January 2018 Archives

Cardi B shouts out Alkaline in her Insta story

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cardi-b-wide-feature.jpgBodak Yellow rapper Cardi B on Friday, Bardi uploaded a video to her Instagram story listening to vendetta deejay Alkaline's smash hit single "Champion Boy" so her over 16.3 million followers could watch.

This is not the first time Cardi who is engaged to Migos member Offset has endorsed Alkaline however its sure to make a greater impact with her massive and fast growing fan base.

The "No Limit" rapper previously gave shoutouts to Dancehall superstars Vybz Kartel, Vanessa Bling and Spice. She also worked with Rvssian, Popcaan, Konshens and Shaggy in the past and there's rumors of a track with the self-proclaimed 'Worl Boss' in the works.





 

Aidonia says 'Yeah' to four YVA nominations

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aidonia-photo-8.jpgCapping off a tremendous epoch and entering the new year as one of the most sort after acts in the dancehall space, 4th Genna recording artiste Aidonia continues to reap the rewards from the substantial volume of work outputted in 2017.

After breaking into the international mainstream via BBC Radio and snatching a corporate endorsement courtesy of J. Wray & Nephew. The deejay's career appears to be on an upward trajectory following the recent announcement of the nominees for the 2018 instalment of the Your View Awards (YVAs), formerly known as Youth View Awards.

At the launch, held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston on Thursday, January 11. Aidonia walked away with four nominations in the following categories: Hottest Summer Song for 'Yeah Yeah'; Favourite Dancehall Artiste of the Year; Favourite Local Male Artiste of the Year and Favourite Chart Topping Song of the Year. This comes in the wake of a double nod from the upcoming International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA), where the 4th Genna boss has also been nominated for 'Deejay of the Year' and Song of the Year with 'Banga'.





'Shy Guy' Diana King marries her lesbian lover

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(Photo Credit: Diana King's Facebook Page)

Jamaican singer, Diana King, who was once married to a man and has a child with him, five years ago revealed that ditched being heterosexual in order to become a lesbian.

Well, the lesbian singer announced on her Facebook page on Saturday that she got married to her female lover the day before.

Best known for her big hit, 'Shy Guy', King proudly showed off her "wifey" to the world. .

Below is the text of her post announcing the marriage to her partner, Mijanne Webster, who is also a performer:

AS AN ARTIST WHO IS LGBTQ, BORN and RAISED IN JAMAICA I NEVER THOUGHT I'D EVER SAY "MY WIFE" IN THIS LIFETIME. I AM COMPLETELY and SINCERELY GRATEFUL TO ALL WHO FOUGHT and CONTINUE to FIGHT WORLDWIDE FOR OUR DESERVED EQUALITY AND HUMAN RIGHTS. MY TRUE PERSONALITY IS INTROVERTED and PRIVATE, TOTALLY DIFFERENT FROM the ME ON STAGE. IT'S A CONSTANT BATTLE BETWEEN WHAT TO SHARE PUBLICLY OR NOT. MY HANDS R SHAKING AS I WRITE THIS POST. FOR ME IT'S A SIGN THAT I AM ABOUT TO EXERCISE COURAGE BECAUSE THEY SHOOK LIKE THIS WHEN I CAME OUT IN 2012. I'M SHARING THIS BECAUSE I STRONGLY BELIEVE VISIBILITY IS VITAL FOR CHANGE! AND LIFE IS SHORT, SO I'M GONNA LIVE IT ... AUTHENTICALLY • I's MARRIED NOW CELIE! LOVE WINS! 🖤🖤🕺🏾🕺🏾 Diana King Mijanne

Dai Dai Mijanne Webster #TheKINGs #WebsterKing #KingMij GRATITUDE_/|\_ @dianakingdom @mijjymijj #justmarried #Jan12 #gratitude #visibilityIsVital #blackceramic #lgbtlove #marriedartists #lgbt #jamaicanlesbian #lgbtq #history #herstory #lgbtqjamaican #blacklove #lesbianlove #queerlove #lovewins #ilovemywife #WIFEY.





bob-marley-photo-7.jpgBillboard Magazine is reporting that he revitalized Primary Wave, backed by institutional investors including BlackRock, has acquired a share of reggae legend Bob Marley's music publishing catalog.

The New York Times reports that Blackwell signed a $50 million deal that gives Primary Wave an 80 percent share of Island Records founder Chris Blackwell's share of two publishing catalogs, Marley's songs and Blue Mountain Music.

Blue Mountain's catalog includes songs from Marley, Toots and the Maytals, Free, U2 and the Waterboys, among others, according to the company's website. An 80 percent stake costing $50 million implies a $62 million valuation for Blackwell's entire publishing assets involved in the sale.

According to sources, Blackwell's Blue Mountain has a co-publishing stake in the Marley catalog, which means that Marley estate also still retains a stake in the publishing. Typical publishing deals comprise 50 percent publishing and 50 percent writer share, while a co-publishing deal might give the writer with any where from an additional 10 percent to 25 percent slice. So, if the Marley estate had a typical co-publishing deal (half the publishing, that means it still has a 75 percent stake while Blackwell's share would be a 25 percent stake in the catalog's revenue, with Primary Wave owning 80 percent of the latter.

Blackwell, according to sources, has been willing to sell his Blue Mountain catalog for almost the last decade, but would only agree to do so for a high multiple of net publishers' share -- i.e. gross profit, or what's left for the publisher after paying writer's share, co-publishing, and administrative fees for sub-publishers, etcetera.





Breakthrough in quadruple murder

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police-constable.jpgThe police have made a breakthrough into November's quadruple murder in Brighton, Westmoreland with the arrest of a man on the weekend.

The police say a Smith and Wesson pistol with 13 rounds were also taken from him.

On November 24, firefighters found the remains of four bodies following cooling down operations on a burned out unfinished housed.

The police have since confirmed that the persons found had been murdered.

News reports had identified the victims as 48-year-old Swedish woman Suzan Clarke; her husband, 32-year-old Alwin Clarke, also called Ziggy; his brother 30-year-old Derron Walters; and 31-one-year old Wayne Thompson, also called Bruckie.

The police say other people are being sought in connection with the murders.

They are urging people with information to call the Savanna-la-Mar Police at at 955-2758.





Jamaica's girls qualify for Winter Olympics

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jamaica-girls-bobsled.jpgThe Jamaica Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation is now making plans for the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, next month after the national women's bobsled team qualified for the Olympiad at the weekend.

This is the first time a women's team will be representing the nation at the Winter Olympics, and the feat comes 30 years after Jamaica's first overall experience at the Calgary Games in 1988.

Brakeman Carrie Russell said that qualifying for the women's bobsleigh event is one of the happiest moments of her life.

Russell, a member of Jamaica's gold medal-winning 4x100 women's relay team at the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow, Russia, is in her second season as a bobsledder, and said qualifying holds sentimental value for her, as it happened three years to the day her father died.

Her teammates are brakeman Audra Segree, who is another sprinter, and pilot Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian.





Machete-wielding mom in court; case rescheduled

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machete-beaten.jpgDoreen Dyer, the St Thomas mother who was seen in a video beating her daughter with a machete had her case rescheduled to February 9 when she appeared in the Morant Bay Parish Court this morning.

The court was told the social a enquiry report was not ready, hence the new date, at which time the judge would make a decision as to sentencing.

At the previous court appearance Dyer's lawyer has asked the court to indicate what sentence it would be imposed if she were to plead guilty.

The 44-year-old mother is charged with cruelty to a child.

Dyer was charged by the police on October 6 and was subsequently offered bail.

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

The police said their investigation revealed that the incident happened last year.





banned-juices.jpgThe North-East Regional Health Authority is advising the public to avoid purchasing or consuming coconut water, sorrel juice and other juices labelled 'Portland's Best' and bottled at 'Long Bay, Portland' as the Portland Health Department has found these products to be unsafe for consumption.

The Portland health department has carried out a series of inspections at the processing establishment as well as testing of the products and has found breaches that could compromise the health of the public.

The Health Department has subsequently taken enforcement action by closing the establishment.

Additionally, the public is reminded to purchase and consume food products from only approved establishments (those certified by the Public Health Department).





Two girls die in fire at Walker's Place of Safety

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fire.jpgReports are that two girls aged 12 and 16 have died in a fire at Walker's Place of Safety on Lyndhurst Crescent in Kingston early this morning.

Thirty four other children who were housed at the facility have been moved to a temporary holding facility at a nearby church.

In the meantime, counselling is being offered to the children and staff through the Child Protection and Family Services Agency.

"This is a truly devastating and traumatic experience for all involved," State Minister for Education Floyd Green.

Green also said the cause of the fire remains undetermined and an investigation will be conducted with the help of the fire department to find out what happened.

The Walker's Place of Safety serves as a transitional residence for children, generally up to 12 years old, who have been abandoned or removed from their homes because of unstable conditions.









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Kingston, Jamaica - January 11, 2018 - Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. announced its earnings guidance for the fourth quarter of 2017.

  • Consolidated Sales: Approximately 66 trillion Korean won
  • Consolidated Operating Profit: Approximately 15.1 trillion Korean won

The above figures are estimates of consolidated earnings based on K-IFRS. Please note that Korean disclosure regulations do not allow earnings estimates to be provided as a range. Therefore, in compliance with such disclosure regulations, the above figures represent the median of the earnings estimate range, provided below.

  • Sales: 65 ~ 67 trillion Korean won
  • Operating Profit: 15.0 ~ 15.2 trillion Korean won

Overall the company estimated full-year 2017 consolidated sales of approximately 239.60 trillion Korean won and consolidated operating profit of approximately 53.60 trillion Korean won.

The above figures are estimates of consolidated earnings based on K-IFRS.

2017 3Q, 2016 4Q and FY 2016 consolidated figures based on K-IFRS are as follows

(in trillion won)

2017.3Q

2016.4Q

FY 2016

Sales

62.05

53.33

201.87

Operating Profit

14.53

9.22

29.24

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung inspires the world and shapes the future with transformative ideas and technologies. The company is redefining the worlds of TVs, smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, digital appliances, network systems, and memory, system LSI, foundry and LED solutions. For the latest news, please visit the Samsung Newsroom at http://news.samsung.com.





Boat sinks in the Caribbean Sea

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According to Reuters, police and relatives of the surviving passengers of a boat that departed Venezuela for the Dutch Caribbean island on Tuesday, confirmed the boat had been trying to reach the city of Willemstad in Curaçao, despite a travel ban imposed by the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

The incident comes amid heightened tensions after Maduro ordered a trade blockade with Curaçao, Aruba and Bonaire on Friday.

Venezuelan authorities allege the smuggling of products out of Venezuela to neighbouring countries is one of the causes of the severe shortage of food and other basic products that the South American country has been facing for several years.

A search has been launched in Caribbean waters after a boat filled with Venezuelans capsized near the Dutch island of Curaçao.

The Venezuelan authorities said a boat carrying 34 people has capsized killing four people and another 28 have been reported missing.





crime-scene-tape-gloves.jpgAn argument between two minibus passengers over fare turned deadly yesterday when one was stabbed in the chest.

Dead is 45-year-old Craig Anderson from Olympic Way in St Andrew.

Reports are that about 5:00 pm, Anderson was on the bus, which plies the Waterhouse to downtown Kingston route, where he got in an argument with another passenger who refused to pay his fare.

The man then used a knife to stab Anderson in his chest.

The suspect escaped while Anderson was rushed to the Kingston Public Hopsital where he died while undergoing treatment.





No bad blood between Security Minister and Commish

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security-minister-robert-montague.jpgNational Security Minister, Robert Montague, has said there is no truth to reports that there is a breakdown in the working relationship between himself and Police Commissioner, George Quallo.

"Myself and the commissioner, we are on the same page, we have one goal," Montague is reported to have said

The minister and police commissioner gave responses to public concerns on the matter following the handing-over of pins to the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) to mark the organisation's 150th anniversary.

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Police Commissioner Quallo, in his response, shared similar sentiments.

"Absolutely no issue; I have no problem," the commissioner said, indicating that both himself and the minister were committed to tackling the country's challenging crime problem.

Montague denied reports that he asked Quallo to resign following a meeting between the two men on Monday.

The meeting was held to discuss the commissioner's report on the New Year's Day traffic jam on the Palisadoes Road in East Kingston, which significantly affected operations at the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA).





The Bahamas could legalise ganja

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ganja-image-4.jpgA movement is building in the Bahamas to decriminalise marijuana.

This follows a town-hall meeting held there by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Regional Commission on Marijuana last week.

The initiative is one of several in Caribbean countries, with some stakeholders eager to join other international communities and embrace the region's marijuana culture.

The meeting is part of CARICOM's mandate to ascertain public opinion in CARICOM member-countries on the issue.

The Commission was established by CARICOM leaders in 2014 with the objective being to conduct a rigorous enquiry into the social, economic, health and legal issues surrounding marijuana use in the Caribbean.

The Commission also seeks to determine whether there should be a change in the current drug classification of marijuana thereby making the drug more accessible for all types of usage and to recommend, if there is to be a reclassification, the legal and administrative conditions that shall apply to address the issues identified.

The Bahamas was the latest stop for the Commission with the most recent public consultations taking place in Guyana in November and Antigua and Barbuda last year.

The Bahamas meeting follows initiatives in Jamaica, St Kitts and Nevis and other Caribbean countries to explore marijuana decriminalisation.

Last year, the Jamaican government and tourism officials established the first official links to surging weed tourism, nearly two years after the country enacted legislation to ease penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana.

"Cannabis-infused tourism has a place in Jamaica's product mix, alongside all-inclusive resorts and mass tourism," said Edmund Bartlett, Jamaica's tourism minister.

In a recent radio interview, the Prime Minister of St Kitts Nevis, Dr Timothy Harris, said his government was "ready for open dialogue with the relevant stakeholders on the issue of the decriminalisation of marijuana".





crime-scene-gun.jpgTwo men have been taken into custody for the brazen gun attack which left 16-year-old Cornwall College student Mark Williams dead in St James on Tuesday.

The police said the two suspects, who were on bail for murder, were arrested on Wednesday in Montego Bay. Their identities are being withheld at this time.

Williams was killed while on his way from Bible study in John's Hall, St James Tuesday night.

It is said that he had just disembarked a taxi at the intersection of Tucker and Meadows of Irwin roads and was heading towards his stepfather's car when gunmen opened fire at the vehicle.

The student's stepfather is a police corporal.





A Chinese woman, who was seen slapping a school girl in a video being circulated on social media, has been charged with assault occasioning bodily harm, the police have reported.

The woman is observed in the 30-second clip holding the child by her collar and asking her about money.

Twelve seconds into the video, the woman slapped the child, who is dressed in school uniform, and hurled expletives at her.

Police said the incident took place in a grocery store on Main Street in Clarks Town, Trelawny.

The woman has since been identified as 53-year-old Chinese national Yuemei Pan.

Reports are that about 12:45 pm, the teen went into the store operated by Pan, picked up an item to purchase and went to the counter.

Pan later grabbed the teen and proceeded to slap her in the face while accusing her of stealing.





crime-scene-knife.jpgA man was chopped to death after security guards caught him picking limes on the Good Hope Farm in Trelawny on Wednesday.

Dead is Patrick Walden of Friendship, St James address.

Walden, who was reportedly trespassing on the property around 10:00 pm, accosted and attacked the security guards with a knife.

During the confrontation, one of the security guards used a machete to chop him several times.

Walden was taken to the Falmouth Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The two security guards are in police custody.





vybz-kartel-photo-4-larger.jpgJailed deejay Vybz Kartel, has been firmly locked out of this year's Your View Awards, formerly Youth View Awards - YVA's

The nominees were announced last evening (Thurs) at the official launch of the 2018 YVA's at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel and Kartel's name was noticeably absent. His inability to meet's the event's qualifying criteria, has been given as the reason for the prolific artiste's non-appearance on the list of nominees.

All nominees, among other rules, must be able to perform live at the awards show.

Kartel, who was last year's biggest winner scooped five awards, namely: Male Local Artiste of the Year; Dancehall Artiste; Hottest Summer Song Fever; and Local Chart Topping Song of the Year Fever, as well as Musical Collaboration for Loodi done with Shensea.

Already, Gaza Nation has taken to social media to air their anger and disapproval at the World Boss' perceived snub.





shenseea-ig.jpgHow the troll dem suh wicked? Blouse and skirt!!!

Doan ask if di troll dem neva drag Romiech artiste Shenseea pon social media after she perform pon Shaggy show Satday night..It neva nice. Di dutty troll dem seh how poor Shenseea voice sound like how Ninjaman look. Dat neva cute at all.

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Plus dem seh dat Shenseea can introduce herself as Romiech because her voice sound like man and how she a go put a certain bass player outta work.

Awright, so di girl voice don't fine and stush, but dem neva haffi do her so bad. Come on, it's a new year!

Romiech better mek pretty voice Jade give Shenseea some elocution class. And by the way Shenseea, we love yuh, but we just neva did a feel da Bob Marley song deh none tall.





The Weeknd severs ties with H&M after racist ad

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the-weeknd-h-n-m.jpgThe Weeknd has cut all ties with fashion retailer H&M.

Theapologized on Monday after a now-pulled ad depicted a black child wearing a sweatshirt that read, "Coolest monkey in the jungle." Upon learning of the spot, The Weeknd (real name Abel Tesfaye), who modeled for the brand last year, took to Twitter to reveal that he would no longer be working with H&M.

"Woke up this morning shocked and embarrassed by this photo,"the singer wrote. "I'm deeply offended and will not be working with @hm anymore..."

Though the ad has been deleted, The Weeknd and many others who were outraged have since shared the controversial photo in question on social media.

"We sincerely apologize for offending people with this image of a printed hooded top," H&M said in a statement regarding the ad. "The image has been removed from all online channels and the product will not be for sale in the United States.We believe in diversity and inclusion in all that we do and will be reviewing all our internal policies accordingly to avoid any future issues."

The brand often uses celebrities as its promoters, including Jesse Williams and Nicki Minaj, who co-starred in a holiday commercial for the fashion line late last year.

Others who spoke out against the ad include Questlove, who speculated that there may be a lack of diversity up the brand's corporate ladder.

"I'm sure the apologies are a coming. And the ads will be pulled. I'm certain there will Be media fixers and whatnot and maybe a grand gesture like a donation to some charity (donations under these circumstances are the corporate version #SomeOfMyBestFriendsAre move if there ever was one) all this tells me about @HM is that the seats in the boardroom lack something...wanna take a guess?" the Roots drummer wrote.





Rihanna flies to Barbados for her cousin's funeral

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rihanna-at-funeral-cousin-photo-2.jpgRihanna was overcome with emotion as she attended the funeral of her cousin Tavon Kaiseen Alleyne who was gunned down at the age of 21 in Barbados.

The 29-year-old superstar singer was seen wiping away tears at the celebration of life in Barbados on Tuesday.

No doubt it was an emotional event as dozens of her friends and family were in attendance to pay their respects to the young man.

Rihanna wore a sheer white midi dress along with a pair of white low-top Puma shoes with 'RF' emblazoned in gold on the side for her real name Robyn Fenty.

rihanna-at-funeral-cousin-photo-1.jpgShe accessorized with a pair of white vintage cateye shades along with a large diamond necklace.

The Diamonds hitmaker also sported multiple gold bangles and carried along a white designer bag featuring a jeweled out strap.

Her raven-colored tresses were worn down flowing over her shoulders as her fringe ended just above her eyes.

She contrasted her light outfit with dark make-up including a swipe of black lip and smokey eye.

Two weeks ago Rihanna took to Instagram to pay tribute to her younger cousin just hours after they had spent Christmas Day Together.





The United States government is warning its citizens to exercise increased caution in Jamaica due to crime.

The Level 2 "exercise increased caution" travel advisory was issued on Wednesday amid out of control crime in the country, where more than 40 homicides have been recorded since the start of 2018 against the background of one of the bloodiest years in the island's history with more than 1,600 dying violently in 2017.

The US government has advised its citizens to not travel to some sections of Kingston, some sections of Montego Bay, and anywhere in Spanish Town due to "violence and shootings" which it says occur regularly in those areas.

"Violent crime, such as home invasions, armed robberies, and homicide, is common. Sexual assaults occur frequently, even at all-inclusive resorts," said the advisory. "Local police lack the resources to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents."

Specifically, in Kingston, the US government personnel are prohibited from traveling to downtown Kingston - which is defined as the areas between Mountain View Avenue and Hagley Park Road, and south of Half Way Tree and Old Hope Roads, and includes Trench Town, Tivoli Gardens, and Arnett Gardens; Standpipe, Grants Pen, and Cassava Piece.

US government officials are also prohibited from traveling to Flankers, Canterbury, Norwood, Rose Heights, Clavers Street, and Hart Street in Montego Bay.

The US has four advisory levels. Level 1 is exercise normal precaution; the second level is increased caution, Level 3 is reconsider travel and the fourth level is do not travel.





handgun.jpgShortly after 50-year-old Dalton Green was fined more than $40,000 for breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act in the Westmoreland Parish Court, law enforcement officers searched his home and found two illegal handguns.

Lawmen are now speculating that the seizure is directly lined to the guns for drugs trade between Jamaica and Central American countries.

The officers reportedly conducted a search of Green's home in Peggy Barry district in Grange Hill, Westmoreland about 2:20 pm on Wednesday where they found the illegal firearms and more than 100 rounds of ammunition.

The weapons found are an Intratec 9mm sub-machine gun with a magazine containing 17 rounds of ammunition and one 9mm pistol with a magazine containing eight rounds.

An additional 104 9mm rounds of ammunition were also found.

Green is scheduled to appear before the Western Regional Gun Court on Thursday, January 18 for the firearm charges.





Jamaican man kills his friend at party in Florida

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shocked.jpgThe families of two friends from high school in Jamaica are now in mourning after one shot the other dead on New Year's Eve during a house party in Lauderhill, Florida.

According to US reports, the accused gunman, 24-year-old Shevon "Natty" Salmon reportedly confessed to firing a handgun at Paul Anthony "Mafia" Nelson, 26, who was sitting on a couch in the Florida apartment.

It was further reported that Salmon did not say why he shot his friend, and police have not described a possible motive.

Before the killing, Nelson had stopped by his former home and Salmon joined him to "smoke" at the Lauderhill party house, a police report stated.

After the gunfire, party guests disarmed Salmon, who reportedly left the apartment and took a cab home. Nelson, who was shot multiple times in his chest, died at the scene.

Salmon was arrested last Tuesday at his Miramar home and faces one charge of premeditated murder.

He is in a Broward County jail receiving medical care, and his initial court hearing is pending.





Journalist Janice Budd to be buried January 27

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janice-budd-photo-1.jpgThe funeral service for journalist and communications specialist, Janice Budd, will be held on Saturday, January 27, at the Swallowfield Chapel in St Andrew, at 10:00 am.

Budd, who has had a long and distinguished career in media, passed away on January 2 after losing her battle with cancer.

She had been ailing for some time.

During her early foray into media, Budd worked at the Jamaica Information Service, and later on served at Television Jamaica, CVM Television and the Jamaica Observer newspaper.

At the time of her death, Budd was the communications manager at the Shipping Association of Jamaica.





crime-scene-gun.jpgA policeman's son, sixteen-year-old Cornwall College student Mark Williams was pronounced dead at hospital on Tuesday night after gunmen ambushed his step father, a police corporal assigned to the Trelawny Police Department, and fired a barrage of bullets at them at the intersection of the Meadows of Irwin and Tucker in St James.

According to the police, about 9:20 pm the police corporal went to pick up his step-son, who was coming from Bible Studies in John's Hall, St James, with his private motor vehicle, when they were attacked shortly after the teenager alighted from a taxi.

"As he [the police corporal's step-son] disembarked a taxi and was approaching the car, they heard explosions coming from nearby bushes. He saw three men running towards his car from the rear firing at them; he returned the fire and the men made good their escape. His step-son on hearing the explosions ran off

He said the teenager was later found suffering from what appeared to be gunshot wounds. He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The police corporal escaped unhurt, but bullets reportedly extensively damaged his motorcar.

Reports are that the police corporal is involved in a case in which he reportedly shot and injured an alleged murderer in Ironshore, St James last year.

That matter is currently on trial.





Retired couple tied up and killed in St Thomas

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crime-scene-8.jpgA man said to be in his 80s and his wife, believed to be in her mid-70s, were found dead in their Retreat District, St Thomas home on Tuesday.

They have been identified as Melbourne Flake and his wife, Etha, who were both Canadian and Jamaican citizens.

The couple were reportedly found inside their house - in separate rooms - with their mouths gagged, hands and feet bound, and their heads apparently bashed in.

Reports are that they were last seen alive at around 5 pm Monday. About 10 am Tuesday, an alarm was raised by a labourer and his assistant who went to the premises to work but did not get a response from the couple.

The police were summoned and, on their arrival, the gruesome discovery of the deceased was made.

There was reportedly no signs of forced entry.

Investigations continue.





Chris Gayle parties in lavish style in Australia

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chris-gayle-photo-8.jpgChris Gayle once again partied in style by arriving to a party in Australia in a 1950s Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith on the weekend

The self-proclaimed 'Universe Boss' was in Melbourbne watching his West Indies team-mate Dwayne Bravo play in the Big Bash league against the Melbourne Stars.

The 38-year-old showed off his ride for the night on his Instagram page before going out to party in Australia.

The Windies batsman is no stranger to the finer things in life and is known to flaunt his lifestyle on his social media accounts.

Gayle posted pictures from his hotel room above the marina, before showing his followers what he'll be wearing for the upcoming party.

Later on in his Instagram story, he is seen sitting next to a friend on a plane with the caption 'Money trip' as he makes his way to watch his Windies team-mate Bravo play for the Melbourne Renegades on Saturday.





Skip Marley to rep for Reggae at Coachella

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skip-marley-photo-1.jpgSkip Marley, the son of Cedella Marley and the grandson of reggae icon, Bob Marley's grandson will be reggaes only representation at the annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in California come this April.

Skip Marley is scheduled to make an appearance on the first day of the festival, on a stage that will be headlined by the likes of Beyonce, Eminem, Cardi B, and the Weekend who will be performing on the same day as Skip.

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival will be held in California over the weekends of April 13th to 15th and 20th to the 22nd.





Guns, ammo seized by police

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ak-47-assault-rifle-ammo.jpgTwo firearms with 19 rounds of ammunition were seized by the police in St James yesterday, bringing to six the number of illegal guns seized in less than 48 hours.

The police say two men were taken into custody in connection with the seizure, but their identities are being withheld pending further investigations.

It's reported that a police team was conducting spot checks along the Anchovy main road shortly after midday when they signalled the driver of a motorcar to stop.

According to the police, the driver, a male passenger and the vehicle were searched and the guns found.

Also, three firearms including an AK-47 rifle, and 40 assorted rounds of ammunition were seized in separate incidents in St Catherine and Manchester yesterday.

The other firearm was seized in Clarendon on Friday.





crime-scene-demo.jpgA section of Waltham Park Road was blocked by the police Sunday morning as they investigate the killing of a man on Wellington Drive in Kingston 11.

The dead man has been identified as Junior Diamond.

Details of the incident are not yet clear, however, the incident took place sometime between last night and this morning.

About 20 spent shells were recovered from the scene.





JUTC driver stabbed by gunman on bus

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jutc-bus.jpgThe Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) says one its drivers was stabbed while disarming a gunman on one of its buses in Greater Portmore, St Catherine, last evening.

In a tweet, the JUTC said the driver was stabbed in his chest and has been hospitalised.

The state-owned bus company says both the gunman and firearm were handed over to the police.





38 persons murdered since the start of 2018

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crime-scene-7.jpgThe murder tally continues to spiral as police figures show at least 38 homicides have been committed since the start of the year.

Police statistics show that for the first six days of the year, there were 38 murders, 16 shootings and 17 robberies.

This is compared with 23 murders, 18 shootings and 16 robberies over the similar period last year.

Jamaica closed 2017 with 1,616 murders, one of the highest homicide figures on record.

St James in the western section of the island led with 335 murders, followed by Clarendon with 168 and Westmoreland with 147.





Commission Quallo says he did not resign

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police-commissioner-george-quallo.jpgPolice Commissioner George Quallo in an interview with the Gleaner has dismissed reports by the Jamaica Observer that he is leaving the force.

"I did not resign. You can quote me on that," Quallo reportedly told The Gleaner Monday afternoon.

Asked whether he was fired, Quallo replied: "I was not fired."

Commissioner Quallo this morning met with the National Security Minister Robert Montague.

The National Security Ministry said the meeting centred on the murder spike, his plan going forward, and the embarrassing New Year's Day airport road gridlock.

Close to 40 persons have been murdered since the start of the year.





Police Commissioner Quallo OUT?

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george-quallo.jpgAfter serving nine months in the position, Commissioner of Police, George Quallo is reportedly out of a work. According to Jamaica Observer, their sources in the National Security Ministry, say that Commissioner Quallo was told that it was time for him to leave during his meeting Monday morning with National Security Minister Robert Montague.

The commissioner left that meeting and is now meeting with the Police Service Commission, the oversight parliamentary body of the police force.

Quallo, who was appointed in April 2016, turns 60 in August this year and would have gone on retirement at that time.

According to the Observer, it is not yet clear who will be appointed to act as commissioner as Deputy Commissioner Novelette Grant, who was considered for the job and actually acted for 90 days after Carl Williams opted to go on early retirement last January, is going on departmental leave on Friday prior to pre-retirement leave.

Grant is scheduled to retire close to August.

Meanwhile, 38 murders have been committed since the start of the year, and the National Security Minister, Robert Montague, seems clueless.

Since news of Quallo's dismissal surface, many have been questioning whether or not Montague still has a job.





operation-penis-whitening.jpgMore than 100 men a month have been making a pilgrimage to a clinic in Thailand which offers a penis whitening procedure.

The Lelux Hospital in Bangkok began offering the unconventional treatment six months ago, and now has three to four clients per day.

The much-hyped procedure, a laser treatment of the groin, has left the public both baffled and alarmed, but the clinic says they have more inquiries than ever.

The future is bright: The clinic has been offering penis whitening for six months and now has three to four clients per day undergoing the treatment +2

The future is bright: The clinic has been offering penis whitening for six months and now has three to four clients per day undergoing the treatment

'These days a lot of people are asking about it. We get around 100 clients a month, three to four clients a day,' Bunthita Wattanasiri, a manager for the Skin and Laser department at Lelax Hospital told AFP.

The procedure got wide play on Thai television and social media on Thursday after the hospital released images of a man undergoing the treatment.

'We have to be careful because it's a sensitive part of the body,' Bunthita said, adding most clients are aged between 22 and 55, with many from Thailand's LGBTQ community.

The whitening service costs around £480 for five sessions.

'I think it's a good market to enter so we offer the ultimate body treatment to our clients, either men and women,' Bunthita said.

Whitening and bleaching treatments are particularly sought after in Thailand, where skin-whitening ads have caused outrage and accusations of racism.

'The obsession... people nowadays can't embrace their own skin color,' said one Facebook user in response to the Lelax Hospital's images.

Another user Parin Ruansati posted: 'Oh god... what ever happened to the world?'

Another simply questioned; 'Why not?'.





Trump tries to ban release of explosive book

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donald-trump-photo-3.jpgOne of Donald Trump's personal lawyers demanded on Thursday that a publisher cancel next Tuesday's release of an explosive book about the president and his White House.

California attorney Charles J. Harder, known for representing pro wrestler Hulk Hogan and presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner, puts 'Fire and Fury' - columnist Michael Wolff's book about the Trump White House - under an even sharper magnifying glass.

Harder demanded publisher Henry Holt and Co. 'immediately cease and desist from any further publication, release or dissemination of the book,' including excerpts and summaries.

'Your publication of false/baseless statements about Mr. Trump gives rise to, among other claims, defamation by libel per se, false light invasion of privacy, tortious interference with contractual relations, and inducement of breach of contract,' he wrote.

Representing the Trump Organization, the president's private company, Harder has already accused former White House chief strategist, Steve Bannon, of breaching a confidentiality agreement, saying legal action was 'imminent.'





Wicked nurses squash newborn's face and giggle

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wicked-nurse-squashes-baby-face-photo-1.jpgA group of Saudi nurses who filmed themselves laughing while squashing the face of a newborn baby hospitalised with an infection have been fired.

The baby's parents became aware of the shocking treatment by the nurses after footage emerged online and was shared on social media.

The video shows one of the nurses grasping the baby by its neck and forehead and cruelly squashing the helpless infant's face as her colleagues giggle

Three members of staff at a maternity hospital in Taif, Saudi Arabia, were soon identified and tracked down.

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Abdulhadi Al-Rabie, Taif Health Affairs spokesman, said: 'The Health Affairs investigated the source of the video and was able to identify the nurses who appeared in the video and the hospital where the incident took place.'

The nurses, who have not been named, were immediately suspended after they were tracked down.

Their medical licenses have now been revoked and they are banned from practising nursing in other health departments.





gully-bop-and-shauna-chin-kissing.jpgAccording to Shauna Chyn, her romance with Gully Bop was just for the camera as they weren't actually dating. She claims it was only a publicity stunt designed by his management team.

Chyn says the plan which was structured as a 'nothing to something' success story was going great until the 'Body Specialist' deejay wanted more out of the arrangement. She claims that Bop began to have real feelings for her and forgot it was all a show.

Shauna added that she wasn't going to speak out on their business deal however she's tired of her name getting involved with Gully Bop as the negative press is affecting her music career. Chyn says while she's flattered, for the new year she wants to be left out of Gully Bop's drama so she's now setting the record straight and revealing the truth about their previous relationship. The 'Wuk Affa Mi' deejay is currently making rounds on social media after romantic photos with his new girlfriend surfaced online last week. However while many lauded Bop, real name Robert Lee Malcolm, for finding true love once again, many Dancehall fans were adamant that Shauna Chyn was the best woman for him.

"Yo dem gyal yah just want the little money Bop have dem ago mash him up as usual. When will this fool learn that Chin [Shauna Chyn] is the best woman fi him yo?"





Lt. Stitchie snags IRAWMA nomination

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stitchie.jpgGospel artist, Lt. Stitchie, has been nominated in the category of "BEST GOSPEL ENTERTAINER" for the International Reggae & World Music Awards (IRAWMA).

This nomination comes as no surprise as Lt. Stitchie has been consistently touring, creating and releasing new music for the past year. He ended 2017 with two video shoots; one for the track "Undisputed" on the Life 101 Riddim by Blakkwuman22 Music, and the other for "Thank You," a popular record that is on his own label, Drum and Bass Music. Both videos will be released this month (January 2018).

In addition to that, the artist will be dropping a brand new album which features collaborations with Agent Sasco, Fantan Mojah, Million Stylez, Lukie D and Ricky Stereo in the coming weeks

Click on the following link, enter your name and scroll to the section titled "BEST GOSPEL ENTERTAINER" and cast your vote for Lt. Stitchie https://www.irawma.com/vote.





minister-babsy-grange.jpgThe Ministry of Culture Entertainment, Culture, Gender and Sports is distancing itself from any blame in light of concerns surrounding the granting of an entertainment permit for an event which caused a traffic gridlock along the Palisadoes strip on Monday night.

While many are questioning the circumstances which led to a permit being issued for that area, in 2015 the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) approved the Palisadoes strip as a suitable designated entertainment zone, with a growing number of events having been staged in and around the same vicinity over the years. However, it was only in October 2017 that the Ministry of Entertainment, Culture, Gender Affairs and Sports declared Fort Rocky in that same vicinity as Jamaica's first entertainment zone.

In a press release Minister Olivia Babsy Grange stated that she wants to make it clear Fort Rocky is restricted to Fort Rocky and that the declaration does not include any other place including Palisadoes Road, Gun Boat Beach where the party was held or anywhere along the corridor to the Norman Manley International Airport.

The promoters of the event held at Gun Boat Beach, have since issued a public apology, insisting they were in their legal rights having obtained the necessary permits, and providing adequate parking with a shuttle service, but unfortunately indisciplined patrons chose to park along the strip causing a traffic pile up.





"We would like to apologise for any inconveniences caused by the traffic on the Palisadoes strip. It is important to note that traffic recommendations were raised and agreed to before permission was granted to use the venue. Security plans were shared with and approved by all superior bodies, consisting of the hiring of police patrol on the strip, the rental of additional parking spaces/shuttle buses, advertising of the designated parking, and the placement of adequate signage on the road," said Andrew Ellis, director of Supreme Team Limited -- organisers of Sandz, in a press release.

"We would like to give a special thanks to those patrons who cooperated with the officials and made use of the designated parking lot. We would also like to use this opportunity to appeal to all patrons and Jamaicans in general that law and order should be followed in all activities, and it is our belief that we can all party together while still following the rules and best practices set by governing bodies. Thanks for the support and over the past few years and we will continue to make improvements to our product to ensure that our patrons have the best experience possible with minimal disturbance to the public at large,"

The party promoters cite "non-cooperation of the patrons with the parking arrangements" as the cause for the mayhem.

The pile-up along the corridor, which leads to Norman Manley International Airport, caused severe inconvenience to people arriving in the island as well as those departing.

"Despite the efforts made from the promoters' end, there was a breakdown in the enforcement due to non-cooperation of the patrons with the parking arrangements, which in turn led to parking in unauthorised spaces, causing the build-up of traffic.

The traffic backed up all the way to Rockfort. Motorists also created several lanes, which contributed to congestion.





crime-scene-gun.jpgThe police have launched a manhunt for four men who yesterday shot dead a pregnant woman in Linstead, St Catherine.

The woman has been identified as 40 year old Zoe King, a resident of Orangefield.

King was killed at her home shortly after 11 yesterday morning.

It's reported that King, who was scheduled to have her baby next week, was at home when four armed men entered the yard.

She ran from the house but was chased and shot.

Head of the Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) Senior Superintendent McArthur Sutherland says the cops are following strong leads in the case.

It's reported that the men were in search of King's cousin who was involved in a motorbike accident with them last week.

King's common-law-husband Constable Courtney Linton, was shot dead by gunmen in Orangefield on October 31, last year.





wife-killer.jpgOmar Best Collymore, the husband of Simone Collymore, who was gunned down in Red Hills on Tuesday, was released without charges on Wednesday. He is said to have hired Peter Champagne as his lawyer

Simone and Omar in May, 2010 and the couple traveled to Jamaica where they both had homes.

Simone Campbell-Collymore was shot as she was about to go into a taxi. A total of nine shots were fired, the taxi driver, was also killed on the scene.

Friends say, she moved out of the home they shared the day before because of Best-Collymore's blatant cheating with multiple women. Security cameras recorded the shooting and men were seen waiting on the arrival of Mrs. Collymore.

Omar Best-Collymore, who is the main suspect, was also implicated in another murder in 2008 in the States.

His then girlfriend Angela Aguiar, 38, was gunned down and killed at about 3:30 am. on June 30, 2008, in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Her murder took place months after she had taken out a US million dollar insurance and named Omar Best-Collymore as beneficiary.

In May 2016, Simone Collymore posted the following on Flipagram: "Wow 6 years happy anniversary to you babe love you more than anything. Thank you for tolerating me I love u endlessly and look forward to many more years." The couple had two children.





girlfriend-killed-by-suspect-in-red-hills-murder.jpgElijah Aguiar was on the cusp of adulthood, then 17, when detectives came to his door at sunrise to tell the teen his mother was dead.

Angela Aguiar, 38, was gunned down and killed at about 3:30 am. on June 30, 2008, in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Although her killer remains on the loose, court documents in a civil case point to her boyfriend at the time -- also her primary life insurance beneficiary -- as a suspect.

This summer, Broward Crime Stoppers began offering a $3,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Aguiar's killer. Aguiar, of Lauderhill, was a single mother and real estate agent. For loved ones like Elijah Aguiar, knowing no one has paid for his mother's death has taken its toll.

"I'm not healed all the way; I don't think I ever will be," Aguiar, now 25, said. "My life turned upside down."

Court documents show Angela Aguiar bought a $1 million life insurance policy about a month before her death. She named her boyfriend, Omar Best Collymore, as her primary beneficiary.

He submitted a claim for the money two years after her death, records show.

However, before the insurance money could be paid out, the insurer investigated, given Aguiar's death happened within its "contestability period" and had been ruled a homicide. In email exchanges between a Fort Lauderdale detective and insurance claims analyst in June and September 2010, the detective said Best Collymore was still considered a suspect in the case.

"No progress. Yes, Omar Best is still a suspect," the detective wrote.

Please continue reading at: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/fort-lauderdale/fl-cold-case-fort-lauderdale-angela-aguiar-20160826-story.html





crime-scene-gun.jpgJust two days into the new year, the police were summoned to the scene of a double murder on Stanley Terrace in Red Hills, St Andrew.

The lawmen have identified the deceased as 36-year-old Winston Walters, a taxi operator of Stillwell Road, Kingston 8 and Simone Colleymore, businesswoman of Stanley Terrace in Red Hills, St Andrew.

According to police reports, unknown assailants travelling on motorcycles opened gunfire hitting the two people several times about 4:00 pm Tuesday.

The police were summoned and the victims were taken to hospital where they were pronounced dead.

The lawmen did not disclose further information but said investigations continue.

Meanwhile, the police have reported that a Kingston woman was shot dead Wednesday morning by unknown assailants on Oilea Lane in Jericho district, Linstead, St Catherine.

Dead is 40-year-old Zoe King of a Chisholm Avenue address in Kingston 14. Police said she was reportedly chased by a group of armed men around 11:15 am and shot dead.

The police did not say what spurred the attack. Investigations are ongoing.





Tributes pour in for late journalist Janice Budd

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janice-budd.jpgTributes have been pouring in, especially on social media, for late journalist Janice Budd died on the second day of 2018 after a long battle with cancer. She was 49.

Budd, who was employed to the Shipping Association of Jamaica (SAJ) as operations manager, communications and member services, was admitted to Andrews Memorial Hospital in St Andrew last year. She passed away at her home in Portmore, St Catherine.

In his reflection, SAJ Chief Executive Officer Trevor Riley said the association had lost "a gifted colleague".

"Janice joined our team just under three years ago as head of communication and member services in the substantive post of operations manager," Riley said.

"In a very short time she endeared herself to the shipping community by employing her well-seasoned skills of a communicator, providing public relations support for the Shipping Association of Jamaica and the Caribbean Shipping Association.

"She was relentless in the delivery of quality service. Our senior management team visited her just last Thursday, December 28 and Janice was lamenting the fact that she was unable to be at work, promising to beat her illness and get back to duty shortly," Riley added.

"Our association and the country have lost someone who made a real mark on several sectors -- media, banking, shipping. We have lost a gifted colleague.

"Everybody in our industry who interacted with Janice has a wonderful personal story to tell about some act of kindness or compassion that she performed," Riley said.

"The Shipping Association of Jamaica joins with all her colleagues to express regret to Janice's parents, siblings and other relatives. May her soul rest in peace."

Budd's stellar journalism career saw her working at the Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation, Jamaica Information Service, CVM Television, Radio Jamaica, Television Jamaica, and the Jamaica Observer which she joined in November 2010, serving as Sunday Editor until her departure in April 2013 for National Commercial Bank (NCB).

Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips also paid tribute to Budd, saying that her "untimely passing... is another major blow to the nation's media".





Four murders in Clarendon by January 3

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crime-scene-7.jpgJust three days into the New Year, Clarendon recorded four murders taking place.

About 8 p.m. on Wednesday 39-year-old taxi driver Orlando Beckford of Glenmuir Housing Scheme was shot and killed by unknown assailants. Beckford was reportedly operating his taxi from Hayes to May Pen when he stopped to let off a passenger in the vicinity of Girls Town. He was pounced on by armed men who opened fire hitting him.

Beckford managed to drive close to the Hayes Police Station and was assisted to the Lionel Town Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Fifteen minutes later, in Rocky Point, barber Fitzroy Paul Joseph was shot and killed by unknown attackers.

According to reports, Joseph was at a friend's house when gunmen kicked open the door and fired several shots hitting him in the upper body.

The other murder victim has been identified as 17-year-old Odane Baker otherwise called 'Omari' of Rhules Pen were shot and killed by gunmen.

Reports are than about 1:15 p.m. residents heard several loud explosions and called the police.

Baker's body was found with what appeared to be gunshot wounds to the face and upper section of his body in a dirt track. He was taken to the May Pen Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The fourth victim was killed early yesterday morning in York Town.

He was identified as Franklin Morgan who hails from the area but migrated to the United States years ago. Morgan was recently deported back to Jamaica.

He was shot while riding his bicycle along the road in the community by an unknown attacker.





cnn-jamaican-american-hero.jpgThe Atlanta, Georgia-based Cable News Network (CNN) has named a Jamaican-American among its five "Young Wonders of the Year."

Seventeen year old Haile Thomas, who lives in New York, was named by the network on its "Young Wonders: A CNN Heroes Special."

CNN has described Haile as "a teen health activist."

It stated that her Healthy Active Positive Purposeful Youth (HAPPY) organisation is leading the next generation toward a healthier future by bringing cooking lessons and nutrition education to children in underserved areas.

Haile was among five "extraordinary young people" are making a difference in their communities.

She founded HAPPY when she was 12 years old to address the need for free/affordable plant-based nutrition and culinary education in underserved/at-risk communities, as well as in schools and through annual summer camps.





shelly-ann-and-curran.jpgJohn John Music Group, which is owned by artiste manager Shelly-Ann Curran, has inked a music placement deal with a Hollywood-based film production company.

The deal with D Street Pictures, the production arm of D Street Media Group, which is headquartered in New York City, runs for five years, according to a press release.

The publishing deal is being touted as a "first of its kind for Jamaica". It allows Curran to place her artistes on the soundtracks of D Street's film and television properties over the next five years.

The pact will reportedly begin with reggae singer Bugle who will exclusively provide songs for the entire soundtrack of the upcoming Jamaican film 'The Mango Girl', produced by D Street Pictures, as well as perform on the soundtrack of the 2018 production of 'The Blue Mauritius'. The latter is a heist film starring Anthony Mackie (Avengers, Captain America), John RhysDavies (Lord of the Rings, Indiana Jones), Oscar nominated French actor Gerard Depardieu (Life of Pi) and German actor, Thomas Kretschmann (Central Intelligence, Hitman: Agent 47).

"Shelly-Ann Curran has an incredible eye for talent, after being in the business for less than three years you can see the direction she's taking her artistes. She's a smart and creative force in the game and understands there are more opportunities to be had in music other than radio play and live performances," Dexter Davis, CEO of D Street Media Group, said.

"By aligning her roster of talent with D Street's international productions, Shelly is helping to market her artistes around the world," he continued. "We are extremely excited about the deal and look forward to collaborating with Ms Curran and John John Music Group for years to come."

Curran commented, "This deal and partnership with D Street Pictures is truly a blessing. John John Music Group hit a high last year when our artiste Devin Di Dakta received the Grammy nomination and then signed with Downtown Records, a division of Interscope Records.

"But you can't rest on your laurels in today's climate. You have to hustle and create alternative ways to get your artiste out there," she added, noting that "D Street is producing film and television for the international market so the exposure for my artistes is priceless. It's about time Jamaican musicians of all genres take their place on the world stage and this opportunity helps us do just that. I look forward to a long and fruitful relationship with D Street Media Group."





PLEASE RETURN HARRY TODDLER'S PASSPORT

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Dancehall artiste Harry Toddler is making an appealing to the public for their help in the return of his travel document which was stolen over the weekend.

According to Toddler, he was in the Tower Hill, Saint Andrew, when armed men held him up and robbed him of his jewellery, laptop, two phones, USD $500, JMD $35,000 and his passport.

Taking to social media, Toddler made an appeal for the return of his property, noting that the passport, however is his main concern as he was expected to leave the island soon.

He says the cash was to send to his daughters living overseas for the new year.

"Man dem can keep all the money star, if dem can just run back all mi phone and mi laptop and mi passport mi wouldn't mind," he said. "Jahkno star as a artiste mi can't even move round inna mi owna country star."





la-lewis-photo-1.jpgThe notorious graffiti deejay who hardly has a song to his name, is now singing a new tune. It goes like this: "Sizzla, I'm sorry...oh so sorry......"

That's right, the Dancehall socialite says he was beaten up over the weekend by men sent by Sizzla and now he is very apologetic.

The background to this drama is that shortly after the social media release of L.A. Lewis's video of himself performing a taboo sex act on his girlfriend, veteran entertainer Sizzla sent L.A. a stern warning.

Sizzla lashed out at Lewis on Christmas Day during his performance at GT Taylor Christmas Extravaganza, "Some bwoy a claim dat a dem a run de place and de gal a siddung inna dem face," Sizzla told fans inside the Luana Sports Complex in St Elizabeth, "Hey bwoy LA Lewis....Hey nasty bwoy LA Lewis... a New Year a come and de youth dem a defend education...We bun out down inna throat and you get bright a shove yu face inna gal nookie."

"LA Lewis, anyweh me see yu again, me ago kick yu under yu throat," Sizzla added.

LA Lewis, however, was unfazed and defiant and even went as far as to say that Sizzla was just using his name to gain a hype. In a video interview with the Star, the graffiti deejay stated that Sizzla needs to understand that it's modern time now and he needs to get with the programme.

"Me read my Bible about 15 times already, and no weh it nuh say 'thou shall not make love to thy woman'. When Sizzla a burn LA Lewis, him fi go burn the tings dem whe a gwan ina di country like di road dem whe a fix and other things."

Well, what a difference a few days make, because, yesterday, this same defiant L.A. Lewis made a video in which he apologised to Sizzla and asked for peace.

According to L.A. Lewis, Sizzla sent men to beat him up in front of his children. There is actually no proof of this, but L.A. Lewis claims that he was beaten in front of his children and that the thugs were sent by Sizzla. LA says he made a report to the police.





The remains of the four Jamaicans who perished in a massive fire at a Bronx apartment in New York are to be flown to Jamaica for burial.

The family of the deceased, who are all relatives, have started a GoFundMe page to raise money to assist with the cost of flying the bodies to Jamaica.

It's understood that the Jamaican government has also pledged to assist with funeral expenses.

Thirty-seven-year-old Katherine Stewart-Francis, seven-year-old Charmela Francis and two-year-old Kylie Francis, and 19-year-old Shantay Young died when a three-year-old child, playing with a gas stove in a ground floor apartment, set off a fire that quickly engulfed the five-storey building where they lived.

Eight other persons also died in the blaze.

Stewart-Francis' husband and father of Kylie and Charmela remain in hospital in critical condition.





St Ann records first murder for 2018

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crime-scene-7.jpgOcho Rios in St Ann on Monday recorded its first murder of 2018 after an altercation resulted in a man being fatally stabbed and a chase that ended with a policeman being shot in the buttocks by his colleague.

Dead is 21-year-old Nakeem Gardner of Pimento Walk, Ocho Rios.

Reports are that Gardner was in the company of friends at Little Dunns River when an argument developed between him and a man who was among a group of persons said to be visiting from St Catherine.

It's reported that the brother of the man from St Catherine brandished a knife and stabbed Gardner in the neck.

He was taken to the St Ann's Bay Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The attacker, his brother and two other men fled the scene in a Toyota Probox motor car which was later intercepted by a police team.

It's reported that the men exited from the car and a tussle ensued between a policeman and one of the men from the vehicle.

A policewoman reportedly pulled her service weapon and fired two shots.

It was later discovered that one of the shots hit her colleague in his buttocks.

He was taken to hospital where he received treatment and was released.

The men from the car were subsequently taken into custody.





crime-scene-gun.jpgAkeem Taylor, one of two men shot and killed during a confrontation with the police at his house in Albion, Montego Bay last Friday morning, lost his father the day before earlier at the hands of gunmen.

Reports are that 19-year-old Akeem was the son of Aaron Taylor, one of the two men gunned down along Howard Cooke Boulevard on Thursday.

The senior Taylor and Kerry Fairclough were killed by men who shot up the motorcar they were travelling in along the busy thoroughfare in broad daylight.

The following morning, the police say about 4:45 they went in search of wanted men at a premises at Albion when they were greeted with gunfire.

The fire was returned and after the shooting died down the police found Taylor and Shawn Bent suffering from gunshot wounds.

They were both taken to hospital where they were pronounced dead.

The police say two illegal handguns, a 9mm Taurus and a 9mm Smith and Wesson, were recovered from the men.

The Independent Commission of Investigation (INDECPM) has commenced their probe into the killing.

Meanwhile, the young Taylor was said to be wanted in connection with the brutal gun slaying of 52-year-old airport worker Dawnette Shettleworth and 41-year-old nail technician Cleoapatra Fletcher in Catherine Hall, Montego Bay two months ago.





US weapons instructor dies in Jamaica

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crime-scene-tape-gloves.jpgA weapons instructor from the United States, who reportedly experienced difficulties breathing while in Jamaica, died after being rushed to the St Ann's Bay Hospital on Thursday.

The deceased has been identified as 37- year-old James Lawrence Ellis of Mississippi.

A post-mortem examination and a toxicology test are to be conducted to determine the cause of his death.

Ellis, who was said to have been drinking heavily before he complained of difficulties breathing, was visiting the island.

He was staying at a popular resort in Ocho Rios, St Ann with his wife.

After dinner, Ellis, along with his wife went to their bedroom, where he took his medication

However, he later complained of breathing difficulties and his wife called for assistance.

Ellis was rushed to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The St Ann police are conducting an investigation into the incident.





One of Westmoreland's most wanted men, Davion Brown, otherwise called 'Balti' of a Savanna-la-Mar address has been charged with murder, shooting with intent and illegal possession of firearm and ammunition.

Detectives assigned to the Savanna-la-Mar Criminal Investigation Branch say that Brown, who was arrested on December 15, was interviewed in the presence of his lawyer and was formally charged.

In August, Brown was named as wanted for the murder of 22-year-old Ocielle Hall on Great Georges Street in Westmoreland and in September he allegedly engaged lawmen in a confrontation, during their attempt to apprehend him.

The police say detectives continue to follow strong leads on other cases where they consider Brown to have been a major player.

They are appealing to the public to share information on crimes which Brown may have committed.

He is scheduled to appear before the Westmoreland Parish Court on January 9, 2018.





Scores of persons missed their flights out of the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston on Monday evening because of lengthy traffic delays along the Palisadoes strip, which leads to the airport.

The daylight New Year's party, Sandz and other activities brought a high volume of people and motor vehicles to the strip, and created a traffic pile-up which was disastrous. The security minister has caled for a full report and has blasted those in authority who made a decision to grant permits to the promoters of the event, without figuring out how they were going to ensure that the corridor remained free-flowing.

Several airline passengers in a desperate bid to make their flights, got out of cars and began walking with their luggage in hand towards the airport.

The bumper to bumper pile up of traffic extended from the airport round-about close to the entrance of the airport to the Carib Cement Company on Michael Manley Boulevard with very little movement as unruly motorists created multiple lanes.

Some flights at the airport were delayed because flight crew members were also caught in traffic.

Bicycles and motorcycles were being charted by desperate would-be passengers to get to the airport.

The police were kept busy as they sought to direct the high volume of traffic entering and exiting the strip.

One of the cops said he has never experienced such traffic build up in his seven years in the force.





 

'Shy Guy' Diana King marries her lesbian lover

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(Photo Credit: Diana King's Facebook Page)

Jamaican singer, Diana King, who was once married to a man and has a child with him, five years ago revealed that ditched being heterosexual in order to become a lesbian.

Well, the lesbian singer announced on her Facebook page on Saturday that she got married to her female lover the day before.

Best known for her big hit, 'Shy Guy', King proudly showed off her "wifey" to the world. .

Below is the text of her post announcing the marriage to her partner, Mijanne Webster, who is also a performer:

AS AN ARTIST WHO IS LGBTQ, BORN and RAISED IN JAMAICA I NEVER THOUGHT I'D EVER SAY "MY WIFE" IN THIS LIFETIME. I AM COMPLETELY and SINCERELY GRATEFUL TO ALL WHO FOUGHT and CONTINUE to FIGHT WORLDWIDE FOR OUR DESERVED EQUALITY AND HUMAN RIGHTS. MY TRUE PERSONALITY IS INTROVERTED and PRIVATE, TOTALLY DIFFERENT FROM the ME ON STAGE. IT'S A CONSTANT BATTLE BETWEEN WHAT TO SHARE PUBLICLY OR NOT. MY HANDS R SHAKING AS I WRITE THIS POST. FOR ME IT'S A SIGN THAT I AM ABOUT TO EXERCISE COURAGE BECAUSE THEY SHOOK LIKE THIS WHEN I CAME OUT IN 2012. I'M SHARING THIS BECAUSE I STRONGLY BELIEVE VISIBILITY IS VITAL FOR CHANGE! AND LIFE IS SHORT, SO I'M GONNA LIVE IT ... AUTHENTICALLY • I's MARRIED NOW CELIE! LOVE WINS! 🖤🖤🕺🏾🕺🏾 Diana King Mijanne

Dai Dai Mijanne Webster #TheKINGs #WebsterKing #KingMij GRATITUDE_/|\_ @dianakingdom @mijjymijj #justmarried #Jan12 #gratitude #visibilityIsVital #blackceramic #lgbtlove #marriedartists #lgbt #jamaicanlesbian #lgbtq #history #herstory #lgbtqjamaican #blacklove #lesbianlove #queerlove #lovewins #ilovemywife #WIFEY.





bob-marley-photo-7.jpgBillboard Magazine is reporting that he revitalized Primary Wave, backed by institutional investors including BlackRock, has acquired a share of reggae legend Bob Marley's music publishing catalog.

The New York Times reports that Blackwell signed a $50 million deal that gives Primary Wave an 80 percent share of Island Records founder Chris Blackwell's share of two publishing catalogs, Marley's songs and Blue Mountain Music.

Blue Mountain's catalog includes songs from Marley, Toots and the Maytals, Free, U2 and the Waterboys, among others, according to the company's website. An 80 percent stake costing $50 million implies a $62 million valuation for Blackwell's entire publishing assets involved in the sale.

According to sources, Blackwell's Blue Mountain has a co-publishing stake in the Marley catalog, which means that Marley estate also still retains a stake in the publishing. Typical publishing deals comprise 50 percent publishing and 50 percent writer share, while a co-publishing deal might give the writer with any where from an additional 10 percent to 25 percent slice. So, if the Marley estate had a typical co-publishing deal (half the publishing, that means it still has a 75 percent stake while Blackwell's share would be a 25 percent stake in the catalog's revenue, with Primary Wave owning 80 percent of the latter.

Blackwell, according to sources, has been willing to sell his Blue Mountain catalog for almost the last decade, but would only agree to do so for a high multiple of net publishers' share -- i.e. gross profit, or what's left for the publisher after paying writer's share, co-publishing, and administrative fees for sub-publishers, etcetera.





Breakthrough in quadruple murder

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police-constable.jpgThe police have made a breakthrough into November's quadruple murder in Brighton, Westmoreland with the arrest of a man on the weekend.

The police say a Smith and Wesson pistol with 13 rounds were also taken from him.

On November 24, firefighters found the remains of four bodies following cooling down operations on a burned out unfinished housed.

The police have since confirmed that the persons found had been murdered.

News reports had identified the victims as 48-year-old Swedish woman Suzan Clarke; her husband, 32-year-old Alwin Clarke, also called Ziggy; his brother 30-year-old Derron Walters; and 31-one-year old Wayne Thompson, also called Bruckie.

The police say other people are being sought in connection with the murders.

They are urging people with information to call the Savanna-la-Mar Police at at 955-2758.





Jamaica's girls qualify for Winter Olympics

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jamaica-girls-bobsled.jpgThe Jamaica Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation is now making plans for the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, next month after the national women's bobsled team qualified for the Olympiad at the weekend.

This is the first time a women's team will be representing the nation at the Winter Olympics, and the feat comes 30 years after Jamaica's first overall experience at the Calgary Games in 1988.

Brakeman Carrie Russell said that qualifying for the women's bobsleigh event is one of the happiest moments of her life.

Russell, a member of Jamaica's gold medal-winning 4x100 women's relay team at the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow, Russia, is in her second season as a bobsledder, and said qualifying holds sentimental value for her, as it happened three years to the day her father died.

Her teammates are brakeman Audra Segree, who is another sprinter, and pilot Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian.





Machete-wielding mom in court; case rescheduled

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machete-beaten.jpgDoreen Dyer, the St Thomas mother who was seen in a video beating her daughter with a machete had her case rescheduled to February 9 when she appeared in the Morant Bay Parish Court this morning.

The court was told the social a enquiry report was not ready, hence the new date, at which time the judge would make a decision as to sentencing.

At the previous court appearance Dyer's lawyer has asked the court to indicate what sentence it would be imposed if she were to plead guilty.

The 44-year-old mother is charged with cruelty to a child.

Dyer was charged by the police on October 6 and was subsequently offered bail.

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

The police said their investigation revealed that the incident happened last year.





banned-juices.jpgThe North-East Regional Health Authority is advising the public to avoid purchasing or consuming coconut water, sorrel juice and other juices labelled 'Portland's Best' and bottled at 'Long Bay, Portland' as the Portland Health Department has found these products to be unsafe for consumption.

The Portland health department has carried out a series of inspections at the processing establishment as well as testing of the products and has found breaches that could compromise the health of the public.

The Health Department has subsequently taken enforcement action by closing the establishment.

Additionally, the public is reminded to purchase and consume food products from only approved establishments (those certified by the Public Health Department).





Two girls die in fire at Walker's Place of Safety

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fire.jpgReports are that two girls aged 12 and 16 have died in a fire at Walker's Place of Safety on Lyndhurst Crescent in Kingston early this morning.

Thirty four other children who were housed at the facility have been moved to a temporary holding facility at a nearby church.

In the meantime, counselling is being offered to the children and staff through the Child Protection and Family Services Agency.

"This is a truly devastating and traumatic experience for all involved," State Minister for Education Floyd Green.

Green also said the cause of the fire remains undetermined and an investigation will be conducted with the help of the fire department to find out what happened.

The Walker's Place of Safety serves as a transitional residence for children, generally up to 12 years old, who have been abandoned or removed from their homes because of unstable conditions.









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Kingston, Jamaica - January 11, 2018 - Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. announced its earnings guidance for the fourth quarter of 2017.

  • Consolidated Sales: Approximately 66 trillion Korean won
  • Consolidated Operating Profit: Approximately 15.1 trillion Korean won

The above figures are estimates of consolidated earnings based on K-IFRS. Please note that Korean disclosure regulations do not allow earnings estimates to be provided as a range. Therefore, in compliance with such disclosure regulations, the above figures represent the median of the earnings estimate range, provided below.

  • Sales: 65 ~ 67 trillion Korean won
  • Operating Profit: 15.0 ~ 15.2 trillion Korean won

Overall the company estimated full-year 2017 consolidated sales of approximately 239.60 trillion Korean won and consolidated operating profit of approximately 53.60 trillion Korean won.

The above figures are estimates of consolidated earnings based on K-IFRS.

2017 3Q, 2016 4Q and FY 2016 consolidated figures based on K-IFRS are as follows

(in trillion won)

2017.3Q

2016.4Q

FY 2016

Sales

62.05

53.33

201.87

Operating Profit

14.53

9.22

29.24

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung inspires the world and shapes the future with transformative ideas and technologies. The company is redefining the worlds of TVs, smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, digital appliances, network systems, and memory, system LSI, foundry and LED solutions. For the latest news, please visit the Samsung Newsroom at http://news.samsung.com.





Boat sinks in the Caribbean Sea

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According to Reuters, police and relatives of the surviving passengers of a boat that departed Venezuela for the Dutch Caribbean island on Tuesday, confirmed the boat had been trying to reach the city of Willemstad in Curaçao, despite a travel ban imposed by the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

The incident comes amid heightened tensions after Maduro ordered a trade blockade with Curaçao, Aruba and Bonaire on Friday.

Venezuelan authorities allege the smuggling of products out of Venezuela to neighbouring countries is one of the causes of the severe shortage of food and other basic products that the South American country has been facing for several years.

A search has been launched in Caribbean waters after a boat filled with Venezuelans capsized near the Dutch island of Curaçao.

The Venezuelan authorities said a boat carrying 34 people has capsized killing four people and another 28 have been reported missing.





crime-scene-tape-gloves.jpgAn argument between two minibus passengers over fare turned deadly yesterday when one was stabbed in the chest.

Dead is 45-year-old Craig Anderson from Olympic Way in St Andrew.

Reports are that about 5:00 pm, Anderson was on the bus, which plies the Waterhouse to downtown Kingston route, where he got in an argument with another passenger who refused to pay his fare.

The man then used a knife to stab Anderson in his chest.

The suspect escaped while Anderson was rushed to the Kingston Public Hopsital where he died while undergoing treatment.





No bad blood between Security Minister and Commish

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security-minister-robert-montague.jpgNational Security Minister, Robert Montague, has said there is no truth to reports that there is a breakdown in the working relationship between himself and Police Commissioner, George Quallo.

"Myself and the commissioner, we are on the same page, we have one goal," Montague is reported to have said

The minister and police commissioner gave responses to public concerns on the matter following the handing-over of pins to the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) to mark the organisation's 150th anniversary.

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Police Commissioner Quallo, in his response, shared similar sentiments.

"Absolutely no issue; I have no problem," the commissioner said, indicating that both himself and the minister were committed to tackling the country's challenging crime problem.

Montague denied reports that he asked Quallo to resign following a meeting between the two men on Monday.

The meeting was held to discuss the commissioner's report on the New Year's Day traffic jam on the Palisadoes Road in East Kingston, which significantly affected operations at the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA).





The Bahamas could legalise ganja

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ganja-image-4.jpgA movement is building in the Bahamas to decriminalise marijuana.

This follows a town-hall meeting held there by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Regional Commission on Marijuana last week.

The initiative is one of several in Caribbean countries, with some stakeholders eager to join other international communities and embrace the region's marijuana culture.

The meeting is part of CARICOM's mandate to ascertain public opinion in CARICOM member-countries on the issue.

The Commission was established by CARICOM leaders in 2014 with the objective being to conduct a rigorous enquiry into the social, economic, health and legal issues surrounding marijuana use in the Caribbean.

The Commission also seeks to determine whether there should be a change in the current drug classification of marijuana thereby making the drug more accessible for all types of usage and to recommend, if there is to be a reclassification, the legal and administrative conditions that shall apply to address the issues identified.

The Bahamas was the latest stop for the Commission with the most recent public consultations taking place in Guyana in November and Antigua and Barbuda last year.

The Bahamas meeting follows initiatives in Jamaica, St Kitts and Nevis and other Caribbean countries to explore marijuana decriminalisation.

Last year, the Jamaican government and tourism officials established the first official links to surging weed tourism, nearly two years after the country enacted legislation to ease penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana.

"Cannabis-infused tourism has a place in Jamaica's product mix, alongside all-inclusive resorts and mass tourism," said Edmund Bartlett, Jamaica's tourism minister.

In a recent radio interview, the Prime Minister of St Kitts Nevis, Dr Timothy Harris, said his government was "ready for open dialogue with the relevant stakeholders on the issue of the decriminalisation of marijuana".





crime-scene-gun.jpgTwo men have been taken into custody for the brazen gun attack which left 16-year-old Cornwall College student Mark Williams dead in St James on Tuesday.

The police said the two suspects, who were on bail for murder, were arrested on Wednesday in Montego Bay. Their identities are being withheld at this time.

Williams was killed while on his way from Bible study in John's Hall, St James Tuesday night.

It is said that he had just disembarked a taxi at the intersection of Tucker and Meadows of Irwin roads and was heading towards his stepfather's car when gunmen opened fire at the vehicle.

The student's stepfather is a police corporal.





A Chinese woman, who was seen slapping a school girl in a video being circulated on social media, has been charged with assault occasioning bodily harm, the police have reported.

The woman is observed in the 30-second clip holding the child by her collar and asking her about money.

Twelve seconds into the video, the woman slapped the child, who is dressed in school uniform, and hurled expletives at her.

Police said the incident took place in a grocery store on Main Street in Clarks Town, Trelawny.

The woman has since been identified as 53-year-old Chinese national Yuemei Pan.

Reports are that about 12:45 pm, the teen went into the store operated by Pan, picked up an item to purchase and went to the counter.

Pan later grabbed the teen and proceeded to slap her in the face while accusing her of stealing.





crime-scene-knife.jpgA man was chopped to death after security guards caught him picking limes on the Good Hope Farm in Trelawny on Wednesday.

Dead is Patrick Walden of Friendship, St James address.

Walden, who was reportedly trespassing on the property around 10:00 pm, accosted and attacked the security guards with a knife.

During the confrontation, one of the security guards used a machete to chop him several times.

Walden was taken to the Falmouth Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The two security guards are in police custody.





vybz-kartel-photo-4-larger.jpgJailed deejay Vybz Kartel, has been firmly locked out of this year's Your View Awards, formerly Youth View Awards - YVA's

The nominees were announced last evening (Thurs) at the official launch of the 2018 YVA's at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel and Kartel's name was noticeably absent. His inability to meet's the event's qualifying criteria, has been given as the reason for the prolific artiste's non-appearance on the list of nominees.

All nominees, among other rules, must be able to perform live at the awards show.

Kartel, who was last year's biggest winner scooped five awards, namely: Male Local Artiste of the Year; Dancehall Artiste; Hottest Summer Song Fever; and Local Chart Topping Song of the Year Fever, as well as Musical Collaboration for Loodi done with Shensea.

Already, Gaza Nation has taken to social media to air their anger and disapproval at the World Boss' perceived snub.





shenseea-ig.jpgHow the troll dem suh wicked? Blouse and skirt!!!

Doan ask if di troll dem neva drag Romiech artiste Shenseea pon social media after she perform pon Shaggy show Satday night..It neva nice. Di dutty troll dem seh how poor Shenseea voice sound like how Ninjaman look. Dat neva cute at all.

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Plus dem seh dat Shenseea can introduce herself as Romiech because her voice sound like man and how she a go put a certain bass player outta work.

Awright, so di girl voice don't fine and stush, but dem neva haffi do her so bad. Come on, it's a new year!

Romiech better mek pretty voice Jade give Shenseea some elocution class. And by the way Shenseea, we love yuh, but we just neva did a feel da Bob Marley song deh none tall.





The Weeknd severs ties with H&M after racist ad

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the-weeknd-h-n-m.jpgThe Weeknd has cut all ties with fashion retailer H&M.

Theapologized on Monday after a now-pulled ad depicted a black child wearing a sweatshirt that read, "Coolest monkey in the jungle." Upon learning of the spot, The Weeknd (real name Abel Tesfaye), who modeled for the brand last year, took to Twitter to reveal that he would no longer be working with H&M.

"Woke up this morning shocked and embarrassed by this photo,"the singer wrote. "I'm deeply offended and will not be working with @hm anymore..."

Though the ad has been deleted, The Weeknd and many others who were outraged have since shared the controversial photo in question on social media.

"We sincerely apologize for offending people with this image of a printed hooded top," H&M said in a statement regarding the ad. "The image has been removed from all online channels and the product will not be for sale in the United States.We believe in diversity and inclusion in all that we do and will be reviewing all our internal policies accordingly to avoid any future issues."

The brand often uses celebrities as its promoters, including Jesse Williams and Nicki Minaj, who co-starred in a holiday commercial for the fashion line late last year.

Others who spoke out against the ad include Questlove, who speculated that there may be a lack of diversity up the brand's corporate ladder.

"I'm sure the apologies are a coming. And the ads will be pulled. I'm certain there will Be media fixers and whatnot and maybe a grand gesture like a donation to some charity (donations under these circumstances are the corporate version #SomeOfMyBestFriendsAre move if there ever was one) all this tells me about @HM is that the seats in the boardroom lack something...wanna take a guess?" the Roots drummer wrote.





Rihanna flies to Barbados for her cousin's funeral

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rihanna-at-funeral-cousin-photo-2.jpgRihanna was overcome with emotion as she attended the funeral of her cousin Tavon Kaiseen Alleyne who was gunned down at the age of 21 in Barbados.

The 29-year-old superstar singer was seen wiping away tears at the celebration of life in Barbados on Tuesday.

No doubt it was an emotional event as dozens of her friends and family were in attendance to pay their respects to the young man.

Rihanna wore a sheer white midi dress along with a pair of white low-top Puma shoes with 'RF' emblazoned in gold on the side for her real name Robyn Fenty.

rihanna-at-funeral-cousin-photo-1.jpgShe accessorized with a pair of white vintage cateye shades along with a large diamond necklace.

The Diamonds hitmaker also sported multiple gold bangles and carried along a white designer bag featuring a jeweled out strap.

Her raven-colored tresses were worn down flowing over her shoulders as her fringe ended just above her eyes.

She contrasted her light outfit with dark make-up including a swipe of black lip and smokey eye.

Two weeks ago Rihanna took to Instagram to pay tribute to her younger cousin just hours after they had spent Christmas Day Together.





The United States government is warning its citizens to exercise increased caution in Jamaica due to crime.

The Level 2 "exercise increased caution" travel advisory was issued on Wednesday amid out of control crime in the country, where more than 40 homicides have been recorded since the start of 2018 against the background of one of the bloodiest years in the island's history with more than 1,600 dying violently in 2017.

The US government has advised its citizens to not travel to some sections of Kingston, some sections of Montego Bay, and anywhere in Spanish Town due to "violence and shootings" which it says occur regularly in those areas.

"Violent crime, such as home invasions, armed robberies, and homicide, is common. Sexual assaults occur frequently, even at all-inclusive resorts," said the advisory. "Local police lack the resources to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents."

Specifically, in Kingston, the US government personnel are prohibited from traveling to downtown Kingston - which is defined as the areas between Mountain View Avenue and Hagley Park Road, and south of Half Way Tree and Old Hope Roads, and includes Trench Town, Tivoli Gardens, and Arnett Gardens; Standpipe, Grants Pen, and Cassava Piece.

US government officials are also prohibited from traveling to Flankers, Canterbury, Norwood, Rose Heights, Clavers Street, and Hart Street in Montego Bay.

The US has four advisory levels. Level 1 is exercise normal precaution; the second level is increased caution, Level 3 is reconsider travel and the fourth level is do not travel.





handgun.jpgShortly after 50-year-old Dalton Green was fined more than $40,000 for breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act in the Westmoreland Parish Court, law enforcement officers searched his home and found two illegal handguns.

Lawmen are now speculating that the seizure is directly lined to the guns for drugs trade between Jamaica and Central American countries.

The officers reportedly conducted a search of Green's home in Peggy Barry district in Grange Hill, Westmoreland about 2:20 pm on Wednesday where they found the illegal firearms and more than 100 rounds of ammunition.

The weapons found are an Intratec 9mm sub-machine gun with a magazine containing 17 rounds of ammunition and one 9mm pistol with a magazine containing eight rounds.

An additional 104 9mm rounds of ammunition were also found.

Green is scheduled to appear before the Western Regional Gun Court on Thursday, January 18 for the firearm charges.





Jamaican man kills his friend at party in Florida

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shocked.jpgThe families of two friends from high school in Jamaica are now in mourning after one shot the other dead on New Year's Eve during a house party in Lauderhill, Florida.

According to US reports, the accused gunman, 24-year-old Shevon "Natty" Salmon reportedly confessed to firing a handgun at Paul Anthony "Mafia" Nelson, 26, who was sitting on a couch in the Florida apartment.

It was further reported that Salmon did not say why he shot his friend, and police have not described a possible motive.

Before the killing, Nelson had stopped by his former home and Salmon joined him to "smoke" at the Lauderhill party house, a police report stated.

After the gunfire, party guests disarmed Salmon, who reportedly left the apartment and took a cab home. Nelson, who was shot multiple times in his chest, died at the scene.

Salmon was arrested last Tuesday at his Miramar home and faces one charge of premeditated murder.

He is in a Broward County jail receiving medical care, and his initial court hearing is pending.





Journalist Janice Budd to be buried January 27

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janice-budd-photo-1.jpgThe funeral service for journalist and communications specialist, Janice Budd, will be held on Saturday, January 27, at the Swallowfield Chapel in St Andrew, at 10:00 am.

Budd, who has had a long and distinguished career in media, passed away on January 2 after losing her battle with cancer.

She had been ailing for some time.

During her early foray into media, Budd worked at the Jamaica Information Service, and later on served at Television Jamaica, CVM Television and the Jamaica Observer newspaper.

At the time of her death, Budd was the communications manager at the Shipping Association of Jamaica.





crime-scene-gun.jpgA policeman's son, sixteen-year-old Cornwall College student Mark Williams was pronounced dead at hospital on Tuesday night after gunmen ambushed his step father, a police corporal assigned to the Trelawny Police Department, and fired a barrage of bullets at them at the intersection of the Meadows of Irwin and Tucker in St James.

According to the police, about 9:20 pm the police corporal went to pick up his step-son, who was coming from Bible Studies in John's Hall, St James, with his private motor vehicle, when they were attacked shortly after the teenager alighted from a taxi.

"As he [the police corporal's step-son] disembarked a taxi and was approaching the car, they heard explosions coming from nearby bushes. He saw three men running towards his car from the rear firing at them; he returned the fire and the men made good their escape. His step-son on hearing the explosions ran off

He said the teenager was later found suffering from what appeared to be gunshot wounds. He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The police corporal escaped unhurt, but bullets reportedly extensively damaged his motorcar.

Reports are that the police corporal is involved in a case in which he reportedly shot and injured an alleged murderer in Ironshore, St James last year.

That matter is currently on trial.





Retired couple tied up and killed in St Thomas

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crime-scene-8.jpgA man said to be in his 80s and his wife, believed to be in her mid-70s, were found dead in their Retreat District, St Thomas home on Tuesday.

They have been identified as Melbourne Flake and his wife, Etha, who were both Canadian and Jamaican citizens.

The couple were reportedly found inside their house - in separate rooms - with their mouths gagged, hands and feet bound, and their heads apparently bashed in.

Reports are that they were last seen alive at around 5 pm Monday. About 10 am Tuesday, an alarm was raised by a labourer and his assistant who went to the premises to work but did not get a response from the couple.

The police were summoned and, on their arrival, the gruesome discovery of the deceased was made.

There was reportedly no signs of forced entry.

Investigations continue.





Chris Gayle parties in lavish style in Australia

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chris-gayle-photo-8.jpgChris Gayle once again partied in style by arriving to a party in Australia in a 1950s Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith on the weekend

The self-proclaimed 'Universe Boss' was in Melbourbne watching his West Indies team-mate Dwayne Bravo play in the Big Bash league against the Melbourne Stars.

The 38-year-old showed off his ride for the night on his Instagram page before going out to party in Australia.

The Windies batsman is no stranger to the finer things in life and is known to flaunt his lifestyle on his social media accounts.

Gayle posted pictures from his hotel room above the marina, before showing his followers what he'll be wearing for the upcoming party.

Later on in his Instagram story, he is seen sitting next to a friend on a plane with the caption 'Money trip' as he makes his way to watch his Windies team-mate Bravo play for the Melbourne Renegades on Saturday.





Skip Marley to rep for Reggae at Coachella

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skip-marley-photo-1.jpgSkip Marley, the son of Cedella Marley and the grandson of reggae icon, Bob Marley's grandson will be reggaes only representation at the annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in California come this April.

Skip Marley is scheduled to make an appearance on the first day of the festival, on a stage that will be headlined by the likes of Beyonce, Eminem, Cardi B, and the Weekend who will be performing on the same day as Skip.

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival will be held in California over the weekends of April 13th to 15th and 20th to the 22nd.





Guns, ammo seized by police

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ak-47-assault-rifle-ammo.jpgTwo firearms with 19 rounds of ammunition were seized by the police in St James yesterday, bringing to six the number of illegal guns seized in less than 48 hours.

The police say two men were taken into custody in connection with the seizure, but their identities are being withheld pending further investigations.

It's reported that a police team was conducting spot checks along the Anchovy main road shortly after midday when they signalled the driver of a motorcar to stop.

According to the police, the driver, a male passenger and the vehicle were searched and the guns found.

Also, three firearms including an AK-47 rifle, and 40 assorted rounds of ammunition were seized in separate incidents in St Catherine and Manchester yesterday.

The other firearm was seized in Clarendon on Friday.





crime-scene-demo.jpgA section of Waltham Park Road was blocked by the police Sunday morning as they investigate the killing of a man on Wellington Drive in Kingston 11.

The dead man has been identified as Junior Diamond.

Details of the incident are not yet clear, however, the incident took place sometime between last night and this morning.

About 20 spent shells were recovered from the scene.





JUTC driver stabbed by gunman on bus

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jutc-bus.jpgThe Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) says one its drivers was stabbed while disarming a gunman on one of its buses in Greater Portmore, St Catherine, last evening.

In a tweet, the JUTC said the driver was stabbed in his chest and has been hospitalised.

The state-owned bus company says both the gunman and firearm were handed over to the police.





38 persons murdered since the start of 2018

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crime-scene-7.jpgThe murder tally continues to spiral as police figures show at least 38 homicides have been committed since the start of the year.

Police statistics show that for the first six days of the year, there were 38 murders, 16 shootings and 17 robberies.

This is compared with 23 murders, 18 shootings and 16 robberies over the similar period last year.

Jamaica closed 2017 with 1,616 murders, one of the highest homicide figures on record.

St James in the western section of the island led with 335 murders, followed by Clarendon with 168 and Westmoreland with 147.





Commission Quallo says he did not resign

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police-commissioner-george-quallo.jpgPolice Commissioner George Quallo in an interview with the Gleaner has dismissed reports by the Jamaica Observer that he is leaving the force.

"I did not resign. You can quote me on that," Quallo reportedly told The Gleaner Monday afternoon.

Asked whether he was fired, Quallo replied: "I was not fired."

Commissioner Quallo this morning met with the National Security Minister Robert Montague.

The National Security Ministry said the meeting centred on the murder spike, his plan going forward, and the embarrassing New Year's Day airport road gridlock.

Close to 40 persons have been murdered since the start of the year.





Police Commissioner Quallo OUT?

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george-quallo.jpgAfter serving nine months in the position, Commissioner of Police, George Quallo is reportedly out of a work. According to Jamaica Observer, their sources in the National Security Ministry, say that Commissioner Quallo was told that it was time for him to leave during his meeting Monday morning with National Security Minister Robert Montague.

The commissioner left that meeting and is now meeting with the Police Service Commission, the oversight parliamentary body of the police force.

Quallo, who was appointed in April 2016, turns 60 in August this year and would have gone on retirement at that time.

According to the Observer, it is not yet clear who will be appointed to act as commissioner as Deputy Commissioner Novelette Grant, who was considered for the job and actually acted for 90 days after Carl Williams opted to go on early retirement last January, is going on departmental leave on Friday prior to pre-retirement leave.

Grant is scheduled to retire close to August.

Meanwhile, 38 murders have been committed since the start of the year, and the National Security Minister, Robert Montague, seems clueless.

Since news of Quallo's dismissal surface, many have been questioning whether or not Montague still has a job.





operation-penis-whitening.jpgMore than 100 men a month have been making a pilgrimage to a clinic in Thailand which offers a penis whitening procedure.

The Lelux Hospital in Bangkok began offering the unconventional treatment six months ago, and now has three to four clients per day.

The much-hyped procedure, a laser treatment of the groin, has left the public both baffled and alarmed, but the clinic says they have more inquiries than ever.

The future is bright: The clinic has been offering penis whitening for six months and now has three to four clients per day undergoing the treatment +2

The future is bright: The clinic has been offering penis whitening for six months and now has three to four clients per day undergoing the treatment

'These days a lot of people are asking about it. We get around 100 clients a month, three to four clients a day,' Bunthita Wattanasiri, a manager for the Skin and Laser department at Lelax Hospital told AFP.

The procedure got wide play on Thai television and social media on Thursday after the hospital released images of a man undergoing the treatment.

'We have to be careful because it's a sensitive part of the body,' Bunthita said, adding most clients are aged between 22 and 55, with many from Thailand's LGBTQ community.

The whitening service costs around £480 for five sessions.

'I think it's a good market to enter so we offer the ultimate body treatment to our clients, either men and women,' Bunthita said.

Whitening and bleaching treatments are particularly sought after in Thailand, where skin-whitening ads have caused outrage and accusations of racism.

'The obsession... people nowadays can't embrace their own skin color,' said one Facebook user in response to the Lelax Hospital's images.

Another user Parin Ruansati posted: 'Oh god... what ever happened to the world?'

Another simply questioned; 'Why not?'.





Trump tries to ban release of explosive book

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donald-trump-photo-3.jpgOne of Donald Trump's personal lawyers demanded on Thursday that a publisher cancel next Tuesday's release of an explosive book about the president and his White House.

California attorney Charles J. Harder, known for representing pro wrestler Hulk Hogan and presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner, puts 'Fire and Fury' - columnist Michael Wolff's book about the Trump White House - under an even sharper magnifying glass.

Harder demanded publisher Henry Holt and Co. 'immediately cease and desist from any further publication, release or dissemination of the book,' including excerpts and summaries.

'Your publication of false/baseless statements about Mr. Trump gives rise to, among other claims, defamation by libel per se, false light invasion of privacy, tortious interference with contractual relations, and inducement of breach of contract,' he wrote.

Representing the Trump Organization, the president's private company, Harder has already accused former White House chief strategist, Steve Bannon, of breaching a confidentiality agreement, saying legal action was 'imminent.'





Wicked nurses squash newborn's face and giggle

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wicked-nurse-squashes-baby-face-photo-1.jpgA group of Saudi nurses who filmed themselves laughing while squashing the face of a newborn baby hospitalised with an infection have been fired.

The baby's parents became aware of the shocking treatment by the nurses after footage emerged online and was shared on social media.

The video shows one of the nurses grasping the baby by its neck and forehead and cruelly squashing the helpless infant's face as her colleagues giggle

Three members of staff at a maternity hospital in Taif, Saudi Arabia, were soon identified and tracked down.

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Abdulhadi Al-Rabie, Taif Health Affairs spokesman, said: 'The Health Affairs investigated the source of the video and was able to identify the nurses who appeared in the video and the hospital where the incident took place.'

The nurses, who have not been named, were immediately suspended after they were tracked down.

Their medical licenses have now been revoked and they are banned from practising nursing in other health departments.





gully-bop-and-shauna-chin-kissing.jpgAccording to Shauna Chyn, her romance with Gully Bop was just for the camera as they weren't actually dating. She claims it was only a publicity stunt designed by his management team.

Chyn says the plan which was structured as a 'nothing to something' success story was going great until the 'Body Specialist' deejay wanted more out of the arrangement. She claims that Bop began to have real feelings for her and forgot it was all a show.

Shauna added that she wasn't going to speak out on their business deal however she's tired of her name getting involved with Gully Bop as the negative press is affecting her music career. Chyn says while she's flattered, for the new year she wants to be left out of Gully Bop's drama so she's now setting the record straight and revealing the truth about their previous relationship. The 'Wuk Affa Mi' deejay is currently making rounds on social media after romantic photos with his new girlfriend surfaced online last week. However while many lauded Bop, real name Robert Lee Malcolm, for finding true love once again, many Dancehall fans were adamant that Shauna Chyn was the best woman for him.

"Yo dem gyal yah just want the little money Bop have dem ago mash him up as usual. When will this fool learn that Chin [Shauna Chyn] is the best woman fi him yo?"





Lt. Stitchie snags IRAWMA nomination

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stitchie.jpgGospel artist, Lt. Stitchie, has been nominated in the category of "BEST GOSPEL ENTERTAINER" for the International Reggae & World Music Awards (IRAWMA).

This nomination comes as no surprise as Lt. Stitchie has been consistently touring, creating and releasing new music for the past year. He ended 2017 with two video shoots; one for the track "Undisputed" on the Life 101 Riddim by Blakkwuman22 Music, and the other for "Thank You," a popular record that is on his own label, Drum and Bass Music. Both videos will be released this month (January 2018).

In addition to that, the artist will be dropping a brand new album which features collaborations with Agent Sasco, Fantan Mojah, Million Stylez, Lukie D and Ricky Stereo in the coming weeks

Click on the following link, enter your name and scroll to the section titled "BEST GOSPEL ENTERTAINER" and cast your vote for Lt. Stitchie https://www.irawma.com/vote.





minister-babsy-grange.jpgThe Ministry of Culture Entertainment, Culture, Gender and Sports is distancing itself from any blame in light of concerns surrounding the granting of an entertainment permit for an event which caused a traffic gridlock along the Palisadoes strip on Monday night.

While many are questioning the circumstances which led to a permit being issued for that area, in 2015 the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) approved the Palisadoes strip as a suitable designated entertainment zone, with a growing number of events having been staged in and around the same vicinity over the years. However, it was only in October 2017 that the Ministry of Entertainment, Culture, Gender Affairs and Sports declared Fort Rocky in that same vicinity as Jamaica's first entertainment zone.

In a press release Minister Olivia Babsy Grange stated that she wants to make it clear Fort Rocky is restricted to Fort Rocky and that the declaration does not include any other place including Palisadoes Road, Gun Boat Beach where the party was held or anywhere along the corridor to the Norman Manley International Airport.

The promoters of the event held at Gun Boat Beach, have since issued a public apology, insisting they were in their legal rights having obtained the necessary permits, and providing adequate parking with a shuttle service, but unfortunately indisciplined patrons chose to park along the strip causing a traffic pile up.





"We would like to apologise for any inconveniences caused by the traffic on the Palisadoes strip. It is important to note that traffic recommendations were raised and agreed to before permission was granted to use the venue. Security plans were shared with and approved by all superior bodies, consisting of the hiring of police patrol on the strip, the rental of additional parking spaces/shuttle buses, advertising of the designated parking, and the placement of adequate signage on the road," said Andrew Ellis, director of Supreme Team Limited -- organisers of Sandz, in a press release.

"We would like to give a special thanks to those patrons who cooperated with the officials and made use of the designated parking lot. We would also like to use this opportunity to appeal to all patrons and Jamaicans in general that law and order should be followed in all activities, and it is our belief that we can all party together while still following the rules and best practices set by governing bodies. Thanks for the support and over the past few years and we will continue to make improvements to our product to ensure that our patrons have the best experience possible with minimal disturbance to the public at large,"

The party promoters cite "non-cooperation of the patrons with the parking arrangements" as the cause for the mayhem.

The pile-up along the corridor, which leads to Norman Manley International Airport, caused severe inconvenience to people arriving in the island as well as those departing.

"Despite the efforts made from the promoters' end, there was a breakdown in the enforcement due to non-cooperation of the patrons with the parking arrangements, which in turn led to parking in unauthorised spaces, causing the build-up of traffic.

The traffic backed up all the way to Rockfort. Motorists also created several lanes, which contributed to congestion.





crime-scene-gun.jpgThe police have launched a manhunt for four men who yesterday shot dead a pregnant woman in Linstead, St Catherine.

The woman has been identified as 40 year old Zoe King, a resident of Orangefield.

King was killed at her home shortly after 11 yesterday morning.

It's reported that King, who was scheduled to have her baby next week, was at home when four armed men entered the yard.

She ran from the house but was chased and shot.

Head of the Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) Senior Superintendent McArthur Sutherland says the cops are following strong leads in the case.

It's reported that the men were in search of King's cousin who was involved in a motorbike accident with them last week.

King's common-law-husband Constable Courtney Linton, was shot dead by gunmen in Orangefield on October 31, last year.





wife-killer.jpgOmar Best Collymore, the husband of Simone Collymore, who was gunned down in Red Hills on Tuesday, was released without charges on Wednesday. He is said to have hired Peter Champagne as his lawyer

Simone and Omar in May, 2010 and the couple traveled to Jamaica where they both had homes.

Simone Campbell-Collymore was shot as she was about to go into a taxi. A total of nine shots were fired, the taxi driver, was also killed on the scene.

Friends say, she moved out of the home they shared the day before because of Best-Collymore's blatant cheating with multiple women. Security cameras recorded the shooting and men were seen waiting on the arrival of Mrs. Collymore.

Omar Best-Collymore, who is the main suspect, was also implicated in another murder in 2008 in the States.

His then girlfriend Angela Aguiar, 38, was gunned down and killed at about 3:30 am. on June 30, 2008, in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Her murder took place months after she had taken out a US million dollar insurance and named Omar Best-Collymore as beneficiary.

In May 2016, Simone Collymore posted the following on Flipagram: "Wow 6 years happy anniversary to you babe love you more than anything. Thank you for tolerating me I love u endlessly and look forward to many more years." The couple had two children.





girlfriend-killed-by-suspect-in-red-hills-murder.jpgElijah Aguiar was on the cusp of adulthood, then 17, when detectives came to his door at sunrise to tell the teen his mother was dead.

Angela Aguiar, 38, was gunned down and killed at about 3:30 am. on June 30, 2008, in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Although her killer remains on the loose, court documents in a civil case point to her boyfriend at the time -- also her primary life insurance beneficiary -- as a suspect.

This summer, Broward Crime Stoppers began offering a $3,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Aguiar's killer. Aguiar, of Lauderhill, was a single mother and real estate agent. For loved ones like Elijah Aguiar, knowing no one has paid for his mother's death has taken its toll.

"I'm not healed all the way; I don't think I ever will be," Aguiar, now 25, said. "My life turned upside down."

Court documents show Angela Aguiar bought a $1 million life insurance policy about a month before her death. She named her boyfriend, Omar Best Collymore, as her primary beneficiary.

He submitted a claim for the money two years after her death, records show.

However, before the insurance money could be paid out, the insurer investigated, given Aguiar's death happened within its "contestability period" and had been ruled a homicide. In email exchanges between a Fort Lauderdale detective and insurance claims analyst in June and September 2010, the detective said Best Collymore was still considered a suspect in the case.

"No progress. Yes, Omar Best is still a suspect," the detective wrote.

Please continue reading at: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/fort-lauderdale/fl-cold-case-fort-lauderdale-angela-aguiar-20160826-story.html





crime-scene-gun.jpgJust two days into the new year, the police were summoned to the scene of a double murder on Stanley Terrace in Red Hills, St Andrew.

The lawmen have identified the deceased as 36-year-old Winston Walters, a taxi operator of Stillwell Road, Kingston 8 and Simone Colleymore, businesswoman of Stanley Terrace in Red Hills, St Andrew.

According to police reports, unknown assailants travelling on motorcycles opened gunfire hitting the two people several times about 4:00 pm Tuesday.

The police were summoned and the victims were taken to hospital where they were pronounced dead.

The lawmen did not disclose further information but said investigations continue.

Meanwhile, the police have reported that a Kingston woman was shot dead Wednesday morning by unknown assailants on Oilea Lane in Jericho district, Linstead, St Catherine.

Dead is 40-year-old Zoe King of a Chisholm Avenue address in Kingston 14. Police said she was reportedly chased by a group of armed men around 11:15 am and shot dead.

The police did not say what spurred the attack. Investigations are ongoing.





Tributes pour in for late journalist Janice Budd

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janice-budd.jpgTributes have been pouring in, especially on social media, for late journalist Janice Budd died on the second day of 2018 after a long battle with cancer. She was 49.

Budd, who was employed to the Shipping Association of Jamaica (SAJ) as operations manager, communications and member services, was admitted to Andrews Memorial Hospital in St Andrew last year. She passed away at her home in Portmore, St Catherine.

In his reflection, SAJ Chief Executive Officer Trevor Riley said the association had lost "a gifted colleague".

"Janice joined our team just under three years ago as head of communication and member services in the substantive post of operations manager," Riley said.

"In a very short time she endeared herself to the shipping community by employing her well-seasoned skills of a communicator, providing public relations support for the Shipping Association of Jamaica and the Caribbean Shipping Association.

"She was relentless in the delivery of quality service. Our senior management team visited her just last Thursday, December 28 and Janice was lamenting the fact that she was unable to be at work, promising to beat her illness and get back to duty shortly," Riley added.

"Our association and the country have lost someone who made a real mark on several sectors -- media, banking, shipping. We have lost a gifted colleague.

"Everybody in our industry who interacted with Janice has a wonderful personal story to tell about some act of kindness or compassion that she performed," Riley said.

"The Shipping Association of Jamaica joins with all her colleagues to express regret to Janice's parents, siblings and other relatives. May her soul rest in peace."

Budd's stellar journalism career saw her working at the Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation, Jamaica Information Service, CVM Television, Radio Jamaica, Television Jamaica, and the Jamaica Observer which she joined in November 2010, serving as Sunday Editor until her departure in April 2013 for National Commercial Bank (NCB).

Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips also paid tribute to Budd, saying that her "untimely passing... is another major blow to the nation's media".





Four murders in Clarendon by January 3

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crime-scene-7.jpgJust three days into the New Year, Clarendon recorded four murders taking place.

About 8 p.m. on Wednesday 39-year-old taxi driver Orlando Beckford of Glenmuir Housing Scheme was shot and killed by unknown assailants. Beckford was reportedly operating his taxi from Hayes to May Pen when he stopped to let off a passenger in the vicinity of Girls Town. He was pounced on by armed men who opened fire hitting him.

Beckford managed to drive close to the Hayes Police Station and was assisted to the Lionel Town Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Fifteen minutes later, in Rocky Point, barber Fitzroy Paul Joseph was shot and killed by unknown attackers.

According to reports, Joseph was at a friend's house when gunmen kicked open the door and fired several shots hitting him in the upper body.

The other murder victim has been identified as 17-year-old Odane Baker otherwise called 'Omari' of Rhules Pen were shot and killed by gunmen.

Reports are than about 1:15 p.m. residents heard several loud explosions and called the police.

Baker's body was found with what appeared to be gunshot wounds to the face and upper section of his body in a dirt track. He was taken to the May Pen Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The fourth victim was killed early yesterday morning in York Town.

He was identified as Franklin Morgan who hails from the area but migrated to the United States years ago. Morgan was recently deported back to Jamaica.

He was shot while riding his bicycle along the road in the community by an unknown attacker.





cnn-jamaican-american-hero.jpgThe Atlanta, Georgia-based Cable News Network (CNN) has named a Jamaican-American among its five "Young Wonders of the Year."

Seventeen year old Haile Thomas, who lives in New York, was named by the network on its "Young Wonders: A CNN Heroes Special."

CNN has described Haile as "a teen health activist."

It stated that her Healthy Active Positive Purposeful Youth (HAPPY) organisation is leading the next generation toward a healthier future by bringing cooking lessons and nutrition education to children in underserved areas.

Haile was among five "extraordinary young people" are making a difference in their communities.

She founded HAPPY when she was 12 years old to address the need for free/affordable plant-based nutrition and culinary education in underserved/at-risk communities, as well as in schools and through annual summer camps.





shelly-ann-and-curran.jpgJohn John Music Group, which is owned by artiste manager Shelly-Ann Curran, has inked a music placement deal with a Hollywood-based film production company.

The deal with D Street Pictures, the production arm of D Street Media Group, which is headquartered in New York City, runs for five years, according to a press release.

The publishing deal is being touted as a "first of its kind for Jamaica". It allows Curran to place her artistes on the soundtracks of D Street's film and television properties over the next five years.

The pact will reportedly begin with reggae singer Bugle who will exclusively provide songs for the entire soundtrack of the upcoming Jamaican film 'The Mango Girl', produced by D Street Pictures, as well as perform on the soundtrack of the 2018 production of 'The Blue Mauritius'. The latter is a heist film starring Anthony Mackie (Avengers, Captain America), John RhysDavies (Lord of the Rings, Indiana Jones), Oscar nominated French actor Gerard Depardieu (Life of Pi) and German actor, Thomas Kretschmann (Central Intelligence, Hitman: Agent 47).

"Shelly-Ann Curran has an incredible eye for talent, after being in the business for less than three years you can see the direction she's taking her artistes. She's a smart and creative force in the game and understands there are more opportunities to be had in music other than radio play and live performances," Dexter Davis, CEO of D Street Media Group, said.

"By aligning her roster of talent with D Street's international productions, Shelly is helping to market her artistes around the world," he continued. "We are extremely excited about the deal and look forward to collaborating with Ms Curran and John John Music Group for years to come."

Curran commented, "This deal and partnership with D Street Pictures is truly a blessing. John John Music Group hit a high last year when our artiste Devin Di Dakta received the Grammy nomination and then signed with Downtown Records, a division of Interscope Records.

"But you can't rest on your laurels in today's climate. You have to hustle and create alternative ways to get your artiste out there," she added, noting that "D Street is producing film and television for the international market so the exposure for my artistes is priceless. It's about time Jamaican musicians of all genres take their place on the world stage and this opportunity helps us do just that. I look forward to a long and fruitful relationship with D Street Media Group."





PLEASE RETURN HARRY TODDLER'S PASSPORT

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Dancehall artiste Harry Toddler is making an appealing to the public for their help in the return of his travel document which was stolen over the weekend.

According to Toddler, he was in the Tower Hill, Saint Andrew, when armed men held him up and robbed him of his jewellery, laptop, two phones, USD $500, JMD $35,000 and his passport.

Taking to social media, Toddler made an appeal for the return of his property, noting that the passport, however is his main concern as he was expected to leave the island soon.

He says the cash was to send to his daughters living overseas for the new year.

"Man dem can keep all the money star, if dem can just run back all mi phone and mi laptop and mi passport mi wouldn't mind," he said. "Jahkno star as a artiste mi can't even move round inna mi owna country star."





la-lewis-photo-1.jpgThe notorious graffiti deejay who hardly has a song to his name, is now singing a new tune. It goes like this: "Sizzla, I'm sorry...oh so sorry......"

That's right, the Dancehall socialite says he was beaten up over the weekend by men sent by Sizzla and now he is very apologetic.

The background to this drama is that shortly after the social media release of L.A. Lewis's video of himself performing a taboo sex act on his girlfriend, veteran entertainer Sizzla sent L.A. a stern warning.

Sizzla lashed out at Lewis on Christmas Day during his performance at GT Taylor Christmas Extravaganza, "Some bwoy a claim dat a dem a run de place and de gal a siddung inna dem face," Sizzla told fans inside the Luana Sports Complex in St Elizabeth, "Hey bwoy LA Lewis....Hey nasty bwoy LA Lewis... a New Year a come and de youth dem a defend education...We bun out down inna throat and you get bright a shove yu face inna gal nookie."

"LA Lewis, anyweh me see yu again, me ago kick yu under yu throat," Sizzla added.

LA Lewis, however, was unfazed and defiant and even went as far as to say that Sizzla was just using his name to gain a hype. In a video interview with the Star, the graffiti deejay stated that Sizzla needs to understand that it's modern time now and he needs to get with the programme.

"Me read my Bible about 15 times already, and no weh it nuh say 'thou shall not make love to thy woman'. When Sizzla a burn LA Lewis, him fi go burn the tings dem whe a gwan ina di country like di road dem whe a fix and other things."

Well, what a difference a few days make, because, yesterday, this same defiant L.A. Lewis made a video in which he apologised to Sizzla and asked for peace.

According to L.A. Lewis, Sizzla sent men to beat him up in front of his children. There is actually no proof of this, but L.A. Lewis claims that he was beaten in front of his children and that the thugs were sent by Sizzla. LA says he made a report to the police.





The remains of the four Jamaicans who perished in a massive fire at a Bronx apartment in New York are to be flown to Jamaica for burial.

The family of the deceased, who are all relatives, have started a GoFundMe page to raise money to assist with the cost of flying the bodies to Jamaica.

It's understood that the Jamaican government has also pledged to assist with funeral expenses.

Thirty-seven-year-old Katherine Stewart-Francis, seven-year-old Charmela Francis and two-year-old Kylie Francis, and 19-year-old Shantay Young died when a three-year-old child, playing with a gas stove in a ground floor apartment, set off a fire that quickly engulfed the five-storey building where they lived.

Eight other persons also died in the blaze.

Stewart-Francis' husband and father of Kylie and Charmela remain in hospital in critical condition.





St Ann records first murder for 2018

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crime-scene-7.jpgOcho Rios in St Ann on Monday recorded its first murder of 2018 after an altercation resulted in a man being fatally stabbed and a chase that ended with a policeman being shot in the buttocks by his colleague.

Dead is 21-year-old Nakeem Gardner of Pimento Walk, Ocho Rios.

Reports are that Gardner was in the company of friends at Little Dunns River when an argument developed between him and a man who was among a group of persons said to be visiting from St Catherine.

It's reported that the brother of the man from St Catherine brandished a knife and stabbed Gardner in the neck.

He was taken to the St Ann's Bay Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The attacker, his brother and two other men fled the scene in a Toyota Probox motor car which was later intercepted by a police team.

It's reported that the men exited from the car and a tussle ensued between a policeman and one of the men from the vehicle.

A policewoman reportedly pulled her service weapon and fired two shots.

It was later discovered that one of the shots hit her colleague in his buttocks.

He was taken to hospital where he received treatment and was released.

The men from the car were subsequently taken into custody.





crime-scene-gun.jpgAkeem Taylor, one of two men shot and killed during a confrontation with the police at his house in Albion, Montego Bay last Friday morning, lost his father the day before earlier at the hands of gunmen.

Reports are that 19-year-old Akeem was the son of Aaron Taylor, one of the two men gunned down along Howard Cooke Boulevard on Thursday.

The senior Taylor and Kerry Fairclough were killed by men who shot up the motorcar they were travelling in along the busy thoroughfare in broad daylight.

The following morning, the police say about 4:45 they went in search of wanted men at a premises at Albion when they were greeted with gunfire.

The fire was returned and after the shooting died down the police found Taylor and Shawn Bent suffering from gunshot wounds.

They were both taken to hospital where they were pronounced dead.

The police say two illegal handguns, a 9mm Taurus and a 9mm Smith and Wesson, were recovered from the men.

The Independent Commission of Investigation (INDECPM) has commenced their probe into the killing.

Meanwhile, the young Taylor was said to be wanted in connection with the brutal gun slaying of 52-year-old airport worker Dawnette Shettleworth and 41-year-old nail technician Cleoapatra Fletcher in Catherine Hall, Montego Bay two months ago.





US weapons instructor dies in Jamaica

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crime-scene-tape-gloves.jpgA weapons instructor from the United States, who reportedly experienced difficulties breathing while in Jamaica, died after being rushed to the St Ann's Bay Hospital on Thursday.

The deceased has been identified as 37- year-old James Lawrence Ellis of Mississippi.

A post-mortem examination and a toxicology test are to be conducted to determine the cause of his death.

Ellis, who was said to have been drinking heavily before he complained of difficulties breathing, was visiting the island.

He was staying at a popular resort in Ocho Rios, St Ann with his wife.

After dinner, Ellis, along with his wife went to their bedroom, where he took his medication

However, he later complained of breathing difficulties and his wife called for assistance.

Ellis was rushed to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The St Ann police are conducting an investigation into the incident.





One of Westmoreland's most wanted men, Davion Brown, otherwise called 'Balti' of a Savanna-la-Mar address has been charged with murder, shooting with intent and illegal possession of firearm and ammunition.

Detectives assigned to the Savanna-la-Mar Criminal Investigation Branch say that Brown, who was arrested on December 15, was interviewed in the presence of his lawyer and was formally charged.

In August, Brown was named as wanted for the murder of 22-year-old Ocielle Hall on Great Georges Street in Westmoreland and in September he allegedly engaged lawmen in a confrontation, during their attempt to apprehend him.

The police say detectives continue to follow strong leads on other cases where they consider Brown to have been a major player.

They are appealing to the public to share information on crimes which Brown may have committed.

He is scheduled to appear before the Westmoreland Parish Court on January 9, 2018.





Scores of persons missed their flights out of the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston on Monday evening because of lengthy traffic delays along the Palisadoes strip, which leads to the airport.

The daylight New Year's party, Sandz and other activities brought a high volume of people and motor vehicles to the strip, and created a traffic pile-up which was disastrous. The security minister has caled for a full report and has blasted those in authority who made a decision to grant permits to the promoters of the event, without figuring out how they were going to ensure that the corridor remained free-flowing.

Several airline passengers in a desperate bid to make their flights, got out of cars and began walking with their luggage in hand towards the airport.

The bumper to bumper pile up of traffic extended from the airport round-about close to the entrance of the airport to the Carib Cement Company on Michael Manley Boulevard with very little movement as unruly motorists created multiple lanes.

Some flights at the airport were delayed because flight crew members were also caught in traffic.

Bicycles and motorcycles were being charted by desperate would-be passengers to get to the airport.

The police were kept busy as they sought to direct the high volume of traffic entering and exiting the strip.

One of the cops said he has never experienced such traffic build up in his seven years in the force.





 

bob-marley-photo-7.jpgBillboard Magazine is reporting that he revitalized Primary Wave, backed by institutional investors including BlackRock, has acquired a share of reggae legend Bob Marley's music publishing catalog.

The New York Times reports that Blackwell signed a $50 million deal that gives Primary Wave an 80 percent share of Island Records founder Chris Blackwell's share of two publishing catalogs, Marley's songs and Blue Mountain Music.

Blue Mountain's catalog includes songs from Marley, Toots and the Maytals, Free, U2 and the Waterboys, among others, according to the company's website. An 80 percent stake costing $50 million implies a $62 million valuation for Blackwell's entire publishing assets involved in the sale.

According to sources, Blackwell's Blue Mountain has a co-publishing stake in the Marley catalog, which means that Marley estate also still retains a stake in the publishing. Typical publishing deals comprise 50 percent publishing and 50 percent writer share, while a co-publishing deal might give the writer with any where from an additional 10 percent to 25 percent slice. So, if the Marley estate had a typical co-publishing deal (half the publishing, that means it still has a 75 percent stake while Blackwell's share would be a 25 percent stake in the catalog's revenue, with Primary Wave owning 80 percent of the latter.

Blackwell, according to sources, has been willing to sell his Blue Mountain catalog for almost the last decade, but would only agree to do so for a high multiple of net publishers' share -- i.e. gross profit, or what's left for the publisher after paying writer's share, co-publishing, and administrative fees for sub-publishers, etcetera.





Breakthrough in quadruple murder

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police-constable.jpgThe police have made a breakthrough into November's quadruple murder in Brighton, Westmoreland with the arrest of a man on the weekend.

The police say a Smith and Wesson pistol with 13 rounds were also taken from him.

On November 24, firefighters found the remains of four bodies following cooling down operations on a burned out unfinished housed.

The police have since confirmed that the persons found had been murdered.

News reports had identified the victims as 48-year-old Swedish woman Suzan Clarke; her husband, 32-year-old Alwin Clarke, also called Ziggy; his brother 30-year-old Derron Walters; and 31-one-year old Wayne Thompson, also called Bruckie.

The police say other people are being sought in connection with the murders.

They are urging people with information to call the Savanna-la-Mar Police at at 955-2758.





Jamaica's girls qualify for Winter Olympics

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jamaica-girls-bobsled.jpgThe Jamaica Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation is now making plans for the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, next month after the national women's bobsled team qualified for the Olympiad at the weekend.

This is the first time a women's team will be representing the nation at the Winter Olympics, and the feat comes 30 years after Jamaica's first overall experience at the Calgary Games in 1988.

Brakeman Carrie Russell said that qualifying for the women's bobsleigh event is one of the happiest moments of her life.

Russell, a member of Jamaica's gold medal-winning 4x100 women's relay team at the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow, Russia, is in her second season as a bobsledder, and said qualifying holds sentimental value for her, as it happened three years to the day her father died.

Her teammates are brakeman Audra Segree, who is another sprinter, and pilot Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian.





Machete-wielding mom in court; case rescheduled

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machete-beaten.jpgDoreen Dyer, the St Thomas mother who was seen in a video beating her daughter with a machete had her case rescheduled to February 9 when she appeared in the Morant Bay Parish Court this morning.

The court was told the social a enquiry report was not ready, hence the new date, at which time the judge would make a decision as to sentencing.

At the previous court appearance Dyer's lawyer has asked the court to indicate what sentence it would be imposed if she were to plead guilty.

The 44-year-old mother is charged with cruelty to a child.

Dyer was charged by the police on October 6 and was subsequently offered bail.

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

The police said their investigation revealed that the incident happened last year.





banned-juices.jpgThe North-East Regional Health Authority is advising the public to avoid purchasing or consuming coconut water, sorrel juice and other juices labelled 'Portland's Best' and bottled at 'Long Bay, Portland' as the Portland Health Department has found these products to be unsafe for consumption.

The Portland health department has carried out a series of inspections at the processing establishment as well as testing of the products and has found breaches that could compromise the health of the public.

The Health Department has subsequently taken enforcement action by closing the establishment.

Additionally, the public is reminded to purchase and consume food products from only approved establishments (those certified by the Public Health Department).





Two girls die in fire at Walker's Place of Safety

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fire.jpgReports are that two girls aged 12 and 16 have died in a fire at Walker's Place of Safety on Lyndhurst Crescent in Kingston early this morning.

Thirty four other children who were housed at the facility have been moved to a temporary holding facility at a nearby church.

In the meantime, counselling is being offered to the children and staff through the Child Protection and Family Services Agency.

"This is a truly devastating and traumatic experience for all involved," State Minister for Education Floyd Green.

Green also said the cause of the fire remains undetermined and an investigation will be conducted with the help of the fire department to find out what happened.

The Walker's Place of Safety serves as a transitional residence for children, generally up to 12 years old, who have been abandoned or removed from their homes because of unstable conditions.









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Kingston, Jamaica - January 11, 2018 - Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. announced its earnings guidance for the fourth quarter of 2017.

  • Consolidated Sales: Approximately 66 trillion Korean won
  • Consolidated Operating Profit: Approximately 15.1 trillion Korean won

The above figures are estimates of consolidated earnings based on K-IFRS. Please note that Korean disclosure regulations do not allow earnings estimates to be provided as a range. Therefore, in compliance with such disclosure regulations, the above figures represent the median of the earnings estimate range, provided below.

  • Sales: 65 ~ 67 trillion Korean won
  • Operating Profit: 15.0 ~ 15.2 trillion Korean won

Overall the company estimated full-year 2017 consolidated sales of approximately 239.60 trillion Korean won and consolidated operating profit of approximately 53.60 trillion Korean won.

The above figures are estimates of consolidated earnings based on K-IFRS.

2017 3Q, 2016 4Q and FY 2016 consolidated figures based on K-IFRS are as follows

(in trillion won)

2017.3Q

2016.4Q

FY 2016

Sales

62.05

53.33

201.87

Operating Profit

14.53

9.22

29.24

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung inspires the world and shapes the future with transformative ideas and technologies. The company is redefining the worlds of TVs, smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, digital appliances, network systems, and memory, system LSI, foundry and LED solutions. For the latest news, please visit the Samsung Newsroom at http://news.samsung.com.





Boat sinks in the Caribbean Sea

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According to Reuters, police and relatives of the surviving passengers of a boat that departed Venezuela for the Dutch Caribbean island on Tuesday, confirmed the boat had been trying to reach the city of Willemstad in Curaçao, despite a travel ban imposed by the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

The incident comes amid heightened tensions after Maduro ordered a trade blockade with Curaçao, Aruba and Bonaire on Friday.

Venezuelan authorities allege the smuggling of products out of Venezuela to neighbouring countries is one of the causes of the severe shortage of food and other basic products that the South American country has been facing for several years.

A search has been launched in Caribbean waters after a boat filled with Venezuelans capsized near the Dutch island of Curaçao.

The Venezuelan authorities said a boat carrying 34 people has capsized killing four people and another 28 have been reported missing.





crime-scene-tape-gloves.jpgAn argument between two minibus passengers over fare turned deadly yesterday when one was stabbed in the chest.

Dead is 45-year-old Craig Anderson from Olympic Way in St Andrew.

Reports are that about 5:00 pm, Anderson was on the bus, which plies the Waterhouse to downtown Kingston route, where he got in an argument with another passenger who refused to pay his fare.

The man then used a knife to stab Anderson in his chest.

The suspect escaped while Anderson was rushed to the Kingston Public Hopsital where he died while undergoing treatment.





No bad blood between Security Minister and Commish

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security-minister-robert-montague.jpgNational Security Minister, Robert Montague, has said there is no truth to reports that there is a breakdown in the working relationship between himself and Police Commissioner, George Quallo.

"Myself and the commissioner, we are on the same page, we have one goal," Montague is reported to have said

The minister and police commissioner gave responses to public concerns on the matter following the handing-over of pins to the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) to mark the organisation's 150th anniversary.

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Police Commissioner Quallo, in his response, shared similar sentiments.

"Absolutely no issue; I have no problem," the commissioner said, indicating that both himself and the minister were committed to tackling the country's challenging crime problem.

Montague denied reports that he asked Quallo to resign following a meeting between the two men on Monday.

The meeting was held to discuss the commissioner's report on the New Year's Day traffic jam on the Palisadoes Road in East Kingston, which significantly affected operations at the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA).





The Bahamas could legalise ganja

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ganja-image-4.jpgA movement is building in the Bahamas to decriminalise marijuana.

This follows a town-hall meeting held there by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Regional Commission on Marijuana last week.

The initiative is one of several in Caribbean countries, with some stakeholders eager to join other international communities and embrace the region's marijuana culture.

The meeting is part of CARICOM's mandate to ascertain public opinion in CARICOM member-countries on the issue.

The Commission was established by CARICOM leaders in 2014 with the objective being to conduct a rigorous enquiry into the social, economic, health and legal issues surrounding marijuana use in the Caribbean.

The Commission also seeks to determine whether there should be a change in the current drug classification of marijuana thereby making the drug more accessible for all types of usage and to recommend, if there is to be a reclassification, the legal and administrative conditions that shall apply to address the issues identified.

The Bahamas was the latest stop for the Commission with the most recent public consultations taking place in Guyana in November and Antigua and Barbuda last year.

The Bahamas meeting follows initiatives in Jamaica, St Kitts and Nevis and other Caribbean countries to explore marijuana decriminalisation.

Last year, the Jamaican government and tourism officials established the first official links to surging weed tourism, nearly two years after the country enacted legislation to ease penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana.

"Cannabis-infused tourism has a place in Jamaica's product mix, alongside all-inclusive resorts and mass tourism," said Edmund Bartlett, Jamaica's tourism minister.

In a recent radio interview, the Prime Minister of St Kitts Nevis, Dr Timothy Harris, said his government was "ready for open dialogue with the relevant stakeholders on the issue of the decriminalisation of marijuana".





crime-scene-gun.jpgTwo men have been taken into custody for the brazen gun attack which left 16-year-old Cornwall College student Mark Williams dead in St James on Tuesday.

The police said the two suspects, who were on bail for murder, were arrested on Wednesday in Montego Bay. Their identities are being withheld at this time.

Williams was killed while on his way from Bible study in John's Hall, St James Tuesday night.

It is said that he had just disembarked a taxi at the intersection of Tucker and Meadows of Irwin roads and was heading towards his stepfather's car when gunmen opened fire at the vehicle.

The student's stepfather is a police corporal.





A Chinese woman, who was seen slapping a school girl in a video being circulated on social media, has been charged with assault occasioning bodily harm, the police have reported.

The woman is observed in the 30-second clip holding the child by her collar and asking her about money.

Twelve seconds into the video, the woman slapped the child, who is dressed in school uniform, and hurled expletives at her.

Police said the incident took place in a grocery store on Main Street in Clarks Town, Trelawny.

The woman has since been identified as 53-year-old Chinese national Yuemei Pan.

Reports are that about 12:45 pm, the teen went into the store operated by Pan, picked up an item to purchase and went to the counter.

Pan later grabbed the teen and proceeded to slap her in the face while accusing her of stealing.





crime-scene-knife.jpgA man was chopped to death after security guards caught him picking limes on the Good Hope Farm in Trelawny on Wednesday.

Dead is Patrick Walden of Friendship, St James address.

Walden, who was reportedly trespassing on the property around 10:00 pm, accosted and attacked the security guards with a knife.

During the confrontation, one of the security guards used a machete to chop him several times.

Walden was taken to the Falmouth Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The two security guards are in police custody.





vybz-kartel-photo-4-larger.jpgJailed deejay Vybz Kartel, has been firmly locked out of this year's Your View Awards, formerly Youth View Awards - YVA's

The nominees were announced last evening (Thurs) at the official launch of the 2018 YVA's at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel and Kartel's name was noticeably absent. His inability to meet's the event's qualifying criteria, has been given as the reason for the prolific artiste's non-appearance on the list of nominees.

All nominees, among other rules, must be able to perform live at the awards show.

Kartel, who was last year's biggest winner scooped five awards, namely: Male Local Artiste of the Year; Dancehall Artiste; Hottest Summer Song Fever; and Local Chart Topping Song of the Year Fever, as well as Musical Collaboration for Loodi done with Shensea.

Already, Gaza Nation has taken to social media to air their anger and disapproval at the World Boss' perceived snub.





shenseea-ig.jpgHow the troll dem suh wicked? Blouse and skirt!!!

Doan ask if di troll dem neva drag Romiech artiste Shenseea pon social media after she perform pon Shaggy show Satday night..It neva nice. Di dutty troll dem seh how poor Shenseea voice sound like how Ninjaman look. Dat neva cute at all.

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Plus dem seh dat Shenseea can introduce herself as Romiech because her voice sound like man and how she a go put a certain bass player outta work.

Awright, so di girl voice don't fine and stush, but dem neva haffi do her so bad. Come on, it's a new year!

Romiech better mek pretty voice Jade give Shenseea some elocution class. And by the way Shenseea, we love yuh, but we just neva did a feel da Bob Marley song deh none tall.





The Weeknd severs ties with H&M after racist ad

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the-weeknd-h-n-m.jpgThe Weeknd has cut all ties with fashion retailer H&M.

Theapologized on Monday after a now-pulled ad depicted a black child wearing a sweatshirt that read, "Coolest monkey in the jungle." Upon learning of the spot, The Weeknd (real name Abel Tesfaye), who modeled for the brand last year, took to Twitter to reveal that he would no longer be working with H&M.

"Woke up this morning shocked and embarrassed by this photo,"the singer wrote. "I'm deeply offended and will not be working with @hm anymore..."

Though the ad has been deleted, The Weeknd and many others who were outraged have since shared the controversial photo in question on social media.

"We sincerely apologize for offending people with this image of a printed hooded top," H&M said in a statement regarding the ad. "The image has been removed from all online channels and the product will not be for sale in the United States.We believe in diversity and inclusion in all that we do and will be reviewing all our internal policies accordingly to avoid any future issues."

The brand often uses celebrities as its promoters, including Jesse Williams and Nicki Minaj, who co-starred in a holiday commercial for the fashion line late last year.

Others who spoke out against the ad include Questlove, who speculated that there may be a lack of diversity up the brand's corporate ladder.

"I'm sure the apologies are a coming. And the ads will be pulled. I'm certain there will Be media fixers and whatnot and maybe a grand gesture like a donation to some charity (donations under these circumstances are the corporate version #SomeOfMyBestFriendsAre move if there ever was one) all this tells me about @HM is that the seats in the boardroom lack something...wanna take a guess?" the Roots drummer wrote.





Rihanna flies to Barbados for her cousin's funeral

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rihanna-at-funeral-cousin-photo-2.jpgRihanna was overcome with emotion as she attended the funeral of her cousin Tavon Kaiseen Alleyne who was gunned down at the age of 21 in Barbados.

The 29-year-old superstar singer was seen wiping away tears at the celebration of life in Barbados on Tuesday.

No doubt it was an emotional event as dozens of her friends and family were in attendance to pay their respects to the young man.

Rihanna wore a sheer white midi dress along with a pair of white low-top Puma shoes with 'RF' emblazoned in gold on the side for her real name Robyn Fenty.

rihanna-at-funeral-cousin-photo-1.jpgShe accessorized with a pair of white vintage cateye shades along with a large diamond necklace.

The Diamonds hitmaker also sported multiple gold bangles and carried along a white designer bag featuring a jeweled out strap.

Her raven-colored tresses were worn down flowing over her shoulders as her fringe ended just above her eyes.

She contrasted her light outfit with dark make-up including a swipe of black lip and smokey eye.

Two weeks ago Rihanna took to Instagram to pay tribute to her younger cousin just hours after they had spent Christmas Day Together.





The United States government is warning its citizens to exercise increased caution in Jamaica due to crime.

The Level 2 "exercise increased caution" travel advisory was issued on Wednesday amid out of control crime in the country, where more than 40 homicides have been recorded since the start of 2018 against the background of one of the bloodiest years in the island's history with more than 1,600 dying violently in 2017.

The US government has advised its citizens to not travel to some sections of Kingston, some sections of Montego Bay, and anywhere in Spanish Town due to "violence and shootings" which it says occur regularly in those areas.

"Violent crime, such as home invasions, armed robberies, and homicide, is common. Sexual assaults occur frequently, even at all-inclusive resorts," said the advisory. "Local police lack the resources to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents."

Specifically, in Kingston, the US government personnel are prohibited from traveling to downtown Kingston - which is defined as the areas between Mountain View Avenue and Hagley Park Road, and south of Half Way Tree and Old Hope Roads, and includes Trench Town, Tivoli Gardens, and Arnett Gardens; Standpipe, Grants Pen, and Cassava Piece.

US government officials are also prohibited from traveling to Flankers, Canterbury, Norwood, Rose Heights, Clavers Street, and Hart Street in Montego Bay.

The US has four advisory levels. Level 1 is exercise normal precaution; the second level is increased caution, Level 3 is reconsider travel and the fourth level is do not travel.





handgun.jpgShortly after 50-year-old Dalton Green was fined more than $40,000 for breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act in the Westmoreland Parish Court, law enforcement officers searched his home and found two illegal handguns.

Lawmen are now speculating that the seizure is directly lined to the guns for drugs trade between Jamaica and Central American countries.

The officers reportedly conducted a search of Green's home in Peggy Barry district in Grange Hill, Westmoreland about 2:20 pm on Wednesday where they found the illegal firearms and more than 100 rounds of ammunition.

The weapons found are an Intratec 9mm sub-machine gun with a magazine containing 17 rounds of ammunition and one 9mm pistol with a magazine containing eight rounds.

An additional 104 9mm rounds of ammunition were also found.

Green is scheduled to appear before the Western Regional Gun Court on Thursday, January 18 for the firearm charges.





Jamaican man kills his friend at party in Florida

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shocked.jpgThe families of two friends from high school in Jamaica are now in mourning after one shot the other dead on New Year's Eve during a house party in Lauderhill, Florida.

According to US reports, the accused gunman, 24-year-old Shevon "Natty" Salmon reportedly confessed to firing a handgun at Paul Anthony "Mafia" Nelson, 26, who was sitting on a couch in the Florida apartment.

It was further reported that Salmon did not say why he shot his friend, and police have not described a possible motive.

Before the killing, Nelson had stopped by his former home and Salmon joined him to "smoke" at the Lauderhill party house, a police report stated.

After the gunfire, party guests disarmed Salmon, who reportedly left the apartment and took a cab home. Nelson, who was shot multiple times in his chest, died at the scene.

Salmon was arrested last Tuesday at his Miramar home and faces one charge of premeditated murder.

He is in a Broward County jail receiving medical care, and his initial court hearing is pending.





Journalist Janice Budd to be buried January 27

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janice-budd-photo-1.jpgThe funeral service for journalist and communications specialist, Janice Budd, will be held on Saturday, January 27, at the Swallowfield Chapel in St Andrew, at 10:00 am.

Budd, who has had a long and distinguished career in media, passed away on January 2 after losing her battle with cancer.

She had been ailing for some time.

During her early foray into media, Budd worked at the Jamaica Information Service, and later on served at Television Jamaica, CVM Television and the Jamaica Observer newspaper.

At the time of her death, Budd was the communications manager at the Shipping Association of Jamaica.





crime-scene-gun.jpgA policeman's son, sixteen-year-old Cornwall College student Mark Williams was pronounced dead at hospital on Tuesday night after gunmen ambushed his step father, a police corporal assigned to the Trelawny Police Department, and fired a barrage of bullets at them at the intersection of the Meadows of Irwin and Tucker in St James.

According to the police, about 9:20 pm the police corporal went to pick up his step-son, who was coming from Bible Studies in John's Hall, St James, with his private motor vehicle, when they were attacked shortly after the teenager alighted from a taxi.

"As he [the police corporal's step-son] disembarked a taxi and was approaching the car, they heard explosions coming from nearby bushes. He saw three men running towards his car from the rear firing at them; he returned the fire and the men made good their escape. His step-son on hearing the explosions ran off

He said the teenager was later found suffering from what appeared to be gunshot wounds. He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The police corporal escaped unhurt, but bullets reportedly extensively damaged his motorcar.

Reports are that the police corporal is involved in a case in which he reportedly shot and injured an alleged murderer in Ironshore, St James last year.

That matter is currently on trial.





Retired couple tied up and killed in St Thomas

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crime-scene-8.jpgA man said to be in his 80s and his wife, believed to be in her mid-70s, were found dead in their Retreat District, St Thomas home on Tuesday.

They have been identified as Melbourne Flake and his wife, Etha, who were both Canadian and Jamaican citizens.

The couple were reportedly found inside their house - in separate rooms - with their mouths gagged, hands and feet bound, and their heads apparently bashed in.

Reports are that they were last seen alive at around 5 pm Monday. About 10 am Tuesday, an alarm was raised by a labourer and his assistant who went to the premises to work but did not get a response from the couple.

The police were summoned and, on their arrival, the gruesome discovery of the deceased was made.

There was reportedly no signs of forced entry.

Investigations continue.





Chris Gayle parties in lavish style in Australia

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chris-gayle-photo-8.jpgChris Gayle once again partied in style by arriving to a party in Australia in a 1950s Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith on the weekend

The self-proclaimed 'Universe Boss' was in Melbourbne watching his West Indies team-mate Dwayne Bravo play in the Big Bash league against the Melbourne Stars.

The 38-year-old showed off his ride for the night on his Instagram page before going out to party in Australia.

The Windies batsman is no stranger to the finer things in life and is known to flaunt his lifestyle on his social media accounts.

Gayle posted pictures from his hotel room above the marina, before showing his followers what he'll be wearing for the upcoming party.

Later on in his Instagram story, he is seen sitting next to a friend on a plane with the caption 'Money trip' as he makes his way to watch his Windies team-mate Bravo play for the Melbourne Renegades on Saturday.





Skip Marley to rep for Reggae at Coachella

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skip-marley-photo-1.jpgSkip Marley, the son of Cedella Marley and the grandson of reggae icon, Bob Marley's grandson will be reggaes only representation at the annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in California come this April.

Skip Marley is scheduled to make an appearance on the first day of the festival, on a stage that will be headlined by the likes of Beyonce, Eminem, Cardi B, and the Weekend who will be performing on the same day as Skip.

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival will be held in California over the weekends of April 13th to 15th and 20th to the 22nd.





Guns, ammo seized by police

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ak-47-assault-rifle-ammo.jpgTwo firearms with 19 rounds of ammunition were seized by the police in St James yesterday, bringing to six the number of illegal guns seized in less than 48 hours.

The police say two men were taken into custody in connection with the seizure, but their identities are being withheld pending further investigations.

It's reported that a police team was conducting spot checks along the Anchovy main road shortly after midday when they signalled the driver of a motorcar to stop.

According to the police, the driver, a male passenger and the vehicle were searched and the guns found.

Also, three firearms including an AK-47 rifle, and 40 assorted rounds of ammunition were seized in separate incidents in St Catherine and Manchester yesterday.

The other firearm was seized in Clarendon on Friday.





crime-scene-demo.jpgA section of Waltham Park Road was blocked by the police Sunday morning as they investigate the killing of a man on Wellington Drive in Kingston 11.

The dead man has been identified as Junior Diamond.

Details of the incident are not yet clear, however, the incident took place sometime between last night and this morning.

About 20 spent shells were recovered from the scene.





JUTC driver stabbed by gunman on bus

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jutc-bus.jpgThe Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) says one its drivers was stabbed while disarming a gunman on one of its buses in Greater Portmore, St Catherine, last evening.

In a tweet, the JUTC said the driver was stabbed in his chest and has been hospitalised.

The state-owned bus company says both the gunman and firearm were handed over to the police.





38 persons murdered since the start of 2018

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crime-scene-7.jpgThe murder tally continues to spiral as police figures show at least 38 homicides have been committed since the start of the year.

Police statistics show that for the first six days of the year, there were 38 murders, 16 shootings and 17 robberies.

This is compared with 23 murders, 18 shootings and 16 robberies over the similar period last year.

Jamaica closed 2017 with 1,616 murders, one of the highest homicide figures on record.

St James in the western section of the island led with 335 murders, followed by Clarendon with 168 and Westmoreland with 147.





Commission Quallo says he did not resign

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police-commissioner-george-quallo.jpgPolice Commissioner George Quallo in an interview with the Gleaner has dismissed reports by the Jamaica Observer that he is leaving the force.

"I did not resign. You can quote me on that," Quallo reportedly told The Gleaner Monday afternoon.

Asked whether he was fired, Quallo replied: "I was not fired."

Commissioner Quallo this morning met with the National Security Minister Robert Montague.

The National Security Ministry said the meeting centred on the murder spike, his plan going forward, and the embarrassing New Year's Day airport road gridlock.

Close to 40 persons have been murdered since the start of the year.





Police Commissioner Quallo OUT?

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george-quallo.jpgAfter serving nine months in the position, Commissioner of Police, George Quallo is reportedly out of a work. According to Jamaica Observer, their sources in the National Security Ministry, say that Commissioner Quallo was told that it was time for him to leave during his meeting Monday morning with National Security Minister Robert Montague.

The commissioner left that meeting and is now meeting with the Police Service Commission, the oversight parliamentary body of the police force.

Quallo, who was appointed in April 2016, turns 60 in August this year and would have gone on retirement at that time.

According to the Observer, it is not yet clear who will be appointed to act as commissioner as Deputy Commissioner Novelette Grant, who was considered for the job and actually acted for 90 days after Carl Williams opted to go on early retirement last January, is going on departmental leave on Friday prior to pre-retirement leave.

Grant is scheduled to retire close to August.

Meanwhile, 38 murders have been committed since the start of the year, and the National Security Minister, Robert Montague, seems clueless.

Since news of Quallo's dismissal surface, many have been questioning whether or not Montague still has a job.





operation-penis-whitening.jpgMore than 100 men a month have been making a pilgrimage to a clinic in Thailand which offers a penis whitening procedure.

The Lelux Hospital in Bangkok began offering the unconventional treatment six months ago, and now has three to four clients per day.

The much-hyped procedure, a laser treatment of the groin, has left the public both baffled and alarmed, but the clinic says they have more inquiries than ever.

The future is bright: The clinic has been offering penis whitening for six months and now has three to four clients per day undergoing the treatment +2

The future is bright: The clinic has been offering penis whitening for six months and now has three to four clients per day undergoing the treatment

'These days a lot of people are asking about it. We get around 100 clients a month, three to four clients a day,' Bunthita Wattanasiri, a manager for the Skin and Laser department at Lelax Hospital told AFP.

The procedure got wide play on Thai television and social media on Thursday after the hospital released images of a man undergoing the treatment.

'We have to be careful because it's a sensitive part of the body,' Bunthita said, adding most clients are aged between 22 and 55, with many from Thailand's LGBTQ community.

The whitening service costs around £480 for five sessions.

'I think it's a good market to enter so we offer the ultimate body treatment to our clients, either men and women,' Bunthita said.

Whitening and bleaching treatments are particularly sought after in Thailand, where skin-whitening ads have caused outrage and accusations of racism.

'The obsession... people nowadays can't embrace their own skin color,' said one Facebook user in response to the Lelax Hospital's images.

Another user Parin Ruansati posted: 'Oh god... what ever happened to the world?'

Another simply questioned; 'Why not?'.





Trump tries to ban release of explosive book

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donald-trump-photo-3.jpgOne of Donald Trump's personal lawyers demanded on Thursday that a publisher cancel next Tuesday's release of an explosive book about the president and his White House.

California attorney Charles J. Harder, known for representing pro wrestler Hulk Hogan and presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner, puts 'Fire and Fury' - columnist Michael Wolff's book about the Trump White House - under an even sharper magnifying glass.

Harder demanded publisher Henry Holt and Co. 'immediately cease and desist from any further publication, release or dissemination of the book,' including excerpts and summaries.

'Your publication of false/baseless statements about Mr. Trump gives rise to, among other claims, defamation by libel per se, false light invasion of privacy, tortious interference with contractual relations, and inducement of breach of contract,' he wrote.

Representing the Trump Organization, the president's private company, Harder has already accused former White House chief strategist, Steve Bannon, of breaching a confidentiality agreement, saying legal action was 'imminent.'





Wicked nurses squash newborn's face and giggle

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wicked-nurse-squashes-baby-face-photo-1.jpgA group of Saudi nurses who filmed themselves laughing while squashing the face of a newborn baby hospitalised with an infection have been fired.

The baby's parents became aware of the shocking treatment by the nurses after footage emerged online and was shared on social media.

The video shows one of the nurses grasping the baby by its neck and forehead and cruelly squashing the helpless infant's face as her colleagues giggle

Three members of staff at a maternity hospital in Taif, Saudi Arabia, were soon identified and tracked down.

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Abdulhadi Al-Rabie, Taif Health Affairs spokesman, said: 'The Health Affairs investigated the source of the video and was able to identify the nurses who appeared in the video and the hospital where the incident took place.'

The nurses, who have not been named, were immediately suspended after they were tracked down.

Their medical licenses have now been revoked and they are banned from practising nursing in other health departments.





gully-bop-and-shauna-chin-kissing.jpgAccording to Shauna Chyn, her romance with Gully Bop was just for the camera as they weren't actually dating. She claims it was only a publicity stunt designed by his management team.

Chyn says the plan which was structured as a 'nothing to something' success story was going great until the 'Body Specialist' deejay wanted more out of the arrangement. She claims that Bop began to have real feelings for her and forgot it was all a show.

Shauna added that she wasn't going to speak out on their business deal however she's tired of her name getting involved with Gully Bop as the negative press is affecting her music career. Chyn says while she's flattered, for the new year she wants to be left out of Gully Bop's drama so she's now setting the record straight and revealing the truth about their previous relationship. The 'Wuk Affa Mi' deejay is currently making rounds on social media after romantic photos with his new girlfriend surfaced online last week. However while many lauded Bop, real name Robert Lee Malcolm, for finding true love once again, many Dancehall fans were adamant that Shauna Chyn was the best woman for him.

"Yo dem gyal yah just want the little money Bop have dem ago mash him up as usual. When will this fool learn that Chin [Shauna Chyn] is the best woman fi him yo?"





Lt. Stitchie snags IRAWMA nomination

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stitchie.jpgGospel artist, Lt. Stitchie, has been nominated in the category of "BEST GOSPEL ENTERTAINER" for the International Reggae & World Music Awards (IRAWMA).

This nomination comes as no surprise as Lt. Stitchie has been consistently touring, creating and releasing new music for the past year. He ended 2017 with two video shoots; one for the track "Undisputed" on the Life 101 Riddim by Blakkwuman22 Music, and the other for "Thank You," a popular record that is on his own label, Drum and Bass Music. Both videos will be released this month (January 2018).

In addition to that, the artist will be dropping a brand new album which features collaborations with Agent Sasco, Fantan Mojah, Million Stylez, Lukie D and Ricky Stereo in the coming weeks

Click on the following link, enter your name and scroll to the section titled "BEST GOSPEL ENTERTAINER" and cast your vote for Lt. Stitchie https://www.irawma.com/vote.





minister-babsy-grange.jpgThe Ministry of Culture Entertainment, Culture, Gender and Sports is distancing itself from any blame in light of concerns surrounding the granting of an entertainment permit for an event which caused a traffic gridlock along the Palisadoes strip on Monday night.

While many are questioning the circumstances which led to a permit being issued for that area, in 2015 the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) approved the Palisadoes strip as a suitable designated entertainment zone, with a growing number of events having been staged in and around the same vicinity over the years. However, it was only in October 2017 that the Ministry of Entertainment, Culture, Gender Affairs and Sports declared Fort Rocky in that same vicinity as Jamaica's first entertainment zone.

In a press release Minister Olivia Babsy Grange stated that she wants to make it clear Fort Rocky is restricted to Fort Rocky and that the declaration does not include any other place including Palisadoes Road, Gun Boat Beach where the party was held or anywhere along the corridor to the Norman Manley International Airport.

The promoters of the event held at Gun Boat Beach, have since issued a public apology, insisting they were in their legal rights having obtained the necessary permits, and providing adequate parking with a shuttle service, but unfortunately indisciplined patrons chose to park along the strip causing a traffic pile up.





"We would like to apologise for any inconveniences caused by the traffic on the Palisadoes strip. It is important to note that traffic recommendations were raised and agreed to before permission was granted to use the venue. Security plans were shared with and approved by all superior bodies, consisting of the hiring of police patrol on the strip, the rental of additional parking spaces/shuttle buses, advertising of the designated parking, and the placement of adequate signage on the road," said Andrew Ellis, director of Supreme Team Limited -- organisers of Sandz, in a press release.

"We would like to give a special thanks to those patrons who cooperated with the officials and made use of the designated parking lot. We would also like to use this opportunity to appeal to all patrons and Jamaicans in general that law and order should be followed in all activities, and it is our belief that we can all party together while still following the rules and best practices set by governing bodies. Thanks for the support and over the past few years and we will continue to make improvements to our product to ensure that our patrons have the best experience possible with minimal disturbance to the public at large,"

The party promoters cite "non-cooperation of the patrons with the parking arrangements" as the cause for the mayhem.

The pile-up along the corridor, which leads to Norman Manley International Airport, caused severe inconvenience to people arriving in the island as well as those departing.

"Despite the efforts made from the promoters' end, there was a breakdown in the enforcement due to non-cooperation of the patrons with the parking arrangements, which in turn led to parking in unauthorised spaces, causing the build-up of traffic.

The traffic backed up all the way to Rockfort. Motorists also created several lanes, which contributed to congestion.





crime-scene-gun.jpgThe police have launched a manhunt for four men who yesterday shot dead a pregnant woman in Linstead, St Catherine.

The woman has been identified as 40 year old Zoe King, a resident of Orangefield.

King was killed at her home shortly after 11 yesterday morning.

It's reported that King, who was scheduled to have her baby next week, was at home when four armed men entered the yard.

She ran from the house but was chased and shot.

Head of the Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) Senior Superintendent McArthur Sutherland says the cops are following strong leads in the case.

It's reported that the men were in search of King's cousin who was involved in a motorbike accident with them last week.

King's common-law-husband Constable Courtney Linton, was shot dead by gunmen in Orangefield on October 31, last year.





wife-killer.jpgOmar Best Collymore, the husband of Simone Collymore, who was gunned down in Red Hills on Tuesday, was released without charges on Wednesday. He is said to have hired Peter Champagne as his lawyer

Simone and Omar in May, 2010 and the couple traveled to Jamaica where they both had homes.

Simone Campbell-Collymore was shot as she was about to go into a taxi. A total of nine shots were fired, the taxi driver, was also killed on the scene.

Friends say, she moved out of the home they shared the day before because of Best-Collymore's blatant cheating with multiple women. Security cameras recorded the shooting and men were seen waiting on the arrival of Mrs. Collymore.

Omar Best-Collymore, who is the main suspect, was also implicated in another murder in 2008 in the States.

His then girlfriend Angela Aguiar, 38, was gunned down and killed at about 3:30 am. on June 30, 2008, in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Her murder took place months after she had taken out a US million dollar insurance and named Omar Best-Collymore as beneficiary.

In May 2016, Simone Collymore posted the following on Flipagram: "Wow 6 years happy anniversary to you babe love you more than anything. Thank you for tolerating me I love u endlessly and look forward to many more years." The couple had two children.





girlfriend-killed-by-suspect-in-red-hills-murder.jpgElijah Aguiar was on the cusp of adulthood, then 17, when detectives came to his door at sunrise to tell the teen his mother was dead.

Angela Aguiar, 38, was gunned down and killed at about 3:30 am. on June 30, 2008, in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Although her killer remains on the loose, court documents in a civil case point to her boyfriend at the time -- also her primary life insurance beneficiary -- as a suspect.

This summer, Broward Crime Stoppers began offering a $3,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Aguiar's killer. Aguiar, of Lauderhill, was a single mother and real estate agent. For loved ones like Elijah Aguiar, knowing no one has paid for his mother's death has taken its toll.

"I'm not healed all the way; I don't think I ever will be," Aguiar, now 25, said. "My life turned upside down."

Court documents show Angela Aguiar bought a $1 million life insurance policy about a month before her death. She named her boyfriend, Omar Best Collymore, as her primary beneficiary.

He submitted a claim for the money two years after her death, records show.

However, before the insurance money could be paid out, the insurer investigated, given Aguiar's death happened within its "contestability period" and had been ruled a homicide. In email exchanges between a Fort Lauderdale detective and insurance claims analyst in June and September 2010, the detective said Best Collymore was still considered a suspect in the case.

"No progress. Yes, Omar Best is still a suspect," the detective wrote.

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crime-scene-gun.jpgJust two days into the new year, the police were summoned to the scene of a double murder on Stanley Terrace in Red Hills, St Andrew.

The lawmen have identified the deceased as 36-year-old Winston Walters, a taxi operator of Stillwell Road, Kingston 8 and Simone Colleymore, businesswoman of Stanley Terrace in Red Hills, St Andrew.

According to police reports, unknown assailants travelling on motorcycles opened gunfire hitting the two people several times about 4:00 pm Tuesday.

The police were summoned and the victims were taken to hospital where they were pronounced dead.

The lawmen did not disclose further information but said investigations continue.

Meanwhile, the police have reported that a Kingston woman was shot dead Wednesday morning by unknown assailants on Oilea Lane in Jericho district, Linstead, St Catherine.

Dead is 40-year-old Zoe King of a Chisholm Avenue address in Kingston 14. Police said she was reportedly chased by a group of armed men around 11:15 am and shot dead.

The police did not say what spurred the attack. Investigations are ongoing.





Tributes pour in for late journalist Janice Budd

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janice-budd.jpgTributes have been pouring in, especially on social media, for late journalist Janice Budd died on the second day of 2018 after a long battle with cancer. She was 49.

Budd, who was employed to the Shipping Association of Jamaica (SAJ) as operations manager, communications and member services, was admitted to Andrews Memorial Hospital in St Andrew last year. She passed away at her home in Portmore, St Catherine.

In his reflection, SAJ Chief Executive Officer Trevor Riley said the association had lost "a gifted colleague".

"Janice joined our team just under three years ago as head of communication and member services in the substantive post of operations manager," Riley said.

"In a very short time she endeared herself to the shipping community by employing her well-seasoned skills of a communicator, providing public relations support for the Shipping Association of Jamaica and the Caribbean Shipping Association.

"She was relentless in the delivery of quality service. Our senior management team visited her just last Thursday, December 28 and Janice was lamenting the fact that she was unable to be at work, promising to beat her illness and get back to duty shortly," Riley added.

"Our association and the country have lost someone who made a real mark on several sectors -- media, banking, shipping. We have lost a gifted colleague.

"Everybody in our industry who interacted with Janice has a wonderful personal story to tell about some act of kindness or compassion that she performed," Riley said.

"The Shipping Association of Jamaica joins with all her colleagues to express regret to Janice's parents, siblings and other relatives. May her soul rest in peace."

Budd's stellar journalism career saw her working at the Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation, Jamaica Information Service, CVM Television, Radio Jamaica, Television Jamaica, and the Jamaica Observer which she joined in November 2010, serving as Sunday Editor until her departure in April 2013 for National Commercial Bank (NCB).

Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips also paid tribute to Budd, saying that her "untimely passing... is another major blow to the nation's media".





Four murders in Clarendon by January 3

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crime-scene-7.jpgJust three days into the New Year, Clarendon recorded four murders taking place.

About 8 p.m. on Wednesday 39-year-old taxi driver Orlando Beckford of Glenmuir Housing Scheme was shot and killed by unknown assailants. Beckford was reportedly operating his taxi from Hayes to May Pen when he stopped to let off a passenger in the vicinity of Girls Town. He was pounced on by armed men who opened fire hitting him.

Beckford managed to drive close to the Hayes Police Station and was assisted to the Lionel Town Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Fifteen minutes later, in Rocky Point, barber Fitzroy Paul Joseph was shot and killed by unknown attackers.

According to reports, Joseph was at a friend's house when gunmen kicked open the door and fired several shots hitting him in the upper body.

The other murder victim has been identified as 17-year-old Odane Baker otherwise called 'Omari' of Rhules Pen were shot and killed by gunmen.

Reports are than about 1:15 p.m. residents heard several loud explosions and called the police.

Baker's body was found with what appeared to be gunshot wounds to the face and upper section of his body in a dirt track. He was taken to the May Pen Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The fourth victim was killed early yesterday morning in York Town.

He was identified as Franklin Morgan who hails from the area but migrated to the United States years ago. Morgan was recently deported back to Jamaica.

He was shot while riding his bicycle along the road in the community by an unknown attacker.





cnn-jamaican-american-hero.jpgThe Atlanta, Georgia-based Cable News Network (CNN) has named a Jamaican-American among its five "Young Wonders of the Year."

Seventeen year old Haile Thomas, who lives in New York, was named by the network on its "Young Wonders: A CNN Heroes Special."

CNN has described Haile as "a teen health activist."

It stated that her Healthy Active Positive Purposeful Youth (HAPPY) organisation is leading the next generation toward a healthier future by bringing cooking lessons and nutrition education to children in underserved areas.

Haile was among five "extraordinary young people" are making a difference in their communities.

She founded HAPPY when she was 12 years old to address the need for free/affordable plant-based nutrition and culinary education in underserved/at-risk communities, as well as in schools and through annual summer camps.





shelly-ann-and-curran.jpgJohn John Music Group, which is owned by artiste manager Shelly-Ann Curran, has inked a music placement deal with a Hollywood-based film production company.

The deal with D Street Pictures, the production arm of D Street Media Group, which is headquartered in New York City, runs for five years, according to a press release.

The publishing deal is being touted as a "first of its kind for Jamaica". It allows Curran to place her artistes on the soundtracks of D Street's film and television properties over the next five years.

The pact will reportedly begin with reggae singer Bugle who will exclusively provide songs for the entire soundtrack of the upcoming Jamaican film 'The Mango Girl', produced by D Street Pictures, as well as perform on the soundtrack of the 2018 production of 'The Blue Mauritius'. The latter is a heist film starring Anthony Mackie (Avengers, Captain America), John RhysDavies (Lord of the Rings, Indiana Jones), Oscar nominated French actor Gerard Depardieu (Life of Pi) and German actor, Thomas Kretschmann (Central Intelligence, Hitman: Agent 47).

"Shelly-Ann Curran has an incredible eye for talent, after being in the business for less than three years you can see the direction she's taking her artistes. She's a smart and creative force in the game and understands there are more opportunities to be had in music other than radio play and live performances," Dexter Davis, CEO of D Street Media Group, said.

"By aligning her roster of talent with D Street's international productions, Shelly is helping to market her artistes around the world," he continued. "We are extremely excited about the deal and look forward to collaborating with Ms Curran and John John Music Group for years to come."

Curran commented, "This deal and partnership with D Street Pictures is truly a blessing. John John Music Group hit a high last year when our artiste Devin Di Dakta received the Grammy nomination and then signed with Downtown Records, a division of Interscope Records.

"But you can't rest on your laurels in today's climate. You have to hustle and create alternative ways to get your artiste out there," she added, noting that "D Street is producing film and television for the international market so the exposure for my artistes is priceless. It's about time Jamaican musicians of all genres take their place on the world stage and this opportunity helps us do just that. I look forward to a long and fruitful relationship with D Street Media Group."





PLEASE RETURN HARRY TODDLER'S PASSPORT

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Dancehall artiste Harry Toddler is making an appealing to the public for their help in the return of his travel document which was stolen over the weekend.

According to Toddler, he was in the Tower Hill, Saint Andrew, when armed men held him up and robbed him of his jewellery, laptop, two phones, USD $500, JMD $35,000 and his passport.

Taking to social media, Toddler made an appeal for the return of his property, noting that the passport, however is his main concern as he was expected to leave the island soon.

He says the cash was to send to his daughters living overseas for the new year.

"Man dem can keep all the money star, if dem can just run back all mi phone and mi laptop and mi passport mi wouldn't mind," he said. "Jahkno star as a artiste mi can't even move round inna mi owna country star."





la-lewis-photo-1.jpgThe notorious graffiti deejay who hardly has a song to his name, is now singing a new tune. It goes like this: "Sizzla, I'm sorry...oh so sorry......"

That's right, the Dancehall socialite says he was beaten up over the weekend by men sent by Sizzla and now he is very apologetic.

The background to this drama is that shortly after the social media release of L.A. Lewis's video of himself performing a taboo sex act on his girlfriend, veteran entertainer Sizzla sent L.A. a stern warning.

Sizzla lashed out at Lewis on Christmas Day during his performance at GT Taylor Christmas Extravaganza, "Some bwoy a claim dat a dem a run de place and de gal a siddung inna dem face," Sizzla told fans inside the Luana Sports Complex in St Elizabeth, "Hey bwoy LA Lewis....Hey nasty bwoy LA Lewis... a New Year a come and de youth dem a defend education...We bun out down inna throat and you get bright a shove yu face inna gal nookie."

"LA Lewis, anyweh me see yu again, me ago kick yu under yu throat," Sizzla added.

LA Lewis, however, was unfazed and defiant and even went as far as to say that Sizzla was just using his name to gain a hype. In a video interview with the Star, the graffiti deejay stated that Sizzla needs to understand that it's modern time now and he needs to get with the programme.

"Me read my Bible about 15 times already, and no weh it nuh say 'thou shall not make love to thy woman'. When Sizzla a burn LA Lewis, him fi go burn the tings dem whe a gwan ina di country like di road dem whe a fix and other things."

Well, what a difference a few days make, because, yesterday, this same defiant L.A. Lewis made a video in which he apologised to Sizzla and asked for peace.

According to L.A. Lewis, Sizzla sent men to beat him up in front of his children. There is actually no proof of this, but L.A. Lewis claims that he was beaten in front of his children and that the thugs were sent by Sizzla. LA says he made a report to the police.





The remains of the four Jamaicans who perished in a massive fire at a Bronx apartment in New York are to be flown to Jamaica for burial.

The family of the deceased, who are all relatives, have started a GoFundMe page to raise money to assist with the cost of flying the bodies to Jamaica.

It's understood that the Jamaican government has also pledged to assist with funeral expenses.

Thirty-seven-year-old Katherine Stewart-Francis, seven-year-old Charmela Francis and two-year-old Kylie Francis, and 19-year-old Shantay Young died when a three-year-old child, playing with a gas stove in a ground floor apartment, set off a fire that quickly engulfed the five-storey building where they lived.

Eight other persons also died in the blaze.

Stewart-Francis' husband and father of Kylie and Charmela remain in hospital in critical condition.





St Ann records first murder for 2018

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crime-scene-7.jpgOcho Rios in St Ann on Monday recorded its first murder of 2018 after an altercation resulted in a man being fatally stabbed and a chase that ended with a policeman being shot in the buttocks by his colleague.

Dead is 21-year-old Nakeem Gardner of Pimento Walk, Ocho Rios.

Reports are that Gardner was in the company of friends at Little Dunns River when an argument developed between him and a man who was among a group of persons said to be visiting from St Catherine.

It's reported that the brother of the man from St Catherine brandished a knife and stabbed Gardner in the neck.

He was taken to the St Ann's Bay Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The attacker, his brother and two other men fled the scene in a Toyota Probox motor car which was later intercepted by a police team.

It's reported that the men exited from the car and a tussle ensued between a policeman and one of the men from the vehicle.

A policewoman reportedly pulled her service weapon and fired two shots.

It was later discovered that one of the shots hit her colleague in his buttocks.

He was taken to hospital where he received treatment and was released.

The men from the car were subsequently taken into custody.





crime-scene-gun.jpgAkeem Taylor, one of two men shot and killed during a confrontation with the police at his house in Albion, Montego Bay last Friday morning, lost his father the day before earlier at the hands of gunmen.

Reports are that 19-year-old Akeem was the son of Aaron Taylor, one of the two men gunned down along Howard Cooke Boulevard on Thursday.

The senior Taylor and Kerry Fairclough were killed by men who shot up the motorcar they were travelling in along the busy thoroughfare in broad daylight.

The following morning, the police say about 4:45 they went in search of wanted men at a premises at Albion when they were greeted with gunfire.

The fire was returned and after the shooting died down the police found Taylor and Shawn Bent suffering from gunshot wounds.

They were both taken to hospital where they were pronounced dead.

The police say two illegal handguns, a 9mm Taurus and a 9mm Smith and Wesson, were recovered from the men.

The Independent Commission of Investigation (INDECPM) has commenced their probe into the killing.

Meanwhile, the young Taylor was said to be wanted in connection with the brutal gun slaying of 52-year-old airport worker Dawnette Shettleworth and 41-year-old nail technician Cleoapatra Fletcher in Catherine Hall, Montego Bay two months ago.





US weapons instructor dies in Jamaica

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crime-scene-tape-gloves.jpgA weapons instructor from the United States, who reportedly experienced difficulties breathing while in Jamaica, died after being rushed to the St Ann's Bay Hospital on Thursday.

The deceased has been identified as 37- year-old James Lawrence Ellis of Mississippi.

A post-mortem examination and a toxicology test are to be conducted to determine the cause of his death.

Ellis, who was said to have been drinking heavily before he complained of difficulties breathing, was visiting the island.

He was staying at a popular resort in Ocho Rios, St Ann with his wife.

After dinner, Ellis, along with his wife went to their bedroom, where he took his medication

However, he later complained of breathing difficulties and his wife called for assistance.

Ellis was rushed to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The St Ann police are conducting an investigation into the incident.





One of Westmoreland's most wanted men, Davion Brown, otherwise called 'Balti' of a Savanna-la-Mar address has been charged with murder, shooting with intent and illegal possession of firearm and ammunition.

Detectives assigned to the Savanna-la-Mar Criminal Investigation Branch say that Brown, who was arrested on December 15, was interviewed in the presence of his lawyer and was formally charged.

In August, Brown was named as wanted for the murder of 22-year-old Ocielle Hall on Great Georges Street in Westmoreland and in September he allegedly engaged lawmen in a confrontation, during their attempt to apprehend him.

The police say detectives continue to follow strong leads on other cases where they consider Brown to have been a major player.

They are appealing to the public to share information on crimes which Brown may have committed.

He is scheduled to appear before the Westmoreland Parish Court on January 9, 2018.





Scores of persons missed their flights out of the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston on Monday evening because of lengthy traffic delays along the Palisadoes strip, which leads to the airport.

The daylight New Year's party, Sandz and other activities brought a high volume of people and motor vehicles to the strip, and created a traffic pile-up which was disastrous. The security minister has caled for a full report and has blasted those in authority who made a decision to grant permits to the promoters of the event, without figuring out how they were going to ensure that the corridor remained free-flowing.

Several airline passengers in a desperate bid to make their flights, got out of cars and began walking with their luggage in hand towards the airport.

The bumper to bumper pile up of traffic extended from the airport round-about close to the entrance of the airport to the Carib Cement Company on Michael Manley Boulevard with very little movement as unruly motorists created multiple lanes.

Some flights at the airport were delayed because flight crew members were also caught in traffic.

Bicycles and motorcycles were being charted by desperate would-be passengers to get to the airport.

The police were kept busy as they sought to direct the high volume of traffic entering and exiting the strip.

One of the cops said he has never experienced such traffic build up in his seven years in the force.





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