September 2017 Archives

dancehall-queen-carlene.jpgThe original Dancehall Queen Carlene has joined Rebel singay, Danielle D.I. on a brand new song. Carlene takes the microphone to clap back in defense of her younger cousin. A recent diss track from singer Ishawna has called the original dancehall queen to the recording booth. The track is titled, Street Bicycle and Carlene's vocals lead the tune with a public service announcement to clear the air.

Danielle D.I. has been receiving overwhelming support not only from family but also from industry colleagues and fans.

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"I'm startled at the outburst of love and support from so many, from persons I wouldn't even expect. This is truly appreciated from the bottom of my heart. My mother is recovering well and I have returned to the studios. I have a lot of new music and videos to be released. Balance, flexibility and time management is what its all about as I continue to work and monitor my family life at the same time," Danielle D.I. revealed.

Armshouse Records collaborated with B.M.T Records and Connect INTL to produce, Street Bicycle. The song is now available on Danielle D.I.'s verified VEVO and YouTube accounts. iTunes and other major music outlets will have the release later this week. Danielle D.I. is known for her work with legendary, Sly and Robbie as well as her songs: Beat It with Vybz Kartel; Big Man which features Shabba Ranks along with Brown Girl a collaboration with the dancehall doctor Beenie Man.





 

damian-marley-stony-hill.jpgDamian "Junior Gong" Marley's much talked about fourth studio album Stony Hill, has solidified the synergy between himself and older brother Stephen Marley.

From the 18 track album, the two have collaborated on Grown & Sexy, Perfect Picture and Medication. 45 year old Stephen, the third biological child of Bob and Rita Marley believes the synergy between him and Damian, the youngest son of his father, is just "magical".

"When we work together it's magic and we both enjoy the synergy between the two ah we; and people feel that, because we have so much love - and that spirit comes out inna the record. We are just comfortable with each other."

"Steve ah work pon him record, him [Damian] give Steve the energy. Damian ah work pon him record, me [Steve] give him the energy," says a delighted Stephen.

In Stephen's view, the 12 year hiatus from studio recordings since Gong's 2005 album Welcome to Jamrock, seems to have been advantageous.

"This album [Stony Hill] shows growth. He is so comfortable doing the music. It has a lot of live music. From 2005 to 2017 you find say him do a lot of live shows, and his live performance is just great, so you find say we have an album now with a lot of live music versus Welcome to Jamrock which had a lot of mostly programmed beats," shares Stephen.

Talking about his son Jo Mersa and nephew Skip Marley, Stephen Marley points out the synergies between the generations. "Them see you a do it and them draw influences from that as well."

Damian and Stephen are arguably the closest of the Marley siblings. The two have recorded numerous singles together and one is seldom seen without the other, especially on stage.

"Steve the brother is Steve the producer. With how much growth Damian have, it's just to be there and say you know "Try that again" or "Mek we do it this way" or "Wha' bout this".

Of Stephen's three collaborations on Stony Hill, Medication, a song about the medicinal purposes of marijuana, has been one of the most talked about even before the June 21, 2017 album release, as the single was released on Thursday April 20, 2017, as the world celebrated 4/20.

"Medication is a song weh come up and it has a very important message because I know a lot of persons don't realise the benefits, medicinally, that the plants offers," says Stephen Marley.

Interestingly, the synergies within the Marley clan go well beyond Stephen and Damian, Marley generations and music. In addition to the family's global marijuana brand [Bob] Marley Natural; Damian Marley's Stony Hill Corporation is one of the most recent to join the legal medical marijuana dispensaries in the United States. Although separate, the Marley clan remain in support of each other and maintain professional and endearing relationships all around.





Cardi B loves the heat from Kartel's 'Fever'

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vybz-kartel-photo-29.jpgCardi B has been a huge fan of the incarcerated Dancehall superstar and it seems she's doesn't have any intentions to stop despite her 'Bodak Yellow' success.

Over the weekend Cardi uploaded a video on her Instagram account showing a clip of her dancing in the club to Vybz Kartel's smash hit summer banger 'Fever' to her over 9.8 Million followers.

Rita Ora also shared a video of her listening to the self-proclaimed 'Worl Boss' single with 'Dancehall Goddess' Shenseea, 'Loodi'.





Hurricane Maria making its way through the Caribbean

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hurricane-maria-storm.jpgHurricane Maria, the second maximum-strength Atlantic storm of the season, is bearing down on the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

The category five tempest has already inflicted "widespread damage" on the Caribbean island of Dominica.

It briefly weakened to a four but is now again packing top sustained winds of 280km/h (175mph).

The storm is moving roughly along the same track as Irma, this season's other category five hurricane.

The governor of Puerto Rico, a US territory, has told the island's 3.5 million people to seek shelter with the hurricane poised to make landfall around 8am local time (1300 GMT).

Officials there fear the debris left by Irma earlier this month could now prove extremely dangerous in the winds of Maria.

There are also concerns that heavy rain could cause landslides in some places, and that a predicted storm surge of up to 9 feet (2.7m) could swamp low-lying areas.

Puerto Rico has been a haven for people fleeing other storm-ravaged Caribbean islands in recent weeks.

Hundreds of shelters have been set up by the authorities, but correspondents say the human impact of the storm could depend on how seriously the warnings are taken.





140 killed as another powerful quake rocks Mexico

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Nearly 140 people were killed when a powerful, 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck Mexico on Tuesday, toppling buildings in the capital and sowing panic on the anniversary of a devastating 1985 quake.

The toll could rise further. Rescue crews and volunteers in Mexico City -- home to 20 million people -- were clawing through the rubble of at least 49 collapsed buildings looking for survivors and bodies.

Mexico City recorded 36 of the deaths, while Morelos state directly south of it saw 64 killed. The others were registered in Puebla (29), a town southeast of the capital, and in Mexico state (nine), which lies just to the west of the capital.

National Coordinator for Civil Protection Luis Felipe Puente said a total of at least 138 people died.

"I'm so worried. I can't stop crying. It's the same nightmare as in 1985," Georgina Sanchez, 52, sobbed to AFP in a plaza in the capital.

Amamia Sanchez, a 45-year-old secretary cried out: "It's just not possible that this happened also on September 19."

In the quake exactly 32 years earlier, 10,000 people perished in Mexico City. Memories of that event spurred panic on Tuesday and prompted many to quickly run for safety outdoors when walls around them swayed and cracked.





Hurricane Maria devastates Dominica

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hurricane-maria.jpgCategory Five Hurricane Maria pounded Dominica on Monday night, leaving the world fearing widespread devastation on the eastern Caribbean island, but there is still no clear word on the true level of destruction, as communication services were knocked out by the storm.

The hurricane, with winds of 160 miles per hour, badly damaged the Dominica Prime Minister's house overnight and left much of the island in ruins.

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit posted on Facebook that initial reports are of widespread devastation.

He said the country had lost all that money can buy.

Maria is the strongest hurricane on record to make landfall in Dominica - a country with a population of 73,000.

Government of Trinidad and Tobago has said it is mobilising a team to assist the country.

The Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard is also preparing to send a supply vessel and take Defence Force personnel to Dominica.

Several other Caribbean islands, including St. Kitts, Nevis, and Montserrat, have also reported damage to their telecommunications infrastructure. Telephone calls to those regions have failed to connect.

Hurricane Maria is now taking aim on islands already crippled by Hurricane Irma, as it barrells toward St. Croix and threatens severe damage to Puerto Rico.





The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade is seeking the public's assistance in locating the family of 69-year-old Keith Ranstan Porter, who they said is hospitalised in New York.

Porter whose birthdate is May 4th, 1948 was born in Clarendon, was never married and has five children.

Four of the five children are: Keith Porter, Nicole Porter, Shauna Porter and Peter Porter.

The ministry, in a release this afternoon, said Porter also has two uncles in Jamaica with the names Ashton Porter and Leslie Porter.

A family address given is in the Kingston 3 area. He has been in the United States for four years.

The ministry is asking Porter's family to contact its offices at 21 Dominica Drive, Kingston 5 (New Kingston) or telephone number, 426-4220 extension 3352.





andrew-holness-photo-5.jpgPrime Minister Andrew Holness says he expects the High Command of the Jamaica Constabulary Force to take certain action in the coming weeks to show that it is serious about issues of sexual harassment in the organisation and the wider society.

There has been widespread concern following allegations that cops are being denied promotions because they reject the sexual advances of their superiors.

In an interview on Nationwide radio this morning, Holness said he believes it is important that the force takes a proactive approach to ensure that a certain standard is maintained and that members of the force are equipped to deal with domestic issues when they arise.

"I'm expecting that in the weeks to come we will see some action to show that the police is taking this matter very seriously," he said.

Holness also said that, already, he has met with Police Commissioner George Quallo following reports that cops were being denied promotions because they refuse to have sex with their superiors.

The National Security Minister has said there are almost 400 vacant posts to be filled in the constabulary and has publicly called for Quallo to explain why they are not being filled.

According to Montague, the government has the money to pay the promoted cops.





lisa-hanna-and-richard.jpgOpposition Spokesperson on Youth and Culture, attracted a slew of trill to her page as she took to social media to send birthday wishes to fiance Richard.

Two couple was enjoying their week-long vacation in Turkey.

"My SULTAN LOVER Come and ROCK my world," Hanna captioned a photo of the two. "Forever and let me give you MORE...💋Happy Birthday My Love ❤️ #Breathless

#YesYesMorePlease

#TurkishBirthday

#IstanbulTogether," she added.

"Is that her father? or what because she can't possibly be dating that old man," one user wrote.

"wooooie! Lisa love PNP so much that she's dating Michael Manley."

"Wait i thought that Manley was dead, how comes he's on vacation with Lisa Hanna?" another questioned.

"Come on Lisa that old man can't satisfy you! must him face alone him a use," another added.





Unu done know stay tuned, Danielle DI tells fans

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danielle-di-photo-3.jpgDancehall artist Danielle D.I is on her way to Jamaica to continue her beef with controversial singer Ishawna.

After going silent for a few days to provide support for her ailing mother, the 'Rebel' singer took to social media on Saturday to share a video at the Miami International Airport announcing her return to Jamaica.

"I'm on my way to my second home in Jamaica right now," she said. D.I also thanked her fans for their well wishes during her family's difficulties, before hinting that she's ready to beef with Ishawna once again.





Lisa Hanna goes wedding dress shopping

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lisa-hanna-and-richard.jpgMember of Parliament and former Miss World, Lisa Hanna looks all set to tie the knot.

She went wedding dress shopping recently and took to Instagram on Thursday to give an update to her almost 200k followers.

"Went to two designers. I'm certainly NOT interested in trying anymore. Did it to see what all the Hype was about," the former beauty queen wrote. "Not me at all. Can't deal with all the fuss...I went and bought the fabric and said YES to my girl LOUISE. Doing everything right here in Jamaica by Jamaicans."

Hanna is currently dating businessman Richard Lake, she announced her engagement last year on social media with a photo of herself showing off a ring, "Yes I said Yes!," she wrote.

This will be her second marriage as she previously wed businessman David Panton in 1999 however filed for divorce in 2004. They couple share a teenage son together.

Lisa Hanna and her lover Richard Lake have been making rounds on social media following her recent post.





Apocalypse coming September 23?

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end-times.jpgSeptember 23 this year is set to mark the beginning of the apocalypse, according to several conspiracy theorists and doom-mongers.

The 'Rapture', set out in the Book of Revelation, will see 'worthy' Christians lifted into heaven by Jesus, while those remaining will be left to face the end of the world.

Now, an apocalyptic theory known as Revelation 12 Sign predicts the Rapture will soon be fulfilled with the appearance of 'a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head.' Conspiracy theorists think an astronomical alignment involving the constellations Leo and Virgo, along with various other planets will fulfill this prophecy word-for-word.

The Rapture is the second coming of Jesus Christ as prophesied in John 14:1-3 where those who have lived 'sin free' lives meet the Lord.

Proponents of the outlandish theory say the women mentioned in the prophecy represents the constellation Virgo, while the crown of stars represents Leo.

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The oldest person in the world who was the last living subject of Queen Victoria and worked for 'masters' on a Caribbean sugar plantation has died aged 117.

Violet Mosse Brown died in Jamaica at around 2.30pm on Saturday.

She became the world's oldest person on April 15 this year at 117 and 38 days, taking the title from Italian Emma Morano, whose life spanned three centuries and was born in 1899.

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Mrs Mosse Brown was sent a plaque by Queen Elizabeth II when she became the oldest citizen of the Commonwealth.

She was also the last person who lived under the reign of Queen Victoria, as Jamaica still formed part of the British West Indies in 1900.

In her early life the supercentenarian worked on a sugar plantation and as a maid in the 'post slavery period', according to her family.

She went on to buy her own home and became a successful businesswoman selling bread from the only depot in her district.

Following her death, 117-year-old Nabi Tajima, of Japan, is now the world's oldest person.





sonya-kay-forbes.jpgPolice investigators are trying to figure out if medical doctor Sonya-Kay Forbes was killed by an intruder at her St. Andrew residence or she was killed under other circumstances.

Dr. Forbes was found dead at her Cunningham Avenue home on Wednesday, with a stab wound to the abdomen.

Investigators have not come to a conclusion on what led to Dr. Forbes death.

He said the police have not declared that she was murdered. He explained that investigators are awaiting an autopsy report and forensic tests.

Investigators have so far collected a statement from Dr. Forbes' mother who was in the house at the time of her death.

She reportedly found her daughter dead in her bedroom.

A knife was also found in the room.

There was no sign of forced entry to the residence.

Investigators have also collected statements from persons at the gated complex.

The cops are reviewing evidence that someone attempted to clean up blood found in Dr. Forbes bedroom.

The 40 year-old medical doctor, was assigned as an eye specialist at the Kingston Public Hospital.





3 Jamaicans in custody in Cayman after drugs find

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custody.jpg(CMC) -- Three Jamaicans are now in police custody in the Cayman Islands following the seizure of a large quanta of drugs last week.

The police report that officers from the Joint Marine Unit were patrolling the eastern side of Grand Cayman late Thursday when they came upon a canoe from Jamaica.

It's reported that during a brief pursuit, the occupants of the vessel started to throw packages overboard.

The canoe was eventually intercepted and several packages were recovered.

The police also seized caged roosters.

The men were held on suspicion of importation.





Contractor shot dead; his daughter shot in the head

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crime-scene-gun.jpgJimmy Riley, a sub-contractor of Green Bottom, Nineteen Miles in Clarendon was shot dead Saturday night, while his daughter, a 17-year-old student of Vere Technical High School, was shot in the head in the incident.

According to reports, Riley was at home when he was attacked and shot.

Upon the arrival of the police he was found lying on his back in a pool of blood on the verandah.

His daughter was taken to the May Pen Hospital where she was later transferred and underwent surgery.

No motive has been established for the killing. The police continues to investigate.





5 shot, one fatally, on West Bay Farm Road

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crime-scene-gun.jpgPolice say they have stepped up their search for a group of men who on Friday shot dead a 53-year-old man and injured four other persons, including two women, in West Bay Farm Road, Kingston.

Dead has been identified as Owen Bowen, otherwise called 'Mattis' or 'Carter' of Lenwood Path, Kingston 11.

Reports from the Hunts Bay police are that about 6:45 pm the five were on the roadway when a group of men with guns approached the group of persons and opened fire.

The men then escaped from the area.

Police were called and the victims found suffering from gunshot wounds.

They were rushed to hospital where Bowen succumbed to his injuries.

The other four has since been admitted in hospital. One of the women is said to be in serious condition, while the others are reportedly stable.

Hunts Bay police are investigating.





student-killed.jpgThe New York Police Department (NYPD), is set to release the body camera footage of a fatal shooting which claimed the life of a Jamaican male student during a standoff with cops in his Bronx apartment.

Cops are reportedly set to release footage of the standoff with the 31-year-old Jamaican student, Miguel Richards, on Thursday, after he was allegedly was shot and killed by cops during a wellness check requested by his landlord.

Richards was shot 16 times during the confrontation after cops claim that he brandished a small knife and a toy gun with a laser scope while they repeatedly told him to surrender.

Sources say Richards was a university exchange student from Jamaica, who was studying information technology in the United States.

Family members say they are shocked as Richards he has no prior arrest record, nor did he show any sign of mental illness.





fever.jpgVybz Kartel's smash hit single 'Fever' is still a big hit for the jailed Dancehall superstar over a year after its release.

As the summer banger produced by TJ Records and featured on Kartel's "King Of The Dancehall" album continues to climb the Billboard R&B/Hip Hop Airplay Chart, highlighting its strong radio support overseas.

'Fever' currently sits at number 11 on the iTunes top 100 Reggae song chart for the most popular downloads.

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The single collective has over 51 Million streams on YouTube with the official visuals directed by Jay Will/Game Over racking up over 21 Million views. The single debut on the Billboard R&B Hip Hop Airplay chart this week at no. 50. The single Linton "TJ" White-produced single was released in May 2016 and has been one of the biggest singles in dancehall over the last year. The single has already racked up a combined 55 million views on YouTube and the music video alone has over 200 million and growing fast.

"It feels good to know that your work is on a major platform such as the Billboard chart," TJ Records head, Linton White, said. "It's a lot of work and effort that we've put into the promotion of the song in the United States, and I really want to thank all the persons involved. There's still a lot of work to be done."

The growth in popularity of "Fever" may result in increased sales for Vybz Kartel's album King of the Dancehall. The track is his second hit on Billboard after tasting mainstream success in 2009 with his single "Romping Shop" featuring Spice which peaked at number 76 on the Billboard R&B Hip Hop Songs Chart. The dancehall deejay is currently serving a life sentence for murder although he is appealing the conviction. His appeal trial in the Jamaica Appeal Court gets under in February next year.





Damian Marley produces new single for Third World

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third-world.jpgCelebrating over 40 years in music, one of the most pivotal reggae bands of all time Third World has dropped a new single Eyes Are Up On You off their upcoming full-length album. The song and album are both produced by Damian Marley and will be released on the Ghetto Youths International label.

Third World's bassist Richard Daley explains why this musical process comes full circle.

"I had the honor of working with Bob Marley back in the 70s doing some recording in London and how remicinensent it is as I sit in the studio working with Damian Marley. It is the same feeling and vibe, as we record and produce songs like "Eyes Are Up On You" and others. It is a great musical moment."

Damian Marley adds to the excitement and says "I'm proud to be working with my uncles!"

The song, which will be accompanied with a lyric music video to follow, is a reminder that actions speak louder than words. "Eyes are up on you, careful what you do, someone is watching you" states the melodic chorus.

About Third World

With 10 Grammy nominations, sold-out tours worldwide, a loyal fan base and a catalogue of Top 40 Billboard charted smash hits (including "Now That We Found Love," "96 Degrees in the Shade," Third World has been one of (if not the) most consistently successful reggae bands. Third World's reggae fusion style mixes R&B, funk, pop, rock, dancehall and hip-hop into the genre, making them one of Jamaica's most popular crossover acts among international audiences.

The band has toured and worked with the late great Bob Marley (including opening for Marley's first world tour in 1978), Stevie Wonder (who produced 2 of their albums in the 80's released with CBS), Santana and Jackson 5 (opening for their first concert in Jamaica). They have also shared the stage with the likes of Bono of U2, Sting, The Police, Whitney Houston, Wyclef Jean, Lauryn Hill, Jimmy Buffet, Eric Clapton and Marc Anthony and landed national TV performances on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with David Letterman, Arsenio Hall Show and many more.





Capleton wants his stolen car returned

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capleton.jpgReggae artiste, the Prophet Capleton is asking for the return of his motor vehicle that was stolen on Sunday.

Capleton's metallic brown Grand Vitara was reportedly stolen in Bread Nut Hill, St. Ann in the wee hours Sunday morning.

New riddims and other personal items were in the vehicle.

Capleton is asking the thieves to return the motor vehicle.

Meanwhile, the Ocho Rios police are investigating.





Are you ready for eyeball shaving?

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eyeball-shaving.jpgA barber in the Chinese city of Chengdu does some hair-raising things to his customers ― like shave their eyeballs.

Xiong Gaowu is one of a few barbers still practicing the age-old "art"(?) of eyeball shaving.

Yep, you read that right: The 62-year-old actually puts a sharp razor right on the eyeballs of his patrons and scrapes off any dirt and residue that might be there.

As terrifying as this looks, Xiong claims that in 40 years of eyeball shaving, he has never injured anyone, according to ShanghaiList.com.

Eyeball shaving was used in hospitals in the early 20th century to treat trachoma, a bacterial condition that is the most common infectious cause of blindness in the world, according to the World Health Association.

Back then, eye shaving was a way to scrape away the ulcers and scar tissue under trachoma patients' eyelids, and stimulate the eyes enough to secrete a liquid that would moisten the eye sockets, according to the South China Morning Post.

But Qu Chao, deputy director of the ophthalmology department in the Sichuan Provincial People's Hospital, tells the paper that eyeball shaving is potentially dangerous, and has been phased out as other more cutting-edge ― and less cutting ― treatments have become available.

These days, the risk of trachoma can be reduced by improving sanitation and hygiene and can be cured with antibiotics.

Still, old habits die hard for some customers, such as the man who told the German news agency Ruptly that he sees results from each eyeball shave he gets.





serena-and-baby.jpgSerena Williams shared a lengthy video of her new daughter on Wednesday morning, along with a video documenting her entire pregnancy.

She posted the lengthy Instagram story almost two weeks after giving birth on September 1, an event she also included in the video.

Serena, 35, also revealed that the baby girl is named Alexis Olympia Ohanian, Jr. - just like her father - and that the family had to spend six days in the hospital after her arrival because of complications.

'Look what we got! A baby girl' says Serena at the end of the video, showing Alexis Jr. as she lays in her arms.

The little baby is entirely covered with just her two tiny booties, face and full head of hair peeking out from her blanket.

She does not go into any more details about the complications beyond stating that there was an extended hospital stay, and Alexis was born weighing 6lbs 14ozs, a healthy weight for a newborn.





trench-town-hero-gully-rescue.jpgA Trench Town man is today quite upset as he says he's a hero too and wants recognition for saving drowning boy 12-year-old Renaldo Reynolds and his rescuer, Tremayne Brown

Alphonso 'Vivian' Coombs, a 26-year-old resident of Trench Town says he played a vital role in the rescue effort of a little boy from raging flood waters last Friday in the community - an event which has turned another resident, Tremayn Brown, into a celebrated hero.

Reports are that Renaldo Reynolds, a student of Jones Town Primary, was playing with friends on his way home from school when he found himself being swept away by flood waters in the gully on Collie Smith Drive.

After seeing Renaldo in the gully desperately clutching and gasping for air in the muddy flood water, Brown took off his shoes, jumped into the gully, and held on to the little boy.

Coombs said he subsequently played an instrumental role in rescuing the pair - after Brown was found in the ferocious water clinging on to a tree root with one hand while firmly holding the child with the other - but expressed disappointment that he has not received any of the praise.

"Right now I am here with mixed emotions, I am the person who pulled Brown from the gully and held on to him for several minutes before help came," Coombs said.

"But a one man alone ah get everything," he told Loop News and also repeated the same story to news out, The Star.

"So me woulda love to know if I'm not somebody too. How comes no one is highlighting me?"

Social media has mixed feelings on the matter as some say Brown is the real hero while others agree that Coombs should get recognition.





National honour for man who saved drowning boy

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Tremayne Brown the man who last week risked his own life to save a drowning boy, 12-year-old Renaldo Reynolds, a student of Jones Town Primary has received job offers, gifts and praises for his selfless, heroic act is to be given a national award.

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia 'Babsy' Grange reportedly told The Gleaner newspaper that Prime Minister Andrew Holness was moved by the actions of Brown, .

According to Grange, the prime minister suggested that Brown be given a national award for his brave feat.

It is anticipated that Brown could be awarded the Badge of Honour for Gallantry in October, this year, when 171 other Jamaicans will be conferred with national honours.

Renaldo was on his way home from school when he and friends decided to play in the gully's rushing waters. He, however, got into difficulties and was swept away by the currents from Seventh Street on Collie Smith Drive.

Residents attempted to save the boy but failed, However, Brown ran from the Boys' Town Vocational Training Centre, where he works part-time as a labourer, and jumped into the water clutching the boy.





Cops kill 2 gunmen in Hellshire

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police-tape-feb-3-2016-kaf.jpgTwo men were on Tuesday killed and their firearms seized after they allegedly opened gunfire at lawmen in Hellshire, St Catherine.

According to the Hellshire police, officers responded to reports about 5:30 pm yesterday that gunmen were at the Hellshire Beach Club in St Catherine.

The lawmen said they were greeted by gunfire upon entering the premises and in turn, shot at their attackers.

The two men were hit. A .45 pistol with 5 rounds and Intratec sub-machine gun with three rounds were reportedly taken from them.

The police are yet to identify the two bodies, which they described as both 5 feet 8 inches long, slim built and of dark complexion.

The matter has been reported to the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM).





Government to get rid of 'red money'

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red-money.jpgThe government announced that the one, ten and 25-cent coins -- which many Jamaicans refer to as "red money" -- are to be put out of circulation by the Bank of Jamaica, due to the downward trend in their use since 2005.

Information Minister, Senator Ruel Reid explained at a post-Cabinet press briefing this morning that Cabinet had approved the proposal to demonetise these coins because an efficiency assessment had determined that the cost of making these denominations consistently exceeded their face value.

The one, five and 20 dollar coins will remain in circulation.





ishawna-hot-pic.jpgControversial Dancehall artist Ishawna and Bad Gyal DI are having quite a tiff and this has even spilled over into a lyrical feud. Oh bwoy!

DI has released a diss track aimed at Ishawna and MS Legendary has answered.

Dancehall artist Danielle D.I has broken her silence on her new diss track 'Talk Up' which is aimed at rival Ishawna.

Th 'Bad Gyal' says she decided to record the single after sources close to Ishawna told her that the 'Equal Rights' singer was chatting her behind her back."Reliable sources have confirmed that she is being seriously malicious. I will have to come for you and I am going to do so lyrically because these babies can't handle it if things should go any other way," she said.

According to the Star, DI questioned Ishawna's lyrical capability and skills on the microphone, saying she doubts Ishawna would be brave enough to respond to her song.

"She can't talk up to me on record because she is not articulate enough, she is not lyrical enough and she don't have crap to say either. She will just have to hold her mouth in silence," she said

D.I released 'Talk Up' last Tuesday and says she made the feud lyrical because Ishawna couldn't handle it if things should go any other way.

As expected, Ishawna has responded with a diss ectitled 'Heat Shot'.

Following the release of the single Ishawna took to Insta to post, "Pressure dem like Cow Foot..." That post was quickly followed by one from the 'Rebel' singer who wrote, "Knowledge is power, "boss b**hes have to get their reading on."





foxy-brown-baby.jpgFoxy Brown shared the first photo of her baby girl that dancehall star Spragga Benz allegedly fathered and we have to say that the little angel is ADORABLE!!!!!!!

In March of this year, Foxy Brown suddenly gave birth to a baby girl and no one even knew she was pregnant because she is rarely seen in public these days. She never named the father of her child, but social media triggered rumors that Spragga Benz is the father. Neither of the two stars confirmed, but they were emngaged back in the early 2000s.

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On her 39th birthday on Wednesday, Foxy Brown shared a photo of her adorable daughter with Lauryn Hill's classic single "Zion" playing in the background. "My Gorgeous, Greatest, Gray Eyed BIRTHDAY GIFT GLORY TO GOD My GREATEST Hit Obsessively IN LOVE Forever Your Hero, MOMMY," she captioned the photo. Back in March, Wendy Williams broke the story of Foxy Brown giving birth on her show while adding that the father is a well-known reggae star.

"Congratulations to Foxy Brown," Williams said. "She had a baby girl. Allegedly it's a reggae star and I'm not going to say his name because I think that me and Foxy have some sort of relationship." Brown and Spragga Benz were engaged for two years until the dancehall legend called off the engagement in 2003.





Death toll in Mexico earthquake reaches 90

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mexico-earthquake.jpgNinety people are now confirmed dead in the quake that struck off Mexico's southern coast. It was the most powerful to hit the country in a century and was felt as far as Mexico City and Guatemala City by an estimated 50 million people.

Many were asleep when the quake struck. The USGS reported multiple aftershocks, including at least six with tremors measuring above 5.0 in magnitude.

Earthquake shakes buildings in Mexico

The majority of the deaths were in Oaxaca state, where homes and buildings collapsed. Oaxaca's governor said Saturday that 71 people had died in his state, Oaxaca's Civil Protection agency said via Twitter.

Relief and rescue efforts continued throughout the weekend.

In the city of Juchitan, rescuers used floodlights to illuminate a giant pile of debris.

"Can anyone hear me?" they shouted as they searched for survivors among the debris, using dogs to help in the search.

In other parts of Juchitan, operators used heavy machinery to clear roads. Soldiers tapped to help with relief efforts worked with shovels to move smaller debris out of the way.

Mexico's interior ministry has also reported 15 deaths in the state of Chiapas and four in the state of Tabasco.

Chiapas and Oaxaca, home to about 9 million people, are two of the most impoverished areas in Mexico.

The quake's epicenter was in the Pacific Ocean, some 600 miles (1,000 kilometers) southeast of Mexico's capital and 74 miles (120 kilometers) off the coast.

A tsunami was confirmed in Mexico, with one wave coming in at 5.8 feet (1.75 meter), according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. Tsunami warnings were issued as far away as New Zealand and Vanuatu.

President Enrique Peña Nieto said Mexico's army, marines and federal police had been mobilized to respond.





HURRICANE IRMA: Florida Keys hit hard by Irma

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irma-florida.jpgHurricane Irma bludgeoned Florida on Sunday, snapping trees like matchsticks and knocking out power to more than 1 million people.

Hurling 130 mph winds, the Category 4 storm made landfall on Cudjoe Key, the National Hurricane Center said. But even more powerful could be the storm surges that threaten to swallow Florida's coastal cities. "There is imminent danger of life-threatening storm surge flooding along much of the Florida west coast, including the Florida Keys, where a storm surge warning is in effect," the hurricane center said.

"The threat of catastrophic storm surge flooding is highest along the southwest coast of Florida, where 10 to 15 feet of inundation above ground level is expected. This is a life-threatening situation." Still, not everyone heeded orders to evacuate coastal Florida.

Wayne Ploghoft is hunkered down on the third floor of a building on Marco Island -- where catastrophic storm surges are imminent.

Ploghoft said he wasn't able to evacuate because his flight plans didn't work out. Now Ploghoft and three others are holed up with stockpiles of water, canned food and battery power.

"We're all going to be OK," Ploghoft said.

But Gov. Rick Scott said Irma's wrath is unprecedented.

"We have never had anything like this before," he told CNN Sunday. In Florida and southern Georgia, more than 8 million people face hurricane-force winds topping 74 mph, said Ryan Maue of WeatherBell Analytics.

Almost the entire state of Florida is under a hurricane warning affecting at least 36 million people, with concerns of catastrophic gales, torrential rain rain and deadly storm surges.

Miami is also taking a beating from Irma. Ferocious winds knocked out power to more than 680,000 customers in the Miami-Dade area, and at least one construction crane snapped.





irma-florida.jpgHurricane Irma ripped roofs off houses, collapsed buildings and flooded hundreds of miles of coastline as it raked Cuba after cutting a trail of destruction across the Caribbean.

It has killed at least 22 people and has officials scrambling to bring aid on Sunday.

As Irma left Cuba and directed its 130 mph (215 kph) winds toward Florida, authorities on the island were warning of staggering damage to keys along the northern coast studded with all-inclusive resorts and cities, as well as farmland in central Cuba.

There were no immediate reports of deaths in Cuba - a country that prides itself on its disaster preparedness - but authorities were trying to restore power, clear roads and warning that people should stay off the streets of Havana because flooding could continue into Monday.

Residents of "the capital should know that the flooding is going to last more than 36 hours, in other words, it is going to persist," Civil Defense Col. Luis Angel Macareno said late Saturday, adding that the waters had reach at about 2,000 feet (600 meters) into parts of Havana.

As Irma rolled in, Cuban soldiers went through coastal towns to force residents to evacuate, taking people to shelters at government buildings and schools - and even caves.

Video images from northern and eastern Cuba showed uprooted utility poles and signs, many downed trees and extensive damage to roofs. Witnesses said a provincial museum near the eye of the storm was in ruins. And authorities in the city of Santa Clara said 39 buildings collapsed.





irma-florida.jpgST. JOHN'S, Antigua, CMC - The Antigua and Barbuda government says it has taken no decision "at this time' regarding the opening of schools on Barbuda that took the full brunt of a dangerous Category 5 Hurricane Irma last week.

Prime Minister Gaston Browne, who had ordered the evacuation of all the residents on the sister isle, has also described the situation there as "uninhabitable".

A government statement said that Cabinet met on Saturday to discuss the situation, having received an assessment from the technicians and officials from various state agencies and stakeholders including the National Office of Disaster Services, the Central Board of Health, the Antigua Public Utilities Authority and the Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda.

The statement noted that "it was however directed that a plan be formulated immediately to integrate the over five hundred students from Barbuda into the public-school system in Antigua.

"The Cabinet also agreed to commence consultations with the people of Barbuda and stakeholders on Monday 11th September ...during which Barbudans will receive an update on the current situation on the island and given the opportunity to be involved in the decision-making process".

The government said it remains "committed to the education of the children of Barbuda, the rebuilding of the island and most importantly the welfare of all Barbudans and Antiguans".

Prime Minister Browne has already indicated that it would require "hundreds of millions of dollars" to deal with the reconstruct homes and other infrastructure on Barbuda, where a two-year-old child died during the passage of the storm.





HURRICANE IRMA: Which areas have already been hit?

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irma-florida.jpgIrma is the most powerful Atlantic storm in a decade, and has already caused widespread destruction on several Caribbean islands:

Cuba: Officials have talked of "significant damage", without giving further details, but no casualties have been reported. Electricity is out across the capital, Havana

St Martin and St Barthelemy: Six out of 10 homes on St Martin, an island shared between France and the Netherlands, are now uninhabitable, French officials say. They said nine people had died and seven were missing in the French territories, while four are known to have died in Dutch Sint Maarten

Turks and Caicos Islands: Widespread damage, although extent unclear

Barbuda: The small island is said to be "barely habitable", with 95% of the buildings damaged. Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne estimates reconstruction will cost $100m One death has been confirmed

Anguilla: Extensive damage with one person confirmed dead

Puerto Rico: More than 6,000 residents of the US territory are in shelters and many more without power. At least three people have died

British Virgin Islands: Widespread damage reported, and five dead

US Virgin Islands: Damage to infrastructure was said to be widespread, with four deaths confirmed

Haiti and the Dominican Republic: Both battered by the storm, but neither had as much damage as initially feared





A Jamaican athlete reportedly perished and another one hospitalised after the car they were travelling in crashed and burst into flames along Hope Road in St Andrew early this morning.

Dead is Jordan Scott who attended the University of Technology (UTECH). He previously attended the Petersfield High School in Westmoreland.

Michael Campbell, who was a member of the 4x100m relay team in London, has been hospitalised in serious condition.

Head of the Police Traffic Division, Senior Superintendent of Police Calvin Allen, said the they were travelling in a Honda Civic towards Papine on Hope Road about 4:45 a.m. when on reaching near the intersection with Lady Musgrave Road, the driver reportedly lost control of the motor car.

SSP Allen said the Honda Civic crashed into the concrete median and then burst into flames after hitting a wooden utility pole.

Both persons in the ill-fated car were rescued from the inferno where one was pronounced dead at hospital and the other one admitted in serious condition.

Investigations continue.





The driver of a Honda Civic was burnt to death after his car crashed into a utility pole on Hope Road, St Andrew Sunday morning.

Reports are that at male passenger was assisted to the hospital in serious condition, but the driver, who was trapped inside the vehicle, was unable to receive much needed assistance.

Eyewitnesses say that the Honda Civic was travelling along Hope Road towards Papine at approximately 4:45 am, when the driver overtook an ambulance at the intersection of Hope and Lady Musgrave Roads.

The driver allegedly lost control of the vehicle, crashed into a median and then a utility pole, after which the car burst into flames.

A team from the York Park fire station responded and extinguished the fire, however the driver did not survive.





crime-scene-gun.jpgThe St Thomas police are now searching for gunmen who carried out a double killing at a service station in the parish last night.

Dead are 21 year-old Katherina Brown, also called Trina, a cashier at the Morant Bay Petcom Service Station, and 57 year-old Christopher Higgins, of North Street in Morant Bay.

It is reported that about minutes after 11 p.m., a Suzuki Swift motor car drove onto the compound and about three men alighted from the vehicle firing several shots, killing Higgins on the spot.

The men then allegedly went inside the convenience store at the gas station and opened fire, hitting Brown several times.

The police say the men escaped in the same car.

The police say they later spotted the vehicle in Bull Bay in St Thomas and Kingston East police gave chase.

The men allegedly jumped out of the car and fired at the police before escaping into bushes.





dex-pot.jpgThe man charged with the murder of popular fashion designer, Dexter Pottinger, is also before the court for the murder of a woman last year.

Twenty-one year-old Romario Brown was charged last night by the Constant Spring Police with Pottinger's murder.

The police say he's a tattoo and makeup artist from Stony Hill, in St. Andrew. Brown is also called 'Travis'.

In April last year, he allegedly strangled a woman, Alexia Bepatt.

It's a story of two murders, of eerily similar circumstances, allegedly committed by the same man.

According to a Jamaica Observer newspaper report published May 13 last year, Brown was allegedly having an affair with the woman.

On the day of April 8, 2016, Brown reportedly went to Bepatt's home in Mona, in St. Andrew.

During an intimate moment, an argument developed. He's accused of strangling the woman. He then reportedly stole her boyfriend's laptop from the home.

The report says Miss Bepatt was later found partially naked and unconscious. It says she was rushed to hospital where she was pronounced dead.

The prosecution says Brown fled the scene but was picked up on a security camera. He was implicated in the murder following further investigation by the police.

The Police say phone records revealed that he was the last person to speak to Miss Bepatt on the day she was killed. Her phone and the missing laptop were also found at Brown's home.

Brown was denied bail several times last year. On the first occasion, the police objected to bail arguing he'd flee the country. It's uncertain when he was granted bail and the progress of that 2016 murder case. He's now accused of Pottinger's murder.

Last week Thursday at about 5:20 in the afternoon, the police say Pottinger's decomposing body was found at his home in Yarico Place, St. Andrew.

The police say a relative discovered the body.

The relative visited Pottinger's home after becoming concerned about not being able to make contact with him for several days. The police say Pottinger reportedly had multiple stab wounds to the back. Pottinger's car and TV were also missing. A day later, the designer's car was found in Rocky Valley Stony Hill, St. Andrew.

Brown resides in the same area. He's scheduled to appear before the Kingston and St. Andrew Parish court later this month in relation to Pottinger's murder.





Thriller U's father found dead

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Thadious Jamieson, the father of reggae singer Thriller U, who has been missing since last week,has been found dead.

The singer last week pleaded for information on the whereabouts of his 73-year-old father, offering a $500,000 reward.

The body of Jamieson, who was last seen alive a week ago in Spanish Town St Catherine, was found in bushes near the Simon main road in Tredegar Park, St Catherine this morning after an anonymous caller to the police reported a foul odour.

The police are carrying out investigations.

The deceased Jamieson was affectionately called 'Mr Teddy' and was in good health according to his son, having beaten prostate cancer a few years ago. He went missing on Saturday, September 2.

In 2009, Thriller U's daughter was killed in a brutal murder in Florida, where she was visiting with her mother. The killer has since been found and jailed.





Nightclub operator, Corey Todd apologised to Devin Di Dakta in court on Wednesday, after which the assault matter was dismissed, and referred instead to mediation.

the matter came up for hearing Wednesday, defence attorney Peter Champagnie declared that the men wanted to settle to the matter through mediation. After a brief discussion between the parties, Devin di Dakta told the Parish Judge that he did not wish to pursue the case.

Todd was charged last year with assaulting Magnum Kings and Queens winner Devin di Dakta.

Prosecutors had reported that Mr. Todd confronted Devin di Dakta at his Taboo Nightclub on Constant Spring Road in St. Andrew and demanded that he apologise for using his name in a song.

During the confrontation the artiste was physically assaulted.





Potential Impact Timing

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Dominican Republic/Haiti: Thursday; tropical storm force winds will spread across the Dominican Republic during the morning and midday Thursday in Haiti

Turks and Caicos: Late Thursday-Friday

Bahamas: Friday-this weekend; tropical storm force winds may arrive as early as late Thursday

Cuba: Friday-this weekend; tropical storm force winds will may arrive as early as Thursday night

Southeast United States: This weekend into early next week, beginning in south Florida Saturday





HURRICANE IRMA: Watches and Warnings

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hurricane-irma-alerts-map.jpgA watch means hurricane or tropical storm conditions are possible within 48 hours. A warning means those conditions are expected within 36 hours.

Low wind shear, increased mid-level moisture and increasing oceanic-heat content favor that Irma will remain a powerful hurricane (Category 4 or stronger) for the next several days, though some intensity fluctuations are likely at times. At this intensity, small deviations in wind speed will not change impacts. A direct hit will be catastrophic.

The mountainous terrain of Hispañola could be enough to slightly disrupt the circulation of Irma, allowing winds to drop some, but not by much.

Given the robust nature of Irma's structure, it is possible that it will retain strength longer than currently expected, potentially into the Florida Straights as a Category 5.

Irma has been a Category 5 hurricane for more than a day and a half, which ranks it as the 7th longest lasting Category 5 in the Atlantic basin, according to Dr. Phil Klotzbach. Irma could take a run at the longest lasting Category 5 hurricane by Friday.

For the next three days, Irma will move west-northwest on the south side of a ridge of high pressure called the Bermuda high, centered in the central Atlantic.

By this weekend, Irma will begin to turn north in the direction of a departing southward dip in the jet stream that will set up in the eastern United States. Where that northward turn occurs will be critical for what impacts Irma may bring to parts of the southeastern United States.





HURRICANE IRMA: Current Storm Status

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hurricane-irma-map-new.jpgThe highest cloud tops, corresponding to the most vigorous convection, are shown in the brightest red colors. Clustering, deep convection around the center is a sign of a healthy tropical cyclone.

Irma will track just north of the Dominican Republic and Haiti on Thursday and will be near the Turks and Caicos and southeastern Bahamas by Thursday evening.

Hurricane warnings have been issued for parts of the northern coast of the Dominican Republic and Haiti, the southeastern, central and northwestern Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Additionally, a tropical storm warning is in effect for the southern coast of the Dominican Republic from Cabo Engano westward to the border with Haiti and for the coast of Haiti from south of Le Mole St. Nicholas to Port-Au-Prince. A tropical storm warning is also in effect for the Cuban provinces of Guantanamo, Holguin and Las Tunas.

A hurricane watch is also in effect Cuba from Matanzas Province eastward to Guantanamo Province and the northwestern Bahamas.





HURRICANE IRMA: Latest Status, Timing

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The center of Irma is located about 210 miles east-southeast of Grand Turk Island and is moving west-northwestward at about 17 mph.

Irma's maximum sustained winds are at 180 mph based on data from NOAA and Air Force Hurricane Hunter aircraft, after being steady at 185 mph for an astounding 35 hours.





Hurricane IRMA: Where next?

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hurricane-irma-projected-path-map.jpgThe eye of the storm is due to pass just north of Hispaniola - the Dominican Republic and Haiti - on Thursday, moving on to Turks and Caicos and the southern Bahamas by Thursday evening.

The US National Hurricane Center warned that the north of the Dominican Republic and Haiti could expect 10 inches (25cm) of rain, with storm surges lifting water levels in the Turks and Caicos Islands and south-eastern and central Bahamas by 15-20ft (4.5-6m) above normal levels.

Bahamas prime minister Hubert Minnis said his government was evacuating people from six islands in the south to the capital, Nassau, in the largest storm evacuation in the country's history.

A hurricane watch remains in place in Cuba.

By Friday, Irma could hit Florida, where mandatory evacuation orders have already been issued for residents in Miami-Dade and Miami Beach, who must leave their homes on Thursday. All hospitals in the Florida Keys archipelago will close at 7am Friday.





Hurricane IRMA: Puerto Rico

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The most recent island to be hit was Puerto Rico, where lashing winds and rains have left most of the population without power and tens of thousands without water. Images from the island showed flash flooding, and hospitals were forced to rely on generators.

Irma is the worst hurricane to hit the island since 1928, when Hurricane San Felipe killed more than 2,700 people across Puerto Rico, Guadeloupe and Florida.





Hurricane IRMA: Virgin Islands

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Significant damage has been reported from the British Virgin Islands, where critical facilities, as well as homes, businesses and supermarkets, have been devastated. Sam Branson, son of Virgin businessman Richard Branson - who saw out the storm in a bunker on his private island of Necker - said "a lot of buildings" had been destroyed.

US president Donald Trump has declared a state of emergency in the US Virgin Islands, which were also struck. There were reports of extensive damage to buildings, and of land entirely stripped of vegetation. A public health emergency has also been declared.





Hurricane IRMA: St Martin and St Barts

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The French part of the island (the southern side, St Maarten, is administered by the Netherlands) was "95% destroyed", according to Daniel Gibb, a local official, who called it "an enormous catastrophe":

I have sick people to evacuate, I have a population to evacuate because I don't know where I can shelter them.

At least six people were killed in St Martin, according to Guadeloupe prefect Eric Maire.

The French president, Emmanuel Macron, earlier said he expected Irma-related damage to St Martin and another French overseas collectivity, Saint Barthélemy (St Barts) would be "considerable". France's overseas minister, Annick Girardin, was travelling to the Caribbean with emergency teams and supplies.

The Netherlands has sent marines to St Maarten, the Dutch part of the island, where extensive damage and destruction - but so far no deaths - have been reported.





Hurricane IRMA: St Kitts & Nevis

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Prime minister Timothy Harris said St Kitts was "spared the full brunt" of Irma, but warned of "significant damage" to property and infrastructure, as well as power failures. The airport is due to reopen on Thursday.





Hurricane IRMA: Anguilla

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One person died on the British overseas territory, said Ronald Jackson, executive director of the Caribbean disaster and emergency management agency, who added that "police stations, hospitals, school facilities, three or four emergency shelters, a home for the infirm and the aged, as well as the fire station", along with many homes, had been damaged or destroyed.

The tourist board said major resorts on the island had withstood the onslaught. The airport and two ports remain closed.

The British government has been accused of a failure to respond speedily to the devastation.





Hurricane IRMA: Antigua and Barbuda

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Barbuda, the first island to feel the force of Hurricane Irma was devastated by its high winds, with Gaston Browne, prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda, saying 90% of buildings had been destroyed and 60% of the population of around 1,400 people left homeless.

One person - a two-year-old child - is confirmed to have died in the storm. Michael Joseph, president of the Red Cross in Antigua and Barbuda said:

The devastation is not like we've ever seen before - we're talking about the whole country ... of Barbuda being significantly destroyed.

Critical facilities including roads and communications systems were ravaged, with the recovery effort set to take months or years. Some residents are expected to be evacuated to the larger sister island of Antigua - where damage was less severe - as part of relief efforts and ahead of the prospective arrival of Hurricane Jose this weekend.





hurricane-irma-photo-3.jpgHurricane Irma, still a category five storm with sustained wind speeds of 180mph (290kph) is heading towards the Dominican Republic, Haiti and the Bahamas which it is forecast to hit on Thursday.

Ten people are so far reported to have died as the hurricane ripped through the Caribbean: a two-year-old in Barbuda, one person in Anguilla, and eight in the French part of St Martin. It is feared the death toll will rise.

Hurricane watches are likely be issued for parts of Florida later today. Mandatory evacuations have been issued to residents in coastal areas of Florida.

Massive damage has been reported across the islands already savaged by the storm, with homes and critical facilities flattened, power failures and communications down.

On Barbuda, the prime minister, Gaston Browne, said 90% of buildings had been destroyed and 50% of the population was homeless. He blamed the carnage on global warming and criticised world leaders who deny climate change. He also said he was considering ordering residents of Barbuda to evacuate if a second Hurricane, Jose, is forecast to hit the island in the coming days.

The French part of St Martin was "95% destroyed", according to Daniel Gibb, a local official. Dutch prime minister, Mark Rutte, said there had been "enormous material damage" to the Dutch-administered south of the island.

France has sent an emergency team and supplies to St Martin and St Barthélemy (St Barts), both French overseas collectivities.

The UK has been criticised for its slow response to the hurricane, in the British territories in the Caribbean Theresa May has discussed launching a joint response with France, and ministers are due to hold a meeting of its emergency committee Cobra.

States of emergency are in place across the Caribbean, including in the Barbuda, US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, the most recent island to be hit with high winds and drenching rain.

Most of the population of Puerto Rico is without power and tens of thousands are without water.

The eye of the storm is due to pass just north of Hispaniola - the Dominican Republic and Haiti - on Thursday, moving on to Turks and Caicos and the southern Bahamas by Thursday evening.

Bahamas prime minister Hubert Minnis said his government was evacuating people from six islands in the south to the capital, Nassau, in the largest storm evacuation in the Bahamas' history.





hurricane-irma-photo-2.jpgUS-bound Hurricane Irma has gotten so strong that it is showing up on equipment designed to measure earthquakes.

Stephen Hicks, a seismologist at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton, said seismometer recordings on Guadeloupe, an island group in the southern Caribbean Sea, show the now-Category 5 storm approaching the Lesser Antilles, another Caribbean island group.

"Seismometer recordings from the past 48 hours on Guadeloupe show Cat. 5 #Hurricane #Irma driving closer toward the Lesser Antilles," Dr Hicks tweeted.

Hurricane Irma strengthens to Category 5, strongest possible on scale

In a later tweet, Dr Hicks clarified that background noise - for example, wind causing trees to move and crashing ocean waves - was causing seismographs to pick up Irma.

Irma, which is already the strongest hurricane ever recorded outside the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico, is likely to make landfall somewhere in Florida over the weekend.





IRMA kills 10 across the Caribean

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hurricane-irma-photo-1.jpgThe most powerful Atlantic Ocean hurricane in recorded history has killed at least 10 people across a number of Caribbean islands as it tore through the region. Florida is on high alert and has ordered evacuations, while the Carolinas and Georgia have also declared emergencies.

Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 storm, had maximum sustained wind speeds of 185mph, according to the US National Hurricane Centre. At least eight people on France's island territories have lost their lives, and images showed the island of Saint Martin devastated by wind and floodwater.

The storm has churned along a path through the Lesser Antilles and Puerto Rico, and towards the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Cuba. Residents of Florida are preparing for a potential hit over the weekend. Irma's eye passed directly over the island of Barbuda, meaning its inhabitants were twice subjected to the fastest winds

Heavy rain and howling winds raked the neighbouring island of Antigua, sending debris flying as people huddled in their homes or government shelters.

Officials had warned people to seek protection from Irma's "onslaught" in a statement that closed with: "May God protect us all."





judy-mowatt.jpgJudy Mowatt -- a member of Marley's backing vocal group, I Threes -- remembers Bob Marley's keyboard player Earl "Wya" Lindo as a "selfless angel".

"I remember him as a very quiet person and an exceptional keyboard player. I remember him playing something for me. I had to play it over and over, as it brought rivers of tears to my eyes how he played the song. The kind of notes he played touched every chord in your soul," said Mowatt, who is now a successful gospel artiste, having made the decision several years ago to sing for the Lord.

"He would play and give of himself and not look for anything in return. It would have to take someone with discretion to care for him. He was an angel. Wya gave of himself," she added as she extended her condolences to his immediate and musical family.





bob-marley-photo-5.jpgEarl "Wya" Lindo, Bob Marley's keyboard player, died in London, England, yesterday. He was 64.

The Wailers' manager, Lennie Chen confirmed his death.

"Yes, he is dead. I got a call from his manager yesterday. He said Wya was complaining about stomach pains and had gone to the hospital. He died a couple of hours later," Chen told OBSERVER ONLINE from his Florida base.

Chen said Lindo was part of The Wailers' three-week tour of United Kingdom in March. "He was looking forward to coming on the road with us again," said Chen.

While attending Excelsior High School in Jamaica. he played organ in the band Now Generation. Aston "Familyman" Barrett heard Lindo and recommended him to play for a Saturday afternoon television program Where It's At on JBC. Lindo also spent his early days working at Coxsone Dodd's Studio One, where he played on innumerable recordings with every star Jamaica has to offer. In 1972 he was invited to join The Wailers where he stayed ever since.[citation needed]

Lindo can be heard on an album credited to the Impact All-Stars. Released in 1975, the album is a collection of dub tracks recorded at Randy's Studio. He is survived by his wife and children.





hurricane-irma-photo-3.jpgThe most powerful Atlantic Ocean hurricane in recorded history bore down on the islands of the north-east Caribbean on Tuesday night local time, following a path predicted to then rake Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Cuba before possibly heading for Florida over the weekend.

At the far north-eastern edge of the Caribbean, authorities on the Leeward Islands of Antigua and Barbuda cut power and urged residents to shelter indoors as they braced for Hurricane Irma's first contact with land early on Wednesday.

Officials warned people to seek protection from Irma's "onslaught" in a statement that closed with: "May God protect us all."

The category 5 storm had maximum sustained winds of 185 miles (295km) per hour by early Tuesday evening, according to the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami.

Category 5 hurricanes are rare and are capable of inflicting life-threatening winds, storm surges and rainfall. Hurricane Harvey, which last week devastated Houston, was category 4.





Cayman judge arrested for drunk driving

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hands-behind-bars.jpgIngrid Mangatal, a 52 year old judge of the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands, was arrested on Monday night on suspicion of driving under the influence and careless driving after her car collided with a wall.

According to the police report, police and emergency services responded to a report of a single-vehicle accident on West Bay Road in the vicinity of the Lime Tree Bay Road.

The driver was alone in the vehicle at the time.

Miss Mangatal was subsequently arrested and taken into police custody.

She is currently on police bail.

No other vehicle was damaged and no one was harmed in the collision.





dexter-pottinger-photo-by-marvin-bartley.jpgThe suspect arrested in connection with the murder of popular Jamaican fashion designer Dexter Pottinger, has been charged.

He is 21 year old Romario Brown, a resident of Rocky Valley in Stony Hill, St. Andrew. Brown was reportedly out on bail on a charge of murder.

He was charged Monday night by detectives attached to the St. Andrew North Police Division.

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Brown was arrested on Friday during an operation in St. Ann's Bay, a day after Mr. Pottinger was found murdered at his St. Andrew residence.

His decomposed body had stab wounds.

Investigators say the knife used in the attack and a television stolen from Mr. Pottinger's house were found at Brown's Stony Hill residence.





The National Security Council has admitted that it gave the wrong figure for murders committed in Mount Salem, St. James, when it named the community as the first zone of special operations.

But it says it stands by its decision to declare the community a zone.

In a release this afternoon, the council said the decision to declare Mount Salem as the first zone was justified based on the relevant legal criteria, intelligence, and the strategic and operational considerations of the Joint Command.

When the zone was announced on Friday, the police claimed that there were 54 murders in Mount Salem, since the start of the year

But local political representatives and residents rejected those claims saying about 12 people had been killed in Mount Salem.

The council has now admitted the error but says the murder figure was only a single element of the data provided, and the error would not have changed the recommendation made by the Joint Command.

The council is also holding off on providing the revised murder figure for Mount Salem, saying it first wants the Jamaica Constabulary Force to review its systems of data collection and collation.

It says it's anticipating that the correct information will be provided within the next 48 hours.

The security council says while it is sensitive to the concerns of the residents regarding stigmatisation, it does not believe it is acceptable that persons in the community live in fear.

And it's calling for all law-abiding members of the community to stand with the security forces against criminal elements.





hurricane-irma-photo-2.jpgA Jamaican family of 10 in the Turks and Caicos Islands is this evening making a plea to the Government to make provisions for them and other Jamaicans to return home as Hurricane Irma approaches.

Sandra Walker, who lives on Providenciales, the most developed island in the chain, says she wants to get off the island; however they are unable to get a flight out of the country

Walker, who says she has a four-month-old baby and is with eight other family members, is appealing to the Andrew Holness led administration to arrange for an airplane to evacuate Jamaicans living on the island as soon as possible.

She says her family is on standby on a flight but every time they call to check they are told to keep on checking.

"I think they are trying to trick us. Irma is supposed to make landfall on Thursday but the airport sent out an advisory that they will be closed on Thursday," she said.

"Where we live is really close to the sea and there is no way we can survive a category 5 hurricane. We can barely manage a category 3."

Irma, a potentially catastrophic category 5 hurricane, is nearing the northern Leeward Islands an advisory from the Meteorological Service of Jamaica said this evening.





hurricane-irma-photo-1.jpgThe Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management says by Friday into Saturday, Jamaica should begin feeling the effects of the very powerful Hurricane Irma which is forecast to pass north of the island.

The minister with responsibility for disaster risk management, Desmond McKenzie, was this morning briefed by the director of the Meteorological Service of Jamaica, Evan Thompson and the Director General of the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management, Major Clive Davis.

Here are five things you should do as you prepare for the storm:

1. Check to ensure that the galvanised or zinc sheeting on the roof of your house is properly fastened, check hurricane shutters, hooks, latches and repair where necessary.

2. Keep in stock extra plastic bags and sheets of plastic to prevent important documents, paintings, equipment and furniture from getting wet.

3. Trim trees that touch power lines or hang over the house and other buildings.

4. Make sure that emergency cooking facilities such as coal stoves are in good working condition, and that you have emergency supplies including water boots, raincoats, flashlights, batteries,

portable radio, kerosene lamps, matches and the necessary medical supplies.

5. Store extra food, especially those which can be eaten without cooking or which need very little preparation.





Entertainer Thriller U of the group LUST is seeking the public's assistance for the safe return of his father who has been missing since September 2.

The singer has posted a $500,000JA reward for the safe return of his 72-year-old father, Thaddeus Jameson who was last seen in Spanish Town.

The Spanish Town police are investigating.

Thaddeus Jameson who lives in Sligoville was last seen in Greendale, Spanish Town at around 2:30 pm last Saturday.

Thriller U is imploring anyone with information to come forward.





11-year-old shot and killed in Trench Town

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crime-scene-gun.jpgAn 11-year-old boy was fatally shot on Sunday night in Trench Town, St. Andrew.

He has been identified as Michael Keating of Fifth Street. About 9:35, the child was at home when a man entered the yard. Shortly after, explosions were heard.

The child was later found with a bullet wound to the head.

No motive has been established.





Residents in Granville, St. James are facing difficulty leaving or entering the community as thugs blocked several roads Monday morning and reportedly fired shots.

Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay, head of the police Corporate Communications Unit, said the incident stemmed from an operation in the community on Saturday in which a man was killed by the police.

Superintendent Lindsay said his cronies are wreaking havoc in the community as residents are reluctant to support their protest.

The deceased is Curtis Coke of a Gordon Crescent address. At the time of the incident, a 9 milimetre pistol was sezied from him. The killing is being investigated by INDECOM and the Inspectorate of the Constabulary.

Meanwhile, Superintendent Lindsay said the police are trying to restore order in the Granville.





robbery.jpgCouncillor for the Sydenham Division in South Central St. Catherine, Hawthorne Thompson, is recuperating in hospital after being shot outside his business place on Brunswick Avenue in Spanish Town early Monday morning.

The incident occurred about 1 o'clock.

Mr. Thompson, who is a licensed firearm holder, was able to return fire, injuring both of his attackers, who have also been hospitalised. One of the men is said to be in critical condition.

Dr. Andrew Wheatley, Member of Parliament for St. Catherine South Central, gave an update on Mr. Thompson's condition.

"The councillor is in relatively good health. The shot went straight through, it did not damage any of his organs and as such we are more than elated to know that," he told RJR News.

The councillor was reportedly in the process of closing his business establishment when the incident happened.

Robbery is suspected to be the motive for the attack. However, the police are still carrying out investigations.





Gaza fans say Kartel looks mawga in new pictures

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vybz-kartel-and-kids.jpgVybz Kartel sent his Gaza fans into a frenzy on Thursday when recent photos of the incarcerated Dancehall superstar surfaced online.

It has been a while since fans saw a photo of the self-proclaimed 'Worl Boss' who is currently serving a life sentence for the murder of his former associate Clive 'Lizard' Williams, so they were in for a treat following his recent visit from his daughters.

Looking half his usual size, the run-di-place-from-prison artiste is seen with his two daughters. The kids appear quite happy to be with their dad, but Kartel looks like something's eating him.





Sean Kingston finds love in Kingston

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sean-kingston-and-girl.jpgR&B singer Sean Kingston has found love with a Jamaican girl.

The 'Beautiful Girls' singer who is currently living in Jamaica took to his Instagram account on Saturday to share the wonderful news with his 943,000 followers.

"Every king needs a genuine queen...," He captioned a photo of the two in Ocho Rios on a boat. "smh I Love my Jamaican woman.... #seankingston 🙏🏽❤️❤️ #Mybeautifulang."

According to sources, the two have been dating for some time now and Kingston is already planning a future for them together

"If real love, ano no Instagram thing yo, long time bossy [Sean Kingston] and the browning a link," sources said. "Right now is just music and family him a pree."





Popcaan protests bad roads in St Thomas

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popcaan-protest.jpgPopcaan stood with members of his hometown community in the parish of St. Thomas, in a peaceful protest against the deplorable state of the roads in the parish.

According to the 'Unruly Boss' who hails from York in the parish, he joined the protest as he believes using his influence was the only way to gain the attention from the media and government.

"Long time the people dem a try get help and nobody nah do nothing," he said. "Suh mi know seh if the unruly boss deh yah dem ago watch and see. St Thomas is a parish where we don't have a lot of things, but right now, we're just asking for the road rasta," he added.

Popcaan led the charge throughout the parish, with stops in major communities such as Bath, Port Morant, and the capital Morant Bay. In a series of videos and photographs making the rounds online, Popcaan can be seen standing among community members, holding a cardboard placard with the words 'We need road.'

Just last week, the Unruly deejay who hails from the parish of St. Thomas, hosted international media in his home parish as part of a 360 degree tour of Jamaica.





Junior Gong collabs with rapper Ty Dolla $ign

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Reggae and dancehall artiste Damian Jr. Gong Marley has teamed up with American rapper Ty Dolla $ign for a new single.

The record titled So Am I also features Skrillex.

The song will be featured on Ty's forthcoming album Beach Hou$e 3.

Marley, known for his international collaborations, recently secured rapper Jay Z on his single BAM.





crime-scene-gun.jpgThe police are reporting that the cause of death of the 13-year-old boy on Milk River Road in Clarendon on Thursday, August 31 was not as previously reported in the media.

A spokesman for the police has indicated that young Kemaro Myles, who lives in Kitson Town, St Catherine, and his friends -- two adults and another juvenile -- were playing with a gun, passing it around, and the weapon accidentally went off, killing Myles.

It was previously reported that Myles was travelling in a motor truck along the Milk River main road about 10:30 pm when the driver stopped to urinate. At that time, gunmen reportedly pounced upon them and opened fire, hitting Myles in the head, killing him. The police were alerted and the boy was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The police source further stated that the two adults who were with Myles were taken into custody and questioned when the new situation of how the young man died came to the fore. The two adults will be charged shortly while the fate of the juvenile is being assessed in conjunction with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.





Gunmen shoot up police vehicle in Tanglewood, St Ann

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA police vehicle was reportedly shot-up along the Tanglewood Main Road in St Ann, early Friday morning.

The incident occurred about 1:35 am.

Police reports are that two officers were on board the vehicle, when they saw men in bushes.

One of the men reportedly approached the vehicle and opened gunfire.

The officers returned the fire, however the men escaped.

None of the police officers was wounded in the incident.

The windscreen and gas tank of the police vehicle were damaged.





Cops probe shooting death of mother and son

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police-hat.jpgThe Manchester police are investigating the shooting death of two residents in the parish early yesterday morning.

Dead are Doreen Hamilton, 57, and her son Orane Hamilton, 38, both of a Cedar Garden Road address in Mandeville.

According to the police, explosions were heard around 1:00 am at the house where the two were living. Residents in the area raised alarm and the police summoned

The police found the mother and son with several gun shot wounds.

No motive has been established for the killing.





Suspect held in murder of Dexter Pottinger

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chains-and-hands.jpgPolice have apprehended a suspect for the murder of popular fashion designer, Dexter Pottinger.

Police sources say that the suspect a male in his 20's was held late Friday during an operation in the corporate area.

"The suspect is in custody at this time and is to be questioned," police source said.

Police have declined to comment further on the development.

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News of arrest comes hours after police also found the car of fashion designer in the Stony Hill area of St Andrew on Friday.

Police report that the body of Pottinger was found in a state of decomposition at his house on Washington Boulevard on Thursday.

Sources report that the body was found with stabs wounds reportedly to the back.

The gruesome discovery of the 34-year-old's body was made by a relative who went to the house after making several failed attempts to contact Pottinger.

The discovery produced high emotions among many in the society, including musicians and members of the fashion industry with whom Pottinger work closely for a number of years.

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crime-scene-gun.jpgThe St James police are probing the murder of a 19-year-old woman who was shot and killed shortly after returning from work Thursday night.

She has been identified as Trudy-Ann Lennon of Mount Carey, St James.

Reports are that about 9:00pm Lennon alighted from a taxi in Mount Carey when she was pounced upon by a gunman who opened fire hitting her.

She was rushed to hospital where she was pronounced dead.

The shooter reportedly fled the scene in a waiting motorcar.

No motive has been established for the attack.





U-15 footballer stabbed in prank gone wrong

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The Annotto Bay Police in St Mary are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of 15-year-old Rushawn Duncan of Crooked River District in the parish who was fatally stabbed in his community last week Thursday.

Police reports are that about 9:15 pm Rushawn was one of two friends allegedly attempting to play a prank on another teenager, when the plan went awry and Rushawn was stabbed in the chest.

He was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Rushawn was a member of the Jamaica Under-15 national football squad.

At this time the police do not suspect foul play.

The police said that they will be asking the Director of Public Prosecutions for a ruling on the case once the investigation is complete.





Two held in murder of 12-y-o boy

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hands-behind-bars.jpgTwo suspects have been held in connection with Wednesday's murder of a 12 year old boy in Clarendon.

They were among five men held during an operation in Gimme-mi-bit in the parish yesterday.

The other men were questioned and released.

During the operation the police seized two illegal firearms, one of them suspected to be the murder weapon.

Kemarie Miles of Kitson Town, St. Catherine, was fatally shot in Milk River on Wednesday night.

It was reported that the boy was on a truck with several men when the driver stopped to allow him to urinate.

He was shot in the head and died on the spot.

The men on the truck were questioned on Thursday.





beenie-man-photo-8.jpgAlthough reports have surfaced of King of the Danechall Beenie Man being booed off stage in Zimbabwe recently, he was again invited to perform in the country next month.

The Zimbabwe government through the Ministry of Tourism has booked Beenie Man to return for their National Carnival.

Documents for his return are currently being prepared.

For the last month, the dancehall recording artiste has been touring Europe and has a number shows scheduled in Africa.





crime-scene-gun.jpgSeventy-year-old George Hall of Sun Valley Road, Montego Bay, St James was one of two men shot and killed during an attack along a Montego Bay roadway on Thursday morning.

Reports are that about 8:40 am, Hall was driving his Toyota Hiace panel van along Leader Avenue, Montego Bay when he was pounced upon and shot multiple times by unknown attackers.

He died on the spot.

Reports are that a man, who was a passenger in a motorcar driving by at the time of the attack, was shot in the back of the head by a stray bullet. He died on his way to hospital.





Justin Silvera, the one-year-old he son of former People's National Party (PNP) Member of Parliament for St Mary West, Jolyan Silvera, was on Tuesday found dead in a swimming pool at his Kingston home.

According to police reports, Justin was at home with his father and caregiver, who were reportedly having a conversation in the kitchen, when it was realised that the toddler went missing.Subsequent checks were made and Justin was found floating in the pool. He was rushed to the University Hospital of the West Indies, where he was pronounced dead.

The PNP last evening tweeted its condolences to Silvera.

"Our heartfelt condolences to Jolyan Silvera and family at this difficult time. Love from your PNP family," the party said on Twitter. And Prime Minister Andrew Holness also offered his condolences.





Four persons shot dead in Clarendon in 24 hours

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crime-scene-demo.jpgThe police in Clarendon have their hands full as they investigate another four murders in twenty-four hours.

Among those killed are 12-year-old student Kemarie Miles, a student of Kitson Town in St Catherine. He was killed along the Gimmi-mi-bit main road as he urinated last night.

Miles had just got off a truck heading to Knockpatrick, Manchester when a gunman walked up and shot him in the head. He was taken to the May Pen Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Earlier, 57-year-old gardener, Phillip 'Roderick' Thomas of James Hill was shot and killed by unknown assailants. Thomas was sitting with a female on a platform when six men - three of them armed - showed up.

The men robbed his companion of her two cell phones and a ring valued at about $61,000 before opening fire hitting Thomas in the head.

The police had just gone to a murder scene on Young Street, Lionel Town, where 26-year-old tailor, Ricardo James popularly called 'Ricky Trooper' was shot and killed by a gunman. James was sitting on a verandah sewing when the gunman approached him from the rear of the house and shot him in the head and neck before escaping. He was pronounced dead at the Lionel Town hospital.

In the fourth incident, Sharpe Avenue residents stumbled on a body lying face down, with what appears to be gunshot wounds and its hands tied.





13-year-old shot dead in Clarendon

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crime-scene-gun.jpgThe police are reporting that a 13-year-old boy was shot dead in Clarendon Wednesday night.

According to reports from the Milk River police, Kemaro Myles, who resides in Kitson Town, St Catherine, was travelling in a motor truck along the Milk River main road about 10:30 pm, when the driver stopped to urinate.

At that time, gunmen reportedly pounced upon them and opened fire, hitting Myles in the head.

The police were alerted and the boy was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. The lawmen did not say what happened to the driver of the truck. Other reports state that it was the boy who had made a urine stop and that he was shot while in the act.

Investigations are ongoing.





dexter-pottinger-photo-by-marvin-bartley.jpgPolice investigators on Thursday evening turned up at the St Andrew home of designer Dexter '3 D' Pottinger whose body has been found. The body had started to decompose.

One woman who said she went to see the body said she observed blood stains inside the home. Police sources said the body was found with what appeared to be several stab wounds. Neighbour told the police they heard him screaming for help around 4:30 Wednesday morning.

Police say Mr. Pottinger's car and television were stolen.

As news of the murder spread, several people gathered at near the Yarico Place residence, including one man who the police had to restrain because he rushed on the scene attempting to see the body.‎

‎Pottinger started out in the fashion industry as a model with Saint International and was signed to an agency in London before transitioning to a respected stylist and designer.

He was also a make-up artiste and has had long association with members of the entertainment fraternity, including Ce'cile.

In 2015, he was announced as the face of the Dream Frame

Neighbours say at least one television set appeared missing.





 

Cardi B loves the heat from Kartel's 'Fever'

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vybz-kartel-photo-29.jpgCardi B has been a huge fan of the incarcerated Dancehall superstar and it seems she's doesn't have any intentions to stop despite her 'Bodak Yellow' success.

Over the weekend Cardi uploaded a video on her Instagram account showing a clip of her dancing in the club to Vybz Kartel's smash hit summer banger 'Fever' to her over 9.8 Million followers.

Rita Ora also shared a video of her listening to the self-proclaimed 'Worl Boss' single with 'Dancehall Goddess' Shenseea, 'Loodi'.





Hurricane Maria making its way through the Caribbean

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hurricane-maria-storm.jpgHurricane Maria, the second maximum-strength Atlantic storm of the season, is bearing down on the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

The category five tempest has already inflicted "widespread damage" on the Caribbean island of Dominica.

It briefly weakened to a four but is now again packing top sustained winds of 280km/h (175mph).

The storm is moving roughly along the same track as Irma, this season's other category five hurricane.

The governor of Puerto Rico, a US territory, has told the island's 3.5 million people to seek shelter with the hurricane poised to make landfall around 8am local time (1300 GMT).

Officials there fear the debris left by Irma earlier this month could now prove extremely dangerous in the winds of Maria.

There are also concerns that heavy rain could cause landslides in some places, and that a predicted storm surge of up to 9 feet (2.7m) could swamp low-lying areas.

Puerto Rico has been a haven for people fleeing other storm-ravaged Caribbean islands in recent weeks.

Hundreds of shelters have been set up by the authorities, but correspondents say the human impact of the storm could depend on how seriously the warnings are taken.





140 killed as another powerful quake rocks Mexico

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Nearly 140 people were killed when a powerful, 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck Mexico on Tuesday, toppling buildings in the capital and sowing panic on the anniversary of a devastating 1985 quake.

The toll could rise further. Rescue crews and volunteers in Mexico City -- home to 20 million people -- were clawing through the rubble of at least 49 collapsed buildings looking for survivors and bodies.

Mexico City recorded 36 of the deaths, while Morelos state directly south of it saw 64 killed. The others were registered in Puebla (29), a town southeast of the capital, and in Mexico state (nine), which lies just to the west of the capital.

National Coordinator for Civil Protection Luis Felipe Puente said a total of at least 138 people died.

"I'm so worried. I can't stop crying. It's the same nightmare as in 1985," Georgina Sanchez, 52, sobbed to AFP in a plaza in the capital.

Amamia Sanchez, a 45-year-old secretary cried out: "It's just not possible that this happened also on September 19."

In the quake exactly 32 years earlier, 10,000 people perished in Mexico City. Memories of that event spurred panic on Tuesday and prompted many to quickly run for safety outdoors when walls around them swayed and cracked.





Hurricane Maria devastates Dominica

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hurricane-maria.jpgCategory Five Hurricane Maria pounded Dominica on Monday night, leaving the world fearing widespread devastation on the eastern Caribbean island, but there is still no clear word on the true level of destruction, as communication services were knocked out by the storm.

The hurricane, with winds of 160 miles per hour, badly damaged the Dominica Prime Minister's house overnight and left much of the island in ruins.

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit posted on Facebook that initial reports are of widespread devastation.

He said the country had lost all that money can buy.

Maria is the strongest hurricane on record to make landfall in Dominica - a country with a population of 73,000.

Government of Trinidad and Tobago has said it is mobilising a team to assist the country.

The Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard is also preparing to send a supply vessel and take Defence Force personnel to Dominica.

Several other Caribbean islands, including St. Kitts, Nevis, and Montserrat, have also reported damage to their telecommunications infrastructure. Telephone calls to those regions have failed to connect.

Hurricane Maria is now taking aim on islands already crippled by Hurricane Irma, as it barrells toward St. Croix and threatens severe damage to Puerto Rico.





The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade is seeking the public's assistance in locating the family of 69-year-old Keith Ranstan Porter, who they said is hospitalised in New York.

Porter whose birthdate is May 4th, 1948 was born in Clarendon, was never married and has five children.

Four of the five children are: Keith Porter, Nicole Porter, Shauna Porter and Peter Porter.

The ministry, in a release this afternoon, said Porter also has two uncles in Jamaica with the names Ashton Porter and Leslie Porter.

A family address given is in the Kingston 3 area. He has been in the United States for four years.

The ministry is asking Porter's family to contact its offices at 21 Dominica Drive, Kingston 5 (New Kingston) or telephone number, 426-4220 extension 3352.





andrew-holness-photo-5.jpgPrime Minister Andrew Holness says he expects the High Command of the Jamaica Constabulary Force to take certain action in the coming weeks to show that it is serious about issues of sexual harassment in the organisation and the wider society.

There has been widespread concern following allegations that cops are being denied promotions because they reject the sexual advances of their superiors.

In an interview on Nationwide radio this morning, Holness said he believes it is important that the force takes a proactive approach to ensure that a certain standard is maintained and that members of the force are equipped to deal with domestic issues when they arise.

"I'm expecting that in the weeks to come we will see some action to show that the police is taking this matter very seriously," he said.

Holness also said that, already, he has met with Police Commissioner George Quallo following reports that cops were being denied promotions because they refuse to have sex with their superiors.

The National Security Minister has said there are almost 400 vacant posts to be filled in the constabulary and has publicly called for Quallo to explain why they are not being filled.

According to Montague, the government has the money to pay the promoted cops.





lisa-hanna-and-richard.jpgOpposition Spokesperson on Youth and Culture, attracted a slew of trill to her page as she took to social media to send birthday wishes to fiance Richard.

Two couple was enjoying their week-long vacation in Turkey.

"My SULTAN LOVER Come and ROCK my world," Hanna captioned a photo of the two. "Forever and let me give you MORE...💋Happy Birthday My Love ❤️ #Breathless

#YesYesMorePlease

#TurkishBirthday

#IstanbulTogether," she added.

"Is that her father? or what because she can't possibly be dating that old man," one user wrote.

"wooooie! Lisa love PNP so much that she's dating Michael Manley."

"Wait i thought that Manley was dead, how comes he's on vacation with Lisa Hanna?" another questioned.

"Come on Lisa that old man can't satisfy you! must him face alone him a use," another added.





Unu done know stay tuned, Danielle DI tells fans

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danielle-di-photo-3.jpgDancehall artist Danielle D.I is on her way to Jamaica to continue her beef with controversial singer Ishawna.

After going silent for a few days to provide support for her ailing mother, the 'Rebel' singer took to social media on Saturday to share a video at the Miami International Airport announcing her return to Jamaica.

"I'm on my way to my second home in Jamaica right now," she said. D.I also thanked her fans for their well wishes during her family's difficulties, before hinting that she's ready to beef with Ishawna once again.





Lisa Hanna goes wedding dress shopping

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lisa-hanna-and-richard.jpgMember of Parliament and former Miss World, Lisa Hanna looks all set to tie the knot.

She went wedding dress shopping recently and took to Instagram on Thursday to give an update to her almost 200k followers.

"Went to two designers. I'm certainly NOT interested in trying anymore. Did it to see what all the Hype was about," the former beauty queen wrote. "Not me at all. Can't deal with all the fuss...I went and bought the fabric and said YES to my girl LOUISE. Doing everything right here in Jamaica by Jamaicans."

Hanna is currently dating businessman Richard Lake, she announced her engagement last year on social media with a photo of herself showing off a ring, "Yes I said Yes!," she wrote.

This will be her second marriage as she previously wed businessman David Panton in 1999 however filed for divorce in 2004. They couple share a teenage son together.

Lisa Hanna and her lover Richard Lake have been making rounds on social media following her recent post.





Apocalypse coming September 23?

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end-times.jpgSeptember 23 this year is set to mark the beginning of the apocalypse, according to several conspiracy theorists and doom-mongers.

The 'Rapture', set out in the Book of Revelation, will see 'worthy' Christians lifted into heaven by Jesus, while those remaining will be left to face the end of the world.

Now, an apocalyptic theory known as Revelation 12 Sign predicts the Rapture will soon be fulfilled with the appearance of 'a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head.' Conspiracy theorists think an astronomical alignment involving the constellations Leo and Virgo, along with various other planets will fulfill this prophecy word-for-word.

The Rapture is the second coming of Jesus Christ as prophesied in John 14:1-3 where those who have lived 'sin free' lives meet the Lord.

Proponents of the outlandish theory say the women mentioned in the prophecy represents the constellation Virgo, while the crown of stars represents Leo.

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The oldest person in the world who was the last living subject of Queen Victoria and worked for 'masters' on a Caribbean sugar plantation has died aged 117.

Violet Mosse Brown died in Jamaica at around 2.30pm on Saturday.

She became the world's oldest person on April 15 this year at 117 and 38 days, taking the title from Italian Emma Morano, whose life spanned three centuries and was born in 1899.

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Mrs Mosse Brown was sent a plaque by Queen Elizabeth II when she became the oldest citizen of the Commonwealth.

She was also the last person who lived under the reign of Queen Victoria, as Jamaica still formed part of the British West Indies in 1900.

In her early life the supercentenarian worked on a sugar plantation and as a maid in the 'post slavery period', according to her family.

She went on to buy her own home and became a successful businesswoman selling bread from the only depot in her district.

Following her death, 117-year-old Nabi Tajima, of Japan, is now the world's oldest person.





sonya-kay-forbes.jpgPolice investigators are trying to figure out if medical doctor Sonya-Kay Forbes was killed by an intruder at her St. Andrew residence or she was killed under other circumstances.

Dr. Forbes was found dead at her Cunningham Avenue home on Wednesday, with a stab wound to the abdomen.

Investigators have not come to a conclusion on what led to Dr. Forbes death.

He said the police have not declared that she was murdered. He explained that investigators are awaiting an autopsy report and forensic tests.

Investigators have so far collected a statement from Dr. Forbes' mother who was in the house at the time of her death.

She reportedly found her daughter dead in her bedroom.

A knife was also found in the room.

There was no sign of forced entry to the residence.

Investigators have also collected statements from persons at the gated complex.

The cops are reviewing evidence that someone attempted to clean up blood found in Dr. Forbes bedroom.

The 40 year-old medical doctor, was assigned as an eye specialist at the Kingston Public Hospital.





3 Jamaicans in custody in Cayman after drugs find

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custody.jpg(CMC) -- Three Jamaicans are now in police custody in the Cayman Islands following the seizure of a large quanta of drugs last week.

The police report that officers from the Joint Marine Unit were patrolling the eastern side of Grand Cayman late Thursday when they came upon a canoe from Jamaica.

It's reported that during a brief pursuit, the occupants of the vessel started to throw packages overboard.

The canoe was eventually intercepted and several packages were recovered.

The police also seized caged roosters.

The men were held on suspicion of importation.





Contractor shot dead; his daughter shot in the head

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crime-scene-gun.jpgJimmy Riley, a sub-contractor of Green Bottom, Nineteen Miles in Clarendon was shot dead Saturday night, while his daughter, a 17-year-old student of Vere Technical High School, was shot in the head in the incident.

According to reports, Riley was at home when he was attacked and shot.

Upon the arrival of the police he was found lying on his back in a pool of blood on the verandah.

His daughter was taken to the May Pen Hospital where she was later transferred and underwent surgery.

No motive has been established for the killing. The police continues to investigate.





5 shot, one fatally, on West Bay Farm Road

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crime-scene-gun.jpgPolice say they have stepped up their search for a group of men who on Friday shot dead a 53-year-old man and injured four other persons, including two women, in West Bay Farm Road, Kingston.

Dead has been identified as Owen Bowen, otherwise called 'Mattis' or 'Carter' of Lenwood Path, Kingston 11.

Reports from the Hunts Bay police are that about 6:45 pm the five were on the roadway when a group of men with guns approached the group of persons and opened fire.

The men then escaped from the area.

Police were called and the victims found suffering from gunshot wounds.

They were rushed to hospital where Bowen succumbed to his injuries.

The other four has since been admitted in hospital. One of the women is said to be in serious condition, while the others are reportedly stable.

Hunts Bay police are investigating.





student-killed.jpgThe New York Police Department (NYPD), is set to release the body camera footage of a fatal shooting which claimed the life of a Jamaican male student during a standoff with cops in his Bronx apartment.

Cops are reportedly set to release footage of the standoff with the 31-year-old Jamaican student, Miguel Richards, on Thursday, after he was allegedly was shot and killed by cops during a wellness check requested by his landlord.

Richards was shot 16 times during the confrontation after cops claim that he brandished a small knife and a toy gun with a laser scope while they repeatedly told him to surrender.

Sources say Richards was a university exchange student from Jamaica, who was studying information technology in the United States.

Family members say they are shocked as Richards he has no prior arrest record, nor did he show any sign of mental illness.





fever.jpgVybz Kartel's smash hit single 'Fever' is still a big hit for the jailed Dancehall superstar over a year after its release.

As the summer banger produced by TJ Records and featured on Kartel's "King Of The Dancehall" album continues to climb the Billboard R&B/Hip Hop Airplay Chart, highlighting its strong radio support overseas.

'Fever' currently sits at number 11 on the iTunes top 100 Reggae song chart for the most popular downloads.

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The single collective has over 51 Million streams on YouTube with the official visuals directed by Jay Will/Game Over racking up over 21 Million views. The single debut on the Billboard R&B Hip Hop Airplay chart this week at no. 50. The single Linton "TJ" White-produced single was released in May 2016 and has been one of the biggest singles in dancehall over the last year. The single has already racked up a combined 55 million views on YouTube and the music video alone has over 200 million and growing fast.

"It feels good to know that your work is on a major platform such as the Billboard chart," TJ Records head, Linton White, said. "It's a lot of work and effort that we've put into the promotion of the song in the United States, and I really want to thank all the persons involved. There's still a lot of work to be done."

The growth in popularity of "Fever" may result in increased sales for Vybz Kartel's album King of the Dancehall. The track is his second hit on Billboard after tasting mainstream success in 2009 with his single "Romping Shop" featuring Spice which peaked at number 76 on the Billboard R&B Hip Hop Songs Chart. The dancehall deejay is currently serving a life sentence for murder although he is appealing the conviction. His appeal trial in the Jamaica Appeal Court gets under in February next year.





Damian Marley produces new single for Third World

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third-world.jpgCelebrating over 40 years in music, one of the most pivotal reggae bands of all time Third World has dropped a new single Eyes Are Up On You off their upcoming full-length album. The song and album are both produced by Damian Marley and will be released on the Ghetto Youths International label.

Third World's bassist Richard Daley explains why this musical process comes full circle.

"I had the honor of working with Bob Marley back in the 70s doing some recording in London and how remicinensent it is as I sit in the studio working with Damian Marley. It is the same feeling and vibe, as we record and produce songs like "Eyes Are Up On You" and others. It is a great musical moment."

Damian Marley adds to the excitement and says "I'm proud to be working with my uncles!"

The song, which will be accompanied with a lyric music video to follow, is a reminder that actions speak louder than words. "Eyes are up on you, careful what you do, someone is watching you" states the melodic chorus.

About Third World

With 10 Grammy nominations, sold-out tours worldwide, a loyal fan base and a catalogue of Top 40 Billboard charted smash hits (including "Now That We Found Love," "96 Degrees in the Shade," Third World has been one of (if not the) most consistently successful reggae bands. Third World's reggae fusion style mixes R&B, funk, pop, rock, dancehall and hip-hop into the genre, making them one of Jamaica's most popular crossover acts among international audiences.

The band has toured and worked with the late great Bob Marley (including opening for Marley's first world tour in 1978), Stevie Wonder (who produced 2 of their albums in the 80's released with CBS), Santana and Jackson 5 (opening for their first concert in Jamaica). They have also shared the stage with the likes of Bono of U2, Sting, The Police, Whitney Houston, Wyclef Jean, Lauryn Hill, Jimmy Buffet, Eric Clapton and Marc Anthony and landed national TV performances on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with David Letterman, Arsenio Hall Show and many more.





Capleton wants his stolen car returned

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capleton.jpgReggae artiste, the Prophet Capleton is asking for the return of his motor vehicle that was stolen on Sunday.

Capleton's metallic brown Grand Vitara was reportedly stolen in Bread Nut Hill, St. Ann in the wee hours Sunday morning.

New riddims and other personal items were in the vehicle.

Capleton is asking the thieves to return the motor vehicle.

Meanwhile, the Ocho Rios police are investigating.





Are you ready for eyeball shaving?

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eyeball-shaving.jpgA barber in the Chinese city of Chengdu does some hair-raising things to his customers ― like shave their eyeballs.

Xiong Gaowu is one of a few barbers still practicing the age-old "art"(?) of eyeball shaving.

Yep, you read that right: The 62-year-old actually puts a sharp razor right on the eyeballs of his patrons and scrapes off any dirt and residue that might be there.

As terrifying as this looks, Xiong claims that in 40 years of eyeball shaving, he has never injured anyone, according to ShanghaiList.com.

Eyeball shaving was used in hospitals in the early 20th century to treat trachoma, a bacterial condition that is the most common infectious cause of blindness in the world, according to the World Health Association.

Back then, eye shaving was a way to scrape away the ulcers and scar tissue under trachoma patients' eyelids, and stimulate the eyes enough to secrete a liquid that would moisten the eye sockets, according to the South China Morning Post.

But Qu Chao, deputy director of the ophthalmology department in the Sichuan Provincial People's Hospital, tells the paper that eyeball shaving is potentially dangerous, and has been phased out as other more cutting-edge ― and less cutting ― treatments have become available.

These days, the risk of trachoma can be reduced by improving sanitation and hygiene and can be cured with antibiotics.

Still, old habits die hard for some customers, such as the man who told the German news agency Ruptly that he sees results from each eyeball shave he gets.





serena-and-baby.jpgSerena Williams shared a lengthy video of her new daughter on Wednesday morning, along with a video documenting her entire pregnancy.

She posted the lengthy Instagram story almost two weeks after giving birth on September 1, an event she also included in the video.

Serena, 35, also revealed that the baby girl is named Alexis Olympia Ohanian, Jr. - just like her father - and that the family had to spend six days in the hospital after her arrival because of complications.

'Look what we got! A baby girl' says Serena at the end of the video, showing Alexis Jr. as she lays in her arms.

The little baby is entirely covered with just her two tiny booties, face and full head of hair peeking out from her blanket.

She does not go into any more details about the complications beyond stating that there was an extended hospital stay, and Alexis was born weighing 6lbs 14ozs, a healthy weight for a newborn.





trench-town-hero-gully-rescue.jpgA Trench Town man is today quite upset as he says he's a hero too and wants recognition for saving drowning boy 12-year-old Renaldo Reynolds and his rescuer, Tremayne Brown

Alphonso 'Vivian' Coombs, a 26-year-old resident of Trench Town says he played a vital role in the rescue effort of a little boy from raging flood waters last Friday in the community - an event which has turned another resident, Tremayn Brown, into a celebrated hero.

Reports are that Renaldo Reynolds, a student of Jones Town Primary, was playing with friends on his way home from school when he found himself being swept away by flood waters in the gully on Collie Smith Drive.

After seeing Renaldo in the gully desperately clutching and gasping for air in the muddy flood water, Brown took off his shoes, jumped into the gully, and held on to the little boy.

Coombs said he subsequently played an instrumental role in rescuing the pair - after Brown was found in the ferocious water clinging on to a tree root with one hand while firmly holding the child with the other - but expressed disappointment that he has not received any of the praise.

"Right now I am here with mixed emotions, I am the person who pulled Brown from the gully and held on to him for several minutes before help came," Coombs said.

"But a one man alone ah get everything," he told Loop News and also repeated the same story to news out, The Star.

"So me woulda love to know if I'm not somebody too. How comes no one is highlighting me?"

Social media has mixed feelings on the matter as some say Brown is the real hero while others agree that Coombs should get recognition.





National honour for man who saved drowning boy

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Tremayne Brown the man who last week risked his own life to save a drowning boy, 12-year-old Renaldo Reynolds, a student of Jones Town Primary has received job offers, gifts and praises for his selfless, heroic act is to be given a national award.

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia 'Babsy' Grange reportedly told The Gleaner newspaper that Prime Minister Andrew Holness was moved by the actions of Brown, .

According to Grange, the prime minister suggested that Brown be given a national award for his brave feat.

It is anticipated that Brown could be awarded the Badge of Honour for Gallantry in October, this year, when 171 other Jamaicans will be conferred with national honours.

Renaldo was on his way home from school when he and friends decided to play in the gully's rushing waters. He, however, got into difficulties and was swept away by the currents from Seventh Street on Collie Smith Drive.

Residents attempted to save the boy but failed, However, Brown ran from the Boys' Town Vocational Training Centre, where he works part-time as a labourer, and jumped into the water clutching the boy.





Cops kill 2 gunmen in Hellshire

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police-tape-feb-3-2016-kaf.jpgTwo men were on Tuesday killed and their firearms seized after they allegedly opened gunfire at lawmen in Hellshire, St Catherine.

According to the Hellshire police, officers responded to reports about 5:30 pm yesterday that gunmen were at the Hellshire Beach Club in St Catherine.

The lawmen said they were greeted by gunfire upon entering the premises and in turn, shot at their attackers.

The two men were hit. A .45 pistol with 5 rounds and Intratec sub-machine gun with three rounds were reportedly taken from them.

The police are yet to identify the two bodies, which they described as both 5 feet 8 inches long, slim built and of dark complexion.

The matter has been reported to the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM).





Government to get rid of 'red money'

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red-money.jpgThe government announced that the one, ten and 25-cent coins -- which many Jamaicans refer to as "red money" -- are to be put out of circulation by the Bank of Jamaica, due to the downward trend in their use since 2005.

Information Minister, Senator Ruel Reid explained at a post-Cabinet press briefing this morning that Cabinet had approved the proposal to demonetise these coins because an efficiency assessment had determined that the cost of making these denominations consistently exceeded their face value.

The one, five and 20 dollar coins will remain in circulation.





ishawna-hot-pic.jpgControversial Dancehall artist Ishawna and Bad Gyal DI are having quite a tiff and this has even spilled over into a lyrical feud. Oh bwoy!

DI has released a diss track aimed at Ishawna and MS Legendary has answered.

Dancehall artist Danielle D.I has broken her silence on her new diss track 'Talk Up' which is aimed at rival Ishawna.

Th 'Bad Gyal' says she decided to record the single after sources close to Ishawna told her that the 'Equal Rights' singer was chatting her behind her back."Reliable sources have confirmed that she is being seriously malicious. I will have to come for you and I am going to do so lyrically because these babies can't handle it if things should go any other way," she said.

According to the Star, DI questioned Ishawna's lyrical capability and skills on the microphone, saying she doubts Ishawna would be brave enough to respond to her song.

"She can't talk up to me on record because she is not articulate enough, she is not lyrical enough and she don't have crap to say either. She will just have to hold her mouth in silence," she said

D.I released 'Talk Up' last Tuesday and says she made the feud lyrical because Ishawna couldn't handle it if things should go any other way.

As expected, Ishawna has responded with a diss ectitled 'Heat Shot'.

Following the release of the single Ishawna took to Insta to post, "Pressure dem like Cow Foot..." That post was quickly followed by one from the 'Rebel' singer who wrote, "Knowledge is power, "boss b**hes have to get their reading on."





foxy-brown-baby.jpgFoxy Brown shared the first photo of her baby girl that dancehall star Spragga Benz allegedly fathered and we have to say that the little angel is ADORABLE!!!!!!!

In March of this year, Foxy Brown suddenly gave birth to a baby girl and no one even knew she was pregnant because she is rarely seen in public these days. She never named the father of her child, but social media triggered rumors that Spragga Benz is the father. Neither of the two stars confirmed, but they were emngaged back in the early 2000s.

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On her 39th birthday on Wednesday, Foxy Brown shared a photo of her adorable daughter with Lauryn Hill's classic single "Zion" playing in the background. "My Gorgeous, Greatest, Gray Eyed BIRTHDAY GIFT GLORY TO GOD My GREATEST Hit Obsessively IN LOVE Forever Your Hero, MOMMY," she captioned the photo. Back in March, Wendy Williams broke the story of Foxy Brown giving birth on her show while adding that the father is a well-known reggae star.

"Congratulations to Foxy Brown," Williams said. "She had a baby girl. Allegedly it's a reggae star and I'm not going to say his name because I think that me and Foxy have some sort of relationship." Brown and Spragga Benz were engaged for two years until the dancehall legend called off the engagement in 2003.





Death toll in Mexico earthquake reaches 90

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mexico-earthquake.jpgNinety people are now confirmed dead in the quake that struck off Mexico's southern coast. It was the most powerful to hit the country in a century and was felt as far as Mexico City and Guatemala City by an estimated 50 million people.

Many were asleep when the quake struck. The USGS reported multiple aftershocks, including at least six with tremors measuring above 5.0 in magnitude.

Earthquake shakes buildings in Mexico

The majority of the deaths were in Oaxaca state, where homes and buildings collapsed. Oaxaca's governor said Saturday that 71 people had died in his state, Oaxaca's Civil Protection agency said via Twitter.

Relief and rescue efforts continued throughout the weekend.

In the city of Juchitan, rescuers used floodlights to illuminate a giant pile of debris.

"Can anyone hear me?" they shouted as they searched for survivors among the debris, using dogs to help in the search.

In other parts of Juchitan, operators used heavy machinery to clear roads. Soldiers tapped to help with relief efforts worked with shovels to move smaller debris out of the way.

Mexico's interior ministry has also reported 15 deaths in the state of Chiapas and four in the state of Tabasco.

Chiapas and Oaxaca, home to about 9 million people, are two of the most impoverished areas in Mexico.

The quake's epicenter was in the Pacific Ocean, some 600 miles (1,000 kilometers) southeast of Mexico's capital and 74 miles (120 kilometers) off the coast.

A tsunami was confirmed in Mexico, with one wave coming in at 5.8 feet (1.75 meter), according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. Tsunami warnings were issued as far away as New Zealand and Vanuatu.

President Enrique Peña Nieto said Mexico's army, marines and federal police had been mobilized to respond.





HURRICANE IRMA: Florida Keys hit hard by Irma

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irma-florida.jpgHurricane Irma bludgeoned Florida on Sunday, snapping trees like matchsticks and knocking out power to more than 1 million people.

Hurling 130 mph winds, the Category 4 storm made landfall on Cudjoe Key, the National Hurricane Center said. But even more powerful could be the storm surges that threaten to swallow Florida's coastal cities. "There is imminent danger of life-threatening storm surge flooding along much of the Florida west coast, including the Florida Keys, where a storm surge warning is in effect," the hurricane center said.

"The threat of catastrophic storm surge flooding is highest along the southwest coast of Florida, where 10 to 15 feet of inundation above ground level is expected. This is a life-threatening situation." Still, not everyone heeded orders to evacuate coastal Florida.

Wayne Ploghoft is hunkered down on the third floor of a building on Marco Island -- where catastrophic storm surges are imminent.

Ploghoft said he wasn't able to evacuate because his flight plans didn't work out. Now Ploghoft and three others are holed up with stockpiles of water, canned food and battery power.

"We're all going to be OK," Ploghoft said.

But Gov. Rick Scott said Irma's wrath is unprecedented.

"We have never had anything like this before," he told CNN Sunday. In Florida and southern Georgia, more than 8 million people face hurricane-force winds topping 74 mph, said Ryan Maue of WeatherBell Analytics.

Almost the entire state of Florida is under a hurricane warning affecting at least 36 million people, with concerns of catastrophic gales, torrential rain rain and deadly storm surges.

Miami is also taking a beating from Irma. Ferocious winds knocked out power to more than 680,000 customers in the Miami-Dade area, and at least one construction crane snapped.





irma-florida.jpgHurricane Irma ripped roofs off houses, collapsed buildings and flooded hundreds of miles of coastline as it raked Cuba after cutting a trail of destruction across the Caribbean.

It has killed at least 22 people and has officials scrambling to bring aid on Sunday.

As Irma left Cuba and directed its 130 mph (215 kph) winds toward Florida, authorities on the island were warning of staggering damage to keys along the northern coast studded with all-inclusive resorts and cities, as well as farmland in central Cuba.

There were no immediate reports of deaths in Cuba - a country that prides itself on its disaster preparedness - but authorities were trying to restore power, clear roads and warning that people should stay off the streets of Havana because flooding could continue into Monday.

Residents of "the capital should know that the flooding is going to last more than 36 hours, in other words, it is going to persist," Civil Defense Col. Luis Angel Macareno said late Saturday, adding that the waters had reach at about 2,000 feet (600 meters) into parts of Havana.

As Irma rolled in, Cuban soldiers went through coastal towns to force residents to evacuate, taking people to shelters at government buildings and schools - and even caves.

Video images from northern and eastern Cuba showed uprooted utility poles and signs, many downed trees and extensive damage to roofs. Witnesses said a provincial museum near the eye of the storm was in ruins. And authorities in the city of Santa Clara said 39 buildings collapsed.





irma-florida.jpgST. JOHN'S, Antigua, CMC - The Antigua and Barbuda government says it has taken no decision "at this time' regarding the opening of schools on Barbuda that took the full brunt of a dangerous Category 5 Hurricane Irma last week.

Prime Minister Gaston Browne, who had ordered the evacuation of all the residents on the sister isle, has also described the situation there as "uninhabitable".

A government statement said that Cabinet met on Saturday to discuss the situation, having received an assessment from the technicians and officials from various state agencies and stakeholders including the National Office of Disaster Services, the Central Board of Health, the Antigua Public Utilities Authority and the Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda.

The statement noted that "it was however directed that a plan be formulated immediately to integrate the over five hundred students from Barbuda into the public-school system in Antigua.

"The Cabinet also agreed to commence consultations with the people of Barbuda and stakeholders on Monday 11th September ...during which Barbudans will receive an update on the current situation on the island and given the opportunity to be involved in the decision-making process".

The government said it remains "committed to the education of the children of Barbuda, the rebuilding of the island and most importantly the welfare of all Barbudans and Antiguans".

Prime Minister Browne has already indicated that it would require "hundreds of millions of dollars" to deal with the reconstruct homes and other infrastructure on Barbuda, where a two-year-old child died during the passage of the storm.





HURRICANE IRMA: Which areas have already been hit?

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irma-florida.jpgIrma is the most powerful Atlantic storm in a decade, and has already caused widespread destruction on several Caribbean islands:

Cuba: Officials have talked of "significant damage", without giving further details, but no casualties have been reported. Electricity is out across the capital, Havana

St Martin and St Barthelemy: Six out of 10 homes on St Martin, an island shared between France and the Netherlands, are now uninhabitable, French officials say. They said nine people had died and seven were missing in the French territories, while four are known to have died in Dutch Sint Maarten

Turks and Caicos Islands: Widespread damage, although extent unclear

Barbuda: The small island is said to be "barely habitable", with 95% of the buildings damaged. Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne estimates reconstruction will cost $100m One death has been confirmed

Anguilla: Extensive damage with one person confirmed dead

Puerto Rico: More than 6,000 residents of the US territory are in shelters and many more without power. At least three people have died

British Virgin Islands: Widespread damage reported, and five dead

US Virgin Islands: Damage to infrastructure was said to be widespread, with four deaths confirmed

Haiti and the Dominican Republic: Both battered by the storm, but neither had as much damage as initially feared





A Jamaican athlete reportedly perished and another one hospitalised after the car they were travelling in crashed and burst into flames along Hope Road in St Andrew early this morning.

Dead is Jordan Scott who attended the University of Technology (UTECH). He previously attended the Petersfield High School in Westmoreland.

Michael Campbell, who was a member of the 4x100m relay team in London, has been hospitalised in serious condition.

Head of the Police Traffic Division, Senior Superintendent of Police Calvin Allen, said the they were travelling in a Honda Civic towards Papine on Hope Road about 4:45 a.m. when on reaching near the intersection with Lady Musgrave Road, the driver reportedly lost control of the motor car.

SSP Allen said the Honda Civic crashed into the concrete median and then burst into flames after hitting a wooden utility pole.

Both persons in the ill-fated car were rescued from the inferno where one was pronounced dead at hospital and the other one admitted in serious condition.

Investigations continue.





The driver of a Honda Civic was burnt to death after his car crashed into a utility pole on Hope Road, St Andrew Sunday morning.

Reports are that at male passenger was assisted to the hospital in serious condition, but the driver, who was trapped inside the vehicle, was unable to receive much needed assistance.

Eyewitnesses say that the Honda Civic was travelling along Hope Road towards Papine at approximately 4:45 am, when the driver overtook an ambulance at the intersection of Hope and Lady Musgrave Roads.

The driver allegedly lost control of the vehicle, crashed into a median and then a utility pole, after which the car burst into flames.

A team from the York Park fire station responded and extinguished the fire, however the driver did not survive.





crime-scene-gun.jpgThe St Thomas police are now searching for gunmen who carried out a double killing at a service station in the parish last night.

Dead are 21 year-old Katherina Brown, also called Trina, a cashier at the Morant Bay Petcom Service Station, and 57 year-old Christopher Higgins, of North Street in Morant Bay.

It is reported that about minutes after 11 p.m., a Suzuki Swift motor car drove onto the compound and about three men alighted from the vehicle firing several shots, killing Higgins on the spot.

The men then allegedly went inside the convenience store at the gas station and opened fire, hitting Brown several times.

The police say the men escaped in the same car.

The police say they later spotted the vehicle in Bull Bay in St Thomas and Kingston East police gave chase.

The men allegedly jumped out of the car and fired at the police before escaping into bushes.





dex-pot.jpgThe man charged with the murder of popular fashion designer, Dexter Pottinger, is also before the court for the murder of a woman last year.

Twenty-one year-old Romario Brown was charged last night by the Constant Spring Police with Pottinger's murder.

The police say he's a tattoo and makeup artist from Stony Hill, in St. Andrew. Brown is also called 'Travis'.

In April last year, he allegedly strangled a woman, Alexia Bepatt.

It's a story of two murders, of eerily similar circumstances, allegedly committed by the same man.

According to a Jamaica Observer newspaper report published May 13 last year, Brown was allegedly having an affair with the woman.

On the day of April 8, 2016, Brown reportedly went to Bepatt's home in Mona, in St. Andrew.

During an intimate moment, an argument developed. He's accused of strangling the woman. He then reportedly stole her boyfriend's laptop from the home.

The report says Miss Bepatt was later found partially naked and unconscious. It says she was rushed to hospital where she was pronounced dead.

The prosecution says Brown fled the scene but was picked up on a security camera. He was implicated in the murder following further investigation by the police.

The Police say phone records revealed that he was the last person to speak to Miss Bepatt on the day she was killed. Her phone and the missing laptop were also found at Brown's home.

Brown was denied bail several times last year. On the first occasion, the police objected to bail arguing he'd flee the country. It's uncertain when he was granted bail and the progress of that 2016 murder case. He's now accused of Pottinger's murder.

Last week Thursday at about 5:20 in the afternoon, the police say Pottinger's decomposing body was found at his home in Yarico Place, St. Andrew.

The police say a relative discovered the body.

The relative visited Pottinger's home after becoming concerned about not being able to make contact with him for several days. The police say Pottinger reportedly had multiple stab wounds to the back. Pottinger's car and TV were also missing. A day later, the designer's car was found in Rocky Valley Stony Hill, St. Andrew.

Brown resides in the same area. He's scheduled to appear before the Kingston and St. Andrew Parish court later this month in relation to Pottinger's murder.





Thriller U's father found dead

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Thadious Jamieson, the father of reggae singer Thriller U, who has been missing since last week,has been found dead.

The singer last week pleaded for information on the whereabouts of his 73-year-old father, offering a $500,000 reward.

The body of Jamieson, who was last seen alive a week ago in Spanish Town St Catherine, was found in bushes near the Simon main road in Tredegar Park, St Catherine this morning after an anonymous caller to the police reported a foul odour.

The police are carrying out investigations.

The deceased Jamieson was affectionately called 'Mr Teddy' and was in good health according to his son, having beaten prostate cancer a few years ago. He went missing on Saturday, September 2.

In 2009, Thriller U's daughter was killed in a brutal murder in Florida, where she was visiting with her mother. The killer has since been found and jailed.





Nightclub operator, Corey Todd apologised to Devin Di Dakta in court on Wednesday, after which the assault matter was dismissed, and referred instead to mediation.

the matter came up for hearing Wednesday, defence attorney Peter Champagnie declared that the men wanted to settle to the matter through mediation. After a brief discussion between the parties, Devin di Dakta told the Parish Judge that he did not wish to pursue the case.

Todd was charged last year with assaulting Magnum Kings and Queens winner Devin di Dakta.

Prosecutors had reported that Mr. Todd confronted Devin di Dakta at his Taboo Nightclub on Constant Spring Road in St. Andrew and demanded that he apologise for using his name in a song.

During the confrontation the artiste was physically assaulted.





Potential Impact Timing

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Dominican Republic/Haiti: Thursday; tropical storm force winds will spread across the Dominican Republic during the morning and midday Thursday in Haiti

Turks and Caicos: Late Thursday-Friday

Bahamas: Friday-this weekend; tropical storm force winds may arrive as early as late Thursday

Cuba: Friday-this weekend; tropical storm force winds will may arrive as early as Thursday night

Southeast United States: This weekend into early next week, beginning in south Florida Saturday





HURRICANE IRMA: Watches and Warnings

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hurricane-irma-alerts-map.jpgA watch means hurricane or tropical storm conditions are possible within 48 hours. A warning means those conditions are expected within 36 hours.

Low wind shear, increased mid-level moisture and increasing oceanic-heat content favor that Irma will remain a powerful hurricane (Category 4 or stronger) for the next several days, though some intensity fluctuations are likely at times. At this intensity, small deviations in wind speed will not change impacts. A direct hit will be catastrophic.

The mountainous terrain of Hispañola could be enough to slightly disrupt the circulation of Irma, allowing winds to drop some, but not by much.

Given the robust nature of Irma's structure, it is possible that it will retain strength longer than currently expected, potentially into the Florida Straights as a Category 5.

Irma has been a Category 5 hurricane for more than a day and a half, which ranks it as the 7th longest lasting Category 5 in the Atlantic basin, according to Dr. Phil Klotzbach. Irma could take a run at the longest lasting Category 5 hurricane by Friday.

For the next three days, Irma will move west-northwest on the south side of a ridge of high pressure called the Bermuda high, centered in the central Atlantic.

By this weekend, Irma will begin to turn north in the direction of a departing southward dip in the jet stream that will set up in the eastern United States. Where that northward turn occurs will be critical for what impacts Irma may bring to parts of the southeastern United States.





HURRICANE IRMA: Current Storm Status

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hurricane-irma-map-new.jpgThe highest cloud tops, corresponding to the most vigorous convection, are shown in the brightest red colors. Clustering, deep convection around the center is a sign of a healthy tropical cyclone.

Irma will track just north of the Dominican Republic and Haiti on Thursday and will be near the Turks and Caicos and southeastern Bahamas by Thursday evening.

Hurricane warnings have been issued for parts of the northern coast of the Dominican Republic and Haiti, the southeastern, central and northwestern Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Additionally, a tropical storm warning is in effect for the southern coast of the Dominican Republic from Cabo Engano westward to the border with Haiti and for the coast of Haiti from south of Le Mole St. Nicholas to Port-Au-Prince. A tropical storm warning is also in effect for the Cuban provinces of Guantanamo, Holguin and Las Tunas.

A hurricane watch is also in effect Cuba from Matanzas Province eastward to Guantanamo Province and the northwestern Bahamas.





HURRICANE IRMA: Latest Status, Timing

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The center of Irma is located about 210 miles east-southeast of Grand Turk Island and is moving west-northwestward at about 17 mph.

Irma's maximum sustained winds are at 180 mph based on data from NOAA and Air Force Hurricane Hunter aircraft, after being steady at 185 mph for an astounding 35 hours.





Hurricane IRMA: Where next?

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hurricane-irma-projected-path-map.jpgThe eye of the storm is due to pass just north of Hispaniola - the Dominican Republic and Haiti - on Thursday, moving on to Turks and Caicos and the southern Bahamas by Thursday evening.

The US National Hurricane Center warned that the north of the Dominican Republic and Haiti could expect 10 inches (25cm) of rain, with storm surges lifting water levels in the Turks and Caicos Islands and south-eastern and central Bahamas by 15-20ft (4.5-6m) above normal levels.

Bahamas prime minister Hubert Minnis said his government was evacuating people from six islands in the south to the capital, Nassau, in the largest storm evacuation in the country's history.

A hurricane watch remains in place in Cuba.

By Friday, Irma could hit Florida, where mandatory evacuation orders have already been issued for residents in Miami-Dade and Miami Beach, who must leave their homes on Thursday. All hospitals in the Florida Keys archipelago will close at 7am Friday.





Hurricane IRMA: Puerto Rico

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The most recent island to be hit was Puerto Rico, where lashing winds and rains have left most of the population without power and tens of thousands without water. Images from the island showed flash flooding, and hospitals were forced to rely on generators.

Irma is the worst hurricane to hit the island since 1928, when Hurricane San Felipe killed more than 2,700 people across Puerto Rico, Guadeloupe and Florida.





Hurricane IRMA: Virgin Islands

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Significant damage has been reported from the British Virgin Islands, where critical facilities, as well as homes, businesses and supermarkets, have been devastated. Sam Branson, son of Virgin businessman Richard Branson - who saw out the storm in a bunker on his private island of Necker - said "a lot of buildings" had been destroyed.

US president Donald Trump has declared a state of emergency in the US Virgin Islands, which were also struck. There were reports of extensive damage to buildings, and of land entirely stripped of vegetation. A public health emergency has also been declared.





Hurricane IRMA: St Martin and St Barts

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The French part of the island (the southern side, St Maarten, is administered by the Netherlands) was "95% destroyed", according to Daniel Gibb, a local official, who called it "an enormous catastrophe":

I have sick people to evacuate, I have a population to evacuate because I don't know where I can shelter them.

At least six people were killed in St Martin, according to Guadeloupe prefect Eric Maire.

The French president, Emmanuel Macron, earlier said he expected Irma-related damage to St Martin and another French overseas collectivity, Saint Barthélemy (St Barts) would be "considerable". France's overseas minister, Annick Girardin, was travelling to the Caribbean with emergency teams and supplies.

The Netherlands has sent marines to St Maarten, the Dutch part of the island, where extensive damage and destruction - but so far no deaths - have been reported.





Hurricane IRMA: St Kitts & Nevis

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Prime minister Timothy Harris said St Kitts was "spared the full brunt" of Irma, but warned of "significant damage" to property and infrastructure, as well as power failures. The airport is due to reopen on Thursday.





Hurricane IRMA: Anguilla

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One person died on the British overseas territory, said Ronald Jackson, executive director of the Caribbean disaster and emergency management agency, who added that "police stations, hospitals, school facilities, three or four emergency shelters, a home for the infirm and the aged, as well as the fire station", along with many homes, had been damaged or destroyed.

The tourist board said major resorts on the island had withstood the onslaught. The airport and two ports remain closed.

The British government has been accused of a failure to respond speedily to the devastation.





Hurricane IRMA: Antigua and Barbuda

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Barbuda, the first island to feel the force of Hurricane Irma was devastated by its high winds, with Gaston Browne, prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda, saying 90% of buildings had been destroyed and 60% of the population of around 1,400 people left homeless.

One person - a two-year-old child - is confirmed to have died in the storm. Michael Joseph, president of the Red Cross in Antigua and Barbuda said:

The devastation is not like we've ever seen before - we're talking about the whole country ... of Barbuda being significantly destroyed.

Critical facilities including roads and communications systems were ravaged, with the recovery effort set to take months or years. Some residents are expected to be evacuated to the larger sister island of Antigua - where damage was less severe - as part of relief efforts and ahead of the prospective arrival of Hurricane Jose this weekend.





hurricane-irma-photo-3.jpgHurricane Irma, still a category five storm with sustained wind speeds of 180mph (290kph) is heading towards the Dominican Republic, Haiti and the Bahamas which it is forecast to hit on Thursday.

Ten people are so far reported to have died as the hurricane ripped through the Caribbean: a two-year-old in Barbuda, one person in Anguilla, and eight in the French part of St Martin. It is feared the death toll will rise.

Hurricane watches are likely be issued for parts of Florida later today. Mandatory evacuations have been issued to residents in coastal areas of Florida.

Massive damage has been reported across the islands already savaged by the storm, with homes and critical facilities flattened, power failures and communications down.

On Barbuda, the prime minister, Gaston Browne, said 90% of buildings had been destroyed and 50% of the population was homeless. He blamed the carnage on global warming and criticised world leaders who deny climate change. He also said he was considering ordering residents of Barbuda to evacuate if a second Hurricane, Jose, is forecast to hit the island in the coming days.

The French part of St Martin was "95% destroyed", according to Daniel Gibb, a local official. Dutch prime minister, Mark Rutte, said there had been "enormous material damage" to the Dutch-administered south of the island.

France has sent an emergency team and supplies to St Martin and St Barthélemy (St Barts), both French overseas collectivities.

The UK has been criticised for its slow response to the hurricane, in the British territories in the Caribbean Theresa May has discussed launching a joint response with France, and ministers are due to hold a meeting of its emergency committee Cobra.

States of emergency are in place across the Caribbean, including in the Barbuda, US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, the most recent island to be hit with high winds and drenching rain.

Most of the population of Puerto Rico is without power and tens of thousands are without water.

The eye of the storm is due to pass just north of Hispaniola - the Dominican Republic and Haiti - on Thursday, moving on to Turks and Caicos and the southern Bahamas by Thursday evening.

Bahamas prime minister Hubert Minnis said his government was evacuating people from six islands in the south to the capital, Nassau, in the largest storm evacuation in the Bahamas' history.





hurricane-irma-photo-2.jpgUS-bound Hurricane Irma has gotten so strong that it is showing up on equipment designed to measure earthquakes.

Stephen Hicks, a seismologist at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton, said seismometer recordings on Guadeloupe, an island group in the southern Caribbean Sea, show the now-Category 5 storm approaching the Lesser Antilles, another Caribbean island group.

"Seismometer recordings from the past 48 hours on Guadeloupe show Cat. 5 #Hurricane #Irma driving closer toward the Lesser Antilles," Dr Hicks tweeted.

Hurricane Irma strengthens to Category 5, strongest possible on scale

In a later tweet, Dr Hicks clarified that background noise - for example, wind causing trees to move and crashing ocean waves - was causing seismographs to pick up Irma.

Irma, which is already the strongest hurricane ever recorded outside the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico, is likely to make landfall somewhere in Florida over the weekend.





IRMA kills 10 across the Caribean

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hurricane-irma-photo-1.jpgThe most powerful Atlantic Ocean hurricane in recorded history has killed at least 10 people across a number of Caribbean islands as it tore through the region. Florida is on high alert and has ordered evacuations, while the Carolinas and Georgia have also declared emergencies.

Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 storm, had maximum sustained wind speeds of 185mph, according to the US National Hurricane Centre. At least eight people on France's island territories have lost their lives, and images showed the island of Saint Martin devastated by wind and floodwater.

The storm has churned along a path through the Lesser Antilles and Puerto Rico, and towards the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Cuba. Residents of Florida are preparing for a potential hit over the weekend. Irma's eye passed directly over the island of Barbuda, meaning its inhabitants were twice subjected to the fastest winds

Heavy rain and howling winds raked the neighbouring island of Antigua, sending debris flying as people huddled in their homes or government shelters.

Officials had warned people to seek protection from Irma's "onslaught" in a statement that closed with: "May God protect us all."





judy-mowatt.jpgJudy Mowatt -- a member of Marley's backing vocal group, I Threes -- remembers Bob Marley's keyboard player Earl "Wya" Lindo as a "selfless angel".

"I remember him as a very quiet person and an exceptional keyboard player. I remember him playing something for me. I had to play it over and over, as it brought rivers of tears to my eyes how he played the song. The kind of notes he played touched every chord in your soul," said Mowatt, who is now a successful gospel artiste, having made the decision several years ago to sing for the Lord.

"He would play and give of himself and not look for anything in return. It would have to take someone with discretion to care for him. He was an angel. Wya gave of himself," she added as she extended her condolences to his immediate and musical family.





bob-marley-photo-5.jpgEarl "Wya" Lindo, Bob Marley's keyboard player, died in London, England, yesterday. He was 64.

The Wailers' manager, Lennie Chen confirmed his death.

"Yes, he is dead. I got a call from his manager yesterday. He said Wya was complaining about stomach pains and had gone to the hospital. He died a couple of hours later," Chen told OBSERVER ONLINE from his Florida base.

Chen said Lindo was part of The Wailers' three-week tour of United Kingdom in March. "He was looking forward to coming on the road with us again," said Chen.

While attending Excelsior High School in Jamaica. he played organ in the band Now Generation. Aston "Familyman" Barrett heard Lindo and recommended him to play for a Saturday afternoon television program Where It's At on JBC. Lindo also spent his early days working at Coxsone Dodd's Studio One, where he played on innumerable recordings with every star Jamaica has to offer. In 1972 he was invited to join The Wailers where he stayed ever since.[citation needed]

Lindo can be heard on an album credited to the Impact All-Stars. Released in 1975, the album is a collection of dub tracks recorded at Randy's Studio. He is survived by his wife and children.





hurricane-irma-photo-3.jpgThe most powerful Atlantic Ocean hurricane in recorded history bore down on the islands of the north-east Caribbean on Tuesday night local time, following a path predicted to then rake Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Cuba before possibly heading for Florida over the weekend.

At the far north-eastern edge of the Caribbean, authorities on the Leeward Islands of Antigua and Barbuda cut power and urged residents to shelter indoors as they braced for Hurricane Irma's first contact with land early on Wednesday.

Officials warned people to seek protection from Irma's "onslaught" in a statement that closed with: "May God protect us all."

The category 5 storm had maximum sustained winds of 185 miles (295km) per hour by early Tuesday evening, according to the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami.

Category 5 hurricanes are rare and are capable of inflicting life-threatening winds, storm surges and rainfall. Hurricane Harvey, which last week devastated Houston, was category 4.





Cayman judge arrested for drunk driving

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hands-behind-bars.jpgIngrid Mangatal, a 52 year old judge of the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands, was arrested on Monday night on suspicion of driving under the influence and careless driving after her car collided with a wall.

According to the police report, police and emergency services responded to a report of a single-vehicle accident on West Bay Road in the vicinity of the Lime Tree Bay Road.

The driver was alone in the vehicle at the time.

Miss Mangatal was subsequently arrested and taken into police custody.

She is currently on police bail.

No other vehicle was damaged and no one was harmed in the collision.





dexter-pottinger-photo-by-marvin-bartley.jpgThe suspect arrested in connection with the murder of popular Jamaican fashion designer Dexter Pottinger, has been charged.

He is 21 year old Romario Brown, a resident of Rocky Valley in Stony Hill, St. Andrew. Brown was reportedly out on bail on a charge of murder.

He was charged Monday night by detectives attached to the St. Andrew North Police Division.

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Brown was arrested on Friday during an operation in St. Ann's Bay, a day after Mr. Pottinger was found murdered at his St. Andrew residence.

His decomposed body had stab wounds.

Investigators say the knife used in the attack and a television stolen from Mr. Pottinger's house were found at Brown's Stony Hill residence.





The National Security Council has admitted that it gave the wrong figure for murders committed in Mount Salem, St. James, when it named the community as the first zone of special operations.

But it says it stands by its decision to declare the community a zone.

In a release this afternoon, the council said the decision to declare Mount Salem as the first zone was justified based on the relevant legal criteria, intelligence, and the strategic and operational considerations of the Joint Command.

When the zone was announced on Friday, the police claimed that there were 54 murders in Mount Salem, since the start of the year

But local political representatives and residents rejected those claims saying about 12 people had been killed in Mount Salem.

The council has now admitted the error but says the murder figure was only a single element of the data provided, and the error would not have changed the recommendation made by the Joint Command.

The council is also holding off on providing the revised murder figure for Mount Salem, saying it first wants the Jamaica Constabulary Force to review its systems of data collection and collation.

It says it's anticipating that the correct information will be provided within the next 48 hours.

The security council says while it is sensitive to the concerns of the residents regarding stigmatisation, it does not believe it is acceptable that persons in the community live in fear.

And it's calling for all law-abiding members of the community to stand with the security forces against criminal elements.





hurricane-irma-photo-2.jpgA Jamaican family of 10 in the Turks and Caicos Islands is this evening making a plea to the Government to make provisions for them and other Jamaicans to return home as Hurricane Irma approaches.

Sandra Walker, who lives on Providenciales, the most developed island in the chain, says she wants to get off the island; however they are unable to get a flight out of the country

Walker, who says she has a four-month-old baby and is with eight other family members, is appealing to the Andrew Holness led administration to arrange for an airplane to evacuate Jamaicans living on the island as soon as possible.

She says her family is on standby on a flight but every time they call to check they are told to keep on checking.

"I think they are trying to trick us. Irma is supposed to make landfall on Thursday but the airport sent out an advisory that they will be closed on Thursday," she said.

"Where we live is really close to the sea and there is no way we can survive a category 5 hurricane. We can barely manage a category 3."

Irma, a potentially catastrophic category 5 hurricane, is nearing the northern Leeward Islands an advisory from the Meteorological Service of Jamaica said this evening.





hurricane-irma-photo-1.jpgThe Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management says by Friday into Saturday, Jamaica should begin feeling the effects of the very powerful Hurricane Irma which is forecast to pass north of the island.

The minister with responsibility for disaster risk management, Desmond McKenzie, was this morning briefed by the director of the Meteorological Service of Jamaica, Evan Thompson and the Director General of the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management, Major Clive Davis.

Here are five things you should do as you prepare for the storm:

1. Check to ensure that the galvanised or zinc sheeting on the roof of your house is properly fastened, check hurricane shutters, hooks, latches and repair where necessary.

2. Keep in stock extra plastic bags and sheets of plastic to prevent important documents, paintings, equipment and furniture from getting wet.

3. Trim trees that touch power lines or hang over the house and other buildings.

4. Make sure that emergency cooking facilities such as coal stoves are in good working condition, and that you have emergency supplies including water boots, raincoats, flashlights, batteries,

portable radio, kerosene lamps, matches and the necessary medical supplies.

5. Store extra food, especially those which can be eaten without cooking or which need very little preparation.





Entertainer Thriller U of the group LUST is seeking the public's assistance for the safe return of his father who has been missing since September 2.

The singer has posted a $500,000JA reward for the safe return of his 72-year-old father, Thaddeus Jameson who was last seen in Spanish Town.

The Spanish Town police are investigating.

Thaddeus Jameson who lives in Sligoville was last seen in Greendale, Spanish Town at around 2:30 pm last Saturday.

Thriller U is imploring anyone with information to come forward.





11-year-old shot and killed in Trench Town

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crime-scene-gun.jpgAn 11-year-old boy was fatally shot on Sunday night in Trench Town, St. Andrew.

He has been identified as Michael Keating of Fifth Street. About 9:35, the child was at home when a man entered the yard. Shortly after, explosions were heard.

The child was later found with a bullet wound to the head.

No motive has been established.





Residents in Granville, St. James are facing difficulty leaving or entering the community as thugs blocked several roads Monday morning and reportedly fired shots.

Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay, head of the police Corporate Communications Unit, said the incident stemmed from an operation in the community on Saturday in which a man was killed by the police.

Superintendent Lindsay said his cronies are wreaking havoc in the community as residents are reluctant to support their protest.

The deceased is Curtis Coke of a Gordon Crescent address. At the time of the incident, a 9 milimetre pistol was sezied from him. The killing is being investigated by INDECOM and the Inspectorate of the Constabulary.

Meanwhile, Superintendent Lindsay said the police are trying to restore order in the Granville.





robbery.jpgCouncillor for the Sydenham Division in South Central St. Catherine, Hawthorne Thompson, is recuperating in hospital after being shot outside his business place on Brunswick Avenue in Spanish Town early Monday morning.

The incident occurred about 1 o'clock.

Mr. Thompson, who is a licensed firearm holder, was able to return fire, injuring both of his attackers, who have also been hospitalised. One of the men is said to be in critical condition.

Dr. Andrew Wheatley, Member of Parliament for St. Catherine South Central, gave an update on Mr. Thompson's condition.

"The councillor is in relatively good health. The shot went straight through, it did not damage any of his organs and as such we are more than elated to know that," he told RJR News.

The councillor was reportedly in the process of closing his business establishment when the incident happened.

Robbery is suspected to be the motive for the attack. However, the police are still carrying out investigations.





Gaza fans say Kartel looks mawga in new pictures

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vybz-kartel-and-kids.jpgVybz Kartel sent his Gaza fans into a frenzy on Thursday when recent photos of the incarcerated Dancehall superstar surfaced online.

It has been a while since fans saw a photo of the self-proclaimed 'Worl Boss' who is currently serving a life sentence for the murder of his former associate Clive 'Lizard' Williams, so they were in for a treat following his recent visit from his daughters.

Looking half his usual size, the run-di-place-from-prison artiste is seen with his two daughters. The kids appear quite happy to be with their dad, but Kartel looks like something's eating him.





Sean Kingston finds love in Kingston

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sean-kingston-and-girl.jpgR&B singer Sean Kingston has found love with a Jamaican girl.

The 'Beautiful Girls' singer who is currently living in Jamaica took to his Instagram account on Saturday to share the wonderful news with his 943,000 followers.

"Every king needs a genuine queen...," He captioned a photo of the two in Ocho Rios on a boat. "smh I Love my Jamaican woman.... #seankingston 🙏🏽❤️❤️ #Mybeautifulang."

According to sources, the two have been dating for some time now and Kingston is already planning a future for them together

"If real love, ano no Instagram thing yo, long time bossy [Sean Kingston] and the browning a link," sources said. "Right now is just music and family him a pree."





Popcaan protests bad roads in St Thomas

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popcaan-protest.jpgPopcaan stood with members of his hometown community in the parish of St. Thomas, in a peaceful protest against the deplorable state of the roads in the parish.

According to the 'Unruly Boss' who hails from York in the parish, he joined the protest as he believes using his influence was the only way to gain the attention from the media and government.

"Long time the people dem a try get help and nobody nah do nothing," he said. "Suh mi know seh if the unruly boss deh yah dem ago watch and see. St Thomas is a parish where we don't have a lot of things, but right now, we're just asking for the road rasta," he added.

Popcaan led the charge throughout the parish, with stops in major communities such as Bath, Port Morant, and the capital Morant Bay. In a series of videos and photographs making the rounds online, Popcaan can be seen standing among community members, holding a cardboard placard with the words 'We need road.'

Just last week, the Unruly deejay who hails from the parish of St. Thomas, hosted international media in his home parish as part of a 360 degree tour of Jamaica.





Junior Gong collabs with rapper Ty Dolla $ign

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Reggae and dancehall artiste Damian Jr. Gong Marley has teamed up with American rapper Ty Dolla $ign for a new single.

The record titled So Am I also features Skrillex.

The song will be featured on Ty's forthcoming album Beach Hou$e 3.

Marley, known for his international collaborations, recently secured rapper Jay Z on his single BAM.





crime-scene-gun.jpgThe police are reporting that the cause of death of the 13-year-old boy on Milk River Road in Clarendon on Thursday, August 31 was not as previously reported in the media.

A spokesman for the police has indicated that young Kemaro Myles, who lives in Kitson Town, St Catherine, and his friends -- two adults and another juvenile -- were playing with a gun, passing it around, and the weapon accidentally went off, killing Myles.

It was previously reported that Myles was travelling in a motor truck along the Milk River main road about 10:30 pm when the driver stopped to urinate. At that time, gunmen reportedly pounced upon them and opened fire, hitting Myles in the head, killing him. The police were alerted and the boy was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The police source further stated that the two adults who were with Myles were taken into custody and questioned when the new situation of how the young man died came to the fore. The two adults will be charged shortly while the fate of the juvenile is being assessed in conjunction with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.





Gunmen shoot up police vehicle in Tanglewood, St Ann

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA police vehicle was reportedly shot-up along the Tanglewood Main Road in St Ann, early Friday morning.

The incident occurred about 1:35 am.

Police reports are that two officers were on board the vehicle, when they saw men in bushes.

One of the men reportedly approached the vehicle and opened gunfire.

The officers returned the fire, however the men escaped.

None of the police officers was wounded in the incident.

The windscreen and gas tank of the police vehicle were damaged.





Cops probe shooting death of mother and son

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police-hat.jpgThe Manchester police are investigating the shooting death of two residents in the parish early yesterday morning.

Dead are Doreen Hamilton, 57, and her son Orane Hamilton, 38, both of a Cedar Garden Road address in Mandeville.

According to the police, explosions were heard around 1:00 am at the house where the two were living. Residents in the area raised alarm and the police summoned

The police found the mother and son with several gun shot wounds.

No motive has been established for the killing.





Suspect held in murder of Dexter Pottinger

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chains-and-hands.jpgPolice have apprehended a suspect for the murder of popular fashion designer, Dexter Pottinger.

Police sources say that the suspect a male in his 20's was held late Friday during an operation in the corporate area.

"The suspect is in custody at this time and is to be questioned," police source said.

Police have declined to comment further on the development.

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News of arrest comes hours after police also found the car of fashion designer in the Stony Hill area of St Andrew on Friday.

Police report that the body of Pottinger was found in a state of decomposition at his house on Washington Boulevard on Thursday.

Sources report that the body was found with stabs wounds reportedly to the back.

The gruesome discovery of the 34-year-old's body was made by a relative who went to the house after making several failed attempts to contact Pottinger.

The discovery produced high emotions among many in the society, including musicians and members of the fashion industry with whom Pottinger work closely for a number of years.

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crime-scene-gun.jpgThe St James police are probing the murder of a 19-year-old woman who was shot and killed shortly after returning from work Thursday night.

She has been identified as Trudy-Ann Lennon of Mount Carey, St James.

Reports are that about 9:00pm Lennon alighted from a taxi in Mount Carey when she was pounced upon by a gunman who opened fire hitting her.

She was rushed to hospital where she was pronounced dead.

The shooter reportedly fled the scene in a waiting motorcar.

No motive has been established for the attack.





U-15 footballer stabbed in prank gone wrong

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The Annotto Bay Police in St Mary are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of 15-year-old Rushawn Duncan of Crooked River District in the parish who was fatally stabbed in his community last week Thursday.

Police reports are that about 9:15 pm Rushawn was one of two friends allegedly attempting to play a prank on another teenager, when the plan went awry and Rushawn was stabbed in the chest.

He was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Rushawn was a member of the Jamaica Under-15 national football squad.

At this time the police do not suspect foul play.

The police said that they will be asking the Director of Public Prosecutions for a ruling on the case once the investigation is complete.





Two held in murder of 12-y-o boy

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hands-behind-bars.jpgTwo suspects have been held in connection with Wednesday's murder of a 12 year old boy in Clarendon.

They were among five men held during an operation in Gimme-mi-bit in the parish yesterday.

The other men were questioned and released.

During the operation the police seized two illegal firearms, one of them suspected to be the murder weapon.

Kemarie Miles of Kitson Town, St. Catherine, was fatally shot in Milk River on Wednesday night.

It was reported that the boy was on a truck with several men when the driver stopped to allow him to urinate.

He was shot in the head and died on the spot.

The men on the truck were questioned on Thursday.





beenie-man-photo-8.jpgAlthough reports have surfaced of King of the Danechall Beenie Man being booed off stage in Zimbabwe recently, he was again invited to perform in the country next month.

The Zimbabwe government through the Ministry of Tourism has booked Beenie Man to return for their National Carnival.

Documents for his return are currently being prepared.

For the last month, the dancehall recording artiste has been touring Europe and has a number shows scheduled in Africa.





crime-scene-gun.jpgSeventy-year-old George Hall of Sun Valley Road, Montego Bay, St James was one of two men shot and killed during an attack along a Montego Bay roadway on Thursday morning.

Reports are that about 8:40 am, Hall was driving his Toyota Hiace panel van along Leader Avenue, Montego Bay when he was pounced upon and shot multiple times by unknown attackers.

He died on the spot.

Reports are that a man, who was a passenger in a motorcar driving by at the time of the attack, was shot in the back of the head by a stray bullet. He died on his way to hospital.





Justin Silvera, the one-year-old he son of former People's National Party (PNP) Member of Parliament for St Mary West, Jolyan Silvera, was on Tuesday found dead in a swimming pool at his Kingston home.

According to police reports, Justin was at home with his father and caregiver, who were reportedly having a conversation in the kitchen, when it was realised that the toddler went missing.Subsequent checks were made and Justin was found floating in the pool. He was rushed to the University Hospital of the West Indies, where he was pronounced dead.

The PNP last evening tweeted its condolences to Silvera.

"Our heartfelt condolences to Jolyan Silvera and family at this difficult time. Love from your PNP family," the party said on Twitter. And Prime Minister Andrew Holness also offered his condolences.





Four persons shot dead in Clarendon in 24 hours

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crime-scene-demo.jpgThe police in Clarendon have their hands full as they investigate another four murders in twenty-four hours.

Among those killed are 12-year-old student Kemarie Miles, a student of Kitson Town in St Catherine. He was killed along the Gimmi-mi-bit main road as he urinated last night.

Miles had just got off a truck heading to Knockpatrick, Manchester when a gunman walked up and shot him in the head. He was taken to the May Pen Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Earlier, 57-year-old gardener, Phillip 'Roderick' Thomas of James Hill was shot and killed by unknown assailants. Thomas was sitting with a female on a platform when six men - three of them armed - showed up.

The men robbed his companion of her two cell phones and a ring valued at about $61,000 before opening fire hitting Thomas in the head.

The police had just gone to a murder scene on Young Street, Lionel Town, where 26-year-old tailor, Ricardo James popularly called 'Ricky Trooper' was shot and killed by a gunman. James was sitting on a verandah sewing when the gunman approached him from the rear of the house and shot him in the head and neck before escaping. He was pronounced dead at the Lionel Town hospital.

In the fourth incident, Sharpe Avenue residents stumbled on a body lying face down, with what appears to be gunshot wounds and its hands tied.





13-year-old shot dead in Clarendon

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crime-scene-gun.jpgThe police are reporting that a 13-year-old boy was shot dead in Clarendon Wednesday night.

According to reports from the Milk River police, Kemaro Myles, who resides in Kitson Town, St Catherine, was travelling in a motor truck along the Milk River main road about 10:30 pm, when the driver stopped to urinate.

At that time, gunmen reportedly pounced upon them and opened fire, hitting Myles in the head.

The police were alerted and the boy was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. The lawmen did not say what happened to the driver of the truck. Other reports state that it was the boy who had made a urine stop and that he was shot while in the act.

Investigations are ongoing.





dexter-pottinger-photo-by-marvin-bartley.jpgPolice investigators on Thursday evening turned up at the St Andrew home of designer Dexter '3 D' Pottinger whose body has been found. The body had started to decompose.

One woman who said she went to see the body said she observed blood stains inside the home. Police sources said the body was found with what appeared to be several stab wounds. Neighbour told the police they heard him screaming for help around 4:30 Wednesday morning.

Police say Mr. Pottinger's car and television were stolen.

As news of the murder spread, several people gathered at near the Yarico Place residence, including one man who the police had to restrain because he rushed on the scene attempting to see the body.‎

‎Pottinger started out in the fashion industry as a model with Saint International and was signed to an agency in London before transitioning to a respected stylist and designer.

He was also a make-up artiste and has had long association with members of the entertainment fraternity, including Ce'cile.

In 2015, he was announced as the face of the Dream Frame

Neighbours say at least one television set appeared missing.





 

Hurricane Maria making its way through the Caribbean

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hurricane-maria-storm.jpgHurricane Maria, the second maximum-strength Atlantic storm of the season, is bearing down on the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

The category five tempest has already inflicted "widespread damage" on the Caribbean island of Dominica.

It briefly weakened to a four but is now again packing top sustained winds of 280km/h (175mph).

The storm is moving roughly along the same track as Irma, this season's other category five hurricane.

The governor of Puerto Rico, a US territory, has told the island's 3.5 million people to seek shelter with the hurricane poised to make landfall around 8am local time (1300 GMT).

Officials there fear the debris left by Irma earlier this month could now prove extremely dangerous in the winds of Maria.

There are also concerns that heavy rain could cause landslides in some places, and that a predicted storm surge of up to 9 feet (2.7m) could swamp low-lying areas.

Puerto Rico has been a haven for people fleeing other storm-ravaged Caribbean islands in recent weeks.

Hundreds of shelters have been set up by the authorities, but correspondents say the human impact of the storm could depend on how seriously the warnings are taken.





140 killed as another powerful quake rocks Mexico

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Nearly 140 people were killed when a powerful, 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck Mexico on Tuesday, toppling buildings in the capital and sowing panic on the anniversary of a devastating 1985 quake.

The toll could rise further. Rescue crews and volunteers in Mexico City -- home to 20 million people -- were clawing through the rubble of at least 49 collapsed buildings looking for survivors and bodies.

Mexico City recorded 36 of the deaths, while Morelos state directly south of it saw 64 killed. The others were registered in Puebla (29), a town southeast of the capital, and in Mexico state (nine), which lies just to the west of the capital.

National Coordinator for Civil Protection Luis Felipe Puente said a total of at least 138 people died.

"I'm so worried. I can't stop crying. It's the same nightmare as in 1985," Georgina Sanchez, 52, sobbed to AFP in a plaza in the capital.

Amamia Sanchez, a 45-year-old secretary cried out: "It's just not possible that this happened also on September 19."

In the quake exactly 32 years earlier, 10,000 people perished in Mexico City. Memories of that event spurred panic on Tuesday and prompted many to quickly run for safety outdoors when walls around them swayed and cracked.





Hurricane Maria devastates Dominica

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hurricane-maria.jpgCategory Five Hurricane Maria pounded Dominica on Monday night, leaving the world fearing widespread devastation on the eastern Caribbean island, but there is still no clear word on the true level of destruction, as communication services were knocked out by the storm.

The hurricane, with winds of 160 miles per hour, badly damaged the Dominica Prime Minister's house overnight and left much of the island in ruins.

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit posted on Facebook that initial reports are of widespread devastation.

He said the country had lost all that money can buy.

Maria is the strongest hurricane on record to make landfall in Dominica - a country with a population of 73,000.

Government of Trinidad and Tobago has said it is mobilising a team to assist the country.

The Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard is also preparing to send a supply vessel and take Defence Force personnel to Dominica.

Several other Caribbean islands, including St. Kitts, Nevis, and Montserrat, have also reported damage to their telecommunications infrastructure. Telephone calls to those regions have failed to connect.

Hurricane Maria is now taking aim on islands already crippled by Hurricane Irma, as it barrells toward St. Croix and threatens severe damage to Puerto Rico.





The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade is seeking the public's assistance in locating the family of 69-year-old Keith Ranstan Porter, who they said is hospitalised in New York.

Porter whose birthdate is May 4th, 1948 was born in Clarendon, was never married and has five children.

Four of the five children are: Keith Porter, Nicole Porter, Shauna Porter and Peter Porter.

The ministry, in a release this afternoon, said Porter also has two uncles in Jamaica with the names Ashton Porter and Leslie Porter.

A family address given is in the Kingston 3 area. He has been in the United States for four years.

The ministry is asking Porter's family to contact its offices at 21 Dominica Drive, Kingston 5 (New Kingston) or telephone number, 426-4220 extension 3352.





andrew-holness-photo-5.jpgPrime Minister Andrew Holness says he expects the High Command of the Jamaica Constabulary Force to take certain action in the coming weeks to show that it is serious about issues of sexual harassment in the organisation and the wider society.

There has been widespread concern following allegations that cops are being denied promotions because they reject the sexual advances of their superiors.

In an interview on Nationwide radio this morning, Holness said he believes it is important that the force takes a proactive approach to ensure that a certain standard is maintained and that members of the force are equipped to deal with domestic issues when they arise.

"I'm expecting that in the weeks to come we will see some action to show that the police is taking this matter very seriously," he said.

Holness also said that, already, he has met with Police Commissioner George Quallo following reports that cops were being denied promotions because they refuse to have sex with their superiors.

The National Security Minister has said there are almost 400 vacant posts to be filled in the constabulary and has publicly called for Quallo to explain why they are not being filled.

According to Montague, the government has the money to pay the promoted cops.





lisa-hanna-and-richard.jpgOpposition Spokesperson on Youth and Culture, attracted a slew of trill to her page as she took to social media to send birthday wishes to fiance Richard.

Two couple was enjoying their week-long vacation in Turkey.

"My SULTAN LOVER Come and ROCK my world," Hanna captioned a photo of the two. "Forever and let me give you MORE...💋Happy Birthday My Love ❤️ #Breathless

#YesYesMorePlease

#TurkishBirthday

#IstanbulTogether," she added.

"Is that her father? or what because she can't possibly be dating that old man," one user wrote.

"wooooie! Lisa love PNP so much that she's dating Michael Manley."

"Wait i thought that Manley was dead, how comes he's on vacation with Lisa Hanna?" another questioned.

"Come on Lisa that old man can't satisfy you! must him face alone him a use," another added.





Unu done know stay tuned, Danielle DI tells fans

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danielle-di-photo-3.jpgDancehall artist Danielle D.I is on her way to Jamaica to continue her beef with controversial singer Ishawna.

After going silent for a few days to provide support for her ailing mother, the 'Rebel' singer took to social media on Saturday to share a video at the Miami International Airport announcing her return to Jamaica.

"I'm on my way to my second home in Jamaica right now," she said. D.I also thanked her fans for their well wishes during her family's difficulties, before hinting that she's ready to beef with Ishawna once again.





Lisa Hanna goes wedding dress shopping

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lisa-hanna-and-richard.jpgMember of Parliament and former Miss World, Lisa Hanna looks all set to tie the knot.

She went wedding dress shopping recently and took to Instagram on Thursday to give an update to her almost 200k followers.

"Went to two designers. I'm certainly NOT interested in trying anymore. Did it to see what all the Hype was about," the former beauty queen wrote. "Not me at all. Can't deal with all the fuss...I went and bought the fabric and said YES to my girl LOUISE. Doing everything right here in Jamaica by Jamaicans."

Hanna is currently dating businessman Richard Lake, she announced her engagement last year on social media with a photo of herself showing off a ring, "Yes I said Yes!," she wrote.

This will be her second marriage as she previously wed businessman David Panton in 1999 however filed for divorce in 2004. They couple share a teenage son together.

Lisa Hanna and her lover Richard Lake have been making rounds on social media following her recent post.





Apocalypse coming September 23?

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end-times.jpgSeptember 23 this year is set to mark the beginning of the apocalypse, according to several conspiracy theorists and doom-mongers.

The 'Rapture', set out in the Book of Revelation, will see 'worthy' Christians lifted into heaven by Jesus, while those remaining will be left to face the end of the world.

Now, an apocalyptic theory known as Revelation 12 Sign predicts the Rapture will soon be fulfilled with the appearance of 'a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head.' Conspiracy theorists think an astronomical alignment involving the constellations Leo and Virgo, along with various other planets will fulfill this prophecy word-for-word.

The Rapture is the second coming of Jesus Christ as prophesied in John 14:1-3 where those who have lived 'sin free' lives meet the Lord.

Proponents of the outlandish theory say the women mentioned in the prophecy represents the constellation Virgo, while the crown of stars represents Leo.

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The oldest person in the world who was the last living subject of Queen Victoria and worked for 'masters' on a Caribbean sugar plantation has died aged 117.

Violet Mosse Brown died in Jamaica at around 2.30pm on Saturday.

She became the world's oldest person on April 15 this year at 117 and 38 days, taking the title from Italian Emma Morano, whose life spanned three centuries and was born in 1899.

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Mrs Mosse Brown was sent a plaque by Queen Elizabeth II when she became the oldest citizen of the Commonwealth.

She was also the last person who lived under the reign of Queen Victoria, as Jamaica still formed part of the British West Indies in 1900.

In her early life the supercentenarian worked on a sugar plantation and as a maid in the 'post slavery period', according to her family.

She went on to buy her own home and became a successful businesswoman selling bread from the only depot in her district.

Following her death, 117-year-old Nabi Tajima, of Japan, is now the world's oldest person.





sonya-kay-forbes.jpgPolice investigators are trying to figure out if medical doctor Sonya-Kay Forbes was killed by an intruder at her St. Andrew residence or she was killed under other circumstances.

Dr. Forbes was found dead at her Cunningham Avenue home on Wednesday, with a stab wound to the abdomen.

Investigators have not come to a conclusion on what led to Dr. Forbes death.

He said the police have not declared that she was murdered. He explained that investigators are awaiting an autopsy report and forensic tests.

Investigators have so far collected a statement from Dr. Forbes' mother who was in the house at the time of her death.

She reportedly found her daughter dead in her bedroom.

A knife was also found in the room.

There was no sign of forced entry to the residence.

Investigators have also collected statements from persons at the gated complex.

The cops are reviewing evidence that someone attempted to clean up blood found in Dr. Forbes bedroom.

The 40 year-old medical doctor, was assigned as an eye specialist at the Kingston Public Hospital.





3 Jamaicans in custody in Cayman after drugs find

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custody.jpg(CMC) -- Three Jamaicans are now in police custody in the Cayman Islands following the seizure of a large quanta of drugs last week.

The police report that officers from the Joint Marine Unit were patrolling the eastern side of Grand Cayman late Thursday when they came upon a canoe from Jamaica.

It's reported that during a brief pursuit, the occupants of the vessel started to throw packages overboard.

The canoe was eventually intercepted and several packages were recovered.

The police also seized caged roosters.

The men were held on suspicion of importation.





Contractor shot dead; his daughter shot in the head

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crime-scene-gun.jpgJimmy Riley, a sub-contractor of Green Bottom, Nineteen Miles in Clarendon was shot dead Saturday night, while his daughter, a 17-year-old student of Vere Technical High School, was shot in the head in the incident.

According to reports, Riley was at home when he was attacked and shot.

Upon the arrival of the police he was found lying on his back in a pool of blood on the verandah.

His daughter was taken to the May Pen Hospital where she was later transferred and underwent surgery.

No motive has been established for the killing. The police continues to investigate.





5 shot, one fatally, on West Bay Farm Road

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crime-scene-gun.jpgPolice say they have stepped up their search for a group of men who on Friday shot dead a 53-year-old man and injured four other persons, including two women, in West Bay Farm Road, Kingston.

Dead has been identified as Owen Bowen, otherwise called 'Mattis' or 'Carter' of Lenwood Path, Kingston 11.

Reports from the Hunts Bay police are that about 6:45 pm the five were on the roadway when a group of men with guns approached the group of persons and opened fire.

The men then escaped from the area.

Police were called and the victims found suffering from gunshot wounds.

They were rushed to hospital where Bowen succumbed to his injuries.

The other four has since been admitted in hospital. One of the women is said to be in serious condition, while the others are reportedly stable.

Hunts Bay police are investigating.





student-killed.jpgThe New York Police Department (NYPD), is set to release the body camera footage of a fatal shooting which claimed the life of a Jamaican male student during a standoff with cops in his Bronx apartment.

Cops are reportedly set to release footage of the standoff with the 31-year-old Jamaican student, Miguel Richards, on Thursday, after he was allegedly was shot and killed by cops during a wellness check requested by his landlord.

Richards was shot 16 times during the confrontation after cops claim that he brandished a small knife and a toy gun with a laser scope while they repeatedly told him to surrender.

Sources say Richards was a university exchange student from Jamaica, who was studying information technology in the United States.

Family members say they are shocked as Richards he has no prior arrest record, nor did he show any sign of mental illness.





fever.jpgVybz Kartel's smash hit single 'Fever' is still a big hit for the jailed Dancehall superstar over a year after its release.

As the summer banger produced by TJ Records and featured on Kartel's "King Of The Dancehall" album continues to climb the Billboard R&B/Hip Hop Airplay Chart, highlighting its strong radio support overseas.

'Fever' currently sits at number 11 on the iTunes top 100 Reggae song chart for the most popular downloads.

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The single collective has over 51 Million streams on YouTube with the official visuals directed by Jay Will/Game Over racking up over 21 Million views. The single debut on the Billboard R&B Hip Hop Airplay chart this week at no. 50. The single Linton "TJ" White-produced single was released in May 2016 and has been one of the biggest singles in dancehall over the last year. The single has already racked up a combined 55 million views on YouTube and the music video alone has over 200 million and growing fast.

"It feels good to know that your work is on a major platform such as the Billboard chart," TJ Records head, Linton White, said. "It's a lot of work and effort that we've put into the promotion of the song in the United States, and I really want to thank all the persons involved. There's still a lot of work to be done."

The growth in popularity of "Fever" may result in increased sales for Vybz Kartel's album King of the Dancehall. The track is his second hit on Billboard after tasting mainstream success in 2009 with his single "Romping Shop" featuring Spice which peaked at number 76 on the Billboard R&B Hip Hop Songs Chart. The dancehall deejay is currently serving a life sentence for murder although he is appealing the conviction. His appeal trial in the Jamaica Appeal Court gets under in February next year.





Damian Marley produces new single for Third World

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third-world.jpgCelebrating over 40 years in music, one of the most pivotal reggae bands of all time Third World has dropped a new single Eyes Are Up On You off their upcoming full-length album. The song and album are both produced by Damian Marley and will be released on the Ghetto Youths International label.

Third World's bassist Richard Daley explains why this musical process comes full circle.

"I had the honor of working with Bob Marley back in the 70s doing some recording in London and how remicinensent it is as I sit in the studio working with Damian Marley. It is the same feeling and vibe, as we record and produce songs like "Eyes Are Up On You" and others. It is a great musical moment."

Damian Marley adds to the excitement and says "I'm proud to be working with my uncles!"

The song, which will be accompanied with a lyric music video to follow, is a reminder that actions speak louder than words. "Eyes are up on you, careful what you do, someone is watching you" states the melodic chorus.

About Third World

With 10 Grammy nominations, sold-out tours worldwide, a loyal fan base and a catalogue of Top 40 Billboard charted smash hits (including "Now That We Found Love," "96 Degrees in the Shade," Third World has been one of (if not the) most consistently successful reggae bands. Third World's reggae fusion style mixes R&B, funk, pop, rock, dancehall and hip-hop into the genre, making them one of Jamaica's most popular crossover acts among international audiences.

The band has toured and worked with the late great Bob Marley (including opening for Marley's first world tour in 1978), Stevie Wonder (who produced 2 of their albums in the 80's released with CBS), Santana and Jackson 5 (opening for their first concert in Jamaica). They have also shared the stage with the likes of Bono of U2, Sting, The Police, Whitney Houston, Wyclef Jean, Lauryn Hill, Jimmy Buffet, Eric Clapton and Marc Anthony and landed national TV performances on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with David Letterman, Arsenio Hall Show and many more.





Capleton wants his stolen car returned

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capleton.jpgReggae artiste, the Prophet Capleton is asking for the return of his motor vehicle that was stolen on Sunday.

Capleton's metallic brown Grand Vitara was reportedly stolen in Bread Nut Hill, St. Ann in the wee hours Sunday morning.

New riddims and other personal items were in the vehicle.

Capleton is asking the thieves to return the motor vehicle.

Meanwhile, the Ocho Rios police are investigating.





Are you ready for eyeball shaving?

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eyeball-shaving.jpgA barber in the Chinese city of Chengdu does some hair-raising things to his customers ― like shave their eyeballs.

Xiong Gaowu is one of a few barbers still practicing the age-old "art"(?) of eyeball shaving.

Yep, you read that right: The 62-year-old actually puts a sharp razor right on the eyeballs of his patrons and scrapes off any dirt and residue that might be there.

As terrifying as this looks, Xiong claims that in 40 years of eyeball shaving, he has never injured anyone, according to ShanghaiList.com.

Eyeball shaving was used in hospitals in the early 20th century to treat trachoma, a bacterial condition that is the most common infectious cause of blindness in the world, according to the World Health Association.

Back then, eye shaving was a way to scrape away the ulcers and scar tissue under trachoma patients' eyelids, and stimulate the eyes enough to secrete a liquid that would moisten the eye sockets, according to the South China Morning Post.

But Qu Chao, deputy director of the ophthalmology department in the Sichuan Provincial People's Hospital, tells the paper that eyeball shaving is potentially dangerous, and has been phased out as other more cutting-edge ― and less cutting ― treatments have become available.

These days, the risk of trachoma can be reduced by improving sanitation and hygiene and can be cured with antibiotics.

Still, old habits die hard for some customers, such as the man who told the German news agency Ruptly that he sees results from each eyeball shave he gets.





serena-and-baby.jpgSerena Williams shared a lengthy video of her new daughter on Wednesday morning, along with a video documenting her entire pregnancy.

She posted the lengthy Instagram story almost two weeks after giving birth on September 1, an event she also included in the video.

Serena, 35, also revealed that the baby girl is named Alexis Olympia Ohanian, Jr. - just like her father - and that the family had to spend six days in the hospital after her arrival because of complications.

'Look what we got! A baby girl' says Serena at the end of the video, showing Alexis Jr. as she lays in her arms.

The little baby is entirely covered with just her two tiny booties, face and full head of hair peeking out from her blanket.

She does not go into any more details about the complications beyond stating that there was an extended hospital stay, and Alexis was born weighing 6lbs 14ozs, a healthy weight for a newborn.





trench-town-hero-gully-rescue.jpgA Trench Town man is today quite upset as he says he's a hero too and wants recognition for saving drowning boy 12-year-old Renaldo Reynolds and his rescuer, Tremayne Brown

Alphonso 'Vivian' Coombs, a 26-year-old resident of Trench Town says he played a vital role in the rescue effort of a little boy from raging flood waters last Friday in the community - an event which has turned another resident, Tremayn Brown, into a celebrated hero.

Reports are that Renaldo Reynolds, a student of Jones Town Primary, was playing with friends on his way home from school when he found himself being swept away by flood waters in the gully on Collie Smith Drive.

After seeing Renaldo in the gully desperately clutching and gasping for air in the muddy flood water, Brown took off his shoes, jumped into the gully, and held on to the little boy.

Coombs said he subsequently played an instrumental role in rescuing the pair - after Brown was found in the ferocious water clinging on to a tree root with one hand while firmly holding the child with the other - but expressed disappointment that he has not received any of the praise.

"Right now I am here with mixed emotions, I am the person who pulled Brown from the gully and held on to him for several minutes before help came," Coombs said.

"But a one man alone ah get everything," he told Loop News and also repeated the same story to news out, The Star.

"So me woulda love to know if I'm not somebody too. How comes no one is highlighting me?"

Social media has mixed feelings on the matter as some say Brown is the real hero while others agree that Coombs should get recognition.





National honour for man who saved drowning boy

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Tremayne Brown the man who last week risked his own life to save a drowning boy, 12-year-old Renaldo Reynolds, a student of Jones Town Primary has received job offers, gifts and praises for his selfless, heroic act is to be given a national award.

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia 'Babsy' Grange reportedly told The Gleaner newspaper that Prime Minister Andrew Holness was moved by the actions of Brown, .

According to Grange, the prime minister suggested that Brown be given a national award for his brave feat.

It is anticipated that Brown could be awarded the Badge of Honour for Gallantry in October, this year, when 171 other Jamaicans will be conferred with national honours.

Renaldo was on his way home from school when he and friends decided to play in the gully's rushing waters. He, however, got into difficulties and was swept away by the currents from Seventh Street on Collie Smith Drive.

Residents attempted to save the boy but failed, However, Brown ran from the Boys' Town Vocational Training Centre, where he works part-time as a labourer, and jumped into the water clutching the boy.





Cops kill 2 gunmen in Hellshire

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police-tape-feb-3-2016-kaf.jpgTwo men were on Tuesday killed and their firearms seized after they allegedly opened gunfire at lawmen in Hellshire, St Catherine.

According to the Hellshire police, officers responded to reports about 5:30 pm yesterday that gunmen were at the Hellshire Beach Club in St Catherine.

The lawmen said they were greeted by gunfire upon entering the premises and in turn, shot at their attackers.

The two men were hit. A .45 pistol with 5 rounds and Intratec sub-machine gun with three rounds were reportedly taken from them.

The police are yet to identify the two bodies, which they described as both 5 feet 8 inches long, slim built and of dark complexion.

The matter has been reported to the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM).





Government to get rid of 'red money'

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red-money.jpgThe government announced that the one, ten and 25-cent coins -- which many Jamaicans refer to as "red money" -- are to be put out of circulation by the Bank of Jamaica, due to the downward trend in their use since 2005.

Information Minister, Senator Ruel Reid explained at a post-Cabinet press briefing this morning that Cabinet had approved the proposal to demonetise these coins because an efficiency assessment had determined that the cost of making these denominations consistently exceeded their face value.

The one, five and 20 dollar coins will remain in circulation.





ishawna-hot-pic.jpgControversial Dancehall artist Ishawna and Bad Gyal DI are having quite a tiff and this has even spilled over into a lyrical feud. Oh bwoy!

DI has released a diss track aimed at Ishawna and MS Legendary has answered.

Dancehall artist Danielle D.I has broken her silence on her new diss track 'Talk Up' which is aimed at rival Ishawna.

Th 'Bad Gyal' says she decided to record the single after sources close to Ishawna told her that the 'Equal Rights' singer was chatting her behind her back."Reliable sources have confirmed that she is being seriously malicious. I will have to come for you and I am going to do so lyrically because these babies can't handle it if things should go any other way," she said.

According to the Star, DI questioned Ishawna's lyrical capability and skills on the microphone, saying she doubts Ishawna would be brave enough to respond to her song.

"She can't talk up to me on record because she is not articulate enough, she is not lyrical enough and she don't have crap to say either. She will just have to hold her mouth in silence," she said

D.I released 'Talk Up' last Tuesday and says she made the feud lyrical because Ishawna couldn't handle it if things should go any other way.

As expected, Ishawna has responded with a diss ectitled 'Heat Shot'.

Following the release of the single Ishawna took to Insta to post, "Pressure dem like Cow Foot..." That post was quickly followed by one from the 'Rebel' singer who wrote, "Knowledge is power, "boss b**hes have to get their reading on."





foxy-brown-baby.jpgFoxy Brown shared the first photo of her baby girl that dancehall star Spragga Benz allegedly fathered and we have to say that the little angel is ADORABLE!!!!!!!

In March of this year, Foxy Brown suddenly gave birth to a baby girl and no one even knew she was pregnant because she is rarely seen in public these days. She never named the father of her child, but social media triggered rumors that Spragga Benz is the father. Neither of the two stars confirmed, but they were emngaged back in the early 2000s.

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On her 39th birthday on Wednesday, Foxy Brown shared a photo of her adorable daughter with Lauryn Hill's classic single "Zion" playing in the background. "My Gorgeous, Greatest, Gray Eyed BIRTHDAY GIFT GLORY TO GOD My GREATEST Hit Obsessively IN LOVE Forever Your Hero, MOMMY," she captioned the photo. Back in March, Wendy Williams broke the story of Foxy Brown giving birth on her show while adding that the father is a well-known reggae star.

"Congratulations to Foxy Brown," Williams said. "She had a baby girl. Allegedly it's a reggae star and I'm not going to say his name because I think that me and Foxy have some sort of relationship." Brown and Spragga Benz were engaged for two years until the dancehall legend called off the engagement in 2003.





Death toll in Mexico earthquake reaches 90

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mexico-earthquake.jpgNinety people are now confirmed dead in the quake that struck off Mexico's southern coast. It was the most powerful to hit the country in a century and was felt as far as Mexico City and Guatemala City by an estimated 50 million people.

Many were asleep when the quake struck. The USGS reported multiple aftershocks, including at least six with tremors measuring above 5.0 in magnitude.

Earthquake shakes buildings in Mexico

The majority of the deaths were in Oaxaca state, where homes and buildings collapsed. Oaxaca's governor said Saturday that 71 people had died in his state, Oaxaca's Civil Protection agency said via Twitter.

Relief and rescue efforts continued throughout the weekend.

In the city of Juchitan, rescuers used floodlights to illuminate a giant pile of debris.

"Can anyone hear me?" they shouted as they searched for survivors among the debris, using dogs to help in the search.

In other parts of Juchitan, operators used heavy machinery to clear roads. Soldiers tapped to help with relief efforts worked with shovels to move smaller debris out of the way.

Mexico's interior ministry has also reported 15 deaths in the state of Chiapas and four in the state of Tabasco.

Chiapas and Oaxaca, home to about 9 million people, are two of the most impoverished areas in Mexico.

The quake's epicenter was in the Pacific Ocean, some 600 miles (1,000 kilometers) southeast of Mexico's capital and 74 miles (120 kilometers) off the coast.

A tsunami was confirmed in Mexico, with one wave coming in at 5.8 feet (1.75 meter), according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. Tsunami warnings were issued as far away as New Zealand and Vanuatu.

President Enrique Peña Nieto said Mexico's army, marines and federal police had been mobilized to respond.





HURRICANE IRMA: Florida Keys hit hard by Irma

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irma-florida.jpgHurricane Irma bludgeoned Florida on Sunday, snapping trees like matchsticks and knocking out power to more than 1 million people.

Hurling 130 mph winds, the Category 4 storm made landfall on Cudjoe Key, the National Hurricane Center said. But even more powerful could be the storm surges that threaten to swallow Florida's coastal cities. "There is imminent danger of life-threatening storm surge flooding along much of the Florida west coast, including the Florida Keys, where a storm surge warning is in effect," the hurricane center said.

"The threat of catastrophic storm surge flooding is highest along the southwest coast of Florida, where 10 to 15 feet of inundation above ground level is expected. This is a life-threatening situation." Still, not everyone heeded orders to evacuate coastal Florida.

Wayne Ploghoft is hunkered down on the third floor of a building on Marco Island -- where catastrophic storm surges are imminent.

Ploghoft said he wasn't able to evacuate because his flight plans didn't work out. Now Ploghoft and three others are holed up with stockpiles of water, canned food and battery power.

"We're all going to be OK," Ploghoft said.

But Gov. Rick Scott said Irma's wrath is unprecedented.

"We have never had anything like this before," he told CNN Sunday. In Florida and southern Georgia, more than 8 million people face hurricane-force winds topping 74 mph, said Ryan Maue of WeatherBell Analytics.

Almost the entire state of Florida is under a hurricane warning affecting at least 36 million people, with concerns of catastrophic gales, torrential rain rain and deadly storm surges.

Miami is also taking a beating from Irma. Ferocious winds knocked out power to more than 680,000 customers in the Miami-Dade area, and at least one construction crane snapped.





irma-florida.jpgHurricane Irma ripped roofs off houses, collapsed buildings and flooded hundreds of miles of coastline as it raked Cuba after cutting a trail of destruction across the Caribbean.

It has killed at least 22 people and has officials scrambling to bring aid on Sunday.

As Irma left Cuba and directed its 130 mph (215 kph) winds toward Florida, authorities on the island were warning of staggering damage to keys along the northern coast studded with all-inclusive resorts and cities, as well as farmland in central Cuba.

There were no immediate reports of deaths in Cuba - a country that prides itself on its disaster preparedness - but authorities were trying to restore power, clear roads and warning that people should stay off the streets of Havana because flooding could continue into Monday.

Residents of "the capital should know that the flooding is going to last more than 36 hours, in other words, it is going to persist," Civil Defense Col. Luis Angel Macareno said late Saturday, adding that the waters had reach at about 2,000 feet (600 meters) into parts of Havana.

As Irma rolled in, Cuban soldiers went through coastal towns to force residents to evacuate, taking people to shelters at government buildings and schools - and even caves.

Video images from northern and eastern Cuba showed uprooted utility poles and signs, many downed trees and extensive damage to roofs. Witnesses said a provincial museum near the eye of the storm was in ruins. And authorities in the city of Santa Clara said 39 buildings collapsed.





irma-florida.jpgST. JOHN'S, Antigua, CMC - The Antigua and Barbuda government says it has taken no decision "at this time' regarding the opening of schools on Barbuda that took the full brunt of a dangerous Category 5 Hurricane Irma last week.

Prime Minister Gaston Browne, who had ordered the evacuation of all the residents on the sister isle, has also described the situation there as "uninhabitable".

A government statement said that Cabinet met on Saturday to discuss the situation, having received an assessment from the technicians and officials from various state agencies and stakeholders including the National Office of Disaster Services, the Central Board of Health, the Antigua Public Utilities Authority and the Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda.

The statement noted that "it was however directed that a plan be formulated immediately to integrate the over five hundred students from Barbuda into the public-school system in Antigua.

"The Cabinet also agreed to commence consultations with the people of Barbuda and stakeholders on Monday 11th September ...during which Barbudans will receive an update on the current situation on the island and given the opportunity to be involved in the decision-making process".

The government said it remains "committed to the education of the children of Barbuda, the rebuilding of the island and most importantly the welfare of all Barbudans and Antiguans".

Prime Minister Browne has already indicated that it would require "hundreds of millions of dollars" to deal with the reconstruct homes and other infrastructure on Barbuda, where a two-year-old child died during the passage of the storm.





HURRICANE IRMA: Which areas have already been hit?

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irma-florida.jpgIrma is the most powerful Atlantic storm in a decade, and has already caused widespread destruction on several Caribbean islands:

Cuba: Officials have talked of "significant damage", without giving further details, but no casualties have been reported. Electricity is out across the capital, Havana

St Martin and St Barthelemy: Six out of 10 homes on St Martin, an island shared between France and the Netherlands, are now uninhabitable, French officials say. They said nine people had died and seven were missing in the French territories, while four are known to have died in Dutch Sint Maarten

Turks and Caicos Islands: Widespread damage, although extent unclear

Barbuda: The small island is said to be "barely habitable", with 95% of the buildings damaged. Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne estimates reconstruction will cost $100m One death has been confirmed

Anguilla: Extensive damage with one person confirmed dead

Puerto Rico: More than 6,000 residents of the US territory are in shelters and many more without power. At least three people have died

British Virgin Islands: Widespread damage reported, and five dead

US Virgin Islands: Damage to infrastructure was said to be widespread, with four deaths confirmed

Haiti and the Dominican Republic: Both battered by the storm, but neither had as much damage as initially feared





A Jamaican athlete reportedly perished and another one hospitalised after the car they were travelling in crashed and burst into flames along Hope Road in St Andrew early this morning.

Dead is Jordan Scott who attended the University of Technology (UTECH). He previously attended the Petersfield High School in Westmoreland.

Michael Campbell, who was a member of the 4x100m relay team in London, has been hospitalised in serious condition.

Head of the Police Traffic Division, Senior Superintendent of Police Calvin Allen, said the they were travelling in a Honda Civic towards Papine on Hope Road about 4:45 a.m. when on reaching near the intersection with Lady Musgrave Road, the driver reportedly lost control of the motor car.

SSP Allen said the Honda Civic crashed into the concrete median and then burst into flames after hitting a wooden utility pole.

Both persons in the ill-fated car were rescued from the inferno where one was pronounced dead at hospital and the other one admitted in serious condition.

Investigations continue.





The driver of a Honda Civic was burnt to death after his car crashed into a utility pole on Hope Road, St Andrew Sunday morning.

Reports are that at male passenger was assisted to the hospital in serious condition, but the driver, who was trapped inside the vehicle, was unable to receive much needed assistance.

Eyewitnesses say that the Honda Civic was travelling along Hope Road towards Papine at approximately 4:45 am, when the driver overtook an ambulance at the intersection of Hope and Lady Musgrave Roads.

The driver allegedly lost control of the vehicle, crashed into a median and then a utility pole, after which the car burst into flames.

A team from the York Park fire station responded and extinguished the fire, however the driver did not survive.





crime-scene-gun.jpgThe St Thomas police are now searching for gunmen who carried out a double killing at a service station in the parish last night.

Dead are 21 year-old Katherina Brown, also called Trina, a cashier at the Morant Bay Petcom Service Station, and 57 year-old Christopher Higgins, of North Street in Morant Bay.

It is reported that about minutes after 11 p.m., a Suzuki Swift motor car drove onto the compound and about three men alighted from the vehicle firing several shots, killing Higgins on the spot.

The men then allegedly went inside the convenience store at the gas station and opened fire, hitting Brown several times.

The police say the men escaped in the same car.

The police say they later spotted the vehicle in Bull Bay in St Thomas and Kingston East police gave chase.

The men allegedly jumped out of the car and fired at the police before escaping into bushes.





dex-pot.jpgThe man charged with the murder of popular fashion designer, Dexter Pottinger, is also before the court for the murder of a woman last year.

Twenty-one year-old Romario Brown was charged last night by the Constant Spring Police with Pottinger's murder.

The police say he's a tattoo and makeup artist from Stony Hill, in St. Andrew. Brown is also called 'Travis'.

In April last year, he allegedly strangled a woman, Alexia Bepatt.

It's a story of two murders, of eerily similar circumstances, allegedly committed by the same man.

According to a Jamaica Observer newspaper report published May 13 last year, Brown was allegedly having an affair with the woman.

On the day of April 8, 2016, Brown reportedly went to Bepatt's home in Mona, in St. Andrew.

During an intimate moment, an argument developed. He's accused of strangling the woman. He then reportedly stole her boyfriend's laptop from the home.

The report says Miss Bepatt was later found partially naked and unconscious. It says she was rushed to hospital where she was pronounced dead.

The prosecution says Brown fled the scene but was picked up on a security camera. He was implicated in the murder following further investigation by the police.

The Police say phone records revealed that he was the last person to speak to Miss Bepatt on the day she was killed. Her phone and the missing laptop were also found at Brown's home.

Brown was denied bail several times last year. On the first occasion, the police objected to bail arguing he'd flee the country. It's uncertain when he was granted bail and the progress of that 2016 murder case. He's now accused of Pottinger's murder.

Last week Thursday at about 5:20 in the afternoon, the police say Pottinger's decomposing body was found at his home in Yarico Place, St. Andrew.

The police say a relative discovered the body.

The relative visited Pottinger's home after becoming concerned about not being able to make contact with him for several days. The police say Pottinger reportedly had multiple stab wounds to the back. Pottinger's car and TV were also missing. A day later, the designer's car was found in Rocky Valley Stony Hill, St. Andrew.

Brown resides in the same area. He's scheduled to appear before the Kingston and St. Andrew Parish court later this month in relation to Pottinger's murder.





Thriller U's father found dead

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Thadious Jamieson, the father of reggae singer Thriller U, who has been missing since last week,has been found dead.

The singer last week pleaded for information on the whereabouts of his 73-year-old father, offering a $500,000 reward.

The body of Jamieson, who was last seen alive a week ago in Spanish Town St Catherine, was found in bushes near the Simon main road in Tredegar Park, St Catherine this morning after an anonymous caller to the police reported a foul odour.

The police are carrying out investigations.

The deceased Jamieson was affectionately called 'Mr Teddy' and was in good health according to his son, having beaten prostate cancer a few years ago. He went missing on Saturday, September 2.

In 2009, Thriller U's daughter was killed in a brutal murder in Florida, where she was visiting with her mother. The killer has since been found and jailed.





Nightclub operator, Corey Todd apologised to Devin Di Dakta in court on Wednesday, after which the assault matter was dismissed, and referred instead to mediation.

the matter came up for hearing Wednesday, defence attorney Peter Champagnie declared that the men wanted to settle to the matter through mediation. After a brief discussion between the parties, Devin di Dakta told the Parish Judge that he did not wish to pursue the case.

Todd was charged last year with assaulting Magnum Kings and Queens winner Devin di Dakta.

Prosecutors had reported that Mr. Todd confronted Devin di Dakta at his Taboo Nightclub on Constant Spring Road in St. Andrew and demanded that he apologise for using his name in a song.

During the confrontation the artiste was physically assaulted.





Potential Impact Timing

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Dominican Republic/Haiti: Thursday; tropical storm force winds will spread across the Dominican Republic during the morning and midday Thursday in Haiti

Turks and Caicos: Late Thursday-Friday

Bahamas: Friday-this weekend; tropical storm force winds may arrive as early as late Thursday

Cuba: Friday-this weekend; tropical storm force winds will may arrive as early as Thursday night

Southeast United States: This weekend into early next week, beginning in south Florida Saturday





HURRICANE IRMA: Watches and Warnings

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hurricane-irma-alerts-map.jpgA watch means hurricane or tropical storm conditions are possible within 48 hours. A warning means those conditions are expected within 36 hours.

Low wind shear, increased mid-level moisture and increasing oceanic-heat content favor that Irma will remain a powerful hurricane (Category 4 or stronger) for the next several days, though some intensity fluctuations are likely at times. At this intensity, small deviations in wind speed will not change impacts. A direct hit will be catastrophic.

The mountainous terrain of Hispañola could be enough to slightly disrupt the circulation of Irma, allowing winds to drop some, but not by much.

Given the robust nature of Irma's structure, it is possible that it will retain strength longer than currently expected, potentially into the Florida Straights as a Category 5.

Irma has been a Category 5 hurricane for more than a day and a half, which ranks it as the 7th longest lasting Category 5 in the Atlantic basin, according to Dr. Phil Klotzbach. Irma could take a run at the longest lasting Category 5 hurricane by Friday.

For the next three days, Irma will move west-northwest on the south side of a ridge of high pressure called the Bermuda high, centered in the central Atlantic.

By this weekend, Irma will begin to turn north in the direction of a departing southward dip in the jet stream that will set up in the eastern United States. Where that northward turn occurs will be critical for what impacts Irma may bring to parts of the southeastern United States.





HURRICANE IRMA: Current Storm Status

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hurricane-irma-map-new.jpgThe highest cloud tops, corresponding to the most vigorous convection, are shown in the brightest red colors. Clustering, deep convection around the center is a sign of a healthy tropical cyclone.

Irma will track just north of the Dominican Republic and Haiti on Thursday and will be near the Turks and Caicos and southeastern Bahamas by Thursday evening.

Hurricane warnings have been issued for parts of the northern coast of the Dominican Republic and Haiti, the southeastern, central and northwestern Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Additionally, a tropical storm warning is in effect for the southern coast of the Dominican Republic from Cabo Engano westward to the border with Haiti and for the coast of Haiti from south of Le Mole St. Nicholas to Port-Au-Prince. A tropical storm warning is also in effect for the Cuban provinces of Guantanamo, Holguin and Las Tunas.

A hurricane watch is also in effect Cuba from Matanzas Province eastward to Guantanamo Province and the northwestern Bahamas.





HURRICANE IRMA: Latest Status, Timing

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The center of Irma is located about 210 miles east-southeast of Grand Turk Island and is moving west-northwestward at about 17 mph.

Irma's maximum sustained winds are at 180 mph based on data from NOAA and Air Force Hurricane Hunter aircraft, after being steady at 185 mph for an astounding 35 hours.





Hurricane IRMA: Where next?

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hurricane-irma-projected-path-map.jpgThe eye of the storm is due to pass just north of Hispaniola - the Dominican Republic and Haiti - on Thursday, moving on to Turks and Caicos and the southern Bahamas by Thursday evening.

The US National Hurricane Center warned that the north of the Dominican Republic and Haiti could expect 10 inches (25cm) of rain, with storm surges lifting water levels in the Turks and Caicos Islands and south-eastern and central Bahamas by 15-20ft (4.5-6m) above normal levels.

Bahamas prime minister Hubert Minnis said his government was evacuating people from six islands in the south to the capital, Nassau, in the largest storm evacuation in the country's history.

A hurricane watch remains in place in Cuba.

By Friday, Irma could hit Florida, where mandatory evacuation orders have already been issued for residents in Miami-Dade and Miami Beach, who must leave their homes on Thursday. All hospitals in the Florida Keys archipelago will close at 7am Friday.





Hurricane IRMA: Puerto Rico

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The most recent island to be hit was Puerto Rico, where lashing winds and rains have left most of the population without power and tens of thousands without water. Images from the island showed flash flooding, and hospitals were forced to rely on generators.

Irma is the worst hurricane to hit the island since 1928, when Hurricane San Felipe killed more than 2,700 people across Puerto Rico, Guadeloupe and Florida.





Hurricane IRMA: Virgin Islands

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Significant damage has been reported from the British Virgin Islands, where critical facilities, as well as homes, businesses and supermarkets, have been devastated. Sam Branson, son of Virgin businessman Richard Branson - who saw out the storm in a bunker on his private island of Necker - said "a lot of buildings" had been destroyed.

US president Donald Trump has declared a state of emergency in the US Virgin Islands, which were also struck. There were reports of extensive damage to buildings, and of land entirely stripped of vegetation. A public health emergency has also been declared.





Hurricane IRMA: St Martin and St Barts

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The French part of the island (the southern side, St Maarten, is administered by the Netherlands) was "95% destroyed", according to Daniel Gibb, a local official, who called it "an enormous catastrophe":

I have sick people to evacuate, I have a population to evacuate because I don't know where I can shelter them.

At least six people were killed in St Martin, according to Guadeloupe prefect Eric Maire.

The French president, Emmanuel Macron, earlier said he expected Irma-related damage to St Martin and another French overseas collectivity, Saint Barthélemy (St Barts) would be "considerable". France's overseas minister, Annick Girardin, was travelling to the Caribbean with emergency teams and supplies.

The Netherlands has sent marines to St Maarten, the Dutch part of the island, where extensive damage and destruction - but so far no deaths - have been reported.





Hurricane IRMA: St Kitts & Nevis

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Prime minister Timothy Harris said St Kitts was "spared the full brunt" of Irma, but warned of "significant damage" to property and infrastructure, as well as power failures. The airport is due to reopen on Thursday.





Hurricane IRMA: Anguilla

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One person died on the British overseas territory, said Ronald Jackson, executive director of the Caribbean disaster and emergency management agency, who added that "police stations, hospitals, school facilities, three or four emergency shelters, a home for the infirm and the aged, as well as the fire station", along with many homes, had been damaged or destroyed.

The tourist board said major resorts on the island had withstood the onslaught. The airport and two ports remain closed.

The British government has been accused of a failure to respond speedily to the devastation.





Hurricane IRMA: Antigua and Barbuda

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Barbuda, the first island to feel the force of Hurricane Irma was devastated by its high winds, with Gaston Browne, prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda, saying 90% of buildings had been destroyed and 60% of the population of around 1,400 people left homeless.

One person - a two-year-old child - is confirmed to have died in the storm. Michael Joseph, president of the Red Cross in Antigua and Barbuda said:

The devastation is not like we've ever seen before - we're talking about the whole country ... of Barbuda being significantly destroyed.

Critical facilities including roads and communications systems were ravaged, with the recovery effort set to take months or years. Some residents are expected to be evacuated to the larger sister island of Antigua - where damage was less severe - as part of relief efforts and ahead of the prospective arrival of Hurricane Jose this weekend.





hurricane-irma-photo-3.jpgHurricane Irma, still a category five storm with sustained wind speeds of 180mph (290kph) is heading towards the Dominican Republic, Haiti and the Bahamas which it is forecast to hit on Thursday.

Ten people are so far reported to have died as the hurricane ripped through the Caribbean: a two-year-old in Barbuda, one person in Anguilla, and eight in the French part of St Martin. It is feared the death toll will rise.

Hurricane watches are likely be issued for parts of Florida later today. Mandatory evacuations have been issued to residents in coastal areas of Florida.

Massive damage has been reported across the islands already savaged by the storm, with homes and critical facilities flattened, power failures and communications down.

On Barbuda, the prime minister, Gaston Browne, said 90% of buildings had been destroyed and 50% of the population was homeless. He blamed the carnage on global warming and criticised world leaders who deny climate change. He also said he was considering ordering residents of Barbuda to evacuate if a second Hurricane, Jose, is forecast to hit the island in the coming days.

The French part of St Martin was "95% destroyed", according to Daniel Gibb, a local official. Dutch prime minister, Mark Rutte, said there had been "enormous material damage" to the Dutch-administered south of the island.

France has sent an emergency team and supplies to St Martin and St Barthélemy (St Barts), both French overseas collectivities.

The UK has been criticised for its slow response to the hurricane, in the British territories in the Caribbean Theresa May has discussed launching a joint response with France, and ministers are due to hold a meeting of its emergency committee Cobra.

States of emergency are in place across the Caribbean, including in the Barbuda, US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, the most recent island to be hit with high winds and drenching rain.

Most of the population of Puerto Rico is without power and tens of thousands are without water.

The eye of the storm is due to pass just north of Hispaniola - the Dominican Republic and Haiti - on Thursday, moving on to Turks and Caicos and the southern Bahamas by Thursday evening.

Bahamas prime minister Hubert Minnis said his government was evacuating people from six islands in the south to the capital, Nassau, in the largest storm evacuation in the Bahamas' history.





hurricane-irma-photo-2.jpgUS-bound Hurricane Irma has gotten so strong that it is showing up on equipment designed to measure earthquakes.

Stephen Hicks, a seismologist at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton, said seismometer recordings on Guadeloupe, an island group in the southern Caribbean Sea, show the now-Category 5 storm approaching the Lesser Antilles, another Caribbean island group.

"Seismometer recordings from the past 48 hours on Guadeloupe show Cat. 5 #Hurricane #Irma driving closer toward the Lesser Antilles," Dr Hicks tweeted.

Hurricane Irma strengthens to Category 5, strongest possible on scale

In a later tweet, Dr Hicks clarified that background noise - for example, wind causing trees to move and crashing ocean waves - was causing seismographs to pick up Irma.

Irma, which is already the strongest hurricane ever recorded outside the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico, is likely to make landfall somewhere in Florida over the weekend.





IRMA kills 10 across the Caribean

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hurricane-irma-photo-1.jpgThe most powerful Atlantic Ocean hurricane in recorded history has killed at least 10 people across a number of Caribbean islands as it tore through the region. Florida is on high alert and has ordered evacuations, while the Carolinas and Georgia have also declared emergencies.

Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 storm, had maximum sustained wind speeds of 185mph, according to the US National Hurricane Centre. At least eight people on France's island territories have lost their lives, and images showed the island of Saint Martin devastated by wind and floodwater.

The storm has churned along a path through the Lesser Antilles and Puerto Rico, and towards the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Cuba. Residents of Florida are preparing for a potential hit over the weekend. Irma's eye passed directly over the island of Barbuda, meaning its inhabitants were twice subjected to the fastest winds

Heavy rain and howling winds raked the neighbouring island of Antigua, sending debris flying as people huddled in their homes or government shelters.

Officials had warned people to seek protection from Irma's "onslaught" in a statement that closed with: "May God protect us all."





judy-mowatt.jpgJudy Mowatt -- a member of Marley's backing vocal group, I Threes -- remembers Bob Marley's keyboard player Earl "Wya" Lindo as a "selfless angel".

"I remember him as a very quiet person and an exceptional keyboard player. I remember him playing something for me. I had to play it over and over, as it brought rivers of tears to my eyes how he played the song. The kind of notes he played touched every chord in your soul," said Mowatt, who is now a successful gospel artiste, having made the decision several years ago to sing for the Lord.

"He would play and give of himself and not look for anything in return. It would have to take someone with discretion to care for him. He was an angel. Wya gave of himself," she added as she extended her condolences to his immediate and musical family.





bob-marley-photo-5.jpgEarl "Wya" Lindo, Bob Marley's keyboard player, died in London, England, yesterday. He was 64.

The Wailers' manager, Lennie Chen confirmed his death.

"Yes, he is dead. I got a call from his manager yesterday. He said Wya was complaining about stomach pains and had gone to the hospital. He died a couple of hours later," Chen told OBSERVER ONLINE from his Florida base.

Chen said Lindo was part of The Wailers' three-week tour of United Kingdom in March. "He was looking forward to coming on the road with us again," said Chen.

While attending Excelsior High School in Jamaica. he played organ in the band Now Generation. Aston "Familyman" Barrett heard Lindo and recommended him to play for a Saturday afternoon television program Where It's At on JBC. Lindo also spent his early days working at Coxsone Dodd's Studio One, where he played on innumerable recordings with every star Jamaica has to offer. In 1972 he was invited to join The Wailers where he stayed ever since.[citation needed]

Lindo can be heard on an album credited to the Impact All-Stars. Released in 1975, the album is a collection of dub tracks recorded at Randy's Studio. He is survived by his wife and children.





hurricane-irma-photo-3.jpgThe most powerful Atlantic Ocean hurricane in recorded history bore down on the islands of the north-east Caribbean on Tuesday night local time, following a path predicted to then rake Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Cuba before possibly heading for Florida over the weekend.

At the far north-eastern edge of the Caribbean, authorities on the Leeward Islands of Antigua and Barbuda cut power and urged residents to shelter indoors as they braced for Hurricane Irma's first contact with land early on Wednesday.

Officials warned people to seek protection from Irma's "onslaught" in a statement that closed with: "May God protect us all."

The category 5 storm had maximum sustained winds of 185 miles (295km) per hour by early Tuesday evening, according to the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami.

Category 5 hurricanes are rare and are capable of inflicting life-threatening winds, storm surges and rainfall. Hurricane Harvey, which last week devastated Houston, was category 4.





Cayman judge arrested for drunk driving

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hands-behind-bars.jpgIngrid Mangatal, a 52 year old judge of the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands, was arrested on Monday night on suspicion of driving under the influence and careless driving after her car collided with a wall.

According to the police report, police and emergency services responded to a report of a single-vehicle accident on West Bay Road in the vicinity of the Lime Tree Bay Road.

The driver was alone in the vehicle at the time.

Miss Mangatal was subsequently arrested and taken into police custody.

She is currently on police bail.

No other vehicle was damaged and no one was harmed in the collision.





dexter-pottinger-photo-by-marvin-bartley.jpgThe suspect arrested in connection with the murder of popular Jamaican fashion designer Dexter Pottinger, has been charged.

He is 21 year old Romario Brown, a resident of Rocky Valley in Stony Hill, St. Andrew. Brown was reportedly out on bail on a charge of murder.

He was charged Monday night by detectives attached to the St. Andrew North Police Division.

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Brown was arrested on Friday during an operation in St. Ann's Bay, a day after Mr. Pottinger was found murdered at his St. Andrew residence.

His decomposed body had stab wounds.

Investigators say the knife used in the attack and a television stolen from Mr. Pottinger's house were found at Brown's Stony Hill residence.





The National Security Council has admitted that it gave the wrong figure for murders committed in Mount Salem, St. James, when it named the community as the first zone of special operations.

But it says it stands by its decision to declare the community a zone.

In a release this afternoon, the council said the decision to declare Mount Salem as the first zone was justified based on the relevant legal criteria, intelligence, and the strategic and operational considerations of the Joint Command.

When the zone was announced on Friday, the police claimed that there were 54 murders in Mount Salem, since the start of the year

But local political representatives and residents rejected those claims saying about 12 people had been killed in Mount Salem.

The council has now admitted the error but says the murder figure was only a single element of the data provided, and the error would not have changed the recommendation made by the Joint Command.

The council is also holding off on providing the revised murder figure for Mount Salem, saying it first wants the Jamaica Constabulary Force to review its systems of data collection and collation.

It says it's anticipating that the correct information will be provided within the next 48 hours.

The security council says while it is sensitive to the concerns of the residents regarding stigmatisation, it does not believe it is acceptable that persons in the community live in fear.

And it's calling for all law-abiding members of the community to stand with the security forces against criminal elements.





hurricane-irma-photo-2.jpgA Jamaican family of 10 in the Turks and Caicos Islands is this evening making a plea to the Government to make provisions for them and other Jamaicans to return home as Hurricane Irma approaches.

Sandra Walker, who lives on Providenciales, the most developed island in the chain, says she wants to get off the island; however they are unable to get a flight out of the country

Walker, who says she has a four-month-old baby and is with eight other family members, is appealing to the Andrew Holness led administration to arrange for an airplane to evacuate Jamaicans living on the island as soon as possible.

She says her family is on standby on a flight but every time they call to check they are told to keep on checking.

"I think they are trying to trick us. Irma is supposed to make landfall on Thursday but the airport sent out an advisory that they will be closed on Thursday," she said.

"Where we live is really close to the sea and there is no way we can survive a category 5 hurricane. We can barely manage a category 3."

Irma, a potentially catastrophic category 5 hurricane, is nearing the northern Leeward Islands an advisory from the Meteorological Service of Jamaica said this evening.





hurricane-irma-photo-1.jpgThe Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management says by Friday into Saturday, Jamaica should begin feeling the effects of the very powerful Hurricane Irma which is forecast to pass north of the island.

The minister with responsibility for disaster risk management, Desmond McKenzie, was this morning briefed by the director of the Meteorological Service of Jamaica, Evan Thompson and the Director General of the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management, Major Clive Davis.

Here are five things you should do as you prepare for the storm:

1. Check to ensure that the galvanised or zinc sheeting on the roof of your house is properly fastened, check hurricane shutters, hooks, latches and repair where necessary.

2. Keep in stock extra plastic bags and sheets of plastic to prevent important documents, paintings, equipment and furniture from getting wet.

3. Trim trees that touch power lines or hang over the house and other buildings.

4. Make sure that emergency cooking facilities such as coal stoves are in good working condition, and that you have emergency supplies including water boots, raincoats, flashlights, batteries,

portable radio, kerosene lamps, matches and the necessary medical supplies.

5. Store extra food, especially those which can be eaten without cooking or which need very little preparation.





Entertainer Thriller U of the group LUST is seeking the public's assistance for the safe return of his father who has been missing since September 2.

The singer has posted a $500,000JA reward for the safe return of his 72-year-old father, Thaddeus Jameson who was last seen in Spanish Town.

The Spanish Town police are investigating.

Thaddeus Jameson who lives in Sligoville was last seen in Greendale, Spanish Town at around 2:30 pm last Saturday.

Thriller U is imploring anyone with information to come forward.





11-year-old shot and killed in Trench Town

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crime-scene-gun.jpgAn 11-year-old boy was fatally shot on Sunday night in Trench Town, St. Andrew.

He has been identified as Michael Keating of Fifth Street. About 9:35, the child was at home when a man entered the yard. Shortly after, explosions were heard.

The child was later found with a bullet wound to the head.

No motive has been established.





Residents in Granville, St. James are facing difficulty leaving or entering the community as thugs blocked several roads Monday morning and reportedly fired shots.

Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay, head of the police Corporate Communications Unit, said the incident stemmed from an operation in the community on Saturday in which a man was killed by the police.

Superintendent Lindsay said his cronies are wreaking havoc in the community as residents are reluctant to support their protest.

The deceased is Curtis Coke of a Gordon Crescent address. At the time of the incident, a 9 milimetre pistol was sezied from him. The killing is being investigated by INDECOM and the Inspectorate of the Constabulary.

Meanwhile, Superintendent Lindsay said the police are trying to restore order in the Granville.





robbery.jpgCouncillor for the Sydenham Division in South Central St. Catherine, Hawthorne Thompson, is recuperating in hospital after being shot outside his business place on Brunswick Avenue in Spanish Town early Monday morning.

The incident occurred about 1 o'clock.

Mr. Thompson, who is a licensed firearm holder, was able to return fire, injuring both of his attackers, who have also been hospitalised. One of the men is said to be in critical condition.

Dr. Andrew Wheatley, Member of Parliament for St. Catherine South Central, gave an update on Mr. Thompson's condition.

"The councillor is in relatively good health. The shot went straight through, it did not damage any of his organs and as such we are more than elated to know that," he told RJR News.

The councillor was reportedly in the process of closing his business establishment when the incident happened.

Robbery is suspected to be the motive for the attack. However, the police are still carrying out investigations.





Gaza fans say Kartel looks mawga in new pictures

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vybz-kartel-and-kids.jpgVybz Kartel sent his Gaza fans into a frenzy on Thursday when recent photos of the incarcerated Dancehall superstar surfaced online.

It has been a while since fans saw a photo of the self-proclaimed 'Worl Boss' who is currently serving a life sentence for the murder of his former associate Clive 'Lizard' Williams, so they were in for a treat following his recent visit from his daughters.

Looking half his usual size, the run-di-place-from-prison artiste is seen with his two daughters. The kids appear quite happy to be with their dad, but Kartel looks like something's eating him.





Sean Kingston finds love in Kingston

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sean-kingston-and-girl.jpgR&B singer Sean Kingston has found love with a Jamaican girl.

The 'Beautiful Girls' singer who is currently living in Jamaica took to his Instagram account on Saturday to share the wonderful news with his 943,000 followers.

"Every king needs a genuine queen...," He captioned a photo of the two in Ocho Rios on a boat. "smh I Love my Jamaican woman.... #seankingston 🙏🏽❤️❤️ #Mybeautifulang."

According to sources, the two have been dating for some time now and Kingston is already planning a future for them together

"If real love, ano no Instagram thing yo, long time bossy [Sean Kingston] and the browning a link," sources said. "Right now is just music and family him a pree."





Popcaan protests bad roads in St Thomas

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popcaan-protest.jpgPopcaan stood with members of his hometown community in the parish of St. Thomas, in a peaceful protest against the deplorable state of the roads in the parish.

According to the 'Unruly Boss' who hails from York in the parish, he joined the protest as he believes using his influence was the only way to gain the attention from the media and government.

"Long time the people dem a try get help and nobody nah do nothing," he said. "Suh mi know seh if the unruly boss deh yah dem ago watch and see. St Thomas is a parish where we don't have a lot of things, but right now, we're just asking for the road rasta," he added.

Popcaan led the charge throughout the parish, with stops in major communities such as Bath, Port Morant, and the capital Morant Bay. In a series of videos and photographs making the rounds online, Popcaan can be seen standing among community members, holding a cardboard placard with the words 'We need road.'

Just last week, the Unruly deejay who hails from the parish of St. Thomas, hosted international media in his home parish as part of a 360 degree tour of Jamaica.





Junior Gong collabs with rapper Ty Dolla $ign

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Reggae and dancehall artiste Damian Jr. Gong Marley has teamed up with American rapper Ty Dolla $ign for a new single.

The record titled So Am I also features Skrillex.

The song will be featured on Ty's forthcoming album Beach Hou$e 3.

Marley, known for his international collaborations, recently secured rapper Jay Z on his single BAM.





crime-scene-gun.jpgThe police are reporting that the cause of death of the 13-year-old boy on Milk River Road in Clarendon on Thursday, August 31 was not as previously reported in the media.

A spokesman for the police has indicated that young Kemaro Myles, who lives in Kitson Town, St Catherine, and his friends -- two adults and another juvenile -- were playing with a gun, passing it around, and the weapon accidentally went off, killing Myles.

It was previously reported that Myles was travelling in a motor truck along the Milk River main road about 10:30 pm when the driver stopped to urinate. At that time, gunmen reportedly pounced upon them and opened fire, hitting Myles in the head, killing him. The police were alerted and the boy was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The police source further stated that the two adults who were with Myles were taken into custody and questioned when the new situation of how the young man died came to the fore. The two adults will be charged shortly while the fate of the juvenile is being assessed in conjunction with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.





Gunmen shoot up police vehicle in Tanglewood, St Ann

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA police vehicle was reportedly shot-up along the Tanglewood Main Road in St Ann, early Friday morning.

The incident occurred about 1:35 am.

Police reports are that two officers were on board the vehicle, when they saw men in bushes.

One of the men reportedly approached the vehicle and opened gunfire.

The officers returned the fire, however the men escaped.

None of the police officers was wounded in the incident.

The windscreen and gas tank of the police vehicle were damaged.





Cops probe shooting death of mother and son

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police-hat.jpgThe Manchester police are investigating the shooting death of two residents in the parish early yesterday morning.

Dead are Doreen Hamilton, 57, and her son Orane Hamilton, 38, both of a Cedar Garden Road address in Mandeville.

According to the police, explosions were heard around 1:00 am at the house where the two were living. Residents in the area raised alarm and the police summoned

The police found the mother and son with several gun shot wounds.

No motive has been established for the killing.





Suspect held in murder of Dexter Pottinger

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chains-and-hands.jpgPolice have apprehended a suspect for the murder of popular fashion designer, Dexter Pottinger.

Police sources say that the suspect a male in his 20's was held late Friday during an operation in the corporate area.

"The suspect is in custody at this time and is to be questioned," police source said.

Police have declined to comment further on the development.

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News of arrest comes hours after police also found the car of fashion designer in the Stony Hill area of St Andrew on Friday.

Police report that the body of Pottinger was found in a state of decomposition at his house on Washington Boulevard on Thursday.

Sources report that the body was found with stabs wounds reportedly to the back.

The gruesome discovery of the 34-year-old's body was made by a relative who went to the house after making several failed attempts to contact Pottinger.

The discovery produced high emotions among many in the society, including musicians and members of the fashion industry with whom Pottinger work closely for a number of years.

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crime-scene-gun.jpgThe St James police are probing the murder of a 19-year-old woman who was shot and killed shortly after returning from work Thursday night.

She has been identified as Trudy-Ann Lennon of Mount Carey, St James.

Reports are that about 9:00pm Lennon alighted from a taxi in Mount Carey when she was pounced upon by a gunman who opened fire hitting her.

She was rushed to hospital where she was pronounced dead.

The shooter reportedly fled the scene in a waiting motorcar.

No motive has been established for the attack.





U-15 footballer stabbed in prank gone wrong

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The Annotto Bay Police in St Mary are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of 15-year-old Rushawn Duncan of Crooked River District in the parish who was fatally stabbed in his community last week Thursday.

Police reports are that about 9:15 pm Rushawn was one of two friends allegedly attempting to play a prank on another teenager, when the plan went awry and Rushawn was stabbed in the chest.

He was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Rushawn was a member of the Jamaica Under-15 national football squad.

At this time the police do not suspect foul play.

The police said that they will be asking the Director of Public Prosecutions for a ruling on the case once the investigation is complete.





Two held in murder of 12-y-o boy

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hands-behind-bars.jpgTwo suspects have been held in connection with Wednesday's murder of a 12 year old boy in Clarendon.

They were among five men held during an operation in Gimme-mi-bit in the parish yesterday.

The other men were questioned and released.

During the operation the police seized two illegal firearms, one of them suspected to be the murder weapon.

Kemarie Miles of Kitson Town, St. Catherine, was fatally shot in Milk River on Wednesday night.

It was reported that the boy was on a truck with several men when the driver stopped to allow him to urinate.

He was shot in the head and died on the spot.

The men on the truck were questioned on Thursday.





beenie-man-photo-8.jpgAlthough reports have surfaced of King of the Danechall Beenie Man being booed off stage in Zimbabwe recently, he was again invited to perform in the country next month.

The Zimbabwe government through the Ministry of Tourism has booked Beenie Man to return for their National Carnival.

Documents for his return are currently being prepared.

For the last month, the dancehall recording artiste has been touring Europe and has a number shows scheduled in Africa.





crime-scene-gun.jpgSeventy-year-old George Hall of Sun Valley Road, Montego Bay, St James was one of two men shot and killed during an attack along a Montego Bay roadway on Thursday morning.

Reports are that about 8:40 am, Hall was driving his Toyota Hiace panel van along Leader Avenue, Montego Bay when he was pounced upon and shot multiple times by unknown attackers.

He died on the spot.

Reports are that a man, who was a passenger in a motorcar driving by at the time of the attack, was shot in the back of the head by a stray bullet. He died on his way to hospital.





Justin Silvera, the one-year-old he son of former People's National Party (PNP) Member of Parliament for St Mary West, Jolyan Silvera, was on Tuesday found dead in a swimming pool at his Kingston home.

According to police reports, Justin was at home with his father and caregiver, who were reportedly having a conversation in the kitchen, when it was realised that the toddler went missing.Subsequent checks were made and Justin was found floating in the pool. He was rushed to the University Hospital of the West Indies, where he was pronounced dead.

The PNP last evening tweeted its condolences to Silvera.

"Our heartfelt condolences to Jolyan Silvera and family at this difficult time. Love from your PNP family," the party said on Twitter. And Prime Minister Andrew Holness also offered his condolences.





Four persons shot dead in Clarendon in 24 hours

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crime-scene-demo.jpgThe police in Clarendon have their hands full as they investigate another four murders in twenty-four hours.

Among those killed are 12-year-old student Kemarie Miles, a student of Kitson Town in St Catherine. He was killed along the Gimmi-mi-bit main road as he urinated last night.

Miles had just got off a truck heading to Knockpatrick, Manchester when a gunman walked up and shot him in the head. He was taken to the May Pen Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Earlier, 57-year-old gardener, Phillip 'Roderick' Thomas of James Hill was shot and killed by unknown assailants. Thomas was sitting with a female on a platform when six men - three of them armed - showed up.

The men robbed his companion of her two cell phones and a ring valued at about $61,000 before opening fire hitting Thomas in the head.

The police had just gone to a murder scene on Young Street, Lionel Town, where 26-year-old tailor, Ricardo James popularly called 'Ricky Trooper' was shot and killed by a gunman. James was sitting on a verandah sewing when the gunman approached him from the rear of the house and shot him in the head and neck before escaping. He was pronounced dead at the Lionel Town hospital.

In the fourth incident, Sharpe Avenue residents stumbled on a body lying face down, with what appears to be gunshot wounds and its hands tied.





13-year-old shot dead in Clarendon

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crime-scene-gun.jpgThe police are reporting that a 13-year-old boy was shot dead in Clarendon Wednesday night.

According to reports from the Milk River police, Kemaro Myles, who resides in Kitson Town, St Catherine, was travelling in a motor truck along the Milk River main road about 10:30 pm, when the driver stopped to urinate.

At that time, gunmen reportedly pounced upon them and opened fire, hitting Myles in the head.

The police were alerted and the boy was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. The lawmen did not say what happened to the driver of the truck. Other reports state that it was the boy who had made a urine stop and that he was shot while in the act.

Investigations are ongoing.





dexter-pottinger-photo-by-marvin-bartley.jpgPolice investigators on Thursday evening turned up at the St Andrew home of designer Dexter '3 D' Pottinger whose body has been found. The body had started to decompose.

One woman who said she went to see the body said she observed blood stains inside the home. Police sources said the body was found with what appeared to be several stab wounds. Neighbour told the police they heard him screaming for help around 4:30 Wednesday morning.

Police say Mr. Pottinger's car and television were stolen.

As news of the murder spread, several people gathered at near the Yarico Place residence, including one man who the police had to restrain because he rushed on the scene attempting to see the body.‎

‎Pottinger started out in the fashion industry as a model with Saint International and was signed to an agency in London before transitioning to a respected stylist and designer.

He was also a make-up artiste and has had long association with members of the entertainment fraternity, including Ce'cile.

In 2015, he was announced as the face of the Dream Frame

Neighbours say at least one television set appeared missing.





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