April 2018 Archives

penis-transplant.jpgA team of US doctors has successfully carried out the world's first total transplant of a penis and scrotum.

Surgeons at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, performed the operation on a soldier who had been wounded by a bomb in Afghanistan.

They used a penis, scrotum and partial abdominal wall transplanted from a deceased donor.

They say the soldier should be able to regain sexual function, which is impossible with penis reconstructions.

The team of 11 surgeons performed the transplant over 14 hours on 26 March.

It is the first surgery on a combat veteran injured on duty and the first to transplant a complete section of tissue including the scrotum and surrounding abdominal area.

Doctors said the donor testicles were not transplanted, due to ethical considerations.

"While extremity amputations are visible and resultant disability obvious," said Dr WP Andrew Lee, head of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Johns Hopkins University, during a telebriefing on Monday, "some war injuries are hidden and their impact not widely appreciated by others."

Dr Lee called genitalia wounds an "unspoken injury of war".

"In a 2014 symposium co-sponsored by Johns Hopkins titled 'Intimacy After Injury', we heard from the spouses, families, and caregivers of these wounded warriors about the devastating impact of genitourinary injuries on their identity, self-esteem and intimate relationships," he said.

The soldier, who wishes to remain anonymous, said in a statement released by the university: "When I first woke up, I felt finally more normal like finally I'm okay now."

His injury was the result of stepping on a hidden bomb in Afghanistan.





kiprich.jpgDancehall artiste Kiprich's video for the single Dash Pon Them has been added to major rotation on BET Jams and once more catapulting him to the international spotlight.

"It's a great look. The BET Boy is back again," Kiprich said in a quote..

"The video hit BET Jams last Sunday. It played three times, I missed the first play but someone saw it and sent it to my phone so mi tune in and see it for myself. It is just a joy right now, the thing different, crazy rappers ah direct message me on my Instagram say they want to do a collaborations so my international profile is way up," he continued.

BET Jams is an American digital cable television network controlled by BET Networks and owned by Viacom Media Networks. The channel features hip-hop and urban contemporary music videos.

Kiprich recorded the single 18 months ago for the label Mr Barnacle Presents... and the video was shot a few months later. The song was officially released three weeks ago via online distribution outlets.





Reggae Sumfest tickets go on sale May 1!!!

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sumfest-2018-flyer.gifThe wait is over!

On Tuesday May 1 tickets will be available for all Reggae Sumfest events at all the usual local Jamaican outlets, including Fontana Drugs in Kingston, Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, Mandeville.

Patrons can also purchase their Reggae Sumfest tickets at Rapid True Value Hardware Stores in Kingston, Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, Portmore; Richie B's Liquor Centre and Mary Brown's Texaco in Kingston.

Ironshore Total, Pier 1, and El Paso Records in Montego Bay will also have tickets as of May 1 and and of course online at Reggae Sumfest | Our Music, Our Festival





Jamaican culture was on show at the 11th Bali Spirit Festival which was held April 2-8 in Ubud, Indonesia. The week-long event again focused on things spiritual, with yoga, music and dance the dominant themes.

Dancer Latonya Style, singer Jah'Mila Smith and yoga teacher Nadine McNeil formed the Jamaican presence at the festival. McNeil, who spends much of her time in Indonesia, has been involved with the Bali Spirit Festival since it was first held in 2011.

She conducted one of the well-attended yoga classes and played a key role in the International Women's Circle which started proceedings.

Style brought dancehall to the festival for the first time. She performed a number of choreographed moves in her daily classes which were well received, in addition to the dances that made dancehall icons Bogle and Ice famous. She did her Bumpa Twerkout, a mix of the Booty Shake and Twerk, that was popular in the United States two years ago.

Smith went to the Bali Spirit Festival as the 2018 awardee for the Jamaica-Indonesia Residency Program for Emerging Artists. Her two-week study visit was arranged by Professor Michael Morrissey.

A recording artiste for over 10 years, she performed alongside two world music acts: DJ Raio on April 5 and Sebatierra and The Earthkeepers on April 7.

Positive response to the Jamaican experience was the most satisfying aspect of her time in Indonesia.





Kanye fires his manager

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kanye-west-photo-3.jpgKanye West is gearing up for a new album, but the Chicago rapper will be working on the project without a manager.

According to an April 24 report from Billboard, Yeezy has parted ways with manager Scooter Braun, who had been managing the rapper for two and a half years. The companies of West and Braun will continue to work together though.

A source says the move came after Kanye's recent decision to "leave the traditional music business" and added that the rapper had told some associates that he wants to change his whole operation to in-house. Yeezy reportedly did invite Braun's team to continue working with him full time but the manager declined.

On Wednesday (March 25), The Life of Pablo artist confirmed the news, tweeting, "I no longer have a manager. I can't be managed." In a separate tweet, the rapper wrote, "I'm nobody's 'client.'"

The move comes a few weeks after West split from his other manager, Izvor "Izzy" Zivkovic. While Zivkovic had worked with Yeezy for nearly 10 years, the manager often kept a low profile and was rarely seen. The reason for their split was unknown at the time of reports.

In related news, along with his own upcoming album, Kanye is also reportedly working on projects from Nas and Pusha T. In tweets posted on April 22, Yeezy claimed he's "hand producing" albums from Pusha and Esco and revealed the Pusha T album will release on May 25, while Nas' record will drop on June 15.

Check out Kanye West's latest tweets below.

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Beenie Man disses Kartel, Popcaan in new track

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beenie-man-photo-6.jpgBeenie Man is gearing up to release a diss track aimed at Vybz Kartel and his former mentor Popcaan.

The track comes days after the "Unruly Boss" called out the Doc for allegedly disrespecting his mother, Miss Rhona in a viral video.

Following the beef, Beenie Man reached out to Popcaan and apologies however it seems the "Stray Dog" deejay rejected the olive branch because the damage was already done.

In an interesting twist, Beenie took to the studio to record a diss track addressing the situation.

"Me deh ya so before them / them come ya come see me / Now them a tell me say me badmind / badmind for what, badmind who, what / Mind badmind give yo brain tumor / A serious thing this a no humor / Everyday yo get up a spread rumor / Remember shark bigger than tuna / Nike deh a road before Puma," Beenie Man deejays in the track.

The single was previewed by outspoken Dancehall selector Foota Hype who says it was sent to his email and labelled as a Popcaan diss.

In the track Beenie Man also named dropped incarcerated Dancehall deejay Vybz Kartel, "Me alone me alone / Live in a glass house yo don't throw stone / Me alone, me alone / Worl'Boss last album me think a me / If yo see yo girl she think a me." Vybz Kartel last album is titled King of the Dancehall and we all know that Beenie crowned himself as the dancehall king since the mid-1990s.





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Ne-Yo is prepping the release of his new album Good Man, and on March 30 he delivered the new track "Push Back" featuring Stefflon Don and BeBe Rexha.

StarGate is on the production on this one which definitely finds Ne-Yo channeling a dancehall vibe over the bouncy Caribbean soundscape. Steff, who is currently in contention to land on the 2018 XXL Freshman cover, rides the riddems spitting accented bars.

"Yo, push back while mi push back on di ting/Put it pon you one time, mi phone nuh stop ring (hello?)," she rhymes. "My ring off my cellular/Nuff chat but tell mi what you tellin' her/Jump up, make it 'bout to jump, 'til it crack your brump/My girl, mi no say nuh', when you crack it up."

Ne-Yo is dedicating the party track to confident ladies. "I love a woman who knows how to move," the singer says in reference to the party cut. "I love a woman that has her own self, her own heart and mind. She's comfortable with her body. And when her song comes on, she's gonna get up and move. She's gonna show you just how confident and comfortable she is. 'Push Back' is about these women."

Ne-Yo's new album Good Man drops on June 8 and will also feature 2 Chainz, PartyNextDoor and others.

Listen to Ne-Yo's new single "Push Back" featuring Stefflon Don and Bebe Rexha below.





Kingston College's (KC) Wayne Pinnock shattered the Penn Relays high school boys' long jump record on Saturday after he jumped 7.88m (0.5m/s) as Jamaicans swept all three jump events at the 124th staging of the Penn Relays Carnival at Franklin Field in Philadelphia, USA.

Cornwall College's Owayne Owens won the triple jump with a season's best 15.26m (-0.3m/s) in a mild upset after St Jago High's Lushane Wilson had retained his high jump title on Friday.

Pinnock, who jumped an eye-popping 7.99m at the G C Foster Classic in March before winning the Class One event at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys' Championships with 7.77m, is the first Jamaican to win the event since 2015, when Jullianie Walker of Calabar tasted success.

He passed the record on his very first attempt, smashing the 7.69m held by former Calabar High athlete Maurice Wignall since 1994 and followed up with jumps of 7.72m (1.5m/s), a wind-aided 7.75m (3.1m/s) then a 7.54m effort before passing on his final two jumps.

Calabar High's Alexander Thompson was second with 7.47m (1.3m/s) with Frank Royal of St Christopher's of Richmond, Virginia, third with a wind-aided 7.42m (2.4m/s).

Shaquille Lowe of KC was fifth with 7.15m, while Wolmer's Boys' Daniel Bogle was sixth with 7.13m and St Jago's Kavion Kerr 10th with 6.63m.





The women's 4x100m team were the only Jamaican winners in the USA vs The Word series at the final day of the 124th Penn Relays Carnival under sunny but cool conditions at Franklin Field in Philadelphia, USA.

The team of Gayon Evans, Kerron Stewart, Schillone Calvert-Powell, Jura Levy ran 43.14 seconds to beat two American teams and Guyana to retain the title they won last year and win it for the seventh time over all.

The USA Red team finished second in 43.18 seconds ahead of the USA-Blue (43.71s) and Guyana (46.40s) as Trinidad and Tobago failed to finish.





Detectives are still investigating the murder in Green Island, Hanover, following last week's gruesome discovery of the mutilated bodies of a heavily pregnant woman and her two children.

The three were chopped to death between Tuesday and Wednesday morning, according to the police who took one man into custody in connection with the triple murder.

The bodies were said to be discovered at their dwelling place in Green Island on Wednesday morning.

The man in custody is the 61-year-old former spouse of the 39-year-old slain, pregnant mother.





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Love & Hip Hop drama: Spice gets into fight

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As expected, Queen of the Stage, Spice got herself into quite a fight on the reality series

Love & Hip-Hop: Atlanta. In a preview of Monday night's show, Spice iis caught in two different scenes. The first shows Spice arguing with her close friend Tommie Lee about her drinking problem that caused a delay with their upcoming music video.

Another scene shows her on a ranch with cast members which quickly escalated into her trying to fight newcomer Tokyo Vanity.

In the footage, Vanity can be heard discussing her beef with Spice, "I don't have no problem with her (Spice) but the b***h keeps playing with me, she said.

Spice overhears her comments and gets up screaming, "Doah call mi nuh bloodcl****t b***h!". She then rushed towards Tokyo Vanity and threw the cake she was eating at her.

Security had to step in quickly and restrained Spice. Spice Gets Into Another Fight On Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta





danielle-di-image-1.jpgDanielle D.I. and Denyque have given social media users a sneak peek into their individual brands with the introduction of REBEL and REBELLION respectively.

Rocking sweatshirts bearing her image, D.I. revealed to her over 227,000 followers on Instagram that her REBEL merchandise is coming soon. Dressed in a white long sleeve sweater top and a yellow long sleeve sweater crop top, DI was the ultimate fashionista.

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Denyque also used Instagram as the platform to introduce her carnival costumes.

The two-piece ensemble is completed with orange and black feathers for the females while the male design is just a simple short-shorts with orange lace to the side and in the front.





Actress Rosie Murray returns after heart attack

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Last December, renowned actress Rosie Murray suffered a serious heart attack requiring surgery. She returned to the stage in full-form, on Saturday night in her first production Slice of Life, staged at Hope United church hall.

Described as a theatrical presentation of reality, and the actress' own personal experiences, Slice of Life is directed by Owen 'Blakka' Ellis, the production will mark her return as a benefit show

"I'm so excited to be getting back on the horse. Been out of commission since last year, and this is my first performance in terms of acting since I've gone through my recovery," Murray is quoted as saying.

Two years ago, Murray opted out of continuing her career in media, choosing instead the life of a baker. Consumed with taking her business to profit while focusing on penning her own works, Rosie's medical issues went unnoticed. After suffering a heart attack in December, her family set up a GoFundMe account to the tune of US$20,000 (approximately J$1.4 million) to finance a necessary angioplasty.

"I'm really excited, titillated! And I did a little adaptation to it, to address the recent journey and the recovery phase. It's still the original Slice of Life with just a little extra slice. God has been so good, so it's going to be a celebration as well," Murray said.

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





Don Mafia suffers heart attack

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Controversial Jamaican artiste/producer/songwriter, Don Mafia is currently in hospital following an alleged heart attack.

According to reports, Mafia was complaining of chest pains Saturday morning when he was rushed to the University Hospital of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica.

Doctors presently have Don Mafia under observation.

Meanwhile, several industry players including entertainers Ding Dong, Macka Diamond and Kevin of Voicemail have since asked their fans to pray for Don Mafia's speedy recovery.

"Please help me say a prayer for my brother @donmafiadiboss had a heart attack 😢😢😢😢😢😢 I'm so hurt rite now," Macka Diamond wrote on Instagram.





Andre Bryan, the alleged leader of the Clansman gang, was again remanded when he appeared before the Home Circuit Court Friday afternoon.Bryan, otherwise called 'Blackman', was charged last month during a clampdown on members of the Spanish Town based gang.

He has been charged under the anti-gang legislation with leading a criminal organisation.

Six other members of the criminal network, including Bryan's mother, Millicent Brown, were also refused bail.

During a bail hearing for Brown Friday afternoon, prosecutors strongly opposed bail and argued that the 53 year old was a major player in her son's criminal enterprise. According to the prosecutors, over the last two years, Brown has been managing extortion money collected by the Clansman gang from businesses in Spanish Town and its environs.They say she also operated an illegal gambling enterprise for the gang in Spanish Town and used the cash to pay for legal services and to secure bail bonds for gang members who are arrested and charged. They added that Brown also used the illegal proceeds to support the families of gang members.

However, her attorney, Shannan Clarke, denied the allegations and argued that her client was only charged because she is the mother of Andre Bryan.

Bail was also refused for another defendant, Boswell Rhoden.

Prosecutors reported that Rhoden, who operated a shop in the Spanish Town bus park, facilitated the gang by hiding their weapons in his establishment.

They say high powered weapons are usually hidden in his shop by members of the Clansman gang.

His attorney, Leroy Equiano, said his client was a tattoo artist and was not associated or involved in the gang.





Police investigators say that the four men whose bodies were found buried in shallow graves in Pennants, Clarendon on Friday were part of a criminal network.Head of the Area Three police, Assistant Commissioner Clifford Chambers says the men were involved in the drugs trade.

The four men were last week reported missing by relatives.

They are brothers Kevon and Clinton Hutchinson of Santa Cruz and Shawn Thompson and Alwin Griffiths, both of Schoolfield near Malvern.

Investigators have been combing a section of the Thomas River where their bodies were found, to determine whether the location was being used to dispose of the bodies of persons who have been murdered.

Reports are that the men could have been involved in the booming guns-for-drugs trade.

Earlier reports had stated that the men were farmers from St. Elizabeth, and they had all gone by car to a neighboring parish.

The girlfriend of one of the men has reportedly come forward to say that prior to him leaving on his journey he had given her his bank card and told her that if anything happened she was to use it as there was money in the bank.





Strong police presence in Arnett Gardens

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police-cars.jpgA strong police presence has been established in Arnett Gardens following the murder of two young men in the area on Thursday.

The police said they have increased their numbers in the area to allay the fears of residents following the deadly attack on two brothers by heavily armed men.

Reports are that the victims - Akeem James, 25, and Damarley Wilson, 20 - were at their home when thugs kicked in the door to the house in which they lived and opened fire, hitting them multiple times.

The injured men were taken to hospital, where they were pronounced dead.

A day after the attack, the residents of the community said they were worried that other attacks will come.

"Is a gang feud a take place in the area and right now we the citizens worried. We going to wi bed and wondering who will be next," said a woman from the community.

Head of the Western Kingston Police Division, Superintendent Howard Chambers, said police personnel are not only out in force monitoring the community, but have also stepped up their search for the men who were involved in the killing.

Police sources said investigators are following several leads in the killing, but were not prepared to disclose any details up to the time of publication.





Triple murderer Bowza was on the run

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Nico Samuels

o/c 'Bowza' - wanted for a triple murder in St. James in 2017

Police say Nico Samuels otherwise called 'Bowza', was on the run for several months was wanted list for a triple murder commited in 2017.

Samuels was killed on Saturday in a joint police/military operation in St James.

The stand off comes just weeks after three men were shot and killed during another gun battle with the police in St James.

Government on January 18, imposed Enhanced Security Measures after the parish of St James recorded 335 murders in 2017.

The Jamaican House of Representatives has since extended the crime-prompted emergency measure until Wednesday, May 2.

Police officials have announced a significant reduction in crime attributed to the implementation of Enhanced Security Measures.





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Nico Samuels

o/c 'Bowza' - wanted for a triple murder in St. James in 2017

St James' most wanted man Nico Samuels otherwise called 'Bowza', has been shot dead and two policemen injured in an intense gun battle at a house in the upscale community of Hatfield, Ironshore in the parish on Saturday.

The reported shootout lasted close to two hours, police sources say, and residents in Ironshore are describing the events that unfolded as a "scene from a movie".

Reports are that about 1:45 p.m., members of a joint police/military team, acting on information, went to an apartment in the upscale area of Ironshore to search for the fugitive, who was wanted for a triple murder committed in 2017.

When the members of the team reached the location they came under heavy gunfire, which was returned

Residents from the community, who took to social media to talk about the incident, said they were left cowering in fear as the sounds of gun shot rang out through the air even as members of the police team tried to corner the wanted man who managed to keep the team at bay for a period of time during the standoff.

"It was like a scene from a movie to the amount of gunshot me hear," said one social media user, who said he lives close to the area where the incident took place.

Police report that at the end of the exchange the man was found suffering from gunshot wounds. Two firearms were reportedly recovered.

The injured man was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Two police men who were injured during the exchange have since been admitted.





lisa-hanna-photo-5.jpgOn Sunday, the former Miss World beauty queen Lisa Hanna shared a heartfelt post which showed a blurred photo of her tying the knot with her long time beau, businessman Richard Lakewith her husband.

"#BePatientAndFocusOnLove "I've had my share of life's ups and downs But fate's been kind, the downs have been few I guess, you could say that I've been lucky Well, I guess you could say that it's all because of you ..."," Hanna wrote.

"It's been 13 years of beautiful memories ... here's to a lifetime of making more together... Thanks everyone for sharing with me over this past week some of my most special moments and reflections. Here's to making more memories

#MemoryLaneWeekFinale #LisaHanna#WhenIWasAskedWhichSongIWantedToDanceTo

Song: You're The Best Thing" Gladys Knight."

The Member Of Parliament got married four months ago in a private ceremony in St Andrew, Jamaica,

'Both Hanna and Lake got married for the second time.





Meek Mill finally granted bail

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meek-mill-photo-1.jpgAfter being incarcerated since November 2017 for violating his probation, the Supreme Court has granted Meek Mill bail.

In a statement to Billboard, Meek said the following: "I'd like to thank God, my family, my friends, my attorneys, my team at Roc Nation including JAY-Z, Desiree Perez, my good friend Michael Rubin, my fans, The Pennsylvania Supreme Court and all my public advocates for their love, support and encouragement during this difficult time," began Meek.

"While the past five months have been a nightmare, the prayers, visits, calls, letters and rallies have helped me stay positive. To the Philadelphia District Attorney's office, I'm grateful for your commitment to justice -- not only for my case, but for others that have been wrongfully jailed due to police misconduct," he continued.

"Although I'm blessed to have the resources to fight this unjust situation, I understand that many people of color across the country don't have that luxury and I plan to use my platform to shine a light on those issues. In the meantime, I plan to work closely with my legal team to overturn this unwarranted conviction and look forward to reuniting with my family and resuming my music career."

Philadelphia 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin posted a picture on Instagram celebrating Meek's release from prison. "@meekmill is FREE!!! Just left visiting Meek with @kevinhart4real and I'm on the way back to pick him up as we speak! #MeekisFree #GoSixers," he wrote.

Last week, Meek Mill told CNN's Don Lemon that he was optimistic that he was going to get out of jail sooner than later. "I don't really try to get my hopes up from that court room right there," Meek said. "I feel like I will be free one day. I think I'll be able to get my chance pretty soon. My time coming."





The British Government has announced another recruitment drive to fill thousands of vacancies in its National Health Services (NHS) by luring nurses from Jamaica, despite the embarrassing scandal over the deportation of Windrush generation Britons after working and paying taxes for decades in the UK.

The British Government says that in the second phase of the "earn, learn, return" partnerships, Jamaican nurses will go to work in the NHS for a fixed term of around three years and then return with new skills and experience. The scheme is intended to increase the NHS workforce by 5,500 full-time nurses and help address a record 34,000 unfilled nursing and midwifery posts across the health service in England.

In November last year ministers announced the scheme's first partnership with India and the aim of recruiting 500 nurses by March, though the Department of Health could not immediately confirm if that had been achieved. But nursing chiefs said it was a short-term solution to staffing shortages caused by years of pay restraint and the removal of bursaries for new nurse trainees, and said urgent investment was needed in the UK training.

They added that Jamaican nurses were already very highly trained, and usually have at least four years training compared to three in the NHS, and said perhaps English staff would have more to learn from them. However, the Department of Health said the programme will support the Jamaican government in improving the knowledge and capability of its staff, particularly in areas like emergency medicine and intensive care.

The new deal comes during a week in which Prime Minister Theresa May and Home Secretary Amber Rudd have come under significant pressure for threatening to deport British residents who arrived from the Commonwealth before 1973, and their descendants who cannot prove their residency status. That threat has now been withdrawn due to huge domestic and internaitonal pressure.





Lawyers for Wisynco Group, makers of the CranWata beverage, are reportedly heading to court to ask a judge to temporarily halt a public education campaign being run by the Heart Foundation of Jamaica to warn Jamaicans about the harmful health effects of excessive sugar intake.

The campaign, 'Are You Drinking Yourself Sick' has been airing on local television and various social media platforms.

A report in daily newspaper, The Gleaners, says that Wisynco contends in court documents that on March 1 this year, as part of the campaign, the Heart Foundation published false and defamatory information about CranWata on the social media platform Instagram.

As a result, the St Catherine-based company has filed legal action in the Supreme Court seeking a declaration that the information published was defamatory.

It also wants an injunction that would halt further publication.

According to Wisynco, the Instagram post makes an inaccurate claim about the volume of sugar in each bottle of CranWata then asks: "Are you drinking yourself sick? Drink water instead."

The post has since been removed.

The company sought to explain that because the aim of the campaign is to get members of the public to consume less sugar-sweetened beverages, the "false" information is defamatory because it suggests that drinking Wisynco's products, specifically CranWata, will make them sick.





Jamaican man shot dead in Florida

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crime-scene-gun.jpgThe West Palm Beach police in Florida have taken a 32 year old man into custody in relation to the fatal shooting of a Jamaican on Monday morning.

Eric Stewart, 28, was found dead shortly after 4 o'clock outside the Caribbean Choice Restaurant and Bakery.

The police quickly detained Omari Fenton near the scene of the crime.

He has been charged with first-degree murder.

According to court records, in January, Mr. Stewart was arrested for reckless driving and fleeing to elude the police.

He was a United States citizen.





kimberly-risden.jpgThe education ministry has issued a statement that the loss of child development officer Kimberly Risden, who died in motor vehicle accident last Friday, will deal a blow to the Child Protection and Family Services Agency.

Risden, 30, worked at the Summerfield Girl's Home in Clarendon.

It is reported that her motor vehicle was found overturned in bushes in the parish.

The education minister said Risden was dedicated to public service and his thoughts and prayers are with her family especially her partner and two children.

Pointing to the tributes and outpouring of love and sympathy from friends and colleagues on social media, he said it is obvious that her life and work touched many in a positive way.

According to Reid, those who knew Risden well spoke highly of her diligence and commitment to her career, her genuine love for children, admirable traits which he says are crucial in the execution of her specific duties in public service.

He said the entire ministry extends its condolences and stands ready to provide the necessary support through counselling to her family and colleagues.





The Garvey Maceo High School in Clarendon had to be dismissed early Tuesday as approximately 50 members of staff and students were rushed to hospital following smoke from a nearby old sugar estate.

Principal Erica Eubanks said most of the affected students had asthma problems.

She said other students were experiencing a burning sensation in their eyes.

The fire started shortly before 10 o'clock in the morning and quickly spreading to within 100 metres of the school forcing dismissal at 11 o'clock.

Eubanks has praised fire fighters from the May Pen Fire Station and the police whom she said responded promptly.





Jah Cure buys new Range Rover

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jah-cure-bahamas.jpgHigh end vehicles are nothing for singer Jah Cure and he made sure to show off his new Range to the world when he uploaded a video to social media this week.

The Reggae artsite was also spotted in the Half Way Tree area cruising in the spanking new Range.

The 2018 Range Rover Autobiography, which starts from USD $256000, is described as an exceptionally luxurious SUV, featuring Atlas front bumper vent finishes, side vent and side accent graphics, with an interior featuring rear Executive Class seating.

Dem cyaan hol' you Cure.





yanique.jpgAttention-seeking media personality turned Dancehall artiste, Yanique 'Curvy Diva' Barrett uploaded to social media a video of herself urinating in bushes during a recent jogging sessio and people are just not having it.

The video, which was being filmed by her friend shows the Curvy Diva going behind a wall, pulling down her tights and seemingly urinating in the bush, and then using a piece of tissue to clean up after. She later ran back into the road while pulling up her tights.

"Mi a p!$$ pon mi shoes," she said between laughter as her jogging partner informs her that someone was approaching.

However, social media thinks what she did was just plain disgusting and shows someone who is desperate for attention.

"People nowadays do things for likes. Yanique never have to post this,"one user commented and this seems to be the sentiments of the overwhelming majority of persons.

"Although everyone urinates in the bushes at least once, we really don't want to see a video of you Yanique p..sing inna bush," another user stated.

The Curvy Diva, however, laughed at the comments, stating it was pure fun, and that she was not urinating. She said that this will be highlighted in her upcoming reality series.

"Ask them if them see the wee coming out of my vagina. Mi sup'm woulda shame, so me couldn't pee in the bushes. I wasn't peeing, and people will eventually see that when my reality series is released," she said.

She, however, stated that her Instagram followers grew drastically after the video was posted yesterday.

"Me normally have like a thousand or so followers in a day, but within an hour I had 1,000. It's ridiculous," she said, before erupting into a fit of laughter.





More scrutiny for travellers to the US

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(AFP) - Travellers through US airports will face more intense security inspections this summer, including being asked to take food items out of their bags before they are X-rayed.

The Transportation Security Administration announced Thursday materials that could make it hard to read the X-rays of bags will have to be removed from carry-on luggage, similar to existing requirements for computers and other large electronics.

Security officials say extremist organisations like the Islamic State group continue to seek ways to attack civilian airlines.

TSA is undertaking the move to stay ahead of the evolving threat, said TSA Administrator David Pekoske.

"In addition to screening personal electronic devices separately, including laptops, tablets, e-readers and handheld game consoles, TSA officers may instruct travellers to separate other items from carry-on bags such as foods, powders, and any materials that can clutter bags and obstruct clear images on the X-ray machine," they said.

"Travellers are encouraged to organise their carry-on bags and keep them uncluttered to ease the screening process and keep the lines moving."

TSA said the new procedures are already being implemented and said it might increase the wait in airport screening lines.





bounty-kartel-ig.jpgSince everything happens in the virtual world these days, it's should come as no surprise that an exchange between 'enemies' Bounty Killer and Vybz Kartel would cause social media to go into overdrive.

Social media is buzzing with reports of Bounty Killer and Vybz Kartel finally being back on good terms.

Earlier this week the veteran Dancehall artiste praised the incarcerated entertainer's new single "Under Water" with TJ Records labelling it a song with "real dancehall sounds".

Vybz Kartel's Instagram account instantly responded to Killer's post saying, "Daddy a your school mi graduate from eno #AllianceUniversity so it ain't no surprise daddy."

As expected, Dancehall fans were happy to see the exchange between the 'father and son' and are hoping it is just the beginning of them putting their differences aside and working on a possible collaboration.

Bounty Killer's manager, Bankelous, agreed that the exchange was a good look for dancehall and explained that although the two have had their disagreements in the past, they have always maintained a level of respect for each other's work.

"Rodney Pryce is a God-fearing person, and him nuh hate people. Him might say supmn today, but that nuh mean nothing. Him nuh hold grudge because him mother grow him right. You might see the 'angry [and] cross', him on stage, but is a different personality him have off stage," he said. "Kartel a him son, so him can't have nothing against Vybz Kartel. People might did look at it different in the media, but in a di two a dem heart, a did always love and respect. Music a love, enuh, and after we leave and gone, music live on, and di two a dem know dat."

Bounty Killer and Vybz Kartel were involved in a 'war of words' that started in 2006 and reached its peak in 2009. Killer had become very vocal about Kartel's bleaching and other practices of his, while Kartel claimed Killer was past his prime.





fatal-crash.jpgAn employee of the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA) died in a motor vehicle crash late on Friday in which her five-year-old son, who was in the vehicle which the mother drove, came out virtually unscratched.

The crash took place on the Sevens Estate road in Clarendon.

Reports from the police are that Kimberly Risden, 30, who was attached to the Summerfield Girls' Home in the parish, was found inside her Honda CRV motor vehicle which had overturned in bushes.

But her five-year-old son was also found in the vehicle, but in a far better physical shape.

The two were taken to hospital, where Risden was pronounced dead and the child was treated and released.

The crash reportedly occurred after a shower of rain left the road surface wet in the poorly lit area.

Risden, a mother of two, has been remembered with several social media tributes.

"She is the nicest person u could ever know. Can't believe it. RIP", is the theme of the tributes to the popular





Another accused, 21-year-old Shaquile Edwards, appeared in courts last week in connection with the murder of St Andrew businesswoman, Simone Campbell-Collymore, in what the police have theorised was a contract killing ordered that her husband, Omar 'Best' Collymore. Edwards is charged with conspiracy to murder.

Campbell-Collymore, 32, and 36-year-old taxi operator, Winston Watson, were shot dead at a premises on Stanley Terrace in Red Hills, St Andrew on January 2 of this year.

Collymore and two other suspects, Michael Adams and Dewayne Pink, were already arrested and charged for involvement with the killings. Edwards joined the defendants when the case was mentioned in the Gun Court section of the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court.

All four accused persons were remanded until May 18, by which time Edwards and Collymore are expected to settle their legal representation.

Collymore had previously been given time to get an attorney, but on Thursday he asked for more time to settle his legal representation. He told the court that he is trying to fund his legal fees.

Campbell-Collymore and Watson's were travelling in the latter's taxi when they were attacked and shot by gunmen at a premises. Both died from their injuries.

Collymore was later captured in a police operation at a guesthouse in St Elizabeth in February after it was publicised that a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Prior to being nabbed in St Elizabeth, Collymore had been taken into custody at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston where he was reportedly attempting to leave the island after the killing. But he was later released from custody.





New details emerging about Thursday's incident at the Half-Way-Tree branch of National Commercial Bank (NCB) during which a licensed firearm holder pulled his gun inside the bank causing panic among customers, are showing the other side of the story.

Reports are that the disturbance began shortly after the St. Andrew businessman entered the bank and told one of the cashiers that he wanted to withdraw $700,000 from his account. After being questioned by the cashier and other personnel at the bank about the amount being withdrawn, the businessman was told to sign two withdrawal forms.

After signing the forms, he was reportedly told to rejoin the line. He objected and reportedly became boisterious. Security personnel were called to quell the disturbance. According to the investigator, the situation became tense when security personnel realised that the man was armed.

The investigator said a member of the security team reportedly pulled his pistol and this prompted the businessman to pull his licensed firearm. During the standoff, customers in the banking hallscampering.

The businessman was eventually escorted out of the building by the security team. He was taken to Half-Way-Tree police station where he was questioned and his gun seized.

According to the investigator, the police viewed the surveillance video and decided not to charge him.

The matter was then referred to the Firearm Licensing Authority.

A video of the customers fleeing the bank and the security team escorting the businessman out of the institution with his firearm in his hand, has gone viral on social media.





starbucks.pngIn a press conference Thursday afternoon, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross said he regrets comments he made after two black men were arrested in a Philadelphia Starbucks this week, acknowledging that they only made the situation worse. "I should have said the officers acted within the scope of the law and not that they didn't do anything wrong. Words are very important," he said. The two men were arrested after a store manager called the cops when they refused to leave the store. Ross then claimed that he wasn't aware that it was normal for people to spend a prolonged period of time in Starbucks without making a purchase, and said he believed the officers did not know that as well. "This is apparently a well-known fact with Starbucks customers," he said. "Not everyone is aware that people spend long hours in Starbucks and aren't necessarily expected to make a purchase." The coffee chain will close all its stores on May 29th for "racial-bias" training.





starbucks.pngThe two black men who were arrested at a Starbucks in downtown Philadelphia last week and accused of trespassing say they were there for a business meeting that they had hoped would change their lives.

Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson came forward Thursday morning on ABC News' "Good Morning America" to publicly share their story for the first time.

According to a report on Yahoo! the 23-year-old entrepreneurs and longtime friends said they were waiting to meet a potential business partner at the Starbucks in Philadelphia's Rittenhouse Square neighborhood April 12 when a barista asked them whether they wanted to order anything. They declined and told her they were just there for a quick meeting, they said.Nelson said he immediately asked to use the restroom when they walked in but was informed it was for paying customers only. So the pair sat at a table and waited for the person with whom they were scheduled to meet.

Then they saw police officers enter the store and speak with the manager, they said.

"I was thinking, 'They can't be here for us,'" Robinson said in the interview with "GMA" co-anchor Robin Roberts. "We have meetings at Starbucks all the time."

They didn't think anything of it until the officers approached their table and told them they needed to leave, they said.

"It was just, 'Get out, you have to leave. You're not buying anything, so you shouldn't be here,'" Nelson told "GMA."

They said they calmly told the officers they were there for a meeting, and Robinson said he even called the person for whom they were waiting. But the officers repeatedly insisted that they leave, they said.

"It's a real estate meeting. We've been working on this for months," Robinson said. "We're days away from changing our whole entire situation, our lives, and you about to sit here telling me I can't do that? You're not doing that."

The officers ultimately handcuffed Nelson and Robinson, and escorted them out of the Starbucks and into a squad car before taking them to the police station. Both men were later freed and the charges they were facing -- trespassing and disturbance -- were dropped that night.

An onlooker, Melissa DePino, captured the incident on video, which has been viewed more than 10 million times online and prompted protests outside the coffee giant's location on Spruce Street.

DePino, a 50-year-old writer and mother of two, told ABC News a Starbucks barista shouted from behind the counter at the two men to make a purchase or leave.

"They were sitting quietly minding their own business, and waiting for their friend to come," she said in an interview Sunday.

Robinson said police never read them their Miranda rights when they were handcuffed and they were held in custody for eight hours.

"There was no reasoning," he said. "They had nothing. They just kept using 'defiant trespassing' as their excuse for putting us behind bars."

The Philadelphia Police Department did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment this morning. But Philadelphia's (BLACK) Police Commissioner Richard Ross Jr. said in a video testimonial released Saturday that his officers "did absolutely nothing wrong."

"I can tell you candidly these officers did a service they were called to do," Ross said.

The police commissioner also accused the men of being disrespectful to the officers and said that both were given several chances to leave, but they refused.

"On three different occasions the officers asked the two males politely to leave the location because they were being asked to leave by employees because they were trespassing," he said. "Instead the males continued to refuse as they had told the employees and they told the officers they were not leaving."

Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson released a statement last Saturday night apologizing to the two men on behalf of the company.

"The video shot by customers is very hard to watch and the actions in it are not representative of our Starbucks mission and values," Johnson said in the statement. "Creating an environment that is both safe and welcoming for everyone is paramount for every store. Regretfully, our practices and training led to a bad outcome -- the basis for the call to the Philadelphia police department was wrong. Our store manager never intended for these men to be arrested and this should never have escalated as it did."

In an interview Monday morning on "GMA," Johnson said he will order managers to undergo training on how to spot "unconscious bias."

"I'll say the circumstances surrounding the incident and the outcome at our store on Thursday were reprehensible," he said. "They were wrong, and for that, I personally apologize to the gentlemen that visited our store."

A Starbucks spokeswoman subsequently confirmed to ABC News that the store manager who called police no longer works there.

The next day, Starbucks announced in a statement that it will close more than 8,000 company-owned stores across the nation for the afternoon of May 29 to train its staff on how to avoid "racial bias" in an effort to prevent "discrimination in our stores."

Stewart Cohen, the attorney representing Nelson and Robinson, said his clients have met face to face with the Starbucks' CEO, but it's not enough.

"Starbucks holds itself open as a place for people to meet and to have public conversations; those are words from their website," Cohen said on "GMA" this morning. "The apologies are fine, but what we need to do is have some action by Starbucks with respect to this situation.

"There has to be real and meaningful discussions," he added. (ABC News' https://www.yahoo.com/gma/men-arrested-starbucks-were-business-meeting-hoping-change-114103068--abc-news-topstories.html)





Kabaka Pyramid to release new album May 25

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kabaka-pyramid-photo-3.jpgKabaka Pyramid's upcoming album Kontraband is set to release on May 25th as a joint release with Ghetto Youths International and Bebble Rock Records.

In addition to working with Damian Marley and Stonebwoy, Kabaka recruited fellow rising stars Chronixx, Protoje, and Pressure to contribute features on the album.

The project looks to continue and build upon the success of Kabaka's head-turning 2013 EP Lead The Way.

Kontraband is expected to contain roughly 14 tracks, and coincides with a tour beginning in spring 2018





ON TOUR Bounty Killer for Europe

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bounty-killer-photo-11.jpgDancehall artiste Bounty Killer is scheduled to hit a number of stages in Europe starting this month.

The deejay posted the tour dates and cities on his official Instagram account recently.

While in Europe, he will make stops in Zurich, Amsterdam, Paris, Stockholm, Vienna and Berlin among others

The tour runs from April 26 to May 11.





Another taxi man killed

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA third taxi operator has been shot dead in the Corporate Area in just over a week.

It is reported that 40-year-old Kerron Morner was about to drive from premises on Conway Avenue in Duhaney Park when he was approached by a gunman who fired several shots hitting him multiple times.

Morner, who lived at 55 Abberville Avenue in Patrick City, died on the spot.

The taxi driver, alias 'Cansie', operated on the Duhaney Park to Half-Way Tree route.

Last week Tuesday, 63-year-old Michael Swaby was shot dead in Three Oaks, St Andrew, reportedly by a man who was posing as a passenger.

Two days later, another taxi operator was murdered along Dunrobin Avenue by two passengers and pushed from his vehicle onto the road.





There are rumblings in the Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA) regarding what it says are efforts by the Ministry of Education to solicit information from schools as it relates to teachers who were absent during the recent sick-out.

In a statement on Thursday afternoon, the Association questioned what was the intended purpose of the information in light of the fact that there was a clear understanding arrived at among the parties in a meeting at the Ministry of Labour on March 14, including that there would be no victimisation.

It expressed concern about a plan to extend the school year to account for the three days lost.





There is something in the air today. It might just be the smell of some good, strong, sensemilia.

Today, April, 20 is being celebrated as National Weed Day in different countries across the world. The day is dubbed 420 because at approximately 4:20 p.m., weed lovers will 'light up' their chalices and 'spliffs' in celebration.

States in The United States such as Colorado and California will have several elaborate celebrations to mark the day, and while the celebrations in Jamaica will not be as massive, local marijuana lovers will not be left out of the day's celebrations.

The second Annual Scarce Festival/ Innocent Plant Symposium and Cannabis Cup is set to take place at the Hope Gardens, St Andrew, between noon and 10 p.m. today, and according to organisers, the event is expected to leave patrons on a high.

The symposium will feature a Cannabis Business Summit and Expo with booths showcasing and discussing some medical cannabis products that are currently being researched and developed by local businesses and households.

The event will also feature growing and processing tutorials and strategy from industry experts Dr Kadamawe Knife, Dr Machel Emanuel, Dr Haughton, and others.

A concert is also scheduled to take place with poetry from Ras Takura, as well as music and dubbing by Teflonzincfence.

In addition, the annual Cannabis Cup will be hosted on the day with persons getting trophies and prizes in six categories best potential medical product, best potential medical product (topical), best CBD flowers, best THC flowers, best Ital (naturally grown) flowers, and best extract.

The event is an initiative of the Department of Economics, the Department of Government and the Department of Life Sciences, the University of the West Indies Medical Cannabis Group and the Centre for Ganja/Cannabis Research at the University of the West Indies in association with the Ganja Growers and Producers Association and the Cannabis Commercialisation Council.





canadian-lawmakr.jpgA Canadian legislator has apologised after statements she made about Jamaica were labelled as racist.

The controversial comments by Nova Scotia lawmaker Elizabeth Smith-McCrossin, came during a debate on Tuesday over the Liberal government's proposed Cannabis Control Act.

She said she heard from a friend that smoking marijuana in Jamaica is completely accepted, and there is a completely different work ethic and very low productivity in the island.

She went on to say that Nova Scotia already has a productivity problem, and legalised recreational ganja may only make it worse

Smith-McCrossin apologised in a Facebook post on Wednesday

She said if she had known the statement would cause offense, she would never have made it.

Her apology reads in part: "On April 17, 2018, I made some comments during debate on the government's Cannabis Act that were criticized as racist and insensitive. I am sorry if my comments were hurtful. Had I known that this statement would have caused offense, I would never have made it. These comments do not reflect the views of either the interim leader of the PC Party of Nova Scotia or my caucus colleagues.

As a registered nurse, I have strong views about the public health impact of excessive cannabis use. These concerns have been highlighted elsewhere by former Deputy Prime Minister Anne McLellan in her Task Force Report to the Government

of Canada, the Canadian Medical Association and Doctors Nova Scotia.

My comments came about as a result of a conversation I had with a friend....."





'Hookie' makes major splash in Jamaica Carnival

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The recent Jamaica Carnival weekend was indeed one for the books. Adding to this mix of epic events was the inaugural 'Hookie Jamaica' experience which gave fete lovers an opportunity to beat the daytime heat with a pool party extravaganza complete with both breakfast and lunch offerings and an unbeatable collection of Soca selectors.

The first of which is sure to be several regional Hookie events was held poolside at the Constant Spring Golf Club and attracted a mix of Carnival newbies and seasoned 'feterans'.

Attendees from New York City, Washington DC, Miami, California, T&T, the US Virgin Islands and of course Jamaica came together to share the Carnival euphoria, the refreshing environment and the pulsating music as provided by Hookie Jamaica's international DJ cast.

The event's promoters US-based Hookie Life Entertainment and Jamaica's Renaissance Disco utilized the location well to deliver an easy going layout for those who either wanted to relax and bask in the poolside ambiance or get wet and wild in true Carnival excitement.

In addition to having fully stocked cash bars, bottle service and free shots for patrons, Hookie Jamaica scored points with attendees by not only bringing forth an assortment of complimentary Caribbean and International breakfast options but also lunch offerings as well.

The impressive Hookie Jamaica spread consisted of items such as Jamaican favourites: boiled yams, bananas, dumplings, ackee and saltfish, johnny cakes, as well as eggs, bagels, various fruits, salads, fried fish, stewed and curried chicken.

Keeping the crowd dancing both on land and inside the pool were the music stylings of Jamaica's own DJ Delano & DJ Smoke, the Soca Prince, Dr. Jay from Toronto, Freeze International (NYC) , DC's DJ Majestic and Mystic Vibes 6.0. alongside other guest selectors.

Fans of this popular fete franchise which included the famous Hookie girls were front and center for its Jamaica debut. One such patron from Florida shared, "I don't ever miss a Hookie Life event, they always bring a unique, entertaining vibe and draw a really decent fun-loving crowd".

A Jamaica-based attendee offered this statement, "I've never skipped work to attend any party in my life, but I'm so glad I did for this event. It was well organized, comfortable and gave me that much needed dip in the pool before the hectic weekend of parties and the Road March".

After the success of Hookie Jamaica 2018, the organizers are now putting plans in place for Hookie Jamaica 2019. Hookie Life Entertainment is also gearing up for another edition of the popular Hookie Weekend DC which is carded for June 21st-24th 2018 and features events such as Release Therapy, the Hookie DC pool party, Lion's Pride J'ouvert and Riddim & Road.





cuba-president.jpgCuba today selected 57-year-old First Vice President Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez as the sole candidate to succeed Raul Castro as president of Cuba, the centerpiece of an effort to ensure that the country's single-party system outlasts the aging revolutionaries who created it.

The virtually certain unanimous approval of the National Assembly will install someone from outside the Castro family in the country's highest government office for the first time in nearly six decades.

The 86-year-old Castro will remain head of the Communist Party, designated by the constitution as "the superior guiding force of society and the state."

As a result, Castro is almost certain to remain the most powerful person in Cuba for the time being.

His departure from the presidency is nonetheless a symbolically charged moment for a country accustomed to 60 years of absolute rule first by revolutionary leader Fidel Castro and, for the last decade, his younger brother.

Facing biological reality, Raul Castro is working to ensure a smooth transition from him and his small group of former guerrillas to a new generation that can maintain the government's grip on power in the face of economic stagnation, an aging population and waning revolutionary fervor among Cuban youth attuned more to global consumer culture than the anti-capitalist, nationalist messaging of the state-run media.





Visitor to Belize confirmed with whooping cough

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The Belize Government on Tuesday said that the United States-based Centres for Disease Control (CDC) has confirmed a case of the highly contagious Pertussis (whooping cough) from a visitor who travelled there during the third week of March this year.

The Ministry of Health said that since the notification, it has activated an investigative team to inform and follow-up with people that the infected person may have interacted with.

"Based on the information received from the CDC, the visitor was considered infectious during their travel in Belize. To date, the ministry has no confirmed case detected in Belize from this imported case. However, the ministry continues to monitor the situation," the statement noted.

The Ministry of Health said whooping cough is a bacterial infection where an individual can present with very violent and uncontrollable episodes of cough, difficulty breathing with a 'whooping noise' usually at the end of the cough episode. Vomiting may occur during or after the coughing episode followed by exhaustion.

"If you or anyone around you present these symptoms, please visit or report to your nearest health centre. After exposure, the infection can be transmitted during the first two weeks and the infection can last for up to 16 weeks."

The ministry said that clinics have a whooping cough-containing vaccine, free of cost for children under age five who are considered most at risk, adding that "whooping cough can be managed if detected with antibiotic treatment and it is given to anyone who shows symptoms and was in direct contact with an infected person".

The authorities said that an estimated 16.3 million people worldwide were infected in 2015 with most cases occurring in the developing countries. In 2015, whopping cough resulted in 58,700 deaths.





Hail falls in Martinique

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The media in Martinique is reporting the "very rare" phenomenon of hailstones falling in that neighboring French Island.

According to news outlet France-Antilles, the event took place on Monday afternoon mainly in the areas of François and Lamentin, much to the surprise of residents.

Météo-France has confirmed the event, describing it as "exceptional," according to France-Antilles.

It said the phenomenon is linked to very dense vertical movement of water drops that go up and down. Combined with cold air from the American continent, these drops arrive on the ground in the form of hail.

It also said heavy rains, which caused widespread flooding in Martinique on Monday, have contributed to the bizarre phenomenon.

In March 2016 the same phenomenon took place in Saint-Claude in Guadeloupe.

France-Antilles said although this is very rare, it is not impossible for it to occur in the Caribbean.

Hailstones are small lumps of ice that form in clouds and fall to the ground when their size reaches 5 mm in diameter or larger. They begin as water droplets that freeze in the clouds.





antiguan-pm-and-wife.jpgAntigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne says the prohibition of cannabis less than 100 years ago was not prompted by altruistic motives or concern for the health or well-being of users, but to serve 'the racist, political and economic interests' of the then global powers.

In a message marking International Day of Cannabis, commonly referred to as "420', Browne, whose government recently announced plans to allow for the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes, said in the Caribbean, the Rastafari Community has championed the many uses of cannabis and have asserted that the herb is utilised as a sacrament in their rituals, celebrations, and worship.

Below is PM Browne's 420 message:

"Hi, this is Gaston Browne, Prime Minister of Antigua & Barbuda.

The prohibition of Cannabis less than 100 years ago, was prompted not by altruistic motives or concern for the health or well being of users, but to serve the racist, political and economic interests of the global powers at that time.

In the Caribbean, the Rastafari Community has championed the many uses of Cannabis, and have asserted that the herb is utilized as a sacrament in their rituals, in their celebrations and worship. The prohibition and demonization have led to Rastafari being brutalized and castigated by Police and other Government authorities, because of the utilization of the plant Cannabis Sativa.

It is in this context, and now that my Government has liberalized the Legislation regarding Cannabis, and is moving towards the medicinal & other uses of this natural substance, that I have issued a 'genuine' apology to the Rastafarian Community, and have asserted that Rastafari sacramental or spiritual use be acknowledged, and that Rastafari be given a stake in production and benefits to be derived from the medicinal and other uses going forward.

Let us regard this as reparations for Rastafari, for the wrongs inflicted on this significant minority group in our Countries, through the so called 'war on drugs' which evidently was prompted by pernicious prohibition.

Bless up!"





andrew-holness-photo-5.jpgPrime Minister Andrew Holness has indicated to the international community that he would have no objection to gay persons being part of his executive.

Holness' response to journalists in Brussels, Belgium, contradicted a strident position by then Prime Minister Bruce Golding, during a May 2008 interview with the BBC's 'HARDtalk's' host Stephen Shakur, that he would not allow gays in his Cabinet.

"Certainly it's not my business ... . Whatever is in my interest to distribute politically, a person's sexuality, sexual orientation is not a criterion for the use of my discretion. It's not an issue that we are afraid to address. The truth is that in the past, like many developed countries, there was a very conservative view on the matter ... ." Holness explained.

According to him, Jamaica was generally liberally oriented and connected in the world and the country's view on homosexuality was evolving, and while the conversation must be had, it should not be stoked.

"The culture is evolving. People are evolving. Even in the Church, which 10 years ago, had a unified position, the Church in Jamaica now has multiple positions on this. I think Jamaica ought to be given space to find its own position to the problems. But, you know, I think we are generally very liberal, but more so very tolerant. And I think that the first step is that the State protect the human rights of every citizen, regardless of sexual orientation or inclination," the prime minister stated.





Sizzla goes acoustic

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sizzla-kalongi-photo-1.jpgSizzla Kalonji has released his first ever acoustic compilation this month, Sizzla Acoustic Sounds, which was produced by the entertainer on his Kalonji Records label.

Kalonji, in an interview with a local newspaper, mentioned that he has been reflecting on the state of the industry lately and believes the music could do with some natural sounds, sounds he plans to deliver with his latest project.

"I've been doing a lot of interviews and shows and at these events. Media personnel and other persons have been asking about the music and its present situation saying elders are not making their voices being heard about the natural sounds of music," he explained. "I said: 'You know I'm going to create an acoustic album'.

Kalonji, who celebrated his birthday on Tuesday, explained that there is something special about music put together from scratch with actual instruments, and he's hoping the album will encourage not just musicians but also young people to want to learn how to play an instrument.





Bob Andy to recite poetry at Agro Festival

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bob-andy.jpgFor the first in his more than 50-year career, singer-songwriter Bob Andy will be performing works from his expansive catalogue without singing when he makes his appearance on the 2018 staging of Dis Poem Wordz and Agro Festival.

At the eight-year-old festival, which fuses poetry with agriculture, Bob Andy will be, one of 20 spoken word performers who will take to the stage as the event unfolds on Sunday, April 29 at Neville Antonio Park in Port Antonio, Portland.

This was disclosed by festival founder/organiser Ras Takura during the launch at Bookophilia on Hope Road in St Andrew recently.

The organisers say they are looking at the new feature that we have now which is the poetry of the reggae artistes, and this time we doing Bob Andy. So we are going to have Bob Andy, not in the usual performance setting, but he is going to be reading his songs in poetry, that's what Bob Andy will be doing -- presenting his songs in a poetic form.

Among the other spoken word performers slated for the festival are Mutabaruka, Jean Breeze, Cherry Natural, Ann Margaret, DJ Amber, Marcia Jackson, Steppa, Neto, and Michael St George.

Explaining how the idea for the festival -- which adopted the name of one of Mutabaruka's poems -- was born, Ras Takura said: "The concept of the festival came about because we always want an outlet for poetry. Because when we go around we always see that there is no space featuring dub poets -- just one or two poets -- but dub poets in Jamaica, there was no major stage for them. And that was the intention. The intention is to bring dub poetry on a major stage and I am creating the stage. I don't think we reach that major stage yet, but we are creating the stage. And we thank the people who are helping us to create that space. The growth has been significant and magnificent and we really respect it."





sting-and-shaggy-album-2018.jpgSting has said the phrase "cultural appropriation" is "ugly", as he launches a new reggae album with Jamaican musician and singer Shaggy.

Their perhaps unlikely partnership has raised eyebrows, and some argue that singing reggae when you are not of Jamaican descent is "cultural appropriation."

Sting disagrees with this, and he told the BBC: "It's such an ugly term.

Cultural appropriation is a term coined by sociologists to describe the adoption of the elements of an ethnic minority culture by members of the dominant culture.

Their new collaboration, named 44/876, after the telephone codes for the UK and Jamaica respectively, came about after Shaggy, real-name Orville Richard Burrell, sent Sting an unfinished song called "Don't Make Me Wait" and asked him to send the chorus.

This work blossomed and they created an entire album together.

Sting, real name Gordon Sumner, said the result was a "happy accident."

The Queen is soon due to enjoy the music of Sting and Shaggy, as they are set to perform at her birthday party this Saturday at the Royal Albert Hall.

44/876 is released on Friday.





marlon-samuels-and-yanique-curvy-diva.jpgWas Yanique Curvy Diva's new song written BEFORE feud with Marlon Samuels?

So....having been the recipient of a whole heap of spotlight, social media hype and trolling in the last week, Yanique Cury Diva is now releasing a brand new single. Good on her. But a few questions need to be asked, even if they never get answered.

Curvy's PR machinery has just sent out a release that the media personality-turned-artiste, is now releasing a new single. Listen to the release: "The raunchy single 'Carry Feelings' talks about men who act out and disrespect women when they are unable to get what they want from them sexually."

Like W-O-W! Talk about perfect timing! Talk about seizing the moment! Talk about a perfectly orchestrated Kardashian type reality show! Talk about getting people to talk about Yanique so that they can then talk about the single.

Okay...so, all of last week, it was the Yanique and Marlon Samuels show - throw word, throw the entire shade tree, legal threats, bare wranglings. Persons were taken down a path that said that their carefully hidden affair ended on a supposedly sour note after top cricketer, Samuels (out of nowhere) was accused of stalking Yanique and turning up at her workplace (What workplace?), all in an effort to get Yanique, who says she didn't want him. Like really? Is this truly the behaviour of a Fortis man? Nah. Is this the behaviour of an icon? Nah. "Something is rotten in the state of Denmark".

Then Insta Boy took to Instagram and explained his side of the story and it kinda sounded plausible. At least he redeemed himself somewhat. (Icon nuh suppose to mix up inna seh seh.) Anyway, he says he was really only trying to help Curvy and he didn't understand how things went so horribly wrong. In a release to the media, he threatened legal action.

Yanique's response? Bare laugh.

She had previously stated that the matter of him stalking her had been reported to the cyber crimes unit. Well, we are still waiting on confirmation from the Unit.

Anyway, after a lot of toing and froing, which played out on social media and saw them trending (perfect scenario for Yanique to drop a new song), them BAM! Yanique suddenly drops this new single which addresses this very same issue that has been the bone of contention.

Question. Was the song written first and then the actor or actors simply followed the script to get a hype for Curvy? Or is this Instagram feud really real as opposed to being fake and plastic?

According to Yanique's PR machinery, Yanique released the single to mark her one year anniversary as a recording artiste.

"I've worked hard in my first year and have seen myself develop as an artiste and song writer working with other strong writers. With the release of this 'Feelings' single I'm telling everyone to expect the unexpected and never try to put me in a box," Curvy Diva explained.

It is aimed at empowering women to be independent and walk away from any man who does not meet their 'boyfriend' criteria.

"Women have a choice and a right to be happy and if the man does not add up then you should be able to minus yourself from that situation without fear or intimidation, men who aren't claimable will always remain in the friend zone," Curvy Diva added.

All of this is just pure, undiluted, awesomeness. Nothing fake or plastic. Simply iconic.

Oh, by the way, this is another important part of the release. It says, don't forget to check out Yanique's Lifestyle Pool Party event, which is her official birthday party, April 29 at Constant Spring Golf Club in Kingston. You had all better go to see if Insta Boy will be there. -- Yasmine Peru





Be aware! If you are a black man, don't just sit in Starbucks waiting on a friend...you could get arrested.

A video showing Philadelphia police officers handcuffing and removing two black men from a Starbucks store has gone viral and incited allegations of racism, but the police commissioner insists his officers did "absolutely nothing wrong."

Author Melissa DePino tweeted a video on Thursday showing officers escorting two black men out of a Starbucks in Center City as bystanders questioned why the men were being arrested.

"The police were called because these men hadn't ordered anything," DePino wrote on Twitter. "They were waiting for a friend to show up, who did as they were taken out in handcuffs for doing nothing. All the other white ppl are wondering why it's never happened to us when we do the same thing."

DePino told local news outlet Billy Penn that the incident happened around 4:30 p.m. Thursday and that a friend of hers shot the video.

The clip shows a man in a vest questioning why an arrest is taking place. Lauren A. Wimmer, defense attorney for the pair who was arrested, told BuzzFeed that the man in the vest is Andrew Yaffe, a friend who was meeting the men at Starbucks. She declined to give the names of her two clients.

"What did they get called for?" Yaffe asks an officer in the video. "'Cause there are two black guys sitting here meeting me?"

Another voice can be heard saying, "They didn't do anything. I saw the entire thing."

Wimmer told BuzzFeed that a white female manager at the store had asked the pair to leave when they came in and did not order anything. According to Wimmer, the men said they were waiting to meet someone, and the manager called the police.

Philly Voice pointed to a second, longer video uploaded to YouTube that shows an officer telling Yaffe that the other two individuals were being arrested for "trespassing." Yaffe calls what the officers are doing "discrimination."

Ben Waxman, a spokesman for the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office, told HuffPost that the two men were released at 1:30 a.m. Friday. He said the DA will not bring charges against them.

"We declined to bring charges against the two men because there was a lack of evidence that a crime was committed," Waxman said.

The Philadelphia Police Department did not reply to a request for comment from HuffPost, but Police Commissioner Richard Ross said in a Facebook Live video posted Saturday afternoon that the officers "did absolutely nothing wrong." They responded to the scene, he said, after receiving a 911 call reporting "a disturbance" and "trespassing."

Starbucks employees told the responding officers that the two men had asked to use the restroom, Ross said. Employees said they told the pair that the restroom was only for paying customers and asked them to leave, and the pair allegedly refused. The men allegedly told the employees to go ahead and call the police.

According to Ross, police "politely" asked the pair to leave several times and they continued to refuse and behaved rudely toward the officers. The officers, he said, did everything right.

"They followed policy. They did what they were supposed to do. They were professional in all their dealings with these gentlemen," the commissioner said.

"As an African-American man, I am very aware of implicit bias," Ross added, noting that all officers in the police force receive "implicit bias training."





The board of director at Hillel Academy, a privately run secondary institution, has apologized for a controversial history assignment given to students.

The apology come in the wake of social media uproar about the assignment, which some commentators argue seemed to legitimize slavery.

The assignment required students to create a model of punishment for slaves and give reason justifying the use of the method.

Among the options for punishment are shackles, collar, and cat-oh-9-tails whip.

The students were also required to discuss chosen punishment type as a demonstration of European civility.

In its statement, the board says on March 9, grade 9 students of Hillel academy received a history assignment called 'punishments for enslaved peoples.'

It says given the language used in the assignment, it accepts and understands the concerns that have been raised; and acknowledges that there should have been greater sensitivity in the wording of the assignment.





Gangster 'Ratty' killed by police in shootout

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gangster-ratty-killed.jpgRyan 'Ratty' Peterkin, the feared gang leader who evaded capture for months, was shot dead as he engaged members of the security forces in a fierce gun fight after he was tracked to a house in Berkshire, St Elizabeth today.

The police and the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) report that Ratty was killed in the shootout and two firearms - an AK-47 rifle and a .38 revolver - seized.

It's reported that one of his cronies was also killed in the incident.

The JDF, in a statement this afternoon, reported that a security team went to a house in Berkshire to issue an arrest warrant for Peterkin.

It said as members of the team approached the house, Ratty and his accomplice opened fire and attempted to evade capture.

"A shooting confrontation ensued and Peterkin and his accomplice were shot. The two men were pronounced dead at the Savanna-la-mar Hospital," the JDF said.

Police investigators say Peterkin, who has made the police wanted list several times, is the leader of the Ratty Gang and was implicated in at least five murders, several shooting incidents and other crimes.

It's believed that he fled his base in Montego Bay, St James after the Prime Minister announced a State of Emergency in the parish.

The JDF said the shooting has been reported to the Bureau of Special Investigations and the Independent Commission of Investigations.





martina-big-chest-enhancement.jpgmartina-big-as-white.jpgA formerly blonde ex-air hostess with 32S breasts who decided to 'become black' says she is now 'a true African woman' after being baptised under a new Swahili name.

German glamour model Martina BIG, 29, spent more than £50,000 on breast enhancements, with her chest said to be the biggest in Europe.

Yet those body enhancements were not enough for the German glamour model as she bizarrely decided to 'become black', vowing to get 'darker and darker and see what the limits are.'

fter undergoing radical tanning injections in the US, the naturally light-skinned and blonde ex-flight attendant from the German Eifel region dramatically changed her skin tone with three melanin boosting injections last year.

Martina BIG has now flown to the Eastern African country of Kenya for the next step in her quest to 'become a black woman'.

She said: 'One of my Kenyan friends told her pastor about my transformation to a black woman and told him how much I wanted to become a true African woman.'

martina-big-now-black-photo-2.jpgmartina-big-now-black-photo-1.jpgThe pastor invited Martina into his church in the city of Nyeri, where she was baptised under the new name of 'Malaika Kubwa', which in the local Swahili language means 'big angel'.

Martina said: 'I'm so happy and proud to be a real African woman.'

She said she was 'surprised how many people know me in Kenya' and that people on the street and in the hotels stopped her all the time for selfies.

According to Martina, who visited Kenya together with her German fiancee Michael, she is becoming 'more African' by the day.

Martina said: 'Recently, I had been asked several times, whether I noticed that also my facial features become more and more African.

'Since this change is so slow, I did not notice it at first. But after comparing myself to several photos from last year, I also see this change.

'I'm very happy about it and hope that this change will continue. It's such a great feeling to become more and more African.'

Martina added that she 'knows for sure' that any children she has 'will be also African black.'

The German society figure has previously claimed that her hair had become 'naturally African'.





bolt-commonwealth-games-2018.jpgRetired Olympic 100m and 200m world record holder, Usain Bolt landed in Brisbane Australia early Wednesday morning to support Jamaica's team participating in the Commonwealth Games on the country's Gold Coast.

Bolt said he was "glad" to be in Queensland and also posted a photo to Twitter with Games mascot Borobi along with the caption "game time">

Bolt, who is making his first visit to the Gold Coast, missed the men's 100m final at the Carrara Stadium where South African Akani Simbine claimed the gold medal in an upset win over his former Racers training partner Yohan Blake.

The 31 year old, after happily striking his signature lightning bolt pose for the cameras, said he would be cheering on the Jamaican athletics and netball competitors this week.

"We are a big track nation so I always expect the best from them at all times," he said.

"This is the first time I'm actually going to be at a championship and not be competing so I'm excited just to watch and to cheer on and get the chance just to see it from a different angle."

Bolt was scheduled to host a press conference on Thursday.





Tappa wants $1.5 million to coach Reggae Boyz

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whitmore-fired.jpgFormer Reggae Boyz head coach Theodore 'Tappa' Whitmore was demanding $1.5 million a month and the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) could not afford it, president Michael Ricketts has revealed.

Ricketts, speaking this morning on Nationwide Radio, said that expense would have had to be defrayed by sponsors and the JFF does not have such arrangements.

Last week Whitmore resigned with immediate effect.

The JFF had offered him $500,000 a month and he was not satisfied with the term of his contract.

In January, the former national midfielder gave the JFF four weeks to sort out negotiations.

Meanwhile, Sports Minister Olivia Grange has said she will be seeking to mediate between the parties.





tommy-lee-photo-10-full-color.jpgTommy Lee Sparta is taking no hostages with his newest diss track. He is firing at Alkaline, Mavado, Jahmiel...and just about anybody who comes in the line of fire.

The Gothic recording artiste called out the Dancehall heavyweights over the weekend promising them war and he is definitely a man of his word.

On Tuesday, Sparta previewed "Dismiss" aimed at the MVP group. "#Dismiss coming soon. Soon tell unno when #deadbwoy an #deadgal when me pull up. SPARTANS UNNO READY 🤟🏽☠," he captioned a video driving and listening to the track.





mavado-photo-12.jpgGullyside artiste, Mavado, is staring at possible legal action over a song which another artiste is claiming as his own.

Reports are that on-the-rise artiste, Rymatic, is accusing 'Vado of stealing his song. The song under the microscope is Mavado's Paper Soldier, which was produced by 324 New Empire Records on the Carbines Riddim.

Rymatic is adamant that the chorus of Paper Soldier is a carbon copy of a track from his soon-to-bre-released EP.

Rymatic's team says he is looking to take legal action against Mavado because the track was suppose to be the leading single on his upcoming EP and now he won't be able to use it.





sean-paul-photo-9.jpgGrammy-winning dancehall artiste Sean Paul has been making a plea for blood donors needed to help save his father's life.

The 'Mad Love' singer said his father, Garth Henriques, is at the intensive care unit of the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) and is in dire need of O Negative blood.

In a video posted to his social media platforms, Sean Paul said: "I am presently at the University Hospital of the West Indies where my pops has been fighting for his life humbly for the past two months. We have been asking family and friends to give blood if they can but right now he's in dire need for blood, so if anybody can help out, I would greatly appreciate it."

Individuals interested in donating blood to Mr Henriques can go to the UHWI between 9 30 am and 3 30 pm, or any other blood bank island wide, Sean Paul said.

He also used the platform to encourage Jamaicans to generally donate blood as supplies are notoriously inadequate across the island.





harold-brady-photo-2.jpgA bailiff and other authorities were on duty at a home in Cherry Gardens, St Andrew, seeking to evict disbarred attorney, Harold Brady, from the premises.

Lawyers representing the owner of the property said Brady is being evicted for millions of dollars owed in rent for the premises.

Attorney Nico Pagon from the law firm Messrs Caroline PA, representing the owner of the premises, gave some details of the outstanding rental.

"Initially it was about $7 million for back rent, (but) some amount of monies has been paid," Pagon said.

"Right now the bailiff is executing a writ of possession which we obtained from the Supreme Court for us to have possession of the premises so that we can return it to our client, as well as order (for the) seizure and sale of certain articles," the attorney added.





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Marsha Gay Reynolds, the second-runner up in the 2008 Miss Jamaica World competition, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine almost two years ago has been ordered released from jail.

The 34-year-old Jamaican, a runner-up in the Miss Jamaica World 2008 pageant, which sends the country's representatives to Miss World contests, was a flight attendant with JetBlue Airline when she tried to smuggle nearly 60 pounds of cocaine onto a plane at the Los Angeles International Airport in her carry-on baggage.

On Monday, she was sentenced by a federal judge to time served. Normally the charges carry a minimum mandatory sentence of 10 years

The Los Angeles Airport Police reported that the cocaine was worth about US$3 million on the street and US$750,000 wholesale. According to a report in My News LA, the judge cited her "crucial" testimony in the prosecution of her supplier, Jamaican drug dealer Gaston Brown.

"She obviously provided substantial assistance to the government," U.S. District Judge Christina Snyder was quoted as saying.

The judge also reportedly said, without her help, prosecutors would have had a far more difficult time convicting Brown at trial in February for conspiracy and other federal charges.

Brown, 41, was named by a federal grand jury in an indictment accusing him of supplying Reynolds the cocaine that she had attempted to smuggle on to a plane. He is expected to be sentenced in August of this year and faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in federal prison and a maximum possible sentence of life.

Meanwhile, Reynolds is expected to be released from custody in time to return home to Queens, New York with her parents who were at her sentencing hearing. She is likely to be released in the next few days and will then spend three years on supervised release, according to City News Service.

On March 18, 2016, Reynolds fled leaving behind her luggage after she was randomly selected for secondary screening at the airport.

She reportedly boarded a flight to Queens, New York, where she has an apartment, then later turned in herself to federal authorities at the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York.

The former Jamaican beauty queen and New York University track athlete was studying to be a nurse while working for JetBlue, her former attorney said.

In court Reynolds acknowledged earning thousands of dollars to help smuggle drugs and money through airport security at LAX and John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York by using her 'known crew member' status to breeze past security and then transfer the contraband to a co-conspirator.





held.jpgTwo Colombian nationals are among four persons in custody for allegedly scamming people out of expensive jewellery.

The four - two Colombian males and two Jamaican females - were nabbed on Monday in relation to an alleged scam committed in February, in Manchester.

scam-alert.jpgPolice report that on Wednesday, February 21, 2018, the suspects visited Cobbla district, Manchester where they went from house to house promoting the exchange of gold jewellery for appliances.

A woman allegedly handed over a bag containing several pieces of gold jewellery to the accused persons for which they staged test to check the authenticity, police said in a news release.

"The accused then handed back the bag to her and left the location. The bag was later checked, and the victim found that her jewellery was missing," stated the cops in the release issued by the corporate communications arm of the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

A report of the incident was subsequently filed with the police.

The alleged scammers were nabbed on Monday, when law enforcement officials were alerted that the suspects were in the area. A white Nissan Lafesta motorcar was subsequently intercepted and the four, identified as those involved in the jewellery scam, were taken into custody on suspicion of larceny by trick.

Investigators are appealing to persons who may have been victims of a jewellery scam to contact them immediately.

Persons can contact C-TOC at 937-1389, Police 119 emergency number, Crime Stop at 311 or the nearest Police Station.





The Director of Public Prosecutions Paula Llewellyn says that a high-level police investigation is underway into reports that murder convict Michael McLean was able to leave his high-security prison several times to engage in sexual activities while he awaited trial.

McLean, 50, was on Thursday given six life sentences for slaughtering six members of a St Thomas family in 2006.

He has been ordered to serve 60 years in prison before he becomes eligible for parole but effectively, should serve another 48 years since he has been in custody for the past 12 years.

Throughout his murder trial, McLean repeatedly requested to speak with officials at the Independent Commission of Investigations, saying he wanted to hand over proof that during the 12 years he was in custody awaiting trial he was taken to several guest houses on 19 occasions to have sex with various women.

"In the 12 years I have been in custody I have dated two teachers and a secretary," McLean on the second day of the trial.





marlon-samuels.jpgMarlon Sameuls, the West Indies cricketer who appears in Ishawna's Instaboy video, is defending himself against allegations by Yanique 'curvy Diva' Barrett. Yanique, who is said to have been close to the cricketer, vented on social media over the weekend, alleging that she was being stalked and threatened to have her personal pictures shared online. Yanique said that she had reported it to the police.

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Well, she did in fact call Samuels' name and he has since put out the following release:

"It has been brought to my attention that there are allegations in social media circles, that a female television personality who goes by the moniker Yanique Curvy Diva has made several derogatory posts on social media about me. I am therefore informing the public that I refute the allegations made by Miss Yanique Barrett and I intend to take the necessary steps legally to defend my reputation in due course.

"In my capacity as a sports ambassador, my job is to continue serving the people of Jamaica, the West Indies and by extension the cricketing world, and in addition the blind community by way of the Marlon Samuels Foundation for the Blind. In the circumstances, I am therefore requesting that the mentioned media personality and those associated directly or indirectly to her immediately cease and desist from embroiling my name in any controversy, (expressly or implied) surrounding this person. Failure to observe this request will result in legal action for an injunction against you to restrain you from further slandering and defaming my name and reputation."

- Marlon Samuels

We are awaiting Yanique's response.





A judge last week sentenced an Alabama teenager to 65 years in prison for a series of crimes, including murder, even though a police officer was the one who actually killed the victim.

Lakeith Smith, now 18, was convicted under the state's accomplice liability law in March. Based on that law, a person can be convicted of murder if they were committing a crime with the deceased that led to the other person's death, according to the Montgomery Advertiser. In Smith's case, he was involved in burglaries alongside A'Donte Washington, 16, when a police officer shot and killed Washington in 2015.

In February 2015, both Smith and Washington were part of a group of five who broke into two houses in Millbrook, Alabama, the Advertiser reports. When police responded to the scene, the two sides exchanged gunfire. Body camera footage played in court showed Washington running towards an officer pointing a gun at him. The officer then shot and killed Washington.

Circuit Judge Sibley Reynolds sentenced Smith to 65 years in prison on Thursday -- 30 years for a felony murder, 15 for burglary and two 10-year sentences for theft.

"The officer shot A'donte, not Lakeith Smith," said Smith's attorney Jennifer Holton during the trial, as per USA Today. "Lakeith was a 15-year-old child, scared to death. He did not participate in the act that caused the death of A'donte. He never shot anybody."

Though Smith was a minor when the incident took place, he was tried as an adult.

In March, Smith declined a plea deal that would have sentenced him to 25 years in prison; he was convicted later that month.

The other three defendants involved in the burglaries have all entered guilty pleas, Fox 8 Live reports. One has been sentenced to 28 years in prison, while the other two have not yet been sentenced.

And as for the Millbrook police officer who actually killed Washington? A grand jury cleared him of any wrongdoing back in 2016, saying he was justified in fatally shooting Washington, WSFA reported at the time.

This article originally appeared on HuffPost.





Jamaican deportee gets 100 months in US prison

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hands-behind-bars.jpgA Jamaican who returned to the United States after being deported from the country twice has been sentenced to 100 months in prison.

It will run consecutively with his 40 year sentence on state charges for the attempted murder of a police officer in New York.

It's reported that Ronald Greenland, 55, initially entered the US lawfully in 1972, but lost that status due to multiple criminal convictions in Connecticut, Florida, and New York.

On February 23, 2007, an immigration judge ordered Greenland deported to Jamaica, but he later re-entered the U.S. On October 25 last year, he was convicted in New York of attempted murder and attempted assault of a police officer. The following month, Greenland pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court, White Plains, New York to federal illegal re-entry after removal following an aggravated felony conviction.

In February this year he was sentenced to 40 years to life in prison on the New York state charges and March 28 sentenced to 151 months in federal custody, with 100 months to run consecutively with his state conviction.





robert-montague-photo-2.jpgThe Police High Command has confirmed that an investigation has been launched into an alleged plot to kill former Minister of National Security Robert Montague.

The headline in Sunday's edition of The Gleaner revealed that gun runners based in the United States have placed a bounty on the life of the former Security Minister due to the Jamaican Government's crackdown on gun smuggling into the island.

The report suggests that members of the underworld who smuggle guns from the US via the Bahamas and Haiti into Jamaica are displeased with the crackdown on their business.

In a statement Sunday afternoon, the Police High Command confirmed the report and disclosed that a multi-jurisdictional investigation into the allegations has been launched.

The JCF said it is being assisted by its United States law enforcement counterparts with the investigation.

The probe began several weeks ago following intelligence fed to the High Command.

The statement added that the JCF takes all threats seriously and investigates them.





A robber who was also a would-be rapist felt the ire of residents from the quiet town of Moneague in St Ann on Saturday. The man was set upon and chopped to death by an angry mob after he allegedly robbed and then tried to rape a teenager from the community.

After taking her phone, the thug tried to assault the young girl , but she raised an alarm and residents rushed to her aid.

They reportedly used machetes, and chopped him several times all over his body.

The police were later summoned to the scene, and the man was assisted to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.





Bronze for Yohan Blake in 100m at Gold Coast

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yohan-blake-and-simbine.jpgYohan Blake won the men's 100-metre bronze at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in Australia on Monday after being relegated to third by the South African pair of Akani Simbine and Henricho Bruintjies at the Carrara Stadium

The 2011 world champion entered Monday's final as the hot favorite after posting the quickest time of the season and in the first two rounds, but stumbled early and never regained his form against the two runners to his right.

Simbine, who was fifth at the 2016 Olympics and at last year's world titles, won in 10.03 second, with Bruintjies second in 10.17, shading Blake by 0.02.

There were two other medals for Jamaica on the day as Christania Williams and Gayon Evans won silver and bronze respectively in the women's 100-metre final.

Trinidad and Tobago's Michelle-Lee Ahye triumphed in the women's race, her first gold medal at a major international meet.

She celebrated with an air punch as she crossed the finish line in 11.14 seconds and relegated Williams (11.21) and Gayon Evans (personal best 11.22) to silver and bronze. England's Asha Philip was fourth in a repeat of her finish in Glasgow four years ago.

The win for Ahye, a finalist at the 2016 Olympics and the last two world championships, delivered Trinidad and Tobago their first Commonwealth title in the women's 100 and meant a Jamaican hasn't won the title since 2006. It came in the absence of the top Jamaican, Elaine Thompson, who won the Olympic 100-200 double in 2016 but is only running the 200 on the Gold Coast.





With three bands -- Bacchanal Jamaica, Xaymaca and Xodus -- it was pandemonium pon di roads of Kingston and St Andrew on Carnival Sunday as the colourful, scantily dressed revellers paraded, danced and pranced to the music provided by big sound trucks.

Not to be left out were the usual spectators, who, this year all got the email about the dress code - Mesh stockings and underwear.

Women of all ages and sizes were seen in Half-Way-Tree and its environ showing off their bodies and getting on bad on the sidelines as the costumed carnival reveller streamed through the city.

Bacchanal Jamaica kick started their march at Sovereign Centre at 10:30 a.m. They made their way to Hope Road/Lady Musgrave and on to Montrose. From there they headed to Trafalgar Road and on to Old Hope Road. They traversed Knutsford Boulevard, Waterloo, Trafalgar, Constant Spring Road, West King's House Road and Half Way Tree, before ending at the Lime Golf Academy.

Xaymaca is started at 9:45 a.m., on Grenada Crescent, headed on to Knutsford Boulevard and moved into the Trafalgar area and then on Holborn/Chelsea Avenue, before moving on to Half Way Tree Road. They ended their march on Trafalgar Road.

Xodus, the third band on the road for the day, was a succes story, doubling their numbers from last year. They started their journey at 10:30 a.m., by Tastee in Liguanea. Revellers will then made their way past Sovereign Centre on to Hope Road/Lady Musgrave. From there they went past BMW headquarters, where they stopped for lunch and refreshment before heading to the Trafalgar Road area. Waterloo, Constant Spring, West King's House roads and South Avenue, are also on the Xodus route. They ended at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre.

Absent from this year's road march was the original carnival band, Jamaica Carnival.

Revellers and spectator then mixed and mingled at the numerous after parties at Riu, Truck Stop and other major events





yanique-samuels-and-ishawna.jpgWhen rumours started floating around that Yanique an cricketer Marlon Samuels were an item, Yanique denied it on several occasions, however, the bodacious diva has since taken to social media to blast Samuels, who she says is stalking and harassing her to the point where she had to report it to the cops.

The Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall host told her social media followers about threats, harassment and stalking and accused Samuels of throwing shade on social media, making his friends call her and that he took her phone and threatened to leak her personal photos online.

As the high drama unfolded in the virtual space, Yanique, who will be starting her own reality series soon, showed a screenshot message from 'Insta Boy' Samuels along with his Insta story which announced that he would be a guest judge on Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall. She captioned it with the question: "Mi style yuh and mi wicked cause mi nuh wah yuh?."

Interestingly, just last week, the Insta Boy had uploaded a picture of a hot lawyer girl and caption it "...and everything is real". Social meadi fans had said that Samuels was throwing shade at Yanique, who has allegedly had implants.

Speculation also was that Yanique qas upset that Inst Boy Samuels had appeared in Ishawna's music video and so the two were "fighting" over Samuels. Yanique addressed this issue saying, "I will never beef with Ishawna or any dancehall fraternity member over you."

And the beat goes on....





Two Falmouth escaped prisoners caught

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Two of four prisoners who escaped from the Falmouth Police Lock-up in Trelawny on Wednesday have been caught.

Travaun Lawson, 22, otherwise called 'Tall Man', of Rose Mount, St James turned himself in to the police in the company of his lawyer while Adrian Stewart, 39, of Dumfries, St James was recaptured during an operation in his community.

Two other escapees are on the run:

1) Mario Morrison, 24, of Bamboo district, Hanover

2) Oneil Demetrius, 31, otherwise called 'Boy Boy', of Lowe River, Wait-A-Bit, Trelawny.

They are both wanted for murder.

The police are urging them to turn themselves in and are reminding family members and residents that it is an offence to harbour a criminal.

Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Mario Morrison and Oneil Demetrius is being asked to contact the Falmouth Police at 954-3703, Crime Stop at 311, Police 119 emergency number or the nearest Police Station.





Son chops father to death in Green Acres

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A 62-year-old man, James Bunting, was chopped to death, reportedly by his son, Horace, in Green Acres, Spanish Town, St Catherine on Wednesday.

Reports are that approximately 6:00 p.m., the two had an argument and during the heated exchange, the elder Bunting was attacked and chopped in the head.

He was taken to hospital, where he died while undergoing treatment.

The suspect fled the scene and is still at large.

The Green Acres community recently benefited from the establishment of a police post with a newly-assigned service vehicle, reportedly because of the increasing crime numbers there.





Who killed Rooksie?

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crime-scene-gun.jpgPolice are still probing the killing of Uriel 'Rooksie' James, the reputed leader of the Rose Town-based Discipline Gang who was shot dead on Wednesday.

Police sources say his body was discovered in a car in St Andrew in the vicinity of Dunrobin.

In February, James was shot and injured in the parking lot of the Spartan Health Club in New Kingston.

He was leaving the club shortly before 8 o'clock in the morning when two men dressed like construction workers opened fire. However, he was saved by a team of armed private security officers.

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

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

Four months earlier he was also freed of illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition in connection with the 2011 robbery of a man.





The Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica (BCJ) has received two Gold Muse awards in the International Muse Creative Awards Competition for 2018 for the very popular 'Pinchy Dead' video, which warns against fake news, and 'Ordinary People', which warns parents to be more aware of what their children are viewing online.

The hilarious, but serious 'Pinchy Dead', features popular local vlogger and recording artiste Bella Blair, and is one of the first in the world to address the problem of fake news and encourages online users to be more careful when consuming and sharing content online. The video was viewed on social media more than two million times and shared more than 8,000 times within the first month of release.

The BCJ's 'Ordinary People' is designed to remind parents that young people are now accessing content across multiple devices. It is a wake-up call for greater parental responsibility and parental guidance.

Cordel Green, executive director of the BCJ, noted that these international awards "recognise the commission's ability to respond creatively to modern-day digital literacy issues in a manner that has global appeal".

"We recognise the breakthrough achievement of designers, marketers, artists, writers, photographers, videographers, and digital experts who set the trends of the global creative industry," said Kenjo Ong, president for the International Awards Associates (IAA), which administers the Muse Awards.





Ziggy Marley to release new album May 18

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ziggy-marley-rebellion-rises.jpgEight-time Grammy Award-winning musician Ziggy Marley will release his seventh full-length solo studio album, Rebellion Rises, on May 18 through Tuff Gong Worldwide and it will be distributed in Jamaica and the Caribbean by Tuff Gong International.

Fully written, recorded and produced by Marley, this new collection of music encourages people to stand together in activism through love.

No track embodies this message better than the album's title track and official first single Rebellion Rises. The song encourages its listeners to use the power humans have as instruments of positive change around the world.

Rebellion Rises marks Marley's first studio release in two years, following 2016's critically acclaimed self-titled project which took home the 2016 Grammy for Best Reggae Album and marked his fourth consecutive debut at #1 on the Billboard Top Reggae Album Chart. Digital pre-orders will be available starting today. All digital pre-orders will include an instant free track of Rebellion Rises, which is also now available for streaming on Spotify, Pandora and Apple Music.

This June, Marley will embark on the first leg of his North American tour with stops in a number of west coast markets including Napa, Seattle, Portland, and San Francisco. The tour will then make its way to Europe beginning June 29 where it opens in Legnano, Italy.





It's Charlyyyyyyy-Not-So-Black!

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charly-not-so-black.jpgSoooo. Diamond-selling dancehall artiste Charly Black, posted a picture of himself looking quite light skinned, or bleached out, as Dancehall fans would say.

As expected, social media chewed up the Party Animal singer who displayed a lighter skin tone than his previous images on his Instagram account. He had captioned the now viral photo of himself dancing with a female: "ARIES BIRTHDAY MOOD 💯🎉🎊🍸🥂🎁 #aries #turrrrrrble#charlyblack #teamunstoppable🤞🏿 #charlyblackbirthdayparty2018,"

Well, we checked out other photos of Charly, in the same clothes and he looked his usual complexion. So, it could have been the lighting, the angle and the editing that caused the apparent colour change.

Anyway, Happy Birthday Charly!!!!!!!





Facebook data breach affected 87 million

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facebook-zuckerberg-tax-avoidance-culprit.jpgFacebook has said it now believes up to 87 million people's data was improperly shared with the political consultancy Cambridge Analytica.

The overall figure had been previously quoted as being 50 million by the whistleblower Christopher Wylie.

The details were revealed in a blog by the tech firm's chief technology officer, several hours after the US House Commerce Committee announced that Facebook's founder, Mark Zuckerberg, would testify before it on April 11.

The tech firm has faced intense criticism after it emerged that it had known for years that Cambridge Analytica had harvested data from millions of its users, but had relied on the London-based firm to self-certify that it had deleted the information.





Tmartin-luther-king-nobel-prize.jpghe daughter of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. remembered him as "the apostle of nonviolence" as admirers marked the 50th anniversary of his assassination Wednesday with marches, speeches and quiet reflection.

At events around the country, participants took time to both reflect on King's legacy and discuss how his example can apply to racial and economic divides still plaguing society. Instead of sorrow, King's contemporaries and a new generation of social activists presented a message of resilience and hope.

Speaking in King's hometown of Atlanta, the Rev. Bernice A. King recalled her father as a civil rights leader and great orator whose message of peaceful protest was still vital decades later.

"We decided to start this day remembering the apostle of nonviolence," she said during a ceremony to award the Martin Luther King Jr. Nonviolent Peace Prize held at the King Center.

In Memphis, where King died, police estimated that 10,000 people showed up for an early afternoon march led by the same sanitation workers union whose low pay King had come to protest when he was shot.

Dixie Spencer, president of the Bolivar Hardeman County, Tennessee, branch of the NAACP, said remembrances of King's death should be a call to action. (Source AP)





travis-greene.jpgKnown and loved for an impressive body of praise and worship songs, Grammy nominee and multiple awards winning gospel artiste, Travis Greene, brought the curtains down in impeccable style at Easter Monday's staging of Unity in the City.

Clearly this gospel show has its crowd and they were present long before the 6:00PM start time and seemed to stream in endlessly throughout the evening. With a sold-out platinum, gold and VIP sections right on the field in front of the hi-tech looking stage, and a grandstand almost full to capacity, the stage was set to create unity in Kingston city.

Showing his musical ability, Travis Greene strummed his guitar and then played the keyboard as he truly belted out new age gospel favourites interspersed with an old favourite, Jesus Paid It all. Among the songs Greene performed were Made a Way, See the Light and a reggae remix of Intentional. Full of more sedate worship rather than the over-the-top praise, Greene, brought on his wife to give a testimony of God's goodness in the safe delivery of their son, who doctors had recommended be aborted at 21 weeks.

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Among the acts billed for the show were heavyweights Grammy award winners Israel Houghton and JJ Hairston, complemented by top-rated local acts who have also made their name on the international scene.

Houghton and his New Breed band delivered hits songs including Here I Am to Worship, Trading my Sorrows and I Am Not Forgotten. Hairston and his Youthful Praise choir made souls sway with songs like Great Is Our God, You Deserve It and Great and Mighty God.

did favourites like Back to the Owner and Bible Addict. But he also ministered about how God saved him from a life of mischief and purposeless.

High-energy sets also came from DJ Nicholas, Kevin Downswell and Jermaine Edwards. Downswell performed tracks including If It's Not You, Already Done and All the Way. The vibrant sound of new gospel continued with Edwards who sang favourites like Nah Bow, Beautiful Day and Hallelujah.

The huge crowd showed their appreciation for all the acts and seen in the audience was gospel artiste, Judy Mowatt, who told Yardflex in an interview after the concert that she enjoyed herself thoroughly.

"This concert could not miss me. When I heard the line-up I knew I just had to be here and I am certainly happy that I came. I enjoyed myself and I was blessed," she said.





jutc-buses.jpgThe Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) says due to recent shootings in August Town, St Andrew, its buses to the area will terminate at the University of the West Indies' (UWI's) Irving Hall, known as the UWI back gate.

"The JUTC has been forced once again to temporarily suspend its service in August Town, St Andrew as a result of violence/renewed shootings this morning," the State-run bus company said on Twitter this morning.

It also urged commuters to be safe.

When contacted, the police's Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) confirmed that there has been shooting in the area but said it has received no official report on the incident.





stacious-and-ninjaman.jpgBig up to Stacious for still looking out for Ninjaman.

She shared the very first photo of veteran entertainer Ninjaman since his murder conviction.

Stacious recently visited the original Gold Teeth Don Gorgon, whose given name is Desmond Ballentine, at the St Catherine Adult Correctional Centre, in Spanish Town.

In the photo, Ninjaman can be seen wearing a long sleeve button down oxford shirt, fitted jeans and wallabee Clarks.





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beenie-and-d-angel.jpgBwoy, never a dull day in entertainment.

Everybody is talking about the way Beenie Man diss D'Angel at her birthday party. But D'Angel says she was not embarrassed, but people seem to think that she should be.

Well, all now we cyaan get over how she go pon stage to perform with Beenie and decide say she a go sing 'A One Man Mi Got' and a position herself fi Beenie whine pon her and the man just turn away. Tek way himself and leave her hanging. S-H-A-M-E!

Plus him tell her say that kind of behaviour was "inappropriate".

But Angel bounce back and say all who a talk need to get a life because it was not embarrassing at all.

People a say that Krystal, Beenie girlfriend, did give him a talk.

According to one commentator: "Beenie man was helping D angel with her birthday to earn a money we all know nothing going on for her big.She take it a bit too far.Not because he ex husband or baby father he would to dance .She would be more professional.He is in a serious relationship with someone that don't put them dutty laundry to the media. Angel did do Beenie bad years ago."

What a prekeh!!!! Tek a look below.





winnie-mandela-yardflex.jpg"She succumbed peacefully in the early hours of Monday afternoon surrounded by her family and loved ones," the family said in a statement.

The ex-wife of Nelson Mandela was known as "mother of the nation" and had been admitted to hospital in January with a kidney infection.

Her family said she "kept the memory of her imprisoned husband Nelson Mandela alive during his years on Robben Island and helped give the struggle for justice in South Africa one its most recognisable faces."

News of her death comes on the day the US marks 50 years since the assassination of civil rights activist Martin Luther King -- who her former husband paid tribute to while accepting the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.

The young activist met Nelson Mandela at a bus stop in Soweto when she was 22 in 1957 and the pair married a year later. Their romance lasted 38 years that was largely spent apart, with Nelson imprisoned for 27 years, leaving Winnie to raise two daughters and keep his political dream alive.

In 1990 the world watched when Nelson Mandela finally walked out of prison -- hand-in-hand with Winnie.

But they separated just two years later and divorced in 1996 after a legal wrangle that revealed her affair with a young bodyguard and she went on to become embroiled in several major controversies.





Has Denyque joined the plastic club?

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denyque-photo-2.jpgHas Denyque joined Yanqiue Curvy Diva, Aidonia's wife Kimberly Megan and Usain Bolt's longtime girlfriend Kasi Bennett, as the newest member of the plastic club.

Well the recording artiste and TV personality is sporting ample cleavage these days so its very possible, in addition, her husband, Careem Mullings, sparked rumours over the weekend when he shared a post of the two and tagged popular American cosmetic and plastic surgeon Dr. Miami on Denyque's boobs.

The gesture sent tongues wagging on social media as many speculated that the "Proud Wifey" singer went under the knife recently.





khago-photo-2.jpgDancehall artiste, Khago who recently dropped an album called "Walk A Mile'', which made a big debut on the Billboard Reggae chart, has released yet another album.

On Friday, the prolific singer/songwriter released "Dancehall Soca" and already it is making its presence felt on the iTunes charts.

In fact, it seems like Khago's album is doing better that that of his longtime rival, I-Octane, whose latest album Love & Life, was also released in Friday.

Social media is convinced that Khago did this to spite I-Octane

Interstingly, on Sunday, Khago captioned a video on Instagram, showing the iTunes chart with his album sitting smugly at number 3 while, Octane's project is just outside thge Top 10...at number 11.

Khago declared: ''Look wat a gwaan pan iTunes lol ja two top legends in control don't worry Jamaica ....we taken back ur music''.





held.jpgThe St Elizabeth police have arrested a 21-year-old man in connection with a break-in at the Holland Primary School in which several items, including groceries, were stolen.

Christopher Campbell was charged on Thursday with School House Breaking, Larceny and Receiving Stolen Property.

Reports are that an 84 inch television set that was stolen from the Holland Primary School on March 2 was found at Campbell's house during a search by the police.

He was subsequently arrested and charged.

The accused is scheduled to appear in court later this week.





police-commissioner-antony-anderson-photo-1.jpgFormer National Security Advisor and now Commissioner of Police, Major General Antony Anderson had his credit card cloned, but the alleged perpetrator is now before the courts.

Forty-four-year-old businessman, Earl Hobins, had his bail extended when he appeared in the St Andrew Parish Court last Thursday to answer to a charge of having benefited from the cloning the credit card of

Hobins has been charged with defrauding General Anderson, with more than $1 million having been reportedly taken from his account.

Anderson took office as Police Commissioner on March 19, 2018.

Fraud Squad detectives began their probe in February of this year after it was discovered that the former Chief of Defence Staff, who was then the National Security Advisor to Prime Minister Andrew Holness, had been defrauded.

Investigators said the illegal activities with the card began on February 22.

According to the police, unscrupulous persons cloned Anderson's credit card and stole $1.3 million over a period of seven days.

The investigators said a man and a woman created two cloned cards from Anderson's card, which were used to purchase appliances, car parts and hair, among other items.

Following investigations, Hobins was arrested and charged on March 9.





The St James police are yet to ascertain the identities of three men who were shot dead during a gun battle with a law enforcement team in the parish on Good Friday morning.

Following the gunfight, the police seized two firearms.

Reports are that about 5:45 a.m., a police party conducted a special operation in Sunderland district in St James in search of wanted men and illegal firearms, and came under gunfire in the process.

The police took evasive action and returned the gunfire.

When the shooting subsided, three unidentified men were found suffering from gunshot wounds.

The injured men were taken to the Cornwall Regional Hospital, where they were pronounced dead on arrival.

One black Beretta 9mm pistol, bearing serial number BER020732Z, with a magazine containing one 9mm cartridge; and one black 9mm pistol with the make and serial number erased, loaded with a magazine containing one 9mm cartridge, were seized.

Investigations continue.





Reggae Sumfest tickets go on sale May 1!!!

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sumfest-2018-flyer.gifThe wait is over!

On Tuesday May 1 tickets will be available for all Reggae Sumfest events at all the usual local Jamaican outlets, including Fontana Drugs in Kingston, Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, Mandeville.

Patrons can also purchase their Reggae Sumfest tickets at Rapid True Value Hardware Stores in Kingston, Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, Portmore; Richie B's Liquor Centre and Mary Brown's Texaco in Kingston.

Ironshore Total, Pier 1, and El Paso Records in Montego Bay will also have tickets as of May 1 and and of course online at Reggae Sumfest | Our Music, Our Festival





Jamaican culture was on show at the 11th Bali Spirit Festival which was held April 2-8 in Ubud, Indonesia. The week-long event again focused on things spiritual, with yoga, music and dance the dominant themes.

Dancer Latonya Style, singer Jah'Mila Smith and yoga teacher Nadine McNeil formed the Jamaican presence at the festival. McNeil, who spends much of her time in Indonesia, has been involved with the Bali Spirit Festival since it was first held in 2011.

She conducted one of the well-attended yoga classes and played a key role in the International Women's Circle which started proceedings.

Style brought dancehall to the festival for the first time. She performed a number of choreographed moves in her daily classes which were well received, in addition to the dances that made dancehall icons Bogle and Ice famous. She did her Bumpa Twerkout, a mix of the Booty Shake and Twerk, that was popular in the United States two years ago.

Smith went to the Bali Spirit Festival as the 2018 awardee for the Jamaica-Indonesia Residency Program for Emerging Artists. Her two-week study visit was arranged by Professor Michael Morrissey.

A recording artiste for over 10 years, she performed alongside two world music acts: DJ Raio on April 5 and Sebatierra and The Earthkeepers on April 7.

Positive response to the Jamaican experience was the most satisfying aspect of her time in Indonesia.





Kanye fires his manager

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kanye-west-photo-3.jpgKanye West is gearing up for a new album, but the Chicago rapper will be working on the project without a manager.

According to an April 24 report from Billboard, Yeezy has parted ways with manager Scooter Braun, who had been managing the rapper for two and a half years. The companies of West and Braun will continue to work together though.

A source says the move came after Kanye's recent decision to "leave the traditional music business" and added that the rapper had told some associates that he wants to change his whole operation to in-house. Yeezy reportedly did invite Braun's team to continue working with him full time but the manager declined.

On Wednesday (March 25), The Life of Pablo artist confirmed the news, tweeting, "I no longer have a manager. I can't be managed." In a separate tweet, the rapper wrote, "I'm nobody's 'client.'"

The move comes a few weeks after West split from his other manager, Izvor "Izzy" Zivkovic. While Zivkovic had worked with Yeezy for nearly 10 years, the manager often kept a low profile and was rarely seen. The reason for their split was unknown at the time of reports.

In related news, along with his own upcoming album, Kanye is also reportedly working on projects from Nas and Pusha T. In tweets posted on April 22, Yeezy claimed he's "hand producing" albums from Pusha and Esco and revealed the Pusha T album will release on May 25, while Nas' record will drop on June 15.

Check out Kanye West's latest tweets below.

KANYE WEST

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I no longer have a manager. I can't be managed

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Beenie Man disses Kartel, Popcaan in new track

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beenie-man-photo-6.jpgBeenie Man is gearing up to release a diss track aimed at Vybz Kartel and his former mentor Popcaan.

The track comes days after the "Unruly Boss" called out the Doc for allegedly disrespecting his mother, Miss Rhona in a viral video.

Following the beef, Beenie Man reached out to Popcaan and apologies however it seems the "Stray Dog" deejay rejected the olive branch because the damage was already done.

In an interesting twist, Beenie took to the studio to record a diss track addressing the situation.

"Me deh ya so before them / them come ya come see me / Now them a tell me say me badmind / badmind for what, badmind who, what / Mind badmind give yo brain tumor / A serious thing this a no humor / Everyday yo get up a spread rumor / Remember shark bigger than tuna / Nike deh a road before Puma," Beenie Man deejays in the track.

The single was previewed by outspoken Dancehall selector Foota Hype who says it was sent to his email and labelled as a Popcaan diss.

In the track Beenie Man also named dropped incarcerated Dancehall deejay Vybz Kartel, "Me alone me alone / Live in a glass house yo don't throw stone / Me alone, me alone / Worl'Boss last album me think a me / If yo see yo girl she think a me." Vybz Kartel last album is titled King of the Dancehall and we all know that Beenie crowned himself as the dancehall king since the mid-1990s.





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Ne-Yo is prepping the release of his new album Good Man, and on March 30 he delivered the new track "Push Back" featuring Stefflon Don and BeBe Rexha.

StarGate is on the production on this one which definitely finds Ne-Yo channeling a dancehall vibe over the bouncy Caribbean soundscape. Steff, who is currently in contention to land on the 2018 XXL Freshman cover, rides the riddems spitting accented bars.

"Yo, push back while mi push back on di ting/Put it pon you one time, mi phone nuh stop ring (hello?)," she rhymes. "My ring off my cellular/Nuff chat but tell mi what you tellin' her/Jump up, make it 'bout to jump, 'til it crack your brump/My girl, mi no say nuh', when you crack it up."

Ne-Yo is dedicating the party track to confident ladies. "I love a woman who knows how to move," the singer says in reference to the party cut. "I love a woman that has her own self, her own heart and mind. She's comfortable with her body. And when her song comes on, she's gonna get up and move. She's gonna show you just how confident and comfortable she is. 'Push Back' is about these women."

Ne-Yo's new album Good Man drops on June 8 and will also feature 2 Chainz, PartyNextDoor and others.

Listen to Ne-Yo's new single "Push Back" featuring Stefflon Don and Bebe Rexha below.





Kingston College's (KC) Wayne Pinnock shattered the Penn Relays high school boys' long jump record on Saturday after he jumped 7.88m (0.5m/s) as Jamaicans swept all three jump events at the 124th staging of the Penn Relays Carnival at Franklin Field in Philadelphia, USA.

Cornwall College's Owayne Owens won the triple jump with a season's best 15.26m (-0.3m/s) in a mild upset after St Jago High's Lushane Wilson had retained his high jump title on Friday.

Pinnock, who jumped an eye-popping 7.99m at the G C Foster Classic in March before winning the Class One event at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys' Championships with 7.77m, is the first Jamaican to win the event since 2015, when Jullianie Walker of Calabar tasted success.

He passed the record on his very first attempt, smashing the 7.69m held by former Calabar High athlete Maurice Wignall since 1994 and followed up with jumps of 7.72m (1.5m/s), a wind-aided 7.75m (3.1m/s) then a 7.54m effort before passing on his final two jumps.

Calabar High's Alexander Thompson was second with 7.47m (1.3m/s) with Frank Royal of St Christopher's of Richmond, Virginia, third with a wind-aided 7.42m (2.4m/s).

Shaquille Lowe of KC was fifth with 7.15m, while Wolmer's Boys' Daniel Bogle was sixth with 7.13m and St Jago's Kavion Kerr 10th with 6.63m.





The women's 4x100m team were the only Jamaican winners in the USA vs The Word series at the final day of the 124th Penn Relays Carnival under sunny but cool conditions at Franklin Field in Philadelphia, USA.

The team of Gayon Evans, Kerron Stewart, Schillone Calvert-Powell, Jura Levy ran 43.14 seconds to beat two American teams and Guyana to retain the title they won last year and win it for the seventh time over all.

The USA Red team finished second in 43.18 seconds ahead of the USA-Blue (43.71s) and Guyana (46.40s) as Trinidad and Tobago failed to finish.





Detectives are still investigating the murder in Green Island, Hanover, following last week's gruesome discovery of the mutilated bodies of a heavily pregnant woman and her two children.

The three were chopped to death between Tuesday and Wednesday morning, according to the police who took one man into custody in connection with the triple murder.

The bodies were said to be discovered at their dwelling place in Green Island on Wednesday morning.

The man in custody is the 61-year-old former spouse of the 39-year-old slain, pregnant mother.





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Love & Hip Hop drama: Spice gets into fight

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As expected, Queen of the Stage, Spice got herself into quite a fight on the reality series

Love & Hip-Hop: Atlanta. In a preview of Monday night's show, Spice iis caught in two different scenes. The first shows Spice arguing with her close friend Tommie Lee about her drinking problem that caused a delay with their upcoming music video.

Another scene shows her on a ranch with cast members which quickly escalated into her trying to fight newcomer Tokyo Vanity.

In the footage, Vanity can be heard discussing her beef with Spice, "I don't have no problem with her (Spice) but the b***h keeps playing with me, she said.

Spice overhears her comments and gets up screaming, "Doah call mi nuh bloodcl****t b***h!". She then rushed towards Tokyo Vanity and threw the cake she was eating at her.

Security had to step in quickly and restrained Spice. Spice Gets Into Another Fight On Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta





danielle-di-image-1.jpgDanielle D.I. and Denyque have given social media users a sneak peek into their individual brands with the introduction of REBEL and REBELLION respectively.

Rocking sweatshirts bearing her image, D.I. revealed to her over 227,000 followers on Instagram that her REBEL merchandise is coming soon. Dressed in a white long sleeve sweater top and a yellow long sleeve sweater crop top, DI was the ultimate fashionista.

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Denyque also used Instagram as the platform to introduce her carnival costumes.

The two-piece ensemble is completed with orange and black feathers for the females while the male design is just a simple short-shorts with orange lace to the side and in the front.





Actress Rosie Murray returns after heart attack

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Last December, renowned actress Rosie Murray suffered a serious heart attack requiring surgery. She returned to the stage in full-form, on Saturday night in her first production Slice of Life, staged at Hope United church hall.

Described as a theatrical presentation of reality, and the actress' own personal experiences, Slice of Life is directed by Owen 'Blakka' Ellis, the production will mark her return as a benefit show

"I'm so excited to be getting back on the horse. Been out of commission since last year, and this is my first performance in terms of acting since I've gone through my recovery," Murray is quoted as saying.

Two years ago, Murray opted out of continuing her career in media, choosing instead the life of a baker. Consumed with taking her business to profit while focusing on penning her own works, Rosie's medical issues went unnoticed. After suffering a heart attack in December, her family set up a GoFundMe account to the tune of US$20,000 (approximately J$1.4 million) to finance a necessary angioplasty.

"I'm really excited, titillated! And I did a little adaptation to it, to address the recent journey and the recovery phase. It's still the original Slice of Life with just a little extra slice. God has been so good, so it's going to be a celebration as well," Murray said.

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





Don Mafia suffers heart attack

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Controversial Jamaican artiste/producer/songwriter, Don Mafia is currently in hospital following an alleged heart attack.

According to reports, Mafia was complaining of chest pains Saturday morning when he was rushed to the University Hospital of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica.

Doctors presently have Don Mafia under observation.

Meanwhile, several industry players including entertainers Ding Dong, Macka Diamond and Kevin of Voicemail have since asked their fans to pray for Don Mafia's speedy recovery.

"Please help me say a prayer for my brother @donmafiadiboss had a heart attack 😢😢😢😢😢😢 I'm so hurt rite now," Macka Diamond wrote on Instagram.





Andre Bryan, the alleged leader of the Clansman gang, was again remanded when he appeared before the Home Circuit Court Friday afternoon.Bryan, otherwise called 'Blackman', was charged last month during a clampdown on members of the Spanish Town based gang.

He has been charged under the anti-gang legislation with leading a criminal organisation.

Six other members of the criminal network, including Bryan's mother, Millicent Brown, were also refused bail.

During a bail hearing for Brown Friday afternoon, prosecutors strongly opposed bail and argued that the 53 year old was a major player in her son's criminal enterprise. According to the prosecutors, over the last two years, Brown has been managing extortion money collected by the Clansman gang from businesses in Spanish Town and its environs.They say she also operated an illegal gambling enterprise for the gang in Spanish Town and used the cash to pay for legal services and to secure bail bonds for gang members who are arrested and charged. They added that Brown also used the illegal proceeds to support the families of gang members.

However, her attorney, Shannan Clarke, denied the allegations and argued that her client was only charged because she is the mother of Andre Bryan.

Bail was also refused for another defendant, Boswell Rhoden.

Prosecutors reported that Rhoden, who operated a shop in the Spanish Town bus park, facilitated the gang by hiding their weapons in his establishment.

They say high powered weapons are usually hidden in his shop by members of the Clansman gang.

His attorney, Leroy Equiano, said his client was a tattoo artist and was not associated or involved in the gang.





Police investigators say that the four men whose bodies were found buried in shallow graves in Pennants, Clarendon on Friday were part of a criminal network.Head of the Area Three police, Assistant Commissioner Clifford Chambers says the men were involved in the drugs trade.

The four men were last week reported missing by relatives.

They are brothers Kevon and Clinton Hutchinson of Santa Cruz and Shawn Thompson and Alwin Griffiths, both of Schoolfield near Malvern.

Investigators have been combing a section of the Thomas River where their bodies were found, to determine whether the location was being used to dispose of the bodies of persons who have been murdered.

Reports are that the men could have been involved in the booming guns-for-drugs trade.

Earlier reports had stated that the men were farmers from St. Elizabeth, and they had all gone by car to a neighboring parish.

The girlfriend of one of the men has reportedly come forward to say that prior to him leaving on his journey he had given her his bank card and told her that if anything happened she was to use it as there was money in the bank.





Strong police presence in Arnett Gardens

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police-cars.jpgA strong police presence has been established in Arnett Gardens following the murder of two young men in the area on Thursday.

The police said they have increased their numbers in the area to allay the fears of residents following the deadly attack on two brothers by heavily armed men.

Reports are that the victims - Akeem James, 25, and Damarley Wilson, 20 - were at their home when thugs kicked in the door to the house in which they lived and opened fire, hitting them multiple times.

The injured men were taken to hospital, where they were pronounced dead.

A day after the attack, the residents of the community said they were worried that other attacks will come.

"Is a gang feud a take place in the area and right now we the citizens worried. We going to wi bed and wondering who will be next," said a woman from the community.

Head of the Western Kingston Police Division, Superintendent Howard Chambers, said police personnel are not only out in force monitoring the community, but have also stepped up their search for the men who were involved in the killing.

Police sources said investigators are following several leads in the killing, but were not prepared to disclose any details up to the time of publication.





Triple murderer Bowza was on the run

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Nico Samuels

o/c 'Bowza' - wanted for a triple murder in St. James in 2017

Police say Nico Samuels otherwise called 'Bowza', was on the run for several months was wanted list for a triple murder commited in 2017.

Samuels was killed on Saturday in a joint police/military operation in St James.

The stand off comes just weeks after three men were shot and killed during another gun battle with the police in St James.

Government on January 18, imposed Enhanced Security Measures after the parish of St James recorded 335 murders in 2017.

The Jamaican House of Representatives has since extended the crime-prompted emergency measure until Wednesday, May 2.

Police officials have announced a significant reduction in crime attributed to the implementation of Enhanced Security Measures.





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Nico Samuels

o/c 'Bowza' - wanted for a triple murder in St. James in 2017

St James' most wanted man Nico Samuels otherwise called 'Bowza', has been shot dead and two policemen injured in an intense gun battle at a house in the upscale community of Hatfield, Ironshore in the parish on Saturday.

The reported shootout lasted close to two hours, police sources say, and residents in Ironshore are describing the events that unfolded as a "scene from a movie".

Reports are that about 1:45 p.m., members of a joint police/military team, acting on information, went to an apartment in the upscale area of Ironshore to search for the fugitive, who was wanted for a triple murder committed in 2017.

When the members of the team reached the location they came under heavy gunfire, which was returned

Residents from the community, who took to social media to talk about the incident, said they were left cowering in fear as the sounds of gun shot rang out through the air even as members of the police team tried to corner the wanted man who managed to keep the team at bay for a period of time during the standoff.

"It was like a scene from a movie to the amount of gunshot me hear," said one social media user, who said he lives close to the area where the incident took place.

Police report that at the end of the exchange the man was found suffering from gunshot wounds. Two firearms were reportedly recovered.

The injured man was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Two police men who were injured during the exchange have since been admitted.





lisa-hanna-photo-5.jpgOn Sunday, the former Miss World beauty queen Lisa Hanna shared a heartfelt post which showed a blurred photo of her tying the knot with her long time beau, businessman Richard Lakewith her husband.

"#BePatientAndFocusOnLove "I've had my share of life's ups and downs But fate's been kind, the downs have been few I guess, you could say that I've been lucky Well, I guess you could say that it's all because of you ..."," Hanna wrote.

"It's been 13 years of beautiful memories ... here's to a lifetime of making more together... Thanks everyone for sharing with me over this past week some of my most special moments and reflections. Here's to making more memories

#MemoryLaneWeekFinale #LisaHanna#WhenIWasAskedWhichSongIWantedToDanceTo

Song: You're The Best Thing" Gladys Knight."

The Member Of Parliament got married four months ago in a private ceremony in St Andrew, Jamaica,

'Both Hanna and Lake got married for the second time.





Meek Mill finally granted bail

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meek-mill-photo-1.jpgAfter being incarcerated since November 2017 for violating his probation, the Supreme Court has granted Meek Mill bail.

In a statement to Billboard, Meek said the following: "I'd like to thank God, my family, my friends, my attorneys, my team at Roc Nation including JAY-Z, Desiree Perez, my good friend Michael Rubin, my fans, The Pennsylvania Supreme Court and all my public advocates for their love, support and encouragement during this difficult time," began Meek.

"While the past five months have been a nightmare, the prayers, visits, calls, letters and rallies have helped me stay positive. To the Philadelphia District Attorney's office, I'm grateful for your commitment to justice -- not only for my case, but for others that have been wrongfully jailed due to police misconduct," he continued.

"Although I'm blessed to have the resources to fight this unjust situation, I understand that many people of color across the country don't have that luxury and I plan to use my platform to shine a light on those issues. In the meantime, I plan to work closely with my legal team to overturn this unwarranted conviction and look forward to reuniting with my family and resuming my music career."

Philadelphia 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin posted a picture on Instagram celebrating Meek's release from prison. "@meekmill is FREE!!! Just left visiting Meek with @kevinhart4real and I'm on the way back to pick him up as we speak! #MeekisFree #GoSixers," he wrote.

Last week, Meek Mill told CNN's Don Lemon that he was optimistic that he was going to get out of jail sooner than later. "I don't really try to get my hopes up from that court room right there," Meek said. "I feel like I will be free one day. I think I'll be able to get my chance pretty soon. My time coming."





The British Government has announced another recruitment drive to fill thousands of vacancies in its National Health Services (NHS) by luring nurses from Jamaica, despite the embarrassing scandal over the deportation of Windrush generation Britons after working and paying taxes for decades in the UK.

The British Government says that in the second phase of the "earn, learn, return" partnerships, Jamaican nurses will go to work in the NHS for a fixed term of around three years and then return with new skills and experience. The scheme is intended to increase the NHS workforce by 5,500 full-time nurses and help address a record 34,000 unfilled nursing and midwifery posts across the health service in England.

In November last year ministers announced the scheme's first partnership with India and the aim of recruiting 500 nurses by March, though the Department of Health could not immediately confirm if that had been achieved. But nursing chiefs said it was a short-term solution to staffing shortages caused by years of pay restraint and the removal of bursaries for new nurse trainees, and said urgent investment was needed in the UK training.

They added that Jamaican nurses were already very highly trained, and usually have at least four years training compared to three in the NHS, and said perhaps English staff would have more to learn from them. However, the Department of Health said the programme will support the Jamaican government in improving the knowledge and capability of its staff, particularly in areas like emergency medicine and intensive care.

The new deal comes during a week in which Prime Minister Theresa May and Home Secretary Amber Rudd have come under significant pressure for threatening to deport British residents who arrived from the Commonwealth before 1973, and their descendants who cannot prove their residency status. That threat has now been withdrawn due to huge domestic and internaitonal pressure.





Lawyers for Wisynco Group, makers of the CranWata beverage, are reportedly heading to court to ask a judge to temporarily halt a public education campaign being run by the Heart Foundation of Jamaica to warn Jamaicans about the harmful health effects of excessive sugar intake.

The campaign, 'Are You Drinking Yourself Sick' has been airing on local television and various social media platforms.

A report in daily newspaper, The Gleaners, says that Wisynco contends in court documents that on March 1 this year, as part of the campaign, the Heart Foundation published false and defamatory information about CranWata on the social media platform Instagram.

As a result, the St Catherine-based company has filed legal action in the Supreme Court seeking a declaration that the information published was defamatory.

It also wants an injunction that would halt further publication.

According to Wisynco, the Instagram post makes an inaccurate claim about the volume of sugar in each bottle of CranWata then asks: "Are you drinking yourself sick? Drink water instead."

The post has since been removed.

The company sought to explain that because the aim of the campaign is to get members of the public to consume less sugar-sweetened beverages, the "false" information is defamatory because it suggests that drinking Wisynco's products, specifically CranWata, will make them sick.





Jamaican man shot dead in Florida

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crime-scene-gun.jpgThe West Palm Beach police in Florida have taken a 32 year old man into custody in relation to the fatal shooting of a Jamaican on Monday morning.

Eric Stewart, 28, was found dead shortly after 4 o'clock outside the Caribbean Choice Restaurant and Bakery.

The police quickly detained Omari Fenton near the scene of the crime.

He has been charged with first-degree murder.

According to court records, in January, Mr. Stewart was arrested for reckless driving and fleeing to elude the police.

He was a United States citizen.





kimberly-risden.jpgThe education ministry has issued a statement that the loss of child development officer Kimberly Risden, who died in motor vehicle accident last Friday, will deal a blow to the Child Protection and Family Services Agency.

Risden, 30, worked at the Summerfield Girl's Home in Clarendon.

It is reported that her motor vehicle was found overturned in bushes in the parish.

The education minister said Risden was dedicated to public service and his thoughts and prayers are with her family especially her partner and two children.

Pointing to the tributes and outpouring of love and sympathy from friends and colleagues on social media, he said it is obvious that her life and work touched many in a positive way.

According to Reid, those who knew Risden well spoke highly of her diligence and commitment to her career, her genuine love for children, admirable traits which he says are crucial in the execution of her specific duties in public service.

He said the entire ministry extends its condolences and stands ready to provide the necessary support through counselling to her family and colleagues.





The Garvey Maceo High School in Clarendon had to be dismissed early Tuesday as approximately 50 members of staff and students were rushed to hospital following smoke from a nearby old sugar estate.

Principal Erica Eubanks said most of the affected students had asthma problems.

She said other students were experiencing a burning sensation in their eyes.

The fire started shortly before 10 o'clock in the morning and quickly spreading to within 100 metres of the school forcing dismissal at 11 o'clock.

Eubanks has praised fire fighters from the May Pen Fire Station and the police whom she said responded promptly.





Jah Cure buys new Range Rover

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jah-cure-bahamas.jpgHigh end vehicles are nothing for singer Jah Cure and he made sure to show off his new Range to the world when he uploaded a video to social media this week.

The Reggae artsite was also spotted in the Half Way Tree area cruising in the spanking new Range.

The 2018 Range Rover Autobiography, which starts from USD $256000, is described as an exceptionally luxurious SUV, featuring Atlas front bumper vent finishes, side vent and side accent graphics, with an interior featuring rear Executive Class seating.

Dem cyaan hol' you Cure.





yanique.jpgAttention-seeking media personality turned Dancehall artiste, Yanique 'Curvy Diva' Barrett uploaded to social media a video of herself urinating in bushes during a recent jogging sessio and people are just not having it.

The video, which was being filmed by her friend shows the Curvy Diva going behind a wall, pulling down her tights and seemingly urinating in the bush, and then using a piece of tissue to clean up after. She later ran back into the road while pulling up her tights.

"Mi a p!$$ pon mi shoes," she said between laughter as her jogging partner informs her that someone was approaching.

However, social media thinks what she did was just plain disgusting and shows someone who is desperate for attention.

"People nowadays do things for likes. Yanique never have to post this,"one user commented and this seems to be the sentiments of the overwhelming majority of persons.

"Although everyone urinates in the bushes at least once, we really don't want to see a video of you Yanique p..sing inna bush," another user stated.

The Curvy Diva, however, laughed at the comments, stating it was pure fun, and that she was not urinating. She said that this will be highlighted in her upcoming reality series.

"Ask them if them see the wee coming out of my vagina. Mi sup'm woulda shame, so me couldn't pee in the bushes. I wasn't peeing, and people will eventually see that when my reality series is released," she said.

She, however, stated that her Instagram followers grew drastically after the video was posted yesterday.

"Me normally have like a thousand or so followers in a day, but within an hour I had 1,000. It's ridiculous," she said, before erupting into a fit of laughter.





More scrutiny for travellers to the US

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(AFP) - Travellers through US airports will face more intense security inspections this summer, including being asked to take food items out of their bags before they are X-rayed.

The Transportation Security Administration announced Thursday materials that could make it hard to read the X-rays of bags will have to be removed from carry-on luggage, similar to existing requirements for computers and other large electronics.

Security officials say extremist organisations like the Islamic State group continue to seek ways to attack civilian airlines.

TSA is undertaking the move to stay ahead of the evolving threat, said TSA Administrator David Pekoske.

"In addition to screening personal electronic devices separately, including laptops, tablets, e-readers and handheld game consoles, TSA officers may instruct travellers to separate other items from carry-on bags such as foods, powders, and any materials that can clutter bags and obstruct clear images on the X-ray machine," they said.

"Travellers are encouraged to organise their carry-on bags and keep them uncluttered to ease the screening process and keep the lines moving."

TSA said the new procedures are already being implemented and said it might increase the wait in airport screening lines.





bounty-kartel-ig.jpgSince everything happens in the virtual world these days, it's should come as no surprise that an exchange between 'enemies' Bounty Killer and Vybz Kartel would cause social media to go into overdrive.

Social media is buzzing with reports of Bounty Killer and Vybz Kartel finally being back on good terms.

Earlier this week the veteran Dancehall artiste praised the incarcerated entertainer's new single "Under Water" with TJ Records labelling it a song with "real dancehall sounds".

Vybz Kartel's Instagram account instantly responded to Killer's post saying, "Daddy a your school mi graduate from eno #AllianceUniversity so it ain't no surprise daddy."

As expected, Dancehall fans were happy to see the exchange between the 'father and son' and are hoping it is just the beginning of them putting their differences aside and working on a possible collaboration.

Bounty Killer's manager, Bankelous, agreed that the exchange was a good look for dancehall and explained that although the two have had their disagreements in the past, they have always maintained a level of respect for each other's work.

"Rodney Pryce is a God-fearing person, and him nuh hate people. Him might say supmn today, but that nuh mean nothing. Him nuh hold grudge because him mother grow him right. You might see the 'angry [and] cross', him on stage, but is a different personality him have off stage," he said. "Kartel a him son, so him can't have nothing against Vybz Kartel. People might did look at it different in the media, but in a di two a dem heart, a did always love and respect. Music a love, enuh, and after we leave and gone, music live on, and di two a dem know dat."

Bounty Killer and Vybz Kartel were involved in a 'war of words' that started in 2006 and reached its peak in 2009. Killer had become very vocal about Kartel's bleaching and other practices of his, while Kartel claimed Killer was past his prime.





fatal-crash.jpgAn employee of the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA) died in a motor vehicle crash late on Friday in which her five-year-old son, who was in the vehicle which the mother drove, came out virtually unscratched.

The crash took place on the Sevens Estate road in Clarendon.

Reports from the police are that Kimberly Risden, 30, who was attached to the Summerfield Girls' Home in the parish, was found inside her Honda CRV motor vehicle which had overturned in bushes.

But her five-year-old son was also found in the vehicle, but in a far better physical shape.

The two were taken to hospital, where Risden was pronounced dead and the child was treated and released.

The crash reportedly occurred after a shower of rain left the road surface wet in the poorly lit area.

Risden, a mother of two, has been remembered with several social media tributes.

"She is the nicest person u could ever know. Can't believe it. RIP", is the theme of the tributes to the popular





Another accused, 21-year-old Shaquile Edwards, appeared in courts last week in connection with the murder of St Andrew businesswoman, Simone Campbell-Collymore, in what the police have theorised was a contract killing ordered that her husband, Omar 'Best' Collymore. Edwards is charged with conspiracy to murder.

Campbell-Collymore, 32, and 36-year-old taxi operator, Winston Watson, were shot dead at a premises on Stanley Terrace in Red Hills, St Andrew on January 2 of this year.

Collymore and two other suspects, Michael Adams and Dewayne Pink, were already arrested and charged for involvement with the killings. Edwards joined the defendants when the case was mentioned in the Gun Court section of the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court.

All four accused persons were remanded until May 18, by which time Edwards and Collymore are expected to settle their legal representation.

Collymore had previously been given time to get an attorney, but on Thursday he asked for more time to settle his legal representation. He told the court that he is trying to fund his legal fees.

Campbell-Collymore and Watson's were travelling in the latter's taxi when they were attacked and shot by gunmen at a premises. Both died from their injuries.

Collymore was later captured in a police operation at a guesthouse in St Elizabeth in February after it was publicised that a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Prior to being nabbed in St Elizabeth, Collymore had been taken into custody at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston where he was reportedly attempting to leave the island after the killing. But he was later released from custody.





New details emerging about Thursday's incident at the Half-Way-Tree branch of National Commercial Bank (NCB) during which a licensed firearm holder pulled his gun inside the bank causing panic among customers, are showing the other side of the story.

Reports are that the disturbance began shortly after the St. Andrew businessman entered the bank and told one of the cashiers that he wanted to withdraw $700,000 from his account. After being questioned by the cashier and other personnel at the bank about the amount being withdrawn, the businessman was told to sign two withdrawal forms.

After signing the forms, he was reportedly told to rejoin the line. He objected and reportedly became boisterious. Security personnel were called to quell the disturbance. According to the investigator, the situation became tense when security personnel realised that the man was armed.

The investigator said a member of the security team reportedly pulled his pistol and this prompted the businessman to pull his licensed firearm. During the standoff, customers in the banking hallscampering.

The businessman was eventually escorted out of the building by the security team. He was taken to Half-Way-Tree police station where he was questioned and his gun seized.

According to the investigator, the police viewed the surveillance video and decided not to charge him.

The matter was then referred to the Firearm Licensing Authority.

A video of the customers fleeing the bank and the security team escorting the businessman out of the institution with his firearm in his hand, has gone viral on social media.





starbucks.pngIn a press conference Thursday afternoon, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross said he regrets comments he made after two black men were arrested in a Philadelphia Starbucks this week, acknowledging that they only made the situation worse. "I should have said the officers acted within the scope of the law and not that they didn't do anything wrong. Words are very important," he said. The two men were arrested after a store manager called the cops when they refused to leave the store. Ross then claimed that he wasn't aware that it was normal for people to spend a prolonged period of time in Starbucks without making a purchase, and said he believed the officers did not know that as well. "This is apparently a well-known fact with Starbucks customers," he said. "Not everyone is aware that people spend long hours in Starbucks and aren't necessarily expected to make a purchase." The coffee chain will close all its stores on May 29th for "racial-bias" training.





starbucks.pngThe two black men who were arrested at a Starbucks in downtown Philadelphia last week and accused of trespassing say they were there for a business meeting that they had hoped would change their lives.

Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson came forward Thursday morning on ABC News' "Good Morning America" to publicly share their story for the first time.

According to a report on Yahoo! the 23-year-old entrepreneurs and longtime friends said they were waiting to meet a potential business partner at the Starbucks in Philadelphia's Rittenhouse Square neighborhood April 12 when a barista asked them whether they wanted to order anything. They declined and told her they were just there for a quick meeting, they said.Nelson said he immediately asked to use the restroom when they walked in but was informed it was for paying customers only. So the pair sat at a table and waited for the person with whom they were scheduled to meet.

Then they saw police officers enter the store and speak with the manager, they said.

"I was thinking, 'They can't be here for us,'" Robinson said in the interview with "GMA" co-anchor Robin Roberts. "We have meetings at Starbucks all the time."

They didn't think anything of it until the officers approached their table and told them they needed to leave, they said.

"It was just, 'Get out, you have to leave. You're not buying anything, so you shouldn't be here,'" Nelson told "GMA."

They said they calmly told the officers they were there for a meeting, and Robinson said he even called the person for whom they were waiting. But the officers repeatedly insisted that they leave, they said.

"It's a real estate meeting. We've been working on this for months," Robinson said. "We're days away from changing our whole entire situation, our lives, and you about to sit here telling me I can't do that? You're not doing that."

The officers ultimately handcuffed Nelson and Robinson, and escorted them out of the Starbucks and into a squad car before taking them to the police station. Both men were later freed and the charges they were facing -- trespassing and disturbance -- were dropped that night.

An onlooker, Melissa DePino, captured the incident on video, which has been viewed more than 10 million times online and prompted protests outside the coffee giant's location on Spruce Street.

DePino, a 50-year-old writer and mother of two, told ABC News a Starbucks barista shouted from behind the counter at the two men to make a purchase or leave.

"They were sitting quietly minding their own business, and waiting for their friend to come," she said in an interview Sunday.

Robinson said police never read them their Miranda rights when they were handcuffed and they were held in custody for eight hours.

"There was no reasoning," he said. "They had nothing. They just kept using 'defiant trespassing' as their excuse for putting us behind bars."

The Philadelphia Police Department did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment this morning. But Philadelphia's (BLACK) Police Commissioner Richard Ross Jr. said in a video testimonial released Saturday that his officers "did absolutely nothing wrong."

"I can tell you candidly these officers did a service they were called to do," Ross said.

The police commissioner also accused the men of being disrespectful to the officers and said that both were given several chances to leave, but they refused.

"On three different occasions the officers asked the two males politely to leave the location because they were being asked to leave by employees because they were trespassing," he said. "Instead the males continued to refuse as they had told the employees and they told the officers they were not leaving."

Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson released a statement last Saturday night apologizing to the two men on behalf of the company.

"The video shot by customers is very hard to watch and the actions in it are not representative of our Starbucks mission and values," Johnson said in the statement. "Creating an environment that is both safe and welcoming for everyone is paramount for every store. Regretfully, our practices and training led to a bad outcome -- the basis for the call to the Philadelphia police department was wrong. Our store manager never intended for these men to be arrested and this should never have escalated as it did."

In an interview Monday morning on "GMA," Johnson said he will order managers to undergo training on how to spot "unconscious bias."

"I'll say the circumstances surrounding the incident and the outcome at our store on Thursday were reprehensible," he said. "They were wrong, and for that, I personally apologize to the gentlemen that visited our store."

A Starbucks spokeswoman subsequently confirmed to ABC News that the store manager who called police no longer works there.

The next day, Starbucks announced in a statement that it will close more than 8,000 company-owned stores across the nation for the afternoon of May 29 to train its staff on how to avoid "racial bias" in an effort to prevent "discrimination in our stores."

Stewart Cohen, the attorney representing Nelson and Robinson, said his clients have met face to face with the Starbucks' CEO, but it's not enough.

"Starbucks holds itself open as a place for people to meet and to have public conversations; those are words from their website," Cohen said on "GMA" this morning. "The apologies are fine, but what we need to do is have some action by Starbucks with respect to this situation.

"There has to be real and meaningful discussions," he added. (ABC News' https://www.yahoo.com/gma/men-arrested-starbucks-were-business-meeting-hoping-change-114103068--abc-news-topstories.html)





Kabaka Pyramid to release new album May 25

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kabaka-pyramid-photo-3.jpgKabaka Pyramid's upcoming album Kontraband is set to release on May 25th as a joint release with Ghetto Youths International and Bebble Rock Records.

In addition to working with Damian Marley and Stonebwoy, Kabaka recruited fellow rising stars Chronixx, Protoje, and Pressure to contribute features on the album.

The project looks to continue and build upon the success of Kabaka's head-turning 2013 EP Lead The Way.

Kontraband is expected to contain roughly 14 tracks, and coincides with a tour beginning in spring 2018





ON TOUR Bounty Killer for Europe

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bounty-killer-photo-11.jpgDancehall artiste Bounty Killer is scheduled to hit a number of stages in Europe starting this month.

The deejay posted the tour dates and cities on his official Instagram account recently.

While in Europe, he will make stops in Zurich, Amsterdam, Paris, Stockholm, Vienna and Berlin among others

The tour runs from April 26 to May 11.





Another taxi man killed

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA third taxi operator has been shot dead in the Corporate Area in just over a week.

It is reported that 40-year-old Kerron Morner was about to drive from premises on Conway Avenue in Duhaney Park when he was approached by a gunman who fired several shots hitting him multiple times.

Morner, who lived at 55 Abberville Avenue in Patrick City, died on the spot.

The taxi driver, alias 'Cansie', operated on the Duhaney Park to Half-Way Tree route.

Last week Tuesday, 63-year-old Michael Swaby was shot dead in Three Oaks, St Andrew, reportedly by a man who was posing as a passenger.

Two days later, another taxi operator was murdered along Dunrobin Avenue by two passengers and pushed from his vehicle onto the road.





There are rumblings in the Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA) regarding what it says are efforts by the Ministry of Education to solicit information from schools as it relates to teachers who were absent during the recent sick-out.

In a statement on Thursday afternoon, the Association questioned what was the intended purpose of the information in light of the fact that there was a clear understanding arrived at among the parties in a meeting at the Ministry of Labour on March 14, including that there would be no victimisation.

It expressed concern about a plan to extend the school year to account for the three days lost.





There is something in the air today. It might just be the smell of some good, strong, sensemilia.

Today, April, 20 is being celebrated as National Weed Day in different countries across the world. The day is dubbed 420 because at approximately 4:20 p.m., weed lovers will 'light up' their chalices and 'spliffs' in celebration.

States in The United States such as Colorado and California will have several elaborate celebrations to mark the day, and while the celebrations in Jamaica will not be as massive, local marijuana lovers will not be left out of the day's celebrations.

The second Annual Scarce Festival/ Innocent Plant Symposium and Cannabis Cup is set to take place at the Hope Gardens, St Andrew, between noon and 10 p.m. today, and according to organisers, the event is expected to leave patrons on a high.

The symposium will feature a Cannabis Business Summit and Expo with booths showcasing and discussing some medical cannabis products that are currently being researched and developed by local businesses and households.

The event will also feature growing and processing tutorials and strategy from industry experts Dr Kadamawe Knife, Dr Machel Emanuel, Dr Haughton, and others.

A concert is also scheduled to take place with poetry from Ras Takura, as well as music and dubbing by Teflonzincfence.

In addition, the annual Cannabis Cup will be hosted on the day with persons getting trophies and prizes in six categories best potential medical product, best potential medical product (topical), best CBD flowers, best THC flowers, best Ital (naturally grown) flowers, and best extract.

The event is an initiative of the Department of Economics, the Department of Government and the Department of Life Sciences, the University of the West Indies Medical Cannabis Group and the Centre for Ganja/Cannabis Research at the University of the West Indies in association with the Ganja Growers and Producers Association and the Cannabis Commercialisation Council.





canadian-lawmakr.jpgA Canadian legislator has apologised after statements she made about Jamaica were labelled as racist.

The controversial comments by Nova Scotia lawmaker Elizabeth Smith-McCrossin, came during a debate on Tuesday over the Liberal government's proposed Cannabis Control Act.

She said she heard from a friend that smoking marijuana in Jamaica is completely accepted, and there is a completely different work ethic and very low productivity in the island.

She went on to say that Nova Scotia already has a productivity problem, and legalised recreational ganja may only make it worse

Smith-McCrossin apologised in a Facebook post on Wednesday

She said if she had known the statement would cause offense, she would never have made it.

Her apology reads in part: "On April 17, 2018, I made some comments during debate on the government's Cannabis Act that were criticized as racist and insensitive. I am sorry if my comments were hurtful. Had I known that this statement would have caused offense, I would never have made it. These comments do not reflect the views of either the interim leader of the PC Party of Nova Scotia or my caucus colleagues.

As a registered nurse, I have strong views about the public health impact of excessive cannabis use. These concerns have been highlighted elsewhere by former Deputy Prime Minister Anne McLellan in her Task Force Report to the Government

of Canada, the Canadian Medical Association and Doctors Nova Scotia.

My comments came about as a result of a conversation I had with a friend....."





'Hookie' makes major splash in Jamaica Carnival

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The recent Jamaica Carnival weekend was indeed one for the books. Adding to this mix of epic events was the inaugural 'Hookie Jamaica' experience which gave fete lovers an opportunity to beat the daytime heat with a pool party extravaganza complete with both breakfast and lunch offerings and an unbeatable collection of Soca selectors.

The first of which is sure to be several regional Hookie events was held poolside at the Constant Spring Golf Club and attracted a mix of Carnival newbies and seasoned 'feterans'.

Attendees from New York City, Washington DC, Miami, California, T&T, the US Virgin Islands and of course Jamaica came together to share the Carnival euphoria, the refreshing environment and the pulsating music as provided by Hookie Jamaica's international DJ cast.

The event's promoters US-based Hookie Life Entertainment and Jamaica's Renaissance Disco utilized the location well to deliver an easy going layout for those who either wanted to relax and bask in the poolside ambiance or get wet and wild in true Carnival excitement.

In addition to having fully stocked cash bars, bottle service and free shots for patrons, Hookie Jamaica scored points with attendees by not only bringing forth an assortment of complimentary Caribbean and International breakfast options but also lunch offerings as well.

The impressive Hookie Jamaica spread consisted of items such as Jamaican favourites: boiled yams, bananas, dumplings, ackee and saltfish, johnny cakes, as well as eggs, bagels, various fruits, salads, fried fish, stewed and curried chicken.

Keeping the crowd dancing both on land and inside the pool were the music stylings of Jamaica's own DJ Delano & DJ Smoke, the Soca Prince, Dr. Jay from Toronto, Freeze International (NYC) , DC's DJ Majestic and Mystic Vibes 6.0. alongside other guest selectors.

Fans of this popular fete franchise which included the famous Hookie girls were front and center for its Jamaica debut. One such patron from Florida shared, "I don't ever miss a Hookie Life event, they always bring a unique, entertaining vibe and draw a really decent fun-loving crowd".

A Jamaica-based attendee offered this statement, "I've never skipped work to attend any party in my life, but I'm so glad I did for this event. It was well organized, comfortable and gave me that much needed dip in the pool before the hectic weekend of parties and the Road March".

After the success of Hookie Jamaica 2018, the organizers are now putting plans in place for Hookie Jamaica 2019. Hookie Life Entertainment is also gearing up for another edition of the popular Hookie Weekend DC which is carded for June 21st-24th 2018 and features events such as Release Therapy, the Hookie DC pool party, Lion's Pride J'ouvert and Riddim & Road.





cuba-president.jpgCuba today selected 57-year-old First Vice President Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez as the sole candidate to succeed Raul Castro as president of Cuba, the centerpiece of an effort to ensure that the country's single-party system outlasts the aging revolutionaries who created it.

The virtually certain unanimous approval of the National Assembly will install someone from outside the Castro family in the country's highest government office for the first time in nearly six decades.

The 86-year-old Castro will remain head of the Communist Party, designated by the constitution as "the superior guiding force of society and the state."

As a result, Castro is almost certain to remain the most powerful person in Cuba for the time being.

His departure from the presidency is nonetheless a symbolically charged moment for a country accustomed to 60 years of absolute rule first by revolutionary leader Fidel Castro and, for the last decade, his younger brother.

Facing biological reality, Raul Castro is working to ensure a smooth transition from him and his small group of former guerrillas to a new generation that can maintain the government's grip on power in the face of economic stagnation, an aging population and waning revolutionary fervor among Cuban youth attuned more to global consumer culture than the anti-capitalist, nationalist messaging of the state-run media.





Visitor to Belize confirmed with whooping cough

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The Belize Government on Tuesday said that the United States-based Centres for Disease Control (CDC) has confirmed a case of the highly contagious Pertussis (whooping cough) from a visitor who travelled there during the third week of March this year.

The Ministry of Health said that since the notification, it has activated an investigative team to inform and follow-up with people that the infected person may have interacted with.

"Based on the information received from the CDC, the visitor was considered infectious during their travel in Belize. To date, the ministry has no confirmed case detected in Belize from this imported case. However, the ministry continues to monitor the situation," the statement noted.

The Ministry of Health said whooping cough is a bacterial infection where an individual can present with very violent and uncontrollable episodes of cough, difficulty breathing with a 'whooping noise' usually at the end of the cough episode. Vomiting may occur during or after the coughing episode followed by exhaustion.

"If you or anyone around you present these symptoms, please visit or report to your nearest health centre. After exposure, the infection can be transmitted during the first two weeks and the infection can last for up to 16 weeks."

The ministry said that clinics have a whooping cough-containing vaccine, free of cost for children under age five who are considered most at risk, adding that "whooping cough can be managed if detected with antibiotic treatment and it is given to anyone who shows symptoms and was in direct contact with an infected person".

The authorities said that an estimated 16.3 million people worldwide were infected in 2015 with most cases occurring in the developing countries. In 2015, whopping cough resulted in 58,700 deaths.





Hail falls in Martinique

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The media in Martinique is reporting the "very rare" phenomenon of hailstones falling in that neighboring French Island.

According to news outlet France-Antilles, the event took place on Monday afternoon mainly in the areas of François and Lamentin, much to the surprise of residents.

Météo-France has confirmed the event, describing it as "exceptional," according to France-Antilles.

It said the phenomenon is linked to very dense vertical movement of water drops that go up and down. Combined with cold air from the American continent, these drops arrive on the ground in the form of hail.

It also said heavy rains, which caused widespread flooding in Martinique on Monday, have contributed to the bizarre phenomenon.

In March 2016 the same phenomenon took place in Saint-Claude in Guadeloupe.

France-Antilles said although this is very rare, it is not impossible for it to occur in the Caribbean.

Hailstones are small lumps of ice that form in clouds and fall to the ground when their size reaches 5 mm in diameter or larger. They begin as water droplets that freeze in the clouds.





antiguan-pm-and-wife.jpgAntigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne says the prohibition of cannabis less than 100 years ago was not prompted by altruistic motives or concern for the health or well-being of users, but to serve 'the racist, political and economic interests' of the then global powers.

In a message marking International Day of Cannabis, commonly referred to as "420', Browne, whose government recently announced plans to allow for the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes, said in the Caribbean, the Rastafari Community has championed the many uses of cannabis and have asserted that the herb is utilised as a sacrament in their rituals, celebrations, and worship.

Below is PM Browne's 420 message:

"Hi, this is Gaston Browne, Prime Minister of Antigua & Barbuda.

The prohibition of Cannabis less than 100 years ago, was prompted not by altruistic motives or concern for the health or well being of users, but to serve the racist, political and economic interests of the global powers at that time.

In the Caribbean, the Rastafari Community has championed the many uses of Cannabis, and have asserted that the herb is utilized as a sacrament in their rituals, in their celebrations and worship. The prohibition and demonization have led to Rastafari being brutalized and castigated by Police and other Government authorities, because of the utilization of the plant Cannabis Sativa.

It is in this context, and now that my Government has liberalized the Legislation regarding Cannabis, and is moving towards the medicinal & other uses of this natural substance, that I have issued a 'genuine' apology to the Rastafarian Community, and have asserted that Rastafari sacramental or spiritual use be acknowledged, and that Rastafari be given a stake in production and benefits to be derived from the medicinal and other uses going forward.

Let us regard this as reparations for Rastafari, for the wrongs inflicted on this significant minority group in our Countries, through the so called 'war on drugs' which evidently was prompted by pernicious prohibition.

Bless up!"





andrew-holness-photo-5.jpgPrime Minister Andrew Holness has indicated to the international community that he would have no objection to gay persons being part of his executive.

Holness' response to journalists in Brussels, Belgium, contradicted a strident position by then Prime Minister Bruce Golding, during a May 2008 interview with the BBC's 'HARDtalk's' host Stephen Shakur, that he would not allow gays in his Cabinet.

"Certainly it's not my business ... . Whatever is in my interest to distribute politically, a person's sexuality, sexual orientation is not a criterion for the use of my discretion. It's not an issue that we are afraid to address. The truth is that in the past, like many developed countries, there was a very conservative view on the matter ... ." Holness explained.

According to him, Jamaica was generally liberally oriented and connected in the world and the country's view on homosexuality was evolving, and while the conversation must be had, it should not be stoked.

"The culture is evolving. People are evolving. Even in the Church, which 10 years ago, had a unified position, the Church in Jamaica now has multiple positions on this. I think Jamaica ought to be given space to find its own position to the problems. But, you know, I think we are generally very liberal, but more so very tolerant. And I think that the first step is that the State protect the human rights of every citizen, regardless of sexual orientation or inclination," the prime minister stated.





Sizzla goes acoustic

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sizzla-kalongi-photo-1.jpgSizzla Kalonji has released his first ever acoustic compilation this month, Sizzla Acoustic Sounds, which was produced by the entertainer on his Kalonji Records label.

Kalonji, in an interview with a local newspaper, mentioned that he has been reflecting on the state of the industry lately and believes the music could do with some natural sounds, sounds he plans to deliver with his latest project.

"I've been doing a lot of interviews and shows and at these events. Media personnel and other persons have been asking about the music and its present situation saying elders are not making their voices being heard about the natural sounds of music," he explained. "I said: 'You know I'm going to create an acoustic album'.

Kalonji, who celebrated his birthday on Tuesday, explained that there is something special about music put together from scratch with actual instruments, and he's hoping the album will encourage not just musicians but also young people to want to learn how to play an instrument.





Bob Andy to recite poetry at Agro Festival

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bob-andy.jpgFor the first in his more than 50-year career, singer-songwriter Bob Andy will be performing works from his expansive catalogue without singing when he makes his appearance on the 2018 staging of Dis Poem Wordz and Agro Festival.

At the eight-year-old festival, which fuses poetry with agriculture, Bob Andy will be, one of 20 spoken word performers who will take to the stage as the event unfolds on Sunday, April 29 at Neville Antonio Park in Port Antonio, Portland.

This was disclosed by festival founder/organiser Ras Takura during the launch at Bookophilia on Hope Road in St Andrew recently.

The organisers say they are looking at the new feature that we have now which is the poetry of the reggae artistes, and this time we doing Bob Andy. So we are going to have Bob Andy, not in the usual performance setting, but he is going to be reading his songs in poetry, that's what Bob Andy will be doing -- presenting his songs in a poetic form.

Among the other spoken word performers slated for the festival are Mutabaruka, Jean Breeze, Cherry Natural, Ann Margaret, DJ Amber, Marcia Jackson, Steppa, Neto, and Michael St George.

Explaining how the idea for the festival -- which adopted the name of one of Mutabaruka's poems -- was born, Ras Takura said: "The concept of the festival came about because we always want an outlet for poetry. Because when we go around we always see that there is no space featuring dub poets -- just one or two poets -- but dub poets in Jamaica, there was no major stage for them. And that was the intention. The intention is to bring dub poetry on a major stage and I am creating the stage. I don't think we reach that major stage yet, but we are creating the stage. And we thank the people who are helping us to create that space. The growth has been significant and magnificent and we really respect it."





sting-and-shaggy-album-2018.jpgSting has said the phrase "cultural appropriation" is "ugly", as he launches a new reggae album with Jamaican musician and singer Shaggy.

Their perhaps unlikely partnership has raised eyebrows, and some argue that singing reggae when you are not of Jamaican descent is "cultural appropriation."

Sting disagrees with this, and he told the BBC: "It's such an ugly term.

Cultural appropriation is a term coined by sociologists to describe the adoption of the elements of an ethnic minority culture by members of the dominant culture.

Their new collaboration, named 44/876, after the telephone codes for the UK and Jamaica respectively, came about after Shaggy, real-name Orville Richard Burrell, sent Sting an unfinished song called "Don't Make Me Wait" and asked him to send the chorus.

This work blossomed and they created an entire album together.

Sting, real name Gordon Sumner, said the result was a "happy accident."

The Queen is soon due to enjoy the music of Sting and Shaggy, as they are set to perform at her birthday party this Saturday at the Royal Albert Hall.

44/876 is released on Friday.





marlon-samuels-and-yanique-curvy-diva.jpgWas Yanique Curvy Diva's new song written BEFORE feud with Marlon Samuels?

So....having been the recipient of a whole heap of spotlight, social media hype and trolling in the last week, Yanique Cury Diva is now releasing a brand new single. Good on her. But a few questions need to be asked, even if they never get answered.

Curvy's PR machinery has just sent out a release that the media personality-turned-artiste, is now releasing a new single. Listen to the release: "The raunchy single 'Carry Feelings' talks about men who act out and disrespect women when they are unable to get what they want from them sexually."

Like W-O-W! Talk about perfect timing! Talk about seizing the moment! Talk about a perfectly orchestrated Kardashian type reality show! Talk about getting people to talk about Yanique so that they can then talk about the single.

Okay...so, all of last week, it was the Yanique and Marlon Samuels show - throw word, throw the entire shade tree, legal threats, bare wranglings. Persons were taken down a path that said that their carefully hidden affair ended on a supposedly sour note after top cricketer, Samuels (out of nowhere) was accused of stalking Yanique and turning up at her workplace (What workplace?), all in an effort to get Yanique, who says she didn't want him. Like really? Is this truly the behaviour of a Fortis man? Nah. Is this the behaviour of an icon? Nah. "Something is rotten in the state of Denmark".

Then Insta Boy took to Instagram and explained his side of the story and it kinda sounded plausible. At least he redeemed himself somewhat. (Icon nuh suppose to mix up inna seh seh.) Anyway, he says he was really only trying to help Curvy and he didn't understand how things went so horribly wrong. In a release to the media, he threatened legal action.

Yanique's response? Bare laugh.

She had previously stated that the matter of him stalking her had been reported to the cyber crimes unit. Well, we are still waiting on confirmation from the Unit.

Anyway, after a lot of toing and froing, which played out on social media and saw them trending (perfect scenario for Yanique to drop a new song), them BAM! Yanique suddenly drops this new single which addresses this very same issue that has been the bone of contention.

Question. Was the song written first and then the actor or actors simply followed the script to get a hype for Curvy? Or is this Instagram feud really real as opposed to being fake and plastic?

According to Yanique's PR machinery, Yanique released the single to mark her one year anniversary as a recording artiste.

"I've worked hard in my first year and have seen myself develop as an artiste and song writer working with other strong writers. With the release of this 'Feelings' single I'm telling everyone to expect the unexpected and never try to put me in a box," Curvy Diva explained.

It is aimed at empowering women to be independent and walk away from any man who does not meet their 'boyfriend' criteria.

"Women have a choice and a right to be happy and if the man does not add up then you should be able to minus yourself from that situation without fear or intimidation, men who aren't claimable will always remain in the friend zone," Curvy Diva added.

All of this is just pure, undiluted, awesomeness. Nothing fake or plastic. Simply iconic.

Oh, by the way, this is another important part of the release. It says, don't forget to check out Yanique's Lifestyle Pool Party event, which is her official birthday party, April 29 at Constant Spring Golf Club in Kingston. You had all better go to see if Insta Boy will be there. -- Yasmine Peru





Be aware! If you are a black man, don't just sit in Starbucks waiting on a friend...you could get arrested.

A video showing Philadelphia police officers handcuffing and removing two black men from a Starbucks store has gone viral and incited allegations of racism, but the police commissioner insists his officers did "absolutely nothing wrong."

Author Melissa DePino tweeted a video on Thursday showing officers escorting two black men out of a Starbucks in Center City as bystanders questioned why the men were being arrested.

"The police were called because these men hadn't ordered anything," DePino wrote on Twitter. "They were waiting for a friend to show up, who did as they were taken out in handcuffs for doing nothing. All the other white ppl are wondering why it's never happened to us when we do the same thing."

DePino told local news outlet Billy Penn that the incident happened around 4:30 p.m. Thursday and that a friend of hers shot the video.

The clip shows a man in a vest questioning why an arrest is taking place. Lauren A. Wimmer, defense attorney for the pair who was arrested, told BuzzFeed that the man in the vest is Andrew Yaffe, a friend who was meeting the men at Starbucks. She declined to give the names of her two clients.

"What did they get called for?" Yaffe asks an officer in the video. "'Cause there are two black guys sitting here meeting me?"

Another voice can be heard saying, "They didn't do anything. I saw the entire thing."

Wimmer told BuzzFeed that a white female manager at the store had asked the pair to leave when they came in and did not order anything. According to Wimmer, the men said they were waiting to meet someone, and the manager called the police.

Philly Voice pointed to a second, longer video uploaded to YouTube that shows an officer telling Yaffe that the other two individuals were being arrested for "trespassing." Yaffe calls what the officers are doing "discrimination."

Ben Waxman, a spokesman for the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office, told HuffPost that the two men were released at 1:30 a.m. Friday. He said the DA will not bring charges against them.

"We declined to bring charges against the two men because there was a lack of evidence that a crime was committed," Waxman said.

The Philadelphia Police Department did not reply to a request for comment from HuffPost, but Police Commissioner Richard Ross said in a Facebook Live video posted Saturday afternoon that the officers "did absolutely nothing wrong." They responded to the scene, he said, after receiving a 911 call reporting "a disturbance" and "trespassing."

Starbucks employees told the responding officers that the two men had asked to use the restroom, Ross said. Employees said they told the pair that the restroom was only for paying customers and asked them to leave, and the pair allegedly refused. The men allegedly told the employees to go ahead and call the police.

According to Ross, police "politely" asked the pair to leave several times and they continued to refuse and behaved rudely toward the officers. The officers, he said, did everything right.

"They followed policy. They did what they were supposed to do. They were professional in all their dealings with these gentlemen," the commissioner said.

"As an African-American man, I am very aware of implicit bias," Ross added, noting that all officers in the police force receive "implicit bias training."





The board of director at Hillel Academy, a privately run secondary institution, has apologized for a controversial history assignment given to students.

The apology come in the wake of social media uproar about the assignment, which some commentators argue seemed to legitimize slavery.

The assignment required students to create a model of punishment for slaves and give reason justifying the use of the method.

Among the options for punishment are shackles, collar, and cat-oh-9-tails whip.

The students were also required to discuss chosen punishment type as a demonstration of European civility.

In its statement, the board says on March 9, grade 9 students of Hillel academy received a history assignment called 'punishments for enslaved peoples.'

It says given the language used in the assignment, it accepts and understands the concerns that have been raised; and acknowledges that there should have been greater sensitivity in the wording of the assignment.





Gangster 'Ratty' killed by police in shootout

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gangster-ratty-killed.jpgRyan 'Ratty' Peterkin, the feared gang leader who evaded capture for months, was shot dead as he engaged members of the security forces in a fierce gun fight after he was tracked to a house in Berkshire, St Elizabeth today.

The police and the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) report that Ratty was killed in the shootout and two firearms - an AK-47 rifle and a .38 revolver - seized.

It's reported that one of his cronies was also killed in the incident.

The JDF, in a statement this afternoon, reported that a security team went to a house in Berkshire to issue an arrest warrant for Peterkin.

It said as members of the team approached the house, Ratty and his accomplice opened fire and attempted to evade capture.

"A shooting confrontation ensued and Peterkin and his accomplice were shot. The two men were pronounced dead at the Savanna-la-mar Hospital," the JDF said.

Police investigators say Peterkin, who has made the police wanted list several times, is the leader of the Ratty Gang and was implicated in at least five murders, several shooting incidents and other crimes.

It's believed that he fled his base in Montego Bay, St James after the Prime Minister announced a State of Emergency in the parish.

The JDF said the shooting has been reported to the Bureau of Special Investigations and the Independent Commission of Investigations.





martina-big-chest-enhancement.jpgmartina-big-as-white.jpgA formerly blonde ex-air hostess with 32S breasts who decided to 'become black' says she is now 'a true African woman' after being baptised under a new Swahili name.

German glamour model Martina BIG, 29, spent more than £50,000 on breast enhancements, with her chest said to be the biggest in Europe.

Yet those body enhancements were not enough for the German glamour model as she bizarrely decided to 'become black', vowing to get 'darker and darker and see what the limits are.'

fter undergoing radical tanning injections in the US, the naturally light-skinned and blonde ex-flight attendant from the German Eifel region dramatically changed her skin tone with three melanin boosting injections last year.

Martina BIG has now flown to the Eastern African country of Kenya for the next step in her quest to 'become a black woman'.

She said: 'One of my Kenyan friends told her pastor about my transformation to a black woman and told him how much I wanted to become a true African woman.'

martina-big-now-black-photo-2.jpgmartina-big-now-black-photo-1.jpgThe pastor invited Martina into his church in the city of Nyeri, where she was baptised under the new name of 'Malaika Kubwa', which in the local Swahili language means 'big angel'.

Martina said: 'I'm so happy and proud to be a real African woman.'

She said she was 'surprised how many people know me in Kenya' and that people on the street and in the hotels stopped her all the time for selfies.

According to Martina, who visited Kenya together with her German fiancee Michael, she is becoming 'more African' by the day.

Martina said: 'Recently, I had been asked several times, whether I noticed that also my facial features become more and more African.

'Since this change is so slow, I did not notice it at first. But after comparing myself to several photos from last year, I also see this change.

'I'm very happy about it and hope that this change will continue. It's such a great feeling to become more and more African.'

Martina added that she 'knows for sure' that any children she has 'will be also African black.'

The German society figure has previously claimed that her hair had become 'naturally African'.





bolt-commonwealth-games-2018.jpgRetired Olympic 100m and 200m world record holder, Usain Bolt landed in Brisbane Australia early Wednesday morning to support Jamaica's team participating in the Commonwealth Games on the country's Gold Coast.

Bolt said he was "glad" to be in Queensland and also posted a photo to Twitter with Games mascot Borobi along with the caption "game time">

Bolt, who is making his first visit to the Gold Coast, missed the men's 100m final at the Carrara Stadium where South African Akani Simbine claimed the gold medal in an upset win over his former Racers training partner Yohan Blake.

The 31 year old, after happily striking his signature lightning bolt pose for the cameras, said he would be cheering on the Jamaican athletics and netball competitors this week.

"We are a big track nation so I always expect the best from them at all times," he said.

"This is the first time I'm actually going to be at a championship and not be competing so I'm excited just to watch and to cheer on and get the chance just to see it from a different angle."

Bolt was scheduled to host a press conference on Thursday.





Tappa wants $1.5 million to coach Reggae Boyz

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whitmore-fired.jpgFormer Reggae Boyz head coach Theodore 'Tappa' Whitmore was demanding $1.5 million a month and the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) could not afford it, president Michael Ricketts has revealed.

Ricketts, speaking this morning on Nationwide Radio, said that expense would have had to be defrayed by sponsors and the JFF does not have such arrangements.

Last week Whitmore resigned with immediate effect.

The JFF had offered him $500,000 a month and he was not satisfied with the term of his contract.

In January, the former national midfielder gave the JFF four weeks to sort out negotiations.

Meanwhile, Sports Minister Olivia Grange has said she will be seeking to mediate between the parties.





tommy-lee-photo-10-full-color.jpgTommy Lee Sparta is taking no hostages with his newest diss track. He is firing at Alkaline, Mavado, Jahmiel...and just about anybody who comes in the line of fire.

The Gothic recording artiste called out the Dancehall heavyweights over the weekend promising them war and he is definitely a man of his word.

On Tuesday, Sparta previewed "Dismiss" aimed at the MVP group. "#Dismiss coming soon. Soon tell unno when #deadbwoy an #deadgal when me pull up. SPARTANS UNNO READY 🤟🏽☠," he captioned a video driving and listening to the track.





mavado-photo-12.jpgGullyside artiste, Mavado, is staring at possible legal action over a song which another artiste is claiming as his own.

Reports are that on-the-rise artiste, Rymatic, is accusing 'Vado of stealing his song. The song under the microscope is Mavado's Paper Soldier, which was produced by 324 New Empire Records on the Carbines Riddim.

Rymatic is adamant that the chorus of Paper Soldier is a carbon copy of a track from his soon-to-bre-released EP.

Rymatic's team says he is looking to take legal action against Mavado because the track was suppose to be the leading single on his upcoming EP and now he won't be able to use it.





sean-paul-photo-9.jpgGrammy-winning dancehall artiste Sean Paul has been making a plea for blood donors needed to help save his father's life.

The 'Mad Love' singer said his father, Garth Henriques, is at the intensive care unit of the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) and is in dire need of O Negative blood.

In a video posted to his social media platforms, Sean Paul said: "I am presently at the University Hospital of the West Indies where my pops has been fighting for his life humbly for the past two months. We have been asking family and friends to give blood if they can but right now he's in dire need for blood, so if anybody can help out, I would greatly appreciate it."

Individuals interested in donating blood to Mr Henriques can go to the UHWI between 9 30 am and 3 30 pm, or any other blood bank island wide, Sean Paul said.

He also used the platform to encourage Jamaicans to generally donate blood as supplies are notoriously inadequate across the island.





harold-brady-photo-2.jpgA bailiff and other authorities were on duty at a home in Cherry Gardens, St Andrew, seeking to evict disbarred attorney, Harold Brady, from the premises.

Lawyers representing the owner of the property said Brady is being evicted for millions of dollars owed in rent for the premises.

Attorney Nico Pagon from the law firm Messrs Caroline PA, representing the owner of the premises, gave some details of the outstanding rental.

"Initially it was about $7 million for back rent, (but) some amount of monies has been paid," Pagon said.

"Right now the bailiff is executing a writ of possession which we obtained from the Supreme Court for us to have possession of the premises so that we can return it to our client, as well as order (for the) seizure and sale of certain articles," the attorney added.





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Marsha Gay Reynolds, the second-runner up in the 2008 Miss Jamaica World competition, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine almost two years ago has been ordered released from jail.

The 34-year-old Jamaican, a runner-up in the Miss Jamaica World 2008 pageant, which sends the country's representatives to Miss World contests, was a flight attendant with JetBlue Airline when she tried to smuggle nearly 60 pounds of cocaine onto a plane at the Los Angeles International Airport in her carry-on baggage.

On Monday, she was sentenced by a federal judge to time served. Normally the charges carry a minimum mandatory sentence of 10 years

The Los Angeles Airport Police reported that the cocaine was worth about US$3 million on the street and US$750,000 wholesale. According to a report in My News LA, the judge cited her "crucial" testimony in the prosecution of her supplier, Jamaican drug dealer Gaston Brown.

"She obviously provided substantial assistance to the government," U.S. District Judge Christina Snyder was quoted as saying.

The judge also reportedly said, without her help, prosecutors would have had a far more difficult time convicting Brown at trial in February for conspiracy and other federal charges.

Brown, 41, was named by a federal grand jury in an indictment accusing him of supplying Reynolds the cocaine that she had attempted to smuggle on to a plane. He is expected to be sentenced in August of this year and faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in federal prison and a maximum possible sentence of life.

Meanwhile, Reynolds is expected to be released from custody in time to return home to Queens, New York with her parents who were at her sentencing hearing. She is likely to be released in the next few days and will then spend three years on supervised release, according to City News Service.

On March 18, 2016, Reynolds fled leaving behind her luggage after she was randomly selected for secondary screening at the airport.

She reportedly boarded a flight to Queens, New York, where she has an apartment, then later turned in herself to federal authorities at the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York.

The former Jamaican beauty queen and New York University track athlete was studying to be a nurse while working for JetBlue, her former attorney said.

In court Reynolds acknowledged earning thousands of dollars to help smuggle drugs and money through airport security at LAX and John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York by using her 'known crew member' status to breeze past security and then transfer the contraband to a co-conspirator.





held.jpgTwo Colombian nationals are among four persons in custody for allegedly scamming people out of expensive jewellery.

The four - two Colombian males and two Jamaican females - were nabbed on Monday in relation to an alleged scam committed in February, in Manchester.

scam-alert.jpgPolice report that on Wednesday, February 21, 2018, the suspects visited Cobbla district, Manchester where they went from house to house promoting the exchange of gold jewellery for appliances.

A woman allegedly handed over a bag containing several pieces of gold jewellery to the accused persons for which they staged test to check the authenticity, police said in a news release.

"The accused then handed back the bag to her and left the location. The bag was later checked, and the victim found that her jewellery was missing," stated the cops in the release issued by the corporate communications arm of the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

A report of the incident was subsequently filed with the police.

The alleged scammers were nabbed on Monday, when law enforcement officials were alerted that the suspects were in the area. A white Nissan Lafesta motorcar was subsequently intercepted and the four, identified as those involved in the jewellery scam, were taken into custody on suspicion of larceny by trick.

Investigators are appealing to persons who may have been victims of a jewellery scam to contact them immediately.

Persons can contact C-TOC at 937-1389, Police 119 emergency number, Crime Stop at 311 or the nearest Police Station.





The Director of Public Prosecutions Paula Llewellyn says that a high-level police investigation is underway into reports that murder convict Michael McLean was able to leave his high-security prison several times to engage in sexual activities while he awaited trial.

McLean, 50, was on Thursday given six life sentences for slaughtering six members of a St Thomas family in 2006.

He has been ordered to serve 60 years in prison before he becomes eligible for parole but effectively, should serve another 48 years since he has been in custody for the past 12 years.

Throughout his murder trial, McLean repeatedly requested to speak with officials at the Independent Commission of Investigations, saying he wanted to hand over proof that during the 12 years he was in custody awaiting trial he was taken to several guest houses on 19 occasions to have sex with various women.

"In the 12 years I have been in custody I have dated two teachers and a secretary," McLean on the second day of the trial.





marlon-samuels.jpgMarlon Sameuls, the West Indies cricketer who appears in Ishawna's Instaboy video, is defending himself against allegations by Yanique 'curvy Diva' Barrett. Yanique, who is said to have been close to the cricketer, vented on social media over the weekend, alleging that she was being stalked and threatened to have her personal pictures shared online. Yanique said that she had reported it to the police.

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Well, she did in fact call Samuels' name and he has since put out the following release:

"It has been brought to my attention that there are allegations in social media circles, that a female television personality who goes by the moniker Yanique Curvy Diva has made several derogatory posts on social media about me. I am therefore informing the public that I refute the allegations made by Miss Yanique Barrett and I intend to take the necessary steps legally to defend my reputation in due course.

"In my capacity as a sports ambassador, my job is to continue serving the people of Jamaica, the West Indies and by extension the cricketing world, and in addition the blind community by way of the Marlon Samuels Foundation for the Blind. In the circumstances, I am therefore requesting that the mentioned media personality and those associated directly or indirectly to her immediately cease and desist from embroiling my name in any controversy, (expressly or implied) surrounding this person. Failure to observe this request will result in legal action for an injunction against you to restrain you from further slandering and defaming my name and reputation."

- Marlon Samuels

We are awaiting Yanique's response.





A judge last week sentenced an Alabama teenager to 65 years in prison for a series of crimes, including murder, even though a police officer was the one who actually killed the victim.

Lakeith Smith, now 18, was convicted under the state's accomplice liability law in March. Based on that law, a person can be convicted of murder if they were committing a crime with the deceased that led to the other person's death, according to the Montgomery Advertiser. In Smith's case, he was involved in burglaries alongside A'Donte Washington, 16, when a police officer shot and killed Washington in 2015.

In February 2015, both Smith and Washington were part of a group of five who broke into two houses in Millbrook, Alabama, the Advertiser reports. When police responded to the scene, the two sides exchanged gunfire. Body camera footage played in court showed Washington running towards an officer pointing a gun at him. The officer then shot and killed Washington.

Circuit Judge Sibley Reynolds sentenced Smith to 65 years in prison on Thursday -- 30 years for a felony murder, 15 for burglary and two 10-year sentences for theft.

"The officer shot A'donte, not Lakeith Smith," said Smith's attorney Jennifer Holton during the trial, as per USA Today. "Lakeith was a 15-year-old child, scared to death. He did not participate in the act that caused the death of A'donte. He never shot anybody."

Though Smith was a minor when the incident took place, he was tried as an adult.

In March, Smith declined a plea deal that would have sentenced him to 25 years in prison; he was convicted later that month.

The other three defendants involved in the burglaries have all entered guilty pleas, Fox 8 Live reports. One has been sentenced to 28 years in prison, while the other two have not yet been sentenced.

And as for the Millbrook police officer who actually killed Washington? A grand jury cleared him of any wrongdoing back in 2016, saying he was justified in fatally shooting Washington, WSFA reported at the time.

This article originally appeared on HuffPost.





Jamaican deportee gets 100 months in US prison

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hands-behind-bars.jpgA Jamaican who returned to the United States after being deported from the country twice has been sentenced to 100 months in prison.

It will run consecutively with his 40 year sentence on state charges for the attempted murder of a police officer in New York.

It's reported that Ronald Greenland, 55, initially entered the US lawfully in 1972, but lost that status due to multiple criminal convictions in Connecticut, Florida, and New York.

On February 23, 2007, an immigration judge ordered Greenland deported to Jamaica, but he later re-entered the U.S. On October 25 last year, he was convicted in New York of attempted murder and attempted assault of a police officer. The following month, Greenland pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court, White Plains, New York to federal illegal re-entry after removal following an aggravated felony conviction.

In February this year he was sentenced to 40 years to life in prison on the New York state charges and March 28 sentenced to 151 months in federal custody, with 100 months to run consecutively with his state conviction.





robert-montague-photo-2.jpgThe Police High Command has confirmed that an investigation has been launched into an alleged plot to kill former Minister of National Security Robert Montague.

The headline in Sunday's edition of The Gleaner revealed that gun runners based in the United States have placed a bounty on the life of the former Security Minister due to the Jamaican Government's crackdown on gun smuggling into the island.

The report suggests that members of the underworld who smuggle guns from the US via the Bahamas and Haiti into Jamaica are displeased with the crackdown on their business.

In a statement Sunday afternoon, the Police High Command confirmed the report and disclosed that a multi-jurisdictional investigation into the allegations has been launched.

The JCF said it is being assisted by its United States law enforcement counterparts with the investigation.

The probe began several weeks ago following intelligence fed to the High Command.

The statement added that the JCF takes all threats seriously and investigates them.





A robber who was also a would-be rapist felt the ire of residents from the quiet town of Moneague in St Ann on Saturday. The man was set upon and chopped to death by an angry mob after he allegedly robbed and then tried to rape a teenager from the community.

After taking her phone, the thug tried to assault the young girl , but she raised an alarm and residents rushed to her aid.

They reportedly used machetes, and chopped him several times all over his body.

The police were later summoned to the scene, and the man was assisted to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.





Bronze for Yohan Blake in 100m at Gold Coast

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yohan-blake-and-simbine.jpgYohan Blake won the men's 100-metre bronze at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in Australia on Monday after being relegated to third by the South African pair of Akani Simbine and Henricho Bruintjies at the Carrara Stadium

The 2011 world champion entered Monday's final as the hot favorite after posting the quickest time of the season and in the first two rounds, but stumbled early and never regained his form against the two runners to his right.

Simbine, who was fifth at the 2016 Olympics and at last year's world titles, won in 10.03 second, with Bruintjies second in 10.17, shading Blake by 0.02.

There were two other medals for Jamaica on the day as Christania Williams and Gayon Evans won silver and bronze respectively in the women's 100-metre final.

Trinidad and Tobago's Michelle-Lee Ahye triumphed in the women's race, her first gold medal at a major international meet.

She celebrated with an air punch as she crossed the finish line in 11.14 seconds and relegated Williams (11.21) and Gayon Evans (personal best 11.22) to silver and bronze. England's Asha Philip was fourth in a repeat of her finish in Glasgow four years ago.

The win for Ahye, a finalist at the 2016 Olympics and the last two world championships, delivered Trinidad and Tobago their first Commonwealth title in the women's 100 and meant a Jamaican hasn't won the title since 2006. It came in the absence of the top Jamaican, Elaine Thompson, who won the Olympic 100-200 double in 2016 but is only running the 200 on the Gold Coast.





With three bands -- Bacchanal Jamaica, Xaymaca and Xodus -- it was pandemonium pon di roads of Kingston and St Andrew on Carnival Sunday as the colourful, scantily dressed revellers paraded, danced and pranced to the music provided by big sound trucks.

Not to be left out were the usual spectators, who, this year all got the email about the dress code - Mesh stockings and underwear.

Women of all ages and sizes were seen in Half-Way-Tree and its environ showing off their bodies and getting on bad on the sidelines as the costumed carnival reveller streamed through the city.

Bacchanal Jamaica kick started their march at Sovereign Centre at 10:30 a.m. They made their way to Hope Road/Lady Musgrave and on to Montrose. From there they headed to Trafalgar Road and on to Old Hope Road. They traversed Knutsford Boulevard, Waterloo, Trafalgar, Constant Spring Road, West King's House Road and Half Way Tree, before ending at the Lime Golf Academy.

Xaymaca is started at 9:45 a.m., on Grenada Crescent, headed on to Knutsford Boulevard and moved into the Trafalgar area and then on Holborn/Chelsea Avenue, before moving on to Half Way Tree Road. They ended their march on Trafalgar Road.

Xodus, the third band on the road for the day, was a succes story, doubling their numbers from last year. They started their journey at 10:30 a.m., by Tastee in Liguanea. Revellers will then made their way past Sovereign Centre on to Hope Road/Lady Musgrave. From there they went past BMW headquarters, where they stopped for lunch and refreshment before heading to the Trafalgar Road area. Waterloo, Constant Spring, West King's House roads and South Avenue, are also on the Xodus route. They ended at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre.

Absent from this year's road march was the original carnival band, Jamaica Carnival.

Revellers and spectator then mixed and mingled at the numerous after parties at Riu, Truck Stop and other major events





yanique-samuels-and-ishawna.jpgWhen rumours started floating around that Yanique an cricketer Marlon Samuels were an item, Yanique denied it on several occasions, however, the bodacious diva has since taken to social media to blast Samuels, who she says is stalking and harassing her to the point where she had to report it to the cops.

The Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall host told her social media followers about threats, harassment and stalking and accused Samuels of throwing shade on social media, making his friends call her and that he took her phone and threatened to leak her personal photos online.

As the high drama unfolded in the virtual space, Yanique, who will be starting her own reality series soon, showed a screenshot message from 'Insta Boy' Samuels along with his Insta story which announced that he would be a guest judge on Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall. She captioned it with the question: "Mi style yuh and mi wicked cause mi nuh wah yuh?."

Interestingly, just last week, the Insta Boy had uploaded a picture of a hot lawyer girl and caption it "...and everything is real". Social meadi fans had said that Samuels was throwing shade at Yanique, who has allegedly had implants.

Speculation also was that Yanique qas upset that Inst Boy Samuels had appeared in Ishawna's music video and so the two were "fighting" over Samuels. Yanique addressed this issue saying, "I will never beef with Ishawna or any dancehall fraternity member over you."

And the beat goes on....





Two Falmouth escaped prisoners caught

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Two of four prisoners who escaped from the Falmouth Police Lock-up in Trelawny on Wednesday have been caught.

Travaun Lawson, 22, otherwise called 'Tall Man', of Rose Mount, St James turned himself in to the police in the company of his lawyer while Adrian Stewart, 39, of Dumfries, St James was recaptured during an operation in his community.

Two other escapees are on the run:

1) Mario Morrison, 24, of Bamboo district, Hanover

2) Oneil Demetrius, 31, otherwise called 'Boy Boy', of Lowe River, Wait-A-Bit, Trelawny.

They are both wanted for murder.

The police are urging them to turn themselves in and are reminding family members and residents that it is an offence to harbour a criminal.

Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Mario Morrison and Oneil Demetrius is being asked to contact the Falmouth Police at 954-3703, Crime Stop at 311, Police 119 emergency number or the nearest Police Station.





Son chops father to death in Green Acres

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A 62-year-old man, James Bunting, was chopped to death, reportedly by his son, Horace, in Green Acres, Spanish Town, St Catherine on Wednesday.

Reports are that approximately 6:00 p.m., the two had an argument and during the heated exchange, the elder Bunting was attacked and chopped in the head.

He was taken to hospital, where he died while undergoing treatment.

The suspect fled the scene and is still at large.

The Green Acres community recently benefited from the establishment of a police post with a newly-assigned service vehicle, reportedly because of the increasing crime numbers there.





Who killed Rooksie?

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crime-scene-gun.jpgPolice are still probing the killing of Uriel 'Rooksie' James, the reputed leader of the Rose Town-based Discipline Gang who was shot dead on Wednesday.

Police sources say his body was discovered in a car in St Andrew in the vicinity of Dunrobin.

In February, James was shot and injured in the parking lot of the Spartan Health Club in New Kingston.

He was leaving the club shortly before 8 o'clock in the morning when two men dressed like construction workers opened fire. However, he was saved by a team of armed private security officers.

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

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

Four months earlier he was also freed of illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition in connection with the 2011 robbery of a man.





The Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica (BCJ) has received two Gold Muse awards in the International Muse Creative Awards Competition for 2018 for the very popular 'Pinchy Dead' video, which warns against fake news, and 'Ordinary People', which warns parents to be more aware of what their children are viewing online.

The hilarious, but serious 'Pinchy Dead', features popular local vlogger and recording artiste Bella Blair, and is one of the first in the world to address the problem of fake news and encourages online users to be more careful when consuming and sharing content online. The video was viewed on social media more than two million times and shared more than 8,000 times within the first month of release.

The BCJ's 'Ordinary People' is designed to remind parents that young people are now accessing content across multiple devices. It is a wake-up call for greater parental responsibility and parental guidance.

Cordel Green, executive director of the BCJ, noted that these international awards "recognise the commission's ability to respond creatively to modern-day digital literacy issues in a manner that has global appeal".

"We recognise the breakthrough achievement of designers, marketers, artists, writers, photographers, videographers, and digital experts who set the trends of the global creative industry," said Kenjo Ong, president for the International Awards Associates (IAA), which administers the Muse Awards.





Ziggy Marley to release new album May 18

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ziggy-marley-rebellion-rises.jpgEight-time Grammy Award-winning musician Ziggy Marley will release his seventh full-length solo studio album, Rebellion Rises, on May 18 through Tuff Gong Worldwide and it will be distributed in Jamaica and the Caribbean by Tuff Gong International.

Fully written, recorded and produced by Marley, this new collection of music encourages people to stand together in activism through love.

No track embodies this message better than the album's title track and official first single Rebellion Rises. The song encourages its listeners to use the power humans have as instruments of positive change around the world.

Rebellion Rises marks Marley's first studio release in two years, following 2016's critically acclaimed self-titled project which took home the 2016 Grammy for Best Reggae Album and marked his fourth consecutive debut at #1 on the Billboard Top Reggae Album Chart. Digital pre-orders will be available starting today. All digital pre-orders will include an instant free track of Rebellion Rises, which is also now available for streaming on Spotify, Pandora and Apple Music.

This June, Marley will embark on the first leg of his North American tour with stops in a number of west coast markets including Napa, Seattle, Portland, and San Francisco. The tour will then make its way to Europe beginning June 29 where it opens in Legnano, Italy.





It's Charlyyyyyyy-Not-So-Black!

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charly-not-so-black.jpgSoooo. Diamond-selling dancehall artiste Charly Black, posted a picture of himself looking quite light skinned, or bleached out, as Dancehall fans would say.

As expected, social media chewed up the Party Animal singer who displayed a lighter skin tone than his previous images on his Instagram account. He had captioned the now viral photo of himself dancing with a female: "ARIES BIRTHDAY MOOD 💯🎉🎊🍸🥂🎁 #aries #turrrrrrble#charlyblack #teamunstoppable🤞🏿 #charlyblackbirthdayparty2018,"

Well, we checked out other photos of Charly, in the same clothes and he looked his usual complexion. So, it could have been the lighting, the angle and the editing that caused the apparent colour change.

Anyway, Happy Birthday Charly!!!!!!!





Facebook data breach affected 87 million

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facebook-zuckerberg-tax-avoidance-culprit.jpgFacebook has said it now believes up to 87 million people's data was improperly shared with the political consultancy Cambridge Analytica.

The overall figure had been previously quoted as being 50 million by the whistleblower Christopher Wylie.

The details were revealed in a blog by the tech firm's chief technology officer, several hours after the US House Commerce Committee announced that Facebook's founder, Mark Zuckerberg, would testify before it on April 11.

The tech firm has faced intense criticism after it emerged that it had known for years that Cambridge Analytica had harvested data from millions of its users, but had relied on the London-based firm to self-certify that it had deleted the information.





Tmartin-luther-king-nobel-prize.jpghe daughter of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. remembered him as "the apostle of nonviolence" as admirers marked the 50th anniversary of his assassination Wednesday with marches, speeches and quiet reflection.

At events around the country, participants took time to both reflect on King's legacy and discuss how his example can apply to racial and economic divides still plaguing society. Instead of sorrow, King's contemporaries and a new generation of social activists presented a message of resilience and hope.

Speaking in King's hometown of Atlanta, the Rev. Bernice A. King recalled her father as a civil rights leader and great orator whose message of peaceful protest was still vital decades later.

"We decided to start this day remembering the apostle of nonviolence," she said during a ceremony to award the Martin Luther King Jr. Nonviolent Peace Prize held at the King Center.

In Memphis, where King died, police estimated that 10,000 people showed up for an early afternoon march led by the same sanitation workers union whose low pay King had come to protest when he was shot.

Dixie Spencer, president of the Bolivar Hardeman County, Tennessee, branch of the NAACP, said remembrances of King's death should be a call to action. (Source AP)





travis-greene.jpgKnown and loved for an impressive body of praise and worship songs, Grammy nominee and multiple awards winning gospel artiste, Travis Greene, brought the curtains down in impeccable style at Easter Monday's staging of Unity in the City.

Clearly this gospel show has its crowd and they were present long before the 6:00PM start time and seemed to stream in endlessly throughout the evening. With a sold-out platinum, gold and VIP sections right on the field in front of the hi-tech looking stage, and a grandstand almost full to capacity, the stage was set to create unity in Kingston city.

Showing his musical ability, Travis Greene strummed his guitar and then played the keyboard as he truly belted out new age gospel favourites interspersed with an old favourite, Jesus Paid It all. Among the songs Greene performed were Made a Way, See the Light and a reggae remix of Intentional. Full of more sedate worship rather than the over-the-top praise, Greene, brought on his wife to give a testimony of God's goodness in the safe delivery of their son, who doctors had recommended be aborted at 21 weeks.

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Among the acts billed for the show were heavyweights Grammy award winners Israel Houghton and JJ Hairston, complemented by top-rated local acts who have also made their name on the international scene.

Houghton and his New Breed band delivered hits songs including Here I Am to Worship, Trading my Sorrows and I Am Not Forgotten. Hairston and his Youthful Praise choir made souls sway with songs like Great Is Our God, You Deserve It and Great and Mighty God.

did favourites like Back to the Owner and Bible Addict. But he also ministered about how God saved him from a life of mischief and purposeless.

High-energy sets also came from DJ Nicholas, Kevin Downswell and Jermaine Edwards. Downswell performed tracks including If It's Not You, Already Done and All the Way. The vibrant sound of new gospel continued with Edwards who sang favourites like Nah Bow, Beautiful Day and Hallelujah.

The huge crowd showed their appreciation for all the acts and seen in the audience was gospel artiste, Judy Mowatt, who told Yardflex in an interview after the concert that she enjoyed herself thoroughly.

"This concert could not miss me. When I heard the line-up I knew I just had to be here and I am certainly happy that I came. I enjoyed myself and I was blessed," she said.





jutc-buses.jpgThe Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) says due to recent shootings in August Town, St Andrew, its buses to the area will terminate at the University of the West Indies' (UWI's) Irving Hall, known as the UWI back gate.

"The JUTC has been forced once again to temporarily suspend its service in August Town, St Andrew as a result of violence/renewed shootings this morning," the State-run bus company said on Twitter this morning.

It also urged commuters to be safe.

When contacted, the police's Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) confirmed that there has been shooting in the area but said it has received no official report on the incident.





stacious-and-ninjaman.jpgBig up to Stacious for still looking out for Ninjaman.

She shared the very first photo of veteran entertainer Ninjaman since his murder conviction.

Stacious recently visited the original Gold Teeth Don Gorgon, whose given name is Desmond Ballentine, at the St Catherine Adult Correctional Centre, in Spanish Town.

In the photo, Ninjaman can be seen wearing a long sleeve button down oxford shirt, fitted jeans and wallabee Clarks.





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beenie-and-d-angel.jpgBwoy, never a dull day in entertainment.

Everybody is talking about the way Beenie Man diss D'Angel at her birthday party. But D'Angel says she was not embarrassed, but people seem to think that she should be.

Well, all now we cyaan get over how she go pon stage to perform with Beenie and decide say she a go sing 'A One Man Mi Got' and a position herself fi Beenie whine pon her and the man just turn away. Tek way himself and leave her hanging. S-H-A-M-E!

Plus him tell her say that kind of behaviour was "inappropriate".

But Angel bounce back and say all who a talk need to get a life because it was not embarrassing at all.

People a say that Krystal, Beenie girlfriend, did give him a talk.

According to one commentator: "Beenie man was helping D angel with her birthday to earn a money we all know nothing going on for her big.She take it a bit too far.Not because he ex husband or baby father he would to dance .She would be more professional.He is in a serious relationship with someone that don't put them dutty laundry to the media. Angel did do Beenie bad years ago."

What a prekeh!!!! Tek a look below.





winnie-mandela-yardflex.jpg"She succumbed peacefully in the early hours of Monday afternoon surrounded by her family and loved ones," the family said in a statement.

The ex-wife of Nelson Mandela was known as "mother of the nation" and had been admitted to hospital in January with a kidney infection.

Her family said she "kept the memory of her imprisoned husband Nelson Mandela alive during his years on Robben Island and helped give the struggle for justice in South Africa one its most recognisable faces."

News of her death comes on the day the US marks 50 years since the assassination of civil rights activist Martin Luther King -- who her former husband paid tribute to while accepting the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.

The young activist met Nelson Mandela at a bus stop in Soweto when she was 22 in 1957 and the pair married a year later. Their romance lasted 38 years that was largely spent apart, with Nelson imprisoned for 27 years, leaving Winnie to raise two daughters and keep his political dream alive.

In 1990 the world watched when Nelson Mandela finally walked out of prison -- hand-in-hand with Winnie.

But they separated just two years later and divorced in 1996 after a legal wrangle that revealed her affair with a young bodyguard and she went on to become embroiled in several major controversies.





Has Denyque joined the plastic club?

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denyque-photo-2.jpgHas Denyque joined Yanqiue Curvy Diva, Aidonia's wife Kimberly Megan and Usain Bolt's longtime girlfriend Kasi Bennett, as the newest member of the plastic club.

Well the recording artiste and TV personality is sporting ample cleavage these days so its very possible, in addition, her husband, Careem Mullings, sparked rumours over the weekend when he shared a post of the two and tagged popular American cosmetic and plastic surgeon Dr. Miami on Denyque's boobs.

The gesture sent tongues wagging on social media as many speculated that the "Proud Wifey" singer went under the knife recently.





khago-photo-2.jpgDancehall artiste, Khago who recently dropped an album called "Walk A Mile'', which made a big debut on the Billboard Reggae chart, has released yet another album.

On Friday, the prolific singer/songwriter released "Dancehall Soca" and already it is making its presence felt on the iTunes charts.

In fact, it seems like Khago's album is doing better that that of his longtime rival, I-Octane, whose latest album Love & Life, was also released in Friday.

Social media is convinced that Khago did this to spite I-Octane

Interstingly, on Sunday, Khago captioned a video on Instagram, showing the iTunes chart with his album sitting smugly at number 3 while, Octane's project is just outside thge Top 10...at number 11.

Khago declared: ''Look wat a gwaan pan iTunes lol ja two top legends in control don't worry Jamaica ....we taken back ur music''.





held.jpgThe St Elizabeth police have arrested a 21-year-old man in connection with a break-in at the Holland Primary School in which several items, including groceries, were stolen.

Christopher Campbell was charged on Thursday with School House Breaking, Larceny and Receiving Stolen Property.

Reports are that an 84 inch television set that was stolen from the Holland Primary School on March 2 was found at Campbell's house during a search by the police.

He was subsequently arrested and charged.

The accused is scheduled to appear in court later this week.





police-commissioner-antony-anderson-photo-1.jpgFormer National Security Advisor and now Commissioner of Police, Major General Antony Anderson had his credit card cloned, but the alleged perpetrator is now before the courts.

Forty-four-year-old businessman, Earl Hobins, had his bail extended when he appeared in the St Andrew Parish Court last Thursday to answer to a charge of having benefited from the cloning the credit card of

Hobins has been charged with defrauding General Anderson, with more than $1 million having been reportedly taken from his account.

Anderson took office as Police Commissioner on March 19, 2018.

Fraud Squad detectives began their probe in February of this year after it was discovered that the former Chief of Defence Staff, who was then the National Security Advisor to Prime Minister Andrew Holness, had been defrauded.

Investigators said the illegal activities with the card began on February 22.

According to the police, unscrupulous persons cloned Anderson's credit card and stole $1.3 million over a period of seven days.

The investigators said a man and a woman created two cloned cards from Anderson's card, which were used to purchase appliances, car parts and hair, among other items.

Following investigations, Hobins was arrested and charged on March 9.





The St James police are yet to ascertain the identities of three men who were shot dead during a gun battle with a law enforcement team in the parish on Good Friday morning.

Following the gunfight, the police seized two firearms.

Reports are that about 5:45 a.m., a police party conducted a special operation in Sunderland district in St James in search of wanted men and illegal firearms, and came under gunfire in the process.

The police took evasive action and returned the gunfire.

When the shooting subsided, three unidentified men were found suffering from gunshot wounds.

The injured men were taken to the Cornwall Regional Hospital, where they were pronounced dead on arrival.

One black Beretta 9mm pistol, bearing serial number BER020732Z, with a magazine containing one 9mm cartridge; and one black 9mm pistol with the make and serial number erased, loaded with a magazine containing one 9mm cartridge, were seized.

Investigations continue.





Jamaican culture was on show at the 11th Bali Spirit Festival which was held April 2-8 in Ubud, Indonesia. The week-long event again focused on things spiritual, with yoga, music and dance the dominant themes.

Dancer Latonya Style, singer Jah'Mila Smith and yoga teacher Nadine McNeil formed the Jamaican presence at the festival. McNeil, who spends much of her time in Indonesia, has been involved with the Bali Spirit Festival since it was first held in 2011.

She conducted one of the well-attended yoga classes and played a key role in the International Women's Circle which started proceedings.

Style brought dancehall to the festival for the first time. She performed a number of choreographed moves in her daily classes which were well received, in addition to the dances that made dancehall icons Bogle and Ice famous. She did her Bumpa Twerkout, a mix of the Booty Shake and Twerk, that was popular in the United States two years ago.

Smith went to the Bali Spirit Festival as the 2018 awardee for the Jamaica-Indonesia Residency Program for Emerging Artists. Her two-week study visit was arranged by Professor Michael Morrissey.

A recording artiste for over 10 years, she performed alongside two world music acts: DJ Raio on April 5 and Sebatierra and The Earthkeepers on April 7.

Positive response to the Jamaican experience was the most satisfying aspect of her time in Indonesia.





Kanye fires his manager

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kanye-west-photo-3.jpgKanye West is gearing up for a new album, but the Chicago rapper will be working on the project without a manager.

According to an April 24 report from Billboard, Yeezy has parted ways with manager Scooter Braun, who had been managing the rapper for two and a half years. The companies of West and Braun will continue to work together though.

A source says the move came after Kanye's recent decision to "leave the traditional music business" and added that the rapper had told some associates that he wants to change his whole operation to in-house. Yeezy reportedly did invite Braun's team to continue working with him full time but the manager declined.

On Wednesday (March 25), The Life of Pablo artist confirmed the news, tweeting, "I no longer have a manager. I can't be managed." In a separate tweet, the rapper wrote, "I'm nobody's 'client.'"

The move comes a few weeks after West split from his other manager, Izvor "Izzy" Zivkovic. While Zivkovic had worked with Yeezy for nearly 10 years, the manager often kept a low profile and was rarely seen. The reason for their split was unknown at the time of reports.

In related news, along with his own upcoming album, Kanye is also reportedly working on projects from Nas and Pusha T. In tweets posted on April 22, Yeezy claimed he's "hand producing" albums from Pusha and Esco and revealed the Pusha T album will release on May 25, while Nas' record will drop on June 15.

Check out Kanye West's latest tweets below.

KANYE WEST

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I no longer have a manager. I can't be managed

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KANYE WEST

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I'm nobody's "client"





Beenie Man disses Kartel, Popcaan in new track

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beenie-man-photo-6.jpgBeenie Man is gearing up to release a diss track aimed at Vybz Kartel and his former mentor Popcaan.

The track comes days after the "Unruly Boss" called out the Doc for allegedly disrespecting his mother, Miss Rhona in a viral video.

Following the beef, Beenie Man reached out to Popcaan and apologies however it seems the "Stray Dog" deejay rejected the olive branch because the damage was already done.

In an interesting twist, Beenie took to the studio to record a diss track addressing the situation.

"Me deh ya so before them / them come ya come see me / Now them a tell me say me badmind / badmind for what, badmind who, what / Mind badmind give yo brain tumor / A serious thing this a no humor / Everyday yo get up a spread rumor / Remember shark bigger than tuna / Nike deh a road before Puma," Beenie Man deejays in the track.

The single was previewed by outspoken Dancehall selector Foota Hype who says it was sent to his email and labelled as a Popcaan diss.

In the track Beenie Man also named dropped incarcerated Dancehall deejay Vybz Kartel, "Me alone me alone / Live in a glass house yo don't throw stone / Me alone, me alone / Worl'Boss last album me think a me / If yo see yo girl she think a me." Vybz Kartel last album is titled King of the Dancehall and we all know that Beenie crowned himself as the dancehall king since the mid-1990s.





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Ne-Yo is prepping the release of his new album Good Man, and on March 30 he delivered the new track "Push Back" featuring Stefflon Don and BeBe Rexha.

StarGate is on the production on this one which definitely finds Ne-Yo channeling a dancehall vibe over the bouncy Caribbean soundscape. Steff, who is currently in contention to land on the 2018 XXL Freshman cover, rides the riddems spitting accented bars.

"Yo, push back while mi push back on di ting/Put it pon you one time, mi phone nuh stop ring (hello?)," she rhymes. "My ring off my cellular/Nuff chat but tell mi what you tellin' her/Jump up, make it 'bout to jump, 'til it crack your brump/My girl, mi no say nuh', when you crack it up."

Ne-Yo is dedicating the party track to confident ladies. "I love a woman who knows how to move," the singer says in reference to the party cut. "I love a woman that has her own self, her own heart and mind. She's comfortable with her body. And when her song comes on, she's gonna get up and move. She's gonna show you just how confident and comfortable she is. 'Push Back' is about these women."

Ne-Yo's new album Good Man drops on June 8 and will also feature 2 Chainz, PartyNextDoor and others.

Listen to Ne-Yo's new single "Push Back" featuring Stefflon Don and Bebe Rexha below.





Kingston College's (KC) Wayne Pinnock shattered the Penn Relays high school boys' long jump record on Saturday after he jumped 7.88m (0.5m/s) as Jamaicans swept all three jump events at the 124th staging of the Penn Relays Carnival at Franklin Field in Philadelphia, USA.

Cornwall College's Owayne Owens won the triple jump with a season's best 15.26m (-0.3m/s) in a mild upset after St Jago High's Lushane Wilson had retained his high jump title on Friday.

Pinnock, who jumped an eye-popping 7.99m at the G C Foster Classic in March before winning the Class One event at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys' Championships with 7.77m, is the first Jamaican to win the event since 2015, when Jullianie Walker of Calabar tasted success.

He passed the record on his very first attempt, smashing the 7.69m held by former Calabar High athlete Maurice Wignall since 1994 and followed up with jumps of 7.72m (1.5m/s), a wind-aided 7.75m (3.1m/s) then a 7.54m effort before passing on his final two jumps.

Calabar High's Alexander Thompson was second with 7.47m (1.3m/s) with Frank Royal of St Christopher's of Richmond, Virginia, third with a wind-aided 7.42m (2.4m/s).

Shaquille Lowe of KC was fifth with 7.15m, while Wolmer's Boys' Daniel Bogle was sixth with 7.13m and St Jago's Kavion Kerr 10th with 6.63m.





The women's 4x100m team were the only Jamaican winners in the USA vs The Word series at the final day of the 124th Penn Relays Carnival under sunny but cool conditions at Franklin Field in Philadelphia, USA.

The team of Gayon Evans, Kerron Stewart, Schillone Calvert-Powell, Jura Levy ran 43.14 seconds to beat two American teams and Guyana to retain the title they won last year and win it for the seventh time over all.

The USA Red team finished second in 43.18 seconds ahead of the USA-Blue (43.71s) and Guyana (46.40s) as Trinidad and Tobago failed to finish.





Detectives are still investigating the murder in Green Island, Hanover, following last week's gruesome discovery of the mutilated bodies of a heavily pregnant woman and her two children.

The three were chopped to death between Tuesday and Wednesday morning, according to the police who took one man into custody in connection with the triple murder.

The bodies were said to be discovered at their dwelling place in Green Island on Wednesday morning.

The man in custody is the 61-year-old former spouse of the 39-year-old slain, pregnant mother.





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Love & Hip Hop drama: Spice gets into fight

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As expected, Queen of the Stage, Spice got herself into quite a fight on the reality series

Love & Hip-Hop: Atlanta. In a preview of Monday night's show, Spice iis caught in two different scenes. The first shows Spice arguing with her close friend Tommie Lee about her drinking problem that caused a delay with their upcoming music video.

Another scene shows her on a ranch with cast members which quickly escalated into her trying to fight newcomer Tokyo Vanity.

In the footage, Vanity can be heard discussing her beef with Spice, "I don't have no problem with her (Spice) but the b***h keeps playing with me, she said.

Spice overhears her comments and gets up screaming, "Doah call mi nuh bloodcl****t b***h!". She then rushed towards Tokyo Vanity and threw the cake she was eating at her.

Security had to step in quickly and restrained Spice. Spice Gets Into Another Fight On Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta





danielle-di-image-1.jpgDanielle D.I. and Denyque have given social media users a sneak peek into their individual brands with the introduction of REBEL and REBELLION respectively.

Rocking sweatshirts bearing her image, D.I. revealed to her over 227,000 followers on Instagram that her REBEL merchandise is coming soon. Dressed in a white long sleeve sweater top and a yellow long sleeve sweater crop top, DI was the ultimate fashionista.

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Denyque also used Instagram as the platform to introduce her carnival costumes.

The two-piece ensemble is completed with orange and black feathers for the females while the male design is just a simple short-shorts with orange lace to the side and in the front.





Actress Rosie Murray returns after heart attack

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Last December, renowned actress Rosie Murray suffered a serious heart attack requiring surgery. She returned to the stage in full-form, on Saturday night in her first production Slice of Life, staged at Hope United church hall.

Described as a theatrical presentation of reality, and the actress' own personal experiences, Slice of Life is directed by Owen 'Blakka' Ellis, the production will mark her return as a benefit show

"I'm so excited to be getting back on the horse. Been out of commission since last year, and this is my first performance in terms of acting since I've gone through my recovery," Murray is quoted as saying.

Two years ago, Murray opted out of continuing her career in media, choosing instead the life of a baker. Consumed with taking her business to profit while focusing on penning her own works, Rosie's medical issues went unnoticed. After suffering a heart attack in December, her family set up a GoFundMe account to the tune of US$20,000 (approximately J$1.4 million) to finance a necessary angioplasty.

"I'm really excited, titillated! And I did a little adaptation to it, to address the recent journey and the recovery phase. It's still the original Slice of Life with just a little extra slice. God has been so good, so it's going to be a celebration as well," Murray said.

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





Don Mafia suffers heart attack

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Controversial Jamaican artiste/producer/songwriter, Don Mafia is currently in hospital following an alleged heart attack.

According to reports, Mafia was complaining of chest pains Saturday morning when he was rushed to the University Hospital of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica.

Doctors presently have Don Mafia under observation.

Meanwhile, several industry players including entertainers Ding Dong, Macka Diamond and Kevin of Voicemail have since asked their fans to pray for Don Mafia's speedy recovery.

"Please help me say a prayer for my brother @donmafiadiboss had a heart attack 😢😢😢😢😢😢 I'm so hurt rite now," Macka Diamond wrote on Instagram.





Andre Bryan, the alleged leader of the Clansman gang, was again remanded when he appeared before the Home Circuit Court Friday afternoon.Bryan, otherwise called 'Blackman', was charged last month during a clampdown on members of the Spanish Town based gang.

He has been charged under the anti-gang legislation with leading a criminal organisation.

Six other members of the criminal network, including Bryan's mother, Millicent Brown, were also refused bail.

During a bail hearing for Brown Friday afternoon, prosecutors strongly opposed bail and argued that the 53 year old was a major player in her son's criminal enterprise. According to the prosecutors, over the last two years, Brown has been managing extortion money collected by the Clansman gang from businesses in Spanish Town and its environs.They say she also operated an illegal gambling enterprise for the gang in Spanish Town and used the cash to pay for legal services and to secure bail bonds for gang members who are arrested and charged. They added that Brown also used the illegal proceeds to support the families of gang members.

However, her attorney, Shannan Clarke, denied the allegations and argued that her client was only charged because she is the mother of Andre Bryan.

Bail was also refused for another defendant, Boswell Rhoden.

Prosecutors reported that Rhoden, who operated a shop in the Spanish Town bus park, facilitated the gang by hiding their weapons in his establishment.

They say high powered weapons are usually hidden in his shop by members of the Clansman gang.

His attorney, Leroy Equiano, said his client was a tattoo artist and was not associated or involved in the gang.





Police investigators say that the four men whose bodies were found buried in shallow graves in Pennants, Clarendon on Friday were part of a criminal network.Head of the Area Three police, Assistant Commissioner Clifford Chambers says the men were involved in the drugs trade.

The four men were last week reported missing by relatives.

They are brothers Kevon and Clinton Hutchinson of Santa Cruz and Shawn Thompson and Alwin Griffiths, both of Schoolfield near Malvern.

Investigators have been combing a section of the Thomas River where their bodies were found, to determine whether the location was being used to dispose of the bodies of persons who have been murdered.

Reports are that the men could have been involved in the booming guns-for-drugs trade.

Earlier reports had stated that the men were farmers from St. Elizabeth, and they had all gone by car to a neighboring parish.

The girlfriend of one of the men has reportedly come forward to say that prior to him leaving on his journey he had given her his bank card and told her that if anything happened she was to use it as there was money in the bank.





Strong police presence in Arnett Gardens

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police-cars.jpgA strong police presence has been established in Arnett Gardens following the murder of two young men in the area on Thursday.

The police said they have increased their numbers in the area to allay the fears of residents following the deadly attack on two brothers by heavily armed men.

Reports are that the victims - Akeem James, 25, and Damarley Wilson, 20 - were at their home when thugs kicked in the door to the house in which they lived and opened fire, hitting them multiple times.

The injured men were taken to hospital, where they were pronounced dead.

A day after the attack, the residents of the community said they were worried that other attacks will come.

"Is a gang feud a take place in the area and right now we the citizens worried. We going to wi bed and wondering who will be next," said a woman from the community.

Head of the Western Kingston Police Division, Superintendent Howard Chambers, said police personnel are not only out in force monitoring the community, but have also stepped up their search for the men who were involved in the killing.

Police sources said investigators are following several leads in the killing, but were not prepared to disclose any details up to the time of publication.





Triple murderer Bowza was on the run

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o/c 'Bowza' - wanted for a triple murder in St. James in 2017

Police say Nico Samuels otherwise called 'Bowza', was on the run for several months was wanted list for a triple murder commited in 2017.

Samuels was killed on Saturday in a joint police/military operation in St James.

The stand off comes just weeks after three men were shot and killed during another gun battle with the police in St James.

Government on January 18, imposed Enhanced Security Measures after the parish of St James recorded 335 murders in 2017.

The Jamaican House of Representatives has since extended the crime-prompted emergency measure until Wednesday, May 2.

Police officials have announced a significant reduction in crime attributed to the implementation of Enhanced Security Measures.





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Nico Samuels

o/c 'Bowza' - wanted for a triple murder in St. James in 2017

St James' most wanted man Nico Samuels otherwise called 'Bowza', has been shot dead and two policemen injured in an intense gun battle at a house in the upscale community of Hatfield, Ironshore in the parish on Saturday.

The reported shootout lasted close to two hours, police sources say, and residents in Ironshore are describing the events that unfolded as a "scene from a movie".

Reports are that about 1:45 p.m., members of a joint police/military team, acting on information, went to an apartment in the upscale area of Ironshore to search for the fugitive, who was wanted for a triple murder committed in 2017.

When the members of the team reached the location they came under heavy gunfire, which was returned

Residents from the community, who took to social media to talk about the incident, said they were left cowering in fear as the sounds of gun shot rang out through the air even as members of the police team tried to corner the wanted man who managed to keep the team at bay for a period of time during the standoff.

"It was like a scene from a movie to the amount of gunshot me hear," said one social media user, who said he lives close to the area where the incident took place.

Police report that at the end of the exchange the man was found suffering from gunshot wounds. Two firearms were reportedly recovered.

The injured man was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Two police men who were injured during the exchange have since been admitted.





lisa-hanna-photo-5.jpgOn Sunday, the former Miss World beauty queen Lisa Hanna shared a heartfelt post which showed a blurred photo of her tying the knot with her long time beau, businessman Richard Lakewith her husband.

"#BePatientAndFocusOnLove "I've had my share of life's ups and downs But fate's been kind, the downs have been few I guess, you could say that I've been lucky Well, I guess you could say that it's all because of you ..."," Hanna wrote.

"It's been 13 years of beautiful memories ... here's to a lifetime of making more together... Thanks everyone for sharing with me over this past week some of my most special moments and reflections. Here's to making more memories

#MemoryLaneWeekFinale #LisaHanna#WhenIWasAskedWhichSongIWantedToDanceTo

Song: You're The Best Thing" Gladys Knight."

The Member Of Parliament got married four months ago in a private ceremony in St Andrew, Jamaica,

'Both Hanna and Lake got married for the second time.





Meek Mill finally granted bail

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meek-mill-photo-1.jpgAfter being incarcerated since November 2017 for violating his probation, the Supreme Court has granted Meek Mill bail.

In a statement to Billboard, Meek said the following: "I'd like to thank God, my family, my friends, my attorneys, my team at Roc Nation including JAY-Z, Desiree Perez, my good friend Michael Rubin, my fans, The Pennsylvania Supreme Court and all my public advocates for their love, support and encouragement during this difficult time," began Meek.

"While the past five months have been a nightmare, the prayers, visits, calls, letters and rallies have helped me stay positive. To the Philadelphia District Attorney's office, I'm grateful for your commitment to justice -- not only for my case, but for others that have been wrongfully jailed due to police misconduct," he continued.

"Although I'm blessed to have the resources to fight this unjust situation, I understand that many people of color across the country don't have that luxury and I plan to use my platform to shine a light on those issues. In the meantime, I plan to work closely with my legal team to overturn this unwarranted conviction and look forward to reuniting with my family and resuming my music career."

Philadelphia 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin posted a picture on Instagram celebrating Meek's release from prison. "@meekmill is FREE!!! Just left visiting Meek with @kevinhart4real and I'm on the way back to pick him up as we speak! #MeekisFree #GoSixers," he wrote.

Last week, Meek Mill told CNN's Don Lemon that he was optimistic that he was going to get out of jail sooner than later. "I don't really try to get my hopes up from that court room right there," Meek said. "I feel like I will be free one day. I think I'll be able to get my chance pretty soon. My time coming."





The British Government has announced another recruitment drive to fill thousands of vacancies in its National Health Services (NHS) by luring nurses from Jamaica, despite the embarrassing scandal over the deportation of Windrush generation Britons after working and paying taxes for decades in the UK.

The British Government says that in the second phase of the "earn, learn, return" partnerships, Jamaican nurses will go to work in the NHS for a fixed term of around three years and then return with new skills and experience. The scheme is intended to increase the NHS workforce by 5,500 full-time nurses and help address a record 34,000 unfilled nursing and midwifery posts across the health service in England.

In November last year ministers announced the scheme's first partnership with India and the aim of recruiting 500 nurses by March, though the Department of Health could not immediately confirm if that had been achieved. But nursing chiefs said it was a short-term solution to staffing shortages caused by years of pay restraint and the removal of bursaries for new nurse trainees, and said urgent investment was needed in the UK training.

They added that Jamaican nurses were already very highly trained, and usually have at least four years training compared to three in the NHS, and said perhaps English staff would have more to learn from them. However, the Department of Health said the programme will support the Jamaican government in improving the knowledge and capability of its staff, particularly in areas like emergency medicine and intensive care.

The new deal comes during a week in which Prime Minister Theresa May and Home Secretary Amber Rudd have come under significant pressure for threatening to deport British residents who arrived from the Commonwealth before 1973, and their descendants who cannot prove their residency status. That threat has now been withdrawn due to huge domestic and internaitonal pressure.





Lawyers for Wisynco Group, makers of the CranWata beverage, are reportedly heading to court to ask a judge to temporarily halt a public education campaign being run by the Heart Foundation of Jamaica to warn Jamaicans about the harmful health effects of excessive sugar intake.

The campaign, 'Are You Drinking Yourself Sick' has been airing on local television and various social media platforms.

A report in daily newspaper, The Gleaners, says that Wisynco contends in court documents that on March 1 this year, as part of the campaign, the Heart Foundation published false and defamatory information about CranWata on the social media platform Instagram.

As a result, the St Catherine-based company has filed legal action in the Supreme Court seeking a declaration that the information published was defamatory.

It also wants an injunction that would halt further publication.

According to Wisynco, the Instagram post makes an inaccurate claim about the volume of sugar in each bottle of CranWata then asks: "Are you drinking yourself sick? Drink water instead."

The post has since been removed.

The company sought to explain that because the aim of the campaign is to get members of the public to consume less sugar-sweetened beverages, the "false" information is defamatory because it suggests that drinking Wisynco's products, specifically CranWata, will make them sick.





Jamaican man shot dead in Florida

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crime-scene-gun.jpgThe West Palm Beach police in Florida have taken a 32 year old man into custody in relation to the fatal shooting of a Jamaican on Monday morning.

Eric Stewart, 28, was found dead shortly after 4 o'clock outside the Caribbean Choice Restaurant and Bakery.

The police quickly detained Omari Fenton near the scene of the crime.

He has been charged with first-degree murder.

According to court records, in January, Mr. Stewart was arrested for reckless driving and fleeing to elude the police.

He was a United States citizen.





kimberly-risden.jpgThe education ministry has issued a statement that the loss of child development officer Kimberly Risden, who died in motor vehicle accident last Friday, will deal a blow to the Child Protection and Family Services Agency.

Risden, 30, worked at the Summerfield Girl's Home in Clarendon.

It is reported that her motor vehicle was found overturned in bushes in the parish.

The education minister said Risden was dedicated to public service and his thoughts and prayers are with her family especially her partner and two children.

Pointing to the tributes and outpouring of love and sympathy from friends and colleagues on social media, he said it is obvious that her life and work touched many in a positive way.

According to Reid, those who knew Risden well spoke highly of her diligence and commitment to her career, her genuine love for children, admirable traits which he says are crucial in the execution of her specific duties in public service.

He said the entire ministry extends its condolences and stands ready to provide the necessary support through counselling to her family and colleagues.





The Garvey Maceo High School in Clarendon had to be dismissed early Tuesday as approximately 50 members of staff and students were rushed to hospital following smoke from a nearby old sugar estate.

Principal Erica Eubanks said most of the affected students had asthma problems.

She said other students were experiencing a burning sensation in their eyes.

The fire started shortly before 10 o'clock in the morning and quickly spreading to within 100 metres of the school forcing dismissal at 11 o'clock.

Eubanks has praised fire fighters from the May Pen Fire Station and the police whom she said responded promptly.





Jah Cure buys new Range Rover

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jah-cure-bahamas.jpgHigh end vehicles are nothing for singer Jah Cure and he made sure to show off his new Range to the world when he uploaded a video to social media this week.

The Reggae artsite was also spotted in the Half Way Tree area cruising in the spanking new Range.

The 2018 Range Rover Autobiography, which starts from USD $256000, is described as an exceptionally luxurious SUV, featuring Atlas front bumper vent finishes, side vent and side accent graphics, with an interior featuring rear Executive Class seating.

Dem cyaan hol' you Cure.





yanique.jpgAttention-seeking media personality turned Dancehall artiste, Yanique 'Curvy Diva' Barrett uploaded to social media a video of herself urinating in bushes during a recent jogging sessio and people are just not having it.

The video, which was being filmed by her friend shows the Curvy Diva going behind a wall, pulling down her tights and seemingly urinating in the bush, and then using a piece of tissue to clean up after. She later ran back into the road while pulling up her tights.

"Mi a p!$$ pon mi shoes," she said between laughter as her jogging partner informs her that someone was approaching.

However, social media thinks what she did was just plain disgusting and shows someone who is desperate for attention.

"People nowadays do things for likes. Yanique never have to post this,"one user commented and this seems to be the sentiments of the overwhelming majority of persons.

"Although everyone urinates in the bushes at least once, we really don't want to see a video of you Yanique p..sing inna bush," another user stated.

The Curvy Diva, however, laughed at the comments, stating it was pure fun, and that she was not urinating. She said that this will be highlighted in her upcoming reality series.

"Ask them if them see the wee coming out of my vagina. Mi sup'm woulda shame, so me couldn't pee in the bushes. I wasn't peeing, and people will eventually see that when my reality series is released," she said.

She, however, stated that her Instagram followers grew drastically after the video was posted yesterday.

"Me normally have like a thousand or so followers in a day, but within an hour I had 1,000. It's ridiculous," she said, before erupting into a fit of laughter.





More scrutiny for travellers to the US

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(AFP) - Travellers through US airports will face more intense security inspections this summer, including being asked to take food items out of their bags before they are X-rayed.

The Transportation Security Administration announced Thursday materials that could make it hard to read the X-rays of bags will have to be removed from carry-on luggage, similar to existing requirements for computers and other large electronics.

Security officials say extremist organisations like the Islamic State group continue to seek ways to attack civilian airlines.

TSA is undertaking the move to stay ahead of the evolving threat, said TSA Administrator David Pekoske.

"In addition to screening personal electronic devices separately, including laptops, tablets, e-readers and handheld game consoles, TSA officers may instruct travellers to separate other items from carry-on bags such as foods, powders, and any materials that can clutter bags and obstruct clear images on the X-ray machine," they said.

"Travellers are encouraged to organise their carry-on bags and keep them uncluttered to ease the screening process and keep the lines moving."

TSA said the new procedures are already being implemented and said it might increase the wait in airport screening lines.





bounty-kartel-ig.jpgSince everything happens in the virtual world these days, it's should come as no surprise that an exchange between 'enemies' Bounty Killer and Vybz Kartel would cause social media to go into overdrive.

Social media is buzzing with reports of Bounty Killer and Vybz Kartel finally being back on good terms.

Earlier this week the veteran Dancehall artiste praised the incarcerated entertainer's new single "Under Water" with TJ Records labelling it a song with "real dancehall sounds".

Vybz Kartel's Instagram account instantly responded to Killer's post saying, "Daddy a your school mi graduate from eno #AllianceUniversity so it ain't no surprise daddy."

As expected, Dancehall fans were happy to see the exchange between the 'father and son' and are hoping it is just the beginning of them putting their differences aside and working on a possible collaboration.

Bounty Killer's manager, Bankelous, agreed that the exchange was a good look for dancehall and explained that although the two have had their disagreements in the past, they have always maintained a level of respect for each other's work.

"Rodney Pryce is a God-fearing person, and him nuh hate people. Him might say supmn today, but that nuh mean nothing. Him nuh hold grudge because him mother grow him right. You might see the 'angry [and] cross', him on stage, but is a different personality him have off stage," he said. "Kartel a him son, so him can't have nothing against Vybz Kartel. People might did look at it different in the media, but in a di two a dem heart, a did always love and respect. Music a love, enuh, and after we leave and gone, music live on, and di two a dem know dat."

Bounty Killer and Vybz Kartel were involved in a 'war of words' that started in 2006 and reached its peak in 2009. Killer had become very vocal about Kartel's bleaching and other practices of his, while Kartel claimed Killer was past his prime.





fatal-crash.jpgAn employee of the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA) died in a motor vehicle crash late on Friday in which her five-year-old son, who was in the vehicle which the mother drove, came out virtually unscratched.

The crash took place on the Sevens Estate road in Clarendon.

Reports from the police are that Kimberly Risden, 30, who was attached to the Summerfield Girls' Home in the parish, was found inside her Honda CRV motor vehicle which had overturned in bushes.

But her five-year-old son was also found in the vehicle, but in a far better physical shape.

The two were taken to hospital, where Risden was pronounced dead and the child was treated and released.

The crash reportedly occurred after a shower of rain left the road surface wet in the poorly lit area.

Risden, a mother of two, has been remembered with several social media tributes.

"She is the nicest person u could ever know. Can't believe it. RIP", is the theme of the tributes to the popular





Another accused, 21-year-old Shaquile Edwards, appeared in courts last week in connection with the murder of St Andrew businesswoman, Simone Campbell-Collymore, in what the police have theorised was a contract killing ordered that her husband, Omar 'Best' Collymore. Edwards is charged with conspiracy to murder.

Campbell-Collymore, 32, and 36-year-old taxi operator, Winston Watson, were shot dead at a premises on Stanley Terrace in Red Hills, St Andrew on January 2 of this year.

Collymore and two other suspects, Michael Adams and Dewayne Pink, were already arrested and charged for involvement with the killings. Edwards joined the defendants when the case was mentioned in the Gun Court section of the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court.

All four accused persons were remanded until May 18, by which time Edwards and Collymore are expected to settle their legal representation.

Collymore had previously been given time to get an attorney, but on Thursday he asked for more time to settle his legal representation. He told the court that he is trying to fund his legal fees.

Campbell-Collymore and Watson's were travelling in the latter's taxi when they were attacked and shot by gunmen at a premises. Both died from their injuries.

Collymore was later captured in a police operation at a guesthouse in St Elizabeth in February after it was publicised that a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Prior to being nabbed in St Elizabeth, Collymore had been taken into custody at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston where he was reportedly attempting to leave the island after the killing. But he was later released from custody.





New details emerging about Thursday's incident at the Half-Way-Tree branch of National Commercial Bank (NCB) during which a licensed firearm holder pulled his gun inside the bank causing panic among customers, are showing the other side of the story.

Reports are that the disturbance began shortly after the St. Andrew businessman entered the bank and told one of the cashiers that he wanted to withdraw $700,000 from his account. After being questioned by the cashier and other personnel at the bank about the amount being withdrawn, the businessman was told to sign two withdrawal forms.

After signing the forms, he was reportedly told to rejoin the line. He objected and reportedly became boisterious. Security personnel were called to quell the disturbance. According to the investigator, the situation became tense when security personnel realised that the man was armed.

The investigator said a member of the security team reportedly pulled his pistol and this prompted the businessman to pull his licensed firearm. During the standoff, customers in the banking hallscampering.

The businessman was eventually escorted out of the building by the security team. He was taken to Half-Way-Tree police station where he was questioned and his gun seized.

According to the investigator, the police viewed the surveillance video and decided not to charge him.

The matter was then referred to the Firearm Licensing Authority.

A video of the customers fleeing the bank and the security team escorting the businessman out of the institution with his firearm in his hand, has gone viral on social media.





starbucks.pngIn a press conference Thursday afternoon, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross said he regrets comments he made after two black men were arrested in a Philadelphia Starbucks this week, acknowledging that they only made the situation worse. "I should have said the officers acted within the scope of the law and not that they didn't do anything wrong. Words are very important," he said. The two men were arrested after a store manager called the cops when they refused to leave the store. Ross then claimed that he wasn't aware that it was normal for people to spend a prolonged period of time in Starbucks without making a purchase, and said he believed the officers did not know that as well. "This is apparently a well-known fact with Starbucks customers," he said. "Not everyone is aware that people spend long hours in Starbucks and aren't necessarily expected to make a purchase." The coffee chain will close all its stores on May 29th for "racial-bias" training.





starbucks.pngThe two black men who were arrested at a Starbucks in downtown Philadelphia last week and accused of trespassing say they were there for a business meeting that they had hoped would change their lives.

Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson came forward Thursday morning on ABC News' "Good Morning America" to publicly share their story for the first time.

According to a report on Yahoo! the 23-year-old entrepreneurs and longtime friends said they were waiting to meet a potential business partner at the Starbucks in Philadelphia's Rittenhouse Square neighborhood April 12 when a barista asked them whether they wanted to order anything. They declined and told her they were just there for a quick meeting, they said.Nelson said he immediately asked to use the restroom when they walked in but was informed it was for paying customers only. So the pair sat at a table and waited for the person with whom they were scheduled to meet.

Then they saw police officers enter the store and speak with the manager, they said.

"I was thinking, 'They can't be here for us,'" Robinson said in the interview with "GMA" co-anchor Robin Roberts. "We have meetings at Starbucks all the time."

They didn't think anything of it until the officers approached their table and told them they needed to leave, they said.

"It was just, 'Get out, you have to leave. You're not buying anything, so you shouldn't be here,'" Nelson told "GMA."

They said they calmly told the officers they were there for a meeting, and Robinson said he even called the person for whom they were waiting. But the officers repeatedly insisted that they leave, they said.

"It's a real estate meeting. We've been working on this for months," Robinson said. "We're days away from changing our whole entire situation, our lives, and you about to sit here telling me I can't do that? You're not doing that."

The officers ultimately handcuffed Nelson and Robinson, and escorted them out of the Starbucks and into a squad car before taking them to the police station. Both men were later freed and the charges they were facing -- trespassing and disturbance -- were dropped that night.

An onlooker, Melissa DePino, captured the incident on video, which has been viewed more than 10 million times online and prompted protests outside the coffee giant's location on Spruce Street.

DePino, a 50-year-old writer and mother of two, told ABC News a Starbucks barista shouted from behind the counter at the two men to make a purchase or leave.

"They were sitting quietly minding their own business, and waiting for their friend to come," she said in an interview Sunday.

Robinson said police never read them their Miranda rights when they were handcuffed and they were held in custody for eight hours.

"There was no reasoning," he said. "They had nothing. They just kept using 'defiant trespassing' as their excuse for putting us behind bars."

The Philadelphia Police Department did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment this morning. But Philadelphia's (BLACK) Police Commissioner Richard Ross Jr. said in a video testimonial released Saturday that his officers "did absolutely nothing wrong."

"I can tell you candidly these officers did a service they were called to do," Ross said.

The police commissioner also accused the men of being disrespectful to the officers and said that both were given several chances to leave, but they refused.

"On three different occasions the officers asked the two males politely to leave the location because they were being asked to leave by employees because they were trespassing," he said. "Instead the males continued to refuse as they had told the employees and they told the officers they were not leaving."

Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson released a statement last Saturday night apologizing to the two men on behalf of the company.

"The video shot by customers is very hard to watch and the actions in it are not representative of our Starbucks mission and values," Johnson said in the statement. "Creating an environment that is both safe and welcoming for everyone is paramount for every store. Regretfully, our practices and training led to a bad outcome -- the basis for the call to the Philadelphia police department was wrong. Our store manager never intended for these men to be arrested and this should never have escalated as it did."

In an interview Monday morning on "GMA," Johnson said he will order managers to undergo training on how to spot "unconscious bias."

"I'll say the circumstances surrounding the incident and the outcome at our store on Thursday were reprehensible," he said. "They were wrong, and for that, I personally apologize to the gentlemen that visited our store."

A Starbucks spokeswoman subsequently confirmed to ABC News that the store manager who called police no longer works there.

The next day, Starbucks announced in a statement that it will close more than 8,000 company-owned stores across the nation for the afternoon of May 29 to train its staff on how to avoid "racial bias" in an effort to prevent "discrimination in our stores."

Stewart Cohen, the attorney representing Nelson and Robinson, said his clients have met face to face with the Starbucks' CEO, but it's not enough.

"Starbucks holds itself open as a place for people to meet and to have public conversations; those are words from their website," Cohen said on "GMA" this morning. "The apologies are fine, but what we need to do is have some action by Starbucks with respect to this situation.

"There has to be real and meaningful discussions," he added. (ABC News' https://www.yahoo.com/gma/men-arrested-starbucks-were-business-meeting-hoping-change-114103068--abc-news-topstories.html)





Kabaka Pyramid to release new album May 25

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kabaka-pyramid-photo-3.jpgKabaka Pyramid's upcoming album Kontraband is set to release on May 25th as a joint release with Ghetto Youths International and Bebble Rock Records.

In addition to working with Damian Marley and Stonebwoy, Kabaka recruited fellow rising stars Chronixx, Protoje, and Pressure to contribute features on the album.

The project looks to continue and build upon the success of Kabaka's head-turning 2013 EP Lead The Way.

Kontraband is expected to contain roughly 14 tracks, and coincides with a tour beginning in spring 2018





ON TOUR Bounty Killer for Europe

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bounty-killer-photo-11.jpgDancehall artiste Bounty Killer is scheduled to hit a number of stages in Europe starting this month.

The deejay posted the tour dates and cities on his official Instagram account recently.

While in Europe, he will make stops in Zurich, Amsterdam, Paris, Stockholm, Vienna and Berlin among others

The tour runs from April 26 to May 11.





Another taxi man killed

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA third taxi operator has been shot dead in the Corporate Area in just over a week.

It is reported that 40-year-old Kerron Morner was about to drive from premises on Conway Avenue in Duhaney Park when he was approached by a gunman who fired several shots hitting him multiple times.

Morner, who lived at 55 Abberville Avenue in Patrick City, died on the spot.

The taxi driver, alias 'Cansie', operated on the Duhaney Park to Half-Way Tree route.

Last week Tuesday, 63-year-old Michael Swaby was shot dead in Three Oaks, St Andrew, reportedly by a man who was posing as a passenger.

Two days later, another taxi operator was murdered along Dunrobin Avenue by two passengers and pushed from his vehicle onto the road.





There are rumblings in the Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA) regarding what it says are efforts by the Ministry of Education to solicit information from schools as it relates to teachers who were absent during the recent sick-out.

In a statement on Thursday afternoon, the Association questioned what was the intended purpose of the information in light of the fact that there was a clear understanding arrived at among the parties in a meeting at the Ministry of Labour on March 14, including that there would be no victimisation.

It expressed concern about a plan to extend the school year to account for the three days lost.





There is something in the air today. It might just be the smell of some good, strong, sensemilia.

Today, April, 20 is being celebrated as National Weed Day in different countries across the world. The day is dubbed 420 because at approximately 4:20 p.m., weed lovers will 'light up' their chalices and 'spliffs' in celebration.

States in The United States such as Colorado and California will have several elaborate celebrations to mark the day, and while the celebrations in Jamaica will not be as massive, local marijuana lovers will not be left out of the day's celebrations.

The second Annual Scarce Festival/ Innocent Plant Symposium and Cannabis Cup is set to take place at the Hope Gardens, St Andrew, between noon and 10 p.m. today, and according to organisers, the event is expected to leave patrons on a high.

The symposium will feature a Cannabis Business Summit and Expo with booths showcasing and discussing some medical cannabis products that are currently being researched and developed by local businesses and households.

The event will also feature growing and processing tutorials and strategy from industry experts Dr Kadamawe Knife, Dr Machel Emanuel, Dr Haughton, and others.

A concert is also scheduled to take place with poetry from Ras Takura, as well as music and dubbing by Teflonzincfence.

In addition, the annual Cannabis Cup will be hosted on the day with persons getting trophies and prizes in six categories best potential medical product, best potential medical product (topical), best CBD flowers, best THC flowers, best Ital (naturally grown) flowers, and best extract.

The event is an initiative of the Department of Economics, the Department of Government and the Department of Life Sciences, the University of the West Indies Medical Cannabis Group and the Centre for Ganja/Cannabis Research at the University of the West Indies in association with the Ganja Growers and Producers Association and the Cannabis Commercialisation Council.





canadian-lawmakr.jpgA Canadian legislator has apologised after statements she made about Jamaica were labelled as racist.

The controversial comments by Nova Scotia lawmaker Elizabeth Smith-McCrossin, came during a debate on Tuesday over the Liberal government's proposed Cannabis Control Act.

She said she heard from a friend that smoking marijuana in Jamaica is completely accepted, and there is a completely different work ethic and very low productivity in the island.

She went on to say that Nova Scotia already has a productivity problem, and legalised recreational ganja may only make it worse

Smith-McCrossin apologised in a Facebook post on Wednesday

She said if she had known the statement would cause offense, she would never have made it.

Her apology reads in part: "On April 17, 2018, I made some comments during debate on the government's Cannabis Act that were criticized as racist and insensitive. I am sorry if my comments were hurtful. Had I known that this statement would have caused offense, I would never have made it. These comments do not reflect the views of either the interim leader of the PC Party of Nova Scotia or my caucus colleagues.

As a registered nurse, I have strong views about the public health impact of excessive cannabis use. These concerns have been highlighted elsewhere by former Deputy Prime Minister Anne McLellan in her Task Force Report to the Government

of Canada, the Canadian Medical Association and Doctors Nova Scotia.

My comments came about as a result of a conversation I had with a friend....."





'Hookie' makes major splash in Jamaica Carnival

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The recent Jamaica Carnival weekend was indeed one for the books. Adding to this mix of epic events was the inaugural 'Hookie Jamaica' experience which gave fete lovers an opportunity to beat the daytime heat with a pool party extravaganza complete with both breakfast and lunch offerings and an unbeatable collection of Soca selectors.

The first of which is sure to be several regional Hookie events was held poolside at the Constant Spring Golf Club and attracted a mix of Carnival newbies and seasoned 'feterans'.

Attendees from New York City, Washington DC, Miami, California, T&T, the US Virgin Islands and of course Jamaica came together to share the Carnival euphoria, the refreshing environment and the pulsating music as provided by Hookie Jamaica's international DJ cast.

The event's promoters US-based Hookie Life Entertainment and Jamaica's Renaissance Disco utilized the location well to deliver an easy going layout for those who either wanted to relax and bask in the poolside ambiance or get wet and wild in true Carnival excitement.

In addition to having fully stocked cash bars, bottle service and free shots for patrons, Hookie Jamaica scored points with attendees by not only bringing forth an assortment of complimentary Caribbean and International breakfast options but also lunch offerings as well.

The impressive Hookie Jamaica spread consisted of items such as Jamaican favourites: boiled yams, bananas, dumplings, ackee and saltfish, johnny cakes, as well as eggs, bagels, various fruits, salads, fried fish, stewed and curried chicken.

Keeping the crowd dancing both on land and inside the pool were the music stylings of Jamaica's own DJ Delano & DJ Smoke, the Soca Prince, Dr. Jay from Toronto, Freeze International (NYC) , DC's DJ Majestic and Mystic Vibes 6.0. alongside other guest selectors.

Fans of this popular fete franchise which included the famous Hookie girls were front and center for its Jamaica debut. One such patron from Florida shared, "I don't ever miss a Hookie Life event, they always bring a unique, entertaining vibe and draw a really decent fun-loving crowd".

A Jamaica-based attendee offered this statement, "I've never skipped work to attend any party in my life, but I'm so glad I did for this event. It was well organized, comfortable and gave me that much needed dip in the pool before the hectic weekend of parties and the Road March".

After the success of Hookie Jamaica 2018, the organizers are now putting plans in place for Hookie Jamaica 2019. Hookie Life Entertainment is also gearing up for another edition of the popular Hookie Weekend DC which is carded for June 21st-24th 2018 and features events such as Release Therapy, the Hookie DC pool party, Lion's Pride J'ouvert and Riddim & Road.





cuba-president.jpgCuba today selected 57-year-old First Vice President Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez as the sole candidate to succeed Raul Castro as president of Cuba, the centerpiece of an effort to ensure that the country's single-party system outlasts the aging revolutionaries who created it.

The virtually certain unanimous approval of the National Assembly will install someone from outside the Castro family in the country's highest government office for the first time in nearly six decades.

The 86-year-old Castro will remain head of the Communist Party, designated by the constitution as "the superior guiding force of society and the state."

As a result, Castro is almost certain to remain the most powerful person in Cuba for the time being.

His departure from the presidency is nonetheless a symbolically charged moment for a country accustomed to 60 years of absolute rule first by revolutionary leader Fidel Castro and, for the last decade, his younger brother.

Facing biological reality, Raul Castro is working to ensure a smooth transition from him and his small group of former guerrillas to a new generation that can maintain the government's grip on power in the face of economic stagnation, an aging population and waning revolutionary fervor among Cuban youth attuned more to global consumer culture than the anti-capitalist, nationalist messaging of the state-run media.





Visitor to Belize confirmed with whooping cough

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The Belize Government on Tuesday said that the United States-based Centres for Disease Control (CDC) has confirmed a case of the highly contagious Pertussis (whooping cough) from a visitor who travelled there during the third week of March this year.

The Ministry of Health said that since the notification, it has activated an investigative team to inform and follow-up with people that the infected person may have interacted with.

"Based on the information received from the CDC, the visitor was considered infectious during their travel in Belize. To date, the ministry has no confirmed case detected in Belize from this imported case. However, the ministry continues to monitor the situation," the statement noted.

The Ministry of Health said whooping cough is a bacterial infection where an individual can present with very violent and uncontrollable episodes of cough, difficulty breathing with a 'whooping noise' usually at the end of the cough episode. Vomiting may occur during or after the coughing episode followed by exhaustion.

"If you or anyone around you present these symptoms, please visit or report to your nearest health centre. After exposure, the infection can be transmitted during the first two weeks and the infection can last for up to 16 weeks."

The ministry said that clinics have a whooping cough-containing vaccine, free of cost for children under age five who are considered most at risk, adding that "whooping cough can be managed if detected with antibiotic treatment and it is given to anyone who shows symptoms and was in direct contact with an infected person".

The authorities said that an estimated 16.3 million people worldwide were infected in 2015 with most cases occurring in the developing countries. In 2015, whopping cough resulted in 58,700 deaths.





Hail falls in Martinique

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The media in Martinique is reporting the "very rare" phenomenon of hailstones falling in that neighboring French Island.

According to news outlet France-Antilles, the event took place on Monday afternoon mainly in the areas of François and Lamentin, much to the surprise of residents.

Météo-France has confirmed the event, describing it as "exceptional," according to France-Antilles.

It said the phenomenon is linked to very dense vertical movement of water drops that go up and down. Combined with cold air from the American continent, these drops arrive on the ground in the form of hail.

It also said heavy rains, which caused widespread flooding in Martinique on Monday, have contributed to the bizarre phenomenon.

In March 2016 the same phenomenon took place in Saint-Claude in Guadeloupe.

France-Antilles said although this is very rare, it is not impossible for it to occur in the Caribbean.

Hailstones are small lumps of ice that form in clouds and fall to the ground when their size reaches 5 mm in diameter or larger. They begin as water droplets that freeze in the clouds.





antiguan-pm-and-wife.jpgAntigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne says the prohibition of cannabis less than 100 years ago was not prompted by altruistic motives or concern for the health or well-being of users, but to serve 'the racist, political and economic interests' of the then global powers.

In a message marking International Day of Cannabis, commonly referred to as "420', Browne, whose government recently announced plans to allow for the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes, said in the Caribbean, the Rastafari Community has championed the many uses of cannabis and have asserted that the herb is utilised as a sacrament in their rituals, celebrations, and worship.

Below is PM Browne's 420 message:

"Hi, this is Gaston Browne, Prime Minister of Antigua & Barbuda.

The prohibition of Cannabis less than 100 years ago, was prompted not by altruistic motives or concern for the health or well being of users, but to serve the racist, political and economic interests of the global powers at that time.

In the Caribbean, the Rastafari Community has championed the many uses of Cannabis, and have asserted that the herb is utilized as a sacrament in their rituals, in their celebrations and worship. The prohibition and demonization have led to Rastafari being brutalized and castigated by Police and other Government authorities, because of the utilization of the plant Cannabis Sativa.

It is in this context, and now that my Government has liberalized the Legislation regarding Cannabis, and is moving towards the medicinal & other uses of this natural substance, that I have issued a 'genuine' apology to the Rastafarian Community, and have asserted that Rastafari sacramental or spiritual use be acknowledged, and that Rastafari be given a stake in production and benefits to be derived from the medicinal and other uses going forward.

Let us regard this as reparations for Rastafari, for the wrongs inflicted on this significant minority group in our Countries, through the so called 'war on drugs' which evidently was prompted by pernicious prohibition.

Bless up!"





andrew-holness-photo-5.jpgPrime Minister Andrew Holness has indicated to the international community that he would have no objection to gay persons being part of his executive.

Holness' response to journalists in Brussels, Belgium, contradicted a strident position by then Prime Minister Bruce Golding, during a May 2008 interview with the BBC's 'HARDtalk's' host Stephen Shakur, that he would not allow gays in his Cabinet.

"Certainly it's not my business ... . Whatever is in my interest to distribute politically, a person's sexuality, sexual orientation is not a criterion for the use of my discretion. It's not an issue that we are afraid to address. The truth is that in the past, like many developed countries, there was a very conservative view on the matter ... ." Holness explained.

According to him, Jamaica was generally liberally oriented and connected in the world and the country's view on homosexuality was evolving, and while the conversation must be had, it should not be stoked.

"The culture is evolving. People are evolving. Even in the Church, which 10 years ago, had a unified position, the Church in Jamaica now has multiple positions on this. I think Jamaica ought to be given space to find its own position to the problems. But, you know, I think we are generally very liberal, but more so very tolerant. And I think that the first step is that the State protect the human rights of every citizen, regardless of sexual orientation or inclination," the prime minister stated.





Sizzla goes acoustic

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sizzla-kalongi-photo-1.jpgSizzla Kalonji has released his first ever acoustic compilation this month, Sizzla Acoustic Sounds, which was produced by the entertainer on his Kalonji Records label.

Kalonji, in an interview with a local newspaper, mentioned that he has been reflecting on the state of the industry lately and believes the music could do with some natural sounds, sounds he plans to deliver with his latest project.

"I've been doing a lot of interviews and shows and at these events. Media personnel and other persons have been asking about the music and its present situation saying elders are not making their voices being heard about the natural sounds of music," he explained. "I said: 'You know I'm going to create an acoustic album'.

Kalonji, who celebrated his birthday on Tuesday, explained that there is something special about music put together from scratch with actual instruments, and he's hoping the album will encourage not just musicians but also young people to want to learn how to play an instrument.





Bob Andy to recite poetry at Agro Festival

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bob-andy.jpgFor the first in his more than 50-year career, singer-songwriter Bob Andy will be performing works from his expansive catalogue without singing when he makes his appearance on the 2018 staging of Dis Poem Wordz and Agro Festival.

At the eight-year-old festival, which fuses poetry with agriculture, Bob Andy will be, one of 20 spoken word performers who will take to the stage as the event unfolds on Sunday, April 29 at Neville Antonio Park in Port Antonio, Portland.

This was disclosed by festival founder/organiser Ras Takura during the launch at Bookophilia on Hope Road in St Andrew recently.

The organisers say they are looking at the new feature that we have now which is the poetry of the reggae artistes, and this time we doing Bob Andy. So we are going to have Bob Andy, not in the usual performance setting, but he is going to be reading his songs in poetry, that's what Bob Andy will be doing -- presenting his songs in a poetic form.

Among the other spoken word performers slated for the festival are Mutabaruka, Jean Breeze, Cherry Natural, Ann Margaret, DJ Amber, Marcia Jackson, Steppa, Neto, and Michael St George.

Explaining how the idea for the festival -- which adopted the name of one of Mutabaruka's poems -- was born, Ras Takura said: "The concept of the festival came about because we always want an outlet for poetry. Because when we go around we always see that there is no space featuring dub poets -- just one or two poets -- but dub poets in Jamaica, there was no major stage for them. And that was the intention. The intention is to bring dub poetry on a major stage and I am creating the stage. I don't think we reach that major stage yet, but we are creating the stage. And we thank the people who are helping us to create that space. The growth has been significant and magnificent and we really respect it."





sting-and-shaggy-album-2018.jpgSting has said the phrase "cultural appropriation" is "ugly", as he launches a new reggae album with Jamaican musician and singer Shaggy.

Their perhaps unlikely partnership has raised eyebrows, and some argue that singing reggae when you are not of Jamaican descent is "cultural appropriation."

Sting disagrees with this, and he told the BBC: "It's such an ugly term.

Cultural appropriation is a term coined by sociologists to describe the adoption of the elements of an ethnic minority culture by members of the dominant culture.

Their new collaboration, named 44/876, after the telephone codes for the UK and Jamaica respectively, came about after Shaggy, real-name Orville Richard Burrell, sent Sting an unfinished song called "Don't Make Me Wait" and asked him to send the chorus.

This work blossomed and they created an entire album together.

Sting, real name Gordon Sumner, said the result was a "happy accident."

The Queen is soon due to enjoy the music of Sting and Shaggy, as they are set to perform at her birthday party this Saturday at the Royal Albert Hall.

44/876 is released on Friday.





marlon-samuels-and-yanique-curvy-diva.jpgWas Yanique Curvy Diva's new song written BEFORE feud with Marlon Samuels?

So....having been the recipient of a whole heap of spotlight, social media hype and trolling in the last week, Yanique Cury Diva is now releasing a brand new single. Good on her. But a few questions need to be asked, even if they never get answered.

Curvy's PR machinery has just sent out a release that the media personality-turned-artiste, is now releasing a new single. Listen to the release: "The raunchy single 'Carry Feelings' talks about men who act out and disrespect women when they are unable to get what they want from them sexually."

Like W-O-W! Talk about perfect timing! Talk about seizing the moment! Talk about a perfectly orchestrated Kardashian type reality show! Talk about getting people to talk about Yanique so that they can then talk about the single.

Okay...so, all of last week, it was the Yanique and Marlon Samuels show - throw word, throw the entire shade tree, legal threats, bare wranglings. Persons were taken down a path that said that their carefully hidden affair ended on a supposedly sour note after top cricketer, Samuels (out of nowhere) was accused of stalking Yanique and turning up at her workplace (What workplace?), all in an effort to get Yanique, who says she didn't want him. Like really? Is this truly the behaviour of a Fortis man? Nah. Is this the behaviour of an icon? Nah. "Something is rotten in the state of Denmark".

Then Insta Boy took to Instagram and explained his side of the story and it kinda sounded plausible. At least he redeemed himself somewhat. (Icon nuh suppose to mix up inna seh seh.) Anyway, he says he was really only trying to help Curvy and he didn't understand how things went so horribly wrong. In a release to the media, he threatened legal action.

Yanique's response? Bare laugh.

She had previously stated that the matter of him stalking her had been reported to the cyber crimes unit. Well, we are still waiting on confirmation from the Unit.

Anyway, after a lot of toing and froing, which played out on social media and saw them trending (perfect scenario for Yanique to drop a new song), them BAM! Yanique suddenly drops this new single which addresses this very same issue that has been the bone of contention.

Question. Was the song written first and then the actor or actors simply followed the script to get a hype for Curvy? Or is this Instagram feud really real as opposed to being fake and plastic?

According to Yanique's PR machinery, Yanique released the single to mark her one year anniversary as a recording artiste.

"I've worked hard in my first year and have seen myself develop as an artiste and song writer working with other strong writers. With the release of this 'Feelings' single I'm telling everyone to expect the unexpected and never try to put me in a box," Curvy Diva explained.

It is aimed at empowering women to be independent and walk away from any man who does not meet their 'boyfriend' criteria.

"Women have a choice and a right to be happy and if the man does not add up then you should be able to minus yourself from that situation without fear or intimidation, men who aren't claimable will always remain in the friend zone," Curvy Diva added.

All of this is just pure, undiluted, awesomeness. Nothing fake or plastic. Simply iconic.

Oh, by the way, this is another important part of the release. It says, don't forget to check out Yanique's Lifestyle Pool Party event, which is her official birthday party, April 29 at Constant Spring Golf Club in Kingston. You had all better go to see if Insta Boy will be there. -- Yasmine Peru





Be aware! If you are a black man, don't just sit in Starbucks waiting on a friend...you could get arrested.

A video showing Philadelphia police officers handcuffing and removing two black men from a Starbucks store has gone viral and incited allegations of racism, but the police commissioner insists his officers did "absolutely nothing wrong."

Author Melissa DePino tweeted a video on Thursday showing officers escorting two black men out of a Starbucks in Center City as bystanders questioned why the men were being arrested.

"The police were called because these men hadn't ordered anything," DePino wrote on Twitter. "They were waiting for a friend to show up, who did as they were taken out in handcuffs for doing nothing. All the other white ppl are wondering why it's never happened to us when we do the same thing."

DePino told local news outlet Billy Penn that the incident happened around 4:30 p.m. Thursday and that a friend of hers shot the video.

The clip shows a man in a vest questioning why an arrest is taking place. Lauren A. Wimmer, defense attorney for the pair who was arrested, told BuzzFeed that the man in the vest is Andrew Yaffe, a friend who was meeting the men at Starbucks. She declined to give the names of her two clients.

"What did they get called for?" Yaffe asks an officer in the video. "'Cause there are two black guys sitting here meeting me?"

Another voice can be heard saying, "They didn't do anything. I saw the entire thing."

Wimmer told BuzzFeed that a white female manager at the store had asked the pair to leave when they came in and did not order anything. According to Wimmer, the men said they were waiting to meet someone, and the manager called the police.

Philly Voice pointed to a second, longer video uploaded to YouTube that shows an officer telling Yaffe that the other two individuals were being arrested for "trespassing." Yaffe calls what the officers are doing "discrimination."

Ben Waxman, a spokesman for the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office, told HuffPost that the two men were released at 1:30 a.m. Friday. He said the DA will not bring charges against them.

"We declined to bring charges against the two men because there was a lack of evidence that a crime was committed," Waxman said.

The Philadelphia Police Department did not reply to a request for comment from HuffPost, but Police Commissioner Richard Ross said in a Facebook Live video posted Saturday afternoon that the officers "did absolutely nothing wrong." They responded to the scene, he said, after receiving a 911 call reporting "a disturbance" and "trespassing."

Starbucks employees told the responding officers that the two men had asked to use the restroom, Ross said. Employees said they told the pair that the restroom was only for paying customers and asked them to leave, and the pair allegedly refused. The men allegedly told the employees to go ahead and call the police.

According to Ross, police "politely" asked the pair to leave several times and they continued to refuse and behaved rudely toward the officers. The officers, he said, did everything right.

"They followed policy. They did what they were supposed to do. They were professional in all their dealings with these gentlemen," the commissioner said.

"As an African-American man, I am very aware of implicit bias," Ross added, noting that all officers in the police force receive "implicit bias training."





The board of director at Hillel Academy, a privately run secondary institution, has apologized for a controversial history assignment given to students.

The apology come in the wake of social media uproar about the assignment, which some commentators argue seemed to legitimize slavery.

The assignment required students to create a model of punishment for slaves and give reason justifying the use of the method.

Among the options for punishment are shackles, collar, and cat-oh-9-tails whip.

The students were also required to discuss chosen punishment type as a demonstration of European civility.

In its statement, the board says on March 9, grade 9 students of Hillel academy received a history assignment called 'punishments for enslaved peoples.'

It says given the language used in the assignment, it accepts and understands the concerns that have been raised; and acknowledges that there should have been greater sensitivity in the wording of the assignment.





Gangster 'Ratty' killed by police in shootout

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gangster-ratty-killed.jpgRyan 'Ratty' Peterkin, the feared gang leader who evaded capture for months, was shot dead as he engaged members of the security forces in a fierce gun fight after he was tracked to a house in Berkshire, St Elizabeth today.

The police and the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) report that Ratty was killed in the shootout and two firearms - an AK-47 rifle and a .38 revolver - seized.

It's reported that one of his cronies was also killed in the incident.

The JDF, in a statement this afternoon, reported that a security team went to a house in Berkshire to issue an arrest warrant for Peterkin.

It said as members of the team approached the house, Ratty and his accomplice opened fire and attempted to evade capture.

"A shooting confrontation ensued and Peterkin and his accomplice were shot. The two men were pronounced dead at the Savanna-la-mar Hospital," the JDF said.

Police investigators say Peterkin, who has made the police wanted list several times, is the leader of the Ratty Gang and was implicated in at least five murders, several shooting incidents and other crimes.

It's believed that he fled his base in Montego Bay, St James after the Prime Minister announced a State of Emergency in the parish.

The JDF said the shooting has been reported to the Bureau of Special Investigations and the Independent Commission of Investigations.





martina-big-chest-enhancement.jpgmartina-big-as-white.jpgA formerly blonde ex-air hostess with 32S breasts who decided to 'become black' says she is now 'a true African woman' after being baptised under a new Swahili name.

German glamour model Martina BIG, 29, spent more than £50,000 on breast enhancements, with her chest said to be the biggest in Europe.

Yet those body enhancements were not enough for the German glamour model as she bizarrely decided to 'become black', vowing to get 'darker and darker and see what the limits are.'

fter undergoing radical tanning injections in the US, the naturally light-skinned and blonde ex-flight attendant from the German Eifel region dramatically changed her skin tone with three melanin boosting injections last year.

Martina BIG has now flown to the Eastern African country of Kenya for the next step in her quest to 'become a black woman'.

She said: 'One of my Kenyan friends told her pastor about my transformation to a black woman and told him how much I wanted to become a true African woman.'

martina-big-now-black-photo-2.jpgmartina-big-now-black-photo-1.jpgThe pastor invited Martina into his church in the city of Nyeri, where she was baptised under the new name of 'Malaika Kubwa', which in the local Swahili language means 'big angel'.

Martina said: 'I'm so happy and proud to be a real African woman.'

She said she was 'surprised how many people know me in Kenya' and that people on the street and in the hotels stopped her all the time for selfies.

According to Martina, who visited Kenya together with her German fiancee Michael, she is becoming 'more African' by the day.

Martina said: 'Recently, I had been asked several times, whether I noticed that also my facial features become more and more African.

'Since this change is so slow, I did not notice it at first. But after comparing myself to several photos from last year, I also see this change.

'I'm very happy about it and hope that this change will continue. It's such a great feeling to become more and more African.'

Martina added that she 'knows for sure' that any children she has 'will be also African black.'

The German society figure has previously claimed that her hair had become 'naturally African'.





bolt-commonwealth-games-2018.jpgRetired Olympic 100m and 200m world record holder, Usain Bolt landed in Brisbane Australia early Wednesday morning to support Jamaica's team participating in the Commonwealth Games on the country's Gold Coast.

Bolt said he was "glad" to be in Queensland and also posted a photo to Twitter with Games mascot Borobi along with the caption "game time">

Bolt, who is making his first visit to the Gold Coast, missed the men's 100m final at the Carrara Stadium where South African Akani Simbine claimed the gold medal in an upset win over his former Racers training partner Yohan Blake.

The 31 year old, after happily striking his signature lightning bolt pose for the cameras, said he would be cheering on the Jamaican athletics and netball competitors this week.

"We are a big track nation so I always expect the best from them at all times," he said.

"This is the first time I'm actually going to be at a championship and not be competing so I'm excited just to watch and to cheer on and get the chance just to see it from a different angle."

Bolt was scheduled to host a press conference on Thursday.





Tappa wants $1.5 million to coach Reggae Boyz

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whitmore-fired.jpgFormer Reggae Boyz head coach Theodore 'Tappa' Whitmore was demanding $1.5 million a month and the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) could not afford it, president Michael Ricketts has revealed.

Ricketts, speaking this morning on Nationwide Radio, said that expense would have had to be defrayed by sponsors and the JFF does not have such arrangements.

Last week Whitmore resigned with immediate effect.

The JFF had offered him $500,000 a month and he was not satisfied with the term of his contract.

In January, the former national midfielder gave the JFF four weeks to sort out negotiations.

Meanwhile, Sports Minister Olivia Grange has said she will be seeking to mediate between the parties.





tommy-lee-photo-10-full-color.jpgTommy Lee Sparta is taking no hostages with his newest diss track. He is firing at Alkaline, Mavado, Jahmiel...and just about anybody who comes in the line of fire.

The Gothic recording artiste called out the Dancehall heavyweights over the weekend promising them war and he is definitely a man of his word.

On Tuesday, Sparta previewed "Dismiss" aimed at the MVP group. "#Dismiss coming soon. Soon tell unno when #deadbwoy an #deadgal when me pull up. SPARTANS UNNO READY 🤟🏽☠," he captioned a video driving and listening to the track.





mavado-photo-12.jpgGullyside artiste, Mavado, is staring at possible legal action over a song which another artiste is claiming as his own.

Reports are that on-the-rise artiste, Rymatic, is accusing 'Vado of stealing his song. The song under the microscope is Mavado's Paper Soldier, which was produced by 324 New Empire Records on the Carbines Riddim.

Rymatic is adamant that the chorus of Paper Soldier is a carbon copy of a track from his soon-to-bre-released EP.

Rymatic's team says he is looking to take legal action against Mavado because the track was suppose to be the leading single on his upcoming EP and now he won't be able to use it.





sean-paul-photo-9.jpgGrammy-winning dancehall artiste Sean Paul has been making a plea for blood donors needed to help save his father's life.

The 'Mad Love' singer said his father, Garth Henriques, is at the intensive care unit of the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) and is in dire need of O Negative blood.

In a video posted to his social media platforms, Sean Paul said: "I am presently at the University Hospital of the West Indies where my pops has been fighting for his life humbly for the past two months. We have been asking family and friends to give blood if they can but right now he's in dire need for blood, so if anybody can help out, I would greatly appreciate it."

Individuals interested in donating blood to Mr Henriques can go to the UHWI between 9 30 am and 3 30 pm, or any other blood bank island wide, Sean Paul said.

He also used the platform to encourage Jamaicans to generally donate blood as supplies are notoriously inadequate across the island.





harold-brady-photo-2.jpgA bailiff and other authorities were on duty at a home in Cherry Gardens, St Andrew, seeking to evict disbarred attorney, Harold Brady, from the premises.

Lawyers representing the owner of the property said Brady is being evicted for millions of dollars owed in rent for the premises.

Attorney Nico Pagon from the law firm Messrs Caroline PA, representing the owner of the premises, gave some details of the outstanding rental.

"Initially it was about $7 million for back rent, (but) some amount of monies has been paid," Pagon said.

"Right now the bailiff is executing a writ of possession which we obtained from the Supreme Court for us to have possession of the premises so that we can return it to our client, as well as order (for the) seizure and sale of certain articles," the attorney added.





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Marsha Gay Reynolds, the second-runner up in the 2008 Miss Jamaica World competition, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine almost two years ago has been ordered released from jail.

The 34-year-old Jamaican, a runner-up in the Miss Jamaica World 2008 pageant, which sends the country's representatives to Miss World contests, was a flight attendant with JetBlue Airline when she tried to smuggle nearly 60 pounds of cocaine onto a plane at the Los Angeles International Airport in her carry-on baggage.

On Monday, she was sentenced by a federal judge to time served. Normally the charges carry a minimum mandatory sentence of 10 years

The Los Angeles Airport Police reported that the cocaine was worth about US$3 million on the street and US$750,000 wholesale. According to a report in My News LA, the judge cited her "crucial" testimony in the prosecution of her supplier, Jamaican drug dealer Gaston Brown.

"She obviously provided substantial assistance to the government," U.S. District Judge Christina Snyder was quoted as saying.

The judge also reportedly said, without her help, prosecutors would have had a far more difficult time convicting Brown at trial in February for conspiracy and other federal charges.

Brown, 41, was named by a federal grand jury in an indictment accusing him of supplying Reynolds the cocaine that she had attempted to smuggle on to a plane. He is expected to be sentenced in August of this year and faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in federal prison and a maximum possible sentence of life.

Meanwhile, Reynolds is expected to be released from custody in time to return home to Queens, New York with her parents who were at her sentencing hearing. She is likely to be released in the next few days and will then spend three years on supervised release, according to City News Service.

On March 18, 2016, Reynolds fled leaving behind her luggage after she was randomly selected for secondary screening at the airport.

She reportedly boarded a flight to Queens, New York, where she has an apartment, then later turned in herself to federal authorities at the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York.

The former Jamaican beauty queen and New York University track athlete was studying to be a nurse while working for JetBlue, her former attorney said.

In court Reynolds acknowledged earning thousands of dollars to help smuggle drugs and money through airport security at LAX and John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York by using her 'known crew member' status to breeze past security and then transfer the contraband to a co-conspirator.





held.jpgTwo Colombian nationals are among four persons in custody for allegedly scamming people out of expensive jewellery.

The four - two Colombian males and two Jamaican females - were nabbed on Monday in relation to an alleged scam committed in February, in Manchester.

scam-alert.jpgPolice report that on Wednesday, February 21, 2018, the suspects visited Cobbla district, Manchester where they went from house to house promoting the exchange of gold jewellery for appliances.

A woman allegedly handed over a bag containing several pieces of gold jewellery to the accused persons for which they staged test to check the authenticity, police said in a news release.

"The accused then handed back the bag to her and left the location. The bag was later checked, and the victim found that her jewellery was missing," stated the cops in the release issued by the corporate communications arm of the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

A report of the incident was subsequently filed with the police.

The alleged scammers were nabbed on Monday, when law enforcement officials were alerted that the suspects were in the area. A white Nissan Lafesta motorcar was subsequently intercepted and the four, identified as those involved in the jewellery scam, were taken into custody on suspicion of larceny by trick.

Investigators are appealing to persons who may have been victims of a jewellery scam to contact them immediately.

Persons can contact C-TOC at 937-1389, Police 119 emergency number, Crime Stop at 311 or the nearest Police Station.





The Director of Public Prosecutions Paula Llewellyn says that a high-level police investigation is underway into reports that murder convict Michael McLean was able to leave his high-security prison several times to engage in sexual activities while he awaited trial.

McLean, 50, was on Thursday given six life sentences for slaughtering six members of a St Thomas family in 2006.

He has been ordered to serve 60 years in prison before he becomes eligible for parole but effectively, should serve another 48 years since he has been in custody for the past 12 years.

Throughout his murder trial, McLean repeatedly requested to speak with officials at the Independent Commission of Investigations, saying he wanted to hand over proof that during the 12 years he was in custody awaiting trial he was taken to several guest houses on 19 occasions to have sex with various women.

"In the 12 years I have been in custody I have dated two teachers and a secretary," McLean on the second day of the trial.





marlon-samuels.jpgMarlon Sameuls, the West Indies cricketer who appears in Ishawna's Instaboy video, is defending himself against allegations by Yanique 'curvy Diva' Barrett. Yanique, who is said to have been close to the cricketer, vented on social media over the weekend, alleging that she was being stalked and threatened to have her personal pictures shared online. Yanique said that she had reported it to the police.

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Well, she did in fact call Samuels' name and he has since put out the following release:

"It has been brought to my attention that there are allegations in social media circles, that a female television personality who goes by the moniker Yanique Curvy Diva has made several derogatory posts on social media about me. I am therefore informing the public that I refute the allegations made by Miss Yanique Barrett and I intend to take the necessary steps legally to defend my reputation in due course.

"In my capacity as a sports ambassador, my job is to continue serving the people of Jamaica, the West Indies and by extension the cricketing world, and in addition the blind community by way of the Marlon Samuels Foundation for the Blind. In the circumstances, I am therefore requesting that the mentioned media personality and those associated directly or indirectly to her immediately cease and desist from embroiling my name in any controversy, (expressly or implied) surrounding this person. Failure to observe this request will result in legal action for an injunction against you to restrain you from further slandering and defaming my name and reputation."

- Marlon Samuels

We are awaiting Yanique's response.





A judge last week sentenced an Alabama teenager to 65 years in prison for a series of crimes, including murder, even though a police officer was the one who actually killed the victim.

Lakeith Smith, now 18, was convicted under the state's accomplice liability law in March. Based on that law, a person can be convicted of murder if they were committing a crime with the deceased that led to the other person's death, according to the Montgomery Advertiser. In Smith's case, he was involved in burglaries alongside A'Donte Washington, 16, when a police officer shot and killed Washington in 2015.

In February 2015, both Smith and Washington were part of a group of five who broke into two houses in Millbrook, Alabama, the Advertiser reports. When police responded to the scene, the two sides exchanged gunfire. Body camera footage played in court showed Washington running towards an officer pointing a gun at him. The officer then shot and killed Washington.

Circuit Judge Sibley Reynolds sentenced Smith to 65 years in prison on Thursday -- 30 years for a felony murder, 15 for burglary and two 10-year sentences for theft.

"The officer shot A'donte, not Lakeith Smith," said Smith's attorney Jennifer Holton during the trial, as per USA Today. "Lakeith was a 15-year-old child, scared to death. He did not participate in the act that caused the death of A'donte. He never shot anybody."

Though Smith was a minor when the incident took place, he was tried as an adult.

In March, Smith declined a plea deal that would have sentenced him to 25 years in prison; he was convicted later that month.

The other three defendants involved in the burglaries have all entered guilty pleas, Fox 8 Live reports. One has been sentenced to 28 years in prison, while the other two have not yet been sentenced.

And as for the Millbrook police officer who actually killed Washington? A grand jury cleared him of any wrongdoing back in 2016, saying he was justified in fatally shooting Washington, WSFA reported at the time.

This article originally appeared on HuffPost.





Jamaican deportee gets 100 months in US prison

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hands-behind-bars.jpgA Jamaican who returned to the United States after being deported from the country twice has been sentenced to 100 months in prison.

It will run consecutively with his 40 year sentence on state charges for the attempted murder of a police officer in New York.

It's reported that Ronald Greenland, 55, initially entered the US lawfully in 1972, but lost that status due to multiple criminal convictions in Connecticut, Florida, and New York.

On February 23, 2007, an immigration judge ordered Greenland deported to Jamaica, but he later re-entered the U.S. On October 25 last year, he was convicted in New York of attempted murder and attempted assault of a police officer. The following month, Greenland pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court, White Plains, New York to federal illegal re-entry after removal following an aggravated felony conviction.

In February this year he was sentenced to 40 years to life in prison on the New York state charges and March 28 sentenced to 151 months in federal custody, with 100 months to run consecutively with his state conviction.





robert-montague-photo-2.jpgThe Police High Command has confirmed that an investigation has been launched into an alleged plot to kill former Minister of National Security Robert Montague.

The headline in Sunday's edition of The Gleaner revealed that gun runners based in the United States have placed a bounty on the life of the former Security Minister due to the Jamaican Government's crackdown on gun smuggling into the island.

The report suggests that members of the underworld who smuggle guns from the US via the Bahamas and Haiti into Jamaica are displeased with the crackdown on their business.

In a statement Sunday afternoon, the Police High Command confirmed the report and disclosed that a multi-jurisdictional investigation into the allegations has been launched.

The JCF said it is being assisted by its United States law enforcement counterparts with the investigation.

The probe began several weeks ago following intelligence fed to the High Command.

The statement added that the JCF takes all threats seriously and investigates them.





A robber who was also a would-be rapist felt the ire of residents from the quiet town of Moneague in St Ann on Saturday. The man was set upon and chopped to death by an angry mob after he allegedly robbed and then tried to rape a teenager from the community.

After taking her phone, the thug tried to assault the young girl , but she raised an alarm and residents rushed to her aid.

They reportedly used machetes, and chopped him several times all over his body.

The police were later summoned to the scene, and the man was assisted to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.





Bronze for Yohan Blake in 100m at Gold Coast

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yohan-blake-and-simbine.jpgYohan Blake won the men's 100-metre bronze at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in Australia on Monday after being relegated to third by the South African pair of Akani Simbine and Henricho Bruintjies at the Carrara Stadium

The 2011 world champion entered Monday's final as the hot favorite after posting the quickest time of the season and in the first two rounds, but stumbled early and never regained his form against the two runners to his right.

Simbine, who was fifth at the 2016 Olympics and at last year's world titles, won in 10.03 second, with Bruintjies second in 10.17, shading Blake by 0.02.

There were two other medals for Jamaica on the day as Christania Williams and Gayon Evans won silver and bronze respectively in the women's 100-metre final.

Trinidad and Tobago's Michelle-Lee Ahye triumphed in the women's race, her first gold medal at a major international meet.

She celebrated with an air punch as she crossed the finish line in 11.14 seconds and relegated Williams (11.21) and Gayon Evans (personal best 11.22) to silver and bronze. England's Asha Philip was fourth in a repeat of her finish in Glasgow four years ago.

The win for Ahye, a finalist at the 2016 Olympics and the last two world championships, delivered Trinidad and Tobago their first Commonwealth title in the women's 100 and meant a Jamaican hasn't won the title since 2006. It came in the absence of the top Jamaican, Elaine Thompson, who won the Olympic 100-200 double in 2016 but is only running the 200 on the Gold Coast.





With three bands -- Bacchanal Jamaica, Xaymaca and Xodus -- it was pandemonium pon di roads of Kingston and St Andrew on Carnival Sunday as the colourful, scantily dressed revellers paraded, danced and pranced to the music provided by big sound trucks.

Not to be left out were the usual spectators, who, this year all got the email about the dress code - Mesh stockings and underwear.

Women of all ages and sizes were seen in Half-Way-Tree and its environ showing off their bodies and getting on bad on the sidelines as the costumed carnival reveller streamed through the city.

Bacchanal Jamaica kick started their march at Sovereign Centre at 10:30 a.m. They made their way to Hope Road/Lady Musgrave and on to Montrose. From there they headed to Trafalgar Road and on to Old Hope Road. They traversed Knutsford Boulevard, Waterloo, Trafalgar, Constant Spring Road, West King's House Road and Half Way Tree, before ending at the Lime Golf Academy.

Xaymaca is started at 9:45 a.m., on Grenada Crescent, headed on to Knutsford Boulevard and moved into the Trafalgar area and then on Holborn/Chelsea Avenue, before moving on to Half Way Tree Road. They ended their march on Trafalgar Road.

Xodus, the third band on the road for the day, was a succes story, doubling their numbers from last year. They started their journey at 10:30 a.m., by Tastee in Liguanea. Revellers will then made their way past Sovereign Centre on to Hope Road/Lady Musgrave. From there they went past BMW headquarters, where they stopped for lunch and refreshment before heading to the Trafalgar Road area. Waterloo, Constant Spring, West King's House roads and South Avenue, are also on the Xodus route. They ended at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre.

Absent from this year's road march was the original carnival band, Jamaica Carnival.

Revellers and spectator then mixed and mingled at the numerous after parties at Riu, Truck Stop and other major events





yanique-samuels-and-ishawna.jpgWhen rumours started floating around that Yanique an cricketer Marlon Samuels were an item, Yanique denied it on several occasions, however, the bodacious diva has since taken to social media to blast Samuels, who she says is stalking and harassing her to the point where she had to report it to the cops.

The Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall host told her social media followers about threats, harassment and stalking and accused Samuels of throwing shade on social media, making his friends call her and that he took her phone and threatened to leak her personal photos online.

As the high drama unfolded in the virtual space, Yanique, who will be starting her own reality series soon, showed a screenshot message from 'Insta Boy' Samuels along with his Insta story which announced that he would be a guest judge on Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall. She captioned it with the question: "Mi style yuh and mi wicked cause mi nuh wah yuh?."

Interestingly, just last week, the Insta Boy had uploaded a picture of a hot lawyer girl and caption it "...and everything is real". Social meadi fans had said that Samuels was throwing shade at Yanique, who has allegedly had implants.

Speculation also was that Yanique qas upset that Inst Boy Samuels had appeared in Ishawna's music video and so the two were "fighting" over Samuels. Yanique addressed this issue saying, "I will never beef with Ishawna or any dancehall fraternity member over you."

And the beat goes on....





Two Falmouth escaped prisoners caught

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Two of four prisoners who escaped from the Falmouth Police Lock-up in Trelawny on Wednesday have been caught.

Travaun Lawson, 22, otherwise called 'Tall Man', of Rose Mount, St James turned himself in to the police in the company of his lawyer while Adrian Stewart, 39, of Dumfries, St James was recaptured during an operation in his community.

Two other escapees are on the run:

1) Mario Morrison, 24, of Bamboo district, Hanover

2) Oneil Demetrius, 31, otherwise called 'Boy Boy', of Lowe River, Wait-A-Bit, Trelawny.

They are both wanted for murder.

The police are urging them to turn themselves in and are reminding family members and residents that it is an offence to harbour a criminal.

Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Mario Morrison and Oneil Demetrius is being asked to contact the Falmouth Police at 954-3703, Crime Stop at 311, Police 119 emergency number or the nearest Police Station.





Son chops father to death in Green Acres

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A 62-year-old man, James Bunting, was chopped to death, reportedly by his son, Horace, in Green Acres, Spanish Town, St Catherine on Wednesday.

Reports are that approximately 6:00 p.m., the two had an argument and during the heated exchange, the elder Bunting was attacked and chopped in the head.

He was taken to hospital, where he died while undergoing treatment.

The suspect fled the scene and is still at large.

The Green Acres community recently benefited from the establishment of a police post with a newly-assigned service vehicle, reportedly because of the increasing crime numbers there.





Who killed Rooksie?

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crime-scene-gun.jpgPolice are still probing the killing of Uriel 'Rooksie' James, the reputed leader of the Rose Town-based Discipline Gang who was shot dead on Wednesday.

Police sources say his body was discovered in a car in St Andrew in the vicinity of Dunrobin.

In February, James was shot and injured in the parking lot of the Spartan Health Club in New Kingston.

He was leaving the club shortly before 8 o'clock in the morning when two men dressed like construction workers opened fire. However, he was saved by a team of armed private security officers.

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

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

Four months earlier he was also freed of illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition in connection with the 2011 robbery of a man.





The Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica (BCJ) has received two Gold Muse awards in the International Muse Creative Awards Competition for 2018 for the very popular 'Pinchy Dead' video, which warns against fake news, and 'Ordinary People', which warns parents to be more aware of what their children are viewing online.

The hilarious, but serious 'Pinchy Dead', features popular local vlogger and recording artiste Bella Blair, and is one of the first in the world to address the problem of fake news and encourages online users to be more careful when consuming and sharing content online. The video was viewed on social media more than two million times and shared more than 8,000 times within the first month of release.

The BCJ's 'Ordinary People' is designed to remind parents that young people are now accessing content across multiple devices. It is a wake-up call for greater parental responsibility and parental guidance.

Cordel Green, executive director of the BCJ, noted that these international awards "recognise the commission's ability to respond creatively to modern-day digital literacy issues in a manner that has global appeal".

"We recognise the breakthrough achievement of designers, marketers, artists, writers, photographers, videographers, and digital experts who set the trends of the global creative industry," said Kenjo Ong, president for the International Awards Associates (IAA), which administers the Muse Awards.





Ziggy Marley to release new album May 18

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ziggy-marley-rebellion-rises.jpgEight-time Grammy Award-winning musician Ziggy Marley will release his seventh full-length solo studio album, Rebellion Rises, on May 18 through Tuff Gong Worldwide and it will be distributed in Jamaica and the Caribbean by Tuff Gong International.

Fully written, recorded and produced by Marley, this new collection of music encourages people to stand together in activism through love.

No track embodies this message better than the album's title track and official first single Rebellion Rises. The song encourages its listeners to use the power humans have as instruments of positive change around the world.

Rebellion Rises marks Marley's first studio release in two years, following 2016's critically acclaimed self-titled project which took home the 2016 Grammy for Best Reggae Album and marked his fourth consecutive debut at #1 on the Billboard Top Reggae Album Chart. Digital pre-orders will be available starting today. All digital pre-orders will include an instant free track of Rebellion Rises, which is also now available for streaming on Spotify, Pandora and Apple Music.

This June, Marley will embark on the first leg of his North American tour with stops in a number of west coast markets including Napa, Seattle, Portland, and San Francisco. The tour will then make its way to Europe beginning June 29 where it opens in Legnano, Italy.





It's Charlyyyyyyy-Not-So-Black!

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charly-not-so-black.jpgSoooo. Diamond-selling dancehall artiste Charly Black, posted a picture of himself looking quite light skinned, or bleached out, as Dancehall fans would say.

As expected, social media chewed up the Party Animal singer who displayed a lighter skin tone than his previous images on his Instagram account. He had captioned the now viral photo of himself dancing with a female: "ARIES BIRTHDAY MOOD 💯🎉🎊🍸🥂🎁 #aries #turrrrrrble#charlyblack #teamunstoppable🤞🏿 #charlyblackbirthdayparty2018,"

Well, we checked out other photos of Charly, in the same clothes and he looked his usual complexion. So, it could have been the lighting, the angle and the editing that caused the apparent colour change.

Anyway, Happy Birthday Charly!!!!!!!





Facebook data breach affected 87 million

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facebook-zuckerberg-tax-avoidance-culprit.jpgFacebook has said it now believes up to 87 million people's data was improperly shared with the political consultancy Cambridge Analytica.

The overall figure had been previously quoted as being 50 million by the whistleblower Christopher Wylie.

The details were revealed in a blog by the tech firm's chief technology officer, several hours after the US House Commerce Committee announced that Facebook's founder, Mark Zuckerberg, would testify before it on April 11.

The tech firm has faced intense criticism after it emerged that it had known for years that Cambridge Analytica had harvested data from millions of its users, but had relied on the London-based firm to self-certify that it had deleted the information.





Tmartin-luther-king-nobel-prize.jpghe daughter of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. remembered him as "the apostle of nonviolence" as admirers marked the 50th anniversary of his assassination Wednesday with marches, speeches and quiet reflection.

At events around the country, participants took time to both reflect on King's legacy and discuss how his example can apply to racial and economic divides still plaguing society. Instead of sorrow, King's contemporaries and a new generation of social activists presented a message of resilience and hope.

Speaking in King's hometown of Atlanta, the Rev. Bernice A. King recalled her father as a civil rights leader and great orator whose message of peaceful protest was still vital decades later.

"We decided to start this day remembering the apostle of nonviolence," she said during a ceremony to award the Martin Luther King Jr. Nonviolent Peace Prize held at the King Center.

In Memphis, where King died, police estimated that 10,000 people showed up for an early afternoon march led by the same sanitation workers union whose low pay King had come to protest when he was shot.

Dixie Spencer, president of the Bolivar Hardeman County, Tennessee, branch of the NAACP, said remembrances of King's death should be a call to action. (Source AP)





travis-greene.jpgKnown and loved for an impressive body of praise and worship songs, Grammy nominee and multiple awards winning gospel artiste, Travis Greene, brought the curtains down in impeccable style at Easter Monday's staging of Unity in the City.

Clearly this gospel show has its crowd and they were present long before the 6:00PM start time and seemed to stream in endlessly throughout the evening. With a sold-out platinum, gold and VIP sections right on the field in front of the hi-tech looking stage, and a grandstand almost full to capacity, the stage was set to create unity in Kingston city.

Showing his musical ability, Travis Greene strummed his guitar and then played the keyboard as he truly belted out new age gospel favourites interspersed with an old favourite, Jesus Paid It all. Among the songs Greene performed were Made a Way, See the Light and a reggae remix of Intentional. Full of more sedate worship rather than the over-the-top praise, Greene, brought on his wife to give a testimony of God's goodness in the safe delivery of their son, who doctors had recommended be aborted at 21 weeks.

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Among the acts billed for the show were heavyweights Grammy award winners Israel Houghton and JJ Hairston, complemented by top-rated local acts who have also made their name on the international scene.

Houghton and his New Breed band delivered hits songs including Here I Am to Worship, Trading my Sorrows and I Am Not Forgotten. Hairston and his Youthful Praise choir made souls sway with songs like Great Is Our God, You Deserve It and Great and Mighty God.

did favourites like Back to the Owner and Bible Addict. But he also ministered about how God saved him from a life of mischief and purposeless.

High-energy sets also came from DJ Nicholas, Kevin Downswell and Jermaine Edwards. Downswell performed tracks including If It's Not You, Already Done and All the Way. The vibrant sound of new gospel continued with Edwards who sang favourites like Nah Bow, Beautiful Day and Hallelujah.

The huge crowd showed their appreciation for all the acts and seen in the audience was gospel artiste, Judy Mowatt, who told Yardflex in an interview after the concert that she enjoyed herself thoroughly.

"This concert could not miss me. When I heard the line-up I knew I just had to be here and I am certainly happy that I came. I enjoyed myself and I was blessed," she said.





jutc-buses.jpgThe Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) says due to recent shootings in August Town, St Andrew, its buses to the area will terminate at the University of the West Indies' (UWI's) Irving Hall, known as the UWI back gate.

"The JUTC has been forced once again to temporarily suspend its service in August Town, St Andrew as a result of violence/renewed shootings this morning," the State-run bus company said on Twitter this morning.

It also urged commuters to be safe.

When contacted, the police's Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) confirmed that there has been shooting in the area but said it has received no official report on the incident.





stacious-and-ninjaman.jpgBig up to Stacious for still looking out for Ninjaman.

She shared the very first photo of veteran entertainer Ninjaman since his murder conviction.

Stacious recently visited the original Gold Teeth Don Gorgon, whose given name is Desmond Ballentine, at the St Catherine Adult Correctional Centre, in Spanish Town.

In the photo, Ninjaman can be seen wearing a long sleeve button down oxford shirt, fitted jeans and wallabee Clarks.





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beenie-and-d-angel.jpgBwoy, never a dull day in entertainment.

Everybody is talking about the way Beenie Man diss D'Angel at her birthday party. But D'Angel says she was not embarrassed, but people seem to think that she should be.

Well, all now we cyaan get over how she go pon stage to perform with Beenie and decide say she a go sing 'A One Man Mi Got' and a position herself fi Beenie whine pon her and the man just turn away. Tek way himself and leave her hanging. S-H-A-M-E!

Plus him tell her say that kind of behaviour was "inappropriate".

But Angel bounce back and say all who a talk need to get a life because it was not embarrassing at all.

People a say that Krystal, Beenie girlfriend, did give him a talk.

According to one commentator: "Beenie man was helping D angel with her birthday to earn a money we all know nothing going on for her big.She take it a bit too far.Not because he ex husband or baby father he would to dance .She would be more professional.He is in a serious relationship with someone that don't put them dutty laundry to the media. Angel did do Beenie bad years ago."

What a prekeh!!!! Tek a look below.





winnie-mandela-yardflex.jpg"She succumbed peacefully in the early hours of Monday afternoon surrounded by her family and loved ones," the family said in a statement.

The ex-wife of Nelson Mandela was known as "mother of the nation" and had been admitted to hospital in January with a kidney infection.

Her family said she "kept the memory of her imprisoned husband Nelson Mandela alive during his years on Robben Island and helped give the struggle for justice in South Africa one its most recognisable faces."

News of her death comes on the day the US marks 50 years since the assassination of civil rights activist Martin Luther King -- who her former husband paid tribute to while accepting the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.

The young activist met Nelson Mandela at a bus stop in Soweto when she was 22 in 1957 and the pair married a year later. Their romance lasted 38 years that was largely spent apart, with Nelson imprisoned for 27 years, leaving Winnie to raise two daughters and keep his political dream alive.

In 1990 the world watched when Nelson Mandela finally walked out of prison -- hand-in-hand with Winnie.

But they separated just two years later and divorced in 1996 after a legal wrangle that revealed her affair with a young bodyguard and she went on to become embroiled in several major controversies.





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denyque-photo-2.jpgHas Denyque joined Yanqiue Curvy Diva, Aidonia's wife Kimberly Megan and Usain Bolt's longtime girlfriend Kasi Bennett, as the newest member of the plastic club.

Well the recording artiste and TV personality is sporting ample cleavage these days so its very possible, in addition, her husband, Careem Mullings, sparked rumours over the weekend when he shared a post of the two and tagged popular American cosmetic and plastic surgeon Dr. Miami on Denyque's boobs.

The gesture sent tongues wagging on social media as many speculated that the "Proud Wifey" singer went under the knife recently.





khago-photo-2.jpgDancehall artiste, Khago who recently dropped an album called "Walk A Mile'', which made a big debut on the Billboard Reggae chart, has released yet another album.

On Friday, the prolific singer/songwriter released "Dancehall Soca" and already it is making its presence felt on the iTunes charts.

In fact, it seems like Khago's album is doing better that that of his longtime rival, I-Octane, whose latest album Love & Life, was also released in Friday.

Social media is convinced that Khago did this to spite I-Octane

Interstingly, on Sunday, Khago captioned a video on Instagram, showing the iTunes chart with his album sitting smugly at number 3 while, Octane's project is just outside thge Top 10...at number 11.

Khago declared: ''Look wat a gwaan pan iTunes lol ja two top legends in control don't worry Jamaica ....we taken back ur music''.





held.jpgThe St Elizabeth police have arrested a 21-year-old man in connection with a break-in at the Holland Primary School in which several items, including groceries, were stolen.

Christopher Campbell was charged on Thursday with School House Breaking, Larceny and Receiving Stolen Property.

Reports are that an 84 inch television set that was stolen from the Holland Primary School on March 2 was found at Campbell's house during a search by the police.

He was subsequently arrested and charged.

The accused is scheduled to appear in court later this week.





police-commissioner-antony-anderson-photo-1.jpgFormer National Security Advisor and now Commissioner of Police, Major General Antony Anderson had his credit card cloned, but the alleged perpetrator is now before the courts.

Forty-four-year-old businessman, Earl Hobins, had his bail extended when he appeared in the St Andrew Parish Court last Thursday to answer to a charge of having benefited from the cloning the credit card of

Hobins has been charged with defrauding General Anderson, with more than $1 million having been reportedly taken from his account.

Anderson took office as Police Commissioner on March 19, 2018.

Fraud Squad detectives began their probe in February of this year after it was discovered that the former Chief of Defence Staff, who was then the National Security Advisor to Prime Minister Andrew Holness, had been defrauded.

Investigators said the illegal activities with the card began on February 22.

According to the police, unscrupulous persons cloned Anderson's credit card and stole $1.3 million over a period of seven days.

The investigators said a man and a woman created two cloned cards from Anderson's card, which were used to purchase appliances, car parts and hair, among other items.

Following investigations, Hobins was arrested and charged on March 9.





The St James police are yet to ascertain the identities of three men who were shot dead during a gun battle with a law enforcement team in the parish on Good Friday morning.

Following the gunfight, the police seized two firearms.

Reports are that about 5:45 a.m., a police party conducted a special operation in Sunderland district in St James in search of wanted men and illegal firearms, and came under gunfire in the process.

The police took evasive action and returned the gunfire.

When the shooting subsided, three unidentified men were found suffering from gunshot wounds.

The injured men were taken to the Cornwall Regional Hospital, where they were pronounced dead on arrival.

One black Beretta 9mm pistol, bearing serial number BER020732Z, with a magazine containing one 9mm cartridge; and one black 9mm pistol with the make and serial number erased, loaded with a magazine containing one 9mm cartridge, were seized.

Investigations continue.





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