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busy-signal-photo-12.jpgHere we go again. Why di hell dem artiste here cyaan behave dem damn self! After the organiser dem repeatedly signal to Busy Signal that him was going overtime at Reggae Sumfest Saturday night him ignore dem and continue fi work. So dem do what good stage managers do - they cut his mic.

Eh eh. Di artise get so bex when him realise dat no sound nah come outta di mic dat him fling it way and mek it lick one security.

A wha do dem yah ole crasses jailbud yah man?





Big gospel concert for Bronx

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Fun In The Son NYC 2016 and NYC Council Member Andy King and The High School of Contemporary Arts will stage a Community Engagement Day Parade on Saturday, August 6, 2016 featuring internationally renowned pastor and gospel artist Rev. Donnie McClurkin.

Local performing acts will include Glacia Robinson, Dwight Schroeter, Jairus McNeil, Vill E. Wright, Nadje` Leslie and Brotha George. Lady D of Linkage Radio and Bob Lee of WBLS will host the event on the grounds of Evander Childs soccer field, 800 East Gun Hill Road in the Bronx starting at 10:00a.m.

The family oriented festival serves to promote the Jamaican and wider Caribbean cultures by showcasing the region's music, foods, arts, and craft, a healthy village, and childrens village.

The event has served to satisfy the recreational needs of a diverse demographic and is a uniting force in the city.

The festival has attracted over 12,000 persons and after three years has become a staple on the North American entertainment calendar. It has attracted people from the Caribbean, Canada and from across the United States.





Tami and Wayne's baby is named Atlas

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tessanne-chin-nephew.jpgOh oh, we notice that one website had the name of Tami Chynn and Wayne Marshall's baby spelt wrong in the headline of their article. The baby is named Atlas...like the book we use in school for Geography...not Atlast.

Yardflex congratulates Tami and Wayne on thebirth of their son Atlas.





vershon-and-jahmiel.jpgJahMiel and Vershon are being called out for missing their allotted performance time at Reggae Sumfest.

The two entertainers who were slated to perform on Dancehall Night were according to organizers barred from performing after missing their respective slots.

Kings of Kings Promoter and popular stage manager Worrell King, who was one of the stage managers at this year's Reggae Sumfest claims the entertainers who missed their allotted performance time, were allegedly waiting on star time.

Meanwhile, efforts by Music News to get a comment from Vershon or JahMiel were futile. Both entertainers were given a lifeline by other entertainers who provided them with a platform to grace the Reggae Sumfest stage.

Vershon was called on by PopCaan while Beenie Man provided JahMiel with the opportunity.





Mayor Harris of Montego Bay says the St James Parish Council has unanimously supported a resolution which calls for promoters applying for an entertainment permit to put in place cameras at their own expense.

Additionally, the security minister has outlined that children are not to be found in dances and has advocated for the banning of promoters who are found in breach more than once after being warned.

But, noting that children "of a lesser circumstance" have little alternative but to do vending in order to send themselves to school, the Montego Bay mayor went on to declare that there are legitimate reasons why some children may be found at a dance. He said this is something that the Council will also have to look at in finding the best way to deal with the situation.





One thousand rounds of ammunition seized

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bullets.jpgMembers of the Contraband Enforcement Team have seized 1,000 rounds of ammunition at a warehouse at Newport West in Kingston.

A statement from the police, on Wednesday, said the seizure was made on July 14.

It is reported that about 3:50 p.m. on July 14, Customs personnel where conducting checks and found the ammunition in a plastic bag.

No one was taken into custody.





Public Defender Arlene Harrison Henry says she finds the video footage of the arrest of an unarmed woman, troubling.

Mrs. Harrison Henry says what is equally troubling, is that the Independent Commission of Investigations (Indecom), seems to have arrived at conclusions though the investigations are incomplete.

A statement from the Public Defender's office quotes a newspaper report where the Deputy Commissioner of Indecom, Hamish Campbell is reported to have said that the lawmen were doing their best to restrain her.

The Public Defender says it seems he made findings of facts, has drawn conclusions and has arrived at decisions even though the investigations are ongoing. Mrs. Harrison Henry adds that Mr. Campbell's utterances may have influenced the outcome of the investigations.

The Public Defender reiterated that she disapproves of the excessive use of force by the police to restrain the woman and that the police could have dealt with the situation differently.





A Jamaican man who spent nine years in and out of prison in the Bahamas has been awarded a settlement of US$125,000.

Matthew Sewell appeared in a Bahamas court on Tuesday. The hearing was held to update the judge concerning discussions between counsel for Mr. Sewell and the Crown on an appropriate amount in damages and taxation for the time he was detained at the Department of Correctional Services and the Detention Centre without trial.

Last October, the judge, Stephen Isaacs, ordered Mr. Sewell's immediate release from the detention facility. The 28 year old Jamaican was in and out the prison system; however he was never tried on any of the charges he faced.

In 2006, while in the Bahamas, visiting his father, Mr. Sewell was arrested for the alleged rape of a six-year-old girl. He was released on bail in 2008, but was arrested in April 2009, and charged with the alleged rape of a girlfriend. He received bail for that charge in August 2013, only to be arrested two months later for allegations of housebreaking and murder.

However, those charges were thrown out in 2014 when it was found that Mr. Sewell was in custody when the alleged crimes occurred. He was later detained at the Carmichael Road Detention Centre.

In addition to ordering his immediate release last October, the judge also ordered that his travel documents be returned to him and that he be allowed 60 days to resolve his legal status in The Bahamas upon making an application to the Immigration Department.





hands-behind-bars.jpgThree Chinese nationals were arrested in a suspected international fraud scheme that fleeced Jamaicans out of millions.

According to investigators, the men defrauded millions from unsuspecting victims in Jamaica and across the Caribbean through identity theft.

The three suspects have been identified as 38-year-old Zhong Jianping; Guo Shanghai, 37 years old and 37-year-old Zhong Fulin, all of addresses in China.

Investigators say the men were arrested on Wednesday, July 13 after being discovered with electronic devices suspected to be card readers, card writers, skimmers items commonly used in identity theft.

They were also found with close to $6 million dollars in cash and over 400 credit cards, which are suspected to have been fraudulently made.





No sah, dis a tek nastiness to di next level!! A which guttersnipe deejay 'hawk and pit' pon di people dem big big international fabulowshous stage a Reggae Sumfest last week? All becausen say di promoter dem inform him dat him stay overtime and him fi cuum offa stage.

Dem say di man get so angry dat him SPIT pon di stage before him leave. What a nasty crowbait! Smaddy couldn't call police fi arrest him and charge him fi sinting...anyting at all....public disturbance, littering, gross indecency. Just charge di animal. Dem behaviour yah show say him is just a dumb animal. But then again, mi haffi beg di animal dem pardon, cause, on reflection, not even a dumb animal woulda behave like such a swine.





usain-bolt-in-rio.jpgSix-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt occupies the number two spot on the list of the top 10 greatest athletes in the world in 2016.

The list, compiled by Dailymail.co.uk, is based solely on performances and achievements of the past 12 months.

Bolt, who last week ran 19.89 seconds over 200m at the London Anniversary Games, has over the past year won gold in both the 100m and 200m events at the 2015 IAAF World Athletics Championships in Beijing.

He is ranked behind Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic who earlier this year won the French Open to become just the third player in history to hold all four Grand Slam titles at the same time.

World no.1 Serena Williams holds the third spot on the list. Earlier this month she won her 7th Wimbledon singles crown to equal Steffi Graf's open era record of 22 Grand Slam titles.

The top 5 is completed by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo who are joint 4th and three time Tour de France winner Chris Froome.





sean-paul-photo-6.jpgDancehall/pop entertainer Sean Paul is now enjoying the number one position on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

His collaboration with singer Sia titled Cheap Thrills, rose two places to take the top spot.

This is Sia's first Hot 100 number one as an artiste, while Sean Paul earns his fourth topper and first in more than 10 years.

Cheap Thrills unseats Drake's One Dance, featuring WizKid and Kyla, which led the Hot 100 for 10 weeks, marking both the longest-leading number one of 2016 and of Drake's career.





sizzla-photo-5.jpgSizzla Kalonji is scheduled to headline the 32nd annual Reggae On The River festival between August 4-7 at French's Camp, Garberville, California USA.

The singjay is set to return to the United States stage for the first time in eight years following the return of his US work permit.

"California guess who's coming to bun off the stage show?!?!" the artiste posted on his Instagram page Monday.

Sizzla reportedly collected his visa this week.

Sizzla, whose real name is Miguel Collins, had not held a US visa or work permit since 2008 when it was revoked. The artiste is known for his controversial statements and harsh criticism of the homosexual community.





george-nooks.jpgJamaican entertainer George Nooks has entered the top ten of the Billboard Reggae Albums Chart.

The album, which is spending its second week on the chart, is now sitting comfortably in the number four position.

Ziggy Marley's self titled album and Vybz Kartel's King of the Dancehall are in the number three and eight spots respectively.

Reggae and Dancehall have had a major impact on the charts in recent weeks.

Charlie Blacks is still enjoying the success of his hit Gyal You A Party Animal while artiste Sean Paul has the number one song in the US with Cheap Thrills, a collaboration with SIA.





asafa-powell-rio-id.jpgSprinting star Asafa Powell had a false start as he arrived at the Tom Jobim International Airport in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Tuesday morning.

Powell, was barred from entering the country by immigration officials because he did not have his Olympic credentials, which also serves as the necessary visa documentation for athletes, media and officials traveling for the Olympic Games.

The former world record holder over 100m told the Brazilian immigration personnel that Jamaica's team manager for athletics, Ludlow Watts, who was waiting outside the airport, had his accreditation.

After a meeting between the Federal Police and the on site accreditation office, a duplicate pass was created for the sprinter.

Powell confirmed the hold up, but shared that he was doing fine and had since joined his teammates in camp.





The highest sum granted to schools by the government for auxiliary fees is $111.6 million which goes to to Maggotty High in St Elizabeth. This includes $76 million for infrastructure improvements and $4.3 million for CAP.

According to the Ministry Paper a total of $5,337,419,400.44 will be disbursed to the schools. The ministry paper noted that the figure was outside the regular subvention for the payment of full time teaching and non-teaching staff.

Charlie Smith High, a non-traditional high school, will receive $81 million, including $50 million for the physical expansion, as well as $10 million; $70 million goes to Norman Manley High; $63 million for Pembroke Hall High; Jamaica College, which was headed by current minister of education, Ruel Reid, up to recently gets $47.3 million,and Kingston College gets $44.2 million.





hillary-clinton.jpgHillary Clinton officially received the Democratic Party's nomination for the presidency Tuesday evening.

Clinton is now the first woman to become the presidential nominee of a major U.S. political party.

Vermont's delegation voted last, joined by Sen. Bernie Sanders. "I move that Hillary Clinton be selected as the nominee of the Democratic Party for president of the United States," Sanders said, as the crowd erupted into cheers and waved multicolored "Hillary" signs. A rendition of the song "Happy" began playing as delegates swayed.

The roll call went smoothly and with few signs of protest, as the party appeared to unify after a fractious start to the convention Monday.Delegates and speakers backing Clinton stressed the historic nature of her nomination. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., the first Democratic woman elected to the Senate in her own right, announced Clinton's name for nomination "on behalf of all the women who have broken down barriers for others."





Fake Jamaican psychic Miss Cleo is dead

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miss-cleo.jpgThe iconic television psychic, Miss Cleo, died on Tuesday after a battle with cancer. She was 53.

Miss Cleo, who was born Youree Harris, died in a hospice center in Palm Beach County, Florida, after being released from the hospital last week. She suffered from colon cancer that eventually spread to her liver and lungs.

The TV personality, famous for her thick Jamaican accent, urged viewers to call her hotline and get an insight into the future with the catchphrase, "Call Me Now!"

Despite the accent, she was actually born in Los Angeles and her Psychic Readers Network infomercial personality was all for show.

Her memorable Miss Cleo persona ran in television ads from 1997 to 2003.





hands-behind-bars.jpgA Jamaican student who was caught fondling a woman in a downtown Brooklyn subway station on Monday morning told cops he committed the act because he had never seen white women before and that "they are so beautiful".

Damario Johnson, 19, who is in New York on a student visa, allegedly did the same to four other women last week.

Two officers spotted the teenager, pacing around the Hoyt Street 2 and 3 station before running up to a woman and sticking his hands up her skirt.

Captain Zahid Williams, Commanding Officer of Transit District 30, says Johnson was arrested without incident. He was charged with sex abuse.

Captain Williams says Johnson began his lewd spree in the station during the morning rush last Wednesday.

All of Johnson's victims were white women ranging from their 20s to their 40s.





Damion Crawford says he is not gay

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damian-crawford.jpgPolitician Damion Crawford has come out swinging against allegations that he is gay.

The former junior tourism minister told an online portal that a letter containing the damning allegations about him was circulated at a People's National Party (PNP) meeting on Sunday.

"It's not the first time rumors have been brought against me and it won't be the last. I am sure of my heterosexuality and that's all there is to it" Crawford reportedly said.





Vybz Kartel launches Official VK Line

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official-vk-line-3.jpgJailed deejay Vybz Kartel has broadened his entrepreneurial skills further cementing brand Vybz Kartel.

Official VK Line is the dancehall deejay's latest venture. Lingerie, caps, t-shirts, shorts, footwear; VK is for the men and women ready to tell a tale with fashion. The brand which depicts Vybz Kartel's edgy lyrics, seamless flow, and musical genius, serves as an inspiration for ghetto youths with a dream.

Official VK Line 3Official VK Line's intellectual property rights are owned by the deejay's common-law wife Tanesha "Shorty" Johnson and is being marketed and distributed by Whirlwind Entertainment.

An official launch is slated to take place this Tuesday, July 26, 2016, in the capital city where the media and industry players will get a premier experience of the Official VK Line. Vybz Kartel's Official VK Line is available for purchase at officialvkline.com.

Despite being confined, Vybz Kartel continues to make a positive impact on society. Just recently, through his GEL program which stands for Gaza Education and Literacy, the dancehall deejay has donated a computer to the Greater Portmore High School.

GEL's mission geared towards increasing computer literacy among the nation's youths will see the company donate at least one computer to every high school in Portmore.





Sizzla gets back his US visa; giving thanks

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sizzla-spain.jpgAfter being unable to travel to the United States for some eight years, dancehall artiste Sizzla Kalonji's travel documents have been reinewed.

Talks of Sizzla expected to perform at the 32nd annual Reggae on the River in the United States sparked questions about whether Sizzla's US travel documents were restored.

Reggae on the River festival is expected to run from between August 4-7 in California USA.

Sizzla's US visa and work permit were revoked in 2008. Fellow dancehall deejay Aidonia who was in a similar position, recently had his US visa reinstated.





muhammad-ali-boxer.jpgHis nine children and widow met in California on June 28 to get the job done. His seven daughters, his son, Muhammad Ali Jr., and his adopted son all got an equal share while his widow Lonni get to keep the estate.

After coming into his millions, Muhammad Jr. has reportedly packed up and left his wife & 2 kids in Chicago's South Side while moving into a better neighborhood.

"Ali Jr. went to California, and now he's got some money all of a sudden," dished the source.

It's a huge change for Ali Jr., who'd been estranged from his famous father -who passed away on June 3 at age 74 - for years. For the past decade, he and his family - wife Shaakira and their children, Ameera, 8, and Shakera, 7 - have been relying on food stamps and handouts to get by, insiders said.

While Ali Jr. is moving from Chicago's blighted West Englewood area to a middle-class neighborhood near Midway Airport, "his wife and children won't miss out," insisted the source.

"He gave his wife $75 to buy herself something nice, and bought the kids new shoes. He also wants to set up a trust fund for his kids," added the source of Ali Jr., who has struggled with marijuana addiction and other issues.

Family members now hope to keep him on the straight and narrow, said the source, but Ali Jr. is more focused on starting a business and helping people in the community.

"He wants to do landscaping stuff and help people," said our mole. "He doesn't need much. He's a simple dude."

$75 and some new shoes? We don't know what types of issues he and his wife may have had, but his kids deserve a better life. Let's hope he gives it to them.





Jamaica looks to welcome the inaugural High Vibes Roots & Reggae Festival, the first of its kind in the Caribbean, at the Aqueduct in Montego Bay on US Labour Day weekend, September 3 and 4. Patrons will have the chance to experience the heart and soul of reggae music while learning about the pivotal role that cannabis has played in the birth of the Rastafarian religion and lifestyle. This two-day festival promises to deliver an exciting weekend celebrating Rastafarian culture, roots and reggae, featuring first class music events and stage shows alongside an unbeatable vendor exhibition, delectable culinary experience and the very finest cannabis.

Many may ask why another music festival? High Vibes Roots and Reggae Festival is different in its focus, it brings a first-class line up of the very best in reggae music like Kymani Marley, Beenie Man, Lee Scratch Perry and Emch Subatomic to name a few. There will be the best Ital cuisine along with exquisite global specialties, top wholesalers, growers and retailers, locally and internationally, along with interaction with the international cannabis movers and shakers as well as VIP service for an unforgettable elevated experience. High Vibes Jamaica organizers have gone a step further to make the experience amazing and more convenient to enjoy by providing affordable accommodation packages in top class hotels with a range of budget options.

According to Douglas Gordon of High Vibes Jamaica, the island's Marijuana Laws are finally being amended and have been relaxed in a number of areas. "These changes have opened up new avenues for us to create events that will attract many people who identify and embrace the Jamaican and Rastafarian culture," Gordon said.

"High Vibes Roots and Reggae Festival goes beyond a live music experience; it will certainly be entertaining but it will also be educational as we want to share all aspects of Rastafarian culture and not limit our showcase to just the music. We want to share the food, craftsmanship and the basic knowledge about Jamaican culture for the patrons to get an ultimate festival experience, in the heart of reggae music." Gordon explained.

The exhibition space at the Festival is designed to keep patrons flowing through the event from the time it starts all the way to when the concerts end. High Vibes Jamaica hopes to deliver to Montego Bay a music festival with the potential to grow and benefit the local economy. There will be a limit to the number of booths in each line of business to maximize the benefit to the exhibitors and patrons, with exhibition packages, sponsorship opportunities and partnerships that will be tailored to meet business objectives and budget.





beenie-man-photo-8.jpgReggae Sumfest 2016 was a fantastic production which showcased two nights of dazzling performances from a strong contingent of reggae and dancehall artistes.

While many acts proved their mettle, at the end of the two nights Yardflex can report that it was the Doctor Beenie Man who shone the brightest on Dancehall Night, while "the singer's singer", Sanchez was the undisputed ruler of Reggae Night. Beenie Man, from his awesome entrance from beneath the stage, to his performance which saw him bring on stage, the controversial darling of Mo Bay, Tommy Lee, stamped his indomitable class on Reggae Sumfest 2016.

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Sanchez was in his zone and it was a joy just to use all five senses to assimilate his outstanding performance. Every song was a boomshot and the more Sanchez gave, the more the insatiable crowd demanded. The singer christened Kevin Jackson gave younger acts a master class in what it means to have a catalogue of hits and use them wisely. Sanchez didn't need gimmicks, dancers or antics - all he had was his voice and he used it damn well.

barrington-levy-sumfest.jpgOf course, there were other stand-out acts, whose impressive performances made Reggae Sumfest 2016 arguably the event of the year. Among them were I-Octane, Dexta Daps, Bounty Killer, Barrington Levy, Chris Martin, Tarrus Riley and Nesbeth.

Kudos to new owner Josef Bogdanovich and the entire Downsound Entertainment team for staging a superb festival.





ishawna-reggae-sumfest.jpgOne of only three females booked for Reggae Sumfest 2016's Dancehall night,recording artiste Ishawna was a no-show at the event, after reports spread of her ditching her management, Downsound Records..

Speaking with Onstage TV's Winford Williams, Joe Bogdanovich says he felt bad that she wasn't at the event as it's a huge opportunity for her career.

Joe also addressed her Donwnsound exit stating that her contract his still binding confirming that there's some trouble in the camp.





Marvin the Dancer arrested as Sumfest

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marvin-the-dancer-photo-1.jpgPopular dancer Marvin was reportedly detained by cops at Reggae Sumfest in Montego Bay, St. James on Friday night.

The controversial dancer was in May instructed by detectives from the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) to turn himself in to police custody, however he failed to comply.

Related: "Dancehall Extremist&" Marvin DI Beast breaks his silence on risky dancing

Detectives from CISOCA had listed the dancer as wanted for questioning following investigations into a viral video which showed Marvin the Dancer and his cronies chasing and cornered a female patron, and physically forcing themselves on her.

There were also some suggestions that the female in the viral video might have been under aged, however these suspicions were not confirmed by authorities.

The viral footage triggered widespread condemnation from several groups and was even picked up by several international tabloids.





gully-bop-and-shauna-chin-photo-1.jpgControversial artiste Gully Bop has been arrested in the United States on domestic abuse and robbery charges arising from incidents reported to the police by his ex-fiancee, A'mari. However, Chin Chin, formerly known as Shauna Chin, who just happens to be another ex-fiance of Bop, has been working closely with his attorney to help Gully beat the charges.

The 'Wuk Affa Mi' deejay, real name Robert Lee Malcolm was at the John F. Kennedy airport last Wednesday when New York cops arrested him. Bop's ex-fiancée, A'mari quickly confirmed the arrest and said she was responsible for the charges on the artiste.

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A'mari alleges that Bop ran her down with a knife earlier this year and stole her passport and green card. She also added that more persons will be arrested as Bop's associates have constantly been threatening her life.

Meanwhile, Gully Bop appeared in the Brooklyn Criminal Court on Thursday and was granted $1,200USD bail, his other ex-fiancée.





hands-behind-bars.jpgInvestigators from the Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime Branch (C-TOC) are now in contact with their Caribbean counterparts to determine whether a Chinese scamming network is operating in the region.

This follows last week's arrest of three Chinese nationals in Jamaica and three others in Dominica for alleged scamming activity.

The three Jamaican suspects were nabbed by the St. Andrew Central Police during an operation. The cops raided a house occupied by the men in Barbican, St. Andrew, and reportedly seized several skimming devices; blank cards and credit cards.

The skimming devices are used to create fake credit cards.

More than J$6 million, US currency and other foreign currencies were seized in the operation. Documents with the information of credit cardholders were also seized.

C-TOC believes the Chinese men are members of a major international scamming network operating in the Caribbean.

Late Friday afternoon, investigators were using an interpreter to question the suspects.





Two killed at beach in Montego Bay

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crime-scene-7.jpgThe identities of the persons killed on the Redding Fishing Beach in Montego Bay, St. James yesterday have been released.

They are 16 year old Bertland Gray of Redding and 35 year old Leon Gillings, a coconut vendor of Mount Carey in St. James.

Two teenagers, aged 17 and 19, were shot and injured.

They remain hospitalised.

The police report that shortly after 2pm, the four were standing beside Gillings coconut stall when a car drove up and the occupants ordered coconuts.They then pulled firearms and opened fire at the group.Gillings and the 16 year old died at the scene.

No motive has been established for the attack.





crime-scene-gun.jpgA former member of the Jamaica Defence Force is in police custody, following the shooting death of a businesswoman in St. Thomas on Friday.

The Morant Bay Police believe the ex-soldier can assist them with information on the case. Kayann-Dean McKoy Ferguson, 26, a nail technician and auto parts dealer, was shot during a robbery outside her business place.

According to the police, shortly before 7:00 p.m., Miss Ferguson was sitting in a car with the ex-soldier at Fyffe Plaza on Church Street in Morant Bay, when a man approached the vehicle and demanded her handbag.When his demand was not met he shot Miss Ferguson.

She died while being treated at Princess Margaret Hospital.





The autistic man who was the intended target of a police bullet is suffering from emotional distress, not eating and traumatised following the shooting of his caretaker.

Arnaldo Rios' mother, Gladys Soto, said during a Saturday news conference that she is worried about the safety of her son, who wandered back to the site of the Monday shooting a day later, threw himself on the ground and shouted: "I hate the police, I hate the police," The Miami Herald reported Saturday.

"It's too emotional to see your baby caught up in something like this," Soto said.

Miriam Soto said her brother is suffering from night terrors and is not sleeping or eating.

"He's not the same anymore," Soto said of her brother.

The four North Miami police officers who aimed rifles at Rios and his black therapist, Charles Kinsey, in the middle of an intersection were responding to a 911 call about a suicidal man with a gun. Rios sat cross-legged. He yelled. He didn't obey commands to lie down with his hands up, as Kinsey was doing, and he fidgeted with a metal object.

One of the officers, Jonathan Aledda, thought the disabled man was about to shoot Kinsey, who was trying to coax Rios back to a nearby group home, the police union has said. The officer fired three shots at Rios because he thought he was a threat, but he missed and accidentally struck Kinsey in the leg.

The metal object turned out to be a toy truck and there was no suicide threat.

Monday's shooting was the latest in a violent month of police shootings, but it also highlights the difficulties officers have in identifying people with autism. The characteristics of autism range from mild quirks or obsessions, to people who can't communicate, yell and occasionally become violent.

The family's attorney Matthew Dietz on Saturday criticised the officers' training in dealing with people with mental illness.

"After they knew that he had autism, what did they do? They threw him on the ground," Dietz said.





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raheem-sterling-girl.jpgEngland footballer Raheem Sterling flew two sisters out on a private jet to his L1million home in Jamaica while his girlfriend holidayed on the other side of the world.

Sterling, 21, invited Elise and Elene Wagstaff to join him at his palatial home in Kingston, where the sisters documented their luxury trip on social media.

The pair posted pictures which included a pile of cash, a private plane, a fleet of supercars and a number of bikini shots showing them lounging next to the pool while enjoying the sunshine.

Sterling moved his childhood sweetheart Paige Hansel, 20, into his L3.5million mansion in Wilmslow, Cheshire, back in February - but she was not on the Caribbean trip.

Instead Ms Hansel was on a separate holiday on the Greek island of Crete.

The Sun reports that yesterday Elise tweeted 'Damn I miss my baby' - just a couple of days after Sterling left the sisters to join up with his City team-mates for a pre-season tour in China.

A source said: 'It seems strange that Raheem's on holiday in Jamaica with a couple of stunning girls while Paige is so far without him.





Poor leadership in schools to be tackled

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professor-chris-emdin.jpgChanging the way students are taught in Jamaican schools is one of the suggestions being put forward to achieve educational success for them and their institution.

The problem of poor leadership in schools has been a sore point highlighted in the National Education Inspectorate Report. The JN Foundation will be hosting a two day summit starting on Monday aimed at inspiring leadership in schools

Professor Chris Emdin from Columbia University in New York who is one of the speakers says he hopes to impress upon participants the need to be up front about what is not working in school. According to the latest National Education Inspectorate Report, most schools are performing at an unsatisfactory level in terms of leadership.

Of the 953 schools inspected, only one percent had an exceptionally high leadership rating.





robert-pickersgill.jpgMember of Parliament Robert 'Bobby' Pickersgill and an assistant have been robbed of $2.5M in jewellery and a quantity of United States and local currencies.

The robbery occurred at Pickersgill's Millsborough Avenue home in Barbican, St Andrew, according to prosecution.

The items - $2.5M in jewellery and US $3,800 belonging to Pickersgill, and US$3,800 and J$200,000 which is that of his assistant - were snatched from a vault in the bedroom of the People's National Party MP, between June 10 and July 10

Neither Pickersgill nor the woman was at the house at the time of the incident.

Pickersgill gardener - Cedrick Dougharty - has since been collared in the theft.

On Friday, Dougharty pleaded guilty to the deed before Parish Judge Vaughn Smith in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court, in Half-Way Tree.

Dougharty - who looks at least a decade older than his 36 years - cried as he admitted taking the items from his boss' home.

Tears could still be seen running down his cheeks after he was removed from before the court and placed in the holding area with other inmates.

The Long Lane, Stony Hill Road resident was remanded in police custody until September 5 when he will be sentenced.

He was ordered to give his fingerprint to the police.





Tearful funeral for Delus

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delus-funeral-photo-1.jpgThen tears flowed freely as the body Delmark "Delus" Spence body was carried from the church. A song recorded by Konshens, in memory of his brother, echoed throughout the halls of the capacity-filled church.

The service - held at the Church of Resurrection, Duhaney Park, St Andrew - saw scores of fans, family members, friends and players in the local entertainment industry coming out to bade farewell and pay tribute.

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"He is gone but will never be forgotten," said a relative pausing as tears flowed.

As she spoke, Konshens, the brother of the deceased, provided support as she tried fighting back the tears.

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Konshens - decked in dark shades, a white shirt and grey pants - stood in silence, lines of grief etched across his face.

A few feet away, other close relatives looked on with sombre faces.





businessman-huey-gowdie.jpgshango-jackson.jpgSt. Andrew businessman Huey Gowdie, who was convicted last month with the death of his girlfriend's estranged husband, Shango Jackson, was sentenced to 10 years in prison before the Home Circuit Court Friday morning.

Gowdie, an event promoter, was charged for murder but convicted for manslaughter. At the trial, Gowdie contended that he was acting in self-defence when he shot Mr. Jackson at a house in Beverly Hills, St. Andrew.

But prosecutors led evidence that on July 12, 2012, Mr. Jackson went to his home where his estranged wife also resided. Shortly after his arrival, an argument developed between Mr. Jackson and a man who was at the residence.

Prosecutors say a call was made and Mr. Gowdie drove to the house on Shenstone Drive. He pulled his firearm and fatally shot Mr. Jackson during an argument.

In passing sentence, trial judge Evon Brown told Gowdie that he showed no remorse for the shooting death of Mr. Jackson, who was the Operations Manager for Sparkles Production.





dr-carolyn-cooper-launch.jpgUniversity of the West Indies (UWI) academic Dr Carolyn Cooper is calling for a reggae format in Jamaica's primary schools, following an embarrassing double gaffe this month in Television Jamaica's Junior Schools' Challenge Quiz.

To the question, "In which Caribbean country did reggae music originate?", a member of one team incorrectly responded, "Trinidad and Tobago".

When the same question was posed to the rival team, they said Barbados, which is also inaccurate.

"I still feel it for those poor students. Our sense of national pride is at stake...the Ministry of Education has let them down," Dr Cooper told the gathering at the launch of A St Mary Mi Come From on Tuesday.





JCDC Big Stage Parish Finals Sunday

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jcdc-logo.jpgThe Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) Eastern Region will kick start its Emancipation and Independence celebrations with the Big Stage Parish finals in Kingston & St Andrew at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in St Andrew, on Friday. Show time is 7:00 pm.

St Catherine is expected to host its Big Stage finals at the GC Foster College in Spanish Town on Saturday, July 23, at 4:00 pm as part of the Social Development Commission Sports Extravaganza, while St Thomas Big Stage is scheduled at Morant Bay Square, on Saturday, July 23, starting at 7:00 pm.

Several talented individuals will vie for top honours at the finals and will compete in the categories of dance, singing, deejaying, singjaying, novelty acts, and poetry. The competition was staged in phases with a community search across the parishes and a development workshop to improve the finalists' presentations and earning potential.





The popular trend of breakfast parties is set to have its first staging in Western Jamaica, as Antidote Entertainment will take over the lawns of Whitter Village in Montego Bay on Sunday for Solar all-inclusive breakfast party.

The event will see popular DJ Kurt Riley of FAME FM headlining the entertainment roster; DJ Jigga and Chromatic are also slated to perform, with a special appearance by fast-rising media personality Yanique the Curvy Diva also on the line-up.

Part proceeds from the event will be in aid of We Care Foundation, which supports Cornwall Regional Hospital. The organisers hope to raise some $2M in order to purchase much needed medical equipment for the hospital.

Ticket prices are $4000 pre-sold and $5000 at the gate. Pre-sold tickets are available at Fontana Pharmacy locations and Pier One in Montego Bay.





Police 'preeing' partygoers

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The police will be 'preeing' partygoers during the summer, so those of you who are planning to attend events such as Reggae Sumfest in Catherine Hall, Montego Bay; Dream Weekend in Negril; Flex Week in the Corporate Area and Portmore; French Men in St Ann; and SPF in St Ann are advised to get your car in top shape.

Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Calvin Allen, head of the JCF's Traffic Division, says they will be launching several night operations focusing on party spots in the Corporate Area and other sections of the island.

"We are targeting motorist heading to and from parties and other entertainment events. We are doing breathaliser testing, checking for defective vehicles, among other things," he warned.





capleton-airborne.jpgGuest speaker at Tuesday's launch of A St Mary Mi Come From' had high praises for musical ambassador Capleton for not forgetting the parish of his birth.

UWI professor, Dr. Carolyn Cooper reminded the large gathering at the launch that Capleton is "an artiste who has supported positivity and we have to big him up. A lot of us forget where we come from".

From the response, it would seem that many in the room were in total agreement with her.

After a three-year hiatus, the hugely popular charity show staged by the internationally-acclaimed reggae artiste, Capleton, makes its triumphant return to the stage. 'A St Mary Mi Come From' now celebrating its 12th year will be held on August 5 at what has now become its official home, the Gray's Inn Sports Complex in Annotto Bay, St Mary. This year's renewal of the event is a celebration of all that is good about Jamaica and musical ambassador, Capleton, is elated at being able to continue to give back to St Mary and adjoining parishes in a meaningful way.

"A mi birth parish, St Mary is everything to mi. Wi grow up there an' wi know what suffering is all about," the altruistic Capleton is quoted as saying.

This year, a slew of artistes will be taking the stage not only to entertain patrons, but also to endorse Capleton and his charitable work. The stellar line-up includes Capleton, Jah Cure, Barrington Levy, Beenie Man, Busy Signal, Chronixx, Bounty Killer, Cocoa Tea, Ninja Man, Romain Virgo, Aidonia, Lady G, Nadine Sutherland, Terro Fabulous, Josey Wales, Ken Boothe, Louie Culture, Richie Spice,Tanto Blacks, Kalado, Jah Bouks, Ikaya, Munga Honourable, Warrior King, Chuck Fenda, Kelissa,Chezidek, Ibahmar,Bushman, Don Andre, Accid, Clymaxx, Jigsy King, Zamunda, Adahzeh, Dann I, Furious, Yvad, Urim 7, Squeechie Joe, DYCR, Ninja Kid, Wicker, Bobby Tenna, Blacka Dann, Loyal Flames, Ras Takura, Eg and more.

A number of institutions in St Mary, St Ann, Portland and St Andrew have benefited from A St Mary Mi Come from, including the Port Maria Hospital, Islington High School (Capleton's alma mater), Annotto Bay Hospital, Oberlin High School, and Haile Selassie High School.





vivica-fox-jamaica-photo-1.jpgAward-winning Hollywood actress Vivica Fox has chosen, for the third consecutive year, to celebrate her birthday in Jamaica, the Caribbean's tropical paradise.

Fox will ring in her 52nd birthday at the exquisite Secrets Resort in Montego Bay, where both the white sands of the beach and simplistic dress code of all white will be a sight to behold.

The American actress, producer and television host is open about her love for Jamaica, the cuisine, and the beauty of the island, which has drawn her back on a number of occasions to relax and rewind.

"I truly love Jamaica. In fact, I feel like I have earned the title Jamerican with my many visits here in the past few years. I appreciate the culture, the people, the food, simply everything about this wonderful island. It's a real joy to be able to share this special day with my many family and friends how come do and celebrate with me and this year we're looking to turn up the heat on the celebration!" Fox said.

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It's a star-studded affair that will feature live performances by the highly acclaimed Yazz the Greatest of Empire fame and hip-hop icon MC Lyte. The turntables will be controlled by DJ Jermaine Russell from LA with the evening being hosted by Jamaican personality and designer Denyque.

Fox has partnered with OCEAN Style, once again, to bring this event to life. OCEAN Style's Douglas Gordon, who said the company has a great relationship with the star, going back a number of years, expressed how pleased they were to be on board to celebrate yet another milestone.

Fox celebrated her 51st birthday in Montego Bay last year, with family and friends at the elegant Club House at White Witch Golf Course. It was a highly anticipated event, bringing out locals and tourists alike.





alkaline-photo-9.jpgSpeaking for Alkaline, his manager Kereena Beckford says there's no truth to the reports.

The 'Champion Boy' deejay's management also made it clear that, "Alkaline didn't sign with Khaled's We The Best Music Label.

Sources close to the Vedetta camp tells The Tropixs that the stories are fabricated and just another pointless rumour involving the artiste.

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Drake wishes Popcaan 'happy birthday' says he's blessed to know him.

"Happy Birthday Unruly Boss. Blessed to know you, blessed for the wisdom you share, blessed for the music you create, blessed to witness the rise of a LEGEND. @popcaanmusic," He wrote

Popcaan and Drake linked up in South Africa last month for the first time in years, the two also jetted to the United Kingdom to attend the Rihanna ANTI World Tour. Sources tells The Tropixs that Popcaan will be featured in the upcoming music video for Drake's smash hit single 'One Dance.'

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Popcaan was also the special guest on Drake's OVO Sound Radio last weekend.





franklyn-graham-and-obama.jpgEvangelist Franklin Graham held a prayer rally in Cleveland before the start of the Republican National Convention during which he said the nation is in trouble, the nation has ejected God from the public square, "and our country is beginning to implode," that we are "on the precipice of anarchy.

Reverend Graham, son of world-renowned pastor Billy Graham, also stressed that the only solution is "a spiritual healing from God," that politicians cannot solve the problem, only God can.

In his July 18 Facebook Live prayer event, as reported by CBN News, Rev. Graham said, "This nation-it needs a spiritual healing from Almighty God. Our country-I don't have to tell you-is in trouble.... And the only hope for this country is God. It's not the politicians. It's God."

We must pray for the politicians, Republicans and Democrats, said Graham. It is important "that the politicians listen to God."

He then addressed the irreligious atmosphere in America today.

"The secularists, the progressives, many of these people, most of them are people that would be atheistic, and we have taken God out of our country," he said. "We have taken Him out of our nation. We have taken Him out of our government."





flat-bridge-crash.jpgflat-bridge-bishop.jpgBishop Stephen Ricketts and the seven persons were travelling in a Suzuki Grand Vitara when the driver reportedly lost control of the vehicle while crossing Flat Bridge were returning from St Thomas where they had gone to hunt duppies.

Tales abound about the bishop's many animal sacrifices right in the street in front of his church; church members drinking animal blood; burying of live white chickens in the church yard to sanctify the ground; him being a self-professed "science man" who was well sought after to cast out demons or duppies and going on regular "duppy catching missions";

Residents of the community say that sometimes the bishop was seen travelling with a skull in his vehicle or going gravedigging.

In the early morning of Saturday, July 16, Ricketts' Suzuki Vitara was returning from what some residents described as a "duppy catching mission" with eight persons on board, when the driver lost control and the vehicle overturned at the Flat Bridge in Bog Walk Gorge.

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The bishop drowned in the Rio Cobre, along with two of his sons - Shevaughnie and Sujay Ricketts, as well as church members Benjamin Ellis, Crystine Morris and O'Neil Robinson.

El Frego Slew, who was driving the vehicle, as well as 19-year-old Shane Harris were the only survivors.

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The sixth victim that was pulled from the Rio Cobre at 10 am on Saturday was O'Neil Robinson. Shane Harris, who was originally from Tawes Pen in St Catherine had lived with Bishop Ricketts and his family for the past three years.

All the victims were members of the Mount Maria Zion Truth Fellowship Spiritual Church of God located in the Commodore community.

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crime-scene-7.jpgThe police are now probing the murder of a man on Old Hope Road in Kingston on Monday.

He has been identified as Errol Lewin. Police report that Lewin was at a cook shop, at 84 Old Hope Road, watching television with a group of other persons.

So engrossed was Lewin with the programme being aired that he never saw when a car pulled up and one man alighted.

The man pulled a firearm, walked straight up to Lewin and shot him several times, sending the other persons and the owner of the cook shop scampering for cover.

Lewin died on the spot.





Ky-mani releases video for latest single

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kymani-marley.jpgKy-Mani Marley has released a new video for the single, 'Rule My Heart', which is getting rotation on all major cable and TV channels.

The video, produced by Konfrontation Muzik, in association with Good Good Production, is directed by music video director Young Chang.

"The feedback from the video has been incredible in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean. It's an incredible song and the video reflects the whole vibe of the song with a classic drop-top car and romantic scenes with a sexy lead female," music industry insider Dean Dryden said. The single is available for sale on all major download platforms.

Ky-Mani Marley is in Europe promoting his latest album, Conversations. He performed at major festivals such as the Reggae Jam in Germany and the Gurten Festival in Bern, Switzerland.

He signed with Gee Street/V2 Records in 1997, when he completed a collaboration with label mate PM Dawn on the single, Gotta Be Movin' On Up.

Marley's next recorded album was the 2000 release, The Journey. In 2001, he released his third studio album, Many More Roads. He then went on tour and in 2004 released his fourth studio album, Milestone. In 2007, he released Radio. His previous album, titled Maestro, was released on June 30, 2015.

Marley's acting work includes lead roles in the Jamaican films Shottas and One Love.





The police are now investigating a case of negligence against one its members whose service pistol was stolen from her in St Catherine on the weekend.

It is reported that on Saturday, the police constable, who is stationed in St James, accompanied colleagues to function at Job Lane in Spanish Town.

Information reaching The Star is that she left her service pistol inside a motor car and went to use a restroom. When she returned, it was observed that thieves had broken into the vehicle and had stolen the firearm. Police confirmed that other personal effects were also stolen from the vehicle.

The matter was reported to the Spanish Town police and an investigation was launched.





A rose by any other name is just as sweet; cerrasse by any other name is just as bitter.

So when the Education Minister is saying that he is going to abolish auxiliary fee in schools and replace it with parent contribution - of the same amount or sometimes even more - the it's a case of six of one half dozen of the other.

A report states that the official policy of the Ministry of Education is for secondary schools to abolish auxiliary fees and instead request non-mandatory parent contributions not exceeding $20,000, except by spcial permission from the ministry to charge more.

For the 2016-2017 academic year, Jamaica College has asked parents to contribute $31,500 in fees, Wolmer's Boys has requested $27,000, while Manchester High, Campion College and Immaculate Conception High have announced fees of $21,000, $30,000 and $44,500, respectively.

This reflects the exact value of the auxiliary fees charged by these schools in the previous academic year.

So where then is the so called free education?





14 persons killed on the roads in 6 days

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14-killed-six-day-bog-walk-crash.jpgThe Road Safety Unit in the Ministry of Transport is reporting that 14 people have been killed on Jamaican roads in the past six days.

The ministry had reported that up to June 12 there was a 10 per cent decline in fatal crashes and a two per cent drop in fatalities as the number of persons killed on Jamaican roads hit a 200 mark.

Now seven days later, the number of road fatalities is up to 214 - a two per cent increase when compared with the similar period last year.

According to the Road Safety Unit, males account for 84 per cent of fatalities since the beginning of the year.

The statistical report also states that motorists account for 26 per cent of deaths while pedestrians account for 18 per cent of fatalities in 2016.





lasco-top-cop.jpgCorporal Kimaryo Pinnock suffered a heart attack and has been at the Kingston Public Hospital since Friday.

Pinnock was named top cop at the Police of the Year Awards ceremony held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in April of this year.

He was selected from a list of 12 finalists.

The Police of the Year Awards Programme was initiated in 2000 through a partnership between LASCO and the JCF to publicly acknowledge the professionalism and dedication of the members of the force.





flat-bridge-crash.jpgThe driver of the vehicle in which six people died after it plunged into the Rio Cobre Sunday morning is to be slapped with manslaughter charges.

Calvin Allen, the senior superintendent in charge of police traffic division, said that the driver will be slapped with six counts of manslaughter.

Allen said also that the man had been driving without a licence.

The vehicle -- a blue 2012 Suzuki Vitara -- plunged into the Rio Cobre 1:00 am after the driver reportedly misjudged the turn onto the bridge.

The Suzuki Grand Vitara -- which was owned and operated by Bishop Stephen Ricketts who also died -- was carrying eight persons at the time





tivoli.jpgSenior Superintendent Steve McGregor, territorial Commander with responsibility for operation, said that there will be a meeting on Tuesday evening between residents and the police to ease the tension in the community.

"I will take a personal interest in the situation and on that day I will give them an update as to who has been charged, who has been transferred and so on," he said, referring to police.

The matter is being investigated by the Independent Commission of Investigations.





crime-scene-7.jpgA man who ran into a building and during an alleged confrontation with the police in Tivoli Gardens was shot and injured and later pronounced dead at the Kingston Public Hospital. A 9mm pistol with eight rounds was reportedly taken from the young man.

However, the 19 year-old is now being hailed as a good boy and residents say he was shot in his bed by the cops.

Residents have disputed the police's version of the shooting and demanded justice.

"Dem kill Tevin, dem go inside his house and kill him. It was no shoot-out, but that is what dem do all the time go inna people house and fire one barrage a shot and then seh a shoot-out and come and seh dem find gun when is dem a walk with spare gun," said one resident, who identified herself as Tuni

"We don't know why police officers don't like us in Tivoli Gardens. A sleep him a sleep inna him house and dem go wake him up an him hold up him hand. All him tripe a come through him side. Dem do mi friend bad and him nuh live no life yet, dem mek di whole a him bleed out," Tuni added.

The residents insisted that there was no shoot-out and that it was the police who were firing gunshots in the area and teargas on residents.

"Through dem neva want nobody video dem when dem a come down wid di body dem fire up one bag a shot and throw tear gas," one resident said.He said that following the shooting, the police came under attack from members of the Young Generation Gang, of which Gordon is belived to be a member, and had to call for assistance from Mobile Reserve and the Jamaica Defence Force.

"Police on duty at the police post came under attack from gunmen and Denham Town Police Station was also fired on," SSP Chambers said.

The senior officer said that, while the gunmen were attacking the police, residents mounted a fiery roadblock on Spanish Town Road and also hurled stones and bottles at the police resulting in two officers being injured -- one in the face and the other on his arm.





Young female doctor killed in crash

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young-doctor-dmegan-auden.jpgDr Megan Auden, 25, the daughter of popular Mandeville doctor Paul Auden, died Saturday afternoon after the car she was driving collided into two others on the Greenvale Road in the parish capital.

The Mandeville Police say about 3:45 p.m Megan was travelling towards Greenvale.

On reaching the intersection between Greenvale and West roads, her car skidded on a wet road surface into the path of two Toyota Corolla motor vehicles travelling in the opposite direction.

She was reportedly flung from the vehicle and was soon after pronounced dead at hospital.

Ten passengers travelling in the other vehicles were injured and were also taken to hospital.





Tense calm in Tivoli after fierce gunbattle

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tivoli.jpgThere is now a uneasy calm in sections of West Kingston following Friday morning's disturbance which saw the Police post in Tivoli Gardens coming under attack.

The shooting erupted between the police and gunmen following the fatal shooting of a resident of Tivoli Gardens Friday morning.

He has been identified as 19-year-old Kevin Gordon, otherwise called Scrappo.

Residents mounted roadblocks along Spanish Town Road, forcing the authorities to issue an advisory telling persons to stay away from the area.





Fire destroys Old Harbour market

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firemen.jpgOver 200 vendors at the Old Harbour Market in St Catherine are without a place to ply their wares due to a massive fire which gutted the market early Friday morning.

The Old Harbour police confirmed that about 1:00 a.m fire was observed at the market.

An alarm was raised and calls made to the nearby Fire Station. However, the lack of a fire truck at the Old Harbour Fire Station in St Catherine did not help the situation.

Help was summoned from Spanish Town, Portmore and May Pen.

The fire was brought under control after about four hours with the assistance of 37 fire personnel.





Relatives set 7 year-old girl on fire

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shocked.jpgA seven-year-old girl who was reportedly set on fire by relatives in Lionel Town, Clarendon has been admitted in hospital. The incident occurred on Tuesday but was brought to the attention of the police yesterday.

It's reported that the child sat on a container of rum which was later broken and spilled on her dress. The child's aunt allegedly used a lighter to set the seven-year-old a blaze. The child suffered burns to the left side of her lower body.

Meanwhile, the 17-year-old aunt and the grandmother were charged by the police yesterday. The aunt has been charged with assault occasioning grievous bodily harm while the grandmother was charged with cruelty to a child.

The grandmother was granted bail while the aunt remains in police custody.





Tivoli residents shoot up police station

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tivoli.jpgThe Tivoli Gardens police station was fired upon this morning by gunmen after a Tivoli resident, 19-year-old Tevin Gordon was shot dead allegedly by the police in Building 12.

Reports are that, the attack on the police went on for more than 45 minutes.

Residents of Tivoli Gardens as well as West Kingston Member of Parliament, Desmond McKenzie, have accused the police of acting unlawfully. They claim that the police opened fire on residents indiscriminately.

According to Mr. McKenzie, he too had to take cover due to the heavy gunfire allegedly from the police. He says he strongly condemns the action of the police.

The residents expressed anger at the shooting death of Gordon, who they claimed was killed in his house in cold blood.





shocked.jpgKingAlarm, the security company to which the two security guard victims of Friday morning's murder suicide were employed is expressing shock at the incident.

The agency says it has launched its own investigation into the matter.

Managing Director at KingAlarm John Azar says Martin, the man who killed his common law wife before turning the gun on himself, had been employed to the company for over 16 years and that he considers him a friend having worked closely with him in various capacities during the period.

Azar says reports from members of the team are that Martin was seen in a jovial and pleasant mood before the incident.

He says in addition to counseling for the team members, an offer has been extended to Martin's family to provide them with grief and Post Traumatic Stress counseling as well.





joe-bogdanovich-ishawna-dirty-dancing.jpgThe Josef Bogdanovich-led Downsound Records has reacted to widely carried reports that their female artiste, Ishawna is no longer with the outfit.

According to a release from DSR: " It has come to the attention of DownSound Records Limited that representations have been made publicly and privately to the effect that the exclusive recording and performance contract between the artist Ishawna and DownSound Records has been terminated.

"DownSound Records Limited would like to take this opportunity to place on record by notice to the public and all third parties in the music industry, that there still exists a binding exclusive recording and performance contract between Ishawna and DownSound Records."

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ishawna-benz-and-joe.jpgReggae Sumfest is fast approaching and Downsound artiste, Ishawna is one of only three females on Dancehall Night. The others are SPice and the newly-crowned MAgnum Queen.

Sumfest is owned by Downsound Records, the label to which Ishawna is signed. Today reports surfaced that Ishawna has left Downsound. But is there any truth to this.

Seriously...where would she go?





beenie-man-photo-7.jpgBeenie Man is not just the King of the Dancehall, he is a giver.

The iconic dancehall artiste whose real name is Moses Davis has vowed to stand the cost of Olympic gears for Toni-Ann Williams, Jamaica's first female Olympic Gymnast.

Reports are that Beenie Man is the official sponsor for 11-year old, Junior gymnast Asasia Malcolm, for the next four years.

Malcolm's mother, Sharri-Ann Vaz had nothing but kind words to say about the entertainer.

"First entertainer to support and sponsor Jamaica Gymnastics....... Thanks to MD entertainment/Moses Davis for your generosity ........ Asasia is now training for the team focusing Olympics 2020," she wrote on Facebook.





gussie-clarke-photo-1.jpgOlivia "Babsy" Grange, minister of culture, gender, entertainment and sport, has appointed a new entertainment advisory board, which she said should assist in constructing a viable and vibrant creative economy.

The board comprises: Lenford Salmon, chairman; Gussie Clarke, deputy chairman; Councillor Duane Smith; Kingsley Cooper; Clifton "Specialists" Dillon; Dr Carlene Davis-Cowan; Dr Sonjah Stanley-Niah; Paula Surtees; Bunny Brown; Howard McIntosh; Herbie Miller; Clyde McKenzie; Michael "Ibo" Cooper; Joseph Bogdanovich; Karen Smith; Jacqueline Knight-Campbell; Shelly-Ann Curran; and Kamal Bankay.

Speaking in the Sectoral Debate in Parliament on Tuesday, Grange said she plans to hold discussions with Edmund Bartlett, minister of tourism, to determine what is served to visitors as Jamaican entertainment.

"Our aim is for every visitor who arrives in Jamaica to experience the distinctive sounds and images of our Jamaican music. In this setting we will be able to provide further opportunities for increased employment and financial growth for our musicians," said Grange.





Almost a third of Rio Olympic tickets unsold

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RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AFP) -- Nearly a third of tickets to the Rio Olympics remain unsold just over three weeks from the opening ceremony, an official said Wednesday, insisting that sales were on course.

"We have sold over 70 per cent of available tickets," a spokesman for the Rio 2016 organising committee said in an emailed statement.

The spokesman said this was "ahead of our revenue targets" and that "our goal is to sell out all tickets."

The total unsold so far amounts to some 1.7 million tickets to events at the first Olympics ever held in South America, he said.





Cops kill man in St James

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crime-scene-7.jpgA man was fatally shot during an alleged confrontation with the police in Dumfries, St James, this morning.

He has been identified as Ricardo Campbell otherwise called 'Red Eye'.

The police say the matter has been reported to the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM).





Fourth person dies in Highway 2000 crash

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highway-2000-crash.jpgAnother passenger injured in Wednesday night's deadly crash along the Spanish Town leg of Highway 2000, has died.

This was disclosed by Senior Superintendent Calvin Allen, Head of the Highway and Traffic Department. Initially, it had been reported that three persons had died from the crash, including the driver. However, SSP Allen confirmed that a fourth person who had been undergoing treatment, succumbed to injuries.

The first three victims have been identified as 54-year-old bus driver Everton Melhado of Dawkin district in James Hill, Clarendon; 67-year-old Veronica Edwards of Trout Hall Pass district, also in Clarendon and 60-year-old Hortense Barnett.

SSP Allen said investigations revealed that the driver was speeding with the packed bus when one of the tyres blew out, causing the vehicle to flip over several times.

He said 12 of the 17 injured passengers are still in hospital; four of them children.





crime-scene-7.jpgA man was shot dead, another injured during a break-in, while a woman was raped at gunpoint in three separate incidents in Portland last night.

In the first incident, the body of a man, who the police said has so far been unidentified, was found with gunshot wounds this morning at Snow Hill in the parish. According to the police, about 1:30 a.m. they were summoned to Snow Hill where they found the man's body lying in the roadway with multiple gunshot wounds. The police say the man is about 5'6" tall, of dark complexion and was wearing brown shorts, red slippers and blue shirt. The body has a tattoo on his left shoulder and had a low haircut. This would bring to five the numbers of murders in Portland since the start of 2016.

In the second incident also at Snow Hill, the police said a licensed firearm holder woke up to find a man standing in his bedroom with a gun making threatening demands. The firearm holder reportedly pulled his weapon from under a pillow and a shootout ensued. During the exchange of gunfire, the resident was reportedly shot three times in the leg. The gunman then ran away leaving behind a trail of blood, which the police say indicates he too might have been shot.

In the third incident, a man reportedly held up a woman at gunpoint while she was making her way home shortly after midnight. The police say the man raped the woman and robbed her of an undermined sum of money.





$17-M ganja haul in Clarendon

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ganja-seized.jpgThe police are reporting the seizure of over 2,800 pounds of ganja during operations carried out in Portland Cottage district in Clarendon Wednesday.

Reports are that between the hours of 12:30 pm, and 4:30 pm, police officers were conducting operations in the area when the drug, which has an estimated street value of J$17 million, was allegedly found.

Several individuals, including a foreign national, were subsequently arrested after the seizure; however their identities are being withheld pending further investigations.





missing-clarendon-sisters.jpgTwo Clarendon sisters who abandoned their home, and were reported missing by family members, were found at a man's house in Montego Bay, St James.

Twenty-year-old Antoinette Lisa Mullings, who is eight months pregnant, and her younger sister 17-year-old Shanakay Mullings, both left their home in Longborough, Clarendon on Monday.

The girls had said they were going shopping in Mandeville, Manchester for the soon-to-be-born baby.

Head of the St James police, Senior Superintendent Marlon Nesbeth, told THE STAR that the girls "left their home to visit the elder one's spouse, so to speak".





crime-scene-7.jpgThe St. Ann Police have charged Alexus Newland, otherwise called 'Dal Dal', of Milford, St. Ann in connection with the killing of three year-old Nevalesia Campbell.

Newland was charged Wednesrday evening following the completion of a question-and-answer session. He was initially identified by the St. Ann police as a person of interest following Sunday's discovery of the mutilated body of young Nevalesia. The infant's body was found with chop wounds in bushes in Brown's Town.

Superintendent Wayne Cameron, head of the St. Ann Police Division, told RJR News that Mr. Newland had retained an attorney. He's scheduled to appear in court at a later date.

In the meantime, the mother and stepfather of 3-year-old Nevalesia Campbell are booked to appear in Court this morning. Mahalia Poyser, a 24-year-old bartender and her common law husband, 30-year-old Roy Dawes, were charged on Monday with breaches of the Child Care and Protection Act.

Miss Poyser had initially told police that Nevalesia had been put to bed, and was later discovered missing. Investigators say the adults left Nevalesia and another child unsupervised to attend a party in the community. The mother discovered the child missing after returning from the party.





75 killed in truck attack in Nice, France

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shocked.jpgAt least 75 people have died in the French city of Nice after an attacker plowed a truck, which was "loaded with" grenades and other arms, into a large crowd during Bastille Day celebrations Thursday night, officials said.

The incident left an "apocalyptic" scene, according to eyewitnesses, on the famed Promenade des Anglais, put the city on lockdown and drew swift condemnation from world leaders.

The American consulate in Marseille said it was trying to "determine if any U.S. citizens were injured in the event."

The exact nature of the attack was unclear, but the Paris anti-terrorism prosecutor's office was put in charge of the investigation.

Christian Estrosi, president of the Nice region, told French TV that the motorist "fired on the crowd, according to the police who killed him" and said that "the truck was loaded with arms, loaded with grenades."The truck was driven by someone who appeared to have "completely premeditated behavior," Estrosi added.

According to Eric Ciotti, who represents Nice in the French parliament, 75 people were killed and another 65 injured, including 15 critically.





Jamaica helping Guyana to fight crime

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Jamaica is providing assistance to Guyana in strengthening its crime and security intelligence-gathering strategies and techniques, Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud has announced.

Addressing the annual police awards ceremony Wednesday, Persaud said the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has begun conducting an assessment of the Guyana Police Force's (GPF) crime and security intelligence system with the aim of recommending improvements.

He told the ceremony that the plan would be implemented as soon as it is completed and accepted by the authorities here. "Thereafter, we will pursue with implementing those recommendations and we are likely to see a great change in our intelligence infrastructure and see a great interface between crime intelligence and security intelligence and further develop pour general capacity to deliver the highly expected services of the people of our communities."

Having said that, here are some reactions to this article: Guyana gets help from Jamaica? Did I read right?. Please tell me this is a big JOKE...look at how many persons are being kill and instead of using all our resources and time to try and figure out how to stop the crime here in Jamaica we leave our problems to solve themselves and gone a Guyana. but a wah this!!...SMDH

But a wha dis? Jamaican police cannot fight their own crime but offering expertise intelligence to Guyana police?

Cho, man. Jamaica have a breed a criminal weh we need help with.Rahtid,wi gone international,scotland yard,mi6 and interpol soon call wi fi advice to bakscup

Ha this is a laughing matter because dem should a be looking for duppy film then once dem catch him they can show the Guyana police how fi dweet!!!

Tell me it ain't so. JDF helping other police department about policing? Thanks for making me laugh!





Drake spends yet another week at number one

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drake-performance-billboard.jpgCanadian star Drake has notched up a 13th consecutive week at number one with his single One Dance.

The song has now had the longest reign at the top of the charts since Wet Wet Wet's Love Is All Around in 1994.

Only two songs have had a longer unbroken spell at the summit: Love Is All Around (15 weeks) and Bryan Adams' Everything I Do, I Do It For You (16).

Frankie Laine's I Believe also spent 18 weeks at number one in 1953, but his run was interrupted by two other songs.

Drake's minimalist R&B track has dominated the charts since its release in April.

However, its success is primarily down to streaming. The song is only number 11 in this week's sales chart - with millions of streams pushing it to number one in the official Top 40, which combines sales and on-demand music.

Summery house track This Girl, by Kungs vs Cookin' on Three Burners, is the best-selling single of the week, but only manages to make number two in the singles chart.





South Coast Rum & Food fest July 23

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Singer Anthony Cruz is to headline the South Coast Rum Food and Music Festival, a day and night event set for July 23 at Tiger Market Lawn, Manchester Avenue, in May Pen, Clarendon.

Stephanie Elliott, the producer of the festival and CEO of Compass Communication, said it's the most exciting of her three years doing major shows due to the worldwide interest, mostly from Europe.

"Europeans take special delight in Jamaican culture and we recognise from our conversation with them that we needed to customise our product to suit their demand for everything Jamaican. We still want corporate Jamaica to better receive and respond more timely to our sponsorship requests," she said.

As for the lineup, supporting Cruz will be Payne 'Pretty Dunce' Mendez and a number of entertainers and artiste from Clarendon.

On display will be Maroon and Jamaican-Indian culture.

"Talent abounds in Clarendon and we'll need more than a day to highlight this but so far we are pleased with the progress made and we will be delivering the best of the south, its rums, foods and culture to the people of Jamaica and the world," Elliott said.





The Montreal International Reggae Festival (MIRF) brings The Old Port of Montreal to life August 26, 27, 28 with the sweet sounds of Reggae and Dancehall for their 13th annual music festival!

Headliners at this years' festival are Cocoa Tea, Mavado, Barrington Levy, Elephant Man, Sanchez, Spragga Benz, Vershon, Romain Virgo and Jahmiel. Each artist has a catalog of hit records that are enjoyed by Reggae and Dancehall fans young and mature. In addition to these international greats, 2 time JUNO nominee and Canadian Songstress Ammoye will grace the stage as will musical siren Sielle, roots influenced Kaisha Lee, and upcoming Soulstress Mel Dube, Soca sensation Olatunji and Vern Maytone.

In addition to the incredible line up of artists, MIRF is pleased to confirm that a tribute to Sound System culture will be held on Friday August 26th before the start of the festival. Deemed the 'Festival within the Festival,' the Sound System fest is the first of its' kind in Canada, and will showcase another aspect of Jamaican culture through the dubplates of some of Canada's most elite sounds.

Pioneers in Sound System culture are Charlie Chaplin, Josey Wales and Brigadier Jerry who will also perform a special live set backed by a Sound System. This set will be an hour and a half in length and will see each artist rotate their performances within that segment which has been dubbed 3 the Hard Way.





mavado-son-yardflex.jpgOver the weekend, dancehall star, Mavado, uploaded a photo of him and his teenage son, standing on the balcony of what appears to be his mansion.

The Gully Gad captioned the photo, simply, "Love You Son."

The teen, whose name has not been officially released, is currently recuperating in the hospital after being shot

According to reports Mavado's son was shot in Cassava Piece, St. Andrew a week ago.

However news broke of the incident on Friday and Mavado who has been tight-lipped about the shooting.





Over 300 new routes coming, promises gov't

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Commuters across various sections of the island will soon have access to increased public transportation. Transport Minister Mike Henry says effective next Wednesday, there will be a limited reopening of 436 Route Taxi and 48 Rural Stage Carriage Routes.

He says the routes include 18 newly created routes for Route Taxis and two Rural Stage Carriage bus Routes.

Applications for these routes will remain open until October 13.

Some of the new routes include Charles Town to Kinloss Trelawny, Lionel Town to Longville Park Clarendon and Port Antonio to Belleview Portland.

In the meantime, Mr. Henry says the new motor car age requirement for new road licence applications/take-over-service and change of vehicle is twenty years.

He says motor cars over fifteen years will, however, require a structural safety report, from the Island Traffic Authority (ITA).





Cop name 12 wanted men

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police-station.jpgThe St. James Police have released the names of 12 men they described as the parish's most wanted fugitives.

The men are wanted for serious crimes, including murders and shootings committed in the parish.

The release of the names of the men comes on the heels of the recent flare-up of gun violence in the parish which left 11 persons dead and 10 others injured last week.

Those wanted for murders are: Almando Junior Bravo, Richard Grey otherwise called 'Zombie and Delano Wilmot otherwise called 'Lano'.

Shaneil Lutan is also wanted for two counts of murder as well as Escaping Custody and Illegal Possession of Firearm.

Marcus Robinson otherwise called 'Killer' is wanted for Illegal Possession of Firearm and Escaping Custody.

Ithream Shuriah is wanted for Illegal Possession of Firearm and Robbery with Aggravation.

Those wanted for Shooting with Intent are Aswyn Jarrett otherwise called 'Skii Mask', Kevin Hemmings otherwise called 'Skelly' and Oneil Clarke otherwise called 'Goaty' as well as Marlon Samuels otherwise called 'Brutos'.

Jevaughn Campbell otherwise called 'Jev', 'Cooking Oil' and Adrian Robinson otherwise called ''Rasta' are wanted for Wounding with Intent.

The police are asking the men to turn themselves into the Freeport Police by 5pm on Monday. Anyone knowing the whereabouts of these men is being asked to contact the nearest police station.





crime-scene-7.jpgA 3 year-old girl who had been gonee missing has been found. Dead.

Reports are that rsidents of Orange Hill, St Ann on Sunday morning, July 10 found the body of the little girl who went missing from her home in the area on Saturday night.

Extensive searches of the area were done late Saturday night into early this morning, where her body was found in bushes early Sunday morning.

It is being reported that the child had several chop wounds over sections of her body when she was found at around 11 am.





delus.jpgA date has been revealed for the funeral service for dancehall artiste, Delus, the brother of Konshens.

The day after Delus' untimely passing, Konshens had promised to keep fans abreast of the funeral arrangements. He did so on the weekend when he posted on social media that his brother's funeral is set for Saturday July 23.

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According to the post, the service will be held at the Church of Resurrection located at 1 Dickens Avenue, in Duhaney Park. Start time is 11:00 am.

The 35 year-old Delus, whose real name is Delmark Spence, is said to have committed suicide at his home in Havendale, St Andrew, in June. His body was found in a bathtub with what appeared to be a bullet wound to the head.

The entertainer's suicide death plunged the fraternity in mourning.





r5-museum.jpgUS pop/rock band R5, arrived in Jamaica Monday evening, days ahead of their debut performance in the island at the exciting, family-friendly, kids and teen concert, YMZ which takes place on Saturday.

The five-member sibling group (and their best friend), is one of the show's headliners and so keen were they to explore Jamaica that they jetted in early enough to do just that. Despite the fact that one member Ross, who stars as Austin on Disney Channel's Austin & Ally, didn't come on Monday, as planned, R5 is having a blast, having visited the Bob Marley Museum, Tutti Frutti Sovereign, taken trips outside of Kingston, had a meet and greet with fans and even kicked off a media blitz, starting with Zip FM, and CVM at Sunrise.

On Monday they posted on social media, along with a pic: "WE'RE IN JAMAICA! Had a great time with @officialzip103fm. Ross is still filming his movie, he's gonna meet up with us when we play @youthmusiczone this Saturday!

This Saturday, July 9, will see the inaugural staging of YMZ which will feature heavyweight international and local-based artistes all on stage at the National Stadium field in Kingston, Jamaica. Also making his Jamaican debut will be Billboard Award winning artiste Silento, on a line-up that showcases local acts Bling Dawg of Aji Bounce fame, Don Andre, whose hit Tom Cruise has sparked a popular dance move of the same name and Voicemail.

"Youth Music Zone (YMZ) is definitely the summer event for the entire family," says Dave Lindsay of Mysterious Music Minds, the outfit organizing YMZ. "We just want the kids, teens and their parents to grab their most comfortable pair of dancing shoes and get ready to Whip, Nae Nae, Aji Bounce, and Tom Cruise on Saturday, " he added.

YMZ had its official recently at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in front of a packed house of sponsors, media, artistes and a host of excited teeny boppers. The organizers pulled out all the stops, including a first at a Jamaican media launch, by having a live link with R5.

Check out YMZ this Saturday at the National Stadium ... it a go loud!





A new Jamaican feature film, 'It's A Family Affair', is now in the can after the completion of all location filming in six days.

A small cast, few locations and a great story is the foundation for the latest home-grown feature film production. The all-star cast includes Ian "Ity" Ellis, Dahlia Harris, Tony Hendriks, Bertina Macaulay, Brian Brown and Emprezz Golding.

It's A Family Affair is a story about a new multi-millionaire who decides to renew his wedding vows. This prompts him to arrange a family reunion at Melia Braco Village. The mixture of family from England, United States and Jamaica creates a comedic cultural clash for their holiday weekend.

Post-production is scheduled for completion by early Fall after which Jamaicans will see the newest addition to the local feature film fare.





tyga-jamaica.jpgAmerican rapper Tyga is facing tremendous backlash on social media following the release of his latest video. The visuals for the single 1 of 1 was shot in Duhaney Park some weeks ago.

Tyga took to social media sharing snippets of the video shoot all while embracing his Jamaican heritage.

The rapper is however being blasted for not using a Jamaican model as his lead girl.

Some even dogged his love interest who is of German and Pakistani descent for wearing bantu knots (chiney bumps), made popular by black women.

Tyga is also facing criticism for the song itself which sounds very similar to the song Controlla done by Canadian rapper Drake.

Meanwhile, dancehall artiste Mr. Vegas is the only one winning in the debate over the single as his 2005 hit Ducky was sampled in Tyga's song.





Awesome Startime at Juice Patties Complex

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startime-freddie.jpgThe Startime promoters rolled out a slew of acts which rocked the Juici Patties complex in Clarendon on Saturday night as thousands of vintage music fans flooded the venue for the show.

It was announced that Paul was hospitalised while Andy suffered a broken leg in a motorcycle accident. But the Startime promoters filled the slots with Cornell Campbell and George Nooks, both of whom performed creditably.

Nooks energised the massive audience at just after 1:00 am; thanks to his gospel selections, he had Clarendon Park rocking.

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Marcia Griffiths and hometown boys, Derrick Morgan and Freddie McGregor shone till they dazzled..

Closing act McGregor delivered a string of hits including To Be Poor, Prophesy, Push Come To Shove, Big Ship, Let Them Try, Loving Pauper and his big ballad So I'll Wait For You had the audience transfixed to the very end.

Marcia Griffiths' pulled her audience in with those hits and had them dancing throughout her one-hour set.

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From her, the audience got Truly, Peaceful Woman, I Shall Sing, Closer, Fire Burning, To Sir With Love, Oh Me Oh My, How Good I Am and the 'biggies' Stepping Outa Babylon and Electric Boogie.

Derrick Morgan entertained with tracks such as Forward March, Mule Train and Don't Call Me Daddy, while veterans ohnny Clarke, Leroy Sibbles, Errol Dunkley, The Mighty Diamonds and The Clarendonians all made their indelible mark.





virgin-ad-usain-bolt.jpgThe UK's Virgin Media challenged the nation to 'Be The Fastest' with the unveiling of a new multi-million pound brand campaign featuring Jamaican sprint superstar Usain Bolt on Wednesday.

The campaign called 'Be The Fastest', is spearheaded by a new TV ad, which will air during the Portugal vs Wales Euro 2016 semi-final match Wednesday evening.

The 100-second ad centres on the concept of speed and the fastest man of all time, Usain Bolt, ahead of a pivotal season in Bolt's career.

Speed unlocks the difference that Virgin Media provides, and for Bolt, speed defines him.

The ad is voiced over by fellow sprinter, Michael Johnson, who made a documentary with Usain Bolt in 2010.





JUTC employee shot dead in Spanish Town

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jutc-bus.jpgThe Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) has expressed sadness at the shooting death of one of its employees in Spanish Town, St Catherine, this afternoon.

He has been identified as Donovan Nugent, bus cleaner and janitor at the State-run entity.

Nugent is the second bus cleaner employed to the company to be killed. In 2015, 30-year-old Marvin McLeary was found dead on King Street in the parish.

Preliminary reports are that about 4:00 pm, Nugent was approached by an armed man at the Spanish Town bus park who opened gunfire hitting him. He reportedly died at the scene.





crime-scene-7.jpgThe burnt body of a female in her teens was reportedly found in a cane field in Toll Gate, Clarendon on Tuesday.

The police say the body could not be properly identified at the time.

In the meantime, the family of an 18 year old girl who went missing on Friday say the burnt body could be that of their relative.

The police say they will have to use DNA and await the findings from an autopsy to determine identity and cause of death.





black-man-killed-by-white-cops.jpgLouisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Wednesday that the Department of Justice will launch a federal investigation into the fatal police shooting of Alton Sterling, a 37-year-old black man shot and killed Tuesday after an altercation with two white police officers in Baton Rouge.

Sterling is one of at least 505 people who have been shot and killed by on-duty police officers so far in 2016, according to a Washington Post database tracking such shootings.

And his killing is the latest in a nationwide string of fatal police-involved arrests captured on video. Like many others, the first versions of what happened are coming more from a video showing a fragment of the incident than from police, who have had relatively little to say so far. Thus no clear picture has yet emerged of the full sequence of events that led to the death.

"The video is disturbing to say the least," Edwards (D) said.

The bystander video of the shooting, which circulated online Tuesday evening, showed two Baton Rouge police officers attempting to detain Sterling after the officers responded to a call "from a complainant who stated that a black male who was selling music cd's and wearing a red shirt threatened him with a gun" outside the Triple S Food Mart, a convenience store, according to a Facebook post by the Baton Rouge Police Department. Police said they responded about 12:35 a.m. Tuesday, and that Sterling was armed with a gun when officers confronted him.

Sterling was shot and killed while pinned down by the officers.





godfrey-dyer.jpgOne prominent tourism stakeholder is insisting that a state of emergency is necessary to deal with the upsurge of crime in western Jamaica. Godfrey Dyer, Chairman of the Tourism Enhancement Fund, says the call for a state of emergency might be taken out of context with persons believing it to mean similar action to what took place in West Kingston. However, he said it should not be taken in that capacity.

"I'm not against a state of emergency, however, I can't see why the police are not using the army more. Why can't the army be downtown and elsewhere?" he questioned.

Mr. Dyer said he would support a limited state of emergency, but it should not be likened to the 2010 security operation in West Kingston.

"In my opinion, which is the lesser of the two evils? The amount of killings that are going on around downtown Montego Bay and all around the place...or (a state of emergency)? What a state of emergency means is that the army will have full power because they will be patrolling the entire area. I don't want people to mix up what happened in 2010; that was a different kind of state of emergency," he sought to explain.

He said the continuous incidents of crime will be more harmful to tourism, than a limited state of emergency.





Should a state of emergency be declared to arrest crime in Montego Bay?

Omar Robinson, President of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association, is not in agreement with the call for a state of emergency, neither is the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce is not in support of the call.

Gloria Henry, President of the Chamber of Commerce, says while the state of emergency may have some short term benefits, it could cause more damage over the long term.

"We believe that it could be considered harmful in the long-term to the brand - Brand Jamaica, Brand Montego Bay. It wouldn't solve the problems we have in Montego Bay and we believe that security forces certainly have to take the necessary actions that are within the law and they need to use them along with intelligence to solve the issues that we are facing with the rising rate of murders here in St. James. We are also saying that the continued response of changing persons and changing leadership has not solved the problem either in Montego Bay," she asserted.





caribbean-airlines.jpgCaribbean Airlines has confirmed that Two passengers died on the weekend having suffered medical emergencies while on separate flights.

Head of Communications Dionne Ligoure, said the first incident occurred on Friday on flight BW 524 where a passenger arriving at Piarco International Airport was unwell.

The passenger was taken to a health facility and he died while receiving treatment.

The second incident occurred on Saturday with a female passenger on flight BW 525.

The flight had to be diverted to Kingston in order to deal with the medical situation.

Miss Ligoure said the passenger was later pronounced dead by medical personnel in Jamaica.





butch-stewart-gordon-butch.jpgThere is controversy in Tobago over the proposed site for a hotel to be operated by the Sandals group.

Sandals Chairman Gordon Butch Stewart, has expressed an interest in a site known as No Man's Land for a 750-room hotel.

However objections have been raised about use of the location.

Stewart's admission comes as an online petition continues to gain support, calling on the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) to start public consultation and have full disclosure and accountability on the proposed development in Tobago.





tommy-lee-photo-10-simplified.jpgThe lawyer for popular dancehall artiste, Leroy Russell otherwise called Tommy Lee has made contact with detectives from the Kingston East division regarding the request for the artiste to report to the Elletson Road police station for questioning.

The police say they are in dialogue with the attorney who made contact this morning.

A release last week from the police said Tommy Lee is wanted for questioning in relation to a shooting on Saunders Avenue, Kingston 2.

He was asked to report to the police by July 4.

Meanwhile, the police say Rohan Smith otherwise called Dawg, who was also asked to report to the Elletson Road police by July has not yet done so.

He is wanted for questioning in relation to the murder of Woman Corporal Judith Williams.





A store clerk who was arrested for stealing $45,000 worth of clothing from a boutique where she worked -- after she was seen on Facebook wearing some of the dresses -- claimed she did not really steal the clothes because she was going to return them after she wore them.

Shanna Williams, 31, of a Kingston address, was recently charged with larceny as a servant after police raided her house and found several articles of clothing from her workplace.

The Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court heard on Friday that Williams stole the clothes sometime in June from the shop at Southdale Plaza in Half-Way-Tree, St Andrew.

But Williams told the court: "I did not steal them, my intention was to just wear dem and bring dem back,"

The boutique owner then told the court that Williams was arrested after she posted pictures of herself wearing some of the stolen dresses from the store.

She also told the judge that she was reliably informed that Williams was planning to emigrate to the US in August and that she was planning to have a party in July.

The businesswoman said is fearful of losing her visa. Consequently, she said she just wanted her money and be finished with the matter.

The judge then told Williams: "From one fashionista, to another fashionista I am going to give you time to make restitution because you just got carried away with your love for fashion.

"She look good though," the judge said, which brought on more laughter.

The judge then asked Williams if she brought the money and she produced $16,000.





patrick-manning.jpegFormer Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Patrick Manning passed away Saturday morning after battling with Leukemia.

Manning reportedly passed away at the San Fernando General Hospital in the twin island republic at around 8:15 am. He was 70 years old.

"Former Prime Minister Patrick Augustus Mervyn Manning passed away peacefully at the San Fernando General Hospital after battling Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Former Prime Minister Manning was surrounded by his family and loved ones," said a release on Manning's social media page. "The Manning family would like to thank everyone for their prayers, love and support during this trying time. Funeral arrangements will be announced in due course."

Acute Myeloid Leukemia is a type of blood cancer which starts in the bone marrow.

Patrick Augustus Mervyn Manning, was born in San Fernando on August 17, 1946.

He attended Presentation College and later completed a BSc in Geology from the University of the West Indies, Mona.

He was the fourth and sixth Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago from 17 December 1991 to 9 November 1995 and again from 24 December 2001 to 26 May 2010.

He was also leader of the People's National Movement (PNM) from 1987 to 2010.

A geologist by training, Manning has served as Member of Parliament for the San Fernando East constituency since 1971 and is currently the longest-serving member of the House of Representatives.

He was the Leader of the Opposition from 1986 to 1990 and again from 1995 to 2001.





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This Saturday, July 9, will see the inaugural staging of the exciting, family-friendly, kids and teen show, YMZ which will feature heavyweight international and local-based artistes all on stage at the National Stadium field in Kingston, Jamaica.

Making their Jamaican debut will be Billboard Award winning artiste Silento and US pop/rock band R5, which features Ross Lynch who stars as Austin on Disney Channel's Austin & Ally; Bling Dawg of Aji Bounce fame, Don Andre, whose hit Tom Cruise has sparked a popular dance move of the same name, Voicemail and Wayne 'Chikungunya' J.

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"Youth Music Zone (YMZ) is definitely the summer event for the entire family," says Dave Lindsay of Mysterious Music Minds, the outfit organizing YMZ. "We just want kids, teens and their parents to grab their most comfortable pair of dancing shoes and get ready to Whip, Nae Nae, Aji Bounce, and Tom Cruise on Saturday, " he added.

YMZ had its official launch recently 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. The organisers 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.

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Of course, those artistes who were present in the flesh, could not be outdone. Don Andre was a huge hit, especially with the kids who sang and danced to the uber-popular, "Tom Cruise"; Voicemail kicked off the live performance section with a bang, while Bling Dawg mingled with the crowd but did not perform.

YMZ is endorsed by the National Parent Teachers Association. Sponsors include Youth Link, Gleaner, Children's Own, iCool Jamaica Yellow Pages, KaribLink Digital, 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.Check out YMZ this Saturday at the National Stadium ...it a go loud!

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





$759-million boost from Reggae Sumfest

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sumfest-2016.jpgReggae Sumfest is expected to provide a US$6 million ($750million) shot in the arm to the economy of Montego Bay and its environs when the curtain goes up on this year's festival.

Created as a vehicle for stimulating tourism during the slow summer months, Reggae Sumfest provides a huge fillip for the greater Montego Bay economy, says Robert Russell, former chairman of Summerfest Productions Ltd.

"Sumfest annually attracts 4,000 visitors to Montego Bay; the JTB says that they typically spend US$1,500 each. A lot of people depend on the festival to send their children back to school in September. The hotels, rental cars, taxis, craft vendors... everybody looks to Sumfest as it's a big economic boost for Montego Bay and by extension, Jamaica," Russell said.

The festival, which is part sponsored by the Jamaica Tourist Board, is scheduled for Catherine Hall in Montego Bay, St James, on July 17-23, 2016.

Gloria Henry, president of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce, agrees that Sumfest provides an essential economic jolt for the economy.

"Hotels are filled, restaurants, food services, bars and car rental companies do great business. The impact is far-reaching and apart from the fiscal benefits, the festival is a great calendar event marketed locally and overseas, which helps to promote Montego Bay as a great place to do business," she said.

Sumfest's best-attended night was consistently its Thursday Dancehall Night featuring almost 30 local dancehall deejays and drawing 12,000 plus patrons. Traditionally, at least 20,000 patrons attend the festival over three nights.

"From the days of Sunsplash, this period has traditionally been very important to Montego Bay because we are coming out of the tourist season at the end of April. Sumfest provides a boost that keeps the hotels operational by filling rooms for a week or two," Robin Russell, general manager of Deja Resorts, said.

"The influx of visitors from Kingston and overseas injects capital in a variety of industries from arts and crafts to rent-a-cars to restaurants so Sumfest is a great vehicle to stimulate the economy."





ziggy-marley-album-ziggy-marley.jpgalkaline-photo-9.jpgZiggy Marley, Vybz Kartel and Alkaline are still holding on to key positions in the top 10 of the Billboard Reggae Albums Chart.

Marley's self titled album climbed one space to the number two position after spending five weeks on the chart.

Last week's number two album King of the Dancehall by Vybz Kartel has slipped to the number four spot, while Alkaline is holding on at number ten with New level Unlocked.





beenie-man-photo-7.jpgMachel Montano and dancehall star Beenie Man will be the headliners at OVO Fest 2016.

Canadian rapper Drake made the announcement via Instagram on Thursday night.

OVO Fest is Drake's annual rap weekend in Toronto and this year will expand the annual Caribana celebrations to four days.

The weekend's line-up will also see Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, Jhene Aiko and others take the stage on Friday, July 29 at the Molson Amphitheatre.

Montano and Beenie Man will rep the Caribbean on July 30 at the Echo Beach. Drake and Future will perform at the Air Canada Centre on July 31 and August 1,

Special guest appearances have been promised. The night will be hosted by T. Rexxx, Ebro and Kast One.

Tickets are now on sale.





shaggy-i-got-you-vid-2016-jovi-rockwell.jpgPlatinum-selling artiste Mr Boombastic - Shaggy - is back with a bang.

At a time when every artiste is sampling reggae/dancehall, Shaggy goes for a truckload of soul and samples the absolute best - Godfather of Soul and Founding Father of Funk, Mister James Brown. The single is entitled "I Got You" and features Jovi Rockwell and we must admit that this song definitely rocks well.

Shaggy, who is now reportedly managed by Compound Entertainment, whose roster includes Ne-Yo, samples Mr. Brown's 1965 No. 1 R&B anthem "I Got You (I Feel Good)", giving it all he's got.

Billboard.com writer, Gail Mitchell quotes Shaggy as saying: ""Many tracks now have a dancehall feel to them. But to come out with a record that's dancehall and with a James Brown sample in it is keeping it authentic and cool. This is a disruptive record that doesn't sound like anything else that's out there, which is in keeping with what I've done over the years."

James Joseph Brown was an American singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer and bandleader. The founding father of funk music and a major figure of 20th century popular music and dance, he is often referred to as the "Godfather of Soul". James Brown died on Christmas Day, 2006.

Produced by REO, the song features the classic reggae rhythm, but also mixes in some classic soul as well with the James Brown "I Feel Good" sample for an infectious summer groove.





The female student of the Convent of Mercy Academy (Alpha) who was hit when police personnel reportedly opened fire on an illegal taxi at the intersection of North Street and Mark Lane in Kingston about 7 o'clock Thursday morning, seems to be on the road to recovery.

INDECOM says it reported that the police signalled the vehicle to stop and after the driver complied, a cop opened fire at the vehicle. A gaping bullet hole could be seen in the back windscreen of the white Honda motor car through which the bullet came before it hit the child.

INDECOM says the scene and motor car were processed by forensic examiners and investigators and statements collected from witnesses. The incident later sparked a fiery protest in downtown Kingston. This is not the first time that someone is being injured in a vehicle on which the police opened fire. In fact, the issue was the subject in INDECOM's annual report released last year.

Witnessed the incident? Call INDECOM:
Kingston Office: 968-1932
Mobile: 878-0167
Toll free: 1-888-991-5555, 1-888-935-5550





The US Department of State has upgraded Jamaica to a Tier 2 ranking on its Watch List for its fight against Trafficking in Persons (TIP) in its 2016 TIP Report which was published on Thursday.

The country's compliance with Human Trafficking laws and its comprehensive and multi-pronged approach to tackling this threat to human safety and freedom have led to the rise in the rankings by one level.

A Tier 2 ranking means that the country is making important strides in tackling this scourge and is well on its way to full compliance with international Human Trafficking laws and standards. Although the island has not reached a Tier 1 ranking, the US State Department has noted significant improvements in how we treat with victims and criminals involved in this transnational crime.

The report stated that the Government of Jamaica has increased its efforts to investigate, prosecute and convict traffickers.The country secured two convictions, over the reporting period for Forced Labour and Sex Trafficking.

What's more, Jamaica received recognition for the charges proffered against a public official. The report, further praised Jamaica's efforts in its protection of victims. The TIP shelter continues to be in operation, offering care and protection to victims.





kingston-college-schools-challenge-quiz-team.jpgTVJ informed prestigious all-boys institution, Kingston College KC this week that the school has been banned from Schools Challenge Quiz. The reason given is that KC, the school which has won the quiz more times than any other school in Jamaica, brought the competition into disrepute last year.

Camperdown, which took TVJ to court over the handling of one of the matches, has also been barred from the competition for 2017 and 2018. Alas, in a letter to KC's Principal, Dave Myrie, TVJ's General Manager, Claire Grant, cited an outburst from one of the school's quiz coaches as the reason for the ban.

Coach Kenyatta Powell accused TVJ on social media of unjustly ending KC's run in the competition during a hotly contested match with Campion College. The dispute drew the attention of Jamaica's former Ambassador to Washington and KC Old Boy, Stephen Vasciannie, who insisted that justice should prevail and the the match be awarded to KC.

Vasciannie told Grant that the deduction of four points from Kingston College during their quarter-final match, which resulted in KC being belatedly declared losers to Campion, is unfair and unjust. He warned the TVJ General Manager that the integrity of the competition, which has a rich history, is at risk. Former Jamaica Bar Association President and KC Old Boy, Ian Wilkinson, also expressed similar concerns.

KC has 7 days to appeal the two-year ban.





The police are, this evening, alerting members of the public to be on the lookout for counterfeit Jamaican currency.

The Jamaica Constabulary Force's Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) says multiple counterfeit notes have been discovered in the last 24 hours.

CCU says the counterfeit notes were discovered as cash that was tendered as payment at one of the country's international airport was being processed.

It says the forgeries are limited to the Jamaican $1,000 notes, which all bear the serial number CC174514.

CCU is urging members of the public to take the necessary precaution when dealing with cash and to immediately contact the Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime division if any counterfeit notes are discovered.





tommy-lee-photo-10-simplified.jpgPopular dancehall artiste Leroy Russell, otherwise called 'Tommy Lee' has been listed as a person of interest by detectives in the Kingston Eastern police Division.

They have also listed a man known as Rohan Smith, otherwise called 'Dawg' as a person of interest.

The police say Tommy Lee is wanted for questioning for a shooting on Saunders Avenue, Kingston 2, while Rohan Smith is wanted for questioning in relation to the murder of Woman Corporal Judith Williams on Thursday, April 28.

Tommy Lee and Rohan Smith are being asked to report to the Elletson Road Police Station on or before Monday, July 4.

Anyone knowing their whereabouts is being asked to contact the Elletson Road Police at 928-1261 or 928-1262, call the 119 emergency number or contact the nearest Police Station.





Usain Bolt diagnosed with a Grade 1 tear

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tear-usain-bolt.jpgSix-time Olympic champion, Usain Bolt, after running 10.04 to book his place in the men's 100m final at Jamaica's Olympic trials on Friday night, pulled out of the final with a hamstring injury.

"After feeling discomfort in my hamstring after the first round last night (Thursday night) and then again in the semi-final tonight (Friday) I was examined by the Chief Doctor of the National Championships and diagnosed with a Grade 1 tear," explained Bolt in a Twitter post.

"I have submitted a medical exemption to be excused from the 100m final and the remainder of the National Championships," added the world record holder for 100m (9.58) and 200m (19.19).

According to Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) selection policy, the first three finishers at the National Senior Championships will be selected, unless there was a medical exemption from a world top top three athlete. The athlete is then expected to prove his/her fitness before the start of the competition.

Bolt continued: "I will seek treatment immediately and hope to show fitness at the London Anniversary Games on July 22 to earn selection for the Olympic Games in Rio."

Bolt is targeting a defence of his 100, 200 and 4x100-metre titles in Rio.

In the absence of Bolt from the 100-metre final, his Racers Track Club teammate Yohan Blake scored a hard-fought victory.





crime-scene-gun.jpgFriday night's shooting rampage in St James which has left three persons dead and six injured has been linked to the lottery scam.

Police Commissioner Dr Carl Williams says lottery scamming is behind the recent upsurge in violence across St James, Westmoreland and Hanover.

Addressing a press conference in Montego Bay on Saturday, Commissioner Williams said the lottery scam had become pervasive across western parishes, bringing with it violence and mayhem.

Nine persons were shot - three of them fatally - at a shop in the community of New Ramble.

Those killed have been identified as 16-year-old Adrian Thelwell, 27-year-old Nicholas Campbell, both of New Ramble addresses, and 28-year-old Troy Scoville of a Kingston address.





kingston-college-schools-challenge-quiz-team.jpgOh dear. Don't criticise TVJ or your school will be banned. Real poppyshow sinting. Nuff people say dem nah even a go watch Schools Challenge next time around, and people a bun a fire pon TVJ and dem ole fool-fool ban.

But if wi fi really talk up di tingz dem, all wi can seh is dat School Challenge lose most a it credibility after big time quizmaster, Dennis Hall leave.

Schools Challenge Quiz fall into disrepute loooonnnnnnggggg time, KC and Camperdown neva have a ting fi do wid dat. Look how much time people cry foul. Not to mention di big foul up wid Ardenne and Camperdown in which TVJ go against dem owna rules

Mek dem galang wid dem ole fool-fool, eediat ban. Fi all we know, KC and Camperdown neva did a go enter next year anyway. TVJ need fi clean up dem shop and wheel and come again. Bung bang!

But, on di other side a di coin, nuh KC always a ban people bwoy pickney from tek dem exam true dem hair no deh pon one level? Well, now dem know what it feel like now to be on di odder side of the fence. Just saying...





accident-along-the-highway-heading-towards-clarendon-photo-1.jpgOn Saturday morning 8 o'clock a Hiace bus overturned along the highway heading toward Clarendon. Some six people were taken to the hospital, however, there are no confirmed reports of any fatalities.

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Tami and Wayne's baby is named Atlas

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tessanne-chin-nephew.jpgOh oh, we notice that one website had the name of Tami Chynn and Wayne Marshall's baby spelt wrong in the headline of their article. The baby is named Atlas...like the book we use in school for Geography...not Atlast.

Yardflex congratulates Tami and Wayne on thebirth of their son Atlas.





vershon-and-jahmiel.jpgJahMiel and Vershon are being called out for missing their allotted performance time at Reggae Sumfest.

The two entertainers who were slated to perform on Dancehall Night were according to organizers barred from performing after missing their respective slots.

Kings of Kings Promoter and popular stage manager Worrell King, who was one of the stage managers at this year's Reggae Sumfest claims the entertainers who missed their allotted performance time, were allegedly waiting on star time.

Meanwhile, efforts by Music News to get a comment from Vershon or JahMiel were futile. Both entertainers were given a lifeline by other entertainers who provided them with a platform to grace the Reggae Sumfest stage.

Vershon was called on by PopCaan while Beenie Man provided JahMiel with the opportunity.





Mayor Harris of Montego Bay says the St James Parish Council has unanimously supported a resolution which calls for promoters applying for an entertainment permit to put in place cameras at their own expense.

Additionally, the security minister has outlined that children are not to be found in dances and has advocated for the banning of promoters who are found in breach more than once after being warned.

But, noting that children "of a lesser circumstance" have little alternative but to do vending in order to send themselves to school, the Montego Bay mayor went on to declare that there are legitimate reasons why some children may be found at a dance. He said this is something that the Council will also have to look at in finding the best way to deal with the situation.





One thousand rounds of ammunition seized

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bullets.jpgMembers of the Contraband Enforcement Team have seized 1,000 rounds of ammunition at a warehouse at Newport West in Kingston.

A statement from the police, on Wednesday, said the seizure was made on July 14.

It is reported that about 3:50 p.m. on July 14, Customs personnel where conducting checks and found the ammunition in a plastic bag.

No one was taken into custody.





Public Defender Arlene Harrison Henry says she finds the video footage of the arrest of an unarmed woman, troubling.

Mrs. Harrison Henry says what is equally troubling, is that the Independent Commission of Investigations (Indecom), seems to have arrived at conclusions though the investigations are incomplete.

A statement from the Public Defender's office quotes a newspaper report where the Deputy Commissioner of Indecom, Hamish Campbell is reported to have said that the lawmen were doing their best to restrain her.

The Public Defender says it seems he made findings of facts, has drawn conclusions and has arrived at decisions even though the investigations are ongoing. Mrs. Harrison Henry adds that Mr. Campbell's utterances may have influenced the outcome of the investigations.

The Public Defender reiterated that she disapproves of the excessive use of force by the police to restrain the woman and that the police could have dealt with the situation differently.





A Jamaican man who spent nine years in and out of prison in the Bahamas has been awarded a settlement of US$125,000.

Matthew Sewell appeared in a Bahamas court on Tuesday. The hearing was held to update the judge concerning discussions between counsel for Mr. Sewell and the Crown on an appropriate amount in damages and taxation for the time he was detained at the Department of Correctional Services and the Detention Centre without trial.

Last October, the judge, Stephen Isaacs, ordered Mr. Sewell's immediate release from the detention facility. The 28 year old Jamaican was in and out the prison system; however he was never tried on any of the charges he faced.

In 2006, while in the Bahamas, visiting his father, Mr. Sewell was arrested for the alleged rape of a six-year-old girl. He was released on bail in 2008, but was arrested in April 2009, and charged with the alleged rape of a girlfriend. He received bail for that charge in August 2013, only to be arrested two months later for allegations of housebreaking and murder.

However, those charges were thrown out in 2014 when it was found that Mr. Sewell was in custody when the alleged crimes occurred. He was later detained at the Carmichael Road Detention Centre.

In addition to ordering his immediate release last October, the judge also ordered that his travel documents be returned to him and that he be allowed 60 days to resolve his legal status in The Bahamas upon making an application to the Immigration Department.





hands-behind-bars.jpgThree Chinese nationals were arrested in a suspected international fraud scheme that fleeced Jamaicans out of millions.

According to investigators, the men defrauded millions from unsuspecting victims in Jamaica and across the Caribbean through identity theft.

The three suspects have been identified as 38-year-old Zhong Jianping; Guo Shanghai, 37 years old and 37-year-old Zhong Fulin, all of addresses in China.

Investigators say the men were arrested on Wednesday, July 13 after being discovered with electronic devices suspected to be card readers, card writers, skimmers items commonly used in identity theft.

They were also found with close to $6 million dollars in cash and over 400 credit cards, which are suspected to have been fraudulently made.





No sah, dis a tek nastiness to di next level!! A which guttersnipe deejay 'hawk and pit' pon di people dem big big international fabulowshous stage a Reggae Sumfest last week? All becausen say di promoter dem inform him dat him stay overtime and him fi cuum offa stage.

Dem say di man get so angry dat him SPIT pon di stage before him leave. What a nasty crowbait! Smaddy couldn't call police fi arrest him and charge him fi sinting...anyting at all....public disturbance, littering, gross indecency. Just charge di animal. Dem behaviour yah show say him is just a dumb animal. But then again, mi haffi beg di animal dem pardon, cause, on reflection, not even a dumb animal woulda behave like such a swine.





usain-bolt-in-rio.jpgSix-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt occupies the number two spot on the list of the top 10 greatest athletes in the world in 2016.

The list, compiled by Dailymail.co.uk, is based solely on performances and achievements of the past 12 months.

Bolt, who last week ran 19.89 seconds over 200m at the London Anniversary Games, has over the past year won gold in both the 100m and 200m events at the 2015 IAAF World Athletics Championships in Beijing.

He is ranked behind Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic who earlier this year won the French Open to become just the third player in history to hold all four Grand Slam titles at the same time.

World no.1 Serena Williams holds the third spot on the list. Earlier this month she won her 7th Wimbledon singles crown to equal Steffi Graf's open era record of 22 Grand Slam titles.

The top 5 is completed by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo who are joint 4th and three time Tour de France winner Chris Froome.





sean-paul-photo-6.jpgDancehall/pop entertainer Sean Paul is now enjoying the number one position on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

His collaboration with singer Sia titled Cheap Thrills, rose two places to take the top spot.

This is Sia's first Hot 100 number one as an artiste, while Sean Paul earns his fourth topper and first in more than 10 years.

Cheap Thrills unseats Drake's One Dance, featuring WizKid and Kyla, which led the Hot 100 for 10 weeks, marking both the longest-leading number one of 2016 and of Drake's career.





sizzla-photo-5.jpgSizzla Kalonji is scheduled to headline the 32nd annual Reggae On The River festival between August 4-7 at French's Camp, Garberville, California USA.

The singjay is set to return to the United States stage for the first time in eight years following the return of his US work permit.

"California guess who's coming to bun off the stage show?!?!" the artiste posted on his Instagram page Monday.

Sizzla reportedly collected his visa this week.

Sizzla, whose real name is Miguel Collins, had not held a US visa or work permit since 2008 when it was revoked. The artiste is known for his controversial statements and harsh criticism of the homosexual community.





george-nooks.jpgJamaican entertainer George Nooks has entered the top ten of the Billboard Reggae Albums Chart.

The album, which is spending its second week on the chart, is now sitting comfortably in the number four position.

Ziggy Marley's self titled album and Vybz Kartel's King of the Dancehall are in the number three and eight spots respectively.

Reggae and Dancehall have had a major impact on the charts in recent weeks.

Charlie Blacks is still enjoying the success of his hit Gyal You A Party Animal while artiste Sean Paul has the number one song in the US with Cheap Thrills, a collaboration with SIA.





asafa-powell-rio-id.jpgSprinting star Asafa Powell had a false start as he arrived at the Tom Jobim International Airport in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Tuesday morning.

Powell, was barred from entering the country by immigration officials because he did not have his Olympic credentials, which also serves as the necessary visa documentation for athletes, media and officials traveling for the Olympic Games.

The former world record holder over 100m told the Brazilian immigration personnel that Jamaica's team manager for athletics, Ludlow Watts, who was waiting outside the airport, had his accreditation.

After a meeting between the Federal Police and the on site accreditation office, a duplicate pass was created for the sprinter.

Powell confirmed the hold up, but shared that he was doing fine and had since joined his teammates in camp.





The highest sum granted to schools by the government for auxiliary fees is $111.6 million which goes to to Maggotty High in St Elizabeth. This includes $76 million for infrastructure improvements and $4.3 million for CAP.

According to the Ministry Paper a total of $5,337,419,400.44 will be disbursed to the schools. The ministry paper noted that the figure was outside the regular subvention for the payment of full time teaching and non-teaching staff.

Charlie Smith High, a non-traditional high school, will receive $81 million, including $50 million for the physical expansion, as well as $10 million; $70 million goes to Norman Manley High; $63 million for Pembroke Hall High; Jamaica College, which was headed by current minister of education, Ruel Reid, up to recently gets $47.3 million,and Kingston College gets $44.2 million.





hillary-clinton.jpgHillary Clinton officially received the Democratic Party's nomination for the presidency Tuesday evening.

Clinton is now the first woman to become the presidential nominee of a major U.S. political party.

Vermont's delegation voted last, joined by Sen. Bernie Sanders. "I move that Hillary Clinton be selected as the nominee of the Democratic Party for president of the United States," Sanders said, as the crowd erupted into cheers and waved multicolored "Hillary" signs. A rendition of the song "Happy" began playing as delegates swayed.

The roll call went smoothly and with few signs of protest, as the party appeared to unify after a fractious start to the convention Monday.Delegates and speakers backing Clinton stressed the historic nature of her nomination. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., the first Democratic woman elected to the Senate in her own right, announced Clinton's name for nomination "on behalf of all the women who have broken down barriers for others."





Fake Jamaican psychic Miss Cleo is dead

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miss-cleo.jpgThe iconic television psychic, Miss Cleo, died on Tuesday after a battle with cancer. She was 53.

Miss Cleo, who was born Youree Harris, died in a hospice center in Palm Beach County, Florida, after being released from the hospital last week. She suffered from colon cancer that eventually spread to her liver and lungs.

The TV personality, famous for her thick Jamaican accent, urged viewers to call her hotline and get an insight into the future with the catchphrase, "Call Me Now!"

Despite the accent, she was actually born in Los Angeles and her Psychic Readers Network infomercial personality was all for show.

Her memorable Miss Cleo persona ran in television ads from 1997 to 2003.





hands-behind-bars.jpgA Jamaican student who was caught fondling a woman in a downtown Brooklyn subway station on Monday morning told cops he committed the act because he had never seen white women before and that "they are so beautiful".

Damario Johnson, 19, who is in New York on a student visa, allegedly did the same to four other women last week.

Two officers spotted the teenager, pacing around the Hoyt Street 2 and 3 station before running up to a woman and sticking his hands up her skirt.

Captain Zahid Williams, Commanding Officer of Transit District 30, says Johnson was arrested without incident. He was charged with sex abuse.

Captain Williams says Johnson began his lewd spree in the station during the morning rush last Wednesday.

All of Johnson's victims were white women ranging from their 20s to their 40s.





Damion Crawford says he is not gay

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damian-crawford.jpgPolitician Damion Crawford has come out swinging against allegations that he is gay.

The former junior tourism minister told an online portal that a letter containing the damning allegations about him was circulated at a People's National Party (PNP) meeting on Sunday.

"It's not the first time rumors have been brought against me and it won't be the last. I am sure of my heterosexuality and that's all there is to it" Crawford reportedly said.





Vybz Kartel launches Official VK Line

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official-vk-line-3.jpgJailed deejay Vybz Kartel has broadened his entrepreneurial skills further cementing brand Vybz Kartel.

Official VK Line is the dancehall deejay's latest venture. Lingerie, caps, t-shirts, shorts, footwear; VK is for the men and women ready to tell a tale with fashion. The brand which depicts Vybz Kartel's edgy lyrics, seamless flow, and musical genius, serves as an inspiration for ghetto youths with a dream.

Official VK Line 3Official VK Line's intellectual property rights are owned by the deejay's common-law wife Tanesha "Shorty" Johnson and is being marketed and distributed by Whirlwind Entertainment.

An official launch is slated to take place this Tuesday, July 26, 2016, in the capital city where the media and industry players will get a premier experience of the Official VK Line. Vybz Kartel's Official VK Line is available for purchase at officialvkline.com.

Despite being confined, Vybz Kartel continues to make a positive impact on society. Just recently, through his GEL program which stands for Gaza Education and Literacy, the dancehall deejay has donated a computer to the Greater Portmore High School.

GEL's mission geared towards increasing computer literacy among the nation's youths will see the company donate at least one computer to every high school in Portmore.





Sizzla gets back his US visa; giving thanks

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sizzla-spain.jpgAfter being unable to travel to the United States for some eight years, dancehall artiste Sizzla Kalonji's travel documents have been reinewed.

Talks of Sizzla expected to perform at the 32nd annual Reggae on the River in the United States sparked questions about whether Sizzla's US travel documents were restored.

Reggae on the River festival is expected to run from between August 4-7 in California USA.

Sizzla's US visa and work permit were revoked in 2008. Fellow dancehall deejay Aidonia who was in a similar position, recently had his US visa reinstated.





muhammad-ali-boxer.jpgHis nine children and widow met in California on June 28 to get the job done. His seven daughters, his son, Muhammad Ali Jr., and his adopted son all got an equal share while his widow Lonni get to keep the estate.

After coming into his millions, Muhammad Jr. has reportedly packed up and left his wife & 2 kids in Chicago's South Side while moving into a better neighborhood.

"Ali Jr. went to California, and now he's got some money all of a sudden," dished the source.

It's a huge change for Ali Jr., who'd been estranged from his famous father -who passed away on June 3 at age 74 - for years. For the past decade, he and his family - wife Shaakira and their children, Ameera, 8, and Shakera, 7 - have been relying on food stamps and handouts to get by, insiders said.

While Ali Jr. is moving from Chicago's blighted West Englewood area to a middle-class neighborhood near Midway Airport, "his wife and children won't miss out," insisted the source.

"He gave his wife $75 to buy herself something nice, and bought the kids new shoes. He also wants to set up a trust fund for his kids," added the source of Ali Jr., who has struggled with marijuana addiction and other issues.

Family members now hope to keep him on the straight and narrow, said the source, but Ali Jr. is more focused on starting a business and helping people in the community.

"He wants to do landscaping stuff and help people," said our mole. "He doesn't need much. He's a simple dude."

$75 and some new shoes? We don't know what types of issues he and his wife may have had, but his kids deserve a better life. Let's hope he gives it to them.





Jamaica looks to welcome the inaugural High Vibes Roots & Reggae Festival, the first of its kind in the Caribbean, at the Aqueduct in Montego Bay on US Labour Day weekend, September 3 and 4. Patrons will have the chance to experience the heart and soul of reggae music while learning about the pivotal role that cannabis has played in the birth of the Rastafarian religion and lifestyle. This two-day festival promises to deliver an exciting weekend celebrating Rastafarian culture, roots and reggae, featuring first class music events and stage shows alongside an unbeatable vendor exhibition, delectable culinary experience and the very finest cannabis.

Many may ask why another music festival? High Vibes Roots and Reggae Festival is different in its focus, it brings a first-class line up of the very best in reggae music like Kymani Marley, Beenie Man, Lee Scratch Perry and Emch Subatomic to name a few. There will be the best Ital cuisine along with exquisite global specialties, top wholesalers, growers and retailers, locally and internationally, along with interaction with the international cannabis movers and shakers as well as VIP service for an unforgettable elevated experience. High Vibes Jamaica organizers have gone a step further to make the experience amazing and more convenient to enjoy by providing affordable accommodation packages in top class hotels with a range of budget options.

According to Douglas Gordon of High Vibes Jamaica, the island's Marijuana Laws are finally being amended and have been relaxed in a number of areas. "These changes have opened up new avenues for us to create events that will attract many people who identify and embrace the Jamaican and Rastafarian culture," Gordon said.

"High Vibes Roots and Reggae Festival goes beyond a live music experience; it will certainly be entertaining but it will also be educational as we want to share all aspects of Rastafarian culture and not limit our showcase to just the music. We want to share the food, craftsmanship and the basic knowledge about Jamaican culture for the patrons to get an ultimate festival experience, in the heart of reggae music." Gordon explained.

The exhibition space at the Festival is designed to keep patrons flowing through the event from the time it starts all the way to when the concerts end. High Vibes Jamaica hopes to deliver to Montego Bay a music festival with the potential to grow and benefit the local economy. There will be a limit to the number of booths in each line of business to maximize the benefit to the exhibitors and patrons, with exhibition packages, sponsorship opportunities and partnerships that will be tailored to meet business objectives and budget.





beenie-man-photo-8.jpgReggae Sumfest 2016 was a fantastic production which showcased two nights of dazzling performances from a strong contingent of reggae and dancehall artistes.

While many acts proved their mettle, at the end of the two nights Yardflex can report that it was the Doctor Beenie Man who shone the brightest on Dancehall Night, while "the singer's singer", Sanchez was the undisputed ruler of Reggae Night. Beenie Man, from his awesome entrance from beneath the stage, to his performance which saw him bring on stage, the controversial darling of Mo Bay, Tommy Lee, stamped his indomitable class on Reggae Sumfest 2016.

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Sanchez was in his zone and it was a joy just to use all five senses to assimilate his outstanding performance. Every song was a boomshot and the more Sanchez gave, the more the insatiable crowd demanded. The singer christened Kevin Jackson gave younger acts a master class in what it means to have a catalogue of hits and use them wisely. Sanchez didn't need gimmicks, dancers or antics - all he had was his voice and he used it damn well.

barrington-levy-sumfest.jpgOf course, there were other stand-out acts, whose impressive performances made Reggae Sumfest 2016 arguably the event of the year. Among them were I-Octane, Dexta Daps, Bounty Killer, Barrington Levy, Chris Martin, Tarrus Riley and Nesbeth.

Kudos to new owner Josef Bogdanovich and the entire Downsound Entertainment team for staging a superb festival.





ishawna-reggae-sumfest.jpgOne of only three females booked for Reggae Sumfest 2016's Dancehall night,recording artiste Ishawna was a no-show at the event, after reports spread of her ditching her management, Downsound Records..

Speaking with Onstage TV's Winford Williams, Joe Bogdanovich says he felt bad that she wasn't at the event as it's a huge opportunity for her career.

Joe also addressed her Donwnsound exit stating that her contract his still binding confirming that there's some trouble in the camp.





Marvin the Dancer arrested as Sumfest

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marvin-the-dancer-photo-1.jpgPopular dancer Marvin was reportedly detained by cops at Reggae Sumfest in Montego Bay, St. James on Friday night.

The controversial dancer was in May instructed by detectives from the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) to turn himself in to police custody, however he failed to comply.

Related: "Dancehall Extremist&" Marvin DI Beast breaks his silence on risky dancing

Detectives from CISOCA had listed the dancer as wanted for questioning following investigations into a viral video which showed Marvin the Dancer and his cronies chasing and cornered a female patron, and physically forcing themselves on her.

There were also some suggestions that the female in the viral video might have been under aged, however these suspicions were not confirmed by authorities.

The viral footage triggered widespread condemnation from several groups and was even picked up by several international tabloids.





gully-bop-and-shauna-chin-photo-1.jpgControversial artiste Gully Bop has been arrested in the United States on domestic abuse and robbery charges arising from incidents reported to the police by his ex-fiancee, A'mari. However, Chin Chin, formerly known as Shauna Chin, who just happens to be another ex-fiance of Bop, has been working closely with his attorney to help Gully beat the charges.

The 'Wuk Affa Mi' deejay, real name Robert Lee Malcolm was at the John F. Kennedy airport last Wednesday when New York cops arrested him. Bop's ex-fiancée, A'mari quickly confirmed the arrest and said she was responsible for the charges on the artiste.

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A'mari alleges that Bop ran her down with a knife earlier this year and stole her passport and green card. She also added that more persons will be arrested as Bop's associates have constantly been threatening her life.

Meanwhile, Gully Bop appeared in the Brooklyn Criminal Court on Thursday and was granted $1,200USD bail, his other ex-fiancée.





hands-behind-bars.jpgInvestigators from the Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime Branch (C-TOC) are now in contact with their Caribbean counterparts to determine whether a Chinese scamming network is operating in the region.

This follows last week's arrest of three Chinese nationals in Jamaica and three others in Dominica for alleged scamming activity.

The three Jamaican suspects were nabbed by the St. Andrew Central Police during an operation. The cops raided a house occupied by the men in Barbican, St. Andrew, and reportedly seized several skimming devices; blank cards and credit cards.

The skimming devices are used to create fake credit cards.

More than J$6 million, US currency and other foreign currencies were seized in the operation. Documents with the information of credit cardholders were also seized.

C-TOC believes the Chinese men are members of a major international scamming network operating in the Caribbean.

Late Friday afternoon, investigators were using an interpreter to question the suspects.





Two killed at beach in Montego Bay

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crime-scene-7.jpgThe identities of the persons killed on the Redding Fishing Beach in Montego Bay, St. James yesterday have been released.

They are 16 year old Bertland Gray of Redding and 35 year old Leon Gillings, a coconut vendor of Mount Carey in St. James.

Two teenagers, aged 17 and 19, were shot and injured.

They remain hospitalised.

The police report that shortly after 2pm, the four were standing beside Gillings coconut stall when a car drove up and the occupants ordered coconuts.They then pulled firearms and opened fire at the group.Gillings and the 16 year old died at the scene.

No motive has been established for the attack.





crime-scene-gun.jpgA former member of the Jamaica Defence Force is in police custody, following the shooting death of a businesswoman in St. Thomas on Friday.

The Morant Bay Police believe the ex-soldier can assist them with information on the case. Kayann-Dean McKoy Ferguson, 26, a nail technician and auto parts dealer, was shot during a robbery outside her business place.

According to the police, shortly before 7:00 p.m., Miss Ferguson was sitting in a car with the ex-soldier at Fyffe Plaza on Church Street in Morant Bay, when a man approached the vehicle and demanded her handbag.When his demand was not met he shot Miss Ferguson.

She died while being treated at Princess Margaret Hospital.





The autistic man who was the intended target of a police bullet is suffering from emotional distress, not eating and traumatised following the shooting of his caretaker.

Arnaldo Rios' mother, Gladys Soto, said during a Saturday news conference that she is worried about the safety of her son, who wandered back to the site of the Monday shooting a day later, threw himself on the ground and shouted: "I hate the police, I hate the police," The Miami Herald reported Saturday.

"It's too emotional to see your baby caught up in something like this," Soto said.

Miriam Soto said her brother is suffering from night terrors and is not sleeping or eating.

"He's not the same anymore," Soto said of her brother.

The four North Miami police officers who aimed rifles at Rios and his black therapist, Charles Kinsey, in the middle of an intersection were responding to a 911 call about a suicidal man with a gun. Rios sat cross-legged. He yelled. He didn't obey commands to lie down with his hands up, as Kinsey was doing, and he fidgeted with a metal object.

One of the officers, Jonathan Aledda, thought the disabled man was about to shoot Kinsey, who was trying to coax Rios back to a nearby group home, the police union has said. The officer fired three shots at Rios because he thought he was a threat, but he missed and accidentally struck Kinsey in the leg.

The metal object turned out to be a toy truck and there was no suicide threat.

Monday's shooting was the latest in a violent month of police shootings, but it also highlights the difficulties officers have in identifying people with autism. The characteristics of autism range from mild quirks or obsessions, to people who can't communicate, yell and occasionally become violent.

The family's attorney Matthew Dietz on Saturday criticised the officers' training in dealing with people with mental illness.

"After they knew that he had autism, what did they do? They threw him on the ground," Dietz said.





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raheem-sterling-girl.jpgEngland footballer Raheem Sterling flew two sisters out on a private jet to his L1million home in Jamaica while his girlfriend holidayed on the other side of the world.

Sterling, 21, invited Elise and Elene Wagstaff to join him at his palatial home in Kingston, where the sisters documented their luxury trip on social media.

The pair posted pictures which included a pile of cash, a private plane, a fleet of supercars and a number of bikini shots showing them lounging next to the pool while enjoying the sunshine.

Sterling moved his childhood sweetheart Paige Hansel, 20, into his L3.5million mansion in Wilmslow, Cheshire, back in February - but she was not on the Caribbean trip.

Instead Ms Hansel was on a separate holiday on the Greek island of Crete.

The Sun reports that yesterday Elise tweeted 'Damn I miss my baby' - just a couple of days after Sterling left the sisters to join up with his City team-mates for a pre-season tour in China.

A source said: 'It seems strange that Raheem's on holiday in Jamaica with a couple of stunning girls while Paige is so far without him.





Poor leadership in schools to be tackled

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professor-chris-emdin.jpgChanging the way students are taught in Jamaican schools is one of the suggestions being put forward to achieve educational success for them and their institution.

The problem of poor leadership in schools has been a sore point highlighted in the National Education Inspectorate Report. The JN Foundation will be hosting a two day summit starting on Monday aimed at inspiring leadership in schools

Professor Chris Emdin from Columbia University in New York who is one of the speakers says he hopes to impress upon participants the need to be up front about what is not working in school. According to the latest National Education Inspectorate Report, most schools are performing at an unsatisfactory level in terms of leadership.

Of the 953 schools inspected, only one percent had an exceptionally high leadership rating.





robert-pickersgill.jpgMember of Parliament Robert 'Bobby' Pickersgill and an assistant have been robbed of $2.5M in jewellery and a quantity of United States and local currencies.

The robbery occurred at Pickersgill's Millsborough Avenue home in Barbican, St Andrew, according to prosecution.

The items - $2.5M in jewellery and US $3,800 belonging to Pickersgill, and US$3,800 and J$200,000 which is that of his assistant - were snatched from a vault in the bedroom of the People's National Party MP, between June 10 and July 10

Neither Pickersgill nor the woman was at the house at the time of the incident.

Pickersgill gardener - Cedrick Dougharty - has since been collared in the theft.

On Friday, Dougharty pleaded guilty to the deed before Parish Judge Vaughn Smith in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court, in Half-Way Tree.

Dougharty - who looks at least a decade older than his 36 years - cried as he admitted taking the items from his boss' home.

Tears could still be seen running down his cheeks after he was removed from before the court and placed in the holding area with other inmates.

The Long Lane, Stony Hill Road resident was remanded in police custody until September 5 when he will be sentenced.

He was ordered to give his fingerprint to the police.





Tearful funeral for Delus

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delus-funeral-photo-1.jpgThen tears flowed freely as the body Delmark "Delus" Spence body was carried from the church. A song recorded by Konshens, in memory of his brother, echoed throughout the halls of the capacity-filled church.

The service - held at the Church of Resurrection, Duhaney Park, St Andrew - saw scores of fans, family members, friends and players in the local entertainment industry coming out to bade farewell and pay tribute.

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"He is gone but will never be forgotten," said a relative pausing as tears flowed.

As she spoke, Konshens, the brother of the deceased, provided support as she tried fighting back the tears.

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Konshens - decked in dark shades, a white shirt and grey pants - stood in silence, lines of grief etched across his face.

A few feet away, other close relatives looked on with sombre faces.





businessman-huey-gowdie.jpgshango-jackson.jpgSt. Andrew businessman Huey Gowdie, who was convicted last month with the death of his girlfriend's estranged husband, Shango Jackson, was sentenced to 10 years in prison before the Home Circuit Court Friday morning.

Gowdie, an event promoter, was charged for murder but convicted for manslaughter. At the trial, Gowdie contended that he was acting in self-defence when he shot Mr. Jackson at a house in Beverly Hills, St. Andrew.

But prosecutors led evidence that on July 12, 2012, Mr. Jackson went to his home where his estranged wife also resided. Shortly after his arrival, an argument developed between Mr. Jackson and a man who was at the residence.

Prosecutors say a call was made and Mr. Gowdie drove to the house on Shenstone Drive. He pulled his firearm and fatally shot Mr. Jackson during an argument.

In passing sentence, trial judge Evon Brown told Gowdie that he showed no remorse for the shooting death of Mr. Jackson, who was the Operations Manager for Sparkles Production.





dr-carolyn-cooper-launch.jpgUniversity of the West Indies (UWI) academic Dr Carolyn Cooper is calling for a reggae format in Jamaica's primary schools, following an embarrassing double gaffe this month in Television Jamaica's Junior Schools' Challenge Quiz.

To the question, "In which Caribbean country did reggae music originate?", a member of one team incorrectly responded, "Trinidad and Tobago".

When the same question was posed to the rival team, they said Barbados, which is also inaccurate.

"I still feel it for those poor students. Our sense of national pride is at stake...the Ministry of Education has let them down," Dr Cooper told the gathering at the launch of A St Mary Mi Come From on Tuesday.





JCDC Big Stage Parish Finals Sunday

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jcdc-logo.jpgThe Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) Eastern Region will kick start its Emancipation and Independence celebrations with the Big Stage Parish finals in Kingston & St Andrew at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in St Andrew, on Friday. Show time is 7:00 pm.

St Catherine is expected to host its Big Stage finals at the GC Foster College in Spanish Town on Saturday, July 23, at 4:00 pm as part of the Social Development Commission Sports Extravaganza, while St Thomas Big Stage is scheduled at Morant Bay Square, on Saturday, July 23, starting at 7:00 pm.

Several talented individuals will vie for top honours at the finals and will compete in the categories of dance, singing, deejaying, singjaying, novelty acts, and poetry. The competition was staged in phases with a community search across the parishes and a development workshop to improve the finalists' presentations and earning potential.





The popular trend of breakfast parties is set to have its first staging in Western Jamaica, as Antidote Entertainment will take over the lawns of Whitter Village in Montego Bay on Sunday for Solar all-inclusive breakfast party.

The event will see popular DJ Kurt Riley of FAME FM headlining the entertainment roster; DJ Jigga and Chromatic are also slated to perform, with a special appearance by fast-rising media personality Yanique the Curvy Diva also on the line-up.

Part proceeds from the event will be in aid of We Care Foundation, which supports Cornwall Regional Hospital. The organisers hope to raise some $2M in order to purchase much needed medical equipment for the hospital.

Ticket prices are $4000 pre-sold and $5000 at the gate. Pre-sold tickets are available at Fontana Pharmacy locations and Pier One in Montego Bay.





Police 'preeing' partygoers

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The police will be 'preeing' partygoers during the summer, so those of you who are planning to attend events such as Reggae Sumfest in Catherine Hall, Montego Bay; Dream Weekend in Negril; Flex Week in the Corporate Area and Portmore; French Men in St Ann; and SPF in St Ann are advised to get your car in top shape.

Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Calvin Allen, head of the JCF's Traffic Division, says they will be launching several night operations focusing on party spots in the Corporate Area and other sections of the island.

"We are targeting motorist heading to and from parties and other entertainment events. We are doing breathaliser testing, checking for defective vehicles, among other things," he warned.





capleton-airborne.jpgGuest speaker at Tuesday's launch of A St Mary Mi Come From' had high praises for musical ambassador Capleton for not forgetting the parish of his birth.

UWI professor, Dr. Carolyn Cooper reminded the large gathering at the launch that Capleton is "an artiste who has supported positivity and we have to big him up. A lot of us forget where we come from".

From the response, it would seem that many in the room were in total agreement with her.

After a three-year hiatus, the hugely popular charity show staged by the internationally-acclaimed reggae artiste, Capleton, makes its triumphant return to the stage. 'A St Mary Mi Come From' now celebrating its 12th year will be held on August 5 at what has now become its official home, the Gray's Inn Sports Complex in Annotto Bay, St Mary. This year's renewal of the event is a celebration of all that is good about Jamaica and musical ambassador, Capleton, is elated at being able to continue to give back to St Mary and adjoining parishes in a meaningful way.

"A mi birth parish, St Mary is everything to mi. Wi grow up there an' wi know what suffering is all about," the altruistic Capleton is quoted as saying.

This year, a slew of artistes will be taking the stage not only to entertain patrons, but also to endorse Capleton and his charitable work. The stellar line-up includes Capleton, Jah Cure, Barrington Levy, Beenie Man, Busy Signal, Chronixx, Bounty Killer, Cocoa Tea, Ninja Man, Romain Virgo, Aidonia, Lady G, Nadine Sutherland, Terro Fabulous, Josey Wales, Ken Boothe, Louie Culture, Richie Spice,Tanto Blacks, Kalado, Jah Bouks, Ikaya, Munga Honourable, Warrior King, Chuck Fenda, Kelissa,Chezidek, Ibahmar,Bushman, Don Andre, Accid, Clymaxx, Jigsy King, Zamunda, Adahzeh, Dann I, Furious, Yvad, Urim 7, Squeechie Joe, DYCR, Ninja Kid, Wicker, Bobby Tenna, Blacka Dann, Loyal Flames, Ras Takura, Eg and more.

A number of institutions in St Mary, St Ann, Portland and St Andrew have benefited from A St Mary Mi Come from, including the Port Maria Hospital, Islington High School (Capleton's alma mater), Annotto Bay Hospital, Oberlin High School, and Haile Selassie High School.





vivica-fox-jamaica-photo-1.jpgAward-winning Hollywood actress Vivica Fox has chosen, for the third consecutive year, to celebrate her birthday in Jamaica, the Caribbean's tropical paradise.

Fox will ring in her 52nd birthday at the exquisite Secrets Resort in Montego Bay, where both the white sands of the beach and simplistic dress code of all white will be a sight to behold.

The American actress, producer and television host is open about her love for Jamaica, the cuisine, and the beauty of the island, which has drawn her back on a number of occasions to relax and rewind.

"I truly love Jamaica. In fact, I feel like I have earned the title Jamerican with my many visits here in the past few years. I appreciate the culture, the people, the food, simply everything about this wonderful island. It's a real joy to be able to share this special day with my many family and friends how come do and celebrate with me and this year we're looking to turn up the heat on the celebration!" Fox said.

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It's a star-studded affair that will feature live performances by the highly acclaimed Yazz the Greatest of Empire fame and hip-hop icon MC Lyte. The turntables will be controlled by DJ Jermaine Russell from LA with the evening being hosted by Jamaican personality and designer Denyque.

Fox has partnered with OCEAN Style, once again, to bring this event to life. OCEAN Style's Douglas Gordon, who said the company has a great relationship with the star, going back a number of years, expressed how pleased they were to be on board to celebrate yet another milestone.

Fox celebrated her 51st birthday in Montego Bay last year, with family and friends at the elegant Club House at White Witch Golf Course. It was a highly anticipated event, bringing out locals and tourists alike.





alkaline-photo-9.jpgSpeaking for Alkaline, his manager Kereena Beckford says there's no truth to the reports.

The 'Champion Boy' deejay's management also made it clear that, "Alkaline didn't sign with Khaled's We The Best Music Label.

Sources close to the Vedetta camp tells The Tropixs that the stories are fabricated and just another pointless rumour involving the artiste.

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Drake wishes Popcaan 'happy birthday' says he's blessed to know him.

"Happy Birthday Unruly Boss. Blessed to know you, blessed for the wisdom you share, blessed for the music you create, blessed to witness the rise of a LEGEND. @popcaanmusic," He wrote

Popcaan and Drake linked up in South Africa last month for the first time in years, the two also jetted to the United Kingdom to attend the Rihanna ANTI World Tour. Sources tells The Tropixs that Popcaan will be featured in the upcoming music video for Drake's smash hit single 'One Dance.'

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Popcaan was also the special guest on Drake's OVO Sound Radio last weekend.





franklyn-graham-and-obama.jpgEvangelist Franklin Graham held a prayer rally in Cleveland before the start of the Republican National Convention during which he said the nation is in trouble, the nation has ejected God from the public square, "and our country is beginning to implode," that we are "on the precipice of anarchy.

Reverend Graham, son of world-renowned pastor Billy Graham, also stressed that the only solution is "a spiritual healing from God," that politicians cannot solve the problem, only God can.

In his July 18 Facebook Live prayer event, as reported by CBN News, Rev. Graham said, "This nation-it needs a spiritual healing from Almighty God. Our country-I don't have to tell you-is in trouble.... And the only hope for this country is God. It's not the politicians. It's God."

We must pray for the politicians, Republicans and Democrats, said Graham. It is important "that the politicians listen to God."

He then addressed the irreligious atmosphere in America today.

"The secularists, the progressives, many of these people, most of them are people that would be atheistic, and we have taken God out of our country," he said. "We have taken Him out of our nation. We have taken Him out of our government."





flat-bridge-crash.jpgflat-bridge-bishop.jpgBishop Stephen Ricketts and the seven persons were travelling in a Suzuki Grand Vitara when the driver reportedly lost control of the vehicle while crossing Flat Bridge were returning from St Thomas where they had gone to hunt duppies.

Tales abound about the bishop's many animal sacrifices right in the street in front of his church; church members drinking animal blood; burying of live white chickens in the church yard to sanctify the ground; him being a self-professed "science man" who was well sought after to cast out demons or duppies and going on regular "duppy catching missions";

Residents of the community say that sometimes the bishop was seen travelling with a skull in his vehicle or going gravedigging.

In the early morning of Saturday, July 16, Ricketts' Suzuki Vitara was returning from what some residents described as a "duppy catching mission" with eight persons on board, when the driver lost control and the vehicle overturned at the Flat Bridge in Bog Walk Gorge.

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The bishop drowned in the Rio Cobre, along with two of his sons - Shevaughnie and Sujay Ricketts, as well as church members Benjamin Ellis, Crystine Morris and O'Neil Robinson.

El Frego Slew, who was driving the vehicle, as well as 19-year-old Shane Harris were the only survivors.

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The sixth victim that was pulled from the Rio Cobre at 10 am on Saturday was O'Neil Robinson. Shane Harris, who was originally from Tawes Pen in St Catherine had lived with Bishop Ricketts and his family for the past three years.

All the victims were members of the Mount Maria Zion Truth Fellowship Spiritual Church of God located in the Commodore community.

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crime-scene-7.jpgThe police are now probing the murder of a man on Old Hope Road in Kingston on Monday.

He has been identified as Errol Lewin. Police report that Lewin was at a cook shop, at 84 Old Hope Road, watching television with a group of other persons.

So engrossed was Lewin with the programme being aired that he never saw when a car pulled up and one man alighted.

The man pulled a firearm, walked straight up to Lewin and shot him several times, sending the other persons and the owner of the cook shop scampering for cover.

Lewin died on the spot.





Ky-mani releases video for latest single

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kymani-marley.jpgKy-Mani Marley has released a new video for the single, 'Rule My Heart', which is getting rotation on all major cable and TV channels.

The video, produced by Konfrontation Muzik, in association with Good Good Production, is directed by music video director Young Chang.

"The feedback from the video has been incredible in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean. It's an incredible song and the video reflects the whole vibe of the song with a classic drop-top car and romantic scenes with a sexy lead female," music industry insider Dean Dryden said. The single is available for sale on all major download platforms.

Ky-Mani Marley is in Europe promoting his latest album, Conversations. He performed at major festivals such as the Reggae Jam in Germany and the Gurten Festival in Bern, Switzerland.

He signed with Gee Street/V2 Records in 1997, when he completed a collaboration with label mate PM Dawn on the single, Gotta Be Movin' On Up.

Marley's next recorded album was the 2000 release, The Journey. In 2001, he released his third studio album, Many More Roads. He then went on tour and in 2004 released his fourth studio album, Milestone. In 2007, he released Radio. His previous album, titled Maestro, was released on June 30, 2015.

Marley's acting work includes lead roles in the Jamaican films Shottas and One Love.





The police are now investigating a case of negligence against one its members whose service pistol was stolen from her in St Catherine on the weekend.

It is reported that on Saturday, the police constable, who is stationed in St James, accompanied colleagues to function at Job Lane in Spanish Town.

Information reaching The Star is that she left her service pistol inside a motor car and went to use a restroom. When she returned, it was observed that thieves had broken into the vehicle and had stolen the firearm. Police confirmed that other personal effects were also stolen from the vehicle.

The matter was reported to the Spanish Town police and an investigation was launched.





A rose by any other name is just as sweet; cerrasse by any other name is just as bitter.

So when the Education Minister is saying that he is going to abolish auxiliary fee in schools and replace it with parent contribution - of the same amount or sometimes even more - the it's a case of six of one half dozen of the other.

A report states that the official policy of the Ministry of Education is for secondary schools to abolish auxiliary fees and instead request non-mandatory parent contributions not exceeding $20,000, except by spcial permission from the ministry to charge more.

For the 2016-2017 academic year, Jamaica College has asked parents to contribute $31,500 in fees, Wolmer's Boys has requested $27,000, while Manchester High, Campion College and Immaculate Conception High have announced fees of $21,000, $30,000 and $44,500, respectively.

This reflects the exact value of the auxiliary fees charged by these schools in the previous academic year.

So where then is the so called free education?





14 persons killed on the roads in 6 days

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14-killed-six-day-bog-walk-crash.jpgThe Road Safety Unit in the Ministry of Transport is reporting that 14 people have been killed on Jamaican roads in the past six days.

The ministry had reported that up to June 12 there was a 10 per cent decline in fatal crashes and a two per cent drop in fatalities as the number of persons killed on Jamaican roads hit a 200 mark.

Now seven days later, the number of road fatalities is up to 214 - a two per cent increase when compared with the similar period last year.

According to the Road Safety Unit, males account for 84 per cent of fatalities since the beginning of the year.

The statistical report also states that motorists account for 26 per cent of deaths while pedestrians account for 18 per cent of fatalities in 2016.





lasco-top-cop.jpgCorporal Kimaryo Pinnock suffered a heart attack and has been at the Kingston Public Hospital since Friday.

Pinnock was named top cop at the Police of the Year Awards ceremony held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in April of this year.

He was selected from a list of 12 finalists.

The Police of the Year Awards Programme was initiated in 2000 through a partnership between LASCO and the JCF to publicly acknowledge the professionalism and dedication of the members of the force.





flat-bridge-crash.jpgThe driver of the vehicle in which six people died after it plunged into the Rio Cobre Sunday morning is to be slapped with manslaughter charges.

Calvin Allen, the senior superintendent in charge of police traffic division, said that the driver will be slapped with six counts of manslaughter.

Allen said also that the man had been driving without a licence.

The vehicle -- a blue 2012 Suzuki Vitara -- plunged into the Rio Cobre 1:00 am after the driver reportedly misjudged the turn onto the bridge.

The Suzuki Grand Vitara -- which was owned and operated by Bishop Stephen Ricketts who also died -- was carrying eight persons at the time





tivoli.jpgSenior Superintendent Steve McGregor, territorial Commander with responsibility for operation, said that there will be a meeting on Tuesday evening between residents and the police to ease the tension in the community.

"I will take a personal interest in the situation and on that day I will give them an update as to who has been charged, who has been transferred and so on," he said, referring to police.

The matter is being investigated by the Independent Commission of Investigations.





crime-scene-7.jpgA man who ran into a building and during an alleged confrontation with the police in Tivoli Gardens was shot and injured and later pronounced dead at the Kingston Public Hospital. A 9mm pistol with eight rounds was reportedly taken from the young man.

However, the 19 year-old is now being hailed as a good boy and residents say he was shot in his bed by the cops.

Residents have disputed the police's version of the shooting and demanded justice.

"Dem kill Tevin, dem go inside his house and kill him. It was no shoot-out, but that is what dem do all the time go inna people house and fire one barrage a shot and then seh a shoot-out and come and seh dem find gun when is dem a walk with spare gun," said one resident, who identified herself as Tuni

"We don't know why police officers don't like us in Tivoli Gardens. A sleep him a sleep inna him house and dem go wake him up an him hold up him hand. All him tripe a come through him side. Dem do mi friend bad and him nuh live no life yet, dem mek di whole a him bleed out," Tuni added.

The residents insisted that there was no shoot-out and that it was the police who were firing gunshots in the area and teargas on residents.

"Through dem neva want nobody video dem when dem a come down wid di body dem fire up one bag a shot and throw tear gas," one resident said.He said that following the shooting, the police came under attack from members of the Young Generation Gang, of which Gordon is belived to be a member, and had to call for assistance from Mobile Reserve and the Jamaica Defence Force.

"Police on duty at the police post came under attack from gunmen and Denham Town Police Station was also fired on," SSP Chambers said.

The senior officer said that, while the gunmen were attacking the police, residents mounted a fiery roadblock on Spanish Town Road and also hurled stones and bottles at the police resulting in two officers being injured -- one in the face and the other on his arm.





Young female doctor killed in crash

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young-doctor-dmegan-auden.jpgDr Megan Auden, 25, the daughter of popular Mandeville doctor Paul Auden, died Saturday afternoon after the car she was driving collided into two others on the Greenvale Road in the parish capital.

The Mandeville Police say about 3:45 p.m Megan was travelling towards Greenvale.

On reaching the intersection between Greenvale and West roads, her car skidded on a wet road surface into the path of two Toyota Corolla motor vehicles travelling in the opposite direction.

She was reportedly flung from the vehicle and was soon after pronounced dead at hospital.

Ten passengers travelling in the other vehicles were injured and were also taken to hospital.





Tense calm in Tivoli after fierce gunbattle

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tivoli.jpgThere is now a uneasy calm in sections of West Kingston following Friday morning's disturbance which saw the Police post in Tivoli Gardens coming under attack.

The shooting erupted between the police and gunmen following the fatal shooting of a resident of Tivoli Gardens Friday morning.

He has been identified as 19-year-old Kevin Gordon, otherwise called Scrappo.

Residents mounted roadblocks along Spanish Town Road, forcing the authorities to issue an advisory telling persons to stay away from the area.





Fire destroys Old Harbour market

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firemen.jpgOver 200 vendors at the Old Harbour Market in St Catherine are without a place to ply their wares due to a massive fire which gutted the market early Friday morning.

The Old Harbour police confirmed that about 1:00 a.m fire was observed at the market.

An alarm was raised and calls made to the nearby Fire Station. However, the lack of a fire truck at the Old Harbour Fire Station in St Catherine did not help the situation.

Help was summoned from Spanish Town, Portmore and May Pen.

The fire was brought under control after about four hours with the assistance of 37 fire personnel.





Relatives set 7 year-old girl on fire

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shocked.jpgA seven-year-old girl who was reportedly set on fire by relatives in Lionel Town, Clarendon has been admitted in hospital. The incident occurred on Tuesday but was brought to the attention of the police yesterday.

It's reported that the child sat on a container of rum which was later broken and spilled on her dress. The child's aunt allegedly used a lighter to set the seven-year-old a blaze. The child suffered burns to the left side of her lower body.

Meanwhile, the 17-year-old aunt and the grandmother were charged by the police yesterday. The aunt has been charged with assault occasioning grievous bodily harm while the grandmother was charged with cruelty to a child.

The grandmother was granted bail while the aunt remains in police custody.





Tivoli residents shoot up police station

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tivoli.jpgThe Tivoli Gardens police station was fired upon this morning by gunmen after a Tivoli resident, 19-year-old Tevin Gordon was shot dead allegedly by the police in Building 12.

Reports are that, the attack on the police went on for more than 45 minutes.

Residents of Tivoli Gardens as well as West Kingston Member of Parliament, Desmond McKenzie, have accused the police of acting unlawfully. They claim that the police opened fire on residents indiscriminately.

According to Mr. McKenzie, he too had to take cover due to the heavy gunfire allegedly from the police. He says he strongly condemns the action of the police.

The residents expressed anger at the shooting death of Gordon, who they claimed was killed in his house in cold blood.





shocked.jpgKingAlarm, the security company to which the two security guard victims of Friday morning's murder suicide were employed is expressing shock at the incident.

The agency says it has launched its own investigation into the matter.

Managing Director at KingAlarm John Azar says Martin, the man who killed his common law wife before turning the gun on himself, had been employed to the company for over 16 years and that he considers him a friend having worked closely with him in various capacities during the period.

Azar says reports from members of the team are that Martin was seen in a jovial and pleasant mood before the incident.

He says in addition to counseling for the team members, an offer has been extended to Martin's family to provide them with grief and Post Traumatic Stress counseling as well.





joe-bogdanovich-ishawna-dirty-dancing.jpgThe Josef Bogdanovich-led Downsound Records has reacted to widely carried reports that their female artiste, Ishawna is no longer with the outfit.

According to a release from DSR: " It has come to the attention of DownSound Records Limited that representations have been made publicly and privately to the effect that the exclusive recording and performance contract between the artist Ishawna and DownSound Records has been terminated.

"DownSound Records Limited would like to take this opportunity to place on record by notice to the public and all third parties in the music industry, that there still exists a binding exclusive recording and performance contract between Ishawna and DownSound Records."

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ishawna-benz-and-joe.jpgReggae Sumfest is fast approaching and Downsound artiste, Ishawna is one of only three females on Dancehall Night. The others are SPice and the newly-crowned MAgnum Queen.

Sumfest is owned by Downsound Records, the label to which Ishawna is signed. Today reports surfaced that Ishawna has left Downsound. But is there any truth to this.

Seriously...where would she go?





beenie-man-photo-7.jpgBeenie Man is not just the King of the Dancehall, he is a giver.

The iconic dancehall artiste whose real name is Moses Davis has vowed to stand the cost of Olympic gears for Toni-Ann Williams, Jamaica's first female Olympic Gymnast.

Reports are that Beenie Man is the official sponsor for 11-year old, Junior gymnast Asasia Malcolm, for the next four years.

Malcolm's mother, Sharri-Ann Vaz had nothing but kind words to say about the entertainer.

"First entertainer to support and sponsor Jamaica Gymnastics....... Thanks to MD entertainment/Moses Davis for your generosity ........ Asasia is now training for the team focusing Olympics 2020," she wrote on Facebook.





gussie-clarke-photo-1.jpgOlivia "Babsy" Grange, minister of culture, gender, entertainment and sport, has appointed a new entertainment advisory board, which she said should assist in constructing a viable and vibrant creative economy.

The board comprises: Lenford Salmon, chairman; Gussie Clarke, deputy chairman; Councillor Duane Smith; Kingsley Cooper; Clifton "Specialists" Dillon; Dr Carlene Davis-Cowan; Dr Sonjah Stanley-Niah; Paula Surtees; Bunny Brown; Howard McIntosh; Herbie Miller; Clyde McKenzie; Michael "Ibo" Cooper; Joseph Bogdanovich; Karen Smith; Jacqueline Knight-Campbell; Shelly-Ann Curran; and Kamal Bankay.

Speaking in the Sectoral Debate in Parliament on Tuesday, Grange said she plans to hold discussions with Edmund Bartlett, minister of tourism, to determine what is served to visitors as Jamaican entertainment.

"Our aim is for every visitor who arrives in Jamaica to experience the distinctive sounds and images of our Jamaican music. In this setting we will be able to provide further opportunities for increased employment and financial growth for our musicians," said Grange.





Almost a third of Rio Olympic tickets unsold

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RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AFP) -- Nearly a third of tickets to the Rio Olympics remain unsold just over three weeks from the opening ceremony, an official said Wednesday, insisting that sales were on course.

"We have sold over 70 per cent of available tickets," a spokesman for the Rio 2016 organising committee said in an emailed statement.

The spokesman said this was "ahead of our revenue targets" and that "our goal is to sell out all tickets."

The total unsold so far amounts to some 1.7 million tickets to events at the first Olympics ever held in South America, he said.





Cops kill man in St James

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crime-scene-7.jpgA man was fatally shot during an alleged confrontation with the police in Dumfries, St James, this morning.

He has been identified as Ricardo Campbell otherwise called 'Red Eye'.

The police say the matter has been reported to the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM).





Fourth person dies in Highway 2000 crash

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highway-2000-crash.jpgAnother passenger injured in Wednesday night's deadly crash along the Spanish Town leg of Highway 2000, has died.

This was disclosed by Senior Superintendent Calvin Allen, Head of the Highway and Traffic Department. Initially, it had been reported that three persons had died from the crash, including the driver. However, SSP Allen confirmed that a fourth person who had been undergoing treatment, succumbed to injuries.

The first three victims have been identified as 54-year-old bus driver Everton Melhado of Dawkin district in James Hill, Clarendon; 67-year-old Veronica Edwards of Trout Hall Pass district, also in Clarendon and 60-year-old Hortense Barnett.

SSP Allen said investigations revealed that the driver was speeding with the packed bus when one of the tyres blew out, causing the vehicle to flip over several times.

He said 12 of the 17 injured passengers are still in hospital; four of them children.





crime-scene-7.jpgA man was shot dead, another injured during a break-in, while a woman was raped at gunpoint in three separate incidents in Portland last night.

In the first incident, the body of a man, who the police said has so far been unidentified, was found with gunshot wounds this morning at Snow Hill in the parish. According to the police, about 1:30 a.m. they were summoned to Snow Hill where they found the man's body lying in the roadway with multiple gunshot wounds. The police say the man is about 5'6" tall, of dark complexion and was wearing brown shorts, red slippers and blue shirt. The body has a tattoo on his left shoulder and had a low haircut. This would bring to five the numbers of murders in Portland since the start of 2016.

In the second incident also at Snow Hill, the police said a licensed firearm holder woke up to find a man standing in his bedroom with a gun making threatening demands. The firearm holder reportedly pulled his weapon from under a pillow and a shootout ensued. During the exchange of gunfire, the resident was reportedly shot three times in the leg. The gunman then ran away leaving behind a trail of blood, which the police say indicates he too might have been shot.

In the third incident, a man reportedly held up a woman at gunpoint while she was making her way home shortly after midnight. The police say the man raped the woman and robbed her of an undermined sum of money.





$17-M ganja haul in Clarendon

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ganja-seized.jpgThe police are reporting the seizure of over 2,800 pounds of ganja during operations carried out in Portland Cottage district in Clarendon Wednesday.

Reports are that between the hours of 12:30 pm, and 4:30 pm, police officers were conducting operations in the area when the drug, which has an estimated street value of J$17 million, was allegedly found.

Several individuals, including a foreign national, were subsequently arrested after the seizure; however their identities are being withheld pending further investigations.





missing-clarendon-sisters.jpgTwo Clarendon sisters who abandoned their home, and were reported missing by family members, were found at a man's house in Montego Bay, St James.

Twenty-year-old Antoinette Lisa Mullings, who is eight months pregnant, and her younger sister 17-year-old Shanakay Mullings, both left their home in Longborough, Clarendon on Monday.

The girls had said they were going shopping in Mandeville, Manchester for the soon-to-be-born baby.

Head of the St James police, Senior Superintendent Marlon Nesbeth, told THE STAR that the girls "left their home to visit the elder one's spouse, so to speak".





crime-scene-7.jpgThe St. Ann Police have charged Alexus Newland, otherwise called 'Dal Dal', of Milford, St. Ann in connection with the killing of three year-old Nevalesia Campbell.

Newland was charged Wednesrday evening following the completion of a question-and-answer session. He was initially identified by the St. Ann police as a person of interest following Sunday's discovery of the mutilated body of young Nevalesia. The infant's body was found with chop wounds in bushes in Brown's Town.

Superintendent Wayne Cameron, head of the St. Ann Police Division, told RJR News that Mr. Newland had retained an attorney. He's scheduled to appear in court at a later date.

In the meantime, the mother and stepfather of 3-year-old Nevalesia Campbell are booked to appear in Court this morning. Mahalia Poyser, a 24-year-old bartender and her common law husband, 30-year-old Roy Dawes, were charged on Monday with breaches of the Child Care and Protection Act.

Miss Poyser had initially told police that Nevalesia had been put to bed, and was later discovered missing. Investigators say the adults left Nevalesia and another child unsupervised to attend a party in the community. The mother discovered the child missing after returning from the party.





75 killed in truck attack in Nice, France

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shocked.jpgAt least 75 people have died in the French city of Nice after an attacker plowed a truck, which was "loaded with" grenades and other arms, into a large crowd during Bastille Day celebrations Thursday night, officials said.

The incident left an "apocalyptic" scene, according to eyewitnesses, on the famed Promenade des Anglais, put the city on lockdown and drew swift condemnation from world leaders.

The American consulate in Marseille said it was trying to "determine if any U.S. citizens were injured in the event."

The exact nature of the attack was unclear, but the Paris anti-terrorism prosecutor's office was put in charge of the investigation.

Christian Estrosi, president of the Nice region, told French TV that the motorist "fired on the crowd, according to the police who killed him" and said that "the truck was loaded with arms, loaded with grenades."The truck was driven by someone who appeared to have "completely premeditated behavior," Estrosi added.

According to Eric Ciotti, who represents Nice in the French parliament, 75 people were killed and another 65 injured, including 15 critically.





Jamaica helping Guyana to fight crime

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Jamaica is providing assistance to Guyana in strengthening its crime and security intelligence-gathering strategies and techniques, Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud has announced.

Addressing the annual police awards ceremony Wednesday, Persaud said the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has begun conducting an assessment of the Guyana Police Force's (GPF) crime and security intelligence system with the aim of recommending improvements.

He told the ceremony that the plan would be implemented as soon as it is completed and accepted by the authorities here. "Thereafter, we will pursue with implementing those recommendations and we are likely to see a great change in our intelligence infrastructure and see a great interface between crime intelligence and security intelligence and further develop pour general capacity to deliver the highly expected services of the people of our communities."

Having said that, here are some reactions to this article: Guyana gets help from Jamaica? Did I read right?. Please tell me this is a big JOKE...look at how many persons are being kill and instead of using all our resources and time to try and figure out how to stop the crime here in Jamaica we leave our problems to solve themselves and gone a Guyana. but a wah this!!...SMDH

But a wha dis? Jamaican police cannot fight their own crime but offering expertise intelligence to Guyana police?

Cho, man. Jamaica have a breed a criminal weh we need help with.Rahtid,wi gone international,scotland yard,mi6 and interpol soon call wi fi advice to bakscup

Ha this is a laughing matter because dem should a be looking for duppy film then once dem catch him they can show the Guyana police how fi dweet!!!

Tell me it ain't so. JDF helping other police department about policing? Thanks for making me laugh!





Drake spends yet another week at number one

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drake-performance-billboard.jpgCanadian star Drake has notched up a 13th consecutive week at number one with his single One Dance.

The song has now had the longest reign at the top of the charts since Wet Wet Wet's Love Is All Around in 1994.

Only two songs have had a longer unbroken spell at the summit: Love Is All Around (15 weeks) and Bryan Adams' Everything I Do, I Do It For You (16).

Frankie Laine's I Believe also spent 18 weeks at number one in 1953, but his run was interrupted by two other songs.

Drake's minimalist R&B track has dominated the charts since its release in April.

However, its success is primarily down to streaming. The song is only number 11 in this week's sales chart - with millions of streams pushing it to number one in the official Top 40, which combines sales and on-demand music.

Summery house track This Girl, by Kungs vs Cookin' on Three Burners, is the best-selling single of the week, but only manages to make number two in the singles chart.





South Coast Rum & Food fest July 23

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Singer Anthony Cruz is to headline the South Coast Rum Food and Music Festival, a day and night event set for July 23 at Tiger Market Lawn, Manchester Avenue, in May Pen, Clarendon.

Stephanie Elliott, the producer of the festival and CEO of Compass Communication, said it's the most exciting of her three years doing major shows due to the worldwide interest, mostly from Europe.

"Europeans take special delight in Jamaican culture and we recognise from our conversation with them that we needed to customise our product to suit their demand for everything Jamaican. We still want corporate Jamaica to better receive and respond more timely to our sponsorship requests," she said.

As for the lineup, supporting Cruz will be Payne 'Pretty Dunce' Mendez and a number of entertainers and artiste from Clarendon.

On display will be Maroon and Jamaican-Indian culture.

"Talent abounds in Clarendon and we'll need more than a day to highlight this but so far we are pleased with the progress made and we will be delivering the best of the south, its rums, foods and culture to the people of Jamaica and the world," Elliott said.





The Montreal International Reggae Festival (MIRF) brings The Old Port of Montreal to life August 26, 27, 28 with the sweet sounds of Reggae and Dancehall for their 13th annual music festival!

Headliners at this years' festival are Cocoa Tea, Mavado, Barrington Levy, Elephant Man, Sanchez, Spragga Benz, Vershon, Romain Virgo and Jahmiel. Each artist has a catalog of hit records that are enjoyed by Reggae and Dancehall fans young and mature. In addition to these international greats, 2 time JUNO nominee and Canadian Songstress Ammoye will grace the stage as will musical siren Sielle, roots influenced Kaisha Lee, and upcoming Soulstress Mel Dube, Soca sensation Olatunji and Vern Maytone.

In addition to the incredible line up of artists, MIRF is pleased to confirm that a tribute to Sound System culture will be held on Friday August 26th before the start of the festival. Deemed the 'Festival within the Festival,' the Sound System fest is the first of its' kind in Canada, and will showcase another aspect of Jamaican culture through the dubplates of some of Canada's most elite sounds.

Pioneers in Sound System culture are Charlie Chaplin, Josey Wales and Brigadier Jerry who will also perform a special live set backed by a Sound System. This set will be an hour and a half in length and will see each artist rotate their performances within that segment which has been dubbed 3 the Hard Way.





mavado-son-yardflex.jpgOver the weekend, dancehall star, Mavado, uploaded a photo of him and his teenage son, standing on the balcony of what appears to be his mansion.

The Gully Gad captioned the photo, simply, "Love You Son."

The teen, whose name has not been officially released, is currently recuperating in the hospital after being shot

According to reports Mavado's son was shot in Cassava Piece, St. Andrew a week ago.

However news broke of the incident on Friday and Mavado who has been tight-lipped about the shooting.





Over 300 new routes coming, promises gov't

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Commuters across various sections of the island will soon have access to increased public transportation. Transport Minister Mike Henry says effective next Wednesday, there will be a limited reopening of 436 Route Taxi and 48 Rural Stage Carriage Routes.

He says the routes include 18 newly created routes for Route Taxis and two Rural Stage Carriage bus Routes.

Applications for these routes will remain open until October 13.

Some of the new routes include Charles Town to Kinloss Trelawny, Lionel Town to Longville Park Clarendon and Port Antonio to Belleview Portland.

In the meantime, Mr. Henry says the new motor car age requirement for new road licence applications/take-over-service and change of vehicle is twenty years.

He says motor cars over fifteen years will, however, require a structural safety report, from the Island Traffic Authority (ITA).





Cop name 12 wanted men

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police-station.jpgThe St. James Police have released the names of 12 men they described as the parish's most wanted fugitives.

The men are wanted for serious crimes, including murders and shootings committed in the parish.

The release of the names of the men comes on the heels of the recent flare-up of gun violence in the parish which left 11 persons dead and 10 others injured last week.

Those wanted for murders are: Almando Junior Bravo, Richard Grey otherwise called 'Zombie and Delano Wilmot otherwise called 'Lano'.

Shaneil Lutan is also wanted for two counts of murder as well as Escaping Custody and Illegal Possession of Firearm.

Marcus Robinson otherwise called 'Killer' is wanted for Illegal Possession of Firearm and Escaping Custody.

Ithream Shuriah is wanted for Illegal Possession of Firearm and Robbery with Aggravation.

Those wanted for Shooting with Intent are Aswyn Jarrett otherwise called 'Skii Mask', Kevin Hemmings otherwise called 'Skelly' and Oneil Clarke otherwise called 'Goaty' as well as Marlon Samuels otherwise called 'Brutos'.

Jevaughn Campbell otherwise called 'Jev', 'Cooking Oil' and Adrian Robinson otherwise called ''Rasta' are wanted for Wounding with Intent.

The police are asking the men to turn themselves into the Freeport Police by 5pm on Monday. Anyone knowing the whereabouts of these men is being asked to contact the nearest police station.





crime-scene-7.jpgA 3 year-old girl who had been gonee missing has been found. Dead.

Reports are that rsidents of Orange Hill, St Ann on Sunday morning, July 10 found the body of the little girl who went missing from her home in the area on Saturday night.

Extensive searches of the area were done late Saturday night into early this morning, where her body was found in bushes early Sunday morning.

It is being reported that the child had several chop wounds over sections of her body when she was found at around 11 am.





delus.jpgA date has been revealed for the funeral service for dancehall artiste, Delus, the brother of Konshens.

The day after Delus' untimely passing, Konshens had promised to keep fans abreast of the funeral arrangements. He did so on the weekend when he posted on social media that his brother's funeral is set for Saturday July 23.

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According to the post, the service will be held at the Church of Resurrection located at 1 Dickens Avenue, in Duhaney Park. Start time is 11:00 am.

The 35 year-old Delus, whose real name is Delmark Spence, is said to have committed suicide at his home in Havendale, St Andrew, in June. His body was found in a bathtub with what appeared to be a bullet wound to the head.

The entertainer's suicide death plunged the fraternity in mourning.





r5-museum.jpgUS pop/rock band R5, arrived in Jamaica Monday evening, days ahead of their debut performance in the island at the exciting, family-friendly, kids and teen concert, YMZ which takes place on Saturday.

The five-member sibling group (and their best friend), is one of the show's headliners and so keen were they to explore Jamaica that they jetted in early enough to do just that. Despite the fact that one member Ross, who stars as Austin on Disney Channel's Austin & Ally, didn't come on Monday, as planned, R5 is having a blast, having visited the Bob Marley Museum, Tutti Frutti Sovereign, taken trips outside of Kingston, had a meet and greet with fans and even kicked off a media blitz, starting with Zip FM, and CVM at Sunrise.

On Monday they posted on social media, along with a pic: "WE'RE IN JAMAICA! Had a great time with @officialzip103fm. Ross is still filming his movie, he's gonna meet up with us when we play @youthmusiczone this Saturday!

This Saturday, July 9, will see the inaugural staging of YMZ which will feature heavyweight international and local-based artistes all on stage at the National Stadium field in Kingston, Jamaica. Also making his Jamaican debut will be Billboard Award winning artiste Silento, on a line-up that showcases local acts Bling Dawg of Aji Bounce fame, Don Andre, whose hit Tom Cruise has sparked a popular dance move of the same name and Voicemail.

"Youth Music Zone (YMZ) is definitely the summer event for the entire family," says Dave Lindsay of Mysterious Music Minds, the outfit organizing YMZ. "We just want the kids, teens and their parents to grab their most comfortable pair of dancing shoes and get ready to Whip, Nae Nae, Aji Bounce, and Tom Cruise on Saturday, " he added.

YMZ had its official recently at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in front of a packed house of sponsors, media, artistes and a host of excited teeny boppers. The organizers pulled out all the stops, including a first at a Jamaican media launch, by having a live link with R5.

Check out YMZ this Saturday at the National Stadium ... it a go loud!





A new Jamaican feature film, 'It's A Family Affair', is now in the can after the completion of all location filming in six days.

A small cast, few locations and a great story is the foundation for the latest home-grown feature film production. The all-star cast includes Ian "Ity" Ellis, Dahlia Harris, Tony Hendriks, Bertina Macaulay, Brian Brown and Emprezz Golding.

It's A Family Affair is a story about a new multi-millionaire who decides to renew his wedding vows. This prompts him to arrange a family reunion at Melia Braco Village. The mixture of family from England, United States and Jamaica creates a comedic cultural clash for their holiday weekend.

Post-production is scheduled for completion by early Fall after which Jamaicans will see the newest addition to the local feature film fare.





tyga-jamaica.jpgAmerican rapper Tyga is facing tremendous backlash on social media following the release of his latest video. The visuals for the single 1 of 1 was shot in Duhaney Park some weeks ago.

Tyga took to social media sharing snippets of the video shoot all while embracing his Jamaican heritage.

The rapper is however being blasted for not using a Jamaican model as his lead girl.

Some even dogged his love interest who is of German and Pakistani descent for wearing bantu knots (chiney bumps), made popular by black women.

Tyga is also facing criticism for the song itself which sounds very similar to the song Controlla done by Canadian rapper Drake.

Meanwhile, dancehall artiste Mr. Vegas is the only one winning in the debate over the single as his 2005 hit Ducky was sampled in Tyga's song.





Awesome Startime at Juice Patties Complex

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startime-freddie.jpgThe Startime promoters rolled out a slew of acts which rocked the Juici Patties complex in Clarendon on Saturday night as thousands of vintage music fans flooded the venue for the show.

It was announced that Paul was hospitalised while Andy suffered a broken leg in a motorcycle accident. But the Startime promoters filled the slots with Cornell Campbell and George Nooks, both of whom performed creditably.

Nooks energised the massive audience at just after 1:00 am; thanks to his gospel selections, he had Clarendon Park rocking.

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Marcia Griffiths and hometown boys, Derrick Morgan and Freddie McGregor shone till they dazzled..

Closing act McGregor delivered a string of hits including To Be Poor, Prophesy, Push Come To Shove, Big Ship, Let Them Try, Loving Pauper and his big ballad So I'll Wait For You had the audience transfixed to the very end.

Marcia Griffiths' pulled her audience in with those hits and had them dancing throughout her one-hour set.

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From her, the audience got Truly, Peaceful Woman, I Shall Sing, Closer, Fire Burning, To Sir With Love, Oh Me Oh My, How Good I Am and the 'biggies' Stepping Outa Babylon and Electric Boogie.

Derrick Morgan entertained with tracks such as Forward March, Mule Train and Don't Call Me Daddy, while veterans ohnny Clarke, Leroy Sibbles, Errol Dunkley, The Mighty Diamonds and The Clarendonians all made their indelible mark.





virgin-ad-usain-bolt.jpgThe UK's Virgin Media challenged the nation to 'Be The Fastest' with the unveiling of a new multi-million pound brand campaign featuring Jamaican sprint superstar Usain Bolt on Wednesday.

The campaign called 'Be The Fastest', is spearheaded by a new TV ad, which will air during the Portugal vs Wales Euro 2016 semi-final match Wednesday evening.

The 100-second ad centres on the concept of speed and the fastest man of all time, Usain Bolt, ahead of a pivotal season in Bolt's career.

Speed unlocks the difference that Virgin Media provides, and for Bolt, speed defines him.

The ad is voiced over by fellow sprinter, Michael Johnson, who made a documentary with Usain Bolt in 2010.





JUTC employee shot dead in Spanish Town

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jutc-bus.jpgThe Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) has expressed sadness at the shooting death of one of its employees in Spanish Town, St Catherine, this afternoon.

He has been identified as Donovan Nugent, bus cleaner and janitor at the State-run entity.

Nugent is the second bus cleaner employed to the company to be killed. In 2015, 30-year-old Marvin McLeary was found dead on King Street in the parish.

Preliminary reports are that about 4:00 pm, Nugent was approached by an armed man at the Spanish Town bus park who opened gunfire hitting him. He reportedly died at the scene.





crime-scene-7.jpgThe burnt body of a female in her teens was reportedly found in a cane field in Toll Gate, Clarendon on Tuesday.

The police say the body could not be properly identified at the time.

In the meantime, the family of an 18 year old girl who went missing on Friday say the burnt body could be that of their relative.

The police say they will have to use DNA and await the findings from an autopsy to determine identity and cause of death.





black-man-killed-by-white-cops.jpgLouisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Wednesday that the Department of Justice will launch a federal investigation into the fatal police shooting of Alton Sterling, a 37-year-old black man shot and killed Tuesday after an altercation with two white police officers in Baton Rouge.

Sterling is one of at least 505 people who have been shot and killed by on-duty police officers so far in 2016, according to a Washington Post database tracking such shootings.

And his killing is the latest in a nationwide string of fatal police-involved arrests captured on video. Like many others, the first versions of what happened are coming more from a video showing a fragment of the incident than from police, who have had relatively little to say so far. Thus no clear picture has yet emerged of the full sequence of events that led to the death.

"The video is disturbing to say the least," Edwards (D) said.

The bystander video of the shooting, which circulated online Tuesday evening, showed two Baton Rouge police officers attempting to detain Sterling after the officers responded to a call "from a complainant who stated that a black male who was selling music cd's and wearing a red shirt threatened him with a gun" outside the Triple S Food Mart, a convenience store, according to a Facebook post by the Baton Rouge Police Department. Police said they responded about 12:35 a.m. Tuesday, and that Sterling was armed with a gun when officers confronted him.

Sterling was shot and killed while pinned down by the officers.





godfrey-dyer.jpgOne prominent tourism stakeholder is insisting that a state of emergency is necessary to deal with the upsurge of crime in western Jamaica. Godfrey Dyer, Chairman of the Tourism Enhancement Fund, says the call for a state of emergency might be taken out of context with persons believing it to mean similar action to what took place in West Kingston. However, he said it should not be taken in that capacity.

"I'm not against a state of emergency, however, I can't see why the police are not using the army more. Why can't the army be downtown and elsewhere?" he questioned.

Mr. Dyer said he would support a limited state of emergency, but it should not be likened to the 2010 security operation in West Kingston.

"In my opinion, which is the lesser of the two evils? The amount of killings that are going on around downtown Montego Bay and all around the place...or (a state of emergency)? What a state of emergency means is that the army will have full power because they will be patrolling the entire area. I don't want people to mix up what happened in 2010; that was a different kind of state of emergency," he sought to explain.

He said the continuous incidents of crime will be more harmful to tourism, than a limited state of emergency.





Should a state of emergency be declared to arrest crime in Montego Bay?

Omar Robinson, President of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association, is not in agreement with the call for a state of emergency, neither is the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce is not in support of the call.

Gloria Henry, President of the Chamber of Commerce, says while the state of emergency may have some short term benefits, it could cause more damage over the long term.

"We believe that it could be considered harmful in the long-term to the brand - Brand Jamaica, Brand Montego Bay. It wouldn't solve the problems we have in Montego Bay and we believe that security forces certainly have to take the necessary actions that are within the law and they need to use them along with intelligence to solve the issues that we are facing with the rising rate of murders here in St. James. We are also saying that the continued response of changing persons and changing leadership has not solved the problem either in Montego Bay," she asserted.





caribbean-airlines.jpgCaribbean Airlines has confirmed that Two passengers died on the weekend having suffered medical emergencies while on separate flights.

Head of Communications Dionne Ligoure, said the first incident occurred on Friday on flight BW 524 where a passenger arriving at Piarco International Airport was unwell.

The passenger was taken to a health facility and he died while receiving treatment.

The second incident occurred on Saturday with a female passenger on flight BW 525.

The flight had to be diverted to Kingston in order to deal with the medical situation.

Miss Ligoure said the passenger was later pronounced dead by medical personnel in Jamaica.





butch-stewart-gordon-butch.jpgThere is controversy in Tobago over the proposed site for a hotel to be operated by the Sandals group.

Sandals Chairman Gordon Butch Stewart, has expressed an interest in a site known as No Man's Land for a 750-room hotel.

However objections have been raised about use of the location.

Stewart's admission comes as an online petition continues to gain support, calling on the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) to start public consultation and have full disclosure and accountability on the proposed development in Tobago.





tommy-lee-photo-10-simplified.jpgThe lawyer for popular dancehall artiste, Leroy Russell otherwise called Tommy Lee has made contact with detectives from the Kingston East division regarding the request for the artiste to report to the Elletson Road police station for questioning.

The police say they are in dialogue with the attorney who made contact this morning.

A release last week from the police said Tommy Lee is wanted for questioning in relation to a shooting on Saunders Avenue, Kingston 2.

He was asked to report to the police by July 4.

Meanwhile, the police say Rohan Smith otherwise called Dawg, who was also asked to report to the Elletson Road police by July has not yet done so.

He is wanted for questioning in relation to the murder of Woman Corporal Judith Williams.





A store clerk who was arrested for stealing $45,000 worth of clothing from a boutique where she worked -- after she was seen on Facebook wearing some of the dresses -- claimed she did not really steal the clothes because she was going to return them after she wore them.

Shanna Williams, 31, of a Kingston address, was recently charged with larceny as a servant after police raided her house and found several articles of clothing from her workplace.

The Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court heard on Friday that Williams stole the clothes sometime in June from the shop at Southdale Plaza in Half-Way-Tree, St Andrew.

But Williams told the court: "I did not steal them, my intention was to just wear dem and bring dem back,"

The boutique owner then told the court that Williams was arrested after she posted pictures of herself wearing some of the stolen dresses from the store.

She also told the judge that she was reliably informed that Williams was planning to emigrate to the US in August and that she was planning to have a party in July.

The businesswoman said is fearful of losing her visa. Consequently, she said she just wanted her money and be finished with the matter.

The judge then told Williams: "From one fashionista, to another fashionista I am going to give you time to make restitution because you just got carried away with your love for fashion.

"She look good though," the judge said, which brought on more laughter.

The judge then asked Williams if she brought the money and she produced $16,000.





patrick-manning.jpegFormer Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Patrick Manning passed away Saturday morning after battling with Leukemia.

Manning reportedly passed away at the San Fernando General Hospital in the twin island republic at around 8:15 am. He was 70 years old.

"Former Prime Minister Patrick Augustus Mervyn Manning passed away peacefully at the San Fernando General Hospital after battling Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Former Prime Minister Manning was surrounded by his family and loved ones," said a release on Manning's social media page. "The Manning family would like to thank everyone for their prayers, love and support during this trying time. Funeral arrangements will be announced in due course."

Acute Myeloid Leukemia is a type of blood cancer which starts in the bone marrow.

Patrick Augustus Mervyn Manning, was born in San Fernando on August 17, 1946.

He attended Presentation College and later completed a BSc in Geology from the University of the West Indies, Mona.

He was the fourth and sixth Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago from 17 December 1991 to 9 November 1995 and again from 24 December 2001 to 26 May 2010.

He was also leader of the People's National Movement (PNM) from 1987 to 2010.

A geologist by training, Manning has served as Member of Parliament for the San Fernando East constituency since 1971 and is currently the longest-serving member of the House of Representatives.

He was the Leader of the Opposition from 1986 to 1990 and again from 1995 to 2001.





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This Saturday, July 9, will see the inaugural staging of the exciting, family-friendly, kids and teen show, YMZ which will feature heavyweight international and local-based artistes all on stage at the National Stadium field in Kingston, Jamaica.

Making their Jamaican debut will be Billboard Award winning artiste Silento and US pop/rock band R5, which features Ross Lynch who stars as Austin on Disney Channel's Austin & Ally; Bling Dawg of Aji Bounce fame, Don Andre, whose hit Tom Cruise has sparked a popular dance move of the same name, Voicemail and Wayne 'Chikungunya' J.

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"Youth Music Zone (YMZ) is definitely the summer event for the entire family," says Dave Lindsay of Mysterious Music Minds, the outfit organizing YMZ. "We just want kids, teens and their parents to grab their most comfortable pair of dancing shoes and get ready to Whip, Nae Nae, Aji Bounce, and Tom Cruise on Saturday, " he added.

YMZ had its official launch recently 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. The organisers 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.

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Of course, those artistes who were present in the flesh, could not be outdone. Don Andre was a huge hit, especially with the kids who sang and danced to the uber-popular, "Tom Cruise"; Voicemail kicked off the live performance section with a bang, while Bling Dawg mingled with the crowd but did not perform.

YMZ is endorsed by the National Parent Teachers Association. Sponsors include Youth Link, Gleaner, Children's Own, iCool Jamaica Yellow Pages, KaribLink Digital, 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.Check out YMZ this Saturday at the National Stadium ...it a go loud!

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





$759-million boost from Reggae Sumfest

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sumfest-2016.jpgReggae Sumfest is expected to provide a US$6 million ($750million) shot in the arm to the economy of Montego Bay and its environs when the curtain goes up on this year's festival.

Created as a vehicle for stimulating tourism during the slow summer months, Reggae Sumfest provides a huge fillip for the greater Montego Bay economy, says Robert Russell, former chairman of Summerfest Productions Ltd.

"Sumfest annually attracts 4,000 visitors to Montego Bay; the JTB says that they typically spend US$1,500 each. A lot of people depend on the festival to send their children back to school in September. The hotels, rental cars, taxis, craft vendors... everybody looks to Sumfest as it's a big economic boost for Montego Bay and by extension, Jamaica," Russell said.

The festival, which is part sponsored by the Jamaica Tourist Board, is scheduled for Catherine Hall in Montego Bay, St James, on July 17-23, 2016.

Gloria Henry, president of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce, agrees that Sumfest provides an essential economic jolt for the economy.

"Hotels are filled, restaurants, food services, bars and car rental companies do great business. The impact is far-reaching and apart from the fiscal benefits, the festival is a great calendar event marketed locally and overseas, which helps to promote Montego Bay as a great place to do business," she said.

Sumfest's best-attended night was consistently its Thursday Dancehall Night featuring almost 30 local dancehall deejays and drawing 12,000 plus patrons. Traditionally, at least 20,000 patrons attend the festival over three nights.

"From the days of Sunsplash, this period has traditionally been very important to Montego Bay because we are coming out of the tourist season at the end of April. Sumfest provides a boost that keeps the hotels operational by filling rooms for a week or two," Robin Russell, general manager of Deja Resorts, said.

"The influx of visitors from Kingston and overseas injects capital in a variety of industries from arts and crafts to rent-a-cars to restaurants so Sumfest is a great vehicle to stimulate the economy."





ziggy-marley-album-ziggy-marley.jpgalkaline-photo-9.jpgZiggy Marley, Vybz Kartel and Alkaline are still holding on to key positions in the top 10 of the Billboard Reggae Albums Chart.

Marley's self titled album climbed one space to the number two position after spending five weeks on the chart.

Last week's number two album King of the Dancehall by Vybz Kartel has slipped to the number four spot, while Alkaline is holding on at number ten with New level Unlocked.





beenie-man-photo-7.jpgMachel Montano and dancehall star Beenie Man will be the headliners at OVO Fest 2016.

Canadian rapper Drake made the announcement via Instagram on Thursday night.

OVO Fest is Drake's annual rap weekend in Toronto and this year will expand the annual Caribana celebrations to four days.

The weekend's line-up will also see Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, Jhene Aiko and others take the stage on Friday, July 29 at the Molson Amphitheatre.

Montano and Beenie Man will rep the Caribbean on July 30 at the Echo Beach. Drake and Future will perform at the Air Canada Centre on July 31 and August 1,

Special guest appearances have been promised. The night will be hosted by T. Rexxx, Ebro and Kast One.

Tickets are now on sale.





shaggy-i-got-you-vid-2016-jovi-rockwell.jpgPlatinum-selling artiste Mr Boombastic - Shaggy - is back with a bang.

At a time when every artiste is sampling reggae/dancehall, Shaggy goes for a truckload of soul and samples the absolute best - Godfather of Soul and Founding Father of Funk, Mister James Brown. The single is entitled "I Got You" and features Jovi Rockwell and we must admit that this song definitely rocks well.

Shaggy, who is now reportedly managed by Compound Entertainment, whose roster includes Ne-Yo, samples Mr. Brown's 1965 No. 1 R&B anthem "I Got You (I Feel Good)", giving it all he's got.

Billboard.com writer, Gail Mitchell quotes Shaggy as saying: ""Many tracks now have a dancehall feel to them. But to come out with a record that's dancehall and with a James Brown sample in it is keeping it authentic and cool. This is a disruptive record that doesn't sound like anything else that's out there, which is in keeping with what I've done over the years."

James Joseph Brown was an American singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer and bandleader. The founding father of funk music and a major figure of 20th century popular music and dance, he is often referred to as the "Godfather of Soul". James Brown died on Christmas Day, 2006.

Produced by REO, the song features the classic reggae rhythm, but also mixes in some classic soul as well with the James Brown "I Feel Good" sample for an infectious summer groove.





The female student of the Convent of Mercy Academy (Alpha) who was hit when police personnel reportedly opened fire on an illegal taxi at the intersection of North Street and Mark Lane in Kingston about 7 o'clock Thursday morning, seems to be on the road to recovery.

INDECOM says it reported that the police signalled the vehicle to stop and after the driver complied, a cop opened fire at the vehicle. A gaping bullet hole could be seen in the back windscreen of the white Honda motor car through which the bullet came before it hit the child.

INDECOM says the scene and motor car were processed by forensic examiners and investigators and statements collected from witnesses. The incident later sparked a fiery protest in downtown Kingston. This is not the first time that someone is being injured in a vehicle on which the police opened fire. In fact, the issue was the subject in INDECOM's annual report released last year.

Witnessed the incident? Call INDECOM:
Kingston Office: 968-1932
Mobile: 878-0167
Toll free: 1-888-991-5555, 1-888-935-5550





The US Department of State has upgraded Jamaica to a Tier 2 ranking on its Watch List for its fight against Trafficking in Persons (TIP) in its 2016 TIP Report which was published on Thursday.

The country's compliance with Human Trafficking laws and its comprehensive and multi-pronged approach to tackling this threat to human safety and freedom have led to the rise in the rankings by one level.

A Tier 2 ranking means that the country is making important strides in tackling this scourge and is well on its way to full compliance with international Human Trafficking laws and standards. Although the island has not reached a Tier 1 ranking, the US State Department has noted significant improvements in how we treat with victims and criminals involved in this transnational crime.

The report stated that the Government of Jamaica has increased its efforts to investigate, prosecute and convict traffickers.The country secured two convictions, over the reporting period for Forced Labour and Sex Trafficking.

What's more, Jamaica received recognition for the charges proffered against a public official. The report, further praised Jamaica's efforts in its protection of victims. The TIP shelter continues to be in operation, offering care and protection to victims.





kingston-college-schools-challenge-quiz-team.jpgTVJ informed prestigious all-boys institution, Kingston College KC this week that the school has been banned from Schools Challenge Quiz. The reason given is that KC, the school which has won the quiz more times than any other school in Jamaica, brought the competition into disrepute last year.

Camperdown, which took TVJ to court over the handling of one of the matches, has also been barred from the competition for 2017 and 2018. Alas, in a letter to KC's Principal, Dave Myrie, TVJ's General Manager, Claire Grant, cited an outburst from one of the school's quiz coaches as the reason for the ban.

Coach Kenyatta Powell accused TVJ on social media of unjustly ending KC's run in the competition during a hotly contested match with Campion College. The dispute drew the attention of Jamaica's former Ambassador to Washington and KC Old Boy, Stephen Vasciannie, who insisted that justice should prevail and the the match be awarded to KC.

Vasciannie told Grant that the deduction of four points from Kingston College during their quarter-final match, which resulted in KC being belatedly declared losers to Campion, is unfair and unjust. He warned the TVJ General Manager that the integrity of the competition, which has a rich history, is at risk. Former Jamaica Bar Association President and KC Old Boy, Ian Wilkinson, also expressed similar concerns.

KC has 7 days to appeal the two-year ban.





The police are, this evening, alerting members of the public to be on the lookout for counterfeit Jamaican currency.

The Jamaica Constabulary Force's Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) says multiple counterfeit notes have been discovered in the last 24 hours.

CCU says the counterfeit notes were discovered as cash that was tendered as payment at one of the country's international airport was being processed.

It says the forgeries are limited to the Jamaican $1,000 notes, which all bear the serial number CC174514.

CCU is urging members of the public to take the necessary precaution when dealing with cash and to immediately contact the Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime division if any counterfeit notes are discovered.





tommy-lee-photo-10-simplified.jpgPopular dancehall artiste Leroy Russell, otherwise called 'Tommy Lee' has been listed as a person of interest by detectives in the Kingston Eastern police Division.

They have also listed a man known as Rohan Smith, otherwise called 'Dawg' as a person of interest.

The police say Tommy Lee is wanted for questioning for a shooting on Saunders Avenue, Kingston 2, while Rohan Smith is wanted for questioning in relation to the murder of Woman Corporal Judith Williams on Thursday, April 28.

Tommy Lee and Rohan Smith are being asked to report to the Elletson Road Police Station on or before Monday, July 4.

Anyone knowing their whereabouts is being asked to contact the Elletson Road Police at 928-1261 or 928-1262, call the 119 emergency number or contact the nearest Police Station.





Usain Bolt diagnosed with a Grade 1 tear

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tear-usain-bolt.jpgSix-time Olympic champion, Usain Bolt, after running 10.04 to book his place in the men's 100m final at Jamaica's Olympic trials on Friday night, pulled out of the final with a hamstring injury.

"After feeling discomfort in my hamstring after the first round last night (Thursday night) and then again in the semi-final tonight (Friday) I was examined by the Chief Doctor of the National Championships and diagnosed with a Grade 1 tear," explained Bolt in a Twitter post.

"I have submitted a medical exemption to be excused from the 100m final and the remainder of the National Championships," added the world record holder for 100m (9.58) and 200m (19.19).

According to Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) selection policy, the first three finishers at the National Senior Championships will be selected, unless there was a medical exemption from a world top top three athlete. The athlete is then expected to prove his/her fitness before the start of the competition.

Bolt continued: "I will seek treatment immediately and hope to show fitness at the London Anniversary Games on July 22 to earn selection for the Olympic Games in Rio."

Bolt is targeting a defence of his 100, 200 and 4x100-metre titles in Rio.

In the absence of Bolt from the 100-metre final, his Racers Track Club teammate Yohan Blake scored a hard-fought victory.





crime-scene-gun.jpgFriday night's shooting rampage in St James which has left three persons dead and six injured has been linked to the lottery scam.

Police Commissioner Dr Carl Williams says lottery scamming is behind the recent upsurge in violence across St James, Westmoreland and Hanover.

Addressing a press conference in Montego Bay on Saturday, Commissioner Williams said the lottery scam had become pervasive across western parishes, bringing with it violence and mayhem.

Nine persons were shot - three of them fatally - at a shop in the community of New Ramble.

Those killed have been identified as 16-year-old Adrian Thelwell, 27-year-old Nicholas Campbell, both of New Ramble addresses, and 28-year-old Troy Scoville of a Kingston address.





kingston-college-schools-challenge-quiz-team.jpgOh dear. Don't criticise TVJ or your school will be banned. Real poppyshow sinting. Nuff people say dem nah even a go watch Schools Challenge next time around, and people a bun a fire pon TVJ and dem ole fool-fool ban.

But if wi fi really talk up di tingz dem, all wi can seh is dat School Challenge lose most a it credibility after big time quizmaster, Dennis Hall leave.

Schools Challenge Quiz fall into disrepute loooonnnnnnggggg time, KC and Camperdown neva have a ting fi do wid dat. Look how much time people cry foul. Not to mention di big foul up wid Ardenne and Camperdown in which TVJ go against dem owna rules

Mek dem galang wid dem ole fool-fool, eediat ban. Fi all we know, KC and Camperdown neva did a go enter next year anyway. TVJ need fi clean up dem shop and wheel and come again. Bung bang!

But, on di other side a di coin, nuh KC always a ban people bwoy pickney from tek dem exam true dem hair no deh pon one level? Well, now dem know what it feel like now to be on di odder side of the fence. Just saying...





accident-along-the-highway-heading-towards-clarendon-photo-1.jpgOn Saturday morning 8 o'clock a Hiace bus overturned along the highway heading toward Clarendon. Some six people were taken to the hospital, however, there are no confirmed reports of any fatalities.

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vershon-and-jahmiel.jpgJahMiel and Vershon are being called out for missing their allotted performance time at Reggae Sumfest.

The two entertainers who were slated to perform on Dancehall Night were according to organizers barred from performing after missing their respective slots.

Kings of Kings Promoter and popular stage manager Worrell King, who was one of the stage managers at this year's Reggae Sumfest claims the entertainers who missed their allotted performance time, were allegedly waiting on star time.

Meanwhile, efforts by Music News to get a comment from Vershon or JahMiel were futile. Both entertainers were given a lifeline by other entertainers who provided them with a platform to grace the Reggae Sumfest stage.

Vershon was called on by PopCaan while Beenie Man provided JahMiel with the opportunity.





Mayor Harris of Montego Bay says the St James Parish Council has unanimously supported a resolution which calls for promoters applying for an entertainment permit to put in place cameras at their own expense.

Additionally, the security minister has outlined that children are not to be found in dances and has advocated for the banning of promoters who are found in breach more than once after being warned.

But, noting that children "of a lesser circumstance" have little alternative but to do vending in order to send themselves to school, the Montego Bay mayor went on to declare that there are legitimate reasons why some children may be found at a dance. He said this is something that the Council will also have to look at in finding the best way to deal with the situation.





One thousand rounds of ammunition seized

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bullets.jpgMembers of the Contraband Enforcement Team have seized 1,000 rounds of ammunition at a warehouse at Newport West in Kingston.

A statement from the police, on Wednesday, said the seizure was made on July 14.

It is reported that about 3:50 p.m. on July 14, Customs personnel where conducting checks and found the ammunition in a plastic bag.

No one was taken into custody.





Public Defender Arlene Harrison Henry says she finds the video footage of the arrest of an unarmed woman, troubling.

Mrs. Harrison Henry says what is equally troubling, is that the Independent Commission of Investigations (Indecom), seems to have arrived at conclusions though the investigations are incomplete.

A statement from the Public Defender's office quotes a newspaper report where the Deputy Commissioner of Indecom, Hamish Campbell is reported to have said that the lawmen were doing their best to restrain her.

The Public Defender says it seems he made findings of facts, has drawn conclusions and has arrived at decisions even though the investigations are ongoing. Mrs. Harrison Henry adds that Mr. Campbell's utterances may have influenced the outcome of the investigations.

The Public Defender reiterated that she disapproves of the excessive use of force by the police to restrain the woman and that the police could have dealt with the situation differently.





A Jamaican man who spent nine years in and out of prison in the Bahamas has been awarded a settlement of US$125,000.

Matthew Sewell appeared in a Bahamas court on Tuesday. The hearing was held to update the judge concerning discussions between counsel for Mr. Sewell and the Crown on an appropriate amount in damages and taxation for the time he was detained at the Department of Correctional Services and the Detention Centre without trial.

Last October, the judge, Stephen Isaacs, ordered Mr. Sewell's immediate release from the detention facility. The 28 year old Jamaican was in and out the prison system; however he was never tried on any of the charges he faced.

In 2006, while in the Bahamas, visiting his father, Mr. Sewell was arrested for the alleged rape of a six-year-old girl. He was released on bail in 2008, but was arrested in April 2009, and charged with the alleged rape of a girlfriend. He received bail for that charge in August 2013, only to be arrested two months later for allegations of housebreaking and murder.

However, those charges were thrown out in 2014 when it was found that Mr. Sewell was in custody when the alleged crimes occurred. He was later detained at the Carmichael Road Detention Centre.

In addition to ordering his immediate release last October, the judge also ordered that his travel documents be returned to him and that he be allowed 60 days to resolve his legal status in The Bahamas upon making an application to the Immigration Department.





hands-behind-bars.jpgThree Chinese nationals were arrested in a suspected international fraud scheme that fleeced Jamaicans out of millions.

According to investigators, the men defrauded millions from unsuspecting victims in Jamaica and across the Caribbean through identity theft.

The three suspects have been identified as 38-year-old Zhong Jianping; Guo Shanghai, 37 years old and 37-year-old Zhong Fulin, all of addresses in China.

Investigators say the men were arrested on Wednesday, July 13 after being discovered with electronic devices suspected to be card readers, card writers, skimmers items commonly used in identity theft.

They were also found with close to $6 million dollars in cash and over 400 credit cards, which are suspected to have been fraudulently made.





No sah, dis a tek nastiness to di next level!! A which guttersnipe deejay 'hawk and pit' pon di people dem big big international fabulowshous stage a Reggae Sumfest last week? All becausen say di promoter dem inform him dat him stay overtime and him fi cuum offa stage.

Dem say di man get so angry dat him SPIT pon di stage before him leave. What a nasty crowbait! Smaddy couldn't call police fi arrest him and charge him fi sinting...anyting at all....public disturbance, littering, gross indecency. Just charge di animal. Dem behaviour yah show say him is just a dumb animal. But then again, mi haffi beg di animal dem pardon, cause, on reflection, not even a dumb animal woulda behave like such a swine.





usain-bolt-in-rio.jpgSix-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt occupies the number two spot on the list of the top 10 greatest athletes in the world in 2016.

The list, compiled by Dailymail.co.uk, is based solely on performances and achievements of the past 12 months.

Bolt, who last week ran 19.89 seconds over 200m at the London Anniversary Games, has over the past year won gold in both the 100m and 200m events at the 2015 IAAF World Athletics Championships in Beijing.

He is ranked behind Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic who earlier this year won the French Open to become just the third player in history to hold all four Grand Slam titles at the same time.

World no.1 Serena Williams holds the third spot on the list. Earlier this month she won her 7th Wimbledon singles crown to equal Steffi Graf's open era record of 22 Grand Slam titles.

The top 5 is completed by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo who are joint 4th and three time Tour de France winner Chris Froome.





sean-paul-photo-6.jpgDancehall/pop entertainer Sean Paul is now enjoying the number one position on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

His collaboration with singer Sia titled Cheap Thrills, rose two places to take the top spot.

This is Sia's first Hot 100 number one as an artiste, while Sean Paul earns his fourth topper and first in more than 10 years.

Cheap Thrills unseats Drake's One Dance, featuring WizKid and Kyla, which led the Hot 100 for 10 weeks, marking both the longest-leading number one of 2016 and of Drake's career.





sizzla-photo-5.jpgSizzla Kalonji is scheduled to headline the 32nd annual Reggae On The River festival between August 4-7 at French's Camp, Garberville, California USA.

The singjay is set to return to the United States stage for the first time in eight years following the return of his US work permit.

"California guess who's coming to bun off the stage show?!?!" the artiste posted on his Instagram page Monday.

Sizzla reportedly collected his visa this week.

Sizzla, whose real name is Miguel Collins, had not held a US visa or work permit since 2008 when it was revoked. The artiste is known for his controversial statements and harsh criticism of the homosexual community.





george-nooks.jpgJamaican entertainer George Nooks has entered the top ten of the Billboard Reggae Albums Chart.

The album, which is spending its second week on the chart, is now sitting comfortably in the number four position.

Ziggy Marley's self titled album and Vybz Kartel's King of the Dancehall are in the number three and eight spots respectively.

Reggae and Dancehall have had a major impact on the charts in recent weeks.

Charlie Blacks is still enjoying the success of his hit Gyal You A Party Animal while artiste Sean Paul has the number one song in the US with Cheap Thrills, a collaboration with SIA.





asafa-powell-rio-id.jpgSprinting star Asafa Powell had a false start as he arrived at the Tom Jobim International Airport in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Tuesday morning.

Powell, was barred from entering the country by immigration officials because he did not have his Olympic credentials, which also serves as the necessary visa documentation for athletes, media and officials traveling for the Olympic Games.

The former world record holder over 100m told the Brazilian immigration personnel that Jamaica's team manager for athletics, Ludlow Watts, who was waiting outside the airport, had his accreditation.

After a meeting between the Federal Police and the on site accreditation office, a duplicate pass was created for the sprinter.

Powell confirmed the hold up, but shared that he was doing fine and had since joined his teammates in camp.





The highest sum granted to schools by the government for auxiliary fees is $111.6 million which goes to to Maggotty High in St Elizabeth. This includes $76 million for infrastructure improvements and $4.3 million for CAP.

According to the Ministry Paper a total of $5,337,419,400.44 will be disbursed to the schools. The ministry paper noted that the figure was outside the regular subvention for the payment of full time teaching and non-teaching staff.

Charlie Smith High, a non-traditional high school, will receive $81 million, including $50 million for the physical expansion, as well as $10 million; $70 million goes to Norman Manley High; $63 million for Pembroke Hall High; Jamaica College, which was headed by current minister of education, Ruel Reid, up to recently gets $47.3 million,and Kingston College gets $44.2 million.





hillary-clinton.jpgHillary Clinton officially received the Democratic Party's nomination for the presidency Tuesday evening.

Clinton is now the first woman to become the presidential nominee of a major U.S. political party.

Vermont's delegation voted last, joined by Sen. Bernie Sanders. "I move that Hillary Clinton be selected as the nominee of the Democratic Party for president of the United States," Sanders said, as the crowd erupted into cheers and waved multicolored "Hillary" signs. A rendition of the song "Happy" began playing as delegates swayed.

The roll call went smoothly and with few signs of protest, as the party appeared to unify after a fractious start to the convention Monday.Delegates and speakers backing Clinton stressed the historic nature of her nomination. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., the first Democratic woman elected to the Senate in her own right, announced Clinton's name for nomination "on behalf of all the women who have broken down barriers for others."





Fake Jamaican psychic Miss Cleo is dead

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miss-cleo.jpgThe iconic television psychic, Miss Cleo, died on Tuesday after a battle with cancer. She was 53.

Miss Cleo, who was born Youree Harris, died in a hospice center in Palm Beach County, Florida, after being released from the hospital last week. She suffered from colon cancer that eventually spread to her liver and lungs.

The TV personality, famous for her thick Jamaican accent, urged viewers to call her hotline and get an insight into the future with the catchphrase, "Call Me Now!"

Despite the accent, she was actually born in Los Angeles and her Psychic Readers Network infomercial personality was all for show.

Her memorable Miss Cleo persona ran in television ads from 1997 to 2003.





hands-behind-bars.jpgA Jamaican student who was caught fondling a woman in a downtown Brooklyn subway station on Monday morning told cops he committed the act because he had never seen white women before and that "they are so beautiful".

Damario Johnson, 19, who is in New York on a student visa, allegedly did the same to four other women last week.

Two officers spotted the teenager, pacing around the Hoyt Street 2 and 3 station before running up to a woman and sticking his hands up her skirt.

Captain Zahid Williams, Commanding Officer of Transit District 30, says Johnson was arrested without incident. He was charged with sex abuse.

Captain Williams says Johnson began his lewd spree in the station during the morning rush last Wednesday.

All of Johnson's victims were white women ranging from their 20s to their 40s.





Damion Crawford says he is not gay

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damian-crawford.jpgPolitician Damion Crawford has come out swinging against allegations that he is gay.

The former junior tourism minister told an online portal that a letter containing the damning allegations about him was circulated at a People's National Party (PNP) meeting on Sunday.

"It's not the first time rumors have been brought against me and it won't be the last. I am sure of my heterosexuality and that's all there is to it" Crawford reportedly said.





Vybz Kartel launches Official VK Line

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official-vk-line-3.jpgJailed deejay Vybz Kartel has broadened his entrepreneurial skills further cementing brand Vybz Kartel.

Official VK Line is the dancehall deejay's latest venture. Lingerie, caps, t-shirts, shorts, footwear; VK is for the men and women ready to tell a tale with fashion. The brand which depicts Vybz Kartel's edgy lyrics, seamless flow, and musical genius, serves as an inspiration for ghetto youths with a dream.

Official VK Line 3Official VK Line's intellectual property rights are owned by the deejay's common-law wife Tanesha "Shorty" Johnson and is being marketed and distributed by Whirlwind Entertainment.

An official launch is slated to take place this Tuesday, July 26, 2016, in the capital city where the media and industry players will get a premier experience of the Official VK Line. Vybz Kartel's Official VK Line is available for purchase at officialvkline.com.

Despite being confined, Vybz Kartel continues to make a positive impact on society. Just recently, through his GEL program which stands for Gaza Education and Literacy, the dancehall deejay has donated a computer to the Greater Portmore High School.

GEL's mission geared towards increasing computer literacy among the nation's youths will see the company donate at least one computer to every high school in Portmore.





Sizzla gets back his US visa; giving thanks

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sizzla-spain.jpgAfter being unable to travel to the United States for some eight years, dancehall artiste Sizzla Kalonji's travel documents have been reinewed.

Talks of Sizzla expected to perform at the 32nd annual Reggae on the River in the United States sparked questions about whether Sizzla's US travel documents were restored.

Reggae on the River festival is expected to run from between August 4-7 in California USA.

Sizzla's US visa and work permit were revoked in 2008. Fellow dancehall deejay Aidonia who was in a similar position, recently had his US visa reinstated.





muhammad-ali-boxer.jpgHis nine children and widow met in California on June 28 to get the job done. His seven daughters, his son, Muhammad Ali Jr., and his adopted son all got an equal share while his widow Lonni get to keep the estate.

After coming into his millions, Muhammad Jr. has reportedly packed up and left his wife & 2 kids in Chicago's South Side while moving into a better neighborhood.

"Ali Jr. went to California, and now he's got some money all of a sudden," dished the source.

It's a huge change for Ali Jr., who'd been estranged from his famous father -who passed away on June 3 at age 74 - for years. For the past decade, he and his family - wife Shaakira and their children, Ameera, 8, and Shakera, 7 - have been relying on food stamps and handouts to get by, insiders said.

While Ali Jr. is moving from Chicago's blighted West Englewood area to a middle-class neighborhood near Midway Airport, "his wife and children won't miss out," insisted the source.

"He gave his wife $75 to buy herself something nice, and bought the kids new shoes. He also wants to set up a trust fund for his kids," added the source of Ali Jr., who has struggled with marijuana addiction and other issues.

Family members now hope to keep him on the straight and narrow, said the source, but Ali Jr. is more focused on starting a business and helping people in the community.

"He wants to do landscaping stuff and help people," said our mole. "He doesn't need much. He's a simple dude."

$75 and some new shoes? We don't know what types of issues he and his wife may have had, but his kids deserve a better life. Let's hope he gives it to them.





Jamaica looks to welcome the inaugural High Vibes Roots & Reggae Festival, the first of its kind in the Caribbean, at the Aqueduct in Montego Bay on US Labour Day weekend, September 3 and 4. Patrons will have the chance to experience the heart and soul of reggae music while learning about the pivotal role that cannabis has played in the birth of the Rastafarian religion and lifestyle. This two-day festival promises to deliver an exciting weekend celebrating Rastafarian culture, roots and reggae, featuring first class music events and stage shows alongside an unbeatable vendor exhibition, delectable culinary experience and the very finest cannabis.

Many may ask why another music festival? High Vibes Roots and Reggae Festival is different in its focus, it brings a first-class line up of the very best in reggae music like Kymani Marley, Beenie Man, Lee Scratch Perry and Emch Subatomic to name a few. There will be the best Ital cuisine along with exquisite global specialties, top wholesalers, growers and retailers, locally and internationally, along with interaction with the international cannabis movers and shakers as well as VIP service for an unforgettable elevated experience. High Vibes Jamaica organizers have gone a step further to make the experience amazing and more convenient to enjoy by providing affordable accommodation packages in top class hotels with a range of budget options.

According to Douglas Gordon of High Vibes Jamaica, the island's Marijuana Laws are finally being amended and have been relaxed in a number of areas. "These changes have opened up new avenues for us to create events that will attract many people who identify and embrace the Jamaican and Rastafarian culture," Gordon said.

"High Vibes Roots and Reggae Festival goes beyond a live music experience; it will certainly be entertaining but it will also be educational as we want to share all aspects of Rastafarian culture and not limit our showcase to just the music. We want to share the food, craftsmanship and the basic knowledge about Jamaican culture for the patrons to get an ultimate festival experience, in the heart of reggae music." Gordon explained.

The exhibition space at the Festival is designed to keep patrons flowing through the event from the time it starts all the way to when the concerts end. High Vibes Jamaica hopes to deliver to Montego Bay a music festival with the potential to grow and benefit the local economy. There will be a limit to the number of booths in each line of business to maximize the benefit to the exhibitors and patrons, with exhibition packages, sponsorship opportunities and partnerships that will be tailored to meet business objectives and budget.





beenie-man-photo-8.jpgReggae Sumfest 2016 was a fantastic production which showcased two nights of dazzling performances from a strong contingent of reggae and dancehall artistes.

While many acts proved their mettle, at the end of the two nights Yardflex can report that it was the Doctor Beenie Man who shone the brightest on Dancehall Night, while "the singer's singer", Sanchez was the undisputed ruler of Reggae Night. Beenie Man, from his awesome entrance from beneath the stage, to his performance which saw him bring on stage, the controversial darling of Mo Bay, Tommy Lee, stamped his indomitable class on Reggae Sumfest 2016.

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Sanchez was in his zone and it was a joy just to use all five senses to assimilate his outstanding performance. Every song was a boomshot and the more Sanchez gave, the more the insatiable crowd demanded. The singer christened Kevin Jackson gave younger acts a master class in what it means to have a catalogue of hits and use them wisely. Sanchez didn't need gimmicks, dancers or antics - all he had was his voice and he used it damn well.

barrington-levy-sumfest.jpgOf course, there were other stand-out acts, whose impressive performances made Reggae Sumfest 2016 arguably the event of the year. Among them were I-Octane, Dexta Daps, Bounty Killer, Barrington Levy, Chris Martin, Tarrus Riley and Nesbeth.

Kudos to new owner Josef Bogdanovich and the entire Downsound Entertainment team for staging a superb festival.





ishawna-reggae-sumfest.jpgOne of only three females booked for Reggae Sumfest 2016's Dancehall night,recording artiste Ishawna was a no-show at the event, after reports spread of her ditching her management, Downsound Records..

Speaking with Onstage TV's Winford Williams, Joe Bogdanovich says he felt bad that she wasn't at the event as it's a huge opportunity for her career.

Joe also addressed her Donwnsound exit stating that her contract his still binding confirming that there's some trouble in the camp.





Marvin the Dancer arrested as Sumfest

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marvin-the-dancer-photo-1.jpgPopular dancer Marvin was reportedly detained by cops at Reggae Sumfest in Montego Bay, St. James on Friday night.

The controversial dancer was in May instructed by detectives from the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) to turn himself in to police custody, however he failed to comply.

Related: "Dancehall Extremist&" Marvin DI Beast breaks his silence on risky dancing

Detectives from CISOCA had listed the dancer as wanted for questioning following investigations into a viral video which showed Marvin the Dancer and his cronies chasing and cornered a female patron, and physically forcing themselves on her.

There were also some suggestions that the female in the viral video might have been under aged, however these suspicions were not confirmed by authorities.

The viral footage triggered widespread condemnation from several groups and was even picked up by several international tabloids.





gully-bop-and-shauna-chin-photo-1.jpgControversial artiste Gully Bop has been arrested in the United States on domestic abuse and robbery charges arising from incidents reported to the police by his ex-fiancee, A'mari. However, Chin Chin, formerly known as Shauna Chin, who just happens to be another ex-fiance of Bop, has been working closely with his attorney to help Gully beat the charges.

The 'Wuk Affa Mi' deejay, real name Robert Lee Malcolm was at the John F. Kennedy airport last Wednesday when New York cops arrested him. Bop's ex-fiancée, A'mari quickly confirmed the arrest and said she was responsible for the charges on the artiste.

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A'mari alleges that Bop ran her down with a knife earlier this year and stole her passport and green card. She also added that more persons will be arrested as Bop's associates have constantly been threatening her life.

Meanwhile, Gully Bop appeared in the Brooklyn Criminal Court on Thursday and was granted $1,200USD bail, his other ex-fiancée.





hands-behind-bars.jpgInvestigators from the Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime Branch (C-TOC) are now in contact with their Caribbean counterparts to determine whether a Chinese scamming network is operating in the region.

This follows last week's arrest of three Chinese nationals in Jamaica and three others in Dominica for alleged scamming activity.

The three Jamaican suspects were nabbed by the St. Andrew Central Police during an operation. The cops raided a house occupied by the men in Barbican, St. Andrew, and reportedly seized several skimming devices; blank cards and credit cards.

The skimming devices are used to create fake credit cards.

More than J$6 million, US currency and other foreign currencies were seized in the operation. Documents with the information of credit cardholders were also seized.

C-TOC believes the Chinese men are members of a major international scamming network operating in the Caribbean.

Late Friday afternoon, investigators were using an interpreter to question the suspects.





Two killed at beach in Montego Bay

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crime-scene-7.jpgThe identities of the persons killed on the Redding Fishing Beach in Montego Bay, St. James yesterday have been released.

They are 16 year old Bertland Gray of Redding and 35 year old Leon Gillings, a coconut vendor of Mount Carey in St. James.

Two teenagers, aged 17 and 19, were shot and injured.

They remain hospitalised.

The police report that shortly after 2pm, the four were standing beside Gillings coconut stall when a car drove up and the occupants ordered coconuts.They then pulled firearms and opened fire at the group.Gillings and the 16 year old died at the scene.

No motive has been established for the attack.





crime-scene-gun.jpgA former member of the Jamaica Defence Force is in police custody, following the shooting death of a businesswoman in St. Thomas on Friday.

The Morant Bay Police believe the ex-soldier can assist them with information on the case. Kayann-Dean McKoy Ferguson, 26, a nail technician and auto parts dealer, was shot during a robbery outside her business place.

According to the police, shortly before 7:00 p.m., Miss Ferguson was sitting in a car with the ex-soldier at Fyffe Plaza on Church Street in Morant Bay, when a man approached the vehicle and demanded her handbag.When his demand was not met he shot Miss Ferguson.

She died while being treated at Princess Margaret Hospital.





The autistic man who was the intended target of a police bullet is suffering from emotional distress, not eating and traumatised following the shooting of his caretaker.

Arnaldo Rios' mother, Gladys Soto, said during a Saturday news conference that she is worried about the safety of her son, who wandered back to the site of the Monday shooting a day later, threw himself on the ground and shouted: "I hate the police, I hate the police," The Miami Herald reported Saturday.

"It's too emotional to see your baby caught up in something like this," Soto said.

Miriam Soto said her brother is suffering from night terrors and is not sleeping or eating.

"He's not the same anymore," Soto said of her brother.

The four North Miami police officers who aimed rifles at Rios and his black therapist, Charles Kinsey, in the middle of an intersection were responding to a 911 call about a suicidal man with a gun. Rios sat cross-legged. He yelled. He didn't obey commands to lie down with his hands up, as Kinsey was doing, and he fidgeted with a metal object.

One of the officers, Jonathan Aledda, thought the disabled man was about to shoot Kinsey, who was trying to coax Rios back to a nearby group home, the police union has said. The officer fired three shots at Rios because he thought he was a threat, but he missed and accidentally struck Kinsey in the leg.

The metal object turned out to be a toy truck and there was no suicide threat.

Monday's shooting was the latest in a violent month of police shootings, but it also highlights the difficulties officers have in identifying people with autism. The characteristics of autism range from mild quirks or obsessions, to people who can't communicate, yell and occasionally become violent.

The family's attorney Matthew Dietz on Saturday criticised the officers' training in dealing with people with mental illness.

"After they knew that he had autism, what did they do? They threw him on the ground," Dietz said.





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raheem-sterling-girl.jpgEngland footballer Raheem Sterling flew two sisters out on a private jet to his L1million home in Jamaica while his girlfriend holidayed on the other side of the world.

Sterling, 21, invited Elise and Elene Wagstaff to join him at his palatial home in Kingston, where the sisters documented their luxury trip on social media.

The pair posted pictures which included a pile of cash, a private plane, a fleet of supercars and a number of bikini shots showing them lounging next to the pool while enjoying the sunshine.

Sterling moved his childhood sweetheart Paige Hansel, 20, into his L3.5million mansion in Wilmslow, Cheshire, back in February - but she was not on the Caribbean trip.

Instead Ms Hansel was on a separate holiday on the Greek island of Crete.

The Sun reports that yesterday Elise tweeted 'Damn I miss my baby' - just a couple of days after Sterling left the sisters to join up with his City team-mates for a pre-season tour in China.

A source said: 'It seems strange that Raheem's on holiday in Jamaica with a couple of stunning girls while Paige is so far without him.





Poor leadership in schools to be tackled

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professor-chris-emdin.jpgChanging the way students are taught in Jamaican schools is one of the suggestions being put forward to achieve educational success for them and their institution.

The problem of poor leadership in schools has been a sore point highlighted in the National Education Inspectorate Report. The JN Foundation will be hosting a two day summit starting on Monday aimed at inspiring leadership in schools

Professor Chris Emdin from Columbia University in New York who is one of the speakers says he hopes to impress upon participants the need to be up front about what is not working in school. According to the latest National Education Inspectorate Report, most schools are performing at an unsatisfactory level in terms of leadership.

Of the 953 schools inspected, only one percent had an exceptionally high leadership rating.





robert-pickersgill.jpgMember of Parliament Robert 'Bobby' Pickersgill and an assistant have been robbed of $2.5M in jewellery and a quantity of United States and local currencies.

The robbery occurred at Pickersgill's Millsborough Avenue home in Barbican, St Andrew, according to prosecution.

The items - $2.5M in jewellery and US $3,800 belonging to Pickersgill, and US$3,800 and J$200,000 which is that of his assistant - were snatched from a vault in the bedroom of the People's National Party MP, between June 10 and July 10

Neither Pickersgill nor the woman was at the house at the time of the incident.

Pickersgill gardener - Cedrick Dougharty - has since been collared in the theft.

On Friday, Dougharty pleaded guilty to the deed before Parish Judge Vaughn Smith in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court, in Half-Way Tree.

Dougharty - who looks at least a decade older than his 36 years - cried as he admitted taking the items from his boss' home.

Tears could still be seen running down his cheeks after he was removed from before the court and placed in the holding area with other inmates.

The Long Lane, Stony Hill Road resident was remanded in police custody until September 5 when he will be sentenced.

He was ordered to give his fingerprint to the police.





Tearful funeral for Delus

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delus-funeral-photo-1.jpgThen tears flowed freely as the body Delmark "Delus" Spence body was carried from the church. A song recorded by Konshens, in memory of his brother, echoed throughout the halls of the capacity-filled church.

The service - held at the Church of Resurrection, Duhaney Park, St Andrew - saw scores of fans, family members, friends and players in the local entertainment industry coming out to bade farewell and pay tribute.

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"He is gone but will never be forgotten," said a relative pausing as tears flowed.

As she spoke, Konshens, the brother of the deceased, provided support as she tried fighting back the tears.

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Konshens - decked in dark shades, a white shirt and grey pants - stood in silence, lines of grief etched across his face.

A few feet away, other close relatives looked on with sombre faces.





businessman-huey-gowdie.jpgshango-jackson.jpgSt. Andrew businessman Huey Gowdie, who was convicted last month with the death of his girlfriend's estranged husband, Shango Jackson, was sentenced to 10 years in prison before the Home Circuit Court Friday morning.

Gowdie, an event promoter, was charged for murder but convicted for manslaughter. At the trial, Gowdie contended that he was acting in self-defence when he shot Mr. Jackson at a house in Beverly Hills, St. Andrew.

But prosecutors led evidence that on July 12, 2012, Mr. Jackson went to his home where his estranged wife also resided. Shortly after his arrival, an argument developed between Mr. Jackson and a man who was at the residence.

Prosecutors say a call was made and Mr. Gowdie drove to the house on Shenstone Drive. He pulled his firearm and fatally shot Mr. Jackson during an argument.

In passing sentence, trial judge Evon Brown told Gowdie that he showed no remorse for the shooting death of Mr. Jackson, who was the Operations Manager for Sparkles Production.





dr-carolyn-cooper-launch.jpgUniversity of the West Indies (UWI) academic Dr Carolyn Cooper is calling for a reggae format in Jamaica's primary schools, following an embarrassing double gaffe this month in Television Jamaica's Junior Schools' Challenge Quiz.

To the question, "In which Caribbean country did reggae music originate?", a member of one team incorrectly responded, "Trinidad and Tobago".

When the same question was posed to the rival team, they said Barbados, which is also inaccurate.

"I still feel it for those poor students. Our sense of national pride is at stake...the Ministry of Education has let them down," Dr Cooper told the gathering at the launch of A St Mary Mi Come From on Tuesday.





JCDC Big Stage Parish Finals Sunday

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jcdc-logo.jpgThe Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) Eastern Region will kick start its Emancipation and Independence celebrations with the Big Stage Parish finals in Kingston & St Andrew at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in St Andrew, on Friday. Show time is 7:00 pm.

St Catherine is expected to host its Big Stage finals at the GC Foster College in Spanish Town on Saturday, July 23, at 4:00 pm as part of the Social Development Commission Sports Extravaganza, while St Thomas Big Stage is scheduled at Morant Bay Square, on Saturday, July 23, starting at 7:00 pm.

Several talented individuals will vie for top honours at the finals and will compete in the categories of dance, singing, deejaying, singjaying, novelty acts, and poetry. The competition was staged in phases with a community search across the parishes and a development workshop to improve the finalists' presentations and earning potential.





The popular trend of breakfast parties is set to have its first staging in Western Jamaica, as Antidote Entertainment will take over the lawns of Whitter Village in Montego Bay on Sunday for Solar all-inclusive breakfast party.

The event will see popular DJ Kurt Riley of FAME FM headlining the entertainment roster; DJ Jigga and Chromatic are also slated to perform, with a special appearance by fast-rising media personality Yanique the Curvy Diva also on the line-up.

Part proceeds from the event will be in aid of We Care Foundation, which supports Cornwall Regional Hospital. The organisers hope to raise some $2M in order to purchase much needed medical equipment for the hospital.

Ticket prices are $4000 pre-sold and $5000 at the gate. Pre-sold tickets are available at Fontana Pharmacy locations and Pier One in Montego Bay.





Police 'preeing' partygoers

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The police will be 'preeing' partygoers during the summer, so those of you who are planning to attend events such as Reggae Sumfest in Catherine Hall, Montego Bay; Dream Weekend in Negril; Flex Week in the Corporate Area and Portmore; French Men in St Ann; and SPF in St Ann are advised to get your car in top shape.

Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Calvin Allen, head of the JCF's Traffic Division, says they will be launching several night operations focusing on party spots in the Corporate Area and other sections of the island.

"We are targeting motorist heading to and from parties and other entertainment events. We are doing breathaliser testing, checking for defective vehicles, among other things," he warned.





capleton-airborne.jpgGuest speaker at Tuesday's launch of A St Mary Mi Come From' had high praises for musical ambassador Capleton for not forgetting the parish of his birth.

UWI professor, Dr. Carolyn Cooper reminded the large gathering at the launch that Capleton is "an artiste who has supported positivity and we have to big him up. A lot of us forget where we come from".

From the response, it would seem that many in the room were in total agreement with her.

After a three-year hiatus, the hugely popular charity show staged by the internationally-acclaimed reggae artiste, Capleton, makes its triumphant return to the stage. 'A St Mary Mi Come From' now celebrating its 12th year will be held on August 5 at what has now become its official home, the Gray's Inn Sports Complex in Annotto Bay, St Mary. This year's renewal of the event is a celebration of all that is good about Jamaica and musical ambassador, Capleton, is elated at being able to continue to give back to St Mary and adjoining parishes in a meaningful way.

"A mi birth parish, St Mary is everything to mi. Wi grow up there an' wi know what suffering is all about," the altruistic Capleton is quoted as saying.

This year, a slew of artistes will be taking the stage not only to entertain patrons, but also to endorse Capleton and his charitable work. The stellar line-up includes Capleton, Jah Cure, Barrington Levy, Beenie Man, Busy Signal, Chronixx, Bounty Killer, Cocoa Tea, Ninja Man, Romain Virgo, Aidonia, Lady G, Nadine Sutherland, Terro Fabulous, Josey Wales, Ken Boothe, Louie Culture, Richie Spice,Tanto Blacks, Kalado, Jah Bouks, Ikaya, Munga Honourable, Warrior King, Chuck Fenda, Kelissa,Chezidek, Ibahmar,Bushman, Don Andre, Accid, Clymaxx, Jigsy King, Zamunda, Adahzeh, Dann I, Furious, Yvad, Urim 7, Squeechie Joe, DYCR, Ninja Kid, Wicker, Bobby Tenna, Blacka Dann, Loyal Flames, Ras Takura, Eg and more.

A number of institutions in St Mary, St Ann, Portland and St Andrew have benefited from A St Mary Mi Come from, including the Port Maria Hospital, Islington High School (Capleton's alma mater), Annotto Bay Hospital, Oberlin High School, and Haile Selassie High School.





vivica-fox-jamaica-photo-1.jpgAward-winning Hollywood actress Vivica Fox has chosen, for the third consecutive year, to celebrate her birthday in Jamaica, the Caribbean's tropical paradise.

Fox will ring in her 52nd birthday at the exquisite Secrets Resort in Montego Bay, where both the white sands of the beach and simplistic dress code of all white will be a sight to behold.

The American actress, producer and television host is open about her love for Jamaica, the cuisine, and the beauty of the island, which has drawn her back on a number of occasions to relax and rewind.

"I truly love Jamaica. In fact, I feel like I have earned the title Jamerican with my many visits here in the past few years. I appreciate the culture, the people, the food, simply everything about this wonderful island. It's a real joy to be able to share this special day with my many family and friends how come do and celebrate with me and this year we're looking to turn up the heat on the celebration!" Fox said.

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It's a star-studded affair that will feature live performances by the highly acclaimed Yazz the Greatest of Empire fame and hip-hop icon MC Lyte. The turntables will be controlled by DJ Jermaine Russell from LA with the evening being hosted by Jamaican personality and designer Denyque.

Fox has partnered with OCEAN Style, once again, to bring this event to life. OCEAN Style's Douglas Gordon, who said the company has a great relationship with the star, going back a number of years, expressed how pleased they were to be on board to celebrate yet another milestone.

Fox celebrated her 51st birthday in Montego Bay last year, with family and friends at the elegant Club House at White Witch Golf Course. It was a highly anticipated event, bringing out locals and tourists alike.





alkaline-photo-9.jpgSpeaking for Alkaline, his manager Kereena Beckford says there's no truth to the reports.

The 'Champion Boy' deejay's management also made it clear that, "Alkaline didn't sign with Khaled's We The Best Music Label.

Sources close to the Vedetta camp tells The Tropixs that the stories are fabricated and just another pointless rumour involving the artiste.

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Drake wishes Popcaan 'happy birthday' says he's blessed to know him.

"Happy Birthday Unruly Boss. Blessed to know you, blessed for the wisdom you share, blessed for the music you create, blessed to witness the rise of a LEGEND. @popcaanmusic," He wrote

Popcaan and Drake linked up in South Africa last month for the first time in years, the two also jetted to the United Kingdom to attend the Rihanna ANTI World Tour. Sources tells The Tropixs that Popcaan will be featured in the upcoming music video for Drake's smash hit single 'One Dance.'

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Popcaan was also the special guest on Drake's OVO Sound Radio last weekend.





franklyn-graham-and-obama.jpgEvangelist Franklin Graham held a prayer rally in Cleveland before the start of the Republican National Convention during which he said the nation is in trouble, the nation has ejected God from the public square, "and our country is beginning to implode," that we are "on the precipice of anarchy.

Reverend Graham, son of world-renowned pastor Billy Graham, also stressed that the only solution is "a spiritual healing from God," that politicians cannot solve the problem, only God can.

In his July 18 Facebook Live prayer event, as reported by CBN News, Rev. Graham said, "This nation-it needs a spiritual healing from Almighty God. Our country-I don't have to tell you-is in trouble.... And the only hope for this country is God. It's not the politicians. It's God."

We must pray for the politicians, Republicans and Democrats, said Graham. It is important "that the politicians listen to God."

He then addressed the irreligious atmosphere in America today.

"The secularists, the progressives, many of these people, most of them are people that would be atheistic, and we have taken God out of our country," he said. "We have taken Him out of our nation. We have taken Him out of our government."





flat-bridge-crash.jpgflat-bridge-bishop.jpgBishop Stephen Ricketts and the seven persons were travelling in a Suzuki Grand Vitara when the driver reportedly lost control of the vehicle while crossing Flat Bridge were returning from St Thomas where they had gone to hunt duppies.

Tales abound about the bishop's many animal sacrifices right in the street in front of his church; church members drinking animal blood; burying of live white chickens in the church yard to sanctify the ground; him being a self-professed "science man" who was well sought after to cast out demons or duppies and going on regular "duppy catching missions";

Residents of the community say that sometimes the bishop was seen travelling with a skull in his vehicle or going gravedigging.

In the early morning of Saturday, July 16, Ricketts' Suzuki Vitara was returning from what some residents described as a "duppy catching mission" with eight persons on board, when the driver lost control and the vehicle overturned at the Flat Bridge in Bog Walk Gorge.

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The bishop drowned in the Rio Cobre, along with two of his sons - Shevaughnie and Sujay Ricketts, as well as church members Benjamin Ellis, Crystine Morris and O'Neil Robinson.

El Frego Slew, who was driving the vehicle, as well as 19-year-old Shane Harris were the only survivors.

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The sixth victim that was pulled from the Rio Cobre at 10 am on Saturday was O'Neil Robinson. Shane Harris, who was originally from Tawes Pen in St Catherine had lived with Bishop Ricketts and his family for the past three years.

All the victims were members of the Mount Maria Zion Truth Fellowship Spiritual Church of God located in the Commodore community.

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crime-scene-7.jpgThe police are now probing the murder of a man on Old Hope Road in Kingston on Monday.

He has been identified as Errol Lewin. Police report that Lewin was at a cook shop, at 84 Old Hope Road, watching television with a group of other persons.

So engrossed was Lewin with the programme being aired that he never saw when a car pulled up and one man alighted.

The man pulled a firearm, walked straight up to Lewin and shot him several times, sending the other persons and the owner of the cook shop scampering for cover.

Lewin died on the spot.





Ky-mani releases video for latest single

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kymani-marley.jpgKy-Mani Marley has released a new video for the single, 'Rule My Heart', which is getting rotation on all major cable and TV channels.

The video, produced by Konfrontation Muzik, in association with Good Good Production, is directed by music video director Young Chang.

"The feedback from the video has been incredible in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean. It's an incredible song and the video reflects the whole vibe of the song with a classic drop-top car and romantic scenes with a sexy lead female," music industry insider Dean Dryden said. The single is available for sale on all major download platforms.

Ky-Mani Marley is in Europe promoting his latest album, Conversations. He performed at major festivals such as the Reggae Jam in Germany and the Gurten Festival in Bern, Switzerland.

He signed with Gee Street/V2 Records in 1997, when he completed a collaboration with label mate PM Dawn on the single, Gotta Be Movin' On Up.

Marley's next recorded album was the 2000 release, The Journey. In 2001, he released his third studio album, Many More Roads. He then went on tour and in 2004 released his fourth studio album, Milestone. In 2007, he released Radio. His previous album, titled Maestro, was released on June 30, 2015.

Marley's acting work includes lead roles in the Jamaican films Shottas and One Love.





The police are now investigating a case of negligence against one its members whose service pistol was stolen from her in St Catherine on the weekend.

It is reported that on Saturday, the police constable, who is stationed in St James, accompanied colleagues to function at Job Lane in Spanish Town.

Information reaching The Star is that she left her service pistol inside a motor car and went to use a restroom. When she returned, it was observed that thieves had broken into the vehicle and had stolen the firearm. Police confirmed that other personal effects were also stolen from the vehicle.

The matter was reported to the Spanish Town police and an investigation was launched.





A rose by any other name is just as sweet; cerrasse by any other name is just as bitter.

So when the Education Minister is saying that he is going to abolish auxiliary fee in schools and replace it with parent contribution - of the same amount or sometimes even more - the it's a case of six of one half dozen of the other.

A report states that the official policy of the Ministry of Education is for secondary schools to abolish auxiliary fees and instead request non-mandatory parent contributions not exceeding $20,000, except by spcial permission from the ministry to charge more.

For the 2016-2017 academic year, Jamaica College has asked parents to contribute $31,500 in fees, Wolmer's Boys has requested $27,000, while Manchester High, Campion College and Immaculate Conception High have announced fees of $21,000, $30,000 and $44,500, respectively.

This reflects the exact value of the auxiliary fees charged by these schools in the previous academic year.

So where then is the so called free education?





14 persons killed on the roads in 6 days

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14-killed-six-day-bog-walk-crash.jpgThe Road Safety Unit in the Ministry of Transport is reporting that 14 people have been killed on Jamaican roads in the past six days.

The ministry had reported that up to June 12 there was a 10 per cent decline in fatal crashes and a two per cent drop in fatalities as the number of persons killed on Jamaican roads hit a 200 mark.

Now seven days later, the number of road fatalities is up to 214 - a two per cent increase when compared with the similar period last year.

According to the Road Safety Unit, males account for 84 per cent of fatalities since the beginning of the year.

The statistical report also states that motorists account for 26 per cent of deaths while pedestrians account for 18 per cent of fatalities in 2016.





lasco-top-cop.jpgCorporal Kimaryo Pinnock suffered a heart attack and has been at the Kingston Public Hospital since Friday.

Pinnock was named top cop at the Police of the Year Awards ceremony held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in April of this year.

He was selected from a list of 12 finalists.

The Police of the Year Awards Programme was initiated in 2000 through a partnership between LASCO and the JCF to publicly acknowledge the professionalism and dedication of the members of the force.





flat-bridge-crash.jpgThe driver of the vehicle in which six people died after it plunged into the Rio Cobre Sunday morning is to be slapped with manslaughter charges.

Calvin Allen, the senior superintendent in charge of police traffic division, said that the driver will be slapped with six counts of manslaughter.

Allen said also that the man had been driving without a licence.

The vehicle -- a blue 2012 Suzuki Vitara -- plunged into the Rio Cobre 1:00 am after the driver reportedly misjudged the turn onto the bridge.

The Suzuki Grand Vitara -- which was owned and operated by Bishop Stephen Ricketts who also died -- was carrying eight persons at the time





tivoli.jpgSenior Superintendent Steve McGregor, territorial Commander with responsibility for operation, said that there will be a meeting on Tuesday evening between residents and the police to ease the tension in the community.

"I will take a personal interest in the situation and on that day I will give them an update as to who has been charged, who has been transferred and so on," he said, referring to police.

The matter is being investigated by the Independent Commission of Investigations.





crime-scene-7.jpgA man who ran into a building and during an alleged confrontation with the police in Tivoli Gardens was shot and injured and later pronounced dead at the Kingston Public Hospital. A 9mm pistol with eight rounds was reportedly taken from the young man.

However, the 19 year-old is now being hailed as a good boy and residents say he was shot in his bed by the cops.

Residents have disputed the police's version of the shooting and demanded justice.

"Dem kill Tevin, dem go inside his house and kill him. It was no shoot-out, but that is what dem do all the time go inna people house and fire one barrage a shot and then seh a shoot-out and come and seh dem find gun when is dem a walk with spare gun," said one resident, who identified herself as Tuni

"We don't know why police officers don't like us in Tivoli Gardens. A sleep him a sleep inna him house and dem go wake him up an him hold up him hand. All him tripe a come through him side. Dem do mi friend bad and him nuh live no life yet, dem mek di whole a him bleed out," Tuni added.

The residents insisted that there was no shoot-out and that it was the police who were firing gunshots in the area and teargas on residents.

"Through dem neva want nobody video dem when dem a come down wid di body dem fire up one bag a shot and throw tear gas," one resident said.He said that following the shooting, the police came under attack from members of the Young Generation Gang, of which Gordon is belived to be a member, and had to call for assistance from Mobile Reserve and the Jamaica Defence Force.

"Police on duty at the police post came under attack from gunmen and Denham Town Police Station was also fired on," SSP Chambers said.

The senior officer said that, while the gunmen were attacking the police, residents mounted a fiery roadblock on Spanish Town Road and also hurled stones and bottles at the police resulting in two officers being injured -- one in the face and the other on his arm.





Young female doctor killed in crash

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young-doctor-dmegan-auden.jpgDr Megan Auden, 25, the daughter of popular Mandeville doctor Paul Auden, died Saturday afternoon after the car she was driving collided into two others on the Greenvale Road in the parish capital.

The Mandeville Police say about 3:45 p.m Megan was travelling towards Greenvale.

On reaching the intersection between Greenvale and West roads, her car skidded on a wet road surface into the path of two Toyota Corolla motor vehicles travelling in the opposite direction.

She was reportedly flung from the vehicle and was soon after pronounced dead at hospital.

Ten passengers travelling in the other vehicles were injured and were also taken to hospital.





Tense calm in Tivoli after fierce gunbattle

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tivoli.jpgThere is now a uneasy calm in sections of West Kingston following Friday morning's disturbance which saw the Police post in Tivoli Gardens coming under attack.

The shooting erupted between the police and gunmen following the fatal shooting of a resident of Tivoli Gardens Friday morning.

He has been identified as 19-year-old Kevin Gordon, otherwise called Scrappo.

Residents mounted roadblocks along Spanish Town Road, forcing the authorities to issue an advisory telling persons to stay away from the area.





Fire destroys Old Harbour market

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firemen.jpgOver 200 vendors at the Old Harbour Market in St Catherine are without a place to ply their wares due to a massive fire which gutted the market early Friday morning.

The Old Harbour police confirmed that about 1:00 a.m fire was observed at the market.

An alarm was raised and calls made to the nearby Fire Station. However, the lack of a fire truck at the Old Harbour Fire Station in St Catherine did not help the situation.

Help was summoned from Spanish Town, Portmore and May Pen.

The fire was brought under control after about four hours with the assistance of 37 fire personnel.





Relatives set 7 year-old girl on fire

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shocked.jpgA seven-year-old girl who was reportedly set on fire by relatives in Lionel Town, Clarendon has been admitted in hospital. The incident occurred on Tuesday but was brought to the attention of the police yesterday.

It's reported that the child sat on a container of rum which was later broken and spilled on her dress. The child's aunt allegedly used a lighter to set the seven-year-old a blaze. The child suffered burns to the left side of her lower body.

Meanwhile, the 17-year-old aunt and the grandmother were charged by the police yesterday. The aunt has been charged with assault occasioning grievous bodily harm while the grandmother was charged with cruelty to a child.

The grandmother was granted bail while the aunt remains in police custody.





Tivoli residents shoot up police station

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tivoli.jpgThe Tivoli Gardens police station was fired upon this morning by gunmen after a Tivoli resident, 19-year-old Tevin Gordon was shot dead allegedly by the police in Building 12.

Reports are that, the attack on the police went on for more than 45 minutes.

Residents of Tivoli Gardens as well as West Kingston Member of Parliament, Desmond McKenzie, have accused the police of acting unlawfully. They claim that the police opened fire on residents indiscriminately.

According to Mr. McKenzie, he too had to take cover due to the heavy gunfire allegedly from the police. He says he strongly condemns the action of the police.

The residents expressed anger at the shooting death of Gordon, who they claimed was killed in his house in cold blood.





shocked.jpgKingAlarm, the security company to which the two security guard victims of Friday morning's murder suicide were employed is expressing shock at the incident.

The agency says it has launched its own investigation into the matter.

Managing Director at KingAlarm John Azar says Martin, the man who killed his common law wife before turning the gun on himself, had been employed to the company for over 16 years and that he considers him a friend having worked closely with him in various capacities during the period.

Azar says reports from members of the team are that Martin was seen in a jovial and pleasant mood before the incident.

He says in addition to counseling for the team members, an offer has been extended to Martin's family to provide them with grief and Post Traumatic Stress counseling as well.





joe-bogdanovich-ishawna-dirty-dancing.jpgThe Josef Bogdanovich-led Downsound Records has reacted to widely carried reports that their female artiste, Ishawna is no longer with the outfit.

According to a release from DSR: " It has come to the attention of DownSound Records Limited that representations have been made publicly and privately to the effect that the exclusive recording and performance contract between the artist Ishawna and DownSound Records has been terminated.

"DownSound Records Limited would like to take this opportunity to place on record by notice to the public and all third parties in the music industry, that there still exists a binding exclusive recording and performance contract between Ishawna and DownSound Records."

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ishawna-benz-and-joe.jpgReggae Sumfest is fast approaching and Downsound artiste, Ishawna is one of only three females on Dancehall Night. The others are SPice and the newly-crowned MAgnum Queen.

Sumfest is owned by Downsound Records, the label to which Ishawna is signed. Today reports surfaced that Ishawna has left Downsound. But is there any truth to this.

Seriously...where would she go?





beenie-man-photo-7.jpgBeenie Man is not just the King of the Dancehall, he is a giver.

The iconic dancehall artiste whose real name is Moses Davis has vowed to stand the cost of Olympic gears for Toni-Ann Williams, Jamaica's first female Olympic Gymnast.

Reports are that Beenie Man is the official sponsor for 11-year old, Junior gymnast Asasia Malcolm, for the next four years.

Malcolm's mother, Sharri-Ann Vaz had nothing but kind words to say about the entertainer.

"First entertainer to support and sponsor Jamaica Gymnastics....... Thanks to MD entertainment/Moses Davis for your generosity ........ Asasia is now training for the team focusing Olympics 2020," she wrote on Facebook.





gussie-clarke-photo-1.jpgOlivia "Babsy" Grange, minister of culture, gender, entertainment and sport, has appointed a new entertainment advisory board, which she said should assist in constructing a viable and vibrant creative economy.

The board comprises: Lenford Salmon, chairman; Gussie Clarke, deputy chairman; Councillor Duane Smith; Kingsley Cooper; Clifton "Specialists" Dillon; Dr Carlene Davis-Cowan; Dr Sonjah Stanley-Niah; Paula Surtees; Bunny Brown; Howard McIntosh; Herbie Miller; Clyde McKenzie; Michael "Ibo" Cooper; Joseph Bogdanovich; Karen Smith; Jacqueline Knight-Campbell; Shelly-Ann Curran; and Kamal Bankay.

Speaking in the Sectoral Debate in Parliament on Tuesday, Grange said she plans to hold discussions with Edmund Bartlett, minister of tourism, to determine what is served to visitors as Jamaican entertainment.

"Our aim is for every visitor who arrives in Jamaica to experience the distinctive sounds and images of our Jamaican music. In this setting we will be able to provide further opportunities for increased employment and financial growth for our musicians," said Grange.





Almost a third of Rio Olympic tickets unsold

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RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AFP) -- Nearly a third of tickets to the Rio Olympics remain unsold just over three weeks from the opening ceremony, an official said Wednesday, insisting that sales were on course.

"We have sold over 70 per cent of available tickets," a spokesman for the Rio 2016 organising committee said in an emailed statement.

The spokesman said this was "ahead of our revenue targets" and that "our goal is to sell out all tickets."

The total unsold so far amounts to some 1.7 million tickets to events at the first Olympics ever held in South America, he said.





Cops kill man in St James

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crime-scene-7.jpgA man was fatally shot during an alleged confrontation with the police in Dumfries, St James, this morning.

He has been identified as Ricardo Campbell otherwise called 'Red Eye'.

The police say the matter has been reported to the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM).





Fourth person dies in Highway 2000 crash

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highway-2000-crash.jpgAnother passenger injured in Wednesday night's deadly crash along the Spanish Town leg of Highway 2000, has died.

This was disclosed by Senior Superintendent Calvin Allen, Head of the Highway and Traffic Department. Initially, it had been reported that three persons had died from the crash, including the driver. However, SSP Allen confirmed that a fourth person who had been undergoing treatment, succumbed to injuries.

The first three victims have been identified as 54-year-old bus driver Everton Melhado of Dawkin district in James Hill, Clarendon; 67-year-old Veronica Edwards of Trout Hall Pass district, also in Clarendon and 60-year-old Hortense Barnett.

SSP Allen said investigations revealed that the driver was speeding with the packed bus when one of the tyres blew out, causing the vehicle to flip over several times.

He said 12 of the 17 injured passengers are still in hospital; four of them children.





crime-scene-7.jpgA man was shot dead, another injured during a break-in, while a woman was raped at gunpoint in three separate incidents in Portland last night.

In the first incident, the body of a man, who the police said has so far been unidentified, was found with gunshot wounds this morning at Snow Hill in the parish. According to the police, about 1:30 a.m. they were summoned to Snow Hill where they found the man's body lying in the roadway with multiple gunshot wounds. The police say the man is about 5'6" tall, of dark complexion and was wearing brown shorts, red slippers and blue shirt. The body has a tattoo on his left shoulder and had a low haircut. This would bring to five the numbers of murders in Portland since the start of 2016.

In the second incident also at Snow Hill, the police said a licensed firearm holder woke up to find a man standing in his bedroom with a gun making threatening demands. The firearm holder reportedly pulled his weapon from under a pillow and a shootout ensued. During the exchange of gunfire, the resident was reportedly shot three times in the leg. The gunman then ran away leaving behind a trail of blood, which the police say indicates he too might have been shot.

In the third incident, a man reportedly held up a woman at gunpoint while she was making her way home shortly after midnight. The police say the man raped the woman and robbed her of an undermined sum of money.





$17-M ganja haul in Clarendon

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ganja-seized.jpgThe police are reporting the seizure of over 2,800 pounds of ganja during operations carried out in Portland Cottage district in Clarendon Wednesday.

Reports are that between the hours of 12:30 pm, and 4:30 pm, police officers were conducting operations in the area when the drug, which has an estimated street value of J$17 million, was allegedly found.

Several individuals, including a foreign national, were subsequently arrested after the seizure; however their identities are being withheld pending further investigations.





missing-clarendon-sisters.jpgTwo Clarendon sisters who abandoned their home, and were reported missing by family members, were found at a man's house in Montego Bay, St James.

Twenty-year-old Antoinette Lisa Mullings, who is eight months pregnant, and her younger sister 17-year-old Shanakay Mullings, both left their home in Longborough, Clarendon on Monday.

The girls had said they were going shopping in Mandeville, Manchester for the soon-to-be-born baby.

Head of the St James police, Senior Superintendent Marlon Nesbeth, told THE STAR that the girls "left their home to visit the elder one's spouse, so to speak".





crime-scene-7.jpgThe St. Ann Police have charged Alexus Newland, otherwise called 'Dal Dal', of Milford, St. Ann in connection with the killing of three year-old Nevalesia Campbell.

Newland was charged Wednesrday evening following the completion of a question-and-answer session. He was initially identified by the St. Ann police as a person of interest following Sunday's discovery of the mutilated body of young Nevalesia. The infant's body was found with chop wounds in bushes in Brown's Town.

Superintendent Wayne Cameron, head of the St. Ann Police Division, told RJR News that Mr. Newland had retained an attorney. He's scheduled to appear in court at a later date.

In the meantime, the mother and stepfather of 3-year-old Nevalesia Campbell are booked to appear in Court this morning. Mahalia Poyser, a 24-year-old bartender and her common law husband, 30-year-old Roy Dawes, were charged on Monday with breaches of the Child Care and Protection Act.

Miss Poyser had initially told police that Nevalesia had been put to bed, and was later discovered missing. Investigators say the adults left Nevalesia and another child unsupervised to attend a party in the community. The mother discovered the child missing after returning from the party.





75 killed in truck attack in Nice, France

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shocked.jpgAt least 75 people have died in the French city of Nice after an attacker plowed a truck, which was "loaded with" grenades and other arms, into a large crowd during Bastille Day celebrations Thursday night, officials said.

The incident left an "apocalyptic" scene, according to eyewitnesses, on the famed Promenade des Anglais, put the city on lockdown and drew swift condemnation from world leaders.

The American consulate in Marseille said it was trying to "determine if any U.S. citizens were injured in the event."

The exact nature of the attack was unclear, but the Paris anti-terrorism prosecutor's office was put in charge of the investigation.

Christian Estrosi, president of the Nice region, told French TV that the motorist "fired on the crowd, according to the police who killed him" and said that "the truck was loaded with arms, loaded with grenades."The truck was driven by someone who appeared to have "completely premeditated behavior," Estrosi added.

According to Eric Ciotti, who represents Nice in the French parliament, 75 people were killed and another 65 injured, including 15 critically.





Jamaica helping Guyana to fight crime

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Jamaica is providing assistance to Guyana in strengthening its crime and security intelligence-gathering strategies and techniques, Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud has announced.

Addressing the annual police awards ceremony Wednesday, Persaud said the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has begun conducting an assessment of the Guyana Police Force's (GPF) crime and security intelligence system with the aim of recommending improvements.

He told the ceremony that the plan would be implemented as soon as it is completed and accepted by the authorities here. "Thereafter, we will pursue with implementing those recommendations and we are likely to see a great change in our intelligence infrastructure and see a great interface between crime intelligence and security intelligence and further develop pour general capacity to deliver the highly expected services of the people of our communities."

Having said that, here are some reactions to this article: Guyana gets help from Jamaica? Did I read right?. Please tell me this is a big JOKE...look at how many persons are being kill and instead of using all our resources and time to try and figure out how to stop the crime here in Jamaica we leave our problems to solve themselves and gone a Guyana. but a wah this!!...SMDH

But a wha dis? Jamaican police cannot fight their own crime but offering expertise intelligence to Guyana police?

Cho, man. Jamaica have a breed a criminal weh we need help with.Rahtid,wi gone international,scotland yard,mi6 and interpol soon call wi fi advice to bakscup

Ha this is a laughing matter because dem should a be looking for duppy film then once dem catch him they can show the Guyana police how fi dweet!!!

Tell me it ain't so. JDF helping other police department about policing? Thanks for making me laugh!





Drake spends yet another week at number one

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drake-performance-billboard.jpgCanadian star Drake has notched up a 13th consecutive week at number one with his single One Dance.

The song has now had the longest reign at the top of the charts since Wet Wet Wet's Love Is All Around in 1994.

Only two songs have had a longer unbroken spell at the summit: Love Is All Around (15 weeks) and Bryan Adams' Everything I Do, I Do It For You (16).

Frankie Laine's I Believe also spent 18 weeks at number one in 1953, but his run was interrupted by two other songs.

Drake's minimalist R&B track has dominated the charts since its release in April.

However, its success is primarily down to streaming. The song is only number 11 in this week's sales chart - with millions of streams pushing it to number one in the official Top 40, which combines sales and on-demand music.

Summery house track This Girl, by Kungs vs Cookin' on Three Burners, is the best-selling single of the week, but only manages to make number two in the singles chart.





South Coast Rum & Food fest July 23

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Singer Anthony Cruz is to headline the South Coast Rum Food and Music Festival, a day and night event set for July 23 at Tiger Market Lawn, Manchester Avenue, in May Pen, Clarendon.

Stephanie Elliott, the producer of the festival and CEO of Compass Communication, said it's the most exciting of her three years doing major shows due to the worldwide interest, mostly from Europe.

"Europeans take special delight in Jamaican culture and we recognise from our conversation with them that we needed to customise our product to suit their demand for everything Jamaican. We still want corporate Jamaica to better receive and respond more timely to our sponsorship requests," she said.

As for the lineup, supporting Cruz will be Payne 'Pretty Dunce' Mendez and a number of entertainers and artiste from Clarendon.

On display will be Maroon and Jamaican-Indian culture.

"Talent abounds in Clarendon and we'll need more than a day to highlight this but so far we are pleased with the progress made and we will be delivering the best of the south, its rums, foods and culture to the people of Jamaica and the world," Elliott said.





The Montreal International Reggae Festival (MIRF) brings The Old Port of Montreal to life August 26, 27, 28 with the sweet sounds of Reggae and Dancehall for their 13th annual music festival!

Headliners at this years' festival are Cocoa Tea, Mavado, Barrington Levy, Elephant Man, Sanchez, Spragga Benz, Vershon, Romain Virgo and Jahmiel. Each artist has a catalog of hit records that are enjoyed by Reggae and Dancehall fans young and mature. In addition to these international greats, 2 time JUNO nominee and Canadian Songstress Ammoye will grace the stage as will musical siren Sielle, roots influenced Kaisha Lee, and upcoming Soulstress Mel Dube, Soca sensation Olatunji and Vern Maytone.

In addition to the incredible line up of artists, MIRF is pleased to confirm that a tribute to Sound System culture will be held on Friday August 26th before the start of the festival. Deemed the 'Festival within the Festival,' the Sound System fest is the first of its' kind in Canada, and will showcase another aspect of Jamaican culture through the dubplates of some of Canada's most elite sounds.

Pioneers in Sound System culture are Charlie Chaplin, Josey Wales and Brigadier Jerry who will also perform a special live set backed by a Sound System. This set will be an hour and a half in length and will see each artist rotate their performances within that segment which has been dubbed 3 the Hard Way.





mavado-son-yardflex.jpgOver the weekend, dancehall star, Mavado, uploaded a photo of him and his teenage son, standing on the balcony of what appears to be his mansion.

The Gully Gad captioned the photo, simply, "Love You Son."

The teen, whose name has not been officially released, is currently recuperating in the hospital after being shot

According to reports Mavado's son was shot in Cassava Piece, St. Andrew a week ago.

However news broke of the incident on Friday and Mavado who has been tight-lipped about the shooting.





Over 300 new routes coming, promises gov't

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Commuters across various sections of the island will soon have access to increased public transportation. Transport Minister Mike Henry says effective next Wednesday, there will be a limited reopening of 436 Route Taxi and 48 Rural Stage Carriage Routes.

He says the routes include 18 newly created routes for Route Taxis and two Rural Stage Carriage bus Routes.

Applications for these routes will remain open until October 13.

Some of the new routes include Charles Town to Kinloss Trelawny, Lionel Town to Longville Park Clarendon and Port Antonio to Belleview Portland.

In the meantime, Mr. Henry says the new motor car age requirement for new road licence applications/take-over-service and change of vehicle is twenty years.

He says motor cars over fifteen years will, however, require a structural safety report, from the Island Traffic Authority (ITA).





Cop name 12 wanted men

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police-station.jpgThe St. James Police have released the names of 12 men they described as the parish's most wanted fugitives.

The men are wanted for serious crimes, including murders and shootings committed in the parish.

The release of the names of the men comes on the heels of the recent flare-up of gun violence in the parish which left 11 persons dead and 10 others injured last week.

Those wanted for murders are: Almando Junior Bravo, Richard Grey otherwise called 'Zombie and Delano Wilmot otherwise called 'Lano'.

Shaneil Lutan is also wanted for two counts of murder as well as Escaping Custody and Illegal Possession of Firearm.

Marcus Robinson otherwise called 'Killer' is wanted for Illegal Possession of Firearm and Escaping Custody.

Ithream Shuriah is wanted for Illegal Possession of Firearm and Robbery with Aggravation.

Those wanted for Shooting with Intent are Aswyn Jarrett otherwise called 'Skii Mask', Kevin Hemmings otherwise called 'Skelly' and Oneil Clarke otherwise called 'Goaty' as well as Marlon Samuels otherwise called 'Brutos'.

Jevaughn Campbell otherwise called 'Jev', 'Cooking Oil' and Adrian Robinson otherwise called ''Rasta' are wanted for Wounding with Intent.

The police are asking the men to turn themselves into the Freeport Police by 5pm on Monday. Anyone knowing the whereabouts of these men is being asked to contact the nearest police station.





crime-scene-7.jpgA 3 year-old girl who had been gonee missing has been found. Dead.

Reports are that rsidents of Orange Hill, St Ann on Sunday morning, July 10 found the body of the little girl who went missing from her home in the area on Saturday night.

Extensive searches of the area were done late Saturday night into early this morning, where her body was found in bushes early Sunday morning.

It is being reported that the child had several chop wounds over sections of her body when she was found at around 11 am.





delus.jpgA date has been revealed for the funeral service for dancehall artiste, Delus, the brother of Konshens.

The day after Delus' untimely passing, Konshens had promised to keep fans abreast of the funeral arrangements. He did so on the weekend when he posted on social media that his brother's funeral is set for Saturday July 23.

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According to the post, the service will be held at the Church of Resurrection located at 1 Dickens Avenue, in Duhaney Park. Start time is 11:00 am.

The 35 year-old Delus, whose real name is Delmark Spence, is said to have committed suicide at his home in Havendale, St Andrew, in June. His body was found in a bathtub with what appeared to be a bullet wound to the head.

The entertainer's suicide death plunged the fraternity in mourning.





r5-museum.jpgUS pop/rock band R5, arrived in Jamaica Monday evening, days ahead of their debut performance in the island at the exciting, family-friendly, kids and teen concert, YMZ which takes place on Saturday.

The five-member sibling group (and their best friend), is one of the show's headliners and so keen were they to explore Jamaica that they jetted in early enough to do just that. Despite the fact that one member Ross, who stars as Austin on Disney Channel's Austin & Ally, didn't come on Monday, as planned, R5 is having a blast, having visited the Bob Marley Museum, Tutti Frutti Sovereign, taken trips outside of Kingston, had a meet and greet with fans and even kicked off a media blitz, starting with Zip FM, and CVM at Sunrise.

On Monday they posted on social media, along with a pic: "WE'RE IN JAMAICA! Had a great time with @officialzip103fm. Ross is still filming his movie, he's gonna meet up with us when we play @youthmusiczone this Saturday!

This Saturday, July 9, will see the inaugural staging of YMZ which will feature heavyweight international and local-based artistes all on stage at the National Stadium field in Kingston, Jamaica. Also making his Jamaican debut will be Billboard Award winning artiste Silento, on a line-up that showcases local acts Bling Dawg of Aji Bounce fame, Don Andre, whose hit Tom Cruise has sparked a popular dance move of the same name and Voicemail.

"Youth Music Zone (YMZ) is definitely the summer event for the entire family," says Dave Lindsay of Mysterious Music Minds, the outfit organizing YMZ. "We just want the kids, teens and their parents to grab their most comfortable pair of dancing shoes and get ready to Whip, Nae Nae, Aji Bounce, and Tom Cruise on Saturday, " he added.

YMZ had its official recently at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in front of a packed house of sponsors, media, artistes and a host of excited teeny boppers. The organizers pulled out all the stops, including a first at a Jamaican media launch, by having a live link with R5.

Check out YMZ this Saturday at the National Stadium ... it a go loud!





A new Jamaican feature film, 'It's A Family Affair', is now in the can after the completion of all location filming in six days.

A small cast, few locations and a great story is the foundation for the latest home-grown feature film production. The all-star cast includes Ian "Ity" Ellis, Dahlia Harris, Tony Hendriks, Bertina Macaulay, Brian Brown and Emprezz Golding.

It's A Family Affair is a story about a new multi-millionaire who decides to renew his wedding vows. This prompts him to arrange a family reunion at Melia Braco Village. The mixture of family from England, United States and Jamaica creates a comedic cultural clash for their holiday weekend.

Post-production is scheduled for completion by early Fall after which Jamaicans will see the newest addition to the local feature film fare.





tyga-jamaica.jpgAmerican rapper Tyga is facing tremendous backlash on social media following the release of his latest video. The visuals for the single 1 of 1 was shot in Duhaney Park some weeks ago.

Tyga took to social media sharing snippets of the video shoot all while embracing his Jamaican heritage.

The rapper is however being blasted for not using a Jamaican model as his lead girl.

Some even dogged his love interest who is of German and Pakistani descent for wearing bantu knots (chiney bumps), made popular by black women.

Tyga is also facing criticism for the song itself which sounds very similar to the song Controlla done by Canadian rapper Drake.

Meanwhile, dancehall artiste Mr. Vegas is the only one winning in the debate over the single as his 2005 hit Ducky was sampled in Tyga's song.





Awesome Startime at Juice Patties Complex

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startime-freddie.jpgThe Startime promoters rolled out a slew of acts which rocked the Juici Patties complex in Clarendon on Saturday night as thousands of vintage music fans flooded the venue for the show.

It was announced that Paul was hospitalised while Andy suffered a broken leg in a motorcycle accident. But the Startime promoters filled the slots with Cornell Campbell and George Nooks, both of whom performed creditably.

Nooks energised the massive audience at just after 1:00 am; thanks to his gospel selections, he had Clarendon Park rocking.

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Marcia Griffiths and hometown boys, Derrick Morgan and Freddie McGregor shone till they dazzled..

Closing act McGregor delivered a string of hits including To Be Poor, Prophesy, Push Come To Shove, Big Ship, Let Them Try, Loving Pauper and his big ballad So I'll Wait For You had the audience transfixed to the very end.

Marcia Griffiths' pulled her audience in with those hits and had them dancing throughout her one-hour set.

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From her, the audience got Truly, Peaceful Woman, I Shall Sing, Closer, Fire Burning, To Sir With Love, Oh Me Oh My, How Good I Am and the 'biggies' Stepping Outa Babylon and Electric Boogie.

Derrick Morgan entertained with tracks such as Forward March, Mule Train and Don't Call Me Daddy, while veterans ohnny Clarke, Leroy Sibbles, Errol Dunkley, The Mighty Diamonds and The Clarendonians all made their indelible mark.





virgin-ad-usain-bolt.jpgThe UK's Virgin Media challenged the nation to 'Be The Fastest' with the unveiling of a new multi-million pound brand campaign featuring Jamaican sprint superstar Usain Bolt on Wednesday.

The campaign called 'Be The Fastest', is spearheaded by a new TV ad, which will air during the Portugal vs Wales Euro 2016 semi-final match Wednesday evening.

The 100-second ad centres on the concept of speed and the fastest man of all time, Usain Bolt, ahead of a pivotal season in Bolt's career.

Speed unlocks the difference that Virgin Media provides, and for Bolt, speed defines him.

The ad is voiced over by fellow sprinter, Michael Johnson, who made a documentary with Usain Bolt in 2010.





JUTC employee shot dead in Spanish Town

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jutc-bus.jpgThe Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) has expressed sadness at the shooting death of one of its employees in Spanish Town, St Catherine, this afternoon.

He has been identified as Donovan Nugent, bus cleaner and janitor at the State-run entity.

Nugent is the second bus cleaner employed to the company to be killed. In 2015, 30-year-old Marvin McLeary was found dead on King Street in the parish.

Preliminary reports are that about 4:00 pm, Nugent was approached by an armed man at the Spanish Town bus park who opened gunfire hitting him. He reportedly died at the scene.





crime-scene-7.jpgThe burnt body of a female in her teens was reportedly found in a cane field in Toll Gate, Clarendon on Tuesday.

The police say the body could not be properly identified at the time.

In the meantime, the family of an 18 year old girl who went missing on Friday say the burnt body could be that of their relative.

The police say they will have to use DNA and await the findings from an autopsy to determine identity and cause of death.





black-man-killed-by-white-cops.jpgLouisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Wednesday that the Department of Justice will launch a federal investigation into the fatal police shooting of Alton Sterling, a 37-year-old black man shot and killed Tuesday after an altercation with two white police officers in Baton Rouge.

Sterling is one of at least 505 people who have been shot and killed by on-duty police officers so far in 2016, according to a Washington Post database tracking such shootings.

And his killing is the latest in a nationwide string of fatal police-involved arrests captured on video. Like many others, the first versions of what happened are coming more from a video showing a fragment of the incident than from police, who have had relatively little to say so far. Thus no clear picture has yet emerged of the full sequence of events that led to the death.

"The video is disturbing to say the least," Edwards (D) said.

The bystander video of the shooting, which circulated online Tuesday evening, showed two Baton Rouge police officers attempting to detain Sterling after the officers responded to a call "from a complainant who stated that a black male who was selling music cd's and wearing a red shirt threatened him with a gun" outside the Triple S Food Mart, a convenience store, according to a Facebook post by the Baton Rouge Police Department. Police said they responded about 12:35 a.m. Tuesday, and that Sterling was armed with a gun when officers confronted him.

Sterling was shot and killed while pinned down by the officers.





godfrey-dyer.jpgOne prominent tourism stakeholder is insisting that a state of emergency is necessary to deal with the upsurge of crime in western Jamaica. Godfrey Dyer, Chairman of the Tourism Enhancement Fund, says the call for a state of emergency might be taken out of context with persons believing it to mean similar action to what took place in West Kingston. However, he said it should not be taken in that capacity.

"I'm not against a state of emergency, however, I can't see why the police are not using the army more. Why can't the army be downtown and elsewhere?" he questioned.

Mr. Dyer said he would support a limited state of emergency, but it should not be likened to the 2010 security operation in West Kingston.

"In my opinion, which is the lesser of the two evils? The amount of killings that are going on around downtown Montego Bay and all around the place...or (a state of emergency)? What a state of emergency means is that the army will have full power because they will be patrolling the entire area. I don't want people to mix up what happened in 2010; that was a different kind of state of emergency," he sought to explain.

He said the continuous incidents of crime will be more harmful to tourism, than a limited state of emergency.





Should a state of emergency be declared to arrest crime in Montego Bay?

Omar Robinson, President of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association, is not in agreement with the call for a state of emergency, neither is the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce is not in support of the call.

Gloria Henry, President of the Chamber of Commerce, says while the state of emergency may have some short term benefits, it could cause more damage over the long term.

"We believe that it could be considered harmful in the long-term to the brand - Brand Jamaica, Brand Montego Bay. It wouldn't solve the problems we have in Montego Bay and we believe that security forces certainly have to take the necessary actions that are within the law and they need to use them along with intelligence to solve the issues that we are facing with the rising rate of murders here in St. James. We are also saying that the continued response of changing persons and changing leadership has not solved the problem either in Montego Bay," she asserted.





caribbean-airlines.jpgCaribbean Airlines has confirmed that Two passengers died on the weekend having suffered medical emergencies while on separate flights.

Head of Communications Dionne Ligoure, said the first incident occurred on Friday on flight BW 524 where a passenger arriving at Piarco International Airport was unwell.

The passenger was taken to a health facility and he died while receiving treatment.

The second incident occurred on Saturday with a female passenger on flight BW 525.

The flight had to be diverted to Kingston in order to deal with the medical situation.

Miss Ligoure said the passenger was later pronounced dead by medical personnel in Jamaica.





butch-stewart-gordon-butch.jpgThere is controversy in Tobago over the proposed site for a hotel to be operated by the Sandals group.

Sandals Chairman Gordon Butch Stewart, has expressed an interest in a site known as No Man's Land for a 750-room hotel.

However objections have been raised about use of the location.

Stewart's admission comes as an online petition continues to gain support, calling on the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) to start public consultation and have full disclosure and accountability on the proposed development in Tobago.





tommy-lee-photo-10-simplified.jpgThe lawyer for popular dancehall artiste, Leroy Russell otherwise called Tommy Lee has made contact with detectives from the Kingston East division regarding the request for the artiste to report to the Elletson Road police station for questioning.

The police say they are in dialogue with the attorney who made contact this morning.

A release last week from the police said Tommy Lee is wanted for questioning in relation to a shooting on Saunders Avenue, Kingston 2.

He was asked to report to the police by July 4.

Meanwhile, the police say Rohan Smith otherwise called Dawg, who was also asked to report to the Elletson Road police by July has not yet done so.

He is wanted for questioning in relation to the murder of Woman Corporal Judith Williams.





A store clerk who was arrested for stealing $45,000 worth of clothing from a boutique where she worked -- after she was seen on Facebook wearing some of the dresses -- claimed she did not really steal the clothes because she was going to return them after she wore them.

Shanna Williams, 31, of a Kingston address, was recently charged with larceny as a servant after police raided her house and found several articles of clothing from her workplace.

The Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court heard on Friday that Williams stole the clothes sometime in June from the shop at Southdale Plaza in Half-Way-Tree, St Andrew.

But Williams told the court: "I did not steal them, my intention was to just wear dem and bring dem back,"

The boutique owner then told the court that Williams was arrested after she posted pictures of herself wearing some of the stolen dresses from the store.

She also told the judge that she was reliably informed that Williams was planning to emigrate to the US in August and that she was planning to have a party in July.

The businesswoman said is fearful of losing her visa. Consequently, she said she just wanted her money and be finished with the matter.

The judge then told Williams: "From one fashionista, to another fashionista I am going to give you time to make restitution because you just got carried away with your love for fashion.

"She look good though," the judge said, which brought on more laughter.

The judge then asked Williams if she brought the money and she produced $16,000.





patrick-manning.jpegFormer Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Patrick Manning passed away Saturday morning after battling with Leukemia.

Manning reportedly passed away at the San Fernando General Hospital in the twin island republic at around 8:15 am. He was 70 years old.

"Former Prime Minister Patrick Augustus Mervyn Manning passed away peacefully at the San Fernando General Hospital after battling Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Former Prime Minister Manning was surrounded by his family and loved ones," said a release on Manning's social media page. "The Manning family would like to thank everyone for their prayers, love and support during this trying time. Funeral arrangements will be announced in due course."

Acute Myeloid Leukemia is a type of blood cancer which starts in the bone marrow.

Patrick Augustus Mervyn Manning, was born in San Fernando on August 17, 1946.

He attended Presentation College and later completed a BSc in Geology from the University of the West Indies, Mona.

He was the fourth and sixth Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago from 17 December 1991 to 9 November 1995 and again from 24 December 2001 to 26 May 2010.

He was also leader of the People's National Movement (PNM) from 1987 to 2010.

A geologist by training, Manning has served as Member of Parliament for the San Fernando East constituency since 1971 and is currently the longest-serving member of the House of Representatives.

He was the Leader of the Opposition from 1986 to 1990 and again from 1995 to 2001.





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This Saturday, July 9, will see the inaugural staging of the exciting, family-friendly, kids and teen show, YMZ which will feature heavyweight international and local-based artistes all on stage at the National Stadium field in Kingston, Jamaica.

Making their Jamaican debut will be Billboard Award winning artiste Silento and US pop/rock band R5, which features Ross Lynch who stars as Austin on Disney Channel's Austin & Ally; Bling Dawg of Aji Bounce fame, Don Andre, whose hit Tom Cruise has sparked a popular dance move of the same name, Voicemail and Wayne 'Chikungunya' J.

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"Youth Music Zone (YMZ) is definitely the summer event for the entire family," says Dave Lindsay of Mysterious Music Minds, the outfit organizing YMZ. "We just want kids, teens and their parents to grab their most comfortable pair of dancing shoes and get ready to Whip, Nae Nae, Aji Bounce, and Tom Cruise on Saturday, " he added.

YMZ had its official launch recently 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. The organisers 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.

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Of course, those artistes who were present in the flesh, could not be outdone. Don Andre was a huge hit, especially with the kids who sang and danced to the uber-popular, "Tom Cruise"; Voicemail kicked off the live performance section with a bang, while Bling Dawg mingled with the crowd but did not perform.

YMZ is endorsed by the National Parent Teachers Association. Sponsors include Youth Link, Gleaner, Children's Own, iCool Jamaica Yellow Pages, KaribLink Digital, 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.Check out YMZ this Saturday at the National Stadium ...it a go loud!

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





$759-million boost from Reggae Sumfest

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sumfest-2016.jpgReggae Sumfest is expected to provide a US$6 million ($750million) shot in the arm to the economy of Montego Bay and its environs when the curtain goes up on this year's festival.

Created as a vehicle for stimulating tourism during the slow summer months, Reggae Sumfest provides a huge fillip for the greater Montego Bay economy, says Robert Russell, former chairman of Summerfest Productions Ltd.

"Sumfest annually attracts 4,000 visitors to Montego Bay; the JTB says that they typically spend US$1,500 each. A lot of people depend on the festival to send their children back to school in September. The hotels, rental cars, taxis, craft vendors... everybody looks to Sumfest as it's a big economic boost for Montego Bay and by extension, Jamaica," Russell said.

The festival, which is part sponsored by the Jamaica Tourist Board, is scheduled for Catherine Hall in Montego Bay, St James, on July 17-23, 2016.

Gloria Henry, president of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce, agrees that Sumfest provides an essential economic jolt for the economy.

"Hotels are filled, restaurants, food services, bars and car rental companies do great business. The impact is far-reaching and apart from the fiscal benefits, the festival is a great calendar event marketed locally and overseas, which helps to promote Montego Bay as a great place to do business," she said.

Sumfest's best-attended night was consistently its Thursday Dancehall Night featuring almost 30 local dancehall deejays and drawing 12,000 plus patrons. Traditionally, at least 20,000 patrons attend the festival over three nights.

"From the days of Sunsplash, this period has traditionally been very important to Montego Bay because we are coming out of the tourist season at the end of April. Sumfest provides a boost that keeps the hotels operational by filling rooms for a week or two," Robin Russell, general manager of Deja Resorts, said.

"The influx of visitors from Kingston and overseas injects capital in a variety of industries from arts and crafts to rent-a-cars to restaurants so Sumfest is a great vehicle to stimulate the economy."





ziggy-marley-album-ziggy-marley.jpgalkaline-photo-9.jpgZiggy Marley, Vybz Kartel and Alkaline are still holding on to key positions in the top 10 of the Billboard Reggae Albums Chart.

Marley's self titled album climbed one space to the number two position after spending five weeks on the chart.

Last week's number two album King of the Dancehall by Vybz Kartel has slipped to the number four spot, while Alkaline is holding on at number ten with New level Unlocked.





beenie-man-photo-7.jpgMachel Montano and dancehall star Beenie Man will be the headliners at OVO Fest 2016.

Canadian rapper Drake made the announcement via Instagram on Thursday night.

OVO Fest is Drake's annual rap weekend in Toronto and this year will expand the annual Caribana celebrations to four days.

The weekend's line-up will also see Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, Jhene Aiko and others take the stage on Friday, July 29 at the Molson Amphitheatre.

Montano and Beenie Man will rep the Caribbean on July 30 at the Echo Beach. Drake and Future will perform at the Air Canada Centre on July 31 and August 1,

Special guest appearances have been promised. The night will be hosted by T. Rexxx, Ebro and Kast One.

Tickets are now on sale.





shaggy-i-got-you-vid-2016-jovi-rockwell.jpgPlatinum-selling artiste Mr Boombastic - Shaggy - is back with a bang.

At a time when every artiste is sampling reggae/dancehall, Shaggy goes for a truckload of soul and samples the absolute best - Godfather of Soul and Founding Father of Funk, Mister James Brown. The single is entitled "I Got You" and features Jovi Rockwell and we must admit that this song definitely rocks well.

Shaggy, who is now reportedly managed by Compound Entertainment, whose roster includes Ne-Yo, samples Mr. Brown's 1965 No. 1 R&B anthem "I Got You (I Feel Good)", giving it all he's got.

Billboard.com writer, Gail Mitchell quotes Shaggy as saying: ""Many tracks now have a dancehall feel to them. But to come out with a record that's dancehall and with a James Brown sample in it is keeping it authentic and cool. This is a disruptive record that doesn't sound like anything else that's out there, which is in keeping with what I've done over the years."

James Joseph Brown was an American singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer and bandleader. The founding father of funk music and a major figure of 20th century popular music and dance, he is often referred to as the "Godfather of Soul". James Brown died on Christmas Day, 2006.

Produced by REO, the song features the classic reggae rhythm, but also mixes in some classic soul as well with the James Brown "I Feel Good" sample for an infectious summer groove.





The female student of the Convent of Mercy Academy (Alpha) who was hit when police personnel reportedly opened fire on an illegal taxi at the intersection of North Street and Mark Lane in Kingston about 7 o'clock Thursday morning, seems to be on the road to recovery.

INDECOM says it reported that the police signalled the vehicle to stop and after the driver complied, a cop opened fire at the vehicle. A gaping bullet hole could be seen in the back windscreen of the white Honda motor car through which the bullet came before it hit the child.

INDECOM says the scene and motor car were processed by forensic examiners and investigators and statements collected from witnesses. The incident later sparked a fiery protest in downtown Kingston. This is not the first time that someone is being injured in a vehicle on which the police opened fire. In fact, the issue was the subject in INDECOM's annual report released last year.

Witnessed the incident? Call INDECOM:
Kingston Office: 968-1932
Mobile: 878-0167
Toll free: 1-888-991-5555, 1-888-935-5550





The US Department of State has upgraded Jamaica to a Tier 2 ranking on its Watch List for its fight against Trafficking in Persons (TIP) in its 2016 TIP Report which was published on Thursday.

The country's compliance with Human Trafficking laws and its comprehensive and multi-pronged approach to tackling this threat to human safety and freedom have led to the rise in the rankings by one level.

A Tier 2 ranking means that the country is making important strides in tackling this scourge and is well on its way to full compliance with international Human Trafficking laws and standards. Although the island has not reached a Tier 1 ranking, the US State Department has noted significant improvements in how we treat with victims and criminals involved in this transnational crime.

The report stated that the Government of Jamaica has increased its efforts to investigate, prosecute and convict traffickers.The country secured two convictions, over the reporting period for Forced Labour and Sex Trafficking.

What's more, Jamaica received recognition for the charges proffered against a public official. The report, further praised Jamaica's efforts in its protection of victims. The TIP shelter continues to be in operation, offering care and protection to victims.





kingston-college-schools-challenge-quiz-team.jpgTVJ informed prestigious all-boys institution, Kingston College KC this week that the school has been banned from Schools Challenge Quiz. The reason given is that KC, the school which has won the quiz more times than any other school in Jamaica, brought the competition into disrepute last year.

Camperdown, which took TVJ to court over the handling of one of the matches, has also been barred from the competition for 2017 and 2018. Alas, in a letter to KC's Principal, Dave Myrie, TVJ's General Manager, Claire Grant, cited an outburst from one of the school's quiz coaches as the reason for the ban.

Coach Kenyatta Powell accused TVJ on social media of unjustly ending KC's run in the competition during a hotly contested match with Campion College. The dispute drew the attention of Jamaica's former Ambassador to Washington and KC Old Boy, Stephen Vasciannie, who insisted that justice should prevail and the the match be awarded to KC.

Vasciannie told Grant that the deduction of four points from Kingston College during their quarter-final match, which resulted in KC being belatedly declared losers to Campion, is unfair and unjust. He warned the TVJ General Manager that the integrity of the competition, which has a rich history, is at risk. Former Jamaica Bar Association President and KC Old Boy, Ian Wilkinson, also expressed similar concerns.

KC has 7 days to appeal the two-year ban.





The police are, this evening, alerting members of the public to be on the lookout for counterfeit Jamaican currency.

The Jamaica Constabulary Force's Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) says multiple counterfeit notes have been discovered in the last 24 hours.

CCU says the counterfeit notes were discovered as cash that was tendered as payment at one of the country's international airport was being processed.

It says the forgeries are limited to the Jamaican $1,000 notes, which all bear the serial number CC174514.

CCU is urging members of the public to take the necessary precaution when dealing with cash and to immediately contact the Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime division if any counterfeit notes are discovered.





tommy-lee-photo-10-simplified.jpgPopular dancehall artiste Leroy Russell, otherwise called 'Tommy Lee' has been listed as a person of interest by detectives in the Kingston Eastern police Division.

They have also listed a man known as Rohan Smith, otherwise called 'Dawg' as a person of interest.

The police say Tommy Lee is wanted for questioning for a shooting on Saunders Avenue, Kingston 2, while Rohan Smith is wanted for questioning in relation to the murder of Woman Corporal Judith Williams on Thursday, April 28.

Tommy Lee and Rohan Smith are being asked to report to the Elletson Road Police Station on or before Monday, July 4.

Anyone knowing their whereabouts is being asked to contact the Elletson Road Police at 928-1261 or 928-1262, call the 119 emergency number or contact the nearest Police Station.





Usain Bolt diagnosed with a Grade 1 tear

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tear-usain-bolt.jpgSix-time Olympic champion, Usain Bolt, after running 10.04 to book his place in the men's 100m final at Jamaica's Olympic trials on Friday night, pulled out of the final with a hamstring injury.

"After feeling discomfort in my hamstring after the first round last night (Thursday night) and then again in the semi-final tonight (Friday) I was examined by the Chief Doctor of the National Championships and diagnosed with a Grade 1 tear," explained Bolt in a Twitter post.

"I have submitted a medical exemption to be excused from the 100m final and the remainder of the National Championships," added the world record holder for 100m (9.58) and 200m (19.19).

According to Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) selection policy, the first three finishers at the National Senior Championships will be selected, unless there was a medical exemption from a world top top three athlete. The athlete is then expected to prove his/her fitness before the start of the competition.

Bolt continued: "I will seek treatment immediately and hope to show fitness at the London Anniversary Games on July 22 to earn selection for the Olympic Games in Rio."

Bolt is targeting a defence of his 100, 200 and 4x100-metre titles in Rio.

In the absence of Bolt from the 100-metre final, his Racers Track Club teammate Yohan Blake scored a hard-fought victory.





crime-scene-gun.jpgFriday night's shooting rampage in St James which has left three persons dead and six injured has been linked to the lottery scam.

Police Commissioner Dr Carl Williams says lottery scamming is behind the recent upsurge in violence across St James, Westmoreland and Hanover.

Addressing a press conference in Montego Bay on Saturday, Commissioner Williams said the lottery scam had become pervasive across western parishes, bringing with it violence and mayhem.

Nine persons were shot - three of them fatally - at a shop in the community of New Ramble.

Those killed have been identified as 16-year-old Adrian Thelwell, 27-year-old Nicholas Campbell, both of New Ramble addresses, and 28-year-old Troy Scoville of a Kingston address.





kingston-college-schools-challenge-quiz-team.jpgOh dear. Don't criticise TVJ or your school will be banned. Real poppyshow sinting. Nuff people say dem nah even a go watch Schools Challenge next time around, and people a bun a fire pon TVJ and dem ole fool-fool ban.

But if wi fi really talk up di tingz dem, all wi can seh is dat School Challenge lose most a it credibility after big time quizmaster, Dennis Hall leave.

Schools Challenge Quiz fall into disrepute loooonnnnnnggggg time, KC and Camperdown neva have a ting fi do wid dat. Look how much time people cry foul. Not to mention di big foul up wid Ardenne and Camperdown in which TVJ go against dem owna rules

Mek dem galang wid dem ole fool-fool, eediat ban. Fi all we know, KC and Camperdown neva did a go enter next year anyway. TVJ need fi clean up dem shop and wheel and come again. Bung bang!

But, on di other side a di coin, nuh KC always a ban people bwoy pickney from tek dem exam true dem hair no deh pon one level? Well, now dem know what it feel like now to be on di odder side of the fence. Just saying...





accident-along-the-highway-heading-towards-clarendon-photo-1.jpgOn Saturday morning 8 o'clock a Hiace bus overturned along the highway heading toward Clarendon. Some six people were taken to the hospital, however, there are no confirmed reports of any fatalities.

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