September 2016 Archives

jason-hall.jpgJason Hall former Deputy Director of Tourism at the Jamaica Tourist Board. has been appointed by the Board of Supreme Ventures Limited to the position of Vice President, Marketing, effective Monday.

Mr. Hall will be responsible for leading the team of brand managers in the development and execution of the marketing strategies needed for the successful growth and profitability of the non-lottery brands under the company's portfolio.





 

Cops probe death of popular businessman Paul Seaton

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crime-scene-7.jpgThe Barnett Street police in St. James are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of the son of businessman Y.P. Seaton.

The body of businessman Paul Seaton, 55, of Malibu Close, Kingston 8, was found on a beach in Montego Bay about 6:00 a.m. on Sunday.

It is reported that Mr. Seaton was at a tournament on Saturday when he jumped from a boat and attempted to swim ashore.

Investigators are awaiting the results of a post mortem.





clinton-vs-trump.jpgHillary Clinton called Donald Trump a racist and a sexist - to his face - in brutal exchanges during the year's first presidential debate Monday night.

Her charges of racism stemmed from an age-old complaint that he had supported 'birther' conspiracies questioning Barack Obama's U.S. birth and therefore his eligibility to be president.

And she leveled charge after charge at the Republican in an attempt to frame him as an unrepentant chauvinist, aided by a question from moderator Lester Holt about a one-time comment that Clinton lacked 'the look' to be president.

'This is a man who has called women pigs, slobs and dogs,' Clinton said - a similar challenge to one Trump faced more than a year ago from Fox News Channel anchor Megyn Kelly at the first GOP primary debate.

Monday he answered it a second time with a jab at an old entertainment nemesis.

'Somebody who's been very vicious to me, Rosie O'Donnell - I said very tough things to her,' Trump protested, 'and I think everybody would agree that she deserves it, and nobody feels sorry for her.'





cecile.jpgdanielle-di-image-2.jpgDancehall vixens Cecile and Danielle D.I. have been squabbling on social media after Ce'Cile apparently took offence to Danielle D.I. calling herself 'Bad Gyal D.I' during a television interview.

According to Ce'Cile, who also goes by the 'Bad Gyal' name, she was the first to claim the title.

"Quick pretty question. When I said bad gyal nobody said it before because I think that as an artiste you should be original. I have seen a few artistes since refer to themselves as bad gyal - case in point Bad Gyal Bambi and Bad Gyal Rihanna... a rock star so she can do anything she wants ... but I have never heard them claim the name," Ce'Cile said.

She added: "But when you do an interview and say that your are the original or official then clearly you are not. I hope the voice is no autotune neither. I am just saying put some respeck on my name. At least give credit because Google don't lie."

Danielle D.I., who caught wind of the Ce'Cile's post, swiftly responded, throwing jabs of her own. She even went as far as to imply that Ce'Cile was miserable since her high profile relationship with another entertainer failed to materialise.

"Dear little Cinderella, this a bad gyal D.I. Yes, I did say it on Hype TV last Friday night and I will continue to say it. You are not bad gyal. Bad gyal how? Furthermore, no one sees or considers you BAD in the 1st place, so no need for the SHADE," Danielle D.I. said.

"For your information, YES, Class have autotune, and so do many many hit songs in the world. This is why the industry can't grow. Instead of building another female you're trying to break one down. Back in the days I THOUGHT you were cool, we did a collab together and it was all good. What the hell happened you? What made you so angry? Are you angry cause Mr you know who not putting the respect on your NAME," she added.





We a beg Missa Laing fi have a bad gal section inna Sting this year and dash in all a di female artiste dem who tink seh dem bad. At the end of the ultimate bad gal clash, then Sting must crown the winner.

How that sound?

Over to you Supreme Promotions.





Neither Ce'cile nor DI is a 'bad gal' ....Just saying

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danielle-dj.jpgcecile.jpgWhy Cecile and DI tink seh either of dem is a bad gal? Mumma Nancy was a bad gal DJ and so too Lady Saw. But dem two yah doan mek di cut. Riri is plenty times more bad gal than Cecille because all now Cecile doan prove herself, so we nuh understand how she a own up title that she cyaan even defent.

Nah tell no lie - FI try and is still trying. But 'bad nah'? Nah. ...Just saying.





Freddie McGregor nominated for award in Colombia

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freddie-mcgregor.jpgFreddie McGregor has been nominated for the 'Guachupé de Oro' award in Colombia.

According to a news release from the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport - Minister Olivia Grange extended congratulations to the 'Big Ship' singer who describes as "truly embodies what the award is all about".

The award, which is presented by the Colombia Negra Foundation, honours people whose actions, creations and effort contribute to the development, promotion and increased knowledge about Afro-Colombian, Afro-American and African Culture.

According to Minister Grange, "Freddie, like many of Jamaica's entertainers, continues to be purveyors of positive music that uplifts and brings people of all races together. The ministry is proud to support his nomination and delighted to provide funding to enable him and his band to participate in this event."

McGregor and his 'Big Ship' Band will be representing Jamaica at two shows, September 22nd and 24th, in Bogota, as a part of the International Black Expression Encounter 2016, for Peace without Racism.





Shaggy, Agent Sasco clash on Instagram

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assassin-agent-sasco-photo-1.jpg Fans of dancehall artistes Shaggy and Agent Sasco got the time of their lives when the two engaged in a friendly clash on Instagram.

The friendly lyrical clash started when Direalshaggy posted a hilarious video of the Cookie Monster comparing the character to Sasco. Seems the Agent wasn't about to sit by and let his friend embarrass him on social media and responded with some fiery lyrics.





Ban on nigh-time entertainment in St Elizabeth lifted

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A ban on nighttime entertainment activities in St Elizabeth has been lifted.

Superintendent Lansford Salmon, head of the St. Elizabeth Police, said the ban on the last two remaining communities - Breas River and Barbary Hall have been lifted. The ban on Lacovia was also recently lifted.

Superintendent Salmon stated that the police are now satisfied that the problems which resulted in the ban have subsided and calm has returned.





Drake goes vinyl with latest album

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drake-wimbledon.jpgAfter the success of his last three albums, rapper Drake is offering fans vinyl editions of the albums for the first time.

The albums are Views, What A Time To Be Alive, a collaboration with Future and If You're reading This It's Too Late.

With the slow sales of albums in the last decade, Drake has managed to stay afloat.

Views is expected to return to the top of the Billboard 200 chart, which marks 12 weeks at number one.





prince-buster-photo-1.jpgThe funeral service for the legendary Prince Buster will be held on Saturday at 2:00 p.m., at the Islamic Council of Jamaica and, as is the custon of Islam, a strict dress code will be enforced for attendees.

Well wishers are being advised to adhere to the dress code for the funeral service.

Men should wear shirt and trousers, while women should wear an ankle length skirt, which should not be tight or transparent, along with a long sleeved and high-necked top and a headscarf. Additionally, all persons entering the mosque are required to remove their shoes.

The event will be hosted by the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport. Following the service will be a special tribute to the ska icon at 4:00 p.m.

Among the performers are Ernie Smith, Ken Booth, Derrick Morgan, StrangeJah Cole, Mystic Revelation of Rastafari, as well as Lloyd Parks and We the People band. Instead of flowers, contributions will be accepted in support of the Jamaica Association of Vintage Artistes and Affiliates.

Prince Buster, born Cecil Bustamante Campbell, died on Thursday, September 8, in Miami, Florida at the age of 78. Prince Buster will be interred at the May Pen Cemetery.





auresia.jpgSinger Auresia's "On The Road Again" is the first single from her upcoming album "Raices" meaning "roots" in Spanish. Following the diversity and authenticity of her new album, the rhythm and beat of the song was created by live instruments from different corners of the world, including Cuba and Auresia's native Ukraine, her lyrics share with us personal experience and feelings that she has encountered while on the road.

"I found the song during a nighttime jam by the fire on the beach on a cross-Canada tour on Hornby Island," reveals Auresia.

"After traveling and touring for the past several years, I have been to many places and many people from all different cultures and languages have been so lovely in welcoming me into their communities - I just had to put that into a song."

Auresia trades in the simple fun of her first two records for a more refined sound and delivers a raw, truthful interpretation of everyday life and the realities of being a strong woman. The one thing that hasn't changed, however, is her deep-rooted passion for Reggae and Latin music. Although most of her lyrics are sung in English, she masterfully weaves in Spanish phrases, as well as words in Lakota, the native tongue of the people of the Sioux tribes.

Fully comprised of organic instrumentation, the album impressively blends roots reggae and Afro-Cuban rhythms with folk-pop lyrics and melodies sung by Auresia's sweet-as-honey voice.

Dropping November 25th, 2016, 'Raices' is a musical love letter that traces us back to our roots.

Auresia has performed at festivals around the world, including the Omega Unity Fest in Colombia and Toronto's Canadian Music Week, and since her debut release, she has been nominated for five awards (Independent Music Awards, Canadian Reggae Awards). In 2014, Auresia was honored with the Reggae Xclusive Award for Top Singer.





Morgan Heritage releases new single, Selah

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morgan-heritage-photo-2.jpgDeemed one of the hardest working bands in the music industry, The Royal Family of Reggae Morgan Heritage hasn't slowed down since winning the 2016 Grammy award for Best Reggae Album. The siblings have continued their worldwide touring, while recording music for their upcoming 2017 album to be released on their CTBC Music Group label.

Throughout their travels one thing has remained constant, music and the beauty of mother earth. It is from the latter that the inspiration of their first single since winning their coveted award was born. Produced by renowned musician and producer Phillip "Winta" James (Overstand Ent), "Selah" speaks of Morgan Heritage's appreciation and discovery of earth. To support the single, the band treated fans and music lovers to breathtaking visuals filmed in Milan, Italy, and worldwide footage from their travels. Directed by Morgan Heritage, filmed by Emmy Lou Mai and edited by Maximilian Shelton, "Selah" is premiering Tuesday, September 20th on the global platform for Caribbean music, arts and culture LargeUp.com.

Distributed by 21st Hapilos Digital, "Selah" will be purchasable on September 30th, and is available for pre-order on iTunes and all major online digital stores.





spice-sumfest.jpgFemale Dancehall artiste Spice has been nominated along with her male counterparts Alkaline, Popcaan, Kranium, and Protoje.in Best Reggae Act category of the United Kingdom's (UK) MOBO Awards.

To date, three female reggae artistes have been nominated in the category since the award's inception in 1996. British reggae singer Sylvia Tella and Jamaica's Etana were nominated in 1997 and 2008, respectively.

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This is the fifth nomination for Popcaan, who is last year's winner. He has been making inroads on the UK dancehall scene with hits including Ova Dweet, We Still a Win and Weed is My Best Friend.

Both Protoje and Alkaline have earned their second nomination. Alkaline, whose Champion Boy and Block and Delete have been major hits on the UK dancehall scene this year, was first nominated in 2014.

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31 y-o St Catherine woman starves to death

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A probe is in progress into a case where it is suspected that a 31 year old woman in Portmore, St. Catherine starved to death.

The body of the woman, was found on Tuesday in an open lot in Braeton Phase 2 in Portmore. It is reported that she was mentally ill.

The Greater Portmore police went to investigate what they thought was a murder after receiving reports of a body in a bag in an open lot in Braeton Phase 2.

However, as soon as the police commenced their investigation, they realised it was an unusual case. The investigation revealed a deeper horror which speaks to the treatment of the mentally ill. A bag was found which contained the remains of the 31-year-old woman who appeared to have been malnourished. The woman lived with her 34-year-old sister who was her only care-giver. Her sister, who works in Kingston, told the police that she left home at 5:30 Tuesday morning and returned a little more than 16 hours later.

She said she found her sister on the floor, apparently where she normally lay, but this time she was dead. The woman said she panicked and placed the body in a bag, then dumped it in a nearby empty lot.

According to the police, the body was more like a skeleton with skin, no muscle, no fat. They believe she simply wasted away. The woman told police her sister was mentally challenged and unable to do anything for herself and she found it difficult to cope. Because she had to work, her sister was left at home all day, every day. Inside the house, investigators found feces all over and no running water in the house. The toilet was filthy. The dead woman's sister told police she tried but was unable to get help for her sister.

She was questioned by the Greater Portmore police on Wednesday morning.





credit-cards.jpgSeven foreigners, six of them Canadians, were charged on Wednesday afternoon in connection with a credit card scam.

A suspect from the Caribbean was also charged.

They were arrested on Tuesday by C-TOC detectives at the Marriott Hotel in St. Andrew.

The police were called when the hotel discovered that a fraudulent credit card was used to book the accommodation for the seven persons.

They are expected to appear in court later this week.





Seven million dollar ganja bust in Drax Hall, St Ann

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ganja-seized.jpgSeven million dollars worth of ganja was seized by the police off the coast of Drax Hall in St. Ann yesterday.

About 10 o'clock in the morning, the Narcotics and Marine Police searched a boat. Thirty-eight knitted bags containing 1,700 pounds of ganja were found.

The boat, two 250-horse power engines, petrol, food and equipment used at sea were seized. No one was arrested.





Guilty Chinese fraudsters to be sentenced today

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hands-behind-bars.jpgThree Chinese nationals, who recently pleaded guilty to financial crimes and breaches of the Criminal Justice (Suppression of Criminal Organisations) Act (Anti-Gang Legislation) charges, are to know their fate today.

Zhong Jianping, 38, Guo Shanghai and Zhong Fulin, both 37, pleaded guilty to possession of data devices, which comprised magnetic cards, computers, and two NSR605 card devices for the purpose of committing an offence.

The three were taken into custody on July 13 and charged following investigations, which resulted in the seizure of electronic devices suspected to be card readers, card writers, skimmers and other paraphernalia used in identity theft.

More than 400 credit cards, suspected to be fraudulently manufactured, were also seized along with cash amounting to approximately $6 million.





Bus driver's shooting leaves students in fear

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crime-scene-7.jpgThe Ministry of Education, Youth and Information has strongly condemned the fatal shooting of a bus driver, and the serious gun - shot wounds inflicted upon two students.

The shooting incident took place on Monday, during the early morning commute to school, in the vicinity of St. Clavers Avenue and Creek Street in Montego Bay.

There was chaos and panic during peak hour traffic along Creek Street in downtown Montego Bay as shots rained on a bus carrying mainly school children.

At the end of the shooting, the driver was dead and two female students of the Maldon High School injured.

They have since been hospitalised.





holy-trinity-devotion-photo-1.jpgIn this electronic age where student has a smart phone and every event, no matter how solemn or how gruesome is marked by a 'selfie', none of this was evident at he memorial service for fallen soldier, Dominic James the captain of the St Georges College football team. Tear...rivers and oceans of tears...were the order of the service which saw students from nearly a dozen Corporate Area (and Portmore) schools gathered in unity to pay respect to Dominic, who collapsed and died on Tuesday evening, while representing his school during a Manning Cup game against Excelsior High school at the Stadium East field.It was only few minutes into the game when the incident occurred and 18 year-old Dominic was rushed by his father to the University hospital where he died while undergoing treatment.

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The Holy Trinity Cathedral was packed to capacity as tearful students from all over attended for the Thanksgiving Devotion for the life of St George's College player and captain Dominic James who was also a student at Jamaica College prior to transferring to Georges. students from St George's, neighbouring Kingston College and Holy Trinity High School and Convent of Mercy Alpha along with Wolmer's Boys, Excelsior , Jamaica College , Calabar High and as far as Bridgeport High School in Portmore. The students turned out in their numbers and had the cathedral bursting at the seams.

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Father Richard Tulloch, chairman of the school board got the proceedings going, which was followed by the entrance hymn, "Great is thy Faithfulness". Opening prayer and song were conducted by St George's students.

"Let not our grieving see the work of God," said Father Tulloch. "It's all about God and we don't know why. God is at work. Cry, mourn, don't tell me don't cry," said Tulloch."We have more questions than answers but allow the grace of God to anoint you," he added.

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"Dominic James is a good fellow and I am not saying that because he is gone. Everything is a smile. He hardly spoke much, he smiles," said Tulloch.

Dave Myrie, principal of Kingston College could not hold back the tears as he led over 50 students in support of their rivals but good neighbours. "It's just a hard one....it could have been ours " said Myrie, noting that that KC's founder Bishop Gibson was a St Georges College student.

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Opposition spokesman on education Ronald Thwaites, a St George's past student highlighted the unity that James' death had brought.

"I pray that when this St George's team take to the field on Friday they will play with vigour," said Thwaites to loud applause.

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dangel-marco-dean.jpgOf all the pictures that D'Angel could have posted from her recent video shoot, she chose one in which she was half-naked with her son Marco Dean looking up at her. Of course people had nuff tings to say bout it. And that's exactly what she wanted.

After all, if a neva fi di controversial picture we wouldn't a write up bout her video shoot, so - Round One to D'Agel. this is what she had to say after the backlash:

"It is what it is. My son is the child of two entertainers, and he understands what his mom does for a living. He enjoys coming on my video shoots and he enjoys watching me work. He knows that I'm not going to walk around like that. He knows that that's me in work mode. He knows the difference between D'Angel, the artiste, and Michelle, his mother."

Aware of the buzz that the photo has been creating, a confident D'Angel also says she doesn't care what people think.

"I never thought people would be so low-minded that they would see this as anything other than a working mom doing what she needs to do," she said.





rita-marley-photo-1.jpgThere has been an outpouring of get well wishes as Rita Marley, widow of reggae icon Bob Marley, has been admitted to a Miami hospital after suffering a major stroke in the United States last night.

Yardflex has been reliably informed that Mrs Marley was in Miami to attend an event when she fell ill.

Reports are that Bob Marley's widow had suffered a stroke before, but this one is considered very serious.

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The Marley family has been quite secretive about the matriarch's health issues and have so far not made any official announcement about Rita's condition.

Seventy-year-old Marley, born Alpharita Anderson in Santiago de Cuba in July 1946, is the mother of three of Bob's 13 children - David (Ziggy), Cedella and Stephen. She married Bob in 1966.





Thieves strike at jewellery store on King Street

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jewellery-store.jpgThieves struck the Carousel Jewelry Store on King Street early this morning, running off with many items of jewelry and liquor.

The value of the items has not yet been determined.

It is believed that the thieves entered the store by breaking through a glass window at the front where crime scene tape (yellow tape) was drawn.





crime-scene-7.jpgA Jamaican was among three men shot dead by the police in Suriname during a failed robbery attempt on the weekend. He has not been identified.

The other deceased are from Suriname and Guyana.

Another Jamaican involved in the robbery was also shot and injured. He has been arrested.

The police say the four are members of a gang of robbers. It is reported that the men were in the process of robbing a shop when the owner shouted for help. A neighbour responded and the men ran from the building with some of the goods.

They were cornered by the police near their home and there was an alleged shootout in which the four robbers were shot. Three of them died on the scene.

The police seized guns and the goods stolen from the shop. Money and other goods in the house occupied by men were also seized.

A man and two women who were at the house were also arrested.





Paul Burke to step down as PNP General Secretary?

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paul-burke.jpgThe People's National Party (PNP) may soon experience shifts in its management personnel structure as RJR News has received word from party insiders that General Secretary Paul Burke has no intention of staying on in the position.

The insiders say at least one senior member of the PNP executive was persuading Mr. Burke to continue in the post for another year.

However Mr. Burke has quietly declared to PNP officials that he has no intention of back-pedalling on his recent declaration to step aside.

In the meantime, with the possibility of Paul Burke vacating the position of general secretary soon, the aspirants for the position are lining up.

Deputy General Secretary Julian Robinson, who has indicated that he wants the job, is not likely to be a shoo-in as PNP insiders say well known activist and businesswoman Maureen Webber is also expected to vie for the post.





dudus-rev-al.jpgRev Al Miller, who was recently fined one million dollars for harbouring a fugitive, says the former Commissioner of Police, Owen Ellington gave him two options to relay to fugitive Dudus: surrender directly to the Commissioner or to American law enforcement authorities.

Miller, who has been convicted for his role in transporting Dudus -- whose arrest ended an islandwide manhunt after he was found in the company of Miller --- has now broken his silence to say that Ellington betrayed him.

When asked why the former commissioner would do such a thing, Miller answered: "That a di shocker, but we can't talk it now or the whole dollyhouse mash up."

Miller's comments came during an exclusive interview with The Gleaner/Power106 News Centre, just days after his corruption case ended with a $1 million fine.

Miller had maintained that he was taking Coke to surrender to US authorities and that members of the Police High Command were, at all times, aware of his actions.

In July, the founding pastor of Fellowship Tabernacle church located in St Andrew was convicted of attempting to pervert the course of justice, six years after drug kingpin Christopher 'Dudus' Coke was captured in a vehicle he was driving along Mandela Highway in St Catherine.





bolt-babsy-grange-ed-bartlett.jpgMinister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Honourable Olivia Grange, says she is confident that the Usain Bolt Tracks and Records franchise will make significant contributions to the promotion of Jamaica's sport, music and cuisine.

Speaking at the opening of the first Usain Bolt Tracks and Records franchise in Ochi Rios, St Ann, on Wednesday, September 14, Minister Grange said "It is always a great recipe that uses three of our country's best ingredients - sports, music and food. But when we then add Usain Bolt and the beautiful Ocho Rios to the mix, then 'everything sell off'."

The Minister explained that the success of any restaurant is dependent on five key things, "Menu (you have an excellent Jamaican menu); Ingredients (you can get them fresh from our farmers); Atmosphere (Ocho Rios is one of the best places in the world); Service (it has been good so far and I know this will continue); and Reputation (which is dependent on how well you execute the other key components)."

The Minister used the occasion to congratulate the triple Olympic gold medalist, Usain Bolt, the KLE Group and the new franchise owners, Marsha and Joshua Jhamani, for having the confidence to invest in Jamaica and for the important role they will play in promoting what is good about Jamaica.





nick-gordon.jpgNick Gordon, boyfriend of the late Bobbi Kristina who died in a similar incident like her mother Whitney Houston has been found "legally responsible" for her death.

A Fulton County, Georgia, judge ruled Friday that Nick Gordon "is 'legally responsible' for Bobbi Kristina Brown's death after the defendant failed to appear in court," this according to 11 Alive.

The conservator of Brown's estate had filed a wrongful death civil lawsuit against Gordon in August 2015. The suit accused Gordon of assault, battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and transferring money from Brown's account into his own without authorization.

Bobbi Kristina died in August 2015 - several months after being found unresponsive in a tub at her Roswell townhome.

The default judgment was handed down because Gordon failed to appear twice, anything alleged by the plaintiff is admitted through omission.





MIA adds Jamaican flavour to album

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Rapper M.I.A adds Jamaican flavour to her fifth studio album AIM, which was released on September 8 via Interscope/Polydor. The 12-track standard version features five songs recorded in Jamaica. Ali R U OK, Bird Song, Jump In, and Foreign Friend were recorded at Portland's Geejam Studios.

Survivor, which was produced by Justus Arison, was recorded at the UIM Records studio in Kingston. Foreign Friend, produced by Daseca Productions, is a collaboration with singjay Dexta Daps, best known for hits including Seven Eleven and Shabba Madda Pot.

AIM debuted at number one on the iTunes Electronic album chart. M.I.A, whose real name is Mathangi Maya Arulpragasam, is best known for hit songs Paper Planes and Boys (the video was shot in Port Royal).





homeland-security-department-headquarters-washington.jpgThe U.S. government has mistakenly granted citizenship to at least 858 immigrants who had pending deportation orders from countries of concern to national security.

Some of them also had high rates of immigration fraud, according to an internal Homeland Security audit released Monday.

The Homeland Security Department's inspector general found that the immigrants used different names or birthdates to apply for citizenship with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and such discrepancies weren't caught because their fingerprints were missing from government databases.

The report does not identify any of the immigrants by name, but Inspector General John Roth's auditors said they were all from "special interest countries" - those that present a national security concern for the United States - or neighboring countries with high rates of immigration fraud. The report did not identify those countries.

In an emailed statement, the Department of Homeland Security said the findings reflect what has long been a problem for immigration officials - old paper-based records containing fingerprint information that can't be searched electronically. DHS says immigration officials are in the process of uploading these files and that officials will review "every file" identified as a case of possible fraud.

DHS officials identified an additional 953 people who had been naturalized despite outstanding deportation orders, though auditors couldn't determine if those immigrants had digital fingerprints on file or not.

Roth's report said fingerprints are missing from federal databases for as many as 315,000 immigrants with final deportation orders or who are fugitive criminals. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has not reviewed about 148,000 of those immigrants' files to add fingerprints to the digital record.

The gap was created because older, paper records were never added to fingerprint databases created by both the now-defunct Immigration and Naturalization Service and the FBI in the 1990s. ICE, the DHS agency responsible for finding and deporting immigrants living in the country illegally, didn't consistently add digital fingerprint records of immigrants whom agents encountered until 2010.





Over 25 injured in NY blast

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new-york-chelsea-explosion.jpgJust days after New York's memorial of the 9/11 bombing where 3,000 persons lost their lives a scary blast rocked the State in late last night.

According to Fire Department officials about 25 people have suffered minor injuries in an explosion that occurred on Manhattan's West 23rd Street, possibly in a dumpster.

The explosion occurred around 8:30 p.m. in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood.

Witnesses said they felt the ground shake and there were also photos posted online showing broken glass in nearby buildings. Others say they were ushered out of a nearby restaurant for their own safety after the blast occurred.





Men held in murder of JDF soldier in barber shop

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hands-behind-bars.jpgTwo men who were involved in the slaying of a soldier in Jamaica were arrested over the weekend. The soldier who was in a barber shop was killed was tackling the gunmen who came in there in a robbery attempt.

The soldier - Lance Corporal Ricardo Bennett was killed on September two in an incident where one of the perpetrators died.

According to the police they have now arrested two of three suspects accused of killing Bennett.

It is reported that 25-year-old Sheldon Brown and 36-year-old Dwayne Bedasse have been charged with murder, conspiracy to commit murder and aggravated robbery. The Kingston residents were identified in a lineup on Friday. Police say a third suspect will face an identification lineup at a later date.





court-case.jpgThe trial of the three Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) soldiers charged with the shooting death of accountant Keith Clarke has been pushed back to February 6, 2017.

The trial has been delayed due to a change in defense attorney.

Lance corporals Greg Tinglin and Odel Buckley, and private Arnold Henry are accused of murdering Clarke at his Kirkland Heights, St Andrew, home in May 2010 during the search for then fugitive, Tivoli Gardens strong man Christopher 'Dudus' Coke.

According to the JDF, Clarke's house was raided based on information that Coke may have been hiding there.

Clarke was shot more than 20 times.





One of nine escaped prisoners re-captured

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escapee-prisosner-oshane-morgan.jpgOne of the nine prisoners who escaped from the Denham Town Police lock-up in western Kingston is now back in custody following his recapture this morning in Manchester.

He is 19-year-old Oshane Morgan otherwise called Grey Beard, of Oxford Street, Denham Town, Kingston 14.

Morgan who was facing charges of robbery and illegal possession of firearm will be additionally charged with escaping custody.

Reports are that about 7:45 am, lawmen were on an operation in Mandeville, Manchester when Morgan was nabbed at the Nashville Bus Park in the parish.

The other eight escapees, who remain at large are:

  1. Theodore Lawrence, 23, otherwise called 'Theo', of Baugh Path, Tivoli Gardens, Kingston 14 who was charged for murder.
  2. Kevin Thomas, 26, otherwise called 'Tatan' of McKenzie drive, Tivoli Gardens, Kingston 14 who was charged for wounding with intent and shooting with intent.
  3. Richard Richardson, 22, otherwise called 'Ritchie' of Golden Heights, Denham Town, Kingston 14, who was charged for shooting with intent.
  4. Alex Bailey, 23 of Majesty Gardens, Kingston 11, who was charged for Murder and Illegal possession of firearm.
  5. Ian McBean, 30, otherwise called 'Pipe' of Cling Cling Avenue, Kingston 11, who was charged for murder.
  6. Stephen Burke, 23, otherwise called 'Lucious' of Hanover Street in Spanish Town, St. Catherine, who was charged for affray, malicious destruction of property and assaulting police.
  7. Donovan Allen, 33, otherwise called 'Bitter' from Spanish Town, St Catherine, who was charged for robbery with aggravation.
  8. George Ballentine, 19, of Bedwood Gardens, Kingston 7, who was charged for murder and illegal possession of firearm.

Reports are that about 7:30 am, during a routine cell check of the lock-up, the men were discovered to be missing.

Upon further investigation officers observed that the prisoners plotted their escape by cutting a ventilation grill.

The Inspectorate of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has commenced a probe into the incident.

The police have also advised members of the public that these men are dangerous criminals and it is a prosecutable offence to harbour a fugitive.





allan-skill-cole-photo-1.jpgAllan 'Skill' Cole and Bob Marley shared a passion for football and music. Considered one of Jamaica's finest footballers, Cole was a key member of Marley's inner circle. They first met in 1969, with Cole acting as manager of Wailers, the group which included Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny 'Wailers' Livingston.

They wrote several of Marley's most popular songs, however, Cole, has been at odds with record companies over unpaid royalties for decades.

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In a recent article, international website TMZ has written an article entitled: Bob Marley's Songwriter Goes to 'War' for Jah ... Bob's Label Stiffed Me, and uses court documents to back up this claim.

Cole's lawyers actually filed the suit on September 15.

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"One of Bob Marley's BFFs is getting screwed out of money for 2 of the reggae star's iconic tracks ... according to the lawsuit he's filed to get cash for the heirs of rasta messiah Haile Selassie.

Allan Cole is suing Island, Universal and Tuff Gong music over the copyright on "War" and "Natty Dread." Cole was a Jamaican soccer star who reportedly managed Bob briefly, and says he co-wrote the songs in the '70s.

In the docs:

"Cole says he was promised a copyright credit, but only got props for co-writing the tracks. He says he noticed the mistake when he tried to transfer half his interest in "War" to the family of former Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie I. The lyrics for "War" are lifted almost verbatim from a famous speech by Selassie ... who Rastafarians worship as Jah Rastafari. Cole is suing for his share of the copyright, profits from the songs and lawyers fees," TMZ says in the online article.

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In the ongoing saga the full list of songs include Zimbabwe, credited to Marley on his 1979 album, Survival, but actually written by Donald Leach; War, Johnny Was, Rat Race and Time Will Tell.

Cole is credited as writer of War, from Rastaman Vibration, Marley's 1976 album, and although he also co-wrote Johnny Was and Rat Race (also on Rastaman Vibration) and Time Will Tell (from 1978's Kaya) with Marley, his name does not appear in the composers bracket.The albums were distributed by Island.

"We an' Bob did have a different understanding... As Rasta wi neva deal wid certain thing," said Cole. "To us, a man word is him covenant," Cole is quoted as saying.

When Marley went solo in 1973, Cole became his road manager. He was the reggae star's road manager for his final tour in 1980, just months before Marley died from cancer in a Miami hospital in May 1981 at age 36.





rev-al-miller-and-dudus-photo-1.jpgControversial Pastor, Reverend Al Miller has reportedly paid his one million dollar fine handed down by the court as punishment in a case involving former Tivoli Gardens strongman, Dudus..

Yesterday, the court sentenced Miller to pay a fine of one million dollars or serve 12 months in prison.

Mr Miller has said he will not appeal the sentence.

Miller, who drove to the court in a top-of-the-line vehicle, a hummer, was found guilty of attempting to pervert the course of justice in July, after then fugitive Christopher Dudus Coke was found in his company.

He has maintained that he was taking coke to the US Embassy, to hand him over to the authorities.

The conviction of Miller has reportedly caused other members of the religious community to review their role in assisting the police with intervention, especially when the matter involves alleged criminals.





Woman admits to setting up Chris Brown

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chris-brown-photo-1.jpgThey say hell hath no fury like a woman scorned and singer Chris Brown is now finding that out as the woman he threw out of his home is got her payback big time.

Brown was arrested because Baylee Curran made a report that he held a gun on her. The police swooped in and searched his home resulting in the arrested.

News has now surfaced that all of this was carefully crafted by the alleged victim herself as she admitted in a text to one of her friend that she was going to set up the singer.

A former beauty queen, she allegedly sent a text to a man name Safari confessing that she is upset that Chris Brown kicked her out his house and is going teach him a lesson, this according to TMZ.

"Hey safari don't you know this freak Chris brown is kicking me out of his house because I called his friend jewelry fake. Can you come get me my Uber is messing up if not I'm going to set him up and call the cops and say that he tried to shoot me and that will teach him a lesson I'm going to set his ass up. Lol come get me."

Her friend Safari, however didn't seem to be down with the plan as he texted back, "Really that's f*** up you ain't going to do that your wrong if you do."

It is interesting to note that Brown's accuser Baylee Curran was stripped of her beauty pageant crown for using racial slurs. She also has a history of making up death threats is the claim.





Luciano to reapply for US work permit

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luciano-messenjah.jpgReggae singer Luciano will be reapplying for his US work permit next month, and he remains confident that it will be reinstated given the legal advice by a team of lawyers and immigration consultants.

Two weeks ago, Luciano was in Canada and on his way to Amsterdam via connecting flight through New York, when the reggae singer was interrogated and his hand luggage searched. This resulted in an immigration officer revoking his permission to travel to and work in the United States.

Since that time Luciano has been forced to cancel a number of his bookings in the United States. Luciano took a heavy financial hit, returning over US$40,000 in deposits.

The singer maintains that he has been using the medication for some time, and that immigration officers in Canada and California have both cleared him in the past.





women-to-be-honoured-founder-myecolin.jpgJamaica's hardworking female industry players will receive well deserved attention and recognition for their years of service. A brand new honorary event, 'Queens of Reggae Island Honorary Ceremonies -QORIHC, will have their first staging this October in Kingston, Jamaica.

The event, staged by New York based Reggae artiste Mye Laurell through her NyteNursePro foundation, will see eight talented and hardworking females, who are experts in their various fields, getting recognition for their efforts and perseverance.

Laurell and the foundation decided to honour women specifically because activities to support women are fundamentally lacking in the Jamaican industry.

The 2016 ceremony will be held on October 30 at the Courtleigh Auditorium and will see proceeds from the event going to support various charities under the Gregory Isaacs Foundation.

Honorees at this year's ceremonies are veteran Reggae artiste Sister Nancy, whose worldwide hit "Bam Bam" is the most sampled female hit in the history of modern reggae music, gifted video director Nordia Rose, TV broadcaster Elaine Wint, founder of Sun City Radio Doreen Billings or 'Mama B', Dancehall fashion designer Audrey Farquharson, renowned Dancehall Queen, Carlene, Government Minister, Babsy Grange and Dancehall dancing Instructors Latonya Styles and Dance Ja studios.





Marion Hall releases first gospel video

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marion-lady-saw-hall.jpgMarion Hall formerly known as Lady Saw - queen of the dancehall is proving all her naysayers wrong by staying on the new path she has taken.

Since she embraced Christ as her Lord and Saviour she has not looked back as many dancehall pundits thought she would do - but instead has been blazing a trail in the Christendom.

It is safe to say that Marion Hall is on fire for God and there is no water that can cool it down. She has now released her first gospel video entitled When God Speaks.

The video, Room In My House, was shot in Brooklyn, New York, last week, by Coche Productions and premiered days ago.





Deejay Ruffian missing...

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ruffian.jpgFemale entertainer Ruffian is reportedly missing according to the Jamaica Constabulary Force website.

According to information posted on the site, the 47-year-old-year has been missing since September 3. Ruffian, who was known as Lady Shabba, is known for songs such as The World Needs Love and Save the Juvenile.

The Portmore police are asking anyone with information about her whereabouts to contact police 911 or the nearest police station.

However, there have been unconfirmed reports that the entertainer has since returned home. However, efforts by Yardflex to contact her proved futile.





Performers announced for IRAWMA 2016

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The 2016 staging of the Martin's International Reggae And World Music Awards is just three weeks away and the performers list has just been announced.

Slated for October 2 at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts, attendees can expect a diverse mix of artists that will grace the stage.

This year's performers are Tarrus Riley - Dean Fraser & The Black Soil Band(Jamaica), Gramps Morgan of Morgan Heritage (Jamaica), Nesbeth (Jamaica), Shatta Wale (Africa), Stonebwoy (Africa), The Cables (Jamaica), Don Andre(Jamaica), X-Tassy (Haiti), Lt. Stitchie (Jamaica), Daniel Musgrove, Kay Morris(Gospel Act), Mylo Nandez (Latin Artist), Jamaican/African Dance Troops, with more to be added.

The 2016 IRAWMA Award will also recognize Irie FM out of Jamaica and VP Records for their contributions to the music industry with the 'Special Legacy Award.'

In honor of hosting the IRAWMA Awards in one of the biggest diaspora for the Caribbean community, South Florida, 3 Jamaicans living in Florida will be awarded for their 'Outstanding Contribution to the Music Industry.' Recipients are songwriter Danny Breakenridge, drummer Desmond Gaynor- Code Red Band and Radio DJ, Mikey Brown, of Mikey B. Promotions and WAVS FM.





cxc-logo.jpgRonald Thwaites, the opposition spokesman on education, is warning Education Minister Ruel Reid to be careful about the threat that he has issued to the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) that Jamaica is prepared to "review" its relationship with the examination body if the Penwood saga does not end favourably.

Jamaica has been lobbying the CXC to award grades to about 40 students of the St Andrew school who were ungraded in six subjects after the school failed to submit samples of their school-based assessments (SBAs) by a July 31 deadline.

Reid yesterday acknowledged a statement by the CXC that the school did not qualify for a hardship consideration. The statement, however, added that consideration was being given under "special circumstances" and that "candidates will be given the grade they justly deserve".

However, it was his threat to review Jamaica's relationship with the examination body if the resolution is not favourable that has left Thwaites and the Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA) concerned.

"We (the Government) have to make it very clear to them (CXC) that Jamaica is not going to stand for any foolishness, and if they continue with that, we may need to review our own position within CXC," Reid told journalists.

But Thwaites is urging Reid "not to pick a quarrel" with the CXC when it is clearly apparent that there was error on the part of the school, and, maybe, other factors in Jamaica.

"There are, indeed, many things in Jamaica's relationship to review, [for example], the costs, which seem to me to be no longer appropriate. [But] why would we want to, in any way, reduce or question our relationship with a pedigreed examination body that has served us so well for so many years?" Thwaites argued.

President of the JTA Howard Isaacs said a review of the relationship with the CXC is not a necessary course of action at this time.





hands-behind-bars.jpgThe sentencing hearing for three Chinese nationals, who pleaded guilty last week to major scamming activities, was delayed on Wednesday when they appeared in court.

The hearing is now set for Monday before the St. Andrew Parish Court.

The three were arrested last month by the St. Andrew Central Police. The cops raided a house they occupied in Barbican, St. Andrew and reportedly seized several skimming devices, hundreds of blank credit cards, along with J$6 million and foreign currency.

The skimming devices are used to create fake credit cards. It is alleged that documents with the information of credit card holders were also seized. The cops say the men are members of an international fraud network. They have been linked to fraud in United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Israel, Russia, Cuba and several Caribbean countries.

The men have pleaded guilty to possession of criminal property; possession of data device; forgery and unauthorized access to computer data.

Three other Chinese nationals, believed to be members of the fraud network, were recently arrested in Dominica.





PNP having money problems

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pnp-headquarters.jpgThe Opposition People's National Party (PNP) is struggling to host its 78th annual conference, scheduled for this weekend, amid damaging allegations of misuse of campaign donations by some of its candidates in the recently concluded general election which has reportedly crippled the party's treasury.

The party did not quote a figure for this year's conference, noting that "it is still a work in progress" only two days before the start. Last year, a $25-million budget was announced by Pickersgill at a similar press conference. The chairman indicated then that the party was not strapped for cash.

This year, the party has reduced the days of the conference from three to two.





Artist Cecil Cooper has died

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cooper-cecil.jpgRenowned artist, musician and art educator Cecil Harvey Cooper died this morning. He was 70.

His passing comes just over a week after he was conferred with Jamaica's fifth highest honour, the Order of Distinction (Commander Class), at a special investiture ceremony at King's House.

Governor General Sir Patrick Allen, who presented Cooper with the award, said it represented "service rendered that enhanced the quality of life and demonstrated significant contributions to Jamaica".

Prime Minister Andrew Holness said Cooper's "intellectual leadership and artistic integrity have given instrumental foundation" to his many students.





Lookout for fake $1000 notes

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The Clarendon police are warning business persons and other members of the public to be on the look out for counterfeit $1,000 notes. It is believed that the notes have been in circulation since last week.

Constable Nanthony Hamilton says three of the notes have since been handed over to him.

The police, in urging the public to be vigilant when conducting monetary transactions, say it is important for persons to pay attention to the notes because criminals are constantly finding ingenious ways to make money.

Hamilton is also encouraging persons, especially small business operators, to invest in money machines which he says will help them to detect counterfeit cash.





jutc-buses-photo-1.jpgThe Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) has suspended full service on the route to Gordon Town in St Andrew because of a breakaway in the roadway caused by heavy rains, at Savage Pen.

"The break in the roadway has made it impassable for the JUTC units and so the Route 61 buses cannot go all the way to Gordon and have to be turned at Savage Pen" the sate-owned bus company informed in a press release.

In apologising to affected commuters for the disruption in the Gordon Town service, the JUTC advised that there will not be a resumption of the full route until the roadway is repaired.





AJ Nicholson's son has died

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aj-nicholson-and-son-omar.jpgOmar Nicholson, the son of former Foreign Affairs Minister, A J Nicholson, has died. Reports are that he passed away on Wednesday.

According to a source close to the family, the former minister - who recently returned to the island after a trip overseas - is said to be deeply saddened.

"He's not taking it well, he's devastated," said the family friend.

Omar was a software developer and he graduated from Wolmer's Boys' School in 1989.





6 year-old girl shot in Spanish Town

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crime-scene-gun.jpgAsix-year-old girl was shot in March Pen Road, Spanish Town.

Initial reports are that about 3 p.m. on Wednesday a police party accosted a group heavily armed gunmen in an area called 'Africa'. A shoot-out ensued, and during the exchange of gunfire, the little girl was shot.

She was rushed to hospital by the police.

The area has since been blanketed with a heavy police presence.

The shooting of the child followed that of a male who was shot and injured about 1:30 p.m. in the Spanish Town Bus Park. It is said that two males dressed in school uniforms approached and shot the man. He was taken to hospital for treatment.

As a result of the incident, many commuters were left stranded.





What the hell! Jamaicans buying obeah from Africa?

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So what happen to fi we owna obeahman and obeahwoman dem? Fi dem obeah nuh strong enough.

Obeah capital, St Thomas, mussi a cuss out hell, cause a deso wuk di most guzzu and nuff people say it work. All foreigner come a Jamaica fi buy obeah, so how come dis yah obeah man a Africa and come bout him want more client from Jamaica.

According to di man (and we nah call him name fi gi him nuh free publicity) him specialise in bringing back a lost lover or job in 24 hours, remote control over lovers, and remove bad luck and jealousy.

"I can bless an amulet for you or cast a spell for you. And I am so certain you will be pleased with the results, I absolutely, unconditionally, guarantee everything is possible with my supernatural powers. It's your time to let the spirits of the metaphysical world help you enjoy the rich life filled with love, happiness, and wealth".

And we can bet say dis yah man yah in NOT wealthy. So how him a go mek people rich when him himself nuh have nutten





Wiz Khalifa having a great week

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wiz-kalifa-billboard-music-awards.jpgWiz Khalifa is having a great birthday week. The Pittsburgh native - born on September 8 - was named in the Top 5 of Forbes' Hip-Hop Cash Kings and his "See You Again" video has crossed a major milestone.

His hit record featuring Charlie Puth is currently the second clip to collect at least 2 billion views on YouTube. The only other video that has been watched that many times is Psy's "Gangnam Style" (2.6 billion).

"See You Again" spent 12 non-consecutive weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The breakout single from the Furious 7 soundtrack was nominated for three Grammys and a Golden Globe award.





Gyptian releases new video for summer single

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gyptian-photo-1.jpgReggae artiste Gyptian recently released the video for his summer single 'Summer is Back'. Never mind that the summer season is already behind us, Gyptian says the song will remain relevant because in the Caribbean, it is always summer.

Summer is Back was produced by Konsequence Muzik on the Tropical House rhythm, while the accompanying music video was shot by Yaadboiiz Films.

Gyptian recently wrapped up his Caribbean and North American tour and is now looking to embark on a tour of Europe in a matter of days.

The music video was filmed at various locations like the Blue Mountains, Hellshire Beach, Mojito Mondays, and recently premiered on internationally acclaimed music platform Boomshots.The artiste, who was certified gold for his single Hold Yuh, is expected travel to United Kingdom, France, Germany, Belgium, Spain and Sweden, among others stops on the European tour.

Gyptian is also working on a new album to be released under VP Records in 2017. He recently launched his own production/management company called Ryte Dyrekshan production.





tommy-lee-photo-10-simplified.jpgFollowing a series of highly charged foul-mouthed diss songs flung back and forth between Mavado and Popcaan and then Demarco and Jahmiel entering the fray, controversial artiste, Tommy Lee, has now jumped in with both feet.

As expected, the controversial deejay has unleashed a loaded track that has set the dancehall buzzing.

But, Tommy Lee is not even waiting for his lyrics to soak in, he is already hellbent on venting on Jahmiel, who he says called up his name in a diss track.

All we can say is that Isaiah Laing and his Sting organisers must be very happy.





Sting rebranded 'One World Sting' goes global

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The Greatest One Night Reggae Show on Earth, 'Sting', has been rebranded as 'One World Sting'. Starting 2017, the event will be held annually in other countries with the aim of spreading the brand and to fuse reggae and dancehall with all genres of global music.

Sting is set to premiere in London in August 2017, and will feature several top global artistes, after which it will be simultaneously staged on December 26, 2017, in both Jamaica and London as well as over 100 cities, including Beijing, Paris, Sydney, New York, Durham, Johannesburg, and Los Angeles.

The One World Sting is billed to reach an estimated two billion people in its first staging, and with the addition of multi genres, and technological integration, some, 3.4 billion people are set to witness the live event in their country.

It is not clear if the event will be on a hiatus for 2016, however, the organisers reportedly have a press conference planned for Wednesday.





Brothers shot dead at home

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crime-scene-gun.jpgTwo brothers were Thursday morning shot dead at their home in the Havana Heights community of May Pen, Clarendon.

Reports from the police are that 19-year-old Javelle Lawrence and his brother, 18-year-old Romario Lawrence, were shot dead about 2:40 am as they slept.

Their attackers, who were reportedly impersonating police officers, kicked open the door to their home and opened gunfire hitting them.

They were pronounced dead at hospital.





Commish vows to find killer of 9 month old baby

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karl-williams-police-commish.jpgCommissioner of Police Dr Carl Williams has vowed to find the killers of a nine-month-old baby, her 25-year-old mother and a 62-year-old man in Annotto Bay, St Mary.

Williams, who visited the scene, is speculating that the early morning incident stemmed from a domestic dispute. Reports are that Rushell Williams and her child Aleir Smith were visiting Albert Pryce at his home in Fort George when the attacker(s) struck.

Residents reported hearing gunshots around 6:00 am and summoned the police.

"This is really a sad day because heartless criminals have turned their weapons on not just men but women and children. They have gone too far and I will do all I can to ensure that the killer or killers will not escape," Williams said.





Hillary Clinton diagnosed with pneumonia

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hillary-clinton.jpgHillary Clinton's doctor has revealed the 68-year-old has pneumonia - hours after video showed her collapsing into the arms of her Secret Service agents after being rushed from the 9/11 memorial service at the World Trade Center.

Dr. Lisa R. Bardack released a statement through her campaign team after she performed a check-up on the presidential candidate at her home in Chappaqua, New York, on Sunday, after the 'medical episode'.

She said: 'Secretary Clinton has been experiencing a cough related to allergies. On Friday, during follow up evaluation of her prolonged cough, she was diagnosed with pneumonia. She was put on antibiotics, and advised to rest and modify her schedule.

'While at this morning's event, she became overheated and dehydrated. I have just examined her and she is now re-hydrated and recovering nicely.'

Clinton is now holed up in her upstate New York home after a bystander recorded her losing her balance, slumping at the knees and being held up by her aides while waiting to get in a minivan.





No motive as man shot dead in Trelawny drive-by

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man-shot-dead-warren-hodges.jpgA man was killed and two other persons shot and wounded in a drive-by shooting in the Trelawny on Sunday night.

The deceased has been identified as Warren Hodges of Bliss Pastures, Wakefield, Trelawny.

Reports are that, at about 8:30 pm, Hodges was standing at his gate when occupants of a motor car that drove up, opened fire hitting him multiple times. Two other persons were also hit. The three were taken to hospital where Hodges was pronounced dead.

The conditions of the two wounded are not considered serious.

It was the second drive-by shooting in the community in recent times. Last month, occupants of a motor car opened fire on a group of men gathered a short distance from the police station.





JUTC employee murdered on her way to work

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crime-scene-7.jpgA Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) employee was murdered on her way to work early Monday morning.

She has been identified as 36-year-old Natale Smith of West Avenue in Central Village, St Catherine.

Reports are that Smith had just left her home about 4:10 AM and was heading for work when gunmen attacked and shot her in her head.

Smith's murder has caused grief and mourning among her colleagues at the public transportation company, where she worked.

According to the police, the motive of the crime is unknown as the assailants left behind the victim's cell phone and purse.





Ban on Samsung Note 7 on Caribbean Airlines

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caribbean-airlines.jpgCaribbean Airlines (CAL) has banned the in-flight use and charging of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smart phones on all fights. This follows reports from Samsung that the smartphone's battery poses a threat of fire once it becomes overheated. In a recent release, CAL said the decision was based on a directive from the Trinidad and Tobago Civil Aviation Authority (TTCAA).

The airline advised that the device can be taken on board in a person's carry-on luggage or on their person, but must not be used once on board. The airline also advised that the passenger will not be allowed to store the device in their checked luggage.

Caribbean Airlines pointed to safety as its number one priority regarding its passengers and crew.

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission has urged owners of the smartphone to discontinue using the device and to turn it off. The body said that it is working with Samsung to determine whether a recall of the device and exchange are enough of a solution to the matter.





crime-scene-7.jpgThe driver responsible for last Friday's crash in Clarendon in which 23 students were injured has been charged.

Clovis Duncan, who fled the scene of the accident, turned himself in to the May Pen police on Sunday. He has since been charged for failing to report an accident, dangerous driving, operating without insurance and operating without PPV license. He is scheduled to make an appearance in court on Wednesday to answer to the charges.

The Toyota Hiace mini bus transporting Garvey Maceo students was being driven by Duncan when it collided with a taxi and flipped several times along the Vernamfield main road in Clarendon sometime after 9 o'clock Friday morning.

A 15-year-old student, who sustained serious injuries, had to be transferred to the University Hospital of the West Indies where he remains in intensive care.





tom-tavares-finson.jpgJamaican attorney Tom Tavares-Finson today complained to a judge that he was videotaped by American law enforcement personnel outside the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court last month.

Tavares-Finson, said the filming happened on July 28 following a hearing into the extradition case of five Jamaicans wanted by America on lottery scamming charges.

At the resumption of the matter in court today sought to know why.

"Can I know why I was being videotaped and can I have a copy of the tape?" the attorney asked.

"They don't need to videotape me... dem can just Google my name and they will see my pictures," said Tavares-Finson, who is also the President of the Jamaican Senate.

Parish Judge Vaughn Smith said while he could not determine whether the complaint was true, he found it "curious" for the Americans to be videotaping Tavares-Finson. The American authorities present at the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court for the start of the extradition case were drawn from the FBI, the US Postal Investigation Service, the US Marshall Service and the US Attorney's Office for North Dakota.

The eight Jamaicans - Constable Jason Jahalal, Dahlia Hunter, Xanu Ann Morgan, Kimberly Hudson, Dario Palmer, Alrick McLeod, Kazrae Gray and Oneil Brown - are wanted on an indictment handed down in the US state of North Dakota.

According to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, they have each been indicted on one count of conspiracy and attempting to commit wire fraud; 48 counts of wire fraud; 15 counts of mail fraud and one count of money laundering.





Carey Wedler
March 24, 2015

martin-luther-king-nobel-prize.jpg(TFC) Washington, D.C. -- Though the FBI is often credited with solving crimes, the bureau's assistance comes at a cost. The futility of trusting the FBI to defend the greater good is demonstrated by 10 of the most crooked and corrupt things it has done since its inception as the "Bureau of Investigation" in 1908. Some misdeeds are well-known while others are obscure, but all provide cause to distrust the federal agency.

10) Last year, a letter surfaced from the FBI to Martin Luther King Jr., disparaging him, urging him to commit suicide, and attempting to exploit his sexual behavior. In 1999, years before that letter surfaced, a federal jury decided that government agencies were involved in King's assassination. Though the FBI was not directly implicated, its obsession with King is cause enough for skepticism.

9) During and following the same years that MLK was active, the FBI actively sought to infiltrate "radical," "subversive" groups. They launched the notorious COINTELPRO program, sending undercover agents to pose as members of movements. They seeped into anti-war groups, the Black Panthers, and communist, socialist, and Puerto Rican groups (among others). They attempted not only to gather information, but to sow discord among the ranks of activists in order to sabotage their efforts. The FBI allegedly discontinued COINTELPRO in 1971, but many believe it still employs the same tactics today.

8) For example, the FBI has been caught multiple times planning terrorist plots for targets to foil. This was the case here, here, here and here. When the FBI has trouble getting an informant to cooperate, it simply frames them.

7) In going out of its way to "find" terrorists, the FBI uses grotesque tactics. One former informant recently revealed that he was urged to sleep with women at a mosque he was infiltrating (the mosque eventually called the FBI on the informant when he advocated violence). This parallels the strategy of London police officers, who infiltrated environmental groups in the 1980s and '90s, as well as the tactics used on protesters in the United States.

6) The FBI is creepy beyond its use of informants. While the NSA is largely blamed for spying en masse on the data of American citizens, it was the FBI that actually built the Data Intercept Technology Unit. This is the framework that underlies the NSA's capabilities. FBI leaders have actively attempted to thwart encryption features on smart phones that were implemented due to concern over government spying.

5) Though such surveillance is disturbing, the FBI has been snooping since its inception. During the Prohibition era, agents tapped phones and spied on Americans in the name of catching alcohol bootleggers. It was only through Supreme Court cases and Congress that the FBI was barred from doing so--only to later develop the Data Intercept Technology Unit.

4) Such spying proves a troubling catch phrase of American popular culture: "Celebrities are just like us!": the FBI has conducted surveillance on a wide variety of stars. They watched Marilyn Monroe for her ties to the Kennedys, John Lennon for his anti-war activism, and Charlie Chaplin, who was an outspoken anarchist. Even the world's most famous figures cannot escape FBI scrutiny if they are promoting a change to the status quo. If they cannot escape the government's snooping, there is little chance for the rest of us.

3) The internment of Japanese-Americans during WWII is now viewed as one of the most reprehensible actions not only of FDR, but the federal government in general. However, when condemning the horrific discrimination and destruction of due process, few ask who carried out FDR's Executive Order 9066. It was the FBI, who made lists of people to "intern" and rounded them up. The bureau is rarely criticized for these racist, unconstitutional, and inhumane actions.

2) The FBI is also known for making the lives of whistleblowers a living hell. Though the Obama administration has cracked down on those who are courageous enough to expose government wrongdoing, the FBI has consistently ranked the most intolerant of such dissent. It sent a threatening letter to one of its would-be whistleblowers and makes little effort to protect them. For an agency tasked with rooting out crime and corruption, its unwillingness to look in the mirror is disgraceful.

1) The FBI has a bad habit of employing selective justice. During the 1970s and 80s when it was prosecuting gangsters, it made a point to prosecute some and not others. Why? Because those it protected were paying them off and providing information on other gangs. Further, in the 1960s, the FBI allowed four innocent men to be convicted of murder, simply to protect a former gangster turned informant. They encouraged a witness to lie and withheld evidence from the court to earn the convictions, again exemplifying an egregious disregard for the justice they are tasked with delivering (the government later paid over $100 million in settlements for the false convictions).

The Federal Bureau of Investigation enjoys the reputation of a legion of good Samaritans. Countless films and television shows glorify the agency and highlight its crusade to protect justice in America. In spite of this, the FBI's corruption runs rampant and unchecked-not all of the FBI's offenses can be listed in 10 points (special mention goes to targeting prostitution houses and editing Wikipedia articles).

In light of this consistent history of criminality and misconduct, it is time for Americans to consider that having criminals fight crime is a futile effort which belies a foundation of corruption across the entire system.

This article originally appeared on TheFifthColumnNews.com and was used with permission.





The FBI coming to Jamaica?!!

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The United States agency known as the FBI -Federal Bureau of Investigations - will be setting up office in Jamaica.

The announcement was made by US Ambassador to Jamaica, Louis Moreno on Wednesday evening at the launch of Dialogues in Democracy, a publication produced by the Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CaPRI) argued that the move represents the commitment of the US to helping the Jamaican authorities tackle the persistent problem of crime.

"During my tenure here I was able to convince Washington to give us a fulltime alcohol, tobacco and firearms office and very shortly we are actually going to have a fulltime FBI office," he told the small audience that had gathered for the launch of the CaPRI report.

He explained that the office will decrease the embassy's reliance on the regional FBI office and other intelligence arrangements in Latin America.

"We will now have our own officers stationed in Jamaica and that will make working with the security forces much easier. We will have more joint operations, more training, more equipment and more extraditions," he said.

The FBI, like the US Secret Service, is a law enforcement agency. They exist to investigate crimes, and the FBI budget is about $8.3 billion





Ska and Rocksteady legend Prince Buster is dead

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prince-buster.jpgLegendary Jamaican ska singer, songwriter, record producer and sound system operator Prince Buster is dead.

The singer died of health complications at approximately 7:20 a.m. today in Miami, Florida. He was 78 years old.

Born Cecil Campbell on May 24, 1938, Prince Buster died leaving his widow, Mola Ali, sister and children.

Regarded as Jamaica's first international musical legend, Busta hailed from Kingston, having been born on Orange Street - now known as the heart and soul of Jamaican ska, rocksteady and reggae.

The records that Prince Buster released in the 1960s - such as I Feel the Spirit and Fly Flying Ska - set a blueprint for ska and rocksteady anthems to come and had a profound influence on the UK music scene of the 1970s / 80s - primarily Coventry's 2-Tone ska label, home of The Specials and The Selecter. Madness originally covered Buster's 1963's B-side Madness on the 2-Tone label and recorded a tribute to Campbell called The Prince in 1979.

The 1960s were prolific for Campbell not only for the songs released but also for his production work on Oh Carolina by the Folkes Brother in 1960. The year 1964 saw a heavyweight meeting between Campbell and boxer Muhammad Ali, who invited him to attend a Nation of Islam talk in Miami, and in 1967 The Prince had a huge top 40 hit in the UK with the single Al Capone. Campbell returned to the UK charts in 1998 with his song Whine and Grine, which was used in a Levi's advert.





iphone-7-photo.jpgApple held their annual Press Event on Wednesday (September 7) in New York City, where they announced the iPhone 7.

The new iPhone is expected to have a better battery life, be water resistant, have a new and improved camera (with optical image stabilization, larger aperture and 60% faster), stereo speakers, and much more! There will also be additions and changes to the messenger app and the maps app, among others.

The manufacturer also boasts a new and improved home button, which has a Taptic Engine and will be more responsive. There will also be no headphone jack, which had been rumored for months. Wireless AirPods earbuds will be sold, and you'll be able to use your old headphones that will plug into the charger. The phone will come in five colors: two types of black, gold, silver and rose gold.

Apple also announced that a new Nintendo Mario game will be available in the app store called Super Mario Run - a side-scrolling, automatic-running game.





drake-performance-billboard.jpgCops tell TMZ they got a couple of names twisted ... the jewelry actually belonged to Future the Prince, Drake's DJ on the tour ... not Future.

Honest mistake.update_grey_gray_barDrake went ballistic early Wednesday morning after learning one of his tour buses was targeted by thieves, who made off with 2 to 3 million dollars in bling.

Drake and Future were performing at the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix Tuesday night when a thief or thieves made it onto a bus shared by the 2 rappers. They took a briefcase that contained millions of dollars in jewelry.

We're told the jewelry was Future's, but the video is clear -- Drake was super upset when he learned about the heist.

We're told detectives are reviewing security footage to ID the culprits.





June 2017 trial for Bill Cosby

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bill-cosby.jpgBill Cosby's sexual assault trial in Pennsylvania has been scheduled for June next year.

Prosecutors are hoping to have more than a dozen accusers take the stand to detail what they claim is a decades-long pattern of attacks. Cosby is charged with drugging and assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004 at his Pennsylvania home.

Approximately 60 women have accused Cosby of similar attacks, though the Constand case is the only one to result in a criminal prosecution.

The former star says all of the encounters were consensual.





morgan-heritage-photo-1.jpgGrammy winning reggae group Morgan Heritage has returned to the top 10 of the Billboard Reggae Albums Chart.

Strictly Roots is spending its 39th week on the chart. The 12-track compilation which peaked in the number one position, re-enters the top 10 in sixth place.

Brothers Ziggy and Stephen Marley have also held on to key positions on the chart.

The self titled Ziggy Marley album now holds the number five spot, while Stephen's Revelation part 2; The Fruit of Life is number three.





Grand farewell for D'Angels father Clive Downer

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dangel-and-father-clive-downer.jpgHailed as an awesome father, grandfather and "one of the greatest singers who was too shy to buss', Noel "Clive" Downer was eulogised in song and spoken word at his funeral service held last Wednesday.

The Cathedral of St Jago de la Vega in the old capital of Spanish Town was as packed with mourners as it is with history, and those who were present enjoyed the flowing tributes paid to the late businessman and father of four girls, including popular recording artiste Michelle 'D'Angel' Downer. The high profile D'Angel, who arrived,with the family in a stretch limousine, led the mourners who had come to pay their last respects to a man who many called 'friend'.

"I didn't know that Clive had so many friends until last night," Loxley Downer, the very emotional brother of the deceased, informed the congregation.

It was he too, who told the packed church that perhaps the only time that Clive sang publicly was at the wedding of his daughter Michelle to Dancehall King and Grammy winner Beenie Man "and after Michelle urged his to sing, we had a hard time getting back the microphone from him", Loxley said.

And, as if recalling that momentous occasion, both D'Angel and Beenie, who sat right beside his ex-wife in the front pew, shared smiles.

The previous night, many of D'Angel's colleagues in the entertainment industry had come out to support her at the 'nine night' and on Wednesday, Lukie D, Aisha Davis and George Nooks added their voice in song with strong, passion-filled renditions of Clive Downer's favourite songs. Nooks took the singing to the next level and had the entire congregation engaged in praised and worship as he performed right before the closing prayer.

Among other entertainment personalities present was a elegantly attired Claudette Kemp, the manager for reggae artiste Capleton.

Clive Downer succumbed to his injuries in hospital after being hit down by a motorist last month in Spanish Town.





Jesse Royal on tour with Lauryn Hill

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lauryn-hill.jpgReggae artiste Jesse Royal has been making huge strides. Jesse who has been on tour all summer in Europe and the United States, has been a key staple on international R&B female soul singer Lauryn Hill's concert series MLH Caravan a Diaspora Calling.

The concert series dubbed a celebration of the many cultural facets and artistic beauty of the African Diaspora, features opening performances by the Small Axe Jesse Royal, and various artistes from across the African Diaspora including Nas, and Trinidad soca star Machel Montano.

Jesse Royal recently extended his gratitude to his team for making it possible, and Lauryn Hill for the invitation.

Jesse expressed that he was honoured to be welcomed on tour for the past couple dates and shared a photo of himself backstage with Miss Lauryn Hill.





Think outside the oven, urges Honeybun CEO

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honey-bun.jpgHoney Bun CEO Michelle Chong challenged the baking industry to increase its export output at its annual general meeting at the Hibiscus Lodge in Ocho Rios on Sunday, August 21.

In addressing fellow bakers, Mrs. Chong, who is also the president of the Jamaica Exporters' Association, told the packed room that operating only as competitors will limit the growth of all involved.

"Think of market share as 52 cards in a deck, and it is divided among all the bakers on the island. If we compete only in the Jamaican market, we are only passing around [the same] cards," Mrs. Chong opined. "We must look to multiply the cards, and that can only be done by export."

"We must play our part to aid the national export projection of US$2.9 billion by the year 2019," Mrs. Chong urged.





crime-scene-7.jpgAutopsies on the remains of three men which were found in a burn out vehicle in Barnett Bush, St James on Sunday revealed that two had bullet wounds.

The autopsy, conducted yesterday on the third man, was inconclusive. Two of the men were identified as 32-year-old Rory John and 31 year old ex-solider Shane Hibbert, both from Three Miles Rivers, Westmoreland.

The police are appealing to residents on the western end of the island who have a missing male relative in his thirties to contact them. The bodies were found about 10:45 Sunday morning.





Illegal to lock students out of school

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education-minister-ruel-reid.jpgEducation Minister, Senator Ruel Reid is reminding schools that no student should be locked out because their attire is not in adherence to regulations.

Our newsroom has received calls since the new academic term on Monday about students being turned away because of the length of uniforms as well as improper shoes, belts and haircuts. A parent in St. James explained yesterday that her daughter was locked out because of the length of her uniform despite it being the required six inches below the knee.

Senator Reid says there is no policy which allows a school to bar students from entering its campus. He explains that the children should be allowed to enter the campus, contact made with the parents and only after they are handed over they can be removed from the school. He appealed to Principals to adhere to the law and education regulations.

At the same time, he pointed out that there are clear rules as to what is expected from schools regarding uniforms.





$60-million cocaine bust in shipment from Guyana

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cocaine-seized-photo-1.jpgCocaine, with an estimated street value of over $60 million, was seized by detectives from the Narcotics Division along Savannah Avenue in Kingston on Tuesday, September 6.

Reports from the Narcotics Division are that at around 6 pm, during the search of a 20-foot container that was shipped from Guyana to Jamaica, a bag was searched and the illicit substance discovered.

The bag reportedly contained 48 parcels of cocaine, weighing a combined 52.65 kilograms. The estimated street value is US$474, 000 or $60,198,000.

No one was arrested in connection with the find.





Karl Blythe apologises

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Presidential contender Dr Karl Blythe has apologised to party leader Portia Simpson Miller, acknowledging that his comment about her health was "inappropriate".

"Having seen the recent video interview with Comrade Party Leader Portia Simpson Miller, I subsequently made some public comments on her well-being," Blythe said in a letter to Comrades.

"On reflection, I have realised that much of those comments were inappropriate. I am therefore withdrawing those comments and apologise unconditionally and unreservedly to Comrade Simpson Miller, members of her family and all others who, understandably are offended by my remarks," Blythe said.

The apology comes a day after the party issued a call for him to do so and withdraw his comments.





Man killed Monday morning in Downtown Kingston

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crime-scene-7.jpgThe bloodletting continued in downtown Kingston on Monday morning with the fatal shooting of a man on Blount Street in Denham Town.

He has been identified by his alias Killa. Residents say he operated a cook shop in the community.

Shortly after 9:00 a.m., he was riding his bicycle when he was attacked and shot several times. He died at hospital.

The shooting followed another incident in the community on Sunday morning, when a five year old girl was among four persons shot on Tulip Lane.

Gunmen also struck early Saturday morning in Denham Town, leaving a woman dead and four injured following shootings.





5-year-old shot downtown

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injured-child.jpgOn the eve of the new school year, a five-year-old child has been hospitalised after being shot in Denham Town, west Kingston this afternoon.

Investigators are still at the scene of the shooting, which took place at about 1:00 o'clock.

The child and three men were shot at the intersection of Tulip Lane and Milk Lane in the community. One of the men is said to be in critical condition.

"When they were rushing with her in the hospital she turned to one of the medical persons and said, 'doctor I don't want to die; doctor am I going to live?'" said the aunt of the little girl.

The little girl was reportedly shot in the hands and upper body when gunmen - travelling on motorcycles - opened fire in the community. She was among four people shot and injured. Twenty four hours later, the girl is said to be battling bravely in hospital, in serious but stable condition.

"Reports we are getting is that doctors are working round the clock on her and we are praying," the aunt told Loop News.

Residents of the volatile community have praised the fighting spirit of the child.

"Imagine she was doing her hair to go back to school when gunman just walked up and opened fire. Even when she got shot the child got up and walked into her home and then collapsed," one man said.





St Thomas principal dies just before school re-opens

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The St. Thomas Technical High School opened its doors for the new school year on Monday, but did so without its principal, Audrey Bryan-Webber, who died on Saturday.

"We are sadden by her passing and we have organised for a team from the counselling unit of the ministry to visit the school," Bertram Anderson, the school board's chairman said.

Yvonne Madhoo-Donegan, the school's vice principal, said that Bryan-Webber was gearing up for the start of school today.





kasi-bennett-and-bolt-beach.jpgA whe all a di people dem who did a tek up Bolt relationship pon dem head and a fight fi Kasi. Well, Bolt fly him girl to one fur, pretty name place pon vacation and a post up bare pitcha.

The moral of the story: Puss nuh bizniz inna fowl fight.

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coach-schaefer.jpgA what Schaefar really tek people fa. No sah, him damn outta order and rude, bout him a refuse interview and then go plug out di media people dem equipment.

Schaefer haffi apologise.

See what him do yah mek PAJ haffi write letter to JFF:

"After refusing to speak with the TVJ cameraman there, Coach Schaefer then came over and unplugged the media worker's cable during the middle of an interview with the team's manager, who was reportedly speaking willingly.

The PAJ said it regards the interference with the work of a media professional as "unjustifiable and quite frankly, totally out of order".

The PAJ has asked the JFF to deal with this matter, and to clearly stipulate to the federation's coaches what constitutes acceptable behaviour in interactions with the press.





Asafa Powell's winning run

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asafa-powell-photo-2.jpgAsafa Powell clocked 9.94 seconds to win the 100 metres event. at the Diamond League on Tuesday

Second place went to South African Akani Simbine, who continued his impressive season with a 9.99 seconds run ahead of the Ivory Coast's Ben Youssef Meite, who clocked the same time for third place.

Olympic 110 hurdles champion Omar McLeod ended sixth in 10.12 seconds.

In the meantime, Megan Simmonds was sixth in the women's 100 metres hurdles in 12.90 seconds.

The event was won by world record holder Kendra Harrison in 12.63 seconds.

The first Jamaican on the track was Christania Williams, who clocked the fastest time in the two pre-international programme women's 100m event, winning her section in 11.04 seconds.





Elaine Thompson clips Schippers at Diamond League

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elaine-thompson-breaks-record.jpgDouble Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson and Asafa Powell were the Jamaican winners Tuesday in the IAAF Diamond League meet in Zurich.

Thompson turned in an outstanding run to win the women's 200 metres in a Diamond League record 21.85 seconds to turn back the challenge of her Dutch rival Dafne Schippers, who finished second in 21.86 seconds.

American Allyson Felix finished third in 22.02 seconds while Thompson's compatriots Simone Facey was fifth in 22.50 seconds and Veronica Campbell-Brown sixth in 22.51 seconds.





Mr Vegas stages prayer vigil on Luke Lane

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vegas-world-unity-reggae.jpgMr Vegas o Thursday staged a prayer vigil in memory of Demario Whyte, a two-year-old boy who was allegedly shot and killed in the area.

The dancehall artiste who recently decided to give his life to Jesus, said he is keeping the vigil to send a strong message to criminals that they must stop murdering the innocent youths of Jamaica.

"The life of an innocent two-year-old child was recently snuffed out by heartless gunmen, what they did to little Demario is barbaric. We can't continue like this Jamaica, something has to be done we have to send a message to them to let them know that they must stop killing our children," said Vegas. "Jesus said 'Suffer the little children to come unto to me and I will give them rest'. We are doing this Vigil for Demario who's now resting in the arms of the saviour."





Zika-related death confirmed

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zika-virus-photo-2.jpgThe Health Ministry has now confirmed reports of a death related to the Guillian-Barre Syndrome (GBS), at the Kingston Public Hospital.

The ministry says the 78-year-old man died on Tuesday.

Chief Medical Officer, Dr Winston De La Haye, says although the patient did not show signs relating to the Zika virus, the ministry is yet to receive test results to confirm if it was a case of virus-related GBS.

Meanwhile, De La Haye is urging the hospital to be prompt in reporting cases like this.





NWC workers robbed of ID's and uniforms

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The National Water Commission (NWC) is urging customers to be on the lookout for thieves who may be posing as employees.

This after two NWC meter readers were recently robbed of their employee ID cards, uniforms and meter reading equipment while conducting duties in the Brooks Level Road area in Stony Hill, St. Andrew.

The agency says the employees were also robbed of their cellular phones before they were physically abused.

The matter was reported to the Stony Hill Police Station.

The public is being asked to report to the police any suspicious actions of persons trying to sell water meters.





Soldier shot dead in barber shop; gunman also killed

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soldier-bennett-jdf.jpgA Jamaica Defence Force soldier was Friday night shot dead by gunmen in Cross Roads, St Andrew as he tried to foil a robbery.

He has been identified as 31-year-old Lance Corporal Ricardo Bennett of Summerset Avenue in Manchester.

One of the gunmen was also killed but is yet to be identified.

The Jamaica Constabulary Force's Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) reports that about 10 o'clock Lance Corporal Bennett was in a barbershop when three men entered and open fire hitting him. CCU says he returned fire hitting one of the attackers.

The soldier and the injured gunman were taken to hospital where they succumbed to their injuries.





crime-scene-7.jpgThe wife of slain entertainer Jamari Reid has been arrested and charged in connection with his death.

Head of the Trelawny Police Superintendent Clive Blair says 46-year-old Monique Reid was charged on Thursday with soliciting murder.

Blair said the investigation suggests that the entertainer's death was a contract killing.

Reid is expected to make her first court appearance next week.

Jamari Reid, an emerging artiste, was shot dead last month by two men who entered his Falmouth Gardens home.





prime-minister-portia-simpson-miller-photo-3.jpgPresidential contender Dr Karl Blythe has apologised to party leader Portia Simpson Miller, acknowledging that his comment about her health was "inappropriate".

"Having seen the recent video interview with Comrade Party Leader Portia Simpson Miller, I subsequently made some public comments on her well-being," Blythe said in a letter to Comrades.

"On reflection, I have realised that much of those comments were inappropriate. I am therefore withdrawing those comments and apologise unconditionally and unreservedly to Comrade Simpson Miller, members of her family and all others who, understandably are offended by my remarks," Blythe said.

The apology comes a day after the party issued a call for him to do so and withdraw his comments.





israel-boaz-watchtel.jpgBoaz Watchtel, co-strategist in the medical cannabis programme in Israel's Ministry of Health, has called on the Government of Jamaica to legalise ganja and start a programme for the cultivation of medical cannabis..

Addressing the CanEx Conference at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St James, Watchtel stated that legalisation offers many benefits to society in the form of tax and the elimination of the black market

The Israeli noted that several countries don't want to grow medical cannabis therefore the potential for exporting the weed is enormous for Jamaica.





Back-to-school can be traumatic, especially for a principal who was caught up in a court drama in April with another man who allegedly bit him on the penis.

Well, the school community had said clearly that they did not want the principal back in their school, and it seems that the Education Ministry has extended his leave of absence.

Report are school principal at the centre of controversy surrounding the incident, in which a male companion bit his penis, will not be at the controls when his institution reopens on Monday.

He is still the principal, however, he will not be back at school for the start of the school term. I understand the concerns," the acting principal is reported as saying.

Police reports are that the principal was rescued after he was found along the roadway outside a popular restaurant and lounge located in Portmore, bleeding profusely from his private area. In court, attorney-at-Law Ernest Smith, who represented the man accused of injuring the principal, said the principal "was a mentor," who "took my client out for drinks". He said that instead of driving home his client, the principal tried to force himself upon his client, who refused his advances.





Bay-C tops chart in Germany

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Less than a year after rebranding his artiste persona as a solo act, Bay-C, formerly of the group T.O.K, has hit number one on the MTV Germany Urban Chart with his collaboration 'Rude Gyal Swing' with African Pop artiste Treesha.

The 'Rude Gyal Swing' single, recorded earlier this year, has spent six weeks on the MTV Deutsche Urban Chart since its release earlier this summer. The dance party track, produced by Deebuzz, and Hard2Def out of Germany, is a mix of Electronic Dance Music with a Dancehall flavor.

'Rude Gyal Swing' has edged out other international singles, including DJ Khaled 'I Got My Keys', Usher 'No Limit'and Fergie with 'M.i.l.f Money,' to make it to the number one spot.

Bay-C's solo artiste popularity grew in Germany after his six week solo European tour promoting his 'Better Must Come' EP, in May of this year.

Plans are already being finalized to shoot a music video for the 'Rude Gyal Swing' single as well as executing a combined tour featuring Treesha and Bay-C to amp the single's worldwide promotion. Bay-C will be releasing additional new singles through to the Christmas season and he will also release the visuals for his 'Bunx And Galang' single featuring dancers Shady Squad in a matter of weeks.





chris-brown-accuser-photo-1.jpgCurran claims that she is not speaking out about the incident for publicity, 'as she is pretty well-known being Miss California Regional.'

'I hope the truth does comes out, because I don't lie, I would never lie, why, for what?' Curran said. 'I don't need the publicity, I'm already kind of very well-known for being Miss California Regional, modeling, upcoming actress.

'So if I was doing this for fame, or something to that sort, why would I do it this way?'

Speaking to Extra on Tuesday, the same day of the alleged incident, Curran claims that she has witnesses who can vouch for her story about what she claims happened

She also said that she has witnesses who will back her story up.

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'I would say to Chris, be the good person that I know you are. He knows what he has done... I would say, just come out with the truth, because I'm sure it will come out one day anyway,' she told Extra.

However, hours earlier, Curran spoke to TMZ Live about the incident where she said that she was at Brown's house spending time in his hot tub with a friend before the alleged incident. She also said that it wasn't her first time at his place.

According to TMZ , back in 2013 Curran was vacationing with friends at the luxurious New York hotel, The Plaza, in when an argument broke out.

Police documents contain allegations that Curran snatched a $1,000 Louis Vuitton purse, containing $200 in cash, credit cards and a Michael Kors wallet, from one of the other girls, TMZ reported.

Curran allegedly fled with the purse and left New York, but would be liable to be arrested if she returns to the city.

Her former friend, whose purse she allegedly stole, is said to have got a restraining order against Curran from a judge in California.





Niko Chromatic hospitalised

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niko-chromatic-gofundme.jpgPopular selector Niko Chromatic has been admitted to the University Hospital of the West Indies last week with complications.

According to his spouse, Kimberly Mais, the complications are not serious and should be rectified in short order. However, Mais said Niko is in urgent need of surgery, but the medical fund is still about US$30,000 short of target.

Donations can be made to a Gofundme account set up for the entertainer, or to Scotiabank (JMD) account #832211 or Scotiabank (USD) account #832212. Both Scotia accounts are at Scotiabank's Oxford Road branch.

Niko Chromatic, a member of the popular Chromatic sound system, announced earlier this month that he was battling kidney disease and appealed to the public for assistance with his medical bill. Both his kidneys have now failed and he is in urgent need of a transplant.





don-creary-and-shaneke-williams.jpgSocialite and public relations specialist Don Creary will face trial in the Home Circuit Court on charges that he raped a 15-year-old girl in November 2013. He is to face trial along with co-accused, Shaneke Williams. The case is to be mentioned on September 16.

The decision was made Wednesday at a committal hearing, at the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court in Half-Way Tree, to determine whether there was sufficient evidence for the matter to go to trial. The revelation comes a week after another rape charge against Creary - for allegedly raping a 19-year-old girl at an apartment in Meadowbrook - was dropped.

On Wednesday, Creary was brought before the court on charges that he had sex with a 15-year old girl in a St Mary apartment after plying her with alcoholic beverages. Williams was charged with aiding and abetting and sexual touching.

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Creary and Williams were re-offered bail in the same terms and condition of the previous bond. Court files reveal that the Creary was offered bail in the sum of $2 million with one or two sureties while Williams was offered bail in the sum of $1.2 million under the same conditions.

Last Thursday, in the case regarding the 19-year-old, the prosecution asked that a no order be made in the matter. In asking for the case to be dismissed, the prosecution said that the complainant had left the island, that the Crown doesn't have a contact number for her and that it has no reason to believe she's returning.





chris-brown-photo-1.jpgThe woman claiming Chris Brown pulled a gun on her after she admired some of his friend's jewelry was stripped of the Miss California Regional 2016 title after a series of alarming incidents in the two months of her reign.

Baylee Curran, 24, called 911 from Brown's $4million mansion in southern California at 3am on Tuesday, leading to an 11-hour stand-off with police before a search warrant was executed on the property.

It ended with the award winning singer being arrested on suspicion of felony assault with a deadly weapon at the Tarzana mansion.

He has since been released on $250,000 bail. He was tested for drugs after arriving to jail by authorities, TMZ reported.

Curran alleged that the singer threatened her with a gun and kicked her out of his home after she was simply admiring some diamond jewelry.

She was crowned the Miss California Regional on April 1, but on July 5 of this year she was dethroned 'due to a breach of contract'.

A source close to the situation said that there were a series of allegations against Curran that raised 'red flag after red flag after red flag'.

One of those red flags, allegedly included 'racy photos' taken reportedly of Curran during a photo shoot that were anonymously sent to pageant officials.

Title holders are not to be posing or taking any revealing or nude photos of any type of nature, including both selfies and professional photo shoots.

The source said that Curran denied taking the photos, claiming that it was not her.

In addition, the source said that Curran, who is an aspiring actress, did not perform any civic duties as Miss California Regional 2016.

'She was required to perform community service and help out the community, but she did not do anything,' the source told DailyMail.com.

Furthermore, other contests in the pageant alleged that Curran threatened them, was 'very catty' and also made 'racial comments,' the source claimed.

Before dethroning Curran, pageant officials held a counseling session with her about the allegations and problems, but the situation worsened.





luciano-messenjah.jpgSinger Lucianos United States visitor's visa and work permit were cancelled by American law enforcement officers last weekend. The artiste, who was scheduled to perform at the Philadelphia Jerk Festival at Fairmount Park on Sunday, announced this development via social media.

"I sincerely regret the inconvenience and disappointment that this will cause as I am also deeply devastated. Please pray for me while I face yet another major obstacle in my life," the post from the beleaguered singer said.

The post revealed that a search by customs officers turned up a herbal medicine that contains cannabis extracts.

"I regret to announce that whilst crossing the border from Canada into America by air on August 25th, 2016, I underwent an abnormal interrogation during which my personal hand luggage was searched. During the search, a mixture that I normally use as a herb medicine for my throat was found and after numerous tests it was claimed to be illegal because it contained cannabis extracts. The herbal liquid was a very small amount (less than one gramme), but as a result my visas were revoked and I was denied entry into the US," the post explained.

"Please note that this will not affect any bookings that I have in countries anywhere else in the world, apart from North America. So please keep the faith... Jah Bless," he continued.

Luciano had several gigs lined up in California, British Columbia, Washington, Arizona and Oregon from September 2 to 17.





The dangers of eating late at night

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Eating late at night is putting millions of people in danger of heart attacks and strokes, experts warn.

A late-night meal keeps the body on 'high alert' when it should be winding down, researchers found.

Heart experts last night advised that adults should never eat within two hours of bedtime - and ideally nothing after 7pm.

In a healthy person, blood pressure drops by at least 10 per cent when they go to sleep.

But the results of a study of more than 700 people with high blood pressure found that eating within two hours of bedtime meant their levels stayed high.

Experts think this is because eating releases a rush of stress hormones when the body should be starting to relax.

People who do not see their blood pressure fall at night are known as 'non-dippers' - and have a much higher rate of heart-related death.

Late eaters were nearly three times more likely to be non-dippers, the Turkish researchers found.

Researcher Dr Ebru Özpelit, presenting her results at the speaking at the European Society of Cardiology congress in Rome, said: 'If we eat late at night, the body essentially remains on high alert as during the day, rather than relaxing for sleep.





Penwood students' SBA's accepted by CXC

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cxc-logo.jpgIt has been announced that the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) has accepted the School Based Assessments (SBA's) which were not submitted on time by Penwood High School.

This decision follows talks involving the Ministry of Education, Penwood High, the Overseas Examination Commission (OEC) and CXC.

Forty students at Penwood High did not get grades in six subjects in this year's sitting of Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) exams as school administrators failed to submit their SBA's on time. The school unsuccessfully attempted electronic submission.





Another man killed downtown

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crime-scene-7.jpgGunmen struck on John's Lane, near East Queen Street in downtown Kingston a short while ago, leaving one man dead.

Details of the shooting were not immediately available but persons on the scene were angry, saying the victim was on the ground writhing in pain for almost half hour before the police arrived to take him to the hospital.

There has been heightened concern about the increasing violence in downtown Kingston.

Just over a week ago a two-year-old boy was shot dead and his father and another man injured in what the police say is a gang warfare over turf.

That incident came after several other shooting incidents, some fatal.





gleaner-building.jpgReports are that senior officers and managers of The Gleaner have been offered attractive redundancy packages. They have been given two days to respond to the offer.

The redundancy exercise could be a direct result of a merger between the media entities Radio Jamaica Limited and The Gleaner Company Limited.

The merger, which was approved by shareholders of both companies last December, is supported by various local regulatory authorities, and sanctioned by the Supreme Court in February. The merger has created the largest media entity in Jamaica and among the largest in the English-speaking Caribbean.





 

clinton-vs-trump.jpgHillary Clinton called Donald Trump a racist and a sexist - to his face - in brutal exchanges during the year's first presidential debate Monday night.

Her charges of racism stemmed from an age-old complaint that he had supported 'birther' conspiracies questioning Barack Obama's U.S. birth and therefore his eligibility to be president.

And she leveled charge after charge at the Republican in an attempt to frame him as an unrepentant chauvinist, aided by a question from moderator Lester Holt about a one-time comment that Clinton lacked 'the look' to be president.

'This is a man who has called women pigs, slobs and dogs,' Clinton said - a similar challenge to one Trump faced more than a year ago from Fox News Channel anchor Megyn Kelly at the first GOP primary debate.

Monday he answered it a second time with a jab at an old entertainment nemesis.

'Somebody who's been very vicious to me, Rosie O'Donnell - I said very tough things to her,' Trump protested, 'and I think everybody would agree that she deserves it, and nobody feels sorry for her.'





cecile.jpgdanielle-di-image-2.jpgDancehall vixens Cecile and Danielle D.I. have been squabbling on social media after Ce'Cile apparently took offence to Danielle D.I. calling herself 'Bad Gyal D.I' during a television interview.

According to Ce'Cile, who also goes by the 'Bad Gyal' name, she was the first to claim the title.

"Quick pretty question. When I said bad gyal nobody said it before because I think that as an artiste you should be original. I have seen a few artistes since refer to themselves as bad gyal - case in point Bad Gyal Bambi and Bad Gyal Rihanna... a rock star so she can do anything she wants ... but I have never heard them claim the name," Ce'Cile said.

She added: "But when you do an interview and say that your are the original or official then clearly you are not. I hope the voice is no autotune neither. I am just saying put some respeck on my name. At least give credit because Google don't lie."

Danielle D.I., who caught wind of the Ce'Cile's post, swiftly responded, throwing jabs of her own. She even went as far as to imply that Ce'Cile was miserable since her high profile relationship with another entertainer failed to materialise.

"Dear little Cinderella, this a bad gyal D.I. Yes, I did say it on Hype TV last Friday night and I will continue to say it. You are not bad gyal. Bad gyal how? Furthermore, no one sees or considers you BAD in the 1st place, so no need for the SHADE," Danielle D.I. said.

"For your information, YES, Class have autotune, and so do many many hit songs in the world. This is why the industry can't grow. Instead of building another female you're trying to break one down. Back in the days I THOUGHT you were cool, we did a collab together and it was all good. What the hell happened you? What made you so angry? Are you angry cause Mr you know who not putting the respect on your NAME," she added.





We a beg Missa Laing fi have a bad gal section inna Sting this year and dash in all a di female artiste dem who tink seh dem bad. At the end of the ultimate bad gal clash, then Sting must crown the winner.

How that sound?

Over to you Supreme Promotions.





Neither Ce'cile nor DI is a 'bad gal' ....Just saying

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danielle-dj.jpgcecile.jpgWhy Cecile and DI tink seh either of dem is a bad gal? Mumma Nancy was a bad gal DJ and so too Lady Saw. But dem two yah doan mek di cut. Riri is plenty times more bad gal than Cecille because all now Cecile doan prove herself, so we nuh understand how she a own up title that she cyaan even defent.

Nah tell no lie - FI try and is still trying. But 'bad nah'? Nah. ...Just saying.





Freddie McGregor nominated for award in Colombia

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freddie-mcgregor.jpgFreddie McGregor has been nominated for the 'Guachupé de Oro' award in Colombia.

According to a news release from the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport - Minister Olivia Grange extended congratulations to the 'Big Ship' singer who describes as "truly embodies what the award is all about".

The award, which is presented by the Colombia Negra Foundation, honours people whose actions, creations and effort contribute to the development, promotion and increased knowledge about Afro-Colombian, Afro-American and African Culture.

According to Minister Grange, "Freddie, like many of Jamaica's entertainers, continues to be purveyors of positive music that uplifts and brings people of all races together. The ministry is proud to support his nomination and delighted to provide funding to enable him and his band to participate in this event."

McGregor and his 'Big Ship' Band will be representing Jamaica at two shows, September 22nd and 24th, in Bogota, as a part of the International Black Expression Encounter 2016, for Peace without Racism.





Shaggy, Agent Sasco clash on Instagram

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assassin-agent-sasco-photo-1.jpg Fans of dancehall artistes Shaggy and Agent Sasco got the time of their lives when the two engaged in a friendly clash on Instagram.

The friendly lyrical clash started when Direalshaggy posted a hilarious video of the Cookie Monster comparing the character to Sasco. Seems the Agent wasn't about to sit by and let his friend embarrass him on social media and responded with some fiery lyrics.





Ban on nigh-time entertainment in St Elizabeth lifted

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A ban on nighttime entertainment activities in St Elizabeth has been lifted.

Superintendent Lansford Salmon, head of the St. Elizabeth Police, said the ban on the last two remaining communities - Breas River and Barbary Hall have been lifted. The ban on Lacovia was also recently lifted.

Superintendent Salmon stated that the police are now satisfied that the problems which resulted in the ban have subsided and calm has returned.





Drake goes vinyl with latest album

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drake-wimbledon.jpgAfter the success of his last three albums, rapper Drake is offering fans vinyl editions of the albums for the first time.

The albums are Views, What A Time To Be Alive, a collaboration with Future and If You're reading This It's Too Late.

With the slow sales of albums in the last decade, Drake has managed to stay afloat.

Views is expected to return to the top of the Billboard 200 chart, which marks 12 weeks at number one.





prince-buster-photo-1.jpgThe funeral service for the legendary Prince Buster will be held on Saturday at 2:00 p.m., at the Islamic Council of Jamaica and, as is the custon of Islam, a strict dress code will be enforced for attendees.

Well wishers are being advised to adhere to the dress code for the funeral service.

Men should wear shirt and trousers, while women should wear an ankle length skirt, which should not be tight or transparent, along with a long sleeved and high-necked top and a headscarf. Additionally, all persons entering the mosque are required to remove their shoes.

The event will be hosted by the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport. Following the service will be a special tribute to the ska icon at 4:00 p.m.

Among the performers are Ernie Smith, Ken Booth, Derrick Morgan, StrangeJah Cole, Mystic Revelation of Rastafari, as well as Lloyd Parks and We the People band. Instead of flowers, contributions will be accepted in support of the Jamaica Association of Vintage Artistes and Affiliates.

Prince Buster, born Cecil Bustamante Campbell, died on Thursday, September 8, in Miami, Florida at the age of 78. Prince Buster will be interred at the May Pen Cemetery.





auresia.jpgSinger Auresia's "On The Road Again" is the first single from her upcoming album "Raices" meaning "roots" in Spanish. Following the diversity and authenticity of her new album, the rhythm and beat of the song was created by live instruments from different corners of the world, including Cuba and Auresia's native Ukraine, her lyrics share with us personal experience and feelings that she has encountered while on the road.

"I found the song during a nighttime jam by the fire on the beach on a cross-Canada tour on Hornby Island," reveals Auresia.

"After traveling and touring for the past several years, I have been to many places and many people from all different cultures and languages have been so lovely in welcoming me into their communities - I just had to put that into a song."

Auresia trades in the simple fun of her first two records for a more refined sound and delivers a raw, truthful interpretation of everyday life and the realities of being a strong woman. The one thing that hasn't changed, however, is her deep-rooted passion for Reggae and Latin music. Although most of her lyrics are sung in English, she masterfully weaves in Spanish phrases, as well as words in Lakota, the native tongue of the people of the Sioux tribes.

Fully comprised of organic instrumentation, the album impressively blends roots reggae and Afro-Cuban rhythms with folk-pop lyrics and melodies sung by Auresia's sweet-as-honey voice.

Dropping November 25th, 2016, 'Raices' is a musical love letter that traces us back to our roots.

Auresia has performed at festivals around the world, including the Omega Unity Fest in Colombia and Toronto's Canadian Music Week, and since her debut release, she has been nominated for five awards (Independent Music Awards, Canadian Reggae Awards). In 2014, Auresia was honored with the Reggae Xclusive Award for Top Singer.





Morgan Heritage releases new single, Selah

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morgan-heritage-photo-2.jpgDeemed one of the hardest working bands in the music industry, The Royal Family of Reggae Morgan Heritage hasn't slowed down since winning the 2016 Grammy award for Best Reggae Album. The siblings have continued their worldwide touring, while recording music for their upcoming 2017 album to be released on their CTBC Music Group label.

Throughout their travels one thing has remained constant, music and the beauty of mother earth. It is from the latter that the inspiration of their first single since winning their coveted award was born. Produced by renowned musician and producer Phillip "Winta" James (Overstand Ent), "Selah" speaks of Morgan Heritage's appreciation and discovery of earth. To support the single, the band treated fans and music lovers to breathtaking visuals filmed in Milan, Italy, and worldwide footage from their travels. Directed by Morgan Heritage, filmed by Emmy Lou Mai and edited by Maximilian Shelton, "Selah" is premiering Tuesday, September 20th on the global platform for Caribbean music, arts and culture LargeUp.com.

Distributed by 21st Hapilos Digital, "Selah" will be purchasable on September 30th, and is available for pre-order on iTunes and all major online digital stores.





spice-sumfest.jpgFemale Dancehall artiste Spice has been nominated along with her male counterparts Alkaline, Popcaan, Kranium, and Protoje.in Best Reggae Act category of the United Kingdom's (UK) MOBO Awards.

To date, three female reggae artistes have been nominated in the category since the award's inception in 1996. British reggae singer Sylvia Tella and Jamaica's Etana were nominated in 1997 and 2008, respectively.

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This is the fifth nomination for Popcaan, who is last year's winner. He has been making inroads on the UK dancehall scene with hits including Ova Dweet, We Still a Win and Weed is My Best Friend.

Both Protoje and Alkaline have earned their second nomination. Alkaline, whose Champion Boy and Block and Delete have been major hits on the UK dancehall scene this year, was first nominated in 2014.

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31 y-o St Catherine woman starves to death

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A probe is in progress into a case where it is suspected that a 31 year old woman in Portmore, St. Catherine starved to death.

The body of the woman, was found on Tuesday in an open lot in Braeton Phase 2 in Portmore. It is reported that she was mentally ill.

The Greater Portmore police went to investigate what they thought was a murder after receiving reports of a body in a bag in an open lot in Braeton Phase 2.

However, as soon as the police commenced their investigation, they realised it was an unusual case. The investigation revealed a deeper horror which speaks to the treatment of the mentally ill. A bag was found which contained the remains of the 31-year-old woman who appeared to have been malnourished. The woman lived with her 34-year-old sister who was her only care-giver. Her sister, who works in Kingston, told the police that she left home at 5:30 Tuesday morning and returned a little more than 16 hours later.

She said she found her sister on the floor, apparently where she normally lay, but this time she was dead. The woman said she panicked and placed the body in a bag, then dumped it in a nearby empty lot.

According to the police, the body was more like a skeleton with skin, no muscle, no fat. They believe she simply wasted away. The woman told police her sister was mentally challenged and unable to do anything for herself and she found it difficult to cope. Because she had to work, her sister was left at home all day, every day. Inside the house, investigators found feces all over and no running water in the house. The toilet was filthy. The dead woman's sister told police she tried but was unable to get help for her sister.

She was questioned by the Greater Portmore police on Wednesday morning.





credit-cards.jpgSeven foreigners, six of them Canadians, were charged on Wednesday afternoon in connection with a credit card scam.

A suspect from the Caribbean was also charged.

They were arrested on Tuesday by C-TOC detectives at the Marriott Hotel in St. Andrew.

The police were called when the hotel discovered that a fraudulent credit card was used to book the accommodation for the seven persons.

They are expected to appear in court later this week.





Seven million dollar ganja bust in Drax Hall, St Ann

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ganja-seized.jpgSeven million dollars worth of ganja was seized by the police off the coast of Drax Hall in St. Ann yesterday.

About 10 o'clock in the morning, the Narcotics and Marine Police searched a boat. Thirty-eight knitted bags containing 1,700 pounds of ganja were found.

The boat, two 250-horse power engines, petrol, food and equipment used at sea were seized. No one was arrested.





Guilty Chinese fraudsters to be sentenced today

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hands-behind-bars.jpgThree Chinese nationals, who recently pleaded guilty to financial crimes and breaches of the Criminal Justice (Suppression of Criminal Organisations) Act (Anti-Gang Legislation) charges, are to know their fate today.

Zhong Jianping, 38, Guo Shanghai and Zhong Fulin, both 37, pleaded guilty to possession of data devices, which comprised magnetic cards, computers, and two NSR605 card devices for the purpose of committing an offence.

The three were taken into custody on July 13 and charged following investigations, which resulted in the seizure of electronic devices suspected to be card readers, card writers, skimmers and other paraphernalia used in identity theft.

More than 400 credit cards, suspected to be fraudulently manufactured, were also seized along with cash amounting to approximately $6 million.





Bus driver's shooting leaves students in fear

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crime-scene-7.jpgThe Ministry of Education, Youth and Information has strongly condemned the fatal shooting of a bus driver, and the serious gun - shot wounds inflicted upon two students.

The shooting incident took place on Monday, during the early morning commute to school, in the vicinity of St. Clavers Avenue and Creek Street in Montego Bay.

There was chaos and panic during peak hour traffic along Creek Street in downtown Montego Bay as shots rained on a bus carrying mainly school children.

At the end of the shooting, the driver was dead and two female students of the Maldon High School injured.

They have since been hospitalised.





holy-trinity-devotion-photo-1.jpgIn this electronic age where student has a smart phone and every event, no matter how solemn or how gruesome is marked by a 'selfie', none of this was evident at he memorial service for fallen soldier, Dominic James the captain of the St Georges College football team. Tear...rivers and oceans of tears...were the order of the service which saw students from nearly a dozen Corporate Area (and Portmore) schools gathered in unity to pay respect to Dominic, who collapsed and died on Tuesday evening, while representing his school during a Manning Cup game against Excelsior High school at the Stadium East field.It was only few minutes into the game when the incident occurred and 18 year-old Dominic was rushed by his father to the University hospital where he died while undergoing treatment.

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The Holy Trinity Cathedral was packed to capacity as tearful students from all over attended for the Thanksgiving Devotion for the life of St George's College player and captain Dominic James who was also a student at Jamaica College prior to transferring to Georges. students from St George's, neighbouring Kingston College and Holy Trinity High School and Convent of Mercy Alpha along with Wolmer's Boys, Excelsior , Jamaica College , Calabar High and as far as Bridgeport High School in Portmore. The students turned out in their numbers and had the cathedral bursting at the seams.

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Father Richard Tulloch, chairman of the school board got the proceedings going, which was followed by the entrance hymn, "Great is thy Faithfulness". Opening prayer and song were conducted by St George's students.

"Let not our grieving see the work of God," said Father Tulloch. "It's all about God and we don't know why. God is at work. Cry, mourn, don't tell me don't cry," said Tulloch."We have more questions than answers but allow the grace of God to anoint you," he added.

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"Dominic James is a good fellow and I am not saying that because he is gone. Everything is a smile. He hardly spoke much, he smiles," said Tulloch.

Dave Myrie, principal of Kingston College could not hold back the tears as he led over 50 students in support of their rivals but good neighbours. "It's just a hard one....it could have been ours " said Myrie, noting that that KC's founder Bishop Gibson was a St Georges College student.

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Opposition spokesman on education Ronald Thwaites, a St George's past student highlighted the unity that James' death had brought.

"I pray that when this St George's team take to the field on Friday they will play with vigour," said Thwaites to loud applause.

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dangel-marco-dean.jpgOf all the pictures that D'Angel could have posted from her recent video shoot, she chose one in which she was half-naked with her son Marco Dean looking up at her. Of course people had nuff tings to say bout it. And that's exactly what she wanted.

After all, if a neva fi di controversial picture we wouldn't a write up bout her video shoot, so - Round One to D'Agel. this is what she had to say after the backlash:

"It is what it is. My son is the child of two entertainers, and he understands what his mom does for a living. He enjoys coming on my video shoots and he enjoys watching me work. He knows that I'm not going to walk around like that. He knows that that's me in work mode. He knows the difference between D'Angel, the artiste, and Michelle, his mother."

Aware of the buzz that the photo has been creating, a confident D'Angel also says she doesn't care what people think.

"I never thought people would be so low-minded that they would see this as anything other than a working mom doing what she needs to do," she said.





rita-marley-photo-1.jpgThere has been an outpouring of get well wishes as Rita Marley, widow of reggae icon Bob Marley, has been admitted to a Miami hospital after suffering a major stroke in the United States last night.

Yardflex has been reliably informed that Mrs Marley was in Miami to attend an event when she fell ill.

Reports are that Bob Marley's widow had suffered a stroke before, but this one is considered very serious.

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The Marley family has been quite secretive about the matriarch's health issues and have so far not made any official announcement about Rita's condition.

Seventy-year-old Marley, born Alpharita Anderson in Santiago de Cuba in July 1946, is the mother of three of Bob's 13 children - David (Ziggy), Cedella and Stephen. She married Bob in 1966.





Thieves strike at jewellery store on King Street

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jewellery-store.jpgThieves struck the Carousel Jewelry Store on King Street early this morning, running off with many items of jewelry and liquor.

The value of the items has not yet been determined.

It is believed that the thieves entered the store by breaking through a glass window at the front where crime scene tape (yellow tape) was drawn.





crime-scene-7.jpgA Jamaican was among three men shot dead by the police in Suriname during a failed robbery attempt on the weekend. He has not been identified.

The other deceased are from Suriname and Guyana.

Another Jamaican involved in the robbery was also shot and injured. He has been arrested.

The police say the four are members of a gang of robbers. It is reported that the men were in the process of robbing a shop when the owner shouted for help. A neighbour responded and the men ran from the building with some of the goods.

They were cornered by the police near their home and there was an alleged shootout in which the four robbers were shot. Three of them died on the scene.

The police seized guns and the goods stolen from the shop. Money and other goods in the house occupied by men were also seized.

A man and two women who were at the house were also arrested.





Paul Burke to step down as PNP General Secretary?

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paul-burke.jpgThe People's National Party (PNP) may soon experience shifts in its management personnel structure as RJR News has received word from party insiders that General Secretary Paul Burke has no intention of staying on in the position.

The insiders say at least one senior member of the PNP executive was persuading Mr. Burke to continue in the post for another year.

However Mr. Burke has quietly declared to PNP officials that he has no intention of back-pedalling on his recent declaration to step aside.

In the meantime, with the possibility of Paul Burke vacating the position of general secretary soon, the aspirants for the position are lining up.

Deputy General Secretary Julian Robinson, who has indicated that he wants the job, is not likely to be a shoo-in as PNP insiders say well known activist and businesswoman Maureen Webber is also expected to vie for the post.





dudus-rev-al.jpgRev Al Miller, who was recently fined one million dollars for harbouring a fugitive, says the former Commissioner of Police, Owen Ellington gave him two options to relay to fugitive Dudus: surrender directly to the Commissioner or to American law enforcement authorities.

Miller, who has been convicted for his role in transporting Dudus -- whose arrest ended an islandwide manhunt after he was found in the company of Miller --- has now broken his silence to say that Ellington betrayed him.

When asked why the former commissioner would do such a thing, Miller answered: "That a di shocker, but we can't talk it now or the whole dollyhouse mash up."

Miller's comments came during an exclusive interview with The Gleaner/Power106 News Centre, just days after his corruption case ended with a $1 million fine.

Miller had maintained that he was taking Coke to surrender to US authorities and that members of the Police High Command were, at all times, aware of his actions.

In July, the founding pastor of Fellowship Tabernacle church located in St Andrew was convicted of attempting to pervert the course of justice, six years after drug kingpin Christopher 'Dudus' Coke was captured in a vehicle he was driving along Mandela Highway in St Catherine.





bolt-babsy-grange-ed-bartlett.jpgMinister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Honourable Olivia Grange, says she is confident that the Usain Bolt Tracks and Records franchise will make significant contributions to the promotion of Jamaica's sport, music and cuisine.

Speaking at the opening of the first Usain Bolt Tracks and Records franchise in Ochi Rios, St Ann, on Wednesday, September 14, Minister Grange said "It is always a great recipe that uses three of our country's best ingredients - sports, music and food. But when we then add Usain Bolt and the beautiful Ocho Rios to the mix, then 'everything sell off'."

The Minister explained that the success of any restaurant is dependent on five key things, "Menu (you have an excellent Jamaican menu); Ingredients (you can get them fresh from our farmers); Atmosphere (Ocho Rios is one of the best places in the world); Service (it has been good so far and I know this will continue); and Reputation (which is dependent on how well you execute the other key components)."

The Minister used the occasion to congratulate the triple Olympic gold medalist, Usain Bolt, the KLE Group and the new franchise owners, Marsha and Joshua Jhamani, for having the confidence to invest in Jamaica and for the important role they will play in promoting what is good about Jamaica.





nick-gordon.jpgNick Gordon, boyfriend of the late Bobbi Kristina who died in a similar incident like her mother Whitney Houston has been found "legally responsible" for her death.

A Fulton County, Georgia, judge ruled Friday that Nick Gordon "is 'legally responsible' for Bobbi Kristina Brown's death after the defendant failed to appear in court," this according to 11 Alive.

The conservator of Brown's estate had filed a wrongful death civil lawsuit against Gordon in August 2015. The suit accused Gordon of assault, battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and transferring money from Brown's account into his own without authorization.

Bobbi Kristina died in August 2015 - several months after being found unresponsive in a tub at her Roswell townhome.

The default judgment was handed down because Gordon failed to appear twice, anything alleged by the plaintiff is admitted through omission.





MIA adds Jamaican flavour to album

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Rapper M.I.A adds Jamaican flavour to her fifth studio album AIM, which was released on September 8 via Interscope/Polydor. The 12-track standard version features five songs recorded in Jamaica. Ali R U OK, Bird Song, Jump In, and Foreign Friend were recorded at Portland's Geejam Studios.

Survivor, which was produced by Justus Arison, was recorded at the UIM Records studio in Kingston. Foreign Friend, produced by Daseca Productions, is a collaboration with singjay Dexta Daps, best known for hits including Seven Eleven and Shabba Madda Pot.

AIM debuted at number one on the iTunes Electronic album chart. M.I.A, whose real name is Mathangi Maya Arulpragasam, is best known for hit songs Paper Planes and Boys (the video was shot in Port Royal).





homeland-security-department-headquarters-washington.jpgThe U.S. government has mistakenly granted citizenship to at least 858 immigrants who had pending deportation orders from countries of concern to national security.

Some of them also had high rates of immigration fraud, according to an internal Homeland Security audit released Monday.

The Homeland Security Department's inspector general found that the immigrants used different names or birthdates to apply for citizenship with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and such discrepancies weren't caught because their fingerprints were missing from government databases.

The report does not identify any of the immigrants by name, but Inspector General John Roth's auditors said they were all from "special interest countries" - those that present a national security concern for the United States - or neighboring countries with high rates of immigration fraud. The report did not identify those countries.

In an emailed statement, the Department of Homeland Security said the findings reflect what has long been a problem for immigration officials - old paper-based records containing fingerprint information that can't be searched electronically. DHS says immigration officials are in the process of uploading these files and that officials will review "every file" identified as a case of possible fraud.

DHS officials identified an additional 953 people who had been naturalized despite outstanding deportation orders, though auditors couldn't determine if those immigrants had digital fingerprints on file or not.

Roth's report said fingerprints are missing from federal databases for as many as 315,000 immigrants with final deportation orders or who are fugitive criminals. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has not reviewed about 148,000 of those immigrants' files to add fingerprints to the digital record.

The gap was created because older, paper records were never added to fingerprint databases created by both the now-defunct Immigration and Naturalization Service and the FBI in the 1990s. ICE, the DHS agency responsible for finding and deporting immigrants living in the country illegally, didn't consistently add digital fingerprint records of immigrants whom agents encountered until 2010.





Over 25 injured in NY blast

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new-york-chelsea-explosion.jpgJust days after New York's memorial of the 9/11 bombing where 3,000 persons lost their lives a scary blast rocked the State in late last night.

According to Fire Department officials about 25 people have suffered minor injuries in an explosion that occurred on Manhattan's West 23rd Street, possibly in a dumpster.

The explosion occurred around 8:30 p.m. in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood.

Witnesses said they felt the ground shake and there were also photos posted online showing broken glass in nearby buildings. Others say they were ushered out of a nearby restaurant for their own safety after the blast occurred.





Men held in murder of JDF soldier in barber shop

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hands-behind-bars.jpgTwo men who were involved in the slaying of a soldier in Jamaica were arrested over the weekend. The soldier who was in a barber shop was killed was tackling the gunmen who came in there in a robbery attempt.

The soldier - Lance Corporal Ricardo Bennett was killed on September two in an incident where one of the perpetrators died.

According to the police they have now arrested two of three suspects accused of killing Bennett.

It is reported that 25-year-old Sheldon Brown and 36-year-old Dwayne Bedasse have been charged with murder, conspiracy to commit murder and aggravated robbery. The Kingston residents were identified in a lineup on Friday. Police say a third suspect will face an identification lineup at a later date.





court-case.jpgThe trial of the three Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) soldiers charged with the shooting death of accountant Keith Clarke has been pushed back to February 6, 2017.

The trial has been delayed due to a change in defense attorney.

Lance corporals Greg Tinglin and Odel Buckley, and private Arnold Henry are accused of murdering Clarke at his Kirkland Heights, St Andrew, home in May 2010 during the search for then fugitive, Tivoli Gardens strong man Christopher 'Dudus' Coke.

According to the JDF, Clarke's house was raided based on information that Coke may have been hiding there.

Clarke was shot more than 20 times.





One of nine escaped prisoners re-captured

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escapee-prisosner-oshane-morgan.jpgOne of the nine prisoners who escaped from the Denham Town Police lock-up in western Kingston is now back in custody following his recapture this morning in Manchester.

He is 19-year-old Oshane Morgan otherwise called Grey Beard, of Oxford Street, Denham Town, Kingston 14.

Morgan who was facing charges of robbery and illegal possession of firearm will be additionally charged with escaping custody.

Reports are that about 7:45 am, lawmen were on an operation in Mandeville, Manchester when Morgan was nabbed at the Nashville Bus Park in the parish.

The other eight escapees, who remain at large are:

  1. Theodore Lawrence, 23, otherwise called 'Theo', of Baugh Path, Tivoli Gardens, Kingston 14 who was charged for murder.
  2. Kevin Thomas, 26, otherwise called 'Tatan' of McKenzie drive, Tivoli Gardens, Kingston 14 who was charged for wounding with intent and shooting with intent.
  3. Richard Richardson, 22, otherwise called 'Ritchie' of Golden Heights, Denham Town, Kingston 14, who was charged for shooting with intent.
  4. Alex Bailey, 23 of Majesty Gardens, Kingston 11, who was charged for Murder and Illegal possession of firearm.
  5. Ian McBean, 30, otherwise called 'Pipe' of Cling Cling Avenue, Kingston 11, who was charged for murder.
  6. Stephen Burke, 23, otherwise called 'Lucious' of Hanover Street in Spanish Town, St. Catherine, who was charged for affray, malicious destruction of property and assaulting police.
  7. Donovan Allen, 33, otherwise called 'Bitter' from Spanish Town, St Catherine, who was charged for robbery with aggravation.
  8. George Ballentine, 19, of Bedwood Gardens, Kingston 7, who was charged for murder and illegal possession of firearm.

Reports are that about 7:30 am, during a routine cell check of the lock-up, the men were discovered to be missing.

Upon further investigation officers observed that the prisoners plotted their escape by cutting a ventilation grill.

The Inspectorate of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has commenced a probe into the incident.

The police have also advised members of the public that these men are dangerous criminals and it is a prosecutable offence to harbour a fugitive.





allan-skill-cole-photo-1.jpgAllan 'Skill' Cole and Bob Marley shared a passion for football and music. Considered one of Jamaica's finest footballers, Cole was a key member of Marley's inner circle. They first met in 1969, with Cole acting as manager of Wailers, the group which included Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny 'Wailers' Livingston.

They wrote several of Marley's most popular songs, however, Cole, has been at odds with record companies over unpaid royalties for decades.

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In a recent article, international website TMZ has written an article entitled: Bob Marley's Songwriter Goes to 'War' for Jah ... Bob's Label Stiffed Me, and uses court documents to back up this claim.

Cole's lawyers actually filed the suit on September 15.

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"One of Bob Marley's BFFs is getting screwed out of money for 2 of the reggae star's iconic tracks ... according to the lawsuit he's filed to get cash for the heirs of rasta messiah Haile Selassie.

Allan Cole is suing Island, Universal and Tuff Gong music over the copyright on "War" and "Natty Dread." Cole was a Jamaican soccer star who reportedly managed Bob briefly, and says he co-wrote the songs in the '70s.

In the docs:

"Cole says he was promised a copyright credit, but only got props for co-writing the tracks. He says he noticed the mistake when he tried to transfer half his interest in "War" to the family of former Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie I. The lyrics for "War" are lifted almost verbatim from a famous speech by Selassie ... who Rastafarians worship as Jah Rastafari. Cole is suing for his share of the copyright, profits from the songs and lawyers fees," TMZ says in the online article.

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In the ongoing saga the full list of songs include Zimbabwe, credited to Marley on his 1979 album, Survival, but actually written by Donald Leach; War, Johnny Was, Rat Race and Time Will Tell.

Cole is credited as writer of War, from Rastaman Vibration, Marley's 1976 album, and although he also co-wrote Johnny Was and Rat Race (also on Rastaman Vibration) and Time Will Tell (from 1978's Kaya) with Marley, his name does not appear in the composers bracket.The albums were distributed by Island.

"We an' Bob did have a different understanding... As Rasta wi neva deal wid certain thing," said Cole. "To us, a man word is him covenant," Cole is quoted as saying.

When Marley went solo in 1973, Cole became his road manager. He was the reggae star's road manager for his final tour in 1980, just months before Marley died from cancer in a Miami hospital in May 1981 at age 36.





rev-al-miller-and-dudus-photo-1.jpgControversial Pastor, Reverend Al Miller has reportedly paid his one million dollar fine handed down by the court as punishment in a case involving former Tivoli Gardens strongman, Dudus..

Yesterday, the court sentenced Miller to pay a fine of one million dollars or serve 12 months in prison.

Mr Miller has said he will not appeal the sentence.

Miller, who drove to the court in a top-of-the-line vehicle, a hummer, was found guilty of attempting to pervert the course of justice in July, after then fugitive Christopher Dudus Coke was found in his company.

He has maintained that he was taking coke to the US Embassy, to hand him over to the authorities.

The conviction of Miller has reportedly caused other members of the religious community to review their role in assisting the police with intervention, especially when the matter involves alleged criminals.





Woman admits to setting up Chris Brown

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chris-brown-photo-1.jpgThey say hell hath no fury like a woman scorned and singer Chris Brown is now finding that out as the woman he threw out of his home is got her payback big time.

Brown was arrested because Baylee Curran made a report that he held a gun on her. The police swooped in and searched his home resulting in the arrested.

News has now surfaced that all of this was carefully crafted by the alleged victim herself as she admitted in a text to one of her friend that she was going to set up the singer.

A former beauty queen, she allegedly sent a text to a man name Safari confessing that she is upset that Chris Brown kicked her out his house and is going teach him a lesson, this according to TMZ.

"Hey safari don't you know this freak Chris brown is kicking me out of his house because I called his friend jewelry fake. Can you come get me my Uber is messing up if not I'm going to set him up and call the cops and say that he tried to shoot me and that will teach him a lesson I'm going to set his ass up. Lol come get me."

Her friend Safari, however didn't seem to be down with the plan as he texted back, "Really that's f*** up you ain't going to do that your wrong if you do."

It is interesting to note that Brown's accuser Baylee Curran was stripped of her beauty pageant crown for using racial slurs. She also has a history of making up death threats is the claim.





Luciano to reapply for US work permit

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luciano-messenjah.jpgReggae singer Luciano will be reapplying for his US work permit next month, and he remains confident that it will be reinstated given the legal advice by a team of lawyers and immigration consultants.

Two weeks ago, Luciano was in Canada and on his way to Amsterdam via connecting flight through New York, when the reggae singer was interrogated and his hand luggage searched. This resulted in an immigration officer revoking his permission to travel to and work in the United States.

Since that time Luciano has been forced to cancel a number of his bookings in the United States. Luciano took a heavy financial hit, returning over US$40,000 in deposits.

The singer maintains that he has been using the medication for some time, and that immigration officers in Canada and California have both cleared him in the past.





women-to-be-honoured-founder-myecolin.jpgJamaica's hardworking female industry players will receive well deserved attention and recognition for their years of service. A brand new honorary event, 'Queens of Reggae Island Honorary Ceremonies -QORIHC, will have their first staging this October in Kingston, Jamaica.

The event, staged by New York based Reggae artiste Mye Laurell through her NyteNursePro foundation, will see eight talented and hardworking females, who are experts in their various fields, getting recognition for their efforts and perseverance.

Laurell and the foundation decided to honour women specifically because activities to support women are fundamentally lacking in the Jamaican industry.

The 2016 ceremony will be held on October 30 at the Courtleigh Auditorium and will see proceeds from the event going to support various charities under the Gregory Isaacs Foundation.

Honorees at this year's ceremonies are veteran Reggae artiste Sister Nancy, whose worldwide hit "Bam Bam" is the most sampled female hit in the history of modern reggae music, gifted video director Nordia Rose, TV broadcaster Elaine Wint, founder of Sun City Radio Doreen Billings or 'Mama B', Dancehall fashion designer Audrey Farquharson, renowned Dancehall Queen, Carlene, Government Minister, Babsy Grange and Dancehall dancing Instructors Latonya Styles and Dance Ja studios.





Marion Hall releases first gospel video

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marion-lady-saw-hall.jpgMarion Hall formerly known as Lady Saw - queen of the dancehall is proving all her naysayers wrong by staying on the new path she has taken.

Since she embraced Christ as her Lord and Saviour she has not looked back as many dancehall pundits thought she would do - but instead has been blazing a trail in the Christendom.

It is safe to say that Marion Hall is on fire for God and there is no water that can cool it down. She has now released her first gospel video entitled When God Speaks.

The video, Room In My House, was shot in Brooklyn, New York, last week, by Coche Productions and premiered days ago.





Deejay Ruffian missing...

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ruffian.jpgFemale entertainer Ruffian is reportedly missing according to the Jamaica Constabulary Force website.

According to information posted on the site, the 47-year-old-year has been missing since September 3. Ruffian, who was known as Lady Shabba, is known for songs such as The World Needs Love and Save the Juvenile.

The Portmore police are asking anyone with information about her whereabouts to contact police 911 or the nearest police station.

However, there have been unconfirmed reports that the entertainer has since returned home. However, efforts by Yardflex to contact her proved futile.





Performers announced for IRAWMA 2016

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The 2016 staging of the Martin's International Reggae And World Music Awards is just three weeks away and the performers list has just been announced.

Slated for October 2 at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts, attendees can expect a diverse mix of artists that will grace the stage.

This year's performers are Tarrus Riley - Dean Fraser & The Black Soil Band(Jamaica), Gramps Morgan of Morgan Heritage (Jamaica), Nesbeth (Jamaica), Shatta Wale (Africa), Stonebwoy (Africa), The Cables (Jamaica), Don Andre(Jamaica), X-Tassy (Haiti), Lt. Stitchie (Jamaica), Daniel Musgrove, Kay Morris(Gospel Act), Mylo Nandez (Latin Artist), Jamaican/African Dance Troops, with more to be added.

The 2016 IRAWMA Award will also recognize Irie FM out of Jamaica and VP Records for their contributions to the music industry with the 'Special Legacy Award.'

In honor of hosting the IRAWMA Awards in one of the biggest diaspora for the Caribbean community, South Florida, 3 Jamaicans living in Florida will be awarded for their 'Outstanding Contribution to the Music Industry.' Recipients are songwriter Danny Breakenridge, drummer Desmond Gaynor- Code Red Band and Radio DJ, Mikey Brown, of Mikey B. Promotions and WAVS FM.





cxc-logo.jpgRonald Thwaites, the opposition spokesman on education, is warning Education Minister Ruel Reid to be careful about the threat that he has issued to the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) that Jamaica is prepared to "review" its relationship with the examination body if the Penwood saga does not end favourably.

Jamaica has been lobbying the CXC to award grades to about 40 students of the St Andrew school who were ungraded in six subjects after the school failed to submit samples of their school-based assessments (SBAs) by a July 31 deadline.

Reid yesterday acknowledged a statement by the CXC that the school did not qualify for a hardship consideration. The statement, however, added that consideration was being given under "special circumstances" and that "candidates will be given the grade they justly deserve".

However, it was his threat to review Jamaica's relationship with the examination body if the resolution is not favourable that has left Thwaites and the Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA) concerned.

"We (the Government) have to make it very clear to them (CXC) that Jamaica is not going to stand for any foolishness, and if they continue with that, we may need to review our own position within CXC," Reid told journalists.

But Thwaites is urging Reid "not to pick a quarrel" with the CXC when it is clearly apparent that there was error on the part of the school, and, maybe, other factors in Jamaica.

"There are, indeed, many things in Jamaica's relationship to review, [for example], the costs, which seem to me to be no longer appropriate. [But] why would we want to, in any way, reduce or question our relationship with a pedigreed examination body that has served us so well for so many years?" Thwaites argued.

President of the JTA Howard Isaacs said a review of the relationship with the CXC is not a necessary course of action at this time.





hands-behind-bars.jpgThe sentencing hearing for three Chinese nationals, who pleaded guilty last week to major scamming activities, was delayed on Wednesday when they appeared in court.

The hearing is now set for Monday before the St. Andrew Parish Court.

The three were arrested last month by the St. Andrew Central Police. The cops raided a house they occupied in Barbican, St. Andrew and reportedly seized several skimming devices, hundreds of blank credit cards, along with J$6 million and foreign currency.

The skimming devices are used to create fake credit cards. It is alleged that documents with the information of credit card holders were also seized. The cops say the men are members of an international fraud network. They have been linked to fraud in United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Israel, Russia, Cuba and several Caribbean countries.

The men have pleaded guilty to possession of criminal property; possession of data device; forgery and unauthorized access to computer data.

Three other Chinese nationals, believed to be members of the fraud network, were recently arrested in Dominica.





PNP having money problems

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pnp-headquarters.jpgThe Opposition People's National Party (PNP) is struggling to host its 78th annual conference, scheduled for this weekend, amid damaging allegations of misuse of campaign donations by some of its candidates in the recently concluded general election which has reportedly crippled the party's treasury.

The party did not quote a figure for this year's conference, noting that "it is still a work in progress" only two days before the start. Last year, a $25-million budget was announced by Pickersgill at a similar press conference. The chairman indicated then that the party was not strapped for cash.

This year, the party has reduced the days of the conference from three to two.





Artist Cecil Cooper has died

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cooper-cecil.jpgRenowned artist, musician and art educator Cecil Harvey Cooper died this morning. He was 70.

His passing comes just over a week after he was conferred with Jamaica's fifth highest honour, the Order of Distinction (Commander Class), at a special investiture ceremony at King's House.

Governor General Sir Patrick Allen, who presented Cooper with the award, said it represented "service rendered that enhanced the quality of life and demonstrated significant contributions to Jamaica".

Prime Minister Andrew Holness said Cooper's "intellectual leadership and artistic integrity have given instrumental foundation" to his many students.





Lookout for fake $1000 notes

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The Clarendon police are warning business persons and other members of the public to be on the look out for counterfeit $1,000 notes. It is believed that the notes have been in circulation since last week.

Constable Nanthony Hamilton says three of the notes have since been handed over to him.

The police, in urging the public to be vigilant when conducting monetary transactions, say it is important for persons to pay attention to the notes because criminals are constantly finding ingenious ways to make money.

Hamilton is also encouraging persons, especially small business operators, to invest in money machines which he says will help them to detect counterfeit cash.





jutc-buses-photo-1.jpgThe Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) has suspended full service on the route to Gordon Town in St Andrew because of a breakaway in the roadway caused by heavy rains, at Savage Pen.

"The break in the roadway has made it impassable for the JUTC units and so the Route 61 buses cannot go all the way to Gordon and have to be turned at Savage Pen" the sate-owned bus company informed in a press release.

In apologising to affected commuters for the disruption in the Gordon Town service, the JUTC advised that there will not be a resumption of the full route until the roadway is repaired.





AJ Nicholson's son has died

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aj-nicholson-and-son-omar.jpgOmar Nicholson, the son of former Foreign Affairs Minister, A J Nicholson, has died. Reports are that he passed away on Wednesday.

According to a source close to the family, the former minister - who recently returned to the island after a trip overseas - is said to be deeply saddened.

"He's not taking it well, he's devastated," said the family friend.

Omar was a software developer and he graduated from Wolmer's Boys' School in 1989.





6 year-old girl shot in Spanish Town

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crime-scene-gun.jpgAsix-year-old girl was shot in March Pen Road, Spanish Town.

Initial reports are that about 3 p.m. on Wednesday a police party accosted a group heavily armed gunmen in an area called 'Africa'. A shoot-out ensued, and during the exchange of gunfire, the little girl was shot.

She was rushed to hospital by the police.

The area has since been blanketed with a heavy police presence.

The shooting of the child followed that of a male who was shot and injured about 1:30 p.m. in the Spanish Town Bus Park. It is said that two males dressed in school uniforms approached and shot the man. He was taken to hospital for treatment.

As a result of the incident, many commuters were left stranded.





What the hell! Jamaicans buying obeah from Africa?

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So what happen to fi we owna obeahman and obeahwoman dem? Fi dem obeah nuh strong enough.

Obeah capital, St Thomas, mussi a cuss out hell, cause a deso wuk di most guzzu and nuff people say it work. All foreigner come a Jamaica fi buy obeah, so how come dis yah obeah man a Africa and come bout him want more client from Jamaica.

According to di man (and we nah call him name fi gi him nuh free publicity) him specialise in bringing back a lost lover or job in 24 hours, remote control over lovers, and remove bad luck and jealousy.

"I can bless an amulet for you or cast a spell for you. And I am so certain you will be pleased with the results, I absolutely, unconditionally, guarantee everything is possible with my supernatural powers. It's your time to let the spirits of the metaphysical world help you enjoy the rich life filled with love, happiness, and wealth".

And we can bet say dis yah man yah in NOT wealthy. So how him a go mek people rich when him himself nuh have nutten





Wiz Khalifa having a great week

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wiz-kalifa-billboard-music-awards.jpgWiz Khalifa is having a great birthday week. The Pittsburgh native - born on September 8 - was named in the Top 5 of Forbes' Hip-Hop Cash Kings and his "See You Again" video has crossed a major milestone.

His hit record featuring Charlie Puth is currently the second clip to collect at least 2 billion views on YouTube. The only other video that has been watched that many times is Psy's "Gangnam Style" (2.6 billion).

"See You Again" spent 12 non-consecutive weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The breakout single from the Furious 7 soundtrack was nominated for three Grammys and a Golden Globe award.





Gyptian releases new video for summer single

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gyptian-photo-1.jpgReggae artiste Gyptian recently released the video for his summer single 'Summer is Back'. Never mind that the summer season is already behind us, Gyptian says the song will remain relevant because in the Caribbean, it is always summer.

Summer is Back was produced by Konsequence Muzik on the Tropical House rhythm, while the accompanying music video was shot by Yaadboiiz Films.

Gyptian recently wrapped up his Caribbean and North American tour and is now looking to embark on a tour of Europe in a matter of days.

The music video was filmed at various locations like the Blue Mountains, Hellshire Beach, Mojito Mondays, and recently premiered on internationally acclaimed music platform Boomshots.The artiste, who was certified gold for his single Hold Yuh, is expected travel to United Kingdom, France, Germany, Belgium, Spain and Sweden, among others stops on the European tour.

Gyptian is also working on a new album to be released under VP Records in 2017. He recently launched his own production/management company called Ryte Dyrekshan production.





tommy-lee-photo-10-simplified.jpgFollowing a series of highly charged foul-mouthed diss songs flung back and forth between Mavado and Popcaan and then Demarco and Jahmiel entering the fray, controversial artiste, Tommy Lee, has now jumped in with both feet.

As expected, the controversial deejay has unleashed a loaded track that has set the dancehall buzzing.

But, Tommy Lee is not even waiting for his lyrics to soak in, he is already hellbent on venting on Jahmiel, who he says called up his name in a diss track.

All we can say is that Isaiah Laing and his Sting organisers must be very happy.





Sting rebranded 'One World Sting' goes global

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The Greatest One Night Reggae Show on Earth, 'Sting', has been rebranded as 'One World Sting'. Starting 2017, the event will be held annually in other countries with the aim of spreading the brand and to fuse reggae and dancehall with all genres of global music.

Sting is set to premiere in London in August 2017, and will feature several top global artistes, after which it will be simultaneously staged on December 26, 2017, in both Jamaica and London as well as over 100 cities, including Beijing, Paris, Sydney, New York, Durham, Johannesburg, and Los Angeles.

The One World Sting is billed to reach an estimated two billion people in its first staging, and with the addition of multi genres, and technological integration, some, 3.4 billion people are set to witness the live event in their country.

It is not clear if the event will be on a hiatus for 2016, however, the organisers reportedly have a press conference planned for Wednesday.





Brothers shot dead at home

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crime-scene-gun.jpgTwo brothers were Thursday morning shot dead at their home in the Havana Heights community of May Pen, Clarendon.

Reports from the police are that 19-year-old Javelle Lawrence and his brother, 18-year-old Romario Lawrence, were shot dead about 2:40 am as they slept.

Their attackers, who were reportedly impersonating police officers, kicked open the door to their home and opened gunfire hitting them.

They were pronounced dead at hospital.





Commish vows to find killer of 9 month old baby

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karl-williams-police-commish.jpgCommissioner of Police Dr Carl Williams has vowed to find the killers of a nine-month-old baby, her 25-year-old mother and a 62-year-old man in Annotto Bay, St Mary.

Williams, who visited the scene, is speculating that the early morning incident stemmed from a domestic dispute. Reports are that Rushell Williams and her child Aleir Smith were visiting Albert Pryce at his home in Fort George when the attacker(s) struck.

Residents reported hearing gunshots around 6:00 am and summoned the police.

"This is really a sad day because heartless criminals have turned their weapons on not just men but women and children. They have gone too far and I will do all I can to ensure that the killer or killers will not escape," Williams said.





Hillary Clinton diagnosed with pneumonia

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hillary-clinton.jpgHillary Clinton's doctor has revealed the 68-year-old has pneumonia - hours after video showed her collapsing into the arms of her Secret Service agents after being rushed from the 9/11 memorial service at the World Trade Center.

Dr. Lisa R. Bardack released a statement through her campaign team after she performed a check-up on the presidential candidate at her home in Chappaqua, New York, on Sunday, after the 'medical episode'.

She said: 'Secretary Clinton has been experiencing a cough related to allergies. On Friday, during follow up evaluation of her prolonged cough, she was diagnosed with pneumonia. She was put on antibiotics, and advised to rest and modify her schedule.

'While at this morning's event, she became overheated and dehydrated. I have just examined her and she is now re-hydrated and recovering nicely.'

Clinton is now holed up in her upstate New York home after a bystander recorded her losing her balance, slumping at the knees and being held up by her aides while waiting to get in a minivan.





No motive as man shot dead in Trelawny drive-by

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man-shot-dead-warren-hodges.jpgA man was killed and two other persons shot and wounded in a drive-by shooting in the Trelawny on Sunday night.

The deceased has been identified as Warren Hodges of Bliss Pastures, Wakefield, Trelawny.

Reports are that, at about 8:30 pm, Hodges was standing at his gate when occupants of a motor car that drove up, opened fire hitting him multiple times. Two other persons were also hit. The three were taken to hospital where Hodges was pronounced dead.

The conditions of the two wounded are not considered serious.

It was the second drive-by shooting in the community in recent times. Last month, occupants of a motor car opened fire on a group of men gathered a short distance from the police station.





JUTC employee murdered on her way to work

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crime-scene-7.jpgA Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) employee was murdered on her way to work early Monday morning.

She has been identified as 36-year-old Natale Smith of West Avenue in Central Village, St Catherine.

Reports are that Smith had just left her home about 4:10 AM and was heading for work when gunmen attacked and shot her in her head.

Smith's murder has caused grief and mourning among her colleagues at the public transportation company, where she worked.

According to the police, the motive of the crime is unknown as the assailants left behind the victim's cell phone and purse.





Ban on Samsung Note 7 on Caribbean Airlines

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caribbean-airlines.jpgCaribbean Airlines (CAL) has banned the in-flight use and charging of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smart phones on all fights. This follows reports from Samsung that the smartphone's battery poses a threat of fire once it becomes overheated. In a recent release, CAL said the decision was based on a directive from the Trinidad and Tobago Civil Aviation Authority (TTCAA).

The airline advised that the device can be taken on board in a person's carry-on luggage or on their person, but must not be used once on board. The airline also advised that the passenger will not be allowed to store the device in their checked luggage.

Caribbean Airlines pointed to safety as its number one priority regarding its passengers and crew.

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission has urged owners of the smartphone to discontinue using the device and to turn it off. The body said that it is working with Samsung to determine whether a recall of the device and exchange are enough of a solution to the matter.





crime-scene-7.jpgThe driver responsible for last Friday's crash in Clarendon in which 23 students were injured has been charged.

Clovis Duncan, who fled the scene of the accident, turned himself in to the May Pen police on Sunday. He has since been charged for failing to report an accident, dangerous driving, operating without insurance and operating without PPV license. He is scheduled to make an appearance in court on Wednesday to answer to the charges.

The Toyota Hiace mini bus transporting Garvey Maceo students was being driven by Duncan when it collided with a taxi and flipped several times along the Vernamfield main road in Clarendon sometime after 9 o'clock Friday morning.

A 15-year-old student, who sustained serious injuries, had to be transferred to the University Hospital of the West Indies where he remains in intensive care.





tom-tavares-finson.jpgJamaican attorney Tom Tavares-Finson today complained to a judge that he was videotaped by American law enforcement personnel outside the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court last month.

Tavares-Finson, said the filming happened on July 28 following a hearing into the extradition case of five Jamaicans wanted by America on lottery scamming charges.

At the resumption of the matter in court today sought to know why.

"Can I know why I was being videotaped and can I have a copy of the tape?" the attorney asked.

"They don't need to videotape me... dem can just Google my name and they will see my pictures," said Tavares-Finson, who is also the President of the Jamaican Senate.

Parish Judge Vaughn Smith said while he could not determine whether the complaint was true, he found it "curious" for the Americans to be videotaping Tavares-Finson. The American authorities present at the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court for the start of the extradition case were drawn from the FBI, the US Postal Investigation Service, the US Marshall Service and the US Attorney's Office for North Dakota.

The eight Jamaicans - Constable Jason Jahalal, Dahlia Hunter, Xanu Ann Morgan, Kimberly Hudson, Dario Palmer, Alrick McLeod, Kazrae Gray and Oneil Brown - are wanted on an indictment handed down in the US state of North Dakota.

According to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, they have each been indicted on one count of conspiracy and attempting to commit wire fraud; 48 counts of wire fraud; 15 counts of mail fraud and one count of money laundering.





Carey Wedler
March 24, 2015

martin-luther-king-nobel-prize.jpg(TFC) Washington, D.C. -- Though the FBI is often credited with solving crimes, the bureau's assistance comes at a cost. The futility of trusting the FBI to defend the greater good is demonstrated by 10 of the most crooked and corrupt things it has done since its inception as the "Bureau of Investigation" in 1908. Some misdeeds are well-known while others are obscure, but all provide cause to distrust the federal agency.

10) Last year, a letter surfaced from the FBI to Martin Luther King Jr., disparaging him, urging him to commit suicide, and attempting to exploit his sexual behavior. In 1999, years before that letter surfaced, a federal jury decided that government agencies were involved in King's assassination. Though the FBI was not directly implicated, its obsession with King is cause enough for skepticism.

9) During and following the same years that MLK was active, the FBI actively sought to infiltrate "radical," "subversive" groups. They launched the notorious COINTELPRO program, sending undercover agents to pose as members of movements. They seeped into anti-war groups, the Black Panthers, and communist, socialist, and Puerto Rican groups (among others). They attempted not only to gather information, but to sow discord among the ranks of activists in order to sabotage their efforts. The FBI allegedly discontinued COINTELPRO in 1971, but many believe it still employs the same tactics today.

8) For example, the FBI has been caught multiple times planning terrorist plots for targets to foil. This was the case here, here, here and here. When the FBI has trouble getting an informant to cooperate, it simply frames them.

7) In going out of its way to "find" terrorists, the FBI uses grotesque tactics. One former informant recently revealed that he was urged to sleep with women at a mosque he was infiltrating (the mosque eventually called the FBI on the informant when he advocated violence). This parallels the strategy of London police officers, who infiltrated environmental groups in the 1980s and '90s, as well as the tactics used on protesters in the United States.

6) The FBI is creepy beyond its use of informants. While the NSA is largely blamed for spying en masse on the data of American citizens, it was the FBI that actually built the Data Intercept Technology Unit. This is the framework that underlies the NSA's capabilities. FBI leaders have actively attempted to thwart encryption features on smart phones that were implemented due to concern over government spying.

5) Though such surveillance is disturbing, the FBI has been snooping since its inception. During the Prohibition era, agents tapped phones and spied on Americans in the name of catching alcohol bootleggers. It was only through Supreme Court cases and Congress that the FBI was barred from doing so--only to later develop the Data Intercept Technology Unit.

4) Such spying proves a troubling catch phrase of American popular culture: "Celebrities are just like us!": the FBI has conducted surveillance on a wide variety of stars. They watched Marilyn Monroe for her ties to the Kennedys, John Lennon for his anti-war activism, and Charlie Chaplin, who was an outspoken anarchist. Even the world's most famous figures cannot escape FBI scrutiny if they are promoting a change to the status quo. If they cannot escape the government's snooping, there is little chance for the rest of us.

3) The internment of Japanese-Americans during WWII is now viewed as one of the most reprehensible actions not only of FDR, but the federal government in general. However, when condemning the horrific discrimination and destruction of due process, few ask who carried out FDR's Executive Order 9066. It was the FBI, who made lists of people to "intern" and rounded them up. The bureau is rarely criticized for these racist, unconstitutional, and inhumane actions.

2) The FBI is also known for making the lives of whistleblowers a living hell. Though the Obama administration has cracked down on those who are courageous enough to expose government wrongdoing, the FBI has consistently ranked the most intolerant of such dissent. It sent a threatening letter to one of its would-be whistleblowers and makes little effort to protect them. For an agency tasked with rooting out crime and corruption, its unwillingness to look in the mirror is disgraceful.

1) The FBI has a bad habit of employing selective justice. During the 1970s and 80s when it was prosecuting gangsters, it made a point to prosecute some and not others. Why? Because those it protected were paying them off and providing information on other gangs. Further, in the 1960s, the FBI allowed four innocent men to be convicted of murder, simply to protect a former gangster turned informant. They encouraged a witness to lie and withheld evidence from the court to earn the convictions, again exemplifying an egregious disregard for the justice they are tasked with delivering (the government later paid over $100 million in settlements for the false convictions).

The Federal Bureau of Investigation enjoys the reputation of a legion of good Samaritans. Countless films and television shows glorify the agency and highlight its crusade to protect justice in America. In spite of this, the FBI's corruption runs rampant and unchecked-not all of the FBI's offenses can be listed in 10 points (special mention goes to targeting prostitution houses and editing Wikipedia articles).

In light of this consistent history of criminality and misconduct, it is time for Americans to consider that having criminals fight crime is a futile effort which belies a foundation of corruption across the entire system.

This article originally appeared on TheFifthColumnNews.com and was used with permission.





The FBI coming to Jamaica?!!

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The United States agency known as the FBI -Federal Bureau of Investigations - will be setting up office in Jamaica.

The announcement was made by US Ambassador to Jamaica, Louis Moreno on Wednesday evening at the launch of Dialogues in Democracy, a publication produced by the Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CaPRI) argued that the move represents the commitment of the US to helping the Jamaican authorities tackle the persistent problem of crime.

"During my tenure here I was able to convince Washington to give us a fulltime alcohol, tobacco and firearms office and very shortly we are actually going to have a fulltime FBI office," he told the small audience that had gathered for the launch of the CaPRI report.

He explained that the office will decrease the embassy's reliance on the regional FBI office and other intelligence arrangements in Latin America.

"We will now have our own officers stationed in Jamaica and that will make working with the security forces much easier. We will have more joint operations, more training, more equipment and more extraditions," he said.

The FBI, like the US Secret Service, is a law enforcement agency. They exist to investigate crimes, and the FBI budget is about $8.3 billion





Ska and Rocksteady legend Prince Buster is dead

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prince-buster.jpgLegendary Jamaican ska singer, songwriter, record producer and sound system operator Prince Buster is dead.

The singer died of health complications at approximately 7:20 a.m. today in Miami, Florida. He was 78 years old.

Born Cecil Campbell on May 24, 1938, Prince Buster died leaving his widow, Mola Ali, sister and children.

Regarded as Jamaica's first international musical legend, Busta hailed from Kingston, having been born on Orange Street - now known as the heart and soul of Jamaican ska, rocksteady and reggae.

The records that Prince Buster released in the 1960s - such as I Feel the Spirit and Fly Flying Ska - set a blueprint for ska and rocksteady anthems to come and had a profound influence on the UK music scene of the 1970s / 80s - primarily Coventry's 2-Tone ska label, home of The Specials and The Selecter. Madness originally covered Buster's 1963's B-side Madness on the 2-Tone label and recorded a tribute to Campbell called The Prince in 1979.

The 1960s were prolific for Campbell not only for the songs released but also for his production work on Oh Carolina by the Folkes Brother in 1960. The year 1964 saw a heavyweight meeting between Campbell and boxer Muhammad Ali, who invited him to attend a Nation of Islam talk in Miami, and in 1967 The Prince had a huge top 40 hit in the UK with the single Al Capone. Campbell returned to the UK charts in 1998 with his song Whine and Grine, which was used in a Levi's advert.





iphone-7-photo.jpgApple held their annual Press Event on Wednesday (September 7) in New York City, where they announced the iPhone 7.

The new iPhone is expected to have a better battery life, be water resistant, have a new and improved camera (with optical image stabilization, larger aperture and 60% faster), stereo speakers, and much more! There will also be additions and changes to the messenger app and the maps app, among others.

The manufacturer also boasts a new and improved home button, which has a Taptic Engine and will be more responsive. There will also be no headphone jack, which had been rumored for months. Wireless AirPods earbuds will be sold, and you'll be able to use your old headphones that will plug into the charger. The phone will come in five colors: two types of black, gold, silver and rose gold.

Apple also announced that a new Nintendo Mario game will be available in the app store called Super Mario Run - a side-scrolling, automatic-running game.





drake-performance-billboard.jpgCops tell TMZ they got a couple of names twisted ... the jewelry actually belonged to Future the Prince, Drake's DJ on the tour ... not Future.

Honest mistake.update_grey_gray_barDrake went ballistic early Wednesday morning after learning one of his tour buses was targeted by thieves, who made off with 2 to 3 million dollars in bling.

Drake and Future were performing at the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix Tuesday night when a thief or thieves made it onto a bus shared by the 2 rappers. They took a briefcase that contained millions of dollars in jewelry.

We're told the jewelry was Future's, but the video is clear -- Drake was super upset when he learned about the heist.

We're told detectives are reviewing security footage to ID the culprits.





June 2017 trial for Bill Cosby

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bill-cosby.jpgBill Cosby's sexual assault trial in Pennsylvania has been scheduled for June next year.

Prosecutors are hoping to have more than a dozen accusers take the stand to detail what they claim is a decades-long pattern of attacks. Cosby is charged with drugging and assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004 at his Pennsylvania home.

Approximately 60 women have accused Cosby of similar attacks, though the Constand case is the only one to result in a criminal prosecution.

The former star says all of the encounters were consensual.





morgan-heritage-photo-1.jpgGrammy winning reggae group Morgan Heritage has returned to the top 10 of the Billboard Reggae Albums Chart.

Strictly Roots is spending its 39th week on the chart. The 12-track compilation which peaked in the number one position, re-enters the top 10 in sixth place.

Brothers Ziggy and Stephen Marley have also held on to key positions on the chart.

The self titled Ziggy Marley album now holds the number five spot, while Stephen's Revelation part 2; The Fruit of Life is number three.





Grand farewell for D'Angels father Clive Downer

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dangel-and-father-clive-downer.jpgHailed as an awesome father, grandfather and "one of the greatest singers who was too shy to buss', Noel "Clive" Downer was eulogised in song and spoken word at his funeral service held last Wednesday.

The Cathedral of St Jago de la Vega in the old capital of Spanish Town was as packed with mourners as it is with history, and those who were present enjoyed the flowing tributes paid to the late businessman and father of four girls, including popular recording artiste Michelle 'D'Angel' Downer. The high profile D'Angel, who arrived,with the family in a stretch limousine, led the mourners who had come to pay their last respects to a man who many called 'friend'.

"I didn't know that Clive had so many friends until last night," Loxley Downer, the very emotional brother of the deceased, informed the congregation.

It was he too, who told the packed church that perhaps the only time that Clive sang publicly was at the wedding of his daughter Michelle to Dancehall King and Grammy winner Beenie Man "and after Michelle urged his to sing, we had a hard time getting back the microphone from him", Loxley said.

And, as if recalling that momentous occasion, both D'Angel and Beenie, who sat right beside his ex-wife in the front pew, shared smiles.

The previous night, many of D'Angel's colleagues in the entertainment industry had come out to support her at the 'nine night' and on Wednesday, Lukie D, Aisha Davis and George Nooks added their voice in song with strong, passion-filled renditions of Clive Downer's favourite songs. Nooks took the singing to the next level and had the entire congregation engaged in praised and worship as he performed right before the closing prayer.

Among other entertainment personalities present was a elegantly attired Claudette Kemp, the manager for reggae artiste Capleton.

Clive Downer succumbed to his injuries in hospital after being hit down by a motorist last month in Spanish Town.





Jesse Royal on tour with Lauryn Hill

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lauryn-hill.jpgReggae artiste Jesse Royal has been making huge strides. Jesse who has been on tour all summer in Europe and the United States, has been a key staple on international R&B female soul singer Lauryn Hill's concert series MLH Caravan a Diaspora Calling.

The concert series dubbed a celebration of the many cultural facets and artistic beauty of the African Diaspora, features opening performances by the Small Axe Jesse Royal, and various artistes from across the African Diaspora including Nas, and Trinidad soca star Machel Montano.

Jesse Royal recently extended his gratitude to his team for making it possible, and Lauryn Hill for the invitation.

Jesse expressed that he was honoured to be welcomed on tour for the past couple dates and shared a photo of himself backstage with Miss Lauryn Hill.





Think outside the oven, urges Honeybun CEO

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honey-bun.jpgHoney Bun CEO Michelle Chong challenged the baking industry to increase its export output at its annual general meeting at the Hibiscus Lodge in Ocho Rios on Sunday, August 21.

In addressing fellow bakers, Mrs. Chong, who is also the president of the Jamaica Exporters' Association, told the packed room that operating only as competitors will limit the growth of all involved.

"Think of market share as 52 cards in a deck, and it is divided among all the bakers on the island. If we compete only in the Jamaican market, we are only passing around [the same] cards," Mrs. Chong opined. "We must look to multiply the cards, and that can only be done by export."

"We must play our part to aid the national export projection of US$2.9 billion by the year 2019," Mrs. Chong urged.





crime-scene-7.jpgAutopsies on the remains of three men which were found in a burn out vehicle in Barnett Bush, St James on Sunday revealed that two had bullet wounds.

The autopsy, conducted yesterday on the third man, was inconclusive. Two of the men were identified as 32-year-old Rory John and 31 year old ex-solider Shane Hibbert, both from Three Miles Rivers, Westmoreland.

The police are appealing to residents on the western end of the island who have a missing male relative in his thirties to contact them. The bodies were found about 10:45 Sunday morning.





Illegal to lock students out of school

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education-minister-ruel-reid.jpgEducation Minister, Senator Ruel Reid is reminding schools that no student should be locked out because their attire is not in adherence to regulations.

Our newsroom has received calls since the new academic term on Monday about students being turned away because of the length of uniforms as well as improper shoes, belts and haircuts. A parent in St. James explained yesterday that her daughter was locked out because of the length of her uniform despite it being the required six inches below the knee.

Senator Reid says there is no policy which allows a school to bar students from entering its campus. He explains that the children should be allowed to enter the campus, contact made with the parents and only after they are handed over they can be removed from the school. He appealed to Principals to adhere to the law and education regulations.

At the same time, he pointed out that there are clear rules as to what is expected from schools regarding uniforms.





$60-million cocaine bust in shipment from Guyana

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cocaine-seized-photo-1.jpgCocaine, with an estimated street value of over $60 million, was seized by detectives from the Narcotics Division along Savannah Avenue in Kingston on Tuesday, September 6.

Reports from the Narcotics Division are that at around 6 pm, during the search of a 20-foot container that was shipped from Guyana to Jamaica, a bag was searched and the illicit substance discovered.

The bag reportedly contained 48 parcels of cocaine, weighing a combined 52.65 kilograms. The estimated street value is US$474, 000 or $60,198,000.

No one was arrested in connection with the find.





Karl Blythe apologises

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Presidential contender Dr Karl Blythe has apologised to party leader Portia Simpson Miller, acknowledging that his comment about her health was "inappropriate".

"Having seen the recent video interview with Comrade Party Leader Portia Simpson Miller, I subsequently made some public comments on her well-being," Blythe said in a letter to Comrades.

"On reflection, I have realised that much of those comments were inappropriate. I am therefore withdrawing those comments and apologise unconditionally and unreservedly to Comrade Simpson Miller, members of her family and all others who, understandably are offended by my remarks," Blythe said.

The apology comes a day after the party issued a call for him to do so and withdraw his comments.





Man killed Monday morning in Downtown Kingston

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crime-scene-7.jpgThe bloodletting continued in downtown Kingston on Monday morning with the fatal shooting of a man on Blount Street in Denham Town.

He has been identified by his alias Killa. Residents say he operated a cook shop in the community.

Shortly after 9:00 a.m., he was riding his bicycle when he was attacked and shot several times. He died at hospital.

The shooting followed another incident in the community on Sunday morning, when a five year old girl was among four persons shot on Tulip Lane.

Gunmen also struck early Saturday morning in Denham Town, leaving a woman dead and four injured following shootings.





5-year-old shot downtown

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injured-child.jpgOn the eve of the new school year, a five-year-old child has been hospitalised after being shot in Denham Town, west Kingston this afternoon.

Investigators are still at the scene of the shooting, which took place at about 1:00 o'clock.

The child and three men were shot at the intersection of Tulip Lane and Milk Lane in the community. One of the men is said to be in critical condition.

"When they were rushing with her in the hospital she turned to one of the medical persons and said, 'doctor I don't want to die; doctor am I going to live?'" said the aunt of the little girl.

The little girl was reportedly shot in the hands and upper body when gunmen - travelling on motorcycles - opened fire in the community. She was among four people shot and injured. Twenty four hours later, the girl is said to be battling bravely in hospital, in serious but stable condition.

"Reports we are getting is that doctors are working round the clock on her and we are praying," the aunt told Loop News.

Residents of the volatile community have praised the fighting spirit of the child.

"Imagine she was doing her hair to go back to school when gunman just walked up and opened fire. Even when she got shot the child got up and walked into her home and then collapsed," one man said.





St Thomas principal dies just before school re-opens

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The St. Thomas Technical High School opened its doors for the new school year on Monday, but did so without its principal, Audrey Bryan-Webber, who died on Saturday.

"We are sadden by her passing and we have organised for a team from the counselling unit of the ministry to visit the school," Bertram Anderson, the school board's chairman said.

Yvonne Madhoo-Donegan, the school's vice principal, said that Bryan-Webber was gearing up for the start of school today.





kasi-bennett-and-bolt-beach.jpgA whe all a di people dem who did a tek up Bolt relationship pon dem head and a fight fi Kasi. Well, Bolt fly him girl to one fur, pretty name place pon vacation and a post up bare pitcha.

The moral of the story: Puss nuh bizniz inna fowl fight.

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coach-schaefer.jpgA what Schaefar really tek people fa. No sah, him damn outta order and rude, bout him a refuse interview and then go plug out di media people dem equipment.

Schaefer haffi apologise.

See what him do yah mek PAJ haffi write letter to JFF:

"After refusing to speak with the TVJ cameraman there, Coach Schaefer then came over and unplugged the media worker's cable during the middle of an interview with the team's manager, who was reportedly speaking willingly.

The PAJ said it regards the interference with the work of a media professional as "unjustifiable and quite frankly, totally out of order".

The PAJ has asked the JFF to deal with this matter, and to clearly stipulate to the federation's coaches what constitutes acceptable behaviour in interactions with the press.





Asafa Powell's winning run

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asafa-powell-photo-2.jpgAsafa Powell clocked 9.94 seconds to win the 100 metres event. at the Diamond League on Tuesday

Second place went to South African Akani Simbine, who continued his impressive season with a 9.99 seconds run ahead of the Ivory Coast's Ben Youssef Meite, who clocked the same time for third place.

Olympic 110 hurdles champion Omar McLeod ended sixth in 10.12 seconds.

In the meantime, Megan Simmonds was sixth in the women's 100 metres hurdles in 12.90 seconds.

The event was won by world record holder Kendra Harrison in 12.63 seconds.

The first Jamaican on the track was Christania Williams, who clocked the fastest time in the two pre-international programme women's 100m event, winning her section in 11.04 seconds.





Elaine Thompson clips Schippers at Diamond League

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elaine-thompson-breaks-record.jpgDouble Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson and Asafa Powell were the Jamaican winners Tuesday in the IAAF Diamond League meet in Zurich.

Thompson turned in an outstanding run to win the women's 200 metres in a Diamond League record 21.85 seconds to turn back the challenge of her Dutch rival Dafne Schippers, who finished second in 21.86 seconds.

American Allyson Felix finished third in 22.02 seconds while Thompson's compatriots Simone Facey was fifth in 22.50 seconds and Veronica Campbell-Brown sixth in 22.51 seconds.





Mr Vegas stages prayer vigil on Luke Lane

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vegas-world-unity-reggae.jpgMr Vegas o Thursday staged a prayer vigil in memory of Demario Whyte, a two-year-old boy who was allegedly shot and killed in the area.

The dancehall artiste who recently decided to give his life to Jesus, said he is keeping the vigil to send a strong message to criminals that they must stop murdering the innocent youths of Jamaica.

"The life of an innocent two-year-old child was recently snuffed out by heartless gunmen, what they did to little Demario is barbaric. We can't continue like this Jamaica, something has to be done we have to send a message to them to let them know that they must stop killing our children," said Vegas. "Jesus said 'Suffer the little children to come unto to me and I will give them rest'. We are doing this Vigil for Demario who's now resting in the arms of the saviour."





Zika-related death confirmed

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zika-virus-photo-2.jpgThe Health Ministry has now confirmed reports of a death related to the Guillian-Barre Syndrome (GBS), at the Kingston Public Hospital.

The ministry says the 78-year-old man died on Tuesday.

Chief Medical Officer, Dr Winston De La Haye, says although the patient did not show signs relating to the Zika virus, the ministry is yet to receive test results to confirm if it was a case of virus-related GBS.

Meanwhile, De La Haye is urging the hospital to be prompt in reporting cases like this.





NWC workers robbed of ID's and uniforms

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The National Water Commission (NWC) is urging customers to be on the lookout for thieves who may be posing as employees.

This after two NWC meter readers were recently robbed of their employee ID cards, uniforms and meter reading equipment while conducting duties in the Brooks Level Road area in Stony Hill, St. Andrew.

The agency says the employees were also robbed of their cellular phones before they were physically abused.

The matter was reported to the Stony Hill Police Station.

The public is being asked to report to the police any suspicious actions of persons trying to sell water meters.





Soldier shot dead in barber shop; gunman also killed

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soldier-bennett-jdf.jpgA Jamaica Defence Force soldier was Friday night shot dead by gunmen in Cross Roads, St Andrew as he tried to foil a robbery.

He has been identified as 31-year-old Lance Corporal Ricardo Bennett of Summerset Avenue in Manchester.

One of the gunmen was also killed but is yet to be identified.

The Jamaica Constabulary Force's Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) reports that about 10 o'clock Lance Corporal Bennett was in a barbershop when three men entered and open fire hitting him. CCU says he returned fire hitting one of the attackers.

The soldier and the injured gunman were taken to hospital where they succumbed to their injuries.





crime-scene-7.jpgThe wife of slain entertainer Jamari Reid has been arrested and charged in connection with his death.

Head of the Trelawny Police Superintendent Clive Blair says 46-year-old Monique Reid was charged on Thursday with soliciting murder.

Blair said the investigation suggests that the entertainer's death was a contract killing.

Reid is expected to make her first court appearance next week.

Jamari Reid, an emerging artiste, was shot dead last month by two men who entered his Falmouth Gardens home.





prime-minister-portia-simpson-miller-photo-3.jpgPresidential contender Dr Karl Blythe has apologised to party leader Portia Simpson Miller, acknowledging that his comment about her health was "inappropriate".

"Having seen the recent video interview with Comrade Party Leader Portia Simpson Miller, I subsequently made some public comments on her well-being," Blythe said in a letter to Comrades.

"On reflection, I have realised that much of those comments were inappropriate. I am therefore withdrawing those comments and apologise unconditionally and unreservedly to Comrade Simpson Miller, members of her family and all others who, understandably are offended by my remarks," Blythe said.

The apology comes a day after the party issued a call for him to do so and withdraw his comments.





israel-boaz-watchtel.jpgBoaz Watchtel, co-strategist in the medical cannabis programme in Israel's Ministry of Health, has called on the Government of Jamaica to legalise ganja and start a programme for the cultivation of medical cannabis..

Addressing the CanEx Conference at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St James, Watchtel stated that legalisation offers many benefits to society in the form of tax and the elimination of the black market

The Israeli noted that several countries don't want to grow medical cannabis therefore the potential for exporting the weed is enormous for Jamaica.





Back-to-school can be traumatic, especially for a principal who was caught up in a court drama in April with another man who allegedly bit him on the penis.

Well, the school community had said clearly that they did not want the principal back in their school, and it seems that the Education Ministry has extended his leave of absence.

Report are school principal at the centre of controversy surrounding the incident, in which a male companion bit his penis, will not be at the controls when his institution reopens on Monday.

He is still the principal, however, he will not be back at school for the start of the school term. I understand the concerns," the acting principal is reported as saying.

Police reports are that the principal was rescued after he was found along the roadway outside a popular restaurant and lounge located in Portmore, bleeding profusely from his private area. In court, attorney-at-Law Ernest Smith, who represented the man accused of injuring the principal, said the principal "was a mentor," who "took my client out for drinks". He said that instead of driving home his client, the principal tried to force himself upon his client, who refused his advances.





Bay-C tops chart in Germany

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Less than a year after rebranding his artiste persona as a solo act, Bay-C, formerly of the group T.O.K, has hit number one on the MTV Germany Urban Chart with his collaboration 'Rude Gyal Swing' with African Pop artiste Treesha.

The 'Rude Gyal Swing' single, recorded earlier this year, has spent six weeks on the MTV Deutsche Urban Chart since its release earlier this summer. The dance party track, produced by Deebuzz, and Hard2Def out of Germany, is a mix of Electronic Dance Music with a Dancehall flavor.

'Rude Gyal Swing' has edged out other international singles, including DJ Khaled 'I Got My Keys', Usher 'No Limit'and Fergie with 'M.i.l.f Money,' to make it to the number one spot.

Bay-C's solo artiste popularity grew in Germany after his six week solo European tour promoting his 'Better Must Come' EP, in May of this year.

Plans are already being finalized to shoot a music video for the 'Rude Gyal Swing' single as well as executing a combined tour featuring Treesha and Bay-C to amp the single's worldwide promotion. Bay-C will be releasing additional new singles through to the Christmas season and he will also release the visuals for his 'Bunx And Galang' single featuring dancers Shady Squad in a matter of weeks.





chris-brown-accuser-photo-1.jpgCurran claims that she is not speaking out about the incident for publicity, 'as she is pretty well-known being Miss California Regional.'

'I hope the truth does comes out, because I don't lie, I would never lie, why, for what?' Curran said. 'I don't need the publicity, I'm already kind of very well-known for being Miss California Regional, modeling, upcoming actress.

'So if I was doing this for fame, or something to that sort, why would I do it this way?'

Speaking to Extra on Tuesday, the same day of the alleged incident, Curran claims that she has witnesses who can vouch for her story about what she claims happened

She also said that she has witnesses who will back her story up.

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'I would say to Chris, be the good person that I know you are. He knows what he has done... I would say, just come out with the truth, because I'm sure it will come out one day anyway,' she told Extra.

However, hours earlier, Curran spoke to TMZ Live about the incident where she said that she was at Brown's house spending time in his hot tub with a friend before the alleged incident. She also said that it wasn't her first time at his place.

According to TMZ , back in 2013 Curran was vacationing with friends at the luxurious New York hotel, The Plaza, in when an argument broke out.

Police documents contain allegations that Curran snatched a $1,000 Louis Vuitton purse, containing $200 in cash, credit cards and a Michael Kors wallet, from one of the other girls, TMZ reported.

Curran allegedly fled with the purse and left New York, but would be liable to be arrested if she returns to the city.

Her former friend, whose purse she allegedly stole, is said to have got a restraining order against Curran from a judge in California.





Niko Chromatic hospitalised

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niko-chromatic-gofundme.jpgPopular selector Niko Chromatic has been admitted to the University Hospital of the West Indies last week with complications.

According to his spouse, Kimberly Mais, the complications are not serious and should be rectified in short order. However, Mais said Niko is in urgent need of surgery, but the medical fund is still about US$30,000 short of target.

Donations can be made to a Gofundme account set up for the entertainer, or to Scotiabank (JMD) account #832211 or Scotiabank (USD) account #832212. Both Scotia accounts are at Scotiabank's Oxford Road branch.

Niko Chromatic, a member of the popular Chromatic sound system, announced earlier this month that he was battling kidney disease and appealed to the public for assistance with his medical bill. Both his kidneys have now failed and he is in urgent need of a transplant.





don-creary-and-shaneke-williams.jpgSocialite and public relations specialist Don Creary will face trial in the Home Circuit Court on charges that he raped a 15-year-old girl in November 2013. He is to face trial along with co-accused, Shaneke Williams. The case is to be mentioned on September 16.

The decision was made Wednesday at a committal hearing, at the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court in Half-Way Tree, to determine whether there was sufficient evidence for the matter to go to trial. The revelation comes a week after another rape charge against Creary - for allegedly raping a 19-year-old girl at an apartment in Meadowbrook - was dropped.

On Wednesday, Creary was brought before the court on charges that he had sex with a 15-year old girl in a St Mary apartment after plying her with alcoholic beverages. Williams was charged with aiding and abetting and sexual touching.

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Creary and Williams were re-offered bail in the same terms and condition of the previous bond. Court files reveal that the Creary was offered bail in the sum of $2 million with one or two sureties while Williams was offered bail in the sum of $1.2 million under the same conditions.

Last Thursday, in the case regarding the 19-year-old, the prosecution asked that a no order be made in the matter. In asking for the case to be dismissed, the prosecution said that the complainant had left the island, that the Crown doesn't have a contact number for her and that it has no reason to believe she's returning.





chris-brown-photo-1.jpgThe woman claiming Chris Brown pulled a gun on her after she admired some of his friend's jewelry was stripped of the Miss California Regional 2016 title after a series of alarming incidents in the two months of her reign.

Baylee Curran, 24, called 911 from Brown's $4million mansion in southern California at 3am on Tuesday, leading to an 11-hour stand-off with police before a search warrant was executed on the property.

It ended with the award winning singer being arrested on suspicion of felony assault with a deadly weapon at the Tarzana mansion.

He has since been released on $250,000 bail. He was tested for drugs after arriving to jail by authorities, TMZ reported.

Curran alleged that the singer threatened her with a gun and kicked her out of his home after she was simply admiring some diamond jewelry.

She was crowned the Miss California Regional on April 1, but on July 5 of this year she was dethroned 'due to a breach of contract'.

A source close to the situation said that there were a series of allegations against Curran that raised 'red flag after red flag after red flag'.

One of those red flags, allegedly included 'racy photos' taken reportedly of Curran during a photo shoot that were anonymously sent to pageant officials.

Title holders are not to be posing or taking any revealing or nude photos of any type of nature, including both selfies and professional photo shoots.

The source said that Curran denied taking the photos, claiming that it was not her.

In addition, the source said that Curran, who is an aspiring actress, did not perform any civic duties as Miss California Regional 2016.

'She was required to perform community service and help out the community, but she did not do anything,' the source told DailyMail.com.

Furthermore, other contests in the pageant alleged that Curran threatened them, was 'very catty' and also made 'racial comments,' the source claimed.

Before dethroning Curran, pageant officials held a counseling session with her about the allegations and problems, but the situation worsened.





luciano-messenjah.jpgSinger Lucianos United States visitor's visa and work permit were cancelled by American law enforcement officers last weekend. The artiste, who was scheduled to perform at the Philadelphia Jerk Festival at Fairmount Park on Sunday, announced this development via social media.

"I sincerely regret the inconvenience and disappointment that this will cause as I am also deeply devastated. Please pray for me while I face yet another major obstacle in my life," the post from the beleaguered singer said.

The post revealed that a search by customs officers turned up a herbal medicine that contains cannabis extracts.

"I regret to announce that whilst crossing the border from Canada into America by air on August 25th, 2016, I underwent an abnormal interrogation during which my personal hand luggage was searched. During the search, a mixture that I normally use as a herb medicine for my throat was found and after numerous tests it was claimed to be illegal because it contained cannabis extracts. The herbal liquid was a very small amount (less than one gramme), but as a result my visas were revoked and I was denied entry into the US," the post explained.

"Please note that this will not affect any bookings that I have in countries anywhere else in the world, apart from North America. So please keep the faith... Jah Bless," he continued.

Luciano had several gigs lined up in California, British Columbia, Washington, Arizona and Oregon from September 2 to 17.





The dangers of eating late at night

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Eating late at night is putting millions of people in danger of heart attacks and strokes, experts warn.

A late-night meal keeps the body on 'high alert' when it should be winding down, researchers found.

Heart experts last night advised that adults should never eat within two hours of bedtime - and ideally nothing after 7pm.

In a healthy person, blood pressure drops by at least 10 per cent when they go to sleep.

But the results of a study of more than 700 people with high blood pressure found that eating within two hours of bedtime meant their levels stayed high.

Experts think this is because eating releases a rush of stress hormones when the body should be starting to relax.

People who do not see their blood pressure fall at night are known as 'non-dippers' - and have a much higher rate of heart-related death.

Late eaters were nearly three times more likely to be non-dippers, the Turkish researchers found.

Researcher Dr Ebru Özpelit, presenting her results at the speaking at the European Society of Cardiology congress in Rome, said: 'If we eat late at night, the body essentially remains on high alert as during the day, rather than relaxing for sleep.





Penwood students' SBA's accepted by CXC

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cxc-logo.jpgIt has been announced that the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) has accepted the School Based Assessments (SBA's) which were not submitted on time by Penwood High School.

This decision follows talks involving the Ministry of Education, Penwood High, the Overseas Examination Commission (OEC) and CXC.

Forty students at Penwood High did not get grades in six subjects in this year's sitting of Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) exams as school administrators failed to submit their SBA's on time. The school unsuccessfully attempted electronic submission.





Another man killed downtown

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crime-scene-7.jpgGunmen struck on John's Lane, near East Queen Street in downtown Kingston a short while ago, leaving one man dead.

Details of the shooting were not immediately available but persons on the scene were angry, saying the victim was on the ground writhing in pain for almost half hour before the police arrived to take him to the hospital.

There has been heightened concern about the increasing violence in downtown Kingston.

Just over a week ago a two-year-old boy was shot dead and his father and another man injured in what the police say is a gang warfare over turf.

That incident came after several other shooting incidents, some fatal.





gleaner-building.jpgReports are that senior officers and managers of The Gleaner have been offered attractive redundancy packages. They have been given two days to respond to the offer.

The redundancy exercise could be a direct result of a merger between the media entities Radio Jamaica Limited and The Gleaner Company Limited.

The merger, which was approved by shareholders of both companies last December, is supported by various local regulatory authorities, and sanctioned by the Supreme Court in February. The merger has created the largest media entity in Jamaica and among the largest in the English-speaking Caribbean.





 

cecile.jpgdanielle-di-image-2.jpgDancehall vixens Cecile and Danielle D.I. have been squabbling on social media after Ce'Cile apparently took offence to Danielle D.I. calling herself 'Bad Gyal D.I' during a television interview.

According to Ce'Cile, who also goes by the 'Bad Gyal' name, she was the first to claim the title.

"Quick pretty question. When I said bad gyal nobody said it before because I think that as an artiste you should be original. I have seen a few artistes since refer to themselves as bad gyal - case in point Bad Gyal Bambi and Bad Gyal Rihanna... a rock star so she can do anything she wants ... but I have never heard them claim the name," Ce'Cile said.

She added: "But when you do an interview and say that your are the original or official then clearly you are not. I hope the voice is no autotune neither. I am just saying put some respeck on my name. At least give credit because Google don't lie."

Danielle D.I., who caught wind of the Ce'Cile's post, swiftly responded, throwing jabs of her own. She even went as far as to imply that Ce'Cile was miserable since her high profile relationship with another entertainer failed to materialise.

"Dear little Cinderella, this a bad gyal D.I. Yes, I did say it on Hype TV last Friday night and I will continue to say it. You are not bad gyal. Bad gyal how? Furthermore, no one sees or considers you BAD in the 1st place, so no need for the SHADE," Danielle D.I. said.

"For your information, YES, Class have autotune, and so do many many hit songs in the world. This is why the industry can't grow. Instead of building another female you're trying to break one down. Back in the days I THOUGHT you were cool, we did a collab together and it was all good. What the hell happened you? What made you so angry? Are you angry cause Mr you know who not putting the respect on your NAME," she added.





We a beg Missa Laing fi have a bad gal section inna Sting this year and dash in all a di female artiste dem who tink seh dem bad. At the end of the ultimate bad gal clash, then Sting must crown the winner.

How that sound?

Over to you Supreme Promotions.





Neither Ce'cile nor DI is a 'bad gal' ....Just saying

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danielle-dj.jpgcecile.jpgWhy Cecile and DI tink seh either of dem is a bad gal? Mumma Nancy was a bad gal DJ and so too Lady Saw. But dem two yah doan mek di cut. Riri is plenty times more bad gal than Cecille because all now Cecile doan prove herself, so we nuh understand how she a own up title that she cyaan even defent.

Nah tell no lie - FI try and is still trying. But 'bad nah'? Nah. ...Just saying.





Freddie McGregor nominated for award in Colombia

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freddie-mcgregor.jpgFreddie McGregor has been nominated for the 'Guachupé de Oro' award in Colombia.

According to a news release from the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport - Minister Olivia Grange extended congratulations to the 'Big Ship' singer who describes as "truly embodies what the award is all about".

The award, which is presented by the Colombia Negra Foundation, honours people whose actions, creations and effort contribute to the development, promotion and increased knowledge about Afro-Colombian, Afro-American and African Culture.

According to Minister Grange, "Freddie, like many of Jamaica's entertainers, continues to be purveyors of positive music that uplifts and brings people of all races together. The ministry is proud to support his nomination and delighted to provide funding to enable him and his band to participate in this event."

McGregor and his 'Big Ship' Band will be representing Jamaica at two shows, September 22nd and 24th, in Bogota, as a part of the International Black Expression Encounter 2016, for Peace without Racism.





Shaggy, Agent Sasco clash on Instagram

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assassin-agent-sasco-photo-1.jpg Fans of dancehall artistes Shaggy and Agent Sasco got the time of their lives when the two engaged in a friendly clash on Instagram.

The friendly lyrical clash started when Direalshaggy posted a hilarious video of the Cookie Monster comparing the character to Sasco. Seems the Agent wasn't about to sit by and let his friend embarrass him on social media and responded with some fiery lyrics.





Ban on nigh-time entertainment in St Elizabeth lifted

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A ban on nighttime entertainment activities in St Elizabeth has been lifted.

Superintendent Lansford Salmon, head of the St. Elizabeth Police, said the ban on the last two remaining communities - Breas River and Barbary Hall have been lifted. The ban on Lacovia was also recently lifted.

Superintendent Salmon stated that the police are now satisfied that the problems which resulted in the ban have subsided and calm has returned.





Drake goes vinyl with latest album

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drake-wimbledon.jpgAfter the success of his last three albums, rapper Drake is offering fans vinyl editions of the albums for the first time.

The albums are Views, What A Time To Be Alive, a collaboration with Future and If You're reading This It's Too Late.

With the slow sales of albums in the last decade, Drake has managed to stay afloat.

Views is expected to return to the top of the Billboard 200 chart, which marks 12 weeks at number one.





prince-buster-photo-1.jpgThe funeral service for the legendary Prince Buster will be held on Saturday at 2:00 p.m., at the Islamic Council of Jamaica and, as is the custon of Islam, a strict dress code will be enforced for attendees.

Well wishers are being advised to adhere to the dress code for the funeral service.

Men should wear shirt and trousers, while women should wear an ankle length skirt, which should not be tight or transparent, along with a long sleeved and high-necked top and a headscarf. Additionally, all persons entering the mosque are required to remove their shoes.

The event will be hosted by the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport. Following the service will be a special tribute to the ska icon at 4:00 p.m.

Among the performers are Ernie Smith, Ken Booth, Derrick Morgan, StrangeJah Cole, Mystic Revelation of Rastafari, as well as Lloyd Parks and We the People band. Instead of flowers, contributions will be accepted in support of the Jamaica Association of Vintage Artistes and Affiliates.

Prince Buster, born Cecil Bustamante Campbell, died on Thursday, September 8, in Miami, Florida at the age of 78. Prince Buster will be interred at the May Pen Cemetery.





auresia.jpgSinger Auresia's "On The Road Again" is the first single from her upcoming album "Raices" meaning "roots" in Spanish. Following the diversity and authenticity of her new album, the rhythm and beat of the song was created by live instruments from different corners of the world, including Cuba and Auresia's native Ukraine, her lyrics share with us personal experience and feelings that she has encountered while on the road.

"I found the song during a nighttime jam by the fire on the beach on a cross-Canada tour on Hornby Island," reveals Auresia.

"After traveling and touring for the past several years, I have been to many places and many people from all different cultures and languages have been so lovely in welcoming me into their communities - I just had to put that into a song."

Auresia trades in the simple fun of her first two records for a more refined sound and delivers a raw, truthful interpretation of everyday life and the realities of being a strong woman. The one thing that hasn't changed, however, is her deep-rooted passion for Reggae and Latin music. Although most of her lyrics are sung in English, she masterfully weaves in Spanish phrases, as well as words in Lakota, the native tongue of the people of the Sioux tribes.

Fully comprised of organic instrumentation, the album impressively blends roots reggae and Afro-Cuban rhythms with folk-pop lyrics and melodies sung by Auresia's sweet-as-honey voice.

Dropping November 25th, 2016, 'Raices' is a musical love letter that traces us back to our roots.

Auresia has performed at festivals around the world, including the Omega Unity Fest in Colombia and Toronto's Canadian Music Week, and since her debut release, she has been nominated for five awards (Independent Music Awards, Canadian Reggae Awards). In 2014, Auresia was honored with the Reggae Xclusive Award for Top Singer.





Morgan Heritage releases new single, Selah

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morgan-heritage-photo-2.jpgDeemed one of the hardest working bands in the music industry, The Royal Family of Reggae Morgan Heritage hasn't slowed down since winning the 2016 Grammy award for Best Reggae Album. The siblings have continued their worldwide touring, while recording music for their upcoming 2017 album to be released on their CTBC Music Group label.

Throughout their travels one thing has remained constant, music and the beauty of mother earth. It is from the latter that the inspiration of their first single since winning their coveted award was born. Produced by renowned musician and producer Phillip "Winta" James (Overstand Ent), "Selah" speaks of Morgan Heritage's appreciation and discovery of earth. To support the single, the band treated fans and music lovers to breathtaking visuals filmed in Milan, Italy, and worldwide footage from their travels. Directed by Morgan Heritage, filmed by Emmy Lou Mai and edited by Maximilian Shelton, "Selah" is premiering Tuesday, September 20th on the global platform for Caribbean music, arts and culture LargeUp.com.

Distributed by 21st Hapilos Digital, "Selah" will be purchasable on September 30th, and is available for pre-order on iTunes and all major online digital stores.





spice-sumfest.jpgFemale Dancehall artiste Spice has been nominated along with her male counterparts Alkaline, Popcaan, Kranium, and Protoje.in Best Reggae Act category of the United Kingdom's (UK) MOBO Awards.

To date, three female reggae artistes have been nominated in the category since the award's inception in 1996. British reggae singer Sylvia Tella and Jamaica's Etana were nominated in 1997 and 2008, respectively.

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This is the fifth nomination for Popcaan, who is last year's winner. He has been making inroads on the UK dancehall scene with hits including Ova Dweet, We Still a Win and Weed is My Best Friend.

Both Protoje and Alkaline have earned their second nomination. Alkaline, whose Champion Boy and Block and Delete have been major hits on the UK dancehall scene this year, was first nominated in 2014.

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31 y-o St Catherine woman starves to death

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A probe is in progress into a case where it is suspected that a 31 year old woman in Portmore, St. Catherine starved to death.

The body of the woman, was found on Tuesday in an open lot in Braeton Phase 2 in Portmore. It is reported that she was mentally ill.

The Greater Portmore police went to investigate what they thought was a murder after receiving reports of a body in a bag in an open lot in Braeton Phase 2.

However, as soon as the police commenced their investigation, they realised it was an unusual case. The investigation revealed a deeper horror which speaks to the treatment of the mentally ill. A bag was found which contained the remains of the 31-year-old woman who appeared to have been malnourished. The woman lived with her 34-year-old sister who was her only care-giver. Her sister, who works in Kingston, told the police that she left home at 5:30 Tuesday morning and returned a little more than 16 hours later.

She said she found her sister on the floor, apparently where she normally lay, but this time she was dead. The woman said she panicked and placed the body in a bag, then dumped it in a nearby empty lot.

According to the police, the body was more like a skeleton with skin, no muscle, no fat. They believe she simply wasted away. The woman told police her sister was mentally challenged and unable to do anything for herself and she found it difficult to cope. Because she had to work, her sister was left at home all day, every day. Inside the house, investigators found feces all over and no running water in the house. The toilet was filthy. The dead woman's sister told police she tried but was unable to get help for her sister.

She was questioned by the Greater Portmore police on Wednesday morning.





credit-cards.jpgSeven foreigners, six of them Canadians, were charged on Wednesday afternoon in connection with a credit card scam.

A suspect from the Caribbean was also charged.

They were arrested on Tuesday by C-TOC detectives at the Marriott Hotel in St. Andrew.

The police were called when the hotel discovered that a fraudulent credit card was used to book the accommodation for the seven persons.

They are expected to appear in court later this week.





Seven million dollar ganja bust in Drax Hall, St Ann

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ganja-seized.jpgSeven million dollars worth of ganja was seized by the police off the coast of Drax Hall in St. Ann yesterday.

About 10 o'clock in the morning, the Narcotics and Marine Police searched a boat. Thirty-eight knitted bags containing 1,700 pounds of ganja were found.

The boat, two 250-horse power engines, petrol, food and equipment used at sea were seized. No one was arrested.





Guilty Chinese fraudsters to be sentenced today

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hands-behind-bars.jpgThree Chinese nationals, who recently pleaded guilty to financial crimes and breaches of the Criminal Justice (Suppression of Criminal Organisations) Act (Anti-Gang Legislation) charges, are to know their fate today.

Zhong Jianping, 38, Guo Shanghai and Zhong Fulin, both 37, pleaded guilty to possession of data devices, which comprised magnetic cards, computers, and two NSR605 card devices for the purpose of committing an offence.

The three were taken into custody on July 13 and charged following investigations, which resulted in the seizure of electronic devices suspected to be card readers, card writers, skimmers and other paraphernalia used in identity theft.

More than 400 credit cards, suspected to be fraudulently manufactured, were also seized along with cash amounting to approximately $6 million.





Bus driver's shooting leaves students in fear

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crime-scene-7.jpgThe Ministry of Education, Youth and Information has strongly condemned the fatal shooting of a bus driver, and the serious gun - shot wounds inflicted upon two students.

The shooting incident took place on Monday, during the early morning commute to school, in the vicinity of St. Clavers Avenue and Creek Street in Montego Bay.

There was chaos and panic during peak hour traffic along Creek Street in downtown Montego Bay as shots rained on a bus carrying mainly school children.

At the end of the shooting, the driver was dead and two female students of the Maldon High School injured.

They have since been hospitalised.





holy-trinity-devotion-photo-1.jpgIn this electronic age where student has a smart phone and every event, no matter how solemn or how gruesome is marked by a 'selfie', none of this was evident at he memorial service for fallen soldier, Dominic James the captain of the St Georges College football team. Tear...rivers and oceans of tears...were the order of the service which saw students from nearly a dozen Corporate Area (and Portmore) schools gathered in unity to pay respect to Dominic, who collapsed and died on Tuesday evening, while representing his school during a Manning Cup game against Excelsior High school at the Stadium East field.It was only few minutes into the game when the incident occurred and 18 year-old Dominic was rushed by his father to the University hospital where he died while undergoing treatment.

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The Holy Trinity Cathedral was packed to capacity as tearful students from all over attended for the Thanksgiving Devotion for the life of St George's College player and captain Dominic James who was also a student at Jamaica College prior to transferring to Georges. students from St George's, neighbouring Kingston College and Holy Trinity High School and Convent of Mercy Alpha along with Wolmer's Boys, Excelsior , Jamaica College , Calabar High and as far as Bridgeport High School in Portmore. The students turned out in their numbers and had the cathedral bursting at the seams.

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Father Richard Tulloch, chairman of the school board got the proceedings going, which was followed by the entrance hymn, "Great is thy Faithfulness". Opening prayer and song were conducted by St George's students.

"Let not our grieving see the work of God," said Father Tulloch. "It's all about God and we don't know why. God is at work. Cry, mourn, don't tell me don't cry," said Tulloch."We have more questions than answers but allow the grace of God to anoint you," he added.

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"Dominic James is a good fellow and I am not saying that because he is gone. Everything is a smile. He hardly spoke much, he smiles," said Tulloch.

Dave Myrie, principal of Kingston College could not hold back the tears as he led over 50 students in support of their rivals but good neighbours. "It's just a hard one....it could have been ours " said Myrie, noting that that KC's founder Bishop Gibson was a St Georges College student.

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Opposition spokesman on education Ronald Thwaites, a St George's past student highlighted the unity that James' death had brought.

"I pray that when this St George's team take to the field on Friday they will play with vigour," said Thwaites to loud applause.

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dangel-marco-dean.jpgOf all the pictures that D'Angel could have posted from her recent video shoot, she chose one in which she was half-naked with her son Marco Dean looking up at her. Of course people had nuff tings to say bout it. And that's exactly what she wanted.

After all, if a neva fi di controversial picture we wouldn't a write up bout her video shoot, so - Round One to D'Agel. this is what she had to say after the backlash:

"It is what it is. My son is the child of two entertainers, and he understands what his mom does for a living. He enjoys coming on my video shoots and he enjoys watching me work. He knows that I'm not going to walk around like that. He knows that that's me in work mode. He knows the difference between D'Angel, the artiste, and Michelle, his mother."

Aware of the buzz that the photo has been creating, a confident D'Angel also says she doesn't care what people think.

"I never thought people would be so low-minded that they would see this as anything other than a working mom doing what she needs to do," she said.





rita-marley-photo-1.jpgThere has been an outpouring of get well wishes as Rita Marley, widow of reggae icon Bob Marley, has been admitted to a Miami hospital after suffering a major stroke in the United States last night.

Yardflex has been reliably informed that Mrs Marley was in Miami to attend an event when she fell ill.

Reports are that Bob Marley's widow had suffered a stroke before, but this one is considered very serious.

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The Marley family has been quite secretive about the matriarch's health issues and have so far not made any official announcement about Rita's condition.

Seventy-year-old Marley, born Alpharita Anderson in Santiago de Cuba in July 1946, is the mother of three of Bob's 13 children - David (Ziggy), Cedella and Stephen. She married Bob in 1966.





Thieves strike at jewellery store on King Street

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jewellery-store.jpgThieves struck the Carousel Jewelry Store on King Street early this morning, running off with many items of jewelry and liquor.

The value of the items has not yet been determined.

It is believed that the thieves entered the store by breaking through a glass window at the front where crime scene tape (yellow tape) was drawn.





crime-scene-7.jpgA Jamaican was among three men shot dead by the police in Suriname during a failed robbery attempt on the weekend. He has not been identified.

The other deceased are from Suriname and Guyana.

Another Jamaican involved in the robbery was also shot and injured. He has been arrested.

The police say the four are members of a gang of robbers. It is reported that the men were in the process of robbing a shop when the owner shouted for help. A neighbour responded and the men ran from the building with some of the goods.

They were cornered by the police near their home and there was an alleged shootout in which the four robbers were shot. Three of them died on the scene.

The police seized guns and the goods stolen from the shop. Money and other goods in the house occupied by men were also seized.

A man and two women who were at the house were also arrested.





Paul Burke to step down as PNP General Secretary?

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paul-burke.jpgThe People's National Party (PNP) may soon experience shifts in its management personnel structure as RJR News has received word from party insiders that General Secretary Paul Burke has no intention of staying on in the position.

The insiders say at least one senior member of the PNP executive was persuading Mr. Burke to continue in the post for another year.

However Mr. Burke has quietly declared to PNP officials that he has no intention of back-pedalling on his recent declaration to step aside.

In the meantime, with the possibility of Paul Burke vacating the position of general secretary soon, the aspirants for the position are lining up.

Deputy General Secretary Julian Robinson, who has indicated that he wants the job, is not likely to be a shoo-in as PNP insiders say well known activist and businesswoman Maureen Webber is also expected to vie for the post.





dudus-rev-al.jpgRev Al Miller, who was recently fined one million dollars for harbouring a fugitive, says the former Commissioner of Police, Owen Ellington gave him two options to relay to fugitive Dudus: surrender directly to the Commissioner or to American law enforcement authorities.

Miller, who has been convicted for his role in transporting Dudus -- whose arrest ended an islandwide manhunt after he was found in the company of Miller --- has now broken his silence to say that Ellington betrayed him.

When asked why the former commissioner would do such a thing, Miller answered: "That a di shocker, but we can't talk it now or the whole dollyhouse mash up."

Miller's comments came during an exclusive interview with The Gleaner/Power106 News Centre, just days after his corruption case ended with a $1 million fine.

Miller had maintained that he was taking Coke to surrender to US authorities and that members of the Police High Command were, at all times, aware of his actions.

In July, the founding pastor of Fellowship Tabernacle church located in St Andrew was convicted of attempting to pervert the course of justice, six years after drug kingpin Christopher 'Dudus' Coke was captured in a vehicle he was driving along Mandela Highway in St Catherine.





bolt-babsy-grange-ed-bartlett.jpgMinister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Honourable Olivia Grange, says she is confident that the Usain Bolt Tracks and Records franchise will make significant contributions to the promotion of Jamaica's sport, music and cuisine.

Speaking at the opening of the first Usain Bolt Tracks and Records franchise in Ochi Rios, St Ann, on Wednesday, September 14, Minister Grange said "It is always a great recipe that uses three of our country's best ingredients - sports, music and food. But when we then add Usain Bolt and the beautiful Ocho Rios to the mix, then 'everything sell off'."

The Minister explained that the success of any restaurant is dependent on five key things, "Menu (you have an excellent Jamaican menu); Ingredients (you can get them fresh from our farmers); Atmosphere (Ocho Rios is one of the best places in the world); Service (it has been good so far and I know this will continue); and Reputation (which is dependent on how well you execute the other key components)."

The Minister used the occasion to congratulate the triple Olympic gold medalist, Usain Bolt, the KLE Group and the new franchise owners, Marsha and Joshua Jhamani, for having the confidence to invest in Jamaica and for the important role they will play in promoting what is good about Jamaica.





nick-gordon.jpgNick Gordon, boyfriend of the late Bobbi Kristina who died in a similar incident like her mother Whitney Houston has been found "legally responsible" for her death.

A Fulton County, Georgia, judge ruled Friday that Nick Gordon "is 'legally responsible' for Bobbi Kristina Brown's death after the defendant failed to appear in court," this according to 11 Alive.

The conservator of Brown's estate had filed a wrongful death civil lawsuit against Gordon in August 2015. The suit accused Gordon of assault, battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and transferring money from Brown's account into his own without authorization.

Bobbi Kristina died in August 2015 - several months after being found unresponsive in a tub at her Roswell townhome.

The default judgment was handed down because Gordon failed to appear twice, anything alleged by the plaintiff is admitted through omission.





MIA adds Jamaican flavour to album

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Rapper M.I.A adds Jamaican flavour to her fifth studio album AIM, which was released on September 8 via Interscope/Polydor. The 12-track standard version features five songs recorded in Jamaica. Ali R U OK, Bird Song, Jump In, and Foreign Friend were recorded at Portland's Geejam Studios.

Survivor, which was produced by Justus Arison, was recorded at the UIM Records studio in Kingston. Foreign Friend, produced by Daseca Productions, is a collaboration with singjay Dexta Daps, best known for hits including Seven Eleven and Shabba Madda Pot.

AIM debuted at number one on the iTunes Electronic album chart. M.I.A, whose real name is Mathangi Maya Arulpragasam, is best known for hit songs Paper Planes and Boys (the video was shot in Port Royal).





homeland-security-department-headquarters-washington.jpgThe U.S. government has mistakenly granted citizenship to at least 858 immigrants who had pending deportation orders from countries of concern to national security.

Some of them also had high rates of immigration fraud, according to an internal Homeland Security audit released Monday.

The Homeland Security Department's inspector general found that the immigrants used different names or birthdates to apply for citizenship with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and such discrepancies weren't caught because their fingerprints were missing from government databases.

The report does not identify any of the immigrants by name, but Inspector General John Roth's auditors said they were all from "special interest countries" - those that present a national security concern for the United States - or neighboring countries with high rates of immigration fraud. The report did not identify those countries.

In an emailed statement, the Department of Homeland Security said the findings reflect what has long been a problem for immigration officials - old paper-based records containing fingerprint information that can't be searched electronically. DHS says immigration officials are in the process of uploading these files and that officials will review "every file" identified as a case of possible fraud.

DHS officials identified an additional 953 people who had been naturalized despite outstanding deportation orders, though auditors couldn't determine if those immigrants had digital fingerprints on file or not.

Roth's report said fingerprints are missing from federal databases for as many as 315,000 immigrants with final deportation orders or who are fugitive criminals. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has not reviewed about 148,000 of those immigrants' files to add fingerprints to the digital record.

The gap was created because older, paper records were never added to fingerprint databases created by both the now-defunct Immigration and Naturalization Service and the FBI in the 1990s. ICE, the DHS agency responsible for finding and deporting immigrants living in the country illegally, didn't consistently add digital fingerprint records of immigrants whom agents encountered until 2010.





Over 25 injured in NY blast

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new-york-chelsea-explosion.jpgJust days after New York's memorial of the 9/11 bombing where 3,000 persons lost their lives a scary blast rocked the State in late last night.

According to Fire Department officials about 25 people have suffered minor injuries in an explosion that occurred on Manhattan's West 23rd Street, possibly in a dumpster.

The explosion occurred around 8:30 p.m. in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood.

Witnesses said they felt the ground shake and there were also photos posted online showing broken glass in nearby buildings. Others say they were ushered out of a nearby restaurant for their own safety after the blast occurred.





Men held in murder of JDF soldier in barber shop

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hands-behind-bars.jpgTwo men who were involved in the slaying of a soldier in Jamaica were arrested over the weekend. The soldier who was in a barber shop was killed was tackling the gunmen who came in there in a robbery attempt.

The soldier - Lance Corporal Ricardo Bennett was killed on September two in an incident where one of the perpetrators died.

According to the police they have now arrested two of three suspects accused of killing Bennett.

It is reported that 25-year-old Sheldon Brown and 36-year-old Dwayne Bedasse have been charged with murder, conspiracy to commit murder and aggravated robbery. The Kingston residents were identified in a lineup on Friday. Police say a third suspect will face an identification lineup at a later date.





court-case.jpgThe trial of the three Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) soldiers charged with the shooting death of accountant Keith Clarke has been pushed back to February 6, 2017.

The trial has been delayed due to a change in defense attorney.

Lance corporals Greg Tinglin and Odel Buckley, and private Arnold Henry are accused of murdering Clarke at his Kirkland Heights, St Andrew, home in May 2010 during the search for then fugitive, Tivoli Gardens strong man Christopher 'Dudus' Coke.

According to the JDF, Clarke's house was raided based on information that Coke may have been hiding there.

Clarke was shot more than 20 times.





One of nine escaped prisoners re-captured

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escapee-prisosner-oshane-morgan.jpgOne of the nine prisoners who escaped from the Denham Town Police lock-up in western Kingston is now back in custody following his recapture this morning in Manchester.

He is 19-year-old Oshane Morgan otherwise called Grey Beard, of Oxford Street, Denham Town, Kingston 14.

Morgan who was facing charges of robbery and illegal possession of firearm will be additionally charged with escaping custody.

Reports are that about 7:45 am, lawmen were on an operation in Mandeville, Manchester when Morgan was nabbed at the Nashville Bus Park in the parish.

The other eight escapees, who remain at large are:

  1. Theodore Lawrence, 23, otherwise called 'Theo', of Baugh Path, Tivoli Gardens, Kingston 14 who was charged for murder.
  2. Kevin Thomas, 26, otherwise called 'Tatan' of McKenzie drive, Tivoli Gardens, Kingston 14 who was charged for wounding with intent and shooting with intent.
  3. Richard Richardson, 22, otherwise called 'Ritchie' of Golden Heights, Denham Town, Kingston 14, who was charged for shooting with intent.
  4. Alex Bailey, 23 of Majesty Gardens, Kingston 11, who was charged for Murder and Illegal possession of firearm.
  5. Ian McBean, 30, otherwise called 'Pipe' of Cling Cling Avenue, Kingston 11, who was charged for murder.
  6. Stephen Burke, 23, otherwise called 'Lucious' of Hanover Street in Spanish Town, St. Catherine, who was charged for affray, malicious destruction of property and assaulting police.
  7. Donovan Allen, 33, otherwise called 'Bitter' from Spanish Town, St Catherine, who was charged for robbery with aggravation.
  8. George Ballentine, 19, of Bedwood Gardens, Kingston 7, who was charged for murder and illegal possession of firearm.

Reports are that about 7:30 am, during a routine cell check of the lock-up, the men were discovered to be missing.

Upon further investigation officers observed that the prisoners plotted their escape by cutting a ventilation grill.

The Inspectorate of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has commenced a probe into the incident.

The police have also advised members of the public that these men are dangerous criminals and it is a prosecutable offence to harbour a fugitive.





allan-skill-cole-photo-1.jpgAllan 'Skill' Cole and Bob Marley shared a passion for football and music. Considered one of Jamaica's finest footballers, Cole was a key member of Marley's inner circle. They first met in 1969, with Cole acting as manager of Wailers, the group which included Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny 'Wailers' Livingston.

They wrote several of Marley's most popular songs, however, Cole, has been at odds with record companies over unpaid royalties for decades.

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In a recent article, international website TMZ has written an article entitled: Bob Marley's Songwriter Goes to 'War' for Jah ... Bob's Label Stiffed Me, and uses court documents to back up this claim.

Cole's lawyers actually filed the suit on September 15.

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"One of Bob Marley's BFFs is getting screwed out of money for 2 of the reggae star's iconic tracks ... according to the lawsuit he's filed to get cash for the heirs of rasta messiah Haile Selassie.

Allan Cole is suing Island, Universal and Tuff Gong music over the copyright on "War" and "Natty Dread." Cole was a Jamaican soccer star who reportedly managed Bob briefly, and says he co-wrote the songs in the '70s.

In the docs:

"Cole says he was promised a copyright credit, but only got props for co-writing the tracks. He says he noticed the mistake when he tried to transfer half his interest in "War" to the family of former Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie I. The lyrics for "War" are lifted almost verbatim from a famous speech by Selassie ... who Rastafarians worship as Jah Rastafari. Cole is suing for his share of the copyright, profits from the songs and lawyers fees," TMZ says in the online article.

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In the ongoing saga the full list of songs include Zimbabwe, credited to Marley on his 1979 album, Survival, but actually written by Donald Leach; War, Johnny Was, Rat Race and Time Will Tell.

Cole is credited as writer of War, from Rastaman Vibration, Marley's 1976 album, and although he also co-wrote Johnny Was and Rat Race (also on Rastaman Vibration) and Time Will Tell (from 1978's Kaya) with Marley, his name does not appear in the composers bracket.The albums were distributed by Island.

"We an' Bob did have a different understanding... As Rasta wi neva deal wid certain thing," said Cole. "To us, a man word is him covenant," Cole is quoted as saying.

When Marley went solo in 1973, Cole became his road manager. He was the reggae star's road manager for his final tour in 1980, just months before Marley died from cancer in a Miami hospital in May 1981 at age 36.





rev-al-miller-and-dudus-photo-1.jpgControversial Pastor, Reverend Al Miller has reportedly paid his one million dollar fine handed down by the court as punishment in a case involving former Tivoli Gardens strongman, Dudus..

Yesterday, the court sentenced Miller to pay a fine of one million dollars or serve 12 months in prison.

Mr Miller has said he will not appeal the sentence.

Miller, who drove to the court in a top-of-the-line vehicle, a hummer, was found guilty of attempting to pervert the course of justice in July, after then fugitive Christopher Dudus Coke was found in his company.

He has maintained that he was taking coke to the US Embassy, to hand him over to the authorities.

The conviction of Miller has reportedly caused other members of the religious community to review their role in assisting the police with intervention, especially when the matter involves alleged criminals.





Woman admits to setting up Chris Brown

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chris-brown-photo-1.jpgThey say hell hath no fury like a woman scorned and singer Chris Brown is now finding that out as the woman he threw out of his home is got her payback big time.

Brown was arrested because Baylee Curran made a report that he held a gun on her. The police swooped in and searched his home resulting in the arrested.

News has now surfaced that all of this was carefully crafted by the alleged victim herself as she admitted in a text to one of her friend that she was going to set up the singer.

A former beauty queen, she allegedly sent a text to a man name Safari confessing that she is upset that Chris Brown kicked her out his house and is going teach him a lesson, this according to TMZ.

"Hey safari don't you know this freak Chris brown is kicking me out of his house because I called his friend jewelry fake. Can you come get me my Uber is messing up if not I'm going to set him up and call the cops and say that he tried to shoot me and that will teach him a lesson I'm going to set his ass up. Lol come get me."

Her friend Safari, however didn't seem to be down with the plan as he texted back, "Really that's f*** up you ain't going to do that your wrong if you do."

It is interesting to note that Brown's accuser Baylee Curran was stripped of her beauty pageant crown for using racial slurs. She also has a history of making up death threats is the claim.





Luciano to reapply for US work permit

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luciano-messenjah.jpgReggae singer Luciano will be reapplying for his US work permit next month, and he remains confident that it will be reinstated given the legal advice by a team of lawyers and immigration consultants.

Two weeks ago, Luciano was in Canada and on his way to Amsterdam via connecting flight through New York, when the reggae singer was interrogated and his hand luggage searched. This resulted in an immigration officer revoking his permission to travel to and work in the United States.

Since that time Luciano has been forced to cancel a number of his bookings in the United States. Luciano took a heavy financial hit, returning over US$40,000 in deposits.

The singer maintains that he has been using the medication for some time, and that immigration officers in Canada and California have both cleared him in the past.





women-to-be-honoured-founder-myecolin.jpgJamaica's hardworking female industry players will receive well deserved attention and recognition for their years of service. A brand new honorary event, 'Queens of Reggae Island Honorary Ceremonies -QORIHC, will have their first staging this October in Kingston, Jamaica.

The event, staged by New York based Reggae artiste Mye Laurell through her NyteNursePro foundation, will see eight talented and hardworking females, who are experts in their various fields, getting recognition for their efforts and perseverance.

Laurell and the foundation decided to honour women specifically because activities to support women are fundamentally lacking in the Jamaican industry.

The 2016 ceremony will be held on October 30 at the Courtleigh Auditorium and will see proceeds from the event going to support various charities under the Gregory Isaacs Foundation.

Honorees at this year's ceremonies are veteran Reggae artiste Sister Nancy, whose worldwide hit "Bam Bam" is the most sampled female hit in the history of modern reggae music, gifted video director Nordia Rose, TV broadcaster Elaine Wint, founder of Sun City Radio Doreen Billings or 'Mama B', Dancehall fashion designer Audrey Farquharson, renowned Dancehall Queen, Carlene, Government Minister, Babsy Grange and Dancehall dancing Instructors Latonya Styles and Dance Ja studios.





Marion Hall releases first gospel video

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marion-lady-saw-hall.jpgMarion Hall formerly known as Lady Saw - queen of the dancehall is proving all her naysayers wrong by staying on the new path she has taken.

Since she embraced Christ as her Lord and Saviour she has not looked back as many dancehall pundits thought she would do - but instead has been blazing a trail in the Christendom.

It is safe to say that Marion Hall is on fire for God and there is no water that can cool it down. She has now released her first gospel video entitled When God Speaks.

The video, Room In My House, was shot in Brooklyn, New York, last week, by Coche Productions and premiered days ago.





Deejay Ruffian missing...

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ruffian.jpgFemale entertainer Ruffian is reportedly missing according to the Jamaica Constabulary Force website.

According to information posted on the site, the 47-year-old-year has been missing since September 3. Ruffian, who was known as Lady Shabba, is known for songs such as The World Needs Love and Save the Juvenile.

The Portmore police are asking anyone with information about her whereabouts to contact police 911 or the nearest police station.

However, there have been unconfirmed reports that the entertainer has since returned home. However, efforts by Yardflex to contact her proved futile.





Performers announced for IRAWMA 2016

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The 2016 staging of the Martin's International Reggae And World Music Awards is just three weeks away and the performers list has just been announced.

Slated for October 2 at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts, attendees can expect a diverse mix of artists that will grace the stage.

This year's performers are Tarrus Riley - Dean Fraser & The Black Soil Band(Jamaica), Gramps Morgan of Morgan Heritage (Jamaica), Nesbeth (Jamaica), Shatta Wale (Africa), Stonebwoy (Africa), The Cables (Jamaica), Don Andre(Jamaica), X-Tassy (Haiti), Lt. Stitchie (Jamaica), Daniel Musgrove, Kay Morris(Gospel Act), Mylo Nandez (Latin Artist), Jamaican/African Dance Troops, with more to be added.

The 2016 IRAWMA Award will also recognize Irie FM out of Jamaica and VP Records for their contributions to the music industry with the 'Special Legacy Award.'

In honor of hosting the IRAWMA Awards in one of the biggest diaspora for the Caribbean community, South Florida, 3 Jamaicans living in Florida will be awarded for their 'Outstanding Contribution to the Music Industry.' Recipients are songwriter Danny Breakenridge, drummer Desmond Gaynor- Code Red Band and Radio DJ, Mikey Brown, of Mikey B. Promotions and WAVS FM.





cxc-logo.jpgRonald Thwaites, the opposition spokesman on education, is warning Education Minister Ruel Reid to be careful about the threat that he has issued to the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) that Jamaica is prepared to "review" its relationship with the examination body if the Penwood saga does not end favourably.

Jamaica has been lobbying the CXC to award grades to about 40 students of the St Andrew school who were ungraded in six subjects after the school failed to submit samples of their school-based assessments (SBAs) by a July 31 deadline.

Reid yesterday acknowledged a statement by the CXC that the school did not qualify for a hardship consideration. The statement, however, added that consideration was being given under "special circumstances" and that "candidates will be given the grade they justly deserve".

However, it was his threat to review Jamaica's relationship with the examination body if the resolution is not favourable that has left Thwaites and the Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA) concerned.

"We (the Government) have to make it very clear to them (CXC) that Jamaica is not going to stand for any foolishness, and if they continue with that, we may need to review our own position within CXC," Reid told journalists.

But Thwaites is urging Reid "not to pick a quarrel" with the CXC when it is clearly apparent that there was error on the part of the school, and, maybe, other factors in Jamaica.

"There are, indeed, many things in Jamaica's relationship to review, [for example], the costs, which seem to me to be no longer appropriate. [But] why would we want to, in any way, reduce or question our relationship with a pedigreed examination body that has served us so well for so many years?" Thwaites argued.

President of the JTA Howard Isaacs said a review of the relationship with the CXC is not a necessary course of action at this time.





hands-behind-bars.jpgThe sentencing hearing for three Chinese nationals, who pleaded guilty last week to major scamming activities, was delayed on Wednesday when they appeared in court.

The hearing is now set for Monday before the St. Andrew Parish Court.

The three were arrested last month by the St. Andrew Central Police. The cops raided a house they occupied in Barbican, St. Andrew and reportedly seized several skimming devices, hundreds of blank credit cards, along with J$6 million and foreign currency.

The skimming devices are used to create fake credit cards. It is alleged that documents with the information of credit card holders were also seized. The cops say the men are members of an international fraud network. They have been linked to fraud in United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Israel, Russia, Cuba and several Caribbean countries.

The men have pleaded guilty to possession of criminal property; possession of data device; forgery and unauthorized access to computer data.

Three other Chinese nationals, believed to be members of the fraud network, were recently arrested in Dominica.





PNP having money problems

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pnp-headquarters.jpgThe Opposition People's National Party (PNP) is struggling to host its 78th annual conference, scheduled for this weekend, amid damaging allegations of misuse of campaign donations by some of its candidates in the recently concluded general election which has reportedly crippled the party's treasury.

The party did not quote a figure for this year's conference, noting that "it is still a work in progress" only two days before the start. Last year, a $25-million budget was announced by Pickersgill at a similar press conference. The chairman indicated then that the party was not strapped for cash.

This year, the party has reduced the days of the conference from three to two.





Artist Cecil Cooper has died

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cooper-cecil.jpgRenowned artist, musician and art educator Cecil Harvey Cooper died this morning. He was 70.

His passing comes just over a week after he was conferred with Jamaica's fifth highest honour, the Order of Distinction (Commander Class), at a special investiture ceremony at King's House.

Governor General Sir Patrick Allen, who presented Cooper with the award, said it represented "service rendered that enhanced the quality of life and demonstrated significant contributions to Jamaica".

Prime Minister Andrew Holness said Cooper's "intellectual leadership and artistic integrity have given instrumental foundation" to his many students.





Lookout for fake $1000 notes

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The Clarendon police are warning business persons and other members of the public to be on the look out for counterfeit $1,000 notes. It is believed that the notes have been in circulation since last week.

Constable Nanthony Hamilton says three of the notes have since been handed over to him.

The police, in urging the public to be vigilant when conducting monetary transactions, say it is important for persons to pay attention to the notes because criminals are constantly finding ingenious ways to make money.

Hamilton is also encouraging persons, especially small business operators, to invest in money machines which he says will help them to detect counterfeit cash.





jutc-buses-photo-1.jpgThe Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) has suspended full service on the route to Gordon Town in St Andrew because of a breakaway in the roadway caused by heavy rains, at Savage Pen.

"The break in the roadway has made it impassable for the JUTC units and so the Route 61 buses cannot go all the way to Gordon and have to be turned at Savage Pen" the sate-owned bus company informed in a press release.

In apologising to affected commuters for the disruption in the Gordon Town service, the JUTC advised that there will not be a resumption of the full route until the roadway is repaired.





AJ Nicholson's son has died

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aj-nicholson-and-son-omar.jpgOmar Nicholson, the son of former Foreign Affairs Minister, A J Nicholson, has died. Reports are that he passed away on Wednesday.

According to a source close to the family, the former minister - who recently returned to the island after a trip overseas - is said to be deeply saddened.

"He's not taking it well, he's devastated," said the family friend.

Omar was a software developer and he graduated from Wolmer's Boys' School in 1989.





6 year-old girl shot in Spanish Town

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crime-scene-gun.jpgAsix-year-old girl was shot in March Pen Road, Spanish Town.

Initial reports are that about 3 p.m. on Wednesday a police party accosted a group heavily armed gunmen in an area called 'Africa'. A shoot-out ensued, and during the exchange of gunfire, the little girl was shot.

She was rushed to hospital by the police.

The area has since been blanketed with a heavy police presence.

The shooting of the child followed that of a male who was shot and injured about 1:30 p.m. in the Spanish Town Bus Park. It is said that two males dressed in school uniforms approached and shot the man. He was taken to hospital for treatment.

As a result of the incident, many commuters were left stranded.





What the hell! Jamaicans buying obeah from Africa?

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So what happen to fi we owna obeahman and obeahwoman dem? Fi dem obeah nuh strong enough.

Obeah capital, St Thomas, mussi a cuss out hell, cause a deso wuk di most guzzu and nuff people say it work. All foreigner come a Jamaica fi buy obeah, so how come dis yah obeah man a Africa and come bout him want more client from Jamaica.

According to di man (and we nah call him name fi gi him nuh free publicity) him specialise in bringing back a lost lover or job in 24 hours, remote control over lovers, and remove bad luck and jealousy.

"I can bless an amulet for you or cast a spell for you. And I am so certain you will be pleased with the results, I absolutely, unconditionally, guarantee everything is possible with my supernatural powers. It's your time to let the spirits of the metaphysical world help you enjoy the rich life filled with love, happiness, and wealth".

And we can bet say dis yah man yah in NOT wealthy. So how him a go mek people rich when him himself nuh have nutten





Wiz Khalifa having a great week

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wiz-kalifa-billboard-music-awards.jpgWiz Khalifa is having a great birthday week. The Pittsburgh native - born on September 8 - was named in the Top 5 of Forbes' Hip-Hop Cash Kings and his "See You Again" video has crossed a major milestone.

His hit record featuring Charlie Puth is currently the second clip to collect at least 2 billion views on YouTube. The only other video that has been watched that many times is Psy's "Gangnam Style" (2.6 billion).

"See You Again" spent 12 non-consecutive weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The breakout single from the Furious 7 soundtrack was nominated for three Grammys and a Golden Globe award.





Gyptian releases new video for summer single

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gyptian-photo-1.jpgReggae artiste Gyptian recently released the video for his summer single 'Summer is Back'. Never mind that the summer season is already behind us, Gyptian says the song will remain relevant because in the Caribbean, it is always summer.

Summer is Back was produced by Konsequence Muzik on the Tropical House rhythm, while the accompanying music video was shot by Yaadboiiz Films.

Gyptian recently wrapped up his Caribbean and North American tour and is now looking to embark on a tour of Europe in a matter of days.

The music video was filmed at various locations like the Blue Mountains, Hellshire Beach, Mojito Mondays, and recently premiered on internationally acclaimed music platform Boomshots.The artiste, who was certified gold for his single Hold Yuh, is expected travel to United Kingdom, France, Germany, Belgium, Spain and Sweden, among others stops on the European tour.

Gyptian is also working on a new album to be released under VP Records in 2017. He recently launched his own production/management company called Ryte Dyrekshan production.





tommy-lee-photo-10-simplified.jpgFollowing a series of highly charged foul-mouthed diss songs flung back and forth between Mavado and Popcaan and then Demarco and Jahmiel entering the fray, controversial artiste, Tommy Lee, has now jumped in with both feet.

As expected, the controversial deejay has unleashed a loaded track that has set the dancehall buzzing.

But, Tommy Lee is not even waiting for his lyrics to soak in, he is already hellbent on venting on Jahmiel, who he says called up his name in a diss track.

All we can say is that Isaiah Laing and his Sting organisers must be very happy.





Sting rebranded 'One World Sting' goes global

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The Greatest One Night Reggae Show on Earth, 'Sting', has been rebranded as 'One World Sting'. Starting 2017, the event will be held annually in other countries with the aim of spreading the brand and to fuse reggae and dancehall with all genres of global music.

Sting is set to premiere in London in August 2017, and will feature several top global artistes, after which it will be simultaneously staged on December 26, 2017, in both Jamaica and London as well as over 100 cities, including Beijing, Paris, Sydney, New York, Durham, Johannesburg, and Los Angeles.

The One World Sting is billed to reach an estimated two billion people in its first staging, and with the addition of multi genres, and technological integration, some, 3.4 billion people are set to witness the live event in their country.

It is not clear if the event will be on a hiatus for 2016, however, the organisers reportedly have a press conference planned for Wednesday.





Brothers shot dead at home

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crime-scene-gun.jpgTwo brothers were Thursday morning shot dead at their home in the Havana Heights community of May Pen, Clarendon.

Reports from the police are that 19-year-old Javelle Lawrence and his brother, 18-year-old Romario Lawrence, were shot dead about 2:40 am as they slept.

Their attackers, who were reportedly impersonating police officers, kicked open the door to their home and opened gunfire hitting them.

They were pronounced dead at hospital.





Commish vows to find killer of 9 month old baby

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karl-williams-police-commish.jpgCommissioner of Police Dr Carl Williams has vowed to find the killers of a nine-month-old baby, her 25-year-old mother and a 62-year-old man in Annotto Bay, St Mary.

Williams, who visited the scene, is speculating that the early morning incident stemmed from a domestic dispute. Reports are that Rushell Williams and her child Aleir Smith were visiting Albert Pryce at his home in Fort George when the attacker(s) struck.

Residents reported hearing gunshots around 6:00 am and summoned the police.

"This is really a sad day because heartless criminals have turned their weapons on not just men but women and children. They have gone too far and I will do all I can to ensure that the killer or killers will not escape," Williams said.





Hillary Clinton diagnosed with pneumonia

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hillary-clinton.jpgHillary Clinton's doctor has revealed the 68-year-old has pneumonia - hours after video showed her collapsing into the arms of her Secret Service agents after being rushed from the 9/11 memorial service at the World Trade Center.

Dr. Lisa R. Bardack released a statement through her campaign team after she performed a check-up on the presidential candidate at her home in Chappaqua, New York, on Sunday, after the 'medical episode'.

She said: 'Secretary Clinton has been experiencing a cough related to allergies. On Friday, during follow up evaluation of her prolonged cough, she was diagnosed with pneumonia. She was put on antibiotics, and advised to rest and modify her schedule.

'While at this morning's event, she became overheated and dehydrated. I have just examined her and she is now re-hydrated and recovering nicely.'

Clinton is now holed up in her upstate New York home after a bystander recorded her losing her balance, slumping at the knees and being held up by her aides while waiting to get in a minivan.





No motive as man shot dead in Trelawny drive-by

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man-shot-dead-warren-hodges.jpgA man was killed and two other persons shot and wounded in a drive-by shooting in the Trelawny on Sunday night.

The deceased has been identified as Warren Hodges of Bliss Pastures, Wakefield, Trelawny.

Reports are that, at about 8:30 pm, Hodges was standing at his gate when occupants of a motor car that drove up, opened fire hitting him multiple times. Two other persons were also hit. The three were taken to hospital where Hodges was pronounced dead.

The conditions of the two wounded are not considered serious.

It was the second drive-by shooting in the community in recent times. Last month, occupants of a motor car opened fire on a group of men gathered a short distance from the police station.





JUTC employee murdered on her way to work

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crime-scene-7.jpgA Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) employee was murdered on her way to work early Monday morning.

She has been identified as 36-year-old Natale Smith of West Avenue in Central Village, St Catherine.

Reports are that Smith had just left her home about 4:10 AM and was heading for work when gunmen attacked and shot her in her head.

Smith's murder has caused grief and mourning among her colleagues at the public transportation company, where she worked.

According to the police, the motive of the crime is unknown as the assailants left behind the victim's cell phone and purse.





Ban on Samsung Note 7 on Caribbean Airlines

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caribbean-airlines.jpgCaribbean Airlines (CAL) has banned the in-flight use and charging of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smart phones on all fights. This follows reports from Samsung that the smartphone's battery poses a threat of fire once it becomes overheated. In a recent release, CAL said the decision was based on a directive from the Trinidad and Tobago Civil Aviation Authority (TTCAA).

The airline advised that the device can be taken on board in a person's carry-on luggage or on their person, but must not be used once on board. The airline also advised that the passenger will not be allowed to store the device in their checked luggage.

Caribbean Airlines pointed to safety as its number one priority regarding its passengers and crew.

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission has urged owners of the smartphone to discontinue using the device and to turn it off. The body said that it is working with Samsung to determine whether a recall of the device and exchange are enough of a solution to the matter.





crime-scene-7.jpgThe driver responsible for last Friday's crash in Clarendon in which 23 students were injured has been charged.

Clovis Duncan, who fled the scene of the accident, turned himself in to the May Pen police on Sunday. He has since been charged for failing to report an accident, dangerous driving, operating without insurance and operating without PPV license. He is scheduled to make an appearance in court on Wednesday to answer to the charges.

The Toyota Hiace mini bus transporting Garvey Maceo students was being driven by Duncan when it collided with a taxi and flipped several times along the Vernamfield main road in Clarendon sometime after 9 o'clock Friday morning.

A 15-year-old student, who sustained serious injuries, had to be transferred to the University Hospital of the West Indies where he remains in intensive care.





tom-tavares-finson.jpgJamaican attorney Tom Tavares-Finson today complained to a judge that he was videotaped by American law enforcement personnel outside the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court last month.

Tavares-Finson, said the filming happened on July 28 following a hearing into the extradition case of five Jamaicans wanted by America on lottery scamming charges.

At the resumption of the matter in court today sought to know why.

"Can I know why I was being videotaped and can I have a copy of the tape?" the attorney asked.

"They don't need to videotape me... dem can just Google my name and they will see my pictures," said Tavares-Finson, who is also the President of the Jamaican Senate.

Parish Judge Vaughn Smith said while he could not determine whether the complaint was true, he found it "curious" for the Americans to be videotaping Tavares-Finson. The American authorities present at the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court for the start of the extradition case were drawn from the FBI, the US Postal Investigation Service, the US Marshall Service and the US Attorney's Office for North Dakota.

The eight Jamaicans - Constable Jason Jahalal, Dahlia Hunter, Xanu Ann Morgan, Kimberly Hudson, Dario Palmer, Alrick McLeod, Kazrae Gray and Oneil Brown - are wanted on an indictment handed down in the US state of North Dakota.

According to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, they have each been indicted on one count of conspiracy and attempting to commit wire fraud; 48 counts of wire fraud; 15 counts of mail fraud and one count of money laundering.





Carey Wedler
March 24, 2015

martin-luther-king-nobel-prize.jpg(TFC) Washington, D.C. -- Though the FBI is often credited with solving crimes, the bureau's assistance comes at a cost. The futility of trusting the FBI to defend the greater good is demonstrated by 10 of the most crooked and corrupt things it has done since its inception as the "Bureau of Investigation" in 1908. Some misdeeds are well-known while others are obscure, but all provide cause to distrust the federal agency.

10) Last year, a letter surfaced from the FBI to Martin Luther King Jr., disparaging him, urging him to commit suicide, and attempting to exploit his sexual behavior. In 1999, years before that letter surfaced, a federal jury decided that government agencies were involved in King's assassination. Though the FBI was not directly implicated, its obsession with King is cause enough for skepticism.

9) During and following the same years that MLK was active, the FBI actively sought to infiltrate "radical," "subversive" groups. They launched the notorious COINTELPRO program, sending undercover agents to pose as members of movements. They seeped into anti-war groups, the Black Panthers, and communist, socialist, and Puerto Rican groups (among others). They attempted not only to gather information, but to sow discord among the ranks of activists in order to sabotage their efforts. The FBI allegedly discontinued COINTELPRO in 1971, but many believe it still employs the same tactics today.

8) For example, the FBI has been caught multiple times planning terrorist plots for targets to foil. This was the case here, here, here and here. When the FBI has trouble getting an informant to cooperate, it simply frames them.

7) In going out of its way to "find" terrorists, the FBI uses grotesque tactics. One former informant recently revealed that he was urged to sleep with women at a mosque he was infiltrating (the mosque eventually called the FBI on the informant when he advocated violence). This parallels the strategy of London police officers, who infiltrated environmental groups in the 1980s and '90s, as well as the tactics used on protesters in the United States.

6) The FBI is creepy beyond its use of informants. While the NSA is largely blamed for spying en masse on the data of American citizens, it was the FBI that actually built the Data Intercept Technology Unit. This is the framework that underlies the NSA's capabilities. FBI leaders have actively attempted to thwart encryption features on smart phones that were implemented due to concern over government spying.

5) Though such surveillance is disturbing, the FBI has been snooping since its inception. During the Prohibition era, agents tapped phones and spied on Americans in the name of catching alcohol bootleggers. It was only through Supreme Court cases and Congress that the FBI was barred from doing so--only to later develop the Data Intercept Technology Unit.

4) Such spying proves a troubling catch phrase of American popular culture: "Celebrities are just like us!": the FBI has conducted surveillance on a wide variety of stars. They watched Marilyn Monroe for her ties to the Kennedys, John Lennon for his anti-war activism, and Charlie Chaplin, who was an outspoken anarchist. Even the world's most famous figures cannot escape FBI scrutiny if they are promoting a change to the status quo. If they cannot escape the government's snooping, there is little chance for the rest of us.

3) The internment of Japanese-Americans during WWII is now viewed as one of the most reprehensible actions not only of FDR, but the federal government in general. However, when condemning the horrific discrimination and destruction of due process, few ask who carried out FDR's Executive Order 9066. It was the FBI, who made lists of people to "intern" and rounded them up. The bureau is rarely criticized for these racist, unconstitutional, and inhumane actions.

2) The FBI is also known for making the lives of whistleblowers a living hell. Though the Obama administration has cracked down on those who are courageous enough to expose government wrongdoing, the FBI has consistently ranked the most intolerant of such dissent. It sent a threatening letter to one of its would-be whistleblowers and makes little effort to protect them. For an agency tasked with rooting out crime and corruption, its unwillingness to look in the mirror is disgraceful.

1) The FBI has a bad habit of employing selective justice. During the 1970s and 80s when it was prosecuting gangsters, it made a point to prosecute some and not others. Why? Because those it protected were paying them off and providing information on other gangs. Further, in the 1960s, the FBI allowed four innocent men to be convicted of murder, simply to protect a former gangster turned informant. They encouraged a witness to lie and withheld evidence from the court to earn the convictions, again exemplifying an egregious disregard for the justice they are tasked with delivering (the government later paid over $100 million in settlements for the false convictions).

The Federal Bureau of Investigation enjoys the reputation of a legion of good Samaritans. Countless films and television shows glorify the agency and highlight its crusade to protect justice in America. In spite of this, the FBI's corruption runs rampant and unchecked-not all of the FBI's offenses can be listed in 10 points (special mention goes to targeting prostitution houses and editing Wikipedia articles).

In light of this consistent history of criminality and misconduct, it is time for Americans to consider that having criminals fight crime is a futile effort which belies a foundation of corruption across the entire system.

This article originally appeared on TheFifthColumnNews.com and was used with permission.





The FBI coming to Jamaica?!!

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The United States agency known as the FBI -Federal Bureau of Investigations - will be setting up office in Jamaica.

The announcement was made by US Ambassador to Jamaica, Louis Moreno on Wednesday evening at the launch of Dialogues in Democracy, a publication produced by the Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CaPRI) argued that the move represents the commitment of the US to helping the Jamaican authorities tackle the persistent problem of crime.

"During my tenure here I was able to convince Washington to give us a fulltime alcohol, tobacco and firearms office and very shortly we are actually going to have a fulltime FBI office," he told the small audience that had gathered for the launch of the CaPRI report.

He explained that the office will decrease the embassy's reliance on the regional FBI office and other intelligence arrangements in Latin America.

"We will now have our own officers stationed in Jamaica and that will make working with the security forces much easier. We will have more joint operations, more training, more equipment and more extraditions," he said.

The FBI, like the US Secret Service, is a law enforcement agency. They exist to investigate crimes, and the FBI budget is about $8.3 billion





Ska and Rocksteady legend Prince Buster is dead

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prince-buster.jpgLegendary Jamaican ska singer, songwriter, record producer and sound system operator Prince Buster is dead.

The singer died of health complications at approximately 7:20 a.m. today in Miami, Florida. He was 78 years old.

Born Cecil Campbell on May 24, 1938, Prince Buster died leaving his widow, Mola Ali, sister and children.

Regarded as Jamaica's first international musical legend, Busta hailed from Kingston, having been born on Orange Street - now known as the heart and soul of Jamaican ska, rocksteady and reggae.

The records that Prince Buster released in the 1960s - such as I Feel the Spirit and Fly Flying Ska - set a blueprint for ska and rocksteady anthems to come and had a profound influence on the UK music scene of the 1970s / 80s - primarily Coventry's 2-Tone ska label, home of The Specials and The Selecter. Madness originally covered Buster's 1963's B-side Madness on the 2-Tone label and recorded a tribute to Campbell called The Prince in 1979.

The 1960s were prolific for Campbell not only for the songs released but also for his production work on Oh Carolina by the Folkes Brother in 1960. The year 1964 saw a heavyweight meeting between Campbell and boxer Muhammad Ali, who invited him to attend a Nation of Islam talk in Miami, and in 1967 The Prince had a huge top 40 hit in the UK with the single Al Capone. Campbell returned to the UK charts in 1998 with his song Whine and Grine, which was used in a Levi's advert.





iphone-7-photo.jpgApple held their annual Press Event on Wednesday (September 7) in New York City, where they announced the iPhone 7.

The new iPhone is expected to have a better battery life, be water resistant, have a new and improved camera (with optical image stabilization, larger aperture and 60% faster), stereo speakers, and much more! There will also be additions and changes to the messenger app and the maps app, among others.

The manufacturer also boasts a new and improved home button, which has a Taptic Engine and will be more responsive. There will also be no headphone jack, which had been rumored for months. Wireless AirPods earbuds will be sold, and you'll be able to use your old headphones that will plug into the charger. The phone will come in five colors: two types of black, gold, silver and rose gold.

Apple also announced that a new Nintendo Mario game will be available in the app store called Super Mario Run - a side-scrolling, automatic-running game.





drake-performance-billboard.jpgCops tell TMZ they got a couple of names twisted ... the jewelry actually belonged to Future the Prince, Drake's DJ on the tour ... not Future.

Honest mistake.update_grey_gray_barDrake went ballistic early Wednesday morning after learning one of his tour buses was targeted by thieves, who made off with 2 to 3 million dollars in bling.

Drake and Future were performing at the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix Tuesday night when a thief or thieves made it onto a bus shared by the 2 rappers. They took a briefcase that contained millions of dollars in jewelry.

We're told the jewelry was Future's, but the video is clear -- Drake was super upset when he learned about the heist.

We're told detectives are reviewing security footage to ID the culprits.





June 2017 trial for Bill Cosby

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bill-cosby.jpgBill Cosby's sexual assault trial in Pennsylvania has been scheduled for June next year.

Prosecutors are hoping to have more than a dozen accusers take the stand to detail what they claim is a decades-long pattern of attacks. Cosby is charged with drugging and assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004 at his Pennsylvania home.

Approximately 60 women have accused Cosby of similar attacks, though the Constand case is the only one to result in a criminal prosecution.

The former star says all of the encounters were consensual.





morgan-heritage-photo-1.jpgGrammy winning reggae group Morgan Heritage has returned to the top 10 of the Billboard Reggae Albums Chart.

Strictly Roots is spending its 39th week on the chart. The 12-track compilation which peaked in the number one position, re-enters the top 10 in sixth place.

Brothers Ziggy and Stephen Marley have also held on to key positions on the chart.

The self titled Ziggy Marley album now holds the number five spot, while Stephen's Revelation part 2; The Fruit of Life is number three.





Grand farewell for D'Angels father Clive Downer

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dangel-and-father-clive-downer.jpgHailed as an awesome father, grandfather and "one of the greatest singers who was too shy to buss', Noel "Clive" Downer was eulogised in song and spoken word at his funeral service held last Wednesday.

The Cathedral of St Jago de la Vega in the old capital of Spanish Town was as packed with mourners as it is with history, and those who were present enjoyed the flowing tributes paid to the late businessman and father of four girls, including popular recording artiste Michelle 'D'Angel' Downer. The high profile D'Angel, who arrived,with the family in a stretch limousine, led the mourners who had come to pay their last respects to a man who many called 'friend'.

"I didn't know that Clive had so many friends until last night," Loxley Downer, the very emotional brother of the deceased, informed the congregation.

It was he too, who told the packed church that perhaps the only time that Clive sang publicly was at the wedding of his daughter Michelle to Dancehall King and Grammy winner Beenie Man "and after Michelle urged his to sing, we had a hard time getting back the microphone from him", Loxley said.

And, as if recalling that momentous occasion, both D'Angel and Beenie, who sat right beside his ex-wife in the front pew, shared smiles.

The previous night, many of D'Angel's colleagues in the entertainment industry had come out to support her at the 'nine night' and on Wednesday, Lukie D, Aisha Davis and George Nooks added their voice in song with strong, passion-filled renditions of Clive Downer's favourite songs. Nooks took the singing to the next level and had the entire congregation engaged in praised and worship as he performed right before the closing prayer.

Among other entertainment personalities present was a elegantly attired Claudette Kemp, the manager for reggae artiste Capleton.

Clive Downer succumbed to his injuries in hospital after being hit down by a motorist last month in Spanish Town.





Jesse Royal on tour with Lauryn Hill

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lauryn-hill.jpgReggae artiste Jesse Royal has been making huge strides. Jesse who has been on tour all summer in Europe and the United States, has been a key staple on international R&B female soul singer Lauryn Hill's concert series MLH Caravan a Diaspora Calling.

The concert series dubbed a celebration of the many cultural facets and artistic beauty of the African Diaspora, features opening performances by the Small Axe Jesse Royal, and various artistes from across the African Diaspora including Nas, and Trinidad soca star Machel Montano.

Jesse Royal recently extended his gratitude to his team for making it possible, and Lauryn Hill for the invitation.

Jesse expressed that he was honoured to be welcomed on tour for the past couple dates and shared a photo of himself backstage with Miss Lauryn Hill.





Think outside the oven, urges Honeybun CEO

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honey-bun.jpgHoney Bun CEO Michelle Chong challenged the baking industry to increase its export output at its annual general meeting at the Hibiscus Lodge in Ocho Rios on Sunday, August 21.

In addressing fellow bakers, Mrs. Chong, who is also the president of the Jamaica Exporters' Association, told the packed room that operating only as competitors will limit the growth of all involved.

"Think of market share as 52 cards in a deck, and it is divided among all the bakers on the island. If we compete only in the Jamaican market, we are only passing around [the same] cards," Mrs. Chong opined. "We must look to multiply the cards, and that can only be done by export."

"We must play our part to aid the national export projection of US$2.9 billion by the year 2019," Mrs. Chong urged.





crime-scene-7.jpgAutopsies on the remains of three men which were found in a burn out vehicle in Barnett Bush, St James on Sunday revealed that two had bullet wounds.

The autopsy, conducted yesterday on the third man, was inconclusive. Two of the men were identified as 32-year-old Rory John and 31 year old ex-solider Shane Hibbert, both from Three Miles Rivers, Westmoreland.

The police are appealing to residents on the western end of the island who have a missing male relative in his thirties to contact them. The bodies were found about 10:45 Sunday morning.





Illegal to lock students out of school

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education-minister-ruel-reid.jpgEducation Minister, Senator Ruel Reid is reminding schools that no student should be locked out because their attire is not in adherence to regulations.

Our newsroom has received calls since the new academic term on Monday about students being turned away because of the length of uniforms as well as improper shoes, belts and haircuts. A parent in St. James explained yesterday that her daughter was locked out because of the length of her uniform despite it being the required six inches below the knee.

Senator Reid says there is no policy which allows a school to bar students from entering its campus. He explains that the children should be allowed to enter the campus, contact made with the parents and only after they are handed over they can be removed from the school. He appealed to Principals to adhere to the law and education regulations.

At the same time, he pointed out that there are clear rules as to what is expected from schools regarding uniforms.





$60-million cocaine bust in shipment from Guyana

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cocaine-seized-photo-1.jpgCocaine, with an estimated street value of over $60 million, was seized by detectives from the Narcotics Division along Savannah Avenue in Kingston on Tuesday, September 6.

Reports from the Narcotics Division are that at around 6 pm, during the search of a 20-foot container that was shipped from Guyana to Jamaica, a bag was searched and the illicit substance discovered.

The bag reportedly contained 48 parcels of cocaine, weighing a combined 52.65 kilograms. The estimated street value is US$474, 000 or $60,198,000.

No one was arrested in connection with the find.





Karl Blythe apologises

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Presidential contender Dr Karl Blythe has apologised to party leader Portia Simpson Miller, acknowledging that his comment about her health was "inappropriate".

"Having seen the recent video interview with Comrade Party Leader Portia Simpson Miller, I subsequently made some public comments on her well-being," Blythe said in a letter to Comrades.

"On reflection, I have realised that much of those comments were inappropriate. I am therefore withdrawing those comments and apologise unconditionally and unreservedly to Comrade Simpson Miller, members of her family and all others who, understandably are offended by my remarks," Blythe said.

The apology comes a day after the party issued a call for him to do so and withdraw his comments.





Man killed Monday morning in Downtown Kingston

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crime-scene-7.jpgThe bloodletting continued in downtown Kingston on Monday morning with the fatal shooting of a man on Blount Street in Denham Town.

He has been identified by his alias Killa. Residents say he operated a cook shop in the community.

Shortly after 9:00 a.m., he was riding his bicycle when he was attacked and shot several times. He died at hospital.

The shooting followed another incident in the community on Sunday morning, when a five year old girl was among four persons shot on Tulip Lane.

Gunmen also struck early Saturday morning in Denham Town, leaving a woman dead and four injured following shootings.





5-year-old shot downtown

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injured-child.jpgOn the eve of the new school year, a five-year-old child has been hospitalised after being shot in Denham Town, west Kingston this afternoon.

Investigators are still at the scene of the shooting, which took place at about 1:00 o'clock.

The child and three men were shot at the intersection of Tulip Lane and Milk Lane in the community. One of the men is said to be in critical condition.

"When they were rushing with her in the hospital she turned to one of the medical persons and said, 'doctor I don't want to die; doctor am I going to live?'" said the aunt of the little girl.

The little girl was reportedly shot in the hands and upper body when gunmen - travelling on motorcycles - opened fire in the community. She was among four people shot and injured. Twenty four hours later, the girl is said to be battling bravely in hospital, in serious but stable condition.

"Reports we are getting is that doctors are working round the clock on her and we are praying," the aunt told Loop News.

Residents of the volatile community have praised the fighting spirit of the child.

"Imagine she was doing her hair to go back to school when gunman just walked up and opened fire. Even when she got shot the child got up and walked into her home and then collapsed," one man said.





St Thomas principal dies just before school re-opens

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The St. Thomas Technical High School opened its doors for the new school year on Monday, but did so without its principal, Audrey Bryan-Webber, who died on Saturday.

"We are sadden by her passing and we have organised for a team from the counselling unit of the ministry to visit the school," Bertram Anderson, the school board's chairman said.

Yvonne Madhoo-Donegan, the school's vice principal, said that Bryan-Webber was gearing up for the start of school today.





kasi-bennett-and-bolt-beach.jpgA whe all a di people dem who did a tek up Bolt relationship pon dem head and a fight fi Kasi. Well, Bolt fly him girl to one fur, pretty name place pon vacation and a post up bare pitcha.

The moral of the story: Puss nuh bizniz inna fowl fight.

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coach-schaefer.jpgA what Schaefar really tek people fa. No sah, him damn outta order and rude, bout him a refuse interview and then go plug out di media people dem equipment.

Schaefer haffi apologise.

See what him do yah mek PAJ haffi write letter to JFF:

"After refusing to speak with the TVJ cameraman there, Coach Schaefer then came over and unplugged the media worker's cable during the middle of an interview with the team's manager, who was reportedly speaking willingly.

The PAJ said it regards the interference with the work of a media professional as "unjustifiable and quite frankly, totally out of order".

The PAJ has asked the JFF to deal with this matter, and to clearly stipulate to the federation's coaches what constitutes acceptable behaviour in interactions with the press.





Asafa Powell's winning run

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asafa-powell-photo-2.jpgAsafa Powell clocked 9.94 seconds to win the 100 metres event. at the Diamond League on Tuesday

Second place went to South African Akani Simbine, who continued his impressive season with a 9.99 seconds run ahead of the Ivory Coast's Ben Youssef Meite, who clocked the same time for third place.

Olympic 110 hurdles champion Omar McLeod ended sixth in 10.12 seconds.

In the meantime, Megan Simmonds was sixth in the women's 100 metres hurdles in 12.90 seconds.

The event was won by world record holder Kendra Harrison in 12.63 seconds.

The first Jamaican on the track was Christania Williams, who clocked the fastest time in the two pre-international programme women's 100m event, winning her section in 11.04 seconds.





Elaine Thompson clips Schippers at Diamond League

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elaine-thompson-breaks-record.jpgDouble Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson and Asafa Powell were the Jamaican winners Tuesday in the IAAF Diamond League meet in Zurich.

Thompson turned in an outstanding run to win the women's 200 metres in a Diamond League record 21.85 seconds to turn back the challenge of her Dutch rival Dafne Schippers, who finished second in 21.86 seconds.

American Allyson Felix finished third in 22.02 seconds while Thompson's compatriots Simone Facey was fifth in 22.50 seconds and Veronica Campbell-Brown sixth in 22.51 seconds.





Mr Vegas stages prayer vigil on Luke Lane

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vegas-world-unity-reggae.jpgMr Vegas o Thursday staged a prayer vigil in memory of Demario Whyte, a two-year-old boy who was allegedly shot and killed in the area.

The dancehall artiste who recently decided to give his life to Jesus, said he is keeping the vigil to send a strong message to criminals that they must stop murdering the innocent youths of Jamaica.

"The life of an innocent two-year-old child was recently snuffed out by heartless gunmen, what they did to little Demario is barbaric. We can't continue like this Jamaica, something has to be done we have to send a message to them to let them know that they must stop killing our children," said Vegas. "Jesus said 'Suffer the little children to come unto to me and I will give them rest'. We are doing this Vigil for Demario who's now resting in the arms of the saviour."





Zika-related death confirmed

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zika-virus-photo-2.jpgThe Health Ministry has now confirmed reports of a death related to the Guillian-Barre Syndrome (GBS), at the Kingston Public Hospital.

The ministry says the 78-year-old man died on Tuesday.

Chief Medical Officer, Dr Winston De La Haye, says although the patient did not show signs relating to the Zika virus, the ministry is yet to receive test results to confirm if it was a case of virus-related GBS.

Meanwhile, De La Haye is urging the hospital to be prompt in reporting cases like this.





NWC workers robbed of ID's and uniforms

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The National Water Commission (NWC) is urging customers to be on the lookout for thieves who may be posing as employees.

This after two NWC meter readers were recently robbed of their employee ID cards, uniforms and meter reading equipment while conducting duties in the Brooks Level Road area in Stony Hill, St. Andrew.

The agency says the employees were also robbed of their cellular phones before they were physically abused.

The matter was reported to the Stony Hill Police Station.

The public is being asked to report to the police any suspicious actions of persons trying to sell water meters.





Soldier shot dead in barber shop; gunman also killed

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soldier-bennett-jdf.jpgA Jamaica Defence Force soldier was Friday night shot dead by gunmen in Cross Roads, St Andrew as he tried to foil a robbery.

He has been identified as 31-year-old Lance Corporal Ricardo Bennett of Summerset Avenue in Manchester.

One of the gunmen was also killed but is yet to be identified.

The Jamaica Constabulary Force's Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) reports that about 10 o'clock Lance Corporal Bennett was in a barbershop when three men entered and open fire hitting him. CCU says he returned fire hitting one of the attackers.

The soldier and the injured gunman were taken to hospital where they succumbed to their injuries.





crime-scene-7.jpgThe wife of slain entertainer Jamari Reid has been arrested and charged in connection with his death.

Head of the Trelawny Police Superintendent Clive Blair says 46-year-old Monique Reid was charged on Thursday with soliciting murder.

Blair said the investigation suggests that the entertainer's death was a contract killing.

Reid is expected to make her first court appearance next week.

Jamari Reid, an emerging artiste, was shot dead last month by two men who entered his Falmouth Gardens home.





prime-minister-portia-simpson-miller-photo-3.jpgPresidential contender Dr Karl Blythe has apologised to party leader Portia Simpson Miller, acknowledging that his comment about her health was "inappropriate".

"Having seen the recent video interview with Comrade Party Leader Portia Simpson Miller, I subsequently made some public comments on her well-being," Blythe said in a letter to Comrades.

"On reflection, I have realised that much of those comments were inappropriate. I am therefore withdrawing those comments and apologise unconditionally and unreservedly to Comrade Simpson Miller, members of her family and all others who, understandably are offended by my remarks," Blythe said.

The apology comes a day after the party issued a call for him to do so and withdraw his comments.





israel-boaz-watchtel.jpgBoaz Watchtel, co-strategist in the medical cannabis programme in Israel's Ministry of Health, has called on the Government of Jamaica to legalise ganja and start a programme for the cultivation of medical cannabis..

Addressing the CanEx Conference at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St James, Watchtel stated that legalisation offers many benefits to society in the form of tax and the elimination of the black market

The Israeli noted that several countries don't want to grow medical cannabis therefore the potential for exporting the weed is enormous for Jamaica.





Back-to-school can be traumatic, especially for a principal who was caught up in a court drama in April with another man who allegedly bit him on the penis.

Well, the school community had said clearly that they did not want the principal back in their school, and it seems that the Education Ministry has extended his leave of absence.

Report are school principal at the centre of controversy surrounding the incident, in which a male companion bit his penis, will not be at the controls when his institution reopens on Monday.

He is still the principal, however, he will not be back at school for the start of the school term. I understand the concerns," the acting principal is reported as saying.

Police reports are that the principal was rescued after he was found along the roadway outside a popular restaurant and lounge located in Portmore, bleeding profusely from his private area. In court, attorney-at-Law Ernest Smith, who represented the man accused of injuring the principal, said the principal "was a mentor," who "took my client out for drinks". He said that instead of driving home his client, the principal tried to force himself upon his client, who refused his advances.





Bay-C tops chart in Germany

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Less than a year after rebranding his artiste persona as a solo act, Bay-C, formerly of the group T.O.K, has hit number one on the MTV Germany Urban Chart with his collaboration 'Rude Gyal Swing' with African Pop artiste Treesha.

The 'Rude Gyal Swing' single, recorded earlier this year, has spent six weeks on the MTV Deutsche Urban Chart since its release earlier this summer. The dance party track, produced by Deebuzz, and Hard2Def out of Germany, is a mix of Electronic Dance Music with a Dancehall flavor.

'Rude Gyal Swing' has edged out other international singles, including DJ Khaled 'I Got My Keys', Usher 'No Limit'and Fergie with 'M.i.l.f Money,' to make it to the number one spot.

Bay-C's solo artiste popularity grew in Germany after his six week solo European tour promoting his 'Better Must Come' EP, in May of this year.

Plans are already being finalized to shoot a music video for the 'Rude Gyal Swing' single as well as executing a combined tour featuring Treesha and Bay-C to amp the single's worldwide promotion. Bay-C will be releasing additional new singles through to the Christmas season and he will also release the visuals for his 'Bunx And Galang' single featuring dancers Shady Squad in a matter of weeks.





chris-brown-accuser-photo-1.jpgCurran claims that she is not speaking out about the incident for publicity, 'as she is pretty well-known being Miss California Regional.'

'I hope the truth does comes out, because I don't lie, I would never lie, why, for what?' Curran said. 'I don't need the publicity, I'm already kind of very well-known for being Miss California Regional, modeling, upcoming actress.

'So if I was doing this for fame, or something to that sort, why would I do it this way?'

Speaking to Extra on Tuesday, the same day of the alleged incident, Curran claims that she has witnesses who can vouch for her story about what she claims happened

She also said that she has witnesses who will back her story up.

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'I would say to Chris, be the good person that I know you are. He knows what he has done... I would say, just come out with the truth, because I'm sure it will come out one day anyway,' she told Extra.

However, hours earlier, Curran spoke to TMZ Live about the incident where she said that she was at Brown's house spending time in his hot tub with a friend before the alleged incident. She also said that it wasn't her first time at his place.

According to TMZ , back in 2013 Curran was vacationing with friends at the luxurious New York hotel, The Plaza, in when an argument broke out.

Police documents contain allegations that Curran snatched a $1,000 Louis Vuitton purse, containing $200 in cash, credit cards and a Michael Kors wallet, from one of the other girls, TMZ reported.

Curran allegedly fled with the purse and left New York, but would be liable to be arrested if she returns to the city.

Her former friend, whose purse she allegedly stole, is said to have got a restraining order against Curran from a judge in California.





Niko Chromatic hospitalised

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niko-chromatic-gofundme.jpgPopular selector Niko Chromatic has been admitted to the University Hospital of the West Indies last week with complications.

According to his spouse, Kimberly Mais, the complications are not serious and should be rectified in short order. However, Mais said Niko is in urgent need of surgery, but the medical fund is still about US$30,000 short of target.

Donations can be made to a Gofundme account set up for the entertainer, or to Scotiabank (JMD) account #832211 or Scotiabank (USD) account #832212. Both Scotia accounts are at Scotiabank's Oxford Road branch.

Niko Chromatic, a member of the popular Chromatic sound system, announced earlier this month that he was battling kidney disease and appealed to the public for assistance with his medical bill. Both his kidneys have now failed and he is in urgent need of a transplant.





don-creary-and-shaneke-williams.jpgSocialite and public relations specialist Don Creary will face trial in the Home Circuit Court on charges that he raped a 15-year-old girl in November 2013. He is to face trial along with co-accused, Shaneke Williams. The case is to be mentioned on September 16.

The decision was made Wednesday at a committal hearing, at the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court in Half-Way Tree, to determine whether there was sufficient evidence for the matter to go to trial. The revelation comes a week after another rape charge against Creary - for allegedly raping a 19-year-old girl at an apartment in Meadowbrook - was dropped.

On Wednesday, Creary was brought before the court on charges that he had sex with a 15-year old girl in a St Mary apartment after plying her with alcoholic beverages. Williams was charged with aiding and abetting and sexual touching.

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Creary and Williams were re-offered bail in the same terms and condition of the previous bond. Court files reveal that the Creary was offered bail in the sum of $2 million with one or two sureties while Williams was offered bail in the sum of $1.2 million under the same conditions.

Last Thursday, in the case regarding the 19-year-old, the prosecution asked that a no order be made in the matter. In asking for the case to be dismissed, the prosecution said that the complainant had left the island, that the Crown doesn't have a contact number for her and that it has no reason to believe she's returning.





chris-brown-photo-1.jpgThe woman claiming Chris Brown pulled a gun on her after she admired some of his friend's jewelry was stripped of the Miss California Regional 2016 title after a series of alarming incidents in the two months of her reign.

Baylee Curran, 24, called 911 from Brown's $4million mansion in southern California at 3am on Tuesday, leading to an 11-hour stand-off with police before a search warrant was executed on the property.

It ended with the award winning singer being arrested on suspicion of felony assault with a deadly weapon at the Tarzana mansion.

He has since been released on $250,000 bail. He was tested for drugs after arriving to jail by authorities, TMZ reported.

Curran alleged that the singer threatened her with a gun and kicked her out of his home after she was simply admiring some diamond jewelry.

She was crowned the Miss California Regional on April 1, but on July 5 of this year she was dethroned 'due to a breach of contract'.

A source close to the situation said that there were a series of allegations against Curran that raised 'red flag after red flag after red flag'.

One of those red flags, allegedly included 'racy photos' taken reportedly of Curran during a photo shoot that were anonymously sent to pageant officials.

Title holders are not to be posing or taking any revealing or nude photos of any type of nature, including both selfies and professional photo shoots.

The source said that Curran denied taking the photos, claiming that it was not her.

In addition, the source said that Curran, who is an aspiring actress, did not perform any civic duties as Miss California Regional 2016.

'She was required to perform community service and help out the community, but she did not do anything,' the source told DailyMail.com.

Furthermore, other contests in the pageant alleged that Curran threatened them, was 'very catty' and also made 'racial comments,' the source claimed.

Before dethroning Curran, pageant officials held a counseling session with her about the allegations and problems, but the situation worsened.





luciano-messenjah.jpgSinger Lucianos United States visitor's visa and work permit were cancelled by American law enforcement officers last weekend. The artiste, who was scheduled to perform at the Philadelphia Jerk Festival at Fairmount Park on Sunday, announced this development via social media.

"I sincerely regret the inconvenience and disappointment that this will cause as I am also deeply devastated. Please pray for me while I face yet another major obstacle in my life," the post from the beleaguered singer said.

The post revealed that a search by customs officers turned up a herbal medicine that contains cannabis extracts.

"I regret to announce that whilst crossing the border from Canada into America by air on August 25th, 2016, I underwent an abnormal interrogation during which my personal hand luggage was searched. During the search, a mixture that I normally use as a herb medicine for my throat was found and after numerous tests it was claimed to be illegal because it contained cannabis extracts. The herbal liquid was a very small amount (less than one gramme), but as a result my visas were revoked and I was denied entry into the US," the post explained.

"Please note that this will not affect any bookings that I have in countries anywhere else in the world, apart from North America. So please keep the faith... Jah Bless," he continued.

Luciano had several gigs lined up in California, British Columbia, Washington, Arizona and Oregon from September 2 to 17.





The dangers of eating late at night

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Eating late at night is putting millions of people in danger of heart attacks and strokes, experts warn.

A late-night meal keeps the body on 'high alert' when it should be winding down, researchers found.

Heart experts last night advised that adults should never eat within two hours of bedtime - and ideally nothing after 7pm.

In a healthy person, blood pressure drops by at least 10 per cent when they go to sleep.

But the results of a study of more than 700 people with high blood pressure found that eating within two hours of bedtime meant their levels stayed high.

Experts think this is because eating releases a rush of stress hormones when the body should be starting to relax.

People who do not see their blood pressure fall at night are known as 'non-dippers' - and have a much higher rate of heart-related death.

Late eaters were nearly three times more likely to be non-dippers, the Turkish researchers found.

Researcher Dr Ebru Özpelit, presenting her results at the speaking at the European Society of Cardiology congress in Rome, said: 'If we eat late at night, the body essentially remains on high alert as during the day, rather than relaxing for sleep.





Penwood students' SBA's accepted by CXC

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cxc-logo.jpgIt has been announced that the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) has accepted the School Based Assessments (SBA's) which were not submitted on time by Penwood High School.

This decision follows talks involving the Ministry of Education, Penwood High, the Overseas Examination Commission (OEC) and CXC.

Forty students at Penwood High did not get grades in six subjects in this year's sitting of Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) exams as school administrators failed to submit their SBA's on time. The school unsuccessfully attempted electronic submission.





Another man killed downtown

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crime-scene-7.jpgGunmen struck on John's Lane, near East Queen Street in downtown Kingston a short while ago, leaving one man dead.

Details of the shooting were not immediately available but persons on the scene were angry, saying the victim was on the ground writhing in pain for almost half hour before the police arrived to take him to the hospital.

There has been heightened concern about the increasing violence in downtown Kingston.

Just over a week ago a two-year-old boy was shot dead and his father and another man injured in what the police say is a gang warfare over turf.

That incident came after several other shooting incidents, some fatal.





gleaner-building.jpgReports are that senior officers and managers of The Gleaner have been offered attractive redundancy packages. They have been given two days to respond to the offer.

The redundancy exercise could be a direct result of a merger between the media entities Radio Jamaica Limited and The Gleaner Company Limited.

The merger, which was approved by shareholders of both companies last December, is supported by various local regulatory authorities, and sanctioned by the Supreme Court in February. The merger has created the largest media entity in Jamaica and among the largest in the English-speaking Caribbean.





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