February 2018 Archives

woman-found-dead-petrice-porteous.jpgThe Lucea police have confirmed that a woman of a Mount Peace address and her son are now both in police custody and are being questioned, in connection with the death of the missing female, whose body was discovered in a shallow grave in the area on Sunday evening, February 25.

The police have also confirmed that the woman is the mother-in-law of the victim and her son who is the prime suspect is said to be her boyfriend.

Investigators pointed out that the victim, 20-year-old mother, Petrice Porteous, otherwise called "Little One" of Mount Peace District was locked in an ongoing family dispute with her mother-in-law up to the time of her death.

She was last seen alive in the company of the accused male on the same night of February 12 that she went missing.

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The Lucea police have reported that Petrice resided in Mount Peace with her father and her 3-year-old daughter.

Adolphus Porteous, Petrice's father reportedly told online portal, Newsbug, that he last saw her on January 27 when she left home to spend time with her twin sister in Montego Bay.

According to the father, Petrice worked at an establishment in Sandy Bay, Hanover so she left her sister's house and was going to work.

She was last seen alive on February 12 in Hanover, allegedly when the accused man went to pick her up from work in Sandy Bay.

She was supposed to have been heading home but she disappeared without a trace.

One family member told our news team that reports of her disappearance were made to the police and then contact was made with the accused man.

They were told by him that he dropped her off at the intersection of the Johnson Town main road and Kew main road.

Immediately family members and residents in the community searched sections of bushes over the past week to locate her but were unsuccessful.

On Sunday about 3:45 p.m., residents who were searching, saw dogs fighting over what appeared to be a bloody piece of female clothing at a shallow grave in bushes, at a section of the area known as Kew Top.

The police were alerted and upon arrival, the shallow grave was uprooted and it resulted in the gruesome discovery of Petrice's decomposed body.

One officer stated that it would appear that she was murdered elsewhere and buried at that location. Also, a black substance which resembled engine oil was thrown on the body by her killers, obviously to keep down the scent.





bolt-racers-grand-prix.jpgUsain Bolt will get a chance to live his dream when he plays football at Old Trafford, but in doing so, the Olympic great will also ensure that the dreams of scores of Jamaican children will also be realised.

The retired sprinter will raise a minimum of £250,000 ($44 million) through a football match on June 10, four days before the start of the World Cup.

Bolt, who teased a day earlier that he had signed for a football team, on Tuesday, announced that he will be playing his first official match as a football player at the 'Theatre of Dreams'.

The lifelong Manchester United fan will captain a Soccer Aid World XI that will go up against a Robbie Williams select team, featuring a number of top names.

Bolt, who hung up his spikes after last year's World Championships in London after a stellar career that saw him win eight Olympic medals and break world records in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m as part of Jamaica's team, said he was thrilled to be able to give back in such a meaningful way, while realising a dream of his own.

"This is a win-win, not only will I be playing at Old Trafford and doing something that I have always dreamt of doing, but I will also be ensuring that the dreams of many young Jamaicans will be met through this partnership with Soccer Aid and UNICEF," Bolt reportedly told The Gleaner.

Through the arrangement, UNICEF's local arm will receive a minimum of £250,000 ($44 million) for a charity which is to be determined.





shocked.jpgIn June 2017 the body of a woman, Nadian Dyer was dug out of a "house-tomb" by law enforcement in the parish of Westmoreland. It has been confirmed from an exclusive report, that Ayele Russell, 22, was arrested on an unrelated charge in Brooklyn, New York, on February 12, 2018, under arrest number K18609741Q.

Russell, booked for 2nd-degree felony robbery, is housed at a Brooklyn detention complex as number 1411801054, since February 13. He has since appeared in court and was remanded at Otis Bantum Correctional Center in New York.

Nadian and her 3-year-old daughter went missing for months until news surfaced that they were murdered by her boyfriend and their bodies cemented in a tomb, in a room at the house in Pee Wee Lane, in West End, Negril, in the parish of Westmoreland.

In July 2017 the Westmoreland police were in the process of completing documents to facilitate a search in the United States for a 21-year-old man, identified as Ayele Russell, who they say is wanted in connection with the murder of Nadian Dyer.

Russell is alleged to have killed Dyer's 3-year-old daughter, Orlandie Malcolm, in February 2017 and murdered Dyer, who was known as his girlfriend, in April 2017.

Dyer's body was discovered shortly after 6:00 pm on Tuesday, June 7, and removed about 7:30 pm. The victim was identified by her mother with the help of a tattoo on her arm.

Her decomposing body had several stab wounds and a large wound to her stomach. It is believed she was murdered two months before her decomposing body was found.

Police say Russell fled the island to the United States several days before the gruesome discovery of Dyer's body in a tomb in a back room at his home.





omar-colleymore-and-wife.jpgOmar "Best" Collymore, the 35-year-old man accused of masterminding the murder of his wife Simone in Red Hills, St Andrew, last month, is without legal representation

Collymore and his co-accused, Michael Adams and Dewayne Pink, appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court yesterday and indicated to the court that he needs to make a telephone call overseas to secure a lawyer.

A March 21 date was subsequently set for him to obtain an attorney and for the case file to be completed.

Collymore, Adams and Pink are charged with two counts of murder in relation to the killing of 32-year-old Simone Campbell-Collymore and 36-year-old taxi operator Winston Watson.

Collymore was captured at a guest house in St Elizabeth during an operation on February 8, two days after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Prior to Collymore's arrest, he was taken into custody after he was held at Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston attempting to leave the island.





Bolt signs to football club

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usain-bolt-photo-15.jpgTriple world record holder Usain Bolt, in a move that has set the world of sports on high alert, says he has agreed to sign for a football club.

Bolt, who brought his career to an end following the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London, has frequently talked up his footballing prowess and revealed last month he was set for a trial with Borussia Dortmund in March.

"It's something that I want to do," Bolt told the Daily Express in January. "In March we're going to do a trials with Dortmund and that will determine what I do with that career, which way it goes. If they say I'm good, and that I need a bit of training, I'll do it.

The 31 year old has always spoken of his desire to play football once his sprinting career was over, and on Sunday he tweeted to say "I've signed for a football team! Find out which one this Tuesday at 8am GMT."





The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) launch launched a campaign that will target wanted criminals for the Lenten season.

Since the start of the year more than 200 people have been killed across the island.

The JCF says the campaign will be guided by the theme: "What Are You Giving Up for Lent" and will encourage citizens to be alert and report wanted persons whose pictures will be made public.

The police say the initiative is part of its drive to create safer communities across the island and urged law-abiding citizens to give their support.

The JCF says members of the public can share information anonymously by calling its tip line at 811, Crime Stop at 311, the nearest police station or through the Stay Alert app that's available in the Google Play Store.

The campaign ends March 30.





bounty-killer-photo-9.jpgGrammy award winning Dancehall veteran, Rodney Price aka Bounty Killer says he is "honored and humbled" after receiving the Mentorship Award from the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) at its Honour Awards in Kingston on Sunday.

Bounty Killer who has received a variety of awards, including Grammys, Moonmen, says that this award is special because it's the first time he's being recognised for the work he has done for others.

Bounty is known as the artiste who has given a voice and a microphone to a host of dancehall's top deejays when they were literally nobodies. And, although most of them have been ungrateful, Bounty still thanked them for the opportunity that he had in moulding their careers and helping to make them into household names.

Bounty Killer has been credited with giving a slew of entertainers their big break including Mavado, Vybz Kartel, Scare Dem Crew, Cham, Bling Dwag, Wayne Marshall, Aidonia and countless others.





Ed Sheeran is world's best-selling artiste for 2017

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ed-sheeran-shape-of-you.jpgBritish singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran was named the world's best-selling artiste of 2017, thanks to his album Divide and singles Shape of You and Perfect.

Divide, which was released in March 2017, and went multi-Platinum in 36 nations.

Sheeran's pop ballad Shape of You was also the best-selling single globally of 2017 and has been certified as multi-Platinum in 32 nations.

It was the first time that a recording artist has had both the best-selling album and single of the year.





Alexx Antaeus teams with Devin on exciting new track

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devin-and-alexx.jpgAward-winning composer, recording artiste and producer Alexx Antaeus, that musical mission has led him to record, remix and produce for an eclectic selection of artistes such as Tommy Lee Sparta, Young M.C., Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, The Rolling Stones, and Earth, Wind & Fire among other notable artists.

After recently being honoured for his 25 year membership at NARAS (the governing body of the GRAMMY Awards), Alexx introduced his forthcoming album slated for release this fall entitled "Alexx Antaeus presents The Riddim Travelers" with the lead single "GET HOT" featuring GRAMMY nominated Devin Di Dakta. Devin became a household name in Jamaica, following his victory in the "Magnum Kings & Queens of Dancehall" competition. The latter translated into various hit charting music, a Grammy nomination for 2017 Grammy Awards for Best Reggae Album (Sly & Robbie Present: Reggae For Her) and a growing presence on the Billboard charts.

As dance meets dancehalll on "Alexx Antaeus presents The Riddim Travelers", the compilation has journeyed the globe to go beyond the expected pairings and meshed cultures through music. With the electric collaboration "GET HOT", the single aim is to break all musical borders and stereotype by blending hard beats, world rhythms, and great melodies. Produced by Alexx, for his imprint label Monom Records, "GET HOT" was written by both himself and Devin, and is now available (http://smarturl.it/GetHot-RT) to add to your musical collection, distributed on all major digital outlets by renowned Tuff Gong International.

In support of the hit bound single, "GET HOT" also offers Original, Tribal, Trap, Progressive and Chill Out remixes, and visuals that premiered over the weekend. Produced by Alexx Antaeus and directed by Damaniac Visualz, viewers will be drawed in as the video is reminiscent of a short movie where both Alexx and Devin play lead roles to a sexy supporting cast.

Riddim Travelers - Get Hot [Feat. Alexx Antaeus & Devin Di Dakta] [Official Video]





jah-cure.jpgGrammy nominee and ex-convict, Jah Cure, needs to find a cure for his anger or else the cops he so angrily cussed out on his Instagram Stories last week will surely visit his house again, this time with a warrant. Can somebody please tell this wanna-be-Kardashian that acting like a diva and ranting on social media is totally out of character for a Rastaman.

As a matter of fact, Jah Cure can cut him locks and done.

We haven nutten more to seh.





foota-hype-photo-1-cropped.jpgIf a laugh....!!!!

All right. So, controversial dancehall selector, Foota Hype, is up to his tricks. In the latest episode of his ongoing social media drama, Foota bawl it out loud dat dem ketch one big name dancehall artiste at the obeah man.

The selector-turn-producer-turn-social-media-desperado shared during his Instagram live last week that a popular Dancehall artiste was caught at a obeah man in St Thomas getting a bath recently. And not just that....the story get sweeter. According to Foota, a close friend of his went to the obeah worker for help with an upcoming trial but was told that a 'big celebrity' was there to see the science man, so Foota's friend was turned away that day.

Anyway, the science man gave Foota friend a lickle look and Foota friend ....NOT Foota himself, but Foota friend... and the friend saw the artiste who Foota says was in his underwear getting ready for a bath. Hear dis now, a bottle was beside the water with the words 'HIT SONG' write big and bold.

Foota was at pains to point out that he, Foota wasn't the one who saw the artiste. Cause that would cause social media to ask what Foota was doing at the science man yard.

Foota Hype also claims that the artiste is well-known and is now 'running the place' since the incident.





jamaica-cocaine-seized.jpgBUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA (AFP) -- Police have seized nearly 400 kilos of cocaine from the Russian embassy in Buenos Aires and arrested several members of a drug trafficking gang, Argentina's security minister announced Thursday.

Patricia Bullrich told a press conference that the drugs discovered in an annex of the embassy had a street value of around 50 million euros (about US$62 million).

"A gang of narco-criminals was trying to use the diplomatic courier service of the Russian embassy" to ship the drugs to Europe, she said.

She told reporters that Russian and Argentine police had decided to mount a sting operation after the Russian ambassador informed them of the drugs find in December 2016.

"The cocaine was replaced by flour and monitoring devices were placed to monitor delivery" of the 16 bags of the drug, Bullrich said. She said the sting had resulted in the arrest of five suspects -- two in Argentina and three in Russia.

The drug, of "very high purity," was destined for Russia and probably also Germany, where the suspected mastermind lives. "We believe the German police will arrest this fugitive," Bullrich said.

The minister said Russian security service agents "came to Argentina on three occasions to assist in the investigation", which took more than a year.

The cocaine was replaced by flour and monitoring devices were placed to monitor delivery"

Meanwhile, social media has been asking pertinent questions of the Jamaican police: "JCF are you looking? This is how you set traps and capture the drug dealers. Not by anouncing every drug find to the media and calling it a dent in the drug trade."

Another user wrote: "Maybe we need the JCF to take note of how to handle sensitive information and how to track them down. They can start with putting tracking devices in the bags of rice which it is claimed that the residents send to the gun men who are hiding in the hills after fleeing August Town. The JCF must remember that these are smart criminals because they listen to the news and know what and when to expect the police."





reggae-sumfest-2018-confirmed.jpgThe latest additions to this Summer's reggae sumfest are Aidonia, Cham and Ding Dong, The organizers made this news public yesterday. Last week iconic Jamaican reggae artiste Damian Marley was also confirmed to perform on his birthday Saturday July 21st at Reggae Sumfest 2018.

Fresh back from the 2018 grammys after winning the award Damian Marley's next major show in Jamaica is expected to be at Sumfest, joining what will be an all star Festival lineup for both nights featuring Beres Hammond, Maxi Priest, Popcaan, Spice, Sizzla, Capleton, Aidonia, Cham, Ding Dong and many more.

Damian was born on July 21, 1978 and is now age age 39 hence he will be 40 on the day of his sumfest performance.

The greatest reggae show on earth will in full swing this summer June 15 to June 21 in Montego Bay, Jamaica. In case u missed the 1st round of early bird tickets, the organizers will be selling a 2nd set of Early Bird Tickets which will go on sale February 1st 2018 on http://www.reggaesumfest.com/





andrew-holness-photo-5.jpgPrime Minister Andrew Holness has revealed his top favourite artistes and songs and it's no surprise that 'King of Reggae' Bob Marley sits atop the list.

Andrew Holness favourite artistes include:

Bob Marley

Dennis Brown

Beres Hammond

Chronixx

Protoje

Etana

Queen Ifrica

Oops, no dancehall artiste made the list. I guess dancehall artistes are only useful during election time when their popular songs are used on the campaign trail.

Well, when it comes to favourite songs, Holness names 'Natural Mystic' and 'Redemption Song' from Bob Marley, he says Nesbeth's 'My Dream' is his theme song. (Of course.....it certainly helped him to achieve his Dream during the last election when it was the JLP's theme song.)

Holness is also a fan of Chronixx songs such as 'Likes' and others from Chronology.

By the way, where does gospel fall in ll of this? Perhaps 'O Day of Rest and Gladness' #382 from the SDA Hymnal?





Patrick Byrne (Overstock.com CEO), Anthony Di Iorio (Ethereum Co-Founder), and Bill Tai (BitFury Board Member & VC) will each present a Keynote Address in Nassau, Bahamas

CaribPR Wire, NEW YORK, Feb. 22, 2018: Polymath, the security token issuance platform, today announced in partnership with Grit Capital, keynote speakers for POLYCON18 (https://www.polycon18.com/), the world's first event dedicated to securities tokens. The event will be held at the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar in Nassau, Bahamas from February 28th through March 2nd.

Overstock.com CEO, Patrick Byrne, Ethereum Co-Founder, Anthony Di Iorio and venture capitalist and BitFury board member, Bill Tai, will each give a keynote address at this year's inaugural conference.

The worlds of high finance and blockchain will gather at the event, which brings together institutional investors, retail advisors and high net worth individuals, as well as some of the most exciting and fastest-growing blockchain companies from around the world.

The conference features 35+ companies, 450+ attendees, a $100k ICO pitch competition sponsored by Victory Square, 1x1 meetings, keynote dinners, a cabana pool party, a casino night, and much more.

Attendees include former NFL players Israel Idonije and Ryan Mundy, as well as top-rated radio show host Todd Shapiro of The Todd Shapiro Show on SiriusXM Canada, whose weekly listenership tops over 1 million.

Featured POLYCON18 thought leaders include Matthew Roszak, chairman and co-founder of Bloq; Brock Pierce, co-founder of Block.one; Shawn Owen, CEO of SALT Lending; Yasmeen Drummond, co-founder of Women in Blockchain; Halsey Minor, CEO and co-founder of Live Planet and VideoCoin, Jason White, senior lead equity of crypto and ICO crowdfunding at Indiegogo, and many, many more!

"We're excited to arrange this meeting of the minds at the first-ever conference dedicated to securities tokens," said CEO of Polymath, Trevor Koverko. "POLYCON18 will connect the industry's top thought leaders and investors with the most innovative blockchain companies for an exclusive opportunity to network in an intimate and exciting environment."

POLYCON18 is hosted in partnership with Grit Capital, a leading consultancy service provider for investment relations and corporate development, and organized by Untraceable, the world's first blockchain and cryptocurrency event management and marketing agency.





PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands, Feb. 22, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ -- interCaribbean Airways celebrating 26 years of continuous services, is pleased to announce new nonstop schedule services from Dominica to St Lucia and Tortola, with 1 stop easy connections via Tortola to St Thomas, St Croix, Sint Maarten, San Juan, Providenciales and Santo Domingo.

Travelers can make two-stop connections via interCaribbean flights to Kingston and Nassau. Even allowing for two stops this is still one of the fastest travel times in the Caribbean.

Flights to and from Dominica begin on March 22 with 3 weekly flights as follows:.

FL# FROM TO EFFECTIVE UNTIL DAYS DEP ARR

521 EIS DOM 22-Mar-18 03-Nov-18 Mo Th Su 4:25 p.m 5:45 p.m

621 DOM SLU 22-Mar-18 03-Nov-18 Mo Th Su 6:15 pm 6:55 pm

622 SLU DOM 22-Mar-18 03-Nov-18 Mo Tu Fr 9:00 am 9:40 am

522 DOM EIS 22-Mar-18 03-Nov-18 Mo Tu Fr 10:10 am 11:30 am

DOM = Dominica Douglas Charles Airport, EIS = Tortola Terrence B. Lettsome International Airport, SLU = St. Lucia - Castries International Airport.

interCaribbean has expanded its schedule to new points throughout the Caribbean connecting more of the Caribbean than any other Caribbean Airline.

CEO Trevor Sadler, stated: "We are pleased to begin connecting Dominica with our Caribbean, bringing affordable air fares to this latest interCaribbean destination". We look forward to welcoming Citizens and Residents aboard and adding new connections and cities that Dominica can enjoy.

Colin Piper. Director of Tourism, Dominica welcomes the new service, stating: "interCaribbean is giving Dominicans new choices to fly to and from Dominica and more connections to more places, the service is very timely and very welcome. We look forward to the launch and anticipation of service to further islands."





Science lab explosion at Mona High school

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Several students of the Mona High School in St Andrew were on Thursday afternoon rushed to the University Hospital of the West Indies following an explosion during a scientific experiment.

It is understood that following the explosion there were cries for help from students.

Several students, along with one teacher, were immediately rushed hospital for medical treatment.

The conditions of the students and teacher could not be immediately ascertained.





omar-colleymore-and-wife.jpgWord is that accused killer Omar Collymore paid contract killers $500,000 to kill his wife, Simone Campbell-Collymore. Mrs. Campbell-Collymore was shot and killed on January 2. She was killed shortly after she boarded a taxi in Red Hills, St Andrew and the taxi driver was also murdered during the incident.

Two men who're believed to be Collymore's co-conspirators are in custody in connection with the crime and Collymore himself has been remanded following his first court appearance.

Statements have been given to the police alleging that Collymore paid $500,000 to contract killers to have his wife murdered.

Investigators are theorizing that he killed his wife in pursuit of life insurance proceeds. Collymore, who has two children with Simone, is also a person of interest in the 2008 murder of Angela Aguiar in Florida. Both Aguiar and Omar Collymore late wife, Simone, had taken out life insurance policies and had named him as their beneficiary.

Although Omar Collymore is a United States citizen, he is originally from Barbados.





St Thomas machete mom loses custody of children

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machete-beaten.jpgWhen St Thomas mother Doreen 'Da' Dyer received her suspended sentence recently, her greatest desire was to be reunited with her children. However, that is not to be. The two children, including the daughter she was seen in a video beating with a machete, will remain in the custody of their aunt until they are 18 years old.

That was the verdict of Senior Parish Judge Fiona Feare-Gregory when Dyer, her sister, and the two children appeared before the Yallahs Children's Court this weeky.

The children, who are twins, are 13 years old.

They were placed in the custody of their aunt after their mother was charged last year October.

The court ruled that Dyer will be able to have supervised visits with her children with her sister present.

Forty-four-year-old Dyer was sentenced to three years' probation after pleading guilty to cruelty to a child in the St Thomas Parish Court on February 9.

She was charged by the police last year and was subsequently offered bail.

The partially nude mother was seen in a video beating the girl violently with a machete while uttering expletives.





Jamhuri Reggae Festival 2017 Reloaded at KICC

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jamhuri-reggae-festival-2017-reloaded-at-kicc.jpgKenyatta Hill and Freddie McGregor

Saturday, March 3rd, 2018

Gates Open at 6 PM

Early Bird Tickets

Regular: 700 | Vip: 3500

Tickets available on www.ticketsasa.com





Outpouring of tributes as Billy Graham dies at 99

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billy-graham.jpgThe Rev. Billy Graham, a North Carolina farmer's son who preached to millions in stadium events he called crusades, becoming a pastor to presidents and the nation's best-known Christian evangelist for more than 60 years, died on Wednesday at his home in Montreat, N.C. He was 99.

His death was confirmed by Jeremy Blume, a spokesman for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

Mr. Graham had dealt with a number of illnesses in his last years, including prostate cancer, hydrocephalus (a buildup of fluid in the brain) and symptoms of Parkinson's disease.

Mr. Graham spread his influence across the country and around the world through a combination of religious conviction, commanding stage presence and shrewd use of radio, television and advanced communication technologies.

Tributes are pouring in from across the world for Graham, who was a confidant and advisor to several presidents, from Eisenhower to Bush.





Beenie Man and D'Angel still legally married

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wedding-photos-beenie-man-and-d-angel-photo-1.jpgThe event is still known as 'Dancehall's biggest wedding'. The ceremony between at then pregnant D'Angel and the King of Dancehall, Beenie Man at Crichton Estate, St. Andrew, Jamaica on August 22, 2006. However, the fairy-tale wedding didn't have a fairy-tale ending. They didn't "live happily ever after" It was soon Splitsville for the first couple of Dancehall, and, surprisingly, years after the split, the two have still not yet finalized their divorce. Beenie Man, who is now dating Krystal Tomlinson, says process should be over very soon as all the documents were sent in and signed, all they need now is the stamp of approval.

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It's back to court for Munga Honorebel

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munga.jpgDancehall entertainer Munga Honorebel is scheduled to appear in court today (Wed).

Munga is charged with the murder of Cleveland Smith who was shot dead on Molynes Road, in Kingston last February.

According to Munga's attorney Christopher Townsend, when his client faces the Kingston and St. Andrew parish court , the judge will be re-examining his current fine and will further determine if there is sufficient evidence to support the matter being sent to the Supreme Court.

Munga whose real name is Damian Rhoden, is currently out on bail and still recording and releasing new music.





Senior advisor and strategist to Tourism Minister, Delano Seiveright states that, "Jamaica, and in particular Montego Bay, is seeing an uptick in wealthy and celebrity tourists some of whom take to their social media platforms, with millions of young fans each, to publicise their vacation giving us incredible positive publicity. For Montego Bay in particular it is very good".

Highlighting a surge in celebrity and wealthy visitors, Chief Executive Officer of MBJ Airports, operators of Montego Bay's Sangster International Airport, Rafael Echavarne recently noted that, "from December 23 to December 31 a total of 60 private jets were accommodated at the Airport with December 26th recording the highest number with a total of 18 private jets accommodated, the place was absolutely full."

Just late last month, former US President Bill Clinton vacationed in Montego Bay and its environs for a weekend spending on the golf course at Tryall Club. Among the high profile party was former Governor of the US State of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe who also served as chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 2001 to 2005, was co-chairman of President Bill Clinton's 1996 re-election campaign, and was chairman of Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign.

Bartlett pointed to provisional data from the Jamaica Tourist Board showing a roughly seven per cent increase in the number of stopover tourists for the month of January compared to the same month last year. A record 4.3 million combined stopover and cruise tourists visited Jamaica in 2017.

This according to Bartlett represents a 12.1 per cent increase over arrivals in 2016. "it is the first time that...we brought more than 500,000 additional visitors and near US$500 million more in a single calendar year." he noted.





justin-and-selena.jpgJamaica continues to benefit from a raft of high-profile visits by celebrities, ranging from pop music stars to a former US President.

On the heels of the island in December copping the World's Leading Wedding Destination award, pop stars Justin Bieber and his girlfriend Selena Gomez are in Montego Bay for the wedding of Bieber's father, Jeremy and new stepmom Chelsey Rebelo.

Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett pointed out that high profile visits to the island, "enable the destination to effectively promulgate it's diverse offerings to specific and very important demographics while showcasing the island as a must do for a great vacation experience. We are undoubtedly a multi-faceted destination."

Bieber and Gomez's visit follows that of Russian Tennis Star Maria Sharapova, who vacationed in and around Montego Bay, staying at the famed Round Hill Hotel and Villas. There, Sharapova spent 15 minutes on the tennis court with a guest as part of a charity effort. Another famous pop music celebrity, Shawn Mendez, vacationed in Portland last week, while Singer Solange Knowles, sister of Pop star Beyonce, vacationed earlier this month on the island.

Meanwhile, billionaire fashion icon Ralph Lauren, who owns a vacation home on the outskirts of Montego Bay, spent several days on the island and was recently honoured by Hanover Charities at their yearly Sugar Cane Ball at Round Hill. Prime Minister Andrew Holness and Tourism Minister, Bartlett officially acknowledged Lauren's love and philanthropic work on the island.





caribbean-actors-black-panther-letitia-wright-shuri.jpgThe Caribbean was well represented in the blockbuster hit Black Panther.

Among the shining stars of Marvel Studios' superhero movie were Letitia Wright from Guyana and Winston Duke of Trinidad & Tobago, who gave notable performances in the Hollywood blockbuster.

The pair are riding the success of the record setting film.

Wright, 24, was born in Guyana but moved to London as a child. She plays Shuri, the sister of T'Challa, the prince who becomes ruler of the fictional African kingdom of Wakanda and reigning Black Panther. This makes Letitia a real but very differnt type of Disney Princess.

Dubbed "the smartest person in the world; smarter than Tony Stark" by executive producer Nate Moore, Shuri is the genius behind some of Wakanda's most advanced technology and the creator of Black Panther's suits and gadgets, made from the mythical, nearly indestructible metal known as vibranium.

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"I've never really seen a character like that in a script before," Wright says. "I never saw a young black girl being interested in engineering or science or math or wanting to heal people. I saw lots of stereotypes, and that's clearly the difference in why I really wanted to play that part."

Shuri is a tech-savvy teenage princess who is Peter Parker, Tony Stark, and Q from Bond all rolled into one. But for all her exceptional brilliance Shuri, as Wright plays her, is also shockingly normal. As an otherworldly Wakandan war wages around her, Shuri is recognizable as a teasing little sister there to keep her big brother both safe and in check.

Tobago-born actor Duke, 31, moved to the U.S. with his family when he was nine years old.

Based on the Marvel comic book series that started in the mid-1960s, Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o and Angella Bassett, among others.

Along with Boseman, Wright and Duke appear in the Avengers sequel, which opens in May.





Khago's album makes Billboard Reggae chart debut

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khago-walk-a-mile.jpgCall him what you may, but Khago must have been doing some good music, even while he was bus criticising and being criticised by members of the entertainment fraternity.

The Reggae and dancehall artiste has made his way unto the Billboard Reggae Albums chart.

The 15 track compilation Walk A Mile debuted in the number five position.

The album was released on February 9 via the Streaminn Hub imprint.

Walk a Mile is available on a number of major online platforms including iTunes and Amazon music.

Khago will certainly have a lot to say on this.





Clarendon's most wanted killed

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One of Clarendon's most wanted men, Niko Walters, otherwise called 'Freckles' or 'Speckles', unemployed of Farm/Effortville in May Pen, was shot and killed during a confrontation with the police on Monday.

A policeman was shot and injured in the incident.

Reports are that during an operation in the Effortville area, Walters was seen and, on the approach of the police, he pulled a firearm and opened fire, hitting a policeman on the left index finger.

The gunfire was returned and Walters was hit.

He was taken to the May Pen Hospital along with the injured policeman, where Walters died while undergoing treatment.





The administration of the Wolmer's Boys School held further discussions about security at the institution, after a student was questioned by police yesterday (Mon), about a threatening voice note which has gone viral.

The 18 year old student was arrested after the voice note reportedly denoted threats of a mass shooting went viral on social media.

In a statement Monday, the ministry said that as a result of preliminary discussions held among ministry officials and school administrators, a follow up meeting including with the Chairman of the school board is being held.

It said among the matters to be addressed are the general safety and security of the school, risks, threats and areas that may need strengthening.

Meanwhile, the Education Ministry says it is assisting the police in conducting a psychological assessment of the student.

Detectives from the Counter Terrorism and Organized Crime CTOC, led by Assistant Commissioner of Police ACP Fitz Bailey, questioned the student and his parents in the wake of the threatening voice note he reportedly sent to a teacher.

The ministry says other students are being questioned.

The police is also urging individuals to desist from circulating the audio clip, as it may cause undue anxiety.The





A female entertainer who was reported missing on Thursday following the discovery of the body of accountant Esron Laing, has been found unharmed.

The woman has been identified as Sherine Fox, an up-and-coming artiste who goes by the stage name Sexilous of Pembroke Hall in St Andrew and Rocky Point, Clarendon.

Police say Fox was found Friday afternoon and is currently back with her family. She is not a suspect at this time and investigations into Laing's murder are still ongoing.

Laing was reportedly shot dead after leaving a party in Portland Cottage in Clarendon to take Fox home bout 4 am on Wednesday. His Range Rover was found on the banks of a river in bushes close to where his body was found.

When his body was discovered, only the woman's belongings were found at the scene and in Laing's vehicle.





hands-behind-bars.jpgThe man and a woman who were charged in connection with the murders of the Jamaican-Canadian couple Melbourne and Etta Flake in Retreat, St Thomas were remanded when they appeared before the St Thomas Parish this morning.

Twenty-five-year-old Fabian Skervin and his girlfriend Nekia Thompson are each charged with two counts of murder and one count of robbery with aggravation.

Thompson was questioned by the police on Monday and was charged Tuesday.

Her boyfriend was charged last week.

Thompson's attorney Hensley Williams reportedly asked the court for the matter to be called up at a later date as the necessary files were not available and full disclosure was not made.

They are to return to court on March 1 when it is expected that a bail application will be made.

Skervin and Thompson were picked up during a police operation in Seaforth on February 7.

The woman was released and later taken back into custody and both were subsequently charged.

Eighty-one-year-old Melbourne and 70-year-old Etta were found dead in their house with their hands and feet bound on the morning of January 9.





Reggae SumFest confirmed for July 15-21, 2018

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reggae-sumfest-2018-confirmed.jpgRed Stripe

presents

Reggae SumFest

Downsound Entertainment

Confirmed

Montego Bay Jamaica - July 15-21, 2018

For all show and ticketing info please check www.reggaesumfest.com

Must be 18 years or older to drink. Drink responsibly!





nabiyah-be-nightshade.jpgRyan Coogler's "Black Panther" released on Thursday and among the cast is actress/ singer Nabiyah Be, who plays the role of Tilda Johnson, aka. Nightshade.Nabiyah Be is a Brazilian-Jamaican actress and singer/songwriter. She's the daughter of Grammy Award winner Jimmy Cliff.

Odessa, the actress' sister confirmed her character's identity on Twitter, from the middle of last year and again in an interview last week with a local paper. pointing out her brief appearance in a shot alongside Michael B. Jordan's Killmonger in the "Black Panther" teaser trailer.

"Hey Tweetrens just want to brag that my baby sister Nabiyah is in the #BlackPanther movie. She plays Tilda Johnson. I'm a proud big sister. pic.twitter.com/ZnhzjtHojQ"

-- oDessa (@oblessa) June 11, 2017

In the comics, Nightshade is a genius supervillain who first debuted back in the Steve Englehart and Alan Weiss' Captain America #164 back in 1973 and has faced-off against the likes of Captain America, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and Black Panther over the years.

Nabiyah Be originated the role of Eurydice in Anaïs Mitchell's highly acclaimed Hadestown and performs in the Hadestown Original Cast Album scheduled for 2017 release.

Coogler is directing Marvel's Black Panther from a screenplay he co-wrote with Joe Robert Cole.

The cast includes Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Sterling K. Brown, Daniel Kaluuya, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Florence Kasumba, Shaunette Renée Wilson, Isaach de Bankolé, and John Kani.

Black Panther follows T'Challa, who, after the events of Captain America: Civil War, returns home to the isolated, technologically-advanced African nation of Wakanda to take his place as King. However, when an old enemy reappears on the radar, T'Challa's mettle as King and Black Panther is tested when he is drawn into a conflict that puts the entire fate of Wakanda and the world at risk.





Nesbeth to release new album by crowdfunding

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nesbeth-photo-3.jpgAlways seeking to change the status quo Nesbeth, one of Jamaica's most prolific Reggae luminaries is taking an innovative new approach to the production and release of his upcoming debut album. Titled A.M.E.N, the acronym derives from the name of his late wife Ann-Maire Elliot Nesbeth which holds very special meaning to the singer.

Considering the sentimental value and also being his first official album, Nesbeth said he wanted to do something special instead of merely outputting the album via the traditional method of a major label and hope for the best. Hence the introduction of Crowdfunding.

What is Crowdfunding? It is a method of raising capital and giving people a hands-on experience through the collective effort of friends, family, fans, and individual investors. This approach taps into the collective efforts of a large pool of individuals--primarily online via social media and other platforms--and leverages their support networks for greater reach and exposure.

"Though I have no issues with major labels I opted instead to work directly with my fans. Some people may think this is a weird concept but the idea is this platform will allow them to invest directly in my album, provide me with quality feedback and updates, and for their investments and feedback, they will receive special rewards (eg. autograph promotional paraphernalia, exclusive news, pre-released album, discounted dubs etc.). One of the greatest advantages it also allows you to see and feel the true essence of your fan base." -Nesbeth added.

Nesbeth Explains 'Crowdfunding', The Innovative New Approach To His Debut Album

Though the concept is relatively new to Jamaica and the Caribbean diaspora, Nesbeth believes the platform which is more popular in North America and Europe will help to change the way music is marketing in the region and wants to be a pioneer for that change.

Slated for release this Summer. For Nesbeth, as much as for his fans, music has also been the best remedy for personal and social healing. Since it brings out an empowering force that every person has within them. It is also through music, namely through this new A.M.E.N. album, that Nesbeth wants to share his healing experience with those who, like him, have also dealt or are dealing with loss and other tribulations, with those who believe in a better tomorrow, and, ultimately, with everyone who couldn't live without the soothing and refreshing touch of great reggae music.

To execute promoting this exceptional body of work and ensure its global success. We're inviting individuals to PRE-ORDER TODAY and be a part of something beautiful and musically amazing. The official campaign was launched on Saturday, February 17th.





dwight-yorke.jpgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) -- Former Trinidad & Tobago and Manchester United footballer Dwight Yorke is being sued by reigning Chutney Soca Monarch Neval Chatelal for the non-payment of a TT$250,000 (One TT dollar =US$0.16 cents) loan.

Yorke, 46, was reportedly loaned the money in March last year to assist in a financial bind.

In the court documents filed last week, Chatelal claimed that Yorke approached him for the loan after his 'Island Vibe' fete which was held on March 4, 2017.

The court documents say the former national footballer was unable to secure a lender for the fete and as a result, was in a bind as he needed to pay those who provided services for the event. Yorke allegedly said that he could not approach the bank as the time for approval would place him in an embarrassing situation.

Chatelal subsequently agreed to loan Yorke TT$250,000 with a TT$50,000 interest to be paid after two months.

He reportedly deposited the money into the Dwight Yorke Foundation account on March 7 following the agreement.

Two months following the deposit, Chatelal contacted Yorke who in December 2017, paid him TT$50,000.

In January, a pre-action protocol letter was sent to Yorke where he was "invited to amicably settle the matter."

There was no response and on February 12, the legal proceeding was filed.

In 2016, Machel Montano sued Yorke for falsely using his name to promote a party that year.

He later dropped the lawsuit but had obtained an injunction to stop Yorke from using his name.

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Dwight Yorke is the ex-boyfriend and baby father of glamour model, Katie Price. Katie has previously accused ex-boyfriend Dwight of not seeing their child, who suffers from a range of disabilities including Prader-Willi syndrome and visual impairment.

In her last autobiography, she wrote: "It's sad that [Dwight] is unable to accept Harvey for who he is and seems unable or unwilling to work within his limitations.

"I think Dwight wanted to blame someone for the fact that his son is disabled. I have always said that if Dwight could see what a courageous and talented boy Harvey is then he would enjoy being with him so much."

In 2009, he told BBC Radio 5: "I would like to play an integral part in his upbringing, of course, I love my kid but wasn't given the opportunity to really bring him up in the manner I would like to bring him up in."





Man in custody over murder of 14-year-old girl

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hands-behind-bars.jpgPolice in St James are reporting that the man wanted for the murder of a 14-year-old girl was taken into police custody on Saturday.

He is Owen Allen, otherwise called 'Zoo Bug', of Brown's Lane, Granville in the parish.

An appeal was made for Allen to turn himself in to the police following the murder of Tianna Clarke who is also from the area.

Reports are that about 8:30 am Tianna's body was found in an unfinished building in her community.

Hours later, Allen reported to the Freeport Police.

Lawmen said he is to be questioned in the presence of his attorney.





A high level investigative team has been probing a social media threat issued against students of Wolmer's Boys' School in Kingston. This follows the circulation of a voice note with threatening messages purported to be from a student at the school.

In the more than 10-minute long voice note, a boy can be heard expressing frustration over calling colleagues by phone but not receiving an answer.

He further complained about being "ostracized" and society putting him in "a box with sickos". In the long rant, he chided so-called "friends" who don't remember his name or his birthday, and ignore him when they see him on the road.

He then lists a number of names, before apparently issuing a violent threat against them.

Anxiety over the incident has been fueled by last week's mass killing at a Florida school. A former student opened fire with a semi-automatic rifle at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, killing at least 17 people.

Police are urging individuals to desist from circulating the audio clip, as it may cause undue anxiety at this time.

In the meantime, the Police High Command is asking persons who may have information that can assist with the investigation to contact the Counter Terrrorism and Organised Crime Branch (CTOC) at 967-1389, 811, Crime Stop at 311 or by using the Stay Alert App to submit information.





crime-scene-gun.jpgThe Westmoreland police report that fourteen-year-old Alkye Nicola Vaccianie, a student of a White Hall, Negril, Westmoreland address, was shot and injured by an unknown assailant on Friday night.

Shortly after, on Saturday morning, the gruesome discovery was made of the partially-clad body of another 14-year-old girl with injuries to her face, in Brown's Lane, Granville, St James.

The Negril incident occurred in White Hall district at about 8:15 p.m.

Reports are that Alkye was sitting outside a shop, when an armed man approached her and open gunfire at her.

She was hit in the right side, left side and left thigh and was transported to the Savanna-La-Mar Hospital, where she has been admitted.

The Savanna-la-Mar Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) is investigating the incident.





florida-victim-helena-ramsay-stoneman-douglas.jpgThe Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade is confirmed that a student of Jamaican heritage was killed in last week's school shooting in Parkland, Florida. She is 17-year-old Helena Ramsey.

"My family lost an absolutely beautiful member today, due to a senseless school shooting," Curtis Page Jr. said in a Facebook post about Helena, who would have started college next year.

"Helena was a smart, kind hearted, and thoughtful person. She was deeply loved and loved others even more so. Though she was somewhat reserved, she had a relentless motivation towards her academic studies, and her soft warm demeanor brought the best out in all who knew her. She was so brilliant and witty, and I'm still wrestling with the idea that she is actually gone."

Page said he hopes others can be inspired by Helena's "life well lived, no matter how short."

Fena Cooper, identifying herself as a cousin, said in a Facebook posting, "Valentine's Day will never look the same for my family.

"Helena, we miss you dearly and are so incredibly sorry that your life was cut short. You didn't deserve this. We love you so much and will miss you greatly."

In a statement, foreign affairs minister, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, expressed condolences to the family of the dead Jamaican teen as well as to the families and friends of the other victims.

The shooter shot and killed 17 persons last Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.





omar-best-collymore-aguiar-simore.jpgInvestigators have charged three people in connection with last month's murder of Simone Collymore and taximan, Winston Walters, in Forrest Hills, St Andrew. Among the three accused is her husband Omar Collymore and his arrest has reportedly reignited interest in a 10-year-old murder case in Florida in the United States.

According to the Florida's Sun Sentinel, the murder has renewed interest in a 10-year-old case in the US state.

The Sun Sentinel reports that a decade ago, Omar Best Collymore's girlfriend, Angela Aguiar, was shot dead in a Fort Lauderdale street. Her killer was never charged, but police always considered Collymore someone of interest.

It says Fort Lauderdale detectives are working with Jamaican authorities in hopes of solving the Aguiar homicide. Fort Lauderdale Detective Tracy Figone reportedly told the paper that the two slayings have several similarities.

The paper says in addition to being romantically linked to Collymore, both women had life insurance policies that listed Collymore as a beneficiary.





robbery.jpgA 16-year-old boy is now in hospital battling for life after he was attacked, robbed and then shot by criminals at a football field in St Catherine.

Reports are that at about 2:45 p.m. on Friday the teen and his friends where at the field, close to March Pen Road, having a conversation when two men walked up to the group members.

Sources that one of the men had a machete and the other a firearm.

Reports are that the group members were held up by the thugs and then robbed of their cellphones and other valuables.

Still not satisfied with their illegal act the thugs then opened fire at the victims before running from the area.

The teen was later found suffering from gunshot wounds. He was taken to the Spanish Town Hospital where he has been admitted.

Police from St Catherine North Division have since launched a search for the men who carried out the attack.





Third man charged in Simone Collymore's muder

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omar-best-collymore-angela-aguiar-simone-campbell-collymore.jpgDetectives have charged a third man in connection with the shooting death of St Andrew businesswoman, 32-year-old Simone Campbell-Collymore and 36-year-old taxi driver, Winston Walters.

He has been identified as Dwight Pink, who had been in custody for some time before charges were laid on him on Friday. He has been charged alongside Campbell-Colloymore's husband, Omar 'Best' Collymore, and 27 year-old labourer Michael Adams with murder and conspiracy to murder.

Collymore and Adams were remanded when they appeared before the Gun Court section of the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on Friday. They have been given until February 21 to settle legal representation. Pink was not taken to court.

The 35-year-old Collymore was slapped with murder and conspiracy charges for the execution style killing of his wife and her cab driver, after he was nabbed by detectives during an early morning operation at a guest house in St Elizabeth.

The two were shot and killed by men travelling on motor cycles outside an apartment complex on Stanley Terrace in Red Hills, St Andrew on January 2.

Collymore, who had been listed as a person of interest and asked to surrender to the police, instead went on the run. At the time of his arrest, he was reportedly making arrangements to flee the country by boat.

The United States citizen was himself attacked and shot while sitting in his vehicle at a business place in New Kingston about two weeks after his wife's murder. He and another man escaped with minor injuries.





Florida shooter denied bail

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florida-shooter.jpgFlorida (AP): Nineteen-year-old Nikolas Cruz has been denied bail in connection with the shooting at a Florida High School on Wednesday that left 17 people dead.

He briefly appeared in a Florida court today to answer to 17 counts of first degree murder.

Cruz legally purchased the AR-15 rifle used in the assault at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, law enforcement officials told The Associated Press.

The orphaned 19-year-old is said to have participated in paramilitary drills with a white nationalist group.

As the criminal case against the suspect took shape, the leader of a white nationalist militia called the Republic of Florida said Cruz was a member of his group and participated in exercises in Tallahassee.

Jordan Jereb told The Associated Press that he did not know Cruz personally and that "he acted on his own behalf" and is "solely responsible for what he just did."

The group wants Florida to become its own white ethno-state. Jereb said his organisation holds "spontaneous random demonstrations" and tries not to participate in the modern world.

He also said Cruz had "trouble with a girl" and that he believed the timing of the attack, on Valentine's Day, was not a coincidence.





jamaica-bobsled-team-photo-1.jpgThe Jamaican women's bobsleigh team have been the talk of the 2018 Winter Olympics, but their participation has been thrown into doubt following the resignation of their coach.

The country have never fielded a female team in the sport, and Pyeongchang appeared to be the historic moment, 30 years after the men arrived in Calgary.

That could have changed now, though, with the news that driving coach Sandra Kiriasis - who owns their only sled - has quit her position six days before the start.

Sandra Kiriasis owns the team's sled, but she has quit just a week ahead of the Olympic Games

The BBC reported that her decision comes after she was asked by Jamaica Bobsleigh to change her role from driving coach to track performance analyst, a position that would have meant her no longer working personally with the team.

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Kiriasis appears to have refused, and a statement has been released by the team to confirm her exit just days ahead of the Olympic competition.

'Driving coach Sandra Kiriasis has elected not to continue her position with Jamaica Bobsleigh,' the JBSF said in a statement.

'We are deeply disappointed in her decision to leave the program. We thank her for her invaluable contribution to JBSF and contributing to the success of Jamaica's first female bobsled Olympic appearance.'

Kiriasis herself is an Olympic bobsleigh champion, winning a gold medal as part of the Germany team in 2006, but she will now not contribute to any further success with the Jamaican team.

'I have never known such disappointment in this sport, in my life,' Kiriasis was reported as saying.

There has been much focus on the women's bobsleigh event, partly down to the hit film Cool Runnings, made about the men's team back in 1993.

The movie loosely tells the story of Dudley Stokes, Devon Harris, Michael White and Nelson Stokes - the four men who rode in the sled at the Calgary Games.

This year, though, the focus in the build-up has been with the women, who have been preparing for their maiden appearance.

One of the competitors, Jazmine Fenlator, did compete at the 2014 Olympics as an American athlete, before switching to her father's native Jamaica the following year.

Brakewoman Carrie Russell, though, has switched her focus from summer sports to winter in a bid to create history.

The sprinter won a gold medal in the 4x100m relay at the 2013 World Championships, and is now set to make her Winter Olympics debut.

'This is one of the happiest moments of my life,' the 27-year-old said. 'I never dreamed that I would become a bobsled athlete.'





Romain Virgo embarks on LoveSick European Tour

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romain-lovesick.jpgNew York, NY- VP Records has announced that "LoveSick," the upcoming album from rising reggae star Romain Virgo will be out on March 30th. The 17-track album takes listeners on a journey that explores every emotion felt when finding love, losing love and finding love again.

Executive produced by Niko Browne for Lifeline Music, with additional production by Sting International and Vikings Production, the album presents a new pop reggae sound traced with his signature lovers rock style woven throughout. The first single 'Now', was released last Summer to much fanfare and the latest single is entitled"Still".

The album also includes Romain's stirring version of the Sam Smith smash "Stay With Me."

Meanwhile, Romaine, will be embarking on an European tour at the end of March with special guest Sevana. The tour will include stops in Germany, The UK, Holland and Switzerland (all dates below). He will be setting up U.S. dates later this year.

Raised in a disciplined home in the rural town of Stepney in the parish of St. Annes, Romain first gained fame when he made history as the youngest winner of Television Jamaica's (TVJ) popular "Rising Stars" talent competition at just 17-years-old and later by winning Artist of the Year by JaRIA (Jamaica Reggae Industry Association) in 2012. Growing up listening to the likes of Beres Hammond, Dennis Brown and Percy Sledge, he has modeled his musical style and career after these legends while still remaining true to who he is. Passion drips through every lyric and every note, as listeners can feel the love for his craft.

"I believe love is the one thing that's going to save us, not just in terms of relationships, but in the broader human sense," Romain says of the album's title and content. "I personally believe that nothing forms a stronger bond than love. It cuts through race, religion, creed, everything. We need to put it at the center of our lives."





etana-photo-2.jpgThe Entertainment Ministry has explained that the programme through which Reggae artise Etana was granted US$5000 to help with her tour, was initiated in 2013 by then Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment's junior minister Damian Crawford as a way to enhance the reggae brand and provide additional marketing for destination Jamaica.

"We know from that that it has been music -- reggae music -- that is the essence of the Jamaican brand. Knowing that and the history of Jamaican music and its pull for destination Jamaica, the Tour Support and Artiste Ambassador Programme was started. Between 2013 and 2015 two persons -- Protoje received US$8,000 and Kabaka Pyramid and the Bebble Rockers received US$1,000 during that particular period. Since then, in 2017 Raging Fyah, when they went on their Everlasting Tour and were nominated for the Grammy, also received (US$3,500) tour support, and this year Etana has received tour support. Freddie McGregor also received tour support in 2016 when he was invited to perform in Bogota as part of a creative city endeavour," she shared.

Wilkinson-McDaniel explained that Etana, who is currently on tour, topped a field of four applicants for the grant, noting that there is a clear process for potential recipients, which begins with applicants submitting their bids to the Entertainment Division where they are vetted and sent to the entertainment advisory board for consideration, then to the permanent secretary for ratification and approval.

She did not say who the other artiste were who had also applied for the grant, or explain why Etana, as a US citizen and a seasoned artistes who ears top dollars, would possibly qualify for this kind of support from the Jamaican government.

The ministry rep, who was there on behalf of Miss Grange who was in Parliament, explained the application process: "You have to complete the entertainment registry application because we require that every person who gets support from us, that you are registered as a bona fide cultural practitioner. You need to indicate the size of the venues so that we can then measure the impact -- how many persons are you going to be reaching at any given time. We also look at who are you touring with. So, for example, in this case Etana is touring with J Boog and Jesse Royal. These are some of the things that the board would consider. It is about expected audience reach in relation to the venue and your social media and marketing plan."

As one blogger pointed out, however, "as well-intentioned the idea to "support" our artistes was, it was bound to result in controversy. The industry is fractious and competitive to say the least, therefore choosing who to give how much was always a recipe for disaster. Numerous artiste claim they don't get support from govt ... and many taxpayers feel its a waste of money. Apart from state sponsored events or prizes I don't believe artistes should be given preferential grants/support firstly because they are just like any other "worker" .. and secondly it will be very difficult to justify why A instead of B."





etana-photo-3.jpgNo sooner had Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange announced recording artiste Etana as the first female recipient of financial support through the ministry's Artiste Ambassador and Tour Support Programme, the backlash started.

The ministry gave Etana a grant of US$5,000 to support her 32-city tour of the United States and people made it clear that they were NOT happy. Grange's social media page was flooded with criticisms, so too were blogs and websites which carried the release and picture provided from the ministry.

People didn't care two hoots that Minister Grange said in the release that the aim of the Artiste Ambassador and Tour Support programme is to strengthen Brand Jamaica through media, marketing and partnership.

People didn't care that the ministry said that they believe that the Artiste Ambassador and Tour Support Programme is important to provide support to those artistes who are good ambassadors, who represent Jamaica well and whose music reflects the message of Reggae and that of Jamaica.

Social media dragged Etana, encouraging her to give back the money, which they feel was ill deserved.

One person quizzed: "I don't get this! What the purpose of this gift? An established artiste going and a 32 city tour and getting lunch money from the government? US$5,000 for what? "

"Police are being insulted with a JAM$1,000 increase offer, and several injured in the line of duty are suffering from abandonment and neglect, including Lorenzo McLeggon, suffering for 42 years on crumbs, and government have money to give to a touring artiste! Unbelievable!"

"As a liberal you don't get how government could be reaching more and more into areas it shouldn't be? Jamaica is a case study in the folly of statism."

"Etana voted for Trump, so that made her worthy for free money?"

"Can she still vote in Jamaica? This does make sense at all."

"What kind of Trump supporting, racist apologist, fiscal conservative you be? Conservative start support handouts now? All along I thought that was liberal business."

"So many people and institutions need aid and they are giving aid to the people who are already earning good money."

"This is a new low, even for politicians. Also, why would Etana even think it's a good idea to accept this money?"

"These are all business people going abroad to ply their trade. Same the last time i see this minister give Freddie money fi gu a some award in Colombia."

"Why are they giving this woman taxpayer's money ? They should tell her to go and ask Trump for money."

"Less she forget that as a Trumpist she should not take money from a s**thole country to benefit the land of honey. And isn't a tour supposed to be making money? This is a travesty!"

They also had levelled criticism at the minister herself, noting that "politicians are by nature wasters, mismanagers and corrupters. They suffer no consequences for the misuse of taxpayers funds."

"This reverse donation doesn't make any sense at all....while other establish artists are giving back to Jamaica this ministry is reversing the role,,,,,,its dumb and sets a bad precedent."

"This Babsy Grange must go. Everything she does lack any real thought or make any sense, eg...building all kind of statues, ice hockey arena rinks in hot Kingston, predicting gold medals for bobsled team, promoting golf to people who cant even afford a golf ball, allowing airport road as entertainment zone, etc. And now this! Is she for real or just a grandstanding picture poser? What a waste of a ministry whose only purpose is to send condolences and congratulation!"

"Babsy is one of those clueless politicians holding back Jamaica"

"Is this really necessary? Why should my money be used to "promote" a recording artiste" who is making tons of money while there're people who need "genuine" help . Is it that this government don't really knows it's priority. . This is the same minister (ministry) that gave out generous contract worth millions to a friend." .

"Is Grange again openly wasting taxpayer's hard earned money? Why didn't she solicit the public's approval before making this gift? If she wanted to be generous, why didn't she give her own money? I trust the Jamaican taxpayers are looking into this outright waste of their resources, and make sure that this woman does not represent them in the next election. She has lost that privilege."

"Does any Government minister in Jamaica have any common sense. The Nation's limited funds are being mismanaged by the people who the citizens have put in place to manage the country's business.

"Babsy you getting too comfortable Lisa, over to you."

Why??? Dear Lord, why??? So many government departments can't buy paper and ink. Why?

"Baby using govt money to support private artistes is just wrong on all levels. An artiste who is not making enough money to support his/herself should be encouraged to find a new career."

"Hahaha this is dumbest thing ever!! no now the Gov gives artist TOUR SUPPORT...hahahahahahahahah...i am moving to JA."

Among the few voices of support was on person who argued that this is a good look, considering the importance of the creative industries. "Lets be clear, the creative industries alone could get Jamaica out of debt, so any support for it and any of it's practitioners is needed and should not be discouraged as this does not stop other areas from getting the aid they deserve... get real."

Another added: "Good job Minister. what took the government so long to offer this sort of support? the exposure that is given of this country by these artists at their financial expense is immeasurable."

"Not enough money for you to move. $5000 won't even cover hotel accommodations for a good month.

Yet another asked: "Waste?! do you even understand How much revenue the creative industry brings to Jamaica?!! get real."





crime-scene-tape-gloves.jpgPolice continue to investigate the stabbing incident involving a 58-year-old visually-impaired male vendor in the Coronation Market on Saturday and are seeking a female vendor who may be able to assist in their investigations.

The victim, Clive Mullings was visited by the police at the Kingston Public Hospital to take a statement.

Reports are that Mullings was walking through the market selling his wares, when he accidentally knocked over a tray of eggs belonging to the female vendor.

An argument developed between Mullings and the female vendor, and during the heated exchange, the woman reportedly used a piece of board to hit the senior citizen, before stabbing him, after which she fled the scene.

Reports are that persons had offered to pay for the eggs, but the woman was hellbent on exacting revenge.





3-year-old girl shot dead in St Mary

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crime-scene-gun.jpgshocked.jpgA three-year-old girl was shot and killed by an unknown assailant in Cane Lane, Annotto Bay in St Mary last night.

She has been identified as Kelecia Matthews, otherwise called Pooka.

The police say she and her stepfather were walking home about 9:40 when a man armed with a handgun fired a shot in their direction.

After the shooting, Kelecia was found with a gunshot wound to the chest.

She was taken to hospital where she succumbed to her injuries.





Beenie Man says he's a Kartel fan

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beenie-man-photo-8.jpgBeenie Man has made it crystal clear earlier that he's a Vybz Kartel fan.According to the dancehall doctor, he admires Kartel's work ethic and the fact that he continues to dominate the industry despite being behind bars.

Rumours of the two feuding started after Vybz Kartel dropped his album back in 2016 titled "King of Dancehall", a moniker that was originally associated with Beenie Man.

However the 'Girls Dem Sugar' deejay says he wasn't upset but happy that Dancehall fans are comparing him with the 'Fever' hitmaker.

"Weh mi like, dem stop compare mi wid mi peers, dem start compare me with di younger artistes. Mi like dat. Dem stop compare me with Bounty, dem start compare me with Kartel. Dem compare mi wid Alkaline, mi like dat," he said. "If Kartel wah be me, dat a great thing. Mi respect and love dat. Dat show me how great mi is. Mi love dat," Beenie added.





Suspended sentence for machete beating mother

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machete-beaten.jpgA sentence has been handed down to the St. Thomas woman who was seen in a widely circulated video on social media last year beating her daughter with what appeared to be a machete.

Doreen Dyer, 44, was on Friday afternoon sentenced to three years probation when she appeared in the St. Thomas Parish Court in Morant Bay.

She has also been ordered to get parental counselling and attend anger management classes.

The presiding judge Mrs Lucian Jackson heard submissions from defense counsel Bertram Anderson and the Clerk of the Court.

After perusing the Social Enquiry Report, she said Miss Dyer's sentence would be three years probation, which is the maximum term the court is allowed to give.

Time was allowed for counsel to explain the sentence to Miss Dyer and when the matter was again called up, she pleaded guilty to the charge.

Miss Dyer broke down in tears when the sentence was handed down andlater said her goal now is to be reunited with her children.





ak-47-assault-rifle-ammo.jpgA passenger on a flight arriving from the United States was arrested and charged after a pistol and live rounds of ammunition, and a large sum of undeclared cash were allegedly found in his luggage during a search at the Sangster International Airport on Thursday night.

The accused has been identified as 24-year-old mechanic, Jordan Subaran of a Decatur, Georgia, USA address, and also of New Town, Black River in St Elizabeth.

Reports are that Subaran arrived in the island on board a Delta Airlines flight from Atlanta, Georgia at about 9:00 pm on Thursday, February 8.

His luggage was searched and a 9mm Ruger pistol with serial number 33723, along with 29 rounds of 9mm cartridges, were reportedly found.

Additionally, US$63,000, which was not declared, was found concealed in a bag of sweets.

The money has been seized by Customs.

Subaran was charged with failure to declare, and is due to appear in the Western Regional Gun Court.





Thank God! Usain Bolt got a pedi

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usain-bolt-feet.jpgUsain Bolt went and got a mani pedi and his fan are ecstatic. It all started when the legendary sprinter posted an innocent photo of his fee while watching the Super Bolt.

However, Bolt's feet took wings and went viral. for all the wrong reasons. Bolt's feet looked ugly, crusty, in desperate need of lotion and bawling out for a pedicure.

Fans dragged Bolt on social media. "He got to take his feet off before he get in the bed. Or socks," one person commented.

"I mean, you can't help what God gave you, but Lord knows you can get some lotion. Feet look like they were just discovered in an archeological dig," another fan added.

Usain Bolt responded to his critics by visiting a spa before heading off to Trinidad for carnival 2018. The sprinter posted a video and photos on SnapChat of him enjoying a well-neded pedicure.

Big up to Bolt and the efficient manicurist.

Usain Bolt is currently in Trinidad turning up for the annual Carnival. He was in attendance at the Big Bad Soca show on Thursday night where Cardi B, Shenseea, Machel Montana and others performed.





jamaican-girl-to-star-in-meghan-harry-documentary.jpgJamaican actress and former Miss Jamaica Fashion Model winner, Parisa Fitz-Henley will star in a Lifetime channel movie depicting the whirlwind romance of the soon to wed British royal couple, Prince Harry and Megan Markle.

A first look of the movie dubbed 'Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance', was shared on Instagram Thursday by Fitz-Henley, who will be portraying the bride-to-be. In the photo, Fitz-Henley is seen cozying up to the actor who will play Harry, Murray Fraser.

Earlier this month, it was announced that Meghan and Harry's love story was officially getting the Hollywood treatment with a Lifetime movie, set to air this spring.

Parisa Fitz Henley was recently cast in the NBC series 'Midnight Texas' and has appeared in 'Grey's Anatomy' and 'Private Practice'.

A past student of St Andrew High, she's the cousin of Nationwide News Network frontman, Abka Fitz-Henley, and Jamaica Labour Party politician Sharon Hay Webster.

Prince Harry, fifth in line for the British throne, will marry American actress Meghan Markle on May 19.





Ishawna says it's 'slippery when wet'

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ishawna-photo-8.jpgAfter her controversial pro cunnilingus single, "Equal Rights" Ishawna is again up to her old tricks. This time, she telling those who don't know, that it's slippery when wet.

The former Downsound Records artiste released the Legendary Records/Jaxx and Staxx Records-produced single, "Slippery When Wet", on Friday.

The raunchy track comes on the heels of speculation about social media-loving Ishawna's absence from all platforms.

A social media regular, who's known for self-promotion via her steamy photos and sensuous poses, Ishawna now seems to be back on track ...literally.

It will be i nteresting to see how the new Slippery When Wet single will be devoured by her gaggle of female fans.





charged.jpgCriminal charges have been filed against the five Costa Ricans and six Jamaicans who were allegedly held in a multimillion-dollar drug bust in Westmoreland earlier this week.

The police say all 11 have been charged with possession of, dealing in and taking steps to export ganja.

The police say four of the Costa Ricans have been charged with illegally entering the island.

All 11 are scheduled to appear before the Westmoreland Parish Court next Friday.

It's alleged that the men were held by the police while in the process of compressing and packaging approximately 1,000 pounds of ganja valued at $4 million.





ak-47-assault-rifle-ammo.jpgThe police are reporting that four people, including one woman, are in custody after a team of officers assigned to the Westmoreland Police Division seized two firearms and an assorted rounds of ammunition on Dalling Street in Westmoreland on Friday.

Reports are that about 5:45 am, the lawmen were on operation in the area when a premises was searched and the following items seized: two Glock pistols, four magazines, 42 9mm cartridges, and 21 .40 cartridges.

The individuals were taken into custody in relation with the seizure.

The police said their identities are being withheld pending further investigations.





omar-best-collymore-aguiar-simore.jpgThe police are finally confirming that Omar Collymore tried to leave Jamaica the Friday before his wife's funeral on Saturday, January 27.

As had been reported, Omar Collymore was stopped at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston on Friday, January 26, as he was attempting to leave the island.

Collymore was later questioned by investigators and released after reportedly declining to answer hundreds of questions.

The police had also revealed that two people were already in custody in connection with the double murder and that other suspects were being sought for questioning.

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Superintendent Paul Thomas, in a recent interview stated that based on investigations, he is confident Omar Collymore is the mastermind, behind his wife gruesome murder. Although the supe did not mention this, reports are that Omar Collymore was a suspect in the 2008 murder of his then girlfriend, who had a US million dollar life insurance policy.

Collymore's 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. Collymore, who was the only witness to Aguiar's murder. However, two years after Aguiar's murder, in 2010, Omar Collymore received received US$400,000 of the insurance money; Aguiar's son received the other $600,000. In the summer of 2016, the 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

In an article in 2016 in the Sun Sentinel, the reporter stated that although Aguiar's 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.

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 progess. Yes, Omar Best is still a suspect," the detective wrote.

Whether detectives have cleared him of any wrongdoing in the murder or whether he is still suspected of being involved remains unknown. Police would not comment further on the case.

Best Collymore could not be reached for comment despite multiple attempts by telephone.

Ultimately, the civil case was resolved and Best Collymore was awarded $400,000. The rest of the money went to Aguiar's son.

Since Aguiar's killing, police have released few details and currently say the murder is an active investigation. The shooting happened in the 100 block of Northwest Second Avenue where Aguiar was found in the street just west of the railroad tracks and Broward County's Transit bus terminal.

According to a police report, an officer who responded saw Aguiar in the arms of Best Collymore on the ground near the passenger side of their Ford F-150. The officer saw blood on the seat.

Best Collymore told police that the couple planned to meet with friends at a downtown bar and the shooting happened after parking the truck, the report said. As he got out of the driver's seat and bent down to tie his shoe, he heard a "commotion" and stood up, it said.

He walked around the back of the truck and saw a man standing next to Aguiar. According to the report, Best Collymore shouted an expletive and then ran for cover and heard gunshots.

Best Collymore returned to find Aguiar injured. According to a medical examiner's report, Aguiar was shot in the head and chest.

Aguiar's son thinks police have "dropped the ball" on a case that went cold years ago. He believes his mother was targeted and someone somewhere knows who pulled the trigger. Although his young son and daughter will never get a chance to meet their grandmother, bringing the gunman to justice would be "like closing the chapter," Aguiar said.

"Someone's going to break," he said. "I believe over time somebody's going to come forward. It can't be a secret for so long."

Chere Nedd, Aguiar's sister, says she has lost much more than just a sibling.

"She raised me as if I were her own, as if she birthed me herself," she said. "I grieve her as a mother figure as well as a sister."

When Aguiar died, Nedd had not shared news with her sister that she was pregnant. It was while Aguiar rested in her casket and Nedd said her final goodbyes that she had that chance. Nedd went on to give birth to a baby girl, now 7.

Investigators prepared the family for the possibility of no resolution in the case, and when one of the homicide detectives retired from the police department, Nedd said, he told relatives he was sorry there had been little progress.

"I feel like we've been more than patient," she said.

Her sister also described Aguiar as someone lively who embraced her friends and loved dancing and entertaining guests when they came to town. She was a "no-nonsense" person with a beautiful spirit, Nedd said.

"We don't know if this ever will be in the courtroom, but the fact she's not forgotten, it brings comfort to my family," Nedd said, of the recently announced Crime Stoppers reward. "This is a start. At least her name is out there again." (Source: epesantes@sun-sentinel.com)





omar-best-collymore-simore-kids.jpgOmar 'Best' Collymore, who was questioned by the police on two separate occasions and released, has now been charged with two counts of murder in connection with the deaths of his wife and a taxi operator.

The police say that Collymore was charged on Saturday after a long question-and-answer session. It is not clear if his lawyer was present.

Collymore, who is a United States citizen, but originally from Barbados, is expected to make his first court appearance later this week.

The police had issued a call for Collymore to turn himself in, but this was not done and according to one of his representatives, Collymore was recuperating from gunshot wounds he had received three weeks ago. However, Omar Collymore was arrested at a guest house in Junction, St Elizabeth last Wednesday night, days after the police announced that he was a wanted man. He was found with bundles of cash.

Investigators believe that Omar Collymore was planning to leave the island by boat.

Omar Collymore's wife, Simone Campbell-Collymore and taxi operator Winston Walters were shot dead about 4 p.m. on January 2 along Stanley Terrace in Red Hills, St Andrew.

Police reports are that Simone and the cab driver had just arrived at an apartment building where Collymore lived when four men travelling on two motorbikes rode up. The two pillion passengers got off the bikes and opened fire on the taxi multiple times. Simone Campbell-Collymore, who was reportedly shot 21 times; both she and Walters died on the spot.

The police had also revealed that two people were already in custody in connection with the double murder and that other suspects were being sought for questioning.

"We are guided by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and now we are ready to charge Mr Collymore for two counts of murder, and this is so due to the extent of the investigation that was carried out and the level of evidence that has been gathered so far," the superintendent of police explained.





arrested -photo-1.jpgThe Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is reporting that a warrant of arrest has been prepared for Omar Collymore following investigations into the death of his wife, Simone Campbell-Collymore and taxi operator Winston Walters.

According to reports, on January 2, Campbell-Collymore was travelling in a taxi on Stanely Terrace in Red Hills, St Andrew, when gunmen opened fire, hitting her and the driver of the taxi, Walters.

The JCF, on social media site Twitter, said Collymore is being asked to report immediately to either the Constant Spring CIB, the Major Investigations Division or the Criminal Investigations Branch Headquarters at 2 Oxford Road, Kingston 5.

Last month, Collymore and another man were shot and injured by a gunman shortly after they drove onto the premises of the Allied Insurance Brokers on Belmont Road in Kingston.





Popular Jamaican actress Rosie Murray suffered a major heart attack on December 29 and is now in need of life saving surgery.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to raise US$20,000 ($1.4 million JMD) for an angioplasty.

Murray was active on the theatre scene, appearing in local and international runs in plays such as Saving Grace, and an Actor Boy-nominated performance in, Tek Yuh Hand Offa Me.

In addition to growing a baking business, the former media professional penned and produced her first theatrical production called, A Slice of Life. This incident has put a halt on the major plans Murray had for the production, as it was set to make its first international run as soon as March 2018.

As the fundraising effort nears its end, those unable to contribute to GoFundMe are encouraged to make donations to Murray's savings account number, 407350, at Scotiabank, Christiana branch.





omar-colleymore-and-wife.jpgDetectives are questioning Omar Collymore, the man who was wanted in connection with last month's killing of his wife, 32 year old Simone Campbell Collymore, and Winston Walters in Forrest Hills, St. Andrew.

Collymore, who has been identified to be a co-conspirator in the double murder, was captured at a guest house in St. Elizabeth during an early morning police operation.

The police believe he was planning to leave the island by boat.

A warrant was issued for his arrest after he failed to report to the police.

Mrs Campbell Collymore, who was a businesswoman of a Forrest Ridge, St. Andrew address and Mr. Walters, a resident of Stillwell Road, Kingston 8 were shot on January 2.

Mrs Campbell Collymore was a passenger in a vehicle which was about to enter an apartment complex shortly after 4 p.m., when four men on motorcycles drove up.

The pillion riders pulled guns and opened fire on the vehicle, hitting Mr. Walters, who was the driver, and Mrs Campbell Collymore.





omar-colleymore-and-wife.jpgPolice in St Elizabeth have reportedly captured a man believed to be Omar Collymore, the accused co-conspirator in the murder of his wife Simone Campbell-Collymore and Winston Watson.

The lawmen said the man was taken from a guesthouse in the parish around 3:00 am. He was reportedly in possession of a large sum of cash.

The capture comes on the heels of a warrant issued on Tuesday for Collymore's arrest.

According to media reports on January 2, Campbell-Collymore, a businesswoman, was travelling in a taxi on Stanley Terrace in Red Hills, St Andrew, when gunmen opened fire, hitting her and Walters -- the driver of the taxi.

Both reportedly died on the spot.

The police on Tuesday said after "intensive investigations", Collymore and others have been identified as co-conspirators in the double murder.

The police also revealed in the statement that two people are already in custody in connection with the double murder and other suspects are being sought for questioning.





bob-marley-large.jpgAs Jamaica prepares to celebrate the birth of world-renowned Reggae icon, Bob Marley, Zimbabwean arts consultant has been given the go-ahead to have a statue erected in his honor.

According to a Daily News Live report, Martin Chemhere - after successfully negotiating with representatives of the late King of Reggae's estate - will initiate the process to curate a statue of the beloved singer.

"I'm thrilled to have finally succeeded in this project for our beautiful country. The approval is a great achievement for Zimbabwe (and Africa) as the statue will attract tourists," Chemhere said.

"The statue is approved subject to the following conditions: The sculptor and or Government of Zimbabwe and or private sponsor shall obtain all appropriate releases from the photographer or artist on whose work the sculptor intends to base the Statue; the Government of Zimbabwe and or other private sponsor shall pay for the costs associated with the materials and construction of the statue; the statue will be strictly for the public completely free of cost; BobMarley.com requires approval rights to the actual statue - not to be unreasonably withheld. Prior to construction of the statue, rendering of the statue must be submitted for approval by his family. The statue shall substantially comply with the rendering approved by Bob Marley.com."

Chemhere proposes the statue be erected at Rufaro Stadium, Mbare, Harare - the venue of Zimbabwe's historic independence celebrations as well as an iconic performance by Bob Marley and The Wailers to usher the nation's break away from colonial rule.

"The reason behind this statue is that of Africa's more than 50 countries Bob Marley only performed in Zimbabwe as part of the country's independence celebrations in 1980," the arts aficionado explained.

Marley rejected a fee offered by Zimbabwean officials for the performance at the liberation celebration and, instead, paid all the expenses - to charter planes to transport his equipment, band and entourage from Kingston, Jamaica to Harare, Zimbabwe and back to Kingston - from his own pocket.

"The singer had, back in 1978, sang a song titled "Zimbabwe" that inspired freedom fighters and Zimbabweans in the struggle for independence."

The consultant disclosed that the statue will be an eight-meter bronze work. Two South African artists - Andre Prinsloo and Ruhan Janse Van Vuuren - will create the piece. Prinsloo and Van Vuuren are best known for creating a Nelson Mandela statue which is located at the Parliament-Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa.

"I have no doubt this is a national project and I will be talking to several stakeholders including the Zimbabwean government, Zimbabwe Tourism Authority, Harare City Council, corporate companies and individuals at home and abroad as well as the donor community and others for support," Chemhere said.

"The project will need everyone to come on board for it to be successful."

Meanwhile, annual activities - which include tributes, symposiums, a kiddie village and concert - have been planned to celebrate Marley's birthday at the musician's famous 56 Hope Road home in Kingston.

Marley's grandson Skip - by daughter Cedella - and son Stephen will reportedly participate in the celebratory festivities.

An Istanbul-based digital art and culture platform, Babylon, will also remember Marley with tribute performances from several artists at the special event on Feb. 9.

Marley died in 1981, after battling cancer, at the age of 36.





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International recording artiste Shaggy presented JMD $100 million to the Bustamante Hospital for Children on Thursday and one artiste is bigging him up - Bounty Killer.

Bounty Killer took to social media and wrote;

"NOW LET'S TREND SOME POSITIVITY OUT OF JAMAICA FOR ONCE THIS IS SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT BCUZ THIS IS ONLY THE WAY WE GONNA SEE A BETTER JAMAICA WHEN WE ALL GET TOGETHER AND SUPPORT EACH OTHER," the 'War lord' wrote.

"JUST LIKE THIS MAN HERE DID THE GOVERNMENT WOULD NEVER DO THIS SO ALL WHO IS WAITING ON THE GOVERNMENT SORRY FOR U ALL BUT IT'S WE TWO✌🏾HOLDING THEM FIRM 👊🏾TWO COUSINS PARTIES SO PNP OR JLP GWAAN FOOL UNUH SELF WE ALL IN THIS THING TOGETHER 🤝!"

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"Championing the real cause stalwart humanitarian all hats off again although it's several years now u been doing it Mr Orville Burrell aka @direalshaggy may the lord keeps and blesses you and ur family on this journey calls life u are truly a Living Angel among us this is way more than legend I see u as a role model u motivates me a lot I don't know about anybody else but I loves to emulate good moves ways and deeds and Shaggy is all that in one package kudos Big Bredda I salute you Sir Burrell much love to all the artistes and sponsors who offered there services the patrons also as Shaggy alone couldn't do it folks!! UNUH TALK NUH MON AND GO TELL DI MAN THANKS TO JAMAICA 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾""





What is Dengue?

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dengue.jpgDengue is a potentially deadly mosquito-borne disease

Mr Domingo expressed concerns about potential epidemics in the Philippines - a nation of about 100 million people, many of whom are impoverished.

What triggered fears about Dengvaxia?

More than 800,000 children were vaccinated across the country in 2016-17. Fourteen of them have died.

Dengvaxia immunisations were halted last year, as the Philippines launched an investigation into what caused the deaths.

On Saturday, Doctors for Public Welfare (DPW) said a clinical review conducted by Philippine General Hospital forensic pathologists had determined that the deaths were not linked to the vaccine, the Philippine Daily Inquirer reported.

What about Sanofi's reaction?

In a statement, the French company said: "The University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital expert panel confirmed... that there is currently no evidence directly linking the Dengvaxia vaccine to any of the 14 deaths.

"In Dengvaxia clinical trials conducted over more than a decade and the over one million doses of the vaccine administered, no deaths related to the vaccine have been reported to us.

"Clinical evidence confirms dengue vaccination in the Philippines will provide a net reduction in dengue disease."

Last November, Sanofi announced that its vaccine could worsen the potentially deadly disease in people not previously infected.

"For those not previously infected by dengue virus, however, the analysis found that in the longer term, more cases of severe disease could occur following vaccination upon a subsequent dengue infection," the firm said in a statement.

Sanofi says Dengvaxia has been registered in 19 countries and launched in 11 of them.

In its latest advice on the vaccine, the WHO said that "until a full review has been conducted, WHO recommends vaccination only in individuals with a documented past dengue infection".





Philippines gripped by dengue vaccine fears

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Fears over a dengue vaccine in the Philippines have led to a big drop in immunisation rates for preventable diseases, officials have warned.

Health Under-Secretary Enrique Domingo said many parents were refusing to get their children vaccinated for polio, chicken pox and tetanus.

The fears centre on Dengvaxia, a drug developed by French company Sanofi.

Sanofi and local experts say there is no evidence linking the deaths of 14 children to the drug.

However, the company had warned last year that the vaccine could make the disease worse in some people not infected before.

Dengue fever affects more than 400 million people each year around the world. Dengvaxia is the world's first vaccine against dengue.

The mosquito-borne disease is a leading cause of serious illness and death among children in some Asian and Latin American countries, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

What did Mr Domingo say about immunisation rates?

"Our programmes are suffering... (people) are scared of all vaccines now", he warned.

Mr Domingo added that vaccination rates for some preventable diseases had dropped as much as 60% in recent years - significantly lower that the nationwide target of 85%.





Bounty Killer donates beds to KPH

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bounty-killer-photo-11.jpgDancehall superstar Bounty Killer handed over 60 beds to the Kingston Public and Victoria Jubilee hospitals in Kingston today.

The deejay said he decided to step in and play his part after seeing several heart-rending stories about the conditions of Jamaica's health sector.

"As a thriving Jamaican who came from nothing to something, I know I had to give back. I also have a special connections with those two hospitals because not only was I born at Jubilee but in the late 80s, when I got shot, KPH was where they took me," Bounty Killer said.

"Over the years, everybody know me 'The Poor People Governor' and it is not just something that I say but it's a lifestyle that I try to live by. We have to give in order to receive, my mother taught me those good values," Bounty Killer added.

The artiste said he has had the desire to start a foundation for sometime now and has had in interest in the health sector. He said that one his friend, a medical doctor who resides overseas, told him that he had the connections to get him the beds at an affordable price.

"We had to start the giving from somewhere so I went ahead and got the beds for the hospital. It did cost a bit of money but I got them into the country hassle-free as I got a waiver from the finance ministry. We see Shaggy adopting the Bustamante Hospital and if the children hospital is in such need, you can just imagine what is happening at the adult ones. We have to realise that all of us are going to age, so as it relates to the education, security and health facilities, the public needs to help it if they can," he said.

The Shaggy and Friend 2018 concert, held last month, raised J$100 million for the Bustamante Hospital for Children.

Dr Natalie Whylie, senior medical officer at KPH, said the staff and management of the hospital are extremely grateful for the donation.

"He is like the Shaggy of KPH. Currently, both hospitals are running beyond its full potential and is in dire need of assistance. There is a long list of things that we need but those that comes to mind are like patient monitors, ECG machines, stretchers, blood pressure machine, and so on," she said.

"There are a lot of old beds here so we will be getting rid of some of the really old ones and replace them with the new ones that Bounty has donated. We really can't thank Bounty enough for his contribution and we are just hoping that others will follow suit," she said.

And for Bounty Killer, today's donation will be the start of what he has to offer to the health industry.

"Whenever I have something, I will be stretching out my arms in giving because everyone knows that is how we receive our blessings. People always get up and blame the Government but they are not playing their part in society. If we want a better Jamaica, we have to help the Government, " he said.





$41 million to conduct by-elections

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The Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) has requested $41 million to conduct the by-elections in the North West St Andrew constituency and the Norman Gardens Division of the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC).

According to the EOJ, $27 million will be used for the by-election in North West St Andrew and $14 million in the Norman Gardens division. Among other things, the sum requested will be used to train election day workers.

Ambassador Dr Nigel Clarke of the Jamaica Labour Party is being challenged in North West St Andrew by the People's National Party's Keisha Hayle, principal of the Padmore Primary School. The seat became vacant with the resignation in January of longstanding Member of Parliament, Derrick Smith, after 29 years in the constituency.

The Norman Gardens division has been vacant since last October when the PNP's Dr Angella Brown-Burke resigned to contest the by-election for the South West St Andrew seat that was vacated by former Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller. Brown-Burke is now a member of the House of Representatives.

The PNP will be represented by school teacher, Jacqueline Lewis, in the Norman Gardens division. Lewis won a run-off against Racquel Hall last September and has been acting as the party's caretaker-candidate since that time.





andre-neverson-photo-1.jpg(Crime Watch website): Andre Neverson is a charming Casanova who had a way with the women. But cops say now he's one of America's top 15 most-wanted fugitives as a mighty smooth cold-blooded lady-killer.

"He could turn on a dime and just take somebody out," said U.S. Marshal Bill Costa.

Andre Neverson grew up along the white sandy beaches of the island of Trinidad, until his family moved to Crown Heights, a working-class section of Brooklyn, New York -- a world not quite flashy enough for Andre Neverson.

"He wanted to have houses, cars, luxury cars, BMWs," said Costa.

Neverson was a charismatic player who kept a stable of girlfriends.

"He had many children with different women," said Costa.

But in his heart, none of Neverson's many girlfriends held a candle to his devoted sister Patricia.

"She helped everybody and still did things for us. It was almost like she was two people in one," said Patricia's son Akim Neverson.

What about Akim's mom's relationship with Andre?

"She did everything for him too," said Akim.

With a loan from her brother Andre, Patricia realized her own American Dream, buying a $370,000 brick row house on a quiet street in Brooklyn.

"He was actually one of my favorite uncles. I mean ever since I was born he was always there," Akim tells Crime Watch Daily.

But it turns out Andre Neverson also had a dark side.

"He exhibited a lot of violent tendencies," said retired NYPD Detective Edward Murray.

One night he had an argument with his then-girlfriend, and when her family member intervened, Neverson reacted by pumping six bullets into his body.

"The uncle lived, but Neverson was ultimately convicted of assault and he went to jail in New York State Corrections, and he served five years," said Murray.

Every single weekend for five years, Patricia drove six hours round-trip to visit her brother in jail.

"She's sending money for your books and bringing you groceries when she comes," said Akim.

"And many of his girlfriends came to visit him. And Patricia was able to coordinate the schedule," said Murray.

After serving his time, Neverson was deported to Trinidad, but within a year he wormed his way back to New York.

"He secured somehow a Jamaican passport and he was able to get back into this country through Canada," said Murray.

Back on U.S. soil, Andre moved in with his loving sister Patricia. But the dazzle he once held in her eyes had dulled.

"She kind of didn't have that for five years," said Akim. "She had to learn how to do things on her own."

And with that independence came tensions between the two, all stemming from that loan Andre gave to his sister to buy the house.

"The deed was in his sister's name and he was very, very angry about that for years," said Murray.

Patricia was diligently paying it back. But Andre didn't want the money. He wanted the deed.

"In his mind I think he looked at that house as his road to success, how he could use that equity to grow that into a real estate mogul," said Bill Costa.

And as he worked on ways to wrest control of the house, he worked his charms on a pretty young nursing student named Donna Davis.

"I am very, very proud of my daughter," said Clyde Davis.

Donna's dad Clyde was very protective of his only daughter. So when Andre Neverson came around, he was not pleased.

"To be truthful, I really didn't care for Andre," said Davis.

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But as Andre and Donna's relationship was heating up, tensions between Andre and his sister were about to boil over.

"It just escalated things and they got into an argument where there was no turning back," said Ed Murray.

On a steamy July 2002 evening in Brooklyn, Andre makes a chilling phone call to his father.

"Andre told them that he had killed his sister," said Murray.

Andre's dad calls 911 and rushes to the house to find his daughter in a pool of blood.

Cops say after coldly gunning down his sister, Andre flees the house, straight into the arms of the other loving woman in his life.

"That's when he got into an argument with Donna Davis in the car," said Murray.

When Donna, a promising young nursing student, didn't turn up at home that evening, her parents grew concerned.

"My wife, she said, 'Clyde, Donna should be here already,'" said Davis.

Worried, Donna's mother calls the precinct to report her daughter missing. The Davis family knew nothing about Patricia's murder. But that would soon change.

"The parents had heard something had happened to Andre's sister, and putting two and two together, there was obvious concern," said Murray.

It wasn't long after Donna Davis went missing when a man walking his dog around 1 in the afternoon came across a body. It was Donna Davis' body, callously abandoned in a vacant lot, killed by a single gunshot to the head.

"And what hurt me most of all, a dog found the body," said Clyde Davis.

Cops say Andre's motive to viciously gun down his sister was over the house. But what could be behind the senseless murder of his girlfriend?

"Emotions got involved and unfortunately Donna was there at a bad time," said Ed Murray.

U.S. Marshals scour the Tri-State Area, but soon the trail goes ice cold.

Then a possible break. Several months later someone spots the alleged serial killer right on his home turf, in Brooklyn.

"He had broken into one of his girlfriend's apartments 'cause he wanted to see his children, and then there was a dispute there," said Bill Costa. "A 911 call went out and then the hunt for him took a jump start again."

Much to the frustration of police, the cunning criminal slips through their fingers again.

Then years passed with nothing. Until another break lights up investigators' phones. A tipster spots him in Jamaica -- the Caribbean island, not the Queens neighborhood.

"We had a team of marshals that went there. He was actually detained," said Costa.

But once again, Neverson slipped out of the clutches of authorities, and hasn't been located since.

Andre Neverson is now 53 years old, and he's one of the top 15 most wanted in America, with a $25,000 reward for information leading to his capture.

"He's a dangerous man," said Murray.

And the feds want nothing more than to catch him. They're enlisting the help of Crime Watch Daily, hoping to generate an avalanche of tips that could finally put Andre Neverson behind bars.

Patricia's son Akim now works as a corrections officer. He says he's confident that one day his mother's killer -- his own uncle -- will be brought to justice.

"I think it's one of those moments is when he'll slip up," said Akim Neverson.

Andre Neverson is considered to be armed and dangerous. If you've seen him or know where he might be, you are asked to contact the U.S. Marshals Service at (800) 336-0102. Or you can submit a tip at Crime Watch Daily.





andre-neverson-photo-1.jpgThe man who was shot with Omar Collymore three Fridays ago at Allied Insurance is Andre Neverson and he is wanted in the United States for allegedly murdering his own sister and pregnant girlfriend. Neverson can be seen in the back of the Police van after the shooting.

He reportedly ran away from America and he was allegedly at the home of Simone Collymore the day she was shot and drove with her to the hospital along with Omar Collymore.

Here is a report on Neverson from the US Embassy in Trinidad:Suspected Double Murderer Wanted in the U.S., May be Hiding in the Caribbean (Jan 16, 2014)

Port of Spain: January 16, 2014 Law enforcement authorities are seeking the public's assistance in locating a fugitive wanted in the United States for allegedly killing his sister and an ex-girlfriend in 2002.

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Andre Neverson, a Trinidad and Tobago citizen, is believed to have fled the United States and may be residing in Barbados or other Caribbean islands.

Neverson allegedly murdered his sister by shooting her in the head and stomach on July 8, 2002. The next day, he allegedly abducted a former girlfriend. She was found dead two days later with a mortal head wound.

At the time of both murders, Neverson was on parole in the State of New York for attempted murder in the second degree, assault in the first degree and criminal possession of a firearm.

In November 2002, Neverson, armed with a handgun, allegedly entered the home of another ex-girlfriend in an attempt to visit his daughter. The woman's brother interrupted the unannounced visit, and Neverson fled with no further incident. The New York City Police Department searched the area for the felon, but never located him.

Neverson has been classified as one of the U.S. Marshals Service's "15 Most Wanted" Fugitives.

He is also wanted by the U. S. Department of Homeland Security Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Division of Parole for New York State and the NYPD.

Neverson, 49, is a black male. He is about 6'2" tall and 240 pounds (last reported). He has brown eyes, black hair and a muscular build. Neverson is a native and citizen of Trinidad and Tobago.

He has a violent criminal history with a pronounced pattern of violence toward women. Neverson speaks several languages and is known to always carry a firearm. He usually keeps his head shaved, but has been known to wear wigs to disguise himself. Investigators believe that Neverson is computer savvy.

Due to his past criminal history and the nature of his alleged crimes, Neverson is considered armed and dangerous. Neverson has ties to Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Bahamas, Grenada, St. Vincent and Canada.

A reward of up to US$25,000 is offered for information leading directly to Neverson's arrest. Anyone with information is urged to contact the nearest U.S. Marshals Service office, American Embassy/Consulate, or call the U.S. Marshals Service Communications center at 1-800-336-0102.

Tips may also be emailed to: usms.wanted@usdoj.gov

By U.S. Embassy Port of Spain | 16 January, 2014 | Topics: Press Releases





omar-colleymore-and-wife.jpgDetectives are asking Omar Collymore to turn himself in to the police immediately, as a warrant has now been prepared for his arrest and charge.

Collymore is wanted in connection with the murder of his wife, Simone Campbell-Collymore and Winston Walters, a taxi operator of Stillwell Road, committed January 2 along Stanley Terrace, Red Hills, St. Andrew.

Following intensive investigation by the Detectives from the Constant Spring Police Station, Mr. Collymore, the widower of Simone Campbell-Collymore, along with others, have been identified as being involved as co-conspirators in the double murder. Two persons are already in custody and other suspects are being sought for questioning.

As such, Collymore, who is a United States National, is being asked to report either the Constant Spring Criminal Investigations Branch, the Major Investigations Division or the Criminal Investigations Branch Headquarters.

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2018 grammy winner Damian Marley just confirmed for Saturday, July 21 at Reggae Sumfest (his Birthday) joining what will be an all star Festival lineup for both nights featuring Beres Hammond, Maxi Priest, Popcaan, Spice, Sizzla, Capleton, and many more.

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Red Stripe presents

Reggae Sumfest

Downsound Entertainment

Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley

4 Time Grammy Winner

JUST CONFIRMED

Montego Bay, Jamaica - July 15-21, 2018

For all show and ticketing info please check www.reggaesumfest.com

MUST BE 18 YERS OR OLDER TO DRINK. DRINK RESPONSIBLY.





crime-scene-gun.jpgThe police this morning recovered a Ruger pistol, a Glock pistol and 22 rounds of ammunition from two men who shot Uriel James, the leader of the reputed Rose Town-based Discipline Gang.

News broke earlier that a businessman had been ambushed, shot and injured on Lady Musgrave Road and a video of the men being apprehended by a team of personnel from King Alarm has been making the rounds omn social media.

However, the police have now confirmed that it was the reputed gangster who was in fact shot and injured in the parking lot of the Spartan Health Club on Lady Musgrave Road.

Reports are that James was leaving the club shortly before 8 o'clock when two men dressed like construction workers opened fire.

One of the bullets struck James in his side.

The King Alarm team which was passing the location immediately responded and accosted the two gunmen and held them on them on the ground at gunpoint until the police arrived.

James is said to have several criminal cases before the courts.

In July 2015, he was freed of the 1999 murder of security guard Errol McGeachy in Rose Town, Kingston.





album-i-three.jpgTuff Gong International celebrates Reggae Month and its founders with this Friday's release of the digitally remastered album I-Three: Songs Of Bob Marley. This marks the 6th album in Tuff Gong's vast back-catalog to be remastered and re-released under the label's "Master's Vault" series. Initially a collaborative production between Rita Marley Music and Japan's Tachyon /Phonogram Record Company, this is also the first time that the album will be available worldwide.

Collectively, The I-Three has become a household name worldwide through their stellar harmonies for Bob Marley. Individually, they are Jamaica's three most celebrated female vocalists. Individually, their hits include reggae anthems "One Draw," "Many Are Called (Few Are Chosen," and the global hit "Electric Boogie". Together these took the world by storm with their critically acclaimed first album Beginning which featured the chart-toppers "He's A Legend", "Neighbour", "That's How Strong", and "Jealousy"

When Bob Marley first heard Rita Marley, Marcia Griffiths, and Judy Mowatt harmonizing he knew their melodious blend was the sound for which he was listening. As backup vocalists, the I-Three sounded so perfect that Bob decided to keep them on for the rest of the Natty Dread album, their first album with the King himself. By the time Bob Marley showcased them in his line-up at the Jackson Five concert in Kingston, Jamaica was ready for a female sounding Wailers. The audience was enthralled by the performance of the entire group - a performance considerably enhanced by the colorful sight of the I-Three in red, gold, and green headdresses and gowns, chucking in unison and singing harmony at stage right. The I-Three toured with Bob Marley all over the world, opening doors for reggae and raising the consciousness of millions to its hypnotic beat.

All three have been been bestowed the Order of Distinction, Jamaica's highest honor of achievement. For their individual performances, both Rita Marley and Judy Mowatt are Grammy nominees. The I-Three are also a recipient of the 2001 International Achievement presented by The American Friends of Jamaica and lauded for their "excellence in carrying out the traditional of the Bob Marley era in international reggae."

Songs of Bob Marley was recorded at Tuff Gong Studio to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Marley's birth (1995). All thirteen tracks were executive-produced by Rita Marley Music and feature vocal arrangements by Grub Cooper (of the legendary Fab Five band).





bob-marley-photo-7.jpgThe annual Bob Marley birthday celebration will take place on Tuesday, February 6 at the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston.

It is being staged under the theme, Soul Rebel, a call for everyone to come together and stand up against violence and divisiveness in society.

Cedella Marley, CEO of the Bob Marley Group of Companies said the theme was selected because now more than ever, there is a need for us to raise our consciousness, to fearlessly rebel against the crime and violence that threaten to divide us.

The activities will commence at 7 a.m. with specially invited guests and will include the blowing of the Abeng, Nyabinghi drumming and the cutting of the birthday cake, accompanied by the traditional welcome from the Marley family and management of the Bob Marley Group.

This segment will also feature special performances from various schools within the Corporate Area

At 10 a.m., the Bob Marley Museum will open to the general public for a full day of activities including a kiddies village.

The museum will also host three symposia.

A reggae jam session will commence at 3 p.m. featuring Blvk H3ro, all-girl band Adahzeh and live-stream performances from Skip Marley, Stephen Marley and other special guests.





Shaggy Delivers! Gives $100 Million to hospital

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shaggy-photo-3.jpgThe Bustamante Hospital For Children today received $100 million from the Shaggy Make a Difference Foundation, hitting the target which conceptualiser and founder, Orville 'Shaggy' Burrell announced last year.

The handing over took place in the boardroom of the hospital, with Shaggy's Make A Difference Foundation being recognized as the architect behind the funds that were generated.

The funds were earned from the Shaggy and Friends stage show which was staged on January 6 on the lawns of Jamaica House, with Shaggy being joined by other international performers, Sting, Wyclef Jean and Doug E Fresh.

Through his Make A Difference Foundation, the entertainer has used the proceedings, to buy hundreds of pieces of vital equipment for the children's hospital.

In 2016, more than 450 pieces of equipment were bought and handed over to the hospital from the funds raised at the 2016 staging of the event.





TRIBUTE: HAPPY BIRTHDAY DENNIS BROWN

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dennis-brown.jpgJamaican reggae singer, Dennis Emmanuel Brown CD (1 February 1957 - 1 July 1999) was would have celebrated his 61st birthday today.

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During his prolific career, which began in the late 1960s when he was aged eleven, he recorded more than 75 albums and was one of the major stars of lovers rock, a subgenre of reggae.

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Bob Marley cited Brown as his favourite singer,dubbing him "The Crown Prince of Reggae", and Brown would prove influential on future generations of reggae singers.

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February is Reggae Month and the most appropriate way to kick it off is with the birthday of the legend, Dennis Emmanuel Brown.

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Viral child porn video is from Trinidad

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The police have confirmed that the video circulating on social media showing a little girl involved in a sex act, was recorded in Trinidad.

An investigation was launched by Jamaican police and the Office of the Children's Advocate to determine the origin of the video.

Assistant Superintendent of Police Dahlia Garrick, acting head of the JCF's Corporate Communications Unit, said checks were made on Thursday with international counterparts.

The man seen in the video is reportedly on the run.

The police are again asking persons to desist from sharing the video as it is an offence which could result in them being prosecuted. The public is being urged to delete it if received.

Meanwhile, the grandmother of the girl who was seen in the video filed a report with the Trinidad police on Wednesday night.

According to the Trinidad Express newspaper, the six year old child was accompanied by her grandmother to a police station.

The woman told the police that she knew the suspect.

The police said neighbours beat the suspect and attempted to hand him over to officers, however he escaped.

The case has been referred to the Child Protection Unit.





A man who was accused of circulating nude pictures of his ex-girlfriend on social media was convicted before the St. Andrew Parish Court on Wednesday.

Donovan Coley was fined $500,000 or 12 months in prison after he was convicted of breaching the Cybercrime Act.

Prosecutors reported that in August 2016, Coley, who had a relationship with the complainant, sent nude photos and private text messages shared between the two, to her new boyfriend.

Coley threatened to publish the material after the complainant decided to end their relationship.

The matter was reported to Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch (C-TOC) and Coley was arrested and charged.





Cops probe child sex video

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Jamaican police launched an investigation into a video depicting child pornography that is making the rounds on social media.

The one-minute video shows a young girl, apparently no more than eight years old, being coerced to perform oral sex on an adult male. It has triggered shock and anger across the Island, with people calling for the authorities to leave 'no stone unturned' in their search to capture the perpetrator.

The corporate communications arm of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, in a news release on Wednesday evening, said the police - including detectives from the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) - are aware of the disturbing video and are currently carrying out investigations to determine its origin.

The release also warned the public to desist from sharing the video "as this action constitutes an offence under the Child Pornography (Prevention) Act and the Cyber Crimes Act.

"There is also a strong possibility that sharing the video can result in further trauma to the child," the release said, adding that members of the public are strongly urged to delete the video.





Fidel Castro's son commits suicide

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castro-son.jpgThe 68-year-old son of Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro has committed suicide in Havana.

Cuba's state media say Fidel Ángel Castro Díaz-Balart was found dead Thursday morning and is said to have suffered from depression.

State television said he had been receiving medical treatment as an outpatient in recent months, following a hospital admission.

Castro Díaz-Balart worked as a nuclear physicist having trained in the former Soviet Union.

Popularly known as "Fidelito", he was the first-born son of the former president, who died in November 2016.

At the time of his death, he was a scientific adviser for the Cuban Council of State and he served as vice president of Cuba's Academy of Sciences.





Music Biz Entrepreneurship "Success Factors"

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JaRIA

Jamaica Reggae Industry Association

Reggae Open University

February 1, 2018

Music Biz Entrepreneurship

"Success Factors"

Panelists:

Gussie Clarke

Robert Livingston

Jerome Jamilton

Moderator:

Don McDowell





shocked.jpgIn June 2017 the body of a woman, Nadian Dyer was dug out of a "house-tomb" by law enforcement in the parish of Westmoreland. It has been confirmed from an exclusive report, that Ayele Russell, 22, was arrested on an unrelated charge in Brooklyn, New York, on February 12, 2018, under arrest number K18609741Q.

Russell, booked for 2nd-degree felony robbery, is housed at a Brooklyn detention complex as number 1411801054, since February 13. He has since appeared in court and was remanded at Otis Bantum Correctional Center in New York.

Nadian and her 3-year-old daughter went missing for months until news surfaced that they were murdered by her boyfriend and their bodies cemented in a tomb, in a room at the house in Pee Wee Lane, in West End, Negril, in the parish of Westmoreland.

In July 2017 the Westmoreland police were in the process of completing documents to facilitate a search in the United States for a 21-year-old man, identified as Ayele Russell, who they say is wanted in connection with the murder of Nadian Dyer.

Russell is alleged to have killed Dyer's 3-year-old daughter, Orlandie Malcolm, in February 2017 and murdered Dyer, who was known as his girlfriend, in April 2017.

Dyer's body was discovered shortly after 6:00 pm on Tuesday, June 7, and removed about 7:30 pm. The victim was identified by her mother with the help of a tattoo on her arm.

Her decomposing body had several stab wounds and a large wound to her stomach. It is believed she was murdered two months before her decomposing body was found.

Police say Russell fled the island to the United States several days before the gruesome discovery of Dyer's body in a tomb in a back room at his home.





omar-colleymore-and-wife.jpgOmar "Best" Collymore, the 35-year-old man accused of masterminding the murder of his wife Simone in Red Hills, St Andrew, last month, is without legal representation

Collymore and his co-accused, Michael Adams and Dewayne Pink, appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court yesterday and indicated to the court that he needs to make a telephone call overseas to secure a lawyer.

A March 21 date was subsequently set for him to obtain an attorney and for the case file to be completed.

Collymore, Adams and Pink are charged with two counts of murder in relation to the killing of 32-year-old Simone Campbell-Collymore and 36-year-old taxi operator Winston Watson.

Collymore was captured at a guest house in St Elizabeth during an operation on February 8, two days after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Prior to Collymore's arrest, he was taken into custody after he was held at Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston attempting to leave the island.





Bolt signs to football club

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usain-bolt-photo-15.jpgTriple world record holder Usain Bolt, in a move that has set the world of sports on high alert, says he has agreed to sign for a football club.

Bolt, who brought his career to an end following the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London, has frequently talked up his footballing prowess and revealed last month he was set for a trial with Borussia Dortmund in March.

"It's something that I want to do," Bolt told the Daily Express in January. "In March we're going to do a trials with Dortmund and that will determine what I do with that career, which way it goes. If they say I'm good, and that I need a bit of training, I'll do it.

The 31 year old has always spoken of his desire to play football once his sprinting career was over, and on Sunday he tweeted to say "I've signed for a football team! Find out which one this Tuesday at 8am GMT."





The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) launch launched a campaign that will target wanted criminals for the Lenten season.

Since the start of the year more than 200 people have been killed across the island.

The JCF says the campaign will be guided by the theme: "What Are You Giving Up for Lent" and will encourage citizens to be alert and report wanted persons whose pictures will be made public.

The police say the initiative is part of its drive to create safer communities across the island and urged law-abiding citizens to give their support.

The JCF says members of the public can share information anonymously by calling its tip line at 811, Crime Stop at 311, the nearest police station or through the Stay Alert app that's available in the Google Play Store.

The campaign ends March 30.





bounty-killer-photo-9.jpgGrammy award winning Dancehall veteran, Rodney Price aka Bounty Killer says he is "honored and humbled" after receiving the Mentorship Award from the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) at its Honour Awards in Kingston on Sunday.

Bounty Killer who has received a variety of awards, including Grammys, Moonmen, says that this award is special because it's the first time he's being recognised for the work he has done for others.

Bounty is known as the artiste who has given a voice and a microphone to a host of dancehall's top deejays when they were literally nobodies. And, although most of them have been ungrateful, Bounty still thanked them for the opportunity that he had in moulding their careers and helping to make them into household names.

Bounty Killer has been credited with giving a slew of entertainers their big break including Mavado, Vybz Kartel, Scare Dem Crew, Cham, Bling Dwag, Wayne Marshall, Aidonia and countless others.





Ed Sheeran is world's best-selling artiste for 2017

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ed-sheeran-shape-of-you.jpgBritish singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran was named the world's best-selling artiste of 2017, thanks to his album Divide and singles Shape of You and Perfect.

Divide, which was released in March 2017, and went multi-Platinum in 36 nations.

Sheeran's pop ballad Shape of You was also the best-selling single globally of 2017 and has been certified as multi-Platinum in 32 nations.

It was the first time that a recording artist has had both the best-selling album and single of the year.





Alexx Antaeus teams with Devin on exciting new track

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devin-and-alexx.jpgAward-winning composer, recording artiste and producer Alexx Antaeus, that musical mission has led him to record, remix and produce for an eclectic selection of artistes such as Tommy Lee Sparta, Young M.C., Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, The Rolling Stones, and Earth, Wind & Fire among other notable artists.

After recently being honoured for his 25 year membership at NARAS (the governing body of the GRAMMY Awards), Alexx introduced his forthcoming album slated for release this fall entitled "Alexx Antaeus presents The Riddim Travelers" with the lead single "GET HOT" featuring GRAMMY nominated Devin Di Dakta. Devin became a household name in Jamaica, following his victory in the "Magnum Kings & Queens of Dancehall" competition. The latter translated into various hit charting music, a Grammy nomination for 2017 Grammy Awards for Best Reggae Album (Sly & Robbie Present: Reggae For Her) and a growing presence on the Billboard charts.

As dance meets dancehalll on "Alexx Antaeus presents The Riddim Travelers", the compilation has journeyed the globe to go beyond the expected pairings and meshed cultures through music. With the electric collaboration "GET HOT", the single aim is to break all musical borders and stereotype by blending hard beats, world rhythms, and great melodies. Produced by Alexx, for his imprint label Monom Records, "GET HOT" was written by both himself and Devin, and is now available (http://smarturl.it/GetHot-RT) to add to your musical collection, distributed on all major digital outlets by renowned Tuff Gong International.

In support of the hit bound single, "GET HOT" also offers Original, Tribal, Trap, Progressive and Chill Out remixes, and visuals that premiered over the weekend. Produced by Alexx Antaeus and directed by Damaniac Visualz, viewers will be drawed in as the video is reminiscent of a short movie where both Alexx and Devin play lead roles to a sexy supporting cast.

Riddim Travelers - Get Hot [Feat. Alexx Antaeus & Devin Di Dakta] [Official Video]





jah-cure.jpgGrammy nominee and ex-convict, Jah Cure, needs to find a cure for his anger or else the cops he so angrily cussed out on his Instagram Stories last week will surely visit his house again, this time with a warrant. Can somebody please tell this wanna-be-Kardashian that acting like a diva and ranting on social media is totally out of character for a Rastaman.

As a matter of fact, Jah Cure can cut him locks and done.

We haven nutten more to seh.





foota-hype-photo-1-cropped.jpgIf a laugh....!!!!

All right. So, controversial dancehall selector, Foota Hype, is up to his tricks. In the latest episode of his ongoing social media drama, Foota bawl it out loud dat dem ketch one big name dancehall artiste at the obeah man.

The selector-turn-producer-turn-social-media-desperado shared during his Instagram live last week that a popular Dancehall artiste was caught at a obeah man in St Thomas getting a bath recently. And not just that....the story get sweeter. According to Foota, a close friend of his went to the obeah worker for help with an upcoming trial but was told that a 'big celebrity' was there to see the science man, so Foota's friend was turned away that day.

Anyway, the science man gave Foota friend a lickle look and Foota friend ....NOT Foota himself, but Foota friend... and the friend saw the artiste who Foota says was in his underwear getting ready for a bath. Hear dis now, a bottle was beside the water with the words 'HIT SONG' write big and bold.

Foota was at pains to point out that he, Foota wasn't the one who saw the artiste. Cause that would cause social media to ask what Foota was doing at the science man yard.

Foota Hype also claims that the artiste is well-known and is now 'running the place' since the incident.





jamaica-cocaine-seized.jpgBUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA (AFP) -- Police have seized nearly 400 kilos of cocaine from the Russian embassy in Buenos Aires and arrested several members of a drug trafficking gang, Argentina's security minister announced Thursday.

Patricia Bullrich told a press conference that the drugs discovered in an annex of the embassy had a street value of around 50 million euros (about US$62 million).

"A gang of narco-criminals was trying to use the diplomatic courier service of the Russian embassy" to ship the drugs to Europe, she said.

She told reporters that Russian and Argentine police had decided to mount a sting operation after the Russian ambassador informed them of the drugs find in December 2016.

"The cocaine was replaced by flour and monitoring devices were placed to monitor delivery" of the 16 bags of the drug, Bullrich said. She said the sting had resulted in the arrest of five suspects -- two in Argentina and three in Russia.

The drug, of "very high purity," was destined for Russia and probably also Germany, where the suspected mastermind lives. "We believe the German police will arrest this fugitive," Bullrich said.

The minister said Russian security service agents "came to Argentina on three occasions to assist in the investigation", which took more than a year.

The cocaine was replaced by flour and monitoring devices were placed to monitor delivery"

Meanwhile, social media has been asking pertinent questions of the Jamaican police: "JCF are you looking? This is how you set traps and capture the drug dealers. Not by anouncing every drug find to the media and calling it a dent in the drug trade."

Another user wrote: "Maybe we need the JCF to take note of how to handle sensitive information and how to track them down. They can start with putting tracking devices in the bags of rice which it is claimed that the residents send to the gun men who are hiding in the hills after fleeing August Town. The JCF must remember that these are smart criminals because they listen to the news and know what and when to expect the police."





reggae-sumfest-2018-confirmed.jpgThe latest additions to this Summer's reggae sumfest are Aidonia, Cham and Ding Dong, The organizers made this news public yesterday. Last week iconic Jamaican reggae artiste Damian Marley was also confirmed to perform on his birthday Saturday July 21st at Reggae Sumfest 2018.

Fresh back from the 2018 grammys after winning the award Damian Marley's next major show in Jamaica is expected to be at Sumfest, joining what will be an all star Festival lineup for both nights featuring Beres Hammond, Maxi Priest, Popcaan, Spice, Sizzla, Capleton, Aidonia, Cham, Ding Dong and many more.

Damian was born on July 21, 1978 and is now age age 39 hence he will be 40 on the day of his sumfest performance.

The greatest reggae show on earth will in full swing this summer June 15 to June 21 in Montego Bay, Jamaica. In case u missed the 1st round of early bird tickets, the organizers will be selling a 2nd set of Early Bird Tickets which will go on sale February 1st 2018 on http://www.reggaesumfest.com/





andrew-holness-photo-5.jpgPrime Minister Andrew Holness has revealed his top favourite artistes and songs and it's no surprise that 'King of Reggae' Bob Marley sits atop the list.

Andrew Holness favourite artistes include:

Bob Marley

Dennis Brown

Beres Hammond

Chronixx

Protoje

Etana

Queen Ifrica

Oops, no dancehall artiste made the list. I guess dancehall artistes are only useful during election time when their popular songs are used on the campaign trail.

Well, when it comes to favourite songs, Holness names 'Natural Mystic' and 'Redemption Song' from Bob Marley, he says Nesbeth's 'My Dream' is his theme song. (Of course.....it certainly helped him to achieve his Dream during the last election when it was the JLP's theme song.)

Holness is also a fan of Chronixx songs such as 'Likes' and others from Chronology.

By the way, where does gospel fall in ll of this? Perhaps 'O Day of Rest and Gladness' #382 from the SDA Hymnal?





Patrick Byrne (Overstock.com CEO), Anthony Di Iorio (Ethereum Co-Founder), and Bill Tai (BitFury Board Member & VC) will each present a Keynote Address in Nassau, Bahamas

CaribPR Wire, NEW YORK, Feb. 22, 2018: Polymath, the security token issuance platform, today announced in partnership with Grit Capital, keynote speakers for POLYCON18 (https://www.polycon18.com/), the world's first event dedicated to securities tokens. The event will be held at the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar in Nassau, Bahamas from February 28th through March 2nd.

Overstock.com CEO, Patrick Byrne, Ethereum Co-Founder, Anthony Di Iorio and venture capitalist and BitFury board member, Bill Tai, will each give a keynote address at this year's inaugural conference.

The worlds of high finance and blockchain will gather at the event, which brings together institutional investors, retail advisors and high net worth individuals, as well as some of the most exciting and fastest-growing blockchain companies from around the world.

The conference features 35+ companies, 450+ attendees, a $100k ICO pitch competition sponsored by Victory Square, 1x1 meetings, keynote dinners, a cabana pool party, a casino night, and much more.

Attendees include former NFL players Israel Idonije and Ryan Mundy, as well as top-rated radio show host Todd Shapiro of The Todd Shapiro Show on SiriusXM Canada, whose weekly listenership tops over 1 million.

Featured POLYCON18 thought leaders include Matthew Roszak, chairman and co-founder of Bloq; Brock Pierce, co-founder of Block.one; Shawn Owen, CEO of SALT Lending; Yasmeen Drummond, co-founder of Women in Blockchain; Halsey Minor, CEO and co-founder of Live Planet and VideoCoin, Jason White, senior lead equity of crypto and ICO crowdfunding at Indiegogo, and many, many more!

"We're excited to arrange this meeting of the minds at the first-ever conference dedicated to securities tokens," said CEO of Polymath, Trevor Koverko. "POLYCON18 will connect the industry's top thought leaders and investors with the most innovative blockchain companies for an exclusive opportunity to network in an intimate and exciting environment."

POLYCON18 is hosted in partnership with Grit Capital, a leading consultancy service provider for investment relations and corporate development, and organized by Untraceable, the world's first blockchain and cryptocurrency event management and marketing agency.





PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands, Feb. 22, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ -- interCaribbean Airways celebrating 26 years of continuous services, is pleased to announce new nonstop schedule services from Dominica to St Lucia and Tortola, with 1 stop easy connections via Tortola to St Thomas, St Croix, Sint Maarten, San Juan, Providenciales and Santo Domingo.

Travelers can make two-stop connections via interCaribbean flights to Kingston and Nassau. Even allowing for two stops this is still one of the fastest travel times in the Caribbean.

Flights to and from Dominica begin on March 22 with 3 weekly flights as follows:.

FL# FROM TO EFFECTIVE UNTIL DAYS DEP ARR

521 EIS DOM 22-Mar-18 03-Nov-18 Mo Th Su 4:25 p.m 5:45 p.m

621 DOM SLU 22-Mar-18 03-Nov-18 Mo Th Su 6:15 pm 6:55 pm

622 SLU DOM 22-Mar-18 03-Nov-18 Mo Tu Fr 9:00 am 9:40 am

522 DOM EIS 22-Mar-18 03-Nov-18 Mo Tu Fr 10:10 am 11:30 am

DOM = Dominica Douglas Charles Airport, EIS = Tortola Terrence B. Lettsome International Airport, SLU = St. Lucia - Castries International Airport.

interCaribbean has expanded its schedule to new points throughout the Caribbean connecting more of the Caribbean than any other Caribbean Airline.

CEO Trevor Sadler, stated: "We are pleased to begin connecting Dominica with our Caribbean, bringing affordable air fares to this latest interCaribbean destination". We look forward to welcoming Citizens and Residents aboard and adding new connections and cities that Dominica can enjoy.

Colin Piper. Director of Tourism, Dominica welcomes the new service, stating: "interCaribbean is giving Dominicans new choices to fly to and from Dominica and more connections to more places, the service is very timely and very welcome. We look forward to the launch and anticipation of service to further islands."





Science lab explosion at Mona High school

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Several students of the Mona High School in St Andrew were on Thursday afternoon rushed to the University Hospital of the West Indies following an explosion during a scientific experiment.

It is understood that following the explosion there were cries for help from students.

Several students, along with one teacher, were immediately rushed hospital for medical treatment.

The conditions of the students and teacher could not be immediately ascertained.





omar-colleymore-and-wife.jpgWord is that accused killer Omar Collymore paid contract killers $500,000 to kill his wife, Simone Campbell-Collymore. Mrs. Campbell-Collymore was shot and killed on January 2. She was killed shortly after she boarded a taxi in Red Hills, St Andrew and the taxi driver was also murdered during the incident.

Two men who're believed to be Collymore's co-conspirators are in custody in connection with the crime and Collymore himself has been remanded following his first court appearance.

Statements have been given to the police alleging that Collymore paid $500,000 to contract killers to have his wife murdered.

Investigators are theorizing that he killed his wife in pursuit of life insurance proceeds. Collymore, who has two children with Simone, is also a person of interest in the 2008 murder of Angela Aguiar in Florida. Both Aguiar and Omar Collymore late wife, Simone, had taken out life insurance policies and had named him as their beneficiary.

Although Omar Collymore is a United States citizen, he is originally from Barbados.





St Thomas machete mom loses custody of children

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machete-beaten.jpgWhen St Thomas mother Doreen 'Da' Dyer received her suspended sentence recently, her greatest desire was to be reunited with her children. However, that is not to be. The two children, including the daughter she was seen in a video beating with a machete, will remain in the custody of their aunt until they are 18 years old.

That was the verdict of Senior Parish Judge Fiona Feare-Gregory when Dyer, her sister, and the two children appeared before the Yallahs Children's Court this weeky.

The children, who are twins, are 13 years old.

They were placed in the custody of their aunt after their mother was charged last year October.

The court ruled that Dyer will be able to have supervised visits with her children with her sister present.

Forty-four-year-old Dyer was sentenced to three years' probation after pleading guilty to cruelty to a child in the St Thomas Parish Court on February 9.

She was charged by the police last year and was subsequently offered bail.

The partially nude mother was seen in a video beating the girl violently with a machete while uttering expletives.





Jamhuri Reggae Festival 2017 Reloaded at KICC

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jamhuri-reggae-festival-2017-reloaded-at-kicc.jpgKenyatta Hill and Freddie McGregor

Saturday, March 3rd, 2018

Gates Open at 6 PM

Early Bird Tickets

Regular: 700 | Vip: 3500

Tickets available on www.ticketsasa.com





Outpouring of tributes as Billy Graham dies at 99

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billy-graham.jpgThe Rev. Billy Graham, a North Carolina farmer's son who preached to millions in stadium events he called crusades, becoming a pastor to presidents and the nation's best-known Christian evangelist for more than 60 years, died on Wednesday at his home in Montreat, N.C. He was 99.

His death was confirmed by Jeremy Blume, a spokesman for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

Mr. Graham had dealt with a number of illnesses in his last years, including prostate cancer, hydrocephalus (a buildup of fluid in the brain) and symptoms of Parkinson's disease.

Mr. Graham spread his influence across the country and around the world through a combination of religious conviction, commanding stage presence and shrewd use of radio, television and advanced communication technologies.

Tributes are pouring in from across the world for Graham, who was a confidant and advisor to several presidents, from Eisenhower to Bush.





Beenie Man and D'Angel still legally married

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wedding-photos-beenie-man-and-d-angel-photo-1.jpgThe event is still known as 'Dancehall's biggest wedding'. The ceremony between at then pregnant D'Angel and the King of Dancehall, Beenie Man at Crichton Estate, St. Andrew, Jamaica on August 22, 2006. However, the fairy-tale wedding didn't have a fairy-tale ending. They didn't "live happily ever after" It was soon Splitsville for the first couple of Dancehall, and, surprisingly, years after the split, the two have still not yet finalized their divorce. Beenie Man, who is now dating Krystal Tomlinson, says process should be over very soon as all the documents were sent in and signed, all they need now is the stamp of approval.

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It's back to court for Munga Honorebel

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munga.jpgDancehall entertainer Munga Honorebel is scheduled to appear in court today (Wed).

Munga is charged with the murder of Cleveland Smith who was shot dead on Molynes Road, in Kingston last February.

According to Munga's attorney Christopher Townsend, when his client faces the Kingston and St. Andrew parish court , the judge will be re-examining his current fine and will further determine if there is sufficient evidence to support the matter being sent to the Supreme Court.

Munga whose real name is Damian Rhoden, is currently out on bail and still recording and releasing new music.





Senior advisor and strategist to Tourism Minister, Delano Seiveright states that, "Jamaica, and in particular Montego Bay, is seeing an uptick in wealthy and celebrity tourists some of whom take to their social media platforms, with millions of young fans each, to publicise their vacation giving us incredible positive publicity. For Montego Bay in particular it is very good".

Highlighting a surge in celebrity and wealthy visitors, Chief Executive Officer of MBJ Airports, operators of Montego Bay's Sangster International Airport, Rafael Echavarne recently noted that, "from December 23 to December 31 a total of 60 private jets were accommodated at the Airport with December 26th recording the highest number with a total of 18 private jets accommodated, the place was absolutely full."

Just late last month, former US President Bill Clinton vacationed in Montego Bay and its environs for a weekend spending on the golf course at Tryall Club. Among the high profile party was former Governor of the US State of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe who also served as chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 2001 to 2005, was co-chairman of President Bill Clinton's 1996 re-election campaign, and was chairman of Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign.

Bartlett pointed to provisional data from the Jamaica Tourist Board showing a roughly seven per cent increase in the number of stopover tourists for the month of January compared to the same month last year. A record 4.3 million combined stopover and cruise tourists visited Jamaica in 2017.

This according to Bartlett represents a 12.1 per cent increase over arrivals in 2016. "it is the first time that...we brought more than 500,000 additional visitors and near US$500 million more in a single calendar year." he noted.





justin-and-selena.jpgJamaica continues to benefit from a raft of high-profile visits by celebrities, ranging from pop music stars to a former US President.

On the heels of the island in December copping the World's Leading Wedding Destination award, pop stars Justin Bieber and his girlfriend Selena Gomez are in Montego Bay for the wedding of Bieber's father, Jeremy and new stepmom Chelsey Rebelo.

Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett pointed out that high profile visits to the island, "enable the destination to effectively promulgate it's diverse offerings to specific and very important demographics while showcasing the island as a must do for a great vacation experience. We are undoubtedly a multi-faceted destination."

Bieber and Gomez's visit follows that of Russian Tennis Star Maria Sharapova, who vacationed in and around Montego Bay, staying at the famed Round Hill Hotel and Villas. There, Sharapova spent 15 minutes on the tennis court with a guest as part of a charity effort. Another famous pop music celebrity, Shawn Mendez, vacationed in Portland last week, while Singer Solange Knowles, sister of Pop star Beyonce, vacationed earlier this month on the island.

Meanwhile, billionaire fashion icon Ralph Lauren, who owns a vacation home on the outskirts of Montego Bay, spent several days on the island and was recently honoured by Hanover Charities at their yearly Sugar Cane Ball at Round Hill. Prime Minister Andrew Holness and Tourism Minister, Bartlett officially acknowledged Lauren's love and philanthropic work on the island.





caribbean-actors-black-panther-letitia-wright-shuri.jpgThe Caribbean was well represented in the blockbuster hit Black Panther.

Among the shining stars of Marvel Studios' superhero movie were Letitia Wright from Guyana and Winston Duke of Trinidad & Tobago, who gave notable performances in the Hollywood blockbuster.

The pair are riding the success of the record setting film.

Wright, 24, was born in Guyana but moved to London as a child. She plays Shuri, the sister of T'Challa, the prince who becomes ruler of the fictional African kingdom of Wakanda and reigning Black Panther. This makes Letitia a real but very differnt type of Disney Princess.

Dubbed "the smartest person in the world; smarter than Tony Stark" by executive producer Nate Moore, Shuri is the genius behind some of Wakanda's most advanced technology and the creator of Black Panther's suits and gadgets, made from the mythical, nearly indestructible metal known as vibranium.

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"I've never really seen a character like that in a script before," Wright says. "I never saw a young black girl being interested in engineering or science or math or wanting to heal people. I saw lots of stereotypes, and that's clearly the difference in why I really wanted to play that part."

Shuri is a tech-savvy teenage princess who is Peter Parker, Tony Stark, and Q from Bond all rolled into one. But for all her exceptional brilliance Shuri, as Wright plays her, is also shockingly normal. As an otherworldly Wakandan war wages around her, Shuri is recognizable as a teasing little sister there to keep her big brother both safe and in check.

Tobago-born actor Duke, 31, moved to the U.S. with his family when he was nine years old.

Based on the Marvel comic book series that started in the mid-1960s, Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o and Angella Bassett, among others.

Along with Boseman, Wright and Duke appear in the Avengers sequel, which opens in May.





Khago's album makes Billboard Reggae chart debut

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khago-walk-a-mile.jpgCall him what you may, but Khago must have been doing some good music, even while he was bus criticising and being criticised by members of the entertainment fraternity.

The Reggae and dancehall artiste has made his way unto the Billboard Reggae Albums chart.

The 15 track compilation Walk A Mile debuted in the number five position.

The album was released on February 9 via the Streaminn Hub imprint.

Walk a Mile is available on a number of major online platforms including iTunes and Amazon music.

Khago will certainly have a lot to say on this.





Clarendon's most wanted killed

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One of Clarendon's most wanted men, Niko Walters, otherwise called 'Freckles' or 'Speckles', unemployed of Farm/Effortville in May Pen, was shot and killed during a confrontation with the police on Monday.

A policeman was shot and injured in the incident.

Reports are that during an operation in the Effortville area, Walters was seen and, on the approach of the police, he pulled a firearm and opened fire, hitting a policeman on the left index finger.

The gunfire was returned and Walters was hit.

He was taken to the May Pen Hospital along with the injured policeman, where Walters died while undergoing treatment.





The administration of the Wolmer's Boys School held further discussions about security at the institution, after a student was questioned by police yesterday (Mon), about a threatening voice note which has gone viral.

The 18 year old student was arrested after the voice note reportedly denoted threats of a mass shooting went viral on social media.

In a statement Monday, the ministry said that as a result of preliminary discussions held among ministry officials and school administrators, a follow up meeting including with the Chairman of the school board is being held.

It said among the matters to be addressed are the general safety and security of the school, risks, threats and areas that may need strengthening.

Meanwhile, the Education Ministry says it is assisting the police in conducting a psychological assessment of the student.

Detectives from the Counter Terrorism and Organized Crime CTOC, led by Assistant Commissioner of Police ACP Fitz Bailey, questioned the student and his parents in the wake of the threatening voice note he reportedly sent to a teacher.

The ministry says other students are being questioned.

The police is also urging individuals to desist from circulating the audio clip, as it may cause undue anxiety.The





A female entertainer who was reported missing on Thursday following the discovery of the body of accountant Esron Laing, has been found unharmed.

The woman has been identified as Sherine Fox, an up-and-coming artiste who goes by the stage name Sexilous of Pembroke Hall in St Andrew and Rocky Point, Clarendon.

Police say Fox was found Friday afternoon and is currently back with her family. She is not a suspect at this time and investigations into Laing's murder are still ongoing.

Laing was reportedly shot dead after leaving a party in Portland Cottage in Clarendon to take Fox home bout 4 am on Wednesday. His Range Rover was found on the banks of a river in bushes close to where his body was found.

When his body was discovered, only the woman's belongings were found at the scene and in Laing's vehicle.





hands-behind-bars.jpgThe man and a woman who were charged in connection with the murders of the Jamaican-Canadian couple Melbourne and Etta Flake in Retreat, St Thomas were remanded when they appeared before the St Thomas Parish this morning.

Twenty-five-year-old Fabian Skervin and his girlfriend Nekia Thompson are each charged with two counts of murder and one count of robbery with aggravation.

Thompson was questioned by the police on Monday and was charged Tuesday.

Her boyfriend was charged last week.

Thompson's attorney Hensley Williams reportedly asked the court for the matter to be called up at a later date as the necessary files were not available and full disclosure was not made.

They are to return to court on March 1 when it is expected that a bail application will be made.

Skervin and Thompson were picked up during a police operation in Seaforth on February 7.

The woman was released and later taken back into custody and both were subsequently charged.

Eighty-one-year-old Melbourne and 70-year-old Etta were found dead in their house with their hands and feet bound on the morning of January 9.





Reggae SumFest confirmed for July 15-21, 2018

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reggae-sumfest-2018-confirmed.jpgRed Stripe

presents

Reggae SumFest

Downsound Entertainment

Confirmed

Montego Bay Jamaica - July 15-21, 2018

For all show and ticketing info please check www.reggaesumfest.com

Must be 18 years or older to drink. Drink responsibly!





nabiyah-be-nightshade.jpgRyan Coogler's "Black Panther" released on Thursday and among the cast is actress/ singer Nabiyah Be, who plays the role of Tilda Johnson, aka. Nightshade.Nabiyah Be is a Brazilian-Jamaican actress and singer/songwriter. She's the daughter of Grammy Award winner Jimmy Cliff.

Odessa, the actress' sister confirmed her character's identity on Twitter, from the middle of last year and again in an interview last week with a local paper. pointing out her brief appearance in a shot alongside Michael B. Jordan's Killmonger in the "Black Panther" teaser trailer.

"Hey Tweetrens just want to brag that my baby sister Nabiyah is in the #BlackPanther movie. She plays Tilda Johnson. I'm a proud big sister. pic.twitter.com/ZnhzjtHojQ"

-- oDessa (@oblessa) June 11, 2017

In the comics, Nightshade is a genius supervillain who first debuted back in the Steve Englehart and Alan Weiss' Captain America #164 back in 1973 and has faced-off against the likes of Captain America, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and Black Panther over the years.

Nabiyah Be originated the role of Eurydice in Anaïs Mitchell's highly acclaimed Hadestown and performs in the Hadestown Original Cast Album scheduled for 2017 release.

Coogler is directing Marvel's Black Panther from a screenplay he co-wrote with Joe Robert Cole.

The cast includes Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Sterling K. Brown, Daniel Kaluuya, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Florence Kasumba, Shaunette Renée Wilson, Isaach de Bankolé, and John Kani.

Black Panther follows T'Challa, who, after the events of Captain America: Civil War, returns home to the isolated, technologically-advanced African nation of Wakanda to take his place as King. However, when an old enemy reappears on the radar, T'Challa's mettle as King and Black Panther is tested when he is drawn into a conflict that puts the entire fate of Wakanda and the world at risk.





Nesbeth to release new album by crowdfunding

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nesbeth-photo-3.jpgAlways seeking to change the status quo Nesbeth, one of Jamaica's most prolific Reggae luminaries is taking an innovative new approach to the production and release of his upcoming debut album. Titled A.M.E.N, the acronym derives from the name of his late wife Ann-Maire Elliot Nesbeth which holds very special meaning to the singer.

Considering the sentimental value and also being his first official album, Nesbeth said he wanted to do something special instead of merely outputting the album via the traditional method of a major label and hope for the best. Hence the introduction of Crowdfunding.

What is Crowdfunding? It is a method of raising capital and giving people a hands-on experience through the collective effort of friends, family, fans, and individual investors. This approach taps into the collective efforts of a large pool of individuals--primarily online via social media and other platforms--and leverages their support networks for greater reach and exposure.

"Though I have no issues with major labels I opted instead to work directly with my fans. Some people may think this is a weird concept but the idea is this platform will allow them to invest directly in my album, provide me with quality feedback and updates, and for their investments and feedback, they will receive special rewards (eg. autograph promotional paraphernalia, exclusive news, pre-released album, discounted dubs etc.). One of the greatest advantages it also allows you to see and feel the true essence of your fan base." -Nesbeth added.

Nesbeth Explains 'Crowdfunding', The Innovative New Approach To His Debut Album

Though the concept is relatively new to Jamaica and the Caribbean diaspora, Nesbeth believes the platform which is more popular in North America and Europe will help to change the way music is marketing in the region and wants to be a pioneer for that change.

Slated for release this Summer. For Nesbeth, as much as for his fans, music has also been the best remedy for personal and social healing. Since it brings out an empowering force that every person has within them. It is also through music, namely through this new A.M.E.N. album, that Nesbeth wants to share his healing experience with those who, like him, have also dealt or are dealing with loss and other tribulations, with those who believe in a better tomorrow, and, ultimately, with everyone who couldn't live without the soothing and refreshing touch of great reggae music.

To execute promoting this exceptional body of work and ensure its global success. We're inviting individuals to PRE-ORDER TODAY and be a part of something beautiful and musically amazing. The official campaign was launched on Saturday, February 17th.





dwight-yorke.jpgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) -- Former Trinidad & Tobago and Manchester United footballer Dwight Yorke is being sued by reigning Chutney Soca Monarch Neval Chatelal for the non-payment of a TT$250,000 (One TT dollar =US$0.16 cents) loan.

Yorke, 46, was reportedly loaned the money in March last year to assist in a financial bind.

In the court documents filed last week, Chatelal claimed that Yorke approached him for the loan after his 'Island Vibe' fete which was held on March 4, 2017.

The court documents say the former national footballer was unable to secure a lender for the fete and as a result, was in a bind as he needed to pay those who provided services for the event. Yorke allegedly said that he could not approach the bank as the time for approval would place him in an embarrassing situation.

Chatelal subsequently agreed to loan Yorke TT$250,000 with a TT$50,000 interest to be paid after two months.

He reportedly deposited the money into the Dwight Yorke Foundation account on March 7 following the agreement.

Two months following the deposit, Chatelal contacted Yorke who in December 2017, paid him TT$50,000.

In January, a pre-action protocol letter was sent to Yorke where he was "invited to amicably settle the matter."

There was no response and on February 12, the legal proceeding was filed.

In 2016, Machel Montano sued Yorke for falsely using his name to promote a party that year.

He later dropped the lawsuit but had obtained an injunction to stop Yorke from using his name.

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Dwight Yorke is the ex-boyfriend and baby father of glamour model, Katie Price. Katie has previously accused ex-boyfriend Dwight of not seeing their child, who suffers from a range of disabilities including Prader-Willi syndrome and visual impairment.

In her last autobiography, she wrote: "It's sad that [Dwight] is unable to accept Harvey for who he is and seems unable or unwilling to work within his limitations.

"I think Dwight wanted to blame someone for the fact that his son is disabled. I have always said that if Dwight could see what a courageous and talented boy Harvey is then he would enjoy being with him so much."

In 2009, he told BBC Radio 5: "I would like to play an integral part in his upbringing, of course, I love my kid but wasn't given the opportunity to really bring him up in the manner I would like to bring him up in."





Man in custody over murder of 14-year-old girl

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hands-behind-bars.jpgPolice in St James are reporting that the man wanted for the murder of a 14-year-old girl was taken into police custody on Saturday.

He is Owen Allen, otherwise called 'Zoo Bug', of Brown's Lane, Granville in the parish.

An appeal was made for Allen to turn himself in to the police following the murder of Tianna Clarke who is also from the area.

Reports are that about 8:30 am Tianna's body was found in an unfinished building in her community.

Hours later, Allen reported to the Freeport Police.

Lawmen said he is to be questioned in the presence of his attorney.





A high level investigative team has been probing a social media threat issued against students of Wolmer's Boys' School in Kingston. This follows the circulation of a voice note with threatening messages purported to be from a student at the school.

In the more than 10-minute long voice note, a boy can be heard expressing frustration over calling colleagues by phone but not receiving an answer.

He further complained about being "ostracized" and society putting him in "a box with sickos". In the long rant, he chided so-called "friends" who don't remember his name or his birthday, and ignore him when they see him on the road.

He then lists a number of names, before apparently issuing a violent threat against them.

Anxiety over the incident has been fueled by last week's mass killing at a Florida school. A former student opened fire with a semi-automatic rifle at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, killing at least 17 people.

Police are urging individuals to desist from circulating the audio clip, as it may cause undue anxiety at this time.

In the meantime, the Police High Command is asking persons who may have information that can assist with the investigation to contact the Counter Terrrorism and Organised Crime Branch (CTOC) at 967-1389, 811, Crime Stop at 311 or by using the Stay Alert App to submit information.





crime-scene-gun.jpgThe Westmoreland police report that fourteen-year-old Alkye Nicola Vaccianie, a student of a White Hall, Negril, Westmoreland address, was shot and injured by an unknown assailant on Friday night.

Shortly after, on Saturday morning, the gruesome discovery was made of the partially-clad body of another 14-year-old girl with injuries to her face, in Brown's Lane, Granville, St James.

The Negril incident occurred in White Hall district at about 8:15 p.m.

Reports are that Alkye was sitting outside a shop, when an armed man approached her and open gunfire at her.

She was hit in the right side, left side and left thigh and was transported to the Savanna-La-Mar Hospital, where she has been admitted.

The Savanna-la-Mar Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) is investigating the incident.





florida-victim-helena-ramsay-stoneman-douglas.jpgThe Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade is confirmed that a student of Jamaican heritage was killed in last week's school shooting in Parkland, Florida. She is 17-year-old Helena Ramsey.

"My family lost an absolutely beautiful member today, due to a senseless school shooting," Curtis Page Jr. said in a Facebook post about Helena, who would have started college next year.

"Helena was a smart, kind hearted, and thoughtful person. She was deeply loved and loved others even more so. Though she was somewhat reserved, she had a relentless motivation towards her academic studies, and her soft warm demeanor brought the best out in all who knew her. She was so brilliant and witty, and I'm still wrestling with the idea that she is actually gone."

Page said he hopes others can be inspired by Helena's "life well lived, no matter how short."

Fena Cooper, identifying herself as a cousin, said in a Facebook posting, "Valentine's Day will never look the same for my family.

"Helena, we miss you dearly and are so incredibly sorry that your life was cut short. You didn't deserve this. We love you so much and will miss you greatly."

In a statement, foreign affairs minister, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, expressed condolences to the family of the dead Jamaican teen as well as to the families and friends of the other victims.

The shooter shot and killed 17 persons last Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.





omar-best-collymore-aguiar-simore.jpgInvestigators have charged three people in connection with last month's murder of Simone Collymore and taximan, Winston Walters, in Forrest Hills, St Andrew. Among the three accused is her husband Omar Collymore and his arrest has reportedly reignited interest in a 10-year-old murder case in Florida in the United States.

According to the Florida's Sun Sentinel, the murder has renewed interest in a 10-year-old case in the US state.

The Sun Sentinel reports that a decade ago, Omar Best Collymore's girlfriend, Angela Aguiar, was shot dead in a Fort Lauderdale street. Her killer was never charged, but police always considered Collymore someone of interest.

It says Fort Lauderdale detectives are working with Jamaican authorities in hopes of solving the Aguiar homicide. Fort Lauderdale Detective Tracy Figone reportedly told the paper that the two slayings have several similarities.

The paper says in addition to being romantically linked to Collymore, both women had life insurance policies that listed Collymore as a beneficiary.





robbery.jpgA 16-year-old boy is now in hospital battling for life after he was attacked, robbed and then shot by criminals at a football field in St Catherine.

Reports are that at about 2:45 p.m. on Friday the teen and his friends where at the field, close to March Pen Road, having a conversation when two men walked up to the group members.

Sources that one of the men had a machete and the other a firearm.

Reports are that the group members were held up by the thugs and then robbed of their cellphones and other valuables.

Still not satisfied with their illegal act the thugs then opened fire at the victims before running from the area.

The teen was later found suffering from gunshot wounds. He was taken to the Spanish Town Hospital where he has been admitted.

Police from St Catherine North Division have since launched a search for the men who carried out the attack.





Third man charged in Simone Collymore's muder

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omar-best-collymore-angela-aguiar-simone-campbell-collymore.jpgDetectives have charged a third man in connection with the shooting death of St Andrew businesswoman, 32-year-old Simone Campbell-Collymore and 36-year-old taxi driver, Winston Walters.

He has been identified as Dwight Pink, who had been in custody for some time before charges were laid on him on Friday. He has been charged alongside Campbell-Colloymore's husband, Omar 'Best' Collymore, and 27 year-old labourer Michael Adams with murder and conspiracy to murder.

Collymore and Adams were remanded when they appeared before the Gun Court section of the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on Friday. They have been given until February 21 to settle legal representation. Pink was not taken to court.

The 35-year-old Collymore was slapped with murder and conspiracy charges for the execution style killing of his wife and her cab driver, after he was nabbed by detectives during an early morning operation at a guest house in St Elizabeth.

The two were shot and killed by men travelling on motor cycles outside an apartment complex on Stanley Terrace in Red Hills, St Andrew on January 2.

Collymore, who had been listed as a person of interest and asked to surrender to the police, instead went on the run. At the time of his arrest, he was reportedly making arrangements to flee the country by boat.

The United States citizen was himself attacked and shot while sitting in his vehicle at a business place in New Kingston about two weeks after his wife's murder. He and another man escaped with minor injuries.





Florida shooter denied bail

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florida-shooter.jpgFlorida (AP): Nineteen-year-old Nikolas Cruz has been denied bail in connection with the shooting at a Florida High School on Wednesday that left 17 people dead.

He briefly appeared in a Florida court today to answer to 17 counts of first degree murder.

Cruz legally purchased the AR-15 rifle used in the assault at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, law enforcement officials told The Associated Press.

The orphaned 19-year-old is said to have participated in paramilitary drills with a white nationalist group.

As the criminal case against the suspect took shape, the leader of a white nationalist militia called the Republic of Florida said Cruz was a member of his group and participated in exercises in Tallahassee.

Jordan Jereb told The Associated Press that he did not know Cruz personally and that "he acted on his own behalf" and is "solely responsible for what he just did."

The group wants Florida to become its own white ethno-state. Jereb said his organisation holds "spontaneous random demonstrations" and tries not to participate in the modern world.

He also said Cruz had "trouble with a girl" and that he believed the timing of the attack, on Valentine's Day, was not a coincidence.





jamaica-bobsled-team-photo-1.jpgThe Jamaican women's bobsleigh team have been the talk of the 2018 Winter Olympics, but their participation has been thrown into doubt following the resignation of their coach.

The country have never fielded a female team in the sport, and Pyeongchang appeared to be the historic moment, 30 years after the men arrived in Calgary.

That could have changed now, though, with the news that driving coach Sandra Kiriasis - who owns their only sled - has quit her position six days before the start.

Sandra Kiriasis owns the team's sled, but she has quit just a week ahead of the Olympic Games

The BBC reported that her decision comes after she was asked by Jamaica Bobsleigh to change her role from driving coach to track performance analyst, a position that would have meant her no longer working personally with the team.

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Kiriasis appears to have refused, and a statement has been released by the team to confirm her exit just days ahead of the Olympic competition.

'Driving coach Sandra Kiriasis has elected not to continue her position with Jamaica Bobsleigh,' the JBSF said in a statement.

'We are deeply disappointed in her decision to leave the program. We thank her for her invaluable contribution to JBSF and contributing to the success of Jamaica's first female bobsled Olympic appearance.'

Kiriasis herself is an Olympic bobsleigh champion, winning a gold medal as part of the Germany team in 2006, but she will now not contribute to any further success with the Jamaican team.

'I have never known such disappointment in this sport, in my life,' Kiriasis was reported as saying.

There has been much focus on the women's bobsleigh event, partly down to the hit film Cool Runnings, made about the men's team back in 1993.

The movie loosely tells the story of Dudley Stokes, Devon Harris, Michael White and Nelson Stokes - the four men who rode in the sled at the Calgary Games.

This year, though, the focus in the build-up has been with the women, who have been preparing for their maiden appearance.

One of the competitors, Jazmine Fenlator, did compete at the 2014 Olympics as an American athlete, before switching to her father's native Jamaica the following year.

Brakewoman Carrie Russell, though, has switched her focus from summer sports to winter in a bid to create history.

The sprinter won a gold medal in the 4x100m relay at the 2013 World Championships, and is now set to make her Winter Olympics debut.

'This is one of the happiest moments of my life,' the 27-year-old said. 'I never dreamed that I would become a bobsled athlete.'





Romain Virgo embarks on LoveSick European Tour

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romain-lovesick.jpgNew York, NY- VP Records has announced that "LoveSick," the upcoming album from rising reggae star Romain Virgo will be out on March 30th. The 17-track album takes listeners on a journey that explores every emotion felt when finding love, losing love and finding love again.

Executive produced by Niko Browne for Lifeline Music, with additional production by Sting International and Vikings Production, the album presents a new pop reggae sound traced with his signature lovers rock style woven throughout. The first single 'Now', was released last Summer to much fanfare and the latest single is entitled"Still".

The album also includes Romain's stirring version of the Sam Smith smash "Stay With Me."

Meanwhile, Romaine, will be embarking on an European tour at the end of March with special guest Sevana. The tour will include stops in Germany, The UK, Holland and Switzerland (all dates below). He will be setting up U.S. dates later this year.

Raised in a disciplined home in the rural town of Stepney in the parish of St. Annes, Romain first gained fame when he made history as the youngest winner of Television Jamaica's (TVJ) popular "Rising Stars" talent competition at just 17-years-old and later by winning Artist of the Year by JaRIA (Jamaica Reggae Industry Association) in 2012. Growing up listening to the likes of Beres Hammond, Dennis Brown and Percy Sledge, he has modeled his musical style and career after these legends while still remaining true to who he is. Passion drips through every lyric and every note, as listeners can feel the love for his craft.

"I believe love is the one thing that's going to save us, not just in terms of relationships, but in the broader human sense," Romain says of the album's title and content. "I personally believe that nothing forms a stronger bond than love. It cuts through race, religion, creed, everything. We need to put it at the center of our lives."





etana-photo-2.jpgThe Entertainment Ministry has explained that the programme through which Reggae artise Etana was granted US$5000 to help with her tour, was initiated in 2013 by then Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment's junior minister Damian Crawford as a way to enhance the reggae brand and provide additional marketing for destination Jamaica.

"We know from that that it has been music -- reggae music -- that is the essence of the Jamaican brand. Knowing that and the history of Jamaican music and its pull for destination Jamaica, the Tour Support and Artiste Ambassador Programme was started. Between 2013 and 2015 two persons -- Protoje received US$8,000 and Kabaka Pyramid and the Bebble Rockers received US$1,000 during that particular period. Since then, in 2017 Raging Fyah, when they went on their Everlasting Tour and were nominated for the Grammy, also received (US$3,500) tour support, and this year Etana has received tour support. Freddie McGregor also received tour support in 2016 when he was invited to perform in Bogota as part of a creative city endeavour," she shared.

Wilkinson-McDaniel explained that Etana, who is currently on tour, topped a field of four applicants for the grant, noting that there is a clear process for potential recipients, which begins with applicants submitting their bids to the Entertainment Division where they are vetted and sent to the entertainment advisory board for consideration, then to the permanent secretary for ratification and approval.

She did not say who the other artiste were who had also applied for the grant, or explain why Etana, as a US citizen and a seasoned artistes who ears top dollars, would possibly qualify for this kind of support from the Jamaican government.

The ministry rep, who was there on behalf of Miss Grange who was in Parliament, explained the application process: "You have to complete the entertainment registry application because we require that every person who gets support from us, that you are registered as a bona fide cultural practitioner. You need to indicate the size of the venues so that we can then measure the impact -- how many persons are you going to be reaching at any given time. We also look at who are you touring with. So, for example, in this case Etana is touring with J Boog and Jesse Royal. These are some of the things that the board would consider. It is about expected audience reach in relation to the venue and your social media and marketing plan."

As one blogger pointed out, however, "as well-intentioned the idea to "support" our artistes was, it was bound to result in controversy. The industry is fractious and competitive to say the least, therefore choosing who to give how much was always a recipe for disaster. Numerous artiste claim they don't get support from govt ... and many taxpayers feel its a waste of money. Apart from state sponsored events or prizes I don't believe artistes should be given preferential grants/support firstly because they are just like any other "worker" .. and secondly it will be very difficult to justify why A instead of B."





etana-photo-3.jpgNo sooner had Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange announced recording artiste Etana as the first female recipient of financial support through the ministry's Artiste Ambassador and Tour Support Programme, the backlash started.

The ministry gave Etana a grant of US$5,000 to support her 32-city tour of the United States and people made it clear that they were NOT happy. Grange's social media page was flooded with criticisms, so too were blogs and websites which carried the release and picture provided from the ministry.

People didn't care two hoots that Minister Grange said in the release that the aim of the Artiste Ambassador and Tour Support programme is to strengthen Brand Jamaica through media, marketing and partnership.

People didn't care that the ministry said that they believe that the Artiste Ambassador and Tour Support Programme is important to provide support to those artistes who are good ambassadors, who represent Jamaica well and whose music reflects the message of Reggae and that of Jamaica.

Social media dragged Etana, encouraging her to give back the money, which they feel was ill deserved.

One person quizzed: "I don't get this! What the purpose of this gift? An established artiste going and a 32 city tour and getting lunch money from the government? US$5,000 for what? "

"Police are being insulted with a JAM$1,000 increase offer, and several injured in the line of duty are suffering from abandonment and neglect, including Lorenzo McLeggon, suffering for 42 years on crumbs, and government have money to give to a touring artiste! Unbelievable!"

"As a liberal you don't get how government could be reaching more and more into areas it shouldn't be? Jamaica is a case study in the folly of statism."

"Etana voted for Trump, so that made her worthy for free money?"

"Can she still vote in Jamaica? This does make sense at all."

"What kind of Trump supporting, racist apologist, fiscal conservative you be? Conservative start support handouts now? All along I thought that was liberal business."

"So many people and institutions need aid and they are giving aid to the people who are already earning good money."

"This is a new low, even for politicians. Also, why would Etana even think it's a good idea to accept this money?"

"These are all business people going abroad to ply their trade. Same the last time i see this minister give Freddie money fi gu a some award in Colombia."

"Why are they giving this woman taxpayer's money ? They should tell her to go and ask Trump for money."

"Less she forget that as a Trumpist she should not take money from a s**thole country to benefit the land of honey. And isn't a tour supposed to be making money? This is a travesty!"

They also had levelled criticism at the minister herself, noting that "politicians are by nature wasters, mismanagers and corrupters. They suffer no consequences for the misuse of taxpayers funds."

"This reverse donation doesn't make any sense at all....while other establish artists are giving back to Jamaica this ministry is reversing the role,,,,,,its dumb and sets a bad precedent."

"This Babsy Grange must go. Everything she does lack any real thought or make any sense, eg...building all kind of statues, ice hockey arena rinks in hot Kingston, predicting gold medals for bobsled team, promoting golf to people who cant even afford a golf ball, allowing airport road as entertainment zone, etc. And now this! Is she for real or just a grandstanding picture poser? What a waste of a ministry whose only purpose is to send condolences and congratulation!"

"Babsy is one of those clueless politicians holding back Jamaica"

"Is this really necessary? Why should my money be used to "promote" a recording artiste" who is making tons of money while there're people who need "genuine" help . Is it that this government don't really knows it's priority. . This is the same minister (ministry) that gave out generous contract worth millions to a friend." .

"Is Grange again openly wasting taxpayer's hard earned money? Why didn't she solicit the public's approval before making this gift? If she wanted to be generous, why didn't she give her own money? I trust the Jamaican taxpayers are looking into this outright waste of their resources, and make sure that this woman does not represent them in the next election. She has lost that privilege."

"Does any Government minister in Jamaica have any common sense. The Nation's limited funds are being mismanaged by the people who the citizens have put in place to manage the country's business.

"Babsy you getting too comfortable Lisa, over to you."

Why??? Dear Lord, why??? So many government departments can't buy paper and ink. Why?

"Baby using govt money to support private artistes is just wrong on all levels. An artiste who is not making enough money to support his/herself should be encouraged to find a new career."

"Hahaha this is dumbest thing ever!! no now the Gov gives artist TOUR SUPPORT...hahahahahahahahah...i am moving to JA."

Among the few voices of support was on person who argued that this is a good look, considering the importance of the creative industries. "Lets be clear, the creative industries alone could get Jamaica out of debt, so any support for it and any of it's practitioners is needed and should not be discouraged as this does not stop other areas from getting the aid they deserve... get real."

Another added: "Good job Minister. what took the government so long to offer this sort of support? the exposure that is given of this country by these artists at their financial expense is immeasurable."

"Not enough money for you to move. $5000 won't even cover hotel accommodations for a good month.

Yet another asked: "Waste?! do you even understand How much revenue the creative industry brings to Jamaica?!! get real."





crime-scene-tape-gloves.jpgPolice continue to investigate the stabbing incident involving a 58-year-old visually-impaired male vendor in the Coronation Market on Saturday and are seeking a female vendor who may be able to assist in their investigations.

The victim, Clive Mullings was visited by the police at the Kingston Public Hospital to take a statement.

Reports are that Mullings was walking through the market selling his wares, when he accidentally knocked over a tray of eggs belonging to the female vendor.

An argument developed between Mullings and the female vendor, and during the heated exchange, the woman reportedly used a piece of board to hit the senior citizen, before stabbing him, after which she fled the scene.

Reports are that persons had offered to pay for the eggs, but the woman was hellbent on exacting revenge.





3-year-old girl shot dead in St Mary

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crime-scene-gun.jpgshocked.jpgA three-year-old girl was shot and killed by an unknown assailant in Cane Lane, Annotto Bay in St Mary last night.

She has been identified as Kelecia Matthews, otherwise called Pooka.

The police say she and her stepfather were walking home about 9:40 when a man armed with a handgun fired a shot in their direction.

After the shooting, Kelecia was found with a gunshot wound to the chest.

She was taken to hospital where she succumbed to her injuries.





Beenie Man says he's a Kartel fan

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beenie-man-photo-8.jpgBeenie Man has made it crystal clear earlier that he's a Vybz Kartel fan.According to the dancehall doctor, he admires Kartel's work ethic and the fact that he continues to dominate the industry despite being behind bars.

Rumours of the two feuding started after Vybz Kartel dropped his album back in 2016 titled "King of Dancehall", a moniker that was originally associated with Beenie Man.

However the 'Girls Dem Sugar' deejay says he wasn't upset but happy that Dancehall fans are comparing him with the 'Fever' hitmaker.

"Weh mi like, dem stop compare mi wid mi peers, dem start compare me with di younger artistes. Mi like dat. Dem stop compare me with Bounty, dem start compare me with Kartel. Dem compare mi wid Alkaline, mi like dat," he said. "If Kartel wah be me, dat a great thing. Mi respect and love dat. Dat show me how great mi is. Mi love dat," Beenie added.





Suspended sentence for machete beating mother

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machete-beaten.jpgA sentence has been handed down to the St. Thomas woman who was seen in a widely circulated video on social media last year beating her daughter with what appeared to be a machete.

Doreen Dyer, 44, was on Friday afternoon sentenced to three years probation when she appeared in the St. Thomas Parish Court in Morant Bay.

She has also been ordered to get parental counselling and attend anger management classes.

The presiding judge Mrs Lucian Jackson heard submissions from defense counsel Bertram Anderson and the Clerk of the Court.

After perusing the Social Enquiry Report, she said Miss Dyer's sentence would be three years probation, which is the maximum term the court is allowed to give.

Time was allowed for counsel to explain the sentence to Miss Dyer and when the matter was again called up, she pleaded guilty to the charge.

Miss Dyer broke down in tears when the sentence was handed down andlater said her goal now is to be reunited with her children.





ak-47-assault-rifle-ammo.jpgA passenger on a flight arriving from the United States was arrested and charged after a pistol and live rounds of ammunition, and a large sum of undeclared cash were allegedly found in his luggage during a search at the Sangster International Airport on Thursday night.

The accused has been identified as 24-year-old mechanic, Jordan Subaran of a Decatur, Georgia, USA address, and also of New Town, Black River in St Elizabeth.

Reports are that Subaran arrived in the island on board a Delta Airlines flight from Atlanta, Georgia at about 9:00 pm on Thursday, February 8.

His luggage was searched and a 9mm Ruger pistol with serial number 33723, along with 29 rounds of 9mm cartridges, were reportedly found.

Additionally, US$63,000, which was not declared, was found concealed in a bag of sweets.

The money has been seized by Customs.

Subaran was charged with failure to declare, and is due to appear in the Western Regional Gun Court.





Thank God! Usain Bolt got a pedi

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usain-bolt-feet.jpgUsain Bolt went and got a mani pedi and his fan are ecstatic. It all started when the legendary sprinter posted an innocent photo of his fee while watching the Super Bolt.

However, Bolt's feet took wings and went viral. for all the wrong reasons. Bolt's feet looked ugly, crusty, in desperate need of lotion and bawling out for a pedicure.

Fans dragged Bolt on social media. "He got to take his feet off before he get in the bed. Or socks," one person commented.

"I mean, you can't help what God gave you, but Lord knows you can get some lotion. Feet look like they were just discovered in an archeological dig," another fan added.

Usain Bolt responded to his critics by visiting a spa before heading off to Trinidad for carnival 2018. The sprinter posted a video and photos on SnapChat of him enjoying a well-neded pedicure.

Big up to Bolt and the efficient manicurist.

Usain Bolt is currently in Trinidad turning up for the annual Carnival. He was in attendance at the Big Bad Soca show on Thursday night where Cardi B, Shenseea, Machel Montana and others performed.





jamaican-girl-to-star-in-meghan-harry-documentary.jpgJamaican actress and former Miss Jamaica Fashion Model winner, Parisa Fitz-Henley will star in a Lifetime channel movie depicting the whirlwind romance of the soon to wed British royal couple, Prince Harry and Megan Markle.

A first look of the movie dubbed 'Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance', was shared on Instagram Thursday by Fitz-Henley, who will be portraying the bride-to-be. In the photo, Fitz-Henley is seen cozying up to the actor who will play Harry, Murray Fraser.

Earlier this month, it was announced that Meghan and Harry's love story was officially getting the Hollywood treatment with a Lifetime movie, set to air this spring.

Parisa Fitz Henley was recently cast in the NBC series 'Midnight Texas' and has appeared in 'Grey's Anatomy' and 'Private Practice'.

A past student of St Andrew High, she's the cousin of Nationwide News Network frontman, Abka Fitz-Henley, and Jamaica Labour Party politician Sharon Hay Webster.

Prince Harry, fifth in line for the British throne, will marry American actress Meghan Markle on May 19.





Ishawna says it's 'slippery when wet'

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ishawna-photo-8.jpgAfter her controversial pro cunnilingus single, "Equal Rights" Ishawna is again up to her old tricks. This time, she telling those who don't know, that it's slippery when wet.

The former Downsound Records artiste released the Legendary Records/Jaxx and Staxx Records-produced single, "Slippery When Wet", on Friday.

The raunchy track comes on the heels of speculation about social media-loving Ishawna's absence from all platforms.

A social media regular, who's known for self-promotion via her steamy photos and sensuous poses, Ishawna now seems to be back on track ...literally.

It will be i nteresting to see how the new Slippery When Wet single will be devoured by her gaggle of female fans.





charged.jpgCriminal charges have been filed against the five Costa Ricans and six Jamaicans who were allegedly held in a multimillion-dollar drug bust in Westmoreland earlier this week.

The police say all 11 have been charged with possession of, dealing in and taking steps to export ganja.

The police say four of the Costa Ricans have been charged with illegally entering the island.

All 11 are scheduled to appear before the Westmoreland Parish Court next Friday.

It's alleged that the men were held by the police while in the process of compressing and packaging approximately 1,000 pounds of ganja valued at $4 million.





ak-47-assault-rifle-ammo.jpgThe police are reporting that four people, including one woman, are in custody after a team of officers assigned to the Westmoreland Police Division seized two firearms and an assorted rounds of ammunition on Dalling Street in Westmoreland on Friday.

Reports are that about 5:45 am, the lawmen were on operation in the area when a premises was searched and the following items seized: two Glock pistols, four magazines, 42 9mm cartridges, and 21 .40 cartridges.

The individuals were taken into custody in relation with the seizure.

The police said their identities are being withheld pending further investigations.





omar-best-collymore-aguiar-simore.jpgThe police are finally confirming that Omar Collymore tried to leave Jamaica the Friday before his wife's funeral on Saturday, January 27.

As had been reported, Omar Collymore was stopped at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston on Friday, January 26, as he was attempting to leave the island.

Collymore was later questioned by investigators and released after reportedly declining to answer hundreds of questions.

The police had also revealed that two people were already in custody in connection with the double murder and that other suspects were being sought for questioning.

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Superintendent Paul Thomas, in a recent interview stated that based on investigations, he is confident Omar Collymore is the mastermind, behind his wife gruesome murder. Although the supe did not mention this, reports are that Omar Collymore was a suspect in the 2008 murder of his then girlfriend, who had a US million dollar life insurance policy.

Collymore's 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. Collymore, who was the only witness to Aguiar's murder. However, two years after Aguiar's murder, in 2010, Omar Collymore received received US$400,000 of the insurance money; Aguiar's son received the other $600,000. In the summer of 2016, the 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

In an article in 2016 in the Sun Sentinel, the reporter stated that although Aguiar's 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.

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 progess. Yes, Omar Best is still a suspect," the detective wrote.

Whether detectives have cleared him of any wrongdoing in the murder or whether he is still suspected of being involved remains unknown. Police would not comment further on the case.

Best Collymore could not be reached for comment despite multiple attempts by telephone.

Ultimately, the civil case was resolved and Best Collymore was awarded $400,000. The rest of the money went to Aguiar's son.

Since Aguiar's killing, police have released few details and currently say the murder is an active investigation. The shooting happened in the 100 block of Northwest Second Avenue where Aguiar was found in the street just west of the railroad tracks and Broward County's Transit bus terminal.

According to a police report, an officer who responded saw Aguiar in the arms of Best Collymore on the ground near the passenger side of their Ford F-150. The officer saw blood on the seat.

Best Collymore told police that the couple planned to meet with friends at a downtown bar and the shooting happened after parking the truck, the report said. As he got out of the driver's seat and bent down to tie his shoe, he heard a "commotion" and stood up, it said.

He walked around the back of the truck and saw a man standing next to Aguiar. According to the report, Best Collymore shouted an expletive and then ran for cover and heard gunshots.

Best Collymore returned to find Aguiar injured. According to a medical examiner's report, Aguiar was shot in the head and chest.

Aguiar's son thinks police have "dropped the ball" on a case that went cold years ago. He believes his mother was targeted and someone somewhere knows who pulled the trigger. Although his young son and daughter will never get a chance to meet their grandmother, bringing the gunman to justice would be "like closing the chapter," Aguiar said.

"Someone's going to break," he said. "I believe over time somebody's going to come forward. It can't be a secret for so long."

Chere Nedd, Aguiar's sister, says she has lost much more than just a sibling.

"She raised me as if I were her own, as if she birthed me herself," she said. "I grieve her as a mother figure as well as a sister."

When Aguiar died, Nedd had not shared news with her sister that she was pregnant. It was while Aguiar rested in her casket and Nedd said her final goodbyes that she had that chance. Nedd went on to give birth to a baby girl, now 7.

Investigators prepared the family for the possibility of no resolution in the case, and when one of the homicide detectives retired from the police department, Nedd said, he told relatives he was sorry there had been little progress.

"I feel like we've been more than patient," she said.

Her sister also described Aguiar as someone lively who embraced her friends and loved dancing and entertaining guests when they came to town. She was a "no-nonsense" person with a beautiful spirit, Nedd said.

"We don't know if this ever will be in the courtroom, but the fact she's not forgotten, it brings comfort to my family," Nedd said, of the recently announced Crime Stoppers reward. "This is a start. At least her name is out there again." (Source: epesantes@sun-sentinel.com)





omar-best-collymore-simore-kids.jpgOmar 'Best' Collymore, who was questioned by the police on two separate occasions and released, has now been charged with two counts of murder in connection with the deaths of his wife and a taxi operator.

The police say that Collymore was charged on Saturday after a long question-and-answer session. It is not clear if his lawyer was present.

Collymore, who is a United States citizen, but originally from Barbados, is expected to make his first court appearance later this week.

The police had issued a call for Collymore to turn himself in, but this was not done and according to one of his representatives, Collymore was recuperating from gunshot wounds he had received three weeks ago. However, Omar Collymore was arrested at a guest house in Junction, St Elizabeth last Wednesday night, days after the police announced that he was a wanted man. He was found with bundles of cash.

Investigators believe that Omar Collymore was planning to leave the island by boat.

Omar Collymore's wife, Simone Campbell-Collymore and taxi operator Winston Walters were shot dead about 4 p.m. on January 2 along Stanley Terrace in Red Hills, St Andrew.

Police reports are that Simone and the cab driver had just arrived at an apartment building where Collymore lived when four men travelling on two motorbikes rode up. The two pillion passengers got off the bikes and opened fire on the taxi multiple times. Simone Campbell-Collymore, who was reportedly shot 21 times; both she and Walters died on the spot.

The police had also revealed that two people were already in custody in connection with the double murder and that other suspects were being sought for questioning.

"We are guided by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and now we are ready to charge Mr Collymore for two counts of murder, and this is so due to the extent of the investigation that was carried out and the level of evidence that has been gathered so far," the superintendent of police explained.





arrested -photo-1.jpgThe Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is reporting that a warrant of arrest has been prepared for Omar Collymore following investigations into the death of his wife, Simone Campbell-Collymore and taxi operator Winston Walters.

According to reports, on January 2, Campbell-Collymore was travelling in a taxi on Stanely Terrace in Red Hills, St Andrew, when gunmen opened fire, hitting her and the driver of the taxi, Walters.

The JCF, on social media site Twitter, said Collymore is being asked to report immediately to either the Constant Spring CIB, the Major Investigations Division or the Criminal Investigations Branch Headquarters at 2 Oxford Road, Kingston 5.

Last month, Collymore and another man were shot and injured by a gunman shortly after they drove onto the premises of the Allied Insurance Brokers on Belmont Road in Kingston.





Popular Jamaican actress Rosie Murray suffered a major heart attack on December 29 and is now in need of life saving surgery.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to raise US$20,000 ($1.4 million JMD) for an angioplasty.

Murray was active on the theatre scene, appearing in local and international runs in plays such as Saving Grace, and an Actor Boy-nominated performance in, Tek Yuh Hand Offa Me.

In addition to growing a baking business, the former media professional penned and produced her first theatrical production called, A Slice of Life. This incident has put a halt on the major plans Murray had for the production, as it was set to make its first international run as soon as March 2018.

As the fundraising effort nears its end, those unable to contribute to GoFundMe are encouraged to make donations to Murray's savings account number, 407350, at Scotiabank, Christiana branch.





omar-colleymore-and-wife.jpgDetectives are questioning Omar Collymore, the man who was wanted in connection with last month's killing of his wife, 32 year old Simone Campbell Collymore, and Winston Walters in Forrest Hills, St. Andrew.

Collymore, who has been identified to be a co-conspirator in the double murder, was captured at a guest house in St. Elizabeth during an early morning police operation.

The police believe he was planning to leave the island by boat.

A warrant was issued for his arrest after he failed to report to the police.

Mrs Campbell Collymore, who was a businesswoman of a Forrest Ridge, St. Andrew address and Mr. Walters, a resident of Stillwell Road, Kingston 8 were shot on January 2.

Mrs Campbell Collymore was a passenger in a vehicle which was about to enter an apartment complex shortly after 4 p.m., when four men on motorcycles drove up.

The pillion riders pulled guns and opened fire on the vehicle, hitting Mr. Walters, who was the driver, and Mrs Campbell Collymore.





omar-colleymore-and-wife.jpgPolice in St Elizabeth have reportedly captured a man believed to be Omar Collymore, the accused co-conspirator in the murder of his wife Simone Campbell-Collymore and Winston Watson.

The lawmen said the man was taken from a guesthouse in the parish around 3:00 am. He was reportedly in possession of a large sum of cash.

The capture comes on the heels of a warrant issued on Tuesday for Collymore's arrest.

According to media reports on January 2, Campbell-Collymore, a businesswoman, was travelling in a taxi on Stanley Terrace in Red Hills, St Andrew, when gunmen opened fire, hitting her and Walters -- the driver of the taxi.

Both reportedly died on the spot.

The police on Tuesday said after "intensive investigations", Collymore and others have been identified as co-conspirators in the double murder.

The police also revealed in the statement that two people are already in custody in connection with the double murder and other suspects are being sought for questioning.





bob-marley-large.jpgAs Jamaica prepares to celebrate the birth of world-renowned Reggae icon, Bob Marley, Zimbabwean arts consultant has been given the go-ahead to have a statue erected in his honor.

According to a Daily News Live report, Martin Chemhere - after successfully negotiating with representatives of the late King of Reggae's estate - will initiate the process to curate a statue of the beloved singer.

"I'm thrilled to have finally succeeded in this project for our beautiful country. The approval is a great achievement for Zimbabwe (and Africa) as the statue will attract tourists," Chemhere said.

"The statue is approved subject to the following conditions: The sculptor and or Government of Zimbabwe and or private sponsor shall obtain all appropriate releases from the photographer or artist on whose work the sculptor intends to base the Statue; the Government of Zimbabwe and or other private sponsor shall pay for the costs associated with the materials and construction of the statue; the statue will be strictly for the public completely free of cost; BobMarley.com requires approval rights to the actual statue - not to be unreasonably withheld. Prior to construction of the statue, rendering of the statue must be submitted for approval by his family. The statue shall substantially comply with the rendering approved by Bob Marley.com."

Chemhere proposes the statue be erected at Rufaro Stadium, Mbare, Harare - the venue of Zimbabwe's historic independence celebrations as well as an iconic performance by Bob Marley and The Wailers to usher the nation's break away from colonial rule.

"The reason behind this statue is that of Africa's more than 50 countries Bob Marley only performed in Zimbabwe as part of the country's independence celebrations in 1980," the arts aficionado explained.

Marley rejected a fee offered by Zimbabwean officials for the performance at the liberation celebration and, instead, paid all the expenses - to charter planes to transport his equipment, band and entourage from Kingston, Jamaica to Harare, Zimbabwe and back to Kingston - from his own pocket.

"The singer had, back in 1978, sang a song titled "Zimbabwe" that inspired freedom fighters and Zimbabweans in the struggle for independence."

The consultant disclosed that the statue will be an eight-meter bronze work. Two South African artists - Andre Prinsloo and Ruhan Janse Van Vuuren - will create the piece. Prinsloo and Van Vuuren are best known for creating a Nelson Mandela statue which is located at the Parliament-Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa.

"I have no doubt this is a national project and I will be talking to several stakeholders including the Zimbabwean government, Zimbabwe Tourism Authority, Harare City Council, corporate companies and individuals at home and abroad as well as the donor community and others for support," Chemhere said.

"The project will need everyone to come on board for it to be successful."

Meanwhile, annual activities - which include tributes, symposiums, a kiddie village and concert - have been planned to celebrate Marley's birthday at the musician's famous 56 Hope Road home in Kingston.

Marley's grandson Skip - by daughter Cedella - and son Stephen will reportedly participate in the celebratory festivities.

An Istanbul-based digital art and culture platform, Babylon, will also remember Marley with tribute performances from several artists at the special event on Feb. 9.

Marley died in 1981, after battling cancer, at the age of 36.





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International recording artiste Shaggy presented JMD $100 million to the Bustamante Hospital for Children on Thursday and one artiste is bigging him up - Bounty Killer.

Bounty Killer took to social media and wrote;

"NOW LET'S TREND SOME POSITIVITY OUT OF JAMAICA FOR ONCE THIS IS SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT BCUZ THIS IS ONLY THE WAY WE GONNA SEE A BETTER JAMAICA WHEN WE ALL GET TOGETHER AND SUPPORT EACH OTHER," the 'War lord' wrote.

"JUST LIKE THIS MAN HERE DID THE GOVERNMENT WOULD NEVER DO THIS SO ALL WHO IS WAITING ON THE GOVERNMENT SORRY FOR U ALL BUT IT'S WE TWO✌🏾HOLDING THEM FIRM 👊🏾TWO COUSINS PARTIES SO PNP OR JLP GWAAN FOOL UNUH SELF WE ALL IN THIS THING TOGETHER 🤝!"

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"Championing the real cause stalwart humanitarian all hats off again although it's several years now u been doing it Mr Orville Burrell aka @direalshaggy may the lord keeps and blesses you and ur family on this journey calls life u are truly a Living Angel among us this is way more than legend I see u as a role model u motivates me a lot I don't know about anybody else but I loves to emulate good moves ways and deeds and Shaggy is all that in one package kudos Big Bredda I salute you Sir Burrell much love to all the artistes and sponsors who offered there services the patrons also as Shaggy alone couldn't do it folks!! UNUH TALK NUH MON AND GO TELL DI MAN THANKS TO JAMAICA 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾""





What is Dengue?

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dengue.jpgDengue is a potentially deadly mosquito-borne disease

Mr Domingo expressed concerns about potential epidemics in the Philippines - a nation of about 100 million people, many of whom are impoverished.

What triggered fears about Dengvaxia?

More than 800,000 children were vaccinated across the country in 2016-17. Fourteen of them have died.

Dengvaxia immunisations were halted last year, as the Philippines launched an investigation into what caused the deaths.

On Saturday, Doctors for Public Welfare (DPW) said a clinical review conducted by Philippine General Hospital forensic pathologists had determined that the deaths were not linked to the vaccine, the Philippine Daily Inquirer reported.

What about Sanofi's reaction?

In a statement, the French company said: "The University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital expert panel confirmed... that there is currently no evidence directly linking the Dengvaxia vaccine to any of the 14 deaths.

"In Dengvaxia clinical trials conducted over more than a decade and the over one million doses of the vaccine administered, no deaths related to the vaccine have been reported to us.

"Clinical evidence confirms dengue vaccination in the Philippines will provide a net reduction in dengue disease."

Last November, Sanofi announced that its vaccine could worsen the potentially deadly disease in people not previously infected.

"For those not previously infected by dengue virus, however, the analysis found that in the longer term, more cases of severe disease could occur following vaccination upon a subsequent dengue infection," the firm said in a statement.

Sanofi says Dengvaxia has been registered in 19 countries and launched in 11 of them.

In its latest advice on the vaccine, the WHO said that "until a full review has been conducted, WHO recommends vaccination only in individuals with a documented past dengue infection".





Philippines gripped by dengue vaccine fears

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Fears over a dengue vaccine in the Philippines have led to a big drop in immunisation rates for preventable diseases, officials have warned.

Health Under-Secretary Enrique Domingo said many parents were refusing to get their children vaccinated for polio, chicken pox and tetanus.

The fears centre on Dengvaxia, a drug developed by French company Sanofi.

Sanofi and local experts say there is no evidence linking the deaths of 14 children to the drug.

However, the company had warned last year that the vaccine could make the disease worse in some people not infected before.

Dengue fever affects more than 400 million people each year around the world. Dengvaxia is the world's first vaccine against dengue.

The mosquito-borne disease is a leading cause of serious illness and death among children in some Asian and Latin American countries, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

What did Mr Domingo say about immunisation rates?

"Our programmes are suffering... (people) are scared of all vaccines now", he warned.

Mr Domingo added that vaccination rates for some preventable diseases had dropped as much as 60% in recent years - significantly lower that the nationwide target of 85%.





Bounty Killer donates beds to KPH

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bounty-killer-photo-11.jpgDancehall superstar Bounty Killer handed over 60 beds to the Kingston Public and Victoria Jubilee hospitals in Kingston today.

The deejay said he decided to step in and play his part after seeing several heart-rending stories about the conditions of Jamaica's health sector.

"As a thriving Jamaican who came from nothing to something, I know I had to give back. I also have a special connections with those two hospitals because not only was I born at Jubilee but in the late 80s, when I got shot, KPH was where they took me," Bounty Killer said.

"Over the years, everybody know me 'The Poor People Governor' and it is not just something that I say but it's a lifestyle that I try to live by. We have to give in order to receive, my mother taught me those good values," Bounty Killer added.

The artiste said he has had the desire to start a foundation for sometime now and has had in interest in the health sector. He said that one his friend, a medical doctor who resides overseas, told him that he had the connections to get him the beds at an affordable price.

"We had to start the giving from somewhere so I went ahead and got the beds for the hospital. It did cost a bit of money but I got them into the country hassle-free as I got a waiver from the finance ministry. We see Shaggy adopting the Bustamante Hospital and if the children hospital is in such need, you can just imagine what is happening at the adult ones. We have to realise that all of us are going to age, so as it relates to the education, security and health facilities, the public needs to help it if they can," he said.

The Shaggy and Friend 2018 concert, held last month, raised J$100 million for the Bustamante Hospital for Children.

Dr Natalie Whylie, senior medical officer at KPH, said the staff and management of the hospital are extremely grateful for the donation.

"He is like the Shaggy of KPH. Currently, both hospitals are running beyond its full potential and is in dire need of assistance. There is a long list of things that we need but those that comes to mind are like patient monitors, ECG machines, stretchers, blood pressure machine, and so on," she said.

"There are a lot of old beds here so we will be getting rid of some of the really old ones and replace them with the new ones that Bounty has donated. We really can't thank Bounty enough for his contribution and we are just hoping that others will follow suit," she said.

And for Bounty Killer, today's donation will be the start of what he has to offer to the health industry.

"Whenever I have something, I will be stretching out my arms in giving because everyone knows that is how we receive our blessings. People always get up and blame the Government but they are not playing their part in society. If we want a better Jamaica, we have to help the Government, " he said.





$41 million to conduct by-elections

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The Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) has requested $41 million to conduct the by-elections in the North West St Andrew constituency and the Norman Gardens Division of the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC).

According to the EOJ, $27 million will be used for the by-election in North West St Andrew and $14 million in the Norman Gardens division. Among other things, the sum requested will be used to train election day workers.

Ambassador Dr Nigel Clarke of the Jamaica Labour Party is being challenged in North West St Andrew by the People's National Party's Keisha Hayle, principal of the Padmore Primary School. The seat became vacant with the resignation in January of longstanding Member of Parliament, Derrick Smith, after 29 years in the constituency.

The Norman Gardens division has been vacant since last October when the PNP's Dr Angella Brown-Burke resigned to contest the by-election for the South West St Andrew seat that was vacated by former Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller. Brown-Burke is now a member of the House of Representatives.

The PNP will be represented by school teacher, Jacqueline Lewis, in the Norman Gardens division. Lewis won a run-off against Racquel Hall last September and has been acting as the party's caretaker-candidate since that time.





andre-neverson-photo-1.jpg(Crime Watch website): Andre Neverson is a charming Casanova who had a way with the women. But cops say now he's one of America's top 15 most-wanted fugitives as a mighty smooth cold-blooded lady-killer.

"He could turn on a dime and just take somebody out," said U.S. Marshal Bill Costa.

Andre Neverson grew up along the white sandy beaches of the island of Trinidad, until his family moved to Crown Heights, a working-class section of Brooklyn, New York -- a world not quite flashy enough for Andre Neverson.

"He wanted to have houses, cars, luxury cars, BMWs," said Costa.

Neverson was a charismatic player who kept a stable of girlfriends.

"He had many children with different women," said Costa.

But in his heart, none of Neverson's many girlfriends held a candle to his devoted sister Patricia.

"She helped everybody and still did things for us. It was almost like she was two people in one," said Patricia's son Akim Neverson.

What about Akim's mom's relationship with Andre?

"She did everything for him too," said Akim.

With a loan from her brother Andre, Patricia realized her own American Dream, buying a $370,000 brick row house on a quiet street in Brooklyn.

"He was actually one of my favorite uncles. I mean ever since I was born he was always there," Akim tells Crime Watch Daily.

But it turns out Andre Neverson also had a dark side.

"He exhibited a lot of violent tendencies," said retired NYPD Detective Edward Murray.

One night he had an argument with his then-girlfriend, and when her family member intervened, Neverson reacted by pumping six bullets into his body.

"The uncle lived, but Neverson was ultimately convicted of assault and he went to jail in New York State Corrections, and he served five years," said Murray.

Every single weekend for five years, Patricia drove six hours round-trip to visit her brother in jail.

"She's sending money for your books and bringing you groceries when she comes," said Akim.

"And many of his girlfriends came to visit him. And Patricia was able to coordinate the schedule," said Murray.

After serving his time, Neverson was deported to Trinidad, but within a year he wormed his way back to New York.

"He secured somehow a Jamaican passport and he was able to get back into this country through Canada," said Murray.

Back on U.S. soil, Andre moved in with his loving sister Patricia. But the dazzle he once held in her eyes had dulled.

"She kind of didn't have that for five years," said Akim. "She had to learn how to do things on her own."

And with that independence came tensions between the two, all stemming from that loan Andre gave to his sister to buy the house.

"The deed was in his sister's name and he was very, very angry about that for years," said Murray.

Patricia was diligently paying it back. But Andre didn't want the money. He wanted the deed.

"In his mind I think he looked at that house as his road to success, how he could use that equity to grow that into a real estate mogul," said Bill Costa.

And as he worked on ways to wrest control of the house, he worked his charms on a pretty young nursing student named Donna Davis.

"I am very, very proud of my daughter," said Clyde Davis.

Donna's dad Clyde was very protective of his only daughter. So when Andre Neverson came around, he was not pleased.

"To be truthful, I really didn't care for Andre," said Davis.

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But as Andre and Donna's relationship was heating up, tensions between Andre and his sister were about to boil over.

"It just escalated things and they got into an argument where there was no turning back," said Ed Murray.

On a steamy July 2002 evening in Brooklyn, Andre makes a chilling phone call to his father.

"Andre told them that he had killed his sister," said Murray.

Andre's dad calls 911 and rushes to the house to find his daughter in a pool of blood.

Cops say after coldly gunning down his sister, Andre flees the house, straight into the arms of the other loving woman in his life.

"That's when he got into an argument with Donna Davis in the car," said Murray.

When Donna, a promising young nursing student, didn't turn up at home that evening, her parents grew concerned.

"My wife, she said, 'Clyde, Donna should be here already,'" said Davis.

Worried, Donna's mother calls the precinct to report her daughter missing. The Davis family knew nothing about Patricia's murder. But that would soon change.

"The parents had heard something had happened to Andre's sister, and putting two and two together, there was obvious concern," said Murray.

It wasn't long after Donna Davis went missing when a man walking his dog around 1 in the afternoon came across a body. It was Donna Davis' body, callously abandoned in a vacant lot, killed by a single gunshot to the head.

"And what hurt me most of all, a dog found the body," said Clyde Davis.

Cops say Andre's motive to viciously gun down his sister was over the house. But what could be behind the senseless murder of his girlfriend?

"Emotions got involved and unfortunately Donna was there at a bad time," said Ed Murray.

U.S. Marshals scour the Tri-State Area, but soon the trail goes ice cold.

Then a possible break. Several months later someone spots the alleged serial killer right on his home turf, in Brooklyn.

"He had broken into one of his girlfriend's apartments 'cause he wanted to see his children, and then there was a dispute there," said Bill Costa. "A 911 call went out and then the hunt for him took a jump start again."

Much to the frustration of police, the cunning criminal slips through their fingers again.

Then years passed with nothing. Until another break lights up investigators' phones. A tipster spots him in Jamaica -- the Caribbean island, not the Queens neighborhood.

"We had a team of marshals that went there. He was actually detained," said Costa.

But once again, Neverson slipped out of the clutches of authorities, and hasn't been located since.

Andre Neverson is now 53 years old, and he's one of the top 15 most wanted in America, with a $25,000 reward for information leading to his capture.

"He's a dangerous man," said Murray.

And the feds want nothing more than to catch him. They're enlisting the help of Crime Watch Daily, hoping to generate an avalanche of tips that could finally put Andre Neverson behind bars.

Patricia's son Akim now works as a corrections officer. He says he's confident that one day his mother's killer -- his own uncle -- will be brought to justice.

"I think it's one of those moments is when he'll slip up," said Akim Neverson.

Andre Neverson is considered to be armed and dangerous. If you've seen him or know where he might be, you are asked to contact the U.S. Marshals Service at (800) 336-0102. Or you can submit a tip at Crime Watch Daily.





andre-neverson-photo-1.jpgThe man who was shot with Omar Collymore three Fridays ago at Allied Insurance is Andre Neverson and he is wanted in the United States for allegedly murdering his own sister and pregnant girlfriend. Neverson can be seen in the back of the Police van after the shooting.

He reportedly ran away from America and he was allegedly at the home of Simone Collymore the day she was shot and drove with her to the hospital along with Omar Collymore.

Here is a report on Neverson from the US Embassy in Trinidad:Suspected Double Murderer Wanted in the U.S., May be Hiding in the Caribbean (Jan 16, 2014)

Port of Spain: January 16, 2014 Law enforcement authorities are seeking the public's assistance in locating a fugitive wanted in the United States for allegedly killing his sister and an ex-girlfriend in 2002.

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Andre Neverson, a Trinidad and Tobago citizen, is believed to have fled the United States and may be residing in Barbados or other Caribbean islands.

Neverson allegedly murdered his sister by shooting her in the head and stomach on July 8, 2002. The next day, he allegedly abducted a former girlfriend. She was found dead two days later with a mortal head wound.

At the time of both murders, Neverson was on parole in the State of New York for attempted murder in the second degree, assault in the first degree and criminal possession of a firearm.

In November 2002, Neverson, armed with a handgun, allegedly entered the home of another ex-girlfriend in an attempt to visit his daughter. The woman's brother interrupted the unannounced visit, and Neverson fled with no further incident. The New York City Police Department searched the area for the felon, but never located him.

Neverson has been classified as one of the U.S. Marshals Service's "15 Most Wanted" Fugitives.

He is also wanted by the U. S. Department of Homeland Security Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Division of Parole for New York State and the NYPD.

Neverson, 49, is a black male. He is about 6'2" tall and 240 pounds (last reported). He has brown eyes, black hair and a muscular build. Neverson is a native and citizen of Trinidad and Tobago.

He has a violent criminal history with a pronounced pattern of violence toward women. Neverson speaks several languages and is known to always carry a firearm. He usually keeps his head shaved, but has been known to wear wigs to disguise himself. Investigators believe that Neverson is computer savvy.

Due to his past criminal history and the nature of his alleged crimes, Neverson is considered armed and dangerous. Neverson has ties to Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Bahamas, Grenada, St. Vincent and Canada.

A reward of up to US$25,000 is offered for information leading directly to Neverson's arrest. Anyone with information is urged to contact the nearest U.S. Marshals Service office, American Embassy/Consulate, or call the U.S. Marshals Service Communications center at 1-800-336-0102.

Tips may also be emailed to: usms.wanted@usdoj.gov

By U.S. Embassy Port of Spain | 16 January, 2014 | Topics: Press Releases





omar-colleymore-and-wife.jpgDetectives are asking Omar Collymore to turn himself in to the police immediately, as a warrant has now been prepared for his arrest and charge.

Collymore is wanted in connection with the murder of his wife, Simone Campbell-Collymore and Winston Walters, a taxi operator of Stillwell Road, committed January 2 along Stanley Terrace, Red Hills, St. Andrew.

Following intensive investigation by the Detectives from the Constant Spring Police Station, Mr. Collymore, the widower of Simone Campbell-Collymore, along with others, have been identified as being involved as co-conspirators in the double murder. Two persons are already in custody and other suspects are being sought for questioning.

As such, Collymore, who is a United States National, is being asked to report either the Constant Spring Criminal Investigations Branch, the Major Investigations Division or the Criminal Investigations Branch Headquarters.

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2018 grammy winner Damian Marley just confirmed for Saturday, July 21 at Reggae Sumfest (his Birthday) joining what will be an all star Festival lineup for both nights featuring Beres Hammond, Maxi Priest, Popcaan, Spice, Sizzla, Capleton, and many more.

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Red Stripe presents

Reggae Sumfest

Downsound Entertainment

Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley

4 Time Grammy Winner

JUST CONFIRMED

Montego Bay, Jamaica - July 15-21, 2018

For all show and ticketing info please check www.reggaesumfest.com

MUST BE 18 YERS OR OLDER TO DRINK. DRINK RESPONSIBLY.





crime-scene-gun.jpgThe police this morning recovered a Ruger pistol, a Glock pistol and 22 rounds of ammunition from two men who shot Uriel James, the leader of the reputed Rose Town-based Discipline Gang.

News broke earlier that a businessman had been ambushed, shot and injured on Lady Musgrave Road and a video of the men being apprehended by a team of personnel from King Alarm has been making the rounds omn social media.

However, the police have now confirmed that it was the reputed gangster who was in fact shot and injured in the parking lot of the Spartan Health Club on Lady Musgrave Road.

Reports are that James was leaving the club shortly before 8 o'clock when two men dressed like construction workers opened fire.

One of the bullets struck James in his side.

The King Alarm team which was passing the location immediately responded and accosted the two gunmen and held them on them on the ground at gunpoint until the police arrived.

James is said to have several criminal cases before the courts.

In July 2015, he was freed of the 1999 murder of security guard Errol McGeachy in Rose Town, Kingston.





album-i-three.jpgTuff Gong International celebrates Reggae Month and its founders with this Friday's release of the digitally remastered album I-Three: Songs Of Bob Marley. This marks the 6th album in Tuff Gong's vast back-catalog to be remastered and re-released under the label's "Master's Vault" series. Initially a collaborative production between Rita Marley Music and Japan's Tachyon /Phonogram Record Company, this is also the first time that the album will be available worldwide.

Collectively, The I-Three has become a household name worldwide through their stellar harmonies for Bob Marley. Individually, they are Jamaica's three most celebrated female vocalists. Individually, their hits include reggae anthems "One Draw," "Many Are Called (Few Are Chosen," and the global hit "Electric Boogie". Together these took the world by storm with their critically acclaimed first album Beginning which featured the chart-toppers "He's A Legend", "Neighbour", "That's How Strong", and "Jealousy"

When Bob Marley first heard Rita Marley, Marcia Griffiths, and Judy Mowatt harmonizing he knew their melodious blend was the sound for which he was listening. As backup vocalists, the I-Three sounded so perfect that Bob decided to keep them on for the rest of the Natty Dread album, their first album with the King himself. By the time Bob Marley showcased them in his line-up at the Jackson Five concert in Kingston, Jamaica was ready for a female sounding Wailers. The audience was enthralled by the performance of the entire group - a performance considerably enhanced by the colorful sight of the I-Three in red, gold, and green headdresses and gowns, chucking in unison and singing harmony at stage right. The I-Three toured with Bob Marley all over the world, opening doors for reggae and raising the consciousness of millions to its hypnotic beat.

All three have been been bestowed the Order of Distinction, Jamaica's highest honor of achievement. For their individual performances, both Rita Marley and Judy Mowatt are Grammy nominees. The I-Three are also a recipient of the 2001 International Achievement presented by The American Friends of Jamaica and lauded for their "excellence in carrying out the traditional of the Bob Marley era in international reggae."

Songs of Bob Marley was recorded at Tuff Gong Studio to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Marley's birth (1995). All thirteen tracks were executive-produced by Rita Marley Music and feature vocal arrangements by Grub Cooper (of the legendary Fab Five band).





bob-marley-photo-7.jpgThe annual Bob Marley birthday celebration will take place on Tuesday, February 6 at the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston.

It is being staged under the theme, Soul Rebel, a call for everyone to come together and stand up against violence and divisiveness in society.

Cedella Marley, CEO of the Bob Marley Group of Companies said the theme was selected because now more than ever, there is a need for us to raise our consciousness, to fearlessly rebel against the crime and violence that threaten to divide us.

The activities will commence at 7 a.m. with specially invited guests and will include the blowing of the Abeng, Nyabinghi drumming and the cutting of the birthday cake, accompanied by the traditional welcome from the Marley family and management of the Bob Marley Group.

This segment will also feature special performances from various schools within the Corporate Area

At 10 a.m., the Bob Marley Museum will open to the general public for a full day of activities including a kiddies village.

The museum will also host three symposia.

A reggae jam session will commence at 3 p.m. featuring Blvk H3ro, all-girl band Adahzeh and live-stream performances from Skip Marley, Stephen Marley and other special guests.





Shaggy Delivers! Gives $100 Million to hospital

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shaggy-photo-3.jpgThe Bustamante Hospital For Children today received $100 million from the Shaggy Make a Difference Foundation, hitting the target which conceptualiser and founder, Orville 'Shaggy' Burrell announced last year.

The handing over took place in the boardroom of the hospital, with Shaggy's Make A Difference Foundation being recognized as the architect behind the funds that were generated.

The funds were earned from the Shaggy and Friends stage show which was staged on January 6 on the lawns of Jamaica House, with Shaggy being joined by other international performers, Sting, Wyclef Jean and Doug E Fresh.

Through his Make A Difference Foundation, the entertainer has used the proceedings, to buy hundreds of pieces of vital equipment for the children's hospital.

In 2016, more than 450 pieces of equipment were bought and handed over to the hospital from the funds raised at the 2016 staging of the event.





TRIBUTE: HAPPY BIRTHDAY DENNIS BROWN

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dennis-brown.jpgJamaican reggae singer, Dennis Emmanuel Brown CD (1 February 1957 - 1 July 1999) was would have celebrated his 61st birthday today.

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During his prolific career, which began in the late 1960s when he was aged eleven, he recorded more than 75 albums and was one of the major stars of lovers rock, a subgenre of reggae.

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Bob Marley cited Brown as his favourite singer,dubbing him "The Crown Prince of Reggae", and Brown would prove influential on future generations of reggae singers.

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February is Reggae Month and the most appropriate way to kick it off is with the birthday of the legend, Dennis Emmanuel Brown.

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Viral child porn video is from Trinidad

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The police have confirmed that the video circulating on social media showing a little girl involved in a sex act, was recorded in Trinidad.

An investigation was launched by Jamaican police and the Office of the Children's Advocate to determine the origin of the video.

Assistant Superintendent of Police Dahlia Garrick, acting head of the JCF's Corporate Communications Unit, said checks were made on Thursday with international counterparts.

The man seen in the video is reportedly on the run.

The police are again asking persons to desist from sharing the video as it is an offence which could result in them being prosecuted. The public is being urged to delete it if received.

Meanwhile, the grandmother of the girl who was seen in the video filed a report with the Trinidad police on Wednesday night.

According to the Trinidad Express newspaper, the six year old child was accompanied by her grandmother to a police station.

The woman told the police that she knew the suspect.

The police said neighbours beat the suspect and attempted to hand him over to officers, however he escaped.

The case has been referred to the Child Protection Unit.





A man who was accused of circulating nude pictures of his ex-girlfriend on social media was convicted before the St. Andrew Parish Court on Wednesday.

Donovan Coley was fined $500,000 or 12 months in prison after he was convicted of breaching the Cybercrime Act.

Prosecutors reported that in August 2016, Coley, who had a relationship with the complainant, sent nude photos and private text messages shared between the two, to her new boyfriend.

Coley threatened to publish the material after the complainant decided to end their relationship.

The matter was reported to Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch (C-TOC) and Coley was arrested and charged.





Cops probe child sex video

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Jamaican police launched an investigation into a video depicting child pornography that is making the rounds on social media.

The one-minute video shows a young girl, apparently no more than eight years old, being coerced to perform oral sex on an adult male. It has triggered shock and anger across the Island, with people calling for the authorities to leave 'no stone unturned' in their search to capture the perpetrator.

The corporate communications arm of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, in a news release on Wednesday evening, said the police - including detectives from the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) - are aware of the disturbing video and are currently carrying out investigations to determine its origin.

The release also warned the public to desist from sharing the video "as this action constitutes an offence under the Child Pornography (Prevention) Act and the Cyber Crimes Act.

"There is also a strong possibility that sharing the video can result in further trauma to the child," the release said, adding that members of the public are strongly urged to delete the video.





Fidel Castro's son commits suicide

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castro-son.jpgThe 68-year-old son of Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro has committed suicide in Havana.

Cuba's state media say Fidel Ángel Castro Díaz-Balart was found dead Thursday morning and is said to have suffered from depression.

State television said he had been receiving medical treatment as an outpatient in recent months, following a hospital admission.

Castro Díaz-Balart worked as a nuclear physicist having trained in the former Soviet Union.

Popularly known as "Fidelito", he was the first-born son of the former president, who died in November 2016.

At the time of his death, he was a scientific adviser for the Cuban Council of State and he served as vice president of Cuba's Academy of Sciences.





Music Biz Entrepreneurship "Success Factors"

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JaRIA

Jamaica Reggae Industry Association

Reggae Open University

February 1, 2018

Music Biz Entrepreneurship

"Success Factors"

Panelists:

Gussie Clarke

Robert Livingston

Jerome Jamilton

Moderator:

Don McDowell





omar-colleymore-and-wife.jpgOmar "Best" Collymore, the 35-year-old man accused of masterminding the murder of his wife Simone in Red Hills, St Andrew, last month, is without legal representation

Collymore and his co-accused, Michael Adams and Dewayne Pink, appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court yesterday and indicated to the court that he needs to make a telephone call overseas to secure a lawyer.

A March 21 date was subsequently set for him to obtain an attorney and for the case file to be completed.

Collymore, Adams and Pink are charged with two counts of murder in relation to the killing of 32-year-old Simone Campbell-Collymore and 36-year-old taxi operator Winston Watson.

Collymore was captured at a guest house in St Elizabeth during an operation on February 8, two days after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Prior to Collymore's arrest, he was taken into custody after he was held at Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston attempting to leave the island.





Bolt signs to football club

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usain-bolt-photo-15.jpgTriple world record holder Usain Bolt, in a move that has set the world of sports on high alert, says he has agreed to sign for a football club.

Bolt, who brought his career to an end following the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London, has frequently talked up his footballing prowess and revealed last month he was set for a trial with Borussia Dortmund in March.

"It's something that I want to do," Bolt told the Daily Express in January. "In March we're going to do a trials with Dortmund and that will determine what I do with that career, which way it goes. If they say I'm good, and that I need a bit of training, I'll do it.

The 31 year old has always spoken of his desire to play football once his sprinting career was over, and on Sunday he tweeted to say "I've signed for a football team! Find out which one this Tuesday at 8am GMT."





The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) launch launched a campaign that will target wanted criminals for the Lenten season.

Since the start of the year more than 200 people have been killed across the island.

The JCF says the campaign will be guided by the theme: "What Are You Giving Up for Lent" and will encourage citizens to be alert and report wanted persons whose pictures will be made public.

The police say the initiative is part of its drive to create safer communities across the island and urged law-abiding citizens to give their support.

The JCF says members of the public can share information anonymously by calling its tip line at 811, Crime Stop at 311, the nearest police station or through the Stay Alert app that's available in the Google Play Store.

The campaign ends March 30.





bounty-killer-photo-9.jpgGrammy award winning Dancehall veteran, Rodney Price aka Bounty Killer says he is "honored and humbled" after receiving the Mentorship Award from the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) at its Honour Awards in Kingston on Sunday.

Bounty Killer who has received a variety of awards, including Grammys, Moonmen, says that this award is special because it's the first time he's being recognised for the work he has done for others.

Bounty is known as the artiste who has given a voice and a microphone to a host of dancehall's top deejays when they were literally nobodies. And, although most of them have been ungrateful, Bounty still thanked them for the opportunity that he had in moulding their careers and helping to make them into household names.

Bounty Killer has been credited with giving a slew of entertainers their big break including Mavado, Vybz Kartel, Scare Dem Crew, Cham, Bling Dwag, Wayne Marshall, Aidonia and countless others.





Ed Sheeran is world's best-selling artiste for 2017

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ed-sheeran-shape-of-you.jpgBritish singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran was named the world's best-selling artiste of 2017, thanks to his album Divide and singles Shape of You and Perfect.

Divide, which was released in March 2017, and went multi-Platinum in 36 nations.

Sheeran's pop ballad Shape of You was also the best-selling single globally of 2017 and has been certified as multi-Platinum in 32 nations.

It was the first time that a recording artist has had both the best-selling album and single of the year.





Alexx Antaeus teams with Devin on exciting new track

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devin-and-alexx.jpgAward-winning composer, recording artiste and producer Alexx Antaeus, that musical mission has led him to record, remix and produce for an eclectic selection of artistes such as Tommy Lee Sparta, Young M.C., Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, The Rolling Stones, and Earth, Wind & Fire among other notable artists.

After recently being honoured for his 25 year membership at NARAS (the governing body of the GRAMMY Awards), Alexx introduced his forthcoming album slated for release this fall entitled "Alexx Antaeus presents The Riddim Travelers" with the lead single "GET HOT" featuring GRAMMY nominated Devin Di Dakta. Devin became a household name in Jamaica, following his victory in the "Magnum Kings & Queens of Dancehall" competition. The latter translated into various hit charting music, a Grammy nomination for 2017 Grammy Awards for Best Reggae Album (Sly & Robbie Present: Reggae For Her) and a growing presence on the Billboard charts.

As dance meets dancehalll on "Alexx Antaeus presents The Riddim Travelers", the compilation has journeyed the globe to go beyond the expected pairings and meshed cultures through music. With the electric collaboration "GET HOT", the single aim is to break all musical borders and stereotype by blending hard beats, world rhythms, and great melodies. Produced by Alexx, for his imprint label Monom Records, "GET HOT" was written by both himself and Devin, and is now available (http://smarturl.it/GetHot-RT) to add to your musical collection, distributed on all major digital outlets by renowned Tuff Gong International.

In support of the hit bound single, "GET HOT" also offers Original, Tribal, Trap, Progressive and Chill Out remixes, and visuals that premiered over the weekend. Produced by Alexx Antaeus and directed by Damaniac Visualz, viewers will be drawed in as the video is reminiscent of a short movie where both Alexx and Devin play lead roles to a sexy supporting cast.

Riddim Travelers - Get Hot [Feat. Alexx Antaeus & Devin Di Dakta] [Official Video]





jah-cure.jpgGrammy nominee and ex-convict, Jah Cure, needs to find a cure for his anger or else the cops he so angrily cussed out on his Instagram Stories last week will surely visit his house again, this time with a warrant. Can somebody please tell this wanna-be-Kardashian that acting like a diva and ranting on social media is totally out of character for a Rastaman.

As a matter of fact, Jah Cure can cut him locks and done.

We haven nutten more to seh.





foota-hype-photo-1-cropped.jpgIf a laugh....!!!!

All right. So, controversial dancehall selector, Foota Hype, is up to his tricks. In the latest episode of his ongoing social media drama, Foota bawl it out loud dat dem ketch one big name dancehall artiste at the obeah man.

The selector-turn-producer-turn-social-media-desperado shared during his Instagram live last week that a popular Dancehall artiste was caught at a obeah man in St Thomas getting a bath recently. And not just that....the story get sweeter. According to Foota, a close friend of his went to the obeah worker for help with an upcoming trial but was told that a 'big celebrity' was there to see the science man, so Foota's friend was turned away that day.

Anyway, the science man gave Foota friend a lickle look and Foota friend ....NOT Foota himself, but Foota friend... and the friend saw the artiste who Foota says was in his underwear getting ready for a bath. Hear dis now, a bottle was beside the water with the words 'HIT SONG' write big and bold.

Foota was at pains to point out that he, Foota wasn't the one who saw the artiste. Cause that would cause social media to ask what Foota was doing at the science man yard.

Foota Hype also claims that the artiste is well-known and is now 'running the place' since the incident.





jamaica-cocaine-seized.jpgBUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA (AFP) -- Police have seized nearly 400 kilos of cocaine from the Russian embassy in Buenos Aires and arrested several members of a drug trafficking gang, Argentina's security minister announced Thursday.

Patricia Bullrich told a press conference that the drugs discovered in an annex of the embassy had a street value of around 50 million euros (about US$62 million).

"A gang of narco-criminals was trying to use the diplomatic courier service of the Russian embassy" to ship the drugs to Europe, she said.

She told reporters that Russian and Argentine police had decided to mount a sting operation after the Russian ambassador informed them of the drugs find in December 2016.

"The cocaine was replaced by flour and monitoring devices were placed to monitor delivery" of the 16 bags of the drug, Bullrich said. She said the sting had resulted in the arrest of five suspects -- two in Argentina and three in Russia.

The drug, of "very high purity," was destined for Russia and probably also Germany, where the suspected mastermind lives. "We believe the German police will arrest this fugitive," Bullrich said.

The minister said Russian security service agents "came to Argentina on three occasions to assist in the investigation", which took more than a year.

The cocaine was replaced by flour and monitoring devices were placed to monitor delivery"

Meanwhile, social media has been asking pertinent questions of the Jamaican police: "JCF are you looking? This is how you set traps and capture the drug dealers. Not by anouncing every drug find to the media and calling it a dent in the drug trade."

Another user wrote: "Maybe we need the JCF to take note of how to handle sensitive information and how to track them down. They can start with putting tracking devices in the bags of rice which it is claimed that the residents send to the gun men who are hiding in the hills after fleeing August Town. The JCF must remember that these are smart criminals because they listen to the news and know what and when to expect the police."





reggae-sumfest-2018-confirmed.jpgThe latest additions to this Summer's reggae sumfest are Aidonia, Cham and Ding Dong, The organizers made this news public yesterday. Last week iconic Jamaican reggae artiste Damian Marley was also confirmed to perform on his birthday Saturday July 21st at Reggae Sumfest 2018.

Fresh back from the 2018 grammys after winning the award Damian Marley's next major show in Jamaica is expected to be at Sumfest, joining what will be an all star Festival lineup for both nights featuring Beres Hammond, Maxi Priest, Popcaan, Spice, Sizzla, Capleton, Aidonia, Cham, Ding Dong and many more.

Damian was born on July 21, 1978 and is now age age 39 hence he will be 40 on the day of his sumfest performance.

The greatest reggae show on earth will in full swing this summer June 15 to June 21 in Montego Bay, Jamaica. In case u missed the 1st round of early bird tickets, the organizers will be selling a 2nd set of Early Bird Tickets which will go on sale February 1st 2018 on http://www.reggaesumfest.com/





andrew-holness-photo-5.jpgPrime Minister Andrew Holness has revealed his top favourite artistes and songs and it's no surprise that 'King of Reggae' Bob Marley sits atop the list.

Andrew Holness favourite artistes include:

Bob Marley

Dennis Brown

Beres Hammond

Chronixx

Protoje

Etana

Queen Ifrica

Oops, no dancehall artiste made the list. I guess dancehall artistes are only useful during election time when their popular songs are used on the campaign trail.

Well, when it comes to favourite songs, Holness names 'Natural Mystic' and 'Redemption Song' from Bob Marley, he says Nesbeth's 'My Dream' is his theme song. (Of course.....it certainly helped him to achieve his Dream during the last election when it was the JLP's theme song.)

Holness is also a fan of Chronixx songs such as 'Likes' and others from Chronology.

By the way, where does gospel fall in ll of this? Perhaps 'O Day of Rest and Gladness' #382 from the SDA Hymnal?





Patrick Byrne (Overstock.com CEO), Anthony Di Iorio (Ethereum Co-Founder), and Bill Tai (BitFury Board Member & VC) will each present a Keynote Address in Nassau, Bahamas

CaribPR Wire, NEW YORK, Feb. 22, 2018: Polymath, the security token issuance platform, today announced in partnership with Grit Capital, keynote speakers for POLYCON18 (https://www.polycon18.com/), the world's first event dedicated to securities tokens. The event will be held at the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar in Nassau, Bahamas from February 28th through March 2nd.

Overstock.com CEO, Patrick Byrne, Ethereum Co-Founder, Anthony Di Iorio and venture capitalist and BitFury board member, Bill Tai, will each give a keynote address at this year's inaugural conference.

The worlds of high finance and blockchain will gather at the event, which brings together institutional investors, retail advisors and high net worth individuals, as well as some of the most exciting and fastest-growing blockchain companies from around the world.

The conference features 35+ companies, 450+ attendees, a $100k ICO pitch competition sponsored by Victory Square, 1x1 meetings, keynote dinners, a cabana pool party, a casino night, and much more.

Attendees include former NFL players Israel Idonije and Ryan Mundy, as well as top-rated radio show host Todd Shapiro of The Todd Shapiro Show on SiriusXM Canada, whose weekly listenership tops over 1 million.

Featured POLYCON18 thought leaders include Matthew Roszak, chairman and co-founder of Bloq; Brock Pierce, co-founder of Block.one; Shawn Owen, CEO of SALT Lending; Yasmeen Drummond, co-founder of Women in Blockchain; Halsey Minor, CEO and co-founder of Live Planet and VideoCoin, Jason White, senior lead equity of crypto and ICO crowdfunding at Indiegogo, and many, many more!

"We're excited to arrange this meeting of the minds at the first-ever conference dedicated to securities tokens," said CEO of Polymath, Trevor Koverko. "POLYCON18 will connect the industry's top thought leaders and investors with the most innovative blockchain companies for an exclusive opportunity to network in an intimate and exciting environment."

POLYCON18 is hosted in partnership with Grit Capital, a leading consultancy service provider for investment relations and corporate development, and organized by Untraceable, the world's first blockchain and cryptocurrency event management and marketing agency.





PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands, Feb. 22, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ -- interCaribbean Airways celebrating 26 years of continuous services, is pleased to announce new nonstop schedule services from Dominica to St Lucia and Tortola, with 1 stop easy connections via Tortola to St Thomas, St Croix, Sint Maarten, San Juan, Providenciales and Santo Domingo.

Travelers can make two-stop connections via interCaribbean flights to Kingston and Nassau. Even allowing for two stops this is still one of the fastest travel times in the Caribbean.

Flights to and from Dominica begin on March 22 with 3 weekly flights as follows:.

FL# FROM TO EFFECTIVE UNTIL DAYS DEP ARR

521 EIS DOM 22-Mar-18 03-Nov-18 Mo Th Su 4:25 p.m 5:45 p.m

621 DOM SLU 22-Mar-18 03-Nov-18 Mo Th Su 6:15 pm 6:55 pm

622 SLU DOM 22-Mar-18 03-Nov-18 Mo Tu Fr 9:00 am 9:40 am

522 DOM EIS 22-Mar-18 03-Nov-18 Mo Tu Fr 10:10 am 11:30 am

DOM = Dominica Douglas Charles Airport, EIS = Tortola Terrence B. Lettsome International Airport, SLU = St. Lucia - Castries International Airport.

interCaribbean has expanded its schedule to new points throughout the Caribbean connecting more of the Caribbean than any other Caribbean Airline.

CEO Trevor Sadler, stated: "We are pleased to begin connecting Dominica with our Caribbean, bringing affordable air fares to this latest interCaribbean destination". We look forward to welcoming Citizens and Residents aboard and adding new connections and cities that Dominica can enjoy.

Colin Piper. Director of Tourism, Dominica welcomes the new service, stating: "interCaribbean is giving Dominicans new choices to fly to and from Dominica and more connections to more places, the service is very timely and very welcome. We look forward to the launch and anticipation of service to further islands."





Science lab explosion at Mona High school

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Several students of the Mona High School in St Andrew were on Thursday afternoon rushed to the University Hospital of the West Indies following an explosion during a scientific experiment.

It is understood that following the explosion there were cries for help from students.

Several students, along with one teacher, were immediately rushed hospital for medical treatment.

The conditions of the students and teacher could not be immediately ascertained.





omar-colleymore-and-wife.jpgWord is that accused killer Omar Collymore paid contract killers $500,000 to kill his wife, Simone Campbell-Collymore. Mrs. Campbell-Collymore was shot and killed on January 2. She was killed shortly after she boarded a taxi in Red Hills, St Andrew and the taxi driver was also murdered during the incident.

Two men who're believed to be Collymore's co-conspirators are in custody in connection with the crime and Collymore himself has been remanded following his first court appearance.

Statements have been given to the police alleging that Collymore paid $500,000 to contract killers to have his wife murdered.

Investigators are theorizing that he killed his wife in pursuit of life insurance proceeds. Collymore, who has two children with Simone, is also a person of interest in the 2008 murder of Angela Aguiar in Florida. Both Aguiar and Omar Collymore late wife, Simone, had taken out life insurance policies and had named him as their beneficiary.

Although Omar Collymore is a United States citizen, he is originally from Barbados.





St Thomas machete mom loses custody of children

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machete-beaten.jpgWhen St Thomas mother Doreen 'Da' Dyer received her suspended sentence recently, her greatest desire was to be reunited with her children. However, that is not to be. The two children, including the daughter she was seen in a video beating with a machete, will remain in the custody of their aunt until they are 18 years old.

That was the verdict of Senior Parish Judge Fiona Feare-Gregory when Dyer, her sister, and the two children appeared before the Yallahs Children's Court this weeky.

The children, who are twins, are 13 years old.

They were placed in the custody of their aunt after their mother was charged last year October.

The court ruled that Dyer will be able to have supervised visits with her children with her sister present.

Forty-four-year-old Dyer was sentenced to three years' probation after pleading guilty to cruelty to a child in the St Thomas Parish Court on February 9.

She was charged by the police last year and was subsequently offered bail.

The partially nude mother was seen in a video beating the girl violently with a machete while uttering expletives.





Jamhuri Reggae Festival 2017 Reloaded at KICC

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jamhuri-reggae-festival-2017-reloaded-at-kicc.jpgKenyatta Hill and Freddie McGregor

Saturday, March 3rd, 2018

Gates Open at 6 PM

Early Bird Tickets

Regular: 700 | Vip: 3500

Tickets available on www.ticketsasa.com





Outpouring of tributes as Billy Graham dies at 99

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billy-graham.jpgThe Rev. Billy Graham, a North Carolina farmer's son who preached to millions in stadium events he called crusades, becoming a pastor to presidents and the nation's best-known Christian evangelist for more than 60 years, died on Wednesday at his home in Montreat, N.C. He was 99.

His death was confirmed by Jeremy Blume, a spokesman for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

Mr. Graham had dealt with a number of illnesses in his last years, including prostate cancer, hydrocephalus (a buildup of fluid in the brain) and symptoms of Parkinson's disease.

Mr. Graham spread his influence across the country and around the world through a combination of religious conviction, commanding stage presence and shrewd use of radio, television and advanced communication technologies.

Tributes are pouring in from across the world for Graham, who was a confidant and advisor to several presidents, from Eisenhower to Bush.





Beenie Man and D'Angel still legally married

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wedding-photos-beenie-man-and-d-angel-photo-1.jpgThe event is still known as 'Dancehall's biggest wedding'. The ceremony between at then pregnant D'Angel and the King of Dancehall, Beenie Man at Crichton Estate, St. Andrew, Jamaica on August 22, 2006. However, the fairy-tale wedding didn't have a fairy-tale ending. They didn't "live happily ever after" It was soon Splitsville for the first couple of Dancehall, and, surprisingly, years after the split, the two have still not yet finalized their divorce. Beenie Man, who is now dating Krystal Tomlinson, says process should be over very soon as all the documents were sent in and signed, all they need now is the stamp of approval.

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It's back to court for Munga Honorebel

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munga.jpgDancehall entertainer Munga Honorebel is scheduled to appear in court today (Wed).

Munga is charged with the murder of Cleveland Smith who was shot dead on Molynes Road, in Kingston last February.

According to Munga's attorney Christopher Townsend, when his client faces the Kingston and St. Andrew parish court , the judge will be re-examining his current fine and will further determine if there is sufficient evidence to support the matter being sent to the Supreme Court.

Munga whose real name is Damian Rhoden, is currently out on bail and still recording and releasing new music.





Senior advisor and strategist to Tourism Minister, Delano Seiveright states that, "Jamaica, and in particular Montego Bay, is seeing an uptick in wealthy and celebrity tourists some of whom take to their social media platforms, with millions of young fans each, to publicise their vacation giving us incredible positive publicity. For Montego Bay in particular it is very good".

Highlighting a surge in celebrity and wealthy visitors, Chief Executive Officer of MBJ Airports, operators of Montego Bay's Sangster International Airport, Rafael Echavarne recently noted that, "from December 23 to December 31 a total of 60 private jets were accommodated at the Airport with December 26th recording the highest number with a total of 18 private jets accommodated, the place was absolutely full."

Just late last month, former US President Bill Clinton vacationed in Montego Bay and its environs for a weekend spending on the golf course at Tryall Club. Among the high profile party was former Governor of the US State of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe who also served as chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 2001 to 2005, was co-chairman of President Bill Clinton's 1996 re-election campaign, and was chairman of Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign.

Bartlett pointed to provisional data from the Jamaica Tourist Board showing a roughly seven per cent increase in the number of stopover tourists for the month of January compared to the same month last year. A record 4.3 million combined stopover and cruise tourists visited Jamaica in 2017.

This according to Bartlett represents a 12.1 per cent increase over arrivals in 2016. "it is the first time that...we brought more than 500,000 additional visitors and near US$500 million more in a single calendar year." he noted.





justin-and-selena.jpgJamaica continues to benefit from a raft of high-profile visits by celebrities, ranging from pop music stars to a former US President.

On the heels of the island in December copping the World's Leading Wedding Destination award, pop stars Justin Bieber and his girlfriend Selena Gomez are in Montego Bay for the wedding of Bieber's father, Jeremy and new stepmom Chelsey Rebelo.

Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett pointed out that high profile visits to the island, "enable the destination to effectively promulgate it's diverse offerings to specific and very important demographics while showcasing the island as a must do for a great vacation experience. We are undoubtedly a multi-faceted destination."

Bieber and Gomez's visit follows that of Russian Tennis Star Maria Sharapova, who vacationed in and around Montego Bay, staying at the famed Round Hill Hotel and Villas. There, Sharapova spent 15 minutes on the tennis court with a guest as part of a charity effort. Another famous pop music celebrity, Shawn Mendez, vacationed in Portland last week, while Singer Solange Knowles, sister of Pop star Beyonce, vacationed earlier this month on the island.

Meanwhile, billionaire fashion icon Ralph Lauren, who owns a vacation home on the outskirts of Montego Bay, spent several days on the island and was recently honoured by Hanover Charities at their yearly Sugar Cane Ball at Round Hill. Prime Minister Andrew Holness and Tourism Minister, Bartlett officially acknowledged Lauren's love and philanthropic work on the island.





caribbean-actors-black-panther-letitia-wright-shuri.jpgThe Caribbean was well represented in the blockbuster hit Black Panther.

Among the shining stars of Marvel Studios' superhero movie were Letitia Wright from Guyana and Winston Duke of Trinidad & Tobago, who gave notable performances in the Hollywood blockbuster.

The pair are riding the success of the record setting film.

Wright, 24, was born in Guyana but moved to London as a child. She plays Shuri, the sister of T'Challa, the prince who becomes ruler of the fictional African kingdom of Wakanda and reigning Black Panther. This makes Letitia a real but very differnt type of Disney Princess.

Dubbed "the smartest person in the world; smarter than Tony Stark" by executive producer Nate Moore, Shuri is the genius behind some of Wakanda's most advanced technology and the creator of Black Panther's suits and gadgets, made from the mythical, nearly indestructible metal known as vibranium.

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"I've never really seen a character like that in a script before," Wright says. "I never saw a young black girl being interested in engineering or science or math or wanting to heal people. I saw lots of stereotypes, and that's clearly the difference in why I really wanted to play that part."

Shuri is a tech-savvy teenage princess who is Peter Parker, Tony Stark, and Q from Bond all rolled into one. But for all her exceptional brilliance Shuri, as Wright plays her, is also shockingly normal. As an otherworldly Wakandan war wages around her, Shuri is recognizable as a teasing little sister there to keep her big brother both safe and in check.

Tobago-born actor Duke, 31, moved to the U.S. with his family when he was nine years old.

Based on the Marvel comic book series that started in the mid-1960s, Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o and Angella Bassett, among others.

Along with Boseman, Wright and Duke appear in the Avengers sequel, which opens in May.





Khago's album makes Billboard Reggae chart debut

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khago-walk-a-mile.jpgCall him what you may, but Khago must have been doing some good music, even while he was bus criticising and being criticised by members of the entertainment fraternity.

The Reggae and dancehall artiste has made his way unto the Billboard Reggae Albums chart.

The 15 track compilation Walk A Mile debuted in the number five position.

The album was released on February 9 via the Streaminn Hub imprint.

Walk a Mile is available on a number of major online platforms including iTunes and Amazon music.

Khago will certainly have a lot to say on this.





Clarendon's most wanted killed

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One of Clarendon's most wanted men, Niko Walters, otherwise called 'Freckles' or 'Speckles', unemployed of Farm/Effortville in May Pen, was shot and killed during a confrontation with the police on Monday.

A policeman was shot and injured in the incident.

Reports are that during an operation in the Effortville area, Walters was seen and, on the approach of the police, he pulled a firearm and opened fire, hitting a policeman on the left index finger.

The gunfire was returned and Walters was hit.

He was taken to the May Pen Hospital along with the injured policeman, where Walters died while undergoing treatment.





The administration of the Wolmer's Boys School held further discussions about security at the institution, after a student was questioned by police yesterday (Mon), about a threatening voice note which has gone viral.

The 18 year old student was arrested after the voice note reportedly denoted threats of a mass shooting went viral on social media.

In a statement Monday, the ministry said that as a result of preliminary discussions held among ministry officials and school administrators, a follow up meeting including with the Chairman of the school board is being held.

It said among the matters to be addressed are the general safety and security of the school, risks, threats and areas that may need strengthening.

Meanwhile, the Education Ministry says it is assisting the police in conducting a psychological assessment of the student.

Detectives from the Counter Terrorism and Organized Crime CTOC, led by Assistant Commissioner of Police ACP Fitz Bailey, questioned the student and his parents in the wake of the threatening voice note he reportedly sent to a teacher.

The ministry says other students are being questioned.

The police is also urging individuals to desist from circulating the audio clip, as it may cause undue anxiety.The





A female entertainer who was reported missing on Thursday following the discovery of the body of accountant Esron Laing, has been found unharmed.

The woman has been identified as Sherine Fox, an up-and-coming artiste who goes by the stage name Sexilous of Pembroke Hall in St Andrew and Rocky Point, Clarendon.

Police say Fox was found Friday afternoon and is currently back with her family. She is not a suspect at this time and investigations into Laing's murder are still ongoing.

Laing was reportedly shot dead after leaving a party in Portland Cottage in Clarendon to take Fox home bout 4 am on Wednesday. His Range Rover was found on the banks of a river in bushes close to where his body was found.

When his body was discovered, only the woman's belongings were found at the scene and in Laing's vehicle.





hands-behind-bars.jpgThe man and a woman who were charged in connection with the murders of the Jamaican-Canadian couple Melbourne and Etta Flake in Retreat, St Thomas were remanded when they appeared before the St Thomas Parish this morning.

Twenty-five-year-old Fabian Skervin and his girlfriend Nekia Thompson are each charged with two counts of murder and one count of robbery with aggravation.

Thompson was questioned by the police on Monday and was charged Tuesday.

Her boyfriend was charged last week.

Thompson's attorney Hensley Williams reportedly asked the court for the matter to be called up at a later date as the necessary files were not available and full disclosure was not made.

They are to return to court on March 1 when it is expected that a bail application will be made.

Skervin and Thompson were picked up during a police operation in Seaforth on February 7.

The woman was released and later taken back into custody and both were subsequently charged.

Eighty-one-year-old Melbourne and 70-year-old Etta were found dead in their house with their hands and feet bound on the morning of January 9.





Reggae SumFest confirmed for July 15-21, 2018

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reggae-sumfest-2018-confirmed.jpgRed Stripe

presents

Reggae SumFest

Downsound Entertainment

Confirmed

Montego Bay Jamaica - July 15-21, 2018

For all show and ticketing info please check www.reggaesumfest.com

Must be 18 years or older to drink. Drink responsibly!





nabiyah-be-nightshade.jpgRyan Coogler's "Black Panther" released on Thursday and among the cast is actress/ singer Nabiyah Be, who plays the role of Tilda Johnson, aka. Nightshade.Nabiyah Be is a Brazilian-Jamaican actress and singer/songwriter. She's the daughter of Grammy Award winner Jimmy Cliff.

Odessa, the actress' sister confirmed her character's identity on Twitter, from the middle of last year and again in an interview last week with a local paper. pointing out her brief appearance in a shot alongside Michael B. Jordan's Killmonger in the "Black Panther" teaser trailer.

"Hey Tweetrens just want to brag that my baby sister Nabiyah is in the #BlackPanther movie. She plays Tilda Johnson. I'm a proud big sister. pic.twitter.com/ZnhzjtHojQ"

-- oDessa (@oblessa) June 11, 2017

In the comics, Nightshade is a genius supervillain who first debuted back in the Steve Englehart and Alan Weiss' Captain America #164 back in 1973 and has faced-off against the likes of Captain America, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and Black Panther over the years.

Nabiyah Be originated the role of Eurydice in Anaïs Mitchell's highly acclaimed Hadestown and performs in the Hadestown Original Cast Album scheduled for 2017 release.

Coogler is directing Marvel's Black Panther from a screenplay he co-wrote with Joe Robert Cole.

The cast includes Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Sterling K. Brown, Daniel Kaluuya, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Florence Kasumba, Shaunette Renée Wilson, Isaach de Bankolé, and John Kani.

Black Panther follows T'Challa, who, after the events of Captain America: Civil War, returns home to the isolated, technologically-advanced African nation of Wakanda to take his place as King. However, when an old enemy reappears on the radar, T'Challa's mettle as King and Black Panther is tested when he is drawn into a conflict that puts the entire fate of Wakanda and the world at risk.





Nesbeth to release new album by crowdfunding

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nesbeth-photo-3.jpgAlways seeking to change the status quo Nesbeth, one of Jamaica's most prolific Reggae luminaries is taking an innovative new approach to the production and release of his upcoming debut album. Titled A.M.E.N, the acronym derives from the name of his late wife Ann-Maire Elliot Nesbeth which holds very special meaning to the singer.

Considering the sentimental value and also being his first official album, Nesbeth said he wanted to do something special instead of merely outputting the album via the traditional method of a major label and hope for the best. Hence the introduction of Crowdfunding.

What is Crowdfunding? It is a method of raising capital and giving people a hands-on experience through the collective effort of friends, family, fans, and individual investors. This approach taps into the collective efforts of a large pool of individuals--primarily online via social media and other platforms--and leverages their support networks for greater reach and exposure.

"Though I have no issues with major labels I opted instead to work directly with my fans. Some people may think this is a weird concept but the idea is this platform will allow them to invest directly in my album, provide me with quality feedback and updates, and for their investments and feedback, they will receive special rewards (eg. autograph promotional paraphernalia, exclusive news, pre-released album, discounted dubs etc.). One of the greatest advantages it also allows you to see and feel the true essence of your fan base." -Nesbeth added.

Nesbeth Explains 'Crowdfunding', The Innovative New Approach To His Debut Album

Though the concept is relatively new to Jamaica and the Caribbean diaspora, Nesbeth believes the platform which is more popular in North America and Europe will help to change the way music is marketing in the region and wants to be a pioneer for that change.

Slated for release this Summer. For Nesbeth, as much as for his fans, music has also been the best remedy for personal and social healing. Since it brings out an empowering force that every person has within them. It is also through music, namely through this new A.M.E.N. album, that Nesbeth wants to share his healing experience with those who, like him, have also dealt or are dealing with loss and other tribulations, with those who believe in a better tomorrow, and, ultimately, with everyone who couldn't live without the soothing and refreshing touch of great reggae music.

To execute promoting this exceptional body of work and ensure its global success. We're inviting individuals to PRE-ORDER TODAY and be a part of something beautiful and musically amazing. The official campaign was launched on Saturday, February 17th.





dwight-yorke.jpgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) -- Former Trinidad & Tobago and Manchester United footballer Dwight Yorke is being sued by reigning Chutney Soca Monarch Neval Chatelal for the non-payment of a TT$250,000 (One TT dollar =US$0.16 cents) loan.

Yorke, 46, was reportedly loaned the money in March last year to assist in a financial bind.

In the court documents filed last week, Chatelal claimed that Yorke approached him for the loan after his 'Island Vibe' fete which was held on March 4, 2017.

The court documents say the former national footballer was unable to secure a lender for the fete and as a result, was in a bind as he needed to pay those who provided services for the event. Yorke allegedly said that he could not approach the bank as the time for approval would place him in an embarrassing situation.

Chatelal subsequently agreed to loan Yorke TT$250,000 with a TT$50,000 interest to be paid after two months.

He reportedly deposited the money into the Dwight Yorke Foundation account on March 7 following the agreement.

Two months following the deposit, Chatelal contacted Yorke who in December 2017, paid him TT$50,000.

In January, a pre-action protocol letter was sent to Yorke where he was "invited to amicably settle the matter."

There was no response and on February 12, the legal proceeding was filed.

In 2016, Machel Montano sued Yorke for falsely using his name to promote a party that year.

He later dropped the lawsuit but had obtained an injunction to stop Yorke from using his name.

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Dwight Yorke is the ex-boyfriend and baby father of glamour model, Katie Price. Katie has previously accused ex-boyfriend Dwight of not seeing their child, who suffers from a range of disabilities including Prader-Willi syndrome and visual impairment.

In her last autobiography, she wrote: "It's sad that [Dwight] is unable to accept Harvey for who he is and seems unable or unwilling to work within his limitations.

"I think Dwight wanted to blame someone for the fact that his son is disabled. I have always said that if Dwight could see what a courageous and talented boy Harvey is then he would enjoy being with him so much."

In 2009, he told BBC Radio 5: "I would like to play an integral part in his upbringing, of course, I love my kid but wasn't given the opportunity to really bring him up in the manner I would like to bring him up in."





Man in custody over murder of 14-year-old girl

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hands-behind-bars.jpgPolice in St James are reporting that the man wanted for the murder of a 14-year-old girl was taken into police custody on Saturday.

He is Owen Allen, otherwise called 'Zoo Bug', of Brown's Lane, Granville in the parish.

An appeal was made for Allen to turn himself in to the police following the murder of Tianna Clarke who is also from the area.

Reports are that about 8:30 am Tianna's body was found in an unfinished building in her community.

Hours later, Allen reported to the Freeport Police.

Lawmen said he is to be questioned in the presence of his attorney.





A high level investigative team has been probing a social media threat issued against students of Wolmer's Boys' School in Kingston. This follows the circulation of a voice note with threatening messages purported to be from a student at the school.

In the more than 10-minute long voice note, a boy can be heard expressing frustration over calling colleagues by phone but not receiving an answer.

He further complained about being "ostracized" and society putting him in "a box with sickos". In the long rant, he chided so-called "friends" who don't remember his name or his birthday, and ignore him when they see him on the road.

He then lists a number of names, before apparently issuing a violent threat against them.

Anxiety over the incident has been fueled by last week's mass killing at a Florida school. A former student opened fire with a semi-automatic rifle at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, killing at least 17 people.

Police are urging individuals to desist from circulating the audio clip, as it may cause undue anxiety at this time.

In the meantime, the Police High Command is asking persons who may have information that can assist with the investigation to contact the Counter Terrrorism and Organised Crime Branch (CTOC) at 967-1389, 811, Crime Stop at 311 or by using the Stay Alert App to submit information.





crime-scene-gun.jpgThe Westmoreland police report that fourteen-year-old Alkye Nicola Vaccianie, a student of a White Hall, Negril, Westmoreland address, was shot and injured by an unknown assailant on Friday night.

Shortly after, on Saturday morning, the gruesome discovery was made of the partially-clad body of another 14-year-old girl with injuries to her face, in Brown's Lane, Granville, St James.

The Negril incident occurred in White Hall district at about 8:15 p.m.

Reports are that Alkye was sitting outside a shop, when an armed man approached her and open gunfire at her.

She was hit in the right side, left side and left thigh and was transported to the Savanna-La-Mar Hospital, where she has been admitted.

The Savanna-la-Mar Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) is investigating the incident.





florida-victim-helena-ramsay-stoneman-douglas.jpgThe Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade is confirmed that a student of Jamaican heritage was killed in last week's school shooting in Parkland, Florida. She is 17-year-old Helena Ramsey.

"My family lost an absolutely beautiful member today, due to a senseless school shooting," Curtis Page Jr. said in a Facebook post about Helena, who would have started college next year.

"Helena was a smart, kind hearted, and thoughtful person. She was deeply loved and loved others even more so. Though she was somewhat reserved, she had a relentless motivation towards her academic studies, and her soft warm demeanor brought the best out in all who knew her. She was so brilliant and witty, and I'm still wrestling with the idea that she is actually gone."

Page said he hopes others can be inspired by Helena's "life well lived, no matter how short."

Fena Cooper, identifying herself as a cousin, said in a Facebook posting, "Valentine's Day will never look the same for my family.

"Helena, we miss you dearly and are so incredibly sorry that your life was cut short. You didn't deserve this. We love you so much and will miss you greatly."

In a statement, foreign affairs minister, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, expressed condolences to the family of the dead Jamaican teen as well as to the families and friends of the other victims.

The shooter shot and killed 17 persons last Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.





omar-best-collymore-aguiar-simore.jpgInvestigators have charged three people in connection with last month's murder of Simone Collymore and taximan, Winston Walters, in Forrest Hills, St Andrew. Among the three accused is her husband Omar Collymore and his arrest has reportedly reignited interest in a 10-year-old murder case in Florida in the United States.

According to the Florida's Sun Sentinel, the murder has renewed interest in a 10-year-old case in the US state.

The Sun Sentinel reports that a decade ago, Omar Best Collymore's girlfriend, Angela Aguiar, was shot dead in a Fort Lauderdale street. Her killer was never charged, but police always considered Collymore someone of interest.

It says Fort Lauderdale detectives are working with Jamaican authorities in hopes of solving the Aguiar homicide. Fort Lauderdale Detective Tracy Figone reportedly told the paper that the two slayings have several similarities.

The paper says in addition to being romantically linked to Collymore, both women had life insurance policies that listed Collymore as a beneficiary.





robbery.jpgA 16-year-old boy is now in hospital battling for life after he was attacked, robbed and then shot by criminals at a football field in St Catherine.

Reports are that at about 2:45 p.m. on Friday the teen and his friends where at the field, close to March Pen Road, having a conversation when two men walked up to the group members.

Sources that one of the men had a machete and the other a firearm.

Reports are that the group members were held up by the thugs and then robbed of their cellphones and other valuables.

Still not satisfied with their illegal act the thugs then opened fire at the victims before running from the area.

The teen was later found suffering from gunshot wounds. He was taken to the Spanish Town Hospital where he has been admitted.

Police from St Catherine North Division have since launched a search for the men who carried out the attack.





Third man charged in Simone Collymore's muder

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omar-best-collymore-angela-aguiar-simone-campbell-collymore.jpgDetectives have charged a third man in connection with the shooting death of St Andrew businesswoman, 32-year-old Simone Campbell-Collymore and 36-year-old taxi driver, Winston Walters.

He has been identified as Dwight Pink, who had been in custody for some time before charges were laid on him on Friday. He has been charged alongside Campbell-Colloymore's husband, Omar 'Best' Collymore, and 27 year-old labourer Michael Adams with murder and conspiracy to murder.

Collymore and Adams were remanded when they appeared before the Gun Court section of the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on Friday. They have been given until February 21 to settle legal representation. Pink was not taken to court.

The 35-year-old Collymore was slapped with murder and conspiracy charges for the execution style killing of his wife and her cab driver, after he was nabbed by detectives during an early morning operation at a guest house in St Elizabeth.

The two were shot and killed by men travelling on motor cycles outside an apartment complex on Stanley Terrace in Red Hills, St Andrew on January 2.

Collymore, who had been listed as a person of interest and asked to surrender to the police, instead went on the run. At the time of his arrest, he was reportedly making arrangements to flee the country by boat.

The United States citizen was himself attacked and shot while sitting in his vehicle at a business place in New Kingston about two weeks after his wife's murder. He and another man escaped with minor injuries.





Florida shooter denied bail

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florida-shooter.jpgFlorida (AP): Nineteen-year-old Nikolas Cruz has been denied bail in connection with the shooting at a Florida High School on Wednesday that left 17 people dead.

He briefly appeared in a Florida court today to answer to 17 counts of first degree murder.

Cruz legally purchased the AR-15 rifle used in the assault at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, law enforcement officials told The Associated Press.

The orphaned 19-year-old is said to have participated in paramilitary drills with a white nationalist group.

As the criminal case against the suspect took shape, the leader of a white nationalist militia called the Republic of Florida said Cruz was a member of his group and participated in exercises in Tallahassee.

Jordan Jereb told The Associated Press that he did not know Cruz personally and that "he acted on his own behalf" and is "solely responsible for what he just did."

The group wants Florida to become its own white ethno-state. Jereb said his organisation holds "spontaneous random demonstrations" and tries not to participate in the modern world.

He also said Cruz had "trouble with a girl" and that he believed the timing of the attack, on Valentine's Day, was not a coincidence.





jamaica-bobsled-team-photo-1.jpgThe Jamaican women's bobsleigh team have been the talk of the 2018 Winter Olympics, but their participation has been thrown into doubt following the resignation of their coach.

The country have never fielded a female team in the sport, and Pyeongchang appeared to be the historic moment, 30 years after the men arrived in Calgary.

That could have changed now, though, with the news that driving coach Sandra Kiriasis - who owns their only sled - has quit her position six days before the start.

Sandra Kiriasis owns the team's sled, but she has quit just a week ahead of the Olympic Games

The BBC reported that her decision comes after she was asked by Jamaica Bobsleigh to change her role from driving coach to track performance analyst, a position that would have meant her no longer working personally with the team.

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Kiriasis appears to have refused, and a statement has been released by the team to confirm her exit just days ahead of the Olympic competition.

'Driving coach Sandra Kiriasis has elected not to continue her position with Jamaica Bobsleigh,' the JBSF said in a statement.

'We are deeply disappointed in her decision to leave the program. We thank her for her invaluable contribution to JBSF and contributing to the success of Jamaica's first female bobsled Olympic appearance.'

Kiriasis herself is an Olympic bobsleigh champion, winning a gold medal as part of the Germany team in 2006, but she will now not contribute to any further success with the Jamaican team.

'I have never known such disappointment in this sport, in my life,' Kiriasis was reported as saying.

There has been much focus on the women's bobsleigh event, partly down to the hit film Cool Runnings, made about the men's team back in 1993.

The movie loosely tells the story of Dudley Stokes, Devon Harris, Michael White and Nelson Stokes - the four men who rode in the sled at the Calgary Games.

This year, though, the focus in the build-up has been with the women, who have been preparing for their maiden appearance.

One of the competitors, Jazmine Fenlator, did compete at the 2014 Olympics as an American athlete, before switching to her father's native Jamaica the following year.

Brakewoman Carrie Russell, though, has switched her focus from summer sports to winter in a bid to create history.

The sprinter won a gold medal in the 4x100m relay at the 2013 World Championships, and is now set to make her Winter Olympics debut.

'This is one of the happiest moments of my life,' the 27-year-old said. 'I never dreamed that I would become a bobsled athlete.'





Romain Virgo embarks on LoveSick European Tour

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romain-lovesick.jpgNew York, NY- VP Records has announced that "LoveSick," the upcoming album from rising reggae star Romain Virgo will be out on March 30th. The 17-track album takes listeners on a journey that explores every emotion felt when finding love, losing love and finding love again.

Executive produced by Niko Browne for Lifeline Music, with additional production by Sting International and Vikings Production, the album presents a new pop reggae sound traced with his signature lovers rock style woven throughout. The first single 'Now', was released last Summer to much fanfare and the latest single is entitled"Still".

The album also includes Romain's stirring version of the Sam Smith smash "Stay With Me."

Meanwhile, Romaine, will be embarking on an European tour at the end of March with special guest Sevana. The tour will include stops in Germany, The UK, Holland and Switzerland (all dates below). He will be setting up U.S. dates later this year.

Raised in a disciplined home in the rural town of Stepney in the parish of St. Annes, Romain first gained fame when he made history as the youngest winner of Television Jamaica's (TVJ) popular "Rising Stars" talent competition at just 17-years-old and later by winning Artist of the Year by JaRIA (Jamaica Reggae Industry Association) in 2012. Growing up listening to the likes of Beres Hammond, Dennis Brown and Percy Sledge, he has modeled his musical style and career after these legends while still remaining true to who he is. Passion drips through every lyric and every note, as listeners can feel the love for his craft.

"I believe love is the one thing that's going to save us, not just in terms of relationships, but in the broader human sense," Romain says of the album's title and content. "I personally believe that nothing forms a stronger bond than love. It cuts through race, religion, creed, everything. We need to put it at the center of our lives."





etana-photo-2.jpgThe Entertainment Ministry has explained that the programme through which Reggae artise Etana was granted US$5000 to help with her tour, was initiated in 2013 by then Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment's junior minister Damian Crawford as a way to enhance the reggae brand and provide additional marketing for destination Jamaica.

"We know from that that it has been music -- reggae music -- that is the essence of the Jamaican brand. Knowing that and the history of Jamaican music and its pull for destination Jamaica, the Tour Support and Artiste Ambassador Programme was started. Between 2013 and 2015 two persons -- Protoje received US$8,000 and Kabaka Pyramid and the Bebble Rockers received US$1,000 during that particular period. Since then, in 2017 Raging Fyah, when they went on their Everlasting Tour and were nominated for the Grammy, also received (US$3,500) tour support, and this year Etana has received tour support. Freddie McGregor also received tour support in 2016 when he was invited to perform in Bogota as part of a creative city endeavour," she shared.

Wilkinson-McDaniel explained that Etana, who is currently on tour, topped a field of four applicants for the grant, noting that there is a clear process for potential recipients, which begins with applicants submitting their bids to the Entertainment Division where they are vetted and sent to the entertainment advisory board for consideration, then to the permanent secretary for ratification and approval.

She did not say who the other artiste were who had also applied for the grant, or explain why Etana, as a US citizen and a seasoned artistes who ears top dollars, would possibly qualify for this kind of support from the Jamaican government.

The ministry rep, who was there on behalf of Miss Grange who was in Parliament, explained the application process: "You have to complete the entertainment registry application because we require that every person who gets support from us, that you are registered as a bona fide cultural practitioner. You need to indicate the size of the venues so that we can then measure the impact -- how many persons are you going to be reaching at any given time. We also look at who are you touring with. So, for example, in this case Etana is touring with J Boog and Jesse Royal. These are some of the things that the board would consider. It is about expected audience reach in relation to the venue and your social media and marketing plan."

As one blogger pointed out, however, "as well-intentioned the idea to "support" our artistes was, it was bound to result in controversy. The industry is fractious and competitive to say the least, therefore choosing who to give how much was always a recipe for disaster. Numerous artiste claim they don't get support from govt ... and many taxpayers feel its a waste of money. Apart from state sponsored events or prizes I don't believe artistes should be given preferential grants/support firstly because they are just like any other "worker" .. and secondly it will be very difficult to justify why A instead of B."





etana-photo-3.jpgNo sooner had Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange announced recording artiste Etana as the first female recipient of financial support through the ministry's Artiste Ambassador and Tour Support Programme, the backlash started.

The ministry gave Etana a grant of US$5,000 to support her 32-city tour of the United States and people made it clear that they were NOT happy. Grange's social media page was flooded with criticisms, so too were blogs and websites which carried the release and picture provided from the ministry.

People didn't care two hoots that Minister Grange said in the release that the aim of the Artiste Ambassador and Tour Support programme is to strengthen Brand Jamaica through media, marketing and partnership.

People didn't care that the ministry said that they believe that the Artiste Ambassador and Tour Support Programme is important to provide support to those artistes who are good ambassadors, who represent Jamaica well and whose music reflects the message of Reggae and that of Jamaica.

Social media dragged Etana, encouraging her to give back the money, which they feel was ill deserved.

One person quizzed: "I don't get this! What the purpose of this gift? An established artiste going and a 32 city tour and getting lunch money from the government? US$5,000 for what? "

"Police are being insulted with a JAM$1,000 increase offer, and several injured in the line of duty are suffering from abandonment and neglect, including Lorenzo McLeggon, suffering for 42 years on crumbs, and government have money to give to a touring artiste! Unbelievable!"

"As a liberal you don't get how government could be reaching more and more into areas it shouldn't be? Jamaica is a case study in the folly of statism."

"Etana voted for Trump, so that made her worthy for free money?"

"Can she still vote in Jamaica? This does make sense at all."

"What kind of Trump supporting, racist apologist, fiscal conservative you be? Conservative start support handouts now? All along I thought that was liberal business."

"So many people and institutions need aid and they are giving aid to the people who are already earning good money."

"This is a new low, even for politicians. Also, why would Etana even think it's a good idea to accept this money?"

"These are all business people going abroad to ply their trade. Same the last time i see this minister give Freddie money fi gu a some award in Colombia."

"Why are they giving this woman taxpayer's money ? They should tell her to go and ask Trump for money."

"Less she forget that as a Trumpist she should not take money from a s**thole country to benefit the land of honey. And isn't a tour supposed to be making money? This is a travesty!"

They also had levelled criticism at the minister herself, noting that "politicians are by nature wasters, mismanagers and corrupters. They suffer no consequences for the misuse of taxpayers funds."

"This reverse donation doesn't make any sense at all....while other establish artists are giving back to Jamaica this ministry is reversing the role,,,,,,its dumb and sets a bad precedent."

"This Babsy Grange must go. Everything she does lack any real thought or make any sense, eg...building all kind of statues, ice hockey arena rinks in hot Kingston, predicting gold medals for bobsled team, promoting golf to people who cant even afford a golf ball, allowing airport road as entertainment zone, etc. And now this! Is she for real or just a grandstanding picture poser? What a waste of a ministry whose only purpose is to send condolences and congratulation!"

"Babsy is one of those clueless politicians holding back Jamaica"

"Is this really necessary? Why should my money be used to "promote" a recording artiste" who is making tons of money while there're people who need "genuine" help . Is it that this government don't really knows it's priority. . This is the same minister (ministry) that gave out generous contract worth millions to a friend." .

"Is Grange again openly wasting taxpayer's hard earned money? Why didn't she solicit the public's approval before making this gift? If she wanted to be generous, why didn't she give her own money? I trust the Jamaican taxpayers are looking into this outright waste of their resources, and make sure that this woman does not represent them in the next election. She has lost that privilege."

"Does any Government minister in Jamaica have any common sense. The Nation's limited funds are being mismanaged by the people who the citizens have put in place to manage the country's business.

"Babsy you getting too comfortable Lisa, over to you."

Why??? Dear Lord, why??? So many government departments can't buy paper and ink. Why?

"Baby using govt money to support private artistes is just wrong on all levels. An artiste who is not making enough money to support his/herself should be encouraged to find a new career."

"Hahaha this is dumbest thing ever!! no now the Gov gives artist TOUR SUPPORT...hahahahahahahahah...i am moving to JA."

Among the few voices of support was on person who argued that this is a good look, considering the importance of the creative industries. "Lets be clear, the creative industries alone could get Jamaica out of debt, so any support for it and any of it's practitioners is needed and should not be discouraged as this does not stop other areas from getting the aid they deserve... get real."

Another added: "Good job Minister. what took the government so long to offer this sort of support? the exposure that is given of this country by these artists at their financial expense is immeasurable."

"Not enough money for you to move. $5000 won't even cover hotel accommodations for a good month.

Yet another asked: "Waste?! do you even understand How much revenue the creative industry brings to Jamaica?!! get real."





crime-scene-tape-gloves.jpgPolice continue to investigate the stabbing incident involving a 58-year-old visually-impaired male vendor in the Coronation Market on Saturday and are seeking a female vendor who may be able to assist in their investigations.

The victim, Clive Mullings was visited by the police at the Kingston Public Hospital to take a statement.

Reports are that Mullings was walking through the market selling his wares, when he accidentally knocked over a tray of eggs belonging to the female vendor.

An argument developed between Mullings and the female vendor, and during the heated exchange, the woman reportedly used a piece of board to hit the senior citizen, before stabbing him, after which she fled the scene.

Reports are that persons had offered to pay for the eggs, but the woman was hellbent on exacting revenge.





3-year-old girl shot dead in St Mary

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crime-scene-gun.jpgshocked.jpgA three-year-old girl was shot and killed by an unknown assailant in Cane Lane, Annotto Bay in St Mary last night.

She has been identified as Kelecia Matthews, otherwise called Pooka.

The police say she and her stepfather were walking home about 9:40 when a man armed with a handgun fired a shot in their direction.

After the shooting, Kelecia was found with a gunshot wound to the chest.

She was taken to hospital where she succumbed to her injuries.





Beenie Man says he's a Kartel fan

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beenie-man-photo-8.jpgBeenie Man has made it crystal clear earlier that he's a Vybz Kartel fan.According to the dancehall doctor, he admires Kartel's work ethic and the fact that he continues to dominate the industry despite being behind bars.

Rumours of the two feuding started after Vybz Kartel dropped his album back in 2016 titled "King of Dancehall", a moniker that was originally associated with Beenie Man.

However the 'Girls Dem Sugar' deejay says he wasn't upset but happy that Dancehall fans are comparing him with the 'Fever' hitmaker.

"Weh mi like, dem stop compare mi wid mi peers, dem start compare me with di younger artistes. Mi like dat. Dem stop compare me with Bounty, dem start compare me with Kartel. Dem compare mi wid Alkaline, mi like dat," he said. "If Kartel wah be me, dat a great thing. Mi respect and love dat. Dat show me how great mi is. Mi love dat," Beenie added.





Suspended sentence for machete beating mother

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machete-beaten.jpgA sentence has been handed down to the St. Thomas woman who was seen in a widely circulated video on social media last year beating her daughter with what appeared to be a machete.

Doreen Dyer, 44, was on Friday afternoon sentenced to three years probation when she appeared in the St. Thomas Parish Court in Morant Bay.

She has also been ordered to get parental counselling and attend anger management classes.

The presiding judge Mrs Lucian Jackson heard submissions from defense counsel Bertram Anderson and the Clerk of the Court.

After perusing the Social Enquiry Report, she said Miss Dyer's sentence would be three years probation, which is the maximum term the court is allowed to give.

Time was allowed for counsel to explain the sentence to Miss Dyer and when the matter was again called up, she pleaded guilty to the charge.

Miss Dyer broke down in tears when the sentence was handed down andlater said her goal now is to be reunited with her children.





ak-47-assault-rifle-ammo.jpgA passenger on a flight arriving from the United States was arrested and charged after a pistol and live rounds of ammunition, and a large sum of undeclared cash were allegedly found in his luggage during a search at the Sangster International Airport on Thursday night.

The accused has been identified as 24-year-old mechanic, Jordan Subaran of a Decatur, Georgia, USA address, and also of New Town, Black River in St Elizabeth.

Reports are that Subaran arrived in the island on board a Delta Airlines flight from Atlanta, Georgia at about 9:00 pm on Thursday, February 8.

His luggage was searched and a 9mm Ruger pistol with serial number 33723, along with 29 rounds of 9mm cartridges, were reportedly found.

Additionally, US$63,000, which was not declared, was found concealed in a bag of sweets.

The money has been seized by Customs.

Subaran was charged with failure to declare, and is due to appear in the Western Regional Gun Court.





Thank God! Usain Bolt got a pedi

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usain-bolt-feet.jpgUsain Bolt went and got a mani pedi and his fan are ecstatic. It all started when the legendary sprinter posted an innocent photo of his fee while watching the Super Bolt.

However, Bolt's feet took wings and went viral. for all the wrong reasons. Bolt's feet looked ugly, crusty, in desperate need of lotion and bawling out for a pedicure.

Fans dragged Bolt on social media. "He got to take his feet off before he get in the bed. Or socks," one person commented.

"I mean, you can't help what God gave you, but Lord knows you can get some lotion. Feet look like they were just discovered in an archeological dig," another fan added.

Usain Bolt responded to his critics by visiting a spa before heading off to Trinidad for carnival 2018. The sprinter posted a video and photos on SnapChat of him enjoying a well-neded pedicure.

Big up to Bolt and the efficient manicurist.

Usain Bolt is currently in Trinidad turning up for the annual Carnival. He was in attendance at the Big Bad Soca show on Thursday night where Cardi B, Shenseea, Machel Montana and others performed.





jamaican-girl-to-star-in-meghan-harry-documentary.jpgJamaican actress and former Miss Jamaica Fashion Model winner, Parisa Fitz-Henley will star in a Lifetime channel movie depicting the whirlwind romance of the soon to wed British royal couple, Prince Harry and Megan Markle.

A first look of the movie dubbed 'Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance', was shared on Instagram Thursday by Fitz-Henley, who will be portraying the bride-to-be. In the photo, Fitz-Henley is seen cozying up to the actor who will play Harry, Murray Fraser.

Earlier this month, it was announced that Meghan and Harry's love story was officially getting the Hollywood treatment with a Lifetime movie, set to air this spring.

Parisa Fitz Henley was recently cast in the NBC series 'Midnight Texas' and has appeared in 'Grey's Anatomy' and 'Private Practice'.

A past student of St Andrew High, she's the cousin of Nationwide News Network frontman, Abka Fitz-Henley, and Jamaica Labour Party politician Sharon Hay Webster.

Prince Harry, fifth in line for the British throne, will marry American actress Meghan Markle on May 19.





Ishawna says it's 'slippery when wet'

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ishawna-photo-8.jpgAfter her controversial pro cunnilingus single, "Equal Rights" Ishawna is again up to her old tricks. This time, she telling those who don't know, that it's slippery when wet.

The former Downsound Records artiste released the Legendary Records/Jaxx and Staxx Records-produced single, "Slippery When Wet", on Friday.

The raunchy track comes on the heels of speculation about social media-loving Ishawna's absence from all platforms.

A social media regular, who's known for self-promotion via her steamy photos and sensuous poses, Ishawna now seems to be back on track ...literally.

It will be i nteresting to see how the new Slippery When Wet single will be devoured by her gaggle of female fans.





charged.jpgCriminal charges have been filed against the five Costa Ricans and six Jamaicans who were allegedly held in a multimillion-dollar drug bust in Westmoreland earlier this week.

The police say all 11 have been charged with possession of, dealing in and taking steps to export ganja.

The police say four of the Costa Ricans have been charged with illegally entering the island.

All 11 are scheduled to appear before the Westmoreland Parish Court next Friday.

It's alleged that the men were held by the police while in the process of compressing and packaging approximately 1,000 pounds of ganja valued at $4 million.





ak-47-assault-rifle-ammo.jpgThe police are reporting that four people, including one woman, are in custody after a team of officers assigned to the Westmoreland Police Division seized two firearms and an assorted rounds of ammunition on Dalling Street in Westmoreland on Friday.

Reports are that about 5:45 am, the lawmen were on operation in the area when a premises was searched and the following items seized: two Glock pistols, four magazines, 42 9mm cartridges, and 21 .40 cartridges.

The individuals were taken into custody in relation with the seizure.

The police said their identities are being withheld pending further investigations.





omar-best-collymore-aguiar-simore.jpgThe police are finally confirming that Omar Collymore tried to leave Jamaica the Friday before his wife's funeral on Saturday, January 27.

As had been reported, Omar Collymore was stopped at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston on Friday, January 26, as he was attempting to leave the island.

Collymore was later questioned by investigators and released after reportedly declining to answer hundreds of questions.

The police had also revealed that two people were already in custody in connection with the double murder and that other suspects were being sought for questioning.

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Superintendent Paul Thomas, in a recent interview stated that based on investigations, he is confident Omar Collymore is the mastermind, behind his wife gruesome murder. Although the supe did not mention this, reports are that Omar Collymore was a suspect in the 2008 murder of his then girlfriend, who had a US million dollar life insurance policy.

Collymore's 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. Collymore, who was the only witness to Aguiar's murder. However, two years after Aguiar's murder, in 2010, Omar Collymore received received US$400,000 of the insurance money; Aguiar's son received the other $600,000. In the summer of 2016, the 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

In an article in 2016 in the Sun Sentinel, the reporter stated that although Aguiar's 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.

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 progess. Yes, Omar Best is still a suspect," the detective wrote.

Whether detectives have cleared him of any wrongdoing in the murder or whether he is still suspected of being involved remains unknown. Police would not comment further on the case.

Best Collymore could not be reached for comment despite multiple attempts by telephone.

Ultimately, the civil case was resolved and Best Collymore was awarded $400,000. The rest of the money went to Aguiar's son.

Since Aguiar's killing, police have released few details and currently say the murder is an active investigation. The shooting happened in the 100 block of Northwest Second Avenue where Aguiar was found in the street just west of the railroad tracks and Broward County's Transit bus terminal.

According to a police report, an officer who responded saw Aguiar in the arms of Best Collymore on the ground near the passenger side of their Ford F-150. The officer saw blood on the seat.

Best Collymore told police that the couple planned to meet with friends at a downtown bar and the shooting happened after parking the truck, the report said. As he got out of the driver's seat and bent down to tie his shoe, he heard a "commotion" and stood up, it said.

He walked around the back of the truck and saw a man standing next to Aguiar. According to the report, Best Collymore shouted an expletive and then ran for cover and heard gunshots.

Best Collymore returned to find Aguiar injured. According to a medical examiner's report, Aguiar was shot in the head and chest.

Aguiar's son thinks police have "dropped the ball" on a case that went cold years ago. He believes his mother was targeted and someone somewhere knows who pulled the trigger. Although his young son and daughter will never get a chance to meet their grandmother, bringing the gunman to justice would be "like closing the chapter," Aguiar said.

"Someone's going to break," he said. "I believe over time somebody's going to come forward. It can't be a secret for so long."

Chere Nedd, Aguiar's sister, says she has lost much more than just a sibling.

"She raised me as if I were her own, as if she birthed me herself," she said. "I grieve her as a mother figure as well as a sister."

When Aguiar died, Nedd had not shared news with her sister that she was pregnant. It was while Aguiar rested in her casket and Nedd said her final goodbyes that she had that chance. Nedd went on to give birth to a baby girl, now 7.

Investigators prepared the family for the possibility of no resolution in the case, and when one of the homicide detectives retired from the police department, Nedd said, he told relatives he was sorry there had been little progress.

"I feel like we've been more than patient," she said.

Her sister also described Aguiar as someone lively who embraced her friends and loved dancing and entertaining guests when they came to town. She was a "no-nonsense" person with a beautiful spirit, Nedd said.

"We don't know if this ever will be in the courtroom, but the fact she's not forgotten, it brings comfort to my family," Nedd said, of the recently announced Crime Stoppers reward. "This is a start. At least her name is out there again." (Source: epesantes@sun-sentinel.com)





omar-best-collymore-simore-kids.jpgOmar 'Best' Collymore, who was questioned by the police on two separate occasions and released, has now been charged with two counts of murder in connection with the deaths of his wife and a taxi operator.

The police say that Collymore was charged on Saturday after a long question-and-answer session. It is not clear if his lawyer was present.

Collymore, who is a United States citizen, but originally from Barbados, is expected to make his first court appearance later this week.

The police had issued a call for Collymore to turn himself in, but this was not done and according to one of his representatives, Collymore was recuperating from gunshot wounds he had received three weeks ago. However, Omar Collymore was arrested at a guest house in Junction, St Elizabeth last Wednesday night, days after the police announced that he was a wanted man. He was found with bundles of cash.

Investigators believe that Omar Collymore was planning to leave the island by boat.

Omar Collymore's wife, Simone Campbell-Collymore and taxi operator Winston Walters were shot dead about 4 p.m. on January 2 along Stanley Terrace in Red Hills, St Andrew.

Police reports are that Simone and the cab driver had just arrived at an apartment building where Collymore lived when four men travelling on two motorbikes rode up. The two pillion passengers got off the bikes and opened fire on the taxi multiple times. Simone Campbell-Collymore, who was reportedly shot 21 times; both she and Walters died on the spot.

The police had also revealed that two people were already in custody in connection with the double murder and that other suspects were being sought for questioning.

"We are guided by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and now we are ready to charge Mr Collymore for two counts of murder, and this is so due to the extent of the investigation that was carried out and the level of evidence that has been gathered so far," the superintendent of police explained.





arrested -photo-1.jpgThe Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is reporting that a warrant of arrest has been prepared for Omar Collymore following investigations into the death of his wife, Simone Campbell-Collymore and taxi operator Winston Walters.

According to reports, on January 2, Campbell-Collymore was travelling in a taxi on Stanely Terrace in Red Hills, St Andrew, when gunmen opened fire, hitting her and the driver of the taxi, Walters.

The JCF, on social media site Twitter, said Collymore is being asked to report immediately to either the Constant Spring CIB, the Major Investigations Division or the Criminal Investigations Branch Headquarters at 2 Oxford Road, Kingston 5.

Last month, Collymore and another man were shot and injured by a gunman shortly after they drove onto the premises of the Allied Insurance Brokers on Belmont Road in Kingston.





Popular Jamaican actress Rosie Murray suffered a major heart attack on December 29 and is now in need of life saving surgery.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to raise US$20,000 ($1.4 million JMD) for an angioplasty.

Murray was active on the theatre scene, appearing in local and international runs in plays such as Saving Grace, and an Actor Boy-nominated performance in, Tek Yuh Hand Offa Me.

In addition to growing a baking business, the former media professional penned and produced her first theatrical production called, A Slice of Life. This incident has put a halt on the major plans Murray had for the production, as it was set to make its first international run as soon as March 2018.

As the fundraising effort nears its end, those unable to contribute to GoFundMe are encouraged to make donations to Murray's savings account number, 407350, at Scotiabank, Christiana branch.





omar-colleymore-and-wife.jpgDetectives are questioning Omar Collymore, the man who was wanted in connection with last month's killing of his wife, 32 year old Simone Campbell Collymore, and Winston Walters in Forrest Hills, St. Andrew.

Collymore, who has been identified to be a co-conspirator in the double murder, was captured at a guest house in St. Elizabeth during an early morning police operation.

The police believe he was planning to leave the island by boat.

A warrant was issued for his arrest after he failed to report to the police.

Mrs Campbell Collymore, who was a businesswoman of a Forrest Ridge, St. Andrew address and Mr. Walters, a resident of Stillwell Road, Kingston 8 were shot on January 2.

Mrs Campbell Collymore was a passenger in a vehicle which was about to enter an apartment complex shortly after 4 p.m., when four men on motorcycles drove up.

The pillion riders pulled guns and opened fire on the vehicle, hitting Mr. Walters, who was the driver, and Mrs Campbell Collymore.





omar-colleymore-and-wife.jpgPolice in St Elizabeth have reportedly captured a man believed to be Omar Collymore, the accused co-conspirator in the murder of his wife Simone Campbell-Collymore and Winston Watson.

The lawmen said the man was taken from a guesthouse in the parish around 3:00 am. He was reportedly in possession of a large sum of cash.

The capture comes on the heels of a warrant issued on Tuesday for Collymore's arrest.

According to media reports on January 2, Campbell-Collymore, a businesswoman, was travelling in a taxi on Stanley Terrace in Red Hills, St Andrew, when gunmen opened fire, hitting her and Walters -- the driver of the taxi.

Both reportedly died on the spot.

The police on Tuesday said after "intensive investigations", Collymore and others have been identified as co-conspirators in the double murder.

The police also revealed in the statement that two people are already in custody in connection with the double murder and other suspects are being sought for questioning.





bob-marley-large.jpgAs Jamaica prepares to celebrate the birth of world-renowned Reggae icon, Bob Marley, Zimbabwean arts consultant has been given the go-ahead to have a statue erected in his honor.

According to a Daily News Live report, Martin Chemhere - after successfully negotiating with representatives of the late King of Reggae's estate - will initiate the process to curate a statue of the beloved singer.

"I'm thrilled to have finally succeeded in this project for our beautiful country. The approval is a great achievement for Zimbabwe (and Africa) as the statue will attract tourists," Chemhere said.

"The statue is approved subject to the following conditions: The sculptor and or Government of Zimbabwe and or private sponsor shall obtain all appropriate releases from the photographer or artist on whose work the sculptor intends to base the Statue; the Government of Zimbabwe and or other private sponsor shall pay for the costs associated with the materials and construction of the statue; the statue will be strictly for the public completely free of cost; BobMarley.com requires approval rights to the actual statue - not to be unreasonably withheld. Prior to construction of the statue, rendering of the statue must be submitted for approval by his family. The statue shall substantially comply with the rendering approved by Bob Marley.com."

Chemhere proposes the statue be erected at Rufaro Stadium, Mbare, Harare - the venue of Zimbabwe's historic independence celebrations as well as an iconic performance by Bob Marley and The Wailers to usher the nation's break away from colonial rule.

"The reason behind this statue is that of Africa's more than 50 countries Bob Marley only performed in Zimbabwe as part of the country's independence celebrations in 1980," the arts aficionado explained.

Marley rejected a fee offered by Zimbabwean officials for the performance at the liberation celebration and, instead, paid all the expenses - to charter planes to transport his equipment, band and entourage from Kingston, Jamaica to Harare, Zimbabwe and back to Kingston - from his own pocket.

"The singer had, back in 1978, sang a song titled "Zimbabwe" that inspired freedom fighters and Zimbabweans in the struggle for independence."

The consultant disclosed that the statue will be an eight-meter bronze work. Two South African artists - Andre Prinsloo and Ruhan Janse Van Vuuren - will create the piece. Prinsloo and Van Vuuren are best known for creating a Nelson Mandela statue which is located at the Parliament-Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa.

"I have no doubt this is a national project and I will be talking to several stakeholders including the Zimbabwean government, Zimbabwe Tourism Authority, Harare City Council, corporate companies and individuals at home and abroad as well as the donor community and others for support," Chemhere said.

"The project will need everyone to come on board for it to be successful."

Meanwhile, annual activities - which include tributes, symposiums, a kiddie village and concert - have been planned to celebrate Marley's birthday at the musician's famous 56 Hope Road home in Kingston.

Marley's grandson Skip - by daughter Cedella - and son Stephen will reportedly participate in the celebratory festivities.

An Istanbul-based digital art and culture platform, Babylon, will also remember Marley with tribute performances from several artists at the special event on Feb. 9.

Marley died in 1981, after battling cancer, at the age of 36.





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International recording artiste Shaggy presented JMD $100 million to the Bustamante Hospital for Children on Thursday and one artiste is bigging him up - Bounty Killer.

Bounty Killer took to social media and wrote;

"NOW LET'S TREND SOME POSITIVITY OUT OF JAMAICA FOR ONCE THIS IS SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT BCUZ THIS IS ONLY THE WAY WE GONNA SEE A BETTER JAMAICA WHEN WE ALL GET TOGETHER AND SUPPORT EACH OTHER," the 'War lord' wrote.

"JUST LIKE THIS MAN HERE DID THE GOVERNMENT WOULD NEVER DO THIS SO ALL WHO IS WAITING ON THE GOVERNMENT SORRY FOR U ALL BUT IT'S WE TWO✌🏾HOLDING THEM FIRM 👊🏾TWO COUSINS PARTIES SO PNP OR JLP GWAAN FOOL UNUH SELF WE ALL IN THIS THING TOGETHER 🤝!"

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"Championing the real cause stalwart humanitarian all hats off again although it's several years now u been doing it Mr Orville Burrell aka @direalshaggy may the lord keeps and blesses you and ur family on this journey calls life u are truly a Living Angel among us this is way more than legend I see u as a role model u motivates me a lot I don't know about anybody else but I loves to emulate good moves ways and deeds and Shaggy is all that in one package kudos Big Bredda I salute you Sir Burrell much love to all the artistes and sponsors who offered there services the patrons also as Shaggy alone couldn't do it folks!! UNUH TALK NUH MON AND GO TELL DI MAN THANKS TO JAMAICA 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾""





What is Dengue?

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dengue.jpgDengue is a potentially deadly mosquito-borne disease

Mr Domingo expressed concerns about potential epidemics in the Philippines - a nation of about 100 million people, many of whom are impoverished.

What triggered fears about Dengvaxia?

More than 800,000 children were vaccinated across the country in 2016-17. Fourteen of them have died.

Dengvaxia immunisations were halted last year, as the Philippines launched an investigation into what caused the deaths.

On Saturday, Doctors for Public Welfare (DPW) said a clinical review conducted by Philippine General Hospital forensic pathologists had determined that the deaths were not linked to the vaccine, the Philippine Daily Inquirer reported.

What about Sanofi's reaction?

In a statement, the French company said: "The University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital expert panel confirmed... that there is currently no evidence directly linking the Dengvaxia vaccine to any of the 14 deaths.

"In Dengvaxia clinical trials conducted over more than a decade and the over one million doses of the vaccine administered, no deaths related to the vaccine have been reported to us.

"Clinical evidence confirms dengue vaccination in the Philippines will provide a net reduction in dengue disease."

Last November, Sanofi announced that its vaccine could worsen the potentially deadly disease in people not previously infected.

"For those not previously infected by dengue virus, however, the analysis found that in the longer term, more cases of severe disease could occur following vaccination upon a subsequent dengue infection," the firm said in a statement.

Sanofi says Dengvaxia has been registered in 19 countries and launched in 11 of them.

In its latest advice on the vaccine, the WHO said that "until a full review has been conducted, WHO recommends vaccination only in individuals with a documented past dengue infection".





Philippines gripped by dengue vaccine fears

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Fears over a dengue vaccine in the Philippines have led to a big drop in immunisation rates for preventable diseases, officials have warned.

Health Under-Secretary Enrique Domingo said many parents were refusing to get their children vaccinated for polio, chicken pox and tetanus.

The fears centre on Dengvaxia, a drug developed by French company Sanofi.

Sanofi and local experts say there is no evidence linking the deaths of 14 children to the drug.

However, the company had warned last year that the vaccine could make the disease worse in some people not infected before.

Dengue fever affects more than 400 million people each year around the world. Dengvaxia is the world's first vaccine against dengue.

The mosquito-borne disease is a leading cause of serious illness and death among children in some Asian and Latin American countries, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

What did Mr Domingo say about immunisation rates?

"Our programmes are suffering... (people) are scared of all vaccines now", he warned.

Mr Domingo added that vaccination rates for some preventable diseases had dropped as much as 60% in recent years - significantly lower that the nationwide target of 85%.





Bounty Killer donates beds to KPH

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bounty-killer-photo-11.jpgDancehall superstar Bounty Killer handed over 60 beds to the Kingston Public and Victoria Jubilee hospitals in Kingston today.

The deejay said he decided to step in and play his part after seeing several heart-rending stories about the conditions of Jamaica's health sector.

"As a thriving Jamaican who came from nothing to something, I know I had to give back. I also have a special connections with those two hospitals because not only was I born at Jubilee but in the late 80s, when I got shot, KPH was where they took me," Bounty Killer said.

"Over the years, everybody know me 'The Poor People Governor' and it is not just something that I say but it's a lifestyle that I try to live by. We have to give in order to receive, my mother taught me those good values," Bounty Killer added.

The artiste said he has had the desire to start a foundation for sometime now and has had in interest in the health sector. He said that one his friend, a medical doctor who resides overseas, told him that he had the connections to get him the beds at an affordable price.

"We had to start the giving from somewhere so I went ahead and got the beds for the hospital. It did cost a bit of money but I got them into the country hassle-free as I got a waiver from the finance ministry. We see Shaggy adopting the Bustamante Hospital and if the children hospital is in such need, you can just imagine what is happening at the adult ones. We have to realise that all of us are going to age, so as it relates to the education, security and health facilities, the public needs to help it if they can," he said.

The Shaggy and Friend 2018 concert, held last month, raised J$100 million for the Bustamante Hospital for Children.

Dr Natalie Whylie, senior medical officer at KPH, said the staff and management of the hospital are extremely grateful for the donation.

"He is like the Shaggy of KPH. Currently, both hospitals are running beyond its full potential and is in dire need of assistance. There is a long list of things that we need but those that comes to mind are like patient monitors, ECG machines, stretchers, blood pressure machine, and so on," she said.

"There are a lot of old beds here so we will be getting rid of some of the really old ones and replace them with the new ones that Bounty has donated. We really can't thank Bounty enough for his contribution and we are just hoping that others will follow suit," she said.

And for Bounty Killer, today's donation will be the start of what he has to offer to the health industry.

"Whenever I have something, I will be stretching out my arms in giving because everyone knows that is how we receive our blessings. People always get up and blame the Government but they are not playing their part in society. If we want a better Jamaica, we have to help the Government, " he said.





$41 million to conduct by-elections

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The Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) has requested $41 million to conduct the by-elections in the North West St Andrew constituency and the Norman Gardens Division of the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC).

According to the EOJ, $27 million will be used for the by-election in North West St Andrew and $14 million in the Norman Gardens division. Among other things, the sum requested will be used to train election day workers.

Ambassador Dr Nigel Clarke of the Jamaica Labour Party is being challenged in North West St Andrew by the People's National Party's Keisha Hayle, principal of the Padmore Primary School. The seat became vacant with the resignation in January of longstanding Member of Parliament, Derrick Smith, after 29 years in the constituency.

The Norman Gardens division has been vacant since last October when the PNP's Dr Angella Brown-Burke resigned to contest the by-election for the South West St Andrew seat that was vacated by former Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller. Brown-Burke is now a member of the House of Representatives.

The PNP will be represented by school teacher, Jacqueline Lewis, in the Norman Gardens division. Lewis won a run-off against Racquel Hall last September and has been acting as the party's caretaker-candidate since that time.





andre-neverson-photo-1.jpg(Crime Watch website): Andre Neverson is a charming Casanova who had a way with the women. But cops say now he's one of America's top 15 most-wanted fugitives as a mighty smooth cold-blooded lady-killer.

"He could turn on a dime and just take somebody out," said U.S. Marshal Bill Costa.

Andre Neverson grew up along the white sandy beaches of the island of Trinidad, until his family moved to Crown Heights, a working-class section of Brooklyn, New York -- a world not quite flashy enough for Andre Neverson.

"He wanted to have houses, cars, luxury cars, BMWs," said Costa.

Neverson was a charismatic player who kept a stable of girlfriends.

"He had many children with different women," said Costa.

But in his heart, none of Neverson's many girlfriends held a candle to his devoted sister Patricia.

"She helped everybody and still did things for us. It was almost like she was two people in one," said Patricia's son Akim Neverson.

What about Akim's mom's relationship with Andre?

"She did everything for him too," said Akim.

With a loan from her brother Andre, Patricia realized her own American Dream, buying a $370,000 brick row house on a quiet street in Brooklyn.

"He was actually one of my favorite uncles. I mean ever since I was born he was always there," Akim tells Crime Watch Daily.

But it turns out Andre Neverson also had a dark side.

"He exhibited a lot of violent tendencies," said retired NYPD Detective Edward Murray.

One night he had an argument with his then-girlfriend, and when her family member intervened, Neverson reacted by pumping six bullets into his body.

"The uncle lived, but Neverson was ultimately convicted of assault and he went to jail in New York State Corrections, and he served five years," said Murray.

Every single weekend for five years, Patricia drove six hours round-trip to visit her brother in jail.

"She's sending money for your books and bringing you groceries when she comes," said Akim.

"And many of his girlfriends came to visit him. And Patricia was able to coordinate the schedule," said Murray.

After serving his time, Neverson was deported to Trinidad, but within a year he wormed his way back to New York.

"He secured somehow a Jamaican passport and he was able to get back into this country through Canada," said Murray.

Back on U.S. soil, Andre moved in with his loving sister Patricia. But the dazzle he once held in her eyes had dulled.

"She kind of didn't have that for five years," said Akim. "She had to learn how to do things on her own."

And with that independence came tensions between the two, all stemming from that loan Andre gave to his sister to buy the house.

"The deed was in his sister's name and he was very, very angry about that for years," said Murray.

Patricia was diligently paying it back. But Andre didn't want the money. He wanted the deed.

"In his mind I think he looked at that house as his road to success, how he could use that equity to grow that into a real estate mogul," said Bill Costa.

And as he worked on ways to wrest control of the house, he worked his charms on a pretty young nursing student named Donna Davis.

"I am very, very proud of my daughter," said Clyde Davis.

Donna's dad Clyde was very protective of his only daughter. So when Andre Neverson came around, he was not pleased.

"To be truthful, I really didn't care for Andre," said Davis.

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But as Andre and Donna's relationship was heating up, tensions between Andre and his sister were about to boil over.

"It just escalated things and they got into an argument where there was no turning back," said Ed Murray.

On a steamy July 2002 evening in Brooklyn, Andre makes a chilling phone call to his father.

"Andre told them that he had killed his sister," said Murray.

Andre's dad calls 911 and rushes to the house to find his daughter in a pool of blood.

Cops say after coldly gunning down his sister, Andre flees the house, straight into the arms of the other loving woman in his life.

"That's when he got into an argument with Donna Davis in the car," said Murray.

When Donna, a promising young nursing student, didn't turn up at home that evening, her parents grew concerned.

"My wife, she said, 'Clyde, Donna should be here already,'" said Davis.

Worried, Donna's mother calls the precinct to report her daughter missing. The Davis family knew nothing about Patricia's murder. But that would soon change.

"The parents had heard something had happened to Andre's sister, and putting two and two together, there was obvious concern," said Murray.

It wasn't long after Donna Davis went missing when a man walking his dog around 1 in the afternoon came across a body. It was Donna Davis' body, callously abandoned in a vacant lot, killed by a single gunshot to the head.

"And what hurt me most of all, a dog found the body," said Clyde Davis.

Cops say Andre's motive to viciously gun down his sister was over the house. But what could be behind the senseless murder of his girlfriend?

"Emotions got involved and unfortunately Donna was there at a bad time," said Ed Murray.

U.S. Marshals scour the Tri-State Area, but soon the trail goes ice cold.

Then a possible break. Several months later someone spots the alleged serial killer right on his home turf, in Brooklyn.

"He had broken into one of his girlfriend's apartments 'cause he wanted to see his children, and then there was a dispute there," said Bill Costa. "A 911 call went out and then the hunt for him took a jump start again."

Much to the frustration of police, the cunning criminal slips through their fingers again.

Then years passed with nothing. Until another break lights up investigators' phones. A tipster spots him in Jamaica -- the Caribbean island, not the Queens neighborhood.

"We had a team of marshals that went there. He was actually detained," said Costa.

But once again, Neverson slipped out of the clutches of authorities, and hasn't been located since.

Andre Neverson is now 53 years old, and he's one of the top 15 most wanted in America, with a $25,000 reward for information leading to his capture.

"He's a dangerous man," said Murray.

And the feds want nothing more than to catch him. They're enlisting the help of Crime Watch Daily, hoping to generate an avalanche of tips that could finally put Andre Neverson behind bars.

Patricia's son Akim now works as a corrections officer. He says he's confident that one day his mother's killer -- his own uncle -- will be brought to justice.

"I think it's one of those moments is when he'll slip up," said Akim Neverson.

Andre Neverson is considered to be armed and dangerous. If you've seen him or know where he might be, you are asked to contact the U.S. Marshals Service at (800) 336-0102. Or you can submit a tip at Crime Watch Daily.





andre-neverson-photo-1.jpgThe man who was shot with Omar Collymore three Fridays ago at Allied Insurance is Andre Neverson and he is wanted in the United States for allegedly murdering his own sister and pregnant girlfriend. Neverson can be seen in the back of the Police van after the shooting.

He reportedly ran away from America and he was allegedly at the home of Simone Collymore the day she was shot and drove with her to the hospital along with Omar Collymore.

Here is a report on Neverson from the US Embassy in Trinidad:Suspected Double Murderer Wanted in the U.S., May be Hiding in the Caribbean (Jan 16, 2014)

Port of Spain: January 16, 2014 Law enforcement authorities are seeking the public's assistance in locating a fugitive wanted in the United States for allegedly killing his sister and an ex-girlfriend in 2002.

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Andre Neverson, a Trinidad and Tobago citizen, is believed to have fled the United States and may be residing in Barbados or other Caribbean islands.

Neverson allegedly murdered his sister by shooting her in the head and stomach on July 8, 2002. The next day, he allegedly abducted a former girlfriend. She was found dead two days later with a mortal head wound.

At the time of both murders, Neverson was on parole in the State of New York for attempted murder in the second degree, assault in the first degree and criminal possession of a firearm.

In November 2002, Neverson, armed with a handgun, allegedly entered the home of another ex-girlfriend in an attempt to visit his daughter. The woman's brother interrupted the unannounced visit, and Neverson fled with no further incident. The New York City Police Department searched the area for the felon, but never located him.

Neverson has been classified as one of the U.S. Marshals Service's "15 Most Wanted" Fugitives.

He is also wanted by the U. S. Department of Homeland Security Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Division of Parole for New York State and the NYPD.

Neverson, 49, is a black male. He is about 6'2" tall and 240 pounds (last reported). He has brown eyes, black hair and a muscular build. Neverson is a native and citizen of Trinidad and Tobago.

He has a violent criminal history with a pronounced pattern of violence toward women. Neverson speaks several languages and is known to always carry a firearm. He usually keeps his head shaved, but has been known to wear wigs to disguise himself. Investigators believe that Neverson is computer savvy.

Due to his past criminal history and the nature of his alleged crimes, Neverson is considered armed and dangerous. Neverson has ties to Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Bahamas, Grenada, St. Vincent and Canada.

A reward of up to US$25,000 is offered for information leading directly to Neverson's arrest. Anyone with information is urged to contact the nearest U.S. Marshals Service office, American Embassy/Consulate, or call the U.S. Marshals Service Communications center at 1-800-336-0102.

Tips may also be emailed to: usms.wanted@usdoj.gov

By U.S. Embassy Port of Spain | 16 January, 2014 | Topics: Press Releases





omar-colleymore-and-wife.jpgDetectives are asking Omar Collymore to turn himself in to the police immediately, as a warrant has now been prepared for his arrest and charge.

Collymore is wanted in connection with the murder of his wife, Simone Campbell-Collymore and Winston Walters, a taxi operator of Stillwell Road, committed January 2 along Stanley Terrace, Red Hills, St. Andrew.

Following intensive investigation by the Detectives from the Constant Spring Police Station, Mr. Collymore, the widower of Simone Campbell-Collymore, along with others, have been identified as being involved as co-conspirators in the double murder. Two persons are already in custody and other suspects are being sought for questioning.

As such, Collymore, who is a United States National, is being asked to report either the Constant Spring Criminal Investigations Branch, the Major Investigations Division or the Criminal Investigations Branch Headquarters.

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2018 grammy winner Damian Marley just confirmed for Saturday, July 21 at Reggae Sumfest (his Birthday) joining what will be an all star Festival lineup for both nights featuring Beres Hammond, Maxi Priest, Popcaan, Spice, Sizzla, Capleton, and many more.

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Reggae Sumfest

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Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley

4 Time Grammy Winner

JUST CONFIRMED

Montego Bay, Jamaica - July 15-21, 2018

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MUST BE 18 YERS OR OLDER TO DRINK. DRINK RESPONSIBLY.





crime-scene-gun.jpgThe police this morning recovered a Ruger pistol, a Glock pistol and 22 rounds of ammunition from two men who shot Uriel James, the leader of the reputed Rose Town-based Discipline Gang.

News broke earlier that a businessman had been ambushed, shot and injured on Lady Musgrave Road and a video of the men being apprehended by a team of personnel from King Alarm has been making the rounds omn social media.

However, the police have now confirmed that it was the reputed gangster who was in fact shot and injured in the parking lot of the Spartan Health Club on Lady Musgrave Road.

Reports are that James was leaving the club shortly before 8 o'clock when two men dressed like construction workers opened fire.

One of the bullets struck James in his side.

The King Alarm team which was passing the location immediately responded and accosted the two gunmen and held them on them on the ground at gunpoint until the police arrived.

James is said to have several criminal cases before the courts.

In July 2015, he was freed of the 1999 murder of security guard Errol McGeachy in Rose Town, Kingston.





album-i-three.jpgTuff Gong International celebrates Reggae Month and its founders with this Friday's release of the digitally remastered album I-Three: Songs Of Bob Marley. This marks the 6th album in Tuff Gong's vast back-catalog to be remastered and re-released under the label's "Master's Vault" series. Initially a collaborative production between Rita Marley Music and Japan's Tachyon /Phonogram Record Company, this is also the first time that the album will be available worldwide.

Collectively, The I-Three has become a household name worldwide through their stellar harmonies for Bob Marley. Individually, they are Jamaica's three most celebrated female vocalists. Individually, their hits include reggae anthems "One Draw," "Many Are Called (Few Are Chosen," and the global hit "Electric Boogie". Together these took the world by storm with their critically acclaimed first album Beginning which featured the chart-toppers "He's A Legend", "Neighbour", "That's How Strong", and "Jealousy"

When Bob Marley first heard Rita Marley, Marcia Griffiths, and Judy Mowatt harmonizing he knew their melodious blend was the sound for which he was listening. As backup vocalists, the I-Three sounded so perfect that Bob decided to keep them on for the rest of the Natty Dread album, their first album with the King himself. By the time Bob Marley showcased them in his line-up at the Jackson Five concert in Kingston, Jamaica was ready for a female sounding Wailers. The audience was enthralled by the performance of the entire group - a performance considerably enhanced by the colorful sight of the I-Three in red, gold, and green headdresses and gowns, chucking in unison and singing harmony at stage right. The I-Three toured with Bob Marley all over the world, opening doors for reggae and raising the consciousness of millions to its hypnotic beat.

All three have been been bestowed the Order of Distinction, Jamaica's highest honor of achievement. For their individual performances, both Rita Marley and Judy Mowatt are Grammy nominees. The I-Three are also a recipient of the 2001 International Achievement presented by The American Friends of Jamaica and lauded for their "excellence in carrying out the traditional of the Bob Marley era in international reggae."

Songs of Bob Marley was recorded at Tuff Gong Studio to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Marley's birth (1995). All thirteen tracks were executive-produced by Rita Marley Music and feature vocal arrangements by Grub Cooper (of the legendary Fab Five band).





bob-marley-photo-7.jpgThe annual Bob Marley birthday celebration will take place on Tuesday, February 6 at the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston.

It is being staged under the theme, Soul Rebel, a call for everyone to come together and stand up against violence and divisiveness in society.

Cedella Marley, CEO of the Bob Marley Group of Companies said the theme was selected because now more than ever, there is a need for us to raise our consciousness, to fearlessly rebel against the crime and violence that threaten to divide us.

The activities will commence at 7 a.m. with specially invited guests and will include the blowing of the Abeng, Nyabinghi drumming and the cutting of the birthday cake, accompanied by the traditional welcome from the Marley family and management of the Bob Marley Group.

This segment will also feature special performances from various schools within the Corporate Area

At 10 a.m., the Bob Marley Museum will open to the general public for a full day of activities including a kiddies village.

The museum will also host three symposia.

A reggae jam session will commence at 3 p.m. featuring Blvk H3ro, all-girl band Adahzeh and live-stream performances from Skip Marley, Stephen Marley and other special guests.





Shaggy Delivers! Gives $100 Million to hospital

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shaggy-photo-3.jpgThe Bustamante Hospital For Children today received $100 million from the Shaggy Make a Difference Foundation, hitting the target which conceptualiser and founder, Orville 'Shaggy' Burrell announced last year.

The handing over took place in the boardroom of the hospital, with Shaggy's Make A Difference Foundation being recognized as the architect behind the funds that were generated.

The funds were earned from the Shaggy and Friends stage show which was staged on January 6 on the lawns of Jamaica House, with Shaggy being joined by other international performers, Sting, Wyclef Jean and Doug E Fresh.

Through his Make A Difference Foundation, the entertainer has used the proceedings, to buy hundreds of pieces of vital equipment for the children's hospital.

In 2016, more than 450 pieces of equipment were bought and handed over to the hospital from the funds raised at the 2016 staging of the event.





TRIBUTE: HAPPY BIRTHDAY DENNIS BROWN

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dennis-brown.jpgJamaican reggae singer, Dennis Emmanuel Brown CD (1 February 1957 - 1 July 1999) was would have celebrated his 61st birthday today.

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During his prolific career, which began in the late 1960s when he was aged eleven, he recorded more than 75 albums and was one of the major stars of lovers rock, a subgenre of reggae.

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Bob Marley cited Brown as his favourite singer,dubbing him "The Crown Prince of Reggae", and Brown would prove influential on future generations of reggae singers.

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February is Reggae Month and the most appropriate way to kick it off is with the birthday of the legend, Dennis Emmanuel Brown.

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Viral child porn video is from Trinidad

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The police have confirmed that the video circulating on social media showing a little girl involved in a sex act, was recorded in Trinidad.

An investigation was launched by Jamaican police and the Office of the Children's Advocate to determine the origin of the video.

Assistant Superintendent of Police Dahlia Garrick, acting head of the JCF's Corporate Communications Unit, said checks were made on Thursday with international counterparts.

The man seen in the video is reportedly on the run.

The police are again asking persons to desist from sharing the video as it is an offence which could result in them being prosecuted. The public is being urged to delete it if received.

Meanwhile, the grandmother of the girl who was seen in the video filed a report with the Trinidad police on Wednesday night.

According to the Trinidad Express newspaper, the six year old child was accompanied by her grandmother to a police station.

The woman told the police that she knew the suspect.

The police said neighbours beat the suspect and attempted to hand him over to officers, however he escaped.

The case has been referred to the Child Protection Unit.





A man who was accused of circulating nude pictures of his ex-girlfriend on social media was convicted before the St. Andrew Parish Court on Wednesday.

Donovan Coley was fined $500,000 or 12 months in prison after he was convicted of breaching the Cybercrime Act.

Prosecutors reported that in August 2016, Coley, who had a relationship with the complainant, sent nude photos and private text messages shared between the two, to her new boyfriend.

Coley threatened to publish the material after the complainant decided to end their relationship.

The matter was reported to Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch (C-TOC) and Coley was arrested and charged.





Cops probe child sex video

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Jamaican police launched an investigation into a video depicting child pornography that is making the rounds on social media.

The one-minute video shows a young girl, apparently no more than eight years old, being coerced to perform oral sex on an adult male. It has triggered shock and anger across the Island, with people calling for the authorities to leave 'no stone unturned' in their search to capture the perpetrator.

The corporate communications arm of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, in a news release on Wednesday evening, said the police - including detectives from the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) - are aware of the disturbing video and are currently carrying out investigations to determine its origin.

The release also warned the public to desist from sharing the video "as this action constitutes an offence under the Child Pornography (Prevention) Act and the Cyber Crimes Act.

"There is also a strong possibility that sharing the video can result in further trauma to the child," the release said, adding that members of the public are strongly urged to delete the video.





Fidel Castro's son commits suicide

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castro-son.jpgThe 68-year-old son of Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro has committed suicide in Havana.

Cuba's state media say Fidel Ángel Castro Díaz-Balart was found dead Thursday morning and is said to have suffered from depression.

State television said he had been receiving medical treatment as an outpatient in recent months, following a hospital admission.

Castro Díaz-Balart worked as a nuclear physicist having trained in the former Soviet Union.

Popularly known as "Fidelito", he was the first-born son of the former president, who died in November 2016.

At the time of his death, he was a scientific adviser for the Cuban Council of State and he served as vice president of Cuba's Academy of Sciences.





Music Biz Entrepreneurship "Success Factors"

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JaRIA

Jamaica Reggae Industry Association

Reggae Open University

February 1, 2018

Music Biz Entrepreneurship

"Success Factors"

Panelists:

Gussie Clarke

Robert Livingston

Jerome Jamilton

Moderator:

Don McDowell





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