October 2017 Archives

tifa-photo-1.jpgPlease note that Tifa is not getting into a war of words or a battle or anything like that with Shenseea. She really just wants to set the record straight.

Shenseea signed a deal with Campari as brand ambassador for the Caribbean region and her manager Romeich ruffled feathers stating via Instagram; "3 major deals in one year, first ever female artist to do that."

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Well, Tifa rebuffed that comment on her Instagram page where she highlighted her many endorsement deals while stating that it has been done before.

So too did D'Angel who hinted in a post that people should know their history. D'Angel has since deleted her post.

Shenseea is also the brand ambassador for Flow and Pepsi.





 

bob-marley-photo-6.jpgThe late king of reggae Bob Marley is featured on Forbes Magazine's list of top-earning dead celebrities.

Marley secured the number five spot after earning US$23 million.

The "Redemption Song" singer is boosted by sustainability-focused House of Marley audio products and the Marley Beverage Company.

Topping the list for the fifth straight year is the "King Of Pop" Michael Jackson.

Eight years after his death, Jackson is still rolling in big bucks, cashing in 75 million US dollars.

Golf legend Arnold Palmer is the second-highest earner. He brought in 40 million in part through sales of Arizona lemonade and ice tea beverage made in his name.

Palmer is followed by Charles Schulz. The creator of the "Peanuts" franchise made $38 million. While Elvis Presley comes in fourth with $35 million.





wendy-williams.jpgWhile addressing her audience on Halloween, Williams -- dressed as the Statue of Liberty -- was about to kick off her show's annual costume contest when she froze mid-sentence and looked wide-eyed into the camera.

"Let's get started," she said as her speech started to slow before pausing completely, stumbling backwards and ultimately collapsing to the floor. Clips from the moment, which immediately were shared on Twitter by concerned fans, show crew members rush onto the stage as the show faded to black.

Following a lengthy commercial break and several minutes of confusion online, Williams appeared back on her show to address the scary incident.

"That was not a stunt," she said. "I overheated in my costume and I passed out. I am a champ and I am back."

Fans urged the talk show host to seek medical attention for the incident, despite her appearing healthy when the show returned from the commercial break.





tarrus-riley-photo-2.jpgTarrus Riley, has pledged his support for Caribbean Love Now, and has confirmed that he will perform at JAMATHON, the benefit concert to raise funds for hurricane recovery in the Caribbean, including Dominica which is reported to be 95% devastated after Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Riley, who accompanied investor Joe Bogdanovich and a team to Dominica, Antigua and Anguilla gained a first-hand view of the after effects of the hurricanes and says that he was shocked at the level of devastation. "Gilbert hit Jamaica as a category three and we struggled to bounce back. What these people are going through is far from our imagination, so we have to reach out and help," he said.

During the trip, Riley said he was moved by the warm welcome people on each island extended the team, and their appreciation of the interest shown in their welfare. "That says to me that music is a big part of the solution. If we can ease souls and raise money to help these islands, then we will have become our brothers' and sisters' keepers," he said.

Riley joins several of Jamaica's best-loved reggae and dancehall stars who have all waived their performance fee for Caribbean Love Now JAMATHON, which takes place Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at The Red Stripe Oval in Kingston, Jamaica.

The other performers confirmed are: Assassin; Beenie Man; Blvk H3ro; Bunji Garlin; Bunny Wailer; Carlene Davis; Chino McGregor; Christopher Martin; D-Major; Devin Di Dakta; Etana; Fay-Ann Lyons; Freddie McGregor; Harry Toddler; Iba Mahr; Jah Cure; Jesse Royal; Naomi Cowan, Nesbeth; Raging Fyah; Richie Spice; Romain Virgo; Sizzla; Stephen McGregor; Third World; Tommy Lee Sparta, Toots Hibbert and Vegas. An All-Star band led by Dean Fraser will back all performances. The show will be hosted Tommy Cowan. Additions to the lineup will be announced soon as more artists join the campaign.

Caribbean Love Now JAMATHON is presented with the initial support of Jamaica Tourist Board; RJR Communications Group; Downsound Entertainment; Red Stripe; Flow; Hardware & Lumber; H&L Rapid True Value; H&L Agro; Usain Bolt's Tracks & Records; Franjam KLE; Parkland Industrial Co.; R Hotel; and Argyle Industries.

The cost of tickets are: General Admission, J$1000; VIP, J$3000, and VVIP, J$6000. Tickets will be available at Fontana Pharmacy; York Pharmacy; H&L Rapid True Value and H&L Agro stores.

Proceeds from the money raised by Caribbean Love Now will go directly to the people and countries affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Fans across the world will be able to experience Caribbean Love Now JAMATHON via live stream on YouTube at the Reggae Sumfest Live Streaming & Video channel. An online donation site will be announced shortly through which global contributions will be accepted.





The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is refuting claims that the police were involved in the fatal shooting of alleged Kingston area leader Valbert Harley otherwise called Waldie.

Thirty-eight-year-old Harley and three others were shot and injured on Mountain View Avenue in Kingston 3 yesterday afternoon.

In a statement, the JCF says around 12:30 Harley and his brother, who are jointly charged in a murder matter, were travelling from the Kingston and St. Andrew Parish Court in a Honda motorcar along with another man.

They reportedly pulled over along the roadway to make a purchase from a vendor when men travelling in a dark colour motorcar drove up, exited from the vehicle and opened gunfire hitting them and two other persons, including the vendor.

The police say a team was summoned to the scene and the injured men were taken to hospital where Harley was pronounced dead while the others admitted.

The police say Harley is said to be an area leader who operates out of Olympic Gardens, St. Andrew.

According to the police, he is described as the 'Don of all dons' as he claimed to be in charge of the entire Kingston and St. Andrew.





crime-scene-gun.jpgA policeman who was on suspension from the force after he was charged with murder was killed execution style at a dance early this morning. Another man was also injured in the early morning attack in Orangefield, in Ewarton, St Catherine.

The policeman has been identified as 35-year-old constable Courtney Linton, who was attached to the Counter Terrorism and Organized Crime Division, popularly referred to as the Police Flying Squad.

Reports are that the policeman, who was on suspension on a murder charge for the past five years, was at the dance playing a sound system when men in a white Nissan motor car drove up.

Two of the men reportedly pulled guns and opened fire, hitting Linton and the other man.

Patrons ran for cover during the melee.

Linton was reportedly shot multiple times, even after he fell to the ground. He died on the spot.

The other man received a shot in the right shoulder and is being treated at hospital.

In a statement this morning, Police Commissioner, George Quallo, said detectives from the Major Investigations Division and the St Catherine North Criminal Investigation Division are investigating the shooting.

Commissioner Quallo expressed condolence and said teams from the Community Safety and Security Branch and the Chaplaincy Unit were dispatched to assist family members.

This morning's shooting came days after another policeman was shot dead.





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

NMIA Bidder GAP Upgraded by Moody's to Highest Possible Credit Rating

nmia-jamaica.jpgGuadalajara, Mexico, 30 October 2017: Moody's Investor Service has upgraded Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico (GAP) to the highest possible issuer and debt rating category with a stable outlook.

Moody's upgraded GAP's issuer rating from Baa1/Aa1.mx to A3/Aaa.mx. GAP's senior unsecured regular bond/debenture rating was also upgraded from Baa1/Aa1.mx to A3/Aaa.mx.

GAP is Mexico's leading airport operator and is among the pre-qualified bidders for Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston, Jamaica.

The company reported an 11.9% increase in passenger traffic at its 13 airports year-to-date over the first nine months of 2016. GAP opened nine new domestic routes in Mexico during 3Q17 and three new international routes.

GAP reported a 19.6% increase in aeronautical revenue for the first nine months of 2017 to MXN 6.1bn (USD 320.7m), while non-aeronautical revenue grew 18.9% to MXN 2.1bn (110.1m) and overall revenue was up 11.4% to 9.3bn (485.6m).

Passenger traffic at GAP's 12 airports in Mexico ranged from 138,700 at its smallest in Manzanillo to 9,406,800 at its largest in Guadalajara between January and the end of September.

The company operates airports in major tourism destinations like Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta as well as in major business hubs like Guanajuato and Hermosillo, at the center of Mexico's auto manufacturing industry.

GAP is listed on the Mexican Stock Exchange with ADRs listed on NYSE. It has a market capitalization of USD 5.35bn.





crime-scene-demo.jpgThe Clarendon police say they are following strong leads in Sunday night's shooting of eight persons in the community of Farm.

One of the victims, a woman, died.

She has been identified as 37 year old Lacia Mantack, a hairdresser of Evans Avenue in Farm.

The other seven persons, including a five year old girl, have been hospitalised.

About 6 o'clock, the individuals were among spectators who had just left a football match.

The group stopped at a shop when gunfire came from the direction of bushes.

The injured persons were taken to hospital, where Ms Mantack succumbed to her injuries.

The attackers escaped.

Kemps Hill murder

In the meantime, the Clarendon police were later called to another murder scene in Kemps Hill.

They found the body of 22 year old Mikhail Mitchell with bullet wounds.

Reports are that shortly before 9 o'clock, the police went to Mr. Mitchell's house where his body was found on the verandah.

No motive has been established for the killing.





crime-scene-gun.jpgThe Police High Command is keeping a close watch on Cockburn Pen in St. Andrew following the shooting death of alleged gangster Valburn Harley, otherwise called Valdy.

Harley was among four persons shot by gunmen along Mountain View Avenue on Monday afternoon.

Harley was on his way from the Home Circuit Court shortly before 1 o'clock. He stopped at a fruit vendor along Mountain View Avenue when a car with men aboard drove up.

The men opened fire hitting him, his brother and another passenger in the vehicle.

A vendor was also shot and injured.

Harley and the injured persons were taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The police are trying to establish a motive for the attack.





Director of Elections takes government to court

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The Director of Elections, Orrette Fisher, is now taking legal action to prevent the Electoral Commission of Jamaica from removing him from the job.

Fisher's one-year appointment expires Tuesday and it is reported that the post is to be advertised on the expiration.

The elections boss is contending that his one-year appointment was illegal because the law clearly states that the appointment must be for seven years.

Fisher who is being represented by attorney-at-law Hugh Wildman has brought an action in the Supreme Court against Governor General Sir Patrick Allen and the Electoral Commission of Jamaica.

He is seeking an injunction to bar the Commission from removing him from the post.

When the matter came before the Supreme Court this afternoon, Justice Carolyn Tai adjourned it until tomorrow and directed that the respondents be served.





Wayde van Niekerk marries his 'dream girl'

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wayde-van-nierkerk-and-wife-chesney.jpgThe golden boy of South African and world athletics, Wayde van Niekerk, has married his fiancé Chesney Campbell in a ceremony held last weekend.

Van Niekerk, the Olympic 400m gold medal winner and world record holder in 2016 as well as 400m gold medal winner at the IAAF World Championships this year, posted a picture on Twitter of the couple at their marriage.

The South African athletics star took to Twitter and Instagram to share the good news on Sunday morning.

He said: "Can't wait to spend the rest of my life with you @Neshney. So blessed to start this next adventure with the girl of my dreams! I love you!"

The 400m Olympic gold medalist popped the question last year during December and posted a video on Instagram captioning it, "She said yes", showing a ring on Campbell's finger.





Rvssian produces new Vybz Kartel single, Kremlin

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vybz-kartel-photo-29.jpgVybz Kartel has teamed up with internationally acclaimed producer Rvssian for his latest single "Kremlin" featured on Head Concussion Records's new "Moscow Riddim".

This marks Vybz Kartel and Rvssian's second project for the year after previously releasing "Highest Level."

"Kahira get a almanac, bet unno say Adidja a / A go run the place all when me .50, what a caliber / Higher than the Dutch inna the coffee shop / So me trick the trickster with the dove inna the magic hat Huh, see say dem a copy cat / A no nothing that me a the prototype, the quintessential," The self-proclaimed "Worl Boss" deejays.

"How yo mean mi naan voice for Rvssian / Yow Tarik yo hear the pu**y them," Kartel says in the intro while laughing.





cardi-b-offset.jpgOn Sunday, Bronx Rapper Cardi B showed off her huge 8-carat, pear shaped engagement ring while listening to Vanessa Bling's 2012 smash hit single Everything Fi Hold Him. She was celebrating her recent engagement to Migos member Offset.

Playing Vanessa Bling's song gave the Dancehall artiste a huge endorsement as Cardi uploaded the video to her Instagram story for her over 12 million followers to view on the social media-sharing application.

Bling has since reacted to the endorsement, "[Cardi B] congrats hun, you always support my music," she wrote. "You have everything fi hold him everything fi own him You goodgood weh a control him everynite eno."

Cardi B is a big fan of Dancehall music and frequently endorses some of the genres biggest acts including Vybz Kartel, Alkaline, Spice, Konshens and Popcaan.





beenie-man-photo-8.jpgIn a recent interview on OnStage, self-proclaimed King of the Dancehall, Beenie Man says Lady Saw remains Queen of Dancehall and that Spice doesn't have the accolades to claim that title. After all, how can anyone be the Queen of Dancehall without putting out even one album, without having a big international collaboratiobn; without having even one song on the Billboard chart?

"The Queen of Dancehall, Marion Hall is baptised, so i am here to see the next queen to come," he said.

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When quizzed about Spice getting the title, Beenie Man stated quite frankly that although Spice had upped her game and seemed poised to claim the throne, that's not how you become a queen.

"If yuh guh tek Lady Saw crown, you affi do weh Lady Saw do! no disrespect," Beenie said. "You can't do less work" and expect to claim the title. Beenie however agreed that Spice is now the queen-in-waiting. But, Spice could be w-a-i-t-i-n-g-f-o-r-a-v-e-r-y-l-o-n-g-t-i-m-e. Let's hope not.

And, of course, Predictable Grace (S-P-I-C-E) reacted in her usual hostile manner to constructive criticism.





Mhm Hm! Kartel drops new music video

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vybz-kartel-photo-29.jpgJailed Dancehall star Vybz Kartel releases the official music video for his smash hit single "Mhm Hm".

The infectious banger produced by Jones Ave Records is currently the number one single in Jamaica, clocking over 3.4 Million streams in less than one month.

"Get the oats, mhm / Get the Supligen, mhm hm / Get the nuts, mhm / Get the nutmeg, mhm hm / Blend it up, mhm / Turn it a your head, mhm hm / Get a gyal and just go get your children," the self-proclaimed 'Worl Boss' deejays over the Dancehall beat which also features controversial recording artist Ishawna's gritty diss track "Walking Dead" aimed at Danielle D.I.

The video is directed by Terminal 4 Media and Camera Dameon Gayle.





chris-gayle-photo-6.jpgSYDNEY, Australia (AFP) -- West Indies cricket star Chris Gayle Monday won a defamation case against an Australian media group which claimed he exposed his genitals to a massage therapist.

The lurid accusations were made by Fairfax Media newspapers The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and The Canberra Times in a series of stories in January last year.

They claimed the all-rounder exposed himself to team masseuse Leanne Russell in a dressing room at the 2015 World Cup in Sydney and "indecently propositioned" her.

Gayle denied the allegations, saying the journalists behind the story wanted to "destroy him".

His teammate Dwayne Smith, who was in the changing room at the time, also denied the incident took place.

A NSW Supreme Court jury ruled in Gayle's favour, finding Fairfax was motivated by malice.

The media group had defended the articles on the basis the allegations were substantially true and in the public interest.

"At the end of the day I'm very, very happy," Gayle said after the verdict, according to the Herald, adding that coming to court had been "very emotional".

"I'm a good man. I'm not guilty," he said.

The publication of the stories followed an uproar after Gayle attempted to flirt with an Australian presenter on live TV, asking her out for a drink and telling her: "Don't blush, baby."

During the week-long hearing, a tearful Russell stood by the allegations, saying she had gone to the room looking for a towel and came across Gayle.

She alleged he lowered the towel he was wearing and asked: "Are you looking for this?"

Gayle's close friend Donovan Miller told the hearing that since the allegations the West Indian had become "scared, especially (around) females and he always feels someone is out to get him".

A hearing on damages will be held at a later date.

Fairfax Media later released a statement saying said the company was "concerned with the conduct of the trial to the extent that on Friday it sought an order that the jury be discharged and a new trial ordered".

"Fairfax believes that it did not get a fair trial," it concluded. "It is seriously considering its appeal rights."





Caribbean Day of Giving a huge success

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radiothon-broadcast-from-the-dumplin-shop-in-the-bronx.jpgNew York: The recently held 'Caribbean Day of Giving' #CaribbeanDayofGiving mediathon on Saturday, October 7th, to assist Caribbean countries hit by recent hurricanes was deemed a successful venture with widespread collaboration from the Caribbean Diaspora media fraternity.

The organizers of the Day of Giving reported that the event raised over US$40,000 in cash as well as several barrels of goods, which were handed over to Ebenezer Pilgrim Holiness Church in New York, which will coordinate shipping to Barbuda and Dominica.

Most funds raised, came from New York based Caribbean Food Delights' Vincent HoSang Foundation. The event also had the backing of corporate and organizational sponsors such as Digicel, Tower Isles Frozen Foods Limited, Irie Jam Media Group, Usain Bolt's Tracks and Records, Team Jamaica Bickle, Union of Jamaican Alumni Associations, Golden Krust, IMAGES LLC, Caribbean Business Connections and www.shareitcamp.com.

These efforts were in conjunction with fundraising efforts by The American Friends of Jamaica, the American Foundation for the University of the West Indies and the Caribbean Tourism Organization Relief Fund, all 501(c)3 charity partners of Caribbean Day of Giving.

Much of the funds raised will benefit The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), which is the official body coordinating relief efforts to the various Caribbean countries affected by the hurricanes.

The all day media-thon, which involved over 32+ radio programs and other media platforms, featured interviews with Prime Ministers Hon. Gaston Browne of Antigua and Barbuda; Hon. Dr. Keith Mitchell of Grenada; Hon. Andrew Holness of Jamaica; Hon. Ralph Gonsalves of St. Vincent and the Grenadines; Hon. Allan Chastanet of Saint Lucia; the Premier of the British Virgin Islands, The Hon. Dr. D. Orlando Smith as well as Ronald Jackson, Executive Director of the CDEMA and Her Excellency, Loreen Bannis-Roberts, Permanent Representative of the Commonwealth of Dominica to the United Nations. The Door Restaurant in Queens and the Dumplin' Shop in the Bronx, were the location sponsors and sites of the radiothon.

The day ended with a Caribbean Day of Giving Benefit concert which was live streamed from Usain Bolt's Tracks and Records Sports Bar in Kingston, Jamaica. Performers included Romain Virgo, Chris Martin, Richie Stephens, Jermaine Edwards, D'Angel and D-Major. Event hosts were media personalities Nikki Z and Saudicka Diram.

Beyond the day, the organizers acknowledge the significant need for ongoing support to aid in the recovery efforts in the Caribbean region.

Persons wishing to donate may still do so at www.caribbeandayofgiving.com or text AFUWI to 41444. As the group design or promote new activities to raise funds, additional entities are also invited to support this disaster relief and recovery effort.





chris-gayle-photo-6.jpgA massage therapist said she "cried uncontrollably" after star West Indian cricketer Chris Gayle allegedly exposed himself to her, telling a Sydney court Wednesday it left her "very upset".

Gayle is suing Fairfax Media newspapers The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and The Canberra Times over a series of stories in January last year detailing the lurid accusations.

On the opening day of his defamation action Monday, he denied the allegations and claimed the media group was out to "destroy" him. His teammate Dwayne Smith, who was present at the time, has also denied the incident.

The newspapers said the all-rounder exposed himself to masseuse Leanne Russell -- who was working for the West Indies team -- in a dressing room at the 2015 World Cup in Sydney and "indecently propositioned" her.

She told the NSW Supreme Court she went to the changing room to look for a towel and came across Gayle.

Gayle asked her: "What are you looking for?" the court heard, according to the Herald.

"I said, 'a towel'," she replied, and he "pulled his towel out and down".

"I saw the top half of Chris' penis -- I apologise. I thereafter shielded my view. I said no and walked out."

Russell said she told the West Indies team's physiotherapist about the incident immediately and was "very upset" and "crying uncontrollably. I was crying like a child".

On Tuesday, Smith admitted he sent a text to Russell that simply said "sexy" after she massaged him the day before the Gayle incident.

Russell said she was "sick of being treated this way" and had spoken out to get other women to realise "this happens all the time and nobody has the guts to speak out and they should", according to the Herald.

Fairfax said it was defending the articles on the basis the allegations were substantially true and in the public interest.

Their publication followed an uproar after Gayle attempted to flirt with an Australian presenter on live TV, asking her out for a drink and telling her: "Don't blush, baby."

Gayle has since nicknamed his baby daughter 'Blush'





Police in New York recently arrested and charged a woman with second-degree murder, burglary and two counts of assault in the home invasion which left a 91-year-old Jamaican man dead and his 100 year old wife hospitalized.

Prosecutors in the United States say that the woman, 45-year-old, Suzette Troutman, the couple's caregiver, was the mastermind behind what they call "the sick crime".

Reports are that Troutman's nephew, Dwayne Blackwood, 27, was arrested last week Friday and charged with the same offences.

Ninety-one-year-old Waldiman Thompson, who migrated from Jamaica decades ago, died of a heart attack on October 11 after two men entered the Brooklyn home he shared with his wife, Ethlin, and tied them up before escaping with US$5,000.

The New York Daily News reported that Ethlin managed to escape and called for help.

When police arrived, her husband was found unconscious and face down near his bedroom with a blanket wrapped around his head and a pillow pressed to his face. He was pronounced dead at hospital.





ID parade for killers of Mandeville cop

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The police say the three suspects in custody for the killing of Corporal Melvin Smith in Mandeville, Manchester last Friday are to be placed on identification parades as they follow strong leads.

Head of the Police Area Three, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Clifford Chambers, says the three men were apprehended in Clarendon and are to be questioned in relation to the killing of the corporal.

Head of the Police Area Three, Assistant Commissioner of Police Clifford Chambers

The police say shortly after 8 o'clock Friday night, Smith was assisting a man who was robbed of his motorcycle.

He chased the robbers and a shoot-out ensued.

One of the men fell from the motorcycle and ran.

The second man reportedly shot the corporal.

He returned fire, injuring one of the robbers before he collapsed.

The policeman was taken to hospital where he died.





ophelia-walloston-nurse-killed.jpgcrime-scene-gun.jpgOphelia Walloston, a registered nurse of Lime Hall St, was shot multiple times by a man outside a supermarket in the parish capital of St Ann's Bay at around 6:30 pm on Friday evening. She died on Saturday morning while undergoing treatment.

Police sources said the shooter, who turned himself over to law enforcement officials after the incident, was previously in a relationship with the Walloston.

He reportedly confronted her about her relationship with another man, telling her she was ungrateful in light of all he had done for her, before pumping at least three bullets into her upper body.

Unconfirmed reports are that Walloston had a restraining order taken out against her attacker and had filed a complaint against the man earlier Friday.





crime-scene-demo.jpgThe police are probing the murder of popular producer, Tru Blue.

Ralston "Tru Blue" Wellington, who was shot and killed at his Maxfield Avenue home in St Andrew on Friday evening.

According to the Corporate Communications Unit of the JCF at about 6:15 pm, explosions were heard coming from the Swettenham Road, Kingston 13 home of the dancehall producer.

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On investigation by his family members, the 44-year-old's body was found in his yard with what appeared to be gunshot wounds. The police were called in and the body subsequently removed.

No motive has yet been established for the killing.

Tru Blue, who was off the music radar for close to a decade, co-produced Whine Yuh Waist Suh by Vybz Kartel and Don Andre last year.





crime-scene-demo.jpgWhat is this government doind aboub crime?!! The JLP was given power partly on their promise to reduce crime and violence, but ever since the have won, they have proven to be ineffective to the point of being criminals. The crime monster is out of hand. Just look at the statistics for one parish - Clarendon.

Since the start of the year, more than 130 people have been killed in Clarendon. Note, this is just ONE parish.According to official reports, this is more than the 114 killed over the same period last year.

Clarendon's murder figures got an increase over the weekend when gunmen on Sunday evening sprayed bullets on a group of people attending a party in the Clarendon community of Farm.

When the shooting ended, one woman was killed and six other people injured.

A child is among those injured.

According to police sources, a group of residents at a get-together were surprised by gunmen, armed with high-powered weapons.





tru-blue.jpgIn a profanity-laced video on Youtube, producer Tru Blue was seen and heard cussing out Bouty Killer in the wickedest way.

As one person has commented: "Si what happen when yuh chat too much and deh pon YouTube a chat bout yuh a guh step to di "Grung Gad" . Too much chatgingz, YouTube and Facebook badman."

Tru Blue was killed Friday night and the video has since gone viral. There is absolutely no suggestion that the video had anything to do with his untimely death and the police are not investigating any such link.

YardFlex sends condolences to the family and friends of the producer.





chris-gayle-photo-6.jpgSo why the white masseuse woman put down one piece a cow bawling when she see Chris Gayle man part?

She say she went into the changing room for a towel and Chris Gayle move him towel from his waist and ask her if is this she looking for She tell the story to some news people inna Australia and now Gayle sue the paper because him seh is lie the white woman a tell pon him.

She tell the court how she start one piece a hell bawling when the incident happen and how she did traumatized. What the hell? Isn't she a maaeuse? Don't she suppose to see dem tings deh inna her line a work when she a knead up people body on a daily basis.

Anyway, here is what John Public had to say about this woman:

Vernal

Why did she cry uncontrollably, was he the first naked man she saw? is it the first time she had been proportioned by a man in her line of business? Gayle this is becoming a habit of women accusing you, check yourself/body language to see what you might be doing wrong.

Reader: "There are two sides to this 'poor woman' who cried uncontrollably...

frank

Notice none of these sexual harassment cases.in this case allege body parts exposure ever happen between these females and ordinary joe blows walking the street[hardly any poor guys].its always the Chris Gayles.the Actor.the Basketball player.the football player. otherwise people with a lot of money.one female has a case going right now with a Dallas cowboy football player where she was bold enough to come clean before she accuse him of sexual battery right after he kicked her out of his mansion.she told him 'this is America so i am white they will believe me before they believe you a black guy..as i said before these guys cant look at some of these dishonest females cross eyed.as they will be sued.the ever corrupting greenback along with the sleezy lawyer just sit and wait..

cherryl

yuh know seh a suh it mostly guh fi true - which poor, unpopular man wi hear dat woman sue him for sexual harassment? right now i cant recollect one such incident -

bout she put down one piece a cow bawling after seeing his male anatomy - hiss teet...

although mi did waan bawl inna my early twenties when mi buck up pon one mad man and si him ting - all now mi memba it - de ugliest ting mi eva si! it did almost touch de ground!





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dj-khaled-watch-wm-side-side-3.jpgAt just one-year-old,, DJ Khaled's son Asahd's is the owner of jewellery worth millions..

Over the weekend, DJ Khaled teamed up with hip-hop's richest mogul Diddy to give Asahd Khaled a lavish first birthday bash. Aside from the eternal gift of Diddy serenading you with "Happy Birthday," Asahd also crawled away with several material gifts, including a brand new, adult sized watch from his father. According to TMZ, the diamond-studded watch itself is worth over one hundred thousand dollars, and was commissioned by Haute Living. The company also ended up hosting the party, so it looks as if they scored some serious points with the Khaled family.

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Apparently, the watch features six-hundred diamonds, and from the look of it, you could probably risk blindness should you look directly at it. Yet Khaled may be a lot of things, but irresponsible isn't one of them. There's no way the Grateful producer would give such an expensive present to an actual baby, who no doubt has little understanding of the principle of time, let alone how to tell it. If Asahd eventually wants to rock his expensive gift, he'll have to wait until adulthood, making the present something of a coming-of-age reward, not unlike Butch in Pulp Fiction.

Apparently the watch is a Frank Mueller model in rose gold, and features Asahd's name and birthday engraved in the back. Check out a visual of the piece below, and lament the fact that the watch probably costs more than our collective salaries. Still, there's no denying that Asahd will be set for life, what with having an executive producer credit on Grateful, which has officially been certified platinum.





Jesse Royal's Lily Of Da Valley has debuted at #1 on the Billboard Reggae Album chart. In addition, the album impressively hit #131 on the Billboard New Album Top 200 chart and #36 on the Independent Albums chart."Lily Of Da Valley (released October 6, 2017 on Easy Star Records) is the highly-anticipated debut album from the young Jamaican star. Jesse embarks on his U.S. tour in November, including a feature spot at Rootfire At The Park, before joining Collie Buddz for west coast dates in December.

Jesse Royal's music carries an impactful message built to resonate with the millennial generation and beyond and is proof with his #1 debut. Recording for Lily of Da Valley took place across many studios, from the Applehead Studio in Woodstock, NY, to the legendary Tuff Gong and Big Yard Studios in Kingston, Jamaica. The source material for the album arose organically, with Jesse keeping loads of hooks, melodies and lyrics on hand until he was ready to come with a full album's worth of strong songs. This liberating approach of patience guarantees the new release has no forced filler.

Studio assistance from the help of studio mastermind Llamar "Riff Raff" Brown, Kareem "Remus" Burrell, Phillip "Winta" James and Kurt White helped aid Jesse's vision of pushing the genre forward while still paying respect to those who paved the road prior, showing the youth that "there is a space for them to be creative in music."

"Easy Star Records is honored to be working with Jesse Royal and thrilled that his album is being so well received," says Easy Star CEO Eric Smith. He adds, "We are just getting started in exposing Jesse to the world and are excited to keep building from here. At Easy Star we take pride in breaking artists globally, whether they are from the Caribbean, the States, or Europe."

Jesse is about to tour the U.S. showcasing songs from the new album. More tour dates are already planned for early 2018 and soon to be announced. Press accolades for Lily of da Valley have been pouring in from a diversity of media outlets.





gucci-mane-and-keyshia-kaoir.jpgGucci Mane's brother wasn't invited to his wedding and neither was their mother.

On October 17, Gucci Mane finally tied the knot with his longtime girlfriend, Jamaican beauty Keyshia Ka'oir, and following the couple's highly-publicized nuptials, the headlines haven't stopped coming.

Notably, artiste Khia came forward alleging that the 32-year old Ka'oir had three children that she left behind in Jamaica to begin a new life with Gucci. Keyshia since denounced the claims on Twitter.

Now, it's Gucci Mane who is under scrutiny has his brother, Nate, has since revealed that neither he or the brothers' mother, Vicky, were invited to the wedding.

"He didn't let me go to the wedding, but I'm happy for him," Nate revealed in an interview with TMZ. "He went through hell to get to where he's at now. Me [and] my mom didn't go. We still reflected on it. That's just another chapter we have to close in our life. I'm glad he ain't in prison. He's out doing what he's doing; getting where he's trying to go."

It was just shy of a year ago that Gucci, born Radric Davis, popped the question at a Hawks game in his hometown of Atlanta. Since then, the lavish wedding has been in planning with many of the industry's top names in attendance, the people at home watching via a television broadcast, and Gucci's other brother, Duke, serving as best man.

"I feel real bad Rad didn't invite me to his wedding. I really wanted to be for him. As a brother...to support you, guide you, whatever you need me to do," Gucci's youngest brother went on to add. "For me not to be invited, I don't know how to feel."

He went on to reveal that his mother was just as hurt and confused by the lack of an invite, and used the opportunity to send a warning toward Ka'oir.

"She didn't get invited either. It's hard cause I don't know. She don't know. For her to see her kids get married. That's a dream she wanted to see come true. ...At least have your mother there. A man don't care for his mother how can he care for you?"





Vybz Kartel's appeal 'progressing well' says lawyer

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vybz-kartel-photo-11-larger.jpg"The appeal is progressing pretty well, we have seen some delays, but don't worry about that, that is on the management and administrative side, but other than that, things are progressing well," one news outlet is quoting Kartel's lawyer, Valerie Neita Roberston as saying. "We have certain things to do within a prescribed time and it will be done."

She added that the defense team is going into the trial well prepared and will be very detailed in their argument on why he was not given a fair trial.

The appeal is set to begin in February next year, and the Gaza Nation is confident that Addi will be vindicated, especially since Kartel's attorneys have expressed confidence in winning the case.

Vybz Kartel, Shawn "Storm" Campbell, Andre St John, and Kahira Jones were convicted in 2014 of the murder of their friend Clive "Lizard" Williams. All four men are currently serving life sentences for the gruesome murder where the victim's body was never found. The murder trial sparked a lot of controversies and most fans of the artists are left with an impression that he was not given a fair trial. There were issues of police intimidating witnesses and tampering with evidence, as well as, a well-publicised issue of one juror attempting to bribe the forewoman to return a not guilty verdict. That juror, Livingston Caine, is currently on trial for corruption and conspiracy and could face up to three years in prison.

If he loses the appeal, Vybz Kartel, real name Adidja Palmer, will have to serve 35 years before being eligible for parole. He already served six years.





alkaline-photo-13.jpgVendetta deejay Alkaline drop a new Chimney Records-produced single "Hard Tackle" over the weekend and as expected it is the top trending dancehall song on YouTube.

The single was released on Saturday night and at the time of this publication it reached close to 300,000 views. The bridge the gap between hardcore and conscious dancehall banger. "Ghetto youth, you haffi deh pon your guard / Worse when you make it inna the upper echelon as an underdog / Dem see your car and a wonder hard / See life a change fi you and a say you fi deh inna the morgue / The system weh we grow up inna a fraud," Alkaline deejay.

Alkaline has not released a new song in a few months, and this year he has only released a handful of new songs in comparison to previous years. Despite slowing down his new release, the Vendetta deejay has scored a hit with almost every new single he released this year and this one





usain-and-lewis.jpgThe fastest man in the world, Usain Bolt, admits to being scared and claimed he thought he was 'going to die' after Lewis Hamilton drove him around the Circuit of the Americas prior to the US Grand Prix.

The Jamaican sprinter was on hand to witness the 32-year-old cruise to victory in Austin as he closes in on a fourth world championship.

The Brit star and the eight-time Olympic champion pose for a photo in the Mercedes garage

Bolt - who waved the green flag to start the formation lap - revealed the experience of being in the Mercedes AMG roadcar was far from enjoyable.

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He said: "There's no words to describe it. The g-force on that was real. It was stressful.

"The first lap was aggressive and good and then when he took the traction control off I thought I was going to die.

"I'm stressed. I'm stressed. I need to take five. I was not ready for that. I was screaming a little bit."

While Hamilton revelled in the delight at scaring the eight-time Olympic champion, but declared in trying to frighten Bolt, he almost crashed on multiple occasions.

The Brit said: "That was probably the most fun passenger ride I've ever done. I was on the limit. We nearly crashed several times. I wasn't watching where I was going. Don't do that at home.

"It was so good. I pushed the car to the max because I wanted to scare him to death.

"He talks about being the fastest dude in the world, but I can still make him scared a little bit."





Sentence reduction day a success; 40 plead guilty

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At least 40 accused people pleaded guilty to various offences as part of the Supreme Court's Sentence Reduction Day initiative currently underway.

In the Home Circuit Court, 14 persons pleaded guilty to offences ranging from murder, wounding with intent, manslaughter and sexual intercourse with a person under 16 years old.

Up to midday in the Gun Court, eight accused persons opted to plead guilty for various offences.

Among the accused who took advantage of Sentence Reduction Day is Omar Graham, who pleaded guilty to murder and three counts of wounding with intent.

Mr. Graham is a former employee of Moncrieffe's Patio Shop in St. Andrew, who is accused of going on a murderous rampage at the workplace in March this year.

Prosecutors indicated that Mr. Graham, who was fired by the operators of the company, returned there on March 24 and attacked employees with a blunt object.

During his rampage, Barbara Moncrieffe, co-owner of the establishment, was beaten to death. Three other employees were hospitalised with serious injuries.

Another accused, Phillip Brown, the man who beat his pregnant ex-girlfriend to death inside her Crystal Towers apartment in St. Andrew last December, also pleaded guilty to murder.

Lorna Williamson, the woman accused of stealing a newborn baby at the University Hospital of the West Indies last December, has also pleaded guilty.

Ms. Williamson wiped tears from her eyes as she entered her plea.

All three accused will be sentenced on December 15.

The programme is still underway in the Gun Court.

The initiative will be made available at the St. Catherine Circuit Court on Friday.

Sentence Reduction Day provides an opportunity for accused persons to enter a guilty plea and benefit from a maximum of up to 50 per cent reduction in their sentence.





A woman and her daughter who were arrested by the police in Park Lane, St Andrew on Wednesday, have been released.

Their arrests sparked violent protests, with residents blocking the roadway, stoning cars and buses.

A Jamaica Urban Transit Company bus was badly damaged by the protesters.

The woman and her daughter are relatives of the prime suspect, now in custody, in connection with last month's murder of two teenagers - 17 year old Renaldo Byfield and 18 year old Jordan Campbell - in Comfort, Clarendon on September 8.

The teenagers, who were residents of Whitehall Avenue, had been reported missing a day earlier.

The woman and her daughter were questioned briefly by the police about the suspect, who has been listed by the police as a "violence producer".

He is also being investigated by the St Andrew South and the St Andrew Central Police in connection with several murders.





Gunmen kill two at stop-light; 2 others injured

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crime-scene-gun.jpgRampaging gunmen went left two men dead and two others wounded during an attack along the Flanker main road on Sunday night.

The deceased have been identified as 24-year-old Daniel Anglin and 20-year-old Shawn Titus; both of Flanker, St James.

Reports are that about 11:05 pm, Anglin and Titus were among four occupants of a motorcar which stopped at a stoplight along the Flankers main road, when men travelling in another motorcar opened fire on the quartet.

The four were shot and taken to hospital where Anglin and Titus were pronounced dead and the two other occupants admitted.

The Coral Gardens police are investigating.





School security guard shot dead by gunmen

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crime-scene-gun.jpgGunmen shot and killed a security guard at the Thompson Town High School in Clarendon early Monday morning.

The dead security guard has been identified as 39-year-old Alrick Carty.

A second guard who was also shot is now hospitalised.

Reports are that the guards were conducting a routine patrol of the school compound about 1:30 when they were pounced upon by two men.

The guards reportedly beckoned to the men who responded by opening gunfire.

The gunmen escaped in a waiting motor car and left behind a steel cutter.





child-porn-sentence.jpgA Jamaican man, who was held with child pornography on his cellphone earlier this year, was on Thursday sentenced to five years and eight months in a US prison.

According to testimony and evidence presented at trial, Anthony Carl Spence, 45, arrived at the Orlando International Airport from Jamaica on February 6, with a smartphone that had videos of a toddler being sexually abused and a young child engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

Reports from US media said Spence allegedly told investigators that one of the two videos found on his phone was shown to a class of Jamaican school children "in order to determine whether any of them had ever been molested".

He also claimed a girlfriend in New York sent him one of the videos and the other he had forwarded to a relative as a warning that her child "could be acting in a similar manner".

When asked about the incident involving the Jamaican school children, Spence reportedly told investigators that he was not employed by the school, but his nieces attended and he'd gotten permission from a teacher to show students one of the videos, the complaint said.

Spence, who told agents he had five daughters, allegedly admitted sending the videos to a number of friends and relatives while in Jamaica, including "women with children," court documents said.

Spence was arrested and charged in federal court with a count of possession of child pornography and was found guilty by a federal jury on July 26.





ramdial-son-suv.jpgBusinessman Dennis Ramdial was on Monday afternoon shot dead outside his business place on Beechwod Avenue, St Andrew, just three months after his son, Richard, was murdered in a sports utility vehicle along Ruthven Road.

Head of the Jamaica Constabulary Force's Corporate Communications Unit Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay says Dennis Ramdial was standing outside his business place when gunshots were heard.

She said it was later found that the businessman was shot.

He was rushed to hospital where he died.

On July 13, Ramdial's son, was shot more than a dozen times as he sat in his Mercedes Benz sport utility vehicle in rush hour traffic along Ruthven Road.

Police suspected that Ramdial was the victim of a contract killing and were said to be following several leads into the brazen murder which had sent shockwaves across the Corporate Area.





New comedy series premieres October 30

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There's a new girl in town, and she's looking to join the ranks of Issa, Mary Jane, Annalise, and Olivia Pope. Rhonda Mitchell M.D. is a new comedy web series that brings non-stop laughter, drama, smart writing and a diverse cast. Rhonda Mitchell M.D., a comedic medical themed drama, was filmed exclusively in Harlem, New York and directed by Roderick Giles ("Gully," "The Date," "FWord"). The series boasts a super talented ensemble cast including, Jowanda Durham ("Fists of Love," "Miss Bomba Claudie Show") in the title role; Malachi Rivers ("Ferguson," "Lips"); Mugga ("Precious," "Orange is the New Black," "Power"); Robert Starks ("The Haves and Have Nots"); Ruth Maria Flores ("I Am My Sister's Keeper," "Fever Divas"); Vanessa Fant ("Miss Bomba Claudie Show") and Mike Troy Smith ("Chappelle's Show," "Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam"). Rhonda Mitchell M.D. was created by Carolyn Pierre-Outlar, executive produced by James McKnight and Vanessa McKnight and produced by Jerome Outlar.

This new web series recently held its world premiere during the American Black Film Festival in Miami and received positive reviews and fans of the show eagerly anticipate the full season set to drop Monday, October 30th.

"My goal in writing this project was to show a professional, black woman and other medical professionals from a different perspective" says creator Carolyn Pierre-Outlar. "I'd love to see Rhonda reach a broad audience. I think she's a very relatable character and I hope viewers enjoy watching her as much as I enjoyed writing her character." Carolyn is also currently a practicing medical professional. "It's not everyday that you hear about a black, female, medical provider writing her own series" says Carolyn.

There will be a special screening of Rhonda Mitchell M.D. right in the heart of Harlem Wednesday, October 25th from 6:30pm - 8pm at Sexy Taco. To attend this event please RSVP: rsvp@thejdotagency.com

Be sure to check out the Rhonda Mitchell M.D. trailer and tune in Monday, October 30th for all six episodes.





Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia Grange announced that Fort Rocky in Port Royal is Jamaica's first designated entertainment zone.

Grange, in a press release, said that the National Environment and Planning Agency and the Town and Country Planning Authority had endorsed the ministry's declaration that Fort Rocky would be the island's first such zone.

According to Grange, entertainment zones represent promising economic opportunities through public/private sector partnerships and called on the private sector to take a good look at the opportunities on offer.

While providing an avenue for more opportunities for people in the entertainment business, the zones which are typically located far away from residential areas also neutralise the problem of noise nuisance for citizens, the ministry stated, adding that two other entertainment zones currently on stream will be located outside of the Corporate Area.

Entertainment zones are areas in which any legal entertainment and sports activities can be staged any time of day or night unhindered as long as the organisers are mindful of the historical values of such sites, the ministry said in the release.





Dub poet Yasus Afari seemed to have been sitting on his ears in Gordon House Thursday afternoon. He point blank refused to stand during the opening proceedings during sittings of the Houses of Parliament and not even when he was threatened with being thrown out of Gordon House did he budge.

Yasus and a group of Rastafarians arrived in Gordon House and sat in the gallery, however, he remained seated as the mace was brought into the chamber and prayers said.

According to reports, House speaker Pearnel Charles halted the proceedings to tell all persons seated in the gallery that they were supposed to stand or they would be removed from the House. However, it fell on deaf ears as the outspoken poet seemed to have been sitting on his ears.

The Rastafarian community is paying keen attention to the debate on the bill 'National Heroes and Other Freedom Fighters (Absolution from Criminal Liability in Respect of Specified Events)'.





Although there is no specific hashtag, it could very well be called #SupportNinjaman, becauce many artistes have taken to social media to wish the Don Gorgon well. He is being hailed for his contribution to dancehall music, and both Razor and D'Angel have asked for prayers for the entertainer as he prepares for a tough period in his life.

In his Instagram post yesterday, Razor B said that he knows Ninja Man has been waiting on the day his trial would begin for a long time as he wants the opportunity to prove his innocence and encouraged the artiste to remember that God is in control.

In a Star interview, D'Angel, she said that she decided to lend her support publicly so the entertainer, who has been like a mentor to her and countless other artistes, can see that he is not alone.

"I've known Ninja Man for a long time as an artiste and he has become a mentor and a friend. He's always there to give good advice and he's a really good person at heart. He's one of the best persons that I've met in the industry," she said. "You want to show people respect and love while you can, and so publicly I wanted to let Ninja Man know that we are here for him, we are rooting for him and he's not in this alone."

Fellow entertainer Pamputtae shared similar sentiments.

"Me affi be one a dem (that shows support) because Ninja Man a man weh bring me go studio and make me nyam food and dem ting deh, so mi affi put in my prayer. A mi godfather dat, him real to me so me just a hope and pray fi everything go good," she said.

Keiva, who in the past couple of months has been seen on social media hanging out with the deejay, described Ninja Man as her second dad.

"Ninja Man means a lot to me, me have crazy love fi him, crazy respect fi him," she said pointing out that the entertainer has made a lot of changes in his life. "Ninja, me love yuh and me a support you 100 per cent. Me see di changes and is like is a whole different Ninja, always helping out people, good heart, the positivity. Me have yuh back because me know if a me did inna di situation, yuh woulda deh deh di minute me call."

A seven-member jury has been selected and prosecutors briefed on the allegations against the entertainer and his co-accused as the long-awaited trial for the entertainer began.





ST JOHN'S, Antigua (CMC) -- A magistrate court has ordered the deportation of a 33-year-old Jamaican national, who has been described as one of that country's 10 most wanted criminals.

Jermaine Gordon, who is wanted on murder and other related charges in Jamaica, appeared before Chief Magistrate Joanne Walsh on Tuesday, after he was captured by police here last Friday. The court ordered that he leaves Antigua on Thursday.

Observer Radio quoted the police as saying that Gordon had admitted entering the island by boat illegally and had been residing in Antigua for some years.

Gordon is facing at least two murder charges in Jamaica.





Regional Director of the Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA) Michael Bent is encouraging Jamaicans to treat mental health illnesses with the same regard and seriousness as physical illnesses.

Bent made the call on World Mental Health Day, celebrated on October 10, as he addressed a Mental Health Forum at the Ridgemount United Church Hall in Manchester.

"So often we have persons seeing mental health illness as something I should disassociate myself from. I have looked at situations where I have seen persons in families and workplaces show a different level of care and support to those with mental health illnesses as opposed to those with physical illnesses. I am going to urge persons to treat mental health illness with the same importance as physical illness" Mr. Bent said.

"It is important that we seek to find an environment in the workplaces where we can promote good mental health. I am challenging all persons to identify with one of the objectives of this Forum, which is aiming to spread the understanding of employment practices that support good mental health" Mr. Bent continued.

Bent reasoned that if persons in society, including family members and colleagues take a different approach to persons suffering from mental health issues, sometimes the result and severity of the illness can be different. He challenged the audience to take a keener interest in mental health, not only during its commemoration in October, but throughout the year.

Acting Parish Manager for the Manchester Health Services, Sandia Chambers Ferguson noted that the lack of support for persons with mental health disorders, coupled with the fear of stigma, prevent many persons from accessing treatment to live healthy and productive lives.

She added that she believes that there is an urgent need to not only restore but maintain dignity in mental health. This, she added requires a multi-faceted approach, which will only be achieved by: increasing awareness, empowering employees to manage persons with mental health challenges, strengthening the capacity of the country's mental health teams to manage persons diagnosed with mental health illnesses and empowering mental health staff to manage their own personal challenges that impact their health.

The Forum, which targeted employers and employees, provided information on relaxation techniques, making the workplace therapeutic, creating a mentally healthy work environment and physical therapy for persons with psycho-social disabilities.





Garvey bust at UWI drenched with paint

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garvey-bust-defaced.jpgThe day after the country celebrated National Heroes' Day, vandals defaced the bust on national hero Marcus Garvey bust at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona.

A picture was circulated on Twitter showing the bust looking as if paint had been poured on it, with feathers stuck to it, accompanied by a cardboard "notice", dated October 17, stating: "take down this fake statue".

The current bust was installed on August 27 to replace a previous bust of the hero, following outcry from various sections of the society, including members of the Rastafarian movement, arguing that the statue was not a true depiction of Garvey.

Sculptor Raymond Watson created both busts.





guns.jpgThe police have revealed that the 19 illegal firearms that were found yesterday at the Kingston Freeport Terminal in Newport West arrived at the facility in a shipment from United States of America.

The firearms, seized by detectives assigned to the Narcotics Division along with the Jamaica Customs Agency, the Contraband Enforcement Team (CET), are:

• Six rifles

• One Intratec Submachine gun

• Six Glock pistol

• Two Taurus 9mm pistol

• One smith and Wesson 9mm pistol

• One Guger pistol

• One Heckle & Koch pistol

• One Cobray pistol and hundreds rounds of assorted ammunition.

The firearms and a large quantity of assorted rounds of ammunition were reportedly found in a freezer unit of the container between the hours of 4:30 pm and 5:30 pm.

No one was taken into custody in connection to the seizure.





ganja-image-5.jpgThe police arrested a 22-year-old Haitian after he attempted to smuggle 1600 pounds of ganja with an estimated street value of over J$6.5 million. He has been identified as Love Darlen's Felix otherwise called 'Odian Powell'.

The Haitian was charged with possession of ganja, dealing in ganja, taking steps preparatory to export ganja and illegal entry into Jamaica.

Reports are that the accused was taken into custody during an anti-narcotics operation along the Hellshire coast-line, vicinity of the old Shrimp Factory, in St Catherine. Thirty-five knitted bags and two buckets were found containing the compressed ganja.

Police report that a Haitian passport in the name of Love Darlen's Felix was found in a bucket amongst the drugs and prior to the find the accused gave his name as Odian Powell.

The police added that further investigation revealed that the accused didn't arrive in Jamaica through a legitimate port of entry and was in the process of going back to Haiti with the drug.

He was brought before the court and was remanded until Tuesday, November 21.

Police continue to investigate the matter.





Usain Bolt is 23rd on Forbes athletes Rich List

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Track and field superstar Usain Bolt, despite retiring from the sport in August, has been listed on the Forbes' Rich List as the 23rd highest earning athlete in the world.

The earnings which span June 1, 2016 through June 1, 2017, include salaries, bonuses, prize money, endorsements, licensing and appearance fees.

The figures are calculated before taxes and fees are taken into account, with Forbes estimating the total worth.

Bolt who took bronze in his final 100 meters at the IAAF World Championships in London, pocketed $34.2 million of which $2.2 million was earned on the track and $32 million in endorsements. His biggest deal is with Puma, which pays him more than $10 million annually. He also added Mumm, XM, Kinder, Advil and Sprint to his endorsement portfolio over the last 12 months and is an investor and performer in the new annual Nitro Athletics track and field series that launched in 2017.

Top spot is held by Portugal and Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo who earned $95 million. The accolade capped a great year for the 32-year-old, who also picked up a Champions League winner's medal and Best Fifa Men's Player honours.

Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James ($86.2m) is second with Barcelona maestro Lionel Messi ($80m) in third.

Tennis great Roger Federer ($64m) and NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant ($60.6m) round of the top 5.

Rounding out the top 10 are Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck ($50m), golfer Rory McIlroy ($50m), Golden State Warriors sharp shooter Stephen Curry ($47.3m), Houston Rockets point guard James Harden ($46.6m) and Mercedes driver and Formula One championship leader Lewis Hamilton ($46m).

Serena Williams is the highest ranked female athlete at joints 51st with earnings of $27 million.





Catholic church set on fire again

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The Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church on Old Hope Road in St Andrew was again set on fire late Wednesday night causing "severe damage" to the interior of structure.

The church today said on social media that an intruder entered the building and vandalised it. Selected sections of the interior, including the pulpit, were set on fire, the Facebook post said.

"Security personnel, employed by the church, extinguished the fire and the police were summoned", it continued.

This attack is the second in just over a month.

The September 17 blaze, which police believed to have been the work of arsonists, was put out by fire-fighters from the Half-Way-Tree Fire Department.

The damage during that incident was estimated at three million dollars.





Clarendon wanted women held by police in Kingston

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Two Clarendon women who are wanted for murder were reportedly picked up by the police in a community along Re Hills Road, in St Andrew on Thursday.

Unconfirmed reports are that the women were staying near to the Hundred Lane section of Red Hills Road, when the police launched an intensive search in the area. However, residents made the job of the officers much more difficult as they protested and even allegedly stone the buses.





vybz-kartel-photo-11-larger.jpgVybz Kartel's hit single "Mhm Hm", the hottest track in Dancehall, will have its very own video soon.

The single has a total of three Million views in less than a month and according to the Kartel's team an epic music video is already in the works.

"We are shooting that video now so you can expect it late October," sources close to the Gaza deejay revealed.

"The video will be fun just like the single is fun and catchy. Right now 'Mhm Hm' is the most requested song in parties and on radios. You can say that this will be the biggest dancehall song of the year. No other have a song that gain so much traction so fast this year."





Judge order Ninjaman's murder trial to start now

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ninja-man-image-2.jpgThe murder trial of popular entertainer Ninja Man, whose given name is Desmond Ballentyne, is set to start now.

The order was made by High Court judge, Justice Martin Gayle, today (Mon) following an application by the entertainer's attorney Valerie Neita-Robertson for a stay of proceedings in the eight-year-old case for abuse of process. There have been 17 trial dates and 23 mention dates in the case.

Jury selection was set to begin at 2 o'clock.

Ninja Man was arrested and placed before the court in 2009 along with his son Janeil and another man, Dennis Clayton, for the fatal shooting of Ricardo Johnson that same year.

However, in her application for the case to be stopped, Neita-Robertson said in the eight years since Ninja Man's first court appearance, one prosecution witness has died and two alibi witnesses for the entertainer have migrated and cannot be located.

"The delay has created a situation that is prejudicial to the accused persons, hence the accused will be deprived of being able to put forward their defence in a coherent manner," Neita-Robertson argued.

"The circumstances that exist today would not afford the accused to have a fair trial," she continued.

However, lead prosecutor Kathy Pyke, in her response, said the attorneys for the three accused have "not established, on a balance of probability, that their clients will be prejudiced".

Pyke said the issues raised by the defence can be addressed during the trial.





leroy-gibbons.jpgPolice are investigating the circumstances under which Reggae artiste Leroy Gibbons was shot and wounded by gunmen on Port Henderson Road popularly called back road in Portmore St Catherine this morning.

Gibbons who underwent a surgery is recuperating in hospital.

Superintendent in charge of Operations for the St Catherine South Division Leighton Grey says the incident took place at about 7:15 am.

He explains that preliminary reports indicate that Gibbons was not the target, but a man with whom he was walking.

Superintendent Grey says an interview was conducted with the man suspected to be the target of the gunmen.

He says the police are conducting operations in the area.

In the meantime, close friend of Mr Gibbons, Entertainer Peter Metro says Gibbons was at the wrong place at the wrong time.

He explains that Gibbons was walking with the man and discussing music.

He says after speaking with Gibbons, doctors took him to conduct a second operation.





Usain's girl Kasi confirms boob job

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kasi-bennett-and-usain-bolt.jpgKasi Bennett the longtime girlfriend of Jamaican sprint legend, Usain Bolt, confirmed that she got breast implants. However, from as far back a February, there has been talk that the girlfriend of the sprint legend had gone under the knife.

"Oh wow she got a new pair too," one user commented on a photo of Bennett, who later responded saying, "Yup lol. Been a while hun," Kasi.





US university offering degree in marijuana

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ganja-image-3.jpgA university in Michigan is offering an unusual degree -- in marijuana.

Northern Michigan University in Marquette began its medical plant chemistry program this semester, with about a dozen students in the first class, the Detroit Free Press reported. The programme combines chemistry, biology, botany, horticulture, marketing and finance.

It's an unusual programme. Other universities offer classes on marijuana policy and law. And places such as Oaksterdam University, Cannabis College, and Humboldt Cannabis College, all in California; and THC University, the Grow School and Clover Leaf University in Denver offer certificates in a variety of disciplines. But Northern Michigan's programme is unique because the university is offering a four-year degree addressing the science and business behind growing marijuana.

"When they hear what my major is, there are a lot of people who say, 'Wow, cool dude. You're going to get a degree growing marijuana,'" said Alex Roth, a sophomore in the programme. "But it's not an easy degree at all."

Brandon Canfield, an associate chemistry professor at Northern Michigan, said students don't grow marijuana plants in the programme, but instead look to other plants that are traditionally recognised with medicinal value but aren't illegal to grow. Students learn how to measure and extract the compounds in the plants that can be used for medicinal purposes, then transfer that knowledge to marijuana, which has been used to treat a variety of illnesses, including chronic pain, nausea, seizures and glaucoma.

Canfield said he got the idea while attending the American Chemical Society's annual meeting in San Diego last year.

"It was my off day and I saw there was a cannabis chemistry group that was putting on a whole series of talks," he said. "I heard all about the need for analytical chemists and all sorts of interesting talks. That was the initial spark."

University officials say the programme fills a need because 29 states have legalised medical marijuana, including eight states where marijuana is also legal for recreational use. Source: (AP)





ganja-image-5.jpgAnother large Georgia city could cut penalties for possessing small amounts of marijuana.

Savannah Alderman Van Johnson announced Monday that he wants to reduce the maximum city fine for possessing an ounce or less of marijuana from $1,000 to $150. He also wants to eliminate jail time, with police instead just writing tickets for violations.

Johnson says he's seeking input on his proposal, with plans to present it to the Savannah City Council within 45 days.

Johnson says marijuana would still be illegal, but says he wants to spare people from arrest records and keep marijuana cases from clogging courts. He proposes using 20 percent of fine money to subsidise drug treatment.

Atlanta recently cut its fine for possessing an ounce or less of pot to a maximum of US$75. Source: (AP)





shane-alexis.jpgThe People's National Party says it has taken note of a press release issued by Young Jamaica, the youth arm of the Jamaica Labour Party, contents of which have been published in the media.

The Party issued a statement stating that contrary to the assertions made in the press release, Dr. Shane Alexis was not granted a scholarship through the Jamaica/Cuban programme which over many years has afforded Jamaicans the opportunity to study in the neighbouring country free of cost.

TherRelease said Dr. Alexis studied at his family's expense and to his credit has spent all of his professional years serving the Jamaican people in the public health system.

Dr Alexis has instructed his attorneys to pursue legal redress in this matter, as he and his family have been hurt by the false and defamatory charges contained in the press release.





tremayne-brown.jpgTremayne Brown, the rescuer of a drowning boy in Trench Town, Kingston, received the Badge of Honour for Gallantry at King's House in St Andrew today.

Twenty-four-year-old Brown was hailed as a hero by residents of Trench Town and Arnett Gardens following his valiant rescue of 12-year-old Renaldo Reynolds who was swept away in a gully on Collie Smith Drive on September 8.

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Last month, Culture Minister Olivia Grange disclosed that Prime Minister Andrew Holness suggested that Brown be given a national award for risking his own life to save 12-year-old Renaldo Reynolds, a student of Jones Town Primary.

In a JIS interview Brown, who a few months before his valiant effort was deported from England, said his life had changed a lot since the day of the rescue and opted to thank Jamaicans for being so welcoming of him.





A passenger on a public bus is being hailed as a Heroes Day hero when he used his licensed firearm to kill one of two thieves trying to rob a passenger bus on Monday, National Heroes Day.

The police say a .38 Smith and Wesson revolver with five rounds of ammunition was taken from the dead thief.

Reports are that the bus was travelling along Spanish Town Road around 5:45 Monday morning when the two men attempted to rob passengers.

The driver and another man were shot during the robbery.

The license firearm holder reportedly intervened and shot one of the men.

The injured persons were taken to hospital where the gunman was pronounced dead.





noahwa-powa.jpgFoota Hype is exposing US-based disc jock, internet sensation Noah Powa.

The Dancehall selector-turn-producer took to social media on Wednesday night to upload a video of Noah twerking on his head top.

The leak was a response to a skit done by Noah Powa and Jamaican comedian Jaiifrais earlier this week, which trolled Foota's recent video which showed him on a red Ferrari.

Meanwhile Bounty Killer called Foota and Matterhorn battyman and then the duo unleashed on Killer reminding him of his homo son and the fact that he stressed out Miss Ivy and that led to her death. In raw, gutter style on social media, the separately styled Killer in the worse way.

What a MESS!!!!!!!!





Suspense and fiancee accept the Lord; get baptised

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suspecse-baptised.jpg"One week since me an my fiance got the 'For Sale' sign that Satan placed on our head removed by Jesus. Jesus redeemed us. Thank you Lord," fast-rising Dancehall artiste Shanekia Morrison, aka Suspense informed her followers on social media.

The 2017 Magnum Queen of Dancehall winner, got baptized with her fiancé at the Celebration Church in Portmore, Saint Catherine on Sunday, October 1.

Suspense says she will be continuing her music journey but will be changing her message to reflect the new changes in her life.

"I will be deejaying for Jesus. I will not be doing any explicit or derogatory music but I will be doing dancehall/reggae gospel," she said.

Suspense has since turned down several secular events.





patrick-powell-mais-killer-free.jpgBusinessman Patrick Powell has been ordered to pay the family of slain Kingston College student Khajeel Mais just over 2 million dollars.

The order was made in the Supreme Court yesterday by Justice Stephanie Jackson Haisley in a wrongful death lawsuit filed against the businessman by the parents of the 17-year-old.

Jackson Haisley ordered that Powell pay the estate of Khajeel Mais special damages of 1.7 million dollars with interest of three per cent from July 1, 2011, the same day he was killed.

Powell has also been ordered to pay 206,788 dollars in special damages with three per cent interest from February last year.

The award comes 20 months after the case ended with a default judgement.

Powell did not contest the suit.

He is serving a nine-month sentence for failing to turn over his licensed firearm and ammunition to police investigators probing Mais death.

Khajeel Mais was shot and killed while traveling in a taxi in Havendale, St Andrew.

In the lawsuit, Noel and Allana Mais contended that their son was lawfully travelling in a taxi when Powell pulled alongside the vehicle.

They claimed that the businessman negligently and without cause discharged his firearm and shot their son who later succumbed to his injuries.

According to Noel and Allana Mais, the businessman failed to carry out any or sufficient enquiries before resorting to the use of lethal force in firing on their son, who was unarmed and posed no threat to him.





guns-found-at-newport-west.jpgThe Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch (C-TOC) is searching for a St. Andrew woman for questioning in connection with Sunday's arms and ammunition find at a warehouse at Newport West in Kingston.

The shipment of guns and ammunition, which was concealed as food items, was addressed to the individual.

Six guns and more than 500 rounds of ammunition were seized by the Customs Enforcement Team.

Shortly after midday, four hand guns, two M-16 rifles and 507 assorted rounds of ammunition were found in a barrel.

It was shipped from the United States and destined for an address in Kingston 11.





PNP says candidate Shane Alexis is legal

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shane-alexis.jpgThe People's National Party has accused the ruling Jamaica Labour Party of using scare-mongering tactics, following the JLP's revelation that PNP candidate for South East St Mary in the upcoming by-election, Dr Shane Alexis, is a Canadian citizen.

In a news release, the PNP noted that the Jamaican Constitution is clear that persons born in Commonwealth countries are eligible to sit in the Houses of Parliament, and slammed JLP Member of Parliament and Minister of Finance, Audley Shaw, over what it said was Shaw's suggestion that Alexis was not properly nominated.

"Shaw's scare mongering is despicable and can only be viewed as a desperate attempt to distract the voters of South East St Mary," the PNP said.

"Mr Shaw knows very well that there are members of his own Party currently seated in the Houses of Parliament, who also hold Commonwealth citizenship. He should also be aware that former JLP leader and former Prime Minister, the Most Hon Edward Seaga was not born in Jamaica," the party said.

The PNP explained that Alexis was born in Canada, but came home to Jamaica as a young child, and attended Sts. Peter and Paul Preparatory School and Campion College in Jamaica.

He completed his undergraduate education in Jamaica and thereafter received a scholarship to study medicine in Cuba, the party said, noting that after completing his medical training, Dr Alexis returned to Jamaica and worked in several public medical institutions, including doing training and working at the Kingston Public Hospital, Bustamante Hospital for Children and the Annotto Bay Hospital.

In addition, Alexis has served as president of the Jamaica Medical Doctors' Association, and was appointed to the board of the National Health Fund (NHF) by the present JLP administration, noted the PNP.

"Having lived the majority of his life in Jamaica, Dr Alexis is committed to service and the country's development," the party said.





Top gangster killed by cops; Glock seized

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gunman-killed.jpgThe police say a gunman linked to a gang in Old Harbour was killed during a confrontation with them last night.

The dead man has been identified as Paul J. Lewis.

Police reports are that Lewis fired shots at them, they responded with gunfire hitting Lewis who later died.

They say a Glock 40 pistol with 12 rounds was seized.

The police say Lewis was a member of the G-City gang that was circulating voice notes with death threats against the police after their leader was fatally shot.





Big bad USA eliminated from World Cup!

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The United States have been eliminated from World Cup contention, a shocking loss to Trinidad and Tobago ending the Americans' streak of seven straight appearances at football's showcase.

Twenty-eight years after a stunning victory at Trinidad put the Americans back in the World Cup after a four-decade absence, their chances for next year's tournament in Russia ended on this island nation off the coast of Venezuela.

Trinidad and Tobago scored a pair of first-half goals, and the United States were eliminated with a 2-1 defeat Tuesday night -- the first time missing the World Cup since 1986.

The U.S. entered their final qualifier with a berth uncertain for the first time since 1989. Home losses to Mexico last November and Costa Rica left the Americans little margin for error.

The 28th-ranked Americans needed merely a tie against 99th-ranked Trinidad, who their sixth straight qualifier last week. But the defeat -- coupled with Honduras' come-from-behind 3-2 win over Mexico and Panama's 2-1 victory over Costa Rica on Ramon Torres' 88th-minute goal -- dropped the Americans from third place into fifth in the six-nation final round of the North and Central American and Caribbean region.





bail.jpgThe police say that six inmates escaped from the Linstead Police Lock-up on Wednesday morning.

Reports are that about 9:30 am, police at the facility went to make checks and discovered that several of the inmates were missing.

The escapees on the run are:

- Shane Wellington, 25-year-old of Cassava Pond, Ewarton, St Catherine, charged with murder and frequents Ewarton and Breadnut Hill in St Ann.

- Ezroy Cohen, 28-year-old of Banbury, Linstead. He was charged for burglary and rape.

- Damion Daley, 24-year-old of Banbury, Linstead. He was charged for arson.

- Daniel James, 22-year-old of Troja, St Catherine. He was charged for rape.

- Anthony Jarrett, 29-year-old of Mountain Pass, Linstead and Church Pen, Old Harbour both in St Catherine. He was charged for murder.

The sixth inmate who escaped custody, Alwayne Shakespear, was recaptured in the Linstead Market later in the day.

The Police are asking these men to turn themselves in or anyone with information as to their whereabouts to call the Linstead Police 985-2285, Police 119 Emergency Number or the nearest Police Station.





The Jamaica Evangelical Alliance (JEA) is seeking to distance itself from an upcoming conference examining the church and anti-sodomy laws across the Commonwealth.

The conference, dubbed Intimate Convictions, is to be held tomorrow and Friday at the University of the West Indies Regional headquarters.

A flyer advertising the conference says distinguished speakers from the Anglican, Adventist, Baptist, Roman Catholic Evangelical and United Churches would be making presentations.

However, in a release the JEA says it deems this conference as another attempt by the homosexual community to advance the homosexual agenda and to undermine the stance of the church against the normalisation of homosexuality.

The JEA says it categorically denies that any of its member denominations, organisations or individuals are presenters at or supporters of the upcoming conference.

The group says the Jamaican church stands united on the matters of buggery and homosexuality.

It has declared that it can, without fear of contradiction, say all denominations and umbrella groups affirm the biblical stance that the practice of homosexuality and buggery are sinful and inappropriate behaviours.

The JEA says it's time to make clear that the declarations of personal opinions by certain persons from the church be differentiated from the stance of the Jamaican Church as a whole.

Meanwhile, the church group is advising the homosexual community to repent and be baptised and seek trained professional counselling to address their sexual and relationship addictions.





Bronx rapper Cardi B gave Dancehall artist Spice a huge compliment on Friday at the 2017 BET Hip Hop Awards and Spice was sooo shook that she cried. Real tear...not the fake vriety..

After winning three awards for Single Of the Year, Best New Hip Hop Artist and Hustler of the Year, the "Bodak Yellow" rapper had a conversation with the "Needle Eye" deejay in which Cardi shared that she's inspired by Spice and a big fan of her music.

"You don't really understand, like you really inspire me," the 24-year-old told Spice. "I use to wear a Cardi chain just like you, i go way back i'm not like these new ones," Cardi added before starting to rap a line from one of Spice's throwback singles "Rude Boy Love".

On Saturday Spice shared the video and had this to say;

"Ran into [Cardi B] after she won 3 awards and tear down BET stage and she brought tears to my eyes last night," Spice wrote. "Here I am saying that I'm so proud of her, how much I admire her journey and that she inspires me so much and here she is saying I'm her inspiration and she's my biggest fan."

"Now listen to me cause this is so deep y'all don't even understand. Most of you don't even know this song that she's talking about "Rude boy love" I didn't even remember this song my dam self so I know she's not bluffing cause this song go wayyyyyy back."





November 29 date for MOBO Awards

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Who will walk away with this year's MOBO Award for top reggae entertainer?

Last year, the list of reggae nominees sparked controversy after reggae entertainer Protoje questioned the pooling of dancehall and reggae acts, citing that it wasn't fair to the dancehall or reggae acts nominated.

The coveted best reggae entertainer title was snagged last year by PopCaan ahead of roots singer Protoje, dancehall deejays Spice and Alkaline and singjay Kranium.

The 22nd annual MOBO Awards is returning to Leeds for its celebration of the best in urban music. The prestigious awards show will take place on Wednesday, November 29.

The 2017 nominees are yet to be announced.





Celeb moms for empowerment concert in Brooklyn

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Music lovers in Brooklyn, New York are in for a treat on Saturday October 29th when a Caribbean celebrity mom stages an empowerment concert to bring focus to domestic violence awareness. The event is being called 'Repairing The Bridge' and the featured artists include R & B and gospel music icon Melba Moore alongside soca's biggest legend The Mighty Sparrow plus reggae star Rayvon.

The event is being hosted by singer and philanthropist Carol Maraj, mother of hip hop superstar Nicki Minaj, through Carol's foundation, the Carol Minaj Foundation.

Sensational songbird and R & B icon Melba Moore has been a huge all-time favorite for New Yorkers and a staple on classic soul radio stations nationally. She comes from a talented musical family and is an award winning actress. Known for her Broadway, contemporary soul/R&B, pop rock, jazz and gospel songs, Moore's versatility can be heard on smash singles You Stepped Into My Life, Pick me Up I'll Dance, Love The One I'm With and A Little Bit More. She will be sure to have patrons grooving while thinking about love, instead of abusing their partners.

The Mighty Sparrow is the unrivaled king of Calypso and he has enjoyed a dazzling career that spans over 40 years of recording smash records and thrilling performances. This legend is in a class by himself. He will use his musical arsenal to get the crowd fired up as he unleashes crowd favorites like Congo Man, Mr Walker, Saltfish, Big Bambo and Obeah Wedding.

Brooklyn based reggae crooner Rayon may be best known for his string of successful combination songs - Angel, In The Summertime & Big Up that were recorded with 'Mr Boombastic' Shaggy but as a solo artist he is just as potent having stuck good musical notes with hit singles One N Only, Games We Play, My Bad, 2-Way and his social commentary piece titled no Guns No Murder.

Among the other acts booked to perform on the concert which takes place at Roulette Intermedium, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn are soca star Lyrical, one of the most sought after artists of our generation; Singing Francine and DJ Platinum Sound. There will also be a special presentation which organizers are not revealing just yet. The only clue is, "it's not to be missed!"

Carol is passionate about the issue of domestic violence because she is a survivor; now devoted to the life of advocacy on behalf of victims of domestic abuse everywhere. This unfortunate situation has molded her into the strong, powerful woman she is today.





$24 million worth of cocaine found at Port

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jamaica-cocaine-seized.jpgCocaine valuing more than $24 million was seized at the Port of Kingston on Friday, but no arrest has been made in conjunction with the find.

The drug was seized by members of the Jamaica Customs Contraband Enforcement Team (CET) and officers from the Jamaica Constabulary Force, Narcotics Division

According to Jamaica Customs, the team, while conducting routine operations, was alerted to a container that arose their suspicion. A further examination of the container led to the discovery of 15 rectangular packages with white powdery substance, which is believed to be cocaine.

The matter is currently being investigated by the Border Protection Division of the Jamaica Customs Agency and the Narcotics Division.





The police are warning motorists to desist from driving through the cane field along the Mandela Highway.

The Police, speaking via Twitter this morning, said motorists have been using the cane field to avoid traffic along the major thoroughfare.

They say drivers oftentimes get stuck while using the area and then turn to the police for assistance.

But, the police say they are not in a position to help.

They argued that given limited resources the police are unable to assist motorists who use the route illegally.

The police are urging motorists to use the main thoroughfare at all times.





Three men, including a Haitian, are now in police custody following the seizure of over 1,600 pounds of ganja, valued at $6.5 million in Hellshire, St Catherine, on Sunday.

According to law enforcement sources, the ganja was found by detectives from the Police Narcotics Division in 35 knitted bags and two plastic buckets.

The find was made along a section of the Hellshire coastline.

Investigators are now conducting secondary operations at addresses linked to the three men.

The Immigration status of the Haitian national is also being investigated.





Police are investigating a possible case of arson in Bobo Hill in St Andrew on fire Friday morning after several buildings were set ablaze, allegedly by a man who accused the Rastafarians on the Hill of killing his animal.

According to residents were meeting at a property when a man armed with a gun entered and accused them of killing his goat.Firefighters had to carry out cooling down operations in Bobo Hill, Bull Bay, St. Andrew after a man set several buildings .

"He then came into the camp, set our guard house on fire (and) our government buildings which includes office and conference centre doubling up as tabernacle while our tabernacle is being built," she said.

The man also set the houses of two priests on fire.

The police are investigating the incident.





The Grade 10 male student, who fatally stabbed another at the Edith Dalton James High school in Duhaney Park, St Andrew on Thursday has been charged with murder.

Police report that the student, who is from a St Andrew address was slapped with the charge on Saturday. The name of the student has been withheld because he is a minor.

Reports are that at about 11:30 am, the two grade 10 boys had a physical altercation. During the melee, one student pulled a sharp instrument and stabbed the other grade 10 student identified as Clive Matherson.

"One student was walking past and bounce off the other student watch; the (owner of the watch) told the other student to pick up the watch and an argument developed," one alleged eyewitness said.

The watch owner, Matherson was reportedly stabbed by the other student. The injured teenager was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The incident has left students and teachers in shock.





lisa-hanna-photo-4.jpgOpposition Spokesman on Foreign Affairs Lisa Hanna has apologised for the blunder which resulted in her wrongly expressing condolences for the death of St Lucia's Ambassador to the Organisation of American States, Anton Edmunds.

Hanna had issued a release yesterday expressing regret at the unfortunate demise of the St Lucian diplomat, whom she claimed, was a victim of the Las Vegas mass shooting on Sunday.

However, it was later revealed that the information was false.

This prompted Minister of Foreign Affairs, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, to issue a release urging Hanna to exercise restraint and sensitivity when dealing with diplomatic issues.

Hanna, who was recently appointed the spokesman on foreign affairs, said the release with unverified information was inadvertently sent from her office.





A Grade 10 male student was fatally stabbed by another at the Edith Dalton James High School in Duhaney Park, St Andrew on Thursday morning.

Reports are that at about 11:30 am, the two grade 10 boys had a physical altercation. During the altercation, one student allegedly pulled a sharp instrument and stabbed the other student.

"One student was walking past and bounce off the other student watch; the (owner of the watch) told the other student to pick up the watch and an argument developed," one alleged eyewitness said.

The watch owner was then reportedly stabbed by the other student. He was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The incident has left students and teachers in shock.





andrew-holness-photo-5.jpgA video showing 10 St Catherine students participating in a sex challenge sweeping social media surfaced earlier this week and has been widely circulated, triggering outrage among many Jamaicans appalled at the lewdness of the minors. They were caught on video in their school uniform participating in a rather disturbing social media game.

The students were given a five-day suspension after school officials saw the video on Monday.

St Catherine High, a school which was attended by both Prime Minister Andrew Holness and his wife, Member of Parliament Juliet Holness, has faced flak since the emergence of the vulgar video.





lisa-hanna-photo-5.jpgOpposition spokesperson on foreign affairs, Lisa Hanna was left with egg on her face after a release she issued mourning the death of a St Lucian diplomat in the Las Vegas massacre turned out to be erroneous.

The statement attributed to Hanna was issued yesterday afternoon by the Opposition People's National Party (PNP) hours after St Lucia's Ambassador to the Organisation of American States Anton Edmunds rubbished the fake news in a post on his Facebook page.

Edmunds made the post at 10:52 pm Tuesday in response to news on social media that he was among the fatalities in Sunday's massacre in Las Vegas when a gunman fired on patrons at a concert, killing 58 people and himself in what is now acknowledged as the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.

"So, before anyone continues to believe the false narrative that I was part of the death toll in Vegas, I was not there. I am fine, and the victims of this and other tragedies need our thoughts, prayers and support," Ambassador Edmunds wrote.

"The writers of the false narrative need to be flogged for screwing around with my family and friends," he added.

In her release, Hanna said she was "saddened by the tragic death" of Edmunds "and the other victims of the horrific shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada".

"It is with regret that I learnt that the ambassador had succumbed to the injuries sustained in the incident on Sunday night which claimed 58 other victims. Ambassador Edmunds succumbed to his injuries yesterday following the shooting incident," Hanna said.





The Health Ministry is rejecting the claim made by Education Minister, Ruel Reid, that the government is postponing its Human Papilloma Virus, HPV, vaccination programme.

The Health Ministry says it's proceeding with the programme, despite a claim to the contrary yesterday by Minister Reid.

It's also emphasizing that portfolio Minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton, has not made any assertion that the programme is being postponed or pulled back.

Once again, Minister Reid - who's also the Information Minister - is at the centre of an episode of public miscommunication. He's caused confusion over the state of the HPV vaccination programme, saying the government was 'pulling back' to allow further sensitization.

At a press conference yesterday at his Heroes Circle Office, in downtown, Kingston, Nationwide News asked Minister Reid if by 'pulling back' he meant the programme was being postponed. He said, 'yes', adding that the government is 'caring' and 'responsive'. But the Director of Family Health Services in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Melody Ennis, is contradicting him. She says the Health Ministry is proceeding with the programme.

The rollout of the programme has raised concerns. Many parents and other stakeholders aren't sure of the side effects of the vaccine which is to help prevent cervical cancer in girls.

The vaccination programme is targeting over 22,000 grade 7 girls in schools islandwide. The government has been criticized for not ensuring there was adequate public education ahead of the rollout of the programme on Monday.

The vaccine is not mandatory.

Dr. Ennis says parents will be required to fill out a form stating whether they want their daughters to get the vaccine. She says the Health Ministry will have further dialogue with parents who decide not to allow their daughters to take it.





Mr Lex calls form more security at schools

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mr-lexx.jpgDancehall artiste Mr Lex has made a call for increased security within the nation's schools.

This follows a sad and rather disturbing incident at a high school in Duhaney Park this morning.

Mr. Lex who happened to be at the institution at the time when two Grade 10 boys were involved in an altercation which left one dead from stab wounds, expressed shock at the development. He made a call for more measures to be put in place to ensure the safety of children at the nation's schools.

"I am just shocked about the whole thing and the incident has just brought into focus the need for greater security at schools," the entertainer said.





bounty-killer-photo-11.jpg vybz-kartel-photo-31.jpg Social media is abuzz with the impending collab between jailed dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel and friend-turned-enemy, Bounty Killer. Reports are that the two have a new collaboration coming as early as this week.

The two dancehall legends have collaborated in the past on several singles, and Kartel even wrote a few hits for Bounty Killer in the early 2000s. But a bitter fallout between The Teacher and The Alliance put an end to their relationship in 2005. Seems they are both putting their differences aside and are making music again. The two deejays announced on Instagram over the weekend that they are dropping a new joint.

"[Bounty Killer] My daddy weh dem a go do when the #killakartelkollab drop?" Vybz Kartel wrote on IG. Killer responded saying, [Vybz Kartel] Beta dem just go find some weh go lidung or drop dung b4 it drop because when it drop nutn naah git up back dawg."

Killer also said the collaboration will bring back some memories from their all-black Alliance days. Sources inside the Gaza told Dancehall HipHop that Bounty Killer recently paid Vybz Kartel a visit in prison and the two had a long conversation about their Alliance days and what's happening in dancehall currently. They didn't release the title of the single, but it will arrive sometime this week.





Cardi B has Nicki Minaj 'sweating' says Safaree

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rapper-safaree.jpgNicki Minaj, according to her ex, Safaree Samuels, is uneasy over Cardi B's mega, overnight, success.

The Love and Hip Hop Hollywood star was on Everyday Struggle this morning and Akademiks and Joe Budden peppered him with questions about Nicki Minaj, Meek Mill, LHH and more. "Is Cardi B pressing Nicki, do you think that she got Nicki sweating," Akademiks asked Safaree to which he responded, "a hundred percent because I know how she is."

Safaree also opened up on whether or not he thinks that Nicki Minaj fell off and he said yes. "It's very different, like how she was before on when we were doing 'Romans Revenge' and 'Did On Em' but some people may say you got to grow and change, but I like the old her better," he said."

Cardi B "Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)" is the number one single on Billboard Hot 100 for a second week straight and with current streaming numbers, it will return to the top spot for a third week. As for Nicki Minaj, she is yet to have a Hot 100 number one song. She has the most entries on the chart among women in history thanks to her many features, but she will likely not get that extra credential until she earned a number one solo record.

Nicki Minaj is currently working on her new album that she says will be a game changer when it arrives. There are no release date or title yet, but she hinted it could arrive by the end of this year. Safaree Samuels was also asked about writing lyrics for her, a topic that is a bit of a controversy between the two, but he sidesteps the question and smartly so. None of them can win in that battle of his word against hers because there is nothing on paper to back up his argument.





omar-mcleod.jpgOlympic and World Championships 110 metre hurdles gold medallist Omar McLeod is the only Jamaican nominated for the IAAF World Athlete of the Year award for 2017.

McLeod, who became the first Jamaican man to win the sprint hurdles world title in London this summer with 13.04 secs, also ended the season as the world leader with 12.90 seconds.

23 year old McLeod will be seeking to join six-time winner Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Merlene Ottey as Jamaicans to win the IAAF Athlete of the Year accolade.

Reigning world 400 metre champion Wayde van Niekerk of South Africa, world high jump champion Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar, reigning world champion over 10,000m Mo Farah, Pavel Fadjek of Poland, Sam Kendricks of the USA, Elijah Manongoi of Kenya, Luvo Manyonga of South Africa, Christian Taylor of the USA and German Johannes Vetter complete the male nominees.

No Jamaican is nominated for the female award with South African world and Olympic champion Caster Semenya of South Africa and Australian 100 metre hurdles world champion Sally Pearson among the nominees.

Almaz Ayana of Ethiopia, Anita Vlodarchick of Poland, Maria Lasistkene of Russia, Belgian Nafissatou Thiam, Sandra Perkovic of Croatia, Britney Reese of the USA, Ekaterini Stefanidi of Greece and Helen Obri of Kenya complete the nominations.





sean-paul-photo-9.jpgInternationally acclaimed dancehall artiste Sean Paul spent his Sunday visiting incarcerated Reggae artiste Buju Banton at the McRae Correctional Facility located in Atlanta, Georgia.

He revealed his visit and subsequent conversation on Instagram.

Sean Paul shared that Buju's message to his dans is simply this: "Expect greatness, again".

He also added that the singer, born Mark Myrie, is in good spirits, still very focused and is not broken.

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Myrie reportedly spends his time keeping fit, staying healthy and has been teaching classes to fellow inmates at the facility.

He was arrested in December 2009, found guilty in February 2011 and was initially scheduled to walk a free man from the McRae Correctional Facility in February 2019.

His 10-year prison sentence was reduced by two months in January of 2016 after the entertainer agreed to waive all future appeals of his 2011 conviction on cocaine distribution and conspiracy charges.

In return, prosecutors agreed to drop a firearms charge against him.

According to the US Federal Bureau of Prison website, Myrie will be released on December 8, 2018.





Service of thanksgiving for Wya Thursday in London

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The thanksgiving service for the life of former Wailers keyboardist Earl 'Wya ' Lindo takes place on Thursday in London.

Lindo died at a London hospital on September 4 at age 64, from acute cardiac failure and arrhythmia.

A press release from The Wailers said the service will be held at Ruach City Curch in Brixton Hill. Interment follows at Lambeth Cemetery in Brixton.

Lindo started as a session musician while still a student at Excelsior High School in the early 1970s. He launched his recording career at Studio One; some of the songs he played on during that period were Dennis Brown's Money in my Pocket, produced by Derrick Harriott, and Games People Play by Bob Andy, which was produced by Federal Records.

He became an in-demand session player with the Now Generation Band, the house unit at Federal Records. That band included fellow keyboardist Robbie Lyn, the Chung brothers, Mikey and Geoffrey and drummer Mikey 'Boo' Richards who would also tour with The Wailers.

Lindo recorded and toured with Marley during the 1970s when the singer's career took off internationally. He played on Burnin' and Survival, two of Marley's albums for Island Records.

Lindo last played with The Wailers in March in London when the grouped toured the United Kingdom.





vybz-kartel-photo-31.jpgIt has been confirmed that Jamaica's most famous prisoner, Vybz Kartel, is back in his dafe place.

The entertainer was returned to lockup after spending a week in the hospital.

Kartel was discharged on Monday and taken to the Tower Street Correctional Center where he is housed.

All his medication for his illness was also taken along.

Vybz Kartel who is currently serving a life sentence at the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre is awaiting an appeal trial, slated to begin in February next year, in the Court of Appeal.





vybz-kartel-photo-31.jpgDuring Vybz Kartel's recent hospital stay, the dancehall deejay reportedly reunited with a very special person in his life.

The self-proclaimed World Boss saw his mother after some six years.

Reports are that Kartel's parents visited him while he was admitted to the University Hospital of the West Indies.

Although no pictures have surface as yet to confirm the re-union, many are questioning why it has taken si long for the Teacha to see his mother.

"But Addi and his mom were close, so ah doan understand," one commenter said.

Kartel was paid a visit in prison by his daughter lsat month and after pictures were made public, there were many comments that Kartel looked way too skinny.

He was admitted to hospital last week.





A police sergeant died in a motor vehicle accident in Riversdale, St Catherine late Monday night.

He has been identified as Sergeant Mervin Ellington, who was assigned to the St Catherine North Division.

Reports are that at about 10 pm, Ellington was driving his private motor car from Riversdale towards Bog Walk when, upon reaching the Berwick Main Road, he came upon a breakaway at a section of the road that forced his car to run off the road and into a river.

The vehicle reportedly became submerged in water, before residents of the area went to Ellington's rescue and pulled the unresponsive police officer from the car.

He was rushed to the Linstead Public Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

After news broke of Ellington's death, the Jamaica Police Federation expressed their condolences to his family and friends, and colleagues from the St Catherine North police division.

It's the latest tragedy to hit the JCF in recent weeks following the killing of a police officer in Portmore two weeks ago, and a gun attack on a policewoman and her daughter last week that left both hospitalised.





machete-beaten.jpgThe National Parenting Support Commission (NPSC) has joined the probe into the incident in which a 44 year old woman in St. Thomas used a machete to beat her 12 year old daughter.

The woman was detained last weekend, after the incident, which was recorded, went viral on social media.

Kaysia Kerr, Chief Executive Officer of the National Parenting Support Commission, said the agency will be speaking with other entities investigating the matter. This is aimed at streamlining and coordinating the intervention to ensure that the child gets the type of support needed.

In an interview with RJR News on Monday, Ms Kerr said her office will also speak with the woman in an effort to "start changing (the) mindset about how we go about punishing."

"The fact that your parents might have punished you by hitting does not make it right. There are other non-violent ways of ensuring that children comply to what's expected of them." she asserted.

Ms Kerr said she is deeply distressed by the video, especially in relation to what the child has been subjected to.

"A young girl is now thrust in the limelight in a way that she perhaps would not have bargained for. It's almost as if she's now going to be the poster child for abuse because her face was shown in the video," she argued.

Police have interviewed the mother involved in the incident. She is expected to be charged with cruelty to a child.

Her daughter has been released into the custody of a relative.





machete-beaten.jpgThe police say that they have picked up the 12-year-old complainant in a video circulating on social media of a woman beating a child with what appears to be a machete.

According to a release from the Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, the incident took place sometime last year but the video recently surfaced on social media. Police say they have since collected statements from the child as well as the person who recorded the video.

The police say the child's mother remains in custody and the matter is being investigated by the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse as well as the Child Development Agency.





machete-beaten.jpgThe Office of the Children's Advocate has strongly condemned the actions of a mother who was seen in a video circulated on social media beating her daughter mercilessly with a machete.

"We condemn the behaviour of the mother, for even if the mother feels that she is justified in approaching the child to deal with a particular issue, there are ways to impact and impose discipline on children without resorting to violence," Children's Advocate Diahann Gordon Harrison told Loop reporter Claude Mills on Monday morning.

She praised the quick action of the police force, who only hours after the video began circulating on social media, took the mother and daughter into custody. It is unclear whether the child in question will be taken into state care and what will happen to any other children in the woman's care.

"We don't have all the information at this time. However, now that woman has been arrested, the relevant agencies can now come in and attempt to repair the relationship between the mother and daughter. Members of the office of the Children's Advocate are now in St Thomas and once they have been debriefed, we can make a better assessment of the situation," she said. Chief Executive Office of the Child Development Agency (CDA) Rosalee Gage-Grey says the agency is now conducting an assessment into the case of the 12-year-old girl being beaten with a machete by her mother in St Thomas.

Speaking on Independent Talk on Power 106, Gage-Grey said the CDA stepped in for the protection of the child.

She said the agency is doing an intervention with the family as well as with the community.

A video of the beating has been circulating heavily on social media and has received strong outcry.

The viral video shows the partially nude mother beating her daughter violently with a machete while cursing expletives.

The 44-year-old woman was arrested on the weekend and remains in police custody.

Meanwhile, head of the St Thomas police, Senior Superintendent, Beau Rigabe, says investigations into the video of a woman in the parish beating her teenage daughter with a machete has revealed that the incident happened last year.

He said the woman is being interviewed by investigators with the of view of laying charges against her.

The police had previously indicated that she's likely to be charged with cruelty to a child.





Kingston, Jamaica: In a room filled with pink, the colour associated with breast cancer worldwide, the Jamaica Cancer Society officially launched a host of activities for October, dubbed Pink Month, at the Courtleigh Auditorium on Thursday, September 28. October is internationally recognized as Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Jamaica Cancer Society will be coordinating several activities to mark the month.Under the theme, 'Give Hope. Save Lives", the month of activities which begins on October 1 culminates on a high on Saturday, October 28at the annual ICWI/Jamaica Reach To Recovery Pink Run whichis in its 17thyear, and third year withICWI as the title sponsor. This year the Pink Run will be under the theme 'Tutus and Tall Socks'.President of the ICWI Paul Lalorhas called on Jamaicans to actively support the initiatives outlined and those fighting the effects of cancer. "Our friends and families locked in this battle with cancer need our collective and individual support to survive. The high volume of cancer patients, survivors and loved ones of those who have lost the battle with cancer in our communities should be met with a strong resolve to join the fight. Let us aim to increase awareness, increase the funds to provide support and give compassion and our talents to this movement.""Most Jamaicans know what a pink ribbon means, especially during the Month of October! Indeed, many Jamaicans will be seen wearing pink throughout the Month. We can take heart in the fact that Jamaica's collective awareness of breast cancer has gained great momentum over the past decade", shared Mrs. Yulit Gordon, Executive Director, Jamaica Cancer Society."We however cannotover emphasize that if there is noearly detectionthrough regular breast self-examinations and mammography screening, survival chances will be significantly reduced.Let us thereforebe vigilant in making our health and well-being a priorityand engage in healthy lifestyle practices and access the available screening services",Mrs. Gordon cautioned.

2| P a g eJamaicaReach to Recovery is the affiliate of the Jamaica Cancer Society that provides emotional, psychological and financial support to breast cancer survivors. Reach to Recovery consists of volunteers, all of whom are breast cancer survivors, also provide information and counselling to breast cancer survivors and by extension their families and friends.Chairperson of Jamaica Reach to Recovery, Mrs. Carolind Graham is encouraging Jamaicans especially women to support the various activities that will be occurring during October. "With breast cancer in Jamaica at 43.1 per 100,000 women, and 0.6 per 100,000 men, it is imperative that we continue to have these activities to raise awareness about breast cancer and also to spread the importance of regular screenings which can be critical to an early diagnosis", said Mrs. Graham. While there will be several fundraising activities including the sale of bracelets at several outlets through the island, socks and pins, the 'Pink Run' will be the major fundraiser for Pink Month. "I hope Jamaic





ellie-goulding-tarrus-riley-powerful-music-video.jpg"Powerful" featuring Tarrus Riley and Ellie Goulding has been used in an ad campaign for Emporio Armani.

The television advert from Emporio Armani promotes the companies two new fragrances BECAUSE IT'S YOU for her and STRONGER WITH YOU for him

The ad which features the relationship between a man and a woman has the Major Laser produced track Powerful featuring Ellie Goulding and Tarrus Riley blaring in the background.

Tarrus Riley has since shared a snippet of the ad on his official Instagram page.





On November 9-12 a global assortment of music industry professionals will descend on multiple venues across Kingston Jamaica for the 5th annual Jamaica Music Conference (JMC). They will join a growing number of local Jamaican music industry professionals who have learned that the Jamaica Music Conference provides a powerful platform for catching up with the latest industry trends, networking and identifying the stars of tomorrow. This 5th staging has been themed, "Reclaiming Our Identity: The rising impact of Jamaica's music, content and culture".

Registration is now open for the annual event via the Jamaica Music Conference website and tickets can be purchased locally at Bookophilia and Fontana Pharmacy. The fifth staging will feature 7 venues and 10 separate sessions including: the JMC - JaRIA Symposium at JAMPRO headquarters; a Sound System Summit at Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts; panel discussions at U-Tech TIC Innovation Centre; the Jamaica Music Conference Showcase at Jamnesia; and closes at Skyline's Kingston Dub Club, ensuring that international attendees get a real feel for Kingston Music City.

The Jamaica Music Conference is a platform for independent music professionals, to discuss the challenges and opportunities in the Jamaican music industry, and propose solutions to these issues. This year sees a focus on answering long lingering questions. How can Jamaica and its diaspora retain the lion share of ownership within the reggae/dancehall space? How can the enduring international popularity of our genres embrace the global landscape to benefit Jamaica and Jamaicans at home and abroad? A FREE 3-part "Ready For Di Road" Webinar series is being staged in association with Atlanta-based Artist Launch, artist development agency. Conference attendees are also able to create a FREE electronic press kit when they enter a contest being staged by the Jamaica Music Conference for a chance to meet with international booking agents.

For more information visit: www.jamaicamusicconference.com





What is HPV?

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Human papillomavirus is a common virus that most women are exposed to at some point in their lives. According to the American Cancer Society, the virus types that cause infection to the cervix are found on the body's mucous membranes and are a result of sexual intercourse.

There are over 30 strains of HPV that can cause genital infections. The HPV vaccine supposedly protects against four strains and only two of those are known to be cancer-causing.

Problems from the actual virus are rare.

In fact, Dr. Diane Harper, who was involved in phases II and III of the manufacture's testing of the vaccine, reports there are normally no symptoms and 90% of infections are resolved by the body in as little as two years. Only half of the remaining infections have a rare chance of developing precancerous cells that could lead to cervical cancer.

While the majority of cervical cancers are caused by HPV, most women who have HPV do not develop cervical cancer. However, the pharmaceutical company who makes the HPV vaccine wants every girl and young woman to get another vaccination "just in case."

Dr. Sherri Tenpenny, physician and advocate for vaccine safety, thinks she knows why. She's stated there are other risk factors associated with the rare unresolved HPV infections that lead to a cervical cancer diagnosis. These factors could play a larger role in the development of cervical cancer than the virus itself.





hpv-facts.jpgIf you have a teenage girl in your family, chances are strong that their doctor has talked about the HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine called Gardasil. There have been countless ads by the pharmaceutical company who manufactures it, urging parents to take their young women in for the series of shots. Doctors everywhere recommend and even try to insist on giving this HPV vaccination in addition to the many others that most children receive.

It's purported to be a "miracle" drug that will protect girls against cervical cancer.

In 2007, Texas Governor Rick Perry received public backlash after mandating the HPV vaccine (Gardasil) by executive order. He later rescinded his mandate. California passed a law in 2012 allowing 12-year-olds to receive the vaccine without parental knowledge or consent.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and Merck (the company who produces Gardasil) all claim the HPV vaccination is safe for children as young as nine.

How can they possibly know? Gardasil was fast-tracked through the system meant to safeguard our health and wellbeing. It was approved and rushed to market (like many pharmaceutical drugs with horrific side effects) despite questionable results in regards to safety.

No independent studies have been done to determine if the vaccine itself causes cancer or what the long-term effects might be on those vaccinated.

As should have been expected, a shocking number of girls have had adverse reactions to receiving the HPV vaccination.





hpv-facts.jpgAnyone daring to suggest that a vaccine might present a risk, especially to children as the most vulnerable members of our society, are usually shot down in flames. Health authorities have tried their best to continue telling everyone that HPV vaccines (note use of plural as there are three different types available) are safe, despite ongoing research suggesting otherwise.

A study just released by a World Health Organization (WHO) monitoring centre in Sweden shows that adverse event reports received from national authorities -- and these will represent only a fraction of those actually experienced -- show a tendency to produce clusters of serious adverse events that include complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) that exceeds any other vaccine.

GMO vaccine released a decade ago

The genetically engineered vaccine, first introduced for mass vaccination around 10 years ago, has been delivered to around 80 million girls, women and, in some countries, boys.

By August 2014 58 countries had introduced the vaccine into their immunisation schedules. According to the WHO, 80% of all cases of cervical cancer are linked to HPV, the key justification for giving the vaccine to young girls, occur in developing countries and are linked to sexual encounters at very young ages.

Concerns around the safety of the vaccine began to arise in 2013 with reports of CRPS in Japan, POTS in Denmark and CFS in Holland.

This study, which explores global reporting patterns of Adverse Reactions (AEs) for HPV vaccines shows that these different types of effects are often clustered, i.e. they are more likely to occur together, and so are likely related.

The science bit

The study looked at case safety reports for HPV Vaccine in VigiBase, the WHO International database of suspected adverse drug reactions. Reports are received from pharmacovigilance centres in 124 countries who participate in the WHO Programme for International Drug Monitoring up to 1st January 2015. Cases including at least 2 reporting terms were included in the study.

Analysis of data revealed a large number of reports with a pattern of AEs including headache, dizziness, fatigue and syncope (temporary loss of consciousness). Reporting of AEs has taken place since the introduction of the vaccine and increased substantially in 2013 and 2014. (Source: anhinternational.org/2017/01/18/official-hpv-vaccine-vaccine-dangerous-yet/)





"In fact, there is no actual evidence that the vaccine can prevent any cancer. From the manufacturers own admissions, the vaccine only works on 4 strains out of 40 for a specific venereal disease that dies on its own in a relatively short period, so the chance of it actually helping an individual is about the same as the chance of her being struck by a meteorite."

Her comments though brave placed Dr. Harper's reputation at risk. Big Pharma's attack dogs quickly sought to destroy her, attempting to dismantle her credibility as a professional research scientist.

Since coming forward with her concerns about the HPV vaccines, a relentless and vicious campaign has been waged against her. The former Merck scientist was made to look like a kook in an article published by The Sunday Express, a British tabloid, which heavily misquoted her.

Hoping to set the record straight, Dr. Harper clarified her position in an interview with CBS News, during which she said that HPV vaccines carry real risks while offering very little benefits.

"The benefit to public health is nothing, there is no reduction in cervical cancers, they are just postponed, unless the protection lasts for at least 15 years, and over 70% of all sexually active females of all ages are vaccinated."

She also added that reported side effects of the vaccine prove HPV vaccines are more dangerous than the cervical cancer its makers say it prevents. (Source: www.healthfreedoms.org › Home › Big Government)





"About eight in every ten women who have been sexually active will have HPV at some stage of their life," said Dr. Harper during her speech.

"Normally there are no symptoms, and in 98 percent of cases, it clears itself. But in those cases where it doesn't and isn't treated, it can lead to pre-cancerous cells which may develop into cervical cancer."

Dr. Harper said that while Gardasil and Cervarix are marketed as protecting against cervical cancer, the claim has not been proven and is hypothetical. Research conducted on the drugs show "there is no demonstrated relationship between the condition being vaccinated for and the rare cancers that the vaccine might prevent, but it is marketed to do that nonetheless," she said. (Source: www.healthfreedoms.org › Home › Big Government)





gocernment-defends-vaccine.jpgAll safety trials for HPV vaccines were done on 15-year-olds, said Dr. Harper, and not 9-year-olds, the demographic for which the immunizations are now recommended. Furthermore, there is a real risk associated with these vaccines, she added.

More than 15,000 girls have experienced adverse side effects from Gardasil, according to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). A number likely to be far higher in reality, since many vaccine side effects go unreported.

At least 44 girls are known to have died from these vaccines. Some side effects experienced by those receiving the HPV vaccines include seizures, blood clots, brain inflammation, lupus and Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a rare but serious autoimmune deficiency that causes the immune system to attack and damage nerve cells.

While the majority of those with GBS recover, the disorder may cause muscle weakness, difficulty breathing, paralysis and sometimes death.

As with most vaccines, parents are usually not made aware of the risks.(Source: www.healthfreedoms.org › Home › Big Government)





hpv-facts.jpgAn expert involved in the approval process for the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines Gardasil and Cervarix, is speaking out about the dangers and why you shouldn't risk your child's health in getting them.

Diane Harper, M.D., professor and chair of the department of Family and Geriatric Medicine at the University of Louisville, revealed at the 4th International Conference on Vaccination that HPV vaccines are essentially worthless because rates of cervical cancer in the U.S. are extremely low anyway.

Her speech was intended to promote the benefits of vaccines, but she changed her mind and went in a different direction in an effort to "clean her conscience about the deadly vaccines," according to The Daily Sheeple.

Dr. Harper, a former vaccine research scientist for Merck, said she wouldn't be able to sleep at night unless she aired the truth about HPV vaccines. In her speech, given in Reston, Virginia, she said that 70 percent of all HPV infections resolve themselves without treatment, and 90 percent do so within two years. (Source: www.healthfreedoms.org › Home › Big Government)





gocernment-defends-vaccine.jpgThe Ministry of Health is defending the decision to administer the Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine to girls in Grade Seven.

The programme is scheduled to start on Monday.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has recommended that children from age nine to 14 be given the vaccine. They will get two doses of the vaccine.

The HPV vaccine is aimed at protecting against cervical cancer, which is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in Jamaica and the ninth leading cause of death worldwide.

Dr. Melody Ennis, Director of Family Health Services in the Ministry of Health, said the Government decided to administer the vaccine to this particular age group because toll cervical cancer has taken on the society.

"We have here in Jamaica over 300 cases, with 185 deaths annually. In our population, the virus that causes cervical cancer is in excess of 50 per cent," she explained.





KINGSTON, Jamaica -- A 71-year-old Canadian man is in police custody after he was arrested and charged with breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act at the Norman Manley International Airport on Friday.

Reports from the police are that the man, Derrick Harmon of a Canadian address, checked in to the airport to board a flight destined for Toronto, Canada about 1:30 am, when his luggage was searched and a powdery substance in a package labelled 'Soy Beverage' found.

On further examination, the substance was found to be cocaine with an estimated street value of $768, 000.

Harmon is charged with possession of cocaine, dealing in cocaine, and taking steps preparatory to the export of cocaine and is to appear in the Corporate Area Criminal Court on Tuesday.





"Adult seen in video beating a child now in Police custody in St Thomas" the Jamaica Constabulary Force disclosed on Twitter this afternoon.

The woman who is seen wearing only panties, is currently in police custody over a video making the rounds on social media, showing her beating a child with a machete.

In the video, the woman, can be heard saying "mi tired a oonu", while gripping the back of a young girl's garment and hitting her several times with the object.

The child is wailing and at one point is on the ground when the woman finally releases her hold.

The girl then flees from the yard and the woman can be heard uttering expletives. A dog that came between the obviously enraged woman and the girl, as she inflicted blows to the child, was also slapped with the machete.

An onlooker could also be heard towards the end of the film encouraging the angry woman, as the girl manages to break free from the woman's hold and escape.

In a message on Twitter this afternoon, the police posted that they were aware of the "disturbing video" being circulated on social media and that the woman had been arrested in St Thomas.

The JCF said it would provide more information on the incident later.





 

wendy-williams.jpgWhile addressing her audience on Halloween, Williams -- dressed as the Statue of Liberty -- was about to kick off her show's annual costume contest when she froze mid-sentence and looked wide-eyed into the camera.

"Let's get started," she said as her speech started to slow before pausing completely, stumbling backwards and ultimately collapsing to the floor. Clips from the moment, which immediately were shared on Twitter by concerned fans, show crew members rush onto the stage as the show faded to black.

Following a lengthy commercial break and several minutes of confusion online, Williams appeared back on her show to address the scary incident.

"That was not a stunt," she said. "I overheated in my costume and I passed out. I am a champ and I am back."

Fans urged the talk show host to seek medical attention for the incident, despite her appearing healthy when the show returned from the commercial break.





tarrus-riley-photo-2.jpgTarrus Riley, has pledged his support for Caribbean Love Now, and has confirmed that he will perform at JAMATHON, the benefit concert to raise funds for hurricane recovery in the Caribbean, including Dominica which is reported to be 95% devastated after Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Riley, who accompanied investor Joe Bogdanovich and a team to Dominica, Antigua and Anguilla gained a first-hand view of the after effects of the hurricanes and says that he was shocked at the level of devastation. "Gilbert hit Jamaica as a category three and we struggled to bounce back. What these people are going through is far from our imagination, so we have to reach out and help," he said.

During the trip, Riley said he was moved by the warm welcome people on each island extended the team, and their appreciation of the interest shown in their welfare. "That says to me that music is a big part of the solution. If we can ease souls and raise money to help these islands, then we will have become our brothers' and sisters' keepers," he said.

Riley joins several of Jamaica's best-loved reggae and dancehall stars who have all waived their performance fee for Caribbean Love Now JAMATHON, which takes place Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at The Red Stripe Oval in Kingston, Jamaica.

The other performers confirmed are: Assassin; Beenie Man; Blvk H3ro; Bunji Garlin; Bunny Wailer; Carlene Davis; Chino McGregor; Christopher Martin; D-Major; Devin Di Dakta; Etana; Fay-Ann Lyons; Freddie McGregor; Harry Toddler; Iba Mahr; Jah Cure; Jesse Royal; Naomi Cowan, Nesbeth; Raging Fyah; Richie Spice; Romain Virgo; Sizzla; Stephen McGregor; Third World; Tommy Lee Sparta, Toots Hibbert and Vegas. An All-Star band led by Dean Fraser will back all performances. The show will be hosted Tommy Cowan. Additions to the lineup will be announced soon as more artists join the campaign.

Caribbean Love Now JAMATHON is presented with the initial support of Jamaica Tourist Board; RJR Communications Group; Downsound Entertainment; Red Stripe; Flow; Hardware & Lumber; H&L Rapid True Value; H&L Agro; Usain Bolt's Tracks & Records; Franjam KLE; Parkland Industrial Co.; R Hotel; and Argyle Industries.

The cost of tickets are: General Admission, J$1000; VIP, J$3000, and VVIP, J$6000. Tickets will be available at Fontana Pharmacy; York Pharmacy; H&L Rapid True Value and H&L Agro stores.

Proceeds from the money raised by Caribbean Love Now will go directly to the people and countries affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Fans across the world will be able to experience Caribbean Love Now JAMATHON via live stream on YouTube at the Reggae Sumfest Live Streaming & Video channel. An online donation site will be announced shortly through which global contributions will be accepted.





The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is refuting claims that the police were involved in the fatal shooting of alleged Kingston area leader Valbert Harley otherwise called Waldie.

Thirty-eight-year-old Harley and three others were shot and injured on Mountain View Avenue in Kingston 3 yesterday afternoon.

In a statement, the JCF says around 12:30 Harley and his brother, who are jointly charged in a murder matter, were travelling from the Kingston and St. Andrew Parish Court in a Honda motorcar along with another man.

They reportedly pulled over along the roadway to make a purchase from a vendor when men travelling in a dark colour motorcar drove up, exited from the vehicle and opened gunfire hitting them and two other persons, including the vendor.

The police say a team was summoned to the scene and the injured men were taken to hospital where Harley was pronounced dead while the others admitted.

The police say Harley is said to be an area leader who operates out of Olympic Gardens, St. Andrew.

According to the police, he is described as the 'Don of all dons' as he claimed to be in charge of the entire Kingston and St. Andrew.





crime-scene-gun.jpgA policeman who was on suspension from the force after he was charged with murder was killed execution style at a dance early this morning. Another man was also injured in the early morning attack in Orangefield, in Ewarton, St Catherine.

The policeman has been identified as 35-year-old constable Courtney Linton, who was attached to the Counter Terrorism and Organized Crime Division, popularly referred to as the Police Flying Squad.

Reports are that the policeman, who was on suspension on a murder charge for the past five years, was at the dance playing a sound system when men in a white Nissan motor car drove up.

Two of the men reportedly pulled guns and opened fire, hitting Linton and the other man.

Patrons ran for cover during the melee.

Linton was reportedly shot multiple times, even after he fell to the ground. He died on the spot.

The other man received a shot in the right shoulder and is being treated at hospital.

In a statement this morning, Police Commissioner, George Quallo, said detectives from the Major Investigations Division and the St Catherine North Criminal Investigation Division are investigating the shooting.

Commissioner Quallo expressed condolence and said teams from the Community Safety and Security Branch and the Chaplaincy Unit were dispatched to assist family members.

This morning's shooting came days after another policeman was shot dead.





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

NMIA Bidder GAP Upgraded by Moody's to Highest Possible Credit Rating

nmia-jamaica.jpgGuadalajara, Mexico, 30 October 2017: Moody's Investor Service has upgraded Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico (GAP) to the highest possible issuer and debt rating category with a stable outlook.

Moody's upgraded GAP's issuer rating from Baa1/Aa1.mx to A3/Aaa.mx. GAP's senior unsecured regular bond/debenture rating was also upgraded from Baa1/Aa1.mx to A3/Aaa.mx.

GAP is Mexico's leading airport operator and is among the pre-qualified bidders for Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston, Jamaica.

The company reported an 11.9% increase in passenger traffic at its 13 airports year-to-date over the first nine months of 2016. GAP opened nine new domestic routes in Mexico during 3Q17 and three new international routes.

GAP reported a 19.6% increase in aeronautical revenue for the first nine months of 2017 to MXN 6.1bn (USD 320.7m), while non-aeronautical revenue grew 18.9% to MXN 2.1bn (110.1m) and overall revenue was up 11.4% to 9.3bn (485.6m).

Passenger traffic at GAP's 12 airports in Mexico ranged from 138,700 at its smallest in Manzanillo to 9,406,800 at its largest in Guadalajara between January and the end of September.

The company operates airports in major tourism destinations like Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta as well as in major business hubs like Guanajuato and Hermosillo, at the center of Mexico's auto manufacturing industry.

GAP is listed on the Mexican Stock Exchange with ADRs listed on NYSE. It has a market capitalization of USD 5.35bn.





crime-scene-demo.jpgThe Clarendon police say they are following strong leads in Sunday night's shooting of eight persons in the community of Farm.

One of the victims, a woman, died.

She has been identified as 37 year old Lacia Mantack, a hairdresser of Evans Avenue in Farm.

The other seven persons, including a five year old girl, have been hospitalised.

About 6 o'clock, the individuals were among spectators who had just left a football match.

The group stopped at a shop when gunfire came from the direction of bushes.

The injured persons were taken to hospital, where Ms Mantack succumbed to her injuries.

The attackers escaped.

Kemps Hill murder

In the meantime, the Clarendon police were later called to another murder scene in Kemps Hill.

They found the body of 22 year old Mikhail Mitchell with bullet wounds.

Reports are that shortly before 9 o'clock, the police went to Mr. Mitchell's house where his body was found on the verandah.

No motive has been established for the killing.





crime-scene-gun.jpgThe Police High Command is keeping a close watch on Cockburn Pen in St. Andrew following the shooting death of alleged gangster Valburn Harley, otherwise called Valdy.

Harley was among four persons shot by gunmen along Mountain View Avenue on Monday afternoon.

Harley was on his way from the Home Circuit Court shortly before 1 o'clock. He stopped at a fruit vendor along Mountain View Avenue when a car with men aboard drove up.

The men opened fire hitting him, his brother and another passenger in the vehicle.

A vendor was also shot and injured.

Harley and the injured persons were taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The police are trying to establish a motive for the attack.





Director of Elections takes government to court

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The Director of Elections, Orrette Fisher, is now taking legal action to prevent the Electoral Commission of Jamaica from removing him from the job.

Fisher's one-year appointment expires Tuesday and it is reported that the post is to be advertised on the expiration.

The elections boss is contending that his one-year appointment was illegal because the law clearly states that the appointment must be for seven years.

Fisher who is being represented by attorney-at-law Hugh Wildman has brought an action in the Supreme Court against Governor General Sir Patrick Allen and the Electoral Commission of Jamaica.

He is seeking an injunction to bar the Commission from removing him from the post.

When the matter came before the Supreme Court this afternoon, Justice Carolyn Tai adjourned it until tomorrow and directed that the respondents be served.





Wayde van Niekerk marries his 'dream girl'

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wayde-van-nierkerk-and-wife-chesney.jpgThe golden boy of South African and world athletics, Wayde van Niekerk, has married his fiancé Chesney Campbell in a ceremony held last weekend.

Van Niekerk, the Olympic 400m gold medal winner and world record holder in 2016 as well as 400m gold medal winner at the IAAF World Championships this year, posted a picture on Twitter of the couple at their marriage.

The South African athletics star took to Twitter and Instagram to share the good news on Sunday morning.

He said: "Can't wait to spend the rest of my life with you @Neshney. So blessed to start this next adventure with the girl of my dreams! I love you!"

The 400m Olympic gold medalist popped the question last year during December and posted a video on Instagram captioning it, "She said yes", showing a ring on Campbell's finger.





Rvssian produces new Vybz Kartel single, Kremlin

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vybz-kartel-photo-29.jpgVybz Kartel has teamed up with internationally acclaimed producer Rvssian for his latest single "Kremlin" featured on Head Concussion Records's new "Moscow Riddim".

This marks Vybz Kartel and Rvssian's second project for the year after previously releasing "Highest Level."

"Kahira get a almanac, bet unno say Adidja a / A go run the place all when me .50, what a caliber / Higher than the Dutch inna the coffee shop / So me trick the trickster with the dove inna the magic hat Huh, see say dem a copy cat / A no nothing that me a the prototype, the quintessential," The self-proclaimed "Worl Boss" deejays.

"How yo mean mi naan voice for Rvssian / Yow Tarik yo hear the pu**y them," Kartel says in the intro while laughing.





cardi-b-offset.jpgOn Sunday, Bronx Rapper Cardi B showed off her huge 8-carat, pear shaped engagement ring while listening to Vanessa Bling's 2012 smash hit single Everything Fi Hold Him. She was celebrating her recent engagement to Migos member Offset.

Playing Vanessa Bling's song gave the Dancehall artiste a huge endorsement as Cardi uploaded the video to her Instagram story for her over 12 million followers to view on the social media-sharing application.

Bling has since reacted to the endorsement, "[Cardi B] congrats hun, you always support my music," she wrote. "You have everything fi hold him everything fi own him You goodgood weh a control him everynite eno."

Cardi B is a big fan of Dancehall music and frequently endorses some of the genres biggest acts including Vybz Kartel, Alkaline, Spice, Konshens and Popcaan.





beenie-man-photo-8.jpgIn a recent interview on OnStage, self-proclaimed King of the Dancehall, Beenie Man says Lady Saw remains Queen of Dancehall and that Spice doesn't have the accolades to claim that title. After all, how can anyone be the Queen of Dancehall without putting out even one album, without having a big international collaboratiobn; without having even one song on the Billboard chart?

"The Queen of Dancehall, Marion Hall is baptised, so i am here to see the next queen to come," he said.

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When quizzed about Spice getting the title, Beenie Man stated quite frankly that although Spice had upped her game and seemed poised to claim the throne, that's not how you become a queen.

"If yuh guh tek Lady Saw crown, you affi do weh Lady Saw do! no disrespect," Beenie said. "You can't do less work" and expect to claim the title. Beenie however agreed that Spice is now the queen-in-waiting. But, Spice could be w-a-i-t-i-n-g-f-o-r-a-v-e-r-y-l-o-n-g-t-i-m-e. Let's hope not.

And, of course, Predictable Grace (S-P-I-C-E) reacted in her usual hostile manner to constructive criticism.





Mhm Hm! Kartel drops new music video

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vybz-kartel-photo-29.jpgJailed Dancehall star Vybz Kartel releases the official music video for his smash hit single "Mhm Hm".

The infectious banger produced by Jones Ave Records is currently the number one single in Jamaica, clocking over 3.4 Million streams in less than one month.

"Get the oats, mhm / Get the Supligen, mhm hm / Get the nuts, mhm / Get the nutmeg, mhm hm / Blend it up, mhm / Turn it a your head, mhm hm / Get a gyal and just go get your children," the self-proclaimed 'Worl Boss' deejays over the Dancehall beat which also features controversial recording artist Ishawna's gritty diss track "Walking Dead" aimed at Danielle D.I.

The video is directed by Terminal 4 Media and Camera Dameon Gayle.





chris-gayle-photo-6.jpgSYDNEY, Australia (AFP) -- West Indies cricket star Chris Gayle Monday won a defamation case against an Australian media group which claimed he exposed his genitals to a massage therapist.

The lurid accusations were made by Fairfax Media newspapers The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and The Canberra Times in a series of stories in January last year.

They claimed the all-rounder exposed himself to team masseuse Leanne Russell in a dressing room at the 2015 World Cup in Sydney and "indecently propositioned" her.

Gayle denied the allegations, saying the journalists behind the story wanted to "destroy him".

His teammate Dwayne Smith, who was in the changing room at the time, also denied the incident took place.

A NSW Supreme Court jury ruled in Gayle's favour, finding Fairfax was motivated by malice.

The media group had defended the articles on the basis the allegations were substantially true and in the public interest.

"At the end of the day I'm very, very happy," Gayle said after the verdict, according to the Herald, adding that coming to court had been "very emotional".

"I'm a good man. I'm not guilty," he said.

The publication of the stories followed an uproar after Gayle attempted to flirt with an Australian presenter on live TV, asking her out for a drink and telling her: "Don't blush, baby."

During the week-long hearing, a tearful Russell stood by the allegations, saying she had gone to the room looking for a towel and came across Gayle.

She alleged he lowered the towel he was wearing and asked: "Are you looking for this?"

Gayle's close friend Donovan Miller told the hearing that since the allegations the West Indian had become "scared, especially (around) females and he always feels someone is out to get him".

A hearing on damages will be held at a later date.

Fairfax Media later released a statement saying said the company was "concerned with the conduct of the trial to the extent that on Friday it sought an order that the jury be discharged and a new trial ordered".

"Fairfax believes that it did not get a fair trial," it concluded. "It is seriously considering its appeal rights."





Caribbean Day of Giving a huge success

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radiothon-broadcast-from-the-dumplin-shop-in-the-bronx.jpgNew York: The recently held 'Caribbean Day of Giving' #CaribbeanDayofGiving mediathon on Saturday, October 7th, to assist Caribbean countries hit by recent hurricanes was deemed a successful venture with widespread collaboration from the Caribbean Diaspora media fraternity.

The organizers of the Day of Giving reported that the event raised over US$40,000 in cash as well as several barrels of goods, which were handed over to Ebenezer Pilgrim Holiness Church in New York, which will coordinate shipping to Barbuda and Dominica.

Most funds raised, came from New York based Caribbean Food Delights' Vincent HoSang Foundation. The event also had the backing of corporate and organizational sponsors such as Digicel, Tower Isles Frozen Foods Limited, Irie Jam Media Group, Usain Bolt's Tracks and Records, Team Jamaica Bickle, Union of Jamaican Alumni Associations, Golden Krust, IMAGES LLC, Caribbean Business Connections and www.shareitcamp.com.

These efforts were in conjunction with fundraising efforts by The American Friends of Jamaica, the American Foundation for the University of the West Indies and the Caribbean Tourism Organization Relief Fund, all 501(c)3 charity partners of Caribbean Day of Giving.

Much of the funds raised will benefit The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), which is the official body coordinating relief efforts to the various Caribbean countries affected by the hurricanes.

The all day media-thon, which involved over 32+ radio programs and other media platforms, featured interviews with Prime Ministers Hon. Gaston Browne of Antigua and Barbuda; Hon. Dr. Keith Mitchell of Grenada; Hon. Andrew Holness of Jamaica; Hon. Ralph Gonsalves of St. Vincent and the Grenadines; Hon. Allan Chastanet of Saint Lucia; the Premier of the British Virgin Islands, The Hon. Dr. D. Orlando Smith as well as Ronald Jackson, Executive Director of the CDEMA and Her Excellency, Loreen Bannis-Roberts, Permanent Representative of the Commonwealth of Dominica to the United Nations. The Door Restaurant in Queens and the Dumplin' Shop in the Bronx, were the location sponsors and sites of the radiothon.

The day ended with a Caribbean Day of Giving Benefit concert which was live streamed from Usain Bolt's Tracks and Records Sports Bar in Kingston, Jamaica. Performers included Romain Virgo, Chris Martin, Richie Stephens, Jermaine Edwards, D'Angel and D-Major. Event hosts were media personalities Nikki Z and Saudicka Diram.

Beyond the day, the organizers acknowledge the significant need for ongoing support to aid in the recovery efforts in the Caribbean region.

Persons wishing to donate may still do so at www.caribbeandayofgiving.com or text AFUWI to 41444. As the group design or promote new activities to raise funds, additional entities are also invited to support this disaster relief and recovery effort.





chris-gayle-photo-6.jpgA massage therapist said she "cried uncontrollably" after star West Indian cricketer Chris Gayle allegedly exposed himself to her, telling a Sydney court Wednesday it left her "very upset".

Gayle is suing Fairfax Media newspapers The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and The Canberra Times over a series of stories in January last year detailing the lurid accusations.

On the opening day of his defamation action Monday, he denied the allegations and claimed the media group was out to "destroy" him. His teammate Dwayne Smith, who was present at the time, has also denied the incident.

The newspapers said the all-rounder exposed himself to masseuse Leanne Russell -- who was working for the West Indies team -- in a dressing room at the 2015 World Cup in Sydney and "indecently propositioned" her.

She told the NSW Supreme Court she went to the changing room to look for a towel and came across Gayle.

Gayle asked her: "What are you looking for?" the court heard, according to the Herald.

"I said, 'a towel'," she replied, and he "pulled his towel out and down".

"I saw the top half of Chris' penis -- I apologise. I thereafter shielded my view. I said no and walked out."

Russell said she told the West Indies team's physiotherapist about the incident immediately and was "very upset" and "crying uncontrollably. I was crying like a child".

On Tuesday, Smith admitted he sent a text to Russell that simply said "sexy" after she massaged him the day before the Gayle incident.

Russell said she was "sick of being treated this way" and had spoken out to get other women to realise "this happens all the time and nobody has the guts to speak out and they should", according to the Herald.

Fairfax said it was defending the articles on the basis the allegations were substantially true and in the public interest.

Their publication followed an uproar after Gayle attempted to flirt with an Australian presenter on live TV, asking her out for a drink and telling her: "Don't blush, baby."

Gayle has since nicknamed his baby daughter 'Blush'





Police in New York recently arrested and charged a woman with second-degree murder, burglary and two counts of assault in the home invasion which left a 91-year-old Jamaican man dead and his 100 year old wife hospitalized.

Prosecutors in the United States say that the woman, 45-year-old, Suzette Troutman, the couple's caregiver, was the mastermind behind what they call "the sick crime".

Reports are that Troutman's nephew, Dwayne Blackwood, 27, was arrested last week Friday and charged with the same offences.

Ninety-one-year-old Waldiman Thompson, who migrated from Jamaica decades ago, died of a heart attack on October 11 after two men entered the Brooklyn home he shared with his wife, Ethlin, and tied them up before escaping with US$5,000.

The New York Daily News reported that Ethlin managed to escape and called for help.

When police arrived, her husband was found unconscious and face down near his bedroom with a blanket wrapped around his head and a pillow pressed to his face. He was pronounced dead at hospital.





ID parade for killers of Mandeville cop

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The police say the three suspects in custody for the killing of Corporal Melvin Smith in Mandeville, Manchester last Friday are to be placed on identification parades as they follow strong leads.

Head of the Police Area Three, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Clifford Chambers, says the three men were apprehended in Clarendon and are to be questioned in relation to the killing of the corporal.

Head of the Police Area Three, Assistant Commissioner of Police Clifford Chambers

The police say shortly after 8 o'clock Friday night, Smith was assisting a man who was robbed of his motorcycle.

He chased the robbers and a shoot-out ensued.

One of the men fell from the motorcycle and ran.

The second man reportedly shot the corporal.

He returned fire, injuring one of the robbers before he collapsed.

The policeman was taken to hospital where he died.





ophelia-walloston-nurse-killed.jpgcrime-scene-gun.jpgOphelia Walloston, a registered nurse of Lime Hall St, was shot multiple times by a man outside a supermarket in the parish capital of St Ann's Bay at around 6:30 pm on Friday evening. She died on Saturday morning while undergoing treatment.

Police sources said the shooter, who turned himself over to law enforcement officials after the incident, was previously in a relationship with the Walloston.

He reportedly confronted her about her relationship with another man, telling her she was ungrateful in light of all he had done for her, before pumping at least three bullets into her upper body.

Unconfirmed reports are that Walloston had a restraining order taken out against her attacker and had filed a complaint against the man earlier Friday.





crime-scene-demo.jpgThe police are probing the murder of popular producer, Tru Blue.

Ralston "Tru Blue" Wellington, who was shot and killed at his Maxfield Avenue home in St Andrew on Friday evening.

According to the Corporate Communications Unit of the JCF at about 6:15 pm, explosions were heard coming from the Swettenham Road, Kingston 13 home of the dancehall producer.

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On investigation by his family members, the 44-year-old's body was found in his yard with what appeared to be gunshot wounds. The police were called in and the body subsequently removed.

No motive has yet been established for the killing.

Tru Blue, who was off the music radar for close to a decade, co-produced Whine Yuh Waist Suh by Vybz Kartel and Don Andre last year.





crime-scene-demo.jpgWhat is this government doind aboub crime?!! The JLP was given power partly on their promise to reduce crime and violence, but ever since the have won, they have proven to be ineffective to the point of being criminals. The crime monster is out of hand. Just look at the statistics for one parish - Clarendon.

Since the start of the year, more than 130 people have been killed in Clarendon. Note, this is just ONE parish.According to official reports, this is more than the 114 killed over the same period last year.

Clarendon's murder figures got an increase over the weekend when gunmen on Sunday evening sprayed bullets on a group of people attending a party in the Clarendon community of Farm.

When the shooting ended, one woman was killed and six other people injured.

A child is among those injured.

According to police sources, a group of residents at a get-together were surprised by gunmen, armed with high-powered weapons.





tru-blue.jpgIn a profanity-laced video on Youtube, producer Tru Blue was seen and heard cussing out Bouty Killer in the wickedest way.

As one person has commented: "Si what happen when yuh chat too much and deh pon YouTube a chat bout yuh a guh step to di "Grung Gad" . Too much chatgingz, YouTube and Facebook badman."

Tru Blue was killed Friday night and the video has since gone viral. There is absolutely no suggestion that the video had anything to do with his untimely death and the police are not investigating any such link.

YardFlex sends condolences to the family and friends of the producer.





chris-gayle-photo-6.jpgSo why the white masseuse woman put down one piece a cow bawling when she see Chris Gayle man part?

She say she went into the changing room for a towel and Chris Gayle move him towel from his waist and ask her if is this she looking for She tell the story to some news people inna Australia and now Gayle sue the paper because him seh is lie the white woman a tell pon him.

She tell the court how she start one piece a hell bawling when the incident happen and how she did traumatized. What the hell? Isn't she a maaeuse? Don't she suppose to see dem tings deh inna her line a work when she a knead up people body on a daily basis.

Anyway, here is what John Public had to say about this woman:

Vernal

Why did she cry uncontrollably, was he the first naked man she saw? is it the first time she had been proportioned by a man in her line of business? Gayle this is becoming a habit of women accusing you, check yourself/body language to see what you might be doing wrong.

Reader: "There are two sides to this 'poor woman' who cried uncontrollably...

frank

Notice none of these sexual harassment cases.in this case allege body parts exposure ever happen between these females and ordinary joe blows walking the street[hardly any poor guys].its always the Chris Gayles.the Actor.the Basketball player.the football player. otherwise people with a lot of money.one female has a case going right now with a Dallas cowboy football player where she was bold enough to come clean before she accuse him of sexual battery right after he kicked her out of his mansion.she told him 'this is America so i am white they will believe me before they believe you a black guy..as i said before these guys cant look at some of these dishonest females cross eyed.as they will be sued.the ever corrupting greenback along with the sleezy lawyer just sit and wait..

cherryl

yuh know seh a suh it mostly guh fi true - which poor, unpopular man wi hear dat woman sue him for sexual harassment? right now i cant recollect one such incident -

bout she put down one piece a cow bawling after seeing his male anatomy - hiss teet...

although mi did waan bawl inna my early twenties when mi buck up pon one mad man and si him ting - all now mi memba it - de ugliest ting mi eva si! it did almost touch de ground!





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dj-khaled-watch-wm-side-side-3.jpgAt just one-year-old,, DJ Khaled's son Asahd's is the owner of jewellery worth millions..

Over the weekend, DJ Khaled teamed up with hip-hop's richest mogul Diddy to give Asahd Khaled a lavish first birthday bash. Aside from the eternal gift of Diddy serenading you with "Happy Birthday," Asahd also crawled away with several material gifts, including a brand new, adult sized watch from his father. According to TMZ, the diamond-studded watch itself is worth over one hundred thousand dollars, and was commissioned by Haute Living. The company also ended up hosting the party, so it looks as if they scored some serious points with the Khaled family.

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Apparently, the watch features six-hundred diamonds, and from the look of it, you could probably risk blindness should you look directly at it. Yet Khaled may be a lot of things, but irresponsible isn't one of them. There's no way the Grateful producer would give such an expensive present to an actual baby, who no doubt has little understanding of the principle of time, let alone how to tell it. If Asahd eventually wants to rock his expensive gift, he'll have to wait until adulthood, making the present something of a coming-of-age reward, not unlike Butch in Pulp Fiction.

Apparently the watch is a Frank Mueller model in rose gold, and features Asahd's name and birthday engraved in the back. Check out a visual of the piece below, and lament the fact that the watch probably costs more than our collective salaries. Still, there's no denying that Asahd will be set for life, what with having an executive producer credit on Grateful, which has officially been certified platinum.





Jesse Royal's Lily Of Da Valley has debuted at #1 on the Billboard Reggae Album chart. In addition, the album impressively hit #131 on the Billboard New Album Top 200 chart and #36 on the Independent Albums chart."Lily Of Da Valley (released October 6, 2017 on Easy Star Records) is the highly-anticipated debut album from the young Jamaican star. Jesse embarks on his U.S. tour in November, including a feature spot at Rootfire At The Park, before joining Collie Buddz for west coast dates in December.

Jesse Royal's music carries an impactful message built to resonate with the millennial generation and beyond and is proof with his #1 debut. Recording for Lily of Da Valley took place across many studios, from the Applehead Studio in Woodstock, NY, to the legendary Tuff Gong and Big Yard Studios in Kingston, Jamaica. The source material for the album arose organically, with Jesse keeping loads of hooks, melodies and lyrics on hand until he was ready to come with a full album's worth of strong songs. This liberating approach of patience guarantees the new release has no forced filler.

Studio assistance from the help of studio mastermind Llamar "Riff Raff" Brown, Kareem "Remus" Burrell, Phillip "Winta" James and Kurt White helped aid Jesse's vision of pushing the genre forward while still paying respect to those who paved the road prior, showing the youth that "there is a space for them to be creative in music."

"Easy Star Records is honored to be working with Jesse Royal and thrilled that his album is being so well received," says Easy Star CEO Eric Smith. He adds, "We are just getting started in exposing Jesse to the world and are excited to keep building from here. At Easy Star we take pride in breaking artists globally, whether they are from the Caribbean, the States, or Europe."

Jesse is about to tour the U.S. showcasing songs from the new album. More tour dates are already planned for early 2018 and soon to be announced. Press accolades for Lily of da Valley have been pouring in from a diversity of media outlets.





gucci-mane-and-keyshia-kaoir.jpgGucci Mane's brother wasn't invited to his wedding and neither was their mother.

On October 17, Gucci Mane finally tied the knot with his longtime girlfriend, Jamaican beauty Keyshia Ka'oir, and following the couple's highly-publicized nuptials, the headlines haven't stopped coming.

Notably, artiste Khia came forward alleging that the 32-year old Ka'oir had three children that she left behind in Jamaica to begin a new life with Gucci. Keyshia since denounced the claims on Twitter.

Now, it's Gucci Mane who is under scrutiny has his brother, Nate, has since revealed that neither he or the brothers' mother, Vicky, were invited to the wedding.

"He didn't let me go to the wedding, but I'm happy for him," Nate revealed in an interview with TMZ. "He went through hell to get to where he's at now. Me [and] my mom didn't go. We still reflected on it. That's just another chapter we have to close in our life. I'm glad he ain't in prison. He's out doing what he's doing; getting where he's trying to go."

It was just shy of a year ago that Gucci, born Radric Davis, popped the question at a Hawks game in his hometown of Atlanta. Since then, the lavish wedding has been in planning with many of the industry's top names in attendance, the people at home watching via a television broadcast, and Gucci's other brother, Duke, serving as best man.

"I feel real bad Rad didn't invite me to his wedding. I really wanted to be for him. As a brother...to support you, guide you, whatever you need me to do," Gucci's youngest brother went on to add. "For me not to be invited, I don't know how to feel."

He went on to reveal that his mother was just as hurt and confused by the lack of an invite, and used the opportunity to send a warning toward Ka'oir.

"She didn't get invited either. It's hard cause I don't know. She don't know. For her to see her kids get married. That's a dream she wanted to see come true. ...At least have your mother there. A man don't care for his mother how can he care for you?"





Vybz Kartel's appeal 'progressing well' says lawyer

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vybz-kartel-photo-11-larger.jpg"The appeal is progressing pretty well, we have seen some delays, but don't worry about that, that is on the management and administrative side, but other than that, things are progressing well," one news outlet is quoting Kartel's lawyer, Valerie Neita Roberston as saying. "We have certain things to do within a prescribed time and it will be done."

She added that the defense team is going into the trial well prepared and will be very detailed in their argument on why he was not given a fair trial.

The appeal is set to begin in February next year, and the Gaza Nation is confident that Addi will be vindicated, especially since Kartel's attorneys have expressed confidence in winning the case.

Vybz Kartel, Shawn "Storm" Campbell, Andre St John, and Kahira Jones were convicted in 2014 of the murder of their friend Clive "Lizard" Williams. All four men are currently serving life sentences for the gruesome murder where the victim's body was never found. The murder trial sparked a lot of controversies and most fans of the artists are left with an impression that he was not given a fair trial. There were issues of police intimidating witnesses and tampering with evidence, as well as, a well-publicised issue of one juror attempting to bribe the forewoman to return a not guilty verdict. That juror, Livingston Caine, is currently on trial for corruption and conspiracy and could face up to three years in prison.

If he loses the appeal, Vybz Kartel, real name Adidja Palmer, will have to serve 35 years before being eligible for parole. He already served six years.





alkaline-photo-13.jpgVendetta deejay Alkaline drop a new Chimney Records-produced single "Hard Tackle" over the weekend and as expected it is the top trending dancehall song on YouTube.

The single was released on Saturday night and at the time of this publication it reached close to 300,000 views. The bridge the gap between hardcore and conscious dancehall banger. "Ghetto youth, you haffi deh pon your guard / Worse when you make it inna the upper echelon as an underdog / Dem see your car and a wonder hard / See life a change fi you and a say you fi deh inna the morgue / The system weh we grow up inna a fraud," Alkaline deejay.

Alkaline has not released a new song in a few months, and this year he has only released a handful of new songs in comparison to previous years. Despite slowing down his new release, the Vendetta deejay has scored a hit with almost every new single he released this year and this one





usain-and-lewis.jpgThe fastest man in the world, Usain Bolt, admits to being scared and claimed he thought he was 'going to die' after Lewis Hamilton drove him around the Circuit of the Americas prior to the US Grand Prix.

The Jamaican sprinter was on hand to witness the 32-year-old cruise to victory in Austin as he closes in on a fourth world championship.

The Brit star and the eight-time Olympic champion pose for a photo in the Mercedes garage

Bolt - who waved the green flag to start the formation lap - revealed the experience of being in the Mercedes AMG roadcar was far from enjoyable.

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He said: "There's no words to describe it. The g-force on that was real. It was stressful.

"The first lap was aggressive and good and then when he took the traction control off I thought I was going to die.

"I'm stressed. I'm stressed. I need to take five. I was not ready for that. I was screaming a little bit."

While Hamilton revelled in the delight at scaring the eight-time Olympic champion, but declared in trying to frighten Bolt, he almost crashed on multiple occasions.

The Brit said: "That was probably the most fun passenger ride I've ever done. I was on the limit. We nearly crashed several times. I wasn't watching where I was going. Don't do that at home.

"It was so good. I pushed the car to the max because I wanted to scare him to death.

"He talks about being the fastest dude in the world, but I can still make him scared a little bit."





Sentence reduction day a success; 40 plead guilty

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At least 40 accused people pleaded guilty to various offences as part of the Supreme Court's Sentence Reduction Day initiative currently underway.

In the Home Circuit Court, 14 persons pleaded guilty to offences ranging from murder, wounding with intent, manslaughter and sexual intercourse with a person under 16 years old.

Up to midday in the Gun Court, eight accused persons opted to plead guilty for various offences.

Among the accused who took advantage of Sentence Reduction Day is Omar Graham, who pleaded guilty to murder and three counts of wounding with intent.

Mr. Graham is a former employee of Moncrieffe's Patio Shop in St. Andrew, who is accused of going on a murderous rampage at the workplace in March this year.

Prosecutors indicated that Mr. Graham, who was fired by the operators of the company, returned there on March 24 and attacked employees with a blunt object.

During his rampage, Barbara Moncrieffe, co-owner of the establishment, was beaten to death. Three other employees were hospitalised with serious injuries.

Another accused, Phillip Brown, the man who beat his pregnant ex-girlfriend to death inside her Crystal Towers apartment in St. Andrew last December, also pleaded guilty to murder.

Lorna Williamson, the woman accused of stealing a newborn baby at the University Hospital of the West Indies last December, has also pleaded guilty.

Ms. Williamson wiped tears from her eyes as she entered her plea.

All three accused will be sentenced on December 15.

The programme is still underway in the Gun Court.

The initiative will be made available at the St. Catherine Circuit Court on Friday.

Sentence Reduction Day provides an opportunity for accused persons to enter a guilty plea and benefit from a maximum of up to 50 per cent reduction in their sentence.





A woman and her daughter who were arrested by the police in Park Lane, St Andrew on Wednesday, have been released.

Their arrests sparked violent protests, with residents blocking the roadway, stoning cars and buses.

A Jamaica Urban Transit Company bus was badly damaged by the protesters.

The woman and her daughter are relatives of the prime suspect, now in custody, in connection with last month's murder of two teenagers - 17 year old Renaldo Byfield and 18 year old Jordan Campbell - in Comfort, Clarendon on September 8.

The teenagers, who were residents of Whitehall Avenue, had been reported missing a day earlier.

The woman and her daughter were questioned briefly by the police about the suspect, who has been listed by the police as a "violence producer".

He is also being investigated by the St Andrew South and the St Andrew Central Police in connection with several murders.





Gunmen kill two at stop-light; 2 others injured

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crime-scene-gun.jpgRampaging gunmen went left two men dead and two others wounded during an attack along the Flanker main road on Sunday night.

The deceased have been identified as 24-year-old Daniel Anglin and 20-year-old Shawn Titus; both of Flanker, St James.

Reports are that about 11:05 pm, Anglin and Titus were among four occupants of a motorcar which stopped at a stoplight along the Flankers main road, when men travelling in another motorcar opened fire on the quartet.

The four were shot and taken to hospital where Anglin and Titus were pronounced dead and the two other occupants admitted.

The Coral Gardens police are investigating.





School security guard shot dead by gunmen

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crime-scene-gun.jpgGunmen shot and killed a security guard at the Thompson Town High School in Clarendon early Monday morning.

The dead security guard has been identified as 39-year-old Alrick Carty.

A second guard who was also shot is now hospitalised.

Reports are that the guards were conducting a routine patrol of the school compound about 1:30 when they were pounced upon by two men.

The guards reportedly beckoned to the men who responded by opening gunfire.

The gunmen escaped in a waiting motor car and left behind a steel cutter.





child-porn-sentence.jpgA Jamaican man, who was held with child pornography on his cellphone earlier this year, was on Thursday sentenced to five years and eight months in a US prison.

According to testimony and evidence presented at trial, Anthony Carl Spence, 45, arrived at the Orlando International Airport from Jamaica on February 6, with a smartphone that had videos of a toddler being sexually abused and a young child engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

Reports from US media said Spence allegedly told investigators that one of the two videos found on his phone was shown to a class of Jamaican school children "in order to determine whether any of them had ever been molested".

He also claimed a girlfriend in New York sent him one of the videos and the other he had forwarded to a relative as a warning that her child "could be acting in a similar manner".

When asked about the incident involving the Jamaican school children, Spence reportedly told investigators that he was not employed by the school, but his nieces attended and he'd gotten permission from a teacher to show students one of the videos, the complaint said.

Spence, who told agents he had five daughters, allegedly admitted sending the videos to a number of friends and relatives while in Jamaica, including "women with children," court documents said.

Spence was arrested and charged in federal court with a count of possession of child pornography and was found guilty by a federal jury on July 26.





ramdial-son-suv.jpgBusinessman Dennis Ramdial was on Monday afternoon shot dead outside his business place on Beechwod Avenue, St Andrew, just three months after his son, Richard, was murdered in a sports utility vehicle along Ruthven Road.

Head of the Jamaica Constabulary Force's Corporate Communications Unit Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay says Dennis Ramdial was standing outside his business place when gunshots were heard.

She said it was later found that the businessman was shot.

He was rushed to hospital where he died.

On July 13, Ramdial's son, was shot more than a dozen times as he sat in his Mercedes Benz sport utility vehicle in rush hour traffic along Ruthven Road.

Police suspected that Ramdial was the victim of a contract killing and were said to be following several leads into the brazen murder which had sent shockwaves across the Corporate Area.





New comedy series premieres October 30

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There's a new girl in town, and she's looking to join the ranks of Issa, Mary Jane, Annalise, and Olivia Pope. Rhonda Mitchell M.D. is a new comedy web series that brings non-stop laughter, drama, smart writing and a diverse cast. Rhonda Mitchell M.D., a comedic medical themed drama, was filmed exclusively in Harlem, New York and directed by Roderick Giles ("Gully," "The Date," "FWord"). The series boasts a super talented ensemble cast including, Jowanda Durham ("Fists of Love," "Miss Bomba Claudie Show") in the title role; Malachi Rivers ("Ferguson," "Lips"); Mugga ("Precious," "Orange is the New Black," "Power"); Robert Starks ("The Haves and Have Nots"); Ruth Maria Flores ("I Am My Sister's Keeper," "Fever Divas"); Vanessa Fant ("Miss Bomba Claudie Show") and Mike Troy Smith ("Chappelle's Show," "Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam"). Rhonda Mitchell M.D. was created by Carolyn Pierre-Outlar, executive produced by James McKnight and Vanessa McKnight and produced by Jerome Outlar.

This new web series recently held its world premiere during the American Black Film Festival in Miami and received positive reviews and fans of the show eagerly anticipate the full season set to drop Monday, October 30th.

"My goal in writing this project was to show a professional, black woman and other medical professionals from a different perspective" says creator Carolyn Pierre-Outlar. "I'd love to see Rhonda reach a broad audience. I think she's a very relatable character and I hope viewers enjoy watching her as much as I enjoyed writing her character." Carolyn is also currently a practicing medical professional. "It's not everyday that you hear about a black, female, medical provider writing her own series" says Carolyn.

There will be a special screening of Rhonda Mitchell M.D. right in the heart of Harlem Wednesday, October 25th from 6:30pm - 8pm at Sexy Taco. To attend this event please RSVP: rsvp@thejdotagency.com

Be sure to check out the Rhonda Mitchell M.D. trailer and tune in Monday, October 30th for all six episodes.





Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia Grange announced that Fort Rocky in Port Royal is Jamaica's first designated entertainment zone.

Grange, in a press release, said that the National Environment and Planning Agency and the Town and Country Planning Authority had endorsed the ministry's declaration that Fort Rocky would be the island's first such zone.

According to Grange, entertainment zones represent promising economic opportunities through public/private sector partnerships and called on the private sector to take a good look at the opportunities on offer.

While providing an avenue for more opportunities for people in the entertainment business, the zones which are typically located far away from residential areas also neutralise the problem of noise nuisance for citizens, the ministry stated, adding that two other entertainment zones currently on stream will be located outside of the Corporate Area.

Entertainment zones are areas in which any legal entertainment and sports activities can be staged any time of day or night unhindered as long as the organisers are mindful of the historical values of such sites, the ministry said in the release.





Dub poet Yasus Afari seemed to have been sitting on his ears in Gordon House Thursday afternoon. He point blank refused to stand during the opening proceedings during sittings of the Houses of Parliament and not even when he was threatened with being thrown out of Gordon House did he budge.

Yasus and a group of Rastafarians arrived in Gordon House and sat in the gallery, however, he remained seated as the mace was brought into the chamber and prayers said.

According to reports, House speaker Pearnel Charles halted the proceedings to tell all persons seated in the gallery that they were supposed to stand or they would be removed from the House. However, it fell on deaf ears as the outspoken poet seemed to have been sitting on his ears.

The Rastafarian community is paying keen attention to the debate on the bill 'National Heroes and Other Freedom Fighters (Absolution from Criminal Liability in Respect of Specified Events)'.





Although there is no specific hashtag, it could very well be called #SupportNinjaman, becauce many artistes have taken to social media to wish the Don Gorgon well. He is being hailed for his contribution to dancehall music, and both Razor and D'Angel have asked for prayers for the entertainer as he prepares for a tough period in his life.

In his Instagram post yesterday, Razor B said that he knows Ninja Man has been waiting on the day his trial would begin for a long time as he wants the opportunity to prove his innocence and encouraged the artiste to remember that God is in control.

In a Star interview, D'Angel, she said that she decided to lend her support publicly so the entertainer, who has been like a mentor to her and countless other artistes, can see that he is not alone.

"I've known Ninja Man for a long time as an artiste and he has become a mentor and a friend. He's always there to give good advice and he's a really good person at heart. He's one of the best persons that I've met in the industry," she said. "You want to show people respect and love while you can, and so publicly I wanted to let Ninja Man know that we are here for him, we are rooting for him and he's not in this alone."

Fellow entertainer Pamputtae shared similar sentiments.

"Me affi be one a dem (that shows support) because Ninja Man a man weh bring me go studio and make me nyam food and dem ting deh, so mi affi put in my prayer. A mi godfather dat, him real to me so me just a hope and pray fi everything go good," she said.

Keiva, who in the past couple of months has been seen on social media hanging out with the deejay, described Ninja Man as her second dad.

"Ninja Man means a lot to me, me have crazy love fi him, crazy respect fi him," she said pointing out that the entertainer has made a lot of changes in his life. "Ninja, me love yuh and me a support you 100 per cent. Me see di changes and is like is a whole different Ninja, always helping out people, good heart, the positivity. Me have yuh back because me know if a me did inna di situation, yuh woulda deh deh di minute me call."

A seven-member jury has been selected and prosecutors briefed on the allegations against the entertainer and his co-accused as the long-awaited trial for the entertainer began.





ST JOHN'S, Antigua (CMC) -- A magistrate court has ordered the deportation of a 33-year-old Jamaican national, who has been described as one of that country's 10 most wanted criminals.

Jermaine Gordon, who is wanted on murder and other related charges in Jamaica, appeared before Chief Magistrate Joanne Walsh on Tuesday, after he was captured by police here last Friday. The court ordered that he leaves Antigua on Thursday.

Observer Radio quoted the police as saying that Gordon had admitted entering the island by boat illegally and had been residing in Antigua for some years.

Gordon is facing at least two murder charges in Jamaica.





Regional Director of the Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA) Michael Bent is encouraging Jamaicans to treat mental health illnesses with the same regard and seriousness as physical illnesses.

Bent made the call on World Mental Health Day, celebrated on October 10, as he addressed a Mental Health Forum at the Ridgemount United Church Hall in Manchester.

"So often we have persons seeing mental health illness as something I should disassociate myself from. I have looked at situations where I have seen persons in families and workplaces show a different level of care and support to those with mental health illnesses as opposed to those with physical illnesses. I am going to urge persons to treat mental health illness with the same importance as physical illness" Mr. Bent said.

"It is important that we seek to find an environment in the workplaces where we can promote good mental health. I am challenging all persons to identify with one of the objectives of this Forum, which is aiming to spread the understanding of employment practices that support good mental health" Mr. Bent continued.

Bent reasoned that if persons in society, including family members and colleagues take a different approach to persons suffering from mental health issues, sometimes the result and severity of the illness can be different. He challenged the audience to take a keener interest in mental health, not only during its commemoration in October, but throughout the year.

Acting Parish Manager for the Manchester Health Services, Sandia Chambers Ferguson noted that the lack of support for persons with mental health disorders, coupled with the fear of stigma, prevent many persons from accessing treatment to live healthy and productive lives.

She added that she believes that there is an urgent need to not only restore but maintain dignity in mental health. This, she added requires a multi-faceted approach, which will only be achieved by: increasing awareness, empowering employees to manage persons with mental health challenges, strengthening the capacity of the country's mental health teams to manage persons diagnosed with mental health illnesses and empowering mental health staff to manage their own personal challenges that impact their health.

The Forum, which targeted employers and employees, provided information on relaxation techniques, making the workplace therapeutic, creating a mentally healthy work environment and physical therapy for persons with psycho-social disabilities.





Garvey bust at UWI drenched with paint

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garvey-bust-defaced.jpgThe day after the country celebrated National Heroes' Day, vandals defaced the bust on national hero Marcus Garvey bust at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona.

A picture was circulated on Twitter showing the bust looking as if paint had been poured on it, with feathers stuck to it, accompanied by a cardboard "notice", dated October 17, stating: "take down this fake statue".

The current bust was installed on August 27 to replace a previous bust of the hero, following outcry from various sections of the society, including members of the Rastafarian movement, arguing that the statue was not a true depiction of Garvey.

Sculptor Raymond Watson created both busts.





guns.jpgThe police have revealed that the 19 illegal firearms that were found yesterday at the Kingston Freeport Terminal in Newport West arrived at the facility in a shipment from United States of America.

The firearms, seized by detectives assigned to the Narcotics Division along with the Jamaica Customs Agency, the Contraband Enforcement Team (CET), are:

• Six rifles

• One Intratec Submachine gun

• Six Glock pistol

• Two Taurus 9mm pistol

• One smith and Wesson 9mm pistol

• One Guger pistol

• One Heckle & Koch pistol

• One Cobray pistol and hundreds rounds of assorted ammunition.

The firearms and a large quantity of assorted rounds of ammunition were reportedly found in a freezer unit of the container between the hours of 4:30 pm and 5:30 pm.

No one was taken into custody in connection to the seizure.





ganja-image-5.jpgThe police arrested a 22-year-old Haitian after he attempted to smuggle 1600 pounds of ganja with an estimated street value of over J$6.5 million. He has been identified as Love Darlen's Felix otherwise called 'Odian Powell'.

The Haitian was charged with possession of ganja, dealing in ganja, taking steps preparatory to export ganja and illegal entry into Jamaica.

Reports are that the accused was taken into custody during an anti-narcotics operation along the Hellshire coast-line, vicinity of the old Shrimp Factory, in St Catherine. Thirty-five knitted bags and two buckets were found containing the compressed ganja.

Police report that a Haitian passport in the name of Love Darlen's Felix was found in a bucket amongst the drugs and prior to the find the accused gave his name as Odian Powell.

The police added that further investigation revealed that the accused didn't arrive in Jamaica through a legitimate port of entry and was in the process of going back to Haiti with the drug.

He was brought before the court and was remanded until Tuesday, November 21.

Police continue to investigate the matter.





Usain Bolt is 23rd on Forbes athletes Rich List

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Track and field superstar Usain Bolt, despite retiring from the sport in August, has been listed on the Forbes' Rich List as the 23rd highest earning athlete in the world.

The earnings which span June 1, 2016 through June 1, 2017, include salaries, bonuses, prize money, endorsements, licensing and appearance fees.

The figures are calculated before taxes and fees are taken into account, with Forbes estimating the total worth.

Bolt who took bronze in his final 100 meters at the IAAF World Championships in London, pocketed $34.2 million of which $2.2 million was earned on the track and $32 million in endorsements. His biggest deal is with Puma, which pays him more than $10 million annually. He also added Mumm, XM, Kinder, Advil and Sprint to his endorsement portfolio over the last 12 months and is an investor and performer in the new annual Nitro Athletics track and field series that launched in 2017.

Top spot is held by Portugal and Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo who earned $95 million. The accolade capped a great year for the 32-year-old, who also picked up a Champions League winner's medal and Best Fifa Men's Player honours.

Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James ($86.2m) is second with Barcelona maestro Lionel Messi ($80m) in third.

Tennis great Roger Federer ($64m) and NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant ($60.6m) round of the top 5.

Rounding out the top 10 are Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck ($50m), golfer Rory McIlroy ($50m), Golden State Warriors sharp shooter Stephen Curry ($47.3m), Houston Rockets point guard James Harden ($46.6m) and Mercedes driver and Formula One championship leader Lewis Hamilton ($46m).

Serena Williams is the highest ranked female athlete at joints 51st with earnings of $27 million.





Catholic church set on fire again

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The Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church on Old Hope Road in St Andrew was again set on fire late Wednesday night causing "severe damage" to the interior of structure.

The church today said on social media that an intruder entered the building and vandalised it. Selected sections of the interior, including the pulpit, were set on fire, the Facebook post said.

"Security personnel, employed by the church, extinguished the fire and the police were summoned", it continued.

This attack is the second in just over a month.

The September 17 blaze, which police believed to have been the work of arsonists, was put out by fire-fighters from the Half-Way-Tree Fire Department.

The damage during that incident was estimated at three million dollars.





Clarendon wanted women held by police in Kingston

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Two Clarendon women who are wanted for murder were reportedly picked up by the police in a community along Re Hills Road, in St Andrew on Thursday.

Unconfirmed reports are that the women were staying near to the Hundred Lane section of Red Hills Road, when the police launched an intensive search in the area. However, residents made the job of the officers much more difficult as they protested and even allegedly stone the buses.





vybz-kartel-photo-11-larger.jpgVybz Kartel's hit single "Mhm Hm", the hottest track in Dancehall, will have its very own video soon.

The single has a total of three Million views in less than a month and according to the Kartel's team an epic music video is already in the works.

"We are shooting that video now so you can expect it late October," sources close to the Gaza deejay revealed.

"The video will be fun just like the single is fun and catchy. Right now 'Mhm Hm' is the most requested song in parties and on radios. You can say that this will be the biggest dancehall song of the year. No other have a song that gain so much traction so fast this year."





Judge order Ninjaman's murder trial to start now

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ninja-man-image-2.jpgThe murder trial of popular entertainer Ninja Man, whose given name is Desmond Ballentyne, is set to start now.

The order was made by High Court judge, Justice Martin Gayle, today (Mon) following an application by the entertainer's attorney Valerie Neita-Robertson for a stay of proceedings in the eight-year-old case for abuse of process. There have been 17 trial dates and 23 mention dates in the case.

Jury selection was set to begin at 2 o'clock.

Ninja Man was arrested and placed before the court in 2009 along with his son Janeil and another man, Dennis Clayton, for the fatal shooting of Ricardo Johnson that same year.

However, in her application for the case to be stopped, Neita-Robertson said in the eight years since Ninja Man's first court appearance, one prosecution witness has died and two alibi witnesses for the entertainer have migrated and cannot be located.

"The delay has created a situation that is prejudicial to the accused persons, hence the accused will be deprived of being able to put forward their defence in a coherent manner," Neita-Robertson argued.

"The circumstances that exist today would not afford the accused to have a fair trial," she continued.

However, lead prosecutor Kathy Pyke, in her response, said the attorneys for the three accused have "not established, on a balance of probability, that their clients will be prejudiced".

Pyke said the issues raised by the defence can be addressed during the trial.





leroy-gibbons.jpgPolice are investigating the circumstances under which Reggae artiste Leroy Gibbons was shot and wounded by gunmen on Port Henderson Road popularly called back road in Portmore St Catherine this morning.

Gibbons who underwent a surgery is recuperating in hospital.

Superintendent in charge of Operations for the St Catherine South Division Leighton Grey says the incident took place at about 7:15 am.

He explains that preliminary reports indicate that Gibbons was not the target, but a man with whom he was walking.

Superintendent Grey says an interview was conducted with the man suspected to be the target of the gunmen.

He says the police are conducting operations in the area.

In the meantime, close friend of Mr Gibbons, Entertainer Peter Metro says Gibbons was at the wrong place at the wrong time.

He explains that Gibbons was walking with the man and discussing music.

He says after speaking with Gibbons, doctors took him to conduct a second operation.





Usain's girl Kasi confirms boob job

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kasi-bennett-and-usain-bolt.jpgKasi Bennett the longtime girlfriend of Jamaican sprint legend, Usain Bolt, confirmed that she got breast implants. However, from as far back a February, there has been talk that the girlfriend of the sprint legend had gone under the knife.

"Oh wow she got a new pair too," one user commented on a photo of Bennett, who later responded saying, "Yup lol. Been a while hun," Kasi.





US university offering degree in marijuana

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ganja-image-3.jpgA university in Michigan is offering an unusual degree -- in marijuana.

Northern Michigan University in Marquette began its medical plant chemistry program this semester, with about a dozen students in the first class, the Detroit Free Press reported. The programme combines chemistry, biology, botany, horticulture, marketing and finance.

It's an unusual programme. Other universities offer classes on marijuana policy and law. And places such as Oaksterdam University, Cannabis College, and Humboldt Cannabis College, all in California; and THC University, the Grow School and Clover Leaf University in Denver offer certificates in a variety of disciplines. But Northern Michigan's programme is unique because the university is offering a four-year degree addressing the science and business behind growing marijuana.

"When they hear what my major is, there are a lot of people who say, 'Wow, cool dude. You're going to get a degree growing marijuana,'" said Alex Roth, a sophomore in the programme. "But it's not an easy degree at all."

Brandon Canfield, an associate chemistry professor at Northern Michigan, said students don't grow marijuana plants in the programme, but instead look to other plants that are traditionally recognised with medicinal value but aren't illegal to grow. Students learn how to measure and extract the compounds in the plants that can be used for medicinal purposes, then transfer that knowledge to marijuana, which has been used to treat a variety of illnesses, including chronic pain, nausea, seizures and glaucoma.

Canfield said he got the idea while attending the American Chemical Society's annual meeting in San Diego last year.

"It was my off day and I saw there was a cannabis chemistry group that was putting on a whole series of talks," he said. "I heard all about the need for analytical chemists and all sorts of interesting talks. That was the initial spark."

University officials say the programme fills a need because 29 states have legalised medical marijuana, including eight states where marijuana is also legal for recreational use. Source: (AP)





ganja-image-5.jpgAnother large Georgia city could cut penalties for possessing small amounts of marijuana.

Savannah Alderman Van Johnson announced Monday that he wants to reduce the maximum city fine for possessing an ounce or less of marijuana from $1,000 to $150. He also wants to eliminate jail time, with police instead just writing tickets for violations.

Johnson says he's seeking input on his proposal, with plans to present it to the Savannah City Council within 45 days.

Johnson says marijuana would still be illegal, but says he wants to spare people from arrest records and keep marijuana cases from clogging courts. He proposes using 20 percent of fine money to subsidise drug treatment.

Atlanta recently cut its fine for possessing an ounce or less of pot to a maximum of US$75. Source: (AP)





shane-alexis.jpgThe People's National Party says it has taken note of a press release issued by Young Jamaica, the youth arm of the Jamaica Labour Party, contents of which have been published in the media.

The Party issued a statement stating that contrary to the assertions made in the press release, Dr. Shane Alexis was not granted a scholarship through the Jamaica/Cuban programme which over many years has afforded Jamaicans the opportunity to study in the neighbouring country free of cost.

TherRelease said Dr. Alexis studied at his family's expense and to his credit has spent all of his professional years serving the Jamaican people in the public health system.

Dr Alexis has instructed his attorneys to pursue legal redress in this matter, as he and his family have been hurt by the false and defamatory charges contained in the press release.





tremayne-brown.jpgTremayne Brown, the rescuer of a drowning boy in Trench Town, Kingston, received the Badge of Honour for Gallantry at King's House in St Andrew today.

Twenty-four-year-old Brown was hailed as a hero by residents of Trench Town and Arnett Gardens following his valiant rescue of 12-year-old Renaldo Reynolds who was swept away in a gully on Collie Smith Drive on September 8.

tremayne-brown-and-ronaldo.jpg

Last month, Culture Minister Olivia Grange disclosed that Prime Minister Andrew Holness suggested that Brown be given a national award for risking his own life to save 12-year-old Renaldo Reynolds, a student of Jones Town Primary.

In a JIS interview Brown, who a few months before his valiant effort was deported from England, said his life had changed a lot since the day of the rescue and opted to thank Jamaicans for being so welcoming of him.





A passenger on a public bus is being hailed as a Heroes Day hero when he used his licensed firearm to kill one of two thieves trying to rob a passenger bus on Monday, National Heroes Day.

The police say a .38 Smith and Wesson revolver with five rounds of ammunition was taken from the dead thief.

Reports are that the bus was travelling along Spanish Town Road around 5:45 Monday morning when the two men attempted to rob passengers.

The driver and another man were shot during the robbery.

The license firearm holder reportedly intervened and shot one of the men.

The injured persons were taken to hospital where the gunman was pronounced dead.





noahwa-powa.jpgFoota Hype is exposing US-based disc jock, internet sensation Noah Powa.

The Dancehall selector-turn-producer took to social media on Wednesday night to upload a video of Noah twerking on his head top.

The leak was a response to a skit done by Noah Powa and Jamaican comedian Jaiifrais earlier this week, which trolled Foota's recent video which showed him on a red Ferrari.

Meanwhile Bounty Killer called Foota and Matterhorn battyman and then the duo unleashed on Killer reminding him of his homo son and the fact that he stressed out Miss Ivy and that led to her death. In raw, gutter style on social media, the separately styled Killer in the worse way.

What a MESS!!!!!!!!





Suspense and fiancee accept the Lord; get baptised

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suspecse-baptised.jpg"One week since me an my fiance got the 'For Sale' sign that Satan placed on our head removed by Jesus. Jesus redeemed us. Thank you Lord," fast-rising Dancehall artiste Shanekia Morrison, aka Suspense informed her followers on social media.

The 2017 Magnum Queen of Dancehall winner, got baptized with her fiancé at the Celebration Church in Portmore, Saint Catherine on Sunday, October 1.

Suspense says she will be continuing her music journey but will be changing her message to reflect the new changes in her life.

"I will be deejaying for Jesus. I will not be doing any explicit or derogatory music but I will be doing dancehall/reggae gospel," she said.

Suspense has since turned down several secular events.





patrick-powell-mais-killer-free.jpgBusinessman Patrick Powell has been ordered to pay the family of slain Kingston College student Khajeel Mais just over 2 million dollars.

The order was made in the Supreme Court yesterday by Justice Stephanie Jackson Haisley in a wrongful death lawsuit filed against the businessman by the parents of the 17-year-old.

Jackson Haisley ordered that Powell pay the estate of Khajeel Mais special damages of 1.7 million dollars with interest of three per cent from July 1, 2011, the same day he was killed.

Powell has also been ordered to pay 206,788 dollars in special damages with three per cent interest from February last year.

The award comes 20 months after the case ended with a default judgement.

Powell did not contest the suit.

He is serving a nine-month sentence for failing to turn over his licensed firearm and ammunition to police investigators probing Mais death.

Khajeel Mais was shot and killed while traveling in a taxi in Havendale, St Andrew.

In the lawsuit, Noel and Allana Mais contended that their son was lawfully travelling in a taxi when Powell pulled alongside the vehicle.

They claimed that the businessman negligently and without cause discharged his firearm and shot their son who later succumbed to his injuries.

According to Noel and Allana Mais, the businessman failed to carry out any or sufficient enquiries before resorting to the use of lethal force in firing on their son, who was unarmed and posed no threat to him.





guns-found-at-newport-west.jpgThe Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch (C-TOC) is searching for a St. Andrew woman for questioning in connection with Sunday's arms and ammunition find at a warehouse at Newport West in Kingston.

The shipment of guns and ammunition, which was concealed as food items, was addressed to the individual.

Six guns and more than 500 rounds of ammunition were seized by the Customs Enforcement Team.

Shortly after midday, four hand guns, two M-16 rifles and 507 assorted rounds of ammunition were found in a barrel.

It was shipped from the United States and destined for an address in Kingston 11.





PNP says candidate Shane Alexis is legal

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shane-alexis.jpgThe People's National Party has accused the ruling Jamaica Labour Party of using scare-mongering tactics, following the JLP's revelation that PNP candidate for South East St Mary in the upcoming by-election, Dr Shane Alexis, is a Canadian citizen.

In a news release, the PNP noted that the Jamaican Constitution is clear that persons born in Commonwealth countries are eligible to sit in the Houses of Parliament, and slammed JLP Member of Parliament and Minister of Finance, Audley Shaw, over what it said was Shaw's suggestion that Alexis was not properly nominated.

"Shaw's scare mongering is despicable and can only be viewed as a desperate attempt to distract the voters of South East St Mary," the PNP said.

"Mr Shaw knows very well that there are members of his own Party currently seated in the Houses of Parliament, who also hold Commonwealth citizenship. He should also be aware that former JLP leader and former Prime Minister, the Most Hon Edward Seaga was not born in Jamaica," the party said.

The PNP explained that Alexis was born in Canada, but came home to Jamaica as a young child, and attended Sts. Peter and Paul Preparatory School and Campion College in Jamaica.

He completed his undergraduate education in Jamaica and thereafter received a scholarship to study medicine in Cuba, the party said, noting that after completing his medical training, Dr Alexis returned to Jamaica and worked in several public medical institutions, including doing training and working at the Kingston Public Hospital, Bustamante Hospital for Children and the Annotto Bay Hospital.

In addition, Alexis has served as president of the Jamaica Medical Doctors' Association, and was appointed to the board of the National Health Fund (NHF) by the present JLP administration, noted the PNP.

"Having lived the majority of his life in Jamaica, Dr Alexis is committed to service and the country's development," the party said.





Top gangster killed by cops; Glock seized

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gunman-killed.jpgThe police say a gunman linked to a gang in Old Harbour was killed during a confrontation with them last night.

The dead man has been identified as Paul J. Lewis.

Police reports are that Lewis fired shots at them, they responded with gunfire hitting Lewis who later died.

They say a Glock 40 pistol with 12 rounds was seized.

The police say Lewis was a member of the G-City gang that was circulating voice notes with death threats against the police after their leader was fatally shot.





Big bad USA eliminated from World Cup!

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The United States have been eliminated from World Cup contention, a shocking loss to Trinidad and Tobago ending the Americans' streak of seven straight appearances at football's showcase.

Twenty-eight years after a stunning victory at Trinidad put the Americans back in the World Cup after a four-decade absence, their chances for next year's tournament in Russia ended on this island nation off the coast of Venezuela.

Trinidad and Tobago scored a pair of first-half goals, and the United States were eliminated with a 2-1 defeat Tuesday night -- the first time missing the World Cup since 1986.

The U.S. entered their final qualifier with a berth uncertain for the first time since 1989. Home losses to Mexico last November and Costa Rica left the Americans little margin for error.

The 28th-ranked Americans needed merely a tie against 99th-ranked Trinidad, who their sixth straight qualifier last week. But the defeat -- coupled with Honduras' come-from-behind 3-2 win over Mexico and Panama's 2-1 victory over Costa Rica on Ramon Torres' 88th-minute goal -- dropped the Americans from third place into fifth in the six-nation final round of the North and Central American and Caribbean region.





bail.jpgThe police say that six inmates escaped from the Linstead Police Lock-up on Wednesday morning.

Reports are that about 9:30 am, police at the facility went to make checks and discovered that several of the inmates were missing.

The escapees on the run are:

- Shane Wellington, 25-year-old of Cassava Pond, Ewarton, St Catherine, charged with murder and frequents Ewarton and Breadnut Hill in St Ann.

- Ezroy Cohen, 28-year-old of Banbury, Linstead. He was charged for burglary and rape.

- Damion Daley, 24-year-old of Banbury, Linstead. He was charged for arson.

- Daniel James, 22-year-old of Troja, St Catherine. He was charged for rape.

- Anthony Jarrett, 29-year-old of Mountain Pass, Linstead and Church Pen, Old Harbour both in St Catherine. He was charged for murder.

The sixth inmate who escaped custody, Alwayne Shakespear, was recaptured in the Linstead Market later in the day.

The Police are asking these men to turn themselves in or anyone with information as to their whereabouts to call the Linstead Police 985-2285, Police 119 Emergency Number or the nearest Police Station.





The Jamaica Evangelical Alliance (JEA) is seeking to distance itself from an upcoming conference examining the church and anti-sodomy laws across the Commonwealth.

The conference, dubbed Intimate Convictions, is to be held tomorrow and Friday at the University of the West Indies Regional headquarters.

A flyer advertising the conference says distinguished speakers from the Anglican, Adventist, Baptist, Roman Catholic Evangelical and United Churches would be making presentations.

However, in a release the JEA says it deems this conference as another attempt by the homosexual community to advance the homosexual agenda and to undermine the stance of the church against the normalisation of homosexuality.

The JEA says it categorically denies that any of its member denominations, organisations or individuals are presenters at or supporters of the upcoming conference.

The group says the Jamaican church stands united on the matters of buggery and homosexuality.

It has declared that it can, without fear of contradiction, say all denominations and umbrella groups affirm the biblical stance that the practice of homosexuality and buggery are sinful and inappropriate behaviours.

The JEA says it's time to make clear that the declarations of personal opinions by certain persons from the church be differentiated from the stance of the Jamaican Church as a whole.

Meanwhile, the church group is advising the homosexual community to repent and be baptised and seek trained professional counselling to address their sexual and relationship addictions.





Bronx rapper Cardi B gave Dancehall artist Spice a huge compliment on Friday at the 2017 BET Hip Hop Awards and Spice was sooo shook that she cried. Real tear...not the fake vriety..

After winning three awards for Single Of the Year, Best New Hip Hop Artist and Hustler of the Year, the "Bodak Yellow" rapper had a conversation with the "Needle Eye" deejay in which Cardi shared that she's inspired by Spice and a big fan of her music.

"You don't really understand, like you really inspire me," the 24-year-old told Spice. "I use to wear a Cardi chain just like you, i go way back i'm not like these new ones," Cardi added before starting to rap a line from one of Spice's throwback singles "Rude Boy Love".

On Saturday Spice shared the video and had this to say;

"Ran into [Cardi B] after she won 3 awards and tear down BET stage and she brought tears to my eyes last night," Spice wrote. "Here I am saying that I'm so proud of her, how much I admire her journey and that she inspires me so much and here she is saying I'm her inspiration and she's my biggest fan."

"Now listen to me cause this is so deep y'all don't even understand. Most of you don't even know this song that she's talking about "Rude boy love" I didn't even remember this song my dam self so I know she's not bluffing cause this song go wayyyyyy back."





November 29 date for MOBO Awards

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Who will walk away with this year's MOBO Award for top reggae entertainer?

Last year, the list of reggae nominees sparked controversy after reggae entertainer Protoje questioned the pooling of dancehall and reggae acts, citing that it wasn't fair to the dancehall or reggae acts nominated.

The coveted best reggae entertainer title was snagged last year by PopCaan ahead of roots singer Protoje, dancehall deejays Spice and Alkaline and singjay Kranium.

The 22nd annual MOBO Awards is returning to Leeds for its celebration of the best in urban music. The prestigious awards show will take place on Wednesday, November 29.

The 2017 nominees are yet to be announced.





Celeb moms for empowerment concert in Brooklyn

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Music lovers in Brooklyn, New York are in for a treat on Saturday October 29th when a Caribbean celebrity mom stages an empowerment concert to bring focus to domestic violence awareness. The event is being called 'Repairing The Bridge' and the featured artists include R & B and gospel music icon Melba Moore alongside soca's biggest legend The Mighty Sparrow plus reggae star Rayvon.

The event is being hosted by singer and philanthropist Carol Maraj, mother of hip hop superstar Nicki Minaj, through Carol's foundation, the Carol Minaj Foundation.

Sensational songbird and R & B icon Melba Moore has been a huge all-time favorite for New Yorkers and a staple on classic soul radio stations nationally. She comes from a talented musical family and is an award winning actress. Known for her Broadway, contemporary soul/R&B, pop rock, jazz and gospel songs, Moore's versatility can be heard on smash singles You Stepped Into My Life, Pick me Up I'll Dance, Love The One I'm With and A Little Bit More. She will be sure to have patrons grooving while thinking about love, instead of abusing their partners.

The Mighty Sparrow is the unrivaled king of Calypso and he has enjoyed a dazzling career that spans over 40 years of recording smash records and thrilling performances. This legend is in a class by himself. He will use his musical arsenal to get the crowd fired up as he unleashes crowd favorites like Congo Man, Mr Walker, Saltfish, Big Bambo and Obeah Wedding.

Brooklyn based reggae crooner Rayon may be best known for his string of successful combination songs - Angel, In The Summertime & Big Up that were recorded with 'Mr Boombastic' Shaggy but as a solo artist he is just as potent having stuck good musical notes with hit singles One N Only, Games We Play, My Bad, 2-Way and his social commentary piece titled no Guns No Murder.

Among the other acts booked to perform on the concert which takes place at Roulette Intermedium, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn are soca star Lyrical, one of the most sought after artists of our generation; Singing Francine and DJ Platinum Sound. There will also be a special presentation which organizers are not revealing just yet. The only clue is, "it's not to be missed!"

Carol is passionate about the issue of domestic violence because she is a survivor; now devoted to the life of advocacy on behalf of victims of domestic abuse everywhere. This unfortunate situation has molded her into the strong, powerful woman she is today.





$24 million worth of cocaine found at Port

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jamaica-cocaine-seized.jpgCocaine valuing more than $24 million was seized at the Port of Kingston on Friday, but no arrest has been made in conjunction with the find.

The drug was seized by members of the Jamaica Customs Contraband Enforcement Team (CET) and officers from the Jamaica Constabulary Force, Narcotics Division

According to Jamaica Customs, the team, while conducting routine operations, was alerted to a container that arose their suspicion. A further examination of the container led to the discovery of 15 rectangular packages with white powdery substance, which is believed to be cocaine.

The matter is currently being investigated by the Border Protection Division of the Jamaica Customs Agency and the Narcotics Division.





The police are warning motorists to desist from driving through the cane field along the Mandela Highway.

The Police, speaking via Twitter this morning, said motorists have been using the cane field to avoid traffic along the major thoroughfare.

They say drivers oftentimes get stuck while using the area and then turn to the police for assistance.

But, the police say they are not in a position to help.

They argued that given limited resources the police are unable to assist motorists who use the route illegally.

The police are urging motorists to use the main thoroughfare at all times.





Three men, including a Haitian, are now in police custody following the seizure of over 1,600 pounds of ganja, valued at $6.5 million in Hellshire, St Catherine, on Sunday.

According to law enforcement sources, the ganja was found by detectives from the Police Narcotics Division in 35 knitted bags and two plastic buckets.

The find was made along a section of the Hellshire coastline.

Investigators are now conducting secondary operations at addresses linked to the three men.

The Immigration status of the Haitian national is also being investigated.





Police are investigating a possible case of arson in Bobo Hill in St Andrew on fire Friday morning after several buildings were set ablaze, allegedly by a man who accused the Rastafarians on the Hill of killing his animal.

According to residents were meeting at a property when a man armed with a gun entered and accused them of killing his goat.Firefighters had to carry out cooling down operations in Bobo Hill, Bull Bay, St. Andrew after a man set several buildings .

"He then came into the camp, set our guard house on fire (and) our government buildings which includes office and conference centre doubling up as tabernacle while our tabernacle is being built," she said.

The man also set the houses of two priests on fire.

The police are investigating the incident.





The Grade 10 male student, who fatally stabbed another at the Edith Dalton James High school in Duhaney Park, St Andrew on Thursday has been charged with murder.

Police report that the student, who is from a St Andrew address was slapped with the charge on Saturday. The name of the student has been withheld because he is a minor.

Reports are that at about 11:30 am, the two grade 10 boys had a physical altercation. During the melee, one student pulled a sharp instrument and stabbed the other grade 10 student identified as Clive Matherson.

"One student was walking past and bounce off the other student watch; the (owner of the watch) told the other student to pick up the watch and an argument developed," one alleged eyewitness said.

The watch owner, Matherson was reportedly stabbed by the other student. The injured teenager was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The incident has left students and teachers in shock.





lisa-hanna-photo-4.jpgOpposition Spokesman on Foreign Affairs Lisa Hanna has apologised for the blunder which resulted in her wrongly expressing condolences for the death of St Lucia's Ambassador to the Organisation of American States, Anton Edmunds.

Hanna had issued a release yesterday expressing regret at the unfortunate demise of the St Lucian diplomat, whom she claimed, was a victim of the Las Vegas mass shooting on Sunday.

However, it was later revealed that the information was false.

This prompted Minister of Foreign Affairs, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, to issue a release urging Hanna to exercise restraint and sensitivity when dealing with diplomatic issues.

Hanna, who was recently appointed the spokesman on foreign affairs, said the release with unverified information was inadvertently sent from her office.





A Grade 10 male student was fatally stabbed by another at the Edith Dalton James High School in Duhaney Park, St Andrew on Thursday morning.

Reports are that at about 11:30 am, the two grade 10 boys had a physical altercation. During the altercation, one student allegedly pulled a sharp instrument and stabbed the other student.

"One student was walking past and bounce off the other student watch; the (owner of the watch) told the other student to pick up the watch and an argument developed," one alleged eyewitness said.

The watch owner was then reportedly stabbed by the other student. He was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The incident has left students and teachers in shock.





andrew-holness-photo-5.jpgA video showing 10 St Catherine students participating in a sex challenge sweeping social media surfaced earlier this week and has been widely circulated, triggering outrage among many Jamaicans appalled at the lewdness of the minors. They were caught on video in their school uniform participating in a rather disturbing social media game.

The students were given a five-day suspension after school officials saw the video on Monday.

St Catherine High, a school which was attended by both Prime Minister Andrew Holness and his wife, Member of Parliament Juliet Holness, has faced flak since the emergence of the vulgar video.





lisa-hanna-photo-5.jpgOpposition spokesperson on foreign affairs, Lisa Hanna was left with egg on her face after a release she issued mourning the death of a St Lucian diplomat in the Las Vegas massacre turned out to be erroneous.

The statement attributed to Hanna was issued yesterday afternoon by the Opposition People's National Party (PNP) hours after St Lucia's Ambassador to the Organisation of American States Anton Edmunds rubbished the fake news in a post on his Facebook page.

Edmunds made the post at 10:52 pm Tuesday in response to news on social media that he was among the fatalities in Sunday's massacre in Las Vegas when a gunman fired on patrons at a concert, killing 58 people and himself in what is now acknowledged as the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.

"So, before anyone continues to believe the false narrative that I was part of the death toll in Vegas, I was not there. I am fine, and the victims of this and other tragedies need our thoughts, prayers and support," Ambassador Edmunds wrote.

"The writers of the false narrative need to be flogged for screwing around with my family and friends," he added.

In her release, Hanna said she was "saddened by the tragic death" of Edmunds "and the other victims of the horrific shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada".

"It is with regret that I learnt that the ambassador had succumbed to the injuries sustained in the incident on Sunday night which claimed 58 other victims. Ambassador Edmunds succumbed to his injuries yesterday following the shooting incident," Hanna said.





The Health Ministry is rejecting the claim made by Education Minister, Ruel Reid, that the government is postponing its Human Papilloma Virus, HPV, vaccination programme.

The Health Ministry says it's proceeding with the programme, despite a claim to the contrary yesterday by Minister Reid.

It's also emphasizing that portfolio Minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton, has not made any assertion that the programme is being postponed or pulled back.

Once again, Minister Reid - who's also the Information Minister - is at the centre of an episode of public miscommunication. He's caused confusion over the state of the HPV vaccination programme, saying the government was 'pulling back' to allow further sensitization.

At a press conference yesterday at his Heroes Circle Office, in downtown, Kingston, Nationwide News asked Minister Reid if by 'pulling back' he meant the programme was being postponed. He said, 'yes', adding that the government is 'caring' and 'responsive'. But the Director of Family Health Services in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Melody Ennis, is contradicting him. She says the Health Ministry is proceeding with the programme.

The rollout of the programme has raised concerns. Many parents and other stakeholders aren't sure of the side effects of the vaccine which is to help prevent cervical cancer in girls.

The vaccination programme is targeting over 22,000 grade 7 girls in schools islandwide. The government has been criticized for not ensuring there was adequate public education ahead of the rollout of the programme on Monday.

The vaccine is not mandatory.

Dr. Ennis says parents will be required to fill out a form stating whether they want their daughters to get the vaccine. She says the Health Ministry will have further dialogue with parents who decide not to allow their daughters to take it.





Mr Lex calls form more security at schools

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mr-lexx.jpgDancehall artiste Mr Lex has made a call for increased security within the nation's schools.

This follows a sad and rather disturbing incident at a high school in Duhaney Park this morning.

Mr. Lex who happened to be at the institution at the time when two Grade 10 boys were involved in an altercation which left one dead from stab wounds, expressed shock at the development. He made a call for more measures to be put in place to ensure the safety of children at the nation's schools.

"I am just shocked about the whole thing and the incident has just brought into focus the need for greater security at schools," the entertainer said.





bounty-killer-photo-11.jpg vybz-kartel-photo-31.jpg Social media is abuzz with the impending collab between jailed dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel and friend-turned-enemy, Bounty Killer. Reports are that the two have a new collaboration coming as early as this week.

The two dancehall legends have collaborated in the past on several singles, and Kartel even wrote a few hits for Bounty Killer in the early 2000s. But a bitter fallout between The Teacher and The Alliance put an end to their relationship in 2005. Seems they are both putting their differences aside and are making music again. The two deejays announced on Instagram over the weekend that they are dropping a new joint.

"[Bounty Killer] My daddy weh dem a go do when the #killakartelkollab drop?" Vybz Kartel wrote on IG. Killer responded saying, [Vybz Kartel] Beta dem just go find some weh go lidung or drop dung b4 it drop because when it drop nutn naah git up back dawg."

Killer also said the collaboration will bring back some memories from their all-black Alliance days. Sources inside the Gaza told Dancehall HipHop that Bounty Killer recently paid Vybz Kartel a visit in prison and the two had a long conversation about their Alliance days and what's happening in dancehall currently. They didn't release the title of the single, but it will arrive sometime this week.





Cardi B has Nicki Minaj 'sweating' says Safaree

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rapper-safaree.jpgNicki Minaj, according to her ex, Safaree Samuels, is uneasy over Cardi B's mega, overnight, success.

The Love and Hip Hop Hollywood star was on Everyday Struggle this morning and Akademiks and Joe Budden peppered him with questions about Nicki Minaj, Meek Mill, LHH and more. "Is Cardi B pressing Nicki, do you think that she got Nicki sweating," Akademiks asked Safaree to which he responded, "a hundred percent because I know how she is."

Safaree also opened up on whether or not he thinks that Nicki Minaj fell off and he said yes. "It's very different, like how she was before on when we were doing 'Romans Revenge' and 'Did On Em' but some people may say you got to grow and change, but I like the old her better," he said."

Cardi B "Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)" is the number one single on Billboard Hot 100 for a second week straight and with current streaming numbers, it will return to the top spot for a third week. As for Nicki Minaj, she is yet to have a Hot 100 number one song. She has the most entries on the chart among women in history thanks to her many features, but she will likely not get that extra credential until she earned a number one solo record.

Nicki Minaj is currently working on her new album that she says will be a game changer when it arrives. There are no release date or title yet, but she hinted it could arrive by the end of this year. Safaree Samuels was also asked about writing lyrics for her, a topic that is a bit of a controversy between the two, but he sidesteps the question and smartly so. None of them can win in that battle of his word against hers because there is nothing on paper to back up his argument.





omar-mcleod.jpgOlympic and World Championships 110 metre hurdles gold medallist Omar McLeod is the only Jamaican nominated for the IAAF World Athlete of the Year award for 2017.

McLeod, who became the first Jamaican man to win the sprint hurdles world title in London this summer with 13.04 secs, also ended the season as the world leader with 12.90 seconds.

23 year old McLeod will be seeking to join six-time winner Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Merlene Ottey as Jamaicans to win the IAAF Athlete of the Year accolade.

Reigning world 400 metre champion Wayde van Niekerk of South Africa, world high jump champion Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar, reigning world champion over 10,000m Mo Farah, Pavel Fadjek of Poland, Sam Kendricks of the USA, Elijah Manongoi of Kenya, Luvo Manyonga of South Africa, Christian Taylor of the USA and German Johannes Vetter complete the male nominees.

No Jamaican is nominated for the female award with South African world and Olympic champion Caster Semenya of South Africa and Australian 100 metre hurdles world champion Sally Pearson among the nominees.

Almaz Ayana of Ethiopia, Anita Vlodarchick of Poland, Maria Lasistkene of Russia, Belgian Nafissatou Thiam, Sandra Perkovic of Croatia, Britney Reese of the USA, Ekaterini Stefanidi of Greece and Helen Obri of Kenya complete the nominations.





sean-paul-photo-9.jpgInternationally acclaimed dancehall artiste Sean Paul spent his Sunday visiting incarcerated Reggae artiste Buju Banton at the McRae Correctional Facility located in Atlanta, Georgia.

He revealed his visit and subsequent conversation on Instagram.

Sean Paul shared that Buju's message to his dans is simply this: "Expect greatness, again".

He also added that the singer, born Mark Myrie, is in good spirits, still very focused and is not broken.

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Myrie reportedly spends his time keeping fit, staying healthy and has been teaching classes to fellow inmates at the facility.

He was arrested in December 2009, found guilty in February 2011 and was initially scheduled to walk a free man from the McRae Correctional Facility in February 2019.

His 10-year prison sentence was reduced by two months in January of 2016 after the entertainer agreed to waive all future appeals of his 2011 conviction on cocaine distribution and conspiracy charges.

In return, prosecutors agreed to drop a firearms charge against him.

According to the US Federal Bureau of Prison website, Myrie will be released on December 8, 2018.





Service of thanksgiving for Wya Thursday in London

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The thanksgiving service for the life of former Wailers keyboardist Earl 'Wya ' Lindo takes place on Thursday in London.

Lindo died at a London hospital on September 4 at age 64, from acute cardiac failure and arrhythmia.

A press release from The Wailers said the service will be held at Ruach City Curch in Brixton Hill. Interment follows at Lambeth Cemetery in Brixton.

Lindo started as a session musician while still a student at Excelsior High School in the early 1970s. He launched his recording career at Studio One; some of the songs he played on during that period were Dennis Brown's Money in my Pocket, produced by Derrick Harriott, and Games People Play by Bob Andy, which was produced by Federal Records.

He became an in-demand session player with the Now Generation Band, the house unit at Federal Records. That band included fellow keyboardist Robbie Lyn, the Chung brothers, Mikey and Geoffrey and drummer Mikey 'Boo' Richards who would also tour with The Wailers.

Lindo recorded and toured with Marley during the 1970s when the singer's career took off internationally. He played on Burnin' and Survival, two of Marley's albums for Island Records.

Lindo last played with The Wailers in March in London when the grouped toured the United Kingdom.





vybz-kartel-photo-31.jpgIt has been confirmed that Jamaica's most famous prisoner, Vybz Kartel, is back in his dafe place.

The entertainer was returned to lockup after spending a week in the hospital.

Kartel was discharged on Monday and taken to the Tower Street Correctional Center where he is housed.

All his medication for his illness was also taken along.

Vybz Kartel who is currently serving a life sentence at the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre is awaiting an appeal trial, slated to begin in February next year, in the Court of Appeal.





vybz-kartel-photo-31.jpgDuring Vybz Kartel's recent hospital stay, the dancehall deejay reportedly reunited with a very special person in his life.

The self-proclaimed World Boss saw his mother after some six years.

Reports are that Kartel's parents visited him while he was admitted to the University Hospital of the West Indies.

Although no pictures have surface as yet to confirm the re-union, many are questioning why it has taken si long for the Teacha to see his mother.

"But Addi and his mom were close, so ah doan understand," one commenter said.

Kartel was paid a visit in prison by his daughter lsat month and after pictures were made public, there were many comments that Kartel looked way too skinny.

He was admitted to hospital last week.





A police sergeant died in a motor vehicle accident in Riversdale, St Catherine late Monday night.

He has been identified as Sergeant Mervin Ellington, who was assigned to the St Catherine North Division.

Reports are that at about 10 pm, Ellington was driving his private motor car from Riversdale towards Bog Walk when, upon reaching the Berwick Main Road, he came upon a breakaway at a section of the road that forced his car to run off the road and into a river.

The vehicle reportedly became submerged in water, before residents of the area went to Ellington's rescue and pulled the unresponsive police officer from the car.

He was rushed to the Linstead Public Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

After news broke of Ellington's death, the Jamaica Police Federation expressed their condolences to his family and friends, and colleagues from the St Catherine North police division.

It's the latest tragedy to hit the JCF in recent weeks following the killing of a police officer in Portmore two weeks ago, and a gun attack on a policewoman and her daughter last week that left both hospitalised.





machete-beaten.jpgThe National Parenting Support Commission (NPSC) has joined the probe into the incident in which a 44 year old woman in St. Thomas used a machete to beat her 12 year old daughter.

The woman was detained last weekend, after the incident, which was recorded, went viral on social media.

Kaysia Kerr, Chief Executive Officer of the National Parenting Support Commission, said the agency will be speaking with other entities investigating the matter. This is aimed at streamlining and coordinating the intervention to ensure that the child gets the type of support needed.

In an interview with RJR News on Monday, Ms Kerr said her office will also speak with the woman in an effort to "start changing (the) mindset about how we go about punishing."

"The fact that your parents might have punished you by hitting does not make it right. There are other non-violent ways of ensuring that children comply to what's expected of them." she asserted.

Ms Kerr said she is deeply distressed by the video, especially in relation to what the child has been subjected to.

"A young girl is now thrust in the limelight in a way that she perhaps would not have bargained for. It's almost as if she's now going to be the poster child for abuse because her face was shown in the video," she argued.

Police have interviewed the mother involved in the incident. She is expected to be charged with cruelty to a child.

Her daughter has been released into the custody of a relative.





machete-beaten.jpgThe police say that they have picked up the 12-year-old complainant in a video circulating on social media of a woman beating a child with what appears to be a machete.

According to a release from the Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, the incident took place sometime last year but the video recently surfaced on social media. Police say they have since collected statements from the child as well as the person who recorded the video.

The police say the child's mother remains in custody and the matter is being investigated by the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse as well as the Child Development Agency.





machete-beaten.jpgThe Office of the Children's Advocate has strongly condemned the actions of a mother who was seen in a video circulated on social media beating her daughter mercilessly with a machete.

"We condemn the behaviour of the mother, for even if the mother feels that she is justified in approaching the child to deal with a particular issue, there are ways to impact and impose discipline on children without resorting to violence," Children's Advocate Diahann Gordon Harrison told Loop reporter Claude Mills on Monday morning.

She praised the quick action of the police force, who only hours after the video began circulating on social media, took the mother and daughter into custody. It is unclear whether the child in question will be taken into state care and what will happen to any other children in the woman's care.

"We don't have all the information at this time. However, now that woman has been arrested, the relevant agencies can now come in and attempt to repair the relationship between the mother and daughter. Members of the office of the Children's Advocate are now in St Thomas and once they have been debriefed, we can make a better assessment of the situation," she said. Chief Executive Office of the Child Development Agency (CDA) Rosalee Gage-Grey says the agency is now conducting an assessment into the case of the 12-year-old girl being beaten with a machete by her mother in St Thomas.

Speaking on Independent Talk on Power 106, Gage-Grey said the CDA stepped in for the protection of the child.

She said the agency is doing an intervention with the family as well as with the community.

A video of the beating has been circulating heavily on social media and has received strong outcry.

The viral video shows the partially nude mother beating her daughter violently with a machete while cursing expletives.

The 44-year-old woman was arrested on the weekend and remains in police custody.

Meanwhile, head of the St Thomas police, Senior Superintendent, Beau Rigabe, says investigations into the video of a woman in the parish beating her teenage daughter with a machete has revealed that the incident happened last year.

He said the woman is being interviewed by investigators with the of view of laying charges against her.

The police had previously indicated that she's likely to be charged with cruelty to a child.





Kingston, Jamaica: In a room filled with pink, the colour associated with breast cancer worldwide, the Jamaica Cancer Society officially launched a host of activities for October, dubbed Pink Month, at the Courtleigh Auditorium on Thursday, September 28. October is internationally recognized as Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Jamaica Cancer Society will be coordinating several activities to mark the month.Under the theme, 'Give Hope. Save Lives", the month of activities which begins on October 1 culminates on a high on Saturday, October 28at the annual ICWI/Jamaica Reach To Recovery Pink Run whichis in its 17thyear, and third year withICWI as the title sponsor. This year the Pink Run will be under the theme 'Tutus and Tall Socks'.President of the ICWI Paul Lalorhas called on Jamaicans to actively support the initiatives outlined and those fighting the effects of cancer. "Our friends and families locked in this battle with cancer need our collective and individual support to survive. The high volume of cancer patients, survivors and loved ones of those who have lost the battle with cancer in our communities should be met with a strong resolve to join the fight. Let us aim to increase awareness, increase the funds to provide support and give compassion and our talents to this movement.""Most Jamaicans know what a pink ribbon means, especially during the Month of October! Indeed, many Jamaicans will be seen wearing pink throughout the Month. We can take heart in the fact that Jamaica's collective awareness of breast cancer has gained great momentum over the past decade", shared Mrs. Yulit Gordon, Executive Director, Jamaica Cancer Society."We however cannotover emphasize that if there is noearly detectionthrough regular breast self-examinations and mammography screening, survival chances will be significantly reduced.Let us thereforebe vigilant in making our health and well-being a priorityand engage in healthy lifestyle practices and access the available screening services",Mrs. Gordon cautioned.

2| P a g eJamaicaReach to Recovery is the affiliate of the Jamaica Cancer Society that provides emotional, psychological and financial support to breast cancer survivors. Reach to Recovery consists of volunteers, all of whom are breast cancer survivors, also provide information and counselling to breast cancer survivors and by extension their families and friends.Chairperson of Jamaica Reach to Recovery, Mrs. Carolind Graham is encouraging Jamaicans especially women to support the various activities that will be occurring during October. "With breast cancer in Jamaica at 43.1 per 100,000 women, and 0.6 per 100,000 men, it is imperative that we continue to have these activities to raise awareness about breast cancer and also to spread the importance of regular screenings which can be critical to an early diagnosis", said Mrs. Graham. While there will be several fundraising activities including the sale of bracelets at several outlets through the island, socks and pins, the 'Pink Run' will be the major fundraiser for Pink Month. "I hope Jamaic





ellie-goulding-tarrus-riley-powerful-music-video.jpg"Powerful" featuring Tarrus Riley and Ellie Goulding has been used in an ad campaign for Emporio Armani.

The television advert from Emporio Armani promotes the companies two new fragrances BECAUSE IT'S YOU for her and STRONGER WITH YOU for him

The ad which features the relationship between a man and a woman has the Major Laser produced track Powerful featuring Ellie Goulding and Tarrus Riley blaring in the background.

Tarrus Riley has since shared a snippet of the ad on his official Instagram page.





On November 9-12 a global assortment of music industry professionals will descend on multiple venues across Kingston Jamaica for the 5th annual Jamaica Music Conference (JMC). They will join a growing number of local Jamaican music industry professionals who have learned that the Jamaica Music Conference provides a powerful platform for catching up with the latest industry trends, networking and identifying the stars of tomorrow. This 5th staging has been themed, "Reclaiming Our Identity: The rising impact of Jamaica's music, content and culture".

Registration is now open for the annual event via the Jamaica Music Conference website and tickets can be purchased locally at Bookophilia and Fontana Pharmacy. The fifth staging will feature 7 venues and 10 separate sessions including: the JMC - JaRIA Symposium at JAMPRO headquarters; a Sound System Summit at Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts; panel discussions at U-Tech TIC Innovation Centre; the Jamaica Music Conference Showcase at Jamnesia; and closes at Skyline's Kingston Dub Club, ensuring that international attendees get a real feel for Kingston Music City.

The Jamaica Music Conference is a platform for independent music professionals, to discuss the challenges and opportunities in the Jamaican music industry, and propose solutions to these issues. This year sees a focus on answering long lingering questions. How can Jamaica and its diaspora retain the lion share of ownership within the reggae/dancehall space? How can the enduring international popularity of our genres embrace the global landscape to benefit Jamaica and Jamaicans at home and abroad? A FREE 3-part "Ready For Di Road" Webinar series is being staged in association with Atlanta-based Artist Launch, artist development agency. Conference attendees are also able to create a FREE electronic press kit when they enter a contest being staged by the Jamaica Music Conference for a chance to meet with international booking agents.

For more information visit: www.jamaicamusicconference.com





What is HPV?

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Human papillomavirus is a common virus that most women are exposed to at some point in their lives. According to the American Cancer Society, the virus types that cause infection to the cervix are found on the body's mucous membranes and are a result of sexual intercourse.

There are over 30 strains of HPV that can cause genital infections. The HPV vaccine supposedly protects against four strains and only two of those are known to be cancer-causing.

Problems from the actual virus are rare.

In fact, Dr. Diane Harper, who was involved in phases II and III of the manufacture's testing of the vaccine, reports there are normally no symptoms and 90% of infections are resolved by the body in as little as two years. Only half of the remaining infections have a rare chance of developing precancerous cells that could lead to cervical cancer.

While the majority of cervical cancers are caused by HPV, most women who have HPV do not develop cervical cancer. However, the pharmaceutical company who makes the HPV vaccine wants every girl and young woman to get another vaccination "just in case."

Dr. Sherri Tenpenny, physician and advocate for vaccine safety, thinks she knows why. She's stated there are other risk factors associated with the rare unresolved HPV infections that lead to a cervical cancer diagnosis. These factors could play a larger role in the development of cervical cancer than the virus itself.





hpv-facts.jpgIf you have a teenage girl in your family, chances are strong that their doctor has talked about the HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine called Gardasil. There have been countless ads by the pharmaceutical company who manufactures it, urging parents to take their young women in for the series of shots. Doctors everywhere recommend and even try to insist on giving this HPV vaccination in addition to the many others that most children receive.

It's purported to be a "miracle" drug that will protect girls against cervical cancer.

In 2007, Texas Governor Rick Perry received public backlash after mandating the HPV vaccine (Gardasil) by executive order. He later rescinded his mandate. California passed a law in 2012 allowing 12-year-olds to receive the vaccine without parental knowledge or consent.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and Merck (the company who produces Gardasil) all claim the HPV vaccination is safe for children as young as nine.

How can they possibly know? Gardasil was fast-tracked through the system meant to safeguard our health and wellbeing. It was approved and rushed to market (like many pharmaceutical drugs with horrific side effects) despite questionable results in regards to safety.

No independent studies have been done to determine if the vaccine itself causes cancer or what the long-term effects might be on those vaccinated.

As should have been expected, a shocking number of girls have had adverse reactions to receiving the HPV vaccination.





hpv-facts.jpgAnyone daring to suggest that a vaccine might present a risk, especially to children as the most vulnerable members of our society, are usually shot down in flames. Health authorities have tried their best to continue telling everyone that HPV vaccines (note use of plural as there are three different types available) are safe, despite ongoing research suggesting otherwise.

A study just released by a World Health Organization (WHO) monitoring centre in Sweden shows that adverse event reports received from national authorities -- and these will represent only a fraction of those actually experienced -- show a tendency to produce clusters of serious adverse events that include complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) that exceeds any other vaccine.

GMO vaccine released a decade ago

The genetically engineered vaccine, first introduced for mass vaccination around 10 years ago, has been delivered to around 80 million girls, women and, in some countries, boys.

By August 2014 58 countries had introduced the vaccine into their immunisation schedules. According to the WHO, 80% of all cases of cervical cancer are linked to HPV, the key justification for giving the vaccine to young girls, occur in developing countries and are linked to sexual encounters at very young ages.

Concerns around the safety of the vaccine began to arise in 2013 with reports of CRPS in Japan, POTS in Denmark and CFS in Holland.

This study, which explores global reporting patterns of Adverse Reactions (AEs) for HPV vaccines shows that these different types of effects are often clustered, i.e. they are more likely to occur together, and so are likely related.

The science bit

The study looked at case safety reports for HPV Vaccine in VigiBase, the WHO International database of suspected adverse drug reactions. Reports are received from pharmacovigilance centres in 124 countries who participate in the WHO Programme for International Drug Monitoring up to 1st January 2015. Cases including at least 2 reporting terms were included in the study.

Analysis of data revealed a large number of reports with a pattern of AEs including headache, dizziness, fatigue and syncope (temporary loss of consciousness). Reporting of AEs has taken place since the introduction of the vaccine and increased substantially in 2013 and 2014. (Source: anhinternational.org/2017/01/18/official-hpv-vaccine-vaccine-dangerous-yet/)





"In fact, there is no actual evidence that the vaccine can prevent any cancer. From the manufacturers own admissions, the vaccine only works on 4 strains out of 40 for a specific venereal disease that dies on its own in a relatively short period, so the chance of it actually helping an individual is about the same as the chance of her being struck by a meteorite."

Her comments though brave placed Dr. Harper's reputation at risk. Big Pharma's attack dogs quickly sought to destroy her, attempting to dismantle her credibility as a professional research scientist.

Since coming forward with her concerns about the HPV vaccines, a relentless and vicious campaign has been waged against her. The former Merck scientist was made to look like a kook in an article published by The Sunday Express, a British tabloid, which heavily misquoted her.

Hoping to set the record straight, Dr. Harper clarified her position in an interview with CBS News, during which she said that HPV vaccines carry real risks while offering very little benefits.

"The benefit to public health is nothing, there is no reduction in cervical cancers, they are just postponed, unless the protection lasts for at least 15 years, and over 70% of all sexually active females of all ages are vaccinated."

She also added that reported side effects of the vaccine prove HPV vaccines are more dangerous than the cervical cancer its makers say it prevents. (Source: www.healthfreedoms.org › Home › Big Government)





"About eight in every ten women who have been sexually active will have HPV at some stage of their life," said Dr. Harper during her speech.

"Normally there are no symptoms, and in 98 percent of cases, it clears itself. But in those cases where it doesn't and isn't treated, it can lead to pre-cancerous cells which may develop into cervical cancer."

Dr. Harper said that while Gardasil and Cervarix are marketed as protecting against cervical cancer, the claim has not been proven and is hypothetical. Research conducted on the drugs show "there is no demonstrated relationship between the condition being vaccinated for and the rare cancers that the vaccine might prevent, but it is marketed to do that nonetheless," she said. (Source: www.healthfreedoms.org › Home › Big Government)





gocernment-defends-vaccine.jpgAll safety trials for HPV vaccines were done on 15-year-olds, said Dr. Harper, and not 9-year-olds, the demographic for which the immunizations are now recommended. Furthermore, there is a real risk associated with these vaccines, she added.

More than 15,000 girls have experienced adverse side effects from Gardasil, according to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). A number likely to be far higher in reality, since many vaccine side effects go unreported.

At least 44 girls are known to have died from these vaccines. Some side effects experienced by those receiving the HPV vaccines include seizures, blood clots, brain inflammation, lupus and Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a rare but serious autoimmune deficiency that causes the immune system to attack and damage nerve cells.

While the majority of those with GBS recover, the disorder may cause muscle weakness, difficulty breathing, paralysis and sometimes death.

As with most vaccines, parents are usually not made aware of the risks.(Source: www.healthfreedoms.org › Home › Big Government)





hpv-facts.jpgAn expert involved in the approval process for the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines Gardasil and Cervarix, is speaking out about the dangers and why you shouldn't risk your child's health in getting them.

Diane Harper, M.D., professor and chair of the department of Family and Geriatric Medicine at the University of Louisville, revealed at the 4th International Conference on Vaccination that HPV vaccines are essentially worthless because rates of cervical cancer in the U.S. are extremely low anyway.

Her speech was intended to promote the benefits of vaccines, but she changed her mind and went in a different direction in an effort to "clean her conscience about the deadly vaccines," according to The Daily Sheeple.

Dr. Harper, a former vaccine research scientist for Merck, said she wouldn't be able to sleep at night unless she aired the truth about HPV vaccines. In her speech, given in Reston, Virginia, she said that 70 percent of all HPV infections resolve themselves without treatment, and 90 percent do so within two years. (Source: www.healthfreedoms.org › Home › Big Government)





gocernment-defends-vaccine.jpgThe Ministry of Health is defending the decision to administer the Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine to girls in Grade Seven.

The programme is scheduled to start on Monday.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has recommended that children from age nine to 14 be given the vaccine. They will get two doses of the vaccine.

The HPV vaccine is aimed at protecting against cervical cancer, which is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in Jamaica and the ninth leading cause of death worldwide.

Dr. Melody Ennis, Director of Family Health Services in the Ministry of Health, said the Government decided to administer the vaccine to this particular age group because toll cervical cancer has taken on the society.

"We have here in Jamaica over 300 cases, with 185 deaths annually. In our population, the virus that causes cervical cancer is in excess of 50 per cent," she explained.





KINGSTON, Jamaica -- A 71-year-old Canadian man is in police custody after he was arrested and charged with breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act at the Norman Manley International Airport on Friday.

Reports from the police are that the man, Derrick Harmon of a Canadian address, checked in to the airport to board a flight destined for Toronto, Canada about 1:30 am, when his luggage was searched and a powdery substance in a package labelled 'Soy Beverage' found.

On further examination, the substance was found to be cocaine with an estimated street value of $768, 000.

Harmon is charged with possession of cocaine, dealing in cocaine, and taking steps preparatory to the export of cocaine and is to appear in the Corporate Area Criminal Court on Tuesday.





"Adult seen in video beating a child now in Police custody in St Thomas" the Jamaica Constabulary Force disclosed on Twitter this afternoon.

The woman who is seen wearing only panties, is currently in police custody over a video making the rounds on social media, showing her beating a child with a machete.

In the video, the woman, can be heard saying "mi tired a oonu", while gripping the back of a young girl's garment and hitting her several times with the object.

The child is wailing and at one point is on the ground when the woman finally releases her hold.

The girl then flees from the yard and the woman can be heard uttering expletives. A dog that came between the obviously enraged woman and the girl, as she inflicted blows to the child, was also slapped with the machete.

An onlooker could also be heard towards the end of the film encouraging the angry woman, as the girl manages to break free from the woman's hold and escape.

In a message on Twitter this afternoon, the police posted that they were aware of the "disturbing video" being circulated on social media and that the woman had been arrested in St Thomas.

The JCF said it would provide more information on the incident later.





 

tarrus-riley-photo-2.jpgTarrus Riley, has pledged his support for Caribbean Love Now, and has confirmed that he will perform at JAMATHON, the benefit concert to raise funds for hurricane recovery in the Caribbean, including Dominica which is reported to be 95% devastated after Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Riley, who accompanied investor Joe Bogdanovich and a team to Dominica, Antigua and Anguilla gained a first-hand view of the after effects of the hurricanes and says that he was shocked at the level of devastation. "Gilbert hit Jamaica as a category three and we struggled to bounce back. What these people are going through is far from our imagination, so we have to reach out and help," he said.

During the trip, Riley said he was moved by the warm welcome people on each island extended the team, and their appreciation of the interest shown in their welfare. "That says to me that music is a big part of the solution. If we can ease souls and raise money to help these islands, then we will have become our brothers' and sisters' keepers," he said.

Riley joins several of Jamaica's best-loved reggae and dancehall stars who have all waived their performance fee for Caribbean Love Now JAMATHON, which takes place Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at The Red Stripe Oval in Kingston, Jamaica.

The other performers confirmed are: Assassin; Beenie Man; Blvk H3ro; Bunji Garlin; Bunny Wailer; Carlene Davis; Chino McGregor; Christopher Martin; D-Major; Devin Di Dakta; Etana; Fay-Ann Lyons; Freddie McGregor; Harry Toddler; Iba Mahr; Jah Cure; Jesse Royal; Naomi Cowan, Nesbeth; Raging Fyah; Richie Spice; Romain Virgo; Sizzla; Stephen McGregor; Third World; Tommy Lee Sparta, Toots Hibbert and Vegas. An All-Star band led by Dean Fraser will back all performances. The show will be hosted Tommy Cowan. Additions to the lineup will be announced soon as more artists join the campaign.

Caribbean Love Now JAMATHON is presented with the initial support of Jamaica Tourist Board; RJR Communications Group; Downsound Entertainment; Red Stripe; Flow; Hardware & Lumber; H&L Rapid True Value; H&L Agro; Usain Bolt's Tracks & Records; Franjam KLE; Parkland Industrial Co.; R Hotel; and Argyle Industries.

The cost of tickets are: General Admission, J$1000; VIP, J$3000, and VVIP, J$6000. Tickets will be available at Fontana Pharmacy; York Pharmacy; H&L Rapid True Value and H&L Agro stores.

Proceeds from the money raised by Caribbean Love Now will go directly to the people and countries affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Fans across the world will be able to experience Caribbean Love Now JAMATHON via live stream on YouTube at the Reggae Sumfest Live Streaming & Video channel. An online donation site will be announced shortly through which global contributions will be accepted.





The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is refuting claims that the police were involved in the fatal shooting of alleged Kingston area leader Valbert Harley otherwise called Waldie.

Thirty-eight-year-old Harley and three others were shot and injured on Mountain View Avenue in Kingston 3 yesterday afternoon.

In a statement, the JCF says around 12:30 Harley and his brother, who are jointly charged in a murder matter, were travelling from the Kingston and St. Andrew Parish Court in a Honda motorcar along with another man.

They reportedly pulled over along the roadway to make a purchase from a vendor when men travelling in a dark colour motorcar drove up, exited from the vehicle and opened gunfire hitting them and two other persons, including the vendor.

The police say a team was summoned to the scene and the injured men were taken to hospital where Harley was pronounced dead while the others admitted.

The police say Harley is said to be an area leader who operates out of Olympic Gardens, St. Andrew.

According to the police, he is described as the 'Don of all dons' as he claimed to be in charge of the entire Kingston and St. Andrew.





crime-scene-gun.jpgA policeman who was on suspension from the force after he was charged with murder was killed execution style at a dance early this morning. Another man was also injured in the early morning attack in Orangefield, in Ewarton, St Catherine.

The policeman has been identified as 35-year-old constable Courtney Linton, who was attached to the Counter Terrorism and Organized Crime Division, popularly referred to as the Police Flying Squad.

Reports are that the policeman, who was on suspension on a murder charge for the past five years, was at the dance playing a sound system when men in a white Nissan motor car drove up.

Two of the men reportedly pulled guns and opened fire, hitting Linton and the other man.

Patrons ran for cover during the melee.

Linton was reportedly shot multiple times, even after he fell to the ground. He died on the spot.

The other man received a shot in the right shoulder and is being treated at hospital.

In a statement this morning, Police Commissioner, George Quallo, said detectives from the Major Investigations Division and the St Catherine North Criminal Investigation Division are investigating the shooting.

Commissioner Quallo expressed condolence and said teams from the Community Safety and Security Branch and the Chaplaincy Unit were dispatched to assist family members.

This morning's shooting came days after another policeman was shot dead.





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

NMIA Bidder GAP Upgraded by Moody's to Highest Possible Credit Rating

nmia-jamaica.jpgGuadalajara, Mexico, 30 October 2017: Moody's Investor Service has upgraded Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico (GAP) to the highest possible issuer and debt rating category with a stable outlook.

Moody's upgraded GAP's issuer rating from Baa1/Aa1.mx to A3/Aaa.mx. GAP's senior unsecured regular bond/debenture rating was also upgraded from Baa1/Aa1.mx to A3/Aaa.mx.

GAP is Mexico's leading airport operator and is among the pre-qualified bidders for Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston, Jamaica.

The company reported an 11.9% increase in passenger traffic at its 13 airports year-to-date over the first nine months of 2016. GAP opened nine new domestic routes in Mexico during 3Q17 and three new international routes.

GAP reported a 19.6% increase in aeronautical revenue for the first nine months of 2017 to MXN 6.1bn (USD 320.7m), while non-aeronautical revenue grew 18.9% to MXN 2.1bn (110.1m) and overall revenue was up 11.4% to 9.3bn (485.6m).

Passenger traffic at GAP's 12 airports in Mexico ranged from 138,700 at its smallest in Manzanillo to 9,406,800 at its largest in Guadalajara between January and the end of September.

The company operates airports in major tourism destinations like Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta as well as in major business hubs like Guanajuato and Hermosillo, at the center of Mexico's auto manufacturing industry.

GAP is listed on the Mexican Stock Exchange with ADRs listed on NYSE. It has a market capitalization of USD 5.35bn.





crime-scene-demo.jpgThe Clarendon police say they are following strong leads in Sunday night's shooting of eight persons in the community of Farm.

One of the victims, a woman, died.

She has been identified as 37 year old Lacia Mantack, a hairdresser of Evans Avenue in Farm.

The other seven persons, including a five year old girl, have been hospitalised.

About 6 o'clock, the individuals were among spectators who had just left a football match.

The group stopped at a shop when gunfire came from the direction of bushes.

The injured persons were taken to hospital, where Ms Mantack succumbed to her injuries.

The attackers escaped.

Kemps Hill murder

In the meantime, the Clarendon police were later called to another murder scene in Kemps Hill.

They found the body of 22 year old Mikhail Mitchell with bullet wounds.

Reports are that shortly before 9 o'clock, the police went to Mr. Mitchell's house where his body was found on the verandah.

No motive has been established for the killing.





crime-scene-gun.jpgThe Police High Command is keeping a close watch on Cockburn Pen in St. Andrew following the shooting death of alleged gangster Valburn Harley, otherwise called Valdy.

Harley was among four persons shot by gunmen along Mountain View Avenue on Monday afternoon.

Harley was on his way from the Home Circuit Court shortly before 1 o'clock. He stopped at a fruit vendor along Mountain View Avenue when a car with men aboard drove up.

The men opened fire hitting him, his brother and another passenger in the vehicle.

A vendor was also shot and injured.

Harley and the injured persons were taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The police are trying to establish a motive for the attack.





Director of Elections takes government to court

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The Director of Elections, Orrette Fisher, is now taking legal action to prevent the Electoral Commission of Jamaica from removing him from the job.

Fisher's one-year appointment expires Tuesday and it is reported that the post is to be advertised on the expiration.

The elections boss is contending that his one-year appointment was illegal because the law clearly states that the appointment must be for seven years.

Fisher who is being represented by attorney-at-law Hugh Wildman has brought an action in the Supreme Court against Governor General Sir Patrick Allen and the Electoral Commission of Jamaica.

He is seeking an injunction to bar the Commission from removing him from the post.

When the matter came before the Supreme Court this afternoon, Justice Carolyn Tai adjourned it until tomorrow and directed that the respondents be served.





Wayde van Niekerk marries his 'dream girl'

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wayde-van-nierkerk-and-wife-chesney.jpgThe golden boy of South African and world athletics, Wayde van Niekerk, has married his fiancé Chesney Campbell in a ceremony held last weekend.

Van Niekerk, the Olympic 400m gold medal winner and world record holder in 2016 as well as 400m gold medal winner at the IAAF World Championships this year, posted a picture on Twitter of the couple at their marriage.

The South African athletics star took to Twitter and Instagram to share the good news on Sunday morning.

He said: "Can't wait to spend the rest of my life with you @Neshney. So blessed to start this next adventure with the girl of my dreams! I love you!"

The 400m Olympic gold medalist popped the question last year during December and posted a video on Instagram captioning it, "She said yes", showing a ring on Campbell's finger.





Rvssian produces new Vybz Kartel single, Kremlin

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vybz-kartel-photo-29.jpgVybz Kartel has teamed up with internationally acclaimed producer Rvssian for his latest single "Kremlin" featured on Head Concussion Records's new "Moscow Riddim".

This marks Vybz Kartel and Rvssian's second project for the year after previously releasing "Highest Level."

"Kahira get a almanac, bet unno say Adidja a / A go run the place all when me .50, what a caliber / Higher than the Dutch inna the coffee shop / So me trick the trickster with the dove inna the magic hat Huh, see say dem a copy cat / A no nothing that me a the prototype, the quintessential," The self-proclaimed "Worl Boss" deejays.

"How yo mean mi naan voice for Rvssian / Yow Tarik yo hear the pu**y them," Kartel says in the intro while laughing.





cardi-b-offset.jpgOn Sunday, Bronx Rapper Cardi B showed off her huge 8-carat, pear shaped engagement ring while listening to Vanessa Bling's 2012 smash hit single Everything Fi Hold Him. She was celebrating her recent engagement to Migos member Offset.

Playing Vanessa Bling's song gave the Dancehall artiste a huge endorsement as Cardi uploaded the video to her Instagram story for her over 12 million followers to view on the social media-sharing application.

Bling has since reacted to the endorsement, "[Cardi B] congrats hun, you always support my music," she wrote. "You have everything fi hold him everything fi own him You goodgood weh a control him everynite eno."

Cardi B is a big fan of Dancehall music and frequently endorses some of the genres biggest acts including Vybz Kartel, Alkaline, Spice, Konshens and Popcaan.





beenie-man-photo-8.jpgIn a recent interview on OnStage, self-proclaimed King of the Dancehall, Beenie Man says Lady Saw remains Queen of Dancehall and that Spice doesn't have the accolades to claim that title. After all, how can anyone be the Queen of Dancehall without putting out even one album, without having a big international collaboratiobn; without having even one song on the Billboard chart?

"The Queen of Dancehall, Marion Hall is baptised, so i am here to see the next queen to come," he said.

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When quizzed about Spice getting the title, Beenie Man stated quite frankly that although Spice had upped her game and seemed poised to claim the throne, that's not how you become a queen.

"If yuh guh tek Lady Saw crown, you affi do weh Lady Saw do! no disrespect," Beenie said. "You can't do less work" and expect to claim the title. Beenie however agreed that Spice is now the queen-in-waiting. But, Spice could be w-a-i-t-i-n-g-f-o-r-a-v-e-r-y-l-o-n-g-t-i-m-e. Let's hope not.

And, of course, Predictable Grace (S-P-I-C-E) reacted in her usual hostile manner to constructive criticism.





Mhm Hm! Kartel drops new music video

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vybz-kartel-photo-29.jpgJailed Dancehall star Vybz Kartel releases the official music video for his smash hit single "Mhm Hm".

The infectious banger produced by Jones Ave Records is currently the number one single in Jamaica, clocking over 3.4 Million streams in less than one month.

"Get the oats, mhm / Get the Supligen, mhm hm / Get the nuts, mhm / Get the nutmeg, mhm hm / Blend it up, mhm / Turn it a your head, mhm hm / Get a gyal and just go get your children," the self-proclaimed 'Worl Boss' deejays over the Dancehall beat which also features controversial recording artist Ishawna's gritty diss track "Walking Dead" aimed at Danielle D.I.

The video is directed by Terminal 4 Media and Camera Dameon Gayle.





chris-gayle-photo-6.jpgSYDNEY, Australia (AFP) -- West Indies cricket star Chris Gayle Monday won a defamation case against an Australian media group which claimed he exposed his genitals to a massage therapist.

The lurid accusations were made by Fairfax Media newspapers The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and The Canberra Times in a series of stories in January last year.

They claimed the all-rounder exposed himself to team masseuse Leanne Russell in a dressing room at the 2015 World Cup in Sydney and "indecently propositioned" her.

Gayle denied the allegations, saying the journalists behind the story wanted to "destroy him".

His teammate Dwayne Smith, who was in the changing room at the time, also denied the incident took place.

A NSW Supreme Court jury ruled in Gayle's favour, finding Fairfax was motivated by malice.

The media group had defended the articles on the basis the allegations were substantially true and in the public interest.

"At the end of the day I'm very, very happy," Gayle said after the verdict, according to the Herald, adding that coming to court had been "very emotional".

"I'm a good man. I'm not guilty," he said.

The publication of the stories followed an uproar after Gayle attempted to flirt with an Australian presenter on live TV, asking her out for a drink and telling her: "Don't blush, baby."

During the week-long hearing, a tearful Russell stood by the allegations, saying she had gone to the room looking for a towel and came across Gayle.

She alleged he lowered the towel he was wearing and asked: "Are you looking for this?"

Gayle's close friend Donovan Miller told the hearing that since the allegations the West Indian had become "scared, especially (around) females and he always feels someone is out to get him".

A hearing on damages will be held at a later date.

Fairfax Media later released a statement saying said the company was "concerned with the conduct of the trial to the extent that on Friday it sought an order that the jury be discharged and a new trial ordered".

"Fairfax believes that it did not get a fair trial," it concluded. "It is seriously considering its appeal rights."





Caribbean Day of Giving a huge success

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radiothon-broadcast-from-the-dumplin-shop-in-the-bronx.jpgNew York: The recently held 'Caribbean Day of Giving' #CaribbeanDayofGiving mediathon on Saturday, October 7th, to assist Caribbean countries hit by recent hurricanes was deemed a successful venture with widespread collaboration from the Caribbean Diaspora media fraternity.

The organizers of the Day of Giving reported that the event raised over US$40,000 in cash as well as several barrels of goods, which were handed over to Ebenezer Pilgrim Holiness Church in New York, which will coordinate shipping to Barbuda and Dominica.

Most funds raised, came from New York based Caribbean Food Delights' Vincent HoSang Foundation. The event also had the backing of corporate and organizational sponsors such as Digicel, Tower Isles Frozen Foods Limited, Irie Jam Media Group, Usain Bolt's Tracks and Records, Team Jamaica Bickle, Union of Jamaican Alumni Associations, Golden Krust, IMAGES LLC, Caribbean Business Connections and www.shareitcamp.com.

These efforts were in conjunction with fundraising efforts by The American Friends of Jamaica, the American Foundation for the University of the West Indies and the Caribbean Tourism Organization Relief Fund, all 501(c)3 charity partners of Caribbean Day of Giving.

Much of the funds raised will benefit The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), which is the official body coordinating relief efforts to the various Caribbean countries affected by the hurricanes.

The all day media-thon, which involved over 32+ radio programs and other media platforms, featured interviews with Prime Ministers Hon. Gaston Browne of Antigua and Barbuda; Hon. Dr. Keith Mitchell of Grenada; Hon. Andrew Holness of Jamaica; Hon. Ralph Gonsalves of St. Vincent and the Grenadines; Hon. Allan Chastanet of Saint Lucia; the Premier of the British Virgin Islands, The Hon. Dr. D. Orlando Smith as well as Ronald Jackson, Executive Director of the CDEMA and Her Excellency, Loreen Bannis-Roberts, Permanent Representative of the Commonwealth of Dominica to the United Nations. The Door Restaurant in Queens and the Dumplin' Shop in the Bronx, were the location sponsors and sites of the radiothon.

The day ended with a Caribbean Day of Giving Benefit concert which was live streamed from Usain Bolt's Tracks and Records Sports Bar in Kingston, Jamaica. Performers included Romain Virgo, Chris Martin, Richie Stephens, Jermaine Edwards, D'Angel and D-Major. Event hosts were media personalities Nikki Z and Saudicka Diram.

Beyond the day, the organizers acknowledge the significant need for ongoing support to aid in the recovery efforts in the Caribbean region.

Persons wishing to donate may still do so at www.caribbeandayofgiving.com or text AFUWI to 41444. As the group design or promote new activities to raise funds, additional entities are also invited to support this disaster relief and recovery effort.





chris-gayle-photo-6.jpgA massage therapist said she "cried uncontrollably" after star West Indian cricketer Chris Gayle allegedly exposed himself to her, telling a Sydney court Wednesday it left her "very upset".

Gayle is suing Fairfax Media newspapers The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and The Canberra Times over a series of stories in January last year detailing the lurid accusations.

On the opening day of his defamation action Monday, he denied the allegations and claimed the media group was out to "destroy" him. His teammate Dwayne Smith, who was present at the time, has also denied the incident.

The newspapers said the all-rounder exposed himself to masseuse Leanne Russell -- who was working for the West Indies team -- in a dressing room at the 2015 World Cup in Sydney and "indecently propositioned" her.

She told the NSW Supreme Court she went to the changing room to look for a towel and came across Gayle.

Gayle asked her: "What are you looking for?" the court heard, according to the Herald.

"I said, 'a towel'," she replied, and he "pulled his towel out and down".

"I saw the top half of Chris' penis -- I apologise. I thereafter shielded my view. I said no and walked out."

Russell said she told the West Indies team's physiotherapist about the incident immediately and was "very upset" and "crying uncontrollably. I was crying like a child".

On Tuesday, Smith admitted he sent a text to Russell that simply said "sexy" after she massaged him the day before the Gayle incident.

Russell said she was "sick of being treated this way" and had spoken out to get other women to realise "this happens all the time and nobody has the guts to speak out and they should", according to the Herald.

Fairfax said it was defending the articles on the basis the allegations were substantially true and in the public interest.

Their publication followed an uproar after Gayle attempted to flirt with an Australian presenter on live TV, asking her out for a drink and telling her: "Don't blush, baby."

Gayle has since nicknamed his baby daughter 'Blush'





Police in New York recently arrested and charged a woman with second-degree murder, burglary and two counts of assault in the home invasion which left a 91-year-old Jamaican man dead and his 100 year old wife hospitalized.

Prosecutors in the United States say that the woman, 45-year-old, Suzette Troutman, the couple's caregiver, was the mastermind behind what they call "the sick crime".

Reports are that Troutman's nephew, Dwayne Blackwood, 27, was arrested last week Friday and charged with the same offences.

Ninety-one-year-old Waldiman Thompson, who migrated from Jamaica decades ago, died of a heart attack on October 11 after two men entered the Brooklyn home he shared with his wife, Ethlin, and tied them up before escaping with US$5,000.

The New York Daily News reported that Ethlin managed to escape and called for help.

When police arrived, her husband was found unconscious and face down near his bedroom with a blanket wrapped around his head and a pillow pressed to his face. He was pronounced dead at hospital.





ID parade for killers of Mandeville cop

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The police say the three suspects in custody for the killing of Corporal Melvin Smith in Mandeville, Manchester last Friday are to be placed on identification parades as they follow strong leads.

Head of the Police Area Three, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Clifford Chambers, says the three men were apprehended in Clarendon and are to be questioned in relation to the killing of the corporal.

Head of the Police Area Three, Assistant Commissioner of Police Clifford Chambers

The police say shortly after 8 o'clock Friday night, Smith was assisting a man who was robbed of his motorcycle.

He chased the robbers and a shoot-out ensued.

One of the men fell from the motorcycle and ran.

The second man reportedly shot the corporal.

He returned fire, injuring one of the robbers before he collapsed.

The policeman was taken to hospital where he died.





ophelia-walloston-nurse-killed.jpgcrime-scene-gun.jpgOphelia Walloston, a registered nurse of Lime Hall St, was shot multiple times by a man outside a supermarket in the parish capital of St Ann's Bay at around 6:30 pm on Friday evening. She died on Saturday morning while undergoing treatment.

Police sources said the shooter, who turned himself over to law enforcement officials after the incident, was previously in a relationship with the Walloston.

He reportedly confronted her about her relationship with another man, telling her she was ungrateful in light of all he had done for her, before pumping at least three bullets into her upper body.

Unconfirmed reports are that Walloston had a restraining order taken out against her attacker and had filed a complaint against the man earlier Friday.





crime-scene-demo.jpgThe police are probing the murder of popular producer, Tru Blue.

Ralston "Tru Blue" Wellington, who was shot and killed at his Maxfield Avenue home in St Andrew on Friday evening.

According to the Corporate Communications Unit of the JCF at about 6:15 pm, explosions were heard coming from the Swettenham Road, Kingston 13 home of the dancehall producer.

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On investigation by his family members, the 44-year-old's body was found in his yard with what appeared to be gunshot wounds. The police were called in and the body subsequently removed.

No motive has yet been established for the killing.

Tru Blue, who was off the music radar for close to a decade, co-produced Whine Yuh Waist Suh by Vybz Kartel and Don Andre last year.





crime-scene-demo.jpgWhat is this government doind aboub crime?!! The JLP was given power partly on their promise to reduce crime and violence, but ever since the have won, they have proven to be ineffective to the point of being criminals. The crime monster is out of hand. Just look at the statistics for one parish - Clarendon.

Since the start of the year, more than 130 people have been killed in Clarendon. Note, this is just ONE parish.According to official reports, this is more than the 114 killed over the same period last year.

Clarendon's murder figures got an increase over the weekend when gunmen on Sunday evening sprayed bullets on a group of people attending a party in the Clarendon community of Farm.

When the shooting ended, one woman was killed and six other people injured.

A child is among those injured.

According to police sources, a group of residents at a get-together were surprised by gunmen, armed with high-powered weapons.





tru-blue.jpgIn a profanity-laced video on Youtube, producer Tru Blue was seen and heard cussing out Bouty Killer in the wickedest way.

As one person has commented: "Si what happen when yuh chat too much and deh pon YouTube a chat bout yuh a guh step to di "Grung Gad" . Too much chatgingz, YouTube and Facebook badman."

Tru Blue was killed Friday night and the video has since gone viral. There is absolutely no suggestion that the video had anything to do with his untimely death and the police are not investigating any such link.

YardFlex sends condolences to the family and friends of the producer.





chris-gayle-photo-6.jpgSo why the white masseuse woman put down one piece a cow bawling when she see Chris Gayle man part?

She say she went into the changing room for a towel and Chris Gayle move him towel from his waist and ask her if is this she looking for She tell the story to some news people inna Australia and now Gayle sue the paper because him seh is lie the white woman a tell pon him.

She tell the court how she start one piece a hell bawling when the incident happen and how she did traumatized. What the hell? Isn't she a maaeuse? Don't she suppose to see dem tings deh inna her line a work when she a knead up people body on a daily basis.

Anyway, here is what John Public had to say about this woman:

Vernal

Why did she cry uncontrollably, was he the first naked man she saw? is it the first time she had been proportioned by a man in her line of business? Gayle this is becoming a habit of women accusing you, check yourself/body language to see what you might be doing wrong.

Reader: "There are two sides to this 'poor woman' who cried uncontrollably...

frank

Notice none of these sexual harassment cases.in this case allege body parts exposure ever happen between these females and ordinary joe blows walking the street[hardly any poor guys].its always the Chris Gayles.the Actor.the Basketball player.the football player. otherwise people with a lot of money.one female has a case going right now with a Dallas cowboy football player where she was bold enough to come clean before she accuse him of sexual battery right after he kicked her out of his mansion.she told him 'this is America so i am white they will believe me before they believe you a black guy..as i said before these guys cant look at some of these dishonest females cross eyed.as they will be sued.the ever corrupting greenback along with the sleezy lawyer just sit and wait..

cherryl

yuh know seh a suh it mostly guh fi true - which poor, unpopular man wi hear dat woman sue him for sexual harassment? right now i cant recollect one such incident -

bout she put down one piece a cow bawling after seeing his male anatomy - hiss teet...

although mi did waan bawl inna my early twenties when mi buck up pon one mad man and si him ting - all now mi memba it - de ugliest ting mi eva si! it did almost touch de ground!





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dj-khaled-watch-wm-side-side-3.jpgAt just one-year-old,, DJ Khaled's son Asahd's is the owner of jewellery worth millions..

Over the weekend, DJ Khaled teamed up with hip-hop's richest mogul Diddy to give Asahd Khaled a lavish first birthday bash. Aside from the eternal gift of Diddy serenading you with "Happy Birthday," Asahd also crawled away with several material gifts, including a brand new, adult sized watch from his father. According to TMZ, the diamond-studded watch itself is worth over one hundred thousand dollars, and was commissioned by Haute Living. The company also ended up hosting the party, so it looks as if they scored some serious points with the Khaled family.

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Apparently, the watch features six-hundred diamonds, and from the look of it, you could probably risk blindness should you look directly at it. Yet Khaled may be a lot of things, but irresponsible isn't one of them. There's no way the Grateful producer would give such an expensive present to an actual baby, who no doubt has little understanding of the principle of time, let alone how to tell it. If Asahd eventually wants to rock his expensive gift, he'll have to wait until adulthood, making the present something of a coming-of-age reward, not unlike Butch in Pulp Fiction.

Apparently the watch is a Frank Mueller model in rose gold, and features Asahd's name and birthday engraved in the back. Check out a visual of the piece below, and lament the fact that the watch probably costs more than our collective salaries. Still, there's no denying that Asahd will be set for life, what with having an executive producer credit on Grateful, which has officially been certified platinum.





Jesse Royal's Lily Of Da Valley has debuted at #1 on the Billboard Reggae Album chart. In addition, the album impressively hit #131 on the Billboard New Album Top 200 chart and #36 on the Independent Albums chart."Lily Of Da Valley (released October 6, 2017 on Easy Star Records) is the highly-anticipated debut album from the young Jamaican star. Jesse embarks on his U.S. tour in November, including a feature spot at Rootfire At The Park, before joining Collie Buddz for west coast dates in December.

Jesse Royal's music carries an impactful message built to resonate with the millennial generation and beyond and is proof with his #1 debut. Recording for Lily of Da Valley took place across many studios, from the Applehead Studio in Woodstock, NY, to the legendary Tuff Gong and Big Yard Studios in Kingston, Jamaica. The source material for the album arose organically, with Jesse keeping loads of hooks, melodies and lyrics on hand until he was ready to come with a full album's worth of strong songs. This liberating approach of patience guarantees the new release has no forced filler.

Studio assistance from the help of studio mastermind Llamar "Riff Raff" Brown, Kareem "Remus" Burrell, Phillip "Winta" James and Kurt White helped aid Jesse's vision of pushing the genre forward while still paying respect to those who paved the road prior, showing the youth that "there is a space for them to be creative in music."

"Easy Star Records is honored to be working with Jesse Royal and thrilled that his album is being so well received," says Easy Star CEO Eric Smith. He adds, "We are just getting started in exposing Jesse to the world and are excited to keep building from here. At Easy Star we take pride in breaking artists globally, whether they are from the Caribbean, the States, or Europe."

Jesse is about to tour the U.S. showcasing songs from the new album. More tour dates are already planned for early 2018 and soon to be announced. Press accolades for Lily of da Valley have been pouring in from a diversity of media outlets.





gucci-mane-and-keyshia-kaoir.jpgGucci Mane's brother wasn't invited to his wedding and neither was their mother.

On October 17, Gucci Mane finally tied the knot with his longtime girlfriend, Jamaican beauty Keyshia Ka'oir, and following the couple's highly-publicized nuptials, the headlines haven't stopped coming.

Notably, artiste Khia came forward alleging that the 32-year old Ka'oir had three children that she left behind in Jamaica to begin a new life with Gucci. Keyshia since denounced the claims on Twitter.

Now, it's Gucci Mane who is under scrutiny has his brother, Nate, has since revealed that neither he or the brothers' mother, Vicky, were invited to the wedding.

"He didn't let me go to the wedding, but I'm happy for him," Nate revealed in an interview with TMZ. "He went through hell to get to where he's at now. Me [and] my mom didn't go. We still reflected on it. That's just another chapter we have to close in our life. I'm glad he ain't in prison. He's out doing what he's doing; getting where he's trying to go."

It was just shy of a year ago that Gucci, born Radric Davis, popped the question at a Hawks game in his hometown of Atlanta. Since then, the lavish wedding has been in planning with many of the industry's top names in attendance, the people at home watching via a television broadcast, and Gucci's other brother, Duke, serving as best man.

"I feel real bad Rad didn't invite me to his wedding. I really wanted to be for him. As a brother...to support you, guide you, whatever you need me to do," Gucci's youngest brother went on to add. "For me not to be invited, I don't know how to feel."

He went on to reveal that his mother was just as hurt and confused by the lack of an invite, and used the opportunity to send a warning toward Ka'oir.

"She didn't get invited either. It's hard cause I don't know. She don't know. For her to see her kids get married. That's a dream she wanted to see come true. ...At least have your mother there. A man don't care for his mother how can he care for you?"





Vybz Kartel's appeal 'progressing well' says lawyer

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vybz-kartel-photo-11-larger.jpg"The appeal is progressing pretty well, we have seen some delays, but don't worry about that, that is on the management and administrative side, but other than that, things are progressing well," one news outlet is quoting Kartel's lawyer, Valerie Neita Roberston as saying. "We have certain things to do within a prescribed time and it will be done."

She added that the defense team is going into the trial well prepared and will be very detailed in their argument on why he was not given a fair trial.

The appeal is set to begin in February next year, and the Gaza Nation is confident that Addi will be vindicated, especially since Kartel's attorneys have expressed confidence in winning the case.

Vybz Kartel, Shawn "Storm" Campbell, Andre St John, and Kahira Jones were convicted in 2014 of the murder of their friend Clive "Lizard" Williams. All four men are currently serving life sentences for the gruesome murder where the victim's body was never found. The murder trial sparked a lot of controversies and most fans of the artists are left with an impression that he was not given a fair trial. There were issues of police intimidating witnesses and tampering with evidence, as well as, a well-publicised issue of one juror attempting to bribe the forewoman to return a not guilty verdict. That juror, Livingston Caine, is currently on trial for corruption and conspiracy and could face up to three years in prison.

If he loses the appeal, Vybz Kartel, real name Adidja Palmer, will have to serve 35 years before being eligible for parole. He already served six years.





alkaline-photo-13.jpgVendetta deejay Alkaline drop a new Chimney Records-produced single "Hard Tackle" over the weekend and as expected it is the top trending dancehall song on YouTube.

The single was released on Saturday night and at the time of this publication it reached close to 300,000 views. The bridge the gap between hardcore and conscious dancehall banger. "Ghetto youth, you haffi deh pon your guard / Worse when you make it inna the upper echelon as an underdog / Dem see your car and a wonder hard / See life a change fi you and a say you fi deh inna the morgue / The system weh we grow up inna a fraud," Alkaline deejay.

Alkaline has not released a new song in a few months, and this year he has only released a handful of new songs in comparison to previous years. Despite slowing down his new release, the Vendetta deejay has scored a hit with almost every new single he released this year and this one





usain-and-lewis.jpgThe fastest man in the world, Usain Bolt, admits to being scared and claimed he thought he was 'going to die' after Lewis Hamilton drove him around the Circuit of the Americas prior to the US Grand Prix.

The Jamaican sprinter was on hand to witness the 32-year-old cruise to victory in Austin as he closes in on a fourth world championship.

The Brit star and the eight-time Olympic champion pose for a photo in the Mercedes garage

Bolt - who waved the green flag to start the formation lap - revealed the experience of being in the Mercedes AMG roadcar was far from enjoyable.

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He said: "There's no words to describe it. The g-force on that was real. It was stressful.

"The first lap was aggressive and good and then when he took the traction control off I thought I was going to die.

"I'm stressed. I'm stressed. I need to take five. I was not ready for that. I was screaming a little bit."

While Hamilton revelled in the delight at scaring the eight-time Olympic champion, but declared in trying to frighten Bolt, he almost crashed on multiple occasions.

The Brit said: "That was probably the most fun passenger ride I've ever done. I was on the limit. We nearly crashed several times. I wasn't watching where I was going. Don't do that at home.

"It was so good. I pushed the car to the max because I wanted to scare him to death.

"He talks about being the fastest dude in the world, but I can still make him scared a little bit."





Sentence reduction day a success; 40 plead guilty

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At least 40 accused people pleaded guilty to various offences as part of the Supreme Court's Sentence Reduction Day initiative currently underway.

In the Home Circuit Court, 14 persons pleaded guilty to offences ranging from murder, wounding with intent, manslaughter and sexual intercourse with a person under 16 years old.

Up to midday in the Gun Court, eight accused persons opted to plead guilty for various offences.

Among the accused who took advantage of Sentence Reduction Day is Omar Graham, who pleaded guilty to murder and three counts of wounding with intent.

Mr. Graham is a former employee of Moncrieffe's Patio Shop in St. Andrew, who is accused of going on a murderous rampage at the workplace in March this year.

Prosecutors indicated that Mr. Graham, who was fired by the operators of the company, returned there on March 24 and attacked employees with a blunt object.

During his rampage, Barbara Moncrieffe, co-owner of the establishment, was beaten to death. Three other employees were hospitalised with serious injuries.

Another accused, Phillip Brown, the man who beat his pregnant ex-girlfriend to death inside her Crystal Towers apartment in St. Andrew last December, also pleaded guilty to murder.

Lorna Williamson, the woman accused of stealing a newborn baby at the University Hospital of the West Indies last December, has also pleaded guilty.

Ms. Williamson wiped tears from her eyes as she entered her plea.

All three accused will be sentenced on December 15.

The programme is still underway in the Gun Court.

The initiative will be made available at the St. Catherine Circuit Court on Friday.

Sentence Reduction Day provides an opportunity for accused persons to enter a guilty plea and benefit from a maximum of up to 50 per cent reduction in their sentence.





A woman and her daughter who were arrested by the police in Park Lane, St Andrew on Wednesday, have been released.

Their arrests sparked violent protests, with residents blocking the roadway, stoning cars and buses.

A Jamaica Urban Transit Company bus was badly damaged by the protesters.

The woman and her daughter are relatives of the prime suspect, now in custody, in connection with last month's murder of two teenagers - 17 year old Renaldo Byfield and 18 year old Jordan Campbell - in Comfort, Clarendon on September 8.

The teenagers, who were residents of Whitehall Avenue, had been reported missing a day earlier.

The woman and her daughter were questioned briefly by the police about the suspect, who has been listed by the police as a "violence producer".

He is also being investigated by the St Andrew South and the St Andrew Central Police in connection with several murders.





Gunmen kill two at stop-light; 2 others injured

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crime-scene-gun.jpgRampaging gunmen went left two men dead and two others wounded during an attack along the Flanker main road on Sunday night.

The deceased have been identified as 24-year-old Daniel Anglin and 20-year-old Shawn Titus; both of Flanker, St James.

Reports are that about 11:05 pm, Anglin and Titus were among four occupants of a motorcar which stopped at a stoplight along the Flankers main road, when men travelling in another motorcar opened fire on the quartet.

The four were shot and taken to hospital where Anglin and Titus were pronounced dead and the two other occupants admitted.

The Coral Gardens police are investigating.





School security guard shot dead by gunmen

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crime-scene-gun.jpgGunmen shot and killed a security guard at the Thompson Town High School in Clarendon early Monday morning.

The dead security guard has been identified as 39-year-old Alrick Carty.

A second guard who was also shot is now hospitalised.

Reports are that the guards were conducting a routine patrol of the school compound about 1:30 when they were pounced upon by two men.

The guards reportedly beckoned to the men who responded by opening gunfire.

The gunmen escaped in a waiting motor car and left behind a steel cutter.





child-porn-sentence.jpgA Jamaican man, who was held with child pornography on his cellphone earlier this year, was on Thursday sentenced to five years and eight months in a US prison.

According to testimony and evidence presented at trial, Anthony Carl Spence, 45, arrived at the Orlando International Airport from Jamaica on February 6, with a smartphone that had videos of a toddler being sexually abused and a young child engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

Reports from US media said Spence allegedly told investigators that one of the two videos found on his phone was shown to a class of Jamaican school children "in order to determine whether any of them had ever been molested".

He also claimed a girlfriend in New York sent him one of the videos and the other he had forwarded to a relative as a warning that her child "could be acting in a similar manner".

When asked about the incident involving the Jamaican school children, Spence reportedly told investigators that he was not employed by the school, but his nieces attended and he'd gotten permission from a teacher to show students one of the videos, the complaint said.

Spence, who told agents he had five daughters, allegedly admitted sending the videos to a number of friends and relatives while in Jamaica, including "women with children," court documents said.

Spence was arrested and charged in federal court with a count of possession of child pornography and was found guilty by a federal jury on July 26.





ramdial-son-suv.jpgBusinessman Dennis Ramdial was on Monday afternoon shot dead outside his business place on Beechwod Avenue, St Andrew, just three months after his son, Richard, was murdered in a sports utility vehicle along Ruthven Road.

Head of the Jamaica Constabulary Force's Corporate Communications Unit Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay says Dennis Ramdial was standing outside his business place when gunshots were heard.

She said it was later found that the businessman was shot.

He was rushed to hospital where he died.

On July 13, Ramdial's son, was shot more than a dozen times as he sat in his Mercedes Benz sport utility vehicle in rush hour traffic along Ruthven Road.

Police suspected that Ramdial was the victim of a contract killing and were said to be following several leads into the brazen murder which had sent shockwaves across the Corporate Area.





New comedy series premieres October 30

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There's a new girl in town, and she's looking to join the ranks of Issa, Mary Jane, Annalise, and Olivia Pope. Rhonda Mitchell M.D. is a new comedy web series that brings non-stop laughter, drama, smart writing and a diverse cast. Rhonda Mitchell M.D., a comedic medical themed drama, was filmed exclusively in Harlem, New York and directed by Roderick Giles ("Gully," "The Date," "FWord"). The series boasts a super talented ensemble cast including, Jowanda Durham ("Fists of Love," "Miss Bomba Claudie Show") in the title role; Malachi Rivers ("Ferguson," "Lips"); Mugga ("Precious," "Orange is the New Black," "Power"); Robert Starks ("The Haves and Have Nots"); Ruth Maria Flores ("I Am My Sister's Keeper," "Fever Divas"); Vanessa Fant ("Miss Bomba Claudie Show") and Mike Troy Smith ("Chappelle's Show," "Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam"). Rhonda Mitchell M.D. was created by Carolyn Pierre-Outlar, executive produced by James McKnight and Vanessa McKnight and produced by Jerome Outlar.

This new web series recently held its world premiere during the American Black Film Festival in Miami and received positive reviews and fans of the show eagerly anticipate the full season set to drop Monday, October 30th.

"My goal in writing this project was to show a professional, black woman and other medical professionals from a different perspective" says creator Carolyn Pierre-Outlar. "I'd love to see Rhonda reach a broad audience. I think she's a very relatable character and I hope viewers enjoy watching her as much as I enjoyed writing her character." Carolyn is also currently a practicing medical professional. "It's not everyday that you hear about a black, female, medical provider writing her own series" says Carolyn.

There will be a special screening of Rhonda Mitchell M.D. right in the heart of Harlem Wednesday, October 25th from 6:30pm - 8pm at Sexy Taco. To attend this event please RSVP: rsvp@thejdotagency.com

Be sure to check out the Rhonda Mitchell M.D. trailer and tune in Monday, October 30th for all six episodes.





Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia Grange announced that Fort Rocky in Port Royal is Jamaica's first designated entertainment zone.

Grange, in a press release, said that the National Environment and Planning Agency and the Town and Country Planning Authority had endorsed the ministry's declaration that Fort Rocky would be the island's first such zone.

According to Grange, entertainment zones represent promising economic opportunities through public/private sector partnerships and called on the private sector to take a good look at the opportunities on offer.

While providing an avenue for more opportunities for people in the entertainment business, the zones which are typically located far away from residential areas also neutralise the problem of noise nuisance for citizens, the ministry stated, adding that two other entertainment zones currently on stream will be located outside of the Corporate Area.

Entertainment zones are areas in which any legal entertainment and sports activities can be staged any time of day or night unhindered as long as the organisers are mindful of the historical values of such sites, the ministry said in the release.





Dub poet Yasus Afari seemed to have been sitting on his ears in Gordon House Thursday afternoon. He point blank refused to stand during the opening proceedings during sittings of the Houses of Parliament and not even when he was threatened with being thrown out of Gordon House did he budge.

Yasus and a group of Rastafarians arrived in Gordon House and sat in the gallery, however, he remained seated as the mace was brought into the chamber and prayers said.

According to reports, House speaker Pearnel Charles halted the proceedings to tell all persons seated in the gallery that they were supposed to stand or they would be removed from the House. However, it fell on deaf ears as the outspoken poet seemed to have been sitting on his ears.

The Rastafarian community is paying keen attention to the debate on the bill 'National Heroes and Other Freedom Fighters (Absolution from Criminal Liability in Respect of Specified Events)'.





Although there is no specific hashtag, it could very well be called #SupportNinjaman, becauce many artistes have taken to social media to wish the Don Gorgon well. He is being hailed for his contribution to dancehall music, and both Razor and D'Angel have asked for prayers for the entertainer as he prepares for a tough period in his life.

In his Instagram post yesterday, Razor B said that he knows Ninja Man has been waiting on the day his trial would begin for a long time as he wants the opportunity to prove his innocence and encouraged the artiste to remember that God is in control.

In a Star interview, D'Angel, she said that she decided to lend her support publicly so the entertainer, who has been like a mentor to her and countless other artistes, can see that he is not alone.

"I've known Ninja Man for a long time as an artiste and he has become a mentor and a friend. He's always there to give good advice and he's a really good person at heart. He's one of the best persons that I've met in the industry," she said. "You want to show people respect and love while you can, and so publicly I wanted to let Ninja Man know that we are here for him, we are rooting for him and he's not in this alone."

Fellow entertainer Pamputtae shared similar sentiments.

"Me affi be one a dem (that shows support) because Ninja Man a man weh bring me go studio and make me nyam food and dem ting deh, so mi affi put in my prayer. A mi godfather dat, him real to me so me just a hope and pray fi everything go good," she said.

Keiva, who in the past couple of months has been seen on social media hanging out with the deejay, described Ninja Man as her second dad.

"Ninja Man means a lot to me, me have crazy love fi him, crazy respect fi him," she said pointing out that the entertainer has made a lot of changes in his life. "Ninja, me love yuh and me a support you 100 per cent. Me see di changes and is like is a whole different Ninja, always helping out people, good heart, the positivity. Me have yuh back because me know if a me did inna di situation, yuh woulda deh deh di minute me call."

A seven-member jury has been selected and prosecutors briefed on the allegations against the entertainer and his co-accused as the long-awaited trial for the entertainer began.





ST JOHN'S, Antigua (CMC) -- A magistrate court has ordered the deportation of a 33-year-old Jamaican national, who has been described as one of that country's 10 most wanted criminals.

Jermaine Gordon, who is wanted on murder and other related charges in Jamaica, appeared before Chief Magistrate Joanne Walsh on Tuesday, after he was captured by police here last Friday. The court ordered that he leaves Antigua on Thursday.

Observer Radio quoted the police as saying that Gordon had admitted entering the island by boat illegally and had been residing in Antigua for some years.

Gordon is facing at least two murder charges in Jamaica.





Regional Director of the Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA) Michael Bent is encouraging Jamaicans to treat mental health illnesses with the same regard and seriousness as physical illnesses.

Bent made the call on World Mental Health Day, celebrated on October 10, as he addressed a Mental Health Forum at the Ridgemount United Church Hall in Manchester.

"So often we have persons seeing mental health illness as something I should disassociate myself from. I have looked at situations where I have seen persons in families and workplaces show a different level of care and support to those with mental health illnesses as opposed to those with physical illnesses. I am going to urge persons to treat mental health illness with the same importance as physical illness" Mr. Bent said.

"It is important that we seek to find an environment in the workplaces where we can promote good mental health. I am challenging all persons to identify with one of the objectives of this Forum, which is aiming to spread the understanding of employment practices that support good mental health" Mr. Bent continued.

Bent reasoned that if persons in society, including family members and colleagues take a different approach to persons suffering from mental health issues, sometimes the result and severity of the illness can be different. He challenged the audience to take a keener interest in mental health, not only during its commemoration in October, but throughout the year.

Acting Parish Manager for the Manchester Health Services, Sandia Chambers Ferguson noted that the lack of support for persons with mental health disorders, coupled with the fear of stigma, prevent many persons from accessing treatment to live healthy and productive lives.

She added that she believes that there is an urgent need to not only restore but maintain dignity in mental health. This, she added requires a multi-faceted approach, which will only be achieved by: increasing awareness, empowering employees to manage persons with mental health challenges, strengthening the capacity of the country's mental health teams to manage persons diagnosed with mental health illnesses and empowering mental health staff to manage their own personal challenges that impact their health.

The Forum, which targeted employers and employees, provided information on relaxation techniques, making the workplace therapeutic, creating a mentally healthy work environment and physical therapy for persons with psycho-social disabilities.





Garvey bust at UWI drenched with paint

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garvey-bust-defaced.jpgThe day after the country celebrated National Heroes' Day, vandals defaced the bust on national hero Marcus Garvey bust at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona.

A picture was circulated on Twitter showing the bust looking as if paint had been poured on it, with feathers stuck to it, accompanied by a cardboard "notice", dated October 17, stating: "take down this fake statue".

The current bust was installed on August 27 to replace a previous bust of the hero, following outcry from various sections of the society, including members of the Rastafarian movement, arguing that the statue was not a true depiction of Garvey.

Sculptor Raymond Watson created both busts.





guns.jpgThe police have revealed that the 19 illegal firearms that were found yesterday at the Kingston Freeport Terminal in Newport West arrived at the facility in a shipment from United States of America.

The firearms, seized by detectives assigned to the Narcotics Division along with the Jamaica Customs Agency, the Contraband Enforcement Team (CET), are:

• Six rifles

• One Intratec Submachine gun

• Six Glock pistol

• Two Taurus 9mm pistol

• One smith and Wesson 9mm pistol

• One Guger pistol

• One Heckle & Koch pistol

• One Cobray pistol and hundreds rounds of assorted ammunition.

The firearms and a large quantity of assorted rounds of ammunition were reportedly found in a freezer unit of the container between the hours of 4:30 pm and 5:30 pm.

No one was taken into custody in connection to the seizure.





ganja-image-5.jpgThe police arrested a 22-year-old Haitian after he attempted to smuggle 1600 pounds of ganja with an estimated street value of over J$6.5 million. He has been identified as Love Darlen's Felix otherwise called 'Odian Powell'.

The Haitian was charged with possession of ganja, dealing in ganja, taking steps preparatory to export ganja and illegal entry into Jamaica.

Reports are that the accused was taken into custody during an anti-narcotics operation along the Hellshire coast-line, vicinity of the old Shrimp Factory, in St Catherine. Thirty-five knitted bags and two buckets were found containing the compressed ganja.

Police report that a Haitian passport in the name of Love Darlen's Felix was found in a bucket amongst the drugs and prior to the find the accused gave his name as Odian Powell.

The police added that further investigation revealed that the accused didn't arrive in Jamaica through a legitimate port of entry and was in the process of going back to Haiti with the drug.

He was brought before the court and was remanded until Tuesday, November 21.

Police continue to investigate the matter.





Usain Bolt is 23rd on Forbes athletes Rich List

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Track and field superstar Usain Bolt, despite retiring from the sport in August, has been listed on the Forbes' Rich List as the 23rd highest earning athlete in the world.

The earnings which span June 1, 2016 through June 1, 2017, include salaries, bonuses, prize money, endorsements, licensing and appearance fees.

The figures are calculated before taxes and fees are taken into account, with Forbes estimating the total worth.

Bolt who took bronze in his final 100 meters at the IAAF World Championships in London, pocketed $34.2 million of which $2.2 million was earned on the track and $32 million in endorsements. His biggest deal is with Puma, which pays him more than $10 million annually. He also added Mumm, XM, Kinder, Advil and Sprint to his endorsement portfolio over the last 12 months and is an investor and performer in the new annual Nitro Athletics track and field series that launched in 2017.

Top spot is held by Portugal and Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo who earned $95 million. The accolade capped a great year for the 32-year-old, who also picked up a Champions League winner's medal and Best Fifa Men's Player honours.

Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James ($86.2m) is second with Barcelona maestro Lionel Messi ($80m) in third.

Tennis great Roger Federer ($64m) and NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant ($60.6m) round of the top 5.

Rounding out the top 10 are Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck ($50m), golfer Rory McIlroy ($50m), Golden State Warriors sharp shooter Stephen Curry ($47.3m), Houston Rockets point guard James Harden ($46.6m) and Mercedes driver and Formula One championship leader Lewis Hamilton ($46m).

Serena Williams is the highest ranked female athlete at joints 51st with earnings of $27 million.





Catholic church set on fire again

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The Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church on Old Hope Road in St Andrew was again set on fire late Wednesday night causing "severe damage" to the interior of structure.

The church today said on social media that an intruder entered the building and vandalised it. Selected sections of the interior, including the pulpit, were set on fire, the Facebook post said.

"Security personnel, employed by the church, extinguished the fire and the police were summoned", it continued.

This attack is the second in just over a month.

The September 17 blaze, which police believed to have been the work of arsonists, was put out by fire-fighters from the Half-Way-Tree Fire Department.

The damage during that incident was estimated at three million dollars.





Clarendon wanted women held by police in Kingston

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Two Clarendon women who are wanted for murder were reportedly picked up by the police in a community along Re Hills Road, in St Andrew on Thursday.

Unconfirmed reports are that the women were staying near to the Hundred Lane section of Red Hills Road, when the police launched an intensive search in the area. However, residents made the job of the officers much more difficult as they protested and even allegedly stone the buses.





vybz-kartel-photo-11-larger.jpgVybz Kartel's hit single "Mhm Hm", the hottest track in Dancehall, will have its very own video soon.

The single has a total of three Million views in less than a month and according to the Kartel's team an epic music video is already in the works.

"We are shooting that video now so you can expect it late October," sources close to the Gaza deejay revealed.

"The video will be fun just like the single is fun and catchy. Right now 'Mhm Hm' is the most requested song in parties and on radios. You can say that this will be the biggest dancehall song of the year. No other have a song that gain so much traction so fast this year."





Judge order Ninjaman's murder trial to start now

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ninja-man-image-2.jpgThe murder trial of popular entertainer Ninja Man, whose given name is Desmond Ballentyne, is set to start now.

The order was made by High Court judge, Justice Martin Gayle, today (Mon) following an application by the entertainer's attorney Valerie Neita-Robertson for a stay of proceedings in the eight-year-old case for abuse of process. There have been 17 trial dates and 23 mention dates in the case.

Jury selection was set to begin at 2 o'clock.

Ninja Man was arrested and placed before the court in 2009 along with his son Janeil and another man, Dennis Clayton, for the fatal shooting of Ricardo Johnson that same year.

However, in her application for the case to be stopped, Neita-Robertson said in the eight years since Ninja Man's first court appearance, one prosecution witness has died and two alibi witnesses for the entertainer have migrated and cannot be located.

"The delay has created a situation that is prejudicial to the accused persons, hence the accused will be deprived of being able to put forward their defence in a coherent manner," Neita-Robertson argued.

"The circumstances that exist today would not afford the accused to have a fair trial," she continued.

However, lead prosecutor Kathy Pyke, in her response, said the attorneys for the three accused have "not established, on a balance of probability, that their clients will be prejudiced".

Pyke said the issues raised by the defence can be addressed during the trial.





leroy-gibbons.jpgPolice are investigating the circumstances under which Reggae artiste Leroy Gibbons was shot and wounded by gunmen on Port Henderson Road popularly called back road in Portmore St Catherine this morning.

Gibbons who underwent a surgery is recuperating in hospital.

Superintendent in charge of Operations for the St Catherine South Division Leighton Grey says the incident took place at about 7:15 am.

He explains that preliminary reports indicate that Gibbons was not the target, but a man with whom he was walking.

Superintendent Grey says an interview was conducted with the man suspected to be the target of the gunmen.

He says the police are conducting operations in the area.

In the meantime, close friend of Mr Gibbons, Entertainer Peter Metro says Gibbons was at the wrong place at the wrong time.

He explains that Gibbons was walking with the man and discussing music.

He says after speaking with Gibbons, doctors took him to conduct a second operation.





Usain's girl Kasi confirms boob job

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kasi-bennett-and-usain-bolt.jpgKasi Bennett the longtime girlfriend of Jamaican sprint legend, Usain Bolt, confirmed that she got breast implants. However, from as far back a February, there has been talk that the girlfriend of the sprint legend had gone under the knife.

"Oh wow she got a new pair too," one user commented on a photo of Bennett, who later responded saying, "Yup lol. Been a while hun," Kasi.





US university offering degree in marijuana

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ganja-image-3.jpgA university in Michigan is offering an unusual degree -- in marijuana.

Northern Michigan University in Marquette began its medical plant chemistry program this semester, with about a dozen students in the first class, the Detroit Free Press reported. The programme combines chemistry, biology, botany, horticulture, marketing and finance.

It's an unusual programme. Other universities offer classes on marijuana policy and law. And places such as Oaksterdam University, Cannabis College, and Humboldt Cannabis College, all in California; and THC University, the Grow School and Clover Leaf University in Denver offer certificates in a variety of disciplines. But Northern Michigan's programme is unique because the university is offering a four-year degree addressing the science and business behind growing marijuana.

"When they hear what my major is, there are a lot of people who say, 'Wow, cool dude. You're going to get a degree growing marijuana,'" said Alex Roth, a sophomore in the programme. "But it's not an easy degree at all."

Brandon Canfield, an associate chemistry professor at Northern Michigan, said students don't grow marijuana plants in the programme, but instead look to other plants that are traditionally recognised with medicinal value but aren't illegal to grow. Students learn how to measure and extract the compounds in the plants that can be used for medicinal purposes, then transfer that knowledge to marijuana, which has been used to treat a variety of illnesses, including chronic pain, nausea, seizures and glaucoma.

Canfield said he got the idea while attending the American Chemical Society's annual meeting in San Diego last year.

"It was my off day and I saw there was a cannabis chemistry group that was putting on a whole series of talks," he said. "I heard all about the need for analytical chemists and all sorts of interesting talks. That was the initial spark."

University officials say the programme fills a need because 29 states have legalised medical marijuana, including eight states where marijuana is also legal for recreational use. Source: (AP)





ganja-image-5.jpgAnother large Georgia city could cut penalties for possessing small amounts of marijuana.

Savannah Alderman Van Johnson announced Monday that he wants to reduce the maximum city fine for possessing an ounce or less of marijuana from $1,000 to $150. He also wants to eliminate jail time, with police instead just writing tickets for violations.

Johnson says he's seeking input on his proposal, with plans to present it to the Savannah City Council within 45 days.

Johnson says marijuana would still be illegal, but says he wants to spare people from arrest records and keep marijuana cases from clogging courts. He proposes using 20 percent of fine money to subsidise drug treatment.

Atlanta recently cut its fine for possessing an ounce or less of pot to a maximum of US$75. Source: (AP)





shane-alexis.jpgThe People's National Party says it has taken note of a press release issued by Young Jamaica, the youth arm of the Jamaica Labour Party, contents of which have been published in the media.

The Party issued a statement stating that contrary to the assertions made in the press release, Dr. Shane Alexis was not granted a scholarship through the Jamaica/Cuban programme which over many years has afforded Jamaicans the opportunity to study in the neighbouring country free of cost.

TherRelease said Dr. Alexis studied at his family's expense and to his credit has spent all of his professional years serving the Jamaican people in the public health system.

Dr Alexis has instructed his attorneys to pursue legal redress in this matter, as he and his family have been hurt by the false and defamatory charges contained in the press release.





tremayne-brown.jpgTremayne Brown, the rescuer of a drowning boy in Trench Town, Kingston, received the Badge of Honour for Gallantry at King's House in St Andrew today.

Twenty-four-year-old Brown was hailed as a hero by residents of Trench Town and Arnett Gardens following his valiant rescue of 12-year-old Renaldo Reynolds who was swept away in a gully on Collie Smith Drive on September 8.

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Last month, Culture Minister Olivia Grange disclosed that Prime Minister Andrew Holness suggested that Brown be given a national award for risking his own life to save 12-year-old Renaldo Reynolds, a student of Jones Town Primary.

In a JIS interview Brown, who a few months before his valiant effort was deported from England, said his life had changed a lot since the day of the rescue and opted to thank Jamaicans for being so welcoming of him.





A passenger on a public bus is being hailed as a Heroes Day hero when he used his licensed firearm to kill one of two thieves trying to rob a passenger bus on Monday, National Heroes Day.

The police say a .38 Smith and Wesson revolver with five rounds of ammunition was taken from the dead thief.

Reports are that the bus was travelling along Spanish Town Road around 5:45 Monday morning when the two men attempted to rob passengers.

The driver and another man were shot during the robbery.

The license firearm holder reportedly intervened and shot one of the men.

The injured persons were taken to hospital where the gunman was pronounced dead.





noahwa-powa.jpgFoota Hype is exposing US-based disc jock, internet sensation Noah Powa.

The Dancehall selector-turn-producer took to social media on Wednesday night to upload a video of Noah twerking on his head top.

The leak was a response to a skit done by Noah Powa and Jamaican comedian Jaiifrais earlier this week, which trolled Foota's recent video which showed him on a red Ferrari.

Meanwhile Bounty Killer called Foota and Matterhorn battyman and then the duo unleashed on Killer reminding him of his homo son and the fact that he stressed out Miss Ivy and that led to her death. In raw, gutter style on social media, the separately styled Killer in the worse way.

What a MESS!!!!!!!!





Suspense and fiancee accept the Lord; get baptised

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suspecse-baptised.jpg"One week since me an my fiance got the 'For Sale' sign that Satan placed on our head removed by Jesus. Jesus redeemed us. Thank you Lord," fast-rising Dancehall artiste Shanekia Morrison, aka Suspense informed her followers on social media.

The 2017 Magnum Queen of Dancehall winner, got baptized with her fiancé at the Celebration Church in Portmore, Saint Catherine on Sunday, October 1.

Suspense says she will be continuing her music journey but will be changing her message to reflect the new changes in her life.

"I will be deejaying for Jesus. I will not be doing any explicit or derogatory music but I will be doing dancehall/reggae gospel," she said.

Suspense has since turned down several secular events.





patrick-powell-mais-killer-free.jpgBusinessman Patrick Powell has been ordered to pay the family of slain Kingston College student Khajeel Mais just over 2 million dollars.

The order was made in the Supreme Court yesterday by Justice Stephanie Jackson Haisley in a wrongful death lawsuit filed against the businessman by the parents of the 17-year-old.

Jackson Haisley ordered that Powell pay the estate of Khajeel Mais special damages of 1.7 million dollars with interest of three per cent from July 1, 2011, the same day he was killed.

Powell has also been ordered to pay 206,788 dollars in special damages with three per cent interest from February last year.

The award comes 20 months after the case ended with a default judgement.

Powell did not contest the suit.

He is serving a nine-month sentence for failing to turn over his licensed firearm and ammunition to police investigators probing Mais death.

Khajeel Mais was shot and killed while traveling in a taxi in Havendale, St Andrew.

In the lawsuit, Noel and Allana Mais contended that their son was lawfully travelling in a taxi when Powell pulled alongside the vehicle.

They claimed that the businessman negligently and without cause discharged his firearm and shot their son who later succumbed to his injuries.

According to Noel and Allana Mais, the businessman failed to carry out any or sufficient enquiries before resorting to the use of lethal force in firing on their son, who was unarmed and posed no threat to him.





guns-found-at-newport-west.jpgThe Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch (C-TOC) is searching for a St. Andrew woman for questioning in connection with Sunday's arms and ammunition find at a warehouse at Newport West in Kingston.

The shipment of guns and ammunition, which was concealed as food items, was addressed to the individual.

Six guns and more than 500 rounds of ammunition were seized by the Customs Enforcement Team.

Shortly after midday, four hand guns, two M-16 rifles and 507 assorted rounds of ammunition were found in a barrel.

It was shipped from the United States and destined for an address in Kingston 11.





PNP says candidate Shane Alexis is legal

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shane-alexis.jpgThe People's National Party has accused the ruling Jamaica Labour Party of using scare-mongering tactics, following the JLP's revelation that PNP candidate for South East St Mary in the upcoming by-election, Dr Shane Alexis, is a Canadian citizen.

In a news release, the PNP noted that the Jamaican Constitution is clear that persons born in Commonwealth countries are eligible to sit in the Houses of Parliament, and slammed JLP Member of Parliament and Minister of Finance, Audley Shaw, over what it said was Shaw's suggestion that Alexis was not properly nominated.

"Shaw's scare mongering is despicable and can only be viewed as a desperate attempt to distract the voters of South East St Mary," the PNP said.

"Mr Shaw knows very well that there are members of his own Party currently seated in the Houses of Parliament, who also hold Commonwealth citizenship. He should also be aware that former JLP leader and former Prime Minister, the Most Hon Edward Seaga was not born in Jamaica," the party said.

The PNP explained that Alexis was born in Canada, but came home to Jamaica as a young child, and attended Sts. Peter and Paul Preparatory School and Campion College in Jamaica.

He completed his undergraduate education in Jamaica and thereafter received a scholarship to study medicine in Cuba, the party said, noting that after completing his medical training, Dr Alexis returned to Jamaica and worked in several public medical institutions, including doing training and working at the Kingston Public Hospital, Bustamante Hospital for Children and the Annotto Bay Hospital.

In addition, Alexis has served as president of the Jamaica Medical Doctors' Association, and was appointed to the board of the National Health Fund (NHF) by the present JLP administration, noted the PNP.

"Having lived the majority of his life in Jamaica, Dr Alexis is committed to service and the country's development," the party said.





Top gangster killed by cops; Glock seized

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gunman-killed.jpgThe police say a gunman linked to a gang in Old Harbour was killed during a confrontation with them last night.

The dead man has been identified as Paul J. Lewis.

Police reports are that Lewis fired shots at them, they responded with gunfire hitting Lewis who later died.

They say a Glock 40 pistol with 12 rounds was seized.

The police say Lewis was a member of the G-City gang that was circulating voice notes with death threats against the police after their leader was fatally shot.





Big bad USA eliminated from World Cup!

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The United States have been eliminated from World Cup contention, a shocking loss to Trinidad and Tobago ending the Americans' streak of seven straight appearances at football's showcase.

Twenty-eight years after a stunning victory at Trinidad put the Americans back in the World Cup after a four-decade absence, their chances for next year's tournament in Russia ended on this island nation off the coast of Venezuela.

Trinidad and Tobago scored a pair of first-half goals, and the United States were eliminated with a 2-1 defeat Tuesday night -- the first time missing the World Cup since 1986.

The U.S. entered their final qualifier with a berth uncertain for the first time since 1989. Home losses to Mexico last November and Costa Rica left the Americans little margin for error.

The 28th-ranked Americans needed merely a tie against 99th-ranked Trinidad, who their sixth straight qualifier last week. But the defeat -- coupled with Honduras' come-from-behind 3-2 win over Mexico and Panama's 2-1 victory over Costa Rica on Ramon Torres' 88th-minute goal -- dropped the Americans from third place into fifth in the six-nation final round of the North and Central American and Caribbean region.





bail.jpgThe police say that six inmates escaped from the Linstead Police Lock-up on Wednesday morning.

Reports are that about 9:30 am, police at the facility went to make checks and discovered that several of the inmates were missing.

The escapees on the run are:

- Shane Wellington, 25-year-old of Cassava Pond, Ewarton, St Catherine, charged with murder and frequents Ewarton and Breadnut Hill in St Ann.

- Ezroy Cohen, 28-year-old of Banbury, Linstead. He was charged for burglary and rape.

- Damion Daley, 24-year-old of Banbury, Linstead. He was charged for arson.

- Daniel James, 22-year-old of Troja, St Catherine. He was charged for rape.

- Anthony Jarrett, 29-year-old of Mountain Pass, Linstead and Church Pen, Old Harbour both in St Catherine. He was charged for murder.

The sixth inmate who escaped custody, Alwayne Shakespear, was recaptured in the Linstead Market later in the day.

The Police are asking these men to turn themselves in or anyone with information as to their whereabouts to call the Linstead Police 985-2285, Police 119 Emergency Number or the nearest Police Station.





The Jamaica Evangelical Alliance (JEA) is seeking to distance itself from an upcoming conference examining the church and anti-sodomy laws across the Commonwealth.

The conference, dubbed Intimate Convictions, is to be held tomorrow and Friday at the University of the West Indies Regional headquarters.

A flyer advertising the conference says distinguished speakers from the Anglican, Adventist, Baptist, Roman Catholic Evangelical and United Churches would be making presentations.

However, in a release the JEA says it deems this conference as another attempt by the homosexual community to advance the homosexual agenda and to undermine the stance of the church against the normalisation of homosexuality.

The JEA says it categorically denies that any of its member denominations, organisations or individuals are presenters at or supporters of the upcoming conference.

The group says the Jamaican church stands united on the matters of buggery and homosexuality.

It has declared that it can, without fear of contradiction, say all denominations and umbrella groups affirm the biblical stance that the practice of homosexuality and buggery are sinful and inappropriate behaviours.

The JEA says it's time to make clear that the declarations of personal opinions by certain persons from the church be differentiated from the stance of the Jamaican Church as a whole.

Meanwhile, the church group is advising the homosexual community to repent and be baptised and seek trained professional counselling to address their sexual and relationship addictions.





Bronx rapper Cardi B gave Dancehall artist Spice a huge compliment on Friday at the 2017 BET Hip Hop Awards and Spice was sooo shook that she cried. Real tear...not the fake vriety..

After winning three awards for Single Of the Year, Best New Hip Hop Artist and Hustler of the Year, the "Bodak Yellow" rapper had a conversation with the "Needle Eye" deejay in which Cardi shared that she's inspired by Spice and a big fan of her music.

"You don't really understand, like you really inspire me," the 24-year-old told Spice. "I use to wear a Cardi chain just like you, i go way back i'm not like these new ones," Cardi added before starting to rap a line from one of Spice's throwback singles "Rude Boy Love".

On Saturday Spice shared the video and had this to say;

"Ran into [Cardi B] after she won 3 awards and tear down BET stage and she brought tears to my eyes last night," Spice wrote. "Here I am saying that I'm so proud of her, how much I admire her journey and that she inspires me so much and here she is saying I'm her inspiration and she's my biggest fan."

"Now listen to me cause this is so deep y'all don't even understand. Most of you don't even know this song that she's talking about "Rude boy love" I didn't even remember this song my dam self so I know she's not bluffing cause this song go wayyyyyy back."





November 29 date for MOBO Awards

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Who will walk away with this year's MOBO Award for top reggae entertainer?

Last year, the list of reggae nominees sparked controversy after reggae entertainer Protoje questioned the pooling of dancehall and reggae acts, citing that it wasn't fair to the dancehall or reggae acts nominated.

The coveted best reggae entertainer title was snagged last year by PopCaan ahead of roots singer Protoje, dancehall deejays Spice and Alkaline and singjay Kranium.

The 22nd annual MOBO Awards is returning to Leeds for its celebration of the best in urban music. The prestigious awards show will take place on Wednesday, November 29.

The 2017 nominees are yet to be announced.





Celeb moms for empowerment concert in Brooklyn

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Music lovers in Brooklyn, New York are in for a treat on Saturday October 29th when a Caribbean celebrity mom stages an empowerment concert to bring focus to domestic violence awareness. The event is being called 'Repairing The Bridge' and the featured artists include R & B and gospel music icon Melba Moore alongside soca's biggest legend The Mighty Sparrow plus reggae star Rayvon.

The event is being hosted by singer and philanthropist Carol Maraj, mother of hip hop superstar Nicki Minaj, through Carol's foundation, the Carol Minaj Foundation.

Sensational songbird and R & B icon Melba Moore has been a huge all-time favorite for New Yorkers and a staple on classic soul radio stations nationally. She comes from a talented musical family and is an award winning actress. Known for her Broadway, contemporary soul/R&B, pop rock, jazz and gospel songs, Moore's versatility can be heard on smash singles You Stepped Into My Life, Pick me Up I'll Dance, Love The One I'm With and A Little Bit More. She will be sure to have patrons grooving while thinking about love, instead of abusing their partners.

The Mighty Sparrow is the unrivaled king of Calypso and he has enjoyed a dazzling career that spans over 40 years of recording smash records and thrilling performances. This legend is in a class by himself. He will use his musical arsenal to get the crowd fired up as he unleashes crowd favorites like Congo Man, Mr Walker, Saltfish, Big Bambo and Obeah Wedding.

Brooklyn based reggae crooner Rayon may be best known for his string of successful combination songs - Angel, In The Summertime & Big Up that were recorded with 'Mr Boombastic' Shaggy but as a solo artist he is just as potent having stuck good musical notes with hit singles One N Only, Games We Play, My Bad, 2-Way and his social commentary piece titled no Guns No Murder.

Among the other acts booked to perform on the concert which takes place at Roulette Intermedium, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn are soca star Lyrical, one of the most sought after artists of our generation; Singing Francine and DJ Platinum Sound. There will also be a special presentation which organizers are not revealing just yet. The only clue is, "it's not to be missed!"

Carol is passionate about the issue of domestic violence because she is a survivor; now devoted to the life of advocacy on behalf of victims of domestic abuse everywhere. This unfortunate situation has molded her into the strong, powerful woman she is today.





$24 million worth of cocaine found at Port

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jamaica-cocaine-seized.jpgCocaine valuing more than $24 million was seized at the Port of Kingston on Friday, but no arrest has been made in conjunction with the find.

The drug was seized by members of the Jamaica Customs Contraband Enforcement Team (CET) and officers from the Jamaica Constabulary Force, Narcotics Division

According to Jamaica Customs, the team, while conducting routine operations, was alerted to a container that arose their suspicion. A further examination of the container led to the discovery of 15 rectangular packages with white powdery substance, which is believed to be cocaine.

The matter is currently being investigated by the Border Protection Division of the Jamaica Customs Agency and the Narcotics Division.





The police are warning motorists to desist from driving through the cane field along the Mandela Highway.

The Police, speaking via Twitter this morning, said motorists have been using the cane field to avoid traffic along the major thoroughfare.

They say drivers oftentimes get stuck while using the area and then turn to the police for assistance.

But, the police say they are not in a position to help.

They argued that given limited resources the police are unable to assist motorists who use the route illegally.

The police are urging motorists to use the main thoroughfare at all times.





Three men, including a Haitian, are now in police custody following the seizure of over 1,600 pounds of ganja, valued at $6.5 million in Hellshire, St Catherine, on Sunday.

According to law enforcement sources, the ganja was found by detectives from the Police Narcotics Division in 35 knitted bags and two plastic buckets.

The find was made along a section of the Hellshire coastline.

Investigators are now conducting secondary operations at addresses linked to the three men.

The Immigration status of the Haitian national is also being investigated.





Police are investigating a possible case of arson in Bobo Hill in St Andrew on fire Friday morning after several buildings were set ablaze, allegedly by a man who accused the Rastafarians on the Hill of killing his animal.

According to residents were meeting at a property when a man armed with a gun entered and accused them of killing his goat.Firefighters had to carry out cooling down operations in Bobo Hill, Bull Bay, St. Andrew after a man set several buildings .

"He then came into the camp, set our guard house on fire (and) our government buildings which includes office and conference centre doubling up as tabernacle while our tabernacle is being built," she said.

The man also set the houses of two priests on fire.

The police are investigating the incident.





The Grade 10 male student, who fatally stabbed another at the Edith Dalton James High school in Duhaney Park, St Andrew on Thursday has been charged with murder.

Police report that the student, who is from a St Andrew address was slapped with the charge on Saturday. The name of the student has been withheld because he is a minor.

Reports are that at about 11:30 am, the two grade 10 boys had a physical altercation. During the melee, one student pulled a sharp instrument and stabbed the other grade 10 student identified as Clive Matherson.

"One student was walking past and bounce off the other student watch; the (owner of the watch) told the other student to pick up the watch and an argument developed," one alleged eyewitness said.

The watch owner, Matherson was reportedly stabbed by the other student. The injured teenager was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The incident has left students and teachers in shock.





lisa-hanna-photo-4.jpgOpposition Spokesman on Foreign Affairs Lisa Hanna has apologised for the blunder which resulted in her wrongly expressing condolences for the death of St Lucia's Ambassador to the Organisation of American States, Anton Edmunds.

Hanna had issued a release yesterday expressing regret at the unfortunate demise of the St Lucian diplomat, whom she claimed, was a victim of the Las Vegas mass shooting on Sunday.

However, it was later revealed that the information was false.

This prompted Minister of Foreign Affairs, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, to issue a release urging Hanna to exercise restraint and sensitivity when dealing with diplomatic issues.

Hanna, who was recently appointed the spokesman on foreign affairs, said the release with unverified information was inadvertently sent from her office.





A Grade 10 male student was fatally stabbed by another at the Edith Dalton James High School in Duhaney Park, St Andrew on Thursday morning.

Reports are that at about 11:30 am, the two grade 10 boys had a physical altercation. During the altercation, one student allegedly pulled a sharp instrument and stabbed the other student.

"One student was walking past and bounce off the other student watch; the (owner of the watch) told the other student to pick up the watch and an argument developed," one alleged eyewitness said.

The watch owner was then reportedly stabbed by the other student. He was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The incident has left students and teachers in shock.





andrew-holness-photo-5.jpgA video showing 10 St Catherine students participating in a sex challenge sweeping social media surfaced earlier this week and has been widely circulated, triggering outrage among many Jamaicans appalled at the lewdness of the minors. They were caught on video in their school uniform participating in a rather disturbing social media game.

The students were given a five-day suspension after school officials saw the video on Monday.

St Catherine High, a school which was attended by both Prime Minister Andrew Holness and his wife, Member of Parliament Juliet Holness, has faced flak since the emergence of the vulgar video.





lisa-hanna-photo-5.jpgOpposition spokesperson on foreign affairs, Lisa Hanna was left with egg on her face after a release she issued mourning the death of a St Lucian diplomat in the Las Vegas massacre turned out to be erroneous.

The statement attributed to Hanna was issued yesterday afternoon by the Opposition People's National Party (PNP) hours after St Lucia's Ambassador to the Organisation of American States Anton Edmunds rubbished the fake news in a post on his Facebook page.

Edmunds made the post at 10:52 pm Tuesday in response to news on social media that he was among the fatalities in Sunday's massacre in Las Vegas when a gunman fired on patrons at a concert, killing 58 people and himself in what is now acknowledged as the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.

"So, before anyone continues to believe the false narrative that I was part of the death toll in Vegas, I was not there. I am fine, and the victims of this and other tragedies need our thoughts, prayers and support," Ambassador Edmunds wrote.

"The writers of the false narrative need to be flogged for screwing around with my family and friends," he added.

In her release, Hanna said she was "saddened by the tragic death" of Edmunds "and the other victims of the horrific shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada".

"It is with regret that I learnt that the ambassador had succumbed to the injuries sustained in the incident on Sunday night which claimed 58 other victims. Ambassador Edmunds succumbed to his injuries yesterday following the shooting incident," Hanna said.





The Health Ministry is rejecting the claim made by Education Minister, Ruel Reid, that the government is postponing its Human Papilloma Virus, HPV, vaccination programme.

The Health Ministry says it's proceeding with the programme, despite a claim to the contrary yesterday by Minister Reid.

It's also emphasizing that portfolio Minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton, has not made any assertion that the programme is being postponed or pulled back.

Once again, Minister Reid - who's also the Information Minister - is at the centre of an episode of public miscommunication. He's caused confusion over the state of the HPV vaccination programme, saying the government was 'pulling back' to allow further sensitization.

At a press conference yesterday at his Heroes Circle Office, in downtown, Kingston, Nationwide News asked Minister Reid if by 'pulling back' he meant the programme was being postponed. He said, 'yes', adding that the government is 'caring' and 'responsive'. But the Director of Family Health Services in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Melody Ennis, is contradicting him. She says the Health Ministry is proceeding with the programme.

The rollout of the programme has raised concerns. Many parents and other stakeholders aren't sure of the side effects of the vaccine which is to help prevent cervical cancer in girls.

The vaccination programme is targeting over 22,000 grade 7 girls in schools islandwide. The government has been criticized for not ensuring there was adequate public education ahead of the rollout of the programme on Monday.

The vaccine is not mandatory.

Dr. Ennis says parents will be required to fill out a form stating whether they want their daughters to get the vaccine. She says the Health Ministry will have further dialogue with parents who decide not to allow their daughters to take it.





Mr Lex calls form more security at schools

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mr-lexx.jpgDancehall artiste Mr Lex has made a call for increased security within the nation's schools.

This follows a sad and rather disturbing incident at a high school in Duhaney Park this morning.

Mr. Lex who happened to be at the institution at the time when two Grade 10 boys were involved in an altercation which left one dead from stab wounds, expressed shock at the development. He made a call for more measures to be put in place to ensure the safety of children at the nation's schools.

"I am just shocked about the whole thing and the incident has just brought into focus the need for greater security at schools," the entertainer said.





bounty-killer-photo-11.jpg vybz-kartel-photo-31.jpg Social media is abuzz with the impending collab between jailed dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel and friend-turned-enemy, Bounty Killer. Reports are that the two have a new collaboration coming as early as this week.

The two dancehall legends have collaborated in the past on several singles, and Kartel even wrote a few hits for Bounty Killer in the early 2000s. But a bitter fallout between The Teacher and The Alliance put an end to their relationship in 2005. Seems they are both putting their differences aside and are making music again. The two deejays announced on Instagram over the weekend that they are dropping a new joint.

"[Bounty Killer] My daddy weh dem a go do when the #killakartelkollab drop?" Vybz Kartel wrote on IG. Killer responded saying, [Vybz Kartel] Beta dem just go find some weh go lidung or drop dung b4 it drop because when it drop nutn naah git up back dawg."

Killer also said the collaboration will bring back some memories from their all-black Alliance days. Sources inside the Gaza told Dancehall HipHop that Bounty Killer recently paid Vybz Kartel a visit in prison and the two had a long conversation about their Alliance days and what's happening in dancehall currently. They didn't release the title of the single, but it will arrive sometime this week.





Cardi B has Nicki Minaj 'sweating' says Safaree

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rapper-safaree.jpgNicki Minaj, according to her ex, Safaree Samuels, is uneasy over Cardi B's mega, overnight, success.

The Love and Hip Hop Hollywood star was on Everyday Struggle this morning and Akademiks and Joe Budden peppered him with questions about Nicki Minaj, Meek Mill, LHH and more. "Is Cardi B pressing Nicki, do you think that she got Nicki sweating," Akademiks asked Safaree to which he responded, "a hundred percent because I know how she is."

Safaree also opened up on whether or not he thinks that Nicki Minaj fell off and he said yes. "It's very different, like how she was before on when we were doing 'Romans Revenge' and 'Did On Em' but some people may say you got to grow and change, but I like the old her better," he said."

Cardi B "Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)" is the number one single on Billboard Hot 100 for a second week straight and with current streaming numbers, it will return to the top spot for a third week. As for Nicki Minaj, she is yet to have a Hot 100 number one song. She has the most entries on the chart among women in history thanks to her many features, but she will likely not get that extra credential until she earned a number one solo record.

Nicki Minaj is currently working on her new album that she says will be a game changer when it arrives. There are no release date or title yet, but she hinted it could arrive by the end of this year. Safaree Samuels was also asked about writing lyrics for her, a topic that is a bit of a controversy between the two, but he sidesteps the question and smartly so. None of them can win in that battle of his word against hers because there is nothing on paper to back up his argument.





omar-mcleod.jpgOlympic and World Championships 110 metre hurdles gold medallist Omar McLeod is the only Jamaican nominated for the IAAF World Athlete of the Year award for 2017.

McLeod, who became the first Jamaican man to win the sprint hurdles world title in London this summer with 13.04 secs, also ended the season as the world leader with 12.90 seconds.

23 year old McLeod will be seeking to join six-time winner Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Merlene Ottey as Jamaicans to win the IAAF Athlete of the Year accolade.

Reigning world 400 metre champion Wayde van Niekerk of South Africa, world high jump champion Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar, reigning world champion over 10,000m Mo Farah, Pavel Fadjek of Poland, Sam Kendricks of the USA, Elijah Manongoi of Kenya, Luvo Manyonga of South Africa, Christian Taylor of the USA and German Johannes Vetter complete the male nominees.

No Jamaican is nominated for the female award with South African world and Olympic champion Caster Semenya of South Africa and Australian 100 metre hurdles world champion Sally Pearson among the nominees.

Almaz Ayana of Ethiopia, Anita Vlodarchick of Poland, Maria Lasistkene of Russia, Belgian Nafissatou Thiam, Sandra Perkovic of Croatia, Britney Reese of the USA, Ekaterini Stefanidi of Greece and Helen Obri of Kenya complete the nominations.





sean-paul-photo-9.jpgInternationally acclaimed dancehall artiste Sean Paul spent his Sunday visiting incarcerated Reggae artiste Buju Banton at the McRae Correctional Facility located in Atlanta, Georgia.

He revealed his visit and subsequent conversation on Instagram.

Sean Paul shared that Buju's message to his dans is simply this: "Expect greatness, again".

He also added that the singer, born Mark Myrie, is in good spirits, still very focused and is not broken.

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Myrie reportedly spends his time keeping fit, staying healthy and has been teaching classes to fellow inmates at the facility.

He was arrested in December 2009, found guilty in February 2011 and was initially scheduled to walk a free man from the McRae Correctional Facility in February 2019.

His 10-year prison sentence was reduced by two months in January of 2016 after the entertainer agreed to waive all future appeals of his 2011 conviction on cocaine distribution and conspiracy charges.

In return, prosecutors agreed to drop a firearms charge against him.

According to the US Federal Bureau of Prison website, Myrie will be released on December 8, 2018.





Service of thanksgiving for Wya Thursday in London

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The thanksgiving service for the life of former Wailers keyboardist Earl 'Wya ' Lindo takes place on Thursday in London.

Lindo died at a London hospital on September 4 at age 64, from acute cardiac failure and arrhythmia.

A press release from The Wailers said the service will be held at Ruach City Curch in Brixton Hill. Interment follows at Lambeth Cemetery in Brixton.

Lindo started as a session musician while still a student at Excelsior High School in the early 1970s. He launched his recording career at Studio One; some of the songs he played on during that period were Dennis Brown's Money in my Pocket, produced by Derrick Harriott, and Games People Play by Bob Andy, which was produced by Federal Records.

He became an in-demand session player with the Now Generation Band, the house unit at Federal Records. That band included fellow keyboardist Robbie Lyn, the Chung brothers, Mikey and Geoffrey and drummer Mikey 'Boo' Richards who would also tour with The Wailers.

Lindo recorded and toured with Marley during the 1970s when the singer's career took off internationally. He played on Burnin' and Survival, two of Marley's albums for Island Records.

Lindo last played with The Wailers in March in London when the grouped toured the United Kingdom.





vybz-kartel-photo-31.jpgIt has been confirmed that Jamaica's most famous prisoner, Vybz Kartel, is back in his dafe place.

The entertainer was returned to lockup after spending a week in the hospital.

Kartel was discharged on Monday and taken to the Tower Street Correctional Center where he is housed.

All his medication for his illness was also taken along.

Vybz Kartel who is currently serving a life sentence at the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre is awaiting an appeal trial, slated to begin in February next year, in the Court of Appeal.





vybz-kartel-photo-31.jpgDuring Vybz Kartel's recent hospital stay, the dancehall deejay reportedly reunited with a very special person in his life.

The self-proclaimed World Boss saw his mother after some six years.

Reports are that Kartel's parents visited him while he was admitted to the University Hospital of the West Indies.

Although no pictures have surface as yet to confirm the re-union, many are questioning why it has taken si long for the Teacha to see his mother.

"But Addi and his mom were close, so ah doan understand," one commenter said.

Kartel was paid a visit in prison by his daughter lsat month and after pictures were made public, there were many comments that Kartel looked way too skinny.

He was admitted to hospital last week.





A police sergeant died in a motor vehicle accident in Riversdale, St Catherine late Monday night.

He has been identified as Sergeant Mervin Ellington, who was assigned to the St Catherine North Division.

Reports are that at about 10 pm, Ellington was driving his private motor car from Riversdale towards Bog Walk when, upon reaching the Berwick Main Road, he came upon a breakaway at a section of the road that forced his car to run off the road and into a river.

The vehicle reportedly became submerged in water, before residents of the area went to Ellington's rescue and pulled the unresponsive police officer from the car.

He was rushed to the Linstead Public Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

After news broke of Ellington's death, the Jamaica Police Federation expressed their condolences to his family and friends, and colleagues from the St Catherine North police division.

It's the latest tragedy to hit the JCF in recent weeks following the killing of a police officer in Portmore two weeks ago, and a gun attack on a policewoman and her daughter last week that left both hospitalised.





machete-beaten.jpgThe National Parenting Support Commission (NPSC) has joined the probe into the incident in which a 44 year old woman in St. Thomas used a machete to beat her 12 year old daughter.

The woman was detained last weekend, after the incident, which was recorded, went viral on social media.

Kaysia Kerr, Chief Executive Officer of the National Parenting Support Commission, said the agency will be speaking with other entities investigating the matter. This is aimed at streamlining and coordinating the intervention to ensure that the child gets the type of support needed.

In an interview with RJR News on Monday, Ms Kerr said her office will also speak with the woman in an effort to "start changing (the) mindset about how we go about punishing."

"The fact that your parents might have punished you by hitting does not make it right. There are other non-violent ways of ensuring that children comply to what's expected of them." she asserted.

Ms Kerr said she is deeply distressed by the video, especially in relation to what the child has been subjected to.

"A young girl is now thrust in the limelight in a way that she perhaps would not have bargained for. It's almost as if she's now going to be the poster child for abuse because her face was shown in the video," she argued.

Police have interviewed the mother involved in the incident. She is expected to be charged with cruelty to a child.

Her daughter has been released into the custody of a relative.





machete-beaten.jpgThe police say that they have picked up the 12-year-old complainant in a video circulating on social media of a woman beating a child with what appears to be a machete.

According to a release from the Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, the incident took place sometime last year but the video recently surfaced on social media. Police say they have since collected statements from the child as well as the person who recorded the video.

The police say the child's mother remains in custody and the matter is being investigated by the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse as well as the Child Development Agency.





machete-beaten.jpgThe Office of the Children's Advocate has strongly condemned the actions of a mother who was seen in a video circulated on social media beating her daughter mercilessly with a machete.

"We condemn the behaviour of the mother, for even if the mother feels that she is justified in approaching the child to deal with a particular issue, there are ways to impact and impose discipline on children without resorting to violence," Children's Advocate Diahann Gordon Harrison told Loop reporter Claude Mills on Monday morning.

She praised the quick action of the police force, who only hours after the video began circulating on social media, took the mother and daughter into custody. It is unclear whether the child in question will be taken into state care and what will happen to any other children in the woman's care.

"We don't have all the information at this time. However, now that woman has been arrested, the relevant agencies can now come in and attempt to repair the relationship between the mother and daughter. Members of the office of the Children's Advocate are now in St Thomas and once they have been debriefed, we can make a better assessment of the situation," she said. Chief Executive Office of the Child Development Agency (CDA) Rosalee Gage-Grey says the agency is now conducting an assessment into the case of the 12-year-old girl being beaten with a machete by her mother in St Thomas.

Speaking on Independent Talk on Power 106, Gage-Grey said the CDA stepped in for the protection of the child.

She said the agency is doing an intervention with the family as well as with the community.

A video of the beating has been circulating heavily on social media and has received strong outcry.

The viral video shows the partially nude mother beating her daughter violently with a machete while cursing expletives.

The 44-year-old woman was arrested on the weekend and remains in police custody.

Meanwhile, head of the St Thomas police, Senior Superintendent, Beau Rigabe, says investigations into the video of a woman in the parish beating her teenage daughter with a machete has revealed that the incident happened last year.

He said the woman is being interviewed by investigators with the of view of laying charges against her.

The police had previously indicated that she's likely to be charged with cruelty to a child.





Kingston, Jamaica: In a room filled with pink, the colour associated with breast cancer worldwide, the Jamaica Cancer Society officially launched a host of activities for October, dubbed Pink Month, at the Courtleigh Auditorium on Thursday, September 28. October is internationally recognized as Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Jamaica Cancer Society will be coordinating several activities to mark the month.Under the theme, 'Give Hope. Save Lives", the month of activities which begins on October 1 culminates on a high on Saturday, October 28at the annual ICWI/Jamaica Reach To Recovery Pink Run whichis in its 17thyear, and third year withICWI as the title sponsor. This year the Pink Run will be under the theme 'Tutus and Tall Socks'.President of the ICWI Paul Lalorhas called on Jamaicans to actively support the initiatives outlined and those fighting the effects of cancer. "Our friends and families locked in this battle with cancer need our collective and individual support to survive. The high volume of cancer patients, survivors and loved ones of those who have lost the battle with cancer in our communities should be met with a strong resolve to join the fight. Let us aim to increase awareness, increase the funds to provide support and give compassion and our talents to this movement.""Most Jamaicans know what a pink ribbon means, especially during the Month of October! Indeed, many Jamaicans will be seen wearing pink throughout the Month. We can take heart in the fact that Jamaica's collective awareness of breast cancer has gained great momentum over the past decade", shared Mrs. Yulit Gordon, Executive Director, Jamaica Cancer Society."We however cannotover emphasize that if there is noearly detectionthrough regular breast self-examinations and mammography screening, survival chances will be significantly reduced.Let us thereforebe vigilant in making our health and well-being a priorityand engage in healthy lifestyle practices and access the available screening services",Mrs. Gordon cautioned.

2| P a g eJamaicaReach to Recovery is the affiliate of the Jamaica Cancer Society that provides emotional, psychological and financial support to breast cancer survivors. Reach to Recovery consists of volunteers, all of whom are breast cancer survivors, also provide information and counselling to breast cancer survivors and by extension their families and friends.Chairperson of Jamaica Reach to Recovery, Mrs. Carolind Graham is encouraging Jamaicans especially women to support the various activities that will be occurring during October. "With breast cancer in Jamaica at 43.1 per 100,000 women, and 0.6 per 100,000 men, it is imperative that we continue to have these activities to raise awareness about breast cancer and also to spread the importance of regular screenings which can be critical to an early diagnosis", said Mrs. Graham. While there will be several fundraising activities including the sale of bracelets at several outlets through the island, socks and pins, the 'Pink Run' will be the major fundraiser for Pink Month. "I hope Jamaic





ellie-goulding-tarrus-riley-powerful-music-video.jpg"Powerful" featuring Tarrus Riley and Ellie Goulding has been used in an ad campaign for Emporio Armani.

The television advert from Emporio Armani promotes the companies two new fragrances BECAUSE IT'S YOU for her and STRONGER WITH YOU for him

The ad which features the relationship between a man and a woman has the Major Laser produced track Powerful featuring Ellie Goulding and Tarrus Riley blaring in the background.

Tarrus Riley has since shared a snippet of the ad on his official Instagram page.





On November 9-12 a global assortment of music industry professionals will descend on multiple venues across Kingston Jamaica for the 5th annual Jamaica Music Conference (JMC). They will join a growing number of local Jamaican music industry professionals who have learned that the Jamaica Music Conference provides a powerful platform for catching up with the latest industry trends, networking and identifying the stars of tomorrow. This 5th staging has been themed, "Reclaiming Our Identity: The rising impact of Jamaica's music, content and culture".

Registration is now open for the annual event via the Jamaica Music Conference website and tickets can be purchased locally at Bookophilia and Fontana Pharmacy. The fifth staging will feature 7 venues and 10 separate sessions including: the JMC - JaRIA Symposium at JAMPRO headquarters; a Sound System Summit at Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts; panel discussions at U-Tech TIC Innovation Centre; the Jamaica Music Conference Showcase at Jamnesia; and closes at Skyline's Kingston Dub Club, ensuring that international attendees get a real feel for Kingston Music City.

The Jamaica Music Conference is a platform for independent music professionals, to discuss the challenges and opportunities in the Jamaican music industry, and propose solutions to these issues. This year sees a focus on answering long lingering questions. How can Jamaica and its diaspora retain the lion share of ownership within the reggae/dancehall space? How can the enduring international popularity of our genres embrace the global landscape to benefit Jamaica and Jamaicans at home and abroad? A FREE 3-part "Ready For Di Road" Webinar series is being staged in association with Atlanta-based Artist Launch, artist development agency. Conference attendees are also able to create a FREE electronic press kit when they enter a contest being staged by the Jamaica Music Conference for a chance to meet with international booking agents.

For more information visit: www.jamaicamusicconference.com





What is HPV?

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Human papillomavirus is a common virus that most women are exposed to at some point in their lives. According to the American Cancer Society, the virus types that cause infection to the cervix are found on the body's mucous membranes and are a result of sexual intercourse.

There are over 30 strains of HPV that can cause genital infections. The HPV vaccine supposedly protects against four strains and only two of those are known to be cancer-causing.

Problems from the actual virus are rare.

In fact, Dr. Diane Harper, who was involved in phases II and III of the manufacture's testing of the vaccine, reports there are normally no symptoms and 90% of infections are resolved by the body in as little as two years. Only half of the remaining infections have a rare chance of developing precancerous cells that could lead to cervical cancer.

While the majority of cervical cancers are caused by HPV, most women who have HPV do not develop cervical cancer. However, the pharmaceutical company who makes the HPV vaccine wants every girl and young woman to get another vaccination "just in case."

Dr. Sherri Tenpenny, physician and advocate for vaccine safety, thinks she knows why. She's stated there are other risk factors associated with the rare unresolved HPV infections that lead to a cervical cancer diagnosis. These factors could play a larger role in the development of cervical cancer than the virus itself.





hpv-facts.jpgIf you have a teenage girl in your family, chances are strong that their doctor has talked about the HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine called Gardasil. There have been countless ads by the pharmaceutical company who manufactures it, urging parents to take their young women in for the series of shots. Doctors everywhere recommend and even try to insist on giving this HPV vaccination in addition to the many others that most children receive.

It's purported to be a "miracle" drug that will protect girls against cervical cancer.

In 2007, Texas Governor Rick Perry received public backlash after mandating the HPV vaccine (Gardasil) by executive order. He later rescinded his mandate. California passed a law in 2012 allowing 12-year-olds to receive the vaccine without parental knowledge or consent.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and Merck (the company who produces Gardasil) all claim the HPV vaccination is safe for children as young as nine.

How can they possibly know? Gardasil was fast-tracked through the system meant to safeguard our health and wellbeing. It was approved and rushed to market (like many pharmaceutical drugs with horrific side effects) despite questionable results in regards to safety.

No independent studies have been done to determine if the vaccine itself causes cancer or what the long-term effects might be on those vaccinated.

As should have been expected, a shocking number of girls have had adverse reactions to receiving the HPV vaccination.





hpv-facts.jpgAnyone daring to suggest that a vaccine might present a risk, especially to children as the most vulnerable members of our society, are usually shot down in flames. Health authorities have tried their best to continue telling everyone that HPV vaccines (note use of plural as there are three different types available) are safe, despite ongoing research suggesting otherwise.

A study just released by a World Health Organization (WHO) monitoring centre in Sweden shows that adverse event reports received from national authorities -- and these will represent only a fraction of those actually experienced -- show a tendency to produce clusters of serious adverse events that include complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) that exceeds any other vaccine.

GMO vaccine released a decade ago

The genetically engineered vaccine, first introduced for mass vaccination around 10 years ago, has been delivered to around 80 million girls, women and, in some countries, boys.

By August 2014 58 countries had introduced the vaccine into their immunisation schedules. According to the WHO, 80% of all cases of cervical cancer are linked to HPV, the key justification for giving the vaccine to young girls, occur in developing countries and are linked to sexual encounters at very young ages.

Concerns around the safety of the vaccine began to arise in 2013 with reports of CRPS in Japan, POTS in Denmark and CFS in Holland.

This study, which explores global reporting patterns of Adverse Reactions (AEs) for HPV vaccines shows that these different types of effects are often clustered, i.e. they are more likely to occur together, and so are likely related.

The science bit

The study looked at case safety reports for HPV Vaccine in VigiBase, the WHO International database of suspected adverse drug reactions. Reports are received from pharmacovigilance centres in 124 countries who participate in the WHO Programme for International Drug Monitoring up to 1st January 2015. Cases including at least 2 reporting terms were included in the study.

Analysis of data revealed a large number of reports with a pattern of AEs including headache, dizziness, fatigue and syncope (temporary loss of consciousness). Reporting of AEs has taken place since the introduction of the vaccine and increased substantially in 2013 and 2014. (Source: anhinternational.org/2017/01/18/official-hpv-vaccine-vaccine-dangerous-yet/)





"In fact, there is no actual evidence that the vaccine can prevent any cancer. From the manufacturers own admissions, the vaccine only works on 4 strains out of 40 for a specific venereal disease that dies on its own in a relatively short period, so the chance of it actually helping an individual is about the same as the chance of her being struck by a meteorite."

Her comments though brave placed Dr. Harper's reputation at risk. Big Pharma's attack dogs quickly sought to destroy her, attempting to dismantle her credibility as a professional research scientist.

Since coming forward with her concerns about the HPV vaccines, a relentless and vicious campaign has been waged against her. The former Merck scientist was made to look like a kook in an article published by The Sunday Express, a British tabloid, which heavily misquoted her.

Hoping to set the record straight, Dr. Harper clarified her position in an interview with CBS News, during which she said that HPV vaccines carry real risks while offering very little benefits.

"The benefit to public health is nothing, there is no reduction in cervical cancers, they are just postponed, unless the protection lasts for at least 15 years, and over 70% of all sexually active females of all ages are vaccinated."

She also added that reported side effects of the vaccine prove HPV vaccines are more dangerous than the cervical cancer its makers say it prevents. (Source: www.healthfreedoms.org › Home › Big Government)





"About eight in every ten women who have been sexually active will have HPV at some stage of their life," said Dr. Harper during her speech.

"Normally there are no symptoms, and in 98 percent of cases, it clears itself. But in those cases where it doesn't and isn't treated, it can lead to pre-cancerous cells which may develop into cervical cancer."

Dr. Harper said that while Gardasil and Cervarix are marketed as protecting against cervical cancer, the claim has not been proven and is hypothetical. Research conducted on the drugs show "there is no demonstrated relationship between the condition being vaccinated for and the rare cancers that the vaccine might prevent, but it is marketed to do that nonetheless," she said. (Source: www.healthfreedoms.org › Home › Big Government)





gocernment-defends-vaccine.jpgAll safety trials for HPV vaccines were done on 15-year-olds, said Dr. Harper, and not 9-year-olds, the demographic for which the immunizations are now recommended. Furthermore, there is a real risk associated with these vaccines, she added.

More than 15,000 girls have experienced adverse side effects from Gardasil, according to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). A number likely to be far higher in reality, since many vaccine side effects go unreported.

At least 44 girls are known to have died from these vaccines. Some side effects experienced by those receiving the HPV vaccines include seizures, blood clots, brain inflammation, lupus and Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a rare but serious autoimmune deficiency that causes the immune system to attack and damage nerve cells.

While the majority of those with GBS recover, the disorder may cause muscle weakness, difficulty breathing, paralysis and sometimes death.

As with most vaccines, parents are usually not made aware of the risks.(Source: www.healthfreedoms.org › Home › Big Government)





hpv-facts.jpgAn expert involved in the approval process for the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines Gardasil and Cervarix, is speaking out about the dangers and why you shouldn't risk your child's health in getting them.

Diane Harper, M.D., professor and chair of the department of Family and Geriatric Medicine at the University of Louisville, revealed at the 4th International Conference on Vaccination that HPV vaccines are essentially worthless because rates of cervical cancer in the U.S. are extremely low anyway.

Her speech was intended to promote the benefits of vaccines, but she changed her mind and went in a different direction in an effort to "clean her conscience about the deadly vaccines," according to The Daily Sheeple.

Dr. Harper, a former vaccine research scientist for Merck, said she wouldn't be able to sleep at night unless she aired the truth about HPV vaccines. In her speech, given in Reston, Virginia, she said that 70 percent of all HPV infections resolve themselves without treatment, and 90 percent do so within two years. (Source: www.healthfreedoms.org › Home › Big Government)





gocernment-defends-vaccine.jpgThe Ministry of Health is defending the decision to administer the Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine to girls in Grade Seven.

The programme is scheduled to start on Monday.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has recommended that children from age nine to 14 be given the vaccine. They will get two doses of the vaccine.

The HPV vaccine is aimed at protecting against cervical cancer, which is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in Jamaica and the ninth leading cause of death worldwide.

Dr. Melody Ennis, Director of Family Health Services in the Ministry of Health, said the Government decided to administer the vaccine to this particular age group because toll cervical cancer has taken on the society.

"We have here in Jamaica over 300 cases, with 185 deaths annually. In our population, the virus that causes cervical cancer is in excess of 50 per cent," she explained.





KINGSTON, Jamaica -- A 71-year-old Canadian man is in police custody after he was arrested and charged with breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act at the Norman Manley International Airport on Friday.

Reports from the police are that the man, Derrick Harmon of a Canadian address, checked in to the airport to board a flight destined for Toronto, Canada about 1:30 am, when his luggage was searched and a powdery substance in a package labelled 'Soy Beverage' found.

On further examination, the substance was found to be cocaine with an estimated street value of $768, 000.

Harmon is charged with possession of cocaine, dealing in cocaine, and taking steps preparatory to the export of cocaine and is to appear in the Corporate Area Criminal Court on Tuesday.





"Adult seen in video beating a child now in Police custody in St Thomas" the Jamaica Constabulary Force disclosed on Twitter this afternoon.

The woman who is seen wearing only panties, is currently in police custody over a video making the rounds on social media, showing her beating a child with a machete.

In the video, the woman, can be heard saying "mi tired a oonu", while gripping the back of a young girl's garment and hitting her several times with the object.

The child is wailing and at one point is on the ground when the woman finally releases her hold.

The girl then flees from the yard and the woman can be heard uttering expletives. A dog that came between the obviously enraged woman and the girl, as she inflicted blows to the child, was also slapped with the machete.

An onlooker could also be heard towards the end of the film encouraging the angry woman, as the girl manages to break free from the woman's hold and escape.

In a message on Twitter this afternoon, the police posted that they were aware of the "disturbing video" being circulated on social media and that the woman had been arrested in St Thomas.

The JCF said it would provide more information on the incident later.