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the-future-of-cannabis-business-conference-and-expo-jamaica-2016-09-02-thumb.jpgFriday, September 2, 2016

Montego Bay Convention Center

Montego Bay, Jamaica

Conference & Expo US$249

CanEx Jamaica will deliver a high level conference featuring tailored content on the latest advances on the medicinal, regulatory, legal, investment and product development landscape in this dynamic, fast-growing market. Attend to gain first-hand insight into the most cutting-edge market innovations, technologies and investment opportunities.

CanEx Jamaica Highlights:

  • World-class cannabis conference
  • Access to decision makers in the Caribbean, LATAM and North America
  • Speakers and Panelists from Israel, Denmark, US, Canada and Jamaica
  • Key networking opportunity with leading industry figures

Join us at this paradigm-shifting event!

Over 20 Speakers and Panelists





obama-young-leader-javette.jpgEight Jamaicans have been listed among the first 250 young leaders from the Americas as part of an entrepreneurship programme announced by US president Barack Obama during his visit to Jamaica in April last year.

The programme, called the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative, is aimed at expanding opportunities for the emerging entrepreneurs and civil society innovators in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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The US Embassy says the participants will travel to the United States for a five-week program that will strengthen their leadership, innovation, and entrepreneurial skills and provide networking opportunities with U.S. entrepreneurs, innovators, and investors; Diaspora communities; and among each other to increase connectivity throughout the hemisphere.

The Jamaican participants:

  • Patria-Kaye Aarons is the CEO of the Jamaican candy company, Sweetie. Sweetie products capture bold, authentic island flavours like mango and guava. Sweetie is distributed to 150 Jamaican retail locations and exports to the US, UK, and Caribbean. She has previously worked on marketing campaigns for Digicel and GraceKennedy. She also worked with Western Union and Sharp. Patria-Kaye holds a BA in Media and Communications from the University of the West Indies and an MSc in Management from the University of Edinburgh.
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  • Craslyn Benjamin began small backyard farming with her grandfather and is now farming and producing on a wide scale production level. She seeks to model and invest in the development of the agricultural sector in Jamaica, particularly through her company, Benlar Foods Limited. Benlar's core function is focused on producing and selling high quality fresh fruits and vegetable products for the domestic and international markets. Craslyn has garnered over twelve years of experience in the shipping and allied industry and has over four years of experience in export marketing and international trade. Prior to Benlar Foods Limited, she worked at Grace Foods International as a Customer Relations Officer. Craslyn holds a diploma in International Shipping and a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Logistics and Supply Chain Management from the Caribbean Maritime Institute. She is an official Branson Centre Entrepreneur.
  • Tishauna Mullings is the owner of NexxStepp Personal Development Services and Inspirational Products, a company aimed at maximising their customer's potential by offering inspirational products and services. NexxStepp will offer the following services: tutoring for major school exams, reading classes, life purpose coaching, career consultancy, and personal and professional development seminars. She has been recognised for several awards, including the Governor General of Jamaica Vision of Love Video Competition and Achievement Award in 2015 and 2016. She was also nominated for the Prime Minister's Youth Award in Youth Work in 2012. Tishauna works as a freelance motivational speaker and is now preparing to publish her book, "Ready, Set, Go - The Youngsters Manual For the Road to Success."
  • Javette Nixon is the Founder, President, and CEO of Point Global Marketing Limited - a marketing and brand development firm that focuses on the marketing and brand design of growth companies. He is also the director of Vein Centres of Jamaica. Prior to forming POINT, he founded his first business at the age of 23, an e-commerce business exporting Jamaican products. He has also worked at Edgechem Jamaica Limited, and Capital & Credit Merchant Bank. In addition, he has done extensive community work through organisations such as St. Thomas Association of Youth Organisation (STAYO) and the Social & Economic Alliance for Development (SEAD), a policy-oriented Organisation that supports national developmental programs, and policy making. He holds a bachelor's degree in Political Science & Economics from the University of the West Indies and is a graduate of the Technology Innovation Centre Incubator program at the University of Technology as well as the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship.
  • Kadeem Pet-Grave is co-founder and CEO of Educatours JA Ltd, a Jamaican based educational tour company powered by gamification and technology. Educatours plans and executes 'gamified' field trips (tours) and team building exercises for schools and other groups. The tours incorporate the use of mobile apps and game elements in an effort to ensure fun, engaged, and experiential learning. The company began operations in January 2015 and to date, over 1000 students have experienced Educatours' tours and exercises. Educatours not only sells experiential learning but also acts as a social enterprise working to empower and inspire young people via tours. Educatours is a member of Social Enterprise Boost Initiative (SEBI Jamaica), a program spearheaded by the Jamaica National Foundation. Kadeem graduated from the University of the West Indies in 2014 with a degree in Entrepreneurship. He is also a part-time high school entrepreneurship teacher.
  • Renee Stewart is committed to helping young women who are housed in state owned juvenile facilities through her initiative, A Home for Girls Foundation. Once they reach the age of 18, young women are eligible to leave the juvenile facilities, and the initiative seeks to empower these young ladies through grooming, mentorship, continuing education, career guidance, and job search assistance. Renee is a licensed hairstylist with a steady clientele. She is also a fashion designer and CEO of her own company - Haute Apparel Ltd.
  • Latoya West-Blackwood founded iPublish Consultancy and its imprint, iMagiNation Books, as part of her longstanding love affair with books and reading. iPublish is Jamaica's first registered full-service publishing consultancy, and it offers a range of support services from its base in Kingston, Jamaica to clients worldwide. From editorial and design, to digital distribution and marketing, iPublish provides customised solutions to self-publishers, corporate clients, and educational institutions. iMagiNation was created as an outlet for works across various genres showcasing the best of Jamaica to the world via new stories, voices, and media. Latoya is a Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship (Caribbean) Official Entrepreneur and Chairman of the Book Industry Association of Jamaica. She is passionate about volunteering and supports several community-based and non-profit initiatives promoting literacy and reading.




'Missing' young doctor and her boyfriend found

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missing-doctor-chanique-cousins.jpgThe chairman of the Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA) Wayne Chen says health authorities in Manchester have started discussions with the young doctor who recently returned home, three weeks after she and her 42-year-old boyfriend were reported missing.

But Chen says the authorities are being cautious as the young doctor Chanique Cousins is not in the "best of health". At the same time, Chen says Cousins could face disciplinary action since she didn't inform anyone when she failed to show up for work. But he says the correct actions will only be taken once the young doctor recovers and a formal investigation has been done.

Cousins, 28, was reported missing by her colleagues at the Mandeville Regional Hospital on August 1 after she didn't show up for work. Her boyfriend, Winston Davidson, a Corporate Area teacher, was also reported missing.

However, last week, the couple was found at Cousin's home in Manchester during a routine police check. The police say Cousins told them that she was never missing.





14 out of 20 persons of interest report to police

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Most of the more than one dozen individuals who were listed last week as Persons of Interest by the Area 4 Police have turned themselves in.

The list of names was published following an upsurge in gun violence in sections of downtown Kingston.

Superintendent Howard Chambers, head of the Kingston West Police,says the number of persons of interest had increased from 15 to 20.

The deadline for the remaining persons to turn themselves in expired at midday on Monday. At a news conference on Friday, the police cited extortion and a conflict involving rival gangs in Denham Town and Tivoli Gardens as among the factors for the upsurge in crime.





The Cayman Police are asking the public to help them track down a Jamaican man who is believed to be in the Cayman Islands illegally.

He is also suspected of being involved in serious crimes.

The Jamaican has been identified as Christopher Green.

He also goes by the name Kevin Green or by the aliases Indian or Gagga.





Vendors affected by violence in downtown Kingston

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Mayor of Kingston Angela Brown Burke says the recent upsurge in violence in sections of downtown Kingston has significantly affected vendors who ply their wares in the area.

It is reported that there was a slow start to the back-to-school shopping season and this has been compounded by growing tensions involving rival gangs battling for turf. However, Mrs Brown Burke says the police have given the assurance that the situation is under control.

"The vendors are back out, persons are feeling much safer than before and so buyers are starting to come back (as) this will be the last couple of weeks before school reopens and I suspect that a lot of persons might need to come and do some last minute shopping to make sure the kids are ready for school in September," she declared.





JPS summoned to meeting over islandwide power cut

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jps-building-photo-1.jpgThe Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) has been called to a meeting with its regulator on Tuesday, to discuss the issues which led to Saturday's islandwide blackout.

Elizabeth Bennett Marsh, Public Education Specialist at the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR),says the JPS has already been asked to supply the agency with a preliminary report on the blackout by Monday afternoon.

The JPS has said the power outage on Saturday was caused by a procedural errors. Its system is designed to operate at different levels, ranging from isolating areas with a fault to the electricity network being shut down, in the event of a major system fault. Preliminary indications are that the first stage of the protection system did not operate. As a result, several units at its power plants went off line. The network, in turn, shut down to protect itself from possible damage.

The JPS says it is evaluating why the protection mechanism did not operate as expected. It says this inquiry will be a key focus of its investigation over the next few days, and will be included in simulation exercises.





Sean Paul inks deal with Island

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sean-paul-photo-6.jpgBillboard chart topper Sean Paul continues to make major moves after securing his most recent number one with single titled Cheap Thrills with Sia. The recording artiste has inked a global deal with Island Records, a label associated with reggae music and the Caribbean.

The multi-album deal will see the Jamaica-born artist and producer release future works on the Universal-owned label in both the U.K. and the U.S. This deal brings an end to his brief run as an independent artist, and follows the end of his decade-long partnership with Atlantic Records.

Sean Paul is busy working on music with a new single expected in November.

He has also done a remix of Tory Lanez's song called Luv which will be released in September. Luv features a sample of Tanto Metro and Devonte's single Everyone Falls In Love. Sean Paul will also put out another single called Crick Neck, which features Chi Ching Ching.

He revealed that Colombian singer Shakira is working with a producer from Jamaica to create a dancehall inspired single of her own.





sly-and-robbie.jpgMusical influences from the Caribbean took the stage at Sunday night's staging of the MTV Video Music awards.

Caribbean artistes Nicki Minaj and Rihanna treated viewers to one of a kind performances, while the dancehall influence was very present during Beyonce's and Rihanna's sets. Rihanna, who was presented with the Michael Jackson Vanguard Award, performed four times over the course of the night, her best set being the reggae inspired block party. During her performance, music from Sly & Robbie, Beenie Man and Mr. Vegas were sampled.

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Additionally dance moves created by the late Mr. Wacky also took centre stage.

The night ultimately belonged to Beyonce, who stole the show with a 16-minute medley of songs taken from her latest album, Lemonade.

Meanwhile, on the winners list were Beyonce with Video of the Year, Best Female Video, Best Pop Video and Breakthrough Long-Form Video. Best Hip Hop video went to Drake and Best Collaboration was Work From Home by Fifth Harmony, who also won Song of the Summer for Flex. Calvin Harris featuring Rihanna won for Best Male Video.

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Isabel Dalley crowned Miss Universe Jamaica 2016

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miss-universe-jamaica-2016.jpgOn Saturday, Isabel Dalley, 18, was crowned Miss Universe Jamaica 2016.

The event which was staged at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel, saw 22 beauties vying for the title.

In the end the 6 ft 2" beauty towered ahead of first runner up Krystal Pitt and Renae Roye, who completed the top three.

Notably absent from the original line-up of 23 was Kadeem Baker, who reportedly contracted the Zika virus.

Entertainment for the night came from Rising Star Winner Cameal Davis and Andre Palmer.

Dalley will represent Jamaica at the 65th Miss Universe pageant, which will be held on January 30, 2017 in the Philippines.





Beenie Man's Unstoppable paused

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beenie-jazz.jpgBeenie Man's new album, Unstoppable has been put on pause and now has a new release date of September 16.

"The album was due for release today (August 26), but we didn't get clearance for some of the songs in time," Rohan 'Blue' Smith, Beenie Man's manager, said in a statement.

''We had to pull it because we had two must-have tracks needed to go on the album.''

So, after waiting for 10 years to put out a studio album, Beenie Man will have to wait until September 16 for the official digital release of Unstoppable.

Prior to being available on all digital and streaming platforms worldwide, persons will be able to pre-order the album on iTunes on September 2.

The 22-track album features productions from the likes of Mario C, Major Lazer, Tony Kelly, Don Corleon, Seanizzle, Jeremy Harding and Jordan McClure. Some of the artistes featured on the project are Bounty Killer, Agent Sasco, Christopher Martin and Verse Simmonds.





Nesbeth and family receive death threats

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nesbeth.jpgReggae artiste Nesbeth allegedly received death threats in the United Kingdom where he is now on a tour. According to Nesbeth's publicist Raymond 'Shadow' Small, the threats are aimed at the artiste, his children and management.

"I am very disturbed by the whole ordeal and extremely concerned for the safety and lives of my team and especially my children," Nesbeth said in a media release issued today.

The My Dream singer was reportedly sent the death threats via several voice notes to the phone of his U.K-based manager, Shanika Dobson.

According to a media release, the persons sending the threats said "no matter where they are or try to go they are going to be killed".

Nesbeth was booked to perform three shows in England.





Macka Diamond fed up with Spice

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macka-diamond-photos-2.jpg"Mi just tired of people who act like dem wah tek music business for a game. Me never grow up in this business and see people a try diss females, and this girl diss other females and gwaan like she don't want the rest of the females to eat any food," Macka said.

"She diss Tifa, she diss everybody, and gwaan like she wah cow down and bully people. Mi nah ward wid dancer fi gwaan inna the road guh beat up dem front," Macka said of the self-proclaimed queen of stage show.

Macka is the second female artiste in recent times to take issue with Spice for the way she deals with other female artistes. Recently Chin Chin, Gully Bop's one-time fiancee, said that Spice does not support female entertainers.

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Mr Vegas says he is turning Christian...AGAIN

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mr-vegas-photo-12.jpgSeven years ago Mr Vegas stunned the entertainment industry when he announced that he was giving up the dancehall in favour of a walk with God.

It's the year 2016 and Vegas is still living a life of sin. However, he decided to announce on Saturday via Facebook that he is again giving his life to the Lord.





Promoter sues Dominican gov't over Tommy Lee saga

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tommy-lee-photo-10-simplified.jpgPromoter Cabral Douglas filed lawsuits in the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) against the Government of Dominica following the 2014 detention of dancehall artiste Tommy Lee Sparta in that island and the subsequent cancellation of a concert, which he said was caused by the "unlawful arrest, detention and deportation of Jamaican artiste Tommy Lee Sparta and his entourage without cause".

Douglas, the son of former prime minister Rosie Douglas, had contracted with Heavy D Promotions Limited for Tommy Lee Sparta to perform at his privately owned entertainment venue in Dominica to mark the opening of Portsmouth carnival. Douglas is seeking US$3 in damages which includes general damages, special damages, as well as for loss of business opportunity and punitive damages.

Tommy Lee, whose real name is Leroy Russell, was to perform at a concert in February 2014 in Portsmouth, organised by Douglas, however, organisations, such as the Dominica Association of Evangelical Churches denounced the artiste's appearance saying his music glorifies Satan and promotes lawlessness and violence.

The government of Dominica said its action was based in the interest of public safety.





Bolt signs lifetime deal with Digicel

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usain-bolt-july-1.jpgDigicel on Thursday announced a lifetime partnership with Usain Bolt while declaring the sprint legend its Chief Speed Officer (CSO).

With his unprecedented "three-peat" at the Olympic Games in Rio, Bolt cemented his place in history as the world's greatest sprinter.

"The unique 'job for life' comes in tandem with the agreement of a lifetime partnership between Digicel and Usain Bolt - an honour only a very small number of the absolute greatest athletes in the world have ever achieved - and a first for Digicel," the telecommunications company said in a release today.

Digicel explained that in his role as CSO, Bolt will get up close and personal with Digicel customers in a number of ways from both a commercial and community point of view and will continue to inspire, motivate and captivate customers and fans across the globe for many years to come.





Gyptian drops new summer single

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gyptian-reggae.jpgTopping #1 on Billboard Reggae charts, multi-awards winner and a gold-selling anthem are just some of the numerous accolades of Reggae star Gyptian. His prolific versatility of singing on serious social matters or delivering party anthems are what make Gyptian a worldwide fan favorite.

Fans and music lovers worldwide can rejoice in Gyptian's latest music visual offering with "Summer is Back" on the "Tropical House Riddim". A Konsequence Muzik production, the video was directed by Yaadboiiz Films. Filmed in Blue mountains, Hellshire beach, and popular weekly dance "Mojito Mondays" at Susie's in Jamaica, the sizzling single offers the essence of summer vibes. Speaking on the song, Gyptian explained "It's all about a party vibes, the fundamental moment when you can enjoy yourself with friends out drinking, or if you want to do a little workout in the gym, it's just that hype vibes you know.. it's all about Summer"

Gyptian "Summer is Back" world premiere Today, Thursday August 25th on global platform Boomshots! Boomshots Representing Global Riddim Culture from #Reggae #Dancehall, and #Dub, to #HipHop, Dubstep, UK bass culture, Rockers galore and much much more. Boomshots keeps the beat of the global street and brings you Word Sound & Power.





Wailers take 'Wailers' to court

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wailers.jpgAccording to a report by the Associated Press, former members of Jamaican reggae band The Wailers, which played alongside Bob Marley, are going to court to try to stop the group they left from performing under the same name.

Aston "Family Man" Barrett and other ex-Wailers members said in a petition filed in a Virginia Beach court this week that the reggae group currently performing as The Wailers is a sham because it includes no members of the original band. They're asking the court to act quickly and block the band from using the name, noting that it is set to play in Virginia at the Lockn' Festival this weekend.

The court set a hearing for August 31, said attorney Stephen Screnci, who is representing Barrett and the others. Asked if that meant the band would still be allowed to play this weekend, Screnci said he didn't know for sure.

"There's a lot of people buying tickets that think they're going to see The Wailers and they're not," he said of the current band in general. "If you advertised as The Beatles and you showed up and there were no Beatles, I think you'd be disappointed," he said.

Al Anderson, Tyrone Downie and Earl Lindo, who each joined the band in the '70s before Marley passed away in 1981, are also joining Barrett in the case. Michael Jones, who currently manages the band that performs as The Wailers, said Thursday that he hadn't yet read the filing. But he said that dozens of musicians have played under the Wailers name over the years. The current band is "what's left of the same band that has played continuously since 1981," Jones said.

"It's a revolving door of musicians that have played with The Wailers. It always has been," Jones said. "We have a wonderful band that is recognized worldwide as The Wailers." No one responded Thursday to an email sent to Monterey International, a booking agency named in the filing.

Barrett, who joined The Wailers in 1969 as its bassist, left the group several months ago, but the band continues to use his name and likeness in promotional materials, the petition for injunctive relief says. Barrett and the others accuse the group of deceiving consumers and concert organizers by leaving the impression that original members are still part of the band.





Funeral service for D'Angel's father August 31

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dangel-and-father-clive-downer.jpgThe service of thanksgiving to celebrate the life of the late Noel "Clive" Downer, the father of recording star Michelle "D'Angel" Downer, will be held on Wednesday, August 31, starting at 12 NOON. The historic Cathedral of St Jago de la Vega, situated at the corner of Barrett Street and Red Church Street in Spanish Town will host the church service.

Born and raised in Spanish Town, Mr Downer, an entrepreneur, died at a hospital on August 9th from injuries he sustained after being hit by a motor vehicle on the Old Harbour Main Road in St Catherine. Mr Downer, who was 70 years old, has been hailed as a loving, supportive father to his four daughters, Nadine, Joan, Peta-Gaye and Michelle, who have said in a joint statement that he was "a wonderful father who was fun to be around; an honorable man, and a blessing to all who came in contact with him". He was remembered as the father who took the decision to stay in Jamaica in order to be close to his daughters, rather than migrate to Canada, as his other siblings had done.

In announcing the funeral arrangements for her father, D'Angel took time to point out that it is with a deep sense of pride and humility that she has been chosen to live her father's dream.

"My father always wanted to be a singer, but he shied away from the spotlight, so he was immensely proud that I took the baton from him - in a sense - and he was able to realize that dream through me," she explained.

D'Angel also expressed her heartfelt thanks to the music fraternity and her co-workers who have been supporting her in her time of grief.

The internment for Noel 'Clive' Downer will be held at Dovecot.





the-rock-dwayne-johnson.jpgWrestler-turned-actor Dwayne The Rock Johnson topped the Forbes magazine list of the world's highest paid actors with an estimated 2016 payday of $64.5 million.

The 44 year old knocked Robert Downey Jr. off the top spot and more than doubled his 2015 earnings, largely thanks to his action comedy "Central Intelligence."

Johnson also collected advance fees from the eighth installment of the popular Fast and Furious racing movie franchise.

Iron Man Robert Downey Jr. fell from top spot, despite reprising his comic book hero role in Captain America: Civil War. He ranked eighth with $33 million.

Jackie Chan, who has not had a big U.S. box office hit for years but is a prolific actor and producer in the Chinese entertainment market, was second on the list with $61 million.

Matt Damon came in third with $55 million, largely due to the success of his 2015 space film, The Martian.

The Forbes annual list again highlighted the pay gap between men and women in Hollywood.

Earlier this week the magazine named Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence the world's highest paid actress for a second straight year, with an estimated 2016 take of $46 million.

Forbes said 18 actors banked more than $20 million in its June 2015 to June 2016 scoring period, compared with four actresses.

Forbes estimates earnings, before taxes and management fees, from movies, TV and commercial endorsements.





denyque-dontre.jpgThe crowning of Miss Universe Jamaica 2016 will take place this Saturday at The Jamaica Pegasus Hotel.

Among the 23 beauties will be competing under the theme, Impacting Lives Through Beauty, is singer Denyque, who is expected to be a favourite to win.

Digicel Rising star winner, Cameal Davis, will provide entertainment at the event.

The coronation show will be broadcast live on www.go-jamaica.com/muj.





police-commish-dr-carl-williams.jpgA police team has been instructed to continue the investigation into the involvement of a Jamaican politician in an alleged murder plot.

This was disclosed on Thursday by Police Commissioner Dr. Carl Williams on Hotline.

Dr. Williams said a file is now with the police and they are working with the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

"The advice is that we should not proceed with criminal charges at the moment. I think there is some more work that needs to be done and the DPP has so advised," he said.

Dr. Williams said his team would be scrutinising and assessing the file to see whether there are shortcomings and "will deploy our resources and detectives to go and fill those gaps if we do find that there are gaps."

The allegations regarding the politician were published in the Miami Herald two weeks ago.

Former Assistant Commissioner of Police, Les Green, claimed there was enough evidence to link the politician to a conspiracy to commit two murders.





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This Saturday, August 27, 2016 the world renown reggae concert series We Are Reggae features reggae royalty, the prolific hitmaker Tanya Stephens. Tanya Stephens born Vivienne Stephenson caught her big break in 1996, when her ladies anthem, Yuh Nuh Ready Fi Dis Yet caused quite a stir. Soon after, she began working with acclaimed producers such as Barry O'Hare, Bobby "Digital" Dixon, Harvel "Gadaffi" Hart, Dave Kelly and Tony Kelly. Future singles followed, including Draw Fi Mi Finger, Freaky Type, and Cry and Bawl, as well as the full-length releases Too Hype in 1997 and Ruff Rider a year later. Stephens also contributed backing vocals on Garnett Silk's 1998 release Journey.

She then moved to Sweden and began recording a series of alternative rock tracks. Unhappy with her new direction, she returned to reggae in 2004 with Gangsta Blues and its big hit single Boom Wuk. The ambitious Rebelution appeared in 2006 with female empowerment as its focus. Stephens has six full-length albums to her credit, including her masterpiece Gangsta Blues which was released on the VP Records insignia. An engaging performer, voice of our women, brilliant lyricist, Tanya Stephens continues to tour the world from Bangkok to New York.

We Are Reggae also presents Evin Lake, out of Port Antonio. Launching his career at a tender age in the early 1990's, Evin, then known by his government name Kevin Clarke cover the R. Kelly classic Girl I'll Be There and served notice that he can hold his own in this extremely competitive industry. He went on to work with top flight producer Barry O'Hare where his original compositions He's Alive and I Don't Want to Lose Your Love were released on O'Hare's X Rated Label. Singles were also done with Earl "Chinna" Smith of Bob Marley and Wailers fame as well as a stint with Bobby Digital. In 2007, Evin Lake dropped his hit single Come Go With Me, a cover of Teddy Pendergrass' classic, produced by Othniel " Taddy P " Campbell, which entered and climbed reggae charts across the globe.

We Are Reggae presents Tanya Stephens with Evin Lake on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at The Sand Bar, Doctors Cave Beach, Montego Bay in Jamaica. Gates open at 8pm and showtime 10pm. Tickets are $2000 pre-sold and $2500.00 at the gate and available at Fontana Fairview, El Paso Sam Sharpe Square, www.urticketpro.com or call 631 4952.





drake-performance-billboard.jpgIt seems that controversy is regularly included in the price of admission for Drake and Future's "Summer Sixteen" Tour.

The "Controlla" star has used his summer tour microphone as a megaphone to address his critics, as well as to launch some criticisms of his own. He (might've) sent shots at Tory Lanez in Austin, definitely dissed Joe Budden in Dallas, took shots at Hot 97 while in the station's home of New York City, and, most recently, called Meek Mill a "pussy" in Washington, D.C. before taking more shots at his foe in his hometown of Philadelphia.

Hot 97 radio personality Peter Rosenberg clearly had enough on Monday (August 22), and called out Drake for talking the talk without walking the walk.

"[Meek Mill]'s always been realer than you..your content is MEANINGLESS" the radio host posted in a series of tweets, reigniting the animosity between his station and the Toronto rapper. "... @Drake wouldn't have been the toughest kid in my hebrew school ... stop ... make hits for the club...dont try to be hard please...EVER"





Rapper DMX welcomes 15th child

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dmx-photo-1.jpgDMX has enough children to fill a Rugby team now with his latest addition, a baby boy by the name of Exodus Simmons, his fifteenth offspring, TMZ reports.

Baby Simmons came into the world on Friday (August 20) weighing 6 pounds and 10 ounces. The mother is DMX's longtime girlfriend Desiree and Exodus is her first child.

Although the 45-year-old rapper missed the baby's delivery because he was in Arizona, he immediately flew back to New York to welcome his newborn son.

DMX tells TMZ that he is overjoyed and calls Exodus a "blessing."

During DMX's 11-year marriage to his ex-wife Tashera Simmons, he had many children outside of their holy covenant. One baby mama sued the rapper for defamation and child support resulting in a $1.5 million order for DMX to pay up.

In 2013, he filed chapter 11 bankruptcy due to his child support obligations.





corey-todd.jpgPopular businessman and night club operator, Corey Todd, was a no-show at his trial yesterday in the Half-Way-Tree Court. Toddcharged with malicious destruction of property and assault occasioning bodily harm, was postponed yesterday (Mon).

A new date of January 25 was set after Todd's attorney, told the court his client was not in the island.

The charge stemmed from an incident in which recording artiste Devin Di Dakta was assaulted at one of Todd's nightclubs.

The police had reported that in January this year Devin Di Dakta was forcibly removed from the Taboo nightclub by security personnel.

It's alleged that he was taken to the parking lot and beaten by several persons because of a song perceived to be disrespecting Todd.





danielle-di-bolt.jpgDancehall artiste Danielle DI has remixed her new single, 'Class' to pay tribute to Usain Bolt and Team Jamaica at the just concluded Olympic Games.

The controversial deejay not only released the audio for the new record, but also revealed images from a new body paint photo shoot, which are also dedicated to Bolt and Team Jamaica for their triumph in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The Rio inspired version of Class sees the Sly and Robbie protege chanting lyrics, which praise the team's effort in Brazil. The accompanying images see Danielle DI once again using her body as a canvas. This time, however, for the display of the colours of the Jamaican flag.he National Housing Trust (NHT) has again advertised the Outameni attraction in Trelawny for sale, after a previous attempt failed to get a buyer.





usain-airport.jpgThis is how the Sun UK described the Olympian's trysts: BOLT STRIKES AGAIN Usain Bolt: Jamaican sprint king kisses and LICKS brunette before spending the night with a drug lord's widow... while his girlfriend waits for him in Jamaica

Triple gold medallist 'racked up L1,000 bar bill' as he celebrated 30th birthday in wild fashion before flying in to London.

USAIN BOLT has been pictured kissing and LICKING another mystery brunette.

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The pictures were taken in a Rio nightclub during wild celebrations for his 30th birthday - just hours before he went on to spend the night with a sexy 20-year-old student who shared WhatsApp messages of them in bed together.

The Jamaican sprint king, who flew into London today, reportedly arrived at the club in Rio at 1am in the early hours of Sunday morning and partied way into the early hours racking up a L1,000 bar bill which he paid personally.

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Bolt - who has a long-term girlfriend - was spotted getting close to the unknown girl before apparently pulling her in for a kiss, and also appeared to lick her shoulder as things got steamy in the VIP area of the venue.

This comes on the same day as reports that the other girl that Bolt would apparently go on to spend the night with was student Jady Duarte, the widow of one of Rio's most dangerous drugs lords known as Dina Terror.

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According to police, Jady's ex Douglas Donato Pereira was responsible for torturing and murdering a teenage girl in September 2014 and played a big part in the narcotics trade at the Faz Quem Quer slum in Rio de Janeiro.





Olympian Caster Semenya is married to a woman

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semenya.jpgControversial runner Caster Semenya arrived home to South Africa today after her predictably dominant victory in the women's 800-metre race at Rio 2016.

The athlete handed her gold medal to her wife Violet Raseboya after arriving at Johannesburg Airport following the row over her involvement in the Olympics.

Semenya, 25, who once had to undergo humiliating gender testing to prove she was female, took gold and set a new national record of one minute 55 seconds.

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Johannesburg Airport was packed with fans, family and friends for the return of the athletes, but the biggest cheer and loudest singing was reserved for Semenya.

Semenya thanked fans who chanted her name - but, asked what she wanted to say to her critics, she answered in her deep voice: 'I do not have the time for them.'

She added: 'It's great to be here and receive such a welcome. I will always do my best. I hope that in four years' time there will be even more people to fill the airport.'





No buyers for Outameni

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The National Housing Trust (NHT) has again advertised the Outameni attraction in Trelawny for sale, after a previous attempt failed to get a buyer.

In 2013, the NHT acquired Outameni for $180 million in a deal that was heavily criticised by people who argued that the business was outside of the mandate of the trust.





A decade after Matthews Lane strongman Donald 'Zeeks' Phipps was convicted of double murder and sentenced to life in prison, his Spanglers gang is now engaged in a bitter war with rival men in Luke Lane who are seeking to take control of the entire area.

The feud, which is centred in the Western Kingston Police Division and the edge of the business district, has led to heightened tension in the downtown Kingston area.

"Our intelligence is that the top Luke Lane gang wants to spread their wings and control what's left of the influence of Donald 'Zeeks' Phipps, which is in Matthews Lane the Spanglers gang," Superintendent Howard Chambers, head of Western Kingston, is quoted as telling local paper.

Reports are that men loyal to Zeeks and his successor have vowed to protect his image and keep Matthews Lane under the control of the Spanglers gang.





rick-ross-photo-3.jpgHigh Vibes Roots and Reggae Festival featuring Ky-Mani Marley, Lee 'Scratch' Perry, and a host of other high class acts, is scheduled for the Aqueduct in Montego Bay on September 3 and 4.

According to Douglas Gordon of High Vibes Jamaica, who is putting together this concert with an aim to bring visitors to Jamaica outside the peak season of tourist arrivals,"We plan to create this as an annual event that celebrates aspects of Jamaica's rich and vibrant music and cultural heritage."

Lee 'Scratch' Perry is one of the pioneers of dub music and has produced for artistes like Junior Byles, The Heptones, Max Romeo, and Bob Marley and the Wailers. The 80-year-old musical maestro, known for his innovative musical techniques, won a Grammy for Best Reggae Album in 2003 and the following year was named as one of the greatest artistes of all time by Rolling Stone Magazine.

Ky-Mani is the son of the King of Reggae. The reggae and rap artiste has also carved his niche as an actor starring in the 2002 cult classic, Shottas. He will bring his musical skill set to the event in a performance not seen often on Jamaican soil.

"We're excited to have reggae music royalty on our stage at the High Vibes Roots and Reggae Festival. Ky-Mani embodies the image that we are trying to bring across to our patrons. We strive on positivity, and Ky-Mani is the perfect candidate," Gordon said.

Rick Ross, one of rap's biggest names, has also been added to the line-up.





Jamaica's women grab silver in 400m relay

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Jamaica claimed 10 medals at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil after the women's mile relay team won silver in the penultimate track and field event on Saturday.

The team of Stephenie-Ann McPherson, Anneisha McLaughlin-Wilby, Shericka Jackson and Novlene Williams-Mills finished behind the United States in the 4x400m relay.

The United Kingdom took the bronze.

Jamaica's 11 medals at the Games of the 31st Olympiad comprise six gold, three silver and two bronze.





It's silver for Jamaica in men's mile relay

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Jamaica closed out its participation in the Games of the 31st Olympiad with another silver medal.

This after the mile relay team of Fitzroy Dunkley, Nathon Allen, Peter Matthews and Javon Francis, finished second in 2:58.16 in the final of the men's 4x400m relay, the final track and field event of the Games.

It is the fourth fastest time by a Jamaica quartet.

The team secured the medal thanks to a superb last leg by Francis, the former Calabar High School star who overtook the runners from The Bahamas and Botswana.

The United States won the gold while The Bahamas stayed on for the bronze.

Jamaica has finished the Games with a total of eleven medals: six gold, three silver and two bronze.





Jamaica ends Rio Olympics with 11 medals

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usain-bolt-wins-100m-rio.jpgUsain Bolt insisted it was "mission accomplished" after signing off with a 'treble-treble' in his final Olympic race, predicting that his achievements may never be broken.

The world's fastest man anchored Jamaica's 4x100m relay team to gold on a balmy Rio night on Friday to capture the 100m, 200m and relay titles for a third-straight Games.

"I hope I've set the bar high enough that no one can do it again," said sprint king Bolt, a ninth Olympic gold medal safely in the bank.

"It's a great feeling - I've worked so hard every Olympics to win three gold medals and I'm just so happy I've accomplished so much," he added, admitting his Olympic farewell was tinged with a little sadness.





Happy Birthday Usain St Leo Bolt

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usain-bolt-wins-100m-rio.jpgOlympic champion Usain Bolt turned 30 on 21 August, 2016. The Jamaican sprinter has dominated the 100m, 200m and 4 x100m relay events since 2008 with nine Olympic gold medals.

In July, he promised his fans that 'history will be made' at the Rio Olympics 2016 in Brazil. And, guess what? The man has created history. He secured his place in the records book after helping his country win the 4x 100m race in 37.27 seconds. And, this unprecedented 'treble' has made his birthday that extra special. The Jamaican superstar continues to entertain the world with his celebratory dance moves, his icon 'bolting' gesture and most importantly his epic on liners about life. To celebrate his big day and many milestones, we rewind some of the best musings from the world's fastest man.

On marriage

"I've thought about it, but I know I'm not going to get married before 35, for sure," he said."Like, Rooney got married so young - all the footballers that are English, as soon as they get really famous they have to get married. And I think it's unfair to them."

On his work ethic

"Dreams are free. Goals have a cost. While you can daydream for free goals don't come without a price. Time, Effort, Sacrifice, and Sweat. How will you pay for your goals?"

On his home

"I can't really live outside Jamaica. I can be away, but only for a while."

On doping

"I have no issue with being drug-tested because it's better. I remember in Beijing [for the 2015 World Championships], every other day they were drug-testing us, and because they were taking blood also people were saying, "Oh you can't come so often." But I was like, "Listen, they're doing their job."

On his legacy

"For me, greatness means being remembered."





Stop violating Usain Biolt's copyright!

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usain-bolt-wins-100m-rio.jpgThe management team of nine-time Olympic Gold medallist, Usain Bolt, has sent a warning to those violating the athlete's intellectual property rights. In a statement published in the Sunday Gleaner, Bolt's UB Management team, says persons have been using his trademarks and image to advertise their products and services, as well as in other forms of trade without the authorisation of Bolt or his representatives.

They say the activities have been resulting in loss and damage to Bolt's reputation and business.

The statement, signed by the head of UB Management Limited, Norman Peart, notes that Bolt is the owner of the "To the World" pose and several trademarks that incorporate his name, nickname, signature, image and likeness. It says Bolt's image and trademarks should not be used to falsely represent any business or enterprise and the goods and services offered by those businesses or enterprises.

UB Management has indicated that it will take legal action against persons or businesses using Bolt's image and trademarks without permission, warning that persons must immediately cease unauthorised use of the athlete's intellectual property.





2 arrested after policeman mowed down

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hands-behind-bars.jpgThe Trelawny police have arrested two persons believed to be the occupants of the Toyota Axio motor car which on Friday mowed down Police Inspector Mark Gibbs as he and two of his colleagues conducted spot checks in front of the Clark's Town Police Station in Trelawny.

According to Commanding Officer for Trelawny Superintendent Clive Blair, the men were taken into custody during a pre-dawn operation in the parish yesterday.

He said the police have also recovered the motor vehicle that was involved in the hit-and-run.

Inspector Gibbs, who resided in Cornwall Courts, St James, was reportedly mowed down about 4:30 pm after signalling the driver of the motor car to stop.

The senior cop, who had been enlisted in the police force for more than 30 years, was hit as he attempted to jump out of the path of the oncoming vehicle, as the driver, who had slowed down and pretended that he was about to stop, suddenly sped up and swung the vehicle onto him.

Gibbs sustained multiple injuries and was taken to Falmouth General Hospital, some 10 miles away, where he was pronounced dead.





3 men charged after ganja found in car trunk

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ganja-image-4.jpgThree men were taken into custody following the seizure of approximately 60 pounds of ganja on the Mandela Highway in St Catherine, yesterday.

Reports from the police are that about 12:15 pm, members of the Narcotics Division intercepted a Honda Civic motor car with the three men aboard.

The motor vehicle was searched and two knitted bags were found in the trunk, which reportedly contained the illicit drug. The men were subsequently arrested, however, the police have withheld their identities.

The police say the ganja has an estimated street value of J$300,000.





Strong police presence downtown

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crime-scene-tape.jpgThe police are maintaining a strong presence in sections of downtown Kingston despite the removal of blockades along Darling Street and Spanish Town Road.

Roadblocks were mounted yesterday afternoon as tension rose following the killing of a man on Chestnut Lane. The situation had forced the police to issue an advisory warning motorists to avoid the area.

The police say investigations are continuing and persons are being asked to report any suspicious activities to the nearest police station.





ryan-lochte-team-mates-rio.jpgryan-lochte.jpgThree US Olympic swimmers have been stopped from leaving Brazil on Wednesday night as Ryan Lochte again changed his story about the robbery he claims the four went through in Rio over the weekend during a night of celebration.

The US Olympic Committee confirmed that Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz were removed from their return flight to the US and detained as the situation involving them and Lochte threatens to escalate into a full-blown international incident.

The USOC also confirmed that Jimmy Feigen - the fourth member of the ill-fated party last weekend - was also prevented from leaving Brazil and detained.

The action comes amid increasing tension between Brazilian authorities and the American swimmers - pitting the reputation of the Rio authorities and Olympics games against their story.

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japans-pole-vaulter-hiroki-ogita.jpgNumerous reports gently poked fun at Ogita, but he didn't take it well

Japanese pole vaulter Hiroki Ogita has hit back at claims his penis cost him his Olympic dream in Rio.

The 28-year-old reacted angrily to suggestions he failed to clear 5.3 metres in qualifying because his manhood knocked the bar as he went over.

Numerous reports gently poked fun at Ogita, but he didn't take it well.

"I never expected the foreign media to take me down like this," he tweeted.

"It's one thing if it was true, but I have to say I'm pretty devastated that they'd go so far to make something up to mock and ridicule me so much."

Ogita did eventually clear 5.45 metres on his final jump but it wasn't enough to send him through and his earlier foul cost him.





usain-20-metre-semis-rio.jpgBurn! Bolt couldn't help but have a dig at Gatlin

Usain Bolt watched rival Justin Gatlin crash out of the Olympic 200m - and then called him OLD.

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American Justin Gatlin was the shock elimination from the final semi-final as Bolt, who is bidding for a historic triple triple in Rio, cruised through to win.

Gatlin, a favourite for a medal, stormed off the track following a race which also saw Bolt's Jamaican team-mate Yohan Blake also eliminated.

And afterwards Bolt, who of course beat the American to gold in the 100m on Sunday, appeared to aim a cheeky dig at his long-time rival.





Usain Bolt takes swipe at Gatlin

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usain-20-metre-semis-rio.jpgUsain Bolt watched rival Justin Gatlin crash out of the Olympic 200m - and then called him OLD.

American Justin Gatlin was the shock elimination from the final semi-final as Bolt, who is bidding for a historic triple triple in Rio, cruised through to win.

Gatlin, a favourite for a medal, stormed off the track following a race which also saw Bolt's Jamaican team-mate Yohan Blake also eliminated.

And afterwards Bolt, who of course beat the American to gold in the 100m on Sunday, appeared to aim a cheeky dig at his long-time rival.'





Gatlin crashes out of 200m metres at Rio Olympics

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gatlin-out-of-200.jpgControversial American Justin Gatlin has been eliminated in the semifinals of the men's 200m at the Rio Olympics.

Gatlin finished third in his semi in 20.13 seconds, leaving him ninth overall.

Jamaican Usain Bolt stayed on track for a historic sprint triple triple by clocking the fastest time of 19.78.





usain-bolt-the-big-man.jpgJamaica's sprint superstar Usain Bolt remains on course for an historic nine Olympic gold medals when he easily won his 200m semi-finals at the Games of the 31st Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro Brazil.

Bolt, who has already won the men's 100m, clocked a season's best 19.78 to advance to tomorrow's final.

After the race, the world record holder over the 100m and 200m sounded an ominous warning to his rivals.

"I am going to try and go after the world record definitely. I don't know if I'm gonna get it, but it's on my mind. Hopefully I will get a good lane," he said.

Bolt will be the only Jamaican in the final as compatriots Nickel Ashmeade and Yohan Blake failed to advance.

Surprisingly, the man expected to be Bolt's main rival in the final, American Justin Gatlin also failed to advance, tiring to third in the same race with Blake.





GOLD for Elaine Thompson in 200m at Rio Olympics!

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thompson-copped-200-rio.jpgJamaica's golden girl Elaine Thompson cannot be beaten. After winning the 100 meters, Thompson became the first athlete since Florence Griffith-Joyner to win the 100-200 double by running away with the 200 meters on Wednesday night with a time of 21.78.

Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands, won world title in 2015, finished in the silver medal position, and Tori Bowie of the U.S., who won silver in the 100, came in third to win bronze.

Schippers, who is the third fastest 200 runner of all time, ran 21.88 to finish second. She nearly reeled in Thompson, but just didn't have enough in the race's final moments to overtake sprinting's newest star.

Thompson won the 100 meters in 10.71, and ran away with the title in Rio on Wednesday. She has established herself as the best sprinter in the world -- and she'll have another opportunity to add more hardware to her medal collection in the women's 4x100 with her Jamaican teammates on Friday.

It is the first Olympic Games for the 23-year-old University of Technology student.

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Elaine Thompson
Age: 24 years old
High School: Manchester High School
Tertiary Education: University of Technology, Jamaica
Events: Women's 100m, 200m, 4X100m relay
Personal Best: 100m - 10.70s, 200m - 21.66
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She had a spectacular 200-metre race winning silver medal at the Beijing World Championships in 21.66 seconds, the fifth-fastest time ever over the distance.





thompson-copped-200-rio.jpgOlympian Shelly-Ann Fraser-Price was fast as a bullet in congratulating the new 200 metres winner Elaine Thompson last night.

This is what she posted: "Mek den run dem heart out yes!!!! SFP yuh train wid!!!!! Season best and we still have gas left in the tank and still standing!!!! We win again!!!!!!! Podium again. Congrats Elaine Thompson #?Team876Representing #?PodiumAgain #?AnthemWillPlay #?PrideBuck #?Pryceless".





thompson-copped-200-rio.jpg"A yah suh nice! Me feel good! Me feel great? God know, me pray and ask Father God fi di gold medal, me speak it into being and see it here ... . Me know she did ago get it man, because once me pray, me know God ago deliver," a hoarse Keith Thompson said of his daughter Elaine Thompson who won her second Olympic Gold Medal after the Women's 200 metre final in Rio.

"Golddddddddd! Banana Ground nuh good again. A pure niceness. It's a joy, man. Two gold me daughter give Jamaica and its her second Olympic gold medal. When she come back, whole heap a things ago gwaan fi har. Wi cyan talk yet, but God is so good.

God know, my mother, Elaine's Grandma, oh gosh, I don't even know where fi find her now, she overjoyed. It's just pure excitement.





Osujah Records way up with positivity

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osujah-records.jpgWith the intention of being a major player in the music and entertainment business, the CEO of Osujah Records, Donna Burnett, has pledged to give this newest venture her total and undivided attention.

Burnett, a registered nurse by profession, now also quite comfortably wears the hats of artiste manager, co-producer, riddim-maker, and executive producer. Incidentally,this multi-talented and multi-faceted lady is also a song-writer, dub poet and a singjay who goes by the name Lady Donna.

Born in Kingston, Jamaica, but now residing in St Ann - Hampstead to be exact - Ms Burnett set up Osujah one year ago in Hampstead to develop local talent. She has so far signed five artistes to her Osujah Records label singer Anaicon, and singjays I-Konji, I-Nanny, Ras Pree Dem and, of course, Lady Donna.

The label founder, while acknowledging that there are quick bucks to be made by doing a certain type of music, is insistent that Osujah Records will take the high road and stick to a diet of positive, uplifting music.

"Music that will feed the mind and the soul; music that has a long shelf life; music that is positive," says Burnett, who disclosed that she is from a musical family and learned quite young how to string up a sound by working alongside her uncle, who was the owner of Touch of Class Disco.

Lady Donna has lived in the United States for over 30 years, 11 of which she spent in the US Navy's health service. Having given sterling service in that field overseas, she still plays her part here in Jamaica, but right now is passion is music, especially focusing on helping talented young acts to get the recognition they truly deserve.

The singer in her camp, 22-year-old Anaicon, who Lady Donna describes as "respectful and elegant" is the first artiste who she is pushing out. His six-track EP, The Rebel, is the company's major project currently and already there is a buzz about songs such as This Is Me and All About You.

Reluctant to take away the spotlight from her artistes, Lady Donna, who attended the prestigious The Queen's High School in Jamaica, and was influenced by two older students there -- girl duo Althea and Donna (Uptown Top Rankin) -- revealed that she was quite the dancehall queen while at school. She now has out two songs under her Lady Donna moniker, Save A Life and Bumming Ball on the riddim of the same name.





bolt-jfk-shots-fired.jpgReports of shots fired at New York's John F Kennedy Airport that caused widespread panic Sunday night, and sparked a massive emergency police response, may have been prompted by rowdy people clapping and cheering for Olympic champion Usain Bolt.

NBC NEWS reported that "cheering, clapping and banging from people watching the Olympic Games may have been misinterpreted as a fight and gunshots".

The 9:30 pm panic ensued just as the Jamaican superstar won the 100-meter dash at the Rio Olympics for the third time, making history, the New York Post reported.

The NYPD received reports of shots fired at two different terminals, sending people in the airport running for their lives and causing a massive evacuation, according to the Post.





miss-universe-jamaica-stripped.jpgJamaica-born US based beauty queen Sharlene Radlien has been instructed to relinquish the title of Miss Universe Jamaica..

The stripping of Radlein of her role on Friday comes after she filed a lawsuit in the Supreme Court on July 20. In the lawsuit, which was filed in the Supreme Court on July 20, Radlein alleges that the defendants are in breach of an agreement to award her a prize package valued at more than $2 million, and in further breach by not paying over the cash prize portion of the prize due since January.

Karl Williams; fellow Miss Universe Jamaica manager Mark McDermoth; and Uzuri International Designs are the registered holder of the Miss Universe franchise, and are being sued by Radlein.

Miss Universe Jamaica's principals made the announcement at a press conference at the Jamaica Pegasus on Monday.

"Since being crowned ... we have painstakingly sought to guide Ms Radlein in a manner which reflects the vision and ideals of the organization. However, her actions have been wholly inconsistent with the culture of the pageant, both locally and internationally," the local organisers said.





rio-win-usain.jpgShortly after his historic win in the 100m on Sunday, Olympian Usain Bolt celebrated to PopCaan's popular World Cup single in a series of SnapChat stories.

The triple world record holder entered the history books at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro after becoming the first man to win three consecutive gold medals in the Men's 100m.

Usain Bolt showed his excitement through SnapChat videos singing along and dancing to PopCaan's World Cup. Bolt belted out the lines "We Still A Win" before using Poppi's popular slangs "Wow oooiiieee", "Wicked, wicked" and "Whey dem ago do yah now".

PopCaan has since responded with a repost of Bolt's video with the caption "stay winning my brother; honestly, Usain is a national hero".

Usain Bolt is expected to run the 4×100 relay and 200m races at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

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Jamaica's diver Yona through to semis in Rio

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yona-diver.jpgThe moment he touched the water in his final dive, Jamaica's Yona Knight-Wisdom knew it was a special one. It was indeed special, as that dive propelled him to a historic qualification to the semi-finals of the three-metre springboard event yesterday at the Rio Olympics in Brazil.

"That dive is my favourite dive, my most comfortable dive.

"That is where I put it at the end," said an elated Knight-Wisdom.

That sixth and final dive was Knight-Wisdom's best as he scored 79.5 points, which allowed him to finish overall with 416.55 points and 11th spot out of 29.

Knight-Wisdom was only the second Jamaican diver to ever participate in the Olympics. The first diver to wear the national colours at the Olympics was Betsy Sullivan at the 1972 Munich Games. She placed 29th in the first round.





Bronze for Shericka Jackson in 400m

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shericka-winner-bronze-rio.jpgJamaica increased it medal count at the Games of the 31st Olympiad after Shericka Jackson won bronze in the finals of the women's 400m.

Jackson, who is competing in her first Olympics, finish third in a time of 49.85 seconds.

Shaunae Miller of the Bahamas took the gold medal in a time of 49.44 seconds defeating Allison Felix of the United States, who won the silver medal.

The other Jamaican in the race Stephanie Ann McPherson finished in sixth place in a time of 50.97 seconds.





usain-bolt-the-big-man.jpgJamaica's Usain Bolt became the first athlete to win three Olympic 100m titles by beating American Justin Gatlin to gold at Rio 2016.

Bolt, who says he is competing at his final Olympics, ran 9.81 seconds to replicate his success at Beijing 2008 and London 2012.

Gatlin, twice banned for doping offences, finished 0.08 seconds behind Bolt to take silver.

Canada's Andre de Grasse took bronze in a personal best of 9.91.

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goat.jpgAnimal rights activist are calling for the authorities to locate and take swift action against a local comedian, who publicly confessed to acts of bestiality in an online skit.

The video, titled 'My Strange Addiction', has amassed 215,000 views on social media website, Facebook. It was also highlighted in Africa via Gossip Mil Nigeria and viewed by more four million people.

In the video, a comedian in Jamaica, who goes by the moniker Kyng Tavii, expresses his love for goats and for being a goat.

"I'm taking this goat life very serious," he said. "Let me introduce you guys to my girlfriend (a goat). Her name is Stacy. This is my babymother Stacy. She is pregnant for like a week now and I can't wait for the kid. I love Stacy."

Kyng Tavii followed by saying that he has a pornographic video with the goat that is already on the Internet and that they are not afraid to have sex in public. This was followed by him dry humping the goat.

While some persons thought the video was amusing, others thought it was quite disturbing, with some persons going as far as to issue death threats.





niko-chromatic-gofundme.jpgDancehall selector Niko Chromatic is more than happy by the support he has been receiving since going public with news that he has been battling a serious kidney disease for the past year.

According to a report in Jamaica's popular afternoon paper, Niko's decision to make his health issues public was prompted by the latest news he received from doctors. Both his kidneys have now failed and the selector is in urgent need of a transplant.

News of the popular selector's medical condition was made public via social media on Wednesday and came as a shock to many persons in the entertainment fraternity who were unaware of his health issues.

Kimberley Mais, Niko's spouse, said he was officially diagnosed with renal disease in July 2015 and has been in and out of the hospital since.

"Only a few close friends and family members knew what he was going through. Niko is very independent. He likes to take care of himself, and so he didn't want to make this public out of fear that people would start feeling sorry for him," she is reported as saying.

"We tried to handle the situation on our own, but it was getting too much for us. It took some convincing, but he finally decided to ask for help."

A GoFundMe page has been set up for Niko.





ganja-spliff.jpgJamaica's Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett and Minister of Transport and Mining Mike Henry are expected to be among speakers, including international and local cannabis experts, at the Cannabis Business Conference and Symposium to be hosted by CANEX, Jamaica at the Montego Bay Convention Centre on Friday, September 2.

The conference, will also include Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) board member Delano Seivwright among the over 20 presenters.

Meanwhile, some of the international speakers will be Dr Yasmine Hurd, a Jamaican-born medic who works at Mount Sinai; former NFL player Lance Johnston; and Boaz Whachtel, a pioneer in the Israel cannabis industry.

The events director for CANEX outlined that the goal of next month's conference is to pull together local industry players and their international counterparts to create a platform for both "informational exchange and networking and business opportunities".





Jamaica's trio make it to 400m semi-finals

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National champion Stephenie Ann McPherson, along with Shericka Jackson and Christine Day, easily made progress to the women's 400m semi-finals yesterday.

McPherson was first up for Jamaica as she took Heat One in 51.36 seconds, running out of lane three, ahead of Patience Okon George of Nigeria in 51.83 seconds.

McPherson, who has a personal best of 49.92 and a seasonal best of 50.04, said she was happy to clear the first hurdle. She will line up in semi-final one against the likes of Phyllis Francis of the United States of America and veteran Christine Ohuruogu of Great Britain.

Shericka Jackson, who surprised with a bronze medal at last year's World Championships, had things fairly easy in Heat Seven despite running from lane eight. She won in 51.73 seconds and was satisfied.

Christine Day won her heat in 51.54 and is through to the semi-final where she will have to run the race of her life against title favourites, American Allyson Felix and Shaunae Miller of The Bahamas.

Felix cruised to 51.24 seconds in winning Heat Two, while Miller, literally running with her 'hand brakes up', eased to 51.16 in Heat Five. The stage is set for an epic psychological battle heading into the final.





bolt-again.jpgJamaica's Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake and Nickel Ashmeade are all set to compete in today's semi-finals of the 100m following good performances inside the Olympic Stadium yesterday.

Bolt, 29, who is hunting his third-consecutive Olympic title, eased to 10.07 seconds (-0.4), even with the second slowest reaction time of 1.56, but he caught the field effortlessly and even had time to glance around as he eased to the finish line.

Bolt won ahead of Jamaican-born Andrew Fisher in 10.12 seconds, now competing in the colours of Bahrain. The triple world record holder will line up in semi-final two and is drawn in lane six. Canadian Andre deGrasse is in lane five with American Trayvon Bromwell in lane nine. Fisher is in lane four.

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Blake jogged 10.11 seconds and won Heat Six ahead of another Jamaican - Jak Ali Harvey - who has switched allegiance and is now representing Turkey. Harvey clocked 10.14. Blake, the 2011 world champion and double silver medallist at the London Olympic Games will come face to face with American Justin Gatlin in semi-final three. Gatlin had won his Heat Two in 10.01 seconds, which was the fastest time into the semis.

Bahrain's Kemarley Brown - the third Jamaican who switched allegiance - won his Heat One in 10.13 and will match strides with Blake, Gatlin, Dasaolu and Christophe Lemaitre of France.

Meanwhile, Nickel Ashmeade, who ran a composed race, was second in Heat Three in a time of 10.13 seconds behind China's Zhenye Xie, who won in a personal best of 10.08. Ashmeade was surprised by the Asian's speed. He was the only Jamaican to lose and he was rewarded with a most favourable semi-final one alongside Frenchman Jimmy Vicaut, Akani Simbine of South Africa, and Jak Ali Harvey.

The men's semi-finals will start today at 7:00 pm (Jamaican time) with the final set for 8:25 pm.





Jamaica's men's 4x400 team out of the finals

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mens-semi-final-rio-rusheen-mcdonald.jpgJamaica's quarter-mile duo of Javon Francis and Rusheen McDonald failed to make it past the semi-final of the 2016 Rio Olympics.Running out of lane one in the first semi-final, which featured two past Olympics winners, national champion Francis finished fifth in a creditable 44.96 seconds.

The event was won by defending Olympics champion Kirani James of Grenada in a season's best 44.02 with 2008 Olympic winner Lashawn Merritt of the USA, 44.21, placing second. Karabo Sibanda of Botswana was third in a new personal best 44.47 while Dominican Republic's Luguelin Santos, who won silver at the London Olympics, was fourth in a season's best 44.71.

McDonald who holds the national record of 43.93 recorded in the semi-finals of the 2015 World Championships was sixth in his semi-final with a time of 46.12.

The race was won by Trinidad and Tobago's Machel Cedenio in 44.39 with reigning world champion Wayde Van Niekerk of South Africa second in 44.45.

The final is set for Sunday at 8 p.m.





shelly-ann.jpgJamaica's pocket rocket, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce took home the bronze in Saturday night's final at the Olympics stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Fraser-Pryce was seeking to become the first athlete to win gold in three consecutive 100m Olympic finals, but appeared to have been hampered by a season-long foot injury as she did not get off to her usual quick start to finish third in a season's best of 10.86.

Jamaica's newest Golden Girl, Elaine Thompson won the gold in a time 10.71 seconds to add Olympics 100m gold to her 2015 World Championships 200m bronze.

The silver medal was capture by Tori Bowie of the USA in 10.83 while Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands, who was expected to challenge for a medal finished fifth in 10.90 seconds.

Jamaica's other representative in the final, Christania Williams, was eighth in 11.80.





elaine-thompson-gold-100-final-rio.jpgJamaica secured gold in the women's 100m as Elaine Thompson gave the island our third consecutive 100m Olympic gold medal.

Thompson, competing at her maiden Olympics, took the victory in 10.71 seconds to add Olympics 100m gold to her 2015 World Championships 200m bronze.

Yardflex congratulates Elaine Thompson on an outstanding achievement

Who Is Elaine Thompson?
PROFILE - Elaine Thompson
Age: 24 years old
High School: Manchester High School
Tertiary Education: University of Technology, Jamaica
Events: Women's 100m, 200m, 4X100m relay
Personal Best: 100m -10.70, 200m - 21.66

Interesting Facts:
Won silver in the women's 200m at the 2015 World Championships in 21.66 seconds, the fifth-fastest time ever over the distance.
Jointly holds Jamaica's national record in the women's 100 of 10.70 with MVP club mate Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce
Is the reigning national 100m champion.





drake-performance-billboard.jpgDrake's father Dennis Graham is set to release his very first - and possibly his only- album. Yes, you heard right. The 60-something-year-old is launching a musical career of his own and is giving fans a taste with a snippet of his new single and video for "Kinda Crazy".

Drizzy's dad teamed up with producer Jamie Iovine, the son of Apple Music executive Jimmy Iovine, for the song and will be dropping it this month while he completes his R&B album.

Drake, who has given his stamp of approval, has rapped about his father's musical inclinations in the past, perhaps most notably on "You & the 6" off If You're Reading This It's Too Late.





sizzla-kalongi-photo-1.jpgEight years after his US visa and work permit were revoked, singjay Sizzla Kalonji will make his long-awaited return to a New York stage when he appears at the 23rd annual Irie Jam Radio anniversary celebration on Labour Day, Sunday, September 4, 2016, at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens.

Since the news broke that US immigration authorities had 'fly the gate' for the reggae artiste to perform stateside again, there has been an exciting buzz especially from his fans in the New York Tri-State Area, who are overjoyed.

Ironically, Sizzla's last major outdoor concert performance in NY was at Irie Jamboree 2008, an event that was co-produced by Irie Jam Radio. At the festival that year, moments before Sizzla's electrifying performance, large video screens replayed Olympic gold medal races by Usain 'Lighting' Bolt, Shelly-Ann Fraser and Melaine Walker as thousands in the diaspora celebrated Jamaica's historic performance at the Beijing Olympics.

"It has been a long, long wait for music fans who have waited patiently to see Sizzla perform live again here," Bobby Clarke, CEO and founder of Irie Jam Radio, said. "Since that performance, we have received numerous calls from fans wanting to see him in NY again. We have listened to the people's cry and we are excited to include him on our Labour Day weekend anniversary presentation."





Popular sound system selector Niko from Chromatic has announced that he has been suffering from severe kidney disease.

The MC, who has been noticeably absent from the group's recent exploits, took to social media to make the news public, after suffering with the condition privately.

Since the announcement a number of Djs, including some of our Zjs have taken to their social media pages in support.

His camp has since set up a GoFundMe account to help with an upcoming surgery.

More details of the operation will be made public next week.





Family member pawns Peter Tosh's Grammy

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peter-tosh-photo-2.jpgReports are that an anonymous member of Peter Tosh family have allegedly pawned the singer's Grammy Award and his guitar.

According to US website,TMZ, Peter Tosh's 1987 Grammy for Best Reggae Recording and one of his Martin acoustic guitars now belongs to Dylan McDermitt of LBC Pawn in Somerville, Massachusetts.

Reports are that, about five months ago, a Tosh family member went into the store to pawn the items. TMZ claims McDermitt jumped at the opportunity and snatched the Grammy for $4k and the guitar for $2k more.

It is understood that the relative was pawning the items due to a family battle over the Peter Tosh's estate. Both Niambe and Dave Tosh have so far not commented on the matter.

Recently, chairman of Pulse Investments, Kingsley Cooper has activated plans to open a museum that will honour the lifeworks of Peter Tosh with fascinating Tosh memorabilia and artifacts. Cooper has since signed a landmark agreement in New York City with Tosh's daughter, Niambe McIntosh who signed on behalf of the Peter Tosh Estate.

Peter Tosh was shot and killed in 1987. He did not have a will.





Ocho Rios cops arrest food vendors who sell ganja

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ganja-spliff.jpgThe Ocho Rios police have been conducting snap raids across the resort town to address traffic congestion, illegal vending, and the peddling of drugs.

Since the start of the operations a few weeks ago, some twelve persons have been arrested for various breaches.

Head of the Ocho Rios police, Deputy Superintendent of Police Gary McKenzie says the police have found that some food vendors have been peddling marijuana in the town.

The operations continued today (August 9) in the vicinity of Milford and DaCosta Drive in Ocho Rios.

The head of the Ocho Rios police says the police are aware that some criminal elements are migrating to St. Ann, however the police will remain vigilant.

He adds that the Ocho Rios police will be making observations of all persons who come through the town via the CCTV network, which has been reaping success.





Zika-affected persons must wait to donate blood

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zika-virus-photo-1.jpgPeople who have had the Zika virus (ZIKA) are being cautioned to wait four to six weeks before donating blood.

Speaking with The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre this morning, Chief Medical Officer, Dr Winston De La Haye, said the instruction is in keeping with international standards.

However, Dr De La Haye says a screening process will still be done to determine whether people are fit enough to give blood.

He says this process will help to ensure that persons who may have had the virus, but were not diagnosed, do not give blood during the danger period.





hands-behind-bars.jpgThe Portmore Police seized one .380 Lorcin Pistol and seven .380 rounds of ammunition on Palmerston Road, Portsmouth in St Catherine on Tuesday, August 9.

Reports are that between 3 pm and 5:30 pm, operations were being conducted in the area when a premise was searched.

The firearm and ammunition were reportedly discovered underneath a mattress in the house.

One person was taken into custody in connection with the find, however, his identity is being withheld pending further investigations.





tesha-miller-photo-2.jpgCommunication officer with the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) Stephanie Lindsay says alleged Clansman leader Tesha Miller is still being considered a person of interest despite his refusal to surrender himself to the police.

Lindsay was responding to questions about whether Miller is now being considered a wanted man in light of the alleged manhunt that was launched by the police.

Miller was asked to turn himself in by midday yesterday to the Major Investigation Division in Spanish Town.

They want him to answer questions in connection to several murders in the area and in Portmore, St Catherine.

Lindsay says the police will be taking additional steps to ensure that Miller is taken in.





LASCO posts positive profits

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Kingston, Jamaica: LASCO Affiliated Companies continued to post positive net profits during the three months ended June 30, 2016, posting a combined net profit of $457.2 million during the period.

LASCO Distributors (LDL) and LASCO Financial Services (LFSL) saw an increase of 33 per cent and seven per cent respectively, while LASCO Manufacturing (LML) saw a marginal reduction of nine per cent during the review period.

Top performer, LASCO Distributors posted $175.4 million in profit during the three months ended June 30, 2016, crediting the performance with continued growth in key product areas of its business.

LDL noted that growth in product categories such as beverages as well as principal brand sales from its pharmaceutical and consumer division contributed to the growth in sales and profit during the review quarter. Revenues for the quarter were $3.9 billion, which was $589.2 million or 18 per cent more than the prior year. Meanwhile, cost of sales increased by 16 per cent under the period under review, moving from $2.7 billion during the three months ended June 30, 2015 to $3.1 billion in the review period this year.

The company incurred an income tax expense of $20.9 million for the quarter, compared to nil in the prior year, due to the partial expiration of its Junior Market tax incentive.

"Management remains committed to containing operating costs, in spite of the challenging economic environment," LDL said in its accompanying statement signed by managing director, Peter Chin.

LDL's total investment in property, plant and equipment at the end of the quarter stood at $1.1 billion, an increase of $346.83 million or 49 per cent from the prior year. Much of this growth was due to expenditure relating to the expansion of the company's 100,000-square-feet expansion of storage space warehouse and logistics infrastructure, which is expected to be completed by December this year.

Meanwhile, LASCO Manufacturing, the production arm, headed by Robert Parkins posted $224 million in the first quarter of 2016, down from $246.6 million the previous year.

Corporation tax is new compared to last year, as the company is now allowed 50 per cent of the original tax waiver on the expiration of five of the original period of 10 years, the company explained in its accompanying statement.

Supply chain issues from its overseas partners, negatively impacted on production and the company's ability to fill demand. Nonetheless, total revenue for the three months was $1.7 billion, an increase of $289 million or 20 per cent over the prior year of $1.4 billion.

With the increase in production capacity and anticipation for the seasonal growth inn volumes there were increased in operating expenses, primarily for equipment maintenance, salaries and new product development. Specifically, operating expenses increased by 45 per cent, moving from $185 million in the first quarter of 2015 to $269.8 million in the period under review.

Finance costs declined by three per cent, down from $42.3 million last year to $41 million during the three months ended June 2016.

The financial arm, LFSL posted $57.7 million in net profit during the first quarter of 2016, up from $54 million in the comparative period last year. It paid out $11.9 million in taxes.

Revenue for its first quarter stood at $260.6 million in, which represents growth of $69M or 36 per cent relative to the corresponding period in 2015.

Income from core business lines increased $62.1 million or 35.4 per cent, whilst other income increased by $6.8 million or 42 per cent more than the previous year.

Growth continues to be driven by our marketing efforts in the Diaspora, resulting in increased remittance transfers and the continuous expansion of the local remittance agent network, Managing Director Jacinth Hall-Tracey noted in the accompanying statement of the financial results.

The cambio business also experienced growth in transactions as well as margins and the loans division continues to benefit from the expansion of the business loans unit.

Total expenses for the first quarter increased by 38 per cent to $190.7M; This is primarily due to a 51 per cent increase in administrative expenses and 27.5 per cent increase in selling and promotion expenses, when compared with the 2015 corresponding period.

The net increase in expense is reflecting the expansion of LFSL's business lines, all of which were implemented in the last two quarters of the previous financial year. Staff costs, software support and marketing programmes contributed to the higher cost of operations.





tesha-miller-photo-2.jpgThe police have dismissed speculation that leader of the Klansman Gang, Tesha Miller, who has been named a Person of Interest, has left the island.

Head of the Criminal Investigation Branch, Assistant Commissioner Ealan Powell, told reporters that the police have not received information that Mr. Miller has fled Jamaica.

Mr. Miller, who was on Monday listed as a Person of Interest, failed to meet yesterday's deadline to report to the Major Investigation Division. ACP Powell issued this warning to the Klansman Gang leader. They are demanding that he comes in and not have them come look for him.

The police say there has been an increase in murders in Spanish Town since Mr. Miller's deportation from the United States in March.





Manhunt launched for Tesha Miller

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tesha-miller.jpgThe police have launched a manhunt for head of the Clansman gang, Tesha Miller.

Miller who was listed as a persons of interest on Monday, was given until noon on Tuesday to report to the Major Investigation Division (MID).

Assistant Commissioner Ealan Powell, head of the Criminal Investigation Branch, said although Mr. Miller has, so far, failed to show up, the police are still demanding that he report to them.

"We are still interested in speaking to him and I would like to advise that it's not too late; he should report to the police as we have a number of questions that we'd like to ask him," said ACP Powell.

Miller's attorney, Bert Samuels reported on Monday that his client might be apprehensive to surrender to the police. He said he had tried to contact Miller without success. The police have said there has been an increase in murders in Spanish Town since Miller's deportation from the United States.





d-angels-father-died-from-a-hit-and-run.jpgClive Downer, father of dancehall artiste D'Angel died at hospital today from injuries he sustained after being hit by a motor vehicle yesterday.

The accident reportedly happened on the Old Harbour Main Road in St Catherine around 9:00 p.m.

Downer, who was 70 years old, succumbed at the Spanish town Hospital.

A distraught D'Angel whose real name is Michelle Downer told The Gleaner that her father was loving and supportive.

"This is really hard for me because I wasn't expecting this, he was never sick and to hear that he's gone now, just like that, it's really hard."





Macaulay Culkin says he not addicted to drugs

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macauly-culkin.jpgThe only thing he's addicted to is pizza...

Drew Barrymore, Lindsey Lohan, Macaulay Culkin...all fallen child stars that seem to have picked themselves back up and become normal functional adults. As the most successful child actor of all time, we haven't heard much from the Home Alone star. He's spent the better part of the last decade and a half avoiding paparazzi and turning down interviews. The only thing the world had to feed on concerning him were rumors...until now.

For the first time in ten years, Macaulay Culkin sat down with Rhik Samadder from The Guardian and dished on everything from Donald Trump to his plans for the future.





rio-brazilian-wins-gold.jpgA female athlete from the favelas won Brazil's first gold medal of the Rio Games on Monday as Michael Phelps stepped up his campaign for yet more Olympic honours.

Rafaela Silva, who grew up in Rio's notorious City of God slum, upset world number one Sumiya Dorjsuren to win the women's under-57kg judo, sparking pandemonium among fans.

Silva sank to her knees in delight after a win that jump-starts Brazil's Olympic campaign and secures only their second medal after Felipe Wu's shooting silver.

"It's great for kids who are watching judo now. Seeing someone like me who left the City of God, who started judo at five years of age as a joke," said Silva.

To be world champion and Olympic champion is something inexplicable."





No Olympic medal, but well done Alia!

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alia-atkinson-photo-2.jpgJamaican swimmer Alia Atkinson, swimming out of Lane 7 in the 100m breaststroke finished last in a race won by American Lilly King. King won in an Olympic record 1:04.93.

Second was Russian Yuliya Efimova, and American Kate Meili finished third.

19-year-old Lithuanian world record holder in the event, Ruta Meilutyte who swam out of Lane 8, beside Atkinson, finished seventh just ahead of the Jamaican.





rio-bolt-photo-1.jpgJamaican sprinter Usain Bolt was the centre of attention at a joint Jamaican Olympic Association and Puma press conference at the Cidade Das Artes in Rio de Janeiro.

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Bolt confirmed that this would indeed be his last Olympics, was rapped to by a Norwegian reporter and eventually danced the samba with Brazilian girls after the conference.

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(Photos: AFP)





Sean Paul is number one on Billboard Hot 100

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sean-paul-photo-5-more-details.jpgMulti-platinum, Grammy Award winning artiste Sean Paul, is number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

For the second week in a row, the Cheap Thrills collaboration with Australian singer/song-writer Sia has peaked at the ultimate position in the music charts.

After being number one on the Canadian Billboard chart and hitting other charts worldwide; this charting is one for the books, giving Sean Paul yet another chart topping Sean Paul's Get Busy crested the Billboard charts in 2003 when he also topped the chart with Beyoncé collaboration Baby Boy. In 2006, Temperature topped the Hot 100 making way for the Bailando collaboration with Enrique Iglesias which made history in 2014 after having the longest run on Billboard's Hot Latin Songs chart.

This Cheap Thrills entry, having been in collaboration with Sia will also go in the Billboard history books.She is now one of two women to have a Chart topping track after reaching 40 years of age. Madonna was the first female to have achieved this.

The first leg of Sean Paul's Outta Control Europe Summer 2016 Tour which ran from June 26, making stops in Austria, Germany, France, Italy, Belgium and the Netherlands, culminated in Enghien, France on July 12.

Since then, the artiste has been delighting fans on special appearances including joining Jay Sean on stage in France and performing their Make My Love Go collaboration.





sjostrom-sweden.jpgRIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil - Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden won the Olympic gold medal in the women's 100m butterfly on Sunday in a new world record of 55.48secs.

Penny Oleksiak of Canada took silver while Dana Vollmer of the United States took bronze.





Timothy Wynter, however, failed to book his spot despite placing second in the heats of the Men's 100m Backstroke with a time of 57.20.

‎"I'm not really satisfied because I have been going faster but it's my first time at the Olympics so I'm happy anyway," Wynter said.

The heat was won by Merdan Atayev of Turkmeniston in 56.34.

France's Camille Lacourt, 52.96, leads all qualifiers into the semi-finals set for 9:12 p.m.





Alia swims into the semi-finals

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alia-atkinson-photo-2.jpgAlia Atkinson finished second in Heat 5 of the Women's 100m Breaststroke with a time of 1:06.72 to progress with the seventh best time into tonight's semi-finals set for 8:29 p.m (Jamaica time).

"It was a pretty good swim, I just wanted to go out there to do a good swim to make it to the semis," Atkinson reportedly told The Gleaner.

"I wanted to make sure I didn't go out too fast, but I think tonight I will have more energy for the semi-final," she added.

The heat was won by Russia's Yulia Efimova in 1:05.79 to be the second fastest qualifier into the semis behind Lilly King (1:05.78) of the USA.





crime-scene-7.jpgA man was killed after he and his companion were abducted from their home in Free Town, Clarendon on Saturday.

The man, 29-year-old tailor Shemar Plummer, was found with a gunshot to the head and his throat slashed.

According to reports, about 11:30 a.m. yesterday three men, one armed with a handgun, and the other two with machetes, robbed the couple of their cell phones and ordered them to walk about a mile from their home into bushes. The woman was ordered to turn back. She alerted residents who called the police.

When they visited the scene shortly after 1:00 p.m., the man's body was found with what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the forehead and his throat slashed .





missing-doctor-chanique-cousins.jpgThe police have launched a search for a Manchester-based doctor and a teacher who have been missing for more than a week. Dr. Chanique Cousins, 28, who practised at the Mandeville Hospital, was last seen on Friday in the company of her boyfriend, a teacher, who is also reported missing.

Wayne Chen, Chairman of the Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA) has said there is now major concern for her safety.

"We are very very concerned about Dr. Cousins. We know the situation in Jamaica now, where we have to be gravely concerned when one goes missing; she has been missing now for almost a week and no one seems to have a clue of where she might be...," he expressed.

He said SRHA is providing counselling to staff members.Mr. Chen disclosed that the police are questioning several persons in their quest find Dr. Cousins. In the meantime, Mr. Chen said Manchester residents are concerned about rising crime in the parish.

Detectives attached to the Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) are in contact with relatives of Dr. Cousins and are urging anyone with information on the missing couple to contact the nearest police station.





Sale of ganja still illegal in Jamaica

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ganja-image-1.jpgThe Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) is warning that the distribution, sale and purchase of cannabis, cannabis-infused and cannabis-derived products are still illegal in Jamaica.

The warning by the CLA comes amid what is describes as a "proliferation of cannabis, cannabis-infused and cannabis-derived products, of both local and overseas origin, being made available and/or sold throughout Jamaica".

"The CLA wishes to make clear that to date, no licences, permits, approvals, or the like have been granted by the CLA to any individual, company or co-operative," the agency said in a release issued this afternoon.

According to the agency of government that is responsible for regulating the development of Jamaica's ganja industry, it began accepting applications for licences in June - a process that takes about five months.

Consequently, the CLA said "any cannabis product produced and/or sold in Jamaica is done so illegally".





crime-scene-gun.jpgThe Clarendon police are investigating the shooting death of a popular biker and stunt show promoter in Corn Piece district,in Saturday.

Dead is 23 year old James Stephenson of Rocky Settlement, Lonel Town, in the parish. Reports are that Stephenson, who was in Corn Piece visiting with a friend, ahead of staging a bike show in the community, was at a food shop near the roadside having meal when a car drove up. Armed men alighted from the vehicle and reportedly sprayed the shop with bullets.

When the shooting subsided it was discovered that Stephenson and a teenaged boy had been shot. The police were summoned and the two wounded persons were taken to hospital. Stephenson was pronounced dead, while the 15 year old boy was admitted in stable condition.





'Beater man' cop kidnaps, tortures ex lover

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crime-scene-7.jpgA beater man Manchester cop is now in custody on allegations that he kidnapped and beat his ex-lover because she dumped him.The constable, whose name is being withheld, is alleged to have held the woman between July 25 and August 5

The incident occurred after the woman finally ended the rocky relationship that some say required the intervention of the cop's superior at work. The St Ann woman was held at the constable's house in Waltham District in Mandeville, Manchester.

The woman was allegedly lured to the home where her hands and feet were tied up and her mouth gagged and she was held without food or drink over the course of her confinement. In additions, the cop is alleged to have beaten the woman all over her body with a broomstick.

At one point, it is alleged, the cop wrapped the woman's face with a piece of cloth before pouring water on it. This is a method of torture called waterboarding that gives the victim a feeling of being drowned. The woman escaped the home after freeing herself.





us-embassy-jamaica-kingston.jpgHypocrisy and perceived bullying of Jamaica, some believe, were on display in the past week, to the point that is sparked a demonstration Saturday in front the US embassy in Kingston.The offence, according to demonstrators, came in the form of the US embassy building on Hope Road being bathed in the gay flag rainbow colour Thursday night.

The demonstrators were of the view that America was showing a disrespect for Jamaica's culture and will by doing so, in light of the outcry caused by the gay flag being flown at the embassy premises following the recent mass shooting at a gay club in Florida.

The shooting was carried out by a man reported in US media as being a closet gay.

Demonstrators saw Thursday's incident as a slap in the face. The placard bearing protestors denounced the homosexual lifestyle, highlighted its health risks -- citing worldwide studies -- and spoke of its threat to family life. Some have said that the United States needs to learn how to be respectful of the will and culture of other countries and be tolerant of views that are not in line with its agenda.

Meanwhile, some saw it as a further insult that the US would send Independent message to Jamaica on Saturday while talking action that showed it didn't respect the nation's sovereignty.

"On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Jamaica as you celebrate the 54th anniversary of your nation's independence," US State Secretary John Kerry said.

To no one's surprise, Kerry used the opportunity to push America's message of "tolerance".





Man shot and killed on the way home from party

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crime-scene-gun.jpgThirty-three-year-old Jason McLeod was shot and killed by gunmen in Palmer's Cross, Clarendon early this morning.

McLeod and his girl, who escaped unharmed, were on their way home from a party.

The couple was attacked close to their home at about 3:15 a.m. McLeod, also known as "John" to residents, was shot several times.





Rio Olympic village a mess!

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Jamaican athletes have arrived at the Rio Olympic Village in the Brazilian city to several unfinished living quarters with workmen still trying to make them livable.

Four athletes live in each block which comprises two rooms, two bathroom and a common area.

A video reportedly obtained by Jamaica's major daily newspaper, The Gleaner, shows that in one block occupied by veteran quarter miler Novlene Williams Mills and 1500 metre runner Aisha Praught nothing appeared complete.

At the entrance to the apartment, buckets of paint, grout and other material were laid out for workmen who were still busy inside the living quarters.

Inside, there was still plastic covering on the floor, certain furniture were not yet in place, workmen were constructing the shower area, tidying up electrical wiring and tiles were yet to be laid in one apartment.

"I'm telling you, stuff like this a gwaan - mess, it's just a mess!" said the athlete narrating the video.





Jamaica's track and field athletes joined the rest of the country's Rio 2016 Olympics team on Wednesday at the Athletes' Village in the Barra region of Rio de Janeiro.

The team, which includes global stars Usain Bolt, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Veronica Campbell-Brown, Elaine Thompson and Asafa Powell left the team's training base at the Linx Hotel some 33km to the North East at 3 p.m. (1 p.m. Jamaica time).

They arrived at the Athletes' Village, in vehicles provided by the Brazilian Navy at approximately 4 p.m.

Chef de Mission of Jamaica's contingent here, Vishu Tolan, had earlier advised that swimmers Alia Atkinson and Timothy Wynter as well as gymnast Toni-Ann Williams would already be in the Village by the time the track and field athletes arrived.

Diver Yona Knight-Wisdom is expected to leave his training base in Florida shortly and head to Brazil to join up with the rest of the team.





usain-bolt-arrives-in-rio.jpg"Sometimes you make allowances for superstars but we don't have the luxury of many people (being) able to get single rooms," Jamaica's team manager, Ludlow Watts explained on Power 106 FM's sports programme, Power Play Wednesday evening.

The Jamaican Olympic delegation moved into the athletes' village today after participating in the mandatory training camp. Watts, who manages the 63-member Jamaican team added that the air-conditioned rooms are "not like what you see in a hotel".

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"(In) each little block you have four people. A living room, a common area and then two rooms on each side. So we have four beds in each little sector," he said.

Watts said his team will have to work to ensure a smooth period for the athletes because it's not a "perfect situation" in terms of the number of beds.

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King Jammy releases new album

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king-jammy-sounds-of-freedom.jpgKing Jammy is one of reggae's most prolific talents, whose career spans a half-century. Almost 40 years since the original sessions, King Jammy revisits the seminal album that launched his career as a producer.

New Sounds of Freedom is a re-working of the 1977 Black Uhuru classic Love Crisis featuring an array of contemporary vocal talents. The 10-track set blends the original audio with new lyrics that add a contemporary relevance and underscore the timeless quality of the originals. Each song is revamped with new lyrics from artists including Alborosie, Chronixx, Dre Island, Gentleman, Kabaka Pyramid and U Roy.

New Sounds of Freedom updates Love Crisis in a similar way that Black Sounds of Freedom (released in 1981) updated the original sonic quality and introduced the songs to a new and wider audience.

"I wanted to enhance these songs but give them the vintage feel," says King Jammy of the set. "I have great adoration and respect for this album and want it to live on with reggae music fans."

New Sounds of Freedom will be released August 12, 2016 on VP Records and follows a string of recent King Jammy releases with VP Records including King Jammy's Roots, Reality & Sleng Teng Anthology (2015) and Alborosie Meets King Jammy: Dub of Thrones (2015).





miss-jamaica-universe-2011-shakira-martin-photo-1.jpgmiss-jamaica-universe-2011-shakira-martin-photo-2.jpgA GoFundMe account has been set up to raise funds to cover the final expenses of Miss Jamaica Universe 2011, Shakira Martin, who died of sickle cell anaemia at Memorial West Hospital in Miami yesterday morning.

The 30-year-old's death was confirmed by her mother, Andrea Hall, via social media.

Up to press time, US$9,360 was donated by 121 contributors. The target is US$20,000.

Martin is the daughter of Alphonso Martin, founding member of British reggae band Steel Pulse. She represented Jamaica at the Miss Universe pageant in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 2011.

She battled the illness since birth and took on sickle cell awareness as her platform during her reign.





Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia 'Babsy' Grange, has paid tribute to the actor, broadcaster, director and writer Louis Marriott who passed away yesterday. He was 81.

Minister Grange said Marriott was a multitalented and creative man who had contributed much to Jamaica's culture.

"Louis was one of the last great band of local theatre practitioners, including the late Trevor Rhone, Charles Hyatt and Lloyd Record, to have left us in recent times. It was heart breaking to receive news of his passing on Emancipation Day," the minister said in a statement. "His memory will live on in family and friends, but also in the books and many plays that he wrote, including 'Bedward' which is widely regarded as a Jamaican and Caribbean classic. Louis Marriott was, truly, a stalwart of Jamaican theatre."

Marriott, who served as a press secretary to former prime minister, the late Michael Manley, died leaving his widow, Erica, and daughters Lavinia and Karen.





Former Miss Jamaica Universe is dead

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miss-jamaica-universe-2011-shakira-martin-photo-1.jpgmiss-jamaica-universe-2011-shakira-martin-photo-2.jpgFormer Miss Jamaica Universe, Shakira Martin, 30, died in a Florida hospital at 12:28 Tuesday night from complication with the sickle cell disease.

She spent her last few hours unconscious on a life support machine as family and close friends surrounded her to say goodbye.

"My darling princess Shakira Aminah passed away at 12.28am from complications from sickle cell blood clots to both lungs," her mother Andrea Hall posted on the social media site, Facebook.





hands-behind-bars.jpgDetectives investigating three Chinese nationals, suspected of being involved in an international fraud ring, believe the men have travelled to several countries, including the US and Russia to carry out their scam.

The police say they seized Jamaican and US currencies along with Russian Ruble from the suspects.

According to a senior investigator, the police suspect that the men have also travelled to other parts of the region.

The three suspects appeared before the St. Andrew Parish Court on Wednesday where the case against them was mentioned. Prosecutors reported that the case file is still incomplete and they are awaiting a report from the Cyber Crime Unit.

The men were remanded until August 29. They were arrested two weeks ago after the police raided a house they occupied in Barbican, St. Andrew. The police reportedly seized several skimming devices and blank credit cards along with J$6 million and other foreign currencies.

The skimming devices are used to create fake credit cards. Documents with the information of credit card holders were also seized.

C-TOC investigators are in contact with their counterparts in Dominica to determine whether the men are part of an international fraud network operating in the region after three other Chinese nationals were arrested in that country for a similar offence.





fire.jpgThirty-two Jamaican workers have suffered losses after a fire destroyed their sleeping quarters at a farm in Brant County, Canada.

It occurred last Thursday.

The farm workers, who lived in a bunkhouse, lost everything, including money as well as their immigration papers and passports.

The liaison service which works directly for the Jamaican consulate has been notified.

Since the fire, the Salvation Army has stepped in to replace many of the lost goods.

William Ratelband, Community and Family Services Coordinator for the Branford-Paris Salvation Army, says arrangements were made for the Jamaicans to go to a thrift store to get clothes.

They were also able to access other supplies.





First days after the local authorities advised fishing folk and other marine interests to evacuate cays and return to the mainland, a fisherman met his demise while at home.

32-year-old Dalton Grant otherwise known as 'Richie' of Lionel town in Clarendon was shot dead on Tuesday evening.

According to a police report, at approximately 9:20pm the police were summoned, after residents heard explosions and Grant was found lying in a pool of blood.

Residents report that Grant had heeded calls from the local authorities to leave Rocky Point where he was fishing which he duly did.

His decision to heed the call proved fatal as he was gunned down at home.

The police are still investigating.





future-fambo-2016.jpgDancehall artiste Future Fambo has released his debut album Evolve - The Uprise which makes its Top 10 debut on the iTunes chart, marking an important milestone in his career.

The choice in album title is poignant as Fambo has evolved from releasing singles, to releasing a complete body of work. To have the disc debuted on the iTunes chart is icing on the cake!

Produced by Blaze Entertainment Records, based in the United States, the album features 13 tracks that are heavily influenced by EDM (Electronic Dance Music), and is heavily spiced by the artists patois vocals. Songs like "WAVY," "Wanna Be" and "Molleh" have tested well with fans in the Caribbean and Europe, while "The Bloodclaute Song" and "Rick Flair" continue to receive radio attention due to their popularity.

While speaking to DJ Unknown at Real Deal 106.1 FM in New York, Fambo described the albums creative process as being "forward thinking." Fambo elaborates by saying "the album had to be recorded with a party in mind that is going to happen. Usually when I record I do it thinking about what happened in the past. We flipped that script and I really like how it turned out. It's WAVY!"





gaza-princess-coming-soon.jpgGreater Portmore High School has received a computer from Official VK Line. Principal, Ricardo Ross last week accepted on behalf of the school, an HP laptop. The computer was handed over by Shona-Lee S. Thompson, brand manager of Official VK Line. This is one of many as the company has announced a plan to donate at least once computer to every high school in Portmore, one high school has been promised as much as three computers.

This move is a part of the company's GEL programme, which stands for Gaza Education and Literacy. The GEL programme seeks to assist in increasing all forms of literacy in the youth of Kartel's hometown. "Increased computer literacy should also aid in other areas of literacy as it increases access to information," said Ms. Thompson. In the previous announcement, the brand manager also mentioned plans for a summer programme.

Official VK Line, the clothing line authorized and endorsed by Vybz Kartel features male and female tops, shorts, footwear, in addition to other articles of clothing. The line is set to be a lifestyle brand, based on Vybz Kartel's Gaza Movement.





Men trapped in cave died from toxic fumes

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Toxic fumes from a water pump has been identified as the possible cause of death of three men in a cave in Salt Pond, St. Catherine on Monday.

They have been identified as Richard King, 48, Alfred Succan, 31, and Mcgray Surgeon, 36.

A fourth man has been hospitalised, after he was found by residents on Monday.

The police say the men, who appeared to be illegitimate ganja farmers, entered the cave and attempted to get water for irrigation, but encountered difficulties.

They surmise the men died after inhaling fumes from an irrigation pump in the cave.





Jamaica still under Tropical Storm Warning

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weather-update.jpgTropical Storm Warning remains in effect for Jamaica as Tropical Storm Earl moves over the western Caribbean. This means that tropical storm conditions, including possible sustained wind speeds of 63-118 km/h (39-73 mph) are still expected today.

At 4:00 p.m. the centre of Tropical Storm Earl was located near Latitude 16.4 degrees North, Longitude 81.5 degrees West, or about 325 kilometres (200 miles) south of Grand Cayman or 725 kilometres (450 miles) east of Belize City.

Earl is moving towards the west near 26 km/h (16 mph) and this motion is expected to continue through Thursday. On this track, the core of Earl will pass just north of the Honduras Bay Islands on Wednesday afternoon and then very near to the Belize coast early Thursday.

Maximum sustained winds remain near 80 km/h (50 mph), with higher gusts. Additional strengthening is forecast and Earl could be near hurricane strength as it approaches Belize and the Yucatan Peninsula.

Doppler radar reports confirm that, isolated moderate to heavy showers were detected over offshore waters to the north and south of Jamaica, while, light to moderate showers continue to affect sections of most parishes. Gusty winds of 61-76 km/h (38-47 mph) have also been detected, over some coastal areas of eastern and central parishes.

Over Jamaica, residents should still expect outbreaks of showers which could be heavy at times, along with thunderstorms and gusty winds this evening and into the night. Flash flooding is, therefore, still possible over low-lying and flood-prone areas.

Showers and thunderstorms are however expected to decrease on Wednesday as Earl and its associated weather moves farther away from Jamaica and closer to Belize.

All small craft operators are reminded to remain in safe harbour until all warning messages have been lifted and wind and sea conditions return to normal.





crime-scene-gun.jpgTwo persons died from Monday night's shooting incident on Maxfield Avenue in St. Andrew.

They are 80-year old Leopold McIntosh and 20-year-old Paul Allen. A third man remains hospitalised. The men were at a bar about 8:00 p.m. when they were attacked.

On Tuesday morning, residents briefly mounted roadblocks on Nelson Road to protest the shooting.The residents have reported at least two shootings since electricity was disconnected to four transformers in the community last month. Since the disconnection, the area has been without street lights.

The Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) said the lights are programmed to shutdown if they are tampered with.

However, the residents have been calling for the restoration of the street lights to reduce criminal activity.





crime-scene-7.jpgThe bodies of three men who were trapped in a cave in the Salt Pond area of St. Catherine have been found.

They are: 48-year-old fisherman, Richard King, 31-year-old farmer, Alfred Succan and 36-year-old farmer, McGray Sergeon all of a Dunbeholden address in St. Catherine.

The bodies were retrieved about 4 p.m. on Tuesday during an operation by the St. Catherine South Police, who were assisted by the Waterford Fire Department and residents of the Salt Pond community.

it is reported that about 10:00 a.m., yesterday, four men were extracting water from the cave to a nearby farm when they got into difficulties.

One managed to escape and was taken to hospital where he is being treated.

The Police were then alerted and a rescue operation launched.





beenia-man-zika.jpg"The same Zika mosquito gi mi dengue. Blood test, injections, pills. Wi a hol firm still. Selassie a guide I n I right through so once mi have life me a give thanks. #Unstoppable"

The star posted a photo to social media showing him flat on his back in bed being tested for the notorious virus.

The unlucky star received a double whammy after contracting dengue as well.

"Jah know...dah week ya deal wid me a way!!"

"No visa fi mi Canada show (I apologize again to my fans in case you haven't seen the press release)

Zika Virus hol' mi..."

Beenie Man was one of the headline acts on Drake's OVO Fest along with Machel Montano.





gen-degree-album.jpgJamaican dancehall general, Degree stops traffic with his brand-new collection of dancehall anthems on From The 90s, available worldwide from all major digital retailers on August 12, 2016, with pre-order available now, from FOX FUSE.

Born Cardiff Butt in Mandeville, Jamaica, the world-renowned dancehall deejay (Jamaican rapper) blasted onto the music scene over 20 years ago, and has remained a mainstay on airwaves and playlists ever since. Consistently touring and keeping his brand relevant with fans - a rare accomplishment in the dancehall genre, this timeless artist now returns with a collection of new hits to satisfy dancehall aficionados, globally.

"I'm very excited to bring my new album From The 90s for longtime and new fans everywhere," reveals General Degree. "The album delivers classic dancehall vibes I'm known for, while keeping things fresh with new music from some of the top producers in Caribbean music today."





Do you know this child?

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do-you-know-this-child.jpgThe Bridgeport Police in St Catherine are seeking the assistance of the public in reuniting a young boy with his family.

The boy, who appears to have a speech defect, has been unable to communicate his name or any other information to the police.

He is about five-years-old and is of dark complexion, slim build, and is dressed in a white merino and white shorts with the word 'Arsenal' written on it in red letters.

He was taken to the Bridgeport Police Station by Jamaican Urban Transport Company (JUTC) driver about 5:20 pm on Saturday, July 30.

The driver reportedly became concerned when he was found aboard the vehicle alone and unable to account for himself. The bus plies the number 20 route in Portmore--Greater Portmore to downtown Kingston.

The parents/guardians of the boy, additionally anyone who knows the child have been urged asked to contact the Bridgeport Police immediately, either by telephone at 988-2697 or by visiting the police station.





tropical-storm-2016-08.jpgHeavy rains and strong winds bore down Monday on the Dominican Republic from a strengthening tropical wave that has caused at least six deaths in the country.

The system, which was moving south of the country in the Caribbean Sea, knocked down power lines Sunday near the northeastern town of Nagua and started a fire that killed six passengers on a bus filled with people returning from a beach excursion.

Conditions from the system may have also caused a tour boat to overturn near the Samana Peninsula on Sunday. Authorities recovered the bodies of three people and said four others were still missing. Military spokesman Arsenio Maldonado said a small craft advisory was in effect at the time but a cause of the incident has not yet been determined.

The Dominican Emergency Operations Center said that 19 of the 32 provinces were on alert for potential flooding as the system continued to pass south of the country.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said the system appeared to be on a track toward Central America. If the system strengthens, it could be upgraded to Tropical Storm Earl.





Dom Rep, Haiti and Cayman also on storm watch

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A tropical wave in the Caribbean, which has a 90 percent chance of becoming a depression or storm, is expected to bring heavy rain and gusty winds to Jamaica this afternoon or tonight, and the Cayman Islands overnight.

A tropical storm watch is now in effect for the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica and the Cayman Islands.

The tropical wave could become the Atlantic's fifth named storm of 2016.

As of Monday morning, Invest 97L was located about 350 miles east-southeast of Kingston, Jamaica, and was moving west at 20-25 mph.

According to the Meteorological Center, it already had tropical storm force winds of 40-45 mph.

A second wave is being monitored, nearly 700 miles west-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands.

The 2016 Atlantic hurricane season began June 1 and ends Nov. 30.





All mass Independence events postponed

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The government has ordered a postponement of all mass events scheduled to get off the ground over the next 36 to 48 hours in light of a tropical storm threatening the country.

The announcement was made during a press conference at Jamaica House Monday afternoon.





Jamaica on tropical storm watch

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tropical-storm-2016-08.jpgTopical storm watch remains in effect for Jamaica as tropical storm conditions pose a possible threat to Jamaica within 48 hours, according to the latest bulletin from the Met Office.

"The strong tropical wave over the central Caribbean has moved within 443 kilometres (275 miles) east-southeast of Kingston, Jamaica," according to the bulletin.

Heavy showers and thunderstorms associated with the tropical wave remain organised and environmental conditions are expected to influence the formation of a tropical storm later today or tonight, the bulletin said.

"As a result, it is likely that the tropical storm watch could be upgraded to a tropical storm warning in the next bulletin at [5 o'clock]," the Met Office said.

All small craft operators including fishers from the cays and banks should by now be in port and are urged to complete their necessary safety precautions without delay, the Met Office said.

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Evon Thompson, Head of the Met Office in Jamaica





40 years since Peter Tosh 'Legalise It'

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peter-tosh.jpgFrom the revolutionary title song to its bold album jacket, Peter Tosh made a statement with Legalize It, his landmark debut album which was released in the United States 40 years ago today.

Distributed by Columbia Records, Legalize It was a sensational call for global legalisation of ganja. It is regarded as one of the great protest albums and the fiery Tosh's signature work.

In a May 2003 interview with the Jamaica Observer, Lee Jaffe, an American who was instrumental in signing Tosh to Columbia, said the singer/songwriter was eager to make an impact with his first album.





Victims in Trelawny crash identified

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The police have identified the three people who died in a motor vehicle accident along the Duncan's Bypass, Trelawny, this morning.

They are Leslie Murray of a New York address, Delroy Clarke and Leon Salmon both of Thatchfield, Bamboo in St Ann.

Reports from the Duncans Police are that about 7:44 am, Murray was driving a Toyota Corolla Axio along the roadway when he allegedly lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a Nissan Caravan that was traveling in the opposite direction. The occupants of both vehicles were taken to hospital where the three were pronounced dead and seven others admitted.





Public prayers in HWT for Jamaica

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jamaica-pray-photo-1.jpgChristians from all walks of life thronged Half-Way-Tree Square on Sunday afternoon as they responded to a call to fast and pray for Jamaica.

Hundreds of people came out to support the Jamaica Prayer initiative by the Joint Group of Churches in Half Way Tree Square, St Andrew. From as early as 3 o'clock, scores of persons started making their way to the site, even as the police cordoned off certain streets, thus allowing the faithful space to have their prayer meeting.

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The occasion saw ministers of the gospel taking their turn in offering prayers, to Jamaica, for the economy, education, and against crime and violence.

Participants were also treated to live gospel music.

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A Thompson Airways flight 136 with service to Montego Bay,Jamaica was forced to make a U-turn over the Atlantic Ocean when the pilot discovered that the 'autopilot didn't seem to work'.

The Boeing 787 took off at Manchester at 11.58am on Saturday and made a U-turn about half an hour later over the Irish coast.

According to the airline, the u-turn was a 'precautionary measure' due to a 'technical issue.'

However, an aviation tracking Twitter account said otherwise, noting that pilot was having "concerns as the autopilot didn't seem to work."

The Thompson flight eventually landed in Montego Bay on Saturday at 11:08pm.

The airline issued an apology to passengers and thanked everyone for their patience and understanding.





'Missing' young doctor and her boyfriend found

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missing-doctor-chanique-cousins.jpgThe chairman of the Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA) Wayne Chen says health authorities in Manchester have started discussions with the young doctor who recently returned home, three weeks after she and her 42-year-old boyfriend were reported missing.

But Chen says the authorities are being cautious as the young doctor Chanique Cousins is not in the "best of health". At the same time, Chen says Cousins could face disciplinary action since she didn't inform anyone when she failed to show up for work. But he says the correct actions will only be taken once the young doctor recovers and a formal investigation has been done.

Cousins, 28, was reported missing by her colleagues at the Mandeville Regional Hospital on August 1 after she didn't show up for work. Her boyfriend, Winston Davidson, a Corporate Area teacher, was also reported missing.

However, last week, the couple was found at Cousin's home in Manchester during a routine police check. The police say Cousins told them that she was never missing.





14 out of 20 persons of interest report to police

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Most of the more than one dozen individuals who were listed last week as Persons of Interest by the Area 4 Police have turned themselves in.

The list of names was published following an upsurge in gun violence in sections of downtown Kingston.

Superintendent Howard Chambers, head of the Kingston West Police,says the number of persons of interest had increased from 15 to 20.

The deadline for the remaining persons to turn themselves in expired at midday on Monday. At a news conference on Friday, the police cited extortion and a conflict involving rival gangs in Denham Town and Tivoli Gardens as among the factors for the upsurge in crime.





The Cayman Police are asking the public to help them track down a Jamaican man who is believed to be in the Cayman Islands illegally.

He is also suspected of being involved in serious crimes.

The Jamaican has been identified as Christopher Green.

He also goes by the name Kevin Green or by the aliases Indian or Gagga.





Vendors affected by violence in downtown Kingston

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Mayor of Kingston Angela Brown Burke says the recent upsurge in violence in sections of downtown Kingston has significantly affected vendors who ply their wares in the area.

It is reported that there was a slow start to the back-to-school shopping season and this has been compounded by growing tensions involving rival gangs battling for turf. However, Mrs Brown Burke says the police have given the assurance that the situation is under control.

"The vendors are back out, persons are feeling much safer than before and so buyers are starting to come back (as) this will be the last couple of weeks before school reopens and I suspect that a lot of persons might need to come and do some last minute shopping to make sure the kids are ready for school in September," she declared.





JPS summoned to meeting over islandwide power cut

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jps-building-photo-1.jpgThe Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) has been called to a meeting with its regulator on Tuesday, to discuss the issues which led to Saturday's islandwide blackout.

Elizabeth Bennett Marsh, Public Education Specialist at the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR),says the JPS has already been asked to supply the agency with a preliminary report on the blackout by Monday afternoon.

The JPS has said the power outage on Saturday was caused by a procedural errors. Its system is designed to operate at different levels, ranging from isolating areas with a fault to the electricity network being shut down, in the event of a major system fault. Preliminary indications are that the first stage of the protection system did not operate. As a result, several units at its power plants went off line. The network, in turn, shut down to protect itself from possible damage.

The JPS says it is evaluating why the protection mechanism did not operate as expected. It says this inquiry will be a key focus of its investigation over the next few days, and will be included in simulation exercises.





Sean Paul inks deal with Island

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sean-paul-photo-6.jpgBillboard chart topper Sean Paul continues to make major moves after securing his most recent number one with single titled Cheap Thrills with Sia. The recording artiste has inked a global deal with Island Records, a label associated with reggae music and the Caribbean.

The multi-album deal will see the Jamaica-born artist and producer release future works on the Universal-owned label in both the U.K. and the U.S. This deal brings an end to his brief run as an independent artist, and follows the end of his decade-long partnership with Atlantic Records.

Sean Paul is busy working on music with a new single expected in November.

He has also done a remix of Tory Lanez's song called Luv which will be released in September. Luv features a sample of Tanto Metro and Devonte's single Everyone Falls In Love. Sean Paul will also put out another single called Crick Neck, which features Chi Ching Ching.

He revealed that Colombian singer Shakira is working with a producer from Jamaica to create a dancehall inspired single of her own.





sly-and-robbie.jpgMusical influences from the Caribbean took the stage at Sunday night's staging of the MTV Video Music awards.

Caribbean artistes Nicki Minaj and Rihanna treated viewers to one of a kind performances, while the dancehall influence was very present during Beyonce's and Rihanna's sets. Rihanna, who was presented with the Michael Jackson Vanguard Award, performed four times over the course of the night, her best set being the reggae inspired block party. During her performance, music from Sly & Robbie, Beenie Man and Mr. Vegas were sampled.

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Additionally dance moves created by the late Mr. Wacky also took centre stage.

The night ultimately belonged to Beyonce, who stole the show with a 16-minute medley of songs taken from her latest album, Lemonade.

Meanwhile, on the winners list were Beyonce with Video of the Year, Best Female Video, Best Pop Video and Breakthrough Long-Form Video. Best Hip Hop video went to Drake and Best Collaboration was Work From Home by Fifth Harmony, who also won Song of the Summer for Flex. Calvin Harris featuring Rihanna won for Best Male Video.

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Isabel Dalley crowned Miss Universe Jamaica 2016

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miss-universe-jamaica-2016.jpgOn Saturday, Isabel Dalley, 18, was crowned Miss Universe Jamaica 2016.

The event which was staged at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel, saw 22 beauties vying for the title.

In the end the 6 ft 2" beauty towered ahead of first runner up Krystal Pitt and Renae Roye, who completed the top three.

Notably absent from the original line-up of 23 was Kadeem Baker, who reportedly contracted the Zika virus.

Entertainment for the night came from Rising Star Winner Cameal Davis and Andre Palmer.

Dalley will represent Jamaica at the 65th Miss Universe pageant, which will be held on January 30, 2017 in the Philippines.





Beenie Man's Unstoppable paused

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beenie-jazz.jpgBeenie Man's new album, Unstoppable has been put on pause and now has a new release date of September 16.

"The album was due for release today (August 26), but we didn't get clearance for some of the songs in time," Rohan 'Blue' Smith, Beenie Man's manager, said in a statement.

''We had to pull it because we had two must-have tracks needed to go on the album.''

So, after waiting for 10 years to put out a studio album, Beenie Man will have to wait until September 16 for the official digital release of Unstoppable.

Prior to being available on all digital and streaming platforms worldwide, persons will be able to pre-order the album on iTunes on September 2.

The 22-track album features productions from the likes of Mario C, Major Lazer, Tony Kelly, Don Corleon, Seanizzle, Jeremy Harding and Jordan McClure. Some of the artistes featured on the project are Bounty Killer, Agent Sasco, Christopher Martin and Verse Simmonds.





Nesbeth and family receive death threats

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nesbeth.jpgReggae artiste Nesbeth allegedly received death threats in the United Kingdom where he is now on a tour. According to Nesbeth's publicist Raymond 'Shadow' Small, the threats are aimed at the artiste, his children and management.

"I am very disturbed by the whole ordeal and extremely concerned for the safety and lives of my team and especially my children," Nesbeth said in a media release issued today.

The My Dream singer was reportedly sent the death threats via several voice notes to the phone of his U.K-based manager, Shanika Dobson.

According to a media release, the persons sending the threats said "no matter where they are or try to go they are going to be killed".

Nesbeth was booked to perform three shows in England.





Macka Diamond fed up with Spice

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macka-diamond-photos-2.jpg"Mi just tired of people who act like dem wah tek music business for a game. Me never grow up in this business and see people a try diss females, and this girl diss other females and gwaan like she don't want the rest of the females to eat any food," Macka said.

"She diss Tifa, she diss everybody, and gwaan like she wah cow down and bully people. Mi nah ward wid dancer fi gwaan inna the road guh beat up dem front," Macka said of the self-proclaimed queen of stage show.

Macka is the second female artiste in recent times to take issue with Spice for the way she deals with other female artistes. Recently Chin Chin, Gully Bop's one-time fiancee, said that Spice does not support female entertainers.

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Mr Vegas says he is turning Christian...AGAIN

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mr-vegas-photo-12.jpgSeven years ago Mr Vegas stunned the entertainment industry when he announced that he was giving up the dancehall in favour of a walk with God.

It's the year 2016 and Vegas is still living a life of sin. However, he decided to announce on Saturday via Facebook that he is again giving his life to the Lord.





Promoter sues Dominican gov't over Tommy Lee saga

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tommy-lee-photo-10-simplified.jpgPromoter Cabral Douglas filed lawsuits in the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) against the Government of Dominica following the 2014 detention of dancehall artiste Tommy Lee Sparta in that island and the subsequent cancellation of a concert, which he said was caused by the "unlawful arrest, detention and deportation of Jamaican artiste Tommy Lee Sparta and his entourage without cause".

Douglas, the son of former prime minister Rosie Douglas, had contracted with Heavy D Promotions Limited for Tommy Lee Sparta to perform at his privately owned entertainment venue in Dominica to mark the opening of Portsmouth carnival. Douglas is seeking US$3 in damages which includes general damages, special damages, as well as for loss of business opportunity and punitive damages.

Tommy Lee, whose real name is Leroy Russell, was to perform at a concert in February 2014 in Portsmouth, organised by Douglas, however, organisations, such as the Dominica Association of Evangelical Churches denounced the artiste's appearance saying his music glorifies Satan and promotes lawlessness and violence.

The government of Dominica said its action was based in the interest of public safety.





Bolt signs lifetime deal with Digicel

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usain-bolt-july-1.jpgDigicel on Thursday announced a lifetime partnership with Usain Bolt while declaring the sprint legend its Chief Speed Officer (CSO).

With his unprecedented "three-peat" at the Olympic Games in Rio, Bolt cemented his place in history as the world's greatest sprinter.

"The unique 'job for life' comes in tandem with the agreement of a lifetime partnership between Digicel and Usain Bolt - an honour only a very small number of the absolute greatest athletes in the world have ever achieved - and a first for Digicel," the telecommunications company said in a release today.

Digicel explained that in his role as CSO, Bolt will get up close and personal with Digicel customers in a number of ways from both a commercial and community point of view and will continue to inspire, motivate and captivate customers and fans across the globe for many years to come.





Gyptian drops new summer single

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gyptian-reggae.jpgTopping #1 on Billboard Reggae charts, multi-awards winner and a gold-selling anthem are just some of the numerous accolades of Reggae star Gyptian. His prolific versatility of singing on serious social matters or delivering party anthems are what make Gyptian a worldwide fan favorite.

Fans and music lovers worldwide can rejoice in Gyptian's latest music visual offering with "Summer is Back" on the "Tropical House Riddim". A Konsequence Muzik production, the video was directed by Yaadboiiz Films. Filmed in Blue mountains, Hellshire beach, and popular weekly dance "Mojito Mondays" at Susie's in Jamaica, the sizzling single offers the essence of summer vibes. Speaking on the song, Gyptian explained "It's all about a party vibes, the fundamental moment when you can enjoy yourself with friends out drinking, or if you want to do a little workout in the gym, it's just that hype vibes you know.. it's all about Summer"

Gyptian "Summer is Back" world premiere Today, Thursday August 25th on global platform Boomshots! Boomshots Representing Global Riddim Culture from #Reggae #Dancehall, and #Dub, to #HipHop, Dubstep, UK bass culture, Rockers galore and much much more. Boomshots keeps the beat of the global street and brings you Word Sound & Power.





Wailers take 'Wailers' to court

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wailers.jpgAccording to a report by the Associated Press, former members of Jamaican reggae band The Wailers, which played alongside Bob Marley, are going to court to try to stop the group they left from performing under the same name.

Aston "Family Man" Barrett and other ex-Wailers members said in a petition filed in a Virginia Beach court this week that the reggae group currently performing as The Wailers is a sham because it includes no members of the original band. They're asking the court to act quickly and block the band from using the name, noting that it is set to play in Virginia at the Lockn' Festival this weekend.

The court set a hearing for August 31, said attorney Stephen Screnci, who is representing Barrett and the others. Asked if that meant the band would still be allowed to play this weekend, Screnci said he didn't know for sure.

"There's a lot of people buying tickets that think they're going to see The Wailers and they're not," he said of the current band in general. "If you advertised as The Beatles and you showed up and there were no Beatles, I think you'd be disappointed," he said.

Al Anderson, Tyrone Downie and Earl Lindo, who each joined the band in the '70s before Marley passed away in 1981, are also joining Barrett in the case. Michael Jones, who currently manages the band that performs as The Wailers, said Thursday that he hadn't yet read the filing. But he said that dozens of musicians have played under the Wailers name over the years. The current band is "what's left of the same band that has played continuously since 1981," Jones said.

"It's a revolving door of musicians that have played with The Wailers. It always has been," Jones said. "We have a wonderful band that is recognized worldwide as The Wailers." No one responded Thursday to an email sent to Monterey International, a booking agency named in the filing.

Barrett, who joined The Wailers in 1969 as its bassist, left the group several months ago, but the band continues to use his name and likeness in promotional materials, the petition for injunctive relief says. Barrett and the others accuse the group of deceiving consumers and concert organizers by leaving the impression that original members are still part of the band.





Funeral service for D'Angel's father August 31

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dangel-and-father-clive-downer.jpgThe service of thanksgiving to celebrate the life of the late Noel "Clive" Downer, the father of recording star Michelle "D'Angel" Downer, will be held on Wednesday, August 31, starting at 12 NOON. The historic Cathedral of St Jago de la Vega, situated at the corner of Barrett Street and Red Church Street in Spanish Town will host the church service.

Born and raised in Spanish Town, Mr Downer, an entrepreneur, died at a hospital on August 9th from injuries he sustained after being hit by a motor vehicle on the Old Harbour Main Road in St Catherine. Mr Downer, who was 70 years old, has been hailed as a loving, supportive father to his four daughters, Nadine, Joan, Peta-Gaye and Michelle, who have said in a joint statement that he was "a wonderful father who was fun to be around; an honorable man, and a blessing to all who came in contact with him". He was remembered as the father who took the decision to stay in Jamaica in order to be close to his daughters, rather than migrate to Canada, as his other siblings had done.

In announcing the funeral arrangements for her father, D'Angel took time to point out that it is with a deep sense of pride and humility that she has been chosen to live her father's dream.

"My father always wanted to be a singer, but he shied away from the spotlight, so he was immensely proud that I took the baton from him - in a sense - and he was able to realize that dream through me," she explained.

D'Angel also expressed her heartfelt thanks to the music fraternity and her co-workers who have been supporting her in her time of grief.

The internment for Noel 'Clive' Downer will be held at Dovecot.





the-rock-dwayne-johnson.jpgWrestler-turned-actor Dwayne The Rock Johnson topped the Forbes magazine list of the world's highest paid actors with an estimated 2016 payday of $64.5 million.

The 44 year old knocked Robert Downey Jr. off the top spot and more than doubled his 2015 earnings, largely thanks to his action comedy "Central Intelligence."

Johnson also collected advance fees from the eighth installment of the popular Fast and Furious racing movie franchise.

Iron Man Robert Downey Jr. fell from top spot, despite reprising his comic book hero role in Captain America: Civil War. He ranked eighth with $33 million.

Jackie Chan, who has not had a big U.S. box office hit for years but is a prolific actor and producer in the Chinese entertainment market, was second on the list with $61 million.

Matt Damon came in third with $55 million, largely due to the success of his 2015 space film, The Martian.

The Forbes annual list again highlighted the pay gap between men and women in Hollywood.

Earlier this week the magazine named Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence the world's highest paid actress for a second straight year, with an estimated 2016 take of $46 million.

Forbes said 18 actors banked more than $20 million in its June 2015 to June 2016 scoring period, compared with four actresses.

Forbes estimates earnings, before taxes and management fees, from movies, TV and commercial endorsements.





denyque-dontre.jpgThe crowning of Miss Universe Jamaica 2016 will take place this Saturday at The Jamaica Pegasus Hotel.

Among the 23 beauties will be competing under the theme, Impacting Lives Through Beauty, is singer Denyque, who is expected to be a favourite to win.

Digicel Rising star winner, Cameal Davis, will provide entertainment at the event.

The coronation show will be broadcast live on www.go-jamaica.com/muj.





police-commish-dr-carl-williams.jpgA police team has been instructed to continue the investigation into the involvement of a Jamaican politician in an alleged murder plot.

This was disclosed on Thursday by Police Commissioner Dr. Carl Williams on Hotline.

Dr. Williams said a file is now with the police and they are working with the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

"The advice is that we should not proceed with criminal charges at the moment. I think there is some more work that needs to be done and the DPP has so advised," he said.

Dr. Williams said his team would be scrutinising and assessing the file to see whether there are shortcomings and "will deploy our resources and detectives to go and fill those gaps if we do find that there are gaps."

The allegations regarding the politician were published in the Miami Herald two weeks ago.

Former Assistant Commissioner of Police, Les Green, claimed there was enough evidence to link the politician to a conspiracy to commit two murders.





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This Saturday, August 27, 2016 the world renown reggae concert series We Are Reggae features reggae royalty, the prolific hitmaker Tanya Stephens. Tanya Stephens born Vivienne Stephenson caught her big break in 1996, when her ladies anthem, Yuh Nuh Ready Fi Dis Yet caused quite a stir. Soon after, she began working with acclaimed producers such as Barry O'Hare, Bobby "Digital" Dixon, Harvel "Gadaffi" Hart, Dave Kelly and Tony Kelly. Future singles followed, including Draw Fi Mi Finger, Freaky Type, and Cry and Bawl, as well as the full-length releases Too Hype in 1997 and Ruff Rider a year later. Stephens also contributed backing vocals on Garnett Silk's 1998 release Journey.

She then moved to Sweden and began recording a series of alternative rock tracks. Unhappy with her new direction, she returned to reggae in 2004 with Gangsta Blues and its big hit single Boom Wuk. The ambitious Rebelution appeared in 2006 with female empowerment as its focus. Stephens has six full-length albums to her credit, including her masterpiece Gangsta Blues which was released on the VP Records insignia. An engaging performer, voice of our women, brilliant lyricist, Tanya Stephens continues to tour the world from Bangkok to New York.

We Are Reggae also presents Evin Lake, out of Port Antonio. Launching his career at a tender age in the early 1990's, Evin, then known by his government name Kevin Clarke cover the R. Kelly classic Girl I'll Be There and served notice that he can hold his own in this extremely competitive industry. He went on to work with top flight producer Barry O'Hare where his original compositions He's Alive and I Don't Want to Lose Your Love were released on O'Hare's X Rated Label. Singles were also done with Earl "Chinna" Smith of Bob Marley and Wailers fame as well as a stint with Bobby Digital. In 2007, Evin Lake dropped his hit single Come Go With Me, a cover of Teddy Pendergrass' classic, produced by Othniel " Taddy P " Campbell, which entered and climbed reggae charts across the globe.

We Are Reggae presents Tanya Stephens with Evin Lake on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at The Sand Bar, Doctors Cave Beach, Montego Bay in Jamaica. Gates open at 8pm and showtime 10pm. Tickets are $2000 pre-sold and $2500.00 at the gate and available at Fontana Fairview, El Paso Sam Sharpe Square, www.urticketpro.com or call 631 4952.





drake-performance-billboard.jpgIt seems that controversy is regularly included in the price of admission for Drake and Future's "Summer Sixteen" Tour.

The "Controlla" star has used his summer tour microphone as a megaphone to address his critics, as well as to launch some criticisms of his own. He (might've) sent shots at Tory Lanez in Austin, definitely dissed Joe Budden in Dallas, took shots at Hot 97 while in the station's home of New York City, and, most recently, called Meek Mill a "pussy" in Washington, D.C. before taking more shots at his foe in his hometown of Philadelphia.

Hot 97 radio personality Peter Rosenberg clearly had enough on Monday (August 22), and called out Drake for talking the talk without walking the walk.

"[Meek Mill]'s always been realer than you..your content is MEANINGLESS" the radio host posted in a series of tweets, reigniting the animosity between his station and the Toronto rapper. "... @Drake wouldn't have been the toughest kid in my hebrew school ... stop ... make hits for the club...dont try to be hard please...EVER"





Rapper DMX welcomes 15th child

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dmx-photo-1.jpgDMX has enough children to fill a Rugby team now with his latest addition, a baby boy by the name of Exodus Simmons, his fifteenth offspring, TMZ reports.

Baby Simmons came into the world on Friday (August 20) weighing 6 pounds and 10 ounces. The mother is DMX's longtime girlfriend Desiree and Exodus is her first child.

Although the 45-year-old rapper missed the baby's delivery because he was in Arizona, he immediately flew back to New York to welcome his newborn son.

DMX tells TMZ that he is overjoyed and calls Exodus a "blessing."

During DMX's 11-year marriage to his ex-wife Tashera Simmons, he had many children outside of their holy covenant. One baby mama sued the rapper for defamation and child support resulting in a $1.5 million order for DMX to pay up.

In 2013, he filed chapter 11 bankruptcy due to his child support obligations.





corey-todd.jpgPopular businessman and night club operator, Corey Todd, was a no-show at his trial yesterday in the Half-Way-Tree Court. Toddcharged with malicious destruction of property and assault occasioning bodily harm, was postponed yesterday (Mon).

A new date of January 25 was set after Todd's attorney, told the court his client was not in the island.

The charge stemmed from an incident in which recording artiste Devin Di Dakta was assaulted at one of Todd's nightclubs.

The police had reported that in January this year Devin Di Dakta was forcibly removed from the Taboo nightclub by security personnel.

It's alleged that he was taken to the parking lot and beaten by several persons because of a song perceived to be disrespecting Todd.





danielle-di-bolt.jpgDancehall artiste Danielle DI has remixed her new single, 'Class' to pay tribute to Usain Bolt and Team Jamaica at the just concluded Olympic Games.

The controversial deejay not only released the audio for the new record, but also revealed images from a new body paint photo shoot, which are also dedicated to Bolt and Team Jamaica for their triumph in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The Rio inspired version of Class sees the Sly and Robbie protege chanting lyrics, which praise the team's effort in Brazil. The accompanying images see Danielle DI once again using her body as a canvas. This time, however, for the display of the colours of the Jamaican flag.he National Housing Trust (NHT) has again advertised the Outameni attraction in Trelawny for sale, after a previous attempt failed to get a buyer.





usain-airport.jpgThis is how the Sun UK described the Olympian's trysts: BOLT STRIKES AGAIN Usain Bolt: Jamaican sprint king kisses and LICKS brunette before spending the night with a drug lord's widow... while his girlfriend waits for him in Jamaica

Triple gold medallist 'racked up L1,000 bar bill' as he celebrated 30th birthday in wild fashion before flying in to London.

USAIN BOLT has been pictured kissing and LICKING another mystery brunette.

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The pictures were taken in a Rio nightclub during wild celebrations for his 30th birthday - just hours before he went on to spend the night with a sexy 20-year-old student who shared WhatsApp messages of them in bed together.

The Jamaican sprint king, who flew into London today, reportedly arrived at the club in Rio at 1am in the early hours of Sunday morning and partied way into the early hours racking up a L1,000 bar bill which he paid personally.

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Bolt - who has a long-term girlfriend - was spotted getting close to the unknown girl before apparently pulling her in for a kiss, and also appeared to lick her shoulder as things got steamy in the VIP area of the venue.

This comes on the same day as reports that the other girl that Bolt would apparently go on to spend the night with was student Jady Duarte, the widow of one of Rio's most dangerous drugs lords known as Dina Terror.

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According to police, Jady's ex Douglas Donato Pereira was responsible for torturing and murdering a teenage girl in September 2014 and played a big part in the narcotics trade at the Faz Quem Quer slum in Rio de Janeiro.





Olympian Caster Semenya is married to a woman

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semenya.jpgControversial runner Caster Semenya arrived home to South Africa today after her predictably dominant victory in the women's 800-metre race at Rio 2016.

The athlete handed her gold medal to her wife Violet Raseboya after arriving at Johannesburg Airport following the row over her involvement in the Olympics.

Semenya, 25, who once had to undergo humiliating gender testing to prove she was female, took gold and set a new national record of one minute 55 seconds.

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Johannesburg Airport was packed with fans, family and friends for the return of the athletes, but the biggest cheer and loudest singing was reserved for Semenya.

Semenya thanked fans who chanted her name - but, asked what she wanted to say to her critics, she answered in her deep voice: 'I do not have the time for them.'

She added: 'It's great to be here and receive such a welcome. I will always do my best. I hope that in four years' time there will be even more people to fill the airport.'





No buyers for Outameni

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The National Housing Trust (NHT) has again advertised the Outameni attraction in Trelawny for sale, after a previous attempt failed to get a buyer.

In 2013, the NHT acquired Outameni for $180 million in a deal that was heavily criticised by people who argued that the business was outside of the mandate of the trust.





A decade after Matthews Lane strongman Donald 'Zeeks' Phipps was convicted of double murder and sentenced to life in prison, his Spanglers gang is now engaged in a bitter war with rival men in Luke Lane who are seeking to take control of the entire area.

The feud, which is centred in the Western Kingston Police Division and the edge of the business district, has led to heightened tension in the downtown Kingston area.

"Our intelligence is that the top Luke Lane gang wants to spread their wings and control what's left of the influence of Donald 'Zeeks' Phipps, which is in Matthews Lane the Spanglers gang," Superintendent Howard Chambers, head of Western Kingston, is quoted as telling local paper.

Reports are that men loyal to Zeeks and his successor have vowed to protect his image and keep Matthews Lane under the control of the Spanglers gang.





rick-ross-photo-3.jpgHigh Vibes Roots and Reggae Festival featuring Ky-Mani Marley, Lee 'Scratch' Perry, and a host of other high class acts, is scheduled for the Aqueduct in Montego Bay on September 3 and 4.

According to Douglas Gordon of High Vibes Jamaica, who is putting together this concert with an aim to bring visitors to Jamaica outside the peak season of tourist arrivals,"We plan to create this as an annual event that celebrates aspects of Jamaica's rich and vibrant music and cultural heritage."

Lee 'Scratch' Perry is one of the pioneers of dub music and has produced for artistes like Junior Byles, The Heptones, Max Romeo, and Bob Marley and the Wailers. The 80-year-old musical maestro, known for his innovative musical techniques, won a Grammy for Best Reggae Album in 2003 and the following year was named as one of the greatest artistes of all time by Rolling Stone Magazine.

Ky-Mani is the son of the King of Reggae. The reggae and rap artiste has also carved his niche as an actor starring in the 2002 cult classic, Shottas. He will bring his musical skill set to the event in a performance not seen often on Jamaican soil.

"We're excited to have reggae music royalty on our stage at the High Vibes Roots and Reggae Festival. Ky-Mani embodies the image that we are trying to bring across to our patrons. We strive on positivity, and Ky-Mani is the perfect candidate," Gordon said.

Rick Ross, one of rap's biggest names, has also been added to the line-up.





Jamaica's women grab silver in 400m relay

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Jamaica claimed 10 medals at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil after the women's mile relay team won silver in the penultimate track and field event on Saturday.

The team of Stephenie-Ann McPherson, Anneisha McLaughlin-Wilby, Shericka Jackson and Novlene Williams-Mills finished behind the United States in the 4x400m relay.

The United Kingdom took the bronze.

Jamaica's 11 medals at the Games of the 31st Olympiad comprise six gold, three silver and two bronze.





It's silver for Jamaica in men's mile relay

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Jamaica closed out its participation in the Games of the 31st Olympiad with another silver medal.

This after the mile relay team of Fitzroy Dunkley, Nathon Allen, Peter Matthews and Javon Francis, finished second in 2:58.16 in the final of the men's 4x400m relay, the final track and field event of the Games.

It is the fourth fastest time by a Jamaica quartet.

The team secured the medal thanks to a superb last leg by Francis, the former Calabar High School star who overtook the runners from The Bahamas and Botswana.

The United States won the gold while The Bahamas stayed on for the bronze.

Jamaica has finished the Games with a total of eleven medals: six gold, three silver and two bronze.





Jamaica ends Rio Olympics with 11 medals

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usain-bolt-wins-100m-rio.jpgUsain Bolt insisted it was "mission accomplished" after signing off with a 'treble-treble' in his final Olympic race, predicting that his achievements may never be broken.

The world's fastest man anchored Jamaica's 4x100m relay team to gold on a balmy Rio night on Friday to capture the 100m, 200m and relay titles for a third-straight Games.

"I hope I've set the bar high enough that no one can do it again," said sprint king Bolt, a ninth Olympic gold medal safely in the bank.

"It's a great feeling - I've worked so hard every Olympics to win three gold medals and I'm just so happy I've accomplished so much," he added, admitting his Olympic farewell was tinged with a little sadness.





Happy Birthday Usain St Leo Bolt

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usain-bolt-wins-100m-rio.jpgOlympic champion Usain Bolt turned 30 on 21 August, 2016. The Jamaican sprinter has dominated the 100m, 200m and 4 x100m relay events since 2008 with nine Olympic gold medals.

In July, he promised his fans that 'history will be made' at the Rio Olympics 2016 in Brazil. And, guess what? The man has created history. He secured his place in the records book after helping his country win the 4x 100m race in 37.27 seconds. And, this unprecedented 'treble' has made his birthday that extra special. The Jamaican superstar continues to entertain the world with his celebratory dance moves, his icon 'bolting' gesture and most importantly his epic on liners about life. To celebrate his big day and many milestones, we rewind some of the best musings from the world's fastest man.

On marriage

"I've thought about it, but I know I'm not going to get married before 35, for sure," he said."Like, Rooney got married so young - all the footballers that are English, as soon as they get really famous they have to get married. And I think it's unfair to them."

On his work ethic

"Dreams are free. Goals have a cost. While you can daydream for free goals don't come without a price. Time, Effort, Sacrifice, and Sweat. How will you pay for your goals?"

On his home

"I can't really live outside Jamaica. I can be away, but only for a while."

On doping

"I have no issue with being drug-tested because it's better. I remember in Beijing [for the 2015 World Championships], every other day they were drug-testing us, and because they were taking blood also people were saying, "Oh you can't come so often." But I was like, "Listen, they're doing their job."

On his legacy

"For me, greatness means being remembered."





Stop violating Usain Biolt's copyright!

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usain-bolt-wins-100m-rio.jpgThe management team of nine-time Olympic Gold medallist, Usain Bolt, has sent a warning to those violating the athlete's intellectual property rights. In a statement published in the Sunday Gleaner, Bolt's UB Management team, says persons have been using his trademarks and image to advertise their products and services, as well as in other forms of trade without the authorisation of Bolt or his representatives.

They say the activities have been resulting in loss and damage to Bolt's reputation and business.

The statement, signed by the head of UB Management Limited, Norman Peart, notes that Bolt is the owner of the "To the World" pose and several trademarks that incorporate his name, nickname, signature, image and likeness. It says Bolt's image and trademarks should not be used to falsely represent any business or enterprise and the goods and services offered by those businesses or enterprises.

UB Management has indicated that it will take legal action against persons or businesses using Bolt's image and trademarks without permission, warning that persons must immediately cease unauthorised use of the athlete's intellectual property.





2 arrested after policeman mowed down

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hands-behind-bars.jpgThe Trelawny police have arrested two persons believed to be the occupants of the Toyota Axio motor car which on Friday mowed down Police Inspector Mark Gibbs as he and two of his colleagues conducted spot checks in front of the Clark's Town Police Station in Trelawny.

According to Commanding Officer for Trelawny Superintendent Clive Blair, the men were taken into custody during a pre-dawn operation in the parish yesterday.

He said the police have also recovered the motor vehicle that was involved in the hit-and-run.

Inspector Gibbs, who resided in Cornwall Courts, St James, was reportedly mowed down about 4:30 pm after signalling the driver of the motor car to stop.

The senior cop, who had been enlisted in the police force for more than 30 years, was hit as he attempted to jump out of the path of the oncoming vehicle, as the driver, who had slowed down and pretended that he was about to stop, suddenly sped up and swung the vehicle onto him.

Gibbs sustained multiple injuries and was taken to Falmouth General Hospital, some 10 miles away, where he was pronounced dead.





3 men charged after ganja found in car trunk

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ganja-image-4.jpgThree men were taken into custody following the seizure of approximately 60 pounds of ganja on the Mandela Highway in St Catherine, yesterday.

Reports from the police are that about 12:15 pm, members of the Narcotics Division intercepted a Honda Civic motor car with the three men aboard.

The motor vehicle was searched and two knitted bags were found in the trunk, which reportedly contained the illicit drug. The men were subsequently arrested, however, the police have withheld their identities.

The police say the ganja has an estimated street value of J$300,000.





Strong police presence downtown

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crime-scene-tape.jpgThe police are maintaining a strong presence in sections of downtown Kingston despite the removal of blockades along Darling Street and Spanish Town Road.

Roadblocks were mounted yesterday afternoon as tension rose following the killing of a man on Chestnut Lane. The situation had forced the police to issue an advisory warning motorists to avoid the area.

The police say investigations are continuing and persons are being asked to report any suspicious activities to the nearest police station.





ryan-lochte-team-mates-rio.jpgryan-lochte.jpgThree US Olympic swimmers have been stopped from leaving Brazil on Wednesday night as Ryan Lochte again changed his story about the robbery he claims the four went through in Rio over the weekend during a night of celebration.

The US Olympic Committee confirmed that Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz were removed from their return flight to the US and detained as the situation involving them and Lochte threatens to escalate into a full-blown international incident.

The USOC also confirmed that Jimmy Feigen - the fourth member of the ill-fated party last weekend - was also prevented from leaving Brazil and detained.

The action comes amid increasing tension between Brazilian authorities and the American swimmers - pitting the reputation of the Rio authorities and Olympics games against their story.

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japans-pole-vaulter-hiroki-ogita.jpgNumerous reports gently poked fun at Ogita, but he didn't take it well

Japanese pole vaulter Hiroki Ogita has hit back at claims his penis cost him his Olympic dream in Rio.

The 28-year-old reacted angrily to suggestions he failed to clear 5.3 metres in qualifying because his manhood knocked the bar as he went over.

Numerous reports gently poked fun at Ogita, but he didn't take it well.

"I never expected the foreign media to take me down like this," he tweeted.

"It's one thing if it was true, but I have to say I'm pretty devastated that they'd go so far to make something up to mock and ridicule me so much."

Ogita did eventually clear 5.45 metres on his final jump but it wasn't enough to send him through and his earlier foul cost him.





usain-20-metre-semis-rio.jpgBurn! Bolt couldn't help but have a dig at Gatlin

Usain Bolt watched rival Justin Gatlin crash out of the Olympic 200m - and then called him OLD.

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American Justin Gatlin was the shock elimination from the final semi-final as Bolt, who is bidding for a historic triple triple in Rio, cruised through to win.

Gatlin, a favourite for a medal, stormed off the track following a race which also saw Bolt's Jamaican team-mate Yohan Blake also eliminated.

And afterwards Bolt, who of course beat the American to gold in the 100m on Sunday, appeared to aim a cheeky dig at his long-time rival.





Usain Bolt takes swipe at Gatlin

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usain-20-metre-semis-rio.jpgUsain Bolt watched rival Justin Gatlin crash out of the Olympic 200m - and then called him OLD.

American Justin Gatlin was the shock elimination from the final semi-final as Bolt, who is bidding for a historic triple triple in Rio, cruised through to win.

Gatlin, a favourite for a medal, stormed off the track following a race which also saw Bolt's Jamaican team-mate Yohan Blake also eliminated.

And afterwards Bolt, who of course beat the American to gold in the 100m on Sunday, appeared to aim a cheeky dig at his long-time rival.'





Gatlin crashes out of 200m metres at Rio Olympics

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gatlin-out-of-200.jpgControversial American Justin Gatlin has been eliminated in the semifinals of the men's 200m at the Rio Olympics.

Gatlin finished third in his semi in 20.13 seconds, leaving him ninth overall.

Jamaican Usain Bolt stayed on track for a historic sprint triple triple by clocking the fastest time of 19.78.





usain-bolt-the-big-man.jpgJamaica's sprint superstar Usain Bolt remains on course for an historic nine Olympic gold medals when he easily won his 200m semi-finals at the Games of the 31st Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro Brazil.

Bolt, who has already won the men's 100m, clocked a season's best 19.78 to advance to tomorrow's final.

After the race, the world record holder over the 100m and 200m sounded an ominous warning to his rivals.

"I am going to try and go after the world record definitely. I don't know if I'm gonna get it, but it's on my mind. Hopefully I will get a good lane," he said.

Bolt will be the only Jamaican in the final as compatriots Nickel Ashmeade and Yohan Blake failed to advance.

Surprisingly, the man expected to be Bolt's main rival in the final, American Justin Gatlin also failed to advance, tiring to third in the same race with Blake.





GOLD for Elaine Thompson in 200m at Rio Olympics!

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thompson-copped-200-rio.jpgJamaica's golden girl Elaine Thompson cannot be beaten. After winning the 100 meters, Thompson became the first athlete since Florence Griffith-Joyner to win the 100-200 double by running away with the 200 meters on Wednesday night with a time of 21.78.

Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands, won world title in 2015, finished in the silver medal position, and Tori Bowie of the U.S., who won silver in the 100, came in third to win bronze.

Schippers, who is the third fastest 200 runner of all time, ran 21.88 to finish second. She nearly reeled in Thompson, but just didn't have enough in the race's final moments to overtake sprinting's newest star.

Thompson won the 100 meters in 10.71, and ran away with the title in Rio on Wednesday. She has established herself as the best sprinter in the world -- and she'll have another opportunity to add more hardware to her medal collection in the women's 4x100 with her Jamaican teammates on Friday.

It is the first Olympic Games for the 23-year-old University of Technology student.

PROFILES

Elaine Thompson
Age: 24 years old
High School: Manchester High School
Tertiary Education: University of Technology, Jamaica
Events: Women's 100m, 200m, 4X100m relay
Personal Best: 100m - 10.70s, 200m - 21.66
Interesting Facts:
She had a spectacular 200-metre race winning silver medal at the Beijing World Championships in 21.66 seconds, the fifth-fastest time ever over the distance.





thompson-copped-200-rio.jpgOlympian Shelly-Ann Fraser-Price was fast as a bullet in congratulating the new 200 metres winner Elaine Thompson last night.

This is what she posted: "Mek den run dem heart out yes!!!! SFP yuh train wid!!!!! Season best and we still have gas left in the tank and still standing!!!! We win again!!!!!!! Podium again. Congrats Elaine Thompson #?Team876Representing #?PodiumAgain #?AnthemWillPlay #?PrideBuck #?Pryceless".





thompson-copped-200-rio.jpg"A yah suh nice! Me feel good! Me feel great? God know, me pray and ask Father God fi di gold medal, me speak it into being and see it here ... . Me know she did ago get it man, because once me pray, me know God ago deliver," a hoarse Keith Thompson said of his daughter Elaine Thompson who won her second Olympic Gold Medal after the Women's 200 metre final in Rio.

"Golddddddddd! Banana Ground nuh good again. A pure niceness. It's a joy, man. Two gold me daughter give Jamaica and its her second Olympic gold medal. When she come back, whole heap a things ago gwaan fi har. Wi cyan talk yet, but God is so good.

God know, my mother, Elaine's Grandma, oh gosh, I don't even know where fi find her now, she overjoyed. It's just pure excitement.





Osujah Records way up with positivity

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osujah-records.jpgWith the intention of being a major player in the music and entertainment business, the CEO of Osujah Records, Donna Burnett, has pledged to give this newest venture her total and undivided attention.

Burnett, a registered nurse by profession, now also quite comfortably wears the hats of artiste manager, co-producer, riddim-maker, and executive producer. Incidentally,this multi-talented and multi-faceted lady is also a song-writer, dub poet and a singjay who goes by the name Lady Donna.

Born in Kingston, Jamaica, but now residing in St Ann - Hampstead to be exact - Ms Burnett set up Osujah one year ago in Hampstead to develop local talent. She has so far signed five artistes to her Osujah Records label singer Anaicon, and singjays I-Konji, I-Nanny, Ras Pree Dem and, of course, Lady Donna.

The label founder, while acknowledging that there are quick bucks to be made by doing a certain type of music, is insistent that Osujah Records will take the high road and stick to a diet of positive, uplifting music.

"Music that will feed the mind and the soul; music that has a long shelf life; music that is positive," says Burnett, who disclosed that she is from a musical family and learned quite young how to string up a sound by working alongside her uncle, who was the owner of Touch of Class Disco.

Lady Donna has lived in the United States for over 30 years, 11 of which she spent in the US Navy's health service. Having given sterling service in that field overseas, she still plays her part here in Jamaica, but right now is passion is music, especially focusing on helping talented young acts to get the recognition they truly deserve.

The singer in her camp, 22-year-old Anaicon, who Lady Donna describes as "respectful and elegant" is the first artiste who she is pushing out. His six-track EP, The Rebel, is the company's major project currently and already there is a buzz about songs such as This Is Me and All About You.

Reluctant to take away the spotlight from her artistes, Lady Donna, who attended the prestigious The Queen's High School in Jamaica, and was influenced by two older students there -- girl duo Althea and Donna (Uptown Top Rankin) -- revealed that she was quite the dancehall queen while at school. She now has out two songs under her Lady Donna moniker, Save A Life and Bumming Ball on the riddim of the same name.





bolt-jfk-shots-fired.jpgReports of shots fired at New York's John F Kennedy Airport that caused widespread panic Sunday night, and sparked a massive emergency police response, may have been prompted by rowdy people clapping and cheering for Olympic champion Usain Bolt.

NBC NEWS reported that "cheering, clapping and banging from people watching the Olympic Games may have been misinterpreted as a fight and gunshots".

The 9:30 pm panic ensued just as the Jamaican superstar won the 100-meter dash at the Rio Olympics for the third time, making history, the New York Post reported.

The NYPD received reports of shots fired at two different terminals, sending people in the airport running for their lives and causing a massive evacuation, according to the Post.





miss-universe-jamaica-stripped.jpgJamaica-born US based beauty queen Sharlene Radlien has been instructed to relinquish the title of Miss Universe Jamaica..

The stripping of Radlein of her role on Friday comes after she filed a lawsuit in the Supreme Court on July 20. In the lawsuit, which was filed in the Supreme Court on July 20, Radlein alleges that the defendants are in breach of an agreement to award her a prize package valued at more than $2 million, and in further breach by not paying over the cash prize portion of the prize due since January.

Karl Williams; fellow Miss Universe Jamaica manager Mark McDermoth; and Uzuri International Designs are the registered holder of the Miss Universe franchise, and are being sued by Radlein.

Miss Universe Jamaica's principals made the announcement at a press conference at the Jamaica Pegasus on Monday.

"Since being crowned ... we have painstakingly sought to guide Ms Radlein in a manner which reflects the vision and ideals of the organization. However, her actions have been wholly inconsistent with the culture of the pageant, both locally and internationally," the local organisers said.





rio-win-usain.jpgShortly after his historic win in the 100m on Sunday, Olympian Usain Bolt celebrated to PopCaan's popular World Cup single in a series of SnapChat stories.

The triple world record holder entered the history books at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro after becoming the first man to win three consecutive gold medals in the Men's 100m.

Usain Bolt showed his excitement through SnapChat videos singing along and dancing to PopCaan's World Cup. Bolt belted out the lines "We Still A Win" before using Poppi's popular slangs "Wow oooiiieee", "Wicked, wicked" and "Whey dem ago do yah now".

PopCaan has since responded with a repost of Bolt's video with the caption "stay winning my brother; honestly, Usain is a national hero".

Usain Bolt is expected to run the 4×100 relay and 200m races at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

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Jamaica's diver Yona through to semis in Rio

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yona-diver.jpgThe moment he touched the water in his final dive, Jamaica's Yona Knight-Wisdom knew it was a special one. It was indeed special, as that dive propelled him to a historic qualification to the semi-finals of the three-metre springboard event yesterday at the Rio Olympics in Brazil.

"That dive is my favourite dive, my most comfortable dive.

"That is where I put it at the end," said an elated Knight-Wisdom.

That sixth and final dive was Knight-Wisdom's best as he scored 79.5 points, which allowed him to finish overall with 416.55 points and 11th spot out of 29.

Knight-Wisdom was only the second Jamaican diver to ever participate in the Olympics. The first diver to wear the national colours at the Olympics was Betsy Sullivan at the 1972 Munich Games. She placed 29th in the first round.





Bronze for Shericka Jackson in 400m

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shericka-winner-bronze-rio.jpgJamaica increased it medal count at the Games of the 31st Olympiad after Shericka Jackson won bronze in the finals of the women's 400m.

Jackson, who is competing in her first Olympics, finish third in a time of 49.85 seconds.

Shaunae Miller of the Bahamas took the gold medal in a time of 49.44 seconds defeating Allison Felix of the United States, who won the silver medal.

The other Jamaican in the race Stephanie Ann McPherson finished in sixth place in a time of 50.97 seconds.





usain-bolt-the-big-man.jpgJamaica's Usain Bolt became the first athlete to win three Olympic 100m titles by beating American Justin Gatlin to gold at Rio 2016.

Bolt, who says he is competing at his final Olympics, ran 9.81 seconds to replicate his success at Beijing 2008 and London 2012.

Gatlin, twice banned for doping offences, finished 0.08 seconds behind Bolt to take silver.

Canada's Andre de Grasse took bronze in a personal best of 9.91.

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goat.jpgAnimal rights activist are calling for the authorities to locate and take swift action against a local comedian, who publicly confessed to acts of bestiality in an online skit.

The video, titled 'My Strange Addiction', has amassed 215,000 views on social media website, Facebook. It was also highlighted in Africa via Gossip Mil Nigeria and viewed by more four million people.

In the video, a comedian in Jamaica, who goes by the moniker Kyng Tavii, expresses his love for goats and for being a goat.

"I'm taking this goat life very serious," he said. "Let me introduce you guys to my girlfriend (a goat). Her name is Stacy. This is my babymother Stacy. She is pregnant for like a week now and I can't wait for the kid. I love Stacy."

Kyng Tavii followed by saying that he has a pornographic video with the goat that is already on the Internet and that they are not afraid to have sex in public. This was followed by him dry humping the goat.

While some persons thought the video was amusing, others thought it was quite disturbing, with some persons going as far as to issue death threats.





niko-chromatic-gofundme.jpgDancehall selector Niko Chromatic is more than happy by the support he has been receiving since going public with news that he has been battling a serious kidney disease for the past year.

According to a report in Jamaica's popular afternoon paper, Niko's decision to make his health issues public was prompted by the latest news he received from doctors. Both his kidneys have now failed and the selector is in urgent need of a transplant.

News of the popular selector's medical condition was made public via social media on Wednesday and came as a shock to many persons in the entertainment fraternity who were unaware of his health issues.

Kimberley Mais, Niko's spouse, said he was officially diagnosed with renal disease in July 2015 and has been in and out of the hospital since.

"Only a few close friends and family members knew what he was going through. Niko is very independent. He likes to take care of himself, and so he didn't want to make this public out of fear that people would start feeling sorry for him," she is reported as saying.

"We tried to handle the situation on our own, but it was getting too much for us. It took some convincing, but he finally decided to ask for help."

A GoFundMe page has been set up for Niko.





ganja-spliff.jpgJamaica's Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett and Minister of Transport and Mining Mike Henry are expected to be among speakers, including international and local cannabis experts, at the Cannabis Business Conference and Symposium to be hosted by CANEX, Jamaica at the Montego Bay Convention Centre on Friday, September 2.

The conference, will also include Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) board member Delano Seivwright among the over 20 presenters.

Meanwhile, some of the international speakers will be Dr Yasmine Hurd, a Jamaican-born medic who works at Mount Sinai; former NFL player Lance Johnston; and Boaz Whachtel, a pioneer in the Israel cannabis industry.

The events director for CANEX outlined that the goal of next month's conference is to pull together local industry players and their international counterparts to create a platform for both "informational exchange and networking and business opportunities".





Jamaica's trio make it to 400m semi-finals

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National champion Stephenie Ann McPherson, along with Shericka Jackson and Christine Day, easily made progress to the women's 400m semi-finals yesterday.

McPherson was first up for Jamaica as she took Heat One in 51.36 seconds, running out of lane three, ahead of Patience Okon George of Nigeria in 51.83 seconds.

McPherson, who has a personal best of 49.92 and a seasonal best of 50.04, said she was happy to clear the first hurdle. She will line up in semi-final one against the likes of Phyllis Francis of the United States of America and veteran Christine Ohuruogu of Great Britain.

Shericka Jackson, who surprised with a bronze medal at last year's World Championships, had things fairly easy in Heat Seven despite running from lane eight. She won in 51.73 seconds and was satisfied.

Christine Day won her heat in 51.54 and is through to the semi-final where she will have to run the race of her life against title favourites, American Allyson Felix and Shaunae Miller of The Bahamas.

Felix cruised to 51.24 seconds in winning Heat Two, while Miller, literally running with her 'hand brakes up', eased to 51.16 in Heat Five. The stage is set for an epic psychological battle heading into the final.





bolt-again.jpgJamaica's Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake and Nickel Ashmeade are all set to compete in today's semi-finals of the 100m following good performances inside the Olympic Stadium yesterday.

Bolt, 29, who is hunting his third-consecutive Olympic title, eased to 10.07 seconds (-0.4), even with the second slowest reaction time of 1.56, but he caught the field effortlessly and even had time to glance around as he eased to the finish line.

Bolt won ahead of Jamaican-born Andrew Fisher in 10.12 seconds, now competing in the colours of Bahrain. The triple world record holder will line up in semi-final two and is drawn in lane six. Canadian Andre deGrasse is in lane five with American Trayvon Bromwell in lane nine. Fisher is in lane four.

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Blake jogged 10.11 seconds and won Heat Six ahead of another Jamaican - Jak Ali Harvey - who has switched allegiance and is now representing Turkey. Harvey clocked 10.14. Blake, the 2011 world champion and double silver medallist at the London Olympic Games will come face to face with American Justin Gatlin in semi-final three. Gatlin had won his Heat Two in 10.01 seconds, which was the fastest time into the semis.

Bahrain's Kemarley Brown - the third Jamaican who switched allegiance - won his Heat One in 10.13 and will match strides with Blake, Gatlin, Dasaolu and Christophe Lemaitre of France.

Meanwhile, Nickel Ashmeade, who ran a composed race, was second in Heat Three in a time of 10.13 seconds behind China's Zhenye Xie, who won in a personal best of 10.08. Ashmeade was surprised by the Asian's speed. He was the only Jamaican to lose and he was rewarded with a most favourable semi-final one alongside Frenchman Jimmy Vicaut, Akani Simbine of South Africa, and Jak Ali Harvey.

The men's semi-finals will start today at 7:00 pm (Jamaican time) with the final set for 8:25 pm.





Jamaica's men's 4x400 team out of the finals

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mens-semi-final-rio-rusheen-mcdonald.jpgJamaica's quarter-mile duo of Javon Francis and Rusheen McDonald failed to make it past the semi-final of the 2016 Rio Olympics.Running out of lane one in the first semi-final, which featured two past Olympics winners, national champion Francis finished fifth in a creditable 44.96 seconds.

The event was won by defending Olympics champion Kirani James of Grenada in a season's best 44.02 with 2008 Olympic winner Lashawn Merritt of the USA, 44.21, placing second. Karabo Sibanda of Botswana was third in a new personal best 44.47 while Dominican Republic's Luguelin Santos, who won silver at the London Olympics, was fourth in a season's best 44.71.

McDonald who holds the national record of 43.93 recorded in the semi-finals of the 2015 World Championships was sixth in his semi-final with a time of 46.12.

The race was won by Trinidad and Tobago's Machel Cedenio in 44.39 with reigning world champion Wayde Van Niekerk of South Africa second in 44.45.

The final is set for Sunday at 8 p.m.





shelly-ann.jpgJamaica's pocket rocket, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce took home the bronze in Saturday night's final at the Olympics stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Fraser-Pryce was seeking to become the first athlete to win gold in three consecutive 100m Olympic finals, but appeared to have been hampered by a season-long foot injury as she did not get off to her usual quick start to finish third in a season's best of 10.86.

Jamaica's newest Golden Girl, Elaine Thompson won the gold in a time 10.71 seconds to add Olympics 100m gold to her 2015 World Championships 200m bronze.

The silver medal was capture by Tori Bowie of the USA in 10.83 while Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands, who was expected to challenge for a medal finished fifth in 10.90 seconds.

Jamaica's other representative in the final, Christania Williams, was eighth in 11.80.





elaine-thompson-gold-100-final-rio.jpgJamaica secured gold in the women's 100m as Elaine Thompson gave the island our third consecutive 100m Olympic gold medal.

Thompson, competing at her maiden Olympics, took the victory in 10.71 seconds to add Olympics 100m gold to her 2015 World Championships 200m bronze.

Yardflex congratulates Elaine Thompson on an outstanding achievement

Who Is Elaine Thompson?
PROFILE - Elaine Thompson
Age: 24 years old
High School: Manchester High School
Tertiary Education: University of Technology, Jamaica
Events: Women's 100m, 200m, 4X100m relay
Personal Best: 100m -10.70, 200m - 21.66

Interesting Facts:
Won silver in the women's 200m at the 2015 World Championships in 21.66 seconds, the fifth-fastest time ever over the distance.
Jointly holds Jamaica's national record in the women's 100 of 10.70 with MVP club mate Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce
Is the reigning national 100m champion.





drake-performance-billboard.jpgDrake's father Dennis Graham is set to release his very first - and possibly his only- album. Yes, you heard right. The 60-something-year-old is launching a musical career of his own and is giving fans a taste with a snippet of his new single and video for "Kinda Crazy".

Drizzy's dad teamed up with producer Jamie Iovine, the son of Apple Music executive Jimmy Iovine, for the song and will be dropping it this month while he completes his R&B album.

Drake, who has given his stamp of approval, has rapped about his father's musical inclinations in the past, perhaps most notably on "You & the 6" off If You're Reading This It's Too Late.





sizzla-kalongi-photo-1.jpgEight years after his US visa and work permit were revoked, singjay Sizzla Kalonji will make his long-awaited return to a New York stage when he appears at the 23rd annual Irie Jam Radio anniversary celebration on Labour Day, Sunday, September 4, 2016, at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens.

Since the news broke that US immigration authorities had 'fly the gate' for the reggae artiste to perform stateside again, there has been an exciting buzz especially from his fans in the New York Tri-State Area, who are overjoyed.

Ironically, Sizzla's last major outdoor concert performance in NY was at Irie Jamboree 2008, an event that was co-produced by Irie Jam Radio. At the festival that year, moments before Sizzla's electrifying performance, large video screens replayed Olympic gold medal races by Usain 'Lighting' Bolt, Shelly-Ann Fraser and Melaine Walker as thousands in the diaspora celebrated Jamaica's historic performance at the Beijing Olympics.

"It has been a long, long wait for music fans who have waited patiently to see Sizzla perform live again here," Bobby Clarke, CEO and founder of Irie Jam Radio, said. "Since that performance, we have received numerous calls from fans wanting to see him in NY again. We have listened to the people's cry and we are excited to include him on our Labour Day weekend anniversary presentation."





Popular sound system selector Niko from Chromatic has announced that he has been suffering from severe kidney disease.

The MC, who has been noticeably absent from the group's recent exploits, took to social media to make the news public, after suffering with the condition privately.

Since the announcement a number of Djs, including some of our Zjs have taken to their social media pages in support.

His camp has since set up a GoFundMe account to help with an upcoming surgery.

More details of the operation will be made public next week.





Family member pawns Peter Tosh's Grammy

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peter-tosh-photo-2.jpgReports are that an anonymous member of Peter Tosh family have allegedly pawned the singer's Grammy Award and his guitar.

According to US website,TMZ, Peter Tosh's 1987 Grammy for Best Reggae Recording and one of his Martin acoustic guitars now belongs to Dylan McDermitt of LBC Pawn in Somerville, Massachusetts.

Reports are that, about five months ago, a Tosh family member went into the store to pawn the items. TMZ claims McDermitt jumped at the opportunity and snatched the Grammy for $4k and the guitar for $2k more.

It is understood that the relative was pawning the items due to a family battle over the Peter Tosh's estate. Both Niambe and Dave Tosh have so far not commented on the matter.

Recently, chairman of Pulse Investments, Kingsley Cooper has activated plans to open a museum that will honour the lifeworks of Peter Tosh with fascinating Tosh memorabilia and artifacts. Cooper has since signed a landmark agreement in New York City with Tosh's daughter, Niambe McIntosh who signed on behalf of the Peter Tosh Estate.

Peter Tosh was shot and killed in 1987. He did not have a will.





Ocho Rios cops arrest food vendors who sell ganja

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ganja-spliff.jpgThe Ocho Rios police have been conducting snap raids across the resort town to address traffic congestion, illegal vending, and the peddling of drugs.

Since the start of the operations a few weeks ago, some twelve persons have been arrested for various breaches.

Head of the Ocho Rios police, Deputy Superintendent of Police Gary McKenzie says the police have found that some food vendors have been peddling marijuana in the town.

The operations continued today (August 9) in the vicinity of Milford and DaCosta Drive in Ocho Rios.

The head of the Ocho Rios police says the police are aware that some criminal elements are migrating to St. Ann, however the police will remain vigilant.

He adds that the Ocho Rios police will be making observations of all persons who come through the town via the CCTV network, which has been reaping success.





Zika-affected persons must wait to donate blood

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zika-virus-photo-1.jpgPeople who have had the Zika virus (ZIKA) are being cautioned to wait four to six weeks before donating blood.

Speaking with The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre this morning, Chief Medical Officer, Dr Winston De La Haye, said the instruction is in keeping with international standards.

However, Dr De La Haye says a screening process will still be done to determine whether people are fit enough to give blood.

He says this process will help to ensure that persons who may have had the virus, but were not diagnosed, do not give blood during the danger period.





hands-behind-bars.jpgThe Portmore Police seized one .380 Lorcin Pistol and seven .380 rounds of ammunition on Palmerston Road, Portsmouth in St Catherine on Tuesday, August 9.

Reports are that between 3 pm and 5:30 pm, operations were being conducted in the area when a premise was searched.

The firearm and ammunition were reportedly discovered underneath a mattress in the house.

One person was taken into custody in connection with the find, however, his identity is being withheld pending further investigations.





tesha-miller-photo-2.jpgCommunication officer with the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) Stephanie Lindsay says alleged Clansman leader Tesha Miller is still being considered a person of interest despite his refusal to surrender himself to the police.

Lindsay was responding to questions about whether Miller is now being considered a wanted man in light of the alleged manhunt that was launched by the police.

Miller was asked to turn himself in by midday yesterday to the Major Investigation Division in Spanish Town.

They want him to answer questions in connection to several murders in the area and in Portmore, St Catherine.

Lindsay says the police will be taking additional steps to ensure that Miller is taken in.





LASCO posts positive profits

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Kingston, Jamaica: LASCO Affiliated Companies continued to post positive net profits during the three months ended June 30, 2016, posting a combined net profit of $457.2 million during the period.

LASCO Distributors (LDL) and LASCO Financial Services (LFSL) saw an increase of 33 per cent and seven per cent respectively, while LASCO Manufacturing (LML) saw a marginal reduction of nine per cent during the review period.

Top performer, LASCO Distributors posted $175.4 million in profit during the three months ended June 30, 2016, crediting the performance with continued growth in key product areas of its business.

LDL noted that growth in product categories such as beverages as well as principal brand sales from its pharmaceutical and consumer division contributed to the growth in sales and profit during the review quarter. Revenues for the quarter were $3.9 billion, which was $589.2 million or 18 per cent more than the prior year. Meanwhile, cost of sales increased by 16 per cent under the period under review, moving from $2.7 billion during the three months ended June 30, 2015 to $3.1 billion in the review period this year.

The company incurred an income tax expense of $20.9 million for the quarter, compared to nil in the prior year, due to the partial expiration of its Junior Market tax incentive.

"Management remains committed to containing operating costs, in spite of the challenging economic environment," LDL said in its accompanying statement signed by managing director, Peter Chin.

LDL's total investment in property, plant and equipment at the end of the quarter stood at $1.1 billion, an increase of $346.83 million or 49 per cent from the prior year. Much of this growth was due to expenditure relating to the expansion of the company's 100,000-square-feet expansion of storage space warehouse and logistics infrastructure, which is expected to be completed by December this year.

Meanwhile, LASCO Manufacturing, the production arm, headed by Robert Parkins posted $224 million in the first quarter of 2016, down from $246.6 million the previous year.

Corporation tax is new compared to last year, as the company is now allowed 50 per cent of the original tax waiver on the expiration of five of the original period of 10 years, the company explained in its accompanying statement.

Supply chain issues from its overseas partners, negatively impacted on production and the company's ability to fill demand. Nonetheless, total revenue for the three months was $1.7 billion, an increase of $289 million or 20 per cent over the prior year of $1.4 billion.

With the increase in production capacity and anticipation for the seasonal growth inn volumes there were increased in operating expenses, primarily for equipment maintenance, salaries and new product development. Specifically, operating expenses increased by 45 per cent, moving from $185 million in the first quarter of 2015 to $269.8 million in the period under review.

Finance costs declined by three per cent, down from $42.3 million last year to $41 million during the three months ended June 2016.

The financial arm, LFSL posted $57.7 million in net profit during the first quarter of 2016, up from $54 million in the comparative period last year. It paid out $11.9 million in taxes.

Revenue for its first quarter stood at $260.6 million in, which represents growth of $69M or 36 per cent relative to the corresponding period in 2015.

Income from core business lines increased $62.1 million or 35.4 per cent, whilst other income increased by $6.8 million or 42 per cent more than the previous year.

Growth continues to be driven by our marketing efforts in the Diaspora, resulting in increased remittance transfers and the continuous expansion of the local remittance agent network, Managing Director Jacinth Hall-Tracey noted in the accompanying statement of the financial results.

The cambio business also experienced growth in transactions as well as margins and the loans division continues to benefit from the expansion of the business loans unit.

Total expenses for the first quarter increased by 38 per cent to $190.7M; This is primarily due to a 51 per cent increase in administrative expenses and 27.5 per cent increase in selling and promotion expenses, when compared with the 2015 corresponding period.

The net increase in expense is reflecting the expansion of LFSL's business lines, all of which were implemented in the last two quarters of the previous financial year. Staff costs, software support and marketing programmes contributed to the higher cost of operations.





tesha-miller-photo-2.jpgThe police have dismissed speculation that leader of the Klansman Gang, Tesha Miller, who has been named a Person of Interest, has left the island.

Head of the Criminal Investigation Branch, Assistant Commissioner Ealan Powell, told reporters that the police have not received information that Mr. Miller has fled Jamaica.

Mr. Miller, who was on Monday listed as a Person of Interest, failed to meet yesterday's deadline to report to the Major Investigation Division. ACP Powell issued this warning to the Klansman Gang leader. They are demanding that he comes in and not have them come look for him.

The police say there has been an increase in murders in Spanish Town since Mr. Miller's deportation from the United States in March.





Manhunt launched for Tesha Miller

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tesha-miller.jpgThe police have launched a manhunt for head of the Clansman gang, Tesha Miller.

Miller who was listed as a persons of interest on Monday, was given until noon on Tuesday to report to the Major Investigation Division (MID).

Assistant Commissioner Ealan Powell, head of the Criminal Investigation Branch, said although Mr. Miller has, so far, failed to show up, the police are still demanding that he report to them.

"We are still interested in speaking to him and I would like to advise that it's not too late; he should report to the police as we have a number of questions that we'd like to ask him," said ACP Powell.

Miller's attorney, Bert Samuels reported on Monday that his client might be apprehensive to surrender to the police. He said he had tried to contact Miller without success. The police have said there has been an increase in murders in Spanish Town since Miller's deportation from the United States.





d-angels-father-died-from-a-hit-and-run.jpgClive Downer, father of dancehall artiste D'Angel died at hospital today from injuries he sustained after being hit by a motor vehicle yesterday.

The accident reportedly happened on the Old Harbour Main Road in St Catherine around 9:00 p.m.

Downer, who was 70 years old, succumbed at the Spanish town Hospital.

A distraught D'Angel whose real name is Michelle Downer told The Gleaner that her father was loving and supportive.

"This is really hard for me because I wasn't expecting this, he was never sick and to hear that he's gone now, just like that, it's really hard."





Macaulay Culkin says he not addicted to drugs

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macauly-culkin.jpgThe only thing he's addicted to is pizza...

Drew Barrymore, Lindsey Lohan, Macaulay Culkin...all fallen child stars that seem to have picked themselves back up and become normal functional adults. As the most successful child actor of all time, we haven't heard much from the Home Alone star. He's spent the better part of the last decade and a half avoiding paparazzi and turning down interviews. The only thing the world had to feed on concerning him were rumors...until now.

For the first time in ten years, Macaulay Culkin sat down with Rhik Samadder from The Guardian and dished on everything from Donald Trump to his plans for the future.





rio-brazilian-wins-gold.jpgA female athlete from the favelas won Brazil's first gold medal of the Rio Games on Monday as Michael Phelps stepped up his campaign for yet more Olympic honours.

Rafaela Silva, who grew up in Rio's notorious City of God slum, upset world number one Sumiya Dorjsuren to win the women's under-57kg judo, sparking pandemonium among fans.

Silva sank to her knees in delight after a win that jump-starts Brazil's Olympic campaign and secures only their second medal after Felipe Wu's shooting silver.

"It's great for kids who are watching judo now. Seeing someone like me who left the City of God, who started judo at five years of age as a joke," said Silva.

To be world champion and Olympic champion is something inexplicable."





No Olympic medal, but well done Alia!

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alia-atkinson-photo-2.jpgJamaican swimmer Alia Atkinson, swimming out of Lane 7 in the 100m breaststroke finished last in a race won by American Lilly King. King won in an Olympic record 1:04.93.

Second was Russian Yuliya Efimova, and American Kate Meili finished third.

19-year-old Lithuanian world record holder in the event, Ruta Meilutyte who swam out of Lane 8, beside Atkinson, finished seventh just ahead of the Jamaican.





rio-bolt-photo-1.jpgJamaican sprinter Usain Bolt was the centre of attention at a joint Jamaican Olympic Association and Puma press conference at the Cidade Das Artes in Rio de Janeiro.

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Bolt confirmed that this would indeed be his last Olympics, was rapped to by a Norwegian reporter and eventually danced the samba with Brazilian girls after the conference.

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(Photos: AFP)





Sean Paul is number one on Billboard Hot 100

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sean-paul-photo-5-more-details.jpgMulti-platinum, Grammy Award winning artiste Sean Paul, is number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

For the second week in a row, the Cheap Thrills collaboration with Australian singer/song-writer Sia has peaked at the ultimate position in the music charts.

After being number one on the Canadian Billboard chart and hitting other charts worldwide; this charting is one for the books, giving Sean Paul yet another chart topping Sean Paul's Get Busy crested the Billboard charts in 2003 when he also topped the chart with Beyoncé collaboration Baby Boy. In 2006, Temperature topped the Hot 100 making way for the Bailando collaboration with Enrique Iglesias which made history in 2014 after having the longest run on Billboard's Hot Latin Songs chart.

This Cheap Thrills entry, having been in collaboration with Sia will also go in the Billboard history books.She is now one of two women to have a Chart topping track after reaching 40 years of age. Madonna was the first female to have achieved this.

The first leg of Sean Paul's Outta Control Europe Summer 2016 Tour which ran from June 26, making stops in Austria, Germany, France, Italy, Belgium and the Netherlands, culminated in Enghien, France on July 12.

Since then, the artiste has been delighting fans on special appearances including joining Jay Sean on stage in France and performing their Make My Love Go collaboration.





sjostrom-sweden.jpgRIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil - Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden won the Olympic gold medal in the women's 100m butterfly on Sunday in a new world record of 55.48secs.

Penny Oleksiak of Canada took silver while Dana Vollmer of the United States took bronze.





Timothy Wynter, however, failed to book his spot despite placing second in the heats of the Men's 100m Backstroke with a time of 57.20.

‎"I'm not really satisfied because I have been going faster but it's my first time at the Olympics so I'm happy anyway," Wynter said.

The heat was won by Merdan Atayev of Turkmeniston in 56.34.

France's Camille Lacourt, 52.96, leads all qualifiers into the semi-finals set for 9:12 p.m.





Alia swims into the semi-finals

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alia-atkinson-photo-2.jpgAlia Atkinson finished second in Heat 5 of the Women's 100m Breaststroke with a time of 1:06.72 to progress with the seventh best time into tonight's semi-finals set for 8:29 p.m (Jamaica time).

"It was a pretty good swim, I just wanted to go out there to do a good swim to make it to the semis," Atkinson reportedly told The Gleaner.

"I wanted to make sure I didn't go out too fast, but I think tonight I will have more energy for the semi-final," she added.

The heat was won by Russia's Yulia Efimova in 1:05.79 to be the second fastest qualifier into the semis behind Lilly King (1:05.78) of the USA.





crime-scene-7.jpgA man was killed after he and his companion were abducted from their home in Free Town, Clarendon on Saturday.

The man, 29-year-old tailor Shemar Plummer, was found with a gunshot to the head and his throat slashed.

According to reports, about 11:30 a.m. yesterday three men, one armed with a handgun, and the other two with machetes, robbed the couple of their cell phones and ordered them to walk about a mile from their home into bushes. The woman was ordered to turn back. She alerted residents who called the police.

When they visited the scene shortly after 1:00 p.m., the man's body was found with what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the forehead and his throat slashed .





missing-doctor-chanique-cousins.jpgThe police have launched a search for a Manchester-based doctor and a teacher who have been missing for more than a week. Dr. Chanique Cousins, 28, who practised at the Mandeville Hospital, was last seen on Friday in the company of her boyfriend, a teacher, who is also reported missing.

Wayne Chen, Chairman of the Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA) has said there is now major concern for her safety.

"We are very very concerned about Dr. Cousins. We know the situation in Jamaica now, where we have to be gravely concerned when one goes missing; she has been missing now for almost a week and no one seems to have a clue of where she might be...," he expressed.

He said SRHA is providing counselling to staff members.Mr. Chen disclosed that the police are questioning several persons in their quest find Dr. Cousins. In the meantime, Mr. Chen said Manchester residents are concerned about rising crime in the parish.

Detectives attached to the Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) are in contact with relatives of Dr. Cousins and are urging anyone with information on the missing couple to contact the nearest police station.





Sale of ganja still illegal in Jamaica

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ganja-image-1.jpgThe Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) is warning that the distribution, sale and purchase of cannabis, cannabis-infused and cannabis-derived products are still illegal in Jamaica.

The warning by the CLA comes amid what is describes as a "proliferation of cannabis, cannabis-infused and cannabis-derived products, of both local and overseas origin, being made available and/or sold throughout Jamaica".

"The CLA wishes to make clear that to date, no licences, permits, approvals, or the like have been granted by the CLA to any individual, company or co-operative," the agency said in a release issued this afternoon.

According to the agency of government that is responsible for regulating the development of Jamaica's ganja industry, it began accepting applications for licences in June - a process that takes about five months.

Consequently, the CLA said "any cannabis product produced and/or sold in Jamaica is done so illegally".





crime-scene-gun.jpgThe Clarendon police are investigating the shooting death of a popular biker and stunt show promoter in Corn Piece district,in Saturday.

Dead is 23 year old James Stephenson of Rocky Settlement, Lonel Town, in the parish. Reports are that Stephenson, who was in Corn Piece visiting with a friend, ahead of staging a bike show in the community, was at a food shop near the roadside having meal when a car drove up. Armed men alighted from the vehicle and reportedly sprayed the shop with bullets.

When the shooting subsided it was discovered that Stephenson and a teenaged boy had been shot. The police were summoned and the two wounded persons were taken to hospital. Stephenson was pronounced dead, while the 15 year old boy was admitted in stable condition.





'Beater man' cop kidnaps, tortures ex lover

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crime-scene-7.jpgA beater man Manchester cop is now in custody on allegations that he kidnapped and beat his ex-lover because she dumped him.The constable, whose name is being withheld, is alleged to have held the woman between July 25 and August 5

The incident occurred after the woman finally ended the rocky relationship that some say required the intervention of the cop's superior at work. The St Ann woman was held at the constable's house in Waltham District in Mandeville, Manchester.

The woman was allegedly lured to the home where her hands and feet were tied up and her mouth gagged and she was held without food or drink over the course of her confinement. In additions, the cop is alleged to have beaten the woman all over her body with a broomstick.

At one point, it is alleged, the cop wrapped the woman's face with a piece of cloth before pouring water on it. This is a method of torture called waterboarding that gives the victim a feeling of being drowned. The woman escaped the home after freeing herself.





us-embassy-jamaica-kingston.jpgHypocrisy and perceived bullying of Jamaica, some believe, were on display in the past week, to the point that is sparked a demonstration Saturday in front the US embassy in Kingston.The offence, according to demonstrators, came in the form of the US embassy building on Hope Road being bathed in the gay flag rainbow colour Thursday night.

The demonstrators were of the view that America was showing a disrespect for Jamaica's culture and will by doing so, in light of the outcry caused by the gay flag being flown at the embassy premises following the recent mass shooting at a gay club in Florida.

The shooting was carried out by a man reported in US media as being a closet gay.

Demonstrators saw Thursday's incident as a slap in the face. The placard bearing protestors denounced the homosexual lifestyle, highlighted its health risks -- citing worldwide studies -- and spoke of its threat to family life. Some have said that the United States needs to learn how to be respectful of the will and culture of other countries and be tolerant of views that are not in line with its agenda.

Meanwhile, some saw it as a further insult that the US would send Independent message to Jamaica on Saturday while talking action that showed it didn't respect the nation's sovereignty.

"On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Jamaica as you celebrate the 54th anniversary of your nation's independence," US State Secretary John Kerry said.

To no one's surprise, Kerry used the opportunity to push America's message of "tolerance".





Man shot and killed on the way home from party

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crime-scene-gun.jpgThirty-three-year-old Jason McLeod was shot and killed by gunmen in Palmer's Cross, Clarendon early this morning.

McLeod and his girl, who escaped unharmed, were on their way home from a party.

The couple was attacked close to their home at about 3:15 a.m. McLeod, also known as "John" to residents, was shot several times.





Rio Olympic village a mess!

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Jamaican athletes have arrived at the Rio Olympic Village in the Brazilian city to several unfinished living quarters with workmen still trying to make them livable.

Four athletes live in each block which comprises two rooms, two bathroom and a common area.

A video reportedly obtained by Jamaica's major daily newspaper, The Gleaner, shows that in one block occupied by veteran quarter miler Novlene Williams Mills and 1500 metre runner Aisha Praught nothing appeared complete.

At the entrance to the apartment, buckets of paint, grout and other material were laid out for workmen who were still busy inside the living quarters.

Inside, there was still plastic covering on the floor, certain furniture were not yet in place, workmen were constructing the shower area, tidying up electrical wiring and tiles were yet to be laid in one apartment.

"I'm telling you, stuff like this a gwaan - mess, it's just a mess!" said the athlete narrating the video.





Jamaica's track and field athletes joined the rest of the country's Rio 2016 Olympics team on Wednesday at the Athletes' Village in the Barra region of Rio de Janeiro.

The team, which includes global stars Usain Bolt, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Veronica Campbell-Brown, Elaine Thompson and Asafa Powell left the team's training base at the Linx Hotel some 33km to the North East at 3 p.m. (1 p.m. Jamaica time).

They arrived at the Athletes' Village, in vehicles provided by the Brazilian Navy at approximately 4 p.m.

Chef de Mission of Jamaica's contingent here, Vishu Tolan, had earlier advised that swimmers Alia Atkinson and Timothy Wynter as well as gymnast Toni-Ann Williams would already be in the Village by the time the track and field athletes arrived.

Diver Yona Knight-Wisdom is expected to leave his training base in Florida shortly and head to Brazil to join up with the rest of the team.





usain-bolt-arrives-in-rio.jpg"Sometimes you make allowances for superstars but we don't have the luxury of many people (being) able to get single rooms," Jamaica's team manager, Ludlow Watts explained on Power 106 FM's sports programme, Power Play Wednesday evening.

The Jamaican Olympic delegation moved into the athletes' village today after participating in the mandatory training camp. Watts, who manages the 63-member Jamaican team added that the air-conditioned rooms are "not like what you see in a hotel".

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"(In) each little block you have four people. A living room, a common area and then two rooms on each side. So we have four beds in each little sector," he said.

Watts said his team will have to work to ensure a smooth period for the athletes because it's not a "perfect situation" in terms of the number of beds.

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King Jammy releases new album

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king-jammy-sounds-of-freedom.jpgKing Jammy is one of reggae's most prolific talents, whose career spans a half-century. Almost 40 years since the original sessions, King Jammy revisits the seminal album that launched his career as a producer.

New Sounds of Freedom is a re-working of the 1977 Black Uhuru classic Love Crisis featuring an array of contemporary vocal talents. The 10-track set blends the original audio with new lyrics that add a contemporary relevance and underscore the timeless quality of the originals. Each song is revamped with new lyrics from artists including Alborosie, Chronixx, Dre Island, Gentleman, Kabaka Pyramid and U Roy.

New Sounds of Freedom updates Love Crisis in a similar way that Black Sounds of Freedom (released in 1981) updated the original sonic quality and introduced the songs to a new and wider audience.

"I wanted to enhance these songs but give them the vintage feel," says King Jammy of the set. "I have great adoration and respect for this album and want it to live on with reggae music fans."

New Sounds of Freedom will be released August 12, 2016 on VP Records and follows a string of recent King Jammy releases with VP Records including King Jammy's Roots, Reality & Sleng Teng Anthology (2015) and Alborosie Meets King Jammy: Dub of Thrones (2015).





miss-jamaica-universe-2011-shakira-martin-photo-1.jpgmiss-jamaica-universe-2011-shakira-martin-photo-2.jpgA GoFundMe account has been set up to raise funds to cover the final expenses of Miss Jamaica Universe 2011, Shakira Martin, who died of sickle cell anaemia at Memorial West Hospital in Miami yesterday morning.

The 30-year-old's death was confirmed by her mother, Andrea Hall, via social media.

Up to press time, US$9,360 was donated by 121 contributors. The target is US$20,000.

Martin is the daughter of Alphonso Martin, founding member of British reggae band Steel Pulse. She represented Jamaica at the Miss Universe pageant in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 2011.

She battled the illness since birth and took on sickle cell awareness as her platform during her reign.





Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia 'Babsy' Grange, has paid tribute to the actor, broadcaster, director and writer Louis Marriott who passed away yesterday. He was 81.

Minister Grange said Marriott was a multitalented and creative man who had contributed much to Jamaica's culture.

"Louis was one of the last great band of local theatre practitioners, including the late Trevor Rhone, Charles Hyatt and Lloyd Record, to have left us in recent times. It was heart breaking to receive news of his passing on Emancipation Day," the minister said in a statement. "His memory will live on in family and friends, but also in the books and many plays that he wrote, including 'Bedward' which is widely regarded as a Jamaican and Caribbean classic. Louis Marriott was, truly, a stalwart of Jamaican theatre."

Marriott, who served as a press secretary to former prime minister, the late Michael Manley, died leaving his widow, Erica, and daughters Lavinia and Karen.





Former Miss Jamaica Universe is dead

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miss-jamaica-universe-2011-shakira-martin-photo-1.jpgmiss-jamaica-universe-2011-shakira-martin-photo-2.jpgFormer Miss Jamaica Universe, Shakira Martin, 30, died in a Florida hospital at 12:28 Tuesday night from complication with the sickle cell disease.

She spent her last few hours unconscious on a life support machine as family and close friends surrounded her to say goodbye.

"My darling princess Shakira Aminah passed away at 12.28am from complications from sickle cell blood clots to both lungs," her mother Andrea Hall posted on the social media site, Facebook.





hands-behind-bars.jpgDetectives investigating three Chinese nationals, suspected of being involved in an international fraud ring, believe the men have travelled to several countries, including the US and Russia to carry out their scam.

The police say they seized Jamaican and US currencies along with Russian Ruble from the suspects.

According to a senior investigator, the police suspect that the men have also travelled to other parts of the region.

The three suspects appeared before the St. Andrew Parish Court on Wednesday where the case against them was mentioned. Prosecutors reported that the case file is still incomplete and they are awaiting a report from the Cyber Crime Unit.

The men were remanded until August 29. They were arrested two weeks ago after the police raided a house they occupied in Barbican, St. Andrew. The police reportedly seized several skimming devices and blank credit cards along with J$6 million and other foreign currencies.

The skimming devices are used to create fake credit cards. Documents with the information of credit card holders were also seized.

C-TOC investigators are in contact with their counterparts in Dominica to determine whether the men are part of an international fraud network operating in the region after three other Chinese nationals were arrested in that country for a similar offence.





fire.jpgThirty-two Jamaican workers have suffered losses after a fire destroyed their sleeping quarters at a farm in Brant County, Canada.

It occurred last Thursday.

The farm workers, who lived in a bunkhouse, lost everything, including money as well as their immigration papers and passports.

The liaison service which works directly for the Jamaican consulate has been notified.

Since the fire, the Salvation Army has stepped in to replace many of the lost goods.

William Ratelband, Community and Family Services Coordinator for the Branford-Paris Salvation Army, says arrangements were made for the Jamaicans to go to a thrift store to get clothes.

They were also able to access other supplies.





First days after the local authorities advised fishing folk and other marine interests to evacuate cays and return to the mainland, a fisherman met his demise while at home.

32-year-old Dalton Grant otherwise known as 'Richie' of Lionel town in Clarendon was shot dead on Tuesday evening.

According to a police report, at approximately 9:20pm the police were summoned, after residents heard explosions and Grant was found lying in a pool of blood.

Residents report that Grant had heeded calls from the local authorities to leave Rocky Point where he was fishing which he duly did.

His decision to heed the call proved fatal as he was gunned down at home.

The police are still investigating.





future-fambo-2016.jpgDancehall artiste Future Fambo has released his debut album Evolve - The Uprise which makes its Top 10 debut on the iTunes chart, marking an important milestone in his career.

The choice in album title is poignant as Fambo has evolved from releasing singles, to releasing a complete body of work. To have the disc debuted on the iTunes chart is icing on the cake!

Produced by Blaze Entertainment Records, based in the United States, the album features 13 tracks that are heavily influenced by EDM (Electronic Dance Music), and is heavily spiced by the artists patois vocals. Songs like "WAVY," "Wanna Be" and "Molleh" have tested well with fans in the Caribbean and Europe, while "The Bloodclaute Song" and "Rick Flair" continue to receive radio attention due to their popularity.

While speaking to DJ Unknown at Real Deal 106.1 FM in New York, Fambo described the albums creative process as being "forward thinking." Fambo elaborates by saying "the album had to be recorded with a party in mind that is going to happen. Usually when I record I do it thinking about what happened in the past. We flipped that script and I really like how it turned out. It's WAVY!"





gaza-princess-coming-soon.jpgGreater Portmore High School has received a computer from Official VK Line. Principal, Ricardo Ross last week accepted on behalf of the school, an HP laptop. The computer was handed over by Shona-Lee S. Thompson, brand manager of Official VK Line. This is one of many as the company has announced a plan to donate at least once computer to every high school in Portmore, one high school has been promised as much as three computers.

This move is a part of the company's GEL programme, which stands for Gaza Education and Literacy. The GEL programme seeks to assist in increasing all forms of literacy in the youth of Kartel's hometown. "Increased computer literacy should also aid in other areas of literacy as it increases access to information," said Ms. Thompson. In the previous announcement, the brand manager also mentioned plans for a summer programme.

Official VK Line, the clothing line authorized and endorsed by Vybz Kartel features male and female tops, shorts, footwear, in addition to other articles of clothing. The line is set to be a lifestyle brand, based on Vybz Kartel's Gaza Movement.





Men trapped in cave died from toxic fumes

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Toxic fumes from a water pump has been identified as the possible cause of death of three men in a cave in Salt Pond, St. Catherine on Monday.

They have been identified as Richard King, 48, Alfred Succan, 31, and Mcgray Surgeon, 36.

A fourth man has been hospitalised, after he was found by residents on Monday.

The police say the men, who appeared to be illegitimate ganja farmers, entered the cave and attempted to get water for irrigation, but encountered difficulties.

They surmise the men died after inhaling fumes from an irrigation pump in the cave.





Jamaica still under Tropical Storm Warning

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weather-update.jpgTropical Storm Warning remains in effect for Jamaica as Tropical Storm Earl moves over the western Caribbean. This means that tropical storm conditions, including possible sustained wind speeds of 63-118 km/h (39-73 mph) are still expected today.

At 4:00 p.m. the centre of Tropical Storm Earl was located near Latitude 16.4 degrees North, Longitude 81.5 degrees West, or about 325 kilometres (200 miles) south of Grand Cayman or 725 kilometres (450 miles) east of Belize City.

Earl is moving towards the west near 26 km/h (16 mph) and this motion is expected to continue through Thursday. On this track, the core of Earl will pass just north of the Honduras Bay Islands on Wednesday afternoon and then very near to the Belize coast early Thursday.

Maximum sustained winds remain near 80 km/h (50 mph), with higher gusts. Additional strengthening is forecast and Earl could be near hurricane strength as it approaches Belize and the Yucatan Peninsula.

Doppler radar reports confirm that, isolated moderate to heavy showers were detected over offshore waters to the north and south of Jamaica, while, light to moderate showers continue to affect sections of most parishes. Gusty winds of 61-76 km/h (38-47 mph) have also been detected, over some coastal areas of eastern and central parishes.

Over Jamaica, residents should still expect outbreaks of showers which could be heavy at times, along with thunderstorms and gusty winds this evening and into the night. Flash flooding is, therefore, still possible over low-lying and flood-prone areas.

Showers and thunderstorms are however expected to decrease on Wednesday as Earl and its associated weather moves farther away from Jamaica and closer to Belize.

All small craft operators are reminded to remain in safe harbour until all warning messages have been lifted and wind and sea conditions return to normal.





crime-scene-gun.jpgTwo persons died from Monday night's shooting incident on Maxfield Avenue in St. Andrew.

They are 80-year old Leopold McIntosh and 20-year-old Paul Allen. A third man remains hospitalised. The men were at a bar about 8:00 p.m. when they were attacked.

On Tuesday morning, residents briefly mounted roadblocks on Nelson Road to protest the shooting.The residents have reported at least two shootings since electricity was disconnected to four transformers in the community last month. Since the disconnection, the area has been without street lights.

The Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) said the lights are programmed to shutdown if they are tampered with.

However, the residents have been calling for the restoration of the street lights to reduce criminal activity.





crime-scene-7.jpgThe bodies of three men who were trapped in a cave in the Salt Pond area of St. Catherine have been found.

They are: 48-year-old fisherman, Richard King, 31-year-old farmer, Alfred Succan and 36-year-old farmer, McGray Sergeon all of a Dunbeholden address in St. Catherine.

The bodies were retrieved about 4 p.m. on Tuesday during an operation by the St. Catherine South Police, who were assisted by the Waterford Fire Department and residents of the Salt Pond community.

it is reported that about 10:00 a.m., yesterday, four men were extracting water from the cave to a nearby farm when they got into difficulties.

One managed to escape and was taken to hospital where he is being treated.

The Police were then alerted and a rescue operation launched.





beenia-man-zika.jpg"The same Zika mosquito gi mi dengue. Blood test, injections, pills. Wi a hol firm still. Selassie a guide I n I right through so once mi have life me a give thanks. #Unstoppable"

The star posted a photo to social media showing him flat on his back in bed being tested for the notorious virus.

The unlucky star received a double whammy after contracting dengue as well.

"Jah know...dah week ya deal wid me a way!!"

"No visa fi mi Canada show (I apologize again to my fans in case you haven't seen the press release)

Zika Virus hol' mi..."

Beenie Man was one of the headline acts on Drake's OVO Fest along with Machel Montano.





gen-degree-album.jpgJamaican dancehall general, Degree stops traffic with his brand-new collection of dancehall anthems on From The 90s, available worldwide from all major digital retailers on August 12, 2016, with pre-order available now, from FOX FUSE.

Born Cardiff Butt in Mandeville, Jamaica, the world-renowned dancehall deejay (Jamaican rapper) blasted onto the music scene over 20 years ago, and has remained a mainstay on airwaves and playlists ever since. Consistently touring and keeping his brand relevant with fans - a rare accomplishment in the dancehall genre, this timeless artist now returns with a collection of new hits to satisfy dancehall aficionados, globally.

"I'm very excited to bring my new album From The 90s for longtime and new fans everywhere," reveals General Degree. "The album delivers classic dancehall vibes I'm known for, while keeping things fresh with new music from some of the top producers in Caribbean music today."





Do you know this child?

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do-you-know-this-child.jpgThe Bridgeport Police in St Catherine are seeking the assistance of the public in reuniting a young boy with his family.

The boy, who appears to have a speech defect, has been unable to communicate his name or any other information to the police.

He is about five-years-old and is of dark complexion, slim build, and is dressed in a white merino and white shorts with the word 'Arsenal' written on it in red letters.

He was taken to the Bridgeport Police Station by Jamaican Urban Transport Company (JUTC) driver about 5:20 pm on Saturday, July 30.

The driver reportedly became concerned when he was found aboard the vehicle alone and unable to account for himself. The bus plies the number 20 route in Portmore--Greater Portmore to downtown Kingston.

The parents/guardians of the boy, additionally anyone who knows the child have been urged asked to contact the Bridgeport Police immediately, either by telephone at 988-2697 or by visiting the police station.





tropical-storm-2016-08.jpgHeavy rains and strong winds bore down Monday on the Dominican Republic from a strengthening tropical wave that has caused at least six deaths in the country.

The system, which was moving south of the country in the Caribbean Sea, knocked down power lines Sunday near the northeastern town of Nagua and started a fire that killed six passengers on a bus filled with people returning from a beach excursion.

Conditions from the system may have also caused a tour boat to overturn near the Samana Peninsula on Sunday. Authorities recovered the bodies of three people and said four others were still missing. Military spokesman Arsenio Maldonado said a small craft advisory was in effect at the time but a cause of the incident has not yet been determined.

The Dominican Emergency Operations Center said that 19 of the 32 provinces were on alert for potential flooding as the system continued to pass south of the country.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said the system appeared to be on a track toward Central America. If the system strengthens, it could be upgraded to Tropical Storm Earl.





Dom Rep, Haiti and Cayman also on storm watch

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A tropical wave in the Caribbean, which has a 90 percent chance of becoming a depression or storm, is expected to bring heavy rain and gusty winds to Jamaica this afternoon or tonight, and the Cayman Islands overnight.

A tropical storm watch is now in effect for the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica and the Cayman Islands.

The tropical wave could become the Atlantic's fifth named storm of 2016.

As of Monday morning, Invest 97L was located about 350 miles east-southeast of Kingston, Jamaica, and was moving west at 20-25 mph.

According to the Meteorological Center, it already had tropical storm force winds of 40-45 mph.

A second wave is being monitored, nearly 700 miles west-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands.

The 2016 Atlantic hurricane season began June 1 and ends Nov. 30.





All mass Independence events postponed

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The government has ordered a postponement of all mass events scheduled to get off the ground over the next 36 to 48 hours in light of a tropical storm threatening the country.

The announcement was made during a press conference at Jamaica House Monday afternoon.





Jamaica on tropical storm watch

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tropical-storm-2016-08.jpgTopical storm watch remains in effect for Jamaica as tropical storm conditions pose a possible threat to Jamaica within 48 hours, according to the latest bulletin from the Met Office.

"The strong tropical wave over the central Caribbean has moved within 443 kilometres (275 miles) east-southeast of Kingston, Jamaica," according to the bulletin.

Heavy showers and thunderstorms associated with the tropical wave remain organised and environmental conditions are expected to influence the formation of a tropical storm later today or tonight, the bulletin said.

"As a result, it is likely that the tropical storm watch could be upgraded to a tropical storm warning in the next bulletin at [5 o'clock]," the Met Office said.

All small craft operators including fishers from the cays and banks should by now be in port and are urged to complete their necessary safety precautions without delay, the Met Office said.

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Evon Thompson, Head of the Met Office in Jamaica





40 years since Peter Tosh 'Legalise It'

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peter-tosh.jpgFrom the revolutionary title song to its bold album jacket, Peter Tosh made a statement with Legalize It, his landmark debut album which was released in the United States 40 years ago today.

Distributed by Columbia Records, Legalize It was a sensational call for global legalisation of ganja. It is regarded as one of the great protest albums and the fiery Tosh's signature work.

In a May 2003 interview with the Jamaica Observer, Lee Jaffe, an American who was instrumental in signing Tosh to Columbia, said the singer/songwriter was eager to make an impact with his first album.





Victims in Trelawny crash identified

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The police have identified the three people who died in a motor vehicle accident along the Duncan's Bypass, Trelawny, this morning.

They are Leslie Murray of a New York address, Delroy Clarke and Leon Salmon both of Thatchfield, Bamboo in St Ann.

Reports from the Duncans Police are that about 7:44 am, Murray was driving a Toyota Corolla Axio along the roadway when he allegedly lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a Nissan Caravan that was traveling in the opposite direction. The occupants of both vehicles were taken to hospital where the three were pronounced dead and seven others admitted.





Public prayers in HWT for Jamaica

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jamaica-pray-photo-1.jpgChristians from all walks of life thronged Half-Way-Tree Square on Sunday afternoon as they responded to a call to fast and pray for Jamaica.

Hundreds of people came out to support the Jamaica Prayer initiative by the Joint Group of Churches in Half Way Tree Square, St Andrew. From as early as 3 o'clock, scores of persons started making their way to the site, even as the police cordoned off certain streets, thus allowing the faithful space to have their prayer meeting.

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The occasion saw ministers of the gospel taking their turn in offering prayers, to Jamaica, for the economy, education, and against crime and violence.

Participants were also treated to live gospel music.

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A Thompson Airways flight 136 with service to Montego Bay,Jamaica was forced to make a U-turn over the Atlantic Ocean when the pilot discovered that the 'autopilot didn't seem to work'.

The Boeing 787 took off at Manchester at 11.58am on Saturday and made a U-turn about half an hour later over the Irish coast.

According to the airline, the u-turn was a 'precautionary measure' due to a 'technical issue.'

However, an aviation tracking Twitter account said otherwise, noting that pilot was having "concerns as the autopilot didn't seem to work."

The Thompson flight eventually landed in Montego Bay on Saturday at 11:08pm.

The airline issued an apology to passengers and thanked everyone for their patience and understanding.





14 out of 20 persons of interest report to police

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Most of the more than one dozen individuals who were listed last week as Persons of Interest by the Area 4 Police have turned themselves in.

The list of names was published following an upsurge in gun violence in sections of downtown Kingston.

Superintendent Howard Chambers, head of the Kingston West Police,says the number of persons of interest had increased from 15 to 20.

The deadline for the remaining persons to turn themselves in expired at midday on Monday. At a news conference on Friday, the police cited extortion and a conflict involving rival gangs in Denham Town and Tivoli Gardens as among the factors for the upsurge in crime.





The Cayman Police are asking the public to help them track down a Jamaican man who is believed to be in the Cayman Islands illegally.

He is also suspected of being involved in serious crimes.

The Jamaican has been identified as Christopher Green.

He also goes by the name Kevin Green or by the aliases Indian or Gagga.





Vendors affected by violence in downtown Kingston

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Mayor of Kingston Angela Brown Burke says the recent upsurge in violence in sections of downtown Kingston has significantly affected vendors who ply their wares in the area.

It is reported that there was a slow start to the back-to-school shopping season and this has been compounded by growing tensions involving rival gangs battling for turf. However, Mrs Brown Burke says the police have given the assurance that the situation is under control.

"The vendors are back out, persons are feeling much safer than before and so buyers are starting to come back (as) this will be the last couple of weeks before school reopens and I suspect that a lot of persons might need to come and do some last minute shopping to make sure the kids are ready for school in September," she declared.





JPS summoned to meeting over islandwide power cut

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jps-building-photo-1.jpgThe Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) has been called to a meeting with its regulator on Tuesday, to discuss the issues which led to Saturday's islandwide blackout.

Elizabeth Bennett Marsh, Public Education Specialist at the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR),says the JPS has already been asked to supply the agency with a preliminary report on the blackout by Monday afternoon.

The JPS has said the power outage on Saturday was caused by a procedural errors. Its system is designed to operate at different levels, ranging from isolating areas with a fault to the electricity network being shut down, in the event of a major system fault. Preliminary indications are that the first stage of the protection system did not operate. As a result, several units at its power plants went off line. The network, in turn, shut down to protect itself from possible damage.

The JPS says it is evaluating why the protection mechanism did not operate as expected. It says this inquiry will be a key focus of its investigation over the next few days, and will be included in simulation exercises.





Sean Paul inks deal with Island

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sean-paul-photo-6.jpgBillboard chart topper Sean Paul continues to make major moves after securing his most recent number one with single titled Cheap Thrills with Sia. The recording artiste has inked a global deal with Island Records, a label associated with reggae music and the Caribbean.

The multi-album deal will see the Jamaica-born artist and producer release future works on the Universal-owned label in both the U.K. and the U.S. This deal brings an end to his brief run as an independent artist, and follows the end of his decade-long partnership with Atlantic Records.

Sean Paul is busy working on music with a new single expected in November.

He has also done a remix of Tory Lanez's song called Luv which will be released in September. Luv features a sample of Tanto Metro and Devonte's single Everyone Falls In Love. Sean Paul will also put out another single called Crick Neck, which features Chi Ching Ching.

He revealed that Colombian singer Shakira is working with a producer from Jamaica to create a dancehall inspired single of her own.





sly-and-robbie.jpgMusical influences from the Caribbean took the stage at Sunday night's staging of the MTV Video Music awards.

Caribbean artistes Nicki Minaj and Rihanna treated viewers to one of a kind performances, while the dancehall influence was very present during Beyonce's and Rihanna's sets. Rihanna, who was presented with the Michael Jackson Vanguard Award, performed four times over the course of the night, her best set being the reggae inspired block party. During her performance, music from Sly & Robbie, Beenie Man and Mr. Vegas were sampled.

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Additionally dance moves created by the late Mr. Wacky also took centre stage.

The night ultimately belonged to Beyonce, who stole the show with a 16-minute medley of songs taken from her latest album, Lemonade.

Meanwhile, on the winners list were Beyonce with Video of the Year, Best Female Video, Best Pop Video and Breakthrough Long-Form Video. Best Hip Hop video went to Drake and Best Collaboration was Work From Home by Fifth Harmony, who also won Song of the Summer for Flex. Calvin Harris featuring Rihanna won for Best Male Video.

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Isabel Dalley crowned Miss Universe Jamaica 2016

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miss-universe-jamaica-2016.jpgOn Saturday, Isabel Dalley, 18, was crowned Miss Universe Jamaica 2016.

The event which was staged at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel, saw 22 beauties vying for the title.

In the end the 6 ft 2" beauty towered ahead of first runner up Krystal Pitt and Renae Roye, who completed the top three.

Notably absent from the original line-up of 23 was Kadeem Baker, who reportedly contracted the Zika virus.

Entertainment for the night came from Rising Star Winner Cameal Davis and Andre Palmer.

Dalley will represent Jamaica at the 65th Miss Universe pageant, which will be held on January 30, 2017 in the Philippines.





Beenie Man's Unstoppable paused

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beenie-jazz.jpgBeenie Man's new album, Unstoppable has been put on pause and now has a new release date of September 16.

"The album was due for release today (August 26), but we didn't get clearance for some of the songs in time," Rohan 'Blue' Smith, Beenie Man's manager, said in a statement.

''We had to pull it because we had two must-have tracks needed to go on the album.''

So, after waiting for 10 years to put out a studio album, Beenie Man will have to wait until September 16 for the official digital release of Unstoppable.

Prior to being available on all digital and streaming platforms worldwide, persons will be able to pre-order the album on iTunes on September 2.

The 22-track album features productions from the likes of Mario C, Major Lazer, Tony Kelly, Don Corleon, Seanizzle, Jeremy Harding and Jordan McClure. Some of the artistes featured on the project are Bounty Killer, Agent Sasco, Christopher Martin and Verse Simmonds.





Nesbeth and family receive death threats

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nesbeth.jpgReggae artiste Nesbeth allegedly received death threats in the United Kingdom where he is now on a tour. According to Nesbeth's publicist Raymond 'Shadow' Small, the threats are aimed at the artiste, his children and management.

"I am very disturbed by the whole ordeal and extremely concerned for the safety and lives of my team and especially my children," Nesbeth said in a media release issued today.

The My Dream singer was reportedly sent the death threats via several voice notes to the phone of his U.K-based manager, Shanika Dobson.

According to a media release, the persons sending the threats said "no matter where they are or try to go they are going to be killed".

Nesbeth was booked to perform three shows in England.





Macka Diamond fed up with Spice

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macka-diamond-photos-2.jpg"Mi just tired of people who act like dem wah tek music business for a game. Me never grow up in this business and see people a try diss females, and this girl diss other females and gwaan like she don't want the rest of the females to eat any food," Macka said.

"She diss Tifa, she diss everybody, and gwaan like she wah cow down and bully people. Mi nah ward wid dancer fi gwaan inna the road guh beat up dem front," Macka said of the self-proclaimed queen of stage show.

Macka is the second female artiste in recent times to take issue with Spice for the way she deals with other female artistes. Recently Chin Chin, Gully Bop's one-time fiancee, said that Spice does not support female entertainers.

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Mr Vegas says he is turning Christian...AGAIN

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mr-vegas-photo-12.jpgSeven years ago Mr Vegas stunned the entertainment industry when he announced that he was giving up the dancehall in favour of a walk with God.

It's the year 2016 and Vegas is still living a life of sin. However, he decided to announce on Saturday via Facebook that he is again giving his life to the Lord.





Promoter sues Dominican gov't over Tommy Lee saga

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tommy-lee-photo-10-simplified.jpgPromoter Cabral Douglas filed lawsuits in the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) against the Government of Dominica following the 2014 detention of dancehall artiste Tommy Lee Sparta in that island and the subsequent cancellation of a concert, which he said was caused by the "unlawful arrest, detention and deportation of Jamaican artiste Tommy Lee Sparta and his entourage without cause".

Douglas, the son of former prime minister Rosie Douglas, had contracted with Heavy D Promotions Limited for Tommy Lee Sparta to perform at his privately owned entertainment venue in Dominica to mark the opening of Portsmouth carnival. Douglas is seeking US$3 in damages which includes general damages, special damages, as well as for loss of business opportunity and punitive damages.

Tommy Lee, whose real name is Leroy Russell, was to perform at a concert in February 2014 in Portsmouth, organised by Douglas, however, organisations, such as the Dominica Association of Evangelical Churches denounced the artiste's appearance saying his music glorifies Satan and promotes lawlessness and violence.

The government of Dominica said its action was based in the interest of public safety.





Bolt signs lifetime deal with Digicel

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usain-bolt-july-1.jpgDigicel on Thursday announced a lifetime partnership with Usain Bolt while declaring the sprint legend its Chief Speed Officer (CSO).

With his unprecedented "three-peat" at the Olympic Games in Rio, Bolt cemented his place in history as the world's greatest sprinter.

"The unique 'job for life' comes in tandem with the agreement of a lifetime partnership between Digicel and Usain Bolt - an honour only a very small number of the absolute greatest athletes in the world have ever achieved - and a first for Digicel," the telecommunications company said in a release today.

Digicel explained that in his role as CSO, Bolt will get up close and personal with Digicel customers in a number of ways from both a commercial and community point of view and will continue to inspire, motivate and captivate customers and fans across the globe for many years to come.





Gyptian drops new summer single

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gyptian-reggae.jpgTopping #1 on Billboard Reggae charts, multi-awards winner and a gold-selling anthem are just some of the numerous accolades of Reggae star Gyptian. His prolific versatility of singing on serious social matters or delivering party anthems are what make Gyptian a worldwide fan favorite.

Fans and music lovers worldwide can rejoice in Gyptian's latest music visual offering with "Summer is Back" on the "Tropical House Riddim". A Konsequence Muzik production, the video was directed by Yaadboiiz Films. Filmed in Blue mountains, Hellshire beach, and popular weekly dance "Mojito Mondays" at Susie's in Jamaica, the sizzling single offers the essence of summer vibes. Speaking on the song, Gyptian explained "It's all about a party vibes, the fundamental moment when you can enjoy yourself with friends out drinking, or if you want to do a little workout in the gym, it's just that hype vibes you know.. it's all about Summer"

Gyptian "Summer is Back" world premiere Today, Thursday August 25th on global platform Boomshots! Boomshots Representing Global Riddim Culture from #Reggae #Dancehall, and #Dub, to #HipHop, Dubstep, UK bass culture, Rockers galore and much much more. Boomshots keeps the beat of the global street and brings you Word Sound & Power.





Wailers take 'Wailers' to court

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wailers.jpgAccording to a report by the Associated Press, former members of Jamaican reggae band The Wailers, which played alongside Bob Marley, are going to court to try to stop the group they left from performing under the same name.

Aston "Family Man" Barrett and other ex-Wailers members said in a petition filed in a Virginia Beach court this week that the reggae group currently performing as The Wailers is a sham because it includes no members of the original band. They're asking the court to act quickly and block the band from using the name, noting that it is set to play in Virginia at the Lockn' Festival this weekend.

The court set a hearing for August 31, said attorney Stephen Screnci, who is representing Barrett and the others. Asked if that meant the band would still be allowed to play this weekend, Screnci said he didn't know for sure.

"There's a lot of people buying tickets that think they're going to see The Wailers and they're not," he said of the current band in general. "If you advertised as The Beatles and you showed up and there were no Beatles, I think you'd be disappointed," he said.

Al Anderson, Tyrone Downie and Earl Lindo, who each joined the band in the '70s before Marley passed away in 1981, are also joining Barrett in the case. Michael Jones, who currently manages the band that performs as The Wailers, said Thursday that he hadn't yet read the filing. But he said that dozens of musicians have played under the Wailers name over the years. The current band is "what's left of the same band that has played continuously since 1981," Jones said.

"It's a revolving door of musicians that have played with The Wailers. It always has been," Jones said. "We have a wonderful band that is recognized worldwide as The Wailers." No one responded Thursday to an email sent to Monterey International, a booking agency named in the filing.

Barrett, who joined The Wailers in 1969 as its bassist, left the group several months ago, but the band continues to use his name and likeness in promotional materials, the petition for injunctive relief says. Barrett and the others accuse the group of deceiving consumers and concert organizers by leaving the impression that original members are still part of the band.





Funeral service for D'Angel's father August 31

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dangel-and-father-clive-downer.jpgThe service of thanksgiving to celebrate the life of the late Noel "Clive" Downer, the father of recording star Michelle "D'Angel" Downer, will be held on Wednesday, August 31, starting at 12 NOON. The historic Cathedral of St Jago de la Vega, situated at the corner of Barrett Street and Red Church Street in Spanish Town will host the church service.

Born and raised in Spanish Town, Mr Downer, an entrepreneur, died at a hospital on August 9th from injuries he sustained after being hit by a motor vehicle on the Old Harbour Main Road in St Catherine. Mr Downer, who was 70 years old, has been hailed as a loving, supportive father to his four daughters, Nadine, Joan, Peta-Gaye and Michelle, who have said in a joint statement that he was "a wonderful father who was fun to be around; an honorable man, and a blessing to all who came in contact with him". He was remembered as the father who took the decision to stay in Jamaica in order to be close to his daughters, rather than migrate to Canada, as his other siblings had done.

In announcing the funeral arrangements for her father, D'Angel took time to point out that it is with a deep sense of pride and humility that she has been chosen to live her father's dream.

"My father always wanted to be a singer, but he shied away from the spotlight, so he was immensely proud that I took the baton from him - in a sense - and he was able to realize that dream through me," she explained.

D'Angel also expressed her heartfelt thanks to the music fraternity and her co-workers who have been supporting her in her time of grief.

The internment for Noel 'Clive' Downer will be held at Dovecot.





the-rock-dwayne-johnson.jpgWrestler-turned-actor Dwayne The Rock Johnson topped the Forbes magazine list of the world's highest paid actors with an estimated 2016 payday of $64.5 million.

The 44 year old knocked Robert Downey Jr. off the top spot and more than doubled his 2015 earnings, largely thanks to his action comedy "Central Intelligence."

Johnson also collected advance fees from the eighth installment of the popular Fast and Furious racing movie franchise.

Iron Man Robert Downey Jr. fell from top spot, despite reprising his comic book hero role in Captain America: Civil War. He ranked eighth with $33 million.

Jackie Chan, who has not had a big U.S. box office hit for years but is a prolific actor and producer in the Chinese entertainment market, was second on the list with $61 million.

Matt Damon came in third with $55 million, largely due to the success of his 2015 space film, The Martian.

The Forbes annual list again highlighted the pay gap between men and women in Hollywood.

Earlier this week the magazine named Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence the world's highest paid actress for a second straight year, with an estimated 2016 take of $46 million.

Forbes said 18 actors banked more than $20 million in its June 2015 to June 2016 scoring period, compared with four actresses.

Forbes estimates earnings, before taxes and management fees, from movies, TV and commercial endorsements.





denyque-dontre.jpgThe crowning of Miss Universe Jamaica 2016 will take place this Saturday at The Jamaica Pegasus Hotel.

Among the 23 beauties will be competing under the theme, Impacting Lives Through Beauty, is singer Denyque, who is expected to be a favourite to win.

Digicel Rising star winner, Cameal Davis, will provide entertainment at the event.

The coronation show will be broadcast live on www.go-jamaica.com/muj.





police-commish-dr-carl-williams.jpgA police team has been instructed to continue the investigation into the involvement of a Jamaican politician in an alleged murder plot.

This was disclosed on Thursday by Police Commissioner Dr. Carl Williams on Hotline.

Dr. Williams said a file is now with the police and they are working with the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

"The advice is that we should not proceed with criminal charges at the moment. I think there is some more work that needs to be done and the DPP has so advised," he said.

Dr. Williams said his team would be scrutinising and assessing the file to see whether there are shortcomings and "will deploy our resources and detectives to go and fill those gaps if we do find that there are gaps."

The allegations regarding the politician were published in the Miami Herald two weeks ago.

Former Assistant Commissioner of Police, Les Green, claimed there was enough evidence to link the politician to a conspiracy to commit two murders.





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This Saturday, August 27, 2016 the world renown reggae concert series We Are Reggae features reggae royalty, the prolific hitmaker Tanya Stephens. Tanya Stephens born Vivienne Stephenson caught her big break in 1996, when her ladies anthem, Yuh Nuh Ready Fi Dis Yet caused quite a stir. Soon after, she began working with acclaimed producers such as Barry O'Hare, Bobby "Digital" Dixon, Harvel "Gadaffi" Hart, Dave Kelly and Tony Kelly. Future singles followed, including Draw Fi Mi Finger, Freaky Type, and Cry and Bawl, as well as the full-length releases Too Hype in 1997 and Ruff Rider a year later. Stephens also contributed backing vocals on Garnett Silk's 1998 release Journey.

She then moved to Sweden and began recording a series of alternative rock tracks. Unhappy with her new direction, she returned to reggae in 2004 with Gangsta Blues and its big hit single Boom Wuk. The ambitious Rebelution appeared in 2006 with female empowerment as its focus. Stephens has six full-length albums to her credit, including her masterpiece Gangsta Blues which was released on the VP Records insignia. An engaging performer, voice of our women, brilliant lyricist, Tanya Stephens continues to tour the world from Bangkok to New York.

We Are Reggae also presents Evin Lake, out of Port Antonio. Launching his career at a tender age in the early 1990's, Evin, then known by his government name Kevin Clarke cover the R. Kelly classic Girl I'll Be There and served notice that he can hold his own in this extremely competitive industry. He went on to work with top flight producer Barry O'Hare where his original compositions He's Alive and I Don't Want to Lose Your Love were released on O'Hare's X Rated Label. Singles were also done with Earl "Chinna" Smith of Bob Marley and Wailers fame as well as a stint with Bobby Digital. In 2007, Evin Lake dropped his hit single Come Go With Me, a cover of Teddy Pendergrass' classic, produced by Othniel " Taddy P " Campbell, which entered and climbed reggae charts across the globe.

We Are Reggae presents Tanya Stephens with Evin Lake on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at The Sand Bar, Doctors Cave Beach, Montego Bay in Jamaica. Gates open at 8pm and showtime 10pm. Tickets are $2000 pre-sold and $2500.00 at the gate and available at Fontana Fairview, El Paso Sam Sharpe Square, www.urticketpro.com or call 631 4952.





drake-performance-billboard.jpgIt seems that controversy is regularly included in the price of admission for Drake and Future's "Summer Sixteen" Tour.

The "Controlla" star has used his summer tour microphone as a megaphone to address his critics, as well as to launch some criticisms of his own. He (might've) sent shots at Tory Lanez in Austin, definitely dissed Joe Budden in Dallas, took shots at Hot 97 while in the station's home of New York City, and, most recently, called Meek Mill a "pussy" in Washington, D.C. before taking more shots at his foe in his hometown of Philadelphia.

Hot 97 radio personality Peter Rosenberg clearly had enough on Monday (August 22), and called out Drake for talking the talk without walking the walk.

"[Meek Mill]'s always been realer than you..your content is MEANINGLESS" the radio host posted in a series of tweets, reigniting the animosity between his station and the Toronto rapper. "... @Drake wouldn't have been the toughest kid in my hebrew school ... stop ... make hits for the club...dont try to be hard please...EVER"





Rapper DMX welcomes 15th child

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dmx-photo-1.jpgDMX has enough children to fill a Rugby team now with his latest addition, a baby boy by the name of Exodus Simmons, his fifteenth offspring, TMZ reports.

Baby Simmons came into the world on Friday (August 20) weighing 6 pounds and 10 ounces. The mother is DMX's longtime girlfriend Desiree and Exodus is her first child.

Although the 45-year-old rapper missed the baby's delivery because he was in Arizona, he immediately flew back to New York to welcome his newborn son.

DMX tells TMZ that he is overjoyed and calls Exodus a "blessing."

During DMX's 11-year marriage to his ex-wife Tashera Simmons, he had many children outside of their holy covenant. One baby mama sued the rapper for defamation and child support resulting in a $1.5 million order for DMX to pay up.

In 2013, he filed chapter 11 bankruptcy due to his child support obligations.





corey-todd.jpgPopular businessman and night club operator, Corey Todd, was a no-show at his trial yesterday in the Half-Way-Tree Court. Toddcharged with malicious destruction of property and assault occasioning bodily harm, was postponed yesterday (Mon).

A new date of January 25 was set after Todd's attorney, told the court his client was not in the island.

The charge stemmed from an incident in which recording artiste Devin Di Dakta was assaulted at one of Todd's nightclubs.

The police had reported that in January this year Devin Di Dakta was forcibly removed from the Taboo nightclub by security personnel.

It's alleged that he was taken to the parking lot and beaten by several persons because of a song perceived to be disrespecting Todd.





danielle-di-bolt.jpgDancehall artiste Danielle DI has remixed her new single, 'Class' to pay tribute to Usain Bolt and Team Jamaica at the just concluded Olympic Games.

The controversial deejay not only released the audio for the new record, but also revealed images from a new body paint photo shoot, which are also dedicated to Bolt and Team Jamaica for their triumph in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The Rio inspired version of Class sees the Sly and Robbie protege chanting lyrics, which praise the team's effort in Brazil. The accompanying images see Danielle DI once again using her body as a canvas. This time, however, for the display of the colours of the Jamaican flag.he National Housing Trust (NHT) has again advertised the Outameni attraction in Trelawny for sale, after a previous attempt failed to get a buyer.





usain-airport.jpgThis is how the Sun UK described the Olympian's trysts: BOLT STRIKES AGAIN Usain Bolt: Jamaican sprint king kisses and LICKS brunette before spending the night with a drug lord's widow... while his girlfriend waits for him in Jamaica

Triple gold medallist 'racked up L1,000 bar bill' as he celebrated 30th birthday in wild fashion before flying in to London.

USAIN BOLT has been pictured kissing and LICKING another mystery brunette.

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The pictures were taken in a Rio nightclub during wild celebrations for his 30th birthday - just hours before he went on to spend the night with a sexy 20-year-old student who shared WhatsApp messages of them in bed together.

The Jamaican sprint king, who flew into London today, reportedly arrived at the club in Rio at 1am in the early hours of Sunday morning and partied way into the early hours racking up a L1,000 bar bill which he paid personally.

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Bolt - who has a long-term girlfriend - was spotted getting close to the unknown girl before apparently pulling her in for a kiss, and also appeared to lick her shoulder as things got steamy in the VIP area of the venue.

This comes on the same day as reports that the other girl that Bolt would apparently go on to spend the night with was student Jady Duarte, the widow of one of Rio's most dangerous drugs lords known as Dina Terror.

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According to police, Jady's ex Douglas Donato Pereira was responsible for torturing and murdering a teenage girl in September 2014 and played a big part in the narcotics trade at the Faz Quem Quer slum in Rio de Janeiro.





Olympian Caster Semenya is married to a woman

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semenya.jpgControversial runner Caster Semenya arrived home to South Africa today after her predictably dominant victory in the women's 800-metre race at Rio 2016.

The athlete handed her gold medal to her wife Violet Raseboya after arriving at Johannesburg Airport following the row over her involvement in the Olympics.

Semenya, 25, who once had to undergo humiliating gender testing to prove she was female, took gold and set a new national record of one minute 55 seconds.

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Johannesburg Airport was packed with fans, family and friends for the return of the athletes, but the biggest cheer and loudest singing was reserved for Semenya.

Semenya thanked fans who chanted her name - but, asked what she wanted to say to her critics, she answered in her deep voice: 'I do not have the time for them.'

She added: 'It's great to be here and receive such a welcome. I will always do my best. I hope that in four years' time there will be even more people to fill the airport.'





No buyers for Outameni

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The National Housing Trust (NHT) has again advertised the Outameni attraction in Trelawny for sale, after a previous attempt failed to get a buyer.

In 2013, the NHT acquired Outameni for $180 million in a deal that was heavily criticised by people who argued that the business was outside of the mandate of the trust.





A decade after Matthews Lane strongman Donald 'Zeeks' Phipps was convicted of double murder and sentenced to life in prison, his Spanglers gang is now engaged in a bitter war with rival men in Luke Lane who are seeking to take control of the entire area.

The feud, which is centred in the Western Kingston Police Division and the edge of the business district, has led to heightened tension in the downtown Kingston area.

"Our intelligence is that the top Luke Lane gang wants to spread their wings and control what's left of the influence of Donald 'Zeeks' Phipps, which is in Matthews Lane the Spanglers gang," Superintendent Howard Chambers, head of Western Kingston, is quoted as telling local paper.

Reports are that men loyal to Zeeks and his successor have vowed to protect his image and keep Matthews Lane under the control of the Spanglers gang.





rick-ross-photo-3.jpgHigh Vibes Roots and Reggae Festival featuring Ky-Mani Marley, Lee 'Scratch' Perry, and a host of other high class acts, is scheduled for the Aqueduct in Montego Bay on September 3 and 4.

According to Douglas Gordon of High Vibes Jamaica, who is putting together this concert with an aim to bring visitors to Jamaica outside the peak season of tourist arrivals,"We plan to create this as an annual event that celebrates aspects of Jamaica's rich and vibrant music and cultural heritage."

Lee 'Scratch' Perry is one of the pioneers of dub music and has produced for artistes like Junior Byles, The Heptones, Max Romeo, and Bob Marley and the Wailers. The 80-year-old musical maestro, known for his innovative musical techniques, won a Grammy for Best Reggae Album in 2003 and the following year was named as one of the greatest artistes of all time by Rolling Stone Magazine.

Ky-Mani is the son of the King of Reggae. The reggae and rap artiste has also carved his niche as an actor starring in the 2002 cult classic, Shottas. He will bring his musical skill set to the event in a performance not seen often on Jamaican soil.

"We're excited to have reggae music royalty on our stage at the High Vibes Roots and Reggae Festival. Ky-Mani embodies the image that we are trying to bring across to our patrons. We strive on positivity, and Ky-Mani is the perfect candidate," Gordon said.

Rick Ross, one of rap's biggest names, has also been added to the line-up.





Jamaica's women grab silver in 400m relay

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Jamaica claimed 10 medals at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil after the women's mile relay team won silver in the penultimate track and field event on Saturday.

The team of Stephenie-Ann McPherson, Anneisha McLaughlin-Wilby, Shericka Jackson and Novlene Williams-Mills finished behind the United States in the 4x400m relay.

The United Kingdom took the bronze.

Jamaica's 11 medals at the Games of the 31st Olympiad comprise six gold, three silver and two bronze.





It's silver for Jamaica in men's mile relay

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Jamaica closed out its participation in the Games of the 31st Olympiad with another silver medal.

This after the mile relay team of Fitzroy Dunkley, Nathon Allen, Peter Matthews and Javon Francis, finished second in 2:58.16 in the final of the men's 4x400m relay, the final track and field event of the Games.

It is the fourth fastest time by a Jamaica quartet.

The team secured the medal thanks to a superb last leg by Francis, the former Calabar High School star who overtook the runners from The Bahamas and Botswana.

The United States won the gold while The Bahamas stayed on for the bronze.

Jamaica has finished the Games with a total of eleven medals: six gold, three silver and two bronze.





Jamaica ends Rio Olympics with 11 medals

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usain-bolt-wins-100m-rio.jpgUsain Bolt insisted it was "mission accomplished" after signing off with a 'treble-treble' in his final Olympic race, predicting that his achievements may never be broken.

The world's fastest man anchored Jamaica's 4x100m relay team to gold on a balmy Rio night on Friday to capture the 100m, 200m and relay titles for a third-straight Games.

"I hope I've set the bar high enough that no one can do it again," said sprint king Bolt, a ninth Olympic gold medal safely in the bank.

"It's a great feeling - I've worked so hard every Olympics to win three gold medals and I'm just so happy I've accomplished so much," he added, admitting his Olympic farewell was tinged with a little sadness.





Happy Birthday Usain St Leo Bolt

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usain-bolt-wins-100m-rio.jpgOlympic champion Usain Bolt turned 30 on 21 August, 2016. The Jamaican sprinter has dominated the 100m, 200m and 4 x100m relay events since 2008 with nine Olympic gold medals.

In July, he promised his fans that 'history will be made' at the Rio Olympics 2016 in Brazil. And, guess what? The man has created history. He secured his place in the records book after helping his country win the 4x 100m race in 37.27 seconds. And, this unprecedented 'treble' has made his birthday that extra special. The Jamaican superstar continues to entertain the world with his celebratory dance moves, his icon 'bolting' gesture and most importantly his epic on liners about life. To celebrate his big day and many milestones, we rewind some of the best musings from the world's fastest man.

On marriage

"I've thought about it, but I know I'm not going to get married before 35, for sure," he said."Like, Rooney got married so young - all the footballers that are English, as soon as they get really famous they have to get married. And I think it's unfair to them."

On his work ethic

"Dreams are free. Goals have a cost. While you can daydream for free goals don't come without a price. Time, Effort, Sacrifice, and Sweat. How will you pay for your goals?"

On his home

"I can't really live outside Jamaica. I can be away, but only for a while."

On doping

"I have no issue with being drug-tested because it's better. I remember in Beijing [for the 2015 World Championships], every other day they were drug-testing us, and because they were taking blood also people were saying, "Oh you can't come so often." But I was like, "Listen, they're doing their job."

On his legacy

"For me, greatness means being remembered."





Stop violating Usain Biolt's copyright!

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usain-bolt-wins-100m-rio.jpgThe management team of nine-time Olympic Gold medallist, Usain Bolt, has sent a warning to those violating the athlete's intellectual property rights. In a statement published in the Sunday Gleaner, Bolt's UB Management team, says persons have been using his trademarks and image to advertise their products and services, as well as in other forms of trade without the authorisation of Bolt or his representatives.

They say the activities have been resulting in loss and damage to Bolt's reputation and business.

The statement, signed by the head of UB Management Limited, Norman Peart, notes that Bolt is the owner of the "To the World" pose and several trademarks that incorporate his name, nickname, signature, image and likeness. It says Bolt's image and trademarks should not be used to falsely represent any business or enterprise and the goods and services offered by those businesses or enterprises.

UB Management has indicated that it will take legal action against persons or businesses using Bolt's image and trademarks without permission, warning that persons must immediately cease unauthorised use of the athlete's intellectual property.





2 arrested after policeman mowed down

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hands-behind-bars.jpgThe Trelawny police have arrested two persons believed to be the occupants of the Toyota Axio motor car which on Friday mowed down Police Inspector Mark Gibbs as he and two of his colleagues conducted spot checks in front of the Clark's Town Police Station in Trelawny.

According to Commanding Officer for Trelawny Superintendent Clive Blair, the men were taken into custody during a pre-dawn operation in the parish yesterday.

He said the police have also recovered the motor vehicle that was involved in the hit-and-run.

Inspector Gibbs, who resided in Cornwall Courts, St James, was reportedly mowed down about 4:30 pm after signalling the driver of the motor car to stop.

The senior cop, who had been enlisted in the police force for more than 30 years, was hit as he attempted to jump out of the path of the oncoming vehicle, as the driver, who had slowed down and pretended that he was about to stop, suddenly sped up and swung the vehicle onto him.

Gibbs sustained multiple injuries and was taken to Falmouth General Hospital, some 10 miles away, where he was pronounced dead.





3 men charged after ganja found in car trunk

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ganja-image-4.jpgThree men were taken into custody following the seizure of approximately 60 pounds of ganja on the Mandela Highway in St Catherine, yesterday.

Reports from the police are that about 12:15 pm, members of the Narcotics Division intercepted a Honda Civic motor car with the three men aboard.

The motor vehicle was searched and two knitted bags were found in the trunk, which reportedly contained the illicit drug. The men were subsequently arrested, however, the police have withheld their identities.

The police say the ganja has an estimated street value of J$300,000.





Strong police presence downtown

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crime-scene-tape.jpgThe police are maintaining a strong presence in sections of downtown Kingston despite the removal of blockades along Darling Street and Spanish Town Road.

Roadblocks were mounted yesterday afternoon as tension rose following the killing of a man on Chestnut Lane. The situation had forced the police to issue an advisory warning motorists to avoid the area.

The police say investigations are continuing and persons are being asked to report any suspicious activities to the nearest police station.





ryan-lochte-team-mates-rio.jpgryan-lochte.jpgThree US Olympic swimmers have been stopped from leaving Brazil on Wednesday night as Ryan Lochte again changed his story about the robbery he claims the four went through in Rio over the weekend during a night of celebration.

The US Olympic Committee confirmed that Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz were removed from their return flight to the US and detained as the situation involving them and Lochte threatens to escalate into a full-blown international incident.

The USOC also confirmed that Jimmy Feigen - the fourth member of the ill-fated party last weekend - was also prevented from leaving Brazil and detained.

The action comes amid increasing tension between Brazilian authorities and the American swimmers - pitting the reputation of the Rio authorities and Olympics games against their story.

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japans-pole-vaulter-hiroki-ogita.jpgNumerous reports gently poked fun at Ogita, but he didn't take it well

Japanese pole vaulter Hiroki Ogita has hit back at claims his penis cost him his Olympic dream in Rio.

The 28-year-old reacted angrily to suggestions he failed to clear 5.3 metres in qualifying because his manhood knocked the bar as he went over.

Numerous reports gently poked fun at Ogita, but he didn't take it well.

"I never expected the foreign media to take me down like this," he tweeted.

"It's one thing if it was true, but I have to say I'm pretty devastated that they'd go so far to make something up to mock and ridicule me so much."

Ogita did eventually clear 5.45 metres on his final jump but it wasn't enough to send him through and his earlier foul cost him.





usain-20-metre-semis-rio.jpgBurn! Bolt couldn't help but have a dig at Gatlin

Usain Bolt watched rival Justin Gatlin crash out of the Olympic 200m - and then called him OLD.

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American Justin Gatlin was the shock elimination from the final semi-final as Bolt, who is bidding for a historic triple triple in Rio, cruised through to win.

Gatlin, a favourite for a medal, stormed off the track following a race which also saw Bolt's Jamaican team-mate Yohan Blake also eliminated.

And afterwards Bolt, who of course beat the American to gold in the 100m on Sunday, appeared to aim a cheeky dig at his long-time rival.





Usain Bolt takes swipe at Gatlin

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usain-20-metre-semis-rio.jpgUsain Bolt watched rival Justin Gatlin crash out of the Olympic 200m - and then called him OLD.

American Justin Gatlin was the shock elimination from the final semi-final as Bolt, who is bidding for a historic triple triple in Rio, cruised through to win.

Gatlin, a favourite for a medal, stormed off the track following a race which also saw Bolt's Jamaican team-mate Yohan Blake also eliminated.

And afterwards Bolt, who of course beat the American to gold in the 100m on Sunday, appeared to aim a cheeky dig at his long-time rival.'





Gatlin crashes out of 200m metres at Rio Olympics

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gatlin-out-of-200.jpgControversial American Justin Gatlin has been eliminated in the semifinals of the men's 200m at the Rio Olympics.

Gatlin finished third in his semi in 20.13 seconds, leaving him ninth overall.

Jamaican Usain Bolt stayed on track for a historic sprint triple triple by clocking the fastest time of 19.78.





usain-bolt-the-big-man.jpgJamaica's sprint superstar Usain Bolt remains on course for an historic nine Olympic gold medals when he easily won his 200m semi-finals at the Games of the 31st Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro Brazil.

Bolt, who has already won the men's 100m, clocked a season's best 19.78 to advance to tomorrow's final.

After the race, the world record holder over the 100m and 200m sounded an ominous warning to his rivals.

"I am going to try and go after the world record definitely. I don't know if I'm gonna get it, but it's on my mind. Hopefully I will get a good lane," he said.

Bolt will be the only Jamaican in the final as compatriots Nickel Ashmeade and Yohan Blake failed to advance.

Surprisingly, the man expected to be Bolt's main rival in the final, American Justin Gatlin also failed to advance, tiring to third in the same race with Blake.





GOLD for Elaine Thompson in 200m at Rio Olympics!

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thompson-copped-200-rio.jpgJamaica's golden girl Elaine Thompson cannot be beaten. After winning the 100 meters, Thompson became the first athlete since Florence Griffith-Joyner to win the 100-200 double by running away with the 200 meters on Wednesday night with a time of 21.78.

Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands, won world title in 2015, finished in the silver medal position, and Tori Bowie of the U.S., who won silver in the 100, came in third to win bronze.

Schippers, who is the third fastest 200 runner of all time, ran 21.88 to finish second. She nearly reeled in Thompson, but just didn't have enough in the race's final moments to overtake sprinting's newest star.

Thompson won the 100 meters in 10.71, and ran away with the title in Rio on Wednesday. She has established herself as the best sprinter in the world -- and she'll have another opportunity to add more hardware to her medal collection in the women's 4x100 with her Jamaican teammates on Friday.

It is the first Olympic Games for the 23-year-old University of Technology student.

PROFILES

Elaine Thompson
Age: 24 years old
High School: Manchester High School
Tertiary Education: University of Technology, Jamaica
Events: Women's 100m, 200m, 4X100m relay
Personal Best: 100m - 10.70s, 200m - 21.66
Interesting Facts:
She had a spectacular 200-metre race winning silver medal at the Beijing World Championships in 21.66 seconds, the fifth-fastest time ever over the distance.





thompson-copped-200-rio.jpgOlympian Shelly-Ann Fraser-Price was fast as a bullet in congratulating the new 200 metres winner Elaine Thompson last night.

This is what she posted: "Mek den run dem heart out yes!!!! SFP yuh train wid!!!!! Season best and we still have gas left in the tank and still standing!!!! We win again!!!!!!! Podium again. Congrats Elaine Thompson #?Team876Representing #?PodiumAgain #?AnthemWillPlay #?PrideBuck #?Pryceless".





thompson-copped-200-rio.jpg"A yah suh nice! Me feel good! Me feel great? God know, me pray and ask Father God fi di gold medal, me speak it into being and see it here ... . Me know she did ago get it man, because once me pray, me know God ago deliver," a hoarse Keith Thompson said of his daughter Elaine Thompson who won her second Olympic Gold Medal after the Women's 200 metre final in Rio.

"Golddddddddd! Banana Ground nuh good again. A pure niceness. It's a joy, man. Two gold me daughter give Jamaica and its her second Olympic gold medal. When she come back, whole heap a things ago gwaan fi har. Wi cyan talk yet, but God is so good.

God know, my mother, Elaine's Grandma, oh gosh, I don't even know where fi find her now, she overjoyed. It's just pure excitement.





Osujah Records way up with positivity

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osujah-records.jpgWith the intention of being a major player in the music and entertainment business, the CEO of Osujah Records, Donna Burnett, has pledged to give this newest venture her total and undivided attention.

Burnett, a registered nurse by profession, now also quite comfortably wears the hats of artiste manager, co-producer, riddim-maker, and executive producer. Incidentally,this multi-talented and multi-faceted lady is also a song-writer, dub poet and a singjay who goes by the name Lady Donna.

Born in Kingston, Jamaica, but now residing in St Ann - Hampstead to be exact - Ms Burnett set up Osujah one year ago in Hampstead to develop local talent. She has so far signed five artistes to her Osujah Records label singer Anaicon, and singjays I-Konji, I-Nanny, Ras Pree Dem and, of course, Lady Donna.

The label founder, while acknowledging that there are quick bucks to be made by doing a certain type of music, is insistent that Osujah Records will take the high road and stick to a diet of positive, uplifting music.

"Music that will feed the mind and the soul; music that has a long shelf life; music that is positive," says Burnett, who disclosed that she is from a musical family and learned quite young how to string up a sound by working alongside her uncle, who was the owner of Touch of Class Disco.

Lady Donna has lived in the United States for over 30 years, 11 of which she spent in the US Navy's health service. Having given sterling service in that field overseas, she still plays her part here in Jamaica, but right now is passion is music, especially focusing on helping talented young acts to get the recognition they truly deserve.

The singer in her camp, 22-year-old Anaicon, who Lady Donna describes as "respectful and elegant" is the first artiste who she is pushing out. His six-track EP, The Rebel, is the company's major project currently and already there is a buzz about songs such as This Is Me and All About You.

Reluctant to take away the spotlight from her artistes, Lady Donna, who attended the prestigious The Queen's High School in Jamaica, and was influenced by two older students there -- girl duo Althea and Donna (Uptown Top Rankin) -- revealed that she was quite the dancehall queen while at school. She now has out two songs under her Lady Donna moniker, Save A Life and Bumming Ball on the riddim of the same name.





bolt-jfk-shots-fired.jpgReports of shots fired at New York's John F Kennedy Airport that caused widespread panic Sunday night, and sparked a massive emergency police response, may have been prompted by rowdy people clapping and cheering for Olympic champion Usain Bolt.

NBC NEWS reported that "cheering, clapping and banging from people watching the Olympic Games may have been misinterpreted as a fight and gunshots".

The 9:30 pm panic ensued just as the Jamaican superstar won the 100-meter dash at the Rio Olympics for the third time, making history, the New York Post reported.

The NYPD received reports of shots fired at two different terminals, sending people in the airport running for their lives and causing a massive evacuation, according to the Post.





miss-universe-jamaica-stripped.jpgJamaica-born US based beauty queen Sharlene Radlien has been instructed to relinquish the title of Miss Universe Jamaica..

The stripping of Radlein of her role on Friday comes after she filed a lawsuit in the Supreme Court on July 20. In the lawsuit, which was filed in the Supreme Court on July 20, Radlein alleges that the defendants are in breach of an agreement to award her a prize package valued at more than $2 million, and in further breach by not paying over the cash prize portion of the prize due since January.

Karl Williams; fellow Miss Universe Jamaica manager Mark McDermoth; and Uzuri International Designs are the registered holder of the Miss Universe franchise, and are being sued by Radlein.

Miss Universe Jamaica's principals made the announcement at a press conference at the Jamaica Pegasus on Monday.

"Since being crowned ... we have painstakingly sought to guide Ms Radlein in a manner which reflects the vision and ideals of the organization. However, her actions have been wholly inconsistent with the culture of the pageant, both locally and internationally," the local organisers said.





rio-win-usain.jpgShortly after his historic win in the 100m on Sunday, Olympian Usain Bolt celebrated to PopCaan's popular World Cup single in a series of SnapChat stories.

The triple world record holder entered the history books at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro after becoming the first man to win three consecutive gold medals in the Men's 100m.

Usain Bolt showed his excitement through SnapChat videos singing along and dancing to PopCaan's World Cup. Bolt belted out the lines "We Still A Win" before using Poppi's popular slangs "Wow oooiiieee", "Wicked, wicked" and "Whey dem ago do yah now".

PopCaan has since responded with a repost of Bolt's video with the caption "stay winning my brother; honestly, Usain is a national hero".

Usain Bolt is expected to run the 4×100 relay and 200m races at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

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Jamaica's diver Yona through to semis in Rio

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yona-diver.jpgThe moment he touched the water in his final dive, Jamaica's Yona Knight-Wisdom knew it was a special one. It was indeed special, as that dive propelled him to a historic qualification to the semi-finals of the three-metre springboard event yesterday at the Rio Olympics in Brazil.

"That dive is my favourite dive, my most comfortable dive.

"That is where I put it at the end," said an elated Knight-Wisdom.

That sixth and final dive was Knight-Wisdom's best as he scored 79.5 points, which allowed him to finish overall with 416.55 points and 11th spot out of 29.

Knight-Wisdom was only the second Jamaican diver to ever participate in the Olympics. The first diver to wear the national colours at the Olympics was Betsy Sullivan at the 1972 Munich Games. She placed 29th in the first round.





Bronze for Shericka Jackson in 400m

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shericka-winner-bronze-rio.jpgJamaica increased it medal count at the Games of the 31st Olympiad after Shericka Jackson won bronze in the finals of the women's 400m.

Jackson, who is competing in her first Olympics, finish third in a time of 49.85 seconds.

Shaunae Miller of the Bahamas took the gold medal in a time of 49.44 seconds defeating Allison Felix of the United States, who won the silver medal.

The other Jamaican in the race Stephanie Ann McPherson finished in sixth place in a time of 50.97 seconds.





usain-bolt-the-big-man.jpgJamaica's Usain Bolt became the first athlete to win three Olympic 100m titles by beating American Justin Gatlin to gold at Rio 2016.

Bolt, who says he is competing at his final Olympics, ran 9.81 seconds to replicate his success at Beijing 2008 and London 2012.

Gatlin, twice banned for doping offences, finished 0.08 seconds behind Bolt to take silver.

Canada's Andre de Grasse took bronze in a personal best of 9.91.

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goat.jpgAnimal rights activist are calling for the authorities to locate and take swift action against a local comedian, who publicly confessed to acts of bestiality in an online skit.

The video, titled 'My Strange Addiction', has amassed 215,000 views on social media website, Facebook. It was also highlighted in Africa via Gossip Mil Nigeria and viewed by more four million people.

In the video, a comedian in Jamaica, who goes by the moniker Kyng Tavii, expresses his love for goats and for being a goat.

"I'm taking this goat life very serious," he said. "Let me introduce you guys to my girlfriend (a goat). Her name is Stacy. This is my babymother Stacy. She is pregnant for like a week now and I can't wait for the kid. I love Stacy."

Kyng Tavii followed by saying that he has a pornographic video with the goat that is already on the Internet and that they are not afraid to have sex in public. This was followed by him dry humping the goat.

While some persons thought the video was amusing, others thought it was quite disturbing, with some persons going as far as to issue death threats.





niko-chromatic-gofundme.jpgDancehall selector Niko Chromatic is more than happy by the support he has been receiving since going public with news that he has been battling a serious kidney disease for the past year.

According to a report in Jamaica's popular afternoon paper, Niko's decision to make his health issues public was prompted by the latest news he received from doctors. Both his kidneys have now failed and the selector is in urgent need of a transplant.

News of the popular selector's medical condition was made public via social media on Wednesday and came as a shock to many persons in the entertainment fraternity who were unaware of his health issues.

Kimberley Mais, Niko's spouse, said he was officially diagnosed with renal disease in July 2015 and has been in and out of the hospital since.

"Only a few close friends and family members knew what he was going through. Niko is very independent. He likes to take care of himself, and so he didn't want to make this public out of fear that people would start feeling sorry for him," she is reported as saying.

"We tried to handle the situation on our own, but it was getting too much for us. It took some convincing, but he finally decided to ask for help."

A GoFundMe page has been set up for Niko.





ganja-spliff.jpgJamaica's Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett and Minister of Transport and Mining Mike Henry are expected to be among speakers, including international and local cannabis experts, at the Cannabis Business Conference and Symposium to be hosted by CANEX, Jamaica at the Montego Bay Convention Centre on Friday, September 2.

The conference, will also include Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) board member Delano Seivwright among the over 20 presenters.

Meanwhile, some of the international speakers will be Dr Yasmine Hurd, a Jamaican-born medic who works at Mount Sinai; former NFL player Lance Johnston; and Boaz Whachtel, a pioneer in the Israel cannabis industry.

The events director for CANEX outlined that the goal of next month's conference is to pull together local industry players and their international counterparts to create a platform for both "informational exchange and networking and business opportunities".





Jamaica's trio make it to 400m semi-finals

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National champion Stephenie Ann McPherson, along with Shericka Jackson and Christine Day, easily made progress to the women's 400m semi-finals yesterday.

McPherson was first up for Jamaica as she took Heat One in 51.36 seconds, running out of lane three, ahead of Patience Okon George of Nigeria in 51.83 seconds.

McPherson, who has a personal best of 49.92 and a seasonal best of 50.04, said she was happy to clear the first hurdle. She will line up in semi-final one against the likes of Phyllis Francis of the United States of America and veteran Christine Ohuruogu of Great Britain.

Shericka Jackson, who surprised with a bronze medal at last year's World Championships, had things fairly easy in Heat Seven despite running from lane eight. She won in 51.73 seconds and was satisfied.

Christine Day won her heat in 51.54 and is through to the semi-final where she will have to run the race of her life against title favourites, American Allyson Felix and Shaunae Miller of The Bahamas.

Felix cruised to 51.24 seconds in winning Heat Two, while Miller, literally running with her 'hand brakes up', eased to 51.16 in Heat Five. The stage is set for an epic psychological battle heading into the final.





bolt-again.jpgJamaica's Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake and Nickel Ashmeade are all set to compete in today's semi-finals of the 100m following good performances inside the Olympic Stadium yesterday.

Bolt, 29, who is hunting his third-consecutive Olympic title, eased to 10.07 seconds (-0.4), even with the second slowest reaction time of 1.56, but he caught the field effortlessly and even had time to glance around as he eased to the finish line.

Bolt won ahead of Jamaican-born Andrew Fisher in 10.12 seconds, now competing in the colours of Bahrain. The triple world record holder will line up in semi-final two and is drawn in lane six. Canadian Andre deGrasse is in lane five with American Trayvon Bromwell in lane nine. Fisher is in lane four.

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Blake jogged 10.11 seconds and won Heat Six ahead of another Jamaican - Jak Ali Harvey - who has switched allegiance and is now representing Turkey. Harvey clocked 10.14. Blake, the 2011 world champion and double silver medallist at the London Olympic Games will come face to face with American Justin Gatlin in semi-final three. Gatlin had won his Heat Two in 10.01 seconds, which was the fastest time into the semis.

Bahrain's Kemarley Brown - the third Jamaican who switched allegiance - won his Heat One in 10.13 and will match strides with Blake, Gatlin, Dasaolu and Christophe Lemaitre of France.

Meanwhile, Nickel Ashmeade, who ran a composed race, was second in Heat Three in a time of 10.13 seconds behind China's Zhenye Xie, who won in a personal best of 10.08. Ashmeade was surprised by the Asian's speed. He was the only Jamaican to lose and he was rewarded with a most favourable semi-final one alongside Frenchman Jimmy Vicaut, Akani Simbine of South Africa, and Jak Ali Harvey.

The men's semi-finals will start today at 7:00 pm (Jamaican time) with the final set for 8:25 pm.





Jamaica's men's 4x400 team out of the finals

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mens-semi-final-rio-rusheen-mcdonald.jpgJamaica's quarter-mile duo of Javon Francis and Rusheen McDonald failed to make it past the semi-final of the 2016 Rio Olympics.Running out of lane one in the first semi-final, which featured two past Olympics winners, national champion Francis finished fifth in a creditable 44.96 seconds.

The event was won by defending Olympics champion Kirani James of Grenada in a season's best 44.02 with 2008 Olympic winner Lashawn Merritt of the USA, 44.21, placing second. Karabo Sibanda of Botswana was third in a new personal best 44.47 while Dominican Republic's Luguelin Santos, who won silver at the London Olympics, was fourth in a season's best 44.71.

McDonald who holds the national record of 43.93 recorded in the semi-finals of the 2015 World Championships was sixth in his semi-final with a time of 46.12.

The race was won by Trinidad and Tobago's Machel Cedenio in 44.39 with reigning world champion Wayde Van Niekerk of South Africa second in 44.45.

The final is set for Sunday at 8 p.m.





shelly-ann.jpgJamaica's pocket rocket, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce took home the bronze in Saturday night's final at the Olympics stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Fraser-Pryce was seeking to become the first athlete to win gold in three consecutive 100m Olympic finals, but appeared to have been hampered by a season-long foot injury as she did not get off to her usual quick start to finish third in a season's best of 10.86.

Jamaica's newest Golden Girl, Elaine Thompson won the gold in a time 10.71 seconds to add Olympics 100m gold to her 2015 World Championships 200m bronze.

The silver medal was capture by Tori Bowie of the USA in 10.83 while Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands, who was expected to challenge for a medal finished fifth in 10.90 seconds.

Jamaica's other representative in the final, Christania Williams, was eighth in 11.80.





elaine-thompson-gold-100-final-rio.jpgJamaica secured gold in the women's 100m as Elaine Thompson gave the island our third consecutive 100m Olympic gold medal.

Thompson, competing at her maiden Olympics, took the victory in 10.71 seconds to add Olympics 100m gold to her 2015 World Championships 200m bronze.

Yardflex congratulates Elaine Thompson on an outstanding achievement

Who Is Elaine Thompson?
PROFILE - Elaine Thompson
Age: 24 years old
High School: Manchester High School
Tertiary Education: University of Technology, Jamaica
Events: Women's 100m, 200m, 4X100m relay
Personal Best: 100m -10.70, 200m - 21.66

Interesting Facts:
Won silver in the women's 200m at the 2015 World Championships in 21.66 seconds, the fifth-fastest time ever over the distance.
Jointly holds Jamaica's national record in the women's 100 of 10.70 with MVP club mate Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce
Is the reigning national 100m champion.





drake-performance-billboard.jpgDrake's father Dennis Graham is set to release his very first - and possibly his only- album. Yes, you heard right. The 60-something-year-old is launching a musical career of his own and is giving fans a taste with a snippet of his new single and video for "Kinda Crazy".

Drizzy's dad teamed up with producer Jamie Iovine, the son of Apple Music executive Jimmy Iovine, for the song and will be dropping it this month while he completes his R&B album.

Drake, who has given his stamp of approval, has rapped about his father's musical inclinations in the past, perhaps most notably on "You & the 6" off If You're Reading This It's Too Late.





sizzla-kalongi-photo-1.jpgEight years after his US visa and work permit were revoked, singjay Sizzla Kalonji will make his long-awaited return to a New York stage when he appears at the 23rd annual Irie Jam Radio anniversary celebration on Labour Day, Sunday, September 4, 2016, at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens.

Since the news broke that US immigration authorities had 'fly the gate' for the reggae artiste to perform stateside again, there has been an exciting buzz especially from his fans in the New York Tri-State Area, who are overjoyed.

Ironically, Sizzla's last major outdoor concert performance in NY was at Irie Jamboree 2008, an event that was co-produced by Irie Jam Radio. At the festival that year, moments before Sizzla's electrifying performance, large video screens replayed Olympic gold medal races by Usain 'Lighting' Bolt, Shelly-Ann Fraser and Melaine Walker as thousands in the diaspora celebrated Jamaica's historic performance at the Beijing Olympics.

"It has been a long, long wait for music fans who have waited patiently to see Sizzla perform live again here," Bobby Clarke, CEO and founder of Irie Jam Radio, said. "Since that performance, we have received numerous calls from fans wanting to see him in NY again. We have listened to the people's cry and we are excited to include him on our Labour Day weekend anniversary presentation."





Popular sound system selector Niko from Chromatic has announced that he has been suffering from severe kidney disease.

The MC, who has been noticeably absent from the group's recent exploits, took to social media to make the news public, after suffering with the condition privately.

Since the announcement a number of Djs, including some of our Zjs have taken to their social media pages in support.

His camp has since set up a GoFundMe account to help with an upcoming surgery.

More details of the operation will be made public next week.





Family member pawns Peter Tosh's Grammy

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peter-tosh-photo-2.jpgReports are that an anonymous member of Peter Tosh family have allegedly pawned the singer's Grammy Award and his guitar.

According to US website,TMZ, Peter Tosh's 1987 Grammy for Best Reggae Recording and one of his Martin acoustic guitars now belongs to Dylan McDermitt of LBC Pawn in Somerville, Massachusetts.

Reports are that, about five months ago, a Tosh family member went into the store to pawn the items. TMZ claims McDermitt jumped at the opportunity and snatched the Grammy for $4k and the guitar for $2k more.

It is understood that the relative was pawning the items due to a family battle over the Peter Tosh's estate. Both Niambe and Dave Tosh have so far not commented on the matter.

Recently, chairman of Pulse Investments, Kingsley Cooper has activated plans to open a museum that will honour the lifeworks of Peter Tosh with fascinating Tosh memorabilia and artifacts. Cooper has since signed a landmark agreement in New York City with Tosh's daughter, Niambe McIntosh who signed on behalf of the Peter Tosh Estate.

Peter Tosh was shot and killed in 1987. He did not have a will.





Ocho Rios cops arrest food vendors who sell ganja

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ganja-spliff.jpgThe Ocho Rios police have been conducting snap raids across the resort town to address traffic congestion, illegal vending, and the peddling of drugs.

Since the start of the operations a few weeks ago, some twelve persons have been arrested for various breaches.

Head of the Ocho Rios police, Deputy Superintendent of Police Gary McKenzie says the police have found that some food vendors have been peddling marijuana in the town.

The operations continued today (August 9) in the vicinity of Milford and DaCosta Drive in Ocho Rios.

The head of the Ocho Rios police says the police are aware that some criminal elements are migrating to St. Ann, however the police will remain vigilant.

He adds that the Ocho Rios police will be making observations of all persons who come through the town via the CCTV network, which has been reaping success.





Zika-affected persons must wait to donate blood

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zika-virus-photo-1.jpgPeople who have had the Zika virus (ZIKA) are being cautioned to wait four to six weeks before donating blood.

Speaking with The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre this morning, Chief Medical Officer, Dr Winston De La Haye, said the instruction is in keeping with international standards.

However, Dr De La Haye says a screening process will still be done to determine whether people are fit enough to give blood.

He says this process will help to ensure that persons who may have had the virus, but were not diagnosed, do not give blood during the danger period.





hands-behind-bars.jpgThe Portmore Police seized one .380 Lorcin Pistol and seven .380 rounds of ammunition on Palmerston Road, Portsmouth in St Catherine on Tuesday, August 9.

Reports are that between 3 pm and 5:30 pm, operations were being conducted in the area when a premise was searched.

The firearm and ammunition were reportedly discovered underneath a mattress in the house.

One person was taken into custody in connection with the find, however, his identity is being withheld pending further investigations.





tesha-miller-photo-2.jpgCommunication officer with the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) Stephanie Lindsay says alleged Clansman leader Tesha Miller is still being considered a person of interest despite his refusal to surrender himself to the police.

Lindsay was responding to questions about whether Miller is now being considered a wanted man in light of the alleged manhunt that was launched by the police.

Miller was asked to turn himself in by midday yesterday to the Major Investigation Division in Spanish Town.

They want him to answer questions in connection to several murders in the area and in Portmore, St Catherine.

Lindsay says the police will be taking additional steps to ensure that Miller is taken in.





LASCO posts positive profits

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Kingston, Jamaica: LASCO Affiliated Companies continued to post positive net profits during the three months ended June 30, 2016, posting a combined net profit of $457.2 million during the period.

LASCO Distributors (LDL) and LASCO Financial Services (LFSL) saw an increase of 33 per cent and seven per cent respectively, while LASCO Manufacturing (LML) saw a marginal reduction of nine per cent during the review period.

Top performer, LASCO Distributors posted $175.4 million in profit during the three months ended June 30, 2016, crediting the performance with continued growth in key product areas of its business.

LDL noted that growth in product categories such as beverages as well as principal brand sales from its pharmaceutical and consumer division contributed to the growth in sales and profit during the review quarter. Revenues for the quarter were $3.9 billion, which was $589.2 million or 18 per cent more than the prior year. Meanwhile, cost of sales increased by 16 per cent under the period under review, moving from $2.7 billion during the three months ended June 30, 2015 to $3.1 billion in the review period this year.

The company incurred an income tax expense of $20.9 million for the quarter, compared to nil in the prior year, due to the partial expiration of its Junior Market tax incentive.

"Management remains committed to containing operating costs, in spite of the challenging economic environment," LDL said in its accompanying statement signed by managing director, Peter Chin.

LDL's total investment in property, plant and equipment at the end of the quarter stood at $1.1 billion, an increase of $346.83 million or 49 per cent from the prior year. Much of this growth was due to expenditure relating to the expansion of the company's 100,000-square-feet expansion of storage space warehouse and logistics infrastructure, which is expected to be completed by December this year.

Meanwhile, LASCO Manufacturing, the production arm, headed by Robert Parkins posted $224 million in the first quarter of 2016, down from $246.6 million the previous year.

Corporation tax is new compared to last year, as the company is now allowed 50 per cent of the original tax waiver on the expiration of five of the original period of 10 years, the company explained in its accompanying statement.

Supply chain issues from its overseas partners, negatively impacted on production and the company's ability to fill demand. Nonetheless, total revenue for the three months was $1.7 billion, an increase of $289 million or 20 per cent over the prior year of $1.4 billion.

With the increase in production capacity and anticipation for the seasonal growth inn volumes there were increased in operating expenses, primarily for equipment maintenance, salaries and new product development. Specifically, operating expenses increased by 45 per cent, moving from $185 million in the first quarter of 2015 to $269.8 million in the period under review.

Finance costs declined by three per cent, down from $42.3 million last year to $41 million during the three months ended June 2016.

The financial arm, LFSL posted $57.7 million in net profit during the first quarter of 2016, up from $54 million in the comparative period last year. It paid out $11.9 million in taxes.

Revenue for its first quarter stood at $260.6 million in, which represents growth of $69M or 36 per cent relative to the corresponding period in 2015.

Income from core business lines increased $62.1 million or 35.4 per cent, whilst other income increased by $6.8 million or 42 per cent more than the previous year.

Growth continues to be driven by our marketing efforts in the Diaspora, resulting in increased remittance transfers and the continuous expansion of the local remittance agent network, Managing Director Jacinth Hall-Tracey noted in the accompanying statement of the financial results.

The cambio business also experienced growth in transactions as well as margins and the loans division continues to benefit from the expansion of the business loans unit.

Total expenses for the first quarter increased by 38 per cent to $190.7M; This is primarily due to a 51 per cent increase in administrative expenses and 27.5 per cent increase in selling and promotion expenses, when compared with the 2015 corresponding period.

The net increase in expense is reflecting the expansion of LFSL's business lines, all of which were implemented in the last two quarters of the previous financial year. Staff costs, software support and marketing programmes contributed to the higher cost of operations.





tesha-miller-photo-2.jpgThe police have dismissed speculation that leader of the Klansman Gang, Tesha Miller, who has been named a Person of Interest, has left the island.

Head of the Criminal Investigation Branch, Assistant Commissioner Ealan Powell, told reporters that the police have not received information that Mr. Miller has fled Jamaica.

Mr. Miller, who was on Monday listed as a Person of Interest, failed to meet yesterday's deadline to report to the Major Investigation Division. ACP Powell issued this warning to the Klansman Gang leader. They are demanding that he comes in and not have them come look for him.

The police say there has been an increase in murders in Spanish Town since Mr. Miller's deportation from the United States in March.





Manhunt launched for Tesha Miller

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tesha-miller.jpgThe police have launched a manhunt for head of the Clansman gang, Tesha Miller.

Miller who was listed as a persons of interest on Monday, was given until noon on Tuesday to report to the Major Investigation Division (MID).

Assistant Commissioner Ealan Powell, head of the Criminal Investigation Branch, said although Mr. Miller has, so far, failed to show up, the police are still demanding that he report to them.

"We are still interested in speaking to him and I would like to advise that it's not too late; he should report to the police as we have a number of questions that we'd like to ask him," said ACP Powell.

Miller's attorney, Bert Samuels reported on Monday that his client might be apprehensive to surrender to the police. He said he had tried to contact Miller without success. The police have said there has been an increase in murders in Spanish Town since Miller's deportation from the United States.





d-angels-father-died-from-a-hit-and-run.jpgClive Downer, father of dancehall artiste D'Angel died at hospital today from injuries he sustained after being hit by a motor vehicle yesterday.

The accident reportedly happened on the Old Harbour Main Road in St Catherine around 9:00 p.m.

Downer, who was 70 years old, succumbed at the Spanish town Hospital.

A distraught D'Angel whose real name is Michelle Downer told The Gleaner that her father was loving and supportive.

"This is really hard for me because I wasn't expecting this, he was never sick and to hear that he's gone now, just like that, it's really hard."





Macaulay Culkin says he not addicted to drugs

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macauly-culkin.jpgThe only thing he's addicted to is pizza...

Drew Barrymore, Lindsey Lohan, Macaulay Culkin...all fallen child stars that seem to have picked themselves back up and become normal functional adults. As the most successful child actor of all time, we haven't heard much from the Home Alone star. He's spent the better part of the last decade and a half avoiding paparazzi and turning down interviews. The only thing the world had to feed on concerning him were rumors...until now.

For the first time in ten years, Macaulay Culkin sat down with Rhik Samadder from The Guardian and dished on everything from Donald Trump to his plans for the future.





rio-brazilian-wins-gold.jpgA female athlete from the favelas won Brazil's first gold medal of the Rio Games on Monday as Michael Phelps stepped up his campaign for yet more Olympic honours.

Rafaela Silva, who grew up in Rio's notorious City of God slum, upset world number one Sumiya Dorjsuren to win the women's under-57kg judo, sparking pandemonium among fans.

Silva sank to her knees in delight after a win that jump-starts Brazil's Olympic campaign and secures only their second medal after Felipe Wu's shooting silver.

"It's great for kids who are watching judo now. Seeing someone like me who left the City of God, who started judo at five years of age as a joke," said Silva.

To be world champion and Olympic champion is something inexplicable."





No Olympic medal, but well done Alia!

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alia-atkinson-photo-2.jpgJamaican swimmer Alia Atkinson, swimming out of Lane 7 in the 100m breaststroke finished last in a race won by American Lilly King. King won in an Olympic record 1:04.93.

Second was Russian Yuliya Efimova, and American Kate Meili finished third.

19-year-old Lithuanian world record holder in the event, Ruta Meilutyte who swam out of Lane 8, beside Atkinson, finished seventh just ahead of the Jamaican.





rio-bolt-photo-1.jpgJamaican sprinter Usain Bolt was the centre of attention at a joint Jamaican Olympic Association and Puma press conference at the Cidade Das Artes in Rio de Janeiro.

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Bolt confirmed that this would indeed be his last Olympics, was rapped to by a Norwegian reporter and eventually danced the samba with Brazilian girls after the conference.

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(Photos: AFP)





Sean Paul is number one on Billboard Hot 100

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sean-paul-photo-5-more-details.jpgMulti-platinum, Grammy Award winning artiste Sean Paul, is number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

For the second week in a row, the Cheap Thrills collaboration with Australian singer/song-writer Sia has peaked at the ultimate position in the music charts.

After being number one on the Canadian Billboard chart and hitting other charts worldwide; this charting is one for the books, giving Sean Paul yet another chart topping Sean Paul's Get Busy crested the Billboard charts in 2003 when he also topped the chart with Beyoncé collaboration Baby Boy. In 2006, Temperature topped the Hot 100 making way for the Bailando collaboration with Enrique Iglesias which made history in 2014 after having the longest run on Billboard's Hot Latin Songs chart.

This Cheap Thrills entry, having been in collaboration with Sia will also go in the Billboard history books.She is now one of two women to have a Chart topping track after reaching 40 years of age. Madonna was the first female to have achieved this.

The first leg of Sean Paul's Outta Control Europe Summer 2016 Tour which ran from June 26, making stops in Austria, Germany, France, Italy, Belgium and the Netherlands, culminated in Enghien, France on July 12.

Since then, the artiste has been delighting fans on special appearances including joining Jay Sean on stage in France and performing their Make My Love Go collaboration.





sjostrom-sweden.jpgRIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil - Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden won the Olympic gold medal in the women's 100m butterfly on Sunday in a new world record of 55.48secs.

Penny Oleksiak of Canada took silver while Dana Vollmer of the United States took bronze.





Timothy Wynter, however, failed to book his spot despite placing second in the heats of the Men's 100m Backstroke with a time of 57.20.

‎"I'm not really satisfied because I have been going faster but it's my first time at the Olympics so I'm happy anyway," Wynter said.

The heat was won by Merdan Atayev of Turkmeniston in 56.34.

France's Camille Lacourt, 52.96, leads all qualifiers into the semi-finals set for 9:12 p.m.





Alia swims into the semi-finals

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alia-atkinson-photo-2.jpgAlia Atkinson finished second in Heat 5 of the Women's 100m Breaststroke with a time of 1:06.72 to progress with the seventh best time into tonight's semi-finals set for 8:29 p.m (Jamaica time).

"It was a pretty good swim, I just wanted to go out there to do a good swim to make it to the semis," Atkinson reportedly told The Gleaner.

"I wanted to make sure I didn't go out too fast, but I think tonight I will have more energy for the semi-final," she added.

The heat was won by Russia's Yulia Efimova in 1:05.79 to be the second fastest qualifier into the semis behind Lilly King (1:05.78) of the USA.





crime-scene-7.jpgA man was killed after he and his companion were abducted from their home in Free Town, Clarendon on Saturday.

The man, 29-year-old tailor Shemar Plummer, was found with a gunshot to the head and his throat slashed.

According to reports, about 11:30 a.m. yesterday three men, one armed with a handgun, and the other two with machetes, robbed the couple of their cell phones and ordered them to walk about a mile from their home into bushes. The woman was ordered to turn back. She alerted residents who called the police.

When they visited the scene shortly after 1:00 p.m., the man's body was found with what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the forehead and his throat slashed .





missing-doctor-chanique-cousins.jpgThe police have launched a search for a Manchester-based doctor and a teacher who have been missing for more than a week. Dr. Chanique Cousins, 28, who practised at the Mandeville Hospital, was last seen on Friday in the company of her boyfriend, a teacher, who is also reported missing.

Wayne Chen, Chairman of the Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA) has said there is now major concern for her safety.

"We are very very concerned about Dr. Cousins. We know the situation in Jamaica now, where we have to be gravely concerned when one goes missing; she has been missing now for almost a week and no one seems to have a clue of where she might be...," he expressed.

He said SRHA is providing counselling to staff members.Mr. Chen disclosed that the police are questioning several persons in their quest find Dr. Cousins. In the meantime, Mr. Chen said Manchester residents are concerned about rising crime in the parish.

Detectives attached to the Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) are in contact with relatives of Dr. Cousins and are urging anyone with information on the missing couple to contact the nearest police station.





Sale of ganja still illegal in Jamaica

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ganja-image-1.jpgThe Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) is warning that the distribution, sale and purchase of cannabis, cannabis-infused and cannabis-derived products are still illegal in Jamaica.

The warning by the CLA comes amid what is describes as a "proliferation of cannabis, cannabis-infused and cannabis-derived products, of both local and overseas origin, being made available and/or sold throughout Jamaica".

"The CLA wishes to make clear that to date, no licences, permits, approvals, or the like have been granted by the CLA to any individual, company or co-operative," the agency said in a release issued this afternoon.

According to the agency of government that is responsible for regulating the development of Jamaica's ganja industry, it began accepting applications for licences in June - a process that takes about five months.

Consequently, the CLA said "any cannabis product produced and/or sold in Jamaica is done so illegally".





crime-scene-gun.jpgThe Clarendon police are investigating the shooting death of a popular biker and stunt show promoter in Corn Piece district,in Saturday.

Dead is 23 year old James Stephenson of Rocky Settlement, Lonel Town, in the parish. Reports are that Stephenson, who was in Corn Piece visiting with a friend, ahead of staging a bike show in the community, was at a food shop near the roadside having meal when a car drove up. Armed men alighted from the vehicle and reportedly sprayed the shop with bullets.

When the shooting subsided it was discovered that Stephenson and a teenaged boy had been shot. The police were summoned and the two wounded persons were taken to hospital. Stephenson was pronounced dead, while the 15 year old boy was admitted in stable condition.





'Beater man' cop kidnaps, tortures ex lover

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crime-scene-7.jpgA beater man Manchester cop is now in custody on allegations that he kidnapped and beat his ex-lover because she dumped him.The constable, whose name is being withheld, is alleged to have held the woman between July 25 and August 5

The incident occurred after the woman finally ended the rocky relationship that some say required the intervention of the cop's superior at work. The St Ann woman was held at the constable's house in Waltham District in Mandeville, Manchester.

The woman was allegedly lured to the home where her hands and feet were tied up and her mouth gagged and she was held without food or drink over the course of her confinement. In additions, the cop is alleged to have beaten the woman all over her body with a broomstick.

At one point, it is alleged, the cop wrapped the woman's face with a piece of cloth before pouring water on it. This is a method of torture called waterboarding that gives the victim a feeling of being drowned. The woman escaped the home after freeing herself.





us-embassy-jamaica-kingston.jpgHypocrisy and perceived bullying of Jamaica, some believe, were on display in the past week, to the point that is sparked a demonstration Saturday in front the US embassy in Kingston.The offence, according to demonstrators, came in the form of the US embassy building on Hope Road being bathed in the gay flag rainbow colour Thursday night.

The demonstrators were of the view that America was showing a disrespect for Jamaica's culture and will by doing so, in light of the outcry caused by the gay flag being flown at the embassy premises following the recent mass shooting at a gay club in Florida.

The shooting was carried out by a man reported in US media as being a closet gay.

Demonstrators saw Thursday's incident as a slap in the face. The placard bearing protestors denounced the homosexual lifestyle, highlighted its health risks -- citing worldwide studies -- and spoke of its threat to family life. Some have said that the United States needs to learn how to be respectful of the will and culture of other countries and be tolerant of views that are not in line with its agenda.

Meanwhile, some saw it as a further insult that the US would send Independent message to Jamaica on Saturday while talking action that showed it didn't respect the nation's sovereignty.

"On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Jamaica as you celebrate the 54th anniversary of your nation's independence," US State Secretary John Kerry said.

To no one's surprise, Kerry used the opportunity to push America's message of "tolerance".





Man shot and killed on the way home from party

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crime-scene-gun.jpgThirty-three-year-old Jason McLeod was shot and killed by gunmen in Palmer's Cross, Clarendon early this morning.

McLeod and his girl, who escaped unharmed, were on their way home from a party.

The couple was attacked close to their home at about 3:15 a.m. McLeod, also known as "John" to residents, was shot several times.





Rio Olympic village a mess!

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Jamaican athletes have arrived at the Rio Olympic Village in the Brazilian city to several unfinished living quarters with workmen still trying to make them livable.

Four athletes live in each block which comprises two rooms, two bathroom and a common area.

A video reportedly obtained by Jamaica's major daily newspaper, The Gleaner, shows that in one block occupied by veteran quarter miler Novlene Williams Mills and 1500 metre runner Aisha Praught nothing appeared complete.

At the entrance to the apartment, buckets of paint, grout and other material were laid out for workmen who were still busy inside the living quarters.

Inside, there was still plastic covering on the floor, certain furniture were not yet in place, workmen were constructing the shower area, tidying up electrical wiring and tiles were yet to be laid in one apartment.

"I'm telling you, stuff like this a gwaan - mess, it's just a mess!" said the athlete narrating the video.





Jamaica's track and field athletes joined the rest of the country's Rio 2016 Olympics team on Wednesday at the Athletes' Village in the Barra region of Rio de Janeiro.

The team, which includes global stars Usain Bolt, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Veronica Campbell-Brown, Elaine Thompson and Asafa Powell left the team's training base at the Linx Hotel some 33km to the North East at 3 p.m. (1 p.m. Jamaica time).

They arrived at the Athletes' Village, in vehicles provided by the Brazilian Navy at approximately 4 p.m.

Chef de Mission of Jamaica's contingent here, Vishu Tolan, had earlier advised that swimmers Alia Atkinson and Timothy Wynter as well as gymnast Toni-Ann Williams would already be in the Village by the time the track and field athletes arrived.

Diver Yona Knight-Wisdom is expected to leave his training base in Florida shortly and head to Brazil to join up with the rest of the team.





usain-bolt-arrives-in-rio.jpg"Sometimes you make allowances for superstars but we don't have the luxury of many people (being) able to get single rooms," Jamaica's team manager, Ludlow Watts explained on Power 106 FM's sports programme, Power Play Wednesday evening.

The Jamaican Olympic delegation moved into the athletes' village today after participating in the mandatory training camp. Watts, who manages the 63-member Jamaican team added that the air-conditioned rooms are "not like what you see in a hotel".

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"(In) each little block you have four people. A living room, a common area and then two rooms on each side. So we have four beds in each little sector," he said.

Watts said his team will have to work to ensure a smooth period for the athletes because it's not a "perfect situation" in terms of the number of beds.

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King Jammy releases new album

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king-jammy-sounds-of-freedom.jpgKing Jammy is one of reggae's most prolific talents, whose career spans a half-century. Almost 40 years since the original sessions, King Jammy revisits the seminal album that launched his career as a producer.

New Sounds of Freedom is a re-working of the 1977 Black Uhuru classic Love Crisis featuring an array of contemporary vocal talents. The 10-track set blends the original audio with new lyrics that add a contemporary relevance and underscore the timeless quality of the originals. Each song is revamped with new lyrics from artists including Alborosie, Chronixx, Dre Island, Gentleman, Kabaka Pyramid and U Roy.

New Sounds of Freedom updates Love Crisis in a similar way that Black Sounds of Freedom (released in 1981) updated the original sonic quality and introduced the songs to a new and wider audience.

"I wanted to enhance these songs but give them the vintage feel," says King Jammy of the set. "I have great adoration and respect for this album and want it to live on with reggae music fans."

New Sounds of Freedom will be released August 12, 2016 on VP Records and follows a string of recent King Jammy releases with VP Records including King Jammy's Roots, Reality & Sleng Teng Anthology (2015) and Alborosie Meets King Jammy: Dub of Thrones (2015).





miss-jamaica-universe-2011-shakira-martin-photo-1.jpgmiss-jamaica-universe-2011-shakira-martin-photo-2.jpgA GoFundMe account has been set up to raise funds to cover the final expenses of Miss Jamaica Universe 2011, Shakira Martin, who died of sickle cell anaemia at Memorial West Hospital in Miami yesterday morning.

The 30-year-old's death was confirmed by her mother, Andrea Hall, via social media.

Up to press time, US$9,360 was donated by 121 contributors. The target is US$20,000.

Martin is the daughter of Alphonso Martin, founding member of British reggae band Steel Pulse. She represented Jamaica at the Miss Universe pageant in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 2011.

She battled the illness since birth and took on sickle cell awareness as her platform during her reign.





Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia 'Babsy' Grange, has paid tribute to the actor, broadcaster, director and writer Louis Marriott who passed away yesterday. He was 81.

Minister Grange said Marriott was a multitalented and creative man who had contributed much to Jamaica's culture.

"Louis was one of the last great band of local theatre practitioners, including the late Trevor Rhone, Charles Hyatt and Lloyd Record, to have left us in recent times. It was heart breaking to receive news of his passing on Emancipation Day," the minister said in a statement. "His memory will live on in family and friends, but also in the books and many plays that he wrote, including 'Bedward' which is widely regarded as a Jamaican and Caribbean classic. Louis Marriott was, truly, a stalwart of Jamaican theatre."

Marriott, who served as a press secretary to former prime minister, the late Michael Manley, died leaving his widow, Erica, and daughters Lavinia and Karen.





Former Miss Jamaica Universe is dead

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miss-jamaica-universe-2011-shakira-martin-photo-1.jpgmiss-jamaica-universe-2011-shakira-martin-photo-2.jpgFormer Miss Jamaica Universe, Shakira Martin, 30, died in a Florida hospital at 12:28 Tuesday night from complication with the sickle cell disease.

She spent her last few hours unconscious on a life support machine as family and close friends surrounded her to say goodbye.

"My darling princess Shakira Aminah passed away at 12.28am from complications from sickle cell blood clots to both lungs," her mother Andrea Hall posted on the social media site, Facebook.





hands-behind-bars.jpgDetectives investigating three Chinese nationals, suspected of being involved in an international fraud ring, believe the men have travelled to several countries, including the US and Russia to carry out their scam.

The police say they seized Jamaican and US currencies along with Russian Ruble from the suspects.

According to a senior investigator, the police suspect that the men have also travelled to other parts of the region.

The three suspects appeared before the St. Andrew Parish Court on Wednesday where the case against them was mentioned. Prosecutors reported that the case file is still incomplete and they are awaiting a report from the Cyber Crime Unit.

The men were remanded until August 29. They were arrested two weeks ago after the police raided a house they occupied in Barbican, St. Andrew. The police reportedly seized several skimming devices and blank credit cards along with J$6 million and other foreign currencies.

The skimming devices are used to create fake credit cards. Documents with the information of credit card holders were also seized.

C-TOC investigators are in contact with their counterparts in Dominica to determine whether the men are part of an international fraud network operating in the region after three other Chinese nationals were arrested in that country for a similar offence.





fire.jpgThirty-two Jamaican workers have suffered losses after a fire destroyed their sleeping quarters at a farm in Brant County, Canada.

It occurred last Thursday.

The farm workers, who lived in a bunkhouse, lost everything, including money as well as their immigration papers and passports.

The liaison service which works directly for the Jamaican consulate has been notified.

Since the fire, the Salvation Army has stepped in to replace many of the lost goods.

William Ratelband, Community and Family Services Coordinator for the Branford-Paris Salvation Army, says arrangements were made for the Jamaicans to go to a thrift store to get clothes.

They were also able to access other supplies.





First days after the local authorities advised fishing folk and other marine interests to evacuate cays and return to the mainland, a fisherman met his demise while at home.

32-year-old Dalton Grant otherwise known as 'Richie' of Lionel town in Clarendon was shot dead on Tuesday evening.

According to a police report, at approximately 9:20pm the police were summoned, after residents heard explosions and Grant was found lying in a pool of blood.

Residents report that Grant had heeded calls from the local authorities to leave Rocky Point where he was fishing which he duly did.

His decision to heed the call proved fatal as he was gunned down at home.

The police are still investigating.





future-fambo-2016.jpgDancehall artiste Future Fambo has released his debut album Evolve - The Uprise which makes its Top 10 debut on the iTunes chart, marking an important milestone in his career.

The choice in album title is poignant as Fambo has evolved from releasing singles, to releasing a complete body of work. To have the disc debuted on the iTunes chart is icing on the cake!

Produced by Blaze Entertainment Records, based in the United States, the album features 13 tracks that are heavily influenced by EDM (Electronic Dance Music), and is heavily spiced by the artists patois vocals. Songs like "WAVY," "Wanna Be" and "Molleh" have tested well with fans in the Caribbean and Europe, while "The Bloodclaute Song" and "Rick Flair" continue to receive radio attention due to their popularity.

While speaking to DJ Unknown at Real Deal 106.1 FM in New York, Fambo described the albums creative process as being "forward thinking." Fambo elaborates by saying "the album had to be recorded with a party in mind that is going to happen. Usually when I record I do it thinking about what happened in the past. We flipped that script and I really like how it turned out. It's WAVY!"





gaza-princess-coming-soon.jpgGreater Portmore High School has received a computer from Official VK Line. Principal, Ricardo Ross last week accepted on behalf of the school, an HP laptop. The computer was handed over by Shona-Lee S. Thompson, brand manager of Official VK Line. This is one of many as the company has announced a plan to donate at least once computer to every high school in Portmore, one high school has been promised as much as three computers.

This move is a part of the company's GEL programme, which stands for Gaza Education and Literacy. The GEL programme seeks to assist in increasing all forms of literacy in the youth of Kartel's hometown. "Increased computer literacy should also aid in other areas of literacy as it increases access to information," said Ms. Thompson. In the previous announcement, the brand manager also mentioned plans for a summer programme.

Official VK Line, the clothing line authorized and endorsed by Vybz Kartel features male and female tops, shorts, footwear, in addition to other articles of clothing. The line is set to be a lifestyle brand, based on Vybz Kartel's Gaza Movement.





Men trapped in cave died from toxic fumes

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Toxic fumes from a water pump has been identified as the possible cause of death of three men in a cave in Salt Pond, St. Catherine on Monday.

They have been identified as Richard King, 48, Alfred Succan, 31, and Mcgray Surgeon, 36.

A fourth man has been hospitalised, after he was found by residents on Monday.

The police say the men, who appeared to be illegitimate ganja farmers, entered the cave and attempted to get water for irrigation, but encountered difficulties.

They surmise the men died after inhaling fumes from an irrigation pump in the cave.





Jamaica still under Tropical Storm Warning

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weather-update.jpgTropical Storm Warning remains in effect for Jamaica as Tropical Storm Earl moves over the western Caribbean. This means that tropical storm conditions, including possible sustained wind speeds of 63-118 km/h (39-73 mph) are still expected today.

At 4:00 p.m. the centre of Tropical Storm Earl was located near Latitude 16.4 degrees North, Longitude 81.5 degrees West, or about 325 kilometres (200 miles) south of Grand Cayman or 725 kilometres (450 miles) east of Belize City.

Earl is moving towards the west near 26 km/h (16 mph) and this motion is expected to continue through Thursday. On this track, the core of Earl will pass just north of the Honduras Bay Islands on Wednesday afternoon and then very near to the Belize coast early Thursday.

Maximum sustained winds remain near 80 km/h (50 mph), with higher gusts. Additional strengthening is forecast and Earl could be near hurricane strength as it approaches Belize and the Yucatan Peninsula.

Doppler radar reports confirm that, isolated moderate to heavy showers were detected over offshore waters to the north and south of Jamaica, while, light to moderate showers continue to affect sections of most parishes. Gusty winds of 61-76 km/h (38-47 mph) have also been detected, over some coastal areas of eastern and central parishes.

Over Jamaica, residents should still expect outbreaks of showers which could be heavy at times, along with thunderstorms and gusty winds this evening and into the night. Flash flooding is, therefore, still possible over low-lying and flood-prone areas.

Showers and thunderstorms are however expected to decrease on Wednesday as Earl and its associated weather moves farther away from Jamaica and closer to Belize.

All small craft operators are reminded to remain in safe harbour until all warning messages have been lifted and wind and sea conditions return to normal.





crime-scene-gun.jpgTwo persons died from Monday night's shooting incident on Maxfield Avenue in St. Andrew.

They are 80-year old Leopold McIntosh and 20-year-old Paul Allen. A third man remains hospitalised. The men were at a bar about 8:00 p.m. when they were attacked.

On Tuesday morning, residents briefly mounted roadblocks on Nelson Road to protest the shooting.The residents have reported at least two shootings since electricity was disconnected to four transformers in the community last month. Since the disconnection, the area has been without street lights.

The Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) said the lights are programmed to shutdown if they are tampered with.

However, the residents have been calling for the restoration of the street lights to reduce criminal activity.





crime-scene-7.jpgThe bodies of three men who were trapped in a cave in the Salt Pond area of St. Catherine have been found.

They are: 48-year-old fisherman, Richard King, 31-year-old farmer, Alfred Succan and 36-year-old farmer, McGray Sergeon all of a Dunbeholden address in St. Catherine.

The bodies were retrieved about 4 p.m. on Tuesday during an operation by the St. Catherine South Police, who were assisted by the Waterford Fire Department and residents of the Salt Pond community.

it is reported that about 10:00 a.m., yesterday, four men were extracting water from the cave to a nearby farm when they got into difficulties.

One managed to escape and was taken to hospital where he is being treated.

The Police were then alerted and a rescue operation launched.





beenia-man-zika.jpg"The same Zika mosquito gi mi dengue. Blood test, injections, pills. Wi a hol firm still. Selassie a guide I n I right through so once mi have life me a give thanks. #Unstoppable"

The star posted a photo to social media showing him flat on his back in bed being tested for the notorious virus.

The unlucky star received a double whammy after contracting dengue as well.

"Jah know...dah week ya deal wid me a way!!"

"No visa fi mi Canada show (I apologize again to my fans in case you haven't seen the press release)

Zika Virus hol' mi..."

Beenie Man was one of the headline acts on Drake's OVO Fest along with Machel Montano.





gen-degree-album.jpgJamaican dancehall general, Degree stops traffic with his brand-new collection of dancehall anthems on From The 90s, available worldwide from all major digital retailers on August 12, 2016, with pre-order available now, from FOX FUSE.

Born Cardiff Butt in Mandeville, Jamaica, the world-renowned dancehall deejay (Jamaican rapper) blasted onto the music scene over 20 years ago, and has remained a mainstay on airwaves and playlists ever since. Consistently touring and keeping his brand relevant with fans - a rare accomplishment in the dancehall genre, this timeless artist now returns with a collection of new hits to satisfy dancehall aficionados, globally.

"I'm very excited to bring my new album From The 90s for longtime and new fans everywhere," reveals General Degree. "The album delivers classic dancehall vibes I'm known for, while keeping things fresh with new music from some of the top producers in Caribbean music today."





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