August 2017 Archives

jamaica-cocaine-seized.jpgThe Narcotics Police are reporting the seizure of nearly 200 pounds of what's suspected to be cocaine with an estimated street value of more than a $100 million. The seizure was made yesterday at the Kingston Container Terminal.

The police say about 2:45 Narcotics Police along with members of the Customs Contraband Enforcement Team conducted a snap operation. They examined a 40-foot container and found five leather bags hidden inside. The bags had 78 parcels each containing white powdery substance resembling cocaine.

The weight of the drugs was roughly 187 lbs with an estimated street value of $101 million. The Police say the container also contained a shipment of rice destined for a local distributor who they're now trying to find. The shipment transited Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic from Guyana and then Jamaica.





 

crime-scene-gun.jpgThe Police say the leader of the Unruly Gang in Annotto Bay and two other suspected criminals have been killed. The 37-year-old gang leader, Lincoln Crosdale was killed yesterday morning in the parish.The other two are 24-year-old security guard Ricardo Griffiths and 24-year-old Sherwayne Campbell. A fourth man reportedly escaped injuries.

The men were killed at about 9:30 yesterday morning, after being ambushed by seven other gunmen.

The shootings are suspected to be reprisal killings.

However new reports are that the three were farmers in the parish.

Head of the St. Mary Police, Superintendent Fabian Farquharson says yesterday, the men went to Long Road in Annotto Bay to a property owned by Crosdale's father.

He says the men had reportedly planned to use the area for farming.

While the men were heading to the property, seven men came out of the bushes and opened fire at them.

Crosdale, Griffiths and Campbell were shot, however, the fourth man escaped injuries.

Superintendent Farquharson says the police are following early leads that could help them find the killers.

He says the fourth person who escaped says he is able to identify all seven attackers.

Meanwhile, he says the dead men can be described as 'career criminals.'

He says Crosdale, in particular, purported to be farmer, but was before the courts for shooting with intent and illegal possession of firearm.

He was expected in court this Thursday.

The charges stem from a shooting in June, when Crosdale, Griffiths and Campbell allegedly opened fired at the police after robbing a Chinese businessman.





Triple murder in St Mary

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crime-scene-7.jpgThe community of Long Road, close to Annotto Bay in St Mary, was the scene of a horrific triple murder on Monday morning.

Those killed are: 33-year-old Lincoln Crossdale, otherwise called Blacks, Ricardo Griffiths, 25, alias Ricky and 24-year-old Sherwayne Campbell, all of Annotto Bay, St Mary.

Initial reports are that at about 9:30 am, Crossdale, Griffiths, Campbell and a fourth man went to a farm in the Long Road area.

When they arrived at the farm, masked gunmen reportedly opened fire at all four.

Griffiths, Crossdale and Campbell were hit, while the fourth man managed to escape unharmed.

The police were alerted and the bodies of Griffiths and Crossdale were found with multiple gunshot wounds.

The gunshot-riddled body of Campbell, was found hours later in bushes.

All three men were pronounced dead at hospital.

No motive has yet been determined for the killing.

Earlier this year, the Annotto Bay community was rocked by a double murder, while almost a year ago, a triple murder occurred in the area.





A security guard who reportedly shot and killed a businessman in Clarendon yesterday is now being questioned by detectives.

The police say the businessman was shot during an altercation with the security guard who is a licensed firearm holder.

The incident reportedly took place at the home of the former lover of the businessman.

According to reports, the altercation developed when the businessman visited the home of his former lover with whom he has a child and saw the security guard.

The two reportedly got involved in a tussle when the security guard pulled his licensed firearm and discharged two shots hitting the businessman in the neck.





Over 1000 persons killed in Jamaica since January

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The Jamaica Constabulary Force is reporting that the murder tally has now passes the 1,000 mark.

According to the police, as at Saturday, there were 1,005 homicides.

Citing the statistics at a press conference this afternoon, opposition spokesman on National Security, Peter Bunting, said this is 197 more murders or a 24.4 percent increase when compared with the similar period last year.

Opposition Spokesman on National Security, Peter Bunting

Bunting said that the statistics also show that other major crimes have gone up.

Shootings and motor vehicle theft are among the crimes that have increased.





FLA finds file linked to X5 case

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The Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) is reporting that it has now found a file linked to the X6 murder case.

However, the authority said the file did not belong to businessman Patrick Powell.

Powell who was on trial for the murder of schoolboy Khajeel Mais was freed of the charges after the prosecution's case collapsed.

The revelation was contained in a statement released today detailing the series of controversy at the FLA.

Speaking Monday afternoon on Nationwide Radio, FLA executive director Shane Dalling said the file was found hidden in a bag in an office that was occupied by one person.

Dalling declined to provide details but said the file belonged to an individual who became involved as a result of a "mix up".

Dalling said since that matter is in court, he could not say more.

However, he said the person in whose office the file was found is no longer with the FLA.





6-y-o shot dead as he slept with mother, sisters

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daughter-killed-shaniel.jpgAs sleuths in Clarendon tried to uncover the motive behind a triple shooting in Race Course on Thursday night, others were busy probing an early-morning gun attack which left another child dead and his mother nursing gunshot wounds.

Residents of Farm, an impoverished and war-torn community in the parish, said six-year-old Timothy Bassaragh was shot and killed as he, his two sisters, and his mother slept inside their home about 6:45 a.m.

The boy was reportedly hit in the throat and head by the gunmen's bullets, which pierced holes through their front door. The mother was also shot in the hand.

Resident and relatives of the young boy cried openly as they mourned his death. He had just won a scholarship towards resources for the upcoming school year, they said.





daughter-killed-shaniel.jpgThe mother of 14-year-old Shaniel Bartley, who was among six persons shot, three fatally, in Race Course, Clarendon, reportedly took the child to her business place hoping to protect her from rapists who are said to be on the prowl in sections of the community. Early this month, a teenage girl narrowly escaped when she was attacked, not far from yesterday's shooting scene, by a man who was later found by residents and chopped. That man managed to escape his beating, but not before leaving some residents skeptical of other predators in the area.

"That is why the woman carry har pickney beside her here," said a man who was among several gathered at the ill-fated bar following the incident in which Bartley was killed. It reportedly occurred about 9:30 p.m. on Thursday. "Is not like she stay in the bar. Is right here at the front of the restaurant she always sit down, and any little bad word or so, you see she walk out," he said.

"I don't know why them do it, but I feel it for the little girl more than anybody else. Trust me, she was a very good little girl. She never use to stay in the bar. Is just her mother she wait on in the evenings," frowned the man as the onlookers again peered into the Newclear Jerk and Pub, where Bartley's body and that of Amoy Ricketts, 24, were, the night before, sprawled dead amid crates of overturned juices near the rear exit.

Half of the premises served as a bar, while the other half was a food shop. Three gunmen reportedly entered both outlets and opened fire after calling out the bartender, who was peppered with bullets as she tried to flee.

Thirty-three-year-old Randy Ranger, who was also shot, made his way into a taxi and reportedly died en route to hospital, while the other three persons - identified as the teenager's mother, a man called 'Chef', and another man known to the group as 'Kirk' - were hospitalised.

"He was a very good youth. Him was like my hand and my foot. Him do everything for me, and is just one year since him come back from The Bahamas and them kill him," cried Vinnette McFarlane, Ranger's mother. His sisters and grandmother were inconsolable inside their yard yesterday.

Ranger was said to have gone to the premises to purchase chicken and chips when he got caught in the gunfire.





The police have now released the identities of the three people who were last night murdered in the violence-plagued community of Race Course, Clarendon.

They are: 13-year-old Central High School student, Shaniel Bartley; 24-year-old Amoy Ricketts otherwise known as 'Dolly' a bartender of New Longville; and Randal Ranger of the Water Well Housing Scheme.

It is reported that about 9:30 p.m, the three were among people at a bar in Race Course when two men got out of a motor vehicle, entered the bar and opened fire killing them and injuring three others.

The police suspect that Ricketts could have been the intended target as, before alighting from the vehicle, the gunmen called her by name.

It is reported that she did not respond to them.





Following more complaints this year of some schools denying students access to their CSEC and CAPE results because of non-payment of fees the Education Ministry has taken steps to end the practice.

Education Minister Senator Ruel Reid says after the complaints surfaced last weekend he contacted the Caribbean Examinations Council, CXC.

He told reporters that action by CXC has been taken which will make it impossible for schools to block students from accessing their CSEC and CAPE results in the future.





st-marys-college.jpgA decision has been made by the administration of St. Mary's College in Above Rocks, St Catherine to release CSEC and CAPE results to students.

The school's CXC online portal is now open to all students.

Reports had surface over the weekend from parents whose children attend the institution that the administration had decided to withhold CSEC and CAPE results from those who have outstanding fees.

Students were instructed by the principal that they would be allowed to view their results after they received clearance from the school's office.





jamaican-woman-police-officer.jpgThere is a probe into a viral video of a highly frustrated female police officer telling her superior that she "cyaan tek it no more" and accusing her boss of harassment and trying to blacklist her from moving up the ranks of the constabulary.

Social media users have reacted in shock to some of the allegations made in the video, with many persons calling for an immediate probe.

"Look like C Spring Station. Is whe di bitch dat tekkin set name? Is Brimm she said? I feel it for the poor lady till tears come to my eyes. I felt her pain as she come back from sick leave is dis Force Cacki Cooler a harass di ooman when shi waan go lunch.

"Big up whoever is di officer that videoed it, he/she know whe a gwaan why dem do it. Onoo nuh see Inspector a di door di whole time n dont do or sey nuttin.

JUSTICE FI DIS POOR HARRASSED TILL SHE AT HAR BREAKING POINT OFFICER. Commish beg u a speedy transfer fi har preferably a desk job mek she get back herself in order. JUSTICEEEEE

"I believe the officer. Jamaican female police officers are some of the worst people in the country. They are quicker to assault citizens than the male officers. Most of them bring their problems to work. Plus police learn to intimidate people so if a police officer say they're being intimidated, I believe. It seems as if the harasser wants the woman to resign, so she is making life difficult for her. Imagine she want to demote the woman and lessen her pay? Anyone would lose it right there."

"Is Constant Spring Police Station, is "Miss Green" she in charge. Think she was at Half Way Tree station once. Poor woman fed up; instead she a do her job she a harass the poor woman."

"Indeed ! Maybe she went to her superiors and she was ignored. Maybe the other cop knows that she have so much power over her and knows how to press her buttons. But anyone looking on will know the cop venting cant be mad. it must be coming from somewhere. And those recording should not have placed it on social media. Should have been dealt with internally. It does not look good for the force overall."

Meanwhile, police sources said the incident highlights the pressure that lower ranked officers come under from their superiors - a development that places rank and file officers under severe stress.





crime-scene-gun.jpgA 13-year-old girl who is allegedly the daughter of a policeman was killed Thursday night when gunmen struck a restaurant and bar in Race Course, Clarendon shooting six persons, three fatally.

About 9:30 persons were at the premises when gunmen entered.They opened fire hitting the six persons.

The teenager and the bartender died at the scene.

The other four persons were taken to hospital where one of them, a man, died while undergoing treatment.





Mavado's daughter Daniela to release debut single

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mavado-daughter-and-son.jpgMavado's daughter Daniela Brooks is about to release her debut single and the teenager is quite upbeat.

Daniela used Facebook live recently to interact with her followers about her upcoming musical ambitions.

According to Daniela, she's very excited about dropping her very first single and getting feedback on her debut effort.

The teen did not reveal if her father will be featured on the single.

Mavado's sister, Joey Brooks is also a recording artiste.





peter-gramps-and-denroy-morgan.jpgVeteran reggae singer Denroy Morgan has received a key to the city of Brooklyn, New York for his contribution to art and culture.

Morgan who is the father of Grammy award winning reggae group Morgan Heritage was awarded last night at the Afro Caribbean event in Wingate Park Brooklyn.

Morgan Heritage also paid homage to the "I'll Do Anything for You" singer with a special acoustic performance.

"Our father, mentor and teacher Denroy Morgan. Your persistence and perseverance is 2nd to none. Congrats on receiving the Key To The City of #Brooklyn. Love you!," Heritage wrote on Instagram. "Something long in the making. Many years, many obstacles but God is good. Well deserved honor for a living Legend. We love you Daddy!!! Thank you for all you've done for us. The sacrifice and investment."

Meanwhile, Morgan Heritage kicked off a twenty three city tour across the United States and Canada last week promoting their new album Avrakedabra which features a remake of Jimmy Cliff's hit single 'Reggae Night.'





Luciano mourns the death of his 91-year-old mother

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luciano-and-mother.jpgReggae artist Luciano is in mourning following the death of his mother, Mama Sophie. ''

Mama Sophie, whose real name is Ema Sophia Griffiths-Barnett, passed away last week Saturday August 19. She was 91 years old.

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Luciano's song 'Mama' released in 1996 on his Messenger album, was dedicated to her.

Her passing comes more than a year after his 19-year-old Menelik McClymont, was stabbed to death at Parkington Plaza in St Andrew.

Luciano is currently on tour now in Europe.

Yardflex sends condolences to Luciano and his family in this time of bereavement.





The 15-year-old son of a popular Dancehall/Reggae artist could be facing jail time after he was recently arrested and charged with three counts of sexual offences.

According to reports, the boy whose name is being withheld due to his age was charged by the Centre for Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse with one count of having sex with a person under 16, one count of abduction and one count of indecent assault.

The offences were reportedly committed earlier this year while he was at school.

Meanwhile, he was granted station bail and is set to appear in the Corporate Area Juvenile Court on September 22 to answer to the charges.





Headless body found in San San in Portland

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crime-scene-demo.jpgThe headless body of a man was discovered in Portland on Tuesday.

The police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of the so far unidentified man after his partially decomposed body was discovered.

The body was found in the Fern Hill area of San San in the parish.

Reports were that about 6:30 pm, residents stumbled upon the body and alerted the police.

The body was clad in underwear only.

Police investigations continue into the matter.





Pastor on sexual charges wants to do DNA

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Pastor Kenneth Blake of the Harvest Temple Apostolic Church, who is accused of sexually assaulting and impregnating a 14 year old girl, has been offered bail in the sum $1.5 million. Blake, 56, of Harbour View in St Andrew, appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on Wednesday on several charges on Wednesday, and signed an order authorising a DNA test after his attorney indicated to the court that Blake was prepared to take the step in a bid to establish innocence on his part.

Blake was charged last week by CISOCA following allegations that he had been molesting the child since 2015 when she was 12 years old.

He has been charged with rape, sexual touching, having sexual intercourse with a minor, grievous sexual assault of a minor under the age of 16 and forcible abduction. Further allegations are that he used cash and other forms of gifts to keep her quiet about their alleged sexual contacts. Notably also, the child is a daughter of a former officer of the church with whom the pastor has acknowledged having had an intimate relationship with in the past

In court, Blake's lawyer, Able-Don Foote, suggested that the allegations against his client emanated from malice and ill-will from the complainant's mother, whom he alleged had stolen $300,000 from the church

The attorney confirmed that Blake was previously in a relationship with the child's mother, who was an officer of the church up to July of this year. Foote said the relationship between the two adults ended early in 2015.

It was suggested that the sexual abuse allegations emerged after Blake stopped supporting the child's mother and she fell into financial difficulties, which culminated with the alleged theft from the church.

The attorney said evidence will be presented at trial to show that a dispute between the mother and the pastor is the root cause of his court case.

Blake is to return on October 5.





Among the two senior members of the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA)those reportedly dismissed is a director of the agency who was named in a damning letter by an alleged whistle blower inside the FLA and another staff member who is reportedly close to the director.

In the letter, the whistle blower claimed that the director and his crony use their offices to abuse, intimidate and bully staff into executing corrupt demands. have been dismissed amid a major corruption probe.

A third person could be dismissed Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the Gleaner is reporting that their sources say that the number of suspicious FLA files submitted to the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Task Force (MOCA) has increased from the 100 initially reported to 257.





belafonte.jpgIn honor of its 25th Anniversary, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (BCRI) has announced three recipients of the 2017 Fred L. Shuttlesworth Human Rights Award, the institute's highest award that honors outstanding individuals for their significant contributions to civil and human rights. This year's honorees include the artist and activist Harry Belafonte, Birmingham's first African American Mayor Dr. Richard Arrington, Jr. and activist Viola Luizzo (posthumously). The awards will be presented at BCRI's gala on Saturday, Nov. 18.

"We are both proud and humbled to have the opportunity to honor these icons that helped shape our country and opened so many doors that were previously closed," stated Andrea L. Taylor, BCRI President, and CEO.

Harry Belafonte, Jamaican-American musician, actor and human rights activist, joined the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s. He became one of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s closest confidants. Over the years he organized demonstrations, raised money and contributed his personal funds to keep movement activities going. Belafonte has advocated for a range of other humanitarian causes.

In 1987, he received an appointment to UNICEF as a goodwill ambassador. Belafonte has been involved in prostate cancer advocacy since 2006 when he was diagnosed and successfully treated for the disease.

He became the first African American to win an Emmy for his 1959 TV special Tonight with Belafonte. In 2000, Belafonte won a Grammy Award for his lifetime achievement in music.

Richard Arrington, Jr. was the first African American mayor of the city of Birmingham, serving 20 years, from 1979 to 1999. Under his tenure as Mayor, Birmingham went from a racially divided city dependent on the steel industry to an economically and culturally diverse hub of the southeastern United States.

Throughout the '70's and early '80's, Arrington led the drive for the establishment of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. A Civil Rights Institute Task Force and Board of Directors were appointed, a site was acquired, and, after much debate, funds to build the Civil Rights Institute were attained. Mayor Arrington also authorized plans for a Civil Rights Cultural District, including a renovated Kelly Ingram Park, a Jazz Hall of Fame in the historic Carver Theatre, and landscaping of public space around the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church.

Viola Liuzzo was killed by Ku Klux Klan members following a voting rights march in Alabama in 1965. Liuzzo was the only white female protester to die in the civil rights movement. Liuzzo traveled to Alabama from Detroit in March 1965 to help the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) with its efforts to register African-American voters in Selma. Her decision to go to Alabama was driven in part by the events of March 7, 1965, in Selma--also known as "Bloody Sunday." Liuzzo had watched the brutal assault on the protesters in a news broadcast and felt compelled to find a way to join the fight for civil rights.





The Harvest Temple Apostolic Group has expressed regret after sexual charges were laid against one of its pastors last week. The pastor and St. Andrew businessman has been charged with several offences after being accused of having sexual relations with a child.

He is to appear in the St. Andrew Parish Court on Tuesday to answer to allegations of rape, forcible abduction, sexual touching of a child, sexual intercourse with a child under sixteen and grievous sexual assault. In a notice in Tuesday's Gleaner newspaper, Kingsley Carter, Presiding Bishop of Harvest Temple Apostolic Group, expressed concern and regret about the allegations. Bishop Carter also expressed concern about the minor involved, her family and the accused pastor's immediate church family. The Bishop stated that the church group is committed to the law of the land and if a person is found guilty of an offence, the law should take its course.

The pastor was charged following investigations into allegations that he had sexual relations with the child between 2015 and this year.





October 27 sentence date for Dr Ford

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dr-ford.jpgPopular medical doctor, Jephthah Ford, is scheduled to be sentenced on October 27 following his conviction on corruption charges.

The sentencing date was set in the Kingston and St. Andrew Parish Court this morning.

Ford's attorney Patrick Bailey requested a social enquiry report.

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Ford was convicted last week on two counts of attempting to pervert the course of justice.

The court heard that he offered a police sergeant millions of dollars to release two Surinamese men and the just over US$500,000 with which they were held during a police operation near Half-Way Tree in St Andrew in 2015.

The conversation between Ford and the cop was recorded on tape.





spice-nicholas-son.jpgSpice's ex-fiancé/baby father Nicholas Lall took to Instagram on Tuesday to send birthday wishes to their son Aimar who turned 10. "I still remember like it's yesterday when i was changing your diapers and getting up at nights to make your bottles. Wow time flies still can't believe your 10 already. I love you my prince i'm always your daddy i'm always your hero, your always my don my general nothing or no one can change that they can hide you and prevent us from speaking, but it's only going to be a matter of time you're getting older daddy loves you endless i'm wishing you a happy birthday AIMAR Daddy loves you."

Nicholas,, in the post implies that he is being prevented from seeing his kids following his and Spice's breakup last year.

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kasi-and-usain.jpgKasi Bennett recently took to Snapchat to upload a few photos and videos from her memory and camera roll as she highlighted a few milestones in her four year relationship with Usain Bolt on his 31st birthday.

Kasi took a stroll down memory lane on Monday after sharing a heartfelt birthday wishes on her Instagram account, which read;

"The Legend. Happiest of birthdays to the most humble, selfless, hardworking and motivating person I know. Every single day I feel like the luckiest woman to have you in my life. You are nothing short of amazing. I love you baby, and remember... EVERY DAY WE LIT ❤️🙌🏼."

However, there has been a rather threatening comment on her IG from a woman who has allegedly been stalking Kasi, and persons seem to be divided as to whether or not the threat is real, or if Kasi is just seeking attention. People are also saying that the sexy pic that accompanied the post is an old one from last year, as Usain is is Mykonos, Greece celebrating his birthday....without Kaci.

Here is what one reader commented: Anonymous on August 22, 2017 at 7:43 pm - "Or could it be that Kasi made a fake account and said those things to get attention? I notice a pattern with her, every time Bolt is off doing his thing and ignoring her she comes up with something.

1. When he was in Rio, she went to Panama and acted as if she was in Rio.

2. When she thought Bolt wasn't going to take her to Cabana Reserve she said someone went to her mothers workplace and threaten her so she doesn't feel like been around Jamaicans (she end up going)

3. Then she said someone was stalking her and she had to be going to court about it.

4. Just recently, it was someone stealing her sneakers and leaving the laces.

5. And now that Bolt is spending his birthday without her she put up a old pic of them in Bora Bora with insincere words and all of a sudden someone comes on that particular post threatening to kill her, for what?

And look who have the first comment on this very post on JMG, like they were sitting and waiting for Met to put this up. Kasi is a sick girl mentally and a pathological liar, she's a very dangerous individual.

Another said: Anonymous on August 22, 2017 at 8:02 pm - Reply

"So none of us over here knows anything about kasi but you do right? Since you had to sent a message to the person also to leave kasi alone, why don't you and kasi contact the relevant authorities about this and you are the first one to comment on this, trying to garner sympathy from Usain and your followers, "look at the bad people taking set and threatening me". Putting up balloons and presents on bed talking about spoiling my boyfriend for his birthday when the man is in Greece celebrating his birthday there and because people found out she put up that pic from last year with that lame as caption and suddenly the person come to threaten her, why now, why that photo, when that is a old pic? You and kasi can go on playing mind games but I see through the bullshit."

Why exactly there is so much hate for this Kasi girl is anybody's guess, but there were allegations that Kasi was dating Bolt's brother before she and Usain got together. Kasi has never commented on these allegations, so they remain just that.





When did Curvy Diva Yanique become the unofficial Ambassador for Children?

The media vixen and recording artiste Yanique Curvy Diva is facing calls from online trolls for her to be fired from her hosting duties on Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall because she in not a good role model for children.

According to one user on social media: "We are not bashing Yanique for the life she wants to live and how she decides to make her money, however she cannot stay on our TV and influence our children, she needs to be removed immediately."

Question, Exactly which/whose children is Yanique influencing? Yanique has never set herself up as a role model for adults ... much more children....so why would responsible adults allow her to influence their children? The calls for Yanique's dismissal comes after her recent stint in the Cayman Islands which saw a raunchy video surfacing of the "Lifestyle" singer dancing on the floor during her performance at their Dancehall Queen competition.





9 in custody over ammo find

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hands-behind-bars.jpgNine persons were taken into custody after 19 rounds of ammunition were found by police in Williamsfield, Manchester on Sunday.

The Williamsfield police report that a bag was found with 19 rounds of 9-mm bullets during a search of a unit in an apartment complex in the community.

The identities of those in custody have not been released by the police.





Car crash victim identified

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wrecked-car.jpgThe police have released the identity of the man who was killed in Friday morning's crash on the Spanish Town Bypass in St. Catherine.

He is 47 year-old Joseph Edwards of Sunflower Avenue in Hellshire Park, St. Catherine.

Mr. Edwards was a passenger in a Toyota Wish motorcar which collided with a JUTC bus.

The Toyota Wish was travelling in an easterly direction along the Spanish Town Bypass, when it drifted into the path of the JUTC bus that was travelling in the opposite direction.

Mr. Edwards died on the scene while the drivers of both vehicles were hospitalised.





Jay-Z breaks silence on 'THAT ELEVATOR FIGHT'

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jay-z-photo-1.jpgJay-Z has finally broken his silence over the infamous elevator video in which Solange Knowles attacked him as Beyonce looked on. Jay was on the podcast "Rap Radar" when he addressed the 2014 incident at the Standard Hotel in NYC, but without discussing the trigger for Solange's tirade.

Jay said obtusely, "I fought my brothers and argued with my brothers my whole life. It just so happens, who we are, these things go into a different space, but it ain't nothing."

He went on ... "We had one disagreement ever. Before and after we've been cool. She's like my sister. I will protect her. That's my sister, not my sister-in-law, my sister."

It seems Solange was angry over Jay's alleged infidelity when she went off in the elevator, which he underscores in his new song, "Kill Jay Z" ... "You egged Solange on/Knowin' all along, all you had to say you was wrong/you almost went Eric Benet/Let the baddest girl in the world get away."





Usain Bolt takes the party to Greek island Mykonos

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He has wasted no time adopting a party lifestyle since retiring from competitive sprinting.

And after marking his retirement with a number of consecutive nights out in London, Usain Bolt took the party to the stunning island of Mykonos, Greece, this week.

The Jamaican athlete, 30, was flanked by a bevy of beauties on Sunday as he headed out for another evening on the tiles with friends. Usain put on a typically dapper display for his night of partying, taking to the night scene in a crisp white shirt, beige chino shorts and pink trainers.

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He covered his famous profile beneath a pair of quirky, mirrored shades.

His sun-soaked break comes just a short while after Usain partied up a storm in the UK, enjoying champagne-fuelled bashes at some of London's biggest nightclubs, most recently DSTRKT.

The Olympic legend was pictured looking in high spirits as he headed into the nightspot with his girlfriend Kasi Bennett on Tuesday night.

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It came after he enjoyed a night out at Cirque Le Soir until 3.30am the evening prior, and a party at Libertine nightclub until 4.30am the night before that.

Usain is no stranger to the London party scene and last year ran up a £12,000 bar bill during a week-long celebration to mark his 'triple-triple' success at Rio 2016.





romain-virgo-photo-4.jpgNEW YORK, NY- On Saturday August 26th, the New York Hilton in Manhattan will be the site of the 55th annual Jamaica Grand Independence Gala. The black-tie event will present an elegant evening featuring a cocktail and dinner reception honoring distinguished community leaders. Hosted by the Jamaica Independence Foundation, Inc. under the patronage of the Consul General of Jamaica, the Honorable Trudy Deans, and the Jamaica Tourist Board. The headlining entertainment for the evening will be Romain Virgo and The Unit Band, making their debut at the glamourous event. Grammy winning artist Estelle will serve as a co-host with actor/singer Leon.

VP Records artiste Romain Virgo grew up in the industry, making history as the youngest winner of Television Jamaica's (TVJ) popular "Rising Stars" talent competition at 17-years-old, then winning Artist of the Year from JaRIA in 2012. He has come into his own and is flourishing as a reggae artist and band leader, with a new album in the works and his current single 'Now' presenting a international pop sound.

Afro-Caribbean, London born songstress Estelle has led a successful music career, winning a Grammy® in 2009. She is currently, putting the finishing touches on her 5th studio album on VP Records/ Established 1980 Records (Estelle's imprint). The album will feature the work of top producers Supa Dups and Jerry Wonda, writers Tish Hyman, JFK and UrsVerse among others. The first single 'Love Like Ours' featuring Tarrus Riley, featured on Reggae Gold 2017, has been making a splash on charts and streaming services since its debut early June.

Guest of honor, Prime Minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holness will be the recipient of the Distinguished Leadership Award. Awards will also be given to Former Prime Minister, The Honorable Edward Seaga and Hall of Fame Basketball Player, Patrick A. Ewing.

Held from 6:30pm-2am, guests will be further entertained with additional sets from Likkle Big Band and Road International. Proceeds will go to the Garvey Elementary School in the Bronx and Woman Inc. In addition to the Gala, the 55th anniversary will also be marked with a celebration of Jamaican delicacies during restaurant week in September, and a film festival and business forum in October.





No New York concert for Alkaline

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alkaline-mavado-and-al.jpgAlkaline announced that he would not be performing in New York on Sunday night.

The Dancehall artiste was billed to take the stage at the Ecips Music Festival which is being held at the Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, New York.

Sources close to Alkaline say the artiste is currently in New York but orgainzers have failed to pay their final deposit which was outlined in the contract. The source added that several other acts slated for the show weren't paid and they also removed themselves from the lineup.





sean-kingston-photo-1.jpgSean Kingston made it very public that he isn't broke by posting pictures of his new mansion and car to match which he recently bought in Jamaica but his legal troubles in the United States are far from over.

The "Beautiful Girls" singer is now desperately requesting a new trial after he failed to pay a Florida-based jeweler $44,000 USD which has since resulted in a Judge issuing a warrant for his arrest, TMZ reports.The news outlet obtained new court documents in which Kingston says he didn't know about the order to pay the sum because he ignored the papers he received, thinking it was for a different case.

Kingston is reportedly begging for mercy as he has to represent himself due to "financial efficiency." He also cites health issues after being assaulted recently.The singer says he needs to share his side of the story, as he tried to return some of the pieces in question and set up a payment plan but Haimov Jewelers refused.





usain-bolt-wins-gold-200m-beijing-2015.jpgbolt-hamstring-injury-image.jpgWorld 100m & 200m record holder Usain Bolt silenced the haters on Thursday. After his apparent injury in the relay at the World Championships, there were those who questioned whether he really suffered an injury in his farewell race.

Bolt, who pulled up in closing stages of the anchor leg of the relay, fell to the ground before getting back up and walking across the finish line.

On Thursday, Bolt took to Twitter to share a photo of his injury and addressed those who did not believe that he was injured. The tweets were deleted shortly after being posted.

"Sadly I have a tear of the proximal myotendinous junction of biceps femoris in my left hamstring with partial retraction. 3 months rehab. I don't usually release my medical report to the public but sadly I have sat and listened to people questioning if I was really injured.

He added: "I have never been one to cheat my fans in anyway & my entire desire at the championship was run one last time for my fans. Thanks for the continued support my fans and I rest, heal and move onto the next chapter of my life #Love&LoveAlone"

It had been planned for the 30-year-old sprinting great, a lifelong Manchester United fan, to play against Barcelona Legends in a charity match to raise money for the Manchester United Foundation.





guns-in-marverley.jpgA man believed to be a former policeman was shot dead by the police along Mobberly Avenue in Maverly, Kingston 20, on Wednesday night.

Police are still in the process of confirming the identity of the deceased, but strongly believe he's a former cop.

Reports are that the police, acting on information they received, went to a premises along Mobberly Avenue at about 8pm when they were confronted by the man who pointed a firearm at the cops.

The law enforcement, in response, reportedly took evasive action and opened fire at the man, hitting him several times in the upper body.

He was pronounced dead at hospital. No police was hurt in the incident.

The police said they recovered a M16 rifle and a hand gun along with 13 9mm and 17 .5.56 rounds from the scene.





Dr. Ford guilty!

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dr-ford.jpgPopular family physician, Dr Jephthah Ford, has been found guilty of corruption charges.

The verdict was handed down in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court yesterday by Parish Judge Simone Wolfe Reece.

He is to return to court on August 22 when a date will be set for sentencing.

Ford was convicted on two counts of attempting to pervert the course of justice following an incident in 2014 in which two Surinamese men were held with US$533,886 or J$55 million, during a police operation along Half-Way Tree Road, in St Andrew.

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The trial, which began in 2016, featuring testimony from Police Sergeant Franklyn McLaren that he secretly made a recording of Ford offering him millions of dollars to end the investigation against the two men and release the cash.

In April 2014, Dr. Ford was offered bail in the sum of J$1 million when he appeared in court to answer to a charge of attempting to pervert the course of justice. He was allegedly caught on camera trying to bribe a policeman, offering him 40 per cent of approximately J$60 million that was seized from two Surinamese nationals. Ford had contacted the policeman a day before the foreigners were taken before the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court and promised to give him the funds if he decided against taking the men to court and returned the money to them.

Allegations were that Dr Ford first offered the policeman 25 per cent of the money, but after he gave the policeman a chance to determine how much he wanted, settled at 40 per cent, when the cop reportedly suggested 50 per cent.





shaneke-williams-instagram.jpgSpartan Health Club's position on the issue of Shaneke Williams' entry in the 2017 Miss Jamaica World Pageant.

Our "Criteria for Entry" is set out on the Miss Jamaica World website and the relevant criteria as relate to Miss Williams are as follows:

Section (d) of Article 1(The Entrant) "Shall be a person whose background is not likely to bring into disrepute the Miss Jamaica World Beauty Pageant or MJW title or the Promoter or any other person associated with them".

Section (g) "The Promoter has the right, without giving any reason whatsoever, to bar any applicant from entering the Miss Jamaica World Contest whom he feels may bring the Contest into disrepute".

Anyone accused of the actions that Miss Williams was accused of and was before the nation's court for a criminal offence in the same year as the staging of the pageant would obviously face exclusion from the pageant. There is no investigative arm to the Miss Jamaica World Pageant and traditionally, prospective contestants are allowed to hand in Entry Forms on the day that the "Finalists" are to be selected. My understanding is that Miss Williams Entry Form was handed in on that last day. I was totally unaware that the Shaneke Williams who was in the line-up of contestants was involved in any criminal trial or any type of scandal whatsoever. To the best of my knowledge neither did any of the other judges.

In a Jamaica Observer Online article Miss Williams is quoted as saying: "Before entering the competition, I knew what the situation was and I made it clear to them that I am at a state right now where I'm recovering mentally and emotionally from this ordeal and I would not want to enter knowing that it would implicate them or affect my chances of winning the crown," she said.

"It was made known to me that it should not be an issue because there was no criminal record and I'm not convicted of any crime," Williams added.

Again, no communication between Miss Williams and any Miss Jamaica World 2017 team member was made known to me and if any team member had approached and encouraged her to enter knowing of this incident in her recent past, I would find it very disturbing.

I had a very long meeting with Shaneke yesterday, Tuesday August 15 I found her to be a bright young lady albeit maybe with some "issues" which should not be surprising considering her recent past. I made the point that while she may see the Miss Jamaica World Pageant as a platform to make a statement and redeem her reputation that would be selfish if it was going to be at the expense of her fellow contestants, sponsors, past winners and contestants and the Pageant itself.

I told her that she should have come in to see me and identify herself and her situation before entering. She did not mention then that she had been in dialogue with anyone on the team. I handed her a letter explaining our reasons for refusing her entry and she seemed in full agreement and requested the opportunity to withdraw voluntarily. I agreed and gave her a timeline in which to submit the letter. The timeline has not been met but the letter will still be accepted if and when it comes.

We have offered to maintain Miss Williams gym membership awarded when she was initially selected as a "Finalist" as we do not see her as a criminal or even as an unsavoury person but just someone who does not meet the criteria for entry into the Miss Jamaica World Pageant at this time.





2-year-old shot and injured near Jarrett Lane

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The Peace Management Initiative (PMI) will be providing counselling to the family of the two year old boy who was shot in the Mountain View Avenue area on Tuesday evening.

The boy was injured near Jarrett Lane as gunmen traded bullets, however, that the injuries sustained by the child are not life threatening.

A source close to the case said doctors believe that the child has suffered a broken bone as a result of the incident. They have ordered an x-ray.

Tuesday's incident was the latest flare up of gang violence in the area.

Berthlyne Plummer, a senior Social Worker at the PMI, said several teams from the organisation have been dispatched to the community and will be working with the police to restore calm to the area.

Among their mandate will be to provide counselling and mediation sessions for community members. Miss Plummer said the intervention also involves community meetings and interactions with persons involved in violence in the affected areas.





Tropical wave to bring rain this weekend

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The Meteorological Service says a Tropical Wave currently across the eastern Caribbean is expected to move in the vicinity of Jamaica on Friday.

As a result, the island is expected to experience periods of moderate to heavy showers and isolated thunderstorms across sections of most parishes during the afternoon on Friday into Saturday.

The Meteorological Service says it will continue to monitor the situation.





lisa-hanna-photo-4.jpgMiss Jamaica World 1993 and MP for South East St Ann, Lisa Hanna, has called on the organisers of Miss Jamaica World 2017 to remove controversial Shaneke Williams from the line-up of finalists selected to vie for the crown at the grand coronation slated for September 23.

The former Miss World took to social media early this week where she posted: "Caesar's wife should be above suspicion... Ought not Miss Jamaica World to be held to a similar standard?"

"Suspicion alone is enough to disqualify anyone from being "married" ... it should be enough to disqualify anyone from competing to represent our country as Miss Jamaica World. The Coordinators of Miss Jamaica World 2017 would be wise to recall the "Caesar Wife principle." #LisaHannaMJW1993," she continued in her post on Instagram.

Williams, whose entry in this year's beauty pageant has been met with strong criticism because she was earlier this year freed of rape charges, yesterday pleaded with Jamaicans to give her a chance.

"I think it's unfair to label an accused person as a criminal when there is no criminal record or fact to support the claims that were made against me."

Williams, who insisted she was innocent, was freed of a charge of aiding and abetting rape and sexual touching in the case of a 15-year-old girl, which was alleged to have occurred in November 2013.

The case was dismissed after the complainant indicated that she did not wish to proceed with the matter.

Since Williams was named among this year's MJW contestants, many social media users have since questioned the move by Spartan Health Club, which is the franchise staging the pageant, to allow her to compete.

According to one person who identifies as Chasechs: "I keep asking people, how can she ethically and morally perform her duties as MJW if she wins or places in the top 3? The target market of MJW is not just to represent jamaica but it is largely to uplift women and young ladies in our society. How can she posibly do this? Some will say that she was not found guilty but she was not found to be innocent either! The complainant drop the case, what wouls have happened if they had continued?

How can she address a gathering of women and girls and speak about sexual abuse, voilence againts women/children and women in the professional world? International representation is one thing but how can she carry out her duties is she wins? Some will say she is just a finalist she may not win, well I say without a ticket yuh cyah win. She has a ticket right now as a finalist. She is too tainted to be considered in this pageant.

While we don't want to condemn her to darkness, the MJW is not a platform for her to seek redemption and forgiveness. You don't reward a recovering drug addict with a pharmaceutical company, Nor an alleged alcoholic with a beer brewery. Its just not logical nor ethical."





crime-scene-gun.jpgA man, who was jointly charged with murder, was shot dead at the supermarket where he works by an unknown assailant in the full view of shoppers and staff members Wednesday morning.

The deceased has been identified as 21-year-old Ochille Hall of a Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland address.

Reports are that about 10:57 am, Hall was on the job when he was approached by the gunman who opened fire hitting him several times.

He was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The incident caused customers and workers to scamper for cover.

According to a highly placed source, investigators suspect that Hall's murder was a reprisal killing.

Hall's co-accused, Aaron Wedderburn, was shot dead at the entrance of the Savanna-la-Mar Public General Hospital on Thursday, July 27.

The Savanna-la-Mar police are investigating.





Supermarket worker shot dead at Price Rite

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA supermarket worker was shot dead as he was leaving his job at a supermarket located in what is called the Price Rite section of Chancery Street, off Red Hills Road in St Andrew on Tuesday night.

Reports are that the male worker at Shopper's Delite supermarket was ambushed by a lone gunman a few yards from his workplace at minutes to 10. The police reports that the man was shot in the back of the head, after which several more shots were fired al over his body.

He was pronounced dead at hospital.

The police team spent several hours at the supermarket on Wednesday gathering information.

Investigations continue.





A tweet quoting Nelson Mandella posted by Barack Obama in response to the situation in Charlottesville has become the most popular Twitter message of all time.

Obama's tweet has been liked 2.9 million times while 1.2 million people have retweeted it.

He wrote: 'No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion.'

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He continued: 'People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love.'

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Finishing his message, he said: 'For love comes more naturally to the human heart that it's opposite - Nelson Mandela.'

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In comparison, Donald Trump insisted both sides were at fault during the demonstration that claimed the life of anti-fascist protester Heather Heyer.

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Trump's response to the crisis has been attacked by both Republicans and Democrats, although is approach has been praised by the former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, David Duke.

It took Trump more than 48 hours to condemn the racist organization before attempting to blame anti-fascist protesters for the violence.





shaneke-williams-instagram.jpgMiss Jamaica World pageant finalist Shaneke Williams, says she is pressing ahead in the competition and says she is being bullied on cyberspace.

Williams, who is among the 16 finalists announced for this year's pageant, says she has been on the receiving end of cyber-bulling and hatred, due to the fact that she was arrested for a serious crime in 2015.

Williams was charged with aiding and abetting rape and sexual touching, in the alleged incident involving a 15-year-old in November 2013. The case involved former Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) candidate Don Creary, who was charged with rape. However, the matter was dismissed by the court after the complainant indicated she did not wish to proceed with the case.

"I believe that at the end of the day, I have a story to be told and this is why I decided to enter the pageant. I believe it is a platform for me to share my side of the story, to inspire others who may be experiencing a similar experience," Williams said.

Williams also said she decided to enter the competition because she wanted to help to empower persons, especially those who have faced similar tribulations.

She said she anticipated a high level of scrutiny from her inclusion in the pageant, but was unprepared for the "bullying and hate" that has followed.





donald-quarrie.jpgTechnical leader for Jamaica's team to the recent IAAF World Athletics Championships Donald Quarrie who revealed the verbal confrontation between quarter milers Shericka Jackson and Stephenie-Ann McPherson at the Word Championships in London, says he told the nation because he had to do it before social media picked it up and ran with it.

The two MVP athletes had an argument over the selection of uniforms for the final of the women's 4X400m relay on Sunday after which McPherson was withdrawn from the line-up citing an injury which Quarrie had questioned. Jamaica eventually failed to finish.

Olympian, Quarrie, who was speaking on Hitz 92 FM's Girls Sports club on Tuesday, says he wanted the public to know what had happened.

"Social media is a means of information being passed around; I figured that this was going to go out and we didn't want the public to think we are hiding something from them," said Quarrie.

Quarrie has maintained that McPherson had no intention to run with team-mate Shericka Jackson after the verbal altercation, despite relay coach Paul Francis' advice that the athlete had a leg injury.





court.jpgKenneth Blake, the 52-year-old pastor of the Harvest Temple Apostolic Church, located on Slipe Pen Road, was on Tuesday arrested and charged with rape, forcible abduction, grievous sexual assault, sexual touching and sexual intercourse with a person under 16 years old. Blake was being sought by the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) for allegedly repeatedly having sex with a 12-year-old girl before impregnating her, is now in jail. He was charged after he surrendered to investigators at CISOCA.

According to reports, Pastor Blake was accompanied by his attorney and members of his congregation, law enforcement sources revealed. He is scheduled to appear before the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on August 22.

It was last week that Jamaican newspaper, the Gleaner, broke the story that the pregnant 14-year-old gave investigators a detailed statement in which she alleged that Blake initially forced himself on to her before he began to reward her after their sexual encounters.

"He would give her money and other gifts so that she would not tell anyone," one source revealed.

However, according to the source, the alleged sexual relationship came to light in June this year when the 14-year-old discovered that she was pregnant and confessed everything to her mother. According to law-enforcement sources, the pastor is engaged to the mother of the pregnant 14-year-old girl.

One source said the child reported that she would often visit the clergyman's St Andrew home to look for her older sister, who was sent to live with the pastor "due to the lack of convenience at her mother's home".

She reported that during one of those visits in 2015, the pastor sent her older sister to downtown Kingston before having sexual intercourse with her against her will.

According to her account, the clergyman also supplied her with money and other gifts before their sexual encounters ended in April this year.





shaneke-williams-woman-charged-with-don-creary.jpgshaneke-williams-instagram.jpgSocial media is not having it and they are making Miss Jamaica World (MJW) contestant know that they are not in favour of her being a finalist in the contest. Shaneke Williams, the woman who was freed of a charge of aiding and abetting rape and sexual touching in the case of a 15-year-old girl has been selected as a finalist in the Miss Jamaica World beauty pageant and many are voicing their opinion that this is wrong.

"Suppose she wins and this gets out to the international media?" seems to be the main concern.

"Shaneke Williams was arrested for aiding and abetting RAPE & sexual touching of a minor yet she's a contender in MJW? RUBBISH", said one user, "But girl, imagine if she win and that come across international media? It will be a scandal," said another in response.

However, since Williams was named among this year's MJW contestants, many Twitter users have questioned the move by Spartan Health Club, which is the franchise staging the pageant, to allow her to compete.

One user noted that the charges were dropped.

"Cannot believe she made it through," another said.

The aiding and abetting rape and sexual touching case was dismissed after the complainant, who is now 19 years old, indicated that she did not wish to proceed with the matter.The incident was alleged to have occurred in November 2013.

The Facebook page for the pageant officially announced that Williams is among the 16 beauties selected on Saturday to embark on the journey to Miss Jamaica World 2017.

The 16 finalists selected on Saturday are: Shaneke Williams, Kadejah Anderson, Brianne St.Juste, Jaavonne Taylor, Latoya Tingle, Solange Sinclair, Amaya Lewis, Megan McNaughton, Rochelle Duncan, Sukanya Wilmot, Alana Pennant, Alyssa Booth, Sasha Henry, Leah Hollingsworth, Jeneque Pinnock and Melissa Douglas.





shericka-jackson.jpgThis is sure a 'what the hell' moment. The two woman dem go all the way a World Championship inna London and FIGHT?! Over uniform?! REALLY?

So we heard Technical Director Donald Quarrie speak briefly to a local reporter who is in London about the madness in the camp and how an argument escalated to the point where he had to physically position himself between the two quarter milers quarter-milers Stephanie Ann McPherson and Shericka Jackson to prevent a huge fight. This confrontation took place right before the women's mile relay final at the IAAF World Championships in London on Sunday. Reports are that it all stemmed from a uniform issue. Quarrie did say that the argument started over something small and insignificant and then it escalated to the point where one of them - Stephanie Ann McPherson - said she wasn't running if the other was on the team.

"It (argument) started with a uniform thing, and I don't remember exactly why, because when it was beginning, I made sure I got in there to keep things normal. It escalated a little bit, but the main thing I was concerned about was keeping them apart," said Quarrie.

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McPherson was subsequently diagnosed with an injury and withdrawn from the team by relay coach Paul Francis. Naturally, Quarrie is now seems to be questioning the authenticity of the information he was given.

"My main issue right now is the fact that one young lady said she was not going to run, suddenly. I show up at the track and her coach is telling me she has an injury and will not be able to run. The doctor did check with her and said it was a grade one something - I can't remember what it is - but I find it very strange that between the hotel and here (warm-up track), an injury could have occurred," said Quarrie.

"I am not going to put the blame on the young lady only. The coach is the one that said she cannot run, just as he said Elaine could not run. He gave me a reason that Elaine did not run in practice to the extent which he wanted should in case she had to push herself. She had not done that, so it was his decision," Quarrie continued before sharing the circumstances around the altercation between the athletes.

"There was a verbal altercation between herself and Shericka. She (McPherson) said it (that she would not run). I told her not to say so and that we should move on. In the heat of everything, I could forgive the young lady, but I would like to know why, in such a short space of time, I show up at the track, and she is not running." Anneisha McLaughlin-Whilby was a last minute replacement for McPherson in the line-up alongside Chrisann Gordon, Jackson and Novlene Williams-Mills. The former Holmwood athlete however, suffered a leg injury 100m into her second-leg run before crashing to the ground and ending Jamaica's hopes of defending the title.





trump-and-merck-ceo.jpgA CEO serving on President Donald Trump's council on manufacturing announced his resignation early Monday from the White House panel, in protest of Trump's continued silence on the white nationalist groups who incited Saturday's deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Ken Frazier, the head of Merck pharmaceuticals, said in a statement he was stepping down "as a matter of personal conscience" and "to take a stand against intolerance and extremism."

In response, Trump ― who has yet to personally denounce the far-right groups who sparked Saturday's deadly carnage in Charlottesville ― directly attacked Frazier on Twitter.

His tweet was one of several posted on Monday morning, ranging from attacking "obstructionist Democrats" to pledging he would work on "trade and military" and reiterating his support for Sen. Luther Strange (R-Ala.), who is squaring off against several opponents in a GOP primary on Tuesday.

None of his tweets addressed the weekend's violence.

After Trump on Saturday had blamed "many sides" for the hatred that led to the violence in Charlottesville, the White House on Sunday said in a statement that "of course" that included "white supremacists, KKK Neo-Nazi and all extremist groups."

Still, the statement was attributed to an unnamed spokesperson, not to Trump himself.





In the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, 700 brides at a mass wedding were presented with wooden bats and told to use them as weapons should their husbands become drunk or abusive.

The paddles are normally used for getting dirt out of clothes in traditional laundries, but those given out to the brides were stamped with pink and blue messages saying "a gift to keep drunks in check" and "police won't say anything"

At the ceremony in central India over the weekend, Gopal Bhargava, the minister of social justice and rural development, presented women with the bats and urged them to put them to use if necessary.

He said: "If your husband or any other member of family comes home drunk, treat him with it." Mr Bhargava has ordered nearly 10,000 bats for distribution to newlywed women.

He explained that the purpose of the bats was to help rural women protect themselves as concerns over alcoholism mount in India.

"Women say whenever their husbands get drunk they become violent. Their savings are taken away and splurged on liquor," he told AFP news agency.

"There is no intent to provoke women or instigate them to violence but the bat is to prevent violence."

Mr Bhargava said he got the idea for the wedding presents when a woman asked him whether she should get her husband to stop drinking by beating him with a wooden plank.

In Madhya Pradesh the Gulabi Gang - a group of female vigilantes clad in pink saris and carrying wooden sticks - have recently launched a campaign to stop vendors selling alcohol and to shut down illicit moonshine operations.

Many Indian states have launched a crackdown on liquor in recent years, either banning or restricting its sale in a bid to curb alcohol-fuelled violence.

Last year, the government of Tamil Nadu state pledged to instate prohibition as part of its campaign to win re-election, and Eastern Bihar imposed an alcohol ban in 2016.





Blanche Blackwell (nee Lindo), mother of music mogul and businessman Chris Blackwell died on August 8 in London. She was 104.

Olivia "Babsy" Grange, minister of culture, gender affairs, entertainment and sport, said Blanche Blackwell was "an exceptional host who welcomed and introduced several leading figures including, actors, authors, and singers to Jamaica at her home at Bolt House in St Mary, and encouraged some of her famous guests to set up homes on the island".

Among those who established homes near Bolt House were the playwright, actor and composer Noël Coward; and the James Bond author Ian Fleming.

Grange said "Mrs Blackwell was muse" to both men and had "inspired some of the great works that Fleming and Coward produced while in Jamaica".

Sally Henzell, widow of film director Perry Henzell, remembers Blackwell as a woman of substance.

"She had verve and character. She was interested in everything and managed to keep her life together -- physically and mentally -- right to the very end," said Henzell.

Blanche Blackwell was a society beauty who beguiled the guests who came to her home, Bolt House, in St Mary, Jamaica. Errol Flynn referred to her laugh as "like the sounds of water tinkling over a waterfall" and was madly in love with her. He even considered proposing to her (even though he was still married). At first she had not wanted to meet him, telling him she was suffering from boils on her bottom.

"He was the most handsome man I had ever seen," she says swooning still at the thought. "We became great friends."

She would later become the lover of the married Fleming, who is thought to have based the character of Pussy Galore from Goldfinger on her (although Blanche shakes her head, unaware of this, and laughs at the mention that men found her intoxicatingly beautiful).

Born in 1912 in Costa Rica, she was descended from Sephardic Jews who had fled Portugal during the Inquisition. The family set up home in Jamaica in the 1700s and became wealthy merchants. Their business included rum and sugar, and they owned vast tracts of land. (Her brother Roy sold Coward the land for his Jamaican houses).

Blanche married Middleton Joseph Blackwell and they had a son Chris Blackwell (the founder of Island Records who, as a young man, was appointed to work on the set of the film Dr No by Fleming).They divorced when Chris was 12.

Firmly ensconced in society circles it was not long before Blanche would meet the philandering, but very much married, Fleming.

Indeed, she was 44 and he was 48 when they encountered each other.

"I remember I sat next to him at dinner and he said: 'Why haven't I seen you before?'" she says sitting elegantly in her Knightsbridge apartment, beautifully dressed and wearing a slash of vibrant coral lipstick. "I told him I was just over from England and he said: 'Oh good God, you're not a lesbian, are you?' And I laughed."

Blanche, Fleming and Coward made a trio everyone wanted to be seen with.

The free-spirited Blanche became Fleming's muse and her presence seriously worried the author's wife Ann, who was often in the UK. She was aware of her husband's philandering (Ann, too, was unfaithful) but she realised his relationship with Blanche was different. On one occasion when Ann returned to their Jamaica home Goldeneye she ripped up the garden Blanche had lovingly planted.

"She disliked me but I can't blame her," Blanche says. "When I got to know Ian better I found a man in serious depression. I was able to give him a certain amount of happiness. I felt terribly sorry for him." Their relationship would last until shortly before his death.





pnp-winston-green-larger.jpgDr Winston Green, the Member of Parliament for St Mary south east has died.

Dr Green, who was a dentist, died shortly after 5 o'clock this morning (Monday) at Andrew's Memorial Hospital after he reportedly fell and hit his head at home.

Dr Green had a history of seizures; however, it is not known if the seizure contributed to his death.

He became the Member of Parliament for St. Mary South Eastern after he defeated the Jamaica Labour Party's Dr Norman Dunn in the February 2016 general election.

Dr Dunn challenged the election result and this led to a magisterial recount, in which Dr Green was officially declared the winner by five votes.

Green fell and hit his head while at home. Dr Green of the People's National Party defeated the Jamaica Labour Party's Norman Dunn by five votes after a magisterial recount at the Sutton Street Court in the last general election.





In a recent letter to the editor, Paris Taylor from Greater Portmore declared: It is most unfortunate when a man of the clergy actually endorses the repeal of the buggery law. This move obviously shows that these men of the cloth are being moved by an evil force which is already creating havoc on our beautiful land. The spirit of evil is so much a part of us but we fail to realise the tremendous impact it has engulfed us with.

No one should try to contravene the fundamental laws of nature which can guide mankind into the eternal future. The repealing of the buggery law is counterproductive and the individuals who are actually pushing this sad depiction of our society to the wider world will not see God's face.

We all know what God did to Sodom and Gomorrah for their evil practices and the likely possibility to have God making a determination on our nation for straying from the given premise. Homosexuality is a practice which God abhors, and there will never be a different answer for what these so-called learnt theologians argue should be permitted

There must be no justice for our Christian brothers/sisters if these theologians continue to disobey God's words and go on their own understanding. We don't need to downgrade our moral principles to suit anybody or any nation

Rev Garnet Roper and Bishop Howard Gregory, advocates for repealing the buggery law, must take a look at someone like Rev Al Miller, who is convinced that these so-called scholars are not guided by the Bible teachings which have been directing humanity for centuries. The journey of mankind would have stopped abruptly if we were allowed to place emphasis on this despicable practice. Procreation is a practice which was given to humanity to ensure that the human species does not become extinct. The anus is not even a sex organ and it will never be in this century or in centuries to come.

We need Bible scholars to preach and teach from the Bible because it is not an outdated book, and it is still relevant in this millennium. paristaylor82@hotmail.com





alkaline-fan-nipple.jpgLast week, a picture of Sean Kingston with his hand touching Tommy Lee's hair made the rounds on social media, with some saying the thing "luuuuuuuu". It was just too intimate for some trolls, but other fans realised that it was really just a 'bro thing' and there was nothing fishy about it at all. Now, Alkaline, who seems to have taken it personal that Sean Kingston signed Tommy Lee and not him (Alkaline), even though Alka and Sean have worked well in the past. So when Alka posted this comment on social media, it suggested that he was taking aim at Sean Kingston and Tommy Lee: "Done see say dem a bitch smh. Check out my new sound #realwidit#dealwidit #doneseeit."

Well, fans of Sean Kingston and Tommy Lee Sparta have done some digging and have found an August 2015 photo of Vendetta deejay Alkaline posing with a fan whose finger appeared to brush against the bare-chested deejay's nipple. (WHOA!)

"They need to speak about this," sources close to the two deejay reportedly said. "They making a big deal over a video with the boss [Sean Kingston] and his new artist [Tommy Lee Sparta] but no one is saying anything about this luuu photo with Alkafish [Alkaline]."





jah-cure-benz-crash-photo-1.jpgOn Saturday Night, Reggae artiste Jah Cure crashed his brand new vehicle, his much-loved-and-hyped-about 2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 S. The expensive, high end, luxury vehicle sustained quite a bit of damage to the front section and will be very costly to fix...but this is Jah Cure and we surely hope either he or his insurance have the cash to care. Anyway..he's blaming the other driver. Of course. Who else?

The story is that driver of the other vehicle drove out on Jah Cure, and in trying to avoid a collision Jah Cure somehow lost control of his vehicle. Jah Cure and his Mercedes Benz subsequently crashed into a tree. (Oh dear!) This took place somewhere in St Ann....near an intersection on the Salem main road in Runaway Bay.

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"Mek mi tell yuh diss, mi nuh just crash suh eno Daddy....," Jah Cure is reported to have said. "Is a man do that to mi.... yuh see a while ago....," he added.

One eyewitness reported that another driver pulled out in front of Jah Cure who was driving very fast along the Runaway Bay main road in Saint Ann. Jah Cure lost control of his 2017 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe which crashed head on into a tree.

Yardflex was unable to get the driver of the other vehicle to hear his side of the story and we are awaiting the official police report.





policeman-son-shot.jpgThe police constable whose two year old son was fatally shot in Braeton, St. Catherine on Thursday, is to be questioned by INDECOM investigators on Monday. The investigators were preparing to question him on Friday, however, this had to be postponed as the policeman is said to be too traumatised to give a statement. His firearm has been seized by INDECOM for testing.

It is reported that about 6 p.m. on Thursday, the policeman, who is attached to Mobile Reserve, went home after feeling ill. He fell asleep with his firearm but he awoke shortly after and saw his son with the pistol.

It's reported that the policeman was attempting to retrieve the firearm from the toddler when it went off. The child was shot in the head.

The policeman and his wife were rushing the injured boy to the hospital when the vehicle crashed into a taxi along the Braeton main road.

The child later succumbed to his injury.





policeman-son-shot.jpgThe two-year-old son of the policeman's is dead in a bizarre accident Thursday night.

The baby has been identified as Almando McLean Jr, whose father is assigned to the Mobile Reserve.

Reports are that the policeman had fallen asleep next to his son at his Portmore, St Catherine home. When he woke up, the lawman reportedly saw Almando Jr with his licensed firearm.

While the cop was in the process of retrieving the gun from his son, the firearm reportedly went off hitting the child in the neck.

The tragic situation escalated when the cop reportedly crashed his private motor car into the rear of another vehicle, at a section of the Old Braeton main road, while transporting his injured son to the Spanish Town Hospital.

The boy reportedly sustained head injuries and he and his father were assisted to the hospital, where the child was pronounced dead.

The police are investigating.





12-month sentence for ganja cop

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hands-behind-bars.jpgA senior policeman, who was held along Mandela Highway in St Andrew with more than 100 pounds of ganja some three years ago, was fined over $500,000 and slapped with a 12-month prison sentence in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on Thursday.

Inspector Dale Isaacs from the Mobile Reserve of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) was fined $15,000 or 30 days for possession of ganja, and $500,000 or six months, plus a direct 12-month sentence, for dealing in ganja.

Isaacs was held by members of the JCF Anti-Corruption Branch on Mandela Highway in St Andrew with the ganja in his private motorcar in 2014.

He was arrested and charged with breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act.





6 shot including 10-year-old girl; four dead

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA 10-year-old girl is among six persons who were shot Saturday morning in the Whitfield Town area, in St Andrew South West, as tensions in the community remain very high.

Four of the six who were shot have since succumbed to their injuries.

Senior Superintendent Arthur Brown, head of the St Andrew South Police Division, confirmed the gruesome incident and stated that the incident happened between 1:30 -3:30 am on Saturday.

He said while there might be evidence of gang violence he is still yet to confirm a motive of the killing.

"Some doors were kicked off and six persons were shot in total, four succumbed. A 10-year-old was shot and injured also, she's at Children's Hospital [Bustamante Hospital for Children], the other person is at the Kingston Public Hospital".

"I wouldn't want to put it down to that [gang violence] because unfortunately some persons who weren't involved, got caught in it." He said.

He said the community remains very tense, but sought to reassure citizens that there will be increased police presence in the community and everything will be done to bring criminals to justice.





donald-trump-photo-1.jpgPresident Donald Trump said Thursday that he did the US military a "great favour" by banning transgender troops from the armed forces.

Trump, speaking to reporters at his New Jersey country club, said the issue of transgender service members had been "complicated" and "confusing" for the military.

"Look, I have great respect for the (transgender) community," Trump said. "I think I have great support -- or I've had -- great support from that community.

"I got a lot of votes."

But Trump said the issue of transgender troops has been a "very difficult situation" for the US armed forces.

"As you know, it's been a very complicated issue for the military," he said. "It's been a very confusing issue for the military.

"I think I'm doing the military a great favour." Source: (AFP)





court.jpgThree members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, accused of kidnapping a 15-year-old boy in Westmoreland, have been charged.

Constables Romaine Wellington; Lushana Bryan and Adrian Jackson, who are attached to the Westmoreland Police Division, were charged on Thursday with kidnapping, extortion, as well as attempting to pervert the course of justice.

The cops reportedly demanded a two million dollar ransom to release the teenager. They are booked to appear in court on August 17.

And details have emerged on how the teenager was kidnapped by the cops.

A source close to the case told RJR News that the 15-year-old was taken off a bus last week after he was reportedly held in possession of an illegal gun by the police officers.

They then kidnapped him and demanded that the money be paid or he would be killed.

The cops were held in a sting operation in St Elizabeth on Sunday when they went to collect the money. They reportedly threw away the weapon which the teenager had.





meadowbrook-high-student.jpgAdministrators at Meadowbrook High will on Monday stage a candlelight vigil on the school grounds in celebration of the life of 17-year-old Mickolle Moulton, who was gunned down in Arnett Gardens on Sunday.

Retired Major Paul Brown, president of the Meadowbrook High Parent -- Teachers' Association (PTA), said the vigil -- which is a collaboration between the PTA, the past students' association, classmates and Mickolle's teachers, the school board, friends and other members of the school family -- is expected to be a mark of solidarity against violence, especially when it concerns the youth of Jamaica.

Brown said the event, expected to begin at 6:00 pm, will feature a prayer for Jamaica's youth, remembrance and reflections on Mickolle's life, and a candle-lighting ceremony

Donovan Thomas, president of the school's past students' association, said the event will provide an avenue for stakeholders to assist Mickolle's classmates, friends and those close to her to get over the tragic incident.

Thomas also added that one of the aims is to stand united and highlight that such incidents cannot continue.

"We are doing whatever we can in our space to show that we grieve with the family and friends of Mickolle and are taking a stand against violence towards youth," he said.

In the meantime, Thomas said the past students' association believes that providing proper guidance for youth is one of the starting points to curb the crime monster.





usain-bolt-the-big-man.jpgLONDON, England -- Jamaican based franchise company FRANJAM has signed a major contract with the UK based Casual Dining Restaurants Group (CDRG) to open 15 Tracks & Records restaurants across the United Kingdom over the next five years, making it the first Jamaican owned restaurant franchise concept to open on an international scale.

"For us this is a significant milestone in the company's development. When we created the Tracks & Records concept it was done with these major markets in mind. The UK has been a key target market for us since the conceptualisation stage over seven years ago and there is no greater satisfaction than to see it unfold in this way," said FRANJAM's Managing Director Gary Matalon.

He added that he believes this signifies the first time a local, homegrown concept has evolved into becoming an international franchise and it confirms brand Jamaica's potential and gives widespread hope that many other Jamaican brands through this business model can be exported.

Tracks & Records, a Jamaican themed restaurant, which boasts eight-time Olympic Gold Medalist, Usain Bolt as a key partner, started operations in Kingston, Jamaica in April 2011 and is the first restaurant of its type in the island.

"I'm happy to be able to share a taste of the Jamaica that I know and love with the rest of the world through the opening of these restaurants across the UK - London has always been a special place for me and I thank Aly and CDRG for giving us the opportunity to share our vision and our culture with you all," Bolt said.

FRANJAM is a franchise company founded to own, develop and license Jamaican themed restaurants.





crime-scene-gun.jpgA two-year-old has died after reportedly shooting him/ herself with the father's firearm in Portmore, St Catherine yesterday.

According to reports, the father, who is a police officer, was sleeping when the child got hold of his service pistol.

It is further understood, that the policeman tried to take the gun away from the toddler when it went off.

The policeman reportedly crashed while on his way to the hospital and the toddler succumbed to the bullet wound.





Five prisoners are now on the run after escaping the Ocho Rios lock up in St Ann early this morning.

The details surrounding the jail break are at this time sketchy; however the communications arm of the Jamaica Constabulary Force listed the following men as escapees:

• Gary Ferguson, 48, charged with illegal possession of firearm and rape

• David Anderson, 28, charged with rape

• Leroy Laud, 61, illegal possession of firearm

• Nicholas Massop, 22, charged with murder

• Reynardo Williams, charged with illegal possession of firearm





A search is continuing for three fishermen who have been missing since their vessel capsized near the Pedro Cays.

A fourth fisherman was rescued by the Jamaica Defence Force Coast Guard. The Coast Guard received a distress call on Wednesday morning.

Major Sheldon Bryan, acting Civil Military Cooperation and Media Affairs Officer at the Jamaica Defence Force, said that the vessel was north of the Pedro Cays.

Major Bryan said the Coast Guard and fishermen went to the area. They were able to recover the boat but not the men. The search continues.





Defending 100m hurdles champion Danielle Williams of Jamaica is second on the list of first round qualifiers with 12.66 seconds behind the world record holder from the United States, Kendra Harrison, who clocked 12.60s at the IAAF World Championships in London this morning.

Australia's Sally Pearson, Olympic champion here five years ago, underlined her status as a medal contender after two miserable years of injury problems, progressing to this afternoon's semi finals as the third swiftest runner with a time of 12.72s, just 0.02s ahead of Germany's Pamela Dutkiewicz.

Jamaica's other three athletes -- Meagan Simmonds, Yanique Thompson and Rushelle Burton -- are also through to the next round, having clocked 12.78s, 12.88s and 12.94s, respectively.





Jamaica's Ristananna Tracey clocked a personal best of 53.74 seconds to cop the bronze medal in the women's 400 metres hurdles behind Kori Carter in first and Olympic champion Dalilah Muhammad, both of the USA.

Carter won in 53.07seconds with Muhammad in 53.50.

Tracey held off the defending champion Zuzana Hejnova, with the Czech athlete recording 54.20.





crime-scene-gun.jpgReports are that the 12 year old student of Immaculate Conception High School who was shot along with her 17 year old sister at their home in Arnett Gardens, Kingston on Sunday morning is recovering.

The child, whose name is being withheld, is still hospitalised.

Children's Advocate Diahann Gordon Harrison, says preliminary reports indicate that the 12 year old was injured by the same bullet that killed her sister.

Although Mrs Gordon Harrison could not say where on the body the girl was hit, she indicated the child had been in critical condition but is not now "making good progress".

Meanwhile, the Children's Advocate said the investigation into the shooting of the two sisters is progressing despite some time being lost due to false claims that the girls were attacked because they rejected sexual advances.





shelly-ann-congrats-baby-news.jpgIconic Jamaican sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has announced the birth of her son Zyon Pryce.

Fraser-Pryce, the multiple Olympic and World Championships gold medal winner made the disclosure on her Facebook page on Tuesday.

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are powerful, I know that full well. Welcome Zyon D. Pryce, August 7, 2017! To God be the glory for the things he has done, #HisWill #Chapter30 #PoiseandPerseverance#PrycelessJourney," the post read.

The announcement was accompanied by a photo of the sprinting star and her husband Jason Pryce.





donald-trump-photo-1.jpgPresident Donald Trump in a Jan. 27 phone call repeatedly asked his Mexican counterpart, Enrique Peña Nieto, to stop publicly refusing to pay for the border wall that was a central Trump campaign promise, according to a transcript published by The Washington Post.

Trump described his signature campaign issue as the "the least important thing we are talking about," while adding "politically [it] might be the most important." The U.S. president said Peña Nieto's refusal to pay for the wall had left the White House boxed in politically. When asked by the press about the issue, Trump said both of them should deflect.

"So what I would like to recommend is - if we are going to have continued dialogue - we will work out the wall," Trump said. "They are going to say, "who is going to pay for the wall, Mr. President?" to both of us, and we should both say, 'we will work it out.' It will work out in the formula somehow. As opposed to you saying, "we will not pay" and me saying, "we will not pay."

Peña Nieto agreed that talking about the wall was unproductive.

"This is what I suggest, Mr. President," Peña Nieto said. "Let us stop talking about the wall. I have recognized the right of any government to protect its borders as it deems necessary and convenient. But my position has been and will continue to be very firm saying that Mexico cannot pay for that wall."

"But you cannot say that to the press," Trump shot back. "The press is going to go with that and I cannot live with that. You cannot say that to the press because I cannot negotiate under those circumstances."

He assured Peña Nieto that he could defuse the conflict over the wall if it the two leaders could stop lavishing the conflict with media attention.

Trump noted he knows "how to build very inexpensively," which he implied would calm disputes in the United States over the proposal's high cost at a time when illegal immigration has plummeted to the lowest levels in decades.





meadowbrook-high-student.jpgThe mother of 17 year old schoolgirl Mickolle Moultan, who was killed in Arnett Gardens on Sunday has been relocated.

Head of Area 4, ACP Ronald Anderson says the mother was relocated today (Mon) for her safety.

He says the mother was relocated due to unfavourable comments made regarding the reason for the killing of the 17 year old.

Meanwhile, Police Commissioner George Quallo tweeted today that the "police do not have any facts to support sexual assault or threat in the unfortunate murder of young Micholle Moulton".

The tweet from the commissioner followed media reports that the girls were attacked because they resisted the sexual advances of men in the community.

The tweet added "let's accord her respect".





andrew-holness-photo-5.jpgPrime Minister Andrew Holness has vowed that the killing of 17-year-old schoolgirl Mickolle Moultan, which he said represents one of the vilest attacks on our young women, will not be in vain. The Meadowbrook High School student was shot dead and her 12- year-old sister shot and injured in their Arnett Gardens community on Sunday. According to a release from the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), Holness made the vow when he visited Moltan's mother this afternoon.

"I thought I would come here and say your daughter's death cannot be in vain. We have to put a stop to it to prevent other innocent girls and boys from being killed. This could be anybody's child. This is a great distress but we are resolved to deal with it and to support you in this time," the prime minister said.

However, with over 900 murders since the start of the year, someof them vile to the extreme, many are not consoled by the PM's vows. Here are some of the thoughts expressed on social media:

PhilT McNasty Mark Trought The life of a brilliant girl with her head on her shoulder taken away by one with only pubic hair on his head. Life nuh fair at all!.

G.W.G This just a "very weak" statement PM. See, this has happened too many times, and nothing has been done. So the results will be the same.

You all dont want to offend the gunman them.

Leon Cooke BLAH, BLAH, BLAH. We all heard similar speech when the Muschette High student was killed, when there were quadruple killings in Westmoreland, triple killings in Hanover, kidnapping, rape and murder of the young girls across the island. Come on man, lets stop the promises and sweet talks. Tell the island the people the truth. Crime is a business and those in the hierarchy only want it to be at a TOLERABLE LEVEL. When we kill and maim each other, these are the persons that benefits the most; Criminal Lawyers (some of which are politicians), Private Doctors, Morgue Operators and Security Firms. They are all getting rich because of the foolish criminal decisions of the poor.

If crime is to be stopped; women/men need to start working on making themselves quality individuals. In making yourself a quality individual, you are able to choose a quality partner and have quality life. Am not saying everything will always be perfect but there would be a change in the right direction.

Too many children being born to uneducated/unskilled persons with low self-esteem who does not love or respect themselves, others or anything in society. Children grown in unstable and loveless homes tend to become unstable individuals who become menace to society. Time for women to lock-up and men to cover-up until they know they have achieved a quality life and is able to chose a quality partner. As a result, they will be able to have quality children and help to create a quality society. Most of the world's problems have its roots in humans failing to empower themselves and poor reproductive management.

NejeeperKNG Mr. Andrew Holness--on a scale of 1 to 10...this is a 100. It doesn't get any more barbaric than this. The message now should be immediate surrounding of the area. This should be a Special Zone where the JDF/JCF must live. Helicopters should be wailing at nights, the searchlight should be bright. The more the people refuse to give up the killer/s is the more JDF/JCF they must see. Lock the area down and they will eventually tell who the killer/s are (dem might run weh already but at least they are known and can be hunted like the animals they are). Bring the criminals to their knees. This area should be quarantined no later than Wednesday (tomorrow). It should have been done much sooner.

Andrew--is this what we came to--if so, what is it that we are really celebrating?





instaboss.jpgThe police are trying to locate one of their own who has been implicated in the shooting death of a St Mary entertainer over two months ago. The development comes following a protest staged on Wednesday morning in Prospect, St Mary by friends and family members of the entertainer, who was fatally shot allegedly at a party in May.

The entertainer, 31-year-old Kriston Pearson, also known as Instaboss or Maffie of Charles Town, St Mary and Exchange in Ocho Rios, St Ann, was shot dead on May 7.

The friends and family members, who gathered and staged a peaceful protest, said that the alleged killer cop is on the run and there are no attempts being made to apprehend him.

They contend that the cop has left the force and is now overseas. They have also complained that there has been no progress in the case.

However, Superintendent in charge of Area Two operations, Michael Smith told members of the media last week that investigations are ongoing to locate the cop.

While admitting to having heard that the cop might have left the island, SSP Smith indicated that the police are making the relevant checks to ascertain the cop's whereabouts.

It is alleged that sometime after 4 am, at a party in Trinity, near Port Maria in St Mary, Pearson and the cop had an altercation over a woman. Eyewitnessesalleged that Pearson used a bottle to hit the cop and it was at that moment the cop pulled his firearm and shot Pearson in the chest. Pearson was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead. The cop was reportedly also taken to the hospital, and received treatment for his injuries. The policeman was then interviewed by officers attached to the INDECOM and was later released.





Licensed firearm holder kills robber

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One of two men who robbed patrons at a business place on Dunrobin Avenue in St Andrew last week night, was fatally shot by a licensed firearm holder. The other man escaped.

Reports from the police were that about 10:30, the two men, who were armed with guns, robbed patrons of the business place of cell phones and cash.

As the men were leaving, they reportedly attempted to take one of the patrons with them.

The patron resisted the attempt to take him away, and the men were said to have opened fire at him.

A licensed firearm holder engaged the men in a gunfight, and one of the men was hit

He later died at hospital.





The Board of Management of the St Andrew High School for Girls said it is appalled at the "inaccuracies" in a press release issued by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information in which it refuted claims that the Government owes the institution nearly $13.4 million.

Yesterday, the ministry described the institution as misleading in a number of area and said that it did not receive the income and expenditure reports as requested by them prior to the start of the 2016/2017 school year. In response, the school issued a release a short while ago saying it stands by the veracity of its prior statement, which was sent to the media on Thursday.

The school explained that since it was never their intention to air their concerns in the public domain, it has written to portfolio minister, Ruel Reid, and will submit to him a detailed response to the issues raised by the ministry in a press release yesterday.

The board said it now awaits Reid's invitation to the meeting of which it was advised in the memorandum from the Regional Director dated August 2.





The police are reporting that Anthony Johnson, otherwise called Screw, the Leader of the Barnes Road gang , is in police custody following an early morning operation.

The gang has been linked to several murders in East Kingston.

Meanwhile, the police have also made an appeal for a man, known only as Nooksie, to turn himself in.

Nooksie is said to be a key figure behind the upsurge of violence in East Kingston.

He's considered the leader of one of the gangs fighting for control of territory.

Nooksie is wanted by police for several murders and shootings in the Kingston Eastern Police Division.

In the meantime, the four men who were detained on Monday in connection with the gang violence involving individuals from Oliver Road and Jarrett Lane in East Kingston have been released.

Deputy Superintendent Rory Martin, Acting Commander of the Kingston Eastern Police Division, told RJR News that the men were processed and it was determined that they were not linked to the ongoing violence.





peter-phillips-photo-2.jpgLeader of the Opposition, Dr Peter Phillips is urging the Arnett Gardens community to work along with the police to identify the killers of Meadowbrook High School student, Mickolle Moulton.

"This brutal killing of the 17-year-old and the shooting of her younger sister, signal a new low to which our society has plunged in relation to crime and violence," Phillips said in a release today.

"I offer condolences to the family, community, schoolmates and teachers, and pray for a speedy recovery for her sister who suffered injury in the attack," he added.

Mickolle was shot through her bedroom window Sunday morning, while on a bed with her 12-year-old sister at her Arnett Gardens home.

They were taken to hospital where Mickolle was pronounced dead and her sister reportedly remains in stable condition. It is alleged that Mickolle was killed because she refused the sexual advances of men in the community.





Jamaicans at home and abroad are asking the same question: What are the plans to curb crime and violence in Jamaica land we love? The latest statistics show that almost 900 people have been murdered in Jamaica since the start of the year.

Over the past several months the Police High Command has been grappling with a flare-up of gang violence in St. James, St. Catherine, Clarendon and the Corporate Area.

Scores of persons have been killed over the period, including women and children.

Crime data reportedly obtained by radio station RJR, allegedly shows that between January 1 and the end of last month 872 persons were murdered across the island.

This is 157 more or a 22 per cent increase over last year's figure for the corresponding period.

There were 140 murders in July.

This followed the month of June which recorded 157 murders and May which registered 138.

The data showed that the last three months have been the bloodiest with nearly half of the murders occurring during the period.

St James had the most murders - 176 murders recorded at the end of July.

Another troubled parish is Westmoreland which has recorded 82 murders, followed by Clarendon with 80, St. Catherine North 75; St. Catherine South 72 and St. Andrew South 72.

Hanover has registered 40 murders and East Kingston, which is now the scene of a bloody gang violence, 28 murders at the end of last month.

Another trouble spot, West Kingston, has recorded 60 murders since January.





London 2017 organisers have released a statement confirming that a number of teams had reported cases of gastroenteritis at their official hotel.

Several Jamaicans competing at the London World Championships are said to be presenting diarrhoea-like symptoms.

It was not immediately clear who are the athletes and how many have shown the symptoms, but according to Television Jamaica's Spencer Darlington, Jamaica's team doctor Kevin Jones confirmed the development.

Jones also reported that 400m runner, Chrisann Gordon, had stomach issues yesterday and had to be treated.

In the meantime, the Guardian has reported that 30 athletes from several countries have been infected in a suspected outbreak of the norovirus resulting in vomiting.

Six members of the Canadian team have reportedly turned up with the symptoms.

London 2017 organisers have released a statement confirming that a number of teams had reported cases of gastroenteritis at their official hotel.

"Those affected have been supported by both team and LOC medical staff, in addition we have been working with Public Health England to ensure the situation is managed and contained," the organising committee said.

Public Heath England today said that laboratory tests had confirmed that two infections were caused by the norovirus.





meadowbrook-high-student.jpgLeader of the Opposition, Peter Phillips has condemned the savage murder of Meadowbrook High School student, Mickolle Moulton and is urging the Arnett Gardens community to work along with the police to identify and bring those responsible to justice.

"This brutal killing of the 17-year-old and the shooting of her younger sister, signal a new low to which our society has plunged in relation to crime and violence," Phillips notes.

"Here is a girl who has committed herself to her academic studies so she could make her contribution to her family, community and country. She has been brutally cut down before she could fulfill her potential." Phillips said.

The promising student was slain while asleep in her home on Tenth Street, Arnett Gardens, over the weekend.

"The community, must work hand in hand with the police and spare no effort in bringing the perpetrators to justice. I offer condolences to the family, community, schoolmates and teachers; and pray for a speedy recovery for her sister who suffered injury in the attack."





Weekend rain an independence blessing

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Jamaicans are hailing the showers which bathed the island last weekend as an inependence blessing.

The island, which was celebrating 55 years of being an independent nation, felt the effects of a strong Tropical Wave currently across the central Caribbean.

The system, which produced a large area of showers, thunderstorms, and strong winds moved across Jamaica Saturday morning into Sunday.

Despite the rains, however, the biggest national celebration, Grand Gala, was still held at the stadium.

However, charity show, 'A St Mary Mi Come From' was not so lucky, as the projected crowd of thousands did not show up to St Mary, which was pelted with rain. The event was held with a crowd that was estimated to be under three hundred.





crime-scene-7.jpgThe police are probing a suspected case of murder-suicide in August Town, St. Andrew.

The bodies of Kyron Beckles and his wife Althea, both 40 years old, were discovered Friday morning after a neighbour reported to the police that calls to the couple went unanswered.

Inspector Stephen Taylor, in charge of the August Town police division says that the bodies were discovered in a room at the couple's house.

The woman, who appeared to be strangled, was seen lying on a bed with her hands across her chest. Beckles' body was found with electrical cord around the neck and tied to a closet.

Inspector Taylor said it is believed the man strangled his wife then hanged himself.

Mrs Beckles, who resided overseas, had only this week returned to Jamaica for a surprise visit to her husband.





woman-suing-usher-herpes.jpgA woman who is suing Usher for failing to tell her he had herpes before they allegedly had sex had earlier proclaimed on social media that she needed money.

Quantasia Sharpton, a 21-year-old mother of three, spoke out about the new lawsuit against the singer at a press conference in New York on Monday.

Exactly one week before, Sharpton - who also goes by Angel Valentino on social media - had taken to Facebook to declare: 'I need some money', TMZ reports.

Just hours before the press conference, which was coordinated by celebrity lawyer Lisa Bloom, the alleged victim wrote: 'Enjoying my last couple of hours as a regular girl.'

Sharpton is one of three alleged victims - two women and a man - suing Usher but she is the only one identified by name in the lawsuit.

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They all allege that Usher failed to inform them he had herpes, an incurable sexually-transmitted disease, before engaging in the alleged sexual encounters.

The lawsuit makes note of recent news reports that Usher admitted in court documents in 2012 to having the disease and that he settled a $20million herpes lawsuit several years ago with a woman.

They claim Usher has never publicly denied having herpes, or made an effort to contact them to confirm or deny the reports, the lawsuit states.

The lawsuit states the alleged victims have suffered severe emotional distress, birthing complications, stress, depression and anxiety about contracting or being exposed to herpes.

Court filings claim that in the event that Usher doesn't have herpes, his conduct has still caused 'severe emotional distress' since he has allowed them to worry that he has exposed them to the virus.





miss-bum-bum-contestants-photo-1.jpgStriding down the streets of Sao Paulo in their black swimsuits, these glamorous models have been stopping the traffic as they promote the much anticipated Miss Bum Brazil competition.

The 27-strong bevy of ladies includes a playboy model who is the first American to appear in the event and a contestant who is in a polyamorous relationship with both a man and a woman.

The public must decide which of the 27 women will be allowed to compete in the November final to select the nation's sexiest derriere.

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Competition is fierce as only 15 of the buxom beauties will be allowed to take part in the final. The winner of the competition will be awarded a much sought after cover shoot for a popular men's magazine, a significant cash prize and celebrity status.

Miss Bum Bum was first started seven years ago and developed into a major glamour model competition in Brazil. Several spin-offs have been held as well as the world famous annual competition in Brazil.

In a country obsessed with the female backside, winners of the hotly-disputed contest become overnight celebrities and often go on to earn millions in modelling contracts and endorsements.

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Last year's winner was Erika Canela, from Bahia, who was crowned winner after the fiercely fought contest.

Erika, who has a 42inch bottom, took home a £18,000 prize and a lucrative modelling contract.

The curvy 20-year-old was the first black woman to win the popular beauty pageant in which more than 17 million Brazilians vote for their country's sexiest backside.

She has since commemorated her win by getting a tattoo of Donald Trump on her body after winning the title on the same day as he won the US election.





Sean Kingston signs Tommy Lee

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Tommy Lee Sparta has signed a recording and distribution contact with International Jamaican pop singer Sean Kingston.

Social media and other posts would indicate that the Montego Bay-based Gothic Dancehall artiste signed to Kingston's Time Is Money Entertainment and Warner Bros. Records over the weekend.





Singer Richie Spice is the latest entertainer to have taken a tumble off stage while performing.

In a video making the rounds on social media, after falling, Richie Spice landed off in front of the stage following a misstep.Richie quickly bounced back to his feet, searched for the microphone and then continued singing.

Recently, soca singer Desta Garcia broke her ankle and suffered minor bruises after falling through a stage.





kassanova-missing.jpgWord on the street is that Kassanova's so-called disappearnace is nothing more that a publicity stunt from an artiste who is desperately trying to get a buss int he dancehall.

According to reports, former Magnum Kings and Queens winner Jonnah recently released a diss video on his Insta scoffing at Kasanova's "massive publicity stunt".

"Stop trick the people dem and gwaan like yu waan style the ting...Tell the man fi go inna the studio and go meds something if yu waan buss, ah so oonu waan highlight? Ah so yu love likes and dem ting de bad man? Wah kinda controversy that? At tell people say yu dead and dem ting de. Stop tell lie, mi just see yu little while, how mi no see family ah come forward and bawl, mi no see it inna the Star, Observer or none of the main media outlet dem, so how oonu ah come ah tell lie?" Jonnah said.

"Tell the people dem say yu want a hit song. Ah the same ting we de ya ah do, just try and try again. Alkaline put in contact lenses and now yu a come fake your death. If yu have a real enemy and dem kill yu , then nothing caan come out of it because yu dun tell people say yu dead already, all eediat Lux know that."

He challenged Kasanova to a clash whenever he chose to eventually surface.

"Just know say whenever you come with wah yu a come with, yu haffi go clash it out," he warned.





girlfriend-texting-death.jpgA Massachusetts woman who encouraged her boyfriend to kill himself in dozens of text messages and told him to "get back in" a truck filled with toxic gas faces up to 20 years in prison when a judge sentences her on a charge of involuntary manslaughter.

Michelle Carter was convicted in June by a judge who said her final instruction to Conrad Roy III caused his death. Juvenile Court Judge Lawrence Moniz will sentence Carter Thursday.

Carter was 17 when the 18-year-old Roy was found dead of carbon monoxide poisoning in July 2014.

In dozens of text messages, Carter urged Roy to follow through on his talk of taking his own life. "The time is right and you are ready ... just do it babe," Carter wrote in a text the day he killed himself.

The sensational trial was closely watched on social media, in part because of the insistent tone of Carter's text messages.

"You can't think about it. You just have to do it. You said you were gonna do it. Like I don't get why you aren't," Carter wrote in one text.

Carter's lawyer, Joseph Cataldo, argued that Roy was determined to kill himself and nothing Carter did could change that. He said Carter initially tried to talk Roy out of it and urged him to get professional help, but eventually went along with his plan. Cataldo also argued that Carter's words amounted to free speech protected by the First Amendment.

In convicting Carter, the judge focused his ruling on Carter telling Roy to "get back in" after he climbed out of his truck as it was filling with carbon monoxide and told her he was afraid.

The judge said those words constituted "wanton and reckless conduct" under the manslaughter statute.

Carter and Roy met in Florida in 2012 while both were on vacation with their families. After that, they only met in person a handful of times. Their relationship consisted mainly of texting.

Both teens struggled with depression. Carter had been treated for anorexia, and Roy had made earlier suicide attempts.

Roy's aunt has asked the judge to sentence Carter to the 20-year maximum. Carter's father said his daughter made "a tragic mistake," and is asking for probation and continued counseling.

Carter was tried as a youthful offender, so the judge has several options for sentencing. He can commit her to a Department of Youth Services facility until she turns 21 on Aug 11. He could also combine a DYS commitment with an adult sentence, or can give her an adult sentence of anything from probation to the maximum 20-year term.





Kim Kardashian faces $100 million lawsuit

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kim-kardashian-photo-1.jpgKim Kardashian West's company is being sued for $100 million.

Kim-sa-princesss, Inc. were hit with a patent infringement lawsuit on Monday over their promotion and the reality TV star's use of an illuminated phone case which she uses to take perfect selfies with her friends.

According to celebrity website TMZ, the complaint claims a man named Hoosh-mand Ha-rooni filed a patent for an ''integrated lighting accessory and case for a mobile phone device'' in 2013.

Kim is often promoting her Lu-Mee phone case on social media when she takes a selfie and now Snaplight, the company Hoosh-mand licensed his lighting phone case to, claim she is taking some of their profits so they want $100 million.

Snaplight insist it has been ''extremely difficult'' for them ''to compete in the selfie case market'' with the 36-year-old star promoting Lu-Mee to her 165 million social media followers.

However, a representative for Kim has insisted she has done ''absolutely nothing wrong''.





Emmanuella makes Jamaicans laugh out loud

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emmanuella.jpgNigerian social media comedienne, eight-year-old Emmanuella Samuel performed on the LOL Comedy Tour at the LIME Golf Academy in New Kingston on Emancipation Day, Tuesday, August 1 and had the capacity audience who had turned out to see her in stitches.

"We're looking to offer Jamaicans a solid avenue for some good, wholesome family entertainment this holiday season," said Danielia McLean, marketing manager at Tango's Entertainment Production Ltd, organisers of the tour, had told the media prior to Emmanuella's arrival.

"Just about everyone in Jamaica knows Emmanuella and her hilarious videos with Mark Angell and people have been looking forward to seeing her perform here in Jamaica. What's even better is that she goes up alongside some of Jamaica's top comedians which will certainly have people laughing out loud the entire show."

Well, little Emmanuella, with her big, engaging and charming personality did just that.

"My uncle showed me Jamaica on the Internet and it's really pretty, so I can't wait to get there so that I can go to the beach," said Samuel. "I'm a little nervous but I'm used to doing skits and shows with my uncle [Mark Angell] so I know it won't be very hard."

In addition to Angell, she was joined by compatriot Denielson Igwe as well as acts such as Ity and Fancy Cat, Lemon, Leighton Smith, Christopher "Johnny" Daley, Dalton Spence, Peetah and Gramps Morgan from Morgan Heritage and Minister Marion Hall.

The LOL Comedy Tour moves to Savanna-la-Mar at the Manning's School on Saturday, August 5; Montego Bay at Pier 1 on Sunday, August 6; and May Pen on Saturday, August 12, 2017, before closing in Ocho Rios at Turtle River Park on Sunday, August 13.





stamma-gramma-and-girlfriend.jpgstamma-gramma-photo-2.jpgDancehall artiste Stamma Gramma is slowly picking up the pieces of his life after his girlfriend died from liver cancer earlier this year. The artist who is now aligned with Alkaline's Vendetta campis currently seeking to make a return to entertainment scene

According the entertainer, he decided to remove himself from the spotlight in order to be with his spouse throughout her painful battle with the sickness.

He however admits it was not a easy decision to resume his craft, as he was left depressed for months following her death.

Stamma Gramma says he remains hopeful that a cure for the dreadful disease can be found in the near future, as he has witnessed its devastating effects first hand.

Stamma Gramma has since released a new single titled "Vendetta Clan Anthem," paying homage to the formula deejay.





PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) -- The Airports Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (AATT) says as many as 30 passengers on board an American Airlines flight were injured during turbulence as the aircraft approached the Piarco International Airport late yesterday.

Initial reports had indicated that 22 people were injured.

The Airport Authority said three had to seek medical attention at hospital.

"On Wednesday 2nd August, 2017 at 9pm, American Airlines Flight 2713 contacted the ATC Tower to advise that they experienced severe turbulence while en route from Miami to Port of Spain and would require medical assistance upon arrival at the Piarco International Airport, as there were injuries on board," the AATT said in a release on Thursday.

The authority said the aircraft landed safely at 9:33 pm and emergency response agencies arrived on site immediately to lend support.

AATT said it remains committed to the safety and security of customers.





st-andrew-high-school-for-girls.jpgSt. Andrew High School for Girls, The Queen's School, Holy Childhood, St Thomas Technical and Mona High have all been named by Education Minster, Senator Ruel Reid, as institutions that are in breach of the administration's voluntary contribution policy and which need to get in line.

Reid is describing the decision of some school administrators to demand auxiliary fees from parents as 'An attempt to extort parents.'

Minister Reid charged Wednesday morning at a Post Cabinet media briefing that some school administrators, including principals, may be extorting parents in demanding certain fees and he says he'll be taking 'very strong action' in response.

Minister Reid says the actions of the schools are a 'corrupt act' against the policy of the government and may be interpreted as extortion.

Meanwhile, the JTA said the "unfortunate" comments will serve no useful purpose than to create animosity and confrontation and could also destroy the integrity of schools' boards and administrators.

The association further recommended that the minister withdraws his "unfortunate statements and encourage continued dialogue and consultations with the schools in order to arrive at an amicable resolution to the issues at hand".

JTA said it "cannot, and will not condone any action that deprive students of their education and would therefore urge school administrators to do all in their powers to ensure that the relationship with the parents and community as well as the MoE, Youth and Information and other stakeholders remain cordial."





court-image-1.jpgFormer police constable Mark Russell was sentenced to life in prison for killing an unarmed teen from the inner city community of Whitfield Town in St Andrew.

Russell and High Court judge, Justice David Fraser has stipulated that he will have to serve at least 24 years in prison before he's eligible for parole.

Some of his former colleagues wept in court after the sentence was announced.

During a two-week trial, prosecutor Jeremy Taylor led evidence, that Russell placed a police-issued M16 rifle in the hands of 18-year-old Ravin Thompson as he lay wounded along Darling Street in downtown Kingston.

According to the evidence, Russell took back the weapon before Thompson was shot several times by another constable, identified as Morris Lee.

Fraser, in passing sentence, said he could not ignore the fact that the nature of the allegations are horrific.





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court-image-1.jpgThe court has ruled that the termination of the contract for University of the West Indies, (UWI) Mona consultant, Professor Brendan Bain, was a breach of his right to freedom of expression as guaranteed in the Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms and that the university must pay Bain $4.72 million in lieu of notice of the termination of his contract and any other sum that may have been withheld should be paid.

The ruling comes a year and a half after Bain sued the university for $40 million in damages for defamation, arising from the May 2014 termination of his two-year contract by the UWI.

Bain, who was the director of Caribbean HIV/AIDS Regional Training Network when he was fired, in addition to the defamation award, Bain was seeking nine months' salary for breach of contract, which he said was the time left in the contract. He said he earned US$12,380 per month.

He was also asking the court to award him US$37,000 for the three months' notice of the termination of his contract as the university had only given him three weeks notice instead of the three months notice stipulated in the contract.

Bain, who asked Justice Lennox Campbell, Justice Paulette Williams and Justice Frank Williams to make substantial awards for constitutional and vindicatory damages.

Bain was fired by the university on the grounds that his constituents had lost confidence in him after he gave an expert report in a court in Belize. A church group opposed to a court case brought by a gay man who was seeking to challenge the country's Buggery Law had asked him to give the report.





crime-scene-tape-gloves.jpgThe police say they are trying to their colleague who has been implicated in the shooting death of a St Mary entertainer, 31-year-old Kriston Pearson, also known as Instaboss or Maffie of Charles Town. Instaboss was fatally shot allegedly at a party on May 7

Family members and friends of the entertainer staged a protest on Wednesday morning in Prospect, St Mary.

They that the alleged killer cop is on the run and there are no attempts being made to apprehend him.

They contend that the cop has left the force and is now overseas. They have also complained that there has been no progress in the case.

However, Superintendent in charge of Area Two operations, Michael Smith told members of the media Wednesday that investigations are ongoing to locate the cop.

While admitting to having heard that the cop might have left the island, SSP Smith indicated that the police are making the relevant checks to ascertain the cop's whereabouts.

He also said that contact has been made with Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) and they have given the assurance that the case file has been completed and the police officer is to be arrested.

It is alleged that sometime after 4 am, at a party in Trinity, near Port Maria in St Mary, Pearson and the cop had an altercation over a woman.

Some eyewitnesses at the time had alleged that Pearson used a bottle to hit the cop and it was at that moment the cop pulled his firearm and shot Pearson in the chest.

Pearson was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead. The cop was reportedly also taken to the hospital, and received treatment for his injuries.





Robber shot dead by licensed firearm holder

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crime-scene-tape-gloves.jpgOne of two men who robbed patrons at a business place on Dunrobin Avenue in St Andrew on Monday night, was fatally shot by a licensed firearm holder.

The other man escaped.

Reports from the police were that about 10:30, the two men, who were armed with guns, robbed patrons of the business place of cell phones and cash.

As the men were leaving, they reportedly attempted to take one of the patrons with them.

The patron resisted the attempt to take him away, and the men were said to have opened fire at him.

A licensed firearm holder engaged the men in a gunfight, and one of the men was hit

He later died at hospital.





court-image-1.jpgA Jamaican woman has been awarded more than TT$200,000 in damages by the courts for unlawful detention by immigration authorities in Trinidad and Tobago.

It has been reported that Sasha Watson, was among scores of detainees kept at the Immigration Detention Centre in Aripo, Trinidad, where she faced "squalid and oppressive conditions and was denied human rights".
Her lawyers, according to the Trinidad Express, said it was unlawful for police and immigration authorities to round up foreigners and detain them at the
detention centre in Aripo, where they were denied fundamental human rights.

On July 3, Trinidadian High Court Judge, Frank Seepersad, ruled in favour of Watson and ordered that the State pay her TT$209,641.20, inclusive of damages, interest and costs.





Brown-Burke wins

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mayor-angela-brown-burke.jpgAngela Brown Burke has been elected Chairman of the People's National Party's constituency organization in St. Andrew South Western.

Brown Burke, a vice-president of the PNP, secured 595 votes, while the other candidate, Audrey Smith Facey received 502.

All told, 1105 delegates voted, but eight ballots were spoilt.

Brown Burke, having secured the chairmanship of the constituency, is likely to be the PNP's candidate to contest the upcoming by-election to succeed Portia Simpson Miller as Member of Parliament for the constituency.





peter-phillips-photo-3.jpgOpposition Leader Dr. Peter Phillips says it is unfortunate that more than 100 years after Emancipation, approximately seven hundred thousand Jamaicans have no legal ownership of land.

Dr. Phillips says it is for this reason, the opposition recently established a land commission, to prepare a policy framework that will establish a legal pathway to land titles for those Jamaicans who are still squatters in the land of their birth.

He says while Jamaica has achieved legal freedom, there still persists a slavery of the mind and it was this condition that led National hero Marcus Garvey, to recognize the need for emancipation from mental slavery.

He says the celebration of Emancipation Day, should be recognized as the firm foundation on which ordinary Jamaicans with extraordinary bravery and vision, force the re-fashioning of the nation's culture, social economic and political arrangement.





 

Triple murder in St Mary

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crime-scene-7.jpgThe community of Long Road, close to Annotto Bay in St Mary, was the scene of a horrific triple murder on Monday morning.

Those killed are: 33-year-old Lincoln Crossdale, otherwise called Blacks, Ricardo Griffiths, 25, alias Ricky and 24-year-old Sherwayne Campbell, all of Annotto Bay, St Mary.

Initial reports are that at about 9:30 am, Crossdale, Griffiths, Campbell and a fourth man went to a farm in the Long Road area.

When they arrived at the farm, masked gunmen reportedly opened fire at all four.

Griffiths, Crossdale and Campbell were hit, while the fourth man managed to escape unharmed.

The police were alerted and the bodies of Griffiths and Crossdale were found with multiple gunshot wounds.

The gunshot-riddled body of Campbell, was found hours later in bushes.

All three men were pronounced dead at hospital.

No motive has yet been determined for the killing.

Earlier this year, the Annotto Bay community was rocked by a double murder, while almost a year ago, a triple murder occurred in the area.





A security guard who reportedly shot and killed a businessman in Clarendon yesterday is now being questioned by detectives.

The police say the businessman was shot during an altercation with the security guard who is a licensed firearm holder.

The incident reportedly took place at the home of the former lover of the businessman.

According to reports, the altercation developed when the businessman visited the home of his former lover with whom he has a child and saw the security guard.

The two reportedly got involved in a tussle when the security guard pulled his licensed firearm and discharged two shots hitting the businessman in the neck.





Over 1000 persons killed in Jamaica since January

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The Jamaica Constabulary Force is reporting that the murder tally has now passes the 1,000 mark.

According to the police, as at Saturday, there were 1,005 homicides.

Citing the statistics at a press conference this afternoon, opposition spokesman on National Security, Peter Bunting, said this is 197 more murders or a 24.4 percent increase when compared with the similar period last year.

Opposition Spokesman on National Security, Peter Bunting

Bunting said that the statistics also show that other major crimes have gone up.

Shootings and motor vehicle theft are among the crimes that have increased.





FLA finds file linked to X5 case

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The Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) is reporting that it has now found a file linked to the X6 murder case.

However, the authority said the file did not belong to businessman Patrick Powell.

Powell who was on trial for the murder of schoolboy Khajeel Mais was freed of the charges after the prosecution's case collapsed.

The revelation was contained in a statement released today detailing the series of controversy at the FLA.

Speaking Monday afternoon on Nationwide Radio, FLA executive director Shane Dalling said the file was found hidden in a bag in an office that was occupied by one person.

Dalling declined to provide details but said the file belonged to an individual who became involved as a result of a "mix up".

Dalling said since that matter is in court, he could not say more.

However, he said the person in whose office the file was found is no longer with the FLA.





6-y-o shot dead as he slept with mother, sisters

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daughter-killed-shaniel.jpgAs sleuths in Clarendon tried to uncover the motive behind a triple shooting in Race Course on Thursday night, others were busy probing an early-morning gun attack which left another child dead and his mother nursing gunshot wounds.

Residents of Farm, an impoverished and war-torn community in the parish, said six-year-old Timothy Bassaragh was shot and killed as he, his two sisters, and his mother slept inside their home about 6:45 a.m.

The boy was reportedly hit in the throat and head by the gunmen's bullets, which pierced holes through their front door. The mother was also shot in the hand.

Resident and relatives of the young boy cried openly as they mourned his death. He had just won a scholarship towards resources for the upcoming school year, they said.





daughter-killed-shaniel.jpgThe mother of 14-year-old Shaniel Bartley, who was among six persons shot, three fatally, in Race Course, Clarendon, reportedly took the child to her business place hoping to protect her from rapists who are said to be on the prowl in sections of the community. Early this month, a teenage girl narrowly escaped when she was attacked, not far from yesterday's shooting scene, by a man who was later found by residents and chopped. That man managed to escape his beating, but not before leaving some residents skeptical of other predators in the area.

"That is why the woman carry har pickney beside her here," said a man who was among several gathered at the ill-fated bar following the incident in which Bartley was killed. It reportedly occurred about 9:30 p.m. on Thursday. "Is not like she stay in the bar. Is right here at the front of the restaurant she always sit down, and any little bad word or so, you see she walk out," he said.

"I don't know why them do it, but I feel it for the little girl more than anybody else. Trust me, she was a very good little girl. She never use to stay in the bar. Is just her mother she wait on in the evenings," frowned the man as the onlookers again peered into the Newclear Jerk and Pub, where Bartley's body and that of Amoy Ricketts, 24, were, the night before, sprawled dead amid crates of overturned juices near the rear exit.

Half of the premises served as a bar, while the other half was a food shop. Three gunmen reportedly entered both outlets and opened fire after calling out the bartender, who was peppered with bullets as she tried to flee.

Thirty-three-year-old Randy Ranger, who was also shot, made his way into a taxi and reportedly died en route to hospital, while the other three persons - identified as the teenager's mother, a man called 'Chef', and another man known to the group as 'Kirk' - were hospitalised.

"He was a very good youth. Him was like my hand and my foot. Him do everything for me, and is just one year since him come back from The Bahamas and them kill him," cried Vinnette McFarlane, Ranger's mother. His sisters and grandmother were inconsolable inside their yard yesterday.

Ranger was said to have gone to the premises to purchase chicken and chips when he got caught in the gunfire.





The police have now released the identities of the three people who were last night murdered in the violence-plagued community of Race Course, Clarendon.

They are: 13-year-old Central High School student, Shaniel Bartley; 24-year-old Amoy Ricketts otherwise known as 'Dolly' a bartender of New Longville; and Randal Ranger of the Water Well Housing Scheme.

It is reported that about 9:30 p.m, the three were among people at a bar in Race Course when two men got out of a motor vehicle, entered the bar and opened fire killing them and injuring three others.

The police suspect that Ricketts could have been the intended target as, before alighting from the vehicle, the gunmen called her by name.

It is reported that she did not respond to them.





Following more complaints this year of some schools denying students access to their CSEC and CAPE results because of non-payment of fees the Education Ministry has taken steps to end the practice.

Education Minister Senator Ruel Reid says after the complaints surfaced last weekend he contacted the Caribbean Examinations Council, CXC.

He told reporters that action by CXC has been taken which will make it impossible for schools to block students from accessing their CSEC and CAPE results in the future.





st-marys-college.jpgA decision has been made by the administration of St. Mary's College in Above Rocks, St Catherine to release CSEC and CAPE results to students.

The school's CXC online portal is now open to all students.

Reports had surface over the weekend from parents whose children attend the institution that the administration had decided to withhold CSEC and CAPE results from those who have outstanding fees.

Students were instructed by the principal that they would be allowed to view their results after they received clearance from the school's office.





jamaican-woman-police-officer.jpgThere is a probe into a viral video of a highly frustrated female police officer telling her superior that she "cyaan tek it no more" and accusing her boss of harassment and trying to blacklist her from moving up the ranks of the constabulary.

Social media users have reacted in shock to some of the allegations made in the video, with many persons calling for an immediate probe.

"Look like C Spring Station. Is whe di bitch dat tekkin set name? Is Brimm she said? I feel it for the poor lady till tears come to my eyes. I felt her pain as she come back from sick leave is dis Force Cacki Cooler a harass di ooman when shi waan go lunch.

"Big up whoever is di officer that videoed it, he/she know whe a gwaan why dem do it. Onoo nuh see Inspector a di door di whole time n dont do or sey nuttin.

JUSTICE FI DIS POOR HARRASSED TILL SHE AT HAR BREAKING POINT OFFICER. Commish beg u a speedy transfer fi har preferably a desk job mek she get back herself in order. JUSTICEEEEE

"I believe the officer. Jamaican female police officers are some of the worst people in the country. They are quicker to assault citizens than the male officers. Most of them bring their problems to work. Plus police learn to intimidate people so if a police officer say they're being intimidated, I believe. It seems as if the harasser wants the woman to resign, so she is making life difficult for her. Imagine she want to demote the woman and lessen her pay? Anyone would lose it right there."

"Is Constant Spring Police Station, is "Miss Green" she in charge. Think she was at Half Way Tree station once. Poor woman fed up; instead she a do her job she a harass the poor woman."

"Indeed ! Maybe she went to her superiors and she was ignored. Maybe the other cop knows that she have so much power over her and knows how to press her buttons. But anyone looking on will know the cop venting cant be mad. it must be coming from somewhere. And those recording should not have placed it on social media. Should have been dealt with internally. It does not look good for the force overall."

Meanwhile, police sources said the incident highlights the pressure that lower ranked officers come under from their superiors - a development that places rank and file officers under severe stress.





crime-scene-gun.jpgA 13-year-old girl who is allegedly the daughter of a policeman was killed Thursday night when gunmen struck a restaurant and bar in Race Course, Clarendon shooting six persons, three fatally.

About 9:30 persons were at the premises when gunmen entered.They opened fire hitting the six persons.

The teenager and the bartender died at the scene.

The other four persons were taken to hospital where one of them, a man, died while undergoing treatment.





Mavado's daughter Daniela to release debut single

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mavado-daughter-and-son.jpgMavado's daughter Daniela Brooks is about to release her debut single and the teenager is quite upbeat.

Daniela used Facebook live recently to interact with her followers about her upcoming musical ambitions.

According to Daniela, she's very excited about dropping her very first single and getting feedback on her debut effort.

The teen did not reveal if her father will be featured on the single.

Mavado's sister, Joey Brooks is also a recording artiste.





peter-gramps-and-denroy-morgan.jpgVeteran reggae singer Denroy Morgan has received a key to the city of Brooklyn, New York for his contribution to art and culture.

Morgan who is the father of Grammy award winning reggae group Morgan Heritage was awarded last night at the Afro Caribbean event in Wingate Park Brooklyn.

Morgan Heritage also paid homage to the "I'll Do Anything for You" singer with a special acoustic performance.

"Our father, mentor and teacher Denroy Morgan. Your persistence and perseverance is 2nd to none. Congrats on receiving the Key To The City of #Brooklyn. Love you!," Heritage wrote on Instagram. "Something long in the making. Many years, many obstacles but God is good. Well deserved honor for a living Legend. We love you Daddy!!! Thank you for all you've done for us. The sacrifice and investment."

Meanwhile, Morgan Heritage kicked off a twenty three city tour across the United States and Canada last week promoting their new album Avrakedabra which features a remake of Jimmy Cliff's hit single 'Reggae Night.'





Luciano mourns the death of his 91-year-old mother

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luciano-and-mother.jpgReggae artist Luciano is in mourning following the death of his mother, Mama Sophie. ''

Mama Sophie, whose real name is Ema Sophia Griffiths-Barnett, passed away last week Saturday August 19. She was 91 years old.

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Luciano's song 'Mama' released in 1996 on his Messenger album, was dedicated to her.

Her passing comes more than a year after his 19-year-old Menelik McClymont, was stabbed to death at Parkington Plaza in St Andrew.

Luciano is currently on tour now in Europe.

Yardflex sends condolences to Luciano and his family in this time of bereavement.





The 15-year-old son of a popular Dancehall/Reggae artist could be facing jail time after he was recently arrested and charged with three counts of sexual offences.

According to reports, the boy whose name is being withheld due to his age was charged by the Centre for Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse with one count of having sex with a person under 16, one count of abduction and one count of indecent assault.

The offences were reportedly committed earlier this year while he was at school.

Meanwhile, he was granted station bail and is set to appear in the Corporate Area Juvenile Court on September 22 to answer to the charges.





Headless body found in San San in Portland

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crime-scene-demo.jpgThe headless body of a man was discovered in Portland on Tuesday.

The police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of the so far unidentified man after his partially decomposed body was discovered.

The body was found in the Fern Hill area of San San in the parish.

Reports were that about 6:30 pm, residents stumbled upon the body and alerted the police.

The body was clad in underwear only.

Police investigations continue into the matter.





Pastor on sexual charges wants to do DNA

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Pastor Kenneth Blake of the Harvest Temple Apostolic Church, who is accused of sexually assaulting and impregnating a 14 year old girl, has been offered bail in the sum $1.5 million. Blake, 56, of Harbour View in St Andrew, appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on Wednesday on several charges on Wednesday, and signed an order authorising a DNA test after his attorney indicated to the court that Blake was prepared to take the step in a bid to establish innocence on his part.

Blake was charged last week by CISOCA following allegations that he had been molesting the child since 2015 when she was 12 years old.

He has been charged with rape, sexual touching, having sexual intercourse with a minor, grievous sexual assault of a minor under the age of 16 and forcible abduction. Further allegations are that he used cash and other forms of gifts to keep her quiet about their alleged sexual contacts. Notably also, the child is a daughter of a former officer of the church with whom the pastor has acknowledged having had an intimate relationship with in the past

In court, Blake's lawyer, Able-Don Foote, suggested that the allegations against his client emanated from malice and ill-will from the complainant's mother, whom he alleged had stolen $300,000 from the church

The attorney confirmed that Blake was previously in a relationship with the child's mother, who was an officer of the church up to July of this year. Foote said the relationship between the two adults ended early in 2015.

It was suggested that the sexual abuse allegations emerged after Blake stopped supporting the child's mother and she fell into financial difficulties, which culminated with the alleged theft from the church.

The attorney said evidence will be presented at trial to show that a dispute between the mother and the pastor is the root cause of his court case.

Blake is to return on October 5.





Among the two senior members of the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA)those reportedly dismissed is a director of the agency who was named in a damning letter by an alleged whistle blower inside the FLA and another staff member who is reportedly close to the director.

In the letter, the whistle blower claimed that the director and his crony use their offices to abuse, intimidate and bully staff into executing corrupt demands. have been dismissed amid a major corruption probe.

A third person could be dismissed Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the Gleaner is reporting that their sources say that the number of suspicious FLA files submitted to the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Task Force (MOCA) has increased from the 100 initially reported to 257.





belafonte.jpgIn honor of its 25th Anniversary, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (BCRI) has announced three recipients of the 2017 Fred L. Shuttlesworth Human Rights Award, the institute's highest award that honors outstanding individuals for their significant contributions to civil and human rights. This year's honorees include the artist and activist Harry Belafonte, Birmingham's first African American Mayor Dr. Richard Arrington, Jr. and activist Viola Luizzo (posthumously). The awards will be presented at BCRI's gala on Saturday, Nov. 18.

"We are both proud and humbled to have the opportunity to honor these icons that helped shape our country and opened so many doors that were previously closed," stated Andrea L. Taylor, BCRI President, and CEO.

Harry Belafonte, Jamaican-American musician, actor and human rights activist, joined the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s. He became one of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s closest confidants. Over the years he organized demonstrations, raised money and contributed his personal funds to keep movement activities going. Belafonte has advocated for a range of other humanitarian causes.

In 1987, he received an appointment to UNICEF as a goodwill ambassador. Belafonte has been involved in prostate cancer advocacy since 2006 when he was diagnosed and successfully treated for the disease.

He became the first African American to win an Emmy for his 1959 TV special Tonight with Belafonte. In 2000, Belafonte won a Grammy Award for his lifetime achievement in music.

Richard Arrington, Jr. was the first African American mayor of the city of Birmingham, serving 20 years, from 1979 to 1999. Under his tenure as Mayor, Birmingham went from a racially divided city dependent on the steel industry to an economically and culturally diverse hub of the southeastern United States.

Throughout the '70's and early '80's, Arrington led the drive for the establishment of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. A Civil Rights Institute Task Force and Board of Directors were appointed, a site was acquired, and, after much debate, funds to build the Civil Rights Institute were attained. Mayor Arrington also authorized plans for a Civil Rights Cultural District, including a renovated Kelly Ingram Park, a Jazz Hall of Fame in the historic Carver Theatre, and landscaping of public space around the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church.

Viola Liuzzo was killed by Ku Klux Klan members following a voting rights march in Alabama in 1965. Liuzzo was the only white female protester to die in the civil rights movement. Liuzzo traveled to Alabama from Detroit in March 1965 to help the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) with its efforts to register African-American voters in Selma. Her decision to go to Alabama was driven in part by the events of March 7, 1965, in Selma--also known as "Bloody Sunday." Liuzzo had watched the brutal assault on the protesters in a news broadcast and felt compelled to find a way to join the fight for civil rights.





The Harvest Temple Apostolic Group has expressed regret after sexual charges were laid against one of its pastors last week. The pastor and St. Andrew businessman has been charged with several offences after being accused of having sexual relations with a child.

He is to appear in the St. Andrew Parish Court on Tuesday to answer to allegations of rape, forcible abduction, sexual touching of a child, sexual intercourse with a child under sixteen and grievous sexual assault. In a notice in Tuesday's Gleaner newspaper, Kingsley Carter, Presiding Bishop of Harvest Temple Apostolic Group, expressed concern and regret about the allegations. Bishop Carter also expressed concern about the minor involved, her family and the accused pastor's immediate church family. The Bishop stated that the church group is committed to the law of the land and if a person is found guilty of an offence, the law should take its course.

The pastor was charged following investigations into allegations that he had sexual relations with the child between 2015 and this year.





October 27 sentence date for Dr Ford

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dr-ford.jpgPopular medical doctor, Jephthah Ford, is scheduled to be sentenced on October 27 following his conviction on corruption charges.

The sentencing date was set in the Kingston and St. Andrew Parish Court this morning.

Ford's attorney Patrick Bailey requested a social enquiry report.

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Ford was convicted last week on two counts of attempting to pervert the course of justice.

The court heard that he offered a police sergeant millions of dollars to release two Surinamese men and the just over US$500,000 with which they were held during a police operation near Half-Way Tree in St Andrew in 2015.

The conversation between Ford and the cop was recorded on tape.





spice-nicholas-son.jpgSpice's ex-fiancé/baby father Nicholas Lall took to Instagram on Tuesday to send birthday wishes to their son Aimar who turned 10. "I still remember like it's yesterday when i was changing your diapers and getting up at nights to make your bottles. Wow time flies still can't believe your 10 already. I love you my prince i'm always your daddy i'm always your hero, your always my don my general nothing or no one can change that they can hide you and prevent us from speaking, but it's only going to be a matter of time you're getting older daddy loves you endless i'm wishing you a happy birthday AIMAR Daddy loves you."

Nicholas,, in the post implies that he is being prevented from seeing his kids following his and Spice's breakup last year.

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kasi-and-usain.jpgKasi Bennett recently took to Snapchat to upload a few photos and videos from her memory and camera roll as she highlighted a few milestones in her four year relationship with Usain Bolt on his 31st birthday.

Kasi took a stroll down memory lane on Monday after sharing a heartfelt birthday wishes on her Instagram account, which read;

"The Legend. Happiest of birthdays to the most humble, selfless, hardworking and motivating person I know. Every single day I feel like the luckiest woman to have you in my life. You are nothing short of amazing. I love you baby, and remember... EVERY DAY WE LIT ❤️🙌🏼."

However, there has been a rather threatening comment on her IG from a woman who has allegedly been stalking Kasi, and persons seem to be divided as to whether or not the threat is real, or if Kasi is just seeking attention. People are also saying that the sexy pic that accompanied the post is an old one from last year, as Usain is is Mykonos, Greece celebrating his birthday....without Kaci.

Here is what one reader commented: Anonymous on August 22, 2017 at 7:43 pm - "Or could it be that Kasi made a fake account and said those things to get attention? I notice a pattern with her, every time Bolt is off doing his thing and ignoring her she comes up with something.

1. When he was in Rio, she went to Panama and acted as if she was in Rio.

2. When she thought Bolt wasn't going to take her to Cabana Reserve she said someone went to her mothers workplace and threaten her so she doesn't feel like been around Jamaicans (she end up going)

3. Then she said someone was stalking her and she had to be going to court about it.

4. Just recently, it was someone stealing her sneakers and leaving the laces.

5. And now that Bolt is spending his birthday without her she put up a old pic of them in Bora Bora with insincere words and all of a sudden someone comes on that particular post threatening to kill her, for what?

And look who have the first comment on this very post on JMG, like they were sitting and waiting for Met to put this up. Kasi is a sick girl mentally and a pathological liar, she's a very dangerous individual.

Another said: Anonymous on August 22, 2017 at 8:02 pm - Reply

"So none of us over here knows anything about kasi but you do right? Since you had to sent a message to the person also to leave kasi alone, why don't you and kasi contact the relevant authorities about this and you are the first one to comment on this, trying to garner sympathy from Usain and your followers, "look at the bad people taking set and threatening me". Putting up balloons and presents on bed talking about spoiling my boyfriend for his birthday when the man is in Greece celebrating his birthday there and because people found out she put up that pic from last year with that lame as caption and suddenly the person come to threaten her, why now, why that photo, when that is a old pic? You and kasi can go on playing mind games but I see through the bullshit."

Why exactly there is so much hate for this Kasi girl is anybody's guess, but there were allegations that Kasi was dating Bolt's brother before she and Usain got together. Kasi has never commented on these allegations, so they remain just that.





When did Curvy Diva Yanique become the unofficial Ambassador for Children?

The media vixen and recording artiste Yanique Curvy Diva is facing calls from online trolls for her to be fired from her hosting duties on Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall because she in not a good role model for children.

According to one user on social media: "We are not bashing Yanique for the life she wants to live and how she decides to make her money, however she cannot stay on our TV and influence our children, she needs to be removed immediately."

Question, Exactly which/whose children is Yanique influencing? Yanique has never set herself up as a role model for adults ... much more children....so why would responsible adults allow her to influence their children? The calls for Yanique's dismissal comes after her recent stint in the Cayman Islands which saw a raunchy video surfacing of the "Lifestyle" singer dancing on the floor during her performance at their Dancehall Queen competition.





9 in custody over ammo find

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hands-behind-bars.jpgNine persons were taken into custody after 19 rounds of ammunition were found by police in Williamsfield, Manchester on Sunday.

The Williamsfield police report that a bag was found with 19 rounds of 9-mm bullets during a search of a unit in an apartment complex in the community.

The identities of those in custody have not been released by the police.





Car crash victim identified

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wrecked-car.jpgThe police have released the identity of the man who was killed in Friday morning's crash on the Spanish Town Bypass in St. Catherine.

He is 47 year-old Joseph Edwards of Sunflower Avenue in Hellshire Park, St. Catherine.

Mr. Edwards was a passenger in a Toyota Wish motorcar which collided with a JUTC bus.

The Toyota Wish was travelling in an easterly direction along the Spanish Town Bypass, when it drifted into the path of the JUTC bus that was travelling in the opposite direction.

Mr. Edwards died on the scene while the drivers of both vehicles were hospitalised.





Jay-Z breaks silence on 'THAT ELEVATOR FIGHT'

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jay-z-photo-1.jpgJay-Z has finally broken his silence over the infamous elevator video in which Solange Knowles attacked him as Beyonce looked on. Jay was on the podcast "Rap Radar" when he addressed the 2014 incident at the Standard Hotel in NYC, but without discussing the trigger for Solange's tirade.

Jay said obtusely, "I fought my brothers and argued with my brothers my whole life. It just so happens, who we are, these things go into a different space, but it ain't nothing."

He went on ... "We had one disagreement ever. Before and after we've been cool. She's like my sister. I will protect her. That's my sister, not my sister-in-law, my sister."

It seems Solange was angry over Jay's alleged infidelity when she went off in the elevator, which he underscores in his new song, "Kill Jay Z" ... "You egged Solange on/Knowin' all along, all you had to say you was wrong/you almost went Eric Benet/Let the baddest girl in the world get away."





Usain Bolt takes the party to Greek island Mykonos

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He has wasted no time adopting a party lifestyle since retiring from competitive sprinting.

And after marking his retirement with a number of consecutive nights out in London, Usain Bolt took the party to the stunning island of Mykonos, Greece, this week.

The Jamaican athlete, 30, was flanked by a bevy of beauties on Sunday as he headed out for another evening on the tiles with friends. Usain put on a typically dapper display for his night of partying, taking to the night scene in a crisp white shirt, beige chino shorts and pink trainers.

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He covered his famous profile beneath a pair of quirky, mirrored shades.

His sun-soaked break comes just a short while after Usain partied up a storm in the UK, enjoying champagne-fuelled bashes at some of London's biggest nightclubs, most recently DSTRKT.

The Olympic legend was pictured looking in high spirits as he headed into the nightspot with his girlfriend Kasi Bennett on Tuesday night.

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It came after he enjoyed a night out at Cirque Le Soir until 3.30am the evening prior, and a party at Libertine nightclub until 4.30am the night before that.

Usain is no stranger to the London party scene and last year ran up a £12,000 bar bill during a week-long celebration to mark his 'triple-triple' success at Rio 2016.





romain-virgo-photo-4.jpgNEW YORK, NY- On Saturday August 26th, the New York Hilton in Manhattan will be the site of the 55th annual Jamaica Grand Independence Gala. The black-tie event will present an elegant evening featuring a cocktail and dinner reception honoring distinguished community leaders. Hosted by the Jamaica Independence Foundation, Inc. under the patronage of the Consul General of Jamaica, the Honorable Trudy Deans, and the Jamaica Tourist Board. The headlining entertainment for the evening will be Romain Virgo and The Unit Band, making their debut at the glamourous event. Grammy winning artist Estelle will serve as a co-host with actor/singer Leon.

VP Records artiste Romain Virgo grew up in the industry, making history as the youngest winner of Television Jamaica's (TVJ) popular "Rising Stars" talent competition at 17-years-old, then winning Artist of the Year from JaRIA in 2012. He has come into his own and is flourishing as a reggae artist and band leader, with a new album in the works and his current single 'Now' presenting a international pop sound.

Afro-Caribbean, London born songstress Estelle has led a successful music career, winning a Grammy® in 2009. She is currently, putting the finishing touches on her 5th studio album on VP Records/ Established 1980 Records (Estelle's imprint). The album will feature the work of top producers Supa Dups and Jerry Wonda, writers Tish Hyman, JFK and UrsVerse among others. The first single 'Love Like Ours' featuring Tarrus Riley, featured on Reggae Gold 2017, has been making a splash on charts and streaming services since its debut early June.

Guest of honor, Prime Minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holness will be the recipient of the Distinguished Leadership Award. Awards will also be given to Former Prime Minister, The Honorable Edward Seaga and Hall of Fame Basketball Player, Patrick A. Ewing.

Held from 6:30pm-2am, guests will be further entertained with additional sets from Likkle Big Band and Road International. Proceeds will go to the Garvey Elementary School in the Bronx and Woman Inc. In addition to the Gala, the 55th anniversary will also be marked with a celebration of Jamaican delicacies during restaurant week in September, and a film festival and business forum in October.





No New York concert for Alkaline

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alkaline-mavado-and-al.jpgAlkaline announced that he would not be performing in New York on Sunday night.

The Dancehall artiste was billed to take the stage at the Ecips Music Festival which is being held at the Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, New York.

Sources close to Alkaline say the artiste is currently in New York but orgainzers have failed to pay their final deposit which was outlined in the contract. The source added that several other acts slated for the show weren't paid and they also removed themselves from the lineup.





sean-kingston-photo-1.jpgSean Kingston made it very public that he isn't broke by posting pictures of his new mansion and car to match which he recently bought in Jamaica but his legal troubles in the United States are far from over.

The "Beautiful Girls" singer is now desperately requesting a new trial after he failed to pay a Florida-based jeweler $44,000 USD which has since resulted in a Judge issuing a warrant for his arrest, TMZ reports.The news outlet obtained new court documents in which Kingston says he didn't know about the order to pay the sum because he ignored the papers he received, thinking it was for a different case.

Kingston is reportedly begging for mercy as he has to represent himself due to "financial efficiency." He also cites health issues after being assaulted recently.The singer says he needs to share his side of the story, as he tried to return some of the pieces in question and set up a payment plan but Haimov Jewelers refused.





usain-bolt-wins-gold-200m-beijing-2015.jpgbolt-hamstring-injury-image.jpgWorld 100m & 200m record holder Usain Bolt silenced the haters on Thursday. After his apparent injury in the relay at the World Championships, there were those who questioned whether he really suffered an injury in his farewell race.

Bolt, who pulled up in closing stages of the anchor leg of the relay, fell to the ground before getting back up and walking across the finish line.

On Thursday, Bolt took to Twitter to share a photo of his injury and addressed those who did not believe that he was injured. The tweets were deleted shortly after being posted.

"Sadly I have a tear of the proximal myotendinous junction of biceps femoris in my left hamstring with partial retraction. 3 months rehab. I don't usually release my medical report to the public but sadly I have sat and listened to people questioning if I was really injured.

He added: "I have never been one to cheat my fans in anyway & my entire desire at the championship was run one last time for my fans. Thanks for the continued support my fans and I rest, heal and move onto the next chapter of my life #Love&LoveAlone"

It had been planned for the 30-year-old sprinting great, a lifelong Manchester United fan, to play against Barcelona Legends in a charity match to raise money for the Manchester United Foundation.





guns-in-marverley.jpgA man believed to be a former policeman was shot dead by the police along Mobberly Avenue in Maverly, Kingston 20, on Wednesday night.

Police are still in the process of confirming the identity of the deceased, but strongly believe he's a former cop.

Reports are that the police, acting on information they received, went to a premises along Mobberly Avenue at about 8pm when they were confronted by the man who pointed a firearm at the cops.

The law enforcement, in response, reportedly took evasive action and opened fire at the man, hitting him several times in the upper body.

He was pronounced dead at hospital. No police was hurt in the incident.

The police said they recovered a M16 rifle and a hand gun along with 13 9mm and 17 .5.56 rounds from the scene.





Dr. Ford guilty!

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dr-ford.jpgPopular family physician, Dr Jephthah Ford, has been found guilty of corruption charges.

The verdict was handed down in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court yesterday by Parish Judge Simone Wolfe Reece.

He is to return to court on August 22 when a date will be set for sentencing.

Ford was convicted on two counts of attempting to pervert the course of justice following an incident in 2014 in which two Surinamese men were held with US$533,886 or J$55 million, during a police operation along Half-Way Tree Road, in St Andrew.

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The trial, which began in 2016, featuring testimony from Police Sergeant Franklyn McLaren that he secretly made a recording of Ford offering him millions of dollars to end the investigation against the two men and release the cash.

In April 2014, Dr. Ford was offered bail in the sum of J$1 million when he appeared in court to answer to a charge of attempting to pervert the course of justice. He was allegedly caught on camera trying to bribe a policeman, offering him 40 per cent of approximately J$60 million that was seized from two Surinamese nationals. Ford had contacted the policeman a day before the foreigners were taken before the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court and promised to give him the funds if he decided against taking the men to court and returned the money to them.

Allegations were that Dr Ford first offered the policeman 25 per cent of the money, but after he gave the policeman a chance to determine how much he wanted, settled at 40 per cent, when the cop reportedly suggested 50 per cent.





shaneke-williams-instagram.jpgSpartan Health Club's position on the issue of Shaneke Williams' entry in the 2017 Miss Jamaica World Pageant.

Our "Criteria for Entry" is set out on the Miss Jamaica World website and the relevant criteria as relate to Miss Williams are as follows:

Section (d) of Article 1(The Entrant) "Shall be a person whose background is not likely to bring into disrepute the Miss Jamaica World Beauty Pageant or MJW title or the Promoter or any other person associated with them".

Section (g) "The Promoter has the right, without giving any reason whatsoever, to bar any applicant from entering the Miss Jamaica World Contest whom he feels may bring the Contest into disrepute".

Anyone accused of the actions that Miss Williams was accused of and was before the nation's court for a criminal offence in the same year as the staging of the pageant would obviously face exclusion from the pageant. There is no investigative arm to the Miss Jamaica World Pageant and traditionally, prospective contestants are allowed to hand in Entry Forms on the day that the "Finalists" are to be selected. My understanding is that Miss Williams Entry Form was handed in on that last day. I was totally unaware that the Shaneke Williams who was in the line-up of contestants was involved in any criminal trial or any type of scandal whatsoever. To the best of my knowledge neither did any of the other judges.

In a Jamaica Observer Online article Miss Williams is quoted as saying: "Before entering the competition, I knew what the situation was and I made it clear to them that I am at a state right now where I'm recovering mentally and emotionally from this ordeal and I would not want to enter knowing that it would implicate them or affect my chances of winning the crown," she said.

"It was made known to me that it should not be an issue because there was no criminal record and I'm not convicted of any crime," Williams added.

Again, no communication between Miss Williams and any Miss Jamaica World 2017 team member was made known to me and if any team member had approached and encouraged her to enter knowing of this incident in her recent past, I would find it very disturbing.

I had a very long meeting with Shaneke yesterday, Tuesday August 15 I found her to be a bright young lady albeit maybe with some "issues" which should not be surprising considering her recent past. I made the point that while she may see the Miss Jamaica World Pageant as a platform to make a statement and redeem her reputation that would be selfish if it was going to be at the expense of her fellow contestants, sponsors, past winners and contestants and the Pageant itself.

I told her that she should have come in to see me and identify herself and her situation before entering. She did not mention then that she had been in dialogue with anyone on the team. I handed her a letter explaining our reasons for refusing her entry and she seemed in full agreement and requested the opportunity to withdraw voluntarily. I agreed and gave her a timeline in which to submit the letter. The timeline has not been met but the letter will still be accepted if and when it comes.

We have offered to maintain Miss Williams gym membership awarded when she was initially selected as a "Finalist" as we do not see her as a criminal or even as an unsavoury person but just someone who does not meet the criteria for entry into the Miss Jamaica World Pageant at this time.





2-year-old shot and injured near Jarrett Lane

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The Peace Management Initiative (PMI) will be providing counselling to the family of the two year old boy who was shot in the Mountain View Avenue area on Tuesday evening.

The boy was injured near Jarrett Lane as gunmen traded bullets, however, that the injuries sustained by the child are not life threatening.

A source close to the case said doctors believe that the child has suffered a broken bone as a result of the incident. They have ordered an x-ray.

Tuesday's incident was the latest flare up of gang violence in the area.

Berthlyne Plummer, a senior Social Worker at the PMI, said several teams from the organisation have been dispatched to the community and will be working with the police to restore calm to the area.

Among their mandate will be to provide counselling and mediation sessions for community members. Miss Plummer said the intervention also involves community meetings and interactions with persons involved in violence in the affected areas.





Tropical wave to bring rain this weekend

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The Meteorological Service says a Tropical Wave currently across the eastern Caribbean is expected to move in the vicinity of Jamaica on Friday.

As a result, the island is expected to experience periods of moderate to heavy showers and isolated thunderstorms across sections of most parishes during the afternoon on Friday into Saturday.

The Meteorological Service says it will continue to monitor the situation.





lisa-hanna-photo-4.jpgMiss Jamaica World 1993 and MP for South East St Ann, Lisa Hanna, has called on the organisers of Miss Jamaica World 2017 to remove controversial Shaneke Williams from the line-up of finalists selected to vie for the crown at the grand coronation slated for September 23.

The former Miss World took to social media early this week where she posted: "Caesar's wife should be above suspicion... Ought not Miss Jamaica World to be held to a similar standard?"

"Suspicion alone is enough to disqualify anyone from being "married" ... it should be enough to disqualify anyone from competing to represent our country as Miss Jamaica World. The Coordinators of Miss Jamaica World 2017 would be wise to recall the "Caesar Wife principle." #LisaHannaMJW1993," she continued in her post on Instagram.

Williams, whose entry in this year's beauty pageant has been met with strong criticism because she was earlier this year freed of rape charges, yesterday pleaded with Jamaicans to give her a chance.

"I think it's unfair to label an accused person as a criminal when there is no criminal record or fact to support the claims that were made against me."

Williams, who insisted she was innocent, was freed of a charge of aiding and abetting rape and sexual touching in the case of a 15-year-old girl, which was alleged to have occurred in November 2013.

The case was dismissed after the complainant indicated that she did not wish to proceed with the matter.

Since Williams was named among this year's MJW contestants, many social media users have since questioned the move by Spartan Health Club, which is the franchise staging the pageant, to allow her to compete.

According to one person who identifies as Chasechs: "I keep asking people, how can she ethically and morally perform her duties as MJW if she wins or places in the top 3? The target market of MJW is not just to represent jamaica but it is largely to uplift women and young ladies in our society. How can she posibly do this? Some will say that she was not found guilty but she was not found to be innocent either! The complainant drop the case, what wouls have happened if they had continued?

How can she address a gathering of women and girls and speak about sexual abuse, voilence againts women/children and women in the professional world? International representation is one thing but how can she carry out her duties is she wins? Some will say she is just a finalist she may not win, well I say without a ticket yuh cyah win. She has a ticket right now as a finalist. She is too tainted to be considered in this pageant.

While we don't want to condemn her to darkness, the MJW is not a platform for her to seek redemption and forgiveness. You don't reward a recovering drug addict with a pharmaceutical company, Nor an alleged alcoholic with a beer brewery. Its just not logical nor ethical."





crime-scene-gun.jpgA man, who was jointly charged with murder, was shot dead at the supermarket where he works by an unknown assailant in the full view of shoppers and staff members Wednesday morning.

The deceased has been identified as 21-year-old Ochille Hall of a Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland address.

Reports are that about 10:57 am, Hall was on the job when he was approached by the gunman who opened fire hitting him several times.

He was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The incident caused customers and workers to scamper for cover.

According to a highly placed source, investigators suspect that Hall's murder was a reprisal killing.

Hall's co-accused, Aaron Wedderburn, was shot dead at the entrance of the Savanna-la-Mar Public General Hospital on Thursday, July 27.

The Savanna-la-Mar police are investigating.





Supermarket worker shot dead at Price Rite

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA supermarket worker was shot dead as he was leaving his job at a supermarket located in what is called the Price Rite section of Chancery Street, off Red Hills Road in St Andrew on Tuesday night.

Reports are that the male worker at Shopper's Delite supermarket was ambushed by a lone gunman a few yards from his workplace at minutes to 10. The police reports that the man was shot in the back of the head, after which several more shots were fired al over his body.

He was pronounced dead at hospital.

The police team spent several hours at the supermarket on Wednesday gathering information.

Investigations continue.





A tweet quoting Nelson Mandella posted by Barack Obama in response to the situation in Charlottesville has become the most popular Twitter message of all time.

Obama's tweet has been liked 2.9 million times while 1.2 million people have retweeted it.

He wrote: 'No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion.'

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He continued: 'People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love.'

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Finishing his message, he said: 'For love comes more naturally to the human heart that it's opposite - Nelson Mandela.'

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In comparison, Donald Trump insisted both sides were at fault during the demonstration that claimed the life of anti-fascist protester Heather Heyer.

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Trump's response to the crisis has been attacked by both Republicans and Democrats, although is approach has been praised by the former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, David Duke.

It took Trump more than 48 hours to condemn the racist organization before attempting to blame anti-fascist protesters for the violence.





shaneke-williams-instagram.jpgMiss Jamaica World pageant finalist Shaneke Williams, says she is pressing ahead in the competition and says she is being bullied on cyberspace.

Williams, who is among the 16 finalists announced for this year's pageant, says she has been on the receiving end of cyber-bulling and hatred, due to the fact that she was arrested for a serious crime in 2015.

Williams was charged with aiding and abetting rape and sexual touching, in the alleged incident involving a 15-year-old in November 2013. The case involved former Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) candidate Don Creary, who was charged with rape. However, the matter was dismissed by the court after the complainant indicated she did not wish to proceed with the case.

"I believe that at the end of the day, I have a story to be told and this is why I decided to enter the pageant. I believe it is a platform for me to share my side of the story, to inspire others who may be experiencing a similar experience," Williams said.

Williams also said she decided to enter the competition because she wanted to help to empower persons, especially those who have faced similar tribulations.

She said she anticipated a high level of scrutiny from her inclusion in the pageant, but was unprepared for the "bullying and hate" that has followed.





donald-quarrie.jpgTechnical leader for Jamaica's team to the recent IAAF World Athletics Championships Donald Quarrie who revealed the verbal confrontation between quarter milers Shericka Jackson and Stephenie-Ann McPherson at the Word Championships in London, says he told the nation because he had to do it before social media picked it up and ran with it.

The two MVP athletes had an argument over the selection of uniforms for the final of the women's 4X400m relay on Sunday after which McPherson was withdrawn from the line-up citing an injury which Quarrie had questioned. Jamaica eventually failed to finish.

Olympian, Quarrie, who was speaking on Hitz 92 FM's Girls Sports club on Tuesday, says he wanted the public to know what had happened.

"Social media is a means of information being passed around; I figured that this was going to go out and we didn't want the public to think we are hiding something from them," said Quarrie.

Quarrie has maintained that McPherson had no intention to run with team-mate Shericka Jackson after the verbal altercation, despite relay coach Paul Francis' advice that the athlete had a leg injury.





court.jpgKenneth Blake, the 52-year-old pastor of the Harvest Temple Apostolic Church, located on Slipe Pen Road, was on Tuesday arrested and charged with rape, forcible abduction, grievous sexual assault, sexual touching and sexual intercourse with a person under 16 years old. Blake was being sought by the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) for allegedly repeatedly having sex with a 12-year-old girl before impregnating her, is now in jail. He was charged after he surrendered to investigators at CISOCA.

According to reports, Pastor Blake was accompanied by his attorney and members of his congregation, law enforcement sources revealed. He is scheduled to appear before the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on August 22.

It was last week that Jamaican newspaper, the Gleaner, broke the story that the pregnant 14-year-old gave investigators a detailed statement in which she alleged that Blake initially forced himself on to her before he began to reward her after their sexual encounters.

"He would give her money and other gifts so that she would not tell anyone," one source revealed.

However, according to the source, the alleged sexual relationship came to light in June this year when the 14-year-old discovered that she was pregnant and confessed everything to her mother. According to law-enforcement sources, the pastor is engaged to the mother of the pregnant 14-year-old girl.

One source said the child reported that she would often visit the clergyman's St Andrew home to look for her older sister, who was sent to live with the pastor "due to the lack of convenience at her mother's home".

She reported that during one of those visits in 2015, the pastor sent her older sister to downtown Kingston before having sexual intercourse with her against her will.

According to her account, the clergyman also supplied her with money and other gifts before their sexual encounters ended in April this year.





shaneke-williams-woman-charged-with-don-creary.jpgshaneke-williams-instagram.jpgSocial media is not having it and they are making Miss Jamaica World (MJW) contestant know that they are not in favour of her being a finalist in the contest. Shaneke Williams, the woman who was freed of a charge of aiding and abetting rape and sexual touching in the case of a 15-year-old girl has been selected as a finalist in the Miss Jamaica World beauty pageant and many are voicing their opinion that this is wrong.

"Suppose she wins and this gets out to the international media?" seems to be the main concern.

"Shaneke Williams was arrested for aiding and abetting RAPE & sexual touching of a minor yet she's a contender in MJW? RUBBISH", said one user, "But girl, imagine if she win and that come across international media? It will be a scandal," said another in response.

However, since Williams was named among this year's MJW contestants, many Twitter users have questioned the move by Spartan Health Club, which is the franchise staging the pageant, to allow her to compete.

One user noted that the charges were dropped.

"Cannot believe she made it through," another said.

The aiding and abetting rape and sexual touching case was dismissed after the complainant, who is now 19 years old, indicated that she did not wish to proceed with the matter.The incident was alleged to have occurred in November 2013.

The Facebook page for the pageant officially announced that Williams is among the 16 beauties selected on Saturday to embark on the journey to Miss Jamaica World 2017.

The 16 finalists selected on Saturday are: Shaneke Williams, Kadejah Anderson, Brianne St.Juste, Jaavonne Taylor, Latoya Tingle, Solange Sinclair, Amaya Lewis, Megan McNaughton, Rochelle Duncan, Sukanya Wilmot, Alana Pennant, Alyssa Booth, Sasha Henry, Leah Hollingsworth, Jeneque Pinnock and Melissa Douglas.





shericka-jackson.jpgThis is sure a 'what the hell' moment. The two woman dem go all the way a World Championship inna London and FIGHT?! Over uniform?! REALLY?

So we heard Technical Director Donald Quarrie speak briefly to a local reporter who is in London about the madness in the camp and how an argument escalated to the point where he had to physically position himself between the two quarter milers quarter-milers Stephanie Ann McPherson and Shericka Jackson to prevent a huge fight. This confrontation took place right before the women's mile relay final at the IAAF World Championships in London on Sunday. Reports are that it all stemmed from a uniform issue. Quarrie did say that the argument started over something small and insignificant and then it escalated to the point where one of them - Stephanie Ann McPherson - said she wasn't running if the other was on the team.

"It (argument) started with a uniform thing, and I don't remember exactly why, because when it was beginning, I made sure I got in there to keep things normal. It escalated a little bit, but the main thing I was concerned about was keeping them apart," said Quarrie.

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McPherson was subsequently diagnosed with an injury and withdrawn from the team by relay coach Paul Francis. Naturally, Quarrie is now seems to be questioning the authenticity of the information he was given.

"My main issue right now is the fact that one young lady said she was not going to run, suddenly. I show up at the track and her coach is telling me she has an injury and will not be able to run. The doctor did check with her and said it was a grade one something - I can't remember what it is - but I find it very strange that between the hotel and here (warm-up track), an injury could have occurred," said Quarrie.

"I am not going to put the blame on the young lady only. The coach is the one that said she cannot run, just as he said Elaine could not run. He gave me a reason that Elaine did not run in practice to the extent which he wanted should in case she had to push herself. She had not done that, so it was his decision," Quarrie continued before sharing the circumstances around the altercation between the athletes.

"There was a verbal altercation between herself and Shericka. She (McPherson) said it (that she would not run). I told her not to say so and that we should move on. In the heat of everything, I could forgive the young lady, but I would like to know why, in such a short space of time, I show up at the track, and she is not running." Anneisha McLaughlin-Whilby was a last minute replacement for McPherson in the line-up alongside Chrisann Gordon, Jackson and Novlene Williams-Mills. The former Holmwood athlete however, suffered a leg injury 100m into her second-leg run before crashing to the ground and ending Jamaica's hopes of defending the title.





trump-and-merck-ceo.jpgA CEO serving on President Donald Trump's council on manufacturing announced his resignation early Monday from the White House panel, in protest of Trump's continued silence on the white nationalist groups who incited Saturday's deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Ken Frazier, the head of Merck pharmaceuticals, said in a statement he was stepping down "as a matter of personal conscience" and "to take a stand against intolerance and extremism."

In response, Trump ― who has yet to personally denounce the far-right groups who sparked Saturday's deadly carnage in Charlottesville ― directly attacked Frazier on Twitter.

His tweet was one of several posted on Monday morning, ranging from attacking "obstructionist Democrats" to pledging he would work on "trade and military" and reiterating his support for Sen. Luther Strange (R-Ala.), who is squaring off against several opponents in a GOP primary on Tuesday.

None of his tweets addressed the weekend's violence.

After Trump on Saturday had blamed "many sides" for the hatred that led to the violence in Charlottesville, the White House on Sunday said in a statement that "of course" that included "white supremacists, KKK Neo-Nazi and all extremist groups."

Still, the statement was attributed to an unnamed spokesperson, not to Trump himself.





In the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, 700 brides at a mass wedding were presented with wooden bats and told to use them as weapons should their husbands become drunk or abusive.

The paddles are normally used for getting dirt out of clothes in traditional laundries, but those given out to the brides were stamped with pink and blue messages saying "a gift to keep drunks in check" and "police won't say anything"

At the ceremony in central India over the weekend, Gopal Bhargava, the minister of social justice and rural development, presented women with the bats and urged them to put them to use if necessary.

He said: "If your husband or any other member of family comes home drunk, treat him with it." Mr Bhargava has ordered nearly 10,000 bats for distribution to newlywed women.

He explained that the purpose of the bats was to help rural women protect themselves as concerns over alcoholism mount in India.

"Women say whenever their husbands get drunk they become violent. Their savings are taken away and splurged on liquor," he told AFP news agency.

"There is no intent to provoke women or instigate them to violence but the bat is to prevent violence."

Mr Bhargava said he got the idea for the wedding presents when a woman asked him whether she should get her husband to stop drinking by beating him with a wooden plank.

In Madhya Pradesh the Gulabi Gang - a group of female vigilantes clad in pink saris and carrying wooden sticks - have recently launched a campaign to stop vendors selling alcohol and to shut down illicit moonshine operations.

Many Indian states have launched a crackdown on liquor in recent years, either banning or restricting its sale in a bid to curb alcohol-fuelled violence.

Last year, the government of Tamil Nadu state pledged to instate prohibition as part of its campaign to win re-election, and Eastern Bihar imposed an alcohol ban in 2016.





Blanche Blackwell (nee Lindo), mother of music mogul and businessman Chris Blackwell died on August 8 in London. She was 104.

Olivia "Babsy" Grange, minister of culture, gender affairs, entertainment and sport, said Blanche Blackwell was "an exceptional host who welcomed and introduced several leading figures including, actors, authors, and singers to Jamaica at her home at Bolt House in St Mary, and encouraged some of her famous guests to set up homes on the island".

Among those who established homes near Bolt House were the playwright, actor and composer Noël Coward; and the James Bond author Ian Fleming.

Grange said "Mrs Blackwell was muse" to both men and had "inspired some of the great works that Fleming and Coward produced while in Jamaica".

Sally Henzell, widow of film director Perry Henzell, remembers Blackwell as a woman of substance.

"She had verve and character. She was interested in everything and managed to keep her life together -- physically and mentally -- right to the very end," said Henzell.

Blanche Blackwell was a society beauty who beguiled the guests who came to her home, Bolt House, in St Mary, Jamaica. Errol Flynn referred to her laugh as "like the sounds of water tinkling over a waterfall" and was madly in love with her. He even considered proposing to her (even though he was still married). At first she had not wanted to meet him, telling him she was suffering from boils on her bottom.

"He was the most handsome man I had ever seen," she says swooning still at the thought. "We became great friends."

She would later become the lover of the married Fleming, who is thought to have based the character of Pussy Galore from Goldfinger on her (although Blanche shakes her head, unaware of this, and laughs at the mention that men found her intoxicatingly beautiful).

Born in 1912 in Costa Rica, she was descended from Sephardic Jews who had fled Portugal during the Inquisition. The family set up home in Jamaica in the 1700s and became wealthy merchants. Their business included rum and sugar, and they owned vast tracts of land. (Her brother Roy sold Coward the land for his Jamaican houses).

Blanche married Middleton Joseph Blackwell and they had a son Chris Blackwell (the founder of Island Records who, as a young man, was appointed to work on the set of the film Dr No by Fleming).They divorced when Chris was 12.

Firmly ensconced in society circles it was not long before Blanche would meet the philandering, but very much married, Fleming.

Indeed, she was 44 and he was 48 when they encountered each other.

"I remember I sat next to him at dinner and he said: 'Why haven't I seen you before?'" she says sitting elegantly in her Knightsbridge apartment, beautifully dressed and wearing a slash of vibrant coral lipstick. "I told him I was just over from England and he said: 'Oh good God, you're not a lesbian, are you?' And I laughed."

Blanche, Fleming and Coward made a trio everyone wanted to be seen with.

The free-spirited Blanche became Fleming's muse and her presence seriously worried the author's wife Ann, who was often in the UK. She was aware of her husband's philandering (Ann, too, was unfaithful) but she realised his relationship with Blanche was different. On one occasion when Ann returned to their Jamaica home Goldeneye she ripped up the garden Blanche had lovingly planted.

"She disliked me but I can't blame her," Blanche says. "When I got to know Ian better I found a man in serious depression. I was able to give him a certain amount of happiness. I felt terribly sorry for him." Their relationship would last until shortly before his death.





pnp-winston-green-larger.jpgDr Winston Green, the Member of Parliament for St Mary south east has died.

Dr Green, who was a dentist, died shortly after 5 o'clock this morning (Monday) at Andrew's Memorial Hospital after he reportedly fell and hit his head at home.

Dr Green had a history of seizures; however, it is not known if the seizure contributed to his death.

He became the Member of Parliament for St. Mary South Eastern after he defeated the Jamaica Labour Party's Dr Norman Dunn in the February 2016 general election.

Dr Dunn challenged the election result and this led to a magisterial recount, in which Dr Green was officially declared the winner by five votes.

Green fell and hit his head while at home. Dr Green of the People's National Party defeated the Jamaica Labour Party's Norman Dunn by five votes after a magisterial recount at the Sutton Street Court in the last general election.





In a recent letter to the editor, Paris Taylor from Greater Portmore declared: It is most unfortunate when a man of the clergy actually endorses the repeal of the buggery law. This move obviously shows that these men of the cloth are being moved by an evil force which is already creating havoc on our beautiful land. The spirit of evil is so much a part of us but we fail to realise the tremendous impact it has engulfed us with.

No one should try to contravene the fundamental laws of nature which can guide mankind into the eternal future. The repealing of the buggery law is counterproductive and the individuals who are actually pushing this sad depiction of our society to the wider world will not see God's face.

We all know what God did to Sodom and Gomorrah for their evil practices and the likely possibility to have God making a determination on our nation for straying from the given premise. Homosexuality is a practice which God abhors, and there will never be a different answer for what these so-called learnt theologians argue should be permitted

There must be no justice for our Christian brothers/sisters if these theologians continue to disobey God's words and go on their own understanding. We don't need to downgrade our moral principles to suit anybody or any nation

Rev Garnet Roper and Bishop Howard Gregory, advocates for repealing the buggery law, must take a look at someone like Rev Al Miller, who is convinced that these so-called scholars are not guided by the Bible teachings which have been directing humanity for centuries. The journey of mankind would have stopped abruptly if we were allowed to place emphasis on this despicable practice. Procreation is a practice which was given to humanity to ensure that the human species does not become extinct. The anus is not even a sex organ and it will never be in this century or in centuries to come.

We need Bible scholars to preach and teach from the Bible because it is not an outdated book, and it is still relevant in this millennium. paristaylor82@hotmail.com





alkaline-fan-nipple.jpgLast week, a picture of Sean Kingston with his hand touching Tommy Lee's hair made the rounds on social media, with some saying the thing "luuuuuuuu". It was just too intimate for some trolls, but other fans realised that it was really just a 'bro thing' and there was nothing fishy about it at all. Now, Alkaline, who seems to have taken it personal that Sean Kingston signed Tommy Lee and not him (Alkaline), even though Alka and Sean have worked well in the past. So when Alka posted this comment on social media, it suggested that he was taking aim at Sean Kingston and Tommy Lee: "Done see say dem a bitch smh. Check out my new sound #realwidit#dealwidit #doneseeit."

Well, fans of Sean Kingston and Tommy Lee Sparta have done some digging and have found an August 2015 photo of Vendetta deejay Alkaline posing with a fan whose finger appeared to brush against the bare-chested deejay's nipple. (WHOA!)

"They need to speak about this," sources close to the two deejay reportedly said. "They making a big deal over a video with the boss [Sean Kingston] and his new artist [Tommy Lee Sparta] but no one is saying anything about this luuu photo with Alkafish [Alkaline]."





jah-cure-benz-crash-photo-1.jpgOn Saturday Night, Reggae artiste Jah Cure crashed his brand new vehicle, his much-loved-and-hyped-about 2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 S. The expensive, high end, luxury vehicle sustained quite a bit of damage to the front section and will be very costly to fix...but this is Jah Cure and we surely hope either he or his insurance have the cash to care. Anyway..he's blaming the other driver. Of course. Who else?

The story is that driver of the other vehicle drove out on Jah Cure, and in trying to avoid a collision Jah Cure somehow lost control of his vehicle. Jah Cure and his Mercedes Benz subsequently crashed into a tree. (Oh dear!) This took place somewhere in St Ann....near an intersection on the Salem main road in Runaway Bay.

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"Mek mi tell yuh diss, mi nuh just crash suh eno Daddy....," Jah Cure is reported to have said. "Is a man do that to mi.... yuh see a while ago....," he added.

One eyewitness reported that another driver pulled out in front of Jah Cure who was driving very fast along the Runaway Bay main road in Saint Ann. Jah Cure lost control of his 2017 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe which crashed head on into a tree.

Yardflex was unable to get the driver of the other vehicle to hear his side of the story and we are awaiting the official police report.





policeman-son-shot.jpgThe police constable whose two year old son was fatally shot in Braeton, St. Catherine on Thursday, is to be questioned by INDECOM investigators on Monday. The investigators were preparing to question him on Friday, however, this had to be postponed as the policeman is said to be too traumatised to give a statement. His firearm has been seized by INDECOM for testing.

It is reported that about 6 p.m. on Thursday, the policeman, who is attached to Mobile Reserve, went home after feeling ill. He fell asleep with his firearm but he awoke shortly after and saw his son with the pistol.

It's reported that the policeman was attempting to retrieve the firearm from the toddler when it went off. The child was shot in the head.

The policeman and his wife were rushing the injured boy to the hospital when the vehicle crashed into a taxi along the Braeton main road.

The child later succumbed to his injury.





policeman-son-shot.jpgThe two-year-old son of the policeman's is dead in a bizarre accident Thursday night.

The baby has been identified as Almando McLean Jr, whose father is assigned to the Mobile Reserve.

Reports are that the policeman had fallen asleep next to his son at his Portmore, St Catherine home. When he woke up, the lawman reportedly saw Almando Jr with his licensed firearm.

While the cop was in the process of retrieving the gun from his son, the firearm reportedly went off hitting the child in the neck.

The tragic situation escalated when the cop reportedly crashed his private motor car into the rear of another vehicle, at a section of the Old Braeton main road, while transporting his injured son to the Spanish Town Hospital.

The boy reportedly sustained head injuries and he and his father were assisted to the hospital, where the child was pronounced dead.

The police are investigating.





12-month sentence for ganja cop

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hands-behind-bars.jpgA senior policeman, who was held along Mandela Highway in St Andrew with more than 100 pounds of ganja some three years ago, was fined over $500,000 and slapped with a 12-month prison sentence in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on Thursday.

Inspector Dale Isaacs from the Mobile Reserve of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) was fined $15,000 or 30 days for possession of ganja, and $500,000 or six months, plus a direct 12-month sentence, for dealing in ganja.

Isaacs was held by members of the JCF Anti-Corruption Branch on Mandela Highway in St Andrew with the ganja in his private motorcar in 2014.

He was arrested and charged with breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act.





6 shot including 10-year-old girl; four dead

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA 10-year-old girl is among six persons who were shot Saturday morning in the Whitfield Town area, in St Andrew South West, as tensions in the community remain very high.

Four of the six who were shot have since succumbed to their injuries.

Senior Superintendent Arthur Brown, head of the St Andrew South Police Division, confirmed the gruesome incident and stated that the incident happened between 1:30 -3:30 am on Saturday.

He said while there might be evidence of gang violence he is still yet to confirm a motive of the killing.

"Some doors were kicked off and six persons were shot in total, four succumbed. A 10-year-old was shot and injured also, she's at Children's Hospital [Bustamante Hospital for Children], the other person is at the Kingston Public Hospital".

"I wouldn't want to put it down to that [gang violence] because unfortunately some persons who weren't involved, got caught in it." He said.

He said the community remains very tense, but sought to reassure citizens that there will be increased police presence in the community and everything will be done to bring criminals to justice.





donald-trump-photo-1.jpgPresident Donald Trump said Thursday that he did the US military a "great favour" by banning transgender troops from the armed forces.

Trump, speaking to reporters at his New Jersey country club, said the issue of transgender service members had been "complicated" and "confusing" for the military.

"Look, I have great respect for the (transgender) community," Trump said. "I think I have great support -- or I've had -- great support from that community.

"I got a lot of votes."

But Trump said the issue of transgender troops has been a "very difficult situation" for the US armed forces.

"As you know, it's been a very complicated issue for the military," he said. "It's been a very confusing issue for the military.

"I think I'm doing the military a great favour." Source: (AFP)





court.jpgThree members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, accused of kidnapping a 15-year-old boy in Westmoreland, have been charged.

Constables Romaine Wellington; Lushana Bryan and Adrian Jackson, who are attached to the Westmoreland Police Division, were charged on Thursday with kidnapping, extortion, as well as attempting to pervert the course of justice.

The cops reportedly demanded a two million dollar ransom to release the teenager. They are booked to appear in court on August 17.

And details have emerged on how the teenager was kidnapped by the cops.

A source close to the case told RJR News that the 15-year-old was taken off a bus last week after he was reportedly held in possession of an illegal gun by the police officers.

They then kidnapped him and demanded that the money be paid or he would be killed.

The cops were held in a sting operation in St Elizabeth on Sunday when they went to collect the money. They reportedly threw away the weapon which the teenager had.





meadowbrook-high-student.jpgAdministrators at Meadowbrook High will on Monday stage a candlelight vigil on the school grounds in celebration of the life of 17-year-old Mickolle Moulton, who was gunned down in Arnett Gardens on Sunday.

Retired Major Paul Brown, president of the Meadowbrook High Parent -- Teachers' Association (PTA), said the vigil -- which is a collaboration between the PTA, the past students' association, classmates and Mickolle's teachers, the school board, friends and other members of the school family -- is expected to be a mark of solidarity against violence, especially when it concerns the youth of Jamaica.

Brown said the event, expected to begin at 6:00 pm, will feature a prayer for Jamaica's youth, remembrance and reflections on Mickolle's life, and a candle-lighting ceremony

Donovan Thomas, president of the school's past students' association, said the event will provide an avenue for stakeholders to assist Mickolle's classmates, friends and those close to her to get over the tragic incident.

Thomas also added that one of the aims is to stand united and highlight that such incidents cannot continue.

"We are doing whatever we can in our space to show that we grieve with the family and friends of Mickolle and are taking a stand against violence towards youth," he said.

In the meantime, Thomas said the past students' association believes that providing proper guidance for youth is one of the starting points to curb the crime monster.





usain-bolt-the-big-man.jpgLONDON, England -- Jamaican based franchise company FRANJAM has signed a major contract with the UK based Casual Dining Restaurants Group (CDRG) to open 15 Tracks & Records restaurants across the United Kingdom over the next five years, making it the first Jamaican owned restaurant franchise concept to open on an international scale.

"For us this is a significant milestone in the company's development. When we created the Tracks & Records concept it was done with these major markets in mind. The UK has been a key target market for us since the conceptualisation stage over seven years ago and there is no greater satisfaction than to see it unfold in this way," said FRANJAM's Managing Director Gary Matalon.

He added that he believes this signifies the first time a local, homegrown concept has evolved into becoming an international franchise and it confirms brand Jamaica's potential and gives widespread hope that many other Jamaican brands through this business model can be exported.

Tracks & Records, a Jamaican themed restaurant, which boasts eight-time Olympic Gold Medalist, Usain Bolt as a key partner, started operations in Kingston, Jamaica in April 2011 and is the first restaurant of its type in the island.

"I'm happy to be able to share a taste of the Jamaica that I know and love with the rest of the world through the opening of these restaurants across the UK - London has always been a special place for me and I thank Aly and CDRG for giving us the opportunity to share our vision and our culture with you all," Bolt said.

FRANJAM is a franchise company founded to own, develop and license Jamaican themed restaurants.





crime-scene-gun.jpgA two-year-old has died after reportedly shooting him/ herself with the father's firearm in Portmore, St Catherine yesterday.

According to reports, the father, who is a police officer, was sleeping when the child got hold of his service pistol.

It is further understood, that the policeman tried to take the gun away from the toddler when it went off.

The policeman reportedly crashed while on his way to the hospital and the toddler succumbed to the bullet wound.





Five prisoners are now on the run after escaping the Ocho Rios lock up in St Ann early this morning.

The details surrounding the jail break are at this time sketchy; however the communications arm of the Jamaica Constabulary Force listed the following men as escapees:

• Gary Ferguson, 48, charged with illegal possession of firearm and rape

• David Anderson, 28, charged with rape

• Leroy Laud, 61, illegal possession of firearm

• Nicholas Massop, 22, charged with murder

• Reynardo Williams, charged with illegal possession of firearm





A search is continuing for three fishermen who have been missing since their vessel capsized near the Pedro Cays.

A fourth fisherman was rescued by the Jamaica Defence Force Coast Guard. The Coast Guard received a distress call on Wednesday morning.

Major Sheldon Bryan, acting Civil Military Cooperation and Media Affairs Officer at the Jamaica Defence Force, said that the vessel was north of the Pedro Cays.

Major Bryan said the Coast Guard and fishermen went to the area. They were able to recover the boat but not the men. The search continues.





Defending 100m hurdles champion Danielle Williams of Jamaica is second on the list of first round qualifiers with 12.66 seconds behind the world record holder from the United States, Kendra Harrison, who clocked 12.60s at the IAAF World Championships in London this morning.

Australia's Sally Pearson, Olympic champion here five years ago, underlined her status as a medal contender after two miserable years of injury problems, progressing to this afternoon's semi finals as the third swiftest runner with a time of 12.72s, just 0.02s ahead of Germany's Pamela Dutkiewicz.

Jamaica's other three athletes -- Meagan Simmonds, Yanique Thompson and Rushelle Burton -- are also through to the next round, having clocked 12.78s, 12.88s and 12.94s, respectively.





Jamaica's Ristananna Tracey clocked a personal best of 53.74 seconds to cop the bronze medal in the women's 400 metres hurdles behind Kori Carter in first and Olympic champion Dalilah Muhammad, both of the USA.

Carter won in 53.07seconds with Muhammad in 53.50.

Tracey held off the defending champion Zuzana Hejnova, with the Czech athlete recording 54.20.





crime-scene-gun.jpgReports are that the 12 year old student of Immaculate Conception High School who was shot along with her 17 year old sister at their home in Arnett Gardens, Kingston on Sunday morning is recovering.

The child, whose name is being withheld, is still hospitalised.

Children's Advocate Diahann Gordon Harrison, says preliminary reports indicate that the 12 year old was injured by the same bullet that killed her sister.

Although Mrs Gordon Harrison could not say where on the body the girl was hit, she indicated the child had been in critical condition but is not now "making good progress".

Meanwhile, the Children's Advocate said the investigation into the shooting of the two sisters is progressing despite some time being lost due to false claims that the girls were attacked because they rejected sexual advances.





shelly-ann-congrats-baby-news.jpgIconic Jamaican sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has announced the birth of her son Zyon Pryce.

Fraser-Pryce, the multiple Olympic and World Championships gold medal winner made the disclosure on her Facebook page on Tuesday.

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are powerful, I know that full well. Welcome Zyon D. Pryce, August 7, 2017! To God be the glory for the things he has done, #HisWill #Chapter30 #PoiseandPerseverance#PrycelessJourney," the post read.

The announcement was accompanied by a photo of the sprinting star and her husband Jason Pryce.





donald-trump-photo-1.jpgPresident Donald Trump in a Jan. 27 phone call repeatedly asked his Mexican counterpart, Enrique Peña Nieto, to stop publicly refusing to pay for the border wall that was a central Trump campaign promise, according to a transcript published by The Washington Post.

Trump described his signature campaign issue as the "the least important thing we are talking about," while adding "politically [it] might be the most important." The U.S. president said Peña Nieto's refusal to pay for the wall had left the White House boxed in politically. When asked by the press about the issue, Trump said both of them should deflect.

"So what I would like to recommend is - if we are going to have continued dialogue - we will work out the wall," Trump said. "They are going to say, "who is going to pay for the wall, Mr. President?" to both of us, and we should both say, 'we will work it out.' It will work out in the formula somehow. As opposed to you saying, "we will not pay" and me saying, "we will not pay."

Peña Nieto agreed that talking about the wall was unproductive.

"This is what I suggest, Mr. President," Peña Nieto said. "Let us stop talking about the wall. I have recognized the right of any government to protect its borders as it deems necessary and convenient. But my position has been and will continue to be very firm saying that Mexico cannot pay for that wall."

"But you cannot say that to the press," Trump shot back. "The press is going to go with that and I cannot live with that. You cannot say that to the press because I cannot negotiate under those circumstances."

He assured Peña Nieto that he could defuse the conflict over the wall if it the two leaders could stop lavishing the conflict with media attention.

Trump noted he knows "how to build very inexpensively," which he implied would calm disputes in the United States over the proposal's high cost at a time when illegal immigration has plummeted to the lowest levels in decades.





meadowbrook-high-student.jpgThe mother of 17 year old schoolgirl Mickolle Moultan, who was killed in Arnett Gardens on Sunday has been relocated.

Head of Area 4, ACP Ronald Anderson says the mother was relocated today (Mon) for her safety.

He says the mother was relocated due to unfavourable comments made regarding the reason for the killing of the 17 year old.

Meanwhile, Police Commissioner George Quallo tweeted today that the "police do not have any facts to support sexual assault or threat in the unfortunate murder of young Micholle Moulton".

The tweet from the commissioner followed media reports that the girls were attacked because they resisted the sexual advances of men in the community.

The tweet added "let's accord her respect".





andrew-holness-photo-5.jpgPrime Minister Andrew Holness has vowed that the killing of 17-year-old schoolgirl Mickolle Moultan, which he said represents one of the vilest attacks on our young women, will not be in vain. The Meadowbrook High School student was shot dead and her 12- year-old sister shot and injured in their Arnett Gardens community on Sunday. According to a release from the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), Holness made the vow when he visited Moltan's mother this afternoon.

"I thought I would come here and say your daughter's death cannot be in vain. We have to put a stop to it to prevent other innocent girls and boys from being killed. This could be anybody's child. This is a great distress but we are resolved to deal with it and to support you in this time," the prime minister said.

However, with over 900 murders since the start of the year, someof them vile to the extreme, many are not consoled by the PM's vows. Here are some of the thoughts expressed on social media:

PhilT McNasty Mark Trought The life of a brilliant girl with her head on her shoulder taken away by one with only pubic hair on his head. Life nuh fair at all!.

G.W.G This just a "very weak" statement PM. See, this has happened too many times, and nothing has been done. So the results will be the same.

You all dont want to offend the gunman them.

Leon Cooke BLAH, BLAH, BLAH. We all heard similar speech when the Muschette High student was killed, when there were quadruple killings in Westmoreland, triple killings in Hanover, kidnapping, rape and murder of the young girls across the island. Come on man, lets stop the promises and sweet talks. Tell the island the people the truth. Crime is a business and those in the hierarchy only want it to be at a TOLERABLE LEVEL. When we kill and maim each other, these are the persons that benefits the most; Criminal Lawyers (some of which are politicians), Private Doctors, Morgue Operators and Security Firms. They are all getting rich because of the foolish criminal decisions of the poor.

If crime is to be stopped; women/men need to start working on making themselves quality individuals. In making yourself a quality individual, you are able to choose a quality partner and have quality life. Am not saying everything will always be perfect but there would be a change in the right direction.

Too many children being born to uneducated/unskilled persons with low self-esteem who does not love or respect themselves, others or anything in society. Children grown in unstable and loveless homes tend to become unstable individuals who become menace to society. Time for women to lock-up and men to cover-up until they know they have achieved a quality life and is able to chose a quality partner. As a result, they will be able to have quality children and help to create a quality society. Most of the world's problems have its roots in humans failing to empower themselves and poor reproductive management.

NejeeperKNG Mr. Andrew Holness--on a scale of 1 to 10...this is a 100. It doesn't get any more barbaric than this. The message now should be immediate surrounding of the area. This should be a Special Zone where the JDF/JCF must live. Helicopters should be wailing at nights, the searchlight should be bright. The more the people refuse to give up the killer/s is the more JDF/JCF they must see. Lock the area down and they will eventually tell who the killer/s are (dem might run weh already but at least they are known and can be hunted like the animals they are). Bring the criminals to their knees. This area should be quarantined no later than Wednesday (tomorrow). It should have been done much sooner.

Andrew--is this what we came to--if so, what is it that we are really celebrating?





instaboss.jpgThe police are trying to locate one of their own who has been implicated in the shooting death of a St Mary entertainer over two months ago. The development comes following a protest staged on Wednesday morning in Prospect, St Mary by friends and family members of the entertainer, who was fatally shot allegedly at a party in May.

The entertainer, 31-year-old Kriston Pearson, also known as Instaboss or Maffie of Charles Town, St Mary and Exchange in Ocho Rios, St Ann, was shot dead on May 7.

The friends and family members, who gathered and staged a peaceful protest, said that the alleged killer cop is on the run and there are no attempts being made to apprehend him.

They contend that the cop has left the force and is now overseas. They have also complained that there has been no progress in the case.

However, Superintendent in charge of Area Two operations, Michael Smith told members of the media last week that investigations are ongoing to locate the cop.

While admitting to having heard that the cop might have left the island, SSP Smith indicated that the police are making the relevant checks to ascertain the cop's whereabouts.

It is alleged that sometime after 4 am, at a party in Trinity, near Port Maria in St Mary, Pearson and the cop had an altercation over a woman. Eyewitnessesalleged that Pearson used a bottle to hit the cop and it was at that moment the cop pulled his firearm and shot Pearson in the chest. Pearson was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead. The cop was reportedly also taken to the hospital, and received treatment for his injuries. The policeman was then interviewed by officers attached to the INDECOM and was later released.





Licensed firearm holder kills robber

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One of two men who robbed patrons at a business place on Dunrobin Avenue in St Andrew last week night, was fatally shot by a licensed firearm holder. The other man escaped.

Reports from the police were that about 10:30, the two men, who were armed with guns, robbed patrons of the business place of cell phones and cash.

As the men were leaving, they reportedly attempted to take one of the patrons with them.

The patron resisted the attempt to take him away, and the men were said to have opened fire at him.

A licensed firearm holder engaged the men in a gunfight, and one of the men was hit

He later died at hospital.





The Board of Management of the St Andrew High School for Girls said it is appalled at the "inaccuracies" in a press release issued by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information in which it refuted claims that the Government owes the institution nearly $13.4 million.

Yesterday, the ministry described the institution as misleading in a number of area and said that it did not receive the income and expenditure reports as requested by them prior to the start of the 2016/2017 school year. In response, the school issued a release a short while ago saying it stands by the veracity of its prior statement, which was sent to the media on Thursday.

The school explained that since it was never their intention to air their concerns in the public domain, it has written to portfolio minister, Ruel Reid, and will submit to him a detailed response to the issues raised by the ministry in a press release yesterday.

The board said it now awaits Reid's invitation to the meeting of which it was advised in the memorandum from the Regional Director dated August 2.





The police are reporting that Anthony Johnson, otherwise called Screw, the Leader of the Barnes Road gang , is in police custody following an early morning operation.

The gang has been linked to several murders in East Kingston.

Meanwhile, the police have also made an appeal for a man, known only as Nooksie, to turn himself in.

Nooksie is said to be a key figure behind the upsurge of violence in East Kingston.

He's considered the leader of one of the gangs fighting for control of territory.

Nooksie is wanted by police for several murders and shootings in the Kingston Eastern Police Division.

In the meantime, the four men who were detained on Monday in connection with the gang violence involving individuals from Oliver Road and Jarrett Lane in East Kingston have been released.

Deputy Superintendent Rory Martin, Acting Commander of the Kingston Eastern Police Division, told RJR News that the men were processed and it was determined that they were not linked to the ongoing violence.





peter-phillips-photo-2.jpgLeader of the Opposition, Dr Peter Phillips is urging the Arnett Gardens community to work along with the police to identify the killers of Meadowbrook High School student, Mickolle Moulton.

"This brutal killing of the 17-year-old and the shooting of her younger sister, signal a new low to which our society has plunged in relation to crime and violence," Phillips said in a release today.

"I offer condolences to the family, community, schoolmates and teachers, and pray for a speedy recovery for her sister who suffered injury in the attack," he added.

Mickolle was shot through her bedroom window Sunday morning, while on a bed with her 12-year-old sister at her Arnett Gardens home.

They were taken to hospital where Mickolle was pronounced dead and her sister reportedly remains in stable condition. It is alleged that Mickolle was killed because she refused the sexual advances of men in the community.





Jamaicans at home and abroad are asking the same question: What are the plans to curb crime and violence in Jamaica land we love? The latest statistics show that almost 900 people have been murdered in Jamaica since the start of the year.

Over the past several months the Police High Command has been grappling with a flare-up of gang violence in St. James, St. Catherine, Clarendon and the Corporate Area.

Scores of persons have been killed over the period, including women and children.

Crime data reportedly obtained by radio station RJR, allegedly shows that between January 1 and the end of last month 872 persons were murdered across the island.

This is 157 more or a 22 per cent increase over last year's figure for the corresponding period.

There were 140 murders in July.

This followed the month of June which recorded 157 murders and May which registered 138.

The data showed that the last three months have been the bloodiest with nearly half of the murders occurring during the period.

St James had the most murders - 176 murders recorded at the end of July.

Another troubled parish is Westmoreland which has recorded 82 murders, followed by Clarendon with 80, St. Catherine North 75; St. Catherine South 72 and St. Andrew South 72.

Hanover has registered 40 murders and East Kingston, which is now the scene of a bloody gang violence, 28 murders at the end of last month.

Another trouble spot, West Kingston, has recorded 60 murders since January.





London 2017 organisers have released a statement confirming that a number of teams had reported cases of gastroenteritis at their official hotel.

Several Jamaicans competing at the London World Championships are said to be presenting diarrhoea-like symptoms.

It was not immediately clear who are the athletes and how many have shown the symptoms, but according to Television Jamaica's Spencer Darlington, Jamaica's team doctor Kevin Jones confirmed the development.

Jones also reported that 400m runner, Chrisann Gordon, had stomach issues yesterday and had to be treated.

In the meantime, the Guardian has reported that 30 athletes from several countries have been infected in a suspected outbreak of the norovirus resulting in vomiting.

Six members of the Canadian team have reportedly turned up with the symptoms.

London 2017 organisers have released a statement confirming that a number of teams had reported cases of gastroenteritis at their official hotel.

"Those affected have been supported by both team and LOC medical staff, in addition we have been working with Public Health England to ensure the situation is managed and contained," the organising committee said.

Public Heath England today said that laboratory tests had confirmed that two infections were caused by the norovirus.





meadowbrook-high-student.jpgLeader of the Opposition, Peter Phillips has condemned the savage murder of Meadowbrook High School student, Mickolle Moulton and is urging the Arnett Gardens community to work along with the police to identify and bring those responsible to justice.

"This brutal killing of the 17-year-old and the shooting of her younger sister, signal a new low to which our society has plunged in relation to crime and violence," Phillips notes.

"Here is a girl who has committed herself to her academic studies so she could make her contribution to her family, community and country. She has been brutally cut down before she could fulfill her potential." Phillips said.

The promising student was slain while asleep in her home on Tenth Street, Arnett Gardens, over the weekend.

"The community, must work hand in hand with the police and spare no effort in bringing the perpetrators to justice. I offer condolences to the family, community, schoolmates and teachers; and pray for a speedy recovery for her sister who suffered injury in the attack."





Weekend rain an independence blessing

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Jamaicans are hailing the showers which bathed the island last weekend as an inependence blessing.

The island, which was celebrating 55 years of being an independent nation, felt the effects of a strong Tropical Wave currently across the central Caribbean.

The system, which produced a large area of showers, thunderstorms, and strong winds moved across Jamaica Saturday morning into Sunday.

Despite the rains, however, the biggest national celebration, Grand Gala, was still held at the stadium.

However, charity show, 'A St Mary Mi Come From' was not so lucky, as the projected crowd of thousands did not show up to St Mary, which was pelted with rain. The event was held with a crowd that was estimated to be under three hundred.





crime-scene-7.jpgThe police are probing a suspected case of murder-suicide in August Town, St. Andrew.

The bodies of Kyron Beckles and his wife Althea, both 40 years old, were discovered Friday morning after a neighbour reported to the police that calls to the couple went unanswered.

Inspector Stephen Taylor, in charge of the August Town police division says that the bodies were discovered in a room at the couple's house.

The woman, who appeared to be strangled, was seen lying on a bed with her hands across her chest. Beckles' body was found with electrical cord around the neck and tied to a closet.

Inspector Taylor said it is believed the man strangled his wife then hanged himself.

Mrs Beckles, who resided overseas, had only this week returned to Jamaica for a surprise visit to her husband.





woman-suing-usher-herpes.jpgA woman who is suing Usher for failing to tell her he had herpes before they allegedly had sex had earlier proclaimed on social media that she needed money.

Quantasia Sharpton, a 21-year-old mother of three, spoke out about the new lawsuit against the singer at a press conference in New York on Monday.

Exactly one week before, Sharpton - who also goes by Angel Valentino on social media - had taken to Facebook to declare: 'I need some money', TMZ reports.

Just hours before the press conference, which was coordinated by celebrity lawyer Lisa Bloom, the alleged victim wrote: 'Enjoying my last couple of hours as a regular girl.'

Sharpton is one of three alleged victims - two women and a man - suing Usher but she is the only one identified by name in the lawsuit.

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They all allege that Usher failed to inform them he had herpes, an incurable sexually-transmitted disease, before engaging in the alleged sexual encounters.

The lawsuit makes note of recent news reports that Usher admitted in court documents in 2012 to having the disease and that he settled a $20million herpes lawsuit several years ago with a woman.

They claim Usher has never publicly denied having herpes, or made an effort to contact them to confirm or deny the reports, the lawsuit states.

The lawsuit states the alleged victims have suffered severe emotional distress, birthing complications, stress, depression and anxiety about contracting or being exposed to herpes.

Court filings claim that in the event that Usher doesn't have herpes, his conduct has still caused 'severe emotional distress' since he has allowed them to worry that he has exposed them to the virus.





miss-bum-bum-contestants-photo-1.jpgStriding down the streets of Sao Paulo in their black swimsuits, these glamorous models have been stopping the traffic as they promote the much anticipated Miss Bum Brazil competition.

The 27-strong bevy of ladies includes a playboy model who is the first American to appear in the event and a contestant who is in a polyamorous relationship with both a man and a woman.

The public must decide which of the 27 women will be allowed to compete in the November final to select the nation's sexiest derriere.

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Competition is fierce as only 15 of the buxom beauties will be allowed to take part in the final. The winner of the competition will be awarded a much sought after cover shoot for a popular men's magazine, a significant cash prize and celebrity status.

Miss Bum Bum was first started seven years ago and developed into a major glamour model competition in Brazil. Several spin-offs have been held as well as the world famous annual competition in Brazil.

In a country obsessed with the female backside, winners of the hotly-disputed contest become overnight celebrities and often go on to earn millions in modelling contracts and endorsements.

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Last year's winner was Erika Canela, from Bahia, who was crowned winner after the fiercely fought contest.

Erika, who has a 42inch bottom, took home a £18,000 prize and a lucrative modelling contract.

The curvy 20-year-old was the first black woman to win the popular beauty pageant in which more than 17 million Brazilians vote for their country's sexiest backside.

She has since commemorated her win by getting a tattoo of Donald Trump on her body after winning the title on the same day as he won the US election.





Sean Kingston signs Tommy Lee

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Tommy Lee Sparta has signed a recording and distribution contact with International Jamaican pop singer Sean Kingston.

Social media and other posts would indicate that the Montego Bay-based Gothic Dancehall artiste signed to Kingston's Time Is Money Entertainment and Warner Bros. Records over the weekend.





Singer Richie Spice is the latest entertainer to have taken a tumble off stage while performing.

In a video making the rounds on social media, after falling, Richie Spice landed off in front of the stage following a misstep.Richie quickly bounced back to his feet, searched for the microphone and then continued singing.

Recently, soca singer Desta Garcia broke her ankle and suffered minor bruises after falling through a stage.





kassanova-missing.jpgWord on the street is that Kassanova's so-called disappearnace is nothing more that a publicity stunt from an artiste who is desperately trying to get a buss int he dancehall.

According to reports, former Magnum Kings and Queens winner Jonnah recently released a diss video on his Insta scoffing at Kasanova's "massive publicity stunt".

"Stop trick the people dem and gwaan like yu waan style the ting...Tell the man fi go inna the studio and go meds something if yu waan buss, ah so oonu waan highlight? Ah so yu love likes and dem ting de bad man? Wah kinda controversy that? At tell people say yu dead and dem ting de. Stop tell lie, mi just see yu little while, how mi no see family ah come forward and bawl, mi no see it inna the Star, Observer or none of the main media outlet dem, so how oonu ah come ah tell lie?" Jonnah said.

"Tell the people dem say yu want a hit song. Ah the same ting we de ya ah do, just try and try again. Alkaline put in contact lenses and now yu a come fake your death. If yu have a real enemy and dem kill yu , then nothing caan come out of it because yu dun tell people say yu dead already, all eediat Lux know that."

He challenged Kasanova to a clash whenever he chose to eventually surface.

"Just know say whenever you come with wah yu a come with, yu haffi go clash it out," he warned.





girlfriend-texting-death.jpgA Massachusetts woman who encouraged her boyfriend to kill himself in dozens of text messages and told him to "get back in" a truck filled with toxic gas faces up to 20 years in prison when a judge sentences her on a charge of involuntary manslaughter.

Michelle Carter was convicted in June by a judge who said her final instruction to Conrad Roy III caused his death. Juvenile Court Judge Lawrence Moniz will sentence Carter Thursday.

Carter was 17 when the 18-year-old Roy was found dead of carbon monoxide poisoning in July 2014.

In dozens of text messages, Carter urged Roy to follow through on his talk of taking his own life. "The time is right and you are ready ... just do it babe," Carter wrote in a text the day he killed himself.

The sensational trial was closely watched on social media, in part because of the insistent tone of Carter's text messages.

"You can't think about it. You just have to do it. You said you were gonna do it. Like I don't get why you aren't," Carter wrote in one text.

Carter's lawyer, Joseph Cataldo, argued that Roy was determined to kill himself and nothing Carter did could change that. He said Carter initially tried to talk Roy out of it and urged him to get professional help, but eventually went along with his plan. Cataldo also argued that Carter's words amounted to free speech protected by the First Amendment.

In convicting Carter, the judge focused his ruling on Carter telling Roy to "get back in" after he climbed out of his truck as it was filling with carbon monoxide and told her he was afraid.

The judge said those words constituted "wanton and reckless conduct" under the manslaughter statute.

Carter and Roy met in Florida in 2012 while both were on vacation with their families. After that, they only met in person a handful of times. Their relationship consisted mainly of texting.

Both teens struggled with depression. Carter had been treated for anorexia, and Roy had made earlier suicide attempts.

Roy's aunt has asked the judge to sentence Carter to the 20-year maximum. Carter's father said his daughter made "a tragic mistake," and is asking for probation and continued counseling.

Carter was tried as a youthful offender, so the judge has several options for sentencing. He can commit her to a Department of Youth Services facility until she turns 21 on Aug 11. He could also combine a DYS commitment with an adult sentence, or can give her an adult sentence of anything from probation to the maximum 20-year term.





Kim Kardashian faces $100 million lawsuit

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kim-kardashian-photo-1.jpgKim Kardashian West's company is being sued for $100 million.

Kim-sa-princesss, Inc. were hit with a patent infringement lawsuit on Monday over their promotion and the reality TV star's use of an illuminated phone case which she uses to take perfect selfies with her friends.

According to celebrity website TMZ, the complaint claims a man named Hoosh-mand Ha-rooni filed a patent for an ''integrated lighting accessory and case for a mobile phone device'' in 2013.

Kim is often promoting her Lu-Mee phone case on social media when she takes a selfie and now Snaplight, the company Hoosh-mand licensed his lighting phone case to, claim she is taking some of their profits so they want $100 million.

Snaplight insist it has been ''extremely difficult'' for them ''to compete in the selfie case market'' with the 36-year-old star promoting Lu-Mee to her 165 million social media followers.

However, a representative for Kim has insisted she has done ''absolutely nothing wrong''.





Emmanuella makes Jamaicans laugh out loud

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emmanuella.jpgNigerian social media comedienne, eight-year-old Emmanuella Samuel performed on the LOL Comedy Tour at the LIME Golf Academy in New Kingston on Emancipation Day, Tuesday, August 1 and had the capacity audience who had turned out to see her in stitches.

"We're looking to offer Jamaicans a solid avenue for some good, wholesome family entertainment this holiday season," said Danielia McLean, marketing manager at Tango's Entertainment Production Ltd, organisers of the tour, had told the media prior to Emmanuella's arrival.

"Just about everyone in Jamaica knows Emmanuella and her hilarious videos with Mark Angell and people have been looking forward to seeing her perform here in Jamaica. What's even better is that she goes up alongside some of Jamaica's top comedians which will certainly have people laughing out loud the entire show."

Well, little Emmanuella, with her big, engaging and charming personality did just that.

"My uncle showed me Jamaica on the Internet and it's really pretty, so I can't wait to get there so that I can go to the beach," said Samuel. "I'm a little nervous but I'm used to doing skits and shows with my uncle [Mark Angell] so I know it won't be very hard."

In addition to Angell, she was joined by compatriot Denielson Igwe as well as acts such as Ity and Fancy Cat, Lemon, Leighton Smith, Christopher "Johnny" Daley, Dalton Spence, Peetah and Gramps Morgan from Morgan Heritage and Minister Marion Hall.

The LOL Comedy Tour moves to Savanna-la-Mar at the Manning's School on Saturday, August 5; Montego Bay at Pier 1 on Sunday, August 6; and May Pen on Saturday, August 12, 2017, before closing in Ocho Rios at Turtle River Park on Sunday, August 13.





stamma-gramma-and-girlfriend.jpgstamma-gramma-photo-2.jpgDancehall artiste Stamma Gramma is slowly picking up the pieces of his life after his girlfriend died from liver cancer earlier this year. The artist who is now aligned with Alkaline's Vendetta campis currently seeking to make a return to entertainment scene

According the entertainer, he decided to remove himself from the spotlight in order to be with his spouse throughout her painful battle with the sickness.

He however admits it was not a easy decision to resume his craft, as he was left depressed for months following her death.

Stamma Gramma says he remains hopeful that a cure for the dreadful disease can be found in the near future, as he has witnessed its devastating effects first hand.

Stamma Gramma has since released a new single titled "Vendetta Clan Anthem," paying homage to the formula deejay.





PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) -- The Airports Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (AATT) says as many as 30 passengers on board an American Airlines flight were injured during turbulence as the aircraft approached the Piarco International Airport late yesterday.

Initial reports had indicated that 22 people were injured.

The Airport Authority said three had to seek medical attention at hospital.

"On Wednesday 2nd August, 2017 at 9pm, American Airlines Flight 2713 contacted the ATC Tower to advise that they experienced severe turbulence while en route from Miami to Port of Spain and would require medical assistance upon arrival at the Piarco International Airport, as there were injuries on board," the AATT said in a release on Thursday.

The authority said the aircraft landed safely at 9:33 pm and emergency response agencies arrived on site immediately to lend support.

AATT said it remains committed to the safety and security of customers.





st-andrew-high-school-for-girls.jpgSt. Andrew High School for Girls, The Queen's School, Holy Childhood, St Thomas Technical and Mona High have all been named by Education Minster, Senator Ruel Reid, as institutions that are in breach of the administration's voluntary contribution policy and which need to get in line.

Reid is describing the decision of some school administrators to demand auxiliary fees from parents as 'An attempt to extort parents.'

Minister Reid charged Wednesday morning at a Post Cabinet media briefing that some school administrators, including principals, may be extorting parents in demanding certain fees and he says he'll be taking 'very strong action' in response.

Minister Reid says the actions of the schools are a 'corrupt act' against the policy of the government and may be interpreted as extortion.

Meanwhile, the JTA said the "unfortunate" comments will serve no useful purpose than to create animosity and confrontation and could also destroy the integrity of schools' boards and administrators.

The association further recommended that the minister withdraws his "unfortunate statements and encourage continued dialogue and consultations with the schools in order to arrive at an amicable resolution to the issues at hand".

JTA said it "cannot, and will not condone any action that deprive students of their education and would therefore urge school administrators to do all in their powers to ensure that the relationship with the parents and community as well as the MoE, Youth and Information and other stakeholders remain cordial."





court-image-1.jpgFormer police constable Mark Russell was sentenced to life in prison for killing an unarmed teen from the inner city community of Whitfield Town in St Andrew.

Russell and High Court judge, Justice David Fraser has stipulated that he will have to serve at least 24 years in prison before he's eligible for parole.

Some of his former colleagues wept in court after the sentence was announced.

During a two-week trial, prosecutor Jeremy Taylor led evidence, that Russell placed a police-issued M16 rifle in the hands of 18-year-old Ravin Thompson as he lay wounded along Darling Street in downtown Kingston.

According to the evidence, Russell took back the weapon before Thompson was shot several times by another constable, identified as Morris Lee.

Fraser, in passing sentence, said he could not ignore the fact that the nature of the allegations are horrific.





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court-image-1.jpgThe court has ruled that the termination of the contract for University of the West Indies, (UWI) Mona consultant, Professor Brendan Bain, was a breach of his right to freedom of expression as guaranteed in the Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms and that the university must pay Bain $4.72 million in lieu of notice of the termination of his contract and any other sum that may have been withheld should be paid.

The ruling comes a year and a half after Bain sued the university for $40 million in damages for defamation, arising from the May 2014 termination of his two-year contract by the UWI.

Bain, who was the director of Caribbean HIV/AIDS Regional Training Network when he was fired, in addition to the defamation award, Bain was seeking nine months' salary for breach of contract, which he said was the time left in the contract. He said he earned US$12,380 per month.

He was also asking the court to award him US$37,000 for the three months' notice of the termination of his contract as the university had only given him three weeks notice instead of the three months notice stipulated in the contract.

Bain, who asked Justice Lennox Campbell, Justice Paulette Williams and Justice Frank Williams to make substantial awards for constitutional and vindicatory damages.

Bain was fired by the university on the grounds that his constituents had lost confidence in him after he gave an expert report in a court in Belize. A church group opposed to a court case brought by a gay man who was seeking to challenge the country's Buggery Law had asked him to give the report.





crime-scene-tape-gloves.jpgThe police say they are trying to their colleague who has been implicated in the shooting death of a St Mary entertainer, 31-year-old Kriston Pearson, also known as Instaboss or Maffie of Charles Town. Instaboss was fatally shot allegedly at a party on May 7

Family members and friends of the entertainer staged a protest on Wednesday morning in Prospect, St Mary.

They that the alleged killer cop is on the run and there are no attempts being made to apprehend him.

They contend that the cop has left the force and is now overseas. They have also complained that there has been no progress in the case.

However, Superintendent in charge of Area Two operations, Michael Smith told members of the media Wednesday that investigations are ongoing to locate the cop.

While admitting to having heard that the cop might have left the island, SSP Smith indicated that the police are making the relevant checks to ascertain the cop's whereabouts.

He also said that contact has been made with Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) and they have given the assurance that the case file has been completed and the police officer is to be arrested.

It is alleged that sometime after 4 am, at a party in Trinity, near Port Maria in St Mary, Pearson and the cop had an altercation over a woman.

Some eyewitnesses at the time had alleged that Pearson used a bottle to hit the cop and it was at that moment the cop pulled his firearm and shot Pearson in the chest.

Pearson was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead. The cop was reportedly also taken to the hospital, and received treatment for his injuries.





Robber shot dead by licensed firearm holder

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crime-scene-tape-gloves.jpgOne of two men who robbed patrons at a business place on Dunrobin Avenue in St Andrew on Monday night, was fatally shot by a licensed firearm holder.

The other man escaped.

Reports from the police were that about 10:30, the two men, who were armed with guns, robbed patrons of the business place of cell phones and cash.

As the men were leaving, they reportedly attempted to take one of the patrons with them.

The patron resisted the attempt to take him away, and the men were said to have opened fire at him.

A licensed firearm holder engaged the men in a gunfight, and one of the men was hit

He later died at hospital.





court-image-1.jpgA Jamaican woman has been awarded more than TT$200,000 in damages by the courts for unlawful detention by immigration authorities in Trinidad and Tobago.

It has been reported that Sasha Watson, was among scores of detainees kept at the Immigration Detention Centre in Aripo, Trinidad, where she faced "squalid and oppressive conditions and was denied human rights".
Her lawyers, according to the Trinidad Express, said it was unlawful for police and immigration authorities to round up foreigners and detain them at the
detention centre in Aripo, where they were denied fundamental human rights.

On July 3, Trinidadian High Court Judge, Frank Seepersad, ruled in favour of Watson and ordered that the State pay her TT$209,641.20, inclusive of damages, interest and costs.





Brown-Burke wins

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mayor-angela-brown-burke.jpgAngela Brown Burke has been elected Chairman of the People's National Party's constituency organization in St. Andrew South Western.

Brown Burke, a vice-president of the PNP, secured 595 votes, while the other candidate, Audrey Smith Facey received 502.

All told, 1105 delegates voted, but eight ballots were spoilt.

Brown Burke, having secured the chairmanship of the constituency, is likely to be the PNP's candidate to contest the upcoming by-election to succeed Portia Simpson Miller as Member of Parliament for the constituency.





peter-phillips-photo-3.jpgOpposition Leader Dr. Peter Phillips says it is unfortunate that more than 100 years after Emancipation, approximately seven hundred thousand Jamaicans have no legal ownership of land.

Dr. Phillips says it is for this reason, the opposition recently established a land commission, to prepare a policy framework that will establish a legal pathway to land titles for those Jamaicans who are still squatters in the land of their birth.

He says while Jamaica has achieved legal freedom, there still persists a slavery of the mind and it was this condition that led National hero Marcus Garvey, to recognize the need for emancipation from mental slavery.

He says the celebration of Emancipation Day, should be recognized as the firm foundation on which ordinary Jamaicans with extraordinary bravery and vision, force the re-fashioning of the nation's culture, social economic and political arrangement.





 

A security guard who reportedly shot and killed a businessman in Clarendon yesterday is now being questioned by detectives.

The police say the businessman was shot during an altercation with the security guard who is a licensed firearm holder.

The incident reportedly took place at the home of the former lover of the businessman.

According to reports, the altercation developed when the businessman visited the home of his former lover with whom he has a child and saw the security guard.

The two reportedly got involved in a tussle when the security guard pulled his licensed firearm and discharged two shots hitting the businessman in the neck.





Over 1000 persons killed in Jamaica since January

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The Jamaica Constabulary Force is reporting that the murder tally has now passes the 1,000 mark.

According to the police, as at Saturday, there were 1,005 homicides.

Citing the statistics at a press conference this afternoon, opposition spokesman on National Security, Peter Bunting, said this is 197 more murders or a 24.4 percent increase when compared with the similar period last year.

Opposition Spokesman on National Security, Peter Bunting

Bunting said that the statistics also show that other major crimes have gone up.

Shootings and motor vehicle theft are among the crimes that have increased.





FLA finds file linked to X5 case

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The Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) is reporting that it has now found a file linked to the X6 murder case.

However, the authority said the file did not belong to businessman Patrick Powell.

Powell who was on trial for the murder of schoolboy Khajeel Mais was freed of the charges after the prosecution's case collapsed.

The revelation was contained in a statement released today detailing the series of controversy at the FLA.

Speaking Monday afternoon on Nationwide Radio, FLA executive director Shane Dalling said the file was found hidden in a bag in an office that was occupied by one person.

Dalling declined to provide details but said the file belonged to an individual who became involved as a result of a "mix up".

Dalling said since that matter is in court, he could not say more.

However, he said the person in whose office the file was found is no longer with the FLA.





6-y-o shot dead as he slept with mother, sisters

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daughter-killed-shaniel.jpgAs sleuths in Clarendon tried to uncover the motive behind a triple shooting in Race Course on Thursday night, others were busy probing an early-morning gun attack which left another child dead and his mother nursing gunshot wounds.

Residents of Farm, an impoverished and war-torn community in the parish, said six-year-old Timothy Bassaragh was shot and killed as he, his two sisters, and his mother slept inside their home about 6:45 a.m.

The boy was reportedly hit in the throat and head by the gunmen's bullets, which pierced holes through their front door. The mother was also shot in the hand.

Resident and relatives of the young boy cried openly as they mourned his death. He had just won a scholarship towards resources for the upcoming school year, they said.





daughter-killed-shaniel.jpgThe mother of 14-year-old Shaniel Bartley, who was among six persons shot, three fatally, in Race Course, Clarendon, reportedly took the child to her business place hoping to protect her from rapists who are said to be on the prowl in sections of the community. Early this month, a teenage girl narrowly escaped when she was attacked, not far from yesterday's shooting scene, by a man who was later found by residents and chopped. That man managed to escape his beating, but not before leaving some residents skeptical of other predators in the area.

"That is why the woman carry har pickney beside her here," said a man who was among several gathered at the ill-fated bar following the incident in which Bartley was killed. It reportedly occurred about 9:30 p.m. on Thursday. "Is not like she stay in the bar. Is right here at the front of the restaurant she always sit down, and any little bad word or so, you see she walk out," he said.

"I don't know why them do it, but I feel it for the little girl more than anybody else. Trust me, she was a very good little girl. She never use to stay in the bar. Is just her mother she wait on in the evenings," frowned the man as the onlookers again peered into the Newclear Jerk and Pub, where Bartley's body and that of Amoy Ricketts, 24, were, the night before, sprawled dead amid crates of overturned juices near the rear exit.

Half of the premises served as a bar, while the other half was a food shop. Three gunmen reportedly entered both outlets and opened fire after calling out the bartender, who was peppered with bullets as she tried to flee.

Thirty-three-year-old Randy Ranger, who was also shot, made his way into a taxi and reportedly died en route to hospital, while the other three persons - identified as the teenager's mother, a man called 'Chef', and another man known to the group as 'Kirk' - were hospitalised.

"He was a very good youth. Him was like my hand and my foot. Him do everything for me, and is just one year since him come back from The Bahamas and them kill him," cried Vinnette McFarlane, Ranger's mother. His sisters and grandmother were inconsolable inside their yard yesterday.

Ranger was said to have gone to the premises to purchase chicken and chips when he got caught in the gunfire.





The police have now released the identities of the three people who were last night murdered in the violence-plagued community of Race Course, Clarendon.

They are: 13-year-old Central High School student, Shaniel Bartley; 24-year-old Amoy Ricketts otherwise known as 'Dolly' a bartender of New Longville; and Randal Ranger of the Water Well Housing Scheme.

It is reported that about 9:30 p.m, the three were among people at a bar in Race Course when two men got out of a motor vehicle, entered the bar and opened fire killing them and injuring three others.

The police suspect that Ricketts could have been the intended target as, before alighting from the vehicle, the gunmen called her by name.

It is reported that she did not respond to them.





Following more complaints this year of some schools denying students access to their CSEC and CAPE results because of non-payment of fees the Education Ministry has taken steps to end the practice.

Education Minister Senator Ruel Reid says after the complaints surfaced last weekend he contacted the Caribbean Examinations Council, CXC.

He told reporters that action by CXC has been taken which will make it impossible for schools to block students from accessing their CSEC and CAPE results in the future.





st-marys-college.jpgA decision has been made by the administration of St. Mary's College in Above Rocks, St Catherine to release CSEC and CAPE results to students.

The school's CXC online portal is now open to all students.

Reports had surface over the weekend from parents whose children attend the institution that the administration had decided to withhold CSEC and CAPE results from those who have outstanding fees.

Students were instructed by the principal that they would be allowed to view their results after they received clearance from the school's office.





jamaican-woman-police-officer.jpgThere is a probe into a viral video of a highly frustrated female police officer telling her superior that she "cyaan tek it no more" and accusing her boss of harassment and trying to blacklist her from moving up the ranks of the constabulary.

Social media users have reacted in shock to some of the allegations made in the video, with many persons calling for an immediate probe.

"Look like C Spring Station. Is whe di bitch dat tekkin set name? Is Brimm she said? I feel it for the poor lady till tears come to my eyes. I felt her pain as she come back from sick leave is dis Force Cacki Cooler a harass di ooman when shi waan go lunch.

"Big up whoever is di officer that videoed it, he/she know whe a gwaan why dem do it. Onoo nuh see Inspector a di door di whole time n dont do or sey nuttin.

JUSTICE FI DIS POOR HARRASSED TILL SHE AT HAR BREAKING POINT OFFICER. Commish beg u a speedy transfer fi har preferably a desk job mek she get back herself in order. JUSTICEEEEE

"I believe the officer. Jamaican female police officers are some of the worst people in the country. They are quicker to assault citizens than the male officers. Most of them bring their problems to work. Plus police learn to intimidate people so if a police officer say they're being intimidated, I believe. It seems as if the harasser wants the woman to resign, so she is making life difficult for her. Imagine she want to demote the woman and lessen her pay? Anyone would lose it right there."

"Is Constant Spring Police Station, is "Miss Green" she in charge. Think she was at Half Way Tree station once. Poor woman fed up; instead she a do her job she a harass the poor woman."

"Indeed ! Maybe she went to her superiors and she was ignored. Maybe the other cop knows that she have so much power over her and knows how to press her buttons. But anyone looking on will know the cop venting cant be mad. it must be coming from somewhere. And those recording should not have placed it on social media. Should have been dealt with internally. It does not look good for the force overall."

Meanwhile, police sources said the incident highlights the pressure that lower ranked officers come under from their superiors - a development that places rank and file officers under severe stress.





crime-scene-gun.jpgA 13-year-old girl who is allegedly the daughter of a policeman was killed Thursday night when gunmen struck a restaurant and bar in Race Course, Clarendon shooting six persons, three fatally.

About 9:30 persons were at the premises when gunmen entered.They opened fire hitting the six persons.

The teenager and the bartender died at the scene.

The other four persons were taken to hospital where one of them, a man, died while undergoing treatment.





Mavado's daughter Daniela to release debut single

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mavado-daughter-and-son.jpgMavado's daughter Daniela Brooks is about to release her debut single and the teenager is quite upbeat.

Daniela used Facebook live recently to interact with her followers about her upcoming musical ambitions.

According to Daniela, she's very excited about dropping her very first single and getting feedback on her debut effort.

The teen did not reveal if her father will be featured on the single.

Mavado's sister, Joey Brooks is also a recording artiste.





peter-gramps-and-denroy-morgan.jpgVeteran reggae singer Denroy Morgan has received a key to the city of Brooklyn, New York for his contribution to art and culture.

Morgan who is the father of Grammy award winning reggae group Morgan Heritage was awarded last night at the Afro Caribbean event in Wingate Park Brooklyn.

Morgan Heritage also paid homage to the "I'll Do Anything for You" singer with a special acoustic performance.

"Our father, mentor and teacher Denroy Morgan. Your persistence and perseverance is 2nd to none. Congrats on receiving the Key To The City of #Brooklyn. Love you!," Heritage wrote on Instagram. "Something long in the making. Many years, many obstacles but God is good. Well deserved honor for a living Legend. We love you Daddy!!! Thank you for all you've done for us. The sacrifice and investment."

Meanwhile, Morgan Heritage kicked off a twenty three city tour across the United States and Canada last week promoting their new album Avrakedabra which features a remake of Jimmy Cliff's hit single 'Reggae Night.'





Luciano mourns the death of his 91-year-old mother

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luciano-and-mother.jpgReggae artist Luciano is in mourning following the death of his mother, Mama Sophie. ''

Mama Sophie, whose real name is Ema Sophia Griffiths-Barnett, passed away last week Saturday August 19. She was 91 years old.

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Luciano's song 'Mama' released in 1996 on his Messenger album, was dedicated to her.

Her passing comes more than a year after his 19-year-old Menelik McClymont, was stabbed to death at Parkington Plaza in St Andrew.

Luciano is currently on tour now in Europe.

Yardflex sends condolences to Luciano and his family in this time of bereavement.





The 15-year-old son of a popular Dancehall/Reggae artist could be facing jail time after he was recently arrested and charged with three counts of sexual offences.

According to reports, the boy whose name is being withheld due to his age was charged by the Centre for Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse with one count of having sex with a person under 16, one count of abduction and one count of indecent assault.

The offences were reportedly committed earlier this year while he was at school.

Meanwhile, he was granted station bail and is set to appear in the Corporate Area Juvenile Court on September 22 to answer to the charges.





Headless body found in San San in Portland

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crime-scene-demo.jpgThe headless body of a man was discovered in Portland on Tuesday.

The police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of the so far unidentified man after his partially decomposed body was discovered.

The body was found in the Fern Hill area of San San in the parish.

Reports were that about 6:30 pm, residents stumbled upon the body and alerted the police.

The body was clad in underwear only.

Police investigations continue into the matter.





Pastor on sexual charges wants to do DNA

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Pastor Kenneth Blake of the Harvest Temple Apostolic Church, who is accused of sexually assaulting and impregnating a 14 year old girl, has been offered bail in the sum $1.5 million. Blake, 56, of Harbour View in St Andrew, appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on Wednesday on several charges on Wednesday, and signed an order authorising a DNA test after his attorney indicated to the court that Blake was prepared to take the step in a bid to establish innocence on his part.

Blake was charged last week by CISOCA following allegations that he had been molesting the child since 2015 when she was 12 years old.

He has been charged with rape, sexual touching, having sexual intercourse with a minor, grievous sexual assault of a minor under the age of 16 and forcible abduction. Further allegations are that he used cash and other forms of gifts to keep her quiet about their alleged sexual contacts. Notably also, the child is a daughter of a former officer of the church with whom the pastor has acknowledged having had an intimate relationship with in the past

In court, Blake's lawyer, Able-Don Foote, suggested that the allegations against his client emanated from malice and ill-will from the complainant's mother, whom he alleged had stolen $300,000 from the church

The attorney confirmed that Blake was previously in a relationship with the child's mother, who was an officer of the church up to July of this year. Foote said the relationship between the two adults ended early in 2015.

It was suggested that the sexual abuse allegations emerged after Blake stopped supporting the child's mother and she fell into financial difficulties, which culminated with the alleged theft from the church.

The attorney said evidence will be presented at trial to show that a dispute between the mother and the pastor is the root cause of his court case.

Blake is to return on October 5.





Among the two senior members of the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA)those reportedly dismissed is a director of the agency who was named in a damning letter by an alleged whistle blower inside the FLA and another staff member who is reportedly close to the director.

In the letter, the whistle blower claimed that the director and his crony use their offices to abuse, intimidate and bully staff into executing corrupt demands. have been dismissed amid a major corruption probe.

A third person could be dismissed Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the Gleaner is reporting that their sources say that the number of suspicious FLA files submitted to the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Task Force (MOCA) has increased from the 100 initially reported to 257.





belafonte.jpgIn honor of its 25th Anniversary, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (BCRI) has announced three recipients of the 2017 Fred L. Shuttlesworth Human Rights Award, the institute's highest award that honors outstanding individuals for their significant contributions to civil and human rights. This year's honorees include the artist and activist Harry Belafonte, Birmingham's first African American Mayor Dr. Richard Arrington, Jr. and activist Viola Luizzo (posthumously). The awards will be presented at BCRI's gala on Saturday, Nov. 18.

"We are both proud and humbled to have the opportunity to honor these icons that helped shape our country and opened so many doors that were previously closed," stated Andrea L. Taylor, BCRI President, and CEO.

Harry Belafonte, Jamaican-American musician, actor and human rights activist, joined the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s. He became one of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s closest confidants. Over the years he organized demonstrations, raised money and contributed his personal funds to keep movement activities going. Belafonte has advocated for a range of other humanitarian causes.

In 1987, he received an appointment to UNICEF as a goodwill ambassador. Belafonte has been involved in prostate cancer advocacy since 2006 when he was diagnosed and successfully treated for the disease.

He became the first African American to win an Emmy for his 1959 TV special Tonight with Belafonte. In 2000, Belafonte won a Grammy Award for his lifetime achievement in music.

Richard Arrington, Jr. was the first African American mayor of the city of Birmingham, serving 20 years, from 1979 to 1999. Under his tenure as Mayor, Birmingham went from a racially divided city dependent on the steel industry to an economically and culturally diverse hub of the southeastern United States.

Throughout the '70's and early '80's, Arrington led the drive for the establishment of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. A Civil Rights Institute Task Force and Board of Directors were appointed, a site was acquired, and, after much debate, funds to build the Civil Rights Institute were attained. Mayor Arrington also authorized plans for a Civil Rights Cultural District, including a renovated Kelly Ingram Park, a Jazz Hall of Fame in the historic Carver Theatre, and landscaping of public space around the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church.

Viola Liuzzo was killed by Ku Klux Klan members following a voting rights march in Alabama in 1965. Liuzzo was the only white female protester to die in the civil rights movement. Liuzzo traveled to Alabama from Detroit in March 1965 to help the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) with its efforts to register African-American voters in Selma. Her decision to go to Alabama was driven in part by the events of March 7, 1965, in Selma--also known as "Bloody Sunday." Liuzzo had watched the brutal assault on the protesters in a news broadcast and felt compelled to find a way to join the fight for civil rights.





The Harvest Temple Apostolic Group has expressed regret after sexual charges were laid against one of its pastors last week. The pastor and St. Andrew businessman has been charged with several offences after being accused of having sexual relations with a child.

He is to appear in the St. Andrew Parish Court on Tuesday to answer to allegations of rape, forcible abduction, sexual touching of a child, sexual intercourse with a child under sixteen and grievous sexual assault. In a notice in Tuesday's Gleaner newspaper, Kingsley Carter, Presiding Bishop of Harvest Temple Apostolic Group, expressed concern and regret about the allegations. Bishop Carter also expressed concern about the minor involved, her family and the accused pastor's immediate church family. The Bishop stated that the church group is committed to the law of the land and if a person is found guilty of an offence, the law should take its course.

The pastor was charged following investigations into allegations that he had sexual relations with the child between 2015 and this year.





October 27 sentence date for Dr Ford

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dr-ford.jpgPopular medical doctor, Jephthah Ford, is scheduled to be sentenced on October 27 following his conviction on corruption charges.

The sentencing date was set in the Kingston and St. Andrew Parish Court this morning.

Ford's attorney Patrick Bailey requested a social enquiry report.

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Ford was convicted last week on two counts of attempting to pervert the course of justice.

The court heard that he offered a police sergeant millions of dollars to release two Surinamese men and the just over US$500,000 with which they were held during a police operation near Half-Way Tree in St Andrew in 2015.

The conversation between Ford and the cop was recorded on tape.





spice-nicholas-son.jpgSpice's ex-fiancé/baby father Nicholas Lall took to Instagram on Tuesday to send birthday wishes to their son Aimar who turned 10. "I still remember like it's yesterday when i was changing your diapers and getting up at nights to make your bottles. Wow time flies still can't believe your 10 already. I love you my prince i'm always your daddy i'm always your hero, your always my don my general nothing or no one can change that they can hide you and prevent us from speaking, but it's only going to be a matter of time you're getting older daddy loves you endless i'm wishing you a happy birthday AIMAR Daddy loves you."

Nicholas,, in the post implies that he is being prevented from seeing his kids following his and Spice's breakup last year.

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kasi-and-usain.jpgKasi Bennett recently took to Snapchat to upload a few photos and videos from her memory and camera roll as she highlighted a few milestones in her four year relationship with Usain Bolt on his 31st birthday.

Kasi took a stroll down memory lane on Monday after sharing a heartfelt birthday wishes on her Instagram account, which read;

"The Legend. Happiest of birthdays to the most humble, selfless, hardworking and motivating person I know. Every single day I feel like the luckiest woman to have you in my life. You are nothing short of amazing. I love you baby, and remember... EVERY DAY WE LIT ❤️🙌🏼."

However, there has been a rather threatening comment on her IG from a woman who has allegedly been stalking Kasi, and persons seem to be divided as to whether or not the threat is real, or if Kasi is just seeking attention. People are also saying that the sexy pic that accompanied the post is an old one from last year, as Usain is is Mykonos, Greece celebrating his birthday....without Kaci.

Here is what one reader commented: Anonymous on August 22, 2017 at 7:43 pm - "Or could it be that Kasi made a fake account and said those things to get attention? I notice a pattern with her, every time Bolt is off doing his thing and ignoring her she comes up with something.

1. When he was in Rio, she went to Panama and acted as if she was in Rio.

2. When she thought Bolt wasn't going to take her to Cabana Reserve she said someone went to her mothers workplace and threaten her so she doesn't feel like been around Jamaicans (she end up going)

3. Then she said someone was stalking her and she had to be going to court about it.

4. Just recently, it was someone stealing her sneakers and leaving the laces.

5. And now that Bolt is spending his birthday without her she put up a old pic of them in Bora Bora with insincere words and all of a sudden someone comes on that particular post threatening to kill her, for what?

And look who have the first comment on this very post on JMG, like they were sitting and waiting for Met to put this up. Kasi is a sick girl mentally and a pathological liar, she's a very dangerous individual.

Another said: Anonymous on August 22, 2017 at 8:02 pm - Reply

"So none of us over here knows anything about kasi but you do right? Since you had to sent a message to the person also to leave kasi alone, why don't you and kasi contact the relevant authorities about this and you are the first one to comment on this, trying to garner sympathy from Usain and your followers, "look at the bad people taking set and threatening me". Putting up balloons and presents on bed talking about spoiling my boyfriend for his birthday when the man is in Greece celebrating his birthday there and because people found out she put up that pic from last year with that lame as caption and suddenly the person come to threaten her, why now, why that photo, when that is a old pic? You and kasi can go on playing mind games but I see through the bullshit."

Why exactly there is so much hate for this Kasi girl is anybody's guess, but there were allegations that Kasi was dating Bolt's brother before she and Usain got together. Kasi has never commented on these allegations, so they remain just that.





When did Curvy Diva Yanique become the unofficial Ambassador for Children?

The media vixen and recording artiste Yanique Curvy Diva is facing calls from online trolls for her to be fired from her hosting duties on Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall because she in not a good role model for children.

According to one user on social media: "We are not bashing Yanique for the life she wants to live and how she decides to make her money, however she cannot stay on our TV and influence our children, she needs to be removed immediately."

Question, Exactly which/whose children is Yanique influencing? Yanique has never set herself up as a role model for adults ... much more children....so why would responsible adults allow her to influence their children? The calls for Yanique's dismissal comes after her recent stint in the Cayman Islands which saw a raunchy video surfacing of the "Lifestyle" singer dancing on the floor during her performance at their Dancehall Queen competition.





9 in custody over ammo find

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hands-behind-bars.jpgNine persons were taken into custody after 19 rounds of ammunition were found by police in Williamsfield, Manchester on Sunday.

The Williamsfield police report that a bag was found with 19 rounds of 9-mm bullets during a search of a unit in an apartment complex in the community.

The identities of those in custody have not been released by the police.





Car crash victim identified

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wrecked-car.jpgThe police have released the identity of the man who was killed in Friday morning's crash on the Spanish Town Bypass in St. Catherine.

He is 47 year-old Joseph Edwards of Sunflower Avenue in Hellshire Park, St. Catherine.

Mr. Edwards was a passenger in a Toyota Wish motorcar which collided with a JUTC bus.

The Toyota Wish was travelling in an easterly direction along the Spanish Town Bypass, when it drifted into the path of the JUTC bus that was travelling in the opposite direction.

Mr. Edwards died on the scene while the drivers of both vehicles were hospitalised.





Jay-Z breaks silence on 'THAT ELEVATOR FIGHT'

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jay-z-photo-1.jpgJay-Z has finally broken his silence over the infamous elevator video in which Solange Knowles attacked him as Beyonce looked on. Jay was on the podcast "Rap Radar" when he addressed the 2014 incident at the Standard Hotel in NYC, but without discussing the trigger for Solange's tirade.

Jay said obtusely, "I fought my brothers and argued with my brothers my whole life. It just so happens, who we are, these things go into a different space, but it ain't nothing."

He went on ... "We had one disagreement ever. Before and after we've been cool. She's like my sister. I will protect her. That's my sister, not my sister-in-law, my sister."

It seems Solange was angry over Jay's alleged infidelity when she went off in the elevator, which he underscores in his new song, "Kill Jay Z" ... "You egged Solange on/Knowin' all along, all you had to say you was wrong/you almost went Eric Benet/Let the baddest girl in the world get away."





Usain Bolt takes the party to Greek island Mykonos

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He has wasted no time adopting a party lifestyle since retiring from competitive sprinting.

And after marking his retirement with a number of consecutive nights out in London, Usain Bolt took the party to the stunning island of Mykonos, Greece, this week.

The Jamaican athlete, 30, was flanked by a bevy of beauties on Sunday as he headed out for another evening on the tiles with friends. Usain put on a typically dapper display for his night of partying, taking to the night scene in a crisp white shirt, beige chino shorts and pink trainers.

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He covered his famous profile beneath a pair of quirky, mirrored shades.

His sun-soaked break comes just a short while after Usain partied up a storm in the UK, enjoying champagne-fuelled bashes at some of London's biggest nightclubs, most recently DSTRKT.

The Olympic legend was pictured looking in high spirits as he headed into the nightspot with his girlfriend Kasi Bennett on Tuesday night.

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It came after he enjoyed a night out at Cirque Le Soir until 3.30am the evening prior, and a party at Libertine nightclub until 4.30am the night before that.

Usain is no stranger to the London party scene and last year ran up a £12,000 bar bill during a week-long celebration to mark his 'triple-triple' success at Rio 2016.





romain-virgo-photo-4.jpgNEW YORK, NY- On Saturday August 26th, the New York Hilton in Manhattan will be the site of the 55th annual Jamaica Grand Independence Gala. The black-tie event will present an elegant evening featuring a cocktail and dinner reception honoring distinguished community leaders. Hosted by the Jamaica Independence Foundation, Inc. under the patronage of the Consul General of Jamaica, the Honorable Trudy Deans, and the Jamaica Tourist Board. The headlining entertainment for the evening will be Romain Virgo and The Unit Band, making their debut at the glamourous event. Grammy winning artist Estelle will serve as a co-host with actor/singer Leon.

VP Records artiste Romain Virgo grew up in the industry, making history as the youngest winner of Television Jamaica's (TVJ) popular "Rising Stars" talent competition at 17-years-old, then winning Artist of the Year from JaRIA in 2012. He has come into his own and is flourishing as a reggae artist and band leader, with a new album in the works and his current single 'Now' presenting a international pop sound.

Afro-Caribbean, London born songstress Estelle has led a successful music career, winning a Grammy® in 2009. She is currently, putting the finishing touches on her 5th studio album on VP Records/ Established 1980 Records (Estelle's imprint). The album will feature the work of top producers Supa Dups and Jerry Wonda, writers Tish Hyman, JFK and UrsVerse among others. The first single 'Love Like Ours' featuring Tarrus Riley, featured on Reggae Gold 2017, has been making a splash on charts and streaming services since its debut early June.

Guest of honor, Prime Minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holness will be the recipient of the Distinguished Leadership Award. Awards will also be given to Former Prime Minister, The Honorable Edward Seaga and Hall of Fame Basketball Player, Patrick A. Ewing.

Held from 6:30pm-2am, guests will be further entertained with additional sets from Likkle Big Band and Road International. Proceeds will go to the Garvey Elementary School in the Bronx and Woman Inc. In addition to the Gala, the 55th anniversary will also be marked with a celebration of Jamaican delicacies during restaurant week in September, and a film festival and business forum in October.





No New York concert for Alkaline

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alkaline-mavado-and-al.jpgAlkaline announced that he would not be performing in New York on Sunday night.

The Dancehall artiste was billed to take the stage at the Ecips Music Festival which is being held at the Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, New York.

Sources close to Alkaline say the artiste is currently in New York but orgainzers have failed to pay their final deposit which was outlined in the contract. The source added that several other acts slated for the show weren't paid and they also removed themselves from the lineup.





sean-kingston-photo-1.jpgSean Kingston made it very public that he isn't broke by posting pictures of his new mansion and car to match which he recently bought in Jamaica but his legal troubles in the United States are far from over.

The "Beautiful Girls" singer is now desperately requesting a new trial after he failed to pay a Florida-based jeweler $44,000 USD which has since resulted in a Judge issuing a warrant for his arrest, TMZ reports.The news outlet obtained new court documents in which Kingston says he didn't know about the order to pay the sum because he ignored the papers he received, thinking it was for a different case.

Kingston is reportedly begging for mercy as he has to represent himself due to "financial efficiency." He also cites health issues after being assaulted recently.The singer says he needs to share his side of the story, as he tried to return some of the pieces in question and set up a payment plan but Haimov Jewelers refused.





usain-bolt-wins-gold-200m-beijing-2015.jpgbolt-hamstring-injury-image.jpgWorld 100m & 200m record holder Usain Bolt silenced the haters on Thursday. After his apparent injury in the relay at the World Championships, there were those who questioned whether he really suffered an injury in his farewell race.

Bolt, who pulled up in closing stages of the anchor leg of the relay, fell to the ground before getting back up and walking across the finish line.

On Thursday, Bolt took to Twitter to share a photo of his injury and addressed those who did not believe that he was injured. The tweets were deleted shortly after being posted.

"Sadly I have a tear of the proximal myotendinous junction of biceps femoris in my left hamstring with partial retraction. 3 months rehab. I don't usually release my medical report to the public but sadly I have sat and listened to people questioning if I was really injured.

He added: "I have never been one to cheat my fans in anyway & my entire desire at the championship was run one last time for my fans. Thanks for the continued support my fans and I rest, heal and move onto the next chapter of my life #Love&LoveAlone"

It had been planned for the 30-year-old sprinting great, a lifelong Manchester United fan, to play against Barcelona Legends in a charity match to raise money for the Manchester United Foundation.





guns-in-marverley.jpgA man believed to be a former policeman was shot dead by the police along Mobberly Avenue in Maverly, Kingston 20, on Wednesday night.

Police are still in the process of confirming the identity of the deceased, but strongly believe he's a former cop.

Reports are that the police, acting on information they received, went to a premises along Mobberly Avenue at about 8pm when they were confronted by the man who pointed a firearm at the cops.

The law enforcement, in response, reportedly took evasive action and opened fire at the man, hitting him several times in the upper body.

He was pronounced dead at hospital. No police was hurt in the incident.

The police said they recovered a M16 rifle and a hand gun along with 13 9mm and 17 .5.56 rounds from the scene.





Dr. Ford guilty!

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dr-ford.jpgPopular family physician, Dr Jephthah Ford, has been found guilty of corruption charges.

The verdict was handed down in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court yesterday by Parish Judge Simone Wolfe Reece.

He is to return to court on August 22 when a date will be set for sentencing.

Ford was convicted on two counts of attempting to pervert the course of justice following an incident in 2014 in which two Surinamese men were held with US$533,886 or J$55 million, during a police operation along Half-Way Tree Road, in St Andrew.

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The trial, which began in 2016, featuring testimony from Police Sergeant Franklyn McLaren that he secretly made a recording of Ford offering him millions of dollars to end the investigation against the two men and release the cash.

In April 2014, Dr. Ford was offered bail in the sum of J$1 million when he appeared in court to answer to a charge of attempting to pervert the course of justice. He was allegedly caught on camera trying to bribe a policeman, offering him 40 per cent of approximately J$60 million that was seized from two Surinamese nationals. Ford had contacted the policeman a day before the foreigners were taken before the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court and promised to give him the funds if he decided against taking the men to court and returned the money to them.

Allegations were that Dr Ford first offered the policeman 25 per cent of the money, but after he gave the policeman a chance to determine how much he wanted, settled at 40 per cent, when the cop reportedly suggested 50 per cent.





shaneke-williams-instagram.jpgSpartan Health Club's position on the issue of Shaneke Williams' entry in the 2017 Miss Jamaica World Pageant.

Our "Criteria for Entry" is set out on the Miss Jamaica World website and the relevant criteria as relate to Miss Williams are as follows:

Section (d) of Article 1(The Entrant) "Shall be a person whose background is not likely to bring into disrepute the Miss Jamaica World Beauty Pageant or MJW title or the Promoter or any other person associated with them".

Section (g) "The Promoter has the right, without giving any reason whatsoever, to bar any applicant from entering the Miss Jamaica World Contest whom he feels may bring the Contest into disrepute".

Anyone accused of the actions that Miss Williams was accused of and was before the nation's court for a criminal offence in the same year as the staging of the pageant would obviously face exclusion from the pageant. There is no investigative arm to the Miss Jamaica World Pageant and traditionally, prospective contestants are allowed to hand in Entry Forms on the day that the "Finalists" are to be selected. My understanding is that Miss Williams Entry Form was handed in on that last day. I was totally unaware that the Shaneke Williams who was in the line-up of contestants was involved in any criminal trial or any type of scandal whatsoever. To the best of my knowledge neither did any of the other judges.

In a Jamaica Observer Online article Miss Williams is quoted as saying: "Before entering the competition, I knew what the situation was and I made it clear to them that I am at a state right now where I'm recovering mentally and emotionally from this ordeal and I would not want to enter knowing that it would implicate them or affect my chances of winning the crown," she said.

"It was made known to me that it should not be an issue because there was no criminal record and I'm not convicted of any crime," Williams added.

Again, no communication between Miss Williams and any Miss Jamaica World 2017 team member was made known to me and if any team member had approached and encouraged her to enter knowing of this incident in her recent past, I would find it very disturbing.

I had a very long meeting with Shaneke yesterday, Tuesday August 15 I found her to be a bright young lady albeit maybe with some "issues" which should not be surprising considering her recent past. I made the point that while she may see the Miss Jamaica World Pageant as a platform to make a statement and redeem her reputation that would be selfish if it was going to be at the expense of her fellow contestants, sponsors, past winners and contestants and the Pageant itself.

I told her that she should have come in to see me and identify herself and her situation before entering. She did not mention then that she had been in dialogue with anyone on the team. I handed her a letter explaining our reasons for refusing her entry and she seemed in full agreement and requested the opportunity to withdraw voluntarily. I agreed and gave her a timeline in which to submit the letter. The timeline has not been met but the letter will still be accepted if and when it comes.

We have offered to maintain Miss Williams gym membership awarded when she was initially selected as a "Finalist" as we do not see her as a criminal or even as an unsavoury person but just someone who does not meet the criteria for entry into the Miss Jamaica World Pageant at this time.





2-year-old shot and injured near Jarrett Lane

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The Peace Management Initiative (PMI) will be providing counselling to the family of the two year old boy who was shot in the Mountain View Avenue area on Tuesday evening.

The boy was injured near Jarrett Lane as gunmen traded bullets, however, that the injuries sustained by the child are not life threatening.

A source close to the case said doctors believe that the child has suffered a broken bone as a result of the incident. They have ordered an x-ray.

Tuesday's incident was the latest flare up of gang violence in the area.

Berthlyne Plummer, a senior Social Worker at the PMI, said several teams from the organisation have been dispatched to the community and will be working with the police to restore calm to the area.

Among their mandate will be to provide counselling and mediation sessions for community members. Miss Plummer said the intervention also involves community meetings and interactions with persons involved in violence in the affected areas.





Tropical wave to bring rain this weekend

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The Meteorological Service says a Tropical Wave currently across the eastern Caribbean is expected to move in the vicinity of Jamaica on Friday.

As a result, the island is expected to experience periods of moderate to heavy showers and isolated thunderstorms across sections of most parishes during the afternoon on Friday into Saturday.

The Meteorological Service says it will continue to monitor the situation.





lisa-hanna-photo-4.jpgMiss Jamaica World 1993 and MP for South East St Ann, Lisa Hanna, has called on the organisers of Miss Jamaica World 2017 to remove controversial Shaneke Williams from the line-up of finalists selected to vie for the crown at the grand coronation slated for September 23.

The former Miss World took to social media early this week where she posted: "Caesar's wife should be above suspicion... Ought not Miss Jamaica World to be held to a similar standard?"

"Suspicion alone is enough to disqualify anyone from being "married" ... it should be enough to disqualify anyone from competing to represent our country as Miss Jamaica World. The Coordinators of Miss Jamaica World 2017 would be wise to recall the "Caesar Wife principle." #LisaHannaMJW1993," she continued in her post on Instagram.

Williams, whose entry in this year's beauty pageant has been met with strong criticism because she was earlier this year freed of rape charges, yesterday pleaded with Jamaicans to give her a chance.

"I think it's unfair to label an accused person as a criminal when there is no criminal record or fact to support the claims that were made against me."

Williams, who insisted she was innocent, was freed of a charge of aiding and abetting rape and sexual touching in the case of a 15-year-old girl, which was alleged to have occurred in November 2013.

The case was dismissed after the complainant indicated that she did not wish to proceed with the matter.

Since Williams was named among this year's MJW contestants, many social media users have since questioned the move by Spartan Health Club, which is the franchise staging the pageant, to allow her to compete.

According to one person who identifies as Chasechs: "I keep asking people, how can she ethically and morally perform her duties as MJW if she wins or places in the top 3? The target market of MJW is not just to represent jamaica but it is largely to uplift women and young ladies in our society. How can she posibly do this? Some will say that she was not found guilty but she was not found to be innocent either! The complainant drop the case, what wouls have happened if they had continued?

How can she address a gathering of women and girls and speak about sexual abuse, voilence againts women/children and women in the professional world? International representation is one thing but how can she carry out her duties is she wins? Some will say she is just a finalist she may not win, well I say without a ticket yuh cyah win. She has a ticket right now as a finalist. She is too tainted to be considered in this pageant.

While we don't want to condemn her to darkness, the MJW is not a platform for her to seek redemption and forgiveness. You don't reward a recovering drug addict with a pharmaceutical company, Nor an alleged alcoholic with a beer brewery. Its just not logical nor ethical."





crime-scene-gun.jpgA man, who was jointly charged with murder, was shot dead at the supermarket where he works by an unknown assailant in the full view of shoppers and staff members Wednesday morning.

The deceased has been identified as 21-year-old Ochille Hall of a Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland address.

Reports are that about 10:57 am, Hall was on the job when he was approached by the gunman who opened fire hitting him several times.

He was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The incident caused customers and workers to scamper for cover.

According to a highly placed source, investigators suspect that Hall's murder was a reprisal killing.

Hall's co-accused, Aaron Wedderburn, was shot dead at the entrance of the Savanna-la-Mar Public General Hospital on Thursday, July 27.

The Savanna-la-Mar police are investigating.





Supermarket worker shot dead at Price Rite

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA supermarket worker was shot dead as he was leaving his job at a supermarket located in what is called the Price Rite section of Chancery Street, off Red Hills Road in St Andrew on Tuesday night.

Reports are that the male worker at Shopper's Delite supermarket was ambushed by a lone gunman a few yards from his workplace at minutes to 10. The police reports that the man was shot in the back of the head, after which several more shots were fired al over his body.

He was pronounced dead at hospital.

The police team spent several hours at the supermarket on Wednesday gathering information.

Investigations continue.





A tweet quoting Nelson Mandella posted by Barack Obama in response to the situation in Charlottesville has become the most popular Twitter message of all time.

Obama's tweet has been liked 2.9 million times while 1.2 million people have retweeted it.

He wrote: 'No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion.'

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He continued: 'People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love.'

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Finishing his message, he said: 'For love comes more naturally to the human heart that it's opposite - Nelson Mandela.'

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In comparison, Donald Trump insisted both sides were at fault during the demonstration that claimed the life of anti-fascist protester Heather Heyer.

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Trump's response to the crisis has been attacked by both Republicans and Democrats, although is approach has been praised by the former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, David Duke.

It took Trump more than 48 hours to condemn the racist organization before attempting to blame anti-fascist protesters for the violence.





shaneke-williams-instagram.jpgMiss Jamaica World pageant finalist Shaneke Williams, says she is pressing ahead in the competition and says she is being bullied on cyberspace.

Williams, who is among the 16 finalists announced for this year's pageant, says she has been on the receiving end of cyber-bulling and hatred, due to the fact that she was arrested for a serious crime in 2015.

Williams was charged with aiding and abetting rape and sexual touching, in the alleged incident involving a 15-year-old in November 2013. The case involved former Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) candidate Don Creary, who was charged with rape. However, the matter was dismissed by the court after the complainant indicated she did not wish to proceed with the case.

"I believe that at the end of the day, I have a story to be told and this is why I decided to enter the pageant. I believe it is a platform for me to share my side of the story, to inspire others who may be experiencing a similar experience," Williams said.

Williams also said she decided to enter the competition because she wanted to help to empower persons, especially those who have faced similar tribulations.

She said she anticipated a high level of scrutiny from her inclusion in the pageant, but was unprepared for the "bullying and hate" that has followed.





donald-quarrie.jpgTechnical leader for Jamaica's team to the recent IAAF World Athletics Championships Donald Quarrie who revealed the verbal confrontation between quarter milers Shericka Jackson and Stephenie-Ann McPherson at the Word Championships in London, says he told the nation because he had to do it before social media picked it up and ran with it.

The two MVP athletes had an argument over the selection of uniforms for the final of the women's 4X400m relay on Sunday after which McPherson was withdrawn from the line-up citing an injury which Quarrie had questioned. Jamaica eventually failed to finish.

Olympian, Quarrie, who was speaking on Hitz 92 FM's Girls Sports club on Tuesday, says he wanted the public to know what had happened.

"Social media is a means of information being passed around; I figured that this was going to go out and we didn't want the public to think we are hiding something from them," said Quarrie.

Quarrie has maintained that McPherson had no intention to run with team-mate Shericka Jackson after the verbal altercation, despite relay coach Paul Francis' advice that the athlete had a leg injury.





court.jpgKenneth Blake, the 52-year-old pastor of the Harvest Temple Apostolic Church, located on Slipe Pen Road, was on Tuesday arrested and charged with rape, forcible abduction, grievous sexual assault, sexual touching and sexual intercourse with a person under 16 years old. Blake was being sought by the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) for allegedly repeatedly having sex with a 12-year-old girl before impregnating her, is now in jail. He was charged after he surrendered to investigators at CISOCA.

According to reports, Pastor Blake was accompanied by his attorney and members of his congregation, law enforcement sources revealed. He is scheduled to appear before the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on August 22.

It was last week that Jamaican newspaper, the Gleaner, broke the story that the pregnant 14-year-old gave investigators a detailed statement in which she alleged that Blake initially forced himself on to her before he began to reward her after their sexual encounters.

"He would give her money and other gifts so that she would not tell anyone," one source revealed.

However, according to the source, the alleged sexual relationship came to light in June this year when the 14-year-old discovered that she was pregnant and confessed everything to her mother. According to law-enforcement sources, the pastor is engaged to the mother of the pregnant 14-year-old girl.

One source said the child reported that she would often visit the clergyman's St Andrew home to look for her older sister, who was sent to live with the pastor "due to the lack of convenience at her mother's home".

She reported that during one of those visits in 2015, the pastor sent her older sister to downtown Kingston before having sexual intercourse with her against her will.

According to her account, the clergyman also supplied her with money and other gifts before their sexual encounters ended in April this year.





shaneke-williams-woman-charged-with-don-creary.jpgshaneke-williams-instagram.jpgSocial media is not having it and they are making Miss Jamaica World (MJW) contestant know that they are not in favour of her being a finalist in the contest. Shaneke Williams, the woman who was freed of a charge of aiding and abetting rape and sexual touching in the case of a 15-year-old girl has been selected as a finalist in the Miss Jamaica World beauty pageant and many are voicing their opinion that this is wrong.

"Suppose she wins and this gets out to the international media?" seems to be the main concern.

"Shaneke Williams was arrested for aiding and abetting RAPE & sexual touching of a minor yet she's a contender in MJW? RUBBISH", said one user, "But girl, imagine if she win and that come across international media? It will be a scandal," said another in response.

However, since Williams was named among this year's MJW contestants, many Twitter users have questioned the move by Spartan Health Club, which is the franchise staging the pageant, to allow her to compete.

One user noted that the charges were dropped.

"Cannot believe she made it through," another said.

The aiding and abetting rape and sexual touching case was dismissed after the complainant, who is now 19 years old, indicated that she did not wish to proceed with the matter.The incident was alleged to have occurred in November 2013.

The Facebook page for the pageant officially announced that Williams is among the 16 beauties selected on Saturday to embark on the journey to Miss Jamaica World 2017.

The 16 finalists selected on Saturday are: Shaneke Williams, Kadejah Anderson, Brianne St.Juste, Jaavonne Taylor, Latoya Tingle, Solange Sinclair, Amaya Lewis, Megan McNaughton, Rochelle Duncan, Sukanya Wilmot, Alana Pennant, Alyssa Booth, Sasha Henry, Leah Hollingsworth, Jeneque Pinnock and Melissa Douglas.





shericka-jackson.jpgThis is sure a 'what the hell' moment. The two woman dem go all the way a World Championship inna London and FIGHT?! Over uniform?! REALLY?

So we heard Technical Director Donald Quarrie speak briefly to a local reporter who is in London about the madness in the camp and how an argument escalated to the point where he had to physically position himself between the two quarter milers quarter-milers Stephanie Ann McPherson and Shericka Jackson to prevent a huge fight. This confrontation took place right before the women's mile relay final at the IAAF World Championships in London on Sunday. Reports are that it all stemmed from a uniform issue. Quarrie did say that the argument started over something small and insignificant and then it escalated to the point where one of them - Stephanie Ann McPherson - said she wasn't running if the other was on the team.

"It (argument) started with a uniform thing, and I don't remember exactly why, because when it was beginning, I made sure I got in there to keep things normal. It escalated a little bit, but the main thing I was concerned about was keeping them apart," said Quarrie.

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McPherson was subsequently diagnosed with an injury and withdrawn from the team by relay coach Paul Francis. Naturally, Quarrie is now seems to be questioning the authenticity of the information he was given.

"My main issue right now is the fact that one young lady said she was not going to run, suddenly. I show up at the track and her coach is telling me she has an injury and will not be able to run. The doctor did check with her and said it was a grade one something - I can't remember what it is - but I find it very strange that between the hotel and here (warm-up track), an injury could have occurred," said Quarrie.

"I am not going to put the blame on the young lady only. The coach is the one that said she cannot run, just as he said Elaine could not run. He gave me a reason that Elaine did not run in practice to the extent which he wanted should in case she had to push herself. She had not done that, so it was his decision," Quarrie continued before sharing the circumstances around the altercation between the athletes.

"There was a verbal altercation between herself and Shericka. She (McPherson) said it (that she would not run). I told her not to say so and that we should move on. In the heat of everything, I could forgive the young lady, but I would like to know why, in such a short space of time, I show up at the track, and she is not running." Anneisha McLaughlin-Whilby was a last minute replacement for McPherson in the line-up alongside Chrisann Gordon, Jackson and Novlene Williams-Mills. The former Holmwood athlete however, suffered a leg injury 100m into her second-leg run before crashing to the ground and ending Jamaica's hopes of defending the title.





trump-and-merck-ceo.jpgA CEO serving on President Donald Trump's council on manufacturing announced his resignation early Monday from the White House panel, in protest of Trump's continued silence on the white nationalist groups who incited Saturday's deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Ken Frazier, the head of Merck pharmaceuticals, said in a statement he was stepping down "as a matter of personal conscience" and "to take a stand against intolerance and extremism."

In response, Trump ― who has yet to personally denounce the far-right groups who sparked Saturday's deadly carnage in Charlottesville ― directly attacked Frazier on Twitter.

His tweet was one of several posted on Monday morning, ranging from attacking "obstructionist Democrats" to pledging he would work on "trade and military" and reiterating his support for Sen. Luther Strange (R-Ala.), who is squaring off against several opponents in a GOP primary on Tuesday.

None of his tweets addressed the weekend's violence.

After Trump on Saturday had blamed "many sides" for the hatred that led to the violence in Charlottesville, the White House on Sunday said in a statement that "of course" that included "white supremacists, KKK Neo-Nazi and all extremist groups."

Still, the statement was attributed to an unnamed spokesperson, not to Trump himself.





In the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, 700 brides at a mass wedding were presented with wooden bats and told to use them as weapons should their husbands become drunk or abusive.

The paddles are normally used for getting dirt out of clothes in traditional laundries, but those given out to the brides were stamped with pink and blue messages saying "a gift to keep drunks in check" and "police won't say anything"

At the ceremony in central India over the weekend, Gopal Bhargava, the minister of social justice and rural development, presented women with the bats and urged them to put them to use if necessary.

He said: "If your husband or any other member of family comes home drunk, treat him with it." Mr Bhargava has ordered nearly 10,000 bats for distribution to newlywed women.

He explained that the purpose of the bats was to help rural women protect themselves as concerns over alcoholism mount in India.

"Women say whenever their husbands get drunk they become violent. Their savings are taken away and splurged on liquor," he told AFP news agency.

"There is no intent to provoke women or instigate them to violence but the bat is to prevent violence."

Mr Bhargava said he got the idea for the wedding presents when a woman asked him whether she should get her husband to stop drinking by beating him with a wooden plank.

In Madhya Pradesh the Gulabi Gang - a group of female vigilantes clad in pink saris and carrying wooden sticks - have recently launched a campaign to stop vendors selling alcohol and to shut down illicit moonshine operations.

Many Indian states have launched a crackdown on liquor in recent years, either banning or restricting its sale in a bid to curb alcohol-fuelled violence.

Last year, the government of Tamil Nadu state pledged to instate prohibition as part of its campaign to win re-election, and Eastern Bihar imposed an alcohol ban in 2016.





Blanche Blackwell (nee Lindo), mother of music mogul and businessman Chris Blackwell died on August 8 in London. She was 104.

Olivia "Babsy" Grange, minister of culture, gender affairs, entertainment and sport, said Blanche Blackwell was "an exceptional host who welcomed and introduced several leading figures including, actors, authors, and singers to Jamaica at her home at Bolt House in St Mary, and encouraged some of her famous guests to set up homes on the island".

Among those who established homes near Bolt House were the playwright, actor and composer Noël Coward; and the James Bond author Ian Fleming.

Grange said "Mrs Blackwell was muse" to both men and had "inspired some of the great works that Fleming and Coward produced while in Jamaica".

Sally Henzell, widow of film director Perry Henzell, remembers Blackwell as a woman of substance.

"She had verve and character. She was interested in everything and managed to keep her life together -- physically and mentally -- right to the very end," said Henzell.

Blanche Blackwell was a society beauty who beguiled the guests who came to her home, Bolt House, in St Mary, Jamaica. Errol Flynn referred to her laugh as "like the sounds of water tinkling over a waterfall" and was madly in love with her. He even considered proposing to her (even though he was still married). At first she had not wanted to meet him, telling him she was suffering from boils on her bottom.

"He was the most handsome man I had ever seen," she says swooning still at the thought. "We became great friends."

She would later become the lover of the married Fleming, who is thought to have based the character of Pussy Galore from Goldfinger on her (although Blanche shakes her head, unaware of this, and laughs at the mention that men found her intoxicatingly beautiful).

Born in 1912 in Costa Rica, she was descended from Sephardic Jews who had fled Portugal during the Inquisition. The family set up home in Jamaica in the 1700s and became wealthy merchants. Their business included rum and sugar, and they owned vast tracts of land. (Her brother Roy sold Coward the land for his Jamaican houses).

Blanche married Middleton Joseph Blackwell and they had a son Chris Blackwell (the founder of Island Records who, as a young man, was appointed to work on the set of the film Dr No by Fleming).They divorced when Chris was 12.

Firmly ensconced in society circles it was not long before Blanche would meet the philandering, but very much married, Fleming.

Indeed, she was 44 and he was 48 when they encountered each other.

"I remember I sat next to him at dinner and he said: 'Why haven't I seen you before?'" she says sitting elegantly in her Knightsbridge apartment, beautifully dressed and wearing a slash of vibrant coral lipstick. "I told him I was just over from England and he said: 'Oh good God, you're not a lesbian, are you?' And I laughed."

Blanche, Fleming and Coward made a trio everyone wanted to be seen with.

The free-spirited Blanche became Fleming's muse and her presence seriously worried the author's wife Ann, who was often in the UK. She was aware of her husband's philandering (Ann, too, was unfaithful) but she realised his relationship with Blanche was different. On one occasion when Ann returned to their Jamaica home Goldeneye she ripped up the garden Blanche had lovingly planted.

"She disliked me but I can't blame her," Blanche says. "When I got to know Ian better I found a man in serious depression. I was able to give him a certain amount of happiness. I felt terribly sorry for him." Their relationship would last until shortly before his death.





pnp-winston-green-larger.jpgDr Winston Green, the Member of Parliament for St Mary south east has died.

Dr Green, who was a dentist, died shortly after 5 o'clock this morning (Monday) at Andrew's Memorial Hospital after he reportedly fell and hit his head at home.

Dr Green had a history of seizures; however, it is not known if the seizure contributed to his death.

He became the Member of Parliament for St. Mary South Eastern after he defeated the Jamaica Labour Party's Dr Norman Dunn in the February 2016 general election.

Dr Dunn challenged the election result and this led to a magisterial recount, in which Dr Green was officially declared the winner by five votes.

Green fell and hit his head while at home. Dr Green of the People's National Party defeated the Jamaica Labour Party's Norman Dunn by five votes after a magisterial recount at the Sutton Street Court in the last general election.





In a recent letter to the editor, Paris Taylor from Greater Portmore declared: It is most unfortunate when a man of the clergy actually endorses the repeal of the buggery law. This move obviously shows that these men of the cloth are being moved by an evil force which is already creating havoc on our beautiful land. The spirit of evil is so much a part of us but we fail to realise the tremendous impact it has engulfed us with.

No one should try to contravene the fundamental laws of nature which can guide mankind into the eternal future. The repealing of the buggery law is counterproductive and the individuals who are actually pushing this sad depiction of our society to the wider world will not see God's face.

We all know what God did to Sodom and Gomorrah for their evil practices and the likely possibility to have God making a determination on our nation for straying from the given premise. Homosexuality is a practice which God abhors, and there will never be a different answer for what these so-called learnt theologians argue should be permitted

There must be no justice for our Christian brothers/sisters if these theologians continue to disobey God's words and go on their own understanding. We don't need to downgrade our moral principles to suit anybody or any nation

Rev Garnet Roper and Bishop Howard Gregory, advocates for repealing the buggery law, must take a look at someone like Rev Al Miller, who is convinced that these so-called scholars are not guided by the Bible teachings which have been directing humanity for centuries. The journey of mankind would have stopped abruptly if we were allowed to place emphasis on this despicable practice. Procreation is a practice which was given to humanity to ensure that the human species does not become extinct. The anus is not even a sex organ and it will never be in this century or in centuries to come.

We need Bible scholars to preach and teach from the Bible because it is not an outdated book, and it is still relevant in this millennium. paristaylor82@hotmail.com





alkaline-fan-nipple.jpgLast week, a picture of Sean Kingston with his hand touching Tommy Lee's hair made the rounds on social media, with some saying the thing "luuuuuuuu". It was just too intimate for some trolls, but other fans realised that it was really just a 'bro thing' and there was nothing fishy about it at all. Now, Alkaline, who seems to have taken it personal that Sean Kingston signed Tommy Lee and not him (Alkaline), even though Alka and Sean have worked well in the past. So when Alka posted this comment on social media, it suggested that he was taking aim at Sean Kingston and Tommy Lee: "Done see say dem a bitch smh. Check out my new sound #realwidit#dealwidit #doneseeit."

Well, fans of Sean Kingston and Tommy Lee Sparta have done some digging and have found an August 2015 photo of Vendetta deejay Alkaline posing with a fan whose finger appeared to brush against the bare-chested deejay's nipple. (WHOA!)

"They need to speak about this," sources close to the two deejay reportedly said. "They making a big deal over a video with the boss [Sean Kingston] and his new artist [Tommy Lee Sparta] but no one is saying anything about this luuu photo with Alkafish [Alkaline]."





jah-cure-benz-crash-photo-1.jpgOn Saturday Night, Reggae artiste Jah Cure crashed his brand new vehicle, his much-loved-and-hyped-about 2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 S. The expensive, high end, luxury vehicle sustained quite a bit of damage to the front section and will be very costly to fix...but this is Jah Cure and we surely hope either he or his insurance have the cash to care. Anyway..he's blaming the other driver. Of course. Who else?

The story is that driver of the other vehicle drove out on Jah Cure, and in trying to avoid a collision Jah Cure somehow lost control of his vehicle. Jah Cure and his Mercedes Benz subsequently crashed into a tree. (Oh dear!) This took place somewhere in St Ann....near an intersection on the Salem main road in Runaway Bay.

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"Mek mi tell yuh diss, mi nuh just crash suh eno Daddy....," Jah Cure is reported to have said. "Is a man do that to mi.... yuh see a while ago....," he added.

One eyewitness reported that another driver pulled out in front of Jah Cure who was driving very fast along the Runaway Bay main road in Saint Ann. Jah Cure lost control of his 2017 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe which crashed head on into a tree.

Yardflex was unable to get the driver of the other vehicle to hear his side of the story and we are awaiting the official police report.





policeman-son-shot.jpgThe police constable whose two year old son was fatally shot in Braeton, St. Catherine on Thursday, is to be questioned by INDECOM investigators on Monday. The investigators were preparing to question him on Friday, however, this had to be postponed as the policeman is said to be too traumatised to give a statement. His firearm has been seized by INDECOM for testing.

It is reported that about 6 p.m. on Thursday, the policeman, who is attached to Mobile Reserve, went home after feeling ill. He fell asleep with his firearm but he awoke shortly after and saw his son with the pistol.

It's reported that the policeman was attempting to retrieve the firearm from the toddler when it went off. The child was shot in the head.

The policeman and his wife were rushing the injured boy to the hospital when the vehicle crashed into a taxi along the Braeton main road.

The child later succumbed to his injury.





policeman-son-shot.jpgThe two-year-old son of the policeman's is dead in a bizarre accident Thursday night.

The baby has been identified as Almando McLean Jr, whose father is assigned to the Mobile Reserve.

Reports are that the policeman had fallen asleep next to his son at his Portmore, St Catherine home. When he woke up, the lawman reportedly saw Almando Jr with his licensed firearm.

While the cop was in the process of retrieving the gun from his son, the firearm reportedly went off hitting the child in the neck.

The tragic situation escalated when the cop reportedly crashed his private motor car into the rear of another vehicle, at a section of the Old Braeton main road, while transporting his injured son to the Spanish Town Hospital.

The boy reportedly sustained head injuries and he and his father were assisted to the hospital, where the child was pronounced dead.

The police are investigating.





12-month sentence for ganja cop

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hands-behind-bars.jpgA senior policeman, who was held along Mandela Highway in St Andrew with more than 100 pounds of ganja some three years ago, was fined over $500,000 and slapped with a 12-month prison sentence in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on Thursday.

Inspector Dale Isaacs from the Mobile Reserve of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) was fined $15,000 or 30 days for possession of ganja, and $500,000 or six months, plus a direct 12-month sentence, for dealing in ganja.

Isaacs was held by members of the JCF Anti-Corruption Branch on Mandela Highway in St Andrew with the ganja in his private motorcar in 2014.

He was arrested and charged with breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act.





6 shot including 10-year-old girl; four dead

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA 10-year-old girl is among six persons who were shot Saturday morning in the Whitfield Town area, in St Andrew South West, as tensions in the community remain very high.

Four of the six who were shot have since succumbed to their injuries.

Senior Superintendent Arthur Brown, head of the St Andrew South Police Division, confirmed the gruesome incident and stated that the incident happened between 1:30 -3:30 am on Saturday.

He said while there might be evidence of gang violence he is still yet to confirm a motive of the killing.

"Some doors were kicked off and six persons were shot in total, four succumbed. A 10-year-old was shot and injured also, she's at Children's Hospital [Bustamante Hospital for Children], the other person is at the Kingston Public Hospital".

"I wouldn't want to put it down to that [gang violence] because unfortunately some persons who weren't involved, got caught in it." He said.

He said the community remains very tense, but sought to reassure citizens that there will be increased police presence in the community and everything will be done to bring criminals to justice.





donald-trump-photo-1.jpgPresident Donald Trump said Thursday that he did the US military a "great favour" by banning transgender troops from the armed forces.

Trump, speaking to reporters at his New Jersey country club, said the issue of transgender service members had been "complicated" and "confusing" for the military.

"Look, I have great respect for the (transgender) community," Trump said. "I think I have great support -- or I've had -- great support from that community.

"I got a lot of votes."

But Trump said the issue of transgender troops has been a "very difficult situation" for the US armed forces.

"As you know, it's been a very complicated issue for the military," he said. "It's been a very confusing issue for the military.

"I think I'm doing the military a great favour." Source: (AFP)





court.jpgThree members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, accused of kidnapping a 15-year-old boy in Westmoreland, have been charged.

Constables Romaine Wellington; Lushana Bryan and Adrian Jackson, who are attached to the Westmoreland Police Division, were charged on Thursday with kidnapping, extortion, as well as attempting to pervert the course of justice.

The cops reportedly demanded a two million dollar ransom to release the teenager. They are booked to appear in court on August 17.

And details have emerged on how the teenager was kidnapped by the cops.

A source close to the case told RJR News that the 15-year-old was taken off a bus last week after he was reportedly held in possession of an illegal gun by the police officers.

They then kidnapped him and demanded that the money be paid or he would be killed.

The cops were held in a sting operation in St Elizabeth on Sunday when they went to collect the money. They reportedly threw away the weapon which the teenager had.





meadowbrook-high-student.jpgAdministrators at Meadowbrook High will on Monday stage a candlelight vigil on the school grounds in celebration of the life of 17-year-old Mickolle Moulton, who was gunned down in Arnett Gardens on Sunday.

Retired Major Paul Brown, president of the Meadowbrook High Parent -- Teachers' Association (PTA), said the vigil -- which is a collaboration between the PTA, the past students' association, classmates and Mickolle's teachers, the school board, friends and other members of the school family -- is expected to be a mark of solidarity against violence, especially when it concerns the youth of Jamaica.

Brown said the event, expected to begin at 6:00 pm, will feature a prayer for Jamaica's youth, remembrance and reflections on Mickolle's life, and a candle-lighting ceremony

Donovan Thomas, president of the school's past students' association, said the event will provide an avenue for stakeholders to assist Mickolle's classmates, friends and those close to her to get over the tragic incident.

Thomas also added that one of the aims is to stand united and highlight that such incidents cannot continue.

"We are doing whatever we can in our space to show that we grieve with the family and friends of Mickolle and are taking a stand against violence towards youth," he said.

In the meantime, Thomas said the past students' association believes that providing proper guidance for youth is one of the starting points to curb the crime monster.





usain-bolt-the-big-man.jpgLONDON, England -- Jamaican based franchise company FRANJAM has signed a major contract with the UK based Casual Dining Restaurants Group (CDRG) to open 15 Tracks & Records restaurants across the United Kingdom over the next five years, making it the first Jamaican owned restaurant franchise concept to open on an international scale.

"For us this is a significant milestone in the company's development. When we created the Tracks & Records concept it was done with these major markets in mind. The UK has been a key target market for us since the conceptualisation stage over seven years ago and there is no greater satisfaction than to see it unfold in this way," said FRANJAM's Managing Director Gary Matalon.

He added that he believes this signifies the first time a local, homegrown concept has evolved into becoming an international franchise and it confirms brand Jamaica's potential and gives widespread hope that many other Jamaican brands through this business model can be exported.

Tracks & Records, a Jamaican themed restaurant, which boasts eight-time Olympic Gold Medalist, Usain Bolt as a key partner, started operations in Kingston, Jamaica in April 2011 and is the first restaurant of its type in the island.

"I'm happy to be able to share a taste of the Jamaica that I know and love with the rest of the world through the opening of these restaurants across the UK - London has always been a special place for me and I thank Aly and CDRG for giving us the opportunity to share our vision and our culture with you all," Bolt said.

FRANJAM is a franchise company founded to own, develop and license Jamaican themed restaurants.





crime-scene-gun.jpgA two-year-old has died after reportedly shooting him/ herself with the father's firearm in Portmore, St Catherine yesterday.

According to reports, the father, who is a police officer, was sleeping when the child got hold of his service pistol.

It is further understood, that the policeman tried to take the gun away from the toddler when it went off.

The policeman reportedly crashed while on his way to the hospital and the toddler succumbed to the bullet wound.





Five prisoners are now on the run after escaping the Ocho Rios lock up in St Ann early this morning.

The details surrounding the jail break are at this time sketchy; however the communications arm of the Jamaica Constabulary Force listed the following men as escapees:

• Gary Ferguson, 48, charged with illegal possession of firearm and rape

• David Anderson, 28, charged with rape

• Leroy Laud, 61, illegal possession of firearm

• Nicholas Massop, 22, charged with murder

• Reynardo Williams, charged with illegal possession of firearm





A search is continuing for three fishermen who have been missing since their vessel capsized near the Pedro Cays.

A fourth fisherman was rescued by the Jamaica Defence Force Coast Guard. The Coast Guard received a distress call on Wednesday morning.

Major Sheldon Bryan, acting Civil Military Cooperation and Media Affairs Officer at the Jamaica Defence Force, said that the vessel was north of the Pedro Cays.

Major Bryan said the Coast Guard and fishermen went to the area. They were able to recover the boat but not the men. The search continues.





Defending 100m hurdles champion Danielle Williams of Jamaica is second on the list of first round qualifiers with 12.66 seconds behind the world record holder from the United States, Kendra Harrison, who clocked 12.60s at the IAAF World Championships in London this morning.

Australia's Sally Pearson, Olympic champion here five years ago, underlined her status as a medal contender after two miserable years of injury problems, progressing to this afternoon's semi finals as the third swiftest runner with a time of 12.72s, just 0.02s ahead of Germany's Pamela Dutkiewicz.

Jamaica's other three athletes -- Meagan Simmonds, Yanique Thompson and Rushelle Burton -- are also through to the next round, having clocked 12.78s, 12.88s and 12.94s, respectively.





Jamaica's Ristananna Tracey clocked a personal best of 53.74 seconds to cop the bronze medal in the women's 400 metres hurdles behind Kori Carter in first and Olympic champion Dalilah Muhammad, both of the USA.

Carter won in 53.07seconds with Muhammad in 53.50.

Tracey held off the defending champion Zuzana Hejnova, with the Czech athlete recording 54.20.





crime-scene-gun.jpgReports are that the 12 year old student of Immaculate Conception High School who was shot along with her 17 year old sister at their home in Arnett Gardens, Kingston on Sunday morning is recovering.

The child, whose name is being withheld, is still hospitalised.

Children's Advocate Diahann Gordon Harrison, says preliminary reports indicate that the 12 year old was injured by the same bullet that killed her sister.

Although Mrs Gordon Harrison could not say where on the body the girl was hit, she indicated the child had been in critical condition but is not now "making good progress".

Meanwhile, the Children's Advocate said the investigation into the shooting of the two sisters is progressing despite some time being lost due to false claims that the girls were attacked because they rejected sexual advances.





shelly-ann-congrats-baby-news.jpgIconic Jamaican sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has announced the birth of her son Zyon Pryce.

Fraser-Pryce, the multiple Olympic and World Championships gold medal winner made the disclosure on her Facebook page on Tuesday.

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are powerful, I know that full well. Welcome Zyon D. Pryce, August 7, 2017! To God be the glory for the things he has done, #HisWill #Chapter30 #PoiseandPerseverance#PrycelessJourney," the post read.

The announcement was accompanied by a photo of the sprinting star and her husband Jason Pryce.





donald-trump-photo-1.jpgPresident Donald Trump in a Jan. 27 phone call repeatedly asked his Mexican counterpart, Enrique Peña Nieto, to stop publicly refusing to pay for the border wall that was a central Trump campaign promise, according to a transcript published by The Washington Post.

Trump described his signature campaign issue as the "the least important thing we are talking about," while adding "politically [it] might be the most important." The U.S. president said Peña Nieto's refusal to pay for the wall had left the White House boxed in politically. When asked by the press about the issue, Trump said both of them should deflect.

"So what I would like to recommend is - if we are going to have continued dialogue - we will work out the wall," Trump said. "They are going to say, "who is going to pay for the wall, Mr. President?" to both of us, and we should both say, 'we will work it out.' It will work out in the formula somehow. As opposed to you saying, "we will not pay" and me saying, "we will not pay."

Peña Nieto agreed that talking about the wall was unproductive.

"This is what I suggest, Mr. President," Peña Nieto said. "Let us stop talking about the wall. I have recognized the right of any government to protect its borders as it deems necessary and convenient. But my position has been and will continue to be very firm saying that Mexico cannot pay for that wall."

"But you cannot say that to the press," Trump shot back. "The press is going to go with that and I cannot live with that. You cannot say that to the press because I cannot negotiate under those circumstances."

He assured Peña Nieto that he could defuse the conflict over the wall if it the two leaders could stop lavishing the conflict with media attention.

Trump noted he knows "how to build very inexpensively," which he implied would calm disputes in the United States over the proposal's high cost at a time when illegal immigration has plummeted to the lowest levels in decades.





meadowbrook-high-student.jpgThe mother of 17 year old schoolgirl Mickolle Moultan, who was killed in Arnett Gardens on Sunday has been relocated.

Head of Area 4, ACP Ronald Anderson says the mother was relocated today (Mon) for her safety.

He says the mother was relocated due to unfavourable comments made regarding the reason for the killing of the 17 year old.

Meanwhile, Police Commissioner George Quallo tweeted today that the "police do not have any facts to support sexual assault or threat in the unfortunate murder of young Micholle Moulton".

The tweet from the commissioner followed media reports that the girls were attacked because they resisted the sexual advances of men in the community.

The tweet added "let's accord her respect".





andrew-holness-photo-5.jpgPrime Minister Andrew Holness has vowed that the killing of 17-year-old schoolgirl Mickolle Moultan, which he said represents one of the vilest attacks on our young women, will not be in vain. The Meadowbrook High School student was shot dead and her 12- year-old sister shot and injured in their Arnett Gardens community on Sunday. According to a release from the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), Holness made the vow when he visited Moltan's mother this afternoon.

"I thought I would come here and say your daughter's death cannot be in vain. We have to put a stop to it to prevent other innocent girls and boys from being killed. This could be anybody's child. This is a great distress but we are resolved to deal with it and to support you in this time," the prime minister said.

However, with over 900 murders since the start of the year, someof them vile to the extreme, many are not consoled by the PM's vows. Here are some of the thoughts expressed on social media:

PhilT McNasty Mark Trought The life of a brilliant girl with her head on her shoulder taken away by one with only pubic hair on his head. Life nuh fair at all!.

G.W.G This just a "very weak" statement PM. See, this has happened too many times, and nothing has been done. So the results will be the same.

You all dont want to offend the gunman them.

Leon Cooke BLAH, BLAH, BLAH. We all heard similar speech when the Muschette High student was killed, when there were quadruple killings in Westmoreland, triple killings in Hanover, kidnapping, rape and murder of the young girls across the island. Come on man, lets stop the promises and sweet talks. Tell the island the people the truth. Crime is a business and those in the hierarchy only want it to be at a TOLERABLE LEVEL. When we kill and maim each other, these are the persons that benefits the most; Criminal Lawyers (some of which are politicians), Private Doctors, Morgue Operators and Security Firms. They are all getting rich because of the foolish criminal decisions of the poor.

If crime is to be stopped; women/men need to start working on making themselves quality individuals. In making yourself a quality individual, you are able to choose a quality partner and have quality life. Am not saying everything will always be perfect but there would be a change in the right direction.

Too many children being born to uneducated/unskilled persons with low self-esteem who does not love or respect themselves, others or anything in society. Children grown in unstable and loveless homes tend to become unstable individuals who become menace to society. Time for women to lock-up and men to cover-up until they know they have achieved a quality life and is able to chose a quality partner. As a result, they will be able to have quality children and help to create a quality society. Most of the world's problems have its roots in humans failing to empower themselves and poor reproductive management.

NejeeperKNG Mr. Andrew Holness--on a scale of 1 to 10...this is a 100. It doesn't get any more barbaric than this. The message now should be immediate surrounding of the area. This should be a Special Zone where the JDF/JCF must live. Helicopters should be wailing at nights, the searchlight should be bright. The more the people refuse to give up the killer/s is the more JDF/JCF they must see. Lock the area down and they will eventually tell who the killer/s are (dem might run weh already but at least they are known and can be hunted like the animals they are). Bring the criminals to their knees. This area should be quarantined no later than Wednesday (tomorrow). It should have been done much sooner.

Andrew--is this what we came to--if so, what is it that we are really celebrating?





instaboss.jpgThe police are trying to locate one of their own who has been implicated in the shooting death of a St Mary entertainer over two months ago. The development comes following a protest staged on Wednesday morning in Prospect, St Mary by friends and family members of the entertainer, who was fatally shot allegedly at a party in May.

The entertainer, 31-year-old Kriston Pearson, also known as Instaboss or Maffie of Charles Town, St Mary and Exchange in Ocho Rios, St Ann, was shot dead on May 7.

The friends and family members, who gathered and staged a peaceful protest, said that the alleged killer cop is on the run and there are no attempts being made to apprehend him.

They contend that the cop has left the force and is now overseas. They have also complained that there has been no progress in the case.

However, Superintendent in charge of Area Two operations, Michael Smith told members of the media last week that investigations are ongoing to locate the cop.

While admitting to having heard that the cop might have left the island, SSP Smith indicated that the police are making the relevant checks to ascertain the cop's whereabouts.

It is alleged that sometime after 4 am, at a party in Trinity, near Port Maria in St Mary, Pearson and the cop had an altercation over a woman. Eyewitnessesalleged that Pearson used a bottle to hit the cop and it was at that moment the cop pulled his firearm and shot Pearson in the chest. Pearson was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead. The cop was reportedly also taken to the hospital, and received treatment for his injuries. The policeman was then interviewed by officers attached to the INDECOM and was later released.





Licensed firearm holder kills robber

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One of two men who robbed patrons at a business place on Dunrobin Avenue in St Andrew last week night, was fatally shot by a licensed firearm holder. The other man escaped.

Reports from the police were that about 10:30, the two men, who were armed with guns, robbed patrons of the business place of cell phones and cash.

As the men were leaving, they reportedly attempted to take one of the patrons with them.

The patron resisted the attempt to take him away, and the men were said to have opened fire at him.

A licensed firearm holder engaged the men in a gunfight, and one of the men was hit

He later died at hospital.





The Board of Management of the St Andrew High School for Girls said it is appalled at the "inaccuracies" in a press release issued by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information in which it refuted claims that the Government owes the institution nearly $13.4 million.

Yesterday, the ministry described the institution as misleading in a number of area and said that it did not receive the income and expenditure reports as requested by them prior to the start of the 2016/2017 school year. In response, the school issued a release a short while ago saying it stands by the veracity of its prior statement, which was sent to the media on Thursday.

The school explained that since it was never their intention to air their concerns in the public domain, it has written to portfolio minister, Ruel Reid, and will submit to him a detailed response to the issues raised by the ministry in a press release yesterday.

The board said it now awaits Reid's invitation to the meeting of which it was advised in the memorandum from the Regional Director dated August 2.





The police are reporting that Anthony Johnson, otherwise called Screw, the Leader of the Barnes Road gang , is in police custody following an early morning operation.

The gang has been linked to several murders in East Kingston.

Meanwhile, the police have also made an appeal for a man, known only as Nooksie, to turn himself in.

Nooksie is said to be a key figure behind the upsurge of violence in East Kingston.

He's considered the leader of one of the gangs fighting for control of territory.

Nooksie is wanted by police for several murders and shootings in the Kingston Eastern Police Division.

In the meantime, the four men who were detained on Monday in connection with the gang violence involving individuals from Oliver Road and Jarrett Lane in East Kingston have been released.

Deputy Superintendent Rory Martin, Acting Commander of the Kingston Eastern Police Division, told RJR News that the men were processed and it was determined that they were not linked to the ongoing violence.





peter-phillips-photo-2.jpgLeader of the Opposition, Dr Peter Phillips is urging the Arnett Gardens community to work along with the police to identify the killers of Meadowbrook High School student, Mickolle Moulton.

"This brutal killing of the 17-year-old and the shooting of her younger sister, signal a new low to which our society has plunged in relation to crime and violence," Phillips said in a release today.

"I offer condolences to the family, community, schoolmates and teachers, and pray for a speedy recovery for her sister who suffered injury in the attack," he added.

Mickolle was shot through her bedroom window Sunday morning, while on a bed with her 12-year-old sister at her Arnett Gardens home.

They were taken to hospital where Mickolle was pronounced dead and her sister reportedly remains in stable condition. It is alleged that Mickolle was killed because she refused the sexual advances of men in the community.





Jamaicans at home and abroad are asking the same question: What are the plans to curb crime and violence in Jamaica land we love? The latest statistics show that almost 900 people have been murdered in Jamaica since the start of the year.

Over the past several months the Police High Command has been grappling with a flare-up of gang violence in St. James, St. Catherine, Clarendon and the Corporate Area.

Scores of persons have been killed over the period, including women and children.

Crime data reportedly obtained by radio station RJR, allegedly shows that between January 1 and the end of last month 872 persons were murdered across the island.

This is 157 more or a 22 per cent increase over last year's figure for the corresponding period.

There were 140 murders in July.

This followed the month of June which recorded 157 murders and May which registered 138.

The data showed that the last three months have been the bloodiest with nearly half of the murders occurring during the period.

St James had the most murders - 176 murders recorded at the end of July.

Another troubled parish is Westmoreland which has recorded 82 murders, followed by Clarendon with 80, St. Catherine North 75; St. Catherine South 72 and St. Andrew South 72.

Hanover has registered 40 murders and East Kingston, which is now the scene of a bloody gang violence, 28 murders at the end of last month.

Another trouble spot, West Kingston, has recorded 60 murders since January.





London 2017 organisers have released a statement confirming that a number of teams had reported cases of gastroenteritis at their official hotel.

Several Jamaicans competing at the London World Championships are said to be presenting diarrhoea-like symptoms.

It was not immediately clear who are the athletes and how many have shown the symptoms, but according to Television Jamaica's Spencer Darlington, Jamaica's team doctor Kevin Jones confirmed the development.

Jones also reported that 400m runner, Chrisann Gordon, had stomach issues yesterday and had to be treated.

In the meantime, the Guardian has reported that 30 athletes from several countries have been infected in a suspected outbreak of the norovirus resulting in vomiting.

Six members of the Canadian team have reportedly turned up with the symptoms.

London 2017 organisers have released a statement confirming that a number of teams had reported cases of gastroenteritis at their official hotel.

"Those affected have been supported by both team and LOC medical staff, in addition we have been working with Public Health England to ensure the situation is managed and contained," the organising committee said.

Public Heath England today said that laboratory tests had confirmed that two infections were caused by the norovirus.





meadowbrook-high-student.jpgLeader of the Opposition, Peter Phillips has condemned the savage murder of Meadowbrook High School student, Mickolle Moulton and is urging the Arnett Gardens community to work along with the police to identify and bring those responsible to justice.

"This brutal killing of the 17-year-old and the shooting of her younger sister, signal a new low to which our society has plunged in relation to crime and violence," Phillips notes.

"Here is a girl who has committed herself to her academic studies so she could make her contribution to her family, community and country. She has been brutally cut down before she could fulfill her potential." Phillips said.

The promising student was slain while asleep in her home on Tenth Street, Arnett Gardens, over the weekend.

"The community, must work hand in hand with the police and spare no effort in bringing the perpetrators to justice. I offer condolences to the family, community, schoolmates and teachers; and pray for a speedy recovery for her sister who suffered injury in the attack."





Weekend rain an independence blessing

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Jamaicans are hailing the showers which bathed the island last weekend as an inependence blessing.

The island, which was celebrating 55 years of being an independent nation, felt the effects of a strong Tropical Wave currently across the central Caribbean.

The system, which produced a large area of showers, thunderstorms, and strong winds moved across Jamaica Saturday morning into Sunday.

Despite the rains, however, the biggest national celebration, Grand Gala, was still held at the stadium.

However, charity show, 'A St Mary Mi Come From' was not so lucky, as the projected crowd of thousands did not show up to St Mary, which was pelted with rain. The event was held with a crowd that was estimated to be under three hundred.





crime-scene-7.jpgThe police are probing a suspected case of murder-suicide in August Town, St. Andrew.

The bodies of Kyron Beckles and his wife Althea, both 40 years old, were discovered Friday morning after a neighbour reported to the police that calls to the couple went unanswered.

Inspector Stephen Taylor, in charge of the August Town police division says that the bodies were discovered in a room at the couple's house.

The woman, who appeared to be strangled, was seen lying on a bed with her hands across her chest. Beckles' body was found with electrical cord around the neck and tied to a closet.

Inspector Taylor said it is believed the man strangled his wife then hanged himself.

Mrs Beckles, who resided overseas, had only this week returned to Jamaica for a surprise visit to her husband.





woman-suing-usher-herpes.jpgA woman who is suing Usher for failing to tell her he had herpes before they allegedly had sex had earlier proclaimed on social media that she needed money.

Quantasia Sharpton, a 21-year-old mother of three, spoke out about the new lawsuit against the singer at a press conference in New York on Monday.

Exactly one week before, Sharpton - who also goes by Angel Valentino on social media - had taken to Facebook to declare: 'I need some money', TMZ reports.

Just hours before the press conference, which was coordinated by celebrity lawyer Lisa Bloom, the alleged victim wrote: 'Enjoying my last couple of hours as a regular girl.'

Sharpton is one of three alleged victims - two women and a man - suing Usher but she is the only one identified by name in the lawsuit.

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They all allege that Usher failed to inform them he had herpes, an incurable sexually-transmitted disease, before engaging in the alleged sexual encounters.

The lawsuit makes note of recent news reports that Usher admitted in court documents in 2012 to having the disease and that he settled a $20million herpes lawsuit several years ago with a woman.

They claim Usher has never publicly denied having herpes, or made an effort to contact them to confirm or deny the reports, the lawsuit states.

The lawsuit states the alleged victims have suffered severe emotional distress, birthing complications, stress, depression and anxiety about contracting or being exposed to herpes.

Court filings claim that in the event that Usher doesn't have herpes, his conduct has still caused 'severe emotional distress' since he has allowed them to worry that he has exposed them to the virus.





miss-bum-bum-contestants-photo-1.jpgStriding down the streets of Sao Paulo in their black swimsuits, these glamorous models have been stopping the traffic as they promote the much anticipated Miss Bum Brazil competition.

The 27-strong bevy of ladies includes a playboy model who is the first American to appear in the event and a contestant who is in a polyamorous relationship with both a man and a woman.

The public must decide which of the 27 women will be allowed to compete in the November final to select the nation's sexiest derriere.

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Competition is fierce as only 15 of the buxom beauties will be allowed to take part in the final. The winner of the competition will be awarded a much sought after cover shoot for a popular men's magazine, a significant cash prize and celebrity status.

Miss Bum Bum was first started seven years ago and developed into a major glamour model competition in Brazil. Several spin-offs have been held as well as the world famous annual competition in Brazil.

In a country obsessed with the female backside, winners of the hotly-disputed contest become overnight celebrities and often go on to earn millions in modelling contracts and endorsements.

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Last year's winner was Erika Canela, from Bahia, who was crowned winner after the fiercely fought contest.

Erika, who has a 42inch bottom, took home a £18,000 prize and a lucrative modelling contract.

The curvy 20-year-old was the first black woman to win the popular beauty pageant in which more than 17 million Brazilians vote for their country's sexiest backside.

She has since commemorated her win by getting a tattoo of Donald Trump on her body after winning the title on the same day as he won the US election.





Sean Kingston signs Tommy Lee

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Tommy Lee Sparta has signed a recording and distribution contact with International Jamaican pop singer Sean Kingston.

Social media and other posts would indicate that the Montego Bay-based Gothic Dancehall artiste signed to Kingston's Time Is Money Entertainment and Warner Bros. Records over the weekend.





Singer Richie Spice is the latest entertainer to have taken a tumble off stage while performing.

In a video making the rounds on social media, after falling, Richie Spice landed off in front of the stage following a misstep.Richie quickly bounced back to his feet, searched for the microphone and then continued singing.

Recently, soca singer Desta Garcia broke her ankle and suffered minor bruises after falling through a stage.





kassanova-missing.jpgWord on the street is that Kassanova's so-called disappearnace is nothing more that a publicity stunt from an artiste who is desperately trying to get a buss int he dancehall.

According to reports, former Magnum Kings and Queens winner Jonnah recently released a diss video on his Insta scoffing at Kasanova's "massive publicity stunt".

"Stop trick the people dem and gwaan like yu waan style the ting...Tell the man fi go inna the studio and go meds something if yu waan buss, ah so oonu waan highlight? Ah so yu love likes and dem ting de bad man? Wah kinda controversy that? At tell people say yu dead and dem ting de. Stop tell lie, mi just see yu little while, how mi no see family ah come forward and bawl, mi no see it inna the Star, Observer or none of the main media outlet dem, so how oonu ah come ah tell lie?" Jonnah said.

"Tell the people dem say yu want a hit song. Ah the same ting we de ya ah do, just try and try again. Alkaline put in contact lenses and now yu a come fake your death. If yu have a real enemy and dem kill yu , then nothing caan come out of it because yu dun tell people say yu dead already, all eediat Lux know that."

He challenged Kasanova to a clash whenever he chose to eventually surface.

"Just know say whenever you come with wah yu a come with, yu haffi go clash it out," he warned.





girlfriend-texting-death.jpgA Massachusetts woman who encouraged her boyfriend to kill himself in dozens of text messages and told him to "get back in" a truck filled with toxic gas faces up to 20 years in prison when a judge sentences her on a charge of involuntary manslaughter.

Michelle Carter was convicted in June by a judge who said her final instruction to Conrad Roy III caused his death. Juvenile Court Judge Lawrence Moniz will sentence Carter Thursday.

Carter was 17 when the 18-year-old Roy was found dead of carbon monoxide poisoning in July 2014.

In dozens of text messages, Carter urged Roy to follow through on his talk of taking his own life. "The time is right and you are ready ... just do it babe," Carter wrote in a text the day he killed himself.

The sensational trial was closely watched on social media, in part because of the insistent tone of Carter's text messages.

"You can't think about it. You just have to do it. You said you were gonna do it. Like I don't get why you aren't," Carter wrote in one text.

Carter's lawyer, Joseph Cataldo, argued that Roy was determined to kill himself and nothing Carter did could change that. He said Carter initially tried to talk Roy out of it and urged him to get professional help, but eventually went along with his plan. Cataldo also argued that Carter's words amounted to free speech protected by the First Amendment.

In convicting Carter, the judge focused his ruling on Carter telling Roy to "get back in" after he climbed out of his truck as it was filling with carbon monoxide and told her he was afraid.

The judge said those words constituted "wanton and reckless conduct" under the manslaughter statute.

Carter and Roy met in Florida in 2012 while both were on vacation with their families. After that, they only met in person a handful of times. Their relationship consisted mainly of texting.

Both teens struggled with depression. Carter had been treated for anorexia, and Roy had made earlier suicide attempts.

Roy's aunt has asked the judge to sentence Carter to the 20-year maximum. Carter's father said his daughter made "a tragic mistake," and is asking for probation and continued counseling.

Carter was tried as a youthful offender, so the judge has several options for sentencing. He can commit her to a Department of Youth Services facility until she turns 21 on Aug 11. He could also combine a DYS commitment with an adult sentence, or can give her an adult sentence of anything from probation to the maximum 20-year term.





Kim Kardashian faces $100 million lawsuit

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kim-kardashian-photo-1.jpgKim Kardashian West's company is being sued for $100 million.

Kim-sa-princesss, Inc. were hit with a patent infringement lawsuit on Monday over their promotion and the reality TV star's use of an illuminated phone case which she uses to take perfect selfies with her friends.

According to celebrity website TMZ, the complaint claims a man named Hoosh-mand Ha-rooni filed a patent for an ''integrated lighting accessory and case for a mobile phone device'' in 2013.

Kim is often promoting her Lu-Mee phone case on social media when she takes a selfie and now Snaplight, the company Hoosh-mand licensed his lighting phone case to, claim she is taking some of their profits so they want $100 million.

Snaplight insist it has been ''extremely difficult'' for them ''to compete in the selfie case market'' with the 36-year-old star promoting Lu-Mee to her 165 million social media followers.

However, a representative for Kim has insisted she has done ''absolutely nothing wrong''.





Emmanuella makes Jamaicans laugh out loud

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emmanuella.jpgNigerian social media comedienne, eight-year-old Emmanuella Samuel performed on the LOL Comedy Tour at the LIME Golf Academy in New Kingston on Emancipation Day, Tuesday, August 1 and had the capacity audience who had turned out to see her in stitches.

"We're looking to offer Jamaicans a solid avenue for some good, wholesome family entertainment this holiday season," said Danielia McLean, marketing manager at Tango's Entertainment Production Ltd, organisers of the tour, had told the media prior to Emmanuella's arrival.

"Just about everyone in Jamaica knows Emmanuella and her hilarious videos with Mark Angell and people have been looking forward to seeing her perform here in Jamaica. What's even better is that she goes up alongside some of Jamaica's top comedians which will certainly have people laughing out loud the entire show."

Well, little Emmanuella, with her big, engaging and charming personality did just that.

"My uncle showed me Jamaica on the Internet and it's really pretty, so I can't wait to get there so that I can go to the beach," said Samuel. "I'm a little nervous but I'm used to doing skits and shows with my uncle [Mark Angell] so I know it won't be very hard."

In addition to Angell, she was joined by compatriot Denielson Igwe as well as acts such as Ity and Fancy Cat, Lemon, Leighton Smith, Christopher "Johnny" Daley, Dalton Spence, Peetah and Gramps Morgan from Morgan Heritage and Minister Marion Hall.

The LOL Comedy Tour moves to Savanna-la-Mar at the Manning's School on Saturday, August 5; Montego Bay at Pier 1 on Sunday, August 6; and May Pen on Saturday, August 12, 2017, before closing in Ocho Rios at Turtle River Park on Sunday, August 13.





stamma-gramma-and-girlfriend.jpgstamma-gramma-photo-2.jpgDancehall artiste Stamma Gramma is slowly picking up the pieces of his life after his girlfriend died from liver cancer earlier this year. The artist who is now aligned with Alkaline's Vendetta campis currently seeking to make a return to entertainment scene

According the entertainer, he decided to remove himself from the spotlight in order to be with his spouse throughout her painful battle with the sickness.

He however admits it was not a easy decision to resume his craft, as he was left depressed for months following her death.

Stamma Gramma says he remains hopeful that a cure for the dreadful disease can be found in the near future, as he has witnessed its devastating effects first hand.

Stamma Gramma has since released a new single titled "Vendetta Clan Anthem," paying homage to the formula deejay.





PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) -- The Airports Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (AATT) says as many as 30 passengers on board an American Airlines flight were injured during turbulence as the aircraft approached the Piarco International Airport late yesterday.

Initial reports had indicated that 22 people were injured.

The Airport Authority said three had to seek medical attention at hospital.

"On Wednesday 2nd August, 2017 at 9pm, American Airlines Flight 2713 contacted the ATC Tower to advise that they experienced severe turbulence while en route from Miami to Port of Spain and would require medical assistance upon arrival at the Piarco International Airport, as there were injuries on board," the AATT said in a release on Thursday.

The authority said the aircraft landed safely at 9:33 pm and emergency response agencies arrived on site immediately to lend support.

AATT said it remains committed to the safety and security of customers.





st-andrew-high-school-for-girls.jpgSt. Andrew High School for Girls, The Queen's School, Holy Childhood, St Thomas Technical and Mona High have all been named by Education Minster, Senator Ruel Reid, as institutions that are in breach of the administration's voluntary contribution policy and which need to get in line.

Reid is describing the decision of some school administrators to demand auxiliary fees from parents as 'An attempt to extort parents.'

Minister Reid charged Wednesday morning at a Post Cabinet media briefing that some school administrators, including principals, may be extorting parents in demanding certain fees and he says he'll be taking 'very strong action' in response.

Minister Reid says the actions of the schools are a 'corrupt act' against the policy of the government and may be interpreted as extortion.

Meanwhile, the JTA said the "unfortunate" comments will serve no useful purpose than to create animosity and confrontation and could also destroy the integrity of schools' boards and administrators.

The association further recommended that the minister withdraws his "unfortunate statements and encourage continued dialogue and consultations with the schools in order to arrive at an amicable resolution to the issues at hand".

JTA said it "cannot, and will not condone any action that deprive students of their education and would therefore urge school administrators to do all in their powers to ensure that the relationship with the parents and community as well as the MoE, Youth and Information and other stakeholders remain cordial."





court-image-1.jpgFormer police constable Mark Russell was sentenced to life in prison for killing an unarmed teen from the inner city community of Whitfield Town in St Andrew.

Russell and High Court judge, Justice David Fraser has stipulated that he will have to serve at least 24 years in prison before he's eligible for parole.

Some of his former colleagues wept in court after the sentence was announced.

During a two-week trial, prosecutor Jeremy Taylor led evidence, that Russell placed a police-issued M16 rifle in the hands of 18-year-old Ravin Thompson as he lay wounded along Darling Street in downtown Kingston.

According to the evidence, Russell took back the weapon before Thompson was shot several times by another constable, identified as Morris Lee.

Fraser, in passing sentence, said he could not ignore the fact that the nature of the allegations are horrific.





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court-image-1.jpgThe court has ruled that the termination of the contract for University of the West Indies, (UWI) Mona consultant, Professor Brendan Bain, was a breach of his right to freedom of expression as guaranteed in the Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms and that the university must pay Bain $4.72 million in lieu of notice of the termination of his contract and any other sum that may have been withheld should be paid.

The ruling comes a year and a half after Bain sued the university for $40 million in damages for defamation, arising from the May 2014 termination of his two-year contract by the UWI.

Bain, who was the director of Caribbean HIV/AIDS Regional Training Network when he was fired, in addition to the defamation award, Bain was seeking nine months' salary for breach of contract, which he said was the time left in the contract. He said he earned US$12,380 per month.

He was also asking the court to award him US$37,000 for the three months' notice of the termination of his contract as the university had only given him three weeks notice instead of the three months notice stipulated in the contract.

Bain, who asked Justice Lennox Campbell, Justice Paulette Williams and Justice Frank Williams to make substantial awards for constitutional and vindicatory damages.

Bain was fired by the university on the grounds that his constituents had lost confidence in him after he gave an expert report in a court in Belize. A church group opposed to a court case brought by a gay man who was seeking to challenge the country's Buggery Law had asked him to give the report.





crime-scene-tape-gloves.jpgThe police say they are trying to their colleague who has been implicated in the shooting death of a St Mary entertainer, 31-year-old Kriston Pearson, also known as Instaboss or Maffie of Charles Town. Instaboss was fatally shot allegedly at a party on May 7

Family members and friends of the entertainer staged a protest on Wednesday morning in Prospect, St Mary.

They that the alleged killer cop is on the run and there are no attempts being made to apprehend him.

They contend that the cop has left the force and is now overseas. They have also complained that there has been no progress in the case.

However, Superintendent in charge of Area Two operations, Michael Smith told members of the media Wednesday that investigations are ongoing to locate the cop.

While admitting to having heard that the cop might have left the island, SSP Smith indicated that the police are making the relevant checks to ascertain the cop's whereabouts.

He also said that contact has been made with Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) and they have given the assurance that the case file has been completed and the police officer is to be arrested.

It is alleged that sometime after 4 am, at a party in Trinity, near Port Maria in St Mary, Pearson and the cop had an altercation over a woman.

Some eyewitnesses at the time had alleged that Pearson used a bottle to hit the cop and it was at that moment the cop pulled his firearm and shot Pearson in the chest.

Pearson was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead. The cop was reportedly also taken to the hospital, and received treatment for his injuries.





Robber shot dead by licensed firearm holder

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crime-scene-tape-gloves.jpgOne of two men who robbed patrons at a business place on Dunrobin Avenue in St Andrew on Monday night, was fatally shot by a licensed firearm holder.

The other man escaped.

Reports from the police were that about 10:30, the two men, who were armed with guns, robbed patrons of the business place of cell phones and cash.

As the men were leaving, they reportedly attempted to take one of the patrons with them.

The patron resisted the attempt to take him away, and the men were said to have opened fire at him.

A licensed firearm holder engaged the men in a gunfight, and one of the men was hit

He later died at hospital.





court-image-1.jpgA Jamaican woman has been awarded more than TT$200,000 in damages by the courts for unlawful detention by immigration authorities in Trinidad and Tobago.

It has been reported that Sasha Watson, was among scores of detainees kept at the Immigration Detention Centre in Aripo, Trinidad, where she faced "squalid and oppressive conditions and was denied human rights".
Her lawyers, according to the Trinidad Express, said it was unlawful for police and immigration authorities to round up foreigners and detain them at the
detention centre in Aripo, where they were denied fundamental human rights.

On July 3, Trinidadian High Court Judge, Frank Seepersad, ruled in favour of Watson and ordered that the State pay her TT$209,641.20, inclusive of damages, interest and costs.





Brown-Burke wins

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mayor-angela-brown-burke.jpgAngela Brown Burke has been elected Chairman of the People's National Party's constituency organization in St. Andrew South Western.

Brown Burke, a vice-president of the PNP, secured 595 votes, while the other candidate, Audrey Smith Facey received 502.

All told, 1105 delegates voted, but eight ballots were spoilt.

Brown Burke, having secured the chairmanship of the constituency, is likely to be the PNP's candidate to contest the upcoming by-election to succeed Portia Simpson Miller as Member of Parliament for the constituency.





peter-phillips-photo-3.jpgOpposition Leader Dr. Peter Phillips says it is unfortunate that more than 100 years after Emancipation, approximately seven hundred thousand Jamaicans have no legal ownership of land.

Dr. Phillips says it is for this reason, the opposition recently established a land commission, to prepare a policy framework that will establish a legal pathway to land titles for those Jamaicans who are still squatters in the land of their birth.

He says while Jamaica has achieved legal freedom, there still persists a slavery of the mind and it was this condition that led National hero Marcus Garvey, to recognize the need for emancipation from mental slavery.

He says the celebration of Emancipation Day, should be recognized as the firm foundation on which ordinary Jamaicans with extraordinary bravery and vision, force the re-fashioning of the nation's culture, social economic and political arrangement.





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