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Dictionary.com's 2016 Word of the Year: Xenophobia

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The Word of the Year embodies a major theme resonating deeply in the cultural consciousness over the prior 12 months. This year, some of the most prominent news stories have centered around fear of the "other." Fear is an adaptive part of human evolutionary history and often influences behaviors and perceptions on a subconscious level. However, this particular year saw fear rise to the surface of cultural discourse. Because our users' interest in this overarching theme emerges so starkly for one specific word in our trending lookup data, xenophobia is Dictionary.com's 2016 Word of the Year.

The word xenophobia is actually relatively new, and only entered English in the late 1800s. It finds its roots in two Greek words, xénos meaning "stranger, guest," and phóbos meaning "fear, panic."

Dictionary.com defines xenophobia as "fear or hatred of foreigners, people from different cultures, or strangers." It can also refer to fear or dislike of customs, dress, and cultures of people with backgrounds different from our own.

Within the recent past, we can date user interest in the term xenophobia to April 2015, when there was a massive surge in lookups that was larger than any of the peaks seen in 2016. This spike in lookups was connected to attacks on foreign workers and overall rising xenophobia in South Africa. While lookups for xenophobia in the US also rose during that time, it was lookups from Dictionary.com's worldwide users that made this particular surge so significant.

The largest spike in data for the term xenophobia this year occurred on June 24 with a 938% increase in lookups-that's hundreds of users looking up the term each hour. This was the day after the UK voted to leave the European Union as the result of a much debated referendum, also known as Brexit. Another lookup trend that was influenced by the Brexit vote: user interest in the term hate crime soared in the month of July as newspapers covered an increase in crimes motivated by prejudice in post-Brexit UK. In October, the British Home Office reported a 41% increase in hate crimes the month following the EU referendum.

Soon after Brexit, the second largest surge in lookups this year for the term xenophobia leads us to the 2016 US presidential race. On June 29, President Obama gave a speech in which he expressed concern over the use of the term populism to describe Donald Trump's political rhetoric. Obama insisted that this was not an example of populism, but of "nativism or xenophobia." The biggest spike in lookups for the term populism occurred on June 30 as a result of Obama's speech.





10 per cent voter turnout

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The Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) is reporting a 10 per cent voter turnout between the hours of 7 and 11 o clock for Local Government Elections.

A total of 183,743 ballots were cast across all 7,050 polling stations.

Meanwhile, 782 electors voted for the mayor of the Municipality of Portmore during the same time period. This accounts for 8.12 per cent of the electors eligible to vote in that election.

Voting continues slowly across the island, with polls set to close at 5:00 p.m. today.





Teen shot on Local Government Election Day

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crime-scene-gun.jpgTeenager has been rushed to hospital after being shot multiple times along Windward Road in Kingston on Monday afternoon, Loop News understands.

The shooting occurred as Jamaicans cast their ballots in Local Government Elections but it's unclear if the incident was politically motivated.

The Jamaica Constabulary Force's information arm, the Corporate Communications Unit (CCU), has confirmed the incident but said it could not offer any more details at this time.

Investigators are probing the scene.





crime-scene-7.jpgA man was beaten to death by residents of Cockburn Avenue in Kingston, after an 84-year-old woman was found dead inside her house.Reports are that the grandmother had also been raped.

The police have not released the names of the deceased.

The Constabulary's Corporate Communications Unit says initial reports are that the woman's relatives discovered her body about 7:30 am.





jamaican-sophia-lamb-and-andre-curtis-photo-op.jpgCops are searching for a Jamaican man, Andre Curtis, who is the estranged husband of a 44-year-old nursing assistant found stabbed to death in her Bronx apartment Saturday.

Sophia Lamb's mother found her sprawled out on the living room floor in their shared Baychester Ave. home near Aldrich St. in Co-op City at 1:45 p.m., police said.

Lamb died at the scene.

Her husband, Andre Curtis, was kicked out of the home weeks ago - but was back Friday night trying to talk to Lamb, her mother, Sylvia Malcolm told the Daily News.

According to reports, police were eyeing Lamb's husband as a "person of interest," and no one was charged with the killing as of Saturday night. Curtis moved into the apartment with Lamb and her parents in June after emigrating from Jamaica, relatives said. The pair had met in the island 15 years ago.

Within a month of moving to the Bronx, Curtis' normally cheery personality changed - and he became cold and controlling, said Lamb's father, Audley Malcolm.

"She wanted to have dinner with her sister, he said no. She would come home late from work and it's a problem," the grieving dad said.

"I told her, go to Immigration [Services] and cry like you've never cried before, throw yourself on the floor and tell them you're not leaving until they come and take him back to Jamaica."

Lamb's co-workers at Blythedale Children's Hospital in Valhalla, Westchester County, were among those who rushed to the scene in disbelief. Mourners huddled in the building's lobby and sobbed as technicians from the city medical examiner's office carried Lamb's body out of the building.





producer-seanizzle-involved-in-car-crash-in-serious-but-stable-condition.jpgProducer and artiste Seanizzle, whose given name is Sean Reid, is said to be in "serious but stable condition" at the Kingston Public Hospital after an early morning accident.

Seanizzle's car is reported to have been pushed over an island into oncoming traffic, where a Toyota Rav 4 slammed into his car.

Producer Black Sheep said that he saw Seanizzle at the KFC on Washington Boulevard at about midnight on Sunday.

"He had been recording songs and had gone to get food for the artistes. He went through the drive through and I went inside but we left at about the same time. I turned down to Duhaney Park side and he went up the Boulevard," he said.

Black Sheep then reported dropping off a USB storage device at a nearby plaza and then heading in the direction towards Seanizzle's studio when he encountered a traffic jam in the vicinity of overhead bridge at Drewsland.

"Then mi bredrin say 'nu Izzy car that', and mi say no, him muss reach home by now. So we jump out in time fi see the police dem put him in a jeep. Then his car ketch a fire, and the police start push everybody back," Black Sheep said.

Black Sheep, who visited the KPH, noted that Seanizzle was conscious but "woozy" because he had suffered a concussion in the accident.

"The nurse asked him what year it was and he said 2012, but she said that was understandable. Mi just glad say him alright, he is in serious but stable condition but because it is a head injury, the doctors have to monitor him. Is a double lick him get, first from the taxi man, then from the Rav 4," he said.

Artiste Mr G. who refers to Sean as his 'brother' says it was God who saved Sean.

Seanizzle has been producing music for over a decade.





leonard-cohen.jpgCanadian singer, songwriter and poet Leonard Cohen died November 11, aged 82.

The news was announced on his official Facebook page, but no details about the cause of death were given.

"It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet, songwriter and artist, Leonard Cohen has passed away," the statement said.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau led tributes to the singer, who was known for hits including Hallelujah and Dance Me to the End of Love.

"It is with deep sorrow that I learned today of the death of the legendary Leonard Cohen," Mr Trudeau said in a statement.

"He will be fondly remembered for his gruff vocals, his self-deprecating humour and the haunting lyrics that made his songs the perennial favourite of so many generations."





sean-paul-photo-6.jpgSean Paul came under fire from social media last week after he admitted to Charlamagne Tha God that he eats "pum pum" and then backtracked.

If you're a fan of dancehall culture then you would know that pum pum eating is a huge issue, although some fans would agree that things are slowly changing. During an interview on The Breakfast Club this week, Charlamagne, known for asking celebrities tough questions, asked Sean Paul if he "eat pum pum." "We got to prove that you're a Jamaican, do you eat pum pum?" Charlamagne asked.

"Yes I eat pum pum but... Just funny the way you said it to me a pum pum we say and no I don't eat pum pum... no sir... It don't have a wrapper you know," Sean Paul said.

Needless to say that dancehall fans have been going in on him on social media with some accusing him of lying about it.

Charlamagne pushed back on some of the criticisms from fans telling them to "grow up."

"I can't believe y'all mad at Sean Paul for this," he said. "SMH. If the man eat Pum Pum let him eat Pum Pum!! Why we Pum Pum eating shaming??? Women stop letting Jamaican men get away with saying they don't eat Pum Pum when they've eaten yours. Treat Jamaican men who eat Pum Pum but claim they don't the same way the streets treat rappers who claim they bout that life but aren't. I can't believe Jamaican men right now especially because if you've ever licked a well seasoned, well cooked ox tail then you know what Pum Pum taste like or when you cut a beef patty in half and put your tongue in the center of it it's the same difference. Grow up Jamaican men, GROW UP."





'More music from prison,' promises Kartel

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vybz-kartel-photo-4-larger.jpgSince last week, Vybz Kartel has released three new singles, "You Make Me Cry," "Your Little Shorts," and "What Next." all these tracks are from previously recorded unreleased material.

In doing so the World Boss kept his promise to his fans that despite his transfer to a tighter security prison, he would still be putting out new songs.

"Transfer from one prison to the next won't stop the music because we have so much unreleased recordings," a Gaza rep stated..

"We have really good producers who can mix the songs to make them sound like they were just recorded so that is the issue now, but no music is being recorded behind bars," the deejay's rep added.

During his sentencing in 2014, Vybz Kartel was given the option to record music in prison but the proceeds would go towards his murder victim family. The Portmore Empire deejay declined the offer which means its illegal for him to record music in prison.

"Vybz Kartel real youth enuh big up yuh self mi Boss none a them caah stop you the more them chat a the more you rise them just caah be like you the fool them nuh know say every man have to be themselves them caah step to you no day we love you we need you i pray gods blessings upon you and your friends you are a real empire full a knowledge them nuh deh nuh where near you them nuh see how much name you have only Jesus alone have so much name that mean you are very very special in the eyes of god dance hall a fi you Gaza still a win free mi say fi the Boss," a Gaza Fan commented.





fidel-castro-collage.jpgU.S. President Barack Obama has spoken out on the passing of Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro (pictured with former Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev in 1963), saying that history will record and judge the 'enormous' impact that Castro had on 'the people and the world around him.

The White House released Obama's statement on Saturday morning in which he noted the relationship between the U.S. and Cuba has been marked by 'discord and profound political disagreements' for nearly six decades. Obama offered his condolences to Castro's family and said his thoughts and prayers are with the Cuban people.

Castro, who led a rebel army to improbable victory in Cuba, embraced Soviet-style communism and defied the power of 10 U.S. presidents during his half century rule. He has been branded 'one of the most iconic personalities of the 20th century'.





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Fidel Castro (gesticulating), with two members of the 1970s Jamaican Peoples' National Party Government, P.J. Patterson and Arnold Bertram, to his left.

Leader of the opposition Peoples' National Party, Portia Simpson Miller, in her tribute to Fidel Castro, said he was a great leader and consummate friend of Jamaica, whose legacy will live on.

Mrs. Simpson Miller, in her statement, said despite being born into material comfort, Mr. Castro dedicated his life to the struggle for Cuba's social and economic revolution and the liberation of the Cuban people.

She said, through his efforts, Cuba stands as a proud nation, providing quality education and training, a first rate health care system, among other social advances.

She noted that many of Jamaica's best medical practitioners were trained free of cost in Cuba and Cuban doctors, nurses and other health care professionals continue to share their expertise locally.





PM Andrew Holness remembers Fidel Castro

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fidel-castro-el-general-photo-2.jpgPrime Minister Andrew Holness has written to Cuban President Raul Castro extending deep sympathies on behalf of Jamaica at the passing of Fidel Castro, Cuba's revolutionary leader.

In a statement on Saturday morning, Mr. Holness remembered Fidel Castro for his revolutionary leadership and guidance of the Cuban state. He said many Jamaicans still vividly remember his visits to Jamaica and his passionate speeches in defence of the right to self-determination.

The Prime Minister said the people of Jamaica remain deeply appreciative of the significant contribution that Cuban medical personnel continue to make to Jamaica through technical cooperation, initiated under the leadership of Fidel Castro.





fidel-castro-el-general-photo-1.jpgBearded and ferocious, Fidel Castro ruled Cuba unchallenged for nearly half a century despite being hated by the United States whose secret service more than once tried to assassinate him.Castro, who famously proclaimed after his arrest in a failed coup attempt that history would absolve him, has died aged 90, Cuban state media reports.

At the end, an elderly and infirm Castro was a whisper of the Marxist firebrand whose iron will and passionate determination bent the arc of destiny

"There are few individuals in the 20th century who had a more profound impact on a single country than Fidel Castro had in Cuba," Robert Pastor, a former national security adviser for President Jimmy Carter in the 1970s, told CNN in 2012.

"He reshaped Cuba in his image, for both bad and good," said Pastor, who died in 2014. "Cuba will be a different place because he lived and he died."

Castro lived long enough to see a historic thaw in relations between Cuba and the United States. President Barack Obama announced in December that the United States would re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba and urged Congress to lift a 52-year-old economic embargo.

Cuban President Raul Castro -- who took over from his ailing brother more than eight years earlier -- announced the breakthrough to the nation, but observers noted Fidel's silence on the matter.

Castro's stage was a small island nation 90 miles from the underbelly of the United States, but he commanded worldwide attention.

"He was a historic figure way out of proportion to the national base in which he operated," said noted Cuba scholar Louis A. Perez Jr., author of more than 10 books on the island and its history.

"Cuba hadn't counted for much in the scale of politics and history until Castro," said Wayne Smith, the top U.S. diplomat in Cuba from 1979 to 1982.

Castro became famous enough that he could be identified by only one name. A mention of "Fidel" left little doubt who was being talked about.

No other non-royal ruler clung to power as long as Castro did.





There are reports of a generally low turn out of Election Day workers and members of the security forces, who voted today (Friday) ahead of Monday's Local Government poll.

In St. Thomas, rain affected the turnout at polling stations, but in Portland, voting went smoothly. In West Portland there was 70 per cent turnout at the four polling stations. In Kingston and St. Andrew, voting got off to a smooth start, but few voters also turned out Friday morning.

Some Thirty-eight thousand 877 special services electors were eligible to vote.

Election Day workers and members of the security forces who did not vote today will not be able to do so on Monday.





crime-scene-gun.jpgThe five-month-old baby who was shot along with her mother Friday morning in Farm Heights, St. James is undergoing treatment at hospital.

The infant was reportedly shot in the abdomen when gunmen opened fire her and her mother on the Farm Heights main road about 8:45 a.m.

The mother, 30-year-old Alexia Brown, died on the spot.

Senior Superintendent Marlon Nesbeth, head of the St. James Police, said the motive for the shooting is not yet clear.

He is urging anyone with information to assist the police.





wanted-man-roshad-moss.jpgRoshad Moss - alias 'Shut' of Lime Hall, St Ann, man once considered St Ann's most wanted - and who has been charged in relation to two murders in Lime Hall, St Ann - was remanded in custody when he appeared before the St Ann Parish Court recently.

He will next appear in court on December 14, by which time his attorney is to receive the file in relation to the charges. He appeared in court on Thursday, November 17, on charges of accessory to murder that occurred in 2015 and a murder committed earlier this year.

Moss first came to national attention when he was charged in connection with the shooting death of 16-year-old Maurice Cox, Jr on May 29, 2015. The main perpetrator behind Cox's killing, Kevin Rattigan, was on the run for over a year before being caught on Tuesday, September 27.

Police said Rattigan and Moss were members of the 'After Dark' gang that has since been dismantled by the St Ann police. However, Moss allegedly committed another murder while on bail for that offence. Police say Moss was a key player in two murders in Lime Hall on Tuesday morning, January 5, when a taxi operator, David Hudson and Damion Campbell, alias 'Iron Man' were shot and killed in a home invasion.

Reports are that at about 1:30 am, 30-year-old Hudson, was at home when he was pounced upon by gunmen who opened fire killing him. Campbell, who was also at the home, was shot and died in hospital on January 6.

Moss turned himself over to the police on January 6 and was later charged, but only in connection with Campbell's murder. Those murders were believed to have been connected to the disappearance of four family members - who are now presumed dead - on Saturday, November 14, 2015.

Moss was granted bail again by the courts in relation to the murder of Campbell. One of the conditions of his bail was that he was to report to the Crofts Hill police, in Clarendon. However, the police later said that Moss was not reporting. Following several attempts to locate Moss, he was apprehended in a taxi close to the community of Moneague, St Ann on September 28.





Mother shot dead, baby shot and injured in St James

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crime-scene-gun.jpgAlexia Brown 30-year-old mother of Farm Heights, St James was shot and killed and her five months old baby shot and injured during an attack by unknown assailants in her St James community on Friday morning.

Reports are that about 8:30, Brown was walking in her community when she was pounced upon by unknown men who alighted from a motor car which drove up.

The mother and her baby girl were shot and rushed to hospital where she was pronounced dead, while the toddler admitted in a serious condition.





Popular Mo Bay photographer stabbed to death

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mo-bay-patrick-osbourne-nov-25.jpgA popular photographer from the second city, Montego Bay, was set upon and stabbed to death by unknown attackers close to his workplace Thursday night.

The deceased has been identified as 42-year-old Patrick Osbourne of Pitfour, St James address.

Reports are that about 9:30, Osbourne who just left work was about to enter his car when he was attacked from behind and stabbed multiple times.

He was pronounced dead at the Cornwall Regional Hospital where he was rushed.

The police are yet to establish a motive for the killing.





PNP councillor Kari Douglas injured in accident

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pnp-councillor-kari-douglas.jpgPeople's National Party (PNP) councillor for the Trafalgar Division, Kari Douglas, was reportedly injured in a motor vehicle accident last night.

Member of Parliament for St Andrew South East Julian Robinson, in whose constituency the Trafalgar division falls, says Douglas was not seriously injured.

He also says she is expected to make a quick recovery.

Robinson says Douglas had just entered her car, which was stationary, when it was hit head on by a car along Old Hope Road.

Robinson is calling for all candidates participating in the local government election campaign, to be very careful as they traverse the roadways.





popcaan-buys-new-range-rover-evoque-convertible-2017.jpgReports are all over the Internet that dancehall artiste Popcaan is now a proud owner of a brand new Range Rover Evoque Convertible.

The 'Unruly Boss' took to social media on Tuesday through his official fanpage 'PopcaanUpdate' to show the new whip with his fans.

It is said that sccording to sources close to the 'Unruly' camp, the Range Rover was gifted to the deejay from Canadian Rapper Drake ahead of Popcaan's reported OVO signing which is expected to be announced later this year.





Kanye and the Kurse of the Kardashians

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kardashian-curse-men.jpgAlthough there are mixed reactions over Kanye West being hospitalized, some are actually feeling sympathetic for Ye thinking he may be the latest victim of the Kardashian curse.

Although the men married to or who are involved with the Kardashians actually had MAJOR PROBLEMS before they linked with the famous family, some refuse to acknowledge it, or others enjoy poking fun at the tragic lineups of demise. I mean we now have alcoholics, drug addicts, jerks, depression, a transgender woman, a broke rapper.





bounty-killer-photo-8.jpg"Bounty Killer misses me," was the response of controversial selector/producer/artiste manager Foota Hype to a recent diss by the Warlord Bounty Killer.

Bounty Killer, who gave a good set at last weekend's Jamrock Reggae Cruise, stopped mid-way to shout out to several dancehall personality most of whom he has been friends with for many years including Baby Cham, Elephant Man, Harry Toddler and even Tony Matterhorn and Firelinks and also to take a few shots at Foota Hype.

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"Dutty Foota Hype them who are so ungrateful and talking about the general no have no hot," he said. "I am the savior of dancehall."

Foota, who was also on the cruise, told Zip FM that it was obvious that Bounty missed him, because that's the only reason why Killer, who has not performed to an international audience in a while, owing to visa woes, would take time out to call his name.

Foota had earlier this year remarked that Bounty was using the wrong producers, hence he wasn't getting any hit songs.





tads-ultimate-2016.jpgSince its auspicious debut in 2007, the Tad's International Record's compilation album, The Ultimate, has never disappointed. The latest edition, The Ultimate 2017, maintains its reputation. Scheduled for release digitally and on compact disc on December 2, it is a 19-song collection of hardcore dancehall songs and easy-listening reggae.

It contains songs from Mavado, Alkaline and Vybz Kartel, three of the biggest names in Dancehall for 2016. Mavado has four songs on The Ultimate 2017: Money, Girls & Fun, Lowe Mi, In God We Trust, and Farewell; the latter of which is a collaboration with Alkaline. Tad Dawkins, principal of Tad's Record, said 2016 is a banner year for the 'Gully God'. "Yes it was, and a very strong one and he will be a stronger force to reckon with next year. There has been resurgence in his popularity since he started recording in Jamaica once again" said Dawkins.

Vbyz Kartel has had a presence on The Ultimate series since its inception. He and Alkaline represent on The Ultimate 2017 with two solo songs each. Who Trouble Them and Training Wheel are Kartel's songs. Alkaline contributes Block & Delete and Wha a Gwan.

Coolest Summer, a massive hit for Ding Dong and Dexta Daps, and this sensational hit single is also part of the impressive musical collection. So too Wuk Off You Gal by Aidonia, Vershon's Feeling High and the rib-tickling Frowzy Taxi Man from newcomer Grampa Entatain.

With ganja decriminalization blowing across Jamaica, it is only fitting that a 'weed song' is included. None better than One Draw, sung melodiously by Marcia Griffiths featuring Fab 5; this song is a modern take on the Rita Marley classic.





leo-taddeo-chairman-new-ear-homes.jpgFollowing quite a lengthy submission by Queen's Counsel K.D Knight in the St Catherine Parish Court, the bail conditions of Leo Taddeo, the director of New Era Homes, were changed

Taddeo, whose title has included chairman and CEO of New EraHomes, was arrested in the latter part of 2015 and slapped with charges of sexual grooming/soliciting sex from a minor. It alleged that in 2013, the accused man was driving his private motor vehicle and saw a group of children and called them, two of whom are sisters. It is further alleged that Taddeo offered them $500 on each occasion that he fondled them.

In September 2015, he allegedly offered one of the sisters several thousand dollars for sexual relations. The child reportedly told her father about the incident, and Taddeo was subsequently nabbed in a sting operation.The Crown also outlined that there are other charges pending against Taddeo because investigations have revealed that it was a frequent practice for Taddeo to solicit young people for sexual acts.

New Era Homes is the developer behind Caribbean Estate, Caymanas Country Club Estate, among other projects.

Knight argued that the bail conditions were inconvenient and onerous for his client, given his hectic travel schedule across the island. Taddeo is charged with sexual grooming.

The judge agreed to change the bail conditions to allow Taddeo to report twice instead of three times to the Matilda's Corner police station.

When Taddeo attended court two months earlier, the judge had granted the lifting of the stop order between September 17 to 28th to give Taddeo enough time to see the physician on September 20th and return his travel documents to the court by September 28th. But Taddeo had since decided against traveling.

The New Era Homes director will return to court in January. New Era Homes is the developer behind Caribbean Estate, Caymanas Country Club Estate, among other projects.

He will return to court on January 29, 2016.





hotel-workers-mangled-vehicle-nov-23.jpgLoved ones are expressing shock and sorrow at Tuesday night's fatal collision that claimed the lives of two female employees of the Bahia Principe Hotel in St Ann, adding to the tragedy in June that claimed four workers from the very same hotel

The victims have been identified as 23-year-old Jodian Duncan, a waitress of Exchange, St Ann- and 24-year-old Shanique Grey, a member of the kitchen staff, from Oracabessa, St Mary.

Reports are that at about 11:45 pm, Duncan and Grey were passengers on board a 29 seater Bahia Principe staff bus, travelling east towards Ocho Rios, when the vehicle collided into a truck, which was parked in the vicinity of the Pearly Beach property on the Dunn's River main road. One of the females died on spot and had to be cut from the wreckage. The other female died at the St Ann's Bay Hospital.

Eight other employees of the hotel are in stable condition in the hospital. The police had said that preliminary investigations have suggested that speeding may have been a cause of the accident. Several friends, family members and co-workers of the deceased women took to Facebook to express their sadness at the passing of the two females.

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Lattie Kiara Robinson, a friend of Jodian Duncan posted, "Mr death seh him nah give nuh warning when him a come. Yuh nah here nuh calling all. Yuh hear a mourning and bawling. Sigh... today ur here tomorrow ur gone. Joe Joe Duncan (Jodian Duncan) smh pass the accident last night only to reach home hearing ur involved in that accident and pass away sigh #Rip Jody remember the days at Bahia u were a fun loving person surely gonna missed by many. #REST IN PARADISE HUN."

Kenzie Duncan wrote: "God I Call Up On You This Morning Only You Can Help US! I pray for Joe Joe Duncan family and the bahia staffs god cover us help us to cope. Jesus you know the pain we are feeling now. (R.I.P) FRENNY."

A strong message was posted by a friend of both crash victims, Aries TJ Johnson.

who commented on the fact that several other staff members of Bahia Principe died months before in an accident in Llandovery, St Ann. "Few months ago sum died and now look at this Shanique Shaniboo Grey, shes gone and I went to school with Jody (Jodian Duncan). Not a nice feeling at the momemt and me and Shanique will alwasy be reasoning. Now her life as ended rip ladies."

On Tuesday night, June 21, four employees of the Bahia Principe Hotel died as a result of injuries they received in a three vehicle collision on the Llandovery main road. Those killed at that time were: 21-year-old Michael Glasgow of Village Green, St Ann's Bay, St Ann; 22-year-old Eric Forbes of Steerfield, St Ann; 24-year-old Jaynor Powell of Charles Town, St Mary and Teisha Douglas from St Thomas.





DHS: Tens of Thousands of Green Cards Have Vanished

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green-card.jpgTens of thousands of green cards, used to identify foreign citizens living inside the United States legally, are unaccounted for, Fox News Channel's Tucker Carlson reported Tuesday.

"It appears that thousands of green cards have simply gone missing," Department of Homeland Security Inspector General John Roth said in a news release Monday. "In the wrong hands, green cards may enable terrorists, criminals, and undocumented aliens to remain in the United States. It is vital that USCIS [United States Citizenship and Immigration Services] ensure better tools and procedures are in place to mitigate such risks."

More than 200,000 approved applicants have reported to USCIS over the past three years their cards were never delivered, The Daily Caller reported. Hundreds of those were sent to the wrong addresses, according to the IG report, revealing "the problem was far worse than originally thought," the IG wrote.

The actual number of missing cards is not known for certain, since the USCIS uses reports from applicants to determine its number.

Carlson said Tuesday the INS "tried to downplay this." Fox News correspondent Geraldo Rivera told Carlson it was a "significant bureaucratic screw-up," but said, "They have no evidence . . . that any of these [missing cards] have gone to anyone ineligible to receive them."

Rivera said the missing cards are a problem, but people overstaying their visas are a bigger threat. House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul called the missing green cards "unacceptable."

"We cannot let 'free passes' into America fall into the wrong hands and be used by terrorists, criminals, or others to hide amongst us," McCaul said in a statement on his official website.





Dudus is NOT dead; he did not hang himself in prison

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dudus-disguise.jpgThe police have said there is no truth to the rumours that former Tivoli Gardens strongman Christopher 'Dudus' Coke committed suicide in a United States prison.

In a news release Saturday, the police dispelled the rumour, which is being circulated across the media landscape.

The police categorically stated that it is false, as Jamaica Constabulary Force's international law enforcement partners have confirmed and assured them that there is no truth to the assertion.

The police also discouraged the spread of such rumours, advising the public to desist from making such "frivolous and mischievous" statements that could lead to "unwarranted panic and anxiety in some quarters".





Snoop says Kanye is 'crazy'

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kanye-west-photo-3.jpgSnoop Dogg has slammed Kanye West for ranting on stage.

The 45-year-old rapper believes the Famous hitmaker is 'crazy', and took to social media on Sunday to criticize the 39-year-old musician for constantly venting about fellow artists.

Speaking in an Instagram clip, which sees Snoop give a running commentary whilst listening to Kanye's speech in the background and has since been shared on Karen Civil's Twitter account, the Drop It Like It's Hot hitmaker - whose real name is Cordozar Calvin Broadus Junior - said: 'This n****r crazy. Have you heard this n****r diss a n****r onstage? This n****r crazier than the s**t I got on my head.'

'That n****r crazy. I can't believe he's still talking. He picked the wrong night to vent like that, them Sacramento n****rs ain't feeling that s**t,' he said.

'He was talking that weird a*s s**t. That's just my thoughts,' he added. 'I smoke weed. Weed don't make you do that. What the f**k is he on?'





kanye-west-photo-3.jpgKanye West has been hospitalized for his own safety after suffering a psychotic breakdown, according to sources.

The rapper was under 'psychiatric evaluation' at a Los Angeles area hospital late Monday and the rest of his Saint Pablo Tour was cancelled as friends say the star is 'spiraling out of control', TMZ reports.

Friends told DailyMail.com the 'breakdown' was triggered by problems in his marriage to Kim Kardashian, paranoia over his rift with Jay Z and his seething jealousy of Beyoncé.

Law enforcement sources say that Los Angeles police had responded to a medical welfare call about 1:20pm local time.

He was allegedly being checked for 'severe sleep deprivation' when it was decided he needed to be admitted. Law enforcement sources confirmed he was hospitalized for his own health and safety.

Sources close to Kanye say he tried to resist being transported to the L.A. hospital and had to be handcuffed.

Kim had been due to make an appearance at an East Coast event this evening but was nowhere to be seen after the shock news of her husband's hospitalization.

Earlier today, Kanye's concert promoter, Live Nation, had announced he was axing the remaining 22 gigs on his national tour without giving a reason.

The announcement came just two days after the 39-year-old music artist had walked off stage 30 minutes into his performance following an incoherent political and personal rant.

West took aim at Hillary Clinton, close friends Beyoncé and Jay Z and Mark Zuckerberg in the bizarre outburst while on stage in Sacramento on Saturday.

Now friends say the rant is more than just another dramatic tantrum from the rapper known for his outspoken opinions - and even his famous wife has had enough.

'Kim is fed up,' a close friend tells DailyMail.com. 'They've been bickering constantly - she didn't want Kanye to do the tour in the first place. She wanted him by her side as she recovered from her traumatic robbery in Paris.

'She lost days with him while he's touring and then he made a rash decision to end the concert after ten minutes and go on a rant.

'He had a psychotic break. Kanye is very hot tempered and he's very reactionary. A lot of times, he speaks before he thinks and he's very sensitive.'

The move comes after a complex weekend for the musician, who abruptly ended a concert in Sacramento, California, on Saturday, then canceled a performance Sunday in the Los Angeles area.

Saturday's truncated show became a hot topic, as amateur videos circulated of a 10-minute tirade by West about Beyonce, Jay Z, Hillary Clinton, Mark Zuckerberg, the radio and MTV.

He said he was 'hurt' because he heard Beyoncé refused to perform at the MTV Video Music Awards unless she won Video of the Year over him.

He also urged her husband Jay Z to call him and 'talk to me like a man'.

In a clip posted to social media the Famous hitmaker was heard telling the audience: 'Beyonce I was hurt because I heard you said you wouldn't perform unless you won video of the year over me and over Hotline Bling.

'In my opinion - now don't go dissing Beyoncé, she's great. Taylor Swift is great. We are all great people. But sometimes we be playing the politics too much and forget who we are - just to win.

'F**k winning, f**k looking cool, f**k being cool. At the risk of my own success. I'll give ya'll the truth.'

'Jay Z, I know you got killas. Please don't send them at my head. Just call me--talk to me like I man,' he said.





Why was Kartel moved from Horizon prison?

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vybz-kartel-photo-4.jpgDeejay Vybz Kartel was transferred from the Horizon Adult Remand Centre on Spanish Town Road and placed at the maximum security Tower Street Adult Correctional Facility in Kingston on Wednesday, his lawyer Tom Tavares-Finson confirmed.

However, the attorney reported that he did not know why his client was removed.

Word on the street is that despite his incarceration, Kartel still records music, with an iTunes singles count for 2016 already reaching a staggering 50 songs, in addition to his King of the Dancehall album, released in August.

Speculations are that the move is to counter the recordings.





West Kingston violence intensifies

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Police on Wednesday warned the public to avoid the West Kingston section of the city after the lawmen came under heavy gunfire. The police later reported the arrest of two men following a gun find that same evening.

There is a recent flare-up of violence in the area resulting in several murders. This week, a vendor was killed in the Coronation Market, leaving other vendors in fear. The police were quick in apprehending a suspect in the Tuesday morning murder.

Despite several issues such as street lighting and the functioning of parish councils being highlighted in Wednesday's local government debate, an appeal by the Jamaica Labour Party's Kenisha Allen to vote against the PNP dominated post-debate talks.





Jamaican HIV-positive man to be extradited to Canada

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A Jamaican man is to be extradited to Canada where he is wanted on 12 counts of aggravated sexual assault.

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions on Thursday said that George Flowers has been accused of having unprotected sex with four women knowing that he was HIV-positive and without informing them of his status.





zika-virus.jpgThe naysayers believe that the Zika virus threat was nothing but a big hoax and now the World Health Organisation on Friday announced in an online press conference that the Zika virus outbreak no longer poses a world public health emergency.

"The Zika virus remains a highly significant and long-term problem, but it is not any more a public heath emergency of international concern," the world health body's emergency committee chair Dr David Heymann said.

While Zika causes only mild symptoms in most people, pregnant women with the virus were said to risk giving birth to babies with microcephaly - a deformation that leads to abnormally small brains and heads.

Many athletes and other competitors stayed away from the Rio Olympics over the great Zika fear triggered by the WHO, however, there were no reports of anyone catching the Zika virus while in Brazil, the supposed epicentre of the disease.





crime-scene-demo.jpgA robbers was reportedly killed while attempting to rob a school-boy in the Corporate Area this week.

A man was Thursday stabbed to death after he attempted to rob two students along a dirt track on Molynes Road in St Andrew. Reports from the Half-Way Tree police are that about 6:00 pm, the now deceased, armed with a firearm, allegedly robbed a student. He then reportedly proceeded to rob another student, who allegedly stabbed him multiple times.

He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

However, the police are now seeking the public's assistance to identify him. The police say he is of dark complexion, medium build and about five-foot-10-inch long. The deceased has cornrow hairstyle, a tattoo on his lower arm marked "N", and was clad in a blue T-shirt, white merino, blue jeans pants, and a pair of black slippers, the police say.

The incident comes several weeks after a Jamaica College third form student was stabbed to death by a man during a robbery attempt.





vybz-kartel-photo-27.jpgConvicted murderer and top-selling dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel was reportedly been transferred from the Horizon Adult Remand Centre to the maximum security Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre in downtown Kingston under heavy police guard on Tuesday.

There has been speculation that he was removed because of a suspected breach committed at Horizon Adult Remand Centre.

Following a 65-day trial said to be the longest in Jamaica's history, Kartel and cronies Shawn 'Shawn Storm' Campbell; Kahira Jones; and Andre St John were sentenced to life imprisonment for the August 2011 murder of Clive 'Lizard' Williams.

Kartel and his three co-convicts have filed appeals against their incarceration and sentences.

Despite his incarceration, Vybz Kartel still dominates the airwaves in Jamaica with new releases said to be recorded before he was locked up.





Roots reggae singer Nanny Mystik murdered in Linstead

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nanny-mistik.jpgJust days before her live performance in Jamaica singer Nanny Mistik was murdered.

According to reports, the singer was allegedly killed on Monday night (November 14) at a house in Linstead, St. Catherine in the presence of her children.

Friends of the entertainer have since left messages of condolence on her Facebook page.

Nanny Mistic is from May Pen, Clarendon but resides in Canada. She was slated to perform this Thursday at Jungle Fyah.

A post on her official Facebook page reads: "Just wanted to let all of Nanny's Fans/Friends/Family who has not been advised... she passed on last-night, murdered in her home! R.I.P #NannyMistik you would have been a force to reckon with. You were just about to be introduced to the world. You were unlike no other, one of the most humble and loving human beings I've come across. SLEEP well by sista love to noooooo end. We will miss you but for those who know you well, knows you'll be alright. Guidance".





bounty-killer-photo-9.jpgVeteran dancehall artiste, is slated to be the headliner for Stone Love's Anniversary Celebration scheduled for the Caribbean Queen Boat Dock on Port Royal Street in downtown Kingston, on December 24.

This year, the sound system is marking its 44th year.

"We stay focused on why and where we started so we keep that authentic sound but we also bring in young talents who also understand that the music and the culture are very fluid and our thing must consistently be on top," said Winston 'Wee Pow' Powell.

Arguably one of Jamaica's top sound systems, Stone Love is also a successful label. It hosts the weekly dance series, Weddy Weddy Wednesdays, held on Burlington Avenue, St Andrew.





Murder accused murdered on his court day

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA man accused of murder was shot and killed while getting ready to attend court Monday morning.

Dead is Milton Grant, 27, who was pounced upon by gunmen at his home in Thompson Pen, St Catherine while cleaning his shoes.

Grant was shot multiple times.

The Major Investigation Division of the St Catherine North Police Division, which is investigating the homicide, is yet to establish a clear motive for the crime.

Grant was to appear in the St Catherine Parish Court.





crime-scene-7.jpgTwo people were yesterday pronounced dead after they were hit by an out-of-control motor truck along the Sandy Bay main road in Hanover.

Dead are: 33-year-old Christopher Leite of New Hampshire, United States of America and 34-year-old Damion Jones, whose residence the police did not disclose.

Reports from the Lucea Police are that about 7:45 pm, Leite and Jones were standing on the roadway when the driver of a white Isuzu motor truck lost control of the vehicle and crashed into them, causing severe head and body injuries.

They were taken to hospital where they were pronounced dead.





The director of a West Virginia development group and a mayor are under scrutiny after a racist post about first lady Michelle Obama caused a backlash and prompted calls on social media for both women to be fired.

Clay County Development Corporation director Pamela Ramsey Taylor made the post following Donald Trump's election as president, saying: "It will be refreshing to have a classy, beautiful, dignified First Lady in the White House. I'm tired of seeing a Ape in heels."

Clay Mayor Beverly Whaling responded: "Just made my day Pam."

The post, first reported by WSAZ-TV, was shared hundreds of times on social media before it was deleted.





Jah Cure arrested in The Bahamas, but charges dropped

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jah-cure-bahamas-photo-1.jpgReggae singer Jah Cure is once again a free man after he was arrested in Bahamas on Tuesday over his now-viral altercation over the weekend at the Atlantis Paradise Island Hotel.

The Grammy-nominated singer was reportedly charged with 'Disturbance of the Peace' however the charges were later dropped after the artiste pleaded not guilty. Cure's manager was also charged for the incident and pleaded guilty, he was fined $150 Bahamian dollars or one month in prison.

JAH CURE arrested in Bahamas / NOVEMBER 2016





jah-cure-bahamas.jpgAt a press conference on Monday, reggae singer Jah Cure, whose real name is Siccature Alcock, denied that he was involved in the fight, which was captured on video and shared thousands of times on social media. Jah Cure, who had earlier posted on social media, reiterated that he was trying to "be a peacemaker and saviour" and stop the fight when he was attacked by a drunk man, causing him to "fall" on the ground and appear to be unconscious.

He also denied that he was "fighting over a married woman," or was fighting with his sound engineer or a concert promoter, as was splashed all over social media.

Instead, Jah Cure claimed that he was breaking up a fight between a drunk man and one of his friends, after the drunk man allegedly grabbed a woman's "bottom" who was with a man in his entourage.

Jah Cure said if the security officers at the Atlantis resort had "done their job" instead of allegedly "pulling out their phones to record," the entire situation could have been avoided. He said his lawyers have drafted a letter to the head of the Atlantis security team and the matter will be handled the "proper way." He has also requested that the person who videotaped the encounter be "dealt with" accordingly.

"There was no security at the Atlantis hotel that came to help which is a big negligence," Jah Cure said at a press conference on Monday.

"Because there was no security, I, Jah Cure, had to take up the job as the security, which Atlantis needs to pay me for because it bring me into a situation and ridicule me in a certain way and have me getting discriminated all over the world because someone supposed to be doing their job and not have their device in the Atlantis using it to make the video and create a lot of negative and lies...

"But on the negligence of the Atlantis. . . if their security wasn't trying to record this and they was doing their job, Jah Cure would not have been in this mess. So I end up doing the Atlantis security guard work by parting this. I am an artist that came here for a show, I am not a referee, I am not a fight parter," he added.

"My lawyer is addressing it, they are sending a letter to the head of security over there. We are approaching everything properly because this created such a bad energy for me."

The singer also stressed that he was not injured during the fight and at no time was he knocked unconscious.

The hotel has since stated that their security was in fact in place and made efforts to get things under control.





Jae Prynse to end a great year at GT's Extravaganza

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prynce.jpgOn-the-rise entertainer Jae Prynse (Prince) is quite upbeat about the pace with which his career has been moving and, with a few weeks to go until the end of the year, he is calling 2016 "fantastic".

The young singjay, who is signed to UK-based Live MB Music, says he has accomplished much in terms of getting his music to the people, both through live performances and his recordings which received much love from radio and in the dancehall. Among his best known single is Try Harder, produced by Frens For Real Recording. The song is becoming a staple on radio in places such as the UK, US,Switzerland and Germany, while locally, it has been playing on Zip FM, Irie and Sun City radio stations. The video was released last month.

In a recent interview, Jae Prynse explained that just as he did with songs such as Concrete Jungle he again used his personal struggles as the paper on which to write the lyrics for Try Harder and he feels that the motivational force of the song has enabled it to solidly connect with critics and fans alike the world over. He and his team have been in promotional mode and have kept up the momentum since Try Harder was released in August, followed by his mixtape, of the same name, which dropped on September 28.

In terms of live performances, Jay Prynse toured the United Kingdom in June 2016 alongside reggae superstar Luciano and Jah Bouks .

"We performed in places such as London, Birmingham and Ipswitch and it was awesome. Actually, I went last year and based on how well I did, they called me back to tour again this year. I give thanks for this opportunity and look forward to making more journeys such as this in 2017," Jae Prynce said.

Having been featured on Trabass' popular blog and also on the Sun City Campus Invasion Tour, thus getting an opportunity to interact with his at-home audience, Jay Prynse has been enjoying a buzz, so much so that he has been added to the line-up of the annual Christmas Day gala, GT Taylor Christmas Extravaganza.

"This is a spectacular way for me to close out 2016 and I am excited, humbled and intent on giving my fans a treat," the artiste who was born Prince Afrika Tiaphilus Williams and who grew up on the tough streets of Spanglers in Downtown Kingston said.





bounty-sanjay-shelly.jpgWith the 'Tekova' single by Sanjay and Shelly Belly gaining traction locally right before the two left for their joint tour of Europe, it is no surprise that on returning to the island almost two months later, the two would jump right back into 'promotion mode' for the track. They have now amped the 'Tekova' single by remixing it with Dancehall legend, Bounty Killer.

Sanjay and Shelly Belly have found chemistry in the studio recording tracks together that translate well in the streets; tracks like Belleh and Chip Chop. It is no surprise that the Grung God, Bounty Killer, would be an artiste with whom the two would want to collaborate.

"We actually wanted Bounty on the Belleh remix along with the other artistes earlier this year but he said as much as he loved the single, it wasn't his style. So when he heard Tekova... He said yes. This he is ready for!" Sanjay explained

Bounty himself hasn't ventured into voicing dance tunes in the past so voicing on the 'Tekova' single, an obvious dance track, is a monumental occasion in Dancehall for all parties involved.

"Bounty hear the original at a street dance one night and tell me that him ready fi dis one, and when him voice the track him say this a dancehall history! It's a big deal to have an icon like Killa rate your work and want to even work with you, trust me!" Shelly Belly added

While in Europe, Sanjay and Shelly Belly started shooting scenes for the original 'Tekova' video and are gearing up to record additional footage to include Bounty and the remix into the finished video product.





jah-cure-knocked-out.jpgReggae singer JAh Cure took to Instagram Sunday night after a video of him involved in a brawl in The Bahamas went viral.

The unofficial story is that Jah Cure and another man got into a fight because the unknown male found out that Cure was having an affair with his wife. The incident went down at a hotel in Bahamas on Saturday. In the video, Jah Cure is seen sprawled out unconscious on the floor, following the fight.

Anyway, Cure informed his fans that he was doing fine: "Tell dem Im doing fine hypocrites stop spread rumors on my name; 242 is my town," he wrote in the caption of a video of him walking through an underwater tunnel. "I WILL UPDATE YOU ON THE TRUTH ABOUT THE MATTER IN MY NEXT POST."

Well, we're still waiting.





chris-brown-royalty-billboard-awards-2015.jpgMajor Myjah, the son of Dancehall legend Bounty Killer, has been keeping great company it would seem.

The youngster is said to have a contributed a few tracks to US singer Chris Brown's latest project. Breezy previewed a bunch of new singles on IG and reports are that he plans to release in the coming weeks ahead of his new album "Heartbreak on a Full Moon."

This album will be the followup to his chart topping project "Royalty" which was released late last year and was named after his 3-year-old daughter.





ziggy-marley-cookbook.jpgZiggy Marley and Family Cookbook is now available. The Grammy-winning reggae singer says cooking is like his second hobby to making music.

Healthy eating and lifestyle is fast become a trend these days in the United States and Jamaica. But for Ziggy and his family, eating healthy has always been a priority.

"I love to cook and eat healthy and so do my family and friends, so I thought, let me get together with family and friends and [come] up with our favorite recipes and share them with the world," the musician turn cookbook author said.

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Being the eldest son of reggae legend Bob Marley and growing up as a Rastafarian, Ziggy Marley cookbook focuses on plant-based diets. His wife is of middle eastern descent so he would often combine her middle eastern recipes with his Jamaican flavors to make the perfect meals.

His cookbook is not only for vegetarians and vegans since he includes some of his Jamaican cultural favorites like jerk chicken, curry escovitch fish and many more.

The Ziggy Marley and Family Cookbook comes with 54 recipes.





Workers injured at Royalton hotel construction site

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Four workers were injured in a reported accident at the construction site at the Royalton Blue Waters hotel in Trelawny this morning.This is the second construction accident at a Royalton property this year.

It is reported that the workers were installing glass fixtures when the accident occurred. The injured workers were taken to hospital for treatment.

Mayor of Falmouth, Garth Wilkinson, who confirmed the incident says a technical team from the parish council has been dispatched to the site to conduct an investigation and provide him with a report.

In May, five construction workers were injured after the collapse of a section of the Blue Diamond Royalton hotel construction site in Negril, Hanover.





crime-scene-gun.jpgA security guard was shot and killed by gunmen after a robbery at the Newell PC Bank in St Elizabeth this afternoon.

The guard's name has not been released, but The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre understands that he was employed to Guardsman Limited.

The police report that shortly after 2 o'clock, four men entered the bank and got into an argument with the security guard.

It's reported that a tussle ensued and the guard was shot several times.

Before escaping, police sources say the gunmen forced open a door at the bank and stole over $100,000.

It's believed that they also stole the guard's firearm.





A former national footballer who has been held in connection with Saturday's shooting death of a pastor and a deacon in Montego Bay is now in hospital under police guard after he was shot during a firefight with the police.

The dead clergymen have been identified as 27-year-old Pastor Ryan Jackson and 23-year-old Deacon Bucklair Smith, both of Rose Heights in St James and who conducted their ministry at First Fruit International Church of Jesus Christ Healing and Deliverance Ministry.

The Montego Bay police report that about 5:40 pm police were on an operation in the Kerr Crescent area of Montego Bay when they heard several explosions and went to investigate.

The police say two men opened gunfire at them when they got to the location.

The police returned the fire, hitting one of the men who, they said, was later found with a 9mm pistol containing six rounds of ammunition. His accomplice managed to escape. Jackson and Smith were found with gunshot wounds and were taken to hospital where they were pronounced dead.

A senior investigator said that the former national football representative, who played once for Jamaica on the Under-23 team, was wanted in connection with a murder committed in St James earlier this year.





We don't have a ting to say except: Watch The Video of Reggae artiste Jah Cure getting beat up (or down) in the Bahamas over the weekend, where he had a concert.

The artiste landed on the ground during the brawl which started inside the prestigious hotel lobby. Notice the female who is frantically running about and even get a lick down in the melee.

WATCH THE VIDEO!!!

download the video here.





YARDFLEX Weekly Headline Roundup

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- Security boosted in W. Kingston following outbreak of violence

- 5 Confirmed Cases of Zika Virus in St Elizabeth

- Bravo sent home from Zimbabwe tri-series after blasting WICB president Cameron

- PNP supporters out for Angela Brown Burke

- Transport Ministry to Appoint Investigator In Charge to Determine Cause of Plane Crash

- Record betting on US presidential election

- KPH certified as centre of excellence for spinal surgery

- Beenie Man and D'Angel's Marco Dean records song for his birthday

- Curvy diva Yanique records single- sets her sights on making her name in the dancehall





For the second time in two weeks, persons have invaded educational facilities, disrupting operations.

On Wednesday, there was an incident at Cumberland High in St Catherine, when gunmen entered the compound and the previous week, there was an incident which led to the shooting of two students at Robert Lightbourne High School in St Thomas.

The Education Ministry said normality returned to Cumberland High on Friday.

In the meantime, Coleridge Minto, Director of Safety and Security in the Safe Schools Programme, is urging teachers and students to download the Stay Alert app.The app can be used to alert the police even without data or internet.

In the wake of reports of criminals dressed in school uniform, the Education Ministry is urging administrators of educational facilities to ensure that students are properly identified while wearing their uniform.





Tivoli tense as Dudus' son shot

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The police and military are maintaining a strong presence in sections of West Kingston following the shooting of four persons, including the son of convicted drug kingpin Christopher Dudus Coke on Friday afternoon.

Michael Christopher Coke was shot in the abdomen and is now in hospital. Donovan Samuels, Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) candidate for the Tivoli Division, was injured in the chaos while trying to escape the gunfire. He reportedly suffered a dislocated shoulder.

Shortly after midday on Friday, a group of JLP supporters had gathered at the Livity Plaza along Spanish Town Road following the nomination of their candidates, when gunmen from Denham Town reportedly opened fire on them. The shooting sparked chaos, forcing shoppers and motorists to flee the market district.

The police say the shooting is part of the ongoing feud between gunmen from Tivoli Gardens and Denham Town.





Cop shot during gas station robbery

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA policeman is now in hospital in serious condition after he was shot and injured during a robbery attempt in St Andrew last night.

His identity has not been released.

However, the Jamaica Constabulary Force's Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) says he is assigned to the Protective Services Division.

The Half-Way Tree Police reports that two men armed with guns were in the process of robbing a pump attendant at a gas station along Washington Boulevard when the policeman attempted to assist and was shot several times.

CCU says his condition is considered serious, but stable.





crime-scene-7.jpgA 12-year-old boy is dead and his eight-year-old twin sisters are now in hospital, one of them in critical condition, after boulders fell on a house in Broadgate, St Mary last night.

The dead boy has been identified as Raheem Davy.

Relatives report that Raheem and his sisters were at home watching television when three large rocks fell on their house.

It's reported that all three sustained multiple injuries and were taken to hospital where Raheem was pronounced dead.

Relatives say the house was completely destroyed.

Councillor for the Castleton Division Lenford Danvers visited the family and is trying to arrange assistance.





National Commercial Bank (NCB) is reporting a net profit for the twelve months totaled $14.4 billion dollars for its 2016 financial year.

This represents a 17.5 per cent increase over last year, or in dollar terms, $2.1 billion increase in profit.

Net interest income, which is NCB's largest source of revenue, increased by 8.3 percent or $2.2 billion due to an increase in its loan portfolio.

Loans and advances increased to $189.1 billion from $165.4 billion last year.





Dudus' son undergoes surgery after shooting incident

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dudus-disguise.jpgMichael Christopher Coke, the son of incarcerated Tivoli Gardens don Christopher 'Dudus' Coke, underwent surgery this morning and remains hospitalised in stable condition.

According to police reports, the younger Coke was among a group of Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) supporters gathered at a plaza in west Kingston when he was shot in the upper part of his body.

The shooting triggered fears among residents of reprisal attacks.

However, head of the Kingston Western Police Division Superintendent Howard Chambers says a number of measures have been put in place to ensure there is no escalation of violence in the area.

Among them is the deployment of additional police personnel along with members of the Jamaica Defence Force to hotspots and a curfew which will remain in place until tomorrow.

Chambers says the police are continuing their investigation into the circumstances under which Coke was shot and are urging persons who were present to come forward and assist investigators.





scene-of-plane-crash-greenwich-town.jpgA small plane has crashed in Greenwich Farm, St. Andrew.

Three passengers were on board. Two have reportedly succumbed to their injuries.

UPDATE: Minister of Transport and Mining, Mike Henry, is to appoint an Investigator-In- Charge (IIC), to determine the cause of the crash of the Caribbean Aviation Training Centre (CATC) aircraft in the Greenwich Town area of St Andrew this afternoon.

According to a release from the ministry, this appointment is in keeping with the requirements of the Civil Aviation Act and Henry will name the IIC on the recommendation of the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority.

Minister Henry explained that the investigation will gather information from all available sources to determine the cause of the crash. These will include but are not limited to: the aircraft records, the pilot and students' pilot records, eye witness statements, air traffic control reports and accident scene evidence.

He added that it is regrettable that only one person survived the crash and even though he is in critical condition, prayers and excellent medical care can result in total recovery. Henry has also extended condolences to families of the victims and has promised to publish the cause or causes of the crash, as soon as the investigation is completed.





US government puts hold on gun exports to Jamaica

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gun-shooting.jpgThe United States Government has placed a temporary hold on the export of firearms to Jamaica.

A statement from the US Embassy in Kingston Thursday afternoon said in light of recent events concerning the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA), it is reviewing the firearm export licensing approval process.

During the review, there will be a temporary pause on firearm exports as the US authorities request further guidance from Washington on the long-term status of export licences for firearms from the United States destined for Jamaica.

The FLA has recently been in the spotlight in the wake of the Patrick Powell trial.

Calls have been made for an immediate investigation to determine why it did not withdraw the firearm users licence issued to Mr. Powell, who was recently found not guilty of the murder of 17-year-old Khajeel Mais.

Concern has also been raised after an internal check of the FLA's records revealed systemic weaknesses in its operations.





Major police operation Downtown nets nine

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police-cars.jpgNine men were detained on Thursday during a major police operation in downtown Kingston.involving officers from Mobile Reserve, Caribbean Search Centre and the Kingston Central Police Division.

The cops targeted men involved in purchasing stolen phones and petty robbers roaming the commercial district.

Ground Commander Deputy Superintendent Conroy Reid, told RJR News that the operation was part of the police initiative to clamp down on robberies and other illegal activities in the lead up to Christmas.

The cops seized a quantity of ganja and searched several stalls owned by vendors along Orange Street and Luke Lane.





flight-instructor-jonathan-worton-killed-in-plane-crash.jpgFriends and family have taken to social media to pay tribute to Jonathan Worton a young flight instructor who was killed in a plane crash on Thursday in Greenwich Town.

Was tragically killed when the plane he was travelling in reportedly crashed into a house and burst into flames on impact.

Worton was remembered as a kind and gentle soul as friends and family took to Facebook and other social media channels to mourn his untimely passing.

"Somebody please tell me I'm dreaming. Please tell me it's not true. My friend isn't dead!! Jonathan Worton... omg why," said one woman in disbelief.

Another woman added, "No words can express this terrible loss - R.I.P Jonathan Worton We are Praying for the entire Worton Family at this time."

Worton, after graduating from the Caribbean Aviation Training Center in 2014, was appointed by the school to the position of Assistant Ground School Instructor.





j-c-student-killed.jpgQuacie Hart, the man accused of the murder of 14-year-old Jamaica College student Nicholas Francis, has been charged by CISOCA with having sex with a minor.

He was charged on Wednesday.

It is alleged that he impregnated the minor.

This is the third charge to be laid against him as he was out on bail for illegal possession of a firearm, when he allegedly killed the Jamaica College student.

He was remanded on Wednesday when he appeared in the St. Andrew Parish Court for the murder of Nicholas Francis and is to return to court on November 23.

Hart is accused of killing the schoolboy while attempting to steal his cellphone and watch on October 23. The incident took place on a bus near Jamaica College.





Two dead following plane crash In Greenwich Town

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scene-of-plane-crash-greenwich-town.jpgThe Health Ministry is reporting that the third victim of the Greenwich Town plane crash is alive, though critically injured.

Earlier, the police and the Fire Department had reported that the third victim was pronounced dead at the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH).

However, the chief medical officer Dr Winston De La Haye told The Gleaner a short while ago that the patient, a student pilot, is alive.

"He became conscious enough to give a history to doctors at KPH. He's now sedated with burns to 60 per cent of his body, bone fractures, eye trauma and obviously inhalation injuries from any fumes he is likely to have inhaled," De La Haye said.

He said the patient is expected to go to the Intensive Care Unit.

The fight instructor and another student were pronounced dead on the scene.

The aircraft burst into flames on impact and also ignited a house.

The police say the small aircraft crashed sometime after 1 o'clock this afternoon on Seaview Lane in the community.

Opposition Leader Portia Simpson Miller in whose South West St Andrew constituency the crash happened visited the scene expressing regret at the incident.

A female relative of one of the victims who turned up at the scene was crying uncontrollably.

In the meantime, the Civil Aviation Authority has launched a probe into the incideni.





Michelle Obama for US President in 2020?

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michelle-obama.jpgFour years is not really a long time, and before you know it, the next US elections for President in 2020 will be just around the corner.

The potential first shots of the next campaign were fired online in the hours after Donald Trump's victory became clear when hundreds of thousands took to social media to urge the current first lady to run for President in 2020.

"Perfect conditions for Michelle Obama to win 2020 elections," read one comment. Another said simply: "Michelle Obama 2020 please Michelle Obama 2020 please Michelle Obama 2020 please".

Mrs Obama is that extreme rarity, a popular figure in America's political landscape. Her favourability rating, pegged by Gallup at 64 percent, is significantly higher than that of Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, or even her husband.

There's one small problem for the first lady's supporters, however. In March, she said she had no interest in the top job.





Anti-Trump protests in the US

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trump-protests-photo-1.jpgtrump-protests-photo-2.jpgDespite Mr Obama's calls for unity and Mrs Clinton telling supporters Mr Trump must be given a "chance to lead," his victory has sparked protests in several US states.

Hundreds of Anti-Trump demonstrators in New York staged a march on Trump Tower in Manhattan on Wednesday evening, waving placards declaring "Not my president" and other slogans.

Police earlier erected concrete barriers and other security measures outside the 5th Avenue skyscraper, which is likely to be Mr Trump's headquarters during the transition to power.





Obama to welcome Trump to the White House

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trump-and-obama.jpgUS President Barack Obama is set to meet his successor Donald Trump in the Oval Office for talks aimed at ensuring a smooth transition of power.

Mr Trump will become the 45th US president after securing a surprise victory over Hillary Clinton.

Mr Obama mounted a fierce campaign to prevent Mr Trump from winning the White House, branding him "unfit" for office.

But the president has now urged all Americans to accept the result of Tuesday's election.

"We are now all rooting for his success in uniting and leading the country," Barack Obama said of Mr Trump.





Cubans concerned over Trump win

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HAVANA, Cuba (AFP) - Just when Cuba was starting to warm up to the United States, Americans elected Donald Trump president, throwing the countries' rapprochement into doubt and causing stunned reactions in Havana.

The brash Republican billionaire's shock victory cast uncertainty over two years of moves by President Barack Obama to end more than a half-century of Cold War enmity with the communist island.

Trump has sent mixed messages about the thaw. He gave it a lukewarm welcome at first, saying "50 years is enough" - although he characteristically insisted the Democratic president should have struck a "better deal".

Then as the Republican primary heated up, he vowed to reverse the new policies unless the Raul Castro regime agrees to democratic reforms and other demands.

"I'm afraid," said Marcos Creach, a 27-year-old cellphone repairman in Havana.

"Obama did a lot" for US-Cuban relations, he added, and now Trump "can come in as president of the United States and put up a wall, an obstacle to make sure it never becomes reality."

Creach counts himself among those Cubans who stand to benefit from resumed ties between Havana and Washington and a softening of trade and tourism restrictions - part of a new generation of entrepreneurs Obama said the thaw aims to help thrive.

Droves of Cubans descended on the capital's few Wi-Fi hotspots from the early hours Wednesday, trying to contact relatives in the United States to help make sense of the shock result.





PNP congratulates Trump on victory

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pnp-headquarters.jpgJamaica's Parliamentary Opposition has congratulated Donald Trump on his victory.

In a statement Wednesday morning, the People's National Party (PNP) said it looks forward to hearing and seeing how Mr. Trump's administration will take shape.

However, it noted that throughout his campaign, Mr. Trump offered policy solutions that may affect immigrant communities in the United States.

The Opposition said it is concerned since Jamaicans are a big part of the immigrant community in the U.S.





donald-trump-photo-1.jpgCelebrities have been reacting to the election of Donald Trump as the 45th US president, with many in show business shocked at the outcome of the vote.

Singer Cher said "the world will never be the same", while pop star Ariana Grande said she was "in tears".

Parks and Recreation actress Rashida Jones said it was a "dark day", while fellow actress Christina Applegate said she was "heartbroken".

Singer Katy Perry, who had also campaigned for a Clinton victory, wrote a series of Tweets, including one saying: "We will never be silenced. #LOVETRUMPSHATE."

Rapper Macklemore wrote on Instagram: "I am disappointed, shocked and shaken at my core by what has transpired tonight."

Snoop Dogg posted a picture of Marvin Gaye's album What's Going On, saying it reflected his mood.

Others remained more upbeat, with Madonna tweeting: "We never give up."

But his supporters were celebrating, including actor Stephen Baldwin, who tweeted that he was "proud to have been part of such amazing history."

Actor Steven Seagal wrote: "Congratulations @realDonaldTrump for your stunning victory over your opponent! Looking forward to making America great again!"

Actress Stacey Dash, best known for the film Clueless, another Trump fan, said: "America will be great again. Stand together."

However, those celebrities who stood with Trump were in the minority.





Beenie Man Unstoppable on Billboard

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beenie-man-photo-8.jpgBeenie Man has re-entered the top ten of the Billboard Reggae Albums Chart.

His latest compilation titled Unstoppable is currently holding the number three spot.

The album, since being released, has peaked in its current position after enjoying only three weeks in the top ten. He is joined by Stephen Marley, whose latest album Revelation Part 2: The Fruit of Life is the number four album.

The set, which peaked at number one, has spent some 15 weeks on the Reggae Albums Chart.





Queen Ifrica to release new album January 2017

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queen-ifrica-guitar.jpgJamaican award-winning singer, songwriter and social activist Queen Ifrica returns with her new studio album Climb in January 2017 on VP Records. The lyrical crusader calls for global change on the album and rallies comrades like Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley on the opening hip-hop tinged track "Truvosation."

She touches on key social issues throughout the album. The soul-tinged reggae track "I Can't Breathe" rails against ongoing police brutality in America; the ska flavored "Rebellion" name checks uprisings across several continents that have secured rights and improved the lives of many marginalized individuals. This sentiment is reinforced on "Battlefield", which warns "we never yield, its war on the battlefield, if you nah hear you ah go feel."

"These songs come to me as I am watching the world; I see myself as a social worker that uses music as my tool because music is the greatest weapon to impact societal change, to help young people to understand themselves more," Ifrica says.

On November 16, 2016 in NYC, Queen Ifrica will be performing select tracks from the album to give fans a taste of what is to come. The intimate live show will be held directly after the launch party for Jamaica's renowned Rebel Salute music festival at Milk River in Brooklyn, NY.





bob-marley-photo-3.jpgSmile Jamaica, the concert hosted by Bob Marley 40 years ago is returning in December.The Bob Marley Museum will honor the memory of Bob Marley's triumph over adversity, by commemorating the 40th anniversary of Smile Jamaica, with a Jam session and launch of the 2017 staging on Saturday December 3, 2016, at Marley's home located at 56 Hope Road.

The iconic Smile Jamaica Concert was first held on December 5, 1976 and was headlined by Reggae legend Bob Marley two days after an incident in which he was shot and injured. On December 3, 2016 from 4pm to 10 pm, musical tributes will ring out from Uprising Rootz Band, Dre Island, Kelissa, Black Hero, Feluke, Stephen Marley and a number of special performers.

Marie Bruce, General Manager of the Bob Marley Museum stated, "The Smile Jamaica event symbolizes a defining moment in Bob Marley's life. On President Obama's recent visit to the Museum... it was the part of the tour guides presentation, which made the most impact on him, prompting him to quote Bob in his speech at UWI "If the bad guys don't take a break, then why should I". These famous words were spoken by Bob when he was asked why he still performed after an attempt assignation, for this reason we continue to honor Bob's vision"

The Marley family has joined efforts with Grizzly's Plantation Cove and PDP Entertainment who will both serve as co-executive producers for the grand return of Smile Jamaica in 2017, following a nine-year hiatus,

The first Smile Jamaica event served as collaborative effort by Bob Marley and the Wailers and the then cultural section of the Prime minster's Office. Marley delivered a passionate 90-minute set, days after being injured in an assassination attempt. The concert was held in a politically charged Jamaica at the National Heroes Circle for a crowd of over 80,000 people.





It was total disorder in the once noble and upstanding House of Representatives Wednesday afternoon as Opposition members tried to block the tabling of a bill.

The Bill, the Local Governance (Amendment) Act, 2016, would split the Portmore municipality from the St Catherine Municipal Corporation. The Opposition has been insisting that there should first be consultation with the people of Portmore.

It also says there should be no change until the Electoral Commission of Jamaica indicates its agreement with the proposal.

And, in a major blow to the government, the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) has recommended that it delays the legislation that would split the Portmore municipality from the St Catherine Municipal Corporation.

For more almost three decades, the parliament has adopted a convention of accepting recommendations of the ECJ. The ECJ made the recommendation following its hastily convened meeting Wednesday to consider the Local Governance (Amendment) Act, 2016.





The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), an agency of the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport invites persons to submit entries for the Gi Joke Like Maas Ran and Write Like Maas Ran Competitions. These competitions will give entrants a chance to try their hand at two of Randolph Samuels, 'Maas Ran's' greatest skills, while having a chance to win a cash prize. The JCDC is marking the 104th anniversary of the birth of Randolph Samuel Williams, CD, popularly known as Ranny Williams or "Maas Ran", one of Jamaica's foremost theatre practitioner and cultural icon.

According to Director of Marketing and Public Relations at the JCDC, Stephen Davidson: "These two competitions will allow Jamaicans and Jamaican Language enthusiasts from far and wide to try their hand at two of Maas Ran's greatest crafts, while celebrating the legacy of this theatrical great."

He continued, "If you are a comedian or someone who can tell a good old-time joke, Gi Joke Like Maas Ran is your chance to win a cash prize while doing what you do best. Likewise, writers of all age and skill levels are encouraged to enter the Write Like Maas Ran competition, where they can tell a real old-time story while also walking away with a cash prize".

Persons interested in entering the Gi Joke Like Maas Ran competition should send a 60 seconds video clip of them telling an original Jamaican Joke to info@jcdc.gov.jm by Friday, November 11, 2016. The entries received will be posted on the JCDC's Facebook page and the video with the most 'likes' will win $30 000. Jokes must not contain explicit or inappropriate content or language.





New Kartel and Spice collab to be released

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vybz-kartel-photo-4-larger.jpgJailed Gaza boss, Vybz Kartel and controversial female deejay Spice are set to release a new single sometime this week, according to teasers on Kartel's social media account. and now they are looking to recreate that sauce with "So In Love."

The two are set to preview follow up on the blockbuster 2009 Billboard single, Ramping Shop and 2014's Conjugal Visit."

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"The track is called 'So In Love' and Spice already recorded her part and we already have Kartel's part so its down to mixing and getting everything right before we release it," a rep for the self-proclaim World Boss is quoted as saying.

"It's going to be a huge hit and we are excited about this track."

The deejay's rep reported that Vybz Kartel will be responding to Mavado and Alkaline with a diss track this week. Both Vado and Alko released diss tracks aimed at Vybz Kartel over the last week.





hands-behind-bars.jpgOne of the major players in the illicit lottery scam, who was wanted for extradition to the US was taken into custody following a joint operation in Kingston on Saturday, November 5.

A Panamanian woman who attempted to help him to escape the police dragnet was also taken into custody for immigration and other violations.

He is 27-year-old of Lavarick Willocks of Tortuga Drive, Greenwood in Trelawny who has been wanted for extradition to the US from March of this year. The female has been identified as 23-year-old Aylin Panay of Panama.

Earlier this year a major operation was conducted across western Jamaica, the Corporate Area and St. Mary to capture Willocks and his associates.

Nineteen persons were taken into custody, including seven of whom extradition warrants were executed on. He however managed to elude the police and has been on the run since.

Reports are that on Saturday, November 5 members of the Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch (C-TOC) Fugitive Apprehension Team and the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) carried out another operation in the Corporate Area for his arrest. He was captured a hotel in Kingston where he was found hiding in a garden.

A search of his hotel room yielded USD$10,000, $148,000 JMD, several electronics devices and jewellery, which were seized by the police.

Willocks will appear before the court on Tuesday, November 8.





The police are reporting that 28-year-old Ashema Miller, a banker of Belgrade Loop, St Andrew has been missing since Saturday.

She is of dark complexion, medium build and is about 165 centimetres (5 feet 5 inches) tall.

The Constant Spring Police say Miller was last seen at home wearing a pink blouse, light blue jeans and a pair of multi-coloured beaded slippers.

Her hair was braided at the time.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Ashema Miller is being asked to contact the Constant Spring Police at 924-1421, police 119 emergency number or the nearest Police Station.





crime-scene-demo.jpgYoung woman, believed to be around seventeen-years-old, was hacked to death in full public view by a man on Sunday afternoon on Washington Boulevard, Kingston 20.

Reports from the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) Corporate Communications Unit are that around 5:00PM a female was standing on Washington Boulevard, near the entrance of the Cooreville Gardens community, when a man walked up to her and started to chop her with a machete.

The woman, whose identity is at this time unknown, died on the spot.

However, the woman's attacker, whose identity is being withheld, is in police custody.

An eyewitness to the incident used social media to share the details of the horrific ordeal.

"Wow. The world is just so evil. Was just at a crime Scene right now on the Boulevard. A man chop up a little girl, no more than 15 n just stood over her body," said the man on Facebook.

Police say that while the incident appears "unprovoked" they are investigating the matter.





buju-banton-daughter-jodi.jpgJodian Myrie, the daughter of incarcerated Grammy award winning dancehall artiste Buju Banton is representing the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) in the local government election set to be contested this month.

Jodian, graduate of Immaculate Conception High School and the University of Technology where she pursued a course in marketing, will represent the Hagley Park Division of the St Andrew East Central constituency, which is represented by Dr Peter Phillips of the People's National Party (PNP).

The election is set for November 28, with Nomination Day scheduled for this Friday, November 11.

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babsy-grange-minister.jpgThe Government of Jamaica is making preparations to have reggae inscribed on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) Intangible Cultural Heritage Representative List.

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange, made the disclosure while addressing a recent Heritage Festival at the Institute of Jamaica's headquarters in Kingston.

According to a JIS release, the minister said the move is one of the major initiatives of the ministry to safeguard Jamaica's intangible heritage.

"This will clearly identify to the world, where the origin of reggae is and where it continues to evolve into the forms we know and love," she noted.

She noted that the staging of events such as Heritage Festival engages artists, performers and craft makers, and increases souvenir development and sales.

Grange said the ministry will ensure that the festival and other such activities are promoted to international standard in order to bring new revenue streams to the country.

The IOJ's Heritage Festival was held under the theme: 'Our Heritage, Your Festival.' and featured drumming, multi-cultural displays, Jamaican cuisine, pottery, jewellery, clothing , museum tours, and a downtown bus tour.





vp-collection.jpgVP records will return with its hugely popular "Strictly The Best" series on November 18. Over the years the record company has released some of the biggest hits through this compilation series and this one should be no different.

Strictly The Best's annual series provides DJs and fans alike with the hottest hits breaking in dancehall and roots reggae for the fall, winter and new year to come.

Strictly the Best Vol. 54 rallies the most in-demand roots and lover's rock singers for a must-have set from artists like Ikaya, Tarrus Riley, Romain Virgo, MAGIC ft. Sean Paul. Alborosie feat. Protoje, Sizzla Ft. Jah Cure, Raging Fyah and Jah9.

Strictly the Best Vol. 55 contains the season's most popular, cutting-edge dancehall anthems, banging in the clubs and on Caribbean radio from the likes of Vershon, Alkaline, Vybz Kartel, Mr. Vegas, Spice, Chi Ching Ching, Masicka and Dexta Daps.

As an added touch this year, each volume features a bonus album of classic hits. Vol. 54, the lovers rock and roots edition, has a bonus disc of classics from Jamaica's celebrated vocal groups - including The Wailing Souls, The Heptones, The Mighty Diamonds, T.O.K, Morgan Heritage & more. The dancehall version Vol. 55's bonus disc spotlights famous duets from iconic deejays (U.S. equilvalent of rap vocalists) paired with reggae singers. Fans can reminisce with anthems like "Twice Mt Age" by Shabba Ranks ft. Krystal, "Bonafide Love" by Wayne Wonder ft. Buju Banton and "Hot Gal Today" by Mr. Vegas & Sean Pau





bob-marley-photo-2.jpgBob Marley & the Wailers were at the peak of their artistic powers when they arrived at the Lyceum London for two shows on July 17 and 18, 1975, having just released Natty Dread the year before and about to unleash Rastaman Vibration on the world. The Rolling Stones mobile studio was on hand to record both shows, with seven songs from the second released as Live!, in December of that same year. The recording was subsequently broadcast as part of the syndicated radio program King Biscuit Flower Hour in 1976.

The Marley Family will now release for the first time the complete sets from both shows, Bob Marley and the Wailers Live!, as a three-LP set in 180-gram black vinyl and as a digital package on December 16 in a tri-gatefold package that also includes a reproduction of the tour program from the band's historic '75 U.K. tour.

In addition, on the same day, a seven-inch live vinyl disc, will also be made available as an exclusive at UDiscover and the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston, JA.

Marley and the Wailers' classic line-up included bassist Aston "Family Man" Barrett, drummer Carlton "Carly" Barrett, guitarist Al Anderson, keyboardist Tyrone Downie, percussionist Alvin "Seeco" Patterson and the I-Three - backing vocalists Rita Marley, Judy Mowatt and Marcia Griffiths. The group was fresh off its legendary five-night stint at the Roxy Theatre in Los Angles from July 9 through July 13, when they stepped on the stage at London's Lyceum Theatre for an abbreviated U.K. tour which would also include dates at The Odeon in Birmingham on July 19 and The Hard Rock in Manchester on July 20. Marley was in top form during the two Lyceum shows, animatedly interacting with the crowd, who sang along to what most consider the definitive version of "No Woman, No Cry."

The BBC's Chris Jones wrote about the album in 2009: "This seminal live document captures almost exactly the point where both roots reggae and Rastafarianism finally entered popular culture... Capturing the band at the peak of their powers with a set list that held absolutely no low points... this was a Wailers that could more than handle the lusher, fuller rock reggae that transformed Marley's Rastaman diatribes into pop gold. No one before this had combined both roots and R&B in this way... uniting both working and middle classes with his songs of universal struggle and religious metaphor.





Accused in JC student's murder for court Wednesday

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j-c-student-killed.jpgQuacie Hart, who was last week charged with the murder of 14-year-old Jamaica College student Nicholas Francis, will appear before the St Andrew Parish Court on Wednesday, November 9

Reports are that about 4:20 pm on October 26, Nicholas was a passenger on a bus travelling along Old Hope Road in St Andrew, when Hart allegedly tried to rob him of his cellular phone.

Nicholas reportedly resisted and was stabbed in the left side of his chest. He was taken to hospital where he died while being treated.





khajeel-mais-mother.jpgAllana Mais, the mother of slain Kingston College student Khajeel Mais, is to contest the November 28 local government elections.

Mais was presented by PNP President and Opposition Leader Portia Simpson Miller as the party's candidate for the Norbrook Division at a meeting of candidates for the imminent local government poll held at the Jamaica Conference Centre in Kingston on Sunday.

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Norbrook has traditionally voted for the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), but Mais, who said she was "from a PNP family", believes she has a very good chance of winning.

Sunday's candidate meeting was the first of two meetings. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday in Montego Bay, St James.





5 Foods That Can Cause Cancer

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With so much noise surrounding possible causes of cancer (underwire bras, seriously?), it's hard to determine what the true dangers are. The good news is that when it comes to food, there aren't that many specific types linked to cancer.

While extra weight is a problem (obesity raises the risk of a number of types of cancer), food in general is not generally as carcinogenic as say, smoking, radiation, or viruses. (In fact most cancers are thought to occur spontaneously, with no obvious cause.) However there are a handful of foods that have been linked to a higher risk of cancer. While eating (or drinking) any of these in moderation is probably fine, a lifetime of consuming high amounts, every day, could be a problem.

To ensure you stay healthy, it's not a bad idea to limit processed meats, pickled items, alcohol, charred meats, and piping hot drinks. There's no way to protect yourself from every type of cancer, but a healthy lifestyle in general can help.

1. Processed meats: Smoked or cured meats such as hot dogs, bacon, ham, sausages, and bacon are considered carcinogens, so limit your intake.

2. Pickled or highly salted foods: A high intake of salted fish, pickled vegetables, and salty snacks is linked to stomach cancer. Less is better than more, so skip the salt shaker.

3. Alcohol: It can raise your risk of mouth, colorectal, and breast cancer. Limit your intake to no more than one drink a day for women, two for men.

4. Charred meat: High heat plus meat can equal DNA-damaging heterocyclic amines and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. Cook at lower temperatures and flip meat frequently to avoid charring.

5. Scalding hot beverages: Drinking very hot coffee, tea, or soup on the regular is linked to a greater risk of esophageal cancer. Wait for them to cool down.

(Source: http://www.health.com/)





hillary-clinton-photo-1.jpg(Reuters) - The Clinton Foundation has confirmed it accepted a $1 million gift from Qatar while Hillary Clinton was U.S. secretary of state without informing the State Department, even though she had promised to let the agency review new or significantly increased support from foreign governments.

Qatari officials pledged the money in 2011 to mark the 65th birthday of Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton's husband, and sought to meet the former U.S. president in person the following year to present him the check, according to an email from a foundation official to Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign chairman, John Podesta. The email, among thousands hacked from Podesta's account, was published last month by WikiLeaks.

Clinton signed an ethics agreement governing her family's globe-straddling foundation in order to become secretary of state in 2009. The agreement was designed to increase transparency to avoid appearances that U.S. foreign policy could be swayed by wealthy donors.

If a new foreign government wished to donate or if an existing foreign-government donor, such as Qatar, wanted to "increase materially" its support of ongoing programs, Clinton promised that the State Department's ethics official would be notified and given a chance to raise any concerns.

Clinton Foundation officials last month declined to confirm the Qatar donation. In response to additional questions, a foundation spokesman, Brian Cookstra, this week said that it accepted the $1 million gift from Qatar, but this did not amount to a "material increase" in the Gulf country's support for the charity. Cookstra declined to say whether Qatari officials received their requested meeting with Bill Clinton.

Officials at Qatar's embassy in Washington and in its Council of Ministers in the capital, Doha, declined to discuss the donation.

The State Department has said it has no record of the foundation submitting the Qatar gift for review, and that it was incumbent on the foundation to notify the department about donations that needed attention.





Attorney General Loretta Lynch is facing a federal lawsuit to give details of a meeting she had with Bill Clinton days before she was to decide on his wife's fate. The meeting in June was barely a week before the Justice Department which she heads dropped its probe into Hillary Clinton's private email server. The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) filed the lawsuit against the Department of Justice in Washington on Wednesday demanding more information about the meeting, which led to Lynch stepping aside from the server investigation.

As head of the Department of Justice, Lynch was supposed to be deciding whether to proceed with charging Hillary Clinton over her unauthorized server arrangements while she was secretary of state.But she met with the Democrat's husband on June 27 on the tarmac of the Phoenix Sky Harbor International airport, Arizona. Bill Clinton delayed his flight's departure in order to grab face time with Lynch.

'Don't take off!' the former president shouted after a Secret Service agent told him Lynch was about to land, according to Ed Klein in his book Guilty as Sin, who writes that Clinton wanted to 'bushwhack' Lynch in order to discredit the server investigation.

Lynch was subsequently spotted leaving her jet and local media, who knew Clinton was at the airport, put two and two together. Despite Lynch's insistence that the half-hour meeting was a social call, a political firestorm ensued in which the DOJ's independence was questioned.

'Our conversation was a great deal about grandchildren, it was primarily social about our travels and he mentioned golf he played in Phoenix,' she told CNN affiliate KNXV/ABC15 shortly afterwards.

But the ACLJ is demanding more information about the meeting and is suing the Obama administration, which it slammed for its 'arrogance and inappropriate actions'.





Victims in Portmore triple murder identified

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crime-scene-gun.jpgThe police have identified the three people who were murdered along Grange Lane in Independence City, Portmore, St Catherine last night.

They are: a female known only as 'Maxine' and two men known as 'German' and 'Albert'.

The police say a man remains in hospital in serious but stable condition.

According to the police about 8 o' clock, all four were at a pub playing dominoes when a man armed with a gun entered the premises and opened gunfire hitting them multiple times.

A motive is yet to be established.





A third teacher collapses and dies at school

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Shenoria Hemmings Lee, language arts teacher at the Spanish Town High School in St Catherine, collapsed shortly after making a presentation at a National Standards Curriculum Workshop at Central High School in Clarendon. She was taken to May Pen Hospital where she was reported dead.

"As the minister of education, I express condolence to the teacher's immediate family and indeed the school family and friends and colleagues. It is a very sad day for education. We are grieving, and may her soul rest in peace," said Minister of Education Senator Ruel Reid, who was informed about the teacher's death just after returning from St Thomas, where he visited Robert Lightbourne High School at which a student was shot on Wednesday,

The Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA), in a statement, also extended condolence to the school and immediate family of the teacher.

JTA President Howard Isaacs said the association is extremely concerned about the number of teachers dying while on the job. He appealed to his colleagues to do what they can to avoid the deterioration of their health, and urged the Ministry of Education to meet with the JTA to discuss the welfare of teachers.

Hemmings Lee's death comes just after the deaths of fellow teachers, 39-year-old Christopher Gayle of Kingston College, and Nadine Trail of Norman Manley High, who both died last month.





schoolboy-dies-after-match.jpgAnother student athlete has died after competing in a sporting activity.

Sixth-former Saymar Ramsay of Spot Valley High in St James died after playing a basketball match in Montego Bay against Cornwall College yesterday.

It's reported that after the game Ramsay complained about feeling ill and was taken for medical treatment.

He subsequently died.

His death comes weeks after St George's College football player Dominic James collapsed at a football match and later died..





Dancehall Artiste Mr. Lexx performed at Shock Awards in Colombia at the weekend, having been nominated in one of the categories.

Lexx's single 'Bad Boys' featuring artiste collective El Freaky, was nominated for best radio single. However, despite the single losing out to, the Jamaican entertainer says he still feels like a winner.

Lexx who is proud of the single's success, also performed the South American hit at the awards ceremony. He tells us more.





ninja-sting.jpgAnother os Sting's honorees, Ninjaman, has also said that he too, while giving thanks, will not be personally accepting the award at the December 26 event.

"If dem feel like is time dem fi honour me, then give thanks 'cause is an honour still, but somebody a go collect the award," he said.

"Mi have nuff daughter and son weh proud a dem father fi go collect award man. Mi nuh have no time fi dem deh something. A nuh disrespect nor nothing. Mi do enough work, and when mi fi get honour nobody neva a pay me nuh mind. If mi never a quarrel, nobody wouldn't a look fi honour me."





YARDFLEX FEATURED ARTISTE - BOUNTY KILLER

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bounty-killer-photo-8.jpgBounty calls out Sting promoters - 'Dem man deh nuh rate people'

In response to Supreme Promotions announce that this year, Sting will be honouring the artistes who have contributed greatly to the event's success since its inception, one of the named honorees. Bounty killer had this to say.

Bounty Killer's words of wisdom: "I get to understand as a youth coming up that these people don't really rate me or honour me. Dem man deh nuh too rate nobody, dem man deh just rate the sensation of the moment and who dem can sell some tickets off of."

He continued: "If they wanna do this as a publicity stunt to say they honouring me, I will send someone to go and collect it. But I ain't even going 'cause I know these people and they don't respect foundation. They are all about the hype."





Hillary Clinton challenges FBI over email probe

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hillary-clinton-photo-1.jpgHillary Clinton's presidential campaign team has challenged the FBI over its decision to brief US lawmakers on a new inquiry into the Democratic candidate's email use.

FBI Director James Comey informed Congress of the move in a letter on Friday, 11 days before the election.

Mrs Clinton told supporters the move, was "unprecedented" and "deeply troubling".

But Republican opponent Donald Trump has praised the bureau's decision.

In his letter to Congress, Mr Comey said the FBI had learned of fresh emails which might be "pertinent" to its previous inquiry into the Democratic candidate's use of a private server when she was secretary of state in the Obama administration.

Mr Comey has defended the move, insisting that not making it public would be "misleading" and also risked being "misunderstood", given that the FBI does not know the significance of the newly found emails.

In a memo he acknowledged "we do not ordinarily tell Congress about ongoing investigations". But he said he felt an "obligation" to do so given that he had previously testified that the FBI investigation was complete.

Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta said the information provided by Mr Comey was "long on innuendo" and "short on facts".

There was, he said, "no evidence of wrongdoing. No charge of wrongdoing. No indication this is even about Hillary".

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Mr Trump meanwhile has said the issue is the biggest political scandal in the US since Watergate, which brought down President Richard Nixon.

At a rally in Colorado on Saturday, he said: "Her criminal action was wilful, deliberate, intentional and purposeful.

"Hillary set up an illegal server for the obvious purpose of shielding her illegal actions from public disclosure and exposure."

The FBI has already established that Mrs Clinton had held classified information on a private email server.

In July, Mr Comey said Mrs Clinton's handling of sensitive material during her tenure as secretary of state was "extremely careless", but cleared her of any criminal wrongdoing.





$1 Million reward for info in JC student's murder

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j-c-student-killed.jpgThe reward for information leading to the arrest of the man wanted in the murder of Jamaica College student Nicholas Francis has been increased to $1 million.

Crime Stop is offering to anyone who comes forward with the information that leads to the arrest of Quacie Hart. Funds for the reward were provided by the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (PSOJ) and family and friends of Jamaica College.

Persons with information about Hart's whereabouts are being asked to call Crime Stop at 311. Crime Stop says that persons do not have to reveal their identity when they provide information on the whereabouts of Hart.

On Wednesday, 14-year-old Francis was stabbed to death on a Coaster bus in front of his school when he refused to hand over his cell phone to a robber.

President of JC's Old Boys Association Major Basil Jarrett said yesterday that so far the association had collected $215,000 to offer as a reward.

Jarrett said persons wishing to contribute to the reward may contact JC's Old Boys Association, which has an office on the school's Old Hope Road campus.





Cops probe double murder in Clarendon

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crime-scene-gun.jpgThe Clarendon Police are investigating a double murder in Hayes on Monday.

Those killed have been identified as Natasha Lewis, 38, and labourer Garsham Dixon, 54, both from Raymond District.

Mr. Lewis and Ms. Dixon were killed as they stood among a group of persons in the community some time after 5:00 p.m. The group was approached by heavily armed men who opened fire.

The community has been tense since Saturday's killing of a 26 year old woman.

Shop operator Althea Linton was taken from her home shortly after 4:00 a.m. Her body was found with gunshot wounds in the nearby community of Land Lease about four hours later.





It has revealed that there have been more attacks on students in the Corporate Area, following last week's fatal stabbing of 14-year-old Jamaica College student Nicholas Francis.

Errol Holmes, President of the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) at Jamaica College, has shared information that at least two other attacks have taken place, which involved students from the institution, as well as Ardenne High and Kingston College.

Mr. Holmes made the disclosure following Monday's silent protest at Jamaica College against violence affecting children.

He is pushing for an exclusive JUTC school bus service for the Corporate Area during peak hours or for legislative changes to be made, which will force public transport operators to have video recording devices in their vehicles.





crime-scene-gun.jpgThe police are still processing the three men who have been held in connection with the killing of Dr Martin Garwood whose body was found at his home last week.

The police say following investigations they intercepted a vehicle with the three men aboard and subsequently arrested them.

Their identities are being withheld pending further investigations.

Forty-year-old Garwood was murdered at his home in Barbican, St Andrew last Wednesday.

He was attached to the Kingston Public Hospital and was also the doctor of the Young Reggae Boyz team.

His colleagues reportedly went in search of him when he didn't turn up for work on Wednesday and calls to his cell phone went unanswered.

When they arrived at his residence, they observed blood and alerted the police who later found his body with multiple stab wounds.





Suspect in murder of JC student charged

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j-c-student-killed.jpgThe suspect in the killing of 14-year-old Jamaica College student, Nicholas Francis, has been charged and is set to appear in court on Friday.

The Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) of the police force, via its twitter handle, announced Sunday afternoon that Quacie Hart has been charged for the killing of the student. This is after Hart turned himself in to the Half-Way Tree police last night. He was accompanied by his lawyer Adrian Christie. Crime Stop had announced a J$1 million reward for information leading to Hart's arrest.

Last Wednesday, 14-year-old Francis was stabbed to death on a Toyota Coaster bus in front of his school when he refused to hand over his cell phone to a robber.

The police named Hart as a person of interest a day after the incident. Hart is currently on bail after being previously charged for illegal possession of a firearm. He is set to appear in court on January 17, 2017 on that matter.





march-pen-fat-man.jpgMarvin 'Fat Man' Campbell, the man charged in connection with the October 9 March Pen Road killings, was remanded on Tuesday when he appeared before the St. Catherine Parish Court.

He is to return next Wednesday to settle legal representation.

He told the Parish Judge that he is in the process of hiring an attorney. Mr. Campbell was charged last week with five counts of murder.

Investigators say Campbell, who is reportedly a member of the Clansman gang, led a group of gunmen to his family's house in March Pen where five persons were shot and the house set on fire.

Three children, including his 14-year-old son, were among those killed. Campbell, is also facing charges of rape and incest.





Ardenne High School student drowns at YMCA pool

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The Ardenne High student who was rushed to hospital this afternoon (Tuesday) after an incident at the Kingston YMCA has died.

He has been identified as Jevaughn Brown -- a third form student at the Hope Road based institution, in St Andrew. Ardenne Principal Nadine Malloy said that the student was visiting the YMCA for community service at the time of the incident.

However, early reports are that after the community service session ended, and the work coach left, the student, despite prior warnings, went into the deep end of the pool and got into difficulties.

The student was rushed to the nearby Andrew's Memorial Hospital on Hope Road where he died.





People say Peter Tosh a turn inna him grave

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peter-tosh-photo-4-remembering.jpgNow that the Peter Tosh Museum open uppa Pulse plent people a talk up a bagga tingz and a say that the hortical Rastaman soul nuh too happy with dat deh resting place inna di heart a Babylon. Dem say the museum site use to host one sex toys shop, and right now the Devil's soup shop kotch up right side a it.

Peter Tosh is a man who neva inna di alcohol consumption ting, him was a straight herbalist -- a weed man. And now a bare alcohol a consume inna him so-called place. Fyah bun fi all a di wagonist dem who a mix up Peter Tosh in a house of ill repute!





Party promoter shot dead in Old Harbour

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party-promoter-renato-grant.jpgA popular party promoter was shot dead on Saturday night on Burke Road in Old Harbour.

The police report that at about 8:55 PM, Renato Grant was at a shop in his community when he was approached by a group of armed men.

The men opened fire hitting Grant several times.

Grant was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.





Man jailed for killing fellow Jamaican in the UK

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killer-douane-brown.jpgA report from bbc.com says that a Jamaican man has been jailed for 21 years in the United Kingdom for stabbing another Jamaican to death inside an Internet cafe.

Thirty-nine-year-old Jamaican Douane Brown reportedly stabbed Horace Williams in the neck at the cafe in Smethwick in April of this year.

Brown, who is from Bickington Road in Birmingham, was convicted by a jury at Birmingham Crown Court, capping a five-day trial.

The convict will serve at least 21 years behind bars for the offence.

Reports are that on the day of the incident, both men exchanged glances across the cafe some time before Brown reportedly pulled a folding knife from his jacket pocket and launched the attack that led to Williams' death.

It was theorise that there was some history of bad blood between the two men, but the attack was reportedly not prompted by any aggression on Williams' part.





Teen found with gun and arrested

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The police are reporting that a teenager is now in custody following the seizure of a homemade firearm and one 9mm round of ammunition at a shop on the Mammee Bay main road in St Ann, this morning.

Reports from police in St Ann's Bay are that about 1:20 am, lawmen carried out a raid at the shop at which the teenager was a patron.

A search of the premises and his person resulted in the seizure of the firearm and ammunition, the police say.

The police say his court date will be announced later while investigations continue.





j-c-student-killed.jpgThe man wanted for the shocking killing of 14-year-old Jamaica College student, Nicholas Francis, is now in police custody.

The Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) of the police force says Quacie Hart turned himself in to the Half-Way Tree police last night. He was accompanied by his lawyer.

The CCU says he is being processed and is expected to be questioned later.

Crime Stop had announced a J$1 million reward for information leading to Hart's arrest.

Last Wednesday, 14-year-old Francis was stabbed to death on a Toyota Coaster bus in front of his school when he refused to hand over his cell phone to a robber.

He was then thrown out of the bus, breaking one of his hands in the process.

The police named Hart as a person of interest a day after the incident.





Teen shot on Local Government Election Day

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crime-scene-gun.jpgTeenager has been rushed to hospital after being shot multiple times along Windward Road in Kingston on Monday afternoon, Loop News understands.

The shooting occurred as Jamaicans cast their ballots in Local Government Elections but it's unclear if the incident was politically motivated.

The Jamaica Constabulary Force's information arm, the Corporate Communications Unit (CCU), has confirmed the incident but said it could not offer any more details at this time.

Investigators are probing the scene.





crime-scene-7.jpgA man was beaten to death by residents of Cockburn Avenue in Kingston, after an 84-year-old woman was found dead inside her house.Reports are that the grandmother had also been raped.

The police have not released the names of the deceased.

The Constabulary's Corporate Communications Unit says initial reports are that the woman's relatives discovered her body about 7:30 am.





jamaican-sophia-lamb-and-andre-curtis-photo-op.jpgCops are searching for a Jamaican man, Andre Curtis, who is the estranged husband of a 44-year-old nursing assistant found stabbed to death in her Bronx apartment Saturday.

Sophia Lamb's mother found her sprawled out on the living room floor in their shared Baychester Ave. home near Aldrich St. in Co-op City at 1:45 p.m., police said.

Lamb died at the scene.

Her husband, Andre Curtis, was kicked out of the home weeks ago - but was back Friday night trying to talk to Lamb, her mother, Sylvia Malcolm told the Daily News.

According to reports, police were eyeing Lamb's husband as a "person of interest," and no one was charged with the killing as of Saturday night. Curtis moved into the apartment with Lamb and her parents in June after emigrating from Jamaica, relatives said. The pair had met in the island 15 years ago.

Within a month of moving to the Bronx, Curtis' normally cheery personality changed - and he became cold and controlling, said Lamb's father, Audley Malcolm.

"She wanted to have dinner with her sister, he said no. She would come home late from work and it's a problem," the grieving dad said.

"I told her, go to Immigration [Services] and cry like you've never cried before, throw yourself on the floor and tell them you're not leaving until they come and take him back to Jamaica."

Lamb's co-workers at Blythedale Children's Hospital in Valhalla, Westchester County, were among those who rushed to the scene in disbelief. Mourners huddled in the building's lobby and sobbed as technicians from the city medical examiner's office carried Lamb's body out of the building.





producer-seanizzle-involved-in-car-crash-in-serious-but-stable-condition.jpgProducer and artiste Seanizzle, whose given name is Sean Reid, is said to be in "serious but stable condition" at the Kingston Public Hospital after an early morning accident.

Seanizzle's car is reported to have been pushed over an island into oncoming traffic, where a Toyota Rav 4 slammed into his car.

Producer Black Sheep said that he saw Seanizzle at the KFC on Washington Boulevard at about midnight on Sunday.

"He had been recording songs and had gone to get food for the artistes. He went through the drive through and I went inside but we left at about the same time. I turned down to Duhaney Park side and he went up the Boulevard," he said.

Black Sheep then reported dropping off a USB storage device at a nearby plaza and then heading in the direction towards Seanizzle's studio when he encountered a traffic jam in the vicinity of overhead bridge at Drewsland.

"Then mi bredrin say 'nu Izzy car that', and mi say no, him muss reach home by now. So we jump out in time fi see the police dem put him in a jeep. Then his car ketch a fire, and the police start push everybody back," Black Sheep said.

Black Sheep, who visited the KPH, noted that Seanizzle was conscious but "woozy" because he had suffered a concussion in the accident.

"The nurse asked him what year it was and he said 2012, but she said that was understandable. Mi just glad say him alright, he is in serious but stable condition but because it is a head injury, the doctors have to monitor him. Is a double lick him get, first from the taxi man, then from the Rav 4," he said.

Artiste Mr G. who refers to Sean as his 'brother' says it was God who saved Sean.

Seanizzle has been producing music for over a decade.





leonard-cohen.jpgCanadian singer, songwriter and poet Leonard Cohen died November 11, aged 82.

The news was announced on his official Facebook page, but no details about the cause of death were given.

"It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet, songwriter and artist, Leonard Cohen has passed away," the statement said.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau led tributes to the singer, who was known for hits including Hallelujah and Dance Me to the End of Love.

"It is with deep sorrow that I learned today of the death of the legendary Leonard Cohen," Mr Trudeau said in a statement.

"He will be fondly remembered for his gruff vocals, his self-deprecating humour and the haunting lyrics that made his songs the perennial favourite of so many generations."





sean-paul-photo-6.jpgSean Paul came under fire from social media last week after he admitted to Charlamagne Tha God that he eats "pum pum" and then backtracked.

If you're a fan of dancehall culture then you would know that pum pum eating is a huge issue, although some fans would agree that things are slowly changing. During an interview on The Breakfast Club this week, Charlamagne, known for asking celebrities tough questions, asked Sean Paul if he "eat pum pum." "We got to prove that you're a Jamaican, do you eat pum pum?" Charlamagne asked.

"Yes I eat pum pum but... Just funny the way you said it to me a pum pum we say and no I don't eat pum pum... no sir... It don't have a wrapper you know," Sean Paul said.

Needless to say that dancehall fans have been going in on him on social media with some accusing him of lying about it.

Charlamagne pushed back on some of the criticisms from fans telling them to "grow up."

"I can't believe y'all mad at Sean Paul for this," he said. "SMH. If the man eat Pum Pum let him eat Pum Pum!! Why we Pum Pum eating shaming??? Women stop letting Jamaican men get away with saying they don't eat Pum Pum when they've eaten yours. Treat Jamaican men who eat Pum Pum but claim they don't the same way the streets treat rappers who claim they bout that life but aren't. I can't believe Jamaican men right now especially because if you've ever licked a well seasoned, well cooked ox tail then you know what Pum Pum taste like or when you cut a beef patty in half and put your tongue in the center of it it's the same difference. Grow up Jamaican men, GROW UP."





'More music from prison,' promises Kartel

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vybz-kartel-photo-4-larger.jpgSince last week, Vybz Kartel has released three new singles, "You Make Me Cry," "Your Little Shorts," and "What Next." all these tracks are from previously recorded unreleased material.

In doing so the World Boss kept his promise to his fans that despite his transfer to a tighter security prison, he would still be putting out new songs.

"Transfer from one prison to the next won't stop the music because we have so much unreleased recordings," a Gaza rep stated..

"We have really good producers who can mix the songs to make them sound like they were just recorded so that is the issue now, but no music is being recorded behind bars," the deejay's rep added.

During his sentencing in 2014, Vybz Kartel was given the option to record music in prison but the proceeds would go towards his murder victim family. The Portmore Empire deejay declined the offer which means its illegal for him to record music in prison.

"Vybz Kartel real youth enuh big up yuh self mi Boss none a them caah stop you the more them chat a the more you rise them just caah be like you the fool them nuh know say every man have to be themselves them caah step to you no day we love you we need you i pray gods blessings upon you and your friends you are a real empire full a knowledge them nuh deh nuh where near you them nuh see how much name you have only Jesus alone have so much name that mean you are very very special in the eyes of god dance hall a fi you Gaza still a win free mi say fi the Boss," a Gaza Fan commented.





fidel-castro-collage.jpgU.S. President Barack Obama has spoken out on the passing of Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro (pictured with former Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev in 1963), saying that history will record and judge the 'enormous' impact that Castro had on 'the people and the world around him.

The White House released Obama's statement on Saturday morning in which he noted the relationship between the U.S. and Cuba has been marked by 'discord and profound political disagreements' for nearly six decades. Obama offered his condolences to Castro's family and said his thoughts and prayers are with the Cuban people.

Castro, who led a rebel army to improbable victory in Cuba, embraced Soviet-style communism and defied the power of 10 U.S. presidents during his half century rule. He has been branded 'one of the most iconic personalities of the 20th century'.





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Fidel Castro (gesticulating), with two members of the 1970s Jamaican Peoples' National Party Government, P.J. Patterson and Arnold Bertram, to his left.

Leader of the opposition Peoples' National Party, Portia Simpson Miller, in her tribute to Fidel Castro, said he was a great leader and consummate friend of Jamaica, whose legacy will live on.

Mrs. Simpson Miller, in her statement, said despite being born into material comfort, Mr. Castro dedicated his life to the struggle for Cuba's social and economic revolution and the liberation of the Cuban people.

She said, through his efforts, Cuba stands as a proud nation, providing quality education and training, a first rate health care system, among other social advances.

She noted that many of Jamaica's best medical practitioners were trained free of cost in Cuba and Cuban doctors, nurses and other health care professionals continue to share their expertise locally.





PM Andrew Holness remembers Fidel Castro

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fidel-castro-el-general-photo-2.jpgPrime Minister Andrew Holness has written to Cuban President Raul Castro extending deep sympathies on behalf of Jamaica at the passing of Fidel Castro, Cuba's revolutionary leader.

In a statement on Saturday morning, Mr. Holness remembered Fidel Castro for his revolutionary leadership and guidance of the Cuban state. He said many Jamaicans still vividly remember his visits to Jamaica and his passionate speeches in defence of the right to self-determination.

The Prime Minister said the people of Jamaica remain deeply appreciative of the significant contribution that Cuban medical personnel continue to make to Jamaica through technical cooperation, initiated under the leadership of Fidel Castro.





fidel-castro-el-general-photo-1.jpgBearded and ferocious, Fidel Castro ruled Cuba unchallenged for nearly half a century despite being hated by the United States whose secret service more than once tried to assassinate him.Castro, who famously proclaimed after his arrest in a failed coup attempt that history would absolve him, has died aged 90, Cuban state media reports.

At the end, an elderly and infirm Castro was a whisper of the Marxist firebrand whose iron will and passionate determination bent the arc of destiny

"There are few individuals in the 20th century who had a more profound impact on a single country than Fidel Castro had in Cuba," Robert Pastor, a former national security adviser for President Jimmy Carter in the 1970s, told CNN in 2012.

"He reshaped Cuba in his image, for both bad and good," said Pastor, who died in 2014. "Cuba will be a different place because he lived and he died."

Castro lived long enough to see a historic thaw in relations between Cuba and the United States. President Barack Obama announced in December that the United States would re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba and urged Congress to lift a 52-year-old economic embargo.

Cuban President Raul Castro -- who took over from his ailing brother more than eight years earlier -- announced the breakthrough to the nation, but observers noted Fidel's silence on the matter.

Castro's stage was a small island nation 90 miles from the underbelly of the United States, but he commanded worldwide attention.

"He was a historic figure way out of proportion to the national base in which he operated," said noted Cuba scholar Louis A. Perez Jr., author of more than 10 books on the island and its history.

"Cuba hadn't counted for much in the scale of politics and history until Castro," said Wayne Smith, the top U.S. diplomat in Cuba from 1979 to 1982.

Castro became famous enough that he could be identified by only one name. A mention of "Fidel" left little doubt who was being talked about.

No other non-royal ruler clung to power as long as Castro did.





There are reports of a generally low turn out of Election Day workers and members of the security forces, who voted today (Friday) ahead of Monday's Local Government poll.

In St. Thomas, rain affected the turnout at polling stations, but in Portland, voting went smoothly. In West Portland there was 70 per cent turnout at the four polling stations. In Kingston and St. Andrew, voting got off to a smooth start, but few voters also turned out Friday morning.

Some Thirty-eight thousand 877 special services electors were eligible to vote.

Election Day workers and members of the security forces who did not vote today will not be able to do so on Monday.





crime-scene-gun.jpgThe five-month-old baby who was shot along with her mother Friday morning in Farm Heights, St. James is undergoing treatment at hospital.

The infant was reportedly shot in the abdomen when gunmen opened fire her and her mother on the Farm Heights main road about 8:45 a.m.

The mother, 30-year-old Alexia Brown, died on the spot.

Senior Superintendent Marlon Nesbeth, head of the St. James Police, said the motive for the shooting is not yet clear.

He is urging anyone with information to assist the police.





wanted-man-roshad-moss.jpgRoshad Moss - alias 'Shut' of Lime Hall, St Ann, man once considered St Ann's most wanted - and who has been charged in relation to two murders in Lime Hall, St Ann - was remanded in custody when he appeared before the St Ann Parish Court recently.

He will next appear in court on December 14, by which time his attorney is to receive the file in relation to the charges. He appeared in court on Thursday, November 17, on charges of accessory to murder that occurred in 2015 and a murder committed earlier this year.

Moss first came to national attention when he was charged in connection with the shooting death of 16-year-old Maurice Cox, Jr on May 29, 2015. The main perpetrator behind Cox's killing, Kevin Rattigan, was on the run for over a year before being caught on Tuesday, September 27.

Police said Rattigan and Moss were members of the 'After Dark' gang that has since been dismantled by the St Ann police. However, Moss allegedly committed another murder while on bail for that offence. Police say Moss was a key player in two murders in Lime Hall on Tuesday morning, January 5, when a taxi operator, David Hudson and Damion Campbell, alias 'Iron Man' were shot and killed in a home invasion.

Reports are that at about 1:30 am, 30-year-old Hudson, was at home when he was pounced upon by gunmen who opened fire killing him. Campbell, who was also at the home, was shot and died in hospital on January 6.

Moss turned himself over to the police on January 6 and was later charged, but only in connection with Campbell's murder. Those murders were believed to have been connected to the disappearance of four family members - who are now presumed dead - on Saturday, November 14, 2015.

Moss was granted bail again by the courts in relation to the murder of Campbell. One of the conditions of his bail was that he was to report to the Crofts Hill police, in Clarendon. However, the police later said that Moss was not reporting. Following several attempts to locate Moss, he was apprehended in a taxi close to the community of Moneague, St Ann on September 28.





Mother shot dead, baby shot and injured in St James

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crime-scene-gun.jpgAlexia Brown 30-year-old mother of Farm Heights, St James was shot and killed and her five months old baby shot and injured during an attack by unknown assailants in her St James community on Friday morning.

Reports are that about 8:30, Brown was walking in her community when she was pounced upon by unknown men who alighted from a motor car which drove up.

The mother and her baby girl were shot and rushed to hospital where she was pronounced dead, while the toddler admitted in a serious condition.





Popular Mo Bay photographer stabbed to death

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mo-bay-patrick-osbourne-nov-25.jpgA popular photographer from the second city, Montego Bay, was set upon and stabbed to death by unknown attackers close to his workplace Thursday night.

The deceased has been identified as 42-year-old Patrick Osbourne of Pitfour, St James address.

Reports are that about 9:30, Osbourne who just left work was about to enter his car when he was attacked from behind and stabbed multiple times.

He was pronounced dead at the Cornwall Regional Hospital where he was rushed.

The police are yet to establish a motive for the killing.





PNP councillor Kari Douglas injured in accident

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pnp-councillor-kari-douglas.jpgPeople's National Party (PNP) councillor for the Trafalgar Division, Kari Douglas, was reportedly injured in a motor vehicle accident last night.

Member of Parliament for St Andrew South East Julian Robinson, in whose constituency the Trafalgar division falls, says Douglas was not seriously injured.

He also says she is expected to make a quick recovery.

Robinson says Douglas had just entered her car, which was stationary, when it was hit head on by a car along Old Hope Road.

Robinson is calling for all candidates participating in the local government election campaign, to be very careful as they traverse the roadways.





popcaan-buys-new-range-rover-evoque-convertible-2017.jpgReports are all over the Internet that dancehall artiste Popcaan is now a proud owner of a brand new Range Rover Evoque Convertible.

The 'Unruly Boss' took to social media on Tuesday through his official fanpage 'PopcaanUpdate' to show the new whip with his fans.

It is said that sccording to sources close to the 'Unruly' camp, the Range Rover was gifted to the deejay from Canadian Rapper Drake ahead of Popcaan's reported OVO signing which is expected to be announced later this year.





Kanye and the Kurse of the Kardashians

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kardashian-curse-men.jpgAlthough there are mixed reactions over Kanye West being hospitalized, some are actually feeling sympathetic for Ye thinking he may be the latest victim of the Kardashian curse.

Although the men married to or who are involved with the Kardashians actually had MAJOR PROBLEMS before they linked with the famous family, some refuse to acknowledge it, or others enjoy poking fun at the tragic lineups of demise. I mean we now have alcoholics, drug addicts, jerks, depression, a transgender woman, a broke rapper.





bounty-killer-photo-8.jpg"Bounty Killer misses me," was the response of controversial selector/producer/artiste manager Foota Hype to a recent diss by the Warlord Bounty Killer.

Bounty Killer, who gave a good set at last weekend's Jamrock Reggae Cruise, stopped mid-way to shout out to several dancehall personality most of whom he has been friends with for many years including Baby Cham, Elephant Man, Harry Toddler and even Tony Matterhorn and Firelinks and also to take a few shots at Foota Hype.

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"Dutty Foota Hype them who are so ungrateful and talking about the general no have no hot," he said. "I am the savior of dancehall."

Foota, who was also on the cruise, told Zip FM that it was obvious that Bounty missed him, because that's the only reason why Killer, who has not performed to an international audience in a while, owing to visa woes, would take time out to call his name.

Foota had earlier this year remarked that Bounty was using the wrong producers, hence he wasn't getting any hit songs.





tads-ultimate-2016.jpgSince its auspicious debut in 2007, the Tad's International Record's compilation album, The Ultimate, has never disappointed. The latest edition, The Ultimate 2017, maintains its reputation. Scheduled for release digitally and on compact disc on December 2, it is a 19-song collection of hardcore dancehall songs and easy-listening reggae.

It contains songs from Mavado, Alkaline and Vybz Kartel, three of the biggest names in Dancehall for 2016. Mavado has four songs on The Ultimate 2017: Money, Girls & Fun, Lowe Mi, In God We Trust, and Farewell; the latter of which is a collaboration with Alkaline. Tad Dawkins, principal of Tad's Record, said 2016 is a banner year for the 'Gully God'. "Yes it was, and a very strong one and he will be a stronger force to reckon with next year. There has been resurgence in his popularity since he started recording in Jamaica once again" said Dawkins.

Vbyz Kartel has had a presence on The Ultimate series since its inception. He and Alkaline represent on The Ultimate 2017 with two solo songs each. Who Trouble Them and Training Wheel are Kartel's songs. Alkaline contributes Block & Delete and Wha a Gwan.

Coolest Summer, a massive hit for Ding Dong and Dexta Daps, and this sensational hit single is also part of the impressive musical collection. So too Wuk Off You Gal by Aidonia, Vershon's Feeling High and the rib-tickling Frowzy Taxi Man from newcomer Grampa Entatain.

With ganja decriminalization blowing across Jamaica, it is only fitting that a 'weed song' is included. None better than One Draw, sung melodiously by Marcia Griffiths featuring Fab 5; this song is a modern take on the Rita Marley classic.





leo-taddeo-chairman-new-ear-homes.jpgFollowing quite a lengthy submission by Queen's Counsel K.D Knight in the St Catherine Parish Court, the bail conditions of Leo Taddeo, the director of New Era Homes, were changed

Taddeo, whose title has included chairman and CEO of New EraHomes, was arrested in the latter part of 2015 and slapped with charges of sexual grooming/soliciting sex from a minor. It alleged that in 2013, the accused man was driving his private motor vehicle and saw a group of children and called them, two of whom are sisters. It is further alleged that Taddeo offered them $500 on each occasion that he fondled them.

In September 2015, he allegedly offered one of the sisters several thousand dollars for sexual relations. The child reportedly told her father about the incident, and Taddeo was subsequently nabbed in a sting operation.The Crown also outlined that there are other charges pending against Taddeo because investigations have revealed that it was a frequent practice for Taddeo to solicit young people for sexual acts.

New Era Homes is the developer behind Caribbean Estate, Caymanas Country Club Estate, among other projects.

Knight argued that the bail conditions were inconvenient and onerous for his client, given his hectic travel schedule across the island. Taddeo is charged with sexual grooming.

The judge agreed to change the bail conditions to allow Taddeo to report twice instead of three times to the Matilda's Corner police station.

When Taddeo attended court two months earlier, the judge had granted the lifting of the stop order between September 17 to 28th to give Taddeo enough time to see the physician on September 20th and return his travel documents to the court by September 28th. But Taddeo had since decided against traveling.

The New Era Homes director will return to court in January. New Era Homes is the developer behind Caribbean Estate, Caymanas Country Club Estate, among other projects.

He will return to court on January 29, 2016.





hotel-workers-mangled-vehicle-nov-23.jpgLoved ones are expressing shock and sorrow at Tuesday night's fatal collision that claimed the lives of two female employees of the Bahia Principe Hotel in St Ann, adding to the tragedy in June that claimed four workers from the very same hotel

The victims have been identified as 23-year-old Jodian Duncan, a waitress of Exchange, St Ann- and 24-year-old Shanique Grey, a member of the kitchen staff, from Oracabessa, St Mary.

Reports are that at about 11:45 pm, Duncan and Grey were passengers on board a 29 seater Bahia Principe staff bus, travelling east towards Ocho Rios, when the vehicle collided into a truck, which was parked in the vicinity of the Pearly Beach property on the Dunn's River main road. One of the females died on spot and had to be cut from the wreckage. The other female died at the St Ann's Bay Hospital.

Eight other employees of the hotel are in stable condition in the hospital. The police had said that preliminary investigations have suggested that speeding may have been a cause of the accident. Several friends, family members and co-workers of the deceased women took to Facebook to express their sadness at the passing of the two females.

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Lattie Kiara Robinson, a friend of Jodian Duncan posted, "Mr death seh him nah give nuh warning when him a come. Yuh nah here nuh calling all. Yuh hear a mourning and bawling. Sigh... today ur here tomorrow ur gone. Joe Joe Duncan (Jodian Duncan) smh pass the accident last night only to reach home hearing ur involved in that accident and pass away sigh #Rip Jody remember the days at Bahia u were a fun loving person surely gonna missed by many. #REST IN PARADISE HUN."

Kenzie Duncan wrote: "God I Call Up On You This Morning Only You Can Help US! I pray for Joe Joe Duncan family and the bahia staffs god cover us help us to cope. Jesus you know the pain we are feeling now. (R.I.P) FRENNY."

A strong message was posted by a friend of both crash victims, Aries TJ Johnson.

who commented on the fact that several other staff members of Bahia Principe died months before in an accident in Llandovery, St Ann. "Few months ago sum died and now look at this Shanique Shaniboo Grey, shes gone and I went to school with Jody (Jodian Duncan). Not a nice feeling at the momemt and me and Shanique will alwasy be reasoning. Now her life as ended rip ladies."

On Tuesday night, June 21, four employees of the Bahia Principe Hotel died as a result of injuries they received in a three vehicle collision on the Llandovery main road. Those killed at that time were: 21-year-old Michael Glasgow of Village Green, St Ann's Bay, St Ann; 22-year-old Eric Forbes of Steerfield, St Ann; 24-year-old Jaynor Powell of Charles Town, St Mary and Teisha Douglas from St Thomas.





DHS: Tens of Thousands of Green Cards Have Vanished

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green-card.jpgTens of thousands of green cards, used to identify foreign citizens living inside the United States legally, are unaccounted for, Fox News Channel's Tucker Carlson reported Tuesday.

"It appears that thousands of green cards have simply gone missing," Department of Homeland Security Inspector General John Roth said in a news release Monday. "In the wrong hands, green cards may enable terrorists, criminals, and undocumented aliens to remain in the United States. It is vital that USCIS [United States Citizenship and Immigration Services] ensure better tools and procedures are in place to mitigate such risks."

More than 200,000 approved applicants have reported to USCIS over the past three years their cards were never delivered, The Daily Caller reported. Hundreds of those were sent to the wrong addresses, according to the IG report, revealing "the problem was far worse than originally thought," the IG wrote.

The actual number of missing cards is not known for certain, since the USCIS uses reports from applicants to determine its number.

Carlson said Tuesday the INS "tried to downplay this." Fox News correspondent Geraldo Rivera told Carlson it was a "significant bureaucratic screw-up," but said, "They have no evidence . . . that any of these [missing cards] have gone to anyone ineligible to receive them."

Rivera said the missing cards are a problem, but people overstaying their visas are a bigger threat. House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul called the missing green cards "unacceptable."

"We cannot let 'free passes' into America fall into the wrong hands and be used by terrorists, criminals, or others to hide amongst us," McCaul said in a statement on his official website.





Dudus is NOT dead; he did not hang himself in prison

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dudus-disguise.jpgThe police have said there is no truth to the rumours that former Tivoli Gardens strongman Christopher 'Dudus' Coke committed suicide in a United States prison.

In a news release Saturday, the police dispelled the rumour, which is being circulated across the media landscape.

The police categorically stated that it is false, as Jamaica Constabulary Force's international law enforcement partners have confirmed and assured them that there is no truth to the assertion.

The police also discouraged the spread of such rumours, advising the public to desist from making such "frivolous and mischievous" statements that could lead to "unwarranted panic and anxiety in some quarters".





Snoop says Kanye is 'crazy'

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kanye-west-photo-3.jpgSnoop Dogg has slammed Kanye West for ranting on stage.

The 45-year-old rapper believes the Famous hitmaker is 'crazy', and took to social media on Sunday to criticize the 39-year-old musician for constantly venting about fellow artists.

Speaking in an Instagram clip, which sees Snoop give a running commentary whilst listening to Kanye's speech in the background and has since been shared on Karen Civil's Twitter account, the Drop It Like It's Hot hitmaker - whose real name is Cordozar Calvin Broadus Junior - said: 'This n****r crazy. Have you heard this n****r diss a n****r onstage? This n****r crazier than the s**t I got on my head.'

'That n****r crazy. I can't believe he's still talking. He picked the wrong night to vent like that, them Sacramento n****rs ain't feeling that s**t,' he said.

'He was talking that weird a*s s**t. That's just my thoughts,' he added. 'I smoke weed. Weed don't make you do that. What the f**k is he on?'





kanye-west-photo-3.jpgKanye West has been hospitalized for his own safety after suffering a psychotic breakdown, according to sources.

The rapper was under 'psychiatric evaluation' at a Los Angeles area hospital late Monday and the rest of his Saint Pablo Tour was cancelled as friends say the star is 'spiraling out of control', TMZ reports.

Friends told DailyMail.com the 'breakdown' was triggered by problems in his marriage to Kim Kardashian, paranoia over his rift with Jay Z and his seething jealousy of Beyoncé.

Law enforcement sources say that Los Angeles police had responded to a medical welfare call about 1:20pm local time.

He was allegedly being checked for 'severe sleep deprivation' when it was decided he needed to be admitted. Law enforcement sources confirmed he was hospitalized for his own health and safety.

Sources close to Kanye say he tried to resist being transported to the L.A. hospital and had to be handcuffed.

Kim had been due to make an appearance at an East Coast event this evening but was nowhere to be seen after the shock news of her husband's hospitalization.

Earlier today, Kanye's concert promoter, Live Nation, had announced he was axing the remaining 22 gigs on his national tour without giving a reason.

The announcement came just two days after the 39-year-old music artist had walked off stage 30 minutes into his performance following an incoherent political and personal rant.

West took aim at Hillary Clinton, close friends Beyoncé and Jay Z and Mark Zuckerberg in the bizarre outburst while on stage in Sacramento on Saturday.

Now friends say the rant is more than just another dramatic tantrum from the rapper known for his outspoken opinions - and even his famous wife has had enough.

'Kim is fed up,' a close friend tells DailyMail.com. 'They've been bickering constantly - she didn't want Kanye to do the tour in the first place. She wanted him by her side as she recovered from her traumatic robbery in Paris.

'She lost days with him while he's touring and then he made a rash decision to end the concert after ten minutes and go on a rant.

'He had a psychotic break. Kanye is very hot tempered and he's very reactionary. A lot of times, he speaks before he thinks and he's very sensitive.'

The move comes after a complex weekend for the musician, who abruptly ended a concert in Sacramento, California, on Saturday, then canceled a performance Sunday in the Los Angeles area.

Saturday's truncated show became a hot topic, as amateur videos circulated of a 10-minute tirade by West about Beyonce, Jay Z, Hillary Clinton, Mark Zuckerberg, the radio and MTV.

He said he was 'hurt' because he heard Beyoncé refused to perform at the MTV Video Music Awards unless she won Video of the Year over him.

He also urged her husband Jay Z to call him and 'talk to me like a man'.

In a clip posted to social media the Famous hitmaker was heard telling the audience: 'Beyonce I was hurt because I heard you said you wouldn't perform unless you won video of the year over me and over Hotline Bling.

'In my opinion - now don't go dissing Beyoncé, she's great. Taylor Swift is great. We are all great people. But sometimes we be playing the politics too much and forget who we are - just to win.

'F**k winning, f**k looking cool, f**k being cool. At the risk of my own success. I'll give ya'll the truth.'

'Jay Z, I know you got killas. Please don't send them at my head. Just call me--talk to me like I man,' he said.





Why was Kartel moved from Horizon prison?

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vybz-kartel-photo-4.jpgDeejay Vybz Kartel was transferred from the Horizon Adult Remand Centre on Spanish Town Road and placed at the maximum security Tower Street Adult Correctional Facility in Kingston on Wednesday, his lawyer Tom Tavares-Finson confirmed.

However, the attorney reported that he did not know why his client was removed.

Word on the street is that despite his incarceration, Kartel still records music, with an iTunes singles count for 2016 already reaching a staggering 50 songs, in addition to his King of the Dancehall album, released in August.

Speculations are that the move is to counter the recordings.





West Kingston violence intensifies

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Police on Wednesday warned the public to avoid the West Kingston section of the city after the lawmen came under heavy gunfire. The police later reported the arrest of two men following a gun find that same evening.

There is a recent flare-up of violence in the area resulting in several murders. This week, a vendor was killed in the Coronation Market, leaving other vendors in fear. The police were quick in apprehending a suspect in the Tuesday morning murder.

Despite several issues such as street lighting and the functioning of parish councils being highlighted in Wednesday's local government debate, an appeal by the Jamaica Labour Party's Kenisha Allen to vote against the PNP dominated post-debate talks.





Jamaican HIV-positive man to be extradited to Canada

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A Jamaican man is to be extradited to Canada where he is wanted on 12 counts of aggravated sexual assault.

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions on Thursday said that George Flowers has been accused of having unprotected sex with four women knowing that he was HIV-positive and without informing them of his status.





zika-virus.jpgThe naysayers believe that the Zika virus threat was nothing but a big hoax and now the World Health Organisation on Friday announced in an online press conference that the Zika virus outbreak no longer poses a world public health emergency.

"The Zika virus remains a highly significant and long-term problem, but it is not any more a public heath emergency of international concern," the world health body's emergency committee chair Dr David Heymann said.

While Zika causes only mild symptoms in most people, pregnant women with the virus were said to risk giving birth to babies with microcephaly - a deformation that leads to abnormally small brains and heads.

Many athletes and other competitors stayed away from the Rio Olympics over the great Zika fear triggered by the WHO, however, there were no reports of anyone catching the Zika virus while in Brazil, the supposed epicentre of the disease.





crime-scene-demo.jpgA robbers was reportedly killed while attempting to rob a school-boy in the Corporate Area this week.

A man was Thursday stabbed to death after he attempted to rob two students along a dirt track on Molynes Road in St Andrew. Reports from the Half-Way Tree police are that about 6:00 pm, the now deceased, armed with a firearm, allegedly robbed a student. He then reportedly proceeded to rob another student, who allegedly stabbed him multiple times.

He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

However, the police are now seeking the public's assistance to identify him. The police say he is of dark complexion, medium build and about five-foot-10-inch long. The deceased has cornrow hairstyle, a tattoo on his lower arm marked "N", and was clad in a blue T-shirt, white merino, blue jeans pants, and a pair of black slippers, the police say.

The incident comes several weeks after a Jamaica College third form student was stabbed to death by a man during a robbery attempt.





vybz-kartel-photo-27.jpgConvicted murderer and top-selling dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel was reportedly been transferred from the Horizon Adult Remand Centre to the maximum security Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre in downtown Kingston under heavy police guard on Tuesday.

There has been speculation that he was removed because of a suspected breach committed at Horizon Adult Remand Centre.

Following a 65-day trial said to be the longest in Jamaica's history, Kartel and cronies Shawn 'Shawn Storm' Campbell; Kahira Jones; and Andre St John were sentenced to life imprisonment for the August 2011 murder of Clive 'Lizard' Williams.

Kartel and his three co-convicts have filed appeals against their incarceration and sentences.

Despite his incarceration, Vybz Kartel still dominates the airwaves in Jamaica with new releases said to be recorded before he was locked up.





Roots reggae singer Nanny Mystik murdered in Linstead

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nanny-mistik.jpgJust days before her live performance in Jamaica singer Nanny Mistik was murdered.

According to reports, the singer was allegedly killed on Monday night (November 14) at a house in Linstead, St. Catherine in the presence of her children.

Friends of the entertainer have since left messages of condolence on her Facebook page.

Nanny Mistic is from May Pen, Clarendon but resides in Canada. She was slated to perform this Thursday at Jungle Fyah.

A post on her official Facebook page reads: "Just wanted to let all of Nanny's Fans/Friends/Family who has not been advised... she passed on last-night, murdered in her home! R.I.P #NannyMistik you would have been a force to reckon with. You were just about to be introduced to the world. You were unlike no other, one of the most humble and loving human beings I've come across. SLEEP well by sista love to noooooo end. We will miss you but for those who know you well, knows you'll be alright. Guidance".





bounty-killer-photo-9.jpgVeteran dancehall artiste, is slated to be the headliner for Stone Love's Anniversary Celebration scheduled for the Caribbean Queen Boat Dock on Port Royal Street in downtown Kingston, on December 24.

This year, the sound system is marking its 44th year.

"We stay focused on why and where we started so we keep that authentic sound but we also bring in young talents who also understand that the music and the culture are very fluid and our thing must consistently be on top," said Winston 'Wee Pow' Powell.

Arguably one of Jamaica's top sound systems, Stone Love is also a successful label. It hosts the weekly dance series, Weddy Weddy Wednesdays, held on Burlington Avenue, St Andrew.





Murder accused murdered on his court day

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA man accused of murder was shot and killed while getting ready to attend court Monday morning.

Dead is Milton Grant, 27, who was pounced upon by gunmen at his home in Thompson Pen, St Catherine while cleaning his shoes.

Grant was shot multiple times.

The Major Investigation Division of the St Catherine North Police Division, which is investigating the homicide, is yet to establish a clear motive for the crime.

Grant was to appear in the St Catherine Parish Court.





crime-scene-7.jpgTwo people were yesterday pronounced dead after they were hit by an out-of-control motor truck along the Sandy Bay main road in Hanover.

Dead are: 33-year-old Christopher Leite of New Hampshire, United States of America and 34-year-old Damion Jones, whose residence the police did not disclose.

Reports from the Lucea Police are that about 7:45 pm, Leite and Jones were standing on the roadway when the driver of a white Isuzu motor truck lost control of the vehicle and crashed into them, causing severe head and body injuries.

They were taken to hospital where they were pronounced dead.





The director of a West Virginia development group and a mayor are under scrutiny after a racist post about first lady Michelle Obama caused a backlash and prompted calls on social media for both women to be fired.

Clay County Development Corporation director Pamela Ramsey Taylor made the post following Donald Trump's election as president, saying: "It will be refreshing to have a classy, beautiful, dignified First Lady in the White House. I'm tired of seeing a Ape in heels."

Clay Mayor Beverly Whaling responded: "Just made my day Pam."

The post, first reported by WSAZ-TV, was shared hundreds of times on social media before it was deleted.





Jah Cure arrested in The Bahamas, but charges dropped

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jah-cure-bahamas-photo-1.jpgReggae singer Jah Cure is once again a free man after he was arrested in Bahamas on Tuesday over his now-viral altercation over the weekend at the Atlantis Paradise Island Hotel.

The Grammy-nominated singer was reportedly charged with 'Disturbance of the Peace' however the charges were later dropped after the artiste pleaded not guilty. Cure's manager was also charged for the incident and pleaded guilty, he was fined $150 Bahamian dollars or one month in prison.

JAH CURE arrested in Bahamas / NOVEMBER 2016





jah-cure-bahamas.jpgAt a press conference on Monday, reggae singer Jah Cure, whose real name is Siccature Alcock, denied that he was involved in the fight, which was captured on video and shared thousands of times on social media. Jah Cure, who had earlier posted on social media, reiterated that he was trying to "be a peacemaker and saviour" and stop the fight when he was attacked by a drunk man, causing him to "fall" on the ground and appear to be unconscious.

He also denied that he was "fighting over a married woman," or was fighting with his sound engineer or a concert promoter, as was splashed all over social media.

Instead, Jah Cure claimed that he was breaking up a fight between a drunk man and one of his friends, after the drunk man allegedly grabbed a woman's "bottom" who was with a man in his entourage.

Jah Cure said if the security officers at the Atlantis resort had "done their job" instead of allegedly "pulling out their phones to record," the entire situation could have been avoided. He said his lawyers have drafted a letter to the head of the Atlantis security team and the matter will be handled the "proper way." He has also requested that the person who videotaped the encounter be "dealt with" accordingly.

"There was no security at the Atlantis hotel that came to help which is a big negligence," Jah Cure said at a press conference on Monday.

"Because there was no security, I, Jah Cure, had to take up the job as the security, which Atlantis needs to pay me for because it bring me into a situation and ridicule me in a certain way and have me getting discriminated all over the world because someone supposed to be doing their job and not have their device in the Atlantis using it to make the video and create a lot of negative and lies...

"But on the negligence of the Atlantis. . . if their security wasn't trying to record this and they was doing their job, Jah Cure would not have been in this mess. So I end up doing the Atlantis security guard work by parting this. I am an artist that came here for a show, I am not a referee, I am not a fight parter," he added.

"My lawyer is addressing it, they are sending a letter to the head of security over there. We are approaching everything properly because this created such a bad energy for me."

The singer also stressed that he was not injured during the fight and at no time was he knocked unconscious.

The hotel has since stated that their security was in fact in place and made efforts to get things under control.





Jae Prynse to end a great year at GT's Extravaganza

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prynce.jpgOn-the-rise entertainer Jae Prynse (Prince) is quite upbeat about the pace with which his career has been moving and, with a few weeks to go until the end of the year, he is calling 2016 "fantastic".

The young singjay, who is signed to UK-based Live MB Music, says he has accomplished much in terms of getting his music to the people, both through live performances and his recordings which received much love from radio and in the dancehall. Among his best known single is Try Harder, produced by Frens For Real Recording. The song is becoming a staple on radio in places such as the UK, US,Switzerland and Germany, while locally, it has been playing on Zip FM, Irie and Sun City radio stations. The video was released last month.

In a recent interview, Jae Prynse explained that just as he did with songs such as Concrete Jungle he again used his personal struggles as the paper on which to write the lyrics for Try Harder and he feels that the motivational force of the song has enabled it to solidly connect with critics and fans alike the world over. He and his team have been in promotional mode and have kept up the momentum since Try Harder was released in August, followed by his mixtape, of the same name, which dropped on September 28.

In terms of live performances, Jay Prynse toured the United Kingdom in June 2016 alongside reggae superstar Luciano and Jah Bouks .

"We performed in places such as London, Birmingham and Ipswitch and it was awesome. Actually, I went last year and based on how well I did, they called me back to tour again this year. I give thanks for this opportunity and look forward to making more journeys such as this in 2017," Jae Prynce said.

Having been featured on Trabass' popular blog and also on the Sun City Campus Invasion Tour, thus getting an opportunity to interact with his at-home audience, Jay Prynse has been enjoying a buzz, so much so that he has been added to the line-up of the annual Christmas Day gala, GT Taylor Christmas Extravaganza.

"This is a spectacular way for me to close out 2016 and I am excited, humbled and intent on giving my fans a treat," the artiste who was born Prince Afrika Tiaphilus Williams and who grew up on the tough streets of Spanglers in Downtown Kingston said.





bounty-sanjay-shelly.jpgWith the 'Tekova' single by Sanjay and Shelly Belly gaining traction locally right before the two left for their joint tour of Europe, it is no surprise that on returning to the island almost two months later, the two would jump right back into 'promotion mode' for the track. They have now amped the 'Tekova' single by remixing it with Dancehall legend, Bounty Killer.

Sanjay and Shelly Belly have found chemistry in the studio recording tracks together that translate well in the streets; tracks like Belleh and Chip Chop. It is no surprise that the Grung God, Bounty Killer, would be an artiste with whom the two would want to collaborate.

"We actually wanted Bounty on the Belleh remix along with the other artistes earlier this year but he said as much as he loved the single, it wasn't his style. So when he heard Tekova... He said yes. This he is ready for!" Sanjay explained

Bounty himself hasn't ventured into voicing dance tunes in the past so voicing on the 'Tekova' single, an obvious dance track, is a monumental occasion in Dancehall for all parties involved.

"Bounty hear the original at a street dance one night and tell me that him ready fi dis one, and when him voice the track him say this a dancehall history! It's a big deal to have an icon like Killa rate your work and want to even work with you, trust me!" Shelly Belly added

While in Europe, Sanjay and Shelly Belly started shooting scenes for the original 'Tekova' video and are gearing up to record additional footage to include Bounty and the remix into the finished video product.





jah-cure-knocked-out.jpgReggae singer JAh Cure took to Instagram Sunday night after a video of him involved in a brawl in The Bahamas went viral.

The unofficial story is that Jah Cure and another man got into a fight because the unknown male found out that Cure was having an affair with his wife. The incident went down at a hotel in Bahamas on Saturday. In the video, Jah Cure is seen sprawled out unconscious on the floor, following the fight.

Anyway, Cure informed his fans that he was doing fine: "Tell dem Im doing fine hypocrites stop spread rumors on my name; 242 is my town," he wrote in the caption of a video of him walking through an underwater tunnel. "I WILL UPDATE YOU ON THE TRUTH ABOUT THE MATTER IN MY NEXT POST."

Well, we're still waiting.





chris-brown-royalty-billboard-awards-2015.jpgMajor Myjah, the son of Dancehall legend Bounty Killer, has been keeping great company it would seem.

The youngster is said to have a contributed a few tracks to US singer Chris Brown's latest project. Breezy previewed a bunch of new singles on IG and reports are that he plans to release in the coming weeks ahead of his new album "Heartbreak on a Full Moon."

This album will be the followup to his chart topping project "Royalty" which was released late last year and was named after his 3-year-old daughter.





ziggy-marley-cookbook.jpgZiggy Marley and Family Cookbook is now available. The Grammy-winning reggae singer says cooking is like his second hobby to making music.

Healthy eating and lifestyle is fast become a trend these days in the United States and Jamaica. But for Ziggy and his family, eating healthy has always been a priority.

"I love to cook and eat healthy and so do my family and friends, so I thought, let me get together with family and friends and [come] up with our favorite recipes and share them with the world," the musician turn cookbook author said.

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Being the eldest son of reggae legend Bob Marley and growing up as a Rastafarian, Ziggy Marley cookbook focuses on plant-based diets. His wife is of middle eastern descent so he would often combine her middle eastern recipes with his Jamaican flavors to make the perfect meals.

His cookbook is not only for vegetarians and vegans since he includes some of his Jamaican cultural favorites like jerk chicken, curry escovitch fish and many more.

The Ziggy Marley and Family Cookbook comes with 54 recipes.





Workers injured at Royalton hotel construction site

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Four workers were injured in a reported accident at the construction site at the Royalton Blue Waters hotel in Trelawny this morning.This is the second construction accident at a Royalton property this year.

It is reported that the workers were installing glass fixtures when the accident occurred. The injured workers were taken to hospital for treatment.

Mayor of Falmouth, Garth Wilkinson, who confirmed the incident says a technical team from the parish council has been dispatched to the site to conduct an investigation and provide him with a report.

In May, five construction workers were injured after the collapse of a section of the Blue Diamond Royalton hotel construction site in Negril, Hanover.





crime-scene-gun.jpgA security guard was shot and killed by gunmen after a robbery at the Newell PC Bank in St Elizabeth this afternoon.

The guard's name has not been released, but The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre understands that he was employed to Guardsman Limited.

The police report that shortly after 2 o'clock, four men entered the bank and got into an argument with the security guard.

It's reported that a tussle ensued and the guard was shot several times.

Before escaping, police sources say the gunmen forced open a door at the bank and stole over $100,000.

It's believed that they also stole the guard's firearm.





A former national footballer who has been held in connection with Saturday's shooting death of a pastor and a deacon in Montego Bay is now in hospital under police guard after he was shot during a firefight with the police.

The dead clergymen have been identified as 27-year-old Pastor Ryan Jackson and 23-year-old Deacon Bucklair Smith, both of Rose Heights in St James and who conducted their ministry at First Fruit International Church of Jesus Christ Healing and Deliverance Ministry.

The Montego Bay police report that about 5:40 pm police were on an operation in the Kerr Crescent area of Montego Bay when they heard several explosions and went to investigate.

The police say two men opened gunfire at them when they got to the location.

The police returned the fire, hitting one of the men who, they said, was later found with a 9mm pistol containing six rounds of ammunition. His accomplice managed to escape. Jackson and Smith were found with gunshot wounds and were taken to hospital where they were pronounced dead.

A senior investigator said that the former national football representative, who played once for Jamaica on the Under-23 team, was wanted in connection with a murder committed in St James earlier this year.





We don't have a ting to say except: Watch The Video of Reggae artiste Jah Cure getting beat up (or down) in the Bahamas over the weekend, where he had a concert.

The artiste landed on the ground during the brawl which started inside the prestigious hotel lobby. Notice the female who is frantically running about and even get a lick down in the melee.

WATCH THE VIDEO!!!

download the video here.





YARDFLEX Weekly Headline Roundup

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- Security boosted in W. Kingston following outbreak of violence

- 5 Confirmed Cases of Zika Virus in St Elizabeth

- Bravo sent home from Zimbabwe tri-series after blasting WICB president Cameron

- PNP supporters out for Angela Brown Burke

- Transport Ministry to Appoint Investigator In Charge to Determine Cause of Plane Crash

- Record betting on US presidential election

- KPH certified as centre of excellence for spinal surgery

- Beenie Man and D'Angel's Marco Dean records song for his birthday

- Curvy diva Yanique records single- sets her sights on making her name in the dancehall





For the second time in two weeks, persons have invaded educational facilities, disrupting operations.

On Wednesday, there was an incident at Cumberland High in St Catherine, when gunmen entered the compound and the previous week, there was an incident which led to the shooting of two students at Robert Lightbourne High School in St Thomas.

The Education Ministry said normality returned to Cumberland High on Friday.

In the meantime, Coleridge Minto, Director of Safety and Security in the Safe Schools Programme, is urging teachers and students to download the Stay Alert app.The app can be used to alert the police even without data or internet.

In the wake of reports of criminals dressed in school uniform, the Education Ministry is urging administrators of educational facilities to ensure that students are properly identified while wearing their uniform.





Tivoli tense as Dudus' son shot

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The police and military are maintaining a strong presence in sections of West Kingston following the shooting of four persons, including the son of convicted drug kingpin Christopher Dudus Coke on Friday afternoon.

Michael Christopher Coke was shot in the abdomen and is now in hospital. Donovan Samuels, Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) candidate for the Tivoli Division, was injured in the chaos while trying to escape the gunfire. He reportedly suffered a dislocated shoulder.

Shortly after midday on Friday, a group of JLP supporters had gathered at the Livity Plaza along Spanish Town Road following the nomination of their candidates, when gunmen from Denham Town reportedly opened fire on them. The shooting sparked chaos, forcing shoppers and motorists to flee the market district.

The police say the shooting is part of the ongoing feud between gunmen from Tivoli Gardens and Denham Town.





Cop shot during gas station robbery

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA policeman is now in hospital in serious condition after he was shot and injured during a robbery attempt in St Andrew last night.

His identity has not been released.

However, the Jamaica Constabulary Force's Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) says he is assigned to the Protective Services Division.

The Half-Way Tree Police reports that two men armed with guns were in the process of robbing a pump attendant at a gas station along Washington Boulevard when the policeman attempted to assist and was shot several times.

CCU says his condition is considered serious, but stable.





crime-scene-7.jpgA 12-year-old boy is dead and his eight-year-old twin sisters are now in hospital, one of them in critical condition, after boulders fell on a house in Broadgate, St Mary last night.

The dead boy has been identified as Raheem Davy.

Relatives report that Raheem and his sisters were at home watching television when three large rocks fell on their house.

It's reported that all three sustained multiple injuries and were taken to hospital where Raheem was pronounced dead.

Relatives say the house was completely destroyed.

Councillor for the Castleton Division Lenford Danvers visited the family and is trying to arrange assistance.





National Commercial Bank (NCB) is reporting a net profit for the twelve months totaled $14.4 billion dollars for its 2016 financial year.

This represents a 17.5 per cent increase over last year, or in dollar terms, $2.1 billion increase in profit.

Net interest income, which is NCB's largest source of revenue, increased by 8.3 percent or $2.2 billion due to an increase in its loan portfolio.

Loans and advances increased to $189.1 billion from $165.4 billion last year.





Dudus' son undergoes surgery after shooting incident

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dudus-disguise.jpgMichael Christopher Coke, the son of incarcerated Tivoli Gardens don Christopher 'Dudus' Coke, underwent surgery this morning and remains hospitalised in stable condition.

According to police reports, the younger Coke was among a group of Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) supporters gathered at a plaza in west Kingston when he was shot in the upper part of his body.

The shooting triggered fears among residents of reprisal attacks.

However, head of the Kingston Western Police Division Superintendent Howard Chambers says a number of measures have been put in place to ensure there is no escalation of violence in the area.

Among them is the deployment of additional police personnel along with members of the Jamaica Defence Force to hotspots and a curfew which will remain in place until tomorrow.

Chambers says the police are continuing their investigation into the circumstances under which Coke was shot and are urging persons who were present to come forward and assist investigators.





scene-of-plane-crash-greenwich-town.jpgA small plane has crashed in Greenwich Farm, St. Andrew.

Three passengers were on board. Two have reportedly succumbed to their injuries.

UPDATE: Minister of Transport and Mining, Mike Henry, is to appoint an Investigator-In- Charge (IIC), to determine the cause of the crash of the Caribbean Aviation Training Centre (CATC) aircraft in the Greenwich Town area of St Andrew this afternoon.

According to a release from the ministry, this appointment is in keeping with the requirements of the Civil Aviation Act and Henry will name the IIC on the recommendation of the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority.

Minister Henry explained that the investigation will gather information from all available sources to determine the cause of the crash. These will include but are not limited to: the aircraft records, the pilot and students' pilot records, eye witness statements, air traffic control reports and accident scene evidence.

He added that it is regrettable that only one person survived the crash and even though he is in critical condition, prayers and excellent medical care can result in total recovery. Henry has also extended condolences to families of the victims and has promised to publish the cause or causes of the crash, as soon as the investigation is completed.





US government puts hold on gun exports to Jamaica

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gun-shooting.jpgThe United States Government has placed a temporary hold on the export of firearms to Jamaica.

A statement from the US Embassy in Kingston Thursday afternoon said in light of recent events concerning the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA), it is reviewing the firearm export licensing approval process.

During the review, there will be a temporary pause on firearm exports as the US authorities request further guidance from Washington on the long-term status of export licences for firearms from the United States destined for Jamaica.

The FLA has recently been in the spotlight in the wake of the Patrick Powell trial.

Calls have been made for an immediate investigation to determine why it did not withdraw the firearm users licence issued to Mr. Powell, who was recently found not guilty of the murder of 17-year-old Khajeel Mais.

Concern has also been raised after an internal check of the FLA's records revealed systemic weaknesses in its operations.





Major police operation Downtown nets nine

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police-cars.jpgNine men were detained on Thursday during a major police operation in downtown Kingston.involving officers from Mobile Reserve, Caribbean Search Centre and the Kingston Central Police Division.

The cops targeted men involved in purchasing stolen phones and petty robbers roaming the commercial district.

Ground Commander Deputy Superintendent Conroy Reid, told RJR News that the operation was part of the police initiative to clamp down on robberies and other illegal activities in the lead up to Christmas.

The cops seized a quantity of ganja and searched several stalls owned by vendors along Orange Street and Luke Lane.





flight-instructor-jonathan-worton-killed-in-plane-crash.jpgFriends and family have taken to social media to pay tribute to Jonathan Worton a young flight instructor who was killed in a plane crash on Thursday in Greenwich Town.

Was tragically killed when the plane he was travelling in reportedly crashed into a house and burst into flames on impact.

Worton was remembered as a kind and gentle soul as friends and family took to Facebook and other social media channels to mourn his untimely passing.

"Somebody please tell me I'm dreaming. Please tell me it's not true. My friend isn't dead!! Jonathan Worton... omg why," said one woman in disbelief.

Another woman added, "No words can express this terrible loss - R.I.P Jonathan Worton We are Praying for the entire Worton Family at this time."

Worton, after graduating from the Caribbean Aviation Training Center in 2014, was appointed by the school to the position of Assistant Ground School Instructor.





j-c-student-killed.jpgQuacie Hart, the man accused of the murder of 14-year-old Jamaica College student Nicholas Francis, has been charged by CISOCA with having sex with a minor.

He was charged on Wednesday.

It is alleged that he impregnated the minor.

This is the third charge to be laid against him as he was out on bail for illegal possession of a firearm, when he allegedly killed the Jamaica College student.

He was remanded on Wednesday when he appeared in the St. Andrew Parish Court for the murder of Nicholas Francis and is to return to court on November 23.

Hart is accused of killing the schoolboy while attempting to steal his cellphone and watch on October 23. The incident took place on a bus near Jamaica College.





Two dead following plane crash In Greenwich Town

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scene-of-plane-crash-greenwich-town.jpgThe Health Ministry is reporting that the third victim of the Greenwich Town plane crash is alive, though critically injured.

Earlier, the police and the Fire Department had reported that the third victim was pronounced dead at the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH).

However, the chief medical officer Dr Winston De La Haye told The Gleaner a short while ago that the patient, a student pilot, is alive.

"He became conscious enough to give a history to doctors at KPH. He's now sedated with burns to 60 per cent of his body, bone fractures, eye trauma and obviously inhalation injuries from any fumes he is likely to have inhaled," De La Haye said.

He said the patient is expected to go to the Intensive Care Unit.

The fight instructor and another student were pronounced dead on the scene.

The aircraft burst into flames on impact and also ignited a house.

The police say the small aircraft crashed sometime after 1 o'clock this afternoon on Seaview Lane in the community.

Opposition Leader Portia Simpson Miller in whose South West St Andrew constituency the crash happened visited the scene expressing regret at the incident.

A female relative of one of the victims who turned up at the scene was crying uncontrollably.

In the meantime, the Civil Aviation Authority has launched a probe into the incideni.





Michelle Obama for US President in 2020?

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michelle-obama.jpgFour years is not really a long time, and before you know it, the next US elections for President in 2020 will be just around the corner.

The potential first shots of the next campaign were fired online in the hours after Donald Trump's victory became clear when hundreds of thousands took to social media to urge the current first lady to run for President in 2020.

"Perfect conditions for Michelle Obama to win 2020 elections," read one comment. Another said simply: "Michelle Obama 2020 please Michelle Obama 2020 please Michelle Obama 2020 please".

Mrs Obama is that extreme rarity, a popular figure in America's political landscape. Her favourability rating, pegged by Gallup at 64 percent, is significantly higher than that of Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, or even her husband.

There's one small problem for the first lady's supporters, however. In March, she said she had no interest in the top job.





Anti-Trump protests in the US

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trump-protests-photo-1.jpgtrump-protests-photo-2.jpgDespite Mr Obama's calls for unity and Mrs Clinton telling supporters Mr Trump must be given a "chance to lead," his victory has sparked protests in several US states.

Hundreds of Anti-Trump demonstrators in New York staged a march on Trump Tower in Manhattan on Wednesday evening, waving placards declaring "Not my president" and other slogans.

Police earlier erected concrete barriers and other security measures outside the 5th Avenue skyscraper, which is likely to be Mr Trump's headquarters during the transition to power.





Obama to welcome Trump to the White House

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trump-and-obama.jpgUS President Barack Obama is set to meet his successor Donald Trump in the Oval Office for talks aimed at ensuring a smooth transition of power.

Mr Trump will become the 45th US president after securing a surprise victory over Hillary Clinton.

Mr Obama mounted a fierce campaign to prevent Mr Trump from winning the White House, branding him "unfit" for office.

But the president has now urged all Americans to accept the result of Tuesday's election.

"We are now all rooting for his success in uniting and leading the country," Barack Obama said of Mr Trump.





Cubans concerned over Trump win

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HAVANA, Cuba (AFP) - Just when Cuba was starting to warm up to the United States, Americans elected Donald Trump president, throwing the countries' rapprochement into doubt and causing stunned reactions in Havana.

The brash Republican billionaire's shock victory cast uncertainty over two years of moves by President Barack Obama to end more than a half-century of Cold War enmity with the communist island.

Trump has sent mixed messages about the thaw. He gave it a lukewarm welcome at first, saying "50 years is enough" - although he characteristically insisted the Democratic president should have struck a "better deal".

Then as the Republican primary heated up, he vowed to reverse the new policies unless the Raul Castro regime agrees to democratic reforms and other demands.

"I'm afraid," said Marcos Creach, a 27-year-old cellphone repairman in Havana.

"Obama did a lot" for US-Cuban relations, he added, and now Trump "can come in as president of the United States and put up a wall, an obstacle to make sure it never becomes reality."

Creach counts himself among those Cubans who stand to benefit from resumed ties between Havana and Washington and a softening of trade and tourism restrictions - part of a new generation of entrepreneurs Obama said the thaw aims to help thrive.

Droves of Cubans descended on the capital's few Wi-Fi hotspots from the early hours Wednesday, trying to contact relatives in the United States to help make sense of the shock result.





PNP congratulates Trump on victory

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pnp-headquarters.jpgJamaica's Parliamentary Opposition has congratulated Donald Trump on his victory.

In a statement Wednesday morning, the People's National Party (PNP) said it looks forward to hearing and seeing how Mr. Trump's administration will take shape.

However, it noted that throughout his campaign, Mr. Trump offered policy solutions that may affect immigrant communities in the United States.

The Opposition said it is concerned since Jamaicans are a big part of the immigrant community in the U.S.





donald-trump-photo-1.jpgCelebrities have been reacting to the election of Donald Trump as the 45th US president, with many in show business shocked at the outcome of the vote.

Singer Cher said "the world will never be the same", while pop star Ariana Grande said she was "in tears".

Parks and Recreation actress Rashida Jones said it was a "dark day", while fellow actress Christina Applegate said she was "heartbroken".

Singer Katy Perry, who had also campaigned for a Clinton victory, wrote a series of Tweets, including one saying: "We will never be silenced. #LOVETRUMPSHATE."

Rapper Macklemore wrote on Instagram: "I am disappointed, shocked and shaken at my core by what has transpired tonight."

Snoop Dogg posted a picture of Marvin Gaye's album What's Going On, saying it reflected his mood.

Others remained more upbeat, with Madonna tweeting: "We never give up."

But his supporters were celebrating, including actor Stephen Baldwin, who tweeted that he was "proud to have been part of such amazing history."

Actor Steven Seagal wrote: "Congratulations @realDonaldTrump for your stunning victory over your opponent! Looking forward to making America great again!"

Actress Stacey Dash, best known for the film Clueless, another Trump fan, said: "America will be great again. Stand together."

However, those celebrities who stood with Trump were in the minority.





Beenie Man Unstoppable on Billboard

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beenie-man-photo-8.jpgBeenie Man has re-entered the top ten of the Billboard Reggae Albums Chart.

His latest compilation titled Unstoppable is currently holding the number three spot.

The album, since being released, has peaked in its current position after enjoying only three weeks in the top ten. He is joined by Stephen Marley, whose latest album Revelation Part 2: The Fruit of Life is the number four album.

The set, which peaked at number one, has spent some 15 weeks on the Reggae Albums Chart.





Queen Ifrica to release new album January 2017

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queen-ifrica-guitar.jpgJamaican award-winning singer, songwriter and social activist Queen Ifrica returns with her new studio album Climb in January 2017 on VP Records. The lyrical crusader calls for global change on the album and rallies comrades like Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley on the opening hip-hop tinged track "Truvosation."

She touches on key social issues throughout the album. The soul-tinged reggae track "I Can't Breathe" rails against ongoing police brutality in America; the ska flavored "Rebellion" name checks uprisings across several continents that have secured rights and improved the lives of many marginalized individuals. This sentiment is reinforced on "Battlefield", which warns "we never yield, its war on the battlefield, if you nah hear you ah go feel."

"These songs come to me as I am watching the world; I see myself as a social worker that uses music as my tool because music is the greatest weapon to impact societal change, to help young people to understand themselves more," Ifrica says.

On November 16, 2016 in NYC, Queen Ifrica will be performing select tracks from the album to give fans a taste of what is to come. The intimate live show will be held directly after the launch party for Jamaica's renowned Rebel Salute music festival at Milk River in Brooklyn, NY.





bob-marley-photo-3.jpgSmile Jamaica, the concert hosted by Bob Marley 40 years ago is returning in December.The Bob Marley Museum will honor the memory of Bob Marley's triumph over adversity, by commemorating the 40th anniversary of Smile Jamaica, with a Jam session and launch of the 2017 staging on Saturday December 3, 2016, at Marley's home located at 56 Hope Road.

The iconic Smile Jamaica Concert was first held on December 5, 1976 and was headlined by Reggae legend Bob Marley two days after an incident in which he was shot and injured. On December 3, 2016 from 4pm to 10 pm, musical tributes will ring out from Uprising Rootz Band, Dre Island, Kelissa, Black Hero, Feluke, Stephen Marley and a number of special performers.

Marie Bruce, General Manager of the Bob Marley Museum stated, "The Smile Jamaica event symbolizes a defining moment in Bob Marley's life. On President Obama's recent visit to the Museum... it was the part of the tour guides presentation, which made the most impact on him, prompting him to quote Bob in his speech at UWI "If the bad guys don't take a break, then why should I". These famous words were spoken by Bob when he was asked why he still performed after an attempt assignation, for this reason we continue to honor Bob's vision"

The Marley family has joined efforts with Grizzly's Plantation Cove and PDP Entertainment who will both serve as co-executive producers for the grand return of Smile Jamaica in 2017, following a nine-year hiatus,

The first Smile Jamaica event served as collaborative effort by Bob Marley and the Wailers and the then cultural section of the Prime minster's Office. Marley delivered a passionate 90-minute set, days after being injured in an assassination attempt. The concert was held in a politically charged Jamaica at the National Heroes Circle for a crowd of over 80,000 people.





It was total disorder in the once noble and upstanding House of Representatives Wednesday afternoon as Opposition members tried to block the tabling of a bill.

The Bill, the Local Governance (Amendment) Act, 2016, would split the Portmore municipality from the St Catherine Municipal Corporation. The Opposition has been insisting that there should first be consultation with the people of Portmore.

It also says there should be no change until the Electoral Commission of Jamaica indicates its agreement with the proposal.

And, in a major blow to the government, the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) has recommended that it delays the legislation that would split the Portmore municipality from the St Catherine Municipal Corporation.

For more almost three decades, the parliament has adopted a convention of accepting recommendations of the ECJ. The ECJ made the recommendation following its hastily convened meeting Wednesday to consider the Local Governance (Amendment) Act, 2016.





The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), an agency of the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport invites persons to submit entries for the Gi Joke Like Maas Ran and Write Like Maas Ran Competitions. These competitions will give entrants a chance to try their hand at two of Randolph Samuels, 'Maas Ran's' greatest skills, while having a chance to win a cash prize. The JCDC is marking the 104th anniversary of the birth of Randolph Samuel Williams, CD, popularly known as Ranny Williams or "Maas Ran", one of Jamaica's foremost theatre practitioner and cultural icon.

According to Director of Marketing and Public Relations at the JCDC, Stephen Davidson: "These two competitions will allow Jamaicans and Jamaican Language enthusiasts from far and wide to try their hand at two of Maas Ran's greatest crafts, while celebrating the legacy of this theatrical great."

He continued, "If you are a comedian or someone who can tell a good old-time joke, Gi Joke Like Maas Ran is your chance to win a cash prize while doing what you do best. Likewise, writers of all age and skill levels are encouraged to enter the Write Like Maas Ran competition, where they can tell a real old-time story while also walking away with a cash prize".

Persons interested in entering the Gi Joke Like Maas Ran competition should send a 60 seconds video clip of them telling an original Jamaican Joke to info@jcdc.gov.jm by Friday, November 11, 2016. The entries received will be posted on the JCDC's Facebook page and the video with the most 'likes' will win $30 000. Jokes must not contain explicit or inappropriate content or language.





New Kartel and Spice collab to be released

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vybz-kartel-photo-4-larger.jpgJailed Gaza boss, Vybz Kartel and controversial female deejay Spice are set to release a new single sometime this week, according to teasers on Kartel's social media account. and now they are looking to recreate that sauce with "So In Love."

The two are set to preview follow up on the blockbuster 2009 Billboard single, Ramping Shop and 2014's Conjugal Visit."

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"The track is called 'So In Love' and Spice already recorded her part and we already have Kartel's part so its down to mixing and getting everything right before we release it," a rep for the self-proclaim World Boss is quoted as saying.

"It's going to be a huge hit and we are excited about this track."

The deejay's rep reported that Vybz Kartel will be responding to Mavado and Alkaline with a diss track this week. Both Vado and Alko released diss tracks aimed at Vybz Kartel over the last week.





hands-behind-bars.jpgOne of the major players in the illicit lottery scam, who was wanted for extradition to the US was taken into custody following a joint operation in Kingston on Saturday, November 5.

A Panamanian woman who attempted to help him to escape the police dragnet was also taken into custody for immigration and other violations.

He is 27-year-old of Lavarick Willocks of Tortuga Drive, Greenwood in Trelawny who has been wanted for extradition to the US from March of this year. The female has been identified as 23-year-old Aylin Panay of Panama.

Earlier this year a major operation was conducted across western Jamaica, the Corporate Area and St. Mary to capture Willocks and his associates.

Nineteen persons were taken into custody, including seven of whom extradition warrants were executed on. He however managed to elude the police and has been on the run since.

Reports are that on Saturday, November 5 members of the Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch (C-TOC) Fugitive Apprehension Team and the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) carried out another operation in the Corporate Area for his arrest. He was captured a hotel in Kingston where he was found hiding in a garden.

A search of his hotel room yielded USD$10,000, $148,000 JMD, several electronics devices and jewellery, which were seized by the police.

Willocks will appear before the court on Tuesday, November 8.





The police are reporting that 28-year-old Ashema Miller, a banker of Belgrade Loop, St Andrew has been missing since Saturday.

She is of dark complexion, medium build and is about 165 centimetres (5 feet 5 inches) tall.

The Constant Spring Police say Miller was last seen at home wearing a pink blouse, light blue jeans and a pair of multi-coloured beaded slippers.

Her hair was braided at the time.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Ashema Miller is being asked to contact the Constant Spring Police at 924-1421, police 119 emergency number or the nearest Police Station.





crime-scene-demo.jpgYoung woman, believed to be around seventeen-years-old, was hacked to death in full public view by a man on Sunday afternoon on Washington Boulevard, Kingston 20.

Reports from the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) Corporate Communications Unit are that around 5:00PM a female was standing on Washington Boulevard, near the entrance of the Cooreville Gardens community, when a man walked up to her and started to chop her with a machete.

The woman, whose identity is at this time unknown, died on the spot.

However, the woman's attacker, whose identity is being withheld, is in police custody.

An eyewitness to the incident used social media to share the details of the horrific ordeal.

"Wow. The world is just so evil. Was just at a crime Scene right now on the Boulevard. A man chop up a little girl, no more than 15 n just stood over her body," said the man on Facebook.

Police say that while the incident appears "unprovoked" they are investigating the matter.





buju-banton-daughter-jodi.jpgJodian Myrie, the daughter of incarcerated Grammy award winning dancehall artiste Buju Banton is representing the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) in the local government election set to be contested this month.

Jodian, graduate of Immaculate Conception High School and the University of Technology where she pursued a course in marketing, will represent the Hagley Park Division of the St Andrew East Central constituency, which is represented by Dr Peter Phillips of the People's National Party (PNP).

The election is set for November 28, with Nomination Day scheduled for this Friday, November 11.

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babsy-grange-minister.jpgThe Government of Jamaica is making preparations to have reggae inscribed on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) Intangible Cultural Heritage Representative List.

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange, made the disclosure while addressing a recent Heritage Festival at the Institute of Jamaica's headquarters in Kingston.

According to a JIS release, the minister said the move is one of the major initiatives of the ministry to safeguard Jamaica's intangible heritage.

"This will clearly identify to the world, where the origin of reggae is and where it continues to evolve into the forms we know and love," she noted.

She noted that the staging of events such as Heritage Festival engages artists, performers and craft makers, and increases souvenir development and sales.

Grange said the ministry will ensure that the festival and other such activities are promoted to international standard in order to bring new revenue streams to the country.

The IOJ's Heritage Festival was held under the theme: 'Our Heritage, Your Festival.' and featured drumming, multi-cultural displays, Jamaican cuisine, pottery, jewellery, clothing , museum tours, and a downtown bus tour.





vp-collection.jpgVP records will return with its hugely popular "Strictly The Best" series on November 18. Over the years the record company has released some of the biggest hits through this compilation series and this one should be no different.

Strictly The Best's annual series provides DJs and fans alike with the hottest hits breaking in dancehall and roots reggae for the fall, winter and new year to come.

Strictly the Best Vol. 54 rallies the most in-demand roots and lover's rock singers for a must-have set from artists like Ikaya, Tarrus Riley, Romain Virgo, MAGIC ft. Sean Paul. Alborosie feat. Protoje, Sizzla Ft. Jah Cure, Raging Fyah and Jah9.

Strictly the Best Vol. 55 contains the season's most popular, cutting-edge dancehall anthems, banging in the clubs and on Caribbean radio from the likes of Vershon, Alkaline, Vybz Kartel, Mr. Vegas, Spice, Chi Ching Ching, Masicka and Dexta Daps.

As an added touch this year, each volume features a bonus album of classic hits. Vol. 54, the lovers rock and roots edition, has a bonus disc of classics from Jamaica's celebrated vocal groups - including The Wailing Souls, The Heptones, The Mighty Diamonds, T.O.K, Morgan Heritage & more. The dancehall version Vol. 55's bonus disc spotlights famous duets from iconic deejays (U.S. equilvalent of rap vocalists) paired with reggae singers. Fans can reminisce with anthems like "Twice Mt Age" by Shabba Ranks ft. Krystal, "Bonafide Love" by Wayne Wonder ft. Buju Banton and "Hot Gal Today" by Mr. Vegas & Sean Pau





bob-marley-photo-2.jpgBob Marley & the Wailers were at the peak of their artistic powers when they arrived at the Lyceum London for two shows on July 17 and 18, 1975, having just released Natty Dread the year before and about to unleash Rastaman Vibration on the world. The Rolling Stones mobile studio was on hand to record both shows, with seven songs from the second released as Live!, in December of that same year. The recording was subsequently broadcast as part of the syndicated radio program King Biscuit Flower Hour in 1976.

The Marley Family will now release for the first time the complete sets from both shows, Bob Marley and the Wailers Live!, as a three-LP set in 180-gram black vinyl and as a digital package on December 16 in a tri-gatefold package that also includes a reproduction of the tour program from the band's historic '75 U.K. tour.

In addition, on the same day, a seven-inch live vinyl disc, will also be made available as an exclusive at UDiscover and the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston, JA.

Marley and the Wailers' classic line-up included bassist Aston "Family Man" Barrett, drummer Carlton "Carly" Barrett, guitarist Al Anderson, keyboardist Tyrone Downie, percussionist Alvin "Seeco" Patterson and the I-Three - backing vocalists Rita Marley, Judy Mowatt and Marcia Griffiths. The group was fresh off its legendary five-night stint at the Roxy Theatre in Los Angles from July 9 through July 13, when they stepped on the stage at London's Lyceum Theatre for an abbreviated U.K. tour which would also include dates at The Odeon in Birmingham on July 19 and The Hard Rock in Manchester on July 20. Marley was in top form during the two Lyceum shows, animatedly interacting with the crowd, who sang along to what most consider the definitive version of "No Woman, No Cry."

The BBC's Chris Jones wrote about the album in 2009: "This seminal live document captures almost exactly the point where both roots reggae and Rastafarianism finally entered popular culture... Capturing the band at the peak of their powers with a set list that held absolutely no low points... this was a Wailers that could more than handle the lusher, fuller rock reggae that transformed Marley's Rastaman diatribes into pop gold. No one before this had combined both roots and R&B in this way... uniting both working and middle classes with his songs of universal struggle and religious metaphor.





Accused in JC student's murder for court Wednesday

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j-c-student-killed.jpgQuacie Hart, who was last week charged with the murder of 14-year-old Jamaica College student Nicholas Francis, will appear before the St Andrew Parish Court on Wednesday, November 9

Reports are that about 4:20 pm on October 26, Nicholas was a passenger on a bus travelling along Old Hope Road in St Andrew, when Hart allegedly tried to rob him of his cellular phone.

Nicholas reportedly resisted and was stabbed in the left side of his chest. He was taken to hospital where he died while being treated.





khajeel-mais-mother.jpgAllana Mais, the mother of slain Kingston College student Khajeel Mais, is to contest the November 28 local government elections.

Mais was presented by PNP President and Opposition Leader Portia Simpson Miller as the party's candidate for the Norbrook Division at a meeting of candidates for the imminent local government poll held at the Jamaica Conference Centre in Kingston on Sunday.

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Norbrook has traditionally voted for the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), but Mais, who said she was "from a PNP family", believes she has a very good chance of winning.

Sunday's candidate meeting was the first of two meetings. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday in Montego Bay, St James.





5 Foods That Can Cause Cancer

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With so much noise surrounding possible causes of cancer (underwire bras, seriously?), it's hard to determine what the true dangers are. The good news is that when it comes to food, there aren't that many specific types linked to cancer.

While extra weight is a problem (obesity raises the risk of a number of types of cancer), food in general is not generally as carcinogenic as say, smoking, radiation, or viruses. (In fact most cancers are thought to occur spontaneously, with no obvious cause.) However there are a handful of foods that have been linked to a higher risk of cancer. While eating (or drinking) any of these in moderation is probably fine, a lifetime of consuming high amounts, every day, could be a problem.

To ensure you stay healthy, it's not a bad idea to limit processed meats, pickled items, alcohol, charred meats, and piping hot drinks. There's no way to protect yourself from every type of cancer, but a healthy lifestyle in general can help.

1. Processed meats: Smoked or cured meats such as hot dogs, bacon, ham, sausages, and bacon are considered carcinogens, so limit your intake.

2. Pickled or highly salted foods: A high intake of salted fish, pickled vegetables, and salty snacks is linked to stomach cancer. Less is better than more, so skip the salt shaker.

3. Alcohol: It can raise your risk of mouth, colorectal, and breast cancer. Limit your intake to no more than one drink a day for women, two for men.

4. Charred meat: High heat plus meat can equal DNA-damaging heterocyclic amines and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. Cook at lower temperatures and flip meat frequently to avoid charring.

5. Scalding hot beverages: Drinking very hot coffee, tea, or soup on the regular is linked to a greater risk of esophageal cancer. Wait for them to cool down.

(Source: http://www.health.com/)





hillary-clinton-photo-1.jpg(Reuters) - The Clinton Foundation has confirmed it accepted a $1 million gift from Qatar while Hillary Clinton was U.S. secretary of state without informing the State Department, even though she had promised to let the agency review new or significantly increased support from foreign governments.

Qatari officials pledged the money in 2011 to mark the 65th birthday of Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton's husband, and sought to meet the former U.S. president in person the following year to present him the check, according to an email from a foundation official to Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign chairman, John Podesta. The email, among thousands hacked from Podesta's account, was published last month by WikiLeaks.

Clinton signed an ethics agreement governing her family's globe-straddling foundation in order to become secretary of state in 2009. The agreement was designed to increase transparency to avoid appearances that U.S. foreign policy could be swayed by wealthy donors.

If a new foreign government wished to donate or if an existing foreign-government donor, such as Qatar, wanted to "increase materially" its support of ongoing programs, Clinton promised that the State Department's ethics official would be notified and given a chance to raise any concerns.

Clinton Foundation officials last month declined to confirm the Qatar donation. In response to additional questions, a foundation spokesman, Brian Cookstra, this week said that it accepted the $1 million gift from Qatar, but this did not amount to a "material increase" in the Gulf country's support for the charity. Cookstra declined to say whether Qatari officials received their requested meeting with Bill Clinton.

Officials at Qatar's embassy in Washington and in its Council of Ministers in the capital, Doha, declined to discuss the donation.

The State Department has said it has no record of the foundation submitting the Qatar gift for review, and that it was incumbent on the foundation to notify the department about donations that needed attention.





Attorney General Loretta Lynch is facing a federal lawsuit to give details of a meeting she had with Bill Clinton days before she was to decide on his wife's fate. The meeting in June was barely a week before the Justice Department which she heads dropped its probe into Hillary Clinton's private email server. The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) filed the lawsuit against the Department of Justice in Washington on Wednesday demanding more information about the meeting, which led to Lynch stepping aside from the server investigation.

As head of the Department of Justice, Lynch was supposed to be deciding whether to proceed with charging Hillary Clinton over her unauthorized server arrangements while she was secretary of state.But she met with the Democrat's husband on June 27 on the tarmac of the Phoenix Sky Harbor International airport, Arizona. Bill Clinton delayed his flight's departure in order to grab face time with Lynch.

'Don't take off!' the former president shouted after a Secret Service agent told him Lynch was about to land, according to Ed Klein in his book Guilty as Sin, who writes that Clinton wanted to 'bushwhack' Lynch in order to discredit the server investigation.

Lynch was subsequently spotted leaving her jet and local media, who knew Clinton was at the airport, put two and two together. Despite Lynch's insistence that the half-hour meeting was a social call, a political firestorm ensued in which the DOJ's independence was questioned.

'Our conversation was a great deal about grandchildren, it was primarily social about our travels and he mentioned golf he played in Phoenix,' she told CNN affiliate KNXV/ABC15 shortly afterwards.

But the ACLJ is demanding more information about the meeting and is suing the Obama administration, which it slammed for its 'arrogance and inappropriate actions'.





Victims in Portmore triple murder identified

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crime-scene-gun.jpgThe police have identified the three people who were murdered along Grange Lane in Independence City, Portmore, St Catherine last night.

They are: a female known only as 'Maxine' and two men known as 'German' and 'Albert'.

The police say a man remains in hospital in serious but stable condition.

According to the police about 8 o' clock, all four were at a pub playing dominoes when a man armed with a gun entered the premises and opened gunfire hitting them multiple times.

A motive is yet to be established.





A third teacher collapses and dies at school

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Shenoria Hemmings Lee, language arts teacher at the Spanish Town High School in St Catherine, collapsed shortly after making a presentation at a National Standards Curriculum Workshop at Central High School in Clarendon. She was taken to May Pen Hospital where she was reported dead.

"As the minister of education, I express condolence to the teacher's immediate family and indeed the school family and friends and colleagues. It is a very sad day for education. We are grieving, and may her soul rest in peace," said Minister of Education Senator Ruel Reid, who was informed about the teacher's death just after returning from St Thomas, where he visited Robert Lightbourne High School at which a student was shot on Wednesday,

The Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA), in a statement, also extended condolence to the school and immediate family of the teacher.

JTA President Howard Isaacs said the association is extremely concerned about the number of teachers dying while on the job. He appealed to his colleagues to do what they can to avoid the deterioration of their health, and urged the Ministry of Education to meet with the JTA to discuss the welfare of teachers.

Hemmings Lee's death comes just after the deaths of fellow teachers, 39-year-old Christopher Gayle of Kingston College, and Nadine Trail of Norman Manley High, who both died last month.





schoolboy-dies-after-match.jpgAnother student athlete has died after competing in a sporting activity.

Sixth-former Saymar Ramsay of Spot Valley High in St James died after playing a basketball match in Montego Bay against Cornwall College yesterday.

It's reported that after the game Ramsay complained about feeling ill and was taken for medical treatment.

He subsequently died.

His death comes weeks after St George's College football player Dominic James collapsed at a football match and later died..





Dancehall Artiste Mr. Lexx performed at Shock Awards in Colombia at the weekend, having been nominated in one of the categories.

Lexx's single 'Bad Boys' featuring artiste collective El Freaky, was nominated for best radio single. However, despite the single losing out to, the Jamaican entertainer says he still feels like a winner.

Lexx who is proud of the single's success, also performed the South American hit at the awards ceremony. He tells us more.





ninja-sting.jpgAnother os Sting's honorees, Ninjaman, has also said that he too, while giving thanks, will not be personally accepting the award at the December 26 event.

"If dem feel like is time dem fi honour me, then give thanks 'cause is an honour still, but somebody a go collect the award," he said.

"Mi have nuff daughter and son weh proud a dem father fi go collect award man. Mi nuh have no time fi dem deh something. A nuh disrespect nor nothing. Mi do enough work, and when mi fi get honour nobody neva a pay me nuh mind. If mi never a quarrel, nobody wouldn't a look fi honour me."





YARDFLEX FEATURED ARTISTE - BOUNTY KILLER

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bounty-killer-photo-8.jpgBounty calls out Sting promoters - 'Dem man deh nuh rate people'

In response to Supreme Promotions announce that this year, Sting will be honouring the artistes who have contributed greatly to the event's success since its inception, one of the named honorees. Bounty killer had this to say.

Bounty Killer's words of wisdom: "I get to understand as a youth coming up that these people don't really rate me or honour me. Dem man deh nuh too rate nobody, dem man deh just rate the sensation of the moment and who dem can sell some tickets off of."

He continued: "If they wanna do this as a publicity stunt to say they honouring me, I will send someone to go and collect it. But I ain't even going 'cause I know these people and they don't respect foundation. They are all about the hype."





Hillary Clinton challenges FBI over email probe

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hillary-clinton-photo-1.jpgHillary Clinton's presidential campaign team has challenged the FBI over its decision to brief US lawmakers on a new inquiry into the Democratic candidate's email use.

FBI Director James Comey informed Congress of the move in a letter on Friday, 11 days before the election.

Mrs Clinton told supporters the move, was "unprecedented" and "deeply troubling".

But Republican opponent Donald Trump has praised the bureau's decision.

In his letter to Congress, Mr Comey said the FBI had learned of fresh emails which might be "pertinent" to its previous inquiry into the Democratic candidate's use of a private server when she was secretary of state in the Obama administration.

Mr Comey has defended the move, insisting that not making it public would be "misleading" and also risked being "misunderstood", given that the FBI does not know the significance of the newly found emails.

In a memo he acknowledged "we do not ordinarily tell Congress about ongoing investigations". But he said he felt an "obligation" to do so given that he had previously testified that the FBI investigation was complete.

Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta said the information provided by Mr Comey was "long on innuendo" and "short on facts".

There was, he said, "no evidence of wrongdoing. No charge of wrongdoing. No indication this is even about Hillary".

Explicit emails

Mr Trump meanwhile has said the issue is the biggest political scandal in the US since Watergate, which brought down President Richard Nixon.

At a rally in Colorado on Saturday, he said: "Her criminal action was wilful, deliberate, intentional and purposeful.

"Hillary set up an illegal server for the obvious purpose of shielding her illegal actions from public disclosure and exposure."

The FBI has already established that Mrs Clinton had held classified information on a private email server.

In July, Mr Comey said Mrs Clinton's handling of sensitive material during her tenure as secretary of state was "extremely careless", but cleared her of any criminal wrongdoing.





$1 Million reward for info in JC student's murder

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j-c-student-killed.jpgThe reward for information leading to the arrest of the man wanted in the murder of Jamaica College student Nicholas Francis has been increased to $1 million.

Crime Stop is offering to anyone who comes forward with the information that leads to the arrest of Quacie Hart. Funds for the reward were provided by the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (PSOJ) and family and friends of Jamaica College.

Persons with information about Hart's whereabouts are being asked to call Crime Stop at 311. Crime Stop says that persons do not have to reveal their identity when they provide information on the whereabouts of Hart.

On Wednesday, 14-year-old Francis was stabbed to death on a Coaster bus in front of his school when he refused to hand over his cell phone to a robber.

President of JC's Old Boys Association Major Basil Jarrett said yesterday that so far the association had collected $215,000 to offer as a reward.

Jarrett said persons wishing to contribute to the reward may contact JC's Old Boys Association, which has an office on the school's Old Hope Road campus.





Cops probe double murder in Clarendon

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crime-scene-gun.jpgThe Clarendon Police are investigating a double murder in Hayes on Monday.

Those killed have been identified as Natasha Lewis, 38, and labourer Garsham Dixon, 54, both from Raymond District.

Mr. Lewis and Ms. Dixon were killed as they stood among a group of persons in the community some time after 5:00 p.m. The group was approached by heavily armed men who opened fire.

The community has been tense since Saturday's killing of a 26 year old woman.

Shop operator Althea Linton was taken from her home shortly after 4:00 a.m. Her body was found with gunshot wounds in the nearby community of Land Lease about four hours later.





It has revealed that there have been more attacks on students in the Corporate Area, following last week's fatal stabbing of 14-year-old Jamaica College student Nicholas Francis.

Errol Holmes, President of the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) at Jamaica College, has shared information that at least two other attacks have taken place, which involved students from the institution, as well as Ardenne High and Kingston College.

Mr. Holmes made the disclosure following Monday's silent protest at Jamaica College against violence affecting children.

He is pushing for an exclusive JUTC school bus service for the Corporate Area during peak hours or for legislative changes to be made, which will force public transport operators to have video recording devices in their vehicles.





crime-scene-gun.jpgThe police are still processing the three men who have been held in connection with the killing of Dr Martin Garwood whose body was found at his home last week.

The police say following investigations they intercepted a vehicle with the three men aboard and subsequently arrested them.

Their identities are being withheld pending further investigations.

Forty-year-old Garwood was murdered at his home in Barbican, St Andrew last Wednesday.

He was attached to the Kingston Public Hospital and was also the doctor of the Young Reggae Boyz team.

His colleagues reportedly went in search of him when he didn't turn up for work on Wednesday and calls to his cell phone went unanswered.

When they arrived at his residence, they observed blood and alerted the police who later found his body with multiple stab wounds.





Suspect in murder of JC student charged

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j-c-student-killed.jpgThe suspect in the killing of 14-year-old Jamaica College student, Nicholas Francis, has been charged and is set to appear in court on Friday.

The Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) of the police force, via its twitter handle, announced Sunday afternoon that Quacie Hart has been charged for the killing of the student. This is after Hart turned himself in to the Half-Way Tree police last night. He was accompanied by his lawyer Adrian Christie. Crime Stop had announced a J$1 million reward for information leading to Hart's arrest.

Last Wednesday, 14-year-old Francis was stabbed to death on a Toyota Coaster bus in front of his school when he refused to hand over his cell phone to a robber.

The police named Hart as a person of interest a day after the incident. Hart is currently on bail after being previously charged for illegal possession of a firearm. He is set to appear in court on January 17, 2017 on that matter.





march-pen-fat-man.jpgMarvin 'Fat Man' Campbell, the man charged in connection with the October 9 March Pen Road killings, was remanded on Tuesday when he appeared before the St. Catherine Parish Court.

He is to return next Wednesday to settle legal representation.

He told the Parish Judge that he is in the process of hiring an attorney. Mr. Campbell was charged last week with five counts of murder.

Investigators say Campbell, who is reportedly a member of the Clansman gang, led a group of gunmen to his family's house in March Pen where five persons were shot and the house set on fire.

Three children, including his 14-year-old son, were among those killed. Campbell, is also facing charges of rape and incest.





Ardenne High School student drowns at YMCA pool

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The Ardenne High student who was rushed to hospital this afternoon (Tuesday) after an incident at the Kingston YMCA has died.

He has been identified as Jevaughn Brown -- a third form student at the Hope Road based institution, in St Andrew. Ardenne Principal Nadine Malloy said that the student was visiting the YMCA for community service at the time of the incident.

However, early reports are that after the community service session ended, and the work coach left, the student, despite prior warnings, went into the deep end of the pool and got into difficulties.

The student was rushed to the nearby Andrew's Memorial Hospital on Hope Road where he died.





People say Peter Tosh a turn inna him grave

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peter-tosh-photo-4-remembering.jpgNow that the Peter Tosh Museum open uppa Pulse plent people a talk up a bagga tingz and a say that the hortical Rastaman soul nuh too happy with dat deh resting place inna di heart a Babylon. Dem say the museum site use to host one sex toys shop, and right now the Devil's soup shop kotch up right side a it.

Peter Tosh is a man who neva inna di alcohol consumption ting, him was a straight herbalist -- a weed man. And now a bare alcohol a consume inna him so-called place. Fyah bun fi all a di wagonist dem who a mix up Peter Tosh in a house of ill repute!





Party promoter shot dead in Old Harbour

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party-promoter-renato-grant.jpgA popular party promoter was shot dead on Saturday night on Burke Road in Old Harbour.

The police report that at about 8:55 PM, Renato Grant was at a shop in his community when he was approached by a group of armed men.

The men opened fire hitting Grant several times.

Grant was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.





Man jailed for killing fellow Jamaican in the UK

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killer-douane-brown.jpgA report from bbc.com says that a Jamaican man has been jailed for 21 years in the United Kingdom for stabbing another Jamaican to death inside an Internet cafe.

Thirty-nine-year-old Jamaican Douane Brown reportedly stabbed Horace Williams in the neck at the cafe in Smethwick in April of this year.

Brown, who is from Bickington Road in Birmingham, was convicted by a jury at Birmingham Crown Court, capping a five-day trial.

The convict will serve at least 21 years behind bars for the offence.

Reports are that on the day of the incident, both men exchanged glances across the cafe some time before Brown reportedly pulled a folding knife from his jacket pocket and launched the attack that led to Williams' death.

It was theorise that there was some history of bad blood between the two men, but the attack was reportedly not prompted by any aggression on Williams' part.





Teen found with gun and arrested

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The police are reporting that a teenager is now in custody following the seizure of a homemade firearm and one 9mm round of ammunition at a shop on the Mammee Bay main road in St Ann, this morning.

Reports from police in St Ann's Bay are that about 1:20 am, lawmen carried out a raid at the shop at which the teenager was a patron.

A search of the premises and his person resulted in the seizure of the firearm and ammunition, the police say.

The police say his court date will be announced later while investigations continue.





j-c-student-killed.jpgThe man wanted for the shocking killing of 14-year-old Jamaica College student, Nicholas Francis, is now in police custody.

The Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) of the police force says Quacie Hart turned himself in to the Half-Way Tree police last night. He was accompanied by his lawyer.

The CCU says he is being processed and is expected to be questioned later.

Crime Stop had announced a J$1 million reward for information leading to Hart's arrest.

Last Wednesday, 14-year-old Francis was stabbed to death on a Toyota Coaster bus in front of his school when he refused to hand over his cell phone to a robber.

He was then thrown out of the bus, breaking one of his hands in the process.

The police named Hart as a person of interest a day after the incident.





crime-scene-7.jpgA man was beaten to death by residents of Cockburn Avenue in Kingston, after an 84-year-old woman was found dead inside her house.Reports are that the grandmother had also been raped.

The police have not released the names of the deceased.

The Constabulary's Corporate Communications Unit says initial reports are that the woman's relatives discovered her body about 7:30 am.





jamaican-sophia-lamb-and-andre-curtis-photo-op.jpgCops are searching for a Jamaican man, Andre Curtis, who is the estranged husband of a 44-year-old nursing assistant found stabbed to death in her Bronx apartment Saturday.

Sophia Lamb's mother found her sprawled out on the living room floor in their shared Baychester Ave. home near Aldrich St. in Co-op City at 1:45 p.m., police said.

Lamb died at the scene.

Her husband, Andre Curtis, was kicked out of the home weeks ago - but was back Friday night trying to talk to Lamb, her mother, Sylvia Malcolm told the Daily News.

According to reports, police were eyeing Lamb's husband as a "person of interest," and no one was charged with the killing as of Saturday night. Curtis moved into the apartment with Lamb and her parents in June after emigrating from Jamaica, relatives said. The pair had met in the island 15 years ago.

Within a month of moving to the Bronx, Curtis' normally cheery personality changed - and he became cold and controlling, said Lamb's father, Audley Malcolm.

"She wanted to have dinner with her sister, he said no. She would come home late from work and it's a problem," the grieving dad said.

"I told her, go to Immigration [Services] and cry like you've never cried before, throw yourself on the floor and tell them you're not leaving until they come and take him back to Jamaica."

Lamb's co-workers at Blythedale Children's Hospital in Valhalla, Westchester County, were among those who rushed to the scene in disbelief. Mourners huddled in the building's lobby and sobbed as technicians from the city medical examiner's office carried Lamb's body out of the building.





producer-seanizzle-involved-in-car-crash-in-serious-but-stable-condition.jpgProducer and artiste Seanizzle, whose given name is Sean Reid, is said to be in "serious but stable condition" at the Kingston Public Hospital after an early morning accident.

Seanizzle's car is reported to have been pushed over an island into oncoming traffic, where a Toyota Rav 4 slammed into his car.

Producer Black Sheep said that he saw Seanizzle at the KFC on Washington Boulevard at about midnight on Sunday.

"He had been recording songs and had gone to get food for the artistes. He went through the drive through and I went inside but we left at about the same time. I turned down to Duhaney Park side and he went up the Boulevard," he said.

Black Sheep then reported dropping off a USB storage device at a nearby plaza and then heading in the direction towards Seanizzle's studio when he encountered a traffic jam in the vicinity of overhead bridge at Drewsland.

"Then mi bredrin say 'nu Izzy car that', and mi say no, him muss reach home by now. So we jump out in time fi see the police dem put him in a jeep. Then his car ketch a fire, and the police start push everybody back," Black Sheep said.

Black Sheep, who visited the KPH, noted that Seanizzle was conscious but "woozy" because he had suffered a concussion in the accident.

"The nurse asked him what year it was and he said 2012, but she said that was understandable. Mi just glad say him alright, he is in serious but stable condition but because it is a head injury, the doctors have to monitor him. Is a double lick him get, first from the taxi man, then from the Rav 4," he said.

Artiste Mr G. who refers to Sean as his 'brother' says it was God who saved Sean.

Seanizzle has been producing music for over a decade.





leonard-cohen.jpgCanadian singer, songwriter and poet Leonard Cohen died November 11, aged 82.

The news was announced on his official Facebook page, but no details about the cause of death were given.

"It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet, songwriter and artist, Leonard Cohen has passed away," the statement said.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau led tributes to the singer, who was known for hits including Hallelujah and Dance Me to the End of Love.

"It is with deep sorrow that I learned today of the death of the legendary Leonard Cohen," Mr Trudeau said in a statement.

"He will be fondly remembered for his gruff vocals, his self-deprecating humour and the haunting lyrics that made his songs the perennial favourite of so many generations."





sean-paul-photo-6.jpgSean Paul came under fire from social media last week after he admitted to Charlamagne Tha God that he eats "pum pum" and then backtracked.

If you're a fan of dancehall culture then you would know that pum pum eating is a huge issue, although some fans would agree that things are slowly changing. During an interview on The Breakfast Club this week, Charlamagne, known for asking celebrities tough questions, asked Sean Paul if he "eat pum pum." "We got to prove that you're a Jamaican, do you eat pum pum?" Charlamagne asked.

"Yes I eat pum pum but... Just funny the way you said it to me a pum pum we say and no I don't eat pum pum... no sir... It don't have a wrapper you know," Sean Paul said.

Needless to say that dancehall fans have been going in on him on social media with some accusing him of lying about it.

Charlamagne pushed back on some of the criticisms from fans telling them to "grow up."

"I can't believe y'all mad at Sean Paul for this," he said. "SMH. If the man eat Pum Pum let him eat Pum Pum!! Why we Pum Pum eating shaming??? Women stop letting Jamaican men get away with saying they don't eat Pum Pum when they've eaten yours. Treat Jamaican men who eat Pum Pum but claim they don't the same way the streets treat rappers who claim they bout that life but aren't. I can't believe Jamaican men right now especially because if you've ever licked a well seasoned, well cooked ox tail then you know what Pum Pum taste like or when you cut a beef patty in half and put your tongue in the center of it it's the same difference. Grow up Jamaican men, GROW UP."





'More music from prison,' promises Kartel

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vybz-kartel-photo-4-larger.jpgSince last week, Vybz Kartel has released three new singles, "You Make Me Cry," "Your Little Shorts," and "What Next." all these tracks are from previously recorded unreleased material.

In doing so the World Boss kept his promise to his fans that despite his transfer to a tighter security prison, he would still be putting out new songs.

"Transfer from one prison to the next won't stop the music because we have so much unreleased recordings," a Gaza rep stated..

"We have really good producers who can mix the songs to make them sound like they were just recorded so that is the issue now, but no music is being recorded behind bars," the deejay's rep added.

During his sentencing in 2014, Vybz Kartel was given the option to record music in prison but the proceeds would go towards his murder victim family. The Portmore Empire deejay declined the offer which means its illegal for him to record music in prison.

"Vybz Kartel real youth enuh big up yuh self mi Boss none a them caah stop you the more them chat a the more you rise them just caah be like you the fool them nuh know say every man have to be themselves them caah step to you no day we love you we need you i pray gods blessings upon you and your friends you are a real empire full a knowledge them nuh deh nuh where near you them nuh see how much name you have only Jesus alone have so much name that mean you are very very special in the eyes of god dance hall a fi you Gaza still a win free mi say fi the Boss," a Gaza Fan commented.





fidel-castro-collage.jpgU.S. President Barack Obama has spoken out on the passing of Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro (pictured with former Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev in 1963), saying that history will record and judge the 'enormous' impact that Castro had on 'the people and the world around him.

The White House released Obama's statement on Saturday morning in which he noted the relationship between the U.S. and Cuba has been marked by 'discord and profound political disagreements' for nearly six decades. Obama offered his condolences to Castro's family and said his thoughts and prayers are with the Cuban people.

Castro, who led a rebel army to improbable victory in Cuba, embraced Soviet-style communism and defied the power of 10 U.S. presidents during his half century rule. He has been branded 'one of the most iconic personalities of the 20th century'.





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Fidel Castro (gesticulating), with two members of the 1970s Jamaican Peoples' National Party Government, P.J. Patterson and Arnold Bertram, to his left.

Leader of the opposition Peoples' National Party, Portia Simpson Miller, in her tribute to Fidel Castro, said he was a great leader and consummate friend of Jamaica, whose legacy will live on.

Mrs. Simpson Miller, in her statement, said despite being born into material comfort, Mr. Castro dedicated his life to the struggle for Cuba's social and economic revolution and the liberation of the Cuban people.

She said, through his efforts, Cuba stands as a proud nation, providing quality education and training, a first rate health care system, among other social advances.

She noted that many of Jamaica's best medical practitioners were trained free of cost in Cuba and Cuban doctors, nurses and other health care professionals continue to share their expertise locally.





PM Andrew Holness remembers Fidel Castro

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fidel-castro-el-general-photo-2.jpgPrime Minister Andrew Holness has written to Cuban President Raul Castro extending deep sympathies on behalf of Jamaica at the passing of Fidel Castro, Cuba's revolutionary leader.

In a statement on Saturday morning, Mr. Holness remembered Fidel Castro for his revolutionary leadership and guidance of the Cuban state. He said many Jamaicans still vividly remember his visits to Jamaica and his passionate speeches in defence of the right to self-determination.

The Prime Minister said the people of Jamaica remain deeply appreciative of the significant contribution that Cuban medical personnel continue to make to Jamaica through technical cooperation, initiated under the leadership of Fidel Castro.





fidel-castro-el-general-photo-1.jpgBearded and ferocious, Fidel Castro ruled Cuba unchallenged for nearly half a century despite being hated by the United States whose secret service more than once tried to assassinate him.Castro, who famously proclaimed after his arrest in a failed coup attempt that history would absolve him, has died aged 90, Cuban state media reports.

At the end, an elderly and infirm Castro was a whisper of the Marxist firebrand whose iron will and passionate determination bent the arc of destiny

"There are few individuals in the 20th century who had a more profound impact on a single country than Fidel Castro had in Cuba," Robert Pastor, a former national security adviser for President Jimmy Carter in the 1970s, told CNN in 2012.

"He reshaped Cuba in his image, for both bad and good," said Pastor, who died in 2014. "Cuba will be a different place because he lived and he died."

Castro lived long enough to see a historic thaw in relations between Cuba and the United States. President Barack Obama announced in December that the United States would re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba and urged Congress to lift a 52-year-old economic embargo.

Cuban President Raul Castro -- who took over from his ailing brother more than eight years earlier -- announced the breakthrough to the nation, but observers noted Fidel's silence on the matter.

Castro's stage was a small island nation 90 miles from the underbelly of the United States, but he commanded worldwide attention.

"He was a historic figure way out of proportion to the national base in which he operated," said noted Cuba scholar Louis A. Perez Jr., author of more than 10 books on the island and its history.

"Cuba hadn't counted for much in the scale of politics and history until Castro," said Wayne Smith, the top U.S. diplomat in Cuba from 1979 to 1982.

Castro became famous enough that he could be identified by only one name. A mention of "Fidel" left little doubt who was being talked about.

No other non-royal ruler clung to power as long as Castro did.





There are reports of a generally low turn out of Election Day workers and members of the security forces, who voted today (Friday) ahead of Monday's Local Government poll.

In St. Thomas, rain affected the turnout at polling stations, but in Portland, voting went smoothly. In West Portland there was 70 per cent turnout at the four polling stations. In Kingston and St. Andrew, voting got off to a smooth start, but few voters also turned out Friday morning.

Some Thirty-eight thousand 877 special services electors were eligible to vote.

Election Day workers and members of the security forces who did not vote today will not be able to do so on Monday.





crime-scene-gun.jpgThe five-month-old baby who was shot along with her mother Friday morning in Farm Heights, St. James is undergoing treatment at hospital.

The infant was reportedly shot in the abdomen when gunmen opened fire her and her mother on the Farm Heights main road about 8:45 a.m.

The mother, 30-year-old Alexia Brown, died on the spot.

Senior Superintendent Marlon Nesbeth, head of the St. James Police, said the motive for the shooting is not yet clear.

He is urging anyone with information to assist the police.





wanted-man-roshad-moss.jpgRoshad Moss - alias 'Shut' of Lime Hall, St Ann, man once considered St Ann's most wanted - and who has been charged in relation to two murders in Lime Hall, St Ann - was remanded in custody when he appeared before the St Ann Parish Court recently.

He will next appear in court on December 14, by which time his attorney is to receive the file in relation to the charges. He appeared in court on Thursday, November 17, on charges of accessory to murder that occurred in 2015 and a murder committed earlier this year.

Moss first came to national attention when he was charged in connection with the shooting death of 16-year-old Maurice Cox, Jr on May 29, 2015. The main perpetrator behind Cox's killing, Kevin Rattigan, was on the run for over a year before being caught on Tuesday, September 27.

Police said Rattigan and Moss were members of the 'After Dark' gang that has since been dismantled by the St Ann police. However, Moss allegedly committed another murder while on bail for that offence. Police say Moss was a key player in two murders in Lime Hall on Tuesday morning, January 5, when a taxi operator, David Hudson and Damion Campbell, alias 'Iron Man' were shot and killed in a home invasion.

Reports are that at about 1:30 am, 30-year-old Hudson, was at home when he was pounced upon by gunmen who opened fire killing him. Campbell, who was also at the home, was shot and died in hospital on January 6.

Moss turned himself over to the police on January 6 and was later charged, but only in connection with Campbell's murder. Those murders were believed to have been connected to the disappearance of four family members - who are now presumed dead - on Saturday, November 14, 2015.

Moss was granted bail again by the courts in relation to the murder of Campbell. One of the conditions of his bail was that he was to report to the Crofts Hill police, in Clarendon. However, the police later said that Moss was not reporting. Following several attempts to locate Moss, he was apprehended in a taxi close to the community of Moneague, St Ann on September 28.





Mother shot dead, baby shot and injured in St James

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crime-scene-gun.jpgAlexia Brown 30-year-old mother of Farm Heights, St James was shot and killed and her five months old baby shot and injured during an attack by unknown assailants in her St James community on Friday morning.

Reports are that about 8:30, Brown was walking in her community when she was pounced upon by unknown men who alighted from a motor car which drove up.

The mother and her baby girl were shot and rushed to hospital where she was pronounced dead, while the toddler admitted in a serious condition.





Popular Mo Bay photographer stabbed to death

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mo-bay-patrick-osbourne-nov-25.jpgA popular photographer from the second city, Montego Bay, was set upon and stabbed to death by unknown attackers close to his workplace Thursday night.

The deceased has been identified as 42-year-old Patrick Osbourne of Pitfour, St James address.

Reports are that about 9:30, Osbourne who just left work was about to enter his car when he was attacked from behind and stabbed multiple times.

He was pronounced dead at the Cornwall Regional Hospital where he was rushed.

The police are yet to establish a motive for the killing.





PNP councillor Kari Douglas injured in accident

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pnp-councillor-kari-douglas.jpgPeople's National Party (PNP) councillor for the Trafalgar Division, Kari Douglas, was reportedly injured in a motor vehicle accident last night.

Member of Parliament for St Andrew South East Julian Robinson, in whose constituency the Trafalgar division falls, says Douglas was not seriously injured.

He also says she is expected to make a quick recovery.

Robinson says Douglas had just entered her car, which was stationary, when it was hit head on by a car along Old Hope Road.

Robinson is calling for all candidates participating in the local government election campaign, to be very careful as they traverse the roadways.





popcaan-buys-new-range-rover-evoque-convertible-2017.jpgReports are all over the Internet that dancehall artiste Popcaan is now a proud owner of a brand new Range Rover Evoque Convertible.

The 'Unruly Boss' took to social media on Tuesday through his official fanpage 'PopcaanUpdate' to show the new whip with his fans.

It is said that sccording to sources close to the 'Unruly' camp, the Range Rover was gifted to the deejay from Canadian Rapper Drake ahead of Popcaan's reported OVO signing which is expected to be announced later this year.





Kanye and the Kurse of the Kardashians

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kardashian-curse-men.jpgAlthough there are mixed reactions over Kanye West being hospitalized, some are actually feeling sympathetic for Ye thinking he may be the latest victim of the Kardashian curse.

Although the men married to or who are involved with the Kardashians actually had MAJOR PROBLEMS before they linked with the famous family, some refuse to acknowledge it, or others enjoy poking fun at the tragic lineups of demise. I mean we now have alcoholics, drug addicts, jerks, depression, a transgender woman, a broke rapper.





bounty-killer-photo-8.jpg"Bounty Killer misses me," was the response of controversial selector/producer/artiste manager Foota Hype to a recent diss by the Warlord Bounty Killer.

Bounty Killer, who gave a good set at last weekend's Jamrock Reggae Cruise, stopped mid-way to shout out to several dancehall personality most of whom he has been friends with for many years including Baby Cham, Elephant Man, Harry Toddler and even Tony Matterhorn and Firelinks and also to take a few shots at Foota Hype.

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"Dutty Foota Hype them who are so ungrateful and talking about the general no have no hot," he said. "I am the savior of dancehall."

Foota, who was also on the cruise, told Zip FM that it was obvious that Bounty missed him, because that's the only reason why Killer, who has not performed to an international audience in a while, owing to visa woes, would take time out to call his name.

Foota had earlier this year remarked that Bounty was using the wrong producers, hence he wasn't getting any hit songs.





tads-ultimate-2016.jpgSince its auspicious debut in 2007, the Tad's International Record's compilation album, The Ultimate, has never disappointed. The latest edition, The Ultimate 2017, maintains its reputation. Scheduled for release digitally and on compact disc on December 2, it is a 19-song collection of hardcore dancehall songs and easy-listening reggae.

It contains songs from Mavado, Alkaline and Vybz Kartel, three of the biggest names in Dancehall for 2016. Mavado has four songs on The Ultimate 2017: Money, Girls & Fun, Lowe Mi, In God We Trust, and Farewell; the latter of which is a collaboration with Alkaline. Tad Dawkins, principal of Tad's Record, said 2016 is a banner year for the 'Gully God'. "Yes it was, and a very strong one and he will be a stronger force to reckon with next year. There has been resurgence in his popularity since he started recording in Jamaica once again" said Dawkins.

Vbyz Kartel has had a presence on The Ultimate series since its inception. He and Alkaline represent on The Ultimate 2017 with two solo songs each. Who Trouble Them and Training Wheel are Kartel's songs. Alkaline contributes Block & Delete and Wha a Gwan.

Coolest Summer, a massive hit for Ding Dong and Dexta Daps, and this sensational hit single is also part of the impressive musical collection. So too Wuk Off You Gal by Aidonia, Vershon's Feeling High and the rib-tickling Frowzy Taxi Man from newcomer Grampa Entatain.

With ganja decriminalization blowing across Jamaica, it is only fitting that a 'weed song' is included. None better than One Draw, sung melodiously by Marcia Griffiths featuring Fab 5; this song is a modern take on the Rita Marley classic.





leo-taddeo-chairman-new-ear-homes.jpgFollowing quite a lengthy submission by Queen's Counsel K.D Knight in the St Catherine Parish Court, the bail conditions of Leo Taddeo, the director of New Era Homes, were changed

Taddeo, whose title has included chairman and CEO of New EraHomes, was arrested in the latter part of 2015 and slapped with charges of sexual grooming/soliciting sex from a minor. It alleged that in 2013, the accused man was driving his private motor vehicle and saw a group of children and called them, two of whom are sisters. It is further alleged that Taddeo offered them $500 on each occasion that he fondled them.

In September 2015, he allegedly offered one of the sisters several thousand dollars for sexual relations. The child reportedly told her father about the incident, and Taddeo was subsequently nabbed in a sting operation.The Crown also outlined that there are other charges pending against Taddeo because investigations have revealed that it was a frequent practice for Taddeo to solicit young people for sexual acts.

New Era Homes is the developer behind Caribbean Estate, Caymanas Country Club Estate, among other projects.

Knight argued that the bail conditions were inconvenient and onerous for his client, given his hectic travel schedule across the island. Taddeo is charged with sexual grooming.

The judge agreed to change the bail conditions to allow Taddeo to report twice instead of three times to the Matilda's Corner police station.

When Taddeo attended court two months earlier, the judge had granted the lifting of the stop order between September 17 to 28th to give Taddeo enough time to see the physician on September 20th and return his travel documents to the court by September 28th. But Taddeo had since decided against traveling.

The New Era Homes director will return to court in January. New Era Homes is the developer behind Caribbean Estate, Caymanas Country Club Estate, among other projects.

He will return to court on January 29, 2016.





hotel-workers-mangled-vehicle-nov-23.jpgLoved ones are expressing shock and sorrow at Tuesday night's fatal collision that claimed the lives of two female employees of the Bahia Principe Hotel in St Ann, adding to the tragedy in June that claimed four workers from the very same hotel

The victims have been identified as 23-year-old Jodian Duncan, a waitress of Exchange, St Ann- and 24-year-old Shanique Grey, a member of the kitchen staff, from Oracabessa, St Mary.

Reports are that at about 11:45 pm, Duncan and Grey were passengers on board a 29 seater Bahia Principe staff bus, travelling east towards Ocho Rios, when the vehicle collided into a truck, which was parked in the vicinity of the Pearly Beach property on the Dunn's River main road. One of the females died on spot and had to be cut from the wreckage. The other female died at the St Ann's Bay Hospital.

Eight other employees of the hotel are in stable condition in the hospital. The police had said that preliminary investigations have suggested that speeding may have been a cause of the accident. Several friends, family members and co-workers of the deceased women took to Facebook to express their sadness at the passing of the two females.

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Lattie Kiara Robinson, a friend of Jodian Duncan posted, "Mr death seh him nah give nuh warning when him a come. Yuh nah here nuh calling all. Yuh hear a mourning and bawling. Sigh... today ur here tomorrow ur gone. Joe Joe Duncan (Jodian Duncan) smh pass the accident last night only to reach home hearing ur involved in that accident and pass away sigh #Rip Jody remember the days at Bahia u were a fun loving person surely gonna missed by many. #REST IN PARADISE HUN."

Kenzie Duncan wrote: "God I Call Up On You This Morning Only You Can Help US! I pray for Joe Joe Duncan family and the bahia staffs god cover us help us to cope. Jesus you know the pain we are feeling now. (R.I.P) FRENNY."

A strong message was posted by a friend of both crash victims, Aries TJ Johnson.

who commented on the fact that several other staff members of Bahia Principe died months before in an accident in Llandovery, St Ann. "Few months ago sum died and now look at this Shanique Shaniboo Grey, shes gone and I went to school with Jody (Jodian Duncan). Not a nice feeling at the momemt and me and Shanique will alwasy be reasoning. Now her life as ended rip ladies."

On Tuesday night, June 21, four employees of the Bahia Principe Hotel died as a result of injuries they received in a three vehicle collision on the Llandovery main road. Those killed at that time were: 21-year-old Michael Glasgow of Village Green, St Ann's Bay, St Ann; 22-year-old Eric Forbes of Steerfield, St Ann; 24-year-old Jaynor Powell of Charles Town, St Mary and Teisha Douglas from St Thomas.





DHS: Tens of Thousands of Green Cards Have Vanished

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green-card.jpgTens of thousands of green cards, used to identify foreign citizens living inside the United States legally, are unaccounted for, Fox News Channel's Tucker Carlson reported Tuesday.

"It appears that thousands of green cards have simply gone missing," Department of Homeland Security Inspector General John Roth said in a news release Monday. "In the wrong hands, green cards may enable terrorists, criminals, and undocumented aliens to remain in the United States. It is vital that USCIS [United States Citizenship and Immigration Services] ensure better tools and procedures are in place to mitigate such risks."

More than 200,000 approved applicants have reported to USCIS over the past three years their cards were never delivered, The Daily Caller reported. Hundreds of those were sent to the wrong addresses, according to the IG report, revealing "the problem was far worse than originally thought," the IG wrote.

The actual number of missing cards is not known for certain, since the USCIS uses reports from applicants to determine its number.

Carlson said Tuesday the INS "tried to downplay this." Fox News correspondent Geraldo Rivera told Carlson it was a "significant bureaucratic screw-up," but said, "They have no evidence . . . that any of these [missing cards] have gone to anyone ineligible to receive them."

Rivera said the missing cards are a problem, but people overstaying their visas are a bigger threat. House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul called the missing green cards "unacceptable."

"We cannot let 'free passes' into America fall into the wrong hands and be used by terrorists, criminals, or others to hide amongst us," McCaul said in a statement on his official website.





Dudus is NOT dead; he did not hang himself in prison

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dudus-disguise.jpgThe police have said there is no truth to the rumours that former Tivoli Gardens strongman Christopher 'Dudus' Coke committed suicide in a United States prison.

In a news release Saturday, the police dispelled the rumour, which is being circulated across the media landscape.

The police categorically stated that it is false, as Jamaica Constabulary Force's international law enforcement partners have confirmed and assured them that there is no truth to the assertion.

The police also discouraged the spread of such rumours, advising the public to desist from making such "frivolous and mischievous" statements that could lead to "unwarranted panic and anxiety in some quarters".





Snoop says Kanye is 'crazy'

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kanye-west-photo-3.jpgSnoop Dogg has slammed Kanye West for ranting on stage.

The 45-year-old rapper believes the Famous hitmaker is 'crazy', and took to social media on Sunday to criticize the 39-year-old musician for constantly venting about fellow artists.

Speaking in an Instagram clip, which sees Snoop give a running commentary whilst listening to Kanye's speech in the background and has since been shared on Karen Civil's Twitter account, the Drop It Like It's Hot hitmaker - whose real name is Cordozar Calvin Broadus Junior - said: 'This n****r crazy. Have you heard this n****r diss a n****r onstage? This n****r crazier than the s**t I got on my head.'

'That n****r crazy. I can't believe he's still talking. He picked the wrong night to vent like that, them Sacramento n****rs ain't feeling that s**t,' he said.

'He was talking that weird a*s s**t. That's just my thoughts,' he added. 'I smoke weed. Weed don't make you do that. What the f**k is he on?'





kanye-west-photo-3.jpgKanye West has been hospitalized for his own safety after suffering a psychotic breakdown, according to sources.

The rapper was under 'psychiatric evaluation' at a Los Angeles area hospital late Monday and the rest of his Saint Pablo Tour was cancelled as friends say the star is 'spiraling out of control', TMZ reports.

Friends told DailyMail.com the 'breakdown' was triggered by problems in his marriage to Kim Kardashian, paranoia over his rift with Jay Z and his seething jealousy of Beyoncé.

Law enforcement sources say that Los Angeles police had responded to a medical welfare call about 1:20pm local time.

He was allegedly being checked for 'severe sleep deprivation' when it was decided he needed to be admitted. Law enforcement sources confirmed he was hospitalized for his own health and safety.

Sources close to Kanye say he tried to resist being transported to the L.A. hospital and had to be handcuffed.

Kim had been due to make an appearance at an East Coast event this evening but was nowhere to be seen after the shock news of her husband's hospitalization.

Earlier today, Kanye's concert promoter, Live Nation, had announced he was axing the remaining 22 gigs on his national tour without giving a reason.

The announcement came just two days after the 39-year-old music artist had walked off stage 30 minutes into his performance following an incoherent political and personal rant.

West took aim at Hillary Clinton, close friends Beyoncé and Jay Z and Mark Zuckerberg in the bizarre outburst while on stage in Sacramento on Saturday.

Now friends say the rant is more than just another dramatic tantrum from the rapper known for his outspoken opinions - and even his famous wife has had enough.

'Kim is fed up,' a close friend tells DailyMail.com. 'They've been bickering constantly - she didn't want Kanye to do the tour in the first place. She wanted him by her side as she recovered from her traumatic robbery in Paris.

'She lost days with him while he's touring and then he made a rash decision to end the concert after ten minutes and go on a rant.

'He had a psychotic break. Kanye is very hot tempered and he's very reactionary. A lot of times, he speaks before he thinks and he's very sensitive.'

The move comes after a complex weekend for the musician, who abruptly ended a concert in Sacramento, California, on Saturday, then canceled a performance Sunday in the Los Angeles area.

Saturday's truncated show became a hot topic, as amateur videos circulated of a 10-minute tirade by West about Beyonce, Jay Z, Hillary Clinton, Mark Zuckerberg, the radio and MTV.

He said he was 'hurt' because he heard Beyoncé refused to perform at the MTV Video Music Awards unless she won Video of the Year over him.

He also urged her husband Jay Z to call him and 'talk to me like a man'.

In a clip posted to social media the Famous hitmaker was heard telling the audience: 'Beyonce I was hurt because I heard you said you wouldn't perform unless you won video of the year over me and over Hotline Bling.

'In my opinion - now don't go dissing Beyoncé, she's great. Taylor Swift is great. We are all great people. But sometimes we be playing the politics too much and forget who we are - just to win.

'F**k winning, f**k looking cool, f**k being cool. At the risk of my own success. I'll give ya'll the truth.'

'Jay Z, I know you got killas. Please don't send them at my head. Just call me--talk to me like I man,' he said.





Why was Kartel moved from Horizon prison?

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vybz-kartel-photo-4.jpgDeejay Vybz Kartel was transferred from the Horizon Adult Remand Centre on Spanish Town Road and placed at the maximum security Tower Street Adult Correctional Facility in Kingston on Wednesday, his lawyer Tom Tavares-Finson confirmed.

However, the attorney reported that he did not know why his client was removed.

Word on the street is that despite his incarceration, Kartel still records music, with an iTunes singles count for 2016 already reaching a staggering 50 songs, in addition to his King of the Dancehall album, released in August.

Speculations are that the move is to counter the recordings.





West Kingston violence intensifies

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Police on Wednesday warned the public to avoid the West Kingston section of the city after the lawmen came under heavy gunfire. The police later reported the arrest of two men following a gun find that same evening.

There is a recent flare-up of violence in the area resulting in several murders. This week, a vendor was killed in the Coronation Market, leaving other vendors in fear. The police were quick in apprehending a suspect in the Tuesday morning murder.

Despite several issues such as street lighting and the functioning of parish councils being highlighted in Wednesday's local government debate, an appeal by the Jamaica Labour Party's Kenisha Allen to vote against the PNP dominated post-debate talks.





Jamaican HIV-positive man to be extradited to Canada

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A Jamaican man is to be extradited to Canada where he is wanted on 12 counts of aggravated sexual assault.

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions on Thursday said that George Flowers has been accused of having unprotected sex with four women knowing that he was HIV-positive and without informing them of his status.





zika-virus.jpgThe naysayers believe that the Zika virus threat was nothing but a big hoax and now the World Health Organisation on Friday announced in an online press conference that the Zika virus outbreak no longer poses a world public health emergency.

"The Zika virus remains a highly significant and long-term problem, but it is not any more a public heath emergency of international concern," the world health body's emergency committee chair Dr David Heymann said.

While Zika causes only mild symptoms in most people, pregnant women with the virus were said to risk giving birth to babies with microcephaly - a deformation that leads to abnormally small brains and heads.

Many athletes and other competitors stayed away from the Rio Olympics over the great Zika fear triggered by the WHO, however, there were no reports of anyone catching the Zika virus while in Brazil, the supposed epicentre of the disease.





crime-scene-demo.jpgA robbers was reportedly killed while attempting to rob a school-boy in the Corporate Area this week.

A man was Thursday stabbed to death after he attempted to rob two students along a dirt track on Molynes Road in St Andrew. Reports from the Half-Way Tree police are that about 6:00 pm, the now deceased, armed with a firearm, allegedly robbed a student. He then reportedly proceeded to rob another student, who allegedly stabbed him multiple times.

He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

However, the police are now seeking the public's assistance to identify him. The police say he is of dark complexion, medium build and about five-foot-10-inch long. The deceased has cornrow hairstyle, a tattoo on his lower arm marked "N", and was clad in a blue T-shirt, white merino, blue jeans pants, and a pair of black slippers, the police say.

The incident comes several weeks after a Jamaica College third form student was stabbed to death by a man during a robbery attempt.





vybz-kartel-photo-27.jpgConvicted murderer and top-selling dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel was reportedly been transferred from the Horizon Adult Remand Centre to the maximum security Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre in downtown Kingston under heavy police guard on Tuesday.

There has been speculation that he was removed because of a suspected breach committed at Horizon Adult Remand Centre.

Following a 65-day trial said to be the longest in Jamaica's history, Kartel and cronies Shawn 'Shawn Storm' Campbell; Kahira Jones; and Andre St John were sentenced to life imprisonment for the August 2011 murder of Clive 'Lizard' Williams.

Kartel and his three co-convicts have filed appeals against their incarceration and sentences.

Despite his incarceration, Vybz Kartel still dominates the airwaves in Jamaica with new releases said to be recorded before he was locked up.





Roots reggae singer Nanny Mystik murdered in Linstead

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nanny-mistik.jpgJust days before her live performance in Jamaica singer Nanny Mistik was murdered.

According to reports, the singer was allegedly killed on Monday night (November 14) at a house in Linstead, St. Catherine in the presence of her children.

Friends of the entertainer have since left messages of condolence on her Facebook page.

Nanny Mistic is from May Pen, Clarendon but resides in Canada. She was slated to perform this Thursday at Jungle Fyah.

A post on her official Facebook page reads: "Just wanted to let all of Nanny's Fans/Friends/Family who has not been advised... she passed on last-night, murdered in her home! R.I.P #NannyMistik you would have been a force to reckon with. You were just about to be introduced to the world. You were unlike no other, one of the most humble and loving human beings I've come across. SLEEP well by sista love to noooooo end. We will miss you but for those who know you well, knows you'll be alright. Guidance".





bounty-killer-photo-9.jpgVeteran dancehall artiste, is slated to be the headliner for Stone Love's Anniversary Celebration scheduled for the Caribbean Queen Boat Dock on Port Royal Street in downtown Kingston, on December 24.

This year, the sound system is marking its 44th year.

"We stay focused on why and where we started so we keep that authentic sound but we also bring in young talents who also understand that the music and the culture are very fluid and our thing must consistently be on top," said Winston 'Wee Pow' Powell.

Arguably one of Jamaica's top sound systems, Stone Love is also a successful label. It hosts the weekly dance series, Weddy Weddy Wednesdays, held on Burlington Avenue, St Andrew.





Murder accused murdered on his court day

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA man accused of murder was shot and killed while getting ready to attend court Monday morning.

Dead is Milton Grant, 27, who was pounced upon by gunmen at his home in Thompson Pen, St Catherine while cleaning his shoes.

Grant was shot multiple times.

The Major Investigation Division of the St Catherine North Police Division, which is investigating the homicide, is yet to establish a clear motive for the crime.

Grant was to appear in the St Catherine Parish Court.





crime-scene-7.jpgTwo people were yesterday pronounced dead after they were hit by an out-of-control motor truck along the Sandy Bay main road in Hanover.

Dead are: 33-year-old Christopher Leite of New Hampshire, United States of America and 34-year-old Damion Jones, whose residence the police did not disclose.

Reports from the Lucea Police are that about 7:45 pm, Leite and Jones were standing on the roadway when the driver of a white Isuzu motor truck lost control of the vehicle and crashed into them, causing severe head and body injuries.

They were taken to hospital where they were pronounced dead.





The director of a West Virginia development group and a mayor are under scrutiny after a racist post about first lady Michelle Obama caused a backlash and prompted calls on social media for both women to be fired.

Clay County Development Corporation director Pamela Ramsey Taylor made the post following Donald Trump's election as president, saying: "It will be refreshing to have a classy, beautiful, dignified First Lady in the White House. I'm tired of seeing a Ape in heels."

Clay Mayor Beverly Whaling responded: "Just made my day Pam."

The post, first reported by WSAZ-TV, was shared hundreds of times on social media before it was deleted.





Jah Cure arrested in The Bahamas, but charges dropped

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jah-cure-bahamas-photo-1.jpgReggae singer Jah Cure is once again a free man after he was arrested in Bahamas on Tuesday over his now-viral altercation over the weekend at the Atlantis Paradise Island Hotel.

The Grammy-nominated singer was reportedly charged with 'Disturbance of the Peace' however the charges were later dropped after the artiste pleaded not guilty. Cure's manager was also charged for the incident and pleaded guilty, he was fined $150 Bahamian dollars or one month in prison.

JAH CURE arrested in Bahamas / NOVEMBER 2016





jah-cure-bahamas.jpgAt a press conference on Monday, reggae singer Jah Cure, whose real name is Siccature Alcock, denied that he was involved in the fight, which was captured on video and shared thousands of times on social media. Jah Cure, who had earlier posted on social media, reiterated that he was trying to "be a peacemaker and saviour" and stop the fight when he was attacked by a drunk man, causing him to "fall" on the ground and appear to be unconscious.

He also denied that he was "fighting over a married woman," or was fighting with his sound engineer or a concert promoter, as was splashed all over social media.

Instead, Jah Cure claimed that he was breaking up a fight between a drunk man and one of his friends, after the drunk man allegedly grabbed a woman's "bottom" who was with a man in his entourage.

Jah Cure said if the security officers at the Atlantis resort had "done their job" instead of allegedly "pulling out their phones to record," the entire situation could have been avoided. He said his lawyers have drafted a letter to the head of the Atlantis security team and the matter will be handled the "proper way." He has also requested that the person who videotaped the encounter be "dealt with" accordingly.

"There was no security at the Atlantis hotel that came to help which is a big negligence," Jah Cure said at a press conference on Monday.

"Because there was no security, I, Jah Cure, had to take up the job as the security, which Atlantis needs to pay me for because it bring me into a situation and ridicule me in a certain way and have me getting discriminated all over the world because someone supposed to be doing their job and not have their device in the Atlantis using it to make the video and create a lot of negative and lies...

"But on the negligence of the Atlantis. . . if their security wasn't trying to record this and they was doing their job, Jah Cure would not have been in this mess. So I end up doing the Atlantis security guard work by parting this. I am an artist that came here for a show, I am not a referee, I am not a fight parter," he added.

"My lawyer is addressing it, they are sending a letter to the head of security over there. We are approaching everything properly because this created such a bad energy for me."

The singer also stressed that he was not injured during the fight and at no time was he knocked unconscious.

The hotel has since stated that their security was in fact in place and made efforts to get things under control.





Jae Prynse to end a great year at GT's Extravaganza

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prynce.jpgOn-the-rise entertainer Jae Prynse (Prince) is quite upbeat about the pace with which his career has been moving and, with a few weeks to go until the end of the year, he is calling 2016 "fantastic".

The young singjay, who is signed to UK-based Live MB Music, says he has accomplished much in terms of getting his music to the people, both through live performances and his recordings which received much love from radio and in the dancehall. Among his best known single is Try Harder, produced by Frens For Real Recording. The song is becoming a staple on radio in places such as the UK, US,Switzerland and Germany, while locally, it has been playing on Zip FM, Irie and Sun City radio stations. The video was released last month.

In a recent interview, Jae Prynse explained that just as he did with songs such as Concrete Jungle he again used his personal struggles as the paper on which to write the lyrics for Try Harder and he feels that the motivational force of the song has enabled it to solidly connect with critics and fans alike the world over. He and his team have been in promotional mode and have kept up the momentum since Try Harder was released in August, followed by his mixtape, of the same name, which dropped on September 28.

In terms of live performances, Jay Prynse toured the United Kingdom in June 2016 alongside reggae superstar Luciano and Jah Bouks .

"We performed in places such as London, Birmingham and Ipswitch and it was awesome. Actually, I went last year and based on how well I did, they called me back to tour again this year. I give thanks for this opportunity and look forward to making more journeys such as this in 2017," Jae Prynce said.

Having been featured on Trabass' popular blog and also on the Sun City Campus Invasion Tour, thus getting an opportunity to interact with his at-home audience, Jay Prynse has been enjoying a buzz, so much so that he has been added to the line-up of the annual Christmas Day gala, GT Taylor Christmas Extravaganza.

"This is a spectacular way for me to close out 2016 and I am excited, humbled and intent on giving my fans a treat," the artiste who was born Prince Afrika Tiaphilus Williams and who grew up on the tough streets of Spanglers in Downtown Kingston said.





bounty-sanjay-shelly.jpgWith the 'Tekova' single by Sanjay and Shelly Belly gaining traction locally right before the two left for their joint tour of Europe, it is no surprise that on returning to the island almost two months later, the two would jump right back into 'promotion mode' for the track. They have now amped the 'Tekova' single by remixing it with Dancehall legend, Bounty Killer.

Sanjay and Shelly Belly have found chemistry in the studio recording tracks together that translate well in the streets; tracks like Belleh and Chip Chop. It is no surprise that the Grung God, Bounty Killer, would be an artiste with whom the two would want to collaborate.

"We actually wanted Bounty on the Belleh remix along with the other artistes earlier this year but he said as much as he loved the single, it wasn't his style. So when he heard Tekova... He said yes. This he is ready for!" Sanjay explained

Bounty himself hasn't ventured into voicing dance tunes in the past so voicing on the 'Tekova' single, an obvious dance track, is a monumental occasion in Dancehall for all parties involved.

"Bounty hear the original at a street dance one night and tell me that him ready fi dis one, and when him voice the track him say this a dancehall history! It's a big deal to have an icon like Killa rate your work and want to even work with you, trust me!" Shelly Belly added

While in Europe, Sanjay and Shelly Belly started shooting scenes for the original 'Tekova' video and are gearing up to record additional footage to include Bounty and the remix into the finished video product.





jah-cure-knocked-out.jpgReggae singer JAh Cure took to Instagram Sunday night after a video of him involved in a brawl in The Bahamas went viral.

The unofficial story is that Jah Cure and another man got into a fight because the unknown male found out that Cure was having an affair with his wife. The incident went down at a hotel in Bahamas on Saturday. In the video, Jah Cure is seen sprawled out unconscious on the floor, following the fight.

Anyway, Cure informed his fans that he was doing fine: "Tell dem Im doing fine hypocrites stop spread rumors on my name; 242 is my town," he wrote in the caption of a video of him walking through an underwater tunnel. "I WILL UPDATE YOU ON THE TRUTH ABOUT THE MATTER IN MY NEXT POST."

Well, we're still waiting.





chris-brown-royalty-billboard-awards-2015.jpgMajor Myjah, the son of Dancehall legend Bounty Killer, has been keeping great company it would seem.

The youngster is said to have a contributed a few tracks to US singer Chris Brown's latest project. Breezy previewed a bunch of new singles on IG and reports are that he plans to release in the coming weeks ahead of his new album "Heartbreak on a Full Moon."

This album will be the followup to his chart topping project "Royalty" which was released late last year and was named after his 3-year-old daughter.





ziggy-marley-cookbook.jpgZiggy Marley and Family Cookbook is now available. The Grammy-winning reggae singer says cooking is like his second hobby to making music.

Healthy eating and lifestyle is fast become a trend these days in the United States and Jamaica. But for Ziggy and his family, eating healthy has always been a priority.

"I love to cook and eat healthy and so do my family and friends, so I thought, let me get together with family and friends and [come] up with our favorite recipes and share them with the world," the musician turn cookbook author said.

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Being the eldest son of reggae legend Bob Marley and growing up as a Rastafarian, Ziggy Marley cookbook focuses on plant-based diets. His wife is of middle eastern descent so he would often combine her middle eastern recipes with his Jamaican flavors to make the perfect meals.

His cookbook is not only for vegetarians and vegans since he includes some of his Jamaican cultural favorites like jerk chicken, curry escovitch fish and many more.

The Ziggy Marley and Family Cookbook comes with 54 recipes.





Workers injured at Royalton hotel construction site

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Four workers were injured in a reported accident at the construction site at the Royalton Blue Waters hotel in Trelawny this morning.This is the second construction accident at a Royalton property this year.

It is reported that the workers were installing glass fixtures when the accident occurred. The injured workers were taken to hospital for treatment.

Mayor of Falmouth, Garth Wilkinson, who confirmed the incident says a technical team from the parish council has been dispatched to the site to conduct an investigation and provide him with a report.

In May, five construction workers were injured after the collapse of a section of the Blue Diamond Royalton hotel construction site in Negril, Hanover.





crime-scene-gun.jpgA security guard was shot and killed by gunmen after a robbery at the Newell PC Bank in St Elizabeth this afternoon.

The guard's name has not been released, but The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre understands that he was employed to Guardsman Limited.

The police report that shortly after 2 o'clock, four men entered the bank and got into an argument with the security guard.

It's reported that a tussle ensued and the guard was shot several times.

Before escaping, police sources say the gunmen forced open a door at the bank and stole over $100,000.

It's believed that they also stole the guard's firearm.





A former national footballer who has been held in connection with Saturday's shooting death of a pastor and a deacon in Montego Bay is now in hospital under police guard after he was shot during a firefight with the police.

The dead clergymen have been identified as 27-year-old Pastor Ryan Jackson and 23-year-old Deacon Bucklair Smith, both of Rose Heights in St James and who conducted their ministry at First Fruit International Church of Jesus Christ Healing and Deliverance Ministry.

The Montego Bay police report that about 5:40 pm police were on an operation in the Kerr Crescent area of Montego Bay when they heard several explosions and went to investigate.

The police say two men opened gunfire at them when they got to the location.

The police returned the fire, hitting one of the men who, they said, was later found with a 9mm pistol containing six rounds of ammunition. His accomplice managed to escape. Jackson and Smith were found with gunshot wounds and were taken to hospital where they were pronounced dead.

A senior investigator said that the former national football representative, who played once for Jamaica on the Under-23 team, was wanted in connection with a murder committed in St James earlier this year.





We don't have a ting to say except: Watch The Video of Reggae artiste Jah Cure getting beat up (or down) in the Bahamas over the weekend, where he had a concert.

The artiste landed on the ground during the brawl which started inside the prestigious hotel lobby. Notice the female who is frantically running about and even get a lick down in the melee.

WATCH THE VIDEO!!!

download the video here.





YARDFLEX Weekly Headline Roundup

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- Security boosted in W. Kingston following outbreak of violence

- 5 Confirmed Cases of Zika Virus in St Elizabeth

- Bravo sent home from Zimbabwe tri-series after blasting WICB president Cameron

- PNP supporters out for Angela Brown Burke

- Transport Ministry to Appoint Investigator In Charge to Determine Cause of Plane Crash

- Record betting on US presidential election

- KPH certified as centre of excellence for spinal surgery

- Beenie Man and D'Angel's Marco Dean records song for his birthday

- Curvy diva Yanique records single- sets her sights on making her name in the dancehall





For the second time in two weeks, persons have invaded educational facilities, disrupting operations.

On Wednesday, there was an incident at Cumberland High in St Catherine, when gunmen entered the compound and the previous week, there was an incident which led to the shooting of two students at Robert Lightbourne High School in St Thomas.

The Education Ministry said normality returned to Cumberland High on Friday.

In the meantime, Coleridge Minto, Director of Safety and Security in the Safe Schools Programme, is urging teachers and students to download the Stay Alert app.The app can be used to alert the police even without data or internet.

In the wake of reports of criminals dressed in school uniform, the Education Ministry is urging administrators of educational facilities to ensure that students are properly identified while wearing their uniform.





Tivoli tense as Dudus' son shot

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The police and military are maintaining a strong presence in sections of West Kingston following the shooting of four persons, including the son of convicted drug kingpin Christopher Dudus Coke on Friday afternoon.

Michael Christopher Coke was shot in the abdomen and is now in hospital. Donovan Samuels, Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) candidate for the Tivoli Division, was injured in the chaos while trying to escape the gunfire. He reportedly suffered a dislocated shoulder.

Shortly after midday on Friday, a group of JLP supporters had gathered at the Livity Plaza along Spanish Town Road following the nomination of their candidates, when gunmen from Denham Town reportedly opened fire on them. The shooting sparked chaos, forcing shoppers and motorists to flee the market district.

The police say the shooting is part of the ongoing feud between gunmen from Tivoli Gardens and Denham Town.





Cop shot during gas station robbery

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA policeman is now in hospital in serious condition after he was shot and injured during a robbery attempt in St Andrew last night.

His identity has not been released.

However, the Jamaica Constabulary Force's Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) says he is assigned to the Protective Services Division.

The Half-Way Tree Police reports that two men armed with guns were in the process of robbing a pump attendant at a gas station along Washington Boulevard when the policeman attempted to assist and was shot several times.

CCU says his condition is considered serious, but stable.





crime-scene-7.jpgA 12-year-old boy is dead and his eight-year-old twin sisters are now in hospital, one of them in critical condition, after boulders fell on a house in Broadgate, St Mary last night.

The dead boy has been identified as Raheem Davy.

Relatives report that Raheem and his sisters were at home watching television when three large rocks fell on their house.

It's reported that all three sustained multiple injuries and were taken to hospital where Raheem was pronounced dead.

Relatives say the house was completely destroyed.

Councillor for the Castleton Division Lenford Danvers visited the family and is trying to arrange assistance.





National Commercial Bank (NCB) is reporting a net profit for the twelve months totaled $14.4 billion dollars for its 2016 financial year.

This represents a 17.5 per cent increase over last year, or in dollar terms, $2.1 billion increase in profit.

Net interest income, which is NCB's largest source of revenue, increased by 8.3 percent or $2.2 billion due to an increase in its loan portfolio.

Loans and advances increased to $189.1 billion from $165.4 billion last year.





Dudus' son undergoes surgery after shooting incident

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dudus-disguise.jpgMichael Christopher Coke, the son of incarcerated Tivoli Gardens don Christopher 'Dudus' Coke, underwent surgery this morning and remains hospitalised in stable condition.

According to police reports, the younger Coke was among a group of Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) supporters gathered at a plaza in west Kingston when he was shot in the upper part of his body.

The shooting triggered fears among residents of reprisal attacks.

However, head of the Kingston Western Police Division Superintendent Howard Chambers says a number of measures have been put in place to ensure there is no escalation of violence in the area.

Among them is the deployment of additional police personnel along with members of the Jamaica Defence Force to hotspots and a curfew which will remain in place until tomorrow.

Chambers says the police are continuing their investigation into the circumstances under which Coke was shot and are urging persons who were present to come forward and assist investigators.





scene-of-plane-crash-greenwich-town.jpgA small plane has crashed in Greenwich Farm, St. Andrew.

Three passengers were on board. Two have reportedly succumbed to their injuries.

UPDATE: Minister of Transport and Mining, Mike Henry, is to appoint an Investigator-In- Charge (IIC), to determine the cause of the crash of the Caribbean Aviation Training Centre (CATC) aircraft in the Greenwich Town area of St Andrew this afternoon.

According to a release from the ministry, this appointment is in keeping with the requirements of the Civil Aviation Act and Henry will name the IIC on the recommendation of the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority.

Minister Henry explained that the investigation will gather information from all available sources to determine the cause of the crash. These will include but are not limited to: the aircraft records, the pilot and students' pilot records, eye witness statements, air traffic control reports and accident scene evidence.

He added that it is regrettable that only one person survived the crash and even though he is in critical condition, prayers and excellent medical care can result in total recovery. Henry has also extended condolences to families of the victims and has promised to publish the cause or causes of the crash, as soon as the investigation is completed.





US government puts hold on gun exports to Jamaica

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gun-shooting.jpgThe United States Government has placed a temporary hold on the export of firearms to Jamaica.

A statement from the US Embassy in Kingston Thursday afternoon said in light of recent events concerning the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA), it is reviewing the firearm export licensing approval process.

During the review, there will be a temporary pause on firearm exports as the US authorities request further guidance from Washington on the long-term status of export licences for firearms from the United States destined for Jamaica.

The FLA has recently been in the spotlight in the wake of the Patrick Powell trial.

Calls have been made for an immediate investigation to determine why it did not withdraw the firearm users licence issued to Mr. Powell, who was recently found not guilty of the murder of 17-year-old Khajeel Mais.

Concern has also been raised after an internal check of the FLA's records revealed systemic weaknesses in its operations.





Major police operation Downtown nets nine

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police-cars.jpgNine men were detained on Thursday during a major police operation in downtown Kingston.involving officers from Mobile Reserve, Caribbean Search Centre and the Kingston Central Police Division.

The cops targeted men involved in purchasing stolen phones and petty robbers roaming the commercial district.

Ground Commander Deputy Superintendent Conroy Reid, told RJR News that the operation was part of the police initiative to clamp down on robberies and other illegal activities in the lead up to Christmas.

The cops seized a quantity of ganja and searched several stalls owned by vendors along Orange Street and Luke Lane.





flight-instructor-jonathan-worton-killed-in-plane-crash.jpgFriends and family have taken to social media to pay tribute to Jonathan Worton a young flight instructor who was killed in a plane crash on Thursday in Greenwich Town.

Was tragically killed when the plane he was travelling in reportedly crashed into a house and burst into flames on impact.

Worton was remembered as a kind and gentle soul as friends and family took to Facebook and other social media channels to mourn his untimely passing.

"Somebody please tell me I'm dreaming. Please tell me it's not true. My friend isn't dead!! Jonathan Worton... omg why," said one woman in disbelief.

Another woman added, "No words can express this terrible loss - R.I.P Jonathan Worton We are Praying for the entire Worton Family at this time."

Worton, after graduating from the Caribbean Aviation Training Center in 2014, was appointed by the school to the position of Assistant Ground School Instructor.





j-c-student-killed.jpgQuacie Hart, the man accused of the murder of 14-year-old Jamaica College student Nicholas Francis, has been charged by CISOCA with having sex with a minor.

He was charged on Wednesday.

It is alleged that he impregnated the minor.

This is the third charge to be laid against him as he was out on bail for illegal possession of a firearm, when he allegedly killed the Jamaica College student.

He was remanded on Wednesday when he appeared in the St. Andrew Parish Court for the murder of Nicholas Francis and is to return to court on November 23.

Hart is accused of killing the schoolboy while attempting to steal his cellphone and watch on October 23. The incident took place on a bus near Jamaica College.





Two dead following plane crash In Greenwich Town

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scene-of-plane-crash-greenwich-town.jpgThe Health Ministry is reporting that the third victim of the Greenwich Town plane crash is alive, though critically injured.

Earlier, the police and the Fire Department had reported that the third victim was pronounced dead at the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH).

However, the chief medical officer Dr Winston De La Haye told The Gleaner a short while ago that the patient, a student pilot, is alive.

"He became conscious enough to give a history to doctors at KPH. He's now sedated with burns to 60 per cent of his body, bone fractures, eye trauma and obviously inhalation injuries from any fumes he is likely to have inhaled," De La Haye said.

He said the patient is expected to go to the Intensive Care Unit.

The fight instructor and another student were pronounced dead on the scene.

The aircraft burst into flames on impact and also ignited a house.

The police say the small aircraft crashed sometime after 1 o'clock this afternoon on Seaview Lane in the community.

Opposition Leader Portia Simpson Miller in whose South West St Andrew constituency the crash happened visited the scene expressing regret at the incident.

A female relative of one of the victims who turned up at the scene was crying uncontrollably.

In the meantime, the Civil Aviation Authority has launched a probe into the incideni.





Michelle Obama for US President in 2020?

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michelle-obama.jpgFour years is not really a long time, and before you know it, the next US elections for President in 2020 will be just around the corner.

The potential first shots of the next campaign were fired online in the hours after Donald Trump's victory became clear when hundreds of thousands took to social media to urge the current first lady to run for President in 2020.

"Perfect conditions for Michelle Obama to win 2020 elections," read one comment. Another said simply: "Michelle Obama 2020 please Michelle Obama 2020 please Michelle Obama 2020 please".

Mrs Obama is that extreme rarity, a popular figure in America's political landscape. Her favourability rating, pegged by Gallup at 64 percent, is significantly higher than that of Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, or even her husband.

There's one small problem for the first lady's supporters, however. In March, she said she had no interest in the top job.





Anti-Trump protests in the US

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trump-protests-photo-1.jpgtrump-protests-photo-2.jpgDespite Mr Obama's calls for unity and Mrs Clinton telling supporters Mr Trump must be given a "chance to lead," his victory has sparked protests in several US states.

Hundreds of Anti-Trump demonstrators in New York staged a march on Trump Tower in Manhattan on Wednesday evening, waving placards declaring "Not my president" and other slogans.

Police earlier erected concrete barriers and other security measures outside the 5th Avenue skyscraper, which is likely to be Mr Trump's headquarters during the transition to power.





Obama to welcome Trump to the White House

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trump-and-obama.jpgUS President Barack Obama is set to meet his successor Donald Trump in the Oval Office for talks aimed at ensuring a smooth transition of power.

Mr Trump will become the 45th US president after securing a surprise victory over Hillary Clinton.

Mr Obama mounted a fierce campaign to prevent Mr Trump from winning the White House, branding him "unfit" for office.

But the president has now urged all Americans to accept the result of Tuesday's election.

"We are now all rooting for his success in uniting and leading the country," Barack Obama said of Mr Trump.





Cubans concerned over Trump win

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HAVANA, Cuba (AFP) - Just when Cuba was starting to warm up to the United States, Americans elected Donald Trump president, throwing the countries' rapprochement into doubt and causing stunned reactions in Havana.

The brash Republican billionaire's shock victory cast uncertainty over two years of moves by President Barack Obama to end more than a half-century of Cold War enmity with the communist island.

Trump has sent mixed messages about the thaw. He gave it a lukewarm welcome at first, saying "50 years is enough" - although he characteristically insisted the Democratic president should have struck a "better deal".

Then as the Republican primary heated up, he vowed to reverse the new policies unless the Raul Castro regime agrees to democratic reforms and other demands.

"I'm afraid," said Marcos Creach, a 27-year-old cellphone repairman in Havana.

"Obama did a lot" for US-Cuban relations, he added, and now Trump "can come in as president of the United States and put up a wall, an obstacle to make sure it never becomes reality."

Creach counts himself among those Cubans who stand to benefit from resumed ties between Havana and Washington and a softening of trade and tourism restrictions - part of a new generation of entrepreneurs Obama said the thaw aims to help thrive.

Droves of Cubans descended on the capital's few Wi-Fi hotspots from the early hours Wednesday, trying to contact relatives in the United States to help make sense of the shock result.





PNP congratulates Trump on victory

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pnp-headquarters.jpgJamaica's Parliamentary Opposition has congratulated Donald Trump on his victory.

In a statement Wednesday morning, the People's National Party (PNP) said it looks forward to hearing and seeing how Mr. Trump's administration will take shape.

However, it noted that throughout his campaign, Mr. Trump offered policy solutions that may affect immigrant communities in the United States.

The Opposition said it is concerned since Jamaicans are a big part of the immigrant community in the U.S.





donald-trump-photo-1.jpgCelebrities have been reacting to the election of Donald Trump as the 45th US president, with many in show business shocked at the outcome of the vote.

Singer Cher said "the world will never be the same", while pop star Ariana Grande said she was "in tears".

Parks and Recreation actress Rashida Jones said it was a "dark day", while fellow actress Christina Applegate said she was "heartbroken".

Singer Katy Perry, who had also campaigned for a Clinton victory, wrote a series of Tweets, including one saying: "We will never be silenced. #LOVETRUMPSHATE."

Rapper Macklemore wrote on Instagram: "I am disappointed, shocked and shaken at my core by what has transpired tonight."

Snoop Dogg posted a picture of Marvin Gaye's album What's Going On, saying it reflected his mood.

Others remained more upbeat, with Madonna tweeting: "We never give up."

But his supporters were celebrating, including actor Stephen Baldwin, who tweeted that he was "proud to have been part of such amazing history."

Actor Steven Seagal wrote: "Congratulations @realDonaldTrump for your stunning victory over your opponent! Looking forward to making America great again!"

Actress Stacey Dash, best known for the film Clueless, another Trump fan, said: "America will be great again. Stand together."

However, those celebrities who stood with Trump were in the minority.





Beenie Man Unstoppable on Billboard

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beenie-man-photo-8.jpgBeenie Man has re-entered the top ten of the Billboard Reggae Albums Chart.

His latest compilation titled Unstoppable is currently holding the number three spot.

The album, since being released, has peaked in its current position after enjoying only three weeks in the top ten. He is joined by Stephen Marley, whose latest album Revelation Part 2: The Fruit of Life is the number four album.

The set, which peaked at number one, has spent some 15 weeks on the Reggae Albums Chart.





Queen Ifrica to release new album January 2017

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queen-ifrica-guitar.jpgJamaican award-winning singer, songwriter and social activist Queen Ifrica returns with her new studio album Climb in January 2017 on VP Records. The lyrical crusader calls for global change on the album and rallies comrades like Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley on the opening hip-hop tinged track "Truvosation."

She touches on key social issues throughout the album. The soul-tinged reggae track "I Can't Breathe" rails against ongoing police brutality in America; the ska flavored "Rebellion" name checks uprisings across several continents that have secured rights and improved the lives of many marginalized individuals. This sentiment is reinforced on "Battlefield", which warns "we never yield, its war on the battlefield, if you nah hear you ah go feel."

"These songs come to me as I am watching the world; I see myself as a social worker that uses music as my tool because music is the greatest weapon to impact societal change, to help young people to understand themselves more," Ifrica says.

On November 16, 2016 in NYC, Queen Ifrica will be performing select tracks from the album to give fans a taste of what is to come. The intimate live show will be held directly after the launch party for Jamaica's renowned Rebel Salute music festival at Milk River in Brooklyn, NY.





bob-marley-photo-3.jpgSmile Jamaica, the concert hosted by Bob Marley 40 years ago is returning in December.The Bob Marley Museum will honor the memory of Bob Marley's triumph over adversity, by commemorating the 40th anniversary of Smile Jamaica, with a Jam session and launch of the 2017 staging on Saturday December 3, 2016, at Marley's home located at 56 Hope Road.

The iconic Smile Jamaica Concert was first held on December 5, 1976 and was headlined by Reggae legend Bob Marley two days after an incident in which he was shot and injured. On December 3, 2016 from 4pm to 10 pm, musical tributes will ring out from Uprising Rootz Band, Dre Island, Kelissa, Black Hero, Feluke, Stephen Marley and a number of special performers.

Marie Bruce, General Manager of the Bob Marley Museum stated, "The Smile Jamaica event symbolizes a defining moment in Bob Marley's life. On President Obama's recent visit to the Museum... it was the part of the tour guides presentation, which made the most impact on him, prompting him to quote Bob in his speech at UWI "If the bad guys don't take a break, then why should I". These famous words were spoken by Bob when he was asked why he still performed after an attempt assignation, for this reason we continue to honor Bob's vision"

The Marley family has joined efforts with Grizzly's Plantation Cove and PDP Entertainment who will both serve as co-executive producers for the grand return of Smile Jamaica in 2017, following a nine-year hiatus,

The first Smile Jamaica event served as collaborative effort by Bob Marley and the Wailers and the then cultural section of the Prime minster's Office. Marley delivered a passionate 90-minute set, days after being injured in an assassination attempt. The concert was held in a politically charged Jamaica at the National Heroes Circle for a crowd of over 80,000 people.





It was total disorder in the once noble and upstanding House of Representatives Wednesday afternoon as Opposition members tried to block the tabling of a bill.

The Bill, the Local Governance (Amendment) Act, 2016, would split the Portmore municipality from the St Catherine Municipal Corporation. The Opposition has been insisting that there should first be consultation with the people of Portmore.

It also says there should be no change until the Electoral Commission of Jamaica indicates its agreement with the proposal.

And, in a major blow to the government, the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) has recommended that it delays the legislation that would split the Portmore municipality from the St Catherine Municipal Corporation.

For more almost three decades, the parliament has adopted a convention of accepting recommendations of the ECJ. The ECJ made the recommendation following its hastily convened meeting Wednesday to consider the Local Governance (Amendment) Act, 2016.





The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), an agency of the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport invites persons to submit entries for the Gi Joke Like Maas Ran and Write Like Maas Ran Competitions. These competitions will give entrants a chance to try their hand at two of Randolph Samuels, 'Maas Ran's' greatest skills, while having a chance to win a cash prize. The JCDC is marking the 104th anniversary of the birth of Randolph Samuel Williams, CD, popularly known as Ranny Williams or "Maas Ran", one of Jamaica's foremost theatre practitioner and cultural icon.

According to Director of Marketing and Public Relations at the JCDC, Stephen Davidson: "These two competitions will allow Jamaicans and Jamaican Language enthusiasts from far and wide to try their hand at two of Maas Ran's greatest crafts, while celebrating the legacy of this theatrical great."

He continued, "If you are a comedian or someone who can tell a good old-time joke, Gi Joke Like Maas Ran is your chance to win a cash prize while doing what you do best. Likewise, writers of all age and skill levels are encouraged to enter the Write Like Maas Ran competition, where they can tell a real old-time story while also walking away with a cash prize".

Persons interested in entering the Gi Joke Like Maas Ran competition should send a 60 seconds video clip of them telling an original Jamaican Joke to info@jcdc.gov.jm by Friday, November 11, 2016. The entries received will be posted on the JCDC's Facebook page and the video with the most 'likes' will win $30 000. Jokes must not contain explicit or inappropriate content or language.





New Kartel and Spice collab to be released

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vybz-kartel-photo-4-larger.jpgJailed Gaza boss, Vybz Kartel and controversial female deejay Spice are set to release a new single sometime this week, according to teasers on Kartel's social media account. and now they are looking to recreate that sauce with "So In Love."

The two are set to preview follow up on the blockbuster 2009 Billboard single, Ramping Shop and 2014's Conjugal Visit."

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"The track is called 'So In Love' and Spice already recorded her part and we already have Kartel's part so its down to mixing and getting everything right before we release it," a rep for the self-proclaim World Boss is quoted as saying.

"It's going to be a huge hit and we are excited about this track."

The deejay's rep reported that Vybz Kartel will be responding to Mavado and Alkaline with a diss track this week. Both Vado and Alko released diss tracks aimed at Vybz Kartel over the last week.





hands-behind-bars.jpgOne of the major players in the illicit lottery scam, who was wanted for extradition to the US was taken into custody following a joint operation in Kingston on Saturday, November 5.

A Panamanian woman who attempted to help him to escape the police dragnet was also taken into custody for immigration and other violations.

He is 27-year-old of Lavarick Willocks of Tortuga Drive, Greenwood in Trelawny who has been wanted for extradition to the US from March of this year. The female has been identified as 23-year-old Aylin Panay of Panama.

Earlier this year a major operation was conducted across western Jamaica, the Corporate Area and St. Mary to capture Willocks and his associates.

Nineteen persons were taken into custody, including seven of whom extradition warrants were executed on. He however managed to elude the police and has been on the run since.

Reports are that on Saturday, November 5 members of the Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch (C-TOC) Fugitive Apprehension Team and the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) carried out another operation in the Corporate Area for his arrest. He was captured a hotel in Kingston where he was found hiding in a garden.

A search of his hotel room yielded USD$10,000, $148,000 JMD, several electronics devices and jewellery, which were seized by the police.

Willocks will appear before the court on Tuesday, November 8.





The police are reporting that 28-year-old Ashema Miller, a banker of Belgrade Loop, St Andrew has been missing since Saturday.

She is of dark complexion, medium build and is about 165 centimetres (5 feet 5 inches) tall.

The Constant Spring Police say Miller was last seen at home wearing a pink blouse, light blue jeans and a pair of multi-coloured beaded slippers.

Her hair was braided at the time.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Ashema Miller is being asked to contact the Constant Spring Police at 924-1421, police 119 emergency number or the nearest Police Station.





crime-scene-demo.jpgYoung woman, believed to be around seventeen-years-old, was hacked to death in full public view by a man on Sunday afternoon on Washington Boulevard, Kingston 20.

Reports from the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) Corporate Communications Unit are that around 5:00PM a female was standing on Washington Boulevard, near the entrance of the Cooreville Gardens community, when a man walked up to her and started to chop her with a machete.

The woman, whose identity is at this time unknown, died on the spot.

However, the woman's attacker, whose identity is being withheld, is in police custody.

An eyewitness to the incident used social media to share the details of the horrific ordeal.

"Wow. The world is just so evil. Was just at a crime Scene right now on the Boulevard. A man chop up a little girl, no more than 15 n just stood over her body," said the man on Facebook.

Police say that while the incident appears "unprovoked" they are investigating the matter.





buju-banton-daughter-jodi.jpgJodian Myrie, the daughter of incarcerated Grammy award winning dancehall artiste Buju Banton is representing the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) in the local government election set to be contested this month.

Jodian, graduate of Immaculate Conception High School and the University of Technology where she pursued a course in marketing, will represent the Hagley Park Division of the St Andrew East Central constituency, which is represented by Dr Peter Phillips of the People's National Party (PNP).

The election is set for November 28, with Nomination Day scheduled for this Friday, November 11.

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babsy-grange-minister.jpgThe Government of Jamaica is making preparations to have reggae inscribed on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) Intangible Cultural Heritage Representative List.

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange, made the disclosure while addressing a recent Heritage Festival at the Institute of Jamaica's headquarters in Kingston.

According to a JIS release, the minister said the move is one of the major initiatives of the ministry to safeguard Jamaica's intangible heritage.

"This will clearly identify to the world, where the origin of reggae is and where it continues to evolve into the forms we know and love," she noted.

She noted that the staging of events such as Heritage Festival engages artists, performers and craft makers, and increases souvenir development and sales.

Grange said the ministry will ensure that the festival and other such activities are promoted to international standard in order to bring new revenue streams to the country.

The IOJ's Heritage Festival was held under the theme: 'Our Heritage, Your Festival.' and featured drumming, multi-cultural displays, Jamaican cuisine, pottery, jewellery, clothing , museum tours, and a downtown bus tour.





vp-collection.jpgVP records will return with its hugely popular "Strictly The Best" series on November 18. Over the years the record company has released some of the biggest hits through this compilation series and this one should be no different.

Strictly The Best's annual series provides DJs and fans alike with the hottest hits breaking in dancehall and roots reggae for the fall, winter and new year to come.

Strictly the Best Vol. 54 rallies the most in-demand roots and lover's rock singers for a must-have set from artists like Ikaya, Tarrus Riley, Romain Virgo, MAGIC ft. Sean Paul. Alborosie feat. Protoje, Sizzla Ft. Jah Cure, Raging Fyah and Jah9.

Strictly the Best Vol. 55 contains the season's most popular, cutting-edge dancehall anthems, banging in the clubs and on Caribbean radio from the likes of Vershon, Alkaline, Vybz Kartel, Mr. Vegas, Spice, Chi Ching Ching, Masicka and Dexta Daps.

As an added touch this year, each volume features a bonus album of classic hits. Vol. 54, the lovers rock and roots edition, has a bonus disc of classics from Jamaica's celebrated vocal groups - including The Wailing Souls, The Heptones, The Mighty Diamonds, T.O.K, Morgan Heritage & more. The dancehall version Vol. 55's bonus disc spotlights famous duets from iconic deejays (U.S. equilvalent of rap vocalists) paired with reggae singers. Fans can reminisce with anthems like "Twice Mt Age" by Shabba Ranks ft. Krystal, "Bonafide Love" by Wayne Wonder ft. Buju Banton and "Hot Gal Today" by Mr. Vegas & Sean Pau





bob-marley-photo-2.jpgBob Marley & the Wailers were at the peak of their artistic powers when they arrived at the Lyceum London for two shows on July 17 and 18, 1975, having just released Natty Dread the year before and about to unleash Rastaman Vibration on the world. The Rolling Stones mobile studio was on hand to record both shows, with seven songs from the second released as Live!, in December of that same year. The recording was subsequently broadcast as part of the syndicated radio program King Biscuit Flower Hour in 1976.

The Marley Family will now release for the first time the complete sets from both shows, Bob Marley and the Wailers Live!, as a three-LP set in 180-gram black vinyl and as a digital package on December 16 in a tri-gatefold package that also includes a reproduction of the tour program from the band's historic '75 U.K. tour.

In addition, on the same day, a seven-inch live vinyl disc, will also be made available as an exclusive at UDiscover and the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston, JA.

Marley and the Wailers' classic line-up included bassist Aston "Family Man" Barrett, drummer Carlton "Carly" Barrett, guitarist Al Anderson, keyboardist Tyrone Downie, percussionist Alvin "Seeco" Patterson and the I-Three - backing vocalists Rita Marley, Judy Mowatt and Marcia Griffiths. The group was fresh off its legendary five-night stint at the Roxy Theatre in Los Angles from July 9 through July 13, when they stepped on the stage at London's Lyceum Theatre for an abbreviated U.K. tour which would also include dates at The Odeon in Birmingham on July 19 and The Hard Rock in Manchester on July 20. Marley was in top form during the two Lyceum shows, animatedly interacting with the crowd, who sang along to what most consider the definitive version of "No Woman, No Cry."

The BBC's Chris Jones wrote about the album in 2009: "This seminal live document captures almost exactly the point where both roots reggae and Rastafarianism finally entered popular culture... Capturing the band at the peak of their powers with a set list that held absolutely no low points... this was a Wailers that could more than handle the lusher, fuller rock reggae that transformed Marley's Rastaman diatribes into pop gold. No one before this had combined both roots and R&B in this way... uniting both working and middle classes with his songs of universal struggle and religious metaphor.





Accused in JC student's murder for court Wednesday

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j-c-student-killed.jpgQuacie Hart, who was last week charged with the murder of 14-year-old Jamaica College student Nicholas Francis, will appear before the St Andrew Parish Court on Wednesday, November 9

Reports are that about 4:20 pm on October 26, Nicholas was a passenger on a bus travelling along Old Hope Road in St Andrew, when Hart allegedly tried to rob him of his cellular phone.

Nicholas reportedly resisted and was stabbed in the left side of his chest. He was taken to hospital where he died while being treated.





khajeel-mais-mother.jpgAllana Mais, the mother of slain Kingston College student Khajeel Mais, is to contest the November 28 local government elections.

Mais was presented by PNP President and Opposition Leader Portia Simpson Miller as the party's candidate for the Norbrook Division at a meeting of candidates for the imminent local government poll held at the Jamaica Conference Centre in Kingston on Sunday.

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Norbrook has traditionally voted for the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), but Mais, who said she was "from a PNP family", believes she has a very good chance of winning.

Sunday's candidate meeting was the first of two meetings. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday in Montego Bay, St James.





5 Foods That Can Cause Cancer

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With so much noise surrounding possible causes of cancer (underwire bras, seriously?), it's hard to determine what the true dangers are. The good news is that when it comes to food, there aren't that many specific types linked to cancer.

While extra weight is a problem (obesity raises the risk of a number of types of cancer), food in general is not generally as carcinogenic as say, smoking, radiation, or viruses. (In fact most cancers are thought to occur spontaneously, with no obvious cause.) However there are a handful of foods that have been linked to a higher risk of cancer. While eating (or drinking) any of these in moderation is probably fine, a lifetime of consuming high amounts, every day, could be a problem.

To ensure you stay healthy, it's not a bad idea to limit processed meats, pickled items, alcohol, charred meats, and piping hot drinks. There's no way to protect yourself from every type of cancer, but a healthy lifestyle in general can help.

1. Processed meats: Smoked or cured meats such as hot dogs, bacon, ham, sausages, and bacon are considered carcinogens, so limit your intake.

2. Pickled or highly salted foods: A high intake of salted fish, pickled vegetables, and salty snacks is linked to stomach cancer. Less is better than more, so skip the salt shaker.

3. Alcohol: It can raise your risk of mouth, colorectal, and breast cancer. Limit your intake to no more than one drink a day for women, two for men.

4. Charred meat: High heat plus meat can equal DNA-damaging heterocyclic amines and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. Cook at lower temperatures and flip meat frequently to avoid charring.

5. Scalding hot beverages: Drinking very hot coffee, tea, or soup on the regular is linked to a greater risk of esophageal cancer. Wait for them to cool down.

(Source: http://www.health.com/)





hillary-clinton-photo-1.jpg(Reuters) - The Clinton Foundation has confirmed it accepted a $1 million gift from Qatar while Hillary Clinton was U.S. secretary of state without informing the State Department, even though she had promised to let the agency review new or significantly increased support from foreign governments.

Qatari officials pledged the money in 2011 to mark the 65th birthday of Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton's husband, and sought to meet the former U.S. president in person the following year to present him the check, according to an email from a foundation official to Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign chairman, John Podesta. The email, among thousands hacked from Podesta's account, was published last month by WikiLeaks.

Clinton signed an ethics agreement governing her family's globe-straddling foundation in order to become secretary of state in 2009. The agreement was designed to increase transparency to avoid appearances that U.S. foreign policy could be swayed by wealthy donors.

If a new foreign government wished to donate or if an existing foreign-government donor, such as Qatar, wanted to "increase materially" its support of ongoing programs, Clinton promised that the State Department's ethics official would be notified and given a chance to raise any concerns.

Clinton Foundation officials last month declined to confirm the Qatar donation. In response to additional questions, a foundation spokesman, Brian Cookstra, this week said that it accepted the $1 million gift from Qatar, but this did not amount to a "material increase" in the Gulf country's support for the charity. Cookstra declined to say whether Qatari officials received their requested meeting with Bill Clinton.

Officials at Qatar's embassy in Washington and in its Council of Ministers in the capital, Doha, declined to discuss the donation.

The State Department has said it has no record of the foundation submitting the Qatar gift for review, and that it was incumbent on the foundation to notify the department about donations that needed attention.





Attorney General Loretta Lynch is facing a federal lawsuit to give details of a meeting she had with Bill Clinton days before she was to decide on his wife's fate. The meeting in June was barely a week before the Justice Department which she heads dropped its probe into Hillary Clinton's private email server. The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) filed the lawsuit against the Department of Justice in Washington on Wednesday demanding more information about the meeting, which led to Lynch stepping aside from the server investigation.

As head of the Department of Justice, Lynch was supposed to be deciding whether to proceed with charging Hillary Clinton over her unauthorized server arrangements while she was secretary of state.But she met with the Democrat's husband on June 27 on the tarmac of the Phoenix Sky Harbor International airport, Arizona. Bill Clinton delayed his flight's departure in order to grab face time with Lynch.

'Don't take off!' the former president shouted after a Secret Service agent told him Lynch was about to land, according to Ed Klein in his book Guilty as Sin, who writes that Clinton wanted to 'bushwhack' Lynch in order to discredit the server investigation.

Lynch was subsequently spotted leaving her jet and local media, who knew Clinton was at the airport, put two and two together. Despite Lynch's insistence that the half-hour meeting was a social call, a political firestorm ensued in which the DOJ's independence was questioned.

'Our conversation was a great deal about grandchildren, it was primarily social about our travels and he mentioned golf he played in Phoenix,' she told CNN affiliate KNXV/ABC15 shortly afterwards.

But the ACLJ is demanding more information about the meeting and is suing the Obama administration, which it slammed for its 'arrogance and inappropriate actions'.





Victims in Portmore triple murder identified

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crime-scene-gun.jpgThe police have identified the three people who were murdered along Grange Lane in Independence City, Portmore, St Catherine last night.

They are: a female known only as 'Maxine' and two men known as 'German' and 'Albert'.

The police say a man remains in hospital in serious but stable condition.

According to the police about 8 o' clock, all four were at a pub playing dominoes when a man armed with a gun entered the premises and opened gunfire hitting them multiple times.

A motive is yet to be established.





A third teacher collapses and dies at school

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Shenoria Hemmings Lee, language arts teacher at the Spanish Town High School in St Catherine, collapsed shortly after making a presentation at a National Standards Curriculum Workshop at Central High School in Clarendon. She was taken to May Pen Hospital where she was reported dead.

"As the minister of education, I express condolence to the teacher's immediate family and indeed the school family and friends and colleagues. It is a very sad day for education. We are grieving, and may her soul rest in peace," said Minister of Education Senator Ruel Reid, who was informed about the teacher's death just after returning from St Thomas, where he visited Robert Lightbourne High School at which a student was shot on Wednesday,

The Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA), in a statement, also extended condolence to the school and immediate family of the teacher.

JTA President Howard Isaacs said the association is extremely concerned about the number of teachers dying while on the job. He appealed to his colleagues to do what they can to avoid the deterioration of their health, and urged the Ministry of Education to meet with the JTA to discuss the welfare of teachers.

Hemmings Lee's death comes just after the deaths of fellow teachers, 39-year-old Christopher Gayle of Kingston College, and Nadine Trail of Norman Manley High, who both died last month.





schoolboy-dies-after-match.jpgAnother student athlete has died after competing in a sporting activity.

Sixth-former Saymar Ramsay of Spot Valley High in St James died after playing a basketball match in Montego Bay against Cornwall College yesterday.

It's reported that after the game Ramsay complained about feeling ill and was taken for medical treatment.

He subsequently died.

His death comes weeks after St George's College football player Dominic James collapsed at a football match and later died..





Dancehall Artiste Mr. Lexx performed at Shock Awards in Colombia at the weekend, having been nominated in one of the categories.

Lexx's single 'Bad Boys' featuring artiste collective El Freaky, was nominated for best radio single. However, despite the single losing out to, the Jamaican entertainer says he still feels like a winner.

Lexx who is proud of the single's success, also performed the South American hit at the awards ceremony. He tells us more.





ninja-sting.jpgAnother os Sting's honorees, Ninjaman, has also said that he too, while giving thanks, will not be personally accepting the award at the December 26 event.

"If dem feel like is time dem fi honour me, then give thanks 'cause is an honour still, but somebody a go collect the award," he said.

"Mi have nuff daughter and son weh proud a dem father fi go collect award man. Mi nuh have no time fi dem deh something. A nuh disrespect nor nothing. Mi do enough work, and when mi fi get honour nobody neva a pay me nuh mind. If mi never a quarrel, nobody wouldn't a look fi honour me."





YARDFLEX FEATURED ARTISTE - BOUNTY KILLER

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bounty-killer-photo-8.jpgBounty calls out Sting promoters - 'Dem man deh nuh rate people'

In response to Supreme Promotions announce that this year, Sting will be honouring the artistes who have contributed greatly to the event's success since its inception, one of the named honorees. Bounty killer had this to say.

Bounty Killer's words of wisdom: "I get to understand as a youth coming up that these people don't really rate me or honour me. Dem man deh nuh too rate nobody, dem man deh just rate the sensation of the moment and who dem can sell some tickets off of."

He continued: "If they wanna do this as a publicity stunt to say they honouring me, I will send someone to go and collect it. But I ain't even going 'cause I know these people and they don't respect foundation. They are all about the hype."





Hillary Clinton challenges FBI over email probe

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hillary-clinton-photo-1.jpgHillary Clinton's presidential campaign team has challenged the FBI over its decision to brief US lawmakers on a new inquiry into the Democratic candidate's email use.

FBI Director James Comey informed Congress of the move in a letter on Friday, 11 days before the election.

Mrs Clinton told supporters the move, was "unprecedented" and "deeply troubling".

But Republican opponent Donald Trump has praised the bureau's decision.

In his letter to Congress, Mr Comey said the FBI had learned of fresh emails which might be "pertinent" to its previous inquiry into the Democratic candidate's use of a private server when she was secretary of state in the Obama administration.

Mr Comey has defended the move, insisting that not making it public would be "misleading" and also risked being "misunderstood", given that the FBI does not know the significance of the newly found emails.

In a memo he acknowledged "we do not ordinarily tell Congress about ongoing investigations". But he said he felt an "obligation" to do so given that he had previously testified that the FBI investigation was complete.

Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta said the information provided by Mr Comey was "long on innuendo" and "short on facts".

There was, he said, "no evidence of wrongdoing. No charge of wrongdoing. No indication this is even about Hillary".

Explicit emails

Mr Trump meanwhile has said the issue is the biggest political scandal in the US since Watergate, which brought down President Richard Nixon.

At a rally in Colorado on Saturday, he said: "Her criminal action was wilful, deliberate, intentional and purposeful.

"Hillary set up an illegal server for the obvious purpose of shielding her illegal actions from public disclosure and exposure."

The FBI has already established that Mrs Clinton had held classified information on a private email server.

In July, Mr Comey said Mrs Clinton's handling of sensitive material during her tenure as secretary of state was "extremely careless", but cleared her of any criminal wrongdoing.





$1 Million reward for info in JC student's murder

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j-c-student-killed.jpgThe reward for information leading to the arrest of the man wanted in the murder of Jamaica College student Nicholas Francis has been increased to $1 million.

Crime Stop is offering to anyone who comes forward with the information that leads to the arrest of Quacie Hart. Funds for the reward were provided by the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (PSOJ) and family and friends of Jamaica College.

Persons with information about Hart's whereabouts are being asked to call Crime Stop at 311. Crime Stop says that persons do not have to reveal their identity when they provide information on the whereabouts of Hart.

On Wednesday, 14-year-old Francis was stabbed to death on a Coaster bus in front of his school when he refused to hand over his cell phone to a robber.

President of JC's Old Boys Association Major Basil Jarrett said yesterday that so far the association had collected $215,000 to offer as a reward.

Jarrett said persons wishing to contribute to the reward may contact JC's Old Boys Association, which has an office on the school's Old Hope Road campus.





Cops probe double murder in Clarendon

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crime-scene-gun.jpgThe Clarendon Police are investigating a double murder in Hayes on Monday.

Those killed have been identified as Natasha Lewis, 38, and labourer Garsham Dixon, 54, both from Raymond District.

Mr. Lewis and Ms. Dixon were killed as they stood among a group of persons in the community some time after 5:00 p.m. The group was approached by heavily armed men who opened fire.

The community has been tense since Saturday's killing of a 26 year old woman.

Shop operator Althea Linton was taken from her home shortly after 4:00 a.m. Her body was found with gunshot wounds in the nearby community of Land Lease about four hours later.





It has revealed that there have been more attacks on students in the Corporate Area, following last week's fatal stabbing of 14-year-old Jamaica College student Nicholas Francis.

Errol Holmes, President of the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) at Jamaica College, has shared information that at least two other attacks have taken place, which involved students from the institution, as well as Ardenne High and Kingston College.

Mr. Holmes made the disclosure following Monday's silent protest at Jamaica College against violence affecting children.

He is pushing for an exclusive JUTC school bus service for the Corporate Area during peak hours or for legislative changes to be made, which will force public transport operators to have video recording devices in their vehicles.





crime-scene-gun.jpgThe police are still processing the three men who have been held in connection with the killing of Dr Martin Garwood whose body was found at his home last week.

The police say following investigations they intercepted a vehicle with the three men aboard and subsequently arrested them.

Their identities are being withheld pending further investigations.

Forty-year-old Garwood was murdered at his home in Barbican, St Andrew last Wednesday.

He was attached to the Kingston Public Hospital and was also the doctor of the Young Reggae Boyz team.

His colleagues reportedly went in search of him when he didn't turn up for work on Wednesday and calls to his cell phone went unanswered.

When they arrived at his residence, they observed blood and alerted the police who later found his body with multiple stab wounds.





Suspect in murder of JC student charged

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j-c-student-killed.jpgThe suspect in the killing of 14-year-old Jamaica College student, Nicholas Francis, has been charged and is set to appear in court on Friday.

The Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) of the police force, via its twitter handle, announced Sunday afternoon that Quacie Hart has been charged for the killing of the student. This is after Hart turned himself in to the Half-Way Tree police last night. He was accompanied by his lawyer Adrian Christie. Crime Stop had announced a J$1 million reward for information leading to Hart's arrest.

Last Wednesday, 14-year-old Francis was stabbed to death on a Toyota Coaster bus in front of his school when he refused to hand over his cell phone to a robber.

The police named Hart as a person of interest a day after the incident. Hart is currently on bail after being previously charged for illegal possession of a firearm. He is set to appear in court on January 17, 2017 on that matter.





march-pen-fat-man.jpgMarvin 'Fat Man' Campbell, the man charged in connection with the October 9 March Pen Road killings, was remanded on Tuesday when he appeared before the St. Catherine Parish Court.

He is to return next Wednesday to settle legal representation.

He told the Parish Judge that he is in the process of hiring an attorney. Mr. Campbell was charged last week with five counts of murder.

Investigators say Campbell, who is reportedly a member of the Clansman gang, led a group of gunmen to his family's house in March Pen where five persons were shot and the house set on fire.

Three children, including his 14-year-old son, were among those killed. Campbell, is also facing charges of rape and incest.





Ardenne High School student drowns at YMCA pool

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The Ardenne High student who was rushed to hospital this afternoon (Tuesday) after an incident at the Kingston YMCA has died.

He has been identified as Jevaughn Brown -- a third form student at the Hope Road based institution, in St Andrew. Ardenne Principal Nadine Malloy said that the student was visiting the YMCA for community service at the time of the incident.

However, early reports are that after the community service session ended, and the work coach left, the student, despite prior warnings, went into the deep end of the pool and got into difficulties.

The student was rushed to the nearby Andrew's Memorial Hospital on Hope Road where he died.





People say Peter Tosh a turn inna him grave

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peter-tosh-photo-4-remembering.jpgNow that the Peter Tosh Museum open uppa Pulse plent people a talk up a bagga tingz and a say that the hortical Rastaman soul nuh too happy with dat deh resting place inna di heart a Babylon. Dem say the museum site use to host one sex toys shop, and right now the Devil's soup shop kotch up right side a it.

Peter Tosh is a man who neva inna di alcohol consumption ting, him was a straight herbalist -- a weed man. And now a bare alcohol a consume inna him so-called place. Fyah bun fi all a di wagonist dem who a mix up Peter Tosh in a house of ill repute!





Party promoter shot dead in Old Harbour

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party-promoter-renato-grant.jpgA popular party promoter was shot dead on Saturday night on Burke Road in Old Harbour.

The police report that at about 8:55 PM, Renato Grant was at a shop in his community when he was approached by a group of armed men.

The men opened fire hitting Grant several times.

Grant was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.





Man jailed for killing fellow Jamaican in the UK

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killer-douane-brown.jpgA report from bbc.com says that a Jamaican man has been jailed for 21 years in the United Kingdom for stabbing another Jamaican to death inside an Internet cafe.

Thirty-nine-year-old Jamaican Douane Brown reportedly stabbed Horace Williams in the neck at the cafe in Smethwick in April of this year.

Brown, who is from Bickington Road in Birmingham, was convicted by a jury at Birmingham Crown Court, capping a five-day trial.

The convict will serve at least 21 years behind bars for the offence.

Reports are that on the day of the incident, both men exchanged glances across the cafe some time before Brown reportedly pulled a folding knife from his jacket pocket and launched the attack that led to Williams' death.

It was theorise that there was some history of bad blood between the two men, but the attack was reportedly not prompted by any aggression on Williams' part.





Teen found with gun and arrested

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The police are reporting that a teenager is now in custody following the seizure of a homemade firearm and one 9mm round of ammunition at a shop on the Mammee Bay main road in St Ann, this morning.

Reports from police in St Ann's Bay are that about 1:20 am, lawmen carried out a raid at the shop at which the teenager was a patron.

A search of the premises and his person resulted in the seizure of the firearm and ammunition, the police say.

The police say his court date will be announced later while investigations continue.





j-c-student-killed.jpgThe man wanted for the shocking killing of 14-year-old Jamaica College student, Nicholas Francis, is now in police custody.

The Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) of the police force says Quacie Hart turned himself in to the Half-Way Tree police last night. He was accompanied by his lawyer.

The CCU says he is being processed and is expected to be questioned later.

Crime Stop had announced a J$1 million reward for information leading to Hart's arrest.

Last Wednesday, 14-year-old Francis was stabbed to death on a Toyota Coaster bus in front of his school when he refused to hand over his cell phone to a robber.

He was then thrown out of the bus, breaking one of his hands in the process.

The police named Hart as a person of interest a day after the incident.