September 2018 Archives

prince-harry.jpgThe gospel choir which performed at Prince Harry and Meghan's wedding in May has announced a UK tour.

The Kingdom Choir, which performed a rendition of the Ben E. King classic, Stand By Me, will head out across the country in April/May 2019.

The choir, led by Karen Gibson, signed a record deal with Sony Music UK after impressing on the big day.

The group is set to drop its debut album on October 26.

The tour will pass through Manchester, York, Birmingham and Edinburgh, culminating in Cardiff.





Popcaan to stage Unruly Fest in St Thomas

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popcaan-photo-6.jpgUnruly Fest, which is being put on by dancehall artiste Popcaan, is set to take place in his birth parish of St. Thomas.

The event will be staged on December 22, at the Good Year Oval in Morant Bay.

The concert will feature live performances by Popcaan as well as a number of his friends from the music industry.

The deejay has been doing charity work in the parish, the most recent being a back to school treat and fun day for children in Morant Bay in August.





CanEx 2018: 'Treat ganja as sacred'

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ganja-image-5.jpgAmerican businessman and former talk show host, Montel WIlliams, charged individuals in the medical cannabis sector to remember to treat the plant as sacred.

"It's time for us to remember it's a healing plant; it's a blessed plant; it's a sacred plant, let's treat it that way. Let's treat this industry that way so that people recognise that you can do good things and still make money," Williams urged.

He was speaking Thursday on the opening day of the 2018 CanEx Jamaica -- Business Conference & Expo at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St James.

In bringing welcome, Mayor of Montego Bay Councillor Homer Davis warned investors in the cannabis trade that they must ensure that they do not breach Jamaica's business codes.

"I caution, however, that these investments must be orderly and must conform to the laws of our land. I am sure the cannabis industry is a sustainable one and one that can provide well-paying job opportunities for our citizens, our scientists and certainly those who are involved at other levels of the trade," he said.

The conference, which will run until September 30, has attracted a number of foreign stakeholders.

Yesterday, former Mexican President Vicente Fox and his wife Marta, arrived in Montego Bay. He is slated to deliver a keynote speech at the conference today.

He was met on arrival by senior advisor in the Ministry of Tourism, Delano Seiveright; CanEx founder and organiser, Douglas Gordon; and CEO of Zimmer & Co T'Shura Gibbs.

Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Audley Shaw is also scheduled to address the conference today.

Held for the first time in 2016, CanEx Jamaica Business Conference and Expo brings together top cannabis industry experts from the United States, Canada, South and Central America, Europe, Australia, and the Caribbean.





ganja-image-5.jpgFormer television personality Montel Williams has categorised operators in the medical cannabis industry who refuse to pump some of their gains into advancing research on the plant, as drug traffickers in the global black market.

"As we make more and more money, and as we get involved in this business, if you don't set aside some of your money for testing and for research, then I will tell you, you are as crooked and as criminal as anybody who has been involved in an [illegal] drug business. How many houses do we need? How many cars do you need?" Williams, who is a radio talk-show host and actor, said.

"So the science needs to be done. We need to continue to do science and we need to do it as vigorously as we possibly can," he continued.

He was addressing Thursday's opening day of the 2018 CanEx Jamaica -- Business Conference & Expo at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St James, Jamaica.

The conference, which will run until September 30, has attracted a number of foreign stakeholders.

Yesterday, former Mexican President Vicente Fox and his wife Marta, arrived in Montego Bay. He iwas slated to deliver a keynote speech at the conference on Friday. He was met on arrival by senior advisor in the Ministry of Tourism, Delano Seiveright; CanEx founder and organiser, Douglas Gordon; and CEO of Zimmer & Co T'Shura Gibbs.

Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Audley Shaw is also scheduled to address the conference today.

Held for the first time in 2016, CanEx Jamaica Business Conference and Expo brings together top cannabis industry experts from the United States, Canada, South and Central America, Europe, Australia, and the Caribbean.





Earthquake rocks St Lucia during TS Kirk

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earthquake.jpgSt. Lucia, feeling the wrath of Tropical Storm Kirk, was hit by a strong earthquake on Friday, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damages.

The Seismic Research Unit of the St Augustine campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI) said that the earthquake with a magnitude of 5.6 hit the island at 8:32 am (local time).

It said the location of the quake was Latitude: 15.11 north, Longitude: 60.43 west at a depth of 10 kilometres (km).

The quake was felt 134 km north east of Castries, 108 km east south east of Roseau in Dominica and 91 km north east of Fort-de-France, the capital of the French-speaking island of Martinique.

Tropical Storm Kirk was drenching St Lucia with heavy rains and string winds, knocking out electricity in some parts of the island as well as causing several landslides. The storm is located 140 miles west south west and of St Lucia and 160 miles west south west of Martinique.

The authorities have discontinued a tropical storm warning for Martinique and Guadeloupe, and the Meteorological Service of Barbados has discontinued the tropical storm warning for the island and Dominica.

A tropical storm warning remains in effect for St Lucia and a tropical storm watch is in effect for St Vincent and the Grenadines.





New single from Third World

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third-world-promo-pic-eauou-horizontal-hi-res-2017.jpgReggae Ambassadors, THIRD WORLD, remain one of the most pivotal reggae bands of all time. The band will release their first single Loving You Is Easy, off their upcoming full length album to be released in 2019, this Friday, September 28. Produced by Grammy-award winning business mogul Damian 'Jr Gong' Marley on Ghetto Youths International, Loving You Is Easy gives the listener an insight on their creative ability to maintain their artistry over four decades of music. The single will be available for download and streaming on all digital platforms.

The song embodies a smooth Reggae sound, featuring the band's beautiful signature harmonies and charismatic vibe. Stephen "Cat" Coore, founder and band leader of Third World aptly describes the single as "a cool lovers rock, it is one of those songs that is really catchy and that I think people will like. It's a sing along."

Strong vocals being synonymous with Third World, the single pays ode to a love interest whose qualities are remarkable and makes love so simple and easy. "It is a great song that expresses a nice thought about love, a people's interaction with each other from a loving point of view because it says I could love you on and on and on. It is a glamourous way of thinking about love'' explains Coore.

Current Third World members include: Stephen "Cat" Coore (guitar, cello, vocals) Richard Daley (bass), Tony "Ruption" Williams (drums, djembe), AJ Brown (lead vocals), Maurice "MG" Gregory (keyboards, vocals) & Norris "Noriega" Webb (keyboards, vocals)

Loving You Is Easy will be available for download and stream on all digital platforms worldwide. For more information, visit the band's website at www.thirdworldband.com.





Singjay Ronnie Thwaites arrested and charged in NY

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ronnie-thwaites.jpgRonnie Thwaites has been arrested and charged with assault and criminal possession of a weapon. The artiste, whose given name is Ronald Brown, was detained on Monday after New York City (NYC) police listed him as wanted for assault and stabbing.

According to a report from NYC's 47 Precinct, Brown, 51, "intentionally stabbed and slashed a male victim multiple times about the body, causing life-threatening injuries". The incident reportedly took place in the vicinity of White Plains Road and East Gun Hill Road in New York on September 20.

The victim is said to be in critical condition.

Ronnie Thwaites rose to prominence in 1991 with the release of Mr Luxury (The Wickedest Time), which was released on the Jammy's label and soared to number one in Jamaica the following year. Brown is also known for songs like Love of My Life Time, Respect Due to All Crew, Rasta Man, and Lucky Day.





medical-ganja.jpgMinister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Audley Shaw, disclosed that Jamaica has made its first shipment of medical marijuana extract oil to Canada. According to Shaw, "Jamaica is uniquely positioned to be a global player and we are committed to providing the leadership and resources required for opening the international markets including Canada and Europe for our licensed and regulated Jamaican companies."

The shipment was authorised through an import permit issued by the Government of Canada through Health Canada for Jamaica and an export permit issued by the Ministry of Health in Jamaica.

The import permit from Health Canada was obtained on behalf of Jamaican-based licensed producer Timeless Herbal Care which was then granted an export permit by the Ministry of Health in Jamaica.

According to Courtney Betty, President and CEO of Timeless Herbal Care, "Timeless continues to be a trailblaser in Jamaica and the accomplishment of landing the first shipment of extracted oil which was cultivated and extracted at our facilities in Jamaica is a fulfillment of a mission we began five years ago. This was made possible by our commitment to the development of small farmers and local communities and through partnerships such as our Research at the University of Technology.

"Our international partners such as Open Vape and Mount Sinai Hospital are also helping to guide us in producing the highest grade extracted oil which can be used for clinical trials leading to the development of medicinal products for the world."





Prisoner escapes from hospital

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A 50-year-old prisoner is on the run after escaping from Kingston Public Hospital (KPH), where he had been admitted.

He has been identified as Eric Banner, otherwise called Whites.

The police say he escaped about 6 o'clock Tuesday morning.

Banner was arrested and charged on June 8 for the offences of shooting with intent, illegal possession of a firearm and illegal possession of ammunition.

He was also charged on June 9 with possession of counterfeit notes.

The police say his last known address is West Cumberland in Portmore, St. Catherine.





TS Kirk rekindles

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Tropical Storm Kirk rekindled on Wednesday as expected, after fizzling Tuesday, torn apart by its own quick speed and high wind shear.

The National Hurricane Center said it is now headed toward the northern Windward Islands, where tropical storm warnings and watches were issued Wednesday morning.

The storm was about 415 miles east of Barbados, with sustained winds of 45 miles per hour.

It is heading quickly west at 18 miles per hour.

The fickle storm is forecast to expire yet again after it crosses the islands and heads into the eastern Caribbean.





car-clothes-of-driver.jpgThe police are searching for a motor vehicle operator who led them on a high speed chase through several communities in the Corporate Area before abandoning the car and making his escape in bushes in the Queens Hill area of St Andrew on Tuesday.

Police say the man fled the motor car leaving most of his clothing behind.

A detective investigating the case said that the chase started after the male driver of a grey Toyota Corolla motor car disobeyed a police signal to stop while driving along the Mandela Highway.

"The man was seen on the Mandela High Way driving in a reckless manner and when he was signaled to stop, he disobeyed," the police officer said.

The chase reportedly ended up in Queens Hill, where lawmen cornered the unruly motorist on a road that led to a dead end. At this point, determined to escape, the man reportedly stripped down to his underwear and fled into nearby bushes, in the process assaulting an officer who attempted to apprehend him. The police officer's phone and watch were reportedly damaged.





pope-francis-ice-cold-cunning-machiavellian.jpgPope Francis has been branded an 'ice-cold, cunning Machiavellian' and a 'liar' by one of his cardinals, a German magazine reports. The anonymous cardinal made the comments in a bombshell interview with Der Spiegel for its 19-page report on the Catholic Church sexual abuse scandal.

He said: 'The pope preaches mercy, but in reality he is an ice-cold, cunning Machiavellian, and, what is worse - he lies.'

The cardinal was referring to claims that Francis knew about sexual abuse allegations against US Cardinal Theodore McCarrick long before he admitted he was aware of them or took any action. Pope Francis has been called an 'ice-cold, cunning Machiavellian' and a 'liar' by one of his cardinals who spoke to German magazine Der Spiegel (pictured is the front cover).

Pope Francis has been called an 'ice-cold, cunning Machiavellian' and a 'liar' by one of his cardinals who spoke to German magazine Der Spiegel (pictured is the front cover)

A report from a high-ranking cardinal in August claimed the pope knew about McCarrick in 2013 - but still employed him as a consultant in naming new American bishops until his resignation in July this year.

The pope declined to comment.

The report was the main item in this week's Der Siegel magazine which featured a picture of the pope on the front and was titled Du Sollst Nicht Lügen (Thou Shalt Not Lie). The report criticised the pope's handling of abuse allegations generally, stating: 'He often speaks at inopportune moments, yet in important moments remains silent.'

On Tuesday in Estonia, Pope Francis acknowledged that the sex abuse scandals rocking the Catholic Church are driving people away - and admitted the church must change its ways if it wants to keep future generations. Francis referred directly to the crisis convulsing his papacy on the fourth and final day of his Baltic pilgrimage, which coincided with the release of the devastating new report into decades of sex abuse and cover-up in Germany.

Francis told a gathering of young people in largely secular Estonia Tuesday that he knew many young people felt the church has nothing to offer them and simply doesn't understand their problems today. He acknowledged their complaints and said: 'We ourselves need to be converted; we have to realize that in order to stand by your side we need to change many situations that, in the end, put you off.'

Meanwhile, Germany's Catholic Church is expected today (Tuesday) to confess to and apologise for thousands of cases of sexual abuse against children, part of a global scandal heaping pressure on the Vatican. It will release the latest in a series of reports on sexual crimes and cover-ups spanning decades that has shaken the largest Christian Church, from Europe to the United States, South America and Aus.





bill-cosby-star.jpgBill Cosby is going away, but his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame isn't going anywhere ... TMZ is reporting.

Cosby was sentenced Tuesday to 3 to 10 years in state prison. The comedian was also deemed a "sexually violent predator," meaning he will have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce regarding the status of Cosby's star on the Walk of Fame, and a rep for the organization says it'll stay put.

The rep explained, "Once installed, the stars become part of the historic fabric of the Walk of Fame, a 'designated historic cultural landmark,' and are intended to be permanent. The stars only commemorate the recipient's professional accomplishments."

The statement continues, "It is regrettable when the personal lives of inductees do not measure up to public standards and expectations; however, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce does not remove stars from the Walk of Fame."

Cosby's star was recently vandalized with the words, "Serial Rapist," but the graffiti was quickly removed.





3 - 10 years in prison for Bill Cosby

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cosby-trial.jpgA judge in Pennsylvania has jailed comedian Bill Cosby for three to 10 years for sexual assault.

Cosby, 81, was also categorised as a sexually violent predator, meaning he must undergo counselling for life and be listed on the sex offender registry.

The actor declined to make a statement when offered the opportunity.

At a retrial in April, Cosby was found guilty of three counts of sexual assault for drugging and molesting Andrea Constand in 2004.

Cosby's request for bail pending appeal was denied.

Meanwhile, Wyatt, a spokesperson for Cosby, made a statement outside the courthouse calling the trial the most racist and sexist trial in the history of the United States. Wyatt continued by saying, "They persecuted Jesus and look what happened. Not saying Mr. Cosby is Jesus, but we know what this country has done to black men for centuries."





Nineties singjay Ronnie Thwaites wanted in NY

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ronnie-thwaites.jpgVeteran singjay Ronnie Thwaites is being sought by the New York City (NYC) police for assault and stabbing.

According to a report from NYC's 47 Precinct, the 51-year-old (whose given name is Ronald Brown) artiste "intentionally stabbed and slashed a male victim multiple times about the body, causing life-threatening injuries".

The alleged incident took place in the vicinity of White Plains Road and East Gun Hill Road in New York on September 20. The victim is in stable but critcal condition.

The police listed Ronnie Thwaites' last known address to be in the Bronx, New York.

Thwaites is best known for his 1991 hit single Mr Luxury (The Wickedest Time).





The students at the Duckenfield Primary School in St. Thomas who were given unprescribed pills were scheduled to return to the hospital today for a follow-up examination. They will do a final blood test.

On Friday when the students visited the hospital for observation, they were said to be in good health.

The pills were reportedly given to the students by a man who was previously employed at Duckenfield Primary. It is reported that the children were told the pills were vitamins that would increase their speed.

Brandon McIntosh was listed by the Morant Bay Criminal Investigation Branch as a person of interest.





ganja-image-3.jpgJaican health and wellness distribution company, Zimmer & Co, has sponsored 200 local farmers to attend the CANEX Business Conference and Expo free of cost. The third staging of CanEx Jamaica will take place September 27-29, 2018 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in Montego Bay, St. James.

The CanEx Jamaica Business Conference and Expo is a business-to-business (B2B) conference that brings together cannabis industry professionals from 20 countries across North America, the Caribbean, Europe, South, and Central America to discuss the latest advances in the medicinal, health, wellness, legal, regulatory, business and investment landscapes.

Zimmer CEO, T'Shura Gibbs noted that as "title sponsors for the conference, Zimmer & Co. has agreed to work with three other growing associations including the Ganja Growers and Producers Association, to facilitate additional farmers who wish to attend. The tickets will allow the farmers access to the expo. Farmers who wish to take advantage of this offer should contact their growing associations who will be contacted directly by the CanEx Jamaica organisers to facilitate the programme."

Keynote speakers at this year's conference include former President of Mexico, Vicente Fox, former television talk show host and Founder of Lenitiv Labs, Montel Williams, and CEO of Canopy Growth Corporation, the largest cannabis company in the world, Bruce Linton, and Colombian Senator, Juan Manuel Galan.





Ananda Alert activated for two missing girls

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missing-teen-chevonese.jpgAnanda Alert has been activated for 16-year-old Chevanese Thompson of Simon district, St. Catherine. She is of brown complexion, slim build and is about 168 centimetres (5 feet 6 inches) tall. Reports from the Spanish Town Police are that Chevanese was last seen dressed in her school uniform--a burgundy tunic and a grey blouse. All attempts to locate her have failed.

Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Chevanese Thompson is being asked to contact the Spanish Town Police at 876-984-2305, Police 119 emergency number or the nearest Police Station.

Over in St Catherine an Ananda Alert has been activated for 15-year-old Jhannell Bryan of Newland, Portmore, who has been missing since Wednesday, September 19. Reports from the Portmore Police are that Jhannell left home for school about 7:00 a.m. wearing a purple tunic, a grey blouse and a grey tie. She has not been seen or heard from since.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Jhannell Bryan is being asked to contact the Portmore Police at 949-8422, Police 119 emergency number or the nearest Police Station.

No photograph of Jhannell is available at this time.





Romain Virgo uses video shoot to get engaged

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romain-virgo-in-this-together-proposal-video.jpgSinger Romain Virgo, whose "Lovesick" album was released earlier this year, took to his official Instagram page on Saturday to announce to his over 250,000 followers that he is officially engaged to his longtime girlfriend, ELizabeth. In a video, which is also available on YouTube, a nervous Virgo revealed that he would be using their first official photo shoot as a couple to ask the life-changing question.

"Hello, world. today I'm the most excited and nervous human being in the world. Today I'm getting, mi nearly say married," he laughs in the video's intro. The video then segues into behind-the-scenes footage of how the couple prepared for the shoot. Virgo's vocals as he sings In This Together then come in.

In the middle of the shoot, in a river scene, the I Am Rich In Love singer gets down on one knee and asks his girlfriend to be his wife. An overwhelmed Elizabeth cannot hold back tears as she says yes. The singer, in the video's caption, said it took him a while before he could officially share the beautiful moment between him and his fiancÈe with the world.

Since the announcement, Romain has been receiving a flood of congratulatory messages from his fans.





Usain Bolt's Tracks & Records to open in London

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usain-bolt-july-1.jpgUsain Bolt's Tracks & Records restaurant is going overseas.

The popular bar, restaurant, and lounge will open its first venue in the London in the United Kingdom on October 10. It will be the first of 15 restaurants to be opened across the UK over the next 5 years.

"After much success with our Track & Records restaurants, we're delighted to be opening in the UK. I believe this signifies the first time a local, homegrown concept has evolved into becoming an International franchise and this further confirms brand Jamaica's potential and gives us widespread hope that we can export many other Jamaican brands through this business model," FRANJAM's Managing Director Gary Matalon, declared.

The statement said that the restaurant, to be located a few minutes walk from Liverpool Street Station at 94 Middlesex Street, E1 7EZ, will offer an authentic slice of Jamaica in the heart of the capital.

"Designed to give guests a real taste of Jamaica, diners can enjoy his [Usain's] favourite dishes such as jerk chicken and pork and fried fish and bammy - all packed full of authentic seasonings and spices."

"The rum bar, which features a carefully curated, extensive collection of over 150 global rums, of which 100 are Jamaican. The menu also offers a range of signature cocktails including traditional favourites and a new range all exclusively created for London."

"Our new location, in the heart of the capital, is the perfect spot for friends to get together and embrace Jamaican culture by enjoying traditional flavours, while dancing the night away," Matalon further stated.

Usain Bolt said: "London is my second home and a place very close to my heart - so it's brilliant to be sharing a taste of Jamaica in the capital."

Usain Bolt's Tracks & Records restaurant currently operates in Kingston, Ocho Rios, and Montego Bay.

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The US Coast Guard has nabbed three drug smugglers and seized millions of dollars worth of cocaine in the Caribbean Sea. It has transferred the smugglers and the cocaine, which is valued at about US$3.3 million, to US Drug Enforcement Administration agents.

This follows last week's seizure of a go-fast vessel off Loiza, Puerto Rico.

The Coast Guard said it was the result of ongoing multi-agency law enforcement efforts. Three men - two Dominican Republic nationals and a French citizen - who were apprehended are facing US federal prosecution in Puerto Rico.

While on a routine patrol off Puerto Rico's northern coast, the US Coast Guard said the crew of an aircraft detected a suspicious 35-foot go-fast vessel without navigational lights, about 50 nautical miles north of Puerto Rico. The Coast Guard intercepted the vessel.

The crew later found 112 kilograms of cocaine in the water.





The Jamaica Defence Force on Monday announced the operation hours for businesses in sections of Kingston and St Andrew that are now under a state of public emergency.

The following are the opening and closing hours that are applicable to businesses.

- Clubs and fast food restaurants - 7:00am to 9:00pm

- Bars and Taverns - 9:00am to 8:00 pm

- Gas Stations - 6:00am to 9:00pm

- Supermarkets, grocery shops, haberdasheries, cookshops and any other place - 8:00am to 7:00 pm

- Pharmacies - 8:00am to 8:00pm

- Churches - 9:00am to 9:00pm

- Any other public place - 9:00am to 7:00pm

A state of emergency has been imposed in the Kingston Western, Kingston Central and St Andrew South police divisions, to combat rampant criminality.





ganja-image-5.jpgThe University of Technology (UTech) Pharmacy Alumni (UPA) and the Caribbean Institute of Pharmacy Policy Practice and Research (CIPPPAR) have developed a new "farm to pharmacy" short course on medical cannabis for Jamaican pharmacists.

The four-month course was developed by Associate Professor, UTech, Jamaica, Dr Ellen Campbell Grizzle with the support from Leaf of Life Jamaica Limited, which will provide technical expertise in the area of pharmacology, prescribing and dispensing of medical cannabis. The course, which is primarily online, also brings together experts from Jamaica and the United States who are said to be adding their cutting-edge technology to the training.

"We looked at the offerings now available for pharmacists in the medical cannabis space and recognised that these were not adequate for the needs of the medical cannabis patient and industry in emerging states and cultures like ours. The dynamics in our situation require that we avoid segmenting pharmacists training as narrowly as done elsewhere. The course builds on the strong training in pharmacology and dosing that pharmacists possess," Campbell Grizzle said in a release.

She noted that participants will be required to complete an action research project that offers solution-oriented outcomes.The first cohort is set to complete the course in November 2018.

"We are confident that our approach to training will be meaningful to our pharmacists and attract the attention of pharmacists regionally and globally," Campbell Grizzle said.





'Babsy' Grange saddened at Errol Miller's passing

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errol-miller.jpgFormer Executive Chairman of Flow Foundation and a Board Member of the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS), Errol Miller has died.

Miller had been ill and earlier this month was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit at The University Hospital of the West Indies.

In a release expressing condolences, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange, said Miller's passing leaves her feeling deeply saddened.

Grange said: "When I heard today of Errol's death I was overcome by a sense of great loss as he was someone who I admired very much and someone who contributed a lot in his professional life and as a volunteer."

She said Miller had served on the INSPORTS Board with distinction, "Ready in his quiet way to give advice which was always helpful to the organisation."

"I was not expecting that Errol would leave us at this time and he will surely be missed by many. To his wife and the rest of his family, relatives, friends and associates as well as to the FLOW Foundation, the Chairman and Board of INSPORTS, I express my sincere condolences. May his soul rest in peace."





mbj-wta-winner-2018.jpgFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Montego Bay, Jamaica, 23 September, 2018 // Sangster International Airport (SIA), Jamaica's leading gateway to the world, was named the Caribbean's Leading Airport for the tenth year in a row at the World Travel Awards (WTA) hosted at Sandals Montego Bay on Saturday 22 September.

Operated by MBJ Airports Limited, SIA emerged as the winner from a pool of 13 Caribbean competitors nominated for the prestigious award. The accolade was first bestowed on SIA in 2005. It won again in 2009 and has won the title again every year since.

"We are deeply honored to be named the Caribbean's Leading Airport for the tenth consecutive year. This prestigious award validates our tireless efforts to deliver world-class service and showcase Jamaica's rich culture at Sangster International Airport," commented MBJ CEO Rafael Echevarne.

"We are grateful that our continuous work to improve the physical infrastructure of the airport and provide passengers with outstanding service has been recognized by the global travel industry and users of SIA, who have voted us number one in the region year after year for the past decade. Our entire staff, our partners and every citizen of Jamaica can be proud of this tremendous achievement," Echevarne added.

MBJ has led a number of initiatives over the past three years to improve the passenger experience within the arrivals and departures terminals while upgrading the taxiways and aprons on the airside. Several transformational projects are now underway to bring further upgrades to the airport, including a redesign of the ticketing hall and an expansion of the commercial concourse.

About MBJ Airports:

MBJ Airports Limited, operator of Sangster International Airport, connects Jamaica to more than 50 international destinations. A record 4.2m passenger used the airport in 2017. MBJ operates SIA under a 30-year concession awarded in 2003 and provides employment to more than 160 Jamaicans. SIA has been named the Caribbean's Leading Airport by World Travel Awards for the past nine years in a row.

About World Travel Awards:

World Travel Awards (WTA) was established in 1993 to recognize and reward excellence in key segments of the tourism, travel and hospitality industries, thereby encouraging practitioners to continuously improve the standards of their product and service offering.





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Versi ditches fake friends

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He changed his name from Versatile to 'Versi' and purging a few fake friends from his coterie, Dancehall artiste Versi says the recent overhauling exercise appears to have lifted a great burden off his shoulder as he feels a greater sense of freedom annexed to a noticeable boost in both his career and online presence.

The Mountain View based deejay explained that his latter action was also the impetus for the single '3 Card Man' which continues to do well for him across the diaspora. Intent on seeing the song achieving its full potential, the artiste has enlisted the services of noted videographer Damaniac Visualz to shoot the official video which is expected to make its premiere in the days ahead.

Since the song's release, speculations have been rife about who it's aimed at. However, preferring to keep the vibe around the song positive as a form of encouragement to those dealing with 'fake friends', Versi said he will not give any credence to those speculations.

"Some people believe the song is aimed at a specific individual but the truth it's just a real song talking about real issues that we all face in life." - He said.

On the subject of his revised name, Versi added, "Changing my name was one of the best decisions I have ever made, now more people are able to find me and my content online and that is even more evident with the number of subscription and views I've received in recent months. My songs are definitely getting increased streams and radio rotations and for that I am grateful and lastly look out for the '3 Card Man' video premiering very soon."

Known for songs such as 'Wanted' and 'The Voice' the latter featuring Bounty Killer, Versi says he is pleased with the current direction of his career and will be making every effort to amplify his presence as the year draws to a close.

Known for songs such as 'Wanted' and 'The Voice' the latter featuring Bounty Killer, Versi says he is pleased with the current direction of his career and will be making every effort to amplify his presence as the year draws to a close.





omar-colleymore-and-wife.jpgOmar Collymore, who is before the courts for the alleged contract killing of his wife, Simone and a driver who was transporting her in January of this year, has been slapped with another murder-related charge. Collymore has been charged with attempted murder in relation to another woman, following a recent ruling by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

Reports are that in late December last year, a former girlfriend of Collymore was ambushed and fired on by gunmen while she was driving in St Andrew. The intended victim, however, managed to escape the attack unharmed. That incident was reportedly followed up some days later by the attack on Simone Collymore and the driver, Winston Walters, who was in her company on arrival at her home. The same group of gunmen from the first attack reportedly took part in the attack on Simone Collymore and Walters. The two were shot dead on January 2 just inside the Forrest Hills, St Andrew apartment complex.

Following intense police investigations, Omar Collymore was charged with his wife's murder, this after being nabbed at a guesthouse in St Elizabeth, reportedly on a failed bid to illegally leave the island.

Reports are that a confession from one of the gunmen who was arrested alongside Collymore resulted in Collymore being linked to the attack on his previous acquaintance.

Five accused, including Collymore, appeared in the Gun Court section of the St Andrew Parish Court on Thursday, and were all remanded until October 12, when an application for bail is expected to be heard.





crime-scene-gun.jpgPolice investigators are seeking to establish the motive behind the killing of a 29-year-old pastor, James Johnson on Thursday evening.

Johnson was killed around 5 o'clock at the Church of God of Prophecy on Old Harbour Road in the St Catherine North police division where a state of emergency is in force. The police say he arrived at the church, parked his car and entered the building and shortly after a gunman entered and opened fire hitting Johnson multiple times. It is reported that all the shots were to his back. The gunman later escaped.

Johnson was pronounced dead at the Spanish Town hospital.

Police investigators reportedly recovered seven spent shells from the scene.

A past student of the Garvey Maceo High School in Clarendon, Johnson was born in the community of Red Hills in the parish. He was the public relations officer of the Church of God of Prophecy, and a political enthusiast and also did stints in media at Nationwide News NetworK.





Labba Labba is NOT missing

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It has been a few weeks since rumours began circulating that veteran dancer Labba Labba was missing.

Several online news sources said the entertainer went missing from his home in Trench Town, following allegations he made against dancehall artiste Beenie Man early last month regarding the murder of Gerald 'Bogle' Levy.

Other news sources went as far as to say the entertainer was feared dead after a body believed to be his was discovered recently.

However, those news items have been confirmed to be fake and Labba Labba has re-surfaced and is talking. Labba Labba said he was aware of the rumours and wanted to assure his fans that he was "alive and well".

"People, this is Labba Labba, the dancer ... I'm alive and well. I been staying off the road for a couple of days now," he said. 'I'm well and I'm good, I stay in the house mostly. From the other day there have been a lot of things about whatever took place and so I don't too come on the road."

Labba Labba got his two minutes of fame a few weeks ago after he made claims to have knowledge of who was responsible for Bogle's death.

He implicated dancehall king Beenie Man in that video that went viral, and caused quite a stir on the local music scene.

Labba Labba's statement garnered so much attention that Beenie Man had to address the issue in a television interview days after the video caught fire on social media.

Labba Labba also had to do a video apologising to the veteran deejay.

In that video, the entertainer claimed that he was intoxicated when he named the artiste as the man responsible for Bogle's death, and said it was never his intention for things to blow up the way it did.





wayne-marshall-easton-funeral.jpgFormer Cabinet Minister and Member of Parliament, Hon. Easton Douglas, OJ, CD, was accorded an Official Funeral by the Government of Jamaica today at the St Andrew Parish Church.

Hundreds turned out to bid farewell to a man who served his country well, and rose from his modest beginnings to well-deserved heights.

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Among the dignitaries in attendance were Prime MInister Andrew Holness, Opposition leader Peter Phillips, former prime ministers P J Patterson and Portia Simpson-Miller, both former presidents of the PNP, of which Douglas was a member.

Many government ministers and officials as well as leading figures in the PNP and different sectors were also present.

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The congregation heard Douglas' story that started with him being born to peasant parents from Old Harbour to being a policy maker in Cabinet while serving as Member of Parliament for South East St Andrew from 1989 to 2002.

During that time, Douglas served as Minister of Health and the Public service as well as Housing, Land and Environment under Prime Ministers Michael Manley and Patterson.

Douglas' daughter Kari gave the remembrance with the sermon delivered by Reverend Robert Thompson.

Reggae artiste, Wayne Marshall performed his gospel hit "Glory to God".





Livingston Cain, the juror accused of bribing fellow jurors in the Vybz Kartel (Adidja Palmer) murder trial, had his bail extended and will return to the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on October 18.

On his last court appearance in September, Cain's attorney, Queen's Counsel Valerie Neita Robertson, made a no-case submission after the prosecution closed its case. Consequently, presiding Parish Judge Maxine Ellis, who had indicated that she needed time to familiarise herself with the evidence, postponed setting a date for the ruling.

But when the matter was mentioned the prosecutor asked for a new date to be scheduled. Cain's attorney had indicated from the last occasion that she would not be present as she would be in a trial in the Supreme Court.

Neita Robertson, in her no-case submission, argued that her client is entitled to his own analysis of the evidence regarding several areas of the evidence.

Cain is being tried on six counts of attempting to pervert the course of justice and one count of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, following allegations that he was captured on a phone recording offering the jury foreman in the Kartel murder trial $500,000 for a not-guilty verdict.

He is also accused of approaching other jurors and promising one of them that he would "take care of him" if he returned a not-guilty verdict.

The charges stemmed from allegations that between the start of Vybz Kartel's murder trial in the Home Circuit Court on November 18, 2013 and the handing down of a verdict in March 2014, Cain tried to persuade his fellow jurors to return a verdict of not guilty and even offered the jury forewoman $500,000 for a result in favour of Vybz Kartel and his co-accused.





Sister Minnie passes; funeral September 28

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Pan Africanist and businesswoman, Minion Phillips, the ex-wife of PNP President and Opposition Leader, Dr. Peter Phillips, has died.

She was a restaurateur and championed the cause of pan-Africanism for several decades and was affectionately called Sister Minnie. She died on Monday at the Tony Thwaites Wing of the University Hospital of the West Indies. She passed away several days after she was admitted to hospital and placed on life support.

Mrs. Phillips is the mother of four of Dr. Phillips's children - including North West Manchester MP, Mikhael Phillips, who was elevated to the post of PNP Vice President a day before her death.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness paid tribute to Mrs. Phillips in the House of Representatives and sent his condolences to Mikhael and the Phillips family.

Dr. Phillips thanked his colleagues and paid tribute to his late ex-wife.

A thanksgiving service will be held on September 28.





Six ganja lovers needs for projects... hundreds apply

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ganja-image-5.jpgCanada (AFP) -- A Toronto marketing company is looking to recruit six "cannabis enthusiasts" to test strains of ganja and report back on their characteristics. So far, AHLOT says it has received more than 500 applications for the part-time positions -- an overwhelming number that is "slightly panicking" its marketing team.

The job, which is only open to Canadian adults, pays Can$50 (US$39) an hour for up to 12 hours a month "to evaluate the best that Canada's growers have to offer," it said.

"A self-avowed interest in cannabis together with the ability to distinguish the often nuanced characteristics of different strains is desirable," said the job posting.

The selected ganja "connoisseurs" will form a "cannabis curation committee" whose advice will help determine which strains the company includes in sample packages once recreational-use ganja becomes legal on October 17. The new hires would also be asked to write social media posts and appear in promotional videos for the company, as well as attend corporate events.

AHLOT itself does not produce cannabis. Rather it has partnered with licensed grower Solace Health to handle orders and distribute its branded products.





'Rock Star' wanted by police

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Detectives attached to the Morant Bay Criminal Investigation Branch have listed Brandon McIntosh, otherwise called 'Rock Star', of Ivan Scheme, Duckenfield as a Person of Interest in the incident involving the 19 students.

He is being asked to contact the police by noon today.

A news release from the Corporate Communicatons Unit of the Jamaica Constabulary Force says persons with information that can help the police locate Mr. McIntosh should call 982-1027, the 119 emergency number or contact the nearest police station.

Persons can also share information with the Police via the Stay Alert application.





Ministry investigates mystery pill given to students

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The Ministry of Education is investigating last week's incident at the Duckenfield Primary School in St Thomas where students were given unprescribed pills by an unauthorized person. The students fell ill and were taken to the Princess Margaret Hospital last Friday.

Director of Safety and Security in Schools, Assistant Superintendent Coleridge Minto, says the Education Ministry is conducting the probe along with the police. He is expecting to get an update on the case today.

Eighteen students of Duckenfield Primary were taken to the hospital on the advice of the Ministry of Health. Another student was treated at a private medical facility.

Some of the children had symptoms with the most common being abdominal pain and drowsiness.





CMC - The United States has named two Trinidad and Tobago nationals as financiers of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

"While coalition efforts have led to the collapse of ISIS's self-declared caliphate, Treasury continues to aggressively target financiers supporting ISIS's radical agenda. We are sanctioning individuals involved in financial facilitation to obstruct and deter ISIS financial operations in regions across the world," said Sigal Mandelker, Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence.

"Our actions coincide with the 10th meeting of the Counter-ISIS Finance Group (CIFG), which includes 52 countries and international organisations committed to disrupting critical sources of ISIS revenue to permanently prevent ISIS from accessing the international financial system."

The U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) named Emraan Ali and Eddie Aleong as those assisting in financing the operations of the terrorist group. It said in the case of Ali, a dual U.S. and Trinidadian citizen, national was designated for acting for or on behalf of ISIS.

"Ali has been involved in money transfers from Trinidad and Tobago to Syria in support of ISIS. As of January 2017, Ali would receive and provide funds to Trinidadian ISIS fighters. For several years, a number of citizens of Trinidad and Tobago in Syria received money transfers through Ali. In the summer of 2015, Ali lived at an ISIS guest house in Syria and had been assigned to Raqqah, Syria," it said.

OFAC said that Aleong was designated for assisting in, sponsoring, or providing financial, material, or technological support for, or financial or other services to or in support of ISIS.

"As of March 2018, Trinidad-based Aleong facilitated money transfers to ISIS members in ISIS-controlled territory. As of January 2017, a Trinidadian ISIS supporter possibly planned to work with Eddie Aleong to transfer funds to Ali, who would then provide the funds to Trinidadian ISIS fighters in Syria."

The Treasury Department said that the designations are part of the broader United States government's ongoing and concerted efforts to disrupt ISIS-related financial activities around the globe





US seeks to extradite Jamaican man to Cayman

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US law enforcement authorities are attempting to extradite a Jamaican to Cayman where he is wanted for manslaughter in relation to the death of a ward of the state three years ago. According to documents filed with the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Larry Levers,46, was a supervisor at the Bonaventure Boys Home - the temporary living facility for at-risk children under the age of 16 in Cayman.

Court documents state that on November 29, 2015, Mr. Levers and a second supervisor took a 14-year-old boy and four others on a fishing trip.

During the excursion the teenager drowned. Both men were placed on leave while police opened investigations into the death. They face charges of manslaughter and child cruelty.

Levers reportedly left The British Overseas territory for Jamaica in September 2016. However, according to court documents, Caymanian police traveled to Jamaica to interview Levers in July 2017, but he had already left the country for the U.S. earlier that month under a fake name.

Levers is scheduled to have a bond hearing in the US today.





MORE traffic changes as of Sunday

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The National Works Agency (NWA) is to restrict right turns from the Merle Grove High School or CVM Television onto Constant Spring Road, starting Sunday, September 23, as part of its traffic management plan for the Corporate Area. Motorists who wish to make such a manoeuvre should travel along Dubnrobin Avenue, Red Hills Road, Eastward Park Road and onto Constant Spring Road.

The NWA says the traffic change is being implemented in order to reduce vehicular conflicts along this stretch of roadway. A median barrier will be erected to prevent conflicting movements.

The agency explains that with the traffic now being rerouted away from the Portia Simpson Miller Square, Washington Boulevard and Dunrobin Avenue are critical to the movement of vehicular traffic. It further says that the constant right turning movement across Constant Spring Road is impeding the flow of traffic heading into Half Way Tree and New Kingston from the direction of the Dunrobin Avenue/Constant Spring Road intersection. The NWA says that new restriction will allow the works agency to have two lanes of traffic heading towards Half Way Tree in the mornings and one lane heading in the opposite direction. The situation will be reversed for the afternoon peak flow.

In the meantime, the NWA says the one-way system that was implemented along Cassava Piece Road and the upper section of Constant Spring Road has been discontinued.The system was implemented in order to allow better movement of traffic between Cassava Piece Road and Mary Browns Corner. The NWA says an additional lane has been created for use, especially by students entering the Immaculate High School.





shocked.jpgThe Ministry of Health says it has been informed of an incident where several children at a primary school in St Thomas were given pills by an unauthorised person.

In a media release yesterday, the Ministry said that the St Thomas Health Department (STHD) was alerted last Friday by the school's principal, where 19 children had ingested unprescribed tablets. Some children had taken the pills the previous day and others on Friday. The Health Department was not informed of any child having symptoms at the time of being alerted. Arrangements were made for all the children to be brought to the Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) Accident and Emergency Unit.

Eighteen children were seen and one child was taken to a private practitioner by the parent. Some of the children had symptoms, with the most common symptom being abdominal pain followed by drowsiness. All except one child was clinically well on assessment; that child was diagnosed and treated for mild allergy.

The 18 children seen at the PMH had blood investigations done that were normal but the liver function tests remain outstanding. The Ministry said these children will be reviewed with these results and parents and guardians have been advised to return immediately if any problems arise with the children.

The Ministry also warned parents and teachers to be alert for persons who would try to sell or give substances to children.





Coca cola looking at cannabis-infused drinks market

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ganja-image-5.jpgDope in your coke soon a reality? Cola giant mulls 'ganja-infused' drinks in this region.

Coke would join a rush by major alcohol makers and a cigarette company to test the cannabis market and find partners ahead of the Oct. 17 launch of legal recreational marijuana in Canada.

Coca-Cola Co is closely watching the fast-growing marijuana drinks market as a possible entry that would expand the world's largest soft drink maker's ambitions further away from sugary sodas. Coca-Cola announced its interest in a statement on Monday, responding to a report from BNN Bloomberg that said it was in talks with Canada's Aurora Cannabis Inc to develop drinks infused with cannabidiol (CBD), the non-psychoactive chemical found in marijuana.Coke would join a rush by major alcohol makers and a cigarette company to test the cannabis market and find partners ahead of the Oct. 17 launch of legal recreational marijuana in Canada. Coke and Aurora, in separate statements, each said they were interested in cannabidiol-infused beverages but would not comment on any specifics or talks. Aurora's stock soared 17 percent, while Coke's edged up slightly. The CBD drinks would likely aim to ease inflammation, pain and cramping, the BNN report said.Wells Fargo analyst Bonnie Herzog called the news "an exciting potential development" as it would take Coke into another fast-growing healthier segment following last month's $5.1 billion deal for Costa Coffee and expand cannabis-infused drinks in the area of functional wellness products.The CBD products likely would be different from those produced by alcohol makers, which would likely give drinkers a buzz from tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main psychoactive chemical in marijuana. Beer makers Constellation Brands, Molson Coors, and Heineken are all playing in the market for cannabis products. For example, Heineken's craft beer Lagunitas recently launched Hi-Fi Hops, a beer-flavored sparkling water with THC and CBD."The THC beverages probably sit better with the beer makers, and maybe CBD fits better with Coke, in terms of playing off the health trend," said Liberum analyst Nico von Stackelberg.Cowen analyst Vivien Azer cited growing consumer interest in CBD and said its properties lend the ingredient well to a sports recovery drink. She said she would not be surprised to hear of a similar deal by PepsiCo for its Gatorade drink. Pepsi did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the cannabis market.Besides Aurora, she said cannabis companies Tilray and Aphria were likely targets for partnerships with big consumer companies looking to get into the market.LEGAL HIGHCanada is the first major economy to legalise recreational marijuana, and shares in cannabis producers have rallied in anticipation. New Cannabis Ventures' global cannabis stock index has risen about 87 percent over the past year. https://www.newcannabisventures.com/cannabis-stock-index. Several US states have legalised marijuana but it remains against federal law.Sales in US legal markets should nearly triple to $16 billion by 2020 from $5.4 billion in 2015, according to market research firm Euromonitor International, and Constellation says cannabis globally could be worth $200 billion in 15 year





Jamaica Music Conference November 15 - 18

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Artistes and music industry professionals are set to gather in Kingston from November 15 - 18 for the 2018 Jamaica Music Conference (JMC). The conference, now in its sixth year, is slated to offer a series of enlightening and resourceful panel discussions aimed at ensuring that industry professionals have the tools, education, networking opportunities and resources necessary to maximise their financial opportunities, as well as benefit from the digitalisation of music.

According to the organisers, there will also be discussions on other matters relating to the entertainment industry, including solidifying a stake in the global music market. Entities interested or involved in any aspect of music and culture are invited to attend. Hundreds of participants are anticipated and registration is now open at www.jamaicamusicconference.com. Open to all creatives and professionals across music genres, the JMC is hoping to set the landscape for building and sustaining a healthy Jamaican music industry.

Participants at the conference will be given a platform to discuss current industry challenges with peers and music industry influencers and identify solutions under the theme "Constructive Conversations: Dialogue, Discussion and Development'.

More than 15 critical panel discussions, workshops, independent music artiste showcases, and a community service day are slated to be held at various venues, including the Edna Manley College of Visual and Performing Arts, University of the West Indies (Mona), House of Dancehall, Jamnesia, Kingston Dub Club, and Boardwalk Beach in Portmore.

The JMC was founded by Kwasi Osei Bonsu, Julian Haffner, and Kairee 'S.I.G.H.' Griffin.





Protoje shares stage with Lauryn Hill

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protoje.jpgHaving kicked off the 20th anniversary tour in the United States in June, Lauryn Hill drew for local reggae star Protoje to share stage with her as she celebrated her Grammy album, 'The Mis-Education of Lauryn Hill'..

"I still can't believe it actually happened," Protoje is quoted in an interview with The Gleaner.

Protoje was billed to perform with Hill on September 7 in Las Vegas, Nevada, alongside Nas and Iman Omari, then again on September 9 in San Diego, California, alongside Kelela. "We never actually spoke until after my concert with her. I guess she heard my music and thought it was a good fit," he said.

The Like This singer was introduced to Hill through her work with The Fugees. After listening to the group's album The Score, Protoje said he became obsessed with the lyricist. "I thought she was the illest rapper. Then when she did The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, I saw the whole scope of her artistry. She is truly in a class by herself," he said.

The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill was released to critical acclaim in 1998. It debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 Chart, and earned the singer Grammies for Album of the Year and Best New Artiste. It remains Hill's only solo studio album.

This year continues to be a winning one for the reggae artiste, following his bucket-list performance with Hill. Protoje also launched his first Japan tour, which runs from September 15-24. "When people from a different culture show you so much love, it's such a feeling. Man, I'm in Tokyo now and the love is crazy," he tweeted on Sunday.

Protoje will make his way across the Land of the Rising Sun alongside selector/producer Yaadcore on the A Matter of Time - Dubwise Tour.





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In the meantime, Jah Cure has been silent on the matter. To date he has not addressed the matter on social media, his favourite platform for his voice to be heard.





Commuters in some sections of the Corporate Area were facing additional difficulties in their movement on Tuesday morning, with two major roads having been damaged by heavy rains.

A section of Constant Spring Road, in the vicinity of the Rubis service station, collapsed overnight.

Traffic was reduced to single-lane for a while but was subsequently restored to two lanes.

A section of the intersection of Hagley Park Road and Waltham Park Road has also collapsed, badly disrupting the flow of traffic from Waltham Park Road onto Hagley Park Road, according to Senior Superintendent Calvin Allen, head of the Public Safety and Traffic Enforcement Branch.





On Monday morning, there was a four hour delay caused by a bomb threat, however, the Michaelmas Session of the Home Circuit Court resumed Monday afternoon with several cases being mentioned.

Court officials were forced to shut down the operations of the Supreme Court in downtown Kingston Monday morning after the Police High Command informed them of the bomb threat.

Several judges were removed from the precincts with the assistance of the military.

Firefighters and police personnel combed the building in search of any possible devices.

None was found.

Prosecutors from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions reported Monday afternoon that 979 cases are listed to be heard in the Michaelmas Session, which ends in December.444 cases of murder and 342 cases of sexual offence are down to be tried during the term.

There are also 12 cases involving lottery scamming, 10 anti-gang cases, four abductions, 15 cases of wounding, attempted murder, manslaughter, arson and forgery slated to be heard in the term.





Manning High student shot dead in Westmoreland

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crime-scene-gun.jpgThree persons, including a 16-year-old student, were killed in separate incidents in Westmoreland, between Sunday and Monday.

Perhaps most telling among the deaths was the killing of Manning's School fifth form student, Shamar Tomlinson, otherwise called 'JT', of Crowder District in Grange Hill, Westmoreland, early on Monday morning.

Reports are that about 2:40 a.m., Tomlinson was at his home, when gunmen kicked open the door and opened fire on him. He was hit in the head and died on the spot.

In May of this year, a shooting spree involving gangsters in Grange Hill left seven persons, including two children, dead and 10 others nursing gunshot wounds.

On Sunday in the same parish, 20-year-old Davian Malcolm, unemployed of Ricketts Street, Savanna-la-Mar, was shot and killed by unknown assailant(s) at his home.

Reports from the Savanna-la-Mar police are that about 8:30 p.m., Malcolm and two other men were standing at a shop when it is alleged that a motorcar was driven up, from which two men alighted with guns and opened fire at them.

The police were alerted and on their arrival, Malcolm, along with the two other men, were seen with gunshot wounds. They were taken to hospital, where Malcolm was pronounced dead the others were admitted.

The third murder in the parish was that of 32-year-old Renaldo Reid, otherwise called 'Boom', a farmer of Coolie Town, Forth Williams, who was shot and killed at his home on Monday. Reports from the Whithorn police are that about 2:30 a.m., Reid was at home when the door to his house was kicked in by armed men.

It is alleged that the men robbed him and then opened gunfire at him.

He received multiple gunshot wounds and was taken to hospital, where death was confirmed.





Truck driver murdered at Riverton City dump Saturday

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crime-scene-gun.jpgThe police have reported that a truck driver was shot dead and a woman shot and injured by unknown assailant/s at the Riverton City Landfill, Kingston 11 on Saturday.

The deceased has been identified as 32-year-old Anthony Francis, otherwise called 'Pops', of Ferguson Drive in Riverton City.

Reports from the Hunts Bay police are that residents heard explosions about 5:30 pm and summoned them.

The responding officers said Francis was found with multiple gunshot wounds, while the woman had a wound to one of her legs. They were both taken to hospital where Francis was pronounced dead and the woman treated and released.

Investigations continue.





Opposition Leader, Dr Peter Phillips, has vowed that a future People's National Party (PNP) government will abolish what he describes as "the apartheid system of education in Jamaica".

Apartheid was the system of government that existed in South Africa up to the early 1990s, in which the black majority was segregated from the white minority, excepting for work. The majority black population was poorly educated and mostly impoverished. Phillips made the promise on Sunday as he addressed the public session of the PNP's 80th annual conference inside the National Arena in St Andrew. He was presenting what he called the PNP's 'covenant with the people'. The Opposition leader stressed that the covenant that is to also address matters related to land ownership in order to resolve the longstanding squatting problem, "will not cover everything". Neither is it a manifesto.

peter-phillips-photo-4.jpgDr Phillips told cheering Comrades on Sunday that one of the biggest problems facing the country at the moment is that of inequality.

"This vast gap that exists between the few and the many is (at) the heart of what is holding us back as a country," he said.

Apart from the inequality issue, Phillips noted that 60 per cent of the country's labour force earns the minimum wage, with 80 per cent of what is earned spent on food.

"They live at low wages, but we can't get out of the low wage trap if we not educating the majority of our children," Phillips argued.

In addressing what he called the reality of education in Jamaica today, Phillips pointed to 45 schools where three out of every four children get five subjects, including mathematics and English Language. He said those students were effectively getting a "world-class education".

"And you have 118 non-traditional high schools where not even two (students) in 10 getting the same results. Those youngsters in the non-traditional high schools are the people that end up a bette'n (betting) shop door a roll a spliff a morning time, and we see them. Sometimes we see them so often we don't even see them. We get used to it. Life can't gwaan so. So our commitment is to change these structures of inequality by assaulting these structures and the institutions that keep poverty entrenched in this country, and inequality scarring our lives," Phillips said to strong applause.

"We give our commitment that we will abolish the apartheid system of education in Jamaica," Phillips added.

He told the crowd that the party will harness the support of the entire country to get it done, including the churches, the private sector, teachers, parents and community-based organisations.

"We make the commitment that the next PNP government will provide every student in Jamaica with at least one meal daily, because pickney can't learn on a hungry belly," he said.





Chozenn chooses controversy

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affluent-jamaica-on-instagram-listen-di-fruit-a-di-spirit-anuh.jpgSome social media users are today blasting gospel act Chozenn for his latest single. They were responding after the gospel entertainer uploaded his rendition of Jada Kingdom's song Banana to Instagram.

According to the controversial gospel entertainer, he made the post after seeing school girls doing a banana challenge on the social media platform.

However, some social media users have bashed the gospel singer with some accusing him of taking it too far, and others suggesting that he should write his own gospel songs instead of remaking secular tracks.

In the IG post, Chozenn said; "the fruit of the spirit is not banana."

Earlier this year, Chozenn received heavy backlash for his remake of Dovey Magnum's popular dancehall track "Bwaal Out" and Rygin King's Tuff. The gospel singer was especially chastised by church goers.

Affluent Jamaica on Instagram: "Listen!! Di fruit a di spirit, anuh banana 🤣🍌 #Chozenn #chozennbelike #bananaremixchallenge #bananaremix"





face-boy-on-instagram-dancehall-parties-be-like-jm-tagyourdj.jpgDovey Magnum has been complaining that selectors are playing too much bad man tune, and ignoring girls anthems, such as her single "Bawl Out".

Many fans agreed with her and now, social media personality Jaifrais has created a video that captures exactly the essence of what Dovey has been saying.

Face Boy on Instagram: "Dancehall Parties Be Like 😂🇯🇲 #TagYourDJ #TagUnnuFriendDem • • • #UTOPIA September 21st @somc_nyc"





New single from Vybz Kartel keps Gazanation happy

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vybz-kartel-photo-32.jpgGazanation fans have been asking for new music for the past few months, and now it's here.

"Teacha come back and a beat them bad wid da one ya, can't stop him he's Michael Jordan of dancehall it's that simple," one fan wrote while another added, "Take time with them Teach a you a run the place for the Christmas every fly get lick weh."

Linton "TJ" White teases the cover art for Vybz Kartel upcoming album this week. It's unclear if this new single "She Say" will be featured on the upcoming project. The dancehall hitmaker, real name Adidja Palmer, is currently awaiting the verdict in his appeal case which wrapped in the Jamaica Court of Appeal in July of this year. A verdict could arrive any given moment after the high court judges revealed that they would place some priority on the case given the vast public interest.

Vybz Kartel is reportedly in good spirit although a tense atmosphere surrounds the case as he and his three co-accused, Shawn Storm, Andre St John, and Kahira Jones, awaits their fate. The four men are hoping for the very least a new trial, but ultimately their lawyers are gunning for a full acquittal. The court may also reduce the conviction if it sees fit.





4.6 magnitude earthquake rocks Jamaica

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earthquake.jpgA 4.6 magnitude earthquake shook sections of Jamaica Sunday afternoon.

That's a significant upgrade from the preliminary estimate which had put its strength at magnitude 3.3

The Earthquake Unit says the tremor with a focal depth of 23.1 kilometre was felt in St Catherine and Kingston and St Andrew.

The epicentre was located approximately 4 kilometre east of Angels in St Catherine.

However, persons living as far west as St Elizabeth said that they felt the tremor.





Standing fan recall

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The National Compliance and Regulatory Authority has issued an immediate recall of all 18 inch standing fans with the brand name VideoCon and bearing the model number: VC-1881PP.

A news release from the agency says the fans were imported by VideoCon Trading Limited located at 65 to 67 Orange Street in Kingston.

It's reported that while undergoing abnormal operation and overload tests the fan motors burnt in both situations.

The National Compliance and Regulatory Authority says persons who purchased the VideoCon fans should stop using them immediately.

It adds that the fans should be returned to the point of purchase as they are a safety hazard.





"Fully dunce" nothing to glorify, police emphasise

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The police are lamenting the trend emerging in some inner-city communities, involving youngsters widely using a set of new slang to praise individuals who display deviant behaviour, and who openly promote that they are fully illiterate and therefore lack all forms of normal reasoning.

The police said the term 'fully dunce' is becoming hip and trendy in some communities, and is now being used by persons to declare their willingness to resort to violence to deal with issues, because they supposedly lack reasoning ability to resolve problems differently.

"It is a trend we see popping up and being displayed on social media. Individuals who are deemed members of the younger generation, using slang to praise those individuals who openly disclose that they are illiterate," said a senior officer from the St Andrew South Police Division in reference to intelligence across his division and further afield.

"Dark like midnight, not open to reason, and most of all, they are claiming that they are fully dunce," said the officer.

The senior policeman said while some members of the public may brush this aside as nothing serious, it is an implication that members of the security forces have to face daily when manning streets across the country.

"To think that we have now reached a stage where we are hearing individuals criticising those who strive to be educated, and (instead) praise those who are illiterate, as a matter of fact, 'fully dunce', is something that needs to be addressed," said the policeman.

He added that he felt it was time for officials in other agencies to start an educational campaign to reach out to these individuals and to outline to them that the path they are taking of praising individuals who drop out of school and are proud to say they are fully illiterate, is dangerous.

The lawman said he strongly believes that if this is not addressed quickly, sooner or later, these individuals will become hardened criminals, with a new group or generation of violence producers who are not open to reason, and this could only spell destruction for the country.

The police also said the new trend is noticeably being pushed by some entertainers.





Red Hills cabbie missing

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A taxi operator, 64-year-old Edion Morse of Kirkland Close, Red Hills, St Andrew, has been missing since Friday, September 14. He is of dark complexion, medium built and about 175 centimetres (five feet nine inches) tall.

Reports from the Red Hills police are that Morse was last seen about 5:30 p.m. on Charlemont Avenue, Kingston 8, wearing a black and beige shirt, brown pants and brown shoes. He has not been heard from since then.

All efforts to contact him since then have been unsuccessful

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Edion Morse is being asked to contact the Red Hills police at 876-945-8270, the police 119 emergency number, or the nearest police station.





instaboss.jpgThe bail application for a former Jamaican police officer who fled the island after the killing of an entertainer in St Mary last year, was denied in the St Mary Parish Court on Thursday.

Oshane Wayne Thompson is implicated in the killing of upcoming deejay, 31-year-old Kriston Pearson, also known as 'Instaboss' or 'Maffie', of Charles Town, St Mary and Exchange in Ocho Rios, St Ann. Pearson was shot dead on May 7, 2017. The presiding parish judge denied bail on the basis of possible witness interference, and also with a view of the accused being a likely flight risk. The case is scheduled for committal proceedings on October 2.

Last year Thompson resigned from the police force after being questioned about the death of Pearson, which occurred during an altercation between the two, reportedly over a woman, at a party in St Mary. Thompson then fled the island, but was recently arrested and handed over to the Jamaican authorities by the US Enforcement and Removal Operations Unit. He arrived in the island on August 30, and was arrested by Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) officers and later charged with the murder of Pearson.

The charges against him followed prior investigations, including by the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) which indicated in a release after the accused man's arrival in Jamaica that a number of local agencies, including the JCF, the office of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) and the commission, had played important roles in fostering the capture and deportation of the fugitive former lawman.

INDECOM said it had also recommended to the DPP earlier this year that Thompson, when caught, be charged with murder in relation to the Pearson killing. An attorney for the former cop recently said Thompson, in fleeing the country, acted out of fear for his life, after having received a number of death threats.

Attorney Peter Champagnie, who is representing the ex-policeman, did not go into details then, but said the ex-cop did not leave the country through any illegal means.





Is Labba Labba missing?

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Labba Labba has reportedly gone missing following controversial statements made recently about the Doctor Beenie Man and his alleged involvement in Bogle's death in 2005.

Labba Labba has since backtracked claiming that he was drunk and later issuing an apology to both Beenie Man and Tristan Palmer, whose son he claims was paid $100,000 for the hit.

According to reports, the veteran dancer has not been seen in days by friends or family who are now worried that something may have happened to him following his controversial statements.

"Almost a week now nobody sees or hear from him and trust me a lot of people worried right now," a family member reportedly posted to social media. The police have yet to confirm if any missing person report has been filed.

Bogle was shot and killed by unknown assailants in January 2005 while waiting at a Texaco service station in Kingston.





Grammy award winners Damian Marley, Stephen Marley, Mojo Morgan (Morgan Heritage), Sean Paul, Ed Sheeran and Wyclef Jean are among the acts who have all contributed to Tropical House Cruises to Jamaica , the latest project by Jamaican producer Sean "Contractor" Edwards.

Contractor noted that the aim of the 15-track album hosted by The DJ Grid is to bring an all-star cast uniting reggae/dancehall and pop music under the tag 'tropical house' that has been used in recent years to identify pop hits influenced by Jamaican reggae and dancehall music.

"On one of my yearly UK trips I had the chance to meet, develop a friendship and subsequently get into music business with Jethro Sheeran, first cousin of Ed Sheeran. Ed having been influenced with the sounds of my island, [it] just seemed serendipitous for what I was trying to do," Contractor explained.

"Jamaican music has always been an influence to the world and it is more so visible now-a-days -- at anytime on television, commercials and the airwaves. There is no denying or stopping it's prominence. I guess the saying 'If you can't beat them, join them' holds some truth. We are actively working on two more albums. One is Hip Hop cruises to Jamaica which is a straight hip hop album which will feature Tupac, Snoop Dogg, Missy Elliott, Flo-Rida and many more. The other album we are coming out with is called Tropical House Cruises to Jamaica Deluxe Edition and this is another reggae album."

This compilation also includes cuts from VH1 Love and Hip Hop star Safaree featuring Sean Kingston; Swiss reggae artist Cookie The Herbalist and the legendary Lee "Scratch" Perry; Rollie Fresh; Chronixx, Sizzla and Tony D.

Tropical House Cruises to Jamaica was digitally released by the Contractor Music Group and distributed by Atlanta-based Amada Records under the EAE Management Group.

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shelly-ann-fraser-pryce.jpgDouble Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and former world and Olympic champion Veronica Campbell-Brown are the only women on the

September edition of the Forbes list of the 10 richest Jamaican born sports stars.

The number one position belongs to former New York Knicks center Patrick Ewing who has a total net worth of US$275 million.

Triple world record holder Usain Bolt occupies second spot with a net worth of $60 million.

Raheem Sterling ($53m) who plays for the English national team and Manchester City is third on the list followed by explosive West Indies opening batsman Chris Gayle ($15m).

Sub 10 second king Asafa Powell, the former 100m world record holder rounds out the top five on the list with an estimated worth of $6.5 million.

In sixth place is Nesta Carter ($5.3m) the sixth fastest man in history followed by double Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce who is seventh at $4.5m.

Completing the top ten are New England Patriots safety Patrick Chung ($4.3m), former world and Olympic champion Veronica Campbell-Brown ($2.6m) and 2011 world 100m champion Yohan Blake ($2.3m).





Police in Antigua probe Jamaica man's death

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ST. JOHN'S, Antigua, CMC - The police have announced plans to probe circumstances that may have led to the sudden death of a 51-year-old customs officer earlier this week.

The police report that Lloyd "Silah" Francis, originally from the eastern parish of St Thomas in Jamaica, was found dead at his home on Monday.

According to the Antigua Observer, officials from the Strategic Communications Office said they are awaiting the outcome of an autopsy before determining the course of their investigation.

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Meteorologists are reporting that for the first time in a decade there are four named storms simultaneously spinning in the Atlantic Basin; the last time this featured was in 2008.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami on Wednesday night issued advisories on Hurricane Florence, located over the western Atlantic Ocean, on Hurricane Helene, located over the eastern Atlantic Ocean, on Tropical Storm Isaac, located a few hundred miles east of the Lesser Antilles, and on newly formed Subtropical Storm Joyce, located several hundred miles west-southwest of the Azores.

"A broad area of low pressure is located over the central Gulf of Mexico. Although the shower activity is still disorganised, upper-level winds are forecast to become more conducive for development, and it is likely that a tropical depression will form Thursday or Thursday night, before the system reaches the western Gulf coast. Regardless of development, heavy rainfall and gusty winds are expected across portions of northeastern Mexico, Texas, and Louisiana late this week. Interests there should monitor the progress of this system, and refer to products from their local weather office," the NHC warned.

The NHC said an area of low pressure is expected to develop near Bermuda late this weekend or early next week and gradual development is possible after that time while the system drifts westward over the western Atlantic.

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chris-gayle-photo-7.jpgJamaican stars Chris Gayle and Andre Russell along with Shahid Afridi and Brendon McCullum are among a host of high-profile internationals set to feature in the inaugural Afghanistan Premier League from October 5 to 21 in the United Arab Emirates.

These players were picked as "icon players", along with Rashid Khan by the five franchises.

They will line-up alongside Mohammad Shahzad, Mohammad Nabi, Asghar Afghan and other stars of Afghanistan cricket.

The five franchises - representing Paktia, Kabul, Balkh, Nangarhar and Kandahar - picked their squads via draft in Dubai on Monday night.

Each team had to select between 17 and 20 players, with five overseas and one Associate player compulsorily in the squad.

Gayle is the icon player for the Balkh squad while Russell was selected by Nangarhar. Rashid Khan joins Kabul, McCullum goes to Kandagar while Afridi is to suit up for Paktia.





Mavado's son for court Friday

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mavado-and-son.jpgMavado's teenage son who is currently housed at the Metcalfe Street Secure Juvenile Remand Centre should hopefully know his fate as it relates to bail this week.

The youngster is expected to go before the court on Friday, September 14.

The teen was charged with murder, conspiracy to commit murder, shooting with intent, and illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.

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mavado-photo-12-large.jpgThe public is still awaiting an update on whether or not dancehall singjay, Mavado, is still wanted for questioning

In June, tough-talking law enforcement officials urged the dancehall entertainer to turn himself in for questioning in relation to the flare-up of violence in Cassava Piece, St Andrew community

The Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), they suggested we contact the Hunts Bay Police. However, when the Hunts Bay Police was contacted they said they did not have any information.

So did Mavado turn himself into the police? Or will the dancehall singjay contemplate a lawsuit against the government for defamation or slander?

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Trojan Records documentary for London Film Festival

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rudeboy-documentary-trojan-records.jpgRudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records, a documentary about British reggae company, premiers at the London Film Festival on October 12. The 86-minute film is directed by Nicolas Jack Davies.

According to a press release from the London Film Festival, Rudeboy is more than just music. It represents Trojan's legacy as a forerunner in exposing Jamaican music in the United Kingdom during the 1960s and 1970s, when rocksteady and reggae were largely ignored by mainstream radio in that country.

"The seeds for the multicultural society we live in now were formed on the dancefloor back in the day," says British punk/reggae authority Don Letts in the documentary's intro.

The film is part of year-long celebrations marking Trojan's golden anniversary. A book and multitrack album have also been released.

Trojan was actually founded in 1967 by Lee Gopthal, a Jamaican accountant who migrated to the UK in the early 1950s. The label helped introduce songs like Desmond Dekker and The Aces' (007) Shantytown and Israelites to white British fans, and followed up with a series of hits by Jimmy Cliff, Dandy Livingstone and Tony Tribe in the late 1960s.

By the 1970s only Island Records (once Trojan's parent company) was stronger in the UK reggae market than Gopthal's independent venture. Trojan distributed the music of major Jamaican artistes like John Holt whose 1000 Volts of Holt album was a massive seller; the company also helped push Ken Boothe's Everything I Own to number one on the British national chart in 1974.

Though a volume of compilation albums were popular throughout the UK, mismanagement led to Trojan going into liquidation by the mid-1970s. It was bought by different interests over the years including Saga Records and the Sancutary Records Group. It is currently owned by German company, BMG. Gopthal had long left the music business when he died in 1997 at age 58.

Davies is the man behind Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records. He is known for his visual work with high-profile British acts acts such as PJ Harvey, Coldplay and Mumford & Sons.

Davies directed The Road To Red Rocks, a documentary that focused on Mumford & Sons' 2013 American tour. That documentary was nominated for Best Music Film at the 2014 Grammy Award.

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Catch the new cha cha dance from Ravers

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capleton.jpgCapleton is set to return to Kingston and St. Andrew Parish Court later this month after the trial last week was marred due to a bomb threat.

The entertainer's lawyer, Christopher Townsend explained that Capleton's legal team is awaiting a police investigation into claims that the deejay was extorted.

In April, Capleton was slapped with rape charges after he was accused by a hairdresser. The dancehall deejay has since denied the accusations claiming he was extorted.

Capleton is to reappear in court on September 21.

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GO FREDDIE GO! The Big Ship sails out of the US

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freddie-mcgregor-go-freddie-go-official-music-video.jpgVeteran reggae singer Freddie Mcgregor, CEO of Big Ship Records, has covered 35 states and wrapped up over 40 shows during his recent "Go Freddie Go" tour in the United States.

Freddie recently stated that "Go Freddie Go" which marked his first US tour in almost 30 years; was a fantastic trek which saw him driving across 35 states with his band.

The Big Ship head honcho last toured the United States in 1989 with Dennis Brown and Lt Stitchie.

The legendary reggae singer is currently promoting his latest single "Go Freddie Go" which was released in March on the VP Records label.

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$40-million in losses as fire blazed on Ashenheim Road

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fire.jpgDespite the relentless efforts of 40 firefighters early Tuesday morning, a massive fire caused extensive damage to Ping's Fabric and Atlantic Hardware on Ashenheim Road in St Andrew.

Up to yesterday evening, the origin of the fire could not be determined. Firefighters had to cut through shutters and roofs to tackle the blaze, which later prompted the closure of the road.

Superintendent Andrew Russell, who heads the Kingston and St Andrew Division of the Jamaica Fire Brigade, says the situation at the premises should be brought under control and the road reopened today.

"At 12:55a.m. [Tuesday] the brigade received a call that a warehouse complex was seen engulfed in flames. It was six hours of rigorous firefighting. Six units from York Park, Half-Way Tree, Trench Town, Stony Hill and Spanish Town battled the blaze.

"The fire was confined to Ping's Fabric and Atlantic Hardware, but other establishments were also affected, like Chem Quip Limited and J. Tyson Catering. The relentlessness of firefighters prevented the fire from spreading to adjoining premises," he said.

Meanwhile, National Works Agency Communications Manager Stephen Shaw says that once the fire brigade gives the go ahead, Ashenheim Road will reopen.





Guns bark in Swallowfield as residents and police clash

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police-shooting.jpgPolice personnel and residents had to scamper for cover yesterday evening in the Swallowfield area in St Andrew, as gunmen challenged lawmen in a gunfight.

Last night's melee is said to have stemmed from a police killing of a teenager on Bundy Lane in the community on Monday.

Police sources say that yesterday morning, criminals attempted to firebomb the Stadium Gardens Police Station. There was also an unconfirmed report that gunmen opened fire on the station. Debris was used to block a section of Arthur Wint Drive, near the station.

The police subsequently cleared the road after calling in reinforcements.

Minutes after clearing the roadway, however, cops on Arthur Wint Drive were forced to take cover as gunshots rang out from inside the community.

Superintendent of police in charge of the Corporate Communication Unit, Dahlia Garrick, says there was a strong police presence in the area where the roadblock was mounted.





More traffic changes in the Corporate area

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Following a meeting with senior engineers and police personnel on Monday afternoon, NWA communications manager Stephen Shaw said Gretna Green Avenue was a major trouble spot.

He said motorists attempted to use Gretna Green Avenue to bypass to traffic on Hagley Park Road and this contributed to the gridlock at the intersection of Hagley and Waltham Park roads .

So now, the police will be making additional traffic changes:

1. Traffic movement to be restricted along Gretna Green Avenue.

2. Access to Waltham Park Road through the Total Gas Station at the intersection of Waltham Park Road and Gretna Green Avenue will be restricted.

3. Access being granted to vehicular traffic along Hagley Park Road from the direction of the intersection of Waltham Park and Hagley Park Road, heading towards Half-Way Tree.

4. Buses operated by the Jamaica Urban Transit Company and franchise operators will be allowed to use Olympic Way and Bay Farm Road to access Spanish Town Road.

5. Openings in the median along Spanish Town Road, between Majesty Gardens and Penwood Road will be closed.

Shaw is reminding persons that Henley Avenue and Penwood Road are available for persons wishing to travel towards Half-Way Tree from Spanish Town Road.

The original traffic changes in the Corporate Area took effect last week to facilitate a major bridge construction project in Three Miles.

On Sunday, traffic restrictions went in full force in Three Miles and will remain for eight months.

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA 15-year-old girl was one of two members of a St James family who were shot and injured at their home by a group of unknown assailants on Sunday evening.

Reports are that about 7:00 p.m., the two were standing outside their home in Granville in the parish when a group of gunmen who drove up in a motorcar, opened fire on them.

The two were shot and later taken to hospital, where one victim, a 23-year old man who was hit multiple times, was admitted for treatment. The girl, who was grazed by a bullet, was treated and released.

The shooting follows the killing of 13-year-old Shamar Hoffenden, who was shot with a gun that reportedly belonged to someone with whom she was said to have had an intimate relationship, in another section of the Granville community late last month.

The grade eight Green Pond High School student was reportedly playing with the weapon when she was shot in the head.





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beenie-man-photo-7.jpgDespite a public denial that he had absolutely nothing to do with the death of iconic dancer 'Bogle', the story continues to take twists. The most recent speculation is that Beenie Man revealed in a song of that era that he have revealed that he knows Bogle's killer in a song he previously released.

Beenie Man was thrust back into the spotlight over the killing when retired dancer Labba Labba did an impromptu interview and made some damning accusations that Beenie paid $100,000 to have Bogle killed. The dancehall legend was also accused of being involved in the killing back in January 2005.

Beenie recently did an interview on OnStage where he once again denied having any involvement in Bogle's murder. Labba Labba also released a new video apologizing to the Doc saying that he was drunk when he made the accusations. Still, some fans think that Beenie Man had something to do with the legendary dancer's killing and went and unearthed an old song where he deejays about knowing who killed his friend Bogle.

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tifa-photo-3.jpgNASTY! That is the word Tifa is using to describe the Dancehall music business. As a matter of fact, it is so nasty that Tifa wants to quit.

During a radio interview last week, the Dancehall diva explained why she has been saying that she is tired of it all.

"The industry has gotten nasty.... I think it is the nattiest i have even seen it," Tifa said.

According to Tifa, Dancehall is now filled with "a lot alliances and buyouts." She alleged that industry insiders are paying disc jocks not to play other artistes songs, sponsoring shows not to add other entertainers on the lineup plus a slew of other corruption.

She also charged that persons are trying to hold her down to try let others rise. Tifa shared that she has been in Dancehall for over 10 years and does not believe she should be fighting for her place.





Florence, Isaac and Helen - 3 storms all at once

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Tropical Storm Isaac is expected to become a hurricane and continue to strengthen during the next few days, while Florence and Helen have both been upgraded to hurricanes.

The Meteorological (Met) Service of Jamaica said at 4:00 pm, Isaac was centred 2240 km east of the Windward Islands and is moving toward the west near 19 km/h. It is expected to accelerate during the next 36 hours.

At the same time, Florence was centred 1160 km southeast of Bermuda while the centre of Helene was located 230 km southwest of the Southernmost Cabo Verde Islands.

Isaac is expected to move across the Lesser Antilles and into the eastern Caribbean Sea Wednesday night or Thursday as it continues to move westward through the end of the week.

The storm's maximum sustained winds have increased to near 110 km/h with higher gusts. Additional strengthening is forecast, and Isaac is expected to become a hurricane tonight. Weakening is anticipated to begin by the middle of the week while the storm approaches the Lesser Antilles.

Meanwhile, Hurricane Florence is forecast to rapidly strengthen to a major hurricane by Monday, and is expected to remain an extremely dangerous major hurricane through Thursday.

It is moving toward the west near 11 km/h, and this general motion is expected to continue today. A west-northwestward motion with an increase in forward speed is expected by Monday, and that motion is forecast to continue through mid-week

On the forecast track, the centre of Florence will move over the southwestern Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda and the Bahamas Tuesday and Wednesday, and approach the southeastern coast of the United States on Thursday.

The hurricane's maximum sustained winds have increase to near 140 km/h with higher gusts.

On the other hand, Hurricane Helene is moving toward the west near 20 km/h, and a turn toward the west-northwest is expected on Monday, with a continued west-northwestward motion through Tuesday.

On the forecast track, the centre of Helene will continue to move away from the Cabo Verde Islands.

Helene's maximum sustained winds have increased to near 120 km/h with higher gusts and additional strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours.





Gov't could honour Miss Lou with National Hero title

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The government has signalled its intention to reconstitute the National Heroes Committee that will, among other things, consider the nomination of Louise Bennett Coverley for the designation.

Ms. Lou was honoured Friday, on the 99th anniversary of her birth, during a function in Gordon Town, St. Andrew, where a statue was unveiled.

The event saw tributes from Prime Minister Andrew Holness, and Culture Minister Olivia Babsy Grange, as well as Bongo Herman, and Barbara Gloudon.

The installation of the statue, done by sculptor Basil Watson, is part of the government's plan to establish Ms. Lou Square in Gordon Town, as a lasting tribute to the mother of Jamaican culture.The official renaming will be done next year on Ms. Lou's 100th birthday.





Weeks after the discovery of the remains of Shanoya Wray, the 13-year-old girl whose skeletal remains were found at a house in Mona, the burnt body of Yetanya Francis was found in the 12th Street section of Arnett Gardens on Friday, August 24. The police said they suspect Francis was attacked, raped and then her body was set ablaze and dumped at the spot where it was found.

Blaine is imploring Jamaicans to "use these two murders as a catalyst for change".

She said Jamaicans should use the double tragedy of the teenagers being viciously killed, to work for positive changes in the area of child safety in Jamaica.

In relation to Wray, Blaine is appealing for help for her family, including her six siblings.

She argued that, "these murdered youngsters may have been residents of poor, underserved communities, but they were valued humans, part of the fabric of all of our lives. They were people with rights, with lives they had hoped to live, with bright futures now denied them."

Blaine lamented that, "hundreds more of our bright, young Jamaicans continue to face the same risks that killed Shenoya and Yetanya."

She pleaded that, "We must all pull together to protect our children".

She said Hear The Children's Cry is urging Jamaicans to, among other things, lobby their Members of Parliament (MP) to make public declarations on workable solutions to protect children; engage churches to implement child protection policies and help train community members to use them; and establish community groups that will enforce 8:00 p.m. curfews for children.

"We also want to invite concerned citizens to offer practical assistance to Shanoya's family, including her siblings, four brothers ages 3, 5, 6 and 17, and two sisters, 15 and 20 years' old," Blaine added.

Persons wishing to help may contact Hear The Children's Cry at 26 Haining Road, Kingston 5. Telephone numbers are 876-929-0431, 876-294-8123-5, or 876-822-0483; email: hearthechildrenscry@yahoo.com.





Shanoya Wray, the 13-year-old girl whose skeletal remains were found at a house in Mona, St Andrew after she went missing, was buried on Sunday, September 9.

The funeral service was held at the Bedward Gardens Seventh Day Adventist Church in the Bedward Gardens community in St Andrew.

And with just hours before the teenager is laid to rest, convenor of the lobby group, Hear the Children's Cry, Betty-Ann Blaine, is calling for Jamaicans to use the occasion of the funeral to agitate for tangible support for the family of the victim and greater protection for the nation's children overall.

Blaine is also calling on Jamaicans to mark the occasion with prayers, and to not allow the death of Shanoya and that of 14-year-old, Yetanya Francis of Arnett Gardens, "to be another nine-day wonder".

Said Blaine: "We need to use the pain and the heartbreak, and the injustice done to these children and to their families, to stir us to effective action on behalf of all Jamaican children."

The police reported that the skeletal remains of Wray was found at premises on Walley Close in Mona, St Andrew five days after she was reported missing.

The remains were found in a bathtub that was filled with a corrosive substance. The discovery triggered shock and anger across the country.

A 27-year-old Trinidadian national, Sanjay Maharaj, who is a school teacher; and 19-year-old Lenardo Madden, a former medical student at the University of the West Indies, have been charged in relation to Shanoya's murder.

Maharaj has been charged with murder, while Madden was charged with accessory after the fact.





Flow exec Errol K Miller in need of blood

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Errol K Miller, Executive Chairman of FLOW Foundation, has been hospitalised and is presently in urgent need of blood donation.

Reports are that Miller has been admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) of the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI).

Full details of his condition are not known at this time.

"We are asking people to continue to pray for him," said Troy Cockings, Director of Flow Foundation, who confirmed the news.

Cockings said Miller has been in hospital for the past two weeks.

Other Jamaicans who heard about the development have also appealed via social media for blood donation.





Tribute to Kofi Annan - the most hon. PJ Patterson

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Please see below a tribute from the Most Hon. P J. Patterson, former Prime Minister of Jamaica for Kofi Annan, the seventh Secretary General of the United Nations who recently died in Bern, Switzerland.

Tribute to Kofi Annan

The world has lost another of its truly outstanding servants with a passion for dedicated service to the cause of freedom, peace and development.

Kofi Annan was a man of unique and yet many distinctions. He was the first, and to date the only, person who passed through the labyrinth of the United Nations and its many agencies to ascend to the post of secretary general by virtue of his brilliance at every working stage; and the first son of sub-Saharan Africa to become chief of that global institution.

The advent of the seventh secretary general to the pinnacle of global leadership coincided with the turn of the new century which demanded a creative effort to find new institutional directions in order for the United Nations to meet contemporary realities. Kofi Annan perceived the UN as a catalyst for change and an instrument for human progress.

His style was one of quiet but resolute diplomacy which would forestall conflict whenever possible and be ready to respond promptly and effectively whenever tension could not be defused or conflict averted.

In 2001, this humanitarian icon was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in his own right and the United Nations rightly applauded for its institutional role at a time of turbulent global upheaval.

Kofi Annan was a visionary who conceived the Millennium Development Goals as the engine for moving forward the international society in its entirety, recognising fully that the pistons of the developing world had to be ignited for the advance of humankind.

With the end of the Cold War, Kofi Annan will be remembered for the tremendous energy he devoted in the search to build a more effective and efficient network of multilateral institutions which entailed new insights as to the linkages between terrorism, security, human rights, poverty and the environment.

We from the Caribbean who belong to small island states and countries restricted by the size of our economies will remember the Kofi Annan for the constant attention he paid to our severe resource constraints and vulnerability to a spate of natural disasters. His passionate advocacy was highlighted in the Barbados Programme of Action that the UN Conference on the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States adopted at the start of his incumbency.

For this urbane and astute secretary general, the concept of retirement meant primarily a transfer of his focus and attention from his New York headquarters to roam the continent of his descent and broker agreements which would foster harmony and economic growth.

As chairman of the Group of Elders, he sought to rid Africa of the dogmas of the past in order to embrace pragmatic progress in working democracies under the rule of law.

The rich legacy Kofi Annan bequeaths must inspire "a new generation of men and women to carry on the relentless struggle into a new era when the hopes and aspirations of their martyrs and heroes will be realised once and for all".

Mine was the privilege of having known Kofi throughout the years and the honour of a productive working relationship which grew into a close brotherhood.

We are grateful to his widow Nane Annan, his children and family for having permitted him to share so much time and space with the world at large. Kofi Anan has now joined our noble ancestors and entered that realm of eternal rest and enjoys perpetual peace at last.

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Bugle rocks the world with collab with Razz

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bugle-feat-razz-world-party-2018-release.jpgReggae singer Bugle is rocking the world with his latest release entitled, World Party. A collaboraion with Razz --- of Razz and Biggy fame --- World party is legit taking over the world.

bugle-photo-4.jpgBy the way, we have to big up the Anointed One for his philantrophy. His back-to-school event was awesome.





Video for Future Fambo Gucci Mane collab out now

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future-fambo-how-we-living-remix-ft-gucci-mane.jpgDancehall artiste Future Fambo is making waves after recently releasing the visuals for "How We Living Remix," featuring rapper Gucci Mane.

The "Rum & Redbull" star returned with a bang following a notable hiatus from the Dancehall scene with the brand new track, which is produced by White Gad Records.

future-fambo.jpgLast Friday the deejay dropped the music video for the single, which features platinum selling Atlanta rapper Gucci Mane, and has managed to rack up over 130,000 views on his VEVO account.

The music video sees the veteran entertainer enjoying a lavish lifestyle, partying in a mansion with dozens of beautiful women and friends.





Gully Bop's ex Shauna Chyn a deadbeat mom?

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gully-bop-and-shauna-chin-kissing.jpgEven as Amari is lamenting Gully Bop's illness, another of the 50-odd year old entertainer's exes, Shauna Chyn is getting flack from her babyfather.

In a video uploaded to social media, Chyn's baby daddy claiming that Shauna neglected her son three months after giving birth. The man revealed that the "Control Button" singer took their child without his consent last month and registered him in a new school.

He added that Shauna Chyn failed to play an active role in the child's upbringing, despite him making several attempts for her to be a mother for their son.

But it was only a few days ago that Shauna Chyn posted a pic of her son on IG, showing him of on his first day back at school.

IAMSHAUNACHYN on Instagram: "I didnt want to share my child but due to how genna genna clean n out. He's the one i work so hard for cause I want him to have what I..."





Amari sad that her 'boo' Gully Bop is very sick

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gully-bop-and-amari.jpgamari.jpgAmari has taken to social media to lament the illness of her ex-fiance, Gully Bop, but Amari is not saying exactly what Bop is suffering from.

'mari says she is scared of losing her ex-fiancé Gully Bop.

A'mari says she is fearful his health could be taking a turn for the worst.

"I've tried so many ways to deal with Boo being sick. I tell myself that he's still the boo i know that i could go toe to toe with on social media...my godfather. Now I'm arguing with you and you don't answer me back. I hope I'm not losing you. Don't know what i would do," she said.

A few months ago Amari declared she was willing to fight for Bop, who she says is the love of her life, following their bitter fallout.

"We were musical partners. [He was] my fiancé and the person who truly discovered me. He was my soulmate, and I need him back in my life. If it doesn't happen in this life, when we die, I hope we will reconcile," she said.

Gully Bop is set to return to court on assault charges after he was arrested and charged with physically assaulting his wife during a dispute in Nuts River in St Thomas several months ago.

The deejay's case was transferred to the drug court following additional accusations that he had been abusing drugs and alcohol, including cocaine and marijuana.





shenseea-ig.jpgSpice has called herself the queen of the Dancehall and now Shenseea is the queen-in-waiting, as she has dubbed herself the princess. Well fans had quite a lot to say about that on social media -- both positive and negative.

It all started when Shenseea posted a picture of herself and Spice with the following caption:

"In the middle of my performance she walked in and some of her #Smurfs saw her and started to create excitement! She literally STOPPED until I finished my song to avoid any disturbances..and for that my Team and I have a different level of respect for you @spiceofficial 👏🏾👏🏾, she said

"Spice a di Queen, so me a wah? Nuh must Princess! Who next? Just face it a so di ting set! 🎶 PS: U cut off your legs for specific reasons me wish me cudda cut out my face cause I just performed so my hair and make up all messy🤣🤣🤣 #nuffLove#SugarANDSpice #HardWorkingFemales#Dancehall 🇯🇲" .

Below are some of the comments that greeted Shenseea's claim to the royal title:

"no sah.. Khalia is on the same level of no talent as Shenocean.. Goodly worse. Better u root for Vanessa Bling 😩," one fan wrote while another lamented "Shensea ain't no prinny.... Spice barely a d queen so how she fi b princess... Shensea deven have 3 hits inna r career."

However, the commentary was not all negative for the deejay as Shenseea did receive some support from several fans.

"@shenseea a definitely the princess after nuh body else nah work as hard or have the numbers like her," one fan wrote in her defense.

The debate rages on. Is Shenseea really the Dancehall Princess?





vybz-kartel-photo-11-larger.jpgThe juror accused of bribing fellow jurors in the Vybz Kartel (Adidja Palmer) murder trial, will know his fate later this month. The lawyer representing Livingston Cain, Valerie Neita Robertson, made a no-case submission after the prosecution closed its case against him in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court Thursday.

Neita Robertson, in her no-case submission, stated that her client is entitled to his own analysis of the evidence and that he had such a view in respect of several areas of the evidence. She added that two of the witnesses corroborated Cain's view, testifying during the bribery trial, that the prosecutor in the Vybz Kartel trial did not present enough evidence to say that the men were guilty.

Cain is being tried on six counts of attempting to pervert the course of justice and one count of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, following allegations that he was captured on a phone recording offering the jury foreman in the Kartel murder trial $500,000 for a not guilty verdict.

He is also accused of approaching other jurors and promising one of them that he would "take care of him" if he returned a not-guilty verdict.

The charges stem from allegations that between the start of Vybz Kartel's murder trial in the Home Circuit Court on November 18, 2013 and the rendering of a verdict in the matter in March 2014, Cain tried to persuade his fellow jurors to return a verdict of not guilty and even offered the jury forewoman $500,000 for a result in favour of Vybz Kartel and his co-accused.





13-y-o student shot by masked gunman in Falmouth

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA 13-year-old student of Muschett High School in Trelawny is now nursing bullet wounds in hospital after he and two men were shot and injured by a masked gunman in Falmouth, the parish's capital, yesterday morning.

Speaking with The Gleaner in the aftermath of the shooting, Superintendent Dwight Powell, the commanding officer for the Trelawny police, said that based on initial investigation, the injured student was not the target of the attack.

"The student was not the target but was in close proximity," said Powell. "We are in the process of conducting some counselling sessions with the parent of the 13-year-old as well as with the student population at his school."

According to reports, shortly after 6:15 a.m., the teen was walking along George's Street in Falmouth when he saw a man, who was armed with a handgun, chasing another man and firing shots. He was shot and injured before he could take cover.

The man who was being chased a 38 year-old linesman who is employed to the Falmouth Cruise Shipping Pier - and a 50-year-old bus operator also suffered bullet wounds and were hospitalised.

"This is the first incident of this kind that has occurred here in Falmouth in the many months that I have been here," said Powell. "The investigations are ongoing, and I am appealing to any person who may have information on this incident to bring it to our attention."

The man, who the police believe was the target of the attack, suffered bullet wounds to his arm, buttocks, and pelvis. The student was shot in the region of the groin while the transport operator was shot in the shoulder.

Following the shooting, the gunman reportedly ran to a waiting motor car, which sped away from the scene.





Cops probing courthouse bomb threat

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police-federation-logo.jpgPolice say they are now doing voice analysis of a phone call made to the Half Way Tree Parish Court on Tuesday that warned of a bomb being planted at the facility.

The call brought the day's proceedings at the court to an abrupt halt and forced the evacuation of the building.

Police said the bomb squad was called and, after a search of the building, nothing was found. Court resumed on Wednesday.

Despite the fact that things have returned to normal, police say they are not taking the bomb threat lightly as it was the second such call made at a local court facility in less than two months.

In August, a similar call was made at a court in Duncans, Trelawny causing disruption to court proceedings.

Police sources say that, close to midday Tuesday, an individual with a foreign sounding accent called the Half Way Tree court and issued the threat. The Court Management Services (CMS) said as a result of the development, all court cases that were scheduled for Tuesday that were not dealt with up to that point of the day, were adjourned and the respective parties issued with new dates to return to court.

"We ask for the patience and understanding of members of the public as we work with the police to ensure the safety and security of all users of the court," the CMS stated in a release at the time

On August 21, police said an anonymous phone call was also the source of the scare in Trelawny, which brought the day's court proceedings to a halt as law enforcement personnel searched for a possible explosive device.





crime-scene-tape-gloves.jpgMANDEVILLE, Manchester:

Linton Stephenson, the 59-year-old Seventh-day Adventist deacon wanted for the murder of a 25-year-old Mandeville woman, Khyhymn Campbell, has been found dead in Manchester.

The police say Stephenson's decomposing body was found at his Bloomsville Circle home in the parish.

According to the police, the body was found near a bottle.

The police are theorising that he may have committed suicide by drinking a toxic substance. It is not clear for how long the body was there.

Stephenson was being sought by the police after his car was found near the Marshall's Pen area with Campbell's body, which was stuffed in an igloo, wrapped in a sheet, with her throat slashe





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i-love-montego-bay.jpgMBJ Airports Limited is transforming Sangster International Airport (SIA) into a showcase of Jamaica with the expansion of the departure terminal and commercial area under its new Master Plan.

The airport operator has selected one of the world's leading engineering firms to develop a new Master Plan in consortium with seven local firms. MBJ is focusing on infrastructure improvements that leverage the latest technology while improving the experience for passengers by transforming SIA into a reference for efficiency and service and a bastion of Jamaican culture.

MBJ will be adding 25,800 square feet to the departure terminal to improve service for passengers and redeveloping the commercial area post security with an expanded footprint and updated look and feel. The design theme within the new Master Plan is being developed to reflect the country's natural beauty, while the commercial area will be developed with a renewed focus on Jamaican specialty products and original handicrafts.

"We will launch a request for proposals in short order to select retailers to operate concessions at the airport," CEO Rafael Echevarne announced.

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Special consideration will be given to those retailers planning to sell Jamaican products and crafts. As part of its support to the local craft industry, MBJ launched the Jamaican Artisan competition in 2017 to discover new talent and provide the top-three winners a commercial outlet in shops at the airport. Jamaican products sold at SIA represent some USD 19m in sales each year. Already more than half of the 27 specialty souvenir stores operating at the airport sell Jamaican goods, while six sell items produced in the island exclusively. Duty-free shops at the airport specialize in Jamaican spirits, which account for over 40% of their sales, meanwhile. The stores themselves are mostly locally owned, with 81% of the businesses operating at SIA held by Jamaicans.

About MBJ Airports:

MBJ Airports Limited, operator of Sangster International Airport, connects Jamaica to more than 50 international destinations. A record 4.2m passenger used the airport in 2017. MBJ operates SIA under a 30-year concession awarded in 2003 and provides employment to more than 150 Jamaicans. SIA has been named the Caribbean's Leading Airport by World Travel Awards for the past nine years in a row.





Igloo Dream August 2018 | Photos by: Ashon Williams

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Lonely religious people feel less isolated than lonely atheists because God substitutes as a friend, a new study has found. Relationships are key for us humans to feel motivated, connected, and to give us a sense of purpose. New research by psychologists at the University of Michigan show that, among those who do feel lonely, those who believe in a religion are less likely to lose the will to live because their faith fills that void.

According to doctoral student Todd Chan, the lead author, God comes to be seen quite literally as a friend. However, religion was still hardly enough to replace all the qualities that come from human interaction.

For the socially disconnected, God may serve as a substitutive relationship that compensates for some of the purpose that human relationships would normally provide,' Chan said.

This is Chan's conclusion from three separate studies involving 19,775 people, the last of which was published last week in the Journal of Personality. Each person was surveyed on their friendships, religious beliefs, feelings of loneliness and sense of purpose.

For those that weren't lonely, faith didn't have a significant impact on their levels of happiness, sense of belonging or purpose.

However, those who felt that they didn't have many friends strongly benefited 'from leveraging religion and turning to God as a friend ... when they lack supportive social connections.'

Co-author Nicholas Michalak, a psychology graduate student, added: 'Our research suggests, given two people who feel equally disconnected, the individual who feels more connected to God will have a better sense of purpose in life.'

However, even with God as a friend, it is not enough to combat a lack of human contact.

'These results certainly do not suggest that people can or should rely on God over people for purpose,' said co-author Oscar Ybarra, professor of psychology and faculty associate at the U-M Institute for Social Research. 'Quality human connections still remain a primary and enduring source of purpose in life.'





florence.jpgHAMILTON, Bermuda, CMC - Bermudians were upgrading their storm supply kits as Hurricane Florence intensified on Wednesday to a powerful Category 3 storm packing maximum sustained winds of 125 miles per hour as it continued to drift towards the British Overseas Territory.

Local forecasts suggest that Florence -- the third hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic season but the first major one -- will weaken in the next 24 to 48 hours owing to wind shear.

However, the Miami-based National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said the storm is expected to remain a strong hurricane "through early next week".

At noon local time, Florence was 1,370 miles east-southeast of the island, moving west-northwest at 13 miles per hour.Its nearest point of approach to Bermuda within the next 72 hours is forecast to be 643 miles to the east-southeast on Saturday. But the storm is expected to come closer to the island after then.

The Bermuda Weather Service said it was not considered a threat to Bermuda at this time but the Emergency Measures Organisation (EMO) announced it is monitoring its track.

"While the Bermuda Weather Service notes that the storm's track will continue to fluctuate as the week progresses, the ministry takes this opportunity to remind the public that Bermuda is in the midst of hurricane season, and encourages the public to use this opportunity to update their storm supply kits," a National Security Ministry spokeswoman said.

"The ministry notes that the EMO is prepared and stands ready to convene should Hurricane Florence's forecasted track pose a threat to Bermuda."





woman-found-igloo.jpgThe Seventh-day Adventist Church in Jamaica is urging the alleged murderer of a 25-year-old Manchester student to surrender to the police.

Linton Stephenson, 59, a deacon in the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Mandeville has been named as the suspect. He is also wanted for illegal possession of a firearm and assault.

Stephenson, also called Jawbone, is believed to have killed Khyhymn Campbell on August 28 at his Bloomfield Street home and later abandoned her body along the Marshall's Pen main road in the central Jamaica parish capital.

"We use this medium to unequivocally condemn what appears to be the recent cold and brutal murder in Manchester of yet another female member of the community," said Pastor Everett Brown, president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Jamaica.

Brown furthered called for Jamaicans including members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church to immediately come forward if they can help the security forces. Seventh-day Adventists affirm the dignity and worth of each human being and decry all forms of physical, sexual and emotional abuse and act of crime and violence, Brown said.

Stephenson was on parole after being released from prison for the killing of a woman in St Mary some time ago.





killer-neverson.jpgA Trinidadian man on the US Marshals' 15 most wanted fugitives list for allegedly killing his sister and an ex-girlfriend in New York City in 2002 has been captured in Connecticut. (Please note that elsewhere he is identified as Jamaican.)

The Marshals Service says 54-year-old Andre Neverson was caught Tuesday in Bridgeport outside a home where he had been hiding. He had been on the most wanted list since 2004.

Authorities allege Neverson fatally shot his sister on July 8, 2002. They say that he abducted his ex-girlfriend the next day and that she was found two days later with a fatal gunshot wound to the head.

Marshals say Neverson is a native of Trinidad and Tobago who is in the US illegally.

It could not immediately be determined when he will be returned to New York or whether he has a lawyer.





killer-neverson.jpgA Jamaican man has been apprehended in the United States 16 years after he is believed to have shot to death his sister and an ex-girlfriend.

(Please note that elsewhere he is identified as Trinidadian.)

Andre Neverson, now 54, was tracked to a house in Connecticut and taken into custody, the New York Daily News reported citing police sources.

Investigators believe that on July 8, 2002, Neverson twice shot his older sister Patricia Neverson, 39, during an argument over money inside their Crown Heights home in Brooklyn, New York. The following day, he reportedly picked up his female companion, Donna Davis, at the college, she was attending in Queens, New York. Authorities believe she had ended the relationship.

Davis' body was found among overgrown weed in a Brooklyn lot. It has not been determined when he will be transferred to New York to face charges.

According to the newspaper, Neverson's mother, Erine Neverson, said her son deserved the death penalty for allegedly killing his sister.

"I want them to catch him before I die. I want to ask him how he could do that to his sister," the newspaper quoted the elderly woman as saying in 2007.

Erine Neverson reportedly died in 2009.

Before the 2002 incidents, Andre Neverson had served five years in prison for attempted murder after he was reportedly convicted for shooting the uncle of another ex-girlfriend, the New York Daily News reports. The newspaper says Neverson was deported to Jamaica after his release from prison but illegally re-entered the US shortly after.





Most wanted man 'Taliban' killed by police

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crime-scene-gun.jpgInvestigators from the Independent Commission of Investigation (INDECOM) have commenced a probe into Wednesday morning's fatal shooting of two men who allegedly engaged the police in a shootout in St James. One of the men, Donrick Campbell, alias 'Taliban', was said to have been listed as being wanted by the St James police in connection with a number of murders and shootings in the parish.

The other deceased has been identified as Owen Jenkins.

Reports are that about 4:40 a.m., the police went to a premises in Irwin, St James, where they were engaged in a gunfight with men who alighted from a house on the property.

After the shooting died down, Campbell and Jenkins were found suffering from gunshot wounds, and were taken to hospital, where they were both pronounced dead. The police said two firearms were recovered from the scene of the shooting.





Oshane Wayne Thompson, 24, a former member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, who fled to the US while being sought in connection with the fatal shooting of an entertainer in St. Mary, has been charged with murder. A day after he was deported by US law enforcement, Thompson. has been charged for the murder of 31 year-old Kriston Pearson, otherwise called Insta Boss, who was an entertainer of Islington, St Mary.

The ex-cop, who is being represented by attorney Peter Champagnie, is booked to appear in the St Mary Parish Court on Monday.

Mr Champagnie says that he will be applying for bail, adding that his client was acting in self-defence when the incident occured.

Thompson, who fled island in May last year was flown to Jamaica on Thursday and was arrested on arrival by the Bureau of Special Investigations. In March this year, he was arrested on immigration charges by deportation officers in New Jersey. The US State Department revoked his visa after the authorities received information that he was in New York.

On August 2, the former cop was ordered removed by an immigration judge in New York City, and waived his right to appeal.

Thompson was implicated in the fatal shooting of Mr Pearson at a dance in Trinity, Port Maria on May 7, 2017.





Bounty hails Beres on his birthday

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5.2 earthquake hit offshore Negril

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earthquake.jpgThe Earthquake Unit at the University of the West Indies, Mona is reporting that a 5.2 earthquake hit offshore Negril, Westmoreland this morning.

The unit says the quake occurred at 9:35 a.m. approximately 150 kilometres west of the resort town.

It says the earthquake had a focal depth of 13 kilometres and was reportedly felt in parts of Kingston and St Andrew.





$17-M for Jennifer Edwards in unfair dismissal case

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jennifer-edwards.jpgThe National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) has paid out just over $17 million to its former executive director Jennifer Edwards to settle her wrongful dismissal case.

In May the Industrial Disputes Tribunal (IDT) ruled that the March 2105 dismissal of Edwards from the NSWMA was unjust and she should be paid three years basic salary to February 2018, plus payment for the vacation leave she would have been entitled to over the three years.

Late last week Audley Gordon, executive director of the NSWMA, told The Sunday Gleaner that with help from the Ministry of Local Government, the entity has found the money to pay Edwards.

While not confirming the amount, Gordon admitted that it was in excess of $17 million.

"The IDT ruled and we are of the opinion that this ruling should not be challenged," said Gordon.

"She served the authority and we believe in a dignified closing of this issue. We took a principled stance to make the payment and we wish her well."

Trade unionist and industrial relations consultant Lambert Brown, who represented Edwards, at the IDT, told The Sunday Gleaner that he could not confirm if she had been paid, but he was aware that the process had started.





crime-scene-tape-gloves.jpgOn Tuesday, August 28 at approximately 1:25 a.m., the Manchester police found the body of a woman, with a slashed throat, wrapped in a sheet, in an igloo on the back seat of a Toyota Starlet motor car along Marshall's Pen Road in the parish.

Two days later, fears were confirmed when Dr Pastor Amos Campbell positively identified the body as that of his 25-year-old daughter, Khyhymn Campbell.

"My daughter decided to move out on her own, and whilst her mother and I asked her to wait a while because there was a lot she didn't know about the world, and a lot she needed to learn, because, truthfully, she grew up pretty sheltered, she still decided to move out," the grieving father is reported to have told The Gleaner in an interview.

"We didn't really hear from her for the past three months because she wouldn't accept our calls out of, possibly, fear that we would deter her from living away and ask her to move back home."

Campbell said when calls from him and his wife to his daughter went unanswered, he would then ask other immediate family members to reach out to her and they would be successful.

"That's why I knew something was wrong, when all the calls made to her phone, by my wife and I, all other family members and close friends went unanswered. I knew then that I had to go to the police station. After visiting the station, I was taken to the morgue, and it was there that my mind was and will forever be negatively stained. I see that picture every now and again. This whole thing has been a real horror story," he recounted.

Campbell said his daughter, who attended the Bishop Gibson High School and later Northern Caribbean University, was always interested in medicine, but was contemplating a possible switch to education prior to her premature end at the university.

"I wanted for her to be able to complete her studies and hold down a good job before even thinking about moving out on her own, but she made the decision this year, and that is when she was exposed to danger," he said.

At the True Vine True Holiness Ministries, located near the New Green roundabout in the parish, where Campbell pastors, Khyhymn was known as one of the best dancers at church.

The police are still on the hunt for the suspect in connection with Khyhymn's murder, Linton Stephenson, aka Jaw Bone, said to be a deacon of a Seventh-day Adventist Church in Mandeville and former worker at the Big Rat's Auto Shop.

The police are asking anyone with information on his whereabouts to contact the Mandeville CIB at (876) 962-2832, police 119 emergency number, or the nearest police station.





Manhunt on for deacon in gruesome murder of woman

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manhunt-launched.jpgA manhunt is now on for 59-year-old Linton Stephenson, who the police believe can assist with their investigation into the murder of a woman in Manchester.

Police reports are that lawmen were on patrol along the Winston Jones Highway, which is on the Marshall's Pen main road in Mandeville, after 1:00 am Tuesday, when they saw a Toyota Starlet motor car parked on the road with the front doors open.Checks were made and the body of the woman was found in a cooler box on the back seat.

Police say the body was nude and had what appeared to be cuts to the back and front of the neck and face. The throat had also been slashed, the police say.

The scene was processed and the body removed to the morgue pending identification and post-mortem examination.

The police say, based on information received, they went to Bloomsville Circle where Stephenson lived.He was reportedly not seen, but the house was searched and red substance resembling blood was seen on several areas of the bathroom -- where a knife, with what appeared to be blood, was found in the face basin -- blood was seen on the walls, inside one of the bedrooms, and also on the stairs.

It is suspected that the woman was killed at the location and taken to where she was found.

Further investigations by the police led to the discovery that Stephenson, who also goes by the name Gary Stephenson and the alias "Jawbone", has a history of violence.

He is listed as wanted by the police in a case of assault at common law and illegal possession of firearm. These crimes were committed in the Mandeville police area earlier this month.

Prior to that, police say that Stephenson was charged with murder, which was later reduced to manslaughter, for the killing of his wife, Claudette Nelson, 42, in 2006. She was a higgler from St Mary.

Police reports are that, during a domestic dispute, Stephenson, who was also a higgler at the time, used a machete to inflict several wounds all over Nelson's body, dug out her eyes, cut out her private part, and removed her intestines.

She died on the spot.





Capleton returns to court Tuesday

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capleton.jpgCapleton's ongoing rape case continues this week.

The "Fireman" who was charged in April this year, is to return to the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on Tuesday September 4.

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

Capleton was arrested and charged following accusations that on April 28, the entertainer forcibly had sexual intercourse with a female hairdresser he hired to groom his locks at a hotel in New Kingston.





ganja-seized.jpgThere has been another multi-million dollar ganja seizure at the Sangster International Airport.

The Narcotics police arrested a Canadian man following the seizure of five pounds of cocaine on Thursday. About 12:30 in the afternoon, the man was preparing to board flight to Toronto when he was interviewed and his luggage searched.

The cocaine, which is valued at $3 million , was reportedly found in his luggage.

The Canadian was arrested on reasonable suspicion of breaching the Dangerous Drugs Act





Whitney Houston film to premiere in Jamaica

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whitney-houston.jpgAcademy Award-winning filmmaker Kevin McDonald latest documentary, Whitney, is to premiere in Jamaica on September 9.

The screening of the documentary will be held at the Courtleigh auditorium with all proceeds raised in aid of the St.Elizabeth-based foundation Breds.

Following the film, McDonald is set to host what promises to be an insightful question and answer session.

McDonald's film, which was approved by the late singer's estate, chronicles the life of singer Whitney Houston from her childhood in New Jersey to the heights of success and stardom in the music industry through to the singer's unfortunate decline due to drug abuse.

The film boasts never before seen footage, intimate interviews and unheard versions of the late icon's music.

Breds is a foundation which focuses on engages youths on the island's south coast with a focus on creating social change through sport and facilitates.

"We know that the potential for drug abuse by a child is every parent's concern -- especially during the adolescent years when they are most vulnerable," said Jason Henzell, Chairman of Breds.

"Participating in sports alone may not be the solution, but we have seen first hand how being involved in camps and programs such as ours helps keep the youth engaged, builds self-confidence and fosters camaraderie with others, which we believe is definitely a step towards prevention,"added Henzell.





Big crowd greets Bolt at Sydney football debut

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bolt-usain-football.jpgUsain Bolt's football debut for the Central Coast Mariners on Friday lasted about 20 minutes against an amateur local team and with almost 10,000 people in the crowd.

The eight-time Olympic gold medalist is trying to become a professional football player and has been given a tryout with the Australian A-League club based in Gosford, north of Sydney. Bolt started on the left wing and had a clumsy first touch, but settled in and found himself in scoring positions a couple of times before having a stoppage-time shot blocked.

"I was a little bit nervous, but as soon as I got on the field I think the nerves went away," Bolt told broadcaster Fox Sports. "I wish I had more touches, but I'm not fit yet. I've just got to put in the work and get up to speed."

The Mariners already had a commanding lead when Bolt went on as a substitute in the 72nd minute -- wearing the number 95 on his shirt -- and easily won 6-1. The 32-year-old Jamaican predicted it would take four to five months until he's "playing like one of the guys."

Even if he doesn't make it as a football player, Bolt can still draw a crowd. Some critics have said that's what his trial period in the A-League is all about. Bolt has regularly said his ambition is real.

The crowd for Friday's match was about four times bigger than the average home attendance the Mariners attracted last season. The Australian Associated Press reported that the exhibition game was broadcast in 60 countries.





Another woman found stabbed to death

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Two days after a woman was found with her throat slashed and her body stuffed into an igloo in Manchester, the police there are investigating another brutal murder of a female. The latest victim has been identified as 66-year-old farmer Winifred Elliot, of New Forrest district in the parish, who who was also knifed to death.

Reports are that the woman was found with multiple stab wounds in her house on Thursday morning. The find has again left residents of the parish on edge and in grief.

Only days earlier, the body of a young woman was found with her throat slashed inside an igloo along the Winston Jones Highway near Mandeville.

The Mandeville Police reported in that case that about 1:25 a.m., a mobile patrol team saw a grey Toyota Starlet motorcar parked on the roadway with the front doors open.

Checks were made and the body of the female, with its throat slashed, was found wrapped in a sheet and stuffed inside a cooler box on the backseat of the vehicle. The scene was processed and the body removed to the morgue, pending identification and a postmortem examination.

The body of the victim is described as being of brown complexion, medium built, about 168 centimetres (five feet six inches) long, with tall, natural hair. The woman appears to be in her late 20s, the police said.

Detectives assigned to the Manchester Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) are seeking the public's assistance in identifying the body.

The police are asking anyone who can assist in identifying the woman's body, or who has information that can otherwise assist in their investigation, to contact the Mandeville CIB at 876-962-2832, the police 119 emergency number, or the nearest police station.

Persons may also call Crime Stop at 311 or 811.

The gruesome discoveries in Manchester came amid the chopping death of a woman and her 10-year-old son in St Ann, shortly after the horrific rape, murder and burning of another female, this time a child identified as 14-year-old Yetanya Francis, a student of Kingston Technical High School.

She was killed in Arnett Gardens, St Andrew after going missing there on Thursday night. Her charred remains were found the following day.

Francis' fate in particular triggered shock and anger from Jamaicans far and wide, including Prime Minister Andrew Holness, whose response included a declaration that: "The thugs who murdered 14-year-old Yetanya Francis have no place in the Jamaican society we are seeking to create."





woman-and-son-chopped-to-death.jpgOrville 'Bull' Scarlett of Watt Town in St Ann, the man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend and her son, who was chopped to death by angry residents of his community on Friday morning.

Scarlett was named as a person of interest in Tuesday night's murder of his common law wife and the woman's child in Linton Park, St Ann. An appeal was issued for him to turn himself over to the police. Reports from the Watt Town Police are that about 1:45 am, Scarlett was attacked by residents who chopped him several times. The police were summoned and he was seen lying in the back of a yard with chop wounds all over his body.

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

Scarlett had reportedly fled the scene after allegedly slaughtering 32-year-old Alesha Francis, alias 'Alecia', and her son, Teco Jackson. It is reported that Francis had ended her relationship with Scarlett over a year ago. However, he had vowed to take revenge on the woman for her decision.

Police reports are that on Tuesday at about 10:00 pm, Francis and her three children were walking home when they were pounced upon by a man. The man, believed to have been Scarlett, attacked and chopped Francis before turning the machete he wielded on her children.

The injured persons were assisted to a hospital, where Francis and Teco were pronounced dead.





Neville Lee hailed as a gentleman and a gentle giant

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neville-lee-sonic-sounds.jpgFounder of Sonic Sounds, Neville Lee was hailed as a gentleman, a gentle giant -- a kind, caring man with a huge heart for family. That family included friends, those he worked with and the community. The Thanksgiving Service for his life was held at Saints Peter and Paul Church in St Andrew, Tuesday.

Lee, died on July 31 from leukaemia and diabetes. He was 80 years old.

His younger brother Willie Stewart, former drummer with reggae band Third World, remembered Lee as a gentleman.

"My brother Neville was an exceptional human being with a capacity to love each and every persons; always putting his family first. When I say family, it was extended to his friends, those he worked with and the community at large. He was a great listener always ready to encourage and celebrate any success in life no matter how big, no matter how small," said Stewart.

"His laughter was always bright, radiant and effervescent. He was a loving husband, a devoted and committed father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend. No task was too small or too big for him to give a helping hand. Neville was able to connect with and advise and motivate people from all walks of life," he continued. "From the man in the street to the biggest corporate executive; from the youngest member of the family to the most troubled teenager or an adult trying to figure out what life is all about."

Lee got involved in the music industry after returning to Jamaica from London in 1969 at the invitation of his older brother, musician/businessman Byron Lee. He worked as a manager at Dynamic Sounds, the record-manufacturing and distribution company Byron owned, after which he left and set up his own company, Sonic Sounds.





The praise and worship session at the Inner City for Christ Ministry in Arnett Gardens came to an abrupt end as church-goers scampered for cover as guns barked right outside their tabernacle late Tuesday night. One man was discovered shot in what residents on 12th Street in the South St Andrew community claim was a reprisal attack for the murder of 14-year-old Yetanya 'Princess' Francis, who was raped and whose body was burnt in the church's open lot last Thursday.

Police said that the injured man, a shopkeeper, was shot multiple times by at least three thugs who ordered ganja before the shooting took place at about 9:30 p.m. They said that the gunmen made their escape on a section of 12th Street that has been without street lights for months.

According to the residents, the shopkeeper lived two doors down from Francis' home and was targeted because he was allegedly involved in a case of carnal abuse three years ago.

Police, however, could not confirm the allegations, even as they took a man into custody for questioning about the rape case and patrolled the area, hoping to calm fearful residents.

The incident has left many tense as rumours of further reprisals from the shopkeeper's relatives have spiralled. Some residents pointed fingers at men from another section of the community who they say are trying to take the rape probe into their own hands.

Others speculated that Tuesday night's attack may be a decoy aimed at hiding the true perpetrators, while some, like Yetanya's mother, Latoya Riley, took the opportunity to flee the community.

Last Thursday, Riley was awoken by the smell of her daughter's burning flesh at about 10 p.m. The teen had reportedly left the house an hour earlier to purchase food before she went missing. A search was launched and her body found early Friday morning. On Thursday, residents and the authorities marched through the community and offered counselling to traumatised persons. Groundsmen at the Inner City for Christ Ministry also spent the day bushing the ill-fated open lot and erecting lights.





CanEx 2018: 'Treat ganja as sacred'

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ganja-image-5.jpgAmerican businessman and former talk show host, Montel WIlliams, charged individuals in the medical cannabis sector to remember to treat the plant as sacred.

"It's time for us to remember it's a healing plant; it's a blessed plant; it's a sacred plant, let's treat it that way. Let's treat this industry that way so that people recognise that you can do good things and still make money," Williams urged.

He was speaking Thursday on the opening day of the 2018 CanEx Jamaica -- Business Conference & Expo at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St James.

In bringing welcome, Mayor of Montego Bay Councillor Homer Davis warned investors in the cannabis trade that they must ensure that they do not breach Jamaica's business codes.

"I caution, however, that these investments must be orderly and must conform to the laws of our land. I am sure the cannabis industry is a sustainable one and one that can provide well-paying job opportunities for our citizens, our scientists and certainly those who are involved at other levels of the trade," he said.

The conference, which will run until September 30, has attracted a number of foreign stakeholders.

Yesterday, former Mexican President Vicente Fox and his wife Marta, arrived in Montego Bay. He is slated to deliver a keynote speech at the conference today.

He was met on arrival by senior advisor in the Ministry of Tourism, Delano Seiveright; CanEx founder and organiser, Douglas Gordon; and CEO of Zimmer & Co T'Shura Gibbs.

Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Audley Shaw is also scheduled to address the conference today.

Held for the first time in 2016, CanEx Jamaica Business Conference and Expo brings together top cannabis industry experts from the United States, Canada, South and Central America, Europe, Australia, and the Caribbean.





ganja-image-5.jpgFormer television personality Montel Williams has categorised operators in the medical cannabis industry who refuse to pump some of their gains into advancing research on the plant, as drug traffickers in the global black market.

"As we make more and more money, and as we get involved in this business, if you don't set aside some of your money for testing and for research, then I will tell you, you are as crooked and as criminal as anybody who has been involved in an [illegal] drug business. How many houses do we need? How many cars do you need?" Williams, who is a radio talk-show host and actor, said.

"So the science needs to be done. We need to continue to do science and we need to do it as vigorously as we possibly can," he continued.

He was addressing Thursday's opening day of the 2018 CanEx Jamaica -- Business Conference & Expo at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St James, Jamaica.

The conference, which will run until September 30, has attracted a number of foreign stakeholders.

Yesterday, former Mexican President Vicente Fox and his wife Marta, arrived in Montego Bay. He iwas slated to deliver a keynote speech at the conference on Friday. He was met on arrival by senior advisor in the Ministry of Tourism, Delano Seiveright; CanEx founder and organiser, Douglas Gordon; and CEO of Zimmer & Co T'Shura Gibbs.

Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Audley Shaw is also scheduled to address the conference today.

Held for the first time in 2016, CanEx Jamaica Business Conference and Expo brings together top cannabis industry experts from the United States, Canada, South and Central America, Europe, Australia, and the Caribbean.





Earthquake rocks St Lucia during TS Kirk

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earthquake.jpgSt. Lucia, feeling the wrath of Tropical Storm Kirk, was hit by a strong earthquake on Friday, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damages.

The Seismic Research Unit of the St Augustine campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI) said that the earthquake with a magnitude of 5.6 hit the island at 8:32 am (local time).

It said the location of the quake was Latitude: 15.11 north, Longitude: 60.43 west at a depth of 10 kilometres (km).

The quake was felt 134 km north east of Castries, 108 km east south east of Roseau in Dominica and 91 km north east of Fort-de-France, the capital of the French-speaking island of Martinique.

Tropical Storm Kirk was drenching St Lucia with heavy rains and string winds, knocking out electricity in some parts of the island as well as causing several landslides. The storm is located 140 miles west south west and of St Lucia and 160 miles west south west of Martinique.

The authorities have discontinued a tropical storm warning for Martinique and Guadeloupe, and the Meteorological Service of Barbados has discontinued the tropical storm warning for the island and Dominica.

A tropical storm warning remains in effect for St Lucia and a tropical storm watch is in effect for St Vincent and the Grenadines.





New single from Third World

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third-world-promo-pic-eauou-horizontal-hi-res-2017.jpgReggae Ambassadors, THIRD WORLD, remain one of the most pivotal reggae bands of all time. The band will release their first single Loving You Is Easy, off their upcoming full length album to be released in 2019, this Friday, September 28. Produced by Grammy-award winning business mogul Damian 'Jr Gong' Marley on Ghetto Youths International, Loving You Is Easy gives the listener an insight on their creative ability to maintain their artistry over four decades of music. The single will be available for download and streaming on all digital platforms.

The song embodies a smooth Reggae sound, featuring the band's beautiful signature harmonies and charismatic vibe. Stephen "Cat" Coore, founder and band leader of Third World aptly describes the single as "a cool lovers rock, it is one of those songs that is really catchy and that I think people will like. It's a sing along."

Strong vocals being synonymous with Third World, the single pays ode to a love interest whose qualities are remarkable and makes love so simple and easy. "It is a great song that expresses a nice thought about love, a people's interaction with each other from a loving point of view because it says I could love you on and on and on. It is a glamourous way of thinking about love'' explains Coore.

Current Third World members include: Stephen "Cat" Coore (guitar, cello, vocals) Richard Daley (bass), Tony "Ruption" Williams (drums, djembe), AJ Brown (lead vocals), Maurice "MG" Gregory (keyboards, vocals) & Norris "Noriega" Webb (keyboards, vocals)

Loving You Is Easy will be available for download and stream on all digital platforms worldwide. For more information, visit the band's website at www.thirdworldband.com.





Singjay Ronnie Thwaites arrested and charged in NY

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ronnie-thwaites.jpgRonnie Thwaites has been arrested and charged with assault and criminal possession of a weapon. The artiste, whose given name is Ronald Brown, was detained on Monday after New York City (NYC) police listed him as wanted for assault and stabbing.

According to a report from NYC's 47 Precinct, Brown, 51, "intentionally stabbed and slashed a male victim multiple times about the body, causing life-threatening injuries". The incident reportedly took place in the vicinity of White Plains Road and East Gun Hill Road in New York on September 20.

The victim is said to be in critical condition.

Ronnie Thwaites rose to prominence in 1991 with the release of Mr Luxury (The Wickedest Time), which was released on the Jammy's label and soared to number one in Jamaica the following year. Brown is also known for songs like Love of My Life Time, Respect Due to All Crew, Rasta Man, and Lucky Day.





medical-ganja.jpgMinister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Audley Shaw, disclosed that Jamaica has made its first shipment of medical marijuana extract oil to Canada. According to Shaw, "Jamaica is uniquely positioned to be a global player and we are committed to providing the leadership and resources required for opening the international markets including Canada and Europe for our licensed and regulated Jamaican companies."

The shipment was authorised through an import permit issued by the Government of Canada through Health Canada for Jamaica and an export permit issued by the Ministry of Health in Jamaica.

The import permit from Health Canada was obtained on behalf of Jamaican-based licensed producer Timeless Herbal Care which was then granted an export permit by the Ministry of Health in Jamaica.

According to Courtney Betty, President and CEO of Timeless Herbal Care, "Timeless continues to be a trailblaser in Jamaica and the accomplishment of landing the first shipment of extracted oil which was cultivated and extracted at our facilities in Jamaica is a fulfillment of a mission we began five years ago. This was made possible by our commitment to the development of small farmers and local communities and through partnerships such as our Research at the University of Technology.

"Our international partners such as Open Vape and Mount Sinai Hospital are also helping to guide us in producing the highest grade extracted oil which can be used for clinical trials leading to the development of medicinal products for the world."





Prisoner escapes from hospital

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A 50-year-old prisoner is on the run after escaping from Kingston Public Hospital (KPH), where he had been admitted.

He has been identified as Eric Banner, otherwise called Whites.

The police say he escaped about 6 o'clock Tuesday morning.

Banner was arrested and charged on June 8 for the offences of shooting with intent, illegal possession of a firearm and illegal possession of ammunition.

He was also charged on June 9 with possession of counterfeit notes.

The police say his last known address is West Cumberland in Portmore, St. Catherine.





TS Kirk rekindles

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Tropical Storm Kirk rekindled on Wednesday as expected, after fizzling Tuesday, torn apart by its own quick speed and high wind shear.

The National Hurricane Center said it is now headed toward the northern Windward Islands, where tropical storm warnings and watches were issued Wednesday morning.

The storm was about 415 miles east of Barbados, with sustained winds of 45 miles per hour.

It is heading quickly west at 18 miles per hour.

The fickle storm is forecast to expire yet again after it crosses the islands and heads into the eastern Caribbean.





car-clothes-of-driver.jpgThe police are searching for a motor vehicle operator who led them on a high speed chase through several communities in the Corporate Area before abandoning the car and making his escape in bushes in the Queens Hill area of St Andrew on Tuesday.

Police say the man fled the motor car leaving most of his clothing behind.

A detective investigating the case said that the chase started after the male driver of a grey Toyota Corolla motor car disobeyed a police signal to stop while driving along the Mandela Highway.

"The man was seen on the Mandela High Way driving in a reckless manner and when he was signaled to stop, he disobeyed," the police officer said.

The chase reportedly ended up in Queens Hill, where lawmen cornered the unruly motorist on a road that led to a dead end. At this point, determined to escape, the man reportedly stripped down to his underwear and fled into nearby bushes, in the process assaulting an officer who attempted to apprehend him. The police officer's phone and watch were reportedly damaged.





pope-francis-ice-cold-cunning-machiavellian.jpgPope Francis has been branded an 'ice-cold, cunning Machiavellian' and a 'liar' by one of his cardinals, a German magazine reports. The anonymous cardinal made the comments in a bombshell interview with Der Spiegel for its 19-page report on the Catholic Church sexual abuse scandal.

He said: 'The pope preaches mercy, but in reality he is an ice-cold, cunning Machiavellian, and, what is worse - he lies.'

The cardinal was referring to claims that Francis knew about sexual abuse allegations against US Cardinal Theodore McCarrick long before he admitted he was aware of them or took any action. Pope Francis has been called an 'ice-cold, cunning Machiavellian' and a 'liar' by one of his cardinals who spoke to German magazine Der Spiegel (pictured is the front cover).

Pope Francis has been called an 'ice-cold, cunning Machiavellian' and a 'liar' by one of his cardinals who spoke to German magazine Der Spiegel (pictured is the front cover)

A report from a high-ranking cardinal in August claimed the pope knew about McCarrick in 2013 - but still employed him as a consultant in naming new American bishops until his resignation in July this year.

The pope declined to comment.

The report was the main item in this week's Der Siegel magazine which featured a picture of the pope on the front and was titled Du Sollst Nicht Lügen (Thou Shalt Not Lie). The report criticised the pope's handling of abuse allegations generally, stating: 'He often speaks at inopportune moments, yet in important moments remains silent.'

On Tuesday in Estonia, Pope Francis acknowledged that the sex abuse scandals rocking the Catholic Church are driving people away - and admitted the church must change its ways if it wants to keep future generations. Francis referred directly to the crisis convulsing his papacy on the fourth and final day of his Baltic pilgrimage, which coincided with the release of the devastating new report into decades of sex abuse and cover-up in Germany.

Francis told a gathering of young people in largely secular Estonia Tuesday that he knew many young people felt the church has nothing to offer them and simply doesn't understand their problems today. He acknowledged their complaints and said: 'We ourselves need to be converted; we have to realize that in order to stand by your side we need to change many situations that, in the end, put you off.'

Meanwhile, Germany's Catholic Church is expected today (Tuesday) to confess to and apologise for thousands of cases of sexual abuse against children, part of a global scandal heaping pressure on the Vatican. It will release the latest in a series of reports on sexual crimes and cover-ups spanning decades that has shaken the largest Christian Church, from Europe to the United States, South America and Aus.





bill-cosby-star.jpgBill Cosby is going away, but his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame isn't going anywhere ... TMZ is reporting.

Cosby was sentenced Tuesday to 3 to 10 years in state prison. The comedian was also deemed a "sexually violent predator," meaning he will have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce regarding the status of Cosby's star on the Walk of Fame, and a rep for the organization says it'll stay put.

The rep explained, "Once installed, the stars become part of the historic fabric of the Walk of Fame, a 'designated historic cultural landmark,' and are intended to be permanent. The stars only commemorate the recipient's professional accomplishments."

The statement continues, "It is regrettable when the personal lives of inductees do not measure up to public standards and expectations; however, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce does not remove stars from the Walk of Fame."

Cosby's star was recently vandalized with the words, "Serial Rapist," but the graffiti was quickly removed.





3 - 10 years in prison for Bill Cosby

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cosby-trial.jpgA judge in Pennsylvania has jailed comedian Bill Cosby for three to 10 years for sexual assault.

Cosby, 81, was also categorised as a sexually violent predator, meaning he must undergo counselling for life and be listed on the sex offender registry.

The actor declined to make a statement when offered the opportunity.

At a retrial in April, Cosby was found guilty of three counts of sexual assault for drugging and molesting Andrea Constand in 2004.

Cosby's request for bail pending appeal was denied.

Meanwhile, Wyatt, a spokesperson for Cosby, made a statement outside the courthouse calling the trial the most racist and sexist trial in the history of the United States. Wyatt continued by saying, "They persecuted Jesus and look what happened. Not saying Mr. Cosby is Jesus, but we know what this country has done to black men for centuries."





Nineties singjay Ronnie Thwaites wanted in NY

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ronnie-thwaites.jpgVeteran singjay Ronnie Thwaites is being sought by the New York City (NYC) police for assault and stabbing.

According to a report from NYC's 47 Precinct, the 51-year-old (whose given name is Ronald Brown) artiste "intentionally stabbed and slashed a male victim multiple times about the body, causing life-threatening injuries".

The alleged incident took place in the vicinity of White Plains Road and East Gun Hill Road in New York on September 20. The victim is in stable but critcal condition.

The police listed Ronnie Thwaites' last known address to be in the Bronx, New York.

Thwaites is best known for his 1991 hit single Mr Luxury (The Wickedest Time).





The students at the Duckenfield Primary School in St. Thomas who were given unprescribed pills were scheduled to return to the hospital today for a follow-up examination. They will do a final blood test.

On Friday when the students visited the hospital for observation, they were said to be in good health.

The pills were reportedly given to the students by a man who was previously employed at Duckenfield Primary. It is reported that the children were told the pills were vitamins that would increase their speed.

Brandon McIntosh was listed by the Morant Bay Criminal Investigation Branch as a person of interest.





ganja-image-3.jpgJaican health and wellness distribution company, Zimmer & Co, has sponsored 200 local farmers to attend the CANEX Business Conference and Expo free of cost. The third staging of CanEx Jamaica will take place September 27-29, 2018 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in Montego Bay, St. James.

The CanEx Jamaica Business Conference and Expo is a business-to-business (B2B) conference that brings together cannabis industry professionals from 20 countries across North America, the Caribbean, Europe, South, and Central America to discuss the latest advances in the medicinal, health, wellness, legal, regulatory, business and investment landscapes.

Zimmer CEO, T'Shura Gibbs noted that as "title sponsors for the conference, Zimmer & Co. has agreed to work with three other growing associations including the Ganja Growers and Producers Association, to facilitate additional farmers who wish to attend. The tickets will allow the farmers access to the expo. Farmers who wish to take advantage of this offer should contact their growing associations who will be contacted directly by the CanEx Jamaica organisers to facilitate the programme."

Keynote speakers at this year's conference include former President of Mexico, Vicente Fox, former television talk show host and Founder of Lenitiv Labs, Montel Williams, and CEO of Canopy Growth Corporation, the largest cannabis company in the world, Bruce Linton, and Colombian Senator, Juan Manuel Galan.





Ananda Alert activated for two missing girls

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missing-teen-chevonese.jpgAnanda Alert has been activated for 16-year-old Chevanese Thompson of Simon district, St. Catherine. She is of brown complexion, slim build and is about 168 centimetres (5 feet 6 inches) tall. Reports from the Spanish Town Police are that Chevanese was last seen dressed in her school uniform--a burgundy tunic and a grey blouse. All attempts to locate her have failed.

Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Chevanese Thompson is being asked to contact the Spanish Town Police at 876-984-2305, Police 119 emergency number or the nearest Police Station.

Over in St Catherine an Ananda Alert has been activated for 15-year-old Jhannell Bryan of Newland, Portmore, who has been missing since Wednesday, September 19. Reports from the Portmore Police are that Jhannell left home for school about 7:00 a.m. wearing a purple tunic, a grey blouse and a grey tie. She has not been seen or heard from since.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Jhannell Bryan is being asked to contact the Portmore Police at 949-8422, Police 119 emergency number or the nearest Police Station.

No photograph of Jhannell is available at this time.





Romain Virgo uses video shoot to get engaged

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romain-virgo-in-this-together-proposal-video.jpgSinger Romain Virgo, whose "Lovesick" album was released earlier this year, took to his official Instagram page on Saturday to announce to his over 250,000 followers that he is officially engaged to his longtime girlfriend, ELizabeth. In a video, which is also available on YouTube, a nervous Virgo revealed that he would be using their first official photo shoot as a couple to ask the life-changing question.

"Hello, world. today I'm the most excited and nervous human being in the world. Today I'm getting, mi nearly say married," he laughs in the video's intro. The video then segues into behind-the-scenes footage of how the couple prepared for the shoot. Virgo's vocals as he sings In This Together then come in.

In the middle of the shoot, in a river scene, the I Am Rich In Love singer gets down on one knee and asks his girlfriend to be his wife. An overwhelmed Elizabeth cannot hold back tears as she says yes. The singer, in the video's caption, said it took him a while before he could officially share the beautiful moment between him and his fiancÈe with the world.

Since the announcement, Romain has been receiving a flood of congratulatory messages from his fans.





Usain Bolt's Tracks & Records to open in London

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usain-bolt-july-1.jpgUsain Bolt's Tracks & Records restaurant is going overseas.

The popular bar, restaurant, and lounge will open its first venue in the London in the United Kingdom on October 10. It will be the first of 15 restaurants to be opened across the UK over the next 5 years.

"After much success with our Track & Records restaurants, we're delighted to be opening in the UK. I believe this signifies the first time a local, homegrown concept has evolved into becoming an International franchise and this further confirms brand Jamaica's potential and gives us widespread hope that we can export many other Jamaican brands through this business model," FRANJAM's Managing Director Gary Matalon, declared.

The statement said that the restaurant, to be located a few minutes walk from Liverpool Street Station at 94 Middlesex Street, E1 7EZ, will offer an authentic slice of Jamaica in the heart of the capital.

"Designed to give guests a real taste of Jamaica, diners can enjoy his [Usain's] favourite dishes such as jerk chicken and pork and fried fish and bammy - all packed full of authentic seasonings and spices."

"The rum bar, which features a carefully curated, extensive collection of over 150 global rums, of which 100 are Jamaican. The menu also offers a range of signature cocktails including traditional favourites and a new range all exclusively created for London."

"Our new location, in the heart of the capital, is the perfect spot for friends to get together and embrace Jamaican culture by enjoying traditional flavours, while dancing the night away," Matalon further stated.

Usain Bolt said: "London is my second home and a place very close to my heart - so it's brilliant to be sharing a taste of Jamaica in the capital."

Usain Bolt's Tracks & Records restaurant currently operates in Kingston, Ocho Rios, and Montego Bay.

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The US Coast Guard has nabbed three drug smugglers and seized millions of dollars worth of cocaine in the Caribbean Sea. It has transferred the smugglers and the cocaine, which is valued at about US$3.3 million, to US Drug Enforcement Administration agents.

This follows last week's seizure of a go-fast vessel off Loiza, Puerto Rico.

The Coast Guard said it was the result of ongoing multi-agency law enforcement efforts. Three men - two Dominican Republic nationals and a French citizen - who were apprehended are facing US federal prosecution in Puerto Rico.

While on a routine patrol off Puerto Rico's northern coast, the US Coast Guard said the crew of an aircraft detected a suspicious 35-foot go-fast vessel without navigational lights, about 50 nautical miles north of Puerto Rico. The Coast Guard intercepted the vessel.

The crew later found 112 kilograms of cocaine in the water.





The Jamaica Defence Force on Monday announced the operation hours for businesses in sections of Kingston and St Andrew that are now under a state of public emergency.

The following are the opening and closing hours that are applicable to businesses.

- Clubs and fast food restaurants - 7:00am to 9:00pm

- Bars and Taverns - 9:00am to 8:00 pm

- Gas Stations - 6:00am to 9:00pm

- Supermarkets, grocery shops, haberdasheries, cookshops and any other place - 8:00am to 7:00 pm

- Pharmacies - 8:00am to 8:00pm

- Churches - 9:00am to 9:00pm

- Any other public place - 9:00am to 7:00pm

A state of emergency has been imposed in the Kingston Western, Kingston Central and St Andrew South police divisions, to combat rampant criminality.





ganja-image-5.jpgThe University of Technology (UTech) Pharmacy Alumni (UPA) and the Caribbean Institute of Pharmacy Policy Practice and Research (CIPPPAR) have developed a new "farm to pharmacy" short course on medical cannabis for Jamaican pharmacists.

The four-month course was developed by Associate Professor, UTech, Jamaica, Dr Ellen Campbell Grizzle with the support from Leaf of Life Jamaica Limited, which will provide technical expertise in the area of pharmacology, prescribing and dispensing of medical cannabis. The course, which is primarily online, also brings together experts from Jamaica and the United States who are said to be adding their cutting-edge technology to the training.

"We looked at the offerings now available for pharmacists in the medical cannabis space and recognised that these were not adequate for the needs of the medical cannabis patient and industry in emerging states and cultures like ours. The dynamics in our situation require that we avoid segmenting pharmacists training as narrowly as done elsewhere. The course builds on the strong training in pharmacology and dosing that pharmacists possess," Campbell Grizzle said in a release.

She noted that participants will be required to complete an action research project that offers solution-oriented outcomes.The first cohort is set to complete the course in November 2018.

"We are confident that our approach to training will be meaningful to our pharmacists and attract the attention of pharmacists regionally and globally," Campbell Grizzle said.





'Babsy' Grange saddened at Errol Miller's passing

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errol-miller.jpgFormer Executive Chairman of Flow Foundation and a Board Member of the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS), Errol Miller has died.

Miller had been ill and earlier this month was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit at The University Hospital of the West Indies.

In a release expressing condolences, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange, said Miller's passing leaves her feeling deeply saddened.

Grange said: "When I heard today of Errol's death I was overcome by a sense of great loss as he was someone who I admired very much and someone who contributed a lot in his professional life and as a volunteer."

She said Miller had served on the INSPORTS Board with distinction, "Ready in his quiet way to give advice which was always helpful to the organisation."

"I was not expecting that Errol would leave us at this time and he will surely be missed by many. To his wife and the rest of his family, relatives, friends and associates as well as to the FLOW Foundation, the Chairman and Board of INSPORTS, I express my sincere condolences. May his soul rest in peace."





mbj-wta-winner-2018.jpgFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Montego Bay, Jamaica, 23 September, 2018 // Sangster International Airport (SIA), Jamaica's leading gateway to the world, was named the Caribbean's Leading Airport for the tenth year in a row at the World Travel Awards (WTA) hosted at Sandals Montego Bay on Saturday 22 September.

Operated by MBJ Airports Limited, SIA emerged as the winner from a pool of 13 Caribbean competitors nominated for the prestigious award. The accolade was first bestowed on SIA in 2005. It won again in 2009 and has won the title again every year since.

"We are deeply honored to be named the Caribbean's Leading Airport for the tenth consecutive year. This prestigious award validates our tireless efforts to deliver world-class service and showcase Jamaica's rich culture at Sangster International Airport," commented MBJ CEO Rafael Echevarne.

"We are grateful that our continuous work to improve the physical infrastructure of the airport and provide passengers with outstanding service has been recognized by the global travel industry and users of SIA, who have voted us number one in the region year after year for the past decade. Our entire staff, our partners and every citizen of Jamaica can be proud of this tremendous achievement," Echevarne added.

MBJ has led a number of initiatives over the past three years to improve the passenger experience within the arrivals and departures terminals while upgrading the taxiways and aprons on the airside. Several transformational projects are now underway to bring further upgrades to the airport, including a redesign of the ticketing hall and an expansion of the commercial concourse.

About MBJ Airports:

MBJ Airports Limited, operator of Sangster International Airport, connects Jamaica to more than 50 international destinations. A record 4.2m passenger used the airport in 2017. MBJ operates SIA under a 30-year concession awarded in 2003 and provides employment to more than 160 Jamaicans. SIA has been named the Caribbean's Leading Airport by World Travel Awards for the past nine years in a row.

About World Travel Awards:

World Travel Awards (WTA) was established in 1993 to recognize and reward excellence in key segments of the tourism, travel and hospitality industries, thereby encouraging practitioners to continuously improve the standards of their product and service offering.





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Versi ditches fake friends

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He changed his name from Versatile to 'Versi' and purging a few fake friends from his coterie, Dancehall artiste Versi says the recent overhauling exercise appears to have lifted a great burden off his shoulder as he feels a greater sense of freedom annexed to a noticeable boost in both his career and online presence.

The Mountain View based deejay explained that his latter action was also the impetus for the single '3 Card Man' which continues to do well for him across the diaspora. Intent on seeing the song achieving its full potential, the artiste has enlisted the services of noted videographer Damaniac Visualz to shoot the official video which is expected to make its premiere in the days ahead.

Since the song's release, speculations have been rife about who it's aimed at. However, preferring to keep the vibe around the song positive as a form of encouragement to those dealing with 'fake friends', Versi said he will not give any credence to those speculations.

"Some people believe the song is aimed at a specific individual but the truth it's just a real song talking about real issues that we all face in life." - He said.

On the subject of his revised name, Versi added, "Changing my name was one of the best decisions I have ever made, now more people are able to find me and my content online and that is even more evident with the number of subscription and views I've received in recent months. My songs are definitely getting increased streams and radio rotations and for that I am grateful and lastly look out for the '3 Card Man' video premiering very soon."

Known for songs such as 'Wanted' and 'The Voice' the latter featuring Bounty Killer, Versi says he is pleased with the current direction of his career and will be making every effort to amplify his presence as the year draws to a close.

Known for songs such as 'Wanted' and 'The Voice' the latter featuring Bounty Killer, Versi says he is pleased with the current direction of his career and will be making every effort to amplify his presence as the year draws to a close.





omar-colleymore-and-wife.jpgOmar Collymore, who is before the courts for the alleged contract killing of his wife, Simone and a driver who was transporting her in January of this year, has been slapped with another murder-related charge. Collymore has been charged with attempted murder in relation to another woman, following a recent ruling by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

Reports are that in late December last year, a former girlfriend of Collymore was ambushed and fired on by gunmen while she was driving in St Andrew. The intended victim, however, managed to escape the attack unharmed. That incident was reportedly followed up some days later by the attack on Simone Collymore and the driver, Winston Walters, who was in her company on arrival at her home. The same group of gunmen from the first attack reportedly took part in the attack on Simone Collymore and Walters. The two were shot dead on January 2 just inside the Forrest Hills, St Andrew apartment complex.

Following intense police investigations, Omar Collymore was charged with his wife's murder, this after being nabbed at a guesthouse in St Elizabeth, reportedly on a failed bid to illegally leave the island.

Reports are that a confession from one of the gunmen who was arrested alongside Collymore resulted in Collymore being linked to the attack on his previous acquaintance.

Five accused, including Collymore, appeared in the Gun Court section of the St Andrew Parish Court on Thursday, and were all remanded until October 12, when an application for bail is expected to be heard.





crime-scene-gun.jpgPolice investigators are seeking to establish the motive behind the killing of a 29-year-old pastor, James Johnson on Thursday evening.

Johnson was killed around 5 o'clock at the Church of God of Prophecy on Old Harbour Road in the St Catherine North police division where a state of emergency is in force. The police say he arrived at the church, parked his car and entered the building and shortly after a gunman entered and opened fire hitting Johnson multiple times. It is reported that all the shots were to his back. The gunman later escaped.

Johnson was pronounced dead at the Spanish Town hospital.

Police investigators reportedly recovered seven spent shells from the scene.

A past student of the Garvey Maceo High School in Clarendon, Johnson was born in the community of Red Hills in the parish. He was the public relations officer of the Church of God of Prophecy, and a political enthusiast and also did stints in media at Nationwide News NetworK.





Labba Labba is NOT missing

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It has been a few weeks since rumours began circulating that veteran dancer Labba Labba was missing.

Several online news sources said the entertainer went missing from his home in Trench Town, following allegations he made against dancehall artiste Beenie Man early last month regarding the murder of Gerald 'Bogle' Levy.

Other news sources went as far as to say the entertainer was feared dead after a body believed to be his was discovered recently.

However, those news items have been confirmed to be fake and Labba Labba has re-surfaced and is talking. Labba Labba said he was aware of the rumours and wanted to assure his fans that he was "alive and well".

"People, this is Labba Labba, the dancer ... I'm alive and well. I been staying off the road for a couple of days now," he said. 'I'm well and I'm good, I stay in the house mostly. From the other day there have been a lot of things about whatever took place and so I don't too come on the road."

Labba Labba got his two minutes of fame a few weeks ago after he made claims to have knowledge of who was responsible for Bogle's death.

He implicated dancehall king Beenie Man in that video that went viral, and caused quite a stir on the local music scene.

Labba Labba's statement garnered so much attention that Beenie Man had to address the issue in a television interview days after the video caught fire on social media.

Labba Labba also had to do a video apologising to the veteran deejay.

In that video, the entertainer claimed that he was intoxicated when he named the artiste as the man responsible for Bogle's death, and said it was never his intention for things to blow up the way it did.





wayne-marshall-easton-funeral.jpgFormer Cabinet Minister and Member of Parliament, Hon. Easton Douglas, OJ, CD, was accorded an Official Funeral by the Government of Jamaica today at the St Andrew Parish Church.

Hundreds turned out to bid farewell to a man who served his country well, and rose from his modest beginnings to well-deserved heights.

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Among the dignitaries in attendance were Prime MInister Andrew Holness, Opposition leader Peter Phillips, former prime ministers P J Patterson and Portia Simpson-Miller, both former presidents of the PNP, of which Douglas was a member.

Many government ministers and officials as well as leading figures in the PNP and different sectors were also present.

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The congregation heard Douglas' story that started with him being born to peasant parents from Old Harbour to being a policy maker in Cabinet while serving as Member of Parliament for South East St Andrew from 1989 to 2002.

During that time, Douglas served as Minister of Health and the Public service as well as Housing, Land and Environment under Prime Ministers Michael Manley and Patterson.

Douglas' daughter Kari gave the remembrance with the sermon delivered by Reverend Robert Thompson.

Reggae artiste, Wayne Marshall performed his gospel hit "Glory to God".





Livingston Cain, the juror accused of bribing fellow jurors in the Vybz Kartel (Adidja Palmer) murder trial, had his bail extended and will return to the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on October 18.

On his last court appearance in September, Cain's attorney, Queen's Counsel Valerie Neita Robertson, made a no-case submission after the prosecution closed its case. Consequently, presiding Parish Judge Maxine Ellis, who had indicated that she needed time to familiarise herself with the evidence, postponed setting a date for the ruling.

But when the matter was mentioned the prosecutor asked for a new date to be scheduled. Cain's attorney had indicated from the last occasion that she would not be present as she would be in a trial in the Supreme Court.

Neita Robertson, in her no-case submission, argued that her client is entitled to his own analysis of the evidence regarding several areas of the evidence.

Cain is being tried on six counts of attempting to pervert the course of justice and one count of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, following allegations that he was captured on a phone recording offering the jury foreman in the Kartel murder trial $500,000 for a not-guilty verdict.

He is also accused of approaching other jurors and promising one of them that he would "take care of him" if he returned a not-guilty verdict.

The charges stemmed from allegations that between the start of Vybz Kartel's murder trial in the Home Circuit Court on November 18, 2013 and the handing down of a verdict in March 2014, Cain tried to persuade his fellow jurors to return a verdict of not guilty and even offered the jury forewoman $500,000 for a result in favour of Vybz Kartel and his co-accused.





Sister Minnie passes; funeral September 28

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Pan Africanist and businesswoman, Minion Phillips, the ex-wife of PNP President and Opposition Leader, Dr. Peter Phillips, has died.

She was a restaurateur and championed the cause of pan-Africanism for several decades and was affectionately called Sister Minnie. She died on Monday at the Tony Thwaites Wing of the University Hospital of the West Indies. She passed away several days after she was admitted to hospital and placed on life support.

Mrs. Phillips is the mother of four of Dr. Phillips's children - including North West Manchester MP, Mikhael Phillips, who was elevated to the post of PNP Vice President a day before her death.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness paid tribute to Mrs. Phillips in the House of Representatives and sent his condolences to Mikhael and the Phillips family.

Dr. Phillips thanked his colleagues and paid tribute to his late ex-wife.

A thanksgiving service will be held on September 28.





Six ganja lovers needs for projects... hundreds apply

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ganja-image-5.jpgCanada (AFP) -- A Toronto marketing company is looking to recruit six "cannabis enthusiasts" to test strains of ganja and report back on their characteristics. So far, AHLOT says it has received more than 500 applications for the part-time positions -- an overwhelming number that is "slightly panicking" its marketing team.

The job, which is only open to Canadian adults, pays Can$50 (US$39) an hour for up to 12 hours a month "to evaluate the best that Canada's growers have to offer," it said.

"A self-avowed interest in cannabis together with the ability to distinguish the often nuanced characteristics of different strains is desirable," said the job posting.

The selected ganja "connoisseurs" will form a "cannabis curation committee" whose advice will help determine which strains the company includes in sample packages once recreational-use ganja becomes legal on October 17. The new hires would also be asked to write social media posts and appear in promotional videos for the company, as well as attend corporate events.

AHLOT itself does not produce cannabis. Rather it has partnered with licensed grower Solace Health to handle orders and distribute its branded products.





'Rock Star' wanted by police

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Detectives attached to the Morant Bay Criminal Investigation Branch have listed Brandon McIntosh, otherwise called 'Rock Star', of Ivan Scheme, Duckenfield as a Person of Interest in the incident involving the 19 students.

He is being asked to contact the police by noon today.

A news release from the Corporate Communicatons Unit of the Jamaica Constabulary Force says persons with information that can help the police locate Mr. McIntosh should call 982-1027, the 119 emergency number or contact the nearest police station.

Persons can also share information with the Police via the Stay Alert application.





Ministry investigates mystery pill given to students

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The Ministry of Education is investigating last week's incident at the Duckenfield Primary School in St Thomas where students were given unprescribed pills by an unauthorized person. The students fell ill and were taken to the Princess Margaret Hospital last Friday.

Director of Safety and Security in Schools, Assistant Superintendent Coleridge Minto, says the Education Ministry is conducting the probe along with the police. He is expecting to get an update on the case today.

Eighteen students of Duckenfield Primary were taken to the hospital on the advice of the Ministry of Health. Another student was treated at a private medical facility.

Some of the children had symptoms with the most common being abdominal pain and drowsiness.





CMC - The United States has named two Trinidad and Tobago nationals as financiers of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

"While coalition efforts have led to the collapse of ISIS's self-declared caliphate, Treasury continues to aggressively target financiers supporting ISIS's radical agenda. We are sanctioning individuals involved in financial facilitation to obstruct and deter ISIS financial operations in regions across the world," said Sigal Mandelker, Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence.

"Our actions coincide with the 10th meeting of the Counter-ISIS Finance Group (CIFG), which includes 52 countries and international organisations committed to disrupting critical sources of ISIS revenue to permanently prevent ISIS from accessing the international financial system."

The U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) named Emraan Ali and Eddie Aleong as those assisting in financing the operations of the terrorist group. It said in the case of Ali, a dual U.S. and Trinidadian citizen, national was designated for acting for or on behalf of ISIS.

"Ali has been involved in money transfers from Trinidad and Tobago to Syria in support of ISIS. As of January 2017, Ali would receive and provide funds to Trinidadian ISIS fighters. For several years, a number of citizens of Trinidad and Tobago in Syria received money transfers through Ali. In the summer of 2015, Ali lived at an ISIS guest house in Syria and had been assigned to Raqqah, Syria," it said.

OFAC said that Aleong was designated for assisting in, sponsoring, or providing financial, material, or technological support for, or financial or other services to or in support of ISIS.

"As of March 2018, Trinidad-based Aleong facilitated money transfers to ISIS members in ISIS-controlled territory. As of January 2017, a Trinidadian ISIS supporter possibly planned to work with Eddie Aleong to transfer funds to Ali, who would then provide the funds to Trinidadian ISIS fighters in Syria."

The Treasury Department said that the designations are part of the broader United States government's ongoing and concerted efforts to disrupt ISIS-related financial activities around the globe





US seeks to extradite Jamaican man to Cayman

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US law enforcement authorities are attempting to extradite a Jamaican to Cayman where he is wanted for manslaughter in relation to the death of a ward of the state three years ago. According to documents filed with the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Larry Levers,46, was a supervisor at the Bonaventure Boys Home - the temporary living facility for at-risk children under the age of 16 in Cayman.

Court documents state that on November 29, 2015, Mr. Levers and a second supervisor took a 14-year-old boy and four others on a fishing trip.

During the excursion the teenager drowned. Both men were placed on leave while police opened investigations into the death. They face charges of manslaughter and child cruelty.

Levers reportedly left The British Overseas territory for Jamaica in September 2016. However, according to court documents, Caymanian police traveled to Jamaica to interview Levers in July 2017, but he had already left the country for the U.S. earlier that month under a fake name.

Levers is scheduled to have a bond hearing in the US today.





MORE traffic changes as of Sunday

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The National Works Agency (NWA) is to restrict right turns from the Merle Grove High School or CVM Television onto Constant Spring Road, starting Sunday, September 23, as part of its traffic management plan for the Corporate Area. Motorists who wish to make such a manoeuvre should travel along Dubnrobin Avenue, Red Hills Road, Eastward Park Road and onto Constant Spring Road.

The NWA says the traffic change is being implemented in order to reduce vehicular conflicts along this stretch of roadway. A median barrier will be erected to prevent conflicting movements.

The agency explains that with the traffic now being rerouted away from the Portia Simpson Miller Square, Washington Boulevard and Dunrobin Avenue are critical to the movement of vehicular traffic. It further says that the constant right turning movement across Constant Spring Road is impeding the flow of traffic heading into Half Way Tree and New Kingston from the direction of the Dunrobin Avenue/Constant Spring Road intersection. The NWA says that new restriction will allow the works agency to have two lanes of traffic heading towards Half Way Tree in the mornings and one lane heading in the opposite direction. The situation will be reversed for the afternoon peak flow.

In the meantime, the NWA says the one-way system that was implemented along Cassava Piece Road and the upper section of Constant Spring Road has been discontinued.The system was implemented in order to allow better movement of traffic between Cassava Piece Road and Mary Browns Corner. The NWA says an additional lane has been created for use, especially by students entering the Immaculate High School.





shocked.jpgThe Ministry of Health says it has been informed of an incident where several children at a primary school in St Thomas were given pills by an unauthorised person.

In a media release yesterday, the Ministry said that the St Thomas Health Department (STHD) was alerted last Friday by the school's principal, where 19 children had ingested unprescribed tablets. Some children had taken the pills the previous day and others on Friday. The Health Department was not informed of any child having symptoms at the time of being alerted. Arrangements were made for all the children to be brought to the Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) Accident and Emergency Unit.

Eighteen children were seen and one child was taken to a private practitioner by the parent. Some of the children had symptoms, with the most common symptom being abdominal pain followed by drowsiness. All except one child was clinically well on assessment; that child was diagnosed and treated for mild allergy.

The 18 children seen at the PMH had blood investigations done that were normal but the liver function tests remain outstanding. The Ministry said these children will be reviewed with these results and parents and guardians have been advised to return immediately if any problems arise with the children.

The Ministry also warned parents and teachers to be alert for persons who would try to sell or give substances to children.





Coca cola looking at cannabis-infused drinks market

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ganja-image-5.jpgDope in your coke soon a reality? Cola giant mulls 'ganja-infused' drinks in this region.

Coke would join a rush by major alcohol makers and a cigarette company to test the cannabis market and find partners ahead of the Oct. 17 launch of legal recreational marijuana in Canada.

Coca-Cola Co is closely watching the fast-growing marijuana drinks market as a possible entry that would expand the world's largest soft drink maker's ambitions further away from sugary sodas. Coca-Cola announced its interest in a statement on Monday, responding to a report from BNN Bloomberg that said it was in talks with Canada's Aurora Cannabis Inc to develop drinks infused with cannabidiol (CBD), the non-psychoactive chemical found in marijuana.Coke would join a rush by major alcohol makers and a cigarette company to test the cannabis market and find partners ahead of the Oct. 17 launch of legal recreational marijuana in Canada. Coke and Aurora, in separate statements, each said they were interested in cannabidiol-infused beverages but would not comment on any specifics or talks. Aurora's stock soared 17 percent, while Coke's edged up slightly. The CBD drinks would likely aim to ease inflammation, pain and cramping, the BNN report said.Wells Fargo analyst Bonnie Herzog called the news "an exciting potential development" as it would take Coke into another fast-growing healthier segment following last month's $5.1 billion deal for Costa Coffee and expand cannabis-infused drinks in the area of functional wellness products.The CBD products likely would be different from those produced by alcohol makers, which would likely give drinkers a buzz from tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main psychoactive chemical in marijuana. Beer makers Constellation Brands, Molson Coors, and Heineken are all playing in the market for cannabis products. For example, Heineken's craft beer Lagunitas recently launched Hi-Fi Hops, a beer-flavored sparkling water with THC and CBD."The THC beverages probably sit better with the beer makers, and maybe CBD fits better with Coke, in terms of playing off the health trend," said Liberum analyst Nico von Stackelberg.Cowen analyst Vivien Azer cited growing consumer interest in CBD and said its properties lend the ingredient well to a sports recovery drink. She said she would not be surprised to hear of a similar deal by PepsiCo for its Gatorade drink. Pepsi did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the cannabis market.Besides Aurora, she said cannabis companies Tilray and Aphria were likely targets for partnerships with big consumer companies looking to get into the market.LEGAL HIGHCanada is the first major economy to legalise recreational marijuana, and shares in cannabis producers have rallied in anticipation. New Cannabis Ventures' global cannabis stock index has risen about 87 percent over the past year. https://www.newcannabisventures.com/cannabis-stock-index. Several US states have legalised marijuana but it remains against federal law.Sales in US legal markets should nearly triple to $16 billion by 2020 from $5.4 billion in 2015, according to market research firm Euromonitor International, and Constellation says cannabis globally could be worth $200 billion in 15 year





Jamaica Music Conference November 15 - 18

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Artistes and music industry professionals are set to gather in Kingston from November 15 - 18 for the 2018 Jamaica Music Conference (JMC). The conference, now in its sixth year, is slated to offer a series of enlightening and resourceful panel discussions aimed at ensuring that industry professionals have the tools, education, networking opportunities and resources necessary to maximise their financial opportunities, as well as benefit from the digitalisation of music.

According to the organisers, there will also be discussions on other matters relating to the entertainment industry, including solidifying a stake in the global music market. Entities interested or involved in any aspect of music and culture are invited to attend. Hundreds of participants are anticipated and registration is now open at www.jamaicamusicconference.com. Open to all creatives and professionals across music genres, the JMC is hoping to set the landscape for building and sustaining a healthy Jamaican music industry.

Participants at the conference will be given a platform to discuss current industry challenges with peers and music industry influencers and identify solutions under the theme "Constructive Conversations: Dialogue, Discussion and Development'.

More than 15 critical panel discussions, workshops, independent music artiste showcases, and a community service day are slated to be held at various venues, including the Edna Manley College of Visual and Performing Arts, University of the West Indies (Mona), House of Dancehall, Jamnesia, Kingston Dub Club, and Boardwalk Beach in Portmore.

The JMC was founded by Kwasi Osei Bonsu, Julian Haffner, and Kairee 'S.I.G.H.' Griffin.





Protoje shares stage with Lauryn Hill

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protoje.jpgHaving kicked off the 20th anniversary tour in the United States in June, Lauryn Hill drew for local reggae star Protoje to share stage with her as she celebrated her Grammy album, 'The Mis-Education of Lauryn Hill'..

"I still can't believe it actually happened," Protoje is quoted in an interview with The Gleaner.

Protoje was billed to perform with Hill on September 7 in Las Vegas, Nevada, alongside Nas and Iman Omari, then again on September 9 in San Diego, California, alongside Kelela. "We never actually spoke until after my concert with her. I guess she heard my music and thought it was a good fit," he said.

The Like This singer was introduced to Hill through her work with The Fugees. After listening to the group's album The Score, Protoje said he became obsessed with the lyricist. "I thought she was the illest rapper. Then when she did The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, I saw the whole scope of her artistry. She is truly in a class by herself," he said.

The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill was released to critical acclaim in 1998. It debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 Chart, and earned the singer Grammies for Album of the Year and Best New Artiste. It remains Hill's only solo studio album.

This year continues to be a winning one for the reggae artiste, following his bucket-list performance with Hill. Protoje also launched his first Japan tour, which runs from September 15-24. "When people from a different culture show you so much love, it's such a feeling. Man, I'm in Tokyo now and the love is crazy," he tweeted on Sunday.

Protoje will make his way across the Land of the Rising Sun alongside selector/producer Yaadcore on the A Matter of Time - Dubwise Tour.





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In the meantime, Jah Cure has been silent on the matter. To date he has not addressed the matter on social media, his favourite platform for his voice to be heard.





Commuters in some sections of the Corporate Area were facing additional difficulties in their movement on Tuesday morning, with two major roads having been damaged by heavy rains.

A section of Constant Spring Road, in the vicinity of the Rubis service station, collapsed overnight.

Traffic was reduced to single-lane for a while but was subsequently restored to two lanes.

A section of the intersection of Hagley Park Road and Waltham Park Road has also collapsed, badly disrupting the flow of traffic from Waltham Park Road onto Hagley Park Road, according to Senior Superintendent Calvin Allen, head of the Public Safety and Traffic Enforcement Branch.





On Monday morning, there was a four hour delay caused by a bomb threat, however, the Michaelmas Session of the Home Circuit Court resumed Monday afternoon with several cases being mentioned.

Court officials were forced to shut down the operations of the Supreme Court in downtown Kingston Monday morning after the Police High Command informed them of the bomb threat.

Several judges were removed from the precincts with the assistance of the military.

Firefighters and police personnel combed the building in search of any possible devices.

None was found.

Prosecutors from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions reported Monday afternoon that 979 cases are listed to be heard in the Michaelmas Session, which ends in December.444 cases of murder and 342 cases of sexual offence are down to be tried during the term.

There are also 12 cases involving lottery scamming, 10 anti-gang cases, four abductions, 15 cases of wounding, attempted murder, manslaughter, arson and forgery slated to be heard in the term.





Manning High student shot dead in Westmoreland

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crime-scene-gun.jpgThree persons, including a 16-year-old student, were killed in separate incidents in Westmoreland, between Sunday and Monday.

Perhaps most telling among the deaths was the killing of Manning's School fifth form student, Shamar Tomlinson, otherwise called 'JT', of Crowder District in Grange Hill, Westmoreland, early on Monday morning.

Reports are that about 2:40 a.m., Tomlinson was at his home, when gunmen kicked open the door and opened fire on him. He was hit in the head and died on the spot.

In May of this year, a shooting spree involving gangsters in Grange Hill left seven persons, including two children, dead and 10 others nursing gunshot wounds.

On Sunday in the same parish, 20-year-old Davian Malcolm, unemployed of Ricketts Street, Savanna-la-Mar, was shot and killed by unknown assailant(s) at his home.

Reports from the Savanna-la-Mar police are that about 8:30 p.m., Malcolm and two other men were standing at a shop when it is alleged that a motorcar was driven up, from which two men alighted with guns and opened fire at them.

The police were alerted and on their arrival, Malcolm, along with the two other men, were seen with gunshot wounds. They were taken to hospital, where Malcolm was pronounced dead the others were admitted.

The third murder in the parish was that of 32-year-old Renaldo Reid, otherwise called 'Boom', a farmer of Coolie Town, Forth Williams, who was shot and killed at his home on Monday. Reports from the Whithorn police are that about 2:30 a.m., Reid was at home when the door to his house was kicked in by armed men.

It is alleged that the men robbed him and then opened gunfire at him.

He received multiple gunshot wounds and was taken to hospital, where death was confirmed.





Truck driver murdered at Riverton City dump Saturday

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crime-scene-gun.jpgThe police have reported that a truck driver was shot dead and a woman shot and injured by unknown assailant/s at the Riverton City Landfill, Kingston 11 on Saturday.

The deceased has been identified as 32-year-old Anthony Francis, otherwise called 'Pops', of Ferguson Drive in Riverton City.

Reports from the Hunts Bay police are that residents heard explosions about 5:30 pm and summoned them.

The responding officers said Francis was found with multiple gunshot wounds, while the woman had a wound to one of her legs. They were both taken to hospital where Francis was pronounced dead and the woman treated and released.

Investigations continue.





Opposition Leader, Dr Peter Phillips, has vowed that a future People's National Party (PNP) government will abolish what he describes as "the apartheid system of education in Jamaica".

Apartheid was the system of government that existed in South Africa up to the early 1990s, in which the black majority was segregated from the white minority, excepting for work. The majority black population was poorly educated and mostly impoverished. Phillips made the promise on Sunday as he addressed the public session of the PNP's 80th annual conference inside the National Arena in St Andrew. He was presenting what he called the PNP's 'covenant with the people'. The Opposition leader stressed that the covenant that is to also address matters related to land ownership in order to resolve the longstanding squatting problem, "will not cover everything". Neither is it a manifesto.

peter-phillips-photo-4.jpgDr Phillips told cheering Comrades on Sunday that one of the biggest problems facing the country at the moment is that of inequality.

"This vast gap that exists between the few and the many is (at) the heart of what is holding us back as a country," he said.

Apart from the inequality issue, Phillips noted that 60 per cent of the country's labour force earns the minimum wage, with 80 per cent of what is earned spent on food.

"They live at low wages, but we can't get out of the low wage trap if we not educating the majority of our children," Phillips argued.

In addressing what he called the reality of education in Jamaica today, Phillips pointed to 45 schools where three out of every four children get five subjects, including mathematics and English Language. He said those students were effectively getting a "world-class education".

"And you have 118 non-traditional high schools where not even two (students) in 10 getting the same results. Those youngsters in the non-traditional high schools are the people that end up a bette'n (betting) shop door a roll a spliff a morning time, and we see them. Sometimes we see them so often we don't even see them. We get used to it. Life can't gwaan so. So our commitment is to change these structures of inequality by assaulting these structures and the institutions that keep poverty entrenched in this country, and inequality scarring our lives," Phillips said to strong applause.

"We give our commitment that we will abolish the apartheid system of education in Jamaica," Phillips added.

He told the crowd that the party will harness the support of the entire country to get it done, including the churches, the private sector, teachers, parents and community-based organisations.

"We make the commitment that the next PNP government will provide every student in Jamaica with at least one meal daily, because pickney can't learn on a hungry belly," he said.





Chozenn chooses controversy

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affluent-jamaica-on-instagram-listen-di-fruit-a-di-spirit-anuh.jpgSome social media users are today blasting gospel act Chozenn for his latest single. They were responding after the gospel entertainer uploaded his rendition of Jada Kingdom's song Banana to Instagram.

According to the controversial gospel entertainer, he made the post after seeing school girls doing a banana challenge on the social media platform.

However, some social media users have bashed the gospel singer with some accusing him of taking it too far, and others suggesting that he should write his own gospel songs instead of remaking secular tracks.

In the IG post, Chozenn said; "the fruit of the spirit is not banana."

Earlier this year, Chozenn received heavy backlash for his remake of Dovey Magnum's popular dancehall track "Bwaal Out" and Rygin King's Tuff. The gospel singer was especially chastised by church goers.

Affluent Jamaica on Instagram: "Listen!! Di fruit a di spirit, anuh banana 🤣🍌 #Chozenn #chozennbelike #bananaremixchallenge #bananaremix"





face-boy-on-instagram-dancehall-parties-be-like-jm-tagyourdj.jpgDovey Magnum has been complaining that selectors are playing too much bad man tune, and ignoring girls anthems, such as her single "Bawl Out".

Many fans agreed with her and now, social media personality Jaifrais has created a video that captures exactly the essence of what Dovey has been saying.

Face Boy on Instagram: "Dancehall Parties Be Like 😂🇯🇲 #TagYourDJ #TagUnnuFriendDem • • • #UTOPIA September 21st @somc_nyc"





New single from Vybz Kartel keps Gazanation happy

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vybz-kartel-photo-32.jpgGazanation fans have been asking for new music for the past few months, and now it's here.

"Teacha come back and a beat them bad wid da one ya, can't stop him he's Michael Jordan of dancehall it's that simple," one fan wrote while another added, "Take time with them Teach a you a run the place for the Christmas every fly get lick weh."

Linton "TJ" White teases the cover art for Vybz Kartel upcoming album this week. It's unclear if this new single "She Say" will be featured on the upcoming project. The dancehall hitmaker, real name Adidja Palmer, is currently awaiting the verdict in his appeal case which wrapped in the Jamaica Court of Appeal in July of this year. A verdict could arrive any given moment after the high court judges revealed that they would place some priority on the case given the vast public interest.

Vybz Kartel is reportedly in good spirit although a tense atmosphere surrounds the case as he and his three co-accused, Shawn Storm, Andre St John, and Kahira Jones, awaits their fate. The four men are hoping for the very least a new trial, but ultimately their lawyers are gunning for a full acquittal. The court may also reduce the conviction if it sees fit.





4.6 magnitude earthquake rocks Jamaica

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earthquake.jpgA 4.6 magnitude earthquake shook sections of Jamaica Sunday afternoon.

That's a significant upgrade from the preliminary estimate which had put its strength at magnitude 3.3

The Earthquake Unit says the tremor with a focal depth of 23.1 kilometre was felt in St Catherine and Kingston and St Andrew.

The epicentre was located approximately 4 kilometre east of Angels in St Catherine.

However, persons living as far west as St Elizabeth said that they felt the tremor.





Standing fan recall

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The National Compliance and Regulatory Authority has issued an immediate recall of all 18 inch standing fans with the brand name VideoCon and bearing the model number: VC-1881PP.

A news release from the agency says the fans were imported by VideoCon Trading Limited located at 65 to 67 Orange Street in Kingston.

It's reported that while undergoing abnormal operation and overload tests the fan motors burnt in both situations.

The National Compliance and Regulatory Authority says persons who purchased the VideoCon fans should stop using them immediately.

It adds that the fans should be returned to the point of purchase as they are a safety hazard.





"Fully dunce" nothing to glorify, police emphasise

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The police are lamenting the trend emerging in some inner-city communities, involving youngsters widely using a set of new slang to praise individuals who display deviant behaviour, and who openly promote that they are fully illiterate and therefore lack all forms of normal reasoning.

The police said the term 'fully dunce' is becoming hip and trendy in some communities, and is now being used by persons to declare their willingness to resort to violence to deal with issues, because they supposedly lack reasoning ability to resolve problems differently.

"It is a trend we see popping up and being displayed on social media. Individuals who are deemed members of the younger generation, using slang to praise those individuals who openly disclose that they are illiterate," said a senior officer from the St Andrew South Police Division in reference to intelligence across his division and further afield.

"Dark like midnight, not open to reason, and most of all, they are claiming that they are fully dunce," said the officer.

The senior policeman said while some members of the public may brush this aside as nothing serious, it is an implication that members of the security forces have to face daily when manning streets across the country.

"To think that we have now reached a stage where we are hearing individuals criticising those who strive to be educated, and (instead) praise those who are illiterate, as a matter of fact, 'fully dunce', is something that needs to be addressed," said the policeman.

He added that he felt it was time for officials in other agencies to start an educational campaign to reach out to these individuals and to outline to them that the path they are taking of praising individuals who drop out of school and are proud to say they are fully illiterate, is dangerous.

The lawman said he strongly believes that if this is not addressed quickly, sooner or later, these individuals will become hardened criminals, with a new group or generation of violence producers who are not open to reason, and this could only spell destruction for the country.

The police also said the new trend is noticeably being pushed by some entertainers.





Red Hills cabbie missing

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A taxi operator, 64-year-old Edion Morse of Kirkland Close, Red Hills, St Andrew, has been missing since Friday, September 14. He is of dark complexion, medium built and about 175 centimetres (five feet nine inches) tall.

Reports from the Red Hills police are that Morse was last seen about 5:30 p.m. on Charlemont Avenue, Kingston 8, wearing a black and beige shirt, brown pants and brown shoes. He has not been heard from since then.

All efforts to contact him since then have been unsuccessful

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Edion Morse is being asked to contact the Red Hills police at 876-945-8270, the police 119 emergency number, or the nearest police station.





instaboss.jpgThe bail application for a former Jamaican police officer who fled the island after the killing of an entertainer in St Mary last year, was denied in the St Mary Parish Court on Thursday.

Oshane Wayne Thompson is implicated in the killing of upcoming deejay, 31-year-old Kriston Pearson, also known as 'Instaboss' or 'Maffie', of Charles Town, St Mary and Exchange in Ocho Rios, St Ann. Pearson was shot dead on May 7, 2017. The presiding parish judge denied bail on the basis of possible witness interference, and also with a view of the accused being a likely flight risk. The case is scheduled for committal proceedings on October 2.

Last year Thompson resigned from the police force after being questioned about the death of Pearson, which occurred during an altercation between the two, reportedly over a woman, at a party in St Mary. Thompson then fled the island, but was recently arrested and handed over to the Jamaican authorities by the US Enforcement and Removal Operations Unit. He arrived in the island on August 30, and was arrested by Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) officers and later charged with the murder of Pearson.

The charges against him followed prior investigations, including by the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) which indicated in a release after the accused man's arrival in Jamaica that a number of local agencies, including the JCF, the office of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) and the commission, had played important roles in fostering the capture and deportation of the fugitive former lawman.

INDECOM said it had also recommended to the DPP earlier this year that Thompson, when caught, be charged with murder in relation to the Pearson killing. An attorney for the former cop recently said Thompson, in fleeing the country, acted out of fear for his life, after having received a number of death threats.

Attorney Peter Champagnie, who is representing the ex-policeman, did not go into details then, but said the ex-cop did not leave the country through any illegal means.





Is Labba Labba missing?

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Labba Labba has reportedly gone missing following controversial statements made recently about the Doctor Beenie Man and his alleged involvement in Bogle's death in 2005.

Labba Labba has since backtracked claiming that he was drunk and later issuing an apology to both Beenie Man and Tristan Palmer, whose son he claims was paid $100,000 for the hit.

According to reports, the veteran dancer has not been seen in days by friends or family who are now worried that something may have happened to him following his controversial statements.

"Almost a week now nobody sees or hear from him and trust me a lot of people worried right now," a family member reportedly posted to social media. The police have yet to confirm if any missing person report has been filed.

Bogle was shot and killed by unknown assailants in January 2005 while waiting at a Texaco service station in Kingston.





Grammy award winners Damian Marley, Stephen Marley, Mojo Morgan (Morgan Heritage), Sean Paul, Ed Sheeran and Wyclef Jean are among the acts who have all contributed to Tropical House Cruises to Jamaica , the latest project by Jamaican producer Sean "Contractor" Edwards.

Contractor noted that the aim of the 15-track album hosted by The DJ Grid is to bring an all-star cast uniting reggae/dancehall and pop music under the tag 'tropical house' that has been used in recent years to identify pop hits influenced by Jamaican reggae and dancehall music.

"On one of my yearly UK trips I had the chance to meet, develop a friendship and subsequently get into music business with Jethro Sheeran, first cousin of Ed Sheeran. Ed having been influenced with the sounds of my island, [it] just seemed serendipitous for what I was trying to do," Contractor explained.

"Jamaican music has always been an influence to the world and it is more so visible now-a-days -- at anytime on television, commercials and the airwaves. There is no denying or stopping it's prominence. I guess the saying 'If you can't beat them, join them' holds some truth. We are actively working on two more albums. One is Hip Hop cruises to Jamaica which is a straight hip hop album which will feature Tupac, Snoop Dogg, Missy Elliott, Flo-Rida and many more. The other album we are coming out with is called Tropical House Cruises to Jamaica Deluxe Edition and this is another reggae album."

This compilation also includes cuts from VH1 Love and Hip Hop star Safaree featuring Sean Kingston; Swiss reggae artist Cookie The Herbalist and the legendary Lee "Scratch" Perry; Rollie Fresh; Chronixx, Sizzla and Tony D.

Tropical House Cruises to Jamaica was digitally released by the Contractor Music Group and distributed by Atlanta-based Amada Records under the EAE Management Group.

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shelly-ann-fraser-pryce.jpgDouble Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and former world and Olympic champion Veronica Campbell-Brown are the only women on the

September edition of the Forbes list of the 10 richest Jamaican born sports stars.

The number one position belongs to former New York Knicks center Patrick Ewing who has a total net worth of US$275 million.

Triple world record holder Usain Bolt occupies second spot with a net worth of $60 million.

Raheem Sterling ($53m) who plays for the English national team and Manchester City is third on the list followed by explosive West Indies opening batsman Chris Gayle ($15m).

Sub 10 second king Asafa Powell, the former 100m world record holder rounds out the top five on the list with an estimated worth of $6.5 million.

In sixth place is Nesta Carter ($5.3m) the sixth fastest man in history followed by double Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce who is seventh at $4.5m.

Completing the top ten are New England Patriots safety Patrick Chung ($4.3m), former world and Olympic champion Veronica Campbell-Brown ($2.6m) and 2011 world 100m champion Yohan Blake ($2.3m).





Police in Antigua probe Jamaica man's death

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ST. JOHN'S, Antigua, CMC - The police have announced plans to probe circumstances that may have led to the sudden death of a 51-year-old customs officer earlier this week.

The police report that Lloyd "Silah" Francis, originally from the eastern parish of St Thomas in Jamaica, was found dead at his home on Monday.

According to the Antigua Observer, officials from the Strategic Communications Office said they are awaiting the outcome of an autopsy before determining the course of their investigation.

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Meteorologists are reporting that for the first time in a decade there are four named storms simultaneously spinning in the Atlantic Basin; the last time this featured was in 2008.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami on Wednesday night issued advisories on Hurricane Florence, located over the western Atlantic Ocean, on Hurricane Helene, located over the eastern Atlantic Ocean, on Tropical Storm Isaac, located a few hundred miles east of the Lesser Antilles, and on newly formed Subtropical Storm Joyce, located several hundred miles west-southwest of the Azores.

"A broad area of low pressure is located over the central Gulf of Mexico. Although the shower activity is still disorganised, upper-level winds are forecast to become more conducive for development, and it is likely that a tropical depression will form Thursday or Thursday night, before the system reaches the western Gulf coast. Regardless of development, heavy rainfall and gusty winds are expected across portions of northeastern Mexico, Texas, and Louisiana late this week. Interests there should monitor the progress of this system, and refer to products from their local weather office," the NHC warned.

The NHC said an area of low pressure is expected to develop near Bermuda late this weekend or early next week and gradual development is possible after that time while the system drifts westward over the western Atlantic.

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chris-gayle-photo-7.jpgJamaican stars Chris Gayle and Andre Russell along with Shahid Afridi and Brendon McCullum are among a host of high-profile internationals set to feature in the inaugural Afghanistan Premier League from October 5 to 21 in the United Arab Emirates.

These players were picked as "icon players", along with Rashid Khan by the five franchises.

They will line-up alongside Mohammad Shahzad, Mohammad Nabi, Asghar Afghan and other stars of Afghanistan cricket.

The five franchises - representing Paktia, Kabul, Balkh, Nangarhar and Kandahar - picked their squads via draft in Dubai on Monday night.

Each team had to select between 17 and 20 players, with five overseas and one Associate player compulsorily in the squad.

Gayle is the icon player for the Balkh squad while Russell was selected by Nangarhar. Rashid Khan joins Kabul, McCullum goes to Kandagar while Afridi is to suit up for Paktia.





Mavado's son for court Friday

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mavado-and-son.jpgMavado's teenage son who is currently housed at the Metcalfe Street Secure Juvenile Remand Centre should hopefully know his fate as it relates to bail this week.

The youngster is expected to go before the court on Friday, September 14.

The teen was charged with murder, conspiracy to commit murder, shooting with intent, and illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.

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mavado-photo-12-large.jpgThe public is still awaiting an update on whether or not dancehall singjay, Mavado, is still wanted for questioning

In June, tough-talking law enforcement officials urged the dancehall entertainer to turn himself in for questioning in relation to the flare-up of violence in Cassava Piece, St Andrew community

The Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), they suggested we contact the Hunts Bay Police. However, when the Hunts Bay Police was contacted they said they did not have any information.

So did Mavado turn himself into the police? Or will the dancehall singjay contemplate a lawsuit against the government for defamation or slander?

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Trojan Records documentary for London Film Festival

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rudeboy-documentary-trojan-records.jpgRudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records, a documentary about British reggae company, premiers at the London Film Festival on October 12. The 86-minute film is directed by Nicolas Jack Davies.

According to a press release from the London Film Festival, Rudeboy is more than just music. It represents Trojan's legacy as a forerunner in exposing Jamaican music in the United Kingdom during the 1960s and 1970s, when rocksteady and reggae were largely ignored by mainstream radio in that country.

"The seeds for the multicultural society we live in now were formed on the dancefloor back in the day," says British punk/reggae authority Don Letts in the documentary's intro.

The film is part of year-long celebrations marking Trojan's golden anniversary. A book and multitrack album have also been released.

Trojan was actually founded in 1967 by Lee Gopthal, a Jamaican accountant who migrated to the UK in the early 1950s. The label helped introduce songs like Desmond Dekker and The Aces' (007) Shantytown and Israelites to white British fans, and followed up with a series of hits by Jimmy Cliff, Dandy Livingstone and Tony Tribe in the late 1960s.

By the 1970s only Island Records (once Trojan's parent company) was stronger in the UK reggae market than Gopthal's independent venture. Trojan distributed the music of major Jamaican artistes like John Holt whose 1000 Volts of Holt album was a massive seller; the company also helped push Ken Boothe's Everything I Own to number one on the British national chart in 1974.

Though a volume of compilation albums were popular throughout the UK, mismanagement led to Trojan going into liquidation by the mid-1970s. It was bought by different interests over the years including Saga Records and the Sancutary Records Group. It is currently owned by German company, BMG. Gopthal had long left the music business when he died in 1997 at age 58.

Davies is the man behind Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records. He is known for his visual work with high-profile British acts acts such as PJ Harvey, Coldplay and Mumford & Sons.

Davies directed The Road To Red Rocks, a documentary that focused on Mumford & Sons' 2013 American tour. That documentary was nominated for Best Music Film at the 2014 Grammy Award.

Rudeboy Documentary - Trojan Records

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Catch the new cha cha dance from Ravers

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capleton.jpgCapleton is set to return to Kingston and St. Andrew Parish Court later this month after the trial last week was marred due to a bomb threat.

The entertainer's lawyer, Christopher Townsend explained that Capleton's legal team is awaiting a police investigation into claims that the deejay was extorted.

In April, Capleton was slapped with rape charges after he was accused by a hairdresser. The dancehall deejay has since denied the accusations claiming he was extorted.

Capleton is to reappear in court on September 21.

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GO FREDDIE GO! The Big Ship sails out of the US

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freddie-mcgregor-go-freddie-go-official-music-video.jpgVeteran reggae singer Freddie Mcgregor, CEO of Big Ship Records, has covered 35 states and wrapped up over 40 shows during his recent "Go Freddie Go" tour in the United States.

Freddie recently stated that "Go Freddie Go" which marked his first US tour in almost 30 years; was a fantastic trek which saw him driving across 35 states with his band.

The Big Ship head honcho last toured the United States in 1989 with Dennis Brown and Lt Stitchie.

The legendary reggae singer is currently promoting his latest single "Go Freddie Go" which was released in March on the VP Records label.

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$40-million in losses as fire blazed on Ashenheim Road

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fire.jpgDespite the relentless efforts of 40 firefighters early Tuesday morning, a massive fire caused extensive damage to Ping's Fabric and Atlantic Hardware on Ashenheim Road in St Andrew.

Up to yesterday evening, the origin of the fire could not be determined. Firefighters had to cut through shutters and roofs to tackle the blaze, which later prompted the closure of the road.

Superintendent Andrew Russell, who heads the Kingston and St Andrew Division of the Jamaica Fire Brigade, says the situation at the premises should be brought under control and the road reopened today.

"At 12:55a.m. [Tuesday] the brigade received a call that a warehouse complex was seen engulfed in flames. It was six hours of rigorous firefighting. Six units from York Park, Half-Way Tree, Trench Town, Stony Hill and Spanish Town battled the blaze.

"The fire was confined to Ping's Fabric and Atlantic Hardware, but other establishments were also affected, like Chem Quip Limited and J. Tyson Catering. The relentlessness of firefighters prevented the fire from spreading to adjoining premises," he said.

Meanwhile, National Works Agency Communications Manager Stephen Shaw says that once the fire brigade gives the go ahead, Ashenheim Road will reopen.





Guns bark in Swallowfield as residents and police clash

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police-shooting.jpgPolice personnel and residents had to scamper for cover yesterday evening in the Swallowfield area in St Andrew, as gunmen challenged lawmen in a gunfight.

Last night's melee is said to have stemmed from a police killing of a teenager on Bundy Lane in the community on Monday.

Police sources say that yesterday morning, criminals attempted to firebomb the Stadium Gardens Police Station. There was also an unconfirmed report that gunmen opened fire on the station. Debris was used to block a section of Arthur Wint Drive, near the station.

The police subsequently cleared the road after calling in reinforcements.

Minutes after clearing the roadway, however, cops on Arthur Wint Drive were forced to take cover as gunshots rang out from inside the community.

Superintendent of police in charge of the Corporate Communication Unit, Dahlia Garrick, says there was a strong police presence in the area where the roadblock was mounted.





More traffic changes in the Corporate area

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Following a meeting with senior engineers and police personnel on Monday afternoon, NWA communications manager Stephen Shaw said Gretna Green Avenue was a major trouble spot.

He said motorists attempted to use Gretna Green Avenue to bypass to traffic on Hagley Park Road and this contributed to the gridlock at the intersection of Hagley and Waltham Park roads .

So now, the police will be making additional traffic changes:

1. Traffic movement to be restricted along Gretna Green Avenue.

2. Access to Waltham Park Road through the Total Gas Station at the intersection of Waltham Park Road and Gretna Green Avenue will be restricted.

3. Access being granted to vehicular traffic along Hagley Park Road from the direction of the intersection of Waltham Park and Hagley Park Road, heading towards Half-Way Tree.

4. Buses operated by the Jamaica Urban Transit Company and franchise operators will be allowed to use Olympic Way and Bay Farm Road to access Spanish Town Road.

5. Openings in the median along Spanish Town Road, between Majesty Gardens and Penwood Road will be closed.

Shaw is reminding persons that Henley Avenue and Penwood Road are available for persons wishing to travel towards Half-Way Tree from Spanish Town Road.

The original traffic changes in the Corporate Area took effect last week to facilitate a major bridge construction project in Three Miles.

On Sunday, traffic restrictions went in full force in Three Miles and will remain for eight months.

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA 15-year-old girl was one of two members of a St James family who were shot and injured at their home by a group of unknown assailants on Sunday evening.

Reports are that about 7:00 p.m., the two were standing outside their home in Granville in the parish when a group of gunmen who drove up in a motorcar, opened fire on them.

The two were shot and later taken to hospital, where one victim, a 23-year old man who was hit multiple times, was admitted for treatment. The girl, who was grazed by a bullet, was treated and released.

The shooting follows the killing of 13-year-old Shamar Hoffenden, who was shot with a gun that reportedly belonged to someone with whom she was said to have had an intimate relationship, in another section of the Granville community late last month.

The grade eight Green Pond High School student was reportedly playing with the weapon when she was shot in the head.





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beenie-man-photo-7.jpgDespite a public denial that he had absolutely nothing to do with the death of iconic dancer 'Bogle', the story continues to take twists. The most recent speculation is that Beenie Man revealed in a song of that era that he have revealed that he knows Bogle's killer in a song he previously released.

Beenie Man was thrust back into the spotlight over the killing when retired dancer Labba Labba did an impromptu interview and made some damning accusations that Beenie paid $100,000 to have Bogle killed. The dancehall legend was also accused of being involved in the killing back in January 2005.

Beenie recently did an interview on OnStage where he once again denied having any involvement in Bogle's murder. Labba Labba also released a new video apologizing to the Doc saying that he was drunk when he made the accusations. Still, some fans think that Beenie Man had something to do with the legendary dancer's killing and went and unearthed an old song where he deejays about knowing who killed his friend Bogle.

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tifa-photo-3.jpgNASTY! That is the word Tifa is using to describe the Dancehall music business. As a matter of fact, it is so nasty that Tifa wants to quit.

During a radio interview last week, the Dancehall diva explained why she has been saying that she is tired of it all.

"The industry has gotten nasty.... I think it is the nattiest i have even seen it," Tifa said.

According to Tifa, Dancehall is now filled with "a lot alliances and buyouts." She alleged that industry insiders are paying disc jocks not to play other artistes songs, sponsoring shows not to add other entertainers on the lineup plus a slew of other corruption.

She also charged that persons are trying to hold her down to try let others rise. Tifa shared that she has been in Dancehall for over 10 years and does not believe she should be fighting for her place.





Florence, Isaac and Helen - 3 storms all at once

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Tropical Storm Isaac is expected to become a hurricane and continue to strengthen during the next few days, while Florence and Helen have both been upgraded to hurricanes.

The Meteorological (Met) Service of Jamaica said at 4:00 pm, Isaac was centred 2240 km east of the Windward Islands and is moving toward the west near 19 km/h. It is expected to accelerate during the next 36 hours.

At the same time, Florence was centred 1160 km southeast of Bermuda while the centre of Helene was located 230 km southwest of the Southernmost Cabo Verde Islands.

Isaac is expected to move across the Lesser Antilles and into the eastern Caribbean Sea Wednesday night or Thursday as it continues to move westward through the end of the week.

The storm's maximum sustained winds have increased to near 110 km/h with higher gusts. Additional strengthening is forecast, and Isaac is expected to become a hurricane tonight. Weakening is anticipated to begin by the middle of the week while the storm approaches the Lesser Antilles.

Meanwhile, Hurricane Florence is forecast to rapidly strengthen to a major hurricane by Monday, and is expected to remain an extremely dangerous major hurricane through Thursday.

It is moving toward the west near 11 km/h, and this general motion is expected to continue today. A west-northwestward motion with an increase in forward speed is expected by Monday, and that motion is forecast to continue through mid-week

On the forecast track, the centre of Florence will move over the southwestern Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda and the Bahamas Tuesday and Wednesday, and approach the southeastern coast of the United States on Thursday.

The hurricane's maximum sustained winds have increase to near 140 km/h with higher gusts.

On the other hand, Hurricane Helene is moving toward the west near 20 km/h, and a turn toward the west-northwest is expected on Monday, with a continued west-northwestward motion through Tuesday.

On the forecast track, the centre of Helene will continue to move away from the Cabo Verde Islands.

Helene's maximum sustained winds have increased to near 120 km/h with higher gusts and additional strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours.





Gov't could honour Miss Lou with National Hero title

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The government has signalled its intention to reconstitute the National Heroes Committee that will, among other things, consider the nomination of Louise Bennett Coverley for the designation.

Ms. Lou was honoured Friday, on the 99th anniversary of her birth, during a function in Gordon Town, St. Andrew, where a statue was unveiled.

The event saw tributes from Prime Minister Andrew Holness, and Culture Minister Olivia Babsy Grange, as well as Bongo Herman, and Barbara Gloudon.

The installation of the statue, done by sculptor Basil Watson, is part of the government's plan to establish Ms. Lou Square in Gordon Town, as a lasting tribute to the mother of Jamaican culture.The official renaming will be done next year on Ms. Lou's 100th birthday.





Weeks after the discovery of the remains of Shanoya Wray, the 13-year-old girl whose skeletal remains were found at a house in Mona, the burnt body of Yetanya Francis was found in the 12th Street section of Arnett Gardens on Friday, August 24. The police said they suspect Francis was attacked, raped and then her body was set ablaze and dumped at the spot where it was found.

Blaine is imploring Jamaicans to "use these two murders as a catalyst for change".

She said Jamaicans should use the double tragedy of the teenagers being viciously killed, to work for positive changes in the area of child safety in Jamaica.

In relation to Wray, Blaine is appealing for help for her family, including her six siblings.

She argued that, "these murdered youngsters may have been residents of poor, underserved communities, but they were valued humans, part of the fabric of all of our lives. They were people with rights, with lives they had hoped to live, with bright futures now denied them."

Blaine lamented that, "hundreds more of our bright, young Jamaicans continue to face the same risks that killed Shenoya and Yetanya."

She pleaded that, "We must all pull together to protect our children".

She said Hear The Children's Cry is urging Jamaicans to, among other things, lobby their Members of Parliament (MP) to make public declarations on workable solutions to protect children; engage churches to implement child protection policies and help train community members to use them; and establish community groups that will enforce 8:00 p.m. curfews for children.

"We also want to invite concerned citizens to offer practical assistance to Shanoya's family, including her siblings, four brothers ages 3, 5, 6 and 17, and two sisters, 15 and 20 years' old," Blaine added.

Persons wishing to help may contact Hear The Children's Cry at 26 Haining Road, Kingston 5. Telephone numbers are 876-929-0431, 876-294-8123-5, or 876-822-0483; email: hearthechildrenscry@yahoo.com.





Shanoya Wray, the 13-year-old girl whose skeletal remains were found at a house in Mona, St Andrew after she went missing, was buried on Sunday, September 9.

The funeral service was held at the Bedward Gardens Seventh Day Adventist Church in the Bedward Gardens community in St Andrew.

And with just hours before the teenager is laid to rest, convenor of the lobby group, Hear the Children's Cry, Betty-Ann Blaine, is calling for Jamaicans to use the occasion of the funeral to agitate for tangible support for the family of the victim and greater protection for the nation's children overall.

Blaine is also calling on Jamaicans to mark the occasion with prayers, and to not allow the death of Shanoya and that of 14-year-old, Yetanya Francis of Arnett Gardens, "to be another nine-day wonder".

Said Blaine: "We need to use the pain and the heartbreak, and the injustice done to these children and to their families, to stir us to effective action on behalf of all Jamaican children."

The police reported that the skeletal remains of Wray was found at premises on Walley Close in Mona, St Andrew five days after she was reported missing.

The remains were found in a bathtub that was filled with a corrosive substance. The discovery triggered shock and anger across the country.

A 27-year-old Trinidadian national, Sanjay Maharaj, who is a school teacher; and 19-year-old Lenardo Madden, a former medical student at the University of the West Indies, have been charged in relation to Shanoya's murder.

Maharaj has been charged with murder, while Madden was charged with accessory after the fact.





Flow exec Errol K Miller in need of blood

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Errol K Miller, Executive Chairman of FLOW Foundation, has been hospitalised and is presently in urgent need of blood donation.

Reports are that Miller has been admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) of the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI).

Full details of his condition are not known at this time.

"We are asking people to continue to pray for him," said Troy Cockings, Director of Flow Foundation, who confirmed the news.

Cockings said Miller has been in hospital for the past two weeks.

Other Jamaicans who heard about the development have also appealed via social media for blood donation.





Tribute to Kofi Annan - the most hon. PJ Patterson

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Please see below a tribute from the Most Hon. P J. Patterson, former Prime Minister of Jamaica for Kofi Annan, the seventh Secretary General of the United Nations who recently died in Bern, Switzerland.

Tribute to Kofi Annan

The world has lost another of its truly outstanding servants with a passion for dedicated service to the cause of freedom, peace and development.

Kofi Annan was a man of unique and yet many distinctions. He was the first, and to date the only, person who passed through the labyrinth of the United Nations and its many agencies to ascend to the post of secretary general by virtue of his brilliance at every working stage; and the first son of sub-Saharan Africa to become chief of that global institution.

The advent of the seventh secretary general to the pinnacle of global leadership coincided with the turn of the new century which demanded a creative effort to find new institutional directions in order for the United Nations to meet contemporary realities. Kofi Annan perceived the UN as a catalyst for change and an instrument for human progress.

His style was one of quiet but resolute diplomacy which would forestall conflict whenever possible and be ready to respond promptly and effectively whenever tension could not be defused or conflict averted.

In 2001, this humanitarian icon was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in his own right and the United Nations rightly applauded for its institutional role at a time of turbulent global upheaval.

Kofi Annan was a visionary who conceived the Millennium Development Goals as the engine for moving forward the international society in its entirety, recognising fully that the pistons of the developing world had to be ignited for the advance of humankind.

With the end of the Cold War, Kofi Annan will be remembered for the tremendous energy he devoted in the search to build a more effective and efficient network of multilateral institutions which entailed new insights as to the linkages between terrorism, security, human rights, poverty and the environment.

We from the Caribbean who belong to small island states and countries restricted by the size of our economies will remember the Kofi Annan for the constant attention he paid to our severe resource constraints and vulnerability to a spate of natural disasters. His passionate advocacy was highlighted in the Barbados Programme of Action that the UN Conference on the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States adopted at the start of his incumbency.

For this urbane and astute secretary general, the concept of retirement meant primarily a transfer of his focus and attention from his New York headquarters to roam the continent of his descent and broker agreements which would foster harmony and economic growth.

As chairman of the Group of Elders, he sought to rid Africa of the dogmas of the past in order to embrace pragmatic progress in working democracies under the rule of law.

The rich legacy Kofi Annan bequeaths must inspire "a new generation of men and women to carry on the relentless struggle into a new era when the hopes and aspirations of their martyrs and heroes will be realised once and for all".

Mine was the privilege of having known Kofi throughout the years and the honour of a productive working relationship which grew into a close brotherhood.

We are grateful to his widow Nane Annan, his children and family for having permitted him to share so much time and space with the world at large. Kofi Anan has now joined our noble ancestors and entered that realm of eternal rest and enjoys perpetual peace at last.

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Bugle rocks the world with collab with Razz

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bugle-feat-razz-world-party-2018-release.jpgReggae singer Bugle is rocking the world with his latest release entitled, World Party. A collaboraion with Razz --- of Razz and Biggy fame --- World party is legit taking over the world.

bugle-photo-4.jpgBy the way, we have to big up the Anointed One for his philantrophy. His back-to-school event was awesome.





Video for Future Fambo Gucci Mane collab out now

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future-fambo-how-we-living-remix-ft-gucci-mane.jpgDancehall artiste Future Fambo is making waves after recently releasing the visuals for "How We Living Remix," featuring rapper Gucci Mane.

The "Rum & Redbull" star returned with a bang following a notable hiatus from the Dancehall scene with the brand new track, which is produced by White Gad Records.

future-fambo.jpgLast Friday the deejay dropped the music video for the single, which features platinum selling Atlanta rapper Gucci Mane, and has managed to rack up over 130,000 views on his VEVO account.

The music video sees the veteran entertainer enjoying a lavish lifestyle, partying in a mansion with dozens of beautiful women and friends.





Gully Bop's ex Shauna Chyn a deadbeat mom?

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gully-bop-and-shauna-chin-kissing.jpgEven as Amari is lamenting Gully Bop's illness, another of the 50-odd year old entertainer's exes, Shauna Chyn is getting flack from her babyfather.

In a video uploaded to social media, Chyn's baby daddy claiming that Shauna neglected her son three months after giving birth. The man revealed that the "Control Button" singer took their child without his consent last month and registered him in a new school.

He added that Shauna Chyn failed to play an active role in the child's upbringing, despite him making several attempts for her to be a mother for their son.

But it was only a few days ago that Shauna Chyn posted a pic of her son on IG, showing him of on his first day back at school.

IAMSHAUNACHYN on Instagram: "I didnt want to share my child but due to how genna genna clean n out. He's the one i work so hard for cause I want him to have what I..."





Amari sad that her 'boo' Gully Bop is very sick

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gully-bop-and-amari.jpgamari.jpgAmari has taken to social media to lament the illness of her ex-fiance, Gully Bop, but Amari is not saying exactly what Bop is suffering from.

'mari says she is scared of losing her ex-fiancé Gully Bop.

A'mari says she is fearful his health could be taking a turn for the worst.

"I've tried so many ways to deal with Boo being sick. I tell myself that he's still the boo i know that i could go toe to toe with on social media...my godfather. Now I'm arguing with you and you don't answer me back. I hope I'm not losing you. Don't know what i would do," she said.

A few months ago Amari declared she was willing to fight for Bop, who she says is the love of her life, following their bitter fallout.

"We were musical partners. [He was] my fiancé and the person who truly discovered me. He was my soulmate, and I need him back in my life. If it doesn't happen in this life, when we die, I hope we will reconcile," she said.

Gully Bop is set to return to court on assault charges after he was arrested and charged with physically assaulting his wife during a dispute in Nuts River in St Thomas several months ago.

The deejay's case was transferred to the drug court following additional accusations that he had been abusing drugs and alcohol, including cocaine and marijuana.





shenseea-ig.jpgSpice has called herself the queen of the Dancehall and now Shenseea is the queen-in-waiting, as she has dubbed herself the princess. Well fans had quite a lot to say about that on social media -- both positive and negative.

It all started when Shenseea posted a picture of herself and Spice with the following caption:

"In the middle of my performance she walked in and some of her #Smurfs saw her and started to create excitement! She literally STOPPED until I finished my song to avoid any disturbances..and for that my Team and I have a different level of respect for you @spiceofficial 👏🏾👏🏾, she said

"Spice a di Queen, so me a wah? Nuh must Princess! Who next? Just face it a so di ting set! 🎶 PS: U cut off your legs for specific reasons me wish me cudda cut out my face cause I just performed so my hair and make up all messy🤣🤣🤣 #nuffLove#SugarANDSpice #HardWorkingFemales#Dancehall 🇯🇲" .

Below are some of the comments that greeted Shenseea's claim to the royal title:

"no sah.. Khalia is on the same level of no talent as Shenocean.. Goodly worse. Better u root for Vanessa Bling 😩," one fan wrote while another lamented "Shensea ain't no prinny.... Spice barely a d queen so how she fi b princess... Shensea deven have 3 hits inna r career."

However, the commentary was not all negative for the deejay as Shenseea did receive some support from several fans.

"@shenseea a definitely the princess after nuh body else nah work as hard or have the numbers like her," one fan wrote in her defense.

The debate rages on. Is Shenseea really the Dancehall Princess?





vybz-kartel-photo-11-larger.jpgThe juror accused of bribing fellow jurors in the Vybz Kartel (Adidja Palmer) murder trial, will know his fate later this month. The lawyer representing Livingston Cain, Valerie Neita Robertson, made a no-case submission after the prosecution closed its case against him in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court Thursday.

Neita Robertson, in her no-case submission, stated that her client is entitled to his own analysis of the evidence and that he had such a view in respect of several areas of the evidence. She added that two of the witnesses corroborated Cain's view, testifying during the bribery trial, that the prosecutor in the Vybz Kartel trial did not present enough evidence to say that the men were guilty.

Cain is being tried on six counts of attempting to pervert the course of justice and one count of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, following allegations that he was captured on a phone recording offering the jury foreman in the Kartel murder trial $500,000 for a not guilty verdict.

He is also accused of approaching other jurors and promising one of them that he would "take care of him" if he returned a not-guilty verdict.

The charges stem from allegations that between the start of Vybz Kartel's murder trial in the Home Circuit Court on November 18, 2013 and the rendering of a verdict in the matter in March 2014, Cain tried to persuade his fellow jurors to return a verdict of not guilty and even offered the jury forewoman $500,000 for a result in favour of Vybz Kartel and his co-accused.





13-y-o student shot by masked gunman in Falmouth

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA 13-year-old student of Muschett High School in Trelawny is now nursing bullet wounds in hospital after he and two men were shot and injured by a masked gunman in Falmouth, the parish's capital, yesterday morning.

Speaking with The Gleaner in the aftermath of the shooting, Superintendent Dwight Powell, the commanding officer for the Trelawny police, said that based on initial investigation, the injured student was not the target of the attack.

"The student was not the target but was in close proximity," said Powell. "We are in the process of conducting some counselling sessions with the parent of the 13-year-old as well as with the student population at his school."

According to reports, shortly after 6:15 a.m., the teen was walking along George's Street in Falmouth when he saw a man, who was armed with a handgun, chasing another man and firing shots. He was shot and injured before he could take cover.

The man who was being chased a 38 year-old linesman who is employed to the Falmouth Cruise Shipping Pier - and a 50-year-old bus operator also suffered bullet wounds and were hospitalised.

"This is the first incident of this kind that has occurred here in Falmouth in the many months that I have been here," said Powell. "The investigations are ongoing, and I am appealing to any person who may have information on this incident to bring it to our attention."

The man, who the police believe was the target of the attack, suffered bullet wounds to his arm, buttocks, and pelvis. The student was shot in the region of the groin while the transport operator was shot in the shoulder.

Following the shooting, the gunman reportedly ran to a waiting motor car, which sped away from the scene.





Cops probing courthouse bomb threat

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police-federation-logo.jpgPolice say they are now doing voice analysis of a phone call made to the Half Way Tree Parish Court on Tuesday that warned of a bomb being planted at the facility.

The call brought the day's proceedings at the court to an abrupt halt and forced the evacuation of the building.

Police said the bomb squad was called and, after a search of the building, nothing was found. Court resumed on Wednesday.

Despite the fact that things have returned to normal, police say they are not taking the bomb threat lightly as it was the second such call made at a local court facility in less than two months.

In August, a similar call was made at a court in Duncans, Trelawny causing disruption to court proceedings.

Police sources say that, close to midday Tuesday, an individual with a foreign sounding accent called the Half Way Tree court and issued the threat. The Court Management Services (CMS) said as a result of the development, all court cases that were scheduled for Tuesday that were not dealt with up to that point of the day, were adjourned and the respective parties issued with new dates to return to court.

"We ask for the patience and understanding of members of the public as we work with the police to ensure the safety and security of all users of the court," the CMS stated in a release at the time

On August 21, police said an anonymous phone call was also the source of the scare in Trelawny, which brought the day's court proceedings to a halt as law enforcement personnel searched for a possible explosive device.





crime-scene-tape-gloves.jpgMANDEVILLE, Manchester:

Linton Stephenson, the 59-year-old Seventh-day Adventist deacon wanted for the murder of a 25-year-old Mandeville woman, Khyhymn Campbell, has been found dead in Manchester.

The police say Stephenson's decomposing body was found at his Bloomsville Circle home in the parish.

According to the police, the body was found near a bottle.

The police are theorising that he may have committed suicide by drinking a toxic substance. It is not clear for how long the body was there.

Stephenson was being sought by the police after his car was found near the Marshall's Pen area with Campbell's body, which was stuffed in an igloo, wrapped in a sheet, with her throat slashe





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