November 2017 Archives

First Grammy nomination for Chronixx

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chronixx-chronology.jpgThe complete list of nominations for the 2018 Grammy Awards was released early Tuesday morning.

The albums selected in the Reggae category come as no surprise, with the five nominations being Avrakedabra, Stony Hill, Chronology, Lost in Paradise and Wash House Ting.

Among the Jamaican nominees representing in the category are Morgan Heritage for Avrakedabra; Damian 'Jr Gong' Marley with Stony Hill and Chronixx with his debut album Chronology.

Both Morgan Heritage and Damian 'Jr Gong' Marley are past Reggae Grammy winners, while Chronixx has made the cut with his debut album

The other nominees are US-based artistes Common Kings and J Boog.

Yardflex congratulates all the nominees.





Popcaan's girlfriend surely loves her Clarks

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popcaan-girlfriend-photo-1.jpgPopcaan's longtime Trinidadian girlfriend, Kavell Keir, truly loves her Clarks, the signature brand that brought her boyfriend to prominence with the Kartel song of the same name.

Keir has been spotted on a number of occasions dressed to the nines in various styles from the British international shoe manufacturer.

Check out these two.

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miss-universe-jamaica-2018-davina-bennett-photo-2.jpgmiss-universe-jamaica-2018-davina-bennett-photo-1.jpgMiss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters won the crown at this year's Miss Universe pageant, and while the 22-year-old is being celebrated worldwide, there are many people who feel Miss Jamaica, Davina Bennett, really deserved the title.

Seeing women of color compete in pageants while rocking their natural hair is an empowering deviation from seeing the blown-out, straighter hairstyles contestants traditionally wear. Bennett, the second runner-up for Miss Universe, not only showed off her crowning Afro glory, but did so with grace, intelligence, and confidence -- and people are beyond here for it.

One Twitter user shared, "Davina represented not only #Jamaica in the #MissUniverse but the black race. I wish she's the one who should have won. She displayed her Afro with pride redefining the competition. Young black girls out there can feel confidence in their natural hair without whitening it." The post has since gotten more than 1,000 hearts and more than 300 retweets, with one person going so far as to comment, "Miss Jamaica was robbed."

Bennett glowed as she competed against 91 other contestants and steadily climbed her way to the top three. During the pageant, she was asked, "What quality in yourself are you most proud of and how will you apply that quality to your time as Miss Universe?" Bennett responded, "The quality I am most proud of is my drive, my determination. I am the founder of a foundation that spreads awareness for the deaf community, and this platform is such a great platform to just let persons know that these persons need opportunities and need equal opportunities and goals in our society. So Miss Universe competition will be the platform for me to use this foundation to spread awareness for all the deaf people around."

After the competition, the 23-year-old took to Instagram to express gratitude for all the support she received. "I did not win but I got what I was seeking. I won the hearts of many, I got to highlight Deaf awareness, I stand as the first Afro queen to have made it thus far, I represented my little island and I received allll the love one could possible wish for."

Among her many fans is Beyoncé's go-to hairstylist, Neal Farinah, who also rooted for Bennett. After sharing his admiration for the beauty queen in a series of Instagram stories, he wrote a final post that read, "Such a shame @missuniverse Dark skin women will continue to work harder to prove themselves. Miss Jamaica, u are truly a miss universe."





Detectives assigned to the St James Police Division are seeking the public's assistance to identify a woman's body that was found along the roadway in Anchovy in the parish on Saturday.

The police say the body appears to be in its mid-twenties.

It is of Caucasian descent, has long blond hair, is of medium build and is about 5'8" long.

It was clad in a grey coloured blouse and a pair of blue jeans shorts.

Reports from the Anchovy Police are that about 9:15 in the morning residents stumbled upon the body and alerted them.

On their arrival, it was seen lying along the roadway with its throat slashed.





tourism-official-rifai.jpgSecretary General of the UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), Taleb Rifai, in a no holds barred address on Tuesday, told Caribbean tourism stakeholders to stop promoting exclusive resorts, because they are "modern-day plantations".

Rifai, who is based in Madrid, Spain, where he has held the Secretary-General post since being unanimously elected in 2010, made the call during day two of the UNWTO Global Conference on Jobs and Inclusive Growth, now on at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St James, Jamaica.

The Secretary General was searingly honest and clearly not concerned about ruffling feathers; he cautioned against the practice of building five-star resorts in three-star communities, where the citizens were not part of the transformation. He told the top level gathering of tourism stakeholders that they cannot continue to have their visitors in bubbles, where there are walls between the visitor and the community.

Rifai emphasised that the opportunities in tourism should carry the end result of inclusive economic growth, more decent jobs, the distribution of wealth, shared prosperity and respect for each other.

His comments were made in the presence of several all-inclusive hotel operators, the country's prime minister, Andrew Holness, president of the Dominican Republic, Danilo Medina, tourism minister Edmund Bartlett and several other dignitaries representing the industry.





KC win Flow Supercup

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Kingston College turned in a dominant display to roll over St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) 3-0 in a lopsided finale at Sabina Park to prolong the Corporate Area reign in the lucrative competition for a fourth-consecutive year.

In a time when his team needed him most, with this their final shot at a title, the prolific Rashawn Mackison confirmed his status when he netted a fine treble in the seventh, 44th and 82nd minutes to steer the crystal and $1 million in the direction of North Street.

Mackison ended the competition with six goals, which earned him the KFC Big Deal Golden Boot.

The win by KC saw them joining Jamaica College, St George's College and Wolmer's Boys as the urban area top guns to have grasped the lucrative title, while the hopes of STETHS and their rural area counterparts have been shelved for another year.





NIGHT CLUB RAID!

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Three people were arrested by Members of the Counter Terrorism and Organized Crime (CTOC) following a raid at a night club in New Kingston late Friday.

Police say the group of persons who were held, in the clamp down, are also under investigation in relation to human trafficking.

Police say the owner of the night club has since been arrested, another person has been charged for living off the earnings of prostitution, another member from the group has been charged with soliciting.

Police report that at about 11:30 am they went to the club and during a search of the location close to 10 persons were held.

The group members were taken in custody where seven were processed and released while the owner and two other persons were apprehended.

Local authorities report that problem of Human trafficking has been a major concern with several criminals using some sections of the island as a source, transit, and destination country for adults and children for the purposes of sexual exploitation and forced labour.





jay-z-video.jpgJay-Z has released three new videos from his album 4:44 on Tidal on Friday, including Smile, which tells the moving story of his mom Gloria Carter as a closeted lesbian.

The rapper revealed in the lyrics of Smile that his mother is a lesbian when he released 4:44 over the summer.

The eight minute film shows a young Shawn Carter being raised by his single mom in the Brooklyn projects.

As well has having to deal with poverty and being a sole parent, his mother is seen silently dealing with having feelings for another woman, which she neither can never fully act upon.

The rapper only revealed with the release of the track in June that his mom was gay.

'Mama had four kids, but she's a lesbian/Had to pretend so long that she's a thespian/Had to hide in the closet, so she medicate/Society shame and the pain was too much to take,' he rapped on the track.

In the video the young Gloria, played by The Deuce's Dominique Fishback, shares some forbidden intimate moments with her neighbor, a consoling hug turning into a little more, or secretly holding hands in a packed elevator.

But she keeps her feelings bottled up, with her son -- played by Taylor Thomas -- heartbreakingly catching her crying alone in her bedroom when she lets the mask slip for a moment.

The video ends with the real modern-day Gloria Carter reciting the poem she wrote about the subject, which served as the inspiration for the song.

The second video released, Legacy, is a star-studded affair, featuring the likes of Susan Sarandon, Ron Pearlman, Emile Hirsch and Grey's Anatomy's Jesse Williams.





cnn-clap-back-at-trump.jpgAfter Trump criticized CNN for representing the US to the world "very poorly," the network clapped back in EPIC fashion.

Trump had tweeted on Saturday, November 25: ".@FoxNews is MUCH more important in the United States than CNN, but outside of the U.S., CNN International is still a major source of (Fake) news, and they represent our Nation to the WORLD very poorly. The outside world does not see the truth from them!"

The Twitter account for CNN quickly responded, "It's not CNN's job to represent the U.S to the world. That's yours. Our job is to report the news. #FactsFirst" with an apple emoji. The response garnered more than 64,000 retweets and 9,400 comments.

Trump, 71, has found himself engaged in a war of the words with CNN since his campaign and throughout his presidency, largely referring to the outlet as "fake news."

This isn't the only time the president found himself in the news over controversial comments this weekend. As previously reported, he tweeted on Friday, November 24, "Time Magazine called to say that I was PROBABLY going to be named 'Man (Person) of the Year,' like last year, but I would have to agree to an interview and a major photo shoot. I said probably is no good and took a pass. Thanks anyway!" His tweet prompted many celebrities to mock him on Twitter.

The official Twitter account for Time also disputed Trump's claim, writing, "The President is incorrect about how we choose Person of the Year. TIME does not comment on our choice until publication, which is December 6."





BritJam cancelled for 2018; Zum still recovering

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britjam-fc.jpgThe highly anticipated Britjam Music Spring Break Festival, held annually in Montego Bay, St James is set to go on a one-year hiatus for 2018.

According to a press release from Good Good Production's CEO Evan "Zum" Powell, the annual week-long party series, will not be staged this year for health reasons.

In a press release, it was stated that Powell is still recovering from injuries he sustained after he was shot last summer. As a result, the work to be done for 2018 staging cannot be executed.

The release also quoted Zum saying: "Britjam is a very hands-on project for me and because of my recovery I have not been able to be up and down as needed. I believe if something can't be done properly then it's better to pause until it can."

Zum was injured in a gun attack along the Salt Marsh main road last July. Good Good Productions is known for the production of a number of popular dancehall rhythms, including Freezing Point, Triple X, Brit Jam, Cool Out, Happy Tyme, Liquor and the most recently released Cure Pain Riddim.





Digicel launches music academy for the Caribbean

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Telecommunications company, Digicel, has launched a music academy for the Caribbean.

The Digicel Music Academy is an audience-led initiative that will culminate with one academic landing a performance with Montano live at the 2018 staging of Machel Monday concert in Trinidad and Tobago.

The Academy has now issued a call for aspirants are asked to upload videos of original songs to YouTube, then submit by by Sunday November 26th.

After a voting process open to persons is the region, three singers, three songwriters and three producers will be selected.

Qualifiers for the Digicel Music Academy will be hosted at Geejam Studios in Portland from December 19 - 22.

They will be mentored and coached by soca star Machel Montano along with other top music industry personalities.





Popular dancer on fraud charge

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raddy-rich.jpgA popular dancer has been arrested and charged on fraud charges.

Rohan Lyttle, more popularly known as Raddy Rich, the dancer who did the choreography for rRapper Nikki Minaj and Sean Kingston "Dutty Love" music video, is reportedly now on bail after he appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court last Friday.

Raddy Rich was charged jointly with Jamar Purrier and Howard Hares with conspiracy to defraud and possession of forged documents. All men were granted $100,000 with surety. They are expected to return to court on January 19, next year.

He is to report to the Duhaney Park Police Station on Thursdays and Saturdays between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Meanwhile, in September, Raddy Rich was involved in an accident in his hometown, Buff Bay in Portland .





miss-universe-jamaica-davina-bennett.jpgJamaica placed third at last night's finals of Miss Universe, prompting outbursts of jubilation in the island and across the Diaspora.

Rocking her signature Afro hairstyle, Miss Universe Jamaica Davina Bennett walked away with a more than well deserved third place finish..

Davina was among 92 ladies vying for the crown in Las Vegas.

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Prime Minister Andrew Holness and Opposition Leader Peter Phillips were among scores of Jamaicans who expressed congratulations via social media, while Zip jock, DJ Sparks sparked quite a celebration on Twitter/Instagram with her truly Jamaican, down-to-earth commentary that has racked up massive views.

When Bennett was announced as the second runner up, sections of the live audience showed their displeasure, with some booing after Steve Harvey made the announcement.

Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters was declared the winner and Miss Colombia Laura González Ospina, first runner up.





Nudist restaurant opens in Paris

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nudist-restaurant.jpg(AFP) -- Leave your coats, your pants and your inhibitions at the door: a Paris restaurant has begun serving up classic French fare to diners in the nude.

Located down a quiet side street in southwest Paris, O'naturel, billed as the French capital's first nudist restaurant, is the brainchild of 42-year-old twins Mike and Stephane Saada.

Former insurance salesmen, they aren't nudists themselves -- but they spotted a money-making opportunity in a country that enjoys a reputation as a top naturist holiday destination.

"People only get to be nudists in the summer," explained Stephane.

O'naturel is considerably warmer in November than the roughly 460 designated outdoor nudist spots around France, most of them beaches and campsites.

The capital trialled a nudist area in its Bois de Vincennes Park in October, while Parisians can swim in the buff several times a week at a public pool.

But Yves Leclerc, the president of the French Naturist Federation, was thrilled at the idea of being able to strip off for dinner. (Source AFP)





wes-goodman-anti-lgbt-politician.jpgAn anti-LGBT Republican politician who was allegedly caught having sex with a man in his office is facing more than 30 accusations of sexual misconduct.

Wes Goodman, a state legislator for Ohio, has already been forced to resign after a witness to the reported extramarital affair told the Ohio House Chief of Staff.

But now Mr Goodman is facing a host of complaints after alleged victims shared screengrabs of conversations with right-leaning news website the Independent Journal Review.

Mr Goodman, who routinely promotes "family values", is married to a woman who is an assistant director of an annual abortion rally known as March for Life.

According to the IJR, Mr Goodman would regularly contact men, usually aged between 18 and 24 and in the Republican movement, on Facebook Messenger.

The conversations frequently turned sexually explicit, with Mr Goodman sending suggestive messages and photos of his genitalia on Snapchat, reports the website.

One alleged victim, who wished to remain anonymous, told the IJR he received a friend request from Mr Goodman, who started discussing "various political things" before a two weeks later asking for the man's Snapchat details.

"He constantly sent me Snaps and was always commenting on my stories," the victim said. "He also asked how much 'p***y' I was getting and wondering what I was doing on Friday and Saturday nights."

He added: "Then, he sent me videos of him masturbating as well as d**k pics. He also sent another Snapchat asking how big my penis was."

Dozens of men shared similar experiences of their online encounters with Mr Goodman, according to the IRJ.

The politician was also accused of groping an 18-year-old student in 2015 after a fundraiser, according to the Washington Post.

Mr Goodman, whose Twitter biography describes him as "Christian. American. Conservative. Republican. Husband to @Beth1027", has regularly claimed "natural marriage" occurs between a man and a woman.

"Healthy, vibrant, thriving, values-driven families are the source of Ohio's proud history and the key to Ohio's future greatness," his campaign website said.

"The ideals of a loving father and mother, a committed natural marriage, and a caring community are well worth pursuing and protecting."

The website has now been taken offline.

Mr Goodman, who has been described as a "conscience of the conservative movement", announced in a statement on Thursday that he was stepping down.

"We all bring our own struggles and our own trials into public life," he said.

"That has been true for me, and I sincerely regret that my actions and choices have kept me from serving my constituents and our state in a way that reflects the best ideals of public service.

"For those whom I have let own, I'm sorry. As I move onto the next chapter of my life, I sincerely ask for privacy for myself, my family, and my friends."





Curvy Diva off to Africa

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curvy-diva-off-to-africa.jpgRecording artiste and TV Host Yanique Curvy Diva Barrett is excited to make her very first hosting and performance appearance in the motherland this December.

The artiste who embarked on a recording career less than a year ago has been reveling in the success of that endeavor with a chart topping first single 'Lifestyle' and trending second release ' Turn Your Lights Down Low' with world renowned artiste Kymani Marley.

The success of her recording projects have not only led to her topping charts locally and overseas, but have now given her a coveted opportunity to perform and host an event in the continent of Africa, an opportunity that many artistes have never been granted.

Yanique is set to visit Africa this December for an exclusive appearance at Reggae Afrobeat Jamrock in Abuja Nigeria. The event will feature fellow Caribbean artiste Popcaan and African reggae superstar 2 Face Adibia.

"I'm very excited for all the great opportunities I've been receiving since the launch of my recording career, Good Good Production saw great potential and now all these doors are opening, I can't wait to meet and perform for my fans in Abuja Nigeria" Curvy Diva announced

This will be Yanique's first time in Africa even though she has travelled extensively hosting internationally for years in places like London, Toronto and the Caribbean. The trip also gives the Curvy Diva the opportunity to increase the promotion of her new music video for her popular 'Lifestyle' single.

"The promotion continues for my singles and my Lifestyle video, Already the video has over 1/4 million views and rave reviews after just a few weeks, there is so much more to come," Yanique added

Plans are being put in place to shoot the music video for trending collaboration 'Turn Your Lights Down Low' with Kymani Marley next. The Curvy Diva is also ready to return to her hosting duties for the 11th season of MAGNUM Kings and Queens of Dancehall TV show, which is now in the audition phase of the 2018 competition.

Yanique Curvy Diva 'Lifestyle' Official Vdeo





Tosh Alexander releases Christmas project

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tosh-alexander-christmas.jpgLess than two weeks away from the start of the Yuletide season, fashionista and burgeoning chanteuse Tosh Alexander has assembled a star-studded cast of musical heavyweights for the presentation of her latest body of work titled, 'An Island Christmas With Tosh & Friends'.

Presented on the 'CoworkJA' musical imprint with distribution rights courtesy of Zojak Worldwide. The project takes the format of a five-track EP covering several of the most renowned Christmas classics as the songstress serves up some prodigious renditions with the help of accomplished compatriots Christopher Martin and Romain Virgo. The standard is even further amplified with the enlisting of production virtuosos Joshua 'Flubz' Jones, Andre 'Suku' Grey, Karim 'Stainless' Thompson, Dale 'Dizzle' Virgo, Keniel Delisser and Kemoy Allen. Aiming for the best quality the recordings were done at Bugle's An9ted Entertainment Studios and Agent Sasco's Diamond Studios respectively.

Alluding to the project Tosh said, "Christmas is definitely my favourite time of the year. From the lights to the carols and the overall spirit of the season; it's a time where everyone comes together and it truly makes me happy, so I wanted to reflect that in these Christmas carols chosen for the EP. When you hear them I want you to have that same feeling of happiness and warmth."

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Farmer found with 450 rounds of ammunition

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ak47-ammunition.jpgA 25-year-old Westmoreland farmer was on Monday taken into custody after police reportedly found 450 9mm rounds of ammunition in his possession in Leamington district in the parish.

Police report that about 4:00 pm, lawmen were in the area when they saw a man walking along the road. He was accosted and searched, and the rounds found in a plastic bag he was carrying. He was subsequently arrested.

Police say his identity is being withheld pending further investigations.





The police and representatives of the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFS) have met with the woman who was seen in a video violently beating and threatening to cut off the neck of her young child.

Superintendent in charge of the Westmoreland Police, Lansford Salmon, says the meeting was arranged after the woman reported to the Whithorn police station on Saturday, when the video began circulating on social media.

Superintendent Salmon says the woman is not in custody.

He says the meeting this afternoon will determine the next course of action to be taken as the investigation progresses.

The CPFSA yesterday confirmed that it had begun probing the circumstances that led to the woman using what appears to be a belt to beat a young child while she hurled threats of cutting off the child's neck.

The child protection agency said its investigation revealed that the incident took place in September.

The agency says the woman is currently receiving counselling.





lisa-hanna-photo-1.jpgKD Knight, the legal luminary for, Member of Parliament St Ann Lisa Hanna, says she has no criminal charges to answer in regards to a probe carried out bu the Office of the Contractor General (OCG).

The OCG conducted a probe into the award of contracts by the Office of the St Ann South East MP. The report was tabled in parliament on November 21.

The report follows investigations by the OCG into allegations of acts of impropriety, irregularity and corruption at the office of the Member of Parliament for South East St. Ann and in the award of certain contracts by the St. Ann Municipal Corporation.

Mr Knight says after perusing the document he sees nothing for which the DPP could lay charges.

The report follows investigations by the OCG into allegations of acts of impropriety, irregularity, and corruption at the office of the Member of Parliament for South East St. Ann and in the award of certain contracts by the St. Ann Municipal Corporation.

The OCG says a copy of the report has been submitted to the DPP for investigation regarding breaches of public sector procurement procedures and the attendant regulations.

The OCG says it wants the DPP to make a determination as to whether the actions of the accounting and accountable officers of the St. Ann Municipal Corporation in authorizing and disbursing payments to a named contractor in the amount of 285 thousand dollars, which was awarded by the Corporation was in breach of the Financial Administration and Audit Act.

According the OCG, the payment was done without the requisite verification of the satisfactory completion of work.

The DPP is also being called upon to determine whether the actions of the St. Ann Municipal Corporation, in preparing documentation which gave the impression that the complete scope of works had been executed by the contract awardee, while having knowledge of the contrary, amounts to an act of fraudulent misrepresentation.

Additionally, the DPP is being asked to determine whether the actions of Lisa Hanna in making recommendations for the award of contracts to twelve persons affiliated and/or associated with the People's National Party give rise to a conflict of interest.





Mo Bay Flooded!

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mobay-flood-photo-1.jpgDowntown Montego Bay has been flooded after several hours of heavy showers on Wednesday afternoon. The heavy downpour caused the major gullies in the western Jamaica city to overflow their banks, leaving the roads and several buildings flooded.

Several streets and businesses have been extensively flooded. Photos and videos on social media sites show flooded cars abandoned in the streets converted to major waterways. People have also been seeking refuge on their vehicles.

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Persons, including students, were trapped in workplaces and schools as the city came to a virtual standstill. High flood waters and damaged roads kept vehicles off the road.

When the rains subsided, many persons had to resort to walking miles to get home.

Meanwhile, at the Farm Primary and Junior High School in Green Pond, teachers and students were trapped at the school up to late last night as one road leading to Montego Bay in one direction caved in and the other leaving through Cornwall Courts was blocked by flood waters.





brianna-brochu-mugshot.jpgA white university student accused of branding her roommate a "Jamaican Barbie" and smearing used tampons on her backpack is not racist, her lawyer has claimed.

Brianna Brochu, a former student at the University of Hartford, Connecticut, is charged with criminal mischief and breach of the peace, but activists want the 18-year-old charged with a hate crime.

Ms Brochu allegedly bragged online about her bullying, describing how she spat in Chennel Rowe's coconut oil and put her toothbrush "where the sun doesn't shine", reports the Hartford Courant.

She was later banned from campus by a local community court judge.

"After 1½ month of spitting in her coconut oil, putting moldy clam dip in her lotions, rubbing used tampons oh [sic] her backpack, putting her toothbrush places where the sun doesn't shine, and so much more, I can finally say goodbye Jamaican Barbie," Ms Brochu wrote on Instagram, according to court records.

On Tuesday, members of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) arrived outside the Hartford courthouse to demand prosecutors charge Ms Brochu with a hate crime, reports CBS News.

But Ms Brochu's lawyer, Tom Stevens, said he did not expect authorities to file hate crime charges and that his client regretted her actions.

"I think this is sort of not the case that you all have been fanning the flame on," he said outside court, according to the Courant. "I think when it's all said and done, what you're going to see is there was nothing racial that motivated this.

"This was two students who were placed together, I think randomly... who didn't like each other, like has been happening since kids went to school and became roommates."

Gail Hardy, Hartford's State Attorney, said additional information was being reviewed at the request of Ms Rowe's lawyer.

Ms Brochu has admitted licking her former roommate's plate, fork, and spoon and smearing bodily fluid on her victim's backpack, but denies the other accusations she posted on Instagram, according to the local newspaper.

In a Facebook post which has been viewed more than a million times, Ms Rowe said she had developed throat pain and had been unable to sleep or speak.





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

MBJ Breaks Ground on USD 12m Taxiway Rehabilitation Project Led by S&G

Montego Bay, Jamaica, 21 November 2017 // MBJ Airports, operator of Sangster International Airport, Jamaica's leading gateway to the world, broke ground this month on a USD 12m taxiway rehabilitation project.

MBJ awarded the project to S&G Road Surfacing Materials in June 2017. The Mandeville-based company is responsible for the removal and reconstruction of parts of the taxiway as well as the redesign, resurfacing and widening of other sections, according to standards established by the International Civil Aviation Organization.

The project is progressing smoothly and on track to be completed within the contracted 10-month construction period, according to S&G's Project Commercial Director, Marlon Symister. S&G has 150 employees working on the taxiway rehabilitation project. The work is being carried out at night to avoid interrupting normal operations at the airport.

The taxiway rehabilitation project forms part of a structured airport maintenance program being carried out in accordance with the terms of MBJ's 30-year operating concession with the Government of Jamaica. MBJ has a USD 40m budget for the five-year period ending 2020 to carry out maintenance and improvement works under the program.


About MBJ Airports:

MBJ Airports Limited, operator of Sangster International Airport, connects Jamaica to more than 50 international destinations and welcomed a record 3.9m travelers in 2016. MBJ operates the airport under a 30-year concession that began in 2003 and provides employment to more than 150 Jamaicans.


Media Inquiries:

Sharon Hislop, Manager, Commercial Development & Marketing

T: +1 876 952 3124 | E: shislop@mbjairport.com


Photos:

MBJ taxiway rehabilitation works are being carried out at night by S&G Road Surfacing Materials of Mandeville.

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WE APOLOGIZE FOR PROBLEMS ON THE 12 ANNUAL CARIBBEAN SPLASH 2017

OUR FORMAL APOLOGY TO FANS | PATRONS | FRIENDS| SPONSORS| VENDORS


Immediate Press Release
John Alessi Pr Firm
Miami, Florida
Publicist: Maurice Tucker MBA.
November 21, 2017
Contact 305-930-3500
Email : Johnalessifirm@gmail.com

We Apologize for the Mishap at the 12 Annual Caribbean Splash 2017

Apology

Miami, Florida - We the staff and the promoters (Mr. CC Promotions) of the 12 Annual Caribbean Splash 2017 would like to apologize to our fans, friends, sponsors and patrons who attended the event on Sunday, November 12, 2017, at the Orlando Amphitheater. The event was dubbed to be the biggest show to date, but due to unforeseen circumstances and to our dismay the show turned out to be unsuccessful. We strongly regret any inconvenience that we may have caused to anyone who came to the show, and we take full responsibility for these actions. We recognize that there are ongoing issues with the artist(s) and patron(s) which some of these problems are still lingering and could be problematic thus; we intend to identify, address, and come to an immediate resolution with the said party.

We take Full Acceptance

The show was staged like no other event in the Florida, Orlando region and riddled with top-tier Jamaican artist such as Capleton, Busy Signal, Konshens, Chris Martin, Tanya Stephens, Marcia Griffiths and Estelle and that's just to name a few of the acts. Although Capleton and Busy Signal were the two main acts and headliners for the show, the show was centered in part on Busy Signal, as this was his debut performance in Florida. As of such the show was highly anticipated and promoted; we decided to rent a venue with the capacity of 10,000 people that was befitting of the caliber of artist we were promoting. For transparency and clarity, we had a budget of over $200,000 at a minimum which included venue rental of $30,000.00, promotion of $40,000.00 artist down payment over $50,000.00, backline of $14,000.00 and boarding and lodging including flights $30,000.00. Inadvertently the concert ended with a loss of over $80,000. Yes, of course, it was a big budget, but with the sponsors and investors (which we had initially) the show would have been highly successful. At the latter staging of promoting the event (4 days before event) problems ensued, and with futile efforts, we lost a significant sponsor whom we were relying on to cover some of the expenses for the event. On the day of the event, the monetary problems escalated and magnified at a level, which was insurmountable. We critically analyzed and approached the situation with caution by engaging with the artist and their management as a way of finding solutions to the problem. We (as) the management and team knew that we had a binding contract with the artist(s). As of such and because of monetary constraints we had requested if we could pay 70%-80% on their total contract (individually) as to create a fluid continuity of the show but it was denied by Busy Signal, Marcia Griffiths, Chris Martin and Konshens. We will not (apply) the burden of proof on any artist(s) as it was our responsibility to cover all the expenses for the event but we were divergent in our thoughts as we tried to eradicate an ongoing problem by offering a solution. Moving forward we take full responsibility for all our mishaps on the day of the event and any peripheral issues on that said day. We take acceptance for the financial dilemma and we would like to find better solutions in fixing it moving forward. We take recognition for our actions. We as a team do wish to engage with the said artist(s) to find a solution in creating a remedy to this problem and we are receptive to open ideas moving forward. It must be noted that of the 25 artist(s) who were booked to perform at the event 21 took to the stage with electrifying performance including a surprise performance by Craigy T. formerly of T.O.K.

30 YEARS OF PROMOTION & GIVING BACK TO THE ORLANDO COMMUNITY

Mr. Cc Promotions is widely known for bringing entertainment to the Jamaican diaspora in Orlando, Florida. His presence is immeasurable with over 2,000 shows to his credit with less than 6 show mishaps, that's less than .3 % of errors which is literally unmatched by any other promoter to date. His accomplishments stretch over 30 years where he has worked successfully with artist such as Sizzla, Movado, UB40, Steel Pulse, Lucky Dube, Jay Z, Young Jeezy, Lil Wayne, Fat Joe, Method Man, Red Man, Plan B, Group of Mania, Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Beres Hammond, Maxi Priest, Shabba Ranks, Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs, Barrington Levy and Freddie McGregor, Kymani Marley, Damion Marley, Stephen Marley, Julian Marley, Wailers Inner Circle and Chronixx. Mr. CC Productions is also known for being a major part of arguably the longest and most successful Reggae Club in the world known as "Jamaikin Mi Krazy" for the past 23 years. Without a doubt, Mr. CC Promotions has influenced the direction of the Orlando Jamaican and Caribbean diaspora with great entertainment, great social lifestyle with prominent and top tier events on a yearly basis. Mr. CC Promotions for over the past 30 years have shed light on the Jamaica community in Orlando and has created strong awareness and recognition of the diaspora with great humility. Mr. CC takes pride and accomplishment with his prominence in the Orlando community; it is partly because of him that the Caribbean and Jamaican citizens have decided to move to Orlando. For decades a lot of people have called Orlando home because of the culture and Jamaican influence Mr. CC has upheld and maintained throughout the past 30 years. Mr. CC loves his people and his culture and he intends to continue to promote great Jamaica music and culture in the community.





Freddie McGregor Jamathon Drop

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Ninjaman found guilty of murder!

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a-st-mary-ninja.jpgDancehall artiste Ninjaman, his son Janeil, and Dennis Clayton, the third co-accused have all been found guilty of the 2009 murder of Ricardo Johnson, also known as Ricky Trooper.

Ninjaman, whose given name is Desmond Ballentyne, has also been convicted of shooting with intent.

A seven-member jury comprising four men and three women on Monday handed down the verdict in Home Circuit Court in Kingston after three hours and 11 minutes of deliberation.

Ninja and his co-accused were on trial for the 2009 murder of Johnson in the Lower Mall Road community of Kingston. The closed-door trial lasted for five weeks.

"A suh it go man. Don't worry yuhself, Jamaica, I'll be back,"Ninja Man said as he and his co-accused were led away in handcuffs.

He and his co-accused are to be sentenced on December 15.





3 women gunned down in Area One within 24 hours

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crime-scene-gun.jpgThe cops in Westmoreland are investigating the circumstances surrounding Sunday night's murder of a woman, who was shot and killed at her home by gunmen.

She has been identified as 51-year-old Pauline Bremmer of Revival district in Westmoreland. The police report that about 11:00 pm, Bremmer was at home with her 14-year-old son when she was shot dead by armed thugs.

No motive has so far been determined by investigators.

Bremmer became the third female to be gunned down in the Police Area One within a 24 hour period.

A 44-year-old mother, Ann Marie Johnson and her 24-year-old daughter, Shantoy McKenzie were shot and killed at their home in Mother Lane, Cambridge, St James, Saturday night.

Area One covers the parishes of Westmoreland, Hanover, St James and Trelawny.





Men arrested in $10-million ganja seizure charged

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hands-behind-bars.jpgThe police say three men who were arrested in connection with the seizure of more than $10 million worth of ganja in St Catherine, on Thursday, have now been charged by the Narcotics Police.

The three men were arrested on Grange Lane, about 8 o'clock Thursday evening, in connection with the seizure of 220 pounds of ganja, which has an estimated street value $11.1 million.

They have been identified as 41-year-old truck driver and businessman, Marlon Williams, of Passagefort, St Catherine; 37-year-old taxi driver, Gerard Samuels, of Lacovia, St Elizabeth; and 41-year-old farmer, Calvin Robinson, of West Cumberland, St Catherine.

The police say Williams was charged with possession of ganja, dealing in ganja, taking steps preparatory to export ganja, and using premises for the storage of ganja.

Meanwhile, Samuels and Robinson were charged jointly with possession of ganja, taking steps preparatory to export ganja, dealing in ganja, trafficking ganja and conspiracy.

Robinson is also facing a charge of money laundering.





Woman murdered in Linstead

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crime-scene-gun.jpgThe Linstead police have launched an investigation into the murder of a woman in Victoria District, St Catherine, this morning.

The woman has only been identified as a 57-year-old labourer.

Reports are that she was at home about 7:30 this morning, when she was approached by a gunman.

The man reportedly asked for a male relative, who was not at home.

As the man left he reportedly fired several shots, killing the woman.

The police say no motive has yet been established for the murder, but investigators are following useful leads.





"Welcome, this is the first video me a mek why me kill myself. Unuh probably know by now say me dead." These are the spine-chilling words from a 13-year-old boy, who reportedly committed suicide last week, using a licensed firearm belonging to his step-father..

Police say they are aware of many claims being made in the public domain that the video was that of Davion Johnson from Grange Hill, Westmoreland and who was found dead in St Mary on Sunday, November 12.

They have launched an investigation to determine if the video is that of the same 13-year-old boy.

In the video, which is two minutes and 43 seconds long, the teen says, among other things, that he hated being on a bus with school children as they acted like "idiots and lick lick yuh in a yuh head." He said he wanted to shoot them and kill them. In relation to his own future, he said he wanted to grow up and kill people, but he would rather find it better now to do it to himself as he felt this was a better way.

Admitting that there was a possibility that the suicide attempt may fail and that he may end up in the hospital, he plainly stated that he did not want this to happen.

The boy in the video also admitted that he had tried to commit suicide in the past but he could not deal with the pain.

He ends the video with the words:"Rest in peace... Later."





The Police High Command has released the names of the country's top five most wanted criminals.

The men have been described as the country's main violence producers, who are wanted for multiple shootings and murders, as well as confrontations with the police.

They are as follows:

Charles Hamilton, otherwise called 'Thugy, Thugy', who is said to operate in the St Mary area.

Brian Peterkin, otherwise called 'Ratty', who is said to operate in St James.

Nico Walters, otherwise called 'Speckles', who is said to operate in Clarendon.

Davion Brown, otherwise called 'Baltie', who is said to operate in Westmoreland

Shaniel Lutton, who is said to operate in St James.

"These are individuals who are believed to be key players behind the ongoing violence across the country," Police Commissioner, George Quallo, said at a press conference at his office in Kingston on Friday.

"These are men who are involved in multiple shootings, multiple murders and confrontations with the police," said Deputy Commissioner of Police, Selvin Haye, who heads the crime portfolio within the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).

The police declined to provide details on the crimes the men have been linked to, but said they are in pursuit of them.

As the country's crime rate continue to spiral, police warned that they will be intensifying their operations across the island as they seek to place a lid on the crime monster.

Police data shows that a total of 1,404 murders have been committed so far this year, which compares to 1,137 for the same period in 2016.





Ninjaman to know his fate today

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ninja-man-photo-9.jpgPopular entertainer Ninjaman is to know his fate today when the seven-member jury will deliberate and hand down its verdict in the murder case against him.

Justice Martin Gayle who is presiding at the month-long trial, is expected to wrap up his summation this morning in order to give the jurors enough time to deliberate.

Ninjaman, his son Jamiel and Dennis Clayton have all been on trial since October 17.

The men are on trial for the murder of Ricardo Johnson also called 'Trooper' who was fatally shot eight years ago on Mall Road, Kingston 11.





stefflon-don.jpgStefflon Don stopped by Hot97 recently to chat all things from UK Rap to her own personal journey.

During the interview with Ebro, Laura Stylez and Rosenberg, the British rapper share insights into how she came to be known as "Stefflon Don", how her journey in UK Rap began; with her siblings playing a massive role and what her plans are for the future.

She also revealed that she dreams of working with Dancehall superstar Vybz Kartel.

Stefflon Don, whose real name is Stephanie Allen, is an exciting, 25-year-old UK MC who raps with wit and ferocity about female empowerment, street life, and sex.

Her brash, charismatic music is marked by authentic injections of Jamaican Dancehall.

In March, she signed a £1.2M deal with Polydor, a part of Universal Music Group.





Konshens gets married to fiancee Latoya

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konshens-wedding.jpgDancehall artiste Konshens tied the knot with his fiancee and mother of his son, Latoya on Sunday at an elaborate, private ceremony in Miami.

Konshens Is Now Married. Mr and Mrs Spence





RJRGLEANER Group Chairman Spaulding has died

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lester-spaulding.jpgChairman of the RJRGLEANER Communications Group J Lester Spaulding has died.

Spaulding died in hospital this morning after ailing for some time.

He was 76.

He was due to retire as group chairman at the end of the year.





donald-trump-photo-4.jpgIt holds nuclear missile codes, it's in charge of the security of the United States, and its ultimate boss, the US president, is a prolific tweeter. But when it comes to handling its own Twitter account, the Pentagon could do with improving its skills.

On Thursday the US Department of Defense accidentally retweeted a tweet calling for Donald Trump to resign as US president.

The original tweet which also called for two other US politicians to step down following sexual harassment allegations was tweeted from an account belonging to @ProudResister, an anti-Trump activist.

It said: "The solution is simple. Roy Moore: Step down from the race. Al Franken: Resign from congress, Donald Trump: Resign from the presidency. GOP: Stop making sexual assault a partisan issue. It's a crime as is your hypocrisy."

The Pentagon's main account retweeted the message to its 5.2 million followers before quickly deleting it. But the embarrassing blunder did not go unnoticed. A screen shot of the Pentagon's retweet was itself retweeted and shared, and the reaction to it was swift.

"Uh someone made a mistake," posted one Twitter user.

Another user tweeted: "Looks like that ex-Twitter employee found a new gig at the Pentagon," referring to a similar social media blunder earlier this month when a Twitter employee deactivated President Trump's account on their last day in the job.

At the time, the president brushed off the 11-minute Twitter outage, but the incident raised questions about the security of President Trump's account.





Mugabe seen in public for the first time since 'coup'

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mugabe-with-soldier.jpgZimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has made his first public appearance since the country's army took over on Wednesday.

He attended a graduation ceremony in the capital, Harare.

Mr Mugabe had been under house arrest for days. The army made its move after a power struggle over his successor.

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The military said on Friday it was "engaging" with Mr Mugabe and would advise the public on the outcome of talks "as soon as possible".

Meanwhile Christopher Mutsvangwa, the leader of the influential war veterans' association, said Mr Mugabe should step down at once.

He called for a huge turnout in street protests on Saturday.





Colin Kaepernick is GQ's 'Citizen of the Year'

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colin-kaepernick-gq-magazine.jpgColin Kaepernick, an American football player who last year started protesting police brutality against African Americans by kneeling during the US national anthem, has been named "Citizen of the Year" by GQ magazine.

The public stand of the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback has sparked a wave of similar protests across the National Football League and other athletic events.

Announcing its decision on Monday, GQ likened Kaepernick to other sports icons, including boxer Muhammad Ali, who opposed the Vietnam War.

"He's been vilified by millions and locked out of the NFL - all because he took a knee to protest police brutality," the magazine said of Kaepernick's protest. Kaepernick's determined stand puts him in rare company in sports history: Muhammad Ali, Jackie Robinson - athletes who risked everything to make a difference," it said.

Kaepernick declined to be interviewed by GQ but posed for pictures. He posted a message on Twitter, saying he was "honored' by the recognition.





Eve spills on Nicki Minaj's racy Paper cover

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nicki-minaj-paper.jpgRapper Eve just landed her new gig on 'The Talk,' and is already making waves via the daytime talk show.

The hosts all weighed in on Nicki Minaj's risqué Paper Magazine cover, featuring the Queens native engaged in a menage a trois with herself.

Eve, who has worked with Nicki on set and is also a fellow MC, revealed she was not a fan of the controversial pics.

"I worked with Nicki, I got to know her on 'Barbershop'... she's a nice person, she's an amazing rapper, and as a lyricist I respect her... but as a woman, from my point of view, personally, I would not be able to do that," Eve told the audience.

"I think in this climate, it's not good. I think every artist has a right to express themselves however they want to express themselves and I respect that as well. For me personally, as I started coming up in the business, I started realizing that young girls were looking up to me and younger people were looking up to me, and that, not that you want to be a role model, but it becomes what you become, it is what you are."

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Continuing, "As I've gotten older ... I'd just rather be a voice that's uplifting... I can be a voice for those girls that might not have a voice, in a different way without showing myself off ... For the Nicki fans, I love her, respect her. Go women in hip hop. It's not my thing. I just don't think it's right. Personally. Period. That's it."

Nicki's devoted fan base immediately took to Twitter to defend the Queen of the Barbs, claiming Eve's judgmental stance was hypocritical.

"Eve is full of s--t. Instead of shaming Nicki Minaj for owning her sexuality as a GROWN woman she could have used that opportunity to talk more about the success of a fellow Black female rapper."





crime-scene-gun.jpgAn inmate of the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre was shot dead when he tried to escape custody while on a medical visit to the National Chest Hospital in St. Andrew on Thursday afternoon.

He has been named Kevin Anthony Fletcher.

According to reports, Fletcher who was convicted for murder, was taken to the Chest Hospital by prison wardens for treatment.

He escaped and was chased by the wardens who opened gunfire at him.

He fell into the gully that runs along the Chest Hospital.

Fletcher was removed from the gully and pronounced dead by doctors at the facility.

The Department of Correctional Services said the police and INDECOM are investigating the matter.





Edith Dalton James High is among five schools to receive a walk-through metal detector as well as a number of handheld devices.

The announcement was made by Education Minister Ruel Reid on Wednesday afternoon at a ceremony during which 130 handheld metal scanners and five walk-through detectors were handed over by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Edith Dalton James High will install the walk-through scanner at the entrance to the school this month.

This comes a month after a 15 year-old male student was stabbed to death by a classmate at the school.

Senator Reid, who addressed the ceremony, noted that the government was determined to ensure that there was no recurrence of the incident at the school or any other institution.

"When we did our investigation, the youngster in question had about two or three weapons on his person, and had he been through that kind of surveillance, then they would have been detected and he would have been disarmed," said the minister.

He added that the initiative was a sort of resocialisation in the school system to combat the "high levels of anti-social behaviour and violence across the country."

Other schools to receive walk-through metal detectors are Brown's Town High, Anchovy High and Norman Manley High.





hands-behind-bars.jpgAn American man is behind bars in the United States after being accused of sexually assaulting a minor at a tourist resort in Jamaica.

A statement issued by the US Attorney's office for the northern district of California says a federal grand jury on Wednesday indicted 43-year-old Douglas Peacock for travelling to a foreign country and engaging in illicit sexual conduct with a minor.

Mr. Peacock was detained in the Southern District of Florida on Wednesday morning after being arrested on the charge in Miami on November 10.

According to the indictment, Mr. Peacock, who is from Foster City, California, travelled from the US to Jamaica about June 19 this year and engaged in illicit sexual conduct with a minor who was, at the time, under 12 years of age.

It's alleged that Mr. Peacock, while in the pool of a family-friendly resort in Jamaica, molested a six-year-old US citizen. He has been charged with one count of engaging in illicit sexual conduct in foreign places. If convicted, he faces a maximum statutory sentence of 30 years.





Jamaican man wanted by cops in Antigua surrenders

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A Jamaican man who was listed as wanted by the police in Antigua-Barbuda has surrendered.

According to the online edition of the Antigua Observer, Conroy Jones turned himself in to the police this week, accompanied by a lawyer.

The Antigua & Barbuda police had issued a wanted bulletin for his arrest nearly a month ago. They said he had been accused of wounding his girlfriend in Antigua on September 16.

It is alleged that he used a machete to chop the woman, who is the mother of his children.

The woman underwent surgery for her injuries.





Jamaican serving in Kuwait dies suddenly

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jamaican-dies-us-military.jpgA Jamaican serving in the American military died in Kuwait on Tuesday morning during a tour of duty.

Hughton Brown attended Wolmer's Boys' School before migrating to the United States where he served in the military for 17 years.

It is not yet clear what are the circumstances of his death.

Relatives of Mr. Brown characterise him as vibrant, "the life of the party," and a lover of photography and motor bikes.





Ganja worth over $11 million seized in Gregory Park

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ganja-seized.jpgNarcotics police seized ganja with an estimated street value of over J$11 million in Gregory Park, St. Catherine yesterday (Thurs).

Reports are that about 8:00 p.m., the team signalled the driver of a Toyota Noah minivan that was travelling along Grange Lane to stop; however, the driver sped away.

The motor vehicle was pursued and was eventually intercepted when the driver drove onto the compound of a business establishment in the area and stopped.

The police subsequently searched the vehicle and found 169 parcels of compressed ganja weighing 1000 pounds.

The premises was also searched and an additional 200 parcels of compressed ganja weighing 1220 pounds were found.

Three men have been taken into custody in relation to this seizure; the Toyota Noah minivan was also seized. Arrangements are being made for the men to be questioned in the presence of their attorneys at law.





Weddy Wednesdays - Nov 15th, 2017

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crime-scene-tape.jpgJust over two weeks after gangster Omar 'King Evil' Lewis was killed in their community, residents of Catherine Hall, Montego Bay, were exposed to more extreme violence on Monday night when two women were murdered and a man seriously injured in a brazen gun attack.

The deceased women are 41-year-old Cleopatra 'Keisha' Fletcher, a popular nail technician; and her 52-year-old customer, Dawnette Shettleworth, an employee at the Sangster International Airport. The injured man is a 43-year-old JUTA operator.

According to reports, at approximately 5:30 p.m., Fletcher, Shettleworth and the injured man were sitting in Fletcher's salon when an unknown assailant walked into the establishment, pulled a handgun from his waistband, and opened fire. All three persons were hit.

"De man just walk inna de woman and open up gunfire and then run off," recounted a witness, who said the killer wore a hoodie that blocked a clear view of his face. "By the time people rush inna de salon fe help, de woman dead already."

On the night of Wednesday, October 25, when Lewis was killed, he had reportedly gone to that same salon to have his nails done. He was attacked by unknown assailants as he entered his car and was sprayed with a barrage of bullets. He died on the spot.

"Ever since that man (Lewis) was killed, I told myself that I would not be going back to that salon, because I just had a gut feeling that something else was going to happen over there," a female resident told The Gleaner yesterday. "We are all living on the edge here in MoBay because we are all like sitting duck for the gunmen."

While the police have not divulged a motive for Monday night's killing, speculation is rife in the western city that it had something to do with the death of Lewis, who the police said was the leader of the Canterbury-based Nation Crocs gang. At different times in his life, Lewis figured on the police's most wanted list both here in Jamaica and in the United States.

"Rumour a go round seh Keisha know a who kill Omar, so it look like dem decide fe silence her," another resident told The Gleaner. "Keisha a good girl ... hard-working girl ... . She tek pride inna her work so her customer dem love her. It is sad fe see how she just lose her life soh."

Dawnette Shettleworth, apparently, was caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. The former Mt Salem resident was reportedly off the island at the time of Omar 'King Evil' Lewis' death and wouldn't have been a witness to it.

"Poor Dawnette ... always smiling, don't trouble a soul, and look how she just dead and gone," one of her co-workers told The Gleaner. "Every day or every other day somebody get killed inna MoBay. Me feel like just resign my job and run weh. Me fraid fe walk de streets."





Criminals posing as cops robbing innocent people

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shocked.jpgReports have surfaced that criminals are posing as members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) and robbing individuals.

The police are now urging the public to be on the lookout as the men are dressed in fake police clothing and travel in a vehicle with flashing blue lights.

The most recent reported incident occurred Saturday night along East Kings House Road in St Andrew where the men stopped a businessman near the entrance to the Kingsgate Apartments.

He was robbed of a large amount of cash and his licensed firearm.

Head of the JCF Corporate Communications Unit, Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay said that the victim was approached by two men in a car, who said they were police officers.

They demanded a search of the man's vehicle and he was relieved of his firearm and over one million dollars.

"We are conducting investigations; we have confirmed that these men were not police officers. We are following leads at the moment," Lindsay said as she urged people to be on alert for the fake cops.

"When you are stopped, you need to be 100 per cent sure that persons are in fact police officers and demand to see some form of identification," she advised.

"If they are in a vehicle marked police, call 119 to verify," Lindsay added.





Father, 2 sons murdered in Ebony Park

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA father and his two sons were shot dead by gunmen in a brazen attack in Ebony Park, Clarendon on Sunday night.

Reports reaching Loop News are that at around 8:15 pm residents in the rural community heard loud explosions and alerted the police.

Sources from the area told Loop that the father and the sons were at a shop that they owned in the area when men drove up and opened fire.

The men then fled the area.

Police arrived on the scene a few minutes later and during a search of the area, the father and his two adult sons were found with gunshot wounds.

The murder has again left residents in the area in shock.

"I am very concerned about the spiraling murders," said Uphel Purcell, Councillor for the York Town Division, in which Ebony Park falls.

The father and two sons who were shot dead by gunmen in Ebony Park, Clarendon on Sunday, have been identified.

They are 55-year-old shop owner, Clifton Scott, and his sons, 25-year-old Clifton Jnr and 20-year-old Orville.

Reports are that at around 8:15 p.m., the three were at a shop that they operated in the community, when gunmen went to the location and opened fire before escaping.

Residents who heard the explosions raised an alarm.

On arrival, the police found the bodies of the three men with gunshot wounds.

The murders have left residents of the community in shock.





Two Miles under curfew

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curfew-in-areas-of-west-kingston.jpgA curfew has been imposed in sections of Two Miles in the St. Andrew South Police Division. The curfew began at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 14 and will remain in effect until 6:00 p.m on Thursday, November 16. The boundaries of the curfew are as follows:

NORTH -Along Waltham Park Road from Crescent road to Norman Lane. SOUTH - Along Norman Lane from Waltham Park to Spanish Town Road;

EAST - Along Spanish Town Road from Norman Lane to Spanish Town Road. WEST- Along Cresent Road from Spanish Town Road to Waltham Park Road.

During the hours of the curfew, all persons within the boundaries are required to remain within their premises unless otherwise authorized in writing by the ground commander.





Dad shot at basic school in St James

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA man was shot and injured by gunmen on Tuesday afternoon at Challenge Basic School in Montego Bay, St. James.

The incident took place while parents were collecting their children.

The injured man, who is said to be the parent of a student at the school, has been admitted to hospital in serious condition.

Some 275 persons have been murdered in St. James since January 1.





Two Canadians charged with cocaine sent to prison

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jamaica-cocaine-seized.jpgTwo Canadians have been fined and sentenced to prison for cocaine possession and attempting to export the drug from Jamaica.

The sentences were handed down Monday when 22-year-old bartender Mariah Holland and 23-year-old enquiry officer Jaques-Francoise Moukoury appeared in the St James Parish Court.

Holland and Moukoury were arrested by members of the Narcotics Division at the Sangster International Airport on August 31, 2016 as they attempted to board a flight to Canada.

Holland was found in possession of three quart bottles containing six pounds of cocaine with an estimated street value of $3.4 million; while Moukoury was found in possession of three quart bottles with cocaine four pounds of cocaine valued $2.2 million.

Holland and Moukoury were both fined $1 million or nine months imprisonment for possession of cocaine and $1.5 million or nine months imprisonment for attempting to export cocaine.

They must also serve a three-year mandatory imprisonment term.





Bugle releases 40-track compilation Spontaneous

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bugle-photo-3.jpgHaving a surfeit of tracks namely Boom Box, Cherish Life, Real Survivor and Live Love Laugh, the latter featuring Popcaan enjoying premium rotation across the diaspora. Reggae crooner Bugle has been in the studio working assiduously concocting a new mixtape to capitalize even further on this upsurge.

The project titled 'Spontaneous' is a collective of 40-tracks spanning both the Reggae and Dancehall genres with guest appearances from An9ted Entertainment affiliates Alexx A-Game and Samboni while production credits come courtesy of noted producer and disc jock Razz Attack.

Alluding to the compilation Bugle says, though he would love to give all his fans a copy of the 'Be Yourself' album, it's not financially feasible but also in the same vein he doesn't want to leave them empty-handed, hence the creation of a mixtape.

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It's Goosebumps from former ARP member Mitch

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mitch.jpgArmed with a new single, new management and a renewed focus and strategy, Roger Mitchell is once again fully ready to claim his musical space, with the release of his recent single, Goosebumps, an upbeat collaboration with artiste Dolla Coin.

Working harmoniously with Emperor Productions, this singer-songwriter, whose style has been described as "melodious and edgy", blends these elements nicely into Goosebumps, making it a truly infectious single. Noting that the collab has been receiving rave feedback, both from radio and in the streets, the artiste revealed that an accompanying music video is in the works, along with another soon-to-be-released single.

This former member of the now defunct but popular reggae group, ARP, found fame with the outfit in the late nineties into early 2000, and even after ARP disbanded, he continued singing. Better known to his fans simply as Mitch, he explains that this is the name he still uses for his solo career.

"Mitch will always be Mitch and of course, some people will continue to say 'Mitch from ARP', but that just shows the power of the group," he says candidly.

Although to some it may seem that Mitch had taken a hiatus from the music scene, he was quick to point out that this was not so.

"Believe it or not I have always been doing music...never stopped. I have been voicing for various producers and getting a lot of promises, but the truth is that nothing happens before the right time and I believe that the time is now," he declared, acknowledging the exceptional efforts of his "family" at Emperor Productions to ensure that everything falls into place.

Not surprisingly, in the last five years Mitch has been frequenting Europe and he has spent extended periods on that continent, in particular, Denmark, where he had been working on an album project with talented Danish producers Søren "Pharfar" Schou and Adi 'Jahdil' Nadri at Food Palace Music in Copenhagen.

His third album, Lucky, was released on November 25 last year on Danish label, Icedrop Records and it is available on all digital platforms. According to Mitch, Lucky is an intoxicating mix of Reggae, Jazz Funk and African beats.

"Pharfar is the same producer who worked with late Danish reggae singer Natasja Saad, and it was really a great experience doing this album with him and Jahdil," Mitch explained.

Sorry, the first single from the 11-track album, is described as a "warm and sizzling reggae version of Justin Bieber's original" with the video being shot in Old Harbour.

According to their bio, it was in 1998 that ARP released the classic 'I Want Your Body', which established the group. A series of noteworthy hits followed including, 'Return Of The Mac', 'Girls Dem Cry', 'Song For Mama', 'Really Want You', 'The Girl Dem Want', a cover version of K-Ci And JoJo's 'All My Life', and a team up with Patra on 'True Love'. ARP also enjoyed particular success in the dancehall with, 'Di Gal Dem Want' and in combination with U.T. Dread 'Youths Dem Play', riding the 'Cloak & Dagger' rhythm. In 1999, the band joined Penthouse Records where they released 'Temple Of The Lord' and worked on an album with producer Donovan Germain.





bob-marley-photo-7.jpgBob Marley's Get Up, Stand Up is the theme song for Optimist International Caribbean District's (OICD) anti-bullying human rights campaign.

The campaign -- expected to run from October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018 -- was launched at the Junior Optimist International Caribbean Summit at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in St Andrew last weekend.

In making the announcement, OICD Governor Calvin A Hunter said permission was granted for the Optimist Club to use the song free of cost by Marley's daughter Cedella Marley, who declared the initiative to be a "great one".

Hunter said the song was selected because the words would serve as an inspiration for those being bullied and who have a sense of hopelessness.

"We want to encourage young people across the Caribbean to become social advocates around human rights, with a focus on fighting discrimination and bullying that often take place within our schools," said Hunter.

Marley died in May 1981. He was 36.





aidonia-photo-7.jpgCollaborating with award-winning music producer Stephen 'Di Genius' McGregor throughout the years has proven to be a successful formula for high riding deejay Aidonia. Aside from a plethora of hits, 'Fi Di Jockey', one of their last effort continues to infiltrate various markets across the globe amassing over 15 million views online in the process, making it one of the 4th Genna recording artiste most bankable projects.

Come the last quarter of 2017, the two have joined forces again for an upcoming project titled 'Set Fi Di Backshot'. Produced on 'Di Genius Records' imprint the single is an infectious anthem geared towards the female populace and slated for release in the days ahead.

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According to Aidonia, "Stephen and I have always had good musical chemistry over the years, so collaborating on this new project is just a natural vibe."

Meanwhile, over the weekend the 'Banga' hitmaker along with label-mate Govana invaded the Ocean Village car park in Ocho Rios for the 2017 staging of 'Xcess' unravelling hits such as 'Yeah Yeah', Gyal Clown, Hot Tool, Shallow Grung, Run Road among others as they delivered another fiery performance to the large gathering on hand.

Govana is currently working on his upcoming EP while Aidonia continues work on his debut album. Both projects are still untitled.

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sean-paul-and-chi-ching-ching.jpgChin Ching Ching is grateful to Sean Paul and he's letting everyone know it.

The artiste, who is signed to Popcaan's Unruly label, publicly thanked Sean Paul on social media this week. This is what the "Roast or Fry (Breadfruit)" singer said:

"Locking the shows and stocking mah [doughs] Dem a ask for more," Ching captioned a photo with the "No Lie" hit maker. "[Sean Paul] thanks for the opportunity you gave me to showcase my talent, i [been] to [countries] I never [knew] i would ever go," he added.

There have been rumours of a fallout with the so-called Unruly Boss, Popcaan.

Ching, who is currently on tour with Sean Paul, took to Instagram on Tuesday to share his gratitude for everything the international recording artiste has done for his career, showcasing his talent to the world.





"Carry On" featuring Romain Virgo,

Tarrus Riley, Tessanne Chin, Chronixx

& Sherieta Lewis

Produced by Dean Fraser, Sean Diedrick & Sherieta Lewis

for DownSound Records. Written by Sherieta Lewis & Sean Diedrick

"Carry On" Official Song of Caribbean Love Now Campaign (2)





New appeal date for Vybz Kartel

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vybz-kartel-photo-32.jpgKartel's appeal hearing was scheduled for February 19, 2018.

However, following a case management hearing last Tuesday, his attorneys have requested more time to prepare the appeal.

According to reports, Kartel will have to wait five months more, until July 2018... that's when hearing for the appeal against his life sentence will happen.

The matter will be heard over three weeks

Vybz Kartel aka Di Teacha was convicted along with Kahira Jones, Andre St John, and entertainer Shawn "Shawn Storm" Campbell in 2014 for the murder of Clive "Lizard" Williams. They were given life sentences.





Ninjaman is NOT dead; death rumours 'disturbing'

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ninja-man-photo-8.jpgControversial veteran deejay Desmond 'Ninjaman' Ballentyne is very much alive.

Tuesday evening, social media erupted with reports that the much-loved deejay had died, sending fans both at home and abroad into a frenzy.

Attempts to contact the CCU regarding Ninja's supposed death proved futile, but his attorney, Valerie Neita Robertson subsequent announced that her client is "alive and well".

Well, however, is relative, as the deejay was recently diagnosed with heart problems and need immediate surgery.

Wednesday morning, Ninjaman's spouse is reported as saying that while the deejay was in good spirits, the false rumours of his death are "disturbing".





Stur Guvand Stone Love Link Up - Nov 11th, 2017

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Former Miss Jamaica Universe Trudi Ferguson has died

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trudi.jpgFerguson, who won the Miss Jamaica Universe crown in 1996, died Friday after a battle with breast cancer.

Miss Universe Jamaica made the announcement via Facebook on Saturday, on the same day pageant organisers sent current title holder Davina Bennett off to Las Vegas, Nevada to represent the island in the Miss Universe contest.

"Although we are extremely excited to have sent Miss Universe Jamaica to Las Vegas, in the same breath we are extremely saddened by the passing of Miss Jamaica Universe 1996 Trudi Ferguson. Our heart and prayers go out to her friends and family," the pageant organisers wrote on Facebook.

There have been an outpouring of tributes to Ferguson on social media since news broke of her passing.





Dancehall artiste Unicorn shot and killed

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unicorn-photo-1.jpgPopular Dancehall artiste Unicorn was reportedly shot and killed by gunmen on Sunday afternoon while visiting relatives in the war torn Maxfield are of Kingston..

Reports are are that about 3:40 p.m., the police responded to information about gunshots heard in the vicinity of Crescent Road, off Maxfield Avenue. Upon their arrival, the police reportedly saw Unycorn, whose real name was Donovan McMurray, lying on his back in a pool of blood. He appeared to have a gunshot wound to the back of the head. A grey Toyota Rav4 was reportedly seen in the middle of the road with the left front door and the trunk opened.

Unycorn was rushed to the Kingston Public Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Unycorn's mother, Delevan Barrett-Daley, told one news outlet that her son had gone to visit relatives in the area when the incident occurred.

Since the incident, several persons have taken to social media to offer their condolences.

Among them was Dancehall artiste Macka Diamond with whom Unycorn did the popular collab (Hol' You Pillow And) Think Bout Mi'. Unycorn has also written several hit songs for other artistes.





grace-jones-interview-photo-1.jpgLegendary Jamaican-American singer Grace Jones is known for her quirkiness, and she didn't disappoint during a madcap appearance on The Jonathan Ross Show.

The superstar, 69, stunned the presenter when she suddenly leaped on to his desk, pretending to be a cat.

A wary Jonathan said he had been warned about Grace as an interviewee adding he was 'scared' of what the iconic performer would do.

He then asked her what people expect of her and she replied: 'I do the opposite of what everyone expect... They expect me to crawl on the table and do this.'

She then growled and playfully swiped at the host, appearing to imitate the infamous moment from a 1980 interview with Russell Harty where she slapped him live on air.

Jonathan laughed as Grace crawled around on the desk, before jumping back down on to the couch.

She then clutched her heart joking that it was 'too much' for her adding: 'I can't do that all the time I'm a grandmother now.'

The host responded: 'How do you think I feel, I nearly s*** myself.'

Viewers watching the ITV chat show at home were thrilled at the spontaneous moment, with one saying: 'Grace Jones being utterly incredible within 10 seconds.'

'Not listening to a word that is being said, just watching Grace Jones almost having a cardiac arrest on the sofa,' said a second.

Another viewer commented on the singer's appearance adding: 'Grace Jones defies the ageing process. She looks magnificent for a lady of senior years. Respect Mrs Jones.'





Vybz Kartel shows off cute daughter he has never met

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vybz-kartel-photo-32.jpgSelf-proclaimed "Worl Boss" has so many kids he's never met a few before.

The incarcerated Dancehall superstar took to social media earlier this week to share a photo of his second daughter who he says he's never met before due to his lengthly prison sentence.

While its still unclear about her name and age or her mother, the "Fever" deejay uploaded a photo to his Instagram account.

"My 2nd daughter.. Never met before.. Hope fi see yuh soon", he wrote. Sources close to Vybz Kartel recently told the Tropixs that he'll be spending more time with his family if released from prison next year.

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bermuda-premier-david-burt-photo-1.jpgPremier David Burt says he remains confident Bermuda's reputation will survive the fallout from the Paradise Papers.

In the House of Assembly on Friday, the Premier said "The reports of Bermuda's demise are greatly exaggerated" and called for a "chorus of unity" in the wake of recent revelations contained in the hacked documents.

Earlier this week, an expert in compliance rules told the Royal Gazette newspaper that the island is "up the creek without a paddle" after the massive leak of documents stolen in a cyberattack on Bermuda-headquartered law firm Appleby, which also has offices in the Cayman Islands and British Virgin Islands.

The source, who asked not to be named, said: "This is actually really, really bad and it's bad because it demonstrates Bermuda's jurisdictional attitude to shifting public opinion and reality and the rather rigid line of legality."

Burt told MPs a co-ordinated police criminal investigation into the hack is underway in several jurisdictions, including Bermuda, and said he had asked regulators to step up their game.

Burt said his sole concern was "Bermuda and her reputation".

"I am confident that Bermuda's reputation will survive this latest series of events. Within the government, targeted action has been taken to manage the continuing impact of this disclosure.All relevant ministries are working together to coordinate responses as required, but more importantly to strengthen systems of oversight where necessary and communicating clearly that Bermuda is the same, sound place to do business it has always been.The depth and breadth of our energy and skill is such that we can meet this challenge, emerge stronger and continue the work of building a fairer and better Bermuda." Source: ((CMC)





kamina-johnson.jpgfloyd-morris.jpgThe People's National Party's Youth Organisation (PNPYO) is demanding an apology from Senator Kamina Johnson Smith to Senator Dr Floyd Morris for so-called disparaging remarks she made yesterday morning while addressing the Senate on the National Identification and Registration Bill.

Reports are that minutes before the start of the Senate, Morris was given several pages of amendments in writing that he was expected to peruse for discussion.

Morris, who is visually impaired, expressed difficulty and asked for an adjournment of the Senate to facilitate his participation in the debate. The Government senators voted against his request.

"As if this were not enough, the Senate majority leader, Kamina Johnson Smith, went further to mock Dr Morris, saying he would have just completed his PhD and autobiography and should therefore come into no difficulty understanding the amendments provided. This is a clear abandonment of the prior commitment she had made to Senate, during the debate on the Jury Act, to work with the parliamentary clerk to better facilitate disabled members," the PNPYO said in a release.

"This to us, is a disgraceful, calculated attack not only on Senator Floyd Morris, but also the disabled community of this country. the release said.

The PNPYO said Dr Morris's achievements showcase the key role our disabled community can and have played in governance.





Cops on high alert as 'Duppy Film' to be buried today

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duppy-film-marlon-perry.jpgPolice are keeping a close watch on sections of St Thomas following reports that Marlon 'Duppy Film' Perry, the man who was on Jamaica's most wanted list, is to be buried on Sunday.

Perry, who was on the police radar for approximately six years, was in September shot dead during a police operation in Port Morant, St Thomas.

"We are aware that the funeral for Perry is set for tomorrow and as a result we will be monitoring sections of the parish," Beau Rigabe, superintendent of the division told Loop News.

Police say they have not received any reports that criminals are planning possible attacks for the death of Perry but made it clear that they were are not taking anything for granted.

"We have put in place a number of security measures and will be keeping close watch on the area," police said.

Meanwhile a number of residents in the area say there is a tense calm in the area where Perry is to be buried.

"People just a hope say the funeral just come and go without any further incident," said one resident who asked not to be named out of fear.

Three guns, an AK-47 and two pistols, were recovered from the scene where he was cut down by authorities.

Before he was shot dead, Perry, topped the list of most wanted criminals in Jamaica, accused of murders, shootings, rapes and robberies committed in Kingston and St Thomas.

He was also wanted in connection to several murders including the killing of Corporal Kenneth Davis and Constable Craig Palmer.

On June 25, a $1.5 million JMD reward was offered for information leading to Perry's capture.

Several appeals were made to Perry, his associates and anyone able to provide information about his whereabouts to come forward.

Perry refused to turn himself in to the police and managed to evade several operations launched by the police and military to capture and arrest him.









ganja-image-5.jpgSoon-to-be legal recreational marijuana sales in Canada could bring up to C$1 billion (US$800 million) annually into government coffers, an official said Friday.

"If the market is somewhere in the neighbourhood of 400,000 kilos (440 tons)... then the tax impact of that would be somewhere in the neighbourhood of C$1 billion," said MP and former Toronto police chief Bill Blair, who has been tasked with overseeing the setup of the new regime.

"That's a very high estimate, in my opinion," he added, stressing that the actual size of the recreational pot market is not yet known.

Ottawa is scheduled to legalise cannabis next July after having already permitted its use for medical care.

One of the major considerations in the country's cannabis taxation policy is to keep costs low enough to undercut the illicit pot market.

The authorities have proposed a 10 per cent excise tax on marijuana in addition to applying sales taxes of up to 15 per cent, with amounts varying across jurisdictions.

The proceeds would be split with the provinces, which have announced a patchwork of public and private sector retail sales for cannabis.





A public school teacher in Georgia has been placed on administrative leave after allegedly threatening a student late last month, officials said.

A video taken from the classroom of the Rockdale Career Academy in Conyers shows the teacher telling a student not to "screw" with him, or he will "get in big-a-- trouble." It is not clear if the student he was allegedly speaking to can be seen in the video.

"Don't smile at me, man, OK? That's how people like you get shot," the teacher, who is white, told the student, who is black. "I got a bet. I bet by the time you're 21, somebody's gonna put a bullet right through your head. And it might be me -- the one that does it."

Students in the classroom are heard expressing shock at the teacher's statements.

The mother of the student that the teacher was allegedly speaking to posted the video to Facebook on Friday, saying that she was "outraged" that the incident occurred.

"You see these stories on the news never believing it will happen to your child," April Carr wrote on Facebook. "Well it happened to mine and we will get justice."

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Carr told ABC Atlanta affiliate WSB-TV that the physics teacher made the comments after her son and other students laughed as he wrote an equation on the board.

The teacher then walked over to Carr's son and began his rant, Carr told ABC News, adding that there was "no back and forth" or "disrespectful" banter between her son and his teacher.

"He's in a classroom of a majority African-American students, so for you to say 'you people,' it's an outright racist statement -- no covering it up," Carr said.

Carr said her son recently turned 17 and that she's had "plenty of conversations with him about how to conduct himself and how to act when he's out," which includes being "respectful at all times." He is in the gifted programme, takes multiple AP classes and is on the wrestling and football team for the school, Carr said.

Carr said that with "all the shootings" going on in the country, she "can't afford" to take the teacher's comments lightly.

"I have to take it as seriously as it sounded," she said.

Carr said that she believes the teacher should be fired.

"This is not OK, you know, for our educators and the people who parents send our kids to school to learn from," Carr said.

An incident report from the Rockdale County Sheriff's office identified the teacher as Paul Hagen. The incident was reported to authorities by Carr on Friday after she received a phone call from the school the previous day informing her of the incident. Carr learned of the video after speaking to her son, according to the incident report.





Ray J signs $31 million deal

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American singer and reality TV personality, Ray J signed a $31 million deal to launch his Raycon electronics transportation brand with Cowboy Wholesale, which is one of the leading distributor based in New York City.

Reportedly, Ray J will be taking an active role in the newly formed partnership, overseeing marketing and global branding strategies.

The deal was paid in the form of equity and cash, according to a press release.





nicki-minaj-brother.jpgJelani Maraj, the brother of rapper Nicki Minaj, has been found guilty of predatory sexual assault.

Maraj, 38, was on trial for raping an 11-year-old girl on multiple occasions at his Long Island home. He was charged with the crime in 2015 and found guilty at Nassau County court, New York, this week. Maraj faces the potential of 25 years to life in prison.

Neither Maraj nor his sister, whose birth name is Onika Tanya Maraj, testified in the trial. The child, now 14, and her younger brother testified. The defence lawyer claimed the allegations were fabricated by the child's mother in order to extort $25m (£19m) from Nicki Minaj.

James R Ray III, a civil attorney who briefly represented the mother, testified that he did demand a $25m legal settlement from Jelani Maraj after he had been arrested, but said the girl's mother was unaware of the demand.

"She was never involved as far as what we did," Ray III testified. The woman later fired him as her attorney.

Maraj is set to be sentenced on 14 December. His lawyer has said he will appeal the judgment.





chris-brown-tidal-2017-billboard-1548.jpgChris Brown's latest studio album, Heartbreak on a Full Moon, has debuted at number one on Billboard's Hip-Hop/R&B chart and number three on the Billboard 200.

This makes Brown's seventh album to hit number one in his career.

In addition to peaking on the charts, Brown revealed on Instagram that his album is now certified gold.

The 45-track album was release on October 31.

Heartbreak on a Full Moon features a stack of ballads and dance anthems, with special appearances from R. Kelly, Jhene Aiko, Usher, Gucci Mane, Young Thug, Future and many more.





chris-gayle-photo-7.jpgWest Indies cricket superstar Chris Gayle is seeking to cash in on a court case win against an Australian media group, promising a tell-all interview - but only if the price is right.

The all-rounder was accused by Fairfax Media, publisher of The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, in a series of stories last year of exposing his penis to a massage therapist and indecently propositioning her.

But a NSW Supreme Court jury ruled a defamation case in his favour late last month, finding the articles were motivated by malice.

A hearing on damages will be held at a later date, but Gayle is already offering his story for a starting price of US$300,000.

"I have a very interested (sic) successful story to tell!! It can be an exclusive 60mins interview or y'all just have to wait on my next book!," he tweeted to his 3.75 million Twitter followers Friday.

"It's about what transpired in court and behind the scenes in Australia, how they went to bigger heads to get me ban...

"How they want to use me as a scapegoat over a interview - I'll tell you what I do every day after court, believe me, when I break this down to y'all it will be like a movie! No holding back!

"Biding (sic) starts at US$300K for this interview! So much to say & I will!"





Judge frees US woman duped by Jamaican lover

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(AP) - An Upper Darby mother is a free woman, acquitted October 27 by jurors who believed she'd been duped by a Jamaican sweetheart when authorities at the Philadelphia International Airport found 9.2 pounds of cocaine in 10 cans of instant chocolate drink in her suitcase.

"I am still trying to recover," said Tiwanda White, 40, as she was joined by defense attorneys Enrique Latoison and Laura Laszewski at their Front Street law office as they rehashed the case that made for shocking headlines at the time of her arrest in May, 2016. "It has changed my life in almost every aspect."

A jury of eight women and four men deliberated about two hours Thursday, October 26, and about 10 minutes Friday morning, October 27, before returning the not guilty verdict on charges of possession with the intent to manufacture or deliver; possession of a controlled substance; and conspiracy to possession with the intent to manufacture or deliver, according to Latoison.

White, a caseworker for the Department of Human Services with an exuberant personality, did not testify during the trial, which opened Wednesday, October 25, before Common Pleas Court Judge James P Bradley.

Looking back, White said she was coming off three days of fun in Montego Bay when her life turned upside down - an ordeal she recounted during a 43-minute interrogation by a pair of Homeland Security agents hours after her return to Philadelphia, on the evening of May 24, 2016.

The interrogation was recorded on video, which both the prosecution and defence used, in part, to bolster their case. Assistant District Attorney Michelle Thurstlic-O'Neill described White as seemingly unconcerned in the video, combining her demeanour with other circumstantial elements like paying in cash for her ticket for a last-minute trip, to portray her as a professional drug-running mule, to show her as a willing participant in the smuggling of cocaine valued at as much as US$500,000.

Even Laszewski admitted Wednesday that White's spontaneous trip "would be a red flag, 100 per cent."





Disbarred lawyer Harold Brady saved by the bell!

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harold-brady-photo-2.jpgDisbarred attorney-at-law Harold Brady who was faced with a court order for eviction from his Cherry Gardens rental home and also an order for seizure and sale of goods belonging to him, got a last-minute reprieve on Thursday.

Oswald Sherriah, bailiff for the Supreme Court, said he had the court orders, issued in August, to execute at the Upper St Andrew home.

According to Sherriah, the order for seizure and sale was in relation to outstanding rent totalling US$65,000 or approximately J$7.8 million.

Sherriah had reportedly been waiting outside the Cherry Gardens house since 6 o'clock Thursday morning as Brady had promised to make a payment by 10 o'clock.

The payment was subsequently made and Brady's case closed.





Cops kill three in shootout at Salt Srping

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Three men were shot and killed by the police Wednesday morning in an alleged shootout in Salt Spring, St James.

According to the police, the alleged gunmen opened fire on a team from the Mobile Reserve who were conducting an operation in the community minutes after 6 o'clock.

The gunfire was returned by the police team and the three unidentified men were found suffering from gunshot injuries.

They were taken to the Cornwall Regional Hospital where they were pronounced dead.

The police say they recovered one Ruger .40 pistol and eight rounds of ammunition as well as a Bersa .22 pistol and a magazine with 5 .22 rounds.





Bermuda Police say they have made two arrests in connection with the killing of a 30-year-old Jamaican man last Friday.

Morlan Steede was reportedly killed by a lone gunman who chased him through the back streets of Pembroke parish.

Steede, who was married and the father of a four-year-old daughter, was shot several times before collapsing in the middle of Parsons Road on the outskirts of Hamilton.

The Bermuda Police confirmed they were looking at the possibility that the killing was related to a drugs feud.

One of the men, who is in his early 20s, has since been released on police bail, while the other man, who is in his mid-20, is still in custody.

Detective Sergeant Jason Smith told a news conference that Steede was not known to police.

Steede's death marks Bermuda's third gun killing and fifth murder for the year.





Following allegations from a taxi operator that drivers of public passenger vehicles owned by members of the constabulary and their friends, often avoid prosecution, Police Commissioner, George Quallo, has promised to identify all members of the JCF, who own public passenger vehicles.

The taximan, in an interview with Nationwide News, noted that these taxis "untouchable".

This follows allegations that some members of the police force are not taking action against bus and taxi operators who break traffic laws because they own or have an interest in the vehicles.

Commissioner Quallo says he's asked the Transport Authority to provide him with a list of public passenger vehicle owners who're JCF members.

The country's top cop says members of the force must get permission from the Police Service Commission to engage in another trade.





ninja-man-photo-5.jpgPopular entertainer Ninja Man and the two men on trial with him for murder all have a case to answer.

The ruling was handed down in the Supreme Court in downtown Kingston by presiding judge Justice Martin Gayle.

It came after prosecutors closed their case. The trial is closed to the public.

A total of seven witnesses have been called by prosecutors, including three civilians, reports say.

Ninja Man, given name Desmond Ballentine, is on trial along with his son Janeil and another man Dennis Clayton, for the fatal shooting of Ricardo Johnson, in the Lower Mall Road community in 2009.





Judge orders jail time for rapper Meek Mill

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meek-mill.jpgRapper Meek Mill has been sentenced to two to four years in prison for violating his probation.

Meek was jailed in 2008 on drug dealing and gun charges.

He's been on probation ever since and was arrested in March after a fight in an airport and again in August for reckless driving, but both charges were dropped.

However, a judge said both arrests were a breach of his probation.

Prosecutors also provided evidence of failed drugs tests.

Jay-Z, who's Roc Nation company represents Meek Mill, called his punishment unjust and heavy handed.

His colleagues in the industry have all taken to social media to offer words of support to the Philadelphia native.





Beres, J Boog join JAMATHON; new venue announced

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beres-hammond-photo-2.jpgj-boog.jpgBeres Hammond and J Boog have just been added to this once-in-a-lifetime line-up!

"Beres Hammond is one the greatest performers of our time. He is a global superstar and the perfect addition to our epic line-up.

With Beres joining Caribbean Love Now JAMATHON, we are adding even more power and purpose to what is going to be the most important event for Jamaican music in decades," said Joe Bogdanovich founder of Caribbean Love Now.

He noted that the change in venue was only made possible with the support of the Hon Olivia Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport. "There is no doubt that Minister Grange has a very sharp instinct for kind of work we want to do with Caribbean Love Now and the impact this concert event can have globally. We appreciate her contribution in helping to make this happen," Mr Bogdanovich said.

Beres HammondThis benefit concert, was organized to raise funds for hurricane recovery in the Caribbean. The artistes are generously donating their time and talent to help the cause.

The concert is on Wednesday, November 22 from 7pm to 11pm (Jamaican time) and is produced by Caribbean Love Now.

International touring sensation from Hawaii, J Boog from Hawaii, has just been added to the line-up. He will be fresh off the Welcome to Jamrock Cruise and will come to Jamaican to support the cause.

Physical tickets will be available at Jamaican outlets in a few days.

"The line up can only be described as magical. There is never going to be another night where all these performers share the same stage. I am deeply grateful that not only have the artists answered the call but by doing so they prove that the Caribbean takes care our own," said Mr. Bogdanovich.

Reggae fans around the world who want to participate can enjoy the full concert Livestreamed on the Reggae Sumfest YouTube Channel plus it will be televised on Caribbean TV.

The confirmed list of performers are: Assassin; Beenie Man; Beres Hammond, 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; J-Boog, Jesse Royal; Kevin Downswell, Naomi Cowan; Nesbeth; Protoje; Raging Fyah; Romain Virgo; Sean Paul and Chi-Ching Ching; Sizzla; Stephen McGregor; Tarrus Riley, Third World; Tommy Lee Sparta; Toots & The Maytals; and Vegas.





jimmy-cliff-photo-2.jpgDr. Jimmy Cliff is nominated for the 2018 Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Other performing nominees for the 2018 class include Tracy Chapman, Alice Cooper, Mariah Carey, the Isley Brothers, Alan Jackson, Kool & the Gang, Tom Waits and Tom T. Hall.

Reggae legend Jimmy Cliff is renowned for a slew of hits such as "Many Rivers to Cross", "You Can Get It If You Really Want", "The Harder They Come", and "Reggae Night."

Songwriters are eligible for induction after writing hit songs for at least 20 years.

Six songwriters, or songwriting groups, will be officially inducted at a gala in New York on June 14, 2018.





crime-scene-7.jpgA Pennsylvania man was arrested after police say he murdered his female friend when she rejected his marriage proposal, according to NBC Philadelphia.

Christopher Tucker, 34, has been charged with murder and criminal homicide for allegedly killing 19-year-old Tara Serino, who was last seen by her family early on the morning of October 30.

According to local police, Tucker asked Serino to marry him at his home in Berks County, Pennsylvania, sometime between Monday morning and Tuesday afternoon.

US 50,000 Haitian residents, by the Thanksgiving holiday later this month

A letter from the United States Department of State could pave the way for deporting 50,000 Haitian residents, by the Thanksgiving holiday later this month, enjoying a reprieve from certain immigration rules that were waived after the 2010 earthquake, according to reports here.

The ruling that conditions have improved enough in Haiti and in Central America to resume normal immigration rules in those regions comes days before the Department of Homeland Security is expected to announce whether to renew the special status, according to the Washington Post.

The Miami Herald reports that political leaders in Miami-Dade, Florida -- home to the largest concentration of Haitians protected by the special status, known as Temporary Protected Status (TPS), have urged President Donald Trump to continue the waiver.

But the paper quickly added that the State Department decision could be a prelude to that status being lifted.

More than 300,000 Central Americans and Haitians living in the United States under a form of temporary permission no longer need to be shielded from deportation, the State Department told Homeland Security officials, the Post reported.





fla-logo.jpgThe Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) has revoked the gun licences of Jamaica Labour Party candidate in the 2016 general election Trevor Webb who is under investigation after a video of him shooting at bottles in a man's outstretched hands and one on his head went viral.

The licences were revoked on Tuesday by the newly appointed board of the FLA, which is headed by Major General Antony Anderson.

Firearm licences which were issued to a security company headed by Mr. Webb have also been revoked.

In the 45 second video, which is filmed in bushes, the human target is seen with a bottle on his head and both hands which are the target of the shooter.

The shooter manages to fire bullets at the three bottles accurately.





4 reputed Clansman Gang members arrested

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hands-behind-bars.jpgPolice are reporting that four St Catherine men suspected to be members of the Clansman Gang were yesterday arrested and charged with illegal possession of firearm and ammunition on Orange Street in downtown Kingston.

Charged are Dwayne Frater, 34, higgler of Fairview Avenue in Spanish Town; Rolondo Hall, 27, labourer of Pheonix Park in Portmore; Lamar Rowe, 21, mason of Lime Tree Grove in Spanish Town; and Sunmon McFarlane, 23, farmer of Capture Land also in Spanish Town.

Reports are that about 2:30 pm a motorcar in which the men were travelling was stopped.

The car, along with its occupants, was searched and two Glock pistols and 36 rounds of ammunition found.

The arrested men are scheduled to appear before the Corporate Area Gun Court on November 14.





back-to-school.jpgThe Office of the Children's Advocate (OCA) has confirmed that it will dispatch a team of emergency responders to the Clarks Town Primary School in Trelawny following a report that a 7-year-old boy was assaulted by a group of boys at the institution.

Children's Advocate Diahann Gordon Harrison told local news agency, RJR News, that this has become necessary due to the reported severity of the case.

The child's mother alleged that a group of boys attacked her son at school about a week ago, causing him to suffer injuries which had to be treated at hospital. The woman said her son told her four male students held him down while he was using the bathroom and inserted a piece of stick into his rectum.

She also took issue with the police and the school for how she said she was treated after raising an alarm about the matter.

Mrs Gordon Harrison is reserving substantial comment on what took place, pending the outcome of the investigation by her office.





Ninjaman needs heart surgery urgently

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ninja-man-photo-8.jpgControversial dancehall artiste Ninjaman need heart surgery urgently.

On Tuesday, the Ninjaman was diagnosed with a serious heart problem that requires urgent medical attention.

Reports are that Ninja will need three to four months to recover after the operation.

"We have the medical, Ninjaman has a serious heart condition, and he will have to have an operation which will require a recovery period of three to four months. So we want to finish this case as quickly as possible because Ninjaman cannot go under any stress right now and has to remain as calm as possible," Valerie Neita Robinson, Ninjaman's attorney, is reported as saying.

Despite the devastating news, Ninjaman is expected to return to court for his murder trial today (Wed).

Neita-Robinson says her team is now pressing for Ninjaman's case to end so he can be removed from the stressful environment as doctors told him to remain as calm as possible.

The dancehall artiste suffered a mild heart attack in the Supreme Court on Friday morning while his murder trial was underway.

Ninja Man, real name Desmond Ballentyne, along with his son, Jameil, and another man, Dennis Clayton, are on trial for the murder of Ricardo "Trooper" Johnson who was shot and killed on Marl Road, Kingston 11, in March 2009.

In spite of his condition, Ninjaman is expected to return to court on Wednesday.





shocked.jpgA woman in Trelawny is calling for justice after alleging that her seven year old son was physically abused by other boys at the Clarks Town Primary School in the parish a week ago.

According to a report by Jamaican radio, RJR, the woman says her son came and told her four male students, three of whom she said were of her son's age, along with an older boy, held him down while he was using the bathroom and inserted a piece of stick into his rectum.

He was treated at Falmouth Hospital and given medication.

The report further states that mother said she went to the school the following day to find out what had happened. She said the parents of the other boys were called in, but she is not satisfied with how the situation was handled by the school.

The woman said she visited Clarks Town police station on Friday to make a formal complaint but ended up being locked up and charged with disorderly conduct. Further investigations revealed that the police did not even take a report from the mother. She spent the night in lock-up and was offered bail the following day.





Kingston, Jamaica: PanJam Investment Limited (PanJam) has partnered with the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona to host the first 'Imagine Kingston: A Conference on the Regeneration of a City' from November 9 to 12.

stephen-facey.jpgThe four-day conference, which is being jointly held by The UWI's Department of Government, Institute of Caribbean Studies and the Institute of Jamaica's Jamaica Music Museum, will see the convergence of artists, educators, scholars and investors of urban design and landscape studies -- to imagine the regeneration of Kingston.

"We [PanJam] felt this conversation is too important to ignore. For years, we have envisioned a Kingston that thrives as a harbour facing metropolis -- our city has been left neglected for far too long -- developing on its own without a unified economic and physical plan," Stephen Facey, chairman and CEO of PanJam Investment Limited.

"This conference, we believe, should sow the seeds for the visioning of goals that will impact urban policy and garner political, social, and private buy in," Facey added. "Also, continuing the legacy of our founding chairman the late Honourable Maurice Facey is important."

Having invested in Kingston from as far back as the post-independence period, PanJam expressed delight at partnering with The UWI to outline the prospects of the area and the importance of the regeneration of Kingston.

Stephen Facey, chairman and CEO of PanJam Investment Limited.

Stephen Facey, chairman and CEO of PanJam Investment Limited.

Dr Sonjah Stanley Niaah, conference organiser and director of the UWI Institute of Caribbean Studies, posited that the city is waiting to be the catalyst for a fundamental expansion of tourism in Jamaica.

"The conversation about the regeneration of Kingston is important particularly as we are within two years of being declared as a UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) Creative City for Music. Kingston is beckoning us to imagine and reflect the creative cultural ethos it birthed," said Dr Stanley Niaah.

The conference also aims to catalyse the restoration and regeneration as the basis to chart pathways for economic growth.

"Knowing the history of PanJam in Kingston, and particularly in downtown -- with the development of the Air Jamaica Building and the Scotia Centre -- we recognised that the company had a historic, vested interest in seeing its resurgence," Dr Stanley Niaah said of the partnership.

The scholarship and expertise in urban renewal are growing globally and providing governments, policy makers, investors, entrepreneurs, and citizens and various publics with knowledge is at the forefront of the over 60 presentations in the Main Library.

PanJam in Downtown

PanJam was among the first companies to be listed on the newly formed Kingston Stock Exchange (now Jamaica Stock Exchange) in 1965.

That post-Independence period was one which sanctioned the efforts to capitalise on opportunities which positively impacted Jamaica's economic, infrastructural and social needs by businessmen and philanthropists, such as founding PanJam Chairman, the late Honourable Maurice Facey.

In 1966, Facey expedite his dreams for large scale property development in Jamaica and a year earlier, PanJam laid the first blocks on the Air Jamaica Building on Harbour Street in downtown, Kingston.

The PanJam Group also pioneered the development of high-rise buildings across Kingston. Later on in his life, Facey's dream of restoring downtown, Kingston to its former glory sparked the establishment of the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) and the Kingston Restoration Company (KRC) in the 1970s.

Fast-forward 50-plus years, the company led by chairman and CEO of PanJam Investments Limited Stephen Facey, is still specifically invested in downtown with the redevelopment of the former Oceana Hotel.





trevor-webb-politician-sharp-shooter.jpgTrevor Webb, the politician who was captured in a recent video shooting at water bottles that were in a man's outstretched hands and on his head could be charged, police sources have confirmed.

The incident has been described as 'a serious matter' that has not only endangered the life of another individual in the case of the man holding the bottle but has also sent a wrong message to those who look up to individuals in power for guidance.

Reports have also surfaced that the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA), is also probing the matter.

In the video, Webb and the other persons are seen at what appears to be a remote location and can be heard celebrating after the politicians points and discharges his weapon hitting the water bottle on the man's head and the other two in his outstretched hands.





church-shooter.jpgThe mass shooter who opened fire during Mass inside a Texas church killing at least 27 - including a two-year-old child - has been identified as a 26-year-old former Bible study teacher who was dishonorably discharged from the US Air Force.

Devin Patrick Kelley walked into the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, dressed in black, tactical gear with a ballistics belt and an assault rifle, and began shooting, according to local law enforcement sources.

The attack only stopped when Kelly was tackled by a heroic local man.

Kelley, 26, of New Braunfels, a suburb of San Antonio, fled in his SUV but crashed near state lines and was killed after a brief foot chase into Guadalupe County, according Guadalupe County Sheriff's Office spokesman Robert Murphy.

It's still unclear if the gunman shot himself or was taken down by a local resident.

San Antonio police raided Kelley's home on Sunday evening, with K9 and bomb squad units.

Kelley, who was reportedly married, had recently posted a photo of an AR-15 style gun on his Facebook page with the caption: 'She's a bad b***h.'

A LinkedIn account which appears to be Kelley's states that he joined the US Air Force after graduating New Braunfels High School in 2009. He worked in logistics and supply in the Air Force until he was dishonorably discharged in 2014 and was even court martialed in May 2014, CBS News reported.

He then volunteered as a teacher for Bible studies at Kingsville First Baptist Church, according to his LinkedIn which shows him posing which a young child. Police are now investigating the possibility that Kelley was in a local militia group.

Wilson County Commissioner Albert Gamez Jr told CNN that at least 27 people - including the shooter- have been killed in the shooting, but the death toll is expected to climb. The first responders on the scene were from local churches who began receiving texts from family and friends about the shooting.

The Connally Memorial Medical Center said 'multiple' victims are being treated.





26 killed in deadly Texas church shooting

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At least 26 people have been shot inside a Texas church after a gunman opened fire during the Sunday morning service.

The shooting happened at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, where around 50 people usually attend service, according to local reports.

Sheriff Joe Tackitt confirmed with KENS 5 that there are 'multiple casualties and fatalities'.

Witnesses said a man 'in full gear' walked inside the church and opened fire just before 11.30am.

Police could not give an exact number of victims shot in the attack, but witnesses said as many as 20 shots were fired.

The suspect, who has not been identified, is dead and there is no longer an active shooter threat, according to police.

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First responders are still working to remove bodies from inside the church.

Neighbors in the area said they may have heard the shooter reload multiple times. Another witness at the scene said a two-year-old was also shot in the attack.

Families tearfully prayed nearby as they wait to see if their family and friends are safe.

According to KSAT, there were at least six helicopters called in to transport victims to the hospital.

Connally Memorial Center in Floresville so far have received six people from the shooting.

Special agents from ATF's Houston Field Division, San Antonio Field Office are responding to the scene of the shooting. The FBI is currently on site.





grace-jones.jpgMusician, actress and model Grace Jones has revealed she was sexually harassed when she landed her first big acting role, a report by CNN stated..

Speaking to CNN's Christiane Amanpour on Thursday, Jones, who was born in Jamaica, said the unnamed producer on the Ossie Davis-directed film asked her to bring her portfolio to his house so that he could make a final call on her casting.

"He (the producer) poured some champagne, he was in his bathrobe and of course, took me to a room ... it was his bedroom," Jones said.

"So with the champagne, even then at that young age ... I threw it in his face and walked out the door."

The 69-year-old's account comes in the wake of multiple allegations of sexual harassment and assault in the entertainment industry. Dozens of women have accused Harvey Weinsten of sexual harassment and police are investigating assault claims. Weinstein has apologized for his behavior, but he denies all allegations of non-consensual sex.

Jones said that for alleged perpetrators of sexual assault, "it's a power thing."

The "Slave to the Rhythm" hit-maker added that people at the beginning of their careers are especially exposed.

"It's really difficult call because when you're in that position, you're so vulnerable, you're so nervous," she said.

"You want this break so badly because you've been banging away at the pavement, probably longer than others and you finally think 'I've made it to the big time, this is my way, the door is open' and now you have a monster to confront."





ishawna-photo-7.jpgSimply take the letter 'B' off Michael Jackson's pop anthem 'Beat It' and you will get the name and musical score of Ishawna's Equal Rights follow-up single. Ishawna previewed the track last week and the feeling is that "Eat It" - the title of the song - is pushing the envelope a bit too far.

Mix-up-Foota-Hype, Ishawna's ex is agreeing with Dancehall fans who feel that Eat It is just too saucy to be cute.

Mix-up-Foota-Hype believes Ishawna is becoming too dependent on controversy to remain relevant.

Ishawna, however, continues to promote 'Eat It' like it's going out of style.





So....Sean Kingston poses up with his very-light-skinned-close to-white Bae on Social media and is getting some anti-social feedback. Why?

Well, some say that Bae is just too light and that Sean is just following the trend of 'successful', or rather 'mek a lickle money' black men who think that having a white.brown skin girl is verification of that success.

"They say it comes when u least expect it!," Kingston wrote on Saturday when he uploaded a photo with his new bae. "Love is real every king deserves a queen [Amarii] you are the chosen one."

Truth be told, some fans of the artiste are happy that Kingston has found love, but several social media users called him out on his Bae's complexion

"Smh, these Jamaican artiste always frighten for brown woman when dem get little money," one user wrote, while another shared their theory on why Jamaican acts prefer to date women of fair complexion, "it's an inferiority complex. It's an 'achievement', it's confirmation that they have made it, not for all but for most."

He is one of a long list of entertainers to be blasted on social media for the complexion of his girlfriend.sean-kingston-and-girlfriend.jpg





Usain Bolt and Yendi team up for Mumm champagne ad

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yendi-bolt-ghmumm.jpgIt's a celebration when the Track Legend Usain Bolt, and Beauty Queen Yendi Phillipps team up! Recently they teamed up with French Champagne producer GH Mumm for their latest campaign. With a tag line, "Celebrate Your Next Victory", the two star in a Commercial promoting the popular Champagne. Featuring a lot of dance moves, EDM, and transitions from the party to the track, this looked like it was a fun shoot for them all. The retired Track Star sure loves his role as the Chief Entertainment Officer. You might need a well tailored suit to watch this one. Watch the clip below.





More rain this weekend

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The Meteorological Service of Jamaica is forecasting another rainy weekend as a trough produces unstable conditions.

It says Doppler radar reports light to moderate showers across sections of eastern and central parishes and weather conditions are expected to become less stable tomorrow as the trough deepens across the region.

Periods of light to moderate and at times heavy showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop tomorrow morning across sections of most parishes.

These showers are expected to continue to affect the island until Sunday evening.





Dr. Ford sentenced to 6 months in prison

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court.jpgPopular medical doctor Jephthah Ford has been sentenced six months in prison on each of two counts of attempting to pervert the course of justice. The sentences are to run concurrently.

However, Ford's attorney Bert Samuels has indicated that his client will be appealing and Parish Judge Simone Wolf Reece granted bail pending the outcome.

Earlier, Samuels had recommended that a fine be imposed instead of custodial sentence.

In August, Ford was convicted on two counts of attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Prosecutor Joel Brown led evidence that Ford offered police investigators millions of dollars to free two Surinamese men who were held with US$533,000 or approximately J$55 million during a police operation along Half Way Tree Road, in St Andrew in July 2014.

The police investigator testified during the trial that he met with Ford at his St Andrew offices and secretly recorded the meeting.

He said it was during that meeting the well-known medical doctor offered him a percentage of the money confiscated to free the men.

Samuels acknowledged that it was a serious offence, but cautioned that it involved no violence and resulted in no monetary value to Ford.





regulator-wentworth-graham.jpgA body found at the Fisherman's Beach in St Catherine has been identified as that of Wentworth Graham, the chief regulatory officer at the Jamaica Stock Exchange.

The body was found late Tuesday evening.

Graham, 48, went missing from the Spanish Hospital on Monday, two days after he was admitted.

That same day, he was seen in Lake's Pen, St Catherine.

The Portmore Police who are investigating have not yet determined the cause of death.

Earlier this year, Graham filed a claim against the Jamaica Stock Exchange and its managing director, Marlene Street Forrest, alleging breach of his employment contract, following efforts to suspend him from the job.

Graham was attempting to block the suspension, which he was fighting before the Industrial Disputes Tribunal (IDT), and any other action that could result in his dismissal. (PICTURE OF Wentworth Graham)





ninja-man-photo-7.jpgDancehall artiste Ninja Man has been rushed to hospital complaining of chest pains.

Ninja Man, whose real name is Desmond Ballentyne was attending his murder trial when he reported feeling ill.

The trial, is however, continuing in Ninja Man's absence after the artiste reportedly gave permission to his lawyers to do.

A witness who lives overseas is now testifying.

Ninja Man was taken back into police custody on October 17 as his murder trial started in the Gun Court.

In 2009, he was arrested and charged along with his son, Janeil, and another man, Dennis Clayton, for the fatal shooting of Ricardo Johnson that same year.





popcaan-photo-6.jpgThe Unruly Boss, Popcaan is clearly not having anything to do with unruly Chi Ching and he made this very clear over the weekend, thus giving life to the rumours that there is a problem between Ching and Popcaan. In 2015, Popcaan signed Ching to his Unruly label and the two developed a close friendship since then.

People have been saying for months that there is an issue between the two, especially since Sean Paul took Ching on tour and the long tongue Foota Hype stirred up trouble by calling out Popcaan for not doing the same for Ching, who, up until then was a prominent member of the Unruly camp.

chi-ching-ching.jpgWell, last weekend, one of Popcaan's right hand men, Petro Unruly posted a photo on Instagram and captioned it "#CrazyCrazy #Outside." Chi Ching Ching commented on the photo with a simple tick emoji and that sent Popcaan into overdrive.

He commented: "[Petro Unruly] tell some wanna be unruly don't nuff up ina real unruly business."

Wannabe Unruly versus Real Unruly...what the hell is that all about? Aren't all Unrulys equal? Obviously not. And to top it all, in a move which some see as "petty" Popcaan also un-followed Ching on Instagram





Usain Bolt, Chris Gayle for Melbourne Cup Carnival

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bolt-private-plane-party.jpgThe Jamaican star duo of the legendary Usain Bolt and explosive West Indies opener Chris Gayle are down to be part of the Melbourne Cup Carnival .

Bolt, who ran his last race at the world championships in august is in Melbourne for a holiday and is expected to attend the birdcage this Saturday on Derby day along with Gayle who earlier this week won a defamation case against the Australian Fairfax Media.

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Other guests include businesswoman Priscilla Presley; actors Melissa George, Jane Seymour; Zoe Ventoura and Hugh Sheridan.

Bolt is expected to spend time again with good friend and former Australian 400 metres runner John Steffensen.





Following a now viral video, which shows several female students Anchovy High School in St. James attacking the Dean of Discipline after he tried to break up a fight, the girls are to be disciplined.

Following the meeting, Board Chairman at Anchovy High, Calvin Brown, says that disciplinary action will be taken against the students directly involved in Monday's incident and a committee will continue further investigations into the incident.

It has been decided that classes will resume on Wednesday.





white-bully-room-mate.jpgCollege freshman Brianna Brochu, 18, was arrested for allegedly harassing her roommate, and the acts she reportedly committed are downright disturbing. Here's everything to know about her.

Brianna Rae Brochu, 18, was arrested on Oct. 28, after her roommate Chennel "Jazzy" Rowe claimed that she was ill due to bullying from Brochu. Here are five things to know about Brianna, who is now facing criminal charges.

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1. Brianna Brochu covertly harassed her black roommate Chennel Rowe, and allegedly contaminated her belongings, in order to get her to move out. "After one and a half months spitting in her coconut oil, putting moldy clam dip in her lotions, rubbing used tampons on her backpack, putting her toothbrush places where the sun doesn't shine, and so much more, I can finally say goodbye to Jamaican Barbie," Brochu, who is white, allegedly wrote in a since-deleted Instagram post, via the New York Times. Just awful.

2. Brochu was charged with criminal mischief. She was arrested on Oct. 28, and charged with the misdemeanors of third-degree criminal mischief and second-degree breach of the peace. Her court date is Nov. 15.

3. She was also expelled from the University of Hartford in Connecticut. "As of this morning, Brianna Brochu is no longer a student at the University of Hartford," the school's president, Gregory S. Woodward, stated on November 1. "She will not be returning to the institution."

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4. Rowe has responded to Brochu's actions in a passionate Facebook post. "As a young African American woman I don't want to become another statistic," she wrote. "When it comes to college incidents/crimes and racial cases justice needs to be served." You can read more here.

5. Celebrities like Shonda Rimes are outraged by the student's heinous behavior. "That this type of ignorant hate can flourish in 2017 tests my faith in humanity?" the Grey's Anatomy showrunner tweeted.





cocaine-seized-photo-1.jpgTwo Jamaicans who were held in Cayman on September 29 following the seizure of 438 pounds of ganja have pleaded guilty to drug smuggling charges. They have also pleaded guilty to illegal landing. A third individual has denied any connection to the importation and possession charges, though he admitted illegal landing.

Ceaphus Reynolds, 42, and 45-year-old Eyon Johnson will be sentenced next year, having pleaded guilty to charges of importing ganja and immigration offences The other man, 36-year-old Linton Nightpole Pallarchie, will face trial.

The three men entered their various pleas via video link from prison on Tuesday. The Magistrate ordered reports in preparation for sentencing, as drug smuggling carries a heavy penalty.

The police caught the men after several reports were called in to 911 about the arrival of a canoe and suspicious activity in the beachfront neighbourhood in South Sound, a well populated residential area.

The men attempted to flee but were tracked by the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service Joint Marine Unit and a police helicopter. The police seized the boat and drugs.





jazzy-rowe-facebook-live.jpgIn a Facebook live video, Jamaican student in the US, Chennel 'Jazzy' Rowe details her nightmare encounter with a white room-mate who tried to poison her with various methods: "While I've been here [at school], I've been getting sick," Rowe said in the post. "Not knowing why, I've been getting sick. It started with throat pain. I thought maybe because it's colder up here, I'm just probably catching a cold... The sore throat pain got worse and it was just throat pain. And this was happening for about a month. It got to the point where I had extreme throat pain where I couldn't sleep, to the point where I couldn't speak. Like I'd try to whisper, and I could barely whisper."

Rowe said she went to the health clinic on campus, where they ran three tests and prescribed her antibiotics. She added that all of the tests came back negative and that no one could figure out what was wrong with her; just that it was some "bad bacteria" that was causing her pain. Now, she says she has to travel from the University of Hartford to her native New York for doctor's appointments.

Rowe also took to Facebook, where she wrote the following message: "As a young African American woman I don't want to become another statistic. When it comes to college incidents/crimes and racial cases justice needs to be served. Colleges are known to just sweep issues that happen within the campus under the rug, making the issue disappear and not doing anything about it. Now this isn't right at all and this is where the public gets involved to push for things to be done right. I'm not holding my tongue any longer about my situation because this is just ridiculous to hear nothing back from my school about this situation. As a African American woman I have to fight for myself and others to not become some statistic. I'm not making this known. I'm giving you guys the option to choose where you would like to hear this information either through Facebook live or Instagram. I will then go on live and let it be known... "It's the fact that I didn't know all of this was happening and it's the fact that she's been posting it on her Instagram," Rowe said. "And I didn't know anything about it until my neighbor's friend (told me). If only I knew. I just want to know the 'so much more.' I want to know all the posts."

Rowe's video, which has since garnered national attention, has even prompted the University of Hartford to speak up. The school's president, Greg Woodward said in a statement in part: "Acts of racism, bias, bullying, or other abusive behaviors will not be tolerated on this campus... I pledge to do everything in my power to work with our community to address related concerns together." Jazzy Rowe





brianna-brochu-mugshot.jpgBrianna Rae Brochu, 18, a freshman at the University of Hartford, was arrested on Oct. 28, after her roommate Chennel "Jazzy" Rowe claimed she became severely ill from deliberate acts of bullying by Brochu. Rowe posted a 103-minute Facebook Live video [watch below] on Monday, Oct. 30 about her experience living with Brochu. Rowe said she had felt "unwanted in [her] own room" since being randomly assigned to live with Brochu in late August. After she moved in, Rowe said she started getting sick, with "severe throat pain" that forced her to visit the University's medical center. That severe pain, Rowe claimed, was brought on by Brochu's alleged acts of rubbing her bodily fluids on Rowe's belongings, putting moldy clam dip in her lotions and spitting on her belongings.

When Rowe finally decided to move out of the room she shared with Brochu, she said she was approached by a neighbor and residents aids, who informed her of "very concerning" posts online seen on Brochu's social media accounts. They showed Rowe a post that Brochu allegedly wrote, which read: "Finally did it yo girl go rid of her roommate!! After 1 1/2 month of spitting in her coconut oil, putting moldy clam dip in her lotions, rubbing used tampons oh her backpack, putting her toothbrush places where the sun doesn't shine, and so much more I can finally say goodbye Jamaican Barbie."

Brochu has denied the acts written in the post, according to police [via the Harford Courant]. However, Brochu admitted to licking her roommate's plate, fork, spoon and smearing her own bodily fluid on Rowe's backpack, police said. She told West Hartford police that those other statements [in the online post] were lies and a way to "appear funny" online. Rowe told police that "she has felt ostracized by Brochu," as reported by the site.

Brochu claimed she was reacting to a "hostile environment" created by Rowe, who allegedly posted Snapchat videos, poking fun at Brochu for snoring. Brochu also reportedly requested her own room change last month, but was unsuccessful.

Brochu has been charged with second-degree breach of peace and third-degree criminal mischief, both misdemeanors, state court records show. Brochu was scheduled to appear in Hartford Community Court on Wednesday, Nov. 1, after she was released without having to post bail, according to the site.





miss-universe-jamaica-2018-davina-bennett-photo-2.jpgmiss-universe-jamaica-2018-davina-bennett-photo-1.jpgMiss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters won the crown at this year's Miss Universe pageant, and while the 22-year-old is being celebrated worldwide, there are many people who feel Miss Jamaica, Davina Bennett, really deserved the title.

Seeing women of color compete in pageants while rocking their natural hair is an empowering deviation from seeing the blown-out, straighter hairstyles contestants traditionally wear. Bennett, the second runner-up for Miss Universe, not only showed off her crowning Afro glory, but did so with grace, intelligence, and confidence -- and people are beyond here for it.

One Twitter user shared, "Davina represented not only #Jamaica in the #MissUniverse but the black race. I wish she's the one who should have won. She displayed her Afro with pride redefining the competition. Young black girls out there can feel confidence in their natural hair without whitening it." The post has since gotten more than 1,000 hearts and more than 300 retweets, with one person going so far as to comment, "Miss Jamaica was robbed."

Bennett glowed as she competed against 91 other contestants and steadily climbed her way to the top three. During the pageant, she was asked, "What quality in yourself are you most proud of and how will you apply that quality to your time as Miss Universe?" Bennett responded, "The quality I am most proud of is my drive, my determination. I am the founder of a foundation that spreads awareness for the deaf community, and this platform is such a great platform to just let persons know that these persons need opportunities and need equal opportunities and goals in our society. So Miss Universe competition will be the platform for me to use this foundation to spread awareness for all the deaf people around."

After the competition, the 23-year-old took to Instagram to express gratitude for all the support she received. "I did not win but I got what I was seeking. I won the hearts of many, I got to highlight Deaf awareness, I stand as the first Afro queen to have made it thus far, I represented my little island and I received allll the love one could possible wish for."

Among her many fans is Beyoncé's go-to hairstylist, Neal Farinah, who also rooted for Bennett. After sharing his admiration for the beauty queen in a series of Instagram stories, he wrote a final post that read, "Such a shame @missuniverse Dark skin women will continue to work harder to prove themselves. Miss Jamaica, u are truly a miss universe."





Detectives assigned to the St James Police Division are seeking the public's assistance to identify a woman's body that was found along the roadway in Anchovy in the parish on Saturday.

The police say the body appears to be in its mid-twenties.

It is of Caucasian descent, has long blond hair, is of medium build and is about 5'8" long.

It was clad in a grey coloured blouse and a pair of blue jeans shorts.

Reports from the Anchovy Police are that about 9:15 in the morning residents stumbled upon the body and alerted them.

On their arrival, it was seen lying along the roadway with its throat slashed.





tourism-official-rifai.jpgSecretary General of the UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), Taleb Rifai, in a no holds barred address on Tuesday, told Caribbean tourism stakeholders to stop promoting exclusive resorts, because they are "modern-day plantations".

Rifai, who is based in Madrid, Spain, where he has held the Secretary-General post since being unanimously elected in 2010, made the call during day two of the UNWTO Global Conference on Jobs and Inclusive Growth, now on at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St James, Jamaica.

The Secretary General was searingly honest and clearly not concerned about ruffling feathers; he cautioned against the practice of building five-star resorts in three-star communities, where the citizens were not part of the transformation. He told the top level gathering of tourism stakeholders that they cannot continue to have their visitors in bubbles, where there are walls between the visitor and the community.

Rifai emphasised that the opportunities in tourism should carry the end result of inclusive economic growth, more decent jobs, the distribution of wealth, shared prosperity and respect for each other.

His comments were made in the presence of several all-inclusive hotel operators, the country's prime minister, Andrew Holness, president of the Dominican Republic, Danilo Medina, tourism minister Edmund Bartlett and several other dignitaries representing the industry.





KC win Flow Supercup

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Kingston College turned in a dominant display to roll over St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) 3-0 in a lopsided finale at Sabina Park to prolong the Corporate Area reign in the lucrative competition for a fourth-consecutive year.

In a time when his team needed him most, with this their final shot at a title, the prolific Rashawn Mackison confirmed his status when he netted a fine treble in the seventh, 44th and 82nd minutes to steer the crystal and $1 million in the direction of North Street.

Mackison ended the competition with six goals, which earned him the KFC Big Deal Golden Boot.

The win by KC saw them joining Jamaica College, St George's College and Wolmer's Boys as the urban area top guns to have grasped the lucrative title, while the hopes of STETHS and their rural area counterparts have been shelved for another year.





NIGHT CLUB RAID!

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Three people were arrested by Members of the Counter Terrorism and Organized Crime (CTOC) following a raid at a night club in New Kingston late Friday.

Police say the group of persons who were held, in the clamp down, are also under investigation in relation to human trafficking.

Police say the owner of the night club has since been arrested, another person has been charged for living off the earnings of prostitution, another member from the group has been charged with soliciting.

Police report that at about 11:30 am they went to the club and during a search of the location close to 10 persons were held.

The group members were taken in custody where seven were processed and released while the owner and two other persons were apprehended.

Local authorities report that problem of Human trafficking has been a major concern with several criminals using some sections of the island as a source, transit, and destination country for adults and children for the purposes of sexual exploitation and forced labour.





jay-z-video.jpgJay-Z has released three new videos from his album 4:44 on Tidal on Friday, including Smile, which tells the moving story of his mom Gloria Carter as a closeted lesbian.

The rapper revealed in the lyrics of Smile that his mother is a lesbian when he released 4:44 over the summer.

The eight minute film shows a young Shawn Carter being raised by his single mom in the Brooklyn projects.

As well has having to deal with poverty and being a sole parent, his mother is seen silently dealing with having feelings for another woman, which she neither can never fully act upon.

The rapper only revealed with the release of the track in June that his mom was gay.

'Mama had four kids, but she's a lesbian/Had to pretend so long that she's a thespian/Had to hide in the closet, so she medicate/Society shame and the pain was too much to take,' he rapped on the track.

In the video the young Gloria, played by The Deuce's Dominique Fishback, shares some forbidden intimate moments with her neighbor, a consoling hug turning into a little more, or secretly holding hands in a packed elevator.

But she keeps her feelings bottled up, with her son -- played by Taylor Thomas -- heartbreakingly catching her crying alone in her bedroom when she lets the mask slip for a moment.

The video ends with the real modern-day Gloria Carter reciting the poem she wrote about the subject, which served as the inspiration for the song.

The second video released, Legacy, is a star-studded affair, featuring the likes of Susan Sarandon, Ron Pearlman, Emile Hirsch and Grey's Anatomy's Jesse Williams.





cnn-clap-back-at-trump.jpgAfter Trump criticized CNN for representing the US to the world "very poorly," the network clapped back in EPIC fashion.

Trump had tweeted on Saturday, November 25: ".@FoxNews is MUCH more important in the United States than CNN, but outside of the U.S., CNN International is still a major source of (Fake) news, and they represent our Nation to the WORLD very poorly. The outside world does not see the truth from them!"

The Twitter account for CNN quickly responded, "It's not CNN's job to represent the U.S to the world. That's yours. Our job is to report the news. #FactsFirst" with an apple emoji. The response garnered more than 64,000 retweets and 9,400 comments.

Trump, 71, has found himself engaged in a war of the words with CNN since his campaign and throughout his presidency, largely referring to the outlet as "fake news."

This isn't the only time the president found himself in the news over controversial comments this weekend. As previously reported, he tweeted on Friday, November 24, "Time Magazine called to say that I was PROBABLY going to be named 'Man (Person) of the Year,' like last year, but I would have to agree to an interview and a major photo shoot. I said probably is no good and took a pass. Thanks anyway!" His tweet prompted many celebrities to mock him on Twitter.

The official Twitter account for Time also disputed Trump's claim, writing, "The President is incorrect about how we choose Person of the Year. TIME does not comment on our choice until publication, which is December 6."





BritJam cancelled for 2018; Zum still recovering

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britjam-fc.jpgThe highly anticipated Britjam Music Spring Break Festival, held annually in Montego Bay, St James is set to go on a one-year hiatus for 2018.

According to a press release from Good Good Production's CEO Evan "Zum" Powell, the annual week-long party series, will not be staged this year for health reasons.

In a press release, it was stated that Powell is still recovering from injuries he sustained after he was shot last summer. As a result, the work to be done for 2018 staging cannot be executed.

The release also quoted Zum saying: "Britjam is a very hands-on project for me and because of my recovery I have not been able to be up and down as needed. I believe if something can't be done properly then it's better to pause until it can."

Zum was injured in a gun attack along the Salt Marsh main road last July. Good Good Productions is known for the production of a number of popular dancehall rhythms, including Freezing Point, Triple X, Brit Jam, Cool Out, Happy Tyme, Liquor and the most recently released Cure Pain Riddim.





Digicel launches music academy for the Caribbean

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Telecommunications company, Digicel, has launched a music academy for the Caribbean.

The Digicel Music Academy is an audience-led initiative that will culminate with one academic landing a performance with Montano live at the 2018 staging of Machel Monday concert in Trinidad and Tobago.

The Academy has now issued a call for aspirants are asked to upload videos of original songs to YouTube, then submit by by Sunday November 26th.

After a voting process open to persons is the region, three singers, three songwriters and three producers will be selected.

Qualifiers for the Digicel Music Academy will be hosted at Geejam Studios in Portland from December 19 - 22.

They will be mentored and coached by soca star Machel Montano along with other top music industry personalities.





Popular dancer on fraud charge

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raddy-rich.jpgA popular dancer has been arrested and charged on fraud charges.

Rohan Lyttle, more popularly known as Raddy Rich, the dancer who did the choreography for rRapper Nikki Minaj and Sean Kingston "Dutty Love" music video, is reportedly now on bail after he appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court last Friday.

Raddy Rich was charged jointly with Jamar Purrier and Howard Hares with conspiracy to defraud and possession of forged documents. All men were granted $100,000 with surety. They are expected to return to court on January 19, next year.

He is to report to the Duhaney Park Police Station on Thursdays and Saturdays between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Meanwhile, in September, Raddy Rich was involved in an accident in his hometown, Buff Bay in Portland .





miss-universe-jamaica-davina-bennett.jpgJamaica placed third at last night's finals of Miss Universe, prompting outbursts of jubilation in the island and across the Diaspora.

Rocking her signature Afro hairstyle, Miss Universe Jamaica Davina Bennett walked away with a more than well deserved third place finish..

Davina was among 92 ladies vying for the crown in Las Vegas.

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Prime Minister Andrew Holness and Opposition Leader Peter Phillips were among scores of Jamaicans who expressed congratulations via social media, while Zip jock, DJ Sparks sparked quite a celebration on Twitter/Instagram with her truly Jamaican, down-to-earth commentary that has racked up massive views.

When Bennett was announced as the second runner up, sections of the live audience showed their displeasure, with some booing after Steve Harvey made the announcement.

Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters was declared the winner and Miss Colombia Laura González Ospina, first runner up.





Nudist restaurant opens in Paris

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nudist-restaurant.jpg(AFP) -- Leave your coats, your pants and your inhibitions at the door: a Paris restaurant has begun serving up classic French fare to diners in the nude.

Located down a quiet side street in southwest Paris, O'naturel, billed as the French capital's first nudist restaurant, is the brainchild of 42-year-old twins Mike and Stephane Saada.

Former insurance salesmen, they aren't nudists themselves -- but they spotted a money-making opportunity in a country that enjoys a reputation as a top naturist holiday destination.

"People only get to be nudists in the summer," explained Stephane.

O'naturel is considerably warmer in November than the roughly 460 designated outdoor nudist spots around France, most of them beaches and campsites.

The capital trialled a nudist area in its Bois de Vincennes Park in October, while Parisians can swim in the buff several times a week at a public pool.

But Yves Leclerc, the president of the French Naturist Federation, was thrilled at the idea of being able to strip off for dinner. (Source AFP)





wes-goodman-anti-lgbt-politician.jpgAn anti-LGBT Republican politician who was allegedly caught having sex with a man in his office is facing more than 30 accusations of sexual misconduct.

Wes Goodman, a state legislator for Ohio, has already been forced to resign after a witness to the reported extramarital affair told the Ohio House Chief of Staff.

But now Mr Goodman is facing a host of complaints after alleged victims shared screengrabs of conversations with right-leaning news website the Independent Journal Review.

Mr Goodman, who routinely promotes "family values", is married to a woman who is an assistant director of an annual abortion rally known as March for Life.

According to the IJR, Mr Goodman would regularly contact men, usually aged between 18 and 24 and in the Republican movement, on Facebook Messenger.

The conversations frequently turned sexually explicit, with Mr Goodman sending suggestive messages and photos of his genitalia on Snapchat, reports the website.

One alleged victim, who wished to remain anonymous, told the IJR he received a friend request from Mr Goodman, who started discussing "various political things" before a two weeks later asking for the man's Snapchat details.

"He constantly sent me Snaps and was always commenting on my stories," the victim said. "He also asked how much 'p***y' I was getting and wondering what I was doing on Friday and Saturday nights."

He added: "Then, he sent me videos of him masturbating as well as d**k pics. He also sent another Snapchat asking how big my penis was."

Dozens of men shared similar experiences of their online encounters with Mr Goodman, according to the IRJ.

The politician was also accused of groping an 18-year-old student in 2015 after a fundraiser, according to the Washington Post.

Mr Goodman, whose Twitter biography describes him as "Christian. American. Conservative. Republican. Husband to @Beth1027", has regularly claimed "natural marriage" occurs between a man and a woman.

"Healthy, vibrant, thriving, values-driven families are the source of Ohio's proud history and the key to Ohio's future greatness," his campaign website said.

"The ideals of a loving father and mother, a committed natural marriage, and a caring community are well worth pursuing and protecting."

The website has now been taken offline.

Mr Goodman, who has been described as a "conscience of the conservative movement", announced in a statement on Thursday that he was stepping down.

"We all bring our own struggles and our own trials into public life," he said.

"That has been true for me, and I sincerely regret that my actions and choices have kept me from serving my constituents and our state in a way that reflects the best ideals of public service.

"For those whom I have let own, I'm sorry. As I move onto the next chapter of my life, I sincerely ask for privacy for myself, my family, and my friends."





Curvy Diva off to Africa

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curvy-diva-off-to-africa.jpgRecording artiste and TV Host Yanique Curvy Diva Barrett is excited to make her very first hosting and performance appearance in the motherland this December.

The artiste who embarked on a recording career less than a year ago has been reveling in the success of that endeavor with a chart topping first single 'Lifestyle' and trending second release ' Turn Your Lights Down Low' with world renowned artiste Kymani Marley.

The success of her recording projects have not only led to her topping charts locally and overseas, but have now given her a coveted opportunity to perform and host an event in the continent of Africa, an opportunity that many artistes have never been granted.

Yanique is set to visit Africa this December for an exclusive appearance at Reggae Afrobeat Jamrock in Abuja Nigeria. The event will feature fellow Caribbean artiste Popcaan and African reggae superstar 2 Face Adibia.

"I'm very excited for all the great opportunities I've been receiving since the launch of my recording career, Good Good Production saw great potential and now all these doors are opening, I can't wait to meet and perform for my fans in Abuja Nigeria" Curvy Diva announced

This will be Yanique's first time in Africa even though she has travelled extensively hosting internationally for years in places like London, Toronto and the Caribbean. The trip also gives the Curvy Diva the opportunity to increase the promotion of her new music video for her popular 'Lifestyle' single.

"The promotion continues for my singles and my Lifestyle video, Already the video has over 1/4 million views and rave reviews after just a few weeks, there is so much more to come," Yanique added

Plans are being put in place to shoot the music video for trending collaboration 'Turn Your Lights Down Low' with Kymani Marley next. The Curvy Diva is also ready to return to her hosting duties for the 11th season of MAGNUM Kings and Queens of Dancehall TV show, which is now in the audition phase of the 2018 competition.

Yanique Curvy Diva 'Lifestyle' Official Vdeo





Tosh Alexander releases Christmas project

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tosh-alexander-christmas.jpgLess than two weeks away from the start of the Yuletide season, fashionista and burgeoning chanteuse Tosh Alexander has assembled a star-studded cast of musical heavyweights for the presentation of her latest body of work titled, 'An Island Christmas With Tosh & Friends'.

Presented on the 'CoworkJA' musical imprint with distribution rights courtesy of Zojak Worldwide. The project takes the format of a five-track EP covering several of the most renowned Christmas classics as the songstress serves up some prodigious renditions with the help of accomplished compatriots Christopher Martin and Romain Virgo. The standard is even further amplified with the enlisting of production virtuosos Joshua 'Flubz' Jones, Andre 'Suku' Grey, Karim 'Stainless' Thompson, Dale 'Dizzle' Virgo, Keniel Delisser and Kemoy Allen. Aiming for the best quality the recordings were done at Bugle's An9ted Entertainment Studios and Agent Sasco's Diamond Studios respectively.

Alluding to the project Tosh said, "Christmas is definitely my favourite time of the year. From the lights to the carols and the overall spirit of the season; it's a time where everyone comes together and it truly makes me happy, so I wanted to reflect that in these Christmas carols chosen for the EP. When you hear them I want you to have that same feeling of happiness and warmth."

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Farmer found with 450 rounds of ammunition

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ak47-ammunition.jpgA 25-year-old Westmoreland farmer was on Monday taken into custody after police reportedly found 450 9mm rounds of ammunition in his possession in Leamington district in the parish.

Police report that about 4:00 pm, lawmen were in the area when they saw a man walking along the road. He was accosted and searched, and the rounds found in a plastic bag he was carrying. He was subsequently arrested.

Police say his identity is being withheld pending further investigations.





The police and representatives of the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFS) have met with the woman who was seen in a video violently beating and threatening to cut off the neck of her young child.

Superintendent in charge of the Westmoreland Police, Lansford Salmon, says the meeting was arranged after the woman reported to the Whithorn police station on Saturday, when the video began circulating on social media.

Superintendent Salmon says the woman is not in custody.

He says the meeting this afternoon will determine the next course of action to be taken as the investigation progresses.

The CPFSA yesterday confirmed that it had begun probing the circumstances that led to the woman using what appears to be a belt to beat a young child while she hurled threats of cutting off the child's neck.

The child protection agency said its investigation revealed that the incident took place in September.

The agency says the woman is currently receiving counselling.





lisa-hanna-photo-1.jpgKD Knight, the legal luminary for, Member of Parliament St Ann Lisa Hanna, says she has no criminal charges to answer in regards to a probe carried out bu the Office of the Contractor General (OCG).

The OCG conducted a probe into the award of contracts by the Office of the St Ann South East MP. The report was tabled in parliament on November 21.

The report follows investigations by the OCG into allegations of acts of impropriety, irregularity and corruption at the office of the Member of Parliament for South East St. Ann and in the award of certain contracts by the St. Ann Municipal Corporation.

Mr Knight says after perusing the document he sees nothing for which the DPP could lay charges.

The report follows investigations by the OCG into allegations of acts of impropriety, irregularity, and corruption at the office of the Member of Parliament for South East St. Ann and in the award of certain contracts by the St. Ann Municipal Corporation.

The OCG says a copy of the report has been submitted to the DPP for investigation regarding breaches of public sector procurement procedures and the attendant regulations.

The OCG says it wants the DPP to make a determination as to whether the actions of the accounting and accountable officers of the St. Ann Municipal Corporation in authorizing and disbursing payments to a named contractor in the amount of 285 thousand dollars, which was awarded by the Corporation was in breach of the Financial Administration and Audit Act.

According the OCG, the payment was done without the requisite verification of the satisfactory completion of work.

The DPP is also being called upon to determine whether the actions of the St. Ann Municipal Corporation, in preparing documentation which gave the impression that the complete scope of works had been executed by the contract awardee, while having knowledge of the contrary, amounts to an act of fraudulent misrepresentation.

Additionally, the DPP is being asked to determine whether the actions of Lisa Hanna in making recommendations for the award of contracts to twelve persons affiliated and/or associated with the People's National Party give rise to a conflict of interest.





Mo Bay Flooded!

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mobay-flood-photo-1.jpgDowntown Montego Bay has been flooded after several hours of heavy showers on Wednesday afternoon. The heavy downpour caused the major gullies in the western Jamaica city to overflow their banks, leaving the roads and several buildings flooded.

Several streets and businesses have been extensively flooded. Photos and videos on social media sites show flooded cars abandoned in the streets converted to major waterways. People have also been seeking refuge on their vehicles.

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Persons, including students, were trapped in workplaces and schools as the city came to a virtual standstill. High flood waters and damaged roads kept vehicles off the road.

When the rains subsided, many persons had to resort to walking miles to get home.

Meanwhile, at the Farm Primary and Junior High School in Green Pond, teachers and students were trapped at the school up to late last night as one road leading to Montego Bay in one direction caved in and the other leaving through Cornwall Courts was blocked by flood waters.





brianna-brochu-mugshot.jpgA white university student accused of branding her roommate a "Jamaican Barbie" and smearing used tampons on her backpack is not racist, her lawyer has claimed.

Brianna Brochu, a former student at the University of Hartford, Connecticut, is charged with criminal mischief and breach of the peace, but activists want the 18-year-old charged with a hate crime.

Ms Brochu allegedly bragged online about her bullying, describing how she spat in Chennel Rowe's coconut oil and put her toothbrush "where the sun doesn't shine", reports the Hartford Courant.

She was later banned from campus by a local community court judge.

"After 1½ month of spitting in her coconut oil, putting moldy clam dip in her lotions, rubbing used tampons oh [sic] her backpack, putting her toothbrush places where the sun doesn't shine, and so much more, I can finally say goodbye Jamaican Barbie," Ms Brochu wrote on Instagram, according to court records.

On Tuesday, members of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) arrived outside the Hartford courthouse to demand prosecutors charge Ms Brochu with a hate crime, reports CBS News.

But Ms Brochu's lawyer, Tom Stevens, said he did not expect authorities to file hate crime charges and that his client regretted her actions.

"I think this is sort of not the case that you all have been fanning the flame on," he said outside court, according to the Courant. "I think when it's all said and done, what you're going to see is there was nothing racial that motivated this.

"This was two students who were placed together, I think randomly... who didn't like each other, like has been happening since kids went to school and became roommates."

Gail Hardy, Hartford's State Attorney, said additional information was being reviewed at the request of Ms Rowe's lawyer.

Ms Brochu has admitted licking her former roommate's plate, fork, and spoon and smearing bodily fluid on her victim's backpack, but denies the other accusations she posted on Instagram, according to the local newspaper.

In a Facebook post which has been viewed more than a million times, Ms Rowe said she had developed throat pain and had been unable to sleep or speak.





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

MBJ Breaks Ground on USD 12m Taxiway Rehabilitation Project Led by S&G

Montego Bay, Jamaica, 21 November 2017 // MBJ Airports, operator of Sangster International Airport, Jamaica's leading gateway to the world, broke ground this month on a USD 12m taxiway rehabilitation project.

MBJ awarded the project to S&G Road Surfacing Materials in June 2017. The Mandeville-based company is responsible for the removal and reconstruction of parts of the taxiway as well as the redesign, resurfacing and widening of other sections, according to standards established by the International Civil Aviation Organization.

The project is progressing smoothly and on track to be completed within the contracted 10-month construction period, according to S&G's Project Commercial Director, Marlon Symister. S&G has 150 employees working on the taxiway rehabilitation project. The work is being carried out at night to avoid interrupting normal operations at the airport.

The taxiway rehabilitation project forms part of a structured airport maintenance program being carried out in accordance with the terms of MBJ's 30-year operating concession with the Government of Jamaica. MBJ has a USD 40m budget for the five-year period ending 2020 to carry out maintenance and improvement works under the program.


About MBJ Airports:

MBJ Airports Limited, operator of Sangster International Airport, connects Jamaica to more than 50 international destinations and welcomed a record 3.9m travelers in 2016. MBJ operates the airport under a 30-year concession that began in 2003 and provides employment to more than 150 Jamaicans.


Media Inquiries:

Sharon Hislop, Manager, Commercial Development & Marketing

T: +1 876 952 3124 | E: shislop@mbjairport.com


Photos:

MBJ taxiway rehabilitation works are being carried out at night by S&G Road Surfacing Materials of Mandeville.

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WE APOLOGIZE FOR PROBLEMS ON THE 12 ANNUAL CARIBBEAN SPLASH 2017

OUR FORMAL APOLOGY TO FANS | PATRONS | FRIENDS| SPONSORS| VENDORS


Immediate Press Release
John Alessi Pr Firm
Miami, Florida
Publicist: Maurice Tucker MBA.
November 21, 2017
Contact 305-930-3500
Email : Johnalessifirm@gmail.com

We Apologize for the Mishap at the 12 Annual Caribbean Splash 2017

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Miami, Florida - We the staff and the promoters (Mr. CC Promotions) of the 12 Annual Caribbean Splash 2017 would like to apologize to our fans, friends, sponsors and patrons who attended the event on Sunday, November 12, 2017, at the Orlando Amphitheater. The event was dubbed to be the biggest show to date, but due to unforeseen circumstances and to our dismay the show turned out to be unsuccessful. We strongly regret any inconvenience that we may have caused to anyone who came to the show, and we take full responsibility for these actions. We recognize that there are ongoing issues with the artist(s) and patron(s) which some of these problems are still lingering and could be problematic thus; we intend to identify, address, and come to an immediate resolution with the said party.

We take Full Acceptance

The show was staged like no other event in the Florida, Orlando region and riddled with top-tier Jamaican artist such as Capleton, Busy Signal, Konshens, Chris Martin, Tanya Stephens, Marcia Griffiths and Estelle and that's just to name a few of the acts. Although Capleton and Busy Signal were the two main acts and headliners for the show, the show was centered in part on Busy Signal, as this was his debut performance in Florida. As of such the show was highly anticipated and promoted; we decided to rent a venue with the capacity of 10,000 people that was befitting of the caliber of artist we were promoting. For transparency and clarity, we had a budget of over $200,000 at a minimum which included venue rental of $30,000.00, promotion of $40,000.00 artist down payment over $50,000.00, backline of $14,000.00 and boarding and lodging including flights $30,000.00. Inadvertently the concert ended with a loss of over $80,000. Yes, of course, it was a big budget, but with the sponsors and investors (which we had initially) the show would have been highly successful. At the latter staging of promoting the event (4 days before event) problems ensued, and with futile efforts, we lost a significant sponsor whom we were relying on to cover some of the expenses for the event. On the day of the event, the monetary problems escalated and magnified at a level, which was insurmountable. We critically analyzed and approached the situation with caution by engaging with the artist and their management as a way of finding solutions to the problem. We (as) the management and team knew that we had a binding contract with the artist(s). As of such and because of monetary constraints we had requested if we could pay 70%-80% on their total contract (individually) as to create a fluid continuity of the show but it was denied by Busy Signal, Marcia Griffiths, Chris Martin and Konshens. We will not (apply) the burden of proof on any artist(s) as it was our responsibility to cover all the expenses for the event but we were divergent in our thoughts as we tried to eradicate an ongoing problem by offering a solution. Moving forward we take full responsibility for all our mishaps on the day of the event and any peripheral issues on that said day. We take acceptance for the financial dilemma and we would like to find better solutions in fixing it moving forward. We take recognition for our actions. We as a team do wish to engage with the said artist(s) to find a solution in creating a remedy to this problem and we are receptive to open ideas moving forward. It must be noted that of the 25 artist(s) who were booked to perform at the event 21 took to the stage with electrifying performance including a surprise performance by Craigy T. formerly of T.O.K.

30 YEARS OF PROMOTION & GIVING BACK TO THE ORLANDO COMMUNITY

Mr. Cc Promotions is widely known for bringing entertainment to the Jamaican diaspora in Orlando, Florida. His presence is immeasurable with over 2,000 shows to his credit with less than 6 show mishaps, that's less than .3 % of errors which is literally unmatched by any other promoter to date. His accomplishments stretch over 30 years where he has worked successfully with artist such as Sizzla, Movado, UB40, Steel Pulse, Lucky Dube, Jay Z, Young Jeezy, Lil Wayne, Fat Joe, Method Man, Red Man, Plan B, Group of Mania, Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Beres Hammond, Maxi Priest, Shabba Ranks, Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs, Barrington Levy and Freddie McGregor, Kymani Marley, Damion Marley, Stephen Marley, Julian Marley, Wailers Inner Circle and Chronixx. Mr. CC Productions is also known for being a major part of arguably the longest and most successful Reggae Club in the world known as "Jamaikin Mi Krazy" for the past 23 years. Without a doubt, Mr. CC Promotions has influenced the direction of the Orlando Jamaican and Caribbean diaspora with great entertainment, great social lifestyle with prominent and top tier events on a yearly basis. Mr. CC Promotions for over the past 30 years have shed light on the Jamaica community in Orlando and has created strong awareness and recognition of the diaspora with great humility. Mr. CC takes pride and accomplishment with his prominence in the Orlando community; it is partly because of him that the Caribbean and Jamaican citizens have decided to move to Orlando. For decades a lot of people have called Orlando home because of the culture and Jamaican influence Mr. CC has upheld and maintained throughout the past 30 years. Mr. CC loves his people and his culture and he intends to continue to promote great Jamaica music and culture in the community.





Freddie McGregor Jamathon Drop

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Ninjaman found guilty of murder!

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a-st-mary-ninja.jpgDancehall artiste Ninjaman, his son Janeil, and Dennis Clayton, the third co-accused have all been found guilty of the 2009 murder of Ricardo Johnson, also known as Ricky Trooper.

Ninjaman, whose given name is Desmond Ballentyne, has also been convicted of shooting with intent.

A seven-member jury comprising four men and three women on Monday handed down the verdict in Home Circuit Court in Kingston after three hours and 11 minutes of deliberation.

Ninja and his co-accused were on trial for the 2009 murder of Johnson in the Lower Mall Road community of Kingston. The closed-door trial lasted for five weeks.

"A suh it go man. Don't worry yuhself, Jamaica, I'll be back,"Ninja Man said as he and his co-accused were led away in handcuffs.

He and his co-accused are to be sentenced on December 15.





3 women gunned down in Area One within 24 hours

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crime-scene-gun.jpgThe cops in Westmoreland are investigating the circumstances surrounding Sunday night's murder of a woman, who was shot and killed at her home by gunmen.

She has been identified as 51-year-old Pauline Bremmer of Revival district in Westmoreland. The police report that about 11:00 pm, Bremmer was at home with her 14-year-old son when she was shot dead by armed thugs.

No motive has so far been determined by investigators.

Bremmer became the third female to be gunned down in the Police Area One within a 24 hour period.

A 44-year-old mother, Ann Marie Johnson and her 24-year-old daughter, Shantoy McKenzie were shot and killed at their home in Mother Lane, Cambridge, St James, Saturday night.

Area One covers the parishes of Westmoreland, Hanover, St James and Trelawny.





Men arrested in $10-million ganja seizure charged

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hands-behind-bars.jpgThe police say three men who were arrested in connection with the seizure of more than $10 million worth of ganja in St Catherine, on Thursday, have now been charged by the Narcotics Police.

The three men were arrested on Grange Lane, about 8 o'clock Thursday evening, in connection with the seizure of 220 pounds of ganja, which has an estimated street value $11.1 million.

They have been identified as 41-year-old truck driver and businessman, Marlon Williams, of Passagefort, St Catherine; 37-year-old taxi driver, Gerard Samuels, of Lacovia, St Elizabeth; and 41-year-old farmer, Calvin Robinson, of West Cumberland, St Catherine.

The police say Williams was charged with possession of ganja, dealing in ganja, taking steps preparatory to export ganja, and using premises for the storage of ganja.

Meanwhile, Samuels and Robinson were charged jointly with possession of ganja, taking steps preparatory to export ganja, dealing in ganja, trafficking ganja and conspiracy.

Robinson is also facing a charge of money laundering.





Woman murdered in Linstead

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crime-scene-gun.jpgThe Linstead police have launched an investigation into the murder of a woman in Victoria District, St Catherine, this morning.

The woman has only been identified as a 57-year-old labourer.

Reports are that she was at home about 7:30 this morning, when she was approached by a gunman.

The man reportedly asked for a male relative, who was not at home.

As the man left he reportedly fired several shots, killing the woman.

The police say no motive has yet been established for the murder, but investigators are following useful leads.





"Welcome, this is the first video me a mek why me kill myself. Unuh probably know by now say me dead." These are the spine-chilling words from a 13-year-old boy, who reportedly committed suicide last week, using a licensed firearm belonging to his step-father..

Police say they are aware of many claims being made in the public domain that the video was that of Davion Johnson from Grange Hill, Westmoreland and who was found dead in St Mary on Sunday, November 12.

They have launched an investigation to determine if the video is that of the same 13-year-old boy.

In the video, which is two minutes and 43 seconds long, the teen says, among other things, that he hated being on a bus with school children as they acted like "idiots and lick lick yuh in a yuh head." He said he wanted to shoot them and kill them. In relation to his own future, he said he wanted to grow up and kill people, but he would rather find it better now to do it to himself as he felt this was a better way.

Admitting that there was a possibility that the suicide attempt may fail and that he may end up in the hospital, he plainly stated that he did not want this to happen.

The boy in the video also admitted that he had tried to commit suicide in the past but he could not deal with the pain.

He ends the video with the words:"Rest in peace... Later."





The Police High Command has released the names of the country's top five most wanted criminals.

The men have been described as the country's main violence producers, who are wanted for multiple shootings and murders, as well as confrontations with the police.

They are as follows:

Charles Hamilton, otherwise called 'Thugy, Thugy', who is said to operate in the St Mary area.

Brian Peterkin, otherwise called 'Ratty', who is said to operate in St James.

Nico Walters, otherwise called 'Speckles', who is said to operate in Clarendon.

Davion Brown, otherwise called 'Baltie', who is said to operate in Westmoreland

Shaniel Lutton, who is said to operate in St James.

"These are individuals who are believed to be key players behind the ongoing violence across the country," Police Commissioner, George Quallo, said at a press conference at his office in Kingston on Friday.

"These are men who are involved in multiple shootings, multiple murders and confrontations with the police," said Deputy Commissioner of Police, Selvin Haye, who heads the crime portfolio within the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).

The police declined to provide details on the crimes the men have been linked to, but said they are in pursuit of them.

As the country's crime rate continue to spiral, police warned that they will be intensifying their operations across the island as they seek to place a lid on the crime monster.

Police data shows that a total of 1,404 murders have been committed so far this year, which compares to 1,137 for the same period in 2016.





Ninjaman to know his fate today

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ninja-man-photo-9.jpgPopular entertainer Ninjaman is to know his fate today when the seven-member jury will deliberate and hand down its verdict in the murder case against him.

Justice Martin Gayle who is presiding at the month-long trial, is expected to wrap up his summation this morning in order to give the jurors enough time to deliberate.

Ninjaman, his son Jamiel and Dennis Clayton have all been on trial since October 17.

The men are on trial for the murder of Ricardo Johnson also called 'Trooper' who was fatally shot eight years ago on Mall Road, Kingston 11.





stefflon-don.jpgStefflon Don stopped by Hot97 recently to chat all things from UK Rap to her own personal journey.

During the interview with Ebro, Laura Stylez and Rosenberg, the British rapper share insights into how she came to be known as "Stefflon Don", how her journey in UK Rap began; with her siblings playing a massive role and what her plans are for the future.

She also revealed that she dreams of working with Dancehall superstar Vybz Kartel.

Stefflon Don, whose real name is Stephanie Allen, is an exciting, 25-year-old UK MC who raps with wit and ferocity about female empowerment, street life, and sex.

Her brash, charismatic music is marked by authentic injections of Jamaican Dancehall.

In March, she signed a £1.2M deal with Polydor, a part of Universal Music Group.





Konshens gets married to fiancee Latoya

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konshens-wedding.jpgDancehall artiste Konshens tied the knot with his fiancee and mother of his son, Latoya on Sunday at an elaborate, private ceremony in Miami.

Konshens Is Now Married. Mr and Mrs Spence





RJRGLEANER Group Chairman Spaulding has died

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lester-spaulding.jpgChairman of the RJRGLEANER Communications Group J Lester Spaulding has died.

Spaulding died in hospital this morning after ailing for some time.

He was 76.

He was due to retire as group chairman at the end of the year.





donald-trump-photo-4.jpgIt holds nuclear missile codes, it's in charge of the security of the United States, and its ultimate boss, the US president, is a prolific tweeter. But when it comes to handling its own Twitter account, the Pentagon could do with improving its skills.

On Thursday the US Department of Defense accidentally retweeted a tweet calling for Donald Trump to resign as US president.

The original tweet which also called for two other US politicians to step down following sexual harassment allegations was tweeted from an account belonging to @ProudResister, an anti-Trump activist.

It said: "The solution is simple. Roy Moore: Step down from the race. Al Franken: Resign from congress, Donald Trump: Resign from the presidency. GOP: Stop making sexual assault a partisan issue. It's a crime as is your hypocrisy."

The Pentagon's main account retweeted the message to its 5.2 million followers before quickly deleting it. But the embarrassing blunder did not go unnoticed. A screen shot of the Pentagon's retweet was itself retweeted and shared, and the reaction to it was swift.

"Uh someone made a mistake," posted one Twitter user.

Another user tweeted: "Looks like that ex-Twitter employee found a new gig at the Pentagon," referring to a similar social media blunder earlier this month when a Twitter employee deactivated President Trump's account on their last day in the job.

At the time, the president brushed off the 11-minute Twitter outage, but the incident raised questions about the security of President Trump's account.





Mugabe seen in public for the first time since 'coup'

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mugabe-with-soldier.jpgZimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has made his first public appearance since the country's army took over on Wednesday.

He attended a graduation ceremony in the capital, Harare.

Mr Mugabe had been under house arrest for days. The army made its move after a power struggle over his successor.

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The military said on Friday it was "engaging" with Mr Mugabe and would advise the public on the outcome of talks "as soon as possible".

Meanwhile Christopher Mutsvangwa, the leader of the influential war veterans' association, said Mr Mugabe should step down at once.

He called for a huge turnout in street protests on Saturday.





Colin Kaepernick is GQ's 'Citizen of the Year'

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colin-kaepernick-gq-magazine.jpgColin Kaepernick, an American football player who last year started protesting police brutality against African Americans by kneeling during the US national anthem, has been named "Citizen of the Year" by GQ magazine.

The public stand of the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback has sparked a wave of similar protests across the National Football League and other athletic events.

Announcing its decision on Monday, GQ likened Kaepernick to other sports icons, including boxer Muhammad Ali, who opposed the Vietnam War.

"He's been vilified by millions and locked out of the NFL - all because he took a knee to protest police brutality," the magazine said of Kaepernick's protest. Kaepernick's determined stand puts him in rare company in sports history: Muhammad Ali, Jackie Robinson - athletes who risked everything to make a difference," it said.

Kaepernick declined to be interviewed by GQ but posed for pictures. He posted a message on Twitter, saying he was "honored' by the recognition.





Eve spills on Nicki Minaj's racy Paper cover

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nicki-minaj-paper.jpgRapper Eve just landed her new gig on 'The Talk,' and is already making waves via the daytime talk show.

The hosts all weighed in on Nicki Minaj's risqué Paper Magazine cover, featuring the Queens native engaged in a menage a trois with herself.

Eve, who has worked with Nicki on set and is also a fellow MC, revealed she was not a fan of the controversial pics.

"I worked with Nicki, I got to know her on 'Barbershop'... she's a nice person, she's an amazing rapper, and as a lyricist I respect her... but as a woman, from my point of view, personally, I would not be able to do that," Eve told the audience.

"I think in this climate, it's not good. I think every artist has a right to express themselves however they want to express themselves and I respect that as well. For me personally, as I started coming up in the business, I started realizing that young girls were looking up to me and younger people were looking up to me, and that, not that you want to be a role model, but it becomes what you become, it is what you are."

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Continuing, "As I've gotten older ... I'd just rather be a voice that's uplifting... I can be a voice for those girls that might not have a voice, in a different way without showing myself off ... For the Nicki fans, I love her, respect her. Go women in hip hop. It's not my thing. I just don't think it's right. Personally. Period. That's it."

Nicki's devoted fan base immediately took to Twitter to defend the Queen of the Barbs, claiming Eve's judgmental stance was hypocritical.

"Eve is full of s--t. Instead of shaming Nicki Minaj for owning her sexuality as a GROWN woman she could have used that opportunity to talk more about the success of a fellow Black female rapper."





crime-scene-gun.jpgAn inmate of the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre was shot dead when he tried to escape custody while on a medical visit to the National Chest Hospital in St. Andrew on Thursday afternoon.

He has been named Kevin Anthony Fletcher.

According to reports, Fletcher who was convicted for murder, was taken to the Chest Hospital by prison wardens for treatment.

He escaped and was chased by the wardens who opened gunfire at him.

He fell into the gully that runs along the Chest Hospital.

Fletcher was removed from the gully and pronounced dead by doctors at the facility.

The Department of Correctional Services said the police and INDECOM are investigating the matter.





Edith Dalton James High is among five schools to receive a walk-through metal detector as well as a number of handheld devices.

The announcement was made by Education Minister Ruel Reid on Wednesday afternoon at a ceremony during which 130 handheld metal scanners and five walk-through detectors were handed over by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Edith Dalton James High will install the walk-through scanner at the entrance to the school this month.

This comes a month after a 15 year-old male student was stabbed to death by a classmate at the school.

Senator Reid, who addressed the ceremony, noted that the government was determined to ensure that there was no recurrence of the incident at the school or any other institution.

"When we did our investigation, the youngster in question had about two or three weapons on his person, and had he been through that kind of surveillance, then they would have been detected and he would have been disarmed," said the minister.

He added that the initiative was a sort of resocialisation in the school system to combat the "high levels of anti-social behaviour and violence across the country."

Other schools to receive walk-through metal detectors are Brown's Town High, Anchovy High and Norman Manley High.





hands-behind-bars.jpgAn American man is behind bars in the United States after being accused of sexually assaulting a minor at a tourist resort in Jamaica.

A statement issued by the US Attorney's office for the northern district of California says a federal grand jury on Wednesday indicted 43-year-old Douglas Peacock for travelling to a foreign country and engaging in illicit sexual conduct with a minor.

Mr. Peacock was detained in the Southern District of Florida on Wednesday morning after being arrested on the charge in Miami on November 10.

According to the indictment, Mr. Peacock, who is from Foster City, California, travelled from the US to Jamaica about June 19 this year and engaged in illicit sexual conduct with a minor who was, at the time, under 12 years of age.

It's alleged that Mr. Peacock, while in the pool of a family-friendly resort in Jamaica, molested a six-year-old US citizen. He has been charged with one count of engaging in illicit sexual conduct in foreign places. If convicted, he faces a maximum statutory sentence of 30 years.





Jamaican man wanted by cops in Antigua surrenders

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A Jamaican man who was listed as wanted by the police in Antigua-Barbuda has surrendered.

According to the online edition of the Antigua Observer, Conroy Jones turned himself in to the police this week, accompanied by a lawyer.

The Antigua & Barbuda police had issued a wanted bulletin for his arrest nearly a month ago. They said he had been accused of wounding his girlfriend in Antigua on September 16.

It is alleged that he used a machete to chop the woman, who is the mother of his children.

The woman underwent surgery for her injuries.





Jamaican serving in Kuwait dies suddenly

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jamaican-dies-us-military.jpgA Jamaican serving in the American military died in Kuwait on Tuesday morning during a tour of duty.

Hughton Brown attended Wolmer's Boys' School before migrating to the United States where he served in the military for 17 years.

It is not yet clear what are the circumstances of his death.

Relatives of Mr. Brown characterise him as vibrant, "the life of the party," and a lover of photography and motor bikes.





Ganja worth over $11 million seized in Gregory Park

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ganja-seized.jpgNarcotics police seized ganja with an estimated street value of over J$11 million in Gregory Park, St. Catherine yesterday (Thurs).

Reports are that about 8:00 p.m., the team signalled the driver of a Toyota Noah minivan that was travelling along Grange Lane to stop; however, the driver sped away.

The motor vehicle was pursued and was eventually intercepted when the driver drove onto the compound of a business establishment in the area and stopped.

The police subsequently searched the vehicle and found 169 parcels of compressed ganja weighing 1000 pounds.

The premises was also searched and an additional 200 parcels of compressed ganja weighing 1220 pounds were found.

Three men have been taken into custody in relation to this seizure; the Toyota Noah minivan was also seized. Arrangements are being made for the men to be questioned in the presence of their attorneys at law.





Weddy Wednesdays - Nov 15th, 2017

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crime-scene-tape.jpgJust over two weeks after gangster Omar 'King Evil' Lewis was killed in their community, residents of Catherine Hall, Montego Bay, were exposed to more extreme violence on Monday night when two women were murdered and a man seriously injured in a brazen gun attack.

The deceased women are 41-year-old Cleopatra 'Keisha' Fletcher, a popular nail technician; and her 52-year-old customer, Dawnette Shettleworth, an employee at the Sangster International Airport. The injured man is a 43-year-old JUTA operator.

According to reports, at approximately 5:30 p.m., Fletcher, Shettleworth and the injured man were sitting in Fletcher's salon when an unknown assailant walked into the establishment, pulled a handgun from his waistband, and opened fire. All three persons were hit.

"De man just walk inna de woman and open up gunfire and then run off," recounted a witness, who said the killer wore a hoodie that blocked a clear view of his face. "By the time people rush inna de salon fe help, de woman dead already."

On the night of Wednesday, October 25, when Lewis was killed, he had reportedly gone to that same salon to have his nails done. He was attacked by unknown assailants as he entered his car and was sprayed with a barrage of bullets. He died on the spot.

"Ever since that man (Lewis) was killed, I told myself that I would not be going back to that salon, because I just had a gut feeling that something else was going to happen over there," a female resident told The Gleaner yesterday. "We are all living on the edge here in MoBay because we are all like sitting duck for the gunmen."

While the police have not divulged a motive for Monday night's killing, speculation is rife in the western city that it had something to do with the death of Lewis, who the police said was the leader of the Canterbury-based Nation Crocs gang. At different times in his life, Lewis figured on the police's most wanted list both here in Jamaica and in the United States.

"Rumour a go round seh Keisha know a who kill Omar, so it look like dem decide fe silence her," another resident told The Gleaner. "Keisha a good girl ... hard-working girl ... . She tek pride inna her work so her customer dem love her. It is sad fe see how she just lose her life soh."

Dawnette Shettleworth, apparently, was caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. The former Mt Salem resident was reportedly off the island at the time of Omar 'King Evil' Lewis' death and wouldn't have been a witness to it.

"Poor Dawnette ... always smiling, don't trouble a soul, and look how she just dead and gone," one of her co-workers told The Gleaner. "Every day or every other day somebody get killed inna MoBay. Me feel like just resign my job and run weh. Me fraid fe walk de streets."





Criminals posing as cops robbing innocent people

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shocked.jpgReports have surfaced that criminals are posing as members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) and robbing individuals.

The police are now urging the public to be on the lookout as the men are dressed in fake police clothing and travel in a vehicle with flashing blue lights.

The most recent reported incident occurred Saturday night along East Kings House Road in St Andrew where the men stopped a businessman near the entrance to the Kingsgate Apartments.

He was robbed of a large amount of cash and his licensed firearm.

Head of the JCF Corporate Communications Unit, Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay said that the victim was approached by two men in a car, who said they were police officers.

They demanded a search of the man's vehicle and he was relieved of his firearm and over one million dollars.

"We are conducting investigations; we have confirmed that these men were not police officers. We are following leads at the moment," Lindsay said as she urged people to be on alert for the fake cops.

"When you are stopped, you need to be 100 per cent sure that persons are in fact police officers and demand to see some form of identification," she advised.

"If they are in a vehicle marked police, call 119 to verify," Lindsay added.





Father, 2 sons murdered in Ebony Park

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA father and his two sons were shot dead by gunmen in a brazen attack in Ebony Park, Clarendon on Sunday night.

Reports reaching Loop News are that at around 8:15 pm residents in the rural community heard loud explosions and alerted the police.

Sources from the area told Loop that the father and the sons were at a shop that they owned in the area when men drove up and opened fire.

The men then fled the area.

Police arrived on the scene a few minutes later and during a search of the area, the father and his two adult sons were found with gunshot wounds.

The murder has again left residents in the area in shock.

"I am very concerned about the spiraling murders," said Uphel Purcell, Councillor for the York Town Division, in which Ebony Park falls.

The father and two sons who were shot dead by gunmen in Ebony Park, Clarendon on Sunday, have been identified.

They are 55-year-old shop owner, Clifton Scott, and his sons, 25-year-old Clifton Jnr and 20-year-old Orville.

Reports are that at around 8:15 p.m., the three were at a shop that they operated in the community, when gunmen went to the location and opened fire before escaping.

Residents who heard the explosions raised an alarm.

On arrival, the police found the bodies of the three men with gunshot wounds.

The murders have left residents of the community in shock.





Two Miles under curfew

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curfew-in-areas-of-west-kingston.jpgA curfew has been imposed in sections of Two Miles in the St. Andrew South Police Division. The curfew began at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 14 and will remain in effect until 6:00 p.m on Thursday, November 16. The boundaries of the curfew are as follows:

NORTH -Along Waltham Park Road from Crescent road to Norman Lane. SOUTH - Along Norman Lane from Waltham Park to Spanish Town Road;

EAST - Along Spanish Town Road from Norman Lane to Spanish Town Road. WEST- Along Cresent Road from Spanish Town Road to Waltham Park Road.

During the hours of the curfew, all persons within the boundaries are required to remain within their premises unless otherwise authorized in writing by the ground commander.





Dad shot at basic school in St James

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA man was shot and injured by gunmen on Tuesday afternoon at Challenge Basic School in Montego Bay, St. James.

The incident took place while parents were collecting their children.

The injured man, who is said to be the parent of a student at the school, has been admitted to hospital in serious condition.

Some 275 persons have been murdered in St. James since January 1.





Two Canadians charged with cocaine sent to prison

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jamaica-cocaine-seized.jpgTwo Canadians have been fined and sentenced to prison for cocaine possession and attempting to export the drug from Jamaica.

The sentences were handed down Monday when 22-year-old bartender Mariah Holland and 23-year-old enquiry officer Jaques-Francoise Moukoury appeared in the St James Parish Court.

Holland and Moukoury were arrested by members of the Narcotics Division at the Sangster International Airport on August 31, 2016 as they attempted to board a flight to Canada.

Holland was found in possession of three quart bottles containing six pounds of cocaine with an estimated street value of $3.4 million; while Moukoury was found in possession of three quart bottles with cocaine four pounds of cocaine valued $2.2 million.

Holland and Moukoury were both fined $1 million or nine months imprisonment for possession of cocaine and $1.5 million or nine months imprisonment for attempting to export cocaine.

They must also serve a three-year mandatory imprisonment term.





Bugle releases 40-track compilation Spontaneous

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bugle-photo-3.jpgHaving a surfeit of tracks namely Boom Box, Cherish Life, Real Survivor and Live Love Laugh, the latter featuring Popcaan enjoying premium rotation across the diaspora. Reggae crooner Bugle has been in the studio working assiduously concocting a new mixtape to capitalize even further on this upsurge.

The project titled 'Spontaneous' is a collective of 40-tracks spanning both the Reggae and Dancehall genres with guest appearances from An9ted Entertainment affiliates Alexx A-Game and Samboni while production credits come courtesy of noted producer and disc jock Razz Attack.

Alluding to the compilation Bugle says, though he would love to give all his fans a copy of the 'Be Yourself' album, it's not financially feasible but also in the same vein he doesn't want to leave them empty-handed, hence the creation of a mixtape.

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It's Goosebumps from former ARP member Mitch

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mitch.jpgArmed with a new single, new management and a renewed focus and strategy, Roger Mitchell is once again fully ready to claim his musical space, with the release of his recent single, Goosebumps, an upbeat collaboration with artiste Dolla Coin.

Working harmoniously with Emperor Productions, this singer-songwriter, whose style has been described as "melodious and edgy", blends these elements nicely into Goosebumps, making it a truly infectious single. Noting that the collab has been receiving rave feedback, both from radio and in the streets, the artiste revealed that an accompanying music video is in the works, along with another soon-to-be-released single.

This former member of the now defunct but popular reggae group, ARP, found fame with the outfit in the late nineties into early 2000, and even after ARP disbanded, he continued singing. Better known to his fans simply as Mitch, he explains that this is the name he still uses for his solo career.

"Mitch will always be Mitch and of course, some people will continue to say 'Mitch from ARP', but that just shows the power of the group," he says candidly.

Although to some it may seem that Mitch had taken a hiatus from the music scene, he was quick to point out that this was not so.

"Believe it or not I have always been doing music...never stopped. I have been voicing for various producers and getting a lot of promises, but the truth is that nothing happens before the right time and I believe that the time is now," he declared, acknowledging the exceptional efforts of his "family" at Emperor Productions to ensure that everything falls into place.

Not surprisingly, in the last five years Mitch has been frequenting Europe and he has spent extended periods on that continent, in particular, Denmark, where he had been working on an album project with talented Danish producers Søren "Pharfar" Schou and Adi 'Jahdil' Nadri at Food Palace Music in Copenhagen.

His third album, Lucky, was released on November 25 last year on Danish label, Icedrop Records and it is available on all digital platforms. According to Mitch, Lucky is an intoxicating mix of Reggae, Jazz Funk and African beats.

"Pharfar is the same producer who worked with late Danish reggae singer Natasja Saad, and it was really a great experience doing this album with him and Jahdil," Mitch explained.

Sorry, the first single from the 11-track album, is described as a "warm and sizzling reggae version of Justin Bieber's original" with the video being shot in Old Harbour.

According to their bio, it was in 1998 that ARP released the classic 'I Want Your Body', which established the group. A series of noteworthy hits followed including, 'Return Of The Mac', 'Girls Dem Cry', 'Song For Mama', 'Really Want You', 'The Girl Dem Want', a cover version of K-Ci And JoJo's 'All My Life', and a team up with Patra on 'True Love'. ARP also enjoyed particular success in the dancehall with, 'Di Gal Dem Want' and in combination with U.T. Dread 'Youths Dem Play', riding the 'Cloak & Dagger' rhythm. In 1999, the band joined Penthouse Records where they released 'Temple Of The Lord' and worked on an album with producer Donovan Germain.





bob-marley-photo-7.jpgBob Marley's Get Up, Stand Up is the theme song for Optimist International Caribbean District's (OICD) anti-bullying human rights campaign.

The campaign -- expected to run from October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018 -- was launched at the Junior Optimist International Caribbean Summit at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in St Andrew last weekend.

In making the announcement, OICD Governor Calvin A Hunter said permission was granted for the Optimist Club to use the song free of cost by Marley's daughter Cedella Marley, who declared the initiative to be a "great one".

Hunter said the song was selected because the words would serve as an inspiration for those being bullied and who have a sense of hopelessness.

"We want to encourage young people across the Caribbean to become social advocates around human rights, with a focus on fighting discrimination and bullying that often take place within our schools," said Hunter.

Marley died in May 1981. He was 36.





aidonia-photo-7.jpgCollaborating with award-winning music producer Stephen 'Di Genius' McGregor throughout the years has proven to be a successful formula for high riding deejay Aidonia. Aside from a plethora of hits, 'Fi Di Jockey', one of their last effort continues to infiltrate various markets across the globe amassing over 15 million views online in the process, making it one of the 4th Genna recording artiste most bankable projects.

Come the last quarter of 2017, the two have joined forces again for an upcoming project titled 'Set Fi Di Backshot'. Produced on 'Di Genius Records' imprint the single is an infectious anthem geared towards the female populace and slated for release in the days ahead.

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According to Aidonia, "Stephen and I have always had good musical chemistry over the years, so collaborating on this new project is just a natural vibe."

Meanwhile, over the weekend the 'Banga' hitmaker along with label-mate Govana invaded the Ocean Village car park in Ocho Rios for the 2017 staging of 'Xcess' unravelling hits such as 'Yeah Yeah', Gyal Clown, Hot Tool, Shallow Grung, Run Road among others as they delivered another fiery performance to the large gathering on hand.

Govana is currently working on his upcoming EP while Aidonia continues work on his debut album. Both projects are still untitled.

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sean-paul-and-chi-ching-ching.jpgChin Ching Ching is grateful to Sean Paul and he's letting everyone know it.

The artiste, who is signed to Popcaan's Unruly label, publicly thanked Sean Paul on social media this week. This is what the "Roast or Fry (Breadfruit)" singer said:

"Locking the shows and stocking mah [doughs] Dem a ask for more," Ching captioned a photo with the "No Lie" hit maker. "[Sean Paul] thanks for the opportunity you gave me to showcase my talent, i [been] to [countries] I never [knew] i would ever go," he added.

There have been rumours of a fallout with the so-called Unruly Boss, Popcaan.

Ching, who is currently on tour with Sean Paul, took to Instagram on Tuesday to share his gratitude for everything the international recording artiste has done for his career, showcasing his talent to the world.





"Carry On" featuring Romain Virgo,

Tarrus Riley, Tessanne Chin, Chronixx

& Sherieta Lewis

Produced by Dean Fraser, Sean Diedrick & Sherieta Lewis

for DownSound Records. Written by Sherieta Lewis & Sean Diedrick

"Carry On" Official Song of Caribbean Love Now Campaign (2)





New appeal date for Vybz Kartel

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vybz-kartel-photo-32.jpgKartel's appeal hearing was scheduled for February 19, 2018.

However, following a case management hearing last Tuesday, his attorneys have requested more time to prepare the appeal.

According to reports, Kartel will have to wait five months more, until July 2018... that's when hearing for the appeal against his life sentence will happen.

The matter will be heard over three weeks

Vybz Kartel aka Di Teacha was convicted along with Kahira Jones, Andre St John, and entertainer Shawn "Shawn Storm" Campbell in 2014 for the murder of Clive "Lizard" Williams. They were given life sentences.





Ninjaman is NOT dead; death rumours 'disturbing'

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ninja-man-photo-8.jpgControversial veteran deejay Desmond 'Ninjaman' Ballentyne is very much alive.

Tuesday evening, social media erupted with reports that the much-loved deejay had died, sending fans both at home and abroad into a frenzy.

Attempts to contact the CCU regarding Ninja's supposed death proved futile, but his attorney, Valerie Neita Robertson subsequent announced that her client is "alive and well".

Well, however, is relative, as the deejay was recently diagnosed with heart problems and need immediate surgery.

Wednesday morning, Ninjaman's spouse is reported as saying that while the deejay was in good spirits, the false rumours of his death are "disturbing".





Stur Guvand Stone Love Link Up - Nov 11th, 2017

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Former Miss Jamaica Universe Trudi Ferguson has died

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trudi.jpgFerguson, who won the Miss Jamaica Universe crown in 1996, died Friday after a battle with breast cancer.

Miss Universe Jamaica made the announcement via Facebook on Saturday, on the same day pageant organisers sent current title holder Davina Bennett off to Las Vegas, Nevada to represent the island in the Miss Universe contest.

"Although we are extremely excited to have sent Miss Universe Jamaica to Las Vegas, in the same breath we are extremely saddened by the passing of Miss Jamaica Universe 1996 Trudi Ferguson. Our heart and prayers go out to her friends and family," the pageant organisers wrote on Facebook.

There have been an outpouring of tributes to Ferguson on social media since news broke of her passing.





Dancehall artiste Unicorn shot and killed

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unicorn-photo-1.jpgPopular Dancehall artiste Unicorn was reportedly shot and killed by gunmen on Sunday afternoon while visiting relatives in the war torn Maxfield are of Kingston..

Reports are are that about 3:40 p.m., the police responded to information about gunshots heard in the vicinity of Crescent Road, off Maxfield Avenue. Upon their arrival, the police reportedly saw Unycorn, whose real name was Donovan McMurray, lying on his back in a pool of blood. He appeared to have a gunshot wound to the back of the head. A grey Toyota Rav4 was reportedly seen in the middle of the road with the left front door and the trunk opened.

Unycorn was rushed to the Kingston Public Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Unycorn's mother, Delevan Barrett-Daley, told one news outlet that her son had gone to visit relatives in the area when the incident occurred.

Since the incident, several persons have taken to social media to offer their condolences.

Among them was Dancehall artiste Macka Diamond with whom Unycorn did the popular collab (Hol' You Pillow And) Think Bout Mi'. Unycorn has also written several hit songs for other artistes.





grace-jones-interview-photo-1.jpgLegendary Jamaican-American singer Grace Jones is known for her quirkiness, and she didn't disappoint during a madcap appearance on The Jonathan Ross Show.

The superstar, 69, stunned the presenter when she suddenly leaped on to his desk, pretending to be a cat.

A wary Jonathan said he had been warned about Grace as an interviewee adding he was 'scared' of what the iconic performer would do.

He then asked her what people expect of her and she replied: 'I do the opposite of what everyone expect... They expect me to crawl on the table and do this.'

She then growled and playfully swiped at the host, appearing to imitate the infamous moment from a 1980 interview with Russell Harty where she slapped him live on air.

Jonathan laughed as Grace crawled around on the desk, before jumping back down on to the couch.

She then clutched her heart joking that it was 'too much' for her adding: 'I can't do that all the time I'm a grandmother now.'

The host responded: 'How do you think I feel, I nearly s*** myself.'

Viewers watching the ITV chat show at home were thrilled at the spontaneous moment, with one saying: 'Grace Jones being utterly incredible within 10 seconds.'

'Not listening to a word that is being said, just watching Grace Jones almost having a cardiac arrest on the sofa,' said a second.

Another viewer commented on the singer's appearance adding: 'Grace Jones defies the ageing process. She looks magnificent for a lady of senior years. Respect Mrs Jones.'





Vybz Kartel shows off cute daughter he has never met

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vybz-kartel-photo-32.jpgSelf-proclaimed "Worl Boss" has so many kids he's never met a few before.

The incarcerated Dancehall superstar took to social media earlier this week to share a photo of his second daughter who he says he's never met before due to his lengthly prison sentence.

While its still unclear about her name and age or her mother, the "Fever" deejay uploaded a photo to his Instagram account.

"My 2nd daughter.. Never met before.. Hope fi see yuh soon", he wrote. Sources close to Vybz Kartel recently told the Tropixs that he'll be spending more time with his family if released from prison next year.

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bermuda-premier-david-burt-photo-1.jpgPremier David Burt says he remains confident Bermuda's reputation will survive the fallout from the Paradise Papers.

In the House of Assembly on Friday, the Premier said "The reports of Bermuda's demise are greatly exaggerated" and called for a "chorus of unity" in the wake of recent revelations contained in the hacked documents.

Earlier this week, an expert in compliance rules told the Royal Gazette newspaper that the island is "up the creek without a paddle" after the massive leak of documents stolen in a cyberattack on Bermuda-headquartered law firm Appleby, which also has offices in the Cayman Islands and British Virgin Islands.

The source, who asked not to be named, said: "This is actually really, really bad and it's bad because it demonstrates Bermuda's jurisdictional attitude to shifting public opinion and reality and the rather rigid line of legality."

Burt told MPs a co-ordinated police criminal investigation into the hack is underway in several jurisdictions, including Bermuda, and said he had asked regulators to step up their game.

Burt said his sole concern was "Bermuda and her reputation".

"I am confident that Bermuda's reputation will survive this latest series of events. Within the government, targeted action has been taken to manage the continuing impact of this disclosure.All relevant ministries are working together to coordinate responses as required, but more importantly to strengthen systems of oversight where necessary and communicating clearly that Bermuda is the same, sound place to do business it has always been.The depth and breadth of our energy and skill is such that we can meet this challenge, emerge stronger and continue the work of building a fairer and better Bermuda." Source: ((CMC)





kamina-johnson.jpgfloyd-morris.jpgThe People's National Party's Youth Organisation (PNPYO) is demanding an apology from Senator Kamina Johnson Smith to Senator Dr Floyd Morris for so-called disparaging remarks she made yesterday morning while addressing the Senate on the National Identification and Registration Bill.

Reports are that minutes before the start of the Senate, Morris was given several pages of amendments in writing that he was expected to peruse for discussion.

Morris, who is visually impaired, expressed difficulty and asked for an adjournment of the Senate to facilitate his participation in the debate. The Government senators voted against his request.

"As if this were not enough, the Senate majority leader, Kamina Johnson Smith, went further to mock Dr Morris, saying he would have just completed his PhD and autobiography and should therefore come into no difficulty understanding the amendments provided. This is a clear abandonment of the prior commitment she had made to Senate, during the debate on the Jury Act, to work with the parliamentary clerk to better facilitate disabled members," the PNPYO said in a release.

"This to us, is a disgraceful, calculated attack not only on Senator Floyd Morris, but also the disabled community of this country. the release said.

The PNPYO said Dr Morris's achievements showcase the key role our disabled community can and have played in governance.





Cops on high alert as 'Duppy Film' to be buried today

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duppy-film-marlon-perry.jpgPolice are keeping a close watch on sections of St Thomas following reports that Marlon 'Duppy Film' Perry, the man who was on Jamaica's most wanted list, is to be buried on Sunday.

Perry, who was on the police radar for approximately six years, was in September shot dead during a police operation in Port Morant, St Thomas.

"We are aware that the funeral for Perry is set for tomorrow and as a result we will be monitoring sections of the parish," Beau Rigabe, superintendent of the division told Loop News.

Police say they have not received any reports that criminals are planning possible attacks for the death of Perry but made it clear that they were are not taking anything for granted.

"We have put in place a number of security measures and will be keeping close watch on the area," police said.

Meanwhile a number of residents in the area say there is a tense calm in the area where Perry is to be buried.

"People just a hope say the funeral just come and go without any further incident," said one resident who asked not to be named out of fear.

Three guns, an AK-47 and two pistols, were recovered from the scene where he was cut down by authorities.

Before he was shot dead, Perry, topped the list of most wanted criminals in Jamaica, accused of murders, shootings, rapes and robberies committed in Kingston and St Thomas.

He was also wanted in connection to several murders including the killing of Corporal Kenneth Davis and Constable Craig Palmer.

On June 25, a $1.5 million JMD reward was offered for information leading to Perry's capture.

Several appeals were made to Perry, his associates and anyone able to provide information about his whereabouts to come forward.

Perry refused to turn himself in to the police and managed to evade several operations launched by the police and military to capture and arrest him.









ganja-image-5.jpgSoon-to-be legal recreational marijuana sales in Canada could bring up to C$1 billion (US$800 million) annually into government coffers, an official said Friday.

"If the market is somewhere in the neighbourhood of 400,000 kilos (440 tons)... then the tax impact of that would be somewhere in the neighbourhood of C$1 billion," said MP and former Toronto police chief Bill Blair, who has been tasked with overseeing the setup of the new regime.

"That's a very high estimate, in my opinion," he added, stressing that the actual size of the recreational pot market is not yet known.

Ottawa is scheduled to legalise cannabis next July after having already permitted its use for medical care.

One of the major considerations in the country's cannabis taxation policy is to keep costs low enough to undercut the illicit pot market.

The authorities have proposed a 10 per cent excise tax on marijuana in addition to applying sales taxes of up to 15 per cent, with amounts varying across jurisdictions.

The proceeds would be split with the provinces, which have announced a patchwork of public and private sector retail sales for cannabis.





A public school teacher in Georgia has been placed on administrative leave after allegedly threatening a student late last month, officials said.

A video taken from the classroom of the Rockdale Career Academy in Conyers shows the teacher telling a student not to "screw" with him, or he will "get in big-a-- trouble." It is not clear if the student he was allegedly speaking to can be seen in the video.

"Don't smile at me, man, OK? That's how people like you get shot," the teacher, who is white, told the student, who is black. "I got a bet. I bet by the time you're 21, somebody's gonna put a bullet right through your head. And it might be me -- the one that does it."

Students in the classroom are heard expressing shock at the teacher's statements.

The mother of the student that the teacher was allegedly speaking to posted the video to Facebook on Friday, saying that she was "outraged" that the incident occurred.

"You see these stories on the news never believing it will happen to your child," April Carr wrote on Facebook. "Well it happened to mine and we will get justice."

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Carr told ABC Atlanta affiliate WSB-TV that the physics teacher made the comments after her son and other students laughed as he wrote an equation on the board.

The teacher then walked over to Carr's son and began his rant, Carr told ABC News, adding that there was "no back and forth" or "disrespectful" banter between her son and his teacher.

"He's in a classroom of a majority African-American students, so for you to say 'you people,' it's an outright racist statement -- no covering it up," Carr said.

Carr said her son recently turned 17 and that she's had "plenty of conversations with him about how to conduct himself and how to act when he's out," which includes being "respectful at all times." He is in the gifted programme, takes multiple AP classes and is on the wrestling and football team for the school, Carr said.

Carr said that with "all the shootings" going on in the country, she "can't afford" to take the teacher's comments lightly.

"I have to take it as seriously as it sounded," she said.

Carr said that she believes the teacher should be fired.

"This is not OK, you know, for our educators and the people who parents send our kids to school to learn from," Carr said.

An incident report from the Rockdale County Sheriff's office identified the teacher as Paul Hagen. The incident was reported to authorities by Carr on Friday after she received a phone call from the school the previous day informing her of the incident. Carr learned of the video after speaking to her son, according to the incident report.





Ray J signs $31 million deal

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American singer and reality TV personality, Ray J signed a $31 million deal to launch his Raycon electronics transportation brand with Cowboy Wholesale, which is one of the leading distributor based in New York City.

Reportedly, Ray J will be taking an active role in the newly formed partnership, overseeing marketing and global branding strategies.

The deal was paid in the form of equity and cash, according to a press release.





nicki-minaj-brother.jpgJelani Maraj, the brother of rapper Nicki Minaj, has been found guilty of predatory sexual assault.

Maraj, 38, was on trial for raping an 11-year-old girl on multiple occasions at his Long Island home. He was charged with the crime in 2015 and found guilty at Nassau County court, New York, this week. Maraj faces the potential of 25 years to life in prison.

Neither Maraj nor his sister, whose birth name is Onika Tanya Maraj, testified in the trial. The child, now 14, and her younger brother testified. The defence lawyer claimed the allegations were fabricated by the child's mother in order to extort $25m (£19m) from Nicki Minaj.

James R Ray III, a civil attorney who briefly represented the mother, testified that he did demand a $25m legal settlement from Jelani Maraj after he had been arrested, but said the girl's mother was unaware of the demand.

"She was never involved as far as what we did," Ray III testified. The woman later fired him as her attorney.

Maraj is set to be sentenced on 14 December. His lawyer has said he will appeal the judgment.





chris-brown-tidal-2017-billboard-1548.jpgChris Brown's latest studio album, Heartbreak on a Full Moon, has debuted at number one on Billboard's Hip-Hop/R&B chart and number three on the Billboard 200.

This makes Brown's seventh album to hit number one in his career.

In addition to peaking on the charts, Brown revealed on Instagram that his album is now certified gold.

The 45-track album was release on October 31.

Heartbreak on a Full Moon features a stack of ballads and dance anthems, with special appearances from R. Kelly, Jhene Aiko, Usher, Gucci Mane, Young Thug, Future and many more.





chris-gayle-photo-7.jpgWest Indies cricket superstar Chris Gayle is seeking to cash in on a court case win against an Australian media group, promising a tell-all interview - but only if the price is right.

The all-rounder was accused by Fairfax Media, publisher of The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, in a series of stories last year of exposing his penis to a massage therapist and indecently propositioning her.

But a NSW Supreme Court jury ruled a defamation case in his favour late last month, finding the articles were motivated by malice.

A hearing on damages will be held at a later date, but Gayle is already offering his story for a starting price of US$300,000.

"I have a very interested (sic) successful story to tell!! It can be an exclusive 60mins interview or y'all just have to wait on my next book!," he tweeted to his 3.75 million Twitter followers Friday.

"It's about what transpired in court and behind the scenes in Australia, how they went to bigger heads to get me ban...

"How they want to use me as a scapegoat over a interview - I'll tell you what I do every day after court, believe me, when I break this down to y'all it will be like a movie! No holding back!

"Biding (sic) starts at US$300K for this interview! So much to say & I will!"





Judge frees US woman duped by Jamaican lover

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(AP) - An Upper Darby mother is a free woman, acquitted October 27 by jurors who believed she'd been duped by a Jamaican sweetheart when authorities at the Philadelphia International Airport found 9.2 pounds of cocaine in 10 cans of instant chocolate drink in her suitcase.

"I am still trying to recover," said Tiwanda White, 40, as she was joined by defense attorneys Enrique Latoison and Laura Laszewski at their Front Street law office as they rehashed the case that made for shocking headlines at the time of her arrest in May, 2016. "It has changed my life in almost every aspect."

A jury of eight women and four men deliberated about two hours Thursday, October 26, and about 10 minutes Friday morning, October 27, before returning the not guilty verdict on charges of possession with the intent to manufacture or deliver; possession of a controlled substance; and conspiracy to possession with the intent to manufacture or deliver, according to Latoison.

White, a caseworker for the Department of Human Services with an exuberant personality, did not testify during the trial, which opened Wednesday, October 25, before Common Pleas Court Judge James P Bradley.

Looking back, White said she was coming off three days of fun in Montego Bay when her life turned upside down - an ordeal she recounted during a 43-minute interrogation by a pair of Homeland Security agents hours after her return to Philadelphia, on the evening of May 24, 2016.

The interrogation was recorded on video, which both the prosecution and defence used, in part, to bolster their case. Assistant District Attorney Michelle Thurstlic-O'Neill described White as seemingly unconcerned in the video, combining her demeanour with other circumstantial elements like paying in cash for her ticket for a last-minute trip, to portray her as a professional drug-running mule, to show her as a willing participant in the smuggling of cocaine valued at as much as US$500,000.

Even Laszewski admitted Wednesday that White's spontaneous trip "would be a red flag, 100 per cent."





Disbarred lawyer Harold Brady saved by the bell!

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harold-brady-photo-2.jpgDisbarred attorney-at-law Harold Brady who was faced with a court order for eviction from his Cherry Gardens rental home and also an order for seizure and sale of goods belonging to him, got a last-minute reprieve on Thursday.

Oswald Sherriah, bailiff for the Supreme Court, said he had the court orders, issued in August, to execute at the Upper St Andrew home.

According to Sherriah, the order for seizure and sale was in relation to outstanding rent totalling US$65,000 or approximately J$7.8 million.

Sherriah had reportedly been waiting outside the Cherry Gardens house since 6 o'clock Thursday morning as Brady had promised to make a payment by 10 o'clock.

The payment was subsequently made and Brady's case closed.





Cops kill three in shootout at Salt Srping

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Three men were shot and killed by the police Wednesday morning in an alleged shootout in Salt Spring, St James.

According to the police, the alleged gunmen opened fire on a team from the Mobile Reserve who were conducting an operation in the community minutes after 6 o'clock.

The gunfire was returned by the police team and the three unidentified men were found suffering from gunshot injuries.

They were taken to the Cornwall Regional Hospital where they were pronounced dead.

The police say they recovered one Ruger .40 pistol and eight rounds of ammunition as well as a Bersa .22 pistol and a magazine with 5 .22 rounds.





Bermuda Police say they have made two arrests in connection with the killing of a 30-year-old Jamaican man last Friday.

Morlan Steede was reportedly killed by a lone gunman who chased him through the back streets of Pembroke parish.

Steede, who was married and the father of a four-year-old daughter, was shot several times before collapsing in the middle of Parsons Road on the outskirts of Hamilton.

The Bermuda Police confirmed they were looking at the possibility that the killing was related to a drugs feud.

One of the men, who is in his early 20s, has since been released on police bail, while the other man, who is in his mid-20, is still in custody.

Detective Sergeant Jason Smith told a news conference that Steede was not known to police.

Steede's death marks Bermuda's third gun killing and fifth murder for the year.





Following allegations from a taxi operator that drivers of public passenger vehicles owned by members of the constabulary and their friends, often avoid prosecution, Police Commissioner, George Quallo, has promised to identify all members of the JCF, who own public passenger vehicles.

The taximan, in an interview with Nationwide News, noted that these taxis "untouchable".

This follows allegations that some members of the police force are not taking action against bus and taxi operators who break traffic laws because they own or have an interest in the vehicles.

Commissioner Quallo says he's asked the Transport Authority to provide him with a list of public passenger vehicle owners who're JCF members.

The country's top cop says members of the force must get permission from the Police Service Commission to engage in another trade.





ninja-man-photo-5.jpgPopular entertainer Ninja Man and the two men on trial with him for murder all have a case to answer.

The ruling was handed down in the Supreme Court in downtown Kingston by presiding judge Justice Martin Gayle.

It came after prosecutors closed their case. The trial is closed to the public.

A total of seven witnesses have been called by prosecutors, including three civilians, reports say.

Ninja Man, given name Desmond Ballentine, is on trial along with his son Janeil and another man Dennis Clayton, for the fatal shooting of Ricardo Johnson, in the Lower Mall Road community in 2009.





Judge orders jail time for rapper Meek Mill

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meek-mill.jpgRapper Meek Mill has been sentenced to two to four years in prison for violating his probation.

Meek was jailed in 2008 on drug dealing and gun charges.

He's been on probation ever since and was arrested in March after a fight in an airport and again in August for reckless driving, but both charges were dropped.

However, a judge said both arrests were a breach of his probation.

Prosecutors also provided evidence of failed drugs tests.

Jay-Z, who's Roc Nation company represents Meek Mill, called his punishment unjust and heavy handed.

His colleagues in the industry have all taken to social media to offer words of support to the Philadelphia native.





Beres, J Boog join JAMATHON; new venue announced

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beres-hammond-photo-2.jpgj-boog.jpgBeres Hammond and J Boog have just been added to this once-in-a-lifetime line-up!

"Beres Hammond is one the greatest performers of our time. He is a global superstar and the perfect addition to our epic line-up.

With Beres joining Caribbean Love Now JAMATHON, we are adding even more power and purpose to what is going to be the most important event for Jamaican music in decades," said Joe Bogdanovich founder of Caribbean Love Now.

He noted that the change in venue was only made possible with the support of the Hon Olivia Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport. "There is no doubt that Minister Grange has a very sharp instinct for kind of work we want to do with Caribbean Love Now and the impact this concert event can have globally. We appreciate her contribution in helping to make this happen," Mr Bogdanovich said.

Beres HammondThis benefit concert, was organized to raise funds for hurricane recovery in the Caribbean. The artistes are generously donating their time and talent to help the cause.

The concert is on Wednesday, November 22 from 7pm to 11pm (Jamaican time) and is produced by Caribbean Love Now.

International touring sensation from Hawaii, J Boog from Hawaii, has just been added to the line-up. He will be fresh off the Welcome to Jamrock Cruise and will come to Jamaican to support the cause.

Physical tickets will be available at Jamaican outlets in a few days.

"The line up can only be described as magical. There is never going to be another night where all these performers share the same stage. I am deeply grateful that not only have the artists answered the call but by doing so they prove that the Caribbean takes care our own," said Mr. Bogdanovich.

Reggae fans around the world who want to participate can enjoy the full concert Livestreamed on the Reggae Sumfest YouTube Channel plus it will be televised on Caribbean TV.

The confirmed list of performers are: Assassin; Beenie Man; Beres Hammond, 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; J-Boog, Jesse Royal; Kevin Downswell, Naomi Cowan; Nesbeth; Protoje; Raging Fyah; Romain Virgo; Sean Paul and Chi-Ching Ching; Sizzla; Stephen McGregor; Tarrus Riley, Third World; Tommy Lee Sparta; Toots & The Maytals; and Vegas.





jimmy-cliff-photo-2.jpgDr. Jimmy Cliff is nominated for the 2018 Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Other performing nominees for the 2018 class include Tracy Chapman, Alice Cooper, Mariah Carey, the Isley Brothers, Alan Jackson, Kool & the Gang, Tom Waits and Tom T. Hall.

Reggae legend Jimmy Cliff is renowned for a slew of hits such as "Many Rivers to Cross", "You Can Get It If You Really Want", "The Harder They Come", and "Reggae Night."

Songwriters are eligible for induction after writing hit songs for at least 20 years.

Six songwriters, or songwriting groups, will be officially inducted at a gala in New York on June 14, 2018.





crime-scene-7.jpgA Pennsylvania man was arrested after police say he murdered his female friend when she rejected his marriage proposal, according to NBC Philadelphia.

Christopher Tucker, 34, has been charged with murder and criminal homicide for allegedly killing 19-year-old Tara Serino, who was last seen by her family early on the morning of October 30.

According to local police, Tucker asked Serino to marry him at his home in Berks County, Pennsylvania, sometime between Monday morning and Tuesday afternoon.

US 50,000 Haitian residents, by the Thanksgiving holiday later this month

A letter from the United States Department of State could pave the way for deporting 50,000 Haitian residents, by the Thanksgiving holiday later this month, enjoying a reprieve from certain immigration rules that were waived after the 2010 earthquake, according to reports here.

The ruling that conditions have improved enough in Haiti and in Central America to resume normal immigration rules in those regions comes days before the Department of Homeland Security is expected to announce whether to renew the special status, according to the Washington Post.

The Miami Herald reports that political leaders in Miami-Dade, Florida -- home to the largest concentration of Haitians protected by the special status, known as Temporary Protected Status (TPS), have urged President Donald Trump to continue the waiver.

But the paper quickly added that the State Department decision could be a prelude to that status being lifted.

More than 300,000 Central Americans and Haitians living in the United States under a form of temporary permission no longer need to be shielded from deportation, the State Department told Homeland Security officials, the Post reported.





fla-logo.jpgThe Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) has revoked the gun licences of Jamaica Labour Party candidate in the 2016 general election Trevor Webb who is under investigation after a video of him shooting at bottles in a man's outstretched hands and one on his head went viral.

The licences were revoked on Tuesday by the newly appointed board of the FLA, which is headed by Major General Antony Anderson.

Firearm licences which were issued to a security company headed by Mr. Webb have also been revoked.

In the 45 second video, which is filmed in bushes, the human target is seen with a bottle on his head and both hands which are the target of the shooter.

The shooter manages to fire bullets at the three bottles accurately.





4 reputed Clansman Gang members arrested

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hands-behind-bars.jpgPolice are reporting that four St Catherine men suspected to be members of the Clansman Gang were yesterday arrested and charged with illegal possession of firearm and ammunition on Orange Street in downtown Kingston.

Charged are Dwayne Frater, 34, higgler of Fairview Avenue in Spanish Town; Rolondo Hall, 27, labourer of Pheonix Park in Portmore; Lamar Rowe, 21, mason of Lime Tree Grove in Spanish Town; and Sunmon McFarlane, 23, farmer of Capture Land also in Spanish Town.

Reports are that about 2:30 pm a motorcar in which the men were travelling was stopped.

The car, along with its occupants, was searched and two Glock pistols and 36 rounds of ammunition found.

The arrested men are scheduled to appear before the Corporate Area Gun Court on November 14.





back-to-school.jpgThe Office of the Children's Advocate (OCA) has confirmed that it will dispatch a team of emergency responders to the Clarks Town Primary School in Trelawny following a report that a 7-year-old boy was assaulted by a group of boys at the institution.

Children's Advocate Diahann Gordon Harrison told local news agency, RJR News, that this has become necessary due to the reported severity of the case.

The child's mother alleged that a group of boys attacked her son at school about a week ago, causing him to suffer injuries which had to be treated at hospital. The woman said her son told her four male students held him down while he was using the bathroom and inserted a piece of stick into his rectum.

She also took issue with the police and the school for how she said she was treated after raising an alarm about the matter.

Mrs Gordon Harrison is reserving substantial comment on what took place, pending the outcome of the investigation by her office.





Ninjaman needs heart surgery urgently

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ninja-man-photo-8.jpgControversial dancehall artiste Ninjaman need heart surgery urgently.

On Tuesday, the Ninjaman was diagnosed with a serious heart problem that requires urgent medical attention.

Reports are that Ninja will need three to four months to recover after the operation.

"We have the medical, Ninjaman has a serious heart condition, and he will have to have an operation which will require a recovery period of three to four months. So we want to finish this case as quickly as possible because Ninjaman cannot go under any stress right now and has to remain as calm as possible," Valerie Neita Robinson, Ninjaman's attorney, is reported as saying.

Despite the devastating news, Ninjaman is expected to return to court for his murder trial today (Wed).

Neita-Robinson says her team is now pressing for Ninjaman's case to end so he can be removed from the stressful environment as doctors told him to remain as calm as possible.

The dancehall artiste suffered a mild heart attack in the Supreme Court on Friday morning while his murder trial was underway.

Ninja Man, real name Desmond Ballentyne, along with his son, Jameil, and another man, Dennis Clayton, are on trial for the murder of Ricardo "Trooper" Johnson who was shot and killed on Marl Road, Kingston 11, in March 2009.

In spite of his condition, Ninjaman is expected to return to court on Wednesday.





shocked.jpgA woman in Trelawny is calling for justice after alleging that her seven year old son was physically abused by other boys at the Clarks Town Primary School in the parish a week ago.

According to a report by Jamaican radio, RJR, the woman says her son came and told her four male students, three of whom she said were of her son's age, along with an older boy, held him down while he was using the bathroom and inserted a piece of stick into his rectum.

He was treated at Falmouth Hospital and given medication.

The report further states that mother said she went to the school the following day to find out what had happened. She said the parents of the other boys were called in, but she is not satisfied with how the situation was handled by the school.

The woman said she visited Clarks Town police station on Friday to make a formal complaint but ended up being locked up and charged with disorderly conduct. Further investigations revealed that the police did not even take a report from the mother. She spent the night in lock-up and was offered bail the following day.





Kingston, Jamaica: PanJam Investment Limited (PanJam) has partnered with the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona to host the first 'Imagine Kingston: A Conference on the Regeneration of a City' from November 9 to 12.

stephen-facey.jpgThe four-day conference, which is being jointly held by The UWI's Department of Government, Institute of Caribbean Studies and the Institute of Jamaica's Jamaica Music Museum, will see the convergence of artists, educators, scholars and investors of urban design and landscape studies -- to imagine the regeneration of Kingston.

"We [PanJam] felt this conversation is too important to ignore. For years, we have envisioned a Kingston that thrives as a harbour facing metropolis -- our city has been left neglected for far too long -- developing on its own without a unified economic and physical plan," Stephen Facey, chairman and CEO of PanJam Investment Limited.

"This conference, we believe, should sow the seeds for the visioning of goals that will impact urban policy and garner political, social, and private buy in," Facey added. "Also, continuing the legacy of our founding chairman the late Honourable Maurice Facey is important."

Having invested in Kingston from as far back as the post-independence period, PanJam expressed delight at partnering with The UWI to outline the prospects of the area and the importance of the regeneration of Kingston.

Stephen Facey, chairman and CEO of PanJam Investment Limited.

Stephen Facey, chairman and CEO of PanJam Investment Limited.

Dr Sonjah Stanley Niaah, conference organiser and director of the UWI Institute of Caribbean Studies, posited that the city is waiting to be the catalyst for a fundamental expansion of tourism in Jamaica.

"The conversation about the regeneration of Kingston is important particularly as we are within two years of being declared as a UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) Creative City for Music. Kingston is beckoning us to imagine and reflect the creative cultural ethos it birthed," said Dr Stanley Niaah.

The conference also aims to catalyse the restoration and regeneration as the basis to chart pathways for economic growth.

"Knowing the history of PanJam in Kingston, and particularly in downtown -- with the development of the Air Jamaica Building and the Scotia Centre -- we recognised that the company had a historic, vested interest in seeing its resurgence," Dr Stanley Niaah said of the partnership.

The scholarship and expertise in urban renewal are growing globally and providing governments, policy makers, investors, entrepreneurs, and citizens and various publics with knowledge is at the forefront of the over 60 presentations in the Main Library.

PanJam in Downtown

PanJam was among the first companies to be listed on the newly formed Kingston Stock Exchange (now Jamaica Stock Exchange) in 1965.

That post-Independence period was one which sanctioned the efforts to capitalise on opportunities which positively impacted Jamaica's economic, infrastructural and social needs by businessmen and philanthropists, such as founding PanJam Chairman, the late Honourable Maurice Facey.

In 1966, Facey expedite his dreams for large scale property development in Jamaica and a year earlier, PanJam laid the first blocks on the Air Jamaica Building on Harbour Street in downtown, Kingston.

The PanJam Group also pioneered the development of high-rise buildings across Kingston. Later on in his life, Facey's dream of restoring downtown, Kingston to its former glory sparked the establishment of the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) and the Kingston Restoration Company (KRC) in the 1970s.

Fast-forward 50-plus years, the company led by chairman and CEO of PanJam Investments Limited Stephen Facey, is still specifically invested in downtown with the redevelopment of the former Oceana Hotel.





trevor-webb-politician-sharp-shooter.jpgTrevor Webb, the politician who was captured in a recent video shooting at water bottles that were in a man's outstretched hands and on his head could be charged, police sources have confirmed.

The incident has been described as 'a serious matter' that has not only endangered the life of another individual in the case of the man holding the bottle but has also sent a wrong message to those who look up to individuals in power for guidance.

Reports have also surfaced that the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA), is also probing the matter.

In the video, Webb and the other persons are seen at what appears to be a remote location and can be heard celebrating after the politicians points and discharges his weapon hitting the water bottle on the man's head and the other two in his outstretched hands.





church-shooter.jpgThe mass shooter who opened fire during Mass inside a Texas church killing at least 27 - including a two-year-old child - has been identified as a 26-year-old former Bible study teacher who was dishonorably discharged from the US Air Force.

Devin Patrick Kelley walked into the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, dressed in black, tactical gear with a ballistics belt and an assault rifle, and began shooting, according to local law enforcement sources.

The attack only stopped when Kelly was tackled by a heroic local man.

Kelley, 26, of New Braunfels, a suburb of San Antonio, fled in his SUV but crashed near state lines and was killed after a brief foot chase into Guadalupe County, according Guadalupe County Sheriff's Office spokesman Robert Murphy.

It's still unclear if the gunman shot himself or was taken down by a local resident.

San Antonio police raided Kelley's home on Sunday evening, with K9 and bomb squad units.

Kelley, who was reportedly married, had recently posted a photo of an AR-15 style gun on his Facebook page with the caption: 'She's a bad b***h.'

A LinkedIn account which appears to be Kelley's states that he joined the US Air Force after graduating New Braunfels High School in 2009. He worked in logistics and supply in the Air Force until he was dishonorably discharged in 2014 and was even court martialed in May 2014, CBS News reported.

He then volunteered as a teacher for Bible studies at Kingsville First Baptist Church, according to his LinkedIn which shows him posing which a young child. Police are now investigating the possibility that Kelley was in a local militia group.

Wilson County Commissioner Albert Gamez Jr told CNN that at least 27 people - including the shooter- have been killed in the shooting, but the death toll is expected to climb. The first responders on the scene were from local churches who began receiving texts from family and friends about the shooting.

The Connally Memorial Medical Center said 'multiple' victims are being treated.





26 killed in deadly Texas church shooting

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At least 26 people have been shot inside a Texas church after a gunman opened fire during the Sunday morning service.

The shooting happened at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, where around 50 people usually attend service, according to local reports.

Sheriff Joe Tackitt confirmed with KENS 5 that there are 'multiple casualties and fatalities'.

Witnesses said a man 'in full gear' walked inside the church and opened fire just before 11.30am.

Police could not give an exact number of victims shot in the attack, but witnesses said as many as 20 shots were fired.

The suspect, who has not been identified, is dead and there is no longer an active shooter threat, according to police.

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First responders are still working to remove bodies from inside the church.

Neighbors in the area said they may have heard the shooter reload multiple times. Another witness at the scene said a two-year-old was also shot in the attack.

Families tearfully prayed nearby as they wait to see if their family and friends are safe.

According to KSAT, there were at least six helicopters called in to transport victims to the hospital.

Connally Memorial Center in Floresville so far have received six people from the shooting.

Special agents from ATF's Houston Field Division, San Antonio Field Office are responding to the scene of the shooting. The FBI is currently on site.





grace-jones.jpgMusician, actress and model Grace Jones has revealed she was sexually harassed when she landed her first big acting role, a report by CNN stated..

Speaking to CNN's Christiane Amanpour on Thursday, Jones, who was born in Jamaica, said the unnamed producer on the Ossie Davis-directed film asked her to bring her portfolio to his house so that he could make a final call on her casting.

"He (the producer) poured some champagne, he was in his bathrobe and of course, took me to a room ... it was his bedroom," Jones said.

"So with the champagne, even then at that young age ... I threw it in his face and walked out the door."

The 69-year-old's account comes in the wake of multiple allegations of sexual harassment and assault in the entertainment industry. Dozens of women have accused Harvey Weinsten of sexual harassment and police are investigating assault claims. Weinstein has apologized for his behavior, but he denies all allegations of non-consensual sex.

Jones said that for alleged perpetrators of sexual assault, "it's a power thing."

The "Slave to the Rhythm" hit-maker added that people at the beginning of their careers are especially exposed.

"It's really difficult call because when you're in that position, you're so vulnerable, you're so nervous," she said.

"You want this break so badly because you've been banging away at the pavement, probably longer than others and you finally think 'I've made it to the big time, this is my way, the door is open' and now you have a monster to confront."





ishawna-photo-7.jpgSimply take the letter 'B' off Michael Jackson's pop anthem 'Beat It' and you will get the name and musical score of Ishawna's Equal Rights follow-up single. Ishawna previewed the track last week and the feeling is that "Eat It" - the title of the song - is pushing the envelope a bit too far.

Mix-up-Foota-Hype, Ishawna's ex is agreeing with Dancehall fans who feel that Eat It is just too saucy to be cute.

Mix-up-Foota-Hype believes Ishawna is becoming too dependent on controversy to remain relevant.

Ishawna, however, continues to promote 'Eat It' like it's going out of style.





So....Sean Kingston poses up with his very-light-skinned-close to-white Bae on Social media and is getting some anti-social feedback. Why?

Well, some say that Bae is just too light and that Sean is just following the trend of 'successful', or rather 'mek a lickle money' black men who think that having a white.brown skin girl is verification of that success.

"They say it comes when u least expect it!," Kingston wrote on Saturday when he uploaded a photo with his new bae. "Love is real every king deserves a queen [Amarii] you are the chosen one."

Truth be told, some fans of the artiste are happy that Kingston has found love, but several social media users called him out on his Bae's complexion

"Smh, these Jamaican artiste always frighten for brown woman when dem get little money," one user wrote, while another shared their theory on why Jamaican acts prefer to date women of fair complexion, "it's an inferiority complex. It's an 'achievement', it's confirmation that they have made it, not for all but for most."

He is one of a long list of entertainers to be blasted on social media for the complexion of his girlfriend.sean-kingston-and-girlfriend.jpg





Usain Bolt and Yendi team up for Mumm champagne ad

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yendi-bolt-ghmumm.jpgIt's a celebration when the Track Legend Usain Bolt, and Beauty Queen Yendi Phillipps team up! Recently they teamed up with French Champagne producer GH Mumm for their latest campaign. With a tag line, "Celebrate Your Next Victory", the two star in a Commercial promoting the popular Champagne. Featuring a lot of dance moves, EDM, and transitions from the party to the track, this looked like it was a fun shoot for them all. The retired Track Star sure loves his role as the Chief Entertainment Officer. You might need a well tailored suit to watch this one. Watch the clip below.





More rain this weekend

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The Meteorological Service of Jamaica is forecasting another rainy weekend as a trough produces unstable conditions.

It says Doppler radar reports light to moderate showers across sections of eastern and central parishes and weather conditions are expected to become less stable tomorrow as the trough deepens across the region.

Periods of light to moderate and at times heavy showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop tomorrow morning across sections of most parishes.

These showers are expected to continue to affect the island until Sunday evening.





Dr. Ford sentenced to 6 months in prison

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court.jpgPopular medical doctor Jephthah Ford has been sentenced six months in prison on each of two counts of attempting to pervert the course of justice. The sentences are to run concurrently.

However, Ford's attorney Bert Samuels has indicated that his client will be appealing and Parish Judge Simone Wolf Reece granted bail pending the outcome.

Earlier, Samuels had recommended that a fine be imposed instead of custodial sentence.

In August, Ford was convicted on two counts of attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Prosecutor Joel Brown led evidence that Ford offered police investigators millions of dollars to free two Surinamese men who were held with US$533,000 or approximately J$55 million during a police operation along Half Way Tree Road, in St Andrew in July 2014.

The police investigator testified during the trial that he met with Ford at his St Andrew offices and secretly recorded the meeting.

He said it was during that meeting the well-known medical doctor offered him a percentage of the money confiscated to free the men.

Samuels acknowledged that it was a serious offence, but cautioned that it involved no violence and resulted in no monetary value to Ford.





regulator-wentworth-graham.jpgA body found at the Fisherman's Beach in St Catherine has been identified as that of Wentworth Graham, the chief regulatory officer at the Jamaica Stock Exchange.

The body was found late Tuesday evening.

Graham, 48, went missing from the Spanish Hospital on Monday, two days after he was admitted.

That same day, he was seen in Lake's Pen, St Catherine.

The Portmore Police who are investigating have not yet determined the cause of death.

Earlier this year, Graham filed a claim against the Jamaica Stock Exchange and its managing director, Marlene Street Forrest, alleging breach of his employment contract, following efforts to suspend him from the job.

Graham was attempting to block the suspension, which he was fighting before the Industrial Disputes Tribunal (IDT), and any other action that could result in his dismissal. (PICTURE OF Wentworth Graham)





ninja-man-photo-7.jpgDancehall artiste Ninja Man has been rushed to hospital complaining of chest pains.

Ninja Man, whose real name is Desmond Ballentyne was attending his murder trial when he reported feeling ill.

The trial, is however, continuing in Ninja Man's absence after the artiste reportedly gave permission to his lawyers to do.

A witness who lives overseas is now testifying.

Ninja Man was taken back into police custody on October 17 as his murder trial started in the Gun Court.

In 2009, he was arrested and charged along with his son, Janeil, and another man, Dennis Clayton, for the fatal shooting of Ricardo Johnson that same year.





popcaan-photo-6.jpgThe Unruly Boss, Popcaan is clearly not having anything to do with unruly Chi Ching and he made this very clear over the weekend, thus giving life to the rumours that there is a problem between Ching and Popcaan. In 2015, Popcaan signed Ching to his Unruly label and the two developed a close friendship since then.

People have been saying for months that there is an issue between the two, especially since Sean Paul took Ching on tour and the long tongue Foota Hype stirred up trouble by calling out Popcaan for not doing the same for Ching, who, up until then was a prominent member of the Unruly camp.

chi-ching-ching.jpgWell, last weekend, one of Popcaan's right hand men, Petro Unruly posted a photo on Instagram and captioned it "#CrazyCrazy #Outside." Chi Ching Ching commented on the photo with a simple tick emoji and that sent Popcaan into overdrive.

He commented: "[Petro Unruly] tell some wanna be unruly don't nuff up ina real unruly business."

Wannabe Unruly versus Real Unruly...what the hell is that all about? Aren't all Unrulys equal? Obviously not. And to top it all, in a move which some see as "petty" Popcaan also un-followed Ching on Instagram





Usain Bolt, Chris Gayle for Melbourne Cup Carnival

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bolt-private-plane-party.jpgThe Jamaican star duo of the legendary Usain Bolt and explosive West Indies opener Chris Gayle are down to be part of the Melbourne Cup Carnival .

Bolt, who ran his last race at the world championships in august is in Melbourne for a holiday and is expected to attend the birdcage this Saturday on Derby day along with Gayle who earlier this week won a defamation case against the Australian Fairfax Media.

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Other guests include businesswoman Priscilla Presley; actors Melissa George, Jane Seymour; Zoe Ventoura and Hugh Sheridan.

Bolt is expected to spend time again with good friend and former Australian 400 metres runner John Steffensen.





Following a now viral video, which shows several female students Anchovy High School in St. James attacking the Dean of Discipline after he tried to break up a fight, the girls are to be disciplined.

Following the meeting, Board Chairman at Anchovy High, Calvin Brown, says that disciplinary action will be taken against the students directly involved in Monday's incident and a committee will continue further investigations into the incident.

It has been decided that classes will resume on Wednesday.





white-bully-room-mate.jpgCollege freshman Brianna Brochu, 18, was arrested for allegedly harassing her roommate, and the acts she reportedly committed are downright disturbing. Here's everything to know about her.

Brianna Rae Brochu, 18, was arrested on Oct. 28, after her roommate Chennel "Jazzy" Rowe claimed that she was ill due to bullying from Brochu. Here are five things to know about Brianna, who is now facing criminal charges.

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1. Brianna Brochu covertly harassed her black roommate Chennel Rowe, and allegedly contaminated her belongings, in order to get her to move out. "After one and a half months spitting in her coconut oil, putting moldy clam dip in her lotions, rubbing used tampons on her backpack, putting her toothbrush places where the sun doesn't shine, and so much more, I can finally say goodbye to Jamaican Barbie," Brochu, who is white, allegedly wrote in a since-deleted Instagram post, via the New York Times. Just awful.

2. Brochu was charged with criminal mischief. She was arrested on Oct. 28, and charged with the misdemeanors of third-degree criminal mischief and second-degree breach of the peace. Her court date is Nov. 15.

3. She was also expelled from the University of Hartford in Connecticut. "As of this morning, Brianna Brochu is no longer a student at the University of Hartford," the school's president, Gregory S. Woodward, stated on November 1. "She will not be returning to the institution."

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4. Rowe has responded to Brochu's actions in a passionate Facebook post. "As a young African American woman I don't want to become another statistic," she wrote. "When it comes to college incidents/crimes and racial cases justice needs to be served." You can read more here.

5. Celebrities like Shonda Rimes are outraged by the student's heinous behavior. "That this type of ignorant hate can flourish in 2017 tests my faith in humanity?" the Grey's Anatomy showrunner tweeted.





cocaine-seized-photo-1.jpgTwo Jamaicans who were held in Cayman on September 29 following the seizure of 438 pounds of ganja have pleaded guilty to drug smuggling charges. They have also pleaded guilty to illegal landing. A third individual has denied any connection to the importation and possession charges, though he admitted illegal landing.

Ceaphus Reynolds, 42, and 45-year-old Eyon Johnson will be sentenced next year, having pleaded guilty to charges of importing ganja and immigration offences The other man, 36-year-old Linton Nightpole Pallarchie, will face trial.

The three men entered their various pleas via video link from prison on Tuesday. The Magistrate ordered reports in preparation for sentencing, as drug smuggling carries a heavy penalty.

The police caught the men after several reports were called in to 911 about the arrival of a canoe and suspicious activity in the beachfront neighbourhood in South Sound, a well populated residential area.

The men attempted to flee but were tracked by the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service Joint Marine Unit and a police helicopter. The police seized the boat and drugs.





jazzy-rowe-facebook-live.jpgIn a Facebook live video, Jamaican student in the US, Chennel 'Jazzy' Rowe details her nightmare encounter with a white room-mate who tried to poison her with various methods: "While I've been here [at school], I've been getting sick," Rowe said in the post. "Not knowing why, I've been getting sick. It started with throat pain. I thought maybe because it's colder up here, I'm just probably catching a cold... The sore throat pain got worse and it was just throat pain. And this was happening for about a month. It got to the point where I had extreme throat pain where I couldn't sleep, to the point where I couldn't speak. Like I'd try to whisper, and I could barely whisper."

Rowe said she went to the health clinic on campus, where they ran three tests and prescribed her antibiotics. She added that all of the tests came back negative and that no one could figure out what was wrong with her; just that it was some "bad bacteria" that was causing her pain. Now, she says she has to travel from the University of Hartford to her native New York for doctor's appointments.

Rowe also took to Facebook, where she wrote the following message: "As a young African American woman I don't want to become another statistic. When it comes to college incidents/crimes and racial cases justice needs to be served. Colleges are known to just sweep issues that happen within the campus under the rug, making the issue disappear and not doing anything about it. Now this isn't right at all and this is where the public gets involved to push for things to be done right. I'm not holding my tongue any longer about my situation because this is just ridiculous to hear nothing back from my school about this situation. As a African American woman I have to fight for myself and others to not become some statistic. I'm not making this known. I'm giving you guys the option to choose where you would like to hear this information either through Facebook live or Instagram. I will then go on live and let it be known... "It's the fact that I didn't know all of this was happening and it's the fact that she's been posting it on her Instagram," Rowe said. "And I didn't know anything about it until my neighbor's friend (told me). If only I knew. I just want to know the 'so much more.' I want to know all the posts."

Rowe's video, which has since garnered national attention, has even prompted the University of Hartford to speak up. The school's president, Greg Woodward said in a statement in part: "Acts of racism, bias, bullying, or other abusive behaviors will not be tolerated on this campus... I pledge to do everything in my power to work with our community to address related concerns together." Jazzy Rowe





brianna-brochu-mugshot.jpgBrianna Rae Brochu, 18, a freshman at the University of Hartford, was arrested on Oct. 28, after her roommate Chennel "Jazzy" Rowe claimed she became severely ill from deliberate acts of bullying by Brochu. Rowe posted a 103-minute Facebook Live video [watch below] on Monday, Oct. 30 about her experience living with Brochu. Rowe said she had felt "unwanted in [her] own room" since being randomly assigned to live with Brochu in late August. After she moved in, Rowe said she started getting sick, with "severe throat pain" that forced her to visit the University's medical center. That severe pain, Rowe claimed, was brought on by Brochu's alleged acts of rubbing her bodily fluids on Rowe's belongings, putting moldy clam dip in her lotions and spitting on her belongings.

When Rowe finally decided to move out of the room she shared with Brochu, she said she was approached by a neighbor and residents aids, who informed her of "very concerning" posts online seen on Brochu's social media accounts. They showed Rowe a post that Brochu allegedly wrote, which read: "Finally did it yo girl go rid of her roommate!! After 1 1/2 month of spitting in her coconut oil, putting moldy clam dip in her lotions, rubbing used tampons oh her backpack, putting her toothbrush places where the sun doesn't shine, and so much more I can finally say goodbye Jamaican Barbie."

Brochu has denied the acts written in the post, according to police [via the Harford Courant]. However, Brochu admitted to licking her roommate's plate, fork, spoon and smearing her own bodily fluid on Rowe's backpack, police said. She told West Hartford police that those other statements [in the online post] were lies and a way to "appear funny" online. Rowe told police that "she has felt ostracized by Brochu," as reported by the site.

Brochu claimed she was reacting to a "hostile environment" created by Rowe, who allegedly posted Snapchat videos, poking fun at Brochu for snoring. Brochu also reportedly requested her own room change last month, but was unsuccessful.

Brochu has been charged with second-degree breach of peace and third-degree criminal mischief, both misdemeanors, state court records show. Brochu was scheduled to appear in Hartford Community Court on Wednesday, Nov. 1, after she was released without having to post bail, according to the site.





Detectives assigned to the St James Police Division are seeking the public's assistance to identify a woman's body that was found along the roadway in Anchovy in the parish on Saturday.

The police say the body appears to be in its mid-twenties.

It is of Caucasian descent, has long blond hair, is of medium build and is about 5'8" long.

It was clad in a grey coloured blouse and a pair of blue jeans shorts.

Reports from the Anchovy Police are that about 9:15 in the morning residents stumbled upon the body and alerted them.

On their arrival, it was seen lying along the roadway with its throat slashed.





tourism-official-rifai.jpgSecretary General of the UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), Taleb Rifai, in a no holds barred address on Tuesday, told Caribbean tourism stakeholders to stop promoting exclusive resorts, because they are "modern-day plantations".

Rifai, who is based in Madrid, Spain, where he has held the Secretary-General post since being unanimously elected in 2010, made the call during day two of the UNWTO Global Conference on Jobs and Inclusive Growth, now on at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St James, Jamaica.

The Secretary General was searingly honest and clearly not concerned about ruffling feathers; he cautioned against the practice of building five-star resorts in three-star communities, where the citizens were not part of the transformation. He told the top level gathering of tourism stakeholders that they cannot continue to have their visitors in bubbles, where there are walls between the visitor and the community.

Rifai emphasised that the opportunities in tourism should carry the end result of inclusive economic growth, more decent jobs, the distribution of wealth, shared prosperity and respect for each other.

His comments were made in the presence of several all-inclusive hotel operators, the country's prime minister, Andrew Holness, president of the Dominican Republic, Danilo Medina, tourism minister Edmund Bartlett and several other dignitaries representing the industry.





KC win Flow Supercup

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Kingston College turned in a dominant display to roll over St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) 3-0 in a lopsided finale at Sabina Park to prolong the Corporate Area reign in the lucrative competition for a fourth-consecutive year.

In a time when his team needed him most, with this their final shot at a title, the prolific Rashawn Mackison confirmed his status when he netted a fine treble in the seventh, 44th and 82nd minutes to steer the crystal and $1 million in the direction of North Street.

Mackison ended the competition with six goals, which earned him the KFC Big Deal Golden Boot.

The win by KC saw them joining Jamaica College, St George's College and Wolmer's Boys as the urban area top guns to have grasped the lucrative title, while the hopes of STETHS and their rural area counterparts have been shelved for another year.





NIGHT CLUB RAID!

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Three people were arrested by Members of the Counter Terrorism and Organized Crime (CTOC) following a raid at a night club in New Kingston late Friday.

Police say the group of persons who were held, in the clamp down, are also under investigation in relation to human trafficking.

Police say the owner of the night club has since been arrested, another person has been charged for living off the earnings of prostitution, another member from the group has been charged with soliciting.

Police report that at about 11:30 am they went to the club and during a search of the location close to 10 persons were held.

The group members were taken in custody where seven were processed and released while the owner and two other persons were apprehended.

Local authorities report that problem of Human trafficking has been a major concern with several criminals using some sections of the island as a source, transit, and destination country for adults and children for the purposes of sexual exploitation and forced labour.





jay-z-video.jpgJay-Z has released three new videos from his album 4:44 on Tidal on Friday, including Smile, which tells the moving story of his mom Gloria Carter as a closeted lesbian.

The rapper revealed in the lyrics of Smile that his mother is a lesbian when he released 4:44 over the summer.

The eight minute film shows a young Shawn Carter being raised by his single mom in the Brooklyn projects.

As well has having to deal with poverty and being a sole parent, his mother is seen silently dealing with having feelings for another woman, which she neither can never fully act upon.

The rapper only revealed with the release of the track in June that his mom was gay.

'Mama had four kids, but she's a lesbian/Had to pretend so long that she's a thespian/Had to hide in the closet, so she medicate/Society shame and the pain was too much to take,' he rapped on the track.

In the video the young Gloria, played by The Deuce's Dominique Fishback, shares some forbidden intimate moments with her neighbor, a consoling hug turning into a little more, or secretly holding hands in a packed elevator.

But she keeps her feelings bottled up, with her son -- played by Taylor Thomas -- heartbreakingly catching her crying alone in her bedroom when she lets the mask slip for a moment.

The video ends with the real modern-day Gloria Carter reciting the poem she wrote about the subject, which served as the inspiration for the song.

The second video released, Legacy, is a star-studded affair, featuring the likes of Susan Sarandon, Ron Pearlman, Emile Hirsch and Grey's Anatomy's Jesse Williams.





cnn-clap-back-at-trump.jpgAfter Trump criticized CNN for representing the US to the world "very poorly," the network clapped back in EPIC fashion.

Trump had tweeted on Saturday, November 25: ".@FoxNews is MUCH more important in the United States than CNN, but outside of the U.S., CNN International is still a major source of (Fake) news, and they represent our Nation to the WORLD very poorly. The outside world does not see the truth from them!"

The Twitter account for CNN quickly responded, "It's not CNN's job to represent the U.S to the world. That's yours. Our job is to report the news. #FactsFirst" with an apple emoji. The response garnered more than 64,000 retweets and 9,400 comments.

Trump, 71, has found himself engaged in a war of the words with CNN since his campaign and throughout his presidency, largely referring to the outlet as "fake news."

This isn't the only time the president found himself in the news over controversial comments this weekend. As previously reported, he tweeted on Friday, November 24, "Time Magazine called to say that I was PROBABLY going to be named 'Man (Person) of the Year,' like last year, but I would have to agree to an interview and a major photo shoot. I said probably is no good and took a pass. Thanks anyway!" His tweet prompted many celebrities to mock him on Twitter.

The official Twitter account for Time also disputed Trump's claim, writing, "The President is incorrect about how we choose Person of the Year. TIME does not comment on our choice until publication, which is December 6."





BritJam cancelled for 2018; Zum still recovering

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britjam-fc.jpgThe highly anticipated Britjam Music Spring Break Festival, held annually in Montego Bay, St James is set to go on a one-year hiatus for 2018.

According to a press release from Good Good Production's CEO Evan "Zum" Powell, the annual week-long party series, will not be staged this year for health reasons.

In a press release, it was stated that Powell is still recovering from injuries he sustained after he was shot last summer. As a result, the work to be done for 2018 staging cannot be executed.

The release also quoted Zum saying: "Britjam is a very hands-on project for me and because of my recovery I have not been able to be up and down as needed. I believe if something can't be done properly then it's better to pause until it can."

Zum was injured in a gun attack along the Salt Marsh main road last July. Good Good Productions is known for the production of a number of popular dancehall rhythms, including Freezing Point, Triple X, Brit Jam, Cool Out, Happy Tyme, Liquor and the most recently released Cure Pain Riddim.





Digicel launches music academy for the Caribbean

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Telecommunications company, Digicel, has launched a music academy for the Caribbean.

The Digicel Music Academy is an audience-led initiative that will culminate with one academic landing a performance with Montano live at the 2018 staging of Machel Monday concert in Trinidad and Tobago.

The Academy has now issued a call for aspirants are asked to upload videos of original songs to YouTube, then submit by by Sunday November 26th.

After a voting process open to persons is the region, three singers, three songwriters and three producers will be selected.

Qualifiers for the Digicel Music Academy will be hosted at Geejam Studios in Portland from December 19 - 22.

They will be mentored and coached by soca star Machel Montano along with other top music industry personalities.





Popular dancer on fraud charge

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raddy-rich.jpgA popular dancer has been arrested and charged on fraud charges.

Rohan Lyttle, more popularly known as Raddy Rich, the dancer who did the choreography for rRapper Nikki Minaj and Sean Kingston "Dutty Love" music video, is reportedly now on bail after he appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court last Friday.

Raddy Rich was charged jointly with Jamar Purrier and Howard Hares with conspiracy to defraud and possession of forged documents. All men were granted $100,000 with surety. They are expected to return to court on January 19, next year.

He is to report to the Duhaney Park Police Station on Thursdays and Saturdays between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Meanwhile, in September, Raddy Rich was involved in an accident in his hometown, Buff Bay in Portland .





miss-universe-jamaica-davina-bennett.jpgJamaica placed third at last night's finals of Miss Universe, prompting outbursts of jubilation in the island and across the Diaspora.

Rocking her signature Afro hairstyle, Miss Universe Jamaica Davina Bennett walked away with a more than well deserved third place finish..

Davina was among 92 ladies vying for the crown in Las Vegas.

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Prime Minister Andrew Holness and Opposition Leader Peter Phillips were among scores of Jamaicans who expressed congratulations via social media, while Zip jock, DJ Sparks sparked quite a celebration on Twitter/Instagram with her truly Jamaican, down-to-earth commentary that has racked up massive views.

When Bennett was announced as the second runner up, sections of the live audience showed their displeasure, with some booing after Steve Harvey made the announcement.

Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters was declared the winner and Miss Colombia Laura González Ospina, first runner up.





Nudist restaurant opens in Paris

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nudist-restaurant.jpg(AFP) -- Leave your coats, your pants and your inhibitions at the door: a Paris restaurant has begun serving up classic French fare to diners in the nude.

Located down a quiet side street in southwest Paris, O'naturel, billed as the French capital's first nudist restaurant, is the brainchild of 42-year-old twins Mike and Stephane Saada.

Former insurance salesmen, they aren't nudists themselves -- but they spotted a money-making opportunity in a country that enjoys a reputation as a top naturist holiday destination.

"People only get to be nudists in the summer," explained Stephane.

O'naturel is considerably warmer in November than the roughly 460 designated outdoor nudist spots around France, most of them beaches and campsites.

The capital trialled a nudist area in its Bois de Vincennes Park in October, while Parisians can swim in the buff several times a week at a public pool.

But Yves Leclerc, the president of the French Naturist Federation, was thrilled at the idea of being able to strip off for dinner. (Source AFP)





wes-goodman-anti-lgbt-politician.jpgAn anti-LGBT Republican politician who was allegedly caught having sex with a man in his office is facing more than 30 accusations of sexual misconduct.

Wes Goodman, a state legislator for Ohio, has already been forced to resign after a witness to the reported extramarital affair told the Ohio House Chief of Staff.

But now Mr Goodman is facing a host of complaints after alleged victims shared screengrabs of conversations with right-leaning news website the Independent Journal Review.

Mr Goodman, who routinely promotes "family values", is married to a woman who is an assistant director of an annual abortion rally known as March for Life.

According to the IJR, Mr Goodman would regularly contact men, usually aged between 18 and 24 and in the Republican movement, on Facebook Messenger.

The conversations frequently turned sexually explicit, with Mr Goodman sending suggestive messages and photos of his genitalia on Snapchat, reports the website.

One alleged victim, who wished to remain anonymous, told the IJR he received a friend request from Mr Goodman, who started discussing "various political things" before a two weeks later asking for the man's Snapchat details.

"He constantly sent me Snaps and was always commenting on my stories," the victim said. "He also asked how much 'p***y' I was getting and wondering what I was doing on Friday and Saturday nights."

He added: "Then, he sent me videos of him masturbating as well as d**k pics. He also sent another Snapchat asking how big my penis was."

Dozens of men shared similar experiences of their online encounters with Mr Goodman, according to the IRJ.

The politician was also accused of groping an 18-year-old student in 2015 after a fundraiser, according to the Washington Post.

Mr Goodman, whose Twitter biography describes him as "Christian. American. Conservative. Republican. Husband to @Beth1027", has regularly claimed "natural marriage" occurs between a man and a woman.

"Healthy, vibrant, thriving, values-driven families are the source of Ohio's proud history and the key to Ohio's future greatness," his campaign website said.

"The ideals of a loving father and mother, a committed natural marriage, and a caring community are well worth pursuing and protecting."

The website has now been taken offline.

Mr Goodman, who has been described as a "conscience of the conservative movement", announced in a statement on Thursday that he was stepping down.

"We all bring our own struggles and our own trials into public life," he said.

"That has been true for me, and I sincerely regret that my actions and choices have kept me from serving my constituents and our state in a way that reflects the best ideals of public service.

"For those whom I have let own, I'm sorry. As I move onto the next chapter of my life, I sincerely ask for privacy for myself, my family, and my friends."





Curvy Diva off to Africa

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curvy-diva-off-to-africa.jpgRecording artiste and TV Host Yanique Curvy Diva Barrett is excited to make her very first hosting and performance appearance in the motherland this December.

The artiste who embarked on a recording career less than a year ago has been reveling in the success of that endeavor with a chart topping first single 'Lifestyle' and trending second release ' Turn Your Lights Down Low' with world renowned artiste Kymani Marley.

The success of her recording projects have not only led to her topping charts locally and overseas, but have now given her a coveted opportunity to perform and host an event in the continent of Africa, an opportunity that many artistes have never been granted.

Yanique is set to visit Africa this December for an exclusive appearance at Reggae Afrobeat Jamrock in Abuja Nigeria. The event will feature fellow Caribbean artiste Popcaan and African reggae superstar 2 Face Adibia.

"I'm very excited for all the great opportunities I've been receiving since the launch of my recording career, Good Good Production saw great potential and now all these doors are opening, I can't wait to meet and perform for my fans in Abuja Nigeria" Curvy Diva announced

This will be Yanique's first time in Africa even though she has travelled extensively hosting internationally for years in places like London, Toronto and the Caribbean. The trip also gives the Curvy Diva the opportunity to increase the promotion of her new music video for her popular 'Lifestyle' single.

"The promotion continues for my singles and my Lifestyle video, Already the video has over 1/4 million views and rave reviews after just a few weeks, there is so much more to come," Yanique added

Plans are being put in place to shoot the music video for trending collaboration 'Turn Your Lights Down Low' with Kymani Marley next. The Curvy Diva is also ready to return to her hosting duties for the 11th season of MAGNUM Kings and Queens of Dancehall TV show, which is now in the audition phase of the 2018 competition.

Yanique Curvy Diva 'Lifestyle' Official Vdeo





Tosh Alexander releases Christmas project

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tosh-alexander-christmas.jpgLess than two weeks away from the start of the Yuletide season, fashionista and burgeoning chanteuse Tosh Alexander has assembled a star-studded cast of musical heavyweights for the presentation of her latest body of work titled, 'An Island Christmas With Tosh & Friends'.

Presented on the 'CoworkJA' musical imprint with distribution rights courtesy of Zojak Worldwide. The project takes the format of a five-track EP covering several of the most renowned Christmas classics as the songstress serves up some prodigious renditions with the help of accomplished compatriots Christopher Martin and Romain Virgo. The standard is even further amplified with the enlisting of production virtuosos Joshua 'Flubz' Jones, Andre 'Suku' Grey, Karim 'Stainless' Thompson, Dale 'Dizzle' Virgo, Keniel Delisser and Kemoy Allen. Aiming for the best quality the recordings were done at Bugle's An9ted Entertainment Studios and Agent Sasco's Diamond Studios respectively.

Alluding to the project Tosh said, "Christmas is definitely my favourite time of the year. From the lights to the carols and the overall spirit of the season; it's a time where everyone comes together and it truly makes me happy, so I wanted to reflect that in these Christmas carols chosen for the EP. When you hear them I want you to have that same feeling of happiness and warmth."

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Farmer found with 450 rounds of ammunition

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ak47-ammunition.jpgA 25-year-old Westmoreland farmer was on Monday taken into custody after police reportedly found 450 9mm rounds of ammunition in his possession in Leamington district in the parish.

Police report that about 4:00 pm, lawmen were in the area when they saw a man walking along the road. He was accosted and searched, and the rounds found in a plastic bag he was carrying. He was subsequently arrested.

Police say his identity is being withheld pending further investigations.





The police and representatives of the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFS) have met with the woman who was seen in a video violently beating and threatening to cut off the neck of her young child.

Superintendent in charge of the Westmoreland Police, Lansford Salmon, says the meeting was arranged after the woman reported to the Whithorn police station on Saturday, when the video began circulating on social media.

Superintendent Salmon says the woman is not in custody.

He says the meeting this afternoon will determine the next course of action to be taken as the investigation progresses.

The CPFSA yesterday confirmed that it had begun probing the circumstances that led to the woman using what appears to be a belt to beat a young child while she hurled threats of cutting off the child's neck.

The child protection agency said its investigation revealed that the incident took place in September.

The agency says the woman is currently receiving counselling.





lisa-hanna-photo-1.jpgKD Knight, the legal luminary for, Member of Parliament St Ann Lisa Hanna, says she has no criminal charges to answer in regards to a probe carried out bu the Office of the Contractor General (OCG).

The OCG conducted a probe into the award of contracts by the Office of the St Ann South East MP. The report was tabled in parliament on November 21.

The report follows investigations by the OCG into allegations of acts of impropriety, irregularity and corruption at the office of the Member of Parliament for South East St. Ann and in the award of certain contracts by the St. Ann Municipal Corporation.

Mr Knight says after perusing the document he sees nothing for which the DPP could lay charges.

The report follows investigations by the OCG into allegations of acts of impropriety, irregularity, and corruption at the office of the Member of Parliament for South East St. Ann and in the award of certain contracts by the St. Ann Municipal Corporation.

The OCG says a copy of the report has been submitted to the DPP for investigation regarding breaches of public sector procurement procedures and the attendant regulations.

The OCG says it wants the DPP to make a determination as to whether the actions of the accounting and accountable officers of the St. Ann Municipal Corporation in authorizing and disbursing payments to a named contractor in the amount of 285 thousand dollars, which was awarded by the Corporation was in breach of the Financial Administration and Audit Act.

According the OCG, the payment was done without the requisite verification of the satisfactory completion of work.

The DPP is also being called upon to determine whether the actions of the St. Ann Municipal Corporation, in preparing documentation which gave the impression that the complete scope of works had been executed by the contract awardee, while having knowledge of the contrary, amounts to an act of fraudulent misrepresentation.

Additionally, the DPP is being asked to determine whether the actions of Lisa Hanna in making recommendations for the award of contracts to twelve persons affiliated and/or associated with the People's National Party give rise to a conflict of interest.





Mo Bay Flooded!

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mobay-flood-photo-1.jpgDowntown Montego Bay has been flooded after several hours of heavy showers on Wednesday afternoon. The heavy downpour caused the major gullies in the western Jamaica city to overflow their banks, leaving the roads and several buildings flooded.

Several streets and businesses have been extensively flooded. Photos and videos on social media sites show flooded cars abandoned in the streets converted to major waterways. People have also been seeking refuge on their vehicles.

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Persons, including students, were trapped in workplaces and schools as the city came to a virtual standstill. High flood waters and damaged roads kept vehicles off the road.

When the rains subsided, many persons had to resort to walking miles to get home.

Meanwhile, at the Farm Primary and Junior High School in Green Pond, teachers and students were trapped at the school up to late last night as one road leading to Montego Bay in one direction caved in and the other leaving through Cornwall Courts was blocked by flood waters.





brianna-brochu-mugshot.jpgA white university student accused of branding her roommate a "Jamaican Barbie" and smearing used tampons on her backpack is not racist, her lawyer has claimed.

Brianna Brochu, a former student at the University of Hartford, Connecticut, is charged with criminal mischief and breach of the peace, but activists want the 18-year-old charged with a hate crime.

Ms Brochu allegedly bragged online about her bullying, describing how she spat in Chennel Rowe's coconut oil and put her toothbrush "where the sun doesn't shine", reports the Hartford Courant.

She was later banned from campus by a local community court judge.

"After 1½ month of spitting in her coconut oil, putting moldy clam dip in her lotions, rubbing used tampons oh [sic] her backpack, putting her toothbrush places where the sun doesn't shine, and so much more, I can finally say goodbye Jamaican Barbie," Ms Brochu wrote on Instagram, according to court records.

On Tuesday, members of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) arrived outside the Hartford courthouse to demand prosecutors charge Ms Brochu with a hate crime, reports CBS News.

But Ms Brochu's lawyer, Tom Stevens, said he did not expect authorities to file hate crime charges and that his client regretted her actions.

"I think this is sort of not the case that you all have been fanning the flame on," he said outside court, according to the Courant. "I think when it's all said and done, what you're going to see is there was nothing racial that motivated this.

"This was two students who were placed together, I think randomly... who didn't like each other, like has been happening since kids went to school and became roommates."

Gail Hardy, Hartford's State Attorney, said additional information was being reviewed at the request of Ms Rowe's lawyer.

Ms Brochu has admitted licking her former roommate's plate, fork, and spoon and smearing bodily fluid on her victim's backpack, but denies the other accusations she posted on Instagram, according to the local newspaper.

In a Facebook post which has been viewed more than a million times, Ms Rowe said she had developed throat pain and had been unable to sleep or speak.





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

MBJ Breaks Ground on USD 12m Taxiway Rehabilitation Project Led by S&G

Montego Bay, Jamaica, 21 November 2017 // MBJ Airports, operator of Sangster International Airport, Jamaica's leading gateway to the world, broke ground this month on a USD 12m taxiway rehabilitation project.

MBJ awarded the project to S&G Road Surfacing Materials in June 2017. The Mandeville-based company is responsible for the removal and reconstruction of parts of the taxiway as well as the redesign, resurfacing and widening of other sections, according to standards established by the International Civil Aviation Organization.

The project is progressing smoothly and on track to be completed within the contracted 10-month construction period, according to S&G's Project Commercial Director, Marlon Symister. S&G has 150 employees working on the taxiway rehabilitation project. The work is being carried out at night to avoid interrupting normal operations at the airport.

The taxiway rehabilitation project forms part of a structured airport maintenance program being carried out in accordance with the terms of MBJ's 30-year operating concession with the Government of Jamaica. MBJ has a USD 40m budget for the five-year period ending 2020 to carry out maintenance and improvement works under the program.


About MBJ Airports:

MBJ Airports Limited, operator of Sangster International Airport, connects Jamaica to more than 50 international destinations and welcomed a record 3.9m travelers in 2016. MBJ operates the airport under a 30-year concession that began in 2003 and provides employment to more than 150 Jamaicans.


Media Inquiries:

Sharon Hislop, Manager, Commercial Development & Marketing

T: +1 876 952 3124 | E: shislop@mbjairport.com


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MBJ taxiway rehabilitation works are being carried out at night by S&G Road Surfacing Materials of Mandeville.

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WE APOLOGIZE FOR PROBLEMS ON THE 12 ANNUAL CARIBBEAN SPLASH 2017

OUR FORMAL APOLOGY TO FANS | PATRONS | FRIENDS| SPONSORS| VENDORS


Immediate Press Release
John Alessi Pr Firm
Miami, Florida
Publicist: Maurice Tucker MBA.
November 21, 2017
Contact 305-930-3500
Email : Johnalessifirm@gmail.com

We Apologize for the Mishap at the 12 Annual Caribbean Splash 2017

Apology

Miami, Florida - We the staff and the promoters (Mr. CC Promotions) of the 12 Annual Caribbean Splash 2017 would like to apologize to our fans, friends, sponsors and patrons who attended the event on Sunday, November 12, 2017, at the Orlando Amphitheater. The event was dubbed to be the biggest show to date, but due to unforeseen circumstances and to our dismay the show turned out to be unsuccessful. We strongly regret any inconvenience that we may have caused to anyone who came to the show, and we take full responsibility for these actions. We recognize that there are ongoing issues with the artist(s) and patron(s) which some of these problems are still lingering and could be problematic thus; we intend to identify, address, and come to an immediate resolution with the said party.

We take Full Acceptance

The show was staged like no other event in the Florida, Orlando region and riddled with top-tier Jamaican artist such as Capleton, Busy Signal, Konshens, Chris Martin, Tanya Stephens, Marcia Griffiths and Estelle and that's just to name a few of the acts. Although Capleton and Busy Signal were the two main acts and headliners for the show, the show was centered in part on Busy Signal, as this was his debut performance in Florida. As of such the show was highly anticipated and promoted; we decided to rent a venue with the capacity of 10,000 people that was befitting of the caliber of artist we were promoting. For transparency and clarity, we had a budget of over $200,000 at a minimum which included venue rental of $30,000.00, promotion of $40,000.00 artist down payment over $50,000.00, backline of $14,000.00 and boarding and lodging including flights $30,000.00. Inadvertently the concert ended with a loss of over $80,000. Yes, of course, it was a big budget, but with the sponsors and investors (which we had initially) the show would have been highly successful. At the latter staging of promoting the event (4 days before event) problems ensued, and with futile efforts, we lost a significant sponsor whom we were relying on to cover some of the expenses for the event. On the day of the event, the monetary problems escalated and magnified at a level, which was insurmountable. We critically analyzed and approached the situation with caution by engaging with the artist and their management as a way of finding solutions to the problem. We (as) the management and team knew that we had a binding contract with the artist(s). As of such and because of monetary constraints we had requested if we could pay 70%-80% on their total contract (individually) as to create a fluid continuity of the show but it was denied by Busy Signal, Marcia Griffiths, Chris Martin and Konshens. We will not (apply) the burden of proof on any artist(s) as it was our responsibility to cover all the expenses for the event but we were divergent in our thoughts as we tried to eradicate an ongoing problem by offering a solution. Moving forward we take full responsibility for all our mishaps on the day of the event and any peripheral issues on that said day. We take acceptance for the financial dilemma and we would like to find better solutions in fixing it moving forward. We take recognition for our actions. We as a team do wish to engage with the said artist(s) to find a solution in creating a remedy to this problem and we are receptive to open ideas moving forward. It must be noted that of the 25 artist(s) who were booked to perform at the event 21 took to the stage with electrifying performance including a surprise performance by Craigy T. formerly of T.O.K.

30 YEARS OF PROMOTION & GIVING BACK TO THE ORLANDO COMMUNITY

Mr. Cc Promotions is widely known for bringing entertainment to the Jamaican diaspora in Orlando, Florida. His presence is immeasurable with over 2,000 shows to his credit with less than 6 show mishaps, that's less than .3 % of errors which is literally unmatched by any other promoter to date. His accomplishments stretch over 30 years where he has worked successfully with artist such as Sizzla, Movado, UB40, Steel Pulse, Lucky Dube, Jay Z, Young Jeezy, Lil Wayne, Fat Joe, Method Man, Red Man, Plan B, Group of Mania, Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Beres Hammond, Maxi Priest, Shabba Ranks, Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs, Barrington Levy and Freddie McGregor, Kymani Marley, Damion Marley, Stephen Marley, Julian Marley, Wailers Inner Circle and Chronixx. Mr. CC Productions is also known for being a major part of arguably the longest and most successful Reggae Club in the world known as "Jamaikin Mi Krazy" for the past 23 years. Without a doubt, Mr. CC Promotions has influenced the direction of the Orlando Jamaican and Caribbean diaspora with great entertainment, great social lifestyle with prominent and top tier events on a yearly basis. Mr. CC Promotions for over the past 30 years have shed light on the Jamaica community in Orlando and has created strong awareness and recognition of the diaspora with great humility. Mr. CC takes pride and accomplishment with his prominence in the Orlando community; it is partly because of him that the Caribbean and Jamaican citizens have decided to move to Orlando. For decades a lot of people have called Orlando home because of the culture and Jamaican influence Mr. CC has upheld and maintained throughout the past 30 years. Mr. CC loves his people and his culture and he intends to continue to promote great Jamaica music and culture in the community.





Freddie McGregor Jamathon Drop

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Ninjaman found guilty of murder!

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a-st-mary-ninja.jpgDancehall artiste Ninjaman, his son Janeil, and Dennis Clayton, the third co-accused have all been found guilty of the 2009 murder of Ricardo Johnson, also known as Ricky Trooper.

Ninjaman, whose given name is Desmond Ballentyne, has also been convicted of shooting with intent.

A seven-member jury comprising four men and three women on Monday handed down the verdict in Home Circuit Court in Kingston after three hours and 11 minutes of deliberation.

Ninja and his co-accused were on trial for the 2009 murder of Johnson in the Lower Mall Road community of Kingston. The closed-door trial lasted for five weeks.

"A suh it go man. Don't worry yuhself, Jamaica, I'll be back,"Ninja Man said as he and his co-accused were led away in handcuffs.

He and his co-accused are to be sentenced on December 15.





3 women gunned down in Area One within 24 hours

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crime-scene-gun.jpgThe cops in Westmoreland are investigating the circumstances surrounding Sunday night's murder of a woman, who was shot and killed at her home by gunmen.

She has been identified as 51-year-old Pauline Bremmer of Revival district in Westmoreland. The police report that about 11:00 pm, Bremmer was at home with her 14-year-old son when she was shot dead by armed thugs.

No motive has so far been determined by investigators.

Bremmer became the third female to be gunned down in the Police Area One within a 24 hour period.

A 44-year-old mother, Ann Marie Johnson and her 24-year-old daughter, Shantoy McKenzie were shot and killed at their home in Mother Lane, Cambridge, St James, Saturday night.

Area One covers the parishes of Westmoreland, Hanover, St James and Trelawny.





Men arrested in $10-million ganja seizure charged

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hands-behind-bars.jpgThe police say three men who were arrested in connection with the seizure of more than $10 million worth of ganja in St Catherine, on Thursday, have now been charged by the Narcotics Police.

The three men were arrested on Grange Lane, about 8 o'clock Thursday evening, in connection with the seizure of 220 pounds of ganja, which has an estimated street value $11.1 million.

They have been identified as 41-year-old truck driver and businessman, Marlon Williams, of Passagefort, St Catherine; 37-year-old taxi driver, Gerard Samuels, of Lacovia, St Elizabeth; and 41-year-old farmer, Calvin Robinson, of West Cumberland, St Catherine.

The police say Williams was charged with possession of ganja, dealing in ganja, taking steps preparatory to export ganja, and using premises for the storage of ganja.

Meanwhile, Samuels and Robinson were charged jointly with possession of ganja, taking steps preparatory to export ganja, dealing in ganja, trafficking ganja and conspiracy.

Robinson is also facing a charge of money laundering.





Woman murdered in Linstead

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crime-scene-gun.jpgThe Linstead police have launched an investigation into the murder of a woman in Victoria District, St Catherine, this morning.

The woman has only been identified as a 57-year-old labourer.

Reports are that she was at home about 7:30 this morning, when she was approached by a gunman.

The man reportedly asked for a male relative, who was not at home.

As the man left he reportedly fired several shots, killing the woman.

The police say no motive has yet been established for the murder, but investigators are following useful leads.





"Welcome, this is the first video me a mek why me kill myself. Unuh probably know by now say me dead." These are the spine-chilling words from a 13-year-old boy, who reportedly committed suicide last week, using a licensed firearm belonging to his step-father..

Police say they are aware of many claims being made in the public domain that the video was that of Davion Johnson from Grange Hill, Westmoreland and who was found dead in St Mary on Sunday, November 12.

They have launched an investigation to determine if the video is that of the same 13-year-old boy.

In the video, which is two minutes and 43 seconds long, the teen says, among other things, that he hated being on a bus with school children as they acted like "idiots and lick lick yuh in a yuh head." He said he wanted to shoot them and kill them. In relation to his own future, he said he wanted to grow up and kill people, but he would rather find it better now to do it to himself as he felt this was a better way.

Admitting that there was a possibility that the suicide attempt may fail and that he may end up in the hospital, he plainly stated that he did not want this to happen.

The boy in the video also admitted that he had tried to commit suicide in the past but he could not deal with the pain.

He ends the video with the words:"Rest in peace... Later."





The Police High Command has released the names of the country's top five most wanted criminals.

The men have been described as the country's main violence producers, who are wanted for multiple shootings and murders, as well as confrontations with the police.

They are as follows:

Charles Hamilton, otherwise called 'Thugy, Thugy', who is said to operate in the St Mary area.

Brian Peterkin, otherwise called 'Ratty', who is said to operate in St James.

Nico Walters, otherwise called 'Speckles', who is said to operate in Clarendon.

Davion Brown, otherwise called 'Baltie', who is said to operate in Westmoreland

Shaniel Lutton, who is said to operate in St James.

"These are individuals who are believed to be key players behind the ongoing violence across the country," Police Commissioner, George Quallo, said at a press conference at his office in Kingston on Friday.

"These are men who are involved in multiple shootings, multiple murders and confrontations with the police," said Deputy Commissioner of Police, Selvin Haye, who heads the crime portfolio within the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).

The police declined to provide details on the crimes the men have been linked to, but said they are in pursuit of them.

As the country's crime rate continue to spiral, police warned that they will be intensifying their operations across the island as they seek to place a lid on the crime monster.

Police data shows that a total of 1,404 murders have been committed so far this year, which compares to 1,137 for the same period in 2016.





Ninjaman to know his fate today

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ninja-man-photo-9.jpgPopular entertainer Ninjaman is to know his fate today when the seven-member jury will deliberate and hand down its verdict in the murder case against him.

Justice Martin Gayle who is presiding at the month-long trial, is expected to wrap up his summation this morning in order to give the jurors enough time to deliberate.

Ninjaman, his son Jamiel and Dennis Clayton have all been on trial since October 17.

The men are on trial for the murder of Ricardo Johnson also called 'Trooper' who was fatally shot eight years ago on Mall Road, Kingston 11.





stefflon-don.jpgStefflon Don stopped by Hot97 recently to chat all things from UK Rap to her own personal journey.

During the interview with Ebro, Laura Stylez and Rosenberg, the British rapper share insights into how she came to be known as "Stefflon Don", how her journey in UK Rap began; with her siblings playing a massive role and what her plans are for the future.

She also revealed that she dreams of working with Dancehall superstar Vybz Kartel.

Stefflon Don, whose real name is Stephanie Allen, is an exciting, 25-year-old UK MC who raps with wit and ferocity about female empowerment, street life, and sex.

Her brash, charismatic music is marked by authentic injections of Jamaican Dancehall.

In March, she signed a £1.2M deal with Polydor, a part of Universal Music Group.





Konshens gets married to fiancee Latoya

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konshens-wedding.jpgDancehall artiste Konshens tied the knot with his fiancee and mother of his son, Latoya on Sunday at an elaborate, private ceremony in Miami.

Konshens Is Now Married. Mr and Mrs Spence





RJRGLEANER Group Chairman Spaulding has died

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lester-spaulding.jpgChairman of the RJRGLEANER Communications Group J Lester Spaulding has died.

Spaulding died in hospital this morning after ailing for some time.

He was 76.

He was due to retire as group chairman at the end of the year.





donald-trump-photo-4.jpgIt holds nuclear missile codes, it's in charge of the security of the United States, and its ultimate boss, the US president, is a prolific tweeter. But when it comes to handling its own Twitter account, the Pentagon could do with improving its skills.

On Thursday the US Department of Defense accidentally retweeted a tweet calling for Donald Trump to resign as US president.

The original tweet which also called for two other US politicians to step down following sexual harassment allegations was tweeted from an account belonging to @ProudResister, an anti-Trump activist.

It said: "The solution is simple. Roy Moore: Step down from the race. Al Franken: Resign from congress, Donald Trump: Resign from the presidency. GOP: Stop making sexual assault a partisan issue. It's a crime as is your hypocrisy."

The Pentagon's main account retweeted the message to its 5.2 million followers before quickly deleting it. But the embarrassing blunder did not go unnoticed. A screen shot of the Pentagon's retweet was itself retweeted and shared, and the reaction to it was swift.

"Uh someone made a mistake," posted one Twitter user.

Another user tweeted: "Looks like that ex-Twitter employee found a new gig at the Pentagon," referring to a similar social media blunder earlier this month when a Twitter employee deactivated President Trump's account on their last day in the job.

At the time, the president brushed off the 11-minute Twitter outage, but the incident raised questions about the security of President Trump's account.





Mugabe seen in public for the first time since 'coup'

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mugabe-with-soldier.jpgZimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has made his first public appearance since the country's army took over on Wednesday.

He attended a graduation ceremony in the capital, Harare.

Mr Mugabe had been under house arrest for days. The army made its move after a power struggle over his successor.

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The military said on Friday it was "engaging" with Mr Mugabe and would advise the public on the outcome of talks "as soon as possible".

Meanwhile Christopher Mutsvangwa, the leader of the influential war veterans' association, said Mr Mugabe should step down at once.

He called for a huge turnout in street protests on Saturday.





Colin Kaepernick is GQ's 'Citizen of the Year'

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colin-kaepernick-gq-magazine.jpgColin Kaepernick, an American football player who last year started protesting police brutality against African Americans by kneeling during the US national anthem, has been named "Citizen of the Year" by GQ magazine.

The public stand of the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback has sparked a wave of similar protests across the National Football League and other athletic events.

Announcing its decision on Monday, GQ likened Kaepernick to other sports icons, including boxer Muhammad Ali, who opposed the Vietnam War.

"He's been vilified by millions and locked out of the NFL - all because he took a knee to protest police brutality," the magazine said of Kaepernick's protest. Kaepernick's determined stand puts him in rare company in sports history: Muhammad Ali, Jackie Robinson - athletes who risked everything to make a difference," it said.

Kaepernick declined to be interviewed by GQ but posed for pictures. He posted a message on Twitter, saying he was "honored' by the recognition.





Eve spills on Nicki Minaj's racy Paper cover

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nicki-minaj-paper.jpgRapper Eve just landed her new gig on 'The Talk,' and is already making waves via the daytime talk show.

The hosts all weighed in on Nicki Minaj's risqué Paper Magazine cover, featuring the Queens native engaged in a menage a trois with herself.

Eve, who has worked with Nicki on set and is also a fellow MC, revealed she was not a fan of the controversial pics.

"I worked with Nicki, I got to know her on 'Barbershop'... she's a nice person, she's an amazing rapper, and as a lyricist I respect her... but as a woman, from my point of view, personally, I would not be able to do that," Eve told the audience.

"I think in this climate, it's not good. I think every artist has a right to express themselves however they want to express themselves and I respect that as well. For me personally, as I started coming up in the business, I started realizing that young girls were looking up to me and younger people were looking up to me, and that, not that you want to be a role model, but it becomes what you become, it is what you are."

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Continuing, "As I've gotten older ... I'd just rather be a voice that's uplifting... I can be a voice for those girls that might not have a voice, in a different way without showing myself off ... For the Nicki fans, I love her, respect her. Go women in hip hop. It's not my thing. I just don't think it's right. Personally. Period. That's it."

Nicki's devoted fan base immediately took to Twitter to defend the Queen of the Barbs, claiming Eve's judgmental stance was hypocritical.

"Eve is full of s--t. Instead of shaming Nicki Minaj for owning her sexuality as a GROWN woman she could have used that opportunity to talk more about the success of a fellow Black female rapper."





crime-scene-gun.jpgAn inmate of the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre was shot dead when he tried to escape custody while on a medical visit to the National Chest Hospital in St. Andrew on Thursday afternoon.

He has been named Kevin Anthony Fletcher.

According to reports, Fletcher who was convicted for murder, was taken to the Chest Hospital by prison wardens for treatment.

He escaped and was chased by the wardens who opened gunfire at him.

He fell into the gully that runs along the Chest Hospital.

Fletcher was removed from the gully and pronounced dead by doctors at the facility.

The Department of Correctional Services said the police and INDECOM are investigating the matter.





Edith Dalton James High is among five schools to receive a walk-through metal detector as well as a number of handheld devices.

The announcement was made by Education Minister Ruel Reid on Wednesday afternoon at a ceremony during which 130 handheld metal scanners and five walk-through detectors were handed over by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Edith Dalton James High will install the walk-through scanner at the entrance to the school this month.

This comes a month after a 15 year-old male student was stabbed to death by a classmate at the school.

Senator Reid, who addressed the ceremony, noted that the government was determined to ensure that there was no recurrence of the incident at the school or any other institution.

"When we did our investigation, the youngster in question had about two or three weapons on his person, and had he been through that kind of surveillance, then they would have been detected and he would have been disarmed," said the minister.

He added that the initiative was a sort of resocialisation in the school system to combat the "high levels of anti-social behaviour and violence across the country."

Other schools to receive walk-through metal detectors are Brown's Town High, Anchovy High and Norman Manley High.





hands-behind-bars.jpgAn American man is behind bars in the United States after being accused of sexually assaulting a minor at a tourist resort in Jamaica.

A statement issued by the US Attorney's office for the northern district of California says a federal grand jury on Wednesday indicted 43-year-old Douglas Peacock for travelling to a foreign country and engaging in illicit sexual conduct with a minor.

Mr. Peacock was detained in the Southern District of Florida on Wednesday morning after being arrested on the charge in Miami on November 10.

According to the indictment, Mr. Peacock, who is from Foster City, California, travelled from the US to Jamaica about June 19 this year and engaged in illicit sexual conduct with a minor who was, at the time, under 12 years of age.

It's alleged that Mr. Peacock, while in the pool of a family-friendly resort in Jamaica, molested a six-year-old US citizen. He has been charged with one count of engaging in illicit sexual conduct in foreign places. If convicted, he faces a maximum statutory sentence of 30 years.





Jamaican man wanted by cops in Antigua surrenders

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A Jamaican man who was listed as wanted by the police in Antigua-Barbuda has surrendered.

According to the online edition of the Antigua Observer, Conroy Jones turned himself in to the police this week, accompanied by a lawyer.

The Antigua & Barbuda police had issued a wanted bulletin for his arrest nearly a month ago. They said he had been accused of wounding his girlfriend in Antigua on September 16.

It is alleged that he used a machete to chop the woman, who is the mother of his children.

The woman underwent surgery for her injuries.





Jamaican serving in Kuwait dies suddenly

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jamaican-dies-us-military.jpgA Jamaican serving in the American military died in Kuwait on Tuesday morning during a tour of duty.

Hughton Brown attended Wolmer's Boys' School before migrating to the United States where he served in the military for 17 years.

It is not yet clear what are the circumstances of his death.

Relatives of Mr. Brown characterise him as vibrant, "the life of the party," and a lover of photography and motor bikes.





Ganja worth over $11 million seized in Gregory Park

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ganja-seized.jpgNarcotics police seized ganja with an estimated street value of over J$11 million in Gregory Park, St. Catherine yesterday (Thurs).

Reports are that about 8:00 p.m., the team signalled the driver of a Toyota Noah minivan that was travelling along Grange Lane to stop; however, the driver sped away.

The motor vehicle was pursued and was eventually intercepted when the driver drove onto the compound of a business establishment in the area and stopped.

The police subsequently searched the vehicle and found 169 parcels of compressed ganja weighing 1000 pounds.

The premises was also searched and an additional 200 parcels of compressed ganja weighing 1220 pounds were found.

Three men have been taken into custody in relation to this seizure; the Toyota Noah minivan was also seized. Arrangements are being made for the men to be questioned in the presence of their attorneys at law.





Weddy Wednesdays - Nov 15th, 2017

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crime-scene-tape.jpgJust over two weeks after gangster Omar 'King Evil' Lewis was killed in their community, residents of Catherine Hall, Montego Bay, were exposed to more extreme violence on Monday night when two women were murdered and a man seriously injured in a brazen gun attack.

The deceased women are 41-year-old Cleopatra 'Keisha' Fletcher, a popular nail technician; and her 52-year-old customer, Dawnette Shettleworth, an employee at the Sangster International Airport. The injured man is a 43-year-old JUTA operator.

According to reports, at approximately 5:30 p.m., Fletcher, Shettleworth and the injured man were sitting in Fletcher's salon when an unknown assailant walked into the establishment, pulled a handgun from his waistband, and opened fire. All three persons were hit.

"De man just walk inna de woman and open up gunfire and then run off," recounted a witness, who said the killer wore a hoodie that blocked a clear view of his face. "By the time people rush inna de salon fe help, de woman dead already."

On the night of Wednesday, October 25, when Lewis was killed, he had reportedly gone to that same salon to have his nails done. He was attacked by unknown assailants as he entered his car and was sprayed with a barrage of bullets. He died on the spot.

"Ever since that man (Lewis) was killed, I told myself that I would not be going back to that salon, because I just had a gut feeling that something else was going to happen over there," a female resident told The Gleaner yesterday. "We are all living on the edge here in MoBay because we are all like sitting duck for the gunmen."

While the police have not divulged a motive for Monday night's killing, speculation is rife in the western city that it had something to do with the death of Lewis, who the police said was the leader of the Canterbury-based Nation Crocs gang. At different times in his life, Lewis figured on the police's most wanted list both here in Jamaica and in the United States.

"Rumour a go round seh Keisha know a who kill Omar, so it look like dem decide fe silence her," another resident told The Gleaner. "Keisha a good girl ... hard-working girl ... . She tek pride inna her work so her customer dem love her. It is sad fe see how she just lose her life soh."

Dawnette Shettleworth, apparently, was caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. The former Mt Salem resident was reportedly off the island at the time of Omar 'King Evil' Lewis' death and wouldn't have been a witness to it.

"Poor Dawnette ... always smiling, don't trouble a soul, and look how she just dead and gone," one of her co-workers told The Gleaner. "Every day or every other day somebody get killed inna MoBay. Me feel like just resign my job and run weh. Me fraid fe walk de streets."





Criminals posing as cops robbing innocent people

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shocked.jpgReports have surfaced that criminals are posing as members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) and robbing individuals.

The police are now urging the public to be on the lookout as the men are dressed in fake police clothing and travel in a vehicle with flashing blue lights.

The most recent reported incident occurred Saturday night along East Kings House Road in St Andrew where the men stopped a businessman near the entrance to the Kingsgate Apartments.

He was robbed of a large amount of cash and his licensed firearm.

Head of the JCF Corporate Communications Unit, Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay said that the victim was approached by two men in a car, who said they were police officers.

They demanded a search of the man's vehicle and he was relieved of his firearm and over one million dollars.

"We are conducting investigations; we have confirmed that these men were not police officers. We are following leads at the moment," Lindsay said as she urged people to be on alert for the fake cops.

"When you are stopped, you need to be 100 per cent sure that persons are in fact police officers and demand to see some form of identification," she advised.

"If they are in a vehicle marked police, call 119 to verify," Lindsay added.





Father, 2 sons murdered in Ebony Park

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA father and his two sons were shot dead by gunmen in a brazen attack in Ebony Park, Clarendon on Sunday night.

Reports reaching Loop News are that at around 8:15 pm residents in the rural community heard loud explosions and alerted the police.

Sources from the area told Loop that the father and the sons were at a shop that they owned in the area when men drove up and opened fire.

The men then fled the area.

Police arrived on the scene a few minutes later and during a search of the area, the father and his two adult sons were found with gunshot wounds.

The murder has again left residents in the area in shock.

"I am very concerned about the spiraling murders," said Uphel Purcell, Councillor for the York Town Division, in which Ebony Park falls.

The father and two sons who were shot dead by gunmen in Ebony Park, Clarendon on Sunday, have been identified.

They are 55-year-old shop owner, Clifton Scott, and his sons, 25-year-old Clifton Jnr and 20-year-old Orville.

Reports are that at around 8:15 p.m., the three were at a shop that they operated in the community, when gunmen went to the location and opened fire before escaping.

Residents who heard the explosions raised an alarm.

On arrival, the police found the bodies of the three men with gunshot wounds.

The murders have left residents of the community in shock.





Two Miles under curfew

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curfew-in-areas-of-west-kingston.jpgA curfew has been imposed in sections of Two Miles in the St. Andrew South Police Division. The curfew began at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 14 and will remain in effect until 6:00 p.m on Thursday, November 16. The boundaries of the curfew are as follows:

NORTH -Along Waltham Park Road from Crescent road to Norman Lane. SOUTH - Along Norman Lane from Waltham Park to Spanish Town Road;

EAST - Along Spanish Town Road from Norman Lane to Spanish Town Road. WEST- Along Cresent Road from Spanish Town Road to Waltham Park Road.

During the hours of the curfew, all persons within the boundaries are required to remain within their premises unless otherwise authorized in writing by the ground commander.





Dad shot at basic school in St James

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA man was shot and injured by gunmen on Tuesday afternoon at Challenge Basic School in Montego Bay, St. James.

The incident took place while parents were collecting their children.

The injured man, who is said to be the parent of a student at the school, has been admitted to hospital in serious condition.

Some 275 persons have been murdered in St. James since January 1.





Two Canadians charged with cocaine sent to prison

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jamaica-cocaine-seized.jpgTwo Canadians have been fined and sentenced to prison for cocaine possession and attempting to export the drug from Jamaica.

The sentences were handed down Monday when 22-year-old bartender Mariah Holland and 23-year-old enquiry officer Jaques-Francoise Moukoury appeared in the St James Parish Court.

Holland and Moukoury were arrested by members of the Narcotics Division at the Sangster International Airport on August 31, 2016 as they attempted to board a flight to Canada.

Holland was found in possession of three quart bottles containing six pounds of cocaine with an estimated street value of $3.4 million; while Moukoury was found in possession of three quart bottles with cocaine four pounds of cocaine valued $2.2 million.

Holland and Moukoury were both fined $1 million or nine months imprisonment for possession of cocaine and $1.5 million or nine months imprisonment for attempting to export cocaine.

They must also serve a three-year mandatory imprisonment term.





Bugle releases 40-track compilation Spontaneous

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bugle-photo-3.jpgHaving a surfeit of tracks namely Boom Box, Cherish Life, Real Survivor and Live Love Laugh, the latter featuring Popcaan enjoying premium rotation across the diaspora. Reggae crooner Bugle has been in the studio working assiduously concocting a new mixtape to capitalize even further on this upsurge.

The project titled 'Spontaneous' is a collective of 40-tracks spanning both the Reggae and Dancehall genres with guest appearances from An9ted Entertainment affiliates Alexx A-Game and Samboni while production credits come courtesy of noted producer and disc jock Razz Attack.

Alluding to the compilation Bugle says, though he would love to give all his fans a copy of the 'Be Yourself' album, it's not financially feasible but also in the same vein he doesn't want to leave them empty-handed, hence the creation of a mixtape.

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It's Goosebumps from former ARP member Mitch

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mitch.jpgArmed with a new single, new management and a renewed focus and strategy, Roger Mitchell is once again fully ready to claim his musical space, with the release of his recent single, Goosebumps, an upbeat collaboration with artiste Dolla Coin.

Working harmoniously with Emperor Productions, this singer-songwriter, whose style has been described as "melodious and edgy", blends these elements nicely into Goosebumps, making it a truly infectious single. Noting that the collab has been receiving rave feedback, both from radio and in the streets, the artiste revealed that an accompanying music video is in the works, along with another soon-to-be-released single.

This former member of the now defunct but popular reggae group, ARP, found fame with the outfit in the late nineties into early 2000, and even after ARP disbanded, he continued singing. Better known to his fans simply as Mitch, he explains that this is the name he still uses for his solo career.

"Mitch will always be Mitch and of course, some people will continue to say 'Mitch from ARP', but that just shows the power of the group," he says candidly.

Although to some it may seem that Mitch had taken a hiatus from the music scene, he was quick to point out that this was not so.

"Believe it or not I have always been doing music...never stopped. I have been voicing for various producers and getting a lot of promises, but the truth is that nothing happens before the right time and I believe that the time is now," he declared, acknowledging the exceptional efforts of his "family" at Emperor Productions to ensure that everything falls into place.

Not surprisingly, in the last five years Mitch has been frequenting Europe and he has spent extended periods on that continent, in particular, Denmark, where he had been working on an album project with talented Danish producers Søren "Pharfar" Schou and Adi 'Jahdil' Nadri at Food Palace Music in Copenhagen.

His third album, Lucky, was released on November 25 last year on Danish label, Icedrop Records and it is available on all digital platforms. According to Mitch, Lucky is an intoxicating mix of Reggae, Jazz Funk and African beats.

"Pharfar is the same producer who worked with late Danish reggae singer Natasja Saad, and it was really a great experience doing this album with him and Jahdil," Mitch explained.

Sorry, the first single from the 11-track album, is described as a "warm and sizzling reggae version of Justin Bieber's original" with the video being shot in Old Harbour.

According to their bio, it was in 1998 that ARP released the classic 'I Want Your Body', which established the group. A series of noteworthy hits followed including, 'Return Of The Mac', 'Girls Dem Cry', 'Song For Mama', 'Really Want You', 'The Girl Dem Want', a cover version of K-Ci And JoJo's 'All My Life', and a team up with Patra on 'True Love'. ARP also enjoyed particular success in the dancehall with, 'Di Gal Dem Want' and in combination with U.T. Dread 'Youths Dem Play', riding the 'Cloak & Dagger' rhythm. In 1999, the band joined Penthouse Records where they released 'Temple Of The Lord' and worked on an album with producer Donovan Germain.





bob-marley-photo-7.jpgBob Marley's Get Up, Stand Up is the theme song for Optimist International Caribbean District's (OICD) anti-bullying human rights campaign.

The campaign -- expected to run from October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018 -- was launched at the Junior Optimist International Caribbean Summit at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in St Andrew last weekend.

In making the announcement, OICD Governor Calvin A Hunter said permission was granted for the Optimist Club to use the song free of cost by Marley's daughter Cedella Marley, who declared the initiative to be a "great one".

Hunter said the song was selected because the words would serve as an inspiration for those being bullied and who have a sense of hopelessness.

"We want to encourage young people across the Caribbean to become social advocates around human rights, with a focus on fighting discrimination and bullying that often take place within our schools," said Hunter.

Marley died in May 1981. He was 36.





aidonia-photo-7.jpgCollaborating with award-winning music producer Stephen 'Di Genius' McGregor throughout the years has proven to be a successful formula for high riding deejay Aidonia. Aside from a plethora of hits, 'Fi Di Jockey', one of their last effort continues to infiltrate various markets across the globe amassing over 15 million views online in the process, making it one of the 4th Genna recording artiste most bankable projects.

Come the last quarter of 2017, the two have joined forces again for an upcoming project titled 'Set Fi Di Backshot'. Produced on 'Di Genius Records' imprint the single is an infectious anthem geared towards the female populace and slated for release in the days ahead.

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According to Aidonia, "Stephen and I have always had good musical chemistry over the years, so collaborating on this new project is just a natural vibe."

Meanwhile, over the weekend the 'Banga' hitmaker along with label-mate Govana invaded the Ocean Village car park in Ocho Rios for the 2017 staging of 'Xcess' unravelling hits such as 'Yeah Yeah', Gyal Clown, Hot Tool, Shallow Grung, Run Road among others as they delivered another fiery performance to the large gathering on hand.

Govana is currently working on his upcoming EP while Aidonia continues work on his debut album. Both projects are still untitled.

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sean-paul-and-chi-ching-ching.jpgChin Ching Ching is grateful to Sean Paul and he's letting everyone know it.

The artiste, who is signed to Popcaan's Unruly label, publicly thanked Sean Paul on social media this week. This is what the "Roast or Fry (Breadfruit)" singer said:

"Locking the shows and stocking mah [doughs] Dem a ask for more," Ching captioned a photo with the "No Lie" hit maker. "[Sean Paul] thanks for the opportunity you gave me to showcase my talent, i [been] to [countries] I never [knew] i would ever go," he added.

There have been rumours of a fallout with the so-called Unruly Boss, Popcaan.

Ching, who is currently on tour with Sean Paul, took to Instagram on Tuesday to share his gratitude for everything the international recording artiste has done for his career, showcasing his talent to the world.





"Carry On" featuring Romain Virgo,

Tarrus Riley, Tessanne Chin, Chronixx

& Sherieta Lewis

Produced by Dean Fraser, Sean Diedrick & Sherieta Lewis

for DownSound Records. Written by Sherieta Lewis & Sean Diedrick

"Carry On" Official Song of Caribbean Love Now Campaign (2)





New appeal date for Vybz Kartel

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vybz-kartel-photo-32.jpgKartel's appeal hearing was scheduled for February 19, 2018.

However, following a case management hearing last Tuesday, his attorneys have requested more time to prepare the appeal.

According to reports, Kartel will have to wait five months more, until July 2018... that's when hearing for the appeal against his life sentence will happen.

The matter will be heard over three weeks

Vybz Kartel aka Di Teacha was convicted along with Kahira Jones, Andre St John, and entertainer Shawn "Shawn Storm" Campbell in 2014 for the murder of Clive "Lizard" Williams. They were given life sentences.





Ninjaman is NOT dead; death rumours 'disturbing'

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ninja-man-photo-8.jpgControversial veteran deejay Desmond 'Ninjaman' Ballentyne is very much alive.

Tuesday evening, social media erupted with reports that the much-loved deejay had died, sending fans both at home and abroad into a frenzy.

Attempts to contact the CCU regarding Ninja's supposed death proved futile, but his attorney, Valerie Neita Robertson subsequent announced that her client is "alive and well".

Well, however, is relative, as the deejay was recently diagnosed with heart problems and need immediate surgery.

Wednesday morning, Ninjaman's spouse is reported as saying that while the deejay was in good spirits, the false rumours of his death are "disturbing".





Stur Guvand Stone Love Link Up - Nov 11th, 2017

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