January 2017 Archives

machel-and-bunji.jpgSoca superstars Machel Montano and Bunji Garlin end their longtime feud to team up for new Soca 2017 single titled "Buss Head."

Buss Head is a modern incarnation of this ancient tradition, manifested by two Kings of Soca, the Monk, Machel Montano and the Viking, Bunji Garlin.

Two young writer and production teams, AdvoKit Productions & Badjohn Republic, joined the legends for this collaboration, proving the future of the music is in good hands.
Now is the time for unity and cooperation to celebrate Caribbean culture.

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Avant Forges Ahead With Music Scholarships

Under the leadership of international musician, promoter and music educator Seretse Small, the Avant Academy of Music is pushing ahead with the implementation of its scholarship programme. It will be officially launched at the end of term concert, dubbed 'Unforgettable' with headliner Ken Boothe, which will take place at St. Peter & Paul Auditorium, on Sunday, January 29, at 5:30 p.m.

"We are offering 3 to 4 scholarships, with each scholarship valued at $75,000," Small said. "That amount is the equivalent of three terms of instruction."

Small started the music school in 2013, coming from years of recording and performing on major stages, as well as staging his own one-off and serial music events.

The auditions, which the Principal says "have been going well" have been conducted at the school with panels of two to three music mentors scoring the presentations of the applicants. The applicants have been asked to present pieces and various technical requirements that have been posted on the school's website. The resulting scores are then forwarded to the scholarship committee who then decides on how to award the scholarships.

"It's been an energizing experience for the music mentors," says Seretse. "It is exciting to have talented musicians come in and to have confidence that we can make a difference in their lives through formal music training."

Seretse Small, whose credits include the Jamaican leg of the Global Battle of the Bands (which saw back-to-back success for Jamaican bands Dubtonic Kru and The Blueprint respectively), says the scholarship programme means a lot. "It is definitely one of the most important initiatives to the school at this time and we are prioritizing a lot of our resources around it. A successful scholarship program means making a difference and contributing to the growth of the school."

For their part, the candidates form a diverse group in terms of influence, outlook, and musical focus. All three see the programme as filling a vital gap in their musical education, a gap largely occasioned by financial constraints. All have their sights set on durable, well-travelled and rewarding musical careers.

Pianist Jahvanie Morrison looks up to great vocalists as well as 'keys-masters,' citing Ella Fitzgerald in addition to the likes of Oscar Peterson and 'jazz Pops' Louis Armstrong and John Coltrane as his influences. Keyboardist Jalon Higgins, who says his mother was his earliest inspiration, greatly admires Motown genius Stevie Wonder for overcoming his blindness through sheer musical virtuosity and soulfulness.





Tributes pour in World StarHipHop founder

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world-star-hip-hop-lee.jpgLee O'Denat, the founder of legendary website WorldStarHiphop, has died following a reported heart attack.

Known as "Q" and described as a "brilliant businessman" he originally set out to publish and share mix tapes.

The site later became a hub for viral videos of street violence and fights - leading to accusations it encouraged illegal behaviour.

But it remains one of the go-to places for hip-hop fans to see music videos and artist interviews.

O'Denat grew up in Queens, New York and was in his mid-40s.

"Lee O'Denat was a brilliant businessman who championed urban culture, ultimately creating the largest hip-hop website in the world," a statement from the site says.

People who submitted videos to the site would often shout the slogan "WorldStar!" during filming and major artists debuted their music videos there before they were premiered on TV channels.

It also showcased the work of unsigned artists such as musicians, actors and animators.

On Twitter, the website posted: "We ask that you remember Q in your prayers and raise a toast to the sky in his name," said the statement.

Musicians and DJs including Tinie Tempah have been paying to the businessman who called his site the "CNN of the ghetto".

In an interview with the New York Times, O'Denat said that "hip-hop is for the sex, the drugs, the violence, the beefs, the culture. That's the competitiveness of hip-hop, so I felt like the site needed to be R-rated."

WorldStarHiphop regularly won best online hip hop site at the BET Hip Hop Awards, first being awarded the title in 2010.





popcaan-and-kavell-keir.jpgWell that's the question that needs to be answered.

The Unruly dancehall star dropped a few hints on social media over the weekend by posting photos of him and his Trinidadian girlfriend Kavell Keir together on his official Instagram page for the first time. "Addicted like Hennesy addicted like weed.. forever the BOSS forever my BOOBIEKEIRSUTHERLAND," the deejay wrote, before adding "Say hi to the Grammys couple.. #itreal."

Popcaan and Kavell Keir, who is of Trinidadian and Canadian descent, have been dating since 2015. She was previously engaged to be married to soca hitmaker Machel Montano.

The Unruly Boss even released a new single last week titled "Addicted" which he dedicated to her. "When yo love somebody, yo no give it up easy / When yo love someone, have a dance with me baby / Take a break from work now, me want yo tell me how yo feeling," Popcaan deejay over a beat produced by UIM Records.

Perhaps this is the Hotskull deejay's way of responding to Alkaline's diss tracks. It's very possible the Poppy is just trolling us with his drop dead gorgeous wife/girlfriend.





viola-davis-photo-1.jpgBlack actress Viola Davis continues to be a trailblazer.

The star scored her fifth Screen Actors Guild Award at Sunday's show, winning in the best supporting actress in a motion picture category for her role in the Denzel Washington-directed film Fences.

Davis, 51, won the award over Midnight's Naomie Harris, Lion's Nicole Kidman, Hidden Figures' Octavia Spencer and Manchester by the Sea's Michelle Williams. (Three weeks ago, she won the Golden Globe in the same category against the same four actresses.)

With her latest win, Davis became the first African-American actress and the first woman of color to nab five Actor statuettes.

The mother of one also recently made history as the first African American actress to score three Academy Award nominations.

In Fences, based on August Wilson's Pulitzer-winning play, Davis is revisiting the part that won her a Tony

in 2010, and portrays the ultimate put-upon wife, Rose, who has abdicated her own future.





Trump fires attorney general over Muslim ban

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donald-trump-photo-1.jpgDonald Trump has fired the acting US attorney general after she questioned the legality of his immigration ban.

Sally Yates, who was appointed by Barack Obama, ordered justice department lawyers not to enforce the president's executive order.

A White House statement accused Ms Yates of "betraying" the justice department and being "weak on borders".

Mr Trump replaced her with Dana Boente, US attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Mr Boente said he was "honoured to serve President Trump" and immediately directed his department to enforce the controversial order.

Mr Trump also replaced the acting director of the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Daniel Ragsdale, who has been in the post since 20 January. He is the former deputy director.

No reason was given for Mr Ragsdale's sacking. He has been replaced by Thomas Homan, the executive associate director of enforcement and removal.

Mr Trump's order temporarily banned nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the US, and sparked street protests in the US and abroad.





hands-behind-bars.jpgA Jamaican man has been sentenced to 48 years in a United States prison for killing his girlfriend's three-year-old daughter because she soiled herself.

According to media reports in Aurora, Colorado, Shane Campbell, 26, was sentenced on a murder conviction last Wednesday for striking the toddler, identified as Angel Bailey, who suffered a seizure and later died in July 2015.

Campbell had pleaded guilty to second degree murder, the Aurora Sentinel reports.

Campbell reportedly resided in the volatile St Andrew community of Cassava Piece before migrating with his family several years ago.

Word of his sentencing has been circulating in the community.

Police in Aurora report that an officer who visited Campbell's apartment on the night the three-year-old was struck said he overheard the Jamaican saying he had never struck Angel that hard before.

Prosecutors say Campbell later told investigators he was mad at her for soiling herself.





Six killed in mosque shooting in Canada

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crime-scene-7.jpgSix people have been killed and another eight wounded in a shooting at a mosque in Quebec City, Canada, police say.

Shots were fired at the Quebec Islamic Cultural Centre on Sunday night, where more than 50 people had gathered for evening prayers.

One suspect was arrested at the scene and another was arrested nearby. Police do not believe there are other suspects at large.

The Canadian authorities are treating the shooting as a terror attack.

"We condemn this terrorist attack on Muslims in a centre of worship and refuge," Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a statement.

"Muslim-Canadians are an important part of our national fabric, and these senseless acts have no place in our communities, cities and country."

Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard also referred to the shooting as a terrorist attack.

The dead were aged between about 35 and 70 years old, police spokeswoman Christine Coulombe said. Some of those injured were in a serious condition, she said.

Police said the area was secure and the situation was "under control". Thirty-nine people had left the mosque safely, they said.





The General Legal Council has said it is deeply concerned about a statement by an attorney representing clergymen on sexual assault charges.

In a statement published in the Sunday Gleaner, the Council said the attorney noted that he had been instructed to file suit against the complainant for defamation, malicious prosecution and false imprisonment.

The Council explains that a criminal prosecution is commenced by the laying of charges. The matter is then to be regarded as being before the court or sub judice.

The General Legal Council said it is highly improper for statements to be published which may have the effect of either threatening or intimidating the complainant or any witness in the matter.

It added that this includes effect which creates the risk that the course of justice may be impeded, obstructed or undermined.

The General Legal Council says the statement is not in keeping with proper standards of the legal profession. As such, it is urging attorneys to desist from such practice.

Last Monday attorney-at-law Lambert Johnson, who represents Moravian pastors Paul Gardener, 54, and Jermaine Gibson, 36, said his clients have instructed him to file a lawsuit against the State for defamation, malicious prosecution and false imprisonment.

Both Ministers of Religion have been charged with carnal abuse and indecent assault.





Klansman Gang member to be sentenced today

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Jordan Markland, a member of the notorious Klansman Gang, which operates in Spanish Town and environs, will be sentenced today -- the first to be found guilty under 2014 anti-gang legislation.

Ministers of Parliament passed the Criminal Justice (Suppression of Criminal Organisation) Act in the House of Representatives to give police the power to disrupt and suppress criminal organisations across the island.

Markland will be sentenced when he appears in the St Catherine Home Circuit Court today.

The accused, who was charged on July 4, 2015, was among several members of the feared Klansman and One Order gangs operating in and around Spanish Town, the St Catherine capital. He was held by detectives from the Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime (C-TOC) Investigation Branch and the St Catherine North Division.

Other Klansman Gang members also charged were Sheldon Walters, otherwise called 'Terminate', Marlon Tulloch, otherwise called "Gappy"; Horace Swaby; and Jason McLean, otherwise "Daeda". Members of the fearless One Order Gang who were also charged by the police are Aston Daley, otherwise called "Daley Bwoy", Kemar Thompson, otherwise called "Spider Man"; Jahnoi Laing, otherwise called "Rhin" and Nigel Laxbour, otherwise called "Tineyo".

Deputy Superintendent of Police Samuel Blake, head of the Anti-Gang Unit at C-TOC, while noting that public support was critical to success, appealed to the public to help the police in their fight against criminal gangs.





JDF soldier now a suspect in murder of colleague

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court.jpgThe Jamaica Defence Force soldier who was detained last week as a Person of Interest in connection with the fatal shooting of a member of the military in Rock River, Clarendon, is now considered a suspect.

The soldier, who is on detention at JDF headquarters at Up Park Camp, was questioned last week. He is scheduled to be questioned again this week in connection with the murder of Lance Corporal Michael Fraser.

The soldier was shot by gunmen at his house in Rock River last Wednesday.

It's reported that the wife of the soldier under investigation was at the house at the time of the incident. She was not harmed.

A senior investigator says the police are trying to determine whether the killing stemmed from the existence of a love triangle.





Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister Kamina Johnson Smith says Jamaicans should remain calm despite tension over the new executive orders signed by President Donald Trump, one of which bans travellers from seven Muslim-dominated countries.

"It is very important in these matters that we remain calm and responsible," Johnson Smith said in a release on Monday.

There has been panic among Caribbean migrants in light of the developments over the weekend.

But Johnson Smith says it is extremely unhelpful that people are inciting panic on matters that are very complex and very technical and subject to a lot of uncertainty even in the issuing state.

"The Ministry is making every effort to ascertain the scope of these orders and it is important that we not conflate them, because there is more than one order and they deal with entirely different things," she said.

Johnson Smith said the Jamaican government is examining these issues and noted that the ministry is in contact with the US Embassy here and the State Department overseas through Jamaican missions there.





The police are expressing concern about the increasing number of women being abducted and raped by men posing as taxi operators.

Superintendent Enid Ross Stewart, head of the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA), says that the hunt is on for the suspects.

They have been linked to cases in Kingston as well as Portmore, St Catherine, over the last two weeks.

Unregulated taxis should not be used by commuters... If they have to take them, make sure they capture the license plate number and send it to somebody so that somebody knows where they are and which car they are in," she suggested.

She said investigators suspect that there are other cases which have not been reported.





hands-behind-bars.jpgSt Catherine man who was convicted of the murder of a senior citizen whose house he lived in, and whose body he burnt then buried, has been sentenced to life imprisonment in the Home Circuit Court.

Trial judge, Justice David Fraser, has recommended that Clifton Harrison serve 32 years before being eligible for parole.

Harrison was charged with the death of Louise Barnes, 69, of Old Harbour in St Catherine.

In the trial in November of last year, evidence was led in the St Catherine Circuit Court that in 2009, Harrison killed Barnes at her home in Old Harbour.

He then burnt her body and buried it on the Thetford Farm in the parish.

Relatives of Harrison did not believe stories of Barnes' disappearance from Harrison, and filed a missing person's report.

Intense police investigations led to the arrest and charge of Harrison for the murder.





Cop critical after being shot by gunmen

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA police officer is in critical condition in hospital after he was shot in the head by men in a car that was being pursued by the cops in Olympic Gardens, Kingston, Saturday night.

Reports are that about 8 pm, the detective, who is attached to the Kingston Central CIB branch, was part of a team carrying out investigations in Fletchers Land when they gave chase to a black BMW motorcar, fitting the description of one which was used to transport men involved a recent murder.

The pursuit of the car ended in Olympic Gardens when men alighted from the vehicle and started firing at the police.

The detective sergeant was shot in the head and rushed to the Kingston Public Hospital where he was admitted in serious condition.

A 19-year-old of a Kingston address was subsequently taken into custody for questioning.

The Kingston Central police are investigating.





Reggae foundation roots singer Jerome Ballin aka Ronnie Davis (formerly of Itals and The Tennors), passed away on Wednesday, January 25th 2017 after suffering a major stroke on Monday January 23.

According to his publicist, Ronnie closed his eyes and slept peacefully, with his family at his bedside.

"We have lost a man who came from humble beginnings, who grew to become a favourite son, a good brother, a music legend, a wonderful husband and father, a much adored grand-father and a best friend to everyone who knew him.

"Although Ronnie is no longer with us, he has left us a strong legacy of music spanning 50 years that shall live on in the hearts and minds of people the world over. We take comfort in knowing that Ronnie lived to experience a major revival of his career recently, with the release of his latest album "Iyahcoustic". Through social media, he was able to see how much his many fans worldwide loved his music. He was always in high spirits when the fans spoke and we are sure that he is in a better place and in higher spirits as we celebrate his life and his legacy.

Ronnie is survived by his common-law wife Jennifer Ottey, his mother in England, his brothers and sisters, his daughters Shauna, Stacy, Simone and Jasmine, his sons Ryan, Christopher, Jason, grand-children his extended family and his many friends.





Sky Juice recovering after stroke

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Veteran Dancehall selector Sky Juice is now recovering after suffering a stroke while performing aboard a cruise two weeks ago.

According to reports, the legendary disc jockey narrowly escaped death after suffering a stroke while working aboard a boat ride event two weeks ago.

The self proclaimed "Big belly" selector reportedly collapsed while standing right next to dancehall artiste Bounty Killer, who along with others assisted the veteran disc jockey.

He was then reportedly taken to hospital and later released.





Jamaica: In light of recent cardiac mishaps with young Jamaican student-athletes, the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona's Research Days 2017 staging slated for February 1-3 on the grounds of the Mona Campus, will reveal the latest results from ongoing research into Electrocardiographic (ECG) testing for local athletes.

In addition to the update on the programme, at Mona's Research Days 2017, student-athletes from identified schools will be offered free ECG tests as part of the continuing "Cardiac Screening in Youth Athletes" executed by lead researcher Dr Lisa Hurlock.

The ongoing research aims to prove whether or not the ECG screening, which is a five minute, simple, pain free test, is a viable tool to help screen for traces of heart disease which may lead to 'sudden cardiac death' in Jamaican athletes. The ECG test is also cost effective as it is relatively affordable in comparison to other screening tests.

An ECG examination traces electrical activity in the heart and according to Dr. Tahira Redwood, Resident in Internal Medicine at the University Hospital of the West Indies, the tests are crucial in early detection of heart attacks or other heart related issues.





trinidad-election-rowley-new-government.jpgPrime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has described as an "act of desperation" the letter written by Opposition Leader Kamla Persad Bissessar to United States President Donald Trump regarding the United States Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) legislation.

The government and the opposition legislators have been at odds over the passage of the legislation enacted by the United States government in March 2010.

Earlier this month, the Keith Rowley government bowed to opposition demands that the legislation be sent to a joint select committee (JSC) of Parliament even as Finance Minister Colm Imbert, accused the opposition of being "deadly scared" of having to meet with some of the criteria outlined in the legislation, including having to report US bank accounts to the appropriate American authorities.

"They want to be able to say that they are not supporting the legislation because they are awaiting word from the US President or that he is considering their request," Prime Minister Rowley said.





GK Money Services to launch in February

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GraceKennedy subsidiary GK Money Services Ltd, which will in February launch its mobile money product, GK MPay, indicates that it expects to compete strongly around the issue of security.

GK's competitors in the mobile money market are Quisk, currently used by National Commercial Bank, and Conec, a mobile wallet developed and marketed by the Jamaica Cooperative Credit Union League.

CEO Don Wehby said Monday, "GK MPay...is compatible with most phones and both mobile networks. It is also extremely safe, as customers won't have to worry about losing their money if they lose their phones as the service is properly encrypted. It is so easy to use that even those who are not as technologically savvy will find themselves understanding it after the first use."

To be launched on February 7, the product allows transfer of cash to any other person with a mobile phone; pay their bills; top up any pre-paid mobile phone and pay for goods and services, and has a wallet limit of $150,000, similar to other mobile money products on the market.





JIS mourns passing of former executive

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jis-winifred-risden-hunter-jan-27.jpgThe Jamaica Information Service (JIS) has expressed regret at the passing of its former Executive Director, Winnifred Risden-Hunter.

Risden-Hunter, affectionately called "Winnie" served the organisation from 1984-1989. She died on January 24 after a brief illness. She was 86 years old.

The former JIS Executive Director had a long and distinguished career in communications serving as Director at the Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation; Member of the Editorial Advisory Committee, Jamaica Observer; and at Breakfast Club, KLAS Radio.

She was also Director of Public Relations, Jamaica Tourist Board from 1973 to 77.

Risden-Hunter served as Press Secretary to former Prime Minister Edward Seaga from 1982-84.

In recognition for her service, she was awarded the Commander of the Order of Distinction in 1988.

Risden-Hunter leaves behind nephew Peter Risden; niece Suzanne Risden Foster; grand nieces and nephews Luke, Rachel, Victoria, Ethan, Katherine; and friends.

CAPTION: Late former Executive Director of the Jamaica Information Service (JIS), Winnifred Risden-Hunter.





hands-behind-bars.jpgAn inmate who has been linked to a scam which was being operated from one of the island's correctional facilities has pleaded guilty to six counts of Attempting to Obtain Money by Means of False Pretences.

Andrew Lee Pryce, who was charged with breaches of the Larceny Act, appeared before St. Andrew Parish Court on Tuesday.

He was serving a sentence for similar offences.

On January 5, Pryce was charged with breaches of the Forgery Act.

The charges resulted from an investigation which led to the arrest and charge of correctional officer Toraine Tulloch last month.

It is reported that Mr. Tulloch, who allegedly conspired with Pryce, posed as a policeman and entertainment producer and fleeced several persons of large sums of money.

Pryce is to return to court on Monday in relation to other charges connected to the scam.





Babsy Grange 'sad' at Lindy Delapenha's passing

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babsy-grange-minister.jpgMinister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange, has expressed deep sadness with the passing of the late Lloyd Lindbergh 'Lindy' Delapenha.

Delapenha, 89, died peacefully this morning at the Kingston home of his daughter, Marie Claire.

He had suffered a number of strokes recently and lost his speech two weeks ago.





5 in custody after police operation in St Thomas

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hands-behind-bars.jpgFive persons were taken into police custody during a special operation in St. Thomas on Wednesday night into early Thursday morning.

Two were arrested in connection with a firearm and ammunition at a house in Danvers Pen. This is the second firearm recovered in St. Thomas in less than 24 hours.

Three other men, arrested in nearby communities, will be questioned in connection with other crimes committed in the parish.





Michael Lee Chin Head of the Economic Growth Council (EGC) will host top Israeli businessmen in March as he seeks to woo substantial investments from that country to Jamaica.

Lee Chin accompanied Prime Minister Andrew Holness to Israel two weeks ago on what he described as a trade mission. The EGC head urged with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to set up a meeting with the principals of the leading companies in the Middle East country.

"I said, 'Please, Prime Minister, can you help us do that - organise the 50 top companies in Israel and I'll come back in the next two months and speak to them and tell them why they should come and invest in Jamaica'?" Lee Chin told stakeholders in the education sector yesterday at Jamaica House in St Andrew.

The EGC chairman discussed with senior technocrats and the leadership of tertiary institutions the role of the education and training sectors in achieving the national goal of five per cent gross domestic product growth in four years.

"The ambition is to sell Jamaica to the most eminent Israeli companies so that they can invest in Jamaica. That was my mission," said Lee Chin, who told the gathering that he was shocked at questions being raised in the press about the trip to Israel.

"I am thinking that if we need growth, we need to go everywhere in the world that can give us growth, and if Israel can give us growth, I don't care, I am going there."





soldier-found-lance-corporal.jpgA member of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) has been placed under military detention as investigators intensify their probe into last night's murder of a soldier.

JDF Civil Military Cooperation and Media Affairs Officer Major Basil Jarrett said the soldier is under detention at the army's Up Park Camp headquarters.

However, he declined to give further details.

Meanwhile, the Clarendon police are still questioning a woman in connection with last night's murder of 31-year-old Lance Corporal Michael Fraser in the community of Rock River in the parish.

The investigators say the woman is the wife of another soldier and was found at the home of Lance Corporal Fraser.

Investigators say it appears that the soldier, who was shot in the head, may have been attacked by two men.





The police are currently investigating the authenticity of an audio recording purportedly of a teenager from the Waterhouse area being tortured by an adult male and his cronies.

The disturbing voice note along with what is purportedly a picture of the missing female - who has dark skin and is said to be from the Waterhouse area - has been circulating online.

The Hunts Bay Police said they have heard the voice note and are probing its authenticity. They are calling on anyone with additional information to share it with the authorities.

In the 40 second voice clip, a female is heard begging and pleading for her life while an attacker is heard in the background barking instructions to her and warning that, if she fails to comply, he will harm her.

"Please sir, do no kill me please," the distraught female can be heard saying.

As the teen pleas and begs for mercy, the voices of other males can be heard in the background of what sounds like a car.

"Hey don't try run... if you do that I going @#$..," a man is heard shouting.





crime-scene-gun.jpgThe body of a young male found in the vicinity of National Heroes Circle Thursday morning has been identified as that of Grade 8 student, Roshane Smith from the Denham Town High School.

The hands of the 13-year-old were bound and the face covered with a shirt. There were also what appeared to be gunshot wounds to the head, a release from the Education Ministry said.

School administrators report that Roshane was last seen in school on January 19.

Education Minister Senator Ruel Reid has expressed sadness at the loss of another young life and extended condolences to Roshane's immediate family and members of the school community, especially to his classmates.





TV icon Mary Tyler Moore dead at 80

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mary-tyler-moore.jpgTV icon Mary Tyler Moore died on Wednesday after being hospitalized in Connecticut, her rep confirmed to The Huffington Post. She was 80.

"Today, beloved icon, Mary Tyler Moore, passed away at the age of 80 in the company of friends and her loving husband of over 33 years, Dr. S. Robert Levine. A groundbreaking actress, producer, and passionate advocate for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Mary will be remembered as a fearless visionary who turned the world on with her smile," her rep Mara Buxbaum told The Huffington Post in a statement.

Moore, who was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1936 and grew up in Los Angeles, rose to international fame starring on the 1960s sitcom "The Dick Van Dyke Show." She later starred on the beloved 1970s sitcom "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," which is one of the first shows to feature a never-married, working woman as its central character. Moore played single, 30-year-old TV news producer Mary Richards.

The show, which featured Moore's character asking for equal pay to her male co-worker and going on the pill, became a paradigm of the women's liberation movement and is credited with inspiring women to break the mold confining them as wives and homemakers.

"I think Mary Tyler Moore has probably had more influence on my career than any other single person or force," Oprah Winfrey said in a recent PBS documentary celebrating the actress.





Trombonist Nambo Robinson is dead

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nambo.jpgTrombonist Ronald "Nambo" Robinson, who got his big break in the late 1970s by playing on Survival and Confrontation, two of Bob Marley's albums, is dead.

His wife confirmed that he died Wednesday morning at his St Andrew home. He was 67.

An in-demand session musician, Nambo worked with reggae's greats including Sly and Robbie's Taxi Gang. He played on several of the duo's biggest hit songs such as Baltimore by The Tamlins and Bull Inna The Pen by Black Uhuru. Buffalo Soldier, Trench Town and Wake Up And Live are also among the Marley songs Robinson played.

From East Kingston, Robinson started his career with Mystic Revelation of Rastafari. He was a founding member of the 809 Band, which also included his longtime friend, saxophonist Dean Fraser; singer Desi "Desi Roots" Young and bassist Michael Fletcher.

Nambo is survived by his wife and three children.





Magnum funds Devin di Dakta's trip to the Grammys

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devin-di-dakta.jpgMagnum Tonic Wine will be funding deejay Devin Di Dakta's journey to the 59th Grammy Awards at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles on February 12 .

The artiste is part of the project Reggae for Her (Sly & Robbie Presents Devin Di Dakta & JL) which was nominated in the Best Reggae category.

The company made a presentation to the deejay at J Wray & Nephew's office in New Kingston last Friday.

Devin Di Dakta, who won season eight of the televised talent competition Magnum Kings & Queens of the Dancehall, said he is delighted with the support from the corporate entity.





Killer caught on CCTV still not identified

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The St Ann police have not yet been able to ascertain the identity of a man, who was captured on CCTV camera shooting Runaway Bay businessman Alfred Whorms.

Whorms, 66, was shot dead at his business place on Wednesday, January 18. The video, which is circulating on social media, shows the man dressed in a safety hat and vest entering the business establishment.

The man proceeded to search for something before shooting the distracted Whorms, who was seen reading a newspaper shortly before.

Superintendent Gary Francis, head of the St Ann police, said he was aware of the video being circulated but did not know who released the video to the public. He said the police have not yet identified the man in the video.





team-jamaica.jpgUsain Bolt's famed triple-triple--three gold medals in three Olympic Games--has vanished, following teammate Nesta Carter being found guilty of doping in the 4×100 relay in the Beijing Olympics

The International Olympic Committee re-tested a sample of Nesta Carter from the Beijing Games and found the presence of the prohibited substance methylhexaneamine. As a result, Carter was disqualified, and took his entire team's performance down with him.

"The Jamaica Olympic Association shall notably secure the return to the IOC, as soon as possible, of the medals, the medallist pins and the diplomas awarded in connection with the men's 4x100m relay event to the athlete and his teammates," the IOC said in rendering its decision.

Methylhexaneamine, a stimulant, is banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency, and numerous athletes in various sports have been disqualified for its use. Initially marketed as a nasal decongestant, it was removed from shelves in 1983.





I-Wayne hospitalised following accident in St Mary

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i-wayne-photo-1.jpgReports are that reggae singer I-Wayne has been admitted in the Annotto Bay hospital in St. Mary.

Sources have confirmed that the singer met in a motor vehicle accident on Tuesday, however, his condition was not known up to news time.

I-Wayne is known for songs such as Can't Satisfy Her, Lava Ground, Life Seeds and Book of Life.





raging-fyah-photo-2.jpgMinister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange, has announced that Grammy nominated band Raging Fyah are the newest recipients of financial support from the Ministry's Artiste Ambassador and Tour Support Programme.

Raging Fyah will receive USD 3,500 under the Programme, which aims to capitalize on synergies between touring artistes and to strengthen brand Jamaica through media, marketing and partnership.

Members of the band met with Minister Grange on Friday, January 20, 2017.

babsy-grange-minister.jpgMinister Grange also used the opportunity to once again congratulate the band on their recent Grammy nomination and to wish them well on their upcoming tour.

Raging Fyah's 'Everlasting' tour is scheduled to take place from January 24 to March 10 and will span 32 venues in 19 cities across the United States.





chris-martin-photo-2.jpgChris Martin's 2011 single "Paper Loving" recently made history on popular digital music service Spotify.

The ZJ Chrome-produced single which is featured on his "Cardiac Bass Riddim" became the most streamed Reggae single on Spotify last month after racking up over 10 million streams.





Caricel's injunction bid rejected by Supreme Court

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caricel-logo.jpgThe Supreme Court has rejected the application for an injunction and judicial review to block the revocation or suspension of the telecommunications licence issued to Symbiote Investments.

The Supreme Court handed down its decision a short while ago.

Symbiote, which trades as Caricel, was trying to prevent the Government of Jamaica from yanking its licence which was issued last year.

The licence was granted despite disapproval from the Contractor General.

The licence had also come under additional scrutiny from the US Embassy, which in turn, revoked the visas of some Caricel officials.





Second murder in August Town; man stabbed to death

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crime-scene-knife.jpgThere has been another murder in August Town, St. Andrew.

A man is dead following a dispute on Tuesday morning on Gold Smith Villa Road.

It is reported that around 7:00 a.m., the man was engaged in an argument. During the dispute, a knife was used to stab him.

The man was taken to hospital where he died while undergoing treatment.

A suspect is in police custody.

This is the second killing in the community after it recorded zero murders in 2016.





hands-behind-bars.jpgTwo brothers were on Monday charged by investigators assigned to the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA), Spanish Town Office on allegation of sexual assault and threatening a witness.

Charged with grievous sexual assault is 38-year-old security guard Inglesias Williams, while his brother, 36-year-old Joel Williams, otherwise called Roger, was charged with threatening a crown witness.

Both are of a Job Lane address in Spanish Town, St Catherine.

Inglesias was charged following investigations that he allegedly sexually assaulted a five-year-old girl last year.





moravian-president-paul-gardner.jpgMoravian clergymen Dr. Paul Gardener, 54, of Burbank Avenue, Kingston 19, and 36-year-old Gibson of Lyndale Close, Kingston 20, were on Monday arrested by the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offence and Child Abuse (CISOCA) and charged with carnal abuse and indecent assault.

According to a report from the Jamaica Constabulary Force's Corporate Communications Unit, in 2002 Gibson allegedly engaged in a sexual relationship with the girl while he was a minister in the church.

It was further reported that two years later Gardener, who was also a minister at the time, also had a sexual relationship with the said girl.

The complainant recently went to the police with a report in the wake of allegations against a St Elizabeth Moravian pastor, Rev Rupert Clarke, who the police said they found in "a compromising position" with a 15-year-old girl.

Yesterday, Johnson said that his clients have instructed him to file a suit against the complainant and he would be pursuing the matter later on.

Readers have commented on the threats by the lawyer and use of "intimidatory tactics", presumably to drive fear into the alleged victim.

Here are some of the comments:

"Threatening lawsuits already! Wow! Accusing the accuser of all kinds of dirty tricks before the case is even mentioned...interesting!

"Eeediat law suit this, .How can you claim malicious arrest agains the complainant and not the police ?.Who you trying to intimidate ?You both was sharing this youngster? I wont even say God help you. He shouldn't. Hope the victim overcome this and have a healthy and productive life,"

"Traumatic experience are filed in the brain of a child??, and can be recalled.

The counter-suit is silent intimidation of the accuser.. We could have others, who might find the strength and courage, to speak up, if they too had similar experiences.

What was secretly done years ago, is openly done today. Big men and 'schoolas': no shame or fear..

For the under 16 to tell of their experiences to a parent or anotger adult, would reap disbelief and chastisement. How dare they point a finger at these' honorable men or women'?.

Let the court deal with it; and the chips should fall where they may. I would like to remind us all, that the Almighty God does not slumber ir sleep. When he says ";be sure your sins will find you out"-, he means it."





moravian-president-paul-gardner.jpgFormer president of the Moravian Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, Dr Paul Gardner and the former deputy Jermaine Gibson now join their co-worker Rupert Clarke,on sex charges.Clarke, 64, another Moravian minister, is currently before the courts for alleged sexual misconduct.

He has been charged with having sex with a 15-year-old girl.

The two newest members of the clergy were slapped with charges following investigations by detectives from the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA).

Earlier media reports had stated that Moravian Women Allegedly Abused By Pastors Beginning To Speak Out.

Dr Gardner quit as earlier this month amid allegations of sexual misconduct within the organisation. Gibson, who was his deputy, also resigned.





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x6-trial-powell.jpgBusinessman Patrick Powell, who was freed of murder of Kingston College schoolboy, Khajeel Mais, is still before the court for a gun case.

A new trial date is expected to be scheduled on February 16, when the main actor in what was the high profile X6 Murder Trial returns to the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court in relation to the charge of failing to turn over his licensed firearm.

Powell is accused of failing to turn over his firearm to police investigators probing the shooting death of Kingston College student Khajeel Mais in 2011.

The case was on Monday rescheduled for mention in February, as a result of an outstanding Supreme Court transcript of evidence given by the investigating officer and a member of the Firearms Licensing Authority during the so-called X6 murder trial in the Home Circuit Court.

The transcript was requested by Powell's attorney, Deborah Martin, who said in court yesterday that her client would like to bring closure to the matter.





Teens shot, man murdered in Norwood, St James

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA man was shot and killed and two male teens shot and injured during an attack in the inner city Norwood community in St James, on Monday night.

The deceased has been identified as 24-year-old labourer Kemoy McLennon, also called Loco of Irie Lane, Norwood, St James.

Reports are that sometime after 7pm, McLennon and the two teens were at his home which was invaded by gunmen, who opened fire on the occupants of the house.

The three were shot and taken to hospital where McLennon was pronounced dead.

No motive has been established for the attack.





crime-scene-tape.jpgA second form student of the Mona High School died yesterday after collapsing in Half-Way Tree.

Dead is Darnell Foster, who the Ministry of Education say was rushed to hospital "where he regrettably died."

Minister of Education Ruel Reid, who is currently in the United Kingdom participating in an Education Forum, has expressed condolences to the family, and will visit the school on Thursday morning on his return to the island.

The Education Ministry said that its Trauma Response team has been dispatched to the school where grief counselling is being offered to staff and students.





pentecostal-pastor-paul-hanniford.jpgA man of the frock in the Pentecostal church, Pastor Paul Hanniford has been convicted in the Home Circuit Court for having sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl.The incident took place two years ago.He's to be sentenced on February 24.

Newspaper reports say that Tuesday's in-camera trial featured testimonies from the victim who is now 15 years old, and her then five-year-old brother who witnessed the incident at the pastor's home. Kingston

Prosecutor Natallie Malcolm led evidence that fifty-five-year-old Hanniford, the pastor of a Pentecostal church, took the two children to his house under the pretence that they were going for a "drive out". According to the prosecution, the pastor gave the five-year-old boy cornflakes and put him around a dining table.

The 13-year-old girl indicated to the pastor that she wanted to use the bathroom and Hanniford accompanied her. He later removed her from the bathroom, took her to a bedroom and assaulted her.

Prosecutors led evidence that the five-year-old boy on hearing his sister crying, rushed to the room and saw the pastor assaulting his sister. Hanniford later returned the children to their mother at his church.

Prosecutors said on reuniting with his mother, the boy made several attempts to tell her about the attack in the presence of the pastor but was shut down by the minister. On the boy's fourth attempt, however, he blurted out an account of what happened.

The following day, the mother repeated what she had heard to the church elders.

Dissatisfied with their response, she took the matter to the police and Hanniford was later arrested and charged.





popcaan-buys-new-range-rover-evoque-convertible-2017.jpgThe Gaza boss Vybz Kartel has previewed a new Alkaline diss signalling his entrance in the Unruly/Gaza and Vendetta dancehall feud.

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Last Friday, Kartel called out his former protege, ('What a gwaan') Popcaan for keeping silent while Alkaline dished out disses left, right and centre, dissing him and everybody around him including his daughter and sister. "Papi...mi soon stop chop off ppl head fi u... ya gwan like u fraid a some paper soldier," the "Loodi" deejay wrote.

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"Badness? Kmft... sadamite dem Eno.. BBC #GAZANATION," Kartel wrote in the caption. The message is believed to be a shot towards Alkaline. The big question now is what direction will this beef take. Vybz Kartel, himself still has not responded to Mavado's last diss track "Nuh Friend Fire" released in November before his prison transfer to Tower Street.





scam-alert.jpgA 27-year-old businessman has been extradited to the United States of America on lottery scam charges.

He is Lavrick Willocks, otherwise known as "Lav", of Tortuga Drive in Greenwood in St James. He was extradited on Thursday to face charges of Attempt and Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud, Wire Fraud, Mail Fraud and Money Laundering Conspiracy.

It is alleged that Willocks is one of the masterminds behind a syndicate which defrauded several US citizens of more than US$5 million. A warrant was subsequently issued for his arrest and extradition.

Willocks was arrested while at a hotel in Kingston on November 16 last year. He was brought before the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court, where he waived his rights to an Extradition Hearing and was ordered extradited.

He was picked up at the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre on Thursday and flown to the United States where he was handed over to US marshals.





Revenge? St Ann businessman shot and killed

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crime-scene-gun.jpgThere is speculation that revenge could be the motive following the shooting death of businessman Alfred Whorms, on Wednesday morning in St. Ann.

Mr. Whorms, 66, had just opened his hardware store in Runaway Bay, when he was accosted by gunmen and shot in the face.

His body was discovered by an employee.

Mr. Whorms had been involved in a court battle following the shooting of a farmer in Alexandria in April 2011.

He shot and killed 42-year-old Alton Thompson during an altercation at his Grants Mountain property.

The shooting sparked two days of riots, during which police and fire units were damaged.





road-accident.jpgA 71-year-old man died after the vehicle he was driving plunged off the Flat Bridge into the Rio Cobre in Bog Walk Gorge, St Catherine early Sunday

Police have revealed his identified as Jeffrey Anglin, of Willowdene in St. Catherine.

Deputy Superintendent of the Jamaica Fire Brigade in St Catherine, James Lee, says his team was alerted about the incident around 8 o'clock.

"On arrival, the fire brigade did not see anything as the car was completely submerged. The police summoned a wrecker - the car was removed and they saw a body in the car. The body was removed and taken to the Spanish Town Hospital by the police," Lee said.

He took the opportunity to again warn motorists to be careful when using the Flat Bridge. The Bog Walk Gorge was closed to facilitate the removal of the vehicle,





court-case.jpgA taxi driver who diverted from his regular route to a secluded area with one of his passengers, whom he allegedly sexually assaulted, has been convicted of the offence.

The 29-year-old driver of Old Harbour, St Catherine, was found guilty of both rape and abduction in the St Catherine Circuit Court on Thursday.

He is scheduled to be sentenced on January 27.

He admitted to having had sex with the complainant, who was age 17 at the time of the incident, claiming that the act was with consent.





Police name Mo Bay's 10 Most Wanted

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wanted-man-2017-photo-1.jpgReputed leader of the Ratty Gang, Ryan Peterkin, who also goes by the moniker 'Ratty', is one of the most wanted men on the list of the 10 most wanted recently released by the St James Police Division.

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According to head of the St James Police Division Senior Superintendent Marlon Nesbeth, Peterkin and his Ratty Gang are responsible for "several spates of shootings and murders in the Cambridge police area".

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SSP Nesbeth recounted that on December 30 last year, during a confrontation with the police, two members of the notorious gang were shot and killed.

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"We were confronted by members of that gang who fired at the police and based on our training, we were able to manoeuvre tactically, to the extent that two of these members were shot and killed."

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In addition to Peterkin, SSP Nesbeth also pointed to Shaneil Luthan, who is convicted for murder, but who escaped custody two years ago; as well as Arnold Gayle, also called 'Guy', who is also wanted for murder.

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Others rounding off the St James police 10 most wanted list are: Jevaughn Campbell, also called 'Cooking Oil' of Mt Salem; Marcus Robinson, alias 'Rasta'; Adrian Robinson; Kevin Hemmings, also called 'Skelly', Alex Madourie, otherwise called 'Popcorn' or 'Pop'; Delano Wilmot, commonly called 'Lano' of Mother Lane, Cambridge; and Stephano Johnson otherwise called 'Sarge'.

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ORieL releases lead single from debut album

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oriel-photo-1.jpgInternational reggae artiste, ORieL, has hit the ground running for 2017, with a new single that looks to set the tone for a successful year for the Afar Music Group artiste.

A smoky love ballad best describes ORieL's latest single People Say, and although the title may sound like the song is mired in mix-up, don't be deceived...it isn't. Rather it's a smooth, credible offering which explores the various thoughts on this thing called love. As ORieL himself points out, "Love is the eternal theme and it is so mis-understood, but ironically, so easy to understand. There are so many different types of love that we could spend a lifetime talking about them, and we all know that when it comes to this particular topic, people always have a lot to say."

No stranger to exploring the love theme, ORieL, the self-proclaimed Love Souljah delivers this latest track with his usual confidence and he is satisfied that it will resonate with his ever-growing fan base.

The Afar Music Group-produced single is a track from his upcoming debut album, a project which ORieL and his team, which includes Ludwig Grant and Lloyd Willacy, are particularly excited about. The natural successor to the reggae singer's Confidence 2.0 and Love Souljah EPs, the as-yet-untitled album, which is also highly anticipated, has a April 2017 release date.

The single, People Say is currently being streamed on Soundcloud (https://soundcloud.com/afarmu sicgroup/oriel-people-say) and, according to the artiste's team, it will soon be available on all major online digital stores.





Lacklustre line-up for Trump inauguration

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donald-trump-photo-1.jpgOn Friday, US President-elect Donald Trump will be officially sworn into office, taking the title President of the United States. But the day before the vows are taken, as is tradition, a celebratory concert should take place featuring a whole host of celebrity performers.

For Barack Obama's first inauguration concert - "We Are One" - the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder and Beyoncé graced the stage.

However, Trump's line-up has been described as a little lacklustre by comparison, with majority of the A-List celebrities including Elton John, Jennifer Holliday and R. Kelly turning down a request to perform.

So far, the performers include The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Toby Keith and band 3 Doors Down, highlighting what the team is calling "The Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration.





After years of inactivity, Tuff Gong International in Jamaica will relaunch its vinyl manufacturing services thanks to a new partnership with US company Sunpress Vinyl.

Located in Kingston, Tuff Gong will undergo renovations over the coming months and re-open in spring.

In the meantime, orders will be done by Sunpress, the Florida-based plant housed in reggae pioneer Joe Gibbs' former Final Vinyl factory.

The joint venture came after record sales hit a 25-year high and with news that vinyl is on track to becoming a billion dollar industry.

Tuff Gong has been facing increasing demand, not only from musicians and labels in the Caribbean, but also from Asia.





Cops shot during tussle with detainee

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crime-scene-7.jpgTwo police constables were Wednesday night rushed to hospital after they were shot while taking a detainee into custody at the Coral Gardens Police Station.

The Corporate Communications Unit says the detainee attempted to disarm one of the cops who lost his balance in the attempt.

That's when the cop's weapon reportedly went off firing one round injuring him and another constable.

The constables were taken to hospital for treatment.





crime-scene-gun.jpgTwo children were among three people who were last night shot dead during a series of attacks in Williamsfield, Hanover.

One-year-old Daquan Davidson and five-year-old Kimani Johnson were killed about 10.50 p.m. when gunmen opened fire on their house.

Their mother and two teenagers were injured.

The police say about five minutes earlier, the same gunmen kicked off the door to the nearby house of 34-year-old Hopeton Lee and fired several shots killing him.

However, Lee's girlfriend and children who were also at home were not harmed.





hampton-heather-murray-principal.jpgCEO of the Hampton School Board, Trevor Blake, says that.principal of Hampton School, Heather Murray, will not be sent on leave, as was announced last week by Education Minister, Ruel REid.

The CEO, In a letter to Reid -- and copied to the media --- said the Board had concluded that Murray's actions "did not amount to evidence of professional misconduct in her capacity as a teacher".

Blake further stated that the school is approaching a period of examinations and the withdrawal of Murray would have 'deleterious' effects on those taking exams, and the whole student body.

Last Wednesday, Reid told the media in a release that Murray had been sent on leave. According to him, the decision was taken at a meeting with senior ministry officers, Murray, members of the Hampton School Board, and the Munro and Dickerson Trust at the ministry's head office at National Heroes' Circle.





Farewell Mr. Obama

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obama-family-photo.jpgBarack Obama's presidency is nearing its end, which begs the question -- what will he do with his last morning in power?

If he follows the lead of past presidents, an exit prank and over 100 last-minute pardons could be on the agenda.

Will Obama pen a letter for Trump?

barack-and-michelle-obama.jpgIt is likely Mr Obama will pen some personal words of advice to Donald Trump to leave on the Oval Office desk.

However, the content of the letter may not be made public for years to come.

Some of the most famous last words of presidents have included:

  • "Don't let the turkeys get you down." -- Ronald Reagan to George H W Bush.
  • "I wish you great happiness here. I never felt the loneliness some presidents have described." -- George H W Bush to Bill Clinton.
  • "If you are as happy, my dear sir, on entering this house as I am in leaving it and returning home, you are the happiest man in this country." -- James Buchanan to Abraham Lincoln.

Tea with the Trumps

donald-trump-photo-1.jpgMr Obama will enjoy his last cup of White House brew alongside Mr Trump and his wife Melania.

Like presidents before him, Mr Obama has invited the Trumps to come for tea before they all head together to the Capitol for the inauguration.

Tom Barrack, chairman of the inaugural committee, called the invite "very gracious".

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Will Obama grant more pardons? Is Buju Banton on the list?

barack-obama-and-daughters.jpgWhile tying up loose ends, past presidents have issued commutations and pardons during their final hours in office.

In 2009, George W Bush pardoned two former Border Patrol agents on his last day, and in 2001 Mr Clinton drew controversy by pardoning 141 people, including Marc Rich, a billionaire fugitive indicted on tax evasion.

barack-obama-photo-3.jpgMr Obama has already commuted 209 sentences and granted 64 pardons in his final days.

On Wednesday, he issued the most high-profile commutation of his eight-year tenure to Chelsea Manning, who was jailed for leaking classified files to WikiLeaks.

There has been speculation he could issue former secretary of state Hillary Clinton a pre-emptive pardon over any offences committed in her use of a private email server.

Doing so would protect Mrs Clinton if Mr Trump decided to pursue his threats of prosecuting her.

This would be reminiscent of former president Gerald Ford pardoning Richard Nixon before any charges were made over the Watergate scandal.





marvin-the-dancer-photo-1.jpgAnd....speaking of obeah.....Marvin the Beast, who was involved in a very public spat with his estranged wife, who is in the process of seeking a divorce, has reportedly broken his ankle. Well if he didn't, then he certainly suffered bad injury to himself when he fell during a dance routine early this week.

Actually, Marvin, who is known for his questionable dance moves, which have been criticised as sexual abuse, is now dating a prominent dancer, both of whom have been 'entertaining' on the circuit. His sisiter-in-law had taken him to task recently on social media and then the wife and Marvin's new dancer girlfriend also got into the fray. It went gutter.





robert-montague-photo-1.jpgMinister of National Security Robert Montague sent a message to criminals that his uncle is an obeah-man."This minister no fraid a oonu, my uncle is a obeah man," Montague boasted of his uncle who is practising an illegal craft for which he can be charged.

Montague advised criminals to keep their lawyers on speed dial as the security forces will be pursuing them relentlessly and without fear.

"Oonu goin run weh because we goin to pursue oonu. he warned, at an interactive session with heads of security held at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston.

Montague said a number of criminals go about with New Testament Bibles in their back pockets and guard rings claiming that "when dem turn the ring (Senior Superintendent of Police) Mr [Steve] McGregor, dem disappear an police cyaan see dem".

However, he noted that a new 304-bed facility is being constructed at the Tamarind Farm Adult Correctional Centre, and said "Commissioner Hunter a fix up a nice place fi dem... and we need people to occupy them".





Kingston, Jamaica: The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus and the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (PSOJ) have announced a unique arrangement, where PSOJ member companies will be able to benefit from evidence-based research from the Mona Campus when focusing on areas that contribute to the growth agenda. The university will also be paying more attention to those research areas guided by the Economic Growth Council's eight identified areas of growth.

The plans were announced as part of the launch of the 18th staging of the UWI Mona's Research Days at the Exhibition Seminar Room, Faculty of Medical Sciences Teaching & Research Complex on Tuesday, January 10.

The 2017 Research Days will present a range of research projects across the Mona Campus' various faculties departments and institutes, showcasing the immense scope of its efforts to add to the region's existing body of knowledge. It also will highlight the relevance of Mona's research to the lives of everyday Jamaicans.

Professor Archibald McDonald, Pro Vice Chancellor and Principal, UWI Mona, said his organization's contribution is to the benefit all communities.

"Research and innovation are only worthwhile if they have direct beneficial and positive impact on the welfare and livelihoods of the community we serve," said Prof McDonald in his welcome.

PSOJ president Paul B. Scott revealed that the two entities have brokered an agreement to offer more scholarships to fund research.

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Prof. Archibald McDonald (second right), Pro Vice-Chancellor and Principal of UWI Mona Campus discusses future plans for the UWI/Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) partnership with (from left) Dennis Chung, PSOJ CEO; Former Governor General of Jamaica, Professor Sir Kenneth Hall; Prof. Denise Eldemire-Shearer, Chairman of the Research Days Steering Committee and Paul B Scott, President of the PSOJ at the UWI Research Days 2017 launch held on Tuesday, January 10 at the Exhibition Seminar Room at the Faculty of Medical Sciences Teaching and Research Complex, UWI Mona Campus.

"In our small island nation we must realize that we cannot develop businesses without research. We the private sector must drive innovation," said Mr. Scott.

He went on to say that the private sector must engage partnerships relevant to their own goals.

"We must support research and development, done efficiently and scientific as it is at the UWI... You have our support and confidence," Scott declared.

UWI Research Days 2017 will give insight on over 70 areas of research across the University's programmes under the theme, "Driving Development through Research and Innovation". The research on display will include work from Humanities and Education, Medical Sciences, Faculty of Law, Institute for Gender and Development Studies, Mona Social Sciences, Mona Geoinfomatix Limited, The Centre for Disability Studies, The Disaster Risk Prevention Centre, Caribbean Child Development Centre and The Consortium for Social Development And Research.

"Partnerships such as these show the importance of UWI Research Days, which is relevant to this country," said Professor Denise Eldemire-Shearer, UWI Mona Research Days Steering Committee Chairperson. "UWI facilitated and executed research is necessary, because since we are a local institution, we have an understanding of the local situation -- culturally, economically, politically, and socially."

Professor Eldemire-Shearer went on to outline a few of UWI's contributions to national policies.

"Firstly, the PATH (Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education) was influenced by the early research of Patricia Anderson and Michael Witter in 1991. Our environmental law has been fashioned by the research done by Professor Mona Webber and company over in the Marine Sciences; and currently, the climate change policies are being influenced by the work of Professor Michael Taylor and his group. UWI research has shaped Jamaican national policies from 20 years ago through to now," she expounded.

Attendees at UWI Research Days 2017 on the Mona Campus will also be able to view interactive displays over three days from February 1 - 3, 2017.

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About The UWI: Since its inception in 1948, The University of the West Indies (UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged, regional University with well over 40,000 students. Today, UWI is the largest, most longstanding higher education provider in the Commonwealth Caribbean, with four campuses in Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Open Campus. The UWI has faculty and students from more than 40 countries and collaborative links with 160 universities globally; it offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Food & Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science and Technology and Social Sciences. UWI's seven priority focal areas are linked closely to the priorities identified by CARICOM and take into account such over-arching areas of concern to the region as environmental issues, health and wellness, gender equity and the critical importance of innovation. For more information, visit www.uwi.edu (Please note that the proper name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of the "The", hence The UWI.)

For further information, please contact: Carlette DeLeon at 876-383-9768 or e-mail at arlette@breakthroughall.com





Teen shot dead in Hanover

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crime-scene-gun.jpgThe Hanover police are now probing the murder of a teenager who was shot multiple times in his community, Sunday night.

The deceased has been identified as 18-year-old Royan Gowan of Claremont, Hanover.

Reports are that about 10 pm, residents of Claremont heard several loud explosions and alerted the police, who upon their arrival, saw Gowan suffering from what appeared to be gunshot wounds to his head and other parts of his body. He was rushed to the Noel Holmes Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

No motive have so far been established for the killing.





burchell-taylor-bethel-baptist.jpgPastor of the Bethel Baptist Church in St. Andrew, Reverend Dr. Burchell Taylor, will be the new speaker at the 2017 National Leadership Prayer Breakfast this Thursday.

This was confirmed by Reverend Dr Stevenson Samuels, Chairman of the National Leadership Prayer Breakfast Committee.

Dr. Taylor replaces Moravian minister Bishop Stanley Clarke, who withdrew as speaker last week amid a sex scandal currently involving the Moravian Church in Jamaica.

The president and vice president of the Moravian Church have also vacated their positions following the case now before the court involving a senior pastor and a minor.





Father, daughter killed after tree falls on house

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father-and-daughter-killed-tree-falls-on-house.jpgA father and daughter died on Tay Street in the community of Buckfield, St. Ann early Monday morning after a tree fell on their house.

Shaun Shaw, otherwise called Randy, and his 13-year-old daughter, Sandy Shaw were killed while they slept.

Mr. Shaw's 11-year-old son was also injured.

Residents say they heard a rushing sound as well as screaming coming from the house about 2:15 a.m. They investigated and found Mr. Shaw and his daughter dead in the house, while his son was rescued and taken to hospital.





moravian-sex-pastor-rupert-clarke.jpgThree senior members of the local Church community were scheduled to be questioned by investigators from the Centre for Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) on Monday, following allegations of sexual misconduct being made about them.

This was disclosed by Superintendent Enid Ross Stewart, head of CISOCA. She declined to reveal details of the investigations, but commented that the men are high ranking members of the Church.

The investigation comes on the heels of the recent arrest and charge of Moravian pastor Rupert Clarke. Reverend Clarke is accused of having sex with a 15 year old girl.

The clergyman, who is under investigation regarding other allegations, is scheduled to return to court on February 13.





fiennes-as-michael-jackson-ap-reuters.jpgSky has said it will not air a TV programme about Michael Jackson after his daughter said she was "incredibly offended" by the portrayal of him.

The episode - part of a series called Urban Myths - was due to air on Sky Arts.

Sky released a statement on Friday saying they had pulled one episode after concerns were raised by Paris Jackson. The broadcaster said it never intended to cause any offence.

More than 20,000 people also signed a petition to boycott the half-hour episode.

The petition particularly objected to a white man's casting as Jackson instead of a black actor.





Alkaline to headline event in Jamaica in March

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alkaline-photo-10.jpgAfter a nearly three-year absence from the local scene, the popular dancehall artiste is set to perform at New Rules -- an event set for Kingston on March 25.

A poster for the event has been circulating online and Brownstone Entertainment, one of the promoters of the event, confirmed that Alkaline -- known for hits including Champion Boy, Move Mountains, Block and Delete, Spoil, City and his recent track Microwave -- would be on the show.

The promotional team says they are not able to provide any details at this time, but will inform the public once more information is available.





Busy Signal gets back US visa; now in the States

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busy-signal-photo-12.jpgFifteen years after departing the United States and being unable to return, dancehall artiste Busy Signal this week touched down on American soil.

The artiste took to social media to update fans and also to give God thanks for his return to the US. Busy was flung in a US jail for 6 months after the long arm of the law caught up with him and exposed his past life.

Busy is expected to spend a few days in the country before jetting off to Europe where he will perform at seventeen shows between January 28 and February 21.

The European tour will see Busy Signal going to countries such as Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden and Finland.

Busy Signal returned to the US after being arrested at Norman Manley International Airport in May 2012 on an extradition warrant.

He was subsequently locked up in US federal prison for two months for absconding bail.





Hampton principal Heather Murray says sorry

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hampton-heather-murray-principal.jpgPrincipal of the Hampton School Heather Murray has issued an apology for her action at the bail hearing of Moravian pastor Rupert Clarke a week ago.

Clarke is before the St Elizabeth Parish Court on a charge of having sex with someone under the age of 16 years.

According to Murray, she was so immersed in the emotional trauma of the hurt and embarrassment which the wife of the accused was experiencing, that she failed to realise that her presence in the precincts of the Court could possibly be misconstrued as taking the side of her husband rather than the victim.See full text of apology below:

The past few days have been among the most difficult periods of my life.

I attended the in camera arraignment of Rupert Clarke at the special request of Mrs Yvonne Clarke, my sister and friend, who relied on me for total support during a period of intense physical and emotional distress.

This state of personal turmoil rendered her incapable of being present at the Black River Courthouse while the Resident Magistrate was considering an application for bail.

On a personal level, I had become so immersed in the emotional trauma of the hurt and embarrassment which the wife of the accused was experiencing, that I failed to realise that my presence in the precincts of the Court could possibly be misconstrued as taking the side of her husband rather than the victim. In my sisterly embrace and response of loyalty to her, I failed to take into account that my being there could expose my office or the institution I head to any hint of controversy or cloud of misunderstanding.

At the start of the new school term yesterday (Monday) morning, I apologised to my ladies who greeted me with love and understanding. Now that I have also apologised to the Munro and Dickenson Trust, as well as the Hampton School Board, I hereby offer a fulsome apology to the education community and Jamaica for my presence and actions in Black River which have been misinterpreted as support for the individual accused of rape and molestation of a fifteen year old girl.

The very thought that this might have been conveyed, grieves me deeply. It would contradict everything I have stood for over my lifetime as a teacher, Principal, mother, wife and woman. In this regard, my record of protecting all those under my care can withstand the most exacting scrutiny. There are countless teachers, pupils, parents and workers in the field who can all attest to my resolute and consistent stand against any form of sexual abuse or exploitation.

I also accept that it was imprudent and inappropriate for me to take any steps in the precincts of the Courthouse, irrespective of the legal stipulations, which could interfere with the rights of the free press or impede the work of media practitioners in the pursuit of duty.

Finally, I pledge that I will continue to faithfully serve and protect the children under my care as I have always done throughout my forty years of service to the education system of Jamaica.

Heather Murray (Mrs.)

January 10, 2017





hampton-heather-murray-principal.jpgHeather Murray, principal of the all-girls, St Elizabeth-based institution, Hampton School, has been sent on two weeks leave.

According to the Education Ministry, Mrs Murray is also expected to go for professional counselling services given what was described as her recent emotional stress.

At the same time, the school board has been given until January 30 to submit a full report to the Education Ministry on Murray's action outside the St Elizabeth Parish Court last week Wednesday, January 4.

Television footage showed Murray attempting to block the media from taking images of Rupert Clarke, the 64-year-old pastor of the Nazareth Moravian Church charged with having sex with a minor.





moravian-church.jpgmoravian-president-paul-gardner.jpgOn Thursday, President of the Moravian Church in Jamaica Dr. Paul Gardner and Vice-President Jermaine Gibson resigned from their positions.

Thursday's resignations in the Moravian Church came days after Dr. Thompson produced e-mails contradicting claims by the church leadership that it had no previous knowledge of allegations of misconduct against Reverend Clarke.

The turmoil inside the church has been rapid since the arrest of Reverend Rupert Clarke on sexual offence charges.

An independent committee is said to be probing allegations against them. Dr. Thompson argues that the time has come for an overhaul of procedures within the Moravian Church.

As the Church reels from another round of conflict within its ranks, it is being asked to take a different approach to its problems.

Former Moravian Minister Dr. Canute Thompson, has called for the denomination to begin the process this weekend.

The e-mails between Dr. Canute Thompson and Dr. Gardner date back to 2014.





PM Holness in Israel

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andrew-holness-photo-4.jpgPrime Minister Andrew Holness has invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to make an official visit to Jamaica, following a meeting yesterday in Jerusalem.

The two men discussed possibilities for cooperation in water, agriculture and domestic security.

"Jamaica, like Israel, is a strong democracy, and we have long admired the advances that Israel has made in technology, particularly in cyber security and in agriculture, and in other areas. The potential for cooperation between our two countries is great and Jamaica is very interested in exploring those areas of cooperation," a Jamaica House release quoted Holness.

"The Jamaican people and the Caribbean region is a zone of peace, and we wish peace for all the peoples of the world. And we do extend our sympathies to the people of Israel for the very unfortunate attack on your soldiers recently.





moravian-bishop-stanley-clarke-jan-13.jpgReports are that Bishop of the Moravian Church, Stanley Clark has withdrawn as speaker for this year's National Leadership Prayer Breakfast.

Chairman of the National Leadership Prayer Breakfast Committee, Rev Dr Stevenson Samuels, has confirmed that Bishop Stanley Clark, former President of the Moravian Church in Jamaica, advised the Breakfast Committee that the current controversy engulfing his denomination could overshadow the message he would wish to deliver to the nation at the breakfast.

He condemns the alleged actions of his colleague minister and regrets the harm inflicted on the victim, her family, the church and the nation. The Committee will announce his replacement on Monday, January 16.

The National Leadership Prayer breakfast will be held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on Thursday, January 19, 2017, under the theme: God Empowered Intervention for Transformation.





crime-scene-gun.jpgA security officer, who is also reported to have been a businessman, was attacked and shot dead on Thursday night while playing dominoes on Sydenham Avenue in Spanish Town, St Catherine.

His licensed Sig Sauer 9mm pistol was taken by the lone gunman who sprung the attack, the police reported.

Dead is 55-year-old Trevor Cole of Horizon Park in Spanish Town.

Police reports indicated that Cole was among a group of people playing dominoes at a shop at about 9:30 p.m., when the gunman approached and opened fire, hitting Cole several times.

Cole was pronounced dead at hospital.

No one else was injured in the attack.





moravian-minister-sex-charge-ruperrt-clarke.jpg"Shockwaves" is the term being used to describe the possible arrest and charge of two prominent churchmen.. It is reported that they are likely to be charged next week as investigators are finalising statements.

The Jamaican church leaders are under investigation by CISOCA as well as the Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB).

According to a senior investigator, the police have collected several statements from persons alleging that they were sexually abused.

The investigator said that the two individuals are "major" figures in the church community in Jamaica and their arrests will create more shockwaves.

The news comes a little more than a week after Moravian Pastor Rupert Clarke was charged for having sex with a minor in St. Elizabeth.

He is facing more trouble as investigators have collected additional statements against him. They say more charges are pending when he returns to court on February 13.vv





alkaline-vybz-kartel.jpgDancehall bad boys, Alkaline and Vybz Kartel are leading the 2017 Youth View Awards nominations.

Alkaline is the top contender with a total of 10 nominations across 9 categories including Favourite Local Chart -- Topping Song of the Year and Favourite Dancehall Artiste. Vybz Kartel came in second with eight nods across seven top categories including the two that Alkaline are listed in.

Kartel's former protege Popcaan and his frequent collaborator Spice tied for six nominations. Popcaan is also up for both Topping Song of the Year and Favourite Dancehall Artiste. Spice is contending for Favourite Local Female Artiste of the Year and Young Hot and Hype Female of the Year. Konshens, who had a great year last year, picked up five nods including the Song of the Year category for his chart topper "Bruck Off Yuh Back."

Female dancehall newcomer Shenseea and Ding Dong each shared four nominations, while Mavado and Ishawna picked up three. This is particularly interesting given the great year that Mavado had on the local dancehall scene with a slew of hits.

This year the Youth View Awards will be celebrating its 10-year anniversary having launched in 2008 with a mandate to appreciate the Jamaican entertainment culture and a big part of that culture is dancehall music. This year's event will be held on February 8, 2017 at the National Indoor Sports Arena in St Andrew. The awards will be hosted by Yendi Phillips and Bambino.





tommy-lee-sparta-photo-13.jpgWebsite Urban Islandz is reporting that deejay Tommy Lee Sparta has won a US$3 million lawsuit against the Dominica government, however in the same article it quotes Tommy Lee's lawyer Bert Samuels as saying that they are still in negotiations.

The dancehall deejay filed the lawsuit in 2014 after an incident in which he was barred from entering the island upon arrival for a concert. The deejay complained that he was treated inhumanely and had to sleep overnight on a cold concrete floor inside a cell. He was traveling with his entourage which includes then manager Heavy D. After returning home to Jamaica, Tommy Lee filed a $3 million lawsuit against the Dominican government for violating his civil rights based on the CARICOM's Treaty of Chaguaramas.

According to the gossip website "Tommy Lee Sparta says he will be swimming in cash after winning a US$3 million lawsuit against the Dominican government."

During a recent interview with radio host Mutabaruka, Tommy Lee Sparta revealed that he will be getting a lot of cash after the pending settlement concluded. "Me a get a lot cash, man, everybody who pressure me will have to pay me," the artist said.

Tommy Lee's attorney Bert Samuels confirmed that Dominican authorities made the deejay an offer but they are currently in negotiation to reach a final settlement.





obama-cry-farewell-speech.jpg"For all our outward differences, we are all in this together," he said, warning that naked partisanship, racism, and inequality all threaten democracy. "We rise or fall as one."

"All of us, regardless of party, should throw ourselves into the task of rebuilding our democratic institutions."

The incoming Republican president has smashed convention, vowed to efface Obama's legacy and hurled personal insults left and right, while in a virtually unprecedented move US intelligence has accused the Kremlin of seeking to tip the election in Trump's favor.

Democrats, cast into the political wilderness with the loss of the White House, the Senate and the House of Representatives plus a majority of statehouses, are struggling to regroup.

Obama painted the task ahead as a generational challenge.

- Emotional finale -

"A faith in reason and enterprise and the primacy of right over might," he said, had allowed the United States to "resist the lure of fascism and tyranny during the Great Depression, and build a post-World War II order with other democracies."

"That order is now being challenged," said Obama in comments that resonate as Americans ponder whether Russia helped to put Trump in the White House.

"First by violent fanatics who claim to speak for Islam; more recently by autocrats in foreign capitals who see free markets, open democracies, and civil society itself as a threat to their power."

"The peril each poses to our democracy is more far-reaching than a car bomb or a missile."

Obama's last trip on Air Force One was a pilgrimage to Chicago, where he addressed a sell-out crowd of some 18,000 not far from where he delivered his victory speech eight years ago.

Diehard fans -- many African Americans -- braved Chicago's frigid winter to collect free tickets, which were selling for upwards of $1,000 a piece on Craigslist.

They were joined by First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill -- who the president described as "family" in an emotional finale to his speech.

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Wiping a tear from his eye, Obama paid a poignant tribute to his own family, his daughter Malia who was present and Sasha who stayed in Washington because of an exam, and the first lady who he addressed as his best friend.

"You took on a role you didn't ask for and made it your own with grace and grit and style and good humor," he said. "A new generation sets its sights higher because it has you as a role model. You've made me proud. You've made the country proud."

Obama also acknowledged that his historic presidency was not a panacea for the country's racist past.

"After my election, there was talk of a post-racial America," he said. "Such a vision, however well-intended, was never realistic. Race remains a potent and often divisive force in our society."

- Life after White House -

With an approval rating hovering around 55 percent, according to a Quinnipiac University poll, Obama still carries considerable political weight.

Some 51 percent of Americans polled believe that Trump is doing a bad job as president-elect.

Trump's unorthodox politics have thrown the 55-year-old Obama's transition and post-presidency plans into flux.

Having vowed a smooth handover of power, Obama has found himself being increasingly critical of Trump as he prepares to leave office on January 20.

After that there will still be a holiday and an autobiography, but Obama could find himself dragged backed into the political fray if Trump were to enact a Muslim registry or deport adults brought to the United States years ago by their parents.





Police in St Elizabeth have confirmed reports of intimidation against the family of the 15 year-old girls who was allegedly sexually molested by Moravian Pastor, Rupert Clarke.

However, they say that they are still investigating, although no statements have been given.

Police charged the 64-year-old clergyman after they said a patrol then found him with the girl in a "compromising position" in his parked motor vehicle near Nain, St Elizabeth, on the night of December 28.

Clarke, who was granted $800,000 bail on January 4, is to return to court on February 13.

Since news broke about the incident, there have been raging debates on social media, which have been aggravated by the action of Hampton School Principal Heather Murray, who attempted to blocked television cameras at Clarke's bail hearing.

In the face of condemnation for her attendance in court, Murray issued a statement explaining that she had gone to give support to her friend, who is the pastor's wife, but the calls for her resignation as chief administrator at the all girls school have not ceased.





ganja-seized.jpgTwo men were taken into custody by the police during an operation in St Catherine in which 550 pounds of compressed ganja with an estimated value of $1.5 million was seized.

The police say the men's identities are being withheld pending further investigations.

The police say about 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon a team was conducting an anti-narcotics operation on West Avenue in Sydenham, St Catherine, when the ganja was discovered in a storeroom at an establishment.

The police theorise that the ganja was prepared for export.

Meanwhile, the police are reporting that a St James woman was arrested yesterday at the Norman Manley International Airport for breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act.

The police say the woman was intercepted by detectives as she attempted to board a flight for Montserrat.

The police say her suitcase was searched and nine-pounds of compressed ganja were found.

She was subsequently taken into custody.





Six people, including two women, believed to be a part of a lottery scam syndicate operating out of Westmoreland and St James, were last week arrested and charged under the Law Reform Act.

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Police report that they have charged Christiana Curtis, 22, customer service agent of 34 Coral Gable, Independence City in Portmore, St Catherine; Landique Woodbourne, 25, of Cambridge, St James; Fabian Ramsey, 27; Viviene Duncan, 39; and Gideon Wright, 22, all of Lambs River in Westmoreland; and Danny Williams, 31 of Darliston district in the same parish.

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The accused, said to be members of an organisation which has affiliates islandwide, were subsequently released on station bail and are scheduled to appear in the St James Parish Court on February 1.

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Police said they were arrested during a series of operations carried out by the Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch (C-TOC) between January 3 and 9 in Westmoreland, St Catherine, and St James, following allegations that they defrauded a 56-year-old, retired United States citizen of over $3 million.





The care and protection case for the 15-year-old St Elizabeth girl involved in the rape and carnal abuse case against Moravian pastor Rupert Clarke is to go before the St Elizabeth Parish Court on Thursday.

The teenager and another sibling from the same home are now in State care. Reports are that the teenage girl is one of 10 children from a poor family in the extremely rural community; her mother reportedly moved to St Elizabeth after the death of the children's father.

Sources say the family now lives in an abandoned building in an area off the beaten path without plumbing and electricity.

It has been noted that this is the kind of condition which enables lustful men and sexual predators to prey on young victims under the guise of being their saviour.





moravian-sex-pastor-rupert-clarke.jpgThe sense of outrage over the actions of Moravian Pastor Rupert Clarke

Here are some of the comments:

"I wish that women from all denominations, who were abused by pastors and other men of the cloth would step out and speak out. Too many of them have got away with it. These wolves in sheep clothing should be exposed. Young people's lives have been scarred while these scoundrels live lofty lives and don't care one damn."

"This is a big problem in society, and the church is no different. Many of the.leaders think it is okay to be an untouchable, because they wear a collar, or have a religious title, whilst the sins of the rest of us becomes an issue. God said it in His word, Numbers 32: 23; "Be sure your sins will find you out".

We are a bunch of 'churchgoers' who believe in the creature (pastors, bishops, etc) and not the Creator. But for His Grace and Mercy, we would all be outcasts. Too many of these leaders set rules but do NOT abide by the guidelines of the Word. Noise and emotions only, to scare people into believing, but not surrendering the old nature. This man and many others in the church, are predators, practicing; wolves in sheep's clothing.

"Can a leopard change its spots? No, but hearts can be transformed. From the abundance of the heart, flows the issues of life. This behaviour did not creep upon the pastor Clarke, if true, this is his secret practice, away from the pulpit.

If what is being said by Dr Thompson about the handling of a report on pastor Clarke's previous behaviour, by Dr Gardener, then this might be a tip of the iceberg. How many more of this kind of behaviour, is known. "Did congregants condone, look the other way, deny or gossip?

Too many spots, too many wrinkles, too much religious practices and NO relationship with Christ. We worship with our lips but our hearts are so far from God. Hearts of DARKNESS. May God be Merciful and heal those taken advantage of; the very vulnerable and young children."

"It is sad to admit but there's really double standard in the churches today. I have discovered this painful fact. There are two set of rules. Some do and will get away with it and judgement on some for the said offence. I pray we will all do as the Bible states that there should be no biases. God is NOT bias."

"My mother used to say, every day bucket go a well one day de bottom left right there. I guess that the church conducts a system of see,hear and speak no evil. They point to others and fail to see that four fingers are pointing right back at them. Now with this revelation what can the head of the church say in their defense - protecting the pastor and the church image I guess. Those who rant, rave, stomp and shout are the same ones doing exactly what they are telling people not to do - Jimmy Swaggart is a good example."

"The "Church" is merely used as another social climbing organization. This sexual assault of a minor by any geriatric minister may not have happened without his access to tax exempt church funds and whatever hopes and dreams his vehicular motel fueled in this youngster's head. This morally depleted social climber needs to be allowed to fall freely to earth. The Organization which has allowed anyone to abuse privileges needs to have their comeuppance. The Ten Commandments is an easily understood document which church leaders may be able to find in the Bible."

"This church leader knew that this Pastor was a sexual predator years ago.They knew what he was involved in hence the reason for his transfer.It does not matter if this Mr Thompson is an ex minister.His story holds facts.Mr Gardener needs to explain what he knows and when he heard."





Authorities on Tuesday removed 1.4 kilograms of cocaine -- estimated to worth $455,700 on the street -- which had been hidden in a female passengers groin area at the Donald Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, St James.

The Jamaican woman, who the police said resides in Canada, was at the security checkpoint about 2:30 pm, where she was scheduled to board a Sunwing flight destined to Toronto.

During a search of her body, the illicit drug was found wrapped in a cylindrical parcel in a green and black sock hidden in her underwear and tucked in her groin area, the lawmen reported.

She was subsequently taken into custody. Her identity is being withheld pending further investigations.





Two brothers have been hospitalised after they were attacked by gunmen in Race Track, Clarendon.

Reports are that shortly after 3:30 this morning, armed men kicked in the door of a house in Race Track, near Denbigh in May Pen, and opened fire on two brothers, one five years old and the other 16, while they slept.

They were rushed to hospital where they have been admitted. The 16-year-old is said to be in serious condition.

The Clarendon police are investigating.





moravian-minister-sex-charge-ruperrt-clarke.jpgThe Education Minister Ruel Reid has asked for a full report on all the developments regarding Hampton School principal Heather Murray's presence and actions at court on Wednesday.

She says she was supporting the wife of Reverend Rupert Clarke, the head of the Nazareth Moravian Church in Manchester; the pastor is charged with having sex with a minor.

Murray, who is the head of the all-girls institution, says she is a good friend of Pastor Clarke's wife. Report s are that the minor who the Moravian pastor was caught having sex with also attends Hampton School

Reid has also called for a discussion with the Mrs Murray and the chairman of Hampton School so the matter can be resolved. The meeting should take place by next Wednesday.

Reverend Clarke, who is the head of the Nazareth Moravian Church in Manchester, has been offered $800,000 bail after being charged with having sex with a minor.

He is to return to the St. Elizabeth Parish Court on February 13.





jamaican-man-killed-norval-barrett.jpgThe fiancé of Norval Barrett, the man who was shot and killed during a police pre-planned firearms operation in Cayman, has shared several photos of herself alongside her now deceased fiancé, wrote on Facebook, "Baby wake up please, I need you."

The former accountant also made another post which read, "The love of my life even though you fly away to sleep. Sleep baby sleep until I'm there to wake you up again. I will always love u my baby, words aren't enough to say. RIP my dear lover and friend Norval Maconia Barrett the great one. Shhhhh baby sleep."

Since Martin's post, there has been an outpouring of support from her friends on Facebook who have sent condolences, while others reacted to the post by noting that they heard the tragic developments on the news.

According to police, the operation to execute a firearms warrant and detain a 34-year-old Jamaica man went awry when the suspect exited the premises with a firearm.

A number of shots were fired and the suspect was injured.

Two tactical medical officers, one of whom is an advanced EMT, were part of the operation.

They immediately provided primary medical aid to the suspect and executed basic life support protocols until the ambulance arrived.





Caribbean Airlines (CAL) has been forced to make changes to its flight schedule after a gunman shot and killed five people at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida on Friday.

The Trinidad-based airline said that due to the incident in which at least eight other people were injured, some services had been affected.

Caribbean Airlines said BW 3481 will depart Fort Lauderdale at 7:15 a.m. on January 7 and arrive at Piarco International Airport at noon.

It said that BW 036, which makes a stop in Kingston, Jamaica, will operate on January 7 as BW 3036.

The estimated departure time from Fort Lauderdale is 3:10 p.m., with the estimated arrival time at Norman Manley International Airport Kingston at 4:50 p.m.

"Customers booked on the above services are also advised that no date change penalties apply," Caribbean Airlines said.

"All Caribbean Airlines services to and from Hollywood International on January 7 will operate as per the regular scheduled times."

Police said Esteban Santiago, 26, had been arrested after he surrendered following the shooting incident at the baggage claim area of Terminal 2 at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood

The suspect was taken into custody uninjured.





The Ministry of Health is reporting that two imported cases of malaria have been confirmed in Jamaica.

In a release this afternoon, the health ministry said the infection was found in a Jamaican who was living in Ghana and returned to the island in November 2016, while the second person is an Indian national who entered the island in March 2016.

Last year, there were three imported cases of malaria infection.

The symptoms of malaria include fever, chills, headache, sweats, fatigue, nausea and vomiting.

Malaria was eradicated from Jamaica in 1961. However, there was an outbreak in 2006 and an emergency response led to a re-elimination in 2009.

The malaria parasite is transmitted to humans by the infected bite of the female Anopheles mosquitoes called "malaria vectors". There are more than 30 anopheline species that transmit malaria and Anopheles albimanus is considered the principal vector for transmission in Jamaica.

The infected persons are currently under observation.

The Ministry of Health is urging Jamaicans to be cautious when travelling to countries affected by malaria.





The Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control, (JCTC), is taking issue with several activities which it argues amount to breaches of the framework convention for tobacco control.

It is also seeking urgent legislative intervention to deal with other forms of restrictions on the promotion of tobacco use.

Board Member, Deborah Chen, says close monitoring is needed because of the many ways in which the framework convention is being breached.

She argues that without proper regulation, tobacco use could be openly promoted and the risk increases for usage by young persons.

Meanwhile, the coalition is also seeking urgent legislative action to tackle certain types of advertising which it believes harm the public.

"Right now, in the absence of the comprehensive tobacco control legislation - we are pushing for the full comprehensive legislation to be done. We would like an update as to where the government is, in relation to that legislation because that is what will protect the public - particularly our youth as we are very concerned about them getting encouraged to start smoking," said board member for the Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control, Deborah Chen.

And the government has indicated that by the end of this year, data from research currently being conducted will be available to guide its decision in finalising regulations.





caricel-logo.jpgIt will be known later this month if an injunction will be granted blocking the revocation or suspension of the telecommunications licence issued to Symbiote Investments. The Supreme Court will hand down its decision on January 24.

The gag order remains in effect until the ruling.

Symbiote, which trades as Caricel, is trying to prevent the Jamaican Government from revoking its licence which was issued last year.

The licence was granted last year, despite disapproval from the Contractor General's Office and it has come under additional scrutiny from the US Embassy which has since revoked the visas of some officials of Caricel.





moravian-minister-sex-charge-ruperrt-clarke.jpgThe St Elizabeth police have now opened a wider investigation into sex crimes allegedly perpetrated by a 60-year-old Moravian minister of religion.

The pastor was last night arrested and is now facing the possibility of rape and carnal abuse of a 15-year-old girl.

The police report that about 9 o'clock last night, a team was on patrol in a community near Black River when they observed a parked car that aroused their suspicion.

They went to investigate and reportedly found the pastor in a compromising position with the child.

He was immediately taken into police custody.

Police investigators spent several hours today questioning a parent of the child and other family members.





crime-scene-knife.jpgA man who resides in the United States, who visited the St Ann's Bay Police Station with a stab wound over a week ago, died in hospital on Tuesday, the police are reporting.

The deceased is 69-year-old Dalbert Clarke, otherwise called 'Delroy', a retired plumber of Orlando, Florida and Discovery Bay, St Ann.

Clarke reportedly turned up at the Runaway Bay police station about 3:00 am on Monday, December 26, with a stab wound to his abdomen.

He was assisted to the St Ann's Bay Hospital, where he was admitted in a serious condition.

There has been no indication of the circumstances under which the stabbing took place.

He reportedly succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday.

The police are asking anyone with information that can assist with their investigations, to contact the St Ann's Bay police at 972-2209, police 119 emergency number, or the nearest police station.





missionaries.jpgOne of the suspects in the killing of two American missionaries in St Mary in April last year has escaped police custody.

Twenty-five-year-old Dwight Henry, otherwise called 'Dougie' and 'Chino' of Wentworth, St Mary escaped this afternoon.

It's understood that Henry, who was being held at the Oracabessa Police Station, complained about feeling ill.

He was taken to the Port Maria Hospital this afternoon where he reportedly escaped.

Head of the St Mary Police, deputy superintendent Dwight Powell, confirmed the escape but was unable to say how Henry escaped.

Henry was charged with murder and illegal possession of a firearm in June last year.

Andre Thomas was also charged by the police in June 2016 in relation to the murders of the missionaries.

Forty-eight-year-old Randy Hentzel was found dead in Wentworth district in St Mary on Saturday, April 30, and his missionary colleague 53-year-old Harold Nichols was found dead the following day.





New York Times has designated Kingston as one of the top 52 Best Places to Go in 2017, much to the delight of tourism partners and stakeholders.

New York Times, one of the leading newspapers in the United States, made the announcement today, listing Jamaica's capital at number 24.

The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) described the designation as an "enviable" one, saying in a news release Wednesday that it comes on the heels of the first anniversary of Kingston being named a UNESCO Creative City of Music.

In highlighting the attributes of Kingston, the New York Times article cited the city's cultural offerings such as the One World Rocksteady Music Festival, the newly opened Peter Tosh Museum and the dub club music parties.

The article also named local spots Usain Bolt's Tracks & Records and Chateau 7 Gourmet Jerk Centre as must-go places to eat, while Courtyard by Marriott and Spanish Court Hotels were recognised as ideal places to stay.





moravian-minister-sex-charge-ruperrt-clarke.jpgManchester-based pastor Robert Clarke, 64, a longstanding minister of the Moravian Church, was granted bail when his matter was brought up in the St Elizabeth Parish Court on Wednesday.

Minister Clarke was charged with rape and having sexual knowledge of a person under 16; he was offered bail in the sum of J$800,000 with one or two sureties.

As a condition of his bail, the Moravian pastor is to report to the Mile Gully Police Station every Saturday between the 6:00 am and 6:00 pm. A stop order has also been placed on him and he was ordered to surrender his travel documents.

The allegations are that about 9:00 pm on December 28, a motorised police patrol in the deep-rural community of Austin in Myersville, south east St Elizabeth, close to the Alpart plant in Nain, came upon a parked car in a secluded area. Further inspection revealed the pastor and a 15-year-old in what the police described as a "compromising position".





Haramber the gorilla became the 'Meme of 2016'

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gorilla-harambe.jpgHis was the face which launched a thousand memes - so why did Harambe the gorilla capture 2016's collective online psyche?

It was a sad story that could have been even sadder. In May, a three-year-old child fell into an enclosure at Cincinnati Zoo. One of the Western lowland gorillas inside started dragging the boy around.

"Mommy's right here! Mommy loves you!" the boy's mother shouted, as bystanders became increasingly panicked.

Finally, fearing that the boy's life was in danger, a zoo worker killed Harambe with a single shot. The boy escaped without serious injury.

The events were captured on a YouTube video which has been watched millions of times.

Harambe's death touched off a heated - if predictable - debate about zoo welfare standards and whether lethal force was necessary.

But what wasn't expected was what came next. Harambe became memeified. His image was spread far and wide throughout the internet. He became the subject of serious and unserious campaigns. And he was even memorialised in song.





crime-scene-gun.jpgPolice in Istanbul are hunting for a gunman who opened fire at a well-known nightclub, killing at least 39 people.

The attack happened at Reina nightclub early on Sunday, as hundreds of revellers marked the new year.

Officials say some 15 foreigners were killed, including citizens from Israel, France, Tunisia, Lebanon, India, Belgium, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.

The attacker left his gun before "taking advantage of the chaos" and fleeing the scene, Turkey's PM said.

Binali Yildirim also confirmed the gunman was not dressed as Santa Claus, contradicting earlier reports.

The attack unfolded some 75 minutes into the new year as around 700 people gathered in the waterside Reina club, one of Istanbul's most upmarket venues.

The attacker shot dead a policeman and a security guard at the entrance before heading into the club, which is popular with celebrities and foreigners.

Eyewitnesses described seeing dozens of bodies lying on the floor. Some revellers reportedly threw themselves into the Bosphorus to escape the carnage.

"Gunshots rang out. When those sounds were heard, many girls fainted," professional footballer Sefa Boydas told AFP news agency.

He said people appeared to be crushed as they ran away. "They say 35 to 40 died but it's probably more because when I was walking, people were walking on top of people."





hollyweed-hollywood-sign.jpgHollywood residents awoke Sunday morning to find the iconic Hollywood sign had been altered to read "Hollyweed" in an apparent New Year's Day prank.

The sign was vandalized about 3 a.m. by a male suspect who was recorded on surveillance video, said Lt. Guy Juneau of the Los Angeles Police Department's Security Services Division.

Dressed in all black, the unidentified vandal scaled Mount Lee, made his way over a fence and then climbed onto each of the landmark's "O" letters, the lieutenant said. He then draped those letters with black tarps so they each appeared as a lowercase "e."

The suspect remained at large hours after the incident. If arrested, he would face a misdemeanor trespassing charge, according to the LAPD.

The agency also notified the city's Department of General Services, whose officers patrol Griffith Park and the area near the sign.

As bemused tourists looked on from a nearby vantage point, park rangers removed the tarps and restored the proper text's visibility by 11:15 a.m.





kim-burrell-gays-beli.jpgGospel singer Kim Burrell says she makes "no excuses or apologies" for a sermon at a Houston church where she referred to gays and lesbians as perverted. She said that she has never discriminated against gays and lesbians. "I love you and God loves you," she said. "But God hates the sin."

A tape of Burrell preaching at the Love & Liberty Fellowship Church began circulating online. She said that "the perverted homosexual spirit, and the spirit of delusion and confusion, it has deceived many men and women." She referred to specific homosexual acts as perverted.

Meanwhile, Burrell is scheduled to sing a duet with Pharrell next Thursday on the talk show "Ellen," where host Ellen DeGeneres is one of show business' most prominent lesbians. They are supposed to sing "I See Victory" from the soundtrack of the new movie "Hidden Figures."

There was no immediate reaction from DeGeneres' show or her social media platform on Saturday.

Pharrell posted on Instagram that "I condemn hate speech of any kind," although he made no specific reference to his duet partner.

It wasn't immediately clear when Burrell gave the sermon. She spoke on Facebook Live Friday about the tape that had circulated, referring to unspecified "enemies" for spreading only a portion of her speech.





Cops seek help in catching St Ann's Most Wanted

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st-ann-most-wanted.pngThe St Ann police are appealing to the public for information that will lead to the arrest of six men wanted for various crimes in the parish, ranging from shooting to murders.

The men are:

• Fifty-one-year-old BRIAN FORBES o/c 'QQ' or 'Cutie', a farmer of Drumily District, Claremont. He is wanted in connection with the murder of 24-year-old Demar Smith, also called 'Chumpy', a bus conductor of Drumilly, and his girlfriend, 15-year-old Amoya Brown, of Good Hope, Clarendon. Both were chopped to death just before daybreak at a house in Drumily, on April 25, 2015.

Forbes is said to frequent bushes on properties belonging to ALCAN.

• DWAYNE CHRISTIE, otherwise called 'Cojack', is wanted for the shooting death of 40-year-old Ronald Gayle, a farmer of Davis Town in Cave Valley, St Ann, on September 30, 2016.

• NICOY CUNNINGHAM, otherwise called 'Hype' of Belle Air, Runaway Bay and Cave Valley, is wanted for the offence of murder committed on April 8, 2016 at Lot 149 Belle Air, Runaway Bay.

• ALBERT DYER o/c Mojo of Douglas Castle, St Ann is wanted in connection to a murder committed on April 10, 2010 also in Douglas Castle.

• Thirty-seven-year-old SHAWN ANTHONY MACOE of Lot 106 Veneta Court, Southborough, Portmore in St Catherine and Greenwich Estate in Steer Town, St Ann is wanted for a shooting committed at Back Hampstead in Runaway Bay on December 7, 2016.

• Twenty-seven-year-old CHRISTOPHER BROWN of Steer Town, St Ann, Princess Street, Kingston and Majestic Gardens, Kingston 11 is wanted in connection to a shooting committed at Roaring River, Steer Town on December 9, 2016.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of these men can contact the police at 972-9008, 311 or 119.





crime-scene-gun.jpgMore details are emerging from the Police High Command on the man behind Wednesday's gun attack on the Hunts Bay Police Station. Reports are that Jason Campbell was a contract killer linked to several murders across the country.

Assistant Commissioner Ealan Powell, head of the Criminal Investigation Branch, says detectives are going through several cases Campbell might have been linked to. A Glock pistol, 23 rounds of ammunition and a bullet proof vest were taken from Campbell.

Meanwhile, regarding the shooting at the Hunts Bay Police Station. the official police report says that at about 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, a 20-year-old man was leaving the police station when gunshots rang out. He had just reported on condition of bail.

Two policemen were about to conduct patrol duties when they observed the man being chased by an individual firing gunshots. The policemen called out to the shooter and he reportedly turned his gun on them. The report says the gunman kept firing at the police, during which one of the cops fell to the ground.

The gunman continued shooting while he approached the two officers, when other cops emerged from the building and challenged him. He ran across Marcus Garvey Drive still firing at the police.

A gun battle ensued, and in the process, a female pedestrian was shot and injured and the gunman shot. All three injured persons were taken to the Kingston Public Hospital, where the gunman was pronounced dead.

Five policemen, who gave statements, reported that they fired 60 rounds during the incident. Six cars parked near the station were hit by bullets.





crime-scene-gun.jpgShortly before 5am on New Year's Day residents heard explosions in New Town, Sandy Bay, Hanover.

The body of 39 year old Tedford Grizzle was found about an hour later on the road with wounds to the head.

Five spent shells were found at the scene.

The police are investigating.





hands-behind-bars.jpgThe man who is accused of killing his girlfriend on Boxing Day in St Thomas has turned himself in to the police.

Odaine Keyes has been wanted for questioning in relation to the killing of 19-year-old Tashoy Barrett, who was found with her throat slashed on Boxing Day at the home that the two shared.

Keyes could not been found since the incident.

Reports are that he turned himself in about 9:30 Sunday morning to the St Thomas Police. He was accompanied by relatives.

About 11 women were killed in domestic disputes in December alone. In total, about 25 women were killed in 2016, compared to 15 in 2015.





crime-scene-knife.jpgA 15 year old boy is among several persons killed with just twelve hours into the New Year. He was stabbed on Constant Spring Road in St. Andrew.

The police report that the incident occurred between Central and South Avenue in the vicinity of Savannah Plaza as the teenager was walking .

The 15 year old was approached by men who was stabbed him.

It's believed that his cellphone was stolen by his attackers.

The teenager was pronounced dead at hospital.





crime-scene-gun.jpgA taxi operator was killed along the Johnson Town main road in Lucea, Hanover.

He is 39-year-old Bruce Brown of Kew District in Lucea.

It is reported that approximately 2:30 a.m, motorists who were passing the area saw Brown's body and alerted the police.

The body had what appeared to be a single gunshot wound to the left ear.

His black Toyota motor car is missing.

It is believed that his assailants threw him from the vehicle and made off with it.?





i-octane-photo-3.jpgNow, this one easily wins the category 'Best Kept SEcret of 2016': the marriage between I-Octane and Kerine Miller, the daughter of society-pastor-and-Dudus-confidante-whose-gun-went-missing-while-plum-picking, Al Miller.

When we hear Zip bawl it out pon dem Zip Code programme laas week, say Octane and Kerine married from inna November 2015 and celebrate dem one-year wedding anniversary wha day yah, we did haffi wonder if we ah hear right.

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But Goodies, it is all there. Just check out the Facebook/Instagram of the wifey who now goes by the official name Kerine Miller-Muir.

We wish the Muirs all the best, but we a wonder if Sasha did get the scoop on this one.

Bling Bling.....





popcaan-and-kavell-keir.jpgWell that's the question that needs to be answered.

The Unruly dancehall star dropped a few hints on social media over the weekend by posting photos of him and his Trinidadian girlfriend Kavell Keir together on his official Instagram page for the first time. "Addicted like Hennesy addicted like weed.. forever the BOSS forever my BOOBIEKEIRSUTHERLAND," the deejay wrote, before adding "Say hi to the Grammys couple.. #itreal."

Popcaan and Kavell Keir, who is of Trinidadian and Canadian descent, have been dating since 2015. She was previously engaged to be married to soca hitmaker Machel Montano.

The Unruly Boss even released a new single last week titled "Addicted" which he dedicated to her. "When yo love somebody, yo no give it up easy / When yo love someone, have a dance with me baby / Take a break from work now, me want yo tell me how yo feeling," Popcaan deejay over a beat produced by UIM Records.

Perhaps this is the Hotskull deejay's way of responding to Alkaline's diss tracks. It's very possible the Poppy is just trolling us with his drop dead gorgeous wife/girlfriend.





viola-davis-photo-1.jpgBlack actress Viola Davis continues to be a trailblazer.

The star scored her fifth Screen Actors Guild Award at Sunday's show, winning in the best supporting actress in a motion picture category for her role in the Denzel Washington-directed film Fences.

Davis, 51, won the award over Midnight's Naomie Harris, Lion's Nicole Kidman, Hidden Figures' Octavia Spencer and Manchester by the Sea's Michelle Williams. (Three weeks ago, she won the Golden Globe in the same category against the same four actresses.)

With her latest win, Davis became the first African-American actress and the first woman of color to nab five Actor statuettes.

The mother of one also recently made history as the first African American actress to score three Academy Award nominations.

In Fences, based on August Wilson's Pulitzer-winning play, Davis is revisiting the part that won her a Tony

in 2010, and portrays the ultimate put-upon wife, Rose, who has abdicated her own future.





Trump fires attorney general over Muslim ban

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donald-trump-photo-1.jpgDonald Trump has fired the acting US attorney general after she questioned the legality of his immigration ban.

Sally Yates, who was appointed by Barack Obama, ordered justice department lawyers not to enforce the president's executive order.

A White House statement accused Ms Yates of "betraying" the justice department and being "weak on borders".

Mr Trump replaced her with Dana Boente, US attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Mr Boente said he was "honoured to serve President Trump" and immediately directed his department to enforce the controversial order.

Mr Trump also replaced the acting director of the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Daniel Ragsdale, who has been in the post since 20 January. He is the former deputy director.

No reason was given for Mr Ragsdale's sacking. He has been replaced by Thomas Homan, the executive associate director of enforcement and removal.

Mr Trump's order temporarily banned nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the US, and sparked street protests in the US and abroad.





hands-behind-bars.jpgA Jamaican man has been sentenced to 48 years in a United States prison for killing his girlfriend's three-year-old daughter because she soiled herself.

According to media reports in Aurora, Colorado, Shane Campbell, 26, was sentenced on a murder conviction last Wednesday for striking the toddler, identified as Angel Bailey, who suffered a seizure and later died in July 2015.

Campbell had pleaded guilty to second degree murder, the Aurora Sentinel reports.

Campbell reportedly resided in the volatile St Andrew community of Cassava Piece before migrating with his family several years ago.

Word of his sentencing has been circulating in the community.

Police in Aurora report that an officer who visited Campbell's apartment on the night the three-year-old was struck said he overheard the Jamaican saying he had never struck Angel that hard before.

Prosecutors say Campbell later told investigators he was mad at her for soiling herself.





Six killed in mosque shooting in Canada

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crime-scene-7.jpgSix people have been killed and another eight wounded in a shooting at a mosque in Quebec City, Canada, police say.

Shots were fired at the Quebec Islamic Cultural Centre on Sunday night, where more than 50 people had gathered for evening prayers.

One suspect was arrested at the scene and another was arrested nearby. Police do not believe there are other suspects at large.

The Canadian authorities are treating the shooting as a terror attack.

"We condemn this terrorist attack on Muslims in a centre of worship and refuge," Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a statement.

"Muslim-Canadians are an important part of our national fabric, and these senseless acts have no place in our communities, cities and country."

Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard also referred to the shooting as a terrorist attack.

The dead were aged between about 35 and 70 years old, police spokeswoman Christine Coulombe said. Some of those injured were in a serious condition, she said.

Police said the area was secure and the situation was "under control". Thirty-nine people had left the mosque safely, they said.





The General Legal Council has said it is deeply concerned about a statement by an attorney representing clergymen on sexual assault charges.

In a statement published in the Sunday Gleaner, the Council said the attorney noted that he had been instructed to file suit against the complainant for defamation, malicious prosecution and false imprisonment.

The Council explains that a criminal prosecution is commenced by the laying of charges. The matter is then to be regarded as being before the court or sub judice.

The General Legal Council said it is highly improper for statements to be published which may have the effect of either threatening or intimidating the complainant or any witness in the matter.

It added that this includes effect which creates the risk that the course of justice may be impeded, obstructed or undermined.

The General Legal Council says the statement is not in keeping with proper standards of the legal profession. As such, it is urging attorneys to desist from such practice.

Last Monday attorney-at-law Lambert Johnson, who represents Moravian pastors Paul Gardener, 54, and Jermaine Gibson, 36, said his clients have instructed him to file a lawsuit against the State for defamation, malicious prosecution and false imprisonment.

Both Ministers of Religion have been charged with carnal abuse and indecent assault.





Klansman Gang member to be sentenced today

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Jordan Markland, a member of the notorious Klansman Gang, which operates in Spanish Town and environs, will be sentenced today -- the first to be found guilty under 2014 anti-gang legislation.

Ministers of Parliament passed the Criminal Justice (Suppression of Criminal Organisation) Act in the House of Representatives to give police the power to disrupt and suppress criminal organisations across the island.

Markland will be sentenced when he appears in the St Catherine Home Circuit Court today.

The accused, who was charged on July 4, 2015, was among several members of the feared Klansman and One Order gangs operating in and around Spanish Town, the St Catherine capital. He was held by detectives from the Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime (C-TOC) Investigation Branch and the St Catherine North Division.

Other Klansman Gang members also charged were Sheldon Walters, otherwise called 'Terminate', Marlon Tulloch, otherwise called "Gappy"; Horace Swaby; and Jason McLean, otherwise "Daeda". Members of the fearless One Order Gang who were also charged by the police are Aston Daley, otherwise called "Daley Bwoy", Kemar Thompson, otherwise called "Spider Man"; Jahnoi Laing, otherwise called "Rhin" and Nigel Laxbour, otherwise called "Tineyo".

Deputy Superintendent of Police Samuel Blake, head of the Anti-Gang Unit at C-TOC, while noting that public support was critical to success, appealed to the public to help the police in their fight against criminal gangs.





JDF soldier now a suspect in murder of colleague

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court.jpgThe Jamaica Defence Force soldier who was detained last week as a Person of Interest in connection with the fatal shooting of a member of the military in Rock River, Clarendon, is now considered a suspect.

The soldier, who is on detention at JDF headquarters at Up Park Camp, was questioned last week. He is scheduled to be questioned again this week in connection with the murder of Lance Corporal Michael Fraser.

The soldier was shot by gunmen at his house in Rock River last Wednesday.

It's reported that the wife of the soldier under investigation was at the house at the time of the incident. She was not harmed.

A senior investigator says the police are trying to determine whether the killing stemmed from the existence of a love triangle.





Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister Kamina Johnson Smith says Jamaicans should remain calm despite tension over the new executive orders signed by President Donald Trump, one of which bans travellers from seven Muslim-dominated countries.

"It is very important in these matters that we remain calm and responsible," Johnson Smith said in a release on Monday.

There has been panic among Caribbean migrants in light of the developments over the weekend.

But Johnson Smith says it is extremely unhelpful that people are inciting panic on matters that are very complex and very technical and subject to a lot of uncertainty even in the issuing state.

"The Ministry is making every effort to ascertain the scope of these orders and it is important that we not conflate them, because there is more than one order and they deal with entirely different things," she said.

Johnson Smith said the Jamaican government is examining these issues and noted that the ministry is in contact with the US Embassy here and the State Department overseas through Jamaican missions there.





The police are expressing concern about the increasing number of women being abducted and raped by men posing as taxi operators.

Superintendent Enid Ross Stewart, head of the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA), says that the hunt is on for the suspects.

They have been linked to cases in Kingston as well as Portmore, St Catherine, over the last two weeks.

Unregulated taxis should not be used by commuters... If they have to take them, make sure they capture the license plate number and send it to somebody so that somebody knows where they are and which car they are in," she suggested.

She said investigators suspect that there are other cases which have not been reported.





hands-behind-bars.jpgSt Catherine man who was convicted of the murder of a senior citizen whose house he lived in, and whose body he burnt then buried, has been sentenced to life imprisonment in the Home Circuit Court.

Trial judge, Justice David Fraser, has recommended that Clifton Harrison serve 32 years before being eligible for parole.

Harrison was charged with the death of Louise Barnes, 69, of Old Harbour in St Catherine.

In the trial in November of last year, evidence was led in the St Catherine Circuit Court that in 2009, Harrison killed Barnes at her home in Old Harbour.

He then burnt her body and buried it on the Thetford Farm in the parish.

Relatives of Harrison did not believe stories of Barnes' disappearance from Harrison, and filed a missing person's report.

Intense police investigations led to the arrest and charge of Harrison for the murder.





Cop critical after being shot by gunmen

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA police officer is in critical condition in hospital after he was shot in the head by men in a car that was being pursued by the cops in Olympic Gardens, Kingston, Saturday night.

Reports are that about 8 pm, the detective, who is attached to the Kingston Central CIB branch, was part of a team carrying out investigations in Fletchers Land when they gave chase to a black BMW motorcar, fitting the description of one which was used to transport men involved a recent murder.

The pursuit of the car ended in Olympic Gardens when men alighted from the vehicle and started firing at the police.

The detective sergeant was shot in the head and rushed to the Kingston Public Hospital where he was admitted in serious condition.

A 19-year-old of a Kingston address was subsequently taken into custody for questioning.

The Kingston Central police are investigating.





Reggae foundation roots singer Jerome Ballin aka Ronnie Davis (formerly of Itals and The Tennors), passed away on Wednesday, January 25th 2017 after suffering a major stroke on Monday January 23.

According to his publicist, Ronnie closed his eyes and slept peacefully, with his family at his bedside.

"We have lost a man who came from humble beginnings, who grew to become a favourite son, a good brother, a music legend, a wonderful husband and father, a much adored grand-father and a best friend to everyone who knew him.

"Although Ronnie is no longer with us, he has left us a strong legacy of music spanning 50 years that shall live on in the hearts and minds of people the world over. We take comfort in knowing that Ronnie lived to experience a major revival of his career recently, with the release of his latest album "Iyahcoustic". Through social media, he was able to see how much his many fans worldwide loved his music. He was always in high spirits when the fans spoke and we are sure that he is in a better place and in higher spirits as we celebrate his life and his legacy.

Ronnie is survived by his common-law wife Jennifer Ottey, his mother in England, his brothers and sisters, his daughters Shauna, Stacy, Simone and Jasmine, his sons Ryan, Christopher, Jason, grand-children his extended family and his many friends.





Sky Juice recovering after stroke

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Veteran Dancehall selector Sky Juice is now recovering after suffering a stroke while performing aboard a cruise two weeks ago.

According to reports, the legendary disc jockey narrowly escaped death after suffering a stroke while working aboard a boat ride event two weeks ago.

The self proclaimed "Big belly" selector reportedly collapsed while standing right next to dancehall artiste Bounty Killer, who along with others assisted the veteran disc jockey.

He was then reportedly taken to hospital and later released.





Jamaica: In light of recent cardiac mishaps with young Jamaican student-athletes, the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona's Research Days 2017 staging slated for February 1-3 on the grounds of the Mona Campus, will reveal the latest results from ongoing research into Electrocardiographic (ECG) testing for local athletes.

In addition to the update on the programme, at Mona's Research Days 2017, student-athletes from identified schools will be offered free ECG tests as part of the continuing "Cardiac Screening in Youth Athletes" executed by lead researcher Dr Lisa Hurlock.

The ongoing research aims to prove whether or not the ECG screening, which is a five minute, simple, pain free test, is a viable tool to help screen for traces of heart disease which may lead to 'sudden cardiac death' in Jamaican athletes. The ECG test is also cost effective as it is relatively affordable in comparison to other screening tests.

An ECG examination traces electrical activity in the heart and according to Dr. Tahira Redwood, Resident in Internal Medicine at the University Hospital of the West Indies, the tests are crucial in early detection of heart attacks or other heart related issues.





trinidad-election-rowley-new-government.jpgPrime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has described as an "act of desperation" the letter written by Opposition Leader Kamla Persad Bissessar to United States President Donald Trump regarding the United States Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) legislation.

The government and the opposition legislators have been at odds over the passage of the legislation enacted by the United States government in March 2010.

Earlier this month, the Keith Rowley government bowed to opposition demands that the legislation be sent to a joint select committee (JSC) of Parliament even as Finance Minister Colm Imbert, accused the opposition of being "deadly scared" of having to meet with some of the criteria outlined in the legislation, including having to report US bank accounts to the appropriate American authorities.

"They want to be able to say that they are not supporting the legislation because they are awaiting word from the US President or that he is considering their request," Prime Minister Rowley said.





GK Money Services to launch in February

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GraceKennedy subsidiary GK Money Services Ltd, which will in February launch its mobile money product, GK MPay, indicates that it expects to compete strongly around the issue of security.

GK's competitors in the mobile money market are Quisk, currently used by National Commercial Bank, and Conec, a mobile wallet developed and marketed by the Jamaica Cooperative Credit Union League.

CEO Don Wehby said Monday, "GK MPay...is compatible with most phones and both mobile networks. It is also extremely safe, as customers won't have to worry about losing their money if they lose their phones as the service is properly encrypted. It is so easy to use that even those who are not as technologically savvy will find themselves understanding it after the first use."

To be launched on February 7, the product allows transfer of cash to any other person with a mobile phone; pay their bills; top up any pre-paid mobile phone and pay for goods and services, and has a wallet limit of $150,000, similar to other mobile money products on the market.





JIS mourns passing of former executive

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jis-winifred-risden-hunter-jan-27.jpgThe Jamaica Information Service (JIS) has expressed regret at the passing of its former Executive Director, Winnifred Risden-Hunter.

Risden-Hunter, affectionately called "Winnie" served the organisation from 1984-1989. She died on January 24 after a brief illness. She was 86 years old.

The former JIS Executive Director had a long and distinguished career in communications serving as Director at the Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation; Member of the Editorial Advisory Committee, Jamaica Observer; and at Breakfast Club, KLAS Radio.

She was also Director of Public Relations, Jamaica Tourist Board from 1973 to 77.

Risden-Hunter served as Press Secretary to former Prime Minister Edward Seaga from 1982-84.

In recognition for her service, she was awarded the Commander of the Order of Distinction in 1988.

Risden-Hunter leaves behind nephew Peter Risden; niece Suzanne Risden Foster; grand nieces and nephews Luke, Rachel, Victoria, Ethan, Katherine; and friends.

CAPTION: Late former Executive Director of the Jamaica Information Service (JIS), Winnifred Risden-Hunter.





hands-behind-bars.jpgAn inmate who has been linked to a scam which was being operated from one of the island's correctional facilities has pleaded guilty to six counts of Attempting to Obtain Money by Means of False Pretences.

Andrew Lee Pryce, who was charged with breaches of the Larceny Act, appeared before St. Andrew Parish Court on Tuesday.

He was serving a sentence for similar offences.

On January 5, Pryce was charged with breaches of the Forgery Act.

The charges resulted from an investigation which led to the arrest and charge of correctional officer Toraine Tulloch last month.

It is reported that Mr. Tulloch, who allegedly conspired with Pryce, posed as a policeman and entertainment producer and fleeced several persons of large sums of money.

Pryce is to return to court on Monday in relation to other charges connected to the scam.





Babsy Grange 'sad' at Lindy Delapenha's passing

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babsy-grange-minister.jpgMinister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange, has expressed deep sadness with the passing of the late Lloyd Lindbergh 'Lindy' Delapenha.

Delapenha, 89, died peacefully this morning at the Kingston home of his daughter, Marie Claire.

He had suffered a number of strokes recently and lost his speech two weeks ago.





5 in custody after police operation in St Thomas

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hands-behind-bars.jpgFive persons were taken into police custody during a special operation in St. Thomas on Wednesday night into early Thursday morning.

Two were arrested in connection with a firearm and ammunition at a house in Danvers Pen. This is the second firearm recovered in St. Thomas in less than 24 hours.

Three other men, arrested in nearby communities, will be questioned in connection with other crimes committed in the parish.





Michael Lee Chin Head of the Economic Growth Council (EGC) will host top Israeli businessmen in March as he seeks to woo substantial investments from that country to Jamaica.

Lee Chin accompanied Prime Minister Andrew Holness to Israel two weeks ago on what he described as a trade mission. The EGC head urged with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to set up a meeting with the principals of the leading companies in the Middle East country.

"I said, 'Please, Prime Minister, can you help us do that - organise the 50 top companies in Israel and I'll come back in the next two months and speak to them and tell them why they should come and invest in Jamaica'?" Lee Chin told stakeholders in the education sector yesterday at Jamaica House in St Andrew.

The EGC chairman discussed with senior technocrats and the leadership of tertiary institutions the role of the education and training sectors in achieving the national goal of five per cent gross domestic product growth in four years.

"The ambition is to sell Jamaica to the most eminent Israeli companies so that they can invest in Jamaica. That was my mission," said Lee Chin, who told the gathering that he was shocked at questions being raised in the press about the trip to Israel.

"I am thinking that if we need growth, we need to go everywhere in the world that can give us growth, and if Israel can give us growth, I don't care, I am going there."





soldier-found-lance-corporal.jpgA member of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) has been placed under military detention as investigators intensify their probe into last night's murder of a soldier.

JDF Civil Military Cooperation and Media Affairs Officer Major Basil Jarrett said the soldier is under detention at the army's Up Park Camp headquarters.

However, he declined to give further details.

Meanwhile, the Clarendon police are still questioning a woman in connection with last night's murder of 31-year-old Lance Corporal Michael Fraser in the community of Rock River in the parish.

The investigators say the woman is the wife of another soldier and was found at the home of Lance Corporal Fraser.

Investigators say it appears that the soldier, who was shot in the head, may have been attacked by two men.





The police are currently investigating the authenticity of an audio recording purportedly of a teenager from the Waterhouse area being tortured by an adult male and his cronies.

The disturbing voice note along with what is purportedly a picture of the missing female - who has dark skin and is said to be from the Waterhouse area - has been circulating online.

The Hunts Bay Police said they have heard the voice note and are probing its authenticity. They are calling on anyone with additional information to share it with the authorities.

In the 40 second voice clip, a female is heard begging and pleading for her life while an attacker is heard in the background barking instructions to her and warning that, if she fails to comply, he will harm her.

"Please sir, do no kill me please," the distraught female can be heard saying.

As the teen pleas and begs for mercy, the voices of other males can be heard in the background of what sounds like a car.

"Hey don't try run... if you do that I going @#$..," a man is heard shouting.





crime-scene-gun.jpgThe body of a young male found in the vicinity of National Heroes Circle Thursday morning has been identified as that of Grade 8 student, Roshane Smith from the Denham Town High School.

The hands of the 13-year-old were bound and the face covered with a shirt. There were also what appeared to be gunshot wounds to the head, a release from the Education Ministry said.

School administrators report that Roshane was last seen in school on January 19.

Education Minister Senator Ruel Reid has expressed sadness at the loss of another young life and extended condolences to Roshane's immediate family and members of the school community, especially to his classmates.





TV icon Mary Tyler Moore dead at 80

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mary-tyler-moore.jpgTV icon Mary Tyler Moore died on Wednesday after being hospitalized in Connecticut, her rep confirmed to The Huffington Post. She was 80.

"Today, beloved icon, Mary Tyler Moore, passed away at the age of 80 in the company of friends and her loving husband of over 33 years, Dr. S. Robert Levine. A groundbreaking actress, producer, and passionate advocate for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Mary will be remembered as a fearless visionary who turned the world on with her smile," her rep Mara Buxbaum told The Huffington Post in a statement.

Moore, who was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1936 and grew up in Los Angeles, rose to international fame starring on the 1960s sitcom "The Dick Van Dyke Show." She later starred on the beloved 1970s sitcom "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," which is one of the first shows to feature a never-married, working woman as its central character. Moore played single, 30-year-old TV news producer Mary Richards.

The show, which featured Moore's character asking for equal pay to her male co-worker and going on the pill, became a paradigm of the women's liberation movement and is credited with inspiring women to break the mold confining them as wives and homemakers.

"I think Mary Tyler Moore has probably had more influence on my career than any other single person or force," Oprah Winfrey said in a recent PBS documentary celebrating the actress.





Trombonist Nambo Robinson is dead

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nambo.jpgTrombonist Ronald "Nambo" Robinson, who got his big break in the late 1970s by playing on Survival and Confrontation, two of Bob Marley's albums, is dead.

His wife confirmed that he died Wednesday morning at his St Andrew home. He was 67.

An in-demand session musician, Nambo worked with reggae's greats including Sly and Robbie's Taxi Gang. He played on several of the duo's biggest hit songs such as Baltimore by The Tamlins and Bull Inna The Pen by Black Uhuru. Buffalo Soldier, Trench Town and Wake Up And Live are also among the Marley songs Robinson played.

From East Kingston, Robinson started his career with Mystic Revelation of Rastafari. He was a founding member of the 809 Band, which also included his longtime friend, saxophonist Dean Fraser; singer Desi "Desi Roots" Young and bassist Michael Fletcher.

Nambo is survived by his wife and three children.





Magnum funds Devin di Dakta's trip to the Grammys

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devin-di-dakta.jpgMagnum Tonic Wine will be funding deejay Devin Di Dakta's journey to the 59th Grammy Awards at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles on February 12 .

The artiste is part of the project Reggae for Her (Sly & Robbie Presents Devin Di Dakta & JL) which was nominated in the Best Reggae category.

The company made a presentation to the deejay at J Wray & Nephew's office in New Kingston last Friday.

Devin Di Dakta, who won season eight of the televised talent competition Magnum Kings & Queens of the Dancehall, said he is delighted with the support from the corporate entity.





Killer caught on CCTV still not identified

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The St Ann police have not yet been able to ascertain the identity of a man, who was captured on CCTV camera shooting Runaway Bay businessman Alfred Whorms.

Whorms, 66, was shot dead at his business place on Wednesday, January 18. The video, which is circulating on social media, shows the man dressed in a safety hat and vest entering the business establishment.

The man proceeded to search for something before shooting the distracted Whorms, who was seen reading a newspaper shortly before.

Superintendent Gary Francis, head of the St Ann police, said he was aware of the video being circulated but did not know who released the video to the public. He said the police have not yet identified the man in the video.





team-jamaica.jpgUsain Bolt's famed triple-triple--three gold medals in three Olympic Games--has vanished, following teammate Nesta Carter being found guilty of doping in the 4×100 relay in the Beijing Olympics

The International Olympic Committee re-tested a sample of Nesta Carter from the Beijing Games and found the presence of the prohibited substance methylhexaneamine. As a result, Carter was disqualified, and took his entire team's performance down with him.

"The Jamaica Olympic Association shall notably secure the return to the IOC, as soon as possible, of the medals, the medallist pins and the diplomas awarded in connection with the men's 4x100m relay event to the athlete and his teammates," the IOC said in rendering its decision.

Methylhexaneamine, a stimulant, is banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency, and numerous athletes in various sports have been disqualified for its use. Initially marketed as a nasal decongestant, it was removed from shelves in 1983.





I-Wayne hospitalised following accident in St Mary

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i-wayne-photo-1.jpgReports are that reggae singer I-Wayne has been admitted in the Annotto Bay hospital in St. Mary.

Sources have confirmed that the singer met in a motor vehicle accident on Tuesday, however, his condition was not known up to news time.

I-Wayne is known for songs such as Can't Satisfy Her, Lava Ground, Life Seeds and Book of Life.





raging-fyah-photo-2.jpgMinister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange, has announced that Grammy nominated band Raging Fyah are the newest recipients of financial support from the Ministry's Artiste Ambassador and Tour Support Programme.

Raging Fyah will receive USD 3,500 under the Programme, which aims to capitalize on synergies between touring artistes and to strengthen brand Jamaica through media, marketing and partnership.

Members of the band met with Minister Grange on Friday, January 20, 2017.

babsy-grange-minister.jpgMinister Grange also used the opportunity to once again congratulate the band on their recent Grammy nomination and to wish them well on their upcoming tour.

Raging Fyah's 'Everlasting' tour is scheduled to take place from January 24 to March 10 and will span 32 venues in 19 cities across the United States.





chris-martin-photo-2.jpgChris Martin's 2011 single "Paper Loving" recently made history on popular digital music service Spotify.

The ZJ Chrome-produced single which is featured on his "Cardiac Bass Riddim" became the most streamed Reggae single on Spotify last month after racking up over 10 million streams.





Caricel's injunction bid rejected by Supreme Court

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caricel-logo.jpgThe Supreme Court has rejected the application for an injunction and judicial review to block the revocation or suspension of the telecommunications licence issued to Symbiote Investments.

The Supreme Court handed down its decision a short while ago.

Symbiote, which trades as Caricel, was trying to prevent the Government of Jamaica from yanking its licence which was issued last year.

The licence was granted despite disapproval from the Contractor General.

The licence had also come under additional scrutiny from the US Embassy, which in turn, revoked the visas of some Caricel officials.





Second murder in August Town; man stabbed to death

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crime-scene-knife.jpgThere has been another murder in August Town, St. Andrew.

A man is dead following a dispute on Tuesday morning on Gold Smith Villa Road.

It is reported that around 7:00 a.m., the man was engaged in an argument. During the dispute, a knife was used to stab him.

The man was taken to hospital where he died while undergoing treatment.

A suspect is in police custody.

This is the second killing in the community after it recorded zero murders in 2016.





hands-behind-bars.jpgTwo brothers were on Monday charged by investigators assigned to the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA), Spanish Town Office on allegation of sexual assault and threatening a witness.

Charged with grievous sexual assault is 38-year-old security guard Inglesias Williams, while his brother, 36-year-old Joel Williams, otherwise called Roger, was charged with threatening a crown witness.

Both are of a Job Lane address in Spanish Town, St Catherine.

Inglesias was charged following investigations that he allegedly sexually assaulted a five-year-old girl last year.





moravian-president-paul-gardner.jpgMoravian clergymen Dr. Paul Gardener, 54, of Burbank Avenue, Kingston 19, and 36-year-old Gibson of Lyndale Close, Kingston 20, were on Monday arrested by the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offence and Child Abuse (CISOCA) and charged with carnal abuse and indecent assault.

According to a report from the Jamaica Constabulary Force's Corporate Communications Unit, in 2002 Gibson allegedly engaged in a sexual relationship with the girl while he was a minister in the church.

It was further reported that two years later Gardener, who was also a minister at the time, also had a sexual relationship with the said girl.

The complainant recently went to the police with a report in the wake of allegations against a St Elizabeth Moravian pastor, Rev Rupert Clarke, who the police said they found in "a compromising position" with a 15-year-old girl.

Yesterday, Johnson said that his clients have instructed him to file a suit against the complainant and he would be pursuing the matter later on.

Readers have commented on the threats by the lawyer and use of "intimidatory tactics", presumably to drive fear into the alleged victim.

Here are some of the comments:

"Threatening lawsuits already! Wow! Accusing the accuser of all kinds of dirty tricks before the case is even mentioned...interesting!

"Eeediat law suit this, .How can you claim malicious arrest agains the complainant and not the police ?.Who you trying to intimidate ?You both was sharing this youngster? I wont even say God help you. He shouldn't. Hope the victim overcome this and have a healthy and productive life,"

"Traumatic experience are filed in the brain of a child??, and can be recalled.

The counter-suit is silent intimidation of the accuser.. We could have others, who might find the strength and courage, to speak up, if they too had similar experiences.

What was secretly done years ago, is openly done today. Big men and 'schoolas': no shame or fear..

For the under 16 to tell of their experiences to a parent or anotger adult, would reap disbelief and chastisement. How dare they point a finger at these' honorable men or women'?.

Let the court deal with it; and the chips should fall where they may. I would like to remind us all, that the Almighty God does not slumber ir sleep. When he says ";be sure your sins will find you out"-, he means it."





moravian-president-paul-gardner.jpgFormer president of the Moravian Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, Dr Paul Gardner and the former deputy Jermaine Gibson now join their co-worker Rupert Clarke,on sex charges.Clarke, 64, another Moravian minister, is currently before the courts for alleged sexual misconduct.

He has been charged with having sex with a 15-year-old girl.

The two newest members of the clergy were slapped with charges following investigations by detectives from the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA).

Earlier media reports had stated that Moravian Women Allegedly Abused By Pastors Beginning To Speak Out.

Dr Gardner quit as earlier this month amid allegations of sexual misconduct within the organisation. Gibson, who was his deputy, also resigned.





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x6-trial-powell.jpgBusinessman Patrick Powell, who was freed of murder of Kingston College schoolboy, Khajeel Mais, is still before the court for a gun case.

A new trial date is expected to be scheduled on February 16, when the main actor in what was the high profile X6 Murder Trial returns to the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court in relation to the charge of failing to turn over his licensed firearm.

Powell is accused of failing to turn over his firearm to police investigators probing the shooting death of Kingston College student Khajeel Mais in 2011.

The case was on Monday rescheduled for mention in February, as a result of an outstanding Supreme Court transcript of evidence given by the investigating officer and a member of the Firearms Licensing Authority during the so-called X6 murder trial in the Home Circuit Court.

The transcript was requested by Powell's attorney, Deborah Martin, who said in court yesterday that her client would like to bring closure to the matter.





Teens shot, man murdered in Norwood, St James

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA man was shot and killed and two male teens shot and injured during an attack in the inner city Norwood community in St James, on Monday night.

The deceased has been identified as 24-year-old labourer Kemoy McLennon, also called Loco of Irie Lane, Norwood, St James.

Reports are that sometime after 7pm, McLennon and the two teens were at his home which was invaded by gunmen, who opened fire on the occupants of the house.

The three were shot and taken to hospital where McLennon was pronounced dead.

No motive has been established for the attack.





crime-scene-tape.jpgA second form student of the Mona High School died yesterday after collapsing in Half-Way Tree.

Dead is Darnell Foster, who the Ministry of Education say was rushed to hospital "where he regrettably died."

Minister of Education Ruel Reid, who is currently in the United Kingdom participating in an Education Forum, has expressed condolences to the family, and will visit the school on Thursday morning on his return to the island.

The Education Ministry said that its Trauma Response team has been dispatched to the school where grief counselling is being offered to staff and students.





pentecostal-pastor-paul-hanniford.jpgA man of the frock in the Pentecostal church, Pastor Paul Hanniford has been convicted in the Home Circuit Court for having sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl.The incident took place two years ago.He's to be sentenced on February 24.

Newspaper reports say that Tuesday's in-camera trial featured testimonies from the victim who is now 15 years old, and her then five-year-old brother who witnessed the incident at the pastor's home. Kingston

Prosecutor Natallie Malcolm led evidence that fifty-five-year-old Hanniford, the pastor of a Pentecostal church, took the two children to his house under the pretence that they were going for a "drive out". According to the prosecution, the pastor gave the five-year-old boy cornflakes and put him around a dining table.

The 13-year-old girl indicated to the pastor that she wanted to use the bathroom and Hanniford accompanied her. He later removed her from the bathroom, took her to a bedroom and assaulted her.

Prosecutors led evidence that the five-year-old boy on hearing his sister crying, rushed to the room and saw the pastor assaulting his sister. Hanniford later returned the children to their mother at his church.

Prosecutors said on reuniting with his mother, the boy made several attempts to tell her about the attack in the presence of the pastor but was shut down by the minister. On the boy's fourth attempt, however, he blurted out an account of what happened.

The following day, the mother repeated what she had heard to the church elders.

Dissatisfied with their response, she took the matter to the police and Hanniford was later arrested and charged.





popcaan-buys-new-range-rover-evoque-convertible-2017.jpgThe Gaza boss Vybz Kartel has previewed a new Alkaline diss signalling his entrance in the Unruly/Gaza and Vendetta dancehall feud.

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Last Friday, Kartel called out his former protege, ('What a gwaan') Popcaan for keeping silent while Alkaline dished out disses left, right and centre, dissing him and everybody around him including his daughter and sister. "Papi...mi soon stop chop off ppl head fi u... ya gwan like u fraid a some paper soldier," the "Loodi" deejay wrote.

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"Badness? Kmft... sadamite dem Eno.. BBC #GAZANATION," Kartel wrote in the caption. The message is believed to be a shot towards Alkaline. The big question now is what direction will this beef take. Vybz Kartel, himself still has not responded to Mavado's last diss track "Nuh Friend Fire" released in November before his prison transfer to Tower Street.





scam-alert.jpgA 27-year-old businessman has been extradited to the United States of America on lottery scam charges.

He is Lavrick Willocks, otherwise known as "Lav", of Tortuga Drive in Greenwood in St James. He was extradited on Thursday to face charges of Attempt and Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud, Wire Fraud, Mail Fraud and Money Laundering Conspiracy.

It is alleged that Willocks is one of the masterminds behind a syndicate which defrauded several US citizens of more than US$5 million. A warrant was subsequently issued for his arrest and extradition.

Willocks was arrested while at a hotel in Kingston on November 16 last year. He was brought before the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court, where he waived his rights to an Extradition Hearing and was ordered extradited.

He was picked up at the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre on Thursday and flown to the United States where he was handed over to US marshals.





Revenge? St Ann businessman shot and killed

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crime-scene-gun.jpgThere is speculation that revenge could be the motive following the shooting death of businessman Alfred Whorms, on Wednesday morning in St. Ann.

Mr. Whorms, 66, had just opened his hardware store in Runaway Bay, when he was accosted by gunmen and shot in the face.

His body was discovered by an employee.

Mr. Whorms had been involved in a court battle following the shooting of a farmer in Alexandria in April 2011.

He shot and killed 42-year-old Alton Thompson during an altercation at his Grants Mountain property.

The shooting sparked two days of riots, during which police and fire units were damaged.





road-accident.jpgA 71-year-old man died after the vehicle he was driving plunged off the Flat Bridge into the Rio Cobre in Bog Walk Gorge, St Catherine early Sunday

Police have revealed his identified as Jeffrey Anglin, of Willowdene in St. Catherine.

Deputy Superintendent of the Jamaica Fire Brigade in St Catherine, James Lee, says his team was alerted about the incident around 8 o'clock.

"On arrival, the fire brigade did not see anything as the car was completely submerged. The police summoned a wrecker - the car was removed and they saw a body in the car. The body was removed and taken to the Spanish Town Hospital by the police," Lee said.

He took the opportunity to again warn motorists to be careful when using the Flat Bridge. The Bog Walk Gorge was closed to facilitate the removal of the vehicle,





court-case.jpgA taxi driver who diverted from his regular route to a secluded area with one of his passengers, whom he allegedly sexually assaulted, has been convicted of the offence.

The 29-year-old driver of Old Harbour, St Catherine, was found guilty of both rape and abduction in the St Catherine Circuit Court on Thursday.

He is scheduled to be sentenced on January 27.

He admitted to having had sex with the complainant, who was age 17 at the time of the incident, claiming that the act was with consent.





Police name Mo Bay's 10 Most Wanted

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wanted-man-2017-photo-1.jpgReputed leader of the Ratty Gang, Ryan Peterkin, who also goes by the moniker 'Ratty', is one of the most wanted men on the list of the 10 most wanted recently released by the St James Police Division.

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According to head of the St James Police Division Senior Superintendent Marlon Nesbeth, Peterkin and his Ratty Gang are responsible for "several spates of shootings and murders in the Cambridge police area".

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SSP Nesbeth recounted that on December 30 last year, during a confrontation with the police, two members of the notorious gang were shot and killed.

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"We were confronted by members of that gang who fired at the police and based on our training, we were able to manoeuvre tactically, to the extent that two of these members were shot and killed."

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In addition to Peterkin, SSP Nesbeth also pointed to Shaneil Luthan, who is convicted for murder, but who escaped custody two years ago; as well as Arnold Gayle, also called 'Guy', who is also wanted for murder.

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Others rounding off the St James police 10 most wanted list are: Jevaughn Campbell, also called 'Cooking Oil' of Mt Salem; Marcus Robinson, alias 'Rasta'; Adrian Robinson; Kevin Hemmings, also called 'Skelly', Alex Madourie, otherwise called 'Popcorn' or 'Pop'; Delano Wilmot, commonly called 'Lano' of Mother Lane, Cambridge; and Stephano Johnson otherwise called 'Sarge'.

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ORieL releases lead single from debut album

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oriel-photo-1.jpgInternational reggae artiste, ORieL, has hit the ground running for 2017, with a new single that looks to set the tone for a successful year for the Afar Music Group artiste.

A smoky love ballad best describes ORieL's latest single People Say, and although the title may sound like the song is mired in mix-up, don't be deceived...it isn't. Rather it's a smooth, credible offering which explores the various thoughts on this thing called love. As ORieL himself points out, "Love is the eternal theme and it is so mis-understood, but ironically, so easy to understand. There are so many different types of love that we could spend a lifetime talking about them, and we all know that when it comes to this particular topic, people always have a lot to say."

No stranger to exploring the love theme, ORieL, the self-proclaimed Love Souljah delivers this latest track with his usual confidence and he is satisfied that it will resonate with his ever-growing fan base.

The Afar Music Group-produced single is a track from his upcoming debut album, a project which ORieL and his team, which includes Ludwig Grant and Lloyd Willacy, are particularly excited about. The natural successor to the reggae singer's Confidence 2.0 and Love Souljah EPs, the as-yet-untitled album, which is also highly anticipated, has a April 2017 release date.

The single, People Say is currently being streamed on Soundcloud (https://soundcloud.com/afarmu sicgroup/oriel-people-say) and, according to the artiste's team, it will soon be available on all major online digital stores.





Lacklustre line-up for Trump inauguration

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donald-trump-photo-1.jpgOn Friday, US President-elect Donald Trump will be officially sworn into office, taking the title President of the United States. But the day before the vows are taken, as is tradition, a celebratory concert should take place featuring a whole host of celebrity performers.

For Barack Obama's first inauguration concert - "We Are One" - the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder and Beyoncé graced the stage.

However, Trump's line-up has been described as a little lacklustre by comparison, with majority of the A-List celebrities including Elton John, Jennifer Holliday and R. Kelly turning down a request to perform.

So far, the performers include The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Toby Keith and band 3 Doors Down, highlighting what the team is calling "The Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration.





After years of inactivity, Tuff Gong International in Jamaica will relaunch its vinyl manufacturing services thanks to a new partnership with US company Sunpress Vinyl.

Located in Kingston, Tuff Gong will undergo renovations over the coming months and re-open in spring.

In the meantime, orders will be done by Sunpress, the Florida-based plant housed in reggae pioneer Joe Gibbs' former Final Vinyl factory.

The joint venture came after record sales hit a 25-year high and with news that vinyl is on track to becoming a billion dollar industry.

Tuff Gong has been facing increasing demand, not only from musicians and labels in the Caribbean, but also from Asia.





Cops shot during tussle with detainee

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crime-scene-7.jpgTwo police constables were Wednesday night rushed to hospital after they were shot while taking a detainee into custody at the Coral Gardens Police Station.

The Corporate Communications Unit says the detainee attempted to disarm one of the cops who lost his balance in the attempt.

That's when the cop's weapon reportedly went off firing one round injuring him and another constable.

The constables were taken to hospital for treatment.





crime-scene-gun.jpgTwo children were among three people who were last night shot dead during a series of attacks in Williamsfield, Hanover.

One-year-old Daquan Davidson and five-year-old Kimani Johnson were killed about 10.50 p.m. when gunmen opened fire on their house.

Their mother and two teenagers were injured.

The police say about five minutes earlier, the same gunmen kicked off the door to the nearby house of 34-year-old Hopeton Lee and fired several shots killing him.

However, Lee's girlfriend and children who were also at home were not harmed.





hampton-heather-murray-principal.jpgCEO of the Hampton School Board, Trevor Blake, says that.principal of Hampton School, Heather Murray, will not be sent on leave, as was announced last week by Education Minister, Ruel REid.

The CEO, In a letter to Reid -- and copied to the media --- said the Board had concluded that Murray's actions "did not amount to evidence of professional misconduct in her capacity as a teacher".

Blake further stated that the school is approaching a period of examinations and the withdrawal of Murray would have 'deleterious' effects on those taking exams, and the whole student body.

Last Wednesday, Reid told the media in a release that Murray had been sent on leave. According to him, the decision was taken at a meeting with senior ministry officers, Murray, members of the Hampton School Board, and the Munro and Dickerson Trust at the ministry's head office at National Heroes' Circle.





Farewell Mr. Obama

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obama-family-photo.jpgBarack Obama's presidency is nearing its end, which begs the question -- what will he do with his last morning in power?

If he follows the lead of past presidents, an exit prank and over 100 last-minute pardons could be on the agenda.

Will Obama pen a letter for Trump?

barack-and-michelle-obama.jpgIt is likely Mr Obama will pen some personal words of advice to Donald Trump to leave on the Oval Office desk.

However, the content of the letter may not be made public for years to come.

Some of the most famous last words of presidents have included:

  • "Don't let the turkeys get you down." -- Ronald Reagan to George H W Bush.
  • "I wish you great happiness here. I never felt the loneliness some presidents have described." -- George H W Bush to Bill Clinton.
  • "If you are as happy, my dear sir, on entering this house as I am in leaving it and returning home, you are the happiest man in this country." -- James Buchanan to Abraham Lincoln.

Tea with the Trumps

donald-trump-photo-1.jpgMr Obama will enjoy his last cup of White House brew alongside Mr Trump and his wife Melania.

Like presidents before him, Mr Obama has invited the Trumps to come for tea before they all head together to the Capitol for the inauguration.

Tom Barrack, chairman of the inaugural committee, called the invite "very gracious".

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Will Obama grant more pardons? Is Buju Banton on the list?

barack-obama-and-daughters.jpgWhile tying up loose ends, past presidents have issued commutations and pardons during their final hours in office.

In 2009, George W Bush pardoned two former Border Patrol agents on his last day, and in 2001 Mr Clinton drew controversy by pardoning 141 people, including Marc Rich, a billionaire fugitive indicted on tax evasion.

barack-obama-photo-3.jpgMr Obama has already commuted 209 sentences and granted 64 pardons in his final days.

On Wednesday, he issued the most high-profile commutation of his eight-year tenure to Chelsea Manning, who was jailed for leaking classified files to WikiLeaks.

There has been speculation he could issue former secretary of state Hillary Clinton a pre-emptive pardon over any offences committed in her use of a private email server.

Doing so would protect Mrs Clinton if Mr Trump decided to pursue his threats of prosecuting her.

This would be reminiscent of former president Gerald Ford pardoning Richard Nixon before any charges were made over the Watergate scandal.





marvin-the-dancer-photo-1.jpgAnd....speaking of obeah.....Marvin the Beast, who was involved in a very public spat with his estranged wife, who is in the process of seeking a divorce, has reportedly broken his ankle. Well if he didn't, then he certainly suffered bad injury to himself when he fell during a dance routine early this week.

Actually, Marvin, who is known for his questionable dance moves, which have been criticised as sexual abuse, is now dating a prominent dancer, both of whom have been 'entertaining' on the circuit. His sisiter-in-law had taken him to task recently on social media and then the wife and Marvin's new dancer girlfriend also got into the fray. It went gutter.





robert-montague-photo-1.jpgMinister of National Security Robert Montague sent a message to criminals that his uncle is an obeah-man."This minister no fraid a oonu, my uncle is a obeah man," Montague boasted of his uncle who is practising an illegal craft for which he can be charged.

Montague advised criminals to keep their lawyers on speed dial as the security forces will be pursuing them relentlessly and without fear.

"Oonu goin run weh because we goin to pursue oonu. he warned, at an interactive session with heads of security held at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston.

Montague said a number of criminals go about with New Testament Bibles in their back pockets and guard rings claiming that "when dem turn the ring (Senior Superintendent of Police) Mr [Steve] McGregor, dem disappear an police cyaan see dem".

However, he noted that a new 304-bed facility is being constructed at the Tamarind Farm Adult Correctional Centre, and said "Commissioner Hunter a fix up a nice place fi dem... and we need people to occupy them".





Kingston, Jamaica: The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus and the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (PSOJ) have announced a unique arrangement, where PSOJ member companies will be able to benefit from evidence-based research from the Mona Campus when focusing on areas that contribute to the growth agenda. The university will also be paying more attention to those research areas guided by the Economic Growth Council's eight identified areas of growth.

The plans were announced as part of the launch of the 18th staging of the UWI Mona's Research Days at the Exhibition Seminar Room, Faculty of Medical Sciences Teaching & Research Complex on Tuesday, January 10.

The 2017 Research Days will present a range of research projects across the Mona Campus' various faculties departments and institutes, showcasing the immense scope of its efforts to add to the region's existing body of knowledge. It also will highlight the relevance of Mona's research to the lives of everyday Jamaicans.

Professor Archibald McDonald, Pro Vice Chancellor and Principal, UWI Mona, said his organization's contribution is to the benefit all communities.

"Research and innovation are only worthwhile if they have direct beneficial and positive impact on the welfare and livelihoods of the community we serve," said Prof McDonald in his welcome.

PSOJ president Paul B. Scott revealed that the two entities have brokered an agreement to offer more scholarships to fund research.

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Prof. Archibald McDonald (second right), Pro Vice-Chancellor and Principal of UWI Mona Campus discusses future plans for the UWI/Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) partnership with (from left) Dennis Chung, PSOJ CEO; Former Governor General of Jamaica, Professor Sir Kenneth Hall; Prof. Denise Eldemire-Shearer, Chairman of the Research Days Steering Committee and Paul B Scott, President of the PSOJ at the UWI Research Days 2017 launch held on Tuesday, January 10 at the Exhibition Seminar Room at the Faculty of Medical Sciences Teaching and Research Complex, UWI Mona Campus.

"In our small island nation we must realize that we cannot develop businesses without research. We the private sector must drive innovation," said Mr. Scott.

He went on to say that the private sector must engage partnerships relevant to their own goals.

"We must support research and development, done efficiently and scientific as it is at the UWI... You have our support and confidence," Scott declared.

UWI Research Days 2017 will give insight on over 70 areas of research across the University's programmes under the theme, "Driving Development through Research and Innovation". The research on display will include work from Humanities and Education, Medical Sciences, Faculty of Law, Institute for Gender and Development Studies, Mona Social Sciences, Mona Geoinfomatix Limited, The Centre for Disability Studies, The Disaster Risk Prevention Centre, Caribbean Child Development Centre and The Consortium for Social Development And Research.

"Partnerships such as these show the importance of UWI Research Days, which is relevant to this country," said Professor Denise Eldemire-Shearer, UWI Mona Research Days Steering Committee Chairperson. "UWI facilitated and executed research is necessary, because since we are a local institution, we have an understanding of the local situation -- culturally, economically, politically, and socially."

Professor Eldemire-Shearer went on to outline a few of UWI's contributions to national policies.

"Firstly, the PATH (Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education) was influenced by the early research of Patricia Anderson and Michael Witter in 1991. Our environmental law has been fashioned by the research done by Professor Mona Webber and company over in the Marine Sciences; and currently, the climate change policies are being influenced by the work of Professor Michael Taylor and his group. UWI research has shaped Jamaican national policies from 20 years ago through to now," she expounded.

Attendees at UWI Research Days 2017 on the Mona Campus will also be able to view interactive displays over three days from February 1 - 3, 2017.

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About The UWI: Since its inception in 1948, The University of the West Indies (UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged, regional University with well over 40,000 students. Today, UWI is the largest, most longstanding higher education provider in the Commonwealth Caribbean, with four campuses in Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Open Campus. The UWI has faculty and students from more than 40 countries and collaborative links with 160 universities globally; it offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Food & Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science and Technology and Social Sciences. UWI's seven priority focal areas are linked closely to the priorities identified by CARICOM and take into account such over-arching areas of concern to the region as environmental issues, health and wellness, gender equity and the critical importance of innovation. For more information, visit www.uwi.edu (Please note that the proper name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of the "The", hence The UWI.)

For further information, please contact: Carlette DeLeon at 876-383-9768 or e-mail at arlette@breakthroughall.com





Teen shot dead in Hanover

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crime-scene-gun.jpgThe Hanover police are now probing the murder of a teenager who was shot multiple times in his community, Sunday night.

The deceased has been identified as 18-year-old Royan Gowan of Claremont, Hanover.

Reports are that about 10 pm, residents of Claremont heard several loud explosions and alerted the police, who upon their arrival, saw Gowan suffering from what appeared to be gunshot wounds to his head and other parts of his body. He was rushed to the Noel Holmes Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

No motive have so far been established for the killing.





burchell-taylor-bethel-baptist.jpgPastor of the Bethel Baptist Church in St. Andrew, Reverend Dr. Burchell Taylor, will be the new speaker at the 2017 National Leadership Prayer Breakfast this Thursday.

This was confirmed by Reverend Dr Stevenson Samuels, Chairman of the National Leadership Prayer Breakfast Committee.

Dr. Taylor replaces Moravian minister Bishop Stanley Clarke, who withdrew as speaker last week amid a sex scandal currently involving the Moravian Church in Jamaica.

The president and vice president of the Moravian Church have also vacated their positions following the case now before the court involving a senior pastor and a minor.





Father, daughter killed after tree falls on house

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father-and-daughter-killed-tree-falls-on-house.jpgA father and daughter died on Tay Street in the community of Buckfield, St. Ann early Monday morning after a tree fell on their house.

Shaun Shaw, otherwise called Randy, and his 13-year-old daughter, Sandy Shaw were killed while they slept.

Mr. Shaw's 11-year-old son was also injured.

Residents say they heard a rushing sound as well as screaming coming from the house about 2:15 a.m. They investigated and found Mr. Shaw and his daughter dead in the house, while his son was rescued and taken to hospital.





moravian-sex-pastor-rupert-clarke.jpgThree senior members of the local Church community were scheduled to be questioned by investigators from the Centre for Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) on Monday, following allegations of sexual misconduct being made about them.

This was disclosed by Superintendent Enid Ross Stewart, head of CISOCA. She declined to reveal details of the investigations, but commented that the men are high ranking members of the Church.

The investigation comes on the heels of the recent arrest and charge of Moravian pastor Rupert Clarke. Reverend Clarke is accused of having sex with a 15 year old girl.

The clergyman, who is under investigation regarding other allegations, is scheduled to return to court on February 13.





fiennes-as-michael-jackson-ap-reuters.jpgSky has said it will not air a TV programme about Michael Jackson after his daughter said she was "incredibly offended" by the portrayal of him.

The episode - part of a series called Urban Myths - was due to air on Sky Arts.

Sky released a statement on Friday saying they had pulled one episode after concerns were raised by Paris Jackson. The broadcaster said it never intended to cause any offence.

More than 20,000 people also signed a petition to boycott the half-hour episode.

The petition particularly objected to a white man's casting as Jackson instead of a black actor.





Alkaline to headline event in Jamaica in March

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alkaline-photo-10.jpgAfter a nearly three-year absence from the local scene, the popular dancehall artiste is set to perform at New Rules -- an event set for Kingston on March 25.

A poster for the event has been circulating online and Brownstone Entertainment, one of the promoters of the event, confirmed that Alkaline -- known for hits including Champion Boy, Move Mountains, Block and Delete, Spoil, City and his recent track Microwave -- would be on the show.

The promotional team says they are not able to provide any details at this time, but will inform the public once more information is available.





Busy Signal gets back US visa; now in the States

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busy-signal-photo-12.jpgFifteen years after departing the United States and being unable to return, dancehall artiste Busy Signal this week touched down on American soil.

The artiste took to social media to update fans and also to give God thanks for his return to the US. Busy was flung in a US jail for 6 months after the long arm of the law caught up with him and exposed his past life.

Busy is expected to spend a few days in the country before jetting off to Europe where he will perform at seventeen shows between January 28 and February 21.

The European tour will see Busy Signal going to countries such as Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden and Finland.

Busy Signal returned to the US after being arrested at Norman Manley International Airport in May 2012 on an extradition warrant.

He was subsequently locked up in US federal prison for two months for absconding bail.





Hampton principal Heather Murray says sorry

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hampton-heather-murray-principal.jpgPrincipal of the Hampton School Heather Murray has issued an apology for her action at the bail hearing of Moravian pastor Rupert Clarke a week ago.

Clarke is before the St Elizabeth Parish Court on a charge of having sex with someone under the age of 16 years.

According to Murray, she was so immersed in the emotional trauma of the hurt and embarrassment which the wife of the accused was experiencing, that she failed to realise that her presence in the precincts of the Court could possibly be misconstrued as taking the side of her husband rather than the victim.See full text of apology below:

The past few days have been among the most difficult periods of my life.

I attended the in camera arraignment of Rupert Clarke at the special request of Mrs Yvonne Clarke, my sister and friend, who relied on me for total support during a period of intense physical and emotional distress.

This state of personal turmoil rendered her incapable of being present at the Black River Courthouse while the Resident Magistrate was considering an application for bail.

On a personal level, I had become so immersed in the emotional trauma of the hurt and embarrassment which the wife of the accused was experiencing, that I failed to realise that my presence in the precincts of the Court could possibly be misconstrued as taking the side of her husband rather than the victim. In my sisterly embrace and response of loyalty to her, I failed to take into account that my being there could expose my office or the institution I head to any hint of controversy or cloud of misunderstanding.

At the start of the new school term yesterday (Monday) morning, I apologised to my ladies who greeted me with love and understanding. Now that I have also apologised to the Munro and Dickenson Trust, as well as the Hampton School Board, I hereby offer a fulsome apology to the education community and Jamaica for my presence and actions in Black River which have been misinterpreted as support for the individual accused of rape and molestation of a fifteen year old girl.

The very thought that this might have been conveyed, grieves me deeply. It would contradict everything I have stood for over my lifetime as a teacher, Principal, mother, wife and woman. In this regard, my record of protecting all those under my care can withstand the most exacting scrutiny. There are countless teachers, pupils, parents and workers in the field who can all attest to my resolute and consistent stand against any form of sexual abuse or exploitation.

I also accept that it was imprudent and inappropriate for me to take any steps in the precincts of the Courthouse, irrespective of the legal stipulations, which could interfere with the rights of the free press or impede the work of media practitioners in the pursuit of duty.

Finally, I pledge that I will continue to faithfully serve and protect the children under my care as I have always done throughout my forty years of service to the education system of Jamaica.

Heather Murray (Mrs.)

January 10, 2017





hampton-heather-murray-principal.jpgHeather Murray, principal of the all-girls, St Elizabeth-based institution, Hampton School, has been sent on two weeks leave.

According to the Education Ministry, Mrs Murray is also expected to go for professional counselling services given what was described as her recent emotional stress.

At the same time, the school board has been given until January 30 to submit a full report to the Education Ministry on Murray's action outside the St Elizabeth Parish Court last week Wednesday, January 4.

Television footage showed Murray attempting to block the media from taking images of Rupert Clarke, the 64-year-old pastor of the Nazareth Moravian Church charged with having sex with a minor.





moravian-church.jpgmoravian-president-paul-gardner.jpgOn Thursday, President of the Moravian Church in Jamaica Dr. Paul Gardner and Vice-President Jermaine Gibson resigned from their positions.

Thursday's resignations in the Moravian Church came days after Dr. Thompson produced e-mails contradicting claims by the church leadership that it had no previous knowledge of allegations of misconduct against Reverend Clarke.

The turmoil inside the church has been rapid since the arrest of Reverend Rupert Clarke on sexual offence charges.

An independent committee is said to be probing allegations against them. Dr. Thompson argues that the time has come for an overhaul of procedures within the Moravian Church.

As the Church reels from another round of conflict within its ranks, it is being asked to take a different approach to its problems.

Former Moravian Minister Dr. Canute Thompson, has called for the denomination to begin the process this weekend.

The e-mails between Dr. Canute Thompson and Dr. Gardner date back to 2014.





PM Holness in Israel

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andrew-holness-photo-4.jpgPrime Minister Andrew Holness has invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to make an official visit to Jamaica, following a meeting yesterday in Jerusalem.

The two men discussed possibilities for cooperation in water, agriculture and domestic security.

"Jamaica, like Israel, is a strong democracy, and we have long admired the advances that Israel has made in technology, particularly in cyber security and in agriculture, and in other areas. The potential for cooperation between our two countries is great and Jamaica is very interested in exploring those areas of cooperation," a Jamaica House release quoted Holness.

"The Jamaican people and the Caribbean region is a zone of peace, and we wish peace for all the peoples of the world. And we do extend our sympathies to the people of Israel for the very unfortunate attack on your soldiers recently.





moravian-bishop-stanley-clarke-jan-13.jpgReports are that Bishop of the Moravian Church, Stanley Clark has withdrawn as speaker for this year's National Leadership Prayer Breakfast.

Chairman of the National Leadership Prayer Breakfast Committee, Rev Dr Stevenson Samuels, has confirmed that Bishop Stanley Clark, former President of the Moravian Church in Jamaica, advised the Breakfast Committee that the current controversy engulfing his denomination could overshadow the message he would wish to deliver to the nation at the breakfast.

He condemns the alleged actions of his colleague minister and regrets the harm inflicted on the victim, her family, the church and the nation. The Committee will announce his replacement on Monday, January 16.

The National Leadership Prayer breakfast will be held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on Thursday, January 19, 2017, under the theme: God Empowered Intervention for Transformation.





crime-scene-gun.jpgA security officer, who is also reported to have been a businessman, was attacked and shot dead on Thursday night while playing dominoes on Sydenham Avenue in Spanish Town, St Catherine.

His licensed Sig Sauer 9mm pistol was taken by the lone gunman who sprung the attack, the police reported.

Dead is 55-year-old Trevor Cole of Horizon Park in Spanish Town.

Police reports indicated that Cole was among a group of people playing dominoes at a shop at about 9:30 p.m., when the gunman approached and opened fire, hitting Cole several times.

Cole was pronounced dead at hospital.

No one else was injured in the attack.





moravian-minister-sex-charge-ruperrt-clarke.jpg"Shockwaves" is the term being used to describe the possible arrest and charge of two prominent churchmen.. It is reported that they are likely to be charged next week as investigators are finalising statements.

The Jamaican church leaders are under investigation by CISOCA as well as the Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB).

According to a senior investigator, the police have collected several statements from persons alleging that they were sexually abused.

The investigator said that the two individuals are "major" figures in the church community in Jamaica and their arrests will create more shockwaves.

The news comes a little more than a week after Moravian Pastor Rupert Clarke was charged for having sex with a minor in St. Elizabeth.

He is facing more trouble as investigators have collected additional statements against him. They say more charges are pending when he returns to court on February 13.vv





alkaline-vybz-kartel.jpgDancehall bad boys, Alkaline and Vybz Kartel are leading the 2017 Youth View Awards nominations.

Alkaline is the top contender with a total of 10 nominations across 9 categories including Favourite Local Chart -- Topping Song of the Year and Favourite Dancehall Artiste. Vybz Kartel came in second with eight nods across seven top categories including the two that Alkaline are listed in.

Kartel's former protege Popcaan and his frequent collaborator Spice tied for six nominations. Popcaan is also up for both Topping Song of the Year and Favourite Dancehall Artiste. Spice is contending for Favourite Local Female Artiste of the Year and Young Hot and Hype Female of the Year. Konshens, who had a great year last year, picked up five nods including the Song of the Year category for his chart topper "Bruck Off Yuh Back."

Female dancehall newcomer Shenseea and Ding Dong each shared four nominations, while Mavado and Ishawna picked up three. This is particularly interesting given the great year that Mavado had on the local dancehall scene with a slew of hits.

This year the Youth View Awards will be celebrating its 10-year anniversary having launched in 2008 with a mandate to appreciate the Jamaican entertainment culture and a big part of that culture is dancehall music. This year's event will be held on February 8, 2017 at the National Indoor Sports Arena in St Andrew. The awards will be hosted by Yendi Phillips and Bambino.





tommy-lee-sparta-photo-13.jpgWebsite Urban Islandz is reporting that deejay Tommy Lee Sparta has won a US$3 million lawsuit against the Dominica government, however in the same article it quotes Tommy Lee's lawyer Bert Samuels as saying that they are still in negotiations.

The dancehall deejay filed the lawsuit in 2014 after an incident in which he was barred from entering the island upon arrival for a concert. The deejay complained that he was treated inhumanely and had to sleep overnight on a cold concrete floor inside a cell. He was traveling with his entourage which includes then manager Heavy D. After returning home to Jamaica, Tommy Lee filed a $3 million lawsuit against the Dominican government for violating his civil rights based on the CARICOM's Treaty of Chaguaramas.

According to the gossip website "Tommy Lee Sparta says he will be swimming in cash after winning a US$3 million lawsuit against the Dominican government."

During a recent interview with radio host Mutabaruka, Tommy Lee Sparta revealed that he will be getting a lot of cash after the pending settlement concluded. "Me a get a lot cash, man, everybody who pressure me will have to pay me," the artist said.

Tommy Lee's attorney Bert Samuels confirmed that Dominican authorities made the deejay an offer but they are currently in negotiation to reach a final settlement.





obama-cry-farewell-speech.jpg"For all our outward differences, we are all in this together," he said, warning that naked partisanship, racism, and inequality all threaten democracy. "We rise or fall as one."

"All of us, regardless of party, should throw ourselves into the task of rebuilding our democratic institutions."

The incoming Republican president has smashed convention, vowed to efface Obama's legacy and hurled personal insults left and right, while in a virtually unprecedented move US intelligence has accused the Kremlin of seeking to tip the election in Trump's favor.

Democrats, cast into the political wilderness with the loss of the White House, the Senate and the House of Representatives plus a majority of statehouses, are struggling to regroup.

Obama painted the task ahead as a generational challenge.

- Emotional finale -

"A faith in reason and enterprise and the primacy of right over might," he said, had allowed the United States to "resist the lure of fascism and tyranny during the Great Depression, and build a post-World War II order with other democracies."

"That order is now being challenged," said Obama in comments that resonate as Americans ponder whether Russia helped to put Trump in the White House.

"First by violent fanatics who claim to speak for Islam; more recently by autocrats in foreign capitals who see free markets, open democracies, and civil society itself as a threat to their power."

"The peril each poses to our democracy is more far-reaching than a car bomb or a missile."

Obama's last trip on Air Force One was a pilgrimage to Chicago, where he addressed a sell-out crowd of some 18,000 not far from where he delivered his victory speech eight years ago.

Diehard fans -- many African Americans -- braved Chicago's frigid winter to collect free tickets, which were selling for upwards of $1,000 a piece on Craigslist.

They were joined by First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill -- who the president described as "family" in an emotional finale to his speech.

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Wiping a tear from his eye, Obama paid a poignant tribute to his own family, his daughter Malia who was present and Sasha who stayed in Washington because of an exam, and the first lady who he addressed as his best friend.

"You took on a role you didn't ask for and made it your own with grace and grit and style and good humor," he said. "A new generation sets its sights higher because it has you as a role model. You've made me proud. You've made the country proud."

Obama also acknowledged that his historic presidency was not a panacea for the country's racist past.

"After my election, there was talk of a post-racial America," he said. "Such a vision, however well-intended, was never realistic. Race remains a potent and often divisive force in our society."

- Life after White House -

With an approval rating hovering around 55 percent, according to a Quinnipiac University poll, Obama still carries considerable political weight.

Some 51 percent of Americans polled believe that Trump is doing a bad job as president-elect.

Trump's unorthodox politics have thrown the 55-year-old Obama's transition and post-presidency plans into flux.

Having vowed a smooth handover of power, Obama has found himself being increasingly critical of Trump as he prepares to leave office on January 20.

After that there will still be a holiday and an autobiography, but Obama could find himself dragged backed into the political fray if Trump were to enact a Muslim registry or deport adults brought to the United States years ago by their parents.





Police in St Elizabeth have confirmed reports of intimidation against the family of the 15 year-old girls who was allegedly sexually molested by Moravian Pastor, Rupert Clarke.

However, they say that they are still investigating, although no statements have been given.

Police charged the 64-year-old clergyman after they said a patrol then found him with the girl in a "compromising position" in his parked motor vehicle near Nain, St Elizabeth, on the night of December 28.

Clarke, who was granted $800,000 bail on January 4, is to return to court on February 13.

Since news broke about the incident, there have been raging debates on social media, which have been aggravated by the action of Hampton School Principal Heather Murray, who attempted to blocked television cameras at Clarke's bail hearing.

In the face of condemnation for her attendance in court, Murray issued a statement explaining that she had gone to give support to her friend, who is the pastor's wife, but the calls for her resignation as chief administrator at the all girls school have not ceased.





ganja-seized.jpgTwo men were taken into custody by the police during an operation in St Catherine in which 550 pounds of compressed ganja with an estimated value of $1.5 million was seized.

The police say the men's identities are being withheld pending further investigations.

The police say about 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon a team was conducting an anti-narcotics operation on West Avenue in Sydenham, St Catherine, when the ganja was discovered in a storeroom at an establishment.

The police theorise that the ganja was prepared for export.

Meanwhile, the police are reporting that a St James woman was arrested yesterday at the Norman Manley International Airport for breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act.

The police say the woman was intercepted by detectives as she attempted to board a flight for Montserrat.

The police say her suitcase was searched and nine-pounds of compressed ganja were found.

She was subsequently taken into custody.





Six people, including two women, believed to be a part of a lottery scam syndicate operating out of Westmoreland and St James, were last week arrested and charged under the Law Reform Act.

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Police report that they have charged Christiana Curtis, 22, customer service agent of 34 Coral Gable, Independence City in Portmore, St Catherine; Landique Woodbourne, 25, of Cambridge, St James; Fabian Ramsey, 27; Viviene Duncan, 39; and Gideon Wright, 22, all of Lambs River in Westmoreland; and Danny Williams, 31 of Darliston district in the same parish.

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The accused, said to be members of an organisation which has affiliates islandwide, were subsequently released on station bail and are scheduled to appear in the St James Parish Court on February 1.

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Police said they were arrested during a series of operations carried out by the Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch (C-TOC) between January 3 and 9 in Westmoreland, St Catherine, and St James, following allegations that they defrauded a 56-year-old, retired United States citizen of over $3 million.





The care and protection case for the 15-year-old St Elizabeth girl involved in the rape and carnal abuse case against Moravian pastor Rupert Clarke is to go before the St Elizabeth Parish Court on Thursday.

The teenager and another sibling from the same home are now in State care. Reports are that the teenage girl is one of 10 children from a poor family in the extremely rural community; her mother reportedly moved to St Elizabeth after the death of the children's father.

Sources say the family now lives in an abandoned building in an area off the beaten path without plumbing and electricity.

It has been noted that this is the kind of condition which enables lustful men and sexual predators to prey on young victims under the guise of being their saviour.





moravian-sex-pastor-rupert-clarke.jpgThe sense of outrage over the actions of Moravian Pastor Rupert Clarke

Here are some of the comments:

"I wish that women from all denominations, who were abused by pastors and other men of the cloth would step out and speak out. Too many of them have got away with it. These wolves in sheep clothing should be exposed. Young people's lives have been scarred while these scoundrels live lofty lives and don't care one damn."

"This is a big problem in society, and the church is no different. Many of the.leaders think it is okay to be an untouchable, because they wear a collar, or have a religious title, whilst the sins of the rest of us becomes an issue. God said it in His word, Numbers 32: 23; "Be sure your sins will find you out".

We are a bunch of 'churchgoers' who believe in the creature (pastors, bishops, etc) and not the Creator. But for His Grace and Mercy, we would all be outcasts. Too many of these leaders set rules but do NOT abide by the guidelines of the Word. Noise and emotions only, to scare people into believing, but not surrendering the old nature. This man and many others in the church, are predators, practicing; wolves in sheep's clothing.

"Can a leopard change its spots? No, but hearts can be transformed. From the abundance of the heart, flows the issues of life. This behaviour did not creep upon the pastor Clarke, if true, this is his secret practice, away from the pulpit.

If what is being said by Dr Thompson about the handling of a report on pastor Clarke's previous behaviour, by Dr Gardener, then this might be a tip of the iceberg. How many more of this kind of behaviour, is known. "Did congregants condone, look the other way, deny or gossip?

Too many spots, too many wrinkles, too much religious practices and NO relationship with Christ. We worship with our lips but our hearts are so far from God. Hearts of DARKNESS. May God be Merciful and heal those taken advantage of; the very vulnerable and young children."

"It is sad to admit but there's really double standard in the churches today. I have discovered this painful fact. There are two set of rules. Some do and will get away with it and judgement on some for the said offence. I pray we will all do as the Bible states that there should be no biases. God is NOT bias."

"My mother used to say, every day bucket go a well one day de bottom left right there. I guess that the church conducts a system of see,hear and speak no evil. They point to others and fail to see that four fingers are pointing right back at them. Now with this revelation what can the head of the church say in their defense - protecting the pastor and the church image I guess. Those who rant, rave, stomp and shout are the same ones doing exactly what they are telling people not to do - Jimmy Swaggart is a good example."

"The "Church" is merely used as another social climbing organization. This sexual assault of a minor by any geriatric minister may not have happened without his access to tax exempt church funds and whatever hopes and dreams his vehicular motel fueled in this youngster's head. This morally depleted social climber needs to be allowed to fall freely to earth. The Organization which has allowed anyone to abuse privileges needs to have their comeuppance. The Ten Commandments is an easily understood document which church leaders may be able to find in the Bible."

"This church leader knew that this Pastor was a sexual predator years ago.They knew what he was involved in hence the reason for his transfer.It does not matter if this Mr Thompson is an ex minister.His story holds facts.Mr Gardener needs to explain what he knows and when he heard."





Authorities on Tuesday removed 1.4 kilograms of cocaine -- estimated to worth $455,700 on the street -- which had been hidden in a female passengers groin area at the Donald Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, St James.

The Jamaican woman, who the police said resides in Canada, was at the security checkpoint about 2:30 pm, where she was scheduled to board a Sunwing flight destined to Toronto.

During a search of her body, the illicit drug was found wrapped in a cylindrical parcel in a green and black sock hidden in her underwear and tucked in her groin area, the lawmen reported.

She was subsequently taken into custody. Her identity is being withheld pending further investigations.





Two brothers have been hospitalised after they were attacked by gunmen in Race Track, Clarendon.

Reports are that shortly after 3:30 this morning, armed men kicked in the door of a house in Race Track, near Denbigh in May Pen, and opened fire on two brothers, one five years old and the other 16, while they slept.

They were rushed to hospital where they have been admitted. The 16-year-old is said to be in serious condition.

The Clarendon police are investigating.





moravian-minister-sex-charge-ruperrt-clarke.jpgThe Education Minister Ruel Reid has asked for a full report on all the developments regarding Hampton School principal Heather Murray's presence and actions at court on Wednesday.

She says she was supporting the wife of Reverend Rupert Clarke, the head of the Nazareth Moravian Church in Manchester; the pastor is charged with having sex with a minor.

Murray, who is the head of the all-girls institution, says she is a good friend of Pastor Clarke's wife. Report s are that the minor who the Moravian pastor was caught having sex with also attends Hampton School

Reid has also called for a discussion with the Mrs Murray and the chairman of Hampton School so the matter can be resolved. The meeting should take place by next Wednesday.

Reverend Clarke, who is the head of the Nazareth Moravian Church in Manchester, has been offered $800,000 bail after being charged with having sex with a minor.

He is to return to the St. Elizabeth Parish Court on February 13.





jamaican-man-killed-norval-barrett.jpgThe fiancé of Norval Barrett, the man who was shot and killed during a police pre-planned firearms operation in Cayman, has shared several photos of herself alongside her now deceased fiancé, wrote on Facebook, "Baby wake up please, I need you."

The former accountant also made another post which read, "The love of my life even though you fly away to sleep. Sleep baby sleep until I'm there to wake you up again. I will always love u my baby, words aren't enough to say. RIP my dear lover and friend Norval Maconia Barrett the great one. Shhhhh baby sleep."

Since Martin's post, there has been an outpouring of support from her friends on Facebook who have sent condolences, while others reacted to the post by noting that they heard the tragic developments on the news.

According to police, the operation to execute a firearms warrant and detain a 34-year-old Jamaica man went awry when the suspect exited the premises with a firearm.

A number of shots were fired and the suspect was injured.

Two tactical medical officers, one of whom is an advanced EMT, were part of the operation.

They immediately provided primary medical aid to the suspect and executed basic life support protocols until the ambulance arrived.





Caribbean Airlines (CAL) has been forced to make changes to its flight schedule after a gunman shot and killed five people at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida on Friday.

The Trinidad-based airline said that due to the incident in which at least eight other people were injured, some services had been affected.

Caribbean Airlines said BW 3481 will depart Fort Lauderdale at 7:15 a.m. on January 7 and arrive at Piarco International Airport at noon.

It said that BW 036, which makes a stop in Kingston, Jamaica, will operate on January 7 as BW 3036.

The estimated departure time from Fort Lauderdale is 3:10 p.m., with the estimated arrival time at Norman Manley International Airport Kingston at 4:50 p.m.

"Customers booked on the above services are also advised that no date change penalties apply," Caribbean Airlines said.

"All Caribbean Airlines services to and from Hollywood International on January 7 will operate as per the regular scheduled times."

Police said Esteban Santiago, 26, had been arrested after he surrendered following the shooting incident at the baggage claim area of Terminal 2 at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood

The suspect was taken into custody uninjured.





The Ministry of Health is reporting that two imported cases of malaria have been confirmed in Jamaica.

In a release this afternoon, the health ministry said the infection was found in a Jamaican who was living in Ghana and returned to the island in November 2016, while the second person is an Indian national who entered the island in March 2016.

Last year, there were three imported cases of malaria infection.

The symptoms of malaria include fever, chills, headache, sweats, fatigue, nausea and vomiting.

Malaria was eradicated from Jamaica in 1961. However, there was an outbreak in 2006 and an emergency response led to a re-elimination in 2009.

The malaria parasite is transmitted to humans by the infected bite of the female Anopheles mosquitoes called "malaria vectors". There are more than 30 anopheline species that transmit malaria and Anopheles albimanus is considered the principal vector for transmission in Jamaica.

The infected persons are currently under observation.

The Ministry of Health is urging Jamaicans to be cautious when travelling to countries affected by malaria.





The Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control, (JCTC), is taking issue with several activities which it argues amount to breaches of the framework convention for tobacco control.

It is also seeking urgent legislative intervention to deal with other forms of restrictions on the promotion of tobacco use.

Board Member, Deborah Chen, says close monitoring is needed because of the many ways in which the framework convention is being breached.

She argues that without proper regulation, tobacco use could be openly promoted and the risk increases for usage by young persons.

Meanwhile, the coalition is also seeking urgent legislative action to tackle certain types of advertising which it believes harm the public.

"Right now, in the absence of the comprehensive tobacco control legislation - we are pushing for the full comprehensive legislation to be done. We would like an update as to where the government is, in relation to that legislation because that is what will protect the public - particularly our youth as we are very concerned about them getting encouraged to start smoking," said board member for the Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control, Deborah Chen.

And the government has indicated that by the end of this year, data from research currently being conducted will be available to guide its decision in finalising regulations.





caricel-logo.jpgIt will be known later this month if an injunction will be granted blocking the revocation or suspension of the telecommunications licence issued to Symbiote Investments. The Supreme Court will hand down its decision on January 24.

The gag order remains in effect until the ruling.

Symbiote, which trades as Caricel, is trying to prevent the Jamaican Government from revoking its licence which was issued last year.

The licence was granted last year, despite disapproval from the Contractor General's Office and it has come under additional scrutiny from the US Embassy which has since revoked the visas of some officials of Caricel.





moravian-minister-sex-charge-ruperrt-clarke.jpgThe St Elizabeth police have now opened a wider investigation into sex crimes allegedly perpetrated by a 60-year-old Moravian minister of religion.

The pastor was last night arrested and is now facing the possibility of rape and carnal abuse of a 15-year-old girl.

The police report that about 9 o'clock last night, a team was on patrol in a community near Black River when they observed a parked car that aroused their suspicion.

They went to investigate and reportedly found the pastor in a compromising position with the child.

He was immediately taken into police custody.

Police investigators spent several hours today questioning a parent of the child and other family members.





crime-scene-knife.jpgA man who resides in the United States, who visited the St Ann's Bay Police Station with a stab wound over a week ago, died in hospital on Tuesday, the police are reporting.

The deceased is 69-year-old Dalbert Clarke, otherwise called 'Delroy', a retired plumber of Orlando, Florida and Discovery Bay, St Ann.

Clarke reportedly turned up at the Runaway Bay police station about 3:00 am on Monday, December 26, with a stab wound to his abdomen.

He was assisted to the St Ann's Bay Hospital, where he was admitted in a serious condition.

There has been no indication of the circumstances under which the stabbing took place.

He reportedly succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday.

The police are asking anyone with information that can assist with their investigations, to contact the St Ann's Bay police at 972-2209, police 119 emergency number, or the nearest police station.





missionaries.jpgOne of the suspects in the killing of two American missionaries in St Mary in April last year has escaped police custody.

Twenty-five-year-old Dwight Henry, otherwise called 'Dougie' and 'Chino' of Wentworth, St Mary escaped this afternoon.

It's understood that Henry, who was being held at the Oracabessa Police Station, complained about feeling ill.

He was taken to the Port Maria Hospital this afternoon where he reportedly escaped.

Head of the St Mary Police, deputy superintendent Dwight Powell, confirmed the escape but was unable to say how Henry escaped.

Henry was charged with murder and illegal possession of a firearm in June last year.

Andre Thomas was also charged by the police in June 2016 in relation to the murders of the missionaries.

Forty-eight-year-old Randy Hentzel was found dead in Wentworth district in St Mary on Saturday, April 30, and his missionary colleague 53-year-old Harold Nichols was found dead the following day.





New York Times has designated Kingston as one of the top 52 Best Places to Go in 2017, much to the delight of tourism partners and stakeholders.

New York Times, one of the leading newspapers in the United States, made the announcement today, listing Jamaica's capital at number 24.

The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) described the designation as an "enviable" one, saying in a news release Wednesday that it comes on the heels of the first anniversary of Kingston being named a UNESCO Creative City of Music.

In highlighting the attributes of Kingston, the New York Times article cited the city's cultural offerings such as the One World Rocksteady Music Festival, the newly opened Peter Tosh Museum and the dub club music parties.

The article also named local spots Usain Bolt's Tracks & Records and Chateau 7 Gourmet Jerk Centre as must-go places to eat, while Courtyard by Marriott and Spanish Court Hotels were recognised as ideal places to stay.





moravian-minister-sex-charge-ruperrt-clarke.jpgManchester-based pastor Robert Clarke, 64, a longstanding minister of the Moravian Church, was granted bail when his matter was brought up in the St Elizabeth Parish Court on Wednesday.

Minister Clarke was charged with rape and having sexual knowledge of a person under 16; he was offered bail in the sum of J$800,000 with one or two sureties.

As a condition of his bail, the Moravian pastor is to report to the Mile Gully Police Station every Saturday between the 6:00 am and 6:00 pm. A stop order has also been placed on him and he was ordered to surrender his travel documents.

The allegations are that about 9:00 pm on December 28, a motorised police patrol in the deep-rural community of Austin in Myersville, south east St Elizabeth, close to the Alpart plant in Nain, came upon a parked car in a secluded area. Further inspection revealed the pastor and a 15-year-old in what the police described as a "compromising position".





Haramber the gorilla became the 'Meme of 2016'

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gorilla-harambe.jpgHis was the face which launched a thousand memes - so why did Harambe the gorilla capture 2016's collective online psyche?

It was a sad story that could have been even sadder. In May, a three-year-old child fell into an enclosure at Cincinnati Zoo. One of the Western lowland gorillas inside started dragging the boy around.

"Mommy's right here! Mommy loves you!" the boy's mother shouted, as bystanders became increasingly panicked.

Finally, fearing that the boy's life was in danger, a zoo worker killed Harambe with a single shot. The boy escaped without serious injury.

The events were captured on a YouTube video which has been watched millions of times.

Harambe's death touched off a heated - if predictable - debate about zoo welfare standards and whether lethal force was necessary.

But what wasn't expected was what came next. Harambe became memeified. His image was spread far and wide throughout the internet. He became the subject of serious and unserious campaigns. And he was even memorialised in song.





crime-scene-gun.jpgPolice in Istanbul are hunting for a gunman who opened fire at a well-known nightclub, killing at least 39 people.

The attack happened at Reina nightclub early on Sunday, as hundreds of revellers marked the new year.

Officials say some 15 foreigners were killed, including citizens from Israel, France, Tunisia, Lebanon, India, Belgium, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.

The attacker left his gun before "taking advantage of the chaos" and fleeing the scene, Turkey's PM said.

Binali Yildirim also confirmed the gunman was not dressed as Santa Claus, contradicting earlier reports.

The attack unfolded some 75 minutes into the new year as around 700 people gathered in the waterside Reina club, one of Istanbul's most upmarket venues.

The attacker shot dead a policeman and a security guard at the entrance before heading into the club, which is popular with celebrities and foreigners.

Eyewitnesses described seeing dozens of bodies lying on the floor. Some revellers reportedly threw themselves into the Bosphorus to escape the carnage.

"Gunshots rang out. When those sounds were heard, many girls fainted," professional footballer Sefa Boydas told AFP news agency.

He said people appeared to be crushed as they ran away. "They say 35 to 40 died but it's probably more because when I was walking, people were walking on top of people."





hollyweed-hollywood-sign.jpgHollywood residents awoke Sunday morning to find the iconic Hollywood sign had been altered to read "Hollyweed" in an apparent New Year's Day prank.

The sign was vandalized about 3 a.m. by a male suspect who was recorded on surveillance video, said Lt. Guy Juneau of the Los Angeles Police Department's Security Services Division.

Dressed in all black, the unidentified vandal scaled Mount Lee, made his way over a fence and then climbed onto each of the landmark's "O" letters, the lieutenant said. He then draped those letters with black tarps so they each appeared as a lowercase "e."

The suspect remained at large hours after the incident. If arrested, he would face a misdemeanor trespassing charge, according to the LAPD.

The agency also notified the city's Department of General Services, whose officers patrol Griffith Park and the area near the sign.

As bemused tourists looked on from a nearby vantage point, park rangers removed the tarps and restored the proper text's visibility by 11:15 a.m.





kim-burrell-gays-beli.jpgGospel singer Kim Burrell says she makes "no excuses or apologies" for a sermon at a Houston church where she referred to gays and lesbians as perverted. She said that she has never discriminated against gays and lesbians. "I love you and God loves you," she said. "But God hates the sin."

A tape of Burrell preaching at the Love & Liberty Fellowship Church began circulating online. She said that "the perverted homosexual spirit, and the spirit of delusion and confusion, it has deceived many men and women." She referred to specific homosexual acts as perverted.

Meanwhile, Burrell is scheduled to sing a duet with Pharrell next Thursday on the talk show "Ellen," where host Ellen DeGeneres is one of show business' most prominent lesbians. They are supposed to sing "I See Victory" from the soundtrack of the new movie "Hidden Figures."

There was no immediate reaction from DeGeneres' show or her social media platform on Saturday.

Pharrell posted on Instagram that "I condemn hate speech of any kind," although he made no specific reference to his duet partner.

It wasn't immediately clear when Burrell gave the sermon. She spoke on Facebook Live Friday about the tape that had circulated, referring to unspecified "enemies" for spreading only a portion of her speech.





Cops seek help in catching St Ann's Most Wanted

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st-ann-most-wanted.pngThe St Ann police are appealing to the public for information that will lead to the arrest of six men wanted for various crimes in the parish, ranging from shooting to murders.

The men are:

• Fifty-one-year-old BRIAN FORBES o/c 'QQ' or 'Cutie', a farmer of Drumily District, Claremont. He is wanted in connection with the murder of 24-year-old Demar Smith, also called 'Chumpy', a bus conductor of Drumilly, and his girlfriend, 15-year-old Amoya Brown, of Good Hope, Clarendon. Both were chopped to death just before daybreak at a house in Drumily, on April 25, 2015.

Forbes is said to frequent bushes on properties belonging to ALCAN.

• DWAYNE CHRISTIE, otherwise called 'Cojack', is wanted for the shooting death of 40-year-old Ronald Gayle, a farmer of Davis Town in Cave Valley, St Ann, on September 30, 2016.

• NICOY CUNNINGHAM, otherwise called 'Hype' of Belle Air, Runaway Bay and Cave Valley, is wanted for the offence of murder committed on April 8, 2016 at Lot 149 Belle Air, Runaway Bay.

• ALBERT DYER o/c Mojo of Douglas Castle, St Ann is wanted in connection to a murder committed on April 10, 2010 also in Douglas Castle.

• Thirty-seven-year-old SHAWN ANTHONY MACOE of Lot 106 Veneta Court, Southborough, Portmore in St Catherine and Greenwich Estate in Steer Town, St Ann is wanted for a shooting committed at Back Hampstead in Runaway Bay on December 7, 2016.

• Twenty-seven-year-old CHRISTOPHER BROWN of Steer Town, St Ann, Princess Street, Kingston and Majestic Gardens, Kingston 11 is wanted in connection to a shooting committed at Roaring River, Steer Town on December 9, 2016.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of these men can contact the police at 972-9008, 311 or 119.





crime-scene-gun.jpgMore details are emerging from the Police High Command on the man behind Wednesday's gun attack on the Hunts Bay Police Station. Reports are that Jason Campbell was a contract killer linked to several murders across the country.

Assistant Commissioner Ealan Powell, head of the Criminal Investigation Branch, says detectives are going through several cases Campbell might have been linked to. A Glock pistol, 23 rounds of ammunition and a bullet proof vest were taken from Campbell.

Meanwhile, regarding the shooting at the Hunts Bay Police Station. the official police report says that at about 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, a 20-year-old man was leaving the police station when gunshots rang out. He had just reported on condition of bail.

Two policemen were about to conduct patrol duties when they observed the man being chased by an individual firing gunshots. The policemen called out to the shooter and he reportedly turned his gun on them. The report says the gunman kept firing at the police, during which one of the cops fell to the ground.

The gunman continued shooting while he approached the two officers, when other cops emerged from the building and challenged him. He ran across Marcus Garvey Drive still firing at the police.

A gun battle ensued, and in the process, a female pedestrian was shot and injured and the gunman shot. All three injured persons were taken to the Kingston Public Hospital, where the gunman was pronounced dead.

Five policemen, who gave statements, reported that they fired 60 rounds during the incident. Six cars parked near the station were hit by bullets.





crime-scene-gun.jpgShortly before 5am on New Year's Day residents heard explosions in New Town, Sandy Bay, Hanover.

The body of 39 year old Tedford Grizzle was found about an hour later on the road with wounds to the head.

Five spent shells were found at the scene.

The police are investigating.





hands-behind-bars.jpgThe man who is accused of killing his girlfriend on Boxing Day in St Thomas has turned himself in to the police.

Odaine Keyes has been wanted for questioning in relation to the killing of 19-year-old Tashoy Barrett, who was found with her throat slashed on Boxing Day at the home that the two shared.

Keyes could not been found since the incident.

Reports are that he turned himself in about 9:30 Sunday morning to the St Thomas Police. He was accompanied by relatives.

About 11 women were killed in domestic disputes in December alone. In total, about 25 women were killed in 2016, compared to 15 in 2015.





crime-scene-knife.jpgA 15 year old boy is among several persons killed with just twelve hours into the New Year. He was stabbed on Constant Spring Road in St. Andrew.

The police report that the incident occurred between Central and South Avenue in the vicinity of Savannah Plaza as the teenager was walking .

The 15 year old was approached by men who was stabbed him.

It's believed that his cellphone was stolen by his attackers.

The teenager was pronounced dead at hospital.





crime-scene-gun.jpgA taxi operator was killed along the Johnson Town main road in Lucea, Hanover.

He is 39-year-old Bruce Brown of Kew District in Lucea.

It is reported that approximately 2:30 a.m, motorists who were passing the area saw Brown's body and alerted the police.

The body had what appeared to be a single gunshot wound to the left ear.

His black Toyota motor car is missing.

It is believed that his assailants threw him from the vehicle and made off with it.?





i-octane-photo-3.jpgNow, this one easily wins the category 'Best Kept SEcret of 2016': the marriage between I-Octane and Kerine Miller, the daughter of society-pastor-and-Dudus-confidante-whose-gun-went-missing-while-plum-picking, Al Miller.

When we hear Zip bawl it out pon dem Zip Code programme laas week, say Octane and Kerine married from inna November 2015 and celebrate dem one-year wedding anniversary wha day yah, we did haffi wonder if we ah hear right.

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But Goodies, it is all there. Just check out the Facebook/Instagram of the wifey who now goes by the official name Kerine Miller-Muir.

We wish the Muirs all the best, but we a wonder if Sasha did get the scoop on this one.

Bling Bling.....





viola-davis-photo-1.jpgBlack actress Viola Davis continues to be a trailblazer.

The star scored her fifth Screen Actors Guild Award at Sunday's show, winning in the best supporting actress in a motion picture category for her role in the Denzel Washington-directed film Fences.

Davis, 51, won the award over Midnight's Naomie Harris, Lion's Nicole Kidman, Hidden Figures' Octavia Spencer and Manchester by the Sea's Michelle Williams. (Three weeks ago, she won the Golden Globe in the same category against the same four actresses.)

With her latest win, Davis became the first African-American actress and the first woman of color to nab five Actor statuettes.

The mother of one also recently made history as the first African American actress to score three Academy Award nominations.

In Fences, based on August Wilson's Pulitzer-winning play, Davis is revisiting the part that won her a Tony

in 2010, and portrays the ultimate put-upon wife, Rose, who has abdicated her own future.





Trump fires attorney general over Muslim ban

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donald-trump-photo-1.jpgDonald Trump has fired the acting US attorney general after she questioned the legality of his immigration ban.

Sally Yates, who was appointed by Barack Obama, ordered justice department lawyers not to enforce the president's executive order.

A White House statement accused Ms Yates of "betraying" the justice department and being "weak on borders".

Mr Trump replaced her with Dana Boente, US attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Mr Boente said he was "honoured to serve President Trump" and immediately directed his department to enforce the controversial order.

Mr Trump also replaced the acting director of the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Daniel Ragsdale, who has been in the post since 20 January. He is the former deputy director.

No reason was given for Mr Ragsdale's sacking. He has been replaced by Thomas Homan, the executive associate director of enforcement and removal.

Mr Trump's order temporarily banned nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the US, and sparked street protests in the US and abroad.





hands-behind-bars.jpgA Jamaican man has been sentenced to 48 years in a United States prison for killing his girlfriend's three-year-old daughter because she soiled herself.

According to media reports in Aurora, Colorado, Shane Campbell, 26, was sentenced on a murder conviction last Wednesday for striking the toddler, identified as Angel Bailey, who suffered a seizure and later died in July 2015.

Campbell had pleaded guilty to second degree murder, the Aurora Sentinel reports.

Campbell reportedly resided in the volatile St Andrew community of Cassava Piece before migrating with his family several years ago.

Word of his sentencing has been circulating in the community.

Police in Aurora report that an officer who visited Campbell's apartment on the night the three-year-old was struck said he overheard the Jamaican saying he had never struck Angel that hard before.

Prosecutors say Campbell later told investigators he was mad at her for soiling herself.





Six killed in mosque shooting in Canada

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crime-scene-7.jpgSix people have been killed and another eight wounded in a shooting at a mosque in Quebec City, Canada, police say.

Shots were fired at the Quebec Islamic Cultural Centre on Sunday night, where more than 50 people had gathered for evening prayers.

One suspect was arrested at the scene and another was arrested nearby. Police do not believe there are other suspects at large.

The Canadian authorities are treating the shooting as a terror attack.

"We condemn this terrorist attack on Muslims in a centre of worship and refuge," Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a statement.

"Muslim-Canadians are an important part of our national fabric, and these senseless acts have no place in our communities, cities and country."

Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard also referred to the shooting as a terrorist attack.

The dead were aged between about 35 and 70 years old, police spokeswoman Christine Coulombe said. Some of those injured were in a serious condition, she said.

Police said the area was secure and the situation was "under control". Thirty-nine people had left the mosque safely, they said.





The General Legal Council has said it is deeply concerned about a statement by an attorney representing clergymen on sexual assault charges.

In a statement published in the Sunday Gleaner, the Council said the attorney noted that he had been instructed to file suit against the complainant for defamation, malicious prosecution and false imprisonment.

The Council explains that a criminal prosecution is commenced by the laying of charges. The matter is then to be regarded as being before the court or sub judice.

The General Legal Council said it is highly improper for statements to be published which may have the effect of either threatening or intimidating the complainant or any witness in the matter.

It added that this includes effect which creates the risk that the course of justice may be impeded, obstructed or undermined.

The General Legal Council says the statement is not in keeping with proper standards of the legal profession. As such, it is urging attorneys to desist from such practice.

Last Monday attorney-at-law Lambert Johnson, who represents Moravian pastors Paul Gardener, 54, and Jermaine Gibson, 36, said his clients have instructed him to file a lawsuit against the State for defamation, malicious prosecution and false imprisonment.

Both Ministers of Religion have been charged with carnal abuse and indecent assault.





Klansman Gang member to be sentenced today

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Jordan Markland, a member of the notorious Klansman Gang, which operates in Spanish Town and environs, will be sentenced today -- the first to be found guilty under 2014 anti-gang legislation.

Ministers of Parliament passed the Criminal Justice (Suppression of Criminal Organisation) Act in the House of Representatives to give police the power to disrupt and suppress criminal organisations across the island.

Markland will be sentenced when he appears in the St Catherine Home Circuit Court today.

The accused, who was charged on July 4, 2015, was among several members of the feared Klansman and One Order gangs operating in and around Spanish Town, the St Catherine capital. He was held by detectives from the Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime (C-TOC) Investigation Branch and the St Catherine North Division.

Other Klansman Gang members also charged were Sheldon Walters, otherwise called 'Terminate', Marlon Tulloch, otherwise called "Gappy"; Horace Swaby; and Jason McLean, otherwise "Daeda". Members of the fearless One Order Gang who were also charged by the police are Aston Daley, otherwise called "Daley Bwoy", Kemar Thompson, otherwise called "Spider Man"; Jahnoi Laing, otherwise called "Rhin" and Nigel Laxbour, otherwise called "Tineyo".

Deputy Superintendent of Police Samuel Blake, head of the Anti-Gang Unit at C-TOC, while noting that public support was critical to success, appealed to the public to help the police in their fight against criminal gangs.





JDF soldier now a suspect in murder of colleague

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court.jpgThe Jamaica Defence Force soldier who was detained last week as a Person of Interest in connection with the fatal shooting of a member of the military in Rock River, Clarendon, is now considered a suspect.

The soldier, who is on detention at JDF headquarters at Up Park Camp, was questioned last week. He is scheduled to be questioned again this week in connection with the murder of Lance Corporal Michael Fraser.

The soldier was shot by gunmen at his house in Rock River last Wednesday.

It's reported that the wife of the soldier under investigation was at the house at the time of the incident. She was not harmed.

A senior investigator says the police are trying to determine whether the killing stemmed from the existence of a love triangle.





Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister Kamina Johnson Smith says Jamaicans should remain calm despite tension over the new executive orders signed by President Donald Trump, one of which bans travellers from seven Muslim-dominated countries.

"It is very important in these matters that we remain calm and responsible," Johnson Smith said in a release on Monday.

There has been panic among Caribbean migrants in light of the developments over the weekend.

But Johnson Smith says it is extremely unhelpful that people are inciting panic on matters that are very complex and very technical and subject to a lot of uncertainty even in the issuing state.

"The Ministry is making every effort to ascertain the scope of these orders and it is important that we not conflate them, because there is more than one order and they deal with entirely different things," she said.

Johnson Smith said the Jamaican government is examining these issues and noted that the ministry is in contact with the US Embassy here and the State Department overseas through Jamaican missions there.





The police are expressing concern about the increasing number of women being abducted and raped by men posing as taxi operators.

Superintendent Enid Ross Stewart, head of the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA), says that the hunt is on for the suspects.

They have been linked to cases in Kingston as well as Portmore, St Catherine, over the last two weeks.

Unregulated taxis should not be used by commuters... If they have to take them, make sure they capture the license plate number and send it to somebody so that somebody knows where they are and which car they are in," she suggested.

She said investigators suspect that there are other cases which have not been reported.





hands-behind-bars.jpgSt Catherine man who was convicted of the murder of a senior citizen whose house he lived in, and whose body he burnt then buried, has been sentenced to life imprisonment in the Home Circuit Court.

Trial judge, Justice David Fraser, has recommended that Clifton Harrison serve 32 years before being eligible for parole.

Harrison was charged with the death of Louise Barnes, 69, of Old Harbour in St Catherine.

In the trial in November of last year, evidence was led in the St Catherine Circuit Court that in 2009, Harrison killed Barnes at her home in Old Harbour.

He then burnt her body and buried it on the Thetford Farm in the parish.

Relatives of Harrison did not believe stories of Barnes' disappearance from Harrison, and filed a missing person's report.

Intense police investigations led to the arrest and charge of Harrison for the murder.





Cop critical after being shot by gunmen

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA police officer is in critical condition in hospital after he was shot in the head by men in a car that was being pursued by the cops in Olympic Gardens, Kingston, Saturday night.

Reports are that about 8 pm, the detective, who is attached to the Kingston Central CIB branch, was part of a team carrying out investigations in Fletchers Land when they gave chase to a black BMW motorcar, fitting the description of one which was used to transport men involved a recent murder.

The pursuit of the car ended in Olympic Gardens when men alighted from the vehicle and started firing at the police.

The detective sergeant was shot in the head and rushed to the Kingston Public Hospital where he was admitted in serious condition.

A 19-year-old of a Kingston address was subsequently taken into custody for questioning.

The Kingston Central police are investigating.





Reggae foundation roots singer Jerome Ballin aka Ronnie Davis (formerly of Itals and The Tennors), passed away on Wednesday, January 25th 2017 after suffering a major stroke on Monday January 23.

According to his publicist, Ronnie closed his eyes and slept peacefully, with his family at his bedside.

"We have lost a man who came from humble beginnings, who grew to become a favourite son, a good brother, a music legend, a wonderful husband and father, a much adored grand-father and a best friend to everyone who knew him.

"Although Ronnie is no longer with us, he has left us a strong legacy of music spanning 50 years that shall live on in the hearts and minds of people the world over. We take comfort in knowing that Ronnie lived to experience a major revival of his career recently, with the release of his latest album "Iyahcoustic". Through social media, he was able to see how much his many fans worldwide loved his music. He was always in high spirits when the fans spoke and we are sure that he is in a better place and in higher spirits as we celebrate his life and his legacy.

Ronnie is survived by his common-law wife Jennifer Ottey, his mother in England, his brothers and sisters, his daughters Shauna, Stacy, Simone and Jasmine, his sons Ryan, Christopher, Jason, grand-children his extended family and his many friends.





Sky Juice recovering after stroke

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Veteran Dancehall selector Sky Juice is now recovering after suffering a stroke while performing aboard a cruise two weeks ago.

According to reports, the legendary disc jockey narrowly escaped death after suffering a stroke while working aboard a boat ride event two weeks ago.

The self proclaimed "Big belly" selector reportedly collapsed while standing right next to dancehall artiste Bounty Killer, who along with others assisted the veteran disc jockey.

He was then reportedly taken to hospital and later released.





Jamaica: In light of recent cardiac mishaps with young Jamaican student-athletes, the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona's Research Days 2017 staging slated for February 1-3 on the grounds of the Mona Campus, will reveal the latest results from ongoing research into Electrocardiographic (ECG) testing for local athletes.

In addition to the update on the programme, at Mona's Research Days 2017, student-athletes from identified schools will be offered free ECG tests as part of the continuing "Cardiac Screening in Youth Athletes" executed by lead researcher Dr Lisa Hurlock.

The ongoing research aims to prove whether or not the ECG screening, which is a five minute, simple, pain free test, is a viable tool to help screen for traces of heart disease which may lead to 'sudden cardiac death' in Jamaican athletes. The ECG test is also cost effective as it is relatively affordable in comparison to other screening tests.

An ECG examination traces electrical activity in the heart and according to Dr. Tahira Redwood, Resident in Internal Medicine at the University Hospital of the West Indies, the tests are crucial in early detection of heart attacks or other heart related issues.





trinidad-election-rowley-new-government.jpgPrime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has described as an "act of desperation" the letter written by Opposition Leader Kamla Persad Bissessar to United States President Donald Trump regarding the United States Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) legislation.

The government and the opposition legislators have been at odds over the passage of the legislation enacted by the United States government in March 2010.

Earlier this month, the Keith Rowley government bowed to opposition demands that the legislation be sent to a joint select committee (JSC) of Parliament even as Finance Minister Colm Imbert, accused the opposition of being "deadly scared" of having to meet with some of the criteria outlined in the legislation, including having to report US bank accounts to the appropriate American authorities.

"They want to be able to say that they are not supporting the legislation because they are awaiting word from the US President or that he is considering their request," Prime Minister Rowley said.





GK Money Services to launch in February

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GraceKennedy subsidiary GK Money Services Ltd, which will in February launch its mobile money product, GK MPay, indicates that it expects to compete strongly around the issue of security.

GK's competitors in the mobile money market are Quisk, currently used by National Commercial Bank, and Conec, a mobile wallet developed and marketed by the Jamaica Cooperative Credit Union League.

CEO Don Wehby said Monday, "GK MPay...is compatible with most phones and both mobile networks. It is also extremely safe, as customers won't have to worry about losing their money if they lose their phones as the service is properly encrypted. It is so easy to use that even those who are not as technologically savvy will find themselves understanding it after the first use."

To be launched on February 7, the product allows transfer of cash to any other person with a mobile phone; pay their bills; top up any pre-paid mobile phone and pay for goods and services, and has a wallet limit of $150,000, similar to other mobile money products on the market.





JIS mourns passing of former executive

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jis-winifred-risden-hunter-jan-27.jpgThe Jamaica Information Service (JIS) has expressed regret at the passing of its former Executive Director, Winnifred Risden-Hunter.

Risden-Hunter, affectionately called "Winnie" served the organisation from 1984-1989. She died on January 24 after a brief illness. She was 86 years old.

The former JIS Executive Director had a long and distinguished career in communications serving as Director at the Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation; Member of the Editorial Advisory Committee, Jamaica Observer; and at Breakfast Club, KLAS Radio.

She was also Director of Public Relations, Jamaica Tourist Board from 1973 to 77.

Risden-Hunter served as Press Secretary to former Prime Minister Edward Seaga from 1982-84.

In recognition for her service, she was awarded the Commander of the Order of Distinction in 1988.

Risden-Hunter leaves behind nephew Peter Risden; niece Suzanne Risden Foster; grand nieces and nephews Luke, Rachel, Victoria, Ethan, Katherine; and friends.

CAPTION: Late former Executive Director of the Jamaica Information Service (JIS), Winnifred Risden-Hunter.





hands-behind-bars.jpgAn inmate who has been linked to a scam which was being operated from one of the island's correctional facilities has pleaded guilty to six counts of Attempting to Obtain Money by Means of False Pretences.

Andrew Lee Pryce, who was charged with breaches of the Larceny Act, appeared before St. Andrew Parish Court on Tuesday.

He was serving a sentence for similar offences.

On January 5, Pryce was charged with breaches of the Forgery Act.

The charges resulted from an investigation which led to the arrest and charge of correctional officer Toraine Tulloch last month.

It is reported that Mr. Tulloch, who allegedly conspired with Pryce, posed as a policeman and entertainment producer and fleeced several persons of large sums of money.

Pryce is to return to court on Monday in relation to other charges connected to the scam.





Babsy Grange 'sad' at Lindy Delapenha's passing

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babsy-grange-minister.jpgMinister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange, has expressed deep sadness with the passing of the late Lloyd Lindbergh 'Lindy' Delapenha.

Delapenha, 89, died peacefully this morning at the Kingston home of his daughter, Marie Claire.

He had suffered a number of strokes recently and lost his speech two weeks ago.





5 in custody after police operation in St Thomas

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hands-behind-bars.jpgFive persons were taken into police custody during a special operation in St. Thomas on Wednesday night into early Thursday morning.

Two were arrested in connection with a firearm and ammunition at a house in Danvers Pen. This is the second firearm recovered in St. Thomas in less than 24 hours.

Three other men, arrested in nearby communities, will be questioned in connection with other crimes committed in the parish.





Michael Lee Chin Head of the Economic Growth Council (EGC) will host top Israeli businessmen in March as he seeks to woo substantial investments from that country to Jamaica.

Lee Chin accompanied Prime Minister Andrew Holness to Israel two weeks ago on what he described as a trade mission. The EGC head urged with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to set up a meeting with the principals of the leading companies in the Middle East country.

"I said, 'Please, Prime Minister, can you help us do that - organise the 50 top companies in Israel and I'll come back in the next two months and speak to them and tell them why they should come and invest in Jamaica'?" Lee Chin told stakeholders in the education sector yesterday at Jamaica House in St Andrew.

The EGC chairman discussed with senior technocrats and the leadership of tertiary institutions the role of the education and training sectors in achieving the national goal of five per cent gross domestic product growth in four years.

"The ambition is to sell Jamaica to the most eminent Israeli companies so that they can invest in Jamaica. That was my mission," said Lee Chin, who told the gathering that he was shocked at questions being raised in the press about the trip to Israel.

"I am thinking that if we need growth, we need to go everywhere in the world that can give us growth, and if Israel can give us growth, I don't care, I am going there."





soldier-found-lance-corporal.jpgA member of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) has been placed under military detention as investigators intensify their probe into last night's murder of a soldier.

JDF Civil Military Cooperation and Media Affairs Officer Major Basil Jarrett said the soldier is under detention at the army's Up Park Camp headquarters.

However, he declined to give further details.

Meanwhile, the Clarendon police are still questioning a woman in connection with last night's murder of 31-year-old Lance Corporal Michael Fraser in the community of Rock River in the parish.

The investigators say the woman is the wife of another soldier and was found at the home of Lance Corporal Fraser.

Investigators say it appears that the soldier, who was shot in the head, may have been attacked by two men.





The police are currently investigating the authenticity of an audio recording purportedly of a teenager from the Waterhouse area being tortured by an adult male and his cronies.

The disturbing voice note along with what is purportedly a picture of the missing female - who has dark skin and is said to be from the Waterhouse area - has been circulating online.

The Hunts Bay Police said they have heard the voice note and are probing its authenticity. They are calling on anyone with additional information to share it with the authorities.

In the 40 second voice clip, a female is heard begging and pleading for her life while an attacker is heard in the background barking instructions to her and warning that, if she fails to comply, he will harm her.

"Please sir, do no kill me please," the distraught female can be heard saying.

As the teen pleas and begs for mercy, the voices of other males can be heard in the background of what sounds like a car.

"Hey don't try run... if you do that I going @#$..," a man is heard shouting.





crime-scene-gun.jpgThe body of a young male found in the vicinity of National Heroes Circle Thursday morning has been identified as that of Grade 8 student, Roshane Smith from the Denham Town High School.

The hands of the 13-year-old were bound and the face covered with a shirt. There were also what appeared to be gunshot wounds to the head, a release from the Education Ministry said.

School administrators report that Roshane was last seen in school on January 19.

Education Minister Senator Ruel Reid has expressed sadness at the loss of another young life and extended condolences to Roshane's immediate family and members of the school community, especially to his classmates.





TV icon Mary Tyler Moore dead at 80

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mary-tyler-moore.jpgTV icon Mary Tyler Moore died on Wednesday after being hospitalized in Connecticut, her rep confirmed to The Huffington Post. She was 80.

"Today, beloved icon, Mary Tyler Moore, passed away at the age of 80 in the company of friends and her loving husband of over 33 years, Dr. S. Robert Levine. A groundbreaking actress, producer, and passionate advocate for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Mary will be remembered as a fearless visionary who turned the world on with her smile," her rep Mara Buxbaum told The Huffington Post in a statement.

Moore, who was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1936 and grew up in Los Angeles, rose to international fame starring on the 1960s sitcom "The Dick Van Dyke Show." She later starred on the beloved 1970s sitcom "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," which is one of the first shows to feature a never-married, working woman as its central character. Moore played single, 30-year-old TV news producer Mary Richards.

The show, which featured Moore's character asking for equal pay to her male co-worker and going on the pill, became a paradigm of the women's liberation movement and is credited with inspiring women to break the mold confining them as wives and homemakers.

"I think Mary Tyler Moore has probably had more influence on my career than any other single person or force," Oprah Winfrey said in a recent PBS documentary celebrating the actress.





Trombonist Nambo Robinson is dead

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nambo.jpgTrombonist Ronald "Nambo" Robinson, who got his big break in the late 1970s by playing on Survival and Confrontation, two of Bob Marley's albums, is dead.

His wife confirmed that he died Wednesday morning at his St Andrew home. He was 67.

An in-demand session musician, Nambo worked with reggae's greats including Sly and Robbie's Taxi Gang. He played on several of the duo's biggest hit songs such as Baltimore by The Tamlins and Bull Inna The Pen by Black Uhuru. Buffalo Soldier, Trench Town and Wake Up And Live are also among the Marley songs Robinson played.

From East Kingston, Robinson started his career with Mystic Revelation of Rastafari. He was a founding member of the 809 Band, which also included his longtime friend, saxophonist Dean Fraser; singer Desi "Desi Roots" Young and bassist Michael Fletcher.

Nambo is survived by his wife and three children.





Magnum funds Devin di Dakta's trip to the Grammys

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devin-di-dakta.jpgMagnum Tonic Wine will be funding deejay Devin Di Dakta's journey to the 59th Grammy Awards at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles on February 12 .

The artiste is part of the project Reggae for Her (Sly & Robbie Presents Devin Di Dakta & JL) which was nominated in the Best Reggae category.

The company made a presentation to the deejay at J Wray & Nephew's office in New Kingston last Friday.

Devin Di Dakta, who won season eight of the televised talent competition Magnum Kings & Queens of the Dancehall, said he is delighted with the support from the corporate entity.





Killer caught on CCTV still not identified

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The St Ann police have not yet been able to ascertain the identity of a man, who was captured on CCTV camera shooting Runaway Bay businessman Alfred Whorms.

Whorms, 66, was shot dead at his business place on Wednesday, January 18. The video, which is circulating on social media, shows the man dressed in a safety hat and vest entering the business establishment.

The man proceeded to search for something before shooting the distracted Whorms, who was seen reading a newspaper shortly before.

Superintendent Gary Francis, head of the St Ann police, said he was aware of the video being circulated but did not know who released the video to the public. He said the police have not yet identified the man in the video.





team-jamaica.jpgUsain Bolt's famed triple-triple--three gold medals in three Olympic Games--has vanished, following teammate Nesta Carter being found guilty of doping in the 4×100 relay in the Beijing Olympics

The International Olympic Committee re-tested a sample of Nesta Carter from the Beijing Games and found the presence of the prohibited substance methylhexaneamine. As a result, Carter was disqualified, and took his entire team's performance down with him.

"The Jamaica Olympic Association shall notably secure the return to the IOC, as soon as possible, of the medals, the medallist pins and the diplomas awarded in connection with the men's 4x100m relay event to the athlete and his teammates," the IOC said in rendering its decision.

Methylhexaneamine, a stimulant, is banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency, and numerous athletes in various sports have been disqualified for its use. Initially marketed as a nasal decongestant, it was removed from shelves in 1983.





I-Wayne hospitalised following accident in St Mary

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i-wayne-photo-1.jpgReports are that reggae singer I-Wayne has been admitted in the Annotto Bay hospital in St. Mary.

Sources have confirmed that the singer met in a motor vehicle accident on Tuesday, however, his condition was not known up to news time.

I-Wayne is known for songs such as Can't Satisfy Her, Lava Ground, Life Seeds and Book of Life.





raging-fyah-photo-2.jpgMinister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange, has announced that Grammy nominated band Raging Fyah are the newest recipients of financial support from the Ministry's Artiste Ambassador and Tour Support Programme.

Raging Fyah will receive USD 3,500 under the Programme, which aims to capitalize on synergies between touring artistes and to strengthen brand Jamaica through media, marketing and partnership.

Members of the band met with Minister Grange on Friday, January 20, 2017.

babsy-grange-minister.jpgMinister Grange also used the opportunity to once again congratulate the band on their recent Grammy nomination and to wish them well on their upcoming tour.

Raging Fyah's 'Everlasting' tour is scheduled to take place from January 24 to March 10 and will span 32 venues in 19 cities across the United States.





chris-martin-photo-2.jpgChris Martin's 2011 single "Paper Loving" recently made history on popular digital music service Spotify.

The ZJ Chrome-produced single which is featured on his "Cardiac Bass Riddim" became the most streamed Reggae single on Spotify last month after racking up over 10 million streams.





Caricel's injunction bid rejected by Supreme Court

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caricel-logo.jpgThe Supreme Court has rejected the application for an injunction and judicial review to block the revocation or suspension of the telecommunications licence issued to Symbiote Investments.

The Supreme Court handed down its decision a short while ago.

Symbiote, which trades as Caricel, was trying to prevent the Government of Jamaica from yanking its licence which was issued last year.

The licence was granted despite disapproval from the Contractor General.

The licence had also come under additional scrutiny from the US Embassy, which in turn, revoked the visas of some Caricel officials.





Second murder in August Town; man stabbed to death

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crime-scene-knife.jpgThere has been another murder in August Town, St. Andrew.

A man is dead following a dispute on Tuesday morning on Gold Smith Villa Road.

It is reported that around 7:00 a.m., the man was engaged in an argument. During the dispute, a knife was used to stab him.

The man was taken to hospital where he died while undergoing treatment.

A suspect is in police custody.

This is the second killing in the community after it recorded zero murders in 2016.





hands-behind-bars.jpgTwo brothers were on Monday charged by investigators assigned to the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA), Spanish Town Office on allegation of sexual assault and threatening a witness.

Charged with grievous sexual assault is 38-year-old security guard Inglesias Williams, while his brother, 36-year-old Joel Williams, otherwise called Roger, was charged with threatening a crown witness.

Both are of a Job Lane address in Spanish Town, St Catherine.

Inglesias was charged following investigations that he allegedly sexually assaulted a five-year-old girl last year.





moravian-president-paul-gardner.jpgMoravian clergymen Dr. Paul Gardener, 54, of Burbank Avenue, Kingston 19, and 36-year-old Gibson of Lyndale Close, Kingston 20, were on Monday arrested by the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offence and Child Abuse (CISOCA) and charged with carnal abuse and indecent assault.

According to a report from the Jamaica Constabulary Force's Corporate Communications Unit, in 2002 Gibson allegedly engaged in a sexual relationship with the girl while he was a minister in the church.

It was further reported that two years later Gardener, who was also a minister at the time, also had a sexual relationship with the said girl.

The complainant recently went to the police with a report in the wake of allegations against a St Elizabeth Moravian pastor, Rev Rupert Clarke, who the police said they found in "a compromising position" with a 15-year-old girl.

Yesterday, Johnson said that his clients have instructed him to file a suit against the complainant and he would be pursuing the matter later on.

Readers have commented on the threats by the lawyer and use of "intimidatory tactics", presumably to drive fear into the alleged victim.

Here are some of the comments:

"Threatening lawsuits already! Wow! Accusing the accuser of all kinds of dirty tricks before the case is even mentioned...interesting!

"Eeediat law suit this, .How can you claim malicious arrest agains the complainant and not the police ?.Who you trying to intimidate ?You both was sharing this youngster? I wont even say God help you. He shouldn't. Hope the victim overcome this and have a healthy and productive life,"

"Traumatic experience are filed in the brain of a child??, and can be recalled.

The counter-suit is silent intimidation of the accuser.. We could have others, who might find the strength and courage, to speak up, if they too had similar experiences.

What was secretly done years ago, is openly done today. Big men and 'schoolas': no shame or fear..

For the under 16 to tell of their experiences to a parent or anotger adult, would reap disbelief and chastisement. How dare they point a finger at these' honorable men or women'?.

Let the court deal with it; and the chips should fall where they may. I would like to remind us all, that the Almighty God does not slumber ir sleep. When he says ";be sure your sins will find you out"-, he means it."





moravian-president-paul-gardner.jpgFormer president of the Moravian Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, Dr Paul Gardner and the former deputy Jermaine Gibson now join their co-worker Rupert Clarke,on sex charges.Clarke, 64, another Moravian minister, is currently before the courts for alleged sexual misconduct.

He has been charged with having sex with a 15-year-old girl.

The two newest members of the clergy were slapped with charges following investigations by detectives from the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA).

Earlier media reports had stated that Moravian Women Allegedly Abused By Pastors Beginning To Speak Out.

Dr Gardner quit as earlier this month amid allegations of sexual misconduct within the organisation. Gibson, who was his deputy, also resigned.





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x6-trial-powell.jpgBusinessman Patrick Powell, who was freed of murder of Kingston College schoolboy, Khajeel Mais, is still before the court for a gun case.

A new trial date is expected to be scheduled on February 16, when the main actor in what was the high profile X6 Murder Trial returns to the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court in relation to the charge of failing to turn over his licensed firearm.

Powell is accused of failing to turn over his firearm to police investigators probing the shooting death of Kingston College student Khajeel Mais in 2011.

The case was on Monday rescheduled for mention in February, as a result of an outstanding Supreme Court transcript of evidence given by the investigating officer and a member of the Firearms Licensing Authority during the so-called X6 murder trial in the Home Circuit Court.

The transcript was requested by Powell's attorney, Deborah Martin, who said in court yesterday that her client would like to bring closure to the matter.





Teens shot, man murdered in Norwood, St James

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA man was shot and killed and two male teens shot and injured during an attack in the inner city Norwood community in St James, on Monday night.

The deceased has been identified as 24-year-old labourer Kemoy McLennon, also called Loco of Irie Lane, Norwood, St James.

Reports are that sometime after 7pm, McLennon and the two teens were at his home which was invaded by gunmen, who opened fire on the occupants of the house.

The three were shot and taken to hospital where McLennon was pronounced dead.

No motive has been established for the attack.





crime-scene-tape.jpgA second form student of the Mona High School died yesterday after collapsing in Half-Way Tree.

Dead is Darnell Foster, who the Ministry of Education say was rushed to hospital "where he regrettably died."

Minister of Education Ruel Reid, who is currently in the United Kingdom participating in an Education Forum, has expressed condolences to the family, and will visit the school on Thursday morning on his return to the island.

The Education Ministry said that its Trauma Response team has been dispatched to the school where grief counselling is being offered to staff and students.





pentecostal-pastor-paul-hanniford.jpgA man of the frock in the Pentecostal church, Pastor Paul Hanniford has been convicted in the Home Circuit Court for having sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl.The incident took place two years ago.He's to be sentenced on February 24.

Newspaper reports say that Tuesday's in-camera trial featured testimonies from the victim who is now 15 years old, and her then five-year-old brother who witnessed the incident at the pastor's home. Kingston

Prosecutor Natallie Malcolm led evidence that fifty-five-year-old Hanniford, the pastor of a Pentecostal church, took the two children to his house under the pretence that they were going for a "drive out". According to the prosecution, the pastor gave the five-year-old boy cornflakes and put him around a dining table.

The 13-year-old girl indicated to the pastor that she wanted to use the bathroom and Hanniford accompanied her. He later removed her from the bathroom, took her to a bedroom and assaulted her.

Prosecutors led evidence that the five-year-old boy on hearing his sister crying, rushed to the room and saw the pastor assaulting his sister. Hanniford later returned the children to their mother at his church.

Prosecutors said on reuniting with his mother, the boy made several attempts to tell her about the attack in the presence of the pastor but was shut down by the minister. On the boy's fourth attempt, however, he blurted out an account of what happened.

The following day, the mother repeated what she had heard to the church elders.

Dissatisfied with their response, she took the matter to the police and Hanniford was later arrested and charged.





popcaan-buys-new-range-rover-evoque-convertible-2017.jpgThe Gaza boss Vybz Kartel has previewed a new Alkaline diss signalling his entrance in the Unruly/Gaza and Vendetta dancehall feud.

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Last Friday, Kartel called out his former protege, ('What a gwaan') Popcaan for keeping silent while Alkaline dished out disses left, right and centre, dissing him and everybody around him including his daughter and sister. "Papi...mi soon stop chop off ppl head fi u... ya gwan like u fraid a some paper soldier," the "Loodi" deejay wrote.

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"Badness? Kmft... sadamite dem Eno.. BBC #GAZANATION," Kartel wrote in the caption. The message is believed to be a shot towards Alkaline. The big question now is what direction will this beef take. Vybz Kartel, himself still has not responded to Mavado's last diss track "Nuh Friend Fire" released in November before his prison transfer to Tower Street.





scam-alert.jpgA 27-year-old businessman has been extradited to the United States of America on lottery scam charges.

He is Lavrick Willocks, otherwise known as "Lav", of Tortuga Drive in Greenwood in St James. He was extradited on Thursday to face charges of Attempt and Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud, Wire Fraud, Mail Fraud and Money Laundering Conspiracy.

It is alleged that Willocks is one of the masterminds behind a syndicate which defrauded several US citizens of more than US$5 million. A warrant was subsequently issued for his arrest and extradition.

Willocks was arrested while at a hotel in Kingston on November 16 last year. He was brought before the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court, where he waived his rights to an Extradition Hearing and was ordered extradited.

He was picked up at the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre on Thursday and flown to the United States where he was handed over to US marshals.





Revenge? St Ann businessman shot and killed

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crime-scene-gun.jpgThere is speculation that revenge could be the motive following the shooting death of businessman Alfred Whorms, on Wednesday morning in St. Ann.

Mr. Whorms, 66, had just opened his hardware store in Runaway Bay, when he was accosted by gunmen and shot in the face.

His body was discovered by an employee.

Mr. Whorms had been involved in a court battle following the shooting of a farmer in Alexandria in April 2011.

He shot and killed 42-year-old Alton Thompson during an altercation at his Grants Mountain property.

The shooting sparked two days of riots, during which police and fire units were damaged.





road-accident.jpgA 71-year-old man died after the vehicle he was driving plunged off the Flat Bridge into the Rio Cobre in Bog Walk Gorge, St Catherine early Sunday

Police have revealed his identified as Jeffrey Anglin, of Willowdene in St. Catherine.

Deputy Superintendent of the Jamaica Fire Brigade in St Catherine, James Lee, says his team was alerted about the incident around 8 o'clock.

"On arrival, the fire brigade did not see anything as the car was completely submerged. The police summoned a wrecker - the car was removed and they saw a body in the car. The body was removed and taken to the Spanish Town Hospital by the police," Lee said.

He took the opportunity to again warn motorists to be careful when using the Flat Bridge. The Bog Walk Gorge was closed to facilitate the removal of the vehicle,





court-case.jpgA taxi driver who diverted from his regular route to a secluded area with one of his passengers, whom he allegedly sexually assaulted, has been convicted of the offence.

The 29-year-old driver of Old Harbour, St Catherine, was found guilty of both rape and abduction in the St Catherine Circuit Court on Thursday.

He is scheduled to be sentenced on January 27.

He admitted to having had sex with the complainant, who was age 17 at the time of the incident, claiming that the act was with consent.





Police name Mo Bay's 10 Most Wanted

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wanted-man-2017-photo-1.jpgReputed leader of the Ratty Gang, Ryan Peterkin, who also goes by the moniker 'Ratty', is one of the most wanted men on the list of the 10 most wanted recently released by the St James Police Division.

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According to head of the St James Police Division Senior Superintendent Marlon Nesbeth, Peterkin and his Ratty Gang are responsible for "several spates of shootings and murders in the Cambridge police area".

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SSP Nesbeth recounted that on December 30 last year, during a confrontation with the police, two members of the notorious gang were shot and killed.

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"We were confronted by members of that gang who fired at the police and based on our training, we were able to manoeuvre tactically, to the extent that two of these members were shot and killed."

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In addition to Peterkin, SSP Nesbeth also pointed to Shaneil Luthan, who is convicted for murder, but who escaped custody two years ago; as well as Arnold Gayle, also called 'Guy', who is also wanted for murder.

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Others rounding off the St James police 10 most wanted list are: Jevaughn Campbell, also called 'Cooking Oil' of Mt Salem; Marcus Robinson, alias 'Rasta'; Adrian Robinson; Kevin Hemmings, also called 'Skelly', Alex Madourie, otherwise called 'Popcorn' or 'Pop'; Delano Wilmot, commonly called 'Lano' of Mother Lane, Cambridge; and Stephano Johnson otherwise called 'Sarge'.

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ORieL releases lead single from debut album

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oriel-photo-1.jpgInternational reggae artiste, ORieL, has hit the ground running for 2017, with a new single that looks to set the tone for a successful year for the Afar Music Group artiste.

A smoky love ballad best describes ORieL's latest single People Say, and although the title may sound like the song is mired in mix-up, don't be deceived...it isn't. Rather it's a smooth, credible offering which explores the various thoughts on this thing called love. As ORieL himself points out, "Love is the eternal theme and it is so mis-understood, but ironically, so easy to understand. There are so many different types of love that we could spend a lifetime talking about them, and we all know that when it comes to this particular topic, people always have a lot to say."

No stranger to exploring the love theme, ORieL, the self-proclaimed Love Souljah delivers this latest track with his usual confidence and he is satisfied that it will resonate with his ever-growing fan base.

The Afar Music Group-produced single is a track from his upcoming debut album, a project which ORieL and his team, which includes Ludwig Grant and Lloyd Willacy, are particularly excited about. The natural successor to the reggae singer's Confidence 2.0 and Love Souljah EPs, the as-yet-untitled album, which is also highly anticipated, has a April 2017 release date.

The single, People Say is currently being streamed on Soundcloud (https://soundcloud.com/afarmu sicgroup/oriel-people-say) and, according to the artiste's team, it will soon be available on all major online digital stores.





Lacklustre line-up for Trump inauguration

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donald-trump-photo-1.jpgOn Friday, US President-elect Donald Trump will be officially sworn into office, taking the title President of the United States. But the day before the vows are taken, as is tradition, a celebratory concert should take place featuring a whole host of celebrity performers.

For Barack Obama's first inauguration concert - "We Are One" - the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder and Beyoncé graced the stage.

However, Trump's line-up has been described as a little lacklustre by comparison, with majority of the A-List celebrities including Elton John, Jennifer Holliday and R. Kelly turning down a request to perform.

So far, the performers include The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Toby Keith and band 3 Doors Down, highlighting what the team is calling "The Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration.





After years of inactivity, Tuff Gong International in Jamaica will relaunch its vinyl manufacturing services thanks to a new partnership with US company Sunpress Vinyl.

Located in Kingston, Tuff Gong will undergo renovations over the coming months and re-open in spring.

In the meantime, orders will be done by Sunpress, the Florida-based plant housed in reggae pioneer Joe Gibbs' former Final Vinyl factory.

The joint venture came after record sales hit a 25-year high and with news that vinyl is on track to becoming a billion dollar industry.

Tuff Gong has been facing increasing demand, not only from musicians and labels in the Caribbean, but also from Asia.





Cops shot during tussle with detainee

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crime-scene-7.jpgTwo police constables were Wednesday night rushed to hospital after they were shot while taking a detainee into custody at the Coral Gardens Police Station.

The Corporate Communications Unit says the detainee attempted to disarm one of the cops who lost his balance in the attempt.

That's when the cop's weapon reportedly went off firing one round injuring him and another constable.

The constables were taken to hospital for treatment.





crime-scene-gun.jpgTwo children were among three people who were last night shot dead during a series of attacks in Williamsfield, Hanover.

One-year-old Daquan Davidson and five-year-old Kimani Johnson were killed about 10.50 p.m. when gunmen opened fire on their house.

Their mother and two teenagers were injured.

The police say about five minutes earlier, the same gunmen kicked off the door to the nearby house of 34-year-old Hopeton Lee and fired several shots killing him.

However, Lee's girlfriend and children who were also at home were not harmed.





hampton-heather-murray-principal.jpgCEO of the Hampton School Board, Trevor Blake, says that.principal of Hampton School, Heather Murray, will not be sent on leave, as was announced last week by Education Minister, Ruel REid.

The CEO, In a letter to Reid -- and copied to the media --- said the Board had concluded that Murray's actions "did not amount to evidence of professional misconduct in her capacity as a teacher".

Blake further stated that the school is approaching a period of examinations and the withdrawal of Murray would have 'deleterious' effects on those taking exams, and the whole student body.

Last Wednesday, Reid told the media in a release that Murray had been sent on leave. According to him, the decision was taken at a meeting with senior ministry officers, Murray, members of the Hampton School Board, and the Munro and Dickerson Trust at the ministry's head office at National Heroes' Circle.





Farewell Mr. Obama

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obama-family-photo.jpgBarack Obama's presidency is nearing its end, which begs the question -- what will he do with his last morning in power?

If he follows the lead of past presidents, an exit prank and over 100 last-minute pardons could be on the agenda.

Will Obama pen a letter for Trump?

barack-and-michelle-obama.jpgIt is likely Mr Obama will pen some personal words of advice to Donald Trump to leave on the Oval Office desk.

However, the content of the letter may not be made public for years to come.

Some of the most famous last words of presidents have included:

  • "Don't let the turkeys get you down." -- Ronald Reagan to George H W Bush.
  • "I wish you great happiness here. I never felt the loneliness some presidents have described." -- George H W Bush to Bill Clinton.
  • "If you are as happy, my dear sir, on entering this house as I am in leaving it and returning home, you are the happiest man in this country." -- James Buchanan to Abraham Lincoln.

Tea with the Trumps

donald-trump-photo-1.jpgMr Obama will enjoy his last cup of White House brew alongside Mr Trump and his wife Melania.

Like presidents before him, Mr Obama has invited the Trumps to come for tea before they all head together to the Capitol for the inauguration.

Tom Barrack, chairman of the inaugural committee, called the invite "very gracious".

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Will Obama grant more pardons? Is Buju Banton on the list?

barack-obama-and-daughters.jpgWhile tying up loose ends, past presidents have issued commutations and pardons during their final hours in office.

In 2009, George W Bush pardoned two former Border Patrol agents on his last day, and in 2001 Mr Clinton drew controversy by pardoning 141 people, including Marc Rich, a billionaire fugitive indicted on tax evasion.

barack-obama-photo-3.jpgMr Obama has already commuted 209 sentences and granted 64 pardons in his final days.

On Wednesday, he issued the most high-profile commutation of his eight-year tenure to Chelsea Manning, who was jailed for leaking classified files to WikiLeaks.

There has been speculation he could issue former secretary of state Hillary Clinton a pre-emptive pardon over any offences committed in her use of a private email server.

Doing so would protect Mrs Clinton if Mr Trump decided to pursue his threats of prosecuting her.

This would be reminiscent of former president Gerald Ford pardoning Richard Nixon before any charges were made over the Watergate scandal.





marvin-the-dancer-photo-1.jpgAnd....speaking of obeah.....Marvin the Beast, who was involved in a very public spat with his estranged wife, who is in the process of seeking a divorce, has reportedly broken his ankle. Well if he didn't, then he certainly suffered bad injury to himself when he fell during a dance routine early this week.

Actually, Marvin, who is known for his questionable dance moves, which have been criticised as sexual abuse, is now dating a prominent dancer, both of whom have been 'entertaining' on the circuit. His sisiter-in-law had taken him to task recently on social media and then the wife and Marvin's new dancer girlfriend also got into the fray. It went gutter.





robert-montague-photo-1.jpgMinister of National Security Robert Montague sent a message to criminals that his uncle is an obeah-man."This minister no fraid a oonu, my uncle is a obeah man," Montague boasted of his uncle who is practising an illegal craft for which he can be charged.

Montague advised criminals to keep their lawyers on speed dial as the security forces will be pursuing them relentlessly and without fear.

"Oonu goin run weh because we goin to pursue oonu. he warned, at an interactive session with heads of security held at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston.

Montague said a number of criminals go about with New Testament Bibles in their back pockets and guard rings claiming that "when dem turn the ring (Senior Superintendent of Police) Mr [Steve] McGregor, dem disappear an police cyaan see dem".

However, he noted that a new 304-bed facility is being constructed at the Tamarind Farm Adult Correctional Centre, and said "Commissioner Hunter a fix up a nice place fi dem... and we need people to occupy them".





Kingston, Jamaica: The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus and the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (PSOJ) have announced a unique arrangement, where PSOJ member companies will be able to benefit from evidence-based research from the Mona Campus when focusing on areas that contribute to the growth agenda. The university will also be paying more attention to those research areas guided by the Economic Growth Council's eight identified areas of growth.

The plans were announced as part of the launch of the 18th staging of the UWI Mona's Research Days at the Exhibition Seminar Room, Faculty of Medical Sciences Teaching & Research Complex on Tuesday, January 10.

The 2017 Research Days will present a range of research projects across the Mona Campus' various faculties departments and institutes, showcasing the immense scope of its efforts to add to the region's existing body of knowledge. It also will highlight the relevance of Mona's research to the lives of everyday Jamaicans.

Professor Archibald McDonald, Pro Vice Chancellor and Principal, UWI Mona, said his organization's contribution is to the benefit all communities.

"Research and innovation are only worthwhile if they have direct beneficial and positive impact on the welfare and livelihoods of the community we serve," said Prof McDonald in his welcome.

PSOJ president Paul B. Scott revealed that the two entities have brokered an agreement to offer more scholarships to fund research.

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Prof. Archibald McDonald (second right), Pro Vice-Chancellor and Principal of UWI Mona Campus discusses future plans for the UWI/Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) partnership with (from left) Dennis Chung, PSOJ CEO; Former Governor General of Jamaica, Professor Sir Kenneth Hall; Prof. Denise Eldemire-Shearer, Chairman of the Research Days Steering Committee and Paul B Scott, President of the PSOJ at the UWI Research Days 2017 launch held on Tuesday, January 10 at the Exhibition Seminar Room at the Faculty of Medical Sciences Teaching and Research Complex, UWI Mona Campus.

"In our small island nation we must realize that we cannot develop businesses without research. We the private sector must drive innovation," said Mr. Scott.

He went on to say that the private sector must engage partnerships relevant to their own goals.

"We must support research and development, done efficiently and scientific as it is at the UWI... You have our support and confidence," Scott declared.

UWI Research Days 2017 will give insight on over 70 areas of research across the University's programmes under the theme, "Driving Development through Research and Innovation". The research on display will include work from Humanities and Education, Medical Sciences, Faculty of Law, Institute for Gender and Development Studies, Mona Social Sciences, Mona Geoinfomatix Limited, The Centre for Disability Studies, The Disaster Risk Prevention Centre, Caribbean Child Development Centre and The Consortium for Social Development And Research.

"Partnerships such as these show the importance of UWI Research Days, which is relevant to this country," said Professor Denise Eldemire-Shearer, UWI Mona Research Days Steering Committee Chairperson. "UWI facilitated and executed research is necessary, because since we are a local institution, we have an understanding of the local situation -- culturally, economically, politically, and socially."

Professor Eldemire-Shearer went on to outline a few of UWI's contributions to national policies.

"Firstly, the PATH (Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education) was influenced by the early research of Patricia Anderson and Michael Witter in 1991. Our environmental law has been fashioned by the research done by Professor Mona Webber and company over in the Marine Sciences; and currently, the climate change policies are being influenced by the work of Professor Michael Taylor and his group. UWI research has shaped Jamaican national policies from 20 years ago through to now," she expounded.

Attendees at UWI Research Days 2017 on the Mona Campus will also be able to view interactive displays over three days from February 1 - 3, 2017.

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About The UWI: Since its inception in 1948, The University of the West Indies (UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged, regional University with well over 40,000 students. Today, UWI is the largest, most longstanding higher education provider in the Commonwealth Caribbean, with four campuses in Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Open Campus. The UWI has faculty and students from more than 40 countries and collaborative links with 160 universities globally; it offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Food & Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science and Technology and Social Sciences. UWI's seven priority focal areas are linked closely to the priorities identified by CARICOM and take into account such over-arching areas of concern to the region as environmental issues, health and wellness, gender equity and the critical importance of innovation. For more information, visit www.uwi.edu (Please note that the proper name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of the "The", hence The UWI.)

For further information, please contact: Carlette DeLeon at 876-383-9768 or e-mail at arlette@breakthroughall.com





Teen shot dead in Hanover

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crime-scene-gun.jpgThe Hanover police are now probing the murder of a teenager who was shot multiple times in his community, Sunday night.

The deceased has been identified as 18-year-old Royan Gowan of Claremont, Hanover.

Reports are that about 10 pm, residents of Claremont heard several loud explosions and alerted the police, who upon their arrival, saw Gowan suffering from what appeared to be gunshot wounds to his head and other parts of his body. He was rushed to the Noel Holmes Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

No motive have so far been established for the killing.





burchell-taylor-bethel-baptist.jpgPastor of the Bethel Baptist Church in St. Andrew, Reverend Dr. Burchell Taylor, will be the new speaker at the 2017 National Leadership Prayer Breakfast this Thursday.

This was confirmed by Reverend Dr Stevenson Samuels, Chairman of the National Leadership Prayer Breakfast Committee.

Dr. Taylor replaces Moravian minister Bishop Stanley Clarke, who withdrew as speaker last week amid a sex scandal currently involving the Moravian Church in Jamaica.

The president and vice president of the Moravian Church have also vacated their positions following the case now before the court involving a senior pastor and a minor.





Father, daughter killed after tree falls on house

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father-and-daughter-killed-tree-falls-on-house.jpgA father and daughter died on Tay Street in the community of Buckfield, St. Ann early Monday morning after a tree fell on their house.

Shaun Shaw, otherwise called Randy, and his 13-year-old daughter, Sandy Shaw were killed while they slept.

Mr. Shaw's 11-year-old son was also injured.

Residents say they heard a rushing sound as well as screaming coming from the house about 2:15 a.m. They investigated and found Mr. Shaw and his daughter dead in the house, while his son was rescued and taken to hospital.





moravian-sex-pastor-rupert-clarke.jpgThree senior members of the local Church community were scheduled to be questioned by investigators from the Centre for Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) on Monday, following allegations of sexual misconduct being made about them.

This was disclosed by Superintendent Enid Ross Stewart, head of CISOCA. She declined to reveal details of the investigations, but commented that the men are high ranking members of the Church.

The investigation comes on the heels of the recent arrest and charge of Moravian pastor Rupert Clarke. Reverend Clarke is accused of having sex with a 15 year old girl.

The clergyman, who is under investigation regarding other allegations, is scheduled to return to court on February 13.





fiennes-as-michael-jackson-ap-reuters.jpgSky has said it will not air a TV programme about Michael Jackson after his daughter said she was "incredibly offended" by the portrayal of him.

The episode - part of a series called Urban Myths - was due to air on Sky Arts.

Sky released a statement on Friday saying they had pulled one episode after concerns were raised by Paris Jackson. The broadcaster said it never intended to cause any offence.

More than 20,000 people also signed a petition to boycott the half-hour episode.

The petition particularly objected to a white man's casting as Jackson instead of a black actor.





Alkaline to headline event in Jamaica in March

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alkaline-photo-10.jpgAfter a nearly three-year absence from the local scene, the popular dancehall artiste is set to perform at New Rules -- an event set for Kingston on March 25.

A poster for the event has been circulating online and Brownstone Entertainment, one of the promoters of the event, confirmed that Alkaline -- known for hits including Champion Boy, Move Mountains, Block and Delete, Spoil, City and his recent track Microwave -- would be on the show.

The promotional team says they are not able to provide any details at this time, but will inform the public once more information is available.





Busy Signal gets back US visa; now in the States

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busy-signal-photo-12.jpgFifteen years after departing the United States and being unable to return, dancehall artiste Busy Signal this week touched down on American soil.

The artiste took to social media to update fans and also to give God thanks for his return to the US. Busy was flung in a US jail for 6 months after the long arm of the law caught up with him and exposed his past life.

Busy is expected to spend a few days in the country before jetting off to Europe where he will perform at seventeen shows between January 28 and February 21.

The European tour will see Busy Signal going to countries such as Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden and Finland.

Busy Signal returned to the US after being arrested at Norman Manley International Airport in May 2012 on an extradition warrant.

He was subsequently locked up in US federal prison for two months for absconding bail.





Hampton principal Heather Murray says sorry

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hampton-heather-murray-principal.jpgPrincipal of the Hampton School Heather Murray has issued an apology for her action at the bail hearing of Moravian pastor Rupert Clarke a week ago.

Clarke is before the St Elizabeth Parish Court on a charge of having sex with someone under the age of 16 years.

According to Murray, she was so immersed in the emotional trauma of the hurt and embarrassment which the wife of the accused was experiencing, that she failed to realise that her presence in the precincts of the Court could possibly be misconstrued as taking the side of her husband rather than the victim.See full text of apology below:

The past few days have been among the most difficult periods of my life.

I attended the in camera arraignment of Rupert Clarke at the special request of Mrs Yvonne Clarke, my sister and friend, who relied on me for total support during a period of intense physical and emotional distress.

This state of personal turmoil rendered her incapable of being present at the Black River Courthouse while the Resident Magistrate was considering an application for bail.

On a personal level, I had become so immersed in the emotional trauma of the hurt and embarrassment which the wife of the accused was experiencing, that I failed to realise that my presence in the precincts of the Court could possibly be misconstrued as taking the side of her husband rather than the victim. In my sisterly embrace and response of loyalty to her, I failed to take into account that my being there could expose my office or the institution I head to any hint of controversy or cloud of misunderstanding.

At the start of the new school term yesterday (Monday) morning, I apologised to my ladies who greeted me with love and understanding. Now that I have also apologised to the Munro and Dickenson Trust, as well as the Hampton School Board, I hereby offer a fulsome apology to the education community and Jamaica for my presence and actions in Black River which have been misinterpreted as support for the individual accused of rape and molestation of a fifteen year old girl.

The very thought that this might have been conveyed, grieves me deeply. It would contradict everything I have stood for over my lifetime as a teacher, Principal, mother, wife and woman. In this regard, my record of protecting all those under my care can withstand the most exacting scrutiny. There are countless teachers, pupils, parents and workers in the field who can all attest to my resolute and consistent stand against any form of sexual abuse or exploitation.

I also accept that it was imprudent and inappropriate for me to take any steps in the precincts of the Courthouse, irrespective of the legal stipulations, which could interfere with the rights of the free press or impede the work of media practitioners in the pursuit of duty.

Finally, I pledge that I will continue to faithfully serve and protect the children under my care as I have always done throughout my forty years of service to the education system of Jamaica.

Heather Murray (Mrs.)

January 10, 2017





hampton-heather-murray-principal.jpgHeather Murray, principal of the all-girls, St Elizabeth-based institution, Hampton School, has been sent on two weeks leave.

According to the Education Ministry, Mrs Murray is also expected to go for professional counselling services given what was described as her recent emotional stress.

At the same time, the school board has been given until January 30 to submit a full report to the Education Ministry on Murray's action outside the St Elizabeth Parish Court last week Wednesday, January 4.

Television footage showed Murray attempting to block the media from taking images of Rupert Clarke, the 64-year-old pastor of the Nazareth Moravian Church charged with having sex with a minor.





moravian-church.jpgmoravian-president-paul-gardner.jpgOn Thursday, President of the Moravian Church in Jamaica Dr. Paul Gardner and Vice-President Jermaine Gibson resigned from their positions.

Thursday's resignations in the Moravian Church came days after Dr. Thompson produced e-mails contradicting claims by the church leadership that it had no previous knowledge of allegations of misconduct against Reverend Clarke.

The turmoil inside the church has been rapid since the arrest of Reverend Rupert Clarke on sexual offence charges.

An independent committee is said to be probing allegations against them. Dr. Thompson argues that the time has come for an overhaul of procedures within the Moravian Church.

As the Church reels from another round of conflict within its ranks, it is being asked to take a different approach to its problems.

Former Moravian Minister Dr. Canute Thompson, has called for the denomination to begin the process this weekend.

The e-mails between Dr. Canute Thompson and Dr. Gardner date back to 2014.





PM Holness in Israel

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andrew-holness-photo-4.jpgPrime Minister Andrew Holness has invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to make an official visit to Jamaica, following a meeting yesterday in Jerusalem.

The two men discussed possibilities for cooperation in water, agriculture and domestic security.

"Jamaica, like Israel, is a strong democracy, and we have long admired the advances that Israel has made in technology, particularly in cyber security and in agriculture, and in other areas. The potential for cooperation between our two countries is great and Jamaica is very interested in exploring those areas of cooperation," a Jamaica House release quoted Holness.

"The Jamaican people and the Caribbean region is a zone of peace, and we wish peace for all the peoples of the world. And we do extend our sympathies to the people of Israel for the very unfortunate attack on your soldiers recently.





moravian-bishop-stanley-clarke-jan-13.jpgReports are that Bishop of the Moravian Church, Stanley Clark has withdrawn as speaker for this year's National Leadership Prayer Breakfast.

Chairman of the National Leadership Prayer Breakfast Committee, Rev Dr Stevenson Samuels, has confirmed that Bishop Stanley Clark, former President of the Moravian Church in Jamaica, advised the Breakfast Committee that the current controversy engulfing his denomination could overshadow the message he would wish to deliver to the nation at the breakfast.

He condemns the alleged actions of his colleague minister and regrets the harm inflicted on the victim, her family, the church and the nation. The Committee will announce his replacement on Monday, January 16.

The National Leadership Prayer breakfast will be held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on Thursday, January 19, 2017, under the theme: God Empowered Intervention for Transformation.





crime-scene-gun.jpgA security officer, who is also reported to have been a businessman, was attacked and shot dead on Thursday night while playing dominoes on Sydenham Avenue in Spanish Town, St Catherine.

His licensed Sig Sauer 9mm pistol was taken by the lone gunman who sprung the attack, the police reported.

Dead is 55-year-old Trevor Cole of Horizon Park in Spanish Town.

Police reports indicated that Cole was among a group of people playing dominoes at a shop at about 9:30 p.m., when the gunman approached and opened fire, hitting Cole several times.

Cole was pronounced dead at hospital.

No one else was injured in the attack.





moravian-minister-sex-charge-ruperrt-clarke.jpg"Shockwaves" is the term being used to describe the possible arrest and charge of two prominent churchmen.. It is reported that they are likely to be charged next week as investigators are finalising statements.

The Jamaican church leaders are under investigation by CISOCA as well as the Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB).

According to a senior investigator, the police have collected several statements from persons alleging that they were sexually abused.

The investigator said that the two individuals are "major" figures in the church community in Jamaica and their arrests will create more shockwaves.

The news comes a little more than a week after Moravian Pastor Rupert Clarke was charged for having sex with a minor in St. Elizabeth.

He is facing more trouble as investigators have collected additional statements against him. They say more charges are pending when he returns to court on February 13.vv





alkaline-vybz-kartel.jpgDancehall bad boys, Alkaline and Vybz Kartel are leading the 2017 Youth View Awards nominations.

Alkaline is the top contender with a total of 10 nominations across 9 categories including Favourite Local Chart -- Topping Song of the Year and Favourite Dancehall Artiste. Vybz Kartel came in second with eight nods across seven top categories including the two that Alkaline are listed in.

Kartel's former protege Popcaan and his frequent collaborator Spice tied for six nominations. Popcaan is also up for both Topping Song of the Year and Favourite Dancehall Artiste. Spice is contending for Favourite Local Female Artiste of the Year and Young Hot and Hype Female of the Year. Konshens, who had a great year last year, picked up five nods including the Song of the Year category for his chart topper "Bruck Off Yuh Back."

Female dancehall newcomer Shenseea and Ding Dong each shared four nominations, while Mavado and Ishawna picked up three. This is particularly interesting given the great year that Mavado had on the local dancehall scene with a slew of hits.

This year the Youth View Awards will be celebrating its 10-year anniversary having launched in 2008 with a mandate to appreciate the Jamaican entertainment culture and a big part of that culture is dancehall music. This year's event will be held on February 8, 2017 at the National Indoor Sports Arena in St Andrew. The awards will be hosted by Yendi Phillips and Bambino.





tommy-lee-sparta-photo-13.jpgWebsite Urban Islandz is reporting that deejay Tommy Lee Sparta has won a US$3 million lawsuit against the Dominica government, however in the same article it quotes Tommy Lee's lawyer Bert Samuels as saying that they are still in negotiations.

The dancehall deejay filed the lawsuit in 2014 after an incident in which he was barred from entering the island upon arrival for a concert. The deejay complained that he was treated inhumanely and had to sleep overnight on a cold concrete floor inside a cell. He was traveling with his entourage which includes then manager Heavy D. After returning home to Jamaica, Tommy Lee filed a $3 million lawsuit against the Dominican government for violating his civil rights based on the CARICOM's Treaty of Chaguaramas.

According to the gossip website "Tommy Lee Sparta says he will be swimming in cash after winning a US$3 million lawsuit against the Dominican government."

During a recent interview with radio host Mutabaruka, Tommy Lee Sparta revealed that he will be getting a lot of cash after the pending settlement concluded. "Me a get a lot cash, man, everybody who pressure me will have to pay me," the artist said.

Tommy Lee's attorney Bert Samuels confirmed that Dominican authorities made the deejay an offer but they are currently in negotiation to reach a final settlement.





obama-cry-farewell-speech.jpg"For all our outward differences, we are all in this together," he said, warning that naked partisanship, racism, and inequality all threaten democracy. "We rise or fall as one."

"All of us, regardless of party, should throw ourselves into the task of rebuilding our democratic institutions."

The incoming Republican president has smashed convention, vowed to efface Obama's legacy and hurled personal insults left and right, while in a virtually unprecedented move US intelligence has accused the Kremlin of seeking to tip the election in Trump's favor.

Democrats, cast into the political wilderness with the loss of the White House, the Senate and the House of Representatives plus a majority of statehouses, are struggling to regroup.

Obama painted the task ahead as a generational challenge.

- Emotional finale -

"A faith in reason and enterprise and the primacy of right over might," he said, had allowed the United States to "resist the lure of fascism and tyranny during the Great Depression, and build a post-World War II order with other democracies."

"That order is now being challenged," said Obama in comments that resonate as Americans ponder whether Russia helped to put Trump in the White House.

"First by violent fanatics who claim to speak for Islam; more recently by autocrats in foreign capitals who see free markets, open democracies, and civil society itself as a threat to their power."

"The peril each poses to our democracy is more far-reaching than a car bomb or a missile."

Obama's last trip on Air Force One was a pilgrimage to Chicago, where he addressed a sell-out crowd of some 18,000 not far from where he delivered his victory speech eight years ago.

Diehard fans -- many African Americans -- braved Chicago's frigid winter to collect free tickets, which were selling for upwards of $1,000 a piece on Craigslist.

They were joined by First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill -- who the president described as "family" in an emotional finale to his speech.

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Wiping a tear from his eye, Obama paid a poignant tribute to his own family, his daughter Malia who was present and Sasha who stayed in Washington because of an exam, and the first lady who he addressed as his best friend.

"You took on a role you didn't ask for and made it your own with grace and grit and style and good humor," he said. "A new generation sets its sights higher because it has you as a role model. You've made me proud. You've made the country proud."

Obama also acknowledged that his historic presidency was not a panacea for the country's racist past.

"After my election, there was talk of a post-racial America," he said. "Such a vision, however well-intended, was never realistic. Race remains a potent and often divisive force in our society."

- Life after White House -

With an approval rating hovering around 55 percent, according to a Quinnipiac University poll, Obama still carries considerable political weight.

Some 51 percent of Americans polled believe that Trump is doing a bad job as president-elect.

Trump's unorthodox politics have thrown the 55-year-old Obama's transition and post-presidency plans into flux.

Having vowed a smooth handover of power, Obama has found himself being increasingly critical of Trump as he prepares to leave office on January 20.

After that there will still be a holiday and an autobiography, but Obama could find himself dragged backed into the political fray if Trump were to enact a Muslim registry or deport adults brought to the United States years ago by their parents.





Police in St Elizabeth have confirmed reports of intimidation against the family of the 15 year-old girls who was allegedly sexually molested by Moravian Pastor, Rupert Clarke.

However, they say that they are still investigating, although no statements have been given.

Police charged the 64-year-old clergyman after they said a patrol then found him with the girl in a "compromising position" in his parked motor vehicle near Nain, St Elizabeth, on the night of December 28.

Clarke, who was granted $800,000 bail on January 4, is to return to court on February 13.

Since news broke about the incident, there have been raging debates on social media, which have been aggravated by the action of Hampton School Principal Heather Murray, who attempted to blocked television cameras at Clarke's bail hearing.

In the face of condemnation for her attendance in court, Murray issued a statement explaining that she had gone to give support to her friend, who is the pastor's wife, but the calls for her resignation as chief administrator at the all girls school have not ceased.





ganja-seized.jpgTwo men were taken into custody by the police during an operation in St Catherine in which 550 pounds of compressed ganja with an estimated value of $1.5 million was seized.

The police say the men's identities are being withheld pending further investigations.

The police say about 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon a team was conducting an anti-narcotics operation on West Avenue in Sydenham, St Catherine, when the ganja was discovered in a storeroom at an establishment.

The police theorise that the ganja was prepared for export.

Meanwhile, the police are reporting that a St James woman was arrested yesterday at the Norman Manley International Airport for breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act.

The police say the woman was intercepted by detectives as she attempted to board a flight for Montserrat.

The police say her suitcase was searched and nine-pounds of compressed ganja were found.

She was subsequently taken into custody.





Six people, including two women, believed to be a part of a lottery scam syndicate operating out of Westmoreland and St James, were last week arrested and charged under the Law Reform Act.

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Police report that they have charged Christiana Curtis, 22, customer service agent of 34 Coral Gable, Independence City in Portmore, St Catherine; Landique Woodbourne, 25, of Cambridge, St James; Fabian Ramsey, 27; Viviene Duncan, 39; and Gideon Wright, 22, all of Lambs River in Westmoreland; and Danny Williams, 31 of Darliston district in the same parish.

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The accused, said to be members of an organisation which has affiliates islandwide, were subsequently released on station bail and are scheduled to appear in the St James Parish Court on February 1.

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Police said they were arrested during a series of operations carried out by the Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch (C-TOC) between January 3 and 9 in Westmoreland, St Catherine, and St James, following allegations that they defrauded a 56-year-old, retired United States citizen of over $3 million.





The care and protection case for the 15-year-old St Elizabeth girl involved in the rape and carnal abuse case against Moravian pastor Rupert Clarke is to go before the St Elizabeth Parish Court on Thursday.

The teenager and another sibling from the same home are now in State care. Reports are that the teenage girl is one of 10 children from a poor family in the extremely rural community; her mother reportedly moved to St Elizabeth after the death of the children's father.

Sources say the family now lives in an abandoned building in an area off the beaten path without plumbing and electricity.

It has been noted that this is the kind of condition which enables lustful men and sexual predators to prey on young victims under the guise of being their saviour.





moravian-sex-pastor-rupert-clarke.jpgThe sense of outrage over the actions of Moravian Pastor Rupert Clarke

Here are some of the comments:

"I wish that women from all denominations, who were abused by pastors and other men of the cloth would step out and speak out. Too many of them have got away with it. These wolves in sheep clothing should be exposed. Young people's lives have been scarred while these scoundrels live lofty lives and don't care one damn."

"This is a big problem in society, and the church is no different. Many of the.leaders think it is okay to be an untouchable, because they wear a collar, or have a religious title, whilst the sins of the rest of us becomes an issue. God said it in His word, Numbers 32: 23; "Be sure your sins will find you out".

We are a bunch of 'churchgoers' who believe in the creature (pastors, bishops, etc) and not the Creator. But for His Grace and Mercy, we would all be outcasts. Too many of these leaders set rules but do NOT abide by the guidelines of the Word. Noise and emotions only, to scare people into believing, but not surrendering the old nature. This man and many others in the church, are predators, practicing; wolves in sheep's clothing.

"Can a leopard change its spots? No, but hearts can be transformed. From the abundance of the heart, flows the issues of life. This behaviour did not creep upon the pastor Clarke, if true, this is his secret practice, away from the pulpit.

If what is being said by Dr Thompson about the handling of a report on pastor Clarke's previous behaviour, by Dr Gardener, then this might be a tip of the iceberg. How many more of this kind of behaviour, is known. "Did congregants condone, look the other way, deny or gossip?

Too many spots, too many wrinkles, too much religious practices and NO relationship with Christ. We worship with our lips but our hearts are so far from God. Hearts of DARKNESS. May God be Merciful and heal those taken advantage of; the very vulnerable and young children."

"It is sad to admit but there's really double standard in the churches today. I have discovered this painful fact. There are two set of rules. Some do and will get away with it and judgement on some for the said offence. I pray we will all do as the Bible states that there should be no biases. God is NOT bias."

"My mother used to say, every day bucket go a well one day de bottom left right there. I guess that the church conducts a system of see,hear and speak no evil. They point to others and fail to see that four fingers are pointing right back at them. Now with this revelation what can the head of the church say in their defense - protecting the pastor and the church image I guess. Those who rant, rave, stomp and shout are the same ones doing exactly what they are telling people not to do - Jimmy Swaggart is a good example."

"The "Church" is merely used as another social climbing organization. This sexual assault of a minor by any geriatric minister may not have happened without his access to tax exempt church funds and whatever hopes and dreams his vehicular motel fueled in this youngster's head. This morally depleted social climber needs to be allowed to fall freely to earth. The Organization which has allowed anyone to abuse privileges needs to have their comeuppance. The Ten Commandments is an easily understood document which church leaders may be able to find in the Bible."

"This church leader knew that this Pastor was a sexual predator years ago.They knew what he was involved in hence the reason for his transfer.It does not matter if this Mr Thompson is an ex minister.His story holds facts.Mr Gardener needs to explain what he knows and when he heard."





Authorities on Tuesday removed 1.4 kilograms of cocaine -- estimated to worth $455,700 on the street -- which had been hidden in a female passengers groin area at the Donald Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, St James.

The Jamaican woman, who the police said resides in Canada, was at the security checkpoint about 2:30 pm, where she was scheduled to board a Sunwing flight destined to Toronto.

During a search of her body, the illicit drug was found wrapped in a cylindrical parcel in a green and black sock hidden in her underwear and tucked in her groin area, the lawmen reported.

She was subsequently taken into custody. Her identity is being withheld pending further investigations.





Two brothers have been hospitalised after they were attacked by gunmen in Race Track, Clarendon.

Reports are that shortly after 3:30 this morning, armed men kicked in the door of a house in Race Track, near Denbigh in May Pen, and opened fire on two brothers, one five years old and the other 16, while they slept.

They were rushed to hospital where they have been admitted. The 16-year-old is said to be in serious condition.

The Clarendon police are investigating.





moravian-minister-sex-charge-ruperrt-clarke.jpgThe Education Minister Ruel Reid has asked for a full report on all the developments regarding Hampton School principal Heather Murray's presence and actions at court on Wednesday.

She says she was supporting the wife of Reverend Rupert Clarke, the head of the Nazareth Moravian Church in Manchester; the pastor is charged with having sex with a minor.

Murray, who is the head of the all-girls institution, says she is a good friend of Pastor Clarke's wife. Report s are that the minor who the Moravian pastor was caught having sex with also attends Hampton School

Reid has also called for a discussion with the Mrs Murray and the chairman of Hampton School so the matter can be resolved. The meeting should take place by next Wednesday.

Reverend Clarke, who is the head of the Nazareth Moravian Church in Manchester, has been offered $800,000 bail after being charged with having sex with a minor.

He is to return to the St. Elizabeth Parish Court on February 13.





jamaican-man-killed-norval-barrett.jpgThe fiancé of Norval Barrett, the man who was shot and killed during a police pre-planned firearms operation in Cayman, has shared several photos of herself alongside her now deceased fiancé, wrote on Facebook, "Baby wake up please, I need you."

The former accountant also made another post which read, "The love of my life even though you fly away to sleep. Sleep baby sleep until I'm there to wake you up again. I will always love u my baby, words aren't enough to say. RIP my dear lover and friend Norval Maconia Barrett the great one. Shhhhh baby sleep."

Since Martin's post, there has been an outpouring of support from her friends on Facebook who have sent condolences, while others reacted to the post by noting that they heard the tragic developments on the news.

According to police, the operation to execute a firearms warrant and detain a 34-year-old Jamaica man went awry when the suspect exited the premises with a firearm.

A number of shots were fired and the suspect was injured.

Two tactical medical officers, one of whom is an advanced EMT, were part of the operation.

They immediately provided primary medical aid to the suspect and executed basic life support protocols until the ambulance arrived.





Caribbean Airlines (CAL) has been forced to make changes to its flight schedule after a gunman shot and killed five people at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida on Friday.

The Trinidad-based airline said that due to the incident in which at least eight other people were injured, some services had been affected.

Caribbean Airlines said BW 3481 will depart Fort Lauderdale at 7:15 a.m. on January 7 and arrive at Piarco International Airport at noon.

It said that BW 036, which makes a stop in Kingston, Jamaica, will operate on January 7 as BW 3036.

The estimated departure time from Fort Lauderdale is 3:10 p.m., with the estimated arrival time at Norman Manley International Airport Kingston at 4:50 p.m.

"Customers booked on the above services are also advised that no date change penalties apply," Caribbean Airlines said.

"All Caribbean Airlines services to and from Hollywood International on January 7 will operate as per the regular scheduled times."

Police said Esteban Santiago, 26, had been arrested after he surrendered following the shooting incident at the baggage claim area of Terminal 2 at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood

The suspect was taken into custody uninjured.





The Ministry of Health is reporting that two imported cases of malaria have been confirmed in Jamaica.

In a release this afternoon, the health ministry said the infection was found in a Jamaican who was living in Ghana and returned to the island in November 2016, while the second person is an Indian national who entered the island in March 2016.

Last year, there were three imported cases of malaria infection.

The symptoms of malaria include fever, chills, headache, sweats, fatigue, nausea and vomiting.

Malaria was eradicated from Jamaica in 1961. However, there was an outbreak in 2006 and an emergency response led to a re-elimination in 2009.

The malaria parasite is transmitted to humans by the infected bite of the female Anopheles mosquitoes called "malaria vectors". There are more than 30 anopheline species that transmit malaria and Anopheles albimanus is considered the principal vector for transmission in Jamaica.

The infected persons are currently under observation.

The Ministry of Health is urging Jamaicans to be cautious when travelling to countries affected by malaria.





The Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control, (JCTC), is taking issue with several activities which it argues amount to breaches of the framework convention for tobacco control.

It is also seeking urgent legislative intervention to deal with other forms of restrictions on the promotion of tobacco use.

Board Member, Deborah Chen, says close monitoring is needed because of the many ways in which the framework convention is being breached.

She argues that without proper regulation, tobacco use could be openly promoted and the risk increases for usage by young persons.

Meanwhile, the coalition is also seeking urgent legislative action to tackle certain types of advertising which it believes harm the public.

"Right now, in the absence of the comprehensive tobacco control legislation - we are pushing for the full comprehensive legislation to be done. We would like an update as to where the government is, in relation to that legislation because that is what will protect the public - particularly our youth as we are very concerned about them getting encouraged to start smoking," said board member for the Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control, Deborah Chen.

And the government has indicated that by the end of this year, data from research currently being conducted will be available to guide its decision in finalising regulations.





caricel-logo.jpgIt will be known later this month if an injunction will be granted blocking the revocation or suspension of the telecommunications licence issued to Symbiote Investments. The Supreme Court will hand down its decision on January 24.

The gag order remains in effect until the ruling.

Symbiote, which trades as Caricel, is trying to prevent the Jamaican Government from revoking its licence which was issued last year.

The licence was granted last year, despite disapproval from the Contractor General's Office and it has come under additional scrutiny from the US Embassy which has since revoked the visas of some officials of Caricel.





moravian-minister-sex-charge-ruperrt-clarke.jpgThe St Elizabeth police have now opened a wider investigation into sex crimes allegedly perpetrated by a 60-year-old Moravian minister of religion.

The pastor was last night arrested and is now facing the possibility of rape and carnal abuse of a 15-year-old girl.

The police report that about 9 o'clock last night, a team was on patrol in a community near Black River when they observed a parked car that aroused their suspicion.

They went to investigate and reportedly found the pastor in a compromising position with the child.

He was immediately taken into police custody.

Police investigators spent several hours today questioning a parent of the child and other family members.





crime-scene-knife.jpgA man who resides in the United States, who visited the St Ann's Bay Police Station with a stab wound over a week ago, died in hospital on Tuesday, the police are reporting.

The deceased is 69-year-old Dalbert Clarke, otherwise called 'Delroy', a retired plumber of Orlando, Florida and Discovery Bay, St Ann.

Clarke reportedly turned up at the Runaway Bay police station about 3:00 am on Monday, December 26, with a stab wound to his abdomen.

He was assisted to the St Ann's Bay Hospital, where he was admitted in a serious condition.

There has been no indication of the circumstances under which the stabbing took place.

He reportedly succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday.

The police are asking anyone with information that can assist with their investigations, to contact the St Ann's Bay police at 972-2209, police 119 emergency number, or the nearest police station.





missionaries.jpgOne of the suspects in the killing of two American missionaries in St Mary in April last year has escaped police custody.

Twenty-five-year-old Dwight Henry, otherwise called 'Dougie' and 'Chino' of Wentworth, St Mary escaped this afternoon.

It's understood that Henry, who was being held at the Oracabessa Police Station, complained about feeling ill.

He was taken to the Port Maria Hospital this afternoon where he reportedly escaped.

Head of the St Mary Police, deputy superintendent Dwight Powell, confirmed the escape but was unable to say how Henry escaped.

Henry was charged with murder and illegal possession of a firearm in June last year.

Andre Thomas was also charged by the police in June 2016 in relation to the murders of the missionaries.

Forty-eight-year-old Randy Hentzel was found dead in Wentworth district in St Mary on Saturday, April 30, and his missionary colleague 53-year-old Harold Nichols was found dead the following day.





New York Times has designated Kingston as one of the top 52 Best Places to Go in 2017, much to the delight of tourism partners and stakeholders.

New York Times, one of the leading newspapers in the United States, made the announcement today, listing Jamaica's capital at number 24.

The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) described the designation as an "enviable" one, saying in a news release Wednesday that it comes on the heels of the first anniversary of Kingston being named a UNESCO Creative City of Music.

In highlighting the attributes of Kingston, the New York Times article cited the city's cultural offerings such as the One World Rocksteady Music Festival, the newly opened Peter Tosh Museum and the dub club music parties.

The article also named local spots Usain Bolt's Tracks & Records and Chateau 7 Gourmet Jerk Centre as must-go places to eat, while Courtyard by Marriott and Spanish Court Hotels were recognised as ideal places to stay.





moravian-minister-sex-charge-ruperrt-clarke.jpgManchester-based pastor Robert Clarke, 64, a longstanding minister of the Moravian Church, was granted bail when his matter was brought up in the St Elizabeth Parish Court on Wednesday.

Minister Clarke was charged with rape and having sexual knowledge of a person under 16; he was offered bail in the sum of J$800,000 with one or two sureties.

As a condition of his bail, the Moravian pastor is to report to the Mile Gully Police Station every Saturday between the 6:00 am and 6:00 pm. A stop order has also been placed on him and he was ordered to surrender his travel documents.

The allegations are that about 9:00 pm on December 28, a motorised police patrol in the deep-rural community of Austin in Myersville, south east St Elizabeth, close to the Alpart plant in Nain, came upon a parked car in a secluded area. Further inspection revealed the pastor and a 15-year-old in what the police described as a "compromising position".





Haramber the gorilla became the 'Meme of 2016'

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gorilla-harambe.jpgHis was the face which launched a thousand memes - so why did Harambe the gorilla capture 2016's collective online psyche?

It was a sad story that could have been even sadder. In May, a three-year-old child fell into an enclosure at Cincinnati Zoo. One of the Western lowland gorillas inside started dragging the boy around.

"Mommy's right here! Mommy loves you!" the boy's mother shouted, as bystanders became increasingly panicked.

Finally, fearing that the boy's life was in danger, a zoo worker killed Harambe with a single shot. The boy escaped without serious injury.

The events were captured on a YouTube video which has been watched millions of times.

Harambe's death touched off a heated - if predictable - debate about zoo welfare standards and whether lethal force was necessary.

But what wasn't expected was what came next. Harambe became memeified. His image was spread far and wide throughout the internet. He became the subject of serious and unserious campaigns. And he was even memorialised in song.





crime-scene-gun.jpgPolice in Istanbul are hunting for a gunman who opened fire at a well-known nightclub, killing at least 39 people.

The attack happened at Reina nightclub early on Sunday, as hundreds of revellers marked the new year.

Officials say some 15 foreigners were killed, including citizens from Israel, France, Tunisia, Lebanon, India, Belgium, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.

The attacker left his gun before "taking advantage of the chaos" and fleeing the scene, Turkey's PM said.

Binali Yildirim also confirmed the gunman was not dressed as Santa Claus, contradicting earlier reports.

The attack unfolded some 75 minutes into the new year as around 700 people gathered in the waterside Reina club, one of Istanbul's most upmarket venues.

The attacker shot dead a policeman and a security guard at the entrance before heading into the club, which is popular with celebrities and foreigners.

Eyewitnesses described seeing dozens of bodies lying on the floor. Some revellers reportedly threw themselves into the Bosphorus to escape the carnage.

"Gunshots rang out. When those sounds were heard, many girls fainted," professional footballer Sefa Boydas told AFP news agency.

He said people appeared to be crushed as they ran away. "They say 35 to 40 died but it's probably more because when I was walking, people were walking on top of people."





hollyweed-hollywood-sign.jpgHollywood residents awoke Sunday morning to find the iconic Hollywood sign had been altered to read "Hollyweed" in an apparent New Year's Day prank.

The sign was vandalized about 3 a.m. by a male suspect who was recorded on surveillance video, said Lt. Guy Juneau of the Los Angeles Police Department's Security Services Division.

Dressed in all black, the unidentified vandal scaled Mount Lee, made his way over a fence and then climbed onto each of the landmark's "O" letters, the lieutenant said. He then draped those letters with black tarps so they each appeared as a lowercase "e."

The suspect remained at large hours after the incident. If arrested, he would face a misdemeanor trespassing charge, according to the LAPD.

The agency also notified the city's Department of General Services, whose officers patrol Griffith Park and the area near the sign.

As bemused tourists looked on from a nearby vantage point, park rangers removed the tarps and restored the proper text's visibility by 11:15 a.m.





kim-burrell-gays-beli.jpgGospel singer Kim Burrell says she makes "no excuses or apologies" for a sermon at a Houston church where she referred to gays and lesbians as perverted. She said that she has never discriminated against gays and lesbians. "I love you and God loves you," she said. "But God hates the sin."

A tape of Burrell preaching at the Love & Liberty Fellowship Church began circulating online. She said that "the perverted homosexual spirit, and the spirit of delusion and confusion, it has deceived many men and women." She referred to specific homosexual acts as perverted.

Meanwhile, Burrell is scheduled to sing a duet with Pharrell next Thursday on the talk show "Ellen," where host Ellen DeGeneres is one of show business' most prominent lesbians. They are supposed to sing "I See Victory" from the soundtrack of the new movie "Hidden Figures."

There was no immediate reaction from DeGeneres' show or her social media platform on Saturday.

Pharrell posted on Instagram that "I condemn hate speech of any kind," although he made no specific reference to his duet partner.

It wasn't immediately clear when Burrell gave the sermon. She spoke on Facebook Live Friday about the tape that had circulated, referring to unspecified "enemies" for spreading only a portion of her speech.





Cops seek help in catching St Ann's Most Wanted

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st-ann-most-wanted.pngThe St Ann police are appealing to the public for information that will lead to the arrest of six men wanted for various crimes in the parish, ranging from shooting to murders.

The men are:

• Fifty-one-year-old BRIAN FORBES o/c 'QQ' or 'Cutie', a farmer of Drumily District, Claremont. He is wanted in connection with the murder of 24-year-old Demar Smith, also called 'Chumpy', a bus conductor of Drumilly, and his girlfriend, 15-year-old Amoya Brown, of Good Hope, Clarendon. Both were chopped to death just before daybreak at a house in Drumily, on April 25, 2015.

Forbes is said to frequent bushes on properties belonging to ALCAN.

• DWAYNE CHRISTIE, otherwise called 'Cojack', is wanted for the shooting death of 40-year-old Ronald Gayle, a farmer of Davis Town in Cave Valley, St Ann, on September 30, 2016.

• NICOY CUNNINGHAM, otherwise called 'Hype' of Belle Air, Runaway Bay and Cave Valley, is wanted for the offence of murder committed on April 8, 2016 at Lot 149 Belle Air, Runaway Bay.

• ALBERT DYER o/c Mojo of Douglas Castle, St Ann is wanted in connection to a murder committed on April 10, 2010 also in Douglas Castle.

• Thirty-seven-year-old SHAWN ANTHONY MACOE of Lot 106 Veneta Court, Southborough, Portmore in St Catherine and Greenwich Estate in Steer Town, St Ann is wanted for a shooting committed at Back Hampstead in Runaway Bay on December 7, 2016.

• Twenty-seven-year-old CHRISTOPHER BROWN of Steer Town, St Ann, Princess Street, Kingston and Majestic Gardens, Kingston 11 is wanted in connection to a shooting committed at Roaring River, Steer Town on December 9, 2016.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of these men can contact the police at 972-9008, 311 or 119.





crime-scene-gun.jpgMore details are emerging from the Police High Command on the man behind Wednesday's gun attack on the Hunts Bay Police Station. Reports are that Jason Campbell was a contract killer linked to several murders across the country.

Assistant Commissioner Ealan Powell, head of the Criminal Investigation Branch, says detectives are going through several cases Campbell might have been linked to. A Glock pistol, 23 rounds of ammunition and a bullet proof vest were taken from Campbell.

Meanwhile, regarding the shooting at the Hunts Bay Police Station. the official police report says that at about 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, a 20-year-old man was leaving the police station when gunshots rang out. He had just reported on condition of bail.

Two policemen were about to conduct patrol duties when they observed the man being chased by an individual firing gunshots. The policemen called out to the shooter and he reportedly turned his gun on them. The report says the gunman kept firing at the police, during which one of the cops fell to the ground.

The gunman continued shooting while he approached the two officers, when other cops emerged from the building and challenged him. He ran across Marcus Garvey Drive still firing at the police.

A gun battle ensued, and in the process, a female pedestrian was shot and injured and the gunman shot. All three injured persons were taken to the Kingston Public Hospital, where the gunman was pronounced dead.

Five policemen, who gave statements, reported that they fired 60 rounds during the incident. Six cars parked near the station were hit by bullets.





crime-scene-gun.jpgShortly before 5am on New Year's Day residents heard explosions in New Town, Sandy Bay, Hanover.

The body of 39 year old Tedford Grizzle was found about an hour later on the road with wounds to the head.

Five spent shells were found at the scene.

The police are investigating.





hands-behind-bars.jpgThe man who is accused of killing his girlfriend on Boxing Day in St Thomas has turned himself in to the police.

Odaine Keyes has been wanted for questioning in relation to the killing of 19-year-old Tashoy Barrett, who was found with her throat slashed on Boxing Day at the home that the two shared.

Keyes could not been found since the incident.

Reports are that he turned himself in about 9:30 Sunday morning to the St Thomas Police. He was accompanied by relatives.

About 11 women were killed in domestic disputes in December alone. In total, about 25 women were killed in 2016, compared to 15 in 2015.





crime-scene-knife.jpgA 15 year old boy is among several persons killed with just twelve hours into the New Year. He was stabbed on Constant Spring Road in St. Andrew.

The police report that the incident occurred between Central and South Avenue in the vicinity of Savannah Plaza as the teenager was walking .

The 15 year old was approached by men who was stabbed him.

It's believed that his cellphone was stolen by his attackers.

The teenager was pronounced dead at hospital.





crime-scene-gun.jpgA taxi operator was killed along the Johnson Town main road in Lucea, Hanover.

He is 39-year-old Bruce Brown of Kew District in Lucea.

It is reported that approximately 2:30 a.m, motorists who were passing the area saw Brown's body and alerted the police.

The body had what appeared to be a single gunshot wound to the left ear.

His black Toyota motor car is missing.

It is believed that his assailants threw him from the vehicle and made off with it.?





i-octane-photo-3.jpgNow, this one easily wins the category 'Best Kept SEcret of 2016': the marriage between I-Octane and Kerine Miller, the daughter of society-pastor-and-Dudus-confidante-whose-gun-went-missing-while-plum-picking, Al Miller.

When we hear Zip bawl it out pon dem Zip Code programme laas week, say Octane and Kerine married from inna November 2015 and celebrate dem one-year wedding anniversary wha day yah, we did haffi wonder if we ah hear right.

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But Goodies, it is all there. Just check out the Facebook/Instagram of the wifey who now goes by the official name Kerine Miller-Muir.

We wish the Muirs all the best, but we a wonder if Sasha did get the scoop on this one.

Bling Bling.....