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Jimmy Cliff's Video "Life" Debut on Billboard

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life-jimmy-cliff.jpgJuly 18, 2017. Miami, Florida - Reggae's first international global superstar, Jimmy Cliff delivers dance-euphoria with his new video from his March 10 single release, "Life," which debut on Billboard. The song is from his upcoming 2017 winter release album SOMERTON, named after a district in Jamaica in which he was born and raised. The song, written by Cliff, was produced by Steven "Lenky" Marsden and is distributed by Zojak World Wide.

"The lyrics and uplifting nature in the video mirror how I see the world," says Cliff. "It's all about living in the present, the here and now, and acknowledging precious time here on earth."

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Grammy award winning singer has spread his artistry globally through many oceans, rivers and cultures, with mainstream notability from his widely recognized musical masterpiece "Many Rivers To Cross." The timeless classic earned Cliff a number 325 placement on Rolling Stone's list of the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time." Today, at 69, he embraces life through childlike eyes, focusing on the beautiful moments, many blessings and celebrations that life freely provides.

Cliff has collaborated and/or toured with the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Kool & The Gang, Sting, Annie Lenox and The Rolling Stones. He has performed at endless international festivals across the globe and has shared the stage with talented musicians from every genre imaginable.

Today, Dr. Jimmy Cliff remains the only living musician to be granted by the Jamaican government for achievements in the arts and sciences, the Order of Merit. He is one of the most influential musicians to ever come out of Jamaica, still writing and producing current music and continued dance vibes to enjoy for many generations to come.

The Kingston, Jamaica setting of the four minute, ten second video was produced by Zojak World Wide and directed by Mike Abela. Expect to hear more singles being released in the next few months leading into his winter SOMERTON album release, which has a production by Othneil "Ottey" Lewis and a number of productions by producer, Clive Hunt.

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damian-marley-september-6-and-7.jpgWith his upcoming fourth solo album Stony Hill set for release on July 21st, Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley has just announced dates for his Fall U.S. Tour.

Marley will bring his show live to Irving Plaza in New York City on September 6th and 7th. Get your tickets for Night 1 here, and Night 2 here, and see the rest of the tour dates here.

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USA, Jamaica - With the recent release of his single "Beautiful", recording artist Konshens recently defied stereotypical male view points by addressing the issue of conventional standard of beauty that plague women of all ages, races and creeds.

From magazines to videos, to the increasing "Social media models" that constantly set an unrealistic and mentally unhealthy beauty blue print, society profits from self doubts, and liking yourself is a rebellious act. Aware that himself as an artist plays a part on the equation by the beautiful ladies displayed in his videos, Konshens awareness as a devoted father to 2 young impressionable children, and to his fans takes heed of the weight of his words, and for this, the reggae and dancehall star put pen to paper to deliver inspirational words.

A 21st Hapilos Production, "Beautiful" is a reminder that beauty is indeed in the eye of the beholder and starts from the inside. ''Not because you're not an IG model, and your snaps dem not on fleek, nuh make dem make you feel you small up and make it seem like you're incomplete, change what you want to change up, dress how you want and put on your make up, as long as a dat ya want, not just what everybody want girl...'

Contrary to some feedback from naysayers, the songs isn't against plastic surgery, or embellishments, weaves or makeup, on the contrary, the ode is for empowerment. Konshens recently explained "Beautiful is a song for every woman to be reminded beauty starts from the inside, not defined by the opinion of strangers or social media."

Distributed by 21st Hapilos Digital, "Beautiful" is available on all major digital outlets like iTunes.





cayman-house-speaker-arrested-florida.jpgSpeaker of the House in the Cayman Islands and former Premier, McKeeva Bush was arrested earlier this week in the United States. According to Broward County court records in the state of Florida, McKeeva Bush, 62, was arrested by the Seminole police late Monday.

The public records state that he was arrested on a misdemeanor office that occurred at a casino.

"William McKeeva Bush was arrested by Seminole Police on Monday at 11:02 p.m. (local time) at the Seminole Casino Coconut Creek and charged with simple battery or misdemeanor battery," said Gary Bitner, a spokesman for Seminole Police department in statement to the Cayman COmpass.

The police records indicate that Bush was offered bail with a cash bond of US$1,000.

The arrest followed an interview with and sworn statement by the female employee victim and a review of surveillance video.

According to the arresting officer, the surveillance video showed Bush allegedly wrapped his arm around the victim's lower back and forcefully pulled the victim towards his direction.

"According to the arresting officer, the victim alleged [Mr. Bush] grabbed her buttocks while pulling her with his right arm."

Bush's Florida attorney, Keith Seltzer says ,a court date has not been set as the House Speaker has not been formally charged. Bush was overwhelmingly re-elected in the May general election in the Cayman Islands.





O J Simpson granted parole

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o-j-simpson-parole.jpgFormer US football star and actor OJ Simpson has been granted parole after nine years in a Nevada prison.

The 70 year-old's first words were "Thank you!" bowing his head as the commissioners approved him for release.

Simpson, who was acquitted for a double murder in 1995, has been serving time for armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and 11 other charges.

He is set to go free in October after being convicted of a 2007 confrontation at a Las Vegas hotel.





usher-singer.jpgPop singer reportedly settled lawsuit for $1.1 million in 2012

Court documents state that Usher contracted the herpes virus in 2009 or 2010

California law states that knowingly giving someone an STD is illegal

One out of every six people ages 14 to 49 years have genital herpes in the US

Usher reportedly paid a former lover $1.1 million to settle a lawsuit after claiming she contracted herpes from the singer.

Court documents, first published by Radar Online, show that the 38-year-old 'U Got It Bad' singer, whose real name is Usher Raymond IV, was diagnosed with the incurable condition between 2009-2010,

An affidavit from the complainant states that the singer nonetheless engaged in unprotected intercourse without first disclosing the affliction.

According to California state law, where Usher resides, it is illegal to knowingly or recklessly transmit an sexually transmitted disease (STD).

The performer later denied being a carrier of the non-lethal condition, despite 'greenish discharge' from his penis, court documents say.

'Believing Raymond's statements that (the discharge) had been nothing and cleared up, (she) continued her relationship,' the legal docs stated.

The plaintiff was later diagnosed with herpes, complete with vaginal sores, fevers and chills, she alleged in papers.

Usher has yet to make a public statement on the matter.

Between 2011 and 2012, the Grammy award wining artist paid for medical bills on behalf of the plaintiff totaling $2,754.40, around the same time the 'Confessions' singer had his doctor inform the woman that he was indeed a carrier of the disease, court documents show.

Usher was first allegedly 'exposed to herpes' virus in 2009 or 2010, the legal documents show, around the time when finalized his divorce to Tameka Foster after she accused him of cheating.

Foster is not believed to have contracted the virus.





linkin-park-frontman-bennington.jpgLead singer of rock/rap band Linkin Park, Chester Bennington died aged 41 on Thursday.

The LA County Coroner said Bennington apparently hanged himself.

The 41-year-old was found dead in his home in Palos Verdes near Los Angeles shortly before 9am on Thursday.

Law enforcement officials say Bennington hanged himself in his bedroom and he was home alone at the time, according to TMZ. He was found upstairs by his housekeeper.

'Chester was one of the brightest and most talented people on this planet, and he lived life to the fullest,' a close friend told RadarOnline, adding that the Bennington suffered from demons.

Bennington's suicide came on the day of his late lifelong friend Chris Cornell's birthday. The Soundgarden rocker killed himself in May by hanging. Cornell would have turned 53.

'Chester and Chris were so close, and he was never the same after Chris's death,' the friend told Radar.

The friend of Bennington's also noted that Cornell's death deeply affected Bennington, who also struggled with 'addiction issues'.

'But everyone thought that he had it licked. He seemed to be at a good place in his life. It is just so tragic and there are no words,' the friend told Radar.

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Friends and family are in absolute 'shock' over the rock star's apparent suicide as it's revealed they believed he 'was in a good place in his life'. His bandmates were said to be blindsided by Chester's suicide with sources telling TMZ they had plans to attend a photo shoot in Hollywood later on Thursday.

One Linkin Park band member went to pick him up on Thursday morning but arrived to find police already at his home.

The singer had a history of drug and alcohol abuse. He was married and is survived by his six children from two relationships.

Chester had flown back to Los Angeles on Wednesday night. He had been spending time in Arizona with his wife Talinda, but she remained behind.

Chester, as well as Linkin Park guitarist Brad Delson, had performed Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah' for the crowd of mourners at Cornell's funeral, many of whom were moved to tears.

Linkin Park was on tour following the release of the band's latest album One More Light. They had a show at New York's Citi Field scheduled for next week with Blink 182.

They played together for the last time on July 7 in Birmingham, England. Formed in 1996, Linkin Park has sold more than 70 million albums worldwide and has two Grammy Awards.

The band had a string of hits including Faint, In The End and Crawling, and collaborated with rapper Jay-Z.





damian-marley-stony-hill.jpgAfter several postponed dates, Damian Marley's new solo album Stony Hill, will finally be released Friday, July 21.

On Friday, the youngest son of reggae icon, Bob Marley, will also celebrate his 39th birthday.

"Stony Hill" features 18 tracks including "Bitter Blood," Caution," "Everybody Wants To Be Somebody," "Nail Pon Cross," "Speak Life" and "The Struggle Discontinues."

The album will also feature a few collaborations.

"Medication" will feature Damian's older brother, Stephen Marley, while another song features a collaboration with the Bounty Killer's son, Major Myjah.

Meanwhile, in a recent Q&A with fans via a Facebook Live Session, Damian spoke about the inspiration behind the album.





Well-known Mo-Bay businessman executed

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mo-bay-businessman-executed.jpgThe Montego Bay business community was thrown into mourning yesterday afternoon when prominent 52-year-old businessman Winston Chue, of a Westgate Hill address, was murdered gangland-style on Miriam Way in the downtown section of the western city.

According to reports, at approximately 1:50 p.m., Chue alighted from his vehicle in front of his under-construction building, where he sold and repaired truck parts, when he was attacked from behind by an unknown assailant, who fired several shots at his head. The killer then took Chue's licensed firearm and fled.

"We were inside the building when we heard about five or six shots, and when we rushed out, we saw him on the ground with his head covered in blood," said an employee, who asked not to be identified. "Jah know! Dem deal with the boss wicked.

A police patrol, which responded to the gunfire, rushed Chue to the Cornwall Regional Hospital, but by then, he had already died.

Chue's death brings to six the number of persons killed in Montego Bay over the past 72 hours. Some 148 persons have been murdered in St James since the start of the year.





bermuda-premier-david-burt.jpgDavid Burt 38, is now Bermuda's youngest premier after his opposition Progressive Labour Party (PLP) stormed to victory over the ruling One Bermuda Alliance (OBA) in Tuesday's general election, winning two-thirds of the seats. Burt was sworn in yesterday.

The PLP won 24 of the 36 seats in the House of Assembly, the OBA taking the other 12 after losing seven seats on the night in a stunning reversal of a weekend opinion poll which gave the OBA a double-digit lead.

Turnout was 72.98 per cent with the PLP winning 58.89 per cent of the vote to the OBA's 40.61 per cent.

Just before 11:20 pm (Bermuda time), Burt, who has a Bermudian father and Jamaican mother, got word of his own win in Pembroke West Central over the OBA's Nick Kempe and shouted "Hallelujah!"

Burt, who increased his majority almost fourfold from 2012, when the PLP's previous 14-year reign ended in a 19-17 defeat to the OBA, embraced his wife Kristin, before declaring that he felt "fine" about the result.

Burt, a father of two, said of the overall result across the country: "I'm certainly happy for the results ...but, the fact of the matter is, this is about work. We cannot pretend that we can celebrate a victory today when there is still a huge challenge to Bermuda.Father of two Mr Burt said he was not daunted by the prospect of becoming Bermuda's youngest Premier, at the age of 38.

Mr Burt's sister, Winsome Burt-Smith, was less measured in her reaction. "My brother is Premier! Thank you Jesus!" she yelled. His young nephews Trae and Terique Smith said they predicted the result.

Terique, 13, said: "It was expected. He's always been a leader. He's a people person -- he's always out there. He gives to the people; he never holds back."

Trae, 17, added: "I think he's going to be a great Premier. He is always an honest person."

The OBA's biggest casualty was Bob Richards, the former finance minister and deputy premier, who lost by 513 votes to 419 in Devonshire East to union activist Christopher Famous, who is also a newspaper columnist.

Afterwards, Richards -- the son of Sir Edward Richards, a former United Bermuda Party (UBP) premier who was born in British Guiana (now Guyana) -- announced his retirement from politics.

Nandi Outerbridge, the former Minister of Social Development and Sport, was another high-profile OBA casualty during a night of high drama as she was soundly defeated in St George's West by Kim Swan, a former leader of the now defunct UBP, which ran the country for 30 years until losing to the PLP in 1998.

On a disastrous night for the OBA, defeated former premier Michael Dunkley acknowledged that his party had suffered some "crushing defeats" on a "tough day".





sumfest-beach-party-2017.jpgReggae Sumfest 25 got off to a sizzling start as the Beach Party at Tropical Bliss on Sunday, July 16 reached fever pitch. Dubbed 'The Adult Playground' the theme did not disappoint as patrons danced and vibed to the sounds of Coppershot's Marc Chin and Cutty, Chris Dymond, Team Shella and Montego Bay's Dexta Peppa and Jigga.

Patrons were not deterred by the rains as they turned the Tropical Bliss Beach venue into a dance floor and partied with the Sumfest Beach party hosts Yanique 'Curvy Diva' Barrett and Mz Lady Ice from Dexta Daps' infamous Owner video. The night went into overdrive as the ladies put on a show that had entertained shocked and lived up to the 'Adult Playground' theme.

The selections were on point from the DJs as they had the patrons collectively dancing to the electric slide, bringing them through various eras and genres with smooth transitions to frenzy for Aidonia's Yeah Yeah. The party continued into the evening with the sounds of Maria Maria were mixed into DJ Khalid's modern remake Wild Thoughts and expertly transitioned after a few mixes to Ding Dong's Fling as the DJs delivered well rounded sets. By the approach of, midnight party goers were found prancing around the water swings and the Red Stripe swim up bar fully immersed in the party atmosphere and enjoying the vibes.

Josef Bogdanovich, CEO of DownSound Entertainment was pleased with the execution of the first event to kick off Reggae Sumfest 25 and expects the momentum to carry over into the other events leading up to the highly anticipated live shows on Friday, July 21 and Saturday, July 22.

"I was excited about the Festival before but after tonight I am even more energized about it. We wanted to bring to patrons a world class production complemented by quality entertainment and I think we achieved that with the Beach Party. The best sight to me was when the rain came and nobody moved! Everyone stayed and partied and the DJs and hosts were amazing. Tonight is an indication that Reggae Sumfest 25 will be one of the best we have had," said Bogdanovich.

Reggae Sumfest continues today (Tuesday, July 18) with the All White party at Pier One, then the Sumfest Blitz Retro Block Party onWednesday, July 19 also at Pier One. The Heavyweight Soundclash will take over the same venue on Thursday night before Reggae Sumfest 25 culminates with two live shows on Friday, July 22 and Saturday, July 23 at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex, featuring the likes of Alkaline, Aidonia, Tory Lanez, Sean Paul, Mavado and Spice alongside a host of other top acts.

CAPTION: Sumfest Beach Party: Robert Russell (left) and Josef Bogdanovich of DownSound Entertainment,
producers of Reggae Sumfest were in good hands with Beach Bunny Alicia
during the Reggae Sumfest Beach Party on Sunday, July 16 at Tropical Bliss.





sumfest-beach-party-2017.jpgOn the heels of an electrifying start to Reggae Sumfest on Sunday July 16 at Tropical Bliss Beach and the Sumfest at Sunset Yacht Party on Monday July 17, patrons and organisers go white at Pier One tonight!

The annual event is an all white affair and promises a healthy serving of great music, scrumptious dishes and a diverse musical experience. The event is the third in a lineup of seven events over seven days in the tourist city, of Montego Bay.

The 25th staging of the Internationally acclaimed production continues under the theme

"Our Music, Our festival" on Wednesday July 18 at Pier One with the Blitz Block Party. Pier one plays host to the Heavyweight Clash on Thursday July 20 and the weeklong event culminates at Catherine Hall July 21 -22 for Night One and Two of the concert showcasing top Jamaican acts delivering the best of Reggae and Dancehall in an atmospher filled with authentic Jamaican cuisine and fashion.





Popcaan gets his US Visa

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popcaan-photo-3-larger.jpgThis is definitely good news for the Unruly/OVO camps. Dancehall artiste Popcaan, who is close friends with Canadian rapper Drake, has finally been given his US visa and work permit.

Website The Tropixs is reporteding that the Unruly deejay will be performing at the highly anticipated Red Bull Culture Clash on August 25, in Atlanta, Georgia.

Redbull Radio made the announcement on Tuesday when they uploaded a video introducing the lineup which features; EarDrummers featuring Mike WiLL Made-It, Enjoylife featuring Wondagurl, Unruly featuring Popcaan, and Disturbing London featuring Tinie Tempah.





Chris Gayle launches online dance contest

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chris-gayle-photo-5.jpgChris Gayle has launched a dance challenge competition with a cash prize of a whopping US$5,000.

The Jamaican cricketer made the announcement on Saturday when he uploaded a video busting out the moves.

"(CEO Chris Ever Okay) I'll give the winner USD 5000 who do the Chris Gayle Dance Challenge ," he wrote.

" the best . Ladies, the challenge goes for you too...There's the video so make sure you're spot on as I am lol."

"Have Fun I'll post the top 5 on my page and the viewers choose the winner. Remember to use the HASHTAG! Will announce the winner on the 24th ," he added. -





mariah-carey-nick-kids.jpgMariah Carey and Nick Cannon's six-year-old twins have written and recorded rap songs.

Moroccan and Monroe look set to follow in the footsteps of their musically famous parents -- who divorced in 2016 after eight years of marriage -- and they have wasted no time by already hitting the studio to work on some tracks.

The 36-year-old rapper said: "They've been in the studio. They got records. It's popping.

"They're singing, writing, rapping. It's amazing."

While Cannon is pleased see his kids' talent flourish, he's not entirely comfortable with them working at such an early age.

Speaking to "Entertainment Tonight," he added: "I'll be honest, I'm not a huge fan of putting children into the work force. But they love it, so they get into the studio."

While Carey, 47, recently said she doesn't find co-parenting with Cannon that tough because he is a "laugh," she admitted raising twins can be "hard work" at times.

She said: "Twins are definitely hard work. I'm very lucky to have people to help me because to handle two kids by yourself the same age is not easy."

Even though Moroccan and Monroe appear to have already started their own careers, Carey has admitted they aren't always very keen to let her to go to work.

She said: "They have to understand sometimes when I go to work, they're like, 'I don't want you to go to work! Stay home! Don't go to work!'

"And then I feel guilt-ridden, but it's all right. They get used to it, and then when we spend time together it's more special."





ishawna-hot-pic.jpgDancehall artiste Ishawna has been dropped by her management company, Donsome Booking Agency.In a statement released by Donsome Bookings CEO, Donsome Hanson, it was revealed that the company is no longer be representing the controversial singer, and that they would only be responsible for honouring bookings up to July 7, 2017.

News of the separation comes on the heels of Ishawna being lambasted for her rude, ignorant and disrespectful comment dissing Jamaican cultural icon Miss Lou and the national costume, the bandana, on social media.The female deejay posted on Instagram that "mi nuh dress inna tablecloth like Miss Lou".

Ishawna also confirmed news of the split earlier this week after she updated her Instagram bio to reflect her new booking information.

No official reason was given for the split, however it is widely felt that he negative backlash from the Miss Lou comment factored in it..

Ishawna parted ways with Downsound Records last summer, shortly before the staging of Reggae Sumfest 2016, for which she was booked but did not turn up to perform. Ishawa is not booked for the festival this year.





15-y-o Jamaican boy killed in Florida crash

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crime-scene-5.jpgA 15-year-old boy from Jamaica died in a traffic mishap in Florida, USA on Sunday night, with seven other persons being hositalised as a result of the incident.

Dead is Travis Bernard of Montego Bay, St James.

Reports were that the mishap took place on Highway 192 near the Osceola-Brevard county line.

Indications were that a 40-year-old woman of Royal Palm Beach, Florida was driving at about 11:50pm, when a tyre blew out on her Toyota SUV.

She lost control of the vehicle, which overturned.

Bernard was reportedly ejected from the vehicle, and pronounced dead where he landed at the scene of the crash.

Three adults suffered serious injuries, while the driver, another adult and two teenagers were treated at hospital for minor injuries.





Weather clears as Bermudans head to the polls

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Early-morning showers gave way to sunny skies as voters headed to the polls on Tuesday in a general election expected to produce another nail-biting finish between the ruling One Bermuda Alliance (OBA), which is seeking a second five-year term, and the opposition Progressive Labour Party (PLP), which previously led the country for 14 years.

The OBA prevailed by two seats - 19 to 17 - at the last election in December 2012 with outright victory only confirmed on the stroke of midnight. But it became a minority government after two of its former cabinet ministers resigned to become independents.

Both parties, each fielding a full slate of 36 candidates, are confident of success after 40 days of campaigning.

The OBA is led by Premier Michael Dunkley, 59, while Opposition Leader David Burt is 38. He has led the PLP since last November when Marc Bean resigned following a stroke earlier in the year.

Five independents - including Paula Cox, a former PLP premier who quit the party after being rejected by party bosses despite being backed by her Devonshire North West branch are also in the mix.

Only two of the PLP's 36 candidates are white while the OBA's line-up includes 13. Bermuda's 65,000 population is 55 per cent black and 35 per white (plus 10 per cent others).

The PLP is fielding eight women candidates, the OBA 12.

Polling stations opened at 8 a.m. (local time) as a weather system which dumped an inch and a quarter of rain on the island on Monday began moving away, and will close at 8 p.m.

There are 46,669 registered voters - an increase of nearly 3,000 from April 2016.

The OBA inherited a national debt of US$1.4 billion after taking office. It has since risen to $2.4 billion with the government having to fork out $500,000 a day to service the crippling debt.

In his party's final news conference before election day, Dunkley noted the OBA's record on tourism and improving the economy.

"We have made progress in restoring jobs, opportunity and hope, but we still have a ways to go," he said.

"Our mission is to extend the recovery and renewal into every household. Now Burt and his colleagues have been trying to convince you that the choice in this election is between them and us, but the real choice is actually much simpler and much more important. Will Bermuda move forward or back?"

The PLP reiterated its pledge that education remains its top priority.

According to Burt, students had been forgotten under the OBA, while frequent changes in Education Ministers had created inconsistencies and a lack of accountability.

"It is a baffling exercise to imagine what the One Bermuda Alliance had been thinking when they had been wilfully ignoring the needs of our children and our teachers," he said.





don-tropical-storm-watch-warning.jpgLIAT has announced the cancellation of several flights to the southern Caribbean as the airline continues to monitor Tropical Storm Don.

The Antigua-based carrier has cancelled flights to and from Barbados, Grenada, Trinidad, Guyana, St Vincent and the Grenadines, St Lucia and Guyana.

However, flight LI 309 from Antigua to St Lucia will operate as scheduled.

LIAT says flights to the northern islands in the Eastern Caribbean chain will not be affected.

The airline says passengers who have been affected will be allowed to rebook within the next two weeks with all change fees waived.

Meanwhile, in it's latest advisory issued at 11 o'clock this morning, the Miami based National Hurricane Centre says maximum sustained winds in the centre of Tropical Storm Don have decreased to near 40 miles per hour.

However, a tropical storm warning remains in effect for Grenada and St Vincent and the Grenadines while a tropical storm watch remains in effect for Barbados and Bonaire.





6 Western Union outlets closed

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western-union.jpgWestern Union's Agent in Jamaica, GraceKennedy Money Services (GKMS), has announced the closure of six of the remittance outlets across Jamaica as it seeks to combat fraud across its network.

The locations involved in the temporary closure include three in Montego Bay, St James; one in Falmouth, Trelawny; one in Brown's Town, St Ann; and one in Spanish Town, St Catherine.

GraceKennedy Money Services says it has decided to close these locations because of an unusually high number of suspected fraudulent transactions being reported at them.

It says these fraudulent transactions have occurred despite enhancement of its antifraud programmes and continued investment in technology.

GraceKennedy Money Services says the affected locations will be reopened if and when it is satisfied that adequate additional anti-fraud measures have been taken.





A Jamaican doctor who was in the Cayman Islands to fill a temporary post has died from injuries she received after being mowed down as she exited the Owen Roberts International Airport yesterday.

A report on the Cayman Compass website said the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service has confirmed that 62-year-old Dr Vary Jones-Leslie, died at 8:45 this morning at the Cayman Islands Hospital.

The driver of the taxi van which struck her, a 69-year-old Bodden Town man, was treated at hospital and released. Police did not immediately state whether anyone else was in the van at the time of the crash.

Jones-Leslie, who is an obstetrician-gynecologist, who worked at the Spanish Town Hospital until her retirement last year, was visiting Cayman to work a temporary fill-in post at the public hospital.

She was struck on Owen Roberts Drive across the street from the Andy's Rent-A-Car building around 10 o'clock yesterday morning. She was taken to the Cayman Islands Hospital in critical condition.

The woman was struck on Owen Roberts Drive across the street from the Andy's Rent-A-Car building around 10 a.m., police said. She was taken to the Cayman Islands Hospital in critical condition, medical personnel confirmed. Her family members flew in from Jamaica later on Monday to visit her at the hospital.

Social media photos of the woman lying injured in the road were circulated shortly after the crash. Police confirmed that the person pictured was the accident victim, but asked that the photos not be distributed.

The pictures also showed some bags and luggage strewn about the street and what appeared to be a luggage trolley lying in the street as well.

The police investigation following the crash blocked the main entrance into the busy airport for about four hours yesterday.

Social media photos of the doctor lying injured in the road were circulated shortly after the crash.

The pictures also showed some bags and luggage strewn about the street and what appeared to be a luggage trolley lying in the street.

Police confirmed that the person pictured was the accident victim, but asked that the photos not be distributed.





crime-scene-5.jpgThe Police High Command has launched a top-level investigation to determine why the police personnel who intercepted the suspected killers of Corporate Area businessman Richard Ramdial released them minutes after they were held.

Head of the Criminal Investigation Branch, Assistant Commissioner Ealan Powell says he has ordered the cops implicated in the matter to provide statements detailing the sequence of activities and their actions.

Ramdial, travelling in his dark blue Benz SUV was shot dead by two gunmen on Ruthven Road on Wednesday around 4:30 p.m.

The gunmen then reportedly boarded a white motor vehicle that headed south on Ruthven Road but was soon after intercepted on Balmoral Avenue by cops assigned to the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse.

Powell says the vehicle was stopped after the police control broadcast a radio transmission detailing the getaway car and its licence plate number.

So why then did the cops release the men and the vehicle?

However, he said, at the time, the cops were satisfied that the men were clear, having searched them and checked their hands for gun powder residue.





tommy-lee-photo-10-full-color.jpgTommy Lee, whose real name is Leroy Russell, is among four persons who were scheduled to go on trial in the Home Circuit Court today on charges related to the lottery scam.

However, the courtroom where the trial was scheduled to take place is being used for another trial.

The case is now set for October 13.





crime-scene-gun.jpgA St Andrew man accused of chopping and shooting a developer to death is yet to be charged in connection with the incident. The accused, whose name is being withheld, was arrested by the Constant Spring Police on Friday, July 7, in connection with the death of 46-year-old developer Andre Rickards, of Havendale in St Andrew, who was constructing a house next door to the accused in Stony Hill.

Reports are that the two men had a long-running disagreement over the placement of a wall and, on Friday, the dispute led to Rickards' death under unusual circumstances.

The accused reportedly invited Rickards over to his house and offered him fruits. But, it is reported that as soon as Rickards went over to the property, he was stabbed, disarmed of his licensed firearm and shot multiple times.

Rickards was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Police subsequently arrested the suspect, who is still being questioned over the incident.





court.jpgThe man who was detained in connection with the seizure of 170 pounds of cocaine at a house in Caribbean Estates, Portmore, St Catherine last week Friday, has been charged.

The police have released his name as Michael Abrahams, 36.

He was on Tuesday charged with breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act.

Abrahams is to appear in the St Catherine Parish Court on Thursday.

The huge cocaine find has an estimated value of more than $92 million.

The Narcotics police are continuing investigations into the find.





man-chopped-to-death.jpgA 21 year old woman was found stabbed to death at her house in Amity, Westmoreland on Tuesday.

She has been identified as Debby-Ann Morris.Her two month old daughter, who was also at the house, was unharmed.

Ms Morris' mother-in-law, said to be of unsound mind, has been taken into custody in connection with the incident. About 3 o'clock, the mother-in-law went to a woman's house in the community and told her that she had killed someone.The woman raised an alarm and the police were called.

The police went to the house of Miss Morris, where they found her body with stab wounds.





'Grab chain' robber shot by victim

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Just two days after businessman Richard Ramdial was shot on Ruthven Road in busy traffic, a robber was shot a short distance away after allegedly trying to steal a chain.

According to reports, the man, identified as a chain grabber, was shot on Carlton Crescent off Half Way Tree Road on Wednesday afternoon.

It is reported that he was shot by a licensed firearm holder whose chain he had stolen.

The area was cordoned off and there was a pile up of traffic as commuters headed home.





PM Holness, show us your cell phone bill

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andrew-holness-photo-5.jpgThe National Integrity Action (NIA) is urging Prime Minister Andrew Holness to open his cell phone bills to public scrutiny. Professor Trevor Munroe, Executive Director of the agency, said this is to ensure fairness and transparency.

Both the prime minister and national security minister have opted to use their private cell phones for government business.

In reaction to public outrage to the cell phone bill of Finance Minister Audley Shaw, the Mr. Holness on Tuesday directed that there be a cap on cellular phone expenses.

"Most of all, I would suggest that the prime minister, as head of the government, revisit and dust off Ministry Paper No. 19 of 2002, which sets out very clearly the code of conduct for ministers in Jamaica and ensure that the ministers re-familiarise themselves with the code of conduct, as well as (that) he enforces it without fear or favour when that code is being violated," he suggested.





richard-ramdial-photo-2.jpgSince news of the contract style murder of businessman, Richard Ramdial broke, colleagues and friends have taken to social media to issue tributes to the entrepreneur, who was involved in automobile and manufacturing, and had been exploring the production of by-products made from cannabis.

Former president of the Used Car Dealers' Association, Ian Lyn said he attended St George's College with Ramdial and remembered him as "humble and respectful".

"I'm in shock at the murder of Richard Ramdial in Jamaica, he was the coolest youth I knew at St Georges College even though he drove the most Mercedes Benz I have ever seen in high school," Lyn, who is now based overseas, wrote on Facebook.

"He always remained humble and respectful no matter what but nothing in life happens except by Allah (God) active or permissive will so we thank God for his life and pray for his family and friends RIP Ramdial!!!" Lyn added.

Ramdial's Facebook page was flooded by friends expressing sadness at his death.

"Too much violence... it happens every day ..when it happens to someone we know it really puts things into perspective," one friend said.

Another added, "Richard Ramdial, no!! Oh my God no!!"

There was also shock and anger over the brutal slaying.

"Still can not believe it. A hit in the middle of New Kingston," said a man in disbelief.

Another friend of Ramdial pleaded with the authorities to "catch these monsters!!"





richard-ramdial-photo-1.jpgThe driver of a Mercedes Benz sports utility vehicle who was killed Monday when his high-end vehicle was shot up by armed men along the busy Ruthven Road in St Andrew had a licensed firearm, which was not taken. Police suspect that businessman Richard Ramdial was the victim of a contract killing and are following several leads into the brazen murder which has sent shockwaves across the Corporate Area.

Ramdial was gunned down on Tuesday evening while he was in his Mercedes Benz sport utility vehicle in rush hour traffic along Ruthven Road in St Andrew.

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Reports are that at around 4:30 pm, a gunman disembarked a motorcycle and pumped more than 12 bullets into the driver's side of Ramdial's left-hand-drive vehicle. Other reports say that two men in a Camry which was parked up on the side of the road pounced on an unsuspecting Ramdial and fired nearly 16 bullets in his luxury vehicle.

Ramdial, who suffered multiple gunshot wounds, was rushed to the University Hospital of the West Indies where he was pronounced dead. The incident caused a traffic gridlock in New Kingston and surrounding areas.





shocked.jpgA senior judge attacked by a woman on the grounds of the Supreme Court in downtown Kingston on Friday during a brief conversation outside of the court room.

Reports are that the well-known male judge was struck in the face by the woman

Details of the conversation that led to the attack are unclear at this time, but immediately after the incident, law enforcement officials rushed to escort the woman from the location.

It is not clear what action, if any, was taken against the female following the incident that drew a large crowd.

"All I know is that I see the judge talking to the woman, and then minutes after I heard a loud slap echoing across the court grounds," said one woman, who claimed she was an eyewitness.

"When I look, is the woman me see a fling box on the judge," the alleged eyewitness said.

Law enforcement officials reportedly then went to the compound and apprehended the woman.

The incident has brought into sharp focus the safety of officials who work in the island's justice system.

Sources claim the woman who carried out the attack is a close relative of the judge.





x6-trial-patrick-powell-oct-24-photo-2.jpgPatrick Powell, who shot to notoriety in the infamous X6 trial, again made quite a few headlines when he begged the Parish Judge Vaughn Smith to "have mercy" in deciding on a gun matter related to the case in which he was found innocent.

However, interesting as that might be, what Yardflex finds intriguing is that RJR News reported last month that checks by them have revealed that that if convicted for the offence under the Firearms Act, Powell faces a maximum fine of J$400 or 12 months in prison!

Well, Powell was found guilty on Tuesday, July 11 and will be sentenced on August 9. We wait with bated breath the outcome of this. Will it be yet another travesty in our justice system which could fine Reputed Clansman leader Tesha Miller only one hundred Jamaican dollars after pleading guilty to one count of false declaration in April.

Miller's sentence was handed down by Parish Judge Sanchia Burrell after pleading guilty to one count of using a fictitious name. The reputed gangster was charged by the Immigration Investigation Unit last Tuesday following his deportation from Bahamas on April 4. He was charged following allegations that he left the island using fictitious names. However, the police have reported that there are other matters pending against Miller.





Attorney-at-law, Linton Gordon is urging citizens not to resist being stopped and searched in areas designated as Zones of Special Operations. The Zones of Special Operation Act is expected to come into effect in short order as a means of addressing the country's crime problems.

Gordon says any attempt to resist being searched, will be in breach of the new law when it comes into effect. Gordon emphasizes that it's important to note that certain constitutional rights which give protection from entry without warrant will be suspended.

He adds that the security forces can use force to enter premises where any effort is being made to resist them in these zones.

Meanwhile Mr. Gordon says the provisions under the new law, open the door for the rights of residents to be abused.





traffic-boss-calvin-allen.jpgChantel Allen, 19, the daughter of Senior Superintendent Calvin Allen, was reportedly shot in the leg when the off duty policeman opened fire at the car she was travelling in, reportedly after the vehicle struck the cop along Bernard Lodge Road in Portmore, St Catherine on Saturday morning.

Since the incident, reports have been circulating on social media that the teen was ironically travelling in one of the many illegal taxis that her father, Superintendent Allen, head of the Police Trafic Division, has been fighting to get off Jamaica's roadways.

However, law enforcement officials says that Chantel Allen, was travelling in a red plate (legal taxi).

The incident took place at about 5:30 am. The driver of the cab claimed that he swerved to avoid a pothole but ended up hitting the policeman, who was walking along the roadway. The taxi operator, in his report, added that, after realizing that he hit someone, he stopped to assist the victim. But the police constable, who sources say was in plain clothes, reportedly pulled a weapon and fired at the vehicle.

Chantel Allen, after being shot and injured, was taken to the Andrews Memorial Hospital, and is now recuperating. The accused policeman was subsequently taken into police custody along with his firearm. The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) has since launched an investigation into the matter.





patrick-powell.jpgAfter being acquitted in the case of murdered Kingston College school-boy Khajeel Mais, businessman Patrick Powelll finally has a guilty charge. But with the pitiful fine on the books for that particular gun charge, he may well have been found innocent.

Powell, who made the headlines last month when he begged the Parish Judge Vaughn Smith to have mercy on him, was on Tuesday morning found guilty of failing to hand over his licensed firearm to the police. The verdict was handed down by Parish Judge Vaughn Smith in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court.

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Powell was charged with failing to hand over his licensed firearm for inspection to detectives who investigated the shooting death of Kingston College student, Khajeel Mais, in 2011. He will know his fate on August 9, when the sentencing is scheduled to be handed down.

Powell was freed of Mais' murder in October 2016 after the prosecution offered no further evidence in the case before the Home Circuit Court. The acquittal came after the prosecution's main witness denied giving a statement to police that implicated Powell in the killing.





audley-shaw-photo-1.jpgThere are more questions are being raised in the wake of a report that Finance Minister Audley Shaw has racked up cell phone bills amounting to $8.3 million.

RJR News reported on Monday that the bills were generated from March last year to February this year. In December, Mr. Shaw's cell phone bill reached over $838,000 and more than $1.5 million in August. In October the bill was more than $4.2 million.

During those three months the Finance Ministry said Mr. Shaw travelled overseas for official and urgent personal reasons.

A query with the service provider later showed that the charges were due to data usage while roaming.

The Finance Ministry reported that Mr. Shaw has paid roughly $2.6 million for personal roaming data usage.





For Immediate Release

Downsound Entertainment is proud to announce the addition of a special performance by Stephen Marley together along with his son, Jo Mersa Marley, Saturday night, July 22 2017, celebrating the 25th Edition of Reggae Sumfest in Montego Bay Jamaica.

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Yanique Curvy Diva dating Rob Kardashian?

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yanique-barrett-and-rob.jpgYanique 'Curvy Diva' Barrett is making rounds in the United States after several media outlets are reporting that she's now dating Rob Kardashian.

The rumours started circulating on Thursday after the Media Personality/Dancehall Artiste uploaded a throwback photo with the Reality TV Show star/sock designer from last year's staging of the Britjam Spring Break Festival in Montego Bay.

Here's what enstarz.com had to say: "Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna may be caught in the midst of some major drama due to his recent social media photos of the Instagram model turned reality star, but that hasn't stopped Kardashian from dating.

According to a new report, the 29-year-old reality star and sock designer is now wooing Jamaican Instagram model Yanique Barrett.

"Rob met Yanique last year when he was in Jamaica and they stayed in contact," an insider told Media Take Out earlier this week, according to a report by Hollywood Life on Friday. "She's helped him, especially with all that he's going through now. Rob is flying her to America so that they can get to know each other better. He's going to help her with modeling opportunities."

As the outlet explained, Kardashian was dating Blac Chyna when he met Barrett last year in Jamaica and days ago, as Kardashian and his ex-girlfriend feuded online, Barrett took to her Instagram page and posted a throwback photo of herself and Kardashian together.





Blue Ivy freestyles on JAy-Z new album

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blue-ivy-carter-jay-z-grammys.jpgWatch the throne. After making her debut on 2012's "Glory," Beyoncé and JAY-Z's five-and-a-half-year-old daughter Blue Ivy--heir to the Carter dynasty--unleashes her first rap on her father's new song "Blue's Freestyle/We Family."

The track, which quickly became a trending topic upon its release, features B.I.C. rapping for 45 seconds straight. While some of her rhymes are hard to decipher, Blue proves that she's already following in her parents' famous footsteps.

"Never seen a ceiling in my whole life," she boasts. "Boom shakalaka, boom shakalaka, everything in shaka, everything in faka."

"Blue's Freestyle" appears as a bonus track on the physical release of JAY's platinum album 4:44, along with "Adnis" and the James Blake-assisted "ManyFacedGod."





dj-khaled-maxim.jpgDJ Khaled is Grateful to be on top. The super-producer's 10th album has earned him his second No. 1 on the Billboard 200, following last year's Major Key.

The star-studded Grateful, which features Beyoncé, JAY-Z, Rihanna, and Nicki Minaj, opens in the top spot with 149,000 equivalent album units (55,000 traditional). It also gains 81,000 streaming equivalent album units, the largest for any album since Kendrick Lamar's DAMN.

Khaled celebrated the news on social media. "ANOTHER ONE!" he wrote. "#GRATEFUL DEBUTS #1 ... THIS WIN IS FOR MY SON ! @asahdkhaled !! I will give my thank you speech on Monday !! Let's celebrate MORE WINS!! GOD IS THE GREATEST!!! FAN LUV ! WE DID IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

Along with this celebratory note, Khaled shared a video of himself, dressed in all white, dancing to Rihanna and Bryson Tiller's "Wild Thoughts" off Grateful.

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Elsewhere on the Billboard 200, K-Dot's DAMN. continues its prominence. The album, which was originally titled What Happens on Earth Stays on Earth, is still charting high at No. 3 with 59,000 units. Kung Fu Kenny is followed by Prince and the Revolution's Purple Rain (past and present versions), which moved 52,000 units for the week.





Rvssian rolls in brand new Rolls Royce

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Jamaican producer Tarik 'Rvssian' Johnston has shelled out US$360,000 on a Rolls-Royce Wraith.

"Range Rover was the first big purchase, but this is another level. Exotic foreign. I chose the Wraith because it's comfortable and exotic ... and I like the stars on the roof," Rvssian is quoted in an interview with THE STAR.

Known for his work with Vybz Kartel, Rvssian recently received his second platinum record for his production work on American rapper Kevin Gates' solo debut album called 'Islah' released in January 2016.

"[It] feels good to know I have been successful and accepted in multiple genres. I take it as a great accomplishment as a Jamaican, and also as a music producer because it is out of my box as far as the genre is concerned," Rvssian said.

'Islah' debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 album chart, contains 15 tracks, including charting singles 'Really Really' and '2 Phones'.

The album peaked at number two on the R & B Hip Hop album chart, and reached number one on the Rap Album chart.





Samory I's Black Gold released on CD and vinyl

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samoryi-blackgold.jpgBlack Gold, the highly anticipated debut album from Jamaican roots reggae artiste Samory I, will be released July14 on vinyl and CD, on all major digital platforms.

RoryStoneLove of Black Dub Music, has released three singles from the album, "Take Me Oh Jah," "African Daughter" and "Rasta Nuh Gangsta" with supporting videos for the last two singles. "Rasta Nuh Gangsta, has been getting an overwhelming response having thus far received over 650 K views and counting on You Tube.

Djs, radio disc jocks and fans worldwide are requesting more of this vibrant and refreshing sounding singer. In every track, he expresses experiences that reflect Black Dub's mission, which is aimed at awakening the black consciousness of the youths world wide. The sweet melodies expressed in this rebel music which celebrates the black experience. Samory I projects an authentic feel in his attempt to unite his culture and youths throughout the world in live roots, reggae, and dub. Samory I explains, "Black Gold is the description of the black race."

He began singing in his own community, Kencot Seventh Day Adventist Church as a child and continued performing at several other events to the delight of his audiences.. His first major show was the Digicel's Bob Marley Tribute at Emancipation Park, February 2014, he also performed at the Dennis Brown Tribute on the Waterfront. He has performed across Jamaica and recently expanded internationally, performing in Europe in summer 2016 at events such as Reeds Festival in Switzerland, Reggae Jam in Germany, and Reggae Geel in Belgium. Noted among his collaborations, is working with International Reggae bands such as Naja Vibes.





Kenny Bling makes his mark with Mi Chargie

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kenny-bling-photo-1.jpgDancehall artiste Kenniel Brown, aka Kenny Bling, has vowed to make his mark in 2017 and with the summer upon us, the singjay looks set to make that promise a reality. His Afar Music Group-produced single, Mi Chargie, is proving to be the perfect remedy for Dancehall hungry fans. On the infectious Level Up riddim, Mi Chargie can best be described as "a reality tune that couldn't be any more real". It tells the true-to-life experience of the singer/songwriter, Kenny Bling, and its themes of friendship and loyalty are two which many can closely identify with, and have not hesitated to embrace.

"I am singing about my own life... the friends around me and how we live. Genio, one of the names mentioned in the song is a real person. He is a loyal friend from a long time," explained Kenny Bling, who credits his father, veteran dancehall deejay Oneil "Scully" Brown, with instilling in him the passion for music. Kenny added that with the loads of positive feedback that he has been receiving, Mi Chargie "looks like the one".

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The single has been enjoying high level rotation in places as far away as Russia, a few countries in Europe, nearer home in the US and, of course right here "a yard". Among the radio stations in Jamaica that have been showing love for Mi Chargie are Zip, Irie FM, Hitz and Suncity, and Kenny Bling is more than pleased. Interestingly, the streets have also stepped in and taken the song to another level with big name selectors including Boom Boom giving Mi Chargie the seal of approval with massive airplay in the dance.

Hard on the heels of the label releasing Kenny Bling's first single for them, Afar Music Group (AFM) in recognition of Kenny's immense talent and potential, has signed the artiste to a recording contract.





yanique-and-kymani.jpgPopular host and media personality turned artiste, Yanique 'Curvy Diva' Barrett, is adding another hot track to her growing catalogue of recording material, this time she has teamed up with known international reggae recording artiste Ky-mani Marley.

The new single 'Turn Your Lights Down Low' is a slow seductive neo reggae track coined after Bob Marley's single of the same name. Kimani himself decided to use his father's song as inspiration and also showed interest in working with The Curvy Diva on the single after listening to the riddim from TJ Records.

"Ky-mani and I have done work before including a collaboration with Vybz kartel called 'Cool and Deadly', we also have a few more soon to be released singles. When he heard this particular riddim though, he wrote and titled the single and also requested Yanique as the female on the track, so I reached out to her to make it happen," Linton 'TJ' White of TJ Records explained

The Curvy Diva was also extremely excited to have garnered a Grammy nominated international voice as her very first collaboration as a recording artiste.

"Working with Ky-mani was awesome, I'm glad I was given the opportunity to do a collaboration with the son of a legend to really deliver such a hot song. I'm happy about it," Curvy Diva noted

The Curvy Diva transitioned from Host and TV Personality earlier this year when she recorded 'Lifestyle' for popular label 'Good Good Production' on the Money Mix riddim, since then she has had increased interest from artistes and producers to do additional projects.

"I'm interested in doing music from the heart so my team and I are very strategic in the choices we make for follow up singles. Good quality music is what is important to me and working with Ky- mani Marley and TJ Records with 'Turn Your Lights Down Low' was a good production and I know this good music will get where it needs to go," The Curvy Diva added

The single 'Turn Your Lights Down Low' premiered earlier this week and will be followed up with a music video during the summer. The track will be available for purchase on digital platforms later this month and is distributed by Zojak Worldwide.





(In a recent letter to Dear Pastor, this is what a young man had to say.)

I am 25 years old and I got married in January to a woman in her 40s. It was not an official marriage. We did it because both of us attend a church and the rule is, we must get married before we can sleep together. I do not have children, but my wife has three.

Now that we have got married to fulfil the requirement of our religion, we would like to get married the legal way.

But, pastor, I have found faults in this woman and I don't want to go through with the legal marriage. Another thing, this woman doesn't want to go out and work.

She wants me to take care of her and the children. I told her they are not my children and she said they are mine because we are married.

When I told my mother I was going to get married, she told me I was crazy. Now I cannot tell my mother what I am going through.

She doesn't bathe every day and she wants me to sleep with her. She says if I love her, I must accept her as she is and don't complain.

Her children are respectful. I don't have any problem with them, I am having problem with her. I want my wife to be clean and smell good.





crime-scene-tape.jpgA man was chased and shot dead at a plaza along Washington Boulevard in St Andrew on Thursday.

Reports are that at about 3:30 pm, a vendor, was standing inside the plaza, located at the intersection of Washington Boulevard and Patrick Drive, when he was attacked by unknown assailants.

The vendor in a bid to escape tried to run but was chased and then gunned down.

The men who carried out the attack then escaped from the area.

Sounds of the explosions sent members of the public doing business in the area scampering for cover.

One person is disputing the story that the man was chased, claimimg that: "The man wasn't chase a same place him sell him dead."





The controversy over Kathy Griffin's gory photo showing the fake, severed head of President Donald Trump will apparently never end. More than a month after the photo was released, the comedian is reportedly still under investigation.

Griffin "has been interviewed by the Secret Service, in-person, for over an hour," political journalist Yashar Ali reported in a tweet posted Monday. He added that the investigation is "still not closed."

HuffPost says that they reached out to Griffin's team for confirmation but did not immediately receive a response.

As Vulture notes, Griffin's lawyers confirmed in early June that the comedian was under investigation for the photo. The comedian also referenced a federal investigation herself in a recent tweet.

Kathy Griffin ✔ @kathygriffin

Hey, (I don't give a F anymore) 🖕🏻but @TMZ & Harvey Levin may u NEVER b under fed investigation like I am now. https://thinkprogress.org/tmz-quietly-became-americas-most-potent-pro-trump-media-outlet-bf703c24a68e ...

2:06 PM - 27 Jun 2017

After releasing the photo, Griffin faced an enormous amount of backlash from both sides of the aisle. She lost various jobs, including her New Year's Eve hosting gig with CNN, and also received death threats.


The comedian quickly apologized. Yet in a June 2 press conference held to explain her actions, she accused the Trump family of trying to ruin her life, calling the president a bully and stating that she would not back away from her criticism.


"You know what, I'm going to make fun of him more now," she said at the time.

For proof Griffin is following through on that promise, just look at her Twitter feed.

Kathy Griffin ✔ @kathygriffin

POTUS likes to punch down. Whether it's anchors, US Attorneys, or standup comics. Meanwhile, millions are about to lose health insurance.

3:03 PM - 29 Jun 2017





injured-olympian-photo-1.jpg(This story is from the AP Sports Writer PAT GRAHAM and it is guaranteed to make you feel good. Photos: Jae C Hong)

ON good days, American high jumper Jamie Nieto can shuffle 130 steps without a cane or walker. It's an important distance -- about the length from the altar to the church door. His vow: Make it all the way, under his own power, when he's married on July 22.

The two-time Olympian is recovering from a spinal cord injury he suffered on a misjudged backflip in April 2016. The accident initially left him with no feeling in his hands and feet. Walking? Doctors couldn't predict if he would take more than a few steps -- or any at all.

"People keep saying my recovery is really fast," said the 40-year-old Nieto, who lives in Los Angeles. "I feel like it's not fast enough. I want to be better tomorrow. I'm built for speed, not for going slow. But I'm working on being the best walker I can be."

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Nieto proposed to Jamaican hurdler Shevon Stoddart while in a wheelchair, six months after 'The Backflip'. It used to be his signature move after big events.

On April 23, 2016, the manoeuvre went seriously wrong for the high jumper who once cleared seven feet, eight inches to finish fourth at the 2004 Olympics. He was coaching some jumpers when he showed them his backflip expertise. His first attempt was a little off, and he asked for another try. This time, he pushed off with one foot on the artificial turf and it slipped, forcing him straight back instead of into a somersault. The full weight of his body crashed on his neck.

"I couldn't really feel anything. I was stuck there. I was like, 'Oh shoot, I hurt myself pretty bad,'" recalled Nieto. "I had the athletes call 911."

He was flown to a nearby hospital in Los Angeles and had surgery to fuse a disc in his neck. When he awoke, he could only shrug his shoulders and flex his quadriceps muscles. His hands and feet?

"Nothing," Nieto said. "But I knew I was going to make a full recovery. There was never a doubt."

The high jumper who finished sixth at the 2012 London Games spent 12 days in intensive care, two months at an inpatient rehab facility and finally returned home around this time a year ago.

At first, routine tasks were a struggle: Rolling up to get out of bed, brushing his teeth, getting dressed.

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He didn't have insurance, either. So his friends launched a campaign that's raised more than $80,000.

Just like his days on the track, Nieto is driven as he goes through grinding workouts five days per week. He documents his progress on social media, with one of his posts -- lifting weights and pushing a sled -- being viewed more than 4,000 times.

"Physically, I wasn't the most talented athlete, but I worked really hard," said Nieto, who once demonstrated his leaping ability by high jumping a car. "I had the mental capacity to fight to the end. At that level, it's what separates good athletes from great athletes.

"I'm still trying to push those boundaries and limits."

He met Stoddart around 2010 -- a story he enjoys telling. They both showed up to audition for a TV commercial "to sell TVs," Nieto said. "I just said, 'Hi.'"

She got the part.

"Guess I should've focused on more than saying, 'Hi,'" he laughed.

Soon after, they became Facebook friends, and one day he dropped Stoddart a note that they should have dinner after a track meet.

She agreed. An instant connection between the high jumper and the 400-meter hurdler formed.

"We were talking about getting married before the accident, and when I had the accident it was clear to me, 'What are we waiting on?' You never know -- you could be gone tomorrow," Nieto said. "I asked her if she was ready to get married now or wait until I got better."Wait, she said.

She's been there for him throughout his recovery, feeding him in the hospital when he couldn't lift his arms, helping him get dressed when his fingers struggled with buttons and transferring him from his wheelchair to the bed when he struggled."As I get better and getter, she has to do less and less," Nieto said. "She's done so much for me."

In mid-October, they went to a jewelry store to pick up the ring they'd selected. He proposed to her on the spot and in his wheelchair. He promised he would be ready to walk down the aisle by the wedding date. A few months ago, that didn't seem likely without assistance. He could only take six shaky steps on his own.

Soon, it was 23 steps. Then 53, 80 and now 130 for their wedding at a church in San Diego.

Stoddart's response? Go for 200.

"I keep pushing him forward," said Stoddart, who was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and moved to Uniondale, New York, as a kid. "After he (walks down the aisle), I'm going to be like, 'OK, now jog. Now run.' I continue to push him so he can be the best he can be."

Before his injury, Nieto wrote screenplays and appeared in movies, such as the film "Baseball's Last Hero : 21 Clemente Stories" in which he played Pittsburgh Pirates great Roberto Clemente. He continues that work, finishing a script for an episode of the TV show "Family Time" and making a cameo in a soap opera, where he plays the role of a doctor.

Nieto also is 10 chapters into a book about his recovery that he hopes to turn into a film. He already has the leading actor picked out -- himself.

"I don't see why not? I plan to be 100 percent again," Nieto said. "I don't think there will be any dry eyes in the theater."





rihanna-in-buju-banton-t-shirt.jpgFans of jailed deejay, Buju Banton, can soon start ordering his signature T-shirts, as his apparel line, called Everything BB is set to be released on Buju's 44th birthday on July 15.

Information of Buju's official Instagram page is that the Buju Banton gear will be available on his website, EverythingBB.Net. Some of the T-shirts will have Buju Banton's image while others will feature his song lyrics such as 'Over Hills and Valley.'

Interestingly, recently pop princess, Rihanna, was seen rocking a T-shirt with the Gargamel's image. However, it is not know whether or not, that particluar shirt was from Buju's line.

Buju Banton who was convicted of cocaine distribution and conspiracy charges in February 2011, is scheduled for release on December 08, 2018.





barbara-pamputtae.jpgPam, it doan look good fi people a drag u all over social media bout this microwave that peole send fi Barbara and u tek it. If u have hte microwave, please hand it over to Barbara.A she it come fa. Keep up u standard, Pamputtae.





shebada-photo-1.jpgSo the story is that Pamputtae got a microwave to give to social media sensation, Barbara di Barbee and didn't give it to her. Barbara, the social media comedian who jus get her good good buss out, took to Instagram to announce that she is no longer parring with Pamputtae. All because of the microwave issue. Now, some persons labelled Barbara ungrateful because they said that it was Pam who brought her to national attention an so she shoul be forever grateful. Of course, big foot Foota had a LOT to say, even calling Barbara's new manager a battyman.

Well, Shebada took him on. The case of the stolen microwave is the poem Shibby wrote. He wanted to know why Pamputtae felt the microwave was too good for Barbara an why straight man like Foota think say dem is batty inspector. "When straight man turn battyman cheerleader?" Shebada asks Foota Hype.





alkaline-photo-13.jpgAlkaline's After All video continues to take the spotlight, with reports that he was questioned Tuesday morning by the police. Both Alkaline and his manager were questioned by investigators at the Criminal Investigation Branch over the video which shows men in police uniform carrying M16 rifles and handguns.

A woman wearing a police uniform is also seen in the video.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Ealan Powell, disclosed that statements have been collected from the civilians in the video and that he also had a telephone discussion with the producer of the video, who is to give a written statement.

In terms of the internal investigation, the police officers who have been identified in the video have provided written statements.





Tommy Lee declares WAR on Alkaline

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tommy-lee-photo-10-full-color.jpgTommy Lee Sparta is eager for an all-our war with high-riding Vendetta deejay, Alkaline. Of course, this battle will be confined to lyrics rather than a physical confrontation and the battlefield will be none other than the Reggae Sumfest stage.

Well, Montego Bay, the home of Reggae Sumfest, is also Tommy Lee's place and it will be hard for Alkaline to get support from Mo Bay fans over their homeboy Tommy Lee. The controversial deejauy took to Instagram on Monday hinting at an all-out war if Alkaline takes jabs at him during his highly anticipated set.

"I jus love killing this coward @manhimselff [Alkaline's Instagram handle] u see that ? Push up u head at sumfest an see #waterworld last night 5,000 people #MANTUFFF," the 'Uncle Demon' deejay wrote.

Alkaline is billed to headline Dancehall night at Reggae Sumfest on July 21 at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Centre in Montego Bay.

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destra-sued.jpgAccording to online reports, soca artiste Destra Garcia has been ordered to pay just over US$8,000 after a court in Belize found that she personally injured a man -- Fernando Oliva -- while gyrating on him at a concert in September 2015.

Oliva filed a civil claim against Destra, claiming that she jumped on him, and ruptured his bladder as she performed at 'The Carnival Overload' concert.
Oliva claimed he was called on stage to dance with Destra. Following the dance, a video showed him lying ground.

The court was told that Destra then said, "If you's bad boy, I will treat you bad! Treat him bad?"

The crowd is said to have responded in the affirmative.

According to court documents, Destra jumped on top of him in a move closer to wrestling than soca.

The court said Oliva was rushed to the hospital for emergency medical care right after leaving the stage.

After recovering, he sued Destra for personal injury, and during a court appearance last week, the judge ruled that the soca artiste should pay Oliva.

Lawyers successfully argued that Destra was negligent in her actions, leading to injury to the man. Accoprding to Steve Perrera, attorney for Fernando Oliva: "She had asked him lay down on the ground to close his eyes and to put his hands behind his head and then thereafter suddenly Miss Garcia jumped in the air and landed on the client, thereby causing injury to him and as a result after the event, he had to seek medical attention at the hospital."

"Our claim is a situation of negligence. We are saying that the musician was negligent in her actions and her actions thereby caused injury to the individual."

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"How will you all enforce this against her and can she appeal?"

Steve Perrera, attorney for Fernando Oliva
"We received a default judgement against Miss Destra Garcia last week and we are now in talks with attorneys in Trinidad to enforce the judgement in that jurisdiction."

Reporter
"How much was the judgement for?"

Steve Perrera, attorney for Fernando Oliva
"The judgement was for approximately $16,000."

Whether he'll get that money is unclear because Destra can appeal the judgement in Belize. And then, there are also the logistics of trying to get enforcement over in her home country of Trinidad and Tobago.

Justice Courtney Able has ordered that Destra must pay Oliva a sum of $16,577 Belize. His attorney will now move to enforce the decision in Trinidad against the artist. Firstly, it is a default judgment, which means that she did not offer any defense. There may be a bit of uncertainty about whether or not she was actually served with the lawsuit in her home country. Perrera told us that he sought the assistance of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Trinidad and Tobago to actually serve her with the documents. As you can see, the Ministry employee says that she served her on May 4, 2017.

It is unclear if this is the end of this lawsuit, or if Destra and her attorneys will seek to fight it further.





Cop shot dead in Central Village

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crime-scene-gun.jpgThe police's Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) is reporting that 34-year-old Constable Hurburt Hyman, who was assigned to Mobile Reserve, was shot dead about 9:05 pm on Monday.

He was reportedly walking with a woman along Hamilton Drive in the Central Village community when gunmen approached and shot him. The woman, according to CCU, was grazed by a bullet and was treated at hospital.

However, Hyman died on the spot, CCU said.

This is the fourth police officer killed since the start of the year.





Policeman found dead at home

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The body 40-year-old Constable Kevin Thompson of Six East in Greater Portmore, who was stationed in St Thomas, was found at his Portmore home Monday night.

A female companion reports that he was complaining of chest pain when she last saw him alive on Saturday evening.

The woman said that she had gone to the policeman's home to check on him Sunday but did not get an answer when she knocked and she assumed that he had gone to work, so she left the premises.

However, she said when she went back yesterday evening and did not get a response when she knocked on the the front door, she went to the back of the house and saw flies on the window.

The police summoned, she said, who then forced the door open and found Thompson dead inside the house.His wife also rushed the scene. A colleagues who said he knew the deceased for more than 21 years, described Thompson as a "nice, nice person.





spice-2016.jpgWe have a bit of advice for Spice. She see how one man inn Belize sue soca artiste Destra after she jump pon him and him end up in hospital. the whole a di poor man bladder rupture after Destra jump pon hm. And a she did call him up pon stage fi gyrate pon him and demonstrate. And all when di man deh pon di grung, Destra still a jump pon di poor man. Well him lawyer dem sue and win the case.

So Spicey, tek sleep and mark death. Nuff said.

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shooter-female-doctor-killed.jpgDetails are emerging of the horrifiying assault on a New York City hospital ward that left one doctor dead at the hands of a disgruntled former employee, as well as multiple people injured.

Dr. Tracy Tam was gunned down Friday when a former employee of Bronx Lebanon hospital hid an AR-15 style rifle under a lab coat and stormed the 16th floor.

In a sick twist to this story of a sanctuary turned deadly, officials have revealed that Dr. Tam wasn't even supposed to be at work at the time of her murder.

The 32-year-old Queens native was covering another doctor's shift when she was killed, WCBS reports. A loved one addressed the senseless slaying in a GoFundMe created to help pay for Tam's funeral.

"She worked extra hours without incentive just to hold hands of patients that are about to pass or just to talk to them and listen to their needs," the page reads. "Tracy Tam was an exceptional, and an extremely compassionate physician. She touched lives of many."

Dr. Henry Bello has been identified as the physician who opened fire on what were potentially former colleagues and others in the department where he once worked before taking his own life. Of the six victims injured, one was a patient and the other five were either doctors or medical students.

The most critical victim was transferred to Mt. Sinai Medical Center for surgery. By Sunday morning, hospital officials told reporters they were happy with the conditions of several of the victims.

"Three have been downgraded to stable, and doing quite well. We are happy with their condition," the hospital official said. "One particular patient is still critical."

In the aftermath, a picture of Bello is being pieced together from former co-workers who recall his uneven temperament.

"There are many, many details that we're still putting together," said Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a Friday press conference. "This was a horrible situation unfolding in a place that people associated with care and comfort, a situation that came out of nowhere."

In fact, it had been two years since Bello was let go and authorities aren't yet sure why he only snapped now and whether or not he was on a mission to kill someone specific when he entered the 16th floor.

What authorities do know is that Bello had a bizarre criminal history and, according to some who knew him, a difficult personality.

"We fired him because he was kind of crazy," Dr. Maureen Kwankam told the Daily News. "He promised to come back and kill us then."

More specifically, Bello was reportedly forced out amid sexual harassment allegations.

According to the AP, Bello also had a history of other, unrelated, aggressive behavior. IN 2004, he pleaded guilty to unlawful imprisonment after a 23-year-old woman told police Bello picked up and carried her off, saying, "You're coming with me."

He was arrested again in 2009 on a charge of unlawful surveillance after two different women told police he tried to look up their skirts with a mirror.

Bello's unhinged behavior reached a crescendo Friday when, the dead and injured in his wake, cops say he may have doused himself in accelerant and attempted to set himself on fire before sprinklers put out the flames.

Bello then subsequenty shot himself and collapsed in a hospital hallway, where he died with the rifle at his side, officials said.

Bello's body was near that of the female victim, later identified as Tam, according to NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill.

Officials have not released the identity of other victims.





Action Fire is back with Questions

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action-fire.jpgFollowing a 17-year absence from the local scene, Deejay Action Fire has returned with the single Question on his longtime label, Musically Inclined Records.

"The song is about knowing yourself. Almost everyone will have the experience of just sitting down and asking yourself one or even a thousand questions," he said.

In explaining his absence, the God Alone deejay stated: "I migrated to the United Kingdom, so I have been working with a lot of producers there. I have not travelled much back and forth so I didn't get a chance to promote a lot of the songs in Jamaica. However, I still reside overseas; I will be promoting a lot now locally with Question being one of the first singles."

Action Fire, given name Fitzgerald McKoy, was born in the parish of St Mary. His career started out in the early 1990s on community sound systems and jukeboxes. He began recording under the moniker Major Fire and released God is Good and Ride Me Mind for producer King Jammy's .He later changed his name to Action Fire and in 1994 he got his first major hit when he went to Record Factory to make a dublplate.

"I met the operators of a Japanese sound system who wanted me to do a dub plate with Merciless and Little Hero, and it was there that the God Alone collaboration came about," he said.

Action Fire said the song was later recorded at Mixing Lab Studios in Kingston and from there it went on to become a dancehall/reggae hit. The single's success, he said, took them on tours of sections of the United States, Canada, Caribbean, and Europe. He later released other songs like Tan So bad, Compliments, Found Gold and Love and Harmony. However, in 2000 Action Fire went under the radar as it relates to the local entertainment scene, but said he never took a break from recording.





peter-tosh-photo-3.jpgPeter Tosh's son Jawara McIntosh aka Tosh1 is reportedly still in a coma following a February 21 attack while in prison in New Jersey, USA. Last week, the prison released information claiming that Jawara was attacked and seriously injured by a 40-year-old man who has since been charged with aggravated assault.

However, the Tosh family wants a full investigation into the matter.Tosh1 was left with traumatic brain injuries and in a coma. He is currently hospitalized in Boston and remains unresponsive.

Tosh1 was two months into serving a six-month sentence at the time of the attack. He was arrested in June 2013 after police said they found more than 65 pounds of marijuana in the trunk of his car.





Matterhorn is the REAL baby-father

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tony-matterhorn-dna-test-on-his.jpgSelector Tony Matterhorn came under fire last week when chatty-chatty mouth, father-of-all-mix-up selector Foota Hype bawl out that DNA results showed that Matterhorn's baby daughter was in fact a jacket. In other words, Maggie was minding a child that wan't his.

Matterhorn, however, did the unexpected and turned the tables on Foota and ALL the haters. Matterhorn says that jacket or no jacket, he is still supporting the little girl because he is the only person she knows as 'Daddy'. "All a who a talk bout Matterhorn get jacket, unu go sort out unu life and do DNA pan unu self cuz a nuff a unu mother give unu to the wrong ..father"

Real respect to Matterhorn, the real big man and the real father.





An American pilot was arrested and charged Sunday morning for attempting to take ammunition onboard a flight at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston.

Fifty four-year-old Michael Gorham, of Georgia, was charged with illegal possession of ammunition and unlawful attempt to take ammunition onboard an aircraft.

The police's Corporate Communication Unit (CCU) says one 9mm Lugar round of ammunition was found in Gorham's luggage during security checks about 8:45 a.m. at the airport.

He is scheduled to appear before the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on Friday, July 14.





Amendments coming to Rent Restriction Act

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Reports are that acting director of the Rent Assessment Board, Leyton Baker, says proposed amendments to the Rent Restriction Act, have moved to another stage.

The Rent Restriction Act was last amended in 1983, but since then rental arrangements and legal problems have multiplied significantly. Some of the noted ones include the security deposit, and the ability to recover possession for non payment of rent. In 2011, the government announced that a review would be done to address several controversial issues.

Meanwhile, the Rent Assessment Board is seeking to defend itself against criticism that it is unable to properly handle complaints being made by both landlords and tenants. Baker states that the agency is successful in mediating various types of disputes.

"Anything dealing with harassment , we always try to make contact with the other party. Sometimes the issues are settled on the phone. Also - the tenant and the landlord don't have to go to court to sue, they can come to the board. We sue for arrears of rent, excess rent, recovery of deposits (but for) recovery of possessions - they have to go to court to deal with that," he said.





9-y-o-girl-killed.jpgA 14-year-old boy used a gun belonging to a licensed firearm holder to kill a nine-year-old girl in St James yesterday. Reports are that the child, Kala Bailey, and her brother were playing with the 14-year-old inside the family's home in the community of Hendon-Norwood in Montego Bay.

The police said that shortly after 3:00 pm, on Friday, Kela and two other children, aged six and three, were in a downstairs room along with the 14-year-old when a gunshot was heard. Unaware of what was happening adults rushed downstairs where they said they saw the teen running away with a gun in his hand.

They then discovered the blood-drenched body of the Glendevon Primary and Junior High School student with what happened to be a gunshot wound to the chest.

She was rushed to the Cornwall Regional Hospital where she died while undergoing treatment.

According to other sources say the teen brandished a firearm and asked Kala's brother if he would tell anyone if he shot her. Before the boy could answer, the 14-year-old fired one shot in Kela's chest at close range.

The alleged teenaged killer fled the scene with the gun in his hand. However, he was handed over to the police shortly after the incident and remains in custody.

Commanding officer for the Police Area One, Assistant Commissioner Warren Clarke says preliminary investigations have revealed that the firearm is owned by someone who resides at the house where the killing occurred.





The former live-in helper for Dr Peter Vogel along with her boyfriend have been found guilty of the 2007 murder of the university lecturer. Yanika Scott and Kelvin Downer, showed no emotion after the unanimous verdict was announced in the Home Circuit Court in downtown Kingston a short time ago.

The jury of four men and three women deliberated for nearly two and a half hours.

Scott, 31, and Downer, 29, are to be sentenced on July 28.

The body of the Swiss citizen who lectured at the University of the West Indies was found in the study room at his home in College Commons, St Andrew on July 19, 2007

Police investigators testified that his hands were tied behind his back, his feet were bound at the ankle and there was a piece of cloth tied around his mouth.

Forensic pathologist Dr S N Prasad Kadiyala gave evidence that he was strangled.

According to prosecutors Maxine Jackson and Kelly-Ann Francis, Vogel's death came four months after Scott was hired to care for Vogel's family.





killer-wife-and-husband.jpgThe woman who was convicted in the United States for hiring a hitman to kill her Jamaican husband has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, the NYDaily News has reported. The contracted killer has received a similar sentence.

Alishia Noel-Murray, 29, and Kirk Portious, 27, were sentenced today in the Brooklyn Supreme Court, in the state of New York. They were convicted during separate trials earlier this year. Prosecutor say Noel-Murray wanted to cash in on a US$900,000 insurance payout from three policies for the deceased, Omar Murray. Noel-Murray said nothing and, at times, rolled her eyes as relatives of the Jamaican immigrant spoke during her sentencing hearing.

But family members appeared satisfied with the sentence.

"Alishia you can spend the next 900,000 years in prison, one for each dollar you thought you'd get for my son's life," the newspaper quoted Omar Murray's cousin, Nicole Barten as saying in a letter she read on behalf of his mother, Eunice Ashley Henry.





Why Tanya Stephens bash Portia so?

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tanya-stephens-photo-1.jpgA wha former prime minister Portia Simpson Miller do Tanya Stephens. Tanya write one piece sinting pon Facebook bout di honourable woman. It neva nice at all. "Hearing people lament Portia's departure is like seeing people congratulate my rapist for being a 'good man' ...she isn't a good person," Tanya Stephens said. According to Tanya Stephens, Portia is unqualified, embarrassing and awful, adding that she is happy to see her leave.

portia-simpson-miller-jis-official-photo.jpgLook here, that is a serious statement, especially coming from another woman. Tanya, tek back yuh chat. It doan sound good.

Mi glad how nuff people pon social media call out Tanya over the comment. Some people give it to her proper proper. Quite appropriately, politicians including Angela Brown Burke and Venesha Phillips have since responded to Tanya's post.





China issued new regulations on Friday around online video content, directing streaming platforms to eliminate a range of programs in yet another tightening of controls on the Chinese Internet.

Among the films, dramas and cartoons targeted by the China Netcasting Services Assocation's (CNSA) rules are those "demonstrating 'abnormal' sexual relations or acts, such as... homosexuality."

Online video platforms must hire at least three "professional censors" to watch every program from beginning to end and remove those that do not adhere to "correct political and aesthetic standards," the regulations said.

Providers are called upon to produce programs that "center on the people and promote socialist values and Chinese culture."

The new rules come just one week after China ordered a halt to video streaming on three major websites.

According to China's media oversight body, the platforms -- including the massively popular Sina Weibo microblogging platform, iFeng.com and ACFUN -- did not possess the permits required for providing their audio-visual streams.

Authorities were directed to shut down offending audio-visual services "so as to create a cleaner cyberspace," China's State Administration of Press.





Shooter at Bronx hospital shot dead

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A gunman who opened fire inside a hospital in the Bronx borough of New York has reportedly been shot dead by the police.

The man, said to be dressed as a doctor, began shooting at the 972-bed Bronx-Lebanon Hospital, reports say.

At least three people are believed to have been shot.

Messages on social media spoke of doctors and nurses barricading themselves inside the building.

The New York Times quoted a fire department official as saying that three doctors had been shot. Their condition is not known.

Some reports say the gunman may have been a former employee but this has not been confirmed.

The 120-year-old hospital is in the Morris Heights district of the Bronx.





Gunman shoots several at Bronx hospital

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA gunman, who was dressed as a doctor, shot several people inside a hospital in the Bronx borough of New York on Friday, police said, amid reports that three doctors were hurt in the incident.

"We are actively looking for the shooter," a New York police spokesman said, adding: "It is a very active scene, we have not determined who the shooter is at this time."

"Multiple people were shot" in the incident at the Bronx-Lebanon Hospital, located north of Manhattan, the spokesman said.





jolly-boys-ft-albert-minott.jpgAlbert Minott, the lead singer of the Jolly Boys mento band has died.

Minott died while sitting on his veranda in Port Antonio, Portland. He was 78 years old.

Minott reportedly suffered from respiratory problems for an extended period.

He was however still active, having recorded a new Jolly Boys' album and was getting ready to release the single 'Day O.'

The Jolly Boys are a mento band from Port Antonio, Jamaica. It was formed in 1945 and had great commercial success in the late 1980s and 1990s among reggae and world music fans. They released a new album in 2010 (Great Expectation) and are currently the house band at GeeJam, a hotel in Port Antonio.





jay-and-bey.jpgBeyoncé and JAY-Z's twins are reportedly named Rumi and Sir, according to TMZ.

The names were revealed after the couple's company filed a trademark to secure the rights for the two names on Friday, gossip site TMZ reported.

It is unclear where the music icons found their inspiration for the names, but Rumi is a well-known 13th century poet and Sir is often used as a polite way to address a man. Beyoncé reportedly gave birth to the pair two weeks ago at UCLA Medical Center and the three spent more than a week at the hospital for an undisclosed medical concern.

The Grammy-winning songstress has yet to publicly share any images of the children. While neither Beyoncé or JAY-Z, 47, have commented on their son and daughter's arrival, multiple sources confirmed to the Daily News that Bey gave birth.

The Queen B and her new babies returned home recently to their Malibu rental pad, which is running the hip hop stars a whopping $400,000 per month. he 35-year-old announced her pregnancy in February with a glamorous photo shoot on Instagram where she cradled her already growing bump. Just two weeks later, she took the stage for a peformance during the Grammy awards.

The new boy and girl join sister Blue, 5. Beyoncé and JAY-Z married in 2008 after five years of dating.





Digicel apologises to customers

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digicel-photo-1.jpgTelecoms giant Digicel was slapped on the wrist by the OUR when they went ahead and charged their customers new fees with out properly informing them. Now, Digicel is offering an apology.

The company is circulating text messages to customers, apologising for their decision to, without notice, charge a prepaid maintenance fee to those whose monthly spend falls below $50.

"We're sorry we didn't tell you before charging a maintenance fee. You've been rebated JMD15. Plus, enjoy JMD16 in FREE talk time on us," a text message from Digicel to a prepaid cell phone said today.

The move comes subsequent to a release from the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR), which stated that they had requested an explanation from Digicel regarding the fee, and were awaiting a response by June 30 (today).

Digicel's new fee took effect on Thursday, June 22.

The OUR requested that Digicel shows evidence that it had provided customers with sufficient advance notice; the exact amount to be charged; and the basis of such a charge.





Have you seen this missing 13-y-o girl?

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missing-girl-afeliah-battiste .jpgAn Ananda Alert has been activated for 13-year-old Afeliah Battiste of Gordon Town Road, Kingston 6 who has been reported missing since Wednesday.

She is said to be of dark complexion, slim build and is about 145 centimetres (4 feet 9 inches) tall.
According to the Papine police, Afeliah was last seen in Papine Square in St Andrew about 9:20 am, wearing a pink blouse, blue jeans and a pair of black-and-white Nike Air sneakers.

All efforts to contact her have proven futile.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Afeliah Battiste is being asked to contact the Papine police at 927-2047, police 119 emergency number or the nearest police station.





Reggae Sumfest 2017

damian-marley-september-6-and-7.jpgWith his upcoming fourth solo album Stony Hill set for release on July 21st, Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley has just announced dates for his Fall U.S. Tour.

Marley will bring his show live to Irving Plaza in New York City on September 6th and 7th. Get your tickets for Night 1 here, and Night 2 here, and see the rest of the tour dates here.

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Get tickets here





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USA, Jamaica - With the recent release of his single "Beautiful", recording artist Konshens recently defied stereotypical male view points by addressing the issue of conventional standard of beauty that plague women of all ages, races and creeds.

From magazines to videos, to the increasing "Social media models" that constantly set an unrealistic and mentally unhealthy beauty blue print, society profits from self doubts, and liking yourself is a rebellious act. Aware that himself as an artist plays a part on the equation by the beautiful ladies displayed in his videos, Konshens awareness as a devoted father to 2 young impressionable children, and to his fans takes heed of the weight of his words, and for this, the reggae and dancehall star put pen to paper to deliver inspirational words.

A 21st Hapilos Production, "Beautiful" is a reminder that beauty is indeed in the eye of the beholder and starts from the inside. ''Not because you're not an IG model, and your snaps dem not on fleek, nuh make dem make you feel you small up and make it seem like you're incomplete, change what you want to change up, dress how you want and put on your make up, as long as a dat ya want, not just what everybody want girl...'

Contrary to some feedback from naysayers, the songs isn't against plastic surgery, or embellishments, weaves or makeup, on the contrary, the ode is for empowerment. Konshens recently explained "Beautiful is a song for every woman to be reminded beauty starts from the inside, not defined by the opinion of strangers or social media."

Distributed by 21st Hapilos Digital, "Beautiful" is available on all major digital outlets like iTunes.





cayman-house-speaker-arrested-florida.jpgSpeaker of the House in the Cayman Islands and former Premier, McKeeva Bush was arrested earlier this week in the United States. According to Broward County court records in the state of Florida, McKeeva Bush, 62, was arrested by the Seminole police late Monday.

The public records state that he was arrested on a misdemeanor office that occurred at a casino.

"William McKeeva Bush was arrested by Seminole Police on Monday at 11:02 p.m. (local time) at the Seminole Casino Coconut Creek and charged with simple battery or misdemeanor battery," said Gary Bitner, a spokesman for Seminole Police department in statement to the Cayman COmpass.

The police records indicate that Bush was offered bail with a cash bond of US$1,000.

The arrest followed an interview with and sworn statement by the female employee victim and a review of surveillance video.

According to the arresting officer, the surveillance video showed Bush allegedly wrapped his arm around the victim's lower back and forcefully pulled the victim towards his direction.

"According to the arresting officer, the victim alleged [Mr. Bush] grabbed her buttocks while pulling her with his right arm."

Bush's Florida attorney, Keith Seltzer says ,a court date has not been set as the House Speaker has not been formally charged. Bush was overwhelmingly re-elected in the May general election in the Cayman Islands.





O J Simpson granted parole

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o-j-simpson-parole.jpgFormer US football star and actor OJ Simpson has been granted parole after nine years in a Nevada prison.

The 70 year-old's first words were "Thank you!" bowing his head as the commissioners approved him for release.

Simpson, who was acquitted for a double murder in 1995, has been serving time for armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and 11 other charges.

He is set to go free in October after being convicted of a 2007 confrontation at a Las Vegas hotel.





usher-singer.jpgPop singer reportedly settled lawsuit for $1.1 million in 2012

Court documents state that Usher contracted the herpes virus in 2009 or 2010

California law states that knowingly giving someone an STD is illegal

One out of every six people ages 14 to 49 years have genital herpes in the US

Usher reportedly paid a former lover $1.1 million to settle a lawsuit after claiming she contracted herpes from the singer.

Court documents, first published by Radar Online, show that the 38-year-old 'U Got It Bad' singer, whose real name is Usher Raymond IV, was diagnosed with the incurable condition between 2009-2010,

An affidavit from the complainant states that the singer nonetheless engaged in unprotected intercourse without first disclosing the affliction.

According to California state law, where Usher resides, it is illegal to knowingly or recklessly transmit an sexually transmitted disease (STD).

The performer later denied being a carrier of the non-lethal condition, despite 'greenish discharge' from his penis, court documents say.

'Believing Raymond's statements that (the discharge) had been nothing and cleared up, (she) continued her relationship,' the legal docs stated.

The plaintiff was later diagnosed with herpes, complete with vaginal sores, fevers and chills, she alleged in papers.

Usher has yet to make a public statement on the matter.

Between 2011 and 2012, the Grammy award wining artist paid for medical bills on behalf of the plaintiff totaling $2,754.40, around the same time the 'Confessions' singer had his doctor inform the woman that he was indeed a carrier of the disease, court documents show.

Usher was first allegedly 'exposed to herpes' virus in 2009 or 2010, the legal documents show, around the time when finalized his divorce to Tameka Foster after she accused him of cheating.

Foster is not believed to have contracted the virus.





linkin-park-frontman-bennington.jpgLead singer of rock/rap band Linkin Park, Chester Bennington died aged 41 on Thursday.

The LA County Coroner said Bennington apparently hanged himself.

The 41-year-old was found dead in his home in Palos Verdes near Los Angeles shortly before 9am on Thursday.

Law enforcement officials say Bennington hanged himself in his bedroom and he was home alone at the time, according to TMZ. He was found upstairs by his housekeeper.

'Chester was one of the brightest and most talented people on this planet, and he lived life to the fullest,' a close friend told RadarOnline, adding that the Bennington suffered from demons.

Bennington's suicide came on the day of his late lifelong friend Chris Cornell's birthday. The Soundgarden rocker killed himself in May by hanging. Cornell would have turned 53.

'Chester and Chris were so close, and he was never the same after Chris's death,' the friend told Radar.

The friend of Bennington's also noted that Cornell's death deeply affected Bennington, who also struggled with 'addiction issues'.

'But everyone thought that he had it licked. He seemed to be at a good place in his life. It is just so tragic and there are no words,' the friend told Radar.

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Friends and family are in absolute 'shock' over the rock star's apparent suicide as it's revealed they believed he 'was in a good place in his life'. His bandmates were said to be blindsided by Chester's suicide with sources telling TMZ they had plans to attend a photo shoot in Hollywood later on Thursday.

One Linkin Park band member went to pick him up on Thursday morning but arrived to find police already at his home.

The singer had a history of drug and alcohol abuse. He was married and is survived by his six children from two relationships.

Chester had flown back to Los Angeles on Wednesday night. He had been spending time in Arizona with his wife Talinda, but she remained behind.

Chester, as well as Linkin Park guitarist Brad Delson, had performed Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah' for the crowd of mourners at Cornell's funeral, many of whom were moved to tears.

Linkin Park was on tour following the release of the band's latest album One More Light. They had a show at New York's Citi Field scheduled for next week with Blink 182.

They played together for the last time on July 7 in Birmingham, England. Formed in 1996, Linkin Park has sold more than 70 million albums worldwide and has two Grammy Awards.

The band had a string of hits including Faint, In The End and Crawling, and collaborated with rapper Jay-Z.





damian-marley-stony-hill.jpgAfter several postponed dates, Damian Marley's new solo album Stony Hill, will finally be released Friday, July 21.

On Friday, the youngest son of reggae icon, Bob Marley, will also celebrate his 39th birthday.

"Stony Hill" features 18 tracks including "Bitter Blood," Caution," "Everybody Wants To Be Somebody," "Nail Pon Cross," "Speak Life" and "The Struggle Discontinues."

The album will also feature a few collaborations.

"Medication" will feature Damian's older brother, Stephen Marley, while another song features a collaboration with the Bounty Killer's son, Major Myjah.

Meanwhile, in a recent Q&A with fans via a Facebook Live Session, Damian spoke about the inspiration behind the album.





Well-known Mo-Bay businessman executed

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mo-bay-businessman-executed.jpgThe Montego Bay business community was thrown into mourning yesterday afternoon when prominent 52-year-old businessman Winston Chue, of a Westgate Hill address, was murdered gangland-style on Miriam Way in the downtown section of the western city.

According to reports, at approximately 1:50 p.m., Chue alighted from his vehicle in front of his under-construction building, where he sold and repaired truck parts, when he was attacked from behind by an unknown assailant, who fired several shots at his head. The killer then took Chue's licensed firearm and fled.

"We were inside the building when we heard about five or six shots, and when we rushed out, we saw him on the ground with his head covered in blood," said an employee, who asked not to be identified. "Jah know! Dem deal with the boss wicked.

A police patrol, which responded to the gunfire, rushed Chue to the Cornwall Regional Hospital, but by then, he had already died.

Chue's death brings to six the number of persons killed in Montego Bay over the past 72 hours. Some 148 persons have been murdered in St James since the start of the year.





bermuda-premier-david-burt.jpgDavid Burt 38, is now Bermuda's youngest premier after his opposition Progressive Labour Party (PLP) stormed to victory over the ruling One Bermuda Alliance (OBA) in Tuesday's general election, winning two-thirds of the seats. Burt was sworn in yesterday.

The PLP won 24 of the 36 seats in the House of Assembly, the OBA taking the other 12 after losing seven seats on the night in a stunning reversal of a weekend opinion poll which gave the OBA a double-digit lead.

Turnout was 72.98 per cent with the PLP winning 58.89 per cent of the vote to the OBA's 40.61 per cent.

Just before 11:20 pm (Bermuda time), Burt, who has a Bermudian father and Jamaican mother, got word of his own win in Pembroke West Central over the OBA's Nick Kempe and shouted "Hallelujah!"

Burt, who increased his majority almost fourfold from 2012, when the PLP's previous 14-year reign ended in a 19-17 defeat to the OBA, embraced his wife Kristin, before declaring that he felt "fine" about the result.

Burt, a father of two, said of the overall result across the country: "I'm certainly happy for the results ...but, the fact of the matter is, this is about work. We cannot pretend that we can celebrate a victory today when there is still a huge challenge to Bermuda.Father of two Mr Burt said he was not daunted by the prospect of becoming Bermuda's youngest Premier, at the age of 38.

Mr Burt's sister, Winsome Burt-Smith, was less measured in her reaction. "My brother is Premier! Thank you Jesus!" she yelled. His young nephews Trae and Terique Smith said they predicted the result.

Terique, 13, said: "It was expected. He's always been a leader. He's a people person -- he's always out there. He gives to the people; he never holds back."

Trae, 17, added: "I think he's going to be a great Premier. He is always an honest person."

The OBA's biggest casualty was Bob Richards, the former finance minister and deputy premier, who lost by 513 votes to 419 in Devonshire East to union activist Christopher Famous, who is also a newspaper columnist.

Afterwards, Richards -- the son of Sir Edward Richards, a former United Bermuda Party (UBP) premier who was born in British Guiana (now Guyana) -- announced his retirement from politics.

Nandi Outerbridge, the former Minister of Social Development and Sport, was another high-profile OBA casualty during a night of high drama as she was soundly defeated in St George's West by Kim Swan, a former leader of the now defunct UBP, which ran the country for 30 years until losing to the PLP in 1998.

On a disastrous night for the OBA, defeated former premier Michael Dunkley acknowledged that his party had suffered some "crushing defeats" on a "tough day".





sumfest-beach-party-2017.jpgReggae Sumfest 25 got off to a sizzling start as the Beach Party at Tropical Bliss on Sunday, July 16 reached fever pitch. Dubbed 'The Adult Playground' the theme did not disappoint as patrons danced and vibed to the sounds of Coppershot's Marc Chin and Cutty, Chris Dymond, Team Shella and Montego Bay's Dexta Peppa and Jigga.

Patrons were not deterred by the rains as they turned the Tropical Bliss Beach venue into a dance floor and partied with the Sumfest Beach party hosts Yanique 'Curvy Diva' Barrett and Mz Lady Ice from Dexta Daps' infamous Owner video. The night went into overdrive as the ladies put on a show that had entertained shocked and lived up to the 'Adult Playground' theme.

The selections were on point from the DJs as they had the patrons collectively dancing to the electric slide, bringing them through various eras and genres with smooth transitions to frenzy for Aidonia's Yeah Yeah. The party continued into the evening with the sounds of Maria Maria were mixed into DJ Khalid's modern remake Wild Thoughts and expertly transitioned after a few mixes to Ding Dong's Fling as the DJs delivered well rounded sets. By the approach of, midnight party goers were found prancing around the water swings and the Red Stripe swim up bar fully immersed in the party atmosphere and enjoying the vibes.

Josef Bogdanovich, CEO of DownSound Entertainment was pleased with the execution of the first event to kick off Reggae Sumfest 25 and expects the momentum to carry over into the other events leading up to the highly anticipated live shows on Friday, July 21 and Saturday, July 22.

"I was excited about the Festival before but after tonight I am even more energized about it. We wanted to bring to patrons a world class production complemented by quality entertainment and I think we achieved that with the Beach Party. The best sight to me was when the rain came and nobody moved! Everyone stayed and partied and the DJs and hosts were amazing. Tonight is an indication that Reggae Sumfest 25 will be one of the best we have had," said Bogdanovich.

Reggae Sumfest continues today (Tuesday, July 18) with the All White party at Pier One, then the Sumfest Blitz Retro Block Party onWednesday, July 19 also at Pier One. The Heavyweight Soundclash will take over the same venue on Thursday night before Reggae Sumfest 25 culminates with two live shows on Friday, July 22 and Saturday, July 23 at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex, featuring the likes of Alkaline, Aidonia, Tory Lanez, Sean Paul, Mavado and Spice alongside a host of other top acts.

CAPTION: Sumfest Beach Party: Robert Russell (left) and Josef Bogdanovich of DownSound Entertainment,
producers of Reggae Sumfest were in good hands with Beach Bunny Alicia
during the Reggae Sumfest Beach Party on Sunday, July 16 at Tropical Bliss.





sumfest-beach-party-2017.jpgOn the heels of an electrifying start to Reggae Sumfest on Sunday July 16 at Tropical Bliss Beach and the Sumfest at Sunset Yacht Party on Monday July 17, patrons and organisers go white at Pier One tonight!

The annual event is an all white affair and promises a healthy serving of great music, scrumptious dishes and a diverse musical experience. The event is the third in a lineup of seven events over seven days in the tourist city, of Montego Bay.

The 25th staging of the Internationally acclaimed production continues under the theme

"Our Music, Our festival" on Wednesday July 18 at Pier One with the Blitz Block Party. Pier one plays host to the Heavyweight Clash on Thursday July 20 and the weeklong event culminates at Catherine Hall July 21 -22 for Night One and Two of the concert showcasing top Jamaican acts delivering the best of Reggae and Dancehall in an atmospher filled with authentic Jamaican cuisine and fashion.





Popcaan gets his US Visa

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popcaan-photo-3-larger.jpgThis is definitely good news for the Unruly/OVO camps. Dancehall artiste Popcaan, who is close friends with Canadian rapper Drake, has finally been given his US visa and work permit.

Website The Tropixs is reporteding that the Unruly deejay will be performing at the highly anticipated Red Bull Culture Clash on August 25, in Atlanta, Georgia.

Redbull Radio made the announcement on Tuesday when they uploaded a video introducing the lineup which features; EarDrummers featuring Mike WiLL Made-It, Enjoylife featuring Wondagurl, Unruly featuring Popcaan, and Disturbing London featuring Tinie Tempah.





Chris Gayle launches online dance contest

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chris-gayle-photo-5.jpgChris Gayle has launched a dance challenge competition with a cash prize of a whopping US$5,000.

The Jamaican cricketer made the announcement on Saturday when he uploaded a video busting out the moves.

"(CEO Chris Ever Okay) I'll give the winner USD 5000 who do the Chris Gayle Dance Challenge ," he wrote.

" the best . Ladies, the challenge goes for you too...There's the video so make sure you're spot on as I am lol."

"Have Fun I'll post the top 5 on my page and the viewers choose the winner. Remember to use the HASHTAG! Will announce the winner on the 24th ," he added. -





mariah-carey-nick-kids.jpgMariah Carey and Nick Cannon's six-year-old twins have written and recorded rap songs.

Moroccan and Monroe look set to follow in the footsteps of their musically famous parents -- who divorced in 2016 after eight years of marriage -- and they have wasted no time by already hitting the studio to work on some tracks.

The 36-year-old rapper said: "They've been in the studio. They got records. It's popping.

"They're singing, writing, rapping. It's amazing."

While Cannon is pleased see his kids' talent flourish, he's not entirely comfortable with them working at such an early age.

Speaking to "Entertainment Tonight," he added: "I'll be honest, I'm not a huge fan of putting children into the work force. But they love it, so they get into the studio."

While Carey, 47, recently said she doesn't find co-parenting with Cannon that tough because he is a "laugh," she admitted raising twins can be "hard work" at times.

She said: "Twins are definitely hard work. I'm very lucky to have people to help me because to handle two kids by yourself the same age is not easy."

Even though Moroccan and Monroe appear to have already started their own careers, Carey has admitted they aren't always very keen to let her to go to work.

She said: "They have to understand sometimes when I go to work, they're like, 'I don't want you to go to work! Stay home! Don't go to work!'

"And then I feel guilt-ridden, but it's all right. They get used to it, and then when we spend time together it's more special."





ishawna-hot-pic.jpgDancehall artiste Ishawna has been dropped by her management company, Donsome Booking Agency.In a statement released by Donsome Bookings CEO, Donsome Hanson, it was revealed that the company is no longer be representing the controversial singer, and that they would only be responsible for honouring bookings up to July 7, 2017.

News of the separation comes on the heels of Ishawna being lambasted for her rude, ignorant and disrespectful comment dissing Jamaican cultural icon Miss Lou and the national costume, the bandana, on social media.The female deejay posted on Instagram that "mi nuh dress inna tablecloth like Miss Lou".

Ishawna also confirmed news of the split earlier this week after she updated her Instagram bio to reflect her new booking information.

No official reason was given for the split, however it is widely felt that he negative backlash from the Miss Lou comment factored in it..

Ishawna parted ways with Downsound Records last summer, shortly before the staging of Reggae Sumfest 2016, for which she was booked but did not turn up to perform. Ishawa is not booked for the festival this year.





15-y-o Jamaican boy killed in Florida crash

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crime-scene-5.jpgA 15-year-old boy from Jamaica died in a traffic mishap in Florida, USA on Sunday night, with seven other persons being hositalised as a result of the incident.

Dead is Travis Bernard of Montego Bay, St James.

Reports were that the mishap took place on Highway 192 near the Osceola-Brevard county line.

Indications were that a 40-year-old woman of Royal Palm Beach, Florida was driving at about 11:50pm, when a tyre blew out on her Toyota SUV.

She lost control of the vehicle, which overturned.

Bernard was reportedly ejected from the vehicle, and pronounced dead where he landed at the scene of the crash.

Three adults suffered serious injuries, while the driver, another adult and two teenagers were treated at hospital for minor injuries.





Weather clears as Bermudans head to the polls

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Early-morning showers gave way to sunny skies as voters headed to the polls on Tuesday in a general election expected to produce another nail-biting finish between the ruling One Bermuda Alliance (OBA), which is seeking a second five-year term, and the opposition Progressive Labour Party (PLP), which previously led the country for 14 years.

The OBA prevailed by two seats - 19 to 17 - at the last election in December 2012 with outright victory only confirmed on the stroke of midnight. But it became a minority government after two of its former cabinet ministers resigned to become independents.

Both parties, each fielding a full slate of 36 candidates, are confident of success after 40 days of campaigning.

The OBA is led by Premier Michael Dunkley, 59, while Opposition Leader David Burt is 38. He has led the PLP since last November when Marc Bean resigned following a stroke earlier in the year.

Five independents - including Paula Cox, a former PLP premier who quit the party after being rejected by party bosses despite being backed by her Devonshire North West branch are also in the mix.

Only two of the PLP's 36 candidates are white while the OBA's line-up includes 13. Bermuda's 65,000 population is 55 per cent black and 35 per white (plus 10 per cent others).

The PLP is fielding eight women candidates, the OBA 12.

Polling stations opened at 8 a.m. (local time) as a weather system which dumped an inch and a quarter of rain on the island on Monday began moving away, and will close at 8 p.m.

There are 46,669 registered voters - an increase of nearly 3,000 from April 2016.

The OBA inherited a national debt of US$1.4 billion after taking office. It has since risen to $2.4 billion with the government having to fork out $500,000 a day to service the crippling debt.

In his party's final news conference before election day, Dunkley noted the OBA's record on tourism and improving the economy.

"We have made progress in restoring jobs, opportunity and hope, but we still have a ways to go," he said.

"Our mission is to extend the recovery and renewal into every household. Now Burt and his colleagues have been trying to convince you that the choice in this election is between them and us, but the real choice is actually much simpler and much more important. Will Bermuda move forward or back?"

The PLP reiterated its pledge that education remains its top priority.

According to Burt, students had been forgotten under the OBA, while frequent changes in Education Ministers had created inconsistencies and a lack of accountability.

"It is a baffling exercise to imagine what the One Bermuda Alliance had been thinking when they had been wilfully ignoring the needs of our children and our teachers," he said.





don-tropical-storm-watch-warning.jpgLIAT has announced the cancellation of several flights to the southern Caribbean as the airline continues to monitor Tropical Storm Don.

The Antigua-based carrier has cancelled flights to and from Barbados, Grenada, Trinidad, Guyana, St Vincent and the Grenadines, St Lucia and Guyana.

However, flight LI 309 from Antigua to St Lucia will operate as scheduled.

LIAT says flights to the northern islands in the Eastern Caribbean chain will not be affected.

The airline says passengers who have been affected will be allowed to rebook within the next two weeks with all change fees waived.

Meanwhile, in it's latest advisory issued at 11 o'clock this morning, the Miami based National Hurricane Centre says maximum sustained winds in the centre of Tropical Storm Don have decreased to near 40 miles per hour.

However, a tropical storm warning remains in effect for Grenada and St Vincent and the Grenadines while a tropical storm watch remains in effect for Barbados and Bonaire.





6 Western Union outlets closed

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western-union.jpgWestern Union's Agent in Jamaica, GraceKennedy Money Services (GKMS), has announced the closure of six of the remittance outlets across Jamaica as it seeks to combat fraud across its network.

The locations involved in the temporary closure include three in Montego Bay, St James; one in Falmouth, Trelawny; one in Brown's Town, St Ann; and one in Spanish Town, St Catherine.

GraceKennedy Money Services says it has decided to close these locations because of an unusually high number of suspected fraudulent transactions being reported at them.

It says these fraudulent transactions have occurred despite enhancement of its antifraud programmes and continued investment in technology.

GraceKennedy Money Services says the affected locations will be reopened if and when it is satisfied that adequate additional anti-fraud measures have been taken.





A Jamaican doctor who was in the Cayman Islands to fill a temporary post has died from injuries she received after being mowed down as she exited the Owen Roberts International Airport yesterday.

A report on the Cayman Compass website said the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service has confirmed that 62-year-old Dr Vary Jones-Leslie, died at 8:45 this morning at the Cayman Islands Hospital.

The driver of the taxi van which struck her, a 69-year-old Bodden Town man, was treated at hospital and released. Police did not immediately state whether anyone else was in the van at the time of the crash.

Jones-Leslie, who is an obstetrician-gynecologist, who worked at the Spanish Town Hospital until her retirement last year, was visiting Cayman to work a temporary fill-in post at the public hospital.

She was struck on Owen Roberts Drive across the street from the Andy's Rent-A-Car building around 10 o'clock yesterday morning. She was taken to the Cayman Islands Hospital in critical condition.

The woman was struck on Owen Roberts Drive across the street from the Andy's Rent-A-Car building around 10 a.m., police said. She was taken to the Cayman Islands Hospital in critical condition, medical personnel confirmed. Her family members flew in from Jamaica later on Monday to visit her at the hospital.

Social media photos of the woman lying injured in the road were circulated shortly after the crash. Police confirmed that the person pictured was the accident victim, but asked that the photos not be distributed.

The pictures also showed some bags and luggage strewn about the street and what appeared to be a luggage trolley lying in the street as well.

The police investigation following the crash blocked the main entrance into the busy airport for about four hours yesterday.

Social media photos of the doctor lying injured in the road were circulated shortly after the crash.

The pictures also showed some bags and luggage strewn about the street and what appeared to be a luggage trolley lying in the street.

Police confirmed that the person pictured was the accident victim, but asked that the photos not be distributed.





crime-scene-5.jpgThe Police High Command has launched a top-level investigation to determine why the police personnel who intercepted the suspected killers of Corporate Area businessman Richard Ramdial released them minutes after they were held.

Head of the Criminal Investigation Branch, Assistant Commissioner Ealan Powell says he has ordered the cops implicated in the matter to provide statements detailing the sequence of activities and their actions.

Ramdial, travelling in his dark blue Benz SUV was shot dead by two gunmen on Ruthven Road on Wednesday around 4:30 p.m.

The gunmen then reportedly boarded a white motor vehicle that headed south on Ruthven Road but was soon after intercepted on Balmoral Avenue by cops assigned to the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse.

Powell says the vehicle was stopped after the police control broadcast a radio transmission detailing the getaway car and its licence plate number.

So why then did the cops release the men and the vehicle?

However, he said, at the time, the cops were satisfied that the men were clear, having searched them and checked their hands for gun powder residue.





tommy-lee-photo-10-full-color.jpgTommy Lee, whose real name is Leroy Russell, is among four persons who were scheduled to go on trial in the Home Circuit Court today on charges related to the lottery scam.

However, the courtroom where the trial was scheduled to take place is being used for another trial.

The case is now set for October 13.





crime-scene-gun.jpgA St Andrew man accused of chopping and shooting a developer to death is yet to be charged in connection with the incident. The accused, whose name is being withheld, was arrested by the Constant Spring Police on Friday, July 7, in connection with the death of 46-year-old developer Andre Rickards, of Havendale in St Andrew, who was constructing a house next door to the accused in Stony Hill.

Reports are that the two men had a long-running disagreement over the placement of a wall and, on Friday, the dispute led to Rickards' death under unusual circumstances.

The accused reportedly invited Rickards over to his house and offered him fruits. But, it is reported that as soon as Rickards went over to the property, he was stabbed, disarmed of his licensed firearm and shot multiple times.

Rickards was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Police subsequently arrested the suspect, who is still being questioned over the incident.





court.jpgThe man who was detained in connection with the seizure of 170 pounds of cocaine at a house in Caribbean Estates, Portmore, St Catherine last week Friday, has been charged.

The police have released his name as Michael Abrahams, 36.

He was on Tuesday charged with breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act.

Abrahams is to appear in the St Catherine Parish Court on Thursday.

The huge cocaine find has an estimated value of more than $92 million.

The Narcotics police are continuing investigations into the find.





man-chopped-to-death.jpgA 21 year old woman was found stabbed to death at her house in Amity, Westmoreland on Tuesday.

She has been identified as Debby-Ann Morris.Her two month old daughter, who was also at the house, was unharmed.

Ms Morris' mother-in-law, said to be of unsound mind, has been taken into custody in connection with the incident. About 3 o'clock, the mother-in-law went to a woman's house in the community and told her that she had killed someone.The woman raised an alarm and the police were called.

The police went to the house of Miss Morris, where they found her body with stab wounds.





'Grab chain' robber shot by victim

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Just two days after businessman Richard Ramdial was shot on Ruthven Road in busy traffic, a robber was shot a short distance away after allegedly trying to steal a chain.

According to reports, the man, identified as a chain grabber, was shot on Carlton Crescent off Half Way Tree Road on Wednesday afternoon.

It is reported that he was shot by a licensed firearm holder whose chain he had stolen.

The area was cordoned off and there was a pile up of traffic as commuters headed home.





PM Holness, show us your cell phone bill

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andrew-holness-photo-5.jpgThe National Integrity Action (NIA) is urging Prime Minister Andrew Holness to open his cell phone bills to public scrutiny. Professor Trevor Munroe, Executive Director of the agency, said this is to ensure fairness and transparency.

Both the prime minister and national security minister have opted to use their private cell phones for government business.

In reaction to public outrage to the cell phone bill of Finance Minister Audley Shaw, the Mr. Holness on Tuesday directed that there be a cap on cellular phone expenses.

"Most of all, I would suggest that the prime minister, as head of the government, revisit and dust off Ministry Paper No. 19 of 2002, which sets out very clearly the code of conduct for ministers in Jamaica and ensure that the ministers re-familiarise themselves with the code of conduct, as well as (that) he enforces it without fear or favour when that code is being violated," he suggested.





richard-ramdial-photo-2.jpgSince news of the contract style murder of businessman, Richard Ramdial broke, colleagues and friends have taken to social media to issue tributes to the entrepreneur, who was involved in automobile and manufacturing, and had been exploring the production of by-products made from cannabis.

Former president of the Used Car Dealers' Association, Ian Lyn said he attended St George's College with Ramdial and remembered him as "humble and respectful".

"I'm in shock at the murder of Richard Ramdial in Jamaica, he was the coolest youth I knew at St Georges College even though he drove the most Mercedes Benz I have ever seen in high school," Lyn, who is now based overseas, wrote on Facebook.

"He always remained humble and respectful no matter what but nothing in life happens except by Allah (God) active or permissive will so we thank God for his life and pray for his family and friends RIP Ramdial!!!" Lyn added.

Ramdial's Facebook page was flooded by friends expressing sadness at his death.

"Too much violence... it happens every day ..when it happens to someone we know it really puts things into perspective," one friend said.

Another added, "Richard Ramdial, no!! Oh my God no!!"

There was also shock and anger over the brutal slaying.

"Still can not believe it. A hit in the middle of New Kingston," said a man in disbelief.

Another friend of Ramdial pleaded with the authorities to "catch these monsters!!"





richard-ramdial-photo-1.jpgThe driver of a Mercedes Benz sports utility vehicle who was killed Monday when his high-end vehicle was shot up by armed men along the busy Ruthven Road in St Andrew had a licensed firearm, which was not taken. Police suspect that businessman Richard Ramdial was the victim of a contract killing and are following several leads into the brazen murder which has sent shockwaves across the Corporate Area.

Ramdial was gunned down on Tuesday evening while he was in his Mercedes Benz sport utility vehicle in rush hour traffic along Ruthven Road in St Andrew.

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Reports are that at around 4:30 pm, a gunman disembarked a motorcycle and pumped more than 12 bullets into the driver's side of Ramdial's left-hand-drive vehicle. Other reports say that two men in a Camry which was parked up on the side of the road pounced on an unsuspecting Ramdial and fired nearly 16 bullets in his luxury vehicle.

Ramdial, who suffered multiple gunshot wounds, was rushed to the University Hospital of the West Indies where he was pronounced dead. The incident caused a traffic gridlock in New Kingston and surrounding areas.





shocked.jpgA senior judge attacked by a woman on the grounds of the Supreme Court in downtown Kingston on Friday during a brief conversation outside of the court room.

Reports are that the well-known male judge was struck in the face by the woman

Details of the conversation that led to the attack are unclear at this time, but immediately after the incident, law enforcement officials rushed to escort the woman from the location.

It is not clear what action, if any, was taken against the female following the incident that drew a large crowd.

"All I know is that I see the judge talking to the woman, and then minutes after I heard a loud slap echoing across the court grounds," said one woman, who claimed she was an eyewitness.

"When I look, is the woman me see a fling box on the judge," the alleged eyewitness said.

Law enforcement officials reportedly then went to the compound and apprehended the woman.

The incident has brought into sharp focus the safety of officials who work in the island's justice system.

Sources claim the woman who carried out the attack is a close relative of the judge.





x6-trial-patrick-powell-oct-24-photo-2.jpgPatrick Powell, who shot to notoriety in the infamous X6 trial, again made quite a few headlines when he begged the Parish Judge Vaughn Smith to "have mercy" in deciding on a gun matter related to the case in which he was found innocent.

However, interesting as that might be, what Yardflex finds intriguing is that RJR News reported last month that checks by them have revealed that that if convicted for the offence under the Firearms Act, Powell faces a maximum fine of J$400 or 12 months in prison!

Well, Powell was found guilty on Tuesday, July 11 and will be sentenced on August 9. We wait with bated breath the outcome of this. Will it be yet another travesty in our justice system which could fine Reputed Clansman leader Tesha Miller only one hundred Jamaican dollars after pleading guilty to one count of false declaration in April.

Miller's sentence was handed down by Parish Judge Sanchia Burrell after pleading guilty to one count of using a fictitious name. The reputed gangster was charged by the Immigration Investigation Unit last Tuesday following his deportation from Bahamas on April 4. He was charged following allegations that he left the island using fictitious names. However, the police have reported that there are other matters pending against Miller.





Attorney-at-law, Linton Gordon is urging citizens not to resist being stopped and searched in areas designated as Zones of Special Operations. The Zones of Special Operation Act is expected to come into effect in short order as a means of addressing the country's crime problems.

Gordon says any attempt to resist being searched, will be in breach of the new law when it comes into effect. Gordon emphasizes that it's important to note that certain constitutional rights which give protection from entry without warrant will be suspended.

He adds that the security forces can use force to enter premises where any effort is being made to resist them in these zones.

Meanwhile Mr. Gordon says the provisions under the new law, open the door for the rights of residents to be abused.





traffic-boss-calvin-allen.jpgChantel Allen, 19, the daughter of Senior Superintendent Calvin Allen, was reportedly shot in the leg when the off duty policeman opened fire at the car she was travelling in, reportedly after the vehicle struck the cop along Bernard Lodge Road in Portmore, St Catherine on Saturday morning.

Since the incident, reports have been circulating on social media that the teen was ironically travelling in one of the many illegal taxis that her father, Superintendent Allen, head of the Police Trafic Division, has been fighting to get off Jamaica's roadways.

However, law enforcement officials says that Chantel Allen, was travelling in a red plate (legal taxi).

The incident took place at about 5:30 am. The driver of the cab claimed that he swerved to avoid a pothole but ended up hitting the policeman, who was walking along the roadway. The taxi operator, in his report, added that, after realizing that he hit someone, he stopped to assist the victim. But the police constable, who sources say was in plain clothes, reportedly pulled a weapon and fired at the vehicle.

Chantel Allen, after being shot and injured, was taken to the Andrews Memorial Hospital, and is now recuperating. The accused policeman was subsequently taken into police custody along with his firearm. The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) has since launched an investigation into the matter.





patrick-powell.jpgAfter being acquitted in the case of murdered Kingston College school-boy Khajeel Mais, businessman Patrick Powelll finally has a guilty charge. But with the pitiful fine on the books for that particular gun charge, he may well have been found innocent.

Powell, who made the headlines last month when he begged the Parish Judge Vaughn Smith to have mercy on him, was on Tuesday morning found guilty of failing to hand over his licensed firearm to the police. The verdict was handed down by Parish Judge Vaughn Smith in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court.

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Powell was charged with failing to hand over his licensed firearm for inspection to detectives who investigated the shooting death of Kingston College student, Khajeel Mais, in 2011. He will know his fate on August 9, when the sentencing is scheduled to be handed down.

Powell was freed of Mais' murder in October 2016 after the prosecution offered no further evidence in the case before the Home Circuit Court. The acquittal came after the prosecution's main witness denied giving a statement to police that implicated Powell in the killing.





audley-shaw-photo-1.jpgThere are more questions are being raised in the wake of a report that Finance Minister Audley Shaw has racked up cell phone bills amounting to $8.3 million.

RJR News reported on Monday that the bills were generated from March last year to February this year. In December, Mr. Shaw's cell phone bill reached over $838,000 and more than $1.5 million in August. In October the bill was more than $4.2 million.

During those three months the Finance Ministry said Mr. Shaw travelled overseas for official and urgent personal reasons.

A query with the service provider later showed that the charges were due to data usage while roaming.

The Finance Ministry reported that Mr. Shaw has paid roughly $2.6 million for personal roaming data usage.





For Immediate Release

Downsound Entertainment is proud to announce the addition of a special performance by Stephen Marley together along with his son, Jo Mersa Marley, Saturday night, July 22 2017, celebrating the 25th Edition of Reggae Sumfest in Montego Bay Jamaica.

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Yanique Curvy Diva dating Rob Kardashian?

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yanique-barrett-and-rob.jpgYanique 'Curvy Diva' Barrett is making rounds in the United States after several media outlets are reporting that she's now dating Rob Kardashian.

The rumours started circulating on Thursday after the Media Personality/Dancehall Artiste uploaded a throwback photo with the Reality TV Show star/sock designer from last year's staging of the Britjam Spring Break Festival in Montego Bay.

Here's what enstarz.com had to say: "Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna may be caught in the midst of some major drama due to his recent social media photos of the Instagram model turned reality star, but that hasn't stopped Kardashian from dating.

According to a new report, the 29-year-old reality star and sock designer is now wooing Jamaican Instagram model Yanique Barrett.

"Rob met Yanique last year when he was in Jamaica and they stayed in contact," an insider told Media Take Out earlier this week, according to a report by Hollywood Life on Friday. "She's helped him, especially with all that he's going through now. Rob is flying her to America so that they can get to know each other better. He's going to help her with modeling opportunities."

As the outlet explained, Kardashian was dating Blac Chyna when he met Barrett last year in Jamaica and days ago, as Kardashian and his ex-girlfriend feuded online, Barrett took to her Instagram page and posted a throwback photo of herself and Kardashian together.





Blue Ivy freestyles on JAy-Z new album

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blue-ivy-carter-jay-z-grammys.jpgWatch the throne. After making her debut on 2012's "Glory," Beyoncé and JAY-Z's five-and-a-half-year-old daughter Blue Ivy--heir to the Carter dynasty--unleashes her first rap on her father's new song "Blue's Freestyle/We Family."

The track, which quickly became a trending topic upon its release, features B.I.C. rapping for 45 seconds straight. While some of her rhymes are hard to decipher, Blue proves that she's already following in her parents' famous footsteps.

"Never seen a ceiling in my whole life," she boasts. "Boom shakalaka, boom shakalaka, everything in shaka, everything in faka."

"Blue's Freestyle" appears as a bonus track on the physical release of JAY's platinum album 4:44, along with "Adnis" and the James Blake-assisted "ManyFacedGod."





dj-khaled-maxim.jpgDJ Khaled is Grateful to be on top. The super-producer's 10th album has earned him his second No. 1 on the Billboard 200, following last year's Major Key.

The star-studded Grateful, which features Beyoncé, JAY-Z, Rihanna, and Nicki Minaj, opens in the top spot with 149,000 equivalent album units (55,000 traditional). It also gains 81,000 streaming equivalent album units, the largest for any album since Kendrick Lamar's DAMN.

Khaled celebrated the news on social media. "ANOTHER ONE!" he wrote. "#GRATEFUL DEBUTS #1 ... THIS WIN IS FOR MY SON ! @asahdkhaled !! I will give my thank you speech on Monday !! Let's celebrate MORE WINS!! GOD IS THE GREATEST!!! FAN LUV ! WE DID IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

Along with this celebratory note, Khaled shared a video of himself, dressed in all white, dancing to Rihanna and Bryson Tiller's "Wild Thoughts" off Grateful.

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Elsewhere on the Billboard 200, K-Dot's DAMN. continues its prominence. The album, which was originally titled What Happens on Earth Stays on Earth, is still charting high at No. 3 with 59,000 units. Kung Fu Kenny is followed by Prince and the Revolution's Purple Rain (past and present versions), which moved 52,000 units for the week.





Rvssian rolls in brand new Rolls Royce

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Jamaican producer Tarik 'Rvssian' Johnston has shelled out US$360,000 on a Rolls-Royce Wraith.

"Range Rover was the first big purchase, but this is another level. Exotic foreign. I chose the Wraith because it's comfortable and exotic ... and I like the stars on the roof," Rvssian is quoted in an interview with THE STAR.

Known for his work with Vybz Kartel, Rvssian recently received his second platinum record for his production work on American rapper Kevin Gates' solo debut album called 'Islah' released in January 2016.

"[It] feels good to know I have been successful and accepted in multiple genres. I take it as a great accomplishment as a Jamaican, and also as a music producer because it is out of my box as far as the genre is concerned," Rvssian said.

'Islah' debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 album chart, contains 15 tracks, including charting singles 'Really Really' and '2 Phones'.

The album peaked at number two on the R & B Hip Hop album chart, and reached number one on the Rap Album chart.





Samory I's Black Gold released on CD and vinyl

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samoryi-blackgold.jpgBlack Gold, the highly anticipated debut album from Jamaican roots reggae artiste Samory I, will be released July14 on vinyl and CD, on all major digital platforms.

RoryStoneLove of Black Dub Music, has released three singles from the album, "Take Me Oh Jah," "African Daughter" and "Rasta Nuh Gangsta" with supporting videos for the last two singles. "Rasta Nuh Gangsta, has been getting an overwhelming response having thus far received over 650 K views and counting on You Tube.

Djs, radio disc jocks and fans worldwide are requesting more of this vibrant and refreshing sounding singer. In every track, he expresses experiences that reflect Black Dub's mission, which is aimed at awakening the black consciousness of the youths world wide. The sweet melodies expressed in this rebel music which celebrates the black experience. Samory I projects an authentic feel in his attempt to unite his culture and youths throughout the world in live roots, reggae, and dub. Samory I explains, "Black Gold is the description of the black race."

He began singing in his own community, Kencot Seventh Day Adventist Church as a child and continued performing at several other events to the delight of his audiences.. His first major show was the Digicel's Bob Marley Tribute at Emancipation Park, February 2014, he also performed at the Dennis Brown Tribute on the Waterfront. He has performed across Jamaica and recently expanded internationally, performing in Europe in summer 2016 at events such as Reeds Festival in Switzerland, Reggae Jam in Germany, and Reggae Geel in Belgium. Noted among his collaborations, is working with International Reggae bands such as Naja Vibes.





Kenny Bling makes his mark with Mi Chargie

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kenny-bling-photo-1.jpgDancehall artiste Kenniel Brown, aka Kenny Bling, has vowed to make his mark in 2017 and with the summer upon us, the singjay looks set to make that promise a reality. His Afar Music Group-produced single, Mi Chargie, is proving to be the perfect remedy for Dancehall hungry fans. On the infectious Level Up riddim, Mi Chargie can best be described as "a reality tune that couldn't be any more real". It tells the true-to-life experience of the singer/songwriter, Kenny Bling, and its themes of friendship and loyalty are two which many can closely identify with, and have not hesitated to embrace.

"I am singing about my own life... the friends around me and how we live. Genio, one of the names mentioned in the song is a real person. He is a loyal friend from a long time," explained Kenny Bling, who credits his father, veteran dancehall deejay Oneil "Scully" Brown, with instilling in him the passion for music. Kenny added that with the loads of positive feedback that he has been receiving, Mi Chargie "looks like the one".

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The single has been enjoying high level rotation in places as far away as Russia, a few countries in Europe, nearer home in the US and, of course right here "a yard". Among the radio stations in Jamaica that have been showing love for Mi Chargie are Zip, Irie FM, Hitz and Suncity, and Kenny Bling is more than pleased. Interestingly, the streets have also stepped in and taken the song to another level with big name selectors including Boom Boom giving Mi Chargie the seal of approval with massive airplay in the dance.

Hard on the heels of the label releasing Kenny Bling's first single for them, Afar Music Group (AFM) in recognition of Kenny's immense talent and potential, has signed the artiste to a recording contract.





yanique-and-kymani.jpgPopular host and media personality turned artiste, Yanique 'Curvy Diva' Barrett, is adding another hot track to her growing catalogue of recording material, this time she has teamed up with known international reggae recording artiste Ky-mani Marley.

The new single 'Turn Your Lights Down Low' is a slow seductive neo reggae track coined after Bob Marley's single of the same name. Kimani himself decided to use his father's song as inspiration and also showed interest in working with The Curvy Diva on the single after listening to the riddim from TJ Records.

"Ky-mani and I have done work before including a collaboration with Vybz kartel called 'Cool and Deadly', we also have a few more soon to be released singles. When he heard this particular riddim though, he wrote and titled the single and also requested Yanique as the female on the track, so I reached out to her to make it happen," Linton 'TJ' White of TJ Records explained

The Curvy Diva was also extremely excited to have garnered a Grammy nominated international voice as her very first collaboration as a recording artiste.

"Working with Ky-mani was awesome, I'm glad I was given the opportunity to do a collaboration with the son of a legend to really deliver such a hot song. I'm happy about it," Curvy Diva noted

The Curvy Diva transitioned from Host and TV Personality earlier this year when she recorded 'Lifestyle' for popular label 'Good Good Production' on the Money Mix riddim, since then she has had increased interest from artistes and producers to do additional projects.

"I'm interested in doing music from the heart so my team and I are very strategic in the choices we make for follow up singles. Good quality music is what is important to me and working with Ky- mani Marley and TJ Records with 'Turn Your Lights Down Low' was a good production and I know this good music will get where it needs to go," The Curvy Diva added

The single 'Turn Your Lights Down Low' premiered earlier this week and will be followed up with a music video during the summer. The track will be available for purchase on digital platforms later this month and is distributed by Zojak Worldwide.





(In a recent letter to Dear Pastor, this is what a young man had to say.)

I am 25 years old and I got married in January to a woman in her 40s. It was not an official marriage. We did it because both of us attend a church and the rule is, we must get married before we can sleep together. I do not have children, but my wife has three.

Now that we have got married to fulfil the requirement of our religion, we would like to get married the legal way.

But, pastor, I have found faults in this woman and I don't want to go through with the legal marriage. Another thing, this woman doesn't want to go out and work.

She wants me to take care of her and the children. I told her they are not my children and she said they are mine because we are married.

When I told my mother I was going to get married, she told me I was crazy. Now I cannot tell my mother what I am going through.

She doesn't bathe every day and she wants me to sleep with her. She says if I love her, I must accept her as she is and don't complain.

Her children are respectful. I don't have any problem with them, I am having problem with her. I want my wife to be clean and smell good.





crime-scene-tape.jpgA man was chased and shot dead at a plaza along Washington Boulevard in St Andrew on Thursday.

Reports are that at about 3:30 pm, a vendor, was standing inside the plaza, located at the intersection of Washington Boulevard and Patrick Drive, when he was attacked by unknown assailants.

The vendor in a bid to escape tried to run but was chased and then gunned down.

The men who carried out the attack then escaped from the area.

Sounds of the explosions sent members of the public doing business in the area scampering for cover.

One person is disputing the story that the man was chased, claimimg that: "The man wasn't chase a same place him sell him dead."





The controversy over Kathy Griffin's gory photo showing the fake, severed head of President Donald Trump will apparently never end. More than a month after the photo was released, the comedian is reportedly still under investigation.

Griffin "has been interviewed by the Secret Service, in-person, for over an hour," political journalist Yashar Ali reported in a tweet posted Monday. He added that the investigation is "still not closed."

HuffPost says that they reached out to Griffin's team for confirmation but did not immediately receive a response.

As Vulture notes, Griffin's lawyers confirmed in early June that the comedian was under investigation for the photo. The comedian also referenced a federal investigation herself in a recent tweet.

Kathy Griffin ✔ @kathygriffin

Hey, (I don't give a F anymore) 🖕🏻but @TMZ & Harvey Levin may u NEVER b under fed investigation like I am now. https://thinkprogress.org/tmz-quietly-became-americas-most-potent-pro-trump-media-outlet-bf703c24a68e ...

2:06 PM - 27 Jun 2017

After releasing the photo, Griffin faced an enormous amount of backlash from both sides of the aisle. She lost various jobs, including her New Year's Eve hosting gig with CNN, and also received death threats.


The comedian quickly apologized. Yet in a June 2 press conference held to explain her actions, she accused the Trump family of trying to ruin her life, calling the president a bully and stating that she would not back away from her criticism.


"You know what, I'm going to make fun of him more now," she said at the time.

For proof Griffin is following through on that promise, just look at her Twitter feed.

Kathy Griffin ✔ @kathygriffin

POTUS likes to punch down. Whether it's anchors, US Attorneys, or standup comics. Meanwhile, millions are about to lose health insurance.

3:03 PM - 29 Jun 2017





injured-olympian-photo-1.jpg(This story is from the AP Sports Writer PAT GRAHAM and it is guaranteed to make you feel good. Photos: Jae C Hong)

ON good days, American high jumper Jamie Nieto can shuffle 130 steps without a cane or walker. It's an important distance -- about the length from the altar to the church door. His vow: Make it all the way, under his own power, when he's married on July 22.

The two-time Olympian is recovering from a spinal cord injury he suffered on a misjudged backflip in April 2016. The accident initially left him with no feeling in his hands and feet. Walking? Doctors couldn't predict if he would take more than a few steps -- or any at all.

"People keep saying my recovery is really fast," said the 40-year-old Nieto, who lives in Los Angeles. "I feel like it's not fast enough. I want to be better tomorrow. I'm built for speed, not for going slow. But I'm working on being the best walker I can be."

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Nieto proposed to Jamaican hurdler Shevon Stoddart while in a wheelchair, six months after 'The Backflip'. It used to be his signature move after big events.

On April 23, 2016, the manoeuvre went seriously wrong for the high jumper who once cleared seven feet, eight inches to finish fourth at the 2004 Olympics. He was coaching some jumpers when he showed them his backflip expertise. His first attempt was a little off, and he asked for another try. This time, he pushed off with one foot on the artificial turf and it slipped, forcing him straight back instead of into a somersault. The full weight of his body crashed on his neck.

"I couldn't really feel anything. I was stuck there. I was like, 'Oh shoot, I hurt myself pretty bad,'" recalled Nieto. "I had the athletes call 911."

He was flown to a nearby hospital in Los Angeles and had surgery to fuse a disc in his neck. When he awoke, he could only shrug his shoulders and flex his quadriceps muscles. His hands and feet?

"Nothing," Nieto said. "But I knew I was going to make a full recovery. There was never a doubt."

The high jumper who finished sixth at the 2012 London Games spent 12 days in intensive care, two months at an inpatient rehab facility and finally returned home around this time a year ago.

At first, routine tasks were a struggle: Rolling up to get out of bed, brushing his teeth, getting dressed.

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He didn't have insurance, either. So his friends launched a campaign that's raised more than $80,000.

Just like his days on the track, Nieto is driven as he goes through grinding workouts five days per week. He documents his progress on social media, with one of his posts -- lifting weights and pushing a sled -- being viewed more than 4,000 times.

"Physically, I wasn't the most talented athlete, but I worked really hard," said Nieto, who once demonstrated his leaping ability by high jumping a car. "I had the mental capacity to fight to the end. At that level, it's what separates good athletes from great athletes.

"I'm still trying to push those boundaries and limits."

He met Stoddart around 2010 -- a story he enjoys telling. They both showed up to audition for a TV commercial "to sell TVs," Nieto said. "I just said, 'Hi.'"

She got the part.

"Guess I should've focused on more than saying, 'Hi,'" he laughed.

Soon after, they became Facebook friends, and one day he dropped Stoddart a note that they should have dinner after a track meet.

She agreed. An instant connection between the high jumper and the 400-meter hurdler formed.

"We were talking about getting married before the accident, and when I had the accident it was clear to me, 'What are we waiting on?' You never know -- you could be gone tomorrow," Nieto said. "I asked her if she was ready to get married now or wait until I got better."Wait, she said.

She's been there for him throughout his recovery, feeding him in the hospital when he couldn't lift his arms, helping him get dressed when his fingers struggled with buttons and transferring him from his wheelchair to the bed when he struggled."As I get better and getter, she has to do less and less," Nieto said. "She's done so much for me."

In mid-October, they went to a jewelry store to pick up the ring they'd selected. He proposed to her on the spot and in his wheelchair. He promised he would be ready to walk down the aisle by the wedding date. A few months ago, that didn't seem likely without assistance. He could only take six shaky steps on his own.

Soon, it was 23 steps. Then 53, 80 and now 130 for their wedding at a church in San Diego.

Stoddart's response? Go for 200.

"I keep pushing him forward," said Stoddart, who was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and moved to Uniondale, New York, as a kid. "After he (walks down the aisle), I'm going to be like, 'OK, now jog. Now run.' I continue to push him so he can be the best he can be."

Before his injury, Nieto wrote screenplays and appeared in movies, such as the film "Baseball's Last Hero : 21 Clemente Stories" in which he played Pittsburgh Pirates great Roberto Clemente. He continues that work, finishing a script for an episode of the TV show "Family Time" and making a cameo in a soap opera, where he plays the role of a doctor.

Nieto also is 10 chapters into a book about his recovery that he hopes to turn into a film. He already has the leading actor picked out -- himself.

"I don't see why not? I plan to be 100 percent again," Nieto said. "I don't think there will be any dry eyes in the theater."





rihanna-in-buju-banton-t-shirt.jpgFans of jailed deejay, Buju Banton, can soon start ordering his signature T-shirts, as his apparel line, called Everything BB is set to be released on Buju's 44th birthday on July 15.

Information of Buju's official Instagram page is that the Buju Banton gear will be available on his website, EverythingBB.Net. Some of the T-shirts will have Buju Banton's image while others will feature his song lyrics such as 'Over Hills and Valley.'

Interestingly, recently pop princess, Rihanna, was seen rocking a T-shirt with the Gargamel's image. However, it is not know whether or not, that particluar shirt was from Buju's line.

Buju Banton who was convicted of cocaine distribution and conspiracy charges in February 2011, is scheduled for release on December 08, 2018.





barbara-pamputtae.jpgPam, it doan look good fi people a drag u all over social media bout this microwave that peole send fi Barbara and u tek it. If u have hte microwave, please hand it over to Barbara.A she it come fa. Keep up u standard, Pamputtae.





shebada-photo-1.jpgSo the story is that Pamputtae got a microwave to give to social media sensation, Barbara di Barbee and didn't give it to her. Barbara, the social media comedian who jus get her good good buss out, took to Instagram to announce that she is no longer parring with Pamputtae. All because of the microwave issue. Now, some persons labelled Barbara ungrateful because they said that it was Pam who brought her to national attention an so she shoul be forever grateful. Of course, big foot Foota had a LOT to say, even calling Barbara's new manager a battyman.

Well, Shebada took him on. The case of the stolen microwave is the poem Shibby wrote. He wanted to know why Pamputtae felt the microwave was too good for Barbara an why straight man like Foota think say dem is batty inspector. "When straight man turn battyman cheerleader?" Shebada asks Foota Hype.





alkaline-photo-13.jpgAlkaline's After All video continues to take the spotlight, with reports that he was questioned Tuesday morning by the police. Both Alkaline and his manager were questioned by investigators at the Criminal Investigation Branch over the video which shows men in police uniform carrying M16 rifles and handguns.

A woman wearing a police uniform is also seen in the video.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Ealan Powell, disclosed that statements have been collected from the civilians in the video and that he also had a telephone discussion with the producer of the video, who is to give a written statement.

In terms of the internal investigation, the police officers who have been identified in the video have provided written statements.





Tommy Lee declares WAR on Alkaline

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tommy-lee-photo-10-full-color.jpgTommy Lee Sparta is eager for an all-our war with high-riding Vendetta deejay, Alkaline. Of course, this battle will be confined to lyrics rather than a physical confrontation and the battlefield will be none other than the Reggae Sumfest stage.

Well, Montego Bay, the home of Reggae Sumfest, is also Tommy Lee's place and it will be hard for Alkaline to get support from Mo Bay fans over their homeboy Tommy Lee. The controversial deejauy took to Instagram on Monday hinting at an all-out war if Alkaline takes jabs at him during his highly anticipated set.

"I jus love killing this coward @manhimselff [Alkaline's Instagram handle] u see that ? Push up u head at sumfest an see #waterworld last night 5,000 people #MANTUFFF," the 'Uncle Demon' deejay wrote.

Alkaline is billed to headline Dancehall night at Reggae Sumfest on July 21 at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Centre in Montego Bay.

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destra-sued.jpgAccording to online reports, soca artiste Destra Garcia has been ordered to pay just over US$8,000 after a court in Belize found that she personally injured a man -- Fernando Oliva -- while gyrating on him at a concert in September 2015.

Oliva filed a civil claim against Destra, claiming that she jumped on him, and ruptured his bladder as she performed at 'The Carnival Overload' concert.
Oliva claimed he was called on stage to dance with Destra. Following the dance, a video showed him lying ground.

The court was told that Destra then said, "If you's bad boy, I will treat you bad! Treat him bad?"

The crowd is said to have responded in the affirmative.

According to court documents, Destra jumped on top of him in a move closer to wrestling than soca.

The court said Oliva was rushed to the hospital for emergency medical care right after leaving the stage.

After recovering, he sued Destra for personal injury, and during a court appearance last week, the judge ruled that the soca artiste should pay Oliva.

Lawyers successfully argued that Destra was negligent in her actions, leading to injury to the man. Accoprding to Steve Perrera, attorney for Fernando Oliva: "She had asked him lay down on the ground to close his eyes and to put his hands behind his head and then thereafter suddenly Miss Garcia jumped in the air and landed on the client, thereby causing injury to him and as a result after the event, he had to seek medical attention at the hospital."

"Our claim is a situation of negligence. We are saying that the musician was negligent in her actions and her actions thereby caused injury to the individual."

Daniel Ortiz, 7News
"How will you all enforce this against her and can she appeal?"

Steve Perrera, attorney for Fernando Oliva
"We received a default judgement against Miss Destra Garcia last week and we are now in talks with attorneys in Trinidad to enforce the judgement in that jurisdiction."

Reporter
"How much was the judgement for?"

Steve Perrera, attorney for Fernando Oliva
"The judgement was for approximately $16,000."

Whether he'll get that money is unclear because Destra can appeal the judgement in Belize. And then, there are also the logistics of trying to get enforcement over in her home country of Trinidad and Tobago.

Justice Courtney Able has ordered that Destra must pay Oliva a sum of $16,577 Belize. His attorney will now move to enforce the decision in Trinidad against the artist. Firstly, it is a default judgment, which means that she did not offer any defense. There may be a bit of uncertainty about whether or not she was actually served with the lawsuit in her home country. Perrera told us that he sought the assistance of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Trinidad and Tobago to actually serve her with the documents. As you can see, the Ministry employee says that she served her on May 4, 2017.

It is unclear if this is the end of this lawsuit, or if Destra and her attorneys will seek to fight it further.





Cop shot dead in Central Village

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crime-scene-gun.jpgThe police's Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) is reporting that 34-year-old Constable Hurburt Hyman, who was assigned to Mobile Reserve, was shot dead about 9:05 pm on Monday.

He was reportedly walking with a woman along Hamilton Drive in the Central Village community when gunmen approached and shot him. The woman, according to CCU, was grazed by a bullet and was treated at hospital.

However, Hyman died on the spot, CCU said.

This is the fourth police officer killed since the start of the year.





Policeman found dead at home

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The body 40-year-old Constable Kevin Thompson of Six East in Greater Portmore, who was stationed in St Thomas, was found at his Portmore home Monday night.

A female companion reports that he was complaining of chest pain when she last saw him alive on Saturday evening.

The woman said that she had gone to the policeman's home to check on him Sunday but did not get an answer when she knocked and she assumed that he had gone to work, so she left the premises.

However, she said when she went back yesterday evening and did not get a response when she knocked on the the front door, she went to the back of the house and saw flies on the window.

The police summoned, she said, who then forced the door open and found Thompson dead inside the house.His wife also rushed the scene. A colleagues who said he knew the deceased for more than 21 years, described Thompson as a "nice, nice person.





spice-2016.jpgWe have a bit of advice for Spice. She see how one man inn Belize sue soca artiste Destra after she jump pon him and him end up in hospital. the whole a di poor man bladder rupture after Destra jump pon hm. And a she did call him up pon stage fi gyrate pon him and demonstrate. And all when di man deh pon di grung, Destra still a jump pon di poor man. Well him lawyer dem sue and win the case.

So Spicey, tek sleep and mark death. Nuff said.

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shooter-female-doctor-killed.jpgDetails are emerging of the horrifiying assault on a New York City hospital ward that left one doctor dead at the hands of a disgruntled former employee, as well as multiple people injured.

Dr. Tracy Tam was gunned down Friday when a former employee of Bronx Lebanon hospital hid an AR-15 style rifle under a lab coat and stormed the 16th floor.

In a sick twist to this story of a sanctuary turned deadly, officials have revealed that Dr. Tam wasn't even supposed to be at work at the time of her murder.

The 32-year-old Queens native was covering another doctor's shift when she was killed, WCBS reports. A loved one addressed the senseless slaying in a GoFundMe created to help pay for Tam's funeral.

"She worked extra hours without incentive just to hold hands of patients that are about to pass or just to talk to them and listen to their needs," the page reads. "Tracy Tam was an exceptional, and an extremely compassionate physician. She touched lives of many."

Dr. Henry Bello has been identified as the physician who opened fire on what were potentially former colleagues and others in the department where he once worked before taking his own life. Of the six victims injured, one was a patient and the other five were either doctors or medical students.

The most critical victim was transferred to Mt. Sinai Medical Center for surgery. By Sunday morning, hospital officials told reporters they were happy with the conditions of several of the victims.

"Three have been downgraded to stable, and doing quite well. We are happy with their condition," the hospital official said. "One particular patient is still critical."

In the aftermath, a picture of Bello is being pieced together from former co-workers who recall his uneven temperament.

"There are many, many details that we're still putting together," said Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a Friday press conference. "This was a horrible situation unfolding in a place that people associated with care and comfort, a situation that came out of nowhere."

In fact, it had been two years since Bello was let go and authorities aren't yet sure why he only snapped now and whether or not he was on a mission to kill someone specific when he entered the 16th floor.

What authorities do know is that Bello had a bizarre criminal history and, according to some who knew him, a difficult personality.

"We fired him because he was kind of crazy," Dr. Maureen Kwankam told the Daily News. "He promised to come back and kill us then."

More specifically, Bello was reportedly forced out amid sexual harassment allegations.

According to the AP, Bello also had a history of other, unrelated, aggressive behavior. IN 2004, he pleaded guilty to unlawful imprisonment after a 23-year-old woman told police Bello picked up and carried her off, saying, "You're coming with me."

He was arrested again in 2009 on a charge of unlawful surveillance after two different women told police he tried to look up their skirts with a mirror.

Bello's unhinged behavior reached a crescendo Friday when, the dead and injured in his wake, cops say he may have doused himself in accelerant and attempted to set himself on fire before sprinklers put out the flames.

Bello then subsequenty shot himself and collapsed in a hospital hallway, where he died with the rifle at his side, officials said.

Bello's body was near that of the female victim, later identified as Tam, according to NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill.

Officials have not released the identity of other victims.





Action Fire is back with Questions

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action-fire.jpgFollowing a 17-year absence from the local scene, Deejay Action Fire has returned with the single Question on his longtime label, Musically Inclined Records.

"The song is about knowing yourself. Almost everyone will have the experience of just sitting down and asking yourself one or even a thousand questions," he said.

In explaining his absence, the God Alone deejay stated: "I migrated to the United Kingdom, so I have been working with a lot of producers there. I have not travelled much back and forth so I didn't get a chance to promote a lot of the songs in Jamaica. However, I still reside overseas; I will be promoting a lot now locally with Question being one of the first singles."

Action Fire, given name Fitzgerald McKoy, was born in the parish of St Mary. His career started out in the early 1990s on community sound systems and jukeboxes. He began recording under the moniker Major Fire and released God is Good and Ride Me Mind for producer King Jammy's .He later changed his name to Action Fire and in 1994 he got his first major hit when he went to Record Factory to make a dublplate.

"I met the operators of a Japanese sound system who wanted me to do a dub plate with Merciless and Little Hero, and it was there that the God Alone collaboration came about," he said.

Action Fire said the song was later recorded at Mixing Lab Studios in Kingston and from there it went on to become a dancehall/reggae hit. The single's success, he said, took them on tours of sections of the United States, Canada, Caribbean, and Europe. He later released other songs like Tan So bad, Compliments, Found Gold and Love and Harmony. However, in 2000 Action Fire went under the radar as it relates to the local entertainment scene, but said he never took a break from recording.





peter-tosh-photo-3.jpgPeter Tosh's son Jawara McIntosh aka Tosh1 is reportedly still in a coma following a February 21 attack while in prison in New Jersey, USA. Last week, the prison released information claiming that Jawara was attacked and seriously injured by a 40-year-old man who has since been charged with aggravated assault.

However, the Tosh family wants a full investigation into the matter.Tosh1 was left with traumatic brain injuries and in a coma. He is currently hospitalized in Boston and remains unresponsive.

Tosh1 was two months into serving a six-month sentence at the time of the attack. He was arrested in June 2013 after police said they found more than 65 pounds of marijuana in the trunk of his car.





Matterhorn is the REAL baby-father

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tony-matterhorn-dna-test-on-his.jpgSelector Tony Matterhorn came under fire last week when chatty-chatty mouth, father-of-all-mix-up selector Foota Hype bawl out that DNA results showed that Matterhorn's baby daughter was in fact a jacket. In other words, Maggie was minding a child that wan't his.

Matterhorn, however, did the unexpected and turned the tables on Foota and ALL the haters. Matterhorn says that jacket or no jacket, he is still supporting the little girl because he is the only person she knows as 'Daddy'. "All a who a talk bout Matterhorn get jacket, unu go sort out unu life and do DNA pan unu self cuz a nuff a unu mother give unu to the wrong ..father"

Real respect to Matterhorn, the real big man and the real father.





An American pilot was arrested and charged Sunday morning for attempting to take ammunition onboard a flight at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston.

Fifty four-year-old Michael Gorham, of Georgia, was charged with illegal possession of ammunition and unlawful attempt to take ammunition onboard an aircraft.

The police's Corporate Communication Unit (CCU) says one 9mm Lugar round of ammunition was found in Gorham's luggage during security checks about 8:45 a.m. at the airport.

He is scheduled to appear before the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on Friday, July 14.





Amendments coming to Rent Restriction Act

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Reports are that acting director of the Rent Assessment Board, Leyton Baker, says proposed amendments to the Rent Restriction Act, have moved to another stage.

The Rent Restriction Act was last amended in 1983, but since then rental arrangements and legal problems have multiplied significantly. Some of the noted ones include the security deposit, and the ability to recover possession for non payment of rent. In 2011, the government announced that a review would be done to address several controversial issues.

Meanwhile, the Rent Assessment Board is seeking to defend itself against criticism that it is unable to properly handle complaints being made by both landlords and tenants. Baker states that the agency is successful in mediating various types of disputes.

"Anything dealing with harassment , we always try to make contact with the other party. Sometimes the issues are settled on the phone. Also - the tenant and the landlord don't have to go to court to sue, they can come to the board. We sue for arrears of rent, excess rent, recovery of deposits (but for) recovery of possessions - they have to go to court to deal with that," he said.





9-y-o-girl-killed.jpgA 14-year-old boy used a gun belonging to a licensed firearm holder to kill a nine-year-old girl in St James yesterday. Reports are that the child, Kala Bailey, and her brother were playing with the 14-year-old inside the family's home in the community of Hendon-Norwood in Montego Bay.

The police said that shortly after 3:00 pm, on Friday, Kela and two other children, aged six and three, were in a downstairs room along with the 14-year-old when a gunshot was heard. Unaware of what was happening adults rushed downstairs where they said they saw the teen running away with a gun in his hand.

They then discovered the blood-drenched body of the Glendevon Primary and Junior High School student with what happened to be a gunshot wound to the chest.

She was rushed to the Cornwall Regional Hospital where she died while undergoing treatment.

According to other sources say the teen brandished a firearm and asked Kala's brother if he would tell anyone if he shot her. Before the boy could answer, the 14-year-old fired one shot in Kela's chest at close range.

The alleged teenaged killer fled the scene with the gun in his hand. However, he was handed over to the police shortly after the incident and remains in custody.

Commanding officer for the Police Area One, Assistant Commissioner Warren Clarke says preliminary investigations have revealed that the firearm is owned by someone who resides at the house where the killing occurred.





The former live-in helper for Dr Peter Vogel along with her boyfriend have been found guilty of the 2007 murder of the university lecturer. Yanika Scott and Kelvin Downer, showed no emotion after the unanimous verdict was announced in the Home Circuit Court in downtown Kingston a short time ago.

The jury of four men and three women deliberated for nearly two and a half hours.

Scott, 31, and Downer, 29, are to be sentenced on July 28.

The body of the Swiss citizen who lectured at the University of the West Indies was found in the study room at his home in College Commons, St Andrew on July 19, 2007

Police investigators testified that his hands were tied behind his back, his feet were bound at the ankle and there was a piece of cloth tied around his mouth.

Forensic pathologist Dr S N Prasad Kadiyala gave evidence that he was strangled.

According to prosecutors Maxine Jackson and Kelly-Ann Francis, Vogel's death came four months after Scott was hired to care for Vogel's family.





killer-wife-and-husband.jpgThe woman who was convicted in the United States for hiring a hitman to kill her Jamaican husband has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, the NYDaily News has reported. The contracted killer has received a similar sentence.

Alishia Noel-Murray, 29, and Kirk Portious, 27, were sentenced today in the Brooklyn Supreme Court, in the state of New York. They were convicted during separate trials earlier this year. Prosecutor say Noel-Murray wanted to cash in on a US$900,000 insurance payout from three policies for the deceased, Omar Murray. Noel-Murray said nothing and, at times, rolled her eyes as relatives of the Jamaican immigrant spoke during her sentencing hearing.

But family members appeared satisfied with the sentence.

"Alishia you can spend the next 900,000 years in prison, one for each dollar you thought you'd get for my son's life," the newspaper quoted Omar Murray's cousin, Nicole Barten as saying in a letter she read on behalf of his mother, Eunice Ashley Henry.





Why Tanya Stephens bash Portia so?

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tanya-stephens-photo-1.jpgA wha former prime minister Portia Simpson Miller do Tanya Stephens. Tanya write one piece sinting pon Facebook bout di honourable woman. It neva nice at all. "Hearing people lament Portia's departure is like seeing people congratulate my rapist for being a 'good man' ...she isn't a good person," Tanya Stephens said. According to Tanya Stephens, Portia is unqualified, embarrassing and awful, adding that she is happy to see her leave.

portia-simpson-miller-jis-official-photo.jpgLook here, that is a serious statement, especially coming from another woman. Tanya, tek back yuh chat. It doan sound good.

Mi glad how nuff people pon social media call out Tanya over the comment. Some people give it to her proper proper. Quite appropriately, politicians including Angela Brown Burke and Venesha Phillips have since responded to Tanya's post.





China issued new regulations on Friday around online video content, directing streaming platforms to eliminate a range of programs in yet another tightening of controls on the Chinese Internet.

Among the films, dramas and cartoons targeted by the China Netcasting Services Assocation's (CNSA) rules are those "demonstrating 'abnormal' sexual relations or acts, such as... homosexuality."

Online video platforms must hire at least three "professional censors" to watch every program from beginning to end and remove those that do not adhere to "correct political and aesthetic standards," the regulations said.

Providers are called upon to produce programs that "center on the people and promote socialist values and Chinese culture."

The new rules come just one week after China ordered a halt to video streaming on three major websites.

According to China's media oversight body, the platforms -- including the massively popular Sina Weibo microblogging platform, iFeng.com and ACFUN -- did not possess the permits required for providing their audio-visual streams.

Authorities were directed to shut down offending audio-visual services "so as to create a cleaner cyberspace," China's State Administration of Press.





Shooter at Bronx hospital shot dead

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A gunman who opened fire inside a hospital in the Bronx borough of New York has reportedly been shot dead by the police.

The man, said to be dressed as a doctor, began shooting at the 972-bed Bronx-Lebanon Hospital, reports say.

At least three people are believed to have been shot.

Messages on social media spoke of doctors and nurses barricading themselves inside the building.

The New York Times quoted a fire department official as saying that three doctors had been shot. Their condition is not known.

Some reports say the gunman may have been a former employee but this has not been confirmed.

The 120-year-old hospital is in the Morris Heights district of the Bronx.





Gunman shoots several at Bronx hospital

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA gunman, who was dressed as a doctor, shot several people inside a hospital in the Bronx borough of New York on Friday, police said, amid reports that three doctors were hurt in the incident.

"We are actively looking for the shooter," a New York police spokesman said, adding: "It is a very active scene, we have not determined who the shooter is at this time."

"Multiple people were shot" in the incident at the Bronx-Lebanon Hospital, located north of Manhattan, the spokesman said.





jolly-boys-ft-albert-minott.jpgAlbert Minott, the lead singer of the Jolly Boys mento band has died.

Minott died while sitting on his veranda in Port Antonio, Portland. He was 78 years old.

Minott reportedly suffered from respiratory problems for an extended period.

He was however still active, having recorded a new Jolly Boys' album and was getting ready to release the single 'Day O.'

The Jolly Boys are a mento band from Port Antonio, Jamaica. It was formed in 1945 and had great commercial success in the late 1980s and 1990s among reggae and world music fans. They released a new album in 2010 (Great Expectation) and are currently the house band at GeeJam, a hotel in Port Antonio.





jay-and-bey.jpgBeyoncé and JAY-Z's twins are reportedly named Rumi and Sir, according to TMZ.

The names were revealed after the couple's company filed a trademark to secure the rights for the two names on Friday, gossip site TMZ reported.

It is unclear where the music icons found their inspiration for the names, but Rumi is a well-known 13th century poet and Sir is often used as a polite way to address a man. Beyoncé reportedly gave birth to the pair two weeks ago at UCLA Medical Center and the three spent more than a week at the hospital for an undisclosed medical concern.

The Grammy-winning songstress has yet to publicly share any images of the children. While neither Beyoncé or JAY-Z, 47, have commented on their son and daughter's arrival, multiple sources confirmed to the Daily News that Bey gave birth.

The Queen B and her new babies returned home recently to their Malibu rental pad, which is running the hip hop stars a whopping $400,000 per month. he 35-year-old announced her pregnancy in February with a glamorous photo shoot on Instagram where she cradled her already growing bump. Just two weeks later, she took the stage for a peformance during the Grammy awards.

The new boy and girl join sister Blue, 5. Beyoncé and JAY-Z married in 2008 after five years of dating.





Digicel apologises to customers

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digicel-photo-1.jpgTelecoms giant Digicel was slapped on the wrist by the OUR when they went ahead and charged their customers new fees with out properly informing them. Now, Digicel is offering an apology.

The company is circulating text messages to customers, apologising for their decision to, without notice, charge a prepaid maintenance fee to those whose monthly spend falls below $50.

"We're sorry we didn't tell you before charging a maintenance fee. You've been rebated JMD15. Plus, enjoy JMD16 in FREE talk time on us," a text message from Digicel to a prepaid cell phone said today.

The move comes subsequent to a release from the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR), which stated that they had requested an explanation from Digicel regarding the fee, and were awaiting a response by June 30 (today).

Digicel's new fee took effect on Thursday, June 22.

The OUR requested that Digicel shows evidence that it had provided customers with sufficient advance notice; the exact amount to be charged; and the basis of such a charge.





Have you seen this missing 13-y-o girl?

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missing-girl-afeliah-battiste .jpgAn Ananda Alert has been activated for 13-year-old Afeliah Battiste of Gordon Town Road, Kingston 6 who has been reported missing since Wednesday.

She is said to be of dark complexion, slim build and is about 145 centimetres (4 feet 9 inches) tall.
According to the Papine police, Afeliah was last seen in Papine Square in St Andrew about 9:20 am, wearing a pink blouse, blue jeans and a pair of black-and-white Nike Air sneakers.

All efforts to contact her have proven futile.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Afeliah Battiste is being asked to contact the Papine police at 927-2047, police 119 emergency number or the nearest police station.





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USA, Jamaica - With the recent release of his single "Beautiful", recording artist Konshens recently defied stereotypical male view points by addressing the issue of conventional standard of beauty that plague women of all ages, races and creeds.

From magazines to videos, to the increasing "Social media models" that constantly set an unrealistic and mentally unhealthy beauty blue print, society profits from self doubts, and liking yourself is a rebellious act. Aware that himself as an artist plays a part on the equation by the beautiful ladies displayed in his videos, Konshens awareness as a devoted father to 2 young impressionable children, and to his fans takes heed of the weight of his words, and for this, the reggae and dancehall star put pen to paper to deliver inspirational words.

A 21st Hapilos Production, "Beautiful" is a reminder that beauty is indeed in the eye of the beholder and starts from the inside. ''Not because you're not an IG model, and your snaps dem not on fleek, nuh make dem make you feel you small up and make it seem like you're incomplete, change what you want to change up, dress how you want and put on your make up, as long as a dat ya want, not just what everybody want girl...'

Contrary to some feedback from naysayers, the songs isn't against plastic surgery, or embellishments, weaves or makeup, on the contrary, the ode is for empowerment. Konshens recently explained "Beautiful is a song for every woman to be reminded beauty starts from the inside, not defined by the opinion of strangers or social media."

Distributed by 21st Hapilos Digital, "Beautiful" is available on all major digital outlets like iTunes.





cayman-house-speaker-arrested-florida.jpgSpeaker of the House in the Cayman Islands and former Premier, McKeeva Bush was arrested earlier this week in the United States. According to Broward County court records in the state of Florida, McKeeva Bush, 62, was arrested by the Seminole police late Monday.

The public records state that he was arrested on a misdemeanor office that occurred at a casino.

"William McKeeva Bush was arrested by Seminole Police on Monday at 11:02 p.m. (local time) at the Seminole Casino Coconut Creek and charged with simple battery or misdemeanor battery," said Gary Bitner, a spokesman for Seminole Police department in statement to the Cayman COmpass.

The police records indicate that Bush was offered bail with a cash bond of US$1,000.

The arrest followed an interview with and sworn statement by the female employee victim and a review of surveillance video.

According to the arresting officer, the surveillance video showed Bush allegedly wrapped his arm around the victim's lower back and forcefully pulled the victim towards his direction.

"According to the arresting officer, the victim alleged [Mr. Bush] grabbed her buttocks while pulling her with his right arm."

Bush's Florida attorney, Keith Seltzer says ,a court date has not been set as the House Speaker has not been formally charged. Bush was overwhelmingly re-elected in the May general election in the Cayman Islands.





O J Simpson granted parole

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o-j-simpson-parole.jpgFormer US football star and actor OJ Simpson has been granted parole after nine years in a Nevada prison.

The 70 year-old's first words were "Thank you!" bowing his head as the commissioners approved him for release.

Simpson, who was acquitted for a double murder in 1995, has been serving time for armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and 11 other charges.

He is set to go free in October after being convicted of a 2007 confrontation at a Las Vegas hotel.





usher-singer.jpgPop singer reportedly settled lawsuit for $1.1 million in 2012

Court documents state that Usher contracted the herpes virus in 2009 or 2010

California law states that knowingly giving someone an STD is illegal

One out of every six people ages 14 to 49 years have genital herpes in the US

Usher reportedly paid a former lover $1.1 million to settle a lawsuit after claiming she contracted herpes from the singer.

Court documents, first published by Radar Online, show that the 38-year-old 'U Got It Bad' singer, whose real name is Usher Raymond IV, was diagnosed with the incurable condition between 2009-2010,

An affidavit from the complainant states that the singer nonetheless engaged in unprotected intercourse without first disclosing the affliction.

According to California state law, where Usher resides, it is illegal to knowingly or recklessly transmit an sexually transmitted disease (STD).

The performer later denied being a carrier of the non-lethal condition, despite 'greenish discharge' from his penis, court documents say.

'Believing Raymond's statements that (the discharge) had been nothing and cleared up, (she) continued her relationship,' the legal docs stated.

The plaintiff was later diagnosed with herpes, complete with vaginal sores, fevers and chills, she alleged in papers.

Usher has yet to make a public statement on the matter.

Between 2011 and 2012, the Grammy award wining artist paid for medical bills on behalf of the plaintiff totaling $2,754.40, around the same time the 'Confessions' singer had his doctor inform the woman that he was indeed a carrier of the disease, court documents show.

Usher was first allegedly 'exposed to herpes' virus in 2009 or 2010, the legal documents show, around the time when finalized his divorce to Tameka Foster after she accused him of cheating.

Foster is not believed to have contracted the virus.





linkin-park-frontman-bennington.jpgLead singer of rock/rap band Linkin Park, Chester Bennington died aged 41 on Thursday.

The LA County Coroner said Bennington apparently hanged himself.

The 41-year-old was found dead in his home in Palos Verdes near Los Angeles shortly before 9am on Thursday.

Law enforcement officials say Bennington hanged himself in his bedroom and he was home alone at the time, according to TMZ. He was found upstairs by his housekeeper.

'Chester was one of the brightest and most talented people on this planet, and he lived life to the fullest,' a close friend told RadarOnline, adding that the Bennington suffered from demons.

Bennington's suicide came on the day of his late lifelong friend Chris Cornell's birthday. The Soundgarden rocker killed himself in May by hanging. Cornell would have turned 53.

'Chester and Chris were so close, and he was never the same after Chris's death,' the friend told Radar.

The friend of Bennington's also noted that Cornell's death deeply affected Bennington, who also struggled with 'addiction issues'.

'But everyone thought that he had it licked. He seemed to be at a good place in his life. It is just so tragic and there are no words,' the friend told Radar.

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Friends and family are in absolute 'shock' over the rock star's apparent suicide as it's revealed they believed he 'was in a good place in his life'. His bandmates were said to be blindsided by Chester's suicide with sources telling TMZ they had plans to attend a photo shoot in Hollywood later on Thursday.

One Linkin Park band member went to pick him up on Thursday morning but arrived to find police already at his home.

The singer had a history of drug and alcohol abuse. He was married and is survived by his six children from two relationships.

Chester had flown back to Los Angeles on Wednesday night. He had been spending time in Arizona with his wife Talinda, but she remained behind.

Chester, as well as Linkin Park guitarist Brad Delson, had performed Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah' for the crowd of mourners at Cornell's funeral, many of whom were moved to tears.

Linkin Park was on tour following the release of the band's latest album One More Light. They had a show at New York's Citi Field scheduled for next week with Blink 182.

They played together for the last time on July 7 in Birmingham, England. Formed in 1996, Linkin Park has sold more than 70 million albums worldwide and has two Grammy Awards.

The band had a string of hits including Faint, In The End and Crawling, and collaborated with rapper Jay-Z.





damian-marley-stony-hill.jpgAfter several postponed dates, Damian Marley's new solo album Stony Hill, will finally be released Friday, July 21.

On Friday, the youngest son of reggae icon, Bob Marley, will also celebrate his 39th birthday.

"Stony Hill" features 18 tracks including "Bitter Blood," Caution," "Everybody Wants To Be Somebody," "Nail Pon Cross," "Speak Life" and "The Struggle Discontinues."

The album will also feature a few collaborations.

"Medication" will feature Damian's older brother, Stephen Marley, while another song features a collaboration with the Bounty Killer's son, Major Myjah.

Meanwhile, in a recent Q&A with fans via a Facebook Live Session, Damian spoke about the inspiration behind the album.





Well-known Mo-Bay businessman executed

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mo-bay-businessman-executed.jpgThe Montego Bay business community was thrown into mourning yesterday afternoon when prominent 52-year-old businessman Winston Chue, of a Westgate Hill address, was murdered gangland-style on Miriam Way in the downtown section of the western city.

According to reports, at approximately 1:50 p.m., Chue alighted from his vehicle in front of his under-construction building, where he sold and repaired truck parts, when he was attacked from behind by an unknown assailant, who fired several shots at his head. The killer then took Chue's licensed firearm and fled.

"We were inside the building when we heard about five or six shots, and when we rushed out, we saw him on the ground with his head covered in blood," said an employee, who asked not to be identified. "Jah know! Dem deal with the boss wicked.

A police patrol, which responded to the gunfire, rushed Chue to the Cornwall Regional Hospital, but by then, he had already died.

Chue's death brings to six the number of persons killed in Montego Bay over the past 72 hours. Some 148 persons have been murdered in St James since the start of the year.





bermuda-premier-david-burt.jpgDavid Burt 38, is now Bermuda's youngest premier after his opposition Progressive Labour Party (PLP) stormed to victory over the ruling One Bermuda Alliance (OBA) in Tuesday's general election, winning two-thirds of the seats. Burt was sworn in yesterday.

The PLP won 24 of the 36 seats in the House of Assembly, the OBA taking the other 12 after losing seven seats on the night in a stunning reversal of a weekend opinion poll which gave the OBA a double-digit lead.

Turnout was 72.98 per cent with the PLP winning 58.89 per cent of the vote to the OBA's 40.61 per cent.

Just before 11:20 pm (Bermuda time), Burt, who has a Bermudian father and Jamaican mother, got word of his own win in Pembroke West Central over the OBA's Nick Kempe and shouted "Hallelujah!"

Burt, who increased his majority almost fourfold from 2012, when the PLP's previous 14-year reign ended in a 19-17 defeat to the OBA, embraced his wife Kristin, before declaring that he felt "fine" about the result.

Burt, a father of two, said of the overall result across the country: "I'm certainly happy for the results ...but, the fact of the matter is, this is about work. We cannot pretend that we can celebrate a victory today when there is still a huge challenge to Bermuda.Father of two Mr Burt said he was not daunted by the prospect of becoming Bermuda's youngest Premier, at the age of 38.

Mr Burt's sister, Winsome Burt-Smith, was less measured in her reaction. "My brother is Premier! Thank you Jesus!" she yelled. His young nephews Trae and Terique Smith said they predicted the result.

Terique, 13, said: "It was expected. He's always been a leader. He's a people person -- he's always out there. He gives to the people; he never holds back."

Trae, 17, added: "I think he's going to be a great Premier. He is always an honest person."

The OBA's biggest casualty was Bob Richards, the former finance minister and deputy premier, who lost by 513 votes to 419 in Devonshire East to union activist Christopher Famous, who is also a newspaper columnist.

Afterwards, Richards -- the son of Sir Edward Richards, a former United Bermuda Party (UBP) premier who was born in British Guiana (now Guyana) -- announced his retirement from politics.

Nandi Outerbridge, the former Minister of Social Development and Sport, was another high-profile OBA casualty during a night of high drama as she was soundly defeated in St George's West by Kim Swan, a former leader of the now defunct UBP, which ran the country for 30 years until losing to the PLP in 1998.

On a disastrous night for the OBA, defeated former premier Michael Dunkley acknowledged that his party had suffered some "crushing defeats" on a "tough day".





sumfest-beach-party-2017.jpgReggae Sumfest 25 got off to a sizzling start as the Beach Party at Tropical Bliss on Sunday, July 16 reached fever pitch. Dubbed 'The Adult Playground' the theme did not disappoint as patrons danced and vibed to the sounds of Coppershot's Marc Chin and Cutty, Chris Dymond, Team Shella and Montego Bay's Dexta Peppa and Jigga.

Patrons were not deterred by the rains as they turned the Tropical Bliss Beach venue into a dance floor and partied with the Sumfest Beach party hosts Yanique 'Curvy Diva' Barrett and Mz Lady Ice from Dexta Daps' infamous Owner video. The night went into overdrive as the ladies put on a show that had entertained shocked and lived up to the 'Adult Playground' theme.

The selections were on point from the DJs as they had the patrons collectively dancing to the electric slide, bringing them through various eras and genres with smooth transitions to frenzy for Aidonia's Yeah Yeah. The party continued into the evening with the sounds of Maria Maria were mixed into DJ Khalid's modern remake Wild Thoughts and expertly transitioned after a few mixes to Ding Dong's Fling as the DJs delivered well rounded sets. By the approach of, midnight party goers were found prancing around the water swings and the Red Stripe swim up bar fully immersed in the party atmosphere and enjoying the vibes.

Josef Bogdanovich, CEO of DownSound Entertainment was pleased with the execution of the first event to kick off Reggae Sumfest 25 and expects the momentum to carry over into the other events leading up to the highly anticipated live shows on Friday, July 21 and Saturday, July 22.

"I was excited about the Festival before but after tonight I am even more energized about it. We wanted to bring to patrons a world class production complemented by quality entertainment and I think we achieved that with the Beach Party. The best sight to me was when the rain came and nobody moved! Everyone stayed and partied and the DJs and hosts were amazing. Tonight is an indication that Reggae Sumfest 25 will be one of the best we have had," said Bogdanovich.

Reggae Sumfest continues today (Tuesday, July 18) with the All White party at Pier One, then the Sumfest Blitz Retro Block Party onWednesday, July 19 also at Pier One. The Heavyweight Soundclash will take over the same venue on Thursday night before Reggae Sumfest 25 culminates with two live shows on Friday, July 22 and Saturday, July 23 at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex, featuring the likes of Alkaline, Aidonia, Tory Lanez, Sean Paul, Mavado and Spice alongside a host of other top acts.

CAPTION: Sumfest Beach Party: Robert Russell (left) and Josef Bogdanovich of DownSound Entertainment,
producers of Reggae Sumfest were in good hands with Beach Bunny Alicia
during the Reggae Sumfest Beach Party on Sunday, July 16 at Tropical Bliss.





sumfest-beach-party-2017.jpgOn the heels of an electrifying start to Reggae Sumfest on Sunday July 16 at Tropical Bliss Beach and the Sumfest at Sunset Yacht Party on Monday July 17, patrons and organisers go white at Pier One tonight!

The annual event is an all white affair and promises a healthy serving of great music, scrumptious dishes and a diverse musical experience. The event is the third in a lineup of seven events over seven days in the tourist city, of Montego Bay.

The 25th staging of the Internationally acclaimed production continues under the theme

"Our Music, Our festival" on Wednesday July 18 at Pier One with the Blitz Block Party. Pier one plays host to the Heavyweight Clash on Thursday July 20 and the weeklong event culminates at Catherine Hall July 21 -22 for Night One and Two of the concert showcasing top Jamaican acts delivering the best of Reggae and Dancehall in an atmospher filled with authentic Jamaican cuisine and fashion.





Popcaan gets his US Visa

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popcaan-photo-3-larger.jpgThis is definitely good news for the Unruly/OVO camps. Dancehall artiste Popcaan, who is close friends with Canadian rapper Drake, has finally been given his US visa and work permit.

Website The Tropixs is reporteding that the Unruly deejay will be performing at the highly anticipated Red Bull Culture Clash on August 25, in Atlanta, Georgia.

Redbull Radio made the announcement on Tuesday when they uploaded a video introducing the lineup which features; EarDrummers featuring Mike WiLL Made-It, Enjoylife featuring Wondagurl, Unruly featuring Popcaan, and Disturbing London featuring Tinie Tempah.





Chris Gayle launches online dance contest

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chris-gayle-photo-5.jpgChris Gayle has launched a dance challenge competition with a cash prize of a whopping US$5,000.

The Jamaican cricketer made the announcement on Saturday when he uploaded a video busting out the moves.

"(CEO Chris Ever Okay) I'll give the winner USD 5000 who do the Chris Gayle Dance Challenge ," he wrote.

" the best . Ladies, the challenge goes for you too...There's the video so make sure you're spot on as I am lol."

"Have Fun I'll post the top 5 on my page and the viewers choose the winner. Remember to use the HASHTAG! Will announce the winner on the 24th ," he added. -





mariah-carey-nick-kids.jpgMariah Carey and Nick Cannon's six-year-old twins have written and recorded rap songs.

Moroccan and Monroe look set to follow in the footsteps of their musically famous parents -- who divorced in 2016 after eight years of marriage -- and they have wasted no time by already hitting the studio to work on some tracks.

The 36-year-old rapper said: "They've been in the studio. They got records. It's popping.

"They're singing, writing, rapping. It's amazing."

While Cannon is pleased see his kids' talent flourish, he's not entirely comfortable with them working at such an early age.

Speaking to "Entertainment Tonight," he added: "I'll be honest, I'm not a huge fan of putting children into the work force. But they love it, so they get into the studio."

While Carey, 47, recently said she doesn't find co-parenting with Cannon that tough because he is a "laugh," she admitted raising twins can be "hard work" at times.

She said: "Twins are definitely hard work. I'm very lucky to have people to help me because to handle two kids by yourself the same age is not easy."

Even though Moroccan and Monroe appear to have already started their own careers, Carey has admitted they aren't always very keen to let her to go to work.

She said: "They have to understand sometimes when I go to work, they're like, 'I don't want you to go to work! Stay home! Don't go to work!'

"And then I feel guilt-ridden, but it's all right. They get used to it, and then when we spend time together it's more special."





ishawna-hot-pic.jpgDancehall artiste Ishawna has been dropped by her management company, Donsome Booking Agency.In a statement released by Donsome Bookings CEO, Donsome Hanson, it was revealed that the company is no longer be representing the controversial singer, and that they would only be responsible for honouring bookings up to July 7, 2017.

News of the separation comes on the heels of Ishawna being lambasted for her rude, ignorant and disrespectful comment dissing Jamaican cultural icon Miss Lou and the national costume, the bandana, on social media.The female deejay posted on Instagram that "mi nuh dress inna tablecloth like Miss Lou".

Ishawna also confirmed news of the split earlier this week after she updated her Instagram bio to reflect her new booking information.

No official reason was given for the split, however it is widely felt that he negative backlash from the Miss Lou comment factored in it..

Ishawna parted ways with Downsound Records last summer, shortly before the staging of Reggae Sumfest 2016, for which she was booked but did not turn up to perform. Ishawa is not booked for the festival this year.





15-y-o Jamaican boy killed in Florida crash

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crime-scene-5.jpgA 15-year-old boy from Jamaica died in a traffic mishap in Florida, USA on Sunday night, with seven other persons being hositalised as a result of the incident.

Dead is Travis Bernard of Montego Bay, St James.

Reports were that the mishap took place on Highway 192 near the Osceola-Brevard county line.

Indications were that a 40-year-old woman of Royal Palm Beach, Florida was driving at about 11:50pm, when a tyre blew out on her Toyota SUV.

She lost control of the vehicle, which overturned.

Bernard was reportedly ejected from the vehicle, and pronounced dead where he landed at the scene of the crash.

Three adults suffered serious injuries, while the driver, another adult and two teenagers were treated at hospital for minor injuries.





Weather clears as Bermudans head to the polls

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Early-morning showers gave way to sunny skies as voters headed to the polls on Tuesday in a general election expected to produce another nail-biting finish between the ruling One Bermuda Alliance (OBA), which is seeking a second five-year term, and the opposition Progressive Labour Party (PLP), which previously led the country for 14 years.

The OBA prevailed by two seats - 19 to 17 - at the last election in December 2012 with outright victory only confirmed on the stroke of midnight. But it became a minority government after two of its former cabinet ministers resigned to become independents.

Both parties, each fielding a full slate of 36 candidates, are confident of success after 40 days of campaigning.

The OBA is led by Premier Michael Dunkley, 59, while Opposition Leader David Burt is 38. He has led the PLP since last November when Marc Bean resigned following a stroke earlier in the year.

Five independents - including Paula Cox, a former PLP premier who quit the party after being rejected by party bosses despite being backed by her Devonshire North West branch are also in the mix.

Only two of the PLP's 36 candidates are white while the OBA's line-up includes 13. Bermuda's 65,000 population is 55 per cent black and 35 per white (plus 10 per cent others).

The PLP is fielding eight women candidates, the OBA 12.

Polling stations opened at 8 a.m. (local time) as a weather system which dumped an inch and a quarter of rain on the island on Monday began moving away, and will close at 8 p.m.

There are 46,669 registered voters - an increase of nearly 3,000 from April 2016.

The OBA inherited a national debt of US$1.4 billion after taking office. It has since risen to $2.4 billion with the government having to fork out $500,000 a day to service the crippling debt.

In his party's final news conference before election day, Dunkley noted the OBA's record on tourism and improving the economy.

"We have made progress in restoring jobs, opportunity and hope, but we still have a ways to go," he said.

"Our mission is to extend the recovery and renewal into every household. Now Burt and his colleagues have been trying to convince you that the choice in this election is between them and us, but the real choice is actually much simpler and much more important. Will Bermuda move forward or back?"

The PLP reiterated its pledge that education remains its top priority.

According to Burt, students had been forgotten under the OBA, while frequent changes in Education Ministers had created inconsistencies and a lack of accountability.

"It is a baffling exercise to imagine what the One Bermuda Alliance had been thinking when they had been wilfully ignoring the needs of our children and our teachers," he said.





don-tropical-storm-watch-warning.jpgLIAT has announced the cancellation of several flights to the southern Caribbean as the airline continues to monitor Tropical Storm Don.

The Antigua-based carrier has cancelled flights to and from Barbados, Grenada, Trinidad, Guyana, St Vincent and the Grenadines, St Lucia and Guyana.

However, flight LI 309 from Antigua to St Lucia will operate as scheduled.

LIAT says flights to the northern islands in the Eastern Caribbean chain will not be affected.

The airline says passengers who have been affected will be allowed to rebook within the next two weeks with all change fees waived.

Meanwhile, in it's latest advisory issued at 11 o'clock this morning, the Miami based National Hurricane Centre says maximum sustained winds in the centre of Tropical Storm Don have decreased to near 40 miles per hour.

However, a tropical storm warning remains in effect for Grenada and St Vincent and the Grenadines while a tropical storm watch remains in effect for Barbados and Bonaire.





6 Western Union outlets closed

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western-union.jpgWestern Union's Agent in Jamaica, GraceKennedy Money Services (GKMS), has announced the closure of six of the remittance outlets across Jamaica as it seeks to combat fraud across its network.

The locations involved in the temporary closure include three in Montego Bay, St James; one in Falmouth, Trelawny; one in Brown's Town, St Ann; and one in Spanish Town, St Catherine.

GraceKennedy Money Services says it has decided to close these locations because of an unusually high number of suspected fraudulent transactions being reported at them.

It says these fraudulent transactions have occurred despite enhancement of its antifraud programmes and continued investment in technology.

GraceKennedy Money Services says the affected locations will be reopened if and when it is satisfied that adequate additional anti-fraud measures have been taken.





A Jamaican doctor who was in the Cayman Islands to fill a temporary post has died from injuries she received after being mowed down as she exited the Owen Roberts International Airport yesterday.

A report on the Cayman Compass website said the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service has confirmed that 62-year-old Dr Vary Jones-Leslie, died at 8:45 this morning at the Cayman Islands Hospital.

The driver of the taxi van which struck her, a 69-year-old Bodden Town man, was treated at hospital and released. Police did not immediately state whether anyone else was in the van at the time of the crash.

Jones-Leslie, who is an obstetrician-gynecologist, who worked at the Spanish Town Hospital until her retirement last year, was visiting Cayman to work a temporary fill-in post at the public hospital.

She was struck on Owen Roberts Drive across the street from the Andy's Rent-A-Car building around 10 o'clock yesterday morning. She was taken to the Cayman Islands Hospital in critical condition.

The woman was struck on Owen Roberts Drive across the street from the Andy's Rent-A-Car building around 10 a.m., police said. She was taken to the Cayman Islands Hospital in critical condition, medical personnel confirmed. Her family members flew in from Jamaica later on Monday to visit her at the hospital.

Social media photos of the woman lying injured in the road were circulated shortly after the crash. Police confirmed that the person pictured was the accident victim, but asked that the photos not be distributed.

The pictures also showed some bags and luggage strewn about the street and what appeared to be a luggage trolley lying in the street as well.

The police investigation following the crash blocked the main entrance into the busy airport for about four hours yesterday.

Social media photos of the doctor lying injured in the road were circulated shortly after the crash.

The pictures also showed some bags and luggage strewn about the street and what appeared to be a luggage trolley lying in the street.

Police confirmed that the person pictured was the accident victim, but asked that the photos not be distributed.





crime-scene-5.jpgThe Police High Command has launched a top-level investigation to determine why the police personnel who intercepted the suspected killers of Corporate Area businessman Richard Ramdial released them minutes after they were held.

Head of the Criminal Investigation Branch, Assistant Commissioner Ealan Powell says he has ordered the cops implicated in the matter to provide statements detailing the sequence of activities and their actions.

Ramdial, travelling in his dark blue Benz SUV was shot dead by two gunmen on Ruthven Road on Wednesday around 4:30 p.m.

The gunmen then reportedly boarded a white motor vehicle that headed south on Ruthven Road but was soon after intercepted on Balmoral Avenue by cops assigned to the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse.

Powell says the vehicle was stopped after the police control broadcast a radio transmission detailing the getaway car and its licence plate number.

So why then did the cops release the men and the vehicle?

However, he said, at the time, the cops were satisfied that the men were clear, having searched them and checked their hands for gun powder residue.





tommy-lee-photo-10-full-color.jpgTommy Lee, whose real name is Leroy Russell, is among four persons who were scheduled to go on trial in the Home Circuit Court today on charges related to the lottery scam.

However, the courtroom where the trial was scheduled to take place is being used for another trial.

The case is now set for October 13.





crime-scene-gun.jpgA St Andrew man accused of chopping and shooting a developer to death is yet to be charged in connection with the incident. The accused, whose name is being withheld, was arrested by the Constant Spring Police on Friday, July 7, in connection with the death of 46-year-old developer Andre Rickards, of Havendale in St Andrew, who was constructing a house next door to the accused in Stony Hill.

Reports are that the two men had a long-running disagreement over the placement of a wall and, on Friday, the dispute led to Rickards' death under unusual circumstances.

The accused reportedly invited Rickards over to his house and offered him fruits. But, it is reported that as soon as Rickards went over to the property, he was stabbed, disarmed of his licensed firearm and shot multiple times.

Rickards was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Police subsequently arrested the suspect, who is still being questioned over the incident.





court.jpgThe man who was detained in connection with the seizure of 170 pounds of cocaine at a house in Caribbean Estates, Portmore, St Catherine last week Friday, has been charged.

The police have released his name as Michael Abrahams, 36.

He was on Tuesday charged with breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act.

Abrahams is to appear in the St Catherine Parish Court on Thursday.

The huge cocaine find has an estimated value of more than $92 million.

The Narcotics police are continuing investigations into the find.





man-chopped-to-death.jpgA 21 year old woman was found stabbed to death at her house in Amity, Westmoreland on Tuesday.

She has been identified as Debby-Ann Morris.Her two month old daughter, who was also at the house, was unharmed.

Ms Morris' mother-in-law, said to be of unsound mind, has been taken into custody in connection with the incident. About 3 o'clock, the mother-in-law went to a woman's house in the community and told her that she had killed someone.The woman raised an alarm and the police were called.

The police went to the house of Miss Morris, where they found her body with stab wounds.





'Grab chain' robber shot by victim

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Just two days after businessman Richard Ramdial was shot on Ruthven Road in busy traffic, a robber was shot a short distance away after allegedly trying to steal a chain.

According to reports, the man, identified as a chain grabber, was shot on Carlton Crescent off Half Way Tree Road on Wednesday afternoon.

It is reported that he was shot by a licensed firearm holder whose chain he had stolen.

The area was cordoned off and there was a pile up of traffic as commuters headed home.





PM Holness, show us your cell phone bill

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andrew-holness-photo-5.jpgThe National Integrity Action (NIA) is urging Prime Minister Andrew Holness to open his cell phone bills to public scrutiny. Professor Trevor Munroe, Executive Director of the agency, said this is to ensure fairness and transparency.

Both the prime minister and national security minister have opted to use their private cell phones for government business.

In reaction to public outrage to the cell phone bill of Finance Minister Audley Shaw, the Mr. Holness on Tuesday directed that there be a cap on cellular phone expenses.

"Most of all, I would suggest that the prime minister, as head of the government, revisit and dust off Ministry Paper No. 19 of 2002, which sets out very clearly the code of conduct for ministers in Jamaica and ensure that the ministers re-familiarise themselves with the code of conduct, as well as (that) he enforces it without fear or favour when that code is being violated," he suggested.





richard-ramdial-photo-2.jpgSince news of the contract style murder of businessman, Richard Ramdial broke, colleagues and friends have taken to social media to issue tributes to the entrepreneur, who was involved in automobile and manufacturing, and had been exploring the production of by-products made from cannabis.

Former president of the Used Car Dealers' Association, Ian Lyn said he attended St George's College with Ramdial and remembered him as "humble and respectful".

"I'm in shock at the murder of Richard Ramdial in Jamaica, he was the coolest youth I knew at St Georges College even though he drove the most Mercedes Benz I have ever seen in high school," Lyn, who is now based overseas, wrote on Facebook.

"He always remained humble and respectful no matter what but nothing in life happens except by Allah (God) active or permissive will so we thank God for his life and pray for his family and friends RIP Ramdial!!!" Lyn added.

Ramdial's Facebook page was flooded by friends expressing sadness at his death.

"Too much violence... it happens every day ..when it happens to someone we know it really puts things into perspective," one friend said.

Another added, "Richard Ramdial, no!! Oh my God no!!"

There was also shock and anger over the brutal slaying.

"Still can not believe it. A hit in the middle of New Kingston," said a man in disbelief.

Another friend of Ramdial pleaded with the authorities to "catch these monsters!!"





richard-ramdial-photo-1.jpgThe driver of a Mercedes Benz sports utility vehicle who was killed Monday when his high-end vehicle was shot up by armed men along the busy Ruthven Road in St Andrew had a licensed firearm, which was not taken. Police suspect that businessman Richard Ramdial was the victim of a contract killing and are following several leads into the brazen murder which has sent shockwaves across the Corporate Area.

Ramdial was gunned down on Tuesday evening while he was in his Mercedes Benz sport utility vehicle in rush hour traffic along Ruthven Road in St Andrew.

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Reports are that at around 4:30 pm, a gunman disembarked a motorcycle and pumped more than 12 bullets into the driver's side of Ramdial's left-hand-drive vehicle. Other reports say that two men in a Camry which was parked up on the side of the road pounced on an unsuspecting Ramdial and fired nearly 16 bullets in his luxury vehicle.

Ramdial, who suffered multiple gunshot wounds, was rushed to the University Hospital of the West Indies where he was pronounced dead. The incident caused a traffic gridlock in New Kingston and surrounding areas.





shocked.jpgA senior judge attacked by a woman on the grounds of the Supreme Court in downtown Kingston on Friday during a brief conversation outside of the court room.

Reports are that the well-known male judge was struck in the face by the woman

Details of the conversation that led to the attack are unclear at this time, but immediately after the incident, law enforcement officials rushed to escort the woman from the location.

It is not clear what action, if any, was taken against the female following the incident that drew a large crowd.

"All I know is that I see the judge talking to the woman, and then minutes after I heard a loud slap echoing across the court grounds," said one woman, who claimed she was an eyewitness.

"When I look, is the woman me see a fling box on the judge," the alleged eyewitness said.

Law enforcement officials reportedly then went to the compound and apprehended the woman.

The incident has brought into sharp focus the safety of officials who work in the island's justice system.

Sources claim the woman who carried out the attack is a close relative of the judge.





x6-trial-patrick-powell-oct-24-photo-2.jpgPatrick Powell, who shot to notoriety in the infamous X6 trial, again made quite a few headlines when he begged the Parish Judge Vaughn Smith to "have mercy" in deciding on a gun matter related to the case in which he was found innocent.

However, interesting as that might be, what Yardflex finds intriguing is that RJR News reported last month that checks by them have revealed that that if convicted for the offence under the Firearms Act, Powell faces a maximum fine of J$400 or 12 months in prison!

Well, Powell was found guilty on Tuesday, July 11 and will be sentenced on August 9. We wait with bated breath the outcome of this. Will it be yet another travesty in our justice system which could fine Reputed Clansman leader Tesha Miller only one hundred Jamaican dollars after pleading guilty to one count of false declaration in April.

Miller's sentence was handed down by Parish Judge Sanchia Burrell after pleading guilty to one count of using a fictitious name. The reputed gangster was charged by the Immigration Investigation Unit last Tuesday following his deportation from Bahamas on April 4. He was charged following allegations that he left the island using fictitious names. However, the police have reported that there are other matters pending against Miller.





Attorney-at-law, Linton Gordon is urging citizens not to resist being stopped and searched in areas designated as Zones of Special Operations. The Zones of Special Operation Act is expected to come into effect in short order as a means of addressing the country's crime problems.

Gordon says any attempt to resist being searched, will be in breach of the new law when it comes into effect. Gordon emphasizes that it's important to note that certain constitutional rights which give protection from entry without warrant will be suspended.

He adds that the security forces can use force to enter premises where any effort is being made to resist them in these zones.

Meanwhile Mr. Gordon says the provisions under the new law, open the door for the rights of residents to be abused.





traffic-boss-calvin-allen.jpgChantel Allen, 19, the daughter of Senior Superintendent Calvin Allen, was reportedly shot in the leg when the off duty policeman opened fire at the car she was travelling in, reportedly after the vehicle struck the cop along Bernard Lodge Road in Portmore, St Catherine on Saturday morning.

Since the incident, reports have been circulating on social media that the teen was ironically travelling in one of the many illegal taxis that her father, Superintendent Allen, head of the Police Trafic Division, has been fighting to get off Jamaica's roadways.

However, law enforcement officials says that Chantel Allen, was travelling in a red plate (legal taxi).

The incident took place at about 5:30 am. The driver of the cab claimed that he swerved to avoid a pothole but ended up hitting the policeman, who was walking along the roadway. The taxi operator, in his report, added that, after realizing that he hit someone, he stopped to assist the victim. But the police constable, who sources say was in plain clothes, reportedly pulled a weapon and fired at the vehicle.

Chantel Allen, after being shot and injured, was taken to the Andrews Memorial Hospital, and is now recuperating. The accused policeman was subsequently taken into police custody along with his firearm. The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) has since launched an investigation into the matter.





patrick-powell.jpgAfter being acquitted in the case of murdered Kingston College school-boy Khajeel Mais, businessman Patrick Powelll finally has a guilty charge. But with the pitiful fine on the books for that particular gun charge, he may well have been found innocent.

Powell, who made the headlines last month when he begged the Parish Judge Vaughn Smith to have mercy on him, was on Tuesday morning found guilty of failing to hand over his licensed firearm to the police. The verdict was handed down by Parish Judge Vaughn Smith in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court.

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Powell was charged with failing to hand over his licensed firearm for inspection to detectives who investigated the shooting death of Kingston College student, Khajeel Mais, in 2011. He will know his fate on August 9, when the sentencing is scheduled to be handed down.

Powell was freed of Mais' murder in October 2016 after the prosecution offered no further evidence in the case before the Home Circuit Court. The acquittal came after the prosecution's main witness denied giving a statement to police that implicated Powell in the killing.





audley-shaw-photo-1.jpgThere are more questions are being raised in the wake of a report that Finance Minister Audley Shaw has racked up cell phone bills amounting to $8.3 million.

RJR News reported on Monday that the bills were generated from March last year to February this year. In December, Mr. Shaw's cell phone bill reached over $838,000 and more than $1.5 million in August. In October the bill was more than $4.2 million.

During those three months the Finance Ministry said Mr. Shaw travelled overseas for official and urgent personal reasons.

A query with the service provider later showed that the charges were due to data usage while roaming.

The Finance Ministry reported that Mr. Shaw has paid roughly $2.6 million for personal roaming data usage.





For Immediate Release

Downsound Entertainment is proud to announce the addition of a special performance by Stephen Marley together along with his son, Jo Mersa Marley, Saturday night, July 22 2017, celebrating the 25th Edition of Reggae Sumfest in Montego Bay Jamaica.

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Yanique Curvy Diva dating Rob Kardashian?

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yanique-barrett-and-rob.jpgYanique 'Curvy Diva' Barrett is making rounds in the United States after several media outlets are reporting that she's now dating Rob Kardashian.

The rumours started circulating on Thursday after the Media Personality/Dancehall Artiste uploaded a throwback photo with the Reality TV Show star/sock designer from last year's staging of the Britjam Spring Break Festival in Montego Bay.

Here's what enstarz.com had to say: "Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna may be caught in the midst of some major drama due to his recent social media photos of the Instagram model turned reality star, but that hasn't stopped Kardashian from dating.

According to a new report, the 29-year-old reality star and sock designer is now wooing Jamaican Instagram model Yanique Barrett.

"Rob met Yanique last year when he was in Jamaica and they stayed in contact," an insider told Media Take Out earlier this week, according to a report by Hollywood Life on Friday. "She's helped him, especially with all that he's going through now. Rob is flying her to America so that they can get to know each other better. He's going to help her with modeling opportunities."

As the outlet explained, Kardashian was dating Blac Chyna when he met Barrett last year in Jamaica and days ago, as Kardashian and his ex-girlfriend feuded online, Barrett took to her Instagram page and posted a throwback photo of herself and Kardashian together.





Blue Ivy freestyles on JAy-Z new album

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blue-ivy-carter-jay-z-grammys.jpgWatch the throne. After making her debut on 2012's "Glory," Beyoncé and JAY-Z's five-and-a-half-year-old daughter Blue Ivy--heir to the Carter dynasty--unleashes her first rap on her father's new song "Blue's Freestyle/We Family."

The track, which quickly became a trending topic upon its release, features B.I.C. rapping for 45 seconds straight. While some of her rhymes are hard to decipher, Blue proves that she's already following in her parents' famous footsteps.

"Never seen a ceiling in my whole life," she boasts. "Boom shakalaka, boom shakalaka, everything in shaka, everything in faka."

"Blue's Freestyle" appears as a bonus track on the physical release of JAY's platinum album 4:44, along with "Adnis" and the James Blake-assisted "ManyFacedGod."





dj-khaled-maxim.jpgDJ Khaled is Grateful to be on top. The super-producer's 10th album has earned him his second No. 1 on the Billboard 200, following last year's Major Key.

The star-studded Grateful, which features Beyoncé, JAY-Z, Rihanna, and Nicki Minaj, opens in the top spot with 149,000 equivalent album units (55,000 traditional). It also gains 81,000 streaming equivalent album units, the largest for any album since Kendrick Lamar's DAMN.

Khaled celebrated the news on social media. "ANOTHER ONE!" he wrote. "#GRATEFUL DEBUTS #1 ... THIS WIN IS FOR MY SON ! @asahdkhaled !! I will give my thank you speech on Monday !! Let's celebrate MORE WINS!! GOD IS THE GREATEST!!! FAN LUV ! WE DID IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

Along with this celebratory note, Khaled shared a video of himself, dressed in all white, dancing to Rihanna and Bryson Tiller's "Wild Thoughts" off Grateful.

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Elsewhere on the Billboard 200, K-Dot's DAMN. continues its prominence. The album, which was originally titled What Happens on Earth Stays on Earth, is still charting high at No. 3 with 59,000 units. Kung Fu Kenny is followed by Prince and the Revolution's Purple Rain (past and present versions), which moved 52,000 units for the week.





Rvssian rolls in brand new Rolls Royce

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Jamaican producer Tarik 'Rvssian' Johnston has shelled out US$360,000 on a Rolls-Royce Wraith.

"Range Rover was the first big purchase, but this is another level. Exotic foreign. I chose the Wraith because it's comfortable and exotic ... and I like the stars on the roof," Rvssian is quoted in an interview with THE STAR.

Known for his work with Vybz Kartel, Rvssian recently received his second platinum record for his production work on American rapper Kevin Gates' solo debut album called 'Islah' released in January 2016.

"[It] feels good to know I have been successful and accepted in multiple genres. I take it as a great accomplishment as a Jamaican, and also as a music producer because it is out of my box as far as the genre is concerned," Rvssian said.

'Islah' debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 album chart, contains 15 tracks, including charting singles 'Really Really' and '2 Phones'.

The album peaked at number two on the R & B Hip Hop album chart, and reached number one on the Rap Album chart.





Samory I's Black Gold released on CD and vinyl

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samoryi-blackgold.jpgBlack Gold, the highly anticipated debut album from Jamaican roots reggae artiste Samory I, will be released July14 on vinyl and CD, on all major digital platforms.

RoryStoneLove of Black Dub Music, has released three singles from the album, "Take Me Oh Jah," "African Daughter" and "Rasta Nuh Gangsta" with supporting videos for the last two singles. "Rasta Nuh Gangsta, has been getting an overwhelming response having thus far received over 650 K views and counting on You Tube.

Djs, radio disc jocks and fans worldwide are requesting more of this vibrant and refreshing sounding singer. In every track, he expresses experiences that reflect Black Dub's mission, which is aimed at awakening the black consciousness of the youths world wide. The sweet melodies expressed in this rebel music which celebrates the black experience. Samory I projects an authentic feel in his attempt to unite his culture and youths throughout the world in live roots, reggae, and dub. Samory I explains, "Black Gold is the description of the black race."

He began singing in his own community, Kencot Seventh Day Adventist Church as a child and continued performing at several other events to the delight of his audiences.. His first major show was the Digicel's Bob Marley Tribute at Emancipation Park, February 2014, he also performed at the Dennis Brown Tribute on the Waterfront. He has performed across Jamaica and recently expanded internationally, performing in Europe in summer 2016 at events such as Reeds Festival in Switzerland, Reggae Jam in Germany, and Reggae Geel in Belgium. Noted among his collaborations, is working with International Reggae bands such as Naja Vibes.





Kenny Bling makes his mark with Mi Chargie

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kenny-bling-photo-1.jpgDancehall artiste Kenniel Brown, aka Kenny Bling, has vowed to make his mark in 2017 and with the summer upon us, the singjay looks set to make that promise a reality. His Afar Music Group-produced single, Mi Chargie, is proving to be the perfect remedy for Dancehall hungry fans. On the infectious Level Up riddim, Mi Chargie can best be described as "a reality tune that couldn't be any more real". It tells the true-to-life experience of the singer/songwriter, Kenny Bling, and its themes of friendship and loyalty are two which many can closely identify with, and have not hesitated to embrace.

"I am singing about my own life... the friends around me and how we live. Genio, one of the names mentioned in the song is a real person. He is a loyal friend from a long time," explained Kenny Bling, who credits his father, veteran dancehall deejay Oneil "Scully" Brown, with instilling in him the passion for music. Kenny added that with the loads of positive feedback that he has been receiving, Mi Chargie "looks like the one".

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The single has been enjoying high level rotation in places as far away as Russia, a few countries in Europe, nearer home in the US and, of course right here "a yard". Among the radio stations in Jamaica that have been showing love for Mi Chargie are Zip, Irie FM, Hitz and Suncity, and Kenny Bling is more than pleased. Interestingly, the streets have also stepped in and taken the song to another level with big name selectors including Boom Boom giving Mi Chargie the seal of approval with massive airplay in the dance.

Hard on the heels of the label releasing Kenny Bling's first single for them, Afar Music Group (AFM) in recognition of Kenny's immense talent and potential, has signed the artiste to a recording contract.





yanique-and-kymani.jpgPopular host and media personality turned artiste, Yanique 'Curvy Diva' Barrett, is adding another hot track to her growing catalogue of recording material, this time she has teamed up with known international reggae recording artiste Ky-mani Marley.

The new single 'Turn Your Lights Down Low' is a slow seductive neo reggae track coined after Bob Marley's single of the same name. Kimani himself decided to use his father's song as inspiration and also showed interest in working with The Curvy Diva on the single after listening to the riddim from TJ Records.

"Ky-mani and I have done work before including a collaboration with Vybz kartel called 'Cool and Deadly', we also have a few more soon to be released singles. When he heard this particular riddim though, he wrote and titled the single and also requested Yanique as the female on the track, so I reached out to her to make it happen," Linton 'TJ' White of TJ Records explained

The Curvy Diva was also extremely excited to have garnered a Grammy nominated international voice as her very first collaboration as a recording artiste.

"Working with Ky-mani was awesome, I'm glad I was given the opportunity to do a collaboration with the son of a legend to really deliver such a hot song. I'm happy about it," Curvy Diva noted

The Curvy Diva transitioned from Host and TV Personality earlier this year when she recorded 'Lifestyle' for popular label 'Good Good Production' on the Money Mix riddim, since then she has had increased interest from artistes and producers to do additional projects.

"I'm interested in doing music from the heart so my team and I are very strategic in the choices we make for follow up singles. Good quality music is what is important to me and working with Ky- mani Marley and TJ Records with 'Turn Your Lights Down Low' was a good production and I know this good music will get where it needs to go," The Curvy Diva added

The single 'Turn Your Lights Down Low' premiered earlier this week and will be followed up with a music video during the summer. The track will be available for purchase on digital platforms later this month and is distributed by Zojak Worldwide.





(In a recent letter to Dear Pastor, this is what a young man had to say.)

I am 25 years old and I got married in January to a woman in her 40s. It was not an official marriage. We did it because both of us attend a church and the rule is, we must get married before we can sleep together. I do not have children, but my wife has three.

Now that we have got married to fulfil the requirement of our religion, we would like to get married the legal way.

But, pastor, I have found faults in this woman and I don't want to go through with the legal marriage. Another thing, this woman doesn't want to go out and work.

She wants me to take care of her and the children. I told her they are not my children and she said they are mine because we are married.

When I told my mother I was going to get married, she told me I was crazy. Now I cannot tell my mother what I am going through.

She doesn't bathe every day and she wants me to sleep with her. She says if I love her, I must accept her as she is and don't complain.

Her children are respectful. I don't have any problem with them, I am having problem with her. I want my wife to be clean and smell good.





crime-scene-tape.jpgA man was chased and shot dead at a plaza along Washington Boulevard in St Andrew on Thursday.

Reports are that at about 3:30 pm, a vendor, was standing inside the plaza, located at the intersection of Washington Boulevard and Patrick Drive, when he was attacked by unknown assailants.

The vendor in a bid to escape tried to run but was chased and then gunned down.

The men who carried out the attack then escaped from the area.

Sounds of the explosions sent members of the public doing business in the area scampering for cover.

One person is disputing the story that the man was chased, claimimg that: "The man wasn't chase a same place him sell him dead."





The controversy over Kathy Griffin's gory photo showing the fake, severed head of President Donald Trump will apparently never end. More than a month after the photo was released, the comedian is reportedly still under investigation.

Griffin "has been interviewed by the Secret Service, in-person, for over an hour," political journalist Yashar Ali reported in a tweet posted Monday. He added that the investigation is "still not closed."

HuffPost says that they reached out to Griffin's team for confirmation but did not immediately receive a response.

As Vulture notes, Griffin's lawyers confirmed in early June that the comedian was under investigation for the photo. The comedian also referenced a federal investigation herself in a recent tweet.

Kathy Griffin ✔ @kathygriffin

Hey, (I don't give a F anymore) 🖕🏻but @TMZ & Harvey Levin may u NEVER b under fed investigation like I am now. https://thinkprogress.org/tmz-quietly-became-americas-most-potent-pro-trump-media-outlet-bf703c24a68e ...

2:06 PM - 27 Jun 2017

After releasing the photo, Griffin faced an enormous amount of backlash from both sides of the aisle. She lost various jobs, including her New Year's Eve hosting gig with CNN, and also received death threats.


The comedian quickly apologized. Yet in a June 2 press conference held to explain her actions, she accused the Trump family of trying to ruin her life, calling the president a bully and stating that she would not back away from her criticism.


"You know what, I'm going to make fun of him more now," she said at the time.

For proof Griffin is following through on that promise, just look at her Twitter feed.

Kathy Griffin ✔ @kathygriffin

POTUS likes to punch down. Whether it's anchors, US Attorneys, or standup comics. Meanwhile, millions are about to lose health insurance.

3:03 PM - 29 Jun 2017





injured-olympian-photo-1.jpg(This story is from the AP Sports Writer PAT GRAHAM and it is guaranteed to make you feel good. Photos: Jae C Hong)

ON good days, American high jumper Jamie Nieto can shuffle 130 steps without a cane or walker. It's an important distance -- about the length from the altar to the church door. His vow: Make it all the way, under his own power, when he's married on July 22.

The two-time Olympian is recovering from a spinal cord injury he suffered on a misjudged backflip in April 2016. The accident initially left him with no feeling in his hands and feet. Walking? Doctors couldn't predict if he would take more than a few steps -- or any at all.

"People keep saying my recovery is really fast," said the 40-year-old Nieto, who lives in Los Angeles. "I feel like it's not fast enough. I want to be better tomorrow. I'm built for speed, not for going slow. But I'm working on being the best walker I can be."

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Nieto proposed to Jamaican hurdler Shevon Stoddart while in a wheelchair, six months after 'The Backflip'. It used to be his signature move after big events.

On April 23, 2016, the manoeuvre went seriously wrong for the high jumper who once cleared seven feet, eight inches to finish fourth at the 2004 Olympics. He was coaching some jumpers when he showed them his backflip expertise. His first attempt was a little off, and he asked for another try. This time, he pushed off with one foot on the artificial turf and it slipped, forcing him straight back instead of into a somersault. The full weight of his body crashed on his neck.

"I couldn't really feel anything. I was stuck there. I was like, 'Oh shoot, I hurt myself pretty bad,'" recalled Nieto. "I had the athletes call 911."

He was flown to a nearby hospital in Los Angeles and had surgery to fuse a disc in his neck. When he awoke, he could only shrug his shoulders and flex his quadriceps muscles. His hands and feet?

"Nothing," Nieto said. "But I knew I was going to make a full recovery. There was never a doubt."

The high jumper who finished sixth at the 2012 London Games spent 12 days in intensive care, two months at an inpatient rehab facility and finally returned home around this time a year ago.

At first, routine tasks were a struggle: Rolling up to get out of bed, brushing his teeth, getting dressed.

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He didn't have insurance, either. So his friends launched a campaign that's raised more than $80,000.

Just like his days on the track, Nieto is driven as he goes through grinding workouts five days per week. He documents his progress on social media, with one of his posts -- lifting weights and pushing a sled -- being viewed more than 4,000 times.

"Physically, I wasn't the most talented athlete, but I worked really hard," said Nieto, who once demonstrated his leaping ability by high jumping a car. "I had the mental capacity to fight to the end. At that level, it's what separates good athletes from great athletes.

"I'm still trying to push those boundaries and limits."

He met Stoddart around 2010 -- a story he enjoys telling. They both showed up to audition for a TV commercial "to sell TVs," Nieto said. "I just said, 'Hi.'"

She got the part.

"Guess I should've focused on more than saying, 'Hi,'" he laughed.

Soon after, they became Facebook friends, and one day he dropped Stoddart a note that they should have dinner after a track meet.

She agreed. An instant connection between the high jumper and the 400-meter hurdler formed.

"We were talking about getting married before the accident, and when I had the accident it was clear to me, 'What are we waiting on?' You never know -- you could be gone tomorrow," Nieto said. "I asked her if she was ready to get married now or wait until I got better."Wait, she said.

She's been there for him throughout his recovery, feeding him in the hospital when he couldn't lift his arms, helping him get dressed when his fingers struggled with buttons and transferring him from his wheelchair to the bed when he struggled."As I get better and getter, she has to do less and less," Nieto said. "She's done so much for me."

In mid-October, they went to a jewelry store to pick up the ring they'd selected. He proposed to her on the spot and in his wheelchair. He promised he would be ready to walk down the aisle by the wedding date. A few months ago, that didn't seem likely without assistance. He could only take six shaky steps on his own.

Soon, it was 23 steps. Then 53, 80 and now 130 for their wedding at a church in San Diego.

Stoddart's response? Go for 200.

"I keep pushing him forward," said Stoddart, who was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and moved to Uniondale, New York, as a kid. "After he (walks down the aisle), I'm going to be like, 'OK, now jog. Now run.' I continue to push him so he can be the best he can be."

Before his injury, Nieto wrote screenplays and appeared in movies, such as the film "Baseball's Last Hero : 21 Clemente Stories" in which he played Pittsburgh Pirates great Roberto Clemente. He continues that work, finishing a script for an episode of the TV show "Family Time" and making a cameo in a soap opera, where he plays the role of a doctor.

Nieto also is 10 chapters into a book about his recovery that he hopes to turn into a film. He already has the leading actor picked out -- himself.

"I don't see why not? I plan to be 100 percent again," Nieto said. "I don't think there will be any dry eyes in the theater."





rihanna-in-buju-banton-t-shirt.jpgFans of jailed deejay, Buju Banton, can soon start ordering his signature T-shirts, as his apparel line, called Everything BB is set to be released on Buju's 44th birthday on July 15.

Information of Buju's official Instagram page is that the Buju Banton gear will be available on his website, EverythingBB.Net. Some of the T-shirts will have Buju Banton's image while others will feature his song lyrics such as 'Over Hills and Valley.'

Interestingly, recently pop princess, Rihanna, was seen rocking a T-shirt with the Gargamel's image. However, it is not know whether or not, that particluar shirt was from Buju's line.

Buju Banton who was convicted of cocaine distribution and conspiracy charges in February 2011, is scheduled for release on December 08, 2018.





barbara-pamputtae.jpgPam, it doan look good fi people a drag u all over social media bout this microwave that peole send fi Barbara and u tek it. If u have hte microwave, please hand it over to Barbara.A she it come fa. Keep up u standard, Pamputtae.





shebada-photo-1.jpgSo the story is that Pamputtae got a microwave to give to social media sensation, Barbara di Barbee and didn't give it to her. Barbara, the social media comedian who jus get her good good buss out, took to Instagram to announce that she is no longer parring with Pamputtae. All because of the microwave issue. Now, some persons labelled Barbara ungrateful because they said that it was Pam who brought her to national attention an so she shoul be forever grateful. Of course, big foot Foota had a LOT to say, even calling Barbara's new manager a battyman.

Well, Shebada took him on. The case of the stolen microwave is the poem Shibby wrote. He wanted to know why Pamputtae felt the microwave was too good for Barbara an why straight man like Foota think say dem is batty inspector. "When straight man turn battyman cheerleader?" Shebada asks Foota Hype.





alkaline-photo-13.jpgAlkaline's After All video continues to take the spotlight, with reports that he was questioned Tuesday morning by the police. Both Alkaline and his manager were questioned by investigators at the Criminal Investigation Branch over the video which shows men in police uniform carrying M16 rifles and handguns.

A woman wearing a police uniform is also seen in the video.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Ealan Powell, disclosed that statements have been collected from the civilians in the video and that he also had a telephone discussion with the producer of the video, who is to give a written statement.

In terms of the internal investigation, the police officers who have been identified in the video have provided written statements.





Tommy Lee declares WAR on Alkaline

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tommy-lee-photo-10-full-color.jpgTommy Lee Sparta is eager for an all-our war with high-riding Vendetta deejay, Alkaline. Of course, this battle will be confined to lyrics rather than a physical confrontation and the battlefield will be none other than the Reggae Sumfest stage.

Well, Montego Bay, the home of Reggae Sumfest, is also Tommy Lee's place and it will be hard for Alkaline to get support from Mo Bay fans over their homeboy Tommy Lee. The controversial deejauy took to Instagram on Monday hinting at an all-out war if Alkaline takes jabs at him during his highly anticipated set.

"I jus love killing this coward @manhimselff [Alkaline's Instagram handle] u see that ? Push up u head at sumfest an see #waterworld last night 5,000 people #MANTUFFF," the 'Uncle Demon' deejay wrote.

Alkaline is billed to headline Dancehall night at Reggae Sumfest on July 21 at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Centre in Montego Bay.

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destra-sued.jpgAccording to online reports, soca artiste Destra Garcia has been ordered to pay just over US$8,000 after a court in Belize found that she personally injured a man -- Fernando Oliva -- while gyrating on him at a concert in September 2015.

Oliva filed a civil claim against Destra, claiming that she jumped on him, and ruptured his bladder as she performed at 'The Carnival Overload' concert.
Oliva claimed he was called on stage to dance with Destra. Following the dance, a video showed him lying ground.

The court was told that Destra then said, "If you's bad boy, I will treat you bad! Treat him bad?"

The crowd is said to have responded in the affirmative.

According to court documents, Destra jumped on top of him in a move closer to wrestling than soca.

The court said Oliva was rushed to the hospital for emergency medical care right after leaving the stage.

After recovering, he sued Destra for personal injury, and during a court appearance last week, the judge ruled that the soca artiste should pay Oliva.

Lawyers successfully argued that Destra was negligent in her actions, leading to injury to the man. Accoprding to Steve Perrera, attorney for Fernando Oliva: "She had asked him lay down on the ground to close his eyes and to put his hands behind his head and then thereafter suddenly Miss Garcia jumped in the air and landed on the client, thereby causing injury to him and as a result after the event, he had to seek medical attention at the hospital."

"Our claim is a situation of negligence. We are saying that the musician was negligent in her actions and her actions thereby caused injury to the individual."

Daniel Ortiz, 7News
"How will you all enforce this against her and can she appeal?"

Steve Perrera, attorney for Fernando Oliva
"We received a default judgement against Miss Destra Garcia last week and we are now in talks with attorneys in Trinidad to enforce the judgement in that jurisdiction."

Reporter
"How much was the judgement for?"

Steve Perrera, attorney for Fernando Oliva
"The judgement was for approximately $16,000."

Whether he'll get that money is unclear because Destra can appeal the judgement in Belize. And then, there are also the logistics of trying to get enforcement over in her home country of Trinidad and Tobago.

Justice Courtney Able has ordered that Destra must pay Oliva a sum of $16,577 Belize. His attorney will now move to enforce the decision in Trinidad against the artist. Firstly, it is a default judgment, which means that she did not offer any defense. There may be a bit of uncertainty about whether or not she was actually served with the lawsuit in her home country. Perrera told us that he sought the assistance of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Trinidad and Tobago to actually serve her with the documents. As you can see, the Ministry employee says that she served her on May 4, 2017.

It is unclear if this is the end of this lawsuit, or if Destra and her attorneys will seek to fight it further.





Cop shot dead in Central Village

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crime-scene-gun.jpgThe police's Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) is reporting that 34-year-old Constable Hurburt Hyman, who was assigned to Mobile Reserve, was shot dead about 9:05 pm on Monday.

He was reportedly walking with a woman along Hamilton Drive in the Central Village community when gunmen approached and shot him. The woman, according to CCU, was grazed by a bullet and was treated at hospital.

However, Hyman died on the spot, CCU said.

This is the fourth police officer killed since the start of the year.





Policeman found dead at home

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The body 40-year-old Constable Kevin Thompson of Six East in Greater Portmore, who was stationed in St Thomas, was found at his Portmore home Monday night.

A female companion reports that he was complaining of chest pain when she last saw him alive on Saturday evening.

The woman said that she had gone to the policeman's home to check on him Sunday but did not get an answer when she knocked and she assumed that he had gone to work, so she left the premises.

However, she said when she went back yesterday evening and did not get a response when she knocked on the the front door, she went to the back of the house and saw flies on the window.

The police summoned, she said, who then forced the door open and found Thompson dead inside the house.His wife also rushed the scene. A colleagues who said he knew the deceased for more than 21 years, described Thompson as a "nice, nice person.





spice-2016.jpgWe have a bit of advice for Spice. She see how one man inn Belize sue soca artiste Destra after she jump pon him and him end up in hospital. the whole a di poor man bladder rupture after Destra jump pon hm. And a she did call him up pon stage fi gyrate pon him and demonstrate. And all when di man deh pon di grung, Destra still a jump pon di poor man. Well him lawyer dem sue and win the case.

So Spicey, tek sleep and mark death. Nuff said.

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shooter-female-doctor-killed.jpgDetails are emerging of the horrifiying assault on a New York City hospital ward that left one doctor dead at the hands of a disgruntled former employee, as well as multiple people injured.

Dr. Tracy Tam was gunned down Friday when a former employee of Bronx Lebanon hospital hid an AR-15 style rifle under a lab coat and stormed the 16th floor.

In a sick twist to this story of a sanctuary turned deadly, officials have revealed that Dr. Tam wasn't even supposed to be at work at the time of her murder.

The 32-year-old Queens native was covering another doctor's shift when she was killed, WCBS reports. A loved one addressed the senseless slaying in a GoFundMe created to help pay for Tam's funeral.

"She worked extra hours without incentive just to hold hands of patients that are about to pass or just to talk to them and listen to their needs," the page reads. "Tracy Tam was an exceptional, and an extremely compassionate physician. She touched lives of many."

Dr. Henry Bello has been identified as the physician who opened fire on what were potentially former colleagues and others in the department where he once worked before taking his own life. Of the six victims injured, one was a patient and the other five were either doctors or medical students.

The most critical victim was transferred to Mt. Sinai Medical Center for surgery. By Sunday morning, hospital officials told reporters they were happy with the conditions of several of the victims.

"Three have been downgraded to stable, and doing quite well. We are happy with their condition," the hospital official said. "One particular patient is still critical."

In the aftermath, a picture of Bello is being pieced together from former co-workers who recall his uneven temperament.

"There are many, many details that we're still putting together," said Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a Friday press conference. "This was a horrible situation unfolding in a place that people associated with care and comfort, a situation that came out of nowhere."

In fact, it had been two years since Bello was let go and authorities aren't yet sure why he only snapped now and whether or not he was on a mission to kill someone specific when he entered the 16th floor.

What authorities do know is that Bello had a bizarre criminal history and, according to some who knew him, a difficult personality.

"We fired him because he was kind of crazy," Dr. Maureen Kwankam told the Daily News. "He promised to come back and kill us then."

More specifically, Bello was reportedly forced out amid sexual harassment allegations.

According to the AP, Bello also had a history of other, unrelated, aggressive behavior. IN 2004, he pleaded guilty to unlawful imprisonment after a 23-year-old woman told police Bello picked up and carried her off, saying, "You're coming with me."

He was arrested again in 2009 on a charge of unlawful surveillance after two different women told police he tried to look up their skirts with a mirror.

Bello's unhinged behavior reached a crescendo Friday when, the dead and injured in his wake, cops say he may have doused himself in accelerant and attempted to set himself on fire before sprinklers put out the flames.

Bello then subsequenty shot himself and collapsed in a hospital hallway, where he died with the rifle at his side, officials said.

Bello's body was near that of the female victim, later identified as Tam, according to NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill.

Officials have not released the identity of other victims.





Action Fire is back with Questions

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action-fire.jpgFollowing a 17-year absence from the local scene, Deejay Action Fire has returned with the single Question on his longtime label, Musically Inclined Records.

"The song is about knowing yourself. Almost everyone will have the experience of just sitting down and asking yourself one or even a thousand questions," he said.

In explaining his absence, the God Alone deejay stated: "I migrated to the United Kingdom, so I have been working with a lot of producers there. I have not travelled much back and forth so I didn't get a chance to promote a lot of the songs in Jamaica. However, I still reside overseas; I will be promoting a lot now locally with Question being one of the first singles."

Action Fire, given name Fitzgerald McKoy, was born in the parish of St Mary. His career started out in the early 1990s on community sound systems and jukeboxes. He began recording under the moniker Major Fire and released God is Good and Ride Me Mind for producer King Jammy's .He later changed his name to Action Fire and in 1994 he got his first major hit when he went to Record Factory to make a dublplate.

"I met the operators of a Japanese sound system who wanted me to do a dub plate with Merciless and Little Hero, and it was there that the God Alone collaboration came about," he said.

Action Fire said the song was later recorded at Mixing Lab Studios in Kingston and from there it went on to become a dancehall/reggae hit. The single's success, he said, took them on tours of sections of the United States, Canada, Caribbean, and Europe. He later released other songs like Tan So bad, Compliments, Found Gold and Love and Harmony. However, in 2000 Action Fire went under the radar as it relates to the local entertainment scene, but said he never took a break from recording.





peter-tosh-photo-3.jpgPeter Tosh's son Jawara McIntosh aka Tosh1 is reportedly still in a coma following a February 21 attack while in prison in New Jersey, USA. Last week, the prison released information claiming that Jawara was attacked and seriously injured by a 40-year-old man who has since been charged with aggravated assault.

However, the Tosh family wants a full investigation into the matter.Tosh1 was left with traumatic brain injuries and in a coma. He is currently hospitalized in Boston and remains unresponsive.

Tosh1 was two months into serving a six-month sentence at the time of the attack. He was arrested in June 2013 after police said they found more than 65 pounds of marijuana in the trunk of his car.





Matterhorn is the REAL baby-father

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tony-matterhorn-dna-test-on-his.jpgSelector Tony Matterhorn came under fire last week when chatty-chatty mouth, father-of-all-mix-up selector Foota Hype bawl out that DNA results showed that Matterhorn's baby daughter was in fact a jacket. In other words, Maggie was minding a child that wan't his.

Matterhorn, however, did the unexpected and turned the tables on Foota and ALL the haters. Matterhorn says that jacket or no jacket, he is still supporting the little girl because he is the only person she knows as 'Daddy'. "All a who a talk bout Matterhorn get jacket, unu go sort out unu life and do DNA pan unu self cuz a nuff a unu mother give unu to the wrong ..father"

Real respect to Matterhorn, the real big man and the real father.





An American pilot was arrested and charged Sunday morning for attempting to take ammunition onboard a flight at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston.

Fifty four-year-old Michael Gorham, of Georgia, was charged with illegal possession of ammunition and unlawful attempt to take ammunition onboard an aircraft.

The police's Corporate Communication Unit (CCU) says one 9mm Lugar round of ammunition was found in Gorham's luggage during security checks about 8:45 a.m. at the airport.

He is scheduled to appear before the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on Friday, July 14.





Amendments coming to Rent Restriction Act

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Reports are that acting director of the Rent Assessment Board, Leyton Baker, says proposed amendments to the Rent Restriction Act, have moved to another stage.

The Rent Restriction Act was last amended in 1983, but since then rental arrangements and legal problems have multiplied significantly. Some of the noted ones include the security deposit, and the ability to recover possession for non payment of rent. In 2011, the government announced that a review would be done to address several controversial issues.

Meanwhile, the Rent Assessment Board is seeking to defend itself against criticism that it is unable to properly handle complaints being made by both landlords and tenants. Baker states that the agency is successful in mediating various types of disputes.

"Anything dealing with harassment , we always try to make contact with the other party. Sometimes the issues are settled on the phone. Also - the tenant and the landlord don't have to go to court to sue, they can come to the board. We sue for arrears of rent, excess rent, recovery of deposits (but for) recovery of possessions - they have to go to court to deal with that," he said.





9-y-o-girl-killed.jpgA 14-year-old boy used a gun belonging to a licensed firearm holder to kill a nine-year-old girl in St James yesterday. Reports are that the child, Kala Bailey, and her brother were playing with the 14-year-old inside the family's home in the community of Hendon-Norwood in Montego Bay.

The police said that shortly after 3:00 pm, on Friday, Kela and two other children, aged six and three, were in a downstairs room along with the 14-year-old when a gunshot was heard. Unaware of what was happening adults rushed downstairs where they said they saw the teen running away with a gun in his hand.

They then discovered the blood-drenched body of the Glendevon Primary and Junior High School student with what happened to be a gunshot wound to the chest.

She was rushed to the Cornwall Regional Hospital where she died while undergoing treatment.

According to other sources say the teen brandished a firearm and asked Kala's brother if he would tell anyone if he shot her. Before the boy could answer, the 14-year-old fired one shot in Kela's chest at close range.

The alleged teenaged killer fled the scene with the gun in his hand. However, he was handed over to the police shortly after the incident and remains in custody.

Commanding officer for the Police Area One, Assistant Commissioner Warren Clarke says preliminary investigations have revealed that the firearm is owned by someone who resides at the house where the killing occurred.





The former live-in helper for Dr Peter Vogel along with her boyfriend have been found guilty of the 2007 murder of the university lecturer. Yanika Scott and Kelvin Downer, showed no emotion after the unanimous verdict was announced in the Home Circuit Court in downtown Kingston a short time ago.

The jury of four men and three women deliberated for nearly two and a half hours.

Scott, 31, and Downer, 29, are to be sentenced on July 28.

The body of the Swiss citizen who lectured at the University of the West Indies was found in the study room at his home in College Commons, St Andrew on July 19, 2007

Police investigators testified that his hands were tied behind his back, his feet were bound at the ankle and there was a piece of cloth tied around his mouth.

Forensic pathologist Dr S N Prasad Kadiyala gave evidence that he was strangled.

According to prosecutors Maxine Jackson and Kelly-Ann Francis, Vogel's death came four months after Scott was hired to care for Vogel's family.





killer-wife-and-husband.jpgThe woman who was convicted in the United States for hiring a hitman to kill her Jamaican husband has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, the NYDaily News has reported. The contracted killer has received a similar sentence.

Alishia Noel-Murray, 29, and Kirk Portious, 27, were sentenced today in the Brooklyn Supreme Court, in the state of New York. They were convicted during separate trials earlier this year. Prosecutor say Noel-Murray wanted to cash in on a US$900,000 insurance payout from three policies for the deceased, Omar Murray. Noel-Murray said nothing and, at times, rolled her eyes as relatives of the Jamaican immigrant spoke during her sentencing hearing.

But family members appeared satisfied with the sentence.

"Alishia you can spend the next 900,000 years in prison, one for each dollar you thought you'd get for my son's life," the newspaper quoted Omar Murray's cousin, Nicole Barten as saying in a letter she read on behalf of his mother, Eunice Ashley Henry.





Why Tanya Stephens bash Portia so?

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tanya-stephens-photo-1.jpgA wha former prime minister Portia Simpson Miller do Tanya Stephens. Tanya write one piece sinting pon Facebook bout di honourable woman. It neva nice at all. "Hearing people lament Portia's departure is like seeing people congratulate my rapist for being a 'good man' ...she isn't a good person," Tanya Stephens said. According to Tanya Stephens, Portia is unqualified, embarrassing and awful, adding that she is happy to see her leave.

portia-simpson-miller-jis-official-photo.jpgLook here, that is a serious statement, especially coming from another woman. Tanya, tek back yuh chat. It doan sound good.

Mi glad how nuff people pon social media call out Tanya over the comment. Some people give it to her proper proper. Quite appropriately, politicians including Angela Brown Burke and Venesha Phillips have since responded to Tanya's post.





China issued new regulations on Friday around online video content, directing streaming platforms to eliminate a range of programs in yet another tightening of controls on the Chinese Internet.

Among the films, dramas and cartoons targeted by the China Netcasting Services Assocation's (CNSA) rules are those "demonstrating 'abnormal' sexual relations or acts, such as... homosexuality."

Online video platforms must hire at least three "professional censors" to watch every program from beginning to end and remove those that do not adhere to "correct political and aesthetic standards," the regulations said.

Providers are called upon to produce programs that "center on the people and promote socialist values and Chinese culture."

The new rules come just one week after China ordered a halt to video streaming on three major websites.

According to China's media oversight body, the platforms -- including the massively popular Sina Weibo microblogging platform, iFeng.com and ACFUN -- did not possess the permits required for providing their audio-visual streams.

Authorities were directed to shut down offending audio-visual services "so as to create a cleaner cyberspace," China's State Administration of Press.





Shooter at Bronx hospital shot dead

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A gunman who opened fire inside a hospital in the Bronx borough of New York has reportedly been shot dead by the police.

The man, said to be dressed as a doctor, began shooting at the 972-bed Bronx-Lebanon Hospital, reports say.

At least three people are believed to have been shot.

Messages on social media spoke of doctors and nurses barricading themselves inside the building.

The New York Times quoted a fire department official as saying that three doctors had been shot. Their condition is not known.

Some reports say the gunman may have been a former employee but this has not been confirmed.

The 120-year-old hospital is in the Morris Heights district of the Bronx.





Gunman shoots several at Bronx hospital

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA gunman, who was dressed as a doctor, shot several people inside a hospital in the Bronx borough of New York on Friday, police said, amid reports that three doctors were hurt in the incident.

"We are actively looking for the shooter," a New York police spokesman said, adding: "It is a very active scene, we have not determined who the shooter is at this time."

"Multiple people were shot" in the incident at the Bronx-Lebanon Hospital, located north of Manhattan, the spokesman said.





jolly-boys-ft-albert-minott.jpgAlbert Minott, the lead singer of the Jolly Boys mento band has died.

Minott died while sitting on his veranda in Port Antonio, Portland. He was 78 years old.

Minott reportedly suffered from respiratory problems for an extended period.

He was however still active, having recorded a new Jolly Boys' album and was getting ready to release the single 'Day O.'

The Jolly Boys are a mento band from Port Antonio, Jamaica. It was formed in 1945 and had great commercial success in the late 1980s and 1990s among reggae and world music fans. They released a new album in 2010 (Great Expectation) and are currently the house band at GeeJam, a hotel in Port Antonio.





jay-and-bey.jpgBeyoncé and JAY-Z's twins are reportedly named Rumi and Sir, according to TMZ.

The names were revealed after the couple's company filed a trademark to secure the rights for the two names on Friday, gossip site TMZ reported.

It is unclear where the music icons found their inspiration for the names, but Rumi is a well-known 13th century poet and Sir is often used as a polite way to address a man. Beyoncé reportedly gave birth to the pair two weeks ago at UCLA Medical Center and the three spent more than a week at the hospital for an undisclosed medical concern.

The Grammy-winning songstress has yet to publicly share any images of the children. While neither Beyoncé or JAY-Z, 47, have commented on their son and daughter's arrival, multiple sources confirmed to the Daily News that Bey gave birth.

The Queen B and her new babies returned home recently to their Malibu rental pad, which is running the hip hop stars a whopping $400,000 per month. he 35-year-old announced her pregnancy in February with a glamorous photo shoot on Instagram where she cradled her already growing bump. Just two weeks later, she took the stage for a peformance during the Grammy awards.

The new boy and girl join sister Blue, 5. Beyoncé and JAY-Z married in 2008 after five years of dating.





Digicel apologises to customers

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digicel-photo-1.jpgTelecoms giant Digicel was slapped on the wrist by the OUR when they went ahead and charged their customers new fees with out properly informing them. Now, Digicel is offering an apology.

The company is circulating text messages to customers, apologising for their decision to, without notice, charge a prepaid maintenance fee to those whose monthly spend falls below $50.

"We're sorry we didn't tell you before charging a maintenance fee. You've been rebated JMD15. Plus, enjoy JMD16 in FREE talk time on us," a text message from Digicel to a prepaid cell phone said today.

The move comes subsequent to a release from the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR), which stated that they had requested an explanation from Digicel regarding the fee, and were awaiting a response by June 30 (today).

Digicel's new fee took effect on Thursday, June 22.

The OUR requested that Digicel shows evidence that it had provided customers with sufficient advance notice; the exact amount to be charged; and the basis of such a charge.





Have you seen this missing 13-y-o girl?

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missing-girl-afeliah-battiste .jpgAn Ananda Alert has been activated for 13-year-old Afeliah Battiste of Gordon Town Road, Kingston 6 who has been reported missing since Wednesday.

She is said to be of dark complexion, slim build and is about 145 centimetres (4 feet 9 inches) tall.
According to the Papine police, Afeliah was last seen in Papine Square in St Andrew about 9:20 am, wearing a pink blouse, blue jeans and a pair of black-and-white Nike Air sneakers.

All efforts to contact her have proven futile.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Afeliah Battiste is being asked to contact the Papine police at 927-2047, police 119 emergency number or the nearest police station.