and murder of National Commercial Bank (NCB) employee, Karetha Robertson.

Robertson was abducted from her home in Portmore, St Catherine, by two men back in March, and was killed shortly after.

Her body was found in Pembroke Hall, St Andrew, with a gunshot wound to the head.

Police have identified the suspect who is heading to court as Shamar Beckford.

There were recent reports of a suspect being taken into custody in connection with Robertson's murder, but prior to now there was no indication of any charged being laid against the implicated individual.

Police report Robertson arrived at her Portmore home on the evening in question, and was attacked by two men who bundled her into a waiting motor vehicle and sped off.

Her body was found hours later.

A Toyota Rav4 sports utility vehicle that was being driven by Robertson, was found at Hillary Avenue off Red Hills Road in St Andrew.





Body of policeman identified

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crime-scene-7.jpgA policeman, whose body was found in Spanish Town Friday afternoon, has been identified as Sergeant C Morrison who was attached to the Detention & Courts Division.

Residents discovered the body, which had stab wounds to the back of the head, at approximately 1:30 in the afternoon in the vicinity of Brunswick Avenue and Job's Lane, and alerted the police.

The body was found in a pool of blood, and clad in black sweat pants and a white T-shirt.

The sergeant's 1997 white Toyota Mark 11 was found earlier in the day on a nearby roadway with blood stains all over the interior.





Konshens mourns death of his brother, Delus

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konshens-and-delus.jpgSubkonshus music artiste, Konshens, is devastated by the news of his brother Delus' suicide.

The acclaimed deejay was among those who converged on Delus' East Riverside home Wednesday evening following the devastating news.

Konshens was seen openly crying over the tragedy.

Delus celebrated his birthday on June 18, while his girlfriend reportedly celebrated her birthday today (Wednesday). Friends say the two had gone to beach and everything seemed to be okay.

However, shortly after they returned home, Delus reportedly went in the bathroom and carried out the act.

Sources say that the act was captured on his cell phone.





Dancehall artise Delus commits suicide

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delus.jpgConfirmed reports are that dancehall artiste Delus committed suicide Wednesday evening at his East Riverside Drive home in Havendale, St Andrew.

A large contingent of police and various press persons have converged upon the scene since news broke that the entertainer shot himself in his bathroom.

Delus lived right across the road from Big Ship, the studio-and-house owned by veteran singer, Freddie McGregor.

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Delus, who is the brother of dancehall heavyweight, Konshens, was a frequent visitor to Big Ship. However, Freddie McGregor was off the island at the time of the incident.

Delus was best known for songs such as What Tomorrow May Bring, La La La, Afraid to Love Again and Time.





ymz-launch-video-link-r5.jpgYMZ, the July 9 concert scheduled for the National Stadium field in Kingston, Jamaica, had its official launch last Tuesday at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in front of a packed house of sponsors, media, artistes and a host of excited teeny boppers, led by starlet Journey Jewels. The event's tagline promises "It a go loud" and host for the evening, Emprezz, certainly ensured that it was.

Organisers, Mysterious Music Minds, pulled out all the stops, including a first at a Jamaican media launch, by having a live link with US-based five member sibling group (and their best friend), R5, one of the show's headliners. Employing the best modern technology available, the organisers ensured that the packed house inside the Pegasus was able to see and talk to R5 in what was surely a historic occasion. The three members of R5 who were present, were truly excited at making their Jamaican debut and it was loads of fun as they interacted with the press, fans and well-wishers.

When asked who was their favourite Jamaican artiste, the youngsters named Bob Marley and they bubbled with enthusiasm as they spoke about their desire to try Jamaican food. In fact, so inspired were they that after the launch R5 posted the YMZ concert flyer on their Facebook/Instagram pages and it attracted close to 28,000 likes. "We'll be playing our first show in Jamaica July 9th! #ymz #youthmusiczone," R5 posted along with the flyer.

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Of course, those artistes who were present in the flesh, could not be outdone. Don Andre was a huge hit with the uber-popular, "Tom Cruise" song and dance which levelled the place. He had the gathering, especially the children, singing and bouncing along to the infectious song and its hard to believe that things could possibly get any louder at the actual concert on July 9. But Don Andre says that this was just the tip of the iceberg. Bling Dawg was present, as well, and mingled with the crowd but did not perform. Voicemail was also in fine form and kicked off the live performance section with a bang. The consensus is that YMZ is definitely the event for the summer.

Guest speaker, Dania Beckford, Director of Entertainment at the Ministry of Culture, Entertainment,Gender and Sports, pledged her ministry's full support for the event, so too did Mitsie Harris-Dillon PRO at the National Parent Teachers Association, which is officially endorsing YMZ. Sponsors Jamaica Yellow Pages, KaribLink Digital, Youth Link, Gleaner, Children's Own, Zip FM, Irie FM, Hype TV, Main Event, Esirom, Renaissance Disco, Atlas Protection, Tutti Frutti, Caribbean Sofa, Events R US, Pure National Ice, Suretime Medical Services, Kozy Korner, Carib Tix, 1Luv TV, Romeich Entertainment, Respect Jamaica certainly made their presence seen and felt and iCool showed exactly why they are so popular.

The July 9 concert also features Silento (Whip/Nae Nae) and Wayne J.

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





richie-feeling- daughter-photo-1.jpgPopular dancehall selector Richie Feelings, is giving thanks today that his only daughter Orithia 'Missy' Bailey is alive today after being was involved in a car accident on Marcus Garvey Drive on Thursday, which has left one person dead.

"Yuh know she could have been dead, but she's not, suh me grateful," he said of Missy, who is the deputy head girl at prestigious all-girls high school, Queens.

"Normally me carry her everywhere she a go, but she's responsible so she can go anywhere," he said.

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He told a Jamaican tabloid that he was on his way to a ball game when he received a phone call informing him of the accident.

Recalling that the last words his daughter said before leaving the house were 'daddy I'm leaving now', made the incident almost unbelievable for the selector.

"It no really a go dung well wid me," he said. "Three of them were on the back seat, the other girl died and the guy has a patch over his eyes, look like him nah see out of one eye," he added.

Despite the bruises, and injuries he is happy she will not be hindered from starting university in September.





Lady Saw to perform at the White House

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marion-lady-saw-hall.jpg"It not all about me, it's all about God and I feel honoured to be an ambassador for Christ. I have to give him all the glory and honour," Marion Hall aka Lady Saw told jamaican tabloid The Star.

The entertainer, who was baptized six months ago and ditched the dancehall in favour of a walk with the Almighty, will be performing at the White House on June 24 and she says the opportunity was presented by God.

"Sometimes I don't know what to expect. God has a way of just doing things direct on his time, not my time. A lot of times I will go out to minister and God let me do something else. But Whatever God does it going to be something awesome and wonderful because I don't know yet," she said.

She explained that her pastor received a call from LOVE FM's Nadine Blair telling him that Dr. Agorom Dike called the radio station to get her on the Caribbean and African Faith - Based Leadership Conference, 2016, to give her testimony and perform. The conference will be held from June 19- 24.





crystal-june-19-photo-1.jpgCrystal, the daughter of Dancehall King Beenie Man and Dancehall Queen Carlene recently graduated from the prestigious Hillel Academy in St Andrew, making her parents extremely proud.

"Crystal you have made me so happy over the years and now you have added to my happiness and again you have made me proud, Congratulations my baby. May God continue to bless and keep you. I want you to know in my eyes you are perfect and I love you," she added.

The King of the Dancehall took to Instagram to congratulate Crystal.

"Graduation Day for my princess, Crystal Davis #mychildrenaremylife #Daughter #DaddysGirl #ReadyforCollege Well done baby girl!" he wrote.

In another post, Beenie was standing with the proud graduate and made sure to send a strong message to the public.

"Don't play wid me and mine," the post read.

The 17-year-old who graduated on Thursday has since been receiving congratulatory messages from family and friends.

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george-nooks.jpgIt has been 15 years since George Nooks released Standing By , the cover of Al Green's gospel hit that dramatically revived his career.

The chart-topping song was followed by the album Standing By, a collection of inspirational songs. Yesterday, Riding Out The Storm, his second gospel album, was released by Tads International Record.

Driven by the title song, the album has 15 songs, 13 of them covers. One of those is Nooks' take on the Grace Thrillers' 1988 hit, Can't Even Walk, a song which he says he always wanted to do a version of.





Reggae Sumfest launched in style

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bounty-killer-and-beenie-man.jpgUsain Bolt's Tracks and Records in St Andrew was the venue for last Wednesday's launch of Reggae Sumfest, scheduled for July 17-23

Now headed by Downsound Records' Josef Bogdanovich who recently assumed chairmanship of the 24-year festival, Reggae Sumfest has changed from three nights of live concerts to two, without any international acts gracing the stage.

Bogdanovich has included an 'all-Jamaican' roster of acts and also a Reggae night which replaces International Nights I and II.

A number of artistes booked for the show were present and among those who were called upon to share their views were deejays Rodney Price, better known as Bounty Killer and Dancehall Doctor, Beenie Man. They both urged full support for the festival, which Beenie Man says he has missed only once in its 24-year history.

"Sumfest is our show. After Reggae Sunsplash Sumfest pick up the slot that we can have an international stage so that people from all over the world can see what's going on in dancehall. I only miss one Sumfest because I was on a world tour . Just want everyone to come out to see a great show... its gonna be a greater show this year," said Beenie Man.

However, it was Bounty who made the bold call for Reggae Sumfest to deliver an International Night this year.

"We have some great international artistes from Jamaica who can make International Night more international. So, I suggest that you get a group of international reggae and dancehall artistes. So me seh get the international artistes who make it from Jamaica to the international shores. We have OMI, who a go on great; we have Sean Paul; we have Steel Pulse; we have Shaggy; we Have Jimmy Cliff ... we have all these great international, Jamaican reggae and dancehall artistes, so we need an International Reggae Dancehall Night as well. But Reggae Sumfest is the significant festival and me, as a dancehall artiste don't want to be on International Night cause me still live a Jamaica. My work is international, but I'm still local.

Bounty Killer's sentiments were echoed by Beenie Man, who stated: "Everything that Bounty Killer said, I was going to say it."





vybz-kartel-photo-26.jpgAdidja 'Vybz Kartel' Palmer is a proud Calabar old boy. So it is only natural that the jailed dancehall artiste would want his son to attend his alma mater.

Little Addi, who attended the prestigious Stella Maris Prep school, was successful in the recent Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) and will attend Calabar come September

The youngster, whose .real name is Akheel Palmer, also made mom Tanesha 'Shorty' Johnson, filled with pride. She expressed elation in a post to Instagram with a caption of "good job my baby" and "fada too glad" in another.





gay-flag-and-us-flag.jpgThe United States Embassy in Jamaica says the rainbow flag being flown at its consulate is also being flown "across the globe" at all its embassies.

A tweet from the US Embassy this afternoon read: "Across the globe US Embassies flying our flag half-mast in memorial & rainbow flag in solidarity w LGBT our citizens."

The tweet comes hours after a controversial tweet from Attorney General Marlene Malahoo-Forte denouncing the flying of the rainbow flag in Jamaica, following a mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, on Sunday.

"I strongly condemn #OrlandoNightClubShooting but find it disrespectful of Jamaica's laws to have #RainbowFlag flown here. #MyPersonalView," Malahoo Forte said in a post on Monday.





businessman-huey gowdie-and shango-ex-wife.jpgSt Andrew businessman Huey Gowdie was Wednesday convicted of manslaughter in the Home Circuit Court.

Gowdie was on trial for murder arising from the shooting death of popular businessman Shango Jackson in the upscale community of Beverly Hills, St Andrew in 2012.

Jackson was shot and killed at the Shenstone Drive home he shared with his ex-wife, who was reportedly involved in a romantic relationship with Gowdie.

Prosecutors argued that Gowdie went to the premises to with the intent to kill.

businessman-huey-gowdie.jpgHowever, defence attorney argued that Jackson was shot after he attacked Gowdie and threatened to kill him.

After deliberating for nearly two hours the seven-member jury convicted Gowdie of the lesser charge.

The verdict left some of his relatives and friends in tears, among them being Jackson's ex-wife.

shango-jackson.jpgValerie Neita Robertson, Gowdie's attorney, said she was "grateful its not murder."

"It was a verdict based on the lack of intention to kill," said Neita Robertson.

She also indicated that she will appeal the verdict.





ex-cop-and-girlfriend.jpgA murder suicide in their community Wednesday evening, has left residents of Short Hill in St Elizabeth,in mourning. A nail technician was reportedly shot dead by and her lover, an ex-policeman.

The deceased have been identified as, 41-year-old nail technician Tamara McIntosh, a resident of Short Hill; and 59-year-old Easton Douglas of a Passage Fort address in St Catherine,Douglas is a retired police inspector.

According to reports from residents of the community, shortly after 6:00 p.m, gunshots were heard coming from a location, where Douglas was visiting McIntosh. Upon investigation, the bodies of the two were seen with what appeared to be gunshot wounds.

A glock pistol was seen on the ground beside Douglas' body.

Residents say the couple was involved in an 'on again, off again' relationship, which was apparently a source of much tension between the two.





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Feed Up Movements

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We are feeding the homeless on the following dates:
Mon, Jul. 4th / Mon. Sep. 5th
Sun, Oct. 9th / Sat. Dec 24th
Begin at 3 PM

If you would like to be a part of this movement, please don't hesitate to contact me at:
202.706.0645

cleveland.wedemire@gmail.com
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In the lobby of 425 2nd Street, NW Washington DC





Ting back on board Dream Weekend

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Tinng Jamaica, the authentic Caribbean soft drink distributed by Pepsi Cola, has confirmed its eighth successive 'gold sponsorship' of highly anticipated five-day party series, Dream Weekend.

The deal sees Ting being one of the exclusive non-alcoholic beverages offered by Pepsi Cola to the approximated 30,000 local and international patrons expected to attend the week-long getaway from July 28 to August 1 on the shores of Negril.

Mitchell Watson, Pepsi Jamaica Marketing Manager welcomed the renewal of the partnership and highlighted its intrinsic value.

"Ting has partnered with Dream Entertainment on this sponsorship from inception in 2009 and we are excited to be on board again. Both entities have successfully cemented their footprints as authentic Jamaican brands that people both locally and in the diaspora love," he said.

Scott Dunn, Dream Entertainment Managing Director shared similar sentiments on the partnership.

"Ting is one of Dream Weekend's best partners. Ting is famed locally and abroad for being an unrivalled chaser to mix with a wide range of spirits and adding a refreshing new dimension to cocktails," he said. "Dream Weekend is keen on offering a true Jamaican experience to all our patrons therefore is it befitting that we have a true Jamaican product on board."





vybz-kartel-photo-11-full.jpgJailed dancehall deejay, Vybz Kartel and his team are reportedly making final preparations to release the official VK line brand, "From Portmore to the World", based on the popular deejay's Gaza Movement and his music.

In a release, the artiste's publicist said the brand is poised for a major impact on 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," the promotional team suggested in the release.

Not much is being revealed about the corporate structure of the brand at this stage, except that all the intellectual property rights are to be vested in the name of Taneisha Johnson, the common-law wife of Vybz Kartel, and are to be licensed to a company which is owned by one of his close business associates.

The new fashion line is said to include T-shirts, underwear, intimate apparel, beach attire, ladies gym shorts, footwear and premium caps.

Earlier this year, the deejay launched his latest rum line, Gaza Vybz Rum. It's Kartel's second foray into the rum market. Vybz Kartel and Corey Todd had a successful partnership with Street Vybz Rum which hit the market in 2008.





US rapper Tyga makes it Jamaica for video shoot

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tyga-jamaica.jpgAmerican rapper Tyga and his team took over La Benz Corner in Duhaney Park Saturday, where he filmed the video for his new single, On And On.

Residents from the community came out to support the shoot, which involved local video production teams.

The video was co-directed by Shomi and Jamaican Robin Chin. Scenes were also filmed in Portland and the Brook Valley neighbourhood of Duhaney Park.

The 26-year-old Tyga is a tabloid darling in the United States. His on-again, off-again romance with Kylie Jenner of the Kardashians fame, repeatedly makes headlines.





Ethiopia's foreign minister, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus arrived in the island Sunday for an historic two-day official visit.

The visit is the first by an Ethiopian minister of government and is aimed at strengthening relations between Jamaica and Ethiopia.

It also comes nearly five decades after the visit of Emperor Haile Selassie in 1966.

The Ethiopian Consulate says Tedros will meet with several government ministers in an effort to boost what it describes as the long-standing relations between the two countries.

It says the Ethiopian foreign minister will also seek support for his country's bid to become a member of the United Nations Security Council next year.





hands-behind-bars.jpgA Jamaican man will have to serve two years in a Barbados jail after he failed to pay BD$15,000 in fines for drug-related offences.

Samuel Leroy Campbell was held after he arrived at the Grantley Adams International Airport on Thursday. He was interviewed by Drug Squad personnel and sent to the hospital where he allegedly passed 121 packages of cannabis weighing one kilogramme.

Campbell was subsequently charged with possession of cannabis, possession with intent to supply cannabis, trafficking cannabis and importation of cannabis.

The Jamaican appeared before a Barbados Magistrate and was fined $10,000, or two years in prison for possession of cannabis.

He was fined an additional $5,000 for importation of cannabis or two years in jail.

The fines were not paid and Campbell was sent to jail.

The sentences will run concurrently.





Bolt, Shelly in-form at JN Racers Grand Prix

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usain-bolt-jamaica-flag.jpgReigning World and Olympic champions Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce warmed up for Jamaica's Olympic trials later this month by recording contrasting 100m victories on Saturday night at the inaugural JN Racers Grand Prix held at the National Stadium.

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Bolt gave another indicator that he was rounding back into top form when he powered his way from behind to land the men's blue ribband event in a season's-best 9.88 seconds, two-hundredths of a second outside the world lead.

Nickel Ashmeade was second in 9.94 seconds with Yohan Blake third in a season's-best also with 9.94 seconds and former world record holder Asafa Powell fourth in 9.98, also his season's-best effort.

Fraser-Pryce who was running her first race since the end of May, shrugged off a niggling toe problem to post 11.09 seconds in recording a fighting victory in the women's 100m over World Indoor champion Barbara Pierre 11.11 and Kelly-Ann Baptiste 11.15 seconds.





crime-scene-7.jpgThe police have not yet identified any suspects in the murder of the Canadian national who was shot and killed in the resort town of Negril last weekend.

The 35-year-old real estate broker, Andre Palakia of Ontario, Canada and his girlfriend were walking along the West End main road when two men approached on a motorcycle and attempted to rob his girlfriend.

She resisted and the men opened fire. Palakia who was shot in the incident was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead. The killing comes just over a month after Jamaica made international headlines with the brutal the slaying of two American Christian missionaries in Albion Mountain, St Mary.

According to the latest police statistics, more than 490 persons have been killed across the island since start of the year.





crime-scene-gun.jpgThe police are reporting that they have now restored calm to sections of Old Habour Bay, St Catherine following a flare-up in the aftermath of the fatal shooting of four men in an alleged shootout around 3 o'clock this afternoon.

The director of communication with the Jamaica Constabulary Force, Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay says illegal three weapons were recovered.

She said the incident apparently angered residents who converged and blocked the roads.

The residents also set fire to a vehicle that was on the scene.

However, residents say the men who were known to them were actually working in the area.

The shooting is reported to have happened inside a building.





Barbados authorities investigated a possible bomb threat at the Grantley Adams International Airport earlier today.According to reports, several emergency vehicles were seen rushing to the airport around 1:30 pm this afternoon, shortly after an Air Canada flight landed.

The plane was isolated on the tarmac as police responded to reports of a bomb threat.

The Barbados Fire Service said that the 180 passengers who were on board disembarked from the aircraft.The call that came into the Fire Service was that "there was an Air Canada flight, Airbus 321 and they said there was a bomb threat and it was due to arrive as 1:30 pm."

Nine fire officers, one divisional officer, one station officer and one subofficer responded from the fire station at the Grantley Adams International Airport.

Three crash tenders were also at the scene.

The flight landed between 1:30 pm. and 1:37 pm.

Emergency services also carried out checks on the plane, and the airport has since been re-opened.

Isabelle Arthur, Manager, Media relations & Manager, Air Canada Foundation issued a statement:"A passenger became unruly today on flight AC1966 an Airbus A321 from Toronto to Barbados with 114 passengers onboard. Authorities met the aircraft after it landed and as a precautionary measure officials performed a full search of the airplane.Passengers have now been transferred to the terminal where our customer service agents are taking care of them.As this is now a police matter we are unable to comment further."





2 Jamaicans possibly killed in Orlando gay bar

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orlando-shooter-omar-mateen.jpgThe Jamaican Consulate General in Miami says it has received unconfirmed reports that at least two persons killed in the Orlando nightclub massacre were Jamaicans.

But the foreign affairs ministry says the consulate is seeking to confirm these reports.

Foreign affairs minister Kamina Johnson Smith, who is abroad, says checks are being done through the Office of Foreign Missions and the hospitals in Orlando.

Senator Johnson Smith says she has instructed the Consul General to remain in touch with the Jamaican community and its leaders to provide support where possible.

Fifty people were killed in the mass shooting in a gay club on Sunday morning.





gareth-emery.jpgSaturday, July 2 will see the fourth staging of EDX presents X Squared the ultimate all-day, all-night soca and EDM fusion event set to explode at Grizzly's Plantain Cove in Ocho Rios, St Ann.

Marketed as an annual drinks-inclusive Electronic Dance Music event, the event is now in its fourth staging, and according to the promoters such is the popularity of the event that they thought it prudent to seek a bigger venue this year. Therefore the concert has moved from its original venue of Caymanas Polo Club to the more spacious Plantation Cove, which will host both segments of the event. Production team member, Mark Tracey, was in high spirits when he spoke about the award-winning event, which this year has Appleton as its headline sponsor and which is already creating quite a stir on social media.

"As the name suggests EDX presents X squared is based on the fact that the first party begins at 10 am and the second begins at 10 pm. The Roman numeral for 10 is X and given its two10 o'clock start times the concept of is played on. This helps to exemplify the doubling of the Rave experience by now including a day Rave for twice the fun," Tracey said of the event which copped the award for 'Best Event' for two consecutive years.

Another plus for party-goers will be the fact that the new staging location will be the beach area of the property, which has a permanent beach stage, providing a beautiful backdrop of the Caribbean Sea. He also noted that the day rave ends at 6 PM, while the night event will go on until 6 the following morning.

Electronic Dance Xposed has attracted big name international acts in soca and EDM, a music form that is steadily gaining momentum in Jamaica, where it ironically originated. Headlining the Beach Soca Fusion will be soca ambassador, Alison Hinds and working along with her to keep the energy all the way up will be Richie Ras, DJ Sekou and DJ Lantern. Waving the flag high for EDM will be none other than Gareth Emery, English electronic dance music producer and DJ best known for his three artist albums: Northern Lights, Drive and 100 Reasons To Live and also for winning the prestigious A State Of Trance Tune Of The Year award twice. Also set to dazzle will be Bad Royal, the four-man DJ/Producing group considered the next big thing in EDM. Quite flexible as far as genres are concerned, the group last year teamed up with Bunji Garlin for a soca/EDM album. Hypem top ten DJ, GAZZO will up keep the balance, while winner of Dance Music Manchester/Bass Jockey's DJ Competition TOFTE, is expected to thrill.

The promoters have already signed off on a shuttle service for patrons. "We will be using the JUTC luxury buses from Kingston end and we also have buses which will shuttle patrons from Pier One," Tracey said. Tickets are available online at www.yardticket.com and Fontana Pharmacy islandwide.





ziggy-marley-album-ziggy-marley.jpgZiggy Marley's new self-titled album is still the number one album on the Billboard Reggae Albums Chart.

Marley's sixth studio effort is a follow-up to the 2015 Grammy winning 'Fly Rasta'.

Alkaline's 'New Level Unlocked' , which debuted at number one had slipped down to the ninth position after spending 10 weeks on the charts.

Kartel's new album has not yet made its presence felt on the Billboard charts.





US group Fifth Harmony remakes Kartel's song

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fifth-harmony.jpgJailed dancehall DJ Vybz Kartel has again been given an international boost, as pop group Fifth Harmony has released a cover version of his hit single Gon' Get Better.

The release sees the group translating the catchy chorus from patois to English without changing the melody or meaning of the song.

Fifth Harmony is a five member American girl group formed in season two of The X Factor in 2012.

The group is currently enjoying the success of its single Work from Home which has made the top 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with over 8 million records sold.

Vybz Kartel on the other hand last week released a new album King of the Dancehall which is now exclusively available on Apple Music.





bounty-and-beenie.jpgDancehall night of the 2016 revamped staging of Reggae Sumfest, will attract some of the biggest names in the industry. Veterans Bounty Killer and Beenie Man are the headlining acts.

Other stars including Popcaan, who has collaborated with rappers Drake and Young Thug, as well as Assassin, who has teamed with Grammy winning sensation Kendrick Lamar, will also grace the stage.

Other noteworthy names on the roster are Romain Virgo, I Octane, Dexta Daps and Nesbeth.

The only two female acts for the night are Spice and Ishawna.

Dancehall night of Reggae Sumfest is Friday July 22, and takes place at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex.





bishop-popeye-whittingham.jpgUnder the title, 'Making a Better & Brighter Jamaica', US-based Bishop Dr Popeye C. G. Whittingham, has started a GoFundMe page to raise money to assist with his charitable work in Jamaica. This includes raising money for school equipment and school supplies for needy students.

A philanthropist who is always seeking creative ways to fund his ever-growing portfolio of not-for-profit projects, Dr Whittingham wears the caps of NYPD Clergy liaison; NYPD Police Square Club Chaplain; Sergeant U S Army ((Disabled Veteran); NYPD American Legion Police post member and NYPD POPPA Suicide intervention Counselor

When quizzed about his latest act of altruism, he stated: "This means so much to me, because I have been through this while growing up. I was one of those kids..not able to get the things that I needed for school and it was very hard, very stressful and very depressing and as a child that shouldn't be."

He added, "My aim is to raise the funds from now so that when the school terms begin in September everything will be in place to provide the children with the supplies that they need so that they can focus on having a better and brighter education."

A few years ago, the Bishop put in place a scholarship programme (The Popeye C G Whittingham Scholarship Fund) which has already helped several kids from the inner city in Jamaica, including students from Tivoli Gardens Comprehensive High School, his alma mater. Two scholarships are available for award each year.

Dr Whittingham, who is also a businessman, explained that reaching out through GoFundMe was a way of getting the wider community actively involved in the process of giving.

He concluded, "We know that with your help we can make this into a reality and make a bigger, better and brighter future for our children of Jamaica.





ganja-seized.jpgA man who allegedly attempted to board a flight at the Norman Manley International Airport with 17 pounds of compressed ganja is to appear before the St. Andrew Parish Court on Wednesday.

He's 28-year-old Michael Preddie, of Fairfield, Spur Tree in Manchester.

Preddie was arrested and charged with breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act on Tuesday.

It's reported that shortly after 9pm officers were carrying out checks when they were alerted to a suitcase belonging to Preddie.

It was searched and ganja valued at more than J$100-thousand reportedly found.





alexandra-dean.jpgA Jamaican nursing school graduate was killed last weekend after she was caught in crossfire at a Miami Gardens house party.

Alexandra Dean, 23, was at the party shortly before 11 Saturday night when people began fighting outside the home, 40 NE 212th Ter. Someone opened fire, and Dean was shot, according to Miami Gardens police. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue took her to Aventura Hospital, where she died.

According to Miami Gardens Police, the house party drew in a large crowd since it was advertised on social media as a party inspired by "Project X," a movie about an epic high school party. When the large group of people arrived to the residence, a disturbance broke out, which led to the shooting, just before 9 p.m.

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"That girl did everything in the world to get where she's at, where she was," said the victim's friend, Montreal.

Dean's mother Pauline Dean who flew in from Jamaica after she heard the news, said that she just wanted to help those in need as a nurse practitioner. "That was her dream," she said. "She didn't get a chance to do what she really wanted. Somebody cut her life really, really short. She's only 23 years old."

On Monday, a spokeswoman for the university released a statement that said, "Alexandra Dean was beloved by her fellow NSU students and faculty, and we extend our deepest condolences to her family. She was a good student in a tough program and had just participated in commencement ceremonies where she received her BSN degree this past May. She was preparing to take her nursing boards. Becoming a nurse was her passion."

Dean's mother said she cannot get the last conversation they had out of her head. "When I spoke to her Friday, I said to her, 'Study, eat, sleep, study, eat, sleep," she said. "She says, 'Yes, mom. I'm gonna do that.' Somebody invited her to the party." "Whoever shot that gun should know that bullets don't know directions," she said.

Police are currently investigating this case and are looking for the person or people behind it.





killer-mom-photo-1.jpgA hearing was held in Florida on Friday for a Jamaican immigrant accused of smothering her two children to death inside a home in Fort Lauderdale this week.

Sophia Hines was ordered to remain in jail without bond. Her attorney said his client was not well enough to appear before a judge.

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It is reported that she is on suicide watch in the psychiatric ward of a Broward County jail. Public defender Betsy Benson said the Jamaican suffers from severe postpartum depression.

Police said Miss Hines, who is 40 years old, suffocated her 7-month-old son, St. Leo, and her 3-year-old daughter, Ariel, with a bed sheet Wednesday at a house in Miramar.

Miramar police spokeswoman Tania Rues said Miss Hines and her children were visiting from Philadelphia.





The Caribbean is known and celebrated for reggae and dancehall, soca, zouk and other genres. Yet many regional artistes, performers, their managers and publishers do not earn a sustainable living from their craft.

The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), noting the challenges facing the region's music sector and affirming its support for the creative industries, has committed funding for a workshop series designed for Caribbean music sector stakeholders.

The Business of Music in the Caribbean Developmental Workshops will run throughout 2016, and aim to improve participants' skills in the business aspects of the music sector.

The music sector presents several opportunities for sustainable, inclusive economic growth and diversification in the Caribbean.





babsy-grange-chatychaty.jpgEntertainment Minister, Olivia 'Babsy' Grange, has endorsed the new focus taken by organisers of Reggae Sumfest to put on show the best of Jamaica's roots, rock and reggae artists, under the theme, 'Our Music, Our Festival'.

In a statement delivered at the 2016 Reggae Sumfest Sponsors' Forum, last evening, Minister Grange said, "I am elated at the new direction that Sumfest 2016 has taken. It is a welcome change. This new direction of Sumfest - promoting new, emerging and established Jamaican artistes - on a state of the art, culturally diverse platform - may make us upsetters, especially in a fiercely competitive market in which Reggae festivals abound."

She added, "I strongly believe that the market can sustain several festivals, produced using international benchmarks and which feature local Jamaican talent. The world will be able to view unparalleled entertainment - starring Jamaicans, by Jamaicans, in the place that created the music - Jamaica."

The Minister also expressed that this year's staging provides yet another opportunity to put authentic Jamaican talent on full display in the tourist capital of Montego Bay, highlighting that this approach is simply building on what existed before, through shows such as: Rebel Salute, Sting and Reggae Sunsplash. She added that although many others would have considered it a challenge, Joe Bogdanovich instead saw an opportunity in developing Jamaica's musical culture.





crime-scene-7.jpgA seven year-old girl is dead after falling ill and being taken to church for healing prayers.

The parents of a seven-year-old girl are being questioned by the police after she died while being prayed for at a church in Old Harbour, St Catherine on Tuesday.

The child, Iasha Frazer, reportedly fell ill with a high fever on Friday. On Monday her father left her in the care of his 16-year-old daughter after anointing her with alcohol.

But Iasha's condition worsened and her sister took her to her mother. The mother in turn took the child to a church to be prayed for but the prayers failed to heal the child and she died inside the church.

The police were then called and, after assessing the situation, took the parents into custody.

"They can be charged for negligence that led to the death of the child as they should have taken her to hospital," one cop said.





corey-and-devin.jpgNightclub operator Corey Todd pleaded not guilty to assault charges Wednesday morning when he appeared before the St. Andrew Parish Court.

Todd was charged last week with assaulting last season's Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall winner, Devin di Dakta.

Todd is to return to court on August 22 to answer to charges of assault and malicious destruction of property.

Prosecutors reported that in January of this year, Mr. Todd confronted Devin di Dakta at his Taboo Nightclub in Constant Spring, Kingston and demanded that the artiste apologize for using his name in one of his songs.

During the alleged confrontation the artiste was physically assaulted.





A which man a war over Sister Scully house?

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sister-scully.jpgWhy the man doan mek Sister Scully sleep in peace?

Come on now, the woman did divorce from the first husband, she dead leave the second husband and now the first ex-husband a war ova di woman house!Bout him a sue ova the house. And that Sister Scully widower must move out.

Well, if the court really side wid the ex-husband, we hope Sister Scully duppy no stop ride him.





Decrease in transfer tax coming

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pnp-horace-chang.jpgThe government has signalled that it will reduce the transfer tax. This follows a recent call from the Realtors Association of Jamaica (RAJ).

The announcement was made Tuesday morning by Dr. Horace Chang, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, at the RAJ's 50th Anniversary Symposium.

"This will be done as part of a total tax reform, but we have given a manifesto commitment and we will keep our commitments. They may be changed in form, but not changed in substance because when we are government, you have to look at the total picture. In opposition, we deal with the principles. We have given the commitment to reduce stamp duty and transfer tax and it will be kept," Dr. Chang asserted.

The Realtors Association, late last month, said it would lobby the government for a reduction of the transfer tax and stamp duty in the next fiscal year.

The taxes were reduced seven years ago, but were increased in 2014 as the government sought to raise additional revenue to satisfy the requirements of the programme with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Lower transfer tax and stamp duty influenced a pick up in real estate activity in 2010.

Meanwhile, Dr. Chang has linked the decision to the reduce the transfer tax to the government's tax reform plan, which he says is expected to spur growth.





Cuban president to visit Jamaica

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Cuban President Raul Castro has been invited to visit Jamaica. Prime Minister Andrew Holness, issued the invitation during the recent Summit of the Association of Caribbean States, which was held in Havana.

"He agreed and we'll work out a date, and most certainly, we will ensure the bipartisan nature of the visit," Mr. Holness expressed.

Raul Castro has been President of the Council of Ministers of Cuba since 2008.





crime-scene-gun.jpgThe Green Island police are probing the shooting deaths of a man and his common-law wife and the injury of three men on the Prospect main road in Hanover on Monday.

The deceased have been identified as 33-year-old Rohan Atkinson, otherwise called 'Bike', and 27-year-old Kimberly Brown, otherwise called 'Kim', both of Cousins district in the parish.

Reports from the police are that about 9:10 pm, the three injured men were travelling in a Toyota Belta motor car when they observed another motor car, which had crashed on the side of the road.

The men pulled over to assist. However, as they approached the motor car, their vehicle was fired upon by armed men on motorcycles, who were behind the crashed car.

All three men received gunshot wounds.

The driver of the motor car managed to get to the hospital and a report of the incident was made to the police.

On arrival at the accident scene, the police saw a Toyota Corolla crashed into a tree on the embankment.

The police say checks were made and the bodies of the deceased were seen with multiple gunshot wounds. They were pronounced dead at hospital.

The police say two of the injured men were hospitalised in serious condition while one was treated and released.

No motive has been established for the incident, the police say.





crime-scene-7.jpgA couple who thought they were going to assist occupants of a car that appeared to have run off the Prospect main road was shot and killed Monday night in the parish.

And another motorist who went to their assistance was shot and seriously injured.

The deceased have been identified as 33-year-old Rohan Atkinson and 27-year-old Kimberly Brownm both from Hanover.

The incident occurred around 9 o'clock when the couple left the car in which they were travelling to investigate what appeared to be an accident scene.

They were fired on by men on a motorcycle.

The motorist who went to their aid was also shot.





gully-bop-and-amari.jpgWas it staged or was it real. We dont know.

All we know is that in the middle of a sober interview, A'mari threw a beverage and a bucket of ice at Dr Love.

Amari then hightailed it out of the restaurant. All we saw was her broad back as she fled the heated scene. As if that gross enough, things got more intense as Dr Love retaliated, punching A'mari's son squarely in the face as he sought to intervene.

The whole showdoeen was caught on tape.

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According to Dr Love, the reason for the dispute is because of his alleged intervention in the relationship between A'mari and Gully Bop. He claims to have had no choice but to 'save' Gully Bop from what he calls A'mari's sinister wrath by sending a friend to "take him out" of the what he says was a potentially detrimental situation for him.

"Gully Bop did want to leave from around her because he was not safe where he was," Dr Love said. "Best thing me can do as another entertainer a see how best mi can help him."

So far, no charges have yet been laid against either party in the matter. Several attempts to reach A'mari for comment have proved futile.

Gully Bop returned to Jamaica from the United States last week, signalling an end to a rocky relationship between himself and A'mari.





tarrus-riley-photo-2.jpgReggae Sumfest's first ever Reggae Night is scheduled to take place on Saturday, July 23 and the genre seems set to be well represented at the annual festival in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

This year, the organisers, led by new owner Josef Bogdanovich, have decided to replace their International Nights I and II with a Reggae Night.

The Sumfest website lists hit-makers Barrington Levy, Luciano, Sanchez, Tarrus Riley and Chris Martin as being among the top names to perform on Reggae Night.

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Singjay Busy Signal is also in the mix, alongside Nature, D-Medz, Nicky Silk, Dann-I and Adahzeh.

Backing band will be Warrior Love.

Emcees for the event will be Barry G, Elise Kelly and Paula-Anne Porter.

Ticket Prices

Presold J$4,700 / US$39
At Gate J$5,000 / US$41
VIP J$7,500 / US$62

Reggae Sumfest kicks off on July 17 with the Beach Party featuring Bambino, Chromatic, ZJ Sparks and DJ Crazy Neil and hosted by Fluffy Diva Miss Kitty and Curvy Diva Yanique Barrett. The Blitz - All White Edition is scheduled for Pier 1 on July 19, while the Sound Explosion Stone Love, Metro Media, Black Kat, Bass Odyssey, takes place on Thursday, July 21. There will be a special guest performance by Admiral Bailey. (PICTURES: Barrington Levy, Tarrus Riley, Busy Signal).





sumfest-2016-dancehall-night.jpgReggae Sumfest Dancehall Night 2016 will kick off the festival on Friday, July 22nd with a lineup boasting Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Popcaan, I-Octane, Agent Sasco and I-Shawna among many others.

After announcing last month that Jamaica's leading music festival, Reggae Sumfest, was under new management, Josef Bogdanovich, CEO of Downsound Productions, has now revealed the newly re-focused two-night lineup for Sumfest 2016, rolling out with the slogan "our music, our festival."

This catchphrase holds a vital clue to the spirit of the newly re-imagined festival-with the whole world rocking to Jamaican sounds recorded by "foreign" artists, Reggae Sumfest is now focusing on 100% Jamaican lineup, letting go of the whole "International Night" mindset.

Moving forward from its long-standing Thursday night slot, Saturday, July 23rd is the festival's inaugural Reggae Night 2016 with strictly world-class singers like Barrington Levy, Luciano, Sanchez, Tarrus Riley, Busy Signal, as well as Downsound's own up-and-coming artist Nature.

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busy-signal-photo-12.jpgDancehall deejay Busy Signal has sent a stern warning to the men who robbed fellow entertainer, Bounty Killer of $500,000, his Rolex watch and two cell phones.

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glenroy-sinclair-gleaner-reporter.jpgEmployees at the Gleaner company are still in shock at the passing of two members of the Editorial staff within days of each other.

Senior reporter Gary Spaulding's body was discovered at his home on Monday. His death, follows that of another Gleaner colleague, Glenroy Sinclair, on Saturday morning.

Sinclair died from a heart attack he suffered while at work Friday afternoon.





Gleaner journalist Gary Spaulding is dead

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glenroy-sinclair-gleaner-reporter.jpgSenior Gleaner reporter Gary Spaulding is dead.

Mr. Spaulding was found dead at his Hughenden home on Monday afternoon. He was 52 years old.

Employees at the newspaper company were overcome with grief as news broke of Spaulding's passing and many of them converged at his home after work on Monday.

Spaulding's death comes just days after one of his work colleagues, Glenroy Sinclair died after collapsing at work.

Spaulding's career in media spans decades.

He started off as a reporter at the The Gleaner Company before moving to RJR Communications Group in 1997. He began his second stint at The Gleaner Company in 2007.

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Black Ryno hospitalised?

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blak-ryno-instagram-june-4.jpgFormer Portmore Empire member Blak Ryno posted a picture on his Instagram account that showed him lying in a hospital bed with tubes sticking out of his arms.

The recording artiste's face was a rictus of pain, and he had one hand over his face in an affectation of great distress, and the other on his chest. He captioned the picture saying: "When that stabbing pain hits u around the heart area a nigga know cigarette is #f**%$#y."

Most users offered sympathy and remonstrations about his smoking habits.

"Badman, low de cancer stick dawg and drink some bitters," one suggested.

Another offered: "Jah kno mi artist! Look how long mi tell fi stop smoking cigarettes mon!!! Cho hope u get well soon."

Ryno is known for the singles such as Real Stinger, Get the Paper and Bicycle.





policewoman-judith-williams-apr-29.jpgTwenty-seven-year-old Constable Gladstone Williams and 26-year-old Jessie Anderson of Seaview Gardens in St Andrew are to appear in court this week to answer charges in relation to the murder of Corporal Judith Williams.

The policeman and the civilian were charged on Thursday with murder, conspiracy to commit murder and illegal possession of firearm. Williams was charged after he was pointed out in an identification parade.

Corporal Williams was shot several times by armed men about 6:30 a.m. on April 28 at a bus stop on Brae Street in Dunkirk, east Kingston as she made her way to work.

She died from her injuries in hospital a day later.





prime-minister-portia-simpson-miller-photo-3.jpgOpposition Leader Portia Simpson Miller and three of her former ministers are to appear in court tomorrow in relation to the ongoing corruption case against Dutch oil firm, Trafigura Beheer.

Simpson Miller, along with former cabinet ministers Phillip Paulwell, Robert Pickersgill, and Colin Campbell, as well as PNP member and businessman, Norton Hinds were subpoenaed by high court judge Lennox Campbell last week to answer questions in the matter.

However, the case is to be stayed when they appear tomorrow pending the hearing of the appeal filed by lawyers representing Simpson Miller and the other members of the PNP.

On Friday, the Appeal Court had dismissed an application by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions to strike out the appeal filed by lawyers for the PNP members. President of the Appeal Court, Justice Dennis Morrison, who delivered the decision, had also ordered that all proceedings in the Trafigura case be stayed until the appeal is heard.

Dutch authorities want to question officials of the PNP about a J$31 million donation by Dutch company Trafigura Beheer to the party in 2006. It is illegal for Dutch companies to donate to political parties.

At the time of the donation, Trafigura had an oil-lifting contract with a Jamaican state agency under the then PNP administration.





norman-manley-airport.jpgA salary dispute involving fuel handlers at two of the island's international airports could force the grounding of some aircrafts at the facilities next week if the issue between a contracted firm and the fuel handlers is not resolved.

The dispute is between United Management Services (UMS) and the handlers.

Vincent Morrison, president of the Union of Clerical, Administrative and Supervisory Employees (UCASE), which represents the handlers, on Friday indicated that UMS is contracted by GB Energy and Total to manage the fuel farms at the two airports.

Morrison said the fuel handlers have been in negotiations with UMS since March of last year for an increase in their wages.

UCASE is now said to be waiting to see if its proposed terms will be met, before leading the handlers into industrial action.

The union is reportedly hoping to avoid a work stoppage because of the likely negative impact the withdrawal will have on aircraft which depend on the services of the handlers, but is insistent that the two marketing companies are in a position to offer a better deal to the handlers, whose request the union is contending to be reasonable.





reggae-boy-austin.jpgThe Reggae Boyz after a sterling 2-1 victory performance against World Number-3 ranked Chile on May 27 in Vina Del Mar, were upset 1-0 by Venezuela in their opening Copa America Centenario Group "C" match at Soldier Field in Chicago, home of the NFL's Chicago Bears.

The Boyz in an uneven first half performance, first put Venezuela under early pressure which saw JeVaughn Watson's header from the right side of the penalty box crash onto the crossbar and rebounded into play, where Adrian Marriapa failed to turn the rebound in.

After the Boyz applied some more attacking pressure, their defence was caught out by the Venezuelans, sending through Josef Martinez on the left side. He made no mistake in the 15th minute by slotting under the advancing body of goalkeeper Andre Blake to score against the run of play.

Nine minutes later Rodolph Austin was shown a straight red card for a dangerous tackle against a defenceless player, which left the Boyz with 10 men. Head coach Winfried Schaefer made a forced change 5 minutes from half time, replacing the injured Kemar Lawrence with Leicester City's English Premier League champion's captain Wes Morgan.

At the half, Venezuela 1, Jamaica 0.

And although the Boyz tried hard in the second half, Venezuela dominated possession with the numerical advantage to maintain the lead and won 1-0 at the final whistle. A disappointing result for Jamaica whose coach Winfried Schaefer was sent to the stands by the referee for arguing with match officials.

The Reggae Boyz next play on Thursday (June 9) against Mexico at the Rose Bowl in California.





Gunmen hold up and rob Bounty Killer?

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bounty-killer-photo-6.jpgReally? Well, that's the story making the rounds and so far nobody has come out to either confirm or deny the reports.

So we are still left with the question: Was Killer robbed, or was Killer robbed?

Unconfirmed reports are that Killer robbed by three armed men who stole over $500,- thousand, two high end cell phones and a Rolex watch.

According to sources the robbery occurred at about 9:00pm at an apartment complex along East Road, off Waltham Park Road.

LA Lewis came out in strong support of the 'War Lord', urging the robbers to return the Killer's possession immediately.





Mother kills and dismembers her 3 young sons

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mother-kills-sons.jpgThe Phoenix mother had been transported to the hospital covered in blood with stab wounds to her neck and abdomen when police officers searching her house opened a closet to a grim discovery.

Inside officers found the partially dismembered bodies of her three young sons. Police discovered the dead boys - ages 2 months old and 5 and 8 years old - in a closet full of miscellaneous items. Phoenix police Sgt. Trent Crump said the youngest boy's body was in a suitcase.

Crump said the children appeared to have been stabbed to death and "parts of their bodies were dismembered."

The 29-year-old mother is in the hospital in critical condition with self-inflicted stab wounds. Police say she is the primary suspect and will face charges.

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DR MILLICENT A COMRIE (JAMAICA)

Dr Millicent A Comrie, the sister of former Minister of Health, Labour and Social Security in Jamaica, Dr Fenton Ferguson,.specialises in obstetrics/gynaecology, and has over 40 years of experience in the field of medicine. Dr Comrie grew up in Kingston, Jamaica and migrated to the United States to continue her tertiary studies at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland and Howard University in Washington, DC. Dr Comrie has been given the Master Teacher Award in obstetrics and gynaecology by the SUNY Downstate Alumni Association. She is a specialist in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn (now under New York University). Dr Comrie has dedicated her practice to the education, the diagnosis and the treatment of one of the most devastating health conditions facing the black woman today - uterine fibroids. She is a pioneer in the compassionate care and surgical treatment of fibroids, developing techniques that allow women, particularly young women, to retain their uterus and not have to undergo a hysterectomy, thus preserving fertility.


DR DE ANNE H COLLIER (JAMAICA)

An experienced, Cornell University-trained, board-certified Dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon with her office located in Jupiter, Florida, Dr De Anne H Collier was born in Jamaica. She performs a blend of general medical/surgical dermatology and cosmetic/aesthetic services. Her areas of interest include adult and pediatric dermatology, skin cancer detection and treatment, as well as cosmetic procedures including Botox, soft-tissue augmentation, chemical peels and laser surgery. Prior to relocating to Florida, Dr Collier practised with Orbuch, Brand and Associates in Manhattan and Long Island. During that time, she was also a clinical assistant professor of dermatology at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Cornell University Medical College. A diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology, Dr Collier has performed research in her field and has been published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology and the Journal of Cutaneous Pathology. Dr Collier completed her undergraduate premedical studies at Georgetown University earning a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She received her medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia, and performed an externship in Dermatology at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.


DR CAROL BIGGS (JAMAICA

Jamaican Dr Carol Biggs is responsible for the strategic development of the comprehensive Cardiovascular Program at South Miami Hospital and is also an adjunct professor at Florida International University and the Stempel School of Public Health She has been at South Miami Hospital for 15 years and has risen through the ranks to now head one of the most important services for the hospital and Baptist Health. Dr Biggs has worked in several well-known medical facilities such as Jackson Memorial Hospital and Cedars Medical Center. Dr Biggs migrated to the United States at the age of 10 with her family. She attained her nursing degree at Rutgers University in New Jersey and her MBA-HA from the University Of Miami.

She received her Doctor of Health Sciences degree from Nova Southeastern University.


DR KATHIE-ANN JOSEPH (JAMAICA

Dr Kathie-Ann P Joseph was also born in Jamaica but grew up in Brooklyn, New York. She is the director of breast services at Bellevue Hospital. Dr Joseph graduated from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1995, specialising in general surgery. She is the first black woman to be appointed to the faculty of the Department of Surgery at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center (NYPH/Columbia). Dr Joseph has made significant contributions to breast cancer research and treatment, and has studied how race affects health Crain's New York Business weekly once named her one of its "40 Under 40 rising stars.


DR MICHELLE JOHNSON (JAMAICA)

Dr Michelle Johnson of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre was born in Jamaica.

She is associate chief of cardiology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre in New York. Dr Johnson is one of only a few doctors at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center who specialises in cardiovascular disease. She received her medical degree from Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University and has been in practice for 23 years. Dr Johnson is also graduate of Kingston, Jamaica's Immaculate Conception High School.





messi-court.jpgSpanish prosecutors called Friday for Lionel Messi to be absolved on the final day of his tax fraud trial, but the lawyer representing fiscal authorities disagreed, comparing him to a "crime boss."

The Argentina and Barcelona star and his father Jorge Horacio Messi have been accused of using companies in Belize and Uruguay to avoid paying taxes on 4.16 million euros ($4.6 million) of Messi's income earned from his image rights from 2007-09.

Prosecutor Raquel Amado called for the footballer to be let off in her closing arguments, a day after he took the stand and said he trusted his father with his finances and "knew nothing" about how his wealth was managed.

"There is no evidence that anyone explained anything to him," she said.

But Mario Maza, the state attorney representing tax authorities in the trial, said he found it unlikely that Messi knew nothing about the situation.

"There is no deliberate ignorance here, it's fraud and that's all there is to it, because he didn't want to pay his taxes," he said.

"It's like a crime boss. At the very top is the bigwig who doesn't want to know about the details."

He is seeking a fine equivalent to the amount that was allegedly defrauded, plus a prison sentence of 22 and a half months for Messi and his father.

Any such prison sentence would likely be suspended as is common in Spain for first offences carrying a sentence of less than two years.

Source: (AFP)





muhammad-ali-career-in-pictures.jpgThe children of the sporting icon have rushed to be at his bedside as doctors treating the former heavyweight champ have told them they fear he "is near the end".

Already four of the 74-year-old's nine children, including daughters Laila, Hana and Maryum, are at the hospital in the Phoenix area where medics continue to fight a breathing problem picked up by the star.

The children flew in last night from around the US as doctors said the future survival of the champ was "uncertain".

Although there were discussions about transporting him to another area of the hospital, sources claimed doctors decided the move "potentially could be deadly," and the transfer was called off. Sources close to the star say Ali's battle with his respiratory problem has been complicated by the Parkinson's that he was diagnosed with in the 1980s.

"Like in the ring, Ali is a fighter on the ward," said a source.

"Doctors are working to regulate his breathing put it is being hampered by his Parkinson's.

"His children are all extremely concerned and dropped everything to be with him. They fear the worst. "Ali is everything to them and there are worried his problems are worse than first feared."

The boxer has children - two sons and seven daughters - from three marriages although two of his kids are from extra marital relationships.

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Oprah Winfrey #2 on Forbes rich list

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forbes-richest-self-made-women.jpgoprah-winfrey.jpgForbes Magazine released the second annual list of America's Richest Self-Made Women. These women have achieved unparalleled success through invention and innovation to create their own fortunes.

Out of the 60 women, 17 of them are billionaires including the richest woman in America Diane Hendricks, with US$4.9 billion.

Hendricks owns ABC Supply, the largest wholesale distributor of roofing and siding in the country. Media mogul Oprah Winfrey had to settle for number two with a net worth of US$3.1 billion.

Thirteen newcomers debuted in this year's list including Taylor Swift, Jessica Alba, Barbra Streisand and Celine Dion.





teacher-sex-eight-grader.jpgAlexandria M. Vera, an eighth-grade English teacher at Stovall Middle School in Houston, told police in April that the relationship she had with one of her students started through messages on Instagram - and had evolved into a great love.

On Wednesday, two months after the police investigation began and nearly eight months after 24-year-old Vera allegedly started having sex with the eighth-grader, authorities issued a warrant for her arrest on a felony charge of continuous sexual abuse of a child. The student is under the age of 14.

Vera turned herself in at a suburban jail in Montgomery County and later was released on $100,000 bond, reported the Associated Press.

Court documents filed last week in a Harris County District Court offer a detailed look into Vera's account of their blossoming relationship, which she told police was not only approved but celebrated by the boy's parents. It wasn't until April, when Stovall principal Elsa Wright got a tip about Vera, that the school district's police department began investigating.

The English teacher admitted to both the principal and a police officer that she'd been having an ongoing relationship with the boy for months, court documents show. The bizarre and layered saga began nearly a year ago, Vera told police, when she met the boy during summer school in 2015. She said at first he was rude, asking for her Instagram account name and sending her a follow request after she refused to provide it or accept his invitation, according to court records.

But their interactions picked up in the fall, when the regular school year began and the boy was assigned to one of her eighth-grade English classes. Vera described for police a period of flirting that she claims she initially resisted, until the month of September. The teacher said she became worried when the boy didn't show up to class, so she sent him a message on Instagram and reminded him to turn in an upcoming assignment.

He replied, according to court documents, and asked for her phone number. Then the boy asked his teacher if they could hang out. She said yes.Vera drove the boy around in her car, she told police, and they kissed. The next day, when the boy's parents weren't home, she returned and the two had sex for the first time, according to the documents.After that, the sexual encounters occurred almost daily, Vera told police.

"She stated that she and the Complainant had sex on almost a daily basis at her home and that they love each other," police wrote in the documents.

In January, Vera said she discovered the boy had gotten her pregnant.

When the couple told the boy's family, according to the teacher, they were ecstatic and supportive.

His parents had known about the relationship since October, Vera told police, when they came to the school for an open house. Afterward, she was invited back to their home and introduced to the family as the boy's girlfriend, documents say. They were "accepting of the relationship," Vera told police, and she was welcomed to family gatherings thereafter.





Ken Boothe did not disappoint

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ken-boothe.jpgKen Boothe did not disappoint and demonstrated why he is still one of the best in the business, engaging fans with Artibella, When I Fall In Love, The Girl I Left Behind and The Train Is Coming.

Internet sensation Gully Bop and Sting clash-King Kip Rich both entertained during their impromptu performances. Little Hero, NJ based reggae DJ Dr Love, Barbie, Pastor's Son, Natalie Evans, Kukudo and The St John's United Methodist Divinity Dancers were also well received.

Apart from the music that the main stage offered, organizers included comedy with Andrea 'Delcita' Wright and the cast of Border Patrol which was happening for the first time at an out outdoor music festival in NYC. Other attractions included a Kids Amusement Area, Business Expo, Health Pavilion and Arts & Craft.

Caribbean Heritage Awards were present to Mighty Sparrow, radio host Gil Bailey and posthumously to Jimmy Riley who performed at last year's Oracabessa Festival. Lavern Tatham, mother of singer Tarrus Riley accepted on behalf of Jimmy Riley.

While providing great entertainment for the bumper crowd in attendance, the annual family festival was not without some controversy, as toward the end dancehall DJs Super Cat and Mavado both delivered expletive laced performances. Mavado, who took the stage after 6pm, was having a great performance until he began to express dissatisfaction with the band. This resulted in the artist delivering a slew of expletives, to which patrons took offense. His behavior marred what could have been a career defining performance at Roy Wilkins Park.

Veteran DJ Super Cat, who had not performed at a major outdoor event in NY in over 15 years, gave event host Dubb Master a tongue lashing for trying to move the show along. Dubb Master, acting on instructions from his management team and the NYPD to bring the show to a close after the 8pm cut off time had passed, showed class and professionalism in his handling of the situation. Avoiding a verbal tussle with Super Cat, Dubb Master took the high road and thanked Cat for his performance before inviting Nesbeth on stage who seized the opportunity to stamp his class during his short performance.

"We are truly appalled at the unexpected display by Mavado and Super Cat at our family friendly festival. We have since met with our production team and some of our sponsors and have apologized to them and our radio listeners for what transpired. There is a 'no cuss word' clause in all our contracts, which was clearly violated. For 2017, we will have to be even more prudent with decisions concerning the dancehall acts that we engage, so as not to have a repeat of this unfortunate event at our festival" Clarke said.

Oracabessa 2016 was an event to remember and the Irie Jam team should feel proud for having delivered a first class presentation, despite the minor hitches. Weather forecasters had predicted a 90% chance of rain all day, but the organizers seem to have connections to a higher authority as the weather held. In fact the sun pierced the clouds at various times throughout the day for what turned out to be a wonderful day of Caribbean entertainment in the Big Apple.





nesbeth-photo-1.jpgReggae's newest music sensation Nesbeth, who was given the herculean task of bringing the curtain down on the third annual Oracabessa Festival on Memorial Monday at Roy Wilkins Park in New York, not only proved equal to the task but had patrons singing along to songs from his growing catalogue of hits.

Assuming command of the stage Nesbeth brought the house down in what was his first major performance in the tri-state area. Born Greg Nesbeth, the artisit had his biggest moment when he delivered "My Dream", arguably one of the most globally recognized reggae songs for 2016. Released last October, 'My Dream' was an anthem during the 2016 political campaign in Jamaica and was enthusiastically received by patrons at the NY festival.

"The song connected with young and older patrons" event producer Bobby Clarke said backstage. "I am extremely proud of his performance here today. It is artists of this calibre that we need to be pushing to the forefront" Clarke noted.

Soca king Mighty Sparrow displayed stunning vocal range while performing favorites Jean & Dinah, May May, Mister Walker, and Melda.





MKQ 2016 finale set for Saturday night

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magnum-kings-queens-photo-1.jpgFans of the Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall competition are anticipating this season's finale.

The final show takes place on Saturday, June 4, at Breezy Castle in downtown Kingston.

The remaining princes are Zigma and Accid while the princesses are Clymaxx and Mi Ya Estro.All four will face off in the highly anticipated clash finale.

The after-show for the event will include performances by Bounty Killer, Nesbeth, Razor B, Tanto Blacks, plus last season's winners Triple A, and Devin Di Dakta.





25 years for Flippa Mafia!

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flippa-mafia.jpgDancehall deejay Flippa Mafia was given a 25-year sentence when he appeared in the Camden Superior Court in New Jersey, Friday morning.

The 37-year-old Jamaican entertainer, whose given name is Andrew Davis, was also ordered to pay a US$250,000 anti-money laundering profiteering penalty.

"Andrew Davis thought he could live the good life in Jamaica with the hundreds of thousands of dollars he and his brothers reaped by shipping cocaine from California into New Jersey," said Acting Attorney General Lougy at the sentencing.

In December 2015, Flippa Mafia was found guilty of first-degree distribution of cocaine, second-degree money laundering, and second-degree conspiracy.





zika-virus-photo-2.jpg"As part of the second phase of our activities we will be placing more emphasis on pregnant women, their partners and those who develop severe diseases such as Guillain Barre Syndrome (GBS), while we continue to engage the population and stress the importance of taking personal responsibility."

GBS and microcephaly are the two main possible outcomes of Zika that have concerned the global health community.

In fact, even before Jamaica confirmed its first case of the virus on January 29 this year, the Ministry of Health issued an advisory urging women to delay pregnancy because of the link between Zika and microcephaly, a condition in which an infected infant's head is smaller than the heads of other children of the same age and sex.

Based on what is known about the link between the two, the risk of microcephaly is highest in the first to second trimester. The Ministry of Health said that the two pregnant women are now in the second trimester.

"As it relates to the pregnant women, we only discovered the first case of Zika back in January, fast-forward nine months to the cycle of pregnancy and the reality is, we will begin, I think, to discover or otherwise, cases in September thereabout," Dr Tufton said. "...We believe that come September and beyond, the risk of seeing some of those cases will increase."

The health minister said so far, there has been no confirmed case of microcephaly or GBS linked to ZIKV in Jamaica. He said all 16 people affected by ZIKV have "fully recovered". Dr Tufton said, too, that the pregnant women are being "continuously monitored".

In intensifying its response to the Zika fight, the ministry will continue to monitor pregnant women at the community level throughout their pregnancies, including providing them with educational support, Dr Tufton said. And, with an estimated 40,000 women becoming pregnant each year, he said the ministry will provide bed nets for every pregnant woman who visits State-run antenatal clinics over the next six months. So far, the ministry has secured 20,000 of those bed nets.





zika-virus.jpgThe first phase, dubbed 'Operation: Mosquito Search and Destroy', focused on cleaning up surroundings to reduce mosquito breeding sites and the prevalence of the Aedes aegypti mosquito - the vector that transmits the viruses that cause dengue, chikungunya and Zika.

Speaking at a press conference to provide an update on the ZIKV outbreak, Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton disclosed that Jamaica now has 16 confirmed cases of the virus, including the two pregnant women.

The health minister said so far, there has been no confirmed case of microcephaly or GBS linked to ZIKV in Jamaica. He said all 16 people affected by ZIKV have "fully recovered".





Sixty families will have the comfort of new two-bedroom houses from Food for the Poor (FFP) Jamaica later this year, thanks to the J$53 million donated by individuals, companies and others during the charity organisation's second annual 5K Run/Walk held on May 7.

Andrew Mahfood, CEO of FFP Jamaica, said these families will benefit in a phase basis in upcoming months.

"Hundreds of poverty-stricken families are currently on our waiting list for houses," Mahfood said in a recent interview, "They are in dire need, many of whom are single mothers with their children, who are suffering bitterly without a proper housing structure with necessary facilities that are in accordance with good standards of living."

Approximately $46.5 million was raised from the first 5K Run/Walk in May last year with over 50 houses built.





Get out your umbrellas this weekend

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Met Office predicts rain The Meteorological (Met) Service of Jamaica says a system has developed over the western Caribbean Sea and is currently moving west-northwestward away from Jamaica but will influence weather conditions across the island this weekend.

The Met Service, in a news release Friday afternoon, said the forecast is for periods of showers and thunderstorms, which could be heavy at times, to affect sections of all parishes starting Friday afternoon and through Saturday.

The Met Service said it will continue to monitor the situation.





crime-scene-7.jpgSt Mary man has been charged with the murder of 53-year-old Dexter Dacres, a St James High School teacher whose decomposing body was found at his Granville, Trelawny home in March.

The accused, 19-year-old labourer Prince Walford of Hamilton Mountain, St Mary, is booked to appear in the Falmouth RM Court next week Wednesday.

The police were summoned to the Haven Heights section of Granville, on Wednesday, March 9, where residents became curious after detecting a foul odour coming from the teacher's rented apartment.

Upon their arrival, the cops found Dacres' decomposed body wrapped in a sheet, with multiple stab wounds. The police found a note which allegedly read, "I killed him because he tried to rape me" in the English language teacher's bedroom, where condoms and lubricants were also located.

The accused was recently picked up at his work place in Galena, St Mary and handed over to the Falmouth police. He was charged last week after reportedly confessing to the crime.





andrew-holness-photo-3.jpgLawyers for Prime Minister Andrew Holness have obtained an injunction barring Television Jamaica (TVJ) from rebroadcasting the programme 18 Degrees North that made certain allegations about his house and tax payments.

The injunction was granted by Justice Chester Stamp in the Supreme Court Friday morning.

18 Degerees North was aired on TVJ on Monday and was scheduled to be carried again on Sunday.

"The proposed rebroadcast would further harm the claimant reputationally, which harm could not be compensated by any award as to damage for libel," read a section of the documents.





An experienced Jamaican runner is among 31 athletes, spanning six sports and 12 countries, whose retested A sample from the 2008 Beijing Olympics has shown the presence of a banned substance.

The Jamaican cannot be named at this point given the pending outcome of the B sample test.

However, there is growing anxiety among local track and field authorities as the results of B sample tests are expected to be made public by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) within days.

While the nation's biggest global superstars in the sport are not being implicated at this point, the development is still set to have serious consequences for Jamaica's track and field programme, with at least one medal from the Beijing Olympics now at risk of being stripped.

It is further understood that the Jamaica Olympic Association was last week notified but officials from the organisation have so far offered no comment.

Meanwhile, the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) president Dr Warren Blake says his organisation has not been notified.

At its meeting today, the IOC did, however, reveal that it has put together a special committee, which will oversee the cases with full authority.





Ganja licences good to go... almost.

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ganja-image-1.jpgAll those desirous of legally entering into the ganja cultivation business should soon have the opportunity to do so.

This is because the regulations governing Jamaica's legal marijuana industry are scheduled to be published online on Tuesday, May 31.

In a media outline on Monday, Hyacinth Lightbourne, chairperson of the Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA), said the board has approved the licensing regulations, which were gazetted last Thursday.

Upon being published online, members of the public will be able to apply for licences to grow, process, distribute, sell and transport both hemp and ganja for medicinal and scientific purposes.

Ms Lightbourne said the stringent regulations in place are intended to discourage illicit practices in the marijuana industry.

Under the regulations, potential legitimate participants in the industry will have to acquire specific licences for each aspect of the industry they want to be involved in.

Ms Lightbourne said this measure is to ensure that the business is properly regulated.

She noted that the regulations do not address the issue of exporting ganja.





A 'Juici' Startime in Clarendon Park July 2

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marcia-griffiths-photos-4.jpgIf you were in the audience at The Original Startime at Mas Camp on Saturday January 9 this year, then you know this is no ordinary vintage concert. It is still being talked about everywhere !! and due to overwhelmingly popular demand .... Startime moves to Juici Patties' The Verandah Clarendon Park, on Saturday July 2 ... gates open 5pm ... showtime 8pm .... with one of its most exciting line ups in recent history.

In addition to the Mas Camp line up of Reggae Queen Marcia Griffiths, Leroy 'Heptones' Sibbles, Horace 'Sleepy' Andy, Johnny 'Hit-Machine' Clarke, Errol Dunkley, The Mighty Diamonds, 80s superstar Frankie Paul and 70s ace DJ Dillinger - who all gave tremendous performances to the the Mas Camp thousands - the promoters have added a Clarendon Connection, three exceptional foundation artists who were all born in the parish - namely Reggae Superstar Freddie McGregor, King of ska Derrick Morgan and the Clarendonians .... all backed by Lloyd Parks & We the People ... plus emcee Tommy 'yes indeed' Cowan. What a line up of stars !!!

Well it's Startime !!!!

VIP Tickets inclusive of meal and drinks are $7000; general entry tickets are $2000 presale - $2,500 at the gate; and are are available from all 62 Juici Patties outlets across Jamaica; Manchester Golf Club in Mandeville; in Kingston at Mary Brown's Corner Texaco Grab 'N' Go; Derrick Harriott; Devon Bourne's Rubis HWT ... and at Portmore Mall Pharmacy.

This Juici Startime is shaping up to be the event of the year and is brought to you by Juici Patties and the Verandah in association with Kool 97FM, Singer, Jamaica Observer, Sparkles Productions, TVJ, Seals & Engravables, On Stage TV, IRIE-FM, Devon Bourne's Rubis HWT, Mello FM, CPTC, Christar Villas Hotel, Kingston Hireage, A & E Ambulance, security by Securipro, and Interlinc Communications - host of the Startime website at startime.com.jm. Knutsford Express will be providing return shuttle service to Startime for a nominal charge (inclusive of Startime ticket) .... for bookings call 971-1822 / 960-5499.

Take your loved ones to Startime ... it's going to be a fabulous and unforgettable concert, one that should not be missed and is worth going miles to see !!





Corey Todd charged with assault

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corey-todd.jpgClub owner, Corey Todd, was charged for assaulting young deejay Devin Di Dakta at the popular St Andrew night club in January.

The Constant Spring Police Station said Todd was charged with assault on Tuesday, after several months of investigation.

"We can confirm that he has been charged for assault," Detective Sergeant Huntley, assigned to the police station, told Loop News.

Todd was reportedly pointed out during an identification parade.According to the police, the businessman was given station bail following a request by his attorney Peter Champagnie.

It is reported that in January this year, Devin Di Dakta, winner of the 2015 staging of 'Magnum Kings and Queen of Dancehall', was forcibly removed from the Taboo nightclub by security personnel.

It is alleged that he was taken to the parking lot and beaten by several persons because of a song perceived to be disrespecting Todd.Todd, a former business associate of incarcerated deejay Vybz Kartel, has been ordered to appear in court next week to face the charge..

Devin Di Dakta was allegedly ganged and beaten by Todd and his associates in the parking lot of Taboo, an exotic night club located along Constant Spring Road in St Andrew. Immediately after the incident, his management team refuted allegations from the management of Taboo that the beating did not involve security personnel from the club, and that it was triggered after Devin Di Dakta allegedly harassed a dancer and had to be removed from the entertainment facility after a complaint was made.

According to the management of Devin Di Dakta, the artiste was beaten over a diss song he made directed at Todd.





devin-di-dakta.jpgShelly-Ann Curran, the manager of dancehall artiste, Devin Di Dakta, is pleased that Corey Todd has been charged with assaulting her artiste.

In a interview with Zip FM, Curran said she was "happy that we can finally put this matter to resi".

She stated that Corey Todd, owner of night clubTaboo, was picked out of a line-up.

Devin Di Dakta was allegedly ganged and beaten by Todd and his associates in the parking lot of Taboo, an exotic night club located along Constant Spring Road in St Andrew. Immediately after the incident, his management team refuted allegations from the management of Taboo that the beating did not involve security personnel from the club, and that it was triggered after Devin Di Dakta allegedly harassed a dancer and had to be removed from the entertainment facility after a complaint was made.

According to the management of Devin Di Dakta, the artiste was beaten over a diss song he made directed at Todd.





rob-blac-pregnant.jpgAccording to TMZ, Rob Kardashian and pregnant fiancee, Blac Chyna, are set to make a cool million if they decide to sell their baby pictures to the highest bidder.

TMZ has spoken to seven photo agencies which reveal that the pictures of the couple posing intimately with their newborn son or daughter would be worth at least $1 million,

Selling baby photos has been a good revenue source for several celebrities, including Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie (who reportedly gave their $6m check to charities), Nicole Richie, Jamie Lynn Spears and Jennifer Lopez (who is thought to have received much more than $1m for images of Max and Emme).

This comes after years of Rob being a recluse which caused him to become estranged from his family and to overeat. He became diabetic, raising concerns about his health.

He met Blac years ago through sister Kim. At the time the former stripper was with Tyga, with whom she had son Cairo. Tyga then moved on to Kylie Jenner in 2015, reportedly breaking Chyna's heart. Earlier this year she found love with the portly Rob, who she quickly put on a diet and exercise routine.

Rob's transformation from shut-in to overexposed media darling has been swift and confusing at the same time.

His turn around has been a big subject in the 12th season of Keeping Up With The Kardashians.





vybz-kartel-photo-11-full.jpgThe third anniversary of Strictly Addi is scheduled for Sugarman's Beach Club in Portmore, St Catherine, on June 25.

According to organisers JEM Entertainment, the event - an ode to incarcerated deejay Vybz Kartel's music - has an air of anticipation about this staging.

"There is a unique nature about an event such as this. Unlike most beach parties that begin during the daytime and end in the night, Strictly Addi gates will be open at 9:00 pm and is non-stop, high-energy until it ends at 2:00 am," said 'IB' Konteh, director of JEM Entertainment.

"The entire venue will be transformed, from the Addi-themed cabanas to the stage. our major sponsors, Clearsound Jamaica Productions, has something special in store for everyone. Our Gaza-themed cocktails - Summer time, Call the Ambulance and Blue Whale, will also be something that will be talked about even after the event," Konteh continued.





A St Mary Mi Come From', returns

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capleton-airborne.jpgIt has been three years since Capleton staged 'A St Mary Mi Come From', the charity show he first held in 2000. He is confident of a successful comeback.

"It a go shot! Di people want it," he declared.

The 12th staging of the show is scheduled for August 5 at Grays Inn Sports Complex in Annotto Bay. No artistes have been confirmed as yet but promoters are currently putting together a cast.

"Wi talk to some of artistes already an' dem supportive. Dis is a show artistes an' fans look forward to 'cause is a family fun day, a pre-independence affair," said Capleton.

A number of schools, hospitals and organisations have benefitted from St Mary Mi Come From, including the Port Maria Hospital, Islington High School, Annotto Bay Hospital, Oberlin High School, and Haile Selassie High School.

Capleton is particularly proud of the computer room at Islington High School, his alma mater.

"It name the Clifton George Bailey (Capleton's given name) Computer Lab which wi really appreciate 'cause wi believe di youths mus be computer-literate," he said.

His manager, Claudette Kemp, said 'St Mary Mi Come From' deserves comprehensive corporate support.

"We are looking for a brand sponsor. We've had some good sponsors over the years but we would really love a major company coming on board."

'St Mary Mi Come From' takes place one day before Jamaica's Independence day.





reggae-artist-oriel-detained.jpgAn unfortunate scene took place over Memorial weekend at the annual Kaya Fest in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania when reggae recording artist ORieL and his bandmate were detained by Pittsburgh PD for suspicion of Marijuana possession.

His scheduled performance to an eager crowd was delayed after an officer reported smelling marijuana, and called for backup. Speaking on the incident, ORieL stated "We were briefly detained for smoking a spliff in the tour van. I asked the officer why he was drawing his firearm, because we were doing as he asked, our hands were up, and the spliff was put out. "Why use a cannon to kill a mosquito ?" Why not work out an amicable solution? His approach is the reason that many situations like this end up with people getting injured for no reason."

The artist added "Music and herb go together, society knows this. The idea that cannabis makes you hostile, etc etc is an outdated concept in this modern society. Many a prison and policing budget depend on keeping the status quo. Thats one thing, but the bigger issue is the approach and how police deal with us on a day to day basis."

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With the utmost respect for the law, this hasn't dithered ORieL's respect for those who take the oath to protect and serve.

Despite the delays, the vibes were in full effect and ORieL delivered a memorable performance to an audience of every race, creed and class who were all united by music.

Wishing to move past the events of the night, ORieL lastly added "The police need to develop a more open mindset and approach unique situations with the same humility and respect that we show to them. Excessive use of power in these situations not only damages the relationship between the police and the community, but is a waste of resources. We need people power to move towards a more community-based method of policing. Way up." - ORieL.





lucea-mayor-shernette.jpgFormer Mayor of Lucea Shernet Haughton pleaded not guilty to charges of misconduct in a public office and breaches of the public sector procurement regulations of 2008 when she appeared in the Hanover Parish Court yesterday.

The charges stem from a report by the Office of the Contractor General that was submitted to Parliament in March 2015.

The report accused her of nepotism and criminal offences in the Hanover Parish Council's award of 22 contracts, with a cumulative value of $3.7 million, to her relatives and affiliates.

Haughton, a first-time councillor, resigned as mayor of Lucea in April 2014, but remains a People's National Party councillor for the Green Island Division of the Hanover Parish Council.





PM Andrew Holness retains lawyers

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andrew-holness-photo-3.jpgPrime Minister Andrew Holness has retained the services of senior attorney Gordon Robinson after the airing of a television programme Monday night in which he was the subject.

"I totally and completely reject the assertions, inferences and innuendoes made in the television Programme

18 Degrees North aired on TVJ on Monday, 30th May.

"In particular, I wish to make it clear that all my property taxes are paid up to date and I have never entered into any arrangement with the intent of evading any of Jamaica's tax laws or benefiting from public contracts," Holness said in a statement.

"I view this matter seriously and have retained legal counsel. Senior counsel has already advised that there are factual basis on which the programme's content is libellous," Holness said.

"My family and I have been the subject of several attacks on our character and reputation in the past. As a public figure, I expect to be a target. However, it appears that there is a co-ordinated and persistent attempt to tarnish me and my family. Now that the matter is in my attorney's hands, any future query or clarification should be addressed to senior counsel Gordon Robinson," the prime minister said.





prime-minister-portia-simpson-miller-photo-3.jpgLawyers representing Opposition Leader Portia Simpson Miller and three People's National Party (PNP) officials in the long-standing Trafigura matter yesterday filed an appeal seeking to halt the proceedings after High Court Judge Justice Lennox Campbell ordered that subpoenas be issued for them.

Queen's Counsel K D Knight stated that he will be going to court on Monday and explained that an appeal has already been filed and the court order is a consequence of that appeal.

Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Paula Llewellyn, QC, yesterday explained that the subpoenas were issued after Simspon Miller, Robert Pickersgill, Phillip Paulwell, Colin Campbell, and businessman Norton Hinds failed to appear in court.

The witnesses were required to give sworn testimony regarding the investigation by the Netherlands Government into the payment, in September 2006, of $31 million to an account bearing the name CCOC to which certain members of the PNP were signatories.





andrew-davis-shop-southdale-plaza.jpgandrew-davis-illusions-club.jpgTwo business owners were shot and killed in Half-Way Tree, St Andrew, Monday night. They have been identified as 50-year-old Helen Meghoo and 60-year-old Andrew Davis.

Davis, who was the owner of the now defunct Illusions night club, operated a bill payment and lottery ticket business in Southdale Plaza. He and McGoo were shot multiple times as they sat inside their car, just after closing their about 7:45 pm.

According to the police, Meghoo and Davis, who is her common-law husband, had just closed up their business place on Southdale Plaza when they were attacked by a lone gunman.

The gunman reportedly sprayed the car with gunshots, hitting the two occupants multiple times in their upper bodies. The gunman escaped.They were rushed to the hospital where they were pronounced dead.

Senior Superintendent Millicent Sproul Thomas, head of the St Andrew Central Police, says no motive has yet been established for the killings.Robbery has been ruled out as nothing was taken from the couple.





 

omar-mateen-gay-lover.jpgPortions of Omar Mateen's alleged hookup with at least one gay man were captured on surveillance cameras at an Orlando hotel ... TMZ has learned.

Sources at the Ambassador Hotel tell TMZ, Mateen was seen on camera footage recorded December 14, 2015 around 11 PM. We're told the video bolsters the claims of the heavily disguised man who told Univision he met up with Mateen 15-20 times at the hotel between November and December.

Our sources say the video shows Mateen walk to the front desk, speak to a staffer and then walk around a corner toward the room where the anonymous man says he was staying during their rendezvous.

We're told management showed the video to staffers and asked if anyone recalled seeing Mateen. The only person who noticed him is a guy who works the night shift.

We're told the FBI went to the Ambassador Tuesday night and took a copy of the surveillance footage.

The Bureau wouldn't confirm, but the video could go a long way to figuring out if Mateen attacked a gay club as part of a twisted revenge plot.





tanto-devonte-everyone-falls-in-love.jpg'Everyone Falls in Love' he 1997 hit song by Tanto Metro and Devonte has been sampled, by OVO artiste, Tony Lanez.

Last Friday, rising Canadian R&B crooner Tory Lanez tweeted: "Remember I said this ... I'm about to have Jamaica ON FIRE".

He then released a music video for his second single called Luv. The hook follows the same key and melody of Tanto Metro and Devonte's version.

The single follows Lanez's 2015 hit song, Say It, a mellow R&B tune with a gospel choir adding vocal flair to the chorus. Luv serves as the second official single from Tory Lanez's upcoming debut album titled I Told You.Since it's release on YouTube, views for the music video have climbed to over 800,000, following closely behind the song's SoundCloud count, currently climbing from 1.1 million plays.

"Though we are no stranger to seeing our material being covered, it still feels good to know the appreciation of our works from the past," said Devonte.

He says that he thinks Tory Lanez did a wonderful job putting his own twist on the record.

Tanto Metro said that what the song has done in the past, and is still doing today, makes the pair feel like winners.

"We've watched it cross generations," he said, "and as such, our deepest gratitude towards the artiste and his team."





ganja-trafficker-money.jpgAuthorities in Miami have seized at least $24 million in cash following the Tuesday arrest of a suspected marijuana trafficker.

The Miami Herald reported that the bust is the largest in the history of the Miami-Dade Police Department and said officers were still counting the money Wednesday.

According to the Miami Herald, most of the cash was bundled in increments of $100, placed in vacuum-sealed bags, and stuffed inside dozens of orange Home Depot-branded buckets.

Tuesday's raid was the culmination of a six-year--long investigation into Luis Hernandez-Gonzalez. The Herald reported that Hernandez-Gonzalez, 44, ran a North Miami store that sells equipment for indoor gardening. Investigators suspected the business catered to marijuana growers.

In addition to the raid on Gonzalez-Hernandez's house, where the cash was discovered, local police and federal agents raided the store, where they discovered marijuana seeds, marijuana labeled "Super Skunk" and "Chernobyl" and $180,000 in a safe.

Gonzalez-Hernandez, who reportedly admitted instructing his customers on how to grow marijuana, appeared in court Wednesday on charges of money laundering, marijuana trafficking and possession of a firearm while committing a felony, among other state charges. He ws ordered held on $4 million bail.

Gonzalez-Hernandez's sister, Salma Hernandez, was also arrested and charged with drug possession and conspiracy.





Student stabbed to death by another student

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crime-scene-7.jpgA student was stabbed to death in an altercation with a student from Oberlin High School on Wednesday morning.

Reports are that the student was on his way to school when he had an altercation with another youth of the same age group.

The incident unfolded in an area called Grant Hill.

A knife was brought into play and the teenager stabbed.

He was rushed to hospital but succumbed to his injury.

The student has been apprehended.





woman-killed -in-ochi-kyri.jpgA 58-year-old vendor is now in the custody of the Ocho Rios police after he allegedly stabbed his girlfriend to death at her workplace on Tuesday morning, June 29.

Police officers on the scene confirmed that the woman is Kyria Nelson, a 22-year-old employee of Torpedo Loan financing company on Brown's Plaza in the heart of Ocho Rios.

She was stabbed to death at her workplace at some time after 8am.

It is alleged that the vendor had been seen sharpening his knife from yesterday. At sometime after 8 this morning, he awaited the young woman as she entered the loan company to carry out his plan.The man then proceeded to slash her throat and he stabbed her several times.

When he completed his act, he left her in the building and proceeded to escape where he was apprehended by the Ocho Rios police some distance away from the plaza.

Head of the St Ann police, SSP Wayne Cameron explained that Nelson was alive, when she was rushed to the hospital.

However, she later died.





Barrington Levy to headline Reggae Sumfest

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barrington-levy-photo-2.jpgBarrington Levy will headline Reggae Sumfest on July 23, at Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex in Montego Bay.

Nominated this year for a Best Reggae Album Grammy for Acousticalevy, he returns to Sumfest after a three-year break.

"God bless my fans, on the night of the show, you will see what happens. I am asking the fans to come with the good vibes, the happy vibes. Walk with your tape and leave your machete, walk with your queen and leave your machine. Keep it clean, seen," said Levy.

Three years ago, Levy stole the show with an energetic, one-hour set. Next month, he will once again be backed by his California-based band, Detour Posse.

Levy is still promoting Acousticalevy which features unplugged versions of some of his biggest hits.

Levy, Sanchez and Tarrus Riley are among the big names on the closing night of Sumfest which is held this year under the theme, 'Our Music, Our Festival'.

Organisers have changed the format of the show, with an all-star Jamaican line-up over two days.





law-student-teresa-wilson.jpgJamaican law student arrested in the United States for mail fraud is alleged to have been involved in the lottery scam, in which she and co-conspirators defrauded an elderly victim of US $270,000 (J $34 million at today's exchange rate).

The allegations against 27-year-old Teresa Wilson are outlined in court document, a copy of which was provided to Loop News by the United States Department of Justice.

Wilson -- a resident of Montego Bay, St James who just completed studies at the Norman Manley Law School -- has been charged with mail fraud.

"It was a part of the conspiracy that co-conspirators would, and did, willfully devise and participate in a scheme to call an elderly victim, and make material false representation that they were associated with a lottery, including that one of the callers was an attorney for the lottery, to fraudulently obtain the victim's money," the document obtained by a popular website stated.

"It was further a part of the conspiracy that the co-conspirators would and did make material false representations that the victim had won approximately [US] $3.5 million as part of the lottery sweepstakes," the document stated further.

The criminal acts involving Wilson -- who calls herself a "wild child, caring and loving", on her Instagram profile -- and her co-conspirators reportedly occurred between October 2014 and March 2015.

The money in question was reportedly sent by the elderly victim on dates in November 2015. On one occasion, the victim is said to have mailed a package containing US $120,000 via UPS from Virginia to a co-conspirator's address in Florida.

That sum was reportedly collected in March 2015 by a Dwayne Breary who signed the alias Sandra Smith in an effort to conceal who the recipients of the package were.

According to the document, law enforcement officials obtained telephone messages sent by Wilson to a Yanique Coach on March 19, 2015, instructing, "Check the stacks tho," in reference to money.

A few days later, on March 22, 2015, Wilson reportedly sent a message via telephone threatening Coach. The message reportedly stated in part, "People belly go bang and U can't step out fi sort out business and save u self... Weh U priorities."

Another co-conspirator in the scheme was only identified in the document as SS.

The victim reportedly sent the cash after being told that in order to receive the "lottery money" the victim needed to pay fees and taxes in cash.

The victim, who lived in Virginia, was told to send the cash through UPS to various addresses in Florida and Georgia, which the victim allegedly did, sending packages of "large amounts of cash" to South Florida and the Middle District of Florida.

"It was further a part of the conspiracy that Teresa Wilson and another co-conspirator would and did travel from Jamaica to the United States to obtain the packages," the court documents said.

"It was further a part of the conspiracy that Teresa Wilson and other co-conspirators would and did perform acts and make statements to hide and conceal and cause to be hidden and concealed the purpose of the conspiracy and the acts committed in furtherance thereof," the document said.

If convicted, the State is seeking a forfeiture order of Wilson's assets, "which constitutes or is derived from proceeds traceable to the violation, including but not limited to a money judgement representing the amount of proceeds obtained by the defendant as a result of the allegations alleged in the indictment".





Jamaican man missing at sea in Cayman

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Cayman police say a Jamaican man, 40-year-old Migeal Aedran Palmer is among a group missing at sea.

A Caymanian identified as 59-year-old Carl Demmie Ebanks of West Bay is also missing.

According to police, the men are believed to have left from Ronald Martin's Dock, on North West Point Road in West Bay, on Ebanks' boat for an unknown destination. The vessel has been described as a Wellcraft boat -- approximately 20ft in length.

The men were reported missing three days after setting out for sea.

Police said the men did not file any report with Port Authority before beginning their journey.

"On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday last week, before the men were reported missing, the police helicopter flew over large areas offshore, including the Sister Islands, in the course of its schedule," a release from the police said.

"During those flights, the crew would have noted the vessel had it been seen a distance offshore, but did not see any vessel matching this description. No distress flares were seen, nor were any emergency calls on Channel 16 heard [the marine emergency channel]," the release added.

The release added: "While the areas patrolled offshore on these days were large, it cannot be known, given the vagueness of the details provided, that these areas would have fallen in any search pattern. Likewise, given the time that had elapsed since the believed departure time of the boat, as well as the fact that the destination was unknown, no search area could be defined by the time of the report on Saturday."

Police said that all local agencies as well as regional law enforcement were notified of the missing persons.

The search continues for the men.





chris-martin-coldplay.jpgchris-martin-coldplay-album.jpgHe described the Barbadian - with whom he collaborated on Princess Of China on the band's 2012 album Mylo Xyloto - as 'the Frank Sinatra of our generation'.

'She can turn anything into gold with that voice,' he told The Guardian, unlike his own, which he admitted some people hate.

He claimed that when describing great opera singers, singing teachers will always talk about consistency of tone.

'There's a book by Alfred Tomatis about why some people like certain people's voices and other people hate them, like Bob Dylan or me or whoever, some people say, "Oh, I hate that voice", so there's a thing about people's frequency responses - what they are pleased by.

'Rihanna has this thick tone, so it's very hard to annoy anybody,' he said. 'It's like a beautifully squeezed tube of toothpaste.'

He claimed that when you think of Rihanna's voice you think of this 'whole, rich thing, solid like a tree trunk' - and that Drake is pretty similar.

'But Rihanna's voice is just delicious for your ear. Sinatra had the same thing; anything he sang sounded pleasing to most people,' he added.





Appleton Estate EDX presents X2, a one-day festival showcasing two-parties, set for this Saturday at Grizzly's Plantation Cove, Ocho Rios which offers partygoers a unique experience of two exciting events in the same venue, on the same day, but at different times.

EDX, Electronic Dance Xposed, Jamaica's premier Electronic Dance Festival, which features the biggest, established and emerging names in the EDM genre, is now in its fourth staging, but this is the first time that the organizers are hosting the event in Ocho Rios and also the first time that there will be two events at the one-day festival.

The drink inclusive party will be broken into two segments - from 10 am to 6 pm, featuring a Beach Soca Fusion party with live performance from Allison Hinds, followed by the highly anticipated EDM concert from 10 pm to 6 am.

Event organizer Mark Tracey explained: "This year we are offering patrons a more rounded experience with the introduction of a Beach Soca Fusion party to complement our signature event, Appleton Estate EDX. Soca queen Allison Hinds has not performed in Jamaica in a while and she is raring to go. So too are the EDM acts."

Tracey added that English EDM producer and DJ, Gareth Emery, Bad Royale; Hypem top 10 DJ, GAZZO are all anticipating their debut Jamaican performance. Dance Music Manchester/BassJockey's DJ Competition winner, TOFTE, according to Tracey, will not be outdone as well as he is set to bring the house down. Balancing the strong overseas contingent will be heavyweight local DJs.

For further details please about the event please visit the festival's website at www.edxjamaica.com or instagram at edxjamaicaofficial.





Adele is way UP at Glastonbury Festival

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adele-21.jpgShe once said her music would never work at a festival.

But Adele proved herself wrong on Saturday night, drawing a crowd of thousands to Glastonbury's famous Pyramid Stage for her headline slot at the 2016 festival.

The Hello singer dressed to impress for her big moment in a stunning sequin gown, showing little sign of the nerves which have previously stopped her from agreeing to a performance at the world famous festival.

Playing to a crowd stretching back as far as the eye could see, the chart-topping star opened with her smash hit Hello, the lead single from her latest record breaking album 25.

The star changed one of the lyrics to say 'I've been Glastonbury dreaming,' prompting a huge cheer from the crowd.





kanye-west-famous-nude-video-kim-taylor.jpgTaylor Swift objected to the 'strong misogynistic message' after she heard Kanye West's new song Famous for the first time.

Now the 26-year-old pop star is said to be 'mad as hell' at the rapper for using a naked lookalike wax figure of her in his Famous music video that he debuted at The Forum in Los Angeles on Friday.

Taylor is 'planning something' and 'trying to figure out how to respond' to Kanye's shocking move, HollywoodLife.com reported.

Kanye's music video featured a bizarre orgy of himself in bed with Kim and some other 'famous' people including Ray J, Bill Cosby, Caitlyn Jenner and Donald Trump.

The 39-year-old rapper has kept silent on how many of the bedmates are real or fake replicas.





reggae-sumfest-logo.jpgDJ Omar aka Omizzle, has captured a high energy Reggae Sumfest vibe in his current spin on the Festival's mix tape now being distributed island wide. He was contracted by DownSound Entertainment (DSE), producers of the 2016 festival, to provide a compilation of music from artistes performing on Dancehall Night, July 22 and Reggae Night, July 23.

DJ Omar says he has been the mix tape man since high school days."I've been working with DownSound since 2012. I did the dancehall and reggae mix CDs in May. All of the artistes on Sumfest 2016 are on it. I've done mixed CDs for Ishawna, Harry Toddler, Nature and I have mixed tapes different from DownSound work - always hot tracks."

The Reggae Sumfest mix tapes have conjured up a vibe of excitement amongst members of the public in recent weeks. This, according to DSE was the aim of the promotional CD. The tapes are available on reggaesumfest.com and are distributed at local events and in the streets leading up to the Festival.

The transformed Reggae Sumfest kicks off in Montego Bay with a Beach Party at the Aqua Sol Theme Park on Sunday, July 17 hosted by Miss Kitty and Yanique 'The Curvy Diva' Barrett. The All White Party hits Pier 1 on Tuesday, July 19; and the Sound Explosion - where anything can happen - with Tony Matterhorn and Firelinks along with the island's top sound systems, takes place on Thursday, July 21, also at Pier 1. Dancehall Night revs up on the Friday at Catherine Hall with the big Reggae Night to close the curtains on Saturday, July 23.





Be careful when buying pumpkin

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The public is being warned to be careful when purchasing pumpkins. The warning was issued after thieves stole some of the crop from the Bernard Lodge Estate in St. Catherine on the weekend.

Opposition Senator Floyd Morris, who operates the farm, said the pumpkins were sprayed with insecticide and fungicide on Friday.

"I am issuing a warning to citizens within the Portmore, Spanish Town, Gregory Park area, not to purchase pumpkins from unknown farmers because those pumpkins are likely to harm their health," he urged.

He said some of the pumpkins, which were not fit, were removed from their vines and left in the field.

Mr. Morris said the matter is to be reported to the police.





crime-scene-gun.jpgPatrick Brown, a 55-year-old vendor from St Catherine, was shot and killed about 10:00 pm Saturday in the vicinity of the Buff Bay market in Portland.

His wife Michelle, 45, was also shot and injured in the incident.

Reports are that the couple was packing up to leave when they were approached by three masked men who made certain demands. One reportedly pulled a gun and shot Brown, while another shot his wife in her hand. They escaped in a motor car.

The couple was taken to the Annotto Bay Hospital where Brown was pronounced dead.





pnp-headquarters.jpgThe People's National Party National Executive Council has approved a nomination period for the positions of president and vice presidents.

The date was approved at the council's meeting yesterday at the University of the West Indies, a statement from the Opposition party said Monday.

"Nominations will open for the positions of president and vice presidents on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at 10:00 am and close on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at midday," the release said.

It also said nomination forms will be available from the party's secretariat.





hands-behind-bars.jpgA student of the Norman Manley Law School Teresa Wilson has been arrested in the United States on charges of mail fraud.

The 27-year-old Wilson was arrested in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on June 16.

Wilson recently completed studies at the Norman Manley Law School, at the University of the West Indies, in St Andrew, and was awaiting final exam results when she was reportedly busted.

A law enforcement official at the Broward County Sherriff's Office reportedly disclosed that Wilson is now in the custody of the US Marshals Service of the Southern District of Florida.

Wilson had allegedly been on the radar of US investigators for at least two years.

Associates of Wilson's at the law school are urging others not to rush to judgement at this time.





ymz-launch-don-andre-children-women.jpgCome on now people, let's not take silliness even a notch higher. Why is there any sort of comparison being made between YMZ and YVA's? How can YMZ, the very new kid on the concert block be compared to an awards show that is for teenagers only and which has been around for more than a minute.

Okay, so they both begin with the letter 'Y' and both names have three letters...and there endeth the similarity.

YMZ is a show for the entire family - from 4 years old to 94; the other show is billed strictly for teens. Just take a look at YMZ headline act Silento's video for his chartbusting Billboard single Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae) and you will get it. There are no age barriers in that video and that is the complexion of YMA.

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YMZ is a summer show; the other event isn't; YMZ is only about the performers on stage entertaining the audience; the other event is all about pre-voting, red carpet, celebrities and handing out awards; after YMZ, the patrons go home; after the other event, patrons go to an after-party.

Actually the two events are as different as day and night and in reality they are: YMZ starts in the day, the other event starts in the night.

So, please, promoters, it's best if you guys just support each other and feed off each other's success.





tyga-posts-pic-of-kylie-jenner.jpgA day after Kylie Jenner appeared in her rumored boyfriend PartyNextDoor's sexy music video, her ex Tyga shared a cryptic photo of the 18-year-old reality star.

In the pic posted on Friday morning by the 26-year-old rapper, Kylie is seen laughing while sitting on a bed. Tyga captioned the image: "They always come back..."

He later deleted the post.





gareth-pic-from-gareths-facebook.jpgIt will be a soca and EDM fusion event like none other on Saturday, July 2 at Appleton Estate's EDX, all-day, all-night party set to explode at Grizzly's Plantation Cove in Ocho Rios, St Ann.

A drinks-inclusive electronic dance music party, the event has moved from its original venue of the Caymanas Polo Club to the more spacious Plantation Cove.

Production team member and spokesperson, Adam Gomes, was in high spirits when he spoke about the award-winning event, which this year has Appleton Estate as its title sponsor and which is creating quite a stir on social media.

"We couldn't be more excited about this year's show. With a spectacular venue, bigger International acts, and the addition of Soca Fusion on the Beach. We believe this will be the most talked-about event in Jamaica for a while to come," Gomes said.

EDX has attracted big name international acts in soca and EDM. Headlining the Beach Soca Fusion will be sizzling soca ambassador, Alison Hinds, Richie Ras, DJ Sekou, and DJ Lantern. Waving the flag high for EDM will be Gareth Emery, English electronic dance music producer and DJ.

The promoters have already signed off on a shuttle service for patrons.

"We will be using the JUTC luxury buses from Kingston end, and we also have buses which will shuttle patrons from Pier One," Gomes said. Tickets are available online at www.yardticket.com and Fontana Pharmacy islandwide.





DNA test proves prisoner not Prince's son

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prince-dna.jpgA test results show a Colorado prison inmate is not Prince's son, a person who has seen a sealed document said Wednesday.

The finding means that Carlin Q. Williams is not entitled to inherit a fortune worth up to $300 million.

The person who spoke to The Associated Press was not authorised to release the finding and therefore requested anonymity. TMZ, citing unnamed sources with direct knowledge of the case, first reported the DNA results. Attorneys for Bremer Trust, the special administrator for the estate, filed the results Wednesday in Carver County District Court.

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Prince died of an accidental drug overdose on April 21 and no will has emerged for him. He had no known surviving children although a few other people besides Williams have filed documents claiming Prince was or might have been their father.

Williams claimed that his mother had unprotected sex with Prince at a Kansas City, Missouri, hotel in 1976. Williams, a 39-year-old Kansas City man whose long criminal record includes drug and domestic violence charges, is serving nearly eight years in federal prison for unlawfully transporting a firearm in a stolen vehicle.

Under Minnesota law, Prince's sister, Tyka Nelson, several half-siblings, and a possible niece and grandniece currently stand to inherit shares of the estate.





shebada-beautiful.jpgThe hotel room of popular Jamaican Comedian Keith 'Shebada' Ramsey was broken into on Wednesday night.

This was reported by NBC Miami.

The television station in Miramar, Florida said Shebada's money and several important items, including his passport were stolen from his hotel suite; while he was in Miramar performing his hit comedy called "Bangarang."

Speaking with NBC Miami, entertainment consultant, Garnett Newman said "someone was walking through the hallway checking room doors and his door was ajar and they went to his room and stole his passport, social security and his keys for his vehicle back home and his home."

However, the comedian didn't let the incident put a damper on his performance as he went on to incorporate the unfortunate incident into his play.

"You must embrace all your failures as you must embrace all your risings so when things like this happen you must go on and further your dreams," Shebada told International Press.





delus.jpgkonshens-and-delus.jpgDancehall deejay, Konshens took to social media early on Thursday to pour out his grief over the death of his brother, deejay Delus.

Delus took his own life on Wednesday evening at homw in Havendale, St Andrew.

See the post below:

"No know how mi aggo do dis without u dawg. But mi aggo do it cah u love see mi a do it. We can always say u neva affi do dat, but mi prefer seh mi wish u neva affi do dat. Mi know you, if it was so heavy that u think u needed to quit then [Expletive] it dawg. REST and rest easy to. I will pick up the pieces one way or another an u know who cyaa suffer already from me have breath she good. Mi know u pre alla dat before u mek u move bcuz u was never a coward or a [Expletive] an mi sure u believe inna me to di max. Mi have NO blame fi anybody or anything that sent you over the edge and me a share dis wid di world cah mi nah hide an bawl mi a bawl loud cah mi hurt deep an mi will always profess mi love and respect fi u proudly. Not even one day gone an mi affi a jump pan plane a go a work right now pan toppa all dis but bredda mi eye full a water an mi jus happy u escape whatever did a torment u fi so [Expletive] long. I know... Whether on the highest mountain peak or the lowest point in the deepest valley a man needs inner peace!! And we must never underestimate the power of it. Thank u fi dah last par yah bro. Thanks fi all the condolences. Will tell unnu how funeral arrangements go.





kanye-west-famous-nude-video.jpgOn Friday, Kanye West unveiled the bizarre and twisted new video for his song Famous that features an orgy of naked celebrities in bed together. The visual features the controversial rapper with his wife Kim Kardashian naked and asleep, along with ten other celebs including Taylor Swift and Ray J.

A slow zoom out reveals their other bedmates to be Amber Rose, Caitlyn Jenner, Bill Cosby, George W. Bush, Donald Trump, Anna Wintour, Rihanna and Chris Brown, all snuggled up beside them in an enormous bed.

And it appears the 39-year-old hasn't received as much backlash from the video as he might have hoped, taking to Twitter on Saturday morning to engage in a since deleted rant regarding the firestorm that has ensued since its premiere.

West has so far kept quiet on how many - if any - of the famous faces are the actual real celebs, or just a combination of lookalikes and digital trickery.

In the song, Kanye infamously rapped about Taylor that he 'made that b***h famous,' and adds that they might still have sex.

And while Kanye's co-stars might not be too keen on their completely nude depiction in the video, there is one singing sensation who has found the humor in the madness.

Chris Brown took to Instagram, writing: 'Why I gotta have the plumbers butt/ crack showing WAX figure? This n**** KANYE CRAZY, talented, but crazy'

The Grammy winner lies next to his ex Rihanna in the video, whose relationship made headlines in 2009 because of a domestic violence incident involving the pair. Brown also shared on Instagram a parody of the now infamous spectacle with Barbie dolls taking the place of West's wax figures.





Jamaican journalist Garfield Burford has been appointed News and Current Affairs Consultant at the state-owned Antigua & Barbuda Broadcasting Services (ABS).

The appointment became effective June 1, 2016. Burford joins the entity on a one-year contract.

Melford Nicholas, Minister with responsibility for Broadcasting in Antigua and Barbuda, said, "The appointment of Mr Burfod represents a significant milestone in the Ministry's pursuit, to transform ABS, until it becomes the new standard for Broadcast Media Services in Antigua and Barbuda".

Burford is expected to assist the management of ABS in developing and improving the standards for gathering, preparing and delivering the respective News and Current Affairs Programmes, a release by the government said.

Prior to his latest appointment, Burford spent nearly 13 years at CVM Television in Jamaica where he was news and current affairs manager.





Two students from Holy Childhood High were injured during a brawl along Half Way Tree Road in St Andrew on Friday.

Several students of the all-girls school and caused traffic pile up in the busy commercial district,as the two students ended up nursing injuries.Police have confirmed that students, along with their parents, had to go to the Half Way Tree Police Station giving statements.

The incident is the second violent flare up involving persons associated with an educational institution in the area, this week.

Earlier this week, there was a stabbing and shooting incident at the St Andrew High School for Girls compound which is located just across the road from Holy Childhood. That incident involved two males - a parent and another man. The men were reportedly attending a school leaving ceremony for sixth form students.





The driver of the ill-fated Honda Civic carrying workers at the Bahia Principe Hotel and which that crashed into a truck along the Laughlands main road, St Ann on Tuesday night has died, bringing to four the number of fatalities.

The St Ann police say 21-year-old Michael Glascow of Village Green, St Ann's Bay, the driver of the car, died in hospital on Wednesday.

The other deceased have been identified as 22-year-old Eric Forbes of Steerfield, St Ann, 24-year-old Jahnor Powell of Charlestown, St Mary and Teisha Douglas, whose address has not been ascertained. Two other persons remain hospitalised.

The six were travelling along the Laughlands Main Road on their way from work at the Gran Bahia Principe Hotel when Glascow lost control of his Honda Civic and crashed into a truck travelling in the opposite direction.

The impact the sent Glascow's car into another that was waiting to enter the main thoroughfare. Police say so far investigations suggest Glascow was at fault and no charges are pending against the truck driver.





The teacher who reportedly stabbed a parent - who in turn shot the teacher - is not a member of staff at the prestigious all-girls institution.

The police say one of the men was shot and the other was stabbed during the fight which occurred during a school-leaving service at the school on Tuesday evening. Unconfirmed reports are that a domestic dispute led to the altercation.

According to the police, they have not arrested any of the two men who were involved in the violent altercation at the school on Tuesday. Communication officer with the Jamaica Constabulary Force, Stephanie Lindsay, says no arrests were made because the police are still investigating the incident.

Lindsay says the police will prepare a case file to present to the Director of Public Prosecutions who will decide on how to proceed with the case.

On Wednesday,Principal of St Andrew High School for Girls, Sharon Reid told The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre that there are indications that the altercation stemmed from a domestic dispute. Shealso sent a letter to the Editor setting the record straight by explaining that the two persons were not affilated with the school.





One man charged for NCB worker's killing

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A man has been charged by the police in relation to the kidnapping and murder of National Commercial Bank (NCB) employee, Karetha Robertson.

Robertson was abducted from her home in Portmore, St Catherine, by two men back in March, and was killed shortly after.

Her body was found in Pembroke Hall, St Andrew, with a gunshot wound to the head.

Police have identified the suspect who is heading to court as Shamar Beckford.

There were recent reports of a suspect being taken into custody in connection with Robertson's murder, but prior to now there was no indication of any charged being laid against the implicated individual.

Police report Robertson arrived at her Portmore home on the evening in question, and was attacked by two men who bundled her into a waiting motor vehicle and sped off.

Her body was found hours later.

A Toyota Rav4 sports utility vehicle that was being driven by Robertson, was found at Hillary Avenue off Red Hills Road in St Andrew.





Body of policeman identified

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crime-scene-7.jpgA policeman, whose body was found in Spanish Town Friday afternoon, has been identified as Sergeant C Morrison who was attached to the Detention & Courts Division.

Residents discovered the body, which had stab wounds to the back of the head, at approximately 1:30 in the afternoon in the vicinity of Brunswick Avenue and Job's Lane, and alerted the police.

The body was found in a pool of blood, and clad in black sweat pants and a white T-shirt.

The sergeant's 1997 white Toyota Mark 11 was found earlier in the day on a nearby roadway with blood stains all over the interior.





Konshens mourns death of his brother, Delus

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konshens-and-delus.jpgSubkonshus music artiste, Konshens, is devastated by the news of his brother Delus' suicide.

The acclaimed deejay was among those who converged on Delus' East Riverside home Wednesday evening following the devastating news.

Konshens was seen openly crying over the tragedy.

Delus celebrated his birthday on June 18, while his girlfriend reportedly celebrated her birthday today (Wednesday). Friends say the two had gone to beach and everything seemed to be okay.

However, shortly after they returned home, Delus reportedly went in the bathroom and carried out the act.

Sources say that the act was captured on his cell phone.





Dancehall artise Delus commits suicide

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delus.jpgConfirmed reports are that dancehall artiste Delus committed suicide Wednesday evening at his East Riverside Drive home in Havendale, St Andrew.

A large contingent of police and various press persons have converged upon the scene since news broke that the entertainer shot himself in his bathroom.

Delus lived right across the road from Big Ship, the studio-and-house owned by veteran singer, Freddie McGregor.

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Delus, who is the brother of dancehall heavyweight, Konshens, was a frequent visitor to Big Ship. However, Freddie McGregor was off the island at the time of the incident.

Delus was best known for songs such as What Tomorrow May Bring, La La La, Afraid to Love Again and Time.





ymz-launch-video-link-r5.jpgYMZ, the July 9 concert scheduled for the National Stadium field in Kingston, Jamaica, had its official launch last Tuesday at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in front of a packed house of sponsors, media, artistes and a host of excited teeny boppers, led by starlet Journey Jewels. The event's tagline promises "It a go loud" and host for the evening, Emprezz, certainly ensured that it was.

Organisers, Mysterious Music Minds, pulled out all the stops, including a first at a Jamaican media launch, by having a live link with US-based five member sibling group (and their best friend), R5, one of the show's headliners. Employing the best modern technology available, the organisers ensured that the packed house inside the Pegasus was able to see and talk to R5 in what was surely a historic occasion. The three members of R5 who were present, were truly excited at making their Jamaican debut and it was loads of fun as they interacted with the press, fans and well-wishers.

When asked who was their favourite Jamaican artiste, the youngsters named Bob Marley and they bubbled with enthusiasm as they spoke about their desire to try Jamaican food. In fact, so inspired were they that after the launch R5 posted the YMZ concert flyer on their Facebook/Instagram pages and it attracted close to 28,000 likes. "We'll be playing our first show in Jamaica July 9th! #ymz #youthmusiczone," R5 posted along with the flyer.

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Of course, those artistes who were present in the flesh, could not be outdone. Don Andre was a huge hit with the uber-popular, "Tom Cruise" song and dance which levelled the place. He had the gathering, especially the children, singing and bouncing along to the infectious song and its hard to believe that things could possibly get any louder at the actual concert on July 9. But Don Andre says that this was just the tip of the iceberg. Bling Dawg was present, as well, and mingled with the crowd but did not perform. Voicemail was also in fine form and kicked off the live performance section with a bang. The consensus is that YMZ is definitely the event for the summer.

Guest speaker, Dania Beckford, Director of Entertainment at the Ministry of Culture, Entertainment,Gender and Sports, pledged her ministry's full support for the event, so too did Mitsie Harris-Dillon PRO at the National Parent Teachers Association, which is officially endorsing YMZ. Sponsors Jamaica Yellow Pages, KaribLink Digital, Youth Link, Gleaner, Children's Own, Zip FM, Irie FM, Hype TV, Main Event, Esirom, Renaissance Disco, Atlas Protection, Tutti Frutti, Caribbean Sofa, Events R US, Pure National Ice, Suretime Medical Services, Kozy Korner, Carib Tix, 1Luv TV, Romeich Entertainment, Respect Jamaica certainly made their presence seen and felt and iCool showed exactly why they are so popular.

The July 9 concert also features Silento (Whip/Nae Nae) and Wayne J.

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





richie-feeling- daughter-photo-1.jpgPopular dancehall selector Richie Feelings, is giving thanks today that his only daughter Orithia 'Missy' Bailey is alive today after being was involved in a car accident on Marcus Garvey Drive on Thursday, which has left one person dead.

"Yuh know she could have been dead, but she's not, suh me grateful," he said of Missy, who is the deputy head girl at prestigious all-girls high school, Queens.

"Normally me carry her everywhere she a go, but she's responsible so she can go anywhere," he said.

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He told a Jamaican tabloid that he was on his way to a ball game when he received a phone call informing him of the accident.

Recalling that the last words his daughter said before leaving the house were 'daddy I'm leaving now', made the incident almost unbelievable for the selector.

"It no really a go dung well wid me," he said. "Three of them were on the back seat, the other girl died and the guy has a patch over his eyes, look like him nah see out of one eye," he added.

Despite the bruises, and injuries he is happy she will not be hindered from starting university in September.





Lady Saw to perform at the White House

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marion-lady-saw-hall.jpg"It not all about me, it's all about God and I feel honoured to be an ambassador for Christ. I have to give him all the glory and honour," Marion Hall aka Lady Saw told jamaican tabloid The Star.

The entertainer, who was baptized six months ago and ditched the dancehall in favour of a walk with the Almighty, will be performing at the White House on June 24 and she says the opportunity was presented by God.

"Sometimes I don't know what to expect. God has a way of just doing things direct on his time, not my time. A lot of times I will go out to minister and God let me do something else. But Whatever God does it going to be something awesome and wonderful because I don't know yet," she said.

She explained that her pastor received a call from LOVE FM's Nadine Blair telling him that Dr. Agorom Dike called the radio station to get her on the Caribbean and African Faith - Based Leadership Conference, 2016, to give her testimony and perform. The conference will be held from June 19- 24.





crystal-june-19-photo-1.jpgCrystal, the daughter of Dancehall King Beenie Man and Dancehall Queen Carlene recently graduated from the prestigious Hillel Academy in St Andrew, making her parents extremely proud.

"Crystal you have made me so happy over the years and now you have added to my happiness and again you have made me proud, Congratulations my baby. May God continue to bless and keep you. I want you to know in my eyes you are perfect and I love you," she added.

The King of the Dancehall took to Instagram to congratulate Crystal.

"Graduation Day for my princess, Crystal Davis #mychildrenaremylife #Daughter #DaddysGirl #ReadyforCollege Well done baby girl!" he wrote.

In another post, Beenie was standing with the proud graduate and made sure to send a strong message to the public.

"Don't play wid me and mine," the post read.

The 17-year-old who graduated on Thursday has since been receiving congratulatory messages from family and friends.

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george-nooks.jpgIt has been 15 years since George Nooks released Standing By , the cover of Al Green's gospel hit that dramatically revived his career.

The chart-topping song was followed by the album Standing By, a collection of inspirational songs. Yesterday, Riding Out The Storm, his second gospel album, was released by Tads International Record.

Driven by the title song, the album has 15 songs, 13 of them covers. One of those is Nooks' take on the Grace Thrillers' 1988 hit, Can't Even Walk, a song which he says he always wanted to do a version of.





Reggae Sumfest launched in style

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bounty-killer-and-beenie-man.jpgUsain Bolt's Tracks and Records in St Andrew was the venue for last Wednesday's launch of Reggae Sumfest, scheduled for July 17-23

Now headed by Downsound Records' Josef Bogdanovich who recently assumed chairmanship of the 24-year festival, Reggae Sumfest has changed from three nights of live concerts to two, without any international acts gracing the stage.

Bogdanovich has included an 'all-Jamaican' roster of acts and also a Reggae night which replaces International Nights I and II.

A number of artistes booked for the show were present and among those who were called upon to share their views were deejays Rodney Price, better known as Bounty Killer and Dancehall Doctor, Beenie Man. They both urged full support for the festival, which Beenie Man says he has missed only once in its 24-year history.

"Sumfest is our show. After Reggae Sunsplash Sumfest pick up the slot that we can have an international stage so that people from all over the world can see what's going on in dancehall. I only miss one Sumfest because I was on a world tour . Just want everyone to come out to see a great show... its gonna be a greater show this year," said Beenie Man.

However, it was Bounty who made the bold call for Reggae Sumfest to deliver an International Night this year.

"We have some great international artistes from Jamaica who can make International Night more international. So, I suggest that you get a group of international reggae and dancehall artistes. So me seh get the international artistes who make it from Jamaica to the international shores. We have OMI, who a go on great; we have Sean Paul; we have Steel Pulse; we have Shaggy; we Have Jimmy Cliff ... we have all these great international, Jamaican reggae and dancehall artistes, so we need an International Reggae Dancehall Night as well. But Reggae Sumfest is the significant festival and me, as a dancehall artiste don't want to be on International Night cause me still live a Jamaica. My work is international, but I'm still local.

Bounty Killer's sentiments were echoed by Beenie Man, who stated: "Everything that Bounty Killer said, I was going to say it."





vybz-kartel-photo-26.jpgAdidja 'Vybz Kartel' Palmer is a proud Calabar old boy. So it is only natural that the jailed dancehall artiste would want his son to attend his alma mater.

Little Addi, who attended the prestigious Stella Maris Prep school, was successful in the recent Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) and will attend Calabar come September

The youngster, whose .real name is Akheel Palmer, also made mom Tanesha 'Shorty' Johnson, filled with pride. She expressed elation in a post to Instagram with a caption of "good job my baby" and "fada too glad" in another.





gay-flag-and-us-flag.jpgThe United States Embassy in Jamaica says the rainbow flag being flown at its consulate is also being flown "across the globe" at all its embassies.

A tweet from the US Embassy this afternoon read: "Across the globe US Embassies flying our flag half-mast in memorial & rainbow flag in solidarity w LGBT our citizens."

The tweet comes hours after a controversial tweet from Attorney General Marlene Malahoo-Forte denouncing the flying of the rainbow flag in Jamaica, following a mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, on Sunday.

"I strongly condemn #OrlandoNightClubShooting but find it disrespectful of Jamaica's laws to have #RainbowFlag flown here. #MyPersonalView," Malahoo Forte said in a post on Monday.





businessman-huey gowdie-and shango-ex-wife.jpgSt Andrew businessman Huey Gowdie was Wednesday convicted of manslaughter in the Home Circuit Court.

Gowdie was on trial for murder arising from the shooting death of popular businessman Shango Jackson in the upscale community of Beverly Hills, St Andrew in 2012.

Jackson was shot and killed at the Shenstone Drive home he shared with his ex-wife, who was reportedly involved in a romantic relationship with Gowdie.

Prosecutors argued that Gowdie went to the premises to with the intent to kill.

businessman-huey-gowdie.jpgHowever, defence attorney argued that Jackson was shot after he attacked Gowdie and threatened to kill him.

After deliberating for nearly two hours the seven-member jury convicted Gowdie of the lesser charge.

The verdict left some of his relatives and friends in tears, among them being Jackson's ex-wife.

shango-jackson.jpgValerie Neita Robertson, Gowdie's attorney, said she was "grateful its not murder."

"It was a verdict based on the lack of intention to kill," said Neita Robertson.

She also indicated that she will appeal the verdict.





ex-cop-and-girlfriend.jpgA murder suicide in their community Wednesday evening, has left residents of Short Hill in St Elizabeth,in mourning. A nail technician was reportedly shot dead by and her lover, an ex-policeman.

The deceased have been identified as, 41-year-old nail technician Tamara McIntosh, a resident of Short Hill; and 59-year-old Easton Douglas of a Passage Fort address in St Catherine,Douglas is a retired police inspector.

According to reports from residents of the community, shortly after 6:00 p.m, gunshots were heard coming from a location, where Douglas was visiting McIntosh. Upon investigation, the bodies of the two were seen with what appeared to be gunshot wounds.

A glock pistol was seen on the ground beside Douglas' body.

Residents say the couple was involved in an 'on again, off again' relationship, which was apparently a source of much tension between the two.





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Feed Up Movements

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We are feeding the homeless on the following dates:
Mon, Jul. 4th / Mon. Sep. 5th
Sun, Oct. 9th / Sat. Dec 24th
Begin at 3 PM

If you would like to be a part of this movement, please don't hesitate to contact me at:
202.706.0645

cleveland.wedemire@gmail.com
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In the lobby of 425 2nd Street, NW Washington DC





Ting back on board Dream Weekend

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Tinng Jamaica, the authentic Caribbean soft drink distributed by Pepsi Cola, has confirmed its eighth successive 'gold sponsorship' of highly anticipated five-day party series, Dream Weekend.

The deal sees Ting being one of the exclusive non-alcoholic beverages offered by Pepsi Cola to the approximated 30,000 local and international patrons expected to attend the week-long getaway from July 28 to August 1 on the shores of Negril.

Mitchell Watson, Pepsi Jamaica Marketing Manager welcomed the renewal of the partnership and highlighted its intrinsic value.

"Ting has partnered with Dream Entertainment on this sponsorship from inception in 2009 and we are excited to be on board again. Both entities have successfully cemented their footprints as authentic Jamaican brands that people both locally and in the diaspora love," he said.

Scott Dunn, Dream Entertainment Managing Director shared similar sentiments on the partnership.

"Ting is one of Dream Weekend's best partners. Ting is famed locally and abroad for being an unrivalled chaser to mix with a wide range of spirits and adding a refreshing new dimension to cocktails," he said. "Dream Weekend is keen on offering a true Jamaican experience to all our patrons therefore is it befitting that we have a true Jamaican product on board."





vybz-kartel-photo-11-full.jpgJailed dancehall deejay, Vybz Kartel and his team are reportedly making final preparations to release the official VK line brand, "From Portmore to the World", based on the popular deejay's Gaza Movement and his music.

In a release, the artiste's publicist said the brand is poised for a major impact on 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," the promotional team suggested in the release.

Not much is being revealed about the corporate structure of the brand at this stage, except that all the intellectual property rights are to be vested in the name of Taneisha Johnson, the common-law wife of Vybz Kartel, and are to be licensed to a company which is owned by one of his close business associates.

The new fashion line is said to include T-shirts, underwear, intimate apparel, beach attire, ladies gym shorts, footwear and premium caps.

Earlier this year, the deejay launched his latest rum line, Gaza Vybz Rum. It's Kartel's second foray into the rum market. Vybz Kartel and Corey Todd had a successful partnership with Street Vybz Rum which hit the market in 2008.





US rapper Tyga makes it Jamaica for video shoot

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tyga-jamaica.jpgAmerican rapper Tyga and his team took over La Benz Corner in Duhaney Park Saturday, where he filmed the video for his new single, On And On.

Residents from the community came out to support the shoot, which involved local video production teams.

The video was co-directed by Shomi and Jamaican Robin Chin. Scenes were also filmed in Portland and the Brook Valley neighbourhood of Duhaney Park.

The 26-year-old Tyga is a tabloid darling in the United States. His on-again, off-again romance with Kylie Jenner of the Kardashians fame, repeatedly makes headlines.





Ethiopia's foreign minister, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus arrived in the island Sunday for an historic two-day official visit.

The visit is the first by an Ethiopian minister of government and is aimed at strengthening relations between Jamaica and Ethiopia.

It also comes nearly five decades after the visit of Emperor Haile Selassie in 1966.

The Ethiopian Consulate says Tedros will meet with several government ministers in an effort to boost what it describes as the long-standing relations between the two countries.

It says the Ethiopian foreign minister will also seek support for his country's bid to become a member of the United Nations Security Council next year.





hands-behind-bars.jpgA Jamaican man will have to serve two years in a Barbados jail after he failed to pay BD$15,000 in fines for drug-related offences.

Samuel Leroy Campbell was held after he arrived at the Grantley Adams International Airport on Thursday. He was interviewed by Drug Squad personnel and sent to the hospital where he allegedly passed 121 packages of cannabis weighing one kilogramme.

Campbell was subsequently charged with possession of cannabis, possession with intent to supply cannabis, trafficking cannabis and importation of cannabis.

The Jamaican appeared before a Barbados Magistrate and was fined $10,000, or two years in prison for possession of cannabis.

He was fined an additional $5,000 for importation of cannabis or two years in jail.

The fines were not paid and Campbell was sent to jail.

The sentences will run concurrently.





Bolt, Shelly in-form at JN Racers Grand Prix

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usain-bolt-jamaica-flag.jpgReigning World and Olympic champions Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce warmed up for Jamaica's Olympic trials later this month by recording contrasting 100m victories on Saturday night at the inaugural JN Racers Grand Prix held at the National Stadium.

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Bolt gave another indicator that he was rounding back into top form when he powered his way from behind to land the men's blue ribband event in a season's-best 9.88 seconds, two-hundredths of a second outside the world lead.

Nickel Ashmeade was second in 9.94 seconds with Yohan Blake third in a season's-best also with 9.94 seconds and former world record holder Asafa Powell fourth in 9.98, also his season's-best effort.

Fraser-Pryce who was running her first race since the end of May, shrugged off a niggling toe problem to post 11.09 seconds in recording a fighting victory in the women's 100m over World Indoor champion Barbara Pierre 11.11 and Kelly-Ann Baptiste 11.15 seconds.





crime-scene-7.jpgThe police have not yet identified any suspects in the murder of the Canadian national who was shot and killed in the resort town of Negril last weekend.

The 35-year-old real estate broker, Andre Palakia of Ontario, Canada and his girlfriend were walking along the West End main road when two men approached on a motorcycle and attempted to rob his girlfriend.

She resisted and the men opened fire. Palakia who was shot in the incident was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead. The killing comes just over a month after Jamaica made international headlines with the brutal the slaying of two American Christian missionaries in Albion Mountain, St Mary.

According to the latest police statistics, more than 490 persons have been killed across the island since start of the year.





crime-scene-gun.jpgThe police are reporting that they have now restored calm to sections of Old Habour Bay, St Catherine following a flare-up in the aftermath of the fatal shooting of four men in an alleged shootout around 3 o'clock this afternoon.

The director of communication with the Jamaica Constabulary Force, Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay says illegal three weapons were recovered.

She said the incident apparently angered residents who converged and blocked the roads.

The residents also set fire to a vehicle that was on the scene.

However, residents say the men who were known to them were actually working in the area.

The shooting is reported to have happened inside a building.





Barbados authorities investigated a possible bomb threat at the Grantley Adams International Airport earlier today.According to reports, several emergency vehicles were seen rushing to the airport around 1:30 pm this afternoon, shortly after an Air Canada flight landed.

The plane was isolated on the tarmac as police responded to reports of a bomb threat.

The Barbados Fire Service said that the 180 passengers who were on board disembarked from the aircraft.The call that came into the Fire Service was that "there was an Air Canada flight, Airbus 321 and they said there was a bomb threat and it was due to arrive as 1:30 pm."

Nine fire officers, one divisional officer, one station officer and one subofficer responded from the fire station at the Grantley Adams International Airport.

Three crash tenders were also at the scene.

The flight landed between 1:30 pm. and 1:37 pm.

Emergency services also carried out checks on the plane, and the airport has since been re-opened.

Isabelle Arthur, Manager, Media relations & Manager, Air Canada Foundation issued a statement:"A passenger became unruly today on flight AC1966 an Airbus A321 from Toronto to Barbados with 114 passengers onboard. Authorities met the aircraft after it landed and as a precautionary measure officials performed a full search of the airplane.Passengers have now been transferred to the terminal where our customer service agents are taking care of them.As this is now a police matter we are unable to comment further."





2 Jamaicans possibly killed in Orlando gay bar

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orlando-shooter-omar-mateen.jpgThe Jamaican Consulate General in Miami says it has received unconfirmed reports that at least two persons killed in the Orlando nightclub massacre were Jamaicans.

But the foreign affairs ministry says the consulate is seeking to confirm these reports.

Foreign affairs minister Kamina Johnson Smith, who is abroad, says checks are being done through the Office of Foreign Missions and the hospitals in Orlando.

Senator Johnson Smith says she has instructed the Consul General to remain in touch with the Jamaican community and its leaders to provide support where possible.

Fifty people were killed in the mass shooting in a gay club on Sunday morning.





gareth-emery.jpgSaturday, July 2 will see the fourth staging of EDX presents X Squared the ultimate all-day, all-night soca and EDM fusion event set to explode at Grizzly's Plantain Cove in Ocho Rios, St Ann.

Marketed as an annual drinks-inclusive Electronic Dance Music event, the event is now in its fourth staging, and according to the promoters such is the popularity of the event that they thought it prudent to seek a bigger venue this year. Therefore the concert has moved from its original venue of Caymanas Polo Club to the more spacious Plantation Cove, which will host both segments of the event. Production team member, Mark Tracey, was in high spirits when he spoke about the award-winning event, which this year has Appleton as its headline sponsor and which is already creating quite a stir on social media.

"As the name suggests EDX presents X squared is based on the fact that the first party begins at 10 am and the second begins at 10 pm. The Roman numeral for 10 is X and given its two10 o'clock start times the concept of is played on. This helps to exemplify the doubling of the Rave experience by now including a day Rave for twice the fun," Tracey said of the event which copped the award for 'Best Event' for two consecutive years.

Another plus for party-goers will be the fact that the new staging location will be the beach area of the property, which has a permanent beach stage, providing a beautiful backdrop of the Caribbean Sea. He also noted that the day rave ends at 6 PM, while the night event will go on until 6 the following morning.

Electronic Dance Xposed has attracted big name international acts in soca and EDM, a music form that is steadily gaining momentum in Jamaica, where it ironically originated. Headlining the Beach Soca Fusion will be soca ambassador, Alison Hinds and working along with her to keep the energy all the way up will be Richie Ras, DJ Sekou and DJ Lantern. Waving the flag high for EDM will be none other than Gareth Emery, English electronic dance music producer and DJ best known for his three artist albums: Northern Lights, Drive and 100 Reasons To Live and also for winning the prestigious A State Of Trance Tune Of The Year award twice. Also set to dazzle will be Bad Royal, the four-man DJ/Producing group considered the next big thing in EDM. Quite flexible as far as genres are concerned, the group last year teamed up with Bunji Garlin for a soca/EDM album. Hypem top ten DJ, GAZZO will up keep the balance, while winner of Dance Music Manchester/Bass Jockey's DJ Competition TOFTE, is expected to thrill.

The promoters have already signed off on a shuttle service for patrons. "We will be using the JUTC luxury buses from Kingston end and we also have buses which will shuttle patrons from Pier One," Tracey said. Tickets are available online at www.yardticket.com and Fontana Pharmacy islandwide.





ziggy-marley-album-ziggy-marley.jpgZiggy Marley's new self-titled album is still the number one album on the Billboard Reggae Albums Chart.

Marley's sixth studio effort is a follow-up to the 2015 Grammy winning 'Fly Rasta'.

Alkaline's 'New Level Unlocked' , which debuted at number one had slipped down to the ninth position after spending 10 weeks on the charts.

Kartel's new album has not yet made its presence felt on the Billboard charts.





US group Fifth Harmony remakes Kartel's song

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fifth-harmony.jpgJailed dancehall DJ Vybz Kartel has again been given an international boost, as pop group Fifth Harmony has released a cover version of his hit single Gon' Get Better.

The release sees the group translating the catchy chorus from patois to English without changing the melody or meaning of the song.

Fifth Harmony is a five member American girl group formed in season two of The X Factor in 2012.

The group is currently enjoying the success of its single Work from Home which has made the top 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with over 8 million records sold.

Vybz Kartel on the other hand last week released a new album King of the Dancehall which is now exclusively available on Apple Music.





bounty-and-beenie.jpgDancehall night of the 2016 revamped staging of Reggae Sumfest, will attract some of the biggest names in the industry. Veterans Bounty Killer and Beenie Man are the headlining acts.

Other stars including Popcaan, who has collaborated with rappers Drake and Young Thug, as well as Assassin, who has teamed with Grammy winning sensation Kendrick Lamar, will also grace the stage.

Other noteworthy names on the roster are Romain Virgo, I Octane, Dexta Daps and Nesbeth.

The only two female acts for the night are Spice and Ishawna.

Dancehall night of Reggae Sumfest is Friday July 22, and takes place at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex.





bishop-popeye-whittingham.jpgUnder the title, 'Making a Better & Brighter Jamaica', US-based Bishop Dr Popeye C. G. Whittingham, has started a GoFundMe page to raise money to assist with his charitable work in Jamaica. This includes raising money for school equipment and school supplies for needy students.

A philanthropist who is always seeking creative ways to fund his ever-growing portfolio of not-for-profit projects, Dr Whittingham wears the caps of NYPD Clergy liaison; NYPD Police Square Club Chaplain; Sergeant U S Army ((Disabled Veteran); NYPD American Legion Police post member and NYPD POPPA Suicide intervention Counselor

When quizzed about his latest act of altruism, he stated: "This means so much to me, because I have been through this while growing up. I was one of those kids..not able to get the things that I needed for school and it was very hard, very stressful and very depressing and as a child that shouldn't be."

He added, "My aim is to raise the funds from now so that when the school terms begin in September everything will be in place to provide the children with the supplies that they need so that they can focus on having a better and brighter education."

A few years ago, the Bishop put in place a scholarship programme (The Popeye C G Whittingham Scholarship Fund) which has already helped several kids from the inner city in Jamaica, including students from Tivoli Gardens Comprehensive High School, his alma mater. Two scholarships are available for award each year.

Dr Whittingham, who is also a businessman, explained that reaching out through GoFundMe was a way of getting the wider community actively involved in the process of giving.

He concluded, "We know that with your help we can make this into a reality and make a bigger, better and brighter future for our children of Jamaica.





ganja-seized.jpgA man who allegedly attempted to board a flight at the Norman Manley International Airport with 17 pounds of compressed ganja is to appear before the St. Andrew Parish Court on Wednesday.

He's 28-year-old Michael Preddie, of Fairfield, Spur Tree in Manchester.

Preddie was arrested and charged with breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act on Tuesday.

It's reported that shortly after 9pm officers were carrying out checks when they were alerted to a suitcase belonging to Preddie.

It was searched and ganja valued at more than J$100-thousand reportedly found.





alexandra-dean.jpgA Jamaican nursing school graduate was killed last weekend after she was caught in crossfire at a Miami Gardens house party.

Alexandra Dean, 23, was at the party shortly before 11 Saturday night when people began fighting outside the home, 40 NE 212th Ter. Someone opened fire, and Dean was shot, according to Miami Gardens police. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue took her to Aventura Hospital, where she died.

According to Miami Gardens Police, the house party drew in a large crowd since it was advertised on social media as a party inspired by "Project X," a movie about an epic high school party. When the large group of people arrived to the residence, a disturbance broke out, which led to the shooting, just before 9 p.m.

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"That girl did everything in the world to get where she's at, where she was," said the victim's friend, Montreal.

Dean's mother Pauline Dean who flew in from Jamaica after she heard the news, said that she just wanted to help those in need as a nurse practitioner. "That was her dream," she said. "She didn't get a chance to do what she really wanted. Somebody cut her life really, really short. She's only 23 years old."

On Monday, a spokeswoman for the university released a statement that said, "Alexandra Dean was beloved by her fellow NSU students and faculty, and we extend our deepest condolences to her family. She was a good student in a tough program and had just participated in commencement ceremonies where she received her BSN degree this past May. She was preparing to take her nursing boards. Becoming a nurse was her passion."

Dean's mother said she cannot get the last conversation they had out of her head. "When I spoke to her Friday, I said to her, 'Study, eat, sleep, study, eat, sleep," she said. "She says, 'Yes, mom. I'm gonna do that.' Somebody invited her to the party." "Whoever shot that gun should know that bullets don't know directions," she said.

Police are currently investigating this case and are looking for the person or people behind it.





killer-mom-photo-1.jpgA hearing was held in Florida on Friday for a Jamaican immigrant accused of smothering her two children to death inside a home in Fort Lauderdale this week.

Sophia Hines was ordered to remain in jail without bond. Her attorney said his client was not well enough to appear before a judge.

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It is reported that she is on suicide watch in the psychiatric ward of a Broward County jail. Public defender Betsy Benson said the Jamaican suffers from severe postpartum depression.

Police said Miss Hines, who is 40 years old, suffocated her 7-month-old son, St. Leo, and her 3-year-old daughter, Ariel, with a bed sheet Wednesday at a house in Miramar.

Miramar police spokeswoman Tania Rues said Miss Hines and her children were visiting from Philadelphia.





The Caribbean is known and celebrated for reggae and dancehall, soca, zouk and other genres. Yet many regional artistes, performers, their managers and publishers do not earn a sustainable living from their craft.

The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), noting the challenges facing the region's music sector and affirming its support for the creative industries, has committed funding for a workshop series designed for Caribbean music sector stakeholders.

The Business of Music in the Caribbean Developmental Workshops will run throughout 2016, and aim to improve participants' skills in the business aspects of the music sector.

The music sector presents several opportunities for sustainable, inclusive economic growth and diversification in the Caribbean.





babsy-grange-chatychaty.jpgEntertainment Minister, Olivia 'Babsy' Grange, has endorsed the new focus taken by organisers of Reggae Sumfest to put on show the best of Jamaica's roots, rock and reggae artists, under the theme, 'Our Music, Our Festival'.

In a statement delivered at the 2016 Reggae Sumfest Sponsors' Forum, last evening, Minister Grange said, "I am elated at the new direction that Sumfest 2016 has taken. It is a welcome change. This new direction of Sumfest - promoting new, emerging and established Jamaican artistes - on a state of the art, culturally diverse platform - may make us upsetters, especially in a fiercely competitive market in which Reggae festivals abound."

She added, "I strongly believe that the market can sustain several festivals, produced using international benchmarks and which feature local Jamaican talent. The world will be able to view unparalleled entertainment - starring Jamaicans, by Jamaicans, in the place that created the music - Jamaica."

The Minister also expressed that this year's staging provides yet another opportunity to put authentic Jamaican talent on full display in the tourist capital of Montego Bay, highlighting that this approach is simply building on what existed before, through shows such as: Rebel Salute, Sting and Reggae Sunsplash. She added that although many others would have considered it a challenge, Joe Bogdanovich instead saw an opportunity in developing Jamaica's musical culture.





crime-scene-7.jpgA seven year-old girl is dead after falling ill and being taken to church for healing prayers.

The parents of a seven-year-old girl are being questioned by the police after she died while being prayed for at a church in Old Harbour, St Catherine on Tuesday.

The child, Iasha Frazer, reportedly fell ill with a high fever on Friday. On Monday her father left her in the care of his 16-year-old daughter after anointing her with alcohol.

But Iasha's condition worsened and her sister took her to her mother. The mother in turn took the child to a church to be prayed for but the prayers failed to heal the child and she died inside the church.

The police were then called and, after assessing the situation, took the parents into custody.

"They can be charged for negligence that led to the death of the child as they should have taken her to hospital," one cop said.





corey-and-devin.jpgNightclub operator Corey Todd pleaded not guilty to assault charges Wednesday morning when he appeared before the St. Andrew Parish Court.

Todd was charged last week with assaulting last season's Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall winner, Devin di Dakta.

Todd is to return to court on August 22 to answer to charges of assault and malicious destruction of property.

Prosecutors reported that in January of this year, Mr. Todd confronted Devin di Dakta at his Taboo Nightclub in Constant Spring, Kingston and demanded that the artiste apologize for using his name in one of his songs.

During the alleged confrontation the artiste was physically assaulted.





A which man a war over Sister Scully house?

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sister-scully.jpgWhy the man doan mek Sister Scully sleep in peace?

Come on now, the woman did divorce from the first husband, she dead leave the second husband and now the first ex-husband a war ova di woman house!Bout him a sue ova the house. And that Sister Scully widower must move out.

Well, if the court really side wid the ex-husband, we hope Sister Scully duppy no stop ride him.





Decrease in transfer tax coming

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pnp-horace-chang.jpgThe government has signalled that it will reduce the transfer tax. This follows a recent call from the Realtors Association of Jamaica (RAJ).

The announcement was made Tuesday morning by Dr. Horace Chang, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, at the RAJ's 50th Anniversary Symposium.

"This will be done as part of a total tax reform, but we have given a manifesto commitment and we will keep our commitments. They may be changed in form, but not changed in substance because when we are government, you have to look at the total picture. In opposition, we deal with the principles. We have given the commitment to reduce stamp duty and transfer tax and it will be kept," Dr. Chang asserted.

The Realtors Association, late last month, said it would lobby the government for a reduction of the transfer tax and stamp duty in the next fiscal year.

The taxes were reduced seven years ago, but were increased in 2014 as the government sought to raise additional revenue to satisfy the requirements of the programme with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Lower transfer tax and stamp duty influenced a pick up in real estate activity in 2010.

Meanwhile, Dr. Chang has linked the decision to the reduce the transfer tax to the government's tax reform plan, which he says is expected to spur growth.





Cuban president to visit Jamaica

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Cuban President Raul Castro has been invited to visit Jamaica. Prime Minister Andrew Holness, issued the invitation during the recent Summit of the Association of Caribbean States, which was held in Havana.

"He agreed and we'll work out a date, and most certainly, we will ensure the bipartisan nature of the visit," Mr. Holness expressed.

Raul Castro has been President of the Council of Ministers of Cuba since 2008.





crime-scene-gun.jpgThe Green Island police are probing the shooting deaths of a man and his common-law wife and the injury of three men on the Prospect main road in Hanover on Monday.

The deceased have been identified as 33-year-old Rohan Atkinson, otherwise called 'Bike', and 27-year-old Kimberly Brown, otherwise called 'Kim', both of Cousins district in the parish.

Reports from the police are that about 9:10 pm, the three injured men were travelling in a Toyota Belta motor car when they observed another motor car, which had crashed on the side of the road.

The men pulled over to assist. However, as they approached the motor car, their vehicle was fired upon by armed men on motorcycles, who were behind the crashed car.

All three men received gunshot wounds.

The driver of the motor car managed to get to the hospital and a report of the incident was made to the police.

On arrival at the accident scene, the police saw a Toyota Corolla crashed into a tree on the embankment.

The police say checks were made and the bodies of the deceased were seen with multiple gunshot wounds. They were pronounced dead at hospital.

The police say two of the injured men were hospitalised in serious condition while one was treated and released.

No motive has been established for the incident, the police say.





crime-scene-7.jpgA couple who thought they were going to assist occupants of a car that appeared to have run off the Prospect main road was shot and killed Monday night in the parish.

And another motorist who went to their assistance was shot and seriously injured.

The deceased have been identified as 33-year-old Rohan Atkinson and 27-year-old Kimberly Brownm both from Hanover.

The incident occurred around 9 o'clock when the couple left the car in which they were travelling to investigate what appeared to be an accident scene.

They were fired on by men on a motorcycle.

The motorist who went to their aid was also shot.





gully-bop-and-amari.jpgWas it staged or was it real. We dont know.

All we know is that in the middle of a sober interview, A'mari threw a beverage and a bucket of ice at Dr Love.

Amari then hightailed it out of the restaurant. All we saw was her broad back as she fled the heated scene. As if that gross enough, things got more intense as Dr Love retaliated, punching A'mari's son squarely in the face as he sought to intervene.

The whole showdoeen was caught on tape.

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According to Dr Love, the reason for the dispute is because of his alleged intervention in the relationship between A'mari and Gully Bop. He claims to have had no choice but to 'save' Gully Bop from what he calls A'mari's sinister wrath by sending a friend to "take him out" of the what he says was a potentially detrimental situation for him.

"Gully Bop did want to leave from around her because he was not safe where he was," Dr Love said. "Best thing me can do as another entertainer a see how best mi can help him."

So far, no charges have yet been laid against either party in the matter. Several attempts to reach A'mari for comment have proved futile.

Gully Bop returned to Jamaica from the United States last week, signalling an end to a rocky relationship between himself and A'mari.





tarrus-riley-photo-2.jpgReggae Sumfest's first ever Reggae Night is scheduled to take place on Saturday, July 23 and the genre seems set to be well represented at the annual festival in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

This year, the organisers, led by new owner Josef Bogdanovich, have decided to replace their International Nights I and II with a Reggae Night.

The Sumfest website lists hit-makers Barrington Levy, Luciano, Sanchez, Tarrus Riley and Chris Martin as being among the top names to perform on Reggae Night.

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Singjay Busy Signal is also in the mix, alongside Nature, D-Medz, Nicky Silk, Dann-I and Adahzeh.

Backing band will be Warrior Love.

Emcees for the event will be Barry G, Elise Kelly and Paula-Anne Porter.

Ticket Prices

Presold J$4,700 / US$39
At Gate J$5,000 / US$41
VIP J$7,500 / US$62

Reggae Sumfest kicks off on July 17 with the Beach Party featuring Bambino, Chromatic, ZJ Sparks and DJ Crazy Neil and hosted by Fluffy Diva Miss Kitty and Curvy Diva Yanique Barrett. The Blitz - All White Edition is scheduled for Pier 1 on July 19, while the Sound Explosion Stone Love, Metro Media, Black Kat, Bass Odyssey, takes place on Thursday, July 21. There will be a special guest performance by Admiral Bailey. (PICTURES: Barrington Levy, Tarrus Riley, Busy Signal).





sumfest-2016-dancehall-night.jpgReggae Sumfest Dancehall Night 2016 will kick off the festival on Friday, July 22nd with a lineup boasting Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Popcaan, I-Octane, Agent Sasco and I-Shawna among many others.

After announcing last month that Jamaica's leading music festival, Reggae Sumfest, was under new management, Josef Bogdanovich, CEO of Downsound Productions, has now revealed the newly re-focused two-night lineup for Sumfest 2016, rolling out with the slogan "our music, our festival."

This catchphrase holds a vital clue to the spirit of the newly re-imagined festival-with the whole world rocking to Jamaican sounds recorded by "foreign" artists, Reggae Sumfest is now focusing on 100% Jamaican lineup, letting go of the whole "International Night" mindset.

Moving forward from its long-standing Thursday night slot, Saturday, July 23rd is the festival's inaugural Reggae Night 2016 with strictly world-class singers like Barrington Levy, Luciano, Sanchez, Tarrus Riley, Busy Signal, as well as Downsound's own up-and-coming artist Nature.

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busy-signal-photo-12.jpgDancehall deejay Busy Signal has sent a stern warning to the men who robbed fellow entertainer, Bounty Killer of $500,000, his Rolex watch and two cell phones.

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glenroy-sinclair-gleaner-reporter.jpgEmployees at the Gleaner company are still in shock at the passing of two members of the Editorial staff within days of each other.

Senior reporter Gary Spaulding's body was discovered at his home on Monday. His death, follows that of another Gleaner colleague, Glenroy Sinclair, on Saturday morning.

Sinclair died from a heart attack he suffered while at work Friday afternoon.





Gleaner journalist Gary Spaulding is dead

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glenroy-sinclair-gleaner-reporter.jpgSenior Gleaner reporter Gary Spaulding is dead.

Mr. Spaulding was found dead at his Hughenden home on Monday afternoon. He was 52 years old.

Employees at the newspaper company were overcome with grief as news broke of Spaulding's passing and many of them converged at his home after work on Monday.

Spaulding's death comes just days after one of his work colleagues, Glenroy Sinclair died after collapsing at work.

Spaulding's career in media spans decades.

He started off as a reporter at the The Gleaner Company before moving to RJR Communications Group in 1997. He began his second stint at The Gleaner Company in 2007.

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Black Ryno hospitalised?

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blak-ryno-instagram-june-4.jpgFormer Portmore Empire member Blak Ryno posted a picture on his Instagram account that showed him lying in a hospital bed with tubes sticking out of his arms.

The recording artiste's face was a rictus of pain, and he had one hand over his face in an affectation of great distress, and the other on his chest. He captioned the picture saying: "When that stabbing pain hits u around the heart area a nigga know cigarette is #f**%$#y."

Most users offered sympathy and remonstrations about his smoking habits.

"Badman, low de cancer stick dawg and drink some bitters," one suggested.

Another offered: "Jah kno mi artist! Look how long mi tell fi stop smoking cigarettes mon!!! Cho hope u get well soon."

Ryno is known for the singles such as Real Stinger, Get the Paper and Bicycle.





policewoman-judith-williams-apr-29.jpgTwenty-seven-year-old Constable Gladstone Williams and 26-year-old Jessie Anderson of Seaview Gardens in St Andrew are to appear in court this week to answer charges in relation to the murder of Corporal Judith Williams.

The policeman and the civilian were charged on Thursday with murder, conspiracy to commit murder and illegal possession of firearm. Williams was charged after he was pointed out in an identification parade.

Corporal Williams was shot several times by armed men about 6:30 a.m. on April 28 at a bus stop on Brae Street in Dunkirk, east Kingston as she made her way to work.

She died from her injuries in hospital a day later.





prime-minister-portia-simpson-miller-photo-3.jpgOpposition Leader Portia Simpson Miller and three of her former ministers are to appear in court tomorrow in relation to the ongoing corruption case against Dutch oil firm, Trafigura Beheer.

Simpson Miller, along with former cabinet ministers Phillip Paulwell, Robert Pickersgill, and Colin Campbell, as well as PNP member and businessman, Norton Hinds were subpoenaed by high court judge Lennox Campbell last week to answer questions in the matter.

However, the case is to be stayed when they appear tomorrow pending the hearing of the appeal filed by lawyers representing Simpson Miller and the other members of the PNP.

On Friday, the Appeal Court had dismissed an application by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions to strike out the appeal filed by lawyers for the PNP members. President of the Appeal Court, Justice Dennis Morrison, who delivered the decision, had also ordered that all proceedings in the Trafigura case be stayed until the appeal is heard.

Dutch authorities want to question officials of the PNP about a J$31 million donation by Dutch company Trafigura Beheer to the party in 2006. It is illegal for Dutch companies to donate to political parties.

At the time of the donation, Trafigura had an oil-lifting contract with a Jamaican state agency under the then PNP administration.





norman-manley-airport.jpgA salary dispute involving fuel handlers at two of the island's international airports could force the grounding of some aircrafts at the facilities next week if the issue between a contracted firm and the fuel handlers is not resolved.

The dispute is between United Management Services (UMS) and the handlers.

Vincent Morrison, president of the Union of Clerical, Administrative and Supervisory Employees (UCASE), which represents the handlers, on Friday indicated that UMS is contracted by GB Energy and Total to manage the fuel farms at the two airports.

Morrison said the fuel handlers have been in negotiations with UMS since March of last year for an increase in their wages.

UCASE is now said to be waiting to see if its proposed terms will be met, before leading the handlers into industrial action.

The union is reportedly hoping to avoid a work stoppage because of the likely negative impact the withdrawal will have on aircraft which depend on the services of the handlers, but is insistent that the two marketing companies are in a position to offer a better deal to the handlers, whose request the union is contending to be reasonable.





reggae-boy-austin.jpgThe Reggae Boyz after a sterling 2-1 victory performance against World Number-3 ranked Chile on May 27 in Vina Del Mar, were upset 1-0 by Venezuela in their opening Copa America Centenario Group "C" match at Soldier Field in Chicago, home of the NFL's Chicago Bears.

The Boyz in an uneven first half performance, first put Venezuela under early pressure which saw JeVaughn Watson's header from the right side of the penalty box crash onto the crossbar and rebounded into play, where Adrian Marriapa failed to turn the rebound in.

After the Boyz applied some more attacking pressure, their defence was caught out by the Venezuelans, sending through Josef Martinez on the left side. He made no mistake in the 15th minute by slotting under the advancing body of goalkeeper Andre Blake to score against the run of play.

Nine minutes later Rodolph Austin was shown a straight red card for a dangerous tackle against a defenceless player, which left the Boyz with 10 men. Head coach Winfried Schaefer made a forced change 5 minutes from half time, replacing the injured Kemar Lawrence with Leicester City's English Premier League champion's captain Wes Morgan.

At the half, Venezuela 1, Jamaica 0.

And although the Boyz tried hard in the second half, Venezuela dominated possession with the numerical advantage to maintain the lead and won 1-0 at the final whistle. A disappointing result for Jamaica whose coach Winfried Schaefer was sent to the stands by the referee for arguing with match officials.

The Reggae Boyz next play on Thursday (June 9) against Mexico at the Rose Bowl in California.





Gunmen hold up and rob Bounty Killer?

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bounty-killer-photo-6.jpgReally? Well, that's the story making the rounds and so far nobody has come out to either confirm or deny the reports.

So we are still left with the question: Was Killer robbed, or was Killer robbed?

Unconfirmed reports are that Killer robbed by three armed men who stole over $500,- thousand, two high end cell phones and a Rolex watch.

According to sources the robbery occurred at about 9:00pm at an apartment complex along East Road, off Waltham Park Road.

LA Lewis came out in strong support of the 'War Lord', urging the robbers to return the Killer's possession immediately.





Mother kills and dismembers her 3 young sons

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mother-kills-sons.jpgThe Phoenix mother had been transported to the hospital covered in blood with stab wounds to her neck and abdomen when police officers searching her house opened a closet to a grim discovery.

Inside officers found the partially dismembered bodies of her three young sons. Police discovered the dead boys - ages 2 months old and 5 and 8 years old - in a closet full of miscellaneous items. Phoenix police Sgt. Trent Crump said the youngest boy's body was in a suitcase.

Crump said the children appeared to have been stabbed to death and "parts of their bodies were dismembered."

The 29-year-old mother is in the hospital in critical condition with self-inflicted stab wounds. Police say she is the primary suspect and will face charges.

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DR MILLICENT A COMRIE (JAMAICA)

Dr Millicent A Comrie, the sister of former Minister of Health, Labour and Social Security in Jamaica, Dr Fenton Ferguson,.specialises in obstetrics/gynaecology, and has over 40 years of experience in the field of medicine. Dr Comrie grew up in Kingston, Jamaica and migrated to the United States to continue her tertiary studies at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland and Howard University in Washington, DC. Dr Comrie has been given the Master Teacher Award in obstetrics and gynaecology by the SUNY Downstate Alumni Association. She is a specialist in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn (now under New York University). Dr Comrie has dedicated her practice to the education, the diagnosis and the treatment of one of the most devastating health conditions facing the black woman today - uterine fibroids. She is a pioneer in the compassionate care and surgical treatment of fibroids, developing techniques that allow women, particularly young women, to retain their uterus and not have to undergo a hysterectomy, thus preserving fertility.


DR DE ANNE H COLLIER (JAMAICA)

An experienced, Cornell University-trained, board-certified Dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon with her office located in Jupiter, Florida, Dr De Anne H Collier was born in Jamaica. She performs a blend of general medical/surgical dermatology and cosmetic/aesthetic services. Her areas of interest include adult and pediatric dermatology, skin cancer detection and treatment, as well as cosmetic procedures including Botox, soft-tissue augmentation, chemical peels and laser surgery. Prior to relocating to Florida, Dr Collier practised with Orbuch, Brand and Associates in Manhattan and Long Island. During that time, she was also a clinical assistant professor of dermatology at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Cornell University Medical College. A diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology, Dr Collier has performed research in her field and has been published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology and the Journal of Cutaneous Pathology. Dr Collier completed her undergraduate premedical studies at Georgetown University earning a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She received her medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia, and performed an externship in Dermatology at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.


DR CAROL BIGGS (JAMAICA

Jamaican Dr Carol Biggs is responsible for the strategic development of the comprehensive Cardiovascular Program at South Miami Hospital and is also an adjunct professor at Florida International University and the Stempel School of Public Health She has been at South Miami Hospital for 15 years and has risen through the ranks to now head one of the most important services for the hospital and Baptist Health. Dr Biggs has worked in several well-known medical facilities such as Jackson Memorial Hospital and Cedars Medical Center. Dr Biggs migrated to the United States at the age of 10 with her family. She attained her nursing degree at Rutgers University in New Jersey and her MBA-HA from the University Of Miami.

She received her Doctor of Health Sciences degree from Nova Southeastern University.


DR KATHIE-ANN JOSEPH (JAMAICA

Dr Kathie-Ann P Joseph was also born in Jamaica but grew up in Brooklyn, New York. She is the director of breast services at Bellevue Hospital. Dr Joseph graduated from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1995, specialising in general surgery. She is the first black woman to be appointed to the faculty of the Department of Surgery at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center (NYPH/Columbia). Dr Joseph has made significant contributions to breast cancer research and treatment, and has studied how race affects health Crain's New York Business weekly once named her one of its "40 Under 40 rising stars.


DR MICHELLE JOHNSON (JAMAICA)

Dr Michelle Johnson of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre was born in Jamaica.

She is associate chief of cardiology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre in New York. Dr Johnson is one of only a few doctors at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center who specialises in cardiovascular disease. She received her medical degree from Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University and has been in practice for 23 years. Dr Johnson is also graduate of Kingston, Jamaica's Immaculate Conception High School.





messi-court.jpgSpanish prosecutors called Friday for Lionel Messi to be absolved on the final day of his tax fraud trial, but the lawyer representing fiscal authorities disagreed, comparing him to a "crime boss."

The Argentina and Barcelona star and his father Jorge Horacio Messi have been accused of using companies in Belize and Uruguay to avoid paying taxes on 4.16 million euros ($4.6 million) of Messi's income earned from his image rights from 2007-09.

Prosecutor Raquel Amado called for the footballer to be let off in her closing arguments, a day after he took the stand and said he trusted his father with his finances and "knew nothing" about how his wealth was managed.

"There is no evidence that anyone explained anything to him," she said.

But Mario Maza, the state attorney representing tax authorities in the trial, said he found it unlikely that Messi knew nothing about the situation.

"There is no deliberate ignorance here, it's fraud and that's all there is to it, because he didn't want to pay his taxes," he said.

"It's like a crime boss. At the very top is the bigwig who doesn't want to know about the details."

He is seeking a fine equivalent to the amount that was allegedly defrauded, plus a prison sentence of 22 and a half months for Messi and his father.

Any such prison sentence would likely be suspended as is common in Spain for first offences carrying a sentence of less than two years.

Source: (AFP)





muhammad-ali-career-in-pictures.jpgThe children of the sporting icon have rushed to be at his bedside as doctors treating the former heavyweight champ have told them they fear he "is near the end".

Already four of the 74-year-old's nine children, including daughters Laila, Hana and Maryum, are at the hospital in the Phoenix area where medics continue to fight a breathing problem picked up by the star.

The children flew in last night from around the US as doctors said the future survival of the champ was "uncertain".

Although there were discussions about transporting him to another area of the hospital, sources claimed doctors decided the move "potentially could be deadly," and the transfer was called off. Sources close to the star say Ali's battle with his respiratory problem has been complicated by the Parkinson's that he was diagnosed with in the 1980s.

"Like in the ring, Ali is a fighter on the ward," said a source.

"Doctors are working to regulate his breathing put it is being hampered by his Parkinson's.

"His children are all extremely concerned and dropped everything to be with him. They fear the worst. "Ali is everything to them and there are worried his problems are worse than first feared."

The boxer has children - two sons and seven daughters - from three marriages although two of his kids are from extra marital relationships.

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Oprah Winfrey #2 on Forbes rich list

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forbes-richest-self-made-women.jpgoprah-winfrey.jpgForbes Magazine released the second annual list of America's Richest Self-Made Women. These women have achieved unparalleled success through invention and innovation to create their own fortunes.

Out of the 60 women, 17 of them are billionaires including the richest woman in America Diane Hendricks, with US$4.9 billion.

Hendricks owns ABC Supply, the largest wholesale distributor of roofing and siding in the country. Media mogul Oprah Winfrey had to settle for number two with a net worth of US$3.1 billion.

Thirteen newcomers debuted in this year's list including Taylor Swift, Jessica Alba, Barbra Streisand and Celine Dion.





teacher-sex-eight-grader.jpgAlexandria M. Vera, an eighth-grade English teacher at Stovall Middle School in Houston, told police in April that the relationship she had with one of her students started through messages on Instagram - and had evolved into a great love.

On Wednesday, two months after the police investigation began and nearly eight months after 24-year-old Vera allegedly started having sex with the eighth-grader, authorities issued a warrant for her arrest on a felony charge of continuous sexual abuse of a child. The student is under the age of 14.

Vera turned herself in at a suburban jail in Montgomery County and later was released on $100,000 bond, reported the Associated Press.

Court documents filed last week in a Harris County District Court offer a detailed look into Vera's account of their blossoming relationship, which she told police was not only approved but celebrated by the boy's parents. It wasn't until April, when Stovall principal Elsa Wright got a tip about Vera, that the school district's police department began investigating.

The English teacher admitted to both the principal and a police officer that she'd been having an ongoing relationship with the boy for months, court documents show. The bizarre and layered saga began nearly a year ago, Vera told police, when she met the boy during summer school in 2015. She said at first he was rude, asking for her Instagram account name and sending her a follow request after she refused to provide it or accept his invitation, according to court records.

But their interactions picked up in the fall, when the regular school year began and the boy was assigned to one of her eighth-grade English classes. Vera described for police a period of flirting that she claims she initially resisted, until the month of September. The teacher said she became worried when the boy didn't show up to class, so she sent him a message on Instagram and reminded him to turn in an upcoming assignment.

He replied, according to court documents, and asked for her phone number. Then the boy asked his teacher if they could hang out. She said yes.Vera drove the boy around in her car, she told police, and they kissed. The next day, when the boy's parents weren't home, she returned and the two had sex for the first time, according to the documents.After that, the sexual encounters occurred almost daily, Vera told police.

"She stated that she and the Complainant had sex on almost a daily basis at her home and that they love each other," police wrote in the documents.

In January, Vera said she discovered the boy had gotten her pregnant.

When the couple told the boy's family, according to the teacher, they were ecstatic and supportive.

His parents had known about the relationship since October, Vera told police, when they came to the school for an open house. Afterward, she was invited back to their home and introduced to the family as the boy's girlfriend, documents say. They were "accepting of the relationship," Vera told police, and she was welcomed to family gatherings thereafter.





Ken Boothe did not disappoint

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ken-boothe.jpgKen Boothe did not disappoint and demonstrated why he is still one of the best in the business, engaging fans with Artibella, When I Fall In Love, The Girl I Left Behind and The Train Is Coming.

Internet sensation Gully Bop and Sting clash-King Kip Rich both entertained during their impromptu performances. Little Hero, NJ based reggae DJ Dr Love, Barbie, Pastor's Son, Natalie Evans, Kukudo and The St John's United Methodist Divinity Dancers were also well received.

Apart from the music that the main stage offered, organizers included comedy with Andrea 'Delcita' Wright and the cast of Border Patrol which was happening for the first time at an out outdoor music festival in NYC. Other attractions included a Kids Amusement Area, Business Expo, Health Pavilion and Arts & Craft.

Caribbean Heritage Awards were present to Mighty Sparrow, radio host Gil Bailey and posthumously to Jimmy Riley who performed at last year's Oracabessa Festival. Lavern Tatham, mother of singer Tarrus Riley accepted on behalf of Jimmy Riley.

While providing great entertainment for the bumper crowd in attendance, the annual family festival was not without some controversy, as toward the end dancehall DJs Super Cat and Mavado both delivered expletive laced performances. Mavado, who took the stage after 6pm, was having a great performance until he began to express dissatisfaction with the band. This resulted in the artist delivering a slew of expletives, to which patrons took offense. His behavior marred what could have been a career defining performance at Roy Wilkins Park.

Veteran DJ Super Cat, who had not performed at a major outdoor event in NY in over 15 years, gave event host Dubb Master a tongue lashing for trying to move the show along. Dubb Master, acting on instructions from his management team and the NYPD to bring the show to a close after the 8pm cut off time had passed, showed class and professionalism in his handling of the situation. Avoiding a verbal tussle with Super Cat, Dubb Master took the high road and thanked Cat for his performance before inviting Nesbeth on stage who seized the opportunity to stamp his class during his short performance.

"We are truly appalled at the unexpected display by Mavado and Super Cat at our family friendly festival. We have since met with our production team and some of our sponsors and have apologized to them and our radio listeners for what transpired. There is a 'no cuss word' clause in all our contracts, which was clearly violated. For 2017, we will have to be even more prudent with decisions concerning the dancehall acts that we engage, so as not to have a repeat of this unfortunate event at our festival" Clarke said.

Oracabessa 2016 was an event to remember and the Irie Jam team should feel proud for having delivered a first class presentation, despite the minor hitches. Weather forecasters had predicted a 90% chance of rain all day, but the organizers seem to have connections to a higher authority as the weather held. In fact the sun pierced the clouds at various times throughout the day for what turned out to be a wonderful day of Caribbean entertainment in the Big Apple.





nesbeth-photo-1.jpgReggae's newest music sensation Nesbeth, who was given the herculean task of bringing the curtain down on the third annual Oracabessa Festival on Memorial Monday at Roy Wilkins Park in New York, not only proved equal to the task but had patrons singing along to songs from his growing catalogue of hits.

Assuming command of the stage Nesbeth brought the house down in what was his first major performance in the tri-state area. Born Greg Nesbeth, the artisit had his biggest moment when he delivered "My Dream", arguably one of the most globally recognized reggae songs for 2016. Released last October, 'My Dream' was an anthem during the 2016 political campaign in Jamaica and was enthusiastically received by patrons at the NY festival.

"The song connected with young and older patrons" event producer Bobby Clarke said backstage. "I am extremely proud of his performance here today. It is artists of this calibre that we need to be pushing to the forefront" Clarke noted.

Soca king Mighty Sparrow displayed stunning vocal range while performing favorites Jean & Dinah, May May, Mister Walker, and Melda.





MKQ 2016 finale set for Saturday night

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magnum-kings-queens-photo-1.jpgFans of the Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall competition are anticipating this season's finale.

The final show takes place on Saturday, June 4, at Breezy Castle in downtown Kingston.

The remaining princes are Zigma and Accid while the princesses are Clymaxx and Mi Ya Estro.All four will face off in the highly anticipated clash finale.

The after-show for the event will include performances by Bounty Killer, Nesbeth, Razor B, Tanto Blacks, plus last season's winners Triple A, and Devin Di Dakta.





25 years for Flippa Mafia!

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flippa-mafia.jpgDancehall deejay Flippa Mafia was given a 25-year sentence when he appeared in the Camden Superior Court in New Jersey, Friday morning.

The 37-year-old Jamaican entertainer, whose given name is Andrew Davis, was also ordered to pay a US$250,000 anti-money laundering profiteering penalty.

"Andrew Davis thought he could live the good life in Jamaica with the hundreds of thousands of dollars he and his brothers reaped by shipping cocaine from California into New Jersey," said Acting Attorney General Lougy at the sentencing.

In December 2015, Flippa Mafia was found guilty of first-degree distribution of cocaine, second-degree money laundering, and second-degree conspiracy.





zika-virus-photo-2.jpg"As part of the second phase of our activities we will be placing more emphasis on pregnant women, their partners and those who develop severe diseases such as Guillain Barre Syndrome (GBS), while we continue to engage the population and stress the importance of taking personal responsibility."

GBS and microcephaly are the two main possible outcomes of Zika that have concerned the global health community.

In fact, even before Jamaica confirmed its first case of the virus on January 29 this year, the Ministry of Health issued an advisory urging women to delay pregnancy because of the link between Zika and microcephaly, a condition in which an infected infant's head is smaller than the heads of other children of the same age and sex.

Based on what is known about the link between the two, the risk of microcephaly is highest in the first to second trimester. The Ministry of Health said that the two pregnant women are now in the second trimester.

"As it relates to the pregnant women, we only discovered the first case of Zika back in January, fast-forward nine months to the cycle of pregnancy and the reality is, we will begin, I think, to discover or otherwise, cases in September thereabout," Dr Tufton said. "...We believe that come September and beyond, the risk of seeing some of those cases will increase."

The health minister said so far, there has been no confirmed case of microcephaly or GBS linked to ZIKV in Jamaica. He said all 16 people affected by ZIKV have "fully recovered". Dr Tufton said, too, that the pregnant women are being "continuously monitored".

In intensifying its response to the Zika fight, the ministry will continue to monitor pregnant women at the community level throughout their pregnancies, including providing them with educational support, Dr Tufton said. And, with an estimated 40,000 women becoming pregnant each year, he said the ministry will provide bed nets for every pregnant woman who visits State-run antenatal clinics over the next six months. So far, the ministry has secured 20,000 of those bed nets.





zika-virus.jpgThe first phase, dubbed 'Operation: Mosquito Search and Destroy', focused on cleaning up surroundings to reduce mosquito breeding sites and the prevalence of the Aedes aegypti mosquito - the vector that transmits the viruses that cause dengue, chikungunya and Zika.

Speaking at a press conference to provide an update on the ZIKV outbreak, Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton disclosed that Jamaica now has 16 confirmed cases of the virus, including the two pregnant women.

The health minister said so far, there has been no confirmed case of microcephaly or GBS linked to ZIKV in Jamaica. He said all 16 people affected by ZIKV have "fully recovered".





Sixty families will have the comfort of new two-bedroom houses from Food for the Poor (FFP) Jamaica later this year, thanks to the J$53 million donated by individuals, companies and others during the charity organisation's second annual 5K Run/Walk held on May 7.

Andrew Mahfood, CEO of FFP Jamaica, said these families will benefit in a phase basis in upcoming months.

"Hundreds of poverty-stricken families are currently on our waiting list for houses," Mahfood said in a recent interview, "They are in dire need, many of whom are single mothers with their children, who are suffering bitterly without a proper housing structure with necessary facilities that are in accordance with good standards of living."

Approximately $46.5 million was raised from the first 5K Run/Walk in May last year with over 50 houses built.





Get out your umbrellas this weekend

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Met Office predicts rain The Meteorological (Met) Service of Jamaica says a system has developed over the western Caribbean Sea and is currently moving west-northwestward away from Jamaica but will influence weather conditions across the island this weekend.

The Met Service, in a news release Friday afternoon, said the forecast is for periods of showers and thunderstorms, which could be heavy at times, to affect sections of all parishes starting Friday afternoon and through Saturday.

The Met Service said it will continue to monitor the situation.





crime-scene-7.jpgSt Mary man has been charged with the murder of 53-year-old Dexter Dacres, a St James High School teacher whose decomposing body was found at his Granville, Trelawny home in March.

The accused, 19-year-old labourer Prince Walford of Hamilton Mountain, St Mary, is booked to appear in the Falmouth RM Court next week Wednesday.

The police were summoned to the Haven Heights section of Granville, on Wednesday, March 9, where residents became curious after detecting a foul odour coming from the teacher's rented apartment.

Upon their arrival, the cops found Dacres' decomposed body wrapped in a sheet, with multiple stab wounds. The police found a note which allegedly read, "I killed him because he tried to rape me" in the English language teacher's bedroom, where condoms and lubricants were also located.

The accused was recently picked up at his work place in Galena, St Mary and handed over to the Falmouth police. He was charged last week after reportedly confessing to the crime.





andrew-holness-photo-3.jpgLawyers for Prime Minister Andrew Holness have obtained an injunction barring Television Jamaica (TVJ) from rebroadcasting the programme 18 Degrees North that made certain allegations about his house and tax payments.

The injunction was granted by Justice Chester Stamp in the Supreme Court Friday morning.

18 Degerees North was aired on TVJ on Monday and was scheduled to be carried again on Sunday.

"The proposed rebroadcast would further harm the claimant reputationally, which harm could not be compensated by any award as to damage for libel," read a section of the documents.





An experienced Jamaican runner is among 31 athletes, spanning six sports and 12 countries, whose retested A sample from the 2008 Beijing Olympics has shown the presence of a banned substance.

The Jamaican cannot be named at this point given the pending outcome of the B sample test.

However, there is growing anxiety among local track and field authorities as the results of B sample tests are expected to be made public by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) within days.

While the nation's biggest global superstars in the sport are not being implicated at this point, the development is still set to have serious consequences for Jamaica's track and field programme, with at least one medal from the Beijing Olympics now at risk of being stripped.

It is further understood that the Jamaica Olympic Association was last week notified but officials from the organisation have so far offered no comment.

Meanwhile, the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) president Dr Warren Blake says his organisation has not been notified.

At its meeting today, the IOC did, however, reveal that it has put together a special committee, which will oversee the cases with full authority.





Ganja licences good to go... almost.

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ganja-image-1.jpgAll those desirous of legally entering into the ganja cultivation business should soon have the opportunity to do so.

This is because the regulations governing Jamaica's legal marijuana industry are scheduled to be published online on Tuesday, May 31.

In a media outline on Monday, Hyacinth Lightbourne, chairperson of the Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA), said the board has approved the licensing regulations, which were gazetted last Thursday.

Upon being published online, members of the public will be able to apply for licences to grow, process, distribute, sell and transport both hemp and ganja for medicinal and scientific purposes.

Ms Lightbourne said the stringent regulations in place are intended to discourage illicit practices in the marijuana industry.

Under the regulations, potential legitimate participants in the industry will have to acquire specific licences for each aspect of the industry they want to be involved in.

Ms Lightbourne said this measure is to ensure that the business is properly regulated.

She noted that the regulations do not address the issue of exporting ganja.





A 'Juici' Startime in Clarendon Park July 2

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marcia-griffiths-photos-4.jpgIf you were in the audience at The Original Startime at Mas Camp on Saturday January 9 this year, then you know this is no ordinary vintage concert. It is still being talked about everywhere !! and due to overwhelmingly popular demand .... Startime moves to Juici Patties' The Verandah Clarendon Park, on Saturday July 2 ... gates open 5pm ... showtime 8pm .... with one of its most exciting line ups in recent history.

In addition to the Mas Camp line up of Reggae Queen Marcia Griffiths, Leroy 'Heptones' Sibbles, Horace 'Sleepy' Andy, Johnny 'Hit-Machine' Clarke, Errol Dunkley, The Mighty Diamonds, 80s superstar Frankie Paul and 70s ace DJ Dillinger - who all gave tremendous performances to the the Mas Camp thousands - the promoters have added a Clarendon Connection, three exceptional foundation artists who were all born in the parish - namely Reggae Superstar Freddie McGregor, King of ska Derrick Morgan and the Clarendonians .... all backed by Lloyd Parks & We the People ... plus emcee Tommy 'yes indeed' Cowan. What a line up of stars !!!

Well it's Startime !!!!

VIP Tickets inclusive of meal and drinks are $7000; general entry tickets are $2000 presale - $2,500 at the gate; and are are available from all 62 Juici Patties outlets across Jamaica; Manchester Golf Club in Mandeville; in Kingston at Mary Brown's Corner Texaco Grab 'N' Go; Derrick Harriott; Devon Bourne's Rubis HWT ... and at Portmore Mall Pharmacy.

This Juici Startime is shaping up to be the event of the year and is brought to you by Juici Patties and the Verandah in association with Kool 97FM, Singer, Jamaica Observer, Sparkles Productions, TVJ, Seals & Engravables, On Stage TV, IRIE-FM, Devon Bourne's Rubis HWT, Mello FM, CPTC, Christar Villas Hotel, Kingston Hireage, A & E Ambulance, security by Securipro, and Interlinc Communications - host of the Startime website at startime.com.jm. Knutsford Express will be providing return shuttle service to Startime for a nominal charge (inclusive of Startime ticket) .... for bookings call 971-1822 / 960-5499.

Take your loved ones to Startime ... it's going to be a fabulous and unforgettable concert, one that should not be missed and is worth going miles to see !!





Corey Todd charged with assault

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corey-todd.jpgClub owner, Corey Todd, was charged for assaulting young deejay Devin Di Dakta at the popular St Andrew night club in January.

The Constant Spring Police Station said Todd was charged with assault on Tuesday, after several months of investigation.

"We can confirm that he has been charged for assault," Detective Sergeant Huntley, assigned to the police station, told Loop News.

Todd was reportedly pointed out during an identification parade.According to the police, the businessman was given station bail following a request by his attorney Peter Champagnie.

It is reported that in January this year, Devin Di Dakta, winner of the 2015 staging of 'Magnum Kings and Queen of Dancehall', was forcibly removed from the Taboo nightclub by security personnel.

It is alleged that he was taken to the parking lot and beaten by several persons because of a song perceived to be disrespecting Todd.Todd, a former business associate of incarcerated deejay Vybz Kartel, has been ordered to appear in court next week to face the charge..

Devin Di Dakta was allegedly ganged and beaten by Todd and his associates in the parking lot of Taboo, an exotic night club located along Constant Spring Road in St Andrew. Immediately after the incident, his management team refuted allegations from the management of Taboo that the beating did not involve security personnel from the club, and that it was triggered after Devin Di Dakta allegedly harassed a dancer and had to be removed from the entertainment facility after a complaint was made.

According to the management of Devin Di Dakta, the artiste was beaten over a diss song he made directed at Todd.





devin-di-dakta.jpgShelly-Ann Curran, the manager of dancehall artiste, Devin Di Dakta, is pleased that Corey Todd has been charged with assaulting her artiste.

In a interview with Zip FM, Curran said she was "happy that we can finally put this matter to resi".

She stated that Corey Todd, owner of night clubTaboo, was picked out of a line-up.

Devin Di Dakta was allegedly ganged and beaten by Todd and his associates in the parking lot of Taboo, an exotic night club located along Constant Spring Road in St Andrew. Immediately after the incident, his management team refuted allegations from the management of Taboo that the beating did not involve security personnel from the club, and that it was triggered after Devin Di Dakta allegedly harassed a dancer and had to be removed from the entertainment facility after a complaint was made.

According to the management of Devin Di Dakta, the artiste was beaten over a diss song he made directed at Todd.





rob-blac-pregnant.jpgAccording to TMZ, Rob Kardashian and pregnant fiancee, Blac Chyna, are set to make a cool million if they decide to sell their baby pictures to the highest bidder.

TMZ has spoken to seven photo agencies which reveal that the pictures of the couple posing intimately with their newborn son or daughter would be worth at least $1 million,

Selling baby photos has been a good revenue source for several celebrities, including Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie (who reportedly gave their $6m check to charities), Nicole Richie, Jamie Lynn Spears and Jennifer Lopez (who is thought to have received much more than $1m for images of Max and Emme).

This comes after years of Rob being a recluse which caused him to become estranged from his family and to overeat. He became diabetic, raising concerns about his health.

He met Blac years ago through sister Kim. At the time the former stripper was with Tyga, with whom she had son Cairo. Tyga then moved on to Kylie Jenner in 2015, reportedly breaking Chyna's heart. Earlier this year she found love with the portly Rob, who she quickly put on a diet and exercise routine.

Rob's transformation from shut-in to overexposed media darling has been swift and confusing at the same time.

His turn around has been a big subject in the 12th season of Keeping Up With The Kardashians.





vybz-kartel-photo-11-full.jpgThe third anniversary of Strictly Addi is scheduled for Sugarman's Beach Club in Portmore, St Catherine, on June 25.

According to organisers JEM Entertainment, the event - an ode to incarcerated deejay Vybz Kartel's music - has an air of anticipation about this staging.

"There is a unique nature about an event such as this. Unlike most beach parties that begin during the daytime and end in the night, Strictly Addi gates will be open at 9:00 pm and is non-stop, high-energy until it ends at 2:00 am," said 'IB' Konteh, director of JEM Entertainment.

"The entire venue will be transformed, from the Addi-themed cabanas to the stage. our major sponsors, Clearsound Jamaica Productions, has something special in store for everyone. Our Gaza-themed cocktails - Summer time, Call the Ambulance and Blue Whale, will also be something that will be talked about even after the event," Konteh continued.





A St Mary Mi Come From', returns

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capleton-airborne.jpgIt has been three years since Capleton staged 'A St Mary Mi Come From', the charity show he first held in 2000. He is confident of a successful comeback.

"It a go shot! Di people want it," he declared.

The 12th staging of the show is scheduled for August 5 at Grays Inn Sports Complex in Annotto Bay. No artistes have been confirmed as yet but promoters are currently putting together a cast.

"Wi talk to some of artistes already an' dem supportive. Dis is a show artistes an' fans look forward to 'cause is a family fun day, a pre-independence affair," said Capleton.

A number of schools, hospitals and organisations have benefitted from St Mary Mi Come From, including the Port Maria Hospital, Islington High School, Annotto Bay Hospital, Oberlin High School, and Haile Selassie High School.

Capleton is particularly proud of the computer room at Islington High School, his alma mater.

"It name the Clifton George Bailey (Capleton's given name) Computer Lab which wi really appreciate 'cause wi believe di youths mus be computer-literate," he said.

His manager, Claudette Kemp, said 'St Mary Mi Come From' deserves comprehensive corporate support.

"We are looking for a brand sponsor. We've had some good sponsors over the years but we would really love a major company coming on board."

'St Mary Mi Come From' takes place one day before Jamaica's Independence day.





reggae-artist-oriel-detained.jpgAn unfortunate scene took place over Memorial weekend at the annual Kaya Fest in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania when reggae recording artist ORieL and his bandmate were detained by Pittsburgh PD for suspicion of Marijuana possession.

His scheduled performance to an eager crowd was delayed after an officer reported smelling marijuana, and called for backup. Speaking on the incident, ORieL stated "We were briefly detained for smoking a spliff in the tour van. I asked the officer why he was drawing his firearm, because we were doing as he asked, our hands were up, and the spliff was put out. "Why use a cannon to kill a mosquito ?" Why not work out an amicable solution? His approach is the reason that many situations like this end up with people getting injured for no reason."

The artist added "Music and herb go together, society knows this. The idea that cannabis makes you hostile, etc etc is an outdated concept in this modern society. Many a prison and policing budget depend on keeping the status quo. Thats one thing, but the bigger issue is the approach and how police deal with us on a day to day basis."

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With the utmost respect for the law, this hasn't dithered ORieL's respect for those who take the oath to protect and serve.

Despite the delays, the vibes were in full effect and ORieL delivered a memorable performance to an audience of every race, creed and class who were all united by music.

Wishing to move past the events of the night, ORieL lastly added "The police need to develop a more open mindset and approach unique situations with the same humility and respect that we show to them. Excessive use of power in these situations not only damages the relationship between the police and the community, but is a waste of resources. We need people power to move towards a more community-based method of policing. Way up." - ORieL.





lucea-mayor-shernette.jpgFormer Mayor of Lucea Shernet Haughton pleaded not guilty to charges of misconduct in a public office and breaches of the public sector procurement regulations of 2008 when she appeared in the Hanover Parish Court yesterday.

The charges stem from a report by the Office of the Contractor General that was submitted to Parliament in March 2015.

The report accused her of nepotism and criminal offences in the Hanover Parish Council's award of 22 contracts, with a cumulative value of $3.7 million, to her relatives and affiliates.

Haughton, a first-time councillor, resigned as mayor of Lucea in April 2014, but remains a People's National Party councillor for the Green Island Division of the Hanover Parish Council.





PM Andrew Holness retains lawyers

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andrew-holness-photo-3.jpgPrime Minister Andrew Holness has retained the services of senior attorney Gordon Robinson after the airing of a television programme Monday night in which he was the subject.

"I totally and completely reject the assertions, inferences and innuendoes made in the television Programme

18 Degrees North aired on TVJ on Monday, 30th May.

"In particular, I wish to make it clear that all my property taxes are paid up to date and I have never entered into any arrangement with the intent of evading any of Jamaica's tax laws or benefiting from public contracts," Holness said in a statement.

"I view this matter seriously and have retained legal counsel. Senior counsel has already advised that there are factual basis on which the programme's content is libellous," Holness said.

"My family and I have been the subject of several attacks on our character and reputation in the past. As a public figure, I expect to be a target. However, it appears that there is a co-ordinated and persistent attempt to tarnish me and my family. Now that the matter is in my attorney's hands, any future query or clarification should be addressed to senior counsel Gordon Robinson," the prime minister said.





prime-minister-portia-simpson-miller-photo-3.jpgLawyers representing Opposition Leader Portia Simpson Miller and three People's National Party (PNP) officials in the long-standing Trafigura matter yesterday filed an appeal seeking to halt the proceedings after High Court Judge Justice Lennox Campbell ordered that subpoenas be issued for them.

Queen's Counsel K D Knight stated that he will be going to court on Monday and explained that an appeal has already been filed and the court order is a consequence of that appeal.

Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Paula Llewellyn, QC, yesterday explained that the subpoenas were issued after Simspon Miller, Robert Pickersgill, Phillip Paulwell, Colin Campbell, and businessman Norton Hinds failed to appear in court.

The witnesses were required to give sworn testimony regarding the investigation by the Netherlands Government into the payment, in September 2006, of $31 million to an account bearing the name CCOC to which certain members of the PNP were signatories.





andrew-davis-shop-southdale-plaza.jpgandrew-davis-illusions-club.jpgTwo business owners were shot and killed in Half-Way Tree, St Andrew, Monday night. They have been identified as 50-year-old Helen Meghoo and 60-year-old Andrew Davis.

Davis, who was the owner of the now defunct Illusions night club, operated a bill payment and lottery ticket business in Southdale Plaza. He and McGoo were shot multiple times as they sat inside their car, just after closing their about 7:45 pm.

According to the police, Meghoo and Davis, who is her common-law husband, had just closed up their business place on Southdale Plaza when they were attacked by a lone gunman.

The gunman reportedly sprayed the car with gunshots, hitting the two occupants multiple times in their upper bodies. The gunman escaped.They were rushed to the hospital where they were pronounced dead.

Senior Superintendent Millicent Sproul Thomas, head of the St Andrew Central Police, says no motive has yet been established for the killings.Robbery has been ruled out as nothing was taken from the couple.





 

tanto-devonte-everyone-falls-in-love.jpg'Everyone Falls in Love' he 1997 hit song by Tanto Metro and Devonte has been sampled, by OVO artiste, Tony Lanez.

Last Friday, rising Canadian R&B crooner Tory Lanez tweeted: "Remember I said this ... I'm about to have Jamaica ON FIRE".

He then released a music video for his second single called Luv. The hook follows the same key and melody of Tanto Metro and Devonte's version.

The single follows Lanez's 2015 hit song, Say It, a mellow R&B tune with a gospel choir adding vocal flair to the chorus. Luv serves as the second official single from Tory Lanez's upcoming debut album titled I Told You.Since it's release on YouTube, views for the music video have climbed to over 800,000, following closely behind the song's SoundCloud count, currently climbing from 1.1 million plays.

"Though we are no stranger to seeing our material being covered, it still feels good to know the appreciation of our works from the past," said Devonte.

He says that he thinks Tory Lanez did a wonderful job putting his own twist on the record.

Tanto Metro said that what the song has done in the past, and is still doing today, makes the pair feel like winners.

"We've watched it cross generations," he said, "and as such, our deepest gratitude towards the artiste and his team."





ganja-trafficker-money.jpgAuthorities in Miami have seized at least $24 million in cash following the Tuesday arrest of a suspected marijuana trafficker.

The Miami Herald reported that the bust is the largest in the history of the Miami-Dade Police Department and said officers were still counting the money Wednesday.

According to the Miami Herald, most of the cash was bundled in increments of $100, placed in vacuum-sealed bags, and stuffed inside dozens of orange Home Depot-branded buckets.

Tuesday's raid was the culmination of a six-year--long investigation into Luis Hernandez-Gonzalez. The Herald reported that Hernandez-Gonzalez, 44, ran a North Miami store that sells equipment for indoor gardening. Investigators suspected the business catered to marijuana growers.

In addition to the raid on Gonzalez-Hernandez's house, where the cash was discovered, local police and federal agents raided the store, where they discovered marijuana seeds, marijuana labeled "Super Skunk" and "Chernobyl" and $180,000 in a safe.

Gonzalez-Hernandez, who reportedly admitted instructing his customers on how to grow marijuana, appeared in court Wednesday on charges of money laundering, marijuana trafficking and possession of a firearm while committing a felony, among other state charges. He ws ordered held on $4 million bail.

Gonzalez-Hernandez's sister, Salma Hernandez, was also arrested and charged with drug possession and conspiracy.





Student stabbed to death by another student

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crime-scene-7.jpgA student was stabbed to death in an altercation with a student from Oberlin High School on Wednesday morning.

Reports are that the student was on his way to school when he had an altercation with another youth of the same age group.

The incident unfolded in an area called Grant Hill.

A knife was brought into play and the teenager stabbed.

He was rushed to hospital but succumbed to his injury.

The student has been apprehended.





woman-killed -in-ochi-kyri.jpgA 58-year-old vendor is now in the custody of the Ocho Rios police after he allegedly stabbed his girlfriend to death at her workplace on Tuesday morning, June 29.

Police officers on the scene confirmed that the woman is Kyria Nelson, a 22-year-old employee of Torpedo Loan financing company on Brown's Plaza in the heart of Ocho Rios.

She was stabbed to death at her workplace at some time after 8am.

It is alleged that the vendor had been seen sharpening his knife from yesterday. At sometime after 8 this morning, he awaited the young woman as she entered the loan company to carry out his plan.The man then proceeded to slash her throat and he stabbed her several times.

When he completed his act, he left her in the building and proceeded to escape where he was apprehended by the Ocho Rios police some distance away from the plaza.

Head of the St Ann police, SSP Wayne Cameron explained that Nelson was alive, when she was rushed to the hospital.

However, she later died.





Barrington Levy to headline Reggae Sumfest

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barrington-levy-photo-2.jpgBarrington Levy will headline Reggae Sumfest on July 23, at Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex in Montego Bay.

Nominated this year for a Best Reggae Album Grammy for Acousticalevy, he returns to Sumfest after a three-year break.

"God bless my fans, on the night of the show, you will see what happens. I am asking the fans to come with the good vibes, the happy vibes. Walk with your tape and leave your machete, walk with your queen and leave your machine. Keep it clean, seen," said Levy.

Three years ago, Levy stole the show with an energetic, one-hour set. Next month, he will once again be backed by his California-based band, Detour Posse.

Levy is still promoting Acousticalevy which features unplugged versions of some of his biggest hits.

Levy, Sanchez and Tarrus Riley are among the big names on the closing night of Sumfest which is held this year under the theme, 'Our Music, Our Festival'.

Organisers have changed the format of the show, with an all-star Jamaican line-up over two days.





law-student-teresa-wilson.jpgJamaican law student arrested in the United States for mail fraud is alleged to have been involved in the lottery scam, in which she and co-conspirators defrauded an elderly victim of US $270,000 (J $34 million at today's exchange rate).

The allegations against 27-year-old Teresa Wilson are outlined in court document, a copy of which was provided to Loop News by the United States Department of Justice.

Wilson -- a resident of Montego Bay, St James who just completed studies at the Norman Manley Law School -- has been charged with mail fraud.

"It was a part of the conspiracy that co-conspirators would, and did, willfully devise and participate in a scheme to call an elderly victim, and make material false representation that they were associated with a lottery, including that one of the callers was an attorney for the lottery, to fraudulently obtain the victim's money," the document obtained by a popular website stated.

"It was further a part of the conspiracy that the co-conspirators would and did make material false representations that the victim had won approximately [US] $3.5 million as part of the lottery sweepstakes," the document stated further.

The criminal acts involving Wilson -- who calls herself a "wild child, caring and loving", on her Instagram profile -- and her co-conspirators reportedly occurred between October 2014 and March 2015.

The money in question was reportedly sent by the elderly victim on dates in November 2015. On one occasion, the victim is said to have mailed a package containing US $120,000 via UPS from Virginia to a co-conspirator's address in Florida.

That sum was reportedly collected in March 2015 by a Dwayne Breary who signed the alias Sandra Smith in an effort to conceal who the recipients of the package were.

According to the document, law enforcement officials obtained telephone messages sent by Wilson to a Yanique Coach on March 19, 2015, instructing, "Check the stacks tho," in reference to money.

A few days later, on March 22, 2015, Wilson reportedly sent a message via telephone threatening Coach. The message reportedly stated in part, "People belly go bang and U can't step out fi sort out business and save u self... Weh U priorities."

Another co-conspirator in the scheme was only identified in the document as SS.

The victim reportedly sent the cash after being told that in order to receive the "lottery money" the victim needed to pay fees and taxes in cash.

The victim, who lived in Virginia, was told to send the cash through UPS to various addresses in Florida and Georgia, which the victim allegedly did, sending packages of "large amounts of cash" to South Florida and the Middle District of Florida.

"It was further a part of the conspiracy that Teresa Wilson and another co-conspirator would and did travel from Jamaica to the United States to obtain the packages," the court documents said.

"It was further a part of the conspiracy that Teresa Wilson and other co-conspirators would and did perform acts and make statements to hide and conceal and cause to be hidden and concealed the purpose of the conspiracy and the acts committed in furtherance thereof," the document said.

If convicted, the State is seeking a forfeiture order of Wilson's assets, "which constitutes or is derived from proceeds traceable to the violation, including but not limited to a money judgement representing the amount of proceeds obtained by the defendant as a result of the allegations alleged in the indictment".





Jamaican man missing at sea in Cayman

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Cayman police say a Jamaican man, 40-year-old Migeal Aedran Palmer is among a group missing at sea.

A Caymanian identified as 59-year-old Carl Demmie Ebanks of West Bay is also missing.

According to police, the men are believed to have left from Ronald Martin's Dock, on North West Point Road in West Bay, on Ebanks' boat for an unknown destination. The vessel has been described as a Wellcraft boat -- approximately 20ft in length.

The men were reported missing three days after setting out for sea.

Police said the men did not file any report with Port Authority before beginning their journey.

"On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday last week, before the men were reported missing, the police helicopter flew over large areas offshore, including the Sister Islands, in the course of its schedule," a release from the police said.

"During those flights, the crew would have noted the vessel had it been seen a distance offshore, but did not see any vessel matching this description. No distress flares were seen, nor were any emergency calls on Channel 16 heard [the marine emergency channel]," the release added.

The release added: "While the areas patrolled offshore on these days were large, it cannot be known, given the vagueness of the details provided, that these areas would have fallen in any search pattern. Likewise, given the time that had elapsed since the believed departure time of the boat, as well as the fact that the destination was unknown, no search area could be defined by the time of the report on Saturday."

Police said that all local agencies as well as regional law enforcement were notified of the missing persons.

The search continues for the men.





chris-martin-coldplay.jpgchris-martin-coldplay-album.jpgHe described the Barbadian - with whom he collaborated on Princess Of China on the band's 2012 album Mylo Xyloto - as 'the Frank Sinatra of our generation'.

'She can turn anything into gold with that voice,' he told The Guardian, unlike his own, which he admitted some people hate.

He claimed that when describing great opera singers, singing teachers will always talk about consistency of tone.

'There's a book by Alfred Tomatis about why some people like certain people's voices and other people hate them, like Bob Dylan or me or whoever, some people say, "Oh, I hate that voice", so there's a thing about people's frequency responses - what they are pleased by.

'Rihanna has this thick tone, so it's very hard to annoy anybody,' he said. 'It's like a beautifully squeezed tube of toothpaste.'

He claimed that when you think of Rihanna's voice you think of this 'whole, rich thing, solid like a tree trunk' - and that Drake is pretty similar.

'But Rihanna's voice is just delicious for your ear. Sinatra had the same thing; anything he sang sounded pleasing to most people,' he added.





Appleton Estate EDX presents X2, a one-day festival showcasing two-parties, set for this Saturday at Grizzly's Plantation Cove, Ocho Rios which offers partygoers a unique experience of two exciting events in the same venue, on the same day, but at different times.

EDX, Electronic Dance Xposed, Jamaica's premier Electronic Dance Festival, which features the biggest, established and emerging names in the EDM genre, is now in its fourth staging, but this is the first time that the organizers are hosting the event in Ocho Rios and also the first time that there will be two events at the one-day festival.

The drink inclusive party will be broken into two segments - from 10 am to 6 pm, featuring a Beach Soca Fusion party with live performance from Allison Hinds, followed by the highly anticipated EDM concert from 10 pm to 6 am.

Event organizer Mark Tracey explained: "This year we are offering patrons a more rounded experience with the introduction of a Beach Soca Fusion party to complement our signature event, Appleton Estate EDX. Soca queen Allison Hinds has not performed in Jamaica in a while and she is raring to go. So too are the EDM acts."

Tracey added that English EDM producer and DJ, Gareth Emery, Bad Royale; Hypem top 10 DJ, GAZZO are all anticipating their debut Jamaican performance. Dance Music Manchester/BassJockey's DJ Competition winner, TOFTE, according to Tracey, will not be outdone as well as he is set to bring the house down. Balancing the strong overseas contingent will be heavyweight local DJs.

For further details please about the event please visit the festival's website at www.edxjamaica.com or instagram at edxjamaicaofficial.





Adele is way UP at Glastonbury Festival

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adele-21.jpgShe once said her music would never work at a festival.

But Adele proved herself wrong on Saturday night, drawing a crowd of thousands to Glastonbury's famous Pyramid Stage for her headline slot at the 2016 festival.

The Hello singer dressed to impress for her big moment in a stunning sequin gown, showing little sign of the nerves which have previously stopped her from agreeing to a performance at the world famous festival.

Playing to a crowd stretching back as far as the eye could see, the chart-topping star opened with her smash hit Hello, the lead single from her latest record breaking album 25.

The star changed one of the lyrics to say 'I've been Glastonbury dreaming,' prompting a huge cheer from the crowd.





kanye-west-famous-nude-video-kim-taylor.jpgTaylor Swift objected to the 'strong misogynistic message' after she heard Kanye West's new song Famous for the first time.

Now the 26-year-old pop star is said to be 'mad as hell' at the rapper for using a naked lookalike wax figure of her in his Famous music video that he debuted at The Forum in Los Angeles on Friday.

Taylor is 'planning something' and 'trying to figure out how to respond' to Kanye's shocking move, HollywoodLife.com reported.

Kanye's music video featured a bizarre orgy of himself in bed with Kim and some other 'famous' people including Ray J, Bill Cosby, Caitlyn Jenner and Donald Trump.

The 39-year-old rapper has kept silent on how many of the bedmates are real or fake replicas.





reggae-sumfest-logo.jpgDJ Omar aka Omizzle, has captured a high energy Reggae Sumfest vibe in his current spin on the Festival's mix tape now being distributed island wide. He was contracted by DownSound Entertainment (DSE), producers of the 2016 festival, to provide a compilation of music from artistes performing on Dancehall Night, July 22 and Reggae Night, July 23.

DJ Omar says he has been the mix tape man since high school days."I've been working with DownSound since 2012. I did the dancehall and reggae mix CDs in May. All of the artistes on Sumfest 2016 are on it. I've done mixed CDs for Ishawna, Harry Toddler, Nature and I have mixed tapes different from DownSound work - always hot tracks."

The Reggae Sumfest mix tapes have conjured up a vibe of excitement amongst members of the public in recent weeks. This, according to DSE was the aim of the promotional CD. The tapes are available on reggaesumfest.com and are distributed at local events and in the streets leading up to the Festival.

The transformed Reggae Sumfest kicks off in Montego Bay with a Beach Party at the Aqua Sol Theme Park on Sunday, July 17 hosted by Miss Kitty and Yanique 'The Curvy Diva' Barrett. The All White Party hits Pier 1 on Tuesday, July 19; and the Sound Explosion - where anything can happen - with Tony Matterhorn and Firelinks along with the island's top sound systems, takes place on Thursday, July 21, also at Pier 1. Dancehall Night revs up on the Friday at Catherine Hall with the big Reggae Night to close the curtains on Saturday, July 23.





Be careful when buying pumpkin

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The public is being warned to be careful when purchasing pumpkins. The warning was issued after thieves stole some of the crop from the Bernard Lodge Estate in St. Catherine on the weekend.

Opposition Senator Floyd Morris, who operates the farm, said the pumpkins were sprayed with insecticide and fungicide on Friday.

"I am issuing a warning to citizens within the Portmore, Spanish Town, Gregory Park area, not to purchase pumpkins from unknown farmers because those pumpkins are likely to harm their health," he urged.

He said some of the pumpkins, which were not fit, were removed from their vines and left in the field.

Mr. Morris said the matter is to be reported to the police.





crime-scene-gun.jpgPatrick Brown, a 55-year-old vendor from St Catherine, was shot and killed about 10:00 pm Saturday in the vicinity of the Buff Bay market in Portland.

His wife Michelle, 45, was also shot and injured in the incident.

Reports are that the couple was packing up to leave when they were approached by three masked men who made certain demands. One reportedly pulled a gun and shot Brown, while another shot his wife in her hand. They escaped in a motor car.

The couple was taken to the Annotto Bay Hospital where Brown was pronounced dead.





pnp-headquarters.jpgThe People's National Party National Executive Council has approved a nomination period for the positions of president and vice presidents.

The date was approved at the council's meeting yesterday at the University of the West Indies, a statement from the Opposition party said Monday.

"Nominations will open for the positions of president and vice presidents on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at 10:00 am and close on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at midday," the release said.

It also said nomination forms will be available from the party's secretariat.





hands-behind-bars.jpgA student of the Norman Manley Law School Teresa Wilson has been arrested in the United States on charges of mail fraud.

The 27-year-old Wilson was arrested in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on June 16.

Wilson recently completed studies at the Norman Manley Law School, at the University of the West Indies, in St Andrew, and was awaiting final exam results when she was reportedly busted.

A law enforcement official at the Broward County Sherriff's Office reportedly disclosed that Wilson is now in the custody of the US Marshals Service of the Southern District of Florida.

Wilson had allegedly been on the radar of US investigators for at least two years.

Associates of Wilson's at the law school are urging others not to rush to judgement at this time.





ymz-launch-don-andre-children-women.jpgCome on now people, let's not take silliness even a notch higher. Why is there any sort of comparison being made between YMZ and YVA's? How can YMZ, the very new kid on the concert block be compared to an awards show that is for teenagers only and which has been around for more than a minute.

Okay, so they both begin with the letter 'Y' and both names have three letters...and there endeth the similarity.

YMZ is a show for the entire family - from 4 years old to 94; the other show is billed strictly for teens. Just take a look at YMZ headline act Silento's video for his chartbusting Billboard single Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae) and you will get it. There are no age barriers in that video and that is the complexion of YMA.

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YMZ is a summer show; the other event isn't; YMZ is only about the performers on stage entertaining the audience; the other event is all about pre-voting, red carpet, celebrities and handing out awards; after YMZ, the patrons go home; after the other event, patrons go to an after-party.

Actually the two events are as different as day and night and in reality they are: YMZ starts in the day, the other event starts in the night.

So, please, promoters, it's best if you guys just support each other and feed off each other's success.





tyga-posts-pic-of-kylie-jenner.jpgA day after Kylie Jenner appeared in her rumored boyfriend PartyNextDoor's sexy music video, her ex Tyga shared a cryptic photo of the 18-year-old reality star.

In the pic posted on Friday morning by the 26-year-old rapper, Kylie is seen laughing while sitting on a bed. Tyga captioned the image: "They always come back..."

He later deleted the post.





gareth-pic-from-gareths-facebook.jpgIt will be a soca and EDM fusion event like none other on Saturday, July 2 at Appleton Estate's EDX, all-day, all-night party set to explode at Grizzly's Plantation Cove in Ocho Rios, St Ann.

A drinks-inclusive electronic dance music party, the event has moved from its original venue of the Caymanas Polo Club to the more spacious Plantation Cove.

Production team member and spokesperson, Adam Gomes, was in high spirits when he spoke about the award-winning event, which this year has Appleton Estate as its title sponsor and which is creating quite a stir on social media.

"We couldn't be more excited about this year's show. With a spectacular venue, bigger International acts, and the addition of Soca Fusion on the Beach. We believe this will be the most talked-about event in Jamaica for a while to come," Gomes said.

EDX has attracted big name international acts in soca and EDM. Headlining the Beach Soca Fusion will be sizzling soca ambassador, Alison Hinds, Richie Ras, DJ Sekou, and DJ Lantern. Waving the flag high for EDM will be Gareth Emery, English electronic dance music producer and DJ.

The promoters have already signed off on a shuttle service for patrons.

"We will be using the JUTC luxury buses from Kingston end, and we also have buses which will shuttle patrons from Pier One," Gomes said. Tickets are available online at www.yardticket.com and Fontana Pharmacy islandwide.





DNA test proves prisoner not Prince's son

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prince-dna.jpgA test results show a Colorado prison inmate is not Prince's son, a person who has seen a sealed document said Wednesday.

The finding means that Carlin Q. Williams is not entitled to inherit a fortune worth up to $300 million.

The person who spoke to The Associated Press was not authorised to release the finding and therefore requested anonymity. TMZ, citing unnamed sources with direct knowledge of the case, first reported the DNA results. Attorneys for Bremer Trust, the special administrator for the estate, filed the results Wednesday in Carver County District Court.

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Prince died of an accidental drug overdose on April 21 and no will has emerged for him. He had no known surviving children although a few other people besides Williams have filed documents claiming Prince was or might have been their father.

Williams claimed that his mother had unprotected sex with Prince at a Kansas City, Missouri, hotel in 1976. Williams, a 39-year-old Kansas City man whose long criminal record includes drug and domestic violence charges, is serving nearly eight years in federal prison for unlawfully transporting a firearm in a stolen vehicle.

Under Minnesota law, Prince's sister, Tyka Nelson, several half-siblings, and a possible niece and grandniece currently stand to inherit shares of the estate.





shebada-beautiful.jpgThe hotel room of popular Jamaican Comedian Keith 'Shebada' Ramsey was broken into on Wednesday night.

This was reported by NBC Miami.

The television station in Miramar, Florida said Shebada's money and several important items, including his passport were stolen from his hotel suite; while he was in Miramar performing his hit comedy called "Bangarang."

Speaking with NBC Miami, entertainment consultant, Garnett Newman said "someone was walking through the hallway checking room doors and his door was ajar and they went to his room and stole his passport, social security and his keys for his vehicle back home and his home."

However, the comedian didn't let the incident put a damper on his performance as he went on to incorporate the unfortunate incident into his play.

"You must embrace all your failures as you must embrace all your risings so when things like this happen you must go on and further your dreams," Shebada told International Press.





delus.jpgkonshens-and-delus.jpgDancehall deejay, Konshens took to social media early on Thursday to pour out his grief over the death of his brother, deejay Delus.

Delus took his own life on Wednesday evening at homw in Havendale, St Andrew.

See the post below:

"No know how mi aggo do dis without u dawg. But mi aggo do it cah u love see mi a do it. We can always say u neva affi do dat, but mi prefer seh mi wish u neva affi do dat. Mi know you, if it was so heavy that u think u needed to quit then [Expletive] it dawg. REST and rest easy to. I will pick up the pieces one way or another an u know who cyaa suffer already from me have breath she good. Mi know u pre alla dat before u mek u move bcuz u was never a coward or a [Expletive] an mi sure u believe inna me to di max. Mi have NO blame fi anybody or anything that sent you over the edge and me a share dis wid di world cah mi nah hide an bawl mi a bawl loud cah mi hurt deep an mi will always profess mi love and respect fi u proudly. Not even one day gone an mi affi a jump pan plane a go a work right now pan toppa all dis but bredda mi eye full a water an mi jus happy u escape whatever did a torment u fi so [Expletive] long. I know... Whether on the highest mountain peak or the lowest point in the deepest valley a man needs inner peace!! And we must never underestimate the power of it. Thank u fi dah last par yah bro. Thanks fi all the condolences. Will tell unnu how funeral arrangements go.





kanye-west-famous-nude-video.jpgOn Friday, Kanye West unveiled the bizarre and twisted new video for his song Famous that features an orgy of naked celebrities in bed together. The visual features the controversial rapper with his wife Kim Kardashian naked and asleep, along with ten other celebs including Taylor Swift and Ray J.

A slow zoom out reveals their other bedmates to be Amber Rose, Caitlyn Jenner, Bill Cosby, George W. Bush, Donald Trump, Anna Wintour, Rihanna and Chris Brown, all snuggled up beside them in an enormous bed.

And it appears the 39-year-old hasn't received as much backlash from the video as he might have hoped, taking to Twitter on Saturday morning to engage in a since deleted rant regarding the firestorm that has ensued since its premiere.

West has so far kept quiet on how many - if any - of the famous faces are the actual real celebs, or just a combination of lookalikes and digital trickery.

In the song, Kanye infamously rapped about Taylor that he 'made that b***h famous,' and adds that they might still have sex.

And while Kanye's co-stars might not be too keen on their completely nude depiction in the video, there is one singing sensation who has found the humor in the madness.

Chris Brown took to Instagram, writing: 'Why I gotta have the plumbers butt/ crack showing WAX figure? This n**** KANYE CRAZY, talented, but crazy'

The Grammy winner lies next to his ex Rihanna in the video, whose relationship made headlines in 2009 because of a domestic violence incident involving the pair. Brown also shared on Instagram a parody of the now infamous spectacle with Barbie dolls taking the place of West's wax figures.





Jamaican journalist Garfield Burford has been appointed News and Current Affairs Consultant at the state-owned Antigua & Barbuda Broadcasting Services (ABS).

The appointment became effective June 1, 2016. Burford joins the entity on a one-year contract.

Melford Nicholas, Minister with responsibility for Broadcasting in Antigua and Barbuda, said, "The appointment of Mr Burfod represents a significant milestone in the Ministry's pursuit, to transform ABS, until it becomes the new standard for Broadcast Media Services in Antigua and Barbuda".

Burford is expected to assist the management of ABS in developing and improving the standards for gathering, preparing and delivering the respective News and Current Affairs Programmes, a release by the government said.

Prior to his latest appointment, Burford spent nearly 13 years at CVM Television in Jamaica where he was news and current affairs manager.





Two students from Holy Childhood High were injured during a brawl along Half Way Tree Road in St Andrew on Friday.

Several students of the all-girls school and caused traffic pile up in the busy commercial district,as the two students ended up nursing injuries.Police have confirmed that students, along with their parents, had to go to the Half Way Tree Police Station giving statements.

The incident is the second violent flare up involving persons associated with an educational institution in the area, this week.

Earlier this week, there was a stabbing and shooting incident at the St Andrew High School for Girls compound which is located just across the road from Holy Childhood. That incident involved two males - a parent and another man. The men were reportedly attending a school leaving ceremony for sixth form students.





The driver of the ill-fated Honda Civic carrying workers at the Bahia Principe Hotel and which that crashed into a truck along the Laughlands main road, St Ann on Tuesday night has died, bringing to four the number of fatalities.

The St Ann police say 21-year-old Michael Glascow of Village Green, St Ann's Bay, the driver of the car, died in hospital on Wednesday.

The other deceased have been identified as 22-year-old Eric Forbes of Steerfield, St Ann, 24-year-old Jahnor Powell of Charlestown, St Mary and Teisha Douglas, whose address has not been ascertained. Two other persons remain hospitalised.

The six were travelling along the Laughlands Main Road on their way from work at the Gran Bahia Principe Hotel when Glascow lost control of his Honda Civic and crashed into a truck travelling in the opposite direction.

The impact the sent Glascow's car into another that was waiting to enter the main thoroughfare. Police say so far investigations suggest Glascow was at fault and no charges are pending against the truck driver.





The teacher who reportedly stabbed a parent - who in turn shot the teacher - is not a member of staff at the prestigious all-girls institution.

The police say one of the men was shot and the other was stabbed during the fight which occurred during a school-leaving service at the school on Tuesday evening. Unconfirmed reports are that a domestic dispute led to the altercation.

According to the police, they have not arrested any of the two men who were involved in the violent altercation at the school on Tuesday. Communication officer with the Jamaica Constabulary Force, Stephanie Lindsay, says no arrests were made because the police are still investigating the incident.

Lindsay says the police will prepare a case file to present to the Director of Public Prosecutions who will decide on how to proceed with the case.

On Wednesday,Principal of St Andrew High School for Girls, Sharon Reid told The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre that there are indications that the altercation stemmed from a domestic dispute. Shealso sent a letter to the Editor setting the record straight by explaining that the two persons were not affilated with the school.





One man charged for NCB worker's killing

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A man has been charged by the police in relation to the kidnapping and murder of National Commercial Bank (NCB) employee, Karetha Robertson.

Robertson was abducted from her home in Portmore, St Catherine, by two men back in March, and was killed shortly after.

Her body was found in Pembroke Hall, St Andrew, with a gunshot wound to the head.

Police have identified the suspect who is heading to court as Shamar Beckford.

There were recent reports of a suspect being taken into custody in connection with Robertson's murder, but prior to now there was no indication of any charged being laid against the implicated individual.

Police report Robertson arrived at her Portmore home on the evening in question, and was attacked by two men who bundled her into a waiting motor vehicle and sped off.

Her body was found hours later.

A Toyota Rav4 sports utility vehicle that was being driven by Robertson, was found at Hillary Avenue off Red Hills Road in St Andrew.





Body of policeman identified

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crime-scene-7.jpgA policeman, whose body was found in Spanish Town Friday afternoon, has been identified as Sergeant C Morrison who was attached to the Detention & Courts Division.

Residents discovered the body, which had stab wounds to the back of the head, at approximately 1:30 in the afternoon in the vicinity of Brunswick Avenue and Job's Lane, and alerted the police.

The body was found in a pool of blood, and clad in black sweat pants and a white T-shirt.

The sergeant's 1997 white Toyota Mark 11 was found earlier in the day on a nearby roadway with blood stains all over the interior.





Konshens mourns death of his brother, Delus

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konshens-and-delus.jpgSubkonshus music artiste, Konshens, is devastated by the news of his brother Delus' suicide.

The acclaimed deejay was among those who converged on Delus' East Riverside home Wednesday evening following the devastating news.

Konshens was seen openly crying over the tragedy.

Delus celebrated his birthday on June 18, while his girlfriend reportedly celebrated her birthday today (Wednesday). Friends say the two had gone to beach and everything seemed to be okay.

However, shortly after they returned home, Delus reportedly went in the bathroom and carried out the act.

Sources say that the act was captured on his cell phone.





Dancehall artise Delus commits suicide

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delus.jpgConfirmed reports are that dancehall artiste Delus committed suicide Wednesday evening at his East Riverside Drive home in Havendale, St Andrew.

A large contingent of police and various press persons have converged upon the scene since news broke that the entertainer shot himself in his bathroom.

Delus lived right across the road from Big Ship, the studio-and-house owned by veteran singer, Freddie McGregor.

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Delus, who is the brother of dancehall heavyweight, Konshens, was a frequent visitor to Big Ship. However, Freddie McGregor was off the island at the time of the incident.

Delus was best known for songs such as What Tomorrow May Bring, La La La, Afraid to Love Again and Time.





ymz-launch-video-link-r5.jpgYMZ, the July 9 concert scheduled for the National Stadium field in Kingston, Jamaica, had its official launch last Tuesday at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in front of a packed house of sponsors, media, artistes and a host of excited teeny boppers, led by starlet Journey Jewels. The event's tagline promises "It a go loud" and host for the evening, Emprezz, certainly ensured that it was.

Organisers, Mysterious Music Minds, pulled out all the stops, including a first at a Jamaican media launch, by having a live link with US-based five member sibling group (and their best friend), R5, one of the show's headliners. Employing the best modern technology available, the organisers ensured that the packed house inside the Pegasus was able to see and talk to R5 in what was surely a historic occasion. The three members of R5 who were present, were truly excited at making their Jamaican debut and it was loads of fun as they interacted with the press, fans and well-wishers.

When asked who was their favourite Jamaican artiste, the youngsters named Bob Marley and they bubbled with enthusiasm as they spoke about their desire to try Jamaican food. In fact, so inspired were they that after the launch R5 posted the YMZ concert flyer on their Facebook/Instagram pages and it attracted close to 28,000 likes. "We'll be playing our first show in Jamaica July 9th! #ymz #youthmusiczone," R5 posted along with the flyer.

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Of course, those artistes who were present in the flesh, could not be outdone. Don Andre was a huge hit with the uber-popular, "Tom Cruise" song and dance which levelled the place. He had the gathering, especially the children, singing and bouncing along to the infectious song and its hard to believe that things could possibly get any louder at the actual concert on July 9. But Don Andre says that this was just the tip of the iceberg. Bling Dawg was present, as well, and mingled with the crowd but did not perform. Voicemail was also in fine form and kicked off the live performance section with a bang. The consensus is that YMZ is definitely the event for the summer.

Guest speaker, Dania Beckford, Director of Entertainment at the Ministry of Culture, Entertainment,Gender and Sports, pledged her ministry's full support for the event, so too did Mitsie Harris-Dillon PRO at the National Parent Teachers Association, which is officially endorsing YMZ. Sponsors Jamaica Yellow Pages, KaribLink Digital, Youth Link, Gleaner, Children's Own, Zip FM, Irie FM, Hype TV, Main Event, Esirom, Renaissance Disco, Atlas Protection, Tutti Frutti, Caribbean Sofa, Events R US, Pure National Ice, Suretime Medical Services, Kozy Korner, Carib Tix, 1Luv TV, Romeich Entertainment, Respect Jamaica certainly made their presence seen and felt and iCool showed exactly why they are so popular.

The July 9 concert also features Silento (Whip/Nae Nae) and Wayne J.

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





richie-feeling- daughter-photo-1.jpgPopular dancehall selector Richie Feelings, is giving thanks today that his only daughter Orithia 'Missy' Bailey is alive today after being was involved in a car accident on Marcus Garvey Drive on Thursday, which has left one person dead.

"Yuh know she could have been dead, but she's not, suh me grateful," he said of Missy, who is the deputy head girl at prestigious all-girls high school, Queens.

"Normally me carry her everywhere she a go, but she's responsible so she can go anywhere," he said.

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He told a Jamaican tabloid that he was on his way to a ball game when he received a phone call informing him of the accident.

Recalling that the last words his daughter said before leaving the house were 'daddy I'm leaving now', made the incident almost unbelievable for the selector.

"It no really a go dung well wid me," he said. "Three of them were on the back seat, the other girl died and the guy has a patch over his eyes, look like him nah see out of one eye," he added.

Despite the bruises, and injuries he is happy she will not be hindered from starting university in September.





Lady Saw to perform at the White House

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marion-lady-saw-hall.jpg"It not all about me, it's all about God and I feel honoured to be an ambassador for Christ. I have to give him all the glory and honour," Marion Hall aka Lady Saw told jamaican tabloid The Star.

The entertainer, who was baptized six months ago and ditched the dancehall in favour of a walk with the Almighty, will be performing at the White House on June 24 and she says the opportunity was presented by God.

"Sometimes I don't know what to expect. God has a way of just doing things direct on his time, not my time. A lot of times I will go out to minister and God let me do something else. But Whatever God does it going to be something awesome and wonderful because I don't know yet," she said.

She explained that her pastor received a call from LOVE FM's Nadine Blair telling him that Dr. Agorom Dike called the radio station to get her on the Caribbean and African Faith - Based Leadership Conference, 2016, to give her testimony and perform. The conference will be held from June 19- 24.





crystal-june-19-photo-1.jpgCrystal, the daughter of Dancehall King Beenie Man and Dancehall Queen Carlene recently graduated from the prestigious Hillel Academy in St Andrew, making her parents extremely proud.

"Crystal you have made me so happy over the years and now you have added to my happiness and again you have made me proud, Congratulations my baby. May God continue to bless and keep you. I want you to know in my eyes you are perfect and I love you," she added.

The King of the Dancehall took to Instagram to congratulate Crystal.

"Graduation Day for my princess, Crystal Davis #mychildrenaremylife #Daughter #DaddysGirl #ReadyforCollege Well done baby girl!" he wrote.

In another post, Beenie was standing with the proud graduate and made sure to send a strong message to the public.

"Don't play wid me and mine," the post read.

The 17-year-old who graduated on Thursday has since been receiving congratulatory messages from family and friends.

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george-nooks.jpgIt has been 15 years since George Nooks released Standing By , the cover of Al Green's gospel hit that dramatically revived his career.

The chart-topping song was followed by the album Standing By, a collection of inspirational songs. Yesterday, Riding Out The Storm, his second gospel album, was released by Tads International Record.

Driven by the title song, the album has 15 songs, 13 of them covers. One of those is Nooks' take on the Grace Thrillers' 1988 hit, Can't Even Walk, a song which he says he always wanted to do a version of.





Reggae Sumfest launched in style

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bounty-killer-and-beenie-man.jpgUsain Bolt's Tracks and Records in St Andrew was the venue for last Wednesday's launch of Reggae Sumfest, scheduled for July 17-23

Now headed by Downsound Records' Josef Bogdanovich who recently assumed chairmanship of the 24-year festival, Reggae Sumfest has changed from three nights of live concerts to two, without any international acts gracing the stage.

Bogdanovich has included an 'all-Jamaican' roster of acts and also a Reggae night which replaces International Nights I and II.

A number of artistes booked for the show were present and among those who were called upon to share their views were deejays Rodney Price, better known as Bounty Killer and Dancehall Doctor, Beenie Man. They both urged full support for the festival, which Beenie Man says he has missed only once in its 24-year history.

"Sumfest is our show. After Reggae Sunsplash Sumfest pick up the slot that we can have an international stage so that people from all over the world can see what's going on in dancehall. I only miss one Sumfest because I was on a world tour . Just want everyone to come out to see a great show... its gonna be a greater show this year," said Beenie Man.

However, it was Bounty who made the bold call for Reggae Sumfest to deliver an International Night this year.

"We have some great international artistes from Jamaica who can make International Night more international. So, I suggest that you get a group of international reggae and dancehall artistes. So me seh get the international artistes who make it from Jamaica to the international shores. We have OMI, who a go on great; we have Sean Paul; we have Steel Pulse; we have Shaggy; we Have Jimmy Cliff ... we have all these great international, Jamaican reggae and dancehall artistes, so we need an International Reggae Dancehall Night as well. But Reggae Sumfest is the significant festival and me, as a dancehall artiste don't want to be on International Night cause me still live a Jamaica. My work is international, but I'm still local.

Bounty Killer's sentiments were echoed by Beenie Man, who stated: "Everything that Bounty Killer said, I was going to say it."





vybz-kartel-photo-26.jpgAdidja 'Vybz Kartel' Palmer is a proud Calabar old boy. So it is only natural that the jailed dancehall artiste would want his son to attend his alma mater.

Little Addi, who attended the prestigious Stella Maris Prep school, was successful in the recent Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) and will attend Calabar come September

The youngster, whose .real name is Akheel Palmer, also made mom Tanesha 'Shorty' Johnson, filled with pride. She expressed elation in a post to Instagram with a caption of "good job my baby" and "fada too glad" in another.





gay-flag-and-us-flag.jpgThe United States Embassy in Jamaica says the rainbow flag being flown at its consulate is also being flown "across the globe" at all its embassies.

A tweet from the US Embassy this afternoon read: "Across the globe US Embassies flying our flag half-mast in memorial & rainbow flag in solidarity w LGBT our citizens."

The tweet comes hours after a controversial tweet from Attorney General Marlene Malahoo-Forte denouncing the flying of the rainbow flag in Jamaica, following a mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, on Sunday.

"I strongly condemn #OrlandoNightClubShooting but find it disrespectful of Jamaica's laws to have #RainbowFlag flown here. #MyPersonalView," Malahoo Forte said in a post on Monday.





businessman-huey gowdie-and shango-ex-wife.jpgSt Andrew businessman Huey Gowdie was Wednesday convicted of manslaughter in the Home Circuit Court.

Gowdie was on trial for murder arising from the shooting death of popular businessman Shango Jackson in the upscale community of Beverly Hills, St Andrew in 2012.

Jackson was shot and killed at the Shenstone Drive home he shared with his ex-wife, who was reportedly involved in a romantic relationship with Gowdie.

Prosecutors argued that Gowdie went to the premises to with the intent to kill.

businessman-huey-gowdie.jpgHowever, defence attorney argued that Jackson was shot after he attacked Gowdie and threatened to kill him.

After deliberating for nearly two hours the seven-member jury convicted Gowdie of the lesser charge.

The verdict left some of his relatives and friends in tears, among them being Jackson's ex-wife.

shango-jackson.jpgValerie Neita Robertson, Gowdie's attorney, said she was "grateful its not murder."

"It was a verdict based on the lack of intention to kill," said Neita Robertson.

She also indicated that she will appeal the verdict.





ex-cop-and-girlfriend.jpgA murder suicide in their community Wednesday evening, has left residents of Short Hill in St Elizabeth,in mourning. A nail technician was reportedly shot dead by and her lover, an ex-policeman.

The deceased have been identified as, 41-year-old nail technician Tamara McIntosh, a resident of Short Hill; and 59-year-old Easton Douglas of a Passage Fort address in St Catherine,Douglas is a retired police inspector.

According to reports from residents of the community, shortly after 6:00 p.m, gunshots were heard coming from a location, where Douglas was visiting McIntosh. Upon investigation, the bodies of the two were seen with what appeared to be gunshot wounds.

A glock pistol was seen on the ground beside Douglas' body.

Residents say the couple was involved in an 'on again, off again' relationship, which was apparently a source of much tension between the two.





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We are feeding the homeless on the following dates:
Mon, Jul. 4th / Mon. Sep. 5th
Sun, Oct. 9th / Sat. Dec 24th
Begin at 3 PM

If you would like to be a part of this movement, please don't hesitate to contact me at:
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In the lobby of 425 2nd Street, NW Washington DC





Ting back on board Dream Weekend

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Tinng Jamaica, the authentic Caribbean soft drink distributed by Pepsi Cola, has confirmed its eighth successive 'gold sponsorship' of highly anticipated five-day party series, Dream Weekend.

The deal sees Ting being one of the exclusive non-alcoholic beverages offered by Pepsi Cola to the approximated 30,000 local and international patrons expected to attend the week-long getaway from July 28 to August 1 on the shores of Negril.

Mitchell Watson, Pepsi Jamaica Marketing Manager welcomed the renewal of the partnership and highlighted its intrinsic value.

"Ting has partnered with Dream Entertainment on this sponsorship from inception in 2009 and we are excited to be on board again. Both entities have successfully cemented their footprints as authentic Jamaican brands that people both locally and in the diaspora love," he said.

Scott Dunn, Dream Entertainment Managing Director shared similar sentiments on the partnership.

"Ting is one of Dream Weekend's best partners. Ting is famed locally and abroad for being an unrivalled chaser to mix with a wide range of spirits and adding a refreshing new dimension to cocktails," he said. "Dream Weekend is keen on offering a true Jamaican experience to all our patrons therefore is it befitting that we have a true Jamaican product on board."





vybz-kartel-photo-11-full.jpgJailed dancehall deejay, Vybz Kartel and his team are reportedly making final preparations to release the official VK line brand, "From Portmore to the World", based on the popular deejay's Gaza Movement and his music.

In a release, the artiste's publicist said the brand is poised for a major impact on 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," the promotional team suggested in the release.

Not much is being revealed about the corporate structure of the brand at this stage, except that all the intellectual property rights are to be vested in the name of Taneisha Johnson, the common-law wife of Vybz Kartel, and are to be licensed to a company which is owned by one of his close business associates.

The new fashion line is said to include T-shirts, underwear, intimate apparel, beach attire, ladies gym shorts, footwear and premium caps.

Earlier this year, the deejay launched his latest rum line, Gaza Vybz Rum. It's Kartel's second foray into the rum market. Vybz Kartel and Corey Todd had a successful partnership with Street Vybz Rum which hit the market in 2008.





US rapper Tyga makes it Jamaica for video shoot

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tyga-jamaica.jpgAmerican rapper Tyga and his team took over La Benz Corner in Duhaney Park Saturday, where he filmed the video for his new single, On And On.

Residents from the community came out to support the shoot, which involved local video production teams.

The video was co-directed by Shomi and Jamaican Robin Chin. Scenes were also filmed in Portland and the Brook Valley neighbourhood of Duhaney Park.

The 26-year-old Tyga is a tabloid darling in the United States. His on-again, off-again romance with Kylie Jenner of the Kardashians fame, repeatedly makes headlines.





Ethiopia's foreign minister, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus arrived in the island Sunday for an historic two-day official visit.

The visit is the first by an Ethiopian minister of government and is aimed at strengthening relations between Jamaica and Ethiopia.

It also comes nearly five decades after the visit of Emperor Haile Selassie in 1966.

The Ethiopian Consulate says Tedros will meet with several government ministers in an effort to boost what it describes as the long-standing relations between the two countries.

It says the Ethiopian foreign minister will also seek support for his country's bid to become a member of the United Nations Security Council next year.





hands-behind-bars.jpgA Jamaican man will have to serve two years in a Barbados jail after he failed to pay BD$15,000 in fines for drug-related offences.

Samuel Leroy Campbell was held after he arrived at the Grantley Adams International Airport on Thursday. He was interviewed by Drug Squad personnel and sent to the hospital where he allegedly passed 121 packages of cannabis weighing one kilogramme.

Campbell was subsequently charged with possession of cannabis, possession with intent to supply cannabis, trafficking cannabis and importation of cannabis.

The Jamaican appeared before a Barbados Magistrate and was fined $10,000, or two years in prison for possession of cannabis.

He was fined an additional $5,000 for importation of cannabis or two years in jail.

The fines were not paid and Campbell was sent to jail.

The sentences will run concurrently.





Bolt, Shelly in-form at JN Racers Grand Prix

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usain-bolt-jamaica-flag.jpgReigning World and Olympic champions Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce warmed up for Jamaica's Olympic trials later this month by recording contrasting 100m victories on Saturday night at the inaugural JN Racers Grand Prix held at the National Stadium.

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Bolt gave another indicator that he was rounding back into top form when he powered his way from behind to land the men's blue ribband event in a season's-best 9.88 seconds, two-hundredths of a second outside the world lead.

Nickel Ashmeade was second in 9.94 seconds with Yohan Blake third in a season's-best also with 9.94 seconds and former world record holder Asafa Powell fourth in 9.98, also his season's-best effort.

Fraser-Pryce who was running her first race since the end of May, shrugged off a niggling toe problem to post 11.09 seconds in recording a fighting victory in the women's 100m over World Indoor champion Barbara Pierre 11.11 and Kelly-Ann Baptiste 11.15 seconds.





crime-scene-7.jpgThe police have not yet identified any suspects in the murder of the Canadian national who was shot and killed in the resort town of Negril last weekend.

The 35-year-old real estate broker, Andre Palakia of Ontario, Canada and his girlfriend were walking along the West End main road when two men approached on a motorcycle and attempted to rob his girlfriend.

She resisted and the men opened fire. Palakia who was shot in the incident was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead. The killing comes just over a month after Jamaica made international headlines with the brutal the slaying of two American Christian missionaries in Albion Mountain, St Mary.

According to the latest police statistics, more than 490 persons have been killed across the island since start of the year.





crime-scene-gun.jpgThe police are reporting that they have now restored calm to sections of Old Habour Bay, St Catherine following a flare-up in the aftermath of the fatal shooting of four men in an alleged shootout around 3 o'clock this afternoon.

The director of communication with the Jamaica Constabulary Force, Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay says illegal three weapons were recovered.

She said the incident apparently angered residents who converged and blocked the roads.

The residents also set fire to a vehicle that was on the scene.

However, residents say the men who were known to them were actually working in the area.

The shooting is reported to have happened inside a building.





Barbados authorities investigated a possible bomb threat at the Grantley Adams International Airport earlier today.According to reports, several emergency vehicles were seen rushing to the airport around 1:30 pm this afternoon, shortly after an Air Canada flight landed.

The plane was isolated on the tarmac as police responded to reports of a bomb threat.

The Barbados Fire Service said that the 180 passengers who were on board disembarked from the aircraft.The call that came into the Fire Service was that "there was an Air Canada flight, Airbus 321 and they said there was a bomb threat and it was due to arrive as 1:30 pm."

Nine fire officers, one divisional officer, one station officer and one subofficer responded from the fire station at the Grantley Adams International Airport.

Three crash tenders were also at the scene.

The flight landed between 1:30 pm. and 1:37 pm.

Emergency services also carried out checks on the plane, and the airport has since been re-opened.

Isabelle Arthur, Manager, Media relations & Manager, Air Canada Foundation issued a statement:"A passenger became unruly today on flight AC1966 an Airbus A321 from Toronto to Barbados with 114 passengers onboard. Authorities met the aircraft after it landed and as a precautionary measure officials performed a full search of the airplane.Passengers have now been transferred to the terminal where our customer service agents are taking care of them.As this is now a police matter we are unable to comment further."





2 Jamaicans possibly killed in Orlando gay bar

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orlando-shooter-omar-mateen.jpgThe Jamaican Consulate General in Miami says it has received unconfirmed reports that at least two persons killed in the Orlando nightclub massacre were Jamaicans.

But the foreign affairs ministry says the consulate is seeking to confirm these reports.

Foreign affairs minister Kamina Johnson Smith, who is abroad, says checks are being done through the Office of Foreign Missions and the hospitals in Orlando.

Senator Johnson Smith says she has instructed the Consul General to remain in touch with the Jamaican community and its leaders to provide support where possible.

Fifty people were killed in the mass shooting in a gay club on Sunday morning.





gareth-emery.jpgSaturday, July 2 will see the fourth staging of EDX presents X Squared the ultimate all-day, all-night soca and EDM fusion event set to explode at Grizzly's Plantain Cove in Ocho Rios, St Ann.

Marketed as an annual drinks-inclusive Electronic Dance Music event, the event is now in its fourth staging, and according to the promoters such is the popularity of the event that they thought it prudent to seek a bigger venue this year. Therefore the concert has moved from its original venue of Caymanas Polo Club to the more spacious Plantation Cove, which will host both segments of the event. Production team member, Mark Tracey, was in high spirits when he spoke about the award-winning event, which this year has Appleton as its headline sponsor and which is already creating quite a stir on social media.

"As the name suggests EDX presents X squared is based on the fact that the first party begins at 10 am and the second begins at 10 pm. The Roman numeral for 10 is X and given its two10 o'clock start times the concept of is played on. This helps to exemplify the doubling of the Rave experience by now including a day Rave for twice the fun," Tracey said of the event which copped the award for 'Best Event' for two consecutive years.

Another plus for party-goers will be the fact that the new staging location will be the beach area of the property, which has a permanent beach stage, providing a beautiful backdrop of the Caribbean Sea. He also noted that the day rave ends at 6 PM, while the night event will go on until 6 the following morning.

Electronic Dance Xposed has attracted big name international acts in soca and EDM, a music form that is steadily gaining momentum in Jamaica, where it ironically originated. Headlining the Beach Soca Fusion will be soca ambassador, Alison Hinds and working along with her to keep the energy all the way up will be Richie Ras, DJ Sekou and DJ Lantern. Waving the flag high for EDM will be none other than Gareth Emery, English electronic dance music producer and DJ best known for his three artist albums: Northern Lights, Drive and 100 Reasons To Live and also for winning the prestigious A State Of Trance Tune Of The Year award twice. Also set to dazzle will be Bad Royal, the four-man DJ/Producing group considered the next big thing in EDM. Quite flexible as far as genres are concerned, the group last year teamed up with Bunji Garlin for a soca/EDM album. Hypem top ten DJ, GAZZO will up keep the balance, while winner of Dance Music Manchester/Bass Jockey's DJ Competition TOFTE, is expected to thrill.

The promoters have already signed off on a shuttle service for patrons. "We will be using the JUTC luxury buses from Kingston end and we also have buses which will shuttle patrons from Pier One," Tracey said. Tickets are available online at www.yardticket.com and Fontana Pharmacy islandwide.





ziggy-marley-album-ziggy-marley.jpgZiggy Marley's new self-titled album is still the number one album on the Billboard Reggae Albums Chart.

Marley's sixth studio effort is a follow-up to the 2015 Grammy winning 'Fly Rasta'.

Alkaline's 'New Level Unlocked' , which debuted at number one had slipped down to the ninth position after spending 10 weeks on the charts.

Kartel's new album has not yet made its presence felt on the Billboard charts.





US group Fifth Harmony remakes Kartel's song

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fifth-harmony.jpgJailed dancehall DJ Vybz Kartel has again been given an international boost, as pop group Fifth Harmony has released a cover version of his hit single Gon' Get Better.

The release sees the group translating the catchy chorus from patois to English without changing the melody or meaning of the song.

Fifth Harmony is a five member American girl group formed in season two of The X Factor in 2012.

The group is currently enjoying the success of its single Work from Home which has made the top 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with over 8 million records sold.

Vybz Kartel on the other hand last week released a new album King of the Dancehall which is now exclusively available on Apple Music.





bounty-and-beenie.jpgDancehall night of the 2016 revamped staging of Reggae Sumfest, will attract some of the biggest names in the industry. Veterans Bounty Killer and Beenie Man are the headlining acts.

Other stars including Popcaan, who has collaborated with rappers Drake and Young Thug, as well as Assassin, who has teamed with Grammy winning sensation Kendrick Lamar, will also grace the stage.

Other noteworthy names on the roster are Romain Virgo, I Octane, Dexta Daps and Nesbeth.

The only two female acts for the night are Spice and Ishawna.

Dancehall night of Reggae Sumfest is Friday July 22, and takes place at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex.





bishop-popeye-whittingham.jpgUnder the title, 'Making a Better & Brighter Jamaica', US-based Bishop Dr Popeye C. G. Whittingham, has started a GoFundMe page to raise money to assist with his charitable work in Jamaica. This includes raising money for school equipment and school supplies for needy students.

A philanthropist who is always seeking creative ways to fund his ever-growing portfolio of not-for-profit projects, Dr Whittingham wears the caps of NYPD Clergy liaison; NYPD Police Square Club Chaplain; Sergeant U S Army ((Disabled Veteran); NYPD American Legion Police post member and NYPD POPPA Suicide intervention Counselor

When quizzed about his latest act of altruism, he stated: "This means so much to me, because I have been through this while growing up. I was one of those kids..not able to get the things that I needed for school and it was very hard, very stressful and very depressing and as a child that shouldn't be."

He added, "My aim is to raise the funds from now so that when the school terms begin in September everything will be in place to provide the children with the supplies that they need so that they can focus on having a better and brighter education."

A few years ago, the Bishop put in place a scholarship programme (The Popeye C G Whittingham Scholarship Fund) which has already helped several kids from the inner city in Jamaica, including students from Tivoli Gardens Comprehensive High School, his alma mater. Two scholarships are available for award each year.

Dr Whittingham, who is also a businessman, explained that reaching out through GoFundMe was a way of getting the wider community actively involved in the process of giving.

He concluded, "We know that with your help we can make this into a reality and make a bigger, better and brighter future for our children of Jamaica.





ganja-seized.jpgA man who allegedly attempted to board a flight at the Norman Manley International Airport with 17 pounds of compressed ganja is to appear before the St. Andrew Parish Court on Wednesday.

He's 28-year-old Michael Preddie, of Fairfield, Spur Tree in Manchester.

Preddie was arrested and charged with breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act on Tuesday.

It's reported that shortly after 9pm officers were carrying out checks when they were alerted to a suitcase belonging to Preddie.

It was searched and ganja valued at more than J$100-thousand reportedly found.





alexandra-dean.jpgA Jamaican nursing school graduate was killed last weekend after she was caught in crossfire at a Miami Gardens house party.

Alexandra Dean, 23, was at the party shortly before 11 Saturday night when people began fighting outside the home, 40 NE 212th Ter. Someone opened fire, and Dean was shot, according to Miami Gardens police. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue took her to Aventura Hospital, where she died.

According to Miami Gardens Police, the house party drew in a large crowd since it was advertised on social media as a party inspired by "Project X," a movie about an epic high school party. When the large group of people arrived to the residence, a disturbance broke out, which led to the shooting, just before 9 p.m.

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"That girl did everything in the world to get where she's at, where she was," said the victim's friend, Montreal.

Dean's mother Pauline Dean who flew in from Jamaica after she heard the news, said that she just wanted to help those in need as a nurse practitioner. "That was her dream," she said. "She didn't get a chance to do what she really wanted. Somebody cut her life really, really short. She's only 23 years old."

On Monday, a spokeswoman for the university released a statement that said, "Alexandra Dean was beloved by her fellow NSU students and faculty, and we extend our deepest condolences to her family. She was a good student in a tough program and had just participated in commencement ceremonies where she received her BSN degree this past May. She was preparing to take her nursing boards. Becoming a nurse was her passion."

Dean's mother said she cannot get the last conversation they had out of her head. "When I spoke to her Friday, I said to her, 'Study, eat, sleep, study, eat, sleep," she said. "She says, 'Yes, mom. I'm gonna do that.' Somebody invited her to the party." "Whoever shot that gun should know that bullets don't know directions," she said.

Police are currently investigating this case and are looking for the person or people behind it.





killer-mom-photo-1.jpgA hearing was held in Florida on Friday for a Jamaican immigrant accused of smothering her two children to death inside a home in Fort Lauderdale this week.

Sophia Hines was ordered to remain in jail without bond. Her attorney said his client was not well enough to appear before a judge.

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It is reported that she is on suicide watch in the psychiatric ward of a Broward County jail. Public defender Betsy Benson said the Jamaican suffers from severe postpartum depression.

Police said Miss Hines, who is 40 years old, suffocated her 7-month-old son, St. Leo, and her 3-year-old daughter, Ariel, with a bed sheet Wednesday at a house in Miramar.

Miramar police spokeswoman Tania Rues said Miss Hines and her children were visiting from Philadelphia.





The Caribbean is known and celebrated for reggae and dancehall, soca, zouk and other genres. Yet many regional artistes, performers, their managers and publishers do not earn a sustainable living from their craft.

The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), noting the challenges facing the region's music sector and affirming its support for the creative industries, has committed funding for a workshop series designed for Caribbean music sector stakeholders.

The Business of Music in the Caribbean Developmental Workshops will run throughout 2016, and aim to improve participants' skills in the business aspects of the music sector.

The music sector presents several opportunities for sustainable, inclusive economic growth and diversification in the Caribbean.





babsy-grange-chatychaty.jpgEntertainment Minister, Olivia 'Babsy' Grange, has endorsed the new focus taken by organisers of Reggae Sumfest to put on show the best of Jamaica's roots, rock and reggae artists, under the theme, 'Our Music, Our Festival'.

In a statement delivered at the 2016 Reggae Sumfest Sponsors' Forum, last evening, Minister Grange said, "I am elated at the new direction that Sumfest 2016 has taken. It is a welcome change. This new direction of Sumfest - promoting new, emerging and established Jamaican artistes - on a state of the art, culturally diverse platform - may make us upsetters, especially in a fiercely competitive market in which Reggae festivals abound."

She added, "I strongly believe that the market can sustain several festivals, produced using international benchmarks and which feature local Jamaican talent. The world will be able to view unparalleled entertainment - starring Jamaicans, by Jamaicans, in the place that created the music - Jamaica."

The Minister also expressed that this year's staging provides yet another opportunity to put authentic Jamaican talent on full display in the tourist capital of Montego Bay, highlighting that this approach is simply building on what existed before, through shows such as: Rebel Salute, Sting and Reggae Sunsplash. She added that although many others would have considered it a challenge, Joe Bogdanovich instead saw an opportunity in developing Jamaica's musical culture.





crime-scene-7.jpgA seven year-old girl is dead after falling ill and being taken to church for healing prayers.

The parents of a seven-year-old girl are being questioned by the police after she died while being prayed for at a church in Old Harbour, St Catherine on Tuesday.

The child, Iasha Frazer, reportedly fell ill with a high fever on Friday. On Monday her father left her in the care of his 16-year-old daughter after anointing her with alcohol.

But Iasha's condition worsened and her sister took her to her mother. The mother in turn took the child to a church to be prayed for but the prayers failed to heal the child and she died inside the church.

The police were then called and, after assessing the situation, took the parents into custody.

"They can be charged for negligence that led to the death of the child as they should have taken her to hospital," one cop said.





corey-and-devin.jpgNightclub operator Corey Todd pleaded not guilty to assault charges Wednesday morning when he appeared before the St. Andrew Parish Court.

Todd was charged last week with assaulting last season's Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall winner, Devin di Dakta.

Todd is to return to court on August 22 to answer to charges of assault and malicious destruction of property.

Prosecutors reported that in January of this year, Mr. Todd confronted Devin di Dakta at his Taboo Nightclub in Constant Spring, Kingston and demanded that the artiste apologize for using his name in one of his songs.

During the alleged confrontation the artiste was physically assaulted.





A which man a war over Sister Scully house?

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sister-scully.jpgWhy the man doan mek Sister Scully sleep in peace?

Come on now, the woman did divorce from the first husband, she dead leave the second husband and now the first ex-husband a war ova di woman house!Bout him a sue ova the house. And that Sister Scully widower must move out.

Well, if the court really side wid the ex-husband, we hope Sister Scully duppy no stop ride him.





Decrease in transfer tax coming

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pnp-horace-chang.jpgThe government has signalled that it will reduce the transfer tax. This follows a recent call from the Realtors Association of Jamaica (RAJ).

The announcement was made Tuesday morning by Dr. Horace Chang, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, at the RAJ's 50th Anniversary Symposium.

"This will be done as part of a total tax reform, but we have given a manifesto commitment and we will keep our commitments. They may be changed in form, but not changed in substance because when we are government, you have to look at the total picture. In opposition, we deal with the principles. We have given the commitment to reduce stamp duty and transfer tax and it will be kept," Dr. Chang asserted.

The Realtors Association, late last month, said it would lobby the government for a reduction of the transfer tax and stamp duty in the next fiscal year.

The taxes were reduced seven years ago, but were increased in 2014 as the government sought to raise additional revenue to satisfy the requirements of the programme with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Lower transfer tax and stamp duty influenced a pick up in real estate activity in 2010.

Meanwhile, Dr. Chang has linked the decision to the reduce the transfer tax to the government's tax reform plan, which he says is expected to spur growth.





Cuban president to visit Jamaica

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Cuban President Raul Castro has been invited to visit Jamaica. Prime Minister Andrew Holness, issued the invitation during the recent Summit of the Association of Caribbean States, which was held in Havana.

"He agreed and we'll work out a date, and most certainly, we will ensure the bipartisan nature of the visit," Mr. Holness expressed.

Raul Castro has been President of the Council of Ministers of Cuba since 2008.





crime-scene-gun.jpgThe Green Island police are probing the shooting deaths of a man and his common-law wife and the injury of three men on the Prospect main road in Hanover on Monday.

The deceased have been identified as 33-year-old Rohan Atkinson, otherwise called 'Bike', and 27-year-old Kimberly Brown, otherwise called 'Kim', both of Cousins district in the parish.

Reports from the police are that about 9:10 pm, the three injured men were travelling in a Toyota Belta motor car when they observed another motor car, which had crashed on the side of the road.

The men pulled over to assist. However, as they approached the motor car, their vehicle was fired upon by armed men on motorcycles, who were behind the crashed car.

All three men received gunshot wounds.

The driver of the motor car managed to get to the hospital and a report of the incident was made to the police.

On arrival at the accident scene, the police saw a Toyota Corolla crashed into a tree on the embankment.

The police say checks were made and the bodies of the deceased were seen with multiple gunshot wounds. They were pronounced dead at hospital.

The police say two of the injured men were hospitalised in serious condition while one was treated and released.

No motive has been established for the incident, the police say.





crime-scene-7.jpgA couple who thought they were going to assist occupants of a car that appeared to have run off the Prospect main road was shot and killed Monday night in the parish.

And another motorist who went to their assistance was shot and seriously injured.

The deceased have been identified as 33-year-old Rohan Atkinson and 27-year-old Kimberly Brownm both from Hanover.

The incident occurred around 9 o'clock when the couple left the car in which they were travelling to investigate what appeared to be an accident scene.

They were fired on by men on a motorcycle.

The motorist who went to their aid was also shot.





gully-bop-and-amari.jpgWas it staged or was it real. We dont know.

All we know is that in the middle of a sober interview, A'mari threw a beverage and a bucket of ice at Dr Love.

Amari then hightailed it out of the restaurant. All we saw was her broad back as she fled the heated scene. As if that gross enough, things got more intense as Dr Love retaliated, punching A'mari's son squarely in the face as he sought to intervene.

The whole showdoeen was caught on tape.

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According to Dr Love, the reason for the dispute is because of his alleged intervention in the relationship between A'mari and Gully Bop. He claims to have had no choice but to 'save' Gully Bop from what he calls A'mari's sinister wrath by sending a friend to "take him out" of the what he says was a potentially detrimental situation for him.

"Gully Bop did want to leave from around her because he was not safe where he was," Dr Love said. "Best thing me can do as another entertainer a see how best mi can help him."

So far, no charges have yet been laid against either party in the matter. Several attempts to reach A'mari for comment have proved futile.

Gully Bop returned to Jamaica from the United States last week, signalling an end to a rocky relationship between himself and A'mari.





tarrus-riley-photo-2.jpgReggae Sumfest's first ever Reggae Night is scheduled to take place on Saturday, July 23 and the genre seems set to be well represented at the annual festival in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

This year, the organisers, led by new owner Josef Bogdanovich, have decided to replace their International Nights I and II with a Reggae Night.

The Sumfest website lists hit-makers Barrington Levy, Luciano, Sanchez, Tarrus Riley and Chris Martin as being among the top names to perform on Reggae Night.

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Singjay Busy Signal is also in the mix, alongside Nature, D-Medz, Nicky Silk, Dann-I and Adahzeh.

Backing band will be Warrior Love.

Emcees for the event will be Barry G, Elise Kelly and Paula-Anne Porter.

Ticket Prices

Presold J$4,700 / US$39
At Gate J$5,000 / US$41
VIP J$7,500 / US$62

Reggae Sumfest kicks off on July 17 with the Beach Party featuring Bambino, Chromatic, ZJ Sparks and DJ Crazy Neil and hosted by Fluffy Diva Miss Kitty and Curvy Diva Yanique Barrett. The Blitz - All White Edition is scheduled for Pier 1 on July 19, while the Sound Explosion Stone Love, Metro Media, Black Kat, Bass Odyssey, takes place on Thursday, July 21. There will be a special guest performance by Admiral Bailey. (PICTURES: Barrington Levy, Tarrus Riley, Busy Signal).





sumfest-2016-dancehall-night.jpgReggae Sumfest Dancehall Night 2016 will kick off the festival on Friday, July 22nd with a lineup boasting Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Popcaan, I-Octane, Agent Sasco and I-Shawna among many others.

After announcing last month that Jamaica's leading music festival, Reggae Sumfest, was under new management, Josef Bogdanovich, CEO of Downsound Productions, has now revealed the newly re-focused two-night lineup for Sumfest 2016, rolling out with the slogan "our music, our festival."

This catchphrase holds a vital clue to the spirit of the newly re-imagined festival-with the whole world rocking to Jamaican sounds recorded by "foreign" artists, Reggae Sumfest is now focusing on 100% Jamaican lineup, letting go of the whole "International Night" mindset.

Moving forward from its long-standing Thursday night slot, Saturday, July 23rd is the festival's inaugural Reggae Night 2016 with strictly world-class singers like Barrington Levy, Luciano, Sanchez, Tarrus Riley, Busy Signal, as well as Downsound's own up-and-coming artist Nature.

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busy-signal-photo-12.jpgDancehall deejay Busy Signal has sent a stern warning to the men who robbed fellow entertainer, Bounty Killer of $500,000, his Rolex watch and two cell phones.

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glenroy-sinclair-gleaner-reporter.jpgEmployees at the Gleaner company are still in shock at the passing of two members of the Editorial staff within days of each other.

Senior reporter Gary Spaulding's body was discovered at his home on Monday. His death, follows that of another Gleaner colleague, Glenroy Sinclair, on Saturday morning.

Sinclair died from a heart attack he suffered while at work Friday afternoon.





Gleaner journalist Gary Spaulding is dead

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glenroy-sinclair-gleaner-reporter.jpgSenior Gleaner reporter Gary Spaulding is dead.

Mr. Spaulding was found dead at his Hughenden home on Monday afternoon. He was 52 years old.

Employees at the newspaper company were overcome with grief as news broke of Spaulding's passing and many of them converged at his home after work on Monday.

Spaulding's death comes just days after one of his work colleagues, Glenroy Sinclair died after collapsing at work.

Spaulding's career in media spans decades.

He started off as a reporter at the The Gleaner Company before moving to RJR Communications Group in 1997. He began his second stint at The Gleaner Company in 2007.

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Black Ryno hospitalised?

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blak-ryno-instagram-june-4.jpgFormer Portmore Empire member Blak Ryno posted a picture on his Instagram account that showed him lying in a hospital bed with tubes sticking out of his arms.

The recording artiste's face was a rictus of pain, and he had one hand over his face in an affectation of great distress, and the other on his chest. He captioned the picture saying: "When that stabbing pain hits u around the heart area a nigga know cigarette is #f**%$#y."

Most users offered sympathy and remonstrations about his smoking habits.

"Badman, low de cancer stick dawg and drink some bitters," one suggested.

Another offered: "Jah kno mi artist! Look how long mi tell fi stop smoking cigarettes mon!!! Cho hope u get well soon."

Ryno is known for the singles such as Real Stinger, Get the Paper and Bicycle.





policewoman-judith-williams-apr-29.jpgTwenty-seven-year-old Constable Gladstone Williams and 26-year-old Jessie Anderson of Seaview Gardens in St Andrew are to appear in court this week to answer charges in relation to the murder of Corporal Judith Williams.

The policeman and the civilian were charged on Thursday with murder, conspiracy to commit murder and illegal possession of firearm. Williams was charged after he was pointed out in an identification parade.

Corporal Williams was shot several times by armed men about 6:30 a.m. on April 28 at a bus stop on Brae Street in Dunkirk, east Kingston as she made her way to work.

She died from her injuries in hospital a day later.





prime-minister-portia-simpson-miller-photo-3.jpgOpposition Leader Portia Simpson Miller and three of her former ministers are to appear in court tomorrow in relation to the ongoing corruption case against Dutch oil firm, Trafigura Beheer.

Simpson Miller, along with former cabinet ministers Phillip Paulwell, Robert Pickersgill, and Colin Campbell, as well as PNP member and businessman, Norton Hinds were subpoenaed by high court judge Lennox Campbell last week to answer questions in the matter.

However, the case is to be stayed when they appear tomorrow pending the hearing of the appeal filed by lawyers representing Simpson Miller and the other members of the PNP.

On Friday, the Appeal Court had dismissed an application by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions to strike out the appeal filed by lawyers for the PNP members. President of the Appeal Court, Justice Dennis Morrison, who delivered the decision, had also ordered that all proceedings in the Trafigura case be stayed until the appeal is heard.

Dutch authorities want to question officials of the PNP about a J$31 million donation by Dutch company Trafigura Beheer to the party in 2006. It is illegal for Dutch companies to donate to political parties.

At the time of the donation, Trafigura had an oil-lifting contract with a Jamaican state agency under the then PNP administration.





norman-manley-airport.jpgA salary dispute involving fuel handlers at two of the island's international airports could force the grounding of some aircrafts at the facilities next week if the issue between a contracted firm and the fuel handlers is not resolved.

The dispute is between United Management Services (UMS) and the handlers.

Vincent Morrison, president of the Union of Clerical, Administrative and Supervisory Employees (UCASE), which represents the handlers, on Friday indicated that UMS is contracted by GB Energy and Total to manage the fuel farms at the two airports.

Morrison said the fuel handlers have been in negotiations with UMS since March of last year for an increase in their wages.

UCASE is now said to be waiting to see if its proposed terms will be met, before leading the handlers into industrial action.

The union is reportedly hoping to avoid a work stoppage because of the likely negative impact the withdrawal will have on aircraft which depend on the services of the handlers, but is insistent that the two marketing companies are in a position to offer a better deal to the handlers, whose request the union is contending to be reasonable.





reggae-boy-austin.jpgThe Reggae Boyz after a sterling 2-1 victory performance against World Number-3 ranked Chile on May 27 in Vina Del Mar, were upset 1-0 by Venezuela in their opening Copa America Centenario Group "C" match at Soldier Field in Chicago, home of the NFL's Chicago Bears.

The Boyz in an uneven first half performance, first put Venezuela under early pressure which saw JeVaughn Watson's header from the right side of the penalty box crash onto the crossbar and rebounded into play, where Adrian Marriapa failed to turn the rebound in.

After the Boyz applied some more attacking pressure, their defence was caught out by the Venezuelans, sending through Josef Martinez on the left side. He made no mistake in the 15th minute by slotting under the advancing body of goalkeeper Andre Blake to score against the run of play.

Nine minutes later Rodolph Austin was shown a straight red card for a dangerous tackle against a defenceless player, which left the Boyz with 10 men. Head coach Winfried Schaefer made a forced change 5 minutes from half time, replacing the injured Kemar Lawrence with Leicester City's English Premier League champion's captain Wes Morgan.

At the half, Venezuela 1, Jamaica 0.

And although the Boyz tried hard in the second half, Venezuela dominated possession with the numerical advantage to maintain the lead and won 1-0 at the final whistle. A disappointing result for Jamaica whose coach Winfried Schaefer was sent to the stands by the referee for arguing with match officials.

The Reggae Boyz next play on Thursday (June 9) against Mexico at the Rose Bowl in California.





Gunmen hold up and rob Bounty Killer?

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bounty-killer-photo-6.jpgReally? Well, that's the story making the rounds and so far nobody has come out to either confirm or deny the reports.

So we are still left with the question: Was Killer robbed, or was Killer robbed?

Unconfirmed reports are that Killer robbed by three armed men who stole over $500,- thousand, two high end cell phones and a Rolex watch.

According to sources the robbery occurred at about 9:00pm at an apartment complex along East Road, off Waltham Park Road.

LA Lewis came out in strong support of the 'War Lord', urging the robbers to return the Killer's possession immediately.





Mother kills and dismembers her 3 young sons

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mother-kills-sons.jpgThe Phoenix mother had been transported to the hospital covered in blood with stab wounds to her neck and abdomen when police officers searching her house opened a closet to a grim discovery.

Inside officers found the partially dismembered bodies of her three young sons. Police discovered the dead boys - ages 2 months old and 5 and 8 years old - in a closet full of miscellaneous items. Phoenix police Sgt. Trent Crump said the youngest boy's body was in a suitcase.

Crump said the children appeared to have been stabbed to death and "parts of their bodies were dismembered."

The 29-year-old mother is in the hospital in critical condition with self-inflicted stab wounds. Police say she is the primary suspect and will face charges.

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DR MILLICENT A COMRIE (JAMAICA)

Dr Millicent A Comrie, the sister of former Minister of Health, Labour and Social Security in Jamaica, Dr Fenton Ferguson,.specialises in obstetrics/gynaecology, and has over 40 years of experience in the field of medicine. Dr Comrie grew up in Kingston, Jamaica and migrated to the United States to continue her tertiary studies at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland and Howard University in Washington, DC. Dr Comrie has been given the Master Teacher Award in obstetrics and gynaecology by the SUNY Downstate Alumni Association. She is a specialist in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn (now under New York University). Dr Comrie has dedicated her practice to the education, the diagnosis and the treatment of one of the most devastating health conditions facing the black woman today - uterine fibroids. She is a pioneer in the compassionate care and surgical treatment of fibroids, developing techniques that allow women, particularly young women, to retain their uterus and not have to undergo a hysterectomy, thus preserving fertility.


DR DE ANNE H COLLIER (JAMAICA)

An experienced, Cornell University-trained, board-certified Dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon with her office located in Jupiter, Florida, Dr De Anne H Collier was born in Jamaica. She performs a blend of general medical/surgical dermatology and cosmetic/aesthetic services. Her areas of interest include adult and pediatric dermatology, skin cancer detection and treatment, as well as cosmetic procedures including Botox, soft-tissue augmentation, chemical peels and laser surgery. Prior to relocating to Florida, Dr Collier practised with Orbuch, Brand and Associates in Manhattan and Long Island. During that time, she was also a clinical assistant professor of dermatology at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Cornell University Medical College. A diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology, Dr Collier has performed research in her field and has been published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology and the Journal of Cutaneous Pathology. Dr Collier completed her undergraduate premedical studies at Georgetown University earning a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She received her medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia, and performed an externship in Dermatology at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.


DR CAROL BIGGS (JAMAICA

Jamaican Dr Carol Biggs is responsible for the strategic development of the comprehensive Cardiovascular Program at South Miami Hospital and is also an adjunct professor at Florida International University and the Stempel School of Public Health She has been at South Miami Hospital for 15 years and has risen through the ranks to now head one of the most important services for the hospital and Baptist Health. Dr Biggs has worked in several well-known medical facilities such as Jackson Memorial Hospital and Cedars Medical Center. Dr Biggs migrated to the United States at the age of 10 with her family. She attained her nursing degree at Rutgers University in New Jersey and her MBA-HA from the University Of Miami.

She received her Doctor of Health Sciences degree from Nova Southeastern University.


DR KATHIE-ANN JOSEPH (JAMAICA

Dr Kathie-Ann P Joseph was also born in Jamaica but grew up in Brooklyn, New York. She is the director of breast services at Bellevue Hospital. Dr Joseph graduated from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1995, specialising in general surgery. She is the first black woman to be appointed to the faculty of the Department of Surgery at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center (NYPH/Columbia). Dr Joseph has made significant contributions to breast cancer research and treatment, and has studied how race affects health Crain's New York Business weekly once named her one of its "40 Under 40 rising stars.


DR MICHELLE JOHNSON (JAMAICA)

Dr Michelle Johnson of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre was born in Jamaica.

She is associate chief of cardiology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre in New York. Dr Johnson is one of only a few doctors at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center who specialises in cardiovascular disease. She received her medical degree from Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University and has been in practice for 23 years. Dr Johnson is also graduate of Kingston, Jamaica's Immaculate Conception High School.





messi-court.jpgSpanish prosecutors called Friday for Lionel Messi to be absolved on the final day of his tax fraud trial, but the lawyer representing fiscal authorities disagreed, comparing him to a "crime boss."

The Argentina and Barcelona star and his father Jorge Horacio Messi have been accused of using companies in Belize and Uruguay to avoid paying taxes on 4.16 million euros ($4.6 million) of Messi's income earned from his image rights from 2007-09.

Prosecutor Raquel Amado called for the footballer to be let off in her closing arguments, a day after he took the stand and said he trusted his father with his finances and "knew nothing" about how his wealth was managed.

"There is no evidence that anyone explained anything to him," she said.

But Mario Maza, the state attorney representing tax authorities in the trial, said he found it unlikely that Messi knew nothing about the situation.

"There is no deliberate ignorance here, it's fraud and that's all there is to it, because he didn't want to pay his taxes," he said.

"It's like a crime boss. At the very top is the bigwig who doesn't want to know about the details."

He is seeking a fine equivalent to the amount that was allegedly defrauded, plus a prison sentence of 22 and a half months for Messi and his father.

Any such prison sentence would likely be suspended as is common in Spain for first offences carrying a sentence of less than two years.

Source: (AFP)





muhammad-ali-career-in-pictures.jpgThe children of the sporting icon have rushed to be at his bedside as doctors treating the former heavyweight champ have told them they fear he "is near the end".

Already four of the 74-year-old's nine children, including daughters Laila, Hana and Maryum, are at the hospital in the Phoenix area where medics continue to fight a breathing problem picked up by the star.

The children flew in last night from around the US as doctors said the future survival of the champ was "uncertain".

Although there were discussions about transporting him to another area of the hospital, sources claimed doctors decided the move "potentially could be deadly," and the transfer was called off. Sources close to the star say Ali's battle with his respiratory problem has been complicated by the Parkinson's that he was diagnosed with in the 1980s.

"Like in the ring, Ali is a fighter on the ward," said a source.

"Doctors are working to regulate his breathing put it is being hampered by his Parkinson's.

"His children are all extremely concerned and dropped everything to be with him. They fear the worst. "Ali is everything to them and there are worried his problems are worse than first feared."

The boxer has children - two sons and seven daughters - from three marriages although two of his kids are from extra marital relationships.

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Oprah Winfrey #2 on Forbes rich list

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forbes-richest-self-made-women.jpgoprah-winfrey.jpgForbes Magazine released the second annual list of America's Richest Self-Made Women. These women have achieved unparalleled success through invention and innovation to create their own fortunes.

Out of the 60 women, 17 of them are billionaires including the richest woman in America Diane Hendricks, with US$4.9 billion.

Hendricks owns ABC Supply, the largest wholesale distributor of roofing and siding in the country. Media mogul Oprah Winfrey had to settle for number two with a net worth of US$3.1 billion.

Thirteen newcomers debuted in this year's list including Taylor Swift, Jessica Alba, Barbra Streisand and Celine Dion.





teacher-sex-eight-grader.jpgAlexandria M. Vera, an eighth-grade English teacher at Stovall Middle School in Houston, told police in April that the relationship she had with one of her students started through messages on Instagram - and had evolved into a great love.

On Wednesday, two months after the police investigation began and nearly eight months after 24-year-old Vera allegedly started having sex with the eighth-grader, authorities issued a warrant for her arrest on a felony charge of continuous sexual abuse of a child. The student is under the age of 14.

Vera turned herself in at a suburban jail in Montgomery County and later was released on $100,000 bond, reported the Associated Press.

Court documents filed last week in a Harris County District Court offer a detailed look into Vera's account of their blossoming relationship, which she told police was not only approved but celebrated by the boy's parents. It wasn't until April, when Stovall principal Elsa Wright got a tip about Vera, that the school district's police department began investigating.

The English teacher admitted to both the principal and a police officer that she'd been having an ongoing relationship with the boy for months, court documents show. The bizarre and layered saga began nearly a year ago, Vera told police, when she met the boy during summer school in 2015. She said at first he was rude, asking for her Instagram account name and sending her a follow request after she refused to provide it or accept his invitation, according to court records.

But their interactions picked up in the fall, when the regular school year began and the boy was assigned to one of her eighth-grade English classes. Vera described for police a period of flirting that she claims she initially resisted, until the month of September. The teacher said she became worried when the boy didn't show up to class, so she sent him a message on Instagram and reminded him to turn in an upcoming assignment.

He replied, according to court documents, and asked for her phone number. Then the boy asked his teacher if they could hang out. She said yes.Vera drove the boy around in her car, she told police, and they kissed. The next day, when the boy's parents weren't home, she returned and the two had sex for the first time, according to the documents.After that, the sexual encounters occurred almost daily, Vera told police.

"She stated that she and the Complainant had sex on almost a daily basis at her home and that they love each other," police wrote in the documents.

In January, Vera said she discovered the boy had gotten her pregnant.

When the couple told the boy's family, according to the teacher, they were ecstatic and supportive.

His parents had known about the relationship since October, Vera told police, when they came to the school for an open house. Afterward, she was invited back to their home and introduced to the family as the boy's girlfriend, documents say. They were "accepting of the relationship," Vera told police, and she was welcomed to family gatherings thereafter.





Ken Boothe did not disappoint

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ken-boothe.jpgKen Boothe did not disappoint and demonstrated why he is still one of the best in the business, engaging fans with Artibella, When I Fall In Love, The Girl I Left Behind and The Train Is Coming.

Internet sensation Gully Bop and Sting clash-King Kip Rich both entertained during their impromptu performances. Little Hero, NJ based reggae DJ Dr Love, Barbie, Pastor's Son, Natalie Evans, Kukudo and The St John's United Methodist Divinity Dancers were also well received.

Apart from the music that the main stage offered, organizers included comedy with Andrea 'Delcita' Wright and the cast of Border Patrol which was happening for the first time at an out outdoor music festival in NYC. Other attractions included a Kids Amusement Area, Business Expo, Health Pavilion and Arts & Craft.

Caribbean Heritage Awards were present to Mighty Sparrow, radio host Gil Bailey and posthumously to Jimmy Riley who performed at last year's Oracabessa Festival. Lavern Tatham, mother of singer Tarrus Riley accepted on behalf of Jimmy Riley.

While providing great entertainment for the bumper crowd in attendance, the annual family festival was not without some controversy, as toward the end dancehall DJs Super Cat and Mavado both delivered expletive laced performances. Mavado, who took the stage after 6pm, was having a great performance until he began to express dissatisfaction with the band. This resulted in the artist delivering a slew of expletives, to which patrons took offense. His behavior marred what could have been a career defining performance at Roy Wilkins Park.

Veteran DJ Super Cat, who had not performed at a major outdoor event in NY in over 15 years, gave event host Dubb Master a tongue lashing for trying to move the show along. Dubb Master, acting on instructions from his management team and the NYPD to bring the show to a close after the 8pm cut off time had passed, showed class and professionalism in his handling of the situation. Avoiding a verbal tussle with Super Cat, Dubb Master took the high road and thanked Cat for his performance before inviting Nesbeth on stage who seized the opportunity to stamp his class during his short performance.

"We are truly appalled at the unexpected display by Mavado and Super Cat at our family friendly festival. We have since met with our production team and some of our sponsors and have apologized to them and our radio listeners for what transpired. There is a 'no cuss word' clause in all our contracts, which was clearly violated. For 2017, we will have to be even more prudent with decisions concerning the dancehall acts that we engage, so as not to have a repeat of this unfortunate event at our festival" Clarke said.

Oracabessa 2016 was an event to remember and the Irie Jam team should feel proud for having delivered a first class presentation, despite the minor hitches. Weather forecasters had predicted a 90% chance of rain all day, but the organizers seem to have connections to a higher authority as the weather held. In fact the sun pierced the clouds at various times throughout the day for what turned out to be a wonderful day of Caribbean entertainment in the Big Apple.





nesbeth-photo-1.jpgReggae's newest music sensation Nesbeth, who was given the herculean task of bringing the curtain down on the third annual Oracabessa Festival on Memorial Monday at Roy Wilkins Park in New York, not only proved equal to the task but had patrons singing along to songs from his growing catalogue of hits.

Assuming command of the stage Nesbeth brought the house down in what was his first major performance in the tri-state area. Born Greg Nesbeth, the artisit had his biggest moment when he delivered "My Dream", arguably one of the most globally recognized reggae songs for 2016. Released last October, 'My Dream' was an anthem during the 2016 political campaign in Jamaica and was enthusiastically received by patrons at the NY festival.

"The song connected with young and older patrons" event producer Bobby Clarke said backstage. "I am extremely proud of his performance here today. It is artists of this calibre that we need to be pushing to the forefront" Clarke noted.

Soca king Mighty Sparrow displayed stunning vocal range while performing favorites Jean & Dinah, May May, Mister Walker, and Melda.





MKQ 2016 finale set for Saturday night

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magnum-kings-queens-photo-1.jpgFans of the Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall competition are anticipating this season's finale.

The final show takes place on Saturday, June 4, at Breezy Castle in downtown Kingston.

The remaining princes are Zigma and Accid while the princesses are Clymaxx and Mi Ya Estro.All four will face off in the highly anticipated clash finale.

The after-show for the event will include performances by Bounty Killer, Nesbeth, Razor B, Tanto Blacks, plus last season's winners Triple A, and Devin Di Dakta.





25 years for Flippa Mafia!

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flippa-mafia.jpgDancehall deejay Flippa Mafia was given a 25-year sentence when he appeared in the Camden Superior Court in New Jersey, Friday morning.

The 37-year-old Jamaican entertainer, whose given name is Andrew Davis, was also ordered to pay a US$250,000 anti-money laundering profiteering penalty.

"Andrew Davis thought he could live the good life in Jamaica with the hundreds of thousands of dollars he and his brothers reaped by shipping cocaine from California into New Jersey," said Acting Attorney General Lougy at the sentencing.

In December 2015, Flippa Mafia was found guilty of first-degree distribution of cocaine, second-degree money laundering, and second-degree conspiracy.





zika-virus-photo-2.jpg"As part of the second phase of our activities we will be placing more emphasis on pregnant women, their partners and those who develop severe diseases such as Guillain Barre Syndrome (GBS), while we continue to engage the population and stress the importance of taking personal responsibility."

GBS and microcephaly are the two main possible outcomes of Zika that have concerned the global health community.

In fact, even before Jamaica confirmed its first case of the virus on January 29 this year, the Ministry of Health issued an advisory urging women to delay pregnancy because of the link between Zika and microcephaly, a condition in which an infected infant's head is smaller than the heads of other children of the same age and sex.

Based on what is known about the link between the two, the risk of microcephaly is highest in the first to second trimester. The Ministry of Health said that the two pregnant women are now in the second trimester.

"As it relates to the pregnant women, we only discovered the first case of Zika back in January, fast-forward nine months to the cycle of pregnancy and the reality is, we will begin, I think, to discover or otherwise, cases in September thereabout," Dr Tufton said. "...We believe that come September and beyond, the risk of seeing some of those cases will increase."

The health minister said so far, there has been no confirmed case of microcephaly or GBS linked to ZIKV in Jamaica. He said all 16 people affected by ZIKV have "fully recovered". Dr Tufton said, too, that the pregnant women are being "continuously monitored".

In intensifying its response to the Zika fight, the ministry will continue to monitor pregnant women at the community level throughout their pregnancies, including providing them with educational support, Dr Tufton said. And, with an estimated 40,000 women becoming pregnant each year, he said the ministry will provide bed nets for every pregnant woman who visits State-run antenatal clinics over the next six months. So far, the ministry has secured 20,000 of those bed nets.





zika-virus.jpgThe first phase, dubbed 'Operation: Mosquito Search and Destroy', focused on cleaning up surroundings to reduce mosquito breeding sites and the prevalence of the Aedes aegypti mosquito - the vector that transmits the viruses that cause dengue, chikungunya and Zika.

Speaking at a press conference to provide an update on the ZIKV outbreak, Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton disclosed that Jamaica now has 16 confirmed cases of the virus, including the two pregnant women.

The health minister said so far, there has been no confirmed case of microcephaly or GBS linked to ZIKV in Jamaica. He said all 16 people affected by ZIKV have "fully recovered".





Sixty families will have the comfort of new two-bedroom houses from Food for the Poor (FFP) Jamaica later this year, thanks to the J$53 million donated by individuals, companies and others during the charity organisation's second annual 5K Run/Walk held on May 7.

Andrew Mahfood, CEO of FFP Jamaica, said these families will benefit in a phase basis in upcoming months.

"Hundreds of poverty-stricken families are currently on our waiting list for houses," Mahfood said in a recent interview, "They are in dire need, many of whom are single mothers with their children, who are suffering bitterly without a proper housing structure with necessary facilities that are in accordance with good standards of living."

Approximately $46.5 million was raised from the first 5K Run/Walk in May last year with over 50 houses built.