May 2017 Archives

marvin-the-beast.jpgHow can a beast be a princess? Only if your name happens to be Marvin The Beast.

The controversial dancer Marvin The Beast took to his Instagram recently to blast his haters and other dancers using his style. While venting, Marvin referred to himself as the "Princess of Entertainment."

Is this a Freudian slip?

"Wannabe p**y I am still the greatest entertainer Jamaica ever see," a furious Marvin wrote. "After the king of Dancehall beenie man the real King for entertainment and I am the princess for entertainment Representing for Jamaica big up to the doctor beenie man the greatest ever live then the world star beast so all of them who is living in my style I am back with no smile," he added sparking internet trolls.





Reggae Sumfest 2017

foota-hype.jpgIs the the ultimate LOL or what!

Instagram user, Gregory High, cause quite a stir on social media this week when he complimented hardcore dancehall selector and ladies' man, Foota on his good looks during a flirty comment.

"Damn you handsome as f**k sir," High wrote with several heart emojis.

Foota quickly deleted the comment however not before a few fans got a screenshot.

The controversial dancehall selector/producer is slowing becoming an internet sensation with his viral Instagram live videos which has seen a surge in his followers on the popular app.

However it seems Foota is also getting some unwanted attention too, earlier this week the selector posted a photo talking about NBA team Golden State Warriors and why he purchased their hat, "I bought that fitted for a reason GS reminds me of Chicago bulls in their prime that's y I love the team true champions GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS," he explained.





Ishawna not backing from 'war' with Killer

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It's all about Equal Rights for Ms Legendary, Ishawna, even if it means an all out war with the well known Warlord, Bounty Killer.

Bounty has taken a stand against Ishawna's controversial oral sex song, Equal Rights and IShawna has taken a stand against any man who takes a stand against Equal Tights.

Killer sent her a warning about performng the song, and Ishawna quicly responded, "bring it on"

She is preprared to war with Bounty, so Foota better get ready to intervene.





bounty-killer-photo-8.jpgEntertainment seems to be all about diss songs and counteractions and warnings these days.

On Wednesday the Veteran Dancehall artist made it clear that the controversial singer is not allowed to perform her new raunchy single "Equal Rights" at an event the two are booked for in Portland on May 23.

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According to Killer, if Ishawna sings her new track which glorifies men performing oral sex in his presence he won't be taking any more shows she's on.

"B.F.F Bikini Flossing and Food BIKINI BEACH PORTLAND MAY 23d LABOUR DAY @grunggaadzilla@dingdongravers," Killer wrote. "@mslegendary cyaah sing tha song deh at this show else mi ago rush har Nuh kitten or Catfish can nuh bloodclaath bother come bcuz that cyaah sing else she cannot be on no more shows with me either mi nuh sing fi bowcat or bowfish," he added.





george-nooks-follow-di-arrow.jpgLawyers representing entertainer George Nooks have declared that they will be challenging the drug charges against him.

Mr. Nooks, who was charged with cocaine possession on May 5, appeared before the St. Andrew Parish Court on Wednesday morning where the case was mentioned.

Lead attorney Tom Tavares-Finson argues that there are flaws in the Crown's case.

"I pointed out to the judge that there was already a major discrepancy in the prosecution's case as to where this incident took place because the superintendent who is in charge of narcotics put the incident one place, then the investigating officer put it at another place...and it is so unfortunate because this is a case where Mr. Nooks' career is being blighted by an allegation that, in my mind, cannot be substantiated in the court," asserted Mr. Tavares-Finson.

Mr. Nooks is to return to court on June 28.





Bartender shot and killed

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA bartender was shot and killed in Albion, St. Thomas on Wednesday.

The deceased is 46 year old Roselyn Walker who resided in the community.

About 10:45 a.m., Ms Walker was returning to her bar when gunshots were heard.

She was later found face down with bullet wounds to the back of her head





Woman's body found in tank

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crime-scene-7.jpgThe body of a woman was found in a tank in Alexandria, St. Ann on Wednesday.

She is 62 year old Beverloyn Brown-Edwards of Dumbarton in the parish.

About 5:00 a.m., relatives realised that she was missing.

A search was carried out and the body found.





crime-scene-knife.jpgNo motive has been established for the fatal stabbing of Hyacintha Wright, the wife of Joseph Wright, former Mayor of Falmouth,.

Mrs. Wright, who was 78 years old, was found dead on Thursday afternoon.

The police were called to Mrs. Wright's business place on Trelawny Street about 4.15 in the afternoon, and there they found her body with stab wounds in her neck, Superintendent Clive Blair, head of the Trelawny Police, told .

It's understood that Mrs. Wright was injured several months ago in another attack.





crime-scene-knife.jpgResidents of Runaway Bay, St. Ann have expressed shock and outrage following the fatal stabbing of an 88 year old woman, a resident of the community, on Wednesday.

The body of Nettie Rowe was found at her house shortly before midday.

It's suspected that she was sexually assaulted as well.

The house was ransacked; however, there was no sign of forced entry.

Investigators say Miss Rowe lived alone.





Frankie Paul is dead

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frankie-paul.jpgReports are that veteran reggae singer, Frankie Paul has died.

The sad news was reportedly confirmed confirmed by Paul's sister, Tisha Clarke, who spoke to artiste Wayne Lonesome about her brother's shocking death.

Lonesome went live on Facebook, and streamed the conversation between himself and Clarke, where she shared the news.

The clip has now received over 6.8k views, with many commentators sharing their condolences to the late reggae star.

This week, Clarke told The Gleaner that the latest bill she was issued regarding Paul's hospital treatment was quoted as $1.4 million in outstanding payments. "I don't have no more money because I have to buy prescriptions for him that they don't have at the pharmacy," she said.

According to Clarke, Paul had been a patient at the UHWI since April 2017, and was ill for an extended period of time.





Chris Martin short film

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50-cent-dog.jpg50 Cent gave a shout-out, or perhaps that should be a "bark out" to Shaniqua Tompkins, the mother of his oldest son, and many are calling it "savage", plain and simple.

The two have been engaged in a nasty feud for quite some time. And he has yet to show any kind of respect as he took another stab at her on Instagram. The vicious picture shows Fif sitting next to a dog and he compares her to it. The caption reads, "Ok ok, here's a pic of me and my first baby mom. LOL."

Many fans on social media gave varying opinions on the post with one saying," I think 50 has been desensitized to a lot of things growing up due to his upbringing...from his mother being murdered at 8,to becoming the drug-king pin of his own hood,beefing with supreme and jimmy henchmen and barley surviving getting shot 9 times..all those things literally turned him into a savage..!

"looks like he in his feelings. Shouldn't he been moved on with his life? Isn't he over her, he doesn't have a relationship with his son or her, so why the childish behavior, that's a grown man, I would never do that to an ex, even if he did hurt me, karma always takes care it, whatever energy you put out, you get back. Trust and believe."

Another commenter wrote, "I'm not condoning 50's post but how can his son hate his dad for doing this when he follows the mom to tmz and radio and doesn't say anything when she's calling him bum ass and what not?"

50 cent. I lost alot of respect for you bruh. If you happen to visit Vladtv and read this which you probably will, your black baby mama was the reason you still alive. She hid you in the Poconos when Supreme and them and Murder Inc was hot on your ass. You had no money. Your 1st album was shelved. She was ok then. But your second baby mama, the Asian one. You know, the one that was screwing Mally Mall and others while you were in the studio. You awful silent on her. She pressed charges on you, had you arrested, sued you for damages and child support. But you silent on the Asian girl who never didshit for you unlike your black baby mama, because of your self hatred but rage against your day one and even went at your 1st born. Smh. F@#$ing self hating sell out.





Afar Music Group and DJ Kenny release LevelUp

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afar-level-up.jpgkenny-bling.jpgThe new riddim from the Afar Music Group AMG features the sounds of a host of big name and on-the-rise artistes.

Among then are international reggae star Junior "One Blood" Reid who sings about about his mother's love on ''My Mommy''. With Mother's Day a near memory, this song was pulled up on radio and in the dance numerous times. Still living his dream, Nesbeth makes a impassioned statement about the perils of the street life on ''Tony Tony Tony''' while recording artists D Medz comes at you with "Africaness" chanting words of encouragement to black people to search within their souls and remember and honour their African roots and stop bleaching their skins. Rising star Keneil Brown, better known as Kenny Bling sings his respect for his real friends on ''Mi Chargie''', Clara, and Blakx.

"This project came about after myself and Dj Kenny had a long conversation about the business of marketing and promoting reggae/dancehall music. While reasoning about what's being done and how we can do things different and better we decide on joining forcing in promoting a riddim, hence the name LevelUp. With the release of this LevelUp riddim we are also introducing a few new artist, in particular Kenny Bling, who will soon release his debut EP under the Afar Music Group banner." explained Shem of AMG.





kalado-sexcited.jpgAccording to a release from his publicists, dancehall artiste Kalado's 'Sexcited' video was packaged months ago and is definitely not an effort to copy Dexta Daps much talked about, sexually charged video released last week.

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Kalado released his very raunchy and explicit video for the steamy single 'Sexcited', last week, however, Kalado says the single, which details a seductive interaction between the artiste and his special female.was recorded last year. The video amplifies that interaction, with raunchy scenes simulating sex and, for adult audiences, tasteful nudity.

The artiste released the visuals hours after another Dancehall artiste, Dexta Daps released a video online with similar scenes. Kalado however made it clear that this is by no means an effort to copy or compete with any artiste, the video was released in an effort to make the opposite sentiment quite clear.

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"I expect people will speculate because technically my video was released hours after the other artist's video but I had that video teaser on social media from November 2016," Kalado explained.

The visuals for Sexcited were recorded in St Kitts in October of last year, the complete video was ready for release in November of 2016 but was delayed.

"Many things delayed the release since we posted 'coming soon' on social media last November. After seeing the other artist's video I really wanted to not release my Sexcited video at all, but the producer didn't want to loose all that money he spent shooting it" Kalado added.

Already persons have started to compare both videos because of the nude elements but Kalado wants to make it clear that his video was recorded months ago and was never inspired by any artistes content whether past or present.

"Every artiste has their own creative method and I won't say anyone is following my concept from last year but I also have not stolen any concept from any artiste. My video was being teased over 6 months now so any one following is certainly not Kalado, " Kalado surmised

Kalado who is focused on promoting his recent hit Bruk Foreigner and new single 'Fresh To The Bone' is not perturbed by any comparisons made to his 'Sexcited' video as he believes the content and song stands firmly on its own merit.

The artiste is currently preparing for his Summer European Tour this July and will be touring countries in Africa later this year.

For all updates and to see all current content follow @officialkalado on all social platforms.

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marlon-samuels-foundation.jpgWest Indies Cricketer and international sports personality Marlon Samuels currently in India on professional duties will be expanding his entrepreneurial endeavours this summer with the launch of a new reality series.

Still in its infancy the series dubbed 'The Making Of An Icon' will encapsulate all facets of the cricketer's life, both on and off the pitch. Shot in partnership with Triad Media the project will give fans an opportunity to see the man behind the glitz and glamour of the popular sport.

"The show will give viewers an opportunity to see Marlon doing every days things not just on the pitch but also at home, on the road, spending time with his family among other amazing adventures. It promises to be something awesome so stay tuned." - a representative from Triad Media stated.

In recent times Samuels has also been doing a lot of philanthropic work across the region through his Foundation. At a recent presentation held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston he donated $J350,000 to Garfield Mitchell a visually impaired student of the Church Teachers' College who was on the brink of dropping out of school because his tuition fees had overwhelmed him. He also made a second donation of J$1.5 Million to the Jamaica Society For The Blind. Among the attendees at the ceremony were former Prime Minister of Jamaica Portia Simpson and current Entertainment Minister Olivia Babsy Grange among other dignitaries.

Samuels formed the foundation after he had encountered a moment of blindness himself. In 2013, while playing in Australia's domestic cricket league Big Bash where he took a nasty blow to one of his eyes from the cricket ball while batting.





GATFFEST 2017 'From the Streets to the Screen

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gatffest.jpgGATFFEST, the rebranded Greater August Town Film Festival, is hailed as the Caribbean's premier community film festival and this year the event marks its significant five-year milestone under the theme "From the Streets to the Screen."

The festival of films got its 2017 staging rolling with the official launch last week at the The Atrium, Faculty of Medical Sciences Teaching and Research Complex, UWI.

An initiative of the UWI Community Film Festival and Centre for Tourism and Policy Research, at The University of the West Indies (UWI) the mission of the GATFFEST Film Festival is to serve as a platform for local and international exposure of film makingtalent - directors, producers, casts and crews. The UWI Community Film Project, a community-based initiative supporting the UWI Township Project , offers training in film and video production for youth in a number of underserved communities.

According to the organizers, the festival was introduced in 2013 as an avenue to showcase the films produced by the graduates of the UWI Community Film Project. However, GATFFEST has evolved and now provides an ideal opportunity to showcase new and emerging filmmakers who are telling stories through a mix of short films and documentaries. The film festival features premieres and special events and panel discussions with stakeholders in tourism, academia and the film industry. The event also includes after-film discussions with filmmakers.

Professor Ian Boxill, Chairman of Gatffest explained that "The Festival has provided a platform for our graduates but more importantly for those persons who have an interest and who have made films. GATFFEST provides an outlet for them. It's largely a community festival and most of the local material is mobilized from among the communities. While the festival focuses on community building and development we want our filmmakers to compete with those from across the world and in attracting regional and international films, it shows them what they need to aspire to."

Activities during the event include film workshops and the screening of local, regional and international SHORT films along with an Awards Ceremony. Spanning the genres: drama, comedy, action, sci-fi, documentary, animation and suspense, the festival caters to a wide audience. The premiere film for 2017, Children of the Incursion, is a documentary which explores the psycho-social impact, seven years later, of the Tivoli incursion on the children who lived through the ordeal.

Patron of GATTFEST is Professor Sir Kenneth Hall





donald-trump-photo-1.jpgPresident Trump revealed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador in a White House meeting last week, according to current and former U.S. officials, who said Trump's disclosures jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State.

The information the president relayed had been provided by a U.S. partner through an intelligence-sharing arrangement considered so sensitive that details have been withheld from allies and tightly restricted even within the U.S. government, officials said.

The partner had not given the United States permission to share the material with Russia, and officials said Trump's decision to do so endangers cooperation from an ally that has access to the inner workings of the Islamic State. After Trump's meeting, senior White House officials took steps to contain the damage, placing calls to the CIA and the National Security Agency.

"This is code-word information," said a U.S. official familiar with the matter, using terminology that refers to one of the highest classification levels used by American spy agencies. Trump "revealed more information to the Russian ambassador than we have shared with our own allies."

The revelation comes as the president faces rising legal and political pressure on multiple Russia-related fronts. Last week, he fired FBI Director James B. Comey in the midst of a bureau investigation into possible links between the Trump campaign and Moscow. Trump's subsequent admission that his decision was driven by "this Russia thing" was seen by critics as attempted obstruction of justice.

The male vendor, who was shot by gunmen in Coronation Market in downtown, Kingston on Monday morning has died.

The vendor identified as Kirk Morgan, a 45-year-old resident of West Kingston succumbed to his injuries an hour after being taken to the Kingston Public Hospital.

Reports are that at about 12:30 pm, the vendor was in the market plying his trade when he was attacked and shot.





frankie-paul.jpgVeteran singer Frankie Paul is ill and his medical bill now stands at over one million dollars.

The family of veteran entertainer Frankie Paul is seeking financial help for the singer.

Frankie Paul has been admitted to the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI), Mona since April 2017.

According to his sister, Tish Clarke, Frankie has a hospital bill of $1.4 million in outstanding payments.

In a video posted on Youtube, Wayne Lonesome and Frankie's sister, Tisha in their request to seek financial assistance had this to say.

Reports are Frankie Paul's body is currently swollen because of malfunctioning kidneys.

As a result, the singer has been prescribed dialysis treatments twice weekly at a cost of $20,000 per treatment. Meanwhile the cost for the Intensive Care Unit is approximately $60,000.





bounty-killer-photo-8.jpgBounty Killer took to social media to explain why he left in the middle his performance at a concert in Trinidad on Saturday.

According to the Trinidad Express, Bounty Killer reportedly made a hasty exit, leaving fellow headliner Beenie Man mid-performance without any explanation.

In a long explanation on Instagram, Bounty Killer said he was booked as a solo act.Bounty further explains that he communicated to the promoters that if they wanted a Bounty Beenie duo then they would have to pay for it.

Bounty Killer stated that he was told that he would work after Aidonia but both he and Beenie Man were called on stage as a package.

Killer who also admitted that he was not going to perform, said the love for his Trini fans propelled him to deliver a short performance with Beenie Man.

According to the Trinidad Express, a confused Beenie Man asked "Where Bounty gone?" Meanwhile, the event promoter Kwesi "Hoppy" Hopkinson said despite their efforts some things remain out of their control.





bounty-killer-photo-8.jpgAccording to a report in the Trinidad Express, dancehall artiste Bounty Killer made a hasty exit, abandoning fellow headliner Beenie Man mid-performance without any explanation, at the Guinness Fully Loaded Music Festival, at the Jean Pierre Complex, Mucurapo, on Saturday night.

Bounty was reportedly in the middle of what the writer called a "high-intensity song-for-song segment with Beenie Man when he turned, walked off the stage and left the venue".

The long-time musical rivals' joint appearance had been billed as a festival of peace, love and sound.

The controversial DJ, who has been arrested in the past for using obscene language on stage in Trinidad, was seen pacing back stage as his co-star asked for his return.

"Where Bounty gone? Bounty, he gone?" asked a confused Beenie Man.

When Beenie declared to the audience the show would go on in his absence, Bounty was seen making his final exit.

"They say Bounty gone, but I came here to work," the dancehall doctor continued to a resounding cheer.

The Kingston native dipped into his extensive catalogue to successfully fill the unscheduled void, cueing his backing Ruff Cut band into a medley of his 90s hits.





25 winners for Reggae Sumfest 25

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sumfest-2017-poster.jpgTwenty-five lucky persons from overseas will win a trip to Jamaica and Reggae Sumfest, courtesy of title sponsor of the festival, Red Stripe. The announcement was made by the company's head of marketing, Blandine Jean-Paul Reid at the local launch of Reggae Sumfest, held at Usain Bolt's Tracks and Records in St Andrew last week."This will be done via a special promotion that will send these lucky Red Stripe lovers from the US market to the week-long festival in Montego Bay," she said.

The 25th anniversary of Reggae Sumfest is scheduled for July 16-22 at Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex in Montego Bay, St James.

Also speaking at the launch was Josef Bogdanovich, chairman of Summerfest Promotions -- promoters of Reggae Sumfest, who said this year's staging will be superb and will once again attract a large international audience to the island.

"The festival continues to grow and this year will be spectacular. In addition to live entertainment, we will also be having a food court among other things. We will be competing with other festivals around the world," he said.

For the second consecutive year, the festival will feature only reggae and dancehall acts. This is a departure from the practice of previous years of including major international acts, predominantly from the R&B or hip hop genres, to boost the offering.

The launch attracted dozens of the entertainment fraternity members including Beenie Man, Ninja Man, Harry Toddler, and Richie Stephens.





chris-gayle-condom-ad-1.jpgJamaica and West Indies cricketer Chris Gayle is cashing in on his notorious Big Bash interview with Mel McLaughlin by repeating the controversial phrase in a new CONDOM advertisement.

The sports star is the face of Australian condom brand Skore, . Sitting on a chair with a blank white background, the 37-year-old cricketer begins the video with the words: 'Listen me, I'm not a bad man.'

'I'm only a bad boy,' Mr Gayle continues.

'Bad boy to bowlers, bad boy to fielders, 'cause they don't want me that way.'

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Gyptian still signed to VP Records

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gyptian-photo-2.jpgReports that reggae artist Gyptian is no longer signed to VP Records are false.

According to a VP release, "On the contrary, VP Records can confirm that Gyptian remains an exclusive VP recording artist. VP Records aims to establish and maintain strong working relationships with all of our artists and endeavors to release the best possible product.

The label holds Gyptian in high regard and looks forward to releasing his next project.





The Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission, JADCO, recently hosted a senior athletes' seminar under the theme: "Anti-Doping Rule Violations, Get the Facts".

Participants in attendance at the seminar, included athletes in JADCO's Registered Testing Pool (RTP), national and international level athletes, athletes from tertiary institutions and their support personnel.

JADCO said it will host its fourth annual Senior Athletes Anti-Doping Education Workshop at the Jamaica Conference Centre on November 18.





Black Matic signs deal with Empire

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Upcoming recording artiste Black Mattic has signed a major label and artist deal with international distribution firm Empire.

This comes after he wrapped up production on his latest Album, Press Play, under his Label, Official Hitz Music Group.

The album also features production from Zj Elektra's label, Elektracute Music Group.

The album is scheduled to be released this summer 2017.





'Nuff' land in The Gambia for Mavado

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Dancehall artist Mavado is one lucky dude.

Reports are that he has been given access to fifty acres of land in The Gambia. The tradition is seen as a gesture of honor gratitude love and respect in the West African country.

The gift was made by Global Properties Gambia Limited and the deejay shared the news on social media shortly after signing documents.

Mavado was set to perform in The Gambia at the Independence Stadium Bakau, with over 25,000 tickets already sold. He arrived in The Gambia Thursday morning sending thousands of fans into a frenzy. Mavado is also reportedly set to shoot a new music video while in the country.

The Gambia is a small West African country, bounded by Senegal, with a narrow Atlantic coastline. It's known for its diverse ecosystems around the central Gambia River. Abundant wildlife in its Kiang West National Park and Bao Bolong Wetland Reserve includes monkeys, leopards, hippos, hyenas and rare birds. The capital, Banjul, and nearby Serrekunda offer access to beaches.





girl-in-dexta-daps-video.jpgSo, last week Dexta Daps release him video (short film) fi him album and have everybody a talk say is a sex tape him do. Cause the scene with him and the girl look like real live sex a gwaan. Di whole a di woman dem a lust after Dexta and the whole a di man dem a lust after the hot bodygirl.

But hear the catch...the girl who goes by the moniker Lady Ice allegedly has a girlfriend. YES A GIRLFRIEND.

So, men, the ice lady is not available; she is very upfront with her relationship as there are a host of pics of the two on social media to prove.





hands-behind-bars.jpgReports are that correctional officer based at the Horizon Adult Remand Centre has been held by the police after allegedly stabbing and shooting his wife at their St Catherine home Saturday afternoon.

According to new reports, 35-year-old nurse Lisa Barnett and her husband Balfor Barnett were in their bedroom at 655 Nautilus Drive, New Harbour Village, Phase One when a dispute developed over unresolved matrimonial issues.

The police say an explosion was heard.

Shortly after, Mrs Barnett was seen running outside with what appeared to be a wound to the abdomen.

It is reported that she collapsed and was assisted to the Spanish Town Hospital by a neighbour.

Her husband fled the scene but has since been taken into custody by the police.





bolt-tribute-mason.jpgbolt-and-mason-at-carnival.jpgbolt-grave-digging.jpgUsain Bolt has been filmed in Portland, Jamaica digging the grave of his recently-deceased friend, Team GB Olympic silver medallist, Germaine Mason.

In the video 100 metre and 200m world record-holder Bolt, 30, can be seen helping to lay Mason to rest, with the British high-jumper set to be buried on May 21.

Mason, who won the silver medal at the Beijing Olympics, died in a motorcycle accident in Jamaica on April 20.

The 34-year-old, who was born in Jamaica, reportedly fell off of his bike on the Norman Manley highway in East Kingston at 4.20am, while trying to swerve to avoid oncoming traffic, and died at the scene.

Bolt and multiple international medallist Michael Frater were present quickly after the accident, with the pair part of the main convoy returning from a soca party.

Mason had been friends with Bolt since 2002, and the duo are pictured in many photographs together

The Jamaican posted a tribute to his friend shortly after the tragic accident.

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trump-meets-russian-diplomat-white-house.jpgDonald Trump's administration was left red-faced Thursday after the Moscow surprised them by releasing pictures of a closed-door meeting between the US president and Russia's top diplomat.The images -- issued by the Russian state news agency TASS, and subsequently published by much of the global media -- showed a grinning Trump shaking hands with Sergei Lavrov and the Russian ambassador in Washington, Sergei Kislyak, during an Oval Office meeting.

That Wednesday meeting was already being seen as a major diplomatic coup for the Kremlin, a red carpet welcome just months after being hit with US sanctions for meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Veteran diplomats questioned why Trump agreed to host the diplomats -- a rare honor for non-heads of state, much less for those at the center of major US political scandal.

US administrations often treat Oval Office meetings as a type of currency, dangling the prospect of a high-profile sit-down to gain leverage or concessions in negotiations.

But the emergence of photos compounded the perception that Russia had won a diplomatic victory and that the Trump White House was outmaneuvered.

"Congrats Kollegi (colleagues) at getting these photos! Huge coup," said former US ambassador to Moscow Michael McFaul.

Publicly, the White House put on a brave face.

Trump "should be meeting with the foreign minister," said White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders, lambasting critics.

"For them to try to attack him for doing his job, maybe they should spend a little more time doing their jobs and we wouldn't have all the problems that we do."

Privately though White House officials seethed at what they described as a breach of trust.





Sean Paul, Shenseea working on collab

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shenseea-and-sean-paul.jpgShenseea this week posted a photo of she and Sean Paul in the studio with the caption, "We work till we got bags to get bags."

This led to speculation that the artistes have been working on a collab...well, it appears so.

Sources inside Romeich Entertainment camp, under whose management Shenseea falls, have reportedly confirmed what many were thinking. "Sean Paul is the top dancehall artist right now and Shenseea is the hottest new female artist on the scene so a collaboration only makes sense. We are excited about whats coming so stay tune," is the quote attributed to the outfit.

Some of Sean Paul's biggest hits of his career are with female artists like Beyonce, Sasha, Keyshia Cole, Alexis Jordan, Dua Lipa, and Sia. Last year the dancehall legend scored a Billboard Hot 100 number one single on Sia's "Cheap Thrills." SP is currently working on his next major-label album due this year under Island Records. Perhaps his new music with Shenseea will be featured on that project.





Dancehall artist Popcaan's 2015 collaborative single 'Good Times' with English producer/DJ Jamie XX and American rapper Young Thug is featured in Coca-Cola's latest commercial.

The banger serves as the soundtrack in the introductory video for the soft drink company's 2017 'Share a Coke' summer campaign launched on Tuesday May 9, 2017.





A 25-year-old fitness trainer from St Catherine, who is accused of attempting to rape a female member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) after breaking into her home in April, is expected to face the courts next week Tuesday, May 16.

The fitness trainer, Chaddane Harris, was slapped with charges on the weekend of burglary and assault with intent to rape. Reports are that on April 24, Harris broke into the home of the female officer in Edgewater in Portmore, St Catherine.

He allegedly attempted to sexually assault her, but she resisted and made an alarm. It is further alleged that Harris, who fled the house, was captured a few hours later in Bridgeport. The police reported that they seized a bag with a pair of gloves and a razor from him.

Following investigations carried out by the police, Harris was charged.





butch-stewart-sandals.jpgAccording to an article written by Carl O' Donnell in Reuters on Wednesday, Butch Stewart's Sandals Resorts International, a privately held Caribbean resort operator that caters to couples, is exploring strategic alternatives including a potential sale of the company, according to people familiar with the matter.

The article states that sale would mark the first change in ownership for the company since it was founded 36 years ago by Gordon "Butch" Stewart, who built it into the largest non-government employer in Jamaica and created resorts across the Caribbean.

"Sandals has hired investment bank Deutsche Bank AG to explore sale options, including a sale of a majority stake in the company, the people said, asking not to be identified because the deliberations are confidential."

O'Donnell states.

The valuation of the company could not be learned, but the sources said it could be worth well over $1 billion (£773.1 million), including debt. There is no certainty the move will result in any deal, the sources added.

The report states that Sandals did not immediately respond to a request for comment, while Deutsche Bank declined to comment.

The company, which became famous for its commercials that feature couples lounging in its tropical resorts, owns 24 vacation properties in seven Caribbean countries, including Jamaica, the Bahamas, Grenada and Barbados.

Although Sandals caters primarily to couples, prohibiting children at most of its properties, it also operates a subsidiary called Beaches Resorts that welcomes singles and families.

Stewart began his career as a sales manager at Curacao Trading Company, before leaving in 1968 to found his first company, Appliance Traders Ltd, which distributed and serviced air conditioners.

When Stewart founded Sandals in 1981, the company began as a single hotel near one of the largest beaches on Jamaica's Montego Bay.He sought to differentiate it from competing resorts by emphasizing "all-inclusive" packages, which feature a single flat fee for lodging, meals and drinks.

In the early 2000s, Sandals attracted controversy because its couples-only resorts prohibited same-sex couples. It retracted the policy in 2004, after the London Underground banned Sandals advertisements in response to complaints from gay-rights activists.The article goes on to speculate that the company founded by Gordon " Butch" Stewart back in 1982 could be worth in excess of US$1 billion including debt.





assistant-police-winchroy-budhoo.jpgThe Jamaica Constabulary Force has again been plunged into mourning following the death of Assistant Commissioner of Police Winchroy Budhoo on Wednesday.

Budhoo reportedly died suddenly after reporting that he felt unwell.

Budhoo was assigned to the Strategic Operations Portfolio and has been credited with helping to bring about positive change to volatile St Andrew community August Town.





Cop shot and injured in Denham Town

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A police constable has been hospitalised after being shot during an operation in the Golden Heights area of Denham Town, West Kingston.

Initial reports are that the policeman was part of a team from the Mobile Reserve on operation in the Denham Town/Hannah Town areas of West Kingston, when they were fired on by gunmen.

The police returned the fire and the men fled.

The police say during the exchange, a bullet hit the ballistic helmet of a cop and fragments struck the constable in the region of his shoulder.

A police operation is now underway in search of the men.

In recent days, there has been an uptick in gang violence in sections of West Kingston.





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MBJ Airports staff members volunteer with Change for Children at the Montego Bay Autism Centre.

Sangster International Airport operator MBJ Airports Limited continues giving back to Jamaica in 2017 by maintaining its focus on the nation's youth under its "Change for Children" initiative.

Since 2011, Change for Children has disbursed more than JMD 5m to a number of local organizations, the Caribbean Christian Centre for the Deaf, Montego Bay Boys and Girls Club, Scout Association of Jamaica and Montego Bay Autism Centre being the major beneficiaries.

"We are proud to be able to contribute to key non-profit organizations that make a positive impact in the lives of countless young persons across Jamaica," commented MBJ Airports CEO Rafael Echevarne. "It's critical that Jamaica's youth are nurtured so they can realize their full potential," he said, noting that Change for Children reflects the airport operator's commitment to the country's long-term socio-economic development.

Contributions to local non-profit organizations have been used for instructional material, computer equipment, and to support teambuilding and leadership programs. Change for Children is funded by unsolicited donations made by departing passengers using coin collection boxes located in the departures terminal at Sangster International Airport. In addition to the monetary contributions MBJ Airports has made to help sustain organizations that assist children in need, the airport operator has also provided support through the donation of furniture.

Nicholas Headley, Operations Manager at Caribbean Christian Centre for the Deaf, said the funds received thanks to Change for Children would be used primarily for equipment to upgrade the computer lab at the organization's Montego Bay campus. "It comes at a really, really good time as we are doing refurbishing of the facility," he said, adding, "We really are very grateful."

The Scout Association of Jamaica uses the funds for trophies, transport and food integral to the group's activities. "We depend solely on the private sector to support us with our funding. The donation from MBJ's Change for Children initiative is very important to us. It's been twice now that we've gotten assistance through this project and it's been very, very helpful, said Scout Association of Jamaica Chief Commissioner Maurice Brown.

Change for Children began with a proposal from US-based Richard Lackowitz of Island Health Care Services and Mark Kerr-Jarrett, Managing Director of Montego Bay real estate developer Barnett Limited. These two individuals remain instrumental to the initiative. In 2016, a mentorship component was launched with MBJ staff members volunteering their time to Change for Children.





donald-trump-photo-1.jpgDonald Trump has dramatically fired the FBI Director after he misled the Senate by claiming Huma Abedin sent classified emails to Anthony Weiner.

He writes to James Comey: 'You are hereby terminated and removed from office immediately.'

Comey found out on live TV screens in Los Angeles that he was being fired but thought it was a joke until he was briefed by his staff.

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He was later seen in his motorcade on a city interstate - in a bizarre parallel to O.J. Simpson - before boarding a private plane and shaking hands with officers.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions wrote formal memo saying they had no confidence in him.

Trump used letter dismissing Comey to say: 'I greatly appreciate you informing me, in three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation'.

Chuck Schumer, Democrats' most senior figure said he had told President Trump that firing Comey was a 'very big mistake'.

Democrats piled on by comparing Trump to Richard Nixon who fired top justice officials in the Saturday Night Massacre but Clinton aide said: 'No comment.'.

New acting FBI director is Andrew McCabe - and he too is caught in the toxic impact of Clinton as his politician wife got cash from a Hillary ally.





Canada exports ganja to Cayman

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ganja.jpgThe Canada-based medical cannabis company CanniMed Therapeutics exported its first International shipment of cannabis oil to the Cayman Islands, as a way of testing the territory's potential as an export market.The company exported its first international shipment of cannabis oils this month, including 12,960 milliliters to a pharmacy here.

The shipment makes Canada the second country, after Jamaica, to export cannabis oils to Cayman since the product was legalised here last October.

While the Legislative Assembly legalised the oils for medicinal purposes, it did not approve local production, requiring legally viable product to come from abroad.

The Cayman Compass reports that the Foster's Food Fair-IGA pharmacy received its first shipment of the oils from Jamaica last month but in limited quantity for one patient. According to pharmacist Michael Anderson, they are now hoping to establish stock from Canada and will reserve Jamaica's more potent product for special orders.

He said the shipment was handled the same as other narcotic pharmaceuticals, requiring an import certificate through the Health Services Authority. While he has received several inquiries, he said many interested individuals had not received a proper prescription from their doctor.

"All cannabis oil products will require a prescription from a local physician in order to be filled at any pharmacy in the Cayman Islands," he said. "The company is planning to stock cannabis oil products at our pharmacy, but will also work with our suppliers to produce any specific formula a physician may request.





crime-scene-gun.jpgTwo men were killed and two illegal weapons reportedly seized early this morning following an alleged shoot-out between police and gunmen in a section of Trench Town called Zimbabwe.

The police report that they seized a Taurus 9 millimetre firearm with seven rounds of ammunition and a CSR sporting rifle with 10 rounds of ammunition.

One of the dead men has been identified as Devon Campbell, otherwise called 'Chicken'. The other man has not yet been identified.

The police say they came under sustained gunfire when they responded to explosions heard in Zimbabwe about 3 o'clock Tuesday morning. The gunfire was returned and two men were later found suffering from gunshot wounds. The men were taken to the Kingston Public Hospital where they were pronounced dead.





President of the People's National Party (PNP) Women's Movement, Jennifer Edwards, says Danville Walker must resign or be removed by Prime Minister Andrew Holness from all state board and statutory bodies.

This after Walker was found guilty of breaching the Contractor General Act by not providing, in a timely manner, information requested by the Office of the Contractor General (OCG). He fined the maximum $5,000 or 14 days in prison. The OCG probed allegations that the customs department under Walker's leadership allowed the export of 97 containers of scrap metal despite a ban on the industry at the time and without the requisite licenses.

Edwards says someone who has breached rules and regulations set by the government cannot turn around and enforce those rules.

She argues that Walker's engagement on government boards and statutory bodies raise questions of conflict of interest, ethics and integrity.





The Chapelton Police have launched a manhunt for a man who attempted to rob a woman of $1 million in cash Monday morning.

The police say about 10:15 a.m., a female employee of the Century Wholesale in Chapelton was about to enter the nearby National Commercial Bank with the cash lodgement when a man held on to the bag in which she was carrying the money.

The police say a tussle ensued and the bag broke.

That's when a security guard at the bank intervened. The police say the robber managed to grab $100,000 in cash, before escaping. The Chapelton Police are appealing to persons transacting business involving large sums of cash to seek their help.





germaine-mason-ig-2.pngA thanksgiving service for the life of Olympian Germaine Mason, will be held at 9am, Sunday, May 21 at the Hagley Park Seventh Day Adventist Church, 114a Hagley Park Road, Kingston 10.

Mason, who died in a motorcycle crash last month,will be interred at Long Road Grange Hill in Portland.

The national high jump record holder died when his Honda motorcycle crashed along the Palisadoes main road in Kingston on April 20.

He leaves behind mother Carol, father David, grandfather Eric, son Jelani, four brothers, three sisters, spouse Shari, and other relatives.





vybz-kartel-photo-29.jpgThe Appeal Court is set to hear the appeal of convicted dancehall entertainer Adidja Palmer, more popularly known as Vybz Kartel in February next year.

According to reports, the February 19 date was set on Tuesday morning during a case management hearing involving that lawyers for Vybz Kartel and government prosecutors.

The parties are to return to court in December for another case management hearing to ensure that all the documents are ready for the appeal.

Kartel and three others: Andre St. John; Sean Campbell and Kahira Jones were sentenced to life imprisonment in April 2014 for the murder of Clive "Lizard" Williams.

Mr. Williams was killed at a house in Havendale, St. Andrew, however, his body was never found.

Kartel's attorneys claimed the artiste was wrongly convicted and will be urging the Appeal Court to quash the conviction and sentence.





Peter Sangster, the politician and businessman who is to stand trial on a charge of forging the signature of former Prime Minister, Portia Simpson-Miller is to reappear in court on June 5.

Sangster, the managing director of Jamus Communications Limited, appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court this morning, and had his bail extended

He is charged with uttering forged documents, forgery and obtaining money by false pretences.

Allegations are that between 2011 and 2013, Sangster solicited and obtained over US$600,000 from the chairman of the company.

The businessman reportedly promised to get a waiver for monies owed by the company to the Universal Service Fund.

Sangster is accused of forging a document purported to be the waiver.

A report was made to the police who launched an investigation into the matter.





companies-office-building.jpgHugh Jones, a director at the Companies Office of Jamaica (COJ) collapsed and died on the job this morning.

One employee of the company was overheard saying that Jones who always had a pleasant disposition on the job, had just greeted her heartily before entering his office. Soon after, he collapsed.

Quick responses from emergency medical teams to save Jones' life were in vain as he appeared to have suffered a massive heart attack.

The COJ closed its offices in New Kingston following the sudden death.

They say normal operations will resume tomorrow.

Another employee said Jones.





Drummer Prince Shirley dies in Germany

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drummer-dies.jpgReports are that popular drummer Basil "Prince" Shirley passed away in Germany on Wednesday after battling an undisclosed illness.

Prolific reggae producer Donovan Germain of Penthouse Records, in an interview with a Jamaican outlet described Shirley as an extraordinary musician who was extremely fun-loving and committed to his craft.

"He wasn't really a studio drummer but he played with Til Shiloh band until Buju Banton was incarcerated. He was really good at what he did. He played very close to the record as possible. He was always on tempo and the band could really rely on him to give off that strong beat," Germain said.





Masicka and Aidonia war brewing

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masicka-photo-2.jpgMasicka and Aidonia camps are feuding and there are reports of threats being made. However, the police is not aware of any of this this.

A diss track "Squeeze" was released by Masicka last week, a direct aim at Aidonia and Aidonia also released what is said to be diss track "Krazay" produced by his own in house producer.

Masicka and his manager Corey Todd - yes the same Corey Todd whose name was called in the beat-up of Devin Di Dakta-- allegedly sent a warning to Aidonia's camp signalling that this beef is getting physical.

The threats came after someone in the 4thGenna camp assault a sound system selector DJ Rolex for playing the Masicka diss song.

"Dont mek me hear you sing no more gun man song ya freak @aidonia4thgenna Selector strength yo have. Diss genahsyde," Masicka wrote on Instagram, while Corey Todd added "Uno got strength for selector @aidonia4thgenna @lalojop me a beg uno try that with me please me a beg u."

The alleged incident in question took place last weekend at a popular event in Kingston where Rolexx was playing some of Masicka's music. Aidonia crew was inside the venue and didn't like what was going on and roughed up the disc jockey. However, Aidonia's camp has since sent out a press release denying that any such incident took place and condemning violence.





warren-weir-screen-shot.jpgSo, Olympia Warren Weir got called out by his baby mother on social media over the weekend and he in turn took to Insta live on the verge of TEARS! to offer some kind of explanation? Yes, T-E-A-R-S. Is this guy for real?

Anyway, the story is that the 27-year-old Jamaican sprinter has a daughter who he has been keeping very secret. The daughter is not the child of his newly-broken-up-ex-girlfriend. The baby mother and Weir are seemingly not together, but she and Weir have a weird kind of relationship. So baby mama, who is not the girlfriend, took to Instagram on Sunday, May 7 to speak publicly on their situation for the first time.

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According to her, Weir needs to make time and effort to see and bond with their nine month old daughter. And Gabrielle, the baby, is such a cutie pie.

Baby mama also blasted his on-and-off-now-ex-girlfriend Lexi for repeatedly trying to sabotage his relationship with the child.

In his Insta live Warren also plays the blame game - blaming everybody, except himself. Fans urged his to keep his composure and his silence, so he eventually signed off.





usain-bolt-girlfriend-kasi-screen-shot.jpgThe girlfriend of the world's fastest man, is making sure things don't go south.

Kasi Bennett, Bolt's girlfriend, set tongues wagging when she showed off cleavage at a recent gathering. She obviously got her boobs done and some followers are impressed and feel that she is upping the sexiness ante by leaps and bounds. (But, still she was sexy before.)

Kasi was spotted at a popular local event in Jamaica last month in a white all-in-one showcasing her very perky, extremely firm and ample cleavage, .

Without confirming or denying tje rumours, Kasi instead posted the following on Instagram:

"... my left stroke just went viral #behumble."





A Trelawny pastor is now in lock-up behind bars after he was charged for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old member of his church.

Presley Smith, pastor of the Bunker's Hill New Testament Church of God in Trelawny, will face the Falmouth Parish Court later this week, after he was arrested and charged on Friday with five counts of buggery, five counts of gross indecent assault and five counts of grievous sexual assault.

Allegations are that between January 2016 and January of this year, Smith, 27, a native of Kingston but who currently lives in this rural Trelawny community, committed a number of sexual offences against a 15-year-old male student who hails from the district and is now residing in Montego Bay, St James.

Investigators have said that Smith turned himself in at the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) in Kingston on May 3 and was later transferred to Falmouth, where he was subsequently slapped with charges of buggery, gross indecency, and grievous sexual assault.

Reports are that the pastor had recently baptized the teenager.





mising-man-anthony-jackson.jpgThe body of a St Catherine man who has been missing since last Wednesday was found in Clarendon yesterday.

The body is believed to be that of 38-year-old Anthony Jackson of a Central Village address.

The body was discovered in a pit at an abandoned premises near Longsville Park sometime between Thursday night and Friday morning.

However, it was not removed until yesterday.

The police say this is not the first time bodies are being discovered in the area.

An investigation has since been launched to ascertain the circumstances surrounding the man's disappearance, while they await the results of an autopsy to determine the cause of death.





The funeral service for Cecil Prawl, the co-owner of the popular Gloria's restaurant in Port Royal saw a wide cross section of Jamaicans turning out to pay their final respects to a generous man.

Prawl died last month in when his high end utility vehicle crashed along the Port Royal main road.

Custos of Kingston Steadman Fuller and Member of Parliament Phillip Paulwell were among the hundreds who packed the St Peter's Anglican Church to pay their last respects to the late businessman.

Family and friends described Prawl as someone who treated everyone with respect, regardless of their social status.





george-nooks-follow-di-arrow.jpgAs expected, following his cocaine charge, singer George Nooks has reportedly been booted from the line-up of the Mother's Day concert -- A Gift for Mom -- to be held on Sunday at the National Indoor Sports Centre in St Andrew.

Nooks, who is looked up on as an inspirational singer, with hits such as God is Standing By and a host of gospel favourites, is primarily a reggae singer who is held in high regard by the public. He was arrested and charged after he was held with cocaine by the police in an operation in the Corporate Area on Friday night. Many of his fans have taken to social media, not only to express their disappointment, but also to encourage the artiste to use this as a wake-up call and seek help, if needed.

Clearly the organisers of the concert knew that they would have come under tremendous pressure if Nooks was kept on the line-up. Recently, the organisers of a concert against domestic violence were severely criticised for having Rodney "Bunty Killer" Price on their show, as Bounty has had his fair share of domestic issues with women, leading to violence.

The Entertainment Minister, whose ministry was a part of the event, however, silenced critics and Bounty remained on the lineup for the free concert.

According to police reports, Nooks, 56, was held by narcotics detectives who were on operation in the Widcome Heights area of Kingston 6. The singer was reportedly observed acting in a manner that aroused their suspicion. He was accosted and a bag he was carrying searched; it was found to contain just under two ounces of cocaine. He was charged with breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act.

Nooks was offered station bail in the sum of $80,000 and is due to face the Kingston & St Andrew Parish Court on May 17.

Nooks was set to appear alongside local acts Sanchez and Romain Virgo, as well as American R&B act Freddie Jackson.





vp-greensleeves-top-reggae-billboard-chart.pngGreensleeves' limited press 7" EP "White Man In Hammersmith Palais" debuts at #1 this week on the Billboard reggae chart. This celebratory feat kicks off the 40th anniversary of Greensleeves Record Label, which will release various special edition albums and host events with some of VP/Greensleeves notable artists. "White Man In Hammersmith Palais" was released on April 22nd which is also Record Store Day- a day for international music lovers and vinyl collectors. The title is from the 1977 song by the punk rock legends The Clash. Inspired by a concert line up that featured Ken Boothe, Dillinger, Leroy Smart and Delroy Wilson, the 7" EP features a hit from each of the four artists, packaged with a replica of the concert's promotional poster.

"White Man In Hammersmith Palais" is just one of the many ways that the 40th anniversary of Greensleeves will be honored. VP/Greensleeves will also release 40th anniversary editions of Culture "Two Sevens Clash," "African Dub Chapter Two" by Joe Gibbs and a three LP/ three CD, 40th Anniversary edition package of The Congos "Heart Of The Congos." Additionally, the forty-track "Total Reggae - Greensleeves" will give fans a four-decade overview of Greensleeves label classics. The label will also release new albums from current sensations Alborosie and King Jammy. Suns of Dub's "Riddimentary- Suns of Dub Select Greensleeves" came out on April 28th and is available for purchase and streaming.

In addition to the highly anticipated music, are the numerous events that will be held to celebrate the 40th anniversary. In Paris on June 21st - their music day, an outdoor sound system performance by Blackboard Jungle Sound will be held on the grounds of the Cite De La Musique: Philharmonie De Paris in Paris in Paris, France. The museum is also the site of the current exhibit on reggae culture titled Jamaica Jamaica! On the same day at the legendary BB King's in Times Square, New York there will be a Greensleeves 40th anniversary concert featuring Queen Ifrica, Alborosie and Addis Pablo, son of the legendary Greensleeves artist, Augustus Pablo. Events will continue in London through August and September including the Greensleeves 40th celebration concert at the One Love Reggae & Dub Festival.

"Debuting at number one is a wonderful achievement that we are very proud of and just another way to further celebrate the 40th anniversary of Greensleeves Record label," said Chris O'Brien of Greensleeves.





nesbeth-ohio.jpgDespite his mild mannered persona, Reggae hit-maker Nesbeth was in scintillating form over the weekend delivering a pair of thought provoking performances at Reggae Springfest in Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio to the hundreds who turned out to witness the showcase.

Making his debut in both spaces the 'New Gangster' crooner was anything but reserved as he ensnared the audience with tracks like 'Guns Out', 'My Dream' and a moving tribute to his late wife amid the thirty minutes set.

"I couldn't have asked for a better audience they were very receptive and appreciative. I fed off the crowd's energy and that helped me to deliver a great set. What more can I say but a big thank you to the people of Ohio." - Nesbeth exclaimed.

Seguing to the local scene, in recent times the Rastafarian singer has intensified his campaign aimed at uplifting the youths especially the disenfranchised and those most affected by the socio-economic perils of Jamaica. Prior to his departure the singer again visited the Spanish Town Adult Correctional Centre to perform and mentor inmates.





Police investigators have been interviewing the brother and the aunt of the four- and six-year-old sisters who died Saturday after they were taken to the Bustamante Hospital with blood and mucus coming from their mouth and nose.

The two sisters were found bleeding at their home at Washington Court Apartments in Kingston, and were pronounced dead at hospital. The incident has shocked relatives and neighbours.

Police report that five-year-old Rosrick Deviana King and four-year-old Rosricka Devrickaye King were pronounced dead on arrival at Bustamante Hospital for Children Saturday morning.

According to the police, the children's mother, Rosden Hewitt, left them in the care of her 15-year-old son and went to Ocho Rios on a business trip.

The police said that about 6:45 am yesterday, Hewitt, who was still in Ocho Rios, was awakened by her son who told her that his sisters were motionless bleeding from the nostrils and mouths.

Police sources say the girls were unresponsive and parts of their bodies were blue when they were taken to the hospital's emergency room by a relative.

Doctors later pronounced them dead.

A police spokesperson said that investigators have some idea what happened to the sisters, but say this is based on reports from doctors who examined them.

As a result, the spokesperson says a post mortem exam will be conducted to determine the cause of death.





George Nooks on bail after cocaine charge

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george-nooks.jpgReggae singer George Nooks is now out on bail after he was arrested and charged with possession of cocaine.

Police say the 56-year-old entertainer was arrested in St Andrew on Friday after a plastic bag with a small quantity of white powdery substance, believed to be cocaine, was found in his 2016 Mercedes Benz sport utility vehicle.

The God is Standing By hitmaker was charged with possession of cocaine and offered bail in the sum of $80,000. He is to appear in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on May 17.

According to sources, he was taken to the Duhaney Park Police Station, where the plastic bag containing the white powdery susbstance was reportedly sealed and labelled "in his presence and view."

It's reported that Nooks' luxury vehicle was also taken to the station "for safekeeping" but Yardflex was unable to verify this, as calls to the entertainer have gone unanswered.

Sources say about 9 o'clock Friday evening a team from the Narcotics Division was conducting operations in the Duhaney Park area when they observed Nooks "acting in a suspicious manner with a brown paper bag in his hand as he walked towards a vehicle." Other reports are that Nooks was in the vicinity of Wedcome Drive.

"As the detectives approached him, he opened the vehicle and threw the paper bag inside," sources told The Gleaner.

The vehicle was reportedly searched "in his presence and view" and the paper bag retrieved. Police sources say the bag was found to contain "a small transparent plastic bag with white powdery substance resembling cocaine."





trinidad-vs-jamaica-cover-1.jpgMother's Day Sunday May 14th

inside the

National Event Venue
1000 Finch ave E., Toronto

Jamaica National Group Presents:

Trinidad vs Jamaica Mothers Day Comedy Clash
& Fundraiser for Lupus

Team Trinidad:
Jean Paul, Sterling Scott & Saint
vs
Team Jamaica:
Jay Martin, Christopher "Johnny" Daley, Kathy Grant

2 Shows: 2:00pm & 6:00pm

Ticket Price: $25 GA | $35 VIP

Ticket Locations:
Nicey's Brampton
Play De Record Toronto
Music Hut Scarborough
Lloyds 1 Hr Photography
Granny's Mississauga
Jamaica House Brampton
Shine Barbershop Brampton
Island Mix Pickering
Ticketgateway.com

Partial proceeds will go to the "Poochie" Lupus Foundation

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i-octane-video-1.jpgDancehall and Reggae star I-Octane recently released the sexy single "Long Division" featuring fellow dancehall star Spice. Produced by Good Good Production, the breakthrough track is the second released single from I-Octane forthcoming 2017 album.

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The sensuous and provocative single has delivered an equally steamy video which will be released in the upcoming weeks. Directed by Bling Blang Production, "Long Division" was filmed on location at the Ward Theater, downtown in Kingston, Jamaica and pairs both stars in a seductive setting. "The single Long Division is a sexual song about 2 persons who have chemistry and want to explore each other. Both have mutual interest for each other but at the same time trying to figure out each other on a sexual level." explained I-Octane's manager, Ray Alexander.

i-octane-video-3.jpg"Long Division" video will premiere mid May, while the single is available on all major online digital stores http://smarturl.it/Long DivisionSingle

Busy putting the finishing touches on the upcoming album, and a recent thrilling performance in Antigua, I-Octane is slated to perform on May 28th in Miami at the 2017 Best of The Best Concert, one of the largest International Music Festivals in North America today.





Open Letter to Macka Diamond

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macka-diamond-open-letter.jpgDear Macka,

Whether you realise it or not, you are at that age where you are considered a VETERAN ATISTE. Now Macka, that is a term that carries a lot of weight -- implied in it is that you have achieved something good in your career and that you are worthy of a certain measure of praise and respect.

Macka, please wake up and smell the coffee and stop sniffing the c@#ky. Your song, No Tongue, is inappropriate, especially for someone of your age and stature and by extension, you, Macka, are also totally inappropriate.

As a mother, Macka, you are teaching the next generation...that is a helluva responsibility. What does your son think of you, his mother, when he hears such filth spewing from your lips? At your age, Macka, that is a no-no.

I would not be surprised, Macka, if your son is giving both you and your mom a warm time in Canada.

Macka Diamond, Lady Mackeril or whatever you choose to call yourself, please, please, do yourself and the dancehall world a favour and withdraw that disgusting song and then redeem yourself by doing some laudable act. I suggest a song that uplifts women, but the choice is really yours.

All the best, to you and your family Macka. Oh, and by the way, some of those raunchy pictures definitely need to go. The garbage receptacle is the ideal place for them...just saying.





lisa-hanna-photo-5.jpgPoor Lisa Hanna....not long after taking flack for her Kartel comments, the Opposition Spokesperson on Youth and Culture now says she experienced the worst customer service in Jamaica recently at a Toll Booth.

She says the toll collector refused to accept a card payment after she realised she only had $2000 JMD cash and the fee was $2450.

"CASH ONLY ... But why if you have a credit/debit card machine you won't accept credit card/ debit payments for the toll?," she said on Instagram.

"I had to wait for someone to drive from Kingston To Caymanas Toll with $450.00 because unless you have cash or US$ the Chinese will not let you through. It's their policy. The sales agent was passive aggressive in her demeanor and said there was nothing she could do because even if I bought the pass for 30,000.00 it wouldn't be activated to get me through the toll," Hanna wrote.

"When the person arrived with the $450.00 a Supervisor finally called down to the sales office where I was to say that they will accept my payment via credit card. This was after I was prepared to buy a pass for the road which they estimated would cost me $30,000.00. I eventually made a credit card payment of $38,450.00 (2,450 toll, 6000 for the device & 30,000 for credit) to CHEC after feeling sever frustration with the customer service."

"Why do our own Jamaican people make life so difficult for their own Jamaican people? Why won't the Chinese Highway accept other forms of payment? Suppose it was a situation of life or death and a person just didn't have the money? Why must we give people who are trying to give you money (or not) bad customer service in the sales office? CHEC needS to make back their money on their investment to build the road. But it's no excuse for a Jamaican worker to give bad customer service. That's the issue. I am calling on China Harbour to look at their toll policy. It's already very expensive for us as motorists to use the highway but on top of it we receive bad customer service."





popcaan-photo-5.jpgOver the weekend Popcaan was in Barbados with his unruly crew and a show. However he raised a few eyebrows when a video surfaced of him chilling and listening to some of his singles.

While singing abut "Demon Gyals" Popcaan sent a message to Burrell.

"Skatta a dat yuh mek the gyal dem do you.... wull it." The "Stray Dog" deejay said to the producer who was previously linked to Ishawna.

The video comes weeks after the 'Unruly Boss' and former Downsound records artist had a falling out after Popcaan refuted claims that the two had an upcoming single together.

A preview of the alleged single "Ready For War" was released on April 18, however Popcaan said the track was fake.

The "Restraining Order" singer seemingly took offense to Popcaan's statement and went to her Instagram account to quote lyrics from his rival Mavado.

"Mi love it when dem plan up and group up, it mek it easier fi dem get shoot up!!!!," Ishawna wrote, taking jabs at Popcaan and his production team.

Meanwhile Ishawna has retained the spotlight with her new raunchy single "Equal Rights" last week. The track has been making rounds with the ladies as it glorifies males giving oral sex.





feluke-promo-picture.jpgReggae singer and percussionist Denver Smith, also known in music circles as "Feluke" is thanking fans, friends and family for the love and support.

Feluke is currently in the first week of his 21-day cancer treatment in Mexico.

Earlier this month, family and friends of Feluke created a GoFundMe account for the entertainer, who is suffering from stage 4 colon cancer.

Feluke is scheduled to perform at Reggae Sumfest in Montego Bay this year.





j-amsterdam.jpgControversial dancehall artiste J Amsterdam is back on the scene to show his full support for Ishawna's new single 'Equal Rights' which urges men to perform the sexually taboo act of oral sex.

Amsterdam made headlines back in 2014 as "The Freak Messiah" when he dropped his debut single "Come Wine Inna Face" however disappeared shortly after getting numerous death threats.

"I've been a musician for over sixteen years writing my own songs and I have reinvented myself by taking on the landscape of the freaks," the Portmore-based Dancehall artist said during an interview.

"There are a lot of freaks in Jamaica but they have no one to represent them and they have no voice, so I want to be the voice of the voiceless."





macka-diamond-photos-3-detailed.jpgDancehall fans descended on social media to drag Macka Diamond through the mud after she hit out at Ishawna's oral sex offering entitled Equal Rights.

Macka dropped a new track titled 'Nuh Tongue' on Tuesday a direct counteraction againsts 'Equal Rights'. The title of the song is self-explanatory. In the single,

Macka says: "A wah dem wan fi do turn dancehall inna freaky show?" Macka questions in the single.

"A wah happen to dem? a weh the goodup big h**d man dem deh? / unu grab up unu c**ky yah now."

"Mi want a big h**d man fi f**k mi out / mi nuh want nuh boii weh a suck mi out / C**ky mi seh mi want and not yuh mouth / wid yuh freaky lifestyle boii lock yuh mouth," Macka deejays.

However Macka Diamond is surely being hypocritical, because she herself released a song glorifying oral sex in 2013, so how come she is now saying the exact opposite.





Starbucks to open in Jamaica

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starbucks.pngStarbucks Coffee Company has confirmed that it will be setting up shop in Jamaica.

The popular drink chain has granted Caribbean Coffee Traders Limited, a consortium led by restaurant management and franchise operator Margaritaville Caribbean Group, the exclusive right to develop and operate stores in Jamaica.

Jamaica will be Starbucks' 6th in the Caribbean region, with the first store slated to open in Montego Bay.





ganja-seized.jpgA police investigation has been launched into the seizure of more than 1,000 pounds of compressed ganja at two beaches in Hellshire, Portmore, St. Catherine yesterday.

The police report that during an early morning operation at Fort Clarence beach, detectives from the Narcotics Division found 483 pounds of compressed ganja in mangroves.

A man was arrested and a car seized.

The team then went to Waves Beach where a car was intercepted and searched, the police then found and seized 13 bags with 620 pounds of compressed ganja.

The driver was taken into custody.

The value of the drug has been placed at J$5.5 million.

Investigators suspect that the seizures are linked to the guns for drugs trade.





Market truck turns over; vendors injured

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Seven market vendors had to be taken to hospital Friday morning after a truck transporting them and their market goods overturned on the Newport main road in Mandeville, Manchester.

The extent of their injuries is not known.

The truck was was on its way to Kingston.

Reports indicate that the truck, which had about 15 persons on board, developed mechanical problems. The driver lost control of the vehicle and it overturned.

Most of the vendors' goods were lost.





Brothers shot dead in Anchovy

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Two brothers were shot dead in Nigger Ground in Anchovy, St. James on Friday morning.

They have been identified as 33 year old Omar Smith and 34 year old Odain Smith from Top Hill in Anchovy.

Reports from the Anchovy police are that the men left home for work about 6:00 a.m. They took a shortcut in Nigger Ground when they where ambushed.

They died at the scene.





mandeville-tax-office-shot-dead.jpgThe Manchester police questioned the boyfriend of an employee of the Mandeville ‎tax office in connection with her early morning murder.

The woman, identified as Keniesha McKenzie-Gayle, was shot dead, allegedly by her boyfriend who is an ex soldier of the Jamaica Defence Force.

The details surrounding the incident are not immediately clear.

However, it happened at the couple's home in New Green, about five kilometres outside of Mandeville.

The incident has shocked staff members at the Mandeville Collectorate.

Director of communications at Tax Administration Jamaica Meris Haughton says the Mandeville Tax Office has been closed for the day as staff members receive grief counselling.





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Red Stripe presents 25th Reggae Sumfest

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July 16 - 22, 2017

Montego Bay Jamaica

Jamaica's Premier Music Festival

Save $$$

Earlybird Tix Now!

Jamaica Tourist Board





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Sizzla

Jah Cure

Queen Ifrica

Christopher Martin

Dexta Daps

Richie Stephens & Ska Nation Band

Mad Cobra

Kabaka Pyramid

Feluke

Deep Jahi

Meleku

Davianah

Special Guest Stars





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Mavado

Bounty Kiler

Tory Lanez

Aidonia

Beenie Man

Spice

Tommy Lee Sparta

Masicka

Patoranking

Devin di Dakta

Tifa

Jahmiel

Ding Dong

Harry Toddler & Ikel Marvelous

Bucky Marshall

Tuffa Lie

John Hype

Shelly Belly

Shankle Dip & Blazzy

Shenseea

TJ

Special Guest Stars





Jamaica's Premiere Week Long Music Festival

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Downsound Entertainment

July 16-22, 2017 @ Montego Bay, Jamaica

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Must be legal Drinking Age. Enjoy Red Stripe Responsibly

Five Preview Events

Two Main Festival Nights

Jamaica Tourist Board

I Pledge to Drink Right





Sumfest Heavyweight Clash! 2017

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8PM - 4AM

Pier One Event Center





Sumfest Blitz: Retro Block Party 2017

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Wed, July 19

8PM - 4AM





Sumfest All White Party 2017

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Tue, July 18

8PM - 4AM





Sumfest @ Sunset 2017

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on the

Treasure Queen

Pier 1 Dock

Mon, July 17

5 PM open, boat leaves 7 PM

Back 11 PM

After Party 11 PM - 3 AM





Sumfest Beach Party 2017

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Adult Playground

Tropical Bliss Beach

9 Kent Avenue, Mobay

Sun, July 16

2pm - 2am

DJ's Chris Dymond, Team Shella, Dexta Pepper, Jigga & Coppershot





Reggae Sumfest 2017 Pre Events

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Sumfest Beach Party "Adult Playground"

Tropical Bliss Beach, 9 Kent Avenue, Mobay, Sun July 16 2PM-2AM

Sumfest @ Sunset - Treasure Queen Yacht

Pier 1 Dock, Mon July 17, 5PM, Boat 7PM-11PM

After Party 11PM - 3AM

Sumfest All White Party

Pier One Restaurant, Tue July 18, 8PM-4AM

Sumfest Blitz, Retro Block Party

Pier One Event Center, Wed July 19, 8PM-4AM

Sumfest Heavyweight Clash

Pier One Event Center, Thu July 20, 8PM-4AM





Rockhouse Foundation 2017 Raffle

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Win / Win

Support education in Jamaica and Rockhouse Foundation's special needs school project by buying a raffle ticket and the chance to win amazing prizes.

  • 1st Prize - A Week Long Getaway for two at Rockhouse Hotel including airfare from JetBlue (Balue $6000)
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  • 3rd Prize - 5 Course Tasting Menu for 8 at Miss Lily's NYC (Value $1200)
  • 4th Prize - 5 Days of Wellness for 2 with Daily Spa at Rockhouse (Value $1100)
  • 5th Prize - 3 Days of Indulgence for 2 w/ Private Dinner at Rockhouse (Value $500)

All expenses related to the auction are fully underwritten by the Rockhouse Hotel. Every cent supports Jamaicans in need.


Support the construction of our New Special Needs School

Raffle Tickets $100 each

Maximum 10 per person - Only 1000 tickets sold

For ticket purchase please visit:

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Raffle Drawing will take place at

The Rockhouse Foundation's Spring Fundraiser at Miss Lily's Soho, New York

June 6th, 2017

for which limited tickets are still available.

Winners need not be present at the drawing and will be published on

www.rockhousefoundation.org

For any inquiries please email raffle@rockhousefundation.org





sean-paul-photo-6.jpgRecording artiste Sean Paul has released the video for Body, which features Atlanta Rap trio Migos.

The Video was shot a few weeks ago in South Beach in Miami.

The single, produced by veteran producer Don Corleon, is featured on Sean's upcoming album.

The project, which is expected later this year, is his first since signing his new deal with Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited.





ishawna-photo-6.jpgFemale fans of dancehall deejay Ishawna are up in arms about the scorn that is being poured on Ishawna's oral sex song, Equal Rights. They want Miss Legendary's newly released controversial single, Equal Rights to receive the same play that sexually suggestive taboo songs by male deejays get..

Reports are that over the weekend, females at a beach party booed a selector who said the owners of the sound system didn't want the song which speaks of men performing oral activities on women played on their sound.

In the video posted by Ishawna on social media, the women yelled "we need justice," others booed while some men chatted among themselves, and others watched as the saga unfolded.

The selector later heeded. As Ishawna's voice blared from the speakers, loud cheers erupted inside the venue as some women gyrated wildly to the lyrics.

Meanwhile, fellow dancehall deejay Kip Rich has since counteracted Ishawna's Equal Rights" with "Eating Rights."

Some argued that Ishawna is being treated unfairly stating that dancehall fans and industry players were more receptive to Gage's "Throat."





shenseea.jpgRecording artiste Shenseea has released a new single titled Topic of Discussion, following the recent controversy surrounding her feature on Vybz Kartel's Loodi.

The single debuted Saturday morning on her official Instagram account.

The song seemingly addresses a number of recent issues and controversies, including the hot topic single, Loodi, which became a talking point when jailed deejay Vybz Kartel released the original single which does not contain Shenseea's vocals.

Kartel has also released a new single, interestingly, by the same outfit that had produced Loodi.





Calabar sets records at Penn Relays

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Calabar High School captured the 4x100 meters in record style at the 123rd staging of the Penn Relays

The boys from Red Hills road ran 39 seconds flat in the High school boys Championship of America event.

Earlier led by a blistering run from double Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson, the Jamaica women's team beat the USA red team to win the 4x100 meters relay in the USA vs the rest of the World. Jamaica's male team also won the 4 by 400 meters relay.





Top cop says policeman's murder 'callous'

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police-commish-george-quallo-swearing-in.jpgNewly sworn in commissioner of police, George Quallo, has described the killing of a policeman on Friday by a suspect he was searching, as cruel and callous.

Commissioner Quallo added that it was unfortunate that the murder happened while the policeman, Constable Hanson, was performing his duties to serve and protect members of the public.

It's reported that the policeman, who was attached to the St Andrew North Division, was attempting to apprehend a suspect along Constant Spring Road when the man disarmed him and shot him in the head.





police-commish-george-quallo-swearing-in.jpgThe Opposition People's National Party has blasted as a "vulgar politicisation" the appointment of former Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) election candidates to the top posts at the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA).

Shane Dalling, a former JLP councillor, will take over as chief executive officer of the FLA. He will join a leadership team that includes board chairman Dennis Wright, a former JLP candidate for Portland Eastern and Dennis Meadows, the deputy chairman. Meadows unsuccessfully ran for the JLP in Trelawny Northern in the 2016 General Election.

Opposition Spokesman on National Security, Peter Bunting, says the Government is wrong for giving the top posts to the former political representatives.

According to him, the FLA is a sensitive entity that does work previously done by an arm of the Jamaica Constabulary Force and there should be not likelihood of political interference.

Last year, the FLA was heavily criticised over foul-ups involving the gun licence issued to Patrick Powell, the man who was freed of the murder of schoolboy Khajeel Mais.

Powell is still before the court for failing to handover his firearm for inspection.

Police Commissioner George Quallo is this afternoon appealing to members of the public to desist from sharing images and videos on social media from the scene where Constable Leighton Hanson was shot and killed yesterday.





The Jamaica Constabulary Force is on high alert following the shooting and injury of record producer Leighton "Livity" Coke early Sunday morning.

Coke, who is in stable condition, is currently hospitalised after he and a female were shot and injured in Hellshire, St Catherine.

The Corporate Communications Unit, the communications arm of the Jamaica Constabulary force confirmed the incident and is advising citizens to remain calm. Coke is the brother of imprisoned gangster Christopher "Dudus" Coke.

Coke is known on the entertainment circuit for his Live Up Records label, which started in 2005. Artistes he has worked with include Vybz Kartel (Money Pon Mi Mind), Mavado (I'm On The Rock), Flippa Mafia (Unfinished House), and Mr Vegas (I'm Blessed).

His record label also copped the EME's Best Compilation and Rhythm of the year for the Good Life Rhythm in 2010.

Coke is also one of the promoters of the annual West Kingston Jamboree. The stage show -- which had its beginning in1999 -- was restarted in 2014 after it was discontinued by the security forces following the unrest of May 2010.





The police in Montego Bay St James are now in search of a hand-cart man who they say severely chopped a female vendor at the Charles Gordon Market on Thursday morning and then fled the scene after she caught him stealing yam.

The police stated that the wounded woman has since been treated at the Cornwall Regional Hospital and admitted in stable condition.

Reports are that about 11:30 am on Thursday, the female vendor was at her stall outside the Market when she saw the hand cart man stealing yams from a neighboring vendor's stall.

She raised an alarm and the hand cart man told her that she was an informer before using a machete to chop her to her upper body and then fleeing the scene.





donald-trump-photo-1.jpg(CMC) -- A senior Antigua government minister says Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries will along with countries in Latin America speak with one voice opposing plans by the United States to target their nationals residing in the North American country to help President Donald Trump build his much touted multi-billion dollar US-Mexico border wall.US legislators are seeking to impose a two per cent tax on all remittances sent by nationals of Belize, the Cayman Islands, Haiti, the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica, the British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, St Kitts and Nevis, Montserrat, Guadeloupe, Dominica, Martinique, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Barbados, Grenada, Guyana and Suriname to friends and relatives.

These Caribbean countries are among a number of countries in Latin America and the Caribbean highlighted by the US legislators to help fund the wall, a major campaign promise of Trump and estimated at US$21.6 billion.

Foreign Affairs Minister Charles Fernandez, speaking on the state-owned ABS Television, said the new measures being advocated could result in the remittances system going underground.

"Whatever tax you put on it even though it sounds like a little bit, two per cent it could cause a number of people to want to drive this outside of the regulatory banking system and that could be of concern...because you could get into all kinds of monies moving around in actual hard currencies.

"The other thing about it is that the President had said...Mexico was going to pay for the wall, clearly now it is anybody who is doing transfers will pay for it.

"As regards to the Caribbean, I think Jamaica probably will be the biggest one affected. In 2015, Jamaica had something like US$1.5 billion sent from America alone to Jamaica in remittances," he added.





Suspect in Livity's shooting detained

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policeman-leighton-hanson-shot-dead.jpgThe Greater Portmore Police have detained a suspect in connection with the shooting of Leighton 'Livity' Coke yesterday morning in Hellshire, St Catherine.

Head of Operations at the Greater Portmore Police Division, Superintendent Leighton Gray, reportedly told The Gleaner that the man was detained yesterday when he turned up at the police station to claim a motorbike that was seized by the police in Hellshire following the shooting incident.

Head of Operations at the Greater Portmore Police Division, Superintendent Leighton Gray

Superintendent Gray says it is suspected that the bike was being driven by one of the gunmen who attacked Coke, but was left behind during the confrontation.

He says the suspect, whose identity is being withheld at this time, is from the west Kingston area.

He is still being questioned.

Meanwhile, the security forces remain on guard in west Kingston as investigations intensify into the shooting of Livity, who is the brother of drug kingpin Christopher 'Dudus' Coke.

Livity was ambushed and shot several times early Sunday morning at Hellshire Beach in St Catherine.

Hours after the shooting, police and soldiers took up positions at the hospital where doctors treated 'Livity' for gunshot wounds to the right side of his chest and left hand.

A woman who was travelling with him at the time was also shot multiple times.

Both Livity and the woman are still in hospital.





asafa-powell-and-usain-bolt-beijing-2015.jpgJamaican sprinter and former world 100 metre record holder Asafa Powell is now the holder of a Guinness World Record.

According to a release from the athlete's management, Powell has been named a record holder for most competitive 100 metre races completed in under10 seconds.

Powell has 97 such runs. The athlete, who refers to himself as the 'Sub-10 King', recorded his 97th sub-10 clocking with 9.94 seconds in an IAAF Diamond League race in Zurich last year.

According to the release, Powell will seek his 98th sub-10 run at the IAAF Diamond League opener in Doha, Qatar on Friday.





Leighton 'Livity' Coke, the brother of drug kingpin and formerTivoli Gardens don, Christopher 'Dudus' Coke, was Saturday night shot several times at the Hellshire Beach, in Portmore St Catherine. He is reportedly in serious condition at the Spanish Town Hospital after being shot up in Hellshire night.

According to a report in Jamaica's daily paper, The Gleaner, Deputy Commissioner of Police Clifford Blake is quoted as saying that Livity had just arrived at the popular Hellshire Beach when several men armed with guns approached his car and sprayed it with bullets.

Investigators say a woman travelling with 'Livity', was also shot multiple times.

Reports are that after Coke was shot, the vehicle sped away and but was chased along the highway by the attackers

Coke was, however, saved upon reaching Central Village, along the Mandela Highway, by about 15 heavily armed men who warded off his attackers.

He reportedly passed out and both he and the female were rushed to the Spanish Town Hospital where their condition is listed as serious.

The police say that measures are being put in place in Coke's West Kingston stong-hold, Hellshire and Spanish Town to prevent any outbreak of violence.

The police have also flooded parts of West Kingston in a moved to maintain calm.





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Ishawna not backing from 'war' with Killer

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It's all about Equal Rights for Ms Legendary, Ishawna, even if it means an all out war with the well known Warlord, Bounty Killer.

Bounty has taken a stand against Ishawna's controversial oral sex song, Equal Rights and IShawna has taken a stand against any man who takes a stand against Equal Tights.

Killer sent her a warning about performng the song, and Ishawna quicly responded, "bring it on"

She is preprared to war with Bounty, so Foota better get ready to intervene.





bounty-killer-photo-8.jpgEntertainment seems to be all about diss songs and counteractions and warnings these days.

On Wednesday the Veteran Dancehall artist made it clear that the controversial singer is not allowed to perform her new raunchy single "Equal Rights" at an event the two are booked for in Portland on May 23.

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According to Killer, if Ishawna sings her new track which glorifies men performing oral sex in his presence he won't be taking any more shows she's on.

"B.F.F Bikini Flossing and Food BIKINI BEACH PORTLAND MAY 23d LABOUR DAY @grunggaadzilla@dingdongravers," Killer wrote. "@mslegendary cyaah sing tha song deh at this show else mi ago rush har Nuh kitten or Catfish can nuh bloodclaath bother come bcuz that cyaah sing else she cannot be on no more shows with me either mi nuh sing fi bowcat or bowfish," he added.





george-nooks-follow-di-arrow.jpgLawyers representing entertainer George Nooks have declared that they will be challenging the drug charges against him.

Mr. Nooks, who was charged with cocaine possession on May 5, appeared before the St. Andrew Parish Court on Wednesday morning where the case was mentioned.

Lead attorney Tom Tavares-Finson argues that there are flaws in the Crown's case.

"I pointed out to the judge that there was already a major discrepancy in the prosecution's case as to where this incident took place because the superintendent who is in charge of narcotics put the incident one place, then the investigating officer put it at another place...and it is so unfortunate because this is a case where Mr. Nooks' career is being blighted by an allegation that, in my mind, cannot be substantiated in the court," asserted Mr. Tavares-Finson.

Mr. Nooks is to return to court on June 28.





Bartender shot and killed

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA bartender was shot and killed in Albion, St. Thomas on Wednesday.

The deceased is 46 year old Roselyn Walker who resided in the community.

About 10:45 a.m., Ms Walker was returning to her bar when gunshots were heard.

She was later found face down with bullet wounds to the back of her head





Woman's body found in tank

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crime-scene-7.jpgThe body of a woman was found in a tank in Alexandria, St. Ann on Wednesday.

She is 62 year old Beverloyn Brown-Edwards of Dumbarton in the parish.

About 5:00 a.m., relatives realised that she was missing.

A search was carried out and the body found.





crime-scene-knife.jpgNo motive has been established for the fatal stabbing of Hyacintha Wright, the wife of Joseph Wright, former Mayor of Falmouth,.

Mrs. Wright, who was 78 years old, was found dead on Thursday afternoon.

The police were called to Mrs. Wright's business place on Trelawny Street about 4.15 in the afternoon, and there they found her body with stab wounds in her neck, Superintendent Clive Blair, head of the Trelawny Police, told .

It's understood that Mrs. Wright was injured several months ago in another attack.





crime-scene-knife.jpgResidents of Runaway Bay, St. Ann have expressed shock and outrage following the fatal stabbing of an 88 year old woman, a resident of the community, on Wednesday.

The body of Nettie Rowe was found at her house shortly before midday.

It's suspected that she was sexually assaulted as well.

The house was ransacked; however, there was no sign of forced entry.

Investigators say Miss Rowe lived alone.





Frankie Paul is dead

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frankie-paul.jpgReports are that veteran reggae singer, Frankie Paul has died.

The sad news was reportedly confirmed confirmed by Paul's sister, Tisha Clarke, who spoke to artiste Wayne Lonesome about her brother's shocking death.

Lonesome went live on Facebook, and streamed the conversation between himself and Clarke, where she shared the news.

The clip has now received over 6.8k views, with many commentators sharing their condolences to the late reggae star.

This week, Clarke told The Gleaner that the latest bill she was issued regarding Paul's hospital treatment was quoted as $1.4 million in outstanding payments. "I don't have no more money because I have to buy prescriptions for him that they don't have at the pharmacy," she said.

According to Clarke, Paul had been a patient at the UHWI since April 2017, and was ill for an extended period of time.





Chris Martin short film

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50-cent-dog.jpg50 Cent gave a shout-out, or perhaps that should be a "bark out" to Shaniqua Tompkins, the mother of his oldest son, and many are calling it "savage", plain and simple.

The two have been engaged in a nasty feud for quite some time. And he has yet to show any kind of respect as he took another stab at her on Instagram. The vicious picture shows Fif sitting next to a dog and he compares her to it. The caption reads, "Ok ok, here's a pic of me and my first baby mom. LOL."

Many fans on social media gave varying opinions on the post with one saying," I think 50 has been desensitized to a lot of things growing up due to his upbringing...from his mother being murdered at 8,to becoming the drug-king pin of his own hood,beefing with supreme and jimmy henchmen and barley surviving getting shot 9 times..all those things literally turned him into a savage..!

"looks like he in his feelings. Shouldn't he been moved on with his life? Isn't he over her, he doesn't have a relationship with his son or her, so why the childish behavior, that's a grown man, I would never do that to an ex, even if he did hurt me, karma always takes care it, whatever energy you put out, you get back. Trust and believe."

Another commenter wrote, "I'm not condoning 50's post but how can his son hate his dad for doing this when he follows the mom to tmz and radio and doesn't say anything when she's calling him bum ass and what not?"

50 cent. I lost alot of respect for you bruh. If you happen to visit Vladtv and read this which you probably will, your black baby mama was the reason you still alive. She hid you in the Poconos when Supreme and them and Murder Inc was hot on your ass. You had no money. Your 1st album was shelved. She was ok then. But your second baby mama, the Asian one. You know, the one that was screwing Mally Mall and others while you were in the studio. You awful silent on her. She pressed charges on you, had you arrested, sued you for damages and child support. But you silent on the Asian girl who never didshit for you unlike your black baby mama, because of your self hatred but rage against your day one and even went at your 1st born. Smh. F@#$ing self hating sell out.





Afar Music Group and DJ Kenny release LevelUp

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afar-level-up.jpgkenny-bling.jpgThe new riddim from the Afar Music Group AMG features the sounds of a host of big name and on-the-rise artistes.

Among then are international reggae star Junior "One Blood" Reid who sings about about his mother's love on ''My Mommy''. With Mother's Day a near memory, this song was pulled up on radio and in the dance numerous times. Still living his dream, Nesbeth makes a impassioned statement about the perils of the street life on ''Tony Tony Tony''' while recording artists D Medz comes at you with "Africaness" chanting words of encouragement to black people to search within their souls and remember and honour their African roots and stop bleaching their skins. Rising star Keneil Brown, better known as Kenny Bling sings his respect for his real friends on ''Mi Chargie''', Clara, and Blakx.

"This project came about after myself and Dj Kenny had a long conversation about the business of marketing and promoting reggae/dancehall music. While reasoning about what's being done and how we can do things different and better we decide on joining forcing in promoting a riddim, hence the name LevelUp. With the release of this LevelUp riddim we are also introducing a few new artist, in particular Kenny Bling, who will soon release his debut EP under the Afar Music Group banner." explained Shem of AMG.





kalado-sexcited.jpgAccording to a release from his publicists, dancehall artiste Kalado's 'Sexcited' video was packaged months ago and is definitely not an effort to copy Dexta Daps much talked about, sexually charged video released last week.

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Kalado released his very raunchy and explicit video for the steamy single 'Sexcited', last week, however, Kalado says the single, which details a seductive interaction between the artiste and his special female.was recorded last year. The video amplifies that interaction, with raunchy scenes simulating sex and, for adult audiences, tasteful nudity.

The artiste released the visuals hours after another Dancehall artiste, Dexta Daps released a video online with similar scenes. Kalado however made it clear that this is by no means an effort to copy or compete with any artiste, the video was released in an effort to make the opposite sentiment quite clear.

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"I expect people will speculate because technically my video was released hours after the other artist's video but I had that video teaser on social media from November 2016," Kalado explained.

The visuals for Sexcited were recorded in St Kitts in October of last year, the complete video was ready for release in November of 2016 but was delayed.

"Many things delayed the release since we posted 'coming soon' on social media last November. After seeing the other artist's video I really wanted to not release my Sexcited video at all, but the producer didn't want to loose all that money he spent shooting it" Kalado added.

Already persons have started to compare both videos because of the nude elements but Kalado wants to make it clear that his video was recorded months ago and was never inspired by any artistes content whether past or present.

"Every artiste has their own creative method and I won't say anyone is following my concept from last year but I also have not stolen any concept from any artiste. My video was being teased over 6 months now so any one following is certainly not Kalado, " Kalado surmised

Kalado who is focused on promoting his recent hit Bruk Foreigner and new single 'Fresh To The Bone' is not perturbed by any comparisons made to his 'Sexcited' video as he believes the content and song stands firmly on its own merit.

The artiste is currently preparing for his Summer European Tour this July and will be touring countries in Africa later this year.

For all updates and to see all current content follow @officialkalado on all social platforms.

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marlon-samuels-foundation.jpgWest Indies Cricketer and international sports personality Marlon Samuels currently in India on professional duties will be expanding his entrepreneurial endeavours this summer with the launch of a new reality series.

Still in its infancy the series dubbed 'The Making Of An Icon' will encapsulate all facets of the cricketer's life, both on and off the pitch. Shot in partnership with Triad Media the project will give fans an opportunity to see the man behind the glitz and glamour of the popular sport.

"The show will give viewers an opportunity to see Marlon doing every days things not just on the pitch but also at home, on the road, spending time with his family among other amazing adventures. It promises to be something awesome so stay tuned." - a representative from Triad Media stated.

In recent times Samuels has also been doing a lot of philanthropic work across the region through his Foundation. At a recent presentation held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston he donated $J350,000 to Garfield Mitchell a visually impaired student of the Church Teachers' College who was on the brink of dropping out of school because his tuition fees had overwhelmed him. He also made a second donation of J$1.5 Million to the Jamaica Society For The Blind. Among the attendees at the ceremony were former Prime Minister of Jamaica Portia Simpson and current Entertainment Minister Olivia Babsy Grange among other dignitaries.

Samuels formed the foundation after he had encountered a moment of blindness himself. In 2013, while playing in Australia's domestic cricket league Big Bash where he took a nasty blow to one of his eyes from the cricket ball while batting.





GATFFEST 2017 'From the Streets to the Screen

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gatffest.jpgGATFFEST, the rebranded Greater August Town Film Festival, is hailed as the Caribbean's premier community film festival and this year the event marks its significant five-year milestone under the theme "From the Streets to the Screen."

The festival of films got its 2017 staging rolling with the official launch last week at the The Atrium, Faculty of Medical Sciences Teaching and Research Complex, UWI.

An initiative of the UWI Community Film Festival and Centre for Tourism and Policy Research, at The University of the West Indies (UWI) the mission of the GATFFEST Film Festival is to serve as a platform for local and international exposure of film makingtalent - directors, producers, casts and crews. The UWI Community Film Project, a community-based initiative supporting the UWI Township Project , offers training in film and video production for youth in a number of underserved communities.

According to the organizers, the festival was introduced in 2013 as an avenue to showcase the films produced by the graduates of the UWI Community Film Project. However, GATFFEST has evolved and now provides an ideal opportunity to showcase new and emerging filmmakers who are telling stories through a mix of short films and documentaries. The film festival features premieres and special events and panel discussions with stakeholders in tourism, academia and the film industry. The event also includes after-film discussions with filmmakers.

Professor Ian Boxill, Chairman of Gatffest explained that "The Festival has provided a platform for our graduates but more importantly for those persons who have an interest and who have made films. GATFFEST provides an outlet for them. It's largely a community festival and most of the local material is mobilized from among the communities. While the festival focuses on community building and development we want our filmmakers to compete with those from across the world and in attracting regional and international films, it shows them what they need to aspire to."

Activities during the event include film workshops and the screening of local, regional and international SHORT films along with an Awards Ceremony. Spanning the genres: drama, comedy, action, sci-fi, documentary, animation and suspense, the festival caters to a wide audience. The premiere film for 2017, Children of the Incursion, is a documentary which explores the psycho-social impact, seven years later, of the Tivoli incursion on the children who lived through the ordeal.

Patron of GATTFEST is Professor Sir Kenneth Hall





donald-trump-photo-1.jpgPresident Trump revealed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador in a White House meeting last week, according to current and former U.S. officials, who said Trump's disclosures jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State.

The information the president relayed had been provided by a U.S. partner through an intelligence-sharing arrangement considered so sensitive that details have been withheld from allies and tightly restricted even within the U.S. government, officials said.

The partner had not given the United States permission to share the material with Russia, and officials said Trump's decision to do so endangers cooperation from an ally that has access to the inner workings of the Islamic State. After Trump's meeting, senior White House officials took steps to contain the damage, placing calls to the CIA and the National Security Agency.

"This is code-word information," said a U.S. official familiar with the matter, using terminology that refers to one of the highest classification levels used by American spy agencies. Trump "revealed more information to the Russian ambassador than we have shared with our own allies."

The revelation comes as the president faces rising legal and political pressure on multiple Russia-related fronts. Last week, he fired FBI Director James B. Comey in the midst of a bureau investigation into possible links between the Trump campaign and Moscow. Trump's subsequent admission that his decision was driven by "this Russia thing" was seen by critics as attempted obstruction of justice.

The male vendor, who was shot by gunmen in Coronation Market in downtown, Kingston on Monday morning has died.

The vendor identified as Kirk Morgan, a 45-year-old resident of West Kingston succumbed to his injuries an hour after being taken to the Kingston Public Hospital.

Reports are that at about 12:30 pm, the vendor was in the market plying his trade when he was attacked and shot.





frankie-paul.jpgVeteran singer Frankie Paul is ill and his medical bill now stands at over one million dollars.

The family of veteran entertainer Frankie Paul is seeking financial help for the singer.

Frankie Paul has been admitted to the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI), Mona since April 2017.

According to his sister, Tish Clarke, Frankie has a hospital bill of $1.4 million in outstanding payments.

In a video posted on Youtube, Wayne Lonesome and Frankie's sister, Tisha in their request to seek financial assistance had this to say.

Reports are Frankie Paul's body is currently swollen because of malfunctioning kidneys.

As a result, the singer has been prescribed dialysis treatments twice weekly at a cost of $20,000 per treatment. Meanwhile the cost for the Intensive Care Unit is approximately $60,000.





bounty-killer-photo-8.jpgBounty Killer took to social media to explain why he left in the middle his performance at a concert in Trinidad on Saturday.

According to the Trinidad Express, Bounty Killer reportedly made a hasty exit, leaving fellow headliner Beenie Man mid-performance without any explanation.

In a long explanation on Instagram, Bounty Killer said he was booked as a solo act.Bounty further explains that he communicated to the promoters that if they wanted a Bounty Beenie duo then they would have to pay for it.

Bounty Killer stated that he was told that he would work after Aidonia but both he and Beenie Man were called on stage as a package.

Killer who also admitted that he was not going to perform, said the love for his Trini fans propelled him to deliver a short performance with Beenie Man.

According to the Trinidad Express, a confused Beenie Man asked "Where Bounty gone?" Meanwhile, the event promoter Kwesi "Hoppy" Hopkinson said despite their efforts some things remain out of their control.





bounty-killer-photo-8.jpgAccording to a report in the Trinidad Express, dancehall artiste Bounty Killer made a hasty exit, abandoning fellow headliner Beenie Man mid-performance without any explanation, at the Guinness Fully Loaded Music Festival, at the Jean Pierre Complex, Mucurapo, on Saturday night.

Bounty was reportedly in the middle of what the writer called a "high-intensity song-for-song segment with Beenie Man when he turned, walked off the stage and left the venue".

The long-time musical rivals' joint appearance had been billed as a festival of peace, love and sound.

The controversial DJ, who has been arrested in the past for using obscene language on stage in Trinidad, was seen pacing back stage as his co-star asked for his return.

"Where Bounty gone? Bounty, he gone?" asked a confused Beenie Man.

When Beenie declared to the audience the show would go on in his absence, Bounty was seen making his final exit.

"They say Bounty gone, but I came here to work," the dancehall doctor continued to a resounding cheer.

The Kingston native dipped into his extensive catalogue to successfully fill the unscheduled void, cueing his backing Ruff Cut band into a medley of his 90s hits.





25 winners for Reggae Sumfest 25

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sumfest-2017-poster.jpgTwenty-five lucky persons from overseas will win a trip to Jamaica and Reggae Sumfest, courtesy of title sponsor of the festival, Red Stripe. The announcement was made by the company's head of marketing, Blandine Jean-Paul Reid at the local launch of Reggae Sumfest, held at Usain Bolt's Tracks and Records in St Andrew last week."This will be done via a special promotion that will send these lucky Red Stripe lovers from the US market to the week-long festival in Montego Bay," she said.

The 25th anniversary of Reggae Sumfest is scheduled for July 16-22 at Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex in Montego Bay, St James.

Also speaking at the launch was Josef Bogdanovich, chairman of Summerfest Promotions -- promoters of Reggae Sumfest, who said this year's staging will be superb and will once again attract a large international audience to the island.

"The festival continues to grow and this year will be spectacular. In addition to live entertainment, we will also be having a food court among other things. We will be competing with other festivals around the world," he said.

For the second consecutive year, the festival will feature only reggae and dancehall acts. This is a departure from the practice of previous years of including major international acts, predominantly from the R&B or hip hop genres, to boost the offering.

The launch attracted dozens of the entertainment fraternity members including Beenie Man, Ninja Man, Harry Toddler, and Richie Stephens.





chris-gayle-condom-ad-1.jpgJamaica and West Indies cricketer Chris Gayle is cashing in on his notorious Big Bash interview with Mel McLaughlin by repeating the controversial phrase in a new CONDOM advertisement.

The sports star is the face of Australian condom brand Skore, . Sitting on a chair with a blank white background, the 37-year-old cricketer begins the video with the words: 'Listen me, I'm not a bad man.'

'I'm only a bad boy,' Mr Gayle continues.

'Bad boy to bowlers, bad boy to fielders, 'cause they don't want me that way.'

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Gyptian still signed to VP Records

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gyptian-photo-2.jpgReports that reggae artist Gyptian is no longer signed to VP Records are false.

According to a VP release, "On the contrary, VP Records can confirm that Gyptian remains an exclusive VP recording artist. VP Records aims to establish and maintain strong working relationships with all of our artists and endeavors to release the best possible product.

The label holds Gyptian in high regard and looks forward to releasing his next project.





The Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission, JADCO, recently hosted a senior athletes' seminar under the theme: "Anti-Doping Rule Violations, Get the Facts".

Participants in attendance at the seminar, included athletes in JADCO's Registered Testing Pool (RTP), national and international level athletes, athletes from tertiary institutions and their support personnel.

JADCO said it will host its fourth annual Senior Athletes Anti-Doping Education Workshop at the Jamaica Conference Centre on November 18.





Black Matic signs deal with Empire

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Upcoming recording artiste Black Mattic has signed a major label and artist deal with international distribution firm Empire.

This comes after he wrapped up production on his latest Album, Press Play, under his Label, Official Hitz Music Group.

The album also features production from Zj Elektra's label, Elektracute Music Group.

The album is scheduled to be released this summer 2017.





'Nuff' land in The Gambia for Mavado

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Dancehall artist Mavado is one lucky dude.

Reports are that he has been given access to fifty acres of land in The Gambia. The tradition is seen as a gesture of honor gratitude love and respect in the West African country.

The gift was made by Global Properties Gambia Limited and the deejay shared the news on social media shortly after signing documents.

Mavado was set to perform in The Gambia at the Independence Stadium Bakau, with over 25,000 tickets already sold. He arrived in The Gambia Thursday morning sending thousands of fans into a frenzy. Mavado is also reportedly set to shoot a new music video while in the country.

The Gambia is a small West African country, bounded by Senegal, with a narrow Atlantic coastline. It's known for its diverse ecosystems around the central Gambia River. Abundant wildlife in its Kiang West National Park and Bao Bolong Wetland Reserve includes monkeys, leopards, hippos, hyenas and rare birds. The capital, Banjul, and nearby Serrekunda offer access to beaches.





girl-in-dexta-daps-video.jpgSo, last week Dexta Daps release him video (short film) fi him album and have everybody a talk say is a sex tape him do. Cause the scene with him and the girl look like real live sex a gwaan. Di whole a di woman dem a lust after Dexta and the whole a di man dem a lust after the hot bodygirl.

But hear the catch...the girl who goes by the moniker Lady Ice allegedly has a girlfriend. YES A GIRLFRIEND.

So, men, the ice lady is not available; she is very upfront with her relationship as there are a host of pics of the two on social media to prove.





hands-behind-bars.jpgReports are that correctional officer based at the Horizon Adult Remand Centre has been held by the police after allegedly stabbing and shooting his wife at their St Catherine home Saturday afternoon.

According to new reports, 35-year-old nurse Lisa Barnett and her husband Balfor Barnett were in their bedroom at 655 Nautilus Drive, New Harbour Village, Phase One when a dispute developed over unresolved matrimonial issues.

The police say an explosion was heard.

Shortly after, Mrs Barnett was seen running outside with what appeared to be a wound to the abdomen.

It is reported that she collapsed and was assisted to the Spanish Town Hospital by a neighbour.

Her husband fled the scene but has since been taken into custody by the police.





bolt-tribute-mason.jpgbolt-and-mason-at-carnival.jpgbolt-grave-digging.jpgUsain Bolt has been filmed in Portland, Jamaica digging the grave of his recently-deceased friend, Team GB Olympic silver medallist, Germaine Mason.

In the video 100 metre and 200m world record-holder Bolt, 30, can be seen helping to lay Mason to rest, with the British high-jumper set to be buried on May 21.

Mason, who won the silver medal at the Beijing Olympics, died in a motorcycle accident in Jamaica on April 20.

The 34-year-old, who was born in Jamaica, reportedly fell off of his bike on the Norman Manley highway in East Kingston at 4.20am, while trying to swerve to avoid oncoming traffic, and died at the scene.

Bolt and multiple international medallist Michael Frater were present quickly after the accident, with the pair part of the main convoy returning from a soca party.

Mason had been friends with Bolt since 2002, and the duo are pictured in many photographs together

The Jamaican posted a tribute to his friend shortly after the tragic accident.

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trump-meets-russian-diplomat-white-house.jpgDonald Trump's administration was left red-faced Thursday after the Moscow surprised them by releasing pictures of a closed-door meeting between the US president and Russia's top diplomat.The images -- issued by the Russian state news agency TASS, and subsequently published by much of the global media -- showed a grinning Trump shaking hands with Sergei Lavrov and the Russian ambassador in Washington, Sergei Kislyak, during an Oval Office meeting.

That Wednesday meeting was already being seen as a major diplomatic coup for the Kremlin, a red carpet welcome just months after being hit with US sanctions for meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Veteran diplomats questioned why Trump agreed to host the diplomats -- a rare honor for non-heads of state, much less for those at the center of major US political scandal.

US administrations often treat Oval Office meetings as a type of currency, dangling the prospect of a high-profile sit-down to gain leverage or concessions in negotiations.

But the emergence of photos compounded the perception that Russia had won a diplomatic victory and that the Trump White House was outmaneuvered.

"Congrats Kollegi (colleagues) at getting these photos! Huge coup," said former US ambassador to Moscow Michael McFaul.

Publicly, the White House put on a brave face.

Trump "should be meeting with the foreign minister," said White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders, lambasting critics.

"For them to try to attack him for doing his job, maybe they should spend a little more time doing their jobs and we wouldn't have all the problems that we do."

Privately though White House officials seethed at what they described as a breach of trust.





Sean Paul, Shenseea working on collab

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shenseea-and-sean-paul.jpgShenseea this week posted a photo of she and Sean Paul in the studio with the caption, "We work till we got bags to get bags."

This led to speculation that the artistes have been working on a collab...well, it appears so.

Sources inside Romeich Entertainment camp, under whose management Shenseea falls, have reportedly confirmed what many were thinking. "Sean Paul is the top dancehall artist right now and Shenseea is the hottest new female artist on the scene so a collaboration only makes sense. We are excited about whats coming so stay tune," is the quote attributed to the outfit.

Some of Sean Paul's biggest hits of his career are with female artists like Beyonce, Sasha, Keyshia Cole, Alexis Jordan, Dua Lipa, and Sia. Last year the dancehall legend scored a Billboard Hot 100 number one single on Sia's "Cheap Thrills." SP is currently working on his next major-label album due this year under Island Records. Perhaps his new music with Shenseea will be featured on that project.





Dancehall artist Popcaan's 2015 collaborative single 'Good Times' with English producer/DJ Jamie XX and American rapper Young Thug is featured in Coca-Cola's latest commercial.

The banger serves as the soundtrack in the introductory video for the soft drink company's 2017 'Share a Coke' summer campaign launched on Tuesday May 9, 2017.





A 25-year-old fitness trainer from St Catherine, who is accused of attempting to rape a female member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) after breaking into her home in April, is expected to face the courts next week Tuesday, May 16.

The fitness trainer, Chaddane Harris, was slapped with charges on the weekend of burglary and assault with intent to rape. Reports are that on April 24, Harris broke into the home of the female officer in Edgewater in Portmore, St Catherine.

He allegedly attempted to sexually assault her, but she resisted and made an alarm. It is further alleged that Harris, who fled the house, was captured a few hours later in Bridgeport. The police reported that they seized a bag with a pair of gloves and a razor from him.

Following investigations carried out by the police, Harris was charged.





butch-stewart-sandals.jpgAccording to an article written by Carl O' Donnell in Reuters on Wednesday, Butch Stewart's Sandals Resorts International, a privately held Caribbean resort operator that caters to couples, is exploring strategic alternatives including a potential sale of the company, according to people familiar with the matter.

The article states that sale would mark the first change in ownership for the company since it was founded 36 years ago by Gordon "Butch" Stewart, who built it into the largest non-government employer in Jamaica and created resorts across the Caribbean.

"Sandals has hired investment bank Deutsche Bank AG to explore sale options, including a sale of a majority stake in the company, the people said, asking not to be identified because the deliberations are confidential."

O'Donnell states.

The valuation of the company could not be learned, but the sources said it could be worth well over $1 billion (£773.1 million), including debt. There is no certainty the move will result in any deal, the sources added.

The report states that Sandals did not immediately respond to a request for comment, while Deutsche Bank declined to comment.

The company, which became famous for its commercials that feature couples lounging in its tropical resorts, owns 24 vacation properties in seven Caribbean countries, including Jamaica, the Bahamas, Grenada and Barbados.

Although Sandals caters primarily to couples, prohibiting children at most of its properties, it also operates a subsidiary called Beaches Resorts that welcomes singles and families.

Stewart began his career as a sales manager at Curacao Trading Company, before leaving in 1968 to found his first company, Appliance Traders Ltd, which distributed and serviced air conditioners.

When Stewart founded Sandals in 1981, the company began as a single hotel near one of the largest beaches on Jamaica's Montego Bay.He sought to differentiate it from competing resorts by emphasizing "all-inclusive" packages, which feature a single flat fee for lodging, meals and drinks.

In the early 2000s, Sandals attracted controversy because its couples-only resorts prohibited same-sex couples. It retracted the policy in 2004, after the London Underground banned Sandals advertisements in response to complaints from gay-rights activists.The article goes on to speculate that the company founded by Gordon " Butch" Stewart back in 1982 could be worth in excess of US$1 billion including debt.





assistant-police-winchroy-budhoo.jpgThe Jamaica Constabulary Force has again been plunged into mourning following the death of Assistant Commissioner of Police Winchroy Budhoo on Wednesday.

Budhoo reportedly died suddenly after reporting that he felt unwell.

Budhoo was assigned to the Strategic Operations Portfolio and has been credited with helping to bring about positive change to volatile St Andrew community August Town.





Cop shot and injured in Denham Town

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A police constable has been hospitalised after being shot during an operation in the Golden Heights area of Denham Town, West Kingston.

Initial reports are that the policeman was part of a team from the Mobile Reserve on operation in the Denham Town/Hannah Town areas of West Kingston, when they were fired on by gunmen.

The police returned the fire and the men fled.

The police say during the exchange, a bullet hit the ballistic helmet of a cop and fragments struck the constable in the region of his shoulder.

A police operation is now underway in search of the men.

In recent days, there has been an uptick in gang violence in sections of West Kingston.





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MBJ Airports staff members volunteer with Change for Children at the Montego Bay Autism Centre.

Sangster International Airport operator MBJ Airports Limited continues giving back to Jamaica in 2017 by maintaining its focus on the nation's youth under its "Change for Children" initiative.

Since 2011, Change for Children has disbursed more than JMD 5m to a number of local organizations, the Caribbean Christian Centre for the Deaf, Montego Bay Boys and Girls Club, Scout Association of Jamaica and Montego Bay Autism Centre being the major beneficiaries.

"We are proud to be able to contribute to key non-profit organizations that make a positive impact in the lives of countless young persons across Jamaica," commented MBJ Airports CEO Rafael Echevarne. "It's critical that Jamaica's youth are nurtured so they can realize their full potential," he said, noting that Change for Children reflects the airport operator's commitment to the country's long-term socio-economic development.

Contributions to local non-profit organizations have been used for instructional material, computer equipment, and to support teambuilding and leadership programs. Change for Children is funded by unsolicited donations made by departing passengers using coin collection boxes located in the departures terminal at Sangster International Airport. In addition to the monetary contributions MBJ Airports has made to help sustain organizations that assist children in need, the airport operator has also provided support through the donation of furniture.

Nicholas Headley, Operations Manager at Caribbean Christian Centre for the Deaf, said the funds received thanks to Change for Children would be used primarily for equipment to upgrade the computer lab at the organization's Montego Bay campus. "It comes at a really, really good time as we are doing refurbishing of the facility," he said, adding, "We really are very grateful."

The Scout Association of Jamaica uses the funds for trophies, transport and food integral to the group's activities. "We depend solely on the private sector to support us with our funding. The donation from MBJ's Change for Children initiative is very important to us. It's been twice now that we've gotten assistance through this project and it's been very, very helpful, said Scout Association of Jamaica Chief Commissioner Maurice Brown.

Change for Children began with a proposal from US-based Richard Lackowitz of Island Health Care Services and Mark Kerr-Jarrett, Managing Director of Montego Bay real estate developer Barnett Limited. These two individuals remain instrumental to the initiative. In 2016, a mentorship component was launched with MBJ staff members volunteering their time to Change for Children.





donald-trump-photo-1.jpgDonald Trump has dramatically fired the FBI Director after he misled the Senate by claiming Huma Abedin sent classified emails to Anthony Weiner.

He writes to James Comey: 'You are hereby terminated and removed from office immediately.'

Comey found out on live TV screens in Los Angeles that he was being fired but thought it was a joke until he was briefed by his staff.

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He was later seen in his motorcade on a city interstate - in a bizarre parallel to O.J. Simpson - before boarding a private plane and shaking hands with officers.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions wrote formal memo saying they had no confidence in him.

Trump used letter dismissing Comey to say: 'I greatly appreciate you informing me, in three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation'.

Chuck Schumer, Democrats' most senior figure said he had told President Trump that firing Comey was a 'very big mistake'.

Democrats piled on by comparing Trump to Richard Nixon who fired top justice officials in the Saturday Night Massacre but Clinton aide said: 'No comment.'.

New acting FBI director is Andrew McCabe - and he too is caught in the toxic impact of Clinton as his politician wife got cash from a Hillary ally.





Canada exports ganja to Cayman

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ganja.jpgThe Canada-based medical cannabis company CanniMed Therapeutics exported its first International shipment of cannabis oil to the Cayman Islands, as a way of testing the territory's potential as an export market.The company exported its first international shipment of cannabis oils this month, including 12,960 milliliters to a pharmacy here.

The shipment makes Canada the second country, after Jamaica, to export cannabis oils to Cayman since the product was legalised here last October.

While the Legislative Assembly legalised the oils for medicinal purposes, it did not approve local production, requiring legally viable product to come from abroad.

The Cayman Compass reports that the Foster's Food Fair-IGA pharmacy received its first shipment of the oils from Jamaica last month but in limited quantity for one patient. According to pharmacist Michael Anderson, they are now hoping to establish stock from Canada and will reserve Jamaica's more potent product for special orders.

He said the shipment was handled the same as other narcotic pharmaceuticals, requiring an import certificate through the Health Services Authority. While he has received several inquiries, he said many interested individuals had not received a proper prescription from their doctor.

"All cannabis oil products will require a prescription from a local physician in order to be filled at any pharmacy in the Cayman Islands," he said. "The company is planning to stock cannabis oil products at our pharmacy, but will also work with our suppliers to produce any specific formula a physician may request.





crime-scene-gun.jpgTwo men were killed and two illegal weapons reportedly seized early this morning following an alleged shoot-out between police and gunmen in a section of Trench Town called Zimbabwe.

The police report that they seized a Taurus 9 millimetre firearm with seven rounds of ammunition and a CSR sporting rifle with 10 rounds of ammunition.

One of the dead men has been identified as Devon Campbell, otherwise called 'Chicken'. The other man has not yet been identified.

The police say they came under sustained gunfire when they responded to explosions heard in Zimbabwe about 3 o'clock Tuesday morning. The gunfire was returned and two men were later found suffering from gunshot wounds. The men were taken to the Kingston Public Hospital where they were pronounced dead.





President of the People's National Party (PNP) Women's Movement, Jennifer Edwards, says Danville Walker must resign or be removed by Prime Minister Andrew Holness from all state board and statutory bodies.

This after Walker was found guilty of breaching the Contractor General Act by not providing, in a timely manner, information requested by the Office of the Contractor General (OCG). He fined the maximum $5,000 or 14 days in prison. The OCG probed allegations that the customs department under Walker's leadership allowed the export of 97 containers of scrap metal despite a ban on the industry at the time and without the requisite licenses.

Edwards says someone who has breached rules and regulations set by the government cannot turn around and enforce those rules.

She argues that Walker's engagement on government boards and statutory bodies raise questions of conflict of interest, ethics and integrity.





The Chapelton Police have launched a manhunt for a man who attempted to rob a woman of $1 million in cash Monday morning.

The police say about 10:15 a.m., a female employee of the Century Wholesale in Chapelton was about to enter the nearby National Commercial Bank with the cash lodgement when a man held on to the bag in which she was carrying the money.

The police say a tussle ensued and the bag broke.

That's when a security guard at the bank intervened. The police say the robber managed to grab $100,000 in cash, before escaping. The Chapelton Police are appealing to persons transacting business involving large sums of cash to seek their help.





germaine-mason-ig-2.pngA thanksgiving service for the life of Olympian Germaine Mason, will be held at 9am, Sunday, May 21 at the Hagley Park Seventh Day Adventist Church, 114a Hagley Park Road, Kingston 10.

Mason, who died in a motorcycle crash last month,will be interred at Long Road Grange Hill in Portland.

The national high jump record holder died when his Honda motorcycle crashed along the Palisadoes main road in Kingston on April 20.

He leaves behind mother Carol, father David, grandfather Eric, son Jelani, four brothers, three sisters, spouse Shari, and other relatives.





vybz-kartel-photo-29.jpgThe Appeal Court is set to hear the appeal of convicted dancehall entertainer Adidja Palmer, more popularly known as Vybz Kartel in February next year.

According to reports, the February 19 date was set on Tuesday morning during a case management hearing involving that lawyers for Vybz Kartel and government prosecutors.

The parties are to return to court in December for another case management hearing to ensure that all the documents are ready for the appeal.

Kartel and three others: Andre St. John; Sean Campbell and Kahira Jones were sentenced to life imprisonment in April 2014 for the murder of Clive "Lizard" Williams.

Mr. Williams was killed at a house in Havendale, St. Andrew, however, his body was never found.

Kartel's attorneys claimed the artiste was wrongly convicted and will be urging the Appeal Court to quash the conviction and sentence.





Peter Sangster, the politician and businessman who is to stand trial on a charge of forging the signature of former Prime Minister, Portia Simpson-Miller is to reappear in court on June 5.

Sangster, the managing director of Jamus Communications Limited, appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court this morning, and had his bail extended

He is charged with uttering forged documents, forgery and obtaining money by false pretences.

Allegations are that between 2011 and 2013, Sangster solicited and obtained over US$600,000 from the chairman of the company.

The businessman reportedly promised to get a waiver for monies owed by the company to the Universal Service Fund.

Sangster is accused of forging a document purported to be the waiver.

A report was made to the police who launched an investigation into the matter.





companies-office-building.jpgHugh Jones, a director at the Companies Office of Jamaica (COJ) collapsed and died on the job this morning.

One employee of the company was overheard saying that Jones who always had a pleasant disposition on the job, had just greeted her heartily before entering his office. Soon after, he collapsed.

Quick responses from emergency medical teams to save Jones' life were in vain as he appeared to have suffered a massive heart attack.

The COJ closed its offices in New Kingston following the sudden death.

They say normal operations will resume tomorrow.

Another employee said Jones.





Drummer Prince Shirley dies in Germany

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drummer-dies.jpgReports are that popular drummer Basil "Prince" Shirley passed away in Germany on Wednesday after battling an undisclosed illness.

Prolific reggae producer Donovan Germain of Penthouse Records, in an interview with a Jamaican outlet described Shirley as an extraordinary musician who was extremely fun-loving and committed to his craft.

"He wasn't really a studio drummer but he played with Til Shiloh band until Buju Banton was incarcerated. He was really good at what he did. He played very close to the record as possible. He was always on tempo and the band could really rely on him to give off that strong beat," Germain said.





Masicka and Aidonia war brewing

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masicka-photo-2.jpgMasicka and Aidonia camps are feuding and there are reports of threats being made. However, the police is not aware of any of this this.

A diss track "Squeeze" was released by Masicka last week, a direct aim at Aidonia and Aidonia also released what is said to be diss track "Krazay" produced by his own in house producer.

Masicka and his manager Corey Todd - yes the same Corey Todd whose name was called in the beat-up of Devin Di Dakta-- allegedly sent a warning to Aidonia's camp signalling that this beef is getting physical.

The threats came after someone in the 4thGenna camp assault a sound system selector DJ Rolex for playing the Masicka diss song.

"Dont mek me hear you sing no more gun man song ya freak @aidonia4thgenna Selector strength yo have. Diss genahsyde," Masicka wrote on Instagram, while Corey Todd added "Uno got strength for selector @aidonia4thgenna @lalojop me a beg uno try that with me please me a beg u."

The alleged incident in question took place last weekend at a popular event in Kingston where Rolexx was playing some of Masicka's music. Aidonia crew was inside the venue and didn't like what was going on and roughed up the disc jockey. However, Aidonia's camp has since sent out a press release denying that any such incident took place and condemning violence.





warren-weir-screen-shot.jpgSo, Olympia Warren Weir got called out by his baby mother on social media over the weekend and he in turn took to Insta live on the verge of TEARS! to offer some kind of explanation? Yes, T-E-A-R-S. Is this guy for real?

Anyway, the story is that the 27-year-old Jamaican sprinter has a daughter who he has been keeping very secret. The daughter is not the child of his newly-broken-up-ex-girlfriend. The baby mother and Weir are seemingly not together, but she and Weir have a weird kind of relationship. So baby mama, who is not the girlfriend, took to Instagram on Sunday, May 7 to speak publicly on their situation for the first time.

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According to her, Weir needs to make time and effort to see and bond with their nine month old daughter. And Gabrielle, the baby, is such a cutie pie.

Baby mama also blasted his on-and-off-now-ex-girlfriend Lexi for repeatedly trying to sabotage his relationship with the child.

In his Insta live Warren also plays the blame game - blaming everybody, except himself. Fans urged his to keep his composure and his silence, so he eventually signed off.





usain-bolt-girlfriend-kasi-screen-shot.jpgThe girlfriend of the world's fastest man, is making sure things don't go south.

Kasi Bennett, Bolt's girlfriend, set tongues wagging when she showed off cleavage at a recent gathering. She obviously got her boobs done and some followers are impressed and feel that she is upping the sexiness ante by leaps and bounds. (But, still she was sexy before.)

Kasi was spotted at a popular local event in Jamaica last month in a white all-in-one showcasing her very perky, extremely firm and ample cleavage, .

Without confirming or denying tje rumours, Kasi instead posted the following on Instagram:

"... my left stroke just went viral #behumble."





A Trelawny pastor is now in lock-up behind bars after he was charged for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old member of his church.

Presley Smith, pastor of the Bunker's Hill New Testament Church of God in Trelawny, will face the Falmouth Parish Court later this week, after he was arrested and charged on Friday with five counts of buggery, five counts of gross indecent assault and five counts of grievous sexual assault.

Allegations are that between January 2016 and January of this year, Smith, 27, a native of Kingston but who currently lives in this rural Trelawny community, committed a number of sexual offences against a 15-year-old male student who hails from the district and is now residing in Montego Bay, St James.

Investigators have said that Smith turned himself in at the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) in Kingston on May 3 and was later transferred to Falmouth, where he was subsequently slapped with charges of buggery, gross indecency, and grievous sexual assault.

Reports are that the pastor had recently baptized the teenager.





mising-man-anthony-jackson.jpgThe body of a St Catherine man who has been missing since last Wednesday was found in Clarendon yesterday.

The body is believed to be that of 38-year-old Anthony Jackson of a Central Village address.

The body was discovered in a pit at an abandoned premises near Longsville Park sometime between Thursday night and Friday morning.

However, it was not removed until yesterday.

The police say this is not the first time bodies are being discovered in the area.

An investigation has since been launched to ascertain the circumstances surrounding the man's disappearance, while they await the results of an autopsy to determine the cause of death.





The funeral service for Cecil Prawl, the co-owner of the popular Gloria's restaurant in Port Royal saw a wide cross section of Jamaicans turning out to pay their final respects to a generous man.

Prawl died last month in when his high end utility vehicle crashed along the Port Royal main road.

Custos of Kingston Steadman Fuller and Member of Parliament Phillip Paulwell were among the hundreds who packed the St Peter's Anglican Church to pay their last respects to the late businessman.

Family and friends described Prawl as someone who treated everyone with respect, regardless of their social status.





george-nooks-follow-di-arrow.jpgAs expected, following his cocaine charge, singer George Nooks has reportedly been booted from the line-up of the Mother's Day concert -- A Gift for Mom -- to be held on Sunday at the National Indoor Sports Centre in St Andrew.

Nooks, who is looked up on as an inspirational singer, with hits such as God is Standing By and a host of gospel favourites, is primarily a reggae singer who is held in high regard by the public. He was arrested and charged after he was held with cocaine by the police in an operation in the Corporate Area on Friday night. Many of his fans have taken to social media, not only to express their disappointment, but also to encourage the artiste to use this as a wake-up call and seek help, if needed.

Clearly the organisers of the concert knew that they would have come under tremendous pressure if Nooks was kept on the line-up. Recently, the organisers of a concert against domestic violence were severely criticised for having Rodney "Bunty Killer" Price on their show, as Bounty has had his fair share of domestic issues with women, leading to violence.

The Entertainment Minister, whose ministry was a part of the event, however, silenced critics and Bounty remained on the lineup for the free concert.

According to police reports, Nooks, 56, was held by narcotics detectives who were on operation in the Widcome Heights area of Kingston 6. The singer was reportedly observed acting in a manner that aroused their suspicion. He was accosted and a bag he was carrying searched; it was found to contain just under two ounces of cocaine. He was charged with breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act.

Nooks was offered station bail in the sum of $80,000 and is due to face the Kingston & St Andrew Parish Court on May 17.

Nooks was set to appear alongside local acts Sanchez and Romain Virgo, as well as American R&B act Freddie Jackson.





vp-greensleeves-top-reggae-billboard-chart.pngGreensleeves' limited press 7" EP "White Man In Hammersmith Palais" debuts at #1 this week on the Billboard reggae chart. This celebratory feat kicks off the 40th anniversary of Greensleeves Record Label, which will release various special edition albums and host events with some of VP/Greensleeves notable artists. "White Man In Hammersmith Palais" was released on April 22nd which is also Record Store Day- a day for international music lovers and vinyl collectors. The title is from the 1977 song by the punk rock legends The Clash. Inspired by a concert line up that featured Ken Boothe, Dillinger, Leroy Smart and Delroy Wilson, the 7" EP features a hit from each of the four artists, packaged with a replica of the concert's promotional poster.

"White Man In Hammersmith Palais" is just one of the many ways that the 40th anniversary of Greensleeves will be honored. VP/Greensleeves will also release 40th anniversary editions of Culture "Two Sevens Clash," "African Dub Chapter Two" by Joe Gibbs and a three LP/ three CD, 40th Anniversary edition package of The Congos "Heart Of The Congos." Additionally, the forty-track "Total Reggae - Greensleeves" will give fans a four-decade overview of Greensleeves label classics. The label will also release new albums from current sensations Alborosie and King Jammy. Suns of Dub's "Riddimentary- Suns of Dub Select Greensleeves" came out on April 28th and is available for purchase and streaming.

In addition to the highly anticipated music, are the numerous events that will be held to celebrate the 40th anniversary. In Paris on June 21st - their music day, an outdoor sound system performance by Blackboard Jungle Sound will be held on the grounds of the Cite De La Musique: Philharmonie De Paris in Paris in Paris, France. The museum is also the site of the current exhibit on reggae culture titled Jamaica Jamaica! On the same day at the legendary BB King's in Times Square, New York there will be a Greensleeves 40th anniversary concert featuring Queen Ifrica, Alborosie and Addis Pablo, son of the legendary Greensleeves artist, Augustus Pablo. Events will continue in London through August and September including the Greensleeves 40th celebration concert at the One Love Reggae & Dub Festival.

"Debuting at number one is a wonderful achievement that we are very proud of and just another way to further celebrate the 40th anniversary of Greensleeves Record label," said Chris O'Brien of Greensleeves.





nesbeth-ohio.jpgDespite his mild mannered persona, Reggae hit-maker Nesbeth was in scintillating form over the weekend delivering a pair of thought provoking performances at Reggae Springfest in Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio to the hundreds who turned out to witness the showcase.

Making his debut in both spaces the 'New Gangster' crooner was anything but reserved as he ensnared the audience with tracks like 'Guns Out', 'My Dream' and a moving tribute to his late wife amid the thirty minutes set.

"I couldn't have asked for a better audience they were very receptive and appreciative. I fed off the crowd's energy and that helped me to deliver a great set. What more can I say but a big thank you to the people of Ohio." - Nesbeth exclaimed.

Seguing to the local scene, in recent times the Rastafarian singer has intensified his campaign aimed at uplifting the youths especially the disenfranchised and those most affected by the socio-economic perils of Jamaica. Prior to his departure the singer again visited the Spanish Town Adult Correctional Centre to perform and mentor inmates.





Police investigators have been interviewing the brother and the aunt of the four- and six-year-old sisters who died Saturday after they were taken to the Bustamante Hospital with blood and mucus coming from their mouth and nose.

The two sisters were found bleeding at their home at Washington Court Apartments in Kingston, and were pronounced dead at hospital. The incident has shocked relatives and neighbours.

Police report that five-year-old Rosrick Deviana King and four-year-old Rosricka Devrickaye King were pronounced dead on arrival at Bustamante Hospital for Children Saturday morning.

According to the police, the children's mother, Rosden Hewitt, left them in the care of her 15-year-old son and went to Ocho Rios on a business trip.

The police said that about 6:45 am yesterday, Hewitt, who was still in Ocho Rios, was awakened by her son who told her that his sisters were motionless bleeding from the nostrils and mouths.

Police sources say the girls were unresponsive and parts of their bodies were blue when they were taken to the hospital's emergency room by a relative.

Doctors later pronounced them dead.

A police spokesperson said that investigators have some idea what happened to the sisters, but say this is based on reports from doctors who examined them.

As a result, the spokesperson says a post mortem exam will be conducted to determine the cause of death.





George Nooks on bail after cocaine charge

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george-nooks.jpgReggae singer George Nooks is now out on bail after he was arrested and charged with possession of cocaine.

Police say the 56-year-old entertainer was arrested in St Andrew on Friday after a plastic bag with a small quantity of white powdery substance, believed to be cocaine, was found in his 2016 Mercedes Benz sport utility vehicle.

The God is Standing By hitmaker was charged with possession of cocaine and offered bail in the sum of $80,000. He is to appear in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on May 17.

According to sources, he was taken to the Duhaney Park Police Station, where the plastic bag containing the white powdery susbstance was reportedly sealed and labelled "in his presence and view."

It's reported that Nooks' luxury vehicle was also taken to the station "for safekeeping" but Yardflex was unable to verify this, as calls to the entertainer have gone unanswered.

Sources say about 9 o'clock Friday evening a team from the Narcotics Division was conducting operations in the Duhaney Park area when they observed Nooks "acting in a suspicious manner with a brown paper bag in his hand as he walked towards a vehicle." Other reports are that Nooks was in the vicinity of Wedcome Drive.

"As the detectives approached him, he opened the vehicle and threw the paper bag inside," sources told The Gleaner.

The vehicle was reportedly searched "in his presence and view" and the paper bag retrieved. Police sources say the bag was found to contain "a small transparent plastic bag with white powdery substance resembling cocaine."





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inside the

National Event Venue
1000 Finch ave E., Toronto

Jamaica National Group Presents:

Trinidad vs Jamaica Mothers Day Comedy Clash
& Fundraiser for Lupus

Team Trinidad:
Jean Paul, Sterling Scott & Saint
vs
Team Jamaica:
Jay Martin, Christopher "Johnny" Daley, Kathy Grant

2 Shows: 2:00pm & 6:00pm

Ticket Price: $25 GA | $35 VIP

Ticket Locations:
Nicey's Brampton
Play De Record Toronto
Music Hut Scarborough
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Granny's Mississauga
Jamaica House Brampton
Shine Barbershop Brampton
Island Mix Pickering
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Partial proceeds will go to the "Poochie" Lupus Foundation

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i-octane-video-1.jpgDancehall and Reggae star I-Octane recently released the sexy single "Long Division" featuring fellow dancehall star Spice. Produced by Good Good Production, the breakthrough track is the second released single from I-Octane forthcoming 2017 album.

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The sensuous and provocative single has delivered an equally steamy video which will be released in the upcoming weeks. Directed by Bling Blang Production, "Long Division" was filmed on location at the Ward Theater, downtown in Kingston, Jamaica and pairs both stars in a seductive setting. "The single Long Division is a sexual song about 2 persons who have chemistry and want to explore each other. Both have mutual interest for each other but at the same time trying to figure out each other on a sexual level." explained I-Octane's manager, Ray Alexander.

i-octane-video-3.jpg"Long Division" video will premiere mid May, while the single is available on all major online digital stores http://smarturl.it/Long DivisionSingle

Busy putting the finishing touches on the upcoming album, and a recent thrilling performance in Antigua, I-Octane is slated to perform on May 28th in Miami at the 2017 Best of The Best Concert, one of the largest International Music Festivals in North America today.





Open Letter to Macka Diamond

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macka-diamond-open-letter.jpgDear Macka,

Whether you realise it or not, you are at that age where you are considered a VETERAN ATISTE. Now Macka, that is a term that carries a lot of weight -- implied in it is that you have achieved something good in your career and that you are worthy of a certain measure of praise and respect.

Macka, please wake up and smell the coffee and stop sniffing the c@#ky. Your song, No Tongue, is inappropriate, especially for someone of your age and stature and by extension, you, Macka, are also totally inappropriate.

As a mother, Macka, you are teaching the next generation...that is a helluva responsibility. What does your son think of you, his mother, when he hears such filth spewing from your lips? At your age, Macka, that is a no-no.

I would not be surprised, Macka, if your son is giving both you and your mom a warm time in Canada.

Macka Diamond, Lady Mackeril or whatever you choose to call yourself, please, please, do yourself and the dancehall world a favour and withdraw that disgusting song and then redeem yourself by doing some laudable act. I suggest a song that uplifts women, but the choice is really yours.

All the best, to you and your family Macka. Oh, and by the way, some of those raunchy pictures definitely need to go. The garbage receptacle is the ideal place for them...just saying.





lisa-hanna-photo-5.jpgPoor Lisa Hanna....not long after taking flack for her Kartel comments, the Opposition Spokesperson on Youth and Culture now says she experienced the worst customer service in Jamaica recently at a Toll Booth.

She says the toll collector refused to accept a card payment after she realised she only had $2000 JMD cash and the fee was $2450.

"CASH ONLY ... But why if you have a credit/debit card machine you won't accept credit card/ debit payments for the toll?," she said on Instagram.

"I had to wait for someone to drive from Kingston To Caymanas Toll with $450.00 because unless you have cash or US$ the Chinese will not let you through. It's their policy. The sales agent was passive aggressive in her demeanor and said there was nothing she could do because even if I bought the pass for 30,000.00 it wouldn't be activated to get me through the toll," Hanna wrote.

"When the person arrived with the $450.00 a Supervisor finally called down to the sales office where I was to say that they will accept my payment via credit card. This was after I was prepared to buy a pass for the road which they estimated would cost me $30,000.00. I eventually made a credit card payment of $38,450.00 (2,450 toll, 6000 for the device & 30,000 for credit) to CHEC after feeling sever frustration with the customer service."

"Why do our own Jamaican people make life so difficult for their own Jamaican people? Why won't the Chinese Highway accept other forms of payment? Suppose it was a situation of life or death and a person just didn't have the money? Why must we give people who are trying to give you money (or not) bad customer service in the sales office? CHEC needS to make back their money on their investment to build the road. But it's no excuse for a Jamaican worker to give bad customer service. That's the issue. I am calling on China Harbour to look at their toll policy. It's already very expensive for us as motorists to use the highway but on top of it we receive bad customer service."





popcaan-photo-5.jpgOver the weekend Popcaan was in Barbados with his unruly crew and a show. However he raised a few eyebrows when a video surfaced of him chilling and listening to some of his singles.

While singing abut "Demon Gyals" Popcaan sent a message to Burrell.

"Skatta a dat yuh mek the gyal dem do you.... wull it." The "Stray Dog" deejay said to the producer who was previously linked to Ishawna.

The video comes weeks after the 'Unruly Boss' and former Downsound records artist had a falling out after Popcaan refuted claims that the two had an upcoming single together.

A preview of the alleged single "Ready For War" was released on April 18, however Popcaan said the track was fake.

The "Restraining Order" singer seemingly took offense to Popcaan's statement and went to her Instagram account to quote lyrics from his rival Mavado.

"Mi love it when dem plan up and group up, it mek it easier fi dem get shoot up!!!!," Ishawna wrote, taking jabs at Popcaan and his production team.

Meanwhile Ishawna has retained the spotlight with her new raunchy single "Equal Rights" last week. The track has been making rounds with the ladies as it glorifies males giving oral sex.





feluke-promo-picture.jpgReggae singer and percussionist Denver Smith, also known in music circles as "Feluke" is thanking fans, friends and family for the love and support.

Feluke is currently in the first week of his 21-day cancer treatment in Mexico.

Earlier this month, family and friends of Feluke created a GoFundMe account for the entertainer, who is suffering from stage 4 colon cancer.

Feluke is scheduled to perform at Reggae Sumfest in Montego Bay this year.





j-amsterdam.jpgControversial dancehall artiste J Amsterdam is back on the scene to show his full support for Ishawna's new single 'Equal Rights' which urges men to perform the sexually taboo act of oral sex.

Amsterdam made headlines back in 2014 as "The Freak Messiah" when he dropped his debut single "Come Wine Inna Face" however disappeared shortly after getting numerous death threats.

"I've been a musician for over sixteen years writing my own songs and I have reinvented myself by taking on the landscape of the freaks," the Portmore-based Dancehall artist said during an interview.

"There are a lot of freaks in Jamaica but they have no one to represent them and they have no voice, so I want to be the voice of the voiceless."





macka-diamond-photos-3-detailed.jpgDancehall fans descended on social media to drag Macka Diamond through the mud after she hit out at Ishawna's oral sex offering entitled Equal Rights.

Macka dropped a new track titled 'Nuh Tongue' on Tuesday a direct counteraction againsts 'Equal Rights'. The title of the song is self-explanatory. In the single,

Macka says: "A wah dem wan fi do turn dancehall inna freaky show?" Macka questions in the single.

"A wah happen to dem? a weh the goodup big h**d man dem deh? / unu grab up unu c**ky yah now."

"Mi want a big h**d man fi f**k mi out / mi nuh want nuh boii weh a suck mi out / C**ky mi seh mi want and not yuh mouth / wid yuh freaky lifestyle boii lock yuh mouth," Macka deejays.

However Macka Diamond is surely being hypocritical, because she herself released a song glorifying oral sex in 2013, so how come she is now saying the exact opposite.





Starbucks to open in Jamaica

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starbucks.pngStarbucks Coffee Company has confirmed that it will be setting up shop in Jamaica.

The popular drink chain has granted Caribbean Coffee Traders Limited, a consortium led by restaurant management and franchise operator Margaritaville Caribbean Group, the exclusive right to develop and operate stores in Jamaica.

Jamaica will be Starbucks' 6th in the Caribbean region, with the first store slated to open in Montego Bay.





ganja-seized.jpgA police investigation has been launched into the seizure of more than 1,000 pounds of compressed ganja at two beaches in Hellshire, Portmore, St. Catherine yesterday.

The police report that during an early morning operation at Fort Clarence beach, detectives from the Narcotics Division found 483 pounds of compressed ganja in mangroves.

A man was arrested and a car seized.

The team then went to Waves Beach where a car was intercepted and searched, the police then found and seized 13 bags with 620 pounds of compressed ganja.

The driver was taken into custody.

The value of the drug has been placed at J$5.5 million.

Investigators suspect that the seizures are linked to the guns for drugs trade.





Market truck turns over; vendors injured

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Seven market vendors had to be taken to hospital Friday morning after a truck transporting them and their market goods overturned on the Newport main road in Mandeville, Manchester.

The extent of their injuries is not known.

The truck was was on its way to Kingston.

Reports indicate that the truck, which had about 15 persons on board, developed mechanical problems. The driver lost control of the vehicle and it overturned.

Most of the vendors' goods were lost.





Brothers shot dead in Anchovy

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Two brothers were shot dead in Nigger Ground in Anchovy, St. James on Friday morning.

They have been identified as 33 year old Omar Smith and 34 year old Odain Smith from Top Hill in Anchovy.

Reports from the Anchovy police are that the men left home for work about 6:00 a.m. They took a shortcut in Nigger Ground when they where ambushed.

They died at the scene.





mandeville-tax-office-shot-dead.jpgThe Manchester police questioned the boyfriend of an employee of the Mandeville ‎tax office in connection with her early morning murder.

The woman, identified as Keniesha McKenzie-Gayle, was shot dead, allegedly by her boyfriend who is an ex soldier of the Jamaica Defence Force.

The details surrounding the incident are not immediately clear.

However, it happened at the couple's home in New Green, about five kilometres outside of Mandeville.

The incident has shocked staff members at the Mandeville Collectorate.

Director of communications at Tax Administration Jamaica Meris Haughton says the Mandeville Tax Office has been closed for the day as staff members receive grief counselling.





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Red Stripe presents 25th Reggae Sumfest

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July 16 - 22, 2017

Montego Bay Jamaica

Jamaica's Premier Music Festival

Save $$$

Earlybird Tix Now!

Jamaica Tourist Board





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Sizzla

Jah Cure

Queen Ifrica

Christopher Martin

Dexta Daps

Richie Stephens & Ska Nation Band

Mad Cobra

Kabaka Pyramid

Feluke

Deep Jahi

Meleku

Davianah

Special Guest Stars





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Mavado

Bounty Kiler

Tory Lanez

Aidonia

Beenie Man

Spice

Tommy Lee Sparta

Masicka

Patoranking

Devin di Dakta

Tifa

Jahmiel

Ding Dong

Harry Toddler & Ikel Marvelous

Bucky Marshall

Tuffa Lie

John Hype

Shelly Belly

Shankle Dip & Blazzy

Shenseea

TJ

Special Guest Stars





Jamaica's Premiere Week Long Music Festival

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eventbrite-2017-banner.jpgRed Stripe presents Reggae Sumfest 25th edition.

Downsound Entertainment

July 16-22, 2017 @ Montego Bay, Jamaica

reggaesumfest.com

Must be legal Drinking Age. Enjoy Red Stripe Responsibly

Five Preview Events

Two Main Festival Nights

Jamaica Tourist Board

I Pledge to Drink Right





Sumfest Heavyweight Clash! 2017

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8PM - 4AM

Pier One Event Center





Sumfest Blitz: Retro Block Party 2017

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Wed, July 19

8PM - 4AM





Sumfest All White Party 2017

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Tue, July 18

8PM - 4AM





Sumfest @ Sunset 2017

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on the

Treasure Queen

Pier 1 Dock

Mon, July 17

5 PM open, boat leaves 7 PM

Back 11 PM

After Party 11 PM - 3 AM





Sumfest Beach Party 2017

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Adult Playground

Tropical Bliss Beach

9 Kent Avenue, Mobay

Sun, July 16

2pm - 2am

DJ's Chris Dymond, Team Shella, Dexta Pepper, Jigga & Coppershot





Reggae Sumfest 2017 Pre Events

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Sumfest Beach Party "Adult Playground"

Tropical Bliss Beach, 9 Kent Avenue, Mobay, Sun July 16 2PM-2AM

Sumfest @ Sunset - Treasure Queen Yacht

Pier 1 Dock, Mon July 17, 5PM, Boat 7PM-11PM

After Party 11PM - 3AM

Sumfest All White Party

Pier One Restaurant, Tue July 18, 8PM-4AM

Sumfest Blitz, Retro Block Party

Pier One Event Center, Wed July 19, 8PM-4AM

Sumfest Heavyweight Clash

Pier One Event Center, Thu July 20, 8PM-4AM





Rockhouse Foundation 2017 Raffle

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Win / Win

Support education in Jamaica and Rockhouse Foundation's special needs school project by buying a raffle ticket and the chance to win amazing prizes.

  • 1st Prize - A Week Long Getaway for two at Rockhouse Hotel including airfare from JetBlue (Balue $6000)
  • 2nd Prize - A Long Weekend Gateway for two at Rockhouse Hotel including airfare from JetBlue (Value $4000)
  • 3rd Prize - 5 Course Tasting Menu for 8 at Miss Lily's NYC (Value $1200)
  • 4th Prize - 5 Days of Wellness for 2 with Daily Spa at Rockhouse (Value $1100)
  • 5th Prize - 3 Days of Indulgence for 2 w/ Private Dinner at Rockhouse (Value $500)

All expenses related to the auction are fully underwritten by the Rockhouse Hotel. Every cent supports Jamaicans in need.


Support the construction of our New Special Needs School

Raffle Tickets $100 each

Maximum 10 per person - Only 1000 tickets sold

For ticket purchase please visit:

Buy Raffle Tickets

Raffle Drawing will take place at

The Rockhouse Foundation's Spring Fundraiser at Miss Lily's Soho, New York

June 6th, 2017

for which limited tickets are still available.

Winners need not be present at the drawing and will be published on

www.rockhousefoundation.org

For any inquiries please email raffle@rockhousefundation.org





sean-paul-photo-6.jpgRecording artiste Sean Paul has released the video for Body, which features Atlanta Rap trio Migos.

The Video was shot a few weeks ago in South Beach in Miami.

The single, produced by veteran producer Don Corleon, is featured on Sean's upcoming album.

The project, which is expected later this year, is his first since signing his new deal with Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited.





ishawna-photo-6.jpgFemale fans of dancehall deejay Ishawna are up in arms about the scorn that is being poured on Ishawna's oral sex song, Equal Rights. They want Miss Legendary's newly released controversial single, Equal Rights to receive the same play that sexually suggestive taboo songs by male deejays get..

Reports are that over the weekend, females at a beach party booed a selector who said the owners of the sound system didn't want the song which speaks of men performing oral activities on women played on their sound.

In the video posted by Ishawna on social media, the women yelled "we need justice," others booed while some men chatted among themselves, and others watched as the saga unfolded.

The selector later heeded. As Ishawna's voice blared from the speakers, loud cheers erupted inside the venue as some women gyrated wildly to the lyrics.

Meanwhile, fellow dancehall deejay Kip Rich has since counteracted Ishawna's Equal Rights" with "Eating Rights."

Some argued that Ishawna is being treated unfairly stating that dancehall fans and industry players were more receptive to Gage's "Throat."





shenseea.jpgRecording artiste Shenseea has released a new single titled Topic of Discussion, following the recent controversy surrounding her feature on Vybz Kartel's Loodi.

The single debuted Saturday morning on her official Instagram account.

The song seemingly addresses a number of recent issues and controversies, including the hot topic single, Loodi, which became a talking point when jailed deejay Vybz Kartel released the original single which does not contain Shenseea's vocals.

Kartel has also released a new single, interestingly, by the same outfit that had produced Loodi.





Calabar sets records at Penn Relays

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Calabar High School captured the 4x100 meters in record style at the 123rd staging of the Penn Relays

The boys from Red Hills road ran 39 seconds flat in the High school boys Championship of America event.

Earlier led by a blistering run from double Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson, the Jamaica women's team beat the USA red team to win the 4x100 meters relay in the USA vs the rest of the World. Jamaica's male team also won the 4 by 400 meters relay.





Top cop says policeman's murder 'callous'

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police-commish-george-quallo-swearing-in.jpgNewly sworn in commissioner of police, George Quallo, has described the killing of a policeman on Friday by a suspect he was searching, as cruel and callous.

Commissioner Quallo added that it was unfortunate that the murder happened while the policeman, Constable Hanson, was performing his duties to serve and protect members of the public.

It's reported that the policeman, who was attached to the St Andrew North Division, was attempting to apprehend a suspect along Constant Spring Road when the man disarmed him and shot him in the head.





police-commish-george-quallo-swearing-in.jpgThe Opposition People's National Party has blasted as a "vulgar politicisation" the appointment of former Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) election candidates to the top posts at the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA).

Shane Dalling, a former JLP councillor, will take over as chief executive officer of the FLA. He will join a leadership team that includes board chairman Dennis Wright, a former JLP candidate for Portland Eastern and Dennis Meadows, the deputy chairman. Meadows unsuccessfully ran for the JLP in Trelawny Northern in the 2016 General Election.

Opposition Spokesman on National Security, Peter Bunting, says the Government is wrong for giving the top posts to the former political representatives.

According to him, the FLA is a sensitive entity that does work previously done by an arm of the Jamaica Constabulary Force and there should be not likelihood of political interference.

Last year, the FLA was heavily criticised over foul-ups involving the gun licence issued to Patrick Powell, the man who was freed of the murder of schoolboy Khajeel Mais.

Powell is still before the court for failing to handover his firearm for inspection.

Police Commissioner George Quallo is this afternoon appealing to members of the public to desist from sharing images and videos on social media from the scene where Constable Leighton Hanson was shot and killed yesterday.





The Jamaica Constabulary Force is on high alert following the shooting and injury of record producer Leighton "Livity" Coke early Sunday morning.

Coke, who is in stable condition, is currently hospitalised after he and a female were shot and injured in Hellshire, St Catherine.

The Corporate Communications Unit, the communications arm of the Jamaica Constabulary force confirmed the incident and is advising citizens to remain calm. Coke is the brother of imprisoned gangster Christopher "Dudus" Coke.

Coke is known on the entertainment circuit for his Live Up Records label, which started in 2005. Artistes he has worked with include Vybz Kartel (Money Pon Mi Mind), Mavado (I'm On The Rock), Flippa Mafia (Unfinished House), and Mr Vegas (I'm Blessed).

His record label also copped the EME's Best Compilation and Rhythm of the year for the Good Life Rhythm in 2010.

Coke is also one of the promoters of the annual West Kingston Jamboree. The stage show -- which had its beginning in1999 -- was restarted in 2014 after it was discontinued by the security forces following the unrest of May 2010.





The police in Montego Bay St James are now in search of a hand-cart man who they say severely chopped a female vendor at the Charles Gordon Market on Thursday morning and then fled the scene after she caught him stealing yam.

The police stated that the wounded woman has since been treated at the Cornwall Regional Hospital and admitted in stable condition.

Reports are that about 11:30 am on Thursday, the female vendor was at her stall outside the Market when she saw the hand cart man stealing yams from a neighboring vendor's stall.

She raised an alarm and the hand cart man told her that she was an informer before using a machete to chop her to her upper body and then fleeing the scene.





donald-trump-photo-1.jpg(CMC) -- A senior Antigua government minister says Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries will along with countries in Latin America speak with one voice opposing plans by the United States to target their nationals residing in the North American country to help President Donald Trump build his much touted multi-billion dollar US-Mexico border wall.US legislators are seeking to impose a two per cent tax on all remittances sent by nationals of Belize, the Cayman Islands, Haiti, the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica, the British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, St Kitts and Nevis, Montserrat, Guadeloupe, Dominica, Martinique, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Barbados, Grenada, Guyana and Suriname to friends and relatives.

These Caribbean countries are among a number of countries in Latin America and the Caribbean highlighted by the US legislators to help fund the wall, a major campaign promise of Trump and estimated at US$21.6 billion.

Foreign Affairs Minister Charles Fernandez, speaking on the state-owned ABS Television, said the new measures being advocated could result in the remittances system going underground.

"Whatever tax you put on it even though it sounds like a little bit, two per cent it could cause a number of people to want to drive this outside of the regulatory banking system and that could be of concern...because you could get into all kinds of monies moving around in actual hard currencies.

"The other thing about it is that the President had said...Mexico was going to pay for the wall, clearly now it is anybody who is doing transfers will pay for it.

"As regards to the Caribbean, I think Jamaica probably will be the biggest one affected. In 2015, Jamaica had something like US$1.5 billion sent from America alone to Jamaica in remittances," he added.





Suspect in Livity's shooting detained

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policeman-leighton-hanson-shot-dead.jpgThe Greater Portmore Police have detained a suspect in connection with the shooting of Leighton 'Livity' Coke yesterday morning in Hellshire, St Catherine.

Head of Operations at the Greater Portmore Police Division, Superintendent Leighton Gray, reportedly told The Gleaner that the man was detained yesterday when he turned up at the police station to claim a motorbike that was seized by the police in Hellshire following the shooting incident.

Head of Operations at the Greater Portmore Police Division, Superintendent Leighton Gray

Superintendent Gray says it is suspected that the bike was being driven by one of the gunmen who attacked Coke, but was left behind during the confrontation.

He says the suspect, whose identity is being withheld at this time, is from the west Kingston area.

He is still being questioned.

Meanwhile, the security forces remain on guard in west Kingston as investigations intensify into the shooting of Livity, who is the brother of drug kingpin Christopher 'Dudus' Coke.

Livity was ambushed and shot several times early Sunday morning at Hellshire Beach in St Catherine.

Hours after the shooting, police and soldiers took up positions at the hospital where doctors treated 'Livity' for gunshot wounds to the right side of his chest and left hand.

A woman who was travelling with him at the time was also shot multiple times.

Both Livity and the woman are still in hospital.





asafa-powell-and-usain-bolt-beijing-2015.jpgJamaican sprinter and former world 100 metre record holder Asafa Powell is now the holder of a Guinness World Record.

According to a release from the athlete's management, Powell has been named a record holder for most competitive 100 metre races completed in under10 seconds.

Powell has 97 such runs. The athlete, who refers to himself as the 'Sub-10 King', recorded his 97th sub-10 clocking with 9.94 seconds in an IAAF Diamond League race in Zurich last year.

According to the release, Powell will seek his 98th sub-10 run at the IAAF Diamond League opener in Doha, Qatar on Friday.





Leighton 'Livity' Coke, the brother of drug kingpin and formerTivoli Gardens don, Christopher 'Dudus' Coke, was Saturday night shot several times at the Hellshire Beach, in Portmore St Catherine. He is reportedly in serious condition at the Spanish Town Hospital after being shot up in Hellshire night.

According to a report in Jamaica's daily paper, The Gleaner, Deputy Commissioner of Police Clifford Blake is quoted as saying that Livity had just arrived at the popular Hellshire Beach when several men armed with guns approached his car and sprayed it with bullets.

Investigators say a woman travelling with 'Livity', was also shot multiple times.

Reports are that after Coke was shot, the vehicle sped away and but was chased along the highway by the attackers

Coke was, however, saved upon reaching Central Village, along the Mandela Highway, by about 15 heavily armed men who warded off his attackers.

He reportedly passed out and both he and the female were rushed to the Spanish Town Hospital where their condition is listed as serious.

The police say that measures are being put in place in Coke's West Kingston stong-hold, Hellshire and Spanish Town to prevent any outbreak of violence.

The police have also flooded parts of West Kingston in a moved to maintain calm.





Reggae Sumfest 2017

bounty-killer-photo-8.jpgEntertainment seems to be all about diss songs and counteractions and warnings these days.

On Wednesday the Veteran Dancehall artist made it clear that the controversial singer is not allowed to perform her new raunchy single "Equal Rights" at an event the two are booked for in Portland on May 23.

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According to Killer, if Ishawna sings her new track which glorifies men performing oral sex in his presence he won't be taking any more shows she's on.

"B.F.F Bikini Flossing and Food BIKINI BEACH PORTLAND MAY 23d LABOUR DAY @grunggaadzilla@dingdongravers," Killer wrote. "@mslegendary cyaah sing tha song deh at this show else mi ago rush har Nuh kitten or Catfish can nuh bloodclaath bother come bcuz that cyaah sing else she cannot be on no more shows with me either mi nuh sing fi bowcat or bowfish," he added.





george-nooks-follow-di-arrow.jpgLawyers representing entertainer George Nooks have declared that they will be challenging the drug charges against him.

Mr. Nooks, who was charged with cocaine possession on May 5, appeared before the St. Andrew Parish Court on Wednesday morning where the case was mentioned.

Lead attorney Tom Tavares-Finson argues that there are flaws in the Crown's case.

"I pointed out to the judge that there was already a major discrepancy in the prosecution's case as to where this incident took place because the superintendent who is in charge of narcotics put the incident one place, then the investigating officer put it at another place...and it is so unfortunate because this is a case where Mr. Nooks' career is being blighted by an allegation that, in my mind, cannot be substantiated in the court," asserted Mr. Tavares-Finson.

Mr. Nooks is to return to court on June 28.





Bartender shot and killed

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA bartender was shot and killed in Albion, St. Thomas on Wednesday.

The deceased is 46 year old Roselyn Walker who resided in the community.

About 10:45 a.m., Ms Walker was returning to her bar when gunshots were heard.

She was later found face down with bullet wounds to the back of her head





Woman's body found in tank

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crime-scene-7.jpgThe body of a woman was found in a tank in Alexandria, St. Ann on Wednesday.

She is 62 year old Beverloyn Brown-Edwards of Dumbarton in the parish.

About 5:00 a.m., relatives realised that she was missing.

A search was carried out and the body found.





crime-scene-knife.jpgNo motive has been established for the fatal stabbing of Hyacintha Wright, the wife of Joseph Wright, former Mayor of Falmouth,.

Mrs. Wright, who was 78 years old, was found dead on Thursday afternoon.

The police were called to Mrs. Wright's business place on Trelawny Street about 4.15 in the afternoon, and there they found her body with stab wounds in her neck, Superintendent Clive Blair, head of the Trelawny Police, told .

It's understood that Mrs. Wright was injured several months ago in another attack.





crime-scene-knife.jpgResidents of Runaway Bay, St. Ann have expressed shock and outrage following the fatal stabbing of an 88 year old woman, a resident of the community, on Wednesday.

The body of Nettie Rowe was found at her house shortly before midday.

It's suspected that she was sexually assaulted as well.

The house was ransacked; however, there was no sign of forced entry.

Investigators say Miss Rowe lived alone.





Frankie Paul is dead

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frankie-paul.jpgReports are that veteran reggae singer, Frankie Paul has died.

The sad news was reportedly confirmed confirmed by Paul's sister, Tisha Clarke, who spoke to artiste Wayne Lonesome about her brother's shocking death.

Lonesome went live on Facebook, and streamed the conversation between himself and Clarke, where she shared the news.

The clip has now received over 6.8k views, with many commentators sharing their condolences to the late reggae star.

This week, Clarke told The Gleaner that the latest bill she was issued regarding Paul's hospital treatment was quoted as $1.4 million in outstanding payments. "I don't have no more money because I have to buy prescriptions for him that they don't have at the pharmacy," she said.

According to Clarke, Paul had been a patient at the UHWI since April 2017, and was ill for an extended period of time.





Chris Martin short film

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50-cent-dog.jpg50 Cent gave a shout-out, or perhaps that should be a "bark out" to Shaniqua Tompkins, the mother of his oldest son, and many are calling it "savage", plain and simple.

The two have been engaged in a nasty feud for quite some time. And he has yet to show any kind of respect as he took another stab at her on Instagram. The vicious picture shows Fif sitting next to a dog and he compares her to it. The caption reads, "Ok ok, here's a pic of me and my first baby mom. LOL."

Many fans on social media gave varying opinions on the post with one saying," I think 50 has been desensitized to a lot of things growing up due to his upbringing...from his mother being murdered at 8,to becoming the drug-king pin of his own hood,beefing with supreme and jimmy henchmen and barley surviving getting shot 9 times..all those things literally turned him into a savage..!

"looks like he in his feelings. Shouldn't he been moved on with his life? Isn't he over her, he doesn't have a relationship with his son or her, so why the childish behavior, that's a grown man, I would never do that to an ex, even if he did hurt me, karma always takes care it, whatever energy you put out, you get back. Trust and believe."

Another commenter wrote, "I'm not condoning 50's post but how can his son hate his dad for doing this when he follows the mom to tmz and radio and doesn't say anything when she's calling him bum ass and what not?"

50 cent. I lost alot of respect for you bruh. If you happen to visit Vladtv and read this which you probably will, your black baby mama was the reason you still alive. She hid you in the Poconos when Supreme and them and Murder Inc was hot on your ass. You had no money. Your 1st album was shelved. She was ok then. But your second baby mama, the Asian one. You know, the one that was screwing Mally Mall and others while you were in the studio. You awful silent on her. She pressed charges on you, had you arrested, sued you for damages and child support. But you silent on the Asian girl who never didshit for you unlike your black baby mama, because of your self hatred but rage against your day one and even went at your 1st born. Smh. F@#$ing self hating sell out.





Afar Music Group and DJ Kenny release LevelUp

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afar-level-up.jpgkenny-bling.jpgThe new riddim from the Afar Music Group AMG features the sounds of a host of big name and on-the-rise artistes.

Among then are international reggae star Junior "One Blood" Reid who sings about about his mother's love on ''My Mommy''. With Mother's Day a near memory, this song was pulled up on radio and in the dance numerous times. Still living his dream, Nesbeth makes a impassioned statement about the perils of the street life on ''Tony Tony Tony''' while recording artists D Medz comes at you with "Africaness" chanting words of encouragement to black people to search within their souls and remember and honour their African roots and stop bleaching their skins. Rising star Keneil Brown, better known as Kenny Bling sings his respect for his real friends on ''Mi Chargie''', Clara, and Blakx.

"This project came about after myself and Dj Kenny had a long conversation about the business of marketing and promoting reggae/dancehall music. While reasoning about what's being done and how we can do things different and better we decide on joining forcing in promoting a riddim, hence the name LevelUp. With the release of this LevelUp riddim we are also introducing a few new artist, in particular Kenny Bling, who will soon release his debut EP under the Afar Music Group banner." explained Shem of AMG.





kalado-sexcited.jpgAccording to a release from his publicists, dancehall artiste Kalado's 'Sexcited' video was packaged months ago and is definitely not an effort to copy Dexta Daps much talked about, sexually charged video released last week.

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Kalado released his very raunchy and explicit video for the steamy single 'Sexcited', last week, however, Kalado says the single, which details a seductive interaction between the artiste and his special female.was recorded last year. The video amplifies that interaction, with raunchy scenes simulating sex and, for adult audiences, tasteful nudity.

The artiste released the visuals hours after another Dancehall artiste, Dexta Daps released a video online with similar scenes. Kalado however made it clear that this is by no means an effort to copy or compete with any artiste, the video was released in an effort to make the opposite sentiment quite clear.

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"I expect people will speculate because technically my video was released hours after the other artist's video but I had that video teaser on social media from November 2016," Kalado explained.

The visuals for Sexcited were recorded in St Kitts in October of last year, the complete video was ready for release in November of 2016 but was delayed.

"Many things delayed the release since we posted 'coming soon' on social media last November. After seeing the other artist's video I really wanted to not release my Sexcited video at all, but the producer didn't want to loose all that money he spent shooting it" Kalado added.

Already persons have started to compare both videos because of the nude elements but Kalado wants to make it clear that his video was recorded months ago and was never inspired by any artistes content whether past or present.

"Every artiste has their own creative method and I won't say anyone is following my concept from last year but I also have not stolen any concept from any artiste. My video was being teased over 6 months now so any one following is certainly not Kalado, " Kalado surmised

Kalado who is focused on promoting his recent hit Bruk Foreigner and new single 'Fresh To The Bone' is not perturbed by any comparisons made to his 'Sexcited' video as he believes the content and song stands firmly on its own merit.

The artiste is currently preparing for his Summer European Tour this July and will be touring countries in Africa later this year.

For all updates and to see all current content follow @officialkalado on all social platforms.

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marlon-samuels-foundation.jpgWest Indies Cricketer and international sports personality Marlon Samuels currently in India on professional duties will be expanding his entrepreneurial endeavours this summer with the launch of a new reality series.

Still in its infancy the series dubbed 'The Making Of An Icon' will encapsulate all facets of the cricketer's life, both on and off the pitch. Shot in partnership with Triad Media the project will give fans an opportunity to see the man behind the glitz and glamour of the popular sport.

"The show will give viewers an opportunity to see Marlon doing every days things not just on the pitch but also at home, on the road, spending time with his family among other amazing adventures. It promises to be something awesome so stay tuned." - a representative from Triad Media stated.

In recent times Samuels has also been doing a lot of philanthropic work across the region through his Foundation. At a recent presentation held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston he donated $J350,000 to Garfield Mitchell a visually impaired student of the Church Teachers' College who was on the brink of dropping out of school because his tuition fees had overwhelmed him. He also made a second donation of J$1.5 Million to the Jamaica Society For The Blind. Among the attendees at the ceremony were former Prime Minister of Jamaica Portia Simpson and current Entertainment Minister Olivia Babsy Grange among other dignitaries.

Samuels formed the foundation after he had encountered a moment of blindness himself. In 2013, while playing in Australia's domestic cricket league Big Bash where he took a nasty blow to one of his eyes from the cricket ball while batting.





GATFFEST 2017 'From the Streets to the Screen

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gatffest.jpgGATFFEST, the rebranded Greater August Town Film Festival, is hailed as the Caribbean's premier community film festival and this year the event marks its significant five-year milestone under the theme "From the Streets to the Screen."

The festival of films got its 2017 staging rolling with the official launch last week at the The Atrium, Faculty of Medical Sciences Teaching and Research Complex, UWI.

An initiative of the UWI Community Film Festival and Centre for Tourism and Policy Research, at The University of the West Indies (UWI) the mission of the GATFFEST Film Festival is to serve as a platform for local and international exposure of film makingtalent - directors, producers, casts and crews. The UWI Community Film Project, a community-based initiative supporting the UWI Township Project , offers training in film and video production for youth in a number of underserved communities.

According to the organizers, the festival was introduced in 2013 as an avenue to showcase the films produced by the graduates of the UWI Community Film Project. However, GATFFEST has evolved and now provides an ideal opportunity to showcase new and emerging filmmakers who are telling stories through a mix of short films and documentaries. The film festival features premieres and special events and panel discussions with stakeholders in tourism, academia and the film industry. The event also includes after-film discussions with filmmakers.

Professor Ian Boxill, Chairman of Gatffest explained that "The Festival has provided a platform for our graduates but more importantly for those persons who have an interest and who have made films. GATFFEST provides an outlet for them. It's largely a community festival and most of the local material is mobilized from among the communities. While the festival focuses on community building and development we want our filmmakers to compete with those from across the world and in attracting regional and international films, it shows them what they need to aspire to."

Activities during the event include film workshops and the screening of local, regional and international SHORT films along with an Awards Ceremony. Spanning the genres: drama, comedy, action, sci-fi, documentary, animation and suspense, the festival caters to a wide audience. The premiere film for 2017, Children of the Incursion, is a documentary which explores the psycho-social impact, seven years later, of the Tivoli incursion on the children who lived through the ordeal.

Patron of GATTFEST is Professor Sir Kenneth Hall





donald-trump-photo-1.jpgPresident Trump revealed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador in a White House meeting last week, according to current and former U.S. officials, who said Trump's disclosures jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State.

The information the president relayed had been provided by a U.S. partner through an intelligence-sharing arrangement considered so sensitive that details have been withheld from allies and tightly restricted even within the U.S. government, officials said.

The partner had not given the United States permission to share the material with Russia, and officials said Trump's decision to do so endangers cooperation from an ally that has access to the inner workings of the Islamic State. After Trump's meeting, senior White House officials took steps to contain the damage, placing calls to the CIA and the National Security Agency.

"This is code-word information," said a U.S. official familiar with the matter, using terminology that refers to one of the highest classification levels used by American spy agencies. Trump "revealed more information to the Russian ambassador than we have shared with our own allies."

The revelation comes as the president faces rising legal and political pressure on multiple Russia-related fronts. Last week, he fired FBI Director James B. Comey in the midst of a bureau investigation into possible links between the Trump campaign and Moscow. Trump's subsequent admission that his decision was driven by "this Russia thing" was seen by critics as attempted obstruction of justice.

The male vendor, who was shot by gunmen in Coronation Market in downtown, Kingston on Monday morning has died.

The vendor identified as Kirk Morgan, a 45-year-old resident of West Kingston succumbed to his injuries an hour after being taken to the Kingston Public Hospital.

Reports are that at about 12:30 pm, the vendor was in the market plying his trade when he was attacked and shot.





frankie-paul.jpgVeteran singer Frankie Paul is ill and his medical bill now stands at over one million dollars.

The family of veteran entertainer Frankie Paul is seeking financial help for the singer.

Frankie Paul has been admitted to the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI), Mona since April 2017.

According to his sister, Tish Clarke, Frankie has a hospital bill of $1.4 million in outstanding payments.

In a video posted on Youtube, Wayne Lonesome and Frankie's sister, Tisha in their request to seek financial assistance had this to say.

Reports are Frankie Paul's body is currently swollen because of malfunctioning kidneys.

As a result, the singer has been prescribed dialysis treatments twice weekly at a cost of $20,000 per treatment. Meanwhile the cost for the Intensive Care Unit is approximately $60,000.





bounty-killer-photo-8.jpgBounty Killer took to social media to explain why he left in the middle his performance at a concert in Trinidad on Saturday.

According to the Trinidad Express, Bounty Killer reportedly made a hasty exit, leaving fellow headliner Beenie Man mid-performance without any explanation.

In a long explanation on Instagram, Bounty Killer said he was booked as a solo act.Bounty further explains that he communicated to the promoters that if they wanted a Bounty Beenie duo then they would have to pay for it.

Bounty Killer stated that he was told that he would work after Aidonia but both he and Beenie Man were called on stage as a package.

Killer who also admitted that he was not going to perform, said the love for his Trini fans propelled him to deliver a short performance with Beenie Man.

According to the Trinidad Express, a confused Beenie Man asked "Where Bounty gone?" Meanwhile, the event promoter Kwesi "Hoppy" Hopkinson said despite their efforts some things remain out of their control.





bounty-killer-photo-8.jpgAccording to a report in the Trinidad Express, dancehall artiste Bounty Killer made a hasty exit, abandoning fellow headliner Beenie Man mid-performance without any explanation, at the Guinness Fully Loaded Music Festival, at the Jean Pierre Complex, Mucurapo, on Saturday night.

Bounty was reportedly in the middle of what the writer called a "high-intensity song-for-song segment with Beenie Man when he turned, walked off the stage and left the venue".

The long-time musical rivals' joint appearance had been billed as a festival of peace, love and sound.

The controversial DJ, who has been arrested in the past for using obscene language on stage in Trinidad, was seen pacing back stage as his co-star asked for his return.

"Where Bounty gone? Bounty, he gone?" asked a confused Beenie Man.

When Beenie declared to the audience the show would go on in his absence, Bounty was seen making his final exit.

"They say Bounty gone, but I came here to work," the dancehall doctor continued to a resounding cheer.

The Kingston native dipped into his extensive catalogue to successfully fill the unscheduled void, cueing his backing Ruff Cut band into a medley of his 90s hits.





25 winners for Reggae Sumfest 25

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sumfest-2017-poster.jpgTwenty-five lucky persons from overseas will win a trip to Jamaica and Reggae Sumfest, courtesy of title sponsor of the festival, Red Stripe. The announcement was made by the company's head of marketing, Blandine Jean-Paul Reid at the local launch of Reggae Sumfest, held at Usain Bolt's Tracks and Records in St Andrew last week."This will be done via a special promotion that will send these lucky Red Stripe lovers from the US market to the week-long festival in Montego Bay," she said.

The 25th anniversary of Reggae Sumfest is scheduled for July 16-22 at Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex in Montego Bay, St James.

Also speaking at the launch was Josef Bogdanovich, chairman of Summerfest Promotions -- promoters of Reggae Sumfest, who said this year's staging will be superb and will once again attract a large international audience to the island.

"The festival continues to grow and this year will be spectacular. In addition to live entertainment, we will also be having a food court among other things. We will be competing with other festivals around the world," he said.

For the second consecutive year, the festival will feature only reggae and dancehall acts. This is a departure from the practice of previous years of including major international acts, predominantly from the R&B or hip hop genres, to boost the offering.

The launch attracted dozens of the entertainment fraternity members including Beenie Man, Ninja Man, Harry Toddler, and Richie Stephens.





chris-gayle-condom-ad-1.jpgJamaica and West Indies cricketer Chris Gayle is cashing in on his notorious Big Bash interview with Mel McLaughlin by repeating the controversial phrase in a new CONDOM advertisement.

The sports star is the face of Australian condom brand Skore, . Sitting on a chair with a blank white background, the 37-year-old cricketer begins the video with the words: 'Listen me, I'm not a bad man.'

'I'm only a bad boy,' Mr Gayle continues.

'Bad boy to bowlers, bad boy to fielders, 'cause they don't want me that way.'

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Gyptian still signed to VP Records

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gyptian-photo-2.jpgReports that reggae artist Gyptian is no longer signed to VP Records are false.

According to a VP release, "On the contrary, VP Records can confirm that Gyptian remains an exclusive VP recording artist. VP Records aims to establish and maintain strong working relationships with all of our artists and endeavors to release the best possible product.

The label holds Gyptian in high regard and looks forward to releasing his next project.





The Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission, JADCO, recently hosted a senior athletes' seminar under the theme: "Anti-Doping Rule Violations, Get the Facts".

Participants in attendance at the seminar, included athletes in JADCO's Registered Testing Pool (RTP), national and international level athletes, athletes from tertiary institutions and their support personnel.

JADCO said it will host its fourth annual Senior Athletes Anti-Doping Education Workshop at the Jamaica Conference Centre on November 18.





Black Matic signs deal with Empire

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Upcoming recording artiste Black Mattic has signed a major label and artist deal with international distribution firm Empire.

This comes after he wrapped up production on his latest Album, Press Play, under his Label, Official Hitz Music Group.

The album also features production from Zj Elektra's label, Elektracute Music Group.

The album is scheduled to be released this summer 2017.





'Nuff' land in The Gambia for Mavado

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Dancehall artist Mavado is one lucky dude.

Reports are that he has been given access to fifty acres of land in The Gambia. The tradition is seen as a gesture of honor gratitude love and respect in the West African country.

The gift was made by Global Properties Gambia Limited and the deejay shared the news on social media shortly after signing documents.

Mavado was set to perform in The Gambia at the Independence Stadium Bakau, with over 25,000 tickets already sold. He arrived in The Gambia Thursday morning sending thousands of fans into a frenzy. Mavado is also reportedly set to shoot a new music video while in the country.

The Gambia is a small West African country, bounded by Senegal, with a narrow Atlantic coastline. It's known for its diverse ecosystems around the central Gambia River. Abundant wildlife in its Kiang West National Park and Bao Bolong Wetland Reserve includes monkeys, leopards, hippos, hyenas and rare birds. The capital, Banjul, and nearby Serrekunda offer access to beaches.





girl-in-dexta-daps-video.jpgSo, last week Dexta Daps release him video (short film) fi him album and have everybody a talk say is a sex tape him do. Cause the scene with him and the girl look like real live sex a gwaan. Di whole a di woman dem a lust after Dexta and the whole a di man dem a lust after the hot bodygirl.

But hear the catch...the girl who goes by the moniker Lady Ice allegedly has a girlfriend. YES A GIRLFRIEND.

So, men, the ice lady is not available; she is very upfront with her relationship as there are a host of pics of the two on social media to prove.





hands-behind-bars.jpgReports are that correctional officer based at the Horizon Adult Remand Centre has been held by the police after allegedly stabbing and shooting his wife at their St Catherine home Saturday afternoon.

According to new reports, 35-year-old nurse Lisa Barnett and her husband Balfor Barnett were in their bedroom at 655 Nautilus Drive, New Harbour Village, Phase One when a dispute developed over unresolved matrimonial issues.

The police say an explosion was heard.

Shortly after, Mrs Barnett was seen running outside with what appeared to be a wound to the abdomen.

It is reported that she collapsed and was assisted to the Spanish Town Hospital by a neighbour.

Her husband fled the scene but has since been taken into custody by the police.





bolt-tribute-mason.jpgbolt-and-mason-at-carnival.jpgbolt-grave-digging.jpgUsain Bolt has been filmed in Portland, Jamaica digging the grave of his recently-deceased friend, Team GB Olympic silver medallist, Germaine Mason.

In the video 100 metre and 200m world record-holder Bolt, 30, can be seen helping to lay Mason to rest, with the British high-jumper set to be buried on May 21.

Mason, who won the silver medal at the Beijing Olympics, died in a motorcycle accident in Jamaica on April 20.

The 34-year-old, who was born in Jamaica, reportedly fell off of his bike on the Norman Manley highway in East Kingston at 4.20am, while trying to swerve to avoid oncoming traffic, and died at the scene.

Bolt and multiple international medallist Michael Frater were present quickly after the accident, with the pair part of the main convoy returning from a soca party.

Mason had been friends with Bolt since 2002, and the duo are pictured in many photographs together

The Jamaican posted a tribute to his friend shortly after the tragic accident.

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trump-meets-russian-diplomat-white-house.jpgDonald Trump's administration was left red-faced Thursday after the Moscow surprised them by releasing pictures of a closed-door meeting between the US president and Russia's top diplomat.The images -- issued by the Russian state news agency TASS, and subsequently published by much of the global media -- showed a grinning Trump shaking hands with Sergei Lavrov and the Russian ambassador in Washington, Sergei Kislyak, during an Oval Office meeting.

That Wednesday meeting was already being seen as a major diplomatic coup for the Kremlin, a red carpet welcome just months after being hit with US sanctions for meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Veteran diplomats questioned why Trump agreed to host the diplomats -- a rare honor for non-heads of state, much less for those at the center of major US political scandal.

US administrations often treat Oval Office meetings as a type of currency, dangling the prospect of a high-profile sit-down to gain leverage or concessions in negotiations.

But the emergence of photos compounded the perception that Russia had won a diplomatic victory and that the Trump White House was outmaneuvered.

"Congrats Kollegi (colleagues) at getting these photos! Huge coup," said former US ambassador to Moscow Michael McFaul.

Publicly, the White House put on a brave face.

Trump "should be meeting with the foreign minister," said White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders, lambasting critics.

"For them to try to attack him for doing his job, maybe they should spend a little more time doing their jobs and we wouldn't have all the problems that we do."

Privately though White House officials seethed at what they described as a breach of trust.





Sean Paul, Shenseea working on collab

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shenseea-and-sean-paul.jpgShenseea this week posted a photo of she and Sean Paul in the studio with the caption, "We work till we got bags to get bags."

This led to speculation that the artistes have been working on a collab...well, it appears so.

Sources inside Romeich Entertainment camp, under whose management Shenseea falls, have reportedly confirmed what many were thinking. "Sean Paul is the top dancehall artist right now and Shenseea is the hottest new female artist on the scene so a collaboration only makes sense. We are excited about whats coming so stay tune," is the quote attributed to the outfit.

Some of Sean Paul's biggest hits of his career are with female artists like Beyonce, Sasha, Keyshia Cole, Alexis Jordan, Dua Lipa, and Sia. Last year the dancehall legend scored a Billboard Hot 100 number one single on Sia's "Cheap Thrills." SP is currently working on his next major-label album due this year under Island Records. Perhaps his new music with Shenseea will be featured on that project.





Dancehall artist Popcaan's 2015 collaborative single 'Good Times' with English producer/DJ Jamie XX and American rapper Young Thug is featured in Coca-Cola's latest commercial.

The banger serves as the soundtrack in the introductory video for the soft drink company's 2017 'Share a Coke' summer campaign launched on Tuesday May 9, 2017.





A 25-year-old fitness trainer from St Catherine, who is accused of attempting to rape a female member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) after breaking into her home in April, is expected to face the courts next week Tuesday, May 16.

The fitness trainer, Chaddane Harris, was slapped with charges on the weekend of burglary and assault with intent to rape. Reports are that on April 24, Harris broke into the home of the female officer in Edgewater in Portmore, St Catherine.

He allegedly attempted to sexually assault her, but she resisted and made an alarm. It is further alleged that Harris, who fled the house, was captured a few hours later in Bridgeport. The police reported that they seized a bag with a pair of gloves and a razor from him.

Following investigations carried out by the police, Harris was charged.





butch-stewart-sandals.jpgAccording to an article written by Carl O' Donnell in Reuters on Wednesday, Butch Stewart's Sandals Resorts International, a privately held Caribbean resort operator that caters to couples, is exploring strategic alternatives including a potential sale of the company, according to people familiar with the matter.

The article states that sale would mark the first change in ownership for the company since it was founded 36 years ago by Gordon "Butch" Stewart, who built it into the largest non-government employer in Jamaica and created resorts across the Caribbean.

"Sandals has hired investment bank Deutsche Bank AG to explore sale options, including a sale of a majority stake in the company, the people said, asking not to be identified because the deliberations are confidential."

O'Donnell states.

The valuation of the company could not be learned, but the sources said it could be worth well over $1 billion (£773.1 million), including debt. There is no certainty the move will result in any deal, the sources added.

The report states that Sandals did not immediately respond to a request for comment, while Deutsche Bank declined to comment.

The company, which became famous for its commercials that feature couples lounging in its tropical resorts, owns 24 vacation properties in seven Caribbean countries, including Jamaica, the Bahamas, Grenada and Barbados.

Although Sandals caters primarily to couples, prohibiting children at most of its properties, it also operates a subsidiary called Beaches Resorts that welcomes singles and families.

Stewart began his career as a sales manager at Curacao Trading Company, before leaving in 1968 to found his first company, Appliance Traders Ltd, which distributed and serviced air conditioners.

When Stewart founded Sandals in 1981, the company began as a single hotel near one of the largest beaches on Jamaica's Montego Bay.He sought to differentiate it from competing resorts by emphasizing "all-inclusive" packages, which feature a single flat fee for lodging, meals and drinks.

In the early 2000s, Sandals attracted controversy because its couples-only resorts prohibited same-sex couples. It retracted the policy in 2004, after the London Underground banned Sandals advertisements in response to complaints from gay-rights activists.The article goes on to speculate that the company founded by Gordon " Butch" Stewart back in 1982 could be worth in excess of US$1 billion including debt.





assistant-police-winchroy-budhoo.jpgThe Jamaica Constabulary Force has again been plunged into mourning following the death of Assistant Commissioner of Police Winchroy Budhoo on Wednesday.

Budhoo reportedly died suddenly after reporting that he felt unwell.

Budhoo was assigned to the Strategic Operations Portfolio and has been credited with helping to bring about positive change to volatile St Andrew community August Town.





Cop shot and injured in Denham Town

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A police constable has been hospitalised after being shot during an operation in the Golden Heights area of Denham Town, West Kingston.

Initial reports are that the policeman was part of a team from the Mobile Reserve on operation in the Denham Town/Hannah Town areas of West Kingston, when they were fired on by gunmen.

The police returned the fire and the men fled.

The police say during the exchange, a bullet hit the ballistic helmet of a cop and fragments struck the constable in the region of his shoulder.

A police operation is now underway in search of the men.

In recent days, there has been an uptick in gang violence in sections of West Kingston.





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MBJ Airports staff members volunteer with Change for Children at the Montego Bay Autism Centre.

Sangster International Airport operator MBJ Airports Limited continues giving back to Jamaica in 2017 by maintaining its focus on the nation's youth under its "Change for Children" initiative.

Since 2011, Change for Children has disbursed more than JMD 5m to a number of local organizations, the Caribbean Christian Centre for the Deaf, Montego Bay Boys and Girls Club, Scout Association of Jamaica and Montego Bay Autism Centre being the major beneficiaries.

"We are proud to be able to contribute to key non-profit organizations that make a positive impact in the lives of countless young persons across Jamaica," commented MBJ Airports CEO Rafael Echevarne. "It's critical that Jamaica's youth are nurtured so they can realize their full potential," he said, noting that Change for Children reflects the airport operator's commitment to the country's long-term socio-economic development.

Contributions to local non-profit organizations have been used for instructional material, computer equipment, and to support teambuilding and leadership programs. Change for Children is funded by unsolicited donations made by departing passengers using coin collection boxes located in the departures terminal at Sangster International Airport. In addition to the monetary contributions MBJ Airports has made to help sustain organizations that assist children in need, the airport operator has also provided support through the donation of furniture.

Nicholas Headley, Operations Manager at Caribbean Christian Centre for the Deaf, said the funds received thanks to Change for Children would be used primarily for equipment to upgrade the computer lab at the organization's Montego Bay campus. "It comes at a really, really good time as we are doing refurbishing of the facility," he said, adding, "We really are very grateful."

The Scout Association of Jamaica uses the funds for trophies, transport and food integral to the group's activities. "We depend solely on the private sector to support us with our funding. The donation from MBJ's Change for Children initiative is very important to us. It's been twice now that we've gotten assistance through this project and it's been very, very helpful, said Scout Association of Jamaica Chief Commissioner Maurice Brown.

Change for Children began with a proposal from US-based Richard Lackowitz of Island Health Care Services and Mark Kerr-Jarrett, Managing Director of Montego Bay real estate developer Barnett Limited. These two individuals remain instrumental to the initiative. In 2016, a mentorship component was launched with MBJ staff members volunteering their time to Change for Children.





donald-trump-photo-1.jpgDonald Trump has dramatically fired the FBI Director after he misled the Senate by claiming Huma Abedin sent classified emails to Anthony Weiner.

He writes to James Comey: 'You are hereby terminated and removed from office immediately.'

Comey found out on live TV screens in Los Angeles that he was being fired but thought it was a joke until he was briefed by his staff.

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He was later seen in his motorcade on a city interstate - in a bizarre parallel to O.J. Simpson - before boarding a private plane and shaking hands with officers.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions wrote formal memo saying they had no confidence in him.

Trump used letter dismissing Comey to say: 'I greatly appreciate you informing me, in three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation'.

Chuck Schumer, Democrats' most senior figure said he had told President Trump that firing Comey was a 'very big mistake'.

Democrats piled on by comparing Trump to Richard Nixon who fired top justice officials in the Saturday Night Massacre but Clinton aide said: 'No comment.'.

New acting FBI director is Andrew McCabe - and he too is caught in the toxic impact of Clinton as his politician wife got cash from a Hillary ally.





Canada exports ganja to Cayman

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ganja.jpgThe Canada-based medical cannabis company CanniMed Therapeutics exported its first International shipment of cannabis oil to the Cayman Islands, as a way of testing the territory's potential as an export market.The company exported its first international shipment of cannabis oils this month, including 12,960 milliliters to a pharmacy here.

The shipment makes Canada the second country, after Jamaica, to export cannabis oils to Cayman since the product was legalised here last October.

While the Legislative Assembly legalised the oils for medicinal purposes, it did not approve local production, requiring legally viable product to come from abroad.

The Cayman Compass reports that the Foster's Food Fair-IGA pharmacy received its first shipment of the oils from Jamaica last month but in limited quantity for one patient. According to pharmacist Michael Anderson, they are now hoping to establish stock from Canada and will reserve Jamaica's more potent product for special orders.

He said the shipment was handled the same as other narcotic pharmaceuticals, requiring an import certificate through the Health Services Authority. While he has received several inquiries, he said many interested individuals had not received a proper prescription from their doctor.

"All cannabis oil products will require a prescription from a local physician in order to be filled at any pharmacy in the Cayman Islands," he said. "The company is planning to stock cannabis oil products at our pharmacy, but will also work with our suppliers to produce any specific formula a physician may request.





crime-scene-gun.jpgTwo men were killed and two illegal weapons reportedly seized early this morning following an alleged shoot-out between police and gunmen in a section of Trench Town called Zimbabwe.

The police report that they seized a Taurus 9 millimetre firearm with seven rounds of ammunition and a CSR sporting rifle with 10 rounds of ammunition.

One of the dead men has been identified as Devon Campbell, otherwise called 'Chicken'. The other man has not yet been identified.

The police say they came under sustained gunfire when they responded to explosions heard in Zimbabwe about 3 o'clock Tuesday morning. The gunfire was returned and two men were later found suffering from gunshot wounds. The men were taken to the Kingston Public Hospital where they were pronounced dead.





President of the People's National Party (PNP) Women's Movement, Jennifer Edwards, says Danville Walker must resign or be removed by Prime Minister Andrew Holness from all state board and statutory bodies.

This after Walker was found guilty of breaching the Contractor General Act by not providing, in a timely manner, information requested by the Office of the Contractor General (OCG). He fined the maximum $5,000 or 14 days in prison. The OCG probed allegations that the customs department under Walker's leadership allowed the export of 97 containers of scrap metal despite a ban on the industry at the time and without the requisite licenses.

Edwards says someone who has breached rules and regulations set by the government cannot turn around and enforce those rules.

She argues that Walker's engagement on government boards and statutory bodies raise questions of conflict of interest, ethics and integrity.





The Chapelton Police have launched a manhunt for a man who attempted to rob a woman of $1 million in cash Monday morning.

The police say about 10:15 a.m., a female employee of the Century Wholesale in Chapelton was about to enter the nearby National Commercial Bank with the cash lodgement when a man held on to the bag in which she was carrying the money.

The police say a tussle ensued and the bag broke.

That's when a security guard at the bank intervened. The police say the robber managed to grab $100,000 in cash, before escaping. The Chapelton Police are appealing to persons transacting business involving large sums of cash to seek their help.





germaine-mason-ig-2.pngA thanksgiving service for the life of Olympian Germaine Mason, will be held at 9am, Sunday, May 21 at the Hagley Park Seventh Day Adventist Church, 114a Hagley Park Road, Kingston 10.

Mason, who died in a motorcycle crash last month,will be interred at Long Road Grange Hill in Portland.

The national high jump record holder died when his Honda motorcycle crashed along the Palisadoes main road in Kingston on April 20.

He leaves behind mother Carol, father David, grandfather Eric, son Jelani, four brothers, three sisters, spouse Shari, and other relatives.





vybz-kartel-photo-29.jpgThe Appeal Court is set to hear the appeal of convicted dancehall entertainer Adidja Palmer, more popularly known as Vybz Kartel in February next year.

According to reports, the February 19 date was set on Tuesday morning during a case management hearing involving that lawyers for Vybz Kartel and government prosecutors.

The parties are to return to court in December for another case management hearing to ensure that all the documents are ready for the appeal.

Kartel and three others: Andre St. John; Sean Campbell and Kahira Jones were sentenced to life imprisonment in April 2014 for the murder of Clive "Lizard" Williams.

Mr. Williams was killed at a house in Havendale, St. Andrew, however, his body was never found.

Kartel's attorneys claimed the artiste was wrongly convicted and will be urging the Appeal Court to quash the conviction and sentence.





Peter Sangster, the politician and businessman who is to stand trial on a charge of forging the signature of former Prime Minister, Portia Simpson-Miller is to reappear in court on June 5.

Sangster, the managing director of Jamus Communications Limited, appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court this morning, and had his bail extended

He is charged with uttering forged documents, forgery and obtaining money by false pretences.

Allegations are that between 2011 and 2013, Sangster solicited and obtained over US$600,000 from the chairman of the company.

The businessman reportedly promised to get a waiver for monies owed by the company to the Universal Service Fund.

Sangster is accused of forging a document purported to be the waiver.

A report was made to the police who launched an investigation into the matter.





companies-office-building.jpgHugh Jones, a director at the Companies Office of Jamaica (COJ) collapsed and died on the job this morning.

One employee of the company was overheard saying that Jones who always had a pleasant disposition on the job, had just greeted her heartily before entering his office. Soon after, he collapsed.

Quick responses from emergency medical teams to save Jones' life were in vain as he appeared to have suffered a massive heart attack.

The COJ closed its offices in New Kingston following the sudden death.

They say normal operations will resume tomorrow.

Another employee said Jones.





Drummer Prince Shirley dies in Germany

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drummer-dies.jpgReports are that popular drummer Basil "Prince" Shirley passed away in Germany on Wednesday after battling an undisclosed illness.

Prolific reggae producer Donovan Germain of Penthouse Records, in an interview with a Jamaican outlet described Shirley as an extraordinary musician who was extremely fun-loving and committed to his craft.

"He wasn't really a studio drummer but he played with Til Shiloh band until Buju Banton was incarcerated. He was really good at what he did. He played very close to the record as possible. He was always on tempo and the band could really rely on him to give off that strong beat," Germain said.





Masicka and Aidonia war brewing

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masicka-photo-2.jpgMasicka and Aidonia camps are feuding and there are reports of threats being made. However, the police is not aware of any of this this.

A diss track "Squeeze" was released by Masicka last week, a direct aim at Aidonia and Aidonia also released what is said to be diss track "Krazay" produced by his own in house producer.

Masicka and his manager Corey Todd - yes the same Corey Todd whose name was called in the beat-up of Devin Di Dakta-- allegedly sent a warning to Aidonia's camp signalling that this beef is getting physical.

The threats came after someone in the 4thGenna camp assault a sound system selector DJ Rolex for playing the Masicka diss song.

"Dont mek me hear you sing no more gun man song ya freak @aidonia4thgenna Selector strength yo have. Diss genahsyde," Masicka wrote on Instagram, while Corey Todd added "Uno got strength for selector @aidonia4thgenna @lalojop me a beg uno try that with me please me a beg u."

The alleged incident in question took place last weekend at a popular event in Kingston where Rolexx was playing some of Masicka's music. Aidonia crew was inside the venue and didn't like what was going on and roughed up the disc jockey. However, Aidonia's camp has since sent out a press release denying that any such incident took place and condemning violence.





warren-weir-screen-shot.jpgSo, Olympia Warren Weir got called out by his baby mother on social media over the weekend and he in turn took to Insta live on the verge of TEARS! to offer some kind of explanation? Yes, T-E-A-R-S. Is this guy for real?

Anyway, the story is that the 27-year-old Jamaican sprinter has a daughter who he has been keeping very secret. The daughter is not the child of his newly-broken-up-ex-girlfriend. The baby mother and Weir are seemingly not together, but she and Weir have a weird kind of relationship. So baby mama, who is not the girlfriend, took to Instagram on Sunday, May 7 to speak publicly on their situation for the first time.

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According to her, Weir needs to make time and effort to see and bond with their nine month old daughter. And Gabrielle, the baby, is such a cutie pie.

Baby mama also blasted his on-and-off-now-ex-girlfriend Lexi for repeatedly trying to sabotage his relationship with the child.

In his Insta live Warren also plays the blame game - blaming everybody, except himself. Fans urged his to keep his composure and his silence, so he eventually signed off.





usain-bolt-girlfriend-kasi-screen-shot.jpgThe girlfriend of the world's fastest man, is making sure things don't go south.

Kasi Bennett, Bolt's girlfriend, set tongues wagging when she showed off cleavage at a recent gathering. She obviously got her boobs done and some followers are impressed and feel that she is upping the sexiness ante by leaps and bounds. (But, still she was sexy before.)

Kasi was spotted at a popular local event in Jamaica last month in a white all-in-one showcasing her very perky, extremely firm and ample cleavage, .

Without confirming or denying tje rumours, Kasi instead posted the following on Instagram:

"... my left stroke just went viral #behumble."





A Trelawny pastor is now in lock-up behind bars after he was charged for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old member of his church.

Presley Smith, pastor of the Bunker's Hill New Testament Church of God in Trelawny, will face the Falmouth Parish Court later this week, after he was arrested and charged on Friday with five counts of buggery, five counts of gross indecent assault and five counts of grievous sexual assault.

Allegations are that between January 2016 and January of this year, Smith, 27, a native of Kingston but who currently lives in this rural Trelawny community, committed a number of sexual offences against a 15-year-old male student who hails from the district and is now residing in Montego Bay, St James.

Investigators have said that Smith turned himself in at the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) in Kingston on May 3 and was later transferred to Falmouth, where he was subsequently slapped with charges of buggery, gross indecency, and grievous sexual assault.

Reports are that the pastor had recently baptized the teenager.





mising-man-anthony-jackson.jpgThe body of a St Catherine man who has been missing since last Wednesday was found in Clarendon yesterday.

The body is believed to be that of 38-year-old Anthony Jackson of a Central Village address.

The body was discovered in a pit at an abandoned premises near Longsville Park sometime between Thursday night and Friday morning.

However, it was not removed until yesterday.

The police say this is not the first time bodies are being discovered in the area.

An investigation has since been launched to ascertain the circumstances surrounding the man's disappearance, while they await the results of an autopsy to determine the cause of death.





The funeral service for Cecil Prawl, the co-owner of the popular Gloria's restaurant in Port Royal saw a wide cross section of Jamaicans turning out to pay their final respects to a generous man.

Prawl died last month in when his high end utility vehicle crashed along the Port Royal main road.

Custos of Kingston Steadman Fuller and Member of Parliament Phillip Paulwell were among the hundreds who packed the St Peter's Anglican Church to pay their last respects to the late businessman.

Family and friends described Prawl as someone who treated everyone with respect, regardless of their social status.





george-nooks-follow-di-arrow.jpgAs expected, following his cocaine charge, singer George Nooks has reportedly been booted from the line-up of the Mother's Day concert -- A Gift for Mom -- to be held on Sunday at the National Indoor Sports Centre in St Andrew.

Nooks, who is looked up on as an inspirational singer, with hits such as God is Standing By and a host of gospel favourites, is primarily a reggae singer who is held in high regard by the public. He was arrested and charged after he was held with cocaine by the police in an operation in the Corporate Area on Friday night. Many of his fans have taken to social media, not only to express their disappointment, but also to encourage the artiste to use this as a wake-up call and seek help, if needed.

Clearly the organisers of the concert knew that they would have come under tremendous pressure if Nooks was kept on the line-up. Recently, the organisers of a concert against domestic violence were severely criticised for having Rodney "Bunty Killer" Price on their show, as Bounty has had his fair share of domestic issues with women, leading to violence.

The Entertainment Minister, whose ministry was a part of the event, however, silenced critics and Bounty remained on the lineup for the free concert.

According to police reports, Nooks, 56, was held by narcotics detectives who were on operation in the Widcome Heights area of Kingston 6. The singer was reportedly observed acting in a manner that aroused their suspicion. He was accosted and a bag he was carrying searched; it was found to contain just under two ounces of cocaine. He was charged with breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act.

Nooks was offered station bail in the sum of $80,000 and is due to face the Kingston & St Andrew Parish Court on May 17.

Nooks was set to appear alongside local acts Sanchez and Romain Virgo, as well as American R&B act Freddie Jackson.





vp-greensleeves-top-reggae-billboard-chart.pngGreensleeves' limited press 7" EP "White Man In Hammersmith Palais" debuts at #1 this week on the Billboard reggae chart. This celebratory feat kicks off the 40th anniversary of Greensleeves Record Label, which will release various special edition albums and host events with some of VP/Greensleeves notable artists. "White Man In Hammersmith Palais" was released on April 22nd which is also Record Store Day- a day for international music lovers and vinyl collectors. The title is from the 1977 song by the punk rock legends The Clash. Inspired by a concert line up that featured Ken Boothe, Dillinger, Leroy Smart and Delroy Wilson, the 7" EP features a hit from each of the four artists, packaged with a replica of the concert's promotional poster.

"White Man In Hammersmith Palais" is just one of the many ways that the 40th anniversary of Greensleeves will be honored. VP/Greensleeves will also release 40th anniversary editions of Culture "Two Sevens Clash," "African Dub Chapter Two" by Joe Gibbs and a three LP/ three CD, 40th Anniversary edition package of The Congos "Heart Of The Congos." Additionally, the forty-track "Total Reggae - Greensleeves" will give fans a four-decade overview of Greensleeves label classics. The label will also release new albums from current sensations Alborosie and King Jammy. Suns of Dub's "Riddimentary- Suns of Dub Select Greensleeves" came out on April 28th and is available for purchase and streaming.

In addition to the highly anticipated music, are the numerous events that will be held to celebrate the 40th anniversary. In Paris on June 21st - their music day, an outdoor sound system performance by Blackboard Jungle Sound will be held on the grounds of the Cite De La Musique: Philharmonie De Paris in Paris in Paris, France. The museum is also the site of the current exhibit on reggae culture titled Jamaica Jamaica! On the same day at the legendary BB King's in Times Square, New York there will be a Greensleeves 40th anniversary concert featuring Queen Ifrica, Alborosie and Addis Pablo, son of the legendary Greensleeves artist, Augustus Pablo. Events will continue in London through August and September including the Greensleeves 40th celebration concert at the One Love Reggae & Dub Festival.

"Debuting at number one is a wonderful achievement that we are very proud of and just another way to further celebrate the 40th anniversary of Greensleeves Record label," said Chris O'Brien of Greensleeves.





nesbeth-ohio.jpgDespite his mild mannered persona, Reggae hit-maker Nesbeth was in scintillating form over the weekend delivering a pair of thought provoking performances at Reggae Springfest in Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio to the hundreds who turned out to witness the showcase.

Making his debut in both spaces the 'New Gangster' crooner was anything but reserved as he ensnared the audience with tracks like 'Guns Out', 'My Dream' and a moving tribute to his late wife amid the thirty minutes set.

"I couldn't have asked for a better audience they were very receptive and appreciative. I fed off the crowd's energy and that helped me to deliver a great set. What more can I say but a big thank you to the people of Ohio." - Nesbeth exclaimed.

Seguing to the local scene, in recent times the Rastafarian singer has intensified his campaign aimed at uplifting the youths especially the disenfranchised and those most affected by the socio-economic perils of Jamaica. Prior to his departure the singer again visited the Spanish Town Adult Correctional Centre to perform and mentor inmates.





Police investigators have been interviewing the brother and the aunt of the four- and six-year-old sisters who died Saturday after they were taken to the Bustamante Hospital with blood and mucus coming from their mouth and nose.

The two sisters were found bleeding at their home at Washington Court Apartments in Kingston, and were pronounced dead at hospital. The incident has shocked relatives and neighbours.

Police report that five-year-old Rosrick Deviana King and four-year-old Rosricka Devrickaye King were pronounced dead on arrival at Bustamante Hospital for Children Saturday morning.

According to the police, the children's mother, Rosden Hewitt, left them in the care of her 15-year-old son and went to Ocho Rios on a business trip.

The police said that about 6:45 am yesterday, Hewitt, who was still in Ocho Rios, was awakened by her son who told her that his sisters were motionless bleeding from the nostrils and mouths.

Police sources say the girls were unresponsive and parts of their bodies were blue when they were taken to the hospital's emergency room by a relative.

Doctors later pronounced them dead.

A police spokesperson said that investigators have some idea what happened to the sisters, but say this is based on reports from doctors who examined them.

As a result, the spokesperson says a post mortem exam will be conducted to determine the cause of death.





George Nooks on bail after cocaine charge

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george-nooks.jpgReggae singer George Nooks is now out on bail after he was arrested and charged with possession of cocaine.

Police say the 56-year-old entertainer was arrested in St Andrew on Friday after a plastic bag with a small quantity of white powdery substance, believed to be cocaine, was found in his 2016 Mercedes Benz sport utility vehicle.

The God is Standing By hitmaker was charged with possession of cocaine and offered bail in the sum of $80,000. He is to appear in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on May 17.

According to sources, he was taken to the Duhaney Park Police Station, where the plastic bag containing the white powdery susbstance was reportedly sealed and labelled "in his presence and view."

It's reported that Nooks' luxury vehicle was also taken to the station "for safekeeping" but Yardflex was unable to verify this, as calls to the entertainer have gone unanswered.

Sources say about 9 o'clock Friday evening a team from the Narcotics Division was conducting operations in the Duhaney Park area when they observed Nooks "acting in a suspicious manner with a brown paper bag in his hand as he walked towards a vehicle." Other reports are that Nooks was in the vicinity of Wedcome Drive.

"As the detectives approached him, he opened the vehicle and threw the paper bag inside," sources told The Gleaner.

The vehicle was reportedly searched "in his presence and view" and the paper bag retrieved. Police sources say the bag was found to contain "a small transparent plastic bag with white powdery substance resembling cocaine."





trinidad-vs-jamaica-cover-1.jpgMother's Day Sunday May 14th

inside the

National Event Venue
1000 Finch ave E., Toronto

Jamaica National Group Presents:

Trinidad vs Jamaica Mothers Day Comedy Clash
& Fundraiser for Lupus

Team Trinidad:
Jean Paul, Sterling Scott & Saint
vs
Team Jamaica:
Jay Martin, Christopher "Johnny" Daley, Kathy Grant

2 Shows: 2:00pm & 6:00pm

Ticket Price: $25 GA | $35 VIP

Ticket Locations:
Nicey's Brampton
Play De Record Toronto
Music Hut Scarborough
Lloyds 1 Hr Photography
Granny's Mississauga
Jamaica House Brampton
Shine Barbershop Brampton
Island Mix Pickering
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Partial proceeds will go to the "Poochie" Lupus Foundation

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i-octane-video-1.jpgDancehall and Reggae star I-Octane recently released the sexy single "Long Division" featuring fellow dancehall star Spice. Produced by Good Good Production, the breakthrough track is the second released single from I-Octane forthcoming 2017 album.

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The sensuous and provocative single has delivered an equally steamy video which will be released in the upcoming weeks. Directed by Bling Blang Production, "Long Division" was filmed on location at the Ward Theater, downtown in Kingston, Jamaica and pairs both stars in a seductive setting. "The single Long Division is a sexual song about 2 persons who have chemistry and want to explore each other. Both have mutual interest for each other but at the same time trying to figure out each other on a sexual level." explained I-Octane's manager, Ray Alexander.

i-octane-video-3.jpg"Long Division" video will premiere mid May, while the single is available on all major online digital stores http://smarturl.it/Long DivisionSingle

Busy putting the finishing touches on the upcoming album, and a recent thrilling performance in Antigua, I-Octane is slated to perform on May 28th in Miami at the 2017 Best of The Best Concert, one of the largest International Music Festivals in North America today.





Open Letter to Macka Diamond

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macka-diamond-open-letter.jpgDear Macka,

Whether you realise it or not, you are at that age where you are considered a VETERAN ATISTE. Now Macka, that is a term that carries a lot of weight -- implied in it is that you have achieved something good in your career and that you are worthy of a certain measure of praise and respect.

Macka, please wake up and smell the coffee and stop sniffing the c@#ky. Your song, No Tongue, is inappropriate, especially for someone of your age and stature and by extension, you, Macka, are also totally inappropriate.

As a mother, Macka, you are teaching the next generation...that is a helluva responsibility. What does your son think of you, his mother, when he hears such filth spewing from your lips? At your age, Macka, that is a no-no.

I would not be surprised, Macka, if your son is giving both you and your mom a warm time in Canada.

Macka Diamond, Lady Mackeril or whatever you choose to call yourself, please, please, do yourself and the dancehall world a favour and withdraw that disgusting song and then redeem yourself by doing some laudable act. I suggest a song that uplifts women, but the choice is really yours.

All the best, to you and your family Macka. Oh, and by the way, some of those raunchy pictures definitely need to go. The garbage receptacle is the ideal place for them...just saying.





lisa-hanna-photo-5.jpgPoor Lisa Hanna....not long after taking flack for her Kartel comments, the Opposition Spokesperson on Youth and Culture now says she experienced the worst customer service in Jamaica recently at a Toll Booth.

She says the toll collector refused to accept a card payment after she realised she only had $2000 JMD cash and the fee was $2450.

"CASH ONLY ... But why if you have a credit/debit card machine you won't accept credit card/ debit payments for the toll?," she said on Instagram.

"I had to wait for someone to drive from Kingston To Caymanas Toll with $450.00 because unless you have cash or US$ the Chinese will not let you through. It's their policy. The sales agent was passive aggressive in her demeanor and said there was nothing she could do because even if I bought the pass for 30,000.00 it wouldn't be activated to get me through the toll," Hanna wrote.

"When the person arrived with the $450.00 a Supervisor finally called down to the sales office where I was to say that they will accept my payment via credit card. This was after I was prepared to buy a pass for the road which they estimated would cost me $30,000.00. I eventually made a credit card payment of $38,450.00 (2,450 toll, 6000 for the device & 30,000 for credit) to CHEC after feeling sever frustration with the customer service."

"Why do our own Jamaican people make life so difficult for their own Jamaican people? Why won't the Chinese Highway accept other forms of payment? Suppose it was a situation of life or death and a person just didn't have the money? Why must we give people who are trying to give you money (or not) bad customer service in the sales office? CHEC needS to make back their money on their investment to build the road. But it's no excuse for a Jamaican worker to give bad customer service. That's the issue. I am calling on China Harbour to look at their toll policy. It's already very expensive for us as motorists to use the highway but on top of it we receive bad customer service."





popcaan-photo-5.jpgOver the weekend Popcaan was in Barbados with his unruly crew and a show. However he raised a few eyebrows when a video surfaced of him chilling and listening to some of his singles.

While singing abut "Demon Gyals" Popcaan sent a message to Burrell.

"Skatta a dat yuh mek the gyal dem do you.... wull it." The "Stray Dog" deejay said to the producer who was previously linked to Ishawna.

The video comes weeks after the 'Unruly Boss' and former Downsound records artist had a falling out after Popcaan refuted claims that the two had an upcoming single together.

A preview of the alleged single "Ready For War" was released on April 18, however Popcaan said the track was fake.

The "Restraining Order" singer seemingly took offense to Popcaan's statement and went to her Instagram account to quote lyrics from his rival Mavado.

"Mi love it when dem plan up and group up, it mek it easier fi dem get shoot up!!!!," Ishawna wrote, taking jabs at Popcaan and his production team.

Meanwhile Ishawna has retained the spotlight with her new raunchy single "Equal Rights" last week. The track has been making rounds with the ladies as it glorifies males giving oral sex.





feluke-promo-picture.jpgReggae singer and percussionist Denver Smith, also known in music circles as "Feluke" is thanking fans, friends and family for the love and support.

Feluke is currently in the first week of his 21-day cancer treatment in Mexico.

Earlier this month, family and friends of Feluke created a GoFundMe account for the entertainer, who is suffering from stage 4 colon cancer.

Feluke is scheduled to perform at Reggae Sumfest in Montego Bay this year.





j-amsterdam.jpgControversial dancehall artiste J Amsterdam is back on the scene to show his full support for Ishawna's new single 'Equal Rights' which urges men to perform the sexually taboo act of oral sex.

Amsterdam made headlines back in 2014 as "The Freak Messiah" when he dropped his debut single "Come Wine Inna Face" however disappeared shortly after getting numerous death threats.

"I've been a musician for over sixteen years writing my own songs and I have reinvented myself by taking on the landscape of the freaks," the Portmore-based Dancehall artist said during an interview.

"There are a lot of freaks in Jamaica but they have no one to represent them and they have no voice, so I want to be the voice of the voiceless."





macka-diamond-photos-3-detailed.jpgDancehall fans descended on social media to drag Macka Diamond through the mud after she hit out at Ishawna's oral sex offering entitled Equal Rights.

Macka dropped a new track titled 'Nuh Tongue' on Tuesday a direct counteraction againsts 'Equal Rights'. The title of the song is self-explanatory. In the single,

Macka says: "A wah dem wan fi do turn dancehall inna freaky show?" Macka questions in the single.

"A wah happen to dem? a weh the goodup big h**d man dem deh? / unu grab up unu c**ky yah now."

"Mi want a big h**d man fi f**k mi out / mi nuh want nuh boii weh a suck mi out / C**ky mi seh mi want and not yuh mouth / wid yuh freaky lifestyle boii lock yuh mouth," Macka deejays.

However Macka Diamond is surely being hypocritical, because she herself released a song glorifying oral sex in 2013, so how come she is now saying the exact opposite.





Starbucks to open in Jamaica

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starbucks.pngStarbucks Coffee Company has confirmed that it will be setting up shop in Jamaica.

The popular drink chain has granted Caribbean Coffee Traders Limited, a consortium led by restaurant management and franchise operator Margaritaville Caribbean Group, the exclusive right to develop and operate stores in Jamaica.

Jamaica will be Starbucks' 6th in the Caribbean region, with the first store slated to open in Montego Bay.





ganja-seized.jpgA police investigation has been launched into the seizure of more than 1,000 pounds of compressed ganja at two beaches in Hellshire, Portmore, St. Catherine yesterday.

The police report that during an early morning operation at Fort Clarence beach, detectives from the Narcotics Division found 483 pounds of compressed ganja in mangroves.

A man was arrested and a car seized.

The team then went to Waves Beach where a car was intercepted and searched, the police then found and seized 13 bags with 620 pounds of compressed ganja.

The driver was taken into custody.

The value of the drug has been placed at J$5.5 million.

Investigators suspect that the seizures are linked to the guns for drugs trade.





Market truck turns over; vendors injured

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Seven market vendors had to be taken to hospital Friday morning after a truck transporting them and their market goods overturned on the Newport main road in Mandeville, Manchester.

The extent of their injuries is not known.

The truck was was on its way to Kingston.

Reports indicate that the truck, which had about 15 persons on board, developed mechanical problems. The driver lost control of the vehicle and it overturned.

Most of the vendors' goods were lost.





Brothers shot dead in Anchovy

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Two brothers were shot dead in Nigger Ground in Anchovy, St. James on Friday morning.

They have been identified as 33 year old Omar Smith and 34 year old Odain Smith from Top Hill in Anchovy.

Reports from the Anchovy police are that the men left home for work about 6:00 a.m. They took a shortcut in Nigger Ground when they where ambushed.

They died at the scene.





mandeville-tax-office-shot-dead.jpgThe Manchester police questioned the boyfriend of an employee of the Mandeville ‎tax office in connection with her early morning murder.

The woman, identified as Keniesha McKenzie-Gayle, was shot dead, allegedly by her boyfriend who is an ex soldier of the Jamaica Defence Force.

The details surrounding the incident are not immediately clear.

However, it happened at the couple's home in New Green, about five kilometres outside of Mandeville.

The incident has shocked staff members at the Mandeville Collectorate.

Director of communications at Tax Administration Jamaica Meris Haughton says the Mandeville Tax Office has been closed for the day as staff members receive grief counselling.





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Red Stripe presents 25th Reggae Sumfest

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July 16 - 22, 2017

Montego Bay Jamaica

Jamaica's Premier Music Festival

Save $$$

Earlybird Tix Now!

Jamaica Tourist Board





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Sizzla

Jah Cure

Queen Ifrica

Christopher Martin

Dexta Daps

Richie Stephens & Ska Nation Band

Mad Cobra

Kabaka Pyramid

Feluke

Deep Jahi

Meleku

Davianah

Special Guest Stars





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Mavado

Bounty Kiler

Tory Lanez

Aidonia

Beenie Man

Spice

Tommy Lee Sparta

Masicka

Patoranking

Devin di Dakta

Tifa

Jahmiel

Ding Dong

Harry Toddler & Ikel Marvelous

Bucky Marshall

Tuffa Lie

John Hype

Shelly Belly

Shankle Dip & Blazzy

Shenseea

TJ

Special Guest Stars





Jamaica's Premiere Week Long Music Festival

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eventbrite-2017-banner.jpgRed Stripe presents Reggae Sumfest 25th edition.

Downsound Entertainment

July 16-22, 2017 @ Montego Bay, Jamaica

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Must be legal Drinking Age. Enjoy Red Stripe Responsibly

Five Preview Events

Two Main Festival Nights

Jamaica Tourist Board

I Pledge to Drink Right





Sumfest Heavyweight Clash! 2017

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8PM - 4AM

Pier One Event Center





Sumfest Blitz: Retro Block Party 2017

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Wed, July 19

8PM - 4AM





Sumfest All White Party 2017

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Tue, July 18

8PM - 4AM





Sumfest @ Sunset 2017

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on the

Treasure Queen

Pier 1 Dock

Mon, July 17

5 PM open, boat leaves 7 PM

Back 11 PM

After Party 11 PM - 3 AM





Sumfest Beach Party 2017

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Adult Playground

Tropical Bliss Beach

9 Kent Avenue, Mobay

Sun, July 16

2pm - 2am

DJ's Chris Dymond, Team Shella, Dexta Pepper, Jigga & Coppershot





Reggae Sumfest 2017 Pre Events

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Sumfest Beach Party "Adult Playground"

Tropical Bliss Beach, 9 Kent Avenue, Mobay, Sun July 16 2PM-2AM

Sumfest @ Sunset - Treasure Queen Yacht

Pier 1 Dock, Mon July 17, 5PM, Boat 7PM-11PM

After Party 11PM - 3AM

Sumfest All White Party

Pier One Restaurant, Tue July 18, 8PM-4AM

Sumfest Blitz, Retro Block Party

Pier One Event Center, Wed July 19, 8PM-4AM

Sumfest Heavyweight Clash

Pier One Event Center, Thu July 20, 8PM-4AM





Rockhouse Foundation 2017 Raffle

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Win / Win

Support education in Jamaica and Rockhouse Foundation's special needs school project by buying a raffle ticket and the chance to win amazing prizes.

  • 1st Prize - A Week Long Getaway for two at Rockhouse Hotel including airfare from JetBlue (Balue $6000)
  • 2nd Prize - A Long Weekend Gateway for two at Rockhouse Hotel including airfare from JetBlue (Value $4000)
  • 3rd Prize - 5 Course Tasting Menu for 8 at Miss Lily's NYC (Value $1200)
  • 4th Prize - 5 Days of Wellness for 2 with Daily Spa at Rockhouse (Value $1100)
  • 5th Prize - 3 Days of Indulgence for 2 w/ Private Dinner at Rockhouse (Value $500)

All expenses related to the auction are fully underwritten by the Rockhouse Hotel. Every cent supports Jamaicans in need.


Support the construction of our New Special Needs School

Raffle Tickets $100 each

Maximum 10 per person - Only 1000 tickets sold

For ticket purchase please visit:

Buy Raffle Tickets

Raffle Drawing will take place at

The Rockhouse Foundation's Spring Fundraiser at Miss Lily's Soho, New York

June 6th, 2017

for which limited tickets are still available.

Winners need not be present at the drawing and will be published on

www.rockhousefoundation.org

For any inquiries please email raffle@rockhousefundation.org





sean-paul-photo-6.jpgRecording artiste Sean Paul has released the video for Body, which features Atlanta Rap trio Migos.

The Video was shot a few weeks ago in South Beach in Miami.

The single, produced by veteran producer Don Corleon, is featured on Sean's upcoming album.

The project, which is expected later this year, is his first since signing his new deal with Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited.





ishawna-photo-6.jpgFemale fans of dancehall deejay Ishawna are up in arms about the scorn that is being poured on Ishawna's oral sex song, Equal Rights. They want Miss Legendary's newly released controversial single, Equal Rights to receive the same play that sexually suggestive taboo songs by male deejays get..

Reports are that over the weekend, females at a beach party booed a selector who said the owners of the sound system didn't want the song which speaks of men performing oral activities on women played on their sound.

In the video posted by Ishawna on social media, the women yelled "we need justice," others booed while some men chatted among themselves, and others watched as the saga unfolded.

The selector later heeded. As Ishawna's voice blared from the speakers, loud cheers erupted inside the venue as some women gyrated wildly to the lyrics.

Meanwhile, fellow dancehall deejay Kip Rich has since counteracted Ishawna's Equal Rights" with "Eating Rights."

Some argued that Ishawna is being treated unfairly stating that dancehall fans and industry players were more receptive to Gage's "Throat."





shenseea.jpgRecording artiste Shenseea has released a new single titled Topic of Discussion, following the recent controversy surrounding her feature on Vybz Kartel's Loodi.

The single debuted Saturday morning on her official Instagram account.

The song seemingly addresses a number of recent issues and controversies, including the hot topic single, Loodi, which became a talking point when jailed deejay Vybz Kartel released the original single which does not contain Shenseea's vocals.

Kartel has also released a new single, interestingly, by the same outfit that had produced Loodi.





Calabar sets records at Penn Relays

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Calabar High School captured the 4x100 meters in record style at the 123rd staging of the Penn Relays

The boys from Red Hills road ran 39 seconds flat in the High school boys Championship of America event.

Earlier led by a blistering run from double Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson, the Jamaica women's team beat the USA red team to win the 4x100 meters relay in the USA vs the rest of the World. Jamaica's male team also won the 4 by 400 meters relay.





Top cop says policeman's murder 'callous'

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police-commish-george-quallo-swearing-in.jpgNewly sworn in commissioner of police, George Quallo, has described the killing of a policeman on Friday by a suspect he was searching, as cruel and callous.

Commissioner Quallo added that it was unfortunate that the murder happened while the policeman, Constable Hanson, was performing his duties to serve and protect members of the public.

It's reported that the policeman, who was attached to the St Andrew North Division, was attempting to apprehend a suspect along Constant Spring Road when the man disarmed him and shot him in the head.





police-commish-george-quallo-swearing-in.jpgThe Opposition People's National Party has blasted as a "vulgar politicisation" the appointment of former Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) election candidates to the top posts at the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA).

Shane Dalling, a former JLP councillor, will take over as chief executive officer of the FLA. He will join a leadership team that includes board chairman Dennis Wright, a former JLP candidate for Portland Eastern and Dennis Meadows, the deputy chairman. Meadows unsuccessfully ran for the JLP in Trelawny Northern in the 2016 General Election.

Opposition Spokesman on National Security, Peter Bunting, says the Government is wrong for giving the top posts to the former political representatives.

According to him, the FLA is a sensitive entity that does work previously done by an arm of the Jamaica Constabulary Force and there should be not likelihood of political interference.

Last year, the FLA was heavily criticised over foul-ups involving the gun licence issued to Patrick Powell, the man who was freed of the murder of schoolboy Khajeel Mais.

Powell is still before the court for failing to handover his firearm for inspection.

Police Commissioner George Quallo is this afternoon appealing to members of the public to desist from sharing images and videos on social media from the scene where Constable Leighton Hanson was shot and killed yesterday.





The Jamaica Constabulary Force is on high alert following the shooting and injury of record producer Leighton "Livity" Coke early Sunday morning.

Coke, who is in stable condition, is currently hospitalised after he and a female were shot and injured in Hellshire, St Catherine.

The Corporate Communications Unit, the communications arm of the Jamaica Constabulary force confirmed the incident and is advising citizens to remain calm. Coke is the brother of imprisoned gangster Christopher "Dudus" Coke.

Coke is known on the entertainment circuit for his Live Up Records label, which started in 2005. Artistes he has worked with include Vybz Kartel (Money Pon Mi Mind), Mavado (I'm On The Rock), Flippa Mafia (Unfinished House), and Mr Vegas (I'm Blessed).

His record label also copped the EME's Best Compilation and Rhythm of the year for the Good Life Rhythm in 2010.

Coke is also one of the promoters of the annual West Kingston Jamboree. The stage show -- which had its beginning in1999 -- was restarted in 2014 after it was discontinued by the security forces following the unrest of May 2010.





The police in Montego Bay St James are now in search of a hand-cart man who they say severely chopped a female vendor at the Charles Gordon Market on Thursday morning and then fled the scene after she caught him stealing yam.

The police stated that the wounded woman has since been treated at the Cornwall Regional Hospital and admitted in stable condition.

Reports are that about 11:30 am on Thursday, the female vendor was at her stall outside the Market when she saw the hand cart man stealing yams from a neighboring vendor's stall.

She raised an alarm and the hand cart man told her that she was an informer before using a machete to chop her to her upper body and then fleeing the scene.





donald-trump-photo-1.jpg(CMC) -- A senior Antigua government minister says Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries will along with countries in Latin America speak with one voice opposing plans by the United States to target their nationals residing in the North American country to help President Donald Trump build his much touted multi-billion dollar US-Mexico border wall.US legislators are seeking to impose a two per cent tax on all remittances sent by nationals of Belize, the Cayman Islands, Haiti, the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica, the British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, St Kitts and Nevis, Montserrat, Guadeloupe, Dominica, Martinique, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Barbados, Grenada, Guyana and Suriname to friends and relatives.

These Caribbean countries are among a number of countries in Latin America and the Caribbean highlighted by the US legislators to help fund the wall, a major campaign promise of Trump and estimated at US$21.6 billion.

Foreign Affairs Minister Charles Fernandez, speaking on the state-owned ABS Television, said the new measures being advocated could result in the remittances system going underground.

"Whatever tax you put on it even though it sounds like a little bit, two per cent it could cause a number of people to want to drive this outside of the regulatory banking system and that could be of concern...because you could get into all kinds of monies moving around in actual hard currencies.

"The other thing about it is that the President had said...Mexico was going to pay for the wall, clearly now it is anybody who is doing transfers will pay for it.

"As regards to the Caribbean, I think Jamaica probably will be the biggest one affected. In 2015, Jamaica had something like US$1.5 billion sent from America alone to Jamaica in remittances," he added.





Suspect in Livity's shooting detained

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policeman-leighton-hanson-shot-dead.jpgThe Greater Portmore Police have detained a suspect in connection with the shooting of Leighton 'Livity' Coke yesterday morning in Hellshire, St Catherine.

Head of Operations at the Greater Portmore Police Division, Superintendent Leighton Gray, reportedly told The Gleaner that the man was detained yesterday when he turned up at the police station to claim a motorbike that was seized by the police in Hellshire following the shooting incident.

Head of Operations at the Greater Portmore Police Division, Superintendent Leighton Gray

Superintendent Gray says it is suspected that the bike was being driven by one of the gunmen who attacked Coke, but was left behind during the confrontation.

He says the suspect, whose identity is being withheld at this time, is from the west Kingston area.

He is still being questioned.

Meanwhile, the security forces remain on guard in west Kingston as investigations intensify into the shooting of Livity, who is the brother of drug kingpin Christopher 'Dudus' Coke.

Livity was ambushed and shot several times early Sunday morning at Hellshire Beach in St Catherine.

Hours after the shooting, police and soldiers took up positions at the hospital where doctors treated 'Livity' for gunshot wounds to the right side of his chest and left hand.

A woman who was travelling with him at the time was also shot multiple times.

Both Livity and the woman are still in hospital.





asafa-powell-and-usain-bolt-beijing-2015.jpgJamaican sprinter and former world 100 metre record holder Asafa Powell is now the holder of a Guinness World Record.

According to a release from the athlete's management, Powell has been named a record holder for most competitive 100 metre races completed in under10 seconds.

Powell has 97 such runs. The athlete, who refers to himself as the 'Sub-10 King', recorded his 97th sub-10 clocking with 9.94 seconds in an IAAF Diamond League race in Zurich last year.

According to the release, Powell will seek his 98th sub-10 run at the IAAF Diamond League opener in Doha, Qatar on Friday.





Leighton 'Livity' Coke, the brother of drug kingpin and formerTivoli Gardens don, Christopher 'Dudus' Coke, was Saturday night shot several times at the Hellshire Beach, in Portmore St Catherine. He is reportedly in serious condition at the Spanish Town Hospital after being shot up in Hellshire night.

According to a report in Jamaica's daily paper, The Gleaner, Deputy Commissioner of Police Clifford Blake is quoted as saying that Livity had just arrived at the popular Hellshire Beach when several men armed with guns approached his car and sprayed it with bullets.

Investigators say a woman travelling with 'Livity', was also shot multiple times.

Reports are that after Coke was shot, the vehicle sped away and but was chased along the highway by the attackers

Coke was, however, saved upon reaching Central Village, along the Mandela Highway, by about 15 heavily armed men who warded off his attackers.

He reportedly passed out and both he and the female were rushed to the Spanish Town Hospital where their condition is listed as serious.

The police say that measures are being put in place in Coke's West Kingston stong-hold, Hellshire and Spanish Town to prevent any outbreak of violence.

The police have also flooded parts of West Kingston in a moved to maintain calm.