October 2016 Archives

vegas-and-khajeel-mais-family.jpgMr Vegas was part of a prayer vigil held in Half-Way-Tree offering moral support to the family of the late Khajeel Mais on Tuesday.

Mais, 17, was shot and killed when the taxi he was travelling in collided with a BMW X6 motor vehicle on Highland Drive in Havendale in 2011. It is alleged that the driver of the BMW got out and fired shots at the taxi, hitting the boy.

The St Andrew businessman, Patrick Powell, 59, who was fingered in the murder of Khajeel Mais, was freed on Monday after the seven-member jury was directed by Justice Lloyd Hibbert to return a not-guilty verdict on murder and shooting with intent charges.

According to Mr Vegas, he and other Jamaicans are dissatisfied with the court's ruling.





bulldozer-red-hills-road.jpgThe Supreme Court has turned down an application seeking an injunction to prevent the registered owner of the property at 85 Red Hills Road in St. Andrew from evicting the current occupants.

The court's decision on Wednesday is unwelcome news for scores of families who are facing eviction from the property.

"What it means is that we still have the purview of acting on the court orders by removing persons from the property; unless of course, the government comes up with something substantive in terms of an offer and at this time I'd prefer something in a more formal way directed at us," explained attorney Franklin Grenyion, who is representing the owner.

The eviction was halted following the government's intervention last Thursday.

Housing Minister Dr. Horace Chang had asserted that the government has the authority to acquire certain properties for particular types of developments under the Local Improvement Act.





Hunt on for killer of JC third form student

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j-c-student-killed.jpgA hunt is now on for a man who fatally stabbed a student of Jamaica College in St. Andrew.

Nicholas Francis, who was a third form student, was held up yesterday afternoon while on a bus.

The incident took place near the school. It's reported that a passenger attempted to steal Nicholas' cellphone.

Education Minister, Senator Ruel Reid, says the student was stabbed twice and later succumbed to his injuries. He is appealing to those who saw to come forward.

And in light of yesterday's incident the Education Minister says the authorities might have to take a second look at increasing security on public passengers buses.





US ganja farmers 'fretting'

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ganja-seized.jpgGARBERVILLE, California (AP) -- Laura Costa's son and husband moved quickly with pruning shears as they harvested the family's fall marijuana crop, racing along with several workers to cut the plants and drop them in plastic bins ahead of an impending storm.

The farm, hidden along a winding mountain road in a remote redwood forest, is just one of many illegal "grows" that make up Northern California's famous Emerald Triangle, a marijuana-producing mecca at the intersection of Humboldt, Mendocino and Trinity counties.

California voters will decide Nov. 8 whether to legalize marijuana for recreational use -- an issue that has sown deep division here among long-time growers. The Costas and many fellow marijuana farmers have yearned for the legitimacy and respectability that could be bestowed by legalization. But they also fear Proposition 64 will bring costly regulations and taxes and could put them out of business if corporate interests and big farms take over.

"It will end traditional marijuana farming like this," said Laura Costa, sitting in the middle of one of four 40-plant gardens, puffing on a glass pipe. "It will end our way of life."





tesha-miller-photo-2.jpgAttorney-at-law, Bert Samuels, says that his client, reputed gang leader Tesha Miller, is living in fear because of trumped-up charges.

He says the police have linked miller to some 77 gang-related murders committed in Spanish Town, since March. However, he says his client knows nothing about them.

Mr. Samuels states that Miller has a suit in the Supreme Court against the Attorney general and the police, for false imprisonment, malicious prosecution, and breaches of his constitutional rights, which is set for hearing November 7 to 9.

The suit results from a case some years ago in the gun court, in which Miller was accused of robbing a taxi driver of a motor vehicle.

Samuels says Miller was convicted of the charge, but he was freed on appeal, following investigations which proved that at the time when its alleged that Miller was involved in the robbery, Miller was actually at a police station reporting, based on a court order.

The attorney says he fears that Miller might not be able to attend court come next month, because he is afraid that the police will want to hold him on trumped up charges.





vybz-kartel-photo-4-larger.jpgOn Monday, businessman Patrick Powell was acquitted of murder and shooting with intent charges of 17-year-old Kingston College student Khajeel Mais in the Home Circuit Court after the case against him crumbled.

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The verdict has set social media on fire with making a comparison with Vybz Kartel's 2011 murder trial.

Michael Dawson, the co-author of Vybz Kartel's book, Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto has spoken out in the wake of the "not guilty" verdict: "Vybz Kartel must be justly granted his freedom if we are going to convince the people of Jamaica that there are the same set of rules for the sons of poor people and the sons of rich people."

Michael Dawson further stated that "This has to be done either by the DPP's office in the name of equal rights and justice, initiating the process to have his conviction overturned, or not oppose his Appeal. Justice must be equitable if our nation is to move forward. Sam Sharpe and Paul Bogle did not die so a rich person has a better chance at justice than a poor person; that should have ended in the 1800s, this generation in 2016 must believe that they will be treated fairly under the law, if they are going to respect the law."





The police are still processing the Barbican, St Andrew property where the body of Young Reggae Boyz doctor Dr Martin Garwood was found Wednesday morning.

Garwood who was 40 years old, worked at the Kingston Public Hospital.

Jamaica Constabulary Force Communication Officer Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay says Garwood's colleagues went in search of him when he didn't turn up for work on Wednesday and calls to his cell phone went unanswered.

When colleagues arrived at his residence, they observed blood and alerted the police who later found Garwood's body with multiple stab wounds. Lindsay says information gathered suggests that the incident may have happened around 2 o'clock Wednesday morning.

She says the doctor's black Honda CR-V motor vehicle may have been taken by the killer or killers. However, Superintendent Lindsay says there was no sign of forced entry to the doctor's residence.





JC student stabbed to death on coaster bus

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j-c-student-killed.jpgJamaica College is in deep grief following the murder of a ?third-form student who was stabbed and killed on a bus near the school Wednesday afternoon by a man attempting to steal his cell phone.

Fourteen-year-old Nicholas Francis reportedly boarded a green Toyota Coaster bus in the vicinity of Blue Castle Drive on Old Hope Road in St Andrew and was soon after accosted by a man who demanded his phone.

Francis resisted and was stabbed in the hand and chest by his assailant.

The student was then thrown from the bus, breaking his arm in the fall.

It's not clear what happened to the perpetrator.

The driver of the bus took the student to the University Hospital of the West Indies where he died.

Francis played an active role at the recent funeral of fellow third former, 14-year-old Jordan Miller, who died at home in late August.





Jamaican man gets 34-month sentence in Cayman

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court.jpgA Jamaican man, who escaped a gun conviction in the Cayman Islands, was sentenced to 34 months imprisonment for his role in drug trafficking and other related offences.

Jamaican national Marlon Crowe, along with Caymanians Leon St. Michael Hydes and Clebeland Swaby Powery, pleaded guilty earlier this year to conspiracy to import 194 pounds of ganja and were sentenced last Wednesday to prison terms ranging from 34 months to four and a half years.

According to www.caymancompass.com, Justice Charles Quin found three men not guilty of possessing an unlicensed firearm and then sentenced them for the ganja in which the firearm had been found.

On February 4, Cayman's Joint Marine Unit on board the vessel Guardian found the men in a boat drifting approximately 20 miles off East End.

Also on board was a large amount of ganja.

The men were arrested on suspicion of importation of the drug.

A firearm and 64 rounds of ammunition were also found on the vessel that police officers later brought to Grand Cayman.

Justice Quin found there was no case for them to answer to because there was no forensic evidence such as fingerprints or DNA to link any of them to the gun.

Attorney Crister Brady advised the court that Crowe, 34, had no previous conviction in Cayman or in Jamaica.

Crowe was sentenced to 34 months, while Swaby and Hydes were sentenced to three and a half years and four and a half years, respectively.





Ministry of Health prepared to probe dog meat saga

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chinese-cooking-dogs-in-jamaica.jpgThe Health Ministry is now prepared investigate into whether Chinese restaurants are serving dog meat, this following a recent picture of a a skinned, unseasoned animal, resembling a dog, in a cooking pot which started making the rounds on social media. It was accompanied by a voice note of a woman saying that she was now offering the proof that Chinese were cooking dog and serving as other acceptable meats.

Since then there have been many comments on Facebook as many claim they would not be ordering any more Chinese food.

The Ministry of Health is now weighing in on the issue and they are promising to launch an investigation into the allegations.

"If there are sufficient reasons for us to launch an investigation, then we will do that," an official from the Ministry of Health reportedly said.

The social media message, which has sent tongues wagging across Jamaica, contains an image of

Under Jamaica's Public Health Act, the slaughter of animals or poultry for human consumption is monitored by the health authorities.





Sharon James, Tesha Miller's mother fed up

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Tesah Milller's mother Sharon James, says she is now considering legal action against the police who have been constantly harassing her in search of Miller.

The mother of reputed Clansman Gang leader, who is the caregiver for several children, says the frequent visits by the police since Miller's deportation from the United States in March this year has been traumatic

James says she is now considering counselling for the children.

Communications officer at the Jamaica Constabulary Force Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay said the police have been making visits to locate Miller as the investigators have an interest in him. But she says she is unable to speak to the frequency of the visits. She reiterated that Miller remains a person of interest and the police are making efforts to find him.

Meanwhile, attorney-at-law Bert Samuels says Miller is living in fear because of the potential for trumped up charges against him. He says the police have linked Miller to some 70 murders, but his client says he knows nothing about them.





Young Reggae Boyz team doctor stabbed to death

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Team doctor for Jamaica's Young Reggae Boyz Dr Martin Garwood was on Wednesday stabbed to death at his home in Barbican, St Andrew.

The Jamaica Constabulary Force's Corporate Communications Unit has confirmed the incident, but said it has no details.

However, police investigators say Dr Garwood, who also worked at the Kingston Public Hospital, was stabbed multiple times.





Alia Atkinson breaks World Record in Tokyo

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alia-atkinson-photo-3.jpgJamaica's Alia Atkinson has broken the 50 metres breaststroke short course world record at the FINA World Cup Tour in Tokyo.

Alia won the event in 28.64 seconds, beating the old mark of 28.80 seconds which was set by Jessica Hardy in Berlin in 2009. This is Alia's second world record as she is currently tied with Ruta Meilutyte for the 100 metres breaststroke record. She won today's event ahead of Russia's Yulia Efimova and American Molly Hannis.

The Jamaican is one of only three women ever to have broken the 29-second barrier in the 50 metres breaststroke. She will receive a US10,000 bonus from FINA for breaking the world record, along with 20 points towards her cluster bonus.





Another artiste leaves Downsound

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Nature has ditched the Joe Bogdanovich-led Sownsound Records and will reportedly be managing himself.

This follows the recent split from DownSound Records of their female diva, Ishawna, and it looks as if both artistes may get entangled in a legal battle with the outfit.

The "World Peace" singer who informed CEO Josef Bogdanovich via email of his departure is still legally bound to the music label.

Nature, like Ishawna before him, remains tight-lipped about the details surrounding the split but told one media entity that he was uncomfortable.

JCDC launches Ranny Williams contest.

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With great concern about crime, especially in western Jamaica, entertainers Mackie Conscious and a team of musicians has collaborated with Queen Ifrika who also hails from Montego Bay and who had similar concerns to host a free concert at Dump up beach Sunday December 4 2016 starting at 3 pm.

This event is designed to have the major Jamaican recording artistes both home and abroad participate in donating their time to solidify a cry from the music fraternity that a change is needed. So far, over 50 name brand entertainers are expected to make themselves available live or via video link on a large screen. This list includes Beres Hammond, Marcia Griffiths, Diana King, Tony Rebel, Queen Ifrika, Mackie Conscious, Spice, Ninja Man, Shaggy, Sean Paul, Benie Man, I Octane, Jimmy Cliff, Mutabaruka, Hezron, Carlene Davis, Lt Stichie and Kevin Dowenswell.

The St James Police, the Parish Council and the UDC have already given full support.

"We intend to have an Entertainers Motorcade and reasoning session on the day of the event through the troubled communities. Following the event we anticipate with the help of corporate Jamaica, to launch an initiative to revisit the communities with an offer of support with academic advancements and skills training to the youth.

A third imitative to be launched later as it relates to keeping an eye on the entire entertainment coming from the fraternity will be to better assist in the inspiration of the youth and promote quality of music, impacting ultimately Brand Jamaic," a release from the organizers stated.





x6-trial-patrick-powell-oct-24-photo-2.jpgPatrick Powelll was tried in the court of public opinion and found guilty as sin for the 2011 murder of former Kingston College student, Khajeel Mais. He was set free by the court on Monday after the prosecution's star witness turned 'hostile' and the case crumbled.

Social media has erupted with the theme being that Fada God nah sleep and the murderer of the young boy, whoever he or she is, will be meet hisor her Waterloo.


All we have the energy to do is share some of the thousands of comments from social media.

Dean

This is the most ridiculous and intentionally corrupted case I've ever seen in all my life. Mek mi feel like mi neva learn nuttin growing up. Jah know


Rush

How vybe kartel found guilty and this guy clear and present with all evidence implicating him but he walks free


Kidani

Failure to hand over his firearm is a fine ,which he can pay he's off


Desroy Smith from Facebook, 1 hour ago

How convenient! Free him of murder, then charge him for withholding the murder weapon. WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!


Russian_

NO JUSTICE


Homar

I don't want hear or see nothing about this case anymore. ... that firearm should be seized immediately after the shooting. . What is happening in Jamaica???


Herbert

Seems to me that the system was played to set Mr Powell free. First how can a firearm holder refuse, for five years, a lawful request for the provision of his gun for ballistic testing in a murder case. Could the firearm licence not be revoked rendering possession illegal and forcing Mr Powell to 'take' in his firearm. Over the intervening 5-year period why was the 'gun charge' not taken before the courts before the murder trial given the importance of the potential ballistic evidence, now immediately after his acquittal that case is before the courts. The playing of the system continues even after the trial with both defence lawyers on Beyond the Headlines sanitizing their client and ducking questions about Mr Powell's refusal to submit his gun for testing.


Norman_S

We would also like to know if the firearm permit has been renewed within the last 5 years.., while the police needed it for examination...!?


Nicole Henry from Facebook, 2 hours ago

KARMA naah release him.....

Stewart from Facebook2 hours ago

It's all about the money. God not sleeping n no bad deed will go unpunished


Heidi-Ann

Send home the man, prosecutors already freed him of murder, so tell me now after 5 yrs u going to try him on gun charge when u never took his gun or his X6, where u going to find the evidence now?


Ashley 2

Oh please what a travesty of justice, so many years later they are talking about him not turning in his gun, could not happen here his old ass would be sitting in a cell.


Pixie

This is fuckry. The key evidence in the crime wasn't turned over. What a bomboclat system wicked, court and everybody working with this man.


Okema

There is no justice for mediocre are the poor......but the rich will get away with anything


Dale

A money run Jamaica, as long as u have u money u can't go jail.


Colin

This come in like circus


Marva

The judge police killer Powell and his lawyer are a sets of evil heartless people the judge should have ordered this man to turned his gun in are you telling me that this killing took place 5yrs ago and he still holding his gun no somethings is not adding up the blasted man killed the young boy are we that blind wake up people he knows that if he turned the gun in and they run ballistic on it the truth will comes out smh


Sandra

All he may end up doing is pay a fine


Kellkell

Me would a pay smadi shoot him in a him head 1 bbc shot!


Brenda

That's putting the cart in front of the horse or what, that should have been done already, that would have clear up every thing perfectly.


Deon

after 5 yrs him never turn over gun.


Marva

What sort of nonsense is this how comes he got acquitted and the murder weapon is still with held by the by this man where Jamaica got their laws from


Whitney

In all of 5 years. now the court a ask him to turn over his gun. After d case close... Unu really love insult d average man. This case grieve mi to d core. No man mi ago pray cause nothing abt this is right





x6-murder-trial-khajeel-mais.jpgx6-trial-powell.jpgThe family of Khajeel Mais refused to speak with reporters after accused Patrick Powell walked free in the X6 murder case on Monday.

Mais' parents left the court teary-eyed after the crown, unable to prove that Powell was on the scene when the former Kingston College student was shot, offered no further evidence in the case. Mais was shot dead on July 1, 2011 while he was travelling in a taxi in Havendale to meet up with friends to attend a fete at the Meadowbrook High School. The killer was believed to be driving a BMW X6 sports utility vehicle. Powell's Belgrade Loop, St Andrew, home was subsequently raided by the police and two BMW X6 vehicles were seized.

The case began to crumble last week when star witness Wayne Wright, the taxi driver, said he did not see the shooter and said that cops asked him to lie that he saw the killer. Earlier this month, Khajeel's sister Kimberly took to social media to vent her frustration with the delay and the pace of the justice system.

"At first, they gave Vybz Kartel's case precedence, saying limited court rooms available to try cases. Vybz Kartel has been convicted (more than two) years now... So I guess a life wrongfully taken does not matter to the country," she said in a Facebook post.





x6-trial-patrick-powell-oct-24-photo-1.jpgX6 Murder Trial: Khajeel Mais murder accused Patrick Powell walks free

Businessman Patrick Powell has been found not guilty of the murder of 17-year-old Khajeel Mais.

The prosecution rested its case Monday morning in the Home Circuit Court.

Jurors were instructed to return a not guilty verdict after the prosecution said it had no further evidence to offer on the matter.

Lead prosecutor Jeremy Taylor told the court that when the prosecution started the case, it was presented on the basis of credibility and identity. He said it had to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Mr. Powell was at the scene of the incident. He said only one person could do that and that was taxi driver Wayne Wright.

The prosecutor said with Mr. Wright responding the way he did during cross examination last week, the crown could no longer proceed with the matter.

Powell was accused of opening fire on a taxi in which the teenager was a passenger on July 1, 2011. Khajeel died after being shot in the head and back.

Last Friday, prosecutors requested an early adjournment to review their case after the key prosecution witness recanted on his statement. The driver of the taxi testified that he did not see the shooter. He denied giving a statement to the police, identifying Mr. Powell as the man who fired on his vehicle along Highland Drive in Havendale, St. Andrew.

Prosecutors were forced to treat him as a hostile witness.





Supreme Ventures CEO Brian George has died

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brian-george.jpgPresident and Chief Executive Officer of Supreme Ventures Limited Brian George died this morning (Sunday).

George, a Trinidadian, is survived by wife Keneea and his sons, Christopher and Matthew.

Supreme Ventures Limited in a statement issued Sunday says it is mourning the untimely passing of its President and CEO, Brian George.

"The entire SVL family is deeply shocked and saddened by Brian's death. He had been battling illness for some time but continued on a daily basis to discharge all of his duties to SVL. We are just trying to come to terms with this significant loss. We will miss him beyond words," said SVL's Chairman, Paul Hoo.

George became President and CEO of Supreme Ventures in 2003. At the time of his passing, he was also Chairman of the Jamaica Gaming Association and Deputy Chairman of the National Health Fund (NHF) board.





Jae Prynce motivated to 'Try Harder'

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prynce.jpgRising entertainer Jae Prynse's (Prince) extraordinary journey began on October 23, 1993. Born Prince Afrika Tiaphilus Williams, Jae Prynse was a special child, his wit and vocal ability marveled many relatives and friends from a tender age.

But for Jae Prynse growing up in the inner city music was his sanctuary as the harsh streets of Spanglers Downtown Kingston left nothing to smile about.

Jae Prynse's early life embodied struggle, violence, poverty and pain however music was his light at the end of what seemed to be a never ending dark tunnel.

Jae Prynse started to pursue music as a career at the tender age of 14 after his family had to flee the inner-city community of Spanglers due to gang violence, in the process, young prince lost his chance to complete high school (Donald Quarry High), almost lost his grand mother after she received a graze from a bullet to the head and had to mourn the loss of his older brother who lost his life in the same event. Devastated and marginalized Jae Prynse channeled his pain into music and found that it was not only an outlet for his pain but also a field that he had a knack for.

In 2013 Jae Prynse met up with HDX STUDIOS which he signed a deal with them after they heard and loved his raw talent, this was when he started to use his struggles as a motivation and released his first single entitled 'CONCRETE JUNGLE' followed by his single 'MY Life' and others which announced his presence to the world. But it was not until 2015 under the management of UK Based Live MB Music that Jae Prynse made his musical mark with singles such as 'Who Feels It Knows', 'It Could A Be Worst' and 'Fi Mamma' produced by Frenz For Real, E.N.T.R.A.P.S, Konsequence Muzik and Live MB Music respectively.

These singles gained traction on local and international radio which resulted in Jae Prynse embarking on his first two month tour of the United Kingdom (June- July 2015). The tour was such a success that he once again toured the United Kingdom in June 2016 alongside reggae superstar Luciano and Jah Bouks .

Fast Forward to August 2016 Jae Prynse is busy promoting his new single entitled Try Harder which was produced by Frens For Real Recording. The single is presently a daily staple on local and international radio with the video soon to be released. Jae Prynse dropped his new mixtape titled Try Harder on September 28, with promotion underway for a European tour.





tony-matterhorn-photo-1.jpgAidonia got married last month and now it's another entertainer's turn. Popular selector Tony Matterhorn will be getting married this weekend.

Sources close to the selector have confirmed that Matterhorn is to get married on Sunday in a bashy ceremony in Florida.

Several members of the entertainment fraternity have already flown up for the event

Earlier this week, fellow entertainer Denyque said "yes" when her longtime boyfriend of several years popped the question.





Tanto Blacks is the face of Cash 4 Life

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tanto-blacks-cash-for-life.jpg'Real Rich' sensation Tanto Blacks has been named ambassador and the face of the 2016 staging of J Wray & Nephew Limited's 'Q is the Key to Cash 4 Life' competition.

Blacks will be the main character in all advertisements of the competition, which will give players a chance to win up to $30 million in prize money over the next 14 weeks.

The entertainer, who is well known for promoting a cash-rich lifestyle and positive lyrics, will encourage lovers of J Wray & Nephew Ltd brands to enter 'Q is the Key' by purchasing certain 200 ml products and texting the codes on the back of the Q's label to the contact number provided.

'Q is the Key' was launched Friday and offered players myriad opportunities to win cash by purchasing Qs (200 ml) of either: Wray & Nephew White Overproof Rum, Charley's JB Overproof Rum, Appleton Special or Campari.

Pietro Gramegna, marketing manager, J Wray & Nephew, said based on discussions, Blacks was selected to be Q is the Key to Cash for Life's ambassador, because of his cash flow lifestyle that is in keeping with the goal of the competition.

Over the next 14 weeks there will be daily cash prizes of $10,000 and mobile phone credit and monthly cash prizes of $50,000, $100,000, $150,000, $250,000, and $500,000. At the end of January 2017, there will be a grand prize draw in which two lucky winners will be selected for the two prizes of $1,000,000 each year for the next 10 years.





Cop shot during spot check in St Ann

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA Police Corporal remains hospitalised after he was shot and injured while on duty early this morning in St Ann.

He is Corporal Stevenson Walker of the St Ann's Bay Police Division.

It is reported that Walker was conducting a spot check along the Priory main Road in St Ann when he signalled a silver Toyota Corolla to stop.

The police say the driver disobeyed.

One occupant of the vehicle allegedly opened fire hitting Walker in the leg.

He was taken to the hospital and is said to be in stable condition.





JTA saddened by deaths of two teachers

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The Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA) says it's saddened by the sudden deaths of two teachers in separate incidences on Tuesday. The deceased teachers are 39-year-old Christopher Gayle of Kingston College and Nadine Trail of Norman Manley High.

A team led by JTA President, Howard Isaacs, visited both institutions yesterday where he expressed condolences to the staff and the families of the deceased teachers.

Isaacs noted that teachers face high stress levels in carrying out their professional duties.

He also pledged the JTA's support for teachers saying the association recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Health Fund to further enhance their welfare.





march-pen-fat-man.jpgThe main suspect in the March Pen attack in St Catherine has been charged with five counts of murder.

Marvin Campbell Snr was charged this afternoon after being questioned by police investigators. He's scheduled to appear in court next Tuesday, October 25. Campbell, otherwise called 'Fat Man', has been in custody since last Wednesday when he surrendered to the police.

Three children are among the five victims of the attack. They are two-year-old, Koyandra Wynter, nine-year-old, Revaughn Evans and 14-year-old Marvin Campbell Jnr. The other casualties were 22-two-year-old Venisha Bartley and 24-year-old Salesha Evans. Two other persons were also injured in the October 9 attack.

The police had reported that gunmen went to the community, kicked in the doors of four houses and opened fire, hitting occupants. The houses were later set on fire.





x6-trial-powell.jpgProsecutors on Friday morning applied to the court to treat their star witness at the trial of Patrick Powell, as a hostile witness. Powell is accused of the murder of 17 year old Khajeel Mais.

Jeremy Taylor, the lead prosecutor, applied for the order on the grounds that the witness has shown himself to be "adverse" and "inconsistent". The key witness, Wayne Anthony Wright, on Friday morning insisted that he did not see the person who fired on his taxi which led to the death of Khajeel, who was a passenger. This is a major blow to the prosecution which had stated at the opening of the trial that its case rests on the testimony of Mr. Wright.

Lead prosecutor Jeremy Taylor, requested an early adjournment for his team to examine the case to decide the way forward following Friday's major setback.

Prosecutors say they were challenging his testimony after he changed the statement he gave to the police in July 2011.In the statement read out by the prosecutors, Mr. Wright had reported that he knew the shooter. However, the witness insisted that he did not make such a statement.

The prosecutors also accused him of lying when he testified on Thursday that he did not know Khajeel and was seeing him for the first time when he chartered his taxi on the night of July 1, 2011.Mr. Wright insisted that he gave a statement to the police on July 5 but denied giving a second statement on July 8.

Prosecutors pointed Mr. Wright to the second statement in which he said he knew the shooter and saw him on the night of the incident. But he again insisted he made no such statement. He maintained that he took evasive action on the night of the shooting and did not see who fired on the vehicle.

The star witness told the court that the police tried to coerce him into saying Mr. Powell was the shooter. Mr. Wright said the police also tried to force him to say that he saw Mr. Powell with a gun on the night of the incident. However, he testified on Friday that he refused to do so.

Following heated exchanges, defence attorneys told the court they had no questions for the witness.





Seven shot - one fatally in St James

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crime-scene-gun.jpgDespite efforts by the security forces to stem gun violence in the western Jamaica parish of St. James, seven persons were shot, one fatally, on Thursday. Three of the shootings took place at bars.

In the first incident, gunmen opened fire on patrons at a bar in Paradise, Norwood at about 6:30 p.m. The bartender, 26-year-old Marcia Dixon of Paradise, was shot and killed. Three men injured in that incident.

About two hours later, two women were shot and injured in Anchovy. It is reported that gunmen walked into a bar and fired at patrons. The female bartender was shot and seriously injured. Minutes later, gunmen opened fire at another bar nearby, injuring the bartender. Investigators believe both Anchovy incidents are connected.

Meanwhile, a man was shot and injured in Mount Salem at about 8:00 p.m., as he was walking along Katan Lane. He was found by residents suffering from a bullet wound to the thigh.





Scamma song artiste is 'poppin'

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Yow! Di artiste who sing di 'Scamma' song a get some crazy love inna di streets. A swear! Right now we not even too memba di yute name, but di song a gwaan. 'Di scamma dem deh yah!'

We a go Google him name and tell oonu a next time, but all we know is that when him say 'Big money poppin everywhere mi go' gal pickeney and bwoy pickeney dung a BB Coke inna Sentie was in a frenzy. But memba say di song did all get feature pon Hurricane Matthew IG dat some igle people did mek fi di hurricane, when Matthew a say 'Big thunder clappin' everywhere mi go...Big...Thunder ...Clappin'





Nesbeth shell dung Zip school tour

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nesbeth-photo-2.jpgSince we deh pon a big-up roll, we haffi say big up and a huge shout out to Nesbeth who circle round a BB Coke High School inna St Elizabeth and shell dung Zip School tour Friday.

Nesbeth was the general. A now him Dream fresh!! And di Ziptocrats a BB Coke sing the song like seh a dem write it.

And we haffi talk bout di teacher who perform pon stage wid Nesbeth. Miss, yuh status up deh! A what you a go tell di pickney dem inna class Monday mawning teacher? All we know is that we love how yuh gwaan and we love how yuh love yuh artiste, Nesbeth. My Dream is to live my dream....SONG OF THE YEAR.





peter-tosh-photo-3.jpgAnd, by the way, the right people dem neva deh a dat deh launch because it was a ganjaless event.

It was Peter Tosh's birthday and the official opening of the museum and not even one spliff no bun? Mr Tosh surely turned in his grave at this grave situation. Oh BBC! Anyway, kudos to the organisers Kingsley Cooper et tal and of course Copeland Forbes.





andrew-holness-photo-4.jpgThis one really is a no-brainer.

Whether or not you is a fan of Mister Holness, you did haffi gi him him props on Wednesday night when him chat a di Peter Tosh museum opening.

The Prime Minister informed the gathering that his favourite Peter Tosh song is: 'When you live inna glas house doan throw stone."

peter-tosh-photo-3.jpgArgument done!

Did we mention dat nuff Comrade did inna di audience?

Lisa Hanna, Oar Davis and Wykeham McNeil, we did love oonu speech still, but we haffi give this round to Andrew.





Mek di people dem dun di Minister suh?!

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babsy-grange-minister.jpgGood girls (and boys), what we woulda like fi know is why oonu dun Miss Babsy suh? The honourable minister mek di mistake and go defend Spice after the hullabaloo at di gala di odder day and doan ask if di people dem never unleash di highest form of savagery pon Miss Grange.

But you see like how we a try stay pon di minister good side, we not even a go copy and paste the dutty comment dem pon fi we good-up good-up site. No way Jose. Oonu can go over Observer and read di comment wha di troll dem dash out. It nuh pretty. Miss Babsy, this too shall pass.





Big up all di entertainer dem who say 'married'!

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aidonia-photo-4.jpgAidonia just get married wha day yah and now Matterhorn a leggo single life; Denyque a get married to her longtime boyfriend and Spice say she is going to be celibate for one year.

So we juss a give a big forward to all those who a put dutty life pon pause in exchange for wholesome living. Rayyyyyyy!!! And all dese tingz.Husband and wife we seh round here - one man plus one woman equal marriage. Straight.





London to host 2-day sex robot festival

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sex-with-robots.jpgA festival of SEX ROBOTS is coming to London after being banned in Malaysia for 'being too extreme'

There will be sessions on humanoid robots and electronic sex hardware

Other topics that will be covered include 'teledildonics', or cybersex toys

The event will run on 19th and 20th December at Goldsmiths, London

Conference was previously banned in Malaysia for being 'illegal'

Sessions will focus on a variety of topics, from humanoid robots and teledildonics, which means cybersex toys, to intelligent electronic sex hardware.

'Within the fields of Human-Computer Interaction and Human-Robot Interaction, the past few years have witnessed a strong upsurge of interest in the more personal aspects of human relationships with these artificial partners,' a statement from Goldsmiths says.

Registration is open for anyone wishing to attend, but it costs L200 ($244) for a full price registration, or L125 ($152) for a student.

Sex with robots is set to overtake human sex by 205, some have said.

But a robotics expert warned last month that robot sex could become addictive, and will someday even replace human-human sex entirely.

Like many other technologies that have replaced humans, robots could even surpass human technique, to become better lovers, he claims.

Speaking to the Daily Star, Joel Snell, a robotics expert from Kirkwood College in Iowa, said: 'Robotic sex may become addictive.

'Sexbots would always be available and could never say no, so addictions would be easy to feed.

'People will rearrange their lives to accommodate their addictions.'





After the brouhaha in the wake of Spice's controversial performance at the high profile gala ot honour Jamaica's athletes in Rio, the Minister of Culture had this to say:

"I recognize dancehall as an important Jamaican music genre. In that regard, I note some of the comments directed at Spice for her performance on Saturday night. I do not offer a defence for Spice who is a talented and bright performer, fully capable of producing lyrics in celebration of our athletic heroes. I would however, caution against the issue of vitriolic comment and a rush to judgement in this matter.

Most things went well but a few very important things did not on this occasion. Like our athletes we will review, improve and keep pushing ourselves to higher levels of performance."





Spice blasts the 'hypocrites'

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spicey-sting.jpgSpice's performance at the gala celebration for Jamaican athletes who competed at his year's Rio Olympics was met with blank stares from an audience which included the Prime Minister, sports personalities and other government officials.

The raunchy dancehall deejay was slapped with a string of harsh criticisms following her performance at the event. Meanwhile, some criticized the organizers for booking her.

The event's main organizer Lenford Salmon in an article was quoted as saying Spice failed to show up for a technical rehearsal. In addition, Mr. Salmon claims that they were assured by Spice's team that the deejay would have adjusted her lyrics and dress appropriately for the occasion.

But according to Spice, his claims are untrue. and she describes the saga as hypocritical and a harsh case of "classism".





Prosecutors submit evidence in X6 murder trial

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court.jpgProsecutors on Wednesday submitted evidence to show that 17 year old Kingston College student Khajeel Mais, died in 2011 after being shot twice when businessman Patrick Powell allegedly opened fire on the taxi in which he was a passenger. This was revealed in testimony from one of the crime scene investigators called at the trial of Mr. Powell before the Home Circuit Court.

Mr. Powell is facing charges of murder and shooting with intent.

Over the next few days, prosecutors are expected to show that the teenager died after being shot in the head and back when Mr. Powell allegedly opened fire on the taxi. In laying the foundation for that evidence to be delivered by the pathologist, the prosecutors called one of several investigators in the case.

Detective Sergeant Paul Thompson told the court that on July 14, 2011, he witnessed the post mortem performed on the body of the teenager. The sergeant told the trial that two expended bullets and bullet fragments were taken from Khajeel's body. Photographs were shown to the seven member jury.

Prosecutors are leading evidence that road rage led to the fatal shooting of the teenager. They argued that Mr. Powell, in a fit of rage, opened fire on the taxi along Highland Drive in Havendale, St. Andrew, after it bumped into his BMW X6 motor vehicle. The bullet struck Khajeel who was on his way to a school event.Another detective sergeant who gave testimony on Wednesday disclosed that he inspected the taxi and found bullet holes in the rear registration plate; the back seat and on the driver side of the vehicle.

Sergeant David Campbell said he also observed bloodstains in the passenger side of the vehicle and on the back seat. He said he collected samples of blue paint from the left side and bumper of the taxi, a Toyota Succeed. Prosecutors said the blue paint matches that of the BMW X6 driven by Mr. Powell. The court heard testimony on Tuesday from a body repairman who said the X6 vehicle was taken to his garage for repairs.





court.jpgA seven member jury of five men and two women has been empanelled in the trial of businessman Patrick Powell arising from the 2011 shooting death of 17-year-old Kingston College student Khajeel Mais.

Mais' mother, Allana Mais was first to take the witness stand and broke down in tears at the start of her testimony.

Businessman Patrick Powell is being tried for murder and shooting with intent in relation to the 2011 death of 17-year-old Khajeel.

Khajeel was reportedly travelling in a taxi that collided with a BMW X6 motor vehicle. He is accused of murdering Mais, who was reportedly travelling in a taxi that collided with a BMW X6 motor vehicle. It is alleged that the driver of the BMW got out and fired at the car, hitting the boy.

Powell is also charged with shooting at taxi driver Wayne Wright with intent to cause harm.





court.jpgOn Tuesday morning, Allana Maise, mother of Khajeel Maise broke down on the witness stand as she recalled how she found out about her son's death.

The mother of slain Kingston College student Kahjeel Mais today fought back tears as she recalled watching her son die at the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH).

"I saw Khajeel laying on a bed in one of the cubicles. I saw nurses and doctors around him. I watched him take his last breath," Allana Mais testified.

She was giving evidence in the Home Circuit Court in downtown Kingston where businessman Patrick Powell is on trial for killing Mais in Havendale, St Andrew in 2011.

"I saw him (Khajeel) breathing for a while then there was a gasp then there was nothing," Allana Mais added as she was overcome with emotion.

Allana Mais testified that moments earlier she left her son at a taxi stand on Mannings Hill Road. According to her evidence, he was going to meet up with some friends before going to a fete at Meadowbrook High School.

She said she got a call from a family acquaintance who informed her that "dem shoot up" the taxi in which Kahjeel was travelling.

During cross-examination by Powell's attorney Deborah Martin, the married mother of three admitted that Kahjeel had "behaviourial issues" while at KC and outside of the institution.

"He had a matter at the Juvenile Court?" asked Martin.

"Yes", Mrs Mais replied.

"Where he was before the court?" Martin continued.

"Yes, he was," the mother replied.

Mrs Mais also conceded that administrators at Kingston College called her a few times about her son's conduct.

Before that, lead prosecutor Jeremy Taylor, in his opening address to the seven-member jury, outlined allegations against Powell before suggesting that 17-year-old Mais was killed in "an exaggerated form of road rage."

He charged that the taxi in which Mais was travelling hit a BMW X6 and the driver of the luxury vehicle came out and fired several shots into the taxi.

"They were new, they were the rave then ... the IT in luxury vehicle," Taylor said in reference to the BMW X6.

"Someone was angry because of what happened on the road, what happened to their vehicle. The allegation is that Mr Powell was this person who was angry and angry to the extreme," he added.





court.jpgThe murder trial of businessman Patrick Powell has been opened to the public after prosecutors today reversed their decision to have the case tried in camera.

High Court judge Lloyd Hibbert made the announcement in the Home Circuit Court a short while ago where the trial is about to begin.

After the announcement, several persons outside the courtroom were allowed to enter.

Firearm cases are generally tried on a Gun Court indictment which, under law, stipulates that they should be closed to the public.

Powell was charged with murder and shooting with intent arising from the death of 17-year-old Kingston College student Kahjeel Mais in July 2011 in Havendale, St Andrew.

Mais was travelling in a taxi that collided with a BMW X6 sports utility vehicle.

It's reported that after the crash the driver of the luxury vehicle got out of his car and fired a bullet into the taxi before fleeing the scene.

Powell has pleaded not guilty.

A seven-member jury has been selected comprising five men and two women.





hillary-clinton.jpgThe third and final presidential debate has ended, and it can now be said: Hillary Clinton crushed Donald Trump in the most effective series of debate performances in modern political history.

The polling tells the story. As Nate Silver notes, on the eve of the first presidential debate, Clinton led by 1.5 points. Before the second, she was up by 5.6 points. Before the third, she was winning by 7.1 points. And now, writing after the third debate -- a debate in which Trump said he would keep the nation "in suspense" about whether there would be a peaceful transition of power, bragged about not apologizing to his wife, and called Clinton "such a nasty woman" -- it's clear that Trump did himself no favors. Early polls also suggest Clinton won.





X6 Murder Trial: Judge clarifies social media ban

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court.jpgThe Judge in the so-called X6 murder trial has sought to clarify his ruling on social media postings on the case.

Last week, the judge ordered social media posts by the family of a murder victim to be removed.

However, the Jamaican Bar Association said it noted reports about the family of Khajeel Mais harshly criticising the justice system on social media and of a Supreme Court Judge ordering the removal of the posts.

It said it raised the issue of curtailment of freedom of speech.

However, 9n Tuesday, the judge clarified that his order was not meant to stop all social media posts about the case, but those which could prejudice the trial.

Justice Lloyd Hibbert said sought to make it clear that freedom of speech did not mean people can say anything they felt. He said statements that defame the court are not permitted and people can be cited for contempt of court. The trial took a break this morning to deal with procedural issues, but was expected to resume at noon.

Businessman, Patrick Powell, is on trial for the murder of schoolboy Kahjeel Mais. The prosecution is alleging that the 17-year-old school boy was killed in Havendale, St Andrew in 2011 by an enraged Powell after the taxi hit his BMW X6.

After the accident, Powell is alleged to have got out his X6 and opened fire on the taxi hitting the schoolboy.





One of St Elizabeth's 'most wanted' killed

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crime-scene-gun.jpgThe Police have confirmed that one of St Elizabeth's most wanted was shot and killed in Mocho district, St James, today.He is 30-year-old Dwight Williams, otherwise called 'Dewie', of Retirement district, St Elizabeth.

The police say residents of Mocho district reported hearing groans coming from a house and went to make checks. Williams was subsequently found on the floor with multiple gunshot wounds.

The Police were summoned and he was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The police say Williams was wanted for the September 15 shooting death of 26-year-old Renaldo Wallace otherwise called 'Bumps', of Retirement district as well as several other shootings.





madonna.jpgPop musician Madonna will receive Billboard's 2016 Woman of the Year award, following a year where she extended her record as the highest-grossing female touring artist of all time.

She will be honoured at the 11th annual Billboard Women In Music event in New York City on December 9.

Her Rebel Heart Tour, which wrapped in March, solidified her status as one of the biggest touring acts of all time. Madonna sold more than 1 million tickets and walked away with US$170 million. That makes her the highest grossing solo touring artist in Billboard Boxscore history with a staggering US$1.31 billion in total concert grosses.

Madonna is also the best-selling female recording artist of all time. In addition to her ongoing chart dominance, her philanthropic efforts are said to be effecting real change in the world.

Madonna's Raising Malawi organization is currently constructing Malawi's first pediatric surgery and intensive care unit, which will double the number of life-saving surgeries performed on children each year, provide intensive care after critical surgeries, and train specialised Malawian medical staff.

The Mercy James Institute of Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care facility will open in 2017.





rapper-safaree.jpgJamaica-born American rapper/song writer Safaree has started a charity initiative titled Stunt for Jamaica and is expected to donate computers to local schools in coming weeks.

According to the rapper, who is now featured on VH1ís popular TV show Love and Hip Hop Hollywood, Jamaica's influence in his development has made him a strong individual.

"I want to put a new computer in schools in Jamaica every month. I just want to keep on doing it. I have already made connections with notable people like Jackie from the show Basketball Wives. She is going to donate, and I already have my first batch of computers," he said.

The artiste also revealed that schools in the parish of Hanover will be the first in line to receive computers.

"Pondside in Hanover is where my family is from so, I am just gonna set it up from there and work my way across the island. My mother used to run track and field with Merlene Ottey back in the day, and there is a Merlene Ottey (high) school in that side of the island that I might visit. I just want the teenagers to know that they should not give up, you know, stay focused on your education. I want this charity to get really really, big and help the schools out," he said.





guiness-sounds-of-greatness-bishop-escobar.jpgSelector Carlos 'Bishop Escobar' Henry, has teamed up with Guinness for what promises to be another electrifying season of the Guinness Sounds of Greatness (GSOG) competition set to run from October to December.

The 'Made of More' brand recently signed Escobar to a contract that includes hosting duties for GSOG, advertisements and mixtapes, making him the second local ambassador the brand has signed this year.

"Guinness has a lot of respect in the streets. It is a bold drink that also connects with different groups," said Escobar who has grown in popularity among dancehall fans. "That is what I do, entertain people of all ages. Escobar is made of more. Any time yuh see me just know sey you ah go get more."

Escobar has become widely known for his unique mic skills and ability to entertain a crowd.

"My joviality, my crowd interaction, my entertainment package is different. Most selectors are focused on the serious part. My energy just different, it nuh stay like the rest," said the 33-year-old MC, who added that he's looking forward to a mutually beneficial relationship with Guinness. "I will endeavour to live up to the Guinness tagline, 'Made of More' in the music fraternity."

The new collaboration with Escobar is in line with the brand's longstanding support of Jamaican dancehall culture, which includes the annual GSOG series, sponsorship of Aidonia's Birthday Bash and the ambassador agreement with Busy Signal, which was signed earlier this year.





crime-scene-7.jpgThe police officer responsible for sharing gruesome footage of last Sunday's March Pen massacre, where five people were burned to death in the St Catherine community, now faces possible dismissal for his actions.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Wray Palmer, who heads the Inspectorate of Constabulary ,told THE WEEKEND STAR that sharing confidential information is in breach of the force's policies and anyone who engages in this kind of activity will face sanctions.

"They will be changed departmentally, and they will be tried in front of an enquiry. After that, the sanctions can range from being reprimanded to dismissal for that same act," Palmer said. He added that the officer responsible for sharing the video on Facebook was still under departmental investigation, after which sanctions would follow.

The video, which has since gone viral, shows the burnt remains of the victims as well as the rubble that was left as a result of the fire.





patrick-bailey-photo-1.jpgInvestigators probing last month's killing of a man at the Barbican, St. Andrew home of attorney Patrick Bailey are said to be following strong leads.

A police source confirmed that investigators questioned Mr. Bailey earlier this week in the presence of four attorneys. Statements were also collected. No one has yet been charged in connection with the killing, as investigators are yet to identify a suspect, or a motive.

On September 30, the body of 51-year-old contractor Junior Jermaine, who was reportedly employed to Mr. Bailey, was discovered with stab wounds at the attorney's home. Investigators seized a spent shell, suggesting that Mr. Jermaine was also shot.

Mr. Bailey reportedly called police to his home after he found Mr. Jermaine dead in his living room. Investigators claim there were no signs of forced entry to the house.





tastee-cheese.jpgus-teen-steals-cheese.jpgAn American youngster is now facing possible prison time after being accused of stealing more than $20.5 million worth of Jamaican Tastee cheese from a warehouse in Moonachie, New Jersey.

Eighteen-year-old Darluis Ortiz was arrested this week and slapped with charges of theft, burglary, conspiracy, and possessing burglary tools, according to NBC New York.

When the accused cheese thief appeared in court on Thursday, prosecutors alleged that he stole pallets of Tastee cheese products valued at US$160,000 (or just over J $20.5 million) on September 23. It then took investigators two weeks to track him down.

Ortiz, who was being held in the Bergen County jail, was offered bail at US$150,000 (J$19.2 million).





Bolt donates to Haiti relief

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usain-bolt-wins-gold-200m-beijing-2015-photo-5.jpgUsain Bolt while refuting reports that he had donated $10 million to Haiti in the aftermath of the Hurricane Matthew, has, however, revealed that he is assisting the neighbouring country.

"On seeing the devastating images caused by Hurricane Matthew, especially of the children, I was moved to assist and will encourage others to do so," the many-time Olympic medallist Bolt told the media.

Meanwhile, the decorated athlete is set to take part in the second staging of the Jamaica National Foundation Heroes in Action 8k run/walk and 4k fun run in his home town,Falmouth on Sunday.





usain-bolt-in-rio.jpg"The Racers Grand Prix will be my last race in Jamaica people, it will be the last time I run in Jamaica," sprint legend Usain Bolt said.on Television Jamaica's 'Smile Jamaica' morning magazine programme.

Bolt, who is set to return to training the first Monday in November, also closed the door on the suggestion he made a few weeks ago that he competes after 2017.

"Yes I am definitely going to retire after the World Championships in London, that will be my last one," Bolt told presenters Neville Bell and Sakina Deer.

The nine-time Olympic gold medallist however said he and his team are yet to decide on which event he will be running then.

Bolt along with the other members of Jamaica's team to this year's Olympics and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro will be honoured this weekend by the government of Jamaica.





x6-murder-trial-accused-photo-2.jpgThe Jamaican Bar Association is renewing what it calls longstanding concerns about the deficiencies in the justice system and the responsible exercise of freedom of expression.

The concerns coincide with this week's ruling by high court judge Lloyd Hibbert for a social media blackout in the so called X6 murder case.

The judge made the ruling after Deborah Martin, the lawyer for Patrick Powell, accused killer of Kingston College schoolboy, Khajeel Mais, complained that a series of social media comments was making out her client to be guilty.

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The association says there is every reason for accused persons, particularly those not on bail, as well as the victims' families, to be aggrieved by the delays that ravage the delivery of justice.

"The constitutional right to freedom of expression, and the right to criticise our public institutions, belong to us all as citizens in this democratic society," said association president Sherry Ann McGregor.

The association further says the fundamental right to freedom of speech can only be curtailed to the extent that it prejudices the rights and freedoms of others.

"Although we believe that the public and victims' families have the right to speak out about the most unfortunate delays they experience, we also urge them to be respectful in their protests and interviews and to refrain from making accusations of corruption by public officials in the absence of reliable evidence," McGregor further said.





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Please, Posthumously Pardon Marcus Garvey

marcus-garvey-photo-3.jpgEarly this week, The Gleaner, Jamaica's oldest and most respected daily newspaper, reported on that country's continuing efforts to pave the way for the United States - and specifically, President Barack Obama - to grant a posthumous pardon to Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Jr., for his 1923 mail fraud conviction.

Born on August 17, 1887, in St. Ann's Bay, Jamaica, Garvey was a civil rights activist, the founder of the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA), and a strong proponent of black nationalism and Pan-African philosophy. Garvey is not only Jamaica's "first national hero," he is revered by millions throughout the Caribbean, Central America, Canada, Africa, the United States, and indeed, all over the world. "Garveyism," while (still) controversial in some quarters, has long been internationally recognized for its strong and enduring influence on the Nation of Islam, Rastafarianism, and the Black Pride movement. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., said Garvey was "the first man on a mass scale and level to give millions of Negroes a sense of dignity and destiny."

Writing for Fusion, Casey Tolan notes that "[a]s Garvey's popularity grew, he attracted the attention of a young J. Edgar Hoover." Hoover "put Garvey under surveillance, and in 1919, he wrote a memo about his investigation of the activist. Garvey had 'been particularly active among the radical elements in New York City in agitating the negro movement,' Hoover wrote. Hoover lamented, "[u]nfortunately, however, [Garvey] has not yet violated any federal law whereby he could be proceeded against on the grounds of being an undesirable alien, from the point of view of deportation."

Just four years later though, in 1923, Hoover's secretive and vindictive persecution of Garvey did lead to Garvey's federal prosecution, conviction, jailing (for two years and nine months), and eventually deportation, on mail fraud charges. The charges were brought in connection with the sale of stock of Garvey's Black Star Line, an ambitious all-black shipping company that Garvey founded. Garvey was "accused of trying to defraud his customers by advertising a ship that was not yet in his possession." Tolan observes: "Modern day research suggests [however] that the trial was politically motivated to blunt the rise of a powerful black organizer."

Objectively, what the Office of the Pardon Attorney, and ultimately, President Obama, should consider, is: if Garvey had had access and been able to present Hoover's 1919 memo as evidence of his selective prosecution, there is no question he would have had meritorious grounds for the dismissal of his mail fraud case. (As Justice Thurgood Marshall noted in his dissenting opinion in Wayte v. United States, 470 U.S. 598, 624 (1985) ("[M]ost of the relevant proof in selective prosecution cases will be in the Government's hands.")

At page 15 of his 1997 book, The Ordeal of Integration: Progress and Resentment in America's "Racial" Crisis, Orlando Patterson, a professor and historical and cultural sociologist at Harvard University, writes: "The prejudices of centuries die hard, and even when they wane, the institutional frameworks that sustained them are bound to linger." It doesn't have to be that way for Marcus Garvey.

The Office of the Pardon Attorney and President Obama should heed Marcus Garvey's sage counsel in a speech in Nova Scotia in 1937 - words Bob Marley helped immortalize decades later in his 1980 masterpiece, Redemption Song - and "emancipate [them]selves from mental slavery," so Marcus Garvey's legacy can finally be free.

Answering questions on April 9, 2015, following a speech at the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica, President Obama said: "I think that all people want basic dignity and want basic freedom, and want to be able to worship as they please without being discriminated against, or they should be able to speak their mind about an important issue pertaining to their community without being arrested." That's true today, but it was also true of Marcus Garvey in 1923.

Having been sentenced to prison and addressing a crowd at Liberty Hall in New York City, Garvey said: "We are not fighting America; we are fighting hypocrisy and lies, and that we are going to fight to the bitter end. Now understand we well, Marcus Garvey has entered the fight for the emancipation of a race; Marcus Garvey has entered the fight for the redemption of a country."

About the Author: Stephen Cooper is a former D.C. public defender who worked as an assistant federal public defender in Alabama between 2012 and 2015. He has contributed to numerous magazines and newspapers in the United States and overseas. He writes full-time and lives in Woodland Hills, California.





Viewers shocked at Priscilla Presley's scary looks

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priscilla-presley-dracula-photo-1.jpgPriscilla Presley, 71, shocked viewers with her incredible appearance on Thursday morning's installment of Lorraine, showcasing a smooth, wrinkle free complexion.

The former wife of Elvis chatted to host Lorraine Kelly about her late ex-husband during her rare interview on British TV.

But it was her looks which really got people going on social media, with countless viewers taking to Twitter to comment.

One user posted: 'Flicking thru channels on TV and thought I saw a Lizard being interviewed on Lorraine. Turns out it was Priscilla Presley after surgery!'

Another mused: 'Must be a point where you say 'yep enough plastic surgery now' else you just look like Frankenstein's monster @ITVLorraine #PriscillaPresley'.

A third harsh comment read: 'I'm really sorry, I'm sure she's a lovely woman, but I have nightmares after looking at @Cilla_Presley for too long #justsaying #Lorraine'.

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As a high court judge seeks to ban all social media reference to a five year old murder trial, the comments on social media are telling the judge that his order is five years too late.

Justice Hibbert made the order after murder accused Patrick Powell's attorneys raised concern about the 'social media campaign' that was allegedly being led by the family of murdered Kingston College schoolboy, Khajeel Mais and argued that it could "prejudice the case resulting in Powell getting an unfair trial."

See some comments below that were made on social media following the ban: "Well, they got the chance of trying the case before the advent of social media, suh let the court try stop it now! Sorry your honour...freedom of speech!. Yuh fighting a losing battle here!"

"Where is the free speech and the Justice Hibbert should be rightfully disturbed The case is over 5 years. No one should have to wait that long for justice."

"The family has all rights to be upset about the constant postponement of the trial. Why would the judge agree to another delay? It's not like the alleged murderer doesn't have legal representation. The lawyer who is joining the defense team was a part of the team before and nothing has changed over the years of constant adjournments. Furthermore, why couldn't the current lawyer brief him on any new developments. This is a travesty of justice."

"More and more it seems, trials are scheduled around the schedule of attorneys. So if they feel the need to go vacationing in Paris, or, to take a quick jaunt to New York, then, the wheels of justice, grind to a halt. Only-in-Jamaica? I wonder."





Huge pay day for Jamaica's Olympians

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Cash awards of between US$2,500 and US$10,000 are among tributes planned for Jamaica's athletes who participated in the Summer Olympics in Brazil in August.

Gold medallists will be given US$10,000 (approximately J$1.3 million) for each medal, while competitors who failed to make the finals in their events will get US$2,500 (approximately J$325,000) for each event.

A relay gold medal will attract US$6,000 to be shared by all six members of the relay team. Managers and officials will get US$1,000 each.

In addition, four statues are to be built commemorating Jamaica's top four sprinters in recent years - the world's fastest athlete Usain Bolt, double 100 metres gold medallist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, and their predecessors Asafa Powell and Veronica Campbell Brown.

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment, and Sport Olivia "Babsy" Grange, who made the announcement in the House of Representatives yesterday, said that the statues will be built on a phased basis, with those of Bolt and Pryce scheduled to be completed for next year's 55th anniversary of Jamaica's Independence, and the others by the following anniversary.

Grange said that the statues will be placed at the National Stadium in Kingston, as part of wider development of the stadium complex, including the National Sports Museum.





x6-murder-trial-accused-photo-1.jpgA judge yesterday warned family members of murdered Kingston College schoolboy, Khajeel Mais, to desist from posting material on social media pertaining to the trial of businessman Patrick Powell in the case dubbed the X6 murder trial.

The high court judge Lloyd Hibbert also ordered the removal of all materials posted on various social media platforms about the X6 murder trial and warned that no further material should be posted.

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Justice Hibbert made the order after Powell's attorneys raised concern about the 'social media campaign' that was allegedly being led by the family and argued that it could prejudice the case resulting in Powell getting an unfair trial.

Mais' sister, Kimberly, last week voiced her dissatisfaction on Facebook and Instagram about the frequent delays and the length of time that it was taking for the case to start.

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Bermuda on watch as Hurricane Nicole approaches

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hurricane-nicole.jpgBermuda is expected to experience heavy rainfall and strong winds when Hurricane Nicole hits the archipelago on Thursday.

Nicole is currently a category two hurricane.

Bermuda's Minister of National Security, Jeffrey Baron has urged residents to take seriously storm preparations as forecasters say there is a possibility that Nicole could hit the country as a category three hurricane.

The National Hurricane Centre in the US says Bermudians should rush to protect life and property ahead of Nicole's impact.

Tropical storm conditions with winds between 39 and 73 miles per hour are expected in Bermuda as the latest satellite images show a large eye as Nicole spins south of the country.





marvin-campbell-wanted-man-photo-2.jpgMarvin 'Fat Man' Campbell, who was wanted for incest and listed as a person of interest in relation to the March Pen massacre, which unfolded Sunday in an area of St Catherine called Africa, has been arrested.

Campbell was handed over to members of the High Command at the Office of the Commissioner of Police by Bishop Rohan Edwards on Wednesday morning..

Campbell was processed by senior investigators from the Major Investigations Division (MID).





marvin-campbell-wanted-man-photo-1.jpgMarvin Campbell, who is wanted in relation to the March Pen massacre which unfolded Sunday in an area of St Catherine called Africa, is being accused of killing his son and four relatives.

Marvin Campbell Jr, 14, was among the five persons who were shot and burnt to death. The other victims are two-year-old Koyandra Wynter, nine-year-old Revaughn Evans, 22-year-old Venisha Bartley and 24-year-old Salesha Evans. Two others, who were injured during the onslaught, are still hospitalised.

Campbell was placed on the police's wanted list following an allegation of sexual assault committed against a close female relative who is a minor.

According to a report from a popular tabloid, the female 'relative' is supposedly Campbell's daughter. After the allegations of sexual assault, Campbell left the area and has managed to elude the police each time an attempt was made to apprehend him.

It is said that he recently returned to the community as a strong enforcer of the Tesha Miller faction of the Clansman Gang.

Reports are that Campbell also issued several death threats to the victim and the victim's family to dissuade them from pursuing the matter against him.

The victims of Sunday's gruesome act are all relatives of the sexual assault victim.





steven-causewell-victim-nadia-mitchell.jpgBusinessman Steven Causewell has been sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering his girlfriend Nordia Mitchell and is to serve 20 years before parole.

The sentencing was handed down in the Home Circuit Court by Justice Carol Beswick.

Beswick also said Causewell should undergo psychological evaluation and treatment at the institution he's to serve time.

Causewell was convicted on September 8 for the 2008 murder of Mitchell at her Oakland Apartments home, on Constant Spring Road, St Andrew.

The domestic violence case drew a national spotlight. Court proceedings at a hearing on Friday were disrupted by an emotional outburst from the murder victim's daughter, Imani Prenderghast, who accused Causewell of beating her mother.

The 40-year-old convict has two children - an 18-year-old and a seven-year old. He worked at his family's business, Windshield Centre Limited, up until the time of his arrest for the murder of Mitchell.





QORIHC set to honour Industry females October 30

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Finally, hard working 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 hard working females, who are experts in their various fields, getting recognition for their efforts and perseverance.

Mye laurell and her NyteNursePro foundation decided to honour women specifically because activities to support women are fundamentally lacking in the Jamaican industry.

"I believe that women are the backbone of the Jamaican creative industry because we do so much to support it. My NyteNursepro organization's mission is to Inspire, Nurture, and Entertain, so this event is perfect as it intends to motivate the current honorees to continue doing great work and to inspire other females to work hard and eventually their work will also get recognized." Mye shared

Specific females to be honored at this year's ceremonies are; Veteran Reggae ArtisteSister 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 BroadcasterElaine Wint, Founder of Sun City Radio Doreen Billings or 'Mama B', Dancehall Fashion Designer Audrey Farquharson, Renowned Dancehall Queen Carlene,Government Minister The Honorable Babsy Grange and Dancehall Dancing Instructors Latonya Styles and Dance Ja studios.

The NyteNursePro Committee will be expanding the various categories next year when they meet to select the 2017 set of honorees; categories like TV Producers, Stylists and PR Specialists will also be included.

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.

"It is important to note that this is not a competition to award the best, it's recognition to say we honor your roles that have influenced and supported so many throughout the years" Mye Laurell added.

"Persons should support this ceremony because a vast majority of the Jamaican populous benefit from this industry, the women being honoured this year, and many years to come, should be celebrated in a unique way for their efforts that have helped to bolster Jamaica culture worldwide". Cadia ________ Assistant Director for NyteNursePro added

For more information on the honorary awards ceremony, follow the NyteNursePro foundation or 'Queens of Reggae Island Honorary Ceremonies -QORIHC on social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram.





Popcaan featured in Michael Jordan ad

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popcaan-photo-4.jpgDancehall artiste Popcaan has been featured in the official ad for Michael Jordan's OVO, inspired clothing line.

The ad was recently premiered on Michael Jordan's official Instagram page, which carries 9.5 million followers and features a motorcyclist dressed in the new OVO Air Jordan 12 Retro & Apparel Collection, while Popcaan's music can be heard in the background chanting the lines.

"Notnice tun up mi voice some more, buy Jordans' yesterday, today mi buy some more. Whol heap a pair inna mi bag pon tour ... . Unruly Boss mi name so mi don't wear fraud ones, real authentic Jordans' wi nuh care weh yu bring Unruly nuh wear everything, OVO don't wear everything, dem fi know from wi small wi a bling."

The ad was produced by E5 records, also responsible for Popcaan singles like Bad Inna Real Life and Nah Idle.

Michael Jordan is basketball's first billionaire player and is also regarded by many as the greatest of all time.





7 AMA nominations for Rihanna

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rihanna-anti-release.jpgBarbadian music sensation Rihanna will have to make room on her already extensive list of awards as she has been newly nominated for 7 American Music Awards for this year's upcoming show.

The announcement was made by Joe Jonas and Rachel Platten earlier today on Good Morning America. The 2016 American Music Awards will take place on Sunday, November 20 on ABC.

Below are the 7 categories in which Rihanna is nominated:


Favorite Female Artist, Pop/Rock:

Adele

Selena Gomez

Rihanna

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Artist of the Year:

Adele

Beyoncé

Justin Bieber

Drake

Selena Gomez

Ariana Grande

Rihanna

Twenty One Pilots

Carrie Underwood

The Weeknd

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Favorite Female Artist - Soul/R&B

Beyoncé

Janet Jackson

Rihanna

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Favorite Album - Soul/R&B

Beyoncé "Lemonade"

Rihanna "Anti"

Bryson Tiller "T R A P S O U L"

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Favorite Song - Soul/R&B

Drake Featuring Wizkid & Kyla "One Dance"

Rihanna Featuring Drake "Work"

Bryson Tiller "Don't"

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Collab of the Year Nominees:

The Chainsmokers & Daya

Drake, Kyle & Wizkid

Fifth Harmony & Ty Dolla $ign

Rihanna & Drake

Meghan Trainor & John Legend

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Video of the Year Nominees:

Justin Bieber - "Sorry"

Desiigner - "Panda"

Rihanna & Drake - "Work"





Pearl McFarlane of Royal Palm Estate fame has died

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pearl-mcfarlane.jpgPearl McFarlane, a cast member of local TV soap opera Royal Palm Estate has died. McFarlane, who played Jenny on the long-running drama, passed away after a long illness. She was buried at Dovecot Memorial Park in St Catherine last Saturday following a thanksgiving service at Mamby Baptist Church in St Andrew.

Creator of Royal Palm Estate Lennie Little-White remembers McFarlane as a very professional actress.

"She first came to Mediamix back in the early 1990s to audition for a commercial for Cool deodorant, and I was just struck by her personality and charm. And when we started shooting Royal Palm Estate in 1992, I drew for her. She brought great qualities to the role and set. She was always very professional, always knew her lines and took the role seriously, unlike some divas."

McFarlane's character was a femme fatale in Royal Palm Estate, who would have a baby for Ted Blackburn, played by Reggie Carter. When Blackburn died, she took on his son - Richard - and was also the object of affection for the pastor played by John Jones. The 65-year-old McFarlane joins three other cast members from Royal Palm Estate - Reggie Carter, Cyrene Tomlinson and John Jones - who have transitioned.

McFarlane is survived by her only daughter, hairstylist Trish McFarlane.





tommy-lee-photo-10.jpgParty promoter Cabral Douglas, who launched a US$3-million lawsuit against the Dominica Government, in relation to the deportation of dancehall artiste Tommy Lee, has retained one of England's top barristers - Dr Leslie Thomas - to lead the litigation phase of the case due to commence in Trinidad on October 20.

"I am pleased to announce that I have retained the services of Leslie Thomas QC LLB LLD. Dr Thomas is one of the UK's leading human rights barristers. He brings a wealth of knowledge and courtroom experience in high-profile cases to the table and I am extremely fortunate to have him on-board to lead the litigation phase of this matter," Douglas, an attorney-at-law, disclosed.

Douglas, son of former Prime Minister Rosie Douglas, said he is not concerned about getting a backlash from the Government.

"The Labour Government currently in office has traditionally stood for human rights, civil liberties and free enterprise. So if there is to be a backlash, I would expect it to be against them. In fact, hundreds of young Dominicans protested the unlawful arrests of Tommy Lee and his enterouge whilst they were being detained in that filthy jail cell unfit for a dog," he said.

Douglas also stated that Caribbean Community encourages free movement of among its member states. He stressed that while he only lost money from the show's cancellation, Tommy Lee Sparta and his team were stripped of their dignity and no amount of monetary disbursement can compensate for that.

Douglas said his father, who died in 2000, would have been extremely supportive of him in this matter.

"My father, the late Hon Rosie Douglas, was an uncompromising champion for human rights and was prepared to face jail in defence of human rights in Canada. So my dad would stand in solidarity with the four Jamaican claimants just as I have done through this ordeal," he said.

Tommy Lee Sparta, along with three members of his team - Tiasha Oralie Russell, Junior Fraser and Mario Christopher Wallace - were deported from Dominica a day after their arrival.

The artiste had journeyed to the Caribbean state to perform at a concert in Portsmouth in February 2014. They were, however, denied entry and placed in custody before being deported.

Prior to his arrival, the Dominica Association of Evangelical Churches had called for a boycott of the artiste's concert. The group said its concern was based on Tommy Lee Sparta's glorification of Satan and his promotion of violence.

Tommy Lee Sparta is known for a number of hit singles such as Spartan Soldier, Psycho, God's Eye, Get Money.





frankie-paul.jpgFrankie Paul and friends are staging a concert to raise funds for the entertainer's much needed prosthetic leg.

The veteran singer recently underwent surgery to amputate his foot.

The show dubbed FRANKIE PAUL ALIVE and WELL, is to take place on October 15, at the brand new African Roots and Culture Center adjacent to the House of Dancehall at 6 Cargill Avenue, Kingston.

Frankie Paul's live performance in Jamaica comes after unscrupulous persons exploited his illness, and plastered false information on social media.





ghosts-from-the-clintons-past-l-r-kathleen-willey-juanita-broadd.jpgDonald Trump took the gloves off 90 minutes before Sunday night's debate against Hillary Clinton, holding a meeting with four ghosts from Bill Clinton's sexual past - and letting a handful of unsympathetic reporters in to hear them speak.

Trump introduced his coalition of the willing - Kathleen Willey, Juanita Broaddrick, Kathy Shelton and Paula Jones - in St. Louis as a press pool snapped shutters and reporters shouted questions about a new audio recording of Trump saying vulgar things about women 11 years ago.

Broaddrick, an Arkansas nursing home administrator who has accused Bill Clinton of forcibly raping her when he was the state's attorney general, said that 'actions speak louder than words.'

'Mr. Trump may have said some bad words, but Bill Clinton raped me. And Hillary Clinton threatened me. I don't think there's any comparison.'

Shelton was raped at age 12 by a man whom Hillary Clinton defended in court. She has blamed the current Democratic presidential nominee for casting her as an unbalanced, untrustworthy child prone to sexual fantasies, and plea-bargaining her client down to a misdemeanor.

'At 12 years old Hillary put me through something that you would never put a 12-year-old through,' Shelton said.

'And she says she's for women and children. And she was asked last year what happened, and she said she's supposed to defend [clients] whether they did it or not. Now she's laughing on tape, saying she -'

Shelton, overcome with emotion, stopped speaking.

'You went through a lot,' Trump said.

'Yes sir, I did,' she answered.

Shelton joined Twitter on Saturday, and immediately started firing off messages targeting the Clintons.

'I may be Hillary Clinton's 1st female victim. She ruined my life; defended my rapist & blamed me. I was 12 yrs old. Then she laughed at me,' one message read.

'I don't care if Trump said gross things. I care that Hillary Clinton lied, terrorized, & mocked me, defending my rapist,' she added.

Jones, who won an $800,000 lawsuit settlement after accusing Bill Clinton of sexual harassment, said she supported Trump: 'I think everybody else should vote for him ... he's a good person. He's not what other people have been saying he's being, like Hillary.'

And Willey, who pointed fingers at Bill Clinton for allegedly groping her in a room near the Oval Office, was also present as a Trump cheerleader.





At least 20 newborn babies dead at Jubilee; not 7

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crime-scene-7.jpgThe Opposition People's National Party (PNP) is claiming that as many as 20 newborns may have died at the Victoria Jubilee Hospital and not seven as reported.

The babies died from sepsis, which the Chief Medical Officer Dr Winston De La Haye has said was due to an organism in the vaginal tracts of their mothers.

In a release this afternoon, Opposition spokesman on health, Horace Dalley, expressed condolences to the parents of the children and said the Opposition was concerned about the situation, which he said appeared to be worsening.

He has called for Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton to disclose reports of newborn deaths from bacterial infections at the Cornwall Regional Hospital and The University Hospital of the West Indies.

Dalley said there have been too many incidents that the minister appeared not be aware.

Tufton says that an investigation into the deaths of the children was launched.





madman-chops-off-bruce-walters-head.jpgA man who said to be of unsound mind killing a well-known elderly taxi operator in Hague, Trelawny, yesterday evening, by completely chopping off his head and then running away with the man's head in his hands.

The police report that the taximan, Tepton Walters, 70, was mending a fence at home when he was attacked and chopped all over his body by Rayon Tomlinson.

Tomlinson, the police say, used a machete to completely sever the head of Walters. The police said Tomlinson fled the scene with the severed head.

Up to press time yesterday, the police maintained that Tomlinson was still at large.

"While he (Tomlinson) was committing the act, the neighbours threw stones at him and he ran away in the bushes with the head," said Ralph Medley, an inspector stationed at the Clarks Town Police Station in the parish.

Medley, who was on the scene of the tragedy, said he could not say what had triggered the grisly attack.

The residents set Tomlinson's residence on fire.





prime-minister-portia-simpson-miller-photo-3.jpgOpposition Leader Portia Simpson Miller has condemned the savagery of Sunday's killing spree on March Pen Road and subsequent burning of the house with the occupants inside and labelled it an attack on the nation's children.

"Once again, our children are under attack as crime continues to spiral out of control. Our children are no longer safe in their homes and communities. We owe it to our children to provide them with safe and nurturing communities in which they can thrive and achieve their full potential. We must protect our children," Simpson Miller said in a statement issued yesterday.

She also appealed to Prime Minister Andrew Holness to urgently pay attention to what she termed "out-of-control crime".





spanish-town-killing.jpgPolice yesterday imposed a curfew on sections of the St Catherine North Division late yesterday as they sought to bring a halt to an eruption of violence that resulted in the charred remains of five persons, including three children, being pulled from premises in Africa Settlement on March Pen Road in the parish.

The curfew, which began at 6 p.m. yesterday, will remain in effect until tomorrow.

During yesterday's deadly incident, a 14-year-old girl and a 25-year-old man were also shot and injured.

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According to police reports, a patrol team of lawmen was called to respond to heavy gunfire in the area around 1:30 a.m.When the police arrived at the location, a group of heavily armed men, who had been alerted to their presence, engaged them in a shoot-out.

Two persons were later found with gunshot wounds and five other persons burnt to death at the 7 March Pen Road premises. Dead are two-year-old Koyandra Wynter, nine-year-old Revaughn Evans, 14-year-old Marvin Campbell Jr, 22-year-old Venisha Bartley, and 24-year-old Salesha Evans.

The two persons shot and injured were admitted to hospital.





spanish-town-killing-mother-mourns.jpgThe police are seeking Marvin Campbell Sr, otherwise called 'Fat Man', as a person of interest at this time. He is also wanted in connection with a previous triple murder and incest.

According to Deputy Superintendent (DSP) Stephanie Lindsay, head of the police's Corporate Communications Unit (CCU), the latest incident took place about 1:30 Sunday morning in an area known as Africa. The gunmen, who were said to be wearing police vests, kicked in the doors of four houses and opened fire, hitting seven occupants.Five, including three children were killed.

The houses were set ablaze by the gunmen.

Persons knowing the whereabouts of Marvin Campbell Sr are being asked to call the police at 119, 811, 984-2874 or the nearest police station. They can also call Crime Stop at 311. Information may also be sent using the Stay Alert App.





spanish-town-killing.jpgSeven people were shot, five fatally, Sunday morning on March Pen Road in Spanish Town, St Catherine.

Three of those who died are children - two-year-old Koyandra Wynter, nine-year-old Revaughn Evans, and 14-year-old Marvin Campbell Jr. The other two are said to be 22-year-old Venisha Bartley and Salesha Evans, 24.

According to Deputy Superintendent (DSP) Stephanie Lindsay, head of the police's Corporate Communications Unit (CCU), the incident took place about 1:30 Sunday morning in an area known as Africa. The gunmen, who were said to be wearing police vests, kicked in the doors of four houses and opened fire, hitting seven occupants.

The houses were set ablaze by the gunmen.

The injured, which include a 14-year-old girl, are reportedly in serious but stable condition at hospital.





Hospital finally locates source of foul odor

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cornwall-regional-hospital.jpgThe administration of the Cornwall Regional Hospital in St. James says a sulphur based compound which spilled near the Radiology Department is the source of the odour which has been affecting a section of the facility.

The odour, which emanated from the ventilation system, was detected last week. It affected the hospital's first, second and third floors. A source at the hospital says the chemical is not toxic but can cause eye and skin irritation.

Anthony Smikkle, Chief Executive Officer of the Cornwall Regional Hospital, says a team from Kingston is trying to eliminate the odour.





hurricane-matthew-11am-thursday.pngThe extremely dangerous Hurricane Matthew has again strengthened to a Category 4 storm as it heads for Florida.

Matthew has maximum sustained winds of 140 miles or 220 kilometres per hour.

Some additional strengthening is possible, and Matthew should remain a Category 4 hurricane while it approaches the Florida coast.

At 11:00 a.m., the centre of the storm was located about about 25 miles or 40 kilometres west northwest of Nassau or about 180 miles or 290 kilometres south east of West Palm Beach, Florida. The eye is moving toward the northwest, near 14 miles or 22 kilometres per hour.

This general motion is expected to continue on Thursday, with a turn toward the north northwest Thursday night or early Friday.

On the forecast track, Matthew should cross the northwestern Bahamas later on Thursday and move close to or over the east coast of the Florida peninsula through Friday night.





Hurricane Matthew kills over 100 persons in Haiti

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hurricane-matthew-cat-5.jpgHurricane Matthew has left 108 people dead in Haiti, the interior minister has told AFP news agency.

One local official, speaking to AFP, said 50 people had died in the southern town of Roche-a-Bateau alone.

New images from remote and cut off areas in the south-west of the country show scenes of devastation.

The hurricane has again been upgraded to a Category Four storm, the second highest hurricane classification, as it heads for the US state of Florida.

Hurricane Matthew - the most powerful Caribbean storm in nearly a decade - is currently pounding the Bahamas, after slicing through Haiti and Cuba.

Haiti has seen some of the worst of the devastation, with reports of at least one town in the south virtually wiped out.

An earlier death toll given by Haiti's civil protection service stood at 23, but as emergency services gained access to some of the more remote areas on Thursday, the number rose rapidly to more than 100.





hurricane-nicole.jpgTropical Storm Nicole was upgraded to hurricane status on Thursday as it swirled in the Atlantic Ocean to the south of Bermuda, the US National Hurricane Center said.

Nicole was packing 130 kilometre per hour (80 mph) winds, and was set to strengthen slightly in the coming 24 hours, triggering swell and rough conditions in Bermuda, although no hurricane warning has been issued at this stage.

It is currently located several hundred miles east of Matthew, the powerful category four hurricane ripping through the Caribbean and bound for the US coast.

Nicole is not a threat to Jamaica.





17 year-old killed in Trelawny drive-by

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crime-scene-7.jpgThe Wakefield police in Trelawny have commenced a probe into Wednesday night's drive-by shooting in a section of the parish which left a teenager dead.

The dead teen has been identified as 17-year-old Rajae Dean of a Bounty Hall, Trelawny address. Reports are that about 9:25, the police were summoned into the Pinnock Street area of Bounty Hall where residents reported that they noticed a Toyota Axio motor car speeding away after gunshots were heard.

The police, who were quick in the scene, discovered Dean's blood-soaked body lying on the ground suffering from gunshot wounds. He was taken to the Falmouth Public General Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

No motive has been established for the deadly attack. Dean's killing brings to 20 the number of murders recorded in the Trelawny Police Division since the start of the year.





Dancehall deejay Food Kartel is dead

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food-kartel.jpgDancehall artiste Courtney 'Food Kartel' Broughton is dead. He died on Wednesday night, only a few days after it as suspected that he had suffered a stroke.

"I will always remember Food Kartel as a man who loved music, he was a great live performer, and an encouraging individual. He was a real vibes man, happy no matter what was going through in his life. He would always find a way to hustle a money so that he and his fellow artistes could do road and promote our songs. It is tragic that he died so young," fellow artiste Macka Diamond said.

Food Kartel is survived by nine children.

The comedian-artiste is known for creating spoofs of popular dancehall songs to create lyrics based on food and articulating culinary delights. Stage show patrons will remember classics like Kitchen Hero, Cook It Inna, Dumpling Tight, Brown Stew Fish and Hot Rice.





hands-behind-bars.jpgThe Nigerian Army says it plans to hand over six foreigners, including a Jamaican, who were arrested in the course of its anti-terrorism crackdown.

They will be turned over to the Nigeria Immigration Service for deportation.The foreigners include four Cameroonians.

Brigadier General Victor Ezugwu said the foreigners were among suspects arrested in raids in Boko Haram terrorist camps, but were cleared of affiliation with the group. He said the suspects entered Nigeria illegally.





7 persons shot on the weekend

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crime-scene-7.jpgThe police are investigating a series of shootings and murders in the division on the weekend.

Seven persons were shot, two fatally in St. Catherine, while there were incidents in several other parishes.

The two deceased in St. Catherine were shot by gunmen in Quarry Hill shortly after 9:00 p.m. on Sunday. One of them has been identified as Raymond Reid, while the other victim is still unidentified.

Earlier in the evening, two men were shot along Railway Premises in Spanish Town. They have been admitted to hospital.

On Friday, three persons were shot and injured when gunmen opened fire on persons at the Spanish Town bus park. Several stalls were also set on fire by the gunmen.

And a woman was fatally shot on Sunday in Cedar Valley, St. Andrew.

There were also murders recorded in St. James and Hanover.





Elephant Man's baby mother murdered in Standpipe

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elephant-man-and-ratty.jpgThe community of Standpipe in St Andrew is still reeling following Monday morning's brutal murder of Shamara Grant also known as Ratty. Ratty is one of several baby mothers of popular dancehall deejay, Elephant Man.

Yardflex has been reliably informed that Ratty was found at her home in Standpipe with multiple gunshot wounds. Sources disclosed that the main suspect has turned himself in to the police.

Reports are that up to late Sunday night, Ratty was outside with friends talking about the impending Hurricane Matthew, however, by the wee hours of Monday morning a gunman had entered the home she shared with her son and shot her at least seven times.

Neighbours rushed her to the University Hospital where Ratty reportedly put up a brave battle, but she later died in hospital with her brother holding her hand.

"She was really a nice person; she loved her son dearly and strange enough she was not on social media, but she loved to take pictures," is how neighbours in Standpipe remember Ratty.

Up to the time of writing, Elephant Man was yet to comment publicly on Ratty's murder or offer his condolences.





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A Message from the Principal

Over the past three to five years, we have been earnestly trying to secure funding for the installation of a Synthetic Running Track.

This track is slated for our Melbourne Park Campus in Jamaica W.I.

Currently, this endeavor will cost conservatively USD$400,000.

I am pleased to inform you that with the effort of certain stakeholders, we have managed to secure seventy-five percent (75%) of this cost through an overseas foundation.

Our task, is to secure the balance of One Hundred Thousand USD ($100,000) within a timely manner or the offer will be withdrawn.

Dave Myrie, Principal
Kingston College

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DUTY CALLS...

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For immediate Release
www.fundingthecause.org
For more information, contact:
PR Director - Ingrid Abrahams Larmond @ 5084774

In this day and age of self-focus and vain ambitions, it is refreshing to see someone, yet alone a teenager, who even with the opportunity in front of her to become self-absorbed, opted to do just the opposite; focus on someone else's wellbeing besides her own.

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Her name is Kathleen Smith, the recently crowned Miss Teen Jamaica, who since being conferred with such a prestigious title, has been nothing less than regal in the way she has taken on the duties of her reign.

Last Monday she was invited to assist Funding the Cause, a non-profit organization aimed at enhancing the lives of children between the ages of six and eighteen years old, as they provided books to over two hundred and twenty grade six students preparing for the GSAT at Rousseau Primary School.

In addition to handing over books and posing for photographs, Kathleen was able to chat with the students about achieving their goals; and of course, with her being an upper sixth form student at Ardenne High School, it was only natural that she dropped a few study tips of her own on them as well.

duty-calls-photo-2.jpgMs. Melgay Davis - Grade 6 Coordinator Rousseau Primary, Antoinette Daniels Martinez and Belinda Blake, Directors - Funding the Cause

Celebrity moment aside and it was time for the real stars in that environ to shine. Ms. Melgay Davis, grade six coordinator of Rousseau Primary wasted little time in imparting praise upon Funding the Cause for the effort, and made it clear that she was beyond elated by the kind gesture, and noted that it would certainly boost the students' moral to know that others do care enough about them to provide them with tools to help them succeed.

Corporate friend of Funding the Cause; Facey Commodity Company Limited came on board and provided cases of canned products towards the breakfast and lunch programme at the school from which well over one thousand two hundred (1,200) students benefit on a daily basis.

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In the words of Miss Teen Jamaica 2016, "I feel extremely blessed to be able to speak into the lives of these children and the fact that they made me feel like a true celebrity doesn't hurt" as students thronged her for her autograph and hung onto every word she said.

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Ms. M. Davis - Grade 6 Coordinator Rousseau Primary, Ingrid Abrahams-Larmond, Belinda Blake, Carlington Martinez, Directors - Funding the Cause and Carone Fisher-Messado, FTC volunteer.

When asked about the organization's selection process of what project to undertake or children to assist, Mrs. Ingrid Abrahams-Larmond, Public Relations Director of Funding the Cause, explains that the directors of the organization examine the severity of the case coupled with the team's ability to effectively accomplish the job through its combined resources along with assistance from the organization's corporate friends.

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For additional information on the charitable work of Funding the Cause or how to be considered for assistance from the organization, visit www.fundingthecause.org

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Tuesday's sitting of Parliament has been postponed because of the threat of Hurricane Matthew.

In a statement this afternoon, the Office of the Prime Minister said a resumption date will be announced.

Leader of Government Business in the House of Representatives Derrick Smith said members of parliament should remain in their constituencies to manage the emergency coordination on the ground.

He said the should also be on standby to be called for Parliament as needed.





The Ministry of Education has ordered that schools remain closed on Tuesday.

This is based on advice from the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) in light of the impending arrival of Hurricane Matthew which is expected within the next 12 to 24 hours.

The Meteorological Service has indicated that Hurricane Matthew has maintained its trajectory and Category 4 status.

The Ministry of Education is encouraging school administrators to stay tuned to the media in order to receive regular updates as the situation unfolds over the next two days.





Minister of Local Government Desmond McKenzie says authorities will today make a second attempt at relocating Port Royal residents.

He told reporters at a press conference at the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management a short while ago that buses were sent to the community yesterday, but residents refused to leave the area.

The drivers were instructed to wait two hours, Mckenzie said, adding that after extending their stay by 30 minutes, only four people - two children and two adults - left for the designated shelter.

"We are not prepared to put the lives of our first responders at risk because people are stubborn. We will make one more attempt," he said.

The minister stated that all communities which are in flood-prone areas have responded positively to relocating, except for residents in Port Royal.

He reported that a total of 1,845 people are currently in shelters across the island.





UPDATE: Jamaica now under Tropical Storm Warning

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hurricane-matthew-today.pngA Tropical Storm Warning is now in effect for Jamaica as hurricane conditions are no longer expected. The latest update from Jamaica's National Meteorological Service was issued in Bulletin Number 24, released at 5:00 p.m. on Monday.

See below:

The Meteorological Service has downgraded the Hurricane Warning for Jamaica, replacing it with a TROPICAL STORM WARNING, as the island is now expected to be outside of the range of hurricane-force winds associated with Hurricane Matthew but likely to experience tropical storm conditions.

This means that tropical storm conditions, including possible sustained wind speeds of 63-118 km/h (39-73 mph), are expected to affect Jamaica* in 36 hours or less.

At 4:00 p.m. the centre of Hurricane Matthew was located near Latitude 16.3 degrees North, Longitude 74.7 degrees West. This is about 305 kilometres (190 miles) southeast of Kingston, Jamaica or 360 kilometres (225 miles) southwest of Port au Prince, Haiti.

Matthew is moving toward the north near 11 km/h (7 mph) and this general motion is expected to continue through Tuesday night, with a turn toward the north-northwest forecast for Wednesday. On this track, the centre of Matthew will approach southwestern Haiti tonight and move near eastern Cuba late Tuesday.

Maximum sustained winds remain near 220 km/h (140 mph), with higher gusts, and Matthew remains a Category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Some fluctuations in intensity are possible during the next couple of days, but Matthew is expected to remain a powerful hurricane through Wednesday.

On the projected path Jamaica should be outside the range of the hurricane-force winds as Matthew moves close to southwestern Haiti tonight or early Tuesday. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 65 km (40 miles) from the centre and tropical storm-force winds extend outward up to 295 km (185 miles). This means that storm-force winds are likely to spread over eastern parishes, including St. Mary, Portland, St. Thomas, Kingston, St. Andrew and St. Catherine, while gusty winds reaching near tropical storm force should also be expected over central parishes.

Doppler radar confirms that light to moderate showers have already begun to affect mainly northeastern and central sections of the island; however, an extensive area of rainfall currently offshore is positioned to move over the country during this evening and tonight. Rainfall amounts of 5-10 inches are predicted over eastern parishes as Hurricane Matthew passes close to the island tonight and tomorrow.

Coastal areas of eastern parishes should also expect storm surges of 2-4 feet through Monday night. Small craft operators are reminded to remain in safe harbour until all warning messages have been lifted and wind and sea conditions return to normal.

The Meteorological Service continues to monitor the progress of this system and all interests are reminded to pay special attention to further Releases.

The next Bulletin on Hurricane Matthew will be issued at 8:00 p.m. today.





Hurricane Matthew was moving more slowly than originally projected on Monday, causing some anxiety about its ultimate impact on Jamaica. Evan Thompson, Director of the National Met Service, speaking at a press conference in Kingston, says the system remains a powerful Category Four hurricane and still constitutes a significant threat to the island.

He declared that if the system were to continue along its current northern trajectory, "a lot of that would be moving across the island of Jamaica, especially over eastern and central parishes."Accordingly, he said, the island would remain on Hurricane Warning, because the conditions that are associated with a hurricane, which include life-threatening flash flooding, landslides, storm surges, strong winds..."

There had been a slight realignment of the hurricane forecast track to the east, he noted, but served notice that "with a very slow moving system, if it really does get into the territorial waters of Jamaica, it will be remaining there for a very long period of time... We could be seeing it producing that rain for in excess of 24 hours over the island, and that could mean significant devastation for much of the island."

Notwithstanding that dire scenario, he said it was still possible for some shifts in the movement and direction of the weather system, which would determine whether there would be any change in the Met Office's forecasts.





Head of the Jamaica Meteorological Service Evan Thompson is advising Jamaicans that a hurricane warning is still in effect for the island, despite the fair weather conditions at the moment.

"The system is still over the Central Caribbean. I know many of you are experiencing anticipation, disappointment, relief, but we are still under a hurricane watch. It is still a very powerful category 4 hurricane that is moving northwards closer to Jamaica and packing winds that have not decreased.

"The system is moving so slow and it is large. If it continues moving northwards it will pass over Jamaica, so we are still on a hurricane watch," he said.

Thompson added that there is a possibility of life-threatening flash flooding, strong winds and mud slides.





crime-scene-7.jpgDetectives attached to the St. Andrew North Police Division are probing an incident in which the body of a man was found at the home of a prominent attorney in Barbican, St. Andrew Friday morning.

patrick-bailey.jpgThe body of 51-year-old contractor, Junior Jermaine, who was employed to attorney Patrick Bailey, was found Friday morning at the attorney's home with stab wounds.

A spent shell was also found in the house, suggesting that the victim was also shot. The police reported that shortly after 4:00 a.m, Mr. Bailey summoned them after he found Mr. Jermaine dead in his living room.

A Superintendent Merval Smith, who was on the scene, said there is no evidence of forced entry to the house.

In the meantime, attorney Christopher Townsend, who is representing Mr. Bailey, says his client is cooperating with the police in their investigation.

"The family and friends of Mr. Bailey have boost up security on the premises just in case he was the target. Mr. Bailey has been ailing for some time and he is absolutely distraught at the incident, and of course we'll continue to give our full support to the investigation," Mr. Townsend said.





caribbean-airlines.jpgCaribbean Airlines has announced the cancellation of several flights because of the impending passage of Hurricane Matthew.

The affected flights were scheduled for Sunday, October 2 and Monday, October 3 for the following destinations: Kingston, Jamaica; Nassau, Bahamas; New York's John F Kennedy Airport; Pearson International in Toronto; Trinidad's Piarco International and Antigua.

According to the airline, only two of its flights will be in operation: BW 414 from Trinidad to Kingston, departing Piarco at 7:50 a.m. and BW 415, from Kingston to Trinidad, departing Norman Manley airport at 11 a.m. Sunday.

Caribbean Airlines says affected passengers should make alternative travel arrangements or remain where they are until the system passes over the island.

The Airline said it has activated its call-out plan to contact customers travelling on the affected flights. However, customers are advised to keep checking flight information on the website www.caribbean-airlines.com or to contact the Caribbean Airlines call centers:

USA & Canada: 1.800.920.4225
Jamaica (International): 1.800.523.5585
Jamaica (Local calls): 1.888.359.2475





bahamas-air-plane.jpgThe Bahamian government has arranged for its students living in Jamaica to return home ahead of hurricane Matthew. The Bahamian Education Ministry said Bahamasair was sent to Kingston this afternoon. It was scheduled to depart the Norman Manley International Airport at 7 p.m. Saturday evening.

Hurricane Matthew is gaining strength but remains a dangerous category four system as it moves closer to Jamaica.Maximum winds are now near 240 kilometres per hour (150 mph) up from 230kp/h with higher gusts.

The Meteorological Service says although there could be further fluctuations over the weekend, Matthew is expected to remain a powerful hurricane through Monday when it should hit Jamaica.

The eye of the system is now about 620 kilometres (385 miles) southeast of Kingston, Jamaica or 580 kilometres (360 miles) south-southwest of Port au Prince, Haiti.





matthew-hurricane-warning.pngJamaica's National Meteorological Service has now issued a Hurricane Warning for the island, in an upgrade from the Hurricane Watch it had been maintaining during the early approach of Hurricane Matthew. The latest status was issued in Bulletin Number 10, released at 5.00 p.m on Saturday

See below:

A HURRICANE WARNING is now in effect for Jamaica as dangerous Hurricane Matthew continues to move across the central Caribbean and is projected to move towards Jamaica within the next 24-36 hours. The following dangerous effects of a hurricane are expected to affect Jamaica by Monday:

  • Dangerously high water or a combination of dangerously high water and exceptionally high waves, even though winds expected may be less than hurricane force;
  • Average winds 118 kilometres per hour or higher;

At 4:00 p.m. the eye of Hurricane Matthew was located near Latitude 13.5 degrees North, Longitude 73.4 degrees West. This is about 620 kilometres (385 miles) southeast of Kingston, Jamaica or 580 kilometres (360 miles) south-southwest of Port au Prince, Haiti.

Matthew is currently drifting toward the northwest near 6km/h (3mph), and a slow northwestward motion is expected to continue through tonight. A turn toward the north-northwest with an increase in forward speed are expected Sunday, followed by a turn toward the north on Monday. On the forecast track, the centre of Matthew will approach Jamaica and southwestern Haiti on Monday.

Data from a Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds are near 240 km/h (150 mph) with higher gusts. Matthew is still a Category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Some fluctuations in intensity are possible during the next couple of days, but Matthew is expected to remain a powerful hurricane through Monday. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 km (25 miles) from the centre and tropical storm-force winds extend outward up to 335 km (205 miles).

All small craft operators including fishers from the cays and banks should by now have completed all the necessary safety precautions and are advised to remain in safe harbour until all warning messages have been lifted and wind and sea conditions have returned to normal.

The Meteorological Service continues to monitor the progress of this system and all interests are reminded to pay special attention to further Releases.

The next Bulletin on Hurricane Matthew will be issued at 8:00 p.m. today.





matthew-hurricane-2.png(AP):One of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes in recent history is on a course for Jamaica, Haiti and Cuba.Matthew briefly reached the top hurricane classification, Category 5, and was the strongest Atlantic hurricane since Felix in 2007.

The US National Hurricane Center in Miami said Matthew's winds had slipped slightly from a peak of 160 mph (260 kph) to a still-potentially devastating 150 mph (240 kph) and it was expected to near eastern Jamaica and southwestern Haiti on Monday.

The forecast track would carry it across Cuba and into the Bahamas, with an outside chance of a brush with Florida, though that would be several days away.

"It's too early to rule out what impacts, if any, would occur in the United States and Florida," said Dennis Feltgen, a spokesman at the Hurricane Center.

As Matthew skimmed past the northern tip of South America there were reports of at least one death - the second attributed to the storm.

In Jamaica, high surf began pounding the coast and flooding temporarily closed the road linking the capital to its airport. Carl Ferguson, head of the marine police, said people were starting to heed calls to relocate from small islands and areas near rural waterways. Jamaicans, crowded supermarkets to buy bottled water, canned food and batteries, and there was already flooding in the coastal town of Port Royal, where officials are urging residents to seek refuge in government shelters once they open up on Sunday. Many Jamaicans also began stocking up for the emergency.

"I left work to pick up a few items, candles, tin stuff, bread," 41-year-old Angella Wage said at a crowded store in the Half-Way Tree area of Kingston. "We can never be too careful."

Feltgen said storm force winds and rain will arrive well before the center of the storm. Jamaicans "basically have daylight today, they have tonight and they have daylight tomorrow to take care of what needs to be done," he said.

Jamaicans are accustomed to intense storms, but Hurricane Matthew looked particularly threatening. At its peak, it was more powerful than Hurricane Gilbert, which made landfall on the island in September 1988 and was the most destructive storm in the country's modern history.

The US Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is also potentially in the path of the storm. A mandatory evacuation of non-essential personnel, including family members of military personnel was underway and everyone remaining behind was being told to take shelter, said Julie Ann Ripley, a spokeswoman. There are about 5,500 people living on the base, including 61 men held at the detention center.

Forecasters said rainfall totals could reach 10 to 15 inches (25 to 38 centimeters) with isolated maximum amounts of 25 inches (63 centimeters) in Jamaica and southwestern Haiti. On Saturday afternoon, authorities issued a hurricane warning for much of Haiti and said it could bring life-threatening rainfall to portions of the impoverished Caribbean country.





hurricane-matthew.pngHurricane Matthew remains a dangerous category four system as it moves closer to Jamaica. Maximum winds are now near 240 kilometres per hour (150 mph) up from 230 kp/h with higher gusts.

The Meteorological Service says although there could be further fluctuations over the weekend, Matthew is expected to remain a powerful hurricane through Monday when it should hit Jamaica. The eye of the system is now about 620 kilometres (385 miles) southeast of Kingston, Jamaica or 580 kilometres (360 miles) south-southwest of Port au Prince, Haiti.

It has started a slow turn towards the northwest is is expected to make further turn to the north-north westward which will bring it close to the eastern parishes of Portland and St Thomas over the next 24 to 36 hours. The entire island remains under a Hurricane Watch. At 4 p.m. the eye of Hurricane Matthew was located near Latitude 13.5 degrees North, Longitude 73.4 degrees West. Matthew is currently drifting toward the northwest near 6km/h (3mph).

Some fluctuations in intensity are possible during the next couple of days, but Matthew is expected to remain a powerful hurricane through Monday. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 km (25 miles) from the centre and tropical storm-force winds extend outward up to 335 km (205 miles).

All small craft operators including fishers from the cays and banks should by now have completed all the necessary safety precautions and are advised to remain in safe harbour until all warning messages have been lifted and wind and sea conditions have returned to normal.





crime-scene-gun.jpgThree high-powered rifles were among four illegal guns recovered yesterday during a joint police/military operation in Glendevon, one of the troubled inner-city communities in crime-ravaged St James.

According to a police source, the operation turned up two AK-47 rifles, one UZI sub-machine gun, and a semi-automatic pistol.

From early yesterday morning, a contingent of police and soldiers swooped down on Glendevon and neighbouring Norwood.

The operation happened a day after the police, during a press conference in Montego Bay, announced that they would intensify the 'Get the Guns' campaign, which they say has yielded success since it began last year.

Acting Commissioner of Police (ACP) Warren Clarke, commander for the Area 1 Police, which includes the parishes of Trelawny, St James, Hanover, and Westmoreland, disclosed on Wednesday that, since this year, of the 316 murders committed in Area 1, 237 involved the use of firearms.

In the meantime, he noted that of the 200 murders committed in St James, 184 (92 per cent) "were occasioned with the use of guns".





Tips to prepare for Hurricane Matthew

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hurricane-season.jpgIn view of the imminent threat posed to the island by Hurricane Matthew, the National Water Commission (NWC) has provided the following important hurricane preparation tips relating to water supply provision.

Before the onset of storm conditions:

1) Knowing that water supply systems are at severe risk of damage from hurricanes, customers are urged to collect and store water in the event the piped supply is disrupted by the storm. Residents should store as much water as they can - more than a gallon per person per day and enough to last at least seven days.

2) Tanks should be checked to ensure that their connected valves are working and will not drain water back into the network if piped supply is disrupted.

After the storm:

3) Check to determine if the piped supply is disrupted. Especially for people with tanks directly connected to their homes, a disruption in the public supply may not be obvious immediately.

4) Conserve the water you have stored. Ensure that water stored in tanks remain locked in and conserved, including by limiting cooking foods that require water to prepare, use paper plates to avoid washing dishes and control other activities that use much water. Use untreated or rain water for washing, flushing toilets and similar activities.

5) If your piped supply is disrupted, rain water may be used to replenish potable water you have already used. Rain water may be purified by boiling for five minutes or by adding 2-4 drops of bleach per litre of water. Water treated with bleach should be allowed to settle for 30 minutes before drinking.

6) Report any broken water or sewer mains or other defective water infrastructure you observe to the nearest NWC office or 1 888 CALL NWC (1 888 225 5692).





hurricane-matthew.jpgJamaica is under a hurricane watch as Matthew strengthens into a powerful category four hurricane with Jamaica directly in its paths.

Head of the National Meteorological Service, Evan Thompson said the decision was taken to forego issuing a tropical storm watch and go directly to the hurricane watch. He told journalists that a hurricane warning is likely for Sunday.

Matthew is expected to pass near Jamaica on Monday but the effects will be felt from Sunday.

Meanwhile, local government minister, Desmond McKenzie said the Prime Minister has instructed that the authorities "go full speed ahead" with preparedness and response efforts.He said relief agencies have been ordered to find all 2,000 street people across the country and place them in shelters.

McKenzie said all shelters will open Saturday the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management is already distributing essential supplies.The Jamaica Urban Transit Company, he said, is on standby to support evacuation.

The Local Government minister also warned the threat posed by Matthew "is not a joke" as he disclosed that "a wide cross section of Jamaica do not believe Matthew is coming".





hurricane-matthew.jpgHurricane Matthew has weakened slightly and is now at category four as it heads towards Jamaica. With winds now near 255 kilometres per hour, this is still a very powerful storm. ?

Tropical storm conditions are possible by late Sunday and by Monday, there could be hurricane conditions. Expect 1?0 to 15 inches of rainfall and up to 25 inches in some places, ?life-threatening flash flooding and mud slides?. ?

The Meteorological Service says at 4:00 a.m. the eye of Hurricane Matthew was located near Latitude 13.3 degrees North, Longitude 72.8 degrees West. This is about 675 kilometres (420 miles) southeast of Kingston, Jamaica or 590 kilometres (365 miles) south of Port au Prince, Haiti.

Matthew is moving toward the west near 11 km/h (7 mph). A turn toward the west-northwest is forecast later today, followed by a turn toward the north-northwest on Sunday. On the forecast track the centre of Matthew will move away from the Guajira Peninsula, Columbia this morning, move across the central Caribbean Sea today, and will be approaching Jamaica on Sunday.

Maximum sustained winds are now near 250 km/h (155 mph), with higher gusts.

Some fluctuations in intensity are possible this weekend, but Matthew is expected to remain a powerful hurricane through Sunday.Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 75 km (45 miles) from the centre and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 335 km (205 miles).

All small craft operators including fishers from the cays and banks should by now have completed all the necessary safety precautions and are advised to remain in safe harbour until all warning messages have been lifted and wind and sea conditions have returned to normal.





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MIAMI (AP) - Forecasters say Matthew has become a Category 5 hurricane, the strongest in the Atlantic since Hurricane Felix in 2007.

The US National Hurricane Center in Miami says Matthew is packing top sustained winds of 160 mph (260 kph) after gaining new strength Friday. The storm is about 80 miles (125 kilometres) northwest of Punta Gallinas, Colombia, and about 440 miles (710 kilometers) southeast of Kingston, Jamaica.

The centre says that as of 11:00 pm Friday, the storm is moving west at 7 mph (11 kph).

Forecasters say they expect Matthew to remain a powerful hurricane through Sunday, when it is on track to approach Jamaica. Tropical storm conditions are possible there late Sunday and hurricane conditions possible Monday.





Serena Williams has her say on racial profiling

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serena-williams.jpgThe tennis superstar recently took to Facebook to recount the moment she feared for her nephew's safety.

Williams has added her voice to the ongoing discussion about the risk posed to African Americans, especially men and boys, by police across the United States.

In a Facebook post, the 2016 Wimbledon champion recounted an incident on Tuesday with her 18-year-old nephew that brought home to her the tension of the relations that currently exist between African Americans and police officers.

She wrote:

Today I asked my 18 year old nephew (to be clear he's black) to drive me to my meetings so I can work on my phone #safetyfirst. In the distance I saw cop [sic] on the side of the road. I quickly checked to see if he was obliging [sic] by the speed limit. Than [sic] I remembered that horrible video of the woman in the car when a cop shot her boyfriend. All of this went through my mind in a matter of seconds. I even regretted not driving myself. I would never forgive myself if something happened to my nephew. He's so innocent. So were all "the others".

I am a total believer that not "everyone" is bad It is just the ones that are ignorant, afraid, uneducated, and insensitive that is affecting millions and millions of lives.

Why did I have to think about this in 2016? Have we not gone through enough, opened so many doors, impacted billions of lives? But I realized we must stride on- for it's not how far we have come but how much further still we have to go.

I than [sic] wondered than [sic]have I spoken up? I had to take a look at me. What about my nephews? What if I have a son and what about my daughters?

As Dr. Martin Luther King said, "There comes a time when silence is betrayal".

I
Won't
Be
Silent

Serena





Ninjaman for court in November

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ninjaman-benz.jpgNinjaman is scheduled to return to the Home Circuit Court in Kingston on November 28. The entertainer, along with his son, Jahneil, is charged with the March 2009 murder of Ricardo Johnson in Marl Road, Kingston.

The case was transferred to a recently established special court, designed to deal with cases on the books for more than five years.

According to Ninjaman, the drawn-out process has affected his career.

"There is hardly any work in Jamaica for an artiste because a mostly parties keep and di few promoters who keep stage show nuh like pay Jamaican artiste good money," he said. "Because of dis case I have travel restrictions and have to be turning down lots of events. The legal fees are very costly and is eight years now mi a go through dem tings here."





Justin Bieber records on Diwali riddim

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justin-bieber-photo-2.jpgInternational pop star Justin Bieber has recorded a song on the once-popular Jamaican 'Diwali' riddim, which was created by well-known producer Steven 'Lenky' Marsden.

The song, Let Me Love You, a collaboration between Bieber and DJ Snake, has become a runaway hit, reaching number four on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, making it the fourth song from the hit rhythm to reach the upper echelons of the chart.

"It's great just to know that Justin Bieber can take that whole vibe and create a top-10 hit almost 14 years later. That's just cool. It was never something I expected when I made the 'Diwali' rhythm," Marsden said.

He said that his publishers have already been contacted about the royalties from the current hit, but that he has not spoken personally to DJ Snake or Bieber.

The rhythm is considered a classic. The 2002 dancehall beat is characterised by syncopated clapping, and it was given the name 'Diwali' for capturing the spirit of the popular Indian Festival of Lights, which celebrates good conquering evil, light over darkness. It eventually spawned three hit songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Sean Paul hit number one with Get Busy, while Lumidee peaked at three with Never Leave You. Wayne Wonder's hit, No Letting Go, peaked at number 11.





Eric Donaldson, Pam Hall, Half Pint and Leroy Sibbles journeyed to Nairobi, Kenya for a charity show, funds from which will be used to build libraries in the East African country.

According to the Kenya Star, the quartet is scheduled to perform on the Rise Up Festival Saturday at Carnivore Grounds in Nairobi.

The two libraries will be built in the cities of Kibera and Bondo.

The Kenyan Star reported that Donaldson, Hall, Sibbles and Half Pint were recruited by the Having Purpose organisation to perform on the inaugural event.

Kenya is one of the vibrant markets for Jamaican artistes in Africa. A number of dancehall/reggae acts have appeared there including Busy Signal, Konshens and most recently Jah9.

Donaldson, best known for 'Festival' winners Cherry oh Baby and Land Of My Birth, has had a following throughout Africa for over 40 years.





Iri FM host KShema Francis is now an artiste

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kshema.jpgIrie FM certainly seems able to make artistes of its own people. Kshema Francis joins a line of IRIE/Zip FM on-air personalities who have hopped onto the deejaying band wagon,

Francis, host of the Entertainment Buzz and What's The Scoop (WTS) heard on reggae radio Irie FM recently release of her very first single titled 'Unconditional Love.'

"The feedback is great" Francis told a popular tabloid. "My colleagues are playing it. I am a bathroom singer or if I at a karaoke pub, after a glass of wine, I may belt one (song) out." Truth be told, Francis did not initially set out to record a reggae song. "I do poetry, so I had asked my co-worker, who happens to be Cashflow Neil of Cashflow Records to make me a riddim for one of my poems. He said to me 'I have a riddim but it's for singers.' My other co-worker Gavin G and I started vibing on the track; Neil got excited and told us to come to the studio. I didn't want to do it but after a bit of convincing I went."





etana-photo-3.jpgEtana seems to be now leaning more towards Hillary Clinton these days after getting some backlash for her endorsement of Donald Trump.

The reggae songstress did an interview with Anthony Miller on ER where she explained why she was throwing her support behind Donald Trump despite some of his comments going against the message in her music.

Since getting some harsh criticism on social media, Etana issued a statement back tracking some of her comments and also admitted that she didn't do her research. She also seems to be agreeing with some of Hillary Clinton statements from Monday night's presidential debate.

"Stop and frisk would lead to more blacks and hispanics in jail for minor violations Known fact stated by Hillary herself," Etana wrote on Instagram.

"The law in America in my opinion isn't I'm the best interest of a black man and we are expected to be orderly even while getting shot," she added.





FIFA 17 features kit designed for Damian Marley

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damian-marley-fifa-17-kit.jpgAlong with the release of FIFA 17 by EA Sports is a surprise for Jamaicans and reggae fans.

International artiste Damian Jr Gong Marley announced on Instagram that a custom uniform designed for him is featured on the popular football game.

Marley says he has been playing FIFA for more than sixteen years, and the design is something he would wear.

The Nail Pon Cross singer suggested that a major boost would be a feature of him in the game with his locks tucked in a backpack.

In a video posted on social media, Marley was seen actually stuffing his ankle length hair into a knapsack as he prepared for a friendly game.





Policeman in uniform attempts suicide

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crime-scene-7.jpgA policeman attached to the Area 3 police attempted to kill himself Tuesday morning when he climbed on top of a commercial building along Park Crescent in Mandeville.

According to eye witnesses, the cop was dressed in uniform and his face masked, with a rope ready to hang himself.

It is believed that he was there for more than two hours, knotting the rope, placing it around his neck and removing it several times as if uncertain about what he actually wanted to do.

With the help of a Jamaica Public Service utility truck and the fire brigade, the police, after many attempts, were successful in getting the cop down from the building.

It is understood that the policeman is now being counselled by personnel from Northern Caribbean University.





Black Panther leader supports Donald Trump

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black-panther-leader.jpgThe 2016 Presidential election is already one for the history books. But did you think you would ever hear the New Blank Panthers having a positive response to Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump?

And this just isn't any member of the New Black Panthers... This is their top leader, Quanell X, who agrees with Trump that the Democratic party has kept black voters on a plantation and been "pimped like prostitutes" For five decades.

It's clear that Democrats, who run every major urban city, have taken the black vote for granted. Decades after LBJ's great society, inner-city blacks are in worse shape than ever.

As Quanell X explains:

"Let me say this to the brothers and sisters who listened and watched that speech. We may not like the vessel that said what he said, but I ask us to truly examine what he said, because it is a fact that for 54 years, we have been voting for the Democratic party like no other race in America.

And they have not given us the same loyalty and love that we have given them. We as black people have to reexamine the relationship - where we are being pimped like prostitutes, and they're the big pimps pimping us politically, promising us everything and we get nothing in return."

"Barack Obama, our president, served two terms. The first black president ever. But did our condition get better? Did financially, politically, academically, with education in our community, did things get better?

Are our young people working more than what is was before he came into office? The condition got worse. So now we as black people have to do and remember what the honorable Elijah Mohammed said. No politician can save the black community; we've gotta do it ourselves."

This is the last thing Hillary Clinton wants to hear. It's clear that real progressive activists have heard Hillary Clinton's empty promise of "free stuff" from other Democratic politicians.

But the Democratic party is the political party of empty promises and racism. Clearly, some black leaders are tired of being taken for granted... Hillary Clinton is expecting overwhelming support from black voters, without having to work for it.





2 AK 37 rifles, 1 Uzi recovered in St James

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ak-47-stock.jpgThree high powered weapons and a handgun have been recovered during a massive joint police/military operation now underway in the inner city communities of Glendevon and Norwood in St James.

The illegal weapons include: two AK47 rifles, one UZI sub-machine gun and a semi-auto pistol.

It is not clear if anyone was arrested in connection with the seizures.

The police and military have stepped up operations in St James since the recent flare up of violence which has resulted in the loss of nearly 20 lives in two weeks.





Jamaicans urged to prepare for Hurricane Matthew

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andrew-holness-photo-3.jpgPrime Minister Andrew Holness, is urging citizens to take all necessary precautions in preparation for Hurricane Matthew, which could impact the island as early as Sunday.

Addressing an emergency meeting with heads of agencies at the Office of the Prime Minister, today, Holness said the Government is now on high alert as it prepares for the system, which could pass over the island at a Category 2 status.

Following presentations from the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), National Works Agency (NWA), the National Water Commission (NWC), the security forces, and other relevant agencies, Holness said he is satisfied that all disaster management measures have been activated.

Acknowledging the potential impact of the hurricane on the country's economic prospects, the Prime Minister said it is critical that this is mitigated through preparedness.





Hurricane Matthew gains strength

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hurricane-season.jpgDirector of the Meteorological Service of Jamaica, Evan Thompson, said the hurricane system is continuing to gain strength as it moves westward over the south-eastern section of the Caribbean basin.

He informed that the system is forecast to continue moving westward into Saturday, when it is to make a dramatic turn towards the north-west. It is expected to pass Jamaica's eastern coastline from Sunday evening into Monday morning. Thompson, says the country is likely to experience 24-36 hours of rainfall if the threatening category one Hurricane Matthew strikes.

Thompson, who was speaking a short while ago at the Office of the Prime Minister on the projected path of the storm, said that Matthew is expected to make landfall between Sunday and Monday. He added that rainfall is expected to continue into Tuesday.

The meteorologist said at that time, the hurricane is expected to upgrade to category two.

Thompson said the Met Service is confident in the computer generated path hence it expects Matthew to continue heading westward then south before making a dramatic turn to the north then moving in a north westward direction over Jamaica.





al-miller.jpgReverend Al Miller has backtracked on his earlier position that he would not appeal his conviction for attempting to pervert the course of justice.

In a statement this afternoon, his lead attorney Jacqueline Samuels Brown said Miller has reviewed his immediate and initial reaction to his conviction and has now given instructions for the filing of an appeal.

"This is based on legal advice, the urgings of many and his own prayerful reflections on all that transpired leading up to, at and since his trial," Samuels Brown said.

She said Miller has instructed that based on the factors it is important for the Court of Appeal to consider and rule on the important legal issues arising from his case.According to Samuels Brown these including Jamaica's relationship with other countries, particularly in the context of extradition matters and as well the relationship between the citizen and the police.

She said Miller has reaffirmed his respect for the decision of the trial judge and the judicial process of which appeals are of seminal importance and a legitimate right afforded to all citizens.

"He is now content to await the deliberation and ruling of the Court of Appeal," Samuels Brown said.





Hunt on for killer of JC third form student

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j-c-student-killed.jpgA hunt is now on for a man who fatally stabbed a student of Jamaica College in St. Andrew.

Nicholas Francis, who was a third form student, was held up yesterday afternoon while on a bus.

The incident took place near the school. It's reported that a passenger attempted to steal Nicholas' cellphone.

Education Minister, Senator Ruel Reid, says the student was stabbed twice and later succumbed to his injuries. He is appealing to those who saw to come forward.

And in light of yesterday's incident the Education Minister says the authorities might have to take a second look at increasing security on public passengers buses.





US ganja farmers 'fretting'

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ganja-seized.jpgGARBERVILLE, California (AP) -- Laura Costa's son and husband moved quickly with pruning shears as they harvested the family's fall marijuana crop, racing along with several workers to cut the plants and drop them in plastic bins ahead of an impending storm.

The farm, hidden along a winding mountain road in a remote redwood forest, is just one of many illegal "grows" that make up Northern California's famous Emerald Triangle, a marijuana-producing mecca at the intersection of Humboldt, Mendocino and Trinity counties.

California voters will decide Nov. 8 whether to legalize marijuana for recreational use -- an issue that has sown deep division here among long-time growers. The Costas and many fellow marijuana farmers have yearned for the legitimacy and respectability that could be bestowed by legalization. But they also fear Proposition 64 will bring costly regulations and taxes and could put them out of business if corporate interests and big farms take over.

"It will end traditional marijuana farming like this," said Laura Costa, sitting in the middle of one of four 40-plant gardens, puffing on a glass pipe. "It will end our way of life."





tesha-miller-photo-2.jpgAttorney-at-law, Bert Samuels, says that his client, reputed gang leader Tesha Miller, is living in fear because of trumped-up charges.

He says the police have linked miller to some 77 gang-related murders committed in Spanish Town, since March. However, he says his client knows nothing about them.

Mr. Samuels states that Miller has a suit in the Supreme Court against the Attorney general and the police, for false imprisonment, malicious prosecution, and breaches of his constitutional rights, which is set for hearing November 7 to 9.

The suit results from a case some years ago in the gun court, in which Miller was accused of robbing a taxi driver of a motor vehicle.

Samuels says Miller was convicted of the charge, but he was freed on appeal, following investigations which proved that at the time when its alleged that Miller was involved in the robbery, Miller was actually at a police station reporting, based on a court order.

The attorney says he fears that Miller might not be able to attend court come next month, because he is afraid that the police will want to hold him on trumped up charges.





vybz-kartel-photo-4-larger.jpgOn Monday, businessman Patrick Powell was acquitted of murder and shooting with intent charges of 17-year-old Kingston College student Khajeel Mais in the Home Circuit Court after the case against him crumbled.

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The verdict has set social media on fire with making a comparison with Vybz Kartel's 2011 murder trial.

Michael Dawson, the co-author of Vybz Kartel's book, Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto has spoken out in the wake of the "not guilty" verdict: "Vybz Kartel must be justly granted his freedom if we are going to convince the people of Jamaica that there are the same set of rules for the sons of poor people and the sons of rich people."

Michael Dawson further stated that "This has to be done either by the DPP's office in the name of equal rights and justice, initiating the process to have his conviction overturned, or not oppose his Appeal. Justice must be equitable if our nation is to move forward. Sam Sharpe and Paul Bogle did not die so a rich person has a better chance at justice than a poor person; that should have ended in the 1800s, this generation in 2016 must believe that they will be treated fairly under the law, if they are going to respect the law."





The police are still processing the Barbican, St Andrew property where the body of Young Reggae Boyz doctor Dr Martin Garwood was found Wednesday morning.

Garwood who was 40 years old, worked at the Kingston Public Hospital.

Jamaica Constabulary Force Communication Officer Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay says Garwood's colleagues went in search of him when he didn't turn up for work on Wednesday and calls to his cell phone went unanswered.

When colleagues arrived at his residence, they observed blood and alerted the police who later found Garwood's body with multiple stab wounds. Lindsay says information gathered suggests that the incident may have happened around 2 o'clock Wednesday morning.

She says the doctor's black Honda CR-V motor vehicle may have been taken by the killer or killers. However, Superintendent Lindsay says there was no sign of forced entry to the doctor's residence.





JC student stabbed to death on coaster bus

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j-c-student-killed.jpgJamaica College is in deep grief following the murder of a ?third-form student who was stabbed and killed on a bus near the school Wednesday afternoon by a man attempting to steal his cell phone.

Fourteen-year-old Nicholas Francis reportedly boarded a green Toyota Coaster bus in the vicinity of Blue Castle Drive on Old Hope Road in St Andrew and was soon after accosted by a man who demanded his phone.

Francis resisted and was stabbed in the hand and chest by his assailant.

The student was then thrown from the bus, breaking his arm in the fall.

It's not clear what happened to the perpetrator.

The driver of the bus took the student to the University Hospital of the West Indies where he died.

Francis played an active role at the recent funeral of fellow third former, 14-year-old Jordan Miller, who died at home in late August.





Jamaican man gets 34-month sentence in Cayman

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court.jpgA Jamaican man, who escaped a gun conviction in the Cayman Islands, was sentenced to 34 months imprisonment for his role in drug trafficking and other related offences.

Jamaican national Marlon Crowe, along with Caymanians Leon St. Michael Hydes and Clebeland Swaby Powery, pleaded guilty earlier this year to conspiracy to import 194 pounds of ganja and were sentenced last Wednesday to prison terms ranging from 34 months to four and a half years.

According to www.caymancompass.com, Justice Charles Quin found three men not guilty of possessing an unlicensed firearm and then sentenced them for the ganja in which the firearm had been found.

On February 4, Cayman's Joint Marine Unit on board the vessel Guardian found the men in a boat drifting approximately 20 miles off East End.

Also on board was a large amount of ganja.

The men were arrested on suspicion of importation of the drug.

A firearm and 64 rounds of ammunition were also found on the vessel that police officers later brought to Grand Cayman.

Justice Quin found there was no case for them to answer to because there was no forensic evidence such as fingerprints or DNA to link any of them to the gun.

Attorney Crister Brady advised the court that Crowe, 34, had no previous conviction in Cayman or in Jamaica.

Crowe was sentenced to 34 months, while Swaby and Hydes were sentenced to three and a half years and four and a half years, respectively.





Ministry of Health prepared to probe dog meat saga

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chinese-cooking-dogs-in-jamaica.jpgThe Health Ministry is now prepared investigate into whether Chinese restaurants are serving dog meat, this following a recent picture of a a skinned, unseasoned animal, resembling a dog, in a cooking pot which started making the rounds on social media. It was accompanied by a voice note of a woman saying that she was now offering the proof that Chinese were cooking dog and serving as other acceptable meats.

Since then there have been many comments on Facebook as many claim they would not be ordering any more Chinese food.

The Ministry of Health is now weighing in on the issue and they are promising to launch an investigation into the allegations.

"If there are sufficient reasons for us to launch an investigation, then we will do that," an official from the Ministry of Health reportedly said.

The social media message, which has sent tongues wagging across Jamaica, contains an image of

Under Jamaica's Public Health Act, the slaughter of animals or poultry for human consumption is monitored by the health authorities.





Sharon James, Tesha Miller's mother fed up

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Tesah Milller's mother Sharon James, says she is now considering legal action against the police who have been constantly harassing her in search of Miller.

The mother of reputed Clansman Gang leader, who is the caregiver for several children, says the frequent visits by the police since Miller's deportation from the United States in March this year has been traumatic

James says she is now considering counselling for the children.

Communications officer at the Jamaica Constabulary Force Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay said the police have been making visits to locate Miller as the investigators have an interest in him. But she says she is unable to speak to the frequency of the visits. She reiterated that Miller remains a person of interest and the police are making efforts to find him.

Meanwhile, attorney-at-law Bert Samuels says Miller is living in fear because of the potential for trumped up charges against him. He says the police have linked Miller to some 70 murders, but his client says he knows nothing about them.





Young Reggae Boyz team doctor stabbed to death

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Team doctor for Jamaica's Young Reggae Boyz Dr Martin Garwood was on Wednesday stabbed to death at his home in Barbican, St Andrew.

The Jamaica Constabulary Force's Corporate Communications Unit has confirmed the incident, but said it has no details.

However, police investigators say Dr Garwood, who also worked at the Kingston Public Hospital, was stabbed multiple times.





Alia Atkinson breaks World Record in Tokyo

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alia-atkinson-photo-3.jpgJamaica's Alia Atkinson has broken the 50 metres breaststroke short course world record at the FINA World Cup Tour in Tokyo.

Alia won the event in 28.64 seconds, beating the old mark of 28.80 seconds which was set by Jessica Hardy in Berlin in 2009. This is Alia's second world record as she is currently tied with Ruta Meilutyte for the 100 metres breaststroke record. She won today's event ahead of Russia's Yulia Efimova and American Molly Hannis.

The Jamaican is one of only three women ever to have broken the 29-second barrier in the 50 metres breaststroke. She will receive a US10,000 bonus from FINA for breaking the world record, along with 20 points towards her cluster bonus.





Another artiste leaves Downsound

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Nature has ditched the Joe Bogdanovich-led Sownsound Records and will reportedly be managing himself.

This follows the recent split from DownSound Records of their female diva, Ishawna, and it looks as if both artistes may get entangled in a legal battle with the outfit.

The "World Peace" singer who informed CEO Josef Bogdanovich via email of his departure is still legally bound to the music label.

Nature, like Ishawna before him, remains tight-lipped about the details surrounding the split but told one media entity that he was uncomfortable.

JCDC launches Ranny Williams contest.

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With great concern about crime, especially in western Jamaica, entertainers Mackie Conscious and a team of musicians has collaborated with Queen Ifrika who also hails from Montego Bay and who had similar concerns to host a free concert at Dump up beach Sunday December 4 2016 starting at 3 pm.

This event is designed to have the major Jamaican recording artistes both home and abroad participate in donating their time to solidify a cry from the music fraternity that a change is needed. So far, over 50 name brand entertainers are expected to make themselves available live or via video link on a large screen. This list includes Beres Hammond, Marcia Griffiths, Diana King, Tony Rebel, Queen Ifrika, Mackie Conscious, Spice, Ninja Man, Shaggy, Sean Paul, Benie Man, I Octane, Jimmy Cliff, Mutabaruka, Hezron, Carlene Davis, Lt Stichie and Kevin Dowenswell.

The St James Police, the Parish Council and the UDC have already given full support.

"We intend to have an Entertainers Motorcade and reasoning session on the day of the event through the troubled communities. Following the event we anticipate with the help of corporate Jamaica, to launch an initiative to revisit the communities with an offer of support with academic advancements and skills training to the youth.

A third imitative to be launched later as it relates to keeping an eye on the entire entertainment coming from the fraternity will be to better assist in the inspiration of the youth and promote quality of music, impacting ultimately Brand Jamaic," a release from the organizers stated.





x6-trial-patrick-powell-oct-24-photo-2.jpgPatrick Powelll was tried in the court of public opinion and found guilty as sin for the 2011 murder of former Kingston College student, Khajeel Mais. He was set free by the court on Monday after the prosecution's star witness turned 'hostile' and the case crumbled.

Social media has erupted with the theme being that Fada God nah sleep and the murderer of the young boy, whoever he or she is, will be meet hisor her Waterloo.


All we have the energy to do is share some of the thousands of comments from social media.

Dean

This is the most ridiculous and intentionally corrupted case I've ever seen in all my life. Mek mi feel like mi neva learn nuttin growing up. Jah know


Rush

How vybe kartel found guilty and this guy clear and present with all evidence implicating him but he walks free


Kidani

Failure to hand over his firearm is a fine ,which he can pay he's off


Desroy Smith from Facebook, 1 hour ago

How convenient! Free him of murder, then charge him for withholding the murder weapon. WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!


Russian_

NO JUSTICE


Homar

I don't want hear or see nothing about this case anymore. ... that firearm should be seized immediately after the shooting. . What is happening in Jamaica???


Herbert

Seems to me that the system was played to set Mr Powell free. First how can a firearm holder refuse, for five years, a lawful request for the provision of his gun for ballistic testing in a murder case. Could the firearm licence not be revoked rendering possession illegal and forcing Mr Powell to 'take' in his firearm. Over the intervening 5-year period why was the 'gun charge' not taken before the courts before the murder trial given the importance of the potential ballistic evidence, now immediately after his acquittal that case is before the courts. The playing of the system continues even after the trial with both defence lawyers on Beyond the Headlines sanitizing their client and ducking questions about Mr Powell's refusal to submit his gun for testing.


Norman_S

We would also like to know if the firearm permit has been renewed within the last 5 years.., while the police needed it for examination...!?


Nicole Henry from Facebook, 2 hours ago

KARMA naah release him.....

Stewart from Facebook2 hours ago

It's all about the money. God not sleeping n no bad deed will go unpunished


Heidi-Ann

Send home the man, prosecutors already freed him of murder, so tell me now after 5 yrs u going to try him on gun charge when u never took his gun or his X6, where u going to find the evidence now?


Ashley 2

Oh please what a travesty of justice, so many years later they are talking about him not turning in his gun, could not happen here his old ass would be sitting in a cell.


Pixie

This is fuckry. The key evidence in the crime wasn't turned over. What a bomboclat system wicked, court and everybody working with this man.


Okema

There is no justice for mediocre are the poor......but the rich will get away with anything


Dale

A money run Jamaica, as long as u have u money u can't go jail.


Colin

This come in like circus


Marva

The judge police killer Powell and his lawyer are a sets of evil heartless people the judge should have ordered this man to turned his gun in are you telling me that this killing took place 5yrs ago and he still holding his gun no somethings is not adding up the blasted man killed the young boy are we that blind wake up people he knows that if he turned the gun in and they run ballistic on it the truth will comes out smh


Sandra

All he may end up doing is pay a fine


Kellkell

Me would a pay smadi shoot him in a him head 1 bbc shot!


Brenda

That's putting the cart in front of the horse or what, that should have been done already, that would have clear up every thing perfectly.


Deon

after 5 yrs him never turn over gun.


Marva

What sort of nonsense is this how comes he got acquitted and the murder weapon is still with held by the by this man where Jamaica got their laws from


Whitney

In all of 5 years. now the court a ask him to turn over his gun. After d case close... Unu really love insult d average man. This case grieve mi to d core. No man mi ago pray cause nothing abt this is right





x6-murder-trial-khajeel-mais.jpgx6-trial-powell.jpgThe family of Khajeel Mais refused to speak with reporters after accused Patrick Powell walked free in the X6 murder case on Monday.

Mais' parents left the court teary-eyed after the crown, unable to prove that Powell was on the scene when the former Kingston College student was shot, offered no further evidence in the case. Mais was shot dead on July 1, 2011 while he was travelling in a taxi in Havendale to meet up with friends to attend a fete at the Meadowbrook High School. The killer was believed to be driving a BMW X6 sports utility vehicle. Powell's Belgrade Loop, St Andrew, home was subsequently raided by the police and two BMW X6 vehicles were seized.

The case began to crumble last week when star witness Wayne Wright, the taxi driver, said he did not see the shooter and said that cops asked him to lie that he saw the killer. Earlier this month, Khajeel's sister Kimberly took to social media to vent her frustration with the delay and the pace of the justice system.

"At first, they gave Vybz Kartel's case precedence, saying limited court rooms available to try cases. Vybz Kartel has been convicted (more than two) years now... So I guess a life wrongfully taken does not matter to the country," she said in a Facebook post.





x6-trial-patrick-powell-oct-24-photo-1.jpgX6 Murder Trial: Khajeel Mais murder accused Patrick Powell walks free

Businessman Patrick Powell has been found not guilty of the murder of 17-year-old Khajeel Mais.

The prosecution rested its case Monday morning in the Home Circuit Court.

Jurors were instructed to return a not guilty verdict after the prosecution said it had no further evidence to offer on the matter.

Lead prosecutor Jeremy Taylor told the court that when the prosecution started the case, it was presented on the basis of credibility and identity. He said it had to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Mr. Powell was at the scene of the incident. He said only one person could do that and that was taxi driver Wayne Wright.

The prosecutor said with Mr. Wright responding the way he did during cross examination last week, the crown could no longer proceed with the matter.

Powell was accused of opening fire on a taxi in which the teenager was a passenger on July 1, 2011. Khajeel died after being shot in the head and back.

Last Friday, prosecutors requested an early adjournment to review their case after the key prosecution witness recanted on his statement. The driver of the taxi testified that he did not see the shooter. He denied giving a statement to the police, identifying Mr. Powell as the man who fired on his vehicle along Highland Drive in Havendale, St. Andrew.

Prosecutors were forced to treat him as a hostile witness.





Supreme Ventures CEO Brian George has died

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brian-george.jpgPresident and Chief Executive Officer of Supreme Ventures Limited Brian George died this morning (Sunday).

George, a Trinidadian, is survived by wife Keneea and his sons, Christopher and Matthew.

Supreme Ventures Limited in a statement issued Sunday says it is mourning the untimely passing of its President and CEO, Brian George.

"The entire SVL family is deeply shocked and saddened by Brian's death. He had been battling illness for some time but continued on a daily basis to discharge all of his duties to SVL. We are just trying to come to terms with this significant loss. We will miss him beyond words," said SVL's Chairman, Paul Hoo.

George became President and CEO of Supreme Ventures in 2003. At the time of his passing, he was also Chairman of the Jamaica Gaming Association and Deputy Chairman of the National Health Fund (NHF) board.





Jae Prynce motivated to 'Try Harder'

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prynce.jpgRising entertainer Jae Prynse's (Prince) extraordinary journey began on October 23, 1993. Born Prince Afrika Tiaphilus Williams, Jae Prynse was a special child, his wit and vocal ability marveled many relatives and friends from a tender age.

But for Jae Prynse growing up in the inner city music was his sanctuary as the harsh streets of Spanglers Downtown Kingston left nothing to smile about.

Jae Prynse's early life embodied struggle, violence, poverty and pain however music was his light at the end of what seemed to be a never ending dark tunnel.

Jae Prynse started to pursue music as a career at the tender age of 14 after his family had to flee the inner-city community of Spanglers due to gang violence, in the process, young prince lost his chance to complete high school (Donald Quarry High), almost lost his grand mother after she received a graze from a bullet to the head and had to mourn the loss of his older brother who lost his life in the same event. Devastated and marginalized Jae Prynse channeled his pain into music and found that it was not only an outlet for his pain but also a field that he had a knack for.

In 2013 Jae Prynse met up with HDX STUDIOS which he signed a deal with them after they heard and loved his raw talent, this was when he started to use his struggles as a motivation and released his first single entitled 'CONCRETE JUNGLE' followed by his single 'MY Life' and others which announced his presence to the world. But it was not until 2015 under the management of UK Based Live MB Music that Jae Prynse made his musical mark with singles such as 'Who Feels It Knows', 'It Could A Be Worst' and 'Fi Mamma' produced by Frenz For Real, E.N.T.R.A.P.S, Konsequence Muzik and Live MB Music respectively.

These singles gained traction on local and international radio which resulted in Jae Prynse embarking on his first two month tour of the United Kingdom (June- July 2015). The tour was such a success that he once again toured the United Kingdom in June 2016 alongside reggae superstar Luciano and Jah Bouks .

Fast Forward to August 2016 Jae Prynse is busy promoting his new single entitled Try Harder which was produced by Frens For Real Recording. The single is presently a daily staple on local and international radio with the video soon to be released. Jae Prynse dropped his new mixtape titled Try Harder on September 28, with promotion underway for a European tour.





tony-matterhorn-photo-1.jpgAidonia got married last month and now it's another entertainer's turn. Popular selector Tony Matterhorn will be getting married this weekend.

Sources close to the selector have confirmed that Matterhorn is to get married on Sunday in a bashy ceremony in Florida.

Several members of the entertainment fraternity have already flown up for the event

Earlier this week, fellow entertainer Denyque said "yes" when her longtime boyfriend of several years popped the question.





Tanto Blacks is the face of Cash 4 Life

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tanto-blacks-cash-for-life.jpg'Real Rich' sensation Tanto Blacks has been named ambassador and the face of the 2016 staging of J Wray & Nephew Limited's 'Q is the Key to Cash 4 Life' competition.

Blacks will be the main character in all advertisements of the competition, which will give players a chance to win up to $30 million in prize money over the next 14 weeks.

The entertainer, who is well known for promoting a cash-rich lifestyle and positive lyrics, will encourage lovers of J Wray & Nephew Ltd brands to enter 'Q is the Key' by purchasing certain 200 ml products and texting the codes on the back of the Q's label to the contact number provided.

'Q is the Key' was launched Friday and offered players myriad opportunities to win cash by purchasing Qs (200 ml) of either: Wray & Nephew White Overproof Rum, Charley's JB Overproof Rum, Appleton Special or Campari.

Pietro Gramegna, marketing manager, J Wray & Nephew, said based on discussions, Blacks was selected to be Q is the Key to Cash for Life's ambassador, because of his cash flow lifestyle that is in keeping with the goal of the competition.

Over the next 14 weeks there will be daily cash prizes of $10,000 and mobile phone credit and monthly cash prizes of $50,000, $100,000, $150,000, $250,000, and $500,000. At the end of January 2017, there will be a grand prize draw in which two lucky winners will be selected for the two prizes of $1,000,000 each year for the next 10 years.





Cop shot during spot check in St Ann

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA Police Corporal remains hospitalised after he was shot and injured while on duty early this morning in St Ann.

He is Corporal Stevenson Walker of the St Ann's Bay Police Division.

It is reported that Walker was conducting a spot check along the Priory main Road in St Ann when he signalled a silver Toyota Corolla to stop.

The police say the driver disobeyed.

One occupant of the vehicle allegedly opened fire hitting Walker in the leg.

He was taken to the hospital and is said to be in stable condition.





JTA saddened by deaths of two teachers

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The Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA) says it's saddened by the sudden deaths of two teachers in separate incidences on Tuesday. The deceased teachers are 39-year-old Christopher Gayle of Kingston College and Nadine Trail of Norman Manley High.

A team led by JTA President, Howard Isaacs, visited both institutions yesterday where he expressed condolences to the staff and the families of the deceased teachers.

Isaacs noted that teachers face high stress levels in carrying out their professional duties.

He also pledged the JTA's support for teachers saying the association recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Health Fund to further enhance their welfare.





march-pen-fat-man.jpgThe main suspect in the March Pen attack in St Catherine has been charged with five counts of murder.

Marvin Campbell Snr was charged this afternoon after being questioned by police investigators. He's scheduled to appear in court next Tuesday, October 25. Campbell, otherwise called 'Fat Man', has been in custody since last Wednesday when he surrendered to the police.

Three children are among the five victims of the attack. They are two-year-old, Koyandra Wynter, nine-year-old, Revaughn Evans and 14-year-old Marvin Campbell Jnr. The other casualties were 22-two-year-old Venisha Bartley and 24-year-old Salesha Evans. Two other persons were also injured in the October 9 attack.

The police had reported that gunmen went to the community, kicked in the doors of four houses and opened fire, hitting occupants. The houses were later set on fire.





x6-trial-powell.jpgProsecutors on Friday morning applied to the court to treat their star witness at the trial of Patrick Powell, as a hostile witness. Powell is accused of the murder of 17 year old Khajeel Mais.

Jeremy Taylor, the lead prosecutor, applied for the order on the grounds that the witness has shown himself to be "adverse" and "inconsistent". The key witness, Wayne Anthony Wright, on Friday morning insisted that he did not see the person who fired on his taxi which led to the death of Khajeel, who was a passenger. This is a major blow to the prosecution which had stated at the opening of the trial that its case rests on the testimony of Mr. Wright.

Lead prosecutor Jeremy Taylor, requested an early adjournment for his team to examine the case to decide the way forward following Friday's major setback.

Prosecutors say they were challenging his testimony after he changed the statement he gave to the police in July 2011.In the statement read out by the prosecutors, Mr. Wright had reported that he knew the shooter. However, the witness insisted that he did not make such a statement.

The prosecutors also accused him of lying when he testified on Thursday that he did not know Khajeel and was seeing him for the first time when he chartered his taxi on the night of July 1, 2011.Mr. Wright insisted that he gave a statement to the police on July 5 but denied giving a second statement on July 8.

Prosecutors pointed Mr. Wright to the second statement in which he said he knew the shooter and saw him on the night of the incident. But he again insisted he made no such statement. He maintained that he took evasive action on the night of the shooting and did not see who fired on the vehicle.

The star witness told the court that the police tried to coerce him into saying Mr. Powell was the shooter. Mr. Wright said the police also tried to force him to say that he saw Mr. Powell with a gun on the night of the incident. However, he testified on Friday that he refused to do so.

Following heated exchanges, defence attorneys told the court they had no questions for the witness.





Seven shot - one fatally in St James

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crime-scene-gun.jpgDespite efforts by the security forces to stem gun violence in the western Jamaica parish of St. James, seven persons were shot, one fatally, on Thursday. Three of the shootings took place at bars.

In the first incident, gunmen opened fire on patrons at a bar in Paradise, Norwood at about 6:30 p.m. The bartender, 26-year-old Marcia Dixon of Paradise, was shot and killed. Three men injured in that incident.

About two hours later, two women were shot and injured in Anchovy. It is reported that gunmen walked into a bar and fired at patrons. The female bartender was shot and seriously injured. Minutes later, gunmen opened fire at another bar nearby, injuring the bartender. Investigators believe both Anchovy incidents are connected.

Meanwhile, a man was shot and injured in Mount Salem at about 8:00 p.m., as he was walking along Katan Lane. He was found by residents suffering from a bullet wound to the thigh.





Scamma song artiste is 'poppin'

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Yow! Di artiste who sing di 'Scamma' song a get some crazy love inna di streets. A swear! Right now we not even too memba di yute name, but di song a gwaan. 'Di scamma dem deh yah!'

We a go Google him name and tell oonu a next time, but all we know is that when him say 'Big money poppin everywhere mi go' gal pickeney and bwoy pickeney dung a BB Coke inna Sentie was in a frenzy. But memba say di song did all get feature pon Hurricane Matthew IG dat some igle people did mek fi di hurricane, when Matthew a say 'Big thunder clappin' everywhere mi go...Big...Thunder ...Clappin'





Nesbeth shell dung Zip school tour

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nesbeth-photo-2.jpgSince we deh pon a big-up roll, we haffi say big up and a huge shout out to Nesbeth who circle round a BB Coke High School inna St Elizabeth and shell dung Zip School tour Friday.

Nesbeth was the general. A now him Dream fresh!! And di Ziptocrats a BB Coke sing the song like seh a dem write it.

And we haffi talk bout di teacher who perform pon stage wid Nesbeth. Miss, yuh status up deh! A what you a go tell di pickney dem inna class Monday mawning teacher? All we know is that we love how yuh gwaan and we love how yuh love yuh artiste, Nesbeth. My Dream is to live my dream....SONG OF THE YEAR.





peter-tosh-photo-3.jpgAnd, by the way, the right people dem neva deh a dat deh launch because it was a ganjaless event.

It was Peter Tosh's birthday and the official opening of the museum and not even one spliff no bun? Mr Tosh surely turned in his grave at this grave situation. Oh BBC! Anyway, kudos to the organisers Kingsley Cooper et tal and of course Copeland Forbes.





andrew-holness-photo-4.jpgThis one really is a no-brainer.

Whether or not you is a fan of Mister Holness, you did haffi gi him him props on Wednesday night when him chat a di Peter Tosh museum opening.

The Prime Minister informed the gathering that his favourite Peter Tosh song is: 'When you live inna glas house doan throw stone."

peter-tosh-photo-3.jpgArgument done!

Did we mention dat nuff Comrade did inna di audience?

Lisa Hanna, Oar Davis and Wykeham McNeil, we did love oonu speech still, but we haffi give this round to Andrew.





Mek di people dem dun di Minister suh?!

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babsy-grange-minister.jpgGood girls (and boys), what we woulda like fi know is why oonu dun Miss Babsy suh? The honourable minister mek di mistake and go defend Spice after the hullabaloo at di gala di odder day and doan ask if di people dem never unleash di highest form of savagery pon Miss Grange.

But you see like how we a try stay pon di minister good side, we not even a go copy and paste the dutty comment dem pon fi we good-up good-up site. No way Jose. Oonu can go over Observer and read di comment wha di troll dem dash out. It nuh pretty. Miss Babsy, this too shall pass.





Big up all di entertainer dem who say 'married'!

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aidonia-photo-4.jpgAidonia just get married wha day yah and now Matterhorn a leggo single life; Denyque a get married to her longtime boyfriend and Spice say she is going to be celibate for one year.

So we juss a give a big forward to all those who a put dutty life pon pause in exchange for wholesome living. Rayyyyyyy!!! And all dese tingz.Husband and wife we seh round here - one man plus one woman equal marriage. Straight.





London to host 2-day sex robot festival

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sex-with-robots.jpgA festival of SEX ROBOTS is coming to London after being banned in Malaysia for 'being too extreme'

There will be sessions on humanoid robots and electronic sex hardware

Other topics that will be covered include 'teledildonics', or cybersex toys

The event will run on 19th and 20th December at Goldsmiths, London

Conference was previously banned in Malaysia for being 'illegal'

Sessions will focus on a variety of topics, from humanoid robots and teledildonics, which means cybersex toys, to intelligent electronic sex hardware.

'Within the fields of Human-Computer Interaction and Human-Robot Interaction, the past few years have witnessed a strong upsurge of interest in the more personal aspects of human relationships with these artificial partners,' a statement from Goldsmiths says.

Registration is open for anyone wishing to attend, but it costs L200 ($244) for a full price registration, or L125 ($152) for a student.

Sex with robots is set to overtake human sex by 205, some have said.

But a robotics expert warned last month that robot sex could become addictive, and will someday even replace human-human sex entirely.

Like many other technologies that have replaced humans, robots could even surpass human technique, to become better lovers, he claims.

Speaking to the Daily Star, Joel Snell, a robotics expert from Kirkwood College in Iowa, said: 'Robotic sex may become addictive.

'Sexbots would always be available and could never say no, so addictions would be easy to feed.

'People will rearrange their lives to accommodate their addictions.'





After the brouhaha in the wake of Spice's controversial performance at the high profile gala ot honour Jamaica's athletes in Rio, the Minister of Culture had this to say:

"I recognize dancehall as an important Jamaican music genre. In that regard, I note some of the comments directed at Spice for her performance on Saturday night. I do not offer a defence for Spice who is a talented and bright performer, fully capable of producing lyrics in celebration of our athletic heroes. I would however, caution against the issue of vitriolic comment and a rush to judgement in this matter.

Most things went well but a few very important things did not on this occasion. Like our athletes we will review, improve and keep pushing ourselves to higher levels of performance."





Spice blasts the 'hypocrites'

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spicey-sting.jpgSpice's performance at the gala celebration for Jamaican athletes who competed at his year's Rio Olympics was met with blank stares from an audience which included the Prime Minister, sports personalities and other government officials.

The raunchy dancehall deejay was slapped with a string of harsh criticisms following her performance at the event. Meanwhile, some criticized the organizers for booking her.

The event's main organizer Lenford Salmon in an article was quoted as saying Spice failed to show up for a technical rehearsal. In addition, Mr. Salmon claims that they were assured by Spice's team that the deejay would have adjusted her lyrics and dress appropriately for the occasion.

But according to Spice, his claims are untrue. and she describes the saga as hypocritical and a harsh case of "classism".





Prosecutors submit evidence in X6 murder trial

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court.jpgProsecutors on Wednesday submitted evidence to show that 17 year old Kingston College student Khajeel Mais, died in 2011 after being shot twice when businessman Patrick Powell allegedly opened fire on the taxi in which he was a passenger. This was revealed in testimony from one of the crime scene investigators called at the trial of Mr. Powell before the Home Circuit Court.

Mr. Powell is facing charges of murder and shooting with intent.

Over the next few days, prosecutors are expected to show that the teenager died after being shot in the head and back when Mr. Powell allegedly opened fire on the taxi. In laying the foundation for that evidence to be delivered by the pathologist, the prosecutors called one of several investigators in the case.

Detective Sergeant Paul Thompson told the court that on July 14, 2011, he witnessed the post mortem performed on the body of the teenager. The sergeant told the trial that two expended bullets and bullet fragments were taken from Khajeel's body. Photographs were shown to the seven member jury.

Prosecutors are leading evidence that road rage led to the fatal shooting of the teenager. They argued that Mr. Powell, in a fit of rage, opened fire on the taxi along Highland Drive in Havendale, St. Andrew, after it bumped into his BMW X6 motor vehicle. The bullet struck Khajeel who was on his way to a school event.Another detective sergeant who gave testimony on Wednesday disclosed that he inspected the taxi and found bullet holes in the rear registration plate; the back seat and on the driver side of the vehicle.

Sergeant David Campbell said he also observed bloodstains in the passenger side of the vehicle and on the back seat. He said he collected samples of blue paint from the left side and bumper of the taxi, a Toyota Succeed. Prosecutors said the blue paint matches that of the BMW X6 driven by Mr. Powell. The court heard testimony on Tuesday from a body repairman who said the X6 vehicle was taken to his garage for repairs.





court.jpgA seven member jury of five men and two women has been empanelled in the trial of businessman Patrick Powell arising from the 2011 shooting death of 17-year-old Kingston College student Khajeel Mais.

Mais' mother, Allana Mais was first to take the witness stand and broke down in tears at the start of her testimony.

Businessman Patrick Powell is being tried for murder and shooting with intent in relation to the 2011 death of 17-year-old Khajeel.

Khajeel was reportedly travelling in a taxi that collided with a BMW X6 motor vehicle. He is accused of murdering Mais, who was reportedly travelling in a taxi that collided with a BMW X6 motor vehicle. It is alleged that the driver of the BMW got out and fired at the car, hitting the boy.

Powell is also charged with shooting at taxi driver Wayne Wright with intent to cause harm.





court.jpgOn Tuesday morning, Allana Maise, mother of Khajeel Maise broke down on the witness stand as she recalled how she found out about her son's death.

The mother of slain Kingston College student Kahjeel Mais today fought back tears as she recalled watching her son die at the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH).

"I saw Khajeel laying on a bed in one of the cubicles. I saw nurses and doctors around him. I watched him take his last breath," Allana Mais testified.

She was giving evidence in the Home Circuit Court in downtown Kingston where businessman Patrick Powell is on trial for killing Mais in Havendale, St Andrew in 2011.

"I saw him (Khajeel) breathing for a while then there was a gasp then there was nothing," Allana Mais added as she was overcome with emotion.

Allana Mais testified that moments earlier she left her son at a taxi stand on Mannings Hill Road. According to her evidence, he was going to meet up with some friends before going to a fete at Meadowbrook High School.

She said she got a call from a family acquaintance who informed her that "dem shoot up" the taxi in which Kahjeel was travelling.

During cross-examination by Powell's attorney Deborah Martin, the married mother of three admitted that Kahjeel had "behaviourial issues" while at KC and outside of the institution.

"He had a matter at the Juvenile Court?" asked Martin.

"Yes", Mrs Mais replied.

"Where he was before the court?" Martin continued.

"Yes, he was," the mother replied.

Mrs Mais also conceded that administrators at Kingston College called her a few times about her son's conduct.

Before that, lead prosecutor Jeremy Taylor, in his opening address to the seven-member jury, outlined allegations against Powell before suggesting that 17-year-old Mais was killed in "an exaggerated form of road rage."

He charged that the taxi in which Mais was travelling hit a BMW X6 and the driver of the luxury vehicle came out and fired several shots into the taxi.

"They were new, they were the rave then ... the IT in luxury vehicle," Taylor said in reference to the BMW X6.

"Someone was angry because of what happened on the road, what happened to their vehicle. The allegation is that Mr Powell was this person who was angry and angry to the extreme," he added.





court.jpgThe murder trial of businessman Patrick Powell has been opened to the public after prosecutors today reversed their decision to have the case tried in camera.

High Court judge Lloyd Hibbert made the announcement in the Home Circuit Court a short while ago where the trial is about to begin.

After the announcement, several persons outside the courtroom were allowed to enter.

Firearm cases are generally tried on a Gun Court indictment which, under law, stipulates that they should be closed to the public.

Powell was charged with murder and shooting with intent arising from the death of 17-year-old Kingston College student Kahjeel Mais in July 2011 in Havendale, St Andrew.

Mais was travelling in a taxi that collided with a BMW X6 sports utility vehicle.

It's reported that after the crash the driver of the luxury vehicle got out of his car and fired a bullet into the taxi before fleeing the scene.

Powell has pleaded not guilty.

A seven-member jury has been selected comprising five men and two women.





hillary-clinton.jpgThe third and final presidential debate has ended, and it can now be said: Hillary Clinton crushed Donald Trump in the most effective series of debate performances in modern political history.

The polling tells the story. As Nate Silver notes, on the eve of the first presidential debate, Clinton led by 1.5 points. Before the second, she was up by 5.6 points. Before the third, she was winning by 7.1 points. And now, writing after the third debate -- a debate in which Trump said he would keep the nation "in suspense" about whether there would be a peaceful transition of power, bragged about not apologizing to his wife, and called Clinton "such a nasty woman" -- it's clear that Trump did himself no favors. Early polls also suggest Clinton won.





X6 Murder Trial: Judge clarifies social media ban

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court.jpgThe Judge in the so-called X6 murder trial has sought to clarify his ruling on social media postings on the case.

Last week, the judge ordered social media posts by the family of a murder victim to be removed.

However, the Jamaican Bar Association said it noted reports about the family of Khajeel Mais harshly criticising the justice system on social media and of a Supreme Court Judge ordering the removal of the posts.

It said it raised the issue of curtailment of freedom of speech.

However, 9n Tuesday, the judge clarified that his order was not meant to stop all social media posts about the case, but those which could prejudice the trial.

Justice Lloyd Hibbert said sought to make it clear that freedom of speech did not mean people can say anything they felt. He said statements that defame the court are not permitted and people can be cited for contempt of court. The trial took a break this morning to deal with procedural issues, but was expected to resume at noon.

Businessman, Patrick Powell, is on trial for the murder of schoolboy Kahjeel Mais. The prosecution is alleging that the 17-year-old school boy was killed in Havendale, St Andrew in 2011 by an enraged Powell after the taxi hit his BMW X6.

After the accident, Powell is alleged to have got out his X6 and opened fire on the taxi hitting the schoolboy.





One of St Elizabeth's 'most wanted' killed

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crime-scene-gun.jpgThe Police have confirmed that one of St Elizabeth's most wanted was shot and killed in Mocho district, St James, today.He is 30-year-old Dwight Williams, otherwise called 'Dewie', of Retirement district, St Elizabeth.

The police say residents of Mocho district reported hearing groans coming from a house and went to make checks. Williams was subsequently found on the floor with multiple gunshot wounds.

The Police were summoned and he was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The police say Williams was wanted for the September 15 shooting death of 26-year-old Renaldo Wallace otherwise called 'Bumps', of Retirement district as well as several other shootings.





madonna.jpgPop musician Madonna will receive Billboard's 2016 Woman of the Year award, following a year where she extended her record as the highest-grossing female touring artist of all time.

She will be honoured at the 11th annual Billboard Women In Music event in New York City on December 9.

Her Rebel Heart Tour, which wrapped in March, solidified her status as one of the biggest touring acts of all time. Madonna sold more than 1 million tickets and walked away with US$170 million. That makes her the highest grossing solo touring artist in Billboard Boxscore history with a staggering US$1.31 billion in total concert grosses.

Madonna is also the best-selling female recording artist of all time. In addition to her ongoing chart dominance, her philanthropic efforts are said to be effecting real change in the world.

Madonna's Raising Malawi organization is currently constructing Malawi's first pediatric surgery and intensive care unit, which will double the number of life-saving surgeries performed on children each year, provide intensive care after critical surgeries, and train specialised Malawian medical staff.

The Mercy James Institute of Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care facility will open in 2017.





rapper-safaree.jpgJamaica-born American rapper/song writer Safaree has started a charity initiative titled Stunt for Jamaica and is expected to donate computers to local schools in coming weeks.

According to the rapper, who is now featured on VH1ís popular TV show Love and Hip Hop Hollywood, Jamaica's influence in his development has made him a strong individual.

"I want to put a new computer in schools in Jamaica every month. I just want to keep on doing it. I have already made connections with notable people like Jackie from the show Basketball Wives. She is going to donate, and I already have my first batch of computers," he said.

The artiste also revealed that schools in the parish of Hanover will be the first in line to receive computers.

"Pondside in Hanover is where my family is from so, I am just gonna set it up from there and work my way across the island. My mother used to run track and field with Merlene Ottey back in the day, and there is a Merlene Ottey (high) school in that side of the island that I might visit. I just want the teenagers to know that they should not give up, you know, stay focused on your education. I want this charity to get really really, big and help the schools out," he said.





guiness-sounds-of-greatness-bishop-escobar.jpgSelector Carlos 'Bishop Escobar' Henry, has teamed up with Guinness for what promises to be another electrifying season of the Guinness Sounds of Greatness (GSOG) competition set to run from October to December.

The 'Made of More' brand recently signed Escobar to a contract that includes hosting duties for GSOG, advertisements and mixtapes, making him the second local ambassador the brand has signed this year.

"Guinness has a lot of respect in the streets. It is a bold drink that also connects with different groups," said Escobar who has grown in popularity among dancehall fans. "That is what I do, entertain people of all ages. Escobar is made of more. Any time yuh see me just know sey you ah go get more."

Escobar has become widely known for his unique mic skills and ability to entertain a crowd.

"My joviality, my crowd interaction, my entertainment package is different. Most selectors are focused on the serious part. My energy just different, it nuh stay like the rest," said the 33-year-old MC, who added that he's looking forward to a mutually beneficial relationship with Guinness. "I will endeavour to live up to the Guinness tagline, 'Made of More' in the music fraternity."

The new collaboration with Escobar is in line with the brand's longstanding support of Jamaican dancehall culture, which includes the annual GSOG series, sponsorship of Aidonia's Birthday Bash and the ambassador agreement with Busy Signal, which was signed earlier this year.





crime-scene-7.jpgThe police officer responsible for sharing gruesome footage of last Sunday's March Pen massacre, where five people were burned to death in the St Catherine community, now faces possible dismissal for his actions.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Wray Palmer, who heads the Inspectorate of Constabulary ,told THE WEEKEND STAR that sharing confidential information is in breach of the force's policies and anyone who engages in this kind of activity will face sanctions.

"They will be changed departmentally, and they will be tried in front of an enquiry. After that, the sanctions can range from being reprimanded to dismissal for that same act," Palmer said. He added that the officer responsible for sharing the video on Facebook was still under departmental investigation, after which sanctions would follow.

The video, which has since gone viral, shows the burnt remains of the victims as well as the rubble that was left as a result of the fire.





patrick-bailey-photo-1.jpgInvestigators probing last month's killing of a man at the Barbican, St. Andrew home of attorney Patrick Bailey are said to be following strong leads.

A police source confirmed that investigators questioned Mr. Bailey earlier this week in the presence of four attorneys. Statements were also collected. No one has yet been charged in connection with the killing, as investigators are yet to identify a suspect, or a motive.

On September 30, the body of 51-year-old contractor Junior Jermaine, who was reportedly employed to Mr. Bailey, was discovered with stab wounds at the attorney's home. Investigators seized a spent shell, suggesting that Mr. Jermaine was also shot.

Mr. Bailey reportedly called police to his home after he found Mr. Jermaine dead in his living room. Investigators claim there were no signs of forced entry to the house.





tastee-cheese.jpgus-teen-steals-cheese.jpgAn American youngster is now facing possible prison time after being accused of stealing more than $20.5 million worth of Jamaican Tastee cheese from a warehouse in Moonachie, New Jersey.

Eighteen-year-old Darluis Ortiz was arrested this week and slapped with charges of theft, burglary, conspiracy, and possessing burglary tools, according to NBC New York.

When the accused cheese thief appeared in court on Thursday, prosecutors alleged that he stole pallets of Tastee cheese products valued at US$160,000 (or just over J $20.5 million) on September 23. It then took investigators two weeks to track him down.

Ortiz, who was being held in the Bergen County jail, was offered bail at US$150,000 (J$19.2 million).





Bolt donates to Haiti relief

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usain-bolt-wins-gold-200m-beijing-2015-photo-5.jpgUsain Bolt while refuting reports that he had donated $10 million to Haiti in the aftermath of the Hurricane Matthew, has, however, revealed that he is assisting the neighbouring country.

"On seeing the devastating images caused by Hurricane Matthew, especially of the children, I was moved to assist and will encourage others to do so," the many-time Olympic medallist Bolt told the media.

Meanwhile, the decorated athlete is set to take part in the second staging of the Jamaica National Foundation Heroes in Action 8k run/walk and 4k fun run in his home town,Falmouth on Sunday.





usain-bolt-in-rio.jpg"The Racers Grand Prix will be my last race in Jamaica people, it will be the last time I run in Jamaica," sprint legend Usain Bolt said.on Television Jamaica's 'Smile Jamaica' morning magazine programme.

Bolt, who is set to return to training the first Monday in November, also closed the door on the suggestion he made a few weeks ago that he competes after 2017.

"Yes I am definitely going to retire after the World Championships in London, that will be my last one," Bolt told presenters Neville Bell and Sakina Deer.

The nine-time Olympic gold medallist however said he and his team are yet to decide on which event he will be running then.

Bolt along with the other members of Jamaica's team to this year's Olympics and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro will be honoured this weekend by the government of Jamaica.





x6-murder-trial-accused-photo-2.jpgThe Jamaican Bar Association is renewing what it calls longstanding concerns about the deficiencies in the justice system and the responsible exercise of freedom of expression.

The concerns coincide with this week's ruling by high court judge Lloyd Hibbert for a social media blackout in the so called X6 murder case.

The judge made the ruling after Deborah Martin, the lawyer for Patrick Powell, accused killer of Kingston College schoolboy, Khajeel Mais, complained that a series of social media comments was making out her client to be guilty.

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The association says there is every reason for accused persons, particularly those not on bail, as well as the victims' families, to be aggrieved by the delays that ravage the delivery of justice.

"The constitutional right to freedom of expression, and the right to criticise our public institutions, belong to us all as citizens in this democratic society," said association president Sherry Ann McGregor.

The association further says the fundamental right to freedom of speech can only be curtailed to the extent that it prejudices the rights and freedoms of others.

"Although we believe that the public and victims' families have the right to speak out about the most unfortunate delays they experience, we also urge them to be respectful in their protests and interviews and to refrain from making accusations of corruption by public officials in the absence of reliable evidence," McGregor further said.





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Please, Posthumously Pardon Marcus Garvey

marcus-garvey-photo-3.jpgEarly this week, The Gleaner, Jamaica's oldest and most respected daily newspaper, reported on that country's continuing efforts to pave the way for the United States - and specifically, President Barack Obama - to grant a posthumous pardon to Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Jr., for his 1923 mail fraud conviction.

Born on August 17, 1887, in St. Ann's Bay, Jamaica, Garvey was a civil rights activist, the founder of the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA), and a strong proponent of black nationalism and Pan-African philosophy. Garvey is not only Jamaica's "first national hero," he is revered by millions throughout the Caribbean, Central America, Canada, Africa, the United States, and indeed, all over the world. "Garveyism," while (still) controversial in some quarters, has long been internationally recognized for its strong and enduring influence on the Nation of Islam, Rastafarianism, and the Black Pride movement. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., said Garvey was "the first man on a mass scale and level to give millions of Negroes a sense of dignity and destiny."

Writing for Fusion, Casey Tolan notes that "[a]s Garvey's popularity grew, he attracted the attention of a young J. Edgar Hoover." Hoover "put Garvey under surveillance, and in 1919, he wrote a memo about his investigation of the activist. Garvey had 'been particularly active among the radical elements in New York City in agitating the negro movement,' Hoover wrote. Hoover lamented, "[u]nfortunately, however, [Garvey] has not yet violated any federal law whereby he could be proceeded against on the grounds of being an undesirable alien, from the point of view of deportation."

Just four years later though, in 1923, Hoover's secretive and vindictive persecution of Garvey did lead to Garvey's federal prosecution, conviction, jailing (for two years and nine months), and eventually deportation, on mail fraud charges. The charges were brought in connection with the sale of stock of Garvey's Black Star Line, an ambitious all-black shipping company that Garvey founded. Garvey was "accused of trying to defraud his customers by advertising a ship that was not yet in his possession." Tolan observes: "Modern day research suggests [however] that the trial was politically motivated to blunt the rise of a powerful black organizer."

Objectively, what the Office of the Pardon Attorney, and ultimately, President Obama, should consider, is: if Garvey had had access and been able to present Hoover's 1919 memo as evidence of his selective prosecution, there is no question he would have had meritorious grounds for the dismissal of his mail fraud case. (As Justice Thurgood Marshall noted in his dissenting opinion in Wayte v. United States, 470 U.S. 598, 624 (1985) ("[M]ost of the relevant proof in selective prosecution cases will be in the Government's hands.")

At page 15 of his 1997 book, The Ordeal of Integration: Progress and Resentment in America's "Racial" Crisis, Orlando Patterson, a professor and historical and cultural sociologist at Harvard University, writes: "The prejudices of centuries die hard, and even when they wane, the institutional frameworks that sustained them are bound to linger." It doesn't have to be that way for Marcus Garvey.

The Office of the Pardon Attorney and President Obama should heed Marcus Garvey's sage counsel in a speech in Nova Scotia in 1937 - words Bob Marley helped immortalize decades later in his 1980 masterpiece, Redemption Song - and "emancipate [them]selves from mental slavery," so Marcus Garvey's legacy can finally be free.

Answering questions on April 9, 2015, following a speech at the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica, President Obama said: "I think that all people want basic dignity and want basic freedom, and want to be able to worship as they please without being discriminated against, or they should be able to speak their mind about an important issue pertaining to their community without being arrested." That's true today, but it was also true of Marcus Garvey in 1923.

Having been sentenced to prison and addressing a crowd at Liberty Hall in New York City, Garvey said: "We are not fighting America; we are fighting hypocrisy and lies, and that we are going to fight to the bitter end. Now understand we well, Marcus Garvey has entered the fight for the emancipation of a race; Marcus Garvey has entered the fight for the redemption of a country."

About the Author: Stephen Cooper is a former D.C. public defender who worked as an assistant federal public defender in Alabama between 2012 and 2015. He has contributed to numerous magazines and newspapers in the United States and overseas. He writes full-time and lives in Woodland Hills, California.





Viewers shocked at Priscilla Presley's scary looks

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priscilla-presley-dracula-photo-1.jpgPriscilla Presley, 71, shocked viewers with her incredible appearance on Thursday morning's installment of Lorraine, showcasing a smooth, wrinkle free complexion.

The former wife of Elvis chatted to host Lorraine Kelly about her late ex-husband during her rare interview on British TV.

But it was her looks which really got people going on social media, with countless viewers taking to Twitter to comment.

One user posted: 'Flicking thru channels on TV and thought I saw a Lizard being interviewed on Lorraine. Turns out it was Priscilla Presley after surgery!'

Another mused: 'Must be a point where you say 'yep enough plastic surgery now' else you just look like Frankenstein's monster @ITVLorraine #PriscillaPresley'.

A third harsh comment read: 'I'm really sorry, I'm sure she's a lovely woman, but I have nightmares after looking at @Cilla_Presley for too long #justsaying #Lorraine'.

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As a high court judge seeks to ban all social media reference to a five year old murder trial, the comments on social media are telling the judge that his order is five years too late.

Justice Hibbert made the order after murder accused Patrick Powell's attorneys raised concern about the 'social media campaign' that was allegedly being led by the family of murdered Kingston College schoolboy, Khajeel Mais and argued that it could "prejudice the case resulting in Powell getting an unfair trial."

See some comments below that were made on social media following the ban: "Well, they got the chance of trying the case before the advent of social media, suh let the court try stop it now! Sorry your honour...freedom of speech!. Yuh fighting a losing battle here!"

"Where is the free speech and the Justice Hibbert should be rightfully disturbed The case is over 5 years. No one should have to wait that long for justice."

"The family has all rights to be upset about the constant postponement of the trial. Why would the judge agree to another delay? It's not like the alleged murderer doesn't have legal representation. The lawyer who is joining the defense team was a part of the team before and nothing has changed over the years of constant adjournments. Furthermore, why couldn't the current lawyer brief him on any new developments. This is a travesty of justice."

"More and more it seems, trials are scheduled around the schedule of attorneys. So if they feel the need to go vacationing in Paris, or, to take a quick jaunt to New York, then, the wheels of justice, grind to a halt. Only-in-Jamaica? I wonder."





Huge pay day for Jamaica's Olympians

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Cash awards of between US$2,500 and US$10,000 are among tributes planned for Jamaica's athletes who participated in the Summer Olympics in Brazil in August.

Gold medallists will be given US$10,000 (approximately J$1.3 million) for each medal, while competitors who failed to make the finals in their events will get US$2,500 (approximately J$325,000) for each event.

A relay gold medal will attract US$6,000 to be shared by all six members of the relay team. Managers and officials will get US$1,000 each.

In addition, four statues are to be built commemorating Jamaica's top four sprinters in recent years - the world's fastest athlete Usain Bolt, double 100 metres gold medallist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, and their predecessors Asafa Powell and Veronica Campbell Brown.

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment, and Sport Olivia "Babsy" Grange, who made the announcement in the House of Representatives yesterday, said that the statues will be built on a phased basis, with those of Bolt and Pryce scheduled to be completed for next year's 55th anniversary of Jamaica's Independence, and the others by the following anniversary.

Grange said that the statues will be placed at the National Stadium in Kingston, as part of wider development of the stadium complex, including the National Sports Museum.





x6-murder-trial-accused-photo-1.jpgA judge yesterday warned family members of murdered Kingston College schoolboy, Khajeel Mais, to desist from posting material on social media pertaining to the trial of businessman Patrick Powell in the case dubbed the X6 murder trial.

The high court judge Lloyd Hibbert also ordered the removal of all materials posted on various social media platforms about the X6 murder trial and warned that no further material should be posted.

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Justice Hibbert made the order after Powell's attorneys raised concern about the 'social media campaign' that was allegedly being led by the family and argued that it could prejudice the case resulting in Powell getting an unfair trial.

Mais' sister, Kimberly, last week voiced her dissatisfaction on Facebook and Instagram about the frequent delays and the length of time that it was taking for the case to start.

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Bermuda on watch as Hurricane Nicole approaches

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hurricane-nicole.jpgBermuda is expected to experience heavy rainfall and strong winds when Hurricane Nicole hits the archipelago on Thursday.

Nicole is currently a category two hurricane.

Bermuda's Minister of National Security, Jeffrey Baron has urged residents to take seriously storm preparations as forecasters say there is a possibility that Nicole could hit the country as a category three hurricane.

The National Hurricane Centre in the US says Bermudians should rush to protect life and property ahead of Nicole's impact.

Tropical storm conditions with winds between 39 and 73 miles per hour are expected in Bermuda as the latest satellite images show a large eye as Nicole spins south of the country.





marvin-campbell-wanted-man-photo-2.jpgMarvin 'Fat Man' Campbell, who was wanted for incest and listed as a person of interest in relation to the March Pen massacre, which unfolded Sunday in an area of St Catherine called Africa, has been arrested.

Campbell was handed over to members of the High Command at the Office of the Commissioner of Police by Bishop Rohan Edwards on Wednesday morning..

Campbell was processed by senior investigators from the Major Investigations Division (MID).





marvin-campbell-wanted-man-photo-1.jpgMarvin Campbell, who is wanted in relation to the March Pen massacre which unfolded Sunday in an area of St Catherine called Africa, is being accused of killing his son and four relatives.

Marvin Campbell Jr, 14, was among the five persons who were shot and burnt to death. The other victims are two-year-old Koyandra Wynter, nine-year-old Revaughn Evans, 22-year-old Venisha Bartley and 24-year-old Salesha Evans. Two others, who were injured during the onslaught, are still hospitalised.

Campbell was placed on the police's wanted list following an allegation of sexual assault committed against a close female relative who is a minor.

According to a report from a popular tabloid, the female 'relative' is supposedly Campbell's daughter. After the allegations of sexual assault, Campbell left the area and has managed to elude the police each time an attempt was made to apprehend him.

It is said that he recently returned to the community as a strong enforcer of the Tesha Miller faction of the Clansman Gang.

Reports are that Campbell also issued several death threats to the victim and the victim's family to dissuade them from pursuing the matter against him.

The victims of Sunday's gruesome act are all relatives of the sexual assault victim.





steven-causewell-victim-nadia-mitchell.jpgBusinessman Steven Causewell has been sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering his girlfriend Nordia Mitchell and is to serve 20 years before parole.

The sentencing was handed down in the Home Circuit Court by Justice Carol Beswick.

Beswick also said Causewell should undergo psychological evaluation and treatment at the institution he's to serve time.

Causewell was convicted on September 8 for the 2008 murder of Mitchell at her Oakland Apartments home, on Constant Spring Road, St Andrew.

The domestic violence case drew a national spotlight. Court proceedings at a hearing on Friday were disrupted by an emotional outburst from the murder victim's daughter, Imani Prenderghast, who accused Causewell of beating her mother.

The 40-year-old convict has two children - an 18-year-old and a seven-year old. He worked at his family's business, Windshield Centre Limited, up until the time of his arrest for the murder of Mitchell.





QORIHC set to honour Industry females October 30

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Finally, hard working 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 hard working females, who are experts in their various fields, getting recognition for their efforts and perseverance.

Mye laurell and her NyteNursePro foundation decided to honour women specifically because activities to support women are fundamentally lacking in the Jamaican industry.

"I believe that women are the backbone of the Jamaican creative industry because we do so much to support it. My NyteNursepro organization's mission is to Inspire, Nurture, and Entertain, so this event is perfect as it intends to motivate the current honorees to continue doing great work and to inspire other females to work hard and eventually their work will also get recognized." Mye shared

Specific females to be honored at this year's ceremonies are; Veteran Reggae ArtisteSister 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 BroadcasterElaine Wint, Founder of Sun City Radio Doreen Billings or 'Mama B', Dancehall Fashion Designer Audrey Farquharson, Renowned Dancehall Queen Carlene,Government Minister The Honorable Babsy Grange and Dancehall Dancing Instructors Latonya Styles and Dance Ja studios.

The NyteNursePro Committee will be expanding the various categories next year when they meet to select the 2017 set of honorees; categories like TV Producers, Stylists and PR Specialists will also be included.

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.

"It is important to note that this is not a competition to award the best, it's recognition to say we honor your roles that have influenced and supported so many throughout the years" Mye Laurell added.

"Persons should support this ceremony because a vast majority of the Jamaican populous benefit from this industry, the women being honoured this year, and many years to come, should be celebrated in a unique way for their efforts that have helped to bolster Jamaica culture worldwide". Cadia ________ Assistant Director for NyteNursePro added

For more information on the honorary awards ceremony, follow the NyteNursePro foundation or 'Queens of Reggae Island Honorary Ceremonies -QORIHC on social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram.





Popcaan featured in Michael Jordan ad

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popcaan-photo-4.jpgDancehall artiste Popcaan has been featured in the official ad for Michael Jordan's OVO, inspired clothing line.

The ad was recently premiered on Michael Jordan's official Instagram page, which carries 9.5 million followers and features a motorcyclist dressed in the new OVO Air Jordan 12 Retro & Apparel Collection, while Popcaan's music can be heard in the background chanting the lines.

"Notnice tun up mi voice some more, buy Jordans' yesterday, today mi buy some more. Whol heap a pair inna mi bag pon tour ... . Unruly Boss mi name so mi don't wear fraud ones, real authentic Jordans' wi nuh care weh yu bring Unruly nuh wear everything, OVO don't wear everything, dem fi know from wi small wi a bling."

The ad was produced by E5 records, also responsible for Popcaan singles like Bad Inna Real Life and Nah Idle.

Michael Jordan is basketball's first billionaire player and is also regarded by many as the greatest of all time.





7 AMA nominations for Rihanna

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rihanna-anti-release.jpgBarbadian music sensation Rihanna will have to make room on her already extensive list of awards as she has been newly nominated for 7 American Music Awards for this year's upcoming show.

The announcement was made by Joe Jonas and Rachel Platten earlier today on Good Morning America. The 2016 American Music Awards will take place on Sunday, November 20 on ABC.

Below are the 7 categories in which Rihanna is nominated:


Favorite Female Artist, Pop/Rock:

Adele

Selena Gomez

Rihanna

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Artist of the Year:

Adele

Beyoncé

Justin Bieber

Drake

Selena Gomez

Ariana Grande

Rihanna

Twenty One Pilots

Carrie Underwood

The Weeknd

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Favorite Female Artist - Soul/R&B

Beyoncé

Janet Jackson

Rihanna

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Favorite Album - Soul/R&B

Beyoncé "Lemonade"

Rihanna "Anti"

Bryson Tiller "T R A P S O U L"

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Favorite Song - Soul/R&B

Drake Featuring Wizkid & Kyla "One Dance"

Rihanna Featuring Drake "Work"

Bryson Tiller "Don't"

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Collab of the Year Nominees:

The Chainsmokers & Daya

Drake, Kyle & Wizkid

Fifth Harmony & Ty Dolla $ign

Rihanna & Drake

Meghan Trainor & John Legend

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Video of the Year Nominees:

Justin Bieber - "Sorry"

Desiigner - "Panda"

Rihanna & Drake - "Work"





Pearl McFarlane of Royal Palm Estate fame has died

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pearl-mcfarlane.jpgPearl McFarlane, a cast member of local TV soap opera Royal Palm Estate has died. McFarlane, who played Jenny on the long-running drama, passed away after a long illness. She was buried at Dovecot Memorial Park in St Catherine last Saturday following a thanksgiving service at Mamby Baptist Church in St Andrew.

Creator of Royal Palm Estate Lennie Little-White remembers McFarlane as a very professional actress.

"She first came to Mediamix back in the early 1990s to audition for a commercial for Cool deodorant, and I was just struck by her personality and charm. And when we started shooting Royal Palm Estate in 1992, I drew for her. She brought great qualities to the role and set. She was always very professional, always knew her lines and took the role seriously, unlike some divas."

McFarlane's character was a femme fatale in Royal Palm Estate, who would have a baby for Ted Blackburn, played by Reggie Carter. When Blackburn died, she took on his son - Richard - and was also the object of affection for the pastor played by John Jones. The 65-year-old McFarlane joins three other cast members from Royal Palm Estate - Reggie Carter, Cyrene Tomlinson and John Jones - who have transitioned.

McFarlane is survived by her only daughter, hairstylist Trish McFarlane.





tommy-lee-photo-10.jpgParty promoter Cabral Douglas, who launched a US$3-million lawsuit against the Dominica Government, in relation to the deportation of dancehall artiste Tommy Lee, has retained one of England's top barristers - Dr Leslie Thomas - to lead the litigation phase of the case due to commence in Trinidad on October 20.

"I am pleased to announce that I have retained the services of Leslie Thomas QC LLB LLD. Dr Thomas is one of the UK's leading human rights barristers. He brings a wealth of knowledge and courtroom experience in high-profile cases to the table and I am extremely fortunate to have him on-board to lead the litigation phase of this matter," Douglas, an attorney-at-law, disclosed.

Douglas, son of former Prime Minister Rosie Douglas, said he is not concerned about getting a backlash from the Government.

"The Labour Government currently in office has traditionally stood for human rights, civil liberties and free enterprise. So if there is to be a backlash, I would expect it to be against them. In fact, hundreds of young Dominicans protested the unlawful arrests of Tommy Lee and his enterouge whilst they were being detained in that filthy jail cell unfit for a dog," he said.

Douglas also stated that Caribbean Community encourages free movement of among its member states. He stressed that while he only lost money from the show's cancellation, Tommy Lee Sparta and his team were stripped of their dignity and no amount of monetary disbursement can compensate for that.

Douglas said his father, who died in 2000, would have been extremely supportive of him in this matter.

"My father, the late Hon Rosie Douglas, was an uncompromising champion for human rights and was prepared to face jail in defence of human rights in Canada. So my dad would stand in solidarity with the four Jamaican claimants just as I have done through this ordeal," he said.

Tommy Lee Sparta, along with three members of his team - Tiasha Oralie Russell, Junior Fraser and Mario Christopher Wallace - were deported from Dominica a day after their arrival.

The artiste had journeyed to the Caribbean state to perform at a concert in Portsmouth in February 2014. They were, however, denied entry and placed in custody before being deported.

Prior to his arrival, the Dominica Association of Evangelical Churches had called for a boycott of the artiste's concert. The group said its concern was based on Tommy Lee Sparta's glorification of Satan and his promotion of violence.

Tommy Lee Sparta is known for a number of hit singles such as Spartan Soldier, Psycho, God's Eye, Get Money.





frankie-paul.jpgFrankie Paul and friends are staging a concert to raise funds for the entertainer's much needed prosthetic leg.

The veteran singer recently underwent surgery to amputate his foot.

The show dubbed FRANKIE PAUL ALIVE and WELL, is to take place on October 15, at the brand new African Roots and Culture Center adjacent to the House of Dancehall at 6 Cargill Avenue, Kingston.

Frankie Paul's live performance in Jamaica comes after unscrupulous persons exploited his illness, and plastered false information on social media.





ghosts-from-the-clintons-past-l-r-kathleen-willey-juanita-broadd.jpgDonald Trump took the gloves off 90 minutes before Sunday night's debate against Hillary Clinton, holding a meeting with four ghosts from Bill Clinton's sexual past - and letting a handful of unsympathetic reporters in to hear them speak.

Trump introduced his coalition of the willing - Kathleen Willey, Juanita Broaddrick, Kathy Shelton and Paula Jones - in St. Louis as a press pool snapped shutters and reporters shouted questions about a new audio recording of Trump saying vulgar things about women 11 years ago.

Broaddrick, an Arkansas nursing home administrator who has accused Bill Clinton of forcibly raping her when he was the state's attorney general, said that 'actions speak louder than words.'

'Mr. Trump may have said some bad words, but Bill Clinton raped me. And Hillary Clinton threatened me. I don't think there's any comparison.'

Shelton was raped at age 12 by a man whom Hillary Clinton defended in court. She has blamed the current Democratic presidential nominee for casting her as an unbalanced, untrustworthy child prone to sexual fantasies, and plea-bargaining her client down to a misdemeanor.

'At 12 years old Hillary put me through something that you would never put a 12-year-old through,' Shelton said.

'And she says she's for women and children. And she was asked last year what happened, and she said she's supposed to defend [clients] whether they did it or not. Now she's laughing on tape, saying she -'

Shelton, overcome with emotion, stopped speaking.

'You went through a lot,' Trump said.

'Yes sir, I did,' she answered.

Shelton joined Twitter on Saturday, and immediately started firing off messages targeting the Clintons.

'I may be Hillary Clinton's 1st female victim. She ruined my life; defended my rapist & blamed me. I was 12 yrs old. Then she laughed at me,' one message read.

'I don't care if Trump said gross things. I care that Hillary Clinton lied, terrorized, & mocked me, defending my rapist,' she added.

Jones, who won an $800,000 lawsuit settlement after accusing Bill Clinton of sexual harassment, said she supported Trump: 'I think everybody else should vote for him ... he's a good person. He's not what other people have been saying he's being, like Hillary.'

And Willey, who pointed fingers at Bill Clinton for allegedly groping her in a room near the Oval Office, was also present as a Trump cheerleader.





At least 20 newborn babies dead at Jubilee; not 7

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crime-scene-7.jpgThe Opposition People's National Party (PNP) is claiming that as many as 20 newborns may have died at the Victoria Jubilee Hospital and not seven as reported.

The babies died from sepsis, which the Chief Medical Officer Dr Winston De La Haye has said was due to an organism in the vaginal tracts of their mothers.

In a release this afternoon, Opposition spokesman on health, Horace Dalley, expressed condolences to the parents of the children and said the Opposition was concerned about the situation, which he said appeared to be worsening.

He has called for Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton to disclose reports of newborn deaths from bacterial infections at the Cornwall Regional Hospital and The University Hospital of the West Indies.

Dalley said there have been too many incidents that the minister appeared not be aware.

Tufton says that an investigation into the deaths of the children was launched.





madman-chops-off-bruce-walters-head.jpgA man who said to be of unsound mind killing a well-known elderly taxi operator in Hague, Trelawny, yesterday evening, by completely chopping off his head and then running away with the man's head in his hands.

The police report that the taximan, Tepton Walters, 70, was mending a fence at home when he was attacked and chopped all over his body by Rayon Tomlinson.

Tomlinson, the police say, used a machete to completely sever the head of Walters. The police said Tomlinson fled the scene with the severed head.

Up to press time yesterday, the police maintained that Tomlinson was still at large.

"While he (Tomlinson) was committing the act, the neighbours threw stones at him and he ran away in the bushes with the head," said Ralph Medley, an inspector stationed at the Clarks Town Police Station in the parish.

Medley, who was on the scene of the tragedy, said he could not say what had triggered the grisly attack.

The residents set Tomlinson's residence on fire.





prime-minister-portia-simpson-miller-photo-3.jpgOpposition Leader Portia Simpson Miller has condemned the savagery of Sunday's killing spree on March Pen Road and subsequent burning of the house with the occupants inside and labelled it an attack on the nation's children.

"Once again, our children are under attack as crime continues to spiral out of control. Our children are no longer safe in their homes and communities. We owe it to our children to provide them with safe and nurturing communities in which they can thrive and achieve their full potential. We must protect our children," Simpson Miller said in a statement issued yesterday.

She also appealed to Prime Minister Andrew Holness to urgently pay attention to what she termed "out-of-control crime".





spanish-town-killing.jpgPolice yesterday imposed a curfew on sections of the St Catherine North Division late yesterday as they sought to bring a halt to an eruption of violence that resulted in the charred remains of five persons, including three children, being pulled from premises in Africa Settlement on March Pen Road in the parish.

The curfew, which began at 6 p.m. yesterday, will remain in effect until tomorrow.

During yesterday's deadly incident, a 14-year-old girl and a 25-year-old man were also shot and injured.

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According to police reports, a patrol team of lawmen was called to respond to heavy gunfire in the area around 1:30 a.m.When the police arrived at the location, a group of heavily armed men, who had been alerted to their presence, engaged them in a shoot-out.

Two persons were later found with gunshot wounds and five other persons burnt to death at the 7 March Pen Road premises. Dead are two-year-old Koyandra Wynter, nine-year-old Revaughn Evans, 14-year-old Marvin Campbell Jr, 22-year-old Venisha Bartley, and 24-year-old Salesha Evans.

The two persons shot and injured were admitted to hospital.





spanish-town-killing-mother-mourns.jpgThe police are seeking Marvin Campbell Sr, otherwise called 'Fat Man', as a person of interest at this time. He is also wanted in connection with a previous triple murder and incest.

According to Deputy Superintendent (DSP) Stephanie Lindsay, head of the police's Corporate Communications Unit (CCU), the latest incident took place about 1:30 Sunday morning in an area known as Africa. The gunmen, who were said to be wearing police vests, kicked in the doors of four houses and opened fire, hitting seven occupants.Five, including three children were killed.

The houses were set ablaze by the gunmen.

Persons knowing the whereabouts of Marvin Campbell Sr are being asked to call the police at 119, 811, 984-2874 or the nearest police station. They can also call Crime Stop at 311. Information may also be sent using the Stay Alert App.





spanish-town-killing.jpgSeven people were shot, five fatally, Sunday morning on March Pen Road in Spanish Town, St Catherine.

Three of those who died are children - two-year-old Koyandra Wynter, nine-year-old Revaughn Evans, and 14-year-old Marvin Campbell Jr. The other two are said to be 22-year-old Venisha Bartley and Salesha Evans, 24.

According to Deputy Superintendent (DSP) Stephanie Lindsay, head of the police's Corporate Communications Unit (CCU), the incident took place about 1:30 Sunday morning in an area known as Africa. The gunmen, who were said to be wearing police vests, kicked in the doors of four houses and opened fire, hitting seven occupants.

The houses were set ablaze by the gunmen.

The injured, which include a 14-year-old girl, are reportedly in serious but stable condition at hospital.





Hospital finally locates source of foul odor

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cornwall-regional-hospital.jpgThe administration of the Cornwall Regional Hospital in St. James says a sulphur based compound which spilled near the Radiology Department is the source of the odour which has been affecting a section of the facility.

The odour, which emanated from the ventilation system, was detected last week. It affected the hospital's first, second and third floors. A source at the hospital says the chemical is not toxic but can cause eye and skin irritation.

Anthony Smikkle, Chief Executive Officer of the Cornwall Regional Hospital, says a team from Kingston is trying to eliminate the odour.





hurricane-matthew-11am-thursday.pngThe extremely dangerous Hurricane Matthew has again strengthened to a Category 4 storm as it heads for Florida.

Matthew has maximum sustained winds of 140 miles or 220 kilometres per hour.

Some additional strengthening is possible, and Matthew should remain a Category 4 hurricane while it approaches the Florida coast.

At 11:00 a.m., the centre of the storm was located about about 25 miles or 40 kilometres west northwest of Nassau or about 180 miles or 290 kilometres south east of West Palm Beach, Florida. The eye is moving toward the northwest, near 14 miles or 22 kilometres per hour.

This general motion is expected to continue on Thursday, with a turn toward the north northwest Thursday night or early Friday.

On the forecast track, Matthew should cross the northwestern Bahamas later on Thursday and move close to or over the east coast of the Florida peninsula through Friday night.





Hurricane Matthew kills over 100 persons in Haiti

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hurricane-matthew-cat-5.jpgHurricane Matthew has left 108 people dead in Haiti, the interior minister has told AFP news agency.

One local official, speaking to AFP, said 50 people had died in the southern town of Roche-a-Bateau alone.

New images from remote and cut off areas in the south-west of the country show scenes of devastation.

The hurricane has again been upgraded to a Category Four storm, the second highest hurricane classification, as it heads for the US state of Florida.

Hurricane Matthew - the most powerful Caribbean storm in nearly a decade - is currently pounding the Bahamas, after slicing through Haiti and Cuba.

Haiti has seen some of the worst of the devastation, with reports of at least one town in the south virtually wiped out.

An earlier death toll given by Haiti's civil protection service stood at 23, but as emergency services gained access to some of the more remote areas on Thursday, the number rose rapidly to more than 100.





hurricane-nicole.jpgTropical Storm Nicole was upgraded to hurricane status on Thursday as it swirled in the Atlantic Ocean to the south of Bermuda, the US National Hurricane Center said.

Nicole was packing 130 kilometre per hour (80 mph) winds, and was set to strengthen slightly in the coming 24 hours, triggering swell and rough conditions in Bermuda, although no hurricane warning has been issued at this stage.

It is currently located several hundred miles east of Matthew, the powerful category four hurricane ripping through the Caribbean and bound for the US coast.

Nicole is not a threat to Jamaica.





17 year-old killed in Trelawny drive-by

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crime-scene-7.jpgThe Wakefield police in Trelawny have commenced a probe into Wednesday night's drive-by shooting in a section of the parish which left a teenager dead.

The dead teen has been identified as 17-year-old Rajae Dean of a Bounty Hall, Trelawny address. Reports are that about 9:25, the police were summoned into the Pinnock Street area of Bounty Hall where residents reported that they noticed a Toyota Axio motor car speeding away after gunshots were heard.

The police, who were quick in the scene, discovered Dean's blood-soaked body lying on the ground suffering from gunshot wounds. He was taken to the Falmouth Public General Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

No motive has been established for the deadly attack. Dean's killing brings to 20 the number of murders recorded in the Trelawny Police Division since the start of the year.





Dancehall deejay Food Kartel is dead

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food-kartel.jpgDancehall artiste Courtney 'Food Kartel' Broughton is dead. He died on Wednesday night, only a few days after it as suspected that he had suffered a stroke.

"I will always remember Food Kartel as a man who loved music, he was a great live performer, and an encouraging individual. He was a real vibes man, happy no matter what was going through in his life. He would always find a way to hustle a money so that he and his fellow artistes could do road and promote our songs. It is tragic that he died so young," fellow artiste Macka Diamond said.

Food Kartel is survived by nine children.

The comedian-artiste is known for creating spoofs of popular dancehall songs to create lyrics based on food and articulating culinary delights. Stage show patrons will remember classics like Kitchen Hero, Cook It Inna, Dumpling Tight, Brown Stew Fish and Hot Rice.





hands-behind-bars.jpgThe Nigerian Army says it plans to hand over six foreigners, including a Jamaican, who were arrested in the course of its anti-terrorism crackdown.

They will be turned over to the Nigeria Immigration Service for deportation.The foreigners include four Cameroonians.

Brigadier General Victor Ezugwu said the foreigners were among suspects arrested in raids in Boko Haram terrorist camps, but were cleared of affiliation with the group. He said the suspects entered Nigeria illegally.





7 persons shot on the weekend

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crime-scene-7.jpgThe police are investigating a series of shootings and murders in the division on the weekend.

Seven persons were shot, two fatally in St. Catherine, while there were incidents in several other parishes.

The two deceased in St. Catherine were shot by gunmen in Quarry Hill shortly after 9:00 p.m. on Sunday. One of them has been identified as Raymond Reid, while the other victim is still unidentified.

Earlier in the evening, two men were shot along Railway Premises in Spanish Town. They have been admitted to hospital.

On Friday, three persons were shot and injured when gunmen opened fire on persons at the Spanish Town bus park. Several stalls were also set on fire by the gunmen.

And a woman was fatally shot on Sunday in Cedar Valley, St. Andrew.

There were also murders recorded in St. James and Hanover.





Elephant Man's baby mother murdered in Standpipe

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elephant-man-and-ratty.jpgThe community of Standpipe in St Andrew is still reeling following Monday morning's brutal murder of Shamara Grant also known as Ratty. Ratty is one of several baby mothers of popular dancehall deejay, Elephant Man.

Yardflex has been reliably informed that Ratty was found at her home in Standpipe with multiple gunshot wounds. Sources disclosed that the main suspect has turned himself in to the police.

Reports are that up to late Sunday night, Ratty was outside with friends talking about the impending Hurricane Matthew, however, by the wee hours of Monday morning a gunman had entered the home she shared with her son and shot her at least seven times.

Neighbours rushed her to the University Hospital where Ratty reportedly put up a brave battle, but she later died in hospital with her brother holding her hand.

"She was really a nice person; she loved her son dearly and strange enough she was not on social media, but she loved to take pictures," is how neighbours in Standpipe remember Ratty.

Up to the time of writing, Elephant Man was yet to comment publicly on Ratty's murder or offer his condolences.





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A Message from the Principal

Over the past three to five years, we have been earnestly trying to secure funding for the installation of a Synthetic Running Track.

This track is slated for our Melbourne Park Campus in Jamaica W.I.

Currently, this endeavor will cost conservatively USD$400,000.

I am pleased to inform you that with the effort of certain stakeholders, we have managed to secure seventy-five percent (75%) of this cost through an overseas foundation.

Our task, is to secure the balance of One Hundred Thousand USD ($100,000) within a timely manner or the offer will be withdrawn.

Dave Myrie, Principal
Kingston College

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DUTY CALLS...

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For immediate Release
www.fundingthecause.org
For more information, contact:
PR Director - Ingrid Abrahams Larmond @ 5084774

In this day and age of self-focus and vain ambitions, it is refreshing to see someone, yet alone a teenager, who even with the opportunity in front of her to become self-absorbed, opted to do just the opposite; focus on someone else's wellbeing besides her own.

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Her name is Kathleen Smith, the recently crowned Miss Teen Jamaica, who since being conferred with such a prestigious title, has been nothing less than regal in the way she has taken on the duties of her reign.

Last Monday she was invited to assist Funding the Cause, a non-profit organization aimed at enhancing the lives of children between the ages of six and eighteen years old, as they provided books to over two hundred and twenty grade six students preparing for the GSAT at Rousseau Primary School.

In addition to handing over books and posing for photographs, Kathleen was able to chat with the students about achieving their goals; and of course, with her being an upper sixth form student at Ardenne High School, it was only natural that she dropped a few study tips of her own on them as well.

duty-calls-photo-2.jpgMs. Melgay Davis - Grade 6 Coordinator Rousseau Primary, Antoinette Daniels Martinez and Belinda Blake, Directors - Funding the Cause

Celebrity moment aside and it was time for the real stars in that environ to shine. Ms. Melgay Davis, grade six coordinator of Rousseau Primary wasted little time in imparting praise upon Funding the Cause for the effort, and made it clear that she was beyond elated by the kind gesture, and noted that it would certainly boost the students' moral to know that others do care enough about them to provide them with tools to help them succeed.

Corporate friend of Funding the Cause; Facey Commodity Company Limited came on board and provided cases of canned products towards the breakfast and lunch programme at the school from which well over one thousand two hundred (1,200) students benefit on a daily basis.

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In the words of Miss Teen Jamaica 2016, "I feel extremely blessed to be able to speak into the lives of these children and the fact that they made me feel like a true celebrity doesn't hurt" as students thronged her for her autograph and hung onto every word she said.

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Ms. M. Davis - Grade 6 Coordinator Rousseau Primary, Ingrid Abrahams-Larmond, Belinda Blake, Carlington Martinez, Directors - Funding the Cause and Carone Fisher-Messado, FTC volunteer.

When asked about the organization's selection process of what project to undertake or children to assist, Mrs. Ingrid Abrahams-Larmond, Public Relations Director of Funding the Cause, explains that the directors of the organization examine the severity of the case coupled with the team's ability to effectively accomplish the job through its combined resources along with assistance from the organization's corporate friends.

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For additional information on the charitable work of Funding the Cause or how to be considered for assistance from the organization, visit www.fundingthecause.org

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Tuesday's sitting of Parliament has been postponed because of the threat of Hurricane Matthew.

In a statement this afternoon, the Office of the Prime Minister said a resumption date will be announced.

Leader of Government Business in the House of Representatives Derrick Smith said members of parliament should remain in their constituencies to manage the emergency coordination on the ground.

He said the should also be on standby to be called for Parliament as needed.





The Ministry of Education has ordered that schools remain closed on Tuesday.

This is based on advice from the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) in light of the impending arrival of Hurricane Matthew which is expected within the next 12 to 24 hours.

The Meteorological Service has indicated that Hurricane Matthew has maintained its trajectory and Category 4 status.

The Ministry of Education is encouraging school administrators to stay tuned to the media in order to receive regular updates as the situation unfolds over the next two days.





Minister of Local Government Desmond McKenzie says authorities will today make a second attempt at relocating Port Royal residents.

He told reporters at a press conference at the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management a short while ago that buses were sent to the community yesterday, but residents refused to leave the area.

The drivers were instructed to wait two hours, Mckenzie said, adding that after extending their stay by 30 minutes, only four people - two children and two adults - left for the designated shelter.

"We are not prepared to put the lives of our first responders at risk because people are stubborn. We will make one more attempt," he said.

The minister stated that all communities which are in flood-prone areas have responded positively to relocating, except for residents in Port Royal.

He reported that a total of 1,845 people are currently in shelters across the island.





UPDATE: Jamaica now under Tropical Storm Warning

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hurricane-matthew-today.pngA Tropical Storm Warning is now in effect for Jamaica as hurricane conditions are no longer expected. The latest update from Jamaica's National Meteorological Service was issued in Bulletin Number 24, released at 5:00 p.m. on Monday.

See below:

The Meteorological Service has downgraded the Hurricane Warning for Jamaica, replacing it with a TROPICAL STORM WARNING, as the island is now expected to be outside of the range of hurricane-force winds associated with Hurricane Matthew but likely to experience tropical storm conditions.

This means that tropical storm conditions, including possible sustained wind speeds of 63-118 km/h (39-73 mph), are expected to affect Jamaica* in 36 hours or less.

At 4:00 p.m. the centre of Hurricane Matthew was located near Latitude 16.3 degrees North, Longitude 74.7 degrees West. This is about 305 kilometres (190 miles) southeast of Kingston, Jamaica or 360 kilometres (225 miles) southwest of Port au Prince, Haiti.

Matthew is moving toward the north near 11 km/h (7 mph) and this general motion is expected to continue through Tuesday night, with a turn toward the north-northwest forecast for Wednesday. On this track, the centre of Matthew will approach southwestern Haiti tonight and move near eastern Cuba late Tuesday.

Maximum sustained winds remain near 220 km/h (140 mph), with higher gusts, and Matthew remains a Category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Some fluctuations in intensity are possible during the next couple of days, but Matthew is expected to remain a powerful hurricane through Wednesday.

On the projected path Jamaica should be outside the range of the hurricane-force winds as Matthew moves close to southwestern Haiti tonight or early Tuesday. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 65 km (40 miles) from the centre and tropical storm-force winds extend outward up to 295 km (185 miles). This means that storm-force winds are likely to spread over eastern parishes, including St. Mary, Portland, St. Thomas, Kingston, St. Andrew and St. Catherine, while gusty winds reaching near tropical storm force should also be expected over central parishes.

Doppler radar confirms that light to moderate showers have already begun to affect mainly northeastern and central sections of the island; however, an extensive area of rainfall currently offshore is positioned to move over the country during this evening and tonight. Rainfall amounts of 5-10 inches are predicted over eastern parishes as Hurricane Matthew passes close to the island tonight and tomorrow.

Coastal areas of eastern parishes should also expect storm surges of 2-4 feet through Monday night. Small craft operators are reminded to remain in safe harbour until all warning messages have been lifted and wind and sea conditions return to normal.

The Meteorological Service continues to monitor the progress of this system and all interests are reminded to pay special attention to further Releases.

The next Bulletin on Hurricane Matthew will be issued at 8:00 p.m. today.





Hurricane Matthew was moving more slowly than originally projected on Monday, causing some anxiety about its ultimate impact on Jamaica. Evan Thompson, Director of the National Met Service, speaking at a press conference in Kingston, says the system remains a powerful Category Four hurricane and still constitutes a significant threat to the island.

He declared that if the system were to continue along its current northern trajectory, "a lot of that would be moving across the island of Jamaica, especially over eastern and central parishes."Accordingly, he said, the island would remain on Hurricane Warning, because the conditions that are associated with a hurricane, which include life-threatening flash flooding, landslides, storm surges, strong winds..."

There had been a slight realignment of the hurricane forecast track to the east, he noted, but served notice that "with a very slow moving system, if it really does get into the territorial waters of Jamaica, it will be remaining there for a very long period of time... We could be seeing it producing that rain for in excess of 24 hours over the island, and that could mean significant devastation for much of the island."

Notwithstanding that dire scenario, he said it was still possible for some shifts in the movement and direction of the weather system, which would determine whether there would be any change in the Met Office's forecasts.





Head of the Jamaica Meteorological Service Evan Thompson is advising Jamaicans that a hurricane warning is still in effect for the island, despite the fair weather conditions at the moment.

"The system is still over the Central Caribbean. I know many of you are experiencing anticipation, disappointment, relief, but we are still under a hurricane watch. It is still a very powerful category 4 hurricane that is moving northwards closer to Jamaica and packing winds that have not decreased.

"The system is moving so slow and it is large. If it continues moving northwards it will pass over Jamaica, so we are still on a hurricane watch," he said.

Thompson added that there is a possibility of life-threatening flash flooding, strong winds and mud slides.





crime-scene-7.jpgDetectives attached to the St. Andrew North Police Division are probing an incident in which the body of a man was found at the home of a prominent attorney in Barbican, St. Andrew Friday morning.

patrick-bailey.jpgThe body of 51-year-old contractor, Junior Jermaine, who was employed to attorney Patrick Bailey, was found Friday morning at the attorney's home with stab wounds.

A spent shell was also found in the house, suggesting that the victim was also shot. The police reported that shortly after 4:00 a.m, Mr. Bailey summoned them after he found Mr. Jermaine dead in his living room.

A Superintendent Merval Smith, who was on the scene, said there is no evidence of forced entry to the house.

In the meantime, attorney Christopher Townsend, who is representing Mr. Bailey, says his client is cooperating with the police in their investigation.

"The family and friends of Mr. Bailey have boost up security on the premises just in case he was the target. Mr. Bailey has been ailing for some time and he is absolutely distraught at the incident, and of course we'll continue to give our full support to the investigation," Mr. Townsend said.





caribbean-airlines.jpgCaribbean Airlines has announced the cancellation of several flights because of the impending passage of Hurricane Matthew.

The affected flights were scheduled for Sunday, October 2 and Monday, October 3 for the following destinations: Kingston, Jamaica; Nassau, Bahamas; New York's John F Kennedy Airport; Pearson International in Toronto; Trinidad's Piarco International and Antigua.

According to the airline, only two of its flights will be in operation: BW 414 from Trinidad to Kingston, departing Piarco at 7:50 a.m. and BW 415, from Kingston to Trinidad, departing Norman Manley airport at 11 a.m. Sunday.

Caribbean Airlines says affected passengers should make alternative travel arrangements or remain where they are until the system passes over the island.

The Airline said it has activated its call-out plan to contact customers travelling on the affected flights. However, customers are advised to keep checking flight information on the website www.caribbean-airlines.com or to contact the Caribbean Airlines call centers:

USA & Canada: 1.800.920.4225
Jamaica (International): 1.800.523.5585
Jamaica (Local calls): 1.888.359.2475





bahamas-air-plane.jpgThe Bahamian government has arranged for its students living in Jamaica to return home ahead of hurricane Matthew. The Bahamian Education Ministry said Bahamasair was sent to Kingston this afternoon. It was scheduled to depart the Norman Manley International Airport at 7 p.m. Saturday evening.

Hurricane Matthew is gaining strength but remains a dangerous category four system as it moves closer to Jamaica.Maximum winds are now near 240 kilometres per hour (150 mph) up from 230kp/h with higher gusts.

The Meteorological Service says although there could be further fluctuations over the weekend, Matthew is expected to remain a powerful hurricane through Monday when it should hit Jamaica.

The eye of the system is now about 620 kilometres (385 miles) southeast of Kingston, Jamaica or 580 kilometres (360 miles) south-southwest of Port au Prince, Haiti.





matthew-hurricane-warning.pngJamaica's National Meteorological Service has now issued a Hurricane Warning for the island, in an upgrade from the Hurricane Watch it had been maintaining during the early approach of Hurricane Matthew. The latest status was issued in Bulletin Number 10, released at 5.00 p.m on Saturday

See below:

A HURRICANE WARNING is now in effect for Jamaica as dangerous Hurricane Matthew continues to move across the central Caribbean and is projected to move towards Jamaica within the next 24-36 hours. The following dangerous effects of a hurricane are expected to affect Jamaica by Monday:

  • Dangerously high water or a combination of dangerously high water and exceptionally high waves, even though winds expected may be less than hurricane force;
  • Average winds 118 kilometres per hour or higher;

At 4:00 p.m. the eye of Hurricane Matthew was located near Latitude 13.5 degrees North, Longitude 73.4 degrees West. This is about 620 kilometres (385 miles) southeast of Kingston, Jamaica or 580 kilometres (360 miles) south-southwest of Port au Prince, Haiti.

Matthew is currently drifting toward the northwest near 6km/h (3mph), and a slow northwestward motion is expected to continue through tonight. A turn toward the north-northwest with an increase in forward speed are expected Sunday, followed by a turn toward the north on Monday. On the forecast track, the centre of Matthew will approach Jamaica and southwestern Haiti on Monday.

Data from a Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds are near 240 km/h (150 mph) with higher gusts. Matthew is still a Category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Some fluctuations in intensity are possible during the next couple of days, but Matthew is expected to remain a powerful hurricane through Monday. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 km (25 miles) from the centre and tropical storm-force winds extend outward up to 335 km (205 miles).

All small craft operators including fishers from the cays and banks should by now have completed all the necessary safety precautions and are advised to remain in safe harbour until all warning messages have been lifted and wind and sea conditions have returned to normal.

The Meteorological Service continues to monitor the progress of this system and all interests are reminded to pay special attention to further Releases.

The next Bulletin on Hurricane Matthew will be issued at 8:00 p.m. today.





matthew-hurricane-2.png(AP):One of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes in recent history is on a course for Jamaica, Haiti and Cuba.Matthew briefly reached the top hurricane classification, Category 5, and was the strongest Atlantic hurricane since Felix in 2007.

The US National Hurricane Center in Miami said Matthew's winds had slipped slightly from a peak of 160 mph (260 kph) to a still-potentially devastating 150 mph (240 kph) and it was expected to near eastern Jamaica and southwestern Haiti on Monday.

The forecast track would carry it across Cuba and into the Bahamas, with an outside chance of a brush with Florida, though that would be several days away.

"It's too early to rule out what impacts, if any, would occur in the United States and Florida," said Dennis Feltgen, a spokesman at the Hurricane Center.

As Matthew skimmed past the northern tip of South America there were reports of at least one death - the second attributed to the storm.

In Jamaica, high surf began pounding the coast and flooding temporarily closed the road linking the capital to its airport. Carl Ferguson, head of the marine police, said people were starting to heed calls to relocate from small islands and areas near rural waterways. Jamaicans, crowded supermarkets to buy bottled water, canned food and batteries, and there was already flooding in the coastal town of Port Royal, where officials are urging residents to seek refuge in government shelters once they open up on Sunday. Many Jamaicans also began stocking up for the emergency.

"I left work to pick up a few items, candles, tin stuff, bread," 41-year-old Angella Wage said at a crowded store in the Half-Way Tree area of Kingston. "We can never be too careful."

Feltgen said storm force winds and rain will arrive well before the center of the storm. Jamaicans "basically have daylight today, they have tonight and they have daylight tomorrow to take care of what needs to be done," he said.

Jamaicans are accustomed to intense storms, but Hurricane Matthew looked particularly threatening. At its peak, it was more powerful than Hurricane Gilbert, which made landfall on the island in September 1988 and was the most destructive storm in the country's modern history.

The US Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is also potentially in the path of the storm. A mandatory evacuation of non-essential personnel, including family members of military personnel was underway and everyone remaining behind was being told to take shelter, said Julie Ann Ripley, a spokeswoman. There are about 5,500 people living on the base, including 61 men held at the detention center.

Forecasters said rainfall totals could reach 10 to 15 inches (25 to 38 centimeters) with isolated maximum amounts of 25 inches (63 centimeters) in Jamaica and southwestern Haiti. On Saturday afternoon, authorities issued a hurricane warning for much of Haiti and said it could bring life-threatening rainfall to portions of the impoverished Caribbean country.





hurricane-matthew.pngHurricane Matthew remains a dangerous category four system as it moves closer to Jamaica. Maximum winds are now near 240 kilometres per hour (150 mph) up from 230 kp/h with higher gusts.

The Meteorological Service says although there could be further fluctuations over the weekend, Matthew is expected to remain a powerful hurricane through Monday when it should hit Jamaica. The eye of the system is now about 620 kilometres (385 miles) southeast of Kingston, Jamaica or 580 kilometres (360 miles) south-southwest of Port au Prince, Haiti.

It has started a slow turn towards the northwest is is expected to make further turn to the north-north westward which will bring it close to the eastern parishes of Portland and St Thomas over the next 24 to 36 hours. The entire island remains under a Hurricane Watch. At 4 p.m. the eye of Hurricane Matthew was located near Latitude 13.5 degrees North, Longitude 73.4 degrees West. Matthew is currently drifting toward the northwest near 6km/h (3mph).

Some fluctuations in intensity are possible during the next couple of days, but Matthew is expected to remain a powerful hurricane through Monday. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 km (25 miles) from the centre and tropical storm-force winds extend outward up to 335 km (205 miles).

All small craft operators including fishers from the cays and banks should by now have completed all the necessary safety precautions and are advised to remain in safe harbour until all warning messages have been lifted and wind and sea conditions have returned to normal.





crime-scene-gun.jpgThree high-powered rifles were among four illegal guns recovered yesterday during a joint police/military operation in Glendevon, one of the troubled inner-city communities in crime-ravaged St James.

According to a police source, the operation turned up two AK-47 rifles, one UZI sub-machine gun, and a semi-automatic pistol.

From early yesterday morning, a contingent of police and soldiers swooped down on Glendevon and neighbouring Norwood.

The operation happened a day after the police, during a press conference in Montego Bay, announced that they would intensify the 'Get the Guns' campaign, which they say has yielded success since it began last year.

Acting Commissioner of Police (ACP) Warren Clarke, commander for the Area 1 Police, which includes the parishes of Trelawny, St James, Hanover, and Westmoreland, disclosed on Wednesday that, since this year, of the 316 murders committed in Area 1, 237 involved the use of firearms.

In the meantime, he noted that of the 200 murders committed in St James, 184 (92 per cent) "were occasioned with the use of guns".





Tips to prepare for Hurricane Matthew

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hurricane-season.jpgIn view of the imminent threat posed to the island by Hurricane Matthew, the National Water Commission (NWC) has provided the following important hurricane preparation tips relating to water supply provision.

Before the onset of storm conditions:

1) Knowing that water supply systems are at severe risk of damage from hurricanes, customers are urged to collect and store water in the event the piped supply is disrupted by the storm. Residents should store as much water as they can - more than a gallon per person per day and enough to last at least seven days.

2) Tanks should be checked to ensure that their connected valves are working and will not drain water back into the network if piped supply is disrupted.

After the storm:

3) Check to determine if the piped supply is disrupted. Especially for people with tanks directly connected to their homes, a disruption in the public supply may not be obvious immediately.

4) Conserve the water you have stored. Ensure that water stored in tanks remain locked in and conserved, including by limiting cooking foods that require water to prepare, use paper plates to avoid washing dishes and control other activities that use much water. Use untreated or rain water for washing, flushing toilets and similar activities.

5) If your piped supply is disrupted, rain water may be used to replenish potable water you have already used. Rain water may be purified by boiling for five minutes or by adding 2-4 drops of bleach per litre of water. Water treated with bleach should be allowed to settle for 30 minutes before drinking.

6) Report any broken water or sewer mains or other defective water infrastructure you observe to the nearest NWC office or 1 888 CALL NWC (1 888 225 5692).





hurricane-matthew.jpgJamaica is under a hurricane watch as Matthew strengthens into a powerful category four hurricane with Jamaica directly in its paths.

Head of the National Meteorological Service, Evan Thompson said the decision was taken to forego issuing a tropical storm watch and go directly to the hurricane watch. He told journalists that a hurricane warning is likely for Sunday.

Matthew is expected to pass near Jamaica on Monday but the effects will be felt from Sunday.

Meanwhile, local government minister, Desmond McKenzie said the Prime Minister has instructed that the authorities "go full speed ahead" with preparedness and response efforts.He said relief agencies have been ordered to find all 2,000 street people across the country and place them in shelters.

McKenzie said all shelters will open Saturday the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management is already distributing essential supplies.The Jamaica Urban Transit Company, he said, is on standby to support evacuation.

The Local Government minister also warned the threat posed by Matthew "is not a joke" as he disclosed that "a wide cross section of Jamaica do not believe Matthew is coming".





hurricane-matthew.jpgHurricane Matthew has weakened slightly and is now at category four as it heads towards Jamaica. With winds now near 255 kilometres per hour, this is still a very powerful storm. ?

Tropical storm conditions are possible by late Sunday and by Monday, there could be hurricane conditions. Expect 1?0 to 15 inches of rainfall and up to 25 inches in some places, ?life-threatening flash flooding and mud slides?. ?

The Meteorological Service says at 4:00 a.m. the eye of Hurricane Matthew was located near Latitude 13.3 degrees North, Longitude 72.8 degrees West. This is about 675 kilometres (420 miles) southeast of Kingston, Jamaica or 590 kilometres (365 miles) south of Port au Prince, Haiti.

Matthew is moving toward the west near 11 km/h (7 mph). A turn toward the west-northwest is forecast later today, followed by a turn toward the north-northwest on Sunday. On the forecast track the centre of Matthew will move away from the Guajira Peninsula, Columbia this morning, move across the central Caribbean Sea today, and will be approaching Jamaica on Sunday.

Maximum sustained winds are now near 250 km/h (155 mph), with higher gusts.

Some fluctuations in intensity are possible this weekend, but Matthew is expected to remain a powerful hurricane through Sunday.Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 75 km (45 miles) from the centre and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 335 km (205 miles).

All small craft operators including fishers from the cays and banks should by now have completed all the necessary safety precautions and are advised to remain in safe harbour until all warning messages have been lifted and wind and sea conditions have returned to normal.





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MIAMI (AP) - Forecasters say Matthew has become a Category 5 hurricane, the strongest in the Atlantic since Hurricane Felix in 2007.

The US National Hurricane Center in Miami says Matthew is packing top sustained winds of 160 mph (260 kph) after gaining new strength Friday. The storm is about 80 miles (125 kilometres) northwest of Punta Gallinas, Colombia, and about 440 miles (710 kilometers) southeast of Kingston, Jamaica.

The centre says that as of 11:00 pm Friday, the storm is moving west at 7 mph (11 kph).

Forecasters say they expect Matthew to remain a powerful hurricane through Sunday, when it is on track to approach Jamaica. Tropical storm conditions are possible there late Sunday and hurricane conditions possible Monday.





Serena Williams has her say on racial profiling

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serena-williams.jpgThe tennis superstar recently took to Facebook to recount the moment she feared for her nephew's safety.

Williams has added her voice to the ongoing discussion about the risk posed to African Americans, especially men and boys, by police across the United States.

In a Facebook post, the 2016 Wimbledon champion recounted an incident on Tuesday with her 18-year-old nephew that brought home to her the tension of the relations that currently exist between African Americans and police officers.

She wrote:

Today I asked my 18 year old nephew (to be clear he's black) to drive me to my meetings so I can work on my phone #safetyfirst. In the distance I saw cop [sic] on the side of the road. I quickly checked to see if he was obliging [sic] by the speed limit. Than [sic] I remembered that horrible video of the woman in the car when a cop shot her boyfriend. All of this went through my mind in a matter of seconds. I even regretted not driving myself. I would never forgive myself if something happened to my nephew. He's so innocent. So were all "the others".

I am a total believer that not "everyone" is bad It is just the ones that are ignorant, afraid, uneducated, and insensitive that is affecting millions and millions of lives.

Why did I have to think about this in 2016? Have we not gone through enough, opened so many doors, impacted billions of lives? But I realized we must stride on- for it's not how far we have come but how much further still we have to go.

I than [sic] wondered than [sic]have I spoken up? I had to take a look at me. What about my nephews? What if I have a son and what about my daughters?

As Dr. Martin Luther King said, "There comes a time when silence is betrayal".

I
Won't
Be
Silent

Serena





Ninjaman for court in November

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ninjaman-benz.jpgNinjaman is scheduled to return to the Home Circuit Court in Kingston on November 28. The entertainer, along with his son, Jahneil, is charged with the March 2009 murder of Ricardo Johnson in Marl Road, Kingston.

The case was transferred to a recently established special court, designed to deal with cases on the books for more than five years.

According to Ninjaman, the drawn-out process has affected his career.

"There is hardly any work in Jamaica for an artiste because a mostly parties keep and di few promoters who keep stage show nuh like pay Jamaican artiste good money," he said. "Because of dis case I have travel restrictions and have to be turning down lots of events. The legal fees are very costly and is eight years now mi a go through dem tings here."





Justin Bieber records on Diwali riddim

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justin-bieber-photo-2.jpgInternational pop star Justin Bieber has recorded a song on the once-popular Jamaican 'Diwali' riddim, which was created by well-known producer Steven 'Lenky' Marsden.

The song, Let Me Love You, a collaboration between Bieber and DJ Snake, has become a runaway hit, reaching number four on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, making it the fourth song from the hit rhythm to reach the upper echelons of the chart.

"It's great just to know that Justin Bieber can take that whole vibe and create a top-10 hit almost 14 years later. That's just cool. It was never something I expected when I made the 'Diwali' rhythm," Marsden said.

He said that his publishers have already been contacted about the royalties from the current hit, but that he has not spoken personally to DJ Snake or Bieber.

The rhythm is considered a classic. The 2002 dancehall beat is characterised by syncopated clapping, and it was given the name 'Diwali' for capturing the spirit of the popular Indian Festival of Lights, which celebrates good conquering evil, light over darkness. It eventually spawned three hit songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Sean Paul hit number one with Get Busy, while Lumidee peaked at three with Never Leave You. Wayne Wonder's hit, No Letting Go, peaked at number 11.





Eric Donaldson, Pam Hall, Half Pint and Leroy Sibbles journeyed to Nairobi, Kenya for a charity show, funds from which will be used to build libraries in the East African country.

According to the Kenya Star, the quartet is scheduled to perform on the Rise Up Festival Saturday at Carnivore Grounds in Nairobi.

The two libraries will be built in the cities of Kibera and Bondo.

The Kenyan Star reported that Donaldson, Hall, Sibbles and Half Pint were recruited by the Having Purpose organisation to perform on the inaugural event.

Kenya is one of the vibrant markets for Jamaican artistes in Africa. A number of dancehall/reggae acts have appeared there including Busy Signal, Konshens and most recently Jah9.

Donaldson, best known for 'Festival' winners Cherry oh Baby and Land Of My Birth, has had a following throughout Africa for over 40 years.





Iri FM host KShema Francis is now an artiste

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kshema.jpgIrie FM certainly seems able to make artistes of its own people. Kshema Francis joins a line of IRIE/Zip FM on-air personalities who have hopped onto the deejaying band wagon,

Francis, host of the Entertainment Buzz and What's The Scoop (WTS) heard on reggae radio Irie FM recently release of her very first single titled 'Unconditional Love.'

"The feedback is great" Francis told a popular tabloid. "My colleagues are playing it. I am a bathroom singer or if I at a karaoke pub, after a glass of wine, I may belt one (song) out." Truth be told, Francis did not initially set out to record a reggae song. "I do poetry, so I had asked my co-worker, who happens to be Cashflow Neil of Cashflow Records to make me a riddim for one of my poems. He said to me 'I have a riddim but it's for singers.' My other co-worker Gavin G and I started vibing on the track; Neil got excited and told us to come to the studio. I didn't want to do it but after a bit of convincing I went."





etana-photo-3.jpgEtana seems to be now leaning more towards Hillary Clinton these days after getting some backlash for her endorsement of Donald Trump.

The reggae songstress did an interview with Anthony Miller on ER where she explained why she was throwing her support behind Donald Trump despite some of his comments going against the message in her music.

Since getting some harsh criticism on social media, Etana issued a statement back tracking some of her comments and also admitted that she didn't do her research. She also seems to be agreeing with some of Hillary Clinton statements from Monday night's presidential debate.

"Stop and frisk would lead to more blacks and hispanics in jail for minor violations Known fact stated by Hillary herself," Etana wrote on Instagram.

"The law in America in my opinion isn't I'm the best interest of a black man and we are expected to be orderly even while getting shot," she added.





FIFA 17 features kit designed for Damian Marley

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damian-marley-fifa-17-kit.jpgAlong with the release of FIFA 17 by EA Sports is a surprise for Jamaicans and reggae fans.

International artiste Damian Jr Gong Marley announced on Instagram that a custom uniform designed for him is featured on the popular football game.

Marley says he has been playing FIFA for more than sixteen years, and the design is something he would wear.

The Nail Pon Cross singer suggested that a major boost would be a feature of him in the game with his locks tucked in a backpack.

In a video posted on social media, Marley was seen actually stuffing his ankle length hair into a knapsack as he prepared for a friendly game.





Policeman in uniform attempts suicide

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crime-scene-7.jpgA policeman attached to the Area 3 police attempted to kill himself Tuesday morning when he climbed on top of a commercial building along Park Crescent in Mandeville.

According to eye witnesses, the cop was dressed in uniform and his face masked, with a rope ready to hang himself.

It is believed that he was there for more than two hours, knotting the rope, placing it around his neck and removing it several times as if uncertain about what he actually wanted to do.

With the help of a Jamaica Public Service utility truck and the fire brigade, the police, after many attempts, were successful in getting the cop down from the building.

It is understood that the policeman is now being counselled by personnel from Northern Caribbean University.





Black Panther leader supports Donald Trump

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black-panther-leader.jpgThe 2016 Presidential election is already one for the history books. But did you think you would ever hear the New Blank Panthers having a positive response to Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump?

And this just isn't any member of the New Black Panthers... This is their top leader, Quanell X, who agrees with Trump that the Democratic party has kept black voters on a plantation and been "pimped like prostitutes" For five decades.

It's clear that Democrats, who run every major urban city, have taken the black vote for granted. Decades after LBJ's great society, inner-city blacks are in worse shape than ever.

As Quanell X explains:

"Let me say this to the brothers and sisters who listened and watched that speech. We may not like the vessel that said what he said, but I ask us to truly examine what he said, because it is a fact that for 54 years, we have been voting for the Democratic party like no other race in America.

And they have not given us the same loyalty and love that we have given them. We as black people have to reexamine the relationship - where we are being pimped like prostitutes, and they're the big pimps pimping us politically, promising us everything and we get nothing in return."

"Barack Obama, our president, served two terms. The first black president ever. But did our condition get better? Did financially, politically, academically, with education in our community, did things get better?

Are our young people working more than what is was before he came into office? The condition got worse. So now we as black people have to do and remember what the honorable Elijah Mohammed said. No politician can save the black community; we've gotta do it ourselves."

This is the last thing Hillary Clinton wants to hear. It's clear that real progressive activists have heard Hillary Clinton's empty promise of "free stuff" from other Democratic politicians.

But the Democratic party is the political party of empty promises and racism. Clearly, some black leaders are tired of being taken for granted... Hillary Clinton is expecting overwhelming support from black voters, without having to work for it.





2 AK 37 rifles, 1 Uzi recovered in St James

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ak-47-stock.jpgThree high powered weapons and a handgun have been recovered during a massive joint police/military operation now underway in the inner city communities of Glendevon and Norwood in St James.

The illegal weapons include: two AK47 rifles, one UZI sub-machine gun and a semi-auto pistol.

It is not clear if anyone was arrested in connection with the seizures.

The police and military have stepped up operations in St James since the recent flare up of violence which has resulted in the loss of nearly 20 lives in two weeks.





Jamaicans urged to prepare for Hurricane Matthew

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andrew-holness-photo-3.jpgPrime Minister Andrew Holness, is urging citizens to take all necessary precautions in preparation for Hurricane Matthew, which could impact the island as early as Sunday.

Addressing an emergency meeting with heads of agencies at the Office of the Prime Minister, today, Holness said the Government is now on high alert as it prepares for the system, which could pass over the island at a Category 2 status.

Following presentations from the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), National Works Agency (NWA), the National Water Commission (NWC), the security forces, and other relevant agencies, Holness said he is satisfied that all disaster management measures have been activated.

Acknowledging the potential impact of the hurricane on the country's economic prospects, the Prime Minister said it is critical that this is mitigated through preparedness.





Hurricane Matthew gains strength

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hurricane-season.jpgDirector of the Meteorological Service of Jamaica, Evan Thompson, said the hurricane system is continuing to gain strength as it moves westward over the south-eastern section of the Caribbean basin.

He informed that the system is forecast to continue moving westward into Saturday, when it is to make a dramatic turn towards the north-west. It is expected to pass Jamaica's eastern coastline from Sunday evening into Monday morning. Thompson, says the country is likely to experience 24-36 hours of rainfall if the threatening category one Hurricane Matthew strikes.

Thompson, who was speaking a short while ago at the Office of the Prime Minister on the projected path of the storm, said that Matthew is expected to make landfall between Sunday and Monday. He added that rainfall is expected to continue into Tuesday.

The meteorologist said at that time, the hurricane is expected to upgrade to category two.

Thompson said the Met Service is confident in the computer generated path hence it expects Matthew to continue heading westward then south before making a dramatic turn to the north then moving in a north westward direction over Jamaica.





al-miller.jpgReverend Al Miller has backtracked on his earlier position that he would not appeal his conviction for attempting to pervert the course of justice.

In a statement this afternoon, his lead attorney Jacqueline Samuels Brown said Miller has reviewed his immediate and initial reaction to his conviction and has now given instructions for the filing of an appeal.

"This is based on legal advice, the urgings of many and his own prayerful reflections on all that transpired leading up to, at and since his trial," Samuels Brown said.

She said Miller has instructed that based on the factors it is important for the Court of Appeal to consider and rule on the important legal issues arising from his case.According to Samuels Brown these including Jamaica's relationship with other countries, particularly in the context of extradition matters and as well the relationship between the citizen and the police.

She said Miller has reaffirmed his respect for the decision of the trial judge and the judicial process of which appeals are of seminal importance and a legitimate right afforded to all citizens.

"He is now content to await the deliberation and ruling of the Court of Appeal," Samuels Brown said.





US ganja farmers 'fretting'

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ganja-seized.jpgGARBERVILLE, California (AP) -- Laura Costa's son and husband moved quickly with pruning shears as they harvested the family's fall marijuana crop, racing along with several workers to cut the plants and drop them in plastic bins ahead of an impending storm.

The farm, hidden along a winding mountain road in a remote redwood forest, is just one of many illegal "grows" that make up Northern California's famous Emerald Triangle, a marijuana-producing mecca at the intersection of Humboldt, Mendocino and Trinity counties.

California voters will decide Nov. 8 whether to legalize marijuana for recreational use -- an issue that has sown deep division here among long-time growers. The Costas and many fellow marijuana farmers have yearned for the legitimacy and respectability that could be bestowed by legalization. But they also fear Proposition 64 will bring costly regulations and taxes and could put them out of business if corporate interests and big farms take over.

"It will end traditional marijuana farming like this," said Laura Costa, sitting in the middle of one of four 40-plant gardens, puffing on a glass pipe. "It will end our way of life."





tesha-miller-photo-2.jpgAttorney-at-law, Bert Samuels, says that his client, reputed gang leader Tesha Miller, is living in fear because of trumped-up charges.

He says the police have linked miller to some 77 gang-related murders committed in Spanish Town, since March. However, he says his client knows nothing about them.

Mr. Samuels states that Miller has a suit in the Supreme Court against the Attorney general and the police, for false imprisonment, malicious prosecution, and breaches of his constitutional rights, which is set for hearing November 7 to 9.

The suit results from a case some years ago in the gun court, in which Miller was accused of robbing a taxi driver of a motor vehicle.

Samuels says Miller was convicted of the charge, but he was freed on appeal, following investigations which proved that at the time when its alleged that Miller was involved in the robbery, Miller was actually at a police station reporting, based on a court order.

The attorney says he fears that Miller might not be able to attend court come next month, because he is afraid that the police will want to hold him on trumped up charges.





vybz-kartel-photo-4-larger.jpgOn Monday, businessman Patrick Powell was acquitted of murder and shooting with intent charges of 17-year-old Kingston College student Khajeel Mais in the Home Circuit Court after the case against him crumbled.

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The verdict has set social media on fire with making a comparison with Vybz Kartel's 2011 murder trial.

Michael Dawson, the co-author of Vybz Kartel's book, Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto has spoken out in the wake of the "not guilty" verdict: "Vybz Kartel must be justly granted his freedom if we are going to convince the people of Jamaica that there are the same set of rules for the sons of poor people and the sons of rich people."

Michael Dawson further stated that "This has to be done either by the DPP's office in the name of equal rights and justice, initiating the process to have his conviction overturned, or not oppose his Appeal. Justice must be equitable if our nation is to move forward. Sam Sharpe and Paul Bogle did not die so a rich person has a better chance at justice than a poor person; that should have ended in the 1800s, this generation in 2016 must believe that they will be treated fairly under the law, if they are going to respect the law."





The police are still processing the Barbican, St Andrew property where the body of Young Reggae Boyz doctor Dr Martin Garwood was found Wednesday morning.

Garwood who was 40 years old, worked at the Kingston Public Hospital.

Jamaica Constabulary Force Communication Officer Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay says Garwood's colleagues went in search of him when he didn't turn up for work on Wednesday and calls to his cell phone went unanswered.

When colleagues arrived at his residence, they observed blood and alerted the police who later found Garwood's body with multiple stab wounds. Lindsay says information gathered suggests that the incident may have happened around 2 o'clock Wednesday morning.

She says the doctor's black Honda CR-V motor vehicle may have been taken by the killer or killers. However, Superintendent Lindsay says there was no sign of forced entry to the doctor's residence.





JC student stabbed to death on coaster bus

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j-c-student-killed.jpgJamaica College is in deep grief following the murder of a ?third-form student who was stabbed and killed on a bus near the school Wednesday afternoon by a man attempting to steal his cell phone.

Fourteen-year-old Nicholas Francis reportedly boarded a green Toyota Coaster bus in the vicinity of Blue Castle Drive on Old Hope Road in St Andrew and was soon after accosted by a man who demanded his phone.

Francis resisted and was stabbed in the hand and chest by his assailant.

The student was then thrown from the bus, breaking his arm in the fall.

It's not clear what happened to the perpetrator.

The driver of the bus took the student to the University Hospital of the West Indies where he died.

Francis played an active role at the recent funeral of fellow third former, 14-year-old Jordan Miller, who died at home in late August.





Jamaican man gets 34-month sentence in Cayman

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court.jpgA Jamaican man, who escaped a gun conviction in the Cayman Islands, was sentenced to 34 months imprisonment for his role in drug trafficking and other related offences.

Jamaican national Marlon Crowe, along with Caymanians Leon St. Michael Hydes and Clebeland Swaby Powery, pleaded guilty earlier this year to conspiracy to import 194 pounds of ganja and were sentenced last Wednesday to prison terms ranging from 34 months to four and a half years.

According to www.caymancompass.com, Justice Charles Quin found three men not guilty of possessing an unlicensed firearm and then sentenced them for the ganja in which the firearm had been found.

On February 4, Cayman's Joint Marine Unit on board the vessel Guardian found the men in a boat drifting approximately 20 miles off East End.

Also on board was a large amount of ganja.

The men were arrested on suspicion of importation of the drug.

A firearm and 64 rounds of ammunition were also found on the vessel that police officers later brought to Grand Cayman.

Justice Quin found there was no case for them to answer to because there was no forensic evidence such as fingerprints or DNA to link any of them to the gun.

Attorney Crister Brady advised the court that Crowe, 34, had no previous conviction in Cayman or in Jamaica.

Crowe was sentenced to 34 months, while Swaby and Hydes were sentenced to three and a half years and four and a half years, respectively.





Ministry of Health prepared to probe dog meat saga

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chinese-cooking-dogs-in-jamaica.jpgThe Health Ministry is now prepared investigate into whether Chinese restaurants are serving dog meat, this following a recent picture of a a skinned, unseasoned animal, resembling a dog, in a cooking pot which started making the rounds on social media. It was accompanied by a voice note of a woman saying that she was now offering the proof that Chinese were cooking dog and serving as other acceptable meats.

Since then there have been many comments on Facebook as many claim they would not be ordering any more Chinese food.

The Ministry of Health is now weighing in on the issue and they are promising to launch an investigation into the allegations.

"If there are sufficient reasons for us to launch an investigation, then we will do that," an official from the Ministry of Health reportedly said.

The social media message, which has sent tongues wagging across Jamaica, contains an image of

Under Jamaica's Public Health Act, the slaughter of animals or poultry for human consumption is monitored by the health authorities.





Sharon James, Tesha Miller's mother fed up

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Tesah Milller's mother Sharon James, says she is now considering legal action against the police who have been constantly harassing her in search of Miller.

The mother of reputed Clansman Gang leader, who is the caregiver for several children, says the frequent visits by the police since Miller's deportation from the United States in March this year has been traumatic

James says she is now considering counselling for the children.

Communications officer at the Jamaica Constabulary Force Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay said the police have been making visits to locate Miller as the investigators have an interest in him. But she says she is unable to speak to the frequency of the visits. She reiterated that Miller remains a person of interest and the police are making efforts to find him.

Meanwhile, attorney-at-law Bert Samuels says Miller is living in fear because of the potential for trumped up charges against him. He says the police have linked Miller to some 70 murders, but his client says he knows nothing about them.





Young Reggae Boyz team doctor stabbed to death

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Team doctor for Jamaica's Young Reggae Boyz Dr Martin Garwood was on Wednesday stabbed to death at his home in Barbican, St Andrew.

The Jamaica Constabulary Force's Corporate Communications Unit has confirmed the incident, but said it has no details.

However, police investigators say Dr Garwood, who also worked at the Kingston Public Hospital, was stabbed multiple times.





Alia Atkinson breaks World Record in Tokyo

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alia-atkinson-photo-3.jpgJamaica's Alia Atkinson has broken the 50 metres breaststroke short course world record at the FINA World Cup Tour in Tokyo.

Alia won the event in 28.64 seconds, beating the old mark of 28.80 seconds which was set by Jessica Hardy in Berlin in 2009. This is Alia's second world record as she is currently tied with Ruta Meilutyte for the 100 metres breaststroke record. She won today's event ahead of Russia's Yulia Efimova and American Molly Hannis.

The Jamaican is one of only three women ever to have broken the 29-second barrier in the 50 metres breaststroke. She will receive a US10,000 bonus from FINA for breaking the world record, along with 20 points towards her cluster bonus.





Another artiste leaves Downsound

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Nature has ditched the Joe Bogdanovich-led Sownsound Records and will reportedly be managing himself.

This follows the recent split from DownSound Records of their female diva, Ishawna, and it looks as if both artistes may get entangled in a legal battle with the outfit.

The "World Peace" singer who informed CEO Josef Bogdanovich via email of his departure is still legally bound to the music label.

Nature, like Ishawna before him, remains tight-lipped about the details surrounding the split but told one media entity that he was uncomfortable.

JCDC launches Ranny Williams contest.

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With great concern about crime, especially in western Jamaica, entertainers Mackie Conscious and a team of musicians has collaborated with Queen Ifrika who also hails from Montego Bay and who had similar concerns to host a free concert at Dump up beach Sunday December 4 2016 starting at 3 pm.

This event is designed to have the major Jamaican recording artistes both home and abroad participate in donating their time to solidify a cry from the music fraternity that a change is needed. So far, over 50 name brand entertainers are expected to make themselves available live or via video link on a large screen. This list includes Beres Hammond, Marcia Griffiths, Diana King, Tony Rebel, Queen Ifrika, Mackie Conscious, Spice, Ninja Man, Shaggy, Sean Paul, Benie Man, I Octane, Jimmy Cliff, Mutabaruka, Hezron, Carlene Davis, Lt Stichie and Kevin Dowenswell.

The St James Police, the Parish Council and the UDC have already given full support.

"We intend to have an Entertainers Motorcade and reasoning session on the day of the event through the troubled communities. Following the event we anticipate with the help of corporate Jamaica, to launch an initiative to revisit the communities with an offer of support with academic advancements and skills training to the youth.

A third imitative to be launched later as it relates to keeping an eye on the entire entertainment coming from the fraternity will be to better assist in the inspiration of the youth and promote quality of music, impacting ultimately Brand Jamaic," a release from the organizers stated.





x6-trial-patrick-powell-oct-24-photo-2.jpgPatrick Powelll was tried in the court of public opinion and found guilty as sin for the 2011 murder of former Kingston College student, Khajeel Mais. He was set free by the court on Monday after the prosecution's star witness turned 'hostile' and the case crumbled.

Social media has erupted with the theme being that Fada God nah sleep and the murderer of the young boy, whoever he or she is, will be meet hisor her Waterloo.


All we have the energy to do is share some of the thousands of comments from social media.

Dean

This is the most ridiculous and intentionally corrupted case I've ever seen in all my life. Mek mi feel like mi neva learn nuttin growing up. Jah know


Rush

How vybe kartel found guilty and this guy clear and present with all evidence implicating him but he walks free


Kidani

Failure to hand over his firearm is a fine ,which he can pay he's off


Desroy Smith from Facebook, 1 hour ago

How convenient! Free him of murder, then charge him for withholding the murder weapon. WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!


Russian_

NO JUSTICE


Homar

I don't want hear or see nothing about this case anymore. ... that firearm should be seized immediately after the shooting. . What is happening in Jamaica???


Herbert

Seems to me that the system was played to set Mr Powell free. First how can a firearm holder refuse, for five years, a lawful request for the provision of his gun for ballistic testing in a murder case. Could the firearm licence not be revoked rendering possession illegal and forcing Mr Powell to 'take' in his firearm. Over the intervening 5-year period why was the 'gun charge' not taken before the courts before the murder trial given the importance of the potential ballistic evidence, now immediately after his acquittal that case is before the courts. The playing of the system continues even after the trial with both defence lawyers on Beyond the Headlines sanitizing their client and ducking questions about Mr Powell's refusal to submit his gun for testing.


Norman_S

We would also like to know if the firearm permit has been renewed within the last 5 years.., while the police needed it for examination...!?


Nicole Henry from Facebook, 2 hours ago

KARMA naah release him.....

Stewart from Facebook2 hours ago

It's all about the money. God not sleeping n no bad deed will go unpunished


Heidi-Ann

Send home the man, prosecutors already freed him of murder, so tell me now after 5 yrs u going to try him on gun charge when u never took his gun or his X6, where u going to find the evidence now?


Ashley 2

Oh please what a travesty of justice, so many years later they are talking about him not turning in his gun, could not happen here his old ass would be sitting in a cell.


Pixie

This is fuckry. The key evidence in the crime wasn't turned over. What a bomboclat system wicked, court and everybody working with this man.


Okema

There is no justice for mediocre are the poor......but the rich will get away with anything


Dale

A money run Jamaica, as long as u have u money u can't go jail.


Colin

This come in like circus


Marva

The judge police killer Powell and his lawyer are a sets of evil heartless people the judge should have ordered this man to turned his gun in are you telling me that this killing took place 5yrs ago and he still holding his gun no somethings is not adding up the blasted man killed the young boy are we that blind wake up people he knows that if he turned the gun in and they run ballistic on it the truth will comes out smh


Sandra

All he may end up doing is pay a fine


Kellkell

Me would a pay smadi shoot him in a him head 1 bbc shot!


Brenda

That's putting the cart in front of the horse or what, that should have been done already, that would have clear up every thing perfectly.


Deon

after 5 yrs him never turn over gun.


Marva

What sort of nonsense is this how comes he got acquitted and the murder weapon is still with held by the by this man where Jamaica got their laws from


Whitney

In all of 5 years. now the court a ask him to turn over his gun. After d case close... Unu really love insult d average man. This case grieve mi to d core. No man mi ago pray cause nothing abt this is right





x6-murder-trial-khajeel-mais.jpgx6-trial-powell.jpgThe family of Khajeel Mais refused to speak with reporters after accused Patrick Powell walked free in the X6 murder case on Monday.

Mais' parents left the court teary-eyed after the crown, unable to prove that Powell was on the scene when the former Kingston College student was shot, offered no further evidence in the case. Mais was shot dead on July 1, 2011 while he was travelling in a taxi in Havendale to meet up with friends to attend a fete at the Meadowbrook High School. The killer was believed to be driving a BMW X6 sports utility vehicle. Powell's Belgrade Loop, St Andrew, home was subsequently raided by the police and two BMW X6 vehicles were seized.

The case began to crumble last week when star witness Wayne Wright, the taxi driver, said he did not see the shooter and said that cops asked him to lie that he saw the killer. Earlier this month, Khajeel's sister Kimberly took to social media to vent her frustration with the delay and the pace of the justice system.

"At first, they gave Vybz Kartel's case precedence, saying limited court rooms available to try cases. Vybz Kartel has been convicted (more than two) years now... So I guess a life wrongfully taken does not matter to the country," she said in a Facebook post.





x6-trial-patrick-powell-oct-24-photo-1.jpgX6 Murder Trial: Khajeel Mais murder accused Patrick Powell walks free

Businessman Patrick Powell has been found not guilty of the murder of 17-year-old Khajeel Mais.

The prosecution rested its case Monday morning in the Home Circuit Court.

Jurors were instructed to return a not guilty verdict after the prosecution said it had no further evidence to offer on the matter.

Lead prosecutor Jeremy Taylor told the court that when the prosecution started the case, it was presented on the basis of credibility and identity. He said it had to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Mr. Powell was at the scene of the incident. He said only one person could do that and that was taxi driver Wayne Wright.

The prosecutor said with Mr. Wright responding the way he did during cross examination last week, the crown could no longer proceed with the matter.

Powell was accused of opening fire on a taxi in which the teenager was a passenger on July 1, 2011. Khajeel died after being shot in the head and back.

Last Friday, prosecutors requested an early adjournment to review their case after the key prosecution witness recanted on his statement. The driver of the taxi testified that he did not see the shooter. He denied giving a statement to the police, identifying Mr. Powell as the man who fired on his vehicle along Highland Drive in Havendale, St. Andrew.

Prosecutors were forced to treat him as a hostile witness.





Supreme Ventures CEO Brian George has died

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brian-george.jpgPresident and Chief Executive Officer of Supreme Ventures Limited Brian George died this morning (Sunday).

George, a Trinidadian, is survived by wife Keneea and his sons, Christopher and Matthew.

Supreme Ventures Limited in a statement issued Sunday says it is mourning the untimely passing of its President and CEO, Brian George.

"The entire SVL family is deeply shocked and saddened by Brian's death. He had been battling illness for some time but continued on a daily basis to discharge all of his duties to SVL. We are just trying to come to terms with this significant loss. We will miss him beyond words," said SVL's Chairman, Paul Hoo.

George became President and CEO of Supreme Ventures in 2003. At the time of his passing, he was also Chairman of the Jamaica Gaming Association and Deputy Chairman of the National Health Fund (NHF) board.





Jae Prynce motivated to 'Try Harder'

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prynce.jpgRising entertainer Jae Prynse's (Prince) extraordinary journey began on October 23, 1993. Born Prince Afrika Tiaphilus Williams, Jae Prynse was a special child, his wit and vocal ability marveled many relatives and friends from a tender age.

But for Jae Prynse growing up in the inner city music was his sanctuary as the harsh streets of Spanglers Downtown Kingston left nothing to smile about.

Jae Prynse's early life embodied struggle, violence, poverty and pain however music was his light at the end of what seemed to be a never ending dark tunnel.

Jae Prynse started to pursue music as a career at the tender age of 14 after his family had to flee the inner-city community of Spanglers due to gang violence, in the process, young prince lost his chance to complete high school (Donald Quarry High), almost lost his grand mother after she received a graze from a bullet to the head and had to mourn the loss of his older brother who lost his life in the same event. Devastated and marginalized Jae Prynse channeled his pain into music and found that it was not only an outlet for his pain but also a field that he had a knack for.

In 2013 Jae Prynse met up with HDX STUDIOS which he signed a deal with them after they heard and loved his raw talent, this was when he started to use his struggles as a motivation and released his first single entitled 'CONCRETE JUNGLE' followed by his single 'MY Life' and others which announced his presence to the world. But it was not until 2015 under the management of UK Based Live MB Music that Jae Prynse made his musical mark with singles such as 'Who Feels It Knows', 'It Could A Be Worst' and 'Fi Mamma' produced by Frenz For Real, E.N.T.R.A.P.S, Konsequence Muzik and Live MB Music respectively.

These singles gained traction on local and international radio which resulted in Jae Prynse embarking on his first two month tour of the United Kingdom (June- July 2015). The tour was such a success that he once again toured the United Kingdom in June 2016 alongside reggae superstar Luciano and Jah Bouks .

Fast Forward to August 2016 Jae Prynse is busy promoting his new single entitled Try Harder which was produced by Frens For Real Recording. The single is presently a daily staple on local and international radio with the video soon to be released. Jae Prynse dropped his new mixtape titled Try Harder on September 28, with promotion underway for a European tour.





tony-matterhorn-photo-1.jpgAidonia got married last month and now it's another entertainer's turn. Popular selector Tony Matterhorn will be getting married this weekend.

Sources close to the selector have confirmed that Matterhorn is to get married on Sunday in a bashy ceremony in Florida.

Several members of the entertainment fraternity have already flown up for the event

Earlier this week, fellow entertainer Denyque said "yes" when her longtime boyfriend of several years popped the question.





Tanto Blacks is the face of Cash 4 Life

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tanto-blacks-cash-for-life.jpg'Real Rich' sensation Tanto Blacks has been named ambassador and the face of the 2016 staging of J Wray & Nephew Limited's 'Q is the Key to Cash 4 Life' competition.

Blacks will be the main character in all advertisements of the competition, which will give players a chance to win up to $30 million in prize money over the next 14 weeks.

The entertainer, who is well known for promoting a cash-rich lifestyle and positive lyrics, will encourage lovers of J Wray & Nephew Ltd brands to enter 'Q is the Key' by purchasing certain 200 ml products and texting the codes on the back of the Q's label to the contact number provided.

'Q is the Key' was launched Friday and offered players myriad opportunities to win cash by purchasing Qs (200 ml) of either: Wray & Nephew White Overproof Rum, Charley's JB Overproof Rum, Appleton Special or Campari.

Pietro Gramegna, marketing manager, J Wray & Nephew, said based on discussions, Blacks was selected to be Q is the Key to Cash for Life's ambassador, because of his cash flow lifestyle that is in keeping with the goal of the competition.

Over the next 14 weeks there will be daily cash prizes of $10,000 and mobile phone credit and monthly cash prizes of $50,000, $100,000, $150,000, $250,000, and $500,000. At the end of January 2017, there will be a grand prize draw in which two lucky winners will be selected for the two prizes of $1,000,000 each year for the next 10 years.





Cop shot during spot check in St Ann

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA Police Corporal remains hospitalised after he was shot and injured while on duty early this morning in St Ann.

He is Corporal Stevenson Walker of the St Ann's Bay Police Division.

It is reported that Walker was conducting a spot check along the Priory main Road in St Ann when he signalled a silver Toyota Corolla to stop.

The police say the driver disobeyed.

One occupant of the vehicle allegedly opened fire hitting Walker in the leg.

He was taken to the hospital and is said to be in stable condition.





JTA saddened by deaths of two teachers

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The Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA) says it's saddened by the sudden deaths of two teachers in separate incidences on Tuesday. The deceased teachers are 39-year-old Christopher Gayle of Kingston College and Nadine Trail of Norman Manley High.

A team led by JTA President, Howard Isaacs, visited both institutions yesterday where he expressed condolences to the staff and the families of the deceased teachers.

Isaacs noted that teachers face high stress levels in carrying out their professional duties.

He also pledged the JTA's support for teachers saying the association recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Health Fund to further enhance their welfare.





march-pen-fat-man.jpgThe main suspect in the March Pen attack in St Catherine has been charged with five counts of murder.

Marvin Campbell Snr was charged this afternoon after being questioned by police investigators. He's scheduled to appear in court next Tuesday, October 25. Campbell, otherwise called 'Fat Man', has been in custody since last Wednesday when he surrendered to the police.

Three children are among the five victims of the attack. They are two-year-old, Koyandra Wynter, nine-year-old, Revaughn Evans and 14-year-old Marvin Campbell Jnr. The other casualties were 22-two-year-old Venisha Bartley and 24-year-old Salesha Evans. Two other persons were also injured in the October 9 attack.

The police had reported that gunmen went to the community, kicked in the doors of four houses and opened fire, hitting occupants. The houses were later set on fire.





x6-trial-powell.jpgProsecutors on Friday morning applied to the court to treat their star witness at the trial of Patrick Powell, as a hostile witness. Powell is accused of the murder of 17 year old Khajeel Mais.

Jeremy Taylor, the lead prosecutor, applied for the order on the grounds that the witness has shown himself to be "adverse" and "inconsistent". The key witness, Wayne Anthony Wright, on Friday morning insisted that he did not see the person who fired on his taxi which led to the death of Khajeel, who was a passenger. This is a major blow to the prosecution which had stated at the opening of the trial that its case rests on the testimony of Mr. Wright.

Lead prosecutor Jeremy Taylor, requested an early adjournment for his team to examine the case to decide the way forward following Friday's major setback.

Prosecutors say they were challenging his testimony after he changed the statement he gave to the police in July 2011.In the statement read out by the prosecutors, Mr. Wright had reported that he knew the shooter. However, the witness insisted that he did not make such a statement.

The prosecutors also accused him of lying when he testified on Thursday that he did not know Khajeel and was seeing him for the first time when he chartered his taxi on the night of July 1, 2011.Mr. Wright insisted that he gave a statement to the police on July 5 but denied giving a second statement on July 8.

Prosecutors pointed Mr. Wright to the second statement in which he said he knew the shooter and saw him on the night of the incident. But he again insisted he made no such statement. He maintained that he took evasive action on the night of the shooting and did not see who fired on the vehicle.

The star witness told the court that the police tried to coerce him into saying Mr. Powell was the shooter. Mr. Wright said the police also tried to force him to say that he saw Mr. Powell with a gun on the night of the incident. However, he testified on Friday that he refused to do so.

Following heated exchanges, defence attorneys told the court they had no questions for the witness.





Seven shot - one fatally in St James

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crime-scene-gun.jpgDespite efforts by the security forces to stem gun violence in the western Jamaica parish of St. James, seven persons were shot, one fatally, on Thursday. Three of the shootings took place at bars.

In the first incident, gunmen opened fire on patrons at a bar in Paradise, Norwood at about 6:30 p.m. The bartender, 26-year-old Marcia Dixon of Paradise, was shot and killed. Three men injured in that incident.

About two hours later, two women were shot and injured in Anchovy. It is reported that gunmen walked into a bar and fired at patrons. The female bartender was shot and seriously injured. Minutes later, gunmen opened fire at another bar nearby, injuring the bartender. Investigators believe both Anchovy incidents are connected.

Meanwhile, a man was shot and injured in Mount Salem at about 8:00 p.m., as he was walking along Katan Lane. He was found by residents suffering from a bullet wound to the thigh.





Scamma song artiste is 'poppin'

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Yow! Di artiste who sing di 'Scamma' song a get some crazy love inna di streets. A swear! Right now we not even too memba di yute name, but di song a gwaan. 'Di scamma dem deh yah!'

We a go Google him name and tell oonu a next time, but all we know is that when him say 'Big money poppin everywhere mi go' gal pickeney and bwoy pickeney dung a BB Coke inna Sentie was in a frenzy. But memba say di song did all get feature pon Hurricane Matthew IG dat some igle people did mek fi di hurricane, when Matthew a say 'Big thunder clappin' everywhere mi go...Big...Thunder ...Clappin'





Nesbeth shell dung Zip school tour

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nesbeth-photo-2.jpgSince we deh pon a big-up roll, we haffi say big up and a huge shout out to Nesbeth who circle round a BB Coke High School inna St Elizabeth and shell dung Zip School tour Friday.

Nesbeth was the general. A now him Dream fresh!! And di Ziptocrats a BB Coke sing the song like seh a dem write it.

And we haffi talk bout di teacher who perform pon stage wid Nesbeth. Miss, yuh status up deh! A what you a go tell di pickney dem inna class Monday mawning teacher? All we know is that we love how yuh gwaan and we love how yuh love yuh artiste, Nesbeth. My Dream is to live my dream....SONG OF THE YEAR.





peter-tosh-photo-3.jpgAnd, by the way, the right people dem neva deh a dat deh launch because it was a ganjaless event.

It was Peter Tosh's birthday and the official opening of the museum and not even one spliff no bun? Mr Tosh surely turned in his grave at this grave situation. Oh BBC! Anyway, kudos to the organisers Kingsley Cooper et tal and of course Copeland Forbes.





andrew-holness-photo-4.jpgThis one really is a no-brainer.

Whether or not you is a fan of Mister Holness, you did haffi gi him him props on Wednesday night when him chat a di Peter Tosh museum opening.

The Prime Minister informed the gathering that his favourite Peter Tosh song is: 'When you live inna glas house doan throw stone."

peter-tosh-photo-3.jpgArgument done!

Did we mention dat nuff Comrade did inna di audience?

Lisa Hanna, Oar Davis and Wykeham McNeil, we did love oonu speech still, but we haffi give this round to Andrew.





Mek di people dem dun di Minister suh?!

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babsy-grange-minister.jpgGood girls (and boys), what we woulda like fi know is why oonu dun Miss Babsy suh? The honourable minister mek di mistake and go defend Spice after the hullabaloo at di gala di odder day and doan ask if di people dem never unleash di highest form of savagery pon Miss Grange.

But you see like how we a try stay pon di minister good side, we not even a go copy and paste the dutty comment dem pon fi we good-up good-up site. No way Jose. Oonu can go over Observer and read di comment wha di troll dem dash out. It nuh pretty. Miss Babsy, this too shall pass.





Big up all di entertainer dem who say 'married'!

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aidonia-photo-4.jpgAidonia just get married wha day yah and now Matterhorn a leggo single life; Denyque a get married to her longtime boyfriend and Spice say she is going to be celibate for one year.

So we juss a give a big forward to all those who a put dutty life pon pause in exchange for wholesome living. Rayyyyyyy!!! And all dese tingz.Husband and wife we seh round here - one man plus one woman equal marriage. Straight.





London to host 2-day sex robot festival

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sex-with-robots.jpgA festival of SEX ROBOTS is coming to London after being banned in Malaysia for 'being too extreme'

There will be sessions on humanoid robots and electronic sex hardware

Other topics that will be covered include 'teledildonics', or cybersex toys

The event will run on 19th and 20th December at Goldsmiths, London

Conference was previously banned in Malaysia for being 'illegal'

Sessions will focus on a variety of topics, from humanoid robots and teledildonics, which means cybersex toys, to intelligent electronic sex hardware.

'Within the fields of Human-Computer Interaction and Human-Robot Interaction, the past few years have witnessed a strong upsurge of interest in the more personal aspects of human relationships with these artificial partners,' a statement from Goldsmiths says.

Registration is open for anyone wishing to attend, but it costs L200 ($244) for a full price registration, or L125 ($152) for a student.

Sex with robots is set to overtake human sex by 205, some have said.

But a robotics expert warned last month that robot sex could become addictive, and will someday even replace human-human sex entirely.

Like many other technologies that have replaced humans, robots could even surpass human technique, to become better lovers, he claims.

Speaking to the Daily Star, Joel Snell, a robotics expert from Kirkwood College in Iowa, said: 'Robotic sex may become addictive.

'Sexbots would always be available and could never say no, so addictions would be easy to feed.

'People will rearrange their lives to accommodate their addictions.'





After the brouhaha in the wake of Spice's controversial performance at the high profile gala ot honour Jamaica's athletes in Rio, the Minister of Culture had this to say:

"I recognize dancehall as an important Jamaican music genre. In that regard, I note some of the comments directed at Spice for her performance on Saturday night. I do not offer a defence for Spice who is a talented and bright performer, fully capable of producing lyrics in celebration of our athletic heroes. I would however, caution against the issue of vitriolic comment and a rush to judgement in this matter.

Most things went well but a few very important things did not on this occasion. Like our athletes we will review, improve and keep pushing ourselves to higher levels of performance."





Spice blasts the 'hypocrites'

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spicey-sting.jpgSpice's performance at the gala celebration for Jamaican athletes who competed at his year's Rio Olympics was met with blank stares from an audience which included the Prime Minister, sports personalities and other government officials.

The raunchy dancehall deejay was slapped with a string of harsh criticisms following her performance at the event. Meanwhile, some criticized the organizers for booking her.

The event's main organizer Lenford Salmon in an article was quoted as saying Spice failed to show up for a technical rehearsal. In addition, Mr. Salmon claims that they were assured by Spice's team that the deejay would have adjusted her lyrics and dress appropriately for the occasion.

But according to Spice, his claims are untrue. and she describes the saga as hypocritical and a harsh case of "classism".





Prosecutors submit evidence in X6 murder trial

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court.jpgProsecutors on Wednesday submitted evidence to show that 17 year old Kingston College student Khajeel Mais, died in 2011 after being shot twice when businessman Patrick Powell allegedly opened fire on the taxi in which he was a passenger. This was revealed in testimony from one of the crime scene investigators called at the trial of Mr. Powell before the Home Circuit Court.

Mr. Powell is facing charges of murder and shooting with intent.

Over the next few days, prosecutors are expected to show that the teenager died after being shot in the head and back when Mr. Powell allegedly opened fire on the taxi. In laying the foundation for that evidence to be delivered by the pathologist, the prosecutors called one of several investigators in the case.

Detective Sergeant Paul Thompson told the court that on July 14, 2011, he witnessed the post mortem performed on the body of the teenager. The sergeant told the trial that two expended bullets and bullet fragments were taken from Khajeel's body. Photographs were shown to the seven member jury.

Prosecutors are leading evidence that road rage led to the fatal shooting of the teenager. They argued that Mr. Powell, in a fit of rage, opened fire on the taxi along Highland Drive in Havendale, St. Andrew, after it bumped into his BMW X6 motor vehicle. The bullet struck Khajeel who was on his way to a school event.Another detective sergeant who gave testimony on Wednesday disclosed that he inspected the taxi and found bullet holes in the rear registration plate; the back seat and on the driver side of the vehicle.

Sergeant David Campbell said he also observed bloodstains in the passenger side of the vehicle and on the back seat. He said he collected samples of blue paint from the left side and bumper of the taxi, a Toyota Succeed. Prosecutors said the blue paint matches that of the BMW X6 driven by Mr. Powell. The court heard testimony on Tuesday from a body repairman who said the X6 vehicle was taken to his garage for repairs.





court.jpgA seven member jury of five men and two women has been empanelled in the trial of businessman Patrick Powell arising from the 2011 shooting death of 17-year-old Kingston College student Khajeel Mais.

Mais' mother, Allana Mais was first to take the witness stand and broke down in tears at the start of her testimony.

Businessman Patrick Powell is being tried for murder and shooting with intent in relation to the 2011 death of 17-year-old Khajeel.

Khajeel was reportedly travelling in a taxi that collided with a BMW X6 motor vehicle. He is accused of murdering Mais, who was reportedly travelling in a taxi that collided with a BMW X6 motor vehicle. It is alleged that the driver of the BMW got out and fired at the car, hitting the boy.

Powell is also charged with shooting at taxi driver Wayne Wright with intent to cause harm.





court.jpgOn Tuesday morning, Allana Maise, mother of Khajeel Maise broke down on the witness stand as she recalled how she found out about her son's death.

The mother of slain Kingston College student Kahjeel Mais today fought back tears as she recalled watching her son die at the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH).

"I saw Khajeel laying on a bed in one of the cubicles. I saw nurses and doctors around him. I watched him take his last breath," Allana Mais testified.

She was giving evidence in the Home Circuit Court in downtown Kingston where businessman Patrick Powell is on trial for killing Mais in Havendale, St Andrew in 2011.

"I saw him (Khajeel) breathing for a while then there was a gasp then there was nothing," Allana Mais added as she was overcome with emotion.

Allana Mais testified that moments earlier she left her son at a taxi stand on Mannings Hill Road. According to her evidence, he was going to meet up with some friends before going to a fete at Meadowbrook High School.

She said she got a call from a family acquaintance who informed her that "dem shoot up" the taxi in which Kahjeel was travelling.

During cross-examination by Powell's attorney Deborah Martin, the married mother of three admitted that Kahjeel had "behaviourial issues" while at KC and outside of the institution.

"He had a matter at the Juvenile Court?" asked Martin.

"Yes", Mrs Mais replied.

"Where he was before the court?" Martin continued.

"Yes, he was," the mother replied.

Mrs Mais also conceded that administrators at Kingston College called her a few times about her son's conduct.

Before that, lead prosecutor Jeremy Taylor, in his opening address to the seven-member jury, outlined allegations against Powell before suggesting that 17-year-old Mais was killed in "an exaggerated form of road rage."

He charged that the taxi in which Mais was travelling hit a BMW X6 and the driver of the luxury vehicle came out and fired several shots into the taxi.

"They were new, they were the rave then ... the IT in luxury vehicle," Taylor said in reference to the BMW X6.

"Someone was angry because of what happened on the road, what happened to their vehicle. The allegation is that Mr Powell was this person who was angry and angry to the extreme," he added.





court.jpgThe murder trial of businessman Patrick Powell has been opened to the public after prosecutors today reversed their decision to have the case tried in camera.

High Court judge Lloyd Hibbert made the announcement in the Home Circuit Court a short while ago where the trial is about to begin.

After the announcement, several persons outside the courtroom were allowed to enter.

Firearm cases are generally tried on a Gun Court indictment which, under law, stipulates that they should be closed to the public.

Powell was charged with murder and shooting with intent arising from the death of 17-year-old Kingston College student Kahjeel Mais in July 2011 in Havendale, St Andrew.

Mais was travelling in a taxi that collided with a BMW X6 sports utility vehicle.

It's reported that after the crash the driver of the luxury vehicle got out of his car and fired a bullet into the taxi before fleeing the scene.

Powell has pleaded not guilty.

A seven-member jury has been selected comprising five men and two women.





hillary-clinton.jpgThe third and final presidential debate has ended, and it can now be said: Hillary Clinton crushed Donald Trump in the most effective series of debate performances in modern political history.

The polling tells the story. As Nate Silver notes, on the eve of the first presidential debate, Clinton led by 1.5 points. Before the second, she was up by 5.6 points. Before the third, she was winning by 7.1 points. And now, writing after the third debate -- a debate in which Trump said he would keep the nation "in suspense" about whether there would be a peaceful transition of power, bragged about not apologizing to his wife, and called Clinton "such a nasty woman" -- it's clear that Trump did himself no favors. Early polls also suggest Clinton won.





X6 Murder Trial: Judge clarifies social media ban

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court.jpgThe Judge in the so-called X6 murder trial has sought to clarify his ruling on social media postings on the case.

Last week, the judge ordered social media posts by the family of a murder victim to be removed.

However, the Jamaican Bar Association said it noted reports about the family of Khajeel Mais harshly criticising the justice system on social media and of a Supreme Court Judge ordering the removal of the posts.

It said it raised the issue of curtailment of freedom of speech.

However, 9n Tuesday, the judge clarified that his order was not meant to stop all social media posts about the case, but those which could prejudice the trial.

Justice Lloyd Hibbert said sought to make it clear that freedom of speech did not mean people can say anything they felt. He said statements that defame the court are not permitted and people can be cited for contempt of court. The trial took a break this morning to deal with procedural issues, but was expected to resume at noon.

Businessman, Patrick Powell, is on trial for the murder of schoolboy Kahjeel Mais. The prosecution is alleging that the 17-year-old school boy was killed in Havendale, St Andrew in 2011 by an enraged Powell after the taxi hit his BMW X6.

After the accident, Powell is alleged to have got out his X6 and opened fire on the taxi hitting the schoolboy.





One of St Elizabeth's 'most wanted' killed

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crime-scene-gun.jpgThe Police have confirmed that one of St Elizabeth's most wanted was shot and killed in Mocho district, St James, today.He is 30-year-old Dwight Williams, otherwise called 'Dewie', of Retirement district, St Elizabeth.

The police say residents of Mocho district reported hearing groans coming from a house and went to make checks. Williams was subsequently found on the floor with multiple gunshot wounds.

The Police were summoned and he was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The police say Williams was wanted for the September 15 shooting death of 26-year-old Renaldo Wallace otherwise called 'Bumps', of Retirement district as well as several other shootings.





madonna.jpgPop musician Madonna will receive Billboard's 2016 Woman of the Year award, following a year where she extended her record as the highest-grossing female touring artist of all time.

She will be honoured at the 11th annual Billboard Women In Music event in New York City on December 9.

Her Rebel Heart Tour, which wrapped in March, solidified her status as one of the biggest touring acts of all time. Madonna sold more than 1 million tickets and walked away with US$170 million. That makes her the highest grossing solo touring artist in Billboard Boxscore history with a staggering US$1.31 billion in total concert grosses.

Madonna is also the best-selling female recording artist of all time. In addition to her ongoing chart dominance, her philanthropic efforts are said to be effecting real change in the world.

Madonna's Raising Malawi organization is currently constructing Malawi's first pediatric surgery and intensive care unit, which will double the number of life-saving surgeries performed on children each year, provide intensive care after critical surgeries, and train specialised Malawian medical staff.

The Mercy James Institute of Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care facility will open in 2017.





rapper-safaree.jpgJamaica-born American rapper/song writer Safaree has started a charity initiative titled Stunt for Jamaica and is expected to donate computers to local schools in coming weeks.

According to the rapper, who is now featured on VH1ís popular TV show Love and Hip Hop Hollywood, Jamaica's influence in his development has made him a strong individual.

"I want to put a new computer in schools in Jamaica every month. I just want to keep on doing it. I have already made connections with notable people like Jackie from the show Basketball Wives. She is going to donate, and I already have my first batch of computers," he said.

The artiste also revealed that schools in the parish of Hanover will be the first in line to receive computers.

"Pondside in Hanover is where my family is from so, I am just gonna set it up from there and work my way across the island. My mother used to run track and field with Merlene Ottey back in the day, and there is a Merlene Ottey (high) school in that side of the island that I might visit. I just want the teenagers to know that they should not give up, you know, stay focused on your education. I want this charity to get really really, big and help the schools out," he said.





guiness-sounds-of-greatness-bishop-escobar.jpgSelector Carlos 'Bishop Escobar' Henry, has teamed up with Guinness for what promises to be another electrifying season of the Guinness Sounds of Greatness (GSOG) competition set to run from October to December.

The 'Made of More' brand recently signed Escobar to a contract that includes hosting duties for GSOG, advertisements and mixtapes, making him the second local ambassador the brand has signed this year.

"Guinness has a lot of respect in the streets. It is a bold drink that also connects with different groups," said Escobar who has grown in popularity among dancehall fans. "That is what I do, entertain people of all ages. Escobar is made of more. Any time yuh see me just know sey you ah go get more."

Escobar has become widely known for his unique mic skills and ability to entertain a crowd.

"My joviality, my crowd interaction, my entertainment package is different. Most selectors are focused on the serious part. My energy just different, it nuh stay like the rest," said the 33-year-old MC, who added that he's looking forward to a mutually beneficial relationship with Guinness. "I will endeavour to live up to the Guinness tagline, 'Made of More' in the music fraternity."

The new collaboration with Escobar is in line with the brand's longstanding support of Jamaican dancehall culture, which includes the annual GSOG series, sponsorship of Aidonia's Birthday Bash and the ambassador agreement with Busy Signal, which was signed earlier this year.





crime-scene-7.jpgThe police officer responsible for sharing gruesome footage of last Sunday's March Pen massacre, where five people were burned to death in the St Catherine community, now faces possible dismissal for his actions.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Wray Palmer, who heads the Inspectorate of Constabulary ,told THE WEEKEND STAR that sharing confidential information is in breach of the force's policies and anyone who engages in this kind of activity will face sanctions.

"They will be changed departmentally, and they will be tried in front of an enquiry. After that, the sanctions can range from being reprimanded to dismissal for that same act," Palmer said. He added that the officer responsible for sharing the video on Facebook was still under departmental investigation, after which sanctions would follow.

The video, which has since gone viral, shows the burnt remains of the victims as well as the rubble that was left as a result of the fire.





patrick-bailey-photo-1.jpgInvestigators probing last month's killing of a man at the Barbican, St. Andrew home of attorney Patrick Bailey are said to be following strong leads.

A police source confirmed that investigators questioned Mr. Bailey earlier this week in the presence of four attorneys. Statements were also collected. No one has yet been charged in connection with the killing, as investigators are yet to identify a suspect, or a motive.

On September 30, the body of 51-year-old contractor Junior Jermaine, who was reportedly employed to Mr. Bailey, was discovered with stab wounds at the attorney's home. Investigators seized a spent shell, suggesting that Mr. Jermaine was also shot.

Mr. Bailey reportedly called police to his home after he found Mr. Jermaine dead in his living room. Investigators claim there were no signs of forced entry to the house.





tastee-cheese.jpgus-teen-steals-cheese.jpgAn American youngster is now facing possible prison time after being accused of stealing more than $20.5 million worth of Jamaican Tastee cheese from a warehouse in Moonachie, New Jersey.

Eighteen-year-old Darluis Ortiz was arrested this week and slapped with charges of theft, burglary, conspiracy, and possessing burglary tools, according to NBC New York.

When the accused cheese thief appeared in court on Thursday, prosecutors alleged that he stole pallets of Tastee cheese products valued at US$160,000 (or just over J $20.5 million) on September 23. It then took investigators two weeks to track him down.

Ortiz, who was being held in the Bergen County jail, was offered bail at US$150,000 (J$19.2 million).





Bolt donates to Haiti relief

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usain-bolt-wins-gold-200m-beijing-2015-photo-5.jpgUsain Bolt while refuting reports that he had donated $10 million to Haiti in the aftermath of the Hurricane Matthew, has, however, revealed that he is assisting the neighbouring country.

"On seeing the devastating images caused by Hurricane Matthew, especially of the children, I was moved to assist and will encourage others to do so," the many-time Olympic medallist Bolt told the media.

Meanwhile, the decorated athlete is set to take part in the second staging of the Jamaica National Foundation Heroes in Action 8k run/walk and 4k fun run in his home town,Falmouth on Sunday.





usain-bolt-in-rio.jpg"The Racers Grand Prix will be my last race in Jamaica people, it will be the last time I run in Jamaica," sprint legend Usain Bolt said.on Television Jamaica's 'Smile Jamaica' morning magazine programme.

Bolt, who is set to return to training the first Monday in November, also closed the door on the suggestion he made a few weeks ago that he competes after 2017.

"Yes I am definitely going to retire after the World Championships in London, that will be my last one," Bolt told presenters Neville Bell and Sakina Deer.

The nine-time Olympic gold medallist however said he and his team are yet to decide on which event he will be running then.

Bolt along with the other members of Jamaica's team to this year's Olympics and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro will be honoured this weekend by the government of Jamaica.





x6-murder-trial-accused-photo-2.jpgThe Jamaican Bar Association is renewing what it calls longstanding concerns about the deficiencies in the justice system and the responsible exercise of freedom of expression.

The concerns coincide with this week's ruling by high court judge Lloyd Hibbert for a social media blackout in the so called X6 murder case.

The judge made the ruling after Deborah Martin, the lawyer for Patrick Powell, accused killer of Kingston College schoolboy, Khajeel Mais, complained that a series of social media comments was making out her client to be guilty.

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The association says there is every reason for accused persons, particularly those not on bail, as well as the victims' families, to be aggrieved by the delays that ravage the delivery of justice.

"The constitutional right to freedom of expression, and the right to criticise our public institutions, belong to us all as citizens in this democratic society," said association president Sherry Ann McGregor.

The association further says the fundamental right to freedom of speech can only be curtailed to the extent that it prejudices the rights and freedoms of others.

"Although we believe that the public and victims' families have the right to speak out about the most unfortunate delays they experience, we also urge them to be respectful in their protests and interviews and to refrain from making accusations of corruption by public officials in the absence of reliable evidence," McGregor further said.





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Please, Posthumously Pardon Marcus Garvey

marcus-garvey-photo-3.jpgEarly this week, The Gleaner, Jamaica's oldest and most respected daily newspaper, reported on that country's continuing efforts to pave the way for the United States - and specifically, President Barack Obama - to grant a posthumous pardon to Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Jr., for his 1923 mail fraud conviction.

Born on August 17, 1887, in St. Ann's Bay, Jamaica, Garvey was a civil rights activist, the founder of the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA), and a strong proponent of black nationalism and Pan-African philosophy. Garvey is not only Jamaica's "first national hero," he is revered by millions throughout the Caribbean, Central America, Canada, Africa, the United States, and indeed, all over the world. "Garveyism," while (still) controversial in some quarters, has long been internationally recognized for its strong and enduring influence on the Nation of Islam, Rastafarianism, and the Black Pride movement. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., said Garvey was "the first man on a mass scale and level to give millions of Negroes a sense of dignity and destiny."

Writing for Fusion, Casey Tolan notes that "[a]s Garvey's popularity grew, he attracted the attention of a young J. Edgar Hoover." Hoover "put Garvey under surveillance, and in 1919, he wrote a memo about his investigation of the activist. Garvey had 'been particularly active among the radical elements in New York City in agitating the negro movement,' Hoover wrote. Hoover lamented, "[u]nfortunately, however, [Garvey] has not yet violated any federal law whereby he could be proceeded against on the grounds of being an undesirable alien, from the point of view of deportation."

Just four years later though, in 1923, Hoover's secretive and vindictive persecution of Garvey did lead to Garvey's federal prosecution, conviction, jailing (for two years and nine months), and eventually deportation, on mail fraud charges. The charges were brought in connection with the sale of stock of Garvey's Black Star Line, an ambitious all-black shipping company that Garvey founded. Garvey was "accused of trying to defraud his customers by advertising a ship that was not yet in his possession." Tolan observes: "Modern day research suggests [however] that the trial was politically motivated to blunt the rise of a powerful black organizer."

Objectively, what the Office of the Pardon Attorney, and ultimately, President Obama, should consider, is: if Garvey had had access and been able to present Hoover's 1919 memo as evidence of his selective prosecution, there is no question he would have had meritorious grounds for the dismissal of his mail fraud case. (As Justice Thurgood Marshall noted in his dissenting opinion in Wayte v. United States, 470 U.S. 598, 624 (1985) ("[M]ost of the relevant proof in selective prosecution cases will be in the Government's hands.")

At page 15 of his 1997 book, The Ordeal of Integration: Progress and Resentment in America's "Racial" Crisis, Orlando Patterson, a professor and historical and cultural sociologist at Harvard University, writes: "The prejudices of centuries die hard, and even when they wane, the institutional frameworks that sustained them are bound to linger." It doesn't have to be that way for Marcus Garvey.

The Office of the Pardon Attorney and President Obama should heed Marcus Garvey's sage counsel in a speech in Nova Scotia in 1937 - words Bob Marley helped immortalize decades later in his 1980 masterpiece, Redemption Song - and "emancipate [them]selves from mental slavery," so Marcus Garvey's legacy can finally be free.

Answering questions on April 9, 2015, following a speech at the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica, President Obama said: "I think that all people want basic dignity and want basic freedom, and want to be able to worship as they please without being discriminated against, or they should be able to speak their mind about an important issue pertaining to their community without being arrested." That's true today, but it was also true of Marcus Garvey in 1923.

Having been sentenced to prison and addressing a crowd at Liberty Hall in New York City, Garvey said: "We are not fighting America; we are fighting hypocrisy and lies, and that we are going to fight to the bitter end. Now understand we well, Marcus Garvey has entered the fight for the emancipation of a race; Marcus Garvey has entered the fight for the redemption of a country."

About the Author: Stephen Cooper is a former D.C. public defender who worked as an assistant federal public defender in Alabama between 2012 and 2015. He has contributed to numerous magazines and newspapers in the United States and overseas. He writes full-time and lives in Woodland Hills, California.





Viewers shocked at Priscilla Presley's scary looks

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priscilla-presley-dracula-photo-1.jpgPriscilla Presley, 71, shocked viewers with her incredible appearance on Thursday morning's installment of Lorraine, showcasing a smooth, wrinkle free complexion.

The former wife of Elvis chatted to host Lorraine Kelly about her late ex-husband during her rare interview on British TV.

But it was her looks which really got people going on social media, with countless viewers taking to Twitter to comment.

One user posted: 'Flicking thru channels on TV and thought I saw a Lizard being interviewed on Lorraine. Turns out it was Priscilla Presley after surgery!'

Another mused: 'Must be a point where you say 'yep enough plastic surgery now' else you just look like Frankenstein's monster @ITVLorraine #PriscillaPresley'.

A third harsh comment read: 'I'm really sorry, I'm sure she's a lovely woman, but I have nightmares after looking at @Cilla_Presley for too long #justsaying #Lorraine'.

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As a high court judge seeks to ban all social media reference to a five year old murder trial, the comments on social media are telling the judge that his order is five years too late.

Justice Hibbert made the order after murder accused Patrick Powell's attorneys raised concern about the 'social media campaign' that was allegedly being led by the family of murdered Kingston College schoolboy, Khajeel Mais and argued that it could "prejudice the case resulting in Powell getting an unfair trial."

See some comments below that were made on social media following the ban: "Well, they got the chance of trying the case before the advent of social media, suh let the court try stop it now! Sorry your honour...freedom of speech!. Yuh fighting a losing battle here!"

"Where is the free speech and the Justice Hibbert should be rightfully disturbed The case is over 5 years. No one should have to wait that long for justice."

"The family has all rights to be upset about the constant postponement of the trial. Why would the judge agree to another delay? It's not like the alleged murderer doesn't have legal representation. The lawyer who is joining the defense team was a part of the team before and nothing has changed over the years of constant adjournments. Furthermore, why couldn't the current lawyer brief him on any new developments. This is a travesty of justice."

"More and more it seems, trials are scheduled around the schedule of attorneys. So if they feel the need to go vacationing in Paris, or, to take a quick jaunt to New York, then, the wheels of justice, grind to a halt. Only-in-Jamaica? I wonder."





Huge pay day for Jamaica's Olympians

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Cash awards of between US$2,500 and US$10,000 are among tributes planned for Jamaica's athletes who participated in the Summer Olympics in Brazil in August.

Gold medallists will be given US$10,000 (approximately J$1.3 million) for each medal, while competitors who failed to make the finals in their events will get US$2,500 (approximately J$325,000) for each event.

A relay gold medal will attract US$6,000 to be shared by all six members of the relay team. Managers and officials will get US$1,000 each.

In addition, four statues are to be built commemorating Jamaica's top four sprinters in recent years - the world's fastest athlete Usain Bolt, double 100 metres gold medallist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, and their predecessors Asafa Powell and Veronica Campbell Brown.

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment, and Sport Olivia "Babsy" Grange, who made the announcement in the House of Representatives yesterday, said that the statues will be built on a phased basis, with those of Bolt and Pryce scheduled to be completed for next year's 55th anniversary of Jamaica's Independence, and the others by the following anniversary.

Grange said that the statues will be placed at the National Stadium in Kingston, as part of wider development of the stadium complex, including the National Sports Museum.





x6-murder-trial-accused-photo-1.jpgA judge yesterday warned family members of murdered Kingston College schoolboy, Khajeel Mais, to desist from posting material on social media pertaining to the trial of businessman Patrick Powell in the case dubbed the X6 murder trial.

The high court judge Lloyd Hibbert also ordered the removal of all materials posted on various social media platforms about the X6 murder trial and warned that no further material should be posted.

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Justice Hibbert made the order after Powell's attorneys raised concern about the 'social media campaign' that was allegedly being led by the family and argued that it could prejudice the case resulting in Powell getting an unfair trial.

Mais' sister, Kimberly, last week voiced her dissatisfaction on Facebook and Instagram about the frequent delays and the length of time that it was taking for the case to start.

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Bermuda on watch as Hurricane Nicole approaches

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hurricane-nicole.jpgBermuda is expected to experience heavy rainfall and strong winds when Hurricane Nicole hits the archipelago on Thursday.

Nicole is currently a category two hurricane.

Bermuda's Minister of National Security, Jeffrey Baron has urged residents to take seriously storm preparations as forecasters say there is a possibility that Nicole could hit the country as a category three hurricane.

The National Hurricane Centre in the US says Bermudians should rush to protect life and property ahead of Nicole's impact.

Tropical storm conditions with winds between 39 and 73 miles per hour are expected in Bermuda as the latest satellite images show a large eye as Nicole spins south of the country.





marvin-campbell-wanted-man-photo-2.jpgMarvin 'Fat Man' Campbell, who was wanted for incest and listed as a person of interest in relation to the March Pen massacre, which unfolded Sunday in an area of St Catherine called Africa, has been arrested.

Campbell was handed over to members of the High Command at the Office of the Commissioner of Police by Bishop Rohan Edwards on Wednesday morning..

Campbell was processed by senior investigators from the Major Investigations Division (MID).





marvin-campbell-wanted-man-photo-1.jpgMarvin Campbell, who is wanted in relation to the March Pen massacre which unfolded Sunday in an area of St Catherine called Africa, is being accused of killing his son and four relatives.

Marvin Campbell Jr, 14, was among the five persons who were shot and burnt to death. The other victims are two-year-old Koyandra Wynter, nine-year-old Revaughn Evans, 22-year-old Venisha Bartley and 24-year-old Salesha Evans. Two others, who were injured during the onslaught, are still hospitalised.

Campbell was placed on the police's wanted list following an allegation of sexual assault committed against a close female relative who is a minor.

According to a report from a popular tabloid, the female 'relative' is supposedly Campbell's daughter. After the allegations of sexual assault, Campbell left the area and has managed to elude the police each time an attempt was made to apprehend him.

It is said that he recently returned to the community as a strong enforcer of the Tesha Miller faction of the Clansman Gang.

Reports are that Campbell also issued several death threats to the victim and the victim's family to dissuade them from pursuing the matter against him.

The victims of Sunday's gruesome act are all relatives of the sexual assault victim.





steven-causewell-victim-nadia-mitchell.jpgBusinessman Steven Causewell has been sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering his girlfriend Nordia Mitchell and is to serve 20 years before parole.

The sentencing was handed down in the Home Circuit Court by Justice Carol Beswick.

Beswick also said Causewell should undergo psychological evaluation and treatment at the institution he's to serve time.

Causewell was convicted on September 8 for the 2008 murder of Mitchell at her Oakland Apartments home, on Constant Spring Road, St Andrew.

The domestic violence case drew a national spotlight. Court proceedings at a hearing on Friday were disrupted by an emotional outburst from the murder victim's daughter, Imani Prenderghast, who accused Causewell of beating her mother.

The 40-year-old convict has two children - an 18-year-old and a seven-year old. He worked at his family's business, Windshield Centre Limited, up until the time of his arrest for the murder of Mitchell.





QORIHC set to honour Industry females October 30

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Finally, hard working 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 hard working females, who are experts in their various fields, getting recognition for their efforts and perseverance.

Mye laurell and her NyteNursePro foundation decided to honour women specifically because activities to support women are fundamentally lacking in the Jamaican industry.

"I believe that women are the backbone of the Jamaican creative industry because we do so much to support it. My NyteNursepro organization's mission is to Inspire, Nurture, and Entertain, so this event is perfect as it intends to motivate the current honorees to continue doing great work and to inspire other females to work hard and eventually their work will also get recognized." Mye shared

Specific females to be honored at this year's ceremonies are; Veteran Reggae ArtisteSister 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 BroadcasterElaine Wint, Founder of Sun City Radio Doreen Billings or 'Mama B', Dancehall Fashion Designer Audrey Farquharson, Renowned Dancehall Queen Carlene,Government Minister The Honorable Babsy Grange and Dancehall Dancing Instructors Latonya Styles and Dance Ja studios.

The NyteNursePro Committee will be expanding the various categories next year when they meet to select the 2017 set of honorees; categories like TV Producers, Stylists and PR Specialists will also be included.

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.

"It is important to note that this is not a competition to award the best, it's recognition to say we honor your roles that have influenced and supported so many throughout the years" Mye Laurell added.

"Persons should support this ceremony because a vast majority of the Jamaican populous benefit from this industry, the women being honoured this year, and many years to come, should be celebrated in a unique way for their efforts that have helped to bolster Jamaica culture worldwide". Cadia ________ Assistant Director for NyteNursePro added

For more information on the honorary awards ceremony, follow the NyteNursePro foundation or 'Queens of Reggae Island Honorary Ceremonies -QORIHC on social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram.





Popcaan featured in Michael Jordan ad

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popcaan-photo-4.jpgDancehall artiste Popcaan has been featured in the official ad for Michael Jordan's OVO, inspired clothing line.

The ad was recently premiered on Michael Jordan's official Instagram page, which carries 9.5 million followers and features a motorcyclist dressed in the new OVO Air Jordan 12 Retro & Apparel Collection, while Popcaan's music can be heard in the background chanting the lines.

"Notnice tun up mi voice some more, buy Jordans' yesterday, today mi buy some more. Whol heap a pair inna mi bag pon tour ... . Unruly Boss mi name so mi don't wear fraud ones, real authentic Jordans' wi nuh care weh yu bring Unruly nuh wear everything, OVO don't wear everything, dem fi know from wi small wi a bling."

The ad was produced by E5 records, also responsible for Popcaan singles like Bad Inna Real Life and Nah Idle.

Michael Jordan is basketball's first billionaire player and is also regarded by many as the greatest of all time.





7 AMA nominations for Rihanna

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rihanna-anti-release.jpgBarbadian music sensation Rihanna will have to make room on her already extensive list of awards as she has been newly nominated for 7 American Music Awards for this year's upcoming show.

The announcement was made by Joe Jonas and Rachel Platten earlier today on Good Morning America. The 2016 American Music Awards will take place on Sunday, November 20 on ABC.

Below are the 7 categories in which Rihanna is nominated:


Favorite Female Artist, Pop/Rock:

Adele

Selena Gomez

Rihanna

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Artist of the Year:

Adele

Beyoncé

Justin Bieber

Drake

Selena Gomez

Ariana Grande

Rihanna

Twenty One Pilots

Carrie Underwood

The Weeknd

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Favorite Female Artist - Soul/R&B

Beyoncé

Janet Jackson

Rihanna

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Favorite Album - Soul/R&B

Beyoncé "Lemonade"

Rihanna "Anti"

Bryson Tiller "T R A P S O U L"

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Favorite Song - Soul/R&B

Drake Featuring Wizkid & Kyla "One Dance"

Rihanna Featuring Drake "Work"

Bryson Tiller "Don't"

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Collab of the Year Nominees:

The Chainsmokers & Daya

Drake, Kyle & Wizkid

Fifth Harmony & Ty Dolla $ign

Rihanna & Drake

Meghan Trainor & John Legend

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Video of the Year Nominees:

Justin Bieber - "Sorry"

Desiigner - "Panda"

Rihanna & Drake - "Work"





Pearl McFarlane of Royal Palm Estate fame has died

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pearl-mcfarlane.jpgPearl McFarlane, a cast member of local TV soap opera Royal Palm Estate has died. McFarlane, who played Jenny on the long-running drama, passed away after a long illness. She was buried at Dovecot Memorial Park in St Catherine last Saturday following a thanksgiving service at Mamby Baptist Church in St Andrew.

Creator of Royal Palm Estate Lennie Little-White remembers McFarlane as a very professional actress.

"She first came to Mediamix back in the early 1990s to audition for a commercial for Cool deodorant, and I was just struck by her personality and charm. And when we started shooting Royal Palm Estate in 1992, I drew for her. She brought great qualities to the role and set. She was always very professional, always knew her lines and took the role seriously, unlike some divas."

McFarlane's character was a femme fatale in Royal Palm Estate, who would have a baby for Ted Blackburn, played by Reggie Carter. When Blackburn died, she took on his son - Richard - and was also the object of affection for the pastor played by John Jones. The 65-year-old McFarlane joins three other cast members from Royal Palm Estate - Reggie Carter, Cyrene Tomlinson and John Jones - who have transitioned.

McFarlane is survived by her only daughter, hairstylist Trish McFarlane.





tommy-lee-photo-10.jpgParty promoter Cabral Douglas, who launched a US$3-million lawsuit against the Dominica Government, in relation to the deportation of dancehall artiste Tommy Lee, has retained one of England's top barristers - Dr Leslie Thomas - to lead the litigation phase of the case due to commence in Trinidad on October 20.

"I am pleased to announce that I have retained the services of Leslie Thomas QC LLB LLD. Dr Thomas is one of the UK's leading human rights barristers. He brings a wealth of knowledge and courtroom experience in high-profile cases to the table and I am extremely fortunate to have him on-board to lead the litigation phase of this matter," Douglas, an attorney-at-law, disclosed.

Douglas, son of former Prime Minister Rosie Douglas, said he is not concerned about getting a backlash from the Government.

"The Labour Government currently in office has traditionally stood for human rights, civil liberties and free enterprise. So if there is to be a backlash, I would expect it to be against them. In fact, hundreds of young Dominicans protested the unlawful arrests of Tommy Lee and his enterouge whilst they were being detained in that filthy jail cell unfit for a dog," he said.

Douglas also stated that Caribbean Community encourages free movement of among its member states. He stressed that while he only lost money from the show's cancellation, Tommy Lee Sparta and his team were stripped of their dignity and no amount of monetary disbursement can compensate for that.

Douglas said his father, who died in 2000, would have been extremely supportive of him in this matter.

"My father, the late Hon Rosie Douglas, was an uncompromising champion for human rights and was prepared to face jail in defence of human rights in Canada. So my dad would stand in solidarity with the four Jamaican claimants just as I have done through this ordeal," he said.

Tommy Lee Sparta, along with three members of his team - Tiasha Oralie Russell, Junior Fraser and Mario Christopher Wallace - were deported from Dominica a day after their arrival.

The artiste had journeyed to the Caribbean state to perform at a concert in Portsmouth in February 2014. They were, however, denied entry and placed in custody before being deported.

Prior to his arrival, the Dominica Association of Evangelical Churches had called for a boycott of the artiste's concert. The group said its concern was based on Tommy Lee Sparta's glorification of Satan and his promotion of violence.

Tommy Lee Sparta is known for a number of hit singles such as Spartan Soldier, Psycho, God's Eye, Get Money.





frankie-paul.jpgFrankie Paul and friends are staging a concert to raise funds for the entertainer's much needed prosthetic leg.

The veteran singer recently underwent surgery to amputate his foot.

The show dubbed FRANKIE PAUL ALIVE and WELL, is to take place on October 15, at the brand new African Roots and Culture Center adjacent to the House of Dancehall at 6 Cargill Avenue, Kingston.

Frankie Paul's live performance in Jamaica comes after unscrupulous persons exploited his illness, and plastered false information on social media.





ghosts-from-the-clintons-past-l-r-kathleen-willey-juanita-broadd.jpgDonald Trump took the gloves off 90 minutes before Sunday night's debate against Hillary Clinton, holding a meeting with four ghosts from Bill Clinton's sexual past - and letting a handful of unsympathetic reporters in to hear them speak.

Trump introduced his coalition of the willing - Kathleen Willey, Juanita Broaddrick, Kathy Shelton and Paula Jones - in St. Louis as a press pool snapped shutters and reporters shouted questions about a new audio recording of Trump saying vulgar things about women 11 years ago.

Broaddrick, an Arkansas nursing home administrator who has accused Bill Clinton of forcibly raping her when he was the state's attorney general, said that 'actions speak louder than words.'

'Mr. Trump may have said some bad words, but Bill Clinton raped me. And Hillary Clinton threatened me. I don't think there's any comparison.'

Shelton was raped at age 12 by a man whom Hillary Clinton defended in court. She has blamed the current Democratic presidential nominee for casting her as an unbalanced, untrustworthy child prone to sexual fantasies, and plea-bargaining her client down to a misdemeanor.

'At 12 years old Hillary put me through something that you would never put a 12-year-old through,' Shelton said.

'And she says she's for women and children. And she was asked last year what happened, and she said she's supposed to defend [clients] whether they did it or not. Now she's laughing on tape, saying she -'

Shelton, overcome with emotion, stopped speaking.

'You went through a lot,' Trump said.

'Yes sir, I did,' she answered.

Shelton joined Twitter on Saturday, and immediately started firing off messages targeting the Clintons.

'I may be Hillary Clinton's 1st female victim. She ruined my life; defended my rapist & blamed me. I was 12 yrs old. Then she laughed at me,' one message read.

'I don't care if Trump said gross things. I care that Hillary Clinton lied, terrorized, & mocked me, defending my rapist,' she added.

Jones, who won an $800,000 lawsuit settlement after accusing Bill Clinton of sexual harassment, said she supported Trump: 'I think everybody else should vote for him ... he's a good person. He's not what other people have been saying he's being, like Hillary.'

And Willey, who pointed fingers at Bill Clinton for allegedly groping her in a room near the Oval Office, was also present as a Trump cheerleader.





At least 20 newborn babies dead at Jubilee; not 7

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crime-scene-7.jpgThe Opposition People's National Party (PNP) is claiming that as many as 20 newborns may have died at the Victoria Jubilee Hospital and not seven as reported.

The babies died from sepsis, which the Chief Medical Officer Dr Winston De La Haye has said was due to an organism in the vaginal tracts of their mothers.

In a release this afternoon, Opposition spokesman on health, Horace Dalley, expressed condolences to the parents of the children and said the Opposition was concerned about the situation, which he said appeared to be worsening.

He has called for Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton to disclose reports of newborn deaths from bacterial infections at the Cornwall Regional Hospital and The University Hospital of the West Indies.

Dalley said there have been too many incidents that the minister appeared not be aware.

Tufton says that an investigation into the deaths of the children was launched.





madman-chops-off-bruce-walters-head.jpgA man who said to be of unsound mind killing a well-known elderly taxi operator in Hague, Trelawny, yesterday evening, by completely chopping off his head and then running away with the man's head in his hands.

The police report that the taximan, Tepton Walters, 70, was mending a fence at home when he was attacked and chopped all over his body by Rayon Tomlinson.

Tomlinson, the police say, used a machete to completely sever the head of Walters. The police said Tomlinson fled the scene with the severed head.

Up to press time yesterday, the police maintained that Tomlinson was still at large.

"While he (Tomlinson) was committing the act, the neighbours threw stones at him and he ran away in the bushes with the head," said Ralph Medley, an inspector stationed at the Clarks Town Police Station in the parish.

Medley, who was on the scene of the tragedy, said he could not say what had triggered the grisly attack.

The residents set Tomlinson's residence on fire.





prime-minister-portia-simpson-miller-photo-3.jpgOpposition Leader Portia Simpson Miller has condemned the savagery of Sunday's killing spree on March Pen Road and subsequent burning of the house with the occupants inside and labelled it an attack on the nation's children.

"Once again, our children are under attack as crime continues to spiral out of control. Our children are no longer safe in their homes and communities. We owe it to our children to provide them with safe and nurturing communities in which they can thrive and achieve their full potential. We must protect our children," Simpson Miller said in a statement issued yesterday.

She also appealed to Prime Minister Andrew Holness to urgently pay attention to what she termed "out-of-control crime".





spanish-town-killing.jpgPolice yesterday imposed a curfew on sections of the St Catherine North Division late yesterday as they sought to bring a halt to an eruption of violence that resulted in the charred remains of five persons, including three children, being pulled from premises in Africa Settlement on March Pen Road in the parish.

The curfew, which began at 6 p.m. yesterday, will remain in effect until tomorrow.

During yesterday's deadly incident, a 14-year-old girl and a 25-year-old man were also shot and injured.

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According to police reports, a patrol team of lawmen was called to respond to heavy gunfire in the area around 1:30 a.m.When the police arrived at the location, a group of heavily armed men, who had been alerted to their presence, engaged them in a shoot-out.

Two persons were later found with gunshot wounds and five other persons burnt to death at the 7 March Pen Road premises. Dead are two-year-old Koyandra Wynter, nine-year-old Revaughn Evans, 14-year-old Marvin Campbell Jr, 22-year-old Venisha Bartley, and 24-year-old Salesha Evans.

The two persons shot and injured were admitted to hospital.





spanish-town-killing-mother-mourns.jpgThe police are seeking Marvin Campbell Sr, otherwise called 'Fat Man', as a person of interest at this time. He is also wanted in connection with a previous triple murder and incest.

According to Deputy Superintendent (DSP) Stephanie Lindsay, head of the police's Corporate Communications Unit (CCU), the latest incident took place about 1:30 Sunday morning in an area known as Africa. The gunmen, who were said to be wearing police vests, kicked in the doors of four houses and opened fire, hitting seven occupants.Five, including three children were killed.

The houses were set ablaze by the gunmen.

Persons knowing the whereabouts of Marvin Campbell Sr are being asked to call the police at 119, 811, 984-2874 or the nearest police station. They can also call Crime Stop at 311. Information may also be sent using the Stay Alert App.





spanish-town-killing.jpgSeven people were shot, five fatally, Sunday morning on March Pen Road in Spanish Town, St Catherine.

Three of those who died are children - two-year-old Koyandra Wynter, nine-year-old Revaughn Evans, and 14-year-old Marvin Campbell Jr. The other two are said to be 22-year-old Venisha Bartley and Salesha Evans, 24.

According to Deputy Superintendent (DSP) Stephanie Lindsay, head of the police's Corporate Communications Unit (CCU), the incident took place about 1:30 Sunday morning in an area known as Africa. The gunmen, who were said to be wearing police vests, kicked in the doors of four houses and opened fire, hitting seven occupants.

The houses were set ablaze by the gunmen.

The injured, which include a 14-year-old girl, are reportedly in serious but stable condition at hospital.





Hospital finally locates source of foul odor

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cornwall-regional-hospital.jpgThe administration of the Cornwall Regional Hospital in St. James says a sulphur based compound which spilled near the Radiology Department is the source of the odour which has been affecting a section of the facility.

The odour, which emanated from the ventilation system, was detected last week. It affected the hospital's first, second and third floors. A source at the hospital says the chemical is not toxic but can cause eye and skin irritation.

Anthony Smikkle, Chief Executive Officer of the Cornwall Regional Hospital, says a team from Kingston is trying to eliminate the odour.





hurricane-matthew-11am-thursday.pngThe extremely dangerous Hurricane Matthew has again strengthened to a Category 4 storm as it heads for Florida.

Matthew has maximum sustained winds of 140 miles or 220 kilometres per hour.

Some additional strengthening is possible, and Matthew should remain a Category 4 hurricane while it approaches the Florida coast.

At 11:00 a.m., the centre of the storm was located about about 25 miles or 40 kilometres west northwest of Nassau or about 180 miles or 290 kilometres south east of West Palm Beach, Florida. The eye is moving toward the northwest, near 14 miles or 22 kilometres per hour.

This general motion is expected to continue on Thursday, with a turn toward the north northwest Thursday night or early Friday.

On the forecast track, Matthew should cross the northwestern Bahamas later on Thursday and move close to or over the east coast of the Florida peninsula through Friday night.





Hurricane Matthew kills over 100 persons in Haiti

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hurricane-matthew-cat-5.jpgHurricane Matthew has left 108 people dead in Haiti, the interior minister has told AFP news agency.

One local official, speaking to AFP, said 50 people had died in the southern town of Roche-a-Bateau alone.

New images from remote and cut off areas in the south-west of the country show scenes of devastation.

The hurricane has again been upgraded to a Category Four storm, the second highest hurricane classification, as it heads for the US state of Florida.

Hurricane Matthew - the most powerful Caribbean storm in nearly a decade - is currently pounding the Bahamas, after slicing through Haiti and Cuba.

Haiti has seen some of the worst of the devastation, with reports of at least one town in the south virtually wiped out.

An earlier death toll given by Haiti's civil protection service stood at 23, but as emergency services gained access to some of the more remote areas on Thursday, the number rose rapidly to more than 100.





hurricane-nicole.jpgTropical Storm Nicole was upgraded to hurricane status on Thursday as it swirled in the Atlantic Ocean to the south of Bermuda, the US National Hurricane Center said.

Nicole was packing 130 kilometre per hour (80 mph) winds, and was set to strengthen slightly in the coming 24 hours, triggering swell and rough conditions in Bermuda, although no hurricane warning has been issued at this stage.

It is currently located several hundred miles east of Matthew, the powerful category four hurricane ripping through the Caribbean and bound for the US coast.

Nicole is not a threat to Jamaica.





17 year-old killed in Trelawny drive-by

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crime-scene-7.jpgThe Wakefield police in Trelawny have commenced a probe into Wednesday night's drive-by shooting in a section of the parish which left a teenager dead.

The dead teen has been identified as 17-year-old Rajae Dean of a Bounty Hall, Trelawny address. Reports are that about 9:25, the police were summoned into the Pinnock Street area of Bounty Hall where residents reported that they noticed a Toyota Axio motor car speeding away after gunshots were heard.

The police, who were quick in the scene, discovered Dean's blood-soaked body lying on the ground suffering from gunshot wounds. He was taken to the Falmouth Public General Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

No motive has been established for the deadly attack. Dean's killing brings to 20 the number of murders recorded in the Trelawny Police Division since the start of the year.





Dancehall deejay Food Kartel is dead

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food-kartel.jpgDancehall artiste Courtney 'Food Kartel' Broughton is dead. He died on Wednesday night, only a few days after it as suspected that he had suffered a stroke.

"I will always remember Food Kartel as a man who loved music, he was a great live performer, and an encouraging individual. He was a real vibes man, happy no matter what was going through in his life. He would always find a way to hustle a money so that he and his fellow artistes could do road and promote our songs. It is tragic that he died so young," fellow artiste Macka Diamond said.

Food Kartel is survived by nine children.

The comedian-artiste is known for creating spoofs of popular dancehall songs to create lyrics based on food and articulating culinary delights. Stage show patrons will remember classics like Kitchen Hero, Cook It Inna, Dumpling Tight, Brown Stew Fish and Hot Rice.





hands-behind-bars.jpgThe Nigerian Army says it plans to hand over six foreigners, including a Jamaican, who were arrested in the course of its anti-terrorism crackdown.

They will be turned over to the Nigeria Immigration Service for deportation.The foreigners include four Cameroonians.

Brigadier General Victor Ezugwu said the foreigners were among suspects arrested in raids in Boko Haram terrorist camps, but were cleared of affiliation with the group. He said the suspects entered Nigeria illegally.





7 persons shot on the weekend

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crime-scene-7.jpgThe police are investigating a series of shootings and murders in the division on the weekend.

Seven persons were shot, two fatally in St. Catherine, while there were incidents in several other parishes.

The two deceased in St. Catherine were shot by gunmen in Quarry Hill shortly after 9:00 p.m. on Sunday. One of them has been identified as Raymond Reid, while the other victim is still unidentified.

Earlier in the evening, two men were shot along Railway Premises in Spanish Town. They have been admitted to hospital.

On Friday, three persons were shot and injured when gunmen opened fire on persons at the Spanish Town bus park. Several stalls were also set on fire by the gunmen.

And a woman was fatally shot on Sunday in Cedar Valley, St. Andrew.

There were also murders recorded in St. James and Hanover.





Elephant Man's baby mother murdered in Standpipe

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elephant-man-and-ratty.jpgThe community of Standpipe in St Andrew is still reeling following Monday morning's brutal murder of Shamara Grant also known as Ratty. Ratty is one of several baby mothers of popular dancehall deejay, Elephant Man.

Yardflex has been reliably informed that Ratty was found at her home in Standpipe with multiple gunshot wounds. Sources disclosed that the main suspect has turned himself in to the police.

Reports are that up to late Sunday night, Ratty was outside with friends talking about the impending Hurricane Matthew, however, by the wee hours of Monday morning a gunman had entered the home she shared with her son and shot her at least seven times.

Neighbours rushed her to the University Hospital where Ratty reportedly put up a brave battle, but she later died in hospital with her brother holding her hand.

"She was really a nice person; she loved her son dearly and strange enough she was not on social media, but she loved to take pictures," is how neighbours in Standpipe remember Ratty.

Up to the time of writing, Elephant Man was yet to comment publicly on Ratty's murder or offer his condolences.





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A Message from the Principal

Over the past three to five years, we have been earnestly trying to secure funding for the installation of a Synthetic Running Track.

This track is slated for our Melbourne Park Campus in Jamaica W.I.

Currently, this endeavor will cost conservatively USD$400,000.

I am pleased to inform you that with the effort of certain stakeholders, we have managed to secure seventy-five percent (75%) of this cost through an overseas foundation.

Our task, is to secure the balance of One Hundred Thousand USD ($100,000) within a timely manner or the offer will be withdrawn.

Dave Myrie, Principal
Kingston College

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DUTY CALLS...

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For immediate Release
www.fundingthecause.org
For more information, contact:
PR Director - Ingrid Abrahams Larmond @ 5084774

In this day and age of self-focus and vain ambitions, it is refreshing to see someone, yet alone a teenager, who even with the opportunity in front of her to become self-absorbed, opted to do just the opposite; focus on someone else's wellbeing besides her own.

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Her name is Kathleen Smith, the recently crowned Miss Teen Jamaica, who since being conferred with such a prestigious title, has been nothing less than regal in the way she has taken on the duties of her reign.

Last Monday she was invited to assist Funding the Cause, a non-profit organization aimed at enhancing the lives of children between the ages of six and eighteen years old, as they provided books to over two hundred and twenty grade six students preparing for the GSAT at Rousseau Primary School.

In addition to handing over books and posing for photographs, Kathleen was able to chat with the students about achieving their goals; and of course, with her being an upper sixth form student at Ardenne High School, it was only natural that she dropped a few study tips of her own on them as well.

duty-calls-photo-2.jpgMs. Melgay Davis - Grade 6 Coordinator Rousseau Primary, Antoinette Daniels Martinez and Belinda Blake, Directors - Funding the Cause

Celebrity moment aside and it was time for the real stars in that environ to shine. Ms. Melgay Davis, grade six coordinator of Rousseau Primary wasted little time in imparting praise upon Funding the Cause for the effort, and made it clear that she was beyond elated by the kind gesture, and noted that it would certainly boost the students' moral to know that others do care enough about them to provide them with tools to help them succeed.

Corporate friend of Funding the Cause; Facey Commodity Company Limited came on board and provided cases of canned products towards the breakfast and lunch programme at the school from which well over one thousand two hundred (1,200) students benefit on a daily basis.

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In the words of Miss Teen Jamaica 2016, "I feel extremely blessed to be able to speak into the lives of these children and the fact that they made me feel like a true celebrity doesn't hurt" as students thronged her for her autograph and hung onto every word she said.

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Ms. M. Davis - Grade 6 Coordinator Rousseau Primary, Ingrid Abrahams-Larmond, Belinda Blake, Carlington Martinez, Directors - Funding the Cause and Carone Fisher-Messado, FTC volunteer.

When asked about the organization's selection process of what project to undertake or children to assist, Mrs. Ingrid Abrahams-Larmond, Public Relations Director of Funding the Cause, explains that the directors of the organization examine the severity of the case coupled with the team's ability to effectively accomplish the job through its combined resources along with assistance from the organization's corporate friends.

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For additional information on the charitable work of Funding the Cause or how to be considered for assistance from the organization, visit www.fundingthecause.org

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Tuesday's sitting of Parliament has been postponed because of the threat of Hurricane Matthew.

In a statement this afternoon, the Office of the Prime Minister said a resumption date