Reggae Sumfest 2018

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stefflon-don-photo-1.jpgInternational recording artist Stefflon Don will not be performing at Reggae Sumfest Blitz all black party, being held at the Hard Rock Cafe party tonight., DownSound Entertainment (DSE), the organisers of Reggae Sumfest have announced.

Stefflon Don's management team cancelled her performance at the last minute, citing a scheduling conflict, DSE stated.

Commenting on the matter, DSE's CEO Joe Bogdanovich said that he was really disappointed with the way in which the matter was handled by Stefflon Don's management team.

"All formalities had been finalised and the fans were really looking forward to enjoying some great music. I think her team acted in a way that was unprofessional and communicated very poorly, which is unfortunate because she is an extremely talented artist," Bogdonavich said.

"However, we've not allowed this setback to ruin the night. Blitz is going to be a great event, and we have some brilliant entertainment lined up for the patrons. It is most certainly an event not to be missed," he added.

The much anticipated party is being hosted by popular rapper and reality TV star Safaree, who will also be performing. The full line up of entertainment includes music by Creep from Chromatic, Rolexx, Noah Powa, and Team Shella.

Popular Jamaican singer Jada Kingdom will also be gracing the Blitz stage. She is best known for hits like 'Best You Ever Had', 'Unwanted', 'Love Situations', and 'Wull On'.





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trump-putin-s-poodle.jpgMedia outlets worldwide are mocking Donald Trump over his fawning summit with Russia's Vladimir Putin as the US President continues to face scathing criticism in his home country on all political sides.

The headlines went as far as calling the US President 'treasonous', 'weak' and labeled him an 'autocrat' following the 45-minute press conference with his Russian counterpart in Helsinki on Monday.

The UK's Daily Mirror newspaper slammed Trump as being 'Putin's Poodle' and Germany's Handelsblatt outlet called the meeting a 'summit of the autocrats'.

A headline on Spanish newspaper El Mundo read: 'Trump surrenders to Putin after humiliating Europe'.

The front page of Finnish newspaper Kauppalehti simply read: Trump 0 - Putin 1.

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French outlet Le Monde ran multiple headlines saying Trump's 'weakness in front of Putin' scandalized the Republicans and also said that Putin dominated the Helsinki match against Trump.

Back in Trump's hometown, the New York Daily News hammered him by implying that his refusal to condemn Putin was 'treason'.

The cover features a cartoon of Trump holding a shirtless Putin's hand as the US president shoots Uncle Sam on 5th Avenue in New York. It was a reference to Trump's claim back in 2016 that he could shoot someone 'in the middle of 5th Avenue' and still not lose supporters.

The backlash follows Trump's extraordinary embrace of a longtime US enemy by openly questioning his own intelligence agencies' firm finding that Russia meddled in the 2016 US election to his benefit.

The White House has struggled to explain why Trump aligned so closely with Putin, and lawmakers in both major parties appeared shocked and dismayed with his suggestion that he believes Putin's denial of interfering in the 2016 elections.

Trump's decision to side with Putin left a wake of confusion and outrage in the US.





The British Government's plan to deport a former nurse whose Windrush Generation father served in the Royal Air Force is being cited by politicians and campaigners in the UK demanding an immediate end to what they described as the government's cruel and inhumane hostile environment policy.

Sharon Vitalis has been threatened with ejection from the UK, which would separate her from her two British-born children - one of whom is just 12 years old- despite living in the country for most of her life.

According to Britain's Independent newspaper, the 45-year-old woman, who worked for the National Health Service for more than 15 years, was born in Germany while her father was deployed to the country during service with the RAF. Her family moved back to the UK months after her birth.

Unlike her UK born siblings, who have never faced problems with their status, she has been told she is not British on the ground that she was not born within the nation's boundaries.

Ms Vitalis lived in the UK until the age of six, when she moved to the Caribbean with her mother and siblings to go to school.

She returned when she was in her early 20s and began working as a nurse.

She faced no problem for 17 years, during which she gave birth to a daughter in 1999 and a son in 2005.

Her partner later moved to the US after the couple split.

In 2013, when Ms Vitalis went to collect her 15-year-old daughter from Gatwick Airport after living with her father, she was stopped by immigration officials and taken to a detention centre.

Ms Vitalis was later reunited with her daughter, but she was issued with deportation proceedings and therefore was dismissed from her National Health Service job.

She is currently waiting for an appeal decision in October and is unable to work or claim benefits in the meantime.

The case has emerged amid mounting criticism over the Home Office's hostile environment following the Windrush scandal, which exposed that thousands of Commonwealth citizens had been wrongly targeted by immigration officials, with some detained and deported, costing then Home Secretary Amber Rudd her job.





hands-behind-bars.jpgA Bahamian fugitive, who is wanted on drug charges, has been nabbed in Clarendon.

According to information from the police, 43 year-old Prescott Roxbury, who is from Nassau, was detained along with a woman during an anti-narcotics operation in Commissary, Frankfield about 9 o'clock Saturday night.

Roxbury and the woman, who has been identified as 53 year-old Elaine Edwards of Morant Bay, St. Thomas, were found at a two-bedroom house.

A bag containing 14.5 pounds of ganja, valued at $60,000, was allegedly found in their possession.

They were both charged with possession of and dealing in ganja.

Roxbury and Edwards are scheduled to appear before the Clarendon Parish Court on Thursday.

In September 2015, the Royal Bahamas Police Force listed Roxbury and two other Bahamians as wanted for possession of dangerous drugs with intent to supply.





No re-trial for Shawn Storm, urges attorney

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shawn-storm-photo-2.jpgThe attorney for imprisoned dancehall artiste Shawn Storm has urged the Court of Appeal not to order a retrial arguing that the case is rife with multiple deficiencies.

"These defects are incurable, I submit," said Bert Samuels as he concluded his legal arguments before the court this morning.

"And any attempt to cure them for retrial purposes would be to give the prosecution a second bite at an infected cherry," Samuels continued.

Added Samuels: "A second chance to make good on the evidence deficiency in the case."





Tropical Bliss, formerly Tropical Beach in Montego Bay, St James played host on Sunday to Sumfest "Colour-Fest" Beach party, the big event which mark the started of the 26th staging of Reggae Sumfest.

Hundreds of fun-loving party-goers descended on the venue for what was dubbed the . The high-energy event was hosted by the "Curvy Diva" Yanique Barrett and Noah Power and featured DJs Team Shella, Jigga and Crazy Neil.

The new spacious venue provided the room for patrons to have what was a true beach party, with title sponsors Red Stripe providing the necessary "liquid spirits" to complement the high energy music and vibes which was provided by the DJs and the hosts.

The music took patrons from ska to reggae, hip-hop, dancehall into lover's rock and even alternative as the DJs kept the vibes going and ensured that all patrons got their money's worth.

The throng of patrons at the party also included Downsound Entertainment (DSE) Chairman and CEO, Joe Bogdanovich and DSE's Deputy Chair, Robert Russell. Both expressed delight at the vibes and energy which the event brought.

According to Bogdanovich, "this is real entertainment and we are very happy that we were able to provide this level of clean entertainment to our patrons. This is a great start to the 26th staging of Reggae Sumfest - 'Our Music, Our Festival'."

Bogdanovich is expecting that the supporting events leading into the two major nights of the festival will also be well supported.

He said, "we have crafted a wonderful slate of activities for Sumfest 2018 and starting with this Beach party, we are confident that we will receive support from our valued patrons. This year we are catering to everyone - those who have paved the way for this event over the last 25 years as well as those who see music and the entertainment industry as a business. We are looking forward to the two major nights and with the cream of the crop set to perform, this will be a wonderful Sumfest."





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vybz-kartel-photo-10.jpgThe metadata for one of the damning text messages which prosecutors used to convict top entertainers Vybz Kartel and Shawn Storm of murder was created six weeks before the victim's death, the Appeal Court was informed on Monday.

Bianca Samuels, one of the attorneys for Shawn Storm, was referring to the text message reportedly found on one of the mobile phones taken from Kartel in which it was said that Clive 'Lizard' Williams "chop up fine, fine."

Samuels was making her submissions in the appeal filed by the two entertainers against their conviction and prison sentence.

She said evidence presented during their 17-week murder trial that ended in April 2014 showed that the metadata was created on July 6, 2011, six weeks before prosecutors claim Williams was killed.

Samuels noted, too, that there was evidence that the mobile phones taken from Kartel were used while the instruments were in the custody of the police.

"This one has left me puzzled," said Samuels, who along with Isat Buchanan and Daynia Allen, represent Shawn Storm.

The panel of three judges hearing the appeal appeared surprised by the assertion.

"Our silence was sharing in your puzzlement," said president of the Court of Appeal Justice Dennis Morrison, who along with justices Patrick Brooks and Frank Williams, are hearing the case.

Samuels said this raises "more than a reasonable doubt" about the integrity of the evidence, which should not have been put to the jury.





Jamaica recorded its best ever medal tally at the IAAF World Under-20 Championships, with Kai Chang's discus gold and the bronze won in the women's 4x400m relay, closing the Jamaicans' campaign on 12 medals.

The country picked up its fourth gold this morning in Tampere, Finland when Calabar High school's Kai Chang won the Men's Discus event with a personal best, 62.36 metres.

Chang used his second attempt to record his winning throw, as Yauheni Bahutski of Belarus had to settle for the silver medal, with a 61.75 metres effort. The bronze medal went to Claudio Romero of Chile, who had a mark of 60.81 metres.

In the women's 4x400m relay, the Jamaican team of Janielle Josephs, Stacey-Ann Williams, Shiann Salmon and Calisha Taylor, clocked 3:31.90, to finish third behind the United States, 3:28.74 and Australia, 3:31.36.

These results pushed the country to 12 medals, which betters the 11 won in 2002, when the Championship was held in Kingston.

It also means the Jamaicans (4 gold, 5 silver, 3 bronze) ended the championship in second place behind Kenya (6 gold, 4 silver, 1 bronze), which is the only country which won more gold medals than Jamaica.

The United States, which finished third in the medal standings with 17 medals (3 gold, 8 silver, 7 bronze), is the only country that earned more medals than the Jamaicans.





The Firearms Licensing Authority (FLA) has embarked on an island-wide drive to clamp down on licensed firearm holders who are said to be using their weapons to carry out a number of illegal activities.

So far, the FLA drive has reportedly had some startling findings.

Among those, FLA authorities said, was a case in which they were able to nab a license firearm holder who was providing security services for a notorious gang leader in Spanish Town, St Catherine.

The gun holder was reportedly serving as a bodyguard for one of the warlords in the once crime-ridden old capital, which for quite some time now, has been the centre of extreme gang activities nationally, including racking up a huge murder tally.

Speaking at an FLA press conference at the Terra Nova Hotel in St Andrew on Friday of last week, Shane Dalling, the authority's Chief Executive Officer, said the licence of the firearm holder in question has been revoked since the alleged nefarious service was discovered.

Dalling said the firearm holder was among over 100 persons whose firearms licences have been revoked since the start of this year.





crime-scene-tape-gloves.jpgPolice have reported that an 18-year-old woman died this morning following injuries she sustained in a motor vehicle accident on the Gully Road in Oracabessa, St Mary.

Dead is Abigail Angus, a student at the University of the West Indies, Mona.

Reports from the Oracabessa Police are that about 4:20 am, Angus was a passenger in a grey Toyota Fortuner motor truck when the driver allegedly lost control of the vehicle which collided with a tree. Angus died while undergoing treatment at hospital.

The Oracabessa Police are investigating.





crime-scene-tape-gloves.jpgA pedal cyclist is dead and eight persons including a 2-year-old child were injured following a three-vehicle crash along Allan Avenue in Port Antonio, Portland, Saturday night..

According to a preliminary report from the police, a grey Toyota Wish motor car with three people aboard was travelling towards Port Antonio when it crashed into a taxi going in the opposite direction.

The police say the taxi was about to make a right turn unto Smatt Road when it was hit by the Toyota, which swerved into the path of a pedal cyclist, who was hit and thrown unto a concrete-paved walkway, before slamming into a grey motor car - flipping over several times before stopping on its top.

The pedal cyclist was pronounced dead on the scene by a doctor.

The three occupants of the Toyota including a six-year-old child and the driver were rushed to hospital. The four passengers who were traveling in the taxi were also taken to hospital.

The Portland police are investigating.





Young act grateful for Sumfest small stage

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The Reggae Sumfest small stage has introduced a few of the fiercest names in reggae and dancehall to a wide music-loving audience and has even acted as the platform to 'buss big'. The list includes reggae entertainers Warrior King, Bushman and Shenseea, who have graduated to the main stage following their appearances on the small stage.

Its reputation for promoting talents is highly revered among the fraternity of emerging artistes despite the early placements and short performance time it offers.

According to emerging artist D'Yani, who is performing on Reggae Sumfest Reggae Night (night two), an opportunity, no matter how small is at the end of the day, a good opportunity.

"The platform is there to explore. As a young artiste, you must use, every minute to deliver a good solid set that will leave a lasting impact," he told The Gleaner in a recent interview..

The Sad Story singer was recognised by the Reggae Sumfest team while performing on the Fame 95FM Road Party.

"The eight to 10 minutes up-and-coming artistes like myself have will still be a part of the broadcast to an international audience," he said. "I honestly did not envision being on the stage when I attended in 2016 to see Barrington Levy on the stage."

Dancehall singjay Kim Nain shared the same sentiment. "It is the beginning for another part of the musical journeys young artistes are taking," she said.

Meanwhile, Imeru Tafari, 24-year-old son of Queen Ifrica and fast-rising reggae artiste, sees the stage show like any other event where he is given time to perform.

"It could be a Reggae Sumfest, Rebel Salute or smaller event - to me, it is about showing not only my talent, but most importantly, sharing the message of positivity and righteousness. For all the shows, it is the same," he said.

Imeru Tafari is cognisant that he will only receive five minutes to perform his set but nonchalantly answered, "It's not a big problem. Two song can still deliver in that time." He says his true satisfaction comes from being able to share the lyrics.

"The Reggae Sumfest stage is definitely one that will expose me to bigger platforms being an international show, and I am hoping it brings me across the world," he added.

"It is my second time performing. The first time, my mother called me on stage to perform with her. There I got the chance to sing Damian 'Jr Gong' Marley's verse from their collaboration, Trueversation," he recalled.

Other young reggae performers include Abatau (son of Tony Rebel), Naomi Cowan, and Stushie, and among the emerging dancehall acts Rygin King and Vanzo.





popcaan-bursts-rifle-and-pistol-at-shooting-range.jpgPopcaan's management has responded to the controversy surrounding a video showing the Dancehall star animatedly shooting two guns at a range.

The video has gone viral.

In a statement, Popcaan's management team said they wanted to assure fans that the "gun-shooting exercise took place in a supervised and safe setting, an official shooting range, a specialized facility designed for firearms qualifications, training, or practice".

According to the deejay's handlers, he was at the Lower Trent Valley Fish and Game Club, in Ontario, Canada where the enertainer had been on tour at the time.

Also in the release was a letter, signed by Nicholas Carino, a licensed firearm holder in Ontario, attesting to the fact that it was a supervised exercise.

The video, which emerged Wednesday and has been rapidly circulating online, caught the attention of law enforcement officers and has set off intense debates on entertainment message boards over Popcaan's responsibility as a role model.

While some argue that the artiste should be allowed to "have fun" without scrutiny, others berated the entertainer for appearing to glamourise firearms in a society plagued by gun violence.

Popcaan will be releasing his latest album, 'Forever' later this month.





gregory-isaacs.jpgThe 68th anniversary of the birth of one of Jamaica's most beloved entertainers - Gregory Isaacs, the Cool Ruler is Sunday, July 15, 2018.

As a singer of love songs, it is widely accepted that nobody in reggae music sings a love song quite like him. His unique style - cool, hypnotic, while portraying glimpses of the rude boy, has earned him the title 'The Cool Ruler'. He really emerged in the mid-1970s and developed a style, which at times had his audiences, especially the ladies, almost eating out of his hands.

In both his songs and his personal life, Gregory often seemed to wear his heart on his sleeve: In the tenderly caressed verses of My Number One, his romantic vulnerability is palpably felt.

The song ends with an almost-whispered plea of a man who has known many travails of the heart, when he utters:

"If you want to be my number one,

Let me know your future plan, Please don't hurt this man."

Like many others before him, Gregory started his entertainment career by entering various talent competitions and appearing on stage shows before getting into studio to do his first recording - his self-penned Another Heartache in the late 1960s for West Indies Recording Limited (WIRL), founded by former Jamaican Prime Minister Edward Seaga. His second composition My Only Lover, done for Rupie Edwards' Success Label in the early 1970s, became his first hit and was the template of all the lovers rock-reggae tunes that followed. Considered the chief architect of lovers rock, he reinforced that claim with other early pieces like All I Have Is Love, Let's Dance, Salary Is Thin, and on his own African Museum label, Front Door and Night Nurse which was a desperate appeal for help.

"Tell her, try her best to make it quick,

Woman tend to the sick,

For there must be something she can do,

This heart is broken in two,

Tell her its a case of emergency,

There's a patient by the name of Gregory,

Night nurse, only you alone can quench this thirst."





marion-hall-photo-1.jpgMinister Marion Hall has added some dancehall flavour to her sophomore gospel album, His Grace, which is available for pre-order https://VPAL.lnk.to/HisGraceMinMarionHallE

"After listening to it, I realised I needed something like dancehall on it. I looked to God for help and came up with a song called Tun Back Christian. A lot of people are in the church but don't know how to be content, and end up walking away from God. A lot of church folks, instead of encouraging them [they] chastise them, which doesn't help the situation. The verses on it can sing along to, and I include a sinner's prayer in there so you can ask God fi wash yuh off in His righteousness. There's also Mighty God... I think the wait will be worth it," Hall told Jamaica Observer. "Those two are for the Lady Saw fans."

The 17-track His Grace is self-produced on the Minister Marion Hall label and distributed by VPAL. The official release date is set for July 20.

In addition to the title track, the set boasts I'm Gonna Fast, Overflow, Gave It All Up For Jesus, Walk On Water, All That's Left, Dead Man Walking, Love Like This, The World Can See, My God Is Alive, That Cross, You Are, Pay You Back, Lord We Need You, and Can't Stop My Praise.

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"Out of the 17 tracks, I'm predicting 15 hits. It's a praise and worship album with dancehall, mento -- God gives mi country gospel too. I'm just excited to have another album out soon. I'm not even going to get ahead of myself but I know this album has the potential to get a Grammy -- it's something else. Whatever God decides to do with it, He will. When I put out When God Speaks, God was talking to me; it's the same with this album. It's all about giving God the glory. It's a powerful, mighty album, so if it's His will, it will be done," she said.

Hall, formerly known as Lady Saw, is the first female deejay to win a Grammy Award and to be certified as a triple-platinum artiste. She, however, got baptised in December 2015.

Her debut gospel album, When God Speaks, peaked at number four on the Billboard Reggae Albums chart last year.

Minister Hall is planning to embark on a three-year 'Soul Seekers Kingdom' tour across the United States starting in early August. Through her relationships with other ministries, she has landed gigs in Canad, UK and Bermuda.

She was also booked for Jamaica Fun in the Son at National Heroes' Park in Kingston on July 14.





Capleton's bail extended until September 4

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capleton.jpgDancehall deejay Capleton had his bail extended Friday morning and is to return to the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on September 4 .

The new mention date was scheduled, after the court was told that the case file was incomplete.

Bail for the artiste, who is charged with rape, was subsequently extended.

Capleton is accused of forcibly having sexual intercourse with a female hairdresser he hired to groom his hair at a New Kingston hotel on April 28.





Mr Vegas buss the 'MEH-MEH' song

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mr-vegas-photo-13.jpgMr. Vegas isn't one to miss an opportunity to turn controversy into a song. He did it with the now infamous "Usher him out" phrase during the drama that unfolded between him and controversial pastor Gino Jennings...and he is doing it again.

He has now released a humorous new single, 'Mehmeh' following his recent mispronunciation of the word which went viral on social media..

The single, released on the MV Music label, hit the Internet Thursday night with a email blast and also on the artiste's youtube channel.

Reports are that he has already shot a video for the project which was scheduled to have been released over the weekend.

It will be interesting to see if MEHMEH will prove to be the hit that Mr Vegas is searching for.





popcaan-bursts-rifle-and-pistol-at-shooting-range.jpgPopcaan, who is preparing to release his sophomore album "Forever" on July 20, recently took to a shooting range for target practicing.

Last week, the Dancehall artiste was filmed joking around as he bursts several rounds from an assault rifle before pulling out and emptying a sidearm at an undisclosed location in Canada.

"Them dead? them dead!" he uttered before firing wild shots while clowning around.

"The worst handling of a fire arm I've ever seenπŸ˜‚ plus him wouldn't even hit a target to save him lifeπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚," one fan expressed on social media.

"Can know when man no used to gun enuh πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚" another user wrote.

"Mind u shoot u self poppi lol," a user added.

"U too grown to be playing wit gun like that bro always practice safty when useing guns.. Human error can always happen n u or a member of ur squad could get hurt," another person commented.

However, some fans found Popcaan's action rather comical and entertaining.

"Man buss Machine stylish. Dem get Dash wey like a losing Cash Pot ticket. Ya nw," one fan expressed.

"Reel out and squeeze out" a user wrote.

"Dem man ya sey have fun anyway.. mi rate hoe the man always happy and always a make sure him team laugh," another fan wrote.

"Dem dead πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚," another person commented.





buju-banton-photo-10.jpgSunday, July 15, 2018,marked the 45th birthday. of Mark Myries, aka Buju Banton and Yardflex sends out Happy Earthstrong to the incarcerated Reggae singer.

AMong the tributes being paid to the Gargamel, is one by singer Nadine Sutherland who was scheduled to perform a short tribute to Banton at the Blue & Bougie - 'Forever Blue' - summer party series at the Tennis Club of Hasting, 40 North Restaurant, Hastings on the Hudson, NY where music master mixer, producer and radio host Kurt 'Party Animal' Riley and music executive and Grammy nominated producer Cristy Barber will be honored.

"It's gonna be a short but very impactful show" the singer disclosed during a recent rehearsal session with former Sagittarius band bass player Derrick Barnett.

Banton rose from the slums of Salt Lane in Kingston in the early 1990's to become one of the most celebrated dancehall/reggae icons today. Sutherland and Banton it turns out have a history on wax together. The two recorded 'No Second Class;' 'Wicked Dickie;' 'Anything For You' featuring Snow, Beenie Man, Terror Fabulous, Kulcha Knox, and Louie Culture and 'What I Am Gonna Do' from Banton's iconic 1995 Til Shiloh album.

The former teen Queen has her own celebrated history in reggae. Her single 'Action' which was recorded with Terror Fabulous over 25 years ago is a hot pick at reggae/dancehall parties globally and it is still popular on ethnic and urban radio stations in the USA, Canada and England.

Nadine scored other hits including 'Babyface,' 'Since You have been Gone,' 'All Dem A Talk,' 'Never Knew' and "I'm In Love.' Last year she was appointed director of performing arts at Challenge Charter Schools Organization in New York.





Popcaan's team defends his shooting video

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popcaan-bursts-rifle-and-pistol-at-shooting-range.jpgThe team behind dancehall heavyweight Popcaan has been forced to defend his actions after persons reacted angrily to a viral video that shows him shooting two guns in what some consider a reckless manner.

The Unruly boss, through his publicist, yesterday said: "The gun-shooting exercise took place in a supervised and safe setting, an official shooting range, a specialised facility designed for firearms qualifications, training, or practice."

The publicist said that Popcaan was under the supervision of two licensed firearm holders, one of whom is a member of the gun range, which is located in the Lower Trent Valley Fish and Game Club, in Frankford, Ontario, Canada.

When contacted via telephone, Carino said they were merely having fun.

"It was just target shooting. We just wanted to have fun by taking our guest to shoot at targets," Carino said. "I don't know how the footage got out there like that; most firearm clubs or ranges allow for video, although I am not sure if this one is against any type of video."

Popcaan was on tour in Ontario at the time of the exercise.

With the video making the rounds on social media, many persons have expressed concern about the nonchalant manner in which Bullet Proof deejay handled and fired the guns.

Some fans also said Popcaan should be mindful that his actions could influence youth.

Popcaan's management team, meanwhile, said the artiste is not paying attention to the negative comments.

They said that he is putting all his energy into his latest album, Forever, which will be released later this month.

"We do not understand the cause for all the speculations when it is just Popcaan enjoying himself in the confines of the gun range. Quite a few artistes have had videos posted to their social media pages doing the same," said his management team.





'Babsy Grange' says she'll miss Suzanne Couch

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babsy-grange-minister.jpgMinister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia 'Babsy' Grange has expressed sorrow at the passing of well-known Jamaican singer, pianist, composer and producer Suzanne Couch, who was equally known locally as an experienced caterer.

In a release, Grange said: "Suzanne became a featured singer on several Jamaican record releases, including Steely & Clevie's version of the Carly Simon song Why, Monty Alexander's album Many Rivers to Cross, and singles with Maxi Priest, Toots Hibbert, Mutabaruka, among others. I was happy when Suzanne's debut album - Lifeline - appeared in 2001. Its excellence was praised in Jamaica and across the world, with some reviews recommending it for the Reggae Grammy award. She continued singing, composing and playing the piano, with special solo performances at RedBones CafÈ and, most recently, at a special benefit concert featuring Joss Stone at Strawberry Hill Hotel just a few weeks before her death."

That concert was where Couch made public the fact that she was suffering from breast cancer.

"Suzanne Couch was more than a great Jamaican musician, songwriter and singer. She was a great Jamaican woman," Grange went on in the statement. "I shall miss her, but Jamaica will be forever enriched by the music she left for us to enjoy. I send my condolences to Peter and their daughter Sarah. Rest well, Suzanne Couch."





Capleton's bail extended until September

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bail.jpgEntertainer Capleton had his bail extended fRIDAY morning and is to return to the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on September 4 .

The new mention date was scheduled after the court was told that the case file was incomplete.

Bail for the artiste, who is charged with rape, was subsequently extended.

Capleton is accused of forcibly having sexual intercourse with a female hairdresser he hired to groom his hair at a New Kingston hotel on April 28.





T&T not interested in decriminalising ganja

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ganja-use.jpgDecriminalising marijuana is not on Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley's list of priorities.

This is despite a recommendation by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Marijuana Commission that countries in the region move to either legalise or decriminalise marijuana.

The commission presented its report to CARICOM Heads of Government at their 39th Annual Conference in Montego Bay, Jamaica last week, suggesting that going the route of legalisation or decriminalisation could lead to substantial economic benefits.

But Rowley said at a post-Cabinet media briefing on Thursday that the jury is still out on that.

"At the moment we're not running any advocacy for decriminalising marijuana or incorporating it into the economic space because we have some other priorities and we're also not convinced of the benefits that some people are asking us to grasp," he said.

Rowley identified one of those priorities as addressing the crime situation in the twin-island republic.

"The crime level is affecting us in very many ways, not just safety and security, but also in watering down our position for economic growth and T&T's potential to sell ourself as a place where investment can be done and we're losing in our communities, the sense of brotherly love," he said.





held.jpgLawrence Pommels, the man who is now before the courts on money laundering and bribery charges, was allowed to continue signing cheques for seven months beyond the time he was authorised to do so at the state-owned National Energy Solutions Limited (NESol).

Pommels and co-accused 34-year-old mechanic, Ricardo Harris, a sub-contractor with NESol, were arrested during a joint operation involving members of the Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Branch (C-TOC) and the Financial Investigation Division (FID) in Old Harbour, St Catherine on June 7 of this year.

It was later stated that Pommels or the two was/were reportedly held with $85 million in cash, four high-end motor vehicles and other valuables. They were also charged with breaches of the Corruption Prevention Act and possession of criminal property.

At Wednesday's sitting of Parliament's Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC).

Managing Director at NESol, Carolyn Warren, told the PAAC that Pommels acted as the entity's chief engineer for seven months, during which time he was allowed to sign cheques.

However, he continued signing after Chief Engineer Anthony Brown returned from leave. In fact, Warren disclosed that the 33-year-old Pommels continued signing cheques up until the time he was arrested in June and was subsequently placed on interdiction.

Warren told the PAAC that the NESol board approved Pommels' signing authority when Brown went on leave. She said the managing director, the board chairman, the director of finance and the chief engineer are authorised to sign cheques. She said each cheque must have two authorised signatures for it to be valid.

As to why Pommels kept signing cheques long after Brown returned to work, Warren said: "It was not done in time... he was not removed". She admitted that it should have been done.

Meanwhile, committee members expressed surprise when the chief engineer had difficulty explaining what his job function was, in particular, his duties since he returned from leave.

After committee member, Mikhail Phillips, asked him several times, Brown finally said: "My understanding is that Mr Pommels is doing work and I am doing work as well."

The response triggered laughter among the committee members.

Ms Warren intervened, explaining that although Brown had returned to office, Pommels had projects that were ongoing, and both he and Brown worked on those projects.

NESoL is a division of the Energy Ministry. It previously operated as the Rural Electrification Programme, but its mandate has been widened.





Carolyn Warren, the Managing director of National Energy Solutions Limited (NESOL) has admitted that she does have a conviction. Warren admitted to the conviction Thursday night, saying that it happened in 1993 and that she was given a suspended sentence.

She said that for the past 25 years of her life she had dedicated herself to working with young people to ensure they don't make the same mistake she did.

Since then, she has turned her life around, gone back to school and earned an undergraduate degree in management and is now currently pursuing a Master's degree in business administration.

She also said she spent years in the private sector and has developed a reputation for her dedication and professionalism.

"I spent 14 years at Nationwide News Network rising to a sales manager. I also worked at a major financial institution for many years and I have also done major work with other large businesses in Jamaica after my mistake," Warren said in a statement.

"I am dedicated to my church, my family and the many people I work with over the years," she said, adding that she has applied to have her record expunged.

"I am not the same person I was 25 years ago. I made a mistake, I paid for it then, and I suspect I will pay for it the rest of my life," she said.

"Whatever my fate, I will continue to work in my church and make a contribution to young people to ensure that others are not mislead and make the same mistake I did 25 years ago. I did not disclose my mistake of 25 years ago because I know most persons would judge me by that past mistake and for that I also apologise. I am not the same person I was 25 years ago, but if must pay for that mistake again with this job I will do so and rebuild my life once again with the help of God," Warren said.

Paulwell, the Opposition People's National Party spokesman on energy had earlier Thursday night called Prime Minister Andrew Holness, in his capacity as minister of energy, to immediately relieve Warren of her duties because she has a record of conviction for drug trafficking.

Meanwhile, there has been a lot of support for Warren: I think this lady should be allowed to keep her job even if only to serve as encouragement to those who made a mistake in their youthful days. We need to send the right message of encouragement to people and young people in particular," said one commenter

"I think anyone who disclosed this information in this out of order manner should be relieved of their duty for there is a right and wrong way about doing these things".

Another reader, agreed, saying that, "I'd rather back a decent person who has learned from their mistakes..."

"Jamaica suffers greatly because of old youthful mistakes being used to crush people who have risen far from their mistake. Let's not forget that this is all while many in the upper echelons of money and politics pretend to be squeaky clean. Enough with this farce," the reader commented.

Others, however, backed Paulwell in calling for Warren's immediate sacking.

"Mr Prime Minister, you cannot have a convicted drug trafficker who spent three years in prison working in management position in a government entity."

"Don't get me wrong, she can be employed in government, but not in the capacity of management. Get her out fast. It is not good".

Another user, Cane Curtter, chided Warren for not disclosing her conviction in the first place.

"Her mistake of 25 years ago isn't the issue, failure to disclose before accepting the job is."





Dildos can unleash demons, warns pastor

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dildo-sex-toy.jpgApostle Andrew Scott of Greater Works International Fellowship is warning against the use of sex toys, in particular dildos because they are unholy they are marriage breakers and the use of dildos can attract demonic forces into homes.

Apostle Scott is encouraging single women not to be tempted to use dildos to quench their sexual thirsts but to meditate on the Word of God, and to wait until they find a suitable husband.

He said the use of sex toys among Christians is very widespread and that based on a survey he conducted, single and married women have introduced these toys in their homes and marriages and now have issues.

In a recent televised sermon, Scott implored women and couples to desist from using dildo stating that: "It can cause them to lose feelings for the natural function of a male and to accept the unnatural, which is the dildo. That woman could find that she loses interest in having intercourse the natural way, and now begin to explore other unnatural ways, for example, cherries, strawberries, whipped cream and other enticing treats to add to the female genitals," he said.

The minister stated that it is impossible for a male to compete with a sexy toy and as a result, a lot of men are now taking sexual enhancement drugs to match up to a dildo.

"Using a dildo, she can go for as long as she wants. The body usually experience a climax within 10 - 20 minutes and then recovers. With the dildo, there is no cooling down as it can run for hours and even days until the battery dies. A man cannot compete with a toy that uses batteries that lasts for hours," he said.

Scott stated that when a man falls short in the bedroom because he is unable to perform like the dildo, he is often shunned by his partner and this can often leads to a breakdown of the marriage.

"It is my understanding that some pastors may have influenced their members to use these sex toys as an alternate to comfort women in their time of loneliness, and because of lack knowledge, these pastors did not know that this lifestyle and practise came about [because of] two sisters who were harlots, Aholah and Aholibah. This lifestyle comes with spiritual consequences," he said.





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Ronaldo signs to Juventus

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Cristiano Ronaldo has opted to leave Spanish giants Real Madrid for Italian champions Juventus for the next - and possibly final - chapter of one of the greatest careers the game has seen.

The shock move by the 33-year-old superstar comes shortly after losing what is likely his last chance to collect the only honour missing from his glittering resume - a World Cup for Portugal.

Speculation that one of the game's greatest players could be up for grabs began when he hinted he was considering leaving the Santiago Bernabeu following May's Champions League final victory.

Then the transfer rumour mill went into overdrive after Italian media said Juventus had put in a bid and Spanish sports daily Marca cited reports of Ronaldo looking for a home in Turin.

There was little left for Ronaldo, Real's all-time record goalscorer with 450, to prove in Madrid.

He said he had spent nine fantastic years at the Spanish giants.

"But I think the time has come to open a new stage in my life and that's why I asked the club to accept to transfer me," he said in a statement.

Real has topped the La Liga twice and won the Champions League four times during his time there - Ronaldo is the first player to have five, including one with former club Manchester United.

He is also a five-time world player of the year, a record he shares with his eternal rival, Argentine talisman Lionel Messi.

But in 2016 Ronaldo managed what Messi could not - winning a major international title for his country - when he led Portugal to victory in the European Championships.

And with both Portugal and Argentina being bundled out of the World Cup in the second round on June 30, it seems likely that the sport's crowning achievement will elude both partners in football's greatest player rivalry.





merritone-makes-his-move.jpgThe late Winston "Merritone" Blake never hid his love for Cuba, its long-time President Fidel Castro, or the country's diverse culture and the affable sound system owner/operator visited there regularly.

Come February 2019, three years after his death, there will be the inaugural Dream Cruise: Merritone Memories, a five-day cruise aboard the Majesty of The Seas liner. It is scheduled to make stops in the Cuban capital Havana, Fort Lauderdale and Key West in Florida.

The cruise is the brainchild of Paul Johnson, a Fort Lauderdale-based events promoter who knew Blake and his family for many years. It is endorsed by Blake's younger brother, Monte, who will be involved.

Johnson, who hosts the weekly Merritone Memories on WAVS 1107 AM in South Florida, said the cruise is a salute to the Blakes who have operated the Merritone sound system for 68 years. Winston's wife, singer Cynthia Schloss, will also be honoured; she died in 1999."

The Dream Cruise sails from Fort Lauderdale to Key West on the evening of February 26, after a party celebrating the lives of Winston Blake and Cynthia Schloss. Its next stop is Key West the following day, then Havana.

While in the Cuban capital there will be tours of the city as well as a jam session involving Jamaican and Cuban musicians, followed by a Turntable/Waterfalls dance aboard the ship.

On March 1 the cruise leaves Havana. Soul Friday, a retro party, takes place aboard the ship that evening before its return to Fort Lauderdale the next day.

Monte Blake commented on his family's ties to Cuba, the country's historical impact on Jamaica and Jamaican music.

Winston Blake was still a student at Kingston College when he and his older brother Trevor assumed control of the Merritone sound system in 1956, the year their father, its founder, died. Younger brothers Tyrone and Monte eventually joined the fold, and the 'sound' thrived during the 1960s and 1970s with jam-packed parties at the Turntable Club, located in the Red Hills Road area of Kingston.

When the Turntable closed, they moved to Waterfalls in the Liguanea area of the Jamaica capital.

Blake died in February 2016 of complications from a stroke. He was 75.





One of Europe's leading airlines, Eurowings, a subsidiary of one of the world's biggest airline companies, Lufthansa, will begin operating a twice-weekly scheduled service between Germany's largest populated metropolitan region and Montego Bay, beginning July 3 this year.

The scheduled flights will operate every Monday and Friday from Cologne/Bonn, and will use their Airbus 330 aircraft which has 310 seats.

Flights will run July 3 through to October 27, 2017.

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braemar-shooting.jpgPeter Champagnie, the lawyer for Andrew Woolery, the licensed firearm holder who shot a security guard during an altercation at Braemar Estate in St Andrew recently is angry about a "vicious rumour" being circulated about non-payment of maintenance fees by his client.

He vowed to aggressively pursue those who have been spreading the 'rumours' via social media.

"It has come to our attention that there are person or persons on social media who have been circulating a lie that Mr Woolery had owed maintenance (on his apartments) for years, and this is not true," said Champagnie.

"We intend to take action against these defamatory statements, because it has caused Mr Woolery a lot of discomfort as he is in real estate and this is a vicious rumour that is being communicated via social media, and people need to desist from doing so," the attorney added.

Meanwhile, Wollery was questioned by investigators from the Half-Way Tree Police Station on Monday about the hooting incident which went viral after it was captured on video.

The video footage shows Woolery engaged in a heated discussion with KingAlarm security officers about leaving the property, before being attacked from behind by a man in civilian clothing, who is said to be a security guard at the complex.

A struggle ensued between the two men, with other personnel entering the fray, and a shot was subsequently fired, hitting the supposed plainclothes security guard in the neck. The injured man was rushed to the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI), where he was admitted in a stable condition.

The King Alarm security officers who were present at the scene have since been pulled from duty.

The attorney is quoted as saying that his client generally in good spirits, with lacerations from being forcefully shoved to the ground having not been to a significant degree, but he has been "complaining of pains in the back and in the head".





An early morning dispute between two men over coal wood left one hospitalised in a serious condition after being attacked with a chainsaw.

The reported attacker, who allegedly struck in Logwood district in St Thomas on Tuesday,has been taken into custody by the police.

Reports are that shortly after 7:00 a.m., the men got into an argument over the wood, with one contending that the other had stolen from him.

Things took a violent turn, and one man allegedly used a chainsaw to cut the other in the belly.

The badly injured man was taken to hospital, while the alleged attacker was taken into police custody.

Up to late on Tuesday, while the police confirmed the incident, there was no clear indication of whether the injured man had survived the attack.





charged.jpgA 15 year old boy who was taken into custody in relation to the death of a teenage girl in Seaview Gardens, St. Andrew has been charged.

15 year old Olivia Gonzales, who was a student of Tarrant High School, was fatally shot on June 30.

Police had reported that Olivia was among a group of friends who were reportedly handling a firearm when it went off hitting her.

Head of the St Andrew South Police Division Superintendent Gary Francis says the boy was charged yesterday with manslaughter and illegal possession of a firearm.

Head of the St Andrew South Police Division Superintendent Gary Francis.

In addition Superintendent Francis says the other suspect remains in custody as investigations continue into the incident.





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Hookie Weekend scores big with attendees

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Washington, DC (Sonique Solutions) - The Hookie Life Entertainment team has once again unleashed another successful edition of its annual Hookie weekend in Washington DC.

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Patrons came from various US & Canadian cities and Caribbean islands for the pool party of all pool parties 'Hookie DC'.

With 5 major events over the span of 4 days, the 2018 installment created memorable moments for its patrons complete with the very best of West Indian entertainment.

After what can only be described as an epic reunion of Caribbean culture lovers in the form of the Thursday night event 'Release Therapy', attendees from various US & Canadian cities and Caribbean islands descended upon the RFK Stadium in downtown DC for the pool party of all pool parties 'Hookie DC', which took place on the Friday afternoon.

The organizers transformed the stadium into a true pool/beach setting with huge inflatable pools, water slides and even a special sandy area close to the stage front.

Adding to Hookie DC's mix were energetic sets by top international DJs and performances from local brass band 'Dem Bad' and Soca artistes Fadda Fox and Motto who kept the 'Party Lit'.

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Lion's Pride J'ouvert gave attendees the chance to let loose in paint and powder frenzy.

Lion's Pride J'ouvert gave attendees the chance to let loose in paint and powder frenzy.

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Packed house for the return of Shine DC on Hookie Saturday night.

This signature Saturday morning Hookie weekend J'ouvert event did not disappoint its fans and set the bar high with an abundance of amenities. This event was followed later that evening by the return of Shine DC which truly morphed Hookie Saturday from dutty to swanky.

costumes-galore-at-riddim-road.jpgCostumes galore at Riddim & Road.

Sunday afternoon's Riddim & Road was the final event on the Hookie Weekend calendar and offered multiple music trucks, drinks trucks, live drummers on the road and drink ambassadors with backpacks who served masqueraders with specialty rum punch. This gave participants a chance to get additional usage of their previous regional and international Carnival costumes and also gave several of them the opportunity to release their inner designer as seen by the variety of original costume creations and Monday wear upgrades.

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True Carnival culture on full display in the DMV at Hookie DC Weekend 2018.

Even the weekend's rainy/overcast weather could not stop these eager party-goers from leaving their inhibitions and hang ups at the door and leaving everything else on the floor.

One patron termed the exciting weekend of events as 'Socaholics Anonymous' and shared, "In this case nobody is trying to be cured of their addictions and instead of counsellors and sponsors we have the industry's biggest enablers in the DJs, artists and of course the awesome promoters."

Hookie Weekend 2018's sponsors included Courvoisier, Cruzan rum, Blu eCigs & Top Choice Transportation Services.

Up next on the Hookie Life Entertainment 2018 agenda is the all-inclusive affair 'Havana Nights' (Sept 22nd), 'Hookie Miami' (Oct 4th).

For additional information on Hookie Life's 2018 events please visit: www.hookielife.com OR www.facebook.com/hookielife OR www.instagram.com/hookielife

Packed house for the return of Shine DC on Hookie Saturday night.





Suzanne Couch has died

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Musician and singer Suzanne Couch died Tuesday morning in Mexico, while reportedly undergoing treatment. Couch was battling stage four breast cancer.

She recently performed at Hope In The Hills benefit concert at Strawberry Hill in St Andrew, where she and her band captivated the audience in a stirring performance, lasting almost two hours.

"This experience has been very emotional for me," she told journalists at the concert.

"I've been wanting to do this show for two years, we had some issues getting sponsorship. Even though there were challenges I knew that I had to keep pushing because I am sick. It's incurable and it's spreading; I'm in a lot of pain and I'm taking a lot of drugs right now. The next stage after this is treatment," Couch said then.

The concert featured her daughter Sarah, along with Billboard artiste Joss Stone and was staged in support of the Hope Institute of Jamaica





Court allows fresh evidence in Kartel's case

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vybz-kartel-photo-11-larger.jpgThe Court of Appeal Court has ruled that it will allow the attorneys for Vybz Kartel and his co-convicts to introduce fresh evidence in challenging their 2014 conviction for the 2011 murder of Clive 'Lizard' Williams.

The panel of Court of Appeal president Justice Dennis Morrison, Justice Patrick Brooks and Frank Williams, granted the application a short while ago.

Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, and Shawn Storm, whose given name is Shawn Campbell, and their co-convicts, Kahira Jones and Andre St John are seeking to have their convictions quashed.

They were convicted in 2014 for the murder of Clive "Lizard" Williams and given life sentences.

Kartel will be eligible for parole after serving 35 years while Campbell and Jones will have to serve 25 years each before being eligible for parole. St John will do 30 years before being considered for parole.

The convicts were granted leave to appeal their murder conviction after citing several reasons, including claims that they did not receive a fair trial and that justice was miscarried in their cases, as well as that the trial judge, Justice Lennox Campbell, had erred in admitting contaminated cellphone evidence and that there was more than reasonable doubt about the phone's integrity.





drake.jpgDrizzy's latest album Scorpion went platinum as soon as it was released, and now the album is the first to reach 1 billion streams across all platforms globally within a week. Drake's 25-track double album blew past Post Malone's Beerbongs & Bentleys global record, which was just under 700 million streams.

It's likely these numbers will propel Scorpion to the top of Billboard's 200 albums chart when the official numbers are released Sunday. Drake celebrated his historic achievement with an Instagram post thanking his fans "a billion times over."

In other Drake-related news, the Toronto rapper just dropped a new freestyle spitting subliminal bars at Kanye West.

Drizzy's latest album Scorpion went platinum as soon as it was released, and now the album is the first to reach 1 billion streams across all platforms globally within a week. Drake's 25-track double album blew past Post Malone's Beerbongs & Bentleys global record, which was just under 700 million streams.

It's likely these numbers will propel Scorpion to the top of Billboard's 200 albums chart when the official numbers are released Sunday. Drake celebrated his historic achievement with an Instagram post thanking his fans "a billion times over."

In other Drake-related news, the Toronto rapper just dropped a new freestyle spitting subliminal bars at Kanye West.





govana.jpgGovana dropped the visuals for his summer banger "One And Move" and Saturday into Sunday saw it trending at number one on Youtube.."

The highly entertaining music video, which is directed by RD Studios, is one of the most entertaining music videos out currently, boasting a solid concept and humour which is sure to earn the approval of fans.

The video features the deejay as a promiscuous husband whose cheating ways seems to have finally caught up to him when a bitter side girl turns up for a job as his wife's babysitter while they go out on a date.

Govana pulls off the theme of the track effortlessly, highlighting his creativity as an artist which has been brought to the forefront in the last few months following the release of several chart-topping hits.





Singer Paul Elliott is offering a ten thousand dollar reward for the return of his important documents.

The reggae singer explains that he went into a store in Montego Bay on Thursday where he made a purchase, and then accidentally walked out leaving his bag containing valuables.

Paul Elliott is today making an appeal to the public for the return of the documents.

Paul Elliott recently returned to the island following a promotional tour in the United States.





mr-vegas-photo-13.jpgMr Vegas went viral twice last week, and now there are bets as to what he will do next.

On Thursday, the veteran recording artiste who can't seem to decide whether he is gospel or secular, sent Dancehall fans into overdrive when he uploaded a video addressing his viral memes which started circulating after he filmed a controversial shooting drama which took place on Braemar Avenue in St Andrew..

Vegas, in typical Mr Vegas fashion, said that he was not upset about being trolled and commended the creativity of those who were trolling him. He said further that Jamaicans should use the creative images to help fight crime as they are very effective on social media.(What the HELL??!!!!! Use memes ti fight crime?!!)

Anyway, during the message Vegas put both feet in his mouth when he made a gigantic gaffe that resulted in ....you guessed it. EVEN MORE MEMES.

Vegas decided to pronounce the word "memes" as "meh-meh" and what a pre-keh it caused. Social media dragged the always-on-social-media deejay. . "Yo a one thing eno, black people talent eno," he said in the one-minute video. "Yo mi see some real creative meh-meh, addi baddest meh-meh dem."

Vegas was instantly turned into a laughing stock with several entertainers and comedians taking jabs at his meme pronunciation. The deejay later hit back with a telephone conversation with his alleged University graduate sister as they tried to convince Dancehall fans that memes should be pronounced as meh-meh.

Well, Vegas you had better put out the MEH-MEH song quick and fast before some other deejay beat you to it and turn you into a wussa laughingstock.





BRT Weekend comes to Pandora Internet Radio

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New York, NY- The largest Caribbean-party tour festival, Beach Road Trip (BRT) Weekend, has landed a station on music streaming powerhouse Pandora Internet Radio. The BRT Weekend station, will comprise of a playlist with the hottest reggae and soca artists, many of whom have or will be performing at a past or upcoming BRT weekend or who are signed to music label and BRT sponsor, VP Records.

BRT Weekend attracts thousands of party goers in various destinations with its4-day excursion that encompasses themed events and exciting Caribbean entertainment with all-inclusive food and drinks. Since its inception 7 years ago, thousands have flocked to BRT Weekend and it has evolved from an annual event in the Florida Keys to multiple locations within the US and islands in the Caribbean--making it the first Caribbean-party as a tour. To date, the tour has showcased entertainers such as Bunji Garlin, Popcaan, Charly Black, Ding Dong Ravers, Ultimate Rejects MX Prime, Konshens and Machel Montano. Locations includ the Florida Keys, West Palm, Dominican Republic, Atlantic City, Los Angles, Palm Springs, and just added, Turk and Caicos.

With 250 million listeners, Pandora uniquely strategizes on innovative ways to target specific audiences. The partnership between Pandora and BRT Weekend anticipates to have positive outcomes in Caribbean music streaming and the event production industries.

"BRT Weekend is the first Caribbean event station for Pandora and I am excited to witness the outcome from our new relationship with BRT Weekend..." shares Diego Herrera, Head of the Reggae/Caribbean Programming & Curation for Pandora.

The remaining 2018 BRT Weekends will take place July 13-15 in Atlantic City, September 14-16 in Los Angeles and November 3-5 in the Florida Keys.





fiction-night-club-photo-1.jpgThe promoters of the popular Sandz party series Supreme Team Limited will be taking their knowledge of successful event promotion and execution to their new spot, Fiction Night Club at the Marketplace in Kingston Jamaica. The team confirmed that it was always their goal to have their own space to leverage the passion they have for developing experiences into a restaurant or bar space and they thought that taking over management of Fiction was a great opportunity.

"When the opportunity presented itself we really could not hesitate. This will allow us to maintain constant interaction with our customers. Since David "Squeeze" Annakie already did a phenomenal job with the decor of the venue, there will be a heavy focus on the customer experience, service from all levels along with a new business model for the location," Andrew Ellis, Director of Supreme Team Limited explained.

fiction-annakie.jpgCEO of the Fiction Nightclub, David Annakie, is very pleased to be handing over the management of the space to the Supreme Team. He believes the young men are visionaries, driven and have the passion to take the club and lounge arena to the next level not only in Jamaica.

This new management will mean major changes to how the space functions. There will be a transition from the traditional nightclub concept to a more modern lounge operation.

The location is now preparing for the new unveiling of THE LIVING ROOM this month, transforming a part of the space into a restaurant floor plan with adequate seating arrangements for both small and large groups. The Living Room will be suitable for events, launches, birthdays and other occasions.

The Supreme Team Limited over the last few years, with successful stagings of Sandz and their other affiliated events including; Triple Thursdays, The Estate, Ova Suh, Backyaad BBQ and Funch, have really developed an understanding of what the customers want to see in an entertainment space. They believe that putting these elements into a fixed space will make The Living Room the ultimate spot.

Patrons can expect to see a lot of surprises with the official launch of The Living Room this Summer.





mavado-and-son.jpgThe 16-year-old son of dancehall star, Mavado, who is charged with murder, conspiracy to murder and arson, will be spending the rest of this month at the Metcalfe Street Juvenile Remand Centre. even as his legal team seeks to secure bail for him.

Bert Samuels is quoted as saying that the bail application will continue on July 31. He stated that no ruling has yet been made by the judge.

Samuels started the bail application last month, and argued that his client was a fit candidate for bail, urging the court to release him on bond.

He said he remains confident that bail will eventually be granted.

"The young man is not being housed with adult prisoners, he is being held at Metcalfe (Street), so he is safe," said Samuels.

Mavado's son and 23-year-old Andre Hines were charged over a month ago with the murder of Lorenzo Thomas in Cassava Piece, St Andrew.

Prosecutors have alleged that on June 5, men armed with guns, machetes and gasoline invaded Thomas' home in the community, where he was shot and virtually beheaded before his body was set ablaze.

The police said the teen and Hines were part of the group of invaders.





ganja-seized.jpgThe Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) in collaboration with the United States (US) Coast Guard reportedly interdicted a boat smuggling over 2,000 pounds of ganja in Key West, Florida.

The drugs, worth about US$2 million wholesale, were interdicted on Friday as part of the US Coast Guard's Operation Full Court Press.

"In conjunction with DHS [Department of Homeland Security] partners and the partner nation of Jamaica, we were able to swiftly interdict the 2,116 pounds of marijuana," said Cmdr. JosΓ© DΓ­az, commanding officer of the US Coast Guard's Thetis.

"This effort represents an ongoing regional maritime security effort in concert with our international partners to combat transnational criminal networks and promote stability across the Caribbean region by disrupting organized crime illegal activities," he added.

During the patrol, DΓ­az said Thetis crewmembers also worked with the US Coast Guard Cutter Heriberto Hernandez crew and the Puerto Rico Joint Forces of Rapid Action to rescue and repatriate 29 Dominican Republic migrants.





police-shooting.jpgTwo men who allegedly engaged a police team in a shootout in St James on Saturday afternoon were shot and killed by the lawmen. One has been identified as Shacardo Malcolm of Five Miles, Irwin in St James.

Reports are that about 1:45 p.m., a team of police officers was on patrol in the Irwin Heights area of the parish that is under a state of emergency, when they were shot at by men who then ran off.

The police gave chase and during an ensuing gun battle, the two men were shot.

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

The police reported recovering a handgun from the scene.

The Independent Commission of Investigation (INDECOM) has commenced an investigation into the incident.





mavado-son-yardflex.jpgPerhaps in an effort to silence the trolls who have been criticising Mavado for abandoning his 16-year-old son who is in police custody charged with murder, even as Mavado refuses to return to Jamaica and hand himself in to the police, the deejay is sending out a message to his boy.

On Tuesday night he uploaded a photo with his son. to Instagram with the caption: "Love you son."

Last month, Mavado's son was charged with the murder of 23-year-old Lorenzo Thomas.

Thomas was reportedly killed on June 5 after a group of men reportedly kicked in his door and shot, chopped and light his body on fire. Police say Thomas was partially beheaded during the attack, an act which they theorize was a direct order from Mavado's son.

Meanwhile, the 'Gully Gad', who is currently in the United States where he is a permanent resident, has yet to return to the island despite several warnings from law enforcement officials to turn himself in for questioning.





A Jamaica woman is today happy that she met a popular pastor who has reportedly helped her to overcome her case of major demon possession, right into her very vagina.

In an exclusive interview with Yardflex, the woman, named Antoinette (not her real name), expressed her relief that she finally found the problem solver man, who she says pulled a long metal pipe the length of her elbow to her wrist, all the way out of her vagina.

Antoinette told Yardflex that the celebrity preacher also extracted numerous needles out of her during the intense session.

"I have two more sessions with him before me fully cure," Antoinette explained, adding that there is a small monetary cost for each time she visits the demon slayer.

As to exactly why the nefarious creatures have found a home in Antoinette's nether region is hard to say, however, she is hailing the preacher's skill at extracting the unwanted visitors.





crime-scene-tape-gloves.jpgThe brutal murder of an elderly returning resident and his British wife captured the world media and shone the spotlight in an unfavourable way on Jamaica. Now, the police have charged a man for stealing money from the accounts of the elderly Portland couple who were killed last month.

Saqeino Farr, 24, was charged yesterday with seven counts of obtaining goods by means of false pretence and conspiracy to defraud.

The police say Farr, whose mother worked as a domestic helper for the victims 74-year-old Alford Anderson, and his wife Florence, 71, allegedly stole more than $8 million from their credit card accounts and used the money to buy items.

Far is to appear in the Portland Parish Court next Tuesday.

The partially burnt bodies of elderly British couple were found at their home in Mount Pleasant on Friday, June 22.

The police theorised that they were killed to thwart the investigation into the fraud.

The murder investigation is ongoing.





Reports are that recently resigned chairman of Petrojam Dr Perceval Bahado-Singh was paid more than US$75,000 by the state agency as reimbursement for airline tickets he said he purchased, including at least one dated after the event he was scheduled to attend.

Details of the payments were made during a sitting of Parliament's Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) as the operations of Petrojam remained under the microscope.

Telroy Morgan, the acting General Manager for Refinery Optimization and Business Support at Petrojam, faced the PAAC instead of its General Manager Floyd Grindley who told the committee he had emergency family business overseas and could not attend.

Morgan told the meeting that Bahado-Singh, who does not live in Jamaica, was reimbursed nearly $10 million for 26 overseas trips between December 23, 2016 and May 10, 2018.

He was also reimbursed for trips he did not attend.

The money for at least two of these trips has since been repaid to Petrojam.

Morgan said Bahado-Singh was reimbursed for a London and Brazil trips totalling more than US$17,000 which he later returned to PetroJam.

The PAAC was told that Grindley gave written instructions for all matters involving the former chairman, including payments and reimbursements, many with only airline itinerary and no meeting itinerary.

Bahado-Singh's direct purchasing of tickets did not receive the prior approval of the permanent secretary and was in breach of the company's procedure.

"For the chairman, based on our review of the facts and data, those didn't follow the regular protocol in terms of getting the PS's approval, because based on the schedules that we have provided and upon examining the facts, the chairman took it upon himself to make those purchases directly in terms of his airline tickets," said the acting chief financial officer, Carlene Evans.









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Lawyers urge court to release Mavado's son

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mavado-and-son.jpgLawyers representing dancehall entertainer Mavado's 16-year-old son, who is facing a charge of murder, on Tuesday urged a parish judge to release him on bond.

During the bail hearing before the St. Andrew Parish Court, defence attorney Bert Samuels argued that the teenager is a fit candidate for bail, adding that the evidence against him is weak.

Prosecutors have strongly opposed bail, stating that the eyewitness knew the accused.

The bail hearing will continue on July 31. The teenager and 23 year old Andre Hines were charged three weeks ago with the murder of Lorenzo Thomas, in Cassava Piece, St. Andrew.

Prosecutors reported that on June 5, men armed with guns, machetes and gasoline, invaded Mr. Thomas's home.

He was shot, beheaded and his body set ablaze.

The police say Mavado's son and Mr. Hines were a part of the group.





simon-croskill.jpgReports are that veteran broadcaster Simon Crosskill is in urgent need of blood.

According to a post on Sportsmax's social media page, Crosskill will be undergoing surgery, his fourth in four months.

Persons who want to donate blood can do so by visiting the UWI Blood Bank or any blood bank island wide and give blood under the name Simon Crosskill.





braemar-shooting.jpgPolice are probing the shooting of a man, believed to be a security guard, by a licensed firearm holder on the compound of an apartment complex in New Kingston on Monday at about 6pm on the Braemar Avenue compound. The scenario was caught on video camera by Dancehall artiste, Mr Vegas, who uploaded it to social media.

Detectives from the Half Way Tree Police Station say they are now collecting statements and are looking at video footage from a number of cameras that captured the incident.

Meanwhile, attorney-at-law Christopher Townsend, who is representing the licensed firearm holder who was involved in an altercation with security guards at an apartment complex on Braemar Avenue in St. Andrew, says his client is not contemplating legal action at this time. This is in relation to two cases of assault against his client which are under investigation by the police.

The licensed firearm holder gave a statement to the St. Andrew Central Police Wednesday in relation to him allegedly being assaulted by security guards of the apartment complex as well as King Alarm guards.

Mr. Townsend has declined to comment on what led to the incident until he receives instructions from his client.

The police have reported that the businessman's firearm was seized for ballistics testing after he shot one of the guards during the altercation.

In a statement Tuesday, King Alarm said its guards who were involved in the altercation have been pulled from duty pending the outcome of an investigation.





Social media tax takes effect in Uganda

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KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- A new tax on social media has taken effect in Uganda, angering many who see the revenue measure as an attack on free speech.

The tax on users of sites such as Facebook was first proposed by long-time leader Yoweri Museveni, who complained of online gossip in a March letter that urged the finance minister to raise money "to cope with the consequences".

In addition to the usual data fees, social media users now must pay upfront a daily levy of 200 shillings or US$0.05 to access all social media websites.

Service providers, including regional telecommunications giant MTN, said in a joint statement Sunday that starting July 1 the levy would be charged on "Over The Top services," including access to websites such as Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn. The tax will be deducted by service providers that will then pay to the government revenue service.

Many Ugandans are "bitter" because the tax "was brought in bad faith," said Ladislaus Rwakafuuzi, a prominent human rights lawyer.

"The reasons for it were anti-people, were anti-social, not development-oriented," he said Monday.





mr-vegas-photo-13.jpgWas Mr Vegas in the right place at the right time?

Well, the artiste filmed and has since posted online a f shooting incident at his complex this morning.

The video has since gone viral and sparked widespread outcry across Jamaica as citizens appeal for an end to gun violence. The clip below shows a portion of the video where two men got into a fight, and one of them pulled his license firearm and shot the other. Mr. Vegas could be heard in the background telling two of the men involved in the fight to cool it down.

There were also a number of armed security guards on the scene, and clearly they could've done more to de-escalate the situation before someone got shot. It's unclear if the man that got shot died, however, you can see him walking around holding his neck just moments after he got shot.

Mr. Vegas Films Man Getting Shot At His Place





police-shooting.jpgAngry residents of Standpipe off Old Hope Road in St. Andrew on Tuesday morning took to the streets again to protest against the fatal shooting of 26-year-old resident, Shae Williams, otherwise called 'Rufus'.

Williams was shot by police Monday night, after which residents mounted a fiery roadblock across from the United States Embassy. They remounted the roadblock at the same location shortly before 7 o'clock Tuesday morning disrupting traffic. This time they used their bodies and an old bus as the barriers.

The residents claim that Mr. Williams had just driven up on a motorcycle when he was confronted by a police team.

They say he was shot despite denying that he had a gun. Mr. Williams' mother, who claimed that one of the cops admitted that her son was killed in error. She said the police also did not give him assistance after he had been shot.

Meanwhile the Jamaica Constabulary Force Corporate Communications Unit is reporting that at about 8:30 Monday night, the police had a confrontation with two men on a motorcycle, one of whom reportedly pulled a firearm and was fatally shot by the police. A firearm was reportedly found at the scene.

The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) and the Bureau of Special Investigations (BSI) are probing the incident.





Reports are that there findings contained in an internal audit of the State-owned oil refinery Petrojam indicate that were losses of over $4-billion between April 2015 and October 2017.

The audit, which was conducted by Petrojam's minority owner, Petroleos de Venezuela, PDVSA, finds that Petrojam did not meet its operational targets over the two and a half year period.

And, although Petrojam did turn a profit over the period, the report notes that was only because oil prices were in the company's favour, and other external conditions turned out to be beneficial.

The audit uncovers major inefficiencies at the refinery, caused by outdated technology and worn out facilities. These led to opportunity losses of nearly USD$23-million.

Invoicing errors also led to another 6-million US dollars in losses, while physical losses of product, due to things like evaporation, cost the company USD$2-million more than estimated. That's a total loss of over USD$31-million or JMD$4-billion.

The audit finds that unaccounted oil losses have been increasing in the last two years. This has surpassed the maximum allowed objective for both fiscal years 2015/16 and 2016/17. This was caused by planned and unplanned shutdowns in the different process units, measurement errors, and high rates of sedimentation, among other things.





crime-scene-gun.jpgTwo persons are in custody in relation to the fatal shooting of a 15 year-old girl in Seaview Gardens, St. Andrew on Saturday.

One of the suspects is under 18 years old.

It was reported that Olivia Gonzales, a student of Tarrant High School, was among a group of persons playing with an illegal gun when she was shot.

The firearm used in the incident has not been recovered.

Superintendent Gary Francis, head of the St. Andrew South Police, told RJR News that residents have been cooperating with investigators.

Superintendent Francis said the police are confident that charges will be laid soon following a review of the case.





Government agency Aeronautical Telecommunications Limited (AEROTEL) has accumulated a phone bill of almost $2 million and is unlikely to recover the amount. The company reportedly racked up a bill of $1.9 million over 23 months.

The issue was raised at Tuesday morning's sitting of Parliament's Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

Howard Armstrong, General Manager of AEROTEL, explained that the Closed User Group (CUG) phone was not returned to the company after a former chairman, Maurice Henry, left the job at the start of 2012.

He admitted that the phone was not disconnected until 23 months later when roaming bills were generated from as far as the Phillipines. Mr Armstrong said the matter was taken through civil court to recover the funds but the former chairman has been reported as destitute.

PAC member Morais Guy, who said he was disappointed that the matter took 23 months to come to light, called for someone at Areotel to be penalised for the "gross oversight".





fire.jpgResidents of Windsor Avenue in May Pen, Clarendon are on edge after gunmen went on the rampage early Monday morning, firing shots and setting fire to five houses.

The incident happened about 2 a.m.

One woman, who declined to give her name, recounted having to escape the fire with her two year-old baby clutching on her waist.

She, along with other residents, said they examined the rubble afterwards hoping they could salvage some items but everything was destroyed.

Residents reportedly found 40 spent shells in the aftermath.

Superintendent Vendolyn Cameron Powell, head of the Clarendon Police, has said her team is investigating the incident.





Some cannabis advocates claim early Christians, including Jesus himself, put cannabis in annointing oils used to heal the sick and elderly. The Hebrew version of the holy oil recipe in Exodus includes kaneh-bosem, a mysterious herb that some suggest was a cannabis extract.

This extract, which was absorbed into the skin, could have helped cure people with physical and mental illnesses long before the first mass-produced medicines.

Historians and other experts strongly dispute the claims Jesus and his apostles used marijuana.

Lytton John Musselman, a Professor of Botany at Old Dominion University, said evidence claiming marijuana was part of the holy anointing oil is 'so weak I would not pursue it.'

He told Vice that keneh-bosum more likely refers to calamus than any psychoactive substances.

'Calamus is a very important component of Ayurvedic medicine and has been shown to have efficacy,' he said.

'For example, in Sri Lanka it is available in any herbal remedy shop and also universally grown in home gardens.

'The North American species was and is so important to Native Americans in the Northeast that land with natural populations is highly sought after.'





Jesus and his apostles may have used cannabis oil to perform healing 'miracles', according to a controversial historian.

Author David Bienenstock claims cannabis was widely available across the Middle East 2,000 years ago and people of the time used it to treat the sick and infirm.

Holy anointing oils used in the early days of the Christian church contained kaneh-bosem, an ingredient Bienenstock suggests was a cannabis extract.

This extract, which was absorbed into the skin, could have helped cure people with physical and mental illnesses long before the first mass-produced medicines.

Many historians dispute the contentious claims, arguing that evidence kaneh-bosem was a cannabis extract is so weak it is not worth pursuing.

Bienenstock, author of a number of books encouraging the use of marijuana, says healing practices based around cannabis oil were common 2,000 years ago.

Speaking to the Daily Star, he said: 'Historical records show that cannabis was widely available at the time - they would've known how to grow it and exploit its medicinal properties.

'There is nothing different in the efficacious cannabis oil used today that wouldn't have been available to people in Jesus' time - it's simply a matter of concentrating the cannabis into the oil and absorbing it through the skin.'

Anointing oils were regularly used by the Christian church of the time to treat the sick and elderly by rubbing them directly onto the skin.

A number of people believe an ingredient used in some of these oils may have had psychoactive properties and could have featured a cannabis extract.

The Hebrew version of the holy oil recipe in Exodus contained almost 3 kilos (6lb) of an as-yet unidentified herb referred to as keneh-bosum.

Most historians think the herb refers to calamus - a root extrac also known as 'Sweet Flag' that has been used for its medicinal properties for thousands of years.

Some argue that keneh-bosum, which was extracted into about six quarts of olive oil along with a variety of other fragrant herbs, was cannabis or a cannabis extract.

Cannabis researcher Chris Bennett wrote in an article in the US drugs magazine High Times: 'The Ancient anointed ones were literally drenched in this potent mixture.

'The medical use of cannabis during that time is supported by archaeological records.'

Bienenstock added that anyone healed by cannabis-lined oils would have see the practice as a 'miracle'.

'Someone of the religious mindset from that time, not understanding the scientific underpinning of how or why it works, would be likely to view that as a miracle.'

Bienenstock even claimed Jesus himself would have taken cannabis

However, as one person points out: "If cannabis oil can restore sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf, cure leprosy/eczema/psoriasis etc, heal disabled limbs, raise the dead to complete health, reattach severed appendages (without surgery), why hasn't it been introduced before to the NHS? Perhaps because Jesus didn't use our need it!"





Did Mavado's son order beheading of victim?

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mavado-son-yardflex.jpgThe murder case involving Mavado's 16-year-old son has seemingly taken another twist.

According to reports, police have indicated that they have a key eyewitness willing to testify that Mavado's 16-year-old son was the one who ordered the killing of 23-year-old Lorenza Thomas.

The entertainer's son and another man, 23-year-old Andre Hinds have been charged in relation to Thomas' death.

Thomas was killed on June 5 after a group of men reportedly kicked in his door and shot, chopped and light his body on fire. Police say Thomas was partially beheaded during the attack, an act which they theorize was a direct order from Mavado's son.

According to reports, detectives have obtained a text message from the Dancehall entertainer son's phone instructing his co-accused to behead Thomas "Memba di boss want him head."

Cops are also probing if there is any connections to a second murder which took place outside of the Constant Spring market just hours after Mavado was shot at.

Mavado is currently in the United States where he is a resident and has indicated through his attorney, Tamika Harris, that he will return to Jamaica to meet with police following his contractual agreements.





marcia-griffiths-photos-5.jpgMarcia Griffiths is livid that her 'pure,happy song', Electric Slide said to be about a sex toy

An article online suggests that the song, Electric Slide is about a vibrator, not a dance craze. Reports are that the 71 year old original songwriter, Neville Livingston, aka Bunny Wailer told the source in an interview, "I'm surprised it took people this long to figure out!"

The story says that Bunny Wailer was inspired to write the tune after his then-girlfriend informed him that she "didn't need him" because she had a personal device nicknamed the "electric slide."

Of course, the Internet ran with the story and soon it got back to Sister Marcia, who was livid and put out a statement in which she declared that she was angry that people would cheapen her "pure and happy" song in that manner.

The singer/writer states the song she wrote in less than 24 hours to the beat of a small music box is about "positive vibrations, not vibrators." .

The 1982 jam formally called "Electric Boogie" eventually climbed to the No. 51 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1990.

It's electric!" singer Marcia Griffith shouts. "You can't see it. You gotta feel it. Oh, it's shakin.'"

"Are you comin' with me?" another verse asks. "Come let me take you on a party ride. And I'll teach you, teach you, teach you, I'll teach you the electric slide."

Meanwhile, Bunny Wailer himself allegedly shot down the report in a statement made directly to music publication EDM.

"At no time have I ever lent credence to a rumor that the song was inspired by anything other than Eddie Grant's 'Electric Avenue,'" he said. "To state otherwise is a falsehood and offends my legacy, the legacy of the singer Marcia Griffiths, and tarnishes the reputation of a song beloved by millions of fans the world over."

Marcia Griffiths - Electric Boogie (The Electric Slide) (Promo) (HQ)





Wayne Marshall cuts off his locks

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wayne-marshall-photo-1.jpgWayne Marshall seems to be going through a transformation - both physical and otherwise. The singer surprised his fans last week Friday when he shaved his dreadlocks and is now sporting a low cut hairstyle.

The former Alliance member who is the husband of Tami Chynn debuted his brand new look on social media with an Insta post which said: "Transform... verb 1. make a marked change in the form, nature, or appearance of,"

Soon after he uploaded photos showing his new look with the word:"Unlocked!!!,"

Meanwhile, Marshall is currently promoting his gospel single 'Glory To God' which has racked up over 500,000 hits during the last two months.





beenie-and-d-angel-happier-times.jpgThe ex wife of Beenie Man is at it again and while some still insist that they like her style others say it is just cringeworthy.

So D'Angel, who is still a deejay, has once again gone viral on social media....for the wrong reason.

On Saturday, the self-proclaimed 'First Lady of Dancehall' uploaded a steamy photo of herself dressed in underwear to her Instagram account with the caption: "This Is How The First Lady Takes Selfie While Waiting For Your Baby Father πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ˜‚".

The 'Stronger' singer, who was romantically involved with Bounty Killer before she wed Beenie, his arch rival, instantly got the attention of several Dancehall/Reggae fans on social media who chimed in on her post.

"D'Angel you really need fi move one and leave Beenie Man alone the man and him woman well happy and yuh miserable," one user wrote. "Lol him na come back suh yuh stay deh," another wrote.

"Childish, petty and f**king bitter... these grown ass bitter bettys," another user added.

In previous interviews, D'Angel has said that she is focused on her brand -- herself. So is this her branding tactics to get noticed?





Pregnant woman killed in Portland

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA pregnant woman is dead as a result of a vicious incident in which five persons were shot by gunmen in Portland early on Sunday.

The deceased has been identified as Kimberley Baugh, 24, a resident of Orange Bay in the parish.

Reports are that approximately 2:45 a.m., a group of persons was at a premises in Orange Bay cleaning up after a party at the location, when two men with guns went to the premises and opened fire indiscriminately at the group of persons, hitting some of their targets.

Those injured were taken to hospital, where Baugh was pronounced dead.

The other victims have been admitted in hospital

The police said they have apprehended a suspect - a relative of the victims of the shooting - in connection with the attack.





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The British Government's plan to deport a former nurse whose Windrush Generation father served in the Royal Air Force is being cited by politicians and campaigners in the UK demanding an immediate end to what they described as the government's cruel and inhumane hostile environment policy.

Sharon Vitalis has been threatened with ejection from the UK, which would separate her from her two British-born children - one of whom is just 12 years old- despite living in the country for most of her life.

According to Britain's Independent newspaper, the 45-year-old woman, who worked for the National Health Service for more than 15 years, was born in Germany while her father was deployed to the country during service with the RAF. Her family moved back to the UK months after her birth.

Unlike her UK born siblings, who have never faced problems with their status, she has been told she is not British on the ground that she was not born within the nation's boundaries.

Ms Vitalis lived in the UK until the age of six, when she moved to the Caribbean with her mother and siblings to go to school.

She returned when she was in her early 20s and began working as a nurse.

She faced no problem for 17 years, during which she gave birth to a daughter in 1999 and a son in 2005.

Her partner later moved to the US after the couple split.

In 2013, when Ms Vitalis went to collect her 15-year-old daughter from Gatwick Airport after living with her father, she was stopped by immigration officials and taken to a detention centre.

Ms Vitalis was later reunited with her daughter, but she was issued with deportation proceedings and therefore was dismissed from her National Health Service job.

She is currently waiting for an appeal decision in October and is unable to work or claim benefits in the meantime.

The case has emerged amid mounting criticism over the Home Office's hostile environment following the Windrush scandal, which exposed that thousands of Commonwealth citizens had been wrongly targeted by immigration officials, with some detained and deported, costing then Home Secretary Amber Rudd her job.





hands-behind-bars.jpgA Bahamian fugitive, who is wanted on drug charges, has been nabbed in Clarendon.

According to information from the police, 43 year-old Prescott Roxbury, who is from Nassau, was detained along with a woman during an anti-narcotics operation in Commissary, Frankfield about 9 o'clock Saturday night.

Roxbury and the woman, who has been identified as 53 year-old Elaine Edwards of Morant Bay, St. Thomas, were found at a two-bedroom house.

A bag containing 14.5 pounds of ganja, valued at $60,000, was allegedly found in their possession.

They were both charged with possession of and dealing in ganja.

Roxbury and Edwards are scheduled to appear before the Clarendon Parish Court on Thursday.

In September 2015, the Royal Bahamas Police Force listed Roxbury and two other Bahamians as wanted for possession of dangerous drugs with intent to supply.





No re-trial for Shawn Storm, urges attorney

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shawn-storm-photo-2.jpgThe attorney for imprisoned dancehall artiste Shawn Storm has urged the Court of Appeal not to order a retrial arguing that the case is rife with multiple deficiencies.

"These defects are incurable, I submit," said Bert Samuels as he concluded his legal arguments before the court this morning.

"And any attempt to cure them for retrial purposes would be to give the prosecution a second bite at an infected cherry," Samuels continued.

Added Samuels: "A second chance to make good on the evidence deficiency in the case."





Tropical Bliss, formerly Tropical Beach in Montego Bay, St James played host on Sunday to Sumfest "Colour-Fest" Beach party, the big event which mark the started of the 26th staging of Reggae Sumfest.

Hundreds of fun-loving party-goers descended on the venue for what was dubbed the . The high-energy event was hosted by the "Curvy Diva" Yanique Barrett and Noah Power and featured DJs Team Shella, Jigga and Crazy Neil.

The new spacious venue provided the room for patrons to have what was a true beach party, with title sponsors Red Stripe providing the necessary "liquid spirits" to complement the high energy music and vibes which was provided by the DJs and the hosts.

The music took patrons from ska to reggae, hip-hop, dancehall into lover's rock and even alternative as the DJs kept the vibes going and ensured that all patrons got their money's worth.

The throng of patrons at the party also included Downsound Entertainment (DSE) Chairman and CEO, Joe Bogdanovich and DSE's Deputy Chair, Robert Russell. Both expressed delight at the vibes and energy which the event brought.

According to Bogdanovich, "this is real entertainment and we are very happy that we were able to provide this level of clean entertainment to our patrons. This is a great start to the 26th staging of Reggae Sumfest - 'Our Music, Our Festival'."

Bogdanovich is expecting that the supporting events leading into the two major nights of the festival will also be well supported.

He said, "we have crafted a wonderful slate of activities for Sumfest 2018 and starting with this Beach party, we are confident that we will receive support from our valued patrons. This year we are catering to everyone - those who have paved the way for this event over the last 25 years as well as those who see music and the entertainment industry as a business. We are looking forward to the two major nights and with the cream of the crop set to perform, this will be a wonderful Sumfest."





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vybz-kartel-photo-10.jpgThe metadata for one of the damning text messages which prosecutors used to convict top entertainers Vybz Kartel and Shawn Storm of murder was created six weeks before the victim's death, the Appeal Court was informed on Monday.

Bianca Samuels, one of the attorneys for Shawn Storm, was referring to the text message reportedly found on one of the mobile phones taken from Kartel in which it was said that Clive 'Lizard' Williams "chop up fine, fine."

Samuels was making her submissions in the appeal filed by the two entertainers against their conviction and prison sentence.

She said evidence presented during their 17-week murder trial that ended in April 2014 showed that the metadata was created on July 6, 2011, six weeks before prosecutors claim Williams was killed.

Samuels noted, too, that there was evidence that the mobile phones taken from Kartel were used while the instruments were in the custody of the police.

"This one has left me puzzled," said Samuels, who along with Isat Buchanan and Daynia Allen, represent Shawn Storm.

The panel of three judges hearing the appeal appeared surprised by the assertion.

"Our silence was sharing in your puzzlement," said president of the Court of Appeal Justice Dennis Morrison, who along with justices Patrick Brooks and Frank Williams, are hearing the case.

Samuels said this raises "more than a reasonable doubt" about the integrity of the evidence, which should not have been put to the jury.





Jamaica recorded its best ever medal tally at the IAAF World Under-20 Championships, with Kai Chang's discus gold and the bronze won in the women's 4x400m relay, closing the Jamaicans' campaign on 12 medals.

The country picked up its fourth gold this morning in Tampere, Finland when Calabar High school's Kai Chang won the Men's Discus event with a personal best, 62.36 metres.

Chang used his second attempt to record his winning throw, as Yauheni Bahutski of Belarus had to settle for the silver medal, with a 61.75 metres effort. The bronze medal went to Claudio Romero of Chile, who had a mark of 60.81 metres.

In the women's 4x400m relay, the Jamaican team of Janielle Josephs, Stacey-Ann Williams, Shiann Salmon and Calisha Taylor, clocked 3:31.90, to finish third behind the United States, 3:28.74 and Australia, 3:31.36.

These results pushed the country to 12 medals, which betters the 11 won in 2002, when the Championship was held in Kingston.

It also means the Jamaicans (4 gold, 5 silver, 3 bronze) ended the championship in second place behind Kenya (6 gold, 4 silver, 1 bronze), which is the only country which won more gold medals than Jamaica.

The United States, which finished third in the medal standings with 17 medals (3 gold, 8 silver, 7 bronze), is the only country that earned more medals than the Jamaicans.





The Firearms Licensing Authority (FLA) has embarked on an island-wide drive to clamp down on licensed firearm holders who are said to be using their weapons to carry out a number of illegal activities.

So far, the FLA drive has reportedly had some startling findings.

Among those, FLA authorities said, was a case in which they were able to nab a license firearm holder who was providing security services for a notorious gang leader in Spanish Town, St Catherine.

The gun holder was reportedly serving as a bodyguard for one of the warlords in the once crime-ridden old capital, which for quite some time now, has been the centre of extreme gang activities nationally, including racking up a huge murder tally.

Speaking at an FLA press conference at the Terra Nova Hotel in St Andrew on Friday of last week, Shane Dalling, the authority's Chief Executive Officer, said the licence of the firearm holder in question has been revoked since the alleged nefarious service was discovered.

Dalling said the firearm holder was among over 100 persons whose firearms licences have been revoked since the start of this year.





crime-scene-tape-gloves.jpgPolice have reported that an 18-year-old woman died this morning following injuries she sustained in a motor vehicle accident on the Gully Road in Oracabessa, St Mary.

Dead is Abigail Angus, a student at the University of the West Indies, Mona.

Reports from the Oracabessa Police are that about 4:20 am, Angus was a passenger in a grey Toyota Fortuner motor truck when the driver allegedly lost control of the vehicle which collided with a tree. Angus died while undergoing treatment at hospital.

The Oracabessa Police are investigating.





crime-scene-tape-gloves.jpgA pedal cyclist is dead and eight persons including a 2-year-old child were injured following a three-vehicle crash along Allan Avenue in Port Antonio, Portland, Saturday night..

According to a preliminary report from the police, a grey Toyota Wish motor car with three people aboard was travelling towards Port Antonio when it crashed into a taxi going in the opposite direction.

The police say the taxi was about to make a right turn unto Smatt Road when it was hit by the Toyota, which swerved into the path of a pedal cyclist, who was hit and thrown unto a concrete-paved walkway, before slamming into a grey motor car - flipping over several times before stopping on its top.

The pedal cyclist was pronounced dead on the scene by a doctor.

The three occupants of the Toyota including a six-year-old child and the driver were rushed to hospital. The four passengers who were traveling in the taxi were also taken to hospital.

The Portland police are investigating.





Young act grateful for Sumfest small stage

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The Reggae Sumfest small stage has introduced a few of the fiercest names in reggae and dancehall to a wide music-loving audience and has even acted as the platform to 'buss big'. The list includes reggae entertainers Warrior King, Bushman and Shenseea, who have graduated to the main stage following their appearances on the small stage.

Its reputation for promoting talents is highly revered among the fraternity of emerging artistes despite the early placements and short performance time it offers.

According to emerging artist D'Yani, who is performing on Reggae Sumfest Reggae Night (night two), an opportunity, no matter how small is at the end of the day, a good opportunity.

"The platform is there to explore. As a young artiste, you must use, every minute to deliver a good solid set that will leave a lasting impact," he told The Gleaner in a recent interview..

The Sad Story singer was recognised by the Reggae Sumfest team while performing on the Fame 95FM Road Party.

"The eight to 10 minutes up-and-coming artistes like myself have will still be a part of the broadcast to an international audience," he said. "I honestly did not envision being on the stage when I attended in 2016 to see Barrington Levy on the stage."

Dancehall singjay Kim Nain shared the same sentiment. "It is the beginning for another part of the musical journeys young artistes are taking," she said.

Meanwhile, Imeru Tafari, 24-year-old son of Queen Ifrica and fast-rising reggae artiste, sees the stage show like any other event where he is given time to perform.

"It could be a Reggae Sumfest, Rebel Salute or smaller event - to me, it is about showing not only my talent, but most importantly, sharing the message of positivity and righteousness. For all the shows, it is the same," he said.

Imeru Tafari is cognisant that he will only receive five minutes to perform his set but nonchalantly answered, "It's not a big problem. Two song can still deliver in that time." He says his true satisfaction comes from being able to share the lyrics.

"The Reggae Sumfest stage is definitely one that will expose me to bigger platforms being an international show, and I am hoping it brings me across the world," he added.

"It is my second time performing. The first time, my mother called me on stage to perform with her. There I got the chance to sing Damian 'Jr Gong' Marley's verse from their collaboration, Trueversation," he recalled.

Other young reggae performers include Abatau (son of Tony Rebel), Naomi Cowan, and Stushie, and among the emerging dancehall acts Rygin King and Vanzo.





popcaan-bursts-rifle-and-pistol-at-shooting-range.jpgPopcaan's management has responded to the controversy surrounding a video showing the Dancehall star animatedly shooting two guns at a range.

The video has gone viral.

In a statement, Popcaan's management team said they wanted to assure fans that the "gun-shooting exercise took place in a supervised and safe setting, an official shooting range, a specialized facility designed for firearms qualifications, training, or practice".

According to the deejay's handlers, he was at the Lower Trent Valley Fish and Game Club, in Ontario, Canada where the enertainer had been on tour at the time.

Also in the release was a letter, signed by Nicholas Carino, a licensed firearm holder in Ontario, attesting to the fact that it was a supervised exercise.

The video, which emerged Wednesday and has been rapidly circulating online, caught the attention of law enforcement officers and has set off intense debates on entertainment message boards over Popcaan's responsibility as a role model.

While some argue that the artiste should be allowed to "have fun" without scrutiny, others berated the entertainer for appearing to glamourise firearms in a society plagued by gun violence.

Popcaan will be releasing his latest album, 'Forever' later this month.





gregory-isaacs.jpgThe 68th anniversary of the birth of one of Jamaica's most beloved entertainers - Gregory Isaacs, the Cool Ruler is Sunday, July 15, 2018.

As a singer of love songs, it is widely accepted that nobody in reggae music sings a love song quite like him. His unique style - cool, hypnotic, while portraying glimpses of the rude boy, has earned him the title 'The Cool Ruler'. He really emerged in the mid-1970s and developed a style, which at times had his audiences, especially the ladies, almost eating out of his hands.

In both his songs and his personal life, Gregory often seemed to wear his heart on his sleeve: In the tenderly caressed verses of My Number One, his romantic vulnerability is palpably felt.

The song ends with an almost-whispered plea of a man who has known many travails of the heart, when he utters:

"If you want to be my number one,

Let me know your future plan, Please don't hurt this man."

Like many others before him, Gregory started his entertainment career by entering various talent competitions and appearing on stage shows before getting into studio to do his first recording - his self-penned Another Heartache in the late 1960s for West Indies Recording Limited (WIRL), founded by former Jamaican Prime Minister Edward Seaga. His second composition My Only Lover, done for Rupie Edwards' Success Label in the early 1970s, became his first hit and was the template of all the lovers rock-reggae tunes that followed. Considered the chief architect of lovers rock, he reinforced that claim with other early pieces like All I Have Is Love, Let's Dance, Salary Is Thin, and on his own African Museum label, Front Door and Night Nurse which was a desperate appeal for help.

"Tell her, try her best to make it quick,

Woman tend to the sick,

For there must be something she can do,

This heart is broken in two,

Tell her its a case of emergency,

There's a patient by the name of Gregory,

Night nurse, only you alone can quench this thirst."





marion-hall-photo-1.jpgMinister Marion Hall has added some dancehall flavour to her sophomore gospel album, His Grace, which is available for pre-order https://VPAL.lnk.to/HisGraceMinMarionHallE

"After listening to it, I realised I needed something like dancehall on it. I looked to God for help and came up with a song called Tun Back Christian. A lot of people are in the church but don't know how to be content, and end up walking away from God. A lot of church folks, instead of encouraging them [they] chastise them, which doesn't help the situation. The verses on it can sing along to, and I include a sinner's prayer in there so you can ask God fi wash yuh off in His righteousness. There's also Mighty God... I think the wait will be worth it," Hall told Jamaica Observer. "Those two are for the Lady Saw fans."

The 17-track His Grace is self-produced on the Minister Marion Hall label and distributed by VPAL. The official release date is set for July 20.

In addition to the title track, the set boasts I'm Gonna Fast, Overflow, Gave It All Up For Jesus, Walk On Water, All That's Left, Dead Man Walking, Love Like This, The World Can See, My God Is Alive, That Cross, You Are, Pay You Back, Lord We Need You, and Can't Stop My Praise.

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"Out of the 17 tracks, I'm predicting 15 hits. It's a praise and worship album with dancehall, mento -- God gives mi country gospel too. I'm just excited to have another album out soon. I'm not even going to get ahead of myself but I know this album has the potential to get a Grammy -- it's something else. Whatever God decides to do with it, He will. When I put out When God Speaks, God was talking to me; it's the same with this album. It's all about giving God the glory. It's a powerful, mighty album, so if it's His will, it will be done," she said.

Hall, formerly known as Lady Saw, is the first female deejay to win a Grammy Award and to be certified as a triple-platinum artiste. She, however, got baptised in December 2015.

Her debut gospel album, When God Speaks, peaked at number four on the Billboard Reggae Albums chart last year.

Minister Hall is planning to embark on a three-year 'Soul Seekers Kingdom' tour across the United States starting in early August. Through her relationships with other ministries, she has landed gigs in Canad, UK and Bermuda.

She was also booked for Jamaica Fun in the Son at National Heroes' Park in Kingston on July 14.





Capleton's bail extended until September 4

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capleton.jpgDancehall deejay Capleton had his bail extended Friday morning and is to return to the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on September 4 .

The new mention date was scheduled, after the court was told that the case file was incomplete.

Bail for the artiste, who is charged with rape, was subsequently extended.

Capleton is accused of forcibly having sexual intercourse with a female hairdresser he hired to groom his hair at a New Kingston hotel on April 28.





Mr Vegas buss the 'MEH-MEH' song

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mr-vegas-photo-13.jpgMr. Vegas isn't one to miss an opportunity to turn controversy into a song. He did it with the now infamous "Usher him out" phrase during the drama that unfolded between him and controversial pastor Gino Jennings...and he is doing it again.

He has now released a humorous new single, 'Mehmeh' following his recent mispronunciation of the word which went viral on social media..

The single, released on the MV Music label, hit the Internet Thursday night with a email blast and also on the artiste's youtube channel.

Reports are that he has already shot a video for the project which was scheduled to have been released over the weekend.

It will be interesting to see if MEHMEH will prove to be the hit that Mr Vegas is searching for.





popcaan-bursts-rifle-and-pistol-at-shooting-range.jpgPopcaan, who is preparing to release his sophomore album "Forever" on July 20, recently took to a shooting range for target practicing.

Last week, the Dancehall artiste was filmed joking around as he bursts several rounds from an assault rifle before pulling out and emptying a sidearm at an undisclosed location in Canada.

"Them dead? them dead!" he uttered before firing wild shots while clowning around.

"The worst handling of a fire arm I've ever seenπŸ˜‚ plus him wouldn't even hit a target to save him lifeπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚," one fan expressed on social media.

"Can know when man no used to gun enuh πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚" another user wrote.

"Mind u shoot u self poppi lol," a user added.

"U too grown to be playing wit gun like that bro always practice safty when useing guns.. Human error can always happen n u or a member of ur squad could get hurt," another person commented.

However, some fans found Popcaan's action rather comical and entertaining.

"Man buss Machine stylish. Dem get Dash wey like a losing Cash Pot ticket. Ya nw," one fan expressed.

"Reel out and squeeze out" a user wrote.

"Dem man ya sey have fun anyway.. mi rate hoe the man always happy and always a make sure him team laugh," another fan wrote.

"Dem dead πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚," another person commented.





buju-banton-photo-10.jpgSunday, July 15, 2018,marked the 45th birthday. of Mark Myries, aka Buju Banton and Yardflex sends out Happy Earthstrong to the incarcerated Reggae singer.

AMong the tributes being paid to the Gargamel, is one by singer Nadine Sutherland who was scheduled to perform a short tribute to Banton at the Blue & Bougie - 'Forever Blue' - summer party series at the Tennis Club of Hasting, 40 North Restaurant, Hastings on the Hudson, NY where music master mixer, producer and radio host Kurt 'Party Animal' Riley and music executive and Grammy nominated producer Cristy Barber will be honored.

"It's gonna be a short but very impactful show" the singer disclosed during a recent rehearsal session with former Sagittarius band bass player Derrick Barnett.

Banton rose from the slums of Salt Lane in Kingston in the early 1990's to become one of the most celebrated dancehall/reggae icons today. Sutherland and Banton it turns out have a history on wax together. The two recorded 'No Second Class;' 'Wicked Dickie;' 'Anything For You' featuring Snow, Beenie Man, Terror Fabulous, Kulcha Knox, and Louie Culture and 'What I Am Gonna Do' from Banton's iconic 1995 Til Shiloh album.

The former teen Queen has her own celebrated history in reggae. Her single 'Action' which was recorded with Terror Fabulous over 25 years ago is a hot pick at reggae/dancehall parties globally and it is still popular on ethnic and urban radio stations in the USA, Canada and England.

Nadine scored other hits including 'Babyface,' 'Since You have been Gone,' 'All Dem A Talk,' 'Never Knew' and "I'm In Love.' Last year she was appointed director of performing arts at Challenge Charter Schools Organization in New York.





Popcaan's team defends his shooting video

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popcaan-bursts-rifle-and-pistol-at-shooting-range.jpgThe team behind dancehall heavyweight Popcaan has been forced to defend his actions after persons reacted angrily to a viral video that shows him shooting two guns in what some consider a reckless manner.

The Unruly boss, through his publicist, yesterday said: "The gun-shooting exercise took place in a supervised and safe setting, an official shooting range, a specialised facility designed for firearms qualifications, training, or practice."

The publicist said that Popcaan was under the supervision of two licensed firearm holders, one of whom is a member of the gun range, which is located in the Lower Trent Valley Fish and Game Club, in Frankford, Ontario, Canada.

When contacted via telephone, Carino said they were merely having fun.

"It was just target shooting. We just wanted to have fun by taking our guest to shoot at targets," Carino said. "I don't know how the footage got out there like that; most firearm clubs or ranges allow for video, although I am not sure if this one is against any type of video."

Popcaan was on tour in Ontario at the time of the exercise.

With the video making the rounds on social media, many persons have expressed concern about the nonchalant manner in which Bullet Proof deejay handled and fired the guns.

Some fans also said Popcaan should be mindful that his actions could influence youth.

Popcaan's management team, meanwhile, said the artiste is not paying attention to the negative comments.

They said that he is putting all his energy into his latest album, Forever, which will be released later this month.

"We do not understand the cause for all the speculations when it is just Popcaan enjoying himself in the confines of the gun range. Quite a few artistes have had videos posted to their social media pages doing the same," said his management team.





'Babsy Grange' says she'll miss Suzanne Couch

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babsy-grange-minister.jpgMinister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia 'Babsy' Grange has expressed sorrow at the passing of well-known Jamaican singer, pianist, composer and producer Suzanne Couch, who was equally known locally as an experienced caterer.

In a release, Grange said: "Suzanne became a featured singer on several Jamaican record releases, including Steely & Clevie's version of the Carly Simon song Why, Monty Alexander's album Many Rivers to Cross, and singles with Maxi Priest, Toots Hibbert, Mutabaruka, among others. I was happy when Suzanne's debut album - Lifeline - appeared in 2001. Its excellence was praised in Jamaica and across the world, with some reviews recommending it for the Reggae Grammy award. She continued singing, composing and playing the piano, with special solo performances at RedBones CafÈ and, most recently, at a special benefit concert featuring Joss Stone at Strawberry Hill Hotel just a few weeks before her death."

That concert was where Couch made public the fact that she was suffering from breast cancer.

"Suzanne Couch was more than a great Jamaican musician, songwriter and singer. She was a great Jamaican woman," Grange went on in the statement. "I shall miss her, but Jamaica will be forever enriched by the music she left for us to enjoy. I send my condolences to Peter and their daughter Sarah. Rest well, Suzanne Couch."





Capleton's bail extended until September

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bail.jpgEntertainer Capleton had his bail extended fRIDAY morning and is to return to the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on September 4 .

The new mention date was scheduled after the court was told that the case file was incomplete.

Bail for the artiste, who is charged with rape, was subsequently extended.

Capleton is accused of forcibly having sexual intercourse with a female hairdresser he hired to groom his hair at a New Kingston hotel on April 28.





T&T not interested in decriminalising ganja

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ganja-use.jpgDecriminalising marijuana is not on Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley's list of priorities.

This is despite a recommendation by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Marijuana Commission that countries in the region move to either legalise or decriminalise marijuana.

The commission presented its report to CARICOM Heads of Government at their 39th Annual Conference in Montego Bay, Jamaica last week, suggesting that going the route of legalisation or decriminalisation could lead to substantial economic benefits.

But Rowley said at a post-Cabinet media briefing on Thursday that the jury is still out on that.

"At the moment we're not running any advocacy for decriminalising marijuana or incorporating it into the economic space because we have some other priorities and we're also not convinced of the benefits that some people are asking us to grasp," he said.

Rowley identified one of those priorities as addressing the crime situation in the twin-island republic.

"The crime level is affecting us in very many ways, not just safety and security, but also in watering down our position for economic growth and T&T's potential to sell ourself as a place where investment can be done and we're losing in our communities, the sense of brotherly love," he said.





held.jpgLawrence Pommels, the man who is now before the courts on money laundering and bribery charges, was allowed to continue signing cheques for seven months beyond the time he was authorised to do so at the state-owned National Energy Solutions Limited (NESol).

Pommels and co-accused 34-year-old mechanic, Ricardo Harris, a sub-contractor with NESol, were arrested during a joint operation involving members of the Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Branch (C-TOC) and the Financial Investigation Division (FID) in Old Harbour, St Catherine on June 7 of this year.

It was later stated that Pommels or the two was/were reportedly held with $85 million in cash, four high-end motor vehicles and other valuables. They were also charged with breaches of the Corruption Prevention Act and possession of criminal property.

At Wednesday's sitting of Parliament's Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC).

Managing Director at NESol, Carolyn Warren, told the PAAC that Pommels acted as the entity's chief engineer for seven months, during which time he was allowed to sign cheques.

However, he continued signing after Chief Engineer Anthony Brown returned from leave. In fact, Warren disclosed that the 33-year-old Pommels continued signing cheques up until the time he was arrested in June and was subsequently placed on interdiction.

Warren told the PAAC that the NESol board approved Pommels' signing authority when Brown went on leave. She said the managing director, the board chairman, the director of finance and the chief engineer are authorised to sign cheques. She said each cheque must have two authorised signatures for it to be valid.

As to why Pommels kept signing cheques long after Brown returned to work, Warren said: "It was not done in time... he was not removed". She admitted that it should have been done.

Meanwhile, committee members expressed surprise when the chief engineer had difficulty explaining what his job function was, in particular, his duties since he returned from leave.

After committee member, Mikhail Phillips, asked him several times, Brown finally said: "My understanding is that Mr Pommels is doing work and I am doing work as well."

The response triggered laughter among the committee members.

Ms Warren intervened, explaining that although Brown had returned to office, Pommels had projects that were ongoing, and both he and Brown worked on those projects.

NESoL is a division of the Energy Ministry. It previously operated as the Rural Electrification Programme, but its mandate has been widened.





Carolyn Warren, the Managing director of National Energy Solutions Limited (NESOL) has admitted that she does have a conviction. Warren admitted to the conviction Thursday night, saying that it happened in 1993 and that she was given a suspended sentence.

She said that for the past 25 years of her life she had dedicated herself to working with young people to ensure they don't make the same mistake she did.

Since then, she has turned her life around, gone back to school and earned an undergraduate degree in management and is now currently pursuing a Master's degree in business administration.

She also said she spent years in the private sector and has developed a reputation for her dedication and professionalism.

"I spent 14 years at Nationwide News Network rising to a sales manager. I also worked at a major financial institution for many years and I have also done major work with other large businesses in Jamaica after my mistake," Warren said in a statement.

"I am dedicated to my church, my family and the many people I work with over the years," she said, adding that she has applied to have her record expunged.

"I am not the same person I was 25 years ago. I made a mistake, I paid for it then, and I suspect I will pay for it the rest of my life," she said.

"Whatever my fate, I will continue to work in my church and make a contribution to young people to ensure that others are not mislead and make the same mistake I did 25 years ago. I did not disclose my mistake of 25 years ago because I know most persons would judge me by that past mistake and for that I also apologise. I am not the same person I was 25 years ago, but if must pay for that mistake again with this job I will do so and rebuild my life once again with the help of God," Warren said.

Paulwell, the Opposition People's National Party spokesman on energy had earlier Thursday night called Prime Minister Andrew Holness, in his capacity as minister of energy, to immediately relieve Warren of her duties because she has a record of conviction for drug trafficking.

Meanwhile, there has been a lot of support for Warren: I think this lady should be allowed to keep her job even if only to serve as encouragement to those who made a mistake in their youthful days. We need to send the right message of encouragement to people and young people in particular," said one commenter

"I think anyone who disclosed this information in this out of order manner should be relieved of their duty for there is a right and wrong way about doing these things".

Another reader, agreed, saying that, "I'd rather back a decent person who has learned from their mistakes..."

"Jamaica suffers greatly because of old youthful mistakes being used to crush people who have risen far from their mistake. Let's not forget that this is all while many in the upper echelons of money and politics pretend to be squeaky clean. Enough with this farce," the reader commented.

Others, however, backed Paulwell in calling for Warren's immediate sacking.

"Mr Prime Minister, you cannot have a convicted drug trafficker who spent three years in prison working in management position in a government entity."

"Don't get me wrong, she can be employed in government, but not in the capacity of management. Get her out fast. It is not good".

Another user, Cane Curtter, chided Warren for not disclosing her conviction in the first place.

"Her mistake of 25 years ago isn't the issue, failure to disclose before accepting the job is."





Dildos can unleash demons, warns pastor

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dildo-sex-toy.jpgApostle Andrew Scott of Greater Works International Fellowship is warning against the use of sex toys, in particular dildos because they are unholy they are marriage breakers and the use of dildos can attract demonic forces into homes.

Apostle Scott is encouraging single women not to be tempted to use dildos to quench their sexual thirsts but to meditate on the Word of God, and to wait until they find a suitable husband.

He said the use of sex toys among Christians is very widespread and that based on a survey he conducted, single and married women have introduced these toys in their homes and marriages and now have issues.

In a recent televised sermon, Scott implored women and couples to desist from using dildo stating that: "It can cause them to lose feelings for the natural function of a male and to accept the unnatural, which is the dildo. That woman could find that she loses interest in having intercourse the natural way, and now begin to explore other unnatural ways, for example, cherries, strawberries, whipped cream and other enticing treats to add to the female genitals," he said.

The minister stated that it is impossible for a male to compete with a sexy toy and as a result, a lot of men are now taking sexual enhancement drugs to match up to a dildo.

"Using a dildo, she can go for as long as she wants. The body usually experience a climax within 10 - 20 minutes and then recovers. With the dildo, there is no cooling down as it can run for hours and even days until the battery dies. A man cannot compete with a toy that uses batteries that lasts for hours," he said.

Scott stated that when a man falls short in the bedroom because he is unable to perform like the dildo, he is often shunned by his partner and this can often leads to a breakdown of the marriage.

"It is my understanding that some pastors may have influenced their members to use these sex toys as an alternate to comfort women in their time of loneliness, and because of lack knowledge, these pastors did not know that this lifestyle and practise came about [because of] two sisters who were harlots, Aholah and Aholibah. This lifestyle comes with spiritual consequences," he said.





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Ronaldo signs to Juventus

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Cristiano Ronaldo has opted to leave Spanish giants Real Madrid for Italian champions Juventus for the next - and possibly final - chapter of one of the greatest careers the game has seen.

The shock move by the 33-year-old superstar comes shortly after losing what is likely his last chance to collect the only honour missing from his glittering resume - a World Cup for Portugal.

Speculation that one of the game's greatest players could be up for grabs began when he hinted he was considering leaving the Santiago Bernabeu following May's Champions League final victory.

Then the transfer rumour mill went into overdrive after Italian media said Juventus had put in a bid and Spanish sports daily Marca cited reports of Ronaldo looking for a home in Turin.

There was little left for Ronaldo, Real's all-time record goalscorer with 450, to prove in Madrid.

He said he had spent nine fantastic years at the Spanish giants.

"But I think the time has come to open a new stage in my life and that's why I asked the club to accept to transfer me," he said in a statement.

Real has topped the La Liga twice and won the Champions League four times during his time there - Ronaldo is the first player to have five, including one with former club Manchester United.

He is also a five-time world player of the year, a record he shares with his eternal rival, Argentine talisman Lionel Messi.

But in 2016 Ronaldo managed what Messi could not - winning a major international title for his country - when he led Portugal to victory in the European Championships.

And with both Portugal and Argentina being bundled out of the World Cup in the second round on June 30, it seems likely that the sport's crowning achievement will elude both partners in football's greatest player rivalry.





merritone-makes-his-move.jpgThe late Winston "Merritone" Blake never hid his love for Cuba, its long-time President Fidel Castro, or the country's diverse culture and the affable sound system owner/operator visited there regularly.

Come February 2019, three years after his death, there will be the inaugural Dream Cruise: Merritone Memories, a five-day cruise aboard the Majesty of The Seas liner. It is scheduled to make stops in the Cuban capital Havana, Fort Lauderdale and Key West in Florida.

The cruise is the brainchild of Paul Johnson, a Fort Lauderdale-based events promoter who knew Blake and his family for many years. It is endorsed by Blake's younger brother, Monte, who will be involved.

Johnson, who hosts the weekly Merritone Memories on WAVS 1107 AM in South Florida, said the cruise is a salute to the Blakes who have operated the Merritone sound system for 68 years. Winston's wife, singer Cynthia Schloss, will also be honoured; she died in 1999."

The Dream Cruise sails from Fort Lauderdale to Key West on the evening of February 26, after a party celebrating the lives of Winston Blake and Cynthia Schloss. Its next stop is Key West the following day, then Havana.

While in the Cuban capital there will be tours of the city as well as a jam session involving Jamaican and Cuban musicians, followed by a Turntable/Waterfalls dance aboard the ship.

On March 1 the cruise leaves Havana. Soul Friday, a retro party, takes place aboard the ship that evening before its return to Fort Lauderdale the next day.

Monte Blake commented on his family's ties to Cuba, the country's historical impact on Jamaica and Jamaican music.

Winston Blake was still a student at Kingston College when he and his older brother Trevor assumed control of the Merritone sound system in 1956, the year their father, its founder, died. Younger brothers Tyrone and Monte eventually joined the fold, and the 'sound' thrived during the 1960s and 1970s with jam-packed parties at the Turntable Club, located in the Red Hills Road area of Kingston.

When the Turntable closed, they moved to Waterfalls in the Liguanea area of the Jamaica capital.

Blake died in February 2016 of complications from a stroke. He was 75.





One of Europe's leading airlines, Eurowings, a subsidiary of one of the world's biggest airline companies, Lufthansa, will begin operating a twice-weekly scheduled service between Germany's largest populated metropolitan region and Montego Bay, beginning July 3 this year.

The scheduled flights will operate every Monday and Friday from Cologne/Bonn, and will use their Airbus 330 aircraft which has 310 seats.

Flights will run July 3 through to October 27, 2017.

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braemar-shooting.jpgPeter Champagnie, the lawyer for Andrew Woolery, the licensed firearm holder who shot a security guard during an altercation at Braemar Estate in St Andrew recently is angry about a "vicious rumour" being circulated about non-payment of maintenance fees by his client.

He vowed to aggressively pursue those who have been spreading the 'rumours' via social media.

"It has come to our attention that there are person or persons on social media who have been circulating a lie that Mr Woolery had owed maintenance (on his apartments) for years, and this is not true," said Champagnie.

"We intend to take action against these defamatory statements, because it has caused Mr Woolery a lot of discomfort as he is in real estate and this is a vicious rumour that is being communicated via social media, and people need to desist from doing so," the attorney added.

Meanwhile, Wollery was questioned by investigators from the Half-Way Tree Police Station on Monday about the hooting incident which went viral after it was captured on video.

The video footage shows Woolery engaged in a heated discussion with KingAlarm security officers about leaving the property, before being attacked from behind by a man in civilian clothing, who is said to be a security guard at the complex.

A struggle ensued between the two men, with other personnel entering the fray, and a shot was subsequently fired, hitting the supposed plainclothes security guard in the neck. The injured man was rushed to the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI), where he was admitted in a stable condition.

The King Alarm security officers who were present at the scene have since been pulled from duty.

The attorney is quoted as saying that his client generally in good spirits, with lacerations from being forcefully shoved to the ground having not been to a significant degree, but he has been "complaining of pains in the back and in the head".





An early morning dispute between two men over coal wood left one hospitalised in a serious condition after being attacked with a chainsaw.

The reported attacker, who allegedly struck in Logwood district in St Thomas on Tuesday,has been taken into custody by the police.

Reports are that shortly after 7:00 a.m., the men got into an argument over the wood, with one contending that the other had stolen from him.

Things took a violent turn, and one man allegedly used a chainsaw to cut the other in the belly.

The badly injured man was taken to hospital, while the alleged attacker was taken into police custody.

Up to late on Tuesday, while the police confirmed the incident, there was no clear indication of whether the injured man had survived the attack.





charged.jpgA 15 year old boy who was taken into custody in relation to the death of a teenage girl in Seaview Gardens, St. Andrew has been charged.

15 year old Olivia Gonzales, who was a student of Tarrant High School, was fatally shot on June 30.

Police had reported that Olivia was among a group of friends who were reportedly handling a firearm when it went off hitting her.

Head of the St Andrew South Police Division Superintendent Gary Francis says the boy was charged yesterday with manslaughter and illegal possession of a firearm.

Head of the St Andrew South Police Division Superintendent Gary Francis.

In addition Superintendent Francis says the other suspect remains in custody as investigations continue into the incident.





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World Clash Thursday July 19th, Dancehall Night Friday July 20th, Reggae Night Saturday July 21st

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Hookie Weekend scores big with attendees

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Washington, DC (Sonique Solutions) - The Hookie Life Entertainment team has once again unleashed another successful edition of its annual Hookie weekend in Washington DC.

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Patrons came from various US & Canadian cities and Caribbean islands for the pool party of all pool parties 'Hookie DC'.

With 5 major events over the span of 4 days, the 2018 installment created memorable moments for its patrons complete with the very best of West Indian entertainment.

After what can only be described as an epic reunion of Caribbean culture lovers in the form of the Thursday night event 'Release Therapy', attendees from various US & Canadian cities and Caribbean islands descended upon the RFK Stadium in downtown DC for the pool party of all pool parties 'Hookie DC', which took place on the Friday afternoon.

The organizers transformed the stadium into a true pool/beach setting with huge inflatable pools, water slides and even a special sandy area close to the stage front.

Adding to Hookie DC's mix were energetic sets by top international DJs and performances from local brass band 'Dem Bad' and Soca artistes Fadda Fox and Motto who kept the 'Party Lit'.

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Lion's Pride J'ouvert gave attendees the chance to let loose in paint and powder frenzy.

Lion's Pride J'ouvert gave attendees the chance to let loose in paint and powder frenzy.

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Packed house for the return of Shine DC on Hookie Saturday night.

This signature Saturday morning Hookie weekend J'ouvert event did not disappoint its fans and set the bar high with an abundance of amenities. This event was followed later that evening by the return of Shine DC which truly morphed Hookie Saturday from dutty to swanky.

costumes-galore-at-riddim-road.jpgCostumes galore at Riddim & Road.

Sunday afternoon's Riddim & Road was the final event on the Hookie Weekend calendar and offered multiple music trucks, drinks trucks, live drummers on the road and drink ambassadors with backpacks who served masqueraders with specialty rum punch. This gave participants a chance to get additional usage of their previous regional and international Carnival costumes and also gave several of them the opportunity to release their inner designer as seen by the variety of original costume creations and Monday wear upgrades.

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True Carnival culture on full display in the DMV at Hookie DC Weekend 2018.

Even the weekend's rainy/overcast weather could not stop these eager party-goers from leaving their inhibitions and hang ups at the door and leaving everything else on the floor.

One patron termed the exciting weekend of events as 'Socaholics Anonymous' and shared, "In this case nobody is trying to be cured of their addictions and instead of counsellors and sponsors we have the industry's biggest enablers in the DJs, artists and of course the awesome promoters."

Hookie Weekend 2018's sponsors included Courvoisier, Cruzan rum, Blu eCigs & Top Choice Transportation Services.

Up next on the Hookie Life Entertainment 2018 agenda is the all-inclusive affair 'Havana Nights' (Sept 22nd), 'Hookie Miami' (Oct 4th).

For additional information on Hookie Life's 2018 events please visit: www.hookielife.com OR www.facebook.com/hookielife OR www.instagram.com/hookielife

Packed house for the return of Shine DC on Hookie Saturday night.





Suzanne Couch has died

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Musician and singer Suzanne Couch died Tuesday morning in Mexico, while reportedly undergoing treatment. Couch was battling stage four breast cancer.

She recently performed at Hope In The Hills benefit concert at Strawberry Hill in St Andrew, where she and her band captivated the audience in a stirring performance, lasting almost two hours.

"This experience has been very emotional for me," she told journalists at the concert.

"I've been wanting to do this show for two years, we had some issues getting sponsorship. Even though there were challenges I knew that I had to keep pushing because I am sick. It's incurable and it's spreading; I'm in a lot of pain and I'm taking a lot of drugs right now. The next stage after this is treatment," Couch said then.

The concert featured her daughter Sarah, along with Billboard artiste Joss Stone and was staged in support of the Hope Institute of Jamaica





Court allows fresh evidence in Kartel's case

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vybz-kartel-photo-11-larger.jpgThe Court of Appeal Court has ruled that it will allow the attorneys for Vybz Kartel and his co-convicts to introduce fresh evidence in challenging their 2014 conviction for the 2011 murder of Clive 'Lizard' Williams.

The panel of Court of Appeal president Justice Dennis Morrison, Justice Patrick Brooks and Frank Williams, granted the application a short while ago.

Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, and Shawn Storm, whose given name is Shawn Campbell, and their co-convicts, Kahira Jones and Andre St John are seeking to have their convictions quashed.

They were convicted in 2014 for the murder of Clive "Lizard" Williams and given life sentences.

Kartel will be eligible for parole after serving 35 years while Campbell and Jones will have to serve 25 years each before being eligible for parole. St John will do 30 years before being considered for parole.

The convicts were granted leave to appeal their murder conviction after citing several reasons, including claims that they did not receive a fair trial and that justice was miscarried in their cases, as well as that the trial judge, Justice Lennox Campbell, had erred in admitting contaminated cellphone evidence and that there was more than reasonable doubt about the phone's integrity.





drake.jpgDrizzy's latest album Scorpion went platinum as soon as it was released, and now the album is the first to reach 1 billion streams across all platforms globally within a week. Drake's 25-track double album blew past Post Malone's Beerbongs & Bentleys global record, which was just under 700 million streams.

It's likely these numbers will propel Scorpion to the top of Billboard's 200 albums chart when the official numbers are released Sunday. Drake celebrated his historic achievement with an Instagram post thanking his fans "a billion times over."

In other Drake-related news, the Toronto rapper just dropped a new freestyle spitting subliminal bars at Kanye West.

Drizzy's latest album Scorpion went platinum as soon as it was released, and now the album is the first to reach 1 billion streams across all platforms globally within a week. Drake's 25-track double album blew past Post Malone's Beerbongs & Bentleys global record, which was just under 700 million streams.

It's likely these numbers will propel Scorpion to the top of Billboard's 200 albums chart when the official numbers are released Sunday. Drake celebrated his historic achievement with an Instagram post thanking his fans "a billion times over."

In other Drake-related news, the Toronto rapper just dropped a new freestyle spitting subliminal bars at Kanye West.





govana.jpgGovana dropped the visuals for his summer banger "One And Move" and Saturday into Sunday saw it trending at number one on Youtube.."

The highly entertaining music video, which is directed by RD Studios, is one of the most entertaining music videos out currently, boasting a solid concept and humour which is sure to earn the approval of fans.

The video features the deejay as a promiscuous husband whose cheating ways seems to have finally caught up to him when a bitter side girl turns up for a job as his wife's babysitter while they go out on a date.

Govana pulls off the theme of the track effortlessly, highlighting his creativity as an artist which has been brought to the forefront in the last few months following the release of several chart-topping hits.





Singer Paul Elliott is offering a ten thousand dollar reward for the return of his important documents.

The reggae singer explains that he went into a store in Montego Bay on Thursday where he made a purchase, and then accidentally walked out leaving his bag containing valuables.

Paul Elliott is today making an appeal to the public for the return of the documents.

Paul Elliott recently returned to the island following a promotional tour in the United States.





mr-vegas-photo-13.jpgMr Vegas went viral twice last week, and now there are bets as to what he will do next.

On Thursday, the veteran recording artiste who can't seem to decide whether he is gospel or secular, sent Dancehall fans into overdrive when he uploaded a video addressing his viral memes which started circulating after he filmed a controversial shooting drama which took place on Braemar Avenue in St Andrew..

Vegas, in typical Mr Vegas fashion, said that he was not upset about being trolled and commended the creativity of those who were trolling him. He said further that Jamaicans should use the creative images to help fight crime as they are very effective on social media.(What the HELL??!!!!! Use memes ti fight crime?!!)

Anyway, during the message Vegas put both feet in his mouth when he made a gigantic gaffe that resulted in ....you guessed it. EVEN MORE MEMES.

Vegas decided to pronounce the word "memes" as "meh-meh" and what a pre-keh it caused. Social media dragged the always-on-social-media deejay. . "Yo a one thing eno, black people talent eno," he said in the one-minute video. "Yo mi see some real creative meh-meh, addi baddest meh-meh dem."

Vegas was instantly turned into a laughing stock with several entertainers and comedians taking jabs at his meme pronunciation. The deejay later hit back with a telephone conversation with his alleged University graduate sister as they tried to convince Dancehall fans that memes should be pronounced as meh-meh.

Well, Vegas you had better put out the MEH-MEH song quick and fast before some other deejay beat you to it and turn you into a wussa laughingstock.





BRT Weekend comes to Pandora Internet Radio

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New York, NY- The largest Caribbean-party tour festival, Beach Road Trip (BRT) Weekend, has landed a station on music streaming powerhouse Pandora Internet Radio. The BRT Weekend station, will comprise of a playlist with the hottest reggae and soca artists, many of whom have or will be performing at a past or upcoming BRT weekend or who are signed to music label and BRT sponsor, VP Records.

BRT Weekend attracts thousands of party goers in various destinations with its4-day excursion that encompasses themed events and exciting Caribbean entertainment with all-inclusive food and drinks. Since its inception 7 years ago, thousands have flocked to BRT Weekend and it has evolved from an annual event in the Florida Keys to multiple locations within the US and islands in the Caribbean--making it the first Caribbean-party as a tour. To date, the tour has showcased entertainers such as Bunji Garlin, Popcaan, Charly Black, Ding Dong Ravers, Ultimate Rejects MX Prime, Konshens and Machel Montano. Locations includ the Florida Keys, West Palm, Dominican Republic, Atlantic City, Los Angles, Palm Springs, and just added, Turk and Caicos.

With 250 million listeners, Pandora uniquely strategizes on innovative ways to target specific audiences. The partnership between Pandora and BRT Weekend anticipates to have positive outcomes in Caribbean music streaming and the event production industries.

"BRT Weekend is the first Caribbean event station for Pandora and I am excited to witness the outcome from our new relationship with BRT Weekend..." shares Diego Herrera, Head of the Reggae/Caribbean Programming & Curation for Pandora.

The remaining 2018 BRT Weekends will take place July 13-15 in Atlantic City, September 14-16 in Los Angeles and November 3-5 in the Florida Keys.





fiction-night-club-photo-1.jpgThe promoters of the popular Sandz party series Supreme Team Limited will be taking their knowledge of successful event promotion and execution to their new spot, Fiction Night Club at the Marketplace in Kingston Jamaica. The team confirmed that it was always their goal to have their own space to leverage the passion they have for developing experiences into a restaurant or bar space and they thought that taking over management of Fiction was a great opportunity.

"When the opportunity presented itself we really could not hesitate. This will allow us to maintain constant interaction with our customers. Since David "Squeeze" Annakie already did a phenomenal job with the decor of the venue, there will be a heavy focus on the customer experience, service from all levels along with a new business model for the location," Andrew Ellis, Director of Supreme Team Limited explained.

fiction-annakie.jpgCEO of the Fiction Nightclub, David Annakie, is very pleased to be handing over the management of the space to the Supreme Team. He believes the young men are visionaries, driven and have the passion to take the club and lounge arena to the next level not only in Jamaica.

This new management will mean major changes to how the space functions. There will be a transition from the traditional nightclub concept to a more modern lounge operation.

The location is now preparing for the new unveiling of THE LIVING ROOM this month, transforming a part of the space into a restaurant floor plan with adequate seating arrangements for both small and large groups. The Living Room will be suitable for events, launches, birthdays and other occasions.

The Supreme Team Limited over the last few years, with successful stagings of Sandz and their other affiliated events including; Triple Thursdays, The Estate, Ova Suh, Backyaad BBQ and Funch, have really developed an understanding of what the customers want to see in an entertainment space. They believe that putting these elements into a fixed space will make The Living Room the ultimate spot.

Patrons can expect to see a lot of surprises with the official launch of The Living Room this Summer.





mavado-and-son.jpgThe 16-year-old son of dancehall star, Mavado, who is charged with murder, conspiracy to murder and arson, will be spending the rest of this month at the Metcalfe Street Juvenile Remand Centre. even as his legal team seeks to secure bail for him.

Bert Samuels is quoted as saying that the bail application will continue on July 31. He stated that no ruling has yet been made by the judge.

Samuels started the bail application last month, and argued that his client was a fit candidate for bail, urging the court to release him on bond.

He said he remains confident that bail will eventually be granted.

"The young man is not being housed with adult prisoners, he is being held at Metcalfe (Street), so he is safe," said Samuels.

Mavado's son and 23-year-old Andre Hines were charged over a month ago with the murder of Lorenzo Thomas in Cassava Piece, St Andrew.

Prosecutors have alleged that on June 5, men armed with guns, machetes and gasoline invaded Thomas' home in the community, where he was shot and virtually beheaded before his body was set ablaze.

The police said the teen and Hines were part of the group of invaders.





ganja-seized.jpgThe Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) in collaboration with the United States (US) Coast Guard reportedly interdicted a boat smuggling over 2,000 pounds of ganja in Key West, Florida.

The drugs, worth about US$2 million wholesale, were interdicted on Friday as part of the US Coast Guard's Operation Full Court Press.

"In conjunction with DHS [Department of Homeland Security] partners and the partner nation of Jamaica, we were able to swiftly interdict the 2,116 pounds of marijuana," said Cmdr. JosΓ© DΓ­az, commanding officer of the US Coast Guard's Thetis.

"This effort represents an ongoing regional maritime security effort in concert with our international partners to combat transnational criminal networks and promote stability across the Caribbean region by disrupting organized crime illegal activities," he added.

During the patrol, DΓ­az said Thetis crewmembers also worked with the US Coast Guard Cutter Heriberto Hernandez crew and the Puerto Rico Joint Forces of Rapid Action to rescue and repatriate 29 Dominican Republic migrants.





police-shooting.jpgTwo men who allegedly engaged a police team in a shootout in St James on Saturday afternoon were shot and killed by the lawmen. One has been identified as Shacardo Malcolm of Five Miles, Irwin in St James.

Reports are that about 1:45 p.m., a team of police officers was on patrol in the Irwin Heights area of the parish that is under a state of emergency, when they were shot at by men who then ran off.

The police gave chase and during an ensuing gun battle, the two men were shot.

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

The police reported recovering a handgun from the scene.

The Independent Commission of Investigation (INDECOM) has commenced an investigation into the incident.





mavado-son-yardflex.jpgPerhaps in an effort to silence the trolls who have been criticising Mavado for abandoning his 16-year-old son who is in police custody charged with murder, even as Mavado refuses to return to Jamaica and hand himself in to the police, the deejay is sending out a message to his boy.

On Tuesday night he uploaded a photo with his son. to Instagram with the caption: "Love you son."

Last month, Mavado's son was charged with the murder of 23-year-old Lorenzo Thomas.

Thomas was reportedly killed on June 5 after a group of men reportedly kicked in his door and shot, chopped and light his body on fire. Police say Thomas was partially beheaded during the attack, an act which they theorize was a direct order from Mavado's son.

Meanwhile, the 'Gully Gad', who is currently in the United States where he is a permanent resident, has yet to return to the island despite several warnings from law enforcement officials to turn himself in for questioning.





A Jamaica woman is today happy that she met a popular pastor who has reportedly helped her to overcome her case of major demon possession, right into her very vagina.

In an exclusive interview with Yardflex, the woman, named Antoinette (not her real name), expressed her relief that she finally found the problem solver man, who she says pulled a long metal pipe the length of her elbow to her wrist, all the way out of her vagina.

Antoinette told Yardflex that the celebrity preacher also extracted numerous needles out of her during the intense session.

"I have two more sessions with him before me fully cure," Antoinette explained, adding that there is a small monetary cost for each time she visits the demon slayer.

As to exactly why the nefarious creatures have found a home in Antoinette's nether region is hard to say, however, she is hailing the preacher's skill at extracting the unwanted visitors.





crime-scene-tape-gloves.jpgThe brutal murder of an elderly returning resident and his British wife captured the world media and shone the spotlight in an unfavourable way on Jamaica. Now, the police have charged a man for stealing money from the accounts of the elderly Portland couple who were killed last month.

Saqeino Farr, 24, was charged yesterday with seven counts of obtaining goods by means of false pretence and conspiracy to defraud.

The police say Farr, whose mother worked as a domestic helper for the victims 74-year-old Alford Anderson, and his wife Florence, 71, allegedly stole more than $8 million from their credit card accounts and used the money to buy items.

Far is to appear in the Portland Parish Court next Tuesday.

The partially burnt bodies of elderly British couple were found at their home in Mount Pleasant on Friday, June 22.

The police theorised that they were killed to thwart the investigation into the fraud.

The murder investigation is ongoing.





Reports are that recently resigned chairman of Petrojam Dr Perceval Bahado-Singh was paid more than US$75,000 by the state agency as reimbursement for airline tickets he said he purchased, including at least one dated after the event he was scheduled to attend.

Details of the payments were made during a sitting of Parliament's Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) as the operations of Petrojam remained under the microscope.

Telroy Morgan, the acting General Manager for Refinery Optimization and Business Support at Petrojam, faced the PAAC instead of its General Manager Floyd Grindley who told the committee he had emergency family business overseas and could not attend.

Morgan told the meeting that Bahado-Singh, who does not live in Jamaica, was reimbursed nearly $10 million for 26 overseas trips between December 23, 2016 and May 10, 2018.

He was also reimbursed for trips he did not attend.

The money for at least two of these trips has since been repaid to Petrojam.

Morgan said Bahado-Singh was reimbursed for a London and Brazil trips totalling more than US$17,000 which he later returned to PetroJam.

The PAAC was told that Grindley gave written instructions for all matters involving the former chairman, including payments and reimbursements, many with only airline itinerary and no meeting itinerary.

Bahado-Singh's direct purchasing of tickets did not receive the prior approval of the permanent secretary and was in breach of the company's procedure.

"For the chairman, based on our review of the facts and data, those didn't follow the regular protocol in terms of getting the PS's approval, because based on the schedules that we have provided and upon examining the facts, the chairman took it upon himself to make those purchases directly in terms of his airline tickets," said the acting chief financial officer, Carlene Evans.









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Lawyers urge court to release Mavado's son

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mavado-and-son.jpgLawyers representing dancehall entertainer Mavado's 16-year-old son, who is facing a charge of murder, on Tuesday urged a parish judge to release him on bond.

During the bail hearing before the St. Andrew Parish Court, defence attorney Bert Samuels argued that the teenager is a fit candidate for bail, adding that the evidence against him is weak.

Prosecutors have strongly opposed bail, stating that the eyewitness knew the accused.

The bail hearing will continue on July 31. The teenager and 23 year old Andre Hines were charged three weeks ago with the murder of Lorenzo Thomas, in Cassava Piece, St. Andrew.

Prosecutors reported that on June 5, men armed with guns, machetes and gasoline, invaded Mr. Thomas's home.

He was shot, beheaded and his body set ablaze.

The police say Mavado's son and Mr. Hines were a part of the group.





simon-croskill.jpgReports are that veteran broadcaster Simon Crosskill is in urgent need of blood.

According to a post on Sportsmax's social media page, Crosskill will be undergoing surgery, his fourth in four months.

Persons who want to donate blood can do so by visiting the UWI Blood Bank or any blood bank island wide and give blood under the name Simon Crosskill.





braemar-shooting.jpgPolice are probing the shooting of a man, believed to be a security guard, by a licensed firearm holder on the compound of an apartment complex in New Kingston on Monday at about 6pm on the Braemar Avenue compound. The scenario was caught on video camera by Dancehall artiste, Mr Vegas, who uploaded it to social media.

Detectives from the Half Way Tree Police Station say they are now collecting statements and are looking at video footage from a number of cameras that captured the incident.

Meanwhile, attorney-at-law Christopher Townsend, who is representing the licensed firearm holder who was involved in an altercation with security guards at an apartment complex on Braemar Avenue in St. Andrew, says his client is not contemplating legal action at this time. This is in relation to two cases of assault against his client which are under investigation by the police.

The licensed firearm holder gave a statement to the St. Andrew Central Police Wednesday in relation to him allegedly being assaulted by security guards of the apartment complex as well as King Alarm guards.

Mr. Townsend has declined to comment on what led to the incident until he receives instructions from his client.

The police have reported that the businessman's firearm was seized for ballistics testing after he shot one of the guards during the altercation.

In a statement Tuesday, King Alarm said its guards who were involved in the altercation have been pulled from duty pending the outcome of an investigation.





Social media tax takes effect in Uganda

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KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- A new tax on social media has taken effect in Uganda, angering many who see the revenue measure as an attack on free speech.

The tax on users of sites such as Facebook was first proposed by long-time leader Yoweri Museveni, who complained of online gossip in a March letter that urged the finance minister to raise money "to cope with the consequences".

In addition to the usual data fees, social media users now must pay upfront a daily levy of 200 shillings or US$0.05 to access all social media websites.

Service providers, including regional telecommunications giant MTN, said in a joint statement Sunday that starting July 1 the levy would be charged on "Over The Top services," including access to websites such as Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn. The tax will be deducted by service providers that will then pay to the government revenue service.

Many Ugandans are "bitter" because the tax "was brought in bad faith," said Ladislaus Rwakafuuzi, a prominent human rights lawyer.

"The reasons for it were anti-people, were anti-social, not development-oriented," he said Monday.





mr-vegas-photo-13.jpgWas Mr Vegas in the right place at the right time?

Well, the artiste filmed and has since posted online a f shooting incident at his complex this morning.

The video has since gone viral and sparked widespread outcry across Jamaica as citizens appeal for an end to gun violence. The clip below shows a portion of the video where two men got into a fight, and one of them pulled his license firearm and shot the other. Mr. Vegas could be heard in the background telling two of the men involved in the fight to cool it down.

There were also a number of armed security guards on the scene, and clearly they could've done more to de-escalate the situation before someone got shot. It's unclear if the man that got shot died, however, you can see him walking around holding his neck just moments after he got shot.

Mr. Vegas Films Man Getting Shot At His Place





police-shooting.jpgAngry residents of Standpipe off Old Hope Road in St. Andrew on Tuesday morning took to the streets again to protest against the fatal shooting of 26-year-old resident, Shae Williams, otherwise called 'Rufus'.

Williams was shot by police Monday night, after which residents mounted a fiery roadblock across from the United States Embassy. They remounted the roadblock at the same location shortly before 7 o'clock Tuesday morning disrupting traffic. This time they used their bodies and an old bus as the barriers.

The residents claim that Mr. Williams had just driven up on a motorcycle when he was confronted by a police team.

They say he was shot despite denying that he had a gun. Mr. Williams' mother, who claimed that one of the cops admitted that her son was killed in error. She said the police also did not give him assistance after he had been shot.

Meanwhile the Jamaica Constabulary Force Corporate Communications Unit is reporting that at about 8:30 Monday night, the police had a confrontation with two men on a motorcycle, one of whom reportedly pulled a firearm and was fatally shot by the police. A firearm was reportedly found at the scene.

The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) and the Bureau of Special Investigations (BSI) are probing the incident.





Reports are that there findings contained in an internal audit of the State-owned oil refinery Petrojam indicate that were losses of over $4-billion between April 2015 and October 2017.

The audit, which was conducted by Petrojam's minority owner, Petroleos de Venezuela, PDVSA, finds that Petrojam did not meet its operational targets over the two and a half year period.

And, although Petrojam did turn a profit over the period, the report notes that was only because oil prices were in the company's favour, and other external conditions turned out to be beneficial.

The audit uncovers major inefficiencies at the refinery, caused by outdated technology and worn out facilities. These led to opportunity losses of nearly USD$23-million.

Invoicing errors also led to another 6-million US dollars in losses, while physical losses of product, due to things like evaporation, cost the company USD$2-million more than estimated. That's a total loss of over USD$31-million or JMD$4-billion.

The audit finds that unaccounted oil losses have been increasing in the last two years. This has surpassed the maximum allowed objective for both fiscal years 2015/16 and 2016/17. This was caused by planned and unplanned shutdowns in the different process units, measurement errors, and high rates of sedimentation, among other things.





crime-scene-gun.jpgTwo persons are in custody in relation to the fatal shooting of a 15 year-old girl in Seaview Gardens, St. Andrew on Saturday.

One of the suspects is under 18 years old.

It was reported that Olivia Gonzales, a student of Tarrant High School, was among a group of persons playing with an illegal gun when she was shot.

The firearm used in the incident has not been recovered.

Superintendent Gary Francis, head of the St. Andrew South Police, told RJR News that residents have been cooperating with investigators.

Superintendent Francis said the police are confident that charges will be laid soon following a review of the case.





Government agency Aeronautical Telecommunications Limited (AEROTEL) has accumulated a phone bill of almost $2 million and is unlikely to recover the amount. The company reportedly racked up a bill of $1.9 million over 23 months.

The issue was raised at Tuesday morning's sitting of Parliament's Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

Howard Armstrong, General Manager of AEROTEL, explained that the Closed User Group (CUG) phone was not returned to the company after a former chairman, Maurice Henry, left the job at the start of 2012.

He admitted that the phone was not disconnected until 23 months later when roaming bills were generated from as far as the Phillipines. Mr Armstrong said the matter was taken through civil court to recover the funds but the former chairman has been reported as destitute.

PAC member Morais Guy, who said he was disappointed that the matter took 23 months to come to light, called for someone at Areotel to be penalised for the "gross oversight".





fire.jpgResidents of Windsor Avenue in May Pen, Clarendon are on edge after gunmen went on the rampage early Monday morning, firing shots and setting fire to five houses.

The incident happened about 2 a.m.

One woman, who declined to give her name, recounted having to escape the fire with her two year-old baby clutching on her waist.

She, along with other residents, said they examined the rubble afterwards hoping they could salvage some items but everything was destroyed.

Residents reportedly found 40 spent shells in the aftermath.

Superintendent Vendolyn Cameron Powell, head of the Clarendon Police, has said her team is investigating the incident.





Some cannabis advocates claim early Christians, including Jesus himself, put cannabis in annointing oils used to heal the sick and elderly. The Hebrew version of the holy oil recipe in Exodus includes kaneh-bosem, a mysterious herb that some suggest was a cannabis extract.

This extract, which was absorbed into the skin, could have helped cure people with physical and mental illnesses long before the first mass-produced medicines.

Historians and other experts strongly dispute the claims Jesus and his apostles used marijuana.

Lytton John Musselman, a Professor of Botany at Old Dominion University, said evidence claiming marijuana was part of the holy anointing oil is 'so weak I would not pursue it.'

He told Vice that keneh-bosum more likely refers to calamus than any psychoactive substances.

'Calamus is a very important component of Ayurvedic medicine and has been shown to have efficacy,' he said.

'For example, in Sri Lanka it is available in any herbal remedy shop and also universally grown in home gardens.

'The North American species was and is so important to Native Americans in the Northeast that land with natural populations is highly sought after.'





Jesus and his apostles may have used cannabis oil to perform healing 'miracles', according to a controversial historian.

Author David Bienenstock claims cannabis was widely available across the Middle East 2,000 years ago and people of the time used it to treat the sick and infirm.

Holy anointing oils used in the early days of the Christian church contained kaneh-bosem, an ingredient Bienenstock suggests was a cannabis extract.

This extract, which was absorbed into the skin, could have helped cure people with physical and mental illnesses long before the first mass-produced medicines.

Many historians dispute the contentious claims, arguing that evidence kaneh-bosem was a cannabis extract is so weak it is not worth pursuing.

Bienenstock, author of a number of books encouraging the use of marijuana, says healing practices based around cannabis oil were common 2,000 years ago.

Speaking to the Daily Star, he said: 'Historical records show that cannabis was widely available at the time - they would've known how to grow it and exploit its medicinal properties.

'There is nothing different in the efficacious cannabis oil used today that wouldn't have been available to people in Jesus' time - it's simply a matter of concentrating the cannabis into the oil and absorbing it through the skin.'

Anointing oils were regularly used by the Christian church of the time to treat the sick and elderly by rubbing them directly onto the skin.

A number of people believe an ingredient used in some of these oils may have had psychoactive properties and could have featured a cannabis extract.

The Hebrew version of the holy oil recipe in Exodus contained almost 3 kilos (6lb) of an as-yet unidentified herb referred to as keneh-bosum.

Most historians think the herb refers to calamus - a root extrac also known as 'Sweet Flag' that has been used for its medicinal properties for thousands of years.

Some argue that keneh-bosum, which was extracted into about six quarts of olive oil along with a variety of other fragrant herbs, was cannabis or a cannabis extract.

Cannabis researcher Chris Bennett wrote in an article in the US drugs magazine High Times: 'The Ancient anointed ones were literally drenched in this potent mixture.

'The medical use of cannabis during that time is supported by archaeological records.'

Bienenstock added that anyone healed by cannabis-lined oils would have see the practice as a 'miracle'.

'Someone of the religious mindset from that time, not understanding the scientific underpinning of how or why it works, would be likely to view that as a miracle.'

Bienenstock even claimed Jesus himself would have taken cannabis

However, as one person points out: "If cannabis oil can restore sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf, cure leprosy/eczema/psoriasis etc, heal disabled limbs, raise the dead to complete health, reattach severed appendages (without surgery), why hasn't it been introduced before to the NHS? Perhaps because Jesus didn't use our need it!"





Did Mavado's son order beheading of victim?

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mavado-son-yardflex.jpgThe murder case involving Mavado's 16-year-old son has seemingly taken another twist.

According to reports, police have indicated that they have a key eyewitness willing to testify that Mavado's 16-year-old son was the one who ordered the killing of 23-year-old Lorenza Thomas.

The entertainer's son and another man, 23-year-old Andre Hinds have been charged in relation to Thomas' death.

Thomas was killed on June 5 after a group of men reportedly kicked in his door and shot, chopped and light his body on fire. Police say Thomas was partially beheaded during the attack, an act which they theorize was a direct order from Mavado's son.

According to reports, detectives have obtained a text message from the Dancehall entertainer son's phone instructing his co-accused to behead Thomas "Memba di boss want him head."

Cops are also probing if there is any connections to a second murder which took place outside of the Constant Spring market just hours after Mavado was shot at.

Mavado is currently in the United States where he is a resident and has indicated through his attorney, Tamika Harris, that he will return to Jamaica to meet with police following his contractual agreements.





marcia-griffiths-photos-5.jpgMarcia Griffiths is livid that her 'pure,happy song', Electric Slide said to be about a sex toy

An article online suggests that the song, Electric Slide is about a vibrator, not a dance craze. Reports are that the 71 year old original songwriter, Neville Livingston, aka Bunny Wailer told the source in an interview, "I'm surprised it took people this long to figure out!"

The story says that Bunny Wailer was inspired to write the tune after his then-girlfriend informed him that she "didn't need him" because she had a personal device nicknamed the "electric slide."

Of course, the Internet ran with the story and soon it got back to Sister Marcia, who was livid and put out a statement in which she declared that she was angry that people would cheapen her "pure and happy" song in that manner.

The singer/writer states the song she wrote in less than 24 hours to the beat of a small music box is about "positive vibrations, not vibrators." .

The 1982 jam formally called "Electric Boogie" eventually climbed to the No. 51 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1990.

It's electric!" singer Marcia Griffith shouts. "You can't see it. You gotta feel it. Oh, it's shakin.'"

"Are you comin' with me?" another verse asks. "Come let me take you on a party ride. And I'll teach you, teach you, teach you, I'll teach you the electric slide."

Meanwhile, Bunny Wailer himself allegedly shot down the report in a statement made directly to music publication EDM.

"At no time have I ever lent credence to a rumor that the song was inspired by anything other than Eddie Grant's 'Electric Avenue,'" he said. "To state otherwise is a falsehood and offends my legacy, the legacy of the singer Marcia Griffiths, and tarnishes the reputation of a song beloved by millions of fans the world over."

Marcia Griffiths - Electric Boogie (The Electric Slide) (Promo) (HQ)





Wayne Marshall cuts off his locks

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wayne-marshall-photo-1.jpgWayne Marshall seems to be going through a transformation - both physical and otherwise. The singer surprised his fans last week Friday when he shaved his dreadlocks and is now sporting a low cut hairstyle.

The former Alliance member who is the husband of Tami Chynn debuted his brand new look on social media with an Insta post which said: "Transform... verb 1. make a marked change in the form, nature, or appearance of,"

Soon after he uploaded photos showing his new look with the word:"Unlocked!!!,"

Meanwhile, Marshall is currently promoting his gospel single 'Glory To God' which has racked up over 500,000 hits during the last two months.





beenie-and-d-angel-happier-times.jpgThe ex wife of Beenie Man is at it again and while some still insist that they like her style others say it is just cringeworthy.

So D'Angel, who is still a deejay, has once again gone viral on social media....for the wrong reason.

On Saturday, the self-proclaimed 'First Lady of Dancehall' uploaded a steamy photo of herself dressed in underwear to her Instagram account with the caption: "This Is How The First Lady Takes Selfie While Waiting For Your Baby Father πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ˜‚".

The 'Stronger' singer, who was romantically involved with Bounty Killer before she wed Beenie, his arch rival, instantly got the attention of several Dancehall/Reggae fans on social media who chimed in on her post.

"D'Angel you really need fi move one and leave Beenie Man alone the man and him woman well happy and yuh miserable," one user wrote. "Lol him na come back suh yuh stay deh," another wrote.

"Childish, petty and f**king bitter... these grown ass bitter bettys," another user added.

In previous interviews, D'Angel has said that she is focused on her brand -- herself. So is this her branding tactics to get noticed?





Pregnant woman killed in Portland

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA pregnant woman is dead as a result of a vicious incident in which five persons were shot by gunmen in Portland early on Sunday.

The deceased has been identified as Kimberley Baugh, 24, a resident of Orange Bay in the parish.

Reports are that approximately 2:45 a.m., a group of persons was at a premises in Orange Bay cleaning up after a party at the location, when two men with guns went to the premises and opened fire indiscriminately at the group of persons, hitting some of their targets.

Those injured were taken to hospital, where Baugh was pronounced dead.

The other victims have been admitted in hospital

The police said they have apprehended a suspect - a relative of the victims of the shooting - in connection with the attack.





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hands-behind-bars.jpgA Bahamian fugitive, who is wanted on drug charges, has been nabbed in Clarendon.

According to information from the police, 43 year-old Prescott Roxbury, who is from Nassau, was detained along with a woman during an anti-narcotics operation in Commissary, Frankfield about 9 o'clock Saturday night.

Roxbury and the woman, who has been identified as 53 year-old Elaine Edwards of Morant Bay, St. Thomas, were found at a two-bedroom house.

A bag containing 14.5 pounds of ganja, valued at $60,000, was allegedly found in their possession.

They were both charged with possession of and dealing in ganja.

Roxbury and Edwards are scheduled to appear before the Clarendon Parish Court on Thursday.

In September 2015, the Royal Bahamas Police Force listed Roxbury and two other Bahamians as wanted for possession of dangerous drugs with intent to supply.





No re-trial for Shawn Storm, urges attorney

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shawn-storm-photo-2.jpgThe attorney for imprisoned dancehall artiste Shawn Storm has urged the Court of Appeal not to order a retrial arguing that the case is rife with multiple deficiencies.

"These defects are incurable, I submit," said Bert Samuels as he concluded his legal arguments before the court this morning.

"And any attempt to cure them for retrial purposes would be to give the prosecution a second bite at an infected cherry," Samuels continued.

Added Samuels: "A second chance to make good on the evidence deficiency in the case."





Tropical Bliss, formerly Tropical Beach in Montego Bay, St James played host on Sunday to Sumfest "Colour-Fest" Beach party, the big event which mark the started of the 26th staging of Reggae Sumfest.

Hundreds of fun-loving party-goers descended on the venue for what was dubbed the . The high-energy event was hosted by the "Curvy Diva" Yanique Barrett and Noah Power and featured DJs Team Shella, Jigga and Crazy Neil.

The new spacious venue provided the room for patrons to have what was a true beach party, with title sponsors Red Stripe providing the necessary "liquid spirits" to complement the high energy music and vibes which was provided by the DJs and the hosts.

The music took patrons from ska to reggae, hip-hop, dancehall into lover's rock and even alternative as the DJs kept the vibes going and ensured that all patrons got their money's worth.

The throng of patrons at the party also included Downsound Entertainment (DSE) Chairman and CEO, Joe Bogdanovich and DSE's Deputy Chair, Robert Russell. Both expressed delight at the vibes and energy which the event brought.

According to Bogdanovich, "this is real entertainment and we are very happy that we were able to provide this level of clean entertainment to our patrons. This is a great start to the 26th staging of Reggae Sumfest - 'Our Music, Our Festival'."

Bogdanovich is expecting that the supporting events leading into the two major nights of the festival will also be well supported.

He said, "we have crafted a wonderful slate of activities for Sumfest 2018 and starting with this Beach party, we are confident that we will receive support from our valued patrons. This year we are catering to everyone - those who have paved the way for this event over the last 25 years as well as those who see music and the entertainment industry as a business. We are looking forward to the two major nights and with the cream of the crop set to perform, this will be a wonderful Sumfest."





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vybz-kartel-photo-10.jpgThe metadata for one of the damning text messages which prosecutors used to convict top entertainers Vybz Kartel and Shawn Storm of murder was created six weeks before the victim's death, the Appeal Court was informed on Monday.

Bianca Samuels, one of the attorneys for Shawn Storm, was referring to the text message reportedly found on one of the mobile phones taken from Kartel in which it was said that Clive 'Lizard' Williams "chop up fine, fine."

Samuels was making her submissions in the appeal filed by the two entertainers against their conviction and prison sentence.

She said evidence presented during their 17-week murder trial that ended in April 2014 showed that the metadata was created on July 6, 2011, six weeks before prosecutors claim Williams was killed.

Samuels noted, too, that there was evidence that the mobile phones taken from Kartel were used while the instruments were in the custody of the police.

"This one has left me puzzled," said Samuels, who along with Isat Buchanan and Daynia Allen, represent Shawn Storm.

The panel of three judges hearing the appeal appeared surprised by the assertion.

"Our silence was sharing in your puzzlement," said president of the Court of Appeal Justice Dennis Morrison, who along with justices Patrick Brooks and Frank Williams, are hearing the case.

Samuels said this raises "more than a reasonable doubt" about the integrity of the evidence, which should not have been put to the jury.





Jamaica recorded its best ever medal tally at the IAAF World Under-20 Championships, with Kai Chang's discus gold and the bronze won in the women's 4x400m relay, closing the Jamaicans' campaign on 12 medals.

The country picked up its fourth gold this morning in Tampere, Finland when Calabar High school's Kai Chang won the Men's Discus event with a personal best, 62.36 metres.

Chang used his second attempt to record his winning throw, as Yauheni Bahutski of Belarus had to settle for the silver medal, with a 61.75 metres effort. The bronze medal went to Claudio Romero of Chile, who had a mark of 60.81 metres.

In the women's 4x400m relay, the Jamaican team of Janielle Josephs, Stacey-Ann Williams, Shiann Salmon and Calisha Taylor, clocked 3:31.90, to finish third behind the United States, 3:28.74 and Australia, 3:31.36.

These results pushed the country to 12 medals, which betters the 11 won in 2002, when the Championship was held in Kingston.

It also means the Jamaicans (4 gold, 5 silver, 3 bronze) ended the championship in second place behind Kenya (6 gold, 4 silver, 1 bronze), which is the only country which won more gold medals than Jamaica.

The United States, which finished third in the medal standings with 17 medals (3 gold, 8 silver, 7 bronze), is the only country that earned more medals than the Jamaicans.





The Firearms Licensing Authority (FLA) has embarked on an island-wide drive to clamp down on licensed firearm holders who are said to be using their weapons to carry out a number of illegal activities.

So far, the FLA drive has reportedly had some startling findings.

Among those, FLA authorities said, was a case in which they were able to nab a license firearm holder who was providing security services for a notorious gang leader in Spanish Town, St Catherine.

The gun holder was reportedly serving as a bodyguard for one of the warlords in the once crime-ridden old capital, which for quite some time now, has been the centre of extreme gang activities nationally, including racking up a huge murder tally.

Speaking at an FLA press conference at the Terra Nova Hotel in St Andrew on Friday of last week, Shane Dalling, the authority's Chief Executive Officer, said the licence of the firearm holder in question has been revoked since the alleged nefarious service was discovered.

Dalling said the firearm holder was among over 100 persons whose firearms licences have been revoked since the start of this year.





crime-scene-tape-gloves.jpgPolice have reported that an 18-year-old woman died this morning following injuries she sustained in a motor vehicle accident on the Gully Road in Oracabessa, St Mary.

Dead is Abigail Angus, a student at the University of the West Indies, Mona.

Reports from the Oracabessa Police are that about 4:20 am, Angus was a passenger in a grey Toyota Fortuner motor truck when the driver allegedly lost control of the vehicle which collided with a tree. Angus died while undergoing treatment at hospital.

The Oracabessa Police are investigating.





crime-scene-tape-gloves.jpgA pedal cyclist is dead and eight persons including a 2-year-old child were injured following a three-vehicle crash along Allan Avenue in Port Antonio, Portland, Saturday night..

According to a preliminary report from the police, a grey Toyota Wish motor car with three people aboard was travelling towards Port Antonio when it crashed into a taxi going in the opposite direction.

The police say the taxi was about to make a right turn unto Smatt Road when it was hit by the Toyota, which swerved into the path of a pedal cyclist, who was hit and thrown unto a concrete-paved walkway, before slamming into a grey motor car - flipping over several times before stopping on its top.

The pedal cyclist was pronounced dead on the scene by a doctor.

The three occupants of the Toyota including a six-year-old child and the driver were rushed to hospital. The four passengers who were traveling in the taxi were also taken to hospital.

The Portland police are investigating.





Young act grateful for Sumfest small stage

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The Reggae Sumfest small stage has introduced a few of the fiercest names in reggae and dancehall to a wide music-loving audience and has even acted as the platform to 'buss big'. The list includes reggae entertainers Warrior King, Bushman and Shenseea, who have graduated to the main stage following their appearances on the small stage.

Its reputation for promoting talents is highly revered among the fraternity of emerging artistes despite the early placements and short performance time it offers.

According to emerging artist D'Yani, who is performing on Reggae Sumfest Reggae Night (night two), an opportunity, no matter how small is at the end of the day, a good opportunity.

"The platform is there to explore. As a young artiste, you must use, every minute to deliver a good solid set that will leave a lasting impact," he told The Gleaner in a recent interview..

The Sad Story singer was recognised by the Reggae Sumfest team while performing on the Fame 95FM Road Party.

"The eight to 10 minutes up-and-coming artistes like myself have will still be a part of the broadcast to an international audience," he said. "I honestly did not envision being on the stage when I attended in 2016 to see Barrington Levy on the stage."

Dancehall singjay Kim Nain shared the same sentiment. "It is the beginning for another part of the musical journeys young artistes are taking," she said.

Meanwhile, Imeru Tafari, 24-year-old son of Queen Ifrica and fast-rising reggae artiste, sees the stage show like any other event where he is given time to perform.

"It could be a Reggae Sumfest, Rebel Salute or smaller event - to me, it is about showing not only my talent, but most importantly, sharing the message of positivity and righteousness. For all the shows, it is the same," he said.

Imeru Tafari is cognisant that he will only receive five minutes to perform his set but nonchalantly answered, "It's not a big problem. Two song can still deliver in that time." He says his true satisfaction comes from being able to share the lyrics.

"The Reggae Sumfest stage is definitely one that will expose me to bigger platforms being an international show, and I am hoping it brings me across the world," he added.

"It is my second time performing. The first time, my mother called me on stage to perform with her. There I got the chance to sing Damian 'Jr Gong' Marley's verse from their collaboration, Trueversation," he recalled.

Other young reggae performers include Abatau (son of Tony Rebel), Naomi Cowan, and Stushie, and among the emerging dancehall acts Rygin King and Vanzo.





popcaan-bursts-rifle-and-pistol-at-shooting-range.jpgPopcaan's management has responded to the controversy surrounding a video showing the Dancehall star animatedly shooting two guns at a range.

The video has gone viral.

In a statement, Popcaan's management team said they wanted to assure fans that the "gun-shooting exercise took place in a supervised and safe setting, an official shooting range, a specialized facility designed for firearms qualifications, training, or practice".

According to the deejay's handlers, he was at the Lower Trent Valley Fish and Game Club, in Ontario, Canada where the enertainer had been on tour at the time.

Also in the release was a letter, signed by Nicholas Carino, a licensed firearm holder in Ontario, attesting to the fact that it was a supervised exercise.

The video, which emerged Wednesday and has been rapidly circulating online, caught the attention of law enforcement officers and has set off intense debates on entertainment message boards over Popcaan's responsibility as a role model.

While some argue that the artiste should be allowed to "have fun" without scrutiny, others berated the entertainer for appearing to glamourise firearms in a society plagued by gun violence.

Popcaan will be releasing his latest album, 'Forever' later this month.





gregory-isaacs.jpgThe 68th anniversary of the birth of one of Jamaica's most beloved entertainers - Gregory Isaacs, the Cool Ruler is Sunday, July 15, 2018.

As a singer of love songs, it is widely accepted that nobody in reggae music sings a love song quite like him. His unique style - cool, hypnotic, while portraying glimpses of the rude boy, has earned him the title 'The Cool Ruler'. He really emerged in the mid-1970s and developed a style, which at times had his audiences, especially the ladies, almost eating out of his hands.

In both his songs and his personal life, Gregory often seemed to wear his heart on his sleeve: In the tenderly caressed verses of My Number One, his romantic vulnerability is palpably felt.

The song ends with an almost-whispered plea of a man who has known many travails of the heart, when he utters:

"If you want to be my number one,

Let me know your future plan, Please don't hurt this man."

Like many others before him, Gregory started his entertainment career by entering various talent competitions and appearing on stage shows before getting into studio to do his first recording - his self-penned Another Heartache in the late 1960s for West Indies Recording Limited (WIRL), founded by former Jamaican Prime Minister Edward Seaga. His second composition My Only Lover, done for Rupie Edwards' Success Label in the early 1970s, became his first hit and was the template of all the lovers rock-reggae tunes that followed. Considered the chief architect of lovers rock, he reinforced that claim with other early pieces like All I Have Is Love, Let's Dance, Salary Is Thin, and on his own African Museum label, Front Door and Night Nurse which was a desperate appeal for help.

"Tell her, try her best to make it quick,

Woman tend to the sick,

For there must be something she can do,

This heart is broken in two,

Tell her its a case of emergency,

There's a patient by the name of Gregory,

Night nurse, only you alone can quench this thirst."





marion-hall-photo-1.jpgMinister Marion Hall has added some dancehall flavour to her sophomore gospel album, His Grace, which is available for pre-order https://VPAL.lnk.to/HisGraceMinMarionHallE

"After listening to it, I realised I needed something like dancehall on it. I looked to God for help and came up with a song called Tun Back Christian. A lot of people are in the church but don't know how to be content, and end up walking away from God. A lot of church folks, instead of encouraging them [they] chastise them, which doesn't help the situation. The verses on it can sing along to, and I include a sinner's prayer in there so you can ask God fi wash yuh off in His righteousness. There's also Mighty God... I think the wait will be worth it," Hall told Jamaica Observer. "Those two are for the Lady Saw fans."

The 17-track His Grace is self-produced on the Minister Marion Hall label and distributed by VPAL. The official release date is set for July 20.

In addition to the title track, the set boasts I'm Gonna Fast, Overflow, Gave It All Up For Jesus, Walk On Water, All That's Left, Dead Man Walking, Love Like This, The World Can See, My God Is Alive, That Cross, You Are, Pay You Back, Lord We Need You, and Can't Stop My Praise.

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"Out of the 17 tracks, I'm predicting 15 hits. It's a praise and worship album with dancehall, mento -- God gives mi country gospel too. I'm just excited to have another album out soon. I'm not even going to get ahead of myself but I know this album has the potential to get a Grammy -- it's something else. Whatever God decides to do with it, He will. When I put out When God Speaks, God was talking to me; it's the same with this album. It's all about giving God the glory. It's a powerful, mighty album, so if it's His will, it will be done," she said.

Hall, formerly known as Lady Saw, is the first female deejay to win a Grammy Award and to be certified as a triple-platinum artiste. She, however, got baptised in December 2015.

Her debut gospel album, When God Speaks, peaked at number four on the Billboard Reggae Albums chart last year.

Minister Hall is planning to embark on a three-year 'Soul Seekers Kingdom' tour across the United States starting in early August. Through her relationships with other ministries, she has landed gigs in Canad, UK and Bermuda.

She was also booked for Jamaica Fun in the Son at National Heroes' Park in Kingston on July 14.





Capleton's bail extended until September 4

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capleton.jpgDancehall deejay Capleton had his bail extended Friday morning and is to return to the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on September 4 .

The new mention date was scheduled, after the court was told that the case file was incomplete.

Bail for the artiste, who is charged with rape, was subsequently extended.

Capleton is accused of forcibly having sexual intercourse with a female hairdresser he hired to groom his hair at a New Kingston hotel on April 28.





Mr Vegas buss the 'MEH-MEH' song

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mr-vegas-photo-13.jpgMr. Vegas isn't one to miss an opportunity to turn controversy into a song. He did it with the now infamous "Usher him out" phrase during the drama that unfolded between him and controversial pastor Gino Jennings...and he is doing it again.

He has now released a humorous new single, 'Mehmeh' following his recent mispronunciation of the word which went viral on social media..

The single, released on the MV Music label, hit the Internet Thursday night with a email blast and also on the artiste's youtube channel.

Reports are that he has already shot a video for the project which was scheduled to have been released over the weekend.

It will be interesting to see if MEHMEH will prove to be the hit that Mr Vegas is searching for.





popcaan-bursts-rifle-and-pistol-at-shooting-range.jpgPopcaan, who is preparing to release his sophomore album "Forever" on July 20, recently took to a shooting range for target practicing.

Last week, the Dancehall artiste was filmed joking around as he bursts several rounds from an assault rifle before pulling out and emptying a sidearm at an undisclosed location in Canada.

"Them dead? them dead!" he uttered before firing wild shots while clowning around.

"The worst handling of a fire arm I've ever seenπŸ˜‚ plus him wouldn't even hit a target to save him lifeπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚," one fan expressed on social media.

"Can know when man no used to gun enuh πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚" another user wrote.

"Mind u shoot u self poppi lol," a user added.

"U too grown to be playing wit gun like that bro always practice safty when useing guns.. Human error can always happen n u or a member of ur squad could get hurt," another person commented.

However, some fans found Popcaan's action rather comical and entertaining.

"Man buss Machine stylish. Dem get Dash wey like a losing Cash Pot ticket. Ya nw," one fan expressed.

"Reel out and squeeze out" a user wrote.

"Dem man ya sey have fun anyway.. mi rate hoe the man always happy and always a make sure him team laugh," another fan wrote.

"Dem dead πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚," another person commented.





buju-banton-photo-10.jpgSunday, July 15, 2018,marked the 45th birthday. of Mark Myries, aka Buju Banton and Yardflex sends out Happy Earthstrong to the incarcerated Reggae singer.

AMong the tributes being paid to the Gargamel, is one by singer Nadine Sutherland who was scheduled to perform a short tribute to Banton at the Blue & Bougie - 'Forever Blue' - summer party series at the Tennis Club of Hasting, 40 North Restaurant, Hastings on the Hudson, NY where music master mixer, producer and radio host Kurt 'Party Animal' Riley and music executive and Grammy nominated producer Cristy Barber will be honored.

"It's gonna be a short but very impactful show" the singer disclosed during a recent rehearsal session with former Sagittarius band bass player Derrick Barnett.

Banton rose from the slums of Salt Lane in Kingston in the early 1990's to become one of the most celebrated dancehall/reggae icons today. Sutherland and Banton it turns out have a history on wax together. The two recorded 'No Second Class;' 'Wicked Dickie;' 'Anything For You' featuring Snow, Beenie Man, Terror Fabulous, Kulcha Knox, and Louie Culture and 'What I Am Gonna Do' from Banton's iconic 1995 Til Shiloh album.

The former teen Queen has her own celebrated history in reggae. Her single 'Action' which was recorded with Terror Fabulous over 25 years ago is a hot pick at reggae/dancehall parties globally and it is still popular on ethnic and urban radio stations in the USA, Canada and England.

Nadine scored other hits including 'Babyface,' 'Since You have been Gone,' 'All Dem A Talk,' 'Never Knew' and "I'm In Love.' Last year she was appointed director of performing arts at Challenge Charter Schools Organization in New York.





Popcaan's team defends his shooting video

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popcaan-bursts-rifle-and-pistol-at-shooting-range.jpgThe team behind dancehall heavyweight Popcaan has been forced to defend his actions after persons reacted angrily to a viral video that shows him shooting two guns in what some consider a reckless manner.

The Unruly boss, through his publicist, yesterday said: "The gun-shooting exercise took place in a supervised and safe setting, an official shooting range, a specialised facility designed for firearms qualifications, training, or practice."

The publicist said that Popcaan was under the supervision of two licensed firearm holders, one of whom is a member of the gun range, which is located in the Lower Trent Valley Fish and Game Club, in Frankford, Ontario, Canada.

When contacted via telephone, Carino said they were merely having fun.

"It was just target shooting. We just wanted to have fun by taking our guest to shoot at targets," Carino said. "I don't know how the footage got out there like that; most firearm clubs or ranges allow for video, although I am not sure if this one is against any type of video."

Popcaan was on tour in Ontario at the time of the exercise.

With the video making the rounds on social media, many persons have expressed concern about the nonchalant manner in which Bullet Proof deejay handled and fired the guns.

Some fans also said Popcaan should be mindful that his actions could influence youth.

Popcaan's management team, meanwhile, said the artiste is not paying attention to the negative comments.

They said that he is putting all his energy into his latest album, Forever, which will be released later this month.

"We do not understand the cause for all the speculations when it is just Popcaan enjoying himself in the confines of the gun range. Quite a few artistes have had videos posted to their social media pages doing the same," said his management team.





'Babsy Grange' says she'll miss Suzanne Couch

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babsy-grange-minister.jpgMinister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia 'Babsy' Grange has expressed sorrow at the passing of well-known Jamaican singer, pianist, composer and producer Suzanne Couch, who was equally known locally as an experienced caterer.

In a release, Grange said: "Suzanne became a featured singer on several Jamaican record releases, including Steely & Clevie's version of the Carly Simon song Why, Monty Alexander's album Many Rivers to Cross, and singles with Maxi Priest, Toots Hibbert, Mutabaruka, among others. I was happy when Suzanne's debut album - Lifeline - appeared in 2001. Its excellence was praised in Jamaica and across the world, with some reviews recommending it for the Reggae Grammy award. She continued singing, composing and playing the piano, with special solo performances at RedBones CafÈ and, most recently, at a special benefit concert featuring Joss Stone at Strawberry Hill Hotel just a few weeks before her death."

That concert was where Couch made public the fact that she was suffering from breast cancer.

"Suzanne Couch was more than a great Jamaican musician, songwriter and singer. She was a great Jamaican woman," Grange went on in the statement. "I shall miss her, but Jamaica will be forever enriched by the music she left for us to enjoy. I send my condolences to Peter and their daughter Sarah. Rest well, Suzanne Couch."





Capleton's bail extended until September

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bail.jpgEntertainer Capleton had his bail extended fRIDAY morning and is to return to the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on September 4 .

The new mention date was scheduled after the court was told that the case file was incomplete.

Bail for the artiste, who is charged with rape, was subsequently extended.

Capleton is accused of forcibly having sexual intercourse with a female hairdresser he hired to groom his hair at a New Kingston hotel on April 28.





T&T not interested in decriminalising ganja

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ganja-use.jpgDecriminalising marijuana is not on Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley's list of priorities.

This is despite a recommendation by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Marijuana Commission that countries in the region move to either legalise or decriminalise marijuana.

The commission presented its report to CARICOM Heads of Government at their 39th Annual Conference in Montego Bay, Jamaica last week, suggesting that going the route of legalisation or decriminalisation could lead to substantial economic benefits.

But Rowley said at a post-Cabinet media briefing on Thursday that the jury is still out on that.

"At the moment we're not running any advocacy for decriminalising marijuana or incorporating it into the economic space because we have some other priorities and we're also not convinced of the benefits that some people are asking us to grasp," he said.

Rowley identified one of those priorities as addressing the crime situation in the twin-island republic.

"The crime level is affecting us in very many ways, not just safety and security, but also in watering down our position for economic growth and T&T's potential to sell ourself as a place where investment can be done and we're losing in our communities, the sense of brotherly love," he said.





held.jpgLawrence Pommels, the man who is now before the courts on money laundering and bribery charges, was allowed to continue signing cheques for seven months beyond the time he was authorised to do so at the state-owned National Energy Solutions Limited (NESol).

Pommels and co-accused 34-year-old mechanic, Ricardo Harris, a sub-contractor with NESol, were arrested during a joint operation involving members of the Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Branch (C-TOC) and the Financial Investigation Division (FID) in Old Harbour, St Catherine on June 7 of this year.

It was later stated that Pommels or the two was/were reportedly held with $85 million in cash, four high-end motor vehicles and other valuables. They were also charged with breaches of the Corruption Prevention Act and possession of criminal property.

At Wednesday's sitting of Parliament's Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC).

Managing Director at NESol, Carolyn Warren, told the PAAC that Pommels acted as the entity's chief engineer for seven months, during which time he was allowed to sign cheques.

However, he continued signing after Chief Engineer Anthony Brown returned from leave. In fact, Warren disclosed that the 33-year-old Pommels continued signing cheques up until the time he was arrested in June and was subsequently placed on interdiction.

Warren told the PAAC that the NESol board approved Pommels' signing authority when Brown went on leave. She said the managing director, the board chairman, the director of finance and the chief engineer are authorised to sign cheques. She said each cheque must have two authorised signatures for it to be valid.

As to why Pommels kept signing cheques long after Brown returned to work, Warren said: "It was not done in time... he was not removed". She admitted that it should have been done.

Meanwhile, committee members expressed surprise when the chief engineer had difficulty explaining what his job function was, in particular, his duties since he returned from leave.

After committee member, Mikhail Phillips, asked him several times, Brown finally said: "My understanding is that Mr Pommels is doing work and I am doing work as well."

The response triggered laughter among the committee members.

Ms Warren intervened, explaining that although Brown had returned to office, Pommels had projects that were ongoing, and both he and Brown worked on those projects.

NESoL is a division of the Energy Ministry. It previously operated as the Rural Electrification Programme, but its mandate has been widened.





Carolyn Warren, the Managing director of National Energy Solutions Limited (NESOL) has admitted that she does have a conviction. Warren admitted to the conviction Thursday night, saying that it happened in 1993 and that she was given a suspended sentence.

She said that for the past 25 years of her life she had dedicated herself to working with young people to ensure they don't make the same mistake she did.

Since then, she has turned her life around, gone back to school and earned an undergraduate degree in management and is now currently pursuing a Master's degree in business administration.

She also said she spent years in the private sector and has developed a reputation for her dedication and professionalism.

"I spent 14 years at Nationwide News Network rising to a sales manager. I also worked at a major financial institution for many years and I have also done major work with other large businesses in Jamaica after my mistake," Warren said in a statement.

"I am dedicated to my church, my family and the many people I work with over the years," she said, adding that she has applied to have her record expunged.

"I am not the same person I was 25 years ago. I made a mistake, I paid for it then, and I suspect I will pay for it the rest of my life," she said.

"Whatever my fate, I will continue to work in my church and make a contribution to young people to ensure that others are not mislead and make the same mistake I did 25 years ago. I did not disclose my mistake of 25 years ago because I know most persons would judge me by that past mistake and for that I also apologise. I am not the same person I was 25 years ago, but if must pay for that mistake again with this job I will do so and rebuild my life once again with the help of God," Warren said.

Paulwell, the Opposition People's National Party spokesman on energy had earlier Thursday night called Prime Minister Andrew Holness, in his capacity as minister of energy, to immediately relieve Warren of her duties because she has a record of conviction for drug trafficking.

Meanwhile, there has been a lot of support for Warren: I think this lady should be allowed to keep her job even if only to serve as encouragement to those who made a mistake in their youthful days. We need to send the right message of encouragement to people and young people in particular," said one commenter

"I think anyone who disclosed this information in this out of order manner should be relieved of their duty for there is a right and wrong way about doing these things".

Another reader, agreed, saying that, "I'd rather back a decent person who has learned from their mistakes..."

"Jamaica suffers greatly because of old youthful mistakes being used to crush people who have risen far from their mistake. Let's not forget that this is all while many in the upper echelons of money and politics pretend to be squeaky clean. Enough with this farce," the reader commented.

Others, however, backed Paulwell in calling for Warren's immediate sacking.

"Mr Prime Minister, you cannot have a convicted drug trafficker who spent three years in prison working in management position in a government entity."

"Don't get me wrong, she can be employed in government, but not in the capacity of management. Get her out fast. It is not good".

Another user, Cane Curtter, chided Warren for not disclosing her conviction in the first place.

"Her mistake of 25 years ago isn't the issue, failure to disclose before accepting the job is."





Dildos can unleash demons, warns pastor

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dildo-sex-toy.jpgApostle Andrew Scott of Greater Works International Fellowship is warning against the use of sex toys, in particular dildos because they are unholy they are marriage breakers and the use of dildos can attract demonic forces into homes.

Apostle Scott is encouraging single women not to be tempted to use dildos to quench their sexual thirsts but to meditate on the Word of God, and to wait until they find a suitable husband.

He said the use of sex toys among Christians is very widespread and that based on a survey he conducted, single and married women have introduced these toys in their homes and marriages and now have issues.

In a recent televised sermon, Scott implored women and couples to desist from using dildo stating that: "It can cause them to lose feelings for the natural function of a male and to accept the unnatural, which is the dildo. That woman could find that she loses interest in having intercourse the natural way, and now begin to explore other unnatural ways, for example, cherries, strawberries, whipped cream and other enticing treats to add to the female genitals," he said.

The minister stated that it is impossible for a male to compete with a sexy toy and as a result, a lot of men are now taking sexual enhancement drugs to match up to a dildo.

"Using a dildo, she can go for as long as she wants. The body usually experience a climax within 10 - 20 minutes and then recovers. With the dildo, there is no cooling down as it can run for hours and even days until the battery dies. A man cannot compete with a toy that uses batteries that lasts for hours," he said.

Scott stated that when a man falls short in the bedroom because he is unable to perform like the dildo, he is often shunned by his partner and this can often leads to a breakdown of the marriage.

"It is my understanding that some pastors may have influenced their members to use these sex toys as an alternate to comfort women in their time of loneliness, and because of lack knowledge, these pastors did not know that this lifestyle and practise came about [because of] two sisters who were harlots, Aholah and Aholibah. This lifestyle comes with spiritual consequences," he said.





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Ronaldo signs to Juventus

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Cristiano Ronaldo has opted to leave Spanish giants Real Madrid for Italian champions Juventus for the next - and possibly final - chapter of one of the greatest careers the game has seen.

The shock move by the 33-year-old superstar comes shortly after losing what is likely his last chance to collect the only honour missing from his glittering resume - a World Cup for Portugal.

Speculation that one of the game's greatest players could be up for grabs began when he hinted he was considering leaving the Santiago Bernabeu following May's Champions League final victory.

Then the transfer rumour mill went into overdrive after Italian media said Juventus had put in a bid and Spanish sports daily Marca cited reports of Ronaldo looking for a home in Turin.

There was little left for Ronaldo, Real's all-time record goalscorer with 450, to prove in Madrid.

He said he had spent nine fantastic years at the Spanish giants.

"But I think the time has come to open a new stage in my life and that's why I asked the club to accept to transfer me," he said in a statement.

Real has topped the La Liga twice and won the Champions League four times during his time there - Ronaldo is the first player to have five, including one with former club Manchester United.

He is also a five-time world player of the year, a record he shares with his eternal rival, Argentine talisman Lionel Messi.

But in 2016 Ronaldo managed what Messi could not - winning a major international title for his country - when he led Portugal to victory in the European Championships.

And with both Portugal and Argentina being bundled out of the World Cup in the second round on June 30, it seems likely that the sport's crowning achievement will elude both partners in football's greatest player rivalry.





merritone-makes-his-move.jpgThe late Winston "Merritone" Blake never hid his love for Cuba, its long-time President Fidel Castro, or the country's diverse culture and the affable sound system owner/operator visited there regularly.

Come February 2019, three years after his death, there will be the inaugural Dream Cruise: Merritone Memories, a five-day cruise aboard the Majesty of The Seas liner. It is scheduled to make stops in the Cuban capital Havana, Fort Lauderdale and Key West in Florida.

The cruise is the brainchild of Paul Johnson, a Fort Lauderdale-based events promoter who knew Blake and his family for many years. It is endorsed by Blake's younger brother, Monte, who will be involved.

Johnson, who hosts the weekly Merritone Memories on WAVS 1107 AM in South Florida, said the cruise is a salute to the Blakes who have operated the Merritone sound system for 68 years. Winston's wife, singer Cynthia Schloss, will also be honoured; she died in 1999."

The Dream Cruise sails from Fort Lauderdale to Key West on the evening of February 26, after a party celebrating the lives of Winston Blake and Cynthia Schloss. Its next stop is Key West the following day, then Havana.

While in the Cuban capital there will be tours of the city as well as a jam session involving Jamaican and Cuban musicians, followed by a Turntable/Waterfalls dance aboard the ship.

On March 1 the cruise leaves Havana. Soul Friday, a retro party, takes place aboard the ship that evening before its return to Fort Lauderdale the next day.

Monte Blake commented on his family's ties to Cuba, the country's historical impact on Jamaica and Jamaican music.

Winston Blake was still a student at Kingston College when he and his older brother Trevor assumed control of the Merritone sound system in 1956, the year their father, its founder, died. Younger brothers Tyrone and Monte eventually joined the fold, and the 'sound' thrived during the 1960s and 1970s with jam-packed parties at the Turntable Club, located in the Red Hills Road area of Kingston.

When the Turntable closed, they moved to Waterfalls in the Liguanea area of the Jamaica capital.

Blake died in February 2016 of complications from a stroke. He was 75.





One of Europe's leading airlines, Eurowings, a subsidiary of one of the world's biggest airline companies, Lufthansa, will begin operating a twice-weekly scheduled service between Germany's largest populated metropolitan region and Montego Bay, beginning July 3 this year.

The scheduled flights will operate every Monday and Friday from Cologne/Bonn, and will use their Airbus 330 aircraft which has 310 seats.

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braemar-shooting.jpgPeter Champagnie, the lawyer for Andrew Woolery, the licensed firearm holder who shot a security guard during an altercation at Braemar Estate in St Andrew recently is angry about a "vicious rumour" being circulated about non-payment of maintenance fees by his client.

He vowed to aggressively pursue those who have been spreading the 'rumours' via social media.

"It has come to our attention that there are person or persons on social media who have been circulating a lie that Mr Woolery had owed maintenance (on his apartments) for years, and this is not true," said Champagnie.

"We intend to take action against these defamatory statements, because it has caused Mr Woolery a lot of discomfort as he is in real estate and this is a vicious rumour that is being communicated via social media, and people need to desist from doing so," the attorney added.

Meanwhile, Wollery was questioned by investigators from the Half-Way Tree Police Station on Monday about the hooting incident which went viral after it was captured on video.

The video footage shows Woolery engaged in a heated discussion with KingAlarm security officers about leaving the property, before being attacked from behind by a man in civilian clothing, who is said to be a security guard at the complex.

A struggle ensued between the two men, with other personnel entering the fray, and a shot was subsequently fired, hitting the supposed plainclothes security guard in the neck. The injured man was rushed to the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI), where he was admitted in a stable condition.

The King Alarm security officers who were present at the scene have since been pulled from duty.

The attorney is quoted as saying that his client generally in good spirits, with lacerations from being forcefully shoved to the ground having not been to a significant degree, but he has been "complaining of pains in the back and in the head".





An early morning dispute between two men over coal wood left one hospitalised in a serious condition after being attacked with a chainsaw.

The reported attacker, who allegedly struck in Logwood district in St Thomas on Tuesday,has been taken into custody by the police.

Reports are that shortly after 7:00 a.m., the men got into an argument over the wood, with one contending that the other had stolen from him.

Things took a violent turn, and one man allegedly used a chainsaw to cut the other in the belly.

The badly injured man was taken to hospital, while the alleged attacker was taken into police custody.

Up to late on Tuesday, while the police confirmed the incident, there was no clear indication of whether the injured man had survived the attack.





charged.jpgA 15 year old boy who was taken into custody in relation to the death of a teenage girl in Seaview Gardens, St. Andrew has been charged.

15 year old Olivia Gonzales, who was a student of Tarrant High School, was fatally shot on June 30.

Police had reported that Olivia was among a group of friends who were reportedly handling a firearm when it went off hitting her.

Head of the St Andrew South Police Division Superintendent Gary Francis says the boy was charged yesterday with manslaughter and illegal possession of a firearm.

Head of the St Andrew South Police Division Superintendent Gary Francis.

In addition Superintendent Francis says the other suspect remains in custody as investigations continue into the incident.





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Hookie Weekend scores big with attendees

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Washington, DC (Sonique Solutions) - The Hookie Life Entertainment team has once again unleashed another successful edition of its annual Hookie weekend in Washington DC.

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Patrons came from various US & Canadian cities and Caribbean islands for the pool party of all pool parties 'Hookie DC'.

With 5 major events over the span of 4 days, the 2018 installment created memorable moments for its patrons complete with the very best of West Indian entertainment.

After what can only be described as an epic reunion of Caribbean culture lovers in the form of the Thursday night event 'Release Therapy', attendees from various US & Canadian cities and Caribbean islands descended upon the RFK Stadium in downtown DC for the pool party of all pool parties 'Hookie DC', which took place on the Friday afternoon.

The organizers transformed the stadium into a true pool/beach setting with huge inflatable pools, water slides and even a special sandy area close to the stage front.

Adding to Hookie DC's mix were energetic sets by top international DJs and performances from local brass band 'Dem Bad' and Soca artistes Fadda Fox and Motto who kept the 'Party Lit'.

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Lion's Pride J'ouvert gave attendees the chance to let loose in paint and powder frenzy.

Lion's Pride J'ouvert gave attendees the chance to let loose in paint and powder frenzy.

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Packed house for the return of Shine DC on Hookie Saturday night.

This signature Saturday morning Hookie weekend J'ouvert event did not disappoint its fans and set the bar high with an abundance of amenities. This event was followed later that evening by the return of Shine DC which truly morphed Hookie Saturday from dutty to swanky.

costumes-galore-at-riddim-road.jpgCostumes galore at Riddim & Road.

Sunday afternoon's Riddim & Road was the final event on the Hookie Weekend calendar and offered multiple music trucks, drinks trucks, live drummers on the road and drink ambassadors with backpacks who served masqueraders with specialty rum punch. This gave participants a chance to get additional usage of their previous regional and international Carnival costumes and also gave several of them the opportunity to release their inner designer as seen by the variety of original costume creations and Monday wear upgrades.

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True Carnival culture on full display in the DMV at Hookie DC Weekend 2018.

Even the weekend's rainy/overcast weather could not stop these eager party-goers from leaving their inhibitions and hang ups at the door and leaving everything else on the floor.

One patron termed the exciting weekend of events as 'Socaholics Anonymous' and shared, "In this case nobody is trying to be cured of their addictions and instead of counsellors and sponsors we have the industry's biggest enablers in the DJs, artists and of course the awesome promoters."

Hookie Weekend 2018's sponsors included Courvoisier, Cruzan rum, Blu eCigs & Top Choice Transportation Services.

Up next on the Hookie Life Entertainment 2018 agenda is the all-inclusive affair 'Havana Nights' (Sept 22nd), 'Hookie Miami' (Oct 4th).

For additional information on Hookie Life's 2018 events please visit: www.hookielife.com OR www.facebook.com/hookielife OR www.instagram.com/hookielife

Packed house for the return of Shine DC on Hookie Saturday night.





Suzanne Couch has died

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Musician and singer Suzanne Couch died Tuesday morning in Mexico, while reportedly undergoing treatment. Couch was battling stage four breast cancer.

She recently performed at Hope In The Hills benefit concert at Strawberry Hill in St Andrew, where she and her band captivated the audience in a stirring performance, lasting almost two hours.

"This experience has been very emotional for me," she told journalists at the concert.

"I've been wanting to do this show for two years, we had some issues getting sponsorship. Even though there were challenges I knew that I had to keep pushing because I am sick. It's incurable and it's spreading; I'm in a lot of pain and I'm taking a lot of drugs right now. The next stage after this is treatment," Couch said then.

The concert featured her daughter Sarah, along with Billboard artiste Joss Stone and was staged in support of the Hope Institute of Jamaica





Court allows fresh evidence in Kartel's case

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vybz-kartel-photo-11-larger.jpgThe Court of Appeal Court has ruled that it will allow the attorneys for Vybz Kartel and his co-convicts to introduce fresh evidence in challenging their 2014 conviction for the 2011 murder of Clive 'Lizard' Williams.

The panel of Court of Appeal president Justice Dennis Morrison, Justice Patrick Brooks and Frank Williams, granted the application a short while ago.

Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, and Shawn Storm, whose given name is Shawn Campbell, and their co-convicts, Kahira Jones and Andre St John are seeking to have their convictions quashed.

They were convicted in 2014 for the murder of Clive "Lizard" Williams and given life sentences.

Kartel will be eligible for parole after serving 35 years while Campbell and Jones will have to serve 25 years each before being eligible for parole. St John will do 30 years before being considered for parole.

The convicts were granted leave to appeal their murder conviction after citing several reasons, including claims that they did not receive a fair trial and that justice was miscarried in their cases, as well as that the trial judge, Justice Lennox Campbell, had erred in admitting contaminated cellphone evidence and that there was more than reasonable doubt about the phone's integrity.





drake.jpgDrizzy's latest album Scorpion went platinum as soon as it was released, and now the album is the first to reach 1 billion streams across all platforms globally within a week. Drake's 25-track double album blew past Post Malone's Beerbongs & Bentleys global record, which was just under 700 million streams.

It's likely these numbers will propel Scorpion to the top of Billboard's 200 albums chart when the official numbers are released Sunday. Drake celebrated his historic achievement with an Instagram post thanking his fans "a billion times over."

In other Drake-related news, the Toronto rapper just dropped a new freestyle spitting subliminal bars at Kanye West.

Drizzy's latest album Scorpion went platinum as soon as it was released, and now the album is the first to reach 1 billion streams across all platforms globally within a week. Drake's 25-track double album blew past Post Malone's Beerbongs & Bentleys global record, which was just under 700 million streams.

It's likely these numbers will propel Scorpion to the top of Billboard's 200 albums chart when the official numbers are released Sunday. Drake celebrated his historic achievement with an Instagram post thanking his fans "a billion times over."

In other Drake-related news, the Toronto rapper just dropped a new freestyle spitting subliminal bars at Kanye West.





govana.jpgGovana dropped the visuals for his summer banger "One And Move" and Saturday into Sunday saw it trending at number one on Youtube.."

The highly entertaining music video, which is directed by RD Studios, is one of the most entertaining music videos out currently, boasting a solid concept and humour which is sure to earn the approval of fans.

The video features the deejay as a promiscuous husband whose cheating ways seems to have finally caught up to him when a bitter side girl turns up for a job as his wife's babysitter while they go out on a date.

Govana pulls off the theme of the track effortlessly, highlighting his creativity as an artist which has been brought to the forefront in the last few months following the release of several chart-topping hits.





Singer Paul Elliott is offering a ten thousand dollar reward for the return of his important documents.

The reggae singer explains that he went into a store in Montego Bay on Thursday where he made a purchase, and then accidentally walked out leaving his bag containing valuables.

Paul Elliott is today making an appeal to the public for the return of the documents.

Paul Elliott recently returned to the island following a promotional tour in the United States.





mr-vegas-photo-13.jpgMr Vegas went viral twice last week, and now there are bets as to what he will do next.

On Thursday, the veteran recording artiste who can't seem to decide whether he is gospel or secular, sent Dancehall fans into overdrive when he uploaded a video addressing his viral memes which started circulating after he filmed a controversial shooting drama which took place on Braemar Avenue in St Andrew..

Vegas, in typical Mr Vegas fashion, said that he was not upset about being trolled and commended the creativity of those who were trolling him. He said further that Jamaicans should use the creative images to help fight crime as they are very effective on social media.(What the HELL??!!!!! Use memes ti fight crime?!!)

Anyway, during the message Vegas put both feet in his mouth when he made a gigantic gaffe that resulted in ....you guessed it. EVEN MORE MEMES.

Vegas decided to pronounce the word "memes" as "meh-meh" and what a pre-keh it caused. Social media dragged the always-on-social-media deejay. . "Yo a one thing eno, black people talent eno," he said in the one-minute video. "Yo mi see some real creative meh-meh, addi baddest meh-meh dem."

Vegas was instantly turned into a laughing stock with several entertainers and comedians taking jabs at his meme pronunciation. The deejay later hit back with a telephone conversation with his alleged University graduate sister as they tried to convince Dancehall fans that memes should be pronounced as meh-meh.

Well, Vegas you had better put out the MEH-MEH song quick and fast before some other deejay beat you to it and turn you into a wussa laughingstock.





BRT Weekend comes to Pandora Internet Radio

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New York, NY- The largest Caribbean-party tour festival, Beach Road Trip (BRT) Weekend, has landed a station on music streaming powerhouse Pandora Internet Radio. The BRT Weekend station, will comprise of a playlist with the hottest reggae and soca artists, many of whom have or will be performing at a past or upcoming BRT weekend or who are signed to music label and BRT sponsor, VP Records.

BRT Weekend attracts thousands of party goers in various destinations with its4-day excursion that encompasses themed events and exciting Caribbean entertainment with all-inclusive food and drinks. Since its inception 7 years ago, thousands have flocked to BRT Weekend and it has evolved from an annual event in the Florida Keys to multiple locations within the US and islands in the Caribbean--making it the first Caribbean-party as a tour. To date, the tour has showcased entertainers such as Bunji Garlin, Popcaan, Charly Black, Ding Dong Ravers, Ultimate Rejects MX Prime, Konshens and Machel Montano. Locations includ the Florida Keys, West Palm, Dominican Republic, Atlantic City, Los Angles, Palm Springs, and just added, Turk and Caicos.

With 250 million listeners, Pandora uniquely strategizes on innovative ways to target specific audiences. The partnership between Pandora and BRT Weekend anticipates to have positive outcomes in Caribbean music streaming and the event production industries.

"BRT Weekend is the first Caribbean event station for Pandora and I am excited to witness the outcome from our new relationship with BRT Weekend..." shares Diego Herrera, Head of the Reggae/Caribbean Programming & Curation for Pandora.

The remaining 2018 BRT Weekends will take place July 13-15 in Atlantic City, September 14-16 in Los Angeles and November 3-5 in the Florida Keys.





fiction-night-club-photo-1.jpgThe promoters of the popular Sandz party series Supreme Team Limited will be taking their knowledge of successful event promotion and execution to their new spot, Fiction Night Club at the Marketplace in Kingston Jamaica. The team confirmed that it was always their goal to have their own space to leverage the passion they have for developing experiences into a restaurant or bar space and they thought that taking over management of Fiction was a great opportunity.

"When the opportunity presented itself we really could not hesitate. This will allow us to maintain constant interaction with our customers. Since David "Squeeze" Annakie already did a phenomenal job with the decor of the venue, there will be a heavy focus on the customer experience, service from all levels along with a new business model for the location," Andrew Ellis, Director of Supreme Team Limited explained.

fiction-annakie.jpgCEO of the Fiction Nightclub, David Annakie, is very pleased to be handing over the management of the space to the Supreme Team. He believes the young men are visionaries, driven and have the passion to take the club and lounge arena to the next level not only in Jamaica.

This new management will mean major changes to how the space functions. There will be a transition from the traditional nightclub concept to a more modern lounge operation.

The location is now preparing for the new unveiling of THE LIVING ROOM this month, transforming a part of the space into a restaurant floor plan with adequate seating arrangements for both small and large groups. The Living Room will be suitable for events, launches, birthdays and other occasions.

The Supreme Team Limited over the last few years, with successful stagings of Sandz and their other affiliated events including; Triple Thursdays, The Estate, Ova Suh, Backyaad BBQ and Funch, have really developed an understanding of what the customers want to see in an entertainment space. They believe that putting these elements into a fixed space will make The Living Room the ultimate spot.

Patrons can expect to see a lot of surprises with the official launch of The Living Room this Summer.





mavado-and-son.jpgThe 16-year-old son of dancehall star, Mavado, who is charged with murder, conspiracy to murder and arson, will be spending the rest of this month at the Metcalfe Street Juvenile Remand Centre. even as his legal team seeks to secure bail for him.

Bert Samuels is quoted as saying that the bail application will continue on July 31. He stated that no ruling has yet been made by the judge.

Samuels started the bail application last month, and argued that his client was a fit candidate for bail, urging the court to release him on bond.

He said he remains confident that bail will eventually be granted.

"The young man is not being housed with adult prisoners, he is being held at Metcalfe (Street), so he is safe," said Samuels.

Mavado's son and 23-year-old Andre Hines were charged over a month ago with the murder of Lorenzo Thomas in Cassava Piece, St Andrew.

Prosecutors have alleged that on June 5, men armed with guns, machetes and gasoline invaded Thomas' home in the community, where he was shot and virtually beheaded before his body was set ablaze.

The police said the teen and Hines were part of the group of invaders.





ganja-seized.jpgThe Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) in collaboration with the United States (US) Coast Guard reportedly interdicted a boat smuggling over 2,000 pounds of ganja in Key West, Florida.

The drugs, worth about US$2 million wholesale, were interdicted on Friday as part of the US Coast Guard's Operation Full Court Press.

"In conjunction with DHS [Department of Homeland Security] partners and the partner nation of Jamaica, we were able to swiftly interdict the 2,116 pounds of marijuana," said Cmdr. JosΓ© DΓ­az, commanding officer of the US Coast Guard's Thetis.

"This effort represents an ongoing regional maritime security effort in concert with our international partners to combat transnational criminal networks and promote stability across the Caribbean region by disrupting organized crime illegal activities," he added.

During the patrol, DΓ­az said Thetis crewmembers also worked with the US Coast Guard Cutter Heriberto Hernandez crew and the Puerto Rico Joint Forces of Rapid Action to rescue and repatriate 29 Dominican Republic migrants.





police-shooting.jpgTwo men who allegedly engaged a police team in a shootout in St James on Saturday afternoon were shot and killed by the lawmen. One has been identified as Shacardo Malcolm of Five Miles, Irwin in St James.

Reports are that about 1:45 p.m., a team of police officers was on patrol in the Irwin Heights area of the parish that is under a state of emergency, when they were shot at by men who then ran off.

The police gave chase and during an ensuing gun battle, the two men were shot.

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

The police reported recovering a handgun from the scene.

The Independent Commission of Investigation (INDECOM) has commenced an investigation into the incident.





mavado-son-yardflex.jpgPerhaps in an effort to silence the trolls who have been criticising Mavado for abandoning his 16-year-old son who is in police custody charged with murder, even as Mavado refuses to return to Jamaica and hand himself in to the police, the deejay is sending out a message to his boy.

On Tuesday night he uploaded a photo with his son. to Instagram with the caption: "Love you son."

Last month, Mavado's son was charged with the murder of 23-year-old Lorenzo Thomas.

Thomas was reportedly killed on June 5 after a group of men reportedly kicked in his door and shot, chopped and light his body on fire. Police say Thomas was partially beheaded during the attack, an act which they theorize was a direct order from Mavado's son.

Meanwhile, the 'Gully Gad', who is currently in the United States where he is a permanent resident, has yet to return to the island despite several warnings from law enforcement officials to turn himself in for questioning.





A Jamaica woman is today happy that she met a popular pastor who has reportedly helped her to overcome her case of major demon possession, right into her very vagina.

In an exclusive interview with Yardflex, the woman, named Antoinette (not her real name), expressed her relief that she finally found the problem solver man, who she says pulled a long metal pipe the length of her elbow to her wrist, all the way out of her vagina.

Antoinette told Yardflex that the celebrity preacher also extracted numerous needles out of her during the intense session.

"I have two more sessions with him before me fully cure," Antoinette explained, adding that there is a small monetary cost for each time she visits the demon slayer.

As to exactly why the nefarious creatures have found a home in Antoinette's nether region is hard to say, however, she is hailing the preacher's skill at extracting the unwanted visitors.





crime-scene-tape-gloves.jpgThe brutal murder of an elderly returning resident and his British wife captured the world media and shone the spotlight in an unfavourable way on Jamaica. Now, the police have charged a man for stealing money from the accounts of the elderly Portland couple who were killed last month.

Saqeino Farr, 24, was charged yesterday with seven counts of obtaining goods by means of false pretence and conspiracy to defraud.

The police say Farr, whose mother worked as a domestic helper for the victims 74-year-old Alford Anderson, and his wife Florence, 71, allegedly stole more than $8 million from their credit card accounts and used the money to buy items.

Far is to appear in the Portland Parish Court next Tuesday.

The partially burnt bodies of elderly British couple were found at their home in Mount Pleasant on Friday, June 22.

The police theorised that they were killed to thwart the investigation into the fraud.

The murder investigation is ongoing.





Reports are that recently resigned chairman of Petrojam Dr Perceval Bahado-Singh was paid more than US$75,000 by the state agency as reimbursement for airline tickets he said he purchased, including at least one dated after the event he was scheduled to attend.

Details of the payments were made during a sitting of Parliament's Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) as the operations of Petrojam remained under the microscope.

Telroy Morgan, the acting General Manager for Refinery Optimization and Business Support at Petrojam, faced the PAAC instead of its General Manager Floyd Grindley who told the committee he had emergency family business overseas and could not attend.

Morgan told the meeting that Bahado-Singh, who does not live in Jamaica, was reimbursed nearly $10 million for 26 overseas trips between December 23, 2016 and May 10, 2018.

He was also reimbursed for trips he did not attend.

The money for at least two of these trips has since been repaid to Petrojam.

Morgan said Bahado-Singh was reimbursed for a London and Brazil trips totalling more than US$17,000 which he later returned to PetroJam.

The PAAC was told that Grindley gave written instructions for all matters involving the former chairman, including payments and reimbursements, many with only airline itinerary and no meeting itinerary.

Bahado-Singh's direct purchasing of tickets did not receive the prior approval of the permanent secretary and was in breach of the company's procedure.

"For the chairman, based on our review of the facts and data, those didn't follow the regular protocol in terms of getting the PS's approval, because based on the schedules that we have provided and upon examining the facts, the chairman took it upon himself to make those purchases directly in terms of his airline tickets," said the acting chief financial officer, Carlene Evans.









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Lawyers urge court to release Mavado's son

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mavado-and-son.jpgLawyers representing dancehall entertainer Mavado's 16-year-old son, who is facing a charge of murder, on Tuesday urged a parish judge to release him on bond.

During the bail hearing before the St. Andrew Parish Court, defence attorney Bert Samuels argued that the teenager is a fit candidate for bail, adding that the evidence against him is weak.

Prosecutors have strongly opposed bail, stating that the eyewitness knew the accused.

The bail hearing will continue on July 31. The teenager and 23 year old Andre Hines were charged three weeks ago with the murder of Lorenzo Thomas, in Cassava Piece, St. Andrew.

Prosecutors reported that on June 5, men armed with guns, machetes and gasoline, invaded Mr. Thomas's home.

He was shot, beheaded and his body set ablaze.

The police say Mavado's son and Mr. Hines were a part of the group.





simon-croskill.jpgReports are that veteran broadcaster Simon Crosskill is in urgent need of blood.

According to a post on Sportsmax's social media page, Crosskill will be undergoing surgery, his fourth in four months.

Persons who want to donate blood can do so by visiting the UWI Blood Bank or any blood bank island wide and give blood under the name Simon Crosskill.





braemar-shooting.jpgPolice are probing the shooting of a man, believed to be a security guard, by a licensed firearm holder on the compound of an apartment complex in New Kingston on Monday at about 6pm on the Braemar Avenue compound. The scenario was caught on video camera by Dancehall artiste, Mr Vegas, who uploaded it to social media.

Detectives from the Half Way Tree Police Station say they are now collecting statements and are looking at video footage from a number of cameras that captured the incident.

Meanwhile, attorney-at-law Christopher Townsend, who is representing the licensed firearm holder who was involved in an altercation with security guards at an apartment complex on Braemar Avenue in St. Andrew, says his client is not contemplating legal action at this time. This is in relation to two cases of assault against his client which are under investigation by the police.

The licensed firearm holder gave a statement to the St. Andrew Central Police Wednesday in relation to him allegedly being assaulted by security guards of the apartment complex as well as King Alarm guards.

Mr. Townsend has declined to comment on what led to the incident until he receives instructions from his client.

The police have reported that the businessman's firearm was seized for ballistics testing after he shot one of the guards during the altercation.

In a statement Tuesday, King Alarm said its guards who were involved in the altercation have been pulled from duty pending the outcome of an investigation.





Social media tax takes effect in Uganda

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KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- A new tax on social media has taken effect in Uganda, angering many who see the revenue measure as an attack on free speech.

The tax on users of sites such as Facebook was first proposed by long-time leader Yoweri Museveni, who complained of online gossip in a March letter that urged the finance minister to raise money "to cope with the consequences".

In addition to the usual data fees, social media users now must pay upfront a daily levy of 200 shillings or US$0.05 to access all social media websites.

Service providers, including regional telecommunications giant MTN, said in a joint statement Sunday that starting July 1 the levy would be charged on "Over The Top services," including access to websites such as Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn. The tax will be deducted by service providers that will then pay to the government revenue service.

Many Ugandans are "bitter" because the tax "was brought in bad faith," said Ladislaus Rwakafuuzi, a prominent human rights lawyer.

"The reasons for it were anti-people, were anti-social, not development-oriented," he said Monday.





mr-vegas-photo-13.jpgWas Mr Vegas in the right place at the right time?

Well, the artiste filmed and has since posted online a f shooting incident at his complex this morning.

The video has since gone viral and sparked widespread outcry across Jamaica as citizens appeal for an end to gun violence. The clip below shows a portion of the video where two men got into a fight, and one of them pulled his license firearm and shot the other. Mr. Vegas could be heard in the background telling two of the men involved in the fight to cool it down.

There were also a number of armed security guards on the scene, and clearly they could've done more to de-escalate the situation before someone got shot. It's unclear if the man that got shot died, however, you can see him walking around holding his neck just moments after he got shot.

Mr. Vegas Films Man Getting Shot At His Place





police-shooting.jpgAngry residents of Standpipe off Old Hope Road in St. Andrew on Tuesday morning took to the streets again to protest against the fatal shooting of 26-year-old resident, Shae Williams, otherwise called 'Rufus'.

Williams was shot by police Monday night, after which residents mounted a fiery roadblock across from the United States Embassy. They remounted the roadblock at the same location shortly before 7 o'clock Tuesday morning disrupting traffic. This time they used their bodies and an old bus as the barriers.

The residents claim that Mr. Williams had just driven up on a motorcycle when he was confronted by a police team.

They say he was shot despite denying that he had a gun. Mr. Williams' mother, who claimed that one of the cops admitted that her son was killed in error. She said the police also did not give him assistance after he had been shot.

Meanwhile the Jamaica Constabulary Force Corporate Communications Unit is reporting that at about 8:30 Monday night, the police had a confrontation with two men on a motorcycle, one of whom reportedly pulled a firearm and was fatally shot by the police. A firearm was reportedly found at the scene.

The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) and the Bureau of Special Investigations (BSI) are probing the incident.





Reports are that there findings contained in an internal audit of the State-owned oil refinery Petrojam indicate that were losses of over $4-billion between April 2015 and October 2017.

The audit, which was conducted by Petrojam's minority owner, Petroleos de Venezuela, PDVSA, finds that Petrojam did not meet its operational targets over the two and a half year period.

And, although Petrojam did turn a profit over the period, the report notes that was only because oil prices were in the company's favour, and other external conditions turned out to be beneficial.

The audit uncovers major inefficiencies at the refinery, caused by outdated technology and worn out facilities. These led to opportunity losses of nearly USD$23-million.

Invoicing errors also led to another 6-million US dollars in losses, while physical losses of product, due to things like evaporation, cost the company USD$2-million more than estimated. That's a total loss of over USD$31-million or JMD$4-billion.

The audit finds that unaccounted oil losses have been increasing in the last two years. This has surpassed the maximum allowed objective for both fiscal years 2015/16 and 2016/17. This was caused by planned and unplanned shutdowns in the different process units, measurement errors, and high rates of sedimentation, among other things.





crime-scene-gun.jpgTwo persons are in custody in relation to the fatal shooting of a 15 year-old girl in Seaview Gardens, St. Andrew on Saturday.

One of the suspects is under 18 years old.

It was reported that Olivia Gonzales, a student of Tarrant High School, was among a group of persons playing with an illegal gun when she was shot.

The firearm used in the incident has not been recovered.

Superintendent Gary Francis, head of the St. Andrew South Police, told RJR News that residents have been cooperating with investigators.

Superintendent Francis said the police are confident that charges will be laid soon following a review of the case.





Government agency Aeronautical Telecommunications Limited (AEROTEL) has accumulated a phone bill of almost $2 million and is unlikely to recover the amount. The company reportedly racked up a bill of $1.9 million over 23 months.

The issue was raised at Tuesday morning's sitting of Parliament's Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

Howard Armstrong, General Manager of AEROTEL, explained that the Closed User Group (CUG) phone was not returned to the company after a former chairman, Maurice Henry, left the job at the start of 2012.

He admitted that the phone was not disconnected until 23 months later when roaming bills were generated from as far as the Phillipines. Mr Armstrong said the matter was taken through civil court to recover the funds but the former chairman has been reported as destitute.

PAC member Morais Guy, who said he was disappointed that the matter took 23 months to come to light, called for someone at Areotel to be penalised for the "gross oversight".





fire.jpgResidents of Windsor Avenue in May Pen, Clarendon are on edge after gunmen went on the rampage early Monday morning, firing shots and setting fire to five houses.

The incident happened about 2 a.m.

One woman, who declined to give her name, recounted having to escape the fire with her two year-old baby clutching on her waist.

She, along with other residents, said they examined the rubble afterwards hoping they could salvage some items but everything was destroyed.

Residents reportedly found 40 spent shells in the aftermath.

Superintendent Vendolyn Cameron Powell, head of the Clarendon Police, has said her team is investigating the incident.





Some cannabis advocates claim early Christians, including Jesus himself, put cannabis in annointing oils used to heal the sick and elderly. The Hebrew version of the holy oil recipe in Exodus includes kaneh-bosem, a mysterious herb that some suggest was a cannabis extract.

This extract, which was absorbed into the skin, could have helped cure people with physical and mental illnesses long before the first mass-produced medicines.

Historians and other experts strongly dispute the claims Jesus and his apostles used marijuana.

Lytton John Musselman, a Professor of Botany at Old Dominion University, said evidence claiming marijuana was part of the holy anointing oil is 'so weak I would not pursue it.'

He told Vice that keneh-bosum more likely refers to calamus than any psychoactive substances.

'Calamus is a very important component of Ayurvedic medicine and has been shown to have efficacy,' he said.

'For example, in Sri Lanka it is available in any herbal remedy shop and also universally grown in home gardens.

'The North American species was and is so important to Native Americans in the Northeast that land with natural populations is highly sought after.'





Jesus and his apostles may have used cannabis oil to perform healing 'miracles', according to a controversial historian.

Author David Bienenstock claims cannabis was widely available across the Middle East 2,000 years ago and people of the time used it to treat the sick and infirm.

Holy anointing oils used in the early days of the Christian church contained kaneh-bosem, an ingredient Bienenstock suggests was a cannabis extract.

This extract, which was absorbed into the skin, could have helped cure people with physical and mental illnesses long before the first mass-produced medicines.

Many historians dispute the contentious claims, arguing that evidence kaneh-bosem was a cannabis extract is so weak it is not worth pursuing.

Bienenstock, author of a number of books encouraging the use of marijuana, says healing practices based around cannabis oil were common 2,000 years ago.

Speaking to the Daily Star, he said: 'Historical records show that cannabis was widely available at the time - they would've known how to grow it and exploit its medicinal properties.

'There is nothing different in the efficacious cannabis oil used today that wouldn't have been available to people in Jesus' time - it's simply a matter of concentrating the cannabis into the oil and absorbing it through the skin.'

Anointing oils were regularly used by the Christian church of the time to treat the sick and elderly by rubbing them directly onto the skin.

A number of people believe an ingredient used in some of these oils may have had psychoactive properties and could have featured a cannabis extract.

The Hebrew version of the holy oil recipe in Exodus contained almost 3 kilos (6lb) of an as-yet unidentified herb referred to as keneh-bosum.

Most historians think the herb refers to calamus - a root extrac also known as 'Sweet Flag' that has been used for its medicinal properties for thousands of years.

Some argue that keneh-bosum, which was extracted into about six quarts of olive oil along with a variety of other fragrant herbs, was cannabis or a cannabis extract.

Cannabis researcher Chris Bennett wrote in an article in the US drugs magazine High Times: 'The Ancient anointed ones were literally drenched in this potent mixture.

'The medical use of cannabis during that time is supported by archaeological records.'

Bienenstock added that anyone healed by cannabis-lined oils would have see the practice as a 'miracle'.

'Someone of the religious mindset from that time, not understanding the scientific underpinning of how or why it works, would be likely to view that as a miracle.'

Bienenstock even claimed Jesus himself would have taken cannabis

However, as one person points out: "If cannabis oil can restore sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf, cure leprosy/eczema/psoriasis etc, heal disabled limbs, raise the dead to complete health, reattach severed appendages (without surgery), why hasn't it been introduced before to the NHS? Perhaps because Jesus didn't use our need it!"





Did Mavado's son order beheading of victim?

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mavado-son-yardflex.jpgThe murder case involving Mavado's 16-year-old son has seemingly taken another twist.

According to reports, police have indicated that they have a key eyewitness willing to testify that Mavado's 16-year-old son was the one who ordered the killing of 23-year-old Lorenza Thomas.

The entertainer's son and another man, 23-year-old Andre Hinds have been charged in relation to Thomas' death.

Thomas was killed on June 5 after a group of men reportedly kicked in his door and shot, chopped and light his body on fire. Police say Thomas was partially beheaded during the attack, an act which they theorize was a direct order from Mavado's son.

According to reports, detectives have obtained a text message from the Dancehall entertainer son's phone instructing his co-accused to behead Thomas "Memba di boss want him head."

Cops are also probing if there is any connections to a second murder which took place outside of the Constant Spring market just hours after Mavado was shot at.

Mavado is currently in the United States where he is a resident and has indicated through his attorney, Tamika Harris, that he will return to Jamaica to meet with police following his contractual agreements.





marcia-griffiths-photos-5.jpgMarcia Griffiths is livid that her 'pure,happy song', Electric Slide said to be about a sex toy

An article online suggests that the song, Electric Slide is about a vibrator, not a dance craze. Reports are that the 71 year old original songwriter, Neville Livingston, aka Bunny Wailer told the source in an interview, "I'm surprised it took people this long to figure out!"

The story says that Bunny Wailer was inspired to write the tune after his then-girlfriend informed him that she "didn't need him" because she had a personal device nicknamed the "electric slide."

Of course, the Internet ran with the story and soon it got back to Sister Marcia, who was livid and put out a statement in which she declared that she was angry that people would cheapen her "pure and happy" song in that manner.

The singer/writer states the song she wrote in less than 24 hours to the beat of a small music box is about "positive vibrations, not vibrators." .

The 1982 jam formally called "Electric Boogie" eventually climbed to the No. 51 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1990.

It's electric!" singer Marcia Griffith shouts. "You can't see it. You gotta feel it. Oh, it's shakin.'"

"Are you comin' with me?" another verse asks. "Come let me take you on a party ride. And I'll teach you, teach you, teach you, I'll teach you the electric slide."

Meanwhile, Bunny Wailer himself allegedly shot down the report in a statement made directly to music publication EDM.

"At no time have I ever lent credence to a rumor that the song was inspired by anything other than Eddie Grant's 'Electric Avenue,'" he said. "To state otherwise is a falsehood and offends my legacy, the legacy of the singer Marcia Griffiths, and tarnishes the reputation of a song beloved by millions of fans the world over."

Marcia Griffiths - Electric Boogie (The Electric Slide) (Promo) (HQ)





Wayne Marshall cuts off his locks

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wayne-marshall-photo-1.jpgWayne Marshall seems to be going through a transformation - both physical and otherwise. The singer surprised his fans last week Friday when he shaved his dreadlocks and is now sporting a low cut hairstyle.

The former Alliance member who is the husband of Tami Chynn debuted his brand new look on social media with an Insta post which said: "Transform... verb 1. make a marked change in the form, nature, or appearance of,"

Soon after he uploaded photos showing his new look with the word:"Unlocked!!!,"

Meanwhile, Marshall is currently promoting his gospel single 'Glory To God' which has racked up over 500,000 hits during the last two months.





beenie-and-d-angel-happier-times.jpgThe ex wife of Beenie Man is at it again and while some still insist that they like her style others say it is just cringeworthy.

So D'Angel, who is still a deejay, has once again gone viral on social media....for the wrong reason.

On Saturday, the self-proclaimed 'First Lady of Dancehall' uploaded a steamy photo of herself dressed in underwear to her Instagram account with the caption: "This Is How The First Lady Takes Selfie While Waiting For Your Baby Father πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ˜‚".

The 'Stronger' singer, who was romantically involved with Bounty Killer before she wed Beenie, his arch rival, instantly got the attention of several Dancehall/Reggae fans on social media who chimed in on her post.

"D'Angel you really need fi move one and leave Beenie Man alone the man and him woman well happy and yuh miserable," one user wrote. "Lol him na come back suh yuh stay deh," another wrote.

"Childish, petty and f**king bitter... these grown ass bitter bettys," another user added.

In previous interviews, D'Angel has said that she is focused on her brand -- herself. So is this her branding tactics to get noticed?





Pregnant woman killed in Portland

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA pregnant woman is dead as a result of a vicious incident in which five persons were shot by gunmen in Portland early on Sunday.

The deceased has been identified as Kimberley Baugh, 24, a resident of Orange Bay in the parish.

Reports are that approximately 2:45 a.m., a group of persons was at a premises in Orange Bay cleaning up after a party at the location, when two men with guns went to the premises and opened fire indiscriminately at the group of persons, hitting some of their targets.

Those injured were taken to hospital, where Baugh was pronounced dead.

The other victims have been admitted in hospital

The police said they have apprehended a suspect - a relative of the victims of the shooting - in connection with the attack.





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