February 2017 Archives

Ninja defends Lisa Hanna

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ninja-man-photo-5.jpgDancehall Artiste Ninja Man has lashed out on those attacking Opposition Spokesperson on Youth and Culture, MP Lisa Hanna.

His remarks came after she was attacked on social media, when she suggested earlier this week, that Vybz Kartel's music should not be played on radio.

She also received multiple death threats on social media, which is being investigated by the Police.

Ninja Man took to his Facebook page yesterday, to lash out on her attackers, whom he says has done nothing good for the country.





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Is Alaine married...or is it a PR stunt?

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alaine-willy-paul-wedding-photo-1.jpgFans of Jamaican songstress, Alaine, were left confused on Friday after she uploaded photos from a wedding with Kenyan award-winning Contemporary Christian Music artiste Willy Paul.

"When you know, you just know, I could only tell you 'Yes'. I do Willy Paul, My King," Alaine wrote. " I'm so happy. It was truly an amazing day," she added. Willy Paul also wrote, "God is good, I know I've kept it a secret until now!! I finally did what most men are afraid off doing. Yes I did it last weekend. I'm no longer a bachelor!!!." Paul added, "I love you baby, Alaine.

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vagina-fitness-tracker.jpgEvery year, Oscar nominees receive the Everyone Wins Nominee Gift Bag, an assortment of extravagant, brand-sponsored gifts ranging from vacation getaways to personal training sessions to a year's worth of Audi car rentals. This year's standout gift is the Elvie, a fitness tracker for--wait for it--your vagina.

This women's health device costs $199 and is paired with a smartphone app so users can track their Kegels. These exercises involve tightening and contracting the pelvic floor muscles, which support the uterus, bladder, small intestine, and rectum. A strong pelvic floor means more intense orgasms, improved bladder control, and easier pregnancy recovery. In other words, Kegels are your lady parts' best friend, and if you don't practice them regularly, you should start.

The Elvie is one of a few Kegel-tracking devices that have cropped up in the past few years. If using one reminds you (and Emma Stone, Ruth Negga, and all the other female Academy Award nominees) to exercise down there, we're all for it. To use the Elvie, slide the device inside your vagina like you would a tampon, keeping its tail outside of you. Then, turn on your phone's Bluetooth setting, connect the device to the app, and start tightening and relaxing your muscles. The app transforms Kegels into a follow-along game that instructs you when to relax, tighten, hold, or pulse down there. There are even training levels (beginner, intermediate, advanced) so you can challenge your lady friends to a Kegel-off or track your results from week to week.





smoke-dem-and-anthony-seasoning.jpgSingjay Smoke Dem is taking his career to the next level ...literally.

Although he is not yet a household name, the artiste has already made a number of trips within the Caribbean and South America in particular which have borne fruit.

Currently working on projects with the Suriname-based Next Level Productions, Smoke Dem, who has previously used the moniker Smoki Benz, gives deejay Fanton Mojah credit for helping him along his journey. It was Fantan, he said, who took him on a tour in 2015, which saw Smoke Dem performing in places such as Suriname, French Guyana, Brazil and Guyana and winning over new fans. It was during this time that he made the crucial link with his current producers.

"Fantan first took me on a few shows in Jamaica and he saw that I was a bad artiste, so he took me on tour in South America and a few islands. It was a great experience and it really helped to take my career a step further," the singjay explained.

" I met Next Level in Suriname when Fantan took me to their studio after the show to cut some dubplates, and the energy was great. So it was a no-brainer for us to work on a few projects," Smoke Dem further explained.

That link-up has seen the release the song Bad Mind Dem, a collaboration with Anthony Seasoning, a singer from the Red Hills Road area who was in Suriname at the same time as Smoke Dem and the two ended up working on a project for the same producers. The song has been receiving much love from radio, not only in Jamaica, but also in Suriname and across the Caribbean, where it is in moderate to heavy rotation.

The artiste sees this song, along with the fact that he has been steadily getting more shows, both overseas and locally and honing his craft on stage, as a major positive move in his career.

Smoke Dem and Anthony Seasoning have also collaborated on another a single for Next Level entitled, Marijuana, which is set to blow much more than smoke.





The first contestant from Japan has made her debut in the Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall is attracting even more international attention with the debut of its

Rankin Pumpkin, a Japan-born princess, enraptured the D'Entrance audience with her track Mi Nuh Miss Up Inna Babylon on the first live show. She returns this week in a bid to continue her journey to the crown.

On Saturday February 18, Yanique "Curvy Diva" Barret, announced that princesses Aksana and Dexii and princes Kaama and Crazy Nacka were eliminated from Castle Red.

Rankin Pumpkin, born Yoko Matsui, believes the 10th season of MKQ is her year. She has been travelling to Jamaica since 1995, when she first visited the island to learn more about our culture. Landing in Montego Bay from Kobe, Japan, Rankin Pumpkin set out to immerse herself in Jamaica's biggest export -- music.

"I love reggae and dancehall music. I came here because I wanted to know about the culture, so I could write more lyrics," she explained backstage of the season 10's first live show.

So in love with our music is she, that she is unwilling to name a favourite artiste or song. The 42-year-old entered the premier dancehall talent show to satisfy a long standing desire.

"I have been watching this programme from the beginning, from season one, always watching and enjoying. I knew that one day I wanted to enter," said Rankin Pumpkin.

"But I always miss the audition

day because I went back to Japan. I always come to Jamaica in November/December, which is late for the audition. I came earlier in Jamaica this year, just for Magnum, and I qualified in Ocho Rios," said the smiling princess.





Sean Kingston admits that he was beaten

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sean-kingston-photo-1.jpgSean Kingston is finally admitting that Migos did, in fact, jumped him along with roughly nine guys outside a Las Vegas mall on Tuesday.

On Tuesday night the Migos trio of Quavo, Offset, and Takeoff beat up Sean Kingston at the Agenda Trade Show in Vegas over a feud involving Soulja Boy. Yesterday the reggae pop singer posted a video on Instagram denying the beat down, but in an interview with 8 News Now, he admitted that the Atlanta rap group and some other guys jumped him.

"It was a jump, but it wasn't a JUMP," he said. Kingston says that he and Migos didn't have any prior issues and that he went to talk with them with that in mind after the group FaceTime him saying that they want to talk.

"They FaceTimed me, 'Yo come outside let's talk. Man, I miss you let's chop it up,'" he said. "You know what I'm saying? And as soon as I went outside it was no talking. They just started jumping on me throwing punches. I didn't have a chance to put up my set up. I didn't have a chance to do nothing."

As for what really started the beef, Sean Kingston is saying that he is clueless just like the rest of us. So Migos we want to hear your side of the story. The singer says that he is hearing stories about Soulja Boy being at his house and him saying something in a video that they didn't like. Sources told us that the fight really stemmed from Migos' beef with Soulja Boy who is close friends with Kingston.

Perhaps The Game, Soulja Boy, or Migos themselves can shed some light on why they jumped Sean Kingston. Somehow this feud is not over and someone could get hurt.





skip-marley-and-katy-perry-grammys.jpgBob Marley's grandson Skip Marley is the first singer from the musical family to score a top ten single on Billboard Hot 100.

The young reggae singer's collab with Katy Perry "Chained To The Rhythm" debut at No. 4 on the Hot 100 chart this week and the music video received approximately 10 million views on YouTube on the first day of its release. Skip Marley and Katy Perry first performed the single at the Grammys in a well-received set that catapults it to the top ten on the charts.

The single "Chained To The Rhythm" is also doing very well in Europe where reggae music is much more popular than in the states. The song debut at No. 7 on the UK pop chart, No. 6 in the Czech Republic, 8 in France, 20 in Germany, 5 in Scotland, 10 in Ireland, and 12 in Switzerland.

Bob Marley scored eight singles on the UK pop chart over his career while his sons have yet to debut on that chart as solo artists. Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers scored three hit singles on that chart, but he has not done since launching his solo career. Bob also has one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 after "Roots Rock Reggae" peaked at No. 51 in 1976. Damian Marley 2005 hit "Welcome To Jamrock" peaked at 55 on the Hot 100 chart, while his older brother's former group Ziggy Marley and The Melody Makers 1988 classic single "Tomorrow People" peaked at 39.





lisa-hanna-photo-4.jpgOpposition People's National Party spokesperson on Youth and Culture, Lisa Hanna has been put on blast by social media users for comments she made calling for incarcerated Dancehall artiste, Vybz Kartel's music to be banned from public airwaves.

Fans of the incarcerated artiste took to the MP's social media accounts to air their grouses, after she expressed her views in an interview yesterday on Nationwide 90 FM.

The social media users, who disagreed with her suggestions, stated that Hanna is concerned about the fact that the artiste has been able to produce music from behind bars.

Vybz Kartel whose real name is Adijah Palmer, is currently serving a life sentence for murder.

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lisa-hanna-photo-4.jpgThe Police High Command has launched a probe into online threats against Opposition Spokesperson on Youth and Culture, Lisa Hanna, by persons claiming to be fans of jailed entertainer Vybz Kartel.

Social media trolls have been hurling threats at Hanna following comments she made on Nationwide Radio calling for authorities to place a ban on some of Vybz Kartel's music. Hanna's social media pages have also been the target of the trolls.

Head of the Cybercrimes Unit of the Jamaica Constabulary Force Inspector Warren Williams is warning persons that it is a criminal offence to make threats on social media.

Inspector Williams said persons should be aware that they could be charged under the Cybercrimes Act if they use technology to intimidate others.

Speaking about Vybz Kartel on Nationwide 90 FM yesterday, Hanna questioned whether corruption is involved in the recording of songs by the incarcerated artiste.Assistant Police Commisioner Devon Watkis said police are not taking the threats lightly.

Among the comments posted by 'Kartel fans' on Hanna's Instagram page are:

:Yuh want a gaza box

Like u wah get wah lizard ... just saying , Jamaica is not American, why u trying to compare #vybzkartel with #bujubanton , aren't they at two different places ...if so be the case why u guy never do it like American... remember they still haven't find lizard body so how is he in jail ...and just mine they do the same to you ...think before u talk and just go find something productive a

like you want we kid nap and rape you ### big educate woman like you nuh have no more then a topic of vybz kartel like you want man shoot up yah house later badness it name Gaza you can't stop

I use to admire you, but u get bright when u ago talk bout kartle music must get banned, y you banned.





bolt-private-plane-party.jpgThe 'fastest man on Earth' has touched down in Trinidad & Tobago for the twin island republic's annual carnival celebrations.

TMZ reported that the star boarded a private jet earlier this week with his crew, en route to what some call the 'Greatest Show on Earth'.

Bolt reportedly boarded the plane with retired Jamaican football star Ricardo "Bibi" Gardner, reggae singer Christopher Martin, Olympic high jump silver medallist Germaine Mason and others.

After boarding the plane, TMZ reported that Bolt "immediately broke out the booze!"

"There were shots, dancing, strobe lights, cool handshakes, dirty chants about all the sex they're gonna have in Trinidad ... seriously!" TMZ reported, adding that Bolt and company were also singing along to Machel Montano's hit, Like Ah Boss.





andrew-holness-agent-sasco-cecile.jpgThis is the message prime minister Andrew Holness posted on his Facebook page Thursday: "I recently sat down with @AgentSasco and @IAMTHECECILE. We discussed dancehall, what can be done to improve the industry and more. Stay tuned in the next few days for much more."

First of all, how di hell Cecille and Assassin aka Agent Sasco get inna this kind of conversation? Can you picture the scenario: Andrew Holness, Cecille and Assassin sitting down over wine and cheese and discussing Dancehall. Actually, there was a picture of the trio posing up in a room with a mixing board. #RealJokeBusiness.

Fortunately, this is the era of social media and not all social media users are trolls. Here are a few of the brilliant comments: "No sah a swear if them fea sit down with the boys them on the street corner and find out wat can be implemented to increase job creation, more facilities in each community, even [to] reduce crime them naah dweet... We focus on the little things too much [and] there are bigger issues out there."

"Meanwhile... Jamaica has just borrowed another USD $330 million. I guess it's okay to take it easy now that government salaries have been secured. There are critical matters which need your attention, Mr Prime Minister! Such as the rampant pedophiles molesting our youth, rapes and murders of our children, overwhelming poverty and no jobs. But I guess talking about dancehall is more important, right? You all need to get your priorities and agenda straight."

"Dancehall doesn't needs improving as nothing is wrong with it. What needs improving is your governance relating to REAL problems. What you're uttering is stupidity at its best!! And i would certainly say you're bias. Go improve carnival and all a them other tings deh portraying that u claimed dancehall is responsible for," posted Suprxme Jay.

"Oh please... Probably u nuh see all them sex scene them have ena dance, man jump pon woman, woman a get man handle, the world a talk of how immoral it is... That is not dancehall..."





lisa-hanna-photo-4.jpgandrew-holness-photo-4.jpg'Twas the week when politics and dancehall collided and politicians Andrew Holness and Lisa Hanna took a hell of a backsiding from dancehall fans. Lisa Hann proclaim seh dem fi ban Kartel music and a question how Addi still a record even though him lock up inna jail. She want a probe.

And the PM have two strikes gainst him. During a political meeting at the Rusea's High School in Lucea, Hanover, last weekend, Holness said that daggering in dancehall is not only unacceptable but is to blame for violence on the island. "The guys who are doing this daggering dance, they are creative, but, they need to understand that what they are projecting into the minds of our children is that violence is acceptable," the PM said.

Outspoken DJ Rush advised Andrew Holness to focus on fixing the economy and leave dancehall alone. "Fix the lack of jobs, debt to GDP ratio, crime, the fact that police are quitting more than joining," Rush said. "Fix the economy and stop try fix music."





Kartel Gaza fan dem dun Lisa Hanna pon social media

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vybz-kartel-photo-4-larger.jpgWhat a way di Worl' Boss peeps give it to Opposition MP Lisa Hanna on Thursday after that interview on Nationwide at 5 with Cliff Hughes on Wednesday. A who tell Ms Hanna fi go stir up chouble bout she a call fi ban pon Kartel music.

It neva nice. Di comments dem mek mi haffi hol' mi belly and bawl. Di ole troll dem dip up unda Ms Hanna in di worst way. Dem chat some dutty sinting bout di ooman, dat we cyaan even repeat dem cause we will get inna nuff trouble. All threaten dem threaten Lisa Hanna.

Who a go reign in di troll dem?

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Smoke Dem blowing up with 'Marijuana'

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smoke-dem.jpgSingjay Smoke Dem is steadily carving out his own niche in the dancehall, and, although he is not yet a household name, the artiste has already made a number of trips within the Caribbean and South America in particular which have borne fruit.

Currently working on projects with the Suriname-based Next Level Productions, Smoke Dem, who has previously used the moniker Smokey Benz, gives deejay Fanton Mojah credit for helping him along his journey. It was Fantan, he said, who took him on a tour in 2015, which saw Smoke Dem performing in places such as Suriname, French Guyana, Brazil and Guyana and winning over new fans. It was during this time that he made the crucial link with his current producers.

"Fantan first took me on a few shows in Jamaica and he said I was a bad artiste, so he took me on tour in South America and a few islands. It was a great experience and it really helped to take my career a step further," the singjay explained.

" I met Next Level in Suriname when Fantan took me to their studio after the show to cut some dubplates, and the energy was great. So it was a no-brainer for us to work on a few projects," Smoke Dem further explained.

That link-up has seen the release the song Bad Mind Dem, a collaboration with Anthony Seasoning, a singer from the Red Hills Road area who was in Suriname at the same time as Smoke Dem and the two ended up working on a project for the same producers. The song has been receiving much love from radio, not only in Jamaica, but also in Suriname and across the Caribbean, where it is in moderate to heavy rotation.

The artiste sees this song, along with the fact that he has been steadily getting more shows, both overseas and locally and honing his craft on stage, as a major positive stone in his career.

Smoke Dem and Anthony Seasoning have also collaborated on another a single for Next Level entitled, Marijuana, which is set to blow much more than smoke.





cabral-douglas-and-tommy-lee-sparta.jpgThe Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) has blocked Cabral Douglas from suing Dominica in the long-running Tommy Lee Sparta saga.

Douglas had demanded US$3-million from the government in compensation after the controversial Dancehall artiste and his entourage was deported from Dominica in February 2014. He was slated to perform at a concert organized by Douglas.

Douglas' demand was turned down by the government, however, he took the matter to the CCJ.

But in an 18-page judgment, the CCJ has prevented Douglas from suing the government in the matter.

"The facts alleged do not suggest that the Applicant (Douglas) was a patron and in this sense, a recipient of entertainment services ...," part of the judgment reads. "On the other hand, it may be argued that as a 'middle man' standing between the concert patrons and the entertainment suppliers his position could be assimilated to that of a patron. The Court does not have to decide this issue because in either event, the Court holds that whatever right he may have had in this regard did not accrue to him directly."

Douglas has expressed disappointment in the decision.

"I'm obviously disappointed with the decision," he stated. "But, what is even more disappointing is the state of jurisprudence in the Caribbean. There is a reason why only 4 out of 15 counties have agreed to embrace the jurisdiction of the court as its final court of appeal, and this decision, in my humble opinion.





Rohan Marley and Lauryn Hill now grandparents

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rohan-marley-zephania-feb-20.jpgRohan Marley confirms his 19 year-old with Lauryn Hill is now a dad...

Over the weekend Zion David Marley posted pictures of the child on Instagram and Rohan Marley later confirmed the news. The 19-year-old grandson of 'King of Reggae' Bob Marley and his girlfriend welcomed their son, Zephaniah.

Rohan shared a photo of Zion with the latest addition to the Marley family on his social media page. In the caption, he cited the Bible verse Zephaniah 3:16 - "In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem, Fear thou not: and to Zion, Let not thine hands be slack ... Unto Us a Child is Born."

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Zion was the subject of one of Hill's many hit songs on her debut solo album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.

In the song, To Zion, Hill talks about her decision to have her first child, although many urged her to have an abortion as to not conflict with her blossoming career.





Another prominent senior citizen murdered

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The latest fatality among the retired community in St Andrew is 83-year-old retired agronomist, David Lacey.

The Constant Spring police are now searching for suspects in relation to his murder.

Lacey's body was found with stab wounds at his residence in Aylsham, St Andrew on Friday.

Indications are that the police have not yet established a motive for the murder.

Lacey's killing follows closely behind the murder of South African-born but devoted journalist and public opinion commentator in Jamaica for decades, Peter Abrahams, in Red Hill, St Andrew, recently.

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A post-mortem on Abrahams' body revealed that the 97-year-old died from head injury with a blunt instrument.

Abrahams lived alone and moved around his home in a wheelchair.





Cops probe double murder in Comfort, Manchester

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crime-scene-gun.jpgThe police say they are following several leads into Sunday's incident where gunmen shot and killed two men in Comfort District, Manchester.

Police say one of the leads is that the murders could be linked to the deadly lotto scam trade.

Police report that shortly after 9:00pm Kemar Reid, 33, and Sollando Thompson, 26, were standing at Reid's gate in the company of Thompson and another man fixing a camera when residents heard explosions and raised an alarm.

Police said when they arrived at the scene of the attack, Reid and Thompson were seen with gunshot wounds. They were taken to hospital where they were pronounced dead. The third man escaped unhurt.

Senior police sources have indicated that Reid was before the court for lottery scamming, while Thompson was also listed as a person of interest by the police

Investigators said they reportedly recovered more than 10 spent shells from the scene of the crime.





peter-abrahams.jpgReports are that large sum of cash was withdrawn over a period of time from the bank account of award-winning journalist Peter Abrahams leading up to his murder. It is said that the withdrawals were not made by the 97-year-old Abrahams.

The veteran journalist, who lived alone in REd Hills, St Andrew, died, January 18,of what had appeared to be natural causes. Then the shock came as it was revealed recently that Abrahams was murdered.

On Tuesday, the St Andrew North Police Division charged 61-year-old Norman Tomlinson of Cyprus district, in Red Hills, for Abrahams' murder. Tomlinson is the husband of Abraham's helper. He was charged after being questioned at the Constant Spring Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) Office, in St Andrew.

A post-mortem examination revealed that Abrahams' injuries were deliberately inflicted. Abrahams was born in South Africa, but came to and fell in love with Jamaica, which he made his home for many decades.





JenCare owner Jennifer Samuda has died

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jennifer-samuda-jencare.jpgJennifer Samuda, the owner of the popular and trail-blazing JenCare Skin Farm has died.

Mrs Samuda, who was reportedly battling cancer, died on Tuesday night.

Samuda, a former auditor, founded JenCare Skin Farm in 1989, when skepticism was rife about that line of business. She, however, persevered and made her mark in the field, succeeding as the leading skin care and spa business in the island, before setting up branches in New York, Miami and Trinidad and Tobago.

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The success she reaped led to many recognitions including a nomination for the Jamaica Observer's Business Leader Award and the NCB Nation Builder Award in the category of Women in Business.

In a Gleaner Interview in 2010, Samuda said, "when I started this business in the 1980s, people did not recognise or have as much respect for an entrepreneur as they do today. Instead, people looked forward to working for someone and did not strive to start their own businesses. Nowadays 'entrepreneurship' has become a buzz word."

JenCare is now being led by Samuda's daughter, Peta-Gaye Samuda-Palmer.





Another Tonight Show appearance for Chronixx

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chronixx-and-fallon-at-tonight-show.jpgChronixx is set to perform on the popular American late night show, "Tonight Show" on Friday.

The artiste, whose given name is Jamar McNaughton, is no stranger to the Jimmy Fallon hosted show, as he made his first appearance almost two years ago.

His appearance went viral and according to the Billboard charts in 2014, Chronixx, after performing his hit song "Here Comes Trouble", had a registered 12,000 downloads moving from 1,000 in mere days.

This, along with a subsequent performance at Central Park, had earned him the number two position on the Digital Reggae Singles chart.





Robbery at Island Grill Red Hills Mall foiled

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robbery.jpgSecurity personnel from KingAlarm Systems thwarted a robbery at a popular food chain on Red Hills Road in St Andrew yesterday.

Workers who arrived at the Island Grill restaurant located in the Red Hills Mall were pounced upon by gunmen while they opened the establishment.

The police reported that around 7:30 yesterday morning, two armed men entered the premises and "held up" the workers.

"It wasn't a hostage situation. They were robbed of two cellphones. They did not get anything else, no money or anything because KingAlarm intervened and the men fled," a constable from the Constabulary Communications Unit said.





hampton-heather-murray-principal.jpgThe Board of the Hampton School for Girls has apologised to Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator Ruel Reid over the way they handled his request for a full report regarding principal Heather Murray's appearance on January 5, at the hearing of the alleged rape case against a minister of religion.

The ministry in a release Sunday said board members, at a meeting held yesterday, endorsed an earlier apology to Reid from board chairman, Trevor Blake.

According to the ministry, Blake, in his apology dated February 3, withdrew an earlier statement to Murray's lawyer, which was shared with the media, indicating that no agreement had been reached at a January 11 meeting for her to go on two week's leave to prepare a full report for the board and the minister.

Blake's letter stated inter alia: "I unreservedly withdraw my letter of January 16, 2017, and apologize sincerely for releasing same to the press. I am aware of your commitment to education and to good outcomes for all of those within the system, and regret the impression my letter caused."





held.jpgAn ex-convict was on Saturday held with a loaded submachine gun along Molynes Road in St Andrew. Police subsequently searched his home in Red Hills and found another firearm and several rounds of ammunition.

According to the constabulary's Corporate Communications Unit (CCU), lawmen were conducting vehicular checkpoint operations on Molynes Road when the man, who was driving a Nissan motorcar, was signalled to stop. He complied and was searched along with the vehicle.

The search of the vehicle revealed an Intratec submachine gun loaded with two 9mm rounds.

Further reports are that the lawmen swiftly obtained a warrant and escorted the man to his home in the Red Hills, where one Ruger 9mm pistol and two-hundred assorted rounds of ammunition were seized.CCU said the 57-year-old "lawbreaker" was then taken into custody where it was discovered that he had served a 21-year prison sentence and was only released 3 years ago.





crime-scene-7.jpgThe body of a 35-year-old Tanijah Howell a teacher of Charlemont High School teacher was on Saturday found in bushes in Barrett Hall, St Ann.

Howell hailed from Linstead, St Catherine.

The police did not give any more information on the his death.

Also on Saturday, the skeletal remains believed to be that of a female was discovered along the Priory main road in St Ann. Residents reportedly stumbled on the bones with female clothing beside it.





donald-trump-photo-1.jpgBowling Green, Atlanta and now... Sweden? US President Donald Trump was speaking to supporters on Saturday when he apparently referred to the Scandinavian country as the site of a terror incident -- the latest example of his administration naming a non-existent attack. He was addressing a campaign-style rally in Florida when he launched into a list of places that have been targeted by terrorists.

"You look at what's happening in Germany, you look at what's happening last night in Sweden. Sweden, who would believe this? Sweden. They took in large numbers. They're having problems like they never thought possible," he said, provoking mockery on social media.

His speech was aimed at defending his order last month that blocked refugees and travellers from seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the United States.The order has been suspended by a federal appeals court, and Trump vowed to introduce a new order this week as a means of protecting Americans at home.

He went on to name Brussels, Nice and Paris -- European cities that have been struck by deadly terror attacks. Sweden's embassy in Washington has asked for an explanation, the foreign ministry in Stockholm said Sunday.

"We have now contacted the American (State Department) to understand and receive clarity," ministry press officer Catarina Axelsson told AFP.

Users on Twitter, Trump's favourite communication platform, cracked jokes about the apparent miscue using the hashtags #lastnightinSweden and #SwedenIncident. Former Swedish prime minister Carl Bildt asked: "Sweden? Terror attack? What has he been smoking? Questions abound."

Gunnar Hokmark, a Swedish member of the European Parliament, retweeted a post that said "#lastnightinSweden my son dropped his hotdog in the campfire. So sad!"

Hokmark added his own comment: "How could he know?"

Numerous internet wags responded with Ikea-themed tweets. Some posted photos of the impossible-to-understand instructions for assembling Ikea furniture, calling it "Secret Plans for the #SwedenIncident."

Posts flooded into @sweden, the country's official Twitter account which is run by a different Swede each week.

This week's curator, Emma, who describes herself as a school librarian and mother, said the account had received 800 mentions in four hours.

"No. Nothing has happened here in Sweden. There has not (been) any terrorist attacks here. At all. The main news right now is about Melfest," she said, referring to the competition to pick the performer who will represent Sweden at the Eurovision singing contest.

Top Trump aides in his month-old administration have faced criticism and ridicule after speaking publicly about massacres that never took place. White House counsellor Kellyanne Conway -- who famously coined the term "alternative facts" -- referred to a "Bowling Green massacre" during an interview.She later tweeted that she meant to say "Bowling Green terrorists" -- referring to two Iraqi men who were indicted in 2011 for trying to send money and weapons to Al-Qaeda, and using improvised explosive devices against US soldiers in Iraq. And White House spokesman Sean Spicer made three separate references in one week to an attack in Atlanta. He later said he meant to say Orlando, the Florida city where an American of Afghan origin gunned down 49 people at a gay nightclub last year.





johnny-wonder-photo-1.jpgWell well well, the Wonder of it all. Here is Hapilos Ent Group sending out a press release to say that they have basically fired their VP Johnny Wonder.

Then the following day, Johnny Wonder takes to social media to say that he wasn't fired; he in fact, walked away from the company.

So who is telling the truth and who is lying, because somebody has to be a "liar liar pants on fire".

And we all know that there is much more to this than meets the eyes ...and the ears. But we await the unravelling.





Amieka Mullings was Monday arrested and charged under the Cyber Crimes Act after she posted pictures on social media claiming that her ex-boyfriend is wanted for rape, assault and murder.

Swift investigations by the police revealed that the information was false, malicious and tantamount to malicious communication under the Cyber Crimes legislation.

Mullings, 35, was detained, interrogated in the presence of her attorney and charged.

Persons are asked to exercise caution in the material they post online and transmit to others, as they may unwittingly be participating in criminal acts.





kevin-nelson-killer.jpgKevin Kemoy Nelson, the man accused of killing reggae singer Anthony Cruz's daughter, Shanice Smith, and her mother inside their Sunrise home reportedly called and texted friends and family members to tell them what he'd done.

Kevin Nelson 32, was married to Karen Lyle, the 40 year-old mother of Shanice Smith.

According to the arrest report, a neighbor told police he'd heard gunshots on Friday night. And Kevin Nelson's sister said he came to her house Friday night and said he'd gotten into an argument with his wife, Karen Lyle and killed her, the report said. When the sister asked Nelson if he was kidding he said yes, the report said.

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Then on Monday morning, Nelson made a 911 call and told the police that there had been gun shots in his area, 2 people were dead and that he was the shooter. The cops immediately went to Nelson's house in Sunrise, but he locked himself inside the house and refused to respond to the police.The report said that during the standoff between Nelson and the police on Monday morning, Nelson texted his dead wife's brother.

"Shanice, Karen and me are all dead. The cops is here and the news crew," the text said, according to the report. An hour later he called Lyle's brother and told him he'd killed Karen Lyle and 15 year-old Shanice Smith, the report said.

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One of Lyle's friends said she received several text messages from Nelson, the first at 10:20 a.m. Monday, less than an hour before the 911 call, the report said.

Nelson told the friend Lyle was cheating on him, lying to him, talking down to him and embarrassing him on a regular basis, the report said. He also said he believed she was having sex with her ex-husband, according to the report.

"I am sorry for everything," his last text read.

When the friend called Nelson, he said "I am sorry to inform you that Karen is deceased," the report said. When she asked what happened to her, Nelson said "I shot her," the report said.

The friend also asked about the teen. "I shot her too," he said, according to the report.

Shanice Smith, who was an 'A' student, had attended Piper High School in Sunrise.

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Anthony Cruz, who has always been very vocal about his love for his only daughter, posted a photo of Shanice on Facebook Monday, hours after the tragedy.

"I can't believe they kill my one and only daughter in ft. lauderdale," he wrote.

Nelson, 32, is facing two counts of murder in the shooting deaths of 40-year-old Karen Lyle and her 15-year-old daughter, Shanice Smith,

Nelson remained behind bars without bond Tuesday.





US Prosecutors say a Jamaican man has been sentenced to serve more than three years in federal prison for threatening an immigration judge.

Attorney G.F. "Pete" Peterman says 42-year-old Delroy Anthony McLean was sentenced Tuesday to serve three years and five months.

McLean was in federal immigration custody awaiting deportation at the Stewart Detention Center in southwest Georgia. Prosecutors say he threatened during a hearing at that facility to "bash the head" of an immigration judge. They say he also threatened the judge's husband and repeated his comments outside the courtroom.

McLean was found guilty during a trial in October. Prosecutors say he is expected to be deported to his native Jamaica after he serves his sentence.

Source: AP





anthony-cruz-daughter-shanice.jpganthony-cruz-photo-1.jpgReggae singer Anthony Cruz is reportedly inconsolable following the shocking murder of his daughter, Shanice, in Florida yesterday. The fifteen year old 'A' student and her mother, Karen Lyle, 40, were reportedly killed by the mother's husband, Kevin Nelson.

Cruz, who embraced the Rastafarian faith a few years ago, reportedly spoke to his daughter everyday from his home in Jamaica, and sources told Yardflex that he also spoke to her on Monday morning, hours before she was shot to death, allegedly by her step-father.

The headline-grabbing incident started unfolding from as early as 11:00 AM on Monday, February 13, when neighbours in the Sunrise complex called the police after hearing gunshots. International news outlets report that a SWAT team and dozens of police officers responded to Nelson's Del Rio Village apartment in the 7700 block of Balboa Street in Sunrise, Florida, to investigate reports of gunfire around 11am.

When officers arrived, they called the 32 year old Kevin Nelson , who answered but refused to come out. Officers feared Nelson may be armed, so a SWAT team was called in as they attempted to get him to surrender. 'They were on the loudspeaker', a neighbor told Local 10 News. 'They kept telling the guy to come outside and that they weren't going to hurt him'.

News outlets in Florida report that the SWAT team knocked down a tree, a fence and finally Nelson's door before entering with a robot after an hours-long SWAT standoff. Nelson eventually made his way out of the apartment after almost five hours inside and surrendered peacefully.

Police found the bodies of Karen Lyle, 40, and her 15-year-old daughter Shanice Smith inside the home of Kevin Nelson. They both died from gunshot wounds, police said.

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News station CBS4 quotes Anthony Cruz's father, Courtney Smith, as telling them that the 15-year-old victim was his granddaughter, Shanice Smith.

'She didn't deserve this', said Courtney Smith. 'You hear these things but when it hits home, it's totally different'.

Relatives in Jamaica are expressing shock and disbelief at Shanice's murder and are echoing the same sentiments as her grandfather - the teenager had a very bright future and certainly didn't deserve to die this way.

Additionally, they are also expressing major concern for her father, Anthony, who is taking the news very badly. "Shan Shan was Anthony Cruz's entire world. There are two persons who he loves unconditionally - Shanice and Lisa. He spoke to Shanice every single day. She was the light of his life - his everything," a relative told Yardflex. "He is supposed to go to Florida, the ticket is already bought, but there is no way that he can travel by himself. We will have to get somebody to travel with him. He is in a very fragile state just now," the relative added.

According to reports, several neighbours said Nelson and Lyle often argued outside their apartment and cops were called there numerous times for domestic complaints in the past year.

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Nelson was arrested in October 2016 at the same residence for repeatedly hitting a woman who lived in the home with him after she tried to stop him from throwing bleach on the bedroom furniture, court records show. The woman's daughter reported the incident to police.

An online wedding registry for a Karen Lyle and Kevin Nelson of Sunrise gives April 16, 2016 as the big day. Nelson was arrested on Monday, but no charges have been filed against him.

It was a little over six years ago that Thriller U of the popular reggae group LUST mourned the murder of his 16-year-old daughter who was shot and killed after gunmen invaded the house she was staying while she and her mother were on vacation in Miramar, Florida. Two other occupants of the house were shot to death and her mother, Thriller U's wife, was critically injured.

Yardflex extends condolence to Anthony Cruz and his family. - Yasmine Peru





adele-breaks-grammy-trophy.jpgAdele broke her award in half to share with Beyonce after picking up the coveted Album of the Year prize at the the 59th Annual Grammy Awards because she didn't feel she deserved it.

The Hello singer - who, along with the late David Bowie, was Sunday night's biggest winner after picking up five accolades - was stunned to accept the gong for her record 25 as she expected Beyonce to take it home for her visual LP Lemonade, so damaged the trophy deliberately in order to share the honour with her idol.

There was not a dry eye in the house as the 28-year-old singer accepted the most coveted gong of the night.

It was there where Adele dedicated her big win to the 35-year-old singer as she praised the pregnant star for the 'monumental' Lemonade album.

The Rolling In the Deep hitmaker said: 'I can't possibly accept this award and I'm very humbled and I'm very grateful but the artist of my life is Beyonce. This album to me, the Lemonade album was just so monumental and so well thought out and so beautiful and soul baring.

'The way you make me and my friends feel, the way you make my black friends feel is so empowering. I love you. I always have and I always will.'





Skip Marley makes his Grammy debut with Katy Perry

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skip-marley-and-katy-perry-grammys.jpgKaty Perry and Bob Marley's grandson Skip Marley performed their duet "Chained to the Rhythm" at the 2017 Grammy Awards.

This is Skip's first performance at the Grammys. Clad in a white suit, the pop singer kicked things off while belting out the lyrics before the young Marley singer chimed in also clad i white. Earlier in the night, Beyonce set the tone with a memorable performance while showing off her baby bump.

Skip Marley is the 20-year-old son of Bob Marley's eldest daughter Cedella Marley. His debut single "Cry To Me" was released in 2015 under Tuff Gong, and that same year he released another single "Life."

Skip was recently signed to Island Records.





ziggy-marley-and-his-kids.jpgIf one could get tired of winning then the Marleys would certainly get tired of beating out everybody else to the Reggae Grammy goal post.

On Sunday night, Ziggy Marley, the son of Reggae legend Bob Marley, won his eighth Grammy Award at the 59th Grammys held in Los Angeles, United States.

Ziggy won in the Best Reggae Album category for his self-titled album, Ziggy Marley. Other nominees in the Best Reggae Album category were: J Boog for Rose Petals on the Wash House Music Group label; Raging Fyah for Everlasting on the Dub Rockers/VP Records label; Devin Di Dakta and JL for Sly& Robbie Presents...Reggae For Her; and Rebelution for Falling Into Place on the Easy Star Records label.

Devin, who was in the audience at the Grammy's was hoping to become the youngest ever reggae/dancehall act to win the award in the Reggae category.

Ziggycollected his trophy in the pre-televised segment of the annual awards ceremony. He used Instagram afterwards to express his gratitude for the award.

"Give thanks to the Recording Academy for the honour, to my family, and all the artists keeping reggae alive and well. Love," he said.Congrats to winner Ziggy Marley and all the runners-up the category.





What's Cupid got to do with it all?

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valentines-day.jpgCupid is the god of desire, erotic love, attraction and affection. He is often portrayed as the son of the love goddess Venus and the war god Mars.

Cupid is also known in Latin also as Amor ("Love"). His Greek counterpart is Eros and he is just one of the ancient symbols associated with St Valentine's Day, along with the shape of a heart, doves, and the colours red and pink.

He is usually portrayed as a small winged figure with a bow and arrow which he uses to strike the hearts of people. People who fall in love are said to be 'struck by Cupid's arrow'.





History of Valentine's Day

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happy-valentines-day-teddy-bear-graphic.jpgSt Valentine's Day, happens this Tuesday on February 14. It's a day where people show their love and affection for another person - usually in the form of cards, flowers, gifts and messages.

The details are sketchy. Some say St Valentine was a priest from Rome who lived in the third century AD. Emperor Claudius II had banned marriages, believing married men made bad soldiers and St Valentine is thought to have arranged marriages in secret.

He was imprisoned and sentenced to death for his crimes. There, St Valentine apparently fell in love with the jailer's daughter and sent her a love letter signed 'from your Valentine' on February 14th, the day of his execution, as a goodbye.

The name 'Valentinus' is found in the Martyrologium Hieronymianum, a book which was compiled between 460 and 544. The feast of St Valentine of February 14th was first established in 496 by Pope Gelasius I, who included Valentine among all those "... whose names are justly reverenced among men, but whose acts are known only to God."

Wearing a coronet made from flowers and with a stencilled inscription, St Valentine's skull now resides in the Chiesa di Santa Maria in Cosmedin, on Rome's Piazza Bocca della Verita.





Men share their tips on kissing

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happy-kiss-day-2014-wallpapers.jpgKissing is by far the most sensual and exciting thing you can do with another person. In a way, a kiss is even more intimate than sex. When you're completely engaged with another person's face -- your lips, bodies, and minds connecting -- you have the potential to create a moment that's way more intense than a few mere thrusts of the hips.

A few men to tell us what they want to see, feel and taste during a make-out session. What they say may surprise you, but one thing's for sure: it will make you a better kisser!

Tip #1: Let him initiate

Most modern men believe in a woman's right to vote, a woman's right to choose, and a woman's right to take control in the bedroom whenever she damn well feels like it. But surprisingly, when it comes to puckering up, most of our guys preferred to play things more traditionally.

"When it comes to kissing, I think that there's something just right about a man taking the lead," said Kevin, 29.

"A woman can initiate a kiss, just not the first kiss," qualified Dylan, 26.

Tip #2: Keep your eyes wide shut

"If the kiss is worth it, then the eyes are definitely closed," said Ed, 29.

Still, some men acknowledged just how hot a smoldering glance can be.

"This woman I was kissing suddenly stopped, looked me in the eyes, then went back at it," Matty, 29, reminisced.

Tip #3: Open up and say, "ahhh!"

Everyone agreed that an open-mouthed kiss is usually the most sensual. Still, it's important to know the difference between swapping a little spit and recreating Niagara Falls on your guy's face.

"Too little saliva is dry and unsatisfying but too much will make you gag. Best to start off conservative and increase the dose until you find the amount that makes both of you breathe a little faster," said Robert, 36.

Tip #4: Kiss with your hands

Every good kisser knows that you need to use more than just your mouth to create a make-out session that's unforgettable.

"I like when a woman puts her arms high up around me and runs her fingers through my hair," said Paul, 35.

"It always turns me on if the person I'm kissing puts her hand on my leg," said Ben, 27.

"I'm a big fan of the lower back caresses when standing and the chest caress when lying down," said Steve, 30.

"Touch a man's face, caress the back of his head, pull him closer. Sucking and light biting on my bottom lip -- these are good things," Cecyl, 30, told us.

Tip #5: Get a little kinky

For adventurous kissers, there are some moves you can make that will completely rock his world. Just beware -- not all men are into the same things, so feel him out first.

"I love it when a woman will move her hands up my shirt and play with my nipple," said Steve.

"It makes a kiss so much better when a girl reaches down, grabs what's arising in my pants and strokes and squeezes me while she kisses," said David, 31.

While you're exploring, be on the alert for any no-fly zones.

"Do not kiss me below the thighs. No thank you," said Earl, 27.

Tip #6: Drop the balm on him

Maintenance is key. If you know you're heading for seven minutes in heaven, make them kissable by prepping with lip balm or a light (read: non-sticky) gloss.

"Make your lips look appealing. Use lipstick, lip balm or moisturizer," said Luigi, 30

"Ladies, moisturize your lips on a frequent basis. Use lip balm, beeswax, whatever. Just make darn sure they're not chapped," instructed James, 29.

Tip #7: Choose wisely

For a kiss to be truly great, there has to be both a physical and a mental connection between the two people.

"Great kisses start with conversation. From the intonation of phrases uttered and the innuendo of words spoken to the restrained desire in the eyes," said Cecyl.

Source: yourtango.com





Kiss Day Quotes

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kiss-me-if-you-will-be-my-valentine.jpg"A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous." - Ingrid Bergman, Swedish actress

"A man's kiss is his signature." - Mae West, American actress

"A kiss that is never tasted, is forever and ever wasted." - Billie Holiday, Musician

"Marriage is the miracle that transforms a kiss from a pleasure into a duty." - Helen Rowland, Journalist

"Kiss is not a charity. Never, ever mix commerce and charity." - Gene Simmons, Musician

So, let your special one feel loved and cared for as you gift him/her a gentle, loving kiss on this day.





It's Valentine's Day! Celebrate it with a kiss

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happy-kiss-day-2014-wallpapers.jpgKiss day falls on the sixth day of the Valentine week in the run up to the day of love which is celebrated on February 13 every year. The Kiss Day is a day of expression of your passionate feelings.

A kiss represents the feelings of love, affection and respect for each other. It is said that a person never forgets his/her first kiss as it becomes the first and one of the most special experience of their lives. It can be as simple as a peck on the cheek and as romantic as a French kiss.

A kiss also has health benefits as the process involves about 34 facial and 112 postural muscles. One of the 'kissing muscles' Orbicularis oris is used to pull together the lips around. Doctors say a romantic kiss helps in reducing stress level, freshening the mind and body, burning calories, lowering bad blood cholesterol and helps to keep the heart away from chronic diseases.

It is said that a kiss is the expression of our souls and each kind conveys a different feeling. You will kiss your lover much differently than that of a dear friend. Here is the list of the many ways:

  • The Forehead Kiss
  • The French Kiss
  • The Single-Lip Kiss
  • The Hand Kiss
  • The Earlobe Kiss
  • Lingering Lip Kiss
  • The Cheek Kiss
  • The Peck
  • The Air Kiss




2 men charged in death of teen Shanika Grey

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missing-school-girl-shanika-grey.jpgTwo men have been charged in relation to the death of 15-year-old Green Pond High student Shineka Gray.

The men have been identified as 23-year-old Mario Morrison of Bamboo district, Hanover and 31-year-old Gregory Roberts, Taxi Driver, of Maroon Town, St James. Both men were charged with murder following an interview with the Police on Thursday, February 9.

Gray's body was found with multiple stab wounds on February 1, three days after she was reported missing towards the end of January.

Following investigations, both men were taken into custody.

Commander of the St James Police Division, Senior Superintendent Marlon Nesbeth on Thursday gave assurance that the men would be charged before the weekend.





Missing woman found dead with body parts missing

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crime-scene-knife.jpgThe decomposing body of a missing woman was found Saturday morning.

The deceased has been identified as 46-year-old Eroline Chin of Heywood Hall.

Details are sketchy at this time, but residents on the scene said that some of Chin's body parts are missing and that she was found naked.

Reports are that Chin was an alcoholic and suffered from a heart condition.

It is reported that Chin was last seen Saturday, February 4.

Relatives said she often wandered from home whenever she drank.





Cops probe beheading death of St Mary woman

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crime-scene-knife.jpgInvestigators have not yet established a motive for the beheading of a woman in Heywood Hall, St. Mary.

Residents found the torso of 46 year-old Erolyn Chin in bushes Saturday morning. The head was found nearby.

Ms Chin was reported missing on Wednesday.

Superintendent Fabian Farquharson, Commanding Officer for the St. Mary Police, is appealing to members of the public with information which could assist the probe to contact investigators.





Man's head found in plastic bag

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crime-scene-knife.jpgThe head of a male was discovered in a plastic bag Friday morning in Spanish Town, St Catherine.

Police officers were patrolling Burke Road about 12:10 when a black plastic bag was discovered with a human head belonging to a male.

The scene was processed and the head removed to the morgue.

Investigations continue.





Antiguan cops on lookout for alleged Jamaican rapist

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The police in Antigua & Barbuda are investigating reports that a Jamaican man, accused of rape, has sought refuge in that Eastern Caribbean state.

The Antigua Observer newspaper reports that a photograph has been making the rounds via social media for several weeks, warning women to be on the lookout for the suspect.

The man is accused of a rape in Jamaica.

The newspaper quoted Inspector Frankie Thomas as saying that the police in Antigua-Barbuda are aware of the report but have no concrete information to suggest that the Jamaican is in the country. Despite this, he said investigations will continue and contact might be made with counterparts in Jamaica and other law enforcement agencies.





alkaline-questioning-photo-1.jpgAlkaline's attorney Peter Champagnie says he will be going to court if his client is not released by Monday.

The law allows investigators to hold the dancehall deejay, whose real name is Earlan Bartley, for a certain period of time without him being charged.

Champagnie maintains that Alkaline is fully cooperating with the police as their investigation continues. Is the Vendetta deejay being treated as a suspect or a witness?





Alkaline spent the weekend in jail without charge

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alkaline-photo-11.jpgIt was certainly not a good weekend for "Champion Boy" deejay Alkaline. He has been in police custody since Thursday undergoing question in relation to the January murder of Rohan Morris in Kingston and spent the weekend behind bars despite not being charged with any crime.

The hashtag #FreeAlkaline trended on social media as dancehall fans vented, however, there were some fans who said that the Vendetta deejay was trying too much to be like the World Boss, Vybz Kartel and that Alka needs to be careful. Kartel is serving time in prison for murder.

There is still no word yet on whether or not Alkaline will be charged with any crime. Heads the Criminal Investigations Branch, ACP Powell, says that detectives are currently reviewing the material gathered from their interview of the deejay and will be making a decision soon. Morris was shot 15 times and killed in Maverly on January 13. Investigators say that his 5-year-old daughter witness the gruesome murder.





Jamaicans fearful about Trumps's immigration antics

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donald-trump-photo-1.jpgUndocumented Jamaicans in the United States are on edge over President Donald Trump's immigration policy, Jamaican immigration attorneys are urging calm and prodding those nationals who can to legalise their status.

"This is not a good time to be in the United States without proper documentation," cautioned Joan Pinnock, a leading voice on immigration matters and head of the Jamaican American Bar Association.

In an interview with a Jamaican newspaper, Pinnock reportedly said that while President Trump's recent executive order did not include Jamaicans and other Caribbean nationals, they needed to be reminded that he had campaigned on deporting all illegal aliens from the country.

Pinnock said that legal residents (green card holders) who qualified should "take the next step and become citizens". She sought to assure those who are sceptical that they would not lose their Jamaican nationality if they became US citizens and would instead enjoy dual citizenship.

According to Pinnock, those who are undocumented could legalise themselves through a petition by a relative such as an adult child. Warning that the current situation "is not a joke", the attorney said that there were currently 500 Jamaicans in detention who had exhausted all legal channels and are to be deported soon.

She noted though that some of the fear among our people "are unfounded", noting that a Diaspora Task Force on Immigration, established shortly after Trump became president, would be officially launched later this month "to help our residents understand the immigration system".





crime-scene-gun.jpgIndia's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has sought a report from the Indian High Commission in Jamaica, about the murder of an Indian man, at his home in Cherry Gardens, on Thursday.

According to reports today (Feb 11) in news nation, the minister also asked the High Commission to ensure the best possible treatment to 2 wounded Indian nationals, and to coordinate with the affected families.

The minster tweeted the response after her attention was drawn to a news report that a Vasai youth was shot dead by four unidentified men at his Kingston home, in a case of suspected armed robbery. Dead is 25 year old Vasai youth Rakesh Talreja of Cherry Gardens.

In a phone call to the Talrejas, the minister said the Indian High Commission in Kingston would follow up the case with the local police.She also assured the family of assistance in completing formalities and bringing back the body. Two of the young man's relatives are expected to travel to Jamaica soon and begin arrangements for taking the body back to India.

The Constant Spring police still have no leads in the killing of Rakesh, a salesperson at Caribbean Jewellers. Reports are that on February 9, gunmen entered Rakesh's home in Cherry Gardens, Kingston 8, which he shared with two other Indian nationals, with an intention to rob. The robbers took cash and cellular phones, before reportedly shooting Rakesh three times in his back.

The robbers also shot Rakesh's 2 Indian roommates in their legs, before escaping.

Rakesh was rushed to hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The other 2 wounded men were admitted and treated.





"La La Land" might have tied the record for most Oscar nominations ever last month, but it's "Hidden Figures" that Americans just can't get enough of.

The Theodore Melfi-directed film about a group of black female mathematicians at NASA has now pulled in more money in the U.S. than any other movie nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards, even the monster hit "La La Land."

According to ComScore, "Hidden Figures" has earned $119,402,095 at the domestic box office, compared to $118,306,924 for "La La Land." And it's done so despite being widely released almost two weeks later. Box Office Mojo also has "Hidden Figures" beating out "La La Land" domestically, although the Los Angeles-based musical remains an international beast, pulling in more $150 million in foreign box offices, compared to just $8.7 million for "Hidden Figures."

Time and again, "Hidden Figures," which stars three black female leads in Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe, has continued to surpass expectations. In January, the film became the first live-action, non-franchise film starring more than one female lead since 2011 to reach No. 1 two weeks in a row. Later that month, "Hidden Figures" won the award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

The film is up for three Oscars at this month's Academy Awards ― Best Picture, Actress in a Supporting Role and Writing (Adapted Screenplay) ― but regardless of how it performs, the film is already a success. Around the country, stories are popping up about girls wanting to go into the science and math fields after seeing a story about female women of color showing who's boss.





Anderson Cooper disproved the White House's list of terrorist attacks it claimed the media underreported in the simplest way possible: By showing clips of his own coverage of those attacks.

"Not only did we cover many of attacks the White House released, we covered them heavily," he said Monday night on "Anderson Cooper 360." "I know because I was there on the ground reporting a number of them. '360' was in Ottawa, Canada, October of 2014, [and] that's on the list."

Also on the manifesto was the 2015 mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, the 2015 terror attack in Paris, France, and the 2016 assault on a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. All three of those stories, and many others on the list, dominated the news cycle for weeks. The Orlando incident even made news a few weeks ago after the widow of the attacker, Omar Mateen, was arrested over allegations of obstruction of justice, among other charges.

The list includes dozens of attacks that received extensive media coverage, some that authorities have said don't appear to be connected to terrorism at all, and several that resulted in no deaths.





Alkaline to spend the night in police custody

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alkaline-questioning-photo-1.jpgDancehall entertainer Alkaline is to spend Thursday night in police custody.

Detectives of the Criminal Investigations Branch (CIB), who began questioning the artiste at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, said he will remain in custody for further questioning Friday morning.

Alkaline, whose given name is Earlan Bartley, turned himself in to the police Thursday morning accompanied by his attorney, Peter Champagnie.

He is being questioned as part of a probe into the January 13 murder of Rohan Morris in Marverly, St. Andrew.





Government announces $710 billion budget

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The Government of Jamaica has announced that it intends to spend $710 billion this year to finance its objectives.

The government on Thursday afternoon tabled estimates which are 20 per cent higher than last year's budget.

Debt repayment will account for 44 per cent of the spending. In fiscal year 2017/18, debt repayments will cost $310 billion. This is up 38 per cent from last year due to an increase in principal payments.Public sector wages and salaries will cost $193 billion. It includes monies set aside to meet salary increases that are now being negotiated.

The rest of the money is allocated across the programmes the government sets itself to achieve this year as well as money to be spent on capital projects. But the government has not said how it will finance the plans. Normally 90 per cent would be from revenues with the rest to come from loans and new borrowings.

Finance Minister Audley Shaw is scheduled to open the 2017/18 Budget Debate on March 9, when he will inform the nation how the budget will be funded.





alkaline-photo-11.jpgThe killing of Morris is said to be linked to an ongoing feud between two gangs in the community of Maverley.

"It is believed that (Alkaline) can assist (police) with the investigations," a news release from the Jamaica Constabulary Force said.

Alkaline is being represented by popular defense attorney Peter Champagnie.

Through his attorney, the entertainer made contact with authorities, advising that he would turn himself over to the police for questioning on Thursday morning.

When news broke that the Vendetta deejay was wanted to assist the police in their investigations, he took to social media to denounce it as LIES.





alkaline-questioning-photo-1.jpgReports are that embattled dancehall deejay Alkaline has been transferred to the Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) headquarters in Kingston to undergo a second round of questioning in relation to a murder case.

The deejay, whose real name is Earlan Bartley, reported to the Area 4 police headquarters in Kingston at 9:25 am on Thursday.

He was wanted for questioning in relation to the murder of Rohan "Head" Morris of Three Oaks Garden in St Andrew. Morris was shot more than 15 times by armed thugs at his home in January. Sources say the 28-year-old unemployed man was slaughtered while next to a five year old child believed to be his daughter.





alkaline-dancehall-artiste.jpgSuperintendent Stephanie Lindsay, head of the constabulary's Corporate Communications Unit, says dancehall artiste Alkaline whose real name is Earlan Bartley, is being asked to report to the police in relation to a murder which took place in Maverley on January 13.

Lindsay says the police had tried to get in touch with the New Level Unlocked deejay personally, but were unsuccessful.

On Tuesday, social media accounts for the Jamaica Constabulary Force asked the artiste, to report to Harman Barracks in relation to the murder of Rohan Morris.

He was given until 5:00pm on Wednesday.





us-embassy-jamaica-kingston.jpgWASHINGTON, United States (AFP) -- US embassies could ask visa applicants for passwords to their own social media accounts in future background checks, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Tuesday.

Kelly said the move could come as part of the effort to toughen vetting of visitors to screen out people who could pose a security threat.

He said it was one of the things under consideration especially for visitors from seven Muslim majority countries with very weak background screening of their own -- Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

"We're looking at some enhanced or some additional screening," Kelly told a hearing of the House Homeland Security Committee. "We may want to get on their social media, with passwords," he said.





The legal team representing embattled Jamaican sprinter Nesta Carter is currently finalising its submission to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to appeal the sprinter's disqualification for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

However, Carter is allowed to compete pending the outcome of the CAS proceedings, this after the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) received confirmation from the IAAF outlining that the sprinter had not been issued a suspension after retroactively testing positive for the prohibited substance methylhexaneamine.

JAAA president Dr Warren Blake said he had received confirmation from the IAAF after writing to CEO Olivier Gers and enquiring about Carter's eligibility to compete.

Carter is now expected to start his season shortly after going nearly 17 months since his last race.

Carter will compete this Saturday at the Milo Western Relays at the Montego Bay Sports Complex as a member of MVP's 4x100m relay team.





alkaline-photo-11.jpgDetectives from the Criminal Investigations Branch Headquarters are seeking dancehall entertainer Earlan Bartley otherwise called, 'Alkaline' for questioning in relation to the murder of Rohan Morris.

The police say they believe he can assist them with the investigations.

Bartley is being asked to report to the Area 4 Headquarters, Harman Barracks in Vineyard Town, Kingston 2 by 5 p.m., on Wednesday, February 8.





alkaline-photo-10.jpgOonu ever see mi dying trial doh eehn!?

After the police put out big big call fi Alkaline and the media carry the report, dis fake tatoo eye bwoy a come like him waan cuss off media seh a lie we a tell pon him.

Alka, a nuh WE seh you wanted fi questioning inna one murder case...A di police dem say so. A no we.So get di helll offa social media wid yuh fake news bout media a tell lie pon yuh and bout yuh a personally ask people fi tek down dem story.

Try turn youself into di police by 5PM on Wednesday. Full Stop.





Happy Birthday Bob Marley!

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happy-birthday-bob-marley.jpgToday, Bob Marley would have been 72 years of age.

bob-marley-photo-5.jpgIn the 31 years since his untimely death, Marley still remains the most-popular figure in Reggae music. Succumbing to cancer at age 36 in 1981, Marley had become a global ambassador for the music he helped make famous.

Marley's passing shook the reggae and music community to its core; yet, his legacy remains intact through his timeless music catalog and talented children.

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Marley was born in the village of Nine Mile in Saint Ann Parish in Jamaica (also the birthplace of Marcus Garvey). Marley's father was a white Jamaican man of English descent and his mother was a native of Jamaica. Discovering music as a teenager, Marley befriended Neville "Bunny" Livingston (aka Bunny Wailer) who shared his dreams of becoming a musician. Through singer Joe Higgs, the pair met Peter McIntosh (aka Peter Tosh) who also had similar ambitions. Recording his first songs in 1962, Marley and his friends would eventually be renamed The Wailers, after being discovered by a local record producer.

Marrying Rita Anderson (now Marley) in 1966, Marley and his bride made a sojourn to the United States to live near his mother in Wilmington, De. Marley soon teamed up with American singer Johnny Nash ("I Can See Clearly Now") and nabbed a deal with CBS Records. Marley and the Wailers went on tour with Nash before their label deal went sour and the band ended up stranded in London in 1972. From there, Marley contacted Island Records' founder Chris Blackwell and was advanced funds to record the hit album "Catch A Fire."





Police kill leader of One Voice Gang

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The reputed leader of the One Voice gang based in Hanover was reportedly shot and killed by the police last night.

Police are reporting that the gang leader was killed in a shootout.

He has been identified as 21-year-old Omario Burrell, also called Duplex of Mount Pleasant district in the parish.

The Hanover Police say a firearm was recovered at the scene.

They say Burrell was fatally shot during a confrontation with a police team in Mount Pleasant district.

The police say the incident has been reported to the Inspectorate of Constabulary and the Independent Commission of Investigations.





crime-scene-gun.jpgA female student of the Camperdown High School in Kingston who had been reported missing, died in hospital Saturday afternoon from natural causes.

The police's Corporate Communication Unit says the girl, Brittany Thorpe, fell ill Friday after leaving school and was taken to hospital. However, persons who assisted her and the medical team treating her were unable to contact her family, who, on Friday, reported her missing.

She died yesterday afternoon while undergoing care. The police say Brittany's family was aware of her illness.

They say stories being circulated on social media about her demise are not true.





missing-school-girl-shanika-grey.jpgA second man is now in custody as the police say they have made a significant breakthrough in their investigations into the killing of 15-year-old Green Pond High School student Shineka Gray.

Head of the Jamaica Constabulary Force's Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay says the suspect was apprehended during an operation in St Thomas yesterday afternoon. She says he will be handed over to the St James Police in short order. Superintendent Lindsay also confirmed that another man was taken into custody by the St James Police yesterday (Friday).

She says the police are well advanced in their investigations and will inform the public about the reason the 15-year-old was killed after they have gathered all the facts.

The partly decomposed body of the grade ten Green Pond High School student was found in bushes in the community of Irwin Meadows St James on Wednesday, three days after she was reported missing. It's reported that she was last seen heading to a taxi stand after attending the funeral service for a former student at the same institution.





portia.jpgPeople's National Party president Portia Simpson Miller is to demit office on April 2.

A week earlier on March 26, the party will host a special delegates' conference to choose its new president.

Simpson Miller, a short while ago, announced at a meeting of the party's National Executive Council in Manchester that she will submit her resignation as Opposition Leader to Governor General, Sir Patrick Allen, after her March 16 contribution to the Budget Debate in parliament.

She said she will resign as Opposition Leader but will remain the Member of Parliament for St Andrew South West.





Young female Burger King worker missing since Friday

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missing-burger-king-worker.jpgNicole Brown, a young female worker at Burger King in Cross Roads has reportedly been has been missing since Friday.

Reports are that Miss Brown was last heard from via WhatsApp when she was at home on Friday at around 1 pm. Brown did not report to work and attempts to call her phone went straight to voicemail.

A voice note from a Burger King worker about the disappearance states that police entered into Brown's residence by kicking in the door and discovered that the blue barrel was missing and all of its contents were thrown out on the floor. Also missing was Brown's bed sheet and pillows. "Wha unnu gather from that," she said.

Reports are that the body of a woman was found in a blue barrel in St Thomas on Sunday.





Petraa makes her move with Love Is Eternal

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petraa.jpgThe Latin word 'petra' means stone and reggae/dancehall artiste Petraa is determined to carve her name in stone and make her story one that is heavily flavoured with success.

Petraa, whose real name is Petra Grant, is a world citizen and an authentic musical ambassador. Wearing multiple hats - deejay, songwriter and producer - Petra possesses a musical dexterity that sees her exploring various themes through her lyrics, rather than being stuck in a groove. She sings about love with as much conviction as she sings about poverty and the gritty aspects of life. This young girl with the fascinating accent hails from Leeds in England, but as her biography states, she relocated to Toronto, Canada, and now spends six months each year in the land of Reggae, Jamaica.

Petraa, who has been singing professionally for more than 10 years, has been paying her dues and Petraa's career is now in high gear. Having put out a number of singles and various other projects, among them a collab with Janny Popps on a track named Butterfly, which went to the number one position on WBLK 93.7 FM chart in New York, Petraa is ready to seize the moment.

Her latest single, Love Is Eternal, is poised to give her that big breakthrough in the music biz. The single, described as "an uptempo love story making the most out of Petraa's vocal range, that will be sure to captivate listeners" is in rotation on stations in Jamaica, the Bahamas and St Vincent.

As Petraa ex[plained, "Love Is Eternal is really getting a lot of love and we have big plans for this song. People seem to gravitate towards it because it has a nice reggae/soul groove, in addition to which, it just grows on you," she said sounding quite excited.

Although not officially signed to a label, Petraa is guided by a professional team, who is purposefully steering her career in an upward direction. Working with Christopher Coombs at Di Lab Records in Exchange, St Ann, along with other producers including Dane Ray, Petraa is in the process of recording an EP. The artiste is currently working on a 13-track album which is a mixture of reggae, R&B and dancehall and should be ready for release this year.

Currently in Canada, where she has a number of shows lined up, in venues including the Right Wing Pub in Toronto and Aldo's Place, while simultaneously working on her music projects, Petra is aiming to make 2017 her year.





Beyonce to still perform at Coachella

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beyonce-pregnancy-photos.jpgBeyonce's announcement of her pregnancy earlier this week sent Coachella ticket holders and promoters scrambling.

There was a lot of talk that she could pull out of the show she headlined because by then she would be too pregnant to perform, especially since she is expecting twins. Promoters even revealed that they too were in the dark and now they are worried about finding a replacement big enough to fill the void if she cancels.

It seems like ticket holders don't need to worry because there is a strong possibility that the show will go on. TMZ reported that all signs are pointing to Beyonce not pulling out of the performance because she has already booked two big name artists to perform with her and both artists knew of her pregnancy. The two artists weren't name, but people are already speculating that they could be her Destiny's Child members Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams.

Beyonce will be in her third trimester by the time of Coachella in April so everyone will be looking to see how she plans to pull off this big performance.





vybz-kartel-and-sean-kingston.jpgOn his recent trip to Jamsaica, huge Vybz Kartel fan, Sean Kingston, visited the dancehall deejay in prison.

Kingston has recently collaborated with the self-proclaimed Worl'Boss on a new single out title "Chance" that has been doing very well on dancehall airwaves since its release last week.

In na interview with ZJ Liquid on Zip 103 FM, Sean Kingston made it known that he intended to visit Kartel at the Tower Street prison last n Wednesday. Well, he did and reports are that he and Addi had a great conversation.

Kartel's reps are quoted as saying: "Sean Kingston is a good youth, very humble and positive. They sait down and chopped things about about how well the new collaboration doing and talk about collaborating some more. They also spoke about the upcoming appeal and Kingston told him that he has his full support in sorting out the case."

alkaline-photo-11.jpgOn Wednesday, Sean Kingston traveled to Kartel's home town in Portmore and shoot the music video for the single "Chance." Later that night the singer hit up Magnum Wednesdayz where he took a spin off the DJ table and played Vybz Kartel's recent Alkaline diss track "Closed Casket" and stated that although he had sone a colab with "other boys" Kartel was the real King of the Danechall. Sean Kingston and the Vendetta head, Alkaline, had previously collaborated on "Ride On Me (Remix)." Fans of Alka say Sean Kingston is a hypocrite and was actually dissing Alkaline with that statement.





Marley birthday tribute concert at airport Monday

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bob-marley-photo-4.jpgFebruary 6 is the birthday of Reggae King, Bob Marley, and tribute concert in honour of the late reggae legend is scheduled for Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) arrivals forecourt in Kingston on Monday.

The show -- slated to start at noon -- will be co-hosted by Kingston & St Andrew Parish Office of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) and Airports Authority of Jamaica.

Expected to perform are: Everton Pessoa, 2011 Festival Song Winner; Tevin Henry, a former children gospel finalist; Calabar High School choir, and Dunoon Technical performing arts.

Davidson said other concerts will be held on the day.

In addition to the tribute concert at the airport, similar concerts will be held on Monday at the Scotiabank in Spanish Town at 12:30 pm, and the Morant Bay Primary School at 8:30 am.

Marley, who would have celebrated his 72nd birthday on Monday, died in May 1981. He was 36.





The US Department of Justice has appealed a judge's order temporarily blocking President Donald Trump's refugee and immigration ban, saying it's the "sovereign prerogative" of a president to admit or exclude aliens in order to protect national security.

The appeal filed late Saturday at the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, cites a "basic principle that an alien seeking initial admission to the United States requests a privilege and has no constitutional rights regarding his application."

The Justice Department asked that the federal judge's order be stayed pending resolution of the appeal. It says the ban is necessary "to ensure that those approved for admission do not intend to harm Americans and that they have no ties to terrorism."

Earlier Saturday, the government officially suspended enforcement of the ban in compliance with the judge's order, which plunged the new administration into a crisis that has challenged both Trump's authority and his ability to fulfill campaign promises.

That stand-down marked an extraordinary setback for the White House. Only a week ago, the president had acted to suspend America's refugee program and halt immigration to the U.S. from seven Muslim-majority countries that the government said raise terrorism concerns.

The appeal says the temporary restraining order by U.S. District Judge James Robart in Seattle is a broad overreach of judicial authority.





missing-hanover-woman.jpgResidents in Hanover believe that the decomposing body of a woman that was found in Prospect yesterday is that of 30-year-old Tasha Gordon.

Deputy Superintendent of Police from the Hanover division, Ainsley McCarthy, said yesterday that people who knew her are putting this theory forward.

Gunmen allegedly abducted Gordon, who has been missing since January 9, after they killed her employer, Marvin McIntosh, at his businessplace in Prospect.

The deputy superintendent said based on the level of decomposition of the body that was found, the individual has been dead for more than two weeks.





Another teenage girl missing

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missing-teen-sheree-clarke.jpgThe family members and police have launched a desperate search to locate a 14-year-old female identified as Sheree Clarke, of Christiana, Manchester who has been missing since Thursday, February 02.

She is of dark complexion, medium build and is about 152 centimetres (5 feet) tall.

Reports from the Christiana Police are that about 7:30 a.m., Sheree was last seen at home dressed in a blue tunic and beige blouse and a pair of black shoes. All efforts to contact her have been futile.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Sheree Clarke is being asked to contact the Christiana Police at 964-2250, Police 119 emergency number or the nearest Police Station.





Beyonce breaks the Internet

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beyonce-pregnant-with-twins.jpgBeyoncé's photo announcement of her second pregnancy has become the most-liked Instagram picture of all time.

With about 8.6 million likes and 401,000 comments, Beyoncé's picture surpasses the previous record-holder Selena Gomez who has scored a staggering 6.3 million likes.

Meanwhile, the picture quickly took over the Internet last afternoon with fans in elated shock over the surprise revelation.

Her loyal fans called the BeyHive took to Twitter posting half a million tweets in 45 minutes.

At the peak of the twin frenzy there were 17,000 tweets per minute about the expanding Carter empire.

Within minutes "twins" was the top Twitter trend, followed by the trends "Beyonce," "Blue" and "Beyhive."





Bermuda to legalise small amounts of ganja

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ganja.jpgThe ruling One Bermuda Alliance (OBA) government has assured the Opposition party Progressive Labour Party (PLP) that it has been holding talks with police and prosecutors over plans to decriminalise possession of small amounts of marijuana.

One of the most damaging consequences for Bermudians convicted of marijuana possession is that the United States and Canada places them on their stop-lists.

Attorney-General Trevor Moniz gave an update on Wednesday on the OBA's Throne Speech pledge last November, after the Opposition PLP revealed it would table a decriminalisation of cannabis Bill in the House of Assembly.

At a news conference ahead of Friday's reconvening of Parliament, Shadow Attorney-General Michael Scott said the PLP's proposed legislation would drop penalties against those found with a small amount of the drug.





missing-school-girl-shanika-grey.jpgInvestigators have intensified their probe into the murder of a 15-year-old girl in St. James and reports are that one man is now in custody.

Shanicka Grey, who lived in Mount Salem, Montego Bay disappered from home and was found dead yesterday. The body, which had stab wounds, was discovered in Meadows of Irwin about 5:30 in the afternoon.

Shanicka was a student of the Green Pond High School. Detectives say they are following leads in the case.





missing-school-girl-shanika-grey.jpgThe partially decomposed body of a female has been found in bushes in Irwin, St James.

The St James Police immediately visited the scene, about a mile from Irwin High School.

Reports are that Shineka went to KFC after attending a classmate's funeral and was last seen on January 29, 2017 being followed by friends to the Bogue taxi stand by the Arcade in Montego Bay Jamaica.

She did not return home and was subsequently reported missing.





25 years in prison for rapist taxi driver

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hands-behind-bars.jpgTwenty-nine-year-old labourer Loveroy Henry, a taxi driver in Old Harbour, St Catherine was this week sentenced to 25 years in prison for abduction and rape.

He was sentenced in the St Catherine Parish Court to seven years for abduction and 18 years for rape.

The Court heard that in 2013, the complainant who was 17 years old, was travelling in Henry's taxi when he drove off the route to a secluded area. He reportedly forced her to have sex with him and then took her to her home where the girl reported the ordeal to relatives.

A report was made to the police and an investigation launched by the Centre for Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse. This resulted in Henry being charged with rape and forcible abduction. On January 19, 2017, he was found guilty in a unanimous guilty verdict handed down by the jury.





moravian-sex-pastors-and-lawyer.jpgThe two Moravian ministers charged with having sex with an underage girl have backed away from a threat to file legal action against their alleged victim.Gardner's new attorney, Peter Champagnie,says he advised his client against bringing civil action against the woman at the centre of the case.

"I don't want the impression to be given that there is any threat or intimidation by way of suggesting that there will be civil action against the virtual complainant in this matter. It is inappropriate," high profile celebrity lawyer, Peter Champagnie is quoted as saying.

"What my client elects to do after the criminal case is a matter entirely for him, but, certainly, at this stage, the matter is before the criminal court, and that is where it is going to be ventilated," he said.

Lambert Johnson, the attorney who represented Gardner and Gibson at the time they were arrested and charged, described the allegations against them as a witch hunt. In addition, Johnson asserted that the evidence provided by prosecutors was "riddled" with inconsistencies and bereft of credibility, cogency, or corroboration.

As a result, the attorney indicated that the two Moravian ministers were instructed to file civil action against the complainant for defamation, malicious prosecution, and false imprisonment. But Johnson's statement drew condemnation from the chairman of the General Legal Council, Allan Wood, who described it as deeply concerning.





Moroccan-born Québecer Mohamed Belkhadir said he had been clearing snow off the steps outside the mosque when he heard gunshots. When the noise stopped, he called 911 and entered the mosque, he said: "It was a reflex. You can't leave people when they're in need."

He said he was giving first aid to a friend when he caught a glimpse of a man with a gun. "I didn't know it was a police officer - I thought it was the gunman who had returned."

Belkhadir said he bolted from the scene. Only when police ordered him to the ground did he realise what was going on.

He was released hours later, but by then his identity had become synonymous with the attacks.





canadian-pm-trudeau-and-his-wife.jpgCanadian prime minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Grégoire Trudeau place flowers at a memorial at the Québec City mosque.

The office of the Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau has forced Fox News to apologise and retract a "false and misleading" tweet that inaccurately described the suspect in the Québec City mosque shooting as a man of Moroccan origin. The shooter was actually a white Canadian college student.

Six people were fatally shot in the back as they prayed at the mosque on Sunday. Another 19 people were wounded. On Tuesday two people remained in critical condition.

Shortly after the attack police had arrested two men and by midday on Monday, police had clarified that only one was a suspect. Fox News later sent out a tweet on Monday afternoon - shortly after the police clarification - suggesting there was just one suspect in the attack who was of Moroccan origin.

The Fox News tweet made no mention of the other man arrested, French-Canadian Alexandre Bissonnette, who now faces six charges of first-degree murder and five of attempted murder. Those who know Bissonnette have described him as pro-Donald Trump, anti-immigration and sympathetic to the far right.

While the Fox News story linked to the tweet had been corrected, the erroneous tweet had been retweeted more than 900 times and had racked up 1,600 likes.

In a letter to a top official at the network, Purchase asked Fox News to retract or update the tweet to reflect the suspect's identity as a 27-year-old French-Canadian.

"These tweets by Fox News dishonour the memory of the six victims and their families by spreading misinformation, playing identity politics and perpetuating fear and division within our communities," she wrote.

The letter continued: "We need to remain focused on keeping our communities safe and united instead of trying to build walls and scapegoat communities. To paint terrorists with a broad brush that extends to all Muslims is not just ignorant - it is irresponsible.

Within hours, Fox News apologised for the error.





ziggy-marley-chance-arthur-theme-song.jpg"Hey, what a wonderful kind of day!"

Chance the Rapper's love for the PBS kids show Arthur has been well known since 2014 when he began covering it in concerts and even released his own cover on Soundcloud.

But now he's taking a walk down memory lane and making it bigger than ever, fully transporting to Elwood City for a new cover with Stephen Colbert, The Late Show bandleader Jonathan Batiste and Ziggy Marley, who wrote and performed the original song.

In a new video segment, Colbert and Batiste reminiscence over Arthur and the theme song before recreating the opening sequence in a dream where Chance and Marley pop up.

Much like the song was intended to in the first place, this will make you feel very good. Watch it here and revisit the original below:





Beyonce pregnant with TWINS!

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beyonce-pregnant-with-twins.jpgPop icon Beyonce is pregnant once again -- this time with twins!

The 35-year-old "Lemonade" singer shared a picture on her official Instagram page with the caption, "We would like to share our love and happiness. We have been blessed two times over. We are incredibly grateful that our family will be growing by two, and we thank you for your well wishes."

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She signed the pic, "The Carters," using her husband Jay Z's real last name.

Beyonce and Jay Z are already parents to daughter Blue Ivy, born in 2012.

In 2013, Beyonce spoke to ABC News and told Amy Robach that she definitely "would like more children."

"I think my daughter needs some company. I definitely love being big sister," she added about having a little sister herself to Solange Knowles. She added in that interview that she's "very protective" of her daughter Blue Ivy.

"I just want to make sure that she can have a healthy, safe, normal life ... in the back of my mind, she's my priority. And life is completely different now. So I'm - I feel really, really just lucky that I can still do what I love, and now have a way bigger meaning. And that's to be her mother," she said.





Reggae Month 2017 kicks off

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With Kingston's designation as a Creative City of Music by UNESCO in 2015, the Reggae Month Committee made the decision to produce this year's staging of Reggae Month under the theme "Reggae Mecca". For the last two years, the association has been advancing the discussions on the importance of assuming the nation's rightful ownership of the music as an indigenous product of Jamaica with the most recent theme in 2016 of "Reggae Mekyah".

Playing on the popular moniker "mecca" the activities will include the signature Reggae Wednesdays in Mandela Park, Half Way Tree beginning with a tribute to Dennis Brown entitled Di Root. Popular artistes will celebrate the Crown Prince with songs of their own and his catalogue in a three hour packed show beginning at 6:30 pm on Wednesday February 1, 2017. As usual the show is free to the public.

Reggae Month was officially declared On January 9 th 2008 by the then Governor General of Jamaica. This was done to highlight and celebrate the impact of the musical genre on the country's social, cultural and economic development. Additionally, the birthdays of two of Jamaica's and Reggae Music's late icons are commemorated during the month of February: The late Dennis Brown also known as the 'Crown of Reggae', is celebrated on February 1, while Bob Marley is celebrated on February 6.





Ski Mask gang high ranking member killed by cops

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crime-scene-gun.jpgThe alleged third-ranked commander of the St James-based Ski Mask criminal gang, Jermaine Samuels, was on Monday killed in an alleged confrontation with the police in Settlement district, Old Harbour Bay.

The police said in a news release yesterday that the Ski Mask gang, which operates out of Barrett Town, St James, is responsible for numerous murders, shootings, rapes, and other crimes committed in western Jamaica.

Samuels, who was otherwise called "Bad Bwoy", was said to have fled the parish following the death of the gang's reputed leader Oswyn Jarrett, otherwise called "Ski Mask", along with five other members. The six were killed during a joint police/military operation in the Goodwill community of St James on January 14.

The police said yesterday that a Bersa 9mm pistol and seven 9mm rounds of ammunition were seized during Monday's incident. The matter has also been reported to the Independent Commission of Investigations and the inspectorate of the Constabulary.





Pastors and police rep for high-profile molesters

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Pastors and policemen have at least one thing in common, they are the most high profile group whose names are called in child molestation cases.

According to reports, the Head of the Centre for Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA), Superintendent Enid Ross-Stewart, told a parliamentary committee that the majority of alleged high-profile perpetrators of sexual offences against underage persons are pastors and policemen..

Ross-Stewart did not provide data on the number of policemen and pastors who've been accused or later found guilty of carnal abuse in recent years.

Her disclosure comes as public spotlight remains on the church community following the recent arrest and charge of three pastors from the Moravian Church in Jamaica for alleged sex offences.

Meanwhile, the CISOCA head said for last year, her office received 1,094 reports of alleged sexual intercourse involving underage persons.

Of that number, 664 reports came from Kingston.

However, Ross Stewart lamented that the conviction rate is among the lowest compared with other categories of sex offences.





A St Catherine man charged with sexually molesting a five-year-old girl will spend more time behind bars as he was remanded when he appeared in the St Catherine Parish Court on Wednesday..

Reports are that the five-year-old is the man's relative.and that his brother threatened persons who attempted to report the matter to the police. Eventually, the Child Development Agency and the police were alerted and carried out a probe into the matter.Both men were later arrested.

The alleged molester is to return to court this Friday.

Meanwhile his brother, who was charged with threatening a crown witness, was granted bail in the sum of $150,000. As a condition of his bail, he has to relocate to another address in St Catherine. He was also warned to keep away from the victim and witnesses in the case.





Reggae Sumfest 2017

vagina-fitness-tracker.jpgEvery year, Oscar nominees receive the Everyone Wins Nominee Gift Bag, an assortment of extravagant, brand-sponsored gifts ranging from vacation getaways to personal training sessions to a year's worth of Audi car rentals. This year's standout gift is the Elvie, a fitness tracker for--wait for it--your vagina.

This women's health device costs $199 and is paired with a smartphone app so users can track their Kegels. These exercises involve tightening and contracting the pelvic floor muscles, which support the uterus, bladder, small intestine, and rectum. A strong pelvic floor means more intense orgasms, improved bladder control, and easier pregnancy recovery. In other words, Kegels are your lady parts' best friend, and if you don't practice them regularly, you should start.

The Elvie is one of a few Kegel-tracking devices that have cropped up in the past few years. If using one reminds you (and Emma Stone, Ruth Negga, and all the other female Academy Award nominees) to exercise down there, we're all for it. To use the Elvie, slide the device inside your vagina like you would a tampon, keeping its tail outside of you. Then, turn on your phone's Bluetooth setting, connect the device to the app, and start tightening and relaxing your muscles. The app transforms Kegels into a follow-along game that instructs you when to relax, tighten, hold, or pulse down there. There are even training levels (beginner, intermediate, advanced) so you can challenge your lady friends to a Kegel-off or track your results from week to week.





smoke-dem-and-anthony-seasoning.jpgSingjay Smoke Dem is taking his career to the next level ...literally.

Although he is not yet a household name, the artiste has already made a number of trips within the Caribbean and South America in particular which have borne fruit.

Currently working on projects with the Suriname-based Next Level Productions, Smoke Dem, who has previously used the moniker Smoki Benz, gives deejay Fanton Mojah credit for helping him along his journey. It was Fantan, he said, who took him on a tour in 2015, which saw Smoke Dem performing in places such as Suriname, French Guyana, Brazil and Guyana and winning over new fans. It was during this time that he made the crucial link with his current producers.

"Fantan first took me on a few shows in Jamaica and he saw that I was a bad artiste, so he took me on tour in South America and a few islands. It was a great experience and it really helped to take my career a step further," the singjay explained.

" I met Next Level in Suriname when Fantan took me to their studio after the show to cut some dubplates, and the energy was great. So it was a no-brainer for us to work on a few projects," Smoke Dem further explained.

That link-up has seen the release the song Bad Mind Dem, a collaboration with Anthony Seasoning, a singer from the Red Hills Road area who was in Suriname at the same time as Smoke Dem and the two ended up working on a project for the same producers. The song has been receiving much love from radio, not only in Jamaica, but also in Suriname and across the Caribbean, where it is in moderate to heavy rotation.

The artiste sees this song, along with the fact that he has been steadily getting more shows, both overseas and locally and honing his craft on stage, as a major positive move in his career.

Smoke Dem and Anthony Seasoning have also collaborated on another a single for Next Level entitled, Marijuana, which is set to blow much more than smoke.





The first contestant from Japan has made her debut in the Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall is attracting even more international attention with the debut of its

Rankin Pumpkin, a Japan-born princess, enraptured the D'Entrance audience with her track Mi Nuh Miss Up Inna Babylon on the first live show. She returns this week in a bid to continue her journey to the crown.

On Saturday February 18, Yanique "Curvy Diva" Barret, announced that princesses Aksana and Dexii and princes Kaama and Crazy Nacka were eliminated from Castle Red.

Rankin Pumpkin, born Yoko Matsui, believes the 10th season of MKQ is her year. She has been travelling to Jamaica since 1995, when she first visited the island to learn more about our culture. Landing in Montego Bay from Kobe, Japan, Rankin Pumpkin set out to immerse herself in Jamaica's biggest export -- music.

"I love reggae and dancehall music. I came here because I wanted to know about the culture, so I could write more lyrics," she explained backstage of the season 10's first live show.

So in love with our music is she, that she is unwilling to name a favourite artiste or song. The 42-year-old entered the premier dancehall talent show to satisfy a long standing desire.

"I have been watching this programme from the beginning, from season one, always watching and enjoying. I knew that one day I wanted to enter," said Rankin Pumpkin.

"But I always miss the audition

day because I went back to Japan. I always come to Jamaica in November/December, which is late for the audition. I came earlier in Jamaica this year, just for Magnum, and I qualified in Ocho Rios," said the smiling princess.





Sean Kingston admits that he was beaten

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sean-kingston-photo-1.jpgSean Kingston is finally admitting that Migos did, in fact, jumped him along with roughly nine guys outside a Las Vegas mall on Tuesday.

On Tuesday night the Migos trio of Quavo, Offset, and Takeoff beat up Sean Kingston at the Agenda Trade Show in Vegas over a feud involving Soulja Boy. Yesterday the reggae pop singer posted a video on Instagram denying the beat down, but in an interview with 8 News Now, he admitted that the Atlanta rap group and some other guys jumped him.

"It was a jump, but it wasn't a JUMP," he said. Kingston says that he and Migos didn't have any prior issues and that he went to talk with them with that in mind after the group FaceTime him saying that they want to talk.

"They FaceTimed me, 'Yo come outside let's talk. Man, I miss you let's chop it up,'" he said. "You know what I'm saying? And as soon as I went outside it was no talking. They just started jumping on me throwing punches. I didn't have a chance to put up my set up. I didn't have a chance to do nothing."

As for what really started the beef, Sean Kingston is saying that he is clueless just like the rest of us. So Migos we want to hear your side of the story. The singer says that he is hearing stories about Soulja Boy being at his house and him saying something in a video that they didn't like. Sources told us that the fight really stemmed from Migos' beef with Soulja Boy who is close friends with Kingston.

Perhaps The Game, Soulja Boy, or Migos themselves can shed some light on why they jumped Sean Kingston. Somehow this feud is not over and someone could get hurt.





skip-marley-and-katy-perry-grammys.jpgBob Marley's grandson Skip Marley is the first singer from the musical family to score a top ten single on Billboard Hot 100.

The young reggae singer's collab with Katy Perry "Chained To The Rhythm" debut at No. 4 on the Hot 100 chart this week and the music video received approximately 10 million views on YouTube on the first day of its release. Skip Marley and Katy Perry first performed the single at the Grammys in a well-received set that catapults it to the top ten on the charts.

The single "Chained To The Rhythm" is also doing very well in Europe where reggae music is much more popular than in the states. The song debut at No. 7 on the UK pop chart, No. 6 in the Czech Republic, 8 in France, 20 in Germany, 5 in Scotland, 10 in Ireland, and 12 in Switzerland.

Bob Marley scored eight singles on the UK pop chart over his career while his sons have yet to debut on that chart as solo artists. Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers scored three hit singles on that chart, but he has not done since launching his solo career. Bob also has one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 after "Roots Rock Reggae" peaked at No. 51 in 1976. Damian Marley 2005 hit "Welcome To Jamrock" peaked at 55 on the Hot 100 chart, while his older brother's former group Ziggy Marley and The Melody Makers 1988 classic single "Tomorrow People" peaked at 39.





lisa-hanna-photo-4.jpgOpposition People's National Party spokesperson on Youth and Culture, Lisa Hanna has been put on blast by social media users for comments she made calling for incarcerated Dancehall artiste, Vybz Kartel's music to be banned from public airwaves.

Fans of the incarcerated artiste took to the MP's social media accounts to air their grouses, after she expressed her views in an interview yesterday on Nationwide 90 FM.

The social media users, who disagreed with her suggestions, stated that Hanna is concerned about the fact that the artiste has been able to produce music from behind bars.

Vybz Kartel whose real name is Adijah Palmer, is currently serving a life sentence for murder.

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lisa-hanna-photo-4.jpgThe Police High Command has launched a probe into online threats against Opposition Spokesperson on Youth and Culture, Lisa Hanna, by persons claiming to be fans of jailed entertainer Vybz Kartel.

Social media trolls have been hurling threats at Hanna following comments she made on Nationwide Radio calling for authorities to place a ban on some of Vybz Kartel's music. Hanna's social media pages have also been the target of the trolls.

Head of the Cybercrimes Unit of the Jamaica Constabulary Force Inspector Warren Williams is warning persons that it is a criminal offence to make threats on social media.

Inspector Williams said persons should be aware that they could be charged under the Cybercrimes Act if they use technology to intimidate others.

Speaking about Vybz Kartel on Nationwide 90 FM yesterday, Hanna questioned whether corruption is involved in the recording of songs by the incarcerated artiste.Assistant Police Commisioner Devon Watkis said police are not taking the threats lightly.

Among the comments posted by 'Kartel fans' on Hanna's Instagram page are:

:Yuh want a gaza box

Like u wah get wah lizard ... just saying , Jamaica is not American, why u trying to compare #vybzkartel with #bujubanton , aren't they at two different places ...if so be the case why u guy never do it like American... remember they still haven't find lizard body so how is he in jail ...and just mine they do the same to you ...think before u talk and just go find something productive a

like you want we kid nap and rape you ### big educate woman like you nuh have no more then a topic of vybz kartel like you want man shoot up yah house later badness it name Gaza you can't stop

I use to admire you, but u get bright when u ago talk bout kartle music must get banned, y you banned.





bolt-private-plane-party.jpgThe 'fastest man on Earth' has touched down in Trinidad & Tobago for the twin island republic's annual carnival celebrations.

TMZ reported that the star boarded a private jet earlier this week with his crew, en route to what some call the 'Greatest Show on Earth'.

Bolt reportedly boarded the plane with retired Jamaican football star Ricardo "Bibi" Gardner, reggae singer Christopher Martin, Olympic high jump silver medallist Germaine Mason and others.

After boarding the plane, TMZ reported that Bolt "immediately broke out the booze!"

"There were shots, dancing, strobe lights, cool handshakes, dirty chants about all the sex they're gonna have in Trinidad ... seriously!" TMZ reported, adding that Bolt and company were also singing along to Machel Montano's hit, Like Ah Boss.





andrew-holness-agent-sasco-cecile.jpgThis is the message prime minister Andrew Holness posted on his Facebook page Thursday: "I recently sat down with @AgentSasco and @IAMTHECECILE. We discussed dancehall, what can be done to improve the industry and more. Stay tuned in the next few days for much more."

First of all, how di hell Cecille and Assassin aka Agent Sasco get inna this kind of conversation? Can you picture the scenario: Andrew Holness, Cecille and Assassin sitting down over wine and cheese and discussing Dancehall. Actually, there was a picture of the trio posing up in a room with a mixing board. #RealJokeBusiness.

Fortunately, this is the era of social media and not all social media users are trolls. Here are a few of the brilliant comments: "No sah a swear if them fea sit down with the boys them on the street corner and find out wat can be implemented to increase job creation, more facilities in each community, even [to] reduce crime them naah dweet... We focus on the little things too much [and] there are bigger issues out there."

"Meanwhile... Jamaica has just borrowed another USD $330 million. I guess it's okay to take it easy now that government salaries have been secured. There are critical matters which need your attention, Mr Prime Minister! Such as the rampant pedophiles molesting our youth, rapes and murders of our children, overwhelming poverty and no jobs. But I guess talking about dancehall is more important, right? You all need to get your priorities and agenda straight."

"Dancehall doesn't needs improving as nothing is wrong with it. What needs improving is your governance relating to REAL problems. What you're uttering is stupidity at its best!! And i would certainly say you're bias. Go improve carnival and all a them other tings deh portraying that u claimed dancehall is responsible for," posted Suprxme Jay.

"Oh please... Probably u nuh see all them sex scene them have ena dance, man jump pon woman, woman a get man handle, the world a talk of how immoral it is... That is not dancehall..."





lisa-hanna-photo-4.jpgandrew-holness-photo-4.jpg'Twas the week when politics and dancehall collided and politicians Andrew Holness and Lisa Hanna took a hell of a backsiding from dancehall fans. Lisa Hann proclaim seh dem fi ban Kartel music and a question how Addi still a record even though him lock up inna jail. She want a probe.

And the PM have two strikes gainst him. During a political meeting at the Rusea's High School in Lucea, Hanover, last weekend, Holness said that daggering in dancehall is not only unacceptable but is to blame for violence on the island. "The guys who are doing this daggering dance, they are creative, but, they need to understand that what they are projecting into the minds of our children is that violence is acceptable," the PM said.

Outspoken DJ Rush advised Andrew Holness to focus on fixing the economy and leave dancehall alone. "Fix the lack of jobs, debt to GDP ratio, crime, the fact that police are quitting more than joining," Rush said. "Fix the economy and stop try fix music."





Kartel Gaza fan dem dun Lisa Hanna pon social media

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vybz-kartel-photo-4-larger.jpgWhat a way di Worl' Boss peeps give it to Opposition MP Lisa Hanna on Thursday after that interview on Nationwide at 5 with Cliff Hughes on Wednesday. A who tell Ms Hanna fi go stir up chouble bout she a call fi ban pon Kartel music.

It neva nice. Di comments dem mek mi haffi hol' mi belly and bawl. Di ole troll dem dip up unda Ms Hanna in di worst way. Dem chat some dutty sinting bout di ooman, dat we cyaan even repeat dem cause we will get inna nuff trouble. All threaten dem threaten Lisa Hanna.

Who a go reign in di troll dem?

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Smoke Dem blowing up with 'Marijuana'

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smoke-dem.jpgSingjay Smoke Dem is steadily carving out his own niche in the dancehall, and, although he is not yet a household name, the artiste has already made a number of trips within the Caribbean and South America in particular which have borne fruit.

Currently working on projects with the Suriname-based Next Level Productions, Smoke Dem, who has previously used the moniker Smokey Benz, gives deejay Fanton Mojah credit for helping him along his journey. It was Fantan, he said, who took him on a tour in 2015, which saw Smoke Dem performing in places such as Suriname, French Guyana, Brazil and Guyana and winning over new fans. It was during this time that he made the crucial link with his current producers.

"Fantan first took me on a few shows in Jamaica and he said I was a bad artiste, so he took me on tour in South America and a few islands. It was a great experience and it really helped to take my career a step further," the singjay explained.

" I met Next Level in Suriname when Fantan took me to their studio after the show to cut some dubplates, and the energy was great. So it was a no-brainer for us to work on a few projects," Smoke Dem further explained.

That link-up has seen the release the song Bad Mind Dem, a collaboration with Anthony Seasoning, a singer from the Red Hills Road area who was in Suriname at the same time as Smoke Dem and the two ended up working on a project for the same producers. The song has been receiving much love from radio, not only in Jamaica, but also in Suriname and across the Caribbean, where it is in moderate to heavy rotation.

The artiste sees this song, along with the fact that he has been steadily getting more shows, both overseas and locally and honing his craft on stage, as a major positive stone in his career.

Smoke Dem and Anthony Seasoning have also collaborated on another a single for Next Level entitled, Marijuana, which is set to blow much more than smoke.





cabral-douglas-and-tommy-lee-sparta.jpgThe Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) has blocked Cabral Douglas from suing Dominica in the long-running Tommy Lee Sparta saga.

Douglas had demanded US$3-million from the government in compensation after the controversial Dancehall artiste and his entourage was deported from Dominica in February 2014. He was slated to perform at a concert organized by Douglas.

Douglas' demand was turned down by the government, however, he took the matter to the CCJ.

But in an 18-page judgment, the CCJ has prevented Douglas from suing the government in the matter.

"The facts alleged do not suggest that the Applicant (Douglas) was a patron and in this sense, a recipient of entertainment services ...," part of the judgment reads. "On the other hand, it may be argued that as a 'middle man' standing between the concert patrons and the entertainment suppliers his position could be assimilated to that of a patron. The Court does not have to decide this issue because in either event, the Court holds that whatever right he may have had in this regard did not accrue to him directly."

Douglas has expressed disappointment in the decision.

"I'm obviously disappointed with the decision," he stated. "But, what is even more disappointing is the state of jurisprudence in the Caribbean. There is a reason why only 4 out of 15 counties have agreed to embrace the jurisdiction of the court as its final court of appeal, and this decision, in my humble opinion.





Rohan Marley and Lauryn Hill now grandparents

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rohan-marley-zephania-feb-20.jpgRohan Marley confirms his 19 year-old with Lauryn Hill is now a dad...

Over the weekend Zion David Marley posted pictures of the child on Instagram and Rohan Marley later confirmed the news. The 19-year-old grandson of 'King of Reggae' Bob Marley and his girlfriend welcomed their son, Zephaniah.

Rohan shared a photo of Zion with the latest addition to the Marley family on his social media page. In the caption, he cited the Bible verse Zephaniah 3:16 - "In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem, Fear thou not: and to Zion, Let not thine hands be slack ... Unto Us a Child is Born."

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Zion was the subject of one of Hill's many hit songs on her debut solo album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.

In the song, To Zion, Hill talks about her decision to have her first child, although many urged her to have an abortion as to not conflict with her blossoming career.





Another prominent senior citizen murdered

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The latest fatality among the retired community in St Andrew is 83-year-old retired agronomist, David Lacey.

The Constant Spring police are now searching for suspects in relation to his murder.

Lacey's body was found with stab wounds at his residence in Aylsham, St Andrew on Friday.

Indications are that the police have not yet established a motive for the murder.

Lacey's killing follows closely behind the murder of South African-born but devoted journalist and public opinion commentator in Jamaica for decades, Peter Abrahams, in Red Hill, St Andrew, recently.

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A post-mortem on Abrahams' body revealed that the 97-year-old died from head injury with a blunt instrument.

Abrahams lived alone and moved around his home in a wheelchair.





Cops probe double murder in Comfort, Manchester

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crime-scene-gun.jpgThe police say they are following several leads into Sunday's incident where gunmen shot and killed two men in Comfort District, Manchester.

Police say one of the leads is that the murders could be linked to the deadly lotto scam trade.

Police report that shortly after 9:00pm Kemar Reid, 33, and Sollando Thompson, 26, were standing at Reid's gate in the company of Thompson and another man fixing a camera when residents heard explosions and raised an alarm.

Police said when they arrived at the scene of the attack, Reid and Thompson were seen with gunshot wounds. They were taken to hospital where they were pronounced dead. The third man escaped unhurt.

Senior police sources have indicated that Reid was before the court for lottery scamming, while Thompson was also listed as a person of interest by the police

Investigators said they reportedly recovered more than 10 spent shells from the scene of the crime.





peter-abrahams.jpgReports are that large sum of cash was withdrawn over a period of time from the bank account of award-winning journalist Peter Abrahams leading up to his murder. It is said that the withdrawals were not made by the 97-year-old Abrahams.

The veteran journalist, who lived alone in REd Hills, St Andrew, died, January 18,of what had appeared to be natural causes. Then the shock came as it was revealed recently that Abrahams was murdered.

On Tuesday, the St Andrew North Police Division charged 61-year-old Norman Tomlinson of Cyprus district, in Red Hills, for Abrahams' murder. Tomlinson is the husband of Abraham's helper. He was charged after being questioned at the Constant Spring Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) Office, in St Andrew.

A post-mortem examination revealed that Abrahams' injuries were deliberately inflicted. Abrahams was born in South Africa, but came to and fell in love with Jamaica, which he made his home for many decades.





JenCare owner Jennifer Samuda has died

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jennifer-samuda-jencare.jpgJennifer Samuda, the owner of the popular and trail-blazing JenCare Skin Farm has died.

Mrs Samuda, who was reportedly battling cancer, died on Tuesday night.

Samuda, a former auditor, founded JenCare Skin Farm in 1989, when skepticism was rife about that line of business. She, however, persevered and made her mark in the field, succeeding as the leading skin care and spa business in the island, before setting up branches in New York, Miami and Trinidad and Tobago.

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The success she reaped led to many recognitions including a nomination for the Jamaica Observer's Business Leader Award and the NCB Nation Builder Award in the category of Women in Business.

In a Gleaner Interview in 2010, Samuda said, "when I started this business in the 1980s, people did not recognise or have as much respect for an entrepreneur as they do today. Instead, people looked forward to working for someone and did not strive to start their own businesses. Nowadays 'entrepreneurship' has become a buzz word."

JenCare is now being led by Samuda's daughter, Peta-Gaye Samuda-Palmer.





Another Tonight Show appearance for Chronixx

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chronixx-and-fallon-at-tonight-show.jpgChronixx is set to perform on the popular American late night show, "Tonight Show" on Friday.

The artiste, whose given name is Jamar McNaughton, is no stranger to the Jimmy Fallon hosted show, as he made his first appearance almost two years ago.

His appearance went viral and according to the Billboard charts in 2014, Chronixx, after performing his hit song "Here Comes Trouble", had a registered 12,000 downloads moving from 1,000 in mere days.

This, along with a subsequent performance at Central Park, had earned him the number two position on the Digital Reggae Singles chart.





Robbery at Island Grill Red Hills Mall foiled

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robbery.jpgSecurity personnel from KingAlarm Systems thwarted a robbery at a popular food chain on Red Hills Road in St Andrew yesterday.

Workers who arrived at the Island Grill restaurant located in the Red Hills Mall were pounced upon by gunmen while they opened the establishment.

The police reported that around 7:30 yesterday morning, two armed men entered the premises and "held up" the workers.

"It wasn't a hostage situation. They were robbed of two cellphones. They did not get anything else, no money or anything because KingAlarm intervened and the men fled," a constable from the Constabulary Communications Unit said.





hampton-heather-murray-principal.jpgThe Board of the Hampton School for Girls has apologised to Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator Ruel Reid over the way they handled his request for a full report regarding principal Heather Murray's appearance on January 5, at the hearing of the alleged rape case against a minister of religion.

The ministry in a release Sunday said board members, at a meeting held yesterday, endorsed an earlier apology to Reid from board chairman, Trevor Blake.

According to the ministry, Blake, in his apology dated February 3, withdrew an earlier statement to Murray's lawyer, which was shared with the media, indicating that no agreement had been reached at a January 11 meeting for her to go on two week's leave to prepare a full report for the board and the minister.

Blake's letter stated inter alia: "I unreservedly withdraw my letter of January 16, 2017, and apologize sincerely for releasing same to the press. I am aware of your commitment to education and to good outcomes for all of those within the system, and regret the impression my letter caused."





held.jpgAn ex-convict was on Saturday held with a loaded submachine gun along Molynes Road in St Andrew. Police subsequently searched his home in Red Hills and found another firearm and several rounds of ammunition.

According to the constabulary's Corporate Communications Unit (CCU), lawmen were conducting vehicular checkpoint operations on Molynes Road when the man, who was driving a Nissan motorcar, was signalled to stop. He complied and was searched along with the vehicle.

The search of the vehicle revealed an Intratec submachine gun loaded with two 9mm rounds.

Further reports are that the lawmen swiftly obtained a warrant and escorted the man to his home in the Red Hills, where one Ruger 9mm pistol and two-hundred assorted rounds of ammunition were seized.CCU said the 57-year-old "lawbreaker" was then taken into custody where it was discovered that he had served a 21-year prison sentence and was only released 3 years ago.





crime-scene-7.jpgThe body of a 35-year-old Tanijah Howell a teacher of Charlemont High School teacher was on Saturday found in bushes in Barrett Hall, St Ann.

Howell hailed from Linstead, St Catherine.

The police did not give any more information on the his death.

Also on Saturday, the skeletal remains believed to be that of a female was discovered along the Priory main road in St Ann. Residents reportedly stumbled on the bones with female clothing beside it.





donald-trump-photo-1.jpgBowling Green, Atlanta and now... Sweden? US President Donald Trump was speaking to supporters on Saturday when he apparently referred to the Scandinavian country as the site of a terror incident -- the latest example of his administration naming a non-existent attack. He was addressing a campaign-style rally in Florida when he launched into a list of places that have been targeted by terrorists.

"You look at what's happening in Germany, you look at what's happening last night in Sweden. Sweden, who would believe this? Sweden. They took in large numbers. They're having problems like they never thought possible," he said, provoking mockery on social media.

His speech was aimed at defending his order last month that blocked refugees and travellers from seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the United States.The order has been suspended by a federal appeals court, and Trump vowed to introduce a new order this week as a means of protecting Americans at home.

He went on to name Brussels, Nice and Paris -- European cities that have been struck by deadly terror attacks. Sweden's embassy in Washington has asked for an explanation, the foreign ministry in Stockholm said Sunday.

"We have now contacted the American (State Department) to understand and receive clarity," ministry press officer Catarina Axelsson told AFP.

Users on Twitter, Trump's favourite communication platform, cracked jokes about the apparent miscue using the hashtags #lastnightinSweden and #SwedenIncident. Former Swedish prime minister Carl Bildt asked: "Sweden? Terror attack? What has he been smoking? Questions abound."

Gunnar Hokmark, a Swedish member of the European Parliament, retweeted a post that said "#lastnightinSweden my son dropped his hotdog in the campfire. So sad!"

Hokmark added his own comment: "How could he know?"

Numerous internet wags responded with Ikea-themed tweets. Some posted photos of the impossible-to-understand instructions for assembling Ikea furniture, calling it "Secret Plans for the #SwedenIncident."

Posts flooded into @sweden, the country's official Twitter account which is run by a different Swede each week.

This week's curator, Emma, who describes herself as a school librarian and mother, said the account had received 800 mentions in four hours.

"No. Nothing has happened here in Sweden. There has not (been) any terrorist attacks here. At all. The main news right now is about Melfest," she said, referring to the competition to pick the performer who will represent Sweden at the Eurovision singing contest.

Top Trump aides in his month-old administration have faced criticism and ridicule after speaking publicly about massacres that never took place. White House counsellor Kellyanne Conway -- who famously coined the term "alternative facts" -- referred to a "Bowling Green massacre" during an interview.She later tweeted that she meant to say "Bowling Green terrorists" -- referring to two Iraqi men who were indicted in 2011 for trying to send money and weapons to Al-Qaeda, and using improvised explosive devices against US soldiers in Iraq. And White House spokesman Sean Spicer made three separate references in one week to an attack in Atlanta. He later said he meant to say Orlando, the Florida city where an American of Afghan origin gunned down 49 people at a gay nightclub last year.





johnny-wonder-photo-1.jpgWell well well, the Wonder of it all. Here is Hapilos Ent Group sending out a press release to say that they have basically fired their VP Johnny Wonder.

Then the following day, Johnny Wonder takes to social media to say that he wasn't fired; he in fact, walked away from the company.

So who is telling the truth and who is lying, because somebody has to be a "liar liar pants on fire".

And we all know that there is much more to this than meets the eyes ...and the ears. But we await the unravelling.





Amieka Mullings was Monday arrested and charged under the Cyber Crimes Act after she posted pictures on social media claiming that her ex-boyfriend is wanted for rape, assault and murder.

Swift investigations by the police revealed that the information was false, malicious and tantamount to malicious communication under the Cyber Crimes legislation.

Mullings, 35, was detained, interrogated in the presence of her attorney and charged.

Persons are asked to exercise caution in the material they post online and transmit to others, as they may unwittingly be participating in criminal acts.





kevin-nelson-killer.jpgKevin Kemoy Nelson, the man accused of killing reggae singer Anthony Cruz's daughter, Shanice Smith, and her mother inside their Sunrise home reportedly called and texted friends and family members to tell them what he'd done.

Kevin Nelson 32, was married to Karen Lyle, the 40 year-old mother of Shanice Smith.

According to the arrest report, a neighbor told police he'd heard gunshots on Friday night. And Kevin Nelson's sister said he came to her house Friday night and said he'd gotten into an argument with his wife, Karen Lyle and killed her, the report said. When the sister asked Nelson if he was kidding he said yes, the report said.

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Then on Monday morning, Nelson made a 911 call and told the police that there had been gun shots in his area, 2 people were dead and that he was the shooter. The cops immediately went to Nelson's house in Sunrise, but he locked himself inside the house and refused to respond to the police.The report said that during the standoff between Nelson and the police on Monday morning, Nelson texted his dead wife's brother.

"Shanice, Karen and me are all dead. The cops is here and the news crew," the text said, according to the report. An hour later he called Lyle's brother and told him he'd killed Karen Lyle and 15 year-old Shanice Smith, the report said.

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One of Lyle's friends said she received several text messages from Nelson, the first at 10:20 a.m. Monday, less than an hour before the 911 call, the report said.

Nelson told the friend Lyle was cheating on him, lying to him, talking down to him and embarrassing him on a regular basis, the report said. He also said he believed she was having sex with her ex-husband, according to the report.

"I am sorry for everything," his last text read.

When the friend called Nelson, he said "I am sorry to inform you that Karen is deceased," the report said. When she asked what happened to her, Nelson said "I shot her," the report said.

The friend also asked about the teen. "I shot her too," he said, according to the report.

Shanice Smith, who was an 'A' student, had attended Piper High School in Sunrise.

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Anthony Cruz, who has always been very vocal about his love for his only daughter, posted a photo of Shanice on Facebook Monday, hours after the tragedy.

"I can't believe they kill my one and only daughter in ft. lauderdale," he wrote.

Nelson, 32, is facing two counts of murder in the shooting deaths of 40-year-old Karen Lyle and her 15-year-old daughter, Shanice Smith,

Nelson remained behind bars without bond Tuesday.





US Prosecutors say a Jamaican man has been sentenced to serve more than three years in federal prison for threatening an immigration judge.

Attorney G.F. "Pete" Peterman says 42-year-old Delroy Anthony McLean was sentenced Tuesday to serve three years and five months.

McLean was in federal immigration custody awaiting deportation at the Stewart Detention Center in southwest Georgia. Prosecutors say he threatened during a hearing at that facility to "bash the head" of an immigration judge. They say he also threatened the judge's husband and repeated his comments outside the courtroom.

McLean was found guilty during a trial in October. Prosecutors say he is expected to be deported to his native Jamaica after he serves his sentence.

Source: AP





anthony-cruz-daughter-shanice.jpganthony-cruz-photo-1.jpgReggae singer Anthony Cruz is reportedly inconsolable following the shocking murder of his daughter, Shanice, in Florida yesterday. The fifteen year old 'A' student and her mother, Karen Lyle, 40, were reportedly killed by the mother's husband, Kevin Nelson.

Cruz, who embraced the Rastafarian faith a few years ago, reportedly spoke to his daughter everyday from his home in Jamaica, and sources told Yardflex that he also spoke to her on Monday morning, hours before she was shot to death, allegedly by her step-father.

The headline-grabbing incident started unfolding from as early as 11:00 AM on Monday, February 13, when neighbours in the Sunrise complex called the police after hearing gunshots. International news outlets report that a SWAT team and dozens of police officers responded to Nelson's Del Rio Village apartment in the 7700 block of Balboa Street in Sunrise, Florida, to investigate reports of gunfire around 11am.

When officers arrived, they called the 32 year old Kevin Nelson , who answered but refused to come out. Officers feared Nelson may be armed, so a SWAT team was called in as they attempted to get him to surrender. 'They were on the loudspeaker', a neighbor told Local 10 News. 'They kept telling the guy to come outside and that they weren't going to hurt him'.

News outlets in Florida report that the SWAT team knocked down a tree, a fence and finally Nelson's door before entering with a robot after an hours-long SWAT standoff. Nelson eventually made his way out of the apartment after almost five hours inside and surrendered peacefully.

Police found the bodies of Karen Lyle, 40, and her 15-year-old daughter Shanice Smith inside the home of Kevin Nelson. They both died from gunshot wounds, police said.

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News station CBS4 quotes Anthony Cruz's father, Courtney Smith, as telling them that the 15-year-old victim was his granddaughter, Shanice Smith.

'She didn't deserve this', said Courtney Smith. 'You hear these things but when it hits home, it's totally different'.

Relatives in Jamaica are expressing shock and disbelief at Shanice's murder and are echoing the same sentiments as her grandfather - the teenager had a very bright future and certainly didn't deserve to die this way.

Additionally, they are also expressing major concern for her father, Anthony, who is taking the news very badly. "Shan Shan was Anthony Cruz's entire world. There are two persons who he loves unconditionally - Shanice and Lisa. He spoke to Shanice every single day. She was the light of his life - his everything," a relative told Yardflex. "He is supposed to go to Florida, the ticket is already bought, but there is no way that he can travel by himself. We will have to get somebody to travel with him. He is in a very fragile state just now," the relative added.

According to reports, several neighbours said Nelson and Lyle often argued outside their apartment and cops were called there numerous times for domestic complaints in the past year.

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Nelson was arrested in October 2016 at the same residence for repeatedly hitting a woman who lived in the home with him after she tried to stop him from throwing bleach on the bedroom furniture, court records show. The woman's daughter reported the incident to police.

An online wedding registry for a Karen Lyle and Kevin Nelson of Sunrise gives April 16, 2016 as the big day. Nelson was arrested on Monday, but no charges have been filed against him.

It was a little over six years ago that Thriller U of the popular reggae group LUST mourned the murder of his 16-year-old daughter who was shot and killed after gunmen invaded the house she was staying while she and her mother were on vacation in Miramar, Florida. Two other occupants of the house were shot to death and her mother, Thriller U's wife, was critically injured.

Yardflex extends condolence to Anthony Cruz and his family. - Yasmine Peru





adele-breaks-grammy-trophy.jpgAdele broke her award in half to share with Beyonce after picking up the coveted Album of the Year prize at the the 59th Annual Grammy Awards because she didn't feel she deserved it.

The Hello singer - who, along with the late David Bowie, was Sunday night's biggest winner after picking up five accolades - was stunned to accept the gong for her record 25 as she expected Beyonce to take it home for her visual LP Lemonade, so damaged the trophy deliberately in order to share the honour with her idol.

There was not a dry eye in the house as the 28-year-old singer accepted the most coveted gong of the night.

It was there where Adele dedicated her big win to the 35-year-old singer as she praised the pregnant star for the 'monumental' Lemonade album.

The Rolling In the Deep hitmaker said: 'I can't possibly accept this award and I'm very humbled and I'm very grateful but the artist of my life is Beyonce. This album to me, the Lemonade album was just so monumental and so well thought out and so beautiful and soul baring.

'The way you make me and my friends feel, the way you make my black friends feel is so empowering. I love you. I always have and I always will.'





Skip Marley makes his Grammy debut with Katy Perry

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skip-marley-and-katy-perry-grammys.jpgKaty Perry and Bob Marley's grandson Skip Marley performed their duet "Chained to the Rhythm" at the 2017 Grammy Awards.

This is Skip's first performance at the Grammys. Clad in a white suit, the pop singer kicked things off while belting out the lyrics before the young Marley singer chimed in also clad i white. Earlier in the night, Beyonce set the tone with a memorable performance while showing off her baby bump.

Skip Marley is the 20-year-old son of Bob Marley's eldest daughter Cedella Marley. His debut single "Cry To Me" was released in 2015 under Tuff Gong, and that same year he released another single "Life."

Skip was recently signed to Island Records.





ziggy-marley-and-his-kids.jpgIf one could get tired of winning then the Marleys would certainly get tired of beating out everybody else to the Reggae Grammy goal post.

On Sunday night, Ziggy Marley, the son of Reggae legend Bob Marley, won his eighth Grammy Award at the 59th Grammys held in Los Angeles, United States.

Ziggy won in the Best Reggae Album category for his self-titled album, Ziggy Marley. Other nominees in the Best Reggae Album category were: J Boog for Rose Petals on the Wash House Music Group label; Raging Fyah for Everlasting on the Dub Rockers/VP Records label; Devin Di Dakta and JL for Sly& Robbie Presents...Reggae For Her; and Rebelution for Falling Into Place on the Easy Star Records label.

Devin, who was in the audience at the Grammy's was hoping to become the youngest ever reggae/dancehall act to win the award in the Reggae category.

Ziggycollected his trophy in the pre-televised segment of the annual awards ceremony. He used Instagram afterwards to express his gratitude for the award.

"Give thanks to the Recording Academy for the honour, to my family, and all the artists keeping reggae alive and well. Love," he said.Congrats to winner Ziggy Marley and all the runners-up the category.





What's Cupid got to do with it all?

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valentines-day.jpgCupid is the god of desire, erotic love, attraction and affection. He is often portrayed as the son of the love goddess Venus and the war god Mars.

Cupid is also known in Latin also as Amor ("Love"). His Greek counterpart is Eros and he is just one of the ancient symbols associated with St Valentine's Day, along with the shape of a heart, doves, and the colours red and pink.

He is usually portrayed as a small winged figure with a bow and arrow which he uses to strike the hearts of people. People who fall in love are said to be 'struck by Cupid's arrow'.





History of Valentine's Day

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happy-valentines-day-teddy-bear-graphic.jpgSt Valentine's Day, happens this Tuesday on February 14. It's a day where people show their love and affection for another person - usually in the form of cards, flowers, gifts and messages.

The details are sketchy. Some say St Valentine was a priest from Rome who lived in the third century AD. Emperor Claudius II had banned marriages, believing married men made bad soldiers and St Valentine is thought to have arranged marriages in secret.

He was imprisoned and sentenced to death for his crimes. There, St Valentine apparently fell in love with the jailer's daughter and sent her a love letter signed 'from your Valentine' on February 14th, the day of his execution, as a goodbye.

The name 'Valentinus' is found in the Martyrologium Hieronymianum, a book which was compiled between 460 and 544. The feast of St Valentine of February 14th was first established in 496 by Pope Gelasius I, who included Valentine among all those "... whose names are justly reverenced among men, but whose acts are known only to God."

Wearing a coronet made from flowers and with a stencilled inscription, St Valentine's skull now resides in the Chiesa di Santa Maria in Cosmedin, on Rome's Piazza Bocca della Verita.





Men share their tips on kissing

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happy-kiss-day-2014-wallpapers.jpgKissing is by far the most sensual and exciting thing you can do with another person. In a way, a kiss is even more intimate than sex. When you're completely engaged with another person's face -- your lips, bodies, and minds connecting -- you have the potential to create a moment that's way more intense than a few mere thrusts of the hips.

A few men to tell us what they want to see, feel and taste during a make-out session. What they say may surprise you, but one thing's for sure: it will make you a better kisser!

Tip #1: Let him initiate

Most modern men believe in a woman's right to vote, a woman's right to choose, and a woman's right to take control in the bedroom whenever she damn well feels like it. But surprisingly, when it comes to puckering up, most of our guys preferred to play things more traditionally.

"When it comes to kissing, I think that there's something just right about a man taking the lead," said Kevin, 29.

"A woman can initiate a kiss, just not the first kiss," qualified Dylan, 26.

Tip #2: Keep your eyes wide shut

"If the kiss is worth it, then the eyes are definitely closed," said Ed, 29.

Still, some men acknowledged just how hot a smoldering glance can be.

"This woman I was kissing suddenly stopped, looked me in the eyes, then went back at it," Matty, 29, reminisced.

Tip #3: Open up and say, "ahhh!"

Everyone agreed that an open-mouthed kiss is usually the most sensual. Still, it's important to know the difference between swapping a little spit and recreating Niagara Falls on your guy's face.

"Too little saliva is dry and unsatisfying but too much will make you gag. Best to start off conservative and increase the dose until you find the amount that makes both of you breathe a little faster," said Robert, 36.

Tip #4: Kiss with your hands

Every good kisser knows that you need to use more than just your mouth to create a make-out session that's unforgettable.

"I like when a woman puts her arms high up around me and runs her fingers through my hair," said Paul, 35.

"It always turns me on if the person I'm kissing puts her hand on my leg," said Ben, 27.

"I'm a big fan of the lower back caresses when standing and the chest caress when lying down," said Steve, 30.

"Touch a man's face, caress the back of his head, pull him closer. Sucking and light biting on my bottom lip -- these are good things," Cecyl, 30, told us.

Tip #5: Get a little kinky

For adventurous kissers, there are some moves you can make that will completely rock his world. Just beware -- not all men are into the same things, so feel him out first.

"I love it when a woman will move her hands up my shirt and play with my nipple," said Steve.

"It makes a kiss so much better when a girl reaches down, grabs what's arising in my pants and strokes and squeezes me while she kisses," said David, 31.

While you're exploring, be on the alert for any no-fly zones.

"Do not kiss me below the thighs. No thank you," said Earl, 27.

Tip #6: Drop the balm on him

Maintenance is key. If you know you're heading for seven minutes in heaven, make them kissable by prepping with lip balm or a light (read: non-sticky) gloss.

"Make your lips look appealing. Use lipstick, lip balm or moisturizer," said Luigi, 30

"Ladies, moisturize your lips on a frequent basis. Use lip balm, beeswax, whatever. Just make darn sure they're not chapped," instructed James, 29.

Tip #7: Choose wisely

For a kiss to be truly great, there has to be both a physical and a mental connection between the two people.

"Great kisses start with conversation. From the intonation of phrases uttered and the innuendo of words spoken to the restrained desire in the eyes," said Cecyl.

Source: yourtango.com





Kiss Day Quotes

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kiss-me-if-you-will-be-my-valentine.jpg"A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous." - Ingrid Bergman, Swedish actress

"A man's kiss is his signature." - Mae West, American actress

"A kiss that is never tasted, is forever and ever wasted." - Billie Holiday, Musician

"Marriage is the miracle that transforms a kiss from a pleasure into a duty." - Helen Rowland, Journalist

"Kiss is not a charity. Never, ever mix commerce and charity." - Gene Simmons, Musician

So, let your special one feel loved and cared for as you gift him/her a gentle, loving kiss on this day.





It's Valentine's Day! Celebrate it with a kiss

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happy-kiss-day-2014-wallpapers.jpgKiss day falls on the sixth day of the Valentine week in the run up to the day of love which is celebrated on February 13 every year. The Kiss Day is a day of expression of your passionate feelings.

A kiss represents the feelings of love, affection and respect for each other. It is said that a person never forgets his/her first kiss as it becomes the first and one of the most special experience of their lives. It can be as simple as a peck on the cheek and as romantic as a French kiss.

A kiss also has health benefits as the process involves about 34 facial and 112 postural muscles. One of the 'kissing muscles' Orbicularis oris is used to pull together the lips around. Doctors say a romantic kiss helps in reducing stress level, freshening the mind and body, burning calories, lowering bad blood cholesterol and helps to keep the heart away from chronic diseases.

It is said that a kiss is the expression of our souls and each kind conveys a different feeling. You will kiss your lover much differently than that of a dear friend. Here is the list of the many ways:

  • The Forehead Kiss
  • The French Kiss
  • The Single-Lip Kiss
  • The Hand Kiss
  • The Earlobe Kiss
  • Lingering Lip Kiss
  • The Cheek Kiss
  • The Peck
  • The Air Kiss




2 men charged in death of teen Shanika Grey

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missing-school-girl-shanika-grey.jpgTwo men have been charged in relation to the death of 15-year-old Green Pond High student Shineka Gray.

The men have been identified as 23-year-old Mario Morrison of Bamboo district, Hanover and 31-year-old Gregory Roberts, Taxi Driver, of Maroon Town, St James. Both men were charged with murder following an interview with the Police on Thursday, February 9.

Gray's body was found with multiple stab wounds on February 1, three days after she was reported missing towards the end of January.

Following investigations, both men were taken into custody.

Commander of the St James Police Division, Senior Superintendent Marlon Nesbeth on Thursday gave assurance that the men would be charged before the weekend.





Missing woman found dead with body parts missing

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crime-scene-knife.jpgThe decomposing body of a missing woman was found Saturday morning.

The deceased has been identified as 46-year-old Eroline Chin of Heywood Hall.

Details are sketchy at this time, but residents on the scene said that some of Chin's body parts are missing and that she was found naked.

Reports are that Chin was an alcoholic and suffered from a heart condition.

It is reported that Chin was last seen Saturday, February 4.

Relatives said she often wandered from home whenever she drank.





Cops probe beheading death of St Mary woman

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crime-scene-knife.jpgInvestigators have not yet established a motive for the beheading of a woman in Heywood Hall, St. Mary.

Residents found the torso of 46 year-old Erolyn Chin in bushes Saturday morning. The head was found nearby.

Ms Chin was reported missing on Wednesday.

Superintendent Fabian Farquharson, Commanding Officer for the St. Mary Police, is appealing to members of the public with information which could assist the probe to contact investigators.





Man's head found in plastic bag

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crime-scene-knife.jpgThe head of a male was discovered in a plastic bag Friday morning in Spanish Town, St Catherine.

Police officers were patrolling Burke Road about 12:10 when a black plastic bag was discovered with a human head belonging to a male.

The scene was processed and the head removed to the morgue.

Investigations continue.





Antiguan cops on lookout for alleged Jamaican rapist

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The police in Antigua & Barbuda are investigating reports that a Jamaican man, accused of rape, has sought refuge in that Eastern Caribbean state.

The Antigua Observer newspaper reports that a photograph has been making the rounds via social media for several weeks, warning women to be on the lookout for the suspect.

The man is accused of a rape in Jamaica.

The newspaper quoted Inspector Frankie Thomas as saying that the police in Antigua-Barbuda are aware of the report but have no concrete information to suggest that the Jamaican is in the country. Despite this, he said investigations will continue and contact might be made with counterparts in Jamaica and other law enforcement agencies.





alkaline-questioning-photo-1.jpgAlkaline's attorney Peter Champagnie says he will be going to court if his client is not released by Monday.

The law allows investigators to hold the dancehall deejay, whose real name is Earlan Bartley, for a certain period of time without him being charged.

Champagnie maintains that Alkaline is fully cooperating with the police as their investigation continues. Is the Vendetta deejay being treated as a suspect or a witness?





Alkaline spent the weekend in jail without charge

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alkaline-photo-11.jpgIt was certainly not a good weekend for "Champion Boy" deejay Alkaline. He has been in police custody since Thursday undergoing question in relation to the January murder of Rohan Morris in Kingston and spent the weekend behind bars despite not being charged with any crime.

The hashtag #FreeAlkaline trended on social media as dancehall fans vented, however, there were some fans who said that the Vendetta deejay was trying too much to be like the World Boss, Vybz Kartel and that Alka needs to be careful. Kartel is serving time in prison for murder.

There is still no word yet on whether or not Alkaline will be charged with any crime. Heads the Criminal Investigations Branch, ACP Powell, says that detectives are currently reviewing the material gathered from their interview of the deejay and will be making a decision soon. Morris was shot 15 times and killed in Maverly on January 13. Investigators say that his 5-year-old daughter witness the gruesome murder.





Jamaicans fearful about Trumps's immigration antics

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donald-trump-photo-1.jpgUndocumented Jamaicans in the United States are on edge over President Donald Trump's immigration policy, Jamaican immigration attorneys are urging calm and prodding those nationals who can to legalise their status.

"This is not a good time to be in the United States without proper documentation," cautioned Joan Pinnock, a leading voice on immigration matters and head of the Jamaican American Bar Association.

In an interview with a Jamaican newspaper, Pinnock reportedly said that while President Trump's recent executive order did not include Jamaicans and other Caribbean nationals, they needed to be reminded that he had campaigned on deporting all illegal aliens from the country.

Pinnock said that legal residents (green card holders) who qualified should "take the next step and become citizens". She sought to assure those who are sceptical that they would not lose their Jamaican nationality if they became US citizens and would instead enjoy dual citizenship.

According to Pinnock, those who are undocumented could legalise themselves through a petition by a relative such as an adult child. Warning that the current situation "is not a joke", the attorney said that there were currently 500 Jamaicans in detention who had exhausted all legal channels and are to be deported soon.

She noted though that some of the fear among our people "are unfounded", noting that a Diaspora Task Force on Immigration, established shortly after Trump became president, would be officially launched later this month "to help our residents understand the immigration system".





crime-scene-gun.jpgIndia's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has sought a report from the Indian High Commission in Jamaica, about the murder of an Indian man, at his home in Cherry Gardens, on Thursday.

According to reports today (Feb 11) in news nation, the minister also asked the High Commission to ensure the best possible treatment to 2 wounded Indian nationals, and to coordinate with the affected families.

The minster tweeted the response after her attention was drawn to a news report that a Vasai youth was shot dead by four unidentified men at his Kingston home, in a case of suspected armed robbery. Dead is 25 year old Vasai youth Rakesh Talreja of Cherry Gardens.

In a phone call to the Talrejas, the minister said the Indian High Commission in Kingston would follow up the case with the local police.She also assured the family of assistance in completing formalities and bringing back the body. Two of the young man's relatives are expected to travel to Jamaica soon and begin arrangements for taking the body back to India.

The Constant Spring police still have no leads in the killing of Rakesh, a salesperson at Caribbean Jewellers. Reports are that on February 9, gunmen entered Rakesh's home in Cherry Gardens, Kingston 8, which he shared with two other Indian nationals, with an intention to rob. The robbers took cash and cellular phones, before reportedly shooting Rakesh three times in his back.

The robbers also shot Rakesh's 2 Indian roommates in their legs, before escaping.

Rakesh was rushed to hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The other 2 wounded men were admitted and treated.





"La La Land" might have tied the record for most Oscar nominations ever last month, but it's "Hidden Figures" that Americans just can't get enough of.

The Theodore Melfi-directed film about a group of black female mathematicians at NASA has now pulled in more money in the U.S. than any other movie nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards, even the monster hit "La La Land."

According to ComScore, "Hidden Figures" has earned $119,402,095 at the domestic box office, compared to $118,306,924 for "La La Land." And it's done so despite being widely released almost two weeks later. Box Office Mojo also has "Hidden Figures" beating out "La La Land" domestically, although the Los Angeles-based musical remains an international beast, pulling in more $150 million in foreign box offices, compared to just $8.7 million for "Hidden Figures."

Time and again, "Hidden Figures," which stars three black female leads in Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe, has continued to surpass expectations. In January, the film became the first live-action, non-franchise film starring more than one female lead since 2011 to reach No. 1 two weeks in a row. Later that month, "Hidden Figures" won the award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

The film is up for three Oscars at this month's Academy Awards ― Best Picture, Actress in a Supporting Role and Writing (Adapted Screenplay) ― but regardless of how it performs, the film is already a success. Around the country, stories are popping up about girls wanting to go into the science and math fields after seeing a story about female women of color showing who's boss.





Anderson Cooper disproved the White House's list of terrorist attacks it claimed the media underreported in the simplest way possible: By showing clips of his own coverage of those attacks.

"Not only did we cover many of attacks the White House released, we covered them heavily," he said Monday night on "Anderson Cooper 360." "I know because I was there on the ground reporting a number of them. '360' was in Ottawa, Canada, October of 2014, [and] that's on the list."

Also on the manifesto was the 2015 mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, the 2015 terror attack in Paris, France, and the 2016 assault on a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. All three of those stories, and many others on the list, dominated the news cycle for weeks. The Orlando incident even made news a few weeks ago after the widow of the attacker, Omar Mateen, was arrested over allegations of obstruction of justice, among other charges.

The list includes dozens of attacks that received extensive media coverage, some that authorities have said don't appear to be connected to terrorism at all, and several that resulted in no deaths.





Alkaline to spend the night in police custody

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alkaline-questioning-photo-1.jpgDancehall entertainer Alkaline is to spend Thursday night in police custody.

Detectives of the Criminal Investigations Branch (CIB), who began questioning the artiste at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, said he will remain in custody for further questioning Friday morning.

Alkaline, whose given name is Earlan Bartley, turned himself in to the police Thursday morning accompanied by his attorney, Peter Champagnie.

He is being questioned as part of a probe into the January 13 murder of Rohan Morris in Marverly, St. Andrew.





Government announces $710 billion budget

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The Government of Jamaica has announced that it intends to spend $710 billion this year to finance its objectives.

The government on Thursday afternoon tabled estimates which are 20 per cent higher than last year's budget.

Debt repayment will account for 44 per cent of the spending. In fiscal year 2017/18, debt repayments will cost $310 billion. This is up 38 per cent from last year due to an increase in principal payments.Public sector wages and salaries will cost $193 billion. It includes monies set aside to meet salary increases that are now being negotiated.

The rest of the money is allocated across the programmes the government sets itself to achieve this year as well as money to be spent on capital projects. But the government has not said how it will finance the plans. Normally 90 per cent would be from revenues with the rest to come from loans and new borrowings.

Finance Minister Audley Shaw is scheduled to open the 2017/18 Budget Debate on March 9, when he will inform the nation how the budget will be funded.





alkaline-photo-11.jpgThe killing of Morris is said to be linked to an ongoing feud between two gangs in the community of Maverley.

"It is believed that (Alkaline) can assist (police) with the investigations," a news release from the Jamaica Constabulary Force said.

Alkaline is being represented by popular defense attorney Peter Champagnie.

Through his attorney, the entertainer made contact with authorities, advising that he would turn himself over to the police for questioning on Thursday morning.

When news broke that the Vendetta deejay was wanted to assist the police in their investigations, he took to social media to denounce it as LIES.





alkaline-questioning-photo-1.jpgReports are that embattled dancehall deejay Alkaline has been transferred to the Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) headquarters in Kingston to undergo a second round of questioning in relation to a murder case.

The deejay, whose real name is Earlan Bartley, reported to the Area 4 police headquarters in Kingston at 9:25 am on Thursday.

He was wanted for questioning in relation to the murder of Rohan "Head" Morris of Three Oaks Garden in St Andrew. Morris was shot more than 15 times by armed thugs at his home in January. Sources say the 28-year-old unemployed man was slaughtered while next to a five year old child believed to be his daughter.





alkaline-dancehall-artiste.jpgSuperintendent Stephanie Lindsay, head of the constabulary's Corporate Communications Unit, says dancehall artiste Alkaline whose real name is Earlan Bartley, is being asked to report to the police in relation to a murder which took place in Maverley on January 13.

Lindsay says the police had tried to get in touch with the New Level Unlocked deejay personally, but were unsuccessful.

On Tuesday, social media accounts for the Jamaica Constabulary Force asked the artiste, to report to Harman Barracks in relation to the murder of Rohan Morris.

He was given until 5:00pm on Wednesday.





us-embassy-jamaica-kingston.jpgWASHINGTON, United States (AFP) -- US embassies could ask visa applicants for passwords to their own social media accounts in future background checks, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Tuesday.

Kelly said the move could come as part of the effort to toughen vetting of visitors to screen out people who could pose a security threat.

He said it was one of the things under consideration especially for visitors from seven Muslim majority countries with very weak background screening of their own -- Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

"We're looking at some enhanced or some additional screening," Kelly told a hearing of the House Homeland Security Committee. "We may want to get on their social media, with passwords," he said.





The legal team representing embattled Jamaican sprinter Nesta Carter is currently finalising its submission to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to appeal the sprinter's disqualification for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

However, Carter is allowed to compete pending the outcome of the CAS proceedings, this after the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) received confirmation from the IAAF outlining that the sprinter had not been issued a suspension after retroactively testing positive for the prohibited substance methylhexaneamine.

JAAA president Dr Warren Blake said he had received confirmation from the IAAF after writing to CEO Olivier Gers and enquiring about Carter's eligibility to compete.

Carter is now expected to start his season shortly after going nearly 17 months since his last race.

Carter will compete this Saturday at the Milo Western Relays at the Montego Bay Sports Complex as a member of MVP's 4x100m relay team.





alkaline-photo-11.jpgDetectives from the Criminal Investigations Branch Headquarters are seeking dancehall entertainer Earlan Bartley otherwise called, 'Alkaline' for questioning in relation to the murder of Rohan Morris.

The police say they believe he can assist them with the investigations.

Bartley is being asked to report to the Area 4 Headquarters, Harman Barracks in Vineyard Town, Kingston 2 by 5 p.m., on Wednesday, February 8.





alkaline-photo-10.jpgOonu ever see mi dying trial doh eehn!?

After the police put out big big call fi Alkaline and the media carry the report, dis fake tatoo eye bwoy a come like him waan cuss off media seh a lie we a tell pon him.

Alka, a nuh WE seh you wanted fi questioning inna one murder case...A di police dem say so. A no we.So get di helll offa social media wid yuh fake news bout media a tell lie pon yuh and bout yuh a personally ask people fi tek down dem story.

Try turn youself into di police by 5PM on Wednesday. Full Stop.





Happy Birthday Bob Marley!

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happy-birthday-bob-marley.jpgToday, Bob Marley would have been 72 years of age.

bob-marley-photo-5.jpgIn the 31 years since his untimely death, Marley still remains the most-popular figure in Reggae music. Succumbing to cancer at age 36 in 1981, Marley had become a global ambassador for the music he helped make famous.

Marley's passing shook the reggae and music community to its core; yet, his legacy remains intact through his timeless music catalog and talented children.

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Marley was born in the village of Nine Mile in Saint Ann Parish in Jamaica (also the birthplace of Marcus Garvey). Marley's father was a white Jamaican man of English descent and his mother was a native of Jamaica. Discovering music as a teenager, Marley befriended Neville "Bunny" Livingston (aka Bunny Wailer) who shared his dreams of becoming a musician. Through singer Joe Higgs, the pair met Peter McIntosh (aka Peter Tosh) who also had similar ambitions. Recording his first songs in 1962, Marley and his friends would eventually be renamed The Wailers, after being discovered by a local record producer.

Marrying Rita Anderson (now Marley) in 1966, Marley and his bride made a sojourn to the United States to live near his mother in Wilmington, De. Marley soon teamed up with American singer Johnny Nash ("I Can See Clearly Now") and nabbed a deal with CBS Records. Marley and the Wailers went on tour with Nash before their label deal went sour and the band ended up stranded in London in 1972. From there, Marley contacted Island Records' founder Chris Blackwell and was advanced funds to record the hit album "Catch A Fire."





Police kill leader of One Voice Gang

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The reputed leader of the One Voice gang based in Hanover was reportedly shot and killed by the police last night.

Police are reporting that the gang leader was killed in a shootout.

He has been identified as 21-year-old Omario Burrell, also called Duplex of Mount Pleasant district in the parish.

The Hanover Police say a firearm was recovered at the scene.

They say Burrell was fatally shot during a confrontation with a police team in Mount Pleasant district.

The police say the incident has been reported to the Inspectorate of Constabulary and the Independent Commission of Investigations.





crime-scene-gun.jpgA female student of the Camperdown High School in Kingston who had been reported missing, died in hospital Saturday afternoon from natural causes.

The police's Corporate Communication Unit says the girl, Brittany Thorpe, fell ill Friday after leaving school and was taken to hospital. However, persons who assisted her and the medical team treating her were unable to contact her family, who, on Friday, reported her missing.

She died yesterday afternoon while undergoing care. The police say Brittany's family was aware of her illness.

They say stories being circulated on social media about her demise are not true.





missing-school-girl-shanika-grey.jpgA second man is now in custody as the police say they have made a significant breakthrough in their investigations into the killing of 15-year-old Green Pond High School student Shineka Gray.

Head of the Jamaica Constabulary Force's Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay says the suspect was apprehended during an operation in St Thomas yesterday afternoon. She says he will be handed over to the St James Police in short order. Superintendent Lindsay also confirmed that another man was taken into custody by the St James Police yesterday (Friday).

She says the police are well advanced in their investigations and will inform the public about the reason the 15-year-old was killed after they have gathered all the facts.

The partly decomposed body of the grade ten Green Pond High School student was found in bushes in the community of Irwin Meadows St James on Wednesday, three days after she was reported missing. It's reported that she was last seen heading to a taxi stand after attending the funeral service for a former student at the same institution.





portia.jpgPeople's National Party president Portia Simpson Miller is to demit office on April 2.

A week earlier on March 26, the party will host a special delegates' conference to choose its new president.

Simpson Miller, a short while ago, announced at a meeting of the party's National Executive Council in Manchester that she will submit her resignation as Opposition Leader to Governor General, Sir Patrick Allen, after her March 16 contribution to the Budget Debate in parliament.

She said she will resign as Opposition Leader but will remain the Member of Parliament for St Andrew South West.





Young female Burger King worker missing since Friday

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missing-burger-king-worker.jpgNicole Brown, a young female worker at Burger King in Cross Roads has reportedly been has been missing since Friday.

Reports are that Miss Brown was last heard from via WhatsApp when she was at home on Friday at around 1 pm. Brown did not report to work and attempts to call her phone went straight to voicemail.

A voice note from a Burger King worker about the disappearance states that police entered into Brown's residence by kicking in the door and discovered that the blue barrel was missing and all of its contents were thrown out on the floor. Also missing was Brown's bed sheet and pillows. "Wha unnu gather from that," she said.

Reports are that the body of a woman was found in a blue barrel in St Thomas on Sunday.





Petraa makes her move with Love Is Eternal

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petraa.jpgThe Latin word 'petra' means stone and reggae/dancehall artiste Petraa is determined to carve her name in stone and make her story one that is heavily flavoured with success.

Petraa, whose real name is Petra Grant, is a world citizen and an authentic musical ambassador. Wearing multiple hats - deejay, songwriter and producer - Petra possesses a musical dexterity that sees her exploring various themes through her lyrics, rather than being stuck in a groove. She sings about love with as much conviction as she sings about poverty and the gritty aspects of life. This young girl with the fascinating accent hails from Leeds in England, but as her biography states, she relocated to Toronto, Canada, and now spends six months each year in the land of Reggae, Jamaica.

Petraa, who has been singing professionally for more than 10 years, has been paying her dues and Petraa's career is now in high gear. Having put out a number of singles and various other projects, among them a collab with Janny Popps on a track named Butterfly, which went to the number one position on WBLK 93.7 FM chart in New York, Petraa is ready to seize the moment.

Her latest single, Love Is Eternal, is poised to give her that big breakthrough in the music biz. The single, described as "an uptempo love story making the most out of Petraa's vocal range, that will be sure to captivate listeners" is in rotation on stations in Jamaica, the Bahamas and St Vincent.

As Petraa ex[plained, "Love Is Eternal is really getting a lot of love and we have big plans for this song. People seem to gravitate towards it because it has a nice reggae/soul groove, in addition to which, it just grows on you," she said sounding quite excited.

Although not officially signed to a label, Petraa is guided by a professional team, who is purposefully steering her career in an upward direction. Working with Christopher Coombs at Di Lab Records in Exchange, St Ann, along with other producers including Dane Ray, Petraa is in the process of recording an EP. The artiste is currently working on a 13-track album which is a mixture of reggae, R&B and dancehall and should be ready for release this year.

Currently in Canada, where she has a number of shows lined up, in venues including the Right Wing Pub in Toronto and Aldo's Place, while simultaneously working on her music projects, Petra is aiming to make 2017 her year.





Beyonce to still perform at Coachella

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beyonce-pregnancy-photos.jpgBeyonce's announcement of her pregnancy earlier this week sent Coachella ticket holders and promoters scrambling.

There was a lot of talk that she could pull out of the show she headlined because by then she would be too pregnant to perform, especially since she is expecting twins. Promoters even revealed that they too were in the dark and now they are worried about finding a replacement big enough to fill the void if she cancels.

It seems like ticket holders don't need to worry because there is a strong possibility that the show will go on. TMZ reported that all signs are pointing to Beyonce not pulling out of the performance because she has already booked two big name artists to perform with her and both artists knew of her pregnancy. The two artists weren't name, but people are already speculating that they could be her Destiny's Child members Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams.

Beyonce will be in her third trimester by the time of Coachella in April so everyone will be looking to see how she plans to pull off this big performance.





vybz-kartel-and-sean-kingston.jpgOn his recent trip to Jamsaica, huge Vybz Kartel fan, Sean Kingston, visited the dancehall deejay in prison.

Kingston has recently collaborated with the self-proclaimed Worl'Boss on a new single out title "Chance" that has been doing very well on dancehall airwaves since its release last week.

In na interview with ZJ Liquid on Zip 103 FM, Sean Kingston made it known that he intended to visit Kartel at the Tower Street prison last n Wednesday. Well, he did and reports are that he and Addi had a great conversation.

Kartel's reps are quoted as saying: "Sean Kingston is a good youth, very humble and positive. They sait down and chopped things about about how well the new collaboration doing and talk about collaborating some more. They also spoke about the upcoming appeal and Kingston told him that he has his full support in sorting out the case."

alkaline-photo-11.jpgOn Wednesday, Sean Kingston traveled to Kartel's home town in Portmore and shoot the music video for the single "Chance." Later that night the singer hit up Magnum Wednesdayz where he took a spin off the DJ table and played Vybz Kartel's recent Alkaline diss track "Closed Casket" and stated that although he had sone a colab with "other boys" Kartel was the real King of the Danechall. Sean Kingston and the Vendetta head, Alkaline, had previously collaborated on "Ride On Me (Remix)." Fans of Alka say Sean Kingston is a hypocrite and was actually dissing Alkaline with that statement.





Marley birthday tribute concert at airport Monday

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bob-marley-photo-4.jpgFebruary 6 is the birthday of Reggae King, Bob Marley, and tribute concert in honour of the late reggae legend is scheduled for Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) arrivals forecourt in Kingston on Monday.

The show -- slated to start at noon -- will be co-hosted by Kingston & St Andrew Parish Office of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) and Airports Authority of Jamaica.

Expected to perform are: Everton Pessoa, 2011 Festival Song Winner; Tevin Henry, a former children gospel finalist; Calabar High School choir, and Dunoon Technical performing arts.

Davidson said other concerts will be held on the day.

In addition to the tribute concert at the airport, similar concerts will be held on Monday at the Scotiabank in Spanish Town at 12:30 pm, and the Morant Bay Primary School at 8:30 am.

Marley, who would have celebrated his 72nd birthday on Monday, died in May 1981. He was 36.





The US Department of Justice has appealed a judge's order temporarily blocking President Donald Trump's refugee and immigration ban, saying it's the "sovereign prerogative" of a president to admit or exclude aliens in order to protect national security.

The appeal filed late Saturday at the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, cites a "basic principle that an alien seeking initial admission to the United States requests a privilege and has no constitutional rights regarding his application."

The Justice Department asked that the federal judge's order be stayed pending resolution of the appeal. It says the ban is necessary "to ensure that those approved for admission do not intend to harm Americans and that they have no ties to terrorism."

Earlier Saturday, the government officially suspended enforcement of the ban in compliance with the judge's order, which plunged the new administration into a crisis that has challenged both Trump's authority and his ability to fulfill campaign promises.

That stand-down marked an extraordinary setback for the White House. Only a week ago, the president had acted to suspend America's refugee program and halt immigration to the U.S. from seven Muslim-majority countries that the government said raise terrorism concerns.

The appeal says the temporary restraining order by U.S. District Judge James Robart in Seattle is a broad overreach of judicial authority.





missing-hanover-woman.jpgResidents in Hanover believe that the decomposing body of a woman that was found in Prospect yesterday is that of 30-year-old Tasha Gordon.

Deputy Superintendent of Police from the Hanover division, Ainsley McCarthy, said yesterday that people who knew her are putting this theory forward.

Gunmen allegedly abducted Gordon, who has been missing since January 9, after they killed her employer, Marvin McIntosh, at his businessplace in Prospect.

The deputy superintendent said based on the level of decomposition of the body that was found, the individual has been dead for more than two weeks.





Another teenage girl missing

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missing-teen-sheree-clarke.jpgThe family members and police have launched a desperate search to locate a 14-year-old female identified as Sheree Clarke, of Christiana, Manchester who has been missing since Thursday, February 02.

She is of dark complexion, medium build and is about 152 centimetres (5 feet) tall.

Reports from the Christiana Police are that about 7:30 a.m., Sheree was last seen at home dressed in a blue tunic and beige blouse and a pair of black shoes. All efforts to contact her have been futile.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Sheree Clarke is being asked to contact the Christiana Police at 964-2250, Police 119 emergency number or the nearest Police Station.





Beyonce breaks the Internet

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beyonce-pregnant-with-twins.jpgBeyoncé's photo announcement of her second pregnancy has become the most-liked Instagram picture of all time.

With about 8.6 million likes and 401,000 comments, Beyoncé's picture surpasses the previous record-holder Selena Gomez who has scored a staggering 6.3 million likes.

Meanwhile, the picture quickly took over the Internet last afternoon with fans in elated shock over the surprise revelation.

Her loyal fans called the BeyHive took to Twitter posting half a million tweets in 45 minutes.

At the peak of the twin frenzy there were 17,000 tweets per minute about the expanding Carter empire.

Within minutes "twins" was the top Twitter trend, followed by the trends "Beyonce," "Blue" and "Beyhive."





Bermuda to legalise small amounts of ganja

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ganja.jpgThe ruling One Bermuda Alliance (OBA) government has assured the Opposition party Progressive Labour Party (PLP) that it has been holding talks with police and prosecutors over plans to decriminalise possession of small amounts of marijuana.

One of the most damaging consequences for Bermudians convicted of marijuana possession is that the United States and Canada places them on their stop-lists.

Attorney-General Trevor Moniz gave an update on Wednesday on the OBA's Throne Speech pledge last November, after the Opposition PLP revealed it would table a decriminalisation of cannabis Bill in the House of Assembly.

At a news conference ahead of Friday's reconvening of Parliament, Shadow Attorney-General Michael Scott said the PLP's proposed legislation would drop penalties against those found with a small amount of the drug.





missing-school-girl-shanika-grey.jpgInvestigators have intensified their probe into the murder of a 15-year-old girl in St. James and reports are that one man is now in custody.

Shanicka Grey, who lived in Mount Salem, Montego Bay disappered from home and was found dead yesterday. The body, which had stab wounds, was discovered in Meadows of Irwin about 5:30 in the afternoon.

Shanicka was a student of the Green Pond High School. Detectives say they are following leads in the case.





missing-school-girl-shanika-grey.jpgThe partially decomposed body of a female has been found in bushes in Irwin, St James.

The St James Police immediately visited the scene, about a mile from Irwin High School.

Reports are that Shineka went to KFC after attending a classmate's funeral and was last seen on January 29, 2017 being followed by friends to the Bogue taxi stand by the Arcade in Montego Bay Jamaica.

She did not return home and was subsequently reported missing.





25 years in prison for rapist taxi driver

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hands-behind-bars.jpgTwenty-nine-year-old labourer Loveroy Henry, a taxi driver in Old Harbour, St Catherine was this week sentenced to 25 years in prison for abduction and rape.

He was sentenced in the St Catherine Parish Court to seven years for abduction and 18 years for rape.

The Court heard that in 2013, the complainant who was 17 years old, was travelling in Henry's taxi when he drove off the route to a secluded area. He reportedly forced her to have sex with him and then took her to her home where the girl reported the ordeal to relatives.

A report was made to the police and an investigation launched by the Centre for Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse. This resulted in Henry being charged with rape and forcible abduction. On January 19, 2017, he was found guilty in a unanimous guilty verdict handed down by the jury.





moravian-sex-pastors-and-lawyer.jpgThe two Moravian ministers charged with having sex with an underage girl have backed away from a threat to file legal action against their alleged victim.Gardner's new attorney, Peter Champagnie,says he advised his client against bringing civil action against the woman at the centre of the case.

"I don't want the impression to be given that there is any threat or intimidation by way of suggesting that there will be civil action against the virtual complainant in this matter. It is inappropriate," high profile celebrity lawyer, Peter Champagnie is quoted as saying.

"What my client elects to do after the criminal case is a matter entirely for him, but, certainly, at this stage, the matter is before the criminal court, and that is where it is going to be ventilated," he said.

Lambert Johnson, the attorney who represented Gardner and Gibson at the time they were arrested and charged, described the allegations against them as a witch hunt. In addition, Johnson asserted that the evidence provided by prosecutors was "riddled" with inconsistencies and bereft of credibility, cogency, or corroboration.

As a result, the attorney indicated that the two Moravian ministers were instructed to file civil action against the complainant for defamation, malicious prosecution, and false imprisonment. But Johnson's statement drew condemnation from the chairman of the General Legal Council, Allan Wood, who described it as deeply concerning.





Moroccan-born Québecer Mohamed Belkhadir said he had been clearing snow off the steps outside the mosque when he heard gunshots. When the noise stopped, he called 911 and entered the mosque, he said: "It was a reflex. You can't leave people when they're in need."

He said he was giving first aid to a friend when he caught a glimpse of a man with a gun. "I didn't know it was a police officer - I thought it was the gunman who had returned."

Belkhadir said he bolted from the scene. Only when police ordered him to the ground did he realise what was going on.

He was released hours later, but by then his identity had become synonymous with the attacks.





canadian-pm-trudeau-and-his-wife.jpgCanadian prime minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Grégoire Trudeau place flowers at a memorial at the Québec City mosque.

The office of the Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau has forced Fox News to apologise and retract a "false and misleading" tweet that inaccurately described the suspect in the Québec City mosque shooting as a man of Moroccan origin. The shooter was actually a white Canadian college student.

Six people were fatally shot in the back as they prayed at the mosque on Sunday. Another 19 people were wounded. On Tuesday two people remained in critical condition.

Shortly after the attack police had arrested two men and by midday on Monday, police had clarified that only one was a suspect. Fox News later sent out a tweet on Monday afternoon - shortly after the police clarification - suggesting there was just one suspect in the attack who was of Moroccan origin.

The Fox News tweet made no mention of the other man arrested, French-Canadian Alexandre Bissonnette, who now faces six charges of first-degree murder and five of attempted murder. Those who know Bissonnette have described him as pro-Donald Trump, anti-immigration and sympathetic to the far right.

While the Fox News story linked to the tweet had been corrected, the erroneous tweet had been retweeted more than 900 times and had racked up 1,600 likes.

In a letter to a top official at the network, Purchase asked Fox News to retract or update the tweet to reflect the suspect's identity as a 27-year-old French-Canadian.

"These tweets by Fox News dishonour the memory of the six victims and their families by spreading misinformation, playing identity politics and perpetuating fear and division within our communities," she wrote.

The letter continued: "We need to remain focused on keeping our communities safe and united instead of trying to build walls and scapegoat communities. To paint terrorists with a broad brush that extends to all Muslims is not just ignorant - it is irresponsible.

Within hours, Fox News apologised for the error.





ziggy-marley-chance-arthur-theme-song.jpg"Hey, what a wonderful kind of day!"

Chance the Rapper's love for the PBS kids show Arthur has been well known since 2014 when he began covering it in concerts and even released his own cover on Soundcloud.

But now he's taking a walk down memory lane and making it bigger than ever, fully transporting to Elwood City for a new cover with Stephen Colbert, The Late Show bandleader Jonathan Batiste and Ziggy Marley, who wrote and performed the original song.

In a new video segment, Colbert and Batiste reminiscence over Arthur and the theme song before recreating the opening sequence in a dream where Chance and Marley pop up.

Much like the song was intended to in the first place, this will make you feel very good. Watch it here and revisit the original below:





Beyonce pregnant with TWINS!

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beyonce-pregnant-with-twins.jpgPop icon Beyonce is pregnant once again -- this time with twins!

The 35-year-old "Lemonade" singer shared a picture on her official Instagram page with the caption, "We would like to share our love and happiness. We have been blessed two times over. We are incredibly grateful that our family will be growing by two, and we thank you for your well wishes."

Read: Beyonce Talks Career, Family, New Movie and 'Shock' Over Reaction to Cuba Trip

Related: Blue Ivy and Mom Beyonce Flutter Down the White Carpet at the VMAs

She signed the pic, "The Carters," using her husband Jay Z's real last name.

Beyonce and Jay Z are already parents to daughter Blue Ivy, born in 2012.

In 2013, Beyonce spoke to ABC News and told Amy Robach that she definitely "would like more children."

"I think my daughter needs some company. I definitely love being big sister," she added about having a little sister herself to Solange Knowles. She added in that interview that she's "very protective" of her daughter Blue Ivy.

"I just want to make sure that she can have a healthy, safe, normal life ... in the back of my mind, she's my priority. And life is completely different now. So I'm - I feel really, really just lucky that I can still do what I love, and now have a way bigger meaning. And that's to be her mother," she said.





Reggae Month 2017 kicks off

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With Kingston's designation as a Creative City of Music by UNESCO in 2015, the Reggae Month Committee made the decision to produce this year's staging of Reggae Month under the theme "Reggae Mecca". For the last two years, the association has been advancing the discussions on the importance of assuming the nation's rightful ownership of the music as an indigenous product of Jamaica with the most recent theme in 2016 of "Reggae Mekyah".

Playing on the popular moniker "mecca" the activities will include the signature Reggae Wednesdays in Mandela Park, Half Way Tree beginning with a tribute to Dennis Brown entitled Di Root. Popular artistes will celebrate the Crown Prince with songs of their own and his catalogue in a three hour packed show beginning at 6:30 pm on Wednesday February 1, 2017. As usual the show is free to the public.

Reggae Month was officially declared On January 9 th 2008 by the then Governor General of Jamaica. This was done to highlight and celebrate the impact of the musical genre on the country's social, cultural and economic development. Additionally, the birthdays of two of Jamaica's and Reggae Music's late icons are commemorated during the month of February: The late Dennis Brown also known as the 'Crown of Reggae', is celebrated on February 1, while Bob Marley is celebrated on February 6.





Ski Mask gang high ranking member killed by cops

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crime-scene-gun.jpgThe alleged third-ranked commander of the St James-based Ski Mask criminal gang, Jermaine Samuels, was on Monday killed in an alleged confrontation with the police in Settlement district, Old Harbour Bay.

The police said in a news release yesterday that the Ski Mask gang, which operates out of Barrett Town, St James, is responsible for numerous murders, shootings, rapes, and other crimes committed in western Jamaica.

Samuels, who was otherwise called "Bad Bwoy", was said to have fled the parish following the death of the gang's reputed leader Oswyn Jarrett, otherwise called "Ski Mask", along with five other members. The six were killed during a joint police/military operation in the Goodwill community of St James on January 14.

The police said yesterday that a Bersa 9mm pistol and seven 9mm rounds of ammunition were seized during Monday's incident. The matter has also been reported to the Independent Commission of Investigations and the inspectorate of the Constabulary.





Pastors and police rep for high-profile molesters

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Pastors and policemen have at least one thing in common, they are the most high profile group whose names are called in child molestation cases.

According to reports, the Head of the Centre for Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA), Superintendent Enid Ross-Stewart, told a parliamentary committee that the majority of alleged high-profile perpetrators of sexual offences against underage persons are pastors and policemen..

Ross-Stewart did not provide data on the number of policemen and pastors who've been accused or later found guilty of carnal abuse in recent years.

Her disclosure comes as public spotlight remains on the church community following the recent arrest and charge of three pastors from the Moravian Church in Jamaica for alleged sex offences.

Meanwhile, the CISOCA head said for last year, her office received 1,094 reports of alleged sexual intercourse involving underage persons.

Of that number, 664 reports came from Kingston.

However, Ross Stewart lamented that the conviction rate is among the lowest compared with other categories of sex offences.





A St Catherine man charged with sexually molesting a five-year-old girl will spend more time behind bars as he was remanded when he appeared in the St Catherine Parish Court on Wednesday..

Reports are that the five-year-old is the man's relative.and that his brother threatened persons who attempted to report the matter to the police. Eventually, the Child Development Agency and the police were alerted and carried out a probe into the matter.Both men were later arrested.

The alleged molester is to return to court this Friday.

Meanwhile his brother, who was charged with threatening a crown witness, was granted bail in the sum of $150,000. As a condition of his bail, he has to relocate to another address in St Catherine. He was also warned to keep away from the victim and witnesses in the case.





Reggae Sumfest 2017

smoke-dem-and-anthony-seasoning.jpgSingjay Smoke Dem is taking his career to the next level ...literally.

Although he is not yet a household name, the artiste has already made a number of trips within the Caribbean and South America in particular which have borne fruit.

Currently working on projects with the Suriname-based Next Level Productions, Smoke Dem, who has previously used the moniker Smoki Benz, gives deejay Fanton Mojah credit for helping him along his journey. It was Fantan, he said, who took him on a tour in 2015, which saw Smoke Dem performing in places such as Suriname, French Guyana, Brazil and Guyana and winning over new fans. It was during this time that he made the crucial link with his current producers.

"Fantan first took me on a few shows in Jamaica and he saw that I was a bad artiste, so he took me on tour in South America and a few islands. It was a great experience and it really helped to take my career a step further," the singjay explained.

" I met Next Level in Suriname when Fantan took me to their studio after the show to cut some dubplates, and the energy was great. So it was a no-brainer for us to work on a few projects," Smoke Dem further explained.

That link-up has seen the release the song Bad Mind Dem, a collaboration with Anthony Seasoning, a singer from the Red Hills Road area who was in Suriname at the same time as Smoke Dem and the two ended up working on a project for the same producers. The song has been receiving much love from radio, not only in Jamaica, but also in Suriname and across the Caribbean, where it is in moderate to heavy rotation.

The artiste sees this song, along with the fact that he has been steadily getting more shows, both overseas and locally and honing his craft on stage, as a major positive move in his career.

Smoke Dem and Anthony Seasoning have also collaborated on another a single for Next Level entitled, Marijuana, which is set to blow much more than smoke.





The first contestant from Japan has made her debut in the Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall is attracting even more international attention with the debut of its

Rankin Pumpkin, a Japan-born princess, enraptured the D'Entrance audience with her track Mi Nuh Miss Up Inna Babylon on the first live show. She returns this week in a bid to continue her journey to the crown.

On Saturday February 18, Yanique "Curvy Diva" Barret, announced that princesses Aksana and Dexii and princes Kaama and Crazy Nacka were eliminated from Castle Red.

Rankin Pumpkin, born Yoko Matsui, believes the 10th season of MKQ is her year. She has been travelling to Jamaica since 1995, when she first visited the island to learn more about our culture. Landing in Montego Bay from Kobe, Japan, Rankin Pumpkin set out to immerse herself in Jamaica's biggest export -- music.

"I love reggae and dancehall music. I came here because I wanted to know about the culture, so I could write more lyrics," she explained backstage of the season 10's first live show.

So in love with our music is she, that she is unwilling to name a favourite artiste or song. The 42-year-old entered the premier dancehall talent show to satisfy a long standing desire.

"I have been watching this programme from the beginning, from season one, always watching and enjoying. I knew that one day I wanted to enter," said Rankin Pumpkin.

"But I always miss the audition

day because I went back to Japan. I always come to Jamaica in November/December, which is late for the audition. I came earlier in Jamaica this year, just for Magnum, and I qualified in Ocho Rios," said the smiling princess.





Sean Kingston admits that he was beaten

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sean-kingston-photo-1.jpgSean Kingston is finally admitting that Migos did, in fact, jumped him along with roughly nine guys outside a Las Vegas mall on Tuesday.

On Tuesday night the Migos trio of Quavo, Offset, and Takeoff beat up Sean Kingston at the Agenda Trade Show in Vegas over a feud involving Soulja Boy. Yesterday the reggae pop singer posted a video on Instagram denying the beat down, but in an interview with 8 News Now, he admitted that the Atlanta rap group and some other guys jumped him.

"It was a jump, but it wasn't a JUMP," he said. Kingston says that he and Migos didn't have any prior issues and that he went to talk with them with that in mind after the group FaceTime him saying that they want to talk.

"They FaceTimed me, 'Yo come outside let's talk. Man, I miss you let's chop it up,'" he said. "You know what I'm saying? And as soon as I went outside it was no talking. They just started jumping on me throwing punches. I didn't have a chance to put up my set up. I didn't have a chance to do nothing."

As for what really started the beef, Sean Kingston is saying that he is clueless just like the rest of us. So Migos we want to hear your side of the story. The singer says that he is hearing stories about Soulja Boy being at his house and him saying something in a video that they didn't like. Sources told us that the fight really stemmed from Migos' beef with Soulja Boy who is close friends with Kingston.

Perhaps The Game, Soulja Boy, or Migos themselves can shed some light on why they jumped Sean Kingston. Somehow this feud is not over and someone could get hurt.





skip-marley-and-katy-perry-grammys.jpgBob Marley's grandson Skip Marley is the first singer from the musical family to score a top ten single on Billboard Hot 100.

The young reggae singer's collab with Katy Perry "Chained To The Rhythm" debut at No. 4 on the Hot 100 chart this week and the music video received approximately 10 million views on YouTube on the first day of its release. Skip Marley and Katy Perry first performed the single at the Grammys in a well-received set that catapults it to the top ten on the charts.

The single "Chained To The Rhythm" is also doing very well in Europe where reggae music is much more popular than in the states. The song debut at No. 7 on the UK pop chart, No. 6 in the Czech Republic, 8 in France, 20 in Germany, 5 in Scotland, 10 in Ireland, and 12 in Switzerland.

Bob Marley scored eight singles on the UK pop chart over his career while his sons have yet to debut on that chart as solo artists. Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers scored three hit singles on that chart, but he has not done since launching his solo career. Bob also has one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 after "Roots Rock Reggae" peaked at No. 51 in 1976. Damian Marley 2005 hit "Welcome To Jamrock" peaked at 55 on the Hot 100 chart, while his older brother's former group Ziggy Marley and The Melody Makers 1988 classic single "Tomorrow People" peaked at 39.





lisa-hanna-photo-4.jpgOpposition People's National Party spokesperson on Youth and Culture, Lisa Hanna has been put on blast by social media users for comments she made calling for incarcerated Dancehall artiste, Vybz Kartel's music to be banned from public airwaves.

Fans of the incarcerated artiste took to the MP's social media accounts to air their grouses, after she expressed her views in an interview yesterday on Nationwide 90 FM.

The social media users, who disagreed with her suggestions, stated that Hanna is concerned about the fact that the artiste has been able to produce music from behind bars.

Vybz Kartel whose real name is Adijah Palmer, is currently serving a life sentence for murder.

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lisa-hanna-photo-4.jpgThe Police High Command has launched a probe into online threats against Opposition Spokesperson on Youth and Culture, Lisa Hanna, by persons claiming to be fans of jailed entertainer Vybz Kartel.

Social media trolls have been hurling threats at Hanna following comments she made on Nationwide Radio calling for authorities to place a ban on some of Vybz Kartel's music. Hanna's social media pages have also been the target of the trolls.

Head of the Cybercrimes Unit of the Jamaica Constabulary Force Inspector Warren Williams is warning persons that it is a criminal offence to make threats on social media.

Inspector Williams said persons should be aware that they could be charged under the Cybercrimes Act if they use technology to intimidate others.

Speaking about Vybz Kartel on Nationwide 90 FM yesterday, Hanna questioned whether corruption is involved in the recording of songs by the incarcerated artiste.Assistant Police Commisioner Devon Watkis said police are not taking the threats lightly.

Among the comments posted by 'Kartel fans' on Hanna's Instagram page are:

:Yuh want a gaza box

Like u wah get wah lizard ... just saying , Jamaica is not American, why u trying to compare #vybzkartel with #bujubanton , aren't they at two different places ...if so be the case why u guy never do it like American... remember they still haven't find lizard body so how is he in jail ...and just mine they do the same to you ...think before u talk and just go find something productive a

like you want we kid nap and rape you ### big educate woman like you nuh have no more then a topic of vybz kartel like you want man shoot up yah house later badness it name Gaza you can't stop

I use to admire you, but u get bright when u ago talk bout kartle music must get banned, y you banned.





bolt-private-plane-party.jpgThe 'fastest man on Earth' has touched down in Trinidad & Tobago for the twin island republic's annual carnival celebrations.

TMZ reported that the star boarded a private jet earlier this week with his crew, en route to what some call the 'Greatest Show on Earth'.

Bolt reportedly boarded the plane with retired Jamaican football star Ricardo "Bibi" Gardner, reggae singer Christopher Martin, Olympic high jump silver medallist Germaine Mason and others.

After boarding the plane, TMZ reported that Bolt "immediately broke out the booze!"

"There were shots, dancing, strobe lights, cool handshakes, dirty chants about all the sex they're gonna have in Trinidad ... seriously!" TMZ reported, adding that Bolt and company were also singing along to Machel Montano's hit, Like Ah Boss.





andrew-holness-agent-sasco-cecile.jpgThis is the message prime minister Andrew Holness posted on his Facebook page Thursday: "I recently sat down with @AgentSasco and @IAMTHECECILE. We discussed dancehall, what can be done to improve the industry and more. Stay tuned in the next few days for much more."

First of all, how di hell Cecille and Assassin aka Agent Sasco get inna this kind of conversation? Can you picture the scenario: Andrew Holness, Cecille and Assassin sitting down over wine and cheese and discussing Dancehall. Actually, there was a picture of the trio posing up in a room with a mixing board. #RealJokeBusiness.

Fortunately, this is the era of social media and not all social media users are trolls. Here are a few of the brilliant comments: "No sah a swear if them fea sit down with the boys them on the street corner and find out wat can be implemented to increase job creation, more facilities in each community, even [to] reduce crime them naah dweet... We focus on the little things too much [and] there are bigger issues out there."

"Meanwhile... Jamaica has just borrowed another USD $330 million. I guess it's okay to take it easy now that government salaries have been secured. There are critical matters which need your attention, Mr Prime Minister! Such as the rampant pedophiles molesting our youth, rapes and murders of our children, overwhelming poverty and no jobs. But I guess talking about dancehall is more important, right? You all need to get your priorities and agenda straight."

"Dancehall doesn't needs improving as nothing is wrong with it. What needs improving is your governance relating to REAL problems. What you're uttering is stupidity at its best!! And i would certainly say you're bias. Go improve carnival and all a them other tings deh portraying that u claimed dancehall is responsible for," posted Suprxme Jay.

"Oh please... Probably u nuh see all them sex scene them have ena dance, man jump pon woman, woman a get man handle, the world a talk of how immoral it is... That is not dancehall..."





lisa-hanna-photo-4.jpgandrew-holness-photo-4.jpg'Twas the week when politics and dancehall collided and politicians Andrew Holness and Lisa Hanna took a hell of a backsiding from dancehall fans. Lisa Hann proclaim seh dem fi ban Kartel music and a question how Addi still a record even though him lock up inna jail. She want a probe.

And the PM have two strikes gainst him. During a political meeting at the Rusea's High School in Lucea, Hanover, last weekend, Holness said that daggering in dancehall is not only unacceptable but is to blame for violence on the island. "The guys who are doing this daggering dance, they are creative, but, they need to understand that what they are projecting into the minds of our children is that violence is acceptable," the PM said.

Outspoken DJ Rush advised Andrew Holness to focus on fixing the economy and leave dancehall alone. "Fix the lack of jobs, debt to GDP ratio, crime, the fact that police are quitting more than joining," Rush said. "Fix the economy and stop try fix music."





Kartel Gaza fan dem dun Lisa Hanna pon social media

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vybz-kartel-photo-4-larger.jpgWhat a way di Worl' Boss peeps give it to Opposition MP Lisa Hanna on Thursday after that interview on Nationwide at 5 with Cliff Hughes on Wednesday. A who tell Ms Hanna fi go stir up chouble bout she a call fi ban pon Kartel music.

It neva nice. Di comments dem mek mi haffi hol' mi belly and bawl. Di ole troll dem dip up unda Ms Hanna in di worst way. Dem chat some dutty sinting bout di ooman, dat we cyaan even repeat dem cause we will get inna nuff trouble. All threaten dem threaten Lisa Hanna.

Who a go reign in di troll dem?

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Smoke Dem blowing up with 'Marijuana'

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smoke-dem.jpgSingjay Smoke Dem is steadily carving out his own niche in the dancehall, and, although he is not yet a household name, the artiste has already made a number of trips within the Caribbean and South America in particular which have borne fruit.

Currently working on projects with the Suriname-based Next Level Productions, Smoke Dem, who has previously used the moniker Smokey Benz, gives deejay Fanton Mojah credit for helping him along his journey. It was Fantan, he said, who took him on a tour in 2015, which saw Smoke Dem performing in places such as Suriname, French Guyana, Brazil and Guyana and winning over new fans. It was during this time that he made the crucial link with his current producers.

"Fantan first took me on a few shows in Jamaica and he said I was a bad artiste, so he took me on tour in South America and a few islands. It was a great experience and it really helped to take my career a step further," the singjay explained.

" I met Next Level in Suriname when Fantan took me to their studio after the show to cut some dubplates, and the energy was great. So it was a no-brainer for us to work on a few projects," Smoke Dem further explained.

That link-up has seen the release the song Bad Mind Dem, a collaboration with Anthony Seasoning, a singer from the Red Hills Road area who was in Suriname at the same time as Smoke Dem and the two ended up working on a project for the same producers. The song has been receiving much love from radio, not only in Jamaica, but also in Suriname and across the Caribbean, where it is in moderate to heavy rotation.

The artiste sees this song, along with the fact that he has been steadily getting more shows, both overseas and locally and honing his craft on stage, as a major positive stone in his career.

Smoke Dem and Anthony Seasoning have also collaborated on another a single for Next Level entitled, Marijuana, which is set to blow much more than smoke.





cabral-douglas-and-tommy-lee-sparta.jpgThe Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) has blocked Cabral Douglas from suing Dominica in the long-running Tommy Lee Sparta saga.

Douglas had demanded US$3-million from the government in compensation after the controversial Dancehall artiste and his entourage was deported from Dominica in February 2014. He was slated to perform at a concert organized by Douglas.

Douglas' demand was turned down by the government, however, he took the matter to the CCJ.

But in an 18-page judgment, the CCJ has prevented Douglas from suing the government in the matter.

"The facts alleged do not suggest that the Applicant (Douglas) was a patron and in this sense, a recipient of entertainment services ...," part of the judgment reads. "On the other hand, it may be argued that as a 'middle man' standing between the concert patrons and the entertainment suppliers his position could be assimilated to that of a patron. The Court does not have to decide this issue because in either event, the Court holds that whatever right he may have had in this regard did not accrue to him directly."

Douglas has expressed disappointment in the decision.

"I'm obviously disappointed with the decision," he stated. "But, what is even more disappointing is the state of jurisprudence in the Caribbean. There is a reason why only 4 out of 15 counties have agreed to embrace the jurisdiction of the court as its final court of appeal, and this decision, in my humble opinion.





Rohan Marley and Lauryn Hill now grandparents

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rohan-marley-zephania-feb-20.jpgRohan Marley confirms his 19 year-old with Lauryn Hill is now a dad...

Over the weekend Zion David Marley posted pictures of the child on Instagram and Rohan Marley later confirmed the news. The 19-year-old grandson of 'King of Reggae' Bob Marley and his girlfriend welcomed their son, Zephaniah.

Rohan shared a photo of Zion with the latest addition to the Marley family on his social media page. In the caption, he cited the Bible verse Zephaniah 3:16 - "In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem, Fear thou not: and to Zion, Let not thine hands be slack ... Unto Us a Child is Born."

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Zion was the subject of one of Hill's many hit songs on her debut solo album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.

In the song, To Zion, Hill talks about her decision to have her first child, although many urged her to have an abortion as to not conflict with her blossoming career.





Another prominent senior citizen murdered

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The latest fatality among the retired community in St Andrew is 83-year-old retired agronomist, David Lacey.

The Constant Spring police are now searching for suspects in relation to his murder.

Lacey's body was found with stab wounds at his residence in Aylsham, St Andrew on Friday.

Indications are that the police have not yet established a motive for the murder.

Lacey's killing follows closely behind the murder of South African-born but devoted journalist and public opinion commentator in Jamaica for decades, Peter Abrahams, in Red Hill, St Andrew, recently.

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A post-mortem on Abrahams' body revealed that the 97-year-old died from head injury with a blunt instrument.

Abrahams lived alone and moved around his home in a wheelchair.





Cops probe double murder in Comfort, Manchester

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crime-scene-gun.jpgThe police say they are following several leads into Sunday's incident where gunmen shot and killed two men in Comfort District, Manchester.

Police say one of the leads is that the murders could be linked to the deadly lotto scam trade.

Police report that shortly after 9:00pm Kemar Reid, 33, and Sollando Thompson, 26, were standing at Reid's gate in the company of Thompson and another man fixing a camera when residents heard explosions and raised an alarm.

Police said when they arrived at the scene of the attack, Reid and Thompson were seen with gunshot wounds. They were taken to hospital where they were pronounced dead. The third man escaped unhurt.

Senior police sources have indicated that Reid was before the court for lottery scamming, while Thompson was also listed as a person of interest by the police

Investigators said they reportedly recovered more than 10 spent shells from the scene of the crime.





peter-abrahams.jpgReports are that large sum of cash was withdrawn over a period of time from the bank account of award-winning journalist Peter Abrahams leading up to his murder. It is said that the withdrawals were not made by the 97-year-old Abrahams.

The veteran journalist, who lived alone in REd Hills, St Andrew, died, January 18,of what had appeared to be natural causes. Then the shock came as it was revealed recently that Abrahams was murdered.

On Tuesday, the St Andrew North Police Division charged 61-year-old Norman Tomlinson of Cyprus district, in Red Hills, for Abrahams' murder. Tomlinson is the husband of Abraham's helper. He was charged after being questioned at the Constant Spring Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) Office, in St Andrew.

A post-mortem examination revealed that Abrahams' injuries were deliberately inflicted. Abrahams was born in South Africa, but came to and fell in love with Jamaica, which he made his home for many decades.





JenCare owner Jennifer Samuda has died

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jennifer-samuda-jencare.jpgJennifer Samuda, the owner of the popular and trail-blazing JenCare Skin Farm has died.

Mrs Samuda, who was reportedly battling cancer, died on Tuesday night.

Samuda, a former auditor, founded JenCare Skin Farm in 1989, when skepticism was rife about that line of business. She, however, persevered and made her mark in the field, succeeding as the leading skin care and spa business in the island, before setting up branches in New York, Miami and Trinidad and Tobago.

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The success she reaped led to many recognitions including a nomination for the Jamaica Observer's Business Leader Award and the NCB Nation Builder Award in the category of Women in Business.

In a Gleaner Interview in 2010, Samuda said, "when I started this business in the 1980s, people did not recognise or have as much respect for an entrepreneur as they do today. Instead, people looked forward to working for someone and did not strive to start their own businesses. Nowadays 'entrepreneurship' has become a buzz word."

JenCare is now being led by Samuda's daughter, Peta-Gaye Samuda-Palmer.





Another Tonight Show appearance for Chronixx

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chronixx-and-fallon-at-tonight-show.jpgChronixx is set to perform on the popular American late night show, "Tonight Show" on Friday.

The artiste, whose given name is Jamar McNaughton, is no stranger to the Jimmy Fallon hosted show, as he made his first appearance almost two years ago.

His appearance went viral and according to the Billboard charts in 2014, Chronixx, after performing his hit song "Here Comes Trouble", had a registered 12,000 downloads moving from 1,000 in mere days.

This, along with a subsequent performance at Central Park, had earned him the number two position on the Digital Reggae Singles chart.





Robbery at Island Grill Red Hills Mall foiled

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robbery.jpgSecurity personnel from KingAlarm Systems thwarted a robbery at a popular food chain on Red Hills Road in St Andrew yesterday.

Workers who arrived at the Island Grill restaurant located in the Red Hills Mall were pounced upon by gunmen while they opened the establishment.

The police reported that around 7:30 yesterday morning, two armed men entered the premises and "held up" the workers.

"It wasn't a hostage situation. They were robbed of two cellphones. They did not get anything else, no money or anything because KingAlarm intervened and the men fled," a constable from the Constabulary Communications Unit said.





hampton-heather-murray-principal.jpgThe Board of the Hampton School for Girls has apologised to Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator Ruel Reid over the way they handled his request for a full report regarding principal Heather Murray's appearance on January 5, at the hearing of the alleged rape case against a minister of religion.

The ministry in a release Sunday said board members, at a meeting held yesterday, endorsed an earlier apology to Reid from board chairman, Trevor Blake.

According to the ministry, Blake, in his apology dated February 3, withdrew an earlier statement to Murray's lawyer, which was shared with the media, indicating that no agreement had been reached at a January 11 meeting for her to go on two week's leave to prepare a full report for the board and the minister.

Blake's letter stated inter alia: "I unreservedly withdraw my letter of January 16, 2017, and apologize sincerely for releasing same to the press. I am aware of your commitment to education and to good outcomes for all of those within the system, and regret the impression my letter caused."





held.jpgAn ex-convict was on Saturday held with a loaded submachine gun along Molynes Road in St Andrew. Police subsequently searched his home in Red Hills and found another firearm and several rounds of ammunition.

According to the constabulary's Corporate Communications Unit (CCU), lawmen were conducting vehicular checkpoint operations on Molynes Road when the man, who was driving a Nissan motorcar, was signalled to stop. He complied and was searched along with the vehicle.

The search of the vehicle revealed an Intratec submachine gun loaded with two 9mm rounds.

Further reports are that the lawmen swiftly obtained a warrant and escorted the man to his home in the Red Hills, where one Ruger 9mm pistol and two-hundred assorted rounds of ammunition were seized.CCU said the 57-year-old "lawbreaker" was then taken into custody where it was discovered that he had served a 21-year prison sentence and was only released 3 years ago.





crime-scene-7.jpgThe body of a 35-year-old Tanijah Howell a teacher of Charlemont High School teacher was on Saturday found in bushes in Barrett Hall, St Ann.

Howell hailed from Linstead, St Catherine.

The police did not give any more information on the his death.

Also on Saturday, the skeletal remains believed to be that of a female was discovered along the Priory main road in St Ann. Residents reportedly stumbled on the bones with female clothing beside it.





donald-trump-photo-1.jpgBowling Green, Atlanta and now... Sweden? US President Donald Trump was speaking to supporters on Saturday when he apparently referred to the Scandinavian country as the site of a terror incident -- the latest example of his administration naming a non-existent attack. He was addressing a campaign-style rally in Florida when he launched into a list of places that have been targeted by terrorists.

"You look at what's happening in Germany, you look at what's happening last night in Sweden. Sweden, who would believe this? Sweden. They took in large numbers. They're having problems like they never thought possible," he said, provoking mockery on social media.

His speech was aimed at defending his order last month that blocked refugees and travellers from seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the United States.The order has been suspended by a federal appeals court, and Trump vowed to introduce a new order this week as a means of protecting Americans at home.

He went on to name Brussels, Nice and Paris -- European cities that have been struck by deadly terror attacks. Sweden's embassy in Washington has asked for an explanation, the foreign ministry in Stockholm said Sunday.

"We have now contacted the American (State Department) to understand and receive clarity," ministry press officer Catarina Axelsson told AFP.

Users on Twitter, Trump's favourite communication platform, cracked jokes about the apparent miscue using the hashtags #lastnightinSweden and #SwedenIncident. Former Swedish prime minister Carl Bildt asked: "Sweden? Terror attack? What has he been smoking? Questions abound."

Gunnar Hokmark, a Swedish member of the European Parliament, retweeted a post that said "#lastnightinSweden my son dropped his hotdog in the campfire. So sad!"

Hokmark added his own comment: "How could he know?"

Numerous internet wags responded with Ikea-themed tweets. Some posted photos of the impossible-to-understand instructions for assembling Ikea furniture, calling it "Secret Plans for the #SwedenIncident."

Posts flooded into @sweden, the country's official Twitter account which is run by a different Swede each week.

This week's curator, Emma, who describes herself as a school librarian and mother, said the account had received 800 mentions in four hours.

"No. Nothing has happened here in Sweden. There has not (been) any terrorist attacks here. At all. The main news right now is about Melfest," she said, referring to the competition to pick the performer who will represent Sweden at the Eurovision singing contest.

Top Trump aides in his month-old administration have faced criticism and ridicule after speaking publicly about massacres that never took place. White House counsellor Kellyanne Conway -- who famously coined the term "alternative facts" -- referred to a "Bowling Green massacre" during an interview.She later tweeted that she meant to say "Bowling Green terrorists" -- referring to two Iraqi men who were indicted in 2011 for trying to send money and weapons to Al-Qaeda, and using improvised explosive devices against US soldiers in Iraq. And White House spokesman Sean Spicer made three separate references in one week to an attack in Atlanta. He later said he meant to say Orlando, the Florida city where an American of Afghan origin gunned down 49 people at a gay nightclub last year.





johnny-wonder-photo-1.jpgWell well well, the Wonder of it all. Here is Hapilos Ent Group sending out a press release to say that they have basically fired their VP Johnny Wonder.

Then the following day, Johnny Wonder takes to social media to say that he wasn't fired; he in fact, walked away from the company.

So who is telling the truth and who is lying, because somebody has to be a "liar liar pants on fire".

And we all know that there is much more to this than meets the eyes ...and the ears. But we await the unravelling.





Amieka Mullings was Monday arrested and charged under the Cyber Crimes Act after she posted pictures on social media claiming that her ex-boyfriend is wanted for rape, assault and murder.

Swift investigations by the police revealed that the information was false, malicious and tantamount to malicious communication under the Cyber Crimes legislation.

Mullings, 35, was detained, interrogated in the presence of her attorney and charged.

Persons are asked to exercise caution in the material they post online and transmit to others, as they may unwittingly be participating in criminal acts.





kevin-nelson-killer.jpgKevin Kemoy Nelson, the man accused of killing reggae singer Anthony Cruz's daughter, Shanice Smith, and her mother inside their Sunrise home reportedly called and texted friends and family members to tell them what he'd done.

Kevin Nelson 32, was married to Karen Lyle, the 40 year-old mother of Shanice Smith.

According to the arrest report, a neighbor told police he'd heard gunshots on Friday night. And Kevin Nelson's sister said he came to her house Friday night and said he'd gotten into an argument with his wife, Karen Lyle and killed her, the report said. When the sister asked Nelson if he was kidding he said yes, the report said.

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Then on Monday morning, Nelson made a 911 call and told the police that there had been gun shots in his area, 2 people were dead and that he was the shooter. The cops immediately went to Nelson's house in Sunrise, but he locked himself inside the house and refused to respond to the police.The report said that during the standoff between Nelson and the police on Monday morning, Nelson texted his dead wife's brother.

"Shanice, Karen and me are all dead. The cops is here and the news crew," the text said, according to the report. An hour later he called Lyle's brother and told him he'd killed Karen Lyle and 15 year-old Shanice Smith, the report said.

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One of Lyle's friends said she received several text messages from Nelson, the first at 10:20 a.m. Monday, less than an hour before the 911 call, the report said.

Nelson told the friend Lyle was cheating on him, lying to him, talking down to him and embarrassing him on a regular basis, the report said. He also said he believed she was having sex with her ex-husband, according to the report.

"I am sorry for everything," his last text read.

When the friend called Nelson, he said "I am sorry to inform you that Karen is deceased," the report said. When she asked what happened to her, Nelson said "I shot her," the report said.

The friend also asked about the teen. "I shot her too," he said, according to the report.

Shanice Smith, who was an 'A' student, had attended Piper High School in Sunrise.

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Anthony Cruz, who has always been very vocal about his love for his only daughter, posted a photo of Shanice on Facebook Monday, hours after the tragedy.

"I can't believe they kill my one and only daughter in ft. lauderdale," he wrote.

Nelson, 32, is facing two counts of murder in the shooting deaths of 40-year-old Karen Lyle and her 15-year-old daughter, Shanice Smith,

Nelson remained behind bars without bond Tuesday.





US Prosecutors say a Jamaican man has been sentenced to serve more than three years in federal prison for threatening an immigration judge.

Attorney G.F. "Pete" Peterman says 42-year-old Delroy Anthony McLean was sentenced Tuesday to serve three years and five months.

McLean was in federal immigration custody awaiting deportation at the Stewart Detention Center in southwest Georgia. Prosecutors say he threatened during a hearing at that facility to "bash the head" of an immigration judge. They say he also threatened the judge's husband and repeated his comments outside the courtroom.

McLean was found guilty during a trial in October. Prosecutors say he is expected to be deported to his native Jamaica after he serves his sentence.

Source: AP





anthony-cruz-daughter-shanice.jpganthony-cruz-photo-1.jpgReggae singer Anthony Cruz is reportedly inconsolable following the shocking murder of his daughter, Shanice, in Florida yesterday. The fifteen year old 'A' student and her mother, Karen Lyle, 40, were reportedly killed by the mother's husband, Kevin Nelson.

Cruz, who embraced the Rastafarian faith a few years ago, reportedly spoke to his daughter everyday from his home in Jamaica, and sources told Yardflex that he also spoke to her on Monday morning, hours before she was shot to death, allegedly by her step-father.

The headline-grabbing incident started unfolding from as early as 11:00 AM on Monday, February 13, when neighbours in the Sunrise complex called the police after hearing gunshots. International news outlets report that a SWAT team and dozens of police officers responded to Nelson's Del Rio Village apartment in the 7700 block of Balboa Street in Sunrise, Florida, to investigate reports of gunfire around 11am.

When officers arrived, they called the 32 year old Kevin Nelson , who answered but refused to come out. Officers feared Nelson may be armed, so a SWAT team was called in as they attempted to get him to surrender. 'They were on the loudspeaker', a neighbor told Local 10 News. 'They kept telling the guy to come outside and that they weren't going to hurt him'.

News outlets in Florida report that the SWAT team knocked down a tree, a fence and finally Nelson's door before entering with a robot after an hours-long SWAT standoff. Nelson eventually made his way out of the apartment after almost five hours inside and surrendered peacefully.

Police found the bodies of Karen Lyle, 40, and her 15-year-old daughter Shanice Smith inside the home of Kevin Nelson. They both died from gunshot wounds, police said.

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News station CBS4 quotes Anthony Cruz's father, Courtney Smith, as telling them that the 15-year-old victim was his granddaughter, Shanice Smith.

'She didn't deserve this', said Courtney Smith. 'You hear these things but when it hits home, it's totally different'.

Relatives in Jamaica are expressing shock and disbelief at Shanice's murder and are echoing the same sentiments as her grandfather - the teenager had a very bright future and certainly didn't deserve to die this way.

Additionally, they are also expressing major concern for her father, Anthony, who is taking the news very badly. "Shan Shan was Anthony Cruz's entire world. There are two persons who he loves unconditionally - Shanice and Lisa. He spoke to Shanice every single day. She was the light of his life - his everything," a relative told Yardflex. "He is supposed to go to Florida, the ticket is already bought, but there is no way that he can travel by himself. We will have to get somebody to travel with him. He is in a very fragile state just now," the relative added.

According to reports, several neighbours said Nelson and Lyle often argued outside their apartment and cops were called there numerous times for domestic complaints in the past year.

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Nelson was arrested in October 2016 at the same residence for repeatedly hitting a woman who lived in the home with him after she tried to stop him from throwing bleach on the bedroom furniture, court records show. The woman's daughter reported the incident to police.

An online wedding registry for a Karen Lyle and Kevin Nelson of Sunrise gives April 16, 2016 as the big day. Nelson was arrested on Monday, but no charges have been filed against him.

It was a little over six years ago that Thriller U of the popular reggae group LUST mourned the murder of his 16-year-old daughter who was shot and killed after gunmen invaded the house she was staying while she and her mother were on vacation in Miramar, Florida. Two other occupants of the house were shot to death and her mother, Thriller U's wife, was critically injured.

Yardflex extends condolence to Anthony Cruz and his family. - Yasmine Peru





adele-breaks-grammy-trophy.jpgAdele broke her award in half to share with Beyonce after picking up the coveted Album of the Year prize at the the 59th Annual Grammy Awards because she didn't feel she deserved it.

The Hello singer - who, along with the late David Bowie, was Sunday night's biggest winner after picking up five accolades - was stunned to accept the gong for her record 25 as she expected Beyonce to take it home for her visual LP Lemonade, so damaged the trophy deliberately in order to share the honour with her idol.

There was not a dry eye in the house as the 28-year-old singer accepted the most coveted gong of the night.

It was there where Adele dedicated her big win to the 35-year-old singer as she praised the pregnant star for the 'monumental' Lemonade album.

The Rolling In the Deep hitmaker said: 'I can't possibly accept this award and I'm very humbled and I'm very grateful but the artist of my life is Beyonce. This album to me, the Lemonade album was just so monumental and so well thought out and so beautiful and soul baring.

'The way you make me and my friends feel, the way you make my black friends feel is so empowering. I love you. I always have and I always will.'





Skip Marley makes his Grammy debut with Katy Perry

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skip-marley-and-katy-perry-grammys.jpgKaty Perry and Bob Marley's grandson Skip Marley performed their duet "Chained to the Rhythm" at the 2017 Grammy Awards.

This is Skip's first performance at the Grammys. Clad in a white suit, the pop singer kicked things off while belting out the lyrics before the young Marley singer chimed in also clad i white. Earlier in the night, Beyonce set the tone with a memorable performance while showing off her baby bump.

Skip Marley is the 20-year-old son of Bob Marley's eldest daughter Cedella Marley. His debut single "Cry To Me" was released in 2015 under Tuff Gong, and that same year he released another single "Life."

Skip was recently signed to Island Records.





ziggy-marley-and-his-kids.jpgIf one could get tired of winning then the Marleys would certainly get tired of beating out everybody else to the Reggae Grammy goal post.

On Sunday night, Ziggy Marley, the son of Reggae legend Bob Marley, won his eighth Grammy Award at the 59th Grammys held in Los Angeles, United States.

Ziggy won in the Best Reggae Album category for his self-titled album, Ziggy Marley. Other nominees in the Best Reggae Album category were: J Boog for Rose Petals on the Wash House Music Group label; Raging Fyah for Everlasting on the Dub Rockers/VP Records label; Devin Di Dakta and JL for Sly& Robbie Presents...Reggae For Her; and Rebelution for Falling Into Place on the Easy Star Records label.

Devin, who was in the audience at the Grammy's was hoping to become the youngest ever reggae/dancehall act to win the award in the Reggae category.

Ziggycollected his trophy in the pre-televised segment of the annual awards ceremony. He used Instagram afterwards to express his gratitude for the award.

"Give thanks to the Recording Academy for the honour, to my family, and all the artists keeping reggae alive and well. Love," he said.Congrats to winner Ziggy Marley and all the runners-up the category.





What's Cupid got to do with it all?

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valentines-day.jpgCupid is the god of desire, erotic love, attraction and affection. He is often portrayed as the son of the love goddess Venus and the war god Mars.

Cupid is also known in Latin also as Amor ("Love"). His Greek counterpart is Eros and he is just one of the ancient symbols associated with St Valentine's Day, along with the shape of a heart, doves, and the colours red and pink.

He is usually portrayed as a small winged figure with a bow and arrow which he uses to strike the hearts of people. People who fall in love are said to be 'struck by Cupid's arrow'.





History of Valentine's Day

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happy-valentines-day-teddy-bear-graphic.jpgSt Valentine's Day, happens this Tuesday on February 14. It's a day where people show their love and affection for another person - usually in the form of cards, flowers, gifts and messages.

The details are sketchy. Some say St Valentine was a priest from Rome who lived in the third century AD. Emperor Claudius II had banned marriages, believing married men made bad soldiers and St Valentine is thought to have arranged marriages in secret.

He was imprisoned and sentenced to death for his crimes. There, St Valentine apparently fell in love with the jailer's daughter and sent her a love letter signed 'from your Valentine' on February 14th, the day of his execution, as a goodbye.

The name 'Valentinus' is found in the Martyrologium Hieronymianum, a book which was compiled between 460 and 544. The feast of St Valentine of February 14th was first established in 496 by Pope Gelasius I, who included Valentine among all those "... whose names are justly reverenced among men, but whose acts are known only to God."

Wearing a coronet made from flowers and with a stencilled inscription, St Valentine's skull now resides in the Chiesa di Santa Maria in Cosmedin, on Rome's Piazza Bocca della Verita.





Men share their tips on kissing

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happy-kiss-day-2014-wallpapers.jpgKissing is by far the most sensual and exciting thing you can do with another person. In a way, a kiss is even more intimate than sex. When you're completely engaged with another person's face -- your lips, bodies, and minds connecting -- you have the potential to create a moment that's way more intense than a few mere thrusts of the hips.

A few men to tell us what they want to see, feel and taste during a make-out session. What they say may surprise you, but one thing's for sure: it will make you a better kisser!

Tip #1: Let him initiate

Most modern men believe in a woman's right to vote, a woman's right to choose, and a woman's right to take control in the bedroom whenever she damn well feels like it. But surprisingly, when it comes to puckering up, most of our guys preferred to play things more traditionally.

"When it comes to kissing, I think that there's something just right about a man taking the lead," said Kevin, 29.

"A woman can initiate a kiss, just not the first kiss," qualified Dylan, 26.

Tip #2: Keep your eyes wide shut

"If the kiss is worth it, then the eyes are definitely closed," said Ed, 29.

Still, some men acknowledged just how hot a smoldering glance can be.

"This woman I was kissing suddenly stopped, looked me in the eyes, then went back at it," Matty, 29, reminisced.

Tip #3: Open up and say, "ahhh!"

Everyone agreed that an open-mouthed kiss is usually the most sensual. Still, it's important to know the difference between swapping a little spit and recreating Niagara Falls on your guy's face.

"Too little saliva is dry and unsatisfying but too much will make you gag. Best to start off conservative and increase the dose until you find the amount that makes both of you breathe a little faster," said Robert, 36.

Tip #4: Kiss with your hands

Every good kisser knows that you need to use more than just your mouth to create a make-out session that's unforgettable.

"I like when a woman puts her arms high up around me and runs her fingers through my hair," said Paul, 35.

"It always turns me on if the person I'm kissing puts her hand on my leg," said Ben, 27.

"I'm a big fan of the lower back caresses when standing and the chest caress when lying down," said Steve, 30.

"Touch a man's face, caress the back of his head, pull him closer. Sucking and light biting on my bottom lip -- these are good things," Cecyl, 30, told us.

Tip #5: Get a little kinky

For adventurous kissers, there are some moves you can make that will completely rock his world. Just beware -- not all men are into the same things, so feel him out first.

"I love it when a woman will move her hands up my shirt and play with my nipple," said Steve.

"It makes a kiss so much better when a girl reaches down, grabs what's arising in my pants and strokes and squeezes me while she kisses," said David, 31.

While you're exploring, be on the alert for any no-fly zones.

"Do not kiss me below the thighs. No thank you," said Earl, 27.

Tip #6: Drop the balm on him

Maintenance is key. If you know you're heading for seven minutes in heaven, make them kissable by prepping with lip balm or a light (read: non-sticky) gloss.

"Make your lips look appealing. Use lipstick, lip balm or moisturizer," said Luigi, 30

"Ladies, moisturize your lips on a frequent basis. Use lip balm, beeswax, whatever. Just make darn sure they're not chapped," instructed James, 29.

Tip #7: Choose wisely

For a kiss to be truly great, there has to be both a physical and a mental connection between the two people.

"Great kisses start with conversation. From the intonation of phrases uttered and the innuendo of words spoken to the restrained desire in the eyes," said Cecyl.

Source: yourtango.com





Kiss Day Quotes

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kiss-me-if-you-will-be-my-valentine.jpg"A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous." - Ingrid Bergman, Swedish actress

"A man's kiss is his signature." - Mae West, American actress

"A kiss that is never tasted, is forever and ever wasted." - Billie Holiday, Musician

"Marriage is the miracle that transforms a kiss from a pleasure into a duty." - Helen Rowland, Journalist

"Kiss is not a charity. Never, ever mix commerce and charity." - Gene Simmons, Musician

So, let your special one feel loved and cared for as you gift him/her a gentle, loving kiss on this day.





It's Valentine's Day! Celebrate it with a kiss

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happy-kiss-day-2014-wallpapers.jpgKiss day falls on the sixth day of the Valentine week in the run up to the day of love which is celebrated on February 13 every year. The Kiss Day is a day of expression of your passionate feelings.

A kiss represents the feelings of love, affection and respect for each other. It is said that a person never forgets his/her first kiss as it becomes the first and one of the most special experience of their lives. It can be as simple as a peck on the cheek and as romantic as a French kiss.

A kiss also has health benefits as the process involves about 34 facial and 112 postural muscles. One of the 'kissing muscles' Orbicularis oris is used to pull together the lips around. Doctors say a romantic kiss helps in reducing stress level, freshening the mind and body, burning calories, lowering bad blood cholesterol and helps to keep the heart away from chronic diseases.

It is said that a kiss is the expression of our souls and each kind conveys a different feeling. You will kiss your lover much differently than that of a dear friend. Here is the list of the many ways:

  • The Forehead Kiss
  • The French Kiss
  • The Single-Lip Kiss
  • The Hand Kiss
  • The Earlobe Kiss
  • Lingering Lip Kiss
  • The Cheek Kiss
  • The Peck
  • The Air Kiss




2 men charged in death of teen Shanika Grey

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missing-school-girl-shanika-grey.jpgTwo men have been charged in relation to the death of 15-year-old Green Pond High student Shineka Gray.

The men have been identified as 23-year-old Mario Morrison of Bamboo district, Hanover and 31-year-old Gregory Roberts, Taxi Driver, of Maroon Town, St James. Both men were charged with murder following an interview with the Police on Thursday, February 9.

Gray's body was found with multiple stab wounds on February 1, three days after she was reported missing towards the end of January.

Following investigations, both men were taken into custody.

Commander of the St James Police Division, Senior Superintendent Marlon Nesbeth on Thursday gave assurance that the men would be charged before the weekend.





Missing woman found dead with body parts missing

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crime-scene-knife.jpgThe decomposing body of a missing woman was found Saturday morning.

The deceased has been identified as 46-year-old Eroline Chin of Heywood Hall.

Details are sketchy at this time, but residents on the scene said that some of Chin's body parts are missing and that she was found naked.

Reports are that Chin was an alcoholic and suffered from a heart condition.

It is reported that Chin was last seen Saturday, February 4.

Relatives said she often wandered from home whenever she drank.





Cops probe beheading death of St Mary woman

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crime-scene-knife.jpgInvestigators have not yet established a motive for the beheading of a woman in Heywood Hall, St. Mary.

Residents found the torso of 46 year-old Erolyn Chin in bushes Saturday morning. The head was found nearby.

Ms Chin was reported missing on Wednesday.

Superintendent Fabian Farquharson, Commanding Officer for the St. Mary Police, is appealing to members of the public with information which could assist the probe to contact investigators.





Man's head found in plastic bag

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crime-scene-knife.jpgThe head of a male was discovered in a plastic bag Friday morning in Spanish Town, St Catherine.

Police officers were patrolling Burke Road about 12:10 when a black plastic bag was discovered with a human head belonging to a male.

The scene was processed and the head removed to the morgue.

Investigations continue.





Antiguan cops on lookout for alleged Jamaican rapist

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The police in Antigua & Barbuda are investigating reports that a Jamaican man, accused of rape, has sought refuge in that Eastern Caribbean state.

The Antigua Observer newspaper reports that a photograph has been making the rounds via social media for several weeks, warning women to be on the lookout for the suspect.

The man is accused of a rape in Jamaica.

The newspaper quoted Inspector Frankie Thomas as saying that the police in Antigua-Barbuda are aware of the report but have no concrete information to suggest that the Jamaican is in the country. Despite this, he said investigations will continue and contact might be made with counterparts in Jamaica and other law enforcement agencies.





alkaline-questioning-photo-1.jpgAlkaline's attorney Peter Champagnie says he will be going to court if his client is not released by Monday.

The law allows investigators to hold the dancehall deejay, whose real name is Earlan Bartley, for a certain period of time without him being charged.

Champagnie maintains that Alkaline is fully cooperating with the police as their investigation continues. Is the Vendetta deejay being treated as a suspect or a witness?





Alkaline spent the weekend in jail without charge

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alkaline-photo-11.jpgIt was certainly not a good weekend for "Champion Boy" deejay Alkaline. He has been in police custody since Thursday undergoing question in relation to the January murder of Rohan Morris in Kingston and spent the weekend behind bars despite not being charged with any crime.

The hashtag #FreeAlkaline trended on social media as dancehall fans vented, however, there were some fans who said that the Vendetta deejay was trying too much to be like the World Boss, Vybz Kartel and that Alka needs to be careful. Kartel is serving time in prison for murder.

There is still no word yet on whether or not Alkaline will be charged with any crime. Heads the Criminal Investigations Branch, ACP Powell, says that detectives are currently reviewing the material gathered from their interview of the deejay and will be making a decision soon. Morris was shot 15 times and killed in Maverly on January 13. Investigators say that his 5-year-old daughter witness the gruesome murder.





Jamaicans fearful about Trumps's immigration antics

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donald-trump-photo-1.jpgUndocumented Jamaicans in the United States are on edge over President Donald Trump's immigration policy, Jamaican immigration attorneys are urging calm and prodding those nationals who can to legalise their status.

"This is not a good time to be in the United States without proper documentation," cautioned Joan Pinnock, a leading voice on immigration matters and head of the Jamaican American Bar Association.

In an interview with a Jamaican newspaper, Pinnock reportedly said that while President Trump's recent executive order did not include Jamaicans and other Caribbean nationals, they needed to be reminded that he had campaigned on deporting all illegal aliens from the country.

Pinnock said that legal residents (green card holders) who qualified should "take the next step and become citizens". She sought to assure those who are sceptical that they would not lose their Jamaican nationality if they became US citizens and would instead enjoy dual citizenship.

According to Pinnock, those who are undocumented could legalise themselves through a petition by a relative such as an adult child. Warning that the current situation "is not a joke", the attorney said that there were currently 500 Jamaicans in detention who had exhausted all legal channels and are to be deported soon.

She noted though that some of the fear among our people "are unfounded", noting that a Diaspora Task Force on Immigration, established shortly after Trump became president, would be officially launched later this month "to help our residents understand the immigration system".





crime-scene-gun.jpgIndia's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has sought a report from the Indian High Commission in Jamaica, about the murder of an Indian man, at his home in Cherry Gardens, on Thursday.

According to reports today (Feb 11) in news nation, the minister also asked the High Commission to ensure the best possible treatment to 2 wounded Indian nationals, and to coordinate with the affected families.

The minster tweeted the response after her attention was drawn to a news report that a Vasai youth was shot dead by four unidentified men at his Kingston home, in a case of suspected armed robbery. Dead is 25 year old Vasai youth Rakesh Talreja of Cherry Gardens.

In a phone call to the Talrejas, the minister said the Indian High Commission in Kingston would follow up the case with the local police.She also assured the family of assistance in completing formalities and bringing back the body. Two of the young man's relatives are expected to travel to Jamaica soon and begin arrangements for taking the body back to India.

The Constant Spring police still have no leads in the killing of Rakesh, a salesperson at Caribbean Jewellers. Reports are that on February 9, gunmen entered Rakesh's home in Cherry Gardens, Kingston 8, which he shared with two other Indian nationals, with an intention to rob. The robbers took cash and cellular phones, before reportedly shooting Rakesh three times in his back.

The robbers also shot Rakesh's 2 Indian roommates in their legs, before escaping.

Rakesh was rushed to hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The other 2 wounded men were admitted and treated.





"La La Land" might have tied the record for most Oscar nominations ever last month, but it's "Hidden Figures" that Americans just can't get enough of.

The Theodore Melfi-directed film about a group of black female mathematicians at NASA has now pulled in more money in the U.S. than any other movie nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards, even the monster hit "La La Land."

According to ComScore, "Hidden Figures" has earned $119,402,095 at the domestic box office, compared to $118,306,924 for "La La Land." And it's done so despite being widely released almost two weeks later. Box Office Mojo also has "Hidden Figures" beating out "La La Land" domestically, although the Los Angeles-based musical remains an international beast, pulling in more $150 million in foreign box offices, compared to just $8.7 million for "Hidden Figures."

Time and again, "Hidden Figures," which stars three black female leads in Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe, has continued to surpass expectations. In January, the film became the first live-action, non-franchise film starring more than one female lead since 2011 to reach No. 1 two weeks in a row. Later that month, "Hidden Figures" won the award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

The film is up for three Oscars at this month's Academy Awards ― Best Picture, Actress in a Supporting Role and Writing (Adapted Screenplay) ― but regardless of how it performs, the film is already a success. Around the country, stories are popping up about girls wanting to go into the science and math fields after seeing a story about female women of color showing who's boss.





Anderson Cooper disproved the White House's list of terrorist attacks it claimed the media underreported in the simplest way possible: By showing clips of his own coverage of those attacks.

"Not only did we cover many of attacks the White House released, we covered them heavily," he said Monday night on "Anderson Cooper 360." "I know because I was there on the ground reporting a number of them. '360' was in Ottawa, Canada, October of 2014, [and] that's on the list."

Also on the manifesto was the 2015 mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, the 2015 terror attack in Paris, France, and the 2016 assault on a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. All three of those stories, and many others on the list, dominated the news cycle for weeks. The Orlando incident even made news a few weeks ago after the widow of the attacker, Omar Mateen, was arrested over allegations of obstruction of justice, among other charges.

The list includes dozens of attacks that received extensive media coverage, some that authorities have said don't appear to be connected to terrorism at all, and several that resulted in no deaths.





Alkaline to spend the night in police custody

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alkaline-questioning-photo-1.jpgDancehall entertainer Alkaline is to spend Thursday night in police custody.

Detectives of the Criminal Investigations Branch (CIB), who began questioning the artiste at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, said he will remain in custody for further questioning Friday morning.

Alkaline, whose given name is Earlan Bartley, turned himself in to the police Thursday morning accompanied by his attorney, Peter Champagnie.

He is being questioned as part of a probe into the January 13 murder of Rohan Morris in Marverly, St. Andrew.





Government announces $710 billion budget

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The Government of Jamaica has announced that it intends to spend $710 billion this year to finance its objectives.

The government on Thursday afternoon tabled estimates which are 20 per cent higher than last year's budget.

Debt repayment will account for 44 per cent of the spending. In fiscal year 2017/18, debt repayments will cost $310 billion. This is up 38 per cent from last year due to an increase in principal payments.Public sector wages and salaries will cost $193 billion. It includes monies set aside to meet salary increases that are now being negotiated.

The rest of the money is allocated across the programmes the government sets itself to achieve this year as well as money to be spent on capital projects. But the government has not said how it will finance the plans. Normally 90 per cent would be from revenues with the rest to come from loans and new borrowings.

Finance Minister Audley Shaw is scheduled to open the 2017/18 Budget Debate on March 9, when he will inform the nation how the budget will be funded.





alkaline-photo-11.jpgThe killing of Morris is said to be linked to an ongoing feud between two gangs in the community of Maverley.

"It is believed that (Alkaline) can assist (police) with the investigations," a news release from the Jamaica Constabulary Force said.

Alkaline is being represented by popular defense attorney Peter Champagnie.

Through his attorney, the entertainer made contact with authorities, advising that he would turn himself over to the police for questioning on Thursday morning.

When news broke that the Vendetta deejay was wanted to assist the police in their investigations, he took to social media to denounce it as LIES.





alkaline-questioning-photo-1.jpgReports are that embattled dancehall deejay Alkaline has been transferred to the Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) headquarters in Kingston to undergo a second round of questioning in relation to a murder case.

The deejay, whose real name is Earlan Bartley, reported to the Area 4 police headquarters in Kingston at 9:25 am on Thursday.

He was wanted for questioning in relation to the murder of Rohan "Head" Morris of Three Oaks Garden in St Andrew. Morris was shot more than 15 times by armed thugs at his home in January. Sources say the 28-year-old unemployed man was slaughtered while next to a five year old child believed to be his daughter.





alkaline-dancehall-artiste.jpgSuperintendent Stephanie Lindsay, head of the constabulary's Corporate Communications Unit, says dancehall artiste Alkaline whose real name is Earlan Bartley, is being asked to report to the police in relation to a murder which took place in Maverley on January 13.

Lindsay says the police had tried to get in touch with the New Level Unlocked deejay personally, but were unsuccessful.

On Tuesday, social media accounts for the Jamaica Constabulary Force asked the artiste, to report to Harman Barracks in relation to the murder of Rohan Morris.

He was given until 5:00pm on Wednesday.





us-embassy-jamaica-kingston.jpgWASHINGTON, United States (AFP) -- US embassies could ask visa applicants for passwords to their own social media accounts in future background checks, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Tuesday.

Kelly said the move could come as part of the effort to toughen vetting of visitors to screen out people who could pose a security threat.

He said it was one of the things under consideration especially for visitors from seven Muslim majority countries with very weak background screening of their own -- Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

"We're looking at some enhanced or some additional screening," Kelly told a hearing of the House Homeland Security Committee. "We may want to get on their social media, with passwords," he said.





The legal team representing embattled Jamaican sprinter Nesta Carter is currently finalising its submission to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to appeal the sprinter's disqualification for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

However, Carter is allowed to compete pending the outcome of the CAS proceedings, this after the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) received confirmation from the IAAF outlining that the sprinter had not been issued a suspension after retroactively testing positive for the prohibited substance methylhexaneamine.

JAAA president Dr Warren Blake said he had received confirmation from the IAAF after writing to CEO Olivier Gers and enquiring about Carter's eligibility to compete.

Carter is now expected to start his season shortly after going nearly 17 months since his last race.

Carter will compete this Saturday at the Milo Western Relays at the Montego Bay Sports Complex as a member of MVP's 4x100m relay team.





alkaline-photo-11.jpgDetectives from the Criminal Investigations Branch Headquarters are seeking dancehall entertainer Earlan Bartley otherwise called, 'Alkaline' for questioning in relation to the murder of Rohan Morris.

The police say they believe he can assist them with the investigations.

Bartley is being asked to report to the Area 4 Headquarters, Harman Barracks in Vineyard Town, Kingston 2 by 5 p.m., on Wednesday, February 8.





alkaline-photo-10.jpgOonu ever see mi dying trial doh eehn!?

After the police put out big big call fi Alkaline and the media carry the report, dis fake tatoo eye bwoy a come like him waan cuss off media seh a lie we a tell pon him.

Alka, a nuh WE seh you wanted fi questioning inna one murder case...A di police dem say so. A no we.So get di helll offa social media wid yuh fake news bout media a tell lie pon yuh and bout yuh a personally ask people fi tek down dem story.

Try turn youself into di police by 5PM on Wednesday. Full Stop.





Happy Birthday Bob Marley!

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happy-birthday-bob-marley.jpgToday, Bob Marley would have been 72 years of age.

bob-marley-photo-5.jpgIn the 31 years since his untimely death, Marley still remains the most-popular figure in Reggae music. Succumbing to cancer at age 36 in 1981, Marley had become a global ambassador for the music he helped make famous.

Marley's passing shook the reggae and music community to its core; yet, his legacy remains intact through his timeless music catalog and talented children.

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Marley was born in the village of Nine Mile in Saint Ann Parish in Jamaica (also the birthplace of Marcus Garvey). Marley's father was a white Jamaican man of English descent and his mother was a native of Jamaica. Discovering music as a teenager, Marley befriended Neville "Bunny" Livingston (aka Bunny Wailer) who shared his dreams of becoming a musician. Through singer Joe Higgs, the pair met Peter McIntosh (aka Peter Tosh) who also had similar ambitions. Recording his first songs in 1962, Marley and his friends would eventually be renamed The Wailers, after being discovered by a local record producer.

Marrying Rita Anderson (now Marley) in 1966, Marley and his bride made a sojourn to the United States to live near his mother in Wilmington, De. Marley soon teamed up with American singer Johnny Nash ("I Can See Clearly Now") and nabbed a deal with CBS Records. Marley and the Wailers went on tour with Nash before their label deal went sour and the band ended up stranded in London in 1972. From there, Marley contacted Island Records' founder Chris Blackwell and was advanced funds to record the hit album "Catch A Fire."





Police kill leader of One Voice Gang

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The reputed leader of the One Voice gang based in Hanover was reportedly shot and killed by the police last night.

Police are reporting that the gang leader was killed in a shootout.

He has been identified as 21-year-old Omario Burrell, also called Duplex of Mount Pleasant district in the parish.

The Hanover Police say a firearm was recovered at the scene.

They say Burrell was fatally shot during a confrontation with a police team in Mount Pleasant district.

The police say the incident has been reported to the Inspectorate of Constabulary and the Independent Commission of Investigations.





crime-scene-gun.jpgA female student of the Camperdown High School in Kingston who had been reported missing, died in hospital Saturday afternoon from natural causes.

The police's Corporate Communication Unit says the girl, Brittany Thorpe, fell ill Friday after leaving school and was taken to hospital. However, persons who assisted her and the medical team treating her were unable to contact her family, who, on Friday, reported her missing.

She died yesterday afternoon while undergoing care. The police say Brittany's family was aware of her illness.

They say stories being circulated on social media about her demise are not true.





missing-school-girl-shanika-grey.jpgA second man is now in custody as the police say they have made a significant breakthrough in their investigations into the killing of 15-year-old Green Pond High School student Shineka Gray.

Head of the Jamaica Constabulary Force's Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay says the suspect was apprehended during an operation in St Thomas yesterday afternoon. She says he will be handed over to the St James Police in short order. Superintendent Lindsay also confirmed that another man was taken into custody by the St James Police yesterday (Friday).

She says the police are well advanced in their investigations and will inform the public about the reason the 15-year-old was killed after they have gathered all the facts.

The partly decomposed body of the grade ten Green Pond High School student was found in bushes in the community of Irwin Meadows St James on Wednesday, three days after she was reported missing. It's reported that she was last seen heading to a taxi stand after attending the funeral service for a former student at the same institution.





portia.jpgPeople's National Party president Portia Simpson Miller is to demit office on April 2.

A week earlier on March 26, the party will host a special delegates' conference to choose its new president.

Simpson Miller, a short while ago, announced at a meeting of the party's National Executive Council in Manchester that she will submit her resignation as Opposition Leader to Governor General, Sir Patrick Allen, after her March 16 contribution to the Budget Debate in parliament.

She said she will resign as Opposition Leader but will remain the Member of Parliament for St Andrew South West.





Young female Burger King worker missing since Friday

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missing-burger-king-worker.jpgNicole Brown, a young female worker at Burger King in Cross Roads has reportedly been has been missing since Friday.

Reports are that Miss Brown was last heard from via WhatsApp when she was at home on Friday at around 1 pm. Brown did not report to work and attempts to call her phone went straight to voicemail.

A voice note from a Burger King worker about the disappearance states that police entered into Brown's residence by kicking in the door and discovered that the blue barrel was missing and all of its contents were thrown out on the floor. Also missing was Brown's bed sheet and pillows. "Wha unnu gather from that," she said.

Reports are that the body of a woman was found in a blue barrel in St Thomas on Sunday.





Petraa makes her move with Love Is Eternal

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petraa.jpgThe Latin word 'petra' means stone and reggae/dancehall artiste Petraa is determined to carve her name in stone and make her story one that is heavily flavoured with success.

Petraa, whose real name is Petra Grant, is a world citizen and an authentic musical ambassador. Wearing multiple hats - deejay, songwriter and producer - Petra possesses a musical dexterity that sees her exploring various themes through her lyrics, rather than being stuck in a groove. She sings about love with as much conviction as she sings about poverty and the gritty aspects of life. This young girl with the fascinating accent hails from Leeds in England, but as her biography states, she relocated to Toronto, Canada, and now spends six months each year in the land of Reggae, Jamaica.

Petraa, who has been singing professionally for more than 10 years, has been paying her dues and Petraa's career is now in high gear. Having put out a number of singles and various other projects, among them a collab with Janny Popps on a track named Butterfly, which went to the number one position on WBLK 93.7 FM chart in New York, Petraa is ready to seize the moment.

Her latest single, Love Is Eternal, is poised to give her that big breakthrough in the music biz. The single, described as "an uptempo love story making the most out of Petraa's vocal range, that will be sure to captivate listeners" is in rotation on stations in Jamaica, the Bahamas and St Vincent.

As Petraa ex[plained, "Love Is Eternal is really getting a lot of love and we have big plans for this song. People seem to gravitate towards it because it has a nice reggae/soul groove, in addition to which, it just grows on you," she said sounding quite excited.

Although not officially signed to a label, Petraa is guided by a professional team, who is purposefully steering her career in an upward direction. Working with Christopher Coombs at Di Lab Records in Exchange, St Ann, along with other producers including Dane Ray, Petraa is in the process of recording an EP. The artiste is currently working on a 13-track album which is a mixture of reggae, R&B and dancehall and should be ready for release this year.

Currently in Canada, where she has a number of shows lined up, in venues including the Right Wing Pub in Toronto and Aldo's Place, while simultaneously working on her music projects, Petra is aiming to make 2017 her year.





Beyonce to still perform at Coachella

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beyonce-pregnancy-photos.jpgBeyonce's announcement of her pregnancy earlier this week sent Coachella ticket holders and promoters scrambling.

There was a lot of talk that she could pull out of the show she headlined because by then she would be too pregnant to perform, especially since she is expecting twins. Promoters even revealed that they too were in the dark and now they are worried about finding a replacement big enough to fill the void if she cancels.

It seems like ticket holders don't need to worry because there is a strong possibility that the show will go on. TMZ reported that all signs are pointing to Beyonce not pulling out of the performance because she has already booked two big name artists to perform with her and both artists knew of her pregnancy. The two artists weren't name, but people are already speculating that they could be her Destiny's Child members Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams.

Beyonce will be in her third trimester by the time of Coachella in April so everyone will be looking to see how she plans to pull off this big performance.





vybz-kartel-and-sean-kingston.jpgOn his recent trip to Jamsaica, huge Vybz Kartel fan, Sean Kingston, visited the dancehall deejay in prison.

Kingston has recently collaborated with the self-proclaimed Worl'Boss on a new single out title "Chance" that has been doing very well on dancehall airwaves since its release last week.

In na interview with ZJ Liquid on Zip 103 FM, Sean Kingston made it known that he intended to visit Kartel at the Tower Street prison last n Wednesday. Well, he did and reports are that he and Addi had a great conversation.

Kartel's reps are quoted as saying: "Sean Kingston is a good youth, very humble and positive. They sait down and chopped things about about how well the new collaboration doing and talk about collaborating some more. They also spoke about the upcoming appeal and Kingston told him that he has his full support in sorting out the case."

alkaline-photo-11.jpgOn Wednesday, Sean Kingston traveled to Kartel's home town in Portmore and shoot the music video for the single "Chance." Later that night the singer hit up Magnum Wednesdayz where he took a spin off the DJ table and played Vybz Kartel's recent Alkaline diss track "Closed Casket" and stated that although he had sone a colab with "other boys" Kartel was the real King of the Danechall. Sean Kingston and the Vendetta head, Alkaline, had previously collaborated on "Ride On Me (Remix)." Fans of Alka say Sean Kingston is a hypocrite and was actually dissing Alkaline with that statement.





Marley birthday tribute concert at airport Monday

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bob-marley-photo-4.jpgFebruary 6 is the birthday of Reggae King, Bob Marley, and tribute concert in honour of the late reggae legend is scheduled for Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) arrivals forecourt in Kingston on Monday.

The show -- slated to start at noon -- will be co-hosted by Kingston & St Andrew Parish Office of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) and Airports Authority of Jamaica.

Expected to perform are: Everton Pessoa, 2011 Festival Song Winner; Tevin Henry, a former children gospel finalist; Calabar High School choir, and Dunoon Technical performing arts.

Davidson said other concerts will be held on the day.

In addition to the tribute concert at the airport, similar concerts will be held on Monday at the Scotiabank in Spanish Town at 12:30 pm, and the Morant Bay Primary School at 8:30 am.

Marley, who would have celebrated his 72nd birthday on Monday, died in May 1981. He was 36.





The US Department of Justice has appealed a judge's order temporarily blocking President Donald Trump's refugee and immigration ban, saying it's the "sovereign prerogative" of a president to admit or exclude aliens in order to protect national security.

The appeal filed late Saturday at the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, cites a "basic principle that an alien seeking initial admission to the United States requests a privilege and has no constitutional rights regarding his application."

The Justice Department asked that the federal judge's order be stayed pending resolution of the appeal. It says the ban is necessary "to ensure that those approved for admission do not intend to harm Americans and that they have no ties to terrorism."

Earlier Saturday, the government officially suspended enforcement of the ban in compliance with the judge's order, which plunged the new administration into a crisis that has challenged both Trump's authority and his ability to fulfill campaign promises.

That stand-down marked an extraordinary setback for the White House. Only a week ago, the president had acted to suspend America's refugee program and halt immigration to the U.S. from seven Muslim-majority countries that the government said raise terrorism concerns.

The appeal says the temporary restraining order by U.S. District Judge James Robart in Seattle is a broad overreach of judicial authority.





missing-hanover-woman.jpgResidents in Hanover believe that the decomposing body of a woman that was found in Prospect yesterday is that of 30-year-old Tasha Gordon.

Deputy Superintendent of Police from the Hanover division, Ainsley McCarthy, said yesterday that people who knew her are putting this theory forward.

Gunmen allegedly abducted Gordon, who has been missing since January 9, after they killed her employer, Marvin McIntosh, at his businessplace in Prospect.

The deputy superintendent said based on the level of decomposition of the body that was found, the individual has been dead for more than two weeks.





Another teenage girl missing

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missing-teen-sheree-clarke.jpgThe family members and police have launched a desperate search to locate a 14-year-old female identified as Sheree Clarke, of Christiana, Manchester who has been missing since Thursday, February 02.

She is of dark complexion, medium build and is about 152 centimetres (5 feet) tall.

Reports from the Christiana Police are that about 7:30 a.m., Sheree was last seen at home dressed in a blue tunic and beige blouse and a pair of black shoes. All efforts to contact her have been futile.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Sheree Clarke is being asked to contact the Christiana Police at 964-2250, Police 119 emergency number or the nearest Police Station.





Beyonce breaks the Internet

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beyonce-pregnant-with-twins.jpgBeyoncé's photo announcement of her second pregnancy has become the most-liked Instagram picture of all time.

With about 8.6 million likes and 401,000 comments, Beyoncé's picture surpasses the previous record-holder Selena Gomez who has scored a staggering 6.3 million likes.

Meanwhile, the picture quickly took over the Internet last afternoon with fans in elated shock over the surprise revelation.

Her loyal fans called the BeyHive took to Twitter posting half a million tweets in 45 minutes.

At the peak of the twin frenzy there were 17,000 tweets per minute about the expanding Carter empire.

Within minutes "twins" was the top Twitter trend, followed by the trends "Beyonce," "Blue" and "Beyhive."





Bermuda to legalise small amounts of ganja

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ganja.jpgThe ruling One Bermuda Alliance (OBA) government has assured the Opposition party Progressive Labour Party (PLP) that it has been holding talks with police and prosecutors over plans to decriminalise possession of small amounts of marijuana.

One of the most damaging consequences for Bermudians convicted of marijuana possession is that the United States and Canada places them on their stop-lists.

Attorney-General Trevor Moniz gave an update on Wednesday on the OBA's Throne Speech pledge last November, after the Opposition PLP revealed it would table a decriminalisation of cannabis Bill in the House of Assembly.

At a news conference ahead of Friday's reconvening of Parliament, Shadow Attorney-General Michael Scott said the PLP's proposed legislation would drop penalties against those found with a small amount of the drug.





missing-school-girl-shanika-grey.jpgInvestigators have intensified their probe into the murder of a 15-year-old girl in St. James and reports are that one man is now in custody.

Shanicka Grey, who lived in Mount Salem, Montego Bay disappered from home and was found dead yesterday. The body, which had stab wounds, was discovered in Meadows of Irwin about 5:30 in the afternoon.

Shanicka was a student of the Green Pond High School. Detectives say they are following leads in the case.





missing-school-girl-shanika-grey.jpgThe partially decomposed body of a female has been found in bushes in Irwin, St James.

The St James Police immediately visited the scene, about a mile from Irwin High School.

Reports are that Shineka went to KFC after attending a classmate's funeral and was last seen on January 29, 2017 being followed by friends to the Bogue taxi stand by the Arcade in Montego Bay Jamaica.

She did not return home and was subsequently reported missing.





25 years in prison for rapist taxi driver

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hands-behind-bars.jpgTwenty-nine-year-old labourer Loveroy Henry, a taxi driver in Old Harbour, St Catherine was this week sentenced to 25 years in prison for abduction and rape.

He was sentenced in the St Catherine Parish Court to seven years for abduction and 18 years for rape.

The Court heard that in 2013, the complainant who was 17 years old, was travelling in Henry's taxi when he drove off the route to a secluded area. He reportedly forced her to have sex with him and then took her to her home where the girl reported the ordeal to relatives.

A report was made to the police and an investigation launched by the Centre for Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse. This resulted in Henry being charged with rape and forcible abduction. On January 19, 2017, he was found guilty in a unanimous guilty verdict handed down by the jury.





moravian-sex-pastors-and-lawyer.jpgThe two Moravian ministers charged with having sex with an underage girl have backed away from a threat to file legal action against their alleged victim.Gardner's new attorney, Peter Champagnie,says he advised his client against bringing civil action against the woman at the centre of the case.

"I don't want the impression to be given that there is any threat or intimidation by way of suggesting that there will be civil action against the virtual complainant in this matter. It is inappropriate," high profile celebrity lawyer, Peter Champagnie is quoted as saying.

"What my client elects to do after the criminal case is a matter entirely for him, but, certainly, at this stage, the matter is before the criminal court, and that is where it is going to be ventilated," he said.

Lambert Johnson, the attorney who represented Gardner and Gibson at the time they were arrested and charged, described the allegations against them as a witch hunt. In addition, Johnson asserted that the evidence provided by prosecutors was "riddled" with inconsistencies and bereft of credibility, cogency, or corroboration.

As a result, the attorney indicated that the two Moravian ministers were instructed to file civil action against the complainant for defamation, malicious prosecution, and false imprisonment. But Johnson's statement drew condemnation from the chairman of the General Legal Council, Allan Wood, who described it as deeply concerning.





Moroccan-born Québecer Mohamed Belkhadir said he had been clearing snow off the steps outside the mosque when he heard gunshots. When the noise stopped, he called 911 and entered the mosque, he said: "It was a reflex. You can't leave people when they're in need."

He said he was giving first aid to a friend when he caught a glimpse of a man with a gun. "I didn't know it was a police officer - I thought it was the gunman who had returned."

Belkhadir said he bolted from the scene. Only when police ordered him to the ground did he realise what was going on.

He was released hours later, but by then his identity had become synonymous with the attacks.





canadian-pm-trudeau-and-his-wife.jpgCanadian prime minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Grégoire Trudeau place flowers at a memorial at the Québec City mosque.

The office of the Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau has forced Fox News to apologise and retract a "false and misleading" tweet that inaccurately described the suspect in the Québec City mosque shooting as a man of Moroccan origin. The shooter was actually a white Canadian college student.

Six people were fatally shot in the back as they prayed at the mosque on Sunday. Another 19 people were wounded. On Tuesday two people remained in critical condition.

Shortly after the attack police had arrested two men and by midday on Monday, police had clarified that only one was a suspect. Fox News later sent out a tweet on Monday afternoon - shortly after the police clarification - suggesting there was just one suspect in the attack who was of Moroccan origin.

The Fox News tweet made no mention of the other man arrested, French-Canadian Alexandre Bissonnette, who now faces six charges of first-degree murder and five of attempted murder. Those who know Bissonnette have described him as pro-Donald Trump, anti-immigration and sympathetic to the far right.

While the Fox News story linked to the tweet had been corrected, the erroneous tweet had been retweeted more than 900 times and had racked up 1,600 likes.

In a letter to a top official at the network, Purchase asked Fox News to retract or update the tweet to reflect the suspect's identity as a 27-year-old French-Canadian.

"These tweets by Fox News dishonour the memory of the six victims and their families by spreading misinformation, playing identity politics and perpetuating fear and division within our communities," she wrote.

The letter continued: "We need to remain focused on keeping our communities safe and united instead of trying to build walls and scapegoat communities. To paint terrorists with a broad brush that extends to all Muslims is not just ignorant - it is irresponsible.

Within hours, Fox News apologised for the error.





ziggy-marley-chance-arthur-theme-song.jpg"Hey, what a wonderful kind of day!"

Chance the Rapper's love for the PBS kids show Arthur has been well known since 2014 when he began covering it in concerts and even released his own cover on Soundcloud.

But now he's taking a walk down memory lane and making it bigger than ever, fully transporting to Elwood City for a new cover with Stephen Colbert, The Late Show bandleader Jonathan Batiste and Ziggy Marley, who wrote and performed the original song.

In a new video segment, Colbert and Batiste reminiscence over Arthur and the theme song before recreating the opening sequence in a dream where Chance and Marley pop up.

Much like the song was intended to in the first place, this will make you feel very good. Watch it here and revisit the original below:





Beyonce pregnant with TWINS!

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beyonce-pregnant-with-twins.jpgPop icon Beyonce is pregnant once again -- this time with twins!

The 35-year-old "Lemonade" singer shared a picture on her official Instagram page with the caption, "We would like to share our love and happiness. We have been blessed two times over. We are incredibly grateful that our family will be growing by two, and we thank you for your well wishes."

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She signed the pic, "The Carters," using her husband Jay Z's real last name.

Beyonce and Jay Z are already parents to daughter Blue Ivy, born in 2012.

In 2013, Beyonce spoke to ABC News and told Amy Robach that she definitely "would like more children."

"I think my daughter needs some company. I definitely love being big sister," she added about having a little sister herself to Solange Knowles. She added in that interview that she's "very protective" of her daughter Blue Ivy.

"I just want to make sure that she can have a healthy, safe, normal life ... in the back of my mind, she's my priority. And life is completely different now. So I'm - I feel really, really just lucky that I can still do what I love, and now have a way bigger meaning. And that's to be her mother," she said.





Reggae Month 2017 kicks off

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With Kingston's designation as a Creative City of Music by UNESCO in 2015, the Reggae Month Committee made the decision to produce this year's staging of Reggae Month under the theme "Reggae Mecca". For the last two years, the association has been advancing the discussions on the importance of assuming the nation's rightful ownership of the music as an indigenous product of Jamaica with the most recent theme in 2016 of "Reggae Mekyah".

Playing on the popular moniker "mecca" the activities will include the signature Reggae Wednesdays in Mandela Park, Half Way Tree beginning with a tribute to Dennis Brown entitled Di Root. Popular artistes will celebrate the Crown Prince with songs of their own and his catalogue in a three hour packed show beginning at 6:30 pm on Wednesday February 1, 2017. As usual the show is free to the public.

Reggae Month was officially declared On January 9 th 2008 by the then Governor General of Jamaica. This was done to highlight and celebrate the impact of the musical genre on the country's social, cultural and economic development. Additionally, the birthdays of two of Jamaica's and Reggae Music's late icons are commemorated during the month of February: The late Dennis Brown also known as the 'Crown of Reggae', is celebrated on February 1, while Bob Marley is celebrated on February 6.





Ski Mask gang high ranking member killed by cops

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crime-scene-gun.jpgThe alleged third-ranked commander of the St James-based Ski Mask criminal gang, Jermaine Samuels, was on Monday killed in an alleged confrontation with the police in Settlement district, Old Harbour Bay.

The police said in a news release yesterday that the Ski Mask gang, which operates out of Barrett Town, St James, is responsible for numerous murders, shootings, rapes, and other crimes committed in western Jamaica.

Samuels, who was otherwise called "Bad Bwoy", was said to have fled the parish following the death of the gang's reputed leader Oswyn Jarrett, otherwise called "Ski Mask", along with five other members. The six were killed during a joint police/military operation in the Goodwill community of St James on January 14.

The police said yesterday that a Bersa 9mm pistol and seven 9mm rounds of ammunition were seized during Monday's incident. The matter has also been reported to the Independent Commission of Investigations and the inspectorate of the Constabulary.





Pastors and police rep for high-profile molesters

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Pastors and policemen have at least one thing in common, they are the most high profile group whose names are called in child molestation cases.

According to reports, the Head of the Centre for Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA), Superintendent Enid Ross-Stewart, told a parliamentary committee that the majority of alleged high-profile perpetrators of sexual offences against underage persons are pastors and policemen..

Ross-Stewart did not provide data on the number of policemen and pastors who've been accused or later found guilty of carnal abuse in recent years.

Her disclosure comes as public spotlight remains on the church community following the recent arrest and charge of three pastors from the Moravian Church in Jamaica for alleged sex offences.

Meanwhile, the CISOCA head said for last year, her office received 1,094 reports of alleged sexual intercourse involving underage persons.

Of that number, 664 reports came from Kingston.

However, Ross Stewart lamented that the conviction rate is among the lowest compared with other categories of sex offences.





A St Catherine man charged with sexually molesting a five-year-old girl will spend more time behind bars as he was remanded when he appeared in the St Catherine Parish Court on Wednesday..

Reports are that the five-year-old is the man's relative.and that his brother threatened persons who attempted to report the matter to the police. Eventually, the Child Development Agency and the police were alerted and carried out a probe into the matter.Both men were later arrested.

The alleged molester is to return to court this Friday.

Meanwhile his brother, who was charged with threatening a crown witness, was granted bail in the sum of $150,000. As a condition of his bail, he has to relocate to another address in St Catherine. He was also warned to keep away from the victim and witnesses in the case.