October 2018 Archives

tesha-miller.jpgDetectives attached to the Counter-Terrorism and Organized Crime Investigations Branch today (Tuesday) arrested the reputed leader of the Clansman Gang, Tesha Miller.

Miller was reportedly held at a plaza in Barbican, St Andrew by members of CTOC.

The police, in a statement, said Miller along with another man and a woman are in custody.

Police, when contacted, declined to comment on the matter and would not say what Miller is being questioned for.

They say more information will be released as soon as it becomes available.





Jackass seh the world doan level and that is so true. A report that caught our radar says that the government of Jamaica is paying off the SEVEN BILLION DOLLARS that it owes JPS, the company which supplies electricity for the entire island. The money is owed for street light, which tax-payers are already heavily taxed for.

Can we take a moment to wrap our heads around this one, please. We are talking BILLIONS here --- not millions. And if it was in the millions, it would also be bad. But BILLIONS!!!!!!??????

HOW??????????

Now, this is the same JPS who householders cant owe $500 or else dem come and lock off yuh light, and then send you bill wid big re-connection fee when yuh finally pay.

So, government money and poor people money a different money?

What kinda example di government setting by not paying them bills and den want to carry people go court over GCT?

How government fi ah waste tax-payer money suh?

How much of that $7-BILLION represents interest?

More questions than answers.

Finally......who else di government owe and a mek interest run up to billions and then want wring it out of the poor taxpayer?





cici-liquid-candy.jpgChairman of the Jamaica Coalition for a Healthy Society, Dr Wayne West, also condemned what appears to be the use of a popular movie character, the Minios, to spread the homosexual message to children.

"This is part of the desensitisation of our children and there are significant forces behind this," Dr. West reportedly told The Sunday Gleaner.

He said this desensitisation is being spread by some feminist groups and members of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community, among others, who fit into a cultural Marxist philosophical framework.

"Most people are aware of Marxism as an economic phenomenon, but they are not aware of Marxism as a cultural phenomenon which seeks to bring down all traditional roles, family, marriage and values that we hold. I see the candy as just another effort to indoctrinate children, to desensitise them ... and I'm sure it is carefully orchestrated by significant persons," declared West.

He argued that it has been recognised that the sooner you begin to indoctrinate children the better it is, and five years old is the age which those with their agendas will look to start."We speak about these things but they are not occurring in isolation. You hear people making aggressive attempts to get what they call 'comprehensive sexuality education' in the schools, and this is just about what this candy is doing, desensitising children to sex and making them (believe) that in their approach to sex anything is permissible and at any age too," charged West.





cici-liquid-candy.jpgChildren's advocate Betty Ann Blaine, has charged that the controversial candy being sold to primary school children is another effort by the homosexual political movement to condition children.

"If you look at some of the initiatives being taken globally, children are being taught about homosexuality and transgenderisim, and it is being done at the youngest ages," Blaine told The Sunday Gleaner.

"So I am not surprised that they are packaging the homosexual agenda and ideology and focusing on the children. I am only alarmed and distressed that it has reached Jamaica, it is at our school gates, and our children, who are so innocent, gravitate to it because the minions are so popular," added Blaine.

She argued that Jamaica has to take a stance on the conditioning of the nation's children.

"Our Government has to be vigilant as far as these types of candies are concerned. I think that they should be pulled off the market and we should know who is importing them and who is monitoring what is being sold at school gates," declared Blaine.





cici-liquid-candy.jpgThe Sunday Gleaner reported that a new liquid candy being marketed to the children at primary schools across the island, with a symbol that appears to be rainbow-coloured male genitalia, has sparked outrage from some parents and children advocates. The CiCi liquid fruit candy comes in colourful packages featuring minions, the fictional yellow creatures that appear in the popular Despicable Me movie franchise.

One package of the liquid candy features a female minion, who is yet to appear in the movies. She is a seemingly young girl wearing a skirt and an exposed brassiere, with the rainbow coloured image and a 'ME&U' trademark, also on the front.

The candy is being sold in downtown Kingston in some wholesales at $220 for a pack of 12, and at school gates for between $30 and $40 each. It has two manufacturing addresses, India and China, and is described on the package as a sugar-boiled confectionery with its main ingredients being glucose syrup and citric acid.

Last week, several parents cried foul as they pointed to the rainbow-coloured image on the package.

"Even though it's not a large image, it's on the packaging nonetheless, and I really wouldn't want it giving my child any ideas," said Penny, mother of a seven-year-old girl.

"A so dem do poor people pickney all the time. Tek time influence them wid them out-a-order business. If me see my pickney wid it me a dash it weh. It don't look right," said another parent.

"If it was a liquor or something then you could understand. Me know people a go say it small and it might not be a big deal but something about it no sit right with me, especially the thing squirting out the tip, that just look wrong," added one parent.





bahamas-logo-OK.jpgA Jamaican has been fined and ordered deported from the Bahamas after pleading guilty to an immigration related offence. Gary Anthony Clarke, 43, who is from Westmoreland, appeared before a Magistrate on Thursday on a charge of overstaying.

According to court dockets, Clarke was taken into custody on October 22, accused of making threats and overstaying. Clarke was further questioned on his status to remain in The Bahamas, and it was at this time he admitted to remaining in the country for more than four years. Clarke said he overstayed in hopes of reconnecting with two children who he fathered while in The Bahamas.

The Jamaican was ordered to pay a fine of US$3,000 or serve six months in prison.Once that condition is satisfied, the Magistrate ordered Clarke be turned over to immigration officials for deportation.





crime-scene-tape-gloves.jpgThe Portmore police are awaiting the results of a post-mortem examination to determine whether a taxi operator and a female were killed and their bodies later dumped in bushes in Portmore, St Catherine.

The bodies, which were in a state of decomposition, were found along the Dyke Road in Portmore on Thursday afternoon. The police were alerted to the bodies by residents who came upon the gruesome sight.

The deceased have been identified as 34-year-old Andrew Haylett, taxi operator of Greater Portmore, and 23-year-old Monique Brown, unemployed of Daytona, also in Portmore.

The police found a motorcar belonging to Haylett a day before the discovery of his body along with that of the female.

Investigators are trying to determine whether the two were killed elsewhere.





jps.jpgGovernment has cleared its $7 billion debt owed to the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) for streetlights.

This was disclosed by Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie. He made the disclosure at a disaster preparedness and mitigation town hall in Douglas Castle near the St Ann/Clarendon border on Thursday.

In explaining the sudden move to pay off the streetlight debt that accumulated over several years of delinquency by the government, McKenzie said the state was being hit by interest charges every time it missed a payment.

Consequently, a decision was made for $4.5 billion to be paid to the light and power company over a two-month period to reduce the debt significantly and, after discussions with the finance minister and approval from Cabinet,"we have now paid off the entire debt. So, come the end of the financial year,we will not owe the JPS one cent."

McKenzie said the arrears stood in the way of residents getting defective streets lights repaired and new ones installed. He said the JPS has now committed to repairing the country's 12,000 malfunctioning streetlights by the end of the 2018/2019 financial year.





crime-scene-gun.jpgOn Sunday morning, two men were shot and killed in East Kingston, in a reported robbery attempt, involving a licensed firearm holder. One has been identified as Andre Smith of West Avenue in east Kingston.,

According to reports, Smith was among several men who held up a licensed firearm holder at her home.

It's understood that shortly before 1am, the men surprised the woman while she was about to enter her house. The armed men relieved her of her firearm and barged into the house. A relative of the woman made an alarm and another firearm holder challenged the men. During an exchange four persons were shot, including a schoolgirl.

The police were called to the scene, and all four were taken to hospital, where two of the intruders, including Smith, were pronounced dead, and the wounded householders treated.

Preliminary reports are that the stolen firearm as well as two illegal weapons had been seized from the shooting scene.

Prior to his death, rights group Jamaicans for Justice(JFJ) had declared that Smith was a subject of persistent police abuse, harassment and death threats. JFJ had called on Police Commissioner Major General Antony Anderson to take action.





Kurt Riley proud of his work on Beres' album

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beres-hammond-photo-1.jpgDJ/producer Kurt Riley is proud to be associated with the current number one album on the Billboard Reggae album chart - Beres Hammond's Never Ending. Riley produced the track My Kinda Girl which is featured on Beres Hammond's chart-topping album Never Ending.

"To be a part of a number one album by Beres Hammond is a great feeling. Tell the bartender to put all drinks on my tab. Once again, I am a part of history," Riley in a media release.

He explained that the collaboration came about by him taking a chance. "I took a chance and approached Beres with the assistance of a few people, plus he was good friends with my dad - the late Winston Riley. When we spoke, he agreed. I didn't just want to be that person who just wanted a Beres record. I wanted to produce a track that he would feel proud of when he heard and realised what it was that I could do. Like a father, I wanted him to be proud of me," said Riley.

Riley has always admired the musician's work. "I admire his love, passion, simplicity and humility towards his music. He has spoken to me about life through music, and the way he chooses his words to sit well with every melody and frequency that his voice encounters. Conversations, opinions, question and answers are what you will hear in the song - My Kinda Girl."

So far everyone seems to agree that it was a track well done. "I've been getting a lot of messages on social media, emails and phone calls from persons congratulating me on the production of the song. I got an email from someone who asked if I really produced the record because they didn't see me doing that type of production."

Earlier this year, Riley was featured on another Billboard number one album. He produced the track Trouble, which is featured on Romain Virgo's Lovesick album.





buju-banton-photo-10.jpgIn just over a month, on December 8, reggae superstar Buju Banton will have served his 10-year sentence, and the Grammy Award winning artiste is reportedly keen to get back to doing what he does best - producing music and entertaining his throng of fans on stage.

Already, plans are afoot for a lengthy series of live appearances, dubbed the 'Long Walk to Freedom Tour and, according to his publicist, Ronnie Tomlinson, Banton has already put together a competent team to manage his affairs when he re-enters society and is anticipating an explosive return to the entertainment scene.

But Banton has had to ensure that, upon his release from US federal prison, he is sent back to the land of his birth with minimal hassle and the least possible time spent in the custody of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Banton has had his legal status to travel and work in the United States rescinded as a result of his drug conviction and has hired a legal team to ensure that, unlike other convicted felons, he is not held in the custody of immigration authorities for any extended period.

His publicist, Ronnie Tomlinson, said his lawyers had made legal maneuvers to circumvent that process and he is not fighting his immigration status.

"Buju has made sure that his stay with ICE will be as short as possible. He has opted for voluntary deportation. He should be home in very short order after his sentence ends," she said.

Banton, whose real name is Mark Myrie, is said to be in good spirits and is anxiously awaiting the day he is no longer a guest of the United States penal system.

"Buju is in good spirits and is counting down the days, as we all are," Tomlinson said.

His first live appearance is slated to take place in Jamaica with a date and venue to be announced, she added.

"A concert is being arranged for Jamaica. It will be promoted by his team in cooperation with other entities," she said.

When he burst onto the scene, Buju Banton was guided by veteran artiste manager and producer Donovan Germain, and Tomlinson said the two were still in contact and are looking to resume their business relationship when he leaves prison. At present, Buju is listed as inmate number 86700-004 in the McRae Correctional Institute located in Georgia.

He was arrested at his Tamarac, Florida home in January 2009 by Drug Enforcement Agents on suspicion of conspiracy to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine. His first trial ended in a mistrial and he was found guilty after a second trial and slapped with a 10-year sentence.

He had one month reduced from his sentence after prosecutors dropped a firearm possession charge against him.

Banton has maintained his innocence and argued that he was the victim of entrapment. He claimed paid US government informant, Alex Johnson used the lure of lucrative music industry contacts to lure him into the drug deal and that he backed out of the deal before it went down.

Johnson has been reported as earning US$3.5 million as a confidential informant.

Federal prosecutors pinned their case on Banton tasting a substance in a government controlled warehouse in Tampa, Florida as evidence that he was involved in the illegal drug trade.

Banton's co-defendants, James Mack and Ian Thomas, were arrested attempting to sell 20 kilograms of cocaine to federal agents in Tampa. Banton was arrested hours after. Both Mack and Thomas copped plea deals and were given lighter sentences.





Morgan Heritage releases video shot in Africa

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morgan-heritage-photo-3.jpgGrammy-award winning reggae group Morgan Heritage have released the visuals for their latest single - Africa Jamaica. The highly anticipated music video and collaboration features Diamond Platinumz and Stonebwoy.

The video, which was released over the weekend, has already amassed more than half a million views on YouTube. According to the group, the video pays homage to African culture, and highlights where Jamaica's own colourful way of life comes from. "The video is an exciting fun display of where our culture comes from in Jamaica - the spirit, the dancing and the culture all come from Africa. It truly captures your attention from start to finish," they said, revealing that this was their first video shot on the continent. "Releasing Africa Jamaica - our first video shot in Africa - is a historic moment in our career, that will forever live in our hearts. It was a joy to work with Diamond Platinumz and Stonebwoy - Africa's best from east to west. We love discovering new sounds and making connections through our music, and I believe we are doing just that. We hope the people in Africa and around the world will love the music video."

This is not the first time Morgan Heritage has collaborated with Stonebwoy or Diamond Platinumz. The group first linked up with Diamond Platinumz for the Hallelujah collaboration that garnered over one million YouTube views in the first 24 hours of its release. Speaking on what it was like working with the reggae group again, Diamond says he believes they have created another 'mega-hit'. "It is always a vibe working with my brothers Morgan Heritage. This is our second song together, and I am excited that we have made yet another mega-hit for our fans. Last time we made a world-class hit so you definitely have to watch out for this new video," he said. Africa Jamaica is the lead single off the group's upcoming album set for release in 2019. Directed by Jordan Hoechlin and Morgan Heritage, the music video was shot in Ghana with scenes from Cape Verde.





Rvssian signs partnership deal with Interscope

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Head Concussion Records, owned by Jamaican dancehall, rap and trap producer Tarik 'Rvssian' Johnston, has signed a partnership deal with music giant Interscope Geffen A&M Records. The producer sees this as a step in making his label one that will stand the test of time.

"It's a joint venture. Head Concussion Records is now on a major platform. I can sign people directly to my label and Interscope."

The partnership is similar to others in the industry, such as Cash Money Record Label's relationship with Universal Records, or Canadian rapper Drake's OVO partnership with Warner Records. These deals take into account royalties, publishing revenues and ownership of masters.

Throughout his career, Rvssian has worked with dancehall artistes like Konshens, Tarrus Riley, Sean Paul, Shaggy, Gyptian and quite famously, Vybz Kartel. The producer rose to popularity after releasing Vybz Kartel's Life Sweet in 2010.

Rvssian's international takeover kicked off around four years ago, when Sean Paul and Puerto Rican singer Farruko collaborated for Passion Whine. Six months later, the Rvssian-produced track was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Last year, Rvssian released Krippy Kush with Farruko and another Puerto Rican artiste, Bad Bunny. The song was markedly successful, with its official music video counting over 600 million views on YouTube. The Krippy Kush remix, featuring the additional talents of Nicki Minaj and Travis Scott, amassed over 70 million views. In July, he released Pablo alongside Sfera Ebbasta. Its official music video has already attracted over 25 million views. Released earlier this month, the Pablo remix features Rich The Kid, Moneybagg Yo, and Lil Baby.





The government will know in November whether it has been successful in its efforts to have reggae music inscribed on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) Intangible Cultural Heritage Representative List. Culture Minister Olivia Grange said that UNESCO technical experts are in the process of examining Jamaica's reggae submission.

"We are awaiting the results and it will be a major achievement for Jamaica if we are successful in having the designation declared by UNESCO," she said.

Grange was speaking to JIS News at a joint press conference, involving the Ministry of Tourism, to launch the 2019 Carnival in Jamaica initiative held at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston Tuesday. Grange said her ministry has been tasked to establish an inventory of intangible heritage unique to Jamaica, "which is also one of the criteria" required by UNESCO.

Turning to the designation of certain areas across the island as entertainment zones, the culture minister informed that a list of locations will be available soon, which will include Kingston, St Andrew and St Catherine in the initial stages.

Meanwhile, Grange noted that the collaboration between the Ministries for the staging of carnival "is essential if we are to create a more authentic tourism experience."

She expressed satisfaction at the way "this entertainment product" has been evolving and attributed it to the "seamless fusion of dancehall and calypso/soca in parties and the road parades."

In his remarks, Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett said that he wants to "build out Carnival in Jamaica to make it more remarkable for both visitors and locals."

"This is in keeping with strategic steps that we are undertaking at my Ministry to strengthen Jamaica's competitiveness as an entertainment destination as we reposition and diversify our product and generate high growth."





Bombs sent to the Obamas, Clintons and CNN HQ

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Bombs have been found in the mail addressed to former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The package containing the explosive device that was addressed to Clinton was found late Tuesday, while another package addressed to Obama was found early Wednesday.

The explosive device addressed to Clinton was discovered within the vicinity of the home she shares with husband Bill Clinton in Chappaqua, New York.

Meanwhile, the device addressed for Obama's home was intercepted in Washington D.C, according to the Secret Service.

A law enforcement official told the Washington Post that investigators believe the explosive devices are the work of the same person who sent a similar package to liberal billionaire George Soros' home on Monday.

Both the packages were discovered during routine mail screenings for the Clintons and Obama. The Secret Service said the packages sent to Clinton and Obama were immediately identified as potential explosive devices and were handled as such.

They said the packages were intercepted prior to being delivered to Clinton and Obama.

'(Obama and Clinton) did not receive the packages nor were they at risk of receiving them,' a Secret Service statement said.

Authorities have launched a multi-agency investigation to identify those responsible.

Meanwhile, CNN's office in New York City was also evacuated on Wednesday following reports of a suspicious package.





Dalton has the X Factor

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On Saturday, Rising Stars graduate, Dalton Harris put on another impressive performance to wow the judges, the audience, and ultimately the voting public on the first live show of this season of the talent series X Factor UK.

Twenty-four-year-old Harris chose David Bowie Life on Mars and truly put his impressive vocals, heart and emotion into a 90-second performance which left the audience touched, and was enough take him into the top 14 performers. On Sunday two contestants, Trinidadian Olatunje Yearwood and Briton Armstrong Martins were eliminated.

Speaking of his song choice ahead of the performance, Harris noted that the song speaks to possibilities and opportunities.

"I'm singing that song because the line 'Is there life on Mars?' . I thought of Jamaica... Is that the only place that exists... No. Is there any opportunity anywhere else in the world. That song for me is the perfect song. I just need to put my soul into it the way I always do. That's the only way I can sing . That's the only way I know how to," Harris said

Following his rendition of the Bowie tune three of the four judges instantly rose to their feet, giving the youngster an ovation.

Judge Robbie Williams was the first to speak.

"I feel like you are an established act coming on to the X Factor to promote your own album. Your voice is absolutely incredible. I love you. Own it. You are a beautiful person with a beautiful voice. Congrats, I am a fan."

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beres-hammond.jpgThe sounds of Jamaican music and culture will be high on the list of entertainment during the third annual staging of the Love and Harmony Cruise set to sail away April 13-18 next year. Another strong line-up of acts is set to take to the high seas led by legendary Jamaican crooner Beres Hammond.

"I love it," Hammond said of the annual cruise, and the entertainment package for next year's voyage during a media junket at his Harmony House studios in St Andrew Tuesday.

"This year I find myself mixing with a whole host of Jamaican legends and there is nothing I like better than to share the stage with some of these folks who I think are simply fantastic. And then this year they have the Manhattans featuring Gerald Alston, kinda turn dem inna Jamaican, blend them into the whole thing, which is like icing on the cake. So what else can I say but just come out if you want and just come cruise with us," Hammond added.

R&B legend Gerald Alston, who was also in the house, said it was a no-brainer for the Manhattans to accept the call to be part of the package on Love and Harmony 2019.

"It's really like performing at home. The only difference is we are on a cruise. The truth is that with an audience like this we know the love we are gonna get from the fans. So we jumped at the opportunity to party with our fans and have a good time," Alston said.





grace-hamilton-on-instagram-ok-wendyshow.jpgDancehall deejay Spice has been given the international attention she craves following her white face stunt on Monday, this after deleting all her IG posts two weeks ago. Daily Mail, TMZ and the Wendy Williams talkshow are talking about the artiste. TMZ's headline reads, "Breaking News Love and Hip Hop star Spice goes all white face for album." Meanwhile, Fox Talkshow host Wendy Williams in her hot topic chat-up says, "I think it is a publicity stunt. Spice, you are winning. I don't know who you are, but I'm talking about you."

Daily Mail stated: "She joined the cast of VH1's Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta for this year's season seven. And on Monday, Spice - real name Grace Hamilton - made a provocative statement on social media to promote her new mixtape. The Jamaican rapper posted to Instagram a photo of herself with white skin and blonde hair and the caption: 'Nothing wrong with a fresh start.'

Spice made her debut as a white woman on Instagram Monday after an extremely white version of the entertainer appeared on Instagram Live to perform songs from her new mixtape, Captured. Her antics has landed her in the number one spot in the UK and the US in less than 36 hours.

Meanwhile many are labeling Spice actions a publicity stunt after watching the video for her new song Black Hypocrisy that was released this morning (23/10/18) in which she sings about colourism and loving her black complexion.

Spice is currently promoting her Mix Tape Captured. The new project distributed by Happilos features songs such as Under Fire, Gum, Cool it, Black Hypocrisy, Fake, and the title track Captured which sees the dancehall entertainer taking jabs at VP Records.

The self-proclaimed queen of stage who signed a five-year album deal with the label in 2009, says VP is yet to put out an album. On the track Captured, Spice belted out lyrics about being held hostage.

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grace-hamilton-on-instagram-since-the-photo-was-photoshopped-how-did.jpgSpice's returns to Instagram on Monday after she had deleted all the images and videos she had on the social media platform a couple of weeks ago has been marked with a white-face transformation designed to get people talking and her new single selling.

Sporting long blonde hair complemented by a much lighter, unblemished skin colour, Spice, who is known for being very dark-skinned, captioned the picture on Instagram page, saying: "Nothing wrong with a fresh start." After she uploaded the picture, social media went wild, with several persons speculating whether the Back Bend deejay had bleached her skin or the image was photoshopped. Interestingly, when Spice performed in Canada on the weekend, she had a darker complexion.

Mere minutes after, Spice posted her new look on social media, the #spicechallenge #freshstart challenge was born, with several person who had toned their skin or were in the process of lightening their complexion posting before and after images on Instagram, with the caption: "Nothing wrong with a fresh start." There were also dark-skinned persons who resorted to using photoshop or rubbing white substances like flour on their skin to achieve a 'whiter' look.

However, speaking on her Instagram live, during an interview with Billboard writer, Pat Meschino, she said that the 'new' Spice is a response to 'black hypocrisy' as persons from her own race often criticise her for being 'black.'

"It is not racism because racism is when another race is downplaying another race. I don't think it is so much about that now, I think it is about colourism, where it is your own race that is downplaying their own race. It's always a next black person saying: 'She black eeh. Lawd, she black till she shine. Lawd, she black till she look dirty."

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Ghetto Splash returns December 18

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The annual Ghetto Splash show returns to the Waterhouse Mini-Stadium on December 18. The free event, which aims to encourage unity in Waterhouse and surrounding communities, has been held at this venue for the last three years, and features top-tier dancehall artistes.

Founder and promoter of the 29-year-old concert, Patrick Roberts of Shocking Vibes Production says the relocation of Ghetto Splash from its original Craig Town base has helped maintain stability in Waterhouse, one of several Kingston neighbourhoods labelled a "garrison" because of its history of gang and political violence.

"Ghetto Splash has helped the community significantly by providing small income for vendors who sell at the event. It also helps to foster peace and unity in the community and it also gives the residents the opportunity of seeing so many top acts performing for free," Roberts told the Jamaica Observer.

First held in 1989, Ghetto Splash was a huge success in Craig Town where it attracted thousands of patrons. After a 17-year absence, it returned in 2013 at the Waterhouse Mini-Stadium.

Roberts says the event continues to be a major crowd-puller, despite the change in venue.

"Yes, it's still a successful event and it also continues to be incident-free. You are getting the cream of the crop of top acts, a free show and top-class production on par with an international event. Each year we continue to meet our objectives," said Roberts, who is a councillor in the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation.





beres-hammond-photo-2.jpgNew York, NY- VP Records is proud to announce that legendary reggae artist Beres Hammond's new album "Never Ending" has debuted at number one on the Billboard Reggae Chart in its first week. The album was also number one on iTunes in the US, UK, and Japan, within the first hour of its release. To launch the album, Beres participated in a whirlwind promotional tour that included media and consumer events in Jamaica, Florida and New York. Highlights included a live radio simulcast/unveiling hosted by the RJRGleaner Group, in-store meet-and-greet events at VP Records retail outlets in Miramar, Florida and Jamaica, New York and a 'Today at Apple' appearance at the SoHo, New York location where Hammond was interviewed by journalist Rob Kenner of Mass Appeal. Music at the Apple event was supplied by Massive B Sounds. All told, hundreds of fans got to meet the singer and receive autographed copies of the "Never Ending" CD and LP. Digital sales were also strong with Hammond making his strongest debut with album downloads earning him #1 rankings on the iTunes platform in the US, UK and Japan.

Another monumental achievement came last week when Apple Music, the music and video streaming service of Apple Inc., expanded its Beres Hammond Essentials playlist to highlight 75 of the lovers rock maestro's greatest songs across three playlists: Essentials, Next Steps, and Deep Cuts. Beres is the only seventh reggae artist to have such an expansive profile of his work on the streaming platform. Hammond's latest single "I'm Alive" from "Never Ending" is also featured on Apple's influential The A-List; Reggae playlist.

"Never Ending" is Hammond's third #1 album on the Billboard reggae chart. It was preceded by "A Moment in Time" released in 2008 and "One Love, One Life" released in 2012. Over the span of his three decade career, the legend has obtained 8 Top 10 hits on the Billboard Reggae Chart, including "In Control", "Love From A Distance", "A Day in the Life", "Music is Life"' and "The Ultimate Collection: Beres Hammond."

A forthcoming video for "Land of Sunshine" will be released in the coming months. The visual for "I'm Alive", directed by RD Studios, premiered on Billboard earlier this month.

"Beres Hammond continues to make music that is timeless and the 'Never Ending' album is no different," said Christopher Chin, CEO of VP Records. "We are delighted that the album has debuted at number one in the U.S. and even more excited to share this great music with the world."

"Hammond, at 63, remains an energetic and charismatic performer, his soulful, gravely vocals delivering timeless hits written about falling in and out of love and the bittersweet exchanges between those sentiments." - Billboard

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flooding-kingston.jpgTeams from the National Works Agency (NWA) have been dispatched as of Wednesday morning to investigate the cause of Tuesday's flooding along Marcus Garvey Drive in Kingston. In addition to that thoroughfare, sections of downtown Kingston as well as Waltham Park Road and Hagley Park Road were among the worst affected areas.

Marcus Garvey Drive was only recently extensively redeveloped, and Stephen Shaw, NWA Communication Manager, responding on RJR's Beyond the Headlines during the crisis, said, in relation to that thoroughfare, the agency would seek answers to various related questions such as whether some drains had been blocked or whether it was the sheer volume of water generated by heavy rain, "and with that we're also going to be looking at possible solutions to that particular issue..."

Motorists in the several sections of the Corporate Area were stranded Tuesday afternoon into late night after the downpour caused flooding and triggered major traffic gridlock.

Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie said the situation was compounded by the fact that major road redevelopment projects are taking place, "so it means that some areas are going to be affected more than (others) because of the construction work that is taking place."





84-year-old man killed in St Thomas

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA senior citizen was found murdered in St. Thomas Tuesday morning.

He has been identified as 84 year-old Nathaniel Cummings, of Danvers Pen in the parish.

Mr. Cummings' body was found at his house about 7:15.

It is reported that it had several wounds to the back.

A 12 gauge shotgun cartridge was found outside his house.

Investigators are awaiting the results of a post mortem.





police-cars.jpgThe St. Ann police have reportedly collected additional items from a premises in the Top Road community, as investigations continue into the murder of a teen girl.

This after a school bag believed to belong to the murdered teen girl, was found at the premises earlier this afternoon (Oct 23).

It's said to be close to the spot where her body was found.

The body of 14-year-old Raven Wilson of Top Road in St. Ann's Bay, was discovered with a wound to the face, in a garbage bag in her community, on Sunday.

A resident disclosed that a large crowd, including the girls relatives, gathered in the area.





Former radio talk show host shot dead in Trinidad

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crime-scene-gun.jpgPort of Spain, Trinidad, (CMC) -- Police were searching for three gunmen who shot and killed a former radio talk show host as he left his home in Santa Cruz, north of here on Friday morning.

Police said that Ricardo Welch, known as the "Gladiator", was shot as he pulled out of his driveway in the company of a 20-year-old relative, who was not injured during the attacks.

The police said that the men escaped in a waiting vehicle.

Last year, Welch, 54, was awarded TT$700,000 (One TT dollar=US$0.16 cents) plus interest in damages, after a High Court judge ruled that three of his colleagues had defamed his name when they accused him on their radio shows of being a homosexual, along with other derogatory comments.

The three had also accused him of stealing public funds by extorting money from the People's National Movement (PNM).

One of the three appealed the judgement.

So far, more than 400 people have been murdered here this year.





crime-scene-demo.jpgST ANN, Jamaica -- A 21-year-old man was stabbed to death by an angry mob in Mammee Bay, St Ann on Sunday, the police have reported.

The deceased has been identified as Akeem Harrison otherwise called 'Boysie' or 'Blacks', who the police said is of Marley District in St Ann and Red Hills Road in St Andrew.

Reports from the police's Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) are that, Harrison was attacked by the mod about 3:20 pm.

Reports are that Blacks attempted to flee the community after being accused of sexually assaulting a child there a week ago. Information is that the mother of the child confronted Harrison about the reported sexual assault, but the allegation was denied.

Harrison then reportedly decided to leave the community, but on Sunday at about 3:20 p.m., he was set upon, beaten and stabbed multiple times by an angry mob after being pointed out near Mammee Bay, St Ann. The police were alerted and on responding, found Harrison's lifeless body, which was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The St Ann police are again appealing to persons to desist from taking the law into their own hands, as they can be prosecuted for such acts. The police are conducting further investigations to locate Harrison's attackers.

The death came hours after the gruesome discovery of the body of 14-year-old Raven Wilson, a student of Ocho Rios High School, who was reported missing since Friday. The body was found in a garbage bag with wounds to the head in bushes close to her home in Top Road, St Ann's Bay in the parish.

The two killings on Sunday bring to 34 the number of homicides that have been recorded in the parish so far this year.





Reports are that the body of St Andrew businessman Jean-Pierre Rhone, of Stillwell Road in St Andrew, was discovered in the Port Royal area on Friday. Rhone, the managing director of New Era Design and Consulting, was reported missing.

The Jamaica Constabulary Force's Corporate Communication Unit (CCU was unable to provide details surrounding the murder, but said that investigators were still processing the scene.

On Friday, the police in a news release said that the 27-year-old was missing and that he was last seen at home about 5:20 pm on Wednesday.

CCU said residents stumbled upon the body shortly after 1:00 pm Friday and contacted the police's emergency centre.

It is believed that Rhone was murdered between 12:00 pm Thursday and 1:00 pm Friday.





crime-scene-tape-gloves.jpgChild rights and advocacy organisation Hear The Children's Cry is calling for more to be done to protect the nation's children from criminals and to prosecute offenders. The organisation, in a statement Monday morning, condemned the murder of 14-year-old Raven Wilson whose body was found in St Ann's Bay, St Ann on Sunday. She was reported missing on Friday after she did not return home from school.

Her death followed the killings of Shanoya Wray and Yetanya Francis, both 14, in the Corporate Area last month.

"We have not even gone ten months of the year and nearly 40 children have already been murdered during 2018. That is double the usual gruesome annual statistic," charged the organisation's founder Betty Ann Blaine.

"The truth is, children in Jamaica are at terrible peril and are at the mercy of vicious criminals on a daily basis. They are not safe in their homes, they are not safe at school, they are in danger in their communities and on the roads, they are at horrible risk on public transportation, not to mention being vulnerable targets of paedophiles when they are online," Blaine continued.

She repeated her call for Prime Minister Andrew Holness to convene a Emergency Child Summit to devise a plan to protect the nation's children.





National Junior Record holder Daeshon Gordon dies

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National Junior Record holder Daeshon Gordon passed away suddenly yesterday morning. She was 22-years old. The Florida-born 100m hurdler was completing studies for her undergraduate degree at Northwestern State University (NSU) after finishing a remarkable collegiate track and field career this spring.

NSU's director of athletics Greg Burke said: "Our hearts go out to Daeshon's family, and to our track and field family, at this extremely difficult time. "There are no words to express the feelings that so many have when a young life ends abruptly and much before its time."

Gordon smashed the Jamaican junior record at the 2015 Beijing World Championships Trials, with a personal best of 12.97 seconds to take fourth place in the final of the women's 100-metre hurdles.

She represented Jamaica at the 2014 World Junior Championships and is a two-time All-America hurdler at Louisiana State University.





Businessman shoots gun-man during robbery attempt

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA would-be robber was shot by his intended victim in downtown Kingston on Friday.

Reports are that about 5:30 p.m., the business operator was sitting in his vehicle close to his place of business when he was approached by two men armed with guns. A police source said the men held up the business operator and demanded that he hand over his money and other items of value.

Reports are that one of the men began slapping around the business operator who appeared unwilling to respond to the demands of the thugs.

What took place later has left several members of the public in shock.

"While they were there harassing the businessman he managed to pull his gun and opened fire," said one alleged eyewitness.

Shocked and confused the men who were trying to rob the business operator turned and began running from the location as the sound of gunfire rang out.

Reports are that one man from the group was shot and injured. He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead. Police from Kingston Central, who have since confirmed the reports, say they are searching for the other man who managed to escape.

The exact location of the business was withheld because of security reasons.





A Canadian citizan, 30-year-old Ailive McDonald of North Service Road, Grimbsy in the North American country, who was staying at a hotel in Rose Hall, St James, has been missing since Tuesday, October 16.

McDonald is of brown complexion, stout built, with a large tattoo on his neck.

He is about 193 centimetres (six feet four inches) tall.

Reports from the Barrett Town police in St James are that McDonald was last seen at about 8:16.p.m. wearing a white T-shirt and a pants. All efforts to contact him since then have been unsuccessful.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Ailive McDonald is being asked to contact the Barrett Town police at 876-953-7899, the police 119 emergency number, or the nearest police station.





New Era Designs managing director missing

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Businessman Jean-Pierre Rhone of Stillwell, St Andrew has been reported missing.

According to the police, 27-year-old Rhone, who is the Managing Director of New Era Design and Consulting was last seen at home about 5:20 pm on Wednesday.

He is of brown complexion, slim build and is about 168 centimetres (5 feet 6 inches) tall. His mode of dress at the time he went missing is unknown.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Jean-Pierre Rhone is being asked to contact the Constant Spring police at 924-1421 , police 119 emergency number or the nearest police station.





'Mavado is not in the island', says his lawyer

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mavado-photo-11.jpgTameka Harris, one of the lawyers for the Gully Gad, Mavado, says that the entertainer is not in the island, as is being speculated.

"I don't know about that and I doubt he is in the island because if he was, he would have shared that with me," Harris reportedly told Jamaican tabloid, Teh Star, in an interview.

The artiste left Jamaica in June after being shot at in his Cassava Piece, St Andrew, community.

According to the police, Mavado got into an argument with an individual who left the scene only to return to fire shots at the Big League singer.

Mavado escaped uninjured. Just days later, the entertainer's 16-year-old son was slapped with several charges including conspiracy to commit murder in connection to the gruesome killing of Cassava Piece resident, 23-year-old Lorenza Thomas.

The teenager is currently being held in a juvenile detention centre.





Somebody in the Education Ministry needs to answer this question....and quickly too.

Rojae Kirlew, the principal of the Cassava River Primary and Infant school in St Catherine, has reportedly objected to food with this label being distributed at his school, and there are suggestions that this rice, which will have to be cooked is the food that the ministry is giing this school, which no longer receives the popular bullas.

Kirlew, who is also the councillor for Mount Industry Division, said the school received four boxes of MannaPack Rice from Nutritional Products Limited earlier this month but none have been prepared for his students.

"I have to ask my colleagues in the cluster how this thing is prepared because we didn't know how to. This is not the first time I have seen them because I know Food for the Poor has it. Some years ago, they sent a few here, but I didn't have a problem with that because to send them to the school in general is OK. But to send them to replace the nutritional products is where I have a big problem," he said.

Manna Pack Rice is a formula created to meet the nutritional needs of children around the world who are severely malnourished. It is distributed by a Christian organisation called Feed My Starving Children.

The government has removed bullas from schools as part of a campaign to promote healthier eating among students. But Kirlew, whose school once received the popular bulla, is insisting that the MannaPack Rice will never be accepted in his institution. He said that the product is unhealthy and contains excessive sodium and starch.

"It is very high in sodium and even the chefs here was wondering how to prepare it. The nutritional snack was normally a ready snack so if a meal was going to replace it, I would expect it to be a ready snack as well. Also, something that is so high in sodium and salt cannot be beneficiary to my children," Kirlew said.





mavado-photo-12-large.jpgJennifer Messado, the real estate attorney who was disbarred last week, has paid back some of the $31 million she is alleged to have defrauded from dancehall artiste Mavado.

The entertainer's lawyer, Tamika Harris, said a portion of the money has been paid over in two instalments.

"She decided to pay that amount, she didn't receive orders from the court," said Harris. "We have already received some of the money, so now the amount is less than $20 million that she needs to pay."

Messado is currently before the courts on several fraud charges, among them being the case relating to Mavado's money. Allegations are that Mavado, whose given name is David Brooks, began making arrangements to purchase a property through his attorney, Harris.

Mavado reportedly paid Messado $30.7 million for the property, and signed a sale agreement and a document giving him possession.

However, it was later discovered that the property was not for sale.





PM Holness and Joe Bogdanoich talk entertainment

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downsound-josef-bogdanovich.jpgPrime Minister Andrew Holness is making big plans with Joe Bogdanovich on how to transform Jamaica into the premier entertainment destination in the Caribbean. The Prime Minister took to Instagram earlier this week to post a photo of himself and the Downsound Records CEO at Jamaica house holding a discussion about entertainment tourism.

"I spent some time earlier this week in discussion with one of Jamaica's main investors in the entertainment sector, Mr. Joe Bogdanovich," said Holness, "We spoke about his ideas to expand the industry, making Jamaica the premiere entertainment destination in the Caribbean. I am confident of our prospects in that regard and look forward to working with him."

Many people took to social media commending the move while also offering their own advice. "Musical theater in downtown Kingston. Live concerts. Sounds like a plan," one person posted while another said, "It's a good look for our country."

Bogdanovich, who is also the director for Reggae Sumfest, has long been one of the prime investors in the entertainment industry and has frequently advocated for the government to through their support behind Reggae/Dancehall music.





grammy-awards.jpgThe first round of voting for the 2019 Grammy Awards started Wednesday with a total of 141 albums presented in the Best Reggae Album category.

Voting from this long list will run until October 31 and the results will determine the list of nominations for reggae Grammy, usually between five and seven albums. The nominees will be announced on December 5.

To be eligible, recordings must have been released between October 1, 2017 and September 30 this year. Only voters have access to the complete list that is available on the on line ballot, however, among the main contenders on the ballot are eight-time Grammy Award winner Ziggy Marley, who is up for his seventh full-length solo studio album, Rebellion Rises, which was released on May 18. British rocker Sting and local diamond-selling artiste Shaggy are also on the ballot for their collaborative album 44/876, released in April of this year.

Hardcore deejay Popcaan is also on the reggae Grammy ballot for his album Forever which he dropped a few months ago. The Strong One -- Etana is also in on the running with her latest project Reggae Forever. Lovesick, the lover's rock project from Romain Virgo, has also been put to members of the Academy for their consideration, as is Lily of the Valley -- the début album from Jesse Royal, and Protoje's latest project A Moment in Time.

Black Uhuru, the first winner of the reggae Grammy back in 1986 for Anthem, has also made this year's long list. Should this veteran reggae band make it with a nomination for the just-released As the World Turns, this would mark their eighth nomination in the reggae Grammy category. The other projects for which they have been nominated include Brutal (1987), Now (1991), Iron Storm (1992), and Mystical Truth (1994).

International reggae acts have also contributed to this year's long list. Italian reggae artiste Alborosie and his project Unbreakable: Alborosie Meets the Wailers United is on the ballot. American acts Soja, Rebelution, and Common Kings are also up for contention. Soja is there with Poetry in Motion, Rebelution has Free Rein and Common Kings is in with their EP One Day. The perennial favourites British reggae outfit UB40 has also made it onto the ballot with A Real Labour of Love.

Past winners in the Best Reggae Album category have included Burning Spear, Sean Paul, Stephen Marley, Ziggy Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Steel Pulse, Peter Tosh, Sly and Robbie, Toots and the Maytals, Buju Banton and Damian "Junior Gong" Marley.

The 61st annual Grammy Awards will be held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, United States on Sunday, February 10.





Cannabis now legal in Canada: All You Need To Know

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ganja-use.jpgPeople in Canada are cheering, enduring long lines and honking their car horns in support as the country's first marijuana dispensaries open their doors Wednesday.

"I'm having a plaque made with the date and time and everything. This is never actually going to be smoked. I'm going to keep it forever," said Ian Power, who was among the first to buy marijuana in St. John's, a city in the country's easternmost province of Newfoundland and Labrador.internat

Canada becomes second nation in the world to legalize marijuana

Canada becomes second nation in the world to legalize marijuana

Like Power, hundreds are now legally buying recreational marijuana all over Canada, but not without adjusting to a few rules.

As marijuana enthusiasts continue celebrating this historic day for Canada, here's a quick primer to get you up to speed.

Who can buy marijuana in Canada?

Adults will be allowed to buy, use, possess and grow recreational marijuana, under the law. In Quebec and Alberta, the legal age is 18; it's 19 in the remainder of the country. The measure legalizing the recreational use of the drug passed the Senate in June.

Where can I buy it?

The supply of recreational marijuana could be limited, at least early on, in some stores.

Officials in Nova Scotia and Manitoba said they won't have a large selection, at least not on the first day, CNN affiliate CBC News reported.

"My father is going to be my first customer, and my second customer is going to be a lady who has [multiple sclerosis]," Thomas Clarke, who owns Thomas H. Clarke's Distribution cannabis retail store in Portugal Cove-St. Philip's, told CBC News.

Marijuana will not be sold in the same location as alcohol or tobacco. Consumers are expected to purchase the drug from retailers regulated by provinces and territories or from federally licensed producers when those options are not available.

Can I travel in and out of Canada with weed?

No.

Please, save yourself a lot of trouble. Whether you are entering or leaving Canada, it is illegal to have marijuana with you, and you could face criminal charges.

You can't travel across international borders with it, even if it you are going to Colorado or any of the other eight US states where it has been legalized.

What about previous pot charges?

Authorities will soon announce plans to pardon Canadians who have been convicted of possession of 30 grams or less of marijuana, CNN partner CTV reported.

The production, distribution or sale of cannabis products will still be an offense for minors.

Canada was the second country in the world -- and the first G7 nation -- to implement legislation permitting a nationwide marijuana market.

Canada was the second country in the world -- and the first G7 nation -- to implement legislation permitting a nationwide marijuana market.

Why did they legalize it?

The Canadian legislation, known as the Cannabis Act, stems from a campaign pledge of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to keep marijuana away from underage users and curb marijuana-related crime.

Some health care professionals in Canada have said they are afraid of the consequences of legalizing marijuana. Stringent rules will still govern the purchase and use of marijuana.

Canada's government also made changes to impaired driving laws to address repercussions for driving under the influence of cannabis.

Legalizing cannabis is expected to create an industry worth more than $4 billion in Canada.

Where else is it legal?

Not in many places. Canada is only the second country in the world -- and the first G7 nation-- to allow a nationwide marijuana market. In December 2013, Uruguay was the first country to legalize the production, sale and consumption of marijuana.

Nine states in the United States and the District of Columbia now allow recreational marijuana use. Medical marijuana is legal in some form in 30 states, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

The pot industry took in nearly $9 billion in sales in 2017 in the United States, according to BDS Analytics. The revenue from those sales is equivalent to the entire snack bar industry.





bail.jpgDelando Brissette, the man charged with killing a taxi driver and one of his passengers, was on Tuesday granted bail in the sum of $1 million with one or two sureties when he appeared in the St. Thomas Parish Court in Yallahs.

As part of his bail condition, he is to surrender his travel document and a stop order placed on him.

He is to report to the Yallahs police Monday to Friday.

Brissette is to return to court on December 11.

He was charged with the murder of taxi operator Jerome Bogle of Aeolus Valley and Jevaughn Russell of Pondside, Yallahs.





Former footballer on murder charge

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charged.jpgFormer Premier League football player Roberto Fletcher, popularly known as Haiti, has been charged by the Hunts Bay police with murder and wounding with intent.

He is booked to appear in court later this week. Fletcher, who played for several Premier League clubs, was arrested two weeks ago during a special police operation in Newport West.

Investigators alleged that on October 9, 2017, the 38 year-old football player and another man opened gunfire on two men along 4-40 Drive in Waterhouse, St. Andrew during a reported gang feud in the area.

One of the men, Ashley Thompson, died.

The second man was hospitalised.





Loom get-rich-quick scheme probed

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Financial Services Commission (FSC) says an investigation has started into the operations of the latest get rich quick scheme to emerge on the market. Loom, which is also advertised as the Birthday Club and a Blessing Plan, uses mainly Instagram and Facebook or direct messages through WhatsApp to attract customers, promising up to 300 per cent return on each investment.

People are invited to invest as little as $5,000 and to invite at least two more persons to join. The operators then promise that after one week of the initial investment, persons will see returns of up to $20,000.

David Geddes, Communication and International Relations Manager at the FSC, says the agency's Investigations and Enforcement Division is trying to locate the operators of the illegal scheme so it can issue a cease and desist order. Geddes pointed out that the operators of Loom would fail at any attempt to become licensed because of their unsustainable business model.





missing-teen-shavaun-wignall.jpgEighteen-year-old Shavaun Wignall of Wondy Way, Bamberry, Connecticut, USA and Lime Hall in St Ann has been missing since Monday, October 15.

He is of dark complexion, slim built, and is about 180 centimetres (five feet 11 inches) tall.

Reports from the St Ann's Bay police are that Wignall was last seen at home in Lime Hall at about 5:00 p.m. wearing a brown and white T-shirt, brown shorts and a pair of blue slippers.

All efforts to contact him since then have been unsuccessful.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Shavaun Wignall is being asked to contact the St Ann's Bay police at 876-972-2211, the police 119 emergency number, or the nearest police station.





Forex: J$132 to US$1

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The US dollar on Wednesday, October 17 ended trading at J$132.00 down by 17 cents according to the Bank of Jamaica's daily foreign exchange trading summary.

Meanwhile, the Canadian dollar ended trading at J$101.86 down from J$102.09 while the British pound ended trading at $173.39 down from J$174.44.





6 years in US prison for lottery scammer

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scam-alert.jpgLavrick Willocks who masterminded a lottery scam that defrauded at least 95 Americans out of more than US$5.8 million was sentenced Monday to six years in a US federal prison.

Prosecutors said Willocks, 29, operated the scam out of a mansion in Jamaica where he lived with his mother, Dahlia Hunter.

US authorities eventually charged 27 people and identified victims in at least five states: North Dakota, South Dakota, South Carolina, Texas and Arizona. Officials said one of the victims died by suicide.

Willocks pleaded guilty in July 2017 to conspiracy, and prosecutors dropped 65 other counts of wire fraud, mail fraud and money laundering.

He faced up to 40 years in prison, but Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan O'Konek recommended only about six years because Willocks cooperated and his plea deal prompted several other defendants to also plead guilty.

Willocks, who stood and addressed U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland, apologised for his role in the scheme but accused the government of overstating his involvement. All his co-defendants have pleaded guilty or been convicted, and most have been sentenced, including Hunter, who was sentenced last week to about 1 ½ years of time served.

The case is being prosecuted in North Dakota because the investigation began there in 2012, a year after an 82 year-old woman lost her life savings. Defense attorney Joe Johnson asked for a sentence of two years -- about the time Willocks has already served -- saying the Jamaican became a reluctant leader only because he had a college education.

Willocks will be eligible for parole after serving about another three years.





ruel-reid-photo-1.jpgEducation Minister Senator Ruel Reid has cautioned school administrators to manage their budgets wisely and not to place undue pressure on parents to plug shortfalls. Senator Reid has again reminded administrators that only voluntary contributions are to be requested of parents at the secondary level.

He was addressing the Conference of the Association of Principals and Vice Principals held on Sunday.Mr. Reid said with so many families struggling financially, the government has made efforts to give adequate funding to schools.

"We can't go back to the stage where we are forcing the parents to make the contribution and then we lock the money up in fixed deposit... It creates social problems because the same poor parents that we have to contend with out there complain. They say that they can't support that policy," argued the minister.

He said all school budgets have been received and will be scrutinised.





usain-bolt-wins-gold-200m-beijing-2015-photo-5.jpgUsain Bolt was stunned to learn he must take a drugs test despite having retired from athletics and waiting to learn if he will be given a professional contract in football.

The former sprinting star took to Instagram on Monday to show a testing notice he has received, apparently from Football Federation Australia (FFA).

"So guys, I've retired from track and field looking to become a footballer but look at this," said Bolt, before showing the letter on the video.

"How am I going to get a drug test today? I'm not even a professional footballer yet. Seriously.

"So I asked the lady: 'Why am I getting drug tested when I haven't signed for a club yet?' and she said they told her I'm an elite athlete so I have to get tested. Okay then."

Bolt is on trial with A-League side Central Coast Mariners, who are yet to offer him a contract.

The 32-year-old, who holds eight Olympic gold medals and the world records in the 100 and 200 metres.





ganja-seized.jpgThe narcotics police arrested and charged a man and woman, for breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act on Thursday, October 11. They are 19-year-old Kaydian Sheppy of Kingston and 22-year-old Osborne Rowe, a labourer of Spanish Town in St. Catherine.

Sheppy and Rowe are jointly charged with possession of ganja, dealing in ganja, taking steps preparatory to export ganja, and conspiracy.

Reports are that about 11:30 a.m., Sheppy checked in to board a flight destined to the eastern Caribbean when her luggage was searched. Police say six and a half pounds of compressed ganja was found in a false compartment.

Sheppy was taken into custody and on further investigations, Rowe who gave the suitcase to Sheppy was also taken into custody.

The drug has an estimated street value of $26,000.

They are scheduled to appear in the Corporate Area parish court on Wednesday, October 17.





Nine alleged members of the Westmoreland based King's Valley gang, which includes two females, have been transferred to Kingston, following a joint police/military operation in Westmoreland on Wednesday. The operation was carried-out in King's Valley and Peggy Barry district in Grange Hill, Westmoreland.

Head of the Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch (CTOC) Assistant Commissioner, Fitz Bailey, says the operation was conducted to curb murders in the area.

ACP Bailey says members of the King's Valley gang are wanted for various criminal activities in Westmoreland. The Assistant Commissioner says, a motor vehicle and a Taurus pistol are among items seized during the operation.

ACP Bailey has vowed to bring to justice, all other members of the king's valley gang.





Minister Bartlett orders Security Audit of Hotels

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ministry-of-tourism.jpgKINGSTON, Jamaica; October 14, 2018: Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett has ordered an intensive security audit of the tourism sector including hotels and attractions as part of efforts to strengthen destination assurance.

"I've directed the Tourism Product Development Company, which is in charge of maintaining quality assurance within the destination, to coordinate an intensive security audit of the sector so as to identify gaps and ensure that the destination remains safe, secure and seamless for visitors and locals alike. Security arrangements are part of the licensing requirements for many sector operators, so we will apply tough sanctions where breaches and or significant weaknesses are found. " said Minister Bartlett.

The Tourism Working Group established recently by Bartlett to conduct a comprehensive review of issues in the sector, and headed by PriceWaterhouseCoopers Senior Partner, Wilfred Baghaloo will also be a part of the process.

The Tourism Development Product Company, (TPDCo), through its various departments, works closely with all operators of tourism- related facilities promoting the attributes of a quality product, monitoring same and engaging the relevant authorities in a continuous effort to satisfy consumer demand and expectations. The company adopts, sets and promotes standards, guidelines and checklists for the industry in order to attain global competitiveness.

Minister Bartlett added that, "Security remains a top priority of my Ministry as this is an integral component to maintaining destination assurance. We are committed to ensuring that all visitors and locals feel safe."

The TPDCo will over the next couple of weeks review security protocols and issues across the sector and provide recommendations where needed. Tough actions where needed will follow.





MEXICO BEACH, Florida (AP): The small Gulf Coast community of Mexico Beach was known as a slice of Old Florida. Now it lies in splinters.Hit head-on by Hurricane Michael, homes in this town of about 1,190 people were shattered or ripped from their foundations. Boats were tossed like toys. The streets closest to the water looked as if a bomb had gone off. What the nine-foot storm surge didn't destroy, the 155mph (250 kph) winds finished off.

Now, rescuers and residents are struggling to get into the ground-zero town to assess the damage and search for the hundreds of people believed to have stayed behind.

Mishelle McPherson and her ex-husband looked for the elderly mother of a friend yesterday. The woman lived in a small cinderblock house about 150 yards from the Gulf and thought she would be OK.Her home was reduced to crumbled cinderblocks and pieces of floor tile.

"Aggy! Aggy!" McPherson yelled. The only sound that came back was the echo from the half-demolished building and the pounding of the surf.

"Do you think her body would be here? Do you think it would have floated away?" she asked.

As she walked down the street, McPherson pointed out pieces of what had been the woman's house: "That's the blade from her ceiling fan. That's her floor tile."

Drone footage of Mexico Beach on Thursday morning showed a stunning landscape of devastation. Few structures were unscathed. John Humphress, a storm chaser and drone pilot, arrived in Mexico Beach around 5 p.m. Wednesday, a few hours after Michael slammed into the coastline. He had one word to describe what he saw: "Apocalyptic."

State officials said 285 people in Mexico Beach had refused to leave ahead of the hurricane despite a mandatory evacuation order. A National Guard team went into the area and found 20 survivors overnight, and more crews were pushing into the area on Thursday. The fate of many other residents was unknown, authorities said.





Vanessa Bling hits Billboard

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vanessa-bling-addi.jpgDancehall artiste Vanessa Bling is rejoicing this week as her 'Still Standing' EP has made its Billboard Reggae Chart debut. Released on September 18, the six-track EP features the lead singles '10 Bags' and 'Freedom' which have been making the rounds on various radio stations locally and internationally.

Currently signed to Atlanta-based Outtaspace Entertainment and managed by En-Treeg Records, the Future Guaranteed artiste learned on Tuesday that her third EP debuted at number nine on the famed chart, earning the Hot Shot Debut Award.

"This is an amazing feeling," Bling said. "I always believed that this was where I belonged, and I am thankful for my label, my management and my entire team for believing in me as well.".

This is the first time the artiste has charted on Billboard, but she believes that she is destined for better.

"The work my team and I have been putting in is no joke. Believe me when I tell you, this is just the beginning," Bling said.

Still Standing isn't Vanessa Bling's first attempt at charting with an album. As Gaza Slim, she released Adidjaheim Records Presents: Introducing Vanessa Bling As Gaza Slim in 2011 which featured Vybz Kartel. Her second EP, Girl Boss, came out in 2012.

VANESSA BLING/.PSALM:35 on Instagram: "Lord I thank you 🙏Thanks to my amazing team and my fans for the love and support 🙏let's go #number1 #stillstandingEp @billboard #debut9..."





g-whizz.jpgSince fellow entertainer Popcaan posted a clip of the incident in which G Whizz chucked off into a not-crwded show and fell flat on his face on his Instagram page, the post has taken on life of its own with a multitude of persons commenting and reposting it.

However, G Whizz said that the Unruly Boss went further than just uploading the video.

"Big up Popcaan cause him post it and it go viral. Him actually message me after, and I was invited to his upcoming show in December in St Thomas," he said.

With another performance scheduled for tomorrow in Brown's Town, St Ann, he said he could not promise that he would not try the stunt again.

"I really don't know what to expect because sometime when yuh performing and the vibes a di whole show, things just happen. Same like how mi neva wake up and say mi a go jump off a di stage a Portmore today," he said.

For now G Whizz is looking forward to Unruly Fest scheduled for December 22.

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g-whizz.jpgEntertainer G Whizz has gone viral after a clip of him diving into fans and falling flat on his face while performing at the Release College Tour at the Portmore Community College last Monday. He sprang into the air to dive into the arms of some females who were enjoying his performance, but instead of them catching him, as he had hoped, the girls all gave him enough space to fall like a ripe breadfruit off a tree.

The "Life Soon Sort Out" singer slammed into the ground, but fortunately he says he only received a few cuts and bruises. Persons are wondering why G Whizz would have chucked off like that because there was really no crowd to catch him. In an interview with Jamaican tabloid, the Star, G Whizz is reported as saying that he was motivated by the response that he was getting from singing his hit song, he explained that he was trying to take his performance to a higher level by springing into the air, soaring like a bird for a few seconds before landing on his hands, which prevented him from suffering more severe injuries.

"The show was just full of vibes, and mi just deh deh a sing, and di crowd a sing wid mi. Di way the show get nice, mi just decide fi dweet," he told The Star.

"Before I jumped, I leaned into the crowd a couple times and the girls dem ketch mi. It was just fun, but people nuh see all a dat (his performance), dem see di drop," G Whizz added.

Now that a clip of the incident has been going viral, he said that rather than feeling embarrassed, he is laughing just as much as everybody else is.

"I was laughing when I fell, and now that it out and it gone viral and people a laugh, I am laughing too," he said.

Pointing out that it is all entertainment, G Whizz said that this is not the first time he has had a mishap while performing.

"One time when I was on stage and I was performing in Canada, my pants buss out and mi underpants a show. I was in the middle of mi show, and mi haffi continue sing. The people there were laughing too, but dem enjoy the show same way too. So a just entertainment, it come wid some spontaneous moments," he told THE STAR.





krystal-tomlinson.jpgDancehall artiste, Beenie Man and girlfriend Krystal Tomlinson have reportedly welcomed their first child together.

According to sources close to the two, Tomlinson gave birth in the last 24 hours.

Unconfirmed reports also indicate that the child, said to be a girl, is on the incubator at a prominent medical facility as the baby was a bit early.

Back in July Tomlinson announced her pregnancy for the veteran entertainer after several years of dating.

This is the first child for Tomlinson and the 12th for Beenie Man, whose real name is Moses Davis.





The teenage student from Lacovia High School in St Elizabeth who had a fight with her mother in front of the school is now missing from home. According to the police, attempts to locate the girl at her home and her relatives' houses have so far been futile.

"The girl apparently ran away from home ... at this point, we could soon be putting out a missing person report for the child," a police insider said.

The video of the tussle between the child and her mother has been circulating online. The three-minute video clip shows the girl, who is in school uniform, is seen fighting her mother at the front of Lacovia High while being jeered by a group of students looking on. During the tussle, both the Lacovia High girl and her mother fell to the ground.

The video has triggered mixed reaction from Jamaicans. Some people criticise the woman apparently going to her daughter's school to beat the child, while others say the girl was out of order for fighting her mother.





charged.jpgA teen who was taken into police custody on Sunday, following accusations that he killed his 72-year-old step-grandfather and buried him in a shallow grave has been slapped with a murder charge.

The Constant Spring police today reported that the teen, 19-year-old Sahmar Graham, will be facing the court at a date to be announced for the death of Errol Seabourne, a farmer of Burnside Hill, Red Hills in St Andrew.

Seabourne was reportedly last seen on Friday morning, when relatives who had been preparing for the funeral of another family member said it was unlike him to not show up at the "set-up" and the funeral on Saturday.

On Sunday, when one of his nieces went to Seabourne's house to make checks, she was told by Graham, who was living with him, that he had not seen him since Tuesday.

The niece detected a foul odour and raised an alarm. Residents conducted a further search that led them to an area where they saw fresh soil and the dead man's hand protruding from the dirt.





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grupo-aeroportuario-del-pacifico-will-operate-the-norman-manley-airport-in-2019.jpgKINGSTON, Jamaica, Oct. 10, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ -- The most honorable Andrew Holness, Prime Minister of Jamaica hosted the Norman Manley International Airport Public-Private Partnership Execution of the Concession Agreement to Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico (GAP).

GAP is a Mexican corporation that operates thirteen international airports in large metropolitan areas, industrial centers, and world-class leisure destinations of Mexico and Jamaica. In the last 18 years, the Group has invested over $1.2 billion US Dollars in the airports, positioning itself as one of the fastest growing airport groups of its size in the world. During 2017, the airports of the Group managed 40.7 million of passengers.

In April 2015, Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico assumed operational control of Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, investing over 191 million US Dollars to acquire a 74.5% stake in this airport. This was the largest investment of the Group outside Mexico.

GAP has developed a culture committed to customer service. One of the main objectives of the Group once it takes control of the operations of the Norman Manley International Airport next year, will be to improve the infrastructure and equipment to fulfill passengers' needs.

Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico, manages airports based on establishing strong partnerships with the airport owner, the passengers, the airlines, business developers, members in the air transportation industry and notably, with the local authorities.

"We will collaborate with the government of Jamaica in identifying tourism development opportunities and possible investors from Mexico; as well as explore potential growth for new resorts, tourism facilities and time-share business in parts of the country where the connectivity provided by the airport could be a catalyst", mentioned Raul Revuelta, Chief Executive Officer of the Group during the ceremony in which participated Hon. Robert Montague, Minister of Transport & Mining.

Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico, S.A.B. de C.V. (GAP) is a Mexican company that operates 13 international airports in the Pacific and Central Regions of Mexico and in the Caribbean:

  • Guadalajara and Tijuana, serving the main metropolitan areas.
  • Mexicali, Hermosillo, Los Mochis, Aguascalientes, Guanajuato and Morelia, serving mid-sized and developing cities.
  • La Paz, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, Manzanillo and Montego Bay, serving some of the leading tourist destinations.

In Mexico, the airports are owned by the Mexican government and were assigned 50-year concessions as part of a national initiative to privatize and improve the quality and safety of the country's airport services. In the last 18 years, GAP has invested over $1.2 billion USD in the airports. During 2017, the airports of the Group managed 40.7 million passengers.

In April 2015, GAP assumed operational control of the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay.





Sizzla to headline Chase The Cure concert

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sizzla-photo-4.jpgReggae star Sizzla will headline Chase The Cure Cancer Awareness and Benefit show next Sunday, October 14, at Turtle River Park, Ocho Rios, St Ann. The show, presented by Kloude9ine Entertainment, will also feature Tommy Lee Sparta, Macka Diamond, Lybran and Spotlight and will see the Jamaica Cancer Society benefiting with proceeds from the event.

Organiser Melvin Wright said the event came about because of experiences that family members have had with cancer.

"I'm doing this event because in late 2017 my younger sister found out that she had some cancerous abnormalities with her ovaries, and this was confirmed by four independent doctors. My sister had to schedule an emergency appointment for surgery to remove her ovaries," Wright is quoted in The Gleaner.

"Second, I currently have an uncle in Pennsylvania that is waiting to die from cancer, as not so long ago he was given less than one year to live and his health is rapidly declining," he added.

Wright, who hails from Warsop in Trelawny, has been contributing to his community in recent years. This includes donating 15 blood pressure machines, laser thermometers, chainsaws, coffee machines and other items to entities in the parish, such as medical centres and police stations.





sean-paul-photo-8.jpgSean Paul gives financial assistance to relocation of welding plant

Grammy award winning artiste, Sean Paul, having made a call for a welding plant located near the National Stadium pool, to be relocated due to the possible health hazard it presents has offered to to provide the financial assistance to the relevant authorities to complete the move.

"I am passionate about Jamaica's athletes and the energies they put into representing our country. I am also conscious of potential health and safety risks for everyone who chooses to use the facility. Not only swimmers, but netball and basketball athletes, parents, coaches, lifeguards, vendors and all staff of the stadium are equally negatively affected as they are all in close proximity to the plant. In light of this, I am petitioning for permanent removal of the welding site from the pool area to a more conducive place on the stadium grounds with very little hindrance to the workflow that, I understand, is necessary for the welding plant," he said.

Sean Paul further noted that following his recent comments on social media regarding the air pollution resulting from the welding site in close proximity to the National Stadium swimming pool, he very appreciative of the swift response by Major Desmond Brown, the general manager of Independence Park Limited -- the outfit that manages the stadium complex includes the pool.

Sean Paul is a former national waterpolo player.





Jimmy Cliff cancels shows after breaking hip

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jimmy-cliff-photo-1.jpgDr. Jimmy Cliff was forced to cancel his upcoming tour after he injured himself during a fall.

Reports are that Dr. Cliff was hospitalized after breaking his hip last month. Latifa, the wife of the legendary entertainer tells Music News that Jimmy Cliff is recovering well.

Jimmy Cliff has postponed all his shows for the month of October. His Management has apologized for the inconvenience via social media platforms.

It is not clear as to when the legendary entertainer will resume touring.





ganja-image-5.jpgDELTA, British Columbia (AP) -- Mat Beren and his friends used to drive by the vast greenhouses of southern British Columbia and joke about how much weed they could grow there. Years later, it's no joke. The tomato and pepper plants that once filled some of those greenhouses have been replaced with a new cash crop: marijuana.

Beren and other formerly illicit growers are helping cultivate it.

The buyers no longer are unlawful dealers or dubious medical dispensaries; it's the Canadian government. On October 17, Canada becomes the second and largest country with a legal national marijuana marketplace. Uruguay launched legal sales last year, after several years of planning. It's a profound social shift promised by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and fuelled by a desire to bring the black market into a regulated, taxed system after nearly a century of prohibition.

It also stands in contrast to the United States, where the federal government outlaws marijuana while most states allow medical or recreational use for people 21 and older. Canada's national approach has allowed for unfettered industry banking, inter-province shipments of cannabis, online ordering, postal delivery and billions of dollars in investment; national prohibition in the U.S. has stifled greater industry expansion there.

Hannah Hetzer, who tracks international marijuana policy for the New York-based Drug Policy Alliance, called Canada's move "extremely significant," given that about 25 countries have already legalised the medical use of marijuana or decriminalised possession of small amounts of the drug.

A few, including Mexico, have expressed an interest in regulating recreational use.

At least 109 legal pot shops are expected to open across the nation of 37 million people next Wednesday, with many more to come, according to an Associated Press survey of the provinces. For now, they'll offer dried flower, capsules, tinctures and seeds, with sales of marijuana-infused foods and concentrates expected to begin next year.





Police have launched an investigation into a physical altercation between a mother and her daughter at the front of a prominent high school in St Elizabeth.

The incident was captured on video and circulated online.

In the three-minute footage, the woman is seen fighting the girl, who is in school uniform, at the front of the educational institution while being jeered by a group of students looking on.

The tussle escalates to the point where both parties fall to the ground.

Police sources from St Elizabeth say that the law enforcement officials have since reached out to the two and are investigating the matter. According to the police insiders, personnel from the victim support unit have also gotten involved.





The community of Grange Hill in Westmoreland is now under heavy police-military security. Residents woke up this morning to find the community blanketed by soldiers and police with helicopters flying overhead.

"I have never seen anything like this in Grange Hill," said Errol Stewart, the principal of the Grange Hill High School.

"They have everything... dogs, metal detectors...you name it."

Grange Hill is currently the epicenter of the violence in Westmoreland. It has two major gangs fighting for the spoils of lottery scamming.

Earlier this year, seven murders were recorded in one night of extreme violence.





crime-scene-tape-gloves.jpgVeteran jockey, Vassel Najair died Monday from injuries sustained nearly two weeks ago at Caymanas Park. Najair was struck by getaway horse PERFECT ASSET on Wednesday, September 26, prior to the start of the seventh event. The incident occurred after three five-year-old mares bolted from the starting gate and ran onto a narrow walkway leading from the grandstand area to the winners' enclosure.

Najair suffered head injuries while trying to block the runaway horse and was rushed to the Spanish Town Hospital.

Michael Bernard, executive chairman of Supreme Ventures Racing and Entertainment Limited (SVREL), expressed his sorrow at Najair's passing.

"Both myself, as a horseman, and SVREL, regret the untimely loss of Najair. He was a very enthusiastic and dedicated member of the racing fraternity and, most recently, up to early September, an employee of SVREL," Bernard said.

Najair started riding July 29, 1967, and won a double on his first day in the saddle, partnering Gold Spoon to victory in the third race. He returned to land the ninth with Chantrelle. Najair recorded his last winner on August 7, 2017, aboard Peter McMaster's Ras Emanuel, taking his tally to 278 winners from 2,756 rides.





riu-hotel-rapist.jpgDetectives attached to the St James Criminal Investigations Branch have charged the entertainment coordinator who allegedly raped two female visitors at the RIU hotel in Montego Bay, St James.

Twenty-four-year-old Demar Dowe Scott, otherwise called 'Ninja', of Comfort district in Manchester, is charged with illegal possession of firearm, two counts of assault with intent to rob, two counts of rape, and two counts of grievous sexual assault.

He is scheduled to appear before the St James Parish Court on Wednesday.

Reports are that about 11:15 p.m on Thursday, September 27, Scott forcibly entered the hotel room of the two American women, brandished a firearm before sexually assaulting them.

It is further reported that one of the women disarmed him and shot him before he escaped.

Following investigations, Scott was arrested and subsequently charged.





Colin Powell slams Donald Trump on CNN

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donald-trump-photo-1.jpgFormer Secretary of State Colin Powell on Sunday slammed President Donald Trump, saying the United States has became 'me the president' instead of 'we the people.'

'My favorite three words in our Constitution is the first three words - 'We the People.' 'We the People.' But recently it's become 'me the president,' as opposed to 'We the People.' And you see things that should not be happening,' he said on CNN's 'Fareed Zakaria GPS.'

He also said he sees no way Trump can be a moral leader on the world stage.

'I don't know that he can do that because right now, that is not the way he is acting,' Powell said.

Powell, who head the State Department under President George W. Bush, was harshly critical of Trump's immigration policies, his treatment of the press, and the way he insults people. He challenged Trump's 'Make America Great Again' slogan, arguing the United States has always been great.

'We are great now. We always have been great,' he said. 'And so I think what we really have to do is to start changing our mode of dealing with the rest of the world and try to get a system where we are calming down, stop insulting everybody, and see if we cannot reach out.'

Powell also criticized Trump's attacks on media, who the president has dubbed the 'fake media' and 'the enemy of the press.'

'How can a president of the United States get up and say that the media is the enemy of Americans? Hasn't he read the First Amendment? You're not supposed to like everything the press says or what anyone says in the First Amendment,' Powell said.

The retired Army general also blasted the way Trump insults people.

'And I hope the president can come to the realization that he should really stop insulting people. And I used this two years ago when I said I could not vote for him in the 2016 election -- and why? He insulted everybody,' Powell said.

Trump's insults date back to the beginning of his 2016 presidential campaign, where he derided 'Crooked' Hillary Clinton and he has added on from there. He called his former FBI director 'lying' James Comey, labeled lawmaker Maxine Waters as 'crazy,' and called North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un 'rocket man.'

Powell also had strong words from Trump's 'zero tolerance' immigration policy that separated children from their families.





pope-francis.jpgThe Roman Catholic Church has recently been hit by one sexual abuse scandal after another, from Germany, to the United States, to Chile. At the same time, a deepening polarisation between conservatives and liberals in the Church has played out on social media. So the pope has now blamed the devil, but social media users are poinitng out that it must have been the "Devils in white robes" who are to be blamed

Francis' use of the term 'the great accuser' to describe Satan hit a raw nerve with one of the pope's harshest conservative critics, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the Vatican's former ambassador to Washington.

In an 11-page statement published on August 26, Viganò launched an unprecedented broadside by a Church insider against the pope and a long list of Vatican and US Church officials. He accused Francis of knowing about sexual misconduct by a former US cardinal with male adult seminarians but not doing anything about it. Viganò, concluding that his former boss had singled him out as the devil in disguise, complained in his next statement that Francis 'compared me to the great accuser, Satan, who sows scandal and division in the Church, though without ever uttering my name'.

On Sunday, a top Vatican official issued a scathing open letter accusing Viganò of mounting a 'political frame job devoid of real foundation' and contesting his accusations against the pope point by point.

Francis is so convinced that Satan is ultimately to blame for both the sexual abuse scandals and the divisions within the Church that he has enlisted the aid of St Michael the Archangel. Michael is mentioned several times in the Bible as the leader of the angels who ousted Lucifer, the fallen angel, from paradise. Catholics are being asked to recite the rosary daily in October and conclude it with a prayer to St Michael that was said after Mass until 1964 but then fell into disuse. The prayer reads: 'St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our defence against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of heavenly hosts, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan, and all evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of people.

But social media is reacting by calling all of the Pope's antic "hogwash".

"Yes, apparently Popeye doesn't believe in free will or people's ability to resist doing evil? While people might be tempted to do evil acts, they certainly have the freedom to not give in to whatever temptation. And so evil is freely committed - no one HAS to do any terrible act!"

"Well, you don't expect him to blame the men, do you? Heaven forbid!!!!"

"Yeah, Devils in White robes".

"I'm surprised it took this long to come up with that rubbish"

"A prime example of the State of Rome passing the buck yet again"

"Nice try Pope, but you're not going to dismiss the reprehensible things your employees are doing, by blaming it on the devil. Hillary didn't even use that excuse.......yet."





jamaica-prime-minister-andrew-holness-apologizes-for-inappropriate-action.jpgPrime Minster Andrew Holness has issued an apology over an 'inappropriate action' carried out on his Instagram account.

PM Holness made rounds on social media Friday after a screenshot surfaced which showed his official IG account liking a photo of a woman in a bikini uploaded to the popular media-sharing application.

The account handlers quickly unliked the images and released a statement, "An inappropriate action took place on this account today. This was done by one of our account managers," the notice read, "We have taken steps to ensure that this does not recur."





Foota Hype begs fans to help him get a new phone

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foota-hype-photo-1.jpgIs this for real?

Dancehall selector and artiste manager, Foota Hype has launched a GoFundMe account for social media users to assist in replacing his mobile device. Foota revealed over the weekend that his phone was damaged and is preventing him from during his normal Instagram live sessions.

Foota, whose given name is Oniel Thomas, launched the GoFundMe page with a target of US$1000.

"All my followers who love my [Instagram] live weh want mi get the new phone the GoFundMe up and running mek mi si if mi have real followers now," he wrote.

Foota Hype received US$120 from three donations in the first hour. He also stated in a video that he will be giving fans an address which they can ship phones to if they wish.





Hurricane Michael likely to hit Florida mid-week

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A tropical weather system that rapidly strengthened into Hurricane Michael on Monday is likely to intensify ahead of an expected strike on Florida's Panhandle by midweek, forecasters said. Michael could strengthen into a major hurricane with winds topping 111 miles per hour by Tuesday night before an expected strike on the Panhandle or Big Bend, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Since the storm will spend two to three days over the Gulf, which has very warm water temperatures and favourable atmospheric conditions, "there is a real possibility that Michael will strengthen to a major hurricane before landfall," Robbie Berg, a hurricane specialist at the Miami-based storm forecasting hub, wrote in an advisory.

Florida Governor Rick Scott issued an order for a state of emergency for 26 counties to rush preparations, freeing up resources and activating 500 members of the Florida National Guard. By mid-morning Monday, a large mound of sand in Tallahassee had been already been whittled down to a small pile as residents tried to prepare for potential flooding. A city of Tallahassee worker promised that another mound was ordered and on its way.

All indications are that it's going to be severe," said City Commissioner Gil Ziffer, adding that if the storm hits Florida's capital, there would be significant tree damage and power outages.

"Hopefully we will have no one hurt and no loss of life."

By 11 a.m. Monday, Michael's top sustained winds were around 75 miles per hour. The storm was centred about 50 miles off the western tip of Cuba, and about 140 miles east-northeast of Cozumel, Mexico.

It was moving north around seven miles per hour.





The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) is to rule whether charges are to be laid against the police corporal who was nabbed on Tuesday night, allegedly delivering firearms to gunmen in Newlands, Portmore, St Catherine. The 52 year old corporal, who is attached to the St Catherine South Police Division, was questioned for several hours Sunday in the presence of his attorney, Peter Champagnie.

A file is now being compiled for submission to the DPP.

Investigators have accused the policeman of being a member of the Umbrella Gang. He was arrested during an operation by members of the Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Branch (C-TOC). The cops intercepted his vehicle in the community of Newlands and seized an AK47 rifle, a Taurus pistol and more than 20 rounds of ammunition in his possession.

t's alleged that the policeman was delivering the guns and ammunition to members of the Umbrella Gang who are locked in a deadly feud with rival factions in Newlands.

An 18 year old boy was also arrested during the snap raid on Myers Lane.





hands-behind-bars.jpgInvestigators from the Major Investigation Division (MID) have detained the caretaker employed to the Church of God of Prophecy in Spanish Town, St Catherine, for questioning in connection with the murder of Pastor James Johnson. The caretaker was arrested Sunday during a raid at his house along Old Harbour Road in Spanish Town.

Acting Assistant Commissioner McArthur Sutherland, head of the Criminal Investigation Branch, reports that the cops went in search of the caretaker who had been eluding investigators over the last two weeks. He was found hiding in the ceiling of his house.

According to the senior investigator, the cops had been searching for the caretaker to ask him some questions about the "differing statements" he gave to investigators about the shooting death of Pastor Johnson. Investigators began preliminary questioning on Sunday, however, he is to be questioned in the presence of his attorney on Monday.

Acting ACP Sutherland declined to say whether he is a suspect.

Ballistics tests are now being conducted on the licensed firearm of the caretaker. A post mortem performed on Wednesday revealed that Pastor Johnson died after being shot in the neck and back by his assailant.

He was killed on the compound of the Church of God of Prophecy on September 23. It was reported that the 29 year old pastor was in his office at the church when he was attacked and shot. His licensed firearm was stolen.





7 years in prison for Peter Abrahams' murderer

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arrested -photo-1.jpgThe man who was last year charged for the killing of noted retired journalist and public commentator, Peter Abrahams, has been sentenced to seven years in prison for the crime.

The man - 61-year-old Norman Tomlinson - pleaded guilty to manslaughter last month, after having been charged with murder in February of last year.

Abrahams, 97, was found dead with multiple injuries at his home in Red Hill, St Andrew on January 18, 2017.

Reports were that Tomlinson, the spouse of Abrahams' household helper, visited the now deceased man and a dispute developed between the two men.

In a fit of rage, Tomlinson reportedly beat Abrahams to death.





World renowned Jamaican fashion designer Ivy Ralph passed away early this morning. She was 90 years old. Ralph, who was in Nuttall Hospital, died at approximately 3:45 am. Regarded as a pioneer of Jamaica's fashion industry, Ralph won worldwide acclaim when she created the Kareeba suit in the early 1970s.

"It was an idea I had as a child, a more comfortable style of dress for men. I wanted to help them get away from the jacket-and-tie routine, to something far more comfortably suited to the island's climate," Ralph is quoted in her biography.

Jamaica's then Prime Minister Michael Manley, the bio explained, "saw the ensemble and immediately sought out Ralph. The rest, as the saying goes, is history. It took off like wildfire, everybody wanted a Kareeba and she was busy night and day just trying to keep up with the orders, exporting to Saks Fifth Ave, B Altman, and top boutiques across the USA and the Caribbean".

The Kareeba, which was the subject of an article in the New York Times on March 24, 1976, was embraced by world leaders and celebrities, among them Barbados' Prime Minister Errol Barrow, Guyana's President Forbes Burnham, Tanzania President Julius Nyerere, the king of Swaziland, World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammed Ali, and American pop star Michael Jackson in his young days. In 1999 Ralph the Jamaican Government invested Ralph with the Order of Distinction for outstanding contribution to the promotion of fashion for export.





earthquake.jpgPORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP): The US Geological Survey (USGS) says a 5.2 magnitude aftershock rattled northern Haiti, a day after a 5.9 magnitude earthquake left at least 12 dead and 188 injured at the same location. The USGS says the aftershock's epicentre was located 15.8 kilometres (9.8 miles) north-northwest of Port-de-Paix and had a depth of 10 kilometres. It struck at about 3 p.m. local time on Sunday.

"It was an aftershock. It was at the same location," said Paul Caruso, geophysicist with the USGS. "This is the first significant aftershock."

At the time, emergency teams were bringing relief to victims of Saturday's quake, which toppled cinder-block homes and rickety buildings. Authorities said at least 12 people died and 188 were injured.

The government reported seven deaths in the Nord-Ouest province and four other deaths in the community of Gros-Morne in the province of Artibonite, the newspaper Le Nouvelliste quoted Secretary of State for Communications Eddy Jackson Alexis as saying.

The US Geological Survey said the quake hit at 8:11 p.m. Saturday night and was centred 12 miles (19 kilometres) northwest of Port-de-Paix, which is about 136 miles (219 kilometres) from the capital of Port-au-Prince. The quake was 7.3 miles (11.7 kilometres) below the surface.

The country's civil-protection agency issued a statement saying several people were injured and some houses were destroyed in Port-de-Paix, Gros Morne, Chansolme and Turtle Island. Among the structures damaged was the Saint-Michel church in Plaisance.

The civil-protection agency officially confirmed the deaths of at least 10 people.

In 2010, a vastly larger magnitude 7.1 quake damaged much of the capital and killed an estimated 300,000 people.





Social media outpouring following Elva's death

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elva-ruddock.jpgThere has been a major outpouring of grief and shock on social media following the passing of Elva Ruddock, popular stand-up comedy performer and event host. Elva passed away, after battling the autoimmune disease, Lupus. Her death left the theatre and media communities on which Ruddock left her mark in shock.

Hundreds of persons have been putting up Elva's picture on their social media statuses as a way of paying tribute to the comedienne and host of the popular Full House Fridays on FAME.

Elva always showed her bubbly side and had kept the extent of her illness private. According to social media personality Marlon Campbell, Ruddock had made him aware the first time she was hospitalised during the summer, but he never had the opportunity to visit her. He had contacted her to host an event over the past week, but Ruddock's words were "Di doctor tell me to build a likkle bit."

Theatre practitioner and comedian Owen 'Blakka' Ellis said although he was aware of her diagnosis, Ruddock had chosen to not share the full details of her health and treatment with anyone within the circle. "She would not share her illness as a means to not give it the time and space. She would have only mentioned it and say: 'Mi nah talk about it'. In addition to that, she hated sympathy," he said.

Elva was raised in Rollington Town, St Andrew, before moving to Portmore, St Catherine, and is the second of four children born to Ruby and Charles Ruddock.





elva-photo-1.jpgMedia personality and comedienne Elva Ruddock died yesterday. Reports are that she had been ailing for some time with lupus and had been hospitalised.

News of her death has shocked the entertainment, media and theatre industries on which Ruddock made her mark.

"Elva was one of those persons who could easily bring sunshine on a rainy day in anyone's life. Her bubbly personality was quite infectious. Elva was one of a kind and will always be remembered for her hilarious interactions on TV and radio. She commanded our attention with her presence and she will be greatly missed by all of us," Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia Grange said in a statement.





Benefits of turmeric thyroid

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turmeric-c-ws.jpgThe endocrine system is a network of organs and the hormones they secrete which regulate body processes such as growth, metabolism, sexual function, sleep etc. The thyroid gland is one of the largest organs belonging to this system and plays an essential role. It is located in front of the throat above the collarbone with two lobes each present on either side of the windpipe.

The hormones secreted by thyroid regulate body metabolism and activity of other hormones. The principal hormones secreted by it are triiodothyronine, thyroxine and calcitonin. The first two hormones control growth and the rate at which body burns calories while calcitonin regulates calcium levels.

The thyroid gland is controlled by the pituitary, which is considered the 'master gland' of the endocrine system. 1 in 20 people suffers from a thyroid dysfunction at some stage in life. Thyroid disorders include:

Goitre: Enlargement of thyroid gland

Thyroid treatment involves taking thyroxine supplements in case of hypothyroidism and drugs to reduce activity in case of hyperthyroidism. When this line of treatment fails, part or whole gland can be removed surgically. Thyroid cancer and nodules are treated by surgical removal or radioactive iodine. Alternative medicine and naturopathy also offer remedies to these disorders.

7 Benefits of Turmeric In Thyroid disorders

Turmeric has antioxidant benefits in various thyroid disorders.

1. It is anti-inflammatory agent

Curcumin, as well as curcumin free turmeric, have natural anti-inflammatory properties. This can benefit in conditions like thyroiditis, goitre and thyroid cancer. Curcumin acts on pro-inflammatory enzymes like COX and LOX in order to control inflammation from spreading. Unlike regular NSAIDs which act only COX enzyme, curcumin acts on both the enzymes without causing any side effects like gastric and liver toxicity. Curcumin also regulates and inhibits the activity of key players in inflammation like TNF-alpha and Nuclear factor-kappa B. By acting on these proteins as well as other biochemical targets and inflammatory pathways, curcumin relieves inflammation as effectively as conventional therapy.

What does this mean?

Turmeric and curcumin help relieve inflammation naturally in various thyroid disorders.

2. It helps as an antioxidant

Curcumin and other curcuminoids in turmeric are strong antioxidants with antioxidant activity comparable to vitamin C and E. A study published in Indian Journal of Experimental Biology,2002 reveals that turmeric extract is as effective an antioxidant as vitamin E and C in hypothyroidism. In an animal study, Samanta et.al have demonstrated that turmeric and curcumin can counteract oxidative stress (imbalance between prooxidant and antioxidant agents) caused by elevated triiodothyronine levels.

What does this mean?

As antioxidants, curcumin benefit thyroid health and balance thyroid hormone levels.

3. It benefits in hyperthyroidism

Hyperthyroidism is a condition caused by elevated thyroid hormone levels. Elevated thyroid hormone levels can cause an imbalance between prooxidant and antioxidant levels in the body. Hyperthyroidism causes oxidative stress in the brain. Jena et.al have proven that curcumin can regulate the levels of antioxidant enzyme and relieve oxidative stress induced in the brain due to hyperthyroidism. Hyperthyroidism affects the levels of liver enzyme and in turn disrupts liver function. Curcumin and vitamin E combination is found to alleviate such damage and restore liver function.

Similarly, turmeric and curcumin are found to protect kidney function due to damage caused by hyperthyroidism.

What does this mean?

Curcumin and turmeric are proven to improve antioxidant defences and protect organs from damage caused by hyperthyroidism.

4. It benefits hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism is when the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone. In an animal model of hypothyroidism, turmeric extract treatment is found to reduce atrophy (reduction in size) of thyroid glands and prevents reduction of thyroid hormone levels. It is also found to alleviate high levels of cholesterol caused by hypothyroidism. One study highlights that curcumin may have age-related effect on the thyroid gland. This study found that curcumin increases levels of thyroid hormones at a young age and reduces hormone levels in aged. Further studies are required to assess this finding.

What does this mean?

Turmeric helps stimulate thyroid hormone production in hypothyroidism.

5. Including turmeric in diet reduces risk of goitre

A study published in Indian Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism investigated the role of dietary turmeric in development of goitre. In this survey, 2335 individuals were interviewed for disease history and screened for goitre. The population had an endemic goitre and high prevalence of hyperthyroidism was observed. Interestingly goitre was less common in those individuals who consumed milk, ghee, spices, chillies and turmeric.

The researchers emphasized that turmeric use was associated with reduced goitre development and recommended inclusion of turmeric in the diet in case of goitre.

What does this mean?

Dietary intake of turmeric reduces risk of developing goitre.

6. It has immunomodulatory action

Certain thyroid disorders are autoimmune condition like Graves disease and Hashimoto's disease. These are characterized by abnormal levels of thyroid hormones and can increase the risk of developing a goitre.

In autoimmune conditions, the antibodies produced to fight infection, start attacking body tissues instead paving way for inflammation and damage to various organs. Curcumin has immunomodulatory activity- it regulates immune responses. It regulates the activity of immune cells as well as cytokines (chemicals secreted by cells) that play an important role in autoimmune reactions thereby preventing them.

What does this mean?

Curcumin benefits in autoimmune conditions that affect the thyroid gland.

7. Turmeric protects from and benefits in thyroid cancer

Turmeric and curcumin are natural anti-cancer agents. (Read Turmeric for Cancer) Research suggests that curcumin may be an effective agent in inhibiting the growth of tumors and thereby aid in the treatment of thyroid cancer. Curcumin potentiates the anti-tumor and anti-cancer effect of sorafenib and docetaxel (anti-cancer drug) in treatment of thyroid cancer.

Curcumin is proven to sensitize thyroid cancer cells to the action of radioactive iodine which is used in treatment of thyroid disorders. Curcumin manipulates a number of biochemical pathways to inhibit metastasis of thyroid cancer.

What does this mean?

Curcumin can serve as anti-cancer agent in thyroid cancer and also prevents metastasis. It also sensitizes cancer therapy.

Dosage of Turmeric For Thyroid Disorders

Dietary turmeric can benefit in reducing the risk of thyroid disorders as well as benefit in treatment. A good way of taking turmeric is Golden Paste. It includes oil and black pepper to enhance absorption of turmeric and curcumin.

You can make the Golden Paste from fresh roots.

Start with ¼-1/2 tsp a day for a week and if no side effects are observed increase gradually. The recommended dose is 1-2 tsp 2-3 times a day (precisely 1 tsp 3 times a day). The ideal dose differs with every person; depends on what suits you and benefits you.

Avoid taking Golden Paste on an empty stomach and close to the time of taking medicines (Read Does turmeric cause acid reflux? Does black pepper in golden paste interact with medicines?)

Turmeric milk and Turmeric tea are other delicious options. Need help identifying a good brand of turmeric please click here.

If taking turmeric supplements consult a doctor prior.

Precaution

Dietary turmeric is very safe but a few precautions need to be considered when it comes to turmeric supplements:

Avoid during pregnancy and lactation

Avoid if suffering from gallbladder obstruction

Avoid if suffering from a bleeding disorder

Discontinue prior to surgery

If suffering from gout or at risk of developing kidney stones, limit intake of turmeric as a spice. (Is turmeric safe in gout? Does turmeric cause kidney stone?)

Avoid taking turmeric on an empty stomach to avoid acid reflux symptoms. (Does turmeric cause acid reflux?)

If suffering from a bleeding disorder, small doses of turmeric in the diet are safe but it is best to consult a doctor before taking turmeric or turmeric supplements in this case.

A general precaution is outlined that turmeric may have drug interactions with stomach acid reducing medication, antidepressants, blood sugar reducing drugs etc. Curcumin found in turmeric is known to interfere with drug metabolism.

Hence it is advised not to take curcumin supplements concomitantly with any other medicine. Consult a health practitioner before taking turmeric supplements.

Conclusion

Turmeric is rich in powerful natural antioxidants, which makes it therapeutically effective in thyroid disorders.

It can balance thyroid hormones in hyperthyroidism as well as hypothyroidism. It can help reduce inflammation and reduce the risk of goitre. Turmeric can prevent and benefit in thyroid cancer.

We highly recommend including turmeric in the diet to manage as well as prevent thyroid disorders.

(Source: https://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-benefits/can-turmeric-help-in-thyroid-disorders)





Prayer of Jabez

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Prayer of Jabez: What is it?

The Prayer of Jabez comes from the Bible. In 1 Chronicles 4:10, we read: "And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that Thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that Thine hand might be with me, and that Thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested." The prayer is composed of four parts. First, Jabez asks God to bless him. Second, he asks God to enlarge his territory or increase his responsibility. Third, he prays that God will be with him and stay close. Lastly, Jabez asks that God keep him from harm so that he will be free from pain.

Prayer of Jabez: Why is it important?

The Prayer of Jabez reveals that Jabez understands what many people do not -- there is only one God and He should be the center of our work God wants to bless every life. But, we must first make the choice to invite God into our life and ask for His blessings. Jabez wants to succeed and increase his sphere of influence for God. The specific sphere of influence is not important. What is important is that when we want to reach for goals and accomplishments that we have God on our side. Proverbs 16:3 says, "Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established." It is critical to understand and practice this in a close relationship with God. Further, it is equally important to stay close to God and rely on His continued support and guidance throughout life. Jabez clearly knows and prays specifically to the One who can protect him from evil and pain -- God. At the end of the verse it is clear that God approved of this faithful prayer by granting it. It is also important to see that Jabez was passionate in his plea to God: "He cried out to the God of Israel." God wants to hear that we need Him through passionate prayer.

Prayer of Jabez: What does it mean to you?

The Prayer of Jabez reminds us that everybody struggles with choosing to rely on himself or God. Whether you are a focused Christian or just searching to find out more about God, life is a growing process. However, it is very clear in reviewing the Prayer of Jabez, as well as the rest of the Bible, that God is faithful in caring for those who seek Him. Jabez sets a great example of how God wants everyone to come to Him through constant and passionate prayer. If you are looking to start a relationship with God or improve your existing relationship with Him, start with prayer. God answers prayers when you trust Him (1 Chronicles 5:20). Prayers to God also please Him (Proverbs 15:8). We can all learn from Jabez and faithfully pray to God always in everything that we do.

Prayer of Jabez: The Book by Bruce Wilkinson

The Prayer of Jabez is covered in phenomenal detail by Bruce Wilkinson in his book of the same name. We highly encourage you to read this fantastic and inspiring resource, that challenges each of us to:

"Attempt something large enough that failure is guaranteed...unless God steps in!"

WHAT DO YOU THINK?

We have all sinned and deserve God's judgment. God, the Father, sent His only Son to satisfy that judgment for those who believe in Him. Jesus, the creator and eternal Son of God, who lived a sinless life, loves us so much that He died for our sins, taking the punishment that we deserve, was buried, and rose from the dead according to the Bible. If you truly believe and trust this in your heart, receiving Jesus alone as your Savior, declaring, "Jesus is Lord," you will be saved from judgment and spend eternity with God in heaven.





Comedian Mike Epps to make his Jamaica debut

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American comedian Mike Epps is scheduled to make his Jamaican debut at Outburst Stand-Up Comedy Series on October 27. The event is slated to unfold at the National Arena in Kingston at 8:00 pm.

Khalil Shirley, an executive at Hyperlinks Limited -- event organisers -- said the occasion will mark the first in a series of shows to be staged across the Caribbean.

"We're starting in Jamaica and then basically touring with Mike to other Caribbean countries like Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago before we return here," Shirley told the Jamaica Observer. "Based on each rotation, we should be doing two shows annually in Jamaica. Hopefully, when we return it'll be with a Chris Rock or Katt Williams.

Shirley said it was another American comedic, Cedric the Entertainer, who paved the way for Epps's debut.

"What happened was we initially had Cedric in mind, but he started shooting a show that would conflict the scheduled date so he got us on to Mike and did the negotiations for us."

Epps is known for his roles in movies like Next Friday, Friday After Next, Meet the Blacks and The Fighting Temptations. He has also appeared in the Netflix specials Don't Take It Personal (2015) and Underrated & Never Faded (2009).

New York-based social media comedian Majah Hype, who recently performed in Jamaica, is also on the bill. Four local acts including Dufton Shepherd and Leighton Smith are also set to perform.





beres-hammond-photo-2.jpgBeres Hammond and VP Records are hoping for greater success with Never Ending, his latest album, which is due for release on October 12.

"We're very excited to be releasing the Beres album. I believe it could be one of his best records yet," Christopher Chin, CEO of VP Records, said in a media release.

Never Ending follows a successful tour of the United States by Hammond, who turned 63 in August. So far two singles from the set have been issued: I'm Alive and Land of Sunshine. The album features 14 songs, mainly about love and social issues. Willie Lindo, Kirk Bennett, Handel Tucker, Errol "Flabba Holt" Carter, Leroy and David Heywood aka "Mafia & Fluxy", Winston "Bo Pee" Bowen, Dean Fraser, and Robbie Lyn are some of the producers and musicians who worked on the project.

Never Ending is Hammond's first album since the double-disc One Love, One Life, which was released in November 2012. That set debuted at number one on the Billboard Reggae Album Chart and, according to Nielsen Music, for which tracks sales in the United States sold 10,986 copies.

Hammond, who began his career in the early 1970s, recorded with the Zap Pow Band before going solo and working with guitarist/producer Lindo on ballads like One Step Ahead and I Miss You. In the 1990s he was signed to Elektra Records, which released his major label debut album In Control.

That album featured the hit single No Disturb Sign, which was popular on reggae charts in the US but failed to crack major Billboard charts. In Control, however, peaked at number seven on the Billboard Reggae Album Chart.





New EP from Munga Honorebel

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munga.jpgControversial 'Bad From Me Born' deejay, Munga Honorebel is back with a new EP........or possible a new album......three years after the release of 'Excuse Me'.

The EP is tentatively scheduled for release at year-end.

Among the producers working on the project are Anju Blaxx, JJ Wizzle, Portmore Society, Jr Bloodline, and Hilltop Records. According to him, the EP will represent his talent and showcase his growth as an artiste.

"Expect Munga Honorable with various styles, sounds and presentations," he said.

Born Damion Rhoden, Munga is from Islington, St Mary. He entered the Red Label Wine Superstar Competition in 1997. Four years later, he began touring with dancehall act Capleton.





A police corporal and a teenager were arrested in Newlands, Portmore, St. Catherine Tuesday night.

The 52 year-old corporal and the 18 year-old boy were held with two illegal firearms, including an AK 47 rifle and a quantity of ammunition during a snap raid in Myers Lane.

The policeman is suspected to be a member of the Umbrella Gang which operates in Newlands. Superintendent Leighton Grey, head of Operations for the St. Catherine South Police, said about 8:30 p.m. his division was contacted by the Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Division (C-TOC) for assistance.

They intercepted a motor car which was being driven by the policeman. When the vehicle was searched, an AK 47 rifle with the serial number obscured, a magazine containing fifteen rounds of ammunition and a Taurus nine millimetre pistol were found.

The policeman's licensed firearm was also seized.

A pair of licence plates was reportedly found in the trunk of the car.

A man suspected to be the intended recipient of the guns escaped. He reportedly goes by the alias Terror Blacks. The policeman and the teenager are to be questioned by detectives from C-TOC.

The Police High Commmand has ordered a top level investigation into the suspected link between the police corporal and the criminal gang.

While the cops were arresting the police corporal and teen, heavy gunfire broke out in sections of Newlands. Members of the Umbrella gang reportedly invaded a section of the community and this led to a gun battle.

A man was arrested and placed under police guard Wednesday morning when he turned up at Kingston Public Hospital with a bullet wound to his mouth. C-TOC investigators say he is a member of the Umbrella gang.

There has been a flare-up of gang violence in Newlands since last weekend.Superintendent Grey said the friction between two gangs was triggered by a robbery.





The Bog Walk Gorge in St Catherine has been re-opened following reports that is was closed.

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management says it made the decision to close the gorge for public safety reasons as rainfall continues in the hilly sections of St Catherine causing water levels in the Rio Cobre to rise.

In the meantime, the Barry route is now impassable.

Motorists are being urged to use alternative routes through Sligoville or the North-South Highway.

People are also urged to avoid flooded waterways such as fords, gullies, streams and rivers.

Despite the gorge being re-opened, motorists are advised to proceed with the usual caution.





Jamaica and France to sign air service agreement

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Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett recently departed the island for Paris, to finalise air service arrangements, which will result in the development of direct flights from Montego Bay to France.

"I am very excited to announce that Jamaica is going to be increasing connectivity with France. The Director of Tourism and I will be meeting with Air France/KLM and French Tourism Investors, to tie up an arrangement that will certainly benefit our country," said Minister Bartlett.

The discussion initially took place during a courtesy call by outgoing French Ambassador to Jamaica, Jean-Michel Despax to the Minister's New Kingston office.

During this meeting, a decision was also made for the Minister's delegation to visit officials such as the Jamaican Ambassador to France and a new marketing company.

"We are being invited to meet in France with the Minister of State for Foreign Trade, the Promotion of Tourism and French Nationals Abroad, Hon. Matthias Fekl, the French Aviation Authority, Air France and a number of investors who now have an interest in a Tourism Product in Jamaica. One of these investors is Sofitel [a chain of luxury hotels based in Paris, France, and owned by AccorHotels]," said the Minister.

According to data from the Jamaica Tourist Board, stopover arrivals from France in 2017 saw a 40.2% increase in arrivals, with 7400 visitors to the island. However, arrivals have not been consistent over the past seven years. The island had its peak in 2014 with 12,087 stopover visitors.

"We truly believe the arrivals from the French market will not only stabilise but see a significant increase once we improve the connectivity. There is a deep interest in our culture, food and music from French Nationals and of course our Jamaicans living in France. We will no doubt have to improve our marketing in this region, but I look forward to welcoming more French tourists once we have finalised this deal," said the Minister.





arrested -photo-1.jpgFour men are now behind bars after a cache of firearms, including an Uzi sub-machine gun, and more than 600 rounds of ammunition were found in a barrel at the wharf in Kingston yesterday. The police say two of the men were arrested at the wharf while the others were apprehended in secondary operations.

Law enforcement sources say the Uzi sub-machine gun, along with nine pistols, 26 magazines and the bullets were stashed in a barrel that also contained food items. The barrel was shipped from the state of Georgia in the United States and listed the recipient as a man in the Kingston 6 area, police sources revealed.

According to reports, detectives from the Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime Division (C-TOC) conducted a snap operation at Berth 7 at the Kingston Container Terminal where the barrel was scanned and "anomalies" discovered.

The weapons were found during a subsequent search.

Ammunition found

243 - 9mm bullets

100 - 5.56 bullets

100 - 7.62 bullets

130 - .40 bullets

50 - .45 bullets

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Popular female promoter from NY killed in Jamaica

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crime-scene-gun.jpgPopular dancer and female promoter who hails from Anchovy District in St. James, but resided in New York, USA, was shot and killed by gunmen in Anchovy, on Saturday, September 29, and her male companion shot and wounded.

She has been identified as Judith Annabell Miller-Warren, known to all as "Cocky Tractor". She was a popular dancehall promoter locally and abroad.

Reports by the Freeport police are that about 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Miller-Warren who recently arrived in the island, and a male companion, was travelling in a Nissan motor car in Anchovy community.

On reaching a section of the area known as Nigger Ground, they were ambushed by a group of armed men, who opened fire on the vehicle.

Miller-Warren and her male companion received multiple gunshot wounds to their upper bodies and are believed to have been robbed by their assailants.

The police were summoned and upon arrival, both victims were transported to the Cornwall Regional Hospital, where Miller-Warren was pronounced dead and the male admitted in critical condition.

Immediately following the news of her murder, a host of tributes started to roll out for Miller-Warren via social media.

"Cocky Tractor" as she was fondly called is remembered by her brilliant moves on the dance floor.

Just a few years ago, Miller-Warren now turn promoter entered the popular Dancehall Queen Contest and performed exceptionally well.





crime-scene-tape-gloves.jpgPolice Commissioner Major General Antony Anderson has condemned the killing of District Constable Mellissa Edwards-Whyte, who was assigned to Crime Stop.

Edwards-Whyte was fatally chopped during a domestic dispute at her home about 9:00 last night.

In expressing his condolences, the police chief said: "It is unfortunate that domestic violence has robbed us of another promising talent, Woman District Constable Mellissa Edwards-Whyte was met with such cruelty and callousness and no effort will be spared in bringing closure to this matter."

The Chaplaincy and Community Safety and Security Branch (CSSB) have been instructed to provide all the necessary support to colleagues and friends of the late district constable.

Members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) are also being reminded to use the resources available to the force, such as the Chaplaincy and Medical Services Branch, to assist them deal with domestic and other issues that impact their emotional, psychological and physical well-being.

In the meantime, police personnel are being encouraged to remain vigilant and undaunted as they continue to enforce law and order and build safer communities.





Alleged rapist hotel worker in police custody

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custody.jpgA Riu Hotel trainee worker who allegedly raped two female guests at gunpoint in their room on Thursday night is now in police custody.

Based on preliminary investigations, the police have identified the gunman as Demar Scott. However, there is uncertainty about where he is from as the police have found two identification cards for him, giving two different addresses. One ID card says he is from Exchange district in Ocho Rios, St Ann while the other says he is from Comfort district in Williamsfield, Manchester.

The 23-year-old suspect was held by police on Friday afternoon. In a statement, the hotel said the man had been in training for only three days before allegedly committing the dastardly act.

"Last (Thursday) night, September 27th, there was a very unfortunate incident in the Riu Reggae Hotel in which two guests were attacked by a trainee at the entertainment department of the hotel. The man, who had been in training for only three days, was able to escape," Riu said.

"The hotel management immediately called the police and accompanied and supported the guests with everything in this difficult moment," the hotel added.

The release did not reveal much details, citing protection of the guests' privacy.

"We are unable to share further details both for the protection of our clients privacy as well as to not interfere in the investigation being already carried out by the local authorities," the short statement read.

Police report that about 11pm, the gunman entered a room being occupied by two female guests at the prominent hotel through a balcony door.

The man then reportedly held up both women at gunpoint and forcibly had sexual intercourse with them, before being disarmed by one of the victims who opened fire at the suspect.

The suspect was reportedly shot in the upper body but still managed to escape through the balcony door. He remained on the lam for more than 12 hours before he was reportedly collared by cops in a central Jamaica parish early Friday afternoon





2000 pounds of ganja seized in Manchester

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ganja-seized.jpgThe Narcotics Division of the Jamaica Constabulary Force say they have placed a dent in the illicit ganja trade with the seizure of over 2,000 pounds of compressed ganja in Manchester on Friday.

Reports are that between 11:30 a.m., and 1:00 p.m. the police searched sections of the bushes along the coast line in Gutts River in the Alligator Pond area of Manchester, where several packages of marijuana were found.

No one was arrested. Members of the Narcotics Division are investigating.

The find follows Thursday's seizure of about 1300 pounds of compressed ganja in St Elizabeth.

Reports are that about about 8:00 p.m., members of the JDF Coast Guard were on patrol when they intercepted a vessel in the vicinity of Fort Charles Beach, Treasure Beach in St Elizabeth with three men aboard.

A search of the vessel revealed several packages of compressed ganja, weighing about 1300 pounds.

The men were taken into custody and the drug seized.





crime-scene-gun.jpgThe festering crime problem that has been plaguing St James jolted the tourism sector on Thursday night when a gunman barged into a hotel room in Montego Bay and raped two female tourists before he lost possession of his weapon and was shot by one of the visitors. After he was shot, the gunman allegedly jumped over a balcony and fled. The weapon, which was reportedly stolen from the room of another guest, was turned over to the police.

"Based on our initial investigations, the gunman was employed to the hotel two days ago as an entertainment coordinator, so it was not someone who walked in off the street," a police officer told The Gleaner. "The gun he had in his possession was stolen from the room of another guest, who is a licensed firearm holder."

According to police reports, at approximately 11:15 p.m., the two visitors, who are from Detroit in the United States, were in their room at the Riu Reggae Hotel in Ironshore, Montego Bay, when a man, who was armed with a handgun, walked in on them. With gun in hand, the man demanded that they perform various sexual acts on him.

While he was raping one woman, the gun reportedly fell from his hand. The other woman picked up the weapon and pointed it at him. He tried to disarm the woman, who fired two shots at him. He ran out of the room, jumped a balcony and fled. The police, who were summoned to the property, found blood stains below the balcony.

"We believe he was shot either once or twice, based on the amount of blood below the balcony and on the ground leading into bushes off the hotel's compound," said a police officer. "We will be carrying out further searches to see if we find him."

Based on preliminary investigations, the police have identified the gunman as Demar Scott. However, there is uncertainty about where he is from as the police have found two identification cards for him, giving two different addresses. One ID card says he is from Exchange district in Ocho Rios, St Ann while the other says he is from Comfort district in Williamsfield, Manchester.

"When we went to the location, one of the women handed over a 9mm Glock 17 pistol with serial number DTN201," said a police officer. "It was loaded with 16 live rounds of ammunition."

Confirming the incident in a statement, the management of RIU said: "Last night, September 27, there was a very unfortunate incident in the Riu Reggae Hotel in which two guests were attacked by a trainee at the entertainment department of the hotel. The man, who had been in training for only three days, was able to escape. The hotel management immediately called the police and accompanied and supported the guests with everything in this difficult moment. We are unable to share further details, both for the protection of our clients' privacy, as well as to not interfere in the investigation being already carried out by the local authorities."

Some six hours after the Riu incident, another Montego Bay hotel was also dragged into the news. At about 5:45 a.m. on Friday, the police, acting on information, went to the Hotel Gloriana on Sunset Boulevard in Montego Bay, where five men were arrested and two illegal firearms seized. The men were wanted in connection with a recent shooting in Spring Mount, also in St James.





cici-liquid-candy.jpgChairman of the Jamaica Coalition for a Healthy Society, Dr Wayne West, also condemned what appears to be the use of a popular movie character, the Minios, to spread the homosexual message to children.

"This is part of the desensitisation of our children and there are significant forces behind this," Dr. West reportedly told The Sunday Gleaner.

He said this desensitisation is being spread by some feminist groups and members of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community, among others, who fit into a cultural Marxist philosophical framework.

"Most people are aware of Marxism as an economic phenomenon, but they are not aware of Marxism as a cultural phenomenon which seeks to bring down all traditional roles, family, marriage and values that we hold. I see the candy as just another effort to indoctrinate children, to desensitise them ... and I'm sure it is carefully orchestrated by significant persons," declared West.

He argued that it has been recognised that the sooner you begin to indoctrinate children the better it is, and five years old is the age which those with their agendas will look to start."We speak about these things but they are not occurring in isolation. You hear people making aggressive attempts to get what they call 'comprehensive sexuality education' in the schools, and this is just about what this candy is doing, desensitising children to sex and making them (believe) that in their approach to sex anything is permissible and at any age too," charged West.





cici-liquid-candy.jpgChildren's advocate Betty Ann Blaine, has charged that the controversial candy being sold to primary school children is another effort by the homosexual political movement to condition children.

"If you look at some of the initiatives being taken globally, children are being taught about homosexuality and transgenderisim, and it is being done at the youngest ages," Blaine told The Sunday Gleaner.

"So I am not surprised that they are packaging the homosexual agenda and ideology and focusing on the children. I am only alarmed and distressed that it has reached Jamaica, it is at our school gates, and our children, who are so innocent, gravitate to it because the minions are so popular," added Blaine.

She argued that Jamaica has to take a stance on the conditioning of the nation's children.

"Our Government has to be vigilant as far as these types of candies are concerned. I think that they should be pulled off the market and we should know who is importing them and who is monitoring what is being sold at school gates," declared Blaine.





cici-liquid-candy.jpgThe Sunday Gleaner reported that a new liquid candy being marketed to the children at primary schools across the island, with a symbol that appears to be rainbow-coloured male genitalia, has sparked outrage from some parents and children advocates. The CiCi liquid fruit candy comes in colourful packages featuring minions, the fictional yellow creatures that appear in the popular Despicable Me movie franchise.

One package of the liquid candy features a female minion, who is yet to appear in the movies. She is a seemingly young girl wearing a skirt and an exposed brassiere, with the rainbow coloured image and a 'ME&U' trademark, also on the front.

The candy is being sold in downtown Kingston in some wholesales at $220 for a pack of 12, and at school gates for between $30 and $40 each. It has two manufacturing addresses, India and China, and is described on the package as a sugar-boiled confectionery with its main ingredients being glucose syrup and citric acid.

Last week, several parents cried foul as they pointed to the rainbow-coloured image on the package.

"Even though it's not a large image, it's on the packaging nonetheless, and I really wouldn't want it giving my child any ideas," said Penny, mother of a seven-year-old girl.

"A so dem do poor people pickney all the time. Tek time influence them wid them out-a-order business. If me see my pickney wid it me a dash it weh. It don't look right," said another parent.

"If it was a liquor or something then you could understand. Me know people a go say it small and it might not be a big deal but something about it no sit right with me, especially the thing squirting out the tip, that just look wrong," added one parent.





bahamas-logo-OK.jpgA Jamaican has been fined and ordered deported from the Bahamas after pleading guilty to an immigration related offence. Gary Anthony Clarke, 43, who is from Westmoreland, appeared before a Magistrate on Thursday on a charge of overstaying.

According to court dockets, Clarke was taken into custody on October 22, accused of making threats and overstaying. Clarke was further questioned on his status to remain in The Bahamas, and it was at this time he admitted to remaining in the country for more than four years. Clarke said he overstayed in hopes of reconnecting with two children who he fathered while in The Bahamas.

The Jamaican was ordered to pay a fine of US$3,000 or serve six months in prison.Once that condition is satisfied, the Magistrate ordered Clarke be turned over to immigration officials for deportation.





crime-scene-tape-gloves.jpgThe Portmore police are awaiting the results of a post-mortem examination to determine whether a taxi operator and a female were killed and their bodies later dumped in bushes in Portmore, St Catherine.

The bodies, which were in a state of decomposition, were found along the Dyke Road in Portmore on Thursday afternoon. The police were alerted to the bodies by residents who came upon the gruesome sight.

The deceased have been identified as 34-year-old Andrew Haylett, taxi operator of Greater Portmore, and 23-year-old Monique Brown, unemployed of Daytona, also in Portmore.

The police found a motorcar belonging to Haylett a day before the discovery of his body along with that of the female.

Investigators are trying to determine whether the two were killed elsewhere.





jps.jpgGovernment has cleared its $7 billion debt owed to the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) for streetlights.

This was disclosed by Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie. He made the disclosure at a disaster preparedness and mitigation town hall in Douglas Castle near the St Ann/Clarendon border on Thursday.

In explaining the sudden move to pay off the streetlight debt that accumulated over several years of delinquency by the government, McKenzie said the state was being hit by interest charges every time it missed a payment.

Consequently, a decision was made for $4.5 billion to be paid to the light and power company over a two-month period to reduce the debt significantly and, after discussions with the finance minister and approval from Cabinet,"we have now paid off the entire debt. So, come the end of the financial year,we will not owe the JPS one cent."

McKenzie said the arrears stood in the way of residents getting defective streets lights repaired and new ones installed. He said the JPS has now committed to repairing the country's 12,000 malfunctioning streetlights by the end of the 2018/2019 financial year.





crime-scene-gun.jpgOn Sunday morning, two men were shot and killed in East Kingston, in a reported robbery attempt, involving a licensed firearm holder. One has been identified as Andre Smith of West Avenue in east Kingston.,

According to reports, Smith was among several men who held up a licensed firearm holder at her home.

It's understood that shortly before 1am, the men surprised the woman while she was about to enter her house. The armed men relieved her of her firearm and barged into the house. A relative of the woman made an alarm and another firearm holder challenged the men. During an exchange four persons were shot, including a schoolgirl.

The police were called to the scene, and all four were taken to hospital, where two of the intruders, including Smith, were pronounced dead, and the wounded householders treated.

Preliminary reports are that the stolen firearm as well as two illegal weapons had been seized from the shooting scene.

Prior to his death, rights group Jamaicans for Justice(JFJ) had declared that Smith was a subject of persistent police abuse, harassment and death threats. JFJ had called on Police Commissioner Major General Antony Anderson to take action.





Kurt Riley proud of his work on Beres' album

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beres-hammond-photo-1.jpgDJ/producer Kurt Riley is proud to be associated with the current number one album on the Billboard Reggae album chart - Beres Hammond's Never Ending. Riley produced the track My Kinda Girl which is featured on Beres Hammond's chart-topping album Never Ending.

"To be a part of a number one album by Beres Hammond is a great feeling. Tell the bartender to put all drinks on my tab. Once again, I am a part of history," Riley in a media release.

He explained that the collaboration came about by him taking a chance. "I took a chance and approached Beres with the assistance of a few people, plus he was good friends with my dad - the late Winston Riley. When we spoke, he agreed. I didn't just want to be that person who just wanted a Beres record. I wanted to produce a track that he would feel proud of when he heard and realised what it was that I could do. Like a father, I wanted him to be proud of me," said Riley.

Riley has always admired the musician's work. "I admire his love, passion, simplicity and humility towards his music. He has spoken to me about life through music, and the way he chooses his words to sit well with every melody and frequency that his voice encounters. Conversations, opinions, question and answers are what you will hear in the song - My Kinda Girl."

So far everyone seems to agree that it was a track well done. "I've been getting a lot of messages on social media, emails and phone calls from persons congratulating me on the production of the song. I got an email from someone who asked if I really produced the record because they didn't see me doing that type of production."

Earlier this year, Riley was featured on another Billboard number one album. He produced the track Trouble, which is featured on Romain Virgo's Lovesick album.





buju-banton-photo-10.jpgIn just over a month, on December 8, reggae superstar Buju Banton will have served his 10-year sentence, and the Grammy Award winning artiste is reportedly keen to get back to doing what he does best - producing music and entertaining his throng of fans on stage.

Already, plans are afoot for a lengthy series of live appearances, dubbed the 'Long Walk to Freedom Tour and, according to his publicist, Ronnie Tomlinson, Banton has already put together a competent team to manage his affairs when he re-enters society and is anticipating an explosive return to the entertainment scene.

But Banton has had to ensure that, upon his release from US federal prison, he is sent back to the land of his birth with minimal hassle and the least possible time spent in the custody of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Banton has had his legal status to travel and work in the United States rescinded as a result of his drug conviction and has hired a legal team to ensure that, unlike other convicted felons, he is not held in the custody of immigration authorities for any extended period.

His publicist, Ronnie Tomlinson, said his lawyers had made legal maneuvers to circumvent that process and he is not fighting his immigration status.

"Buju has made sure that his stay with ICE will be as short as possible. He has opted for voluntary deportation. He should be home in very short order after his sentence ends," she said.

Banton, whose real name is Mark Myrie, is said to be in good spirits and is anxiously awaiting the day he is no longer a guest of the United States penal system.

"Buju is in good spirits and is counting down the days, as we all are," Tomlinson said.

His first live appearance is slated to take place in Jamaica with a date and venue to be announced, she added.

"A concert is being arranged for Jamaica. It will be promoted by his team in cooperation with other entities," she said.

When he burst onto the scene, Buju Banton was guided by veteran artiste manager and producer Donovan Germain, and Tomlinson said the two were still in contact and are looking to resume their business relationship when he leaves prison. At present, Buju is listed as inmate number 86700-004 in the McRae Correctional Institute located in Georgia.

He was arrested at his Tamarac, Florida home in January 2009 by Drug Enforcement Agents on suspicion of conspiracy to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine. His first trial ended in a mistrial and he was found guilty after a second trial and slapped with a 10-year sentence.

He had one month reduced from his sentence after prosecutors dropped a firearm possession charge against him.

Banton has maintained his innocence and argued that he was the victim of entrapment. He claimed paid US government informant, Alex Johnson used the lure of lucrative music industry contacts to lure him into the drug deal and that he backed out of the deal before it went down.

Johnson has been reported as earning US$3.5 million as a confidential informant.

Federal prosecutors pinned their case on Banton tasting a substance in a government controlled warehouse in Tampa, Florida as evidence that he was involved in the illegal drug trade.

Banton's co-defendants, James Mack and Ian Thomas, were arrested attempting to sell 20 kilograms of cocaine to federal agents in Tampa. Banton was arrested hours after. Both Mack and Thomas copped plea deals and were given lighter sentences.





Morgan Heritage releases video shot in Africa

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morgan-heritage-photo-3.jpgGrammy-award winning reggae group Morgan Heritage have released the visuals for their latest single - Africa Jamaica. The highly anticipated music video and collaboration features Diamond Platinumz and Stonebwoy.

The video, which was released over the weekend, has already amassed more than half a million views on YouTube. According to the group, the video pays homage to African culture, and highlights where Jamaica's own colourful way of life comes from. "The video is an exciting fun display of where our culture comes from in Jamaica - the spirit, the dancing and the culture all come from Africa. It truly captures your attention from start to finish," they said, revealing that this was their first video shot on the continent. "Releasing Africa Jamaica - our first video shot in Africa - is a historic moment in our career, that will forever live in our hearts. It was a joy to work with Diamond Platinumz and Stonebwoy - Africa's best from east to west. We love discovering new sounds and making connections through our music, and I believe we are doing just that. We hope the people in Africa and around the world will love the music video."

This is not the first time Morgan Heritage has collaborated with Stonebwoy or Diamond Platinumz. The group first linked up with Diamond Platinumz for the Hallelujah collaboration that garnered over one million YouTube views in the first 24 hours of its release. Speaking on what it was like working with the reggae group again, Diamond says he believes they have created another 'mega-hit'. "It is always a vibe working with my brothers Morgan Heritage. This is our second song together, and I am excited that we have made yet another mega-hit for our fans. Last time we made a world-class hit so you definitely have to watch out for this new video," he said. Africa Jamaica is the lead single off the group's upcoming album set for release in 2019. Directed by Jordan Hoechlin and Morgan Heritage, the music video was shot in Ghana with scenes from Cape Verde.





Rvssian signs partnership deal with Interscope

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Head Concussion Records, owned by Jamaican dancehall, rap and trap producer Tarik 'Rvssian' Johnston, has signed a partnership deal with music giant Interscope Geffen A&M Records. The producer sees this as a step in making his label one that will stand the test of time.

"It's a joint venture. Head Concussion Records is now on a major platform. I can sign people directly to my label and Interscope."

The partnership is similar to others in the industry, such as Cash Money Record Label's relationship with Universal Records, or Canadian rapper Drake's OVO partnership with Warner Records. These deals take into account royalties, publishing revenues and ownership of masters.

Throughout his career, Rvssian has worked with dancehall artistes like Konshens, Tarrus Riley, Sean Paul, Shaggy, Gyptian and quite famously, Vybz Kartel. The producer rose to popularity after releasing Vybz Kartel's Life Sweet in 2010.

Rvssian's international takeover kicked off around four years ago, when Sean Paul and Puerto Rican singer Farruko collaborated for Passion Whine. Six months later, the Rvssian-produced track was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Last year, Rvssian released Krippy Kush with Farruko and another Puerto Rican artiste, Bad Bunny. The song was markedly successful, with its official music video counting over 600 million views on YouTube. The Krippy Kush remix, featuring the additional talents of Nicki Minaj and Travis Scott, amassed over 70 million views. In July, he released Pablo alongside Sfera Ebbasta. Its official music video has already attracted over 25 million views. Released earlier this month, the Pablo remix features Rich The Kid, Moneybagg Yo, and Lil Baby.





The government will know in November whether it has been successful in its efforts to have reggae music inscribed on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) Intangible Cultural Heritage Representative List. Culture Minister Olivia Grange said that UNESCO technical experts are in the process of examining Jamaica's reggae submission.

"We are awaiting the results and it will be a major achievement for Jamaica if we are successful in having the designation declared by UNESCO," she said.

Grange was speaking to JIS News at a joint press conference, involving the Ministry of Tourism, to launch the 2019 Carnival in Jamaica initiative held at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston Tuesday. Grange said her ministry has been tasked to establish an inventory of intangible heritage unique to Jamaica, "which is also one of the criteria" required by UNESCO.

Turning to the designation of certain areas across the island as entertainment zones, the culture minister informed that a list of locations will be available soon, which will include Kingston, St Andrew and St Catherine in the initial stages.

Meanwhile, Grange noted that the collaboration between the Ministries for the staging of carnival "is essential if we are to create a more authentic tourism experience."

She expressed satisfaction at the way "this entertainment product" has been evolving and attributed it to the "seamless fusion of dancehall and calypso/soca in parties and the road parades."

In his remarks, Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett said that he wants to "build out Carnival in Jamaica to make it more remarkable for both visitors and locals."

"This is in keeping with strategic steps that we are undertaking at my Ministry to strengthen Jamaica's competitiveness as an entertainment destination as we reposition and diversify our product and generate high growth."





Bombs sent to the Obamas, Clintons and CNN HQ

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Bombs have been found in the mail addressed to former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The package containing the explosive device that was addressed to Clinton was found late Tuesday, while another package addressed to Obama was found early Wednesday.

The explosive device addressed to Clinton was discovered within the vicinity of the home she shares with husband Bill Clinton in Chappaqua, New York.

Meanwhile, the device addressed for Obama's home was intercepted in Washington D.C, according to the Secret Service.

A law enforcement official told the Washington Post that investigators believe the explosive devices are the work of the same person who sent a similar package to liberal billionaire George Soros' home on Monday.

Both the packages were discovered during routine mail screenings for the Clintons and Obama. The Secret Service said the packages sent to Clinton and Obama were immediately identified as potential explosive devices and were handled as such.

They said the packages were intercepted prior to being delivered to Clinton and Obama.

'(Obama and Clinton) did not receive the packages nor were they at risk of receiving them,' a Secret Service statement said.

Authorities have launched a multi-agency investigation to identify those responsible.

Meanwhile, CNN's office in New York City was also evacuated on Wednesday following reports of a suspicious package.





Dalton has the X Factor

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On Saturday, Rising Stars graduate, Dalton Harris put on another impressive performance to wow the judges, the audience, and ultimately the voting public on the first live show of this season of the talent series X Factor UK.

Twenty-four-year-old Harris chose David Bowie Life on Mars and truly put his impressive vocals, heart and emotion into a 90-second performance which left the audience touched, and was enough take him into the top 14 performers. On Sunday two contestants, Trinidadian Olatunje Yearwood and Briton Armstrong Martins were eliminated.

Speaking of his song choice ahead of the performance, Harris noted that the song speaks to possibilities and opportunities.

"I'm singing that song because the line 'Is there life on Mars?' . I thought of Jamaica... Is that the only place that exists... No. Is there any opportunity anywhere else in the world. That song for me is the perfect song. I just need to put my soul into it the way I always do. That's the only way I can sing . That's the only way I know how to," Harris said

Following his rendition of the Bowie tune three of the four judges instantly rose to their feet, giving the youngster an ovation.

Judge Robbie Williams was the first to speak.

"I feel like you are an established act coming on to the X Factor to promote your own album. Your voice is absolutely incredible. I love you. Own it. You are a beautiful person with a beautiful voice. Congrats, I am a fan."

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beres-hammond.jpgThe sounds of Jamaican music and culture will be high on the list of entertainment during the third annual staging of the Love and Harmony Cruise set to sail away April 13-18 next year. Another strong line-up of acts is set to take to the high seas led by legendary Jamaican crooner Beres Hammond.

"I love it," Hammond said of the annual cruise, and the entertainment package for next year's voyage during a media junket at his Harmony House studios in St Andrew Tuesday.

"This year I find myself mixing with a whole host of Jamaican legends and there is nothing I like better than to share the stage with some of these folks who I think are simply fantastic. And then this year they have the Manhattans featuring Gerald Alston, kinda turn dem inna Jamaican, blend them into the whole thing, which is like icing on the cake. So what else can I say but just come out if you want and just come cruise with us," Hammond added.

R&B legend Gerald Alston, who was also in the house, said it was a no-brainer for the Manhattans to accept the call to be part of the package on Love and Harmony 2019.

"It's really like performing at home. The only difference is we are on a cruise. The truth is that with an audience like this we know the love we are gonna get from the fans. So we jumped at the opportunity to party with our fans and have a good time," Alston said.





grace-hamilton-on-instagram-ok-wendyshow.jpgDancehall deejay Spice has been given the international attention she craves following her white face stunt on Monday, this after deleting all her IG posts two weeks ago. Daily Mail, TMZ and the Wendy Williams talkshow are talking about the artiste. TMZ's headline reads, "Breaking News Love and Hip Hop star Spice goes all white face for album." Meanwhile, Fox Talkshow host Wendy Williams in her hot topic chat-up says, "I think it is a publicity stunt. Spice, you are winning. I don't know who you are, but I'm talking about you."

Daily Mail stated: "She joined the cast of VH1's Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta for this year's season seven. And on Monday, Spice - real name Grace Hamilton - made a provocative statement on social media to promote her new mixtape. The Jamaican rapper posted to Instagram a photo of herself with white skin and blonde hair and the caption: 'Nothing wrong with a fresh start.'

Spice made her debut as a white woman on Instagram Monday after an extremely white version of the entertainer appeared on Instagram Live to perform songs from her new mixtape, Captured. Her antics has landed her in the number one spot in the UK and the US in less than 36 hours.

Meanwhile many are labeling Spice actions a publicity stunt after watching the video for her new song Black Hypocrisy that was released this morning (23/10/18) in which she sings about colourism and loving her black complexion.

Spice is currently promoting her Mix Tape Captured. The new project distributed by Happilos features songs such as Under Fire, Gum, Cool it, Black Hypocrisy, Fake, and the title track Captured which sees the dancehall entertainer taking jabs at VP Records.

The self-proclaimed queen of stage who signed a five-year album deal with the label in 2009, says VP is yet to put out an album. On the track Captured, Spice belted out lyrics about being held hostage.

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grace-hamilton-on-instagram-since-the-photo-was-photoshopped-how-did.jpgSpice's returns to Instagram on Monday after she had deleted all the images and videos she had on the social media platform a couple of weeks ago has been marked with a white-face transformation designed to get people talking and her new single selling.

Sporting long blonde hair complemented by a much lighter, unblemished skin colour, Spice, who is known for being very dark-skinned, captioned the picture on Instagram page, saying: "Nothing wrong with a fresh start." After she uploaded the picture, social media went wild, with several persons speculating whether the Back Bend deejay had bleached her skin or the image was photoshopped. Interestingly, when Spice performed in Canada on the weekend, she had a darker complexion.

Mere minutes after, Spice posted her new look on social media, the #spicechallenge #freshstart challenge was born, with several person who had toned their skin or were in the process of lightening their complexion posting before and after images on Instagram, with the caption: "Nothing wrong with a fresh start." There were also dark-skinned persons who resorted to using photoshop or rubbing white substances like flour on their skin to achieve a 'whiter' look.

However, speaking on her Instagram live, during an interview with Billboard writer, Pat Meschino, she said that the 'new' Spice is a response to 'black hypocrisy' as persons from her own race often criticise her for being 'black.'

"It is not racism because racism is when another race is downplaying another race. I don't think it is so much about that now, I think it is about colourism, where it is your own race that is downplaying their own race. It's always a next black person saying: 'She black eeh. Lawd, she black till she shine. Lawd, she black till she look dirty."

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Ghetto Splash returns December 18

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The annual Ghetto Splash show returns to the Waterhouse Mini-Stadium on December 18. The free event, which aims to encourage unity in Waterhouse and surrounding communities, has been held at this venue for the last three years, and features top-tier dancehall artistes.

Founder and promoter of the 29-year-old concert, Patrick Roberts of Shocking Vibes Production says the relocation of Ghetto Splash from its original Craig Town base has helped maintain stability in Waterhouse, one of several Kingston neighbourhoods labelled a "garrison" because of its history of gang and political violence.

"Ghetto Splash has helped the community significantly by providing small income for vendors who sell at the event. It also helps to foster peace and unity in the community and it also gives the residents the opportunity of seeing so many top acts performing for free," Roberts told the Jamaica Observer.

First held in 1989, Ghetto Splash was a huge success in Craig Town where it attracted thousands of patrons. After a 17-year absence, it returned in 2013 at the Waterhouse Mini-Stadium.

Roberts says the event continues to be a major crowd-puller, despite the change in venue.

"Yes, it's still a successful event and it also continues to be incident-free. You are getting the cream of the crop of top acts, a free show and top-class production on par with an international event. Each year we continue to meet our objectives," said Roberts, who is a councillor in the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation.





beres-hammond-photo-2.jpgNew York, NY- VP Records is proud to announce that legendary reggae artist Beres Hammond's new album "Never Ending" has debuted at number one on the Billboard Reggae Chart in its first week. The album was also number one on iTunes in the US, UK, and Japan, within the first hour of its release. To launch the album, Beres participated in a whirlwind promotional tour that included media and consumer events in Jamaica, Florida and New York. Highlights included a live radio simulcast/unveiling hosted by the RJRGleaner Group, in-store meet-and-greet events at VP Records retail outlets in Miramar, Florida and Jamaica, New York and a 'Today at Apple' appearance at the SoHo, New York location where Hammond was interviewed by journalist Rob Kenner of Mass Appeal. Music at the Apple event was supplied by Massive B Sounds. All told, hundreds of fans got to meet the singer and receive autographed copies of the "Never Ending" CD and LP. Digital sales were also strong with Hammond making his strongest debut with album downloads earning him #1 rankings on the iTunes platform in the US, UK and Japan.

Another monumental achievement came last week when Apple Music, the music and video streaming service of Apple Inc., expanded its Beres Hammond Essentials playlist to highlight 75 of the lovers rock maestro's greatest songs across three playlists: Essentials, Next Steps, and Deep Cuts. Beres is the only seventh reggae artist to have such an expansive profile of his work on the streaming platform. Hammond's latest single "I'm Alive" from "Never Ending" is also featured on Apple's influential The A-List; Reggae playlist.

"Never Ending" is Hammond's third #1 album on the Billboard reggae chart. It was preceded by "A Moment in Time" released in 2008 and "One Love, One Life" released in 2012. Over the span of his three decade career, the legend has obtained 8 Top 10 hits on the Billboard Reggae Chart, including "In Control", "Love From A Distance", "A Day in the Life", "Music is Life"' and "The Ultimate Collection: Beres Hammond."

A forthcoming video for "Land of Sunshine" will be released in the coming months. The visual for "I'm Alive", directed by RD Studios, premiered on Billboard earlier this month.

"Beres Hammond continues to make music that is timeless and the 'Never Ending' album is no different," said Christopher Chin, CEO of VP Records. "We are delighted that the album has debuted at number one in the U.S. and even more excited to share this great music with the world."

"Hammond, at 63, remains an energetic and charismatic performer, his soulful, gravely vocals delivering timeless hits written about falling in and out of love and the bittersweet exchanges between those sentiments." - Billboard

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flooding-kingston.jpgTeams from the National Works Agency (NWA) have been dispatched as of Wednesday morning to investigate the cause of Tuesday's flooding along Marcus Garvey Drive in Kingston. In addition to that thoroughfare, sections of downtown Kingston as well as Waltham Park Road and Hagley Park Road were among the worst affected areas.

Marcus Garvey Drive was only recently extensively redeveloped, and Stephen Shaw, NWA Communication Manager, responding on RJR's Beyond the Headlines during the crisis, said, in relation to that thoroughfare, the agency would seek answers to various related questions such as whether some drains had been blocked or whether it was the sheer volume of water generated by heavy rain, "and with that we're also going to be looking at possible solutions to that particular issue..."

Motorists in the several sections of the Corporate Area were stranded Tuesday afternoon into late night after the downpour caused flooding and triggered major traffic gridlock.

Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie said the situation was compounded by the fact that major road redevelopment projects are taking place, "so it means that some areas are going to be affected more than (others) because of the construction work that is taking place."





84-year-old man killed in St Thomas

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA senior citizen was found murdered in St. Thomas Tuesday morning.

He has been identified as 84 year-old Nathaniel Cummings, of Danvers Pen in the parish.

Mr. Cummings' body was found at his house about 7:15.

It is reported that it had several wounds to the back.

A 12 gauge shotgun cartridge was found outside his house.

Investigators are awaiting the results of a post mortem.





police-cars.jpgThe St. Ann police have reportedly collected additional items from a premises in the Top Road community, as investigations continue into the murder of a teen girl.

This after a school bag believed to belong to the murdered teen girl, was found at the premises earlier this afternoon (Oct 23).

It's said to be close to the spot where her body was found.

The body of 14-year-old Raven Wilson of Top Road in St. Ann's Bay, was discovered with a wound to the face, in a garbage bag in her community, on Sunday.

A resident disclosed that a large crowd, including the girls relatives, gathered in the area.





Former radio talk show host shot dead in Trinidad

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crime-scene-gun.jpgPort of Spain, Trinidad, (CMC) -- Police were searching for three gunmen who shot and killed a former radio talk show host as he left his home in Santa Cruz, north of here on Friday morning.

Police said that Ricardo Welch, known as the "Gladiator", was shot as he pulled out of his driveway in the company of a 20-year-old relative, who was not injured during the attacks.

The police said that the men escaped in a waiting vehicle.

Last year, Welch, 54, was awarded TT$700,000 (One TT dollar=US$0.16 cents) plus interest in damages, after a High Court judge ruled that three of his colleagues had defamed his name when they accused him on their radio shows of being a homosexual, along with other derogatory comments.

The three had also accused him of stealing public funds by extorting money from the People's National Movement (PNM).

One of the three appealed the judgement.

So far, more than 400 people have been murdered here this year.





crime-scene-demo.jpgST ANN, Jamaica -- A 21-year-old man was stabbed to death by an angry mob in Mammee Bay, St Ann on Sunday, the police have reported.

The deceased has been identified as Akeem Harrison otherwise called 'Boysie' or 'Blacks', who the police said is of Marley District in St Ann and Red Hills Road in St Andrew.

Reports from the police's Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) are that, Harrison was attacked by the mod about 3:20 pm.

Reports are that Blacks attempted to flee the community after being accused of sexually assaulting a child there a week ago. Information is that the mother of the child confronted Harrison about the reported sexual assault, but the allegation was denied.

Harrison then reportedly decided to leave the community, but on Sunday at about 3:20 p.m., he was set upon, beaten and stabbed multiple times by an angry mob after being pointed out near Mammee Bay, St Ann. The police were alerted and on responding, found Harrison's lifeless body, which was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The St Ann police are again appealing to persons to desist from taking the law into their own hands, as they can be prosecuted for such acts. The police are conducting further investigations to locate Harrison's attackers.

The death came hours after the gruesome discovery of the body of 14-year-old Raven Wilson, a student of Ocho Rios High School, who was reported missing since Friday. The body was found in a garbage bag with wounds to the head in bushes close to her home in Top Road, St Ann's Bay in the parish.

The two killings on Sunday bring to 34 the number of homicides that have been recorded in the parish so far this year.





Reports are that the body of St Andrew businessman Jean-Pierre Rhone, of Stillwell Road in St Andrew, was discovered in the Port Royal area on Friday. Rhone, the managing director of New Era Design and Consulting, was reported missing.

The Jamaica Constabulary Force's Corporate Communication Unit (CCU was unable to provide details surrounding the murder, but said that investigators were still processing the scene.

On Friday, the police in a news release said that the 27-year-old was missing and that he was last seen at home about 5:20 pm on Wednesday.

CCU said residents stumbled upon the body shortly after 1:00 pm Friday and contacted the police's emergency centre.

It is believed that Rhone was murdered between 12:00 pm Thursday and 1:00 pm Friday.





crime-scene-tape-gloves.jpgChild rights and advocacy organisation Hear The Children's Cry is calling for more to be done to protect the nation's children from criminals and to prosecute offenders. The organisation, in a statement Monday morning, condemned the murder of 14-year-old Raven Wilson whose body was found in St Ann's Bay, St Ann on Sunday. She was reported missing on Friday after she did not return home from school.

Her death followed the killings of Shanoya Wray and Yetanya Francis, both 14, in the Corporate Area last month.

"We have not even gone ten months of the year and nearly 40 children have already been murdered during 2018. That is double the usual gruesome annual statistic," charged the organisation's founder Betty Ann Blaine.

"The truth is, children in Jamaica are at terrible peril and are at the mercy of vicious criminals on a daily basis. They are not safe in their homes, they are not safe at school, they are in danger in their communities and on the roads, they are at horrible risk on public transportation, not to mention being vulnerable targets of paedophiles when they are online," Blaine continued.

She repeated her call for Prime Minister Andrew Holness to convene a Emergency Child Summit to devise a plan to protect the nation's children.





National Junior Record holder Daeshon Gordon dies

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National Junior Record holder Daeshon Gordon passed away suddenly yesterday morning. She was 22-years old. The Florida-born 100m hurdler was completing studies for her undergraduate degree at Northwestern State University (NSU) after finishing a remarkable collegiate track and field career this spring.

NSU's director of athletics Greg Burke said: "Our hearts go out to Daeshon's family, and to our track and field family, at this extremely difficult time. "There are no words to express the feelings that so many have when a young life ends abruptly and much before its time."

Gordon smashed the Jamaican junior record at the 2015 Beijing World Championships Trials, with a personal best of 12.97 seconds to take fourth place in the final of the women's 100-metre hurdles.

She represented Jamaica at the 2014 World Junior Championships and is a two-time All-America hurdler at Louisiana State University.





Businessman shoots gun-man during robbery attempt

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA would-be robber was shot by his intended victim in downtown Kingston on Friday.

Reports are that about 5:30 p.m., the business operator was sitting in his vehicle close to his place of business when he was approached by two men armed with guns. A police source said the men held up the business operator and demanded that he hand over his money and other items of value.

Reports are that one of the men began slapping around the business operator who appeared unwilling to respond to the demands of the thugs.

What took place later has left several members of the public in shock.

"While they were there harassing the businessman he managed to pull his gun and opened fire," said one alleged eyewitness.

Shocked and confused the men who were trying to rob the business operator turned and began running from the location as the sound of gunfire rang out.

Reports are that one man from the group was shot and injured. He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead. Police from Kingston Central, who have since confirmed the reports, say they are searching for the other man who managed to escape.

The exact location of the business was withheld because of security reasons.





A Canadian citizan, 30-year-old Ailive McDonald of North Service Road, Grimbsy in the North American country, who was staying at a hotel in Rose Hall, St James, has been missing since Tuesday, October 16.

McDonald is of brown complexion, stout built, with a large tattoo on his neck.

He is about 193 centimetres (six feet four inches) tall.

Reports from the Barrett Town police in St James are that McDonald was last seen at about 8:16.p.m. wearing a white T-shirt and a pants. All efforts to contact him since then have been unsuccessful.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Ailive McDonald is being asked to contact the Barrett Town police at 876-953-7899, the police 119 emergency number, or the nearest police station.





New Era Designs managing director missing

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Businessman Jean-Pierre Rhone of Stillwell, St Andrew has been reported missing.

According to the police, 27-year-old Rhone, who is the Managing Director of New Era Design and Consulting was last seen at home about 5:20 pm on Wednesday.

He is of brown complexion, slim build and is about 168 centimetres (5 feet 6 inches) tall. His mode of dress at the time he went missing is unknown.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Jean-Pierre Rhone is being asked to contact the Constant Spring police at 924-1421 , police 119 emergency number or the nearest police station.





'Mavado is not in the island', says his lawyer

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mavado-photo-11.jpgTameka Harris, one of the lawyers for the Gully Gad, Mavado, says that the entertainer is not in the island, as is being speculated.

"I don't know about that and I doubt he is in the island because if he was, he would have shared that with me," Harris reportedly told Jamaican tabloid, Teh Star, in an interview.

The artiste left Jamaica in June after being shot at in his Cassava Piece, St Andrew, community.

According to the police, Mavado got into an argument with an individual who left the scene only to return to fire shots at the Big League singer.

Mavado escaped uninjured. Just days later, the entertainer's 16-year-old son was slapped with several charges including conspiracy to commit murder in connection to the gruesome killing of Cassava Piece resident, 23-year-old Lorenza Thomas.

The teenager is currently being held in a juvenile detention centre.





Somebody in the Education Ministry needs to answer this question....and quickly too.

Rojae Kirlew, the principal of the Cassava River Primary and Infant school in St Catherine, has reportedly objected to food with this label being distributed at his school, and there are suggestions that this rice, which will have to be cooked is the food that the ministry is giing this school, which no longer receives the popular bullas.

Kirlew, who is also the councillor for Mount Industry Division, said the school received four boxes of MannaPack Rice from Nutritional Products Limited earlier this month but none have been prepared for his students.

"I have to ask my colleagues in the cluster how this thing is prepared because we didn't know how to. This is not the first time I have seen them because I know Food for the Poor has it. Some years ago, they sent a few here, but I didn't have a problem with that because to send them to the school in general is OK. But to send them to replace the nutritional products is where I have a big problem," he said.

Manna Pack Rice is a formula created to meet the nutritional needs of children around the world who are severely malnourished. It is distributed by a Christian organisation called Feed My Starving Children.

The government has removed bullas from schools as part of a campaign to promote healthier eating among students. But Kirlew, whose school once received the popular bulla, is insisting that the MannaPack Rice will never be accepted in his institution. He said that the product is unhealthy and contains excessive sodium and starch.

"It is very high in sodium and even the chefs here was wondering how to prepare it. The nutritional snack was normally a ready snack so if a meal was going to replace it, I would expect it to be a ready snack as well. Also, something that is so high in sodium and salt cannot be beneficiary to my children," Kirlew said.





mavado-photo-12-large.jpgJennifer Messado, the real estate attorney who was disbarred last week, has paid back some of the $31 million she is alleged to have defrauded from dancehall artiste Mavado.

The entertainer's lawyer, Tamika Harris, said a portion of the money has been paid over in two instalments.

"She decided to pay that amount, she didn't receive orders from the court," said Harris. "We have already received some of the money, so now the amount is less than $20 million that she needs to pay."

Messado is currently before the courts on several fraud charges, among them being the case relating to Mavado's money. Allegations are that Mavado, whose given name is David Brooks, began making arrangements to purchase a property through his attorney, Harris.

Mavado reportedly paid Messado $30.7 million for the property, and signed a sale agreement and a document giving him possession.

However, it was later discovered that the property was not for sale.





PM Holness and Joe Bogdanoich talk entertainment

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downsound-josef-bogdanovich.jpgPrime Minister Andrew Holness is making big plans with Joe Bogdanovich on how to transform Jamaica into the premier entertainment destination in the Caribbean. The Prime Minister took to Instagram earlier this week to post a photo of himself and the Downsound Records CEO at Jamaica house holding a discussion about entertainment tourism.

"I spent some time earlier this week in discussion with one of Jamaica's main investors in the entertainment sector, Mr. Joe Bogdanovich," said Holness, "We spoke about his ideas to expand the industry, making Jamaica the premiere entertainment destination in the Caribbean. I am confident of our prospects in that regard and look forward to working with him."

Many people took to social media commending the move while also offering their own advice. "Musical theater in downtown Kingston. Live concerts. Sounds like a plan," one person posted while another said, "It's a good look for our country."

Bogdanovich, who is also the director for Reggae Sumfest, has long been one of the prime investors in the entertainment industry and has frequently advocated for the government to through their support behind Reggae/Dancehall music.





grammy-awards.jpgThe first round of voting for the 2019 Grammy Awards started Wednesday with a total of 141 albums presented in the Best Reggae Album category.

Voting from this long list will run until October 31 and the results will determine the list of nominations for reggae Grammy, usually between five and seven albums. The nominees will be announced on December 5.

To be eligible, recordings must have been released between October 1, 2017 and September 30 this year. Only voters have access to the complete list that is available on the on line ballot, however, among the main contenders on the ballot are eight-time Grammy Award winner Ziggy Marley, who is up for his seventh full-length solo studio album, Rebellion Rises, which was released on May 18. British rocker Sting and local diamond-selling artiste Shaggy are also on the ballot for their collaborative album 44/876, released in April of this year.

Hardcore deejay Popcaan is also on the reggae Grammy ballot for his album Forever which he dropped a few months ago. The Strong One -- Etana is also in on the running with her latest project Reggae Forever. Lovesick, the lover's rock project from Romain Virgo, has also been put to members of the Academy for their consideration, as is Lily of the Valley -- the début album from Jesse Royal, and Protoje's latest project A Moment in Time.

Black Uhuru, the first winner of the reggae Grammy back in 1986 for Anthem, has also made this year's long list. Should this veteran reggae band make it with a nomination for the just-released As the World Turns, this would mark their eighth nomination in the reggae Grammy category. The other projects for which they have been nominated include Brutal (1987), Now (1991), Iron Storm (1992), and Mystical Truth (1994).

International reggae acts have also contributed to this year's long list. Italian reggae artiste Alborosie and his project Unbreakable: Alborosie Meets the Wailers United is on the ballot. American acts Soja, Rebelution, and Common Kings are also up for contention. Soja is there with Poetry in Motion, Rebelution has Free Rein and Common Kings is in with their EP One Day. The perennial favourites British reggae outfit UB40 has also made it onto the ballot with A Real Labour of Love.

Past winners in the Best Reggae Album category have included Burning Spear, Sean Paul, Stephen Marley, Ziggy Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Steel Pulse, Peter Tosh, Sly and Robbie, Toots and the Maytals, Buju Banton and Damian "Junior Gong" Marley.

The 61st annual Grammy Awards will be held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, United States on Sunday, February 10.





Cannabis now legal in Canada: All You Need To Know

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ganja-use.jpgPeople in Canada are cheering, enduring long lines and honking their car horns in support as the country's first marijuana dispensaries open their doors Wednesday.

"I'm having a plaque made with the date and time and everything. This is never actually going to be smoked. I'm going to keep it forever," said Ian Power, who was among the first to buy marijuana in St. John's, a city in the country's easternmost province of Newfoundland and Labrador.internat

Canada becomes second nation in the world to legalize marijuana

Canada becomes second nation in the world to legalize marijuana

Like Power, hundreds are now legally buying recreational marijuana all over Canada, but not without adjusting to a few rules.

As marijuana enthusiasts continue celebrating this historic day for Canada, here's a quick primer to get you up to speed.

Who can buy marijuana in Canada?

Adults will be allowed to buy, use, possess and grow recreational marijuana, under the law. In Quebec and Alberta, the legal age is 18; it's 19 in the remainder of the country. The measure legalizing the recreational use of the drug passed the Senate in June.

Where can I buy it?

The supply of recreational marijuana could be limited, at least early on, in some stores.

Officials in Nova Scotia and Manitoba said they won't have a large selection, at least not on the first day, CNN affiliate CBC News reported.

"My father is going to be my first customer, and my second customer is going to be a lady who has [multiple sclerosis]," Thomas Clarke, who owns Thomas H. Clarke's Distribution cannabis retail store in Portugal Cove-St. Philip's, told CBC News.

Marijuana will not be sold in the same location as alcohol or tobacco. Consumers are expected to purchase the drug from retailers regulated by provinces and territories or from federally licensed producers when those options are not available.

Can I travel in and out of Canada with weed?

No.

Please, save yourself a lot of trouble. Whether you are entering or leaving Canada, it is illegal to have marijuana with you, and you could face criminal charges.

You can't travel across international borders with it, even if it you are going to Colorado or any of the other eight US states where it has been legalized.

What about previous pot charges?

Authorities will soon announce plans to pardon Canadians who have been convicted of possession of 30 grams or less of marijuana, CNN partner CTV reported.

The production, distribution or sale of cannabis products will still be an offense for minors.

Canada was the second country in the world -- and the first G7 nation -- to implement legislation permitting a nationwide marijuana market.

Canada was the second country in the world -- and the first G7 nation -- to implement legislation permitting a nationwide marijuana market.

Why did they legalize it?

The Canadian legislation, known as the Cannabis Act, stems from a campaign pledge of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to keep marijuana away from underage users and curb marijuana-related crime.

Some health care professionals in Canada have said they are afraid of the consequences of legalizing marijuana. Stringent rules will still govern the purchase and use of marijuana.

Canada's government also made changes to impaired driving laws to address repercussions for driving under the influence of cannabis.

Legalizing cannabis is expected to create an industry worth more than $4 billion in Canada.

Where else is it legal?

Not in many places. Canada is only the second country in the world -- and the first G7 nation-- to allow a nationwide marijuana market. In December 2013, Uruguay was the first country to legalize the production, sale and consumption of marijuana.

Nine states in the United States and the District of Columbia now allow recreational marijuana use. Medical marijuana is legal in some form in 30 states, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

The pot industry took in nearly $9 billion in sales in 2017 in the United States, according to BDS Analytics. The revenue from those sales is equivalent to the entire snack bar industry.





bail.jpgDelando Brissette, the man charged with killing a taxi driver and one of his passengers, was on Tuesday granted bail in the sum of $1 million with one or two sureties when he appeared in the St. Thomas Parish Court in Yallahs.

As part of his bail condition, he is to surrender his travel document and a stop order placed on him.

He is to report to the Yallahs police Monday to Friday.

Brissette is to return to court on December 11.

He was charged with the murder of taxi operator Jerome Bogle of Aeolus Valley and Jevaughn Russell of Pondside, Yallahs.





Former footballer on murder charge

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charged.jpgFormer Premier League football player Roberto Fletcher, popularly known as Haiti, has been charged by the Hunts Bay police with murder and wounding with intent.

He is booked to appear in court later this week. Fletcher, who played for several Premier League clubs, was arrested two weeks ago during a special police operation in Newport West.

Investigators alleged that on October 9, 2017, the 38 year-old football player and another man opened gunfire on two men along 4-40 Drive in Waterhouse, St. Andrew during a reported gang feud in the area.

One of the men, Ashley Thompson, died.

The second man was hospitalised.





Loom get-rich-quick scheme probed

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Financial Services Commission (FSC) says an investigation has started into the operations of the latest get rich quick scheme to emerge on the market. Loom, which is also advertised as the Birthday Club and a Blessing Plan, uses mainly Instagram and Facebook or direct messages through WhatsApp to attract customers, promising up to 300 per cent return on each investment.

People are invited to invest as little as $5,000 and to invite at least two more persons to join. The operators then promise that after one week of the initial investment, persons will see returns of up to $20,000.

David Geddes, Communication and International Relations Manager at the FSC, says the agency's Investigations and Enforcement Division is trying to locate the operators of the illegal scheme so it can issue a cease and desist order. Geddes pointed out that the operators of Loom would fail at any attempt to become licensed because of their unsustainable business model.





missing-teen-shavaun-wignall.jpgEighteen-year-old Shavaun Wignall of Wondy Way, Bamberry, Connecticut, USA and Lime Hall in St Ann has been missing since Monday, October 15.

He is of dark complexion, slim built, and is about 180 centimetres (five feet 11 inches) tall.

Reports from the St Ann's Bay police are that Wignall was last seen at home in Lime Hall at about 5:00 p.m. wearing a brown and white T-shirt, brown shorts and a pair of blue slippers.

All efforts to contact him since then have been unsuccessful.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Shavaun Wignall is being asked to contact the St Ann's Bay police at 876-972-2211, the police 119 emergency number, or the nearest police station.





Forex: J$132 to US$1

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The US dollar on Wednesday, October 17 ended trading at J$132.00 down by 17 cents according to the Bank of Jamaica's daily foreign exchange trading summary.

Meanwhile, the Canadian dollar ended trading at J$101.86 down from J$102.09 while the British pound ended trading at $173.39 down from J$174.44.





6 years in US prison for lottery scammer

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scam-alert.jpgLavrick Willocks who masterminded a lottery scam that defrauded at least 95 Americans out of more than US$5.8 million was sentenced Monday to six years in a US federal prison.

Prosecutors said Willocks, 29, operated the scam out of a mansion in Jamaica where he lived with his mother, Dahlia Hunter.

US authorities eventually charged 27 people and identified victims in at least five states: North Dakota, South Dakota, South Carolina, Texas and Arizona. Officials said one of the victims died by suicide.

Willocks pleaded guilty in July 2017 to conspiracy, and prosecutors dropped 65 other counts of wire fraud, mail fraud and money laundering.

He faced up to 40 years in prison, but Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan O'Konek recommended only about six years because Willocks cooperated and his plea deal prompted several other defendants to also plead guilty.

Willocks, who stood and addressed U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland, apologised for his role in the scheme but accused the government of overstating his involvement. All his co-defendants have pleaded guilty or been convicted, and most have been sentenced, including Hunter, who was sentenced last week to about 1 ½ years of time served.

The case is being prosecuted in North Dakota because the investigation began there in 2012, a year after an 82 year-old woman lost her life savings. Defense attorney Joe Johnson asked for a sentence of two years -- about the time Willocks has already served -- saying the Jamaican became a reluctant leader only because he had a college education.

Willocks will be eligible for parole after serving about another three years.





ruel-reid-photo-1.jpgEducation Minister Senator Ruel Reid has cautioned school administrators to manage their budgets wisely and not to place undue pressure on parents to plug shortfalls. Senator Reid has again reminded administrators that only voluntary contributions are to be requested of parents at the secondary level.

He was addressing the Conference of the Association of Principals and Vice Principals held on Sunday.Mr. Reid said with so many families struggling financially, the government has made efforts to give adequate funding to schools.

"We can't go back to the stage where we are forcing the parents to make the contribution and then we lock the money up in fixed deposit... It creates social problems because the same poor parents that we have to contend with out there complain. They say that they can't support that policy," argued the minister.

He said all school budgets have been received and will be scrutinised.





usain-bolt-wins-gold-200m-beijing-2015-photo-5.jpgUsain Bolt was stunned to learn he must take a drugs test despite having retired from athletics and waiting to learn if he will be given a professional contract in football.

The former sprinting star took to Instagram on Monday to show a testing notice he has received, apparently from Football Federation Australia (FFA).

"So guys, I've retired from track and field looking to become a footballer but look at this," said Bolt, before showing the letter on the video.

"How am I going to get a drug test today? I'm not even a professional footballer yet. Seriously.

"So I asked the lady: 'Why am I getting drug tested when I haven't signed for a club yet?' and she said they told her I'm an elite athlete so I have to get tested. Okay then."

Bolt is on trial with A-League side Central Coast Mariners, who are yet to offer him a contract.

The 32-year-old, who holds eight Olympic gold medals and the world records in the 100 and 200 metres.





ganja-seized.jpgThe narcotics police arrested and charged a man and woman, for breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act on Thursday, October 11. They are 19-year-old Kaydian Sheppy of Kingston and 22-year-old Osborne Rowe, a labourer of Spanish Town in St. Catherine.

Sheppy and Rowe are jointly charged with possession of ganja, dealing in ganja, taking steps preparatory to export ganja, and conspiracy.

Reports are that about 11:30 a.m., Sheppy checked in to board a flight destined to the eastern Caribbean when her luggage was searched. Police say six and a half pounds of compressed ganja was found in a false compartment.

Sheppy was taken into custody and on further investigations, Rowe who gave the suitcase to Sheppy was also taken into custody.

The drug has an estimated street value of $26,000.

They are scheduled to appear in the Corporate Area parish court on Wednesday, October 17.





Nine alleged members of the Westmoreland based King's Valley gang, which includes two females, have been transferred to Kingston, following a joint police/military operation in Westmoreland on Wednesday. The operation was carried-out in King's Valley and Peggy Barry district in Grange Hill, Westmoreland.

Head of the Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch (CTOC) Assistant Commissioner, Fitz Bailey, says the operation was conducted to curb murders in the area.

ACP Bailey says members of the King's Valley gang are wanted for various criminal activities in Westmoreland. The Assistant Commissioner says, a motor vehicle and a Taurus pistol are among items seized during the operation.

ACP Bailey has vowed to bring to justice, all other members of the king's valley gang.





Minister Bartlett orders Security Audit of Hotels

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ministry-of-tourism.jpgKINGSTON, Jamaica; October 14, 2018: Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett has ordered an intensive security audit of the tourism sector including hotels and attractions as part of efforts to strengthen destination assurance.

"I've directed the Tourism Product Development Company, which is in charge of maintaining quality assurance within the destination, to coordinate an intensive security audit of the sector so as to identify gaps and ensure that the destination remains safe, secure and seamless for visitors and locals alike. Security arrangements are part of the licensing requirements for many sector operators, so we will apply tough sanctions where breaches and or significant weaknesses are found. " said Minister Bartlett.

The Tourism Working Group established recently by Bartlett to conduct a comprehensive review of issues in the sector, and headed by PriceWaterhouseCoopers Senior Partner, Wilfred Baghaloo will also be a part of the process.

The Tourism Development Product Company, (TPDCo), through its various departments, works closely with all operators of tourism- related facilities promoting the attributes of a quality product, monitoring same and engaging the relevant authorities in a continuous effort to satisfy consumer demand and expectations. The company adopts, sets and promotes standards, guidelines and checklists for the industry in order to attain global competitiveness.

Minister Bartlett added that, "Security remains a top priority of my Ministry as this is an integral component to maintaining destination assurance. We are committed to ensuring that all visitors and locals feel safe."

The TPDCo will over the next couple of weeks review security protocols and issues across the sector and provide recommendations where needed. Tough actions where needed will follow.





MEXICO BEACH, Florida (AP): The small Gulf Coast community of Mexico Beach was known as a slice of Old Florida. Now it lies in splinters.Hit head-on by Hurricane Michael, homes in this town of about 1,190 people were shattered or ripped from their foundations. Boats were tossed like toys. The streets closest to the water looked as if a bomb had gone off. What the nine-foot storm surge didn't destroy, the 155mph (250 kph) winds finished off.

Now, rescuers and residents are struggling to get into the ground-zero town to assess the damage and search for the hundreds of people believed to have stayed behind.

Mishelle McPherson and her ex-husband looked for the elderly mother of a friend yesterday. The woman lived in a small cinderblock house about 150 yards from the Gulf and thought she would be OK.Her home was reduced to crumbled cinderblocks and pieces of floor tile.

"Aggy! Aggy!" McPherson yelled. The only sound that came back was the echo from the half-demolished building and the pounding of the surf.

"Do you think her body would be here? Do you think it would have floated away?" she asked.

As she walked down the street, McPherson pointed out pieces of what had been the woman's house: "That's the blade from her ceiling fan. That's her floor tile."

Drone footage of Mexico Beach on Thursday morning showed a stunning landscape of devastation. Few structures were unscathed. John Humphress, a storm chaser and drone pilot, arrived in Mexico Beach around 5 p.m. Wednesday, a few hours after Michael slammed into the coastline. He had one word to describe what he saw: "Apocalyptic."

State officials said 285 people in Mexico Beach had refused to leave ahead of the hurricane despite a mandatory evacuation order. A National Guard team went into the area and found 20 survivors overnight, and more crews were pushing into the area on Thursday. The fate of many other residents was unknown, authorities said.





Vanessa Bling hits Billboard

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vanessa-bling-addi.jpgDancehall artiste Vanessa Bling is rejoicing this week as her 'Still Standing' EP has made its Billboard Reggae Chart debut. Released on September 18, the six-track EP features the lead singles '10 Bags' and 'Freedom' which have been making the rounds on various radio stations locally and internationally.

Currently signed to Atlanta-based Outtaspace Entertainment and managed by En-Treeg Records, the Future Guaranteed artiste learned on Tuesday that her third EP debuted at number nine on the famed chart, earning the Hot Shot Debut Award.

"This is an amazing feeling," Bling said. "I always believed that this was where I belonged, and I am thankful for my label, my management and my entire team for believing in me as well.".

This is the first time the artiste has charted on Billboard, but she believes that she is destined for better.

"The work my team and I have been putting in is no joke. Believe me when I tell you, this is just the beginning," Bling said.

Still Standing isn't Vanessa Bling's first attempt at charting with an album. As Gaza Slim, she released Adidjaheim Records Presents: Introducing Vanessa Bling As Gaza Slim in 2011 which featured Vybz Kartel. Her second EP, Girl Boss, came out in 2012.

VANESSA BLING/.PSALM:35 on Instagram: "Lord I thank you 🙏Thanks to my amazing team and my fans for the love and support 🙏let's go #number1 #stillstandingEp @billboard #debut9..."





g-whizz.jpgSince fellow entertainer Popcaan posted a clip of the incident in which G Whizz chucked off into a not-crwded show and fell flat on his face on his Instagram page, the post has taken on life of its own with a multitude of persons commenting and reposting it.

However, G Whizz said that the Unruly Boss went further than just uploading the video.

"Big up Popcaan cause him post it and it go viral. Him actually message me after, and I was invited to his upcoming show in December in St Thomas," he said.

With another performance scheduled for tomorrow in Brown's Town, St Ann, he said he could not promise that he would not try the stunt again.

"I really don't know what to expect because sometime when yuh performing and the vibes a di whole show, things just happen. Same like how mi neva wake up and say mi a go jump off a di stage a Portmore today," he said.

For now G Whizz is looking forward to Unruly Fest scheduled for December 22.

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g-whizz.jpgEntertainer G Whizz has gone viral after a clip of him diving into fans and falling flat on his face while performing at the Release College Tour at the Portmore Community College last Monday. He sprang into the air to dive into the arms of some females who were enjoying his performance, but instead of them catching him, as he had hoped, the girls all gave him enough space to fall like a ripe breadfruit off a tree.

The "Life Soon Sort Out" singer slammed into the ground, but fortunately he says he only received a few cuts and bruises. Persons are wondering why G Whizz would have chucked off like that because there was really no crowd to catch him. In an interview with Jamaican tabloid, the Star, G Whizz is reported as saying that he was motivated by the response that he was getting from singing his hit song, he explained that he was trying to take his performance to a higher level by springing into the air, soaring like a bird for a few seconds before landing on his hands, which prevented him from suffering more severe injuries.

"The show was just full of vibes, and mi just deh deh a sing, and di crowd a sing wid mi. Di way the show get nice, mi just decide fi dweet," he told The Star.

"Before I jumped, I leaned into the crowd a couple times and the girls dem ketch mi. It was just fun, but people nuh see all a dat (his performance), dem see di drop," G Whizz added.

Now that a clip of the incident has been going viral, he said that rather than feeling embarrassed, he is laughing just as much as everybody else is.

"I was laughing when I fell, and now that it out and it gone viral and people a laugh, I am laughing too," he said.

Pointing out that it is all entertainment, G Whizz said that this is not the first time he has had a mishap while performing.

"One time when I was on stage and I was performing in Canada, my pants buss out and mi underpants a show. I was in the middle of mi show, and mi haffi continue sing. The people there were laughing too, but dem enjoy the show same way too. So a just entertainment, it come wid some spontaneous moments," he told THE STAR.





krystal-tomlinson.jpgDancehall artiste, Beenie Man and girlfriend Krystal Tomlinson have reportedly welcomed their first child together.

According to sources close to the two, Tomlinson gave birth in the last 24 hours.

Unconfirmed reports also indicate that the child, said to be a girl, is on the incubator at a prominent medical facility as the baby was a bit early.

Back in July Tomlinson announced her pregnancy for the veteran entertainer after several years of dating.

This is the first child for Tomlinson and the 12th for Beenie Man, whose real name is Moses Davis.





The teenage student from Lacovia High School in St Elizabeth who had a fight with her mother in front of the school is now missing from home. According to the police, attempts to locate the girl at her home and her relatives' houses have so far been futile.

"The girl apparently ran away from home ... at this point, we could soon be putting out a missing person report for the child," a police insider said.

The video of the tussle between the child and her mother has been circulating online. The three-minute video clip shows the girl, who is in school uniform, is seen fighting her mother at the front of Lacovia High while being jeered by a group of students looking on. During the tussle, both the Lacovia High girl and her mother fell to the ground.

The video has triggered mixed reaction from Jamaicans. Some people criticise the woman apparently going to her daughter's school to beat the child, while others say the girl was out of order for fighting her mother.





charged.jpgA teen who was taken into police custody on Sunday, following accusations that he killed his 72-year-old step-grandfather and buried him in a shallow grave has been slapped with a murder charge.

The Constant Spring police today reported that the teen, 19-year-old Sahmar Graham, will be facing the court at a date to be announced for the death of Errol Seabourne, a farmer of Burnside Hill, Red Hills in St Andrew.

Seabourne was reportedly last seen on Friday morning, when relatives who had been preparing for the funeral of another family member said it was unlike him to not show up at the "set-up" and the funeral on Saturday.

On Sunday, when one of his nieces went to Seabourne's house to make checks, she was told by Graham, who was living with him, that he had not seen him since Tuesday.

The niece detected a foul odour and raised an alarm. Residents conducted a further search that led them to an area where they saw fresh soil and the dead man's hand protruding from the dirt.





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grupo-aeroportuario-del-pacifico-will-operate-the-norman-manley-airport-in-2019.jpgKINGSTON, Jamaica, Oct. 10, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ -- The most honorable Andrew Holness, Prime Minister of Jamaica hosted the Norman Manley International Airport Public-Private Partnership Execution of the Concession Agreement to Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico (GAP).

GAP is a Mexican corporation that operates thirteen international airports in large metropolitan areas, industrial centers, and world-class leisure destinations of Mexico and Jamaica. In the last 18 years, the Group has invested over $1.2 billion US Dollars in the airports, positioning itself as one of the fastest growing airport groups of its size in the world. During 2017, the airports of the Group managed 40.7 million of passengers.

In April 2015, Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico assumed operational control of Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, investing over 191 million US Dollars to acquire a 74.5% stake in this airport. This was the largest investment of the Group outside Mexico.

GAP has developed a culture committed to customer service. One of the main objectives of the Group once it takes control of the operations of the Norman Manley International Airport next year, will be to improve the infrastructure and equipment to fulfill passengers' needs.

Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico, manages airports based on establishing strong partnerships with the airport owner, the passengers, the airlines, business developers, members in the air transportation industry and notably, with the local authorities.

"We will collaborate with the government of Jamaica in identifying tourism development opportunities and possible investors from Mexico; as well as explore potential growth for new resorts, tourism facilities and time-share business in parts of the country where the connectivity provided by the airport could be a catalyst", mentioned Raul Revuelta, Chief Executive Officer of the Group during the ceremony in which participated Hon. Robert Montague, Minister of Transport & Mining.

Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico, S.A.B. de C.V. (GAP) is a Mexican company that operates 13 international airports in the Pacific and Central Regions of Mexico and in the Caribbean:

  • Guadalajara and Tijuana, serving the main metropolitan areas.
  • Mexicali, Hermosillo, Los Mochis, Aguascalientes, Guanajuato and Morelia, serving mid-sized and developing cities.
  • La Paz, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, Manzanillo and Montego Bay, serving some of the leading tourist destinations.

In Mexico, the airports are owned by the Mexican government and were assigned 50-year concessions as part of a national initiative to privatize and improve the quality and safety of the country's airport services. In the last 18 years, GAP has invested over $1.2 billion USD in the airports. During 2017, the airports of the Group managed 40.7 million passengers.

In April 2015, GAP assumed operational control of the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay.





Sizzla to headline Chase The Cure concert

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sizzla-photo-4.jpgReggae star Sizzla will headline Chase The Cure Cancer Awareness and Benefit show next Sunday, October 14, at Turtle River Park, Ocho Rios, St Ann. The show, presented by Kloude9ine Entertainment, will also feature Tommy Lee Sparta, Macka Diamond, Lybran and Spotlight and will see the Jamaica Cancer Society benefiting with proceeds from the event.

Organiser Melvin Wright said the event came about because of experiences that family members have had with cancer.

"I'm doing this event because in late 2017 my younger sister found out that she had some cancerous abnormalities with her ovaries, and this was confirmed by four independent doctors. My sister had to schedule an emergency appointment for surgery to remove her ovaries," Wright is quoted in The Gleaner.

"Second, I currently have an uncle in Pennsylvania that is waiting to die from cancer, as not so long ago he was given less than one year to live and his health is rapidly declining," he added.

Wright, who hails from Warsop in Trelawny, has been contributing to his community in recent years. This includes donating 15 blood pressure machines, laser thermometers, chainsaws, coffee machines and other items to entities in the parish, such as medical centres and police stations.





sean-paul-photo-8.jpgSean Paul gives financial assistance to relocation of welding plant

Grammy award winning artiste, Sean Paul, having made a call for a welding plant located near the National Stadium pool, to be relocated due to the possible health hazard it presents has offered to to provide the financial assistance to the relevant authorities to complete the move.

"I am passionate about Jamaica's athletes and the energies they put into representing our country. I am also conscious of potential health and safety risks for everyone who chooses to use the facility. Not only swimmers, but netball and basketball athletes, parents, coaches, lifeguards, vendors and all staff of the stadium are equally negatively affected as they are all in close proximity to the plant. In light of this, I am petitioning for permanent removal of the welding site from the pool area to a more conducive place on the stadium grounds with very little hindrance to the workflow that, I understand, is necessary for the welding plant," he said.

Sean Paul further noted that following his recent comments on social media regarding the air pollution resulting from the welding site in close proximity to the National Stadium swimming pool, he very appreciative of the swift response by Major Desmond Brown, the general manager of Independence Park Limited -- the outfit that manages the stadium complex includes the pool.

Sean Paul is a former national waterpolo player.





Jimmy Cliff cancels shows after breaking hip

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jimmy-cliff-photo-1.jpgDr. Jimmy Cliff was forced to cancel his upcoming tour after he injured himself during a fall.

Reports are that Dr. Cliff was hospitalized after breaking his hip last month. Latifa, the wife of the legendary entertainer tells Music News that Jimmy Cliff is recovering well.

Jimmy Cliff has postponed all his shows for the month of October. His Management has apologized for the inconvenience via social media platforms.

It is not clear as to when the legendary entertainer will resume touring.





ganja-image-5.jpgDELTA, British Columbia (AP) -- Mat Beren and his friends used to drive by the vast greenhouses of southern British Columbia and joke about how much weed they could grow there. Years later, it's no joke. The tomato and pepper plants that once filled some of those greenhouses have been replaced with a new cash crop: marijuana.

Beren and other formerly illicit growers are helping cultivate it.

The buyers no longer are unlawful dealers or dubious medical dispensaries; it's the Canadian government. On October 17, Canada becomes the second and largest country with a legal national marijuana marketplace. Uruguay launched legal sales last year, after several years of planning. It's a profound social shift promised by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and fuelled by a desire to bring the black market into a regulated, taxed system after nearly a century of prohibition.

It also stands in contrast to the United States, where the federal government outlaws marijuana while most states allow medical or recreational use for people 21 and older. Canada's national approach has allowed for unfettered industry banking, inter-province shipments of cannabis, online ordering, postal delivery and billions of dollars in investment; national prohibition in the U.S. has stifled greater industry expansion there.

Hannah Hetzer, who tracks international marijuana policy for the New York-based Drug Policy Alliance, called Canada's move "extremely significant," given that about 25 countries have already legalised the medical use of marijuana or decriminalised possession of small amounts of the drug.

A few, including Mexico, have expressed an interest in regulating recreational use.

At least 109 legal pot shops are expected to open across the nation of 37 million people next Wednesday, with many more to come, according to an Associated Press survey of the provinces. For now, they'll offer dried flower, capsules, tinctures and seeds, with sales of marijuana-infused foods and concentrates expected to begin next year.





Police have launched an investigation into a physical altercation between a mother and her daughter at the front of a prominent high school in St Elizabeth.

The incident was captured on video and circulated online.

In the three-minute footage, the woman is seen fighting the girl, who is in school uniform, at the front of the educational institution while being jeered by a group of students looking on.

The tussle escalates to the point where both parties fall to the ground.

Police sources from St Elizabeth say that the law enforcement officials have since reached out to the two and are investigating the matter. According to the police insiders, personnel from the victim support unit have also gotten involved.





The community of Grange Hill in Westmoreland is now under heavy police-military security. Residents woke up this morning to find the community blanketed by soldiers and police with helicopters flying overhead.

"I have never seen anything like this in Grange Hill," said Errol Stewart, the principal of the Grange Hill High School.

"They have everything... dogs, metal detectors...you name it."

Grange Hill is currently the epicenter of the violence in Westmoreland. It has two major gangs fighting for the spoils of lottery scamming.

Earlier this year, seven murders were recorded in one night of extreme violence.





crime-scene-tape-gloves.jpgVeteran jockey, Vassel Najair died Monday from injuries sustained nearly two weeks ago at Caymanas Park. Najair was struck by getaway horse PERFECT ASSET on Wednesday, September 26, prior to the start of the seventh event. The incident occurred after three five-year-old mares bolted from the starting gate and ran onto a narrow walkway leading from the grandstand area to the winners' enclosure.

Najair suffered head injuries while trying to block the runaway horse and was rushed to the Spanish Town Hospital.

Michael Bernard, executive chairman of Supreme Ventures Racing and Entertainment Limited (SVREL), expressed his sorrow at Najair's passing.

"Both myself, as a horseman, and SVREL, regret the untimely loss of Najair. He was a very enthusiastic and dedicated member of the racing fraternity and, most recently, up to early September, an employee of SVREL," Bernard said.

Najair started riding July 29, 1967, and won a double on his first day in the saddle, partnering Gold Spoon to victory in the third race. He returned to land the ninth with Chantrelle. Najair recorded his last winner on August 7, 2017, aboard Peter McMaster's Ras Emanuel, taking his tally to 278 winners from 2,756 rides.





riu-hotel-rapist.jpgDetectives attached to the St James Criminal Investigations Branch have charged the entertainment coordinator who allegedly raped two female visitors at the RIU hotel in Montego Bay, St James.

Twenty-four-year-old Demar Dowe Scott, otherwise called 'Ninja', of Comfort district in Manchester, is charged with illegal possession of firearm, two counts of assault with intent to rob, two counts of rape, and two counts of grievous sexual assault.

He is scheduled to appear before the St James Parish Court on Wednesday.

Reports are that about 11:15 p.m on Thursday, September 27, Scott forcibly entered the hotel room of the two American women, brandished a firearm before sexually assaulting them.

It is further reported that one of the women disarmed him and shot him before he escaped.

Following investigations, Scott was arrested and subsequently charged.





Colin Powell slams Donald Trump on CNN

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donald-trump-photo-1.jpgFormer Secretary of State Colin Powell on Sunday slammed President Donald Trump, saying the United States has became 'me the president' instead of 'we the people.'

'My favorite three words in our Constitution is the first three words - 'We the People.' 'We the People.' But recently it's become 'me the president,' as opposed to 'We the People.' And you see things that should not be happening,' he said on CNN's 'Fareed Zakaria GPS.'

He also said he sees no way Trump can be a moral leader on the world stage.

'I don't know that he can do that because right now, that is not the way he is acting,' Powell said.

Powell, who head the State Department under President George W. Bush, was harshly critical of Trump's immigration policies, his treatment of the press, and the way he insults people. He challenged Trump's 'Make America Great Again' slogan, arguing the United States has always been great.

'We are great now. We always have been great,' he said. 'And so I think what we really have to do is to start changing our mode of dealing with the rest of the world and try to get a system where we are calming down, stop insulting everybody, and see if we cannot reach out.'

Powell also criticized Trump's attacks on media, who the president has dubbed the 'fake media' and 'the enemy of the press.'

'How can a president of the United States get up and say that the media is the enemy of Americans? Hasn't he read the First Amendment? You're not supposed to like everything the press says or what anyone says in the First Amendment,' Powell said.

The retired Army general also blasted the way Trump insults people.

'And I hope the president can come to the realization that he should really stop insulting people. And I used this two years ago when I said I could not vote for him in the 2016 election -- and why? He insulted everybody,' Powell said.

Trump's insults date back to the beginning of his 2016 presidential campaign, where he derided 'Crooked' Hillary Clinton and he has added on from there. He called his former FBI director 'lying' James Comey, labeled lawmaker Maxine Waters as 'crazy,' and called North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un 'rocket man.'

Powell also had strong words from Trump's 'zero tolerance' immigration policy that separated children from their families.





pope-francis.jpgThe Roman Catholic Church has recently been hit by one sexual abuse scandal after another, from Germany, to the United States, to Chile. At the same time, a deepening polarisation between conservatives and liberals in the Church has played out on social media. So the pope has now blamed the devil, but social media users are poinitng out that it must have been the "Devils in white robes" who are to be blamed

Francis' use of the term 'the great accuser' to describe Satan hit a raw nerve with one of the pope's harshest conservative critics, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the Vatican's former ambassador to Washington.

In an 11-page statement published on August 26, Viganò launched an unprecedented broadside by a Church insider against the pope and a long list of Vatican and US Church officials. He accused Francis of knowing about sexual misconduct by a former US cardinal with male adult seminarians but not doing anything about it. Viganò, concluding that his former boss had singled him out as the devil in disguise, complained in his next statement that Francis 'compared me to the great accuser, Satan, who sows scandal and division in the Church, though without ever uttering my name'.

On Sunday, a top Vatican official issued a scathing open letter accusing Viganò of mounting a 'political frame job devoid of real foundation' and contesting his accusations against the pope point by point.

Francis is so convinced that Satan is ultimately to blame for both the sexual abuse scandals and the divisions within the Church that he has enlisted the aid of St Michael the Archangel. Michael is mentioned several times in the Bible as the leader of the angels who ousted Lucifer, the fallen angel, from paradise. Catholics are being asked to recite the rosary daily in October and conclude it with a prayer to St Michael that was said after Mass until 1964 but then fell into disuse. The prayer reads: 'St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our defence against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of heavenly hosts, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan, and all evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of people.

But social media is reacting by calling all of the Pope's antic "hogwash".

"Yes, apparently Popeye doesn't believe in free will or people's ability to resist doing evil? While people might be tempted to do evil acts, they certainly have the freedom to not give in to whatever temptation. And so evil is freely committed - no one HAS to do any terrible act!"

"Well, you don't expect him to blame the men, do you? Heaven forbid!!!!"

"Yeah, Devils in White robes".

"I'm surprised it took this long to come up with that rubbish"

"A prime example of the State of Rome passing the buck yet again"

"Nice try Pope, but you're not going to dismiss the reprehensible things your employees are doing, by blaming it on the devil. Hillary didn't even use that excuse.......yet."





jamaica-prime-minister-andrew-holness-apologizes-for-inappropriate-action.jpgPrime Minster Andrew Holness has issued an apology over an 'inappropriate action' carried out on his Instagram account.

PM Holness made rounds on social media Friday after a screenshot surfaced which showed his official IG account liking a photo of a woman in a bikini uploaded to the popular media-sharing application.

The account handlers quickly unliked the images and released a statement, "An inappropriate action took place on this account today. This was done by one of our account managers," the notice read, "We have taken steps to ensure that this does not recur."





Foota Hype begs fans to help him get a new phone

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foota-hype-photo-1.jpgIs this for real?

Dancehall selector and artiste manager, Foota Hype has launched a GoFundMe account for social media users to assist in replacing his mobile device. Foota revealed over the weekend that his phone was damaged and is preventing him from during his normal Instagram live sessions.

Foota, whose given name is Oniel Thomas, launched the GoFundMe page with a target of US$1000.

"All my followers who love my [Instagram] live weh want mi get the new phone the GoFundMe up and running mek mi si if mi have real followers now," he wrote.

Foota Hype received US$120 from three donations in the first hour. He also stated in a video that he will be giving fans an address which they can ship phones to if they wish.





Hurricane Michael likely to hit Florida mid-week

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A tropical weather system that rapidly strengthened into Hurricane Michael on Monday is likely to intensify ahead of an expected strike on Florida's Panhandle by midweek, forecasters said. Michael could strengthen into a major hurricane with winds topping 111 miles per hour by Tuesday night before an expected strike on the Panhandle or Big Bend, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Since the storm will spend two to three days over the Gulf, which has very warm water temperatures and favourable atmospheric conditions, "there is a real possibility that Michael will strengthen to a major hurricane before landfall," Robbie Berg, a hurricane specialist at the Miami-based storm forecasting hub, wrote in an advisory.

Florida Governor Rick Scott issued an order for a state of emergency for 26 counties to rush preparations, freeing up resources and activating 500 members of the Florida National Guard. By mid-morning Monday, a large mound of sand in Tallahassee had been already been whittled down to a small pile as residents tried to prepare for potential flooding. A city of Tallahassee worker promised that another mound was ordered and on its way.

All indications are that it's going to be severe," said City Commissioner Gil Ziffer, adding that if the storm hits Florida's capital, there would be significant tree damage and power outages.

"Hopefully we will have no one hurt and no loss of life."

By 11 a.m. Monday, Michael's top sustained winds were around 75 miles per hour. The storm was centred about 50 miles off the western tip of Cuba, and about 140 miles east-northeast of Cozumel, Mexico.

It was moving north around seven miles per hour.





The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) is to rule whether charges are to be laid against the police corporal who was nabbed on Tuesday night, allegedly delivering firearms to gunmen in Newlands, Portmore, St Catherine. The 52 year old corporal, who is attached to the St Catherine South Police Division, was questioned for several hours Sunday in the presence of his attorney, Peter Champagnie.

A file is now being compiled for submission to the DPP.

Investigators have accused the policeman of being a member of the Umbrella Gang. He was arrested during an operation by members of the Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Branch (C-TOC). The cops intercepted his vehicle in the community of Newlands and seized an AK47 rifle, a Taurus pistol and more than 20 rounds of ammunition in his possession.

t's alleged that the policeman was delivering the guns and ammunition to members of the Umbrella Gang who are locked in a deadly feud with rival factions in Newlands.

An 18 year old boy was also arrested during the snap raid on Myers Lane.





hands-behind-bars.jpgInvestigators from the Major Investigation Division (MID) have detained the caretaker employed to the Church of God of Prophecy in Spanish Town, St Catherine, for questioning in connection with the murder of Pastor James Johnson. The caretaker was arrested Sunday during a raid at his house along Old Harbour Road in Spanish Town.

Acting Assistant Commissioner McArthur Sutherland, head of the Criminal Investigation Branch, reports that the cops went in search of the caretaker who had been eluding investigators over the last two weeks. He was found hiding in the ceiling of his house.

According to the senior investigator, the cops had been searching for the caretaker to ask him some questions about the "differing statements" he gave to investigators about the shooting death of Pastor Johnson. Investigators began preliminary questioning on Sunday, however, he is to be questioned in the presence of his attorney on Monday.

Acting ACP Sutherland declined to say whether he is a suspect.

Ballistics tests are now being conducted on the licensed firearm of the caretaker. A post mortem performed on Wednesday revealed that Pastor Johnson died after being shot in the neck and back by his assailant.

He was killed on the compound of the Church of God of Prophecy on September 23. It was reported that the 29 year old pastor was in his office at the church when he was attacked and shot. His licensed firearm was stolen.





7 years in prison for Peter Abrahams' murderer

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arrested -photo-1.jpgThe man who was last year charged for the killing of noted retired journalist and public commentator, Peter Abrahams, has been sentenced to seven years in prison for the crime.

The man - 61-year-old Norman Tomlinson - pleaded guilty to manslaughter last month, after having been charged with murder in February of last year.

Abrahams, 97, was found dead with multiple injuries at his home in Red Hill, St Andrew on January 18, 2017.

Reports were that Tomlinson, the spouse of Abrahams' household helper, visited the now deceased man and a dispute developed between the two men.

In a fit of rage, Tomlinson reportedly beat Abrahams to death.





World renowned Jamaican fashion designer Ivy Ralph passed away early this morning. She was 90 years old. Ralph, who was in Nuttall Hospital, died at approximately 3:45 am. Regarded as a pioneer of Jamaica's fashion industry, Ralph won worldwide acclaim when she created the Kareeba suit in the early 1970s.

"It was an idea I had as a child, a more comfortable style of dress for men. I wanted to help them get away from the jacket-and-tie routine, to something far more comfortably suited to the island's climate," Ralph is quoted in her biography.

Jamaica's then Prime Minister Michael Manley, the bio explained, "saw the ensemble and immediately sought out Ralph. The rest, as the saying goes, is history. It took off like wildfire, everybody wanted a Kareeba and she was busy night and day just trying to keep up with the orders, exporting to Saks Fifth Ave, B Altman, and top boutiques across the USA and the Caribbean".

The Kareeba, which was the subject of an article in the New York Times on March 24, 1976, was embraced by world leaders and celebrities, among them Barbados' Prime Minister Errol Barrow, Guyana's President Forbes Burnham, Tanzania President Julius Nyerere, the king of Swaziland, World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammed Ali, and American pop star Michael Jackson in his young days. In 1999 Ralph the Jamaican Government invested Ralph with the Order of Distinction for outstanding contribution to the promotion of fashion for export.





earthquake.jpgPORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP): The US Geological Survey (USGS) says a 5.2 magnitude aftershock rattled northern Haiti, a day after a 5.9 magnitude earthquake left at least 12 dead and 188 injured at the same location. The USGS says the aftershock's epicentre was located 15.8 kilometres (9.8 miles) north-northwest of Port-de-Paix and had a depth of 10 kilometres. It struck at about 3 p.m. local time on Sunday.

"It was an aftershock. It was at the same location," said Paul Caruso, geophysicist with the USGS. "This is the first significant aftershock."

At the time, emergency teams were bringing relief to victims of Saturday's quake, which toppled cinder-block homes and rickety buildings. Authorities said at least 12 people died and 188 were injured.

The government reported seven deaths in the Nord-Ouest province and four other deaths in the community of Gros-Morne in the province of Artibonite, the newspaper Le Nouvelliste quoted Secretary of State for Communications Eddy Jackson Alexis as saying.

The US Geological Survey said the quake hit at 8:11 p.m. Saturday night and was centred 12 miles (19 kilometres) northwest of Port-de-Paix, which is about 136 miles (219 kilometres) from the capital of Port-au-Prince. The quake was 7.3 miles (11.7 kilometres) below the surface.

The country's civil-protection agency issued a statement saying several people were injured and some houses were destroyed in Port-de-Paix, Gros Morne, Chansolme and Turtle Island. Among the structures damaged was the Saint-Michel church in Plaisance.

The civil-protection agency officially confirmed the deaths of at least 10 people.

In 2010, a vastly larger magnitude 7.1 quake damaged much of the capital and killed an estimated 300,000 people.





Social media outpouring following Elva's death

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elva-ruddock.jpgThere has been a major outpouring of grief and shock on social media following the passing of Elva Ruddock, popular stand-up comedy performer and event host. Elva passed away, after battling the autoimmune disease, Lupus. Her death left the theatre and media communities on which Ruddock left her mark in shock.

Hundreds of persons have been putting up Elva's picture on their social media statuses as a way of paying tribute to the comedienne and host of the popular Full House Fridays on FAME.

Elva always showed her bubbly side and had kept the extent of her illness private. According to social media personality Marlon Campbell, Ruddock had made him aware the first time she was hospitalised during the summer, but he never had the opportunity to visit her. He had contacted her to host an event over the past week, but Ruddock's words were "Di doctor tell me to build a likkle bit."

Theatre practitioner and comedian Owen 'Blakka' Ellis said although he was aware of her diagnosis, Ruddock had chosen to not share the full details of her health and treatment with anyone within the circle. "She would not share her illness as a means to not give it the time and space. She would have only mentioned it and say: 'Mi nah talk about it'. In addition to that, she hated sympathy," he said.

Elva was raised in Rollington Town, St Andrew, before moving to Portmore, St Catherine, and is the second of four children born to Ruby and Charles Ruddock.





elva-photo-1.jpgMedia personality and comedienne Elva Ruddock died yesterday. Reports are that she had been ailing for some time with lupus and had been hospitalised.

News of her death has shocked the entertainment, media and theatre industries on which Ruddock made her mark.

"Elva was one of those persons who could easily bring sunshine on a rainy day in anyone's life. Her bubbly personality was quite infectious. Elva was one of a kind and will always be remembered for her hilarious interactions on TV and radio. She commanded our attention with her presence and she will be greatly missed by all of us," Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia Grange said in a statement.





Benefits of turmeric thyroid

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turmeric-c-ws.jpgThe endocrine system is a network of organs and the hormones they secrete which regulate body processes such as growth, metabolism, sexual function, sleep etc. The thyroid gland is one of the largest organs belonging to this system and plays an essential role. It is located in front of the throat above the collarbone with two lobes each present on either side of the windpipe.

The hormones secreted by thyroid regulate body metabolism and activity of other hormones. The principal hormones secreted by it are triiodothyronine, thyroxine and calcitonin. The first two hormones control growth and the rate at which body burns calories while calcitonin regulates calcium levels.

The thyroid gland is controlled by the pituitary, which is considered the 'master gland' of the endocrine system. 1 in 20 people suffers from a thyroid dysfunction at some stage in life. Thyroid disorders include:

Goitre: Enlargement of thyroid gland

Thyroid treatment involves taking thyroxine supplements in case of hypothyroidism and drugs to reduce activity in case of hyperthyroidism. When this line of treatment fails, part or whole gland can be removed surgically. Thyroid cancer and nodules are treated by surgical removal or radioactive iodine. Alternative medicine and naturopathy also offer remedies to these disorders.

7 Benefits of Turmeric In Thyroid disorders

Turmeric has antioxidant benefits in various thyroid disorders.

1. It is anti-inflammatory agent

Curcumin, as well as curcumin free turmeric, have natural anti-inflammatory properties. This can benefit in conditions like thyroiditis, goitre and thyroid cancer. Curcumin acts on pro-inflammatory enzymes like COX and LOX in order to control inflammation from spreading. Unlike regular NSAIDs which act only COX enzyme, curcumin acts on both the enzymes without causing any side effects like gastric and liver toxicity. Curcumin also regulates and inhibits the activity of key players in inflammation like TNF-alpha and Nuclear factor-kappa B. By acting on these proteins as well as other biochemical targets and inflammatory pathways, curcumin relieves inflammation as effectively as conventional therapy.

What does this mean?

Turmeric and curcumin help relieve inflammation naturally in various thyroid disorders.

2. It helps as an antioxidant

Curcumin and other curcuminoids in turmeric are strong antioxidants with antioxidant activity comparable to vitamin C and E. A study published in Indian Journal of Experimental Biology,2002 reveals that turmeric extract is as effective an antioxidant as vitamin E and C in hypothyroidism. In an animal study, Samanta et.al have demonstrated that turmeric and curcumin can counteract oxidative stress (imbalance between prooxidant and antioxidant agents) caused by elevated triiodothyronine levels.

What does this mean?

As antioxidants, curcumin benefit thyroid health and balance thyroid hormone levels.

3. It benefits in hyperthyroidism

Hyperthyroidism is a condition caused by elevated thyroid hormone levels. Elevated thyroid hormone levels can cause an imbalance between prooxidant and antioxidant levels in the body. Hyperthyroidism causes oxidative stress in the brain. Jena et.al have proven that curcumin can regulate the levels of antioxidant enzyme and relieve oxidative stress induced in the brain due to hyperthyroidism. Hyperthyroidism affects the levels of liver enzyme and in turn disrupts liver function. Curcumin and vitamin E combination is found to alleviate such damage and restore liver function.

Similarly, turmeric and curcumin are found to protect kidney function due to damage caused by hyperthyroidism.

What does this mean?

Curcumin and turmeric are proven to improve antioxidant defences and protect organs from damage caused by hyperthyroidism.

4. It benefits hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism is when the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone. In an animal model of hypothyroidism, turmeric extract treatment is found to reduce atrophy (reduction in size) of thyroid glands and prevents reduction of thyroid hormone levels. It is also found to alleviate high levels of cholesterol caused by hypothyroidism. One study highlights that curcumin may have age-related effect on the thyroid gland. This study found that curcumin increases levels of thyroid hormones at a young age and reduces hormone levels in aged. Further studies are required to assess this finding.

What does this mean?

Turmeric helps stimulate thyroid hormone production in hypothyroidism.

5. Including turmeric in diet reduces risk of goitre

A study published in Indian Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism investigated the role of dietary turmeric in development of goitre. In this survey, 2335 individuals were interviewed for disease history and screened for goitre. The population had an endemic goitre and high prevalence of hyperthyroidism was observed. Interestingly goitre was less common in those individuals who consumed milk, ghee, spices, chillies and turmeric.

The researchers emphasized that turmeric use was associated with reduced goitre development and recommended inclusion of turmeric in the diet in case of goitre.

What does this mean?

Dietary intake of turmeric reduces risk of developing goitre.

6. It has immunomodulatory action

Certain thyroid disorders are autoimmune condition like Graves disease and Hashimoto's disease. These are characterized by abnormal levels of thyroid hormones and can increase the risk of developing a goitre.

In autoimmune conditions, the antibodies produced to fight infection, start attacking body tissues instead paving way for inflammation and damage to various organs. Curcumin has immunomodulatory activity- it regulates immune responses. It regulates the activity of immune cells as well as cytokines (chemicals secreted by cells) that play an important role in autoimmune reactions thereby preventing them.

What does this mean?

Curcumin benefits in autoimmune conditions that affect the thyroid gland.

7. Turmeric protects from and benefits in thyroid cancer

Turmeric and curcumin are natural anti-cancer agents. (Read Turmeric for Cancer) Research suggests that curcumin may be an effective agent in inhibiting the growth of tumors and thereby aid in the treatment of thyroid cancer. Curcumin potentiates the anti-tumor and anti-cancer effect of sorafenib and docetaxel (anti-cancer drug) in treatment of thyroid cancer.

Curcumin is proven to sensitize thyroid cancer cells to the action of radioactive iodine which is used in treatment of thyroid disorders. Curcumin manipulates a number of biochemical pathways to inhibit metastasis of thyroid cancer.

What does this mean?

Curcumin can serve as anti-cancer agent in thyroid cancer and also prevents metastasis. It also sensitizes cancer therapy.

Dosage of Turmeric For Thyroid Disorders

Dietary turmeric can benefit in reducing the risk of thyroid disorders as well as benefit in treatment. A good way of taking turmeric is Golden Paste. It includes oil and black pepper to enhance absorption of turmeric and curcumin.

You can make the Golden Paste from fresh roots.

Start with ¼-1/2 tsp a day for a week and if no side effects are observed increase gradually. The recommended dose is 1-2 tsp 2-3 times a day (precisely 1 tsp 3 times a day). The ideal dose differs with every person; depends on what suits you and benefits you.

Avoid taking Golden Paste on an empty stomach and close to the time of taking medicines (Read Does turmeric cause acid reflux? Does black pepper in golden paste interact with medicines?)

Turmeric milk and Turmeric tea are other delicious options. Need help identifying a good brand of turmeric please click here.

If taking turmeric supplements consult a doctor prior.

Precaution

Dietary turmeric is very safe but a few precautions need to be considered when it comes to turmeric supplements:

Avoid during pregnancy and lactation

Avoid if suffering from gallbladder obstruction

Avoid if suffering from a bleeding disorder

Discontinue prior to surgery

If suffering from gout or at risk of developing kidney stones, limit intake of turmeric as a spice. (Is turmeric safe in gout? Does turmeric cause kidney stone?)

Avoid taking turmeric on an empty stomach to avoid acid reflux symptoms. (Does turmeric cause acid reflux?)

If suffering from a bleeding disorder, small doses of turmeric in the diet are safe but it is best to consult a doctor before taking turmeric or turmeric supplements in this case.

A general precaution is outlined that turmeric may have drug interactions with stomach acid reducing medication, antidepressants, blood sugar reducing drugs etc. Curcumin found in turmeric is known to interfere with drug metabolism.

Hence it is advised not to take curcumin supplements concomitantly with any other medicine. Consult a health practitioner before taking turmeric supplements.

Conclusion

Turmeric is rich in powerful natural antioxidants, which makes it therapeutically effective in thyroid disorders.

It can balance thyroid hormones in hyperthyroidism as well as hypothyroidism. It can help reduce inflammation and reduce the risk of goitre. Turmeric can prevent and benefit in thyroid cancer.

We highly recommend including turmeric in the diet to manage as well as prevent thyroid disorders.

(Source: https://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-benefits/can-turmeric-help-in-thyroid-disorders)





Prayer of Jabez

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Prayer of Jabez: What is it?

The Prayer of Jabez comes from the Bible. In 1 Chronicles 4:10, we read: "And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that Thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that Thine hand might be with me, and that Thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested." The prayer is composed of four parts. First, Jabez asks God to bless him. Second, he asks God to enlarge his territory or increase his responsibility. Third, he prays that God will be with him and stay close. Lastly, Jabez asks that God keep him from harm so that he will be free from pain.

Prayer of Jabez: Why is it important?

The Prayer of Jabez reveals that Jabez understands what many people do not -- there is only one God and He should be the center of our work God wants to bless every life. But, we must first make the choice to invite God into our life and ask for His blessings. Jabez wants to succeed and increase his sphere of influence for God. The specific sphere of influence is not important. What is important is that when we want to reach for goals and accomplishments that we have God on our side. Proverbs 16:3 says, "Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established." It is critical to understand and practice this in a close relationship with God. Further, it is equally important to stay close to God and rely on His continued support and guidance throughout life. Jabez clearly knows and prays specifically to the One who can protect him from evil and pain -- God. At the end of the verse it is clear that God approved of this faithful prayer by granting it. It is also important to see that Jabez was passionate in his plea to God: "He cried out to the God of Israel." God wants to hear that we need Him through passionate prayer.

Prayer of Jabez: What does it mean to you?

The Prayer of Jabez reminds us that everybody struggles with choosing to rely on himself or God. Whether you are a focused Christian or just searching to find out more about God, life is a growing process. However, it is very clear in reviewing the Prayer of Jabez, as well as the rest of the Bible, that God is faithful in caring for those who seek Him. Jabez sets a great example of how God wants everyone to come to Him through constant and passionate prayer. If you are looking to start a relationship with God or improve your existing relationship with Him, start with prayer. God answers prayers when you trust Him (1 Chronicles 5:20). Prayers to God also please Him (Proverbs 15:8). We can all learn from Jabez and faithfully pray to God always in everything that we do.

Prayer of Jabez: The Book by Bruce Wilkinson

The Prayer of Jabez is covered in phenomenal detail by Bruce Wilkinson in his book of the same name. We highly encourage you to read this fantastic and inspiring resource, that challenges each of us to:

"Attempt something large enough that failure is guaranteed...unless God steps in!"

WHAT DO YOU THINK?

We have all sinned and deserve God's judgment. God, the Father, sent His only Son to satisfy that judgment for those who believe in Him. Jesus, the creator and eternal Son of God, who lived a sinless life, loves us so much that He died for our sins, taking the punishment that we deserve, was buried, and rose from the dead according to the Bible. If you truly believe and trust this in your heart, receiving Jesus alone as your Savior, declaring, "Jesus is Lord," you will be saved from judgment and spend eternity with God in heaven.





Comedian Mike Epps to make his Jamaica debut

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American comedian Mike Epps is scheduled to make his Jamaican debut at Outburst Stand-Up Comedy Series on October 27. The event is slated to unfold at the National Arena in Kingston at 8:00 pm.

Khalil Shirley, an executive at Hyperlinks Limited -- event organisers -- said the occasion will mark the first in a series of shows to be staged across the Caribbean.

"We're starting in Jamaica and then basically touring with Mike to other Caribbean countries like Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago before we return here," Shirley told the Jamaica Observer. "Based on each rotation, we should be doing two shows annually in Jamaica. Hopefully, when we return it'll be with a Chris Rock or Katt Williams.

Shirley said it was another American comedic, Cedric the Entertainer, who paved the way for Epps's debut.

"What happened was we initially had Cedric in mind, but he started shooting a show that would conflict the scheduled date so he got us on to Mike and did the negotiations for us."

Epps is known for his roles in movies like Next Friday, Friday After Next, Meet the Blacks and The Fighting Temptations. He has also appeared in the Netflix specials Don't Take It Personal (2015) and Underrated & Never Faded (2009).

New York-based social media comedian Majah Hype, who recently performed in Jamaica, is also on the bill. Four local acts including Dufton Shepherd and Leighton Smith are also set to perform.





beres-hammond-photo-2.jpgBeres Hammond and VP Records are hoping for greater success with Never Ending, his latest album, which is due for release on October 12.

"We're very excited to be releasing the Beres album. I believe it could be one of his best records yet," Christopher Chin, CEO of VP Records, said in a media release.

Never Ending follows a successful tour of the United States by Hammond, who turned 63 in August. So far two singles from the set have been issued: I'm Alive and Land of Sunshine. The album features 14 songs, mainly about love and social issues. Willie Lindo, Kirk Bennett, Handel Tucker, Errol "Flabba Holt" Carter, Leroy and David Heywood aka "Mafia & Fluxy", Winston "Bo Pee" Bowen, Dean Fraser, and Robbie Lyn are some of the producers and musicians who worked on the project.

Never Ending is Hammond's first album since the double-disc One Love, One Life, which was released in November 2012. That set debuted at number one on the Billboard Reggae Album Chart and, according to Nielsen Music, for which tracks sales in the United States sold 10,986 copies.

Hammond, who began his career in the early 1970s, recorded with the Zap Pow Band before going solo and working with guitarist/producer Lindo on ballads like One Step Ahead and I Miss You. In the 1990s he was signed to Elektra Records, which released his major label debut album In Control.

That album featured the hit single No Disturb Sign, which was popular on reggae charts in the US but failed to crack major Billboard charts. In Control, however, peaked at number seven on the Billboard Reggae Album Chart.





New EP from Munga Honorebel

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munga.jpgControversial 'Bad From Me Born' deejay, Munga Honorebel is back with a new EP........or possible a new album......three years after the release of 'Excuse Me'.

The EP is tentatively scheduled for release at year-end.

Among the producers working on the project are Anju Blaxx, JJ Wizzle, Portmore Society, Jr Bloodline, and Hilltop Records. According to him, the EP will represent his talent and showcase his growth as an artiste.

"Expect Munga Honorable with various styles, sounds and presentations," he said.

Born Damion Rhoden, Munga is from Islington, St Mary. He entered the Red Label Wine Superstar Competition in 1997. Four years later, he began touring with dancehall act Capleton.





A police corporal and a teenager were arrested in Newlands, Portmore, St. Catherine Tuesday night.

The 52 year-old corporal and the 18 year-old boy were held with two illegal firearms, including an AK 47 rifle and a quantity of ammunition during a snap raid in Myers Lane.

The policeman is suspected to be a member of the Umbrella Gang which operates in Newlands. Superintendent Leighton Grey, head of Operations for the St. Catherine South Police, said about 8:30 p.m. his division was contacted by the Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Division (C-TOC) for assistance.

They intercepted a motor car which was being driven by the policeman. When the vehicle was searched, an AK 47 rifle with the serial number obscured, a magazine containing fifteen rounds of ammunition and a Taurus nine millimetre pistol were found.

The policeman's licensed firearm was also seized.

A pair of licence plates was reportedly found in the trunk of the car.

A man suspected to be the intended recipient of the guns escaped. He reportedly goes by the alias Terror Blacks. The policeman and the teenager are to be questioned by detectives from C-TOC.

The Police High Commmand has ordered a top level investigation into the suspected link between the police corporal and the criminal gang.

While the cops were arresting the police corporal and teen, heavy gunfire broke out in sections of Newlands. Members of the Umbrella gang reportedly invaded a section of the community and this led to a gun battle.

A man was arrested and placed under police guard Wednesday morning when he turned up at Kingston Public Hospital with a bullet wound to his mouth. C-TOC investigators say he is a member of the Umbrella gang.

There has been a flare-up of gang violence in Newlands since last weekend.Superintendent Grey said the friction between two gangs was triggered by a robbery.





The Bog Walk Gorge in St Catherine has been re-opened following reports that is was closed.

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management says it made the decision to close the gorge for public safety reasons as rainfall continues in the hilly sections of St Catherine causing water levels in the Rio Cobre to rise.

In the meantime, the Barry route is now impassable.

Motorists are being urged to use alternative routes through Sligoville or the North-South Highway.

People are also urged to avoid flooded waterways such as fords, gullies, streams and rivers.

Despite the gorge being re-opened, motorists are advised to proceed with the usual caution.





Jamaica and France to sign air service agreement

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Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett recently departed the island for Paris, to finalise air service arrangements, which will result in the development of direct flights from Montego Bay to France.

"I am very excited to announce that Jamaica is going to be increasing connectivity with France. The Director of Tourism and I will be meeting with Air France/KLM and French Tourism Investors, to tie up an arrangement that will certainly benefit our country," said Minister Bartlett.

The discussion initially took place during a courtesy call by outgoing French Ambassador to Jamaica, Jean-Michel Despax to the Minister's New Kingston office.

During this meeting, a decision was also made for the Minister's delegation to visit officials such as the Jamaican Ambassador to France and a new marketing company.

"We are being invited to meet in France with the Minister of State for Foreign Trade, the Promotion of Tourism and French Nationals Abroad, Hon. Matthias Fekl, the French Aviation Authority, Air France and a number of investors who now have an interest in a Tourism Product in Jamaica. One of these investors is Sofitel [a chain of luxury hotels based in Paris, France, and owned by AccorHotels]," said the Minister.

According to data from the Jamaica Tourist Board, stopover arrivals from France in 2017 saw a 40.2% increase in arrivals, with 7400 visitors to the island. However, arrivals have not been consistent over the past seven years. The island had its peak in 2014 with 12,087 stopover visitors.

"We truly believe the arrivals from the French market will not only stabilise but see a significant increase once we improve the connectivity. There is a deep interest in our culture, food and music from French Nationals and of course our Jamaicans living in France. We will no doubt have to improve our marketing in this region, but I look forward to welcoming more French tourists once we have finalised this deal," said the Minister.





arrested -photo-1.jpgFour men are now behind bars after a cache of firearms, including an Uzi sub-machine gun, and more than 600 rounds of ammunition were found in a barrel at the wharf in Kingston yesterday. The police say two of the men were arrested at the wharf while the others were apprehended in secondary operations.

Law enforcement sources say the Uzi sub-machine gun, along with nine pistols, 26 magazines and the bullets were stashed in a barrel that also contained food items. The barrel was shipped from the state of Georgia in the United States and listed the recipient as a man in the Kingston 6 area, police sources revealed.

According to reports, detectives from the Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime Division (C-TOC) conducted a snap operation at Berth 7 at the Kingston Container Terminal where the barrel was scanned and "anomalies" discovered.

The weapons were found during a subsequent search.

Ammunition found

243 - 9mm bullets

100 - 5.56 bullets

100 - 7.62 bullets

130 - .40 bullets

50 - .45 bullets

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Popular female promoter from NY killed in Jamaica

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crime-scene-gun.jpgPopular dancer and female promoter who hails from Anchovy District in St. James, but resided in New York, USA, was shot and killed by gunmen in Anchovy, on Saturday, September 29, and her male companion shot and wounded.

She has been identified as Judith Annabell Miller-Warren, known to all as "Cocky Tractor". She was a popular dancehall promoter locally and abroad.

Reports by the Freeport police are that about 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Miller-Warren who recently arrived in the island, and a male companion, was travelling in a Nissan motor car in Anchovy community.

On reaching a section of the area known as Nigger Ground, they were ambushed by a group of armed men, who opened fire on the vehicle.

Miller-Warren and her male companion received multiple gunshot wounds to their upper bodies and are believed to have been robbed by their assailants.

The police were summoned and upon arrival, both victims were transported to the Cornwall Regional Hospital, where Miller-Warren was pronounced dead and the male admitted in critical condition.

Immediately following the news of her murder, a host of tributes started to roll out for Miller-Warren via social media.

"Cocky Tractor" as she was fondly called is remembered by her brilliant moves on the dance floor.

Just a few years ago, Miller-Warren now turn promoter entered the popular Dancehall Queen Contest and performed exceptionally well.





crime-scene-tape-gloves.jpgPolice Commissioner Major General Antony Anderson has condemned the killing of District Constable Mellissa Edwards-Whyte, who was assigned to Crime Stop.

Edwards-Whyte was fatally chopped during a domestic dispute at her home about 9:00 last night.

In expressing his condolences, the police chief said: "It is unfortunate that domestic violence has robbed us of another promising talent, Woman District Constable Mellissa Edwards-Whyte was met with such cruelty and callousness and no effort will be spared in bringing closure to this matter."

The Chaplaincy and Community Safety and Security Branch (CSSB) have been instructed to provide all the necessary support to colleagues and friends of the late district constable.

Members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) are also being reminded to use the resources available to the force, such as the Chaplaincy and Medical Services Branch, to assist them deal with domestic and other issues that impact their emotional, psychological and physical well-being.

In the meantime, police personnel are being encouraged to remain vigilant and undaunted as they continue to enforce law and order and build safer communities.





Alleged rapist hotel worker in police custody

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custody.jpgA Riu Hotel trainee worker who allegedly raped two female guests at gunpoint in their room on Thursday night is now in police custody.

Based on preliminary investigations, the police have identified the gunman as Demar Scott. However, there is uncertainty about where he is from as the police have found two identification cards for him, giving two different addresses. One ID card says he is from Exchange district in Ocho Rios, St Ann while the other says he is from Comfort district in Williamsfield, Manchester.

The 23-year-old suspect was held by police on Friday afternoon. In a statement, the hotel said the man had been in training for only three days before allegedly committing the dastardly act.

"Last (Thursday) night, September 27th, there was a very unfortunate incident in the Riu Reggae Hotel in which two guests were attacked by a trainee at the entertainment department of the hotel. The man, who had been in training for only three days, was able to escape," Riu said.

"The hotel management immediately called the police and accompanied and supported the guests with everything in this difficult moment," the hotel added.

The release did not reveal much details, citing protection of the guests' privacy.

"We are unable to share further details both for the protection of our clients privacy as well as to not interfere in the investigation being already carried out by the local authorities," the short statement read.

Police report that about 11pm, the gunman entered a room being occupied by two female guests at the prominent hotel through a balcony door.

The man then reportedly held up both women at gunpoint and forcibly had sexual intercourse with them, before being disarmed by one of the victims who opened fire at the suspect.

The suspect was reportedly shot in the upper body but still managed to escape through the balcony door. He remained on the lam for more than 12 hours before he was reportedly collared by cops in a central Jamaica parish early Friday afternoon





2000 pounds of ganja seized in Manchester

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ganja-seized.jpgThe Narcotics Division of the Jamaica Constabulary Force say they have placed a dent in the illicit ganja trade with the seizure of over 2,000 pounds of compressed ganja in Manchester on Friday.

Reports are that between 11:30 a.m., and 1:00 p.m. the police searched sections of the bushes along the coast line in Gutts River in the Alligator Pond area of Manchester, where several packages of marijuana were found.

No one was arrested. Members of the Narcotics Division are investigating.

The find follows Thursday's seizure of about 1300 pounds of compressed ganja in St Elizabeth.

Reports are that about about 8:00 p.m., members of the JDF Coast Guard were on patrol when they intercepted a vessel in the vicinity of Fort Charles Beach, Treasure Beach in St Elizabeth with three men aboard.

A search of the vessel revealed several packages of compressed ganja, weighing about 1300 pounds.

The men were taken into custody and the drug seized.





crime-scene-gun.jpgThe festering crime problem that has been plaguing St James jolted the tourism sector on Thursday night when a gunman barged into a hotel room in Montego Bay and raped two female tourists before he lost possession of his weapon and was shot by one of the visitors. After he was shot, the gunman allegedly jumped over a balcony and fled. The weapon, which was reportedly stolen from the room of another guest, was turned over to the police.

"Based on our initial investigations, the gunman was employed to the hotel two days ago as an entertainment coordinator, so it was not someone who walked in off the street," a police officer told The Gleaner. "The gun he had in his possession was stolen from the room of another guest, who is a licensed firearm holder."

According to police reports, at approximately 11:15 p.m., the two visitors, who are from Detroit in the United States, were in their room at the Riu Reggae Hotel in Ironshore, Montego Bay, when a man, who was armed with a handgun, walked in on them. With gun in hand, the man demanded that they perform various sexual acts on him.

While he was raping one woman, the gun reportedly fell from his hand. The other woman picked up the weapon and pointed it at him. He tried to disarm the woman, who fired two shots at him. He ran out of the room, jumped a balcony and fled. The police, who were summoned to the property, found blood stains below the balcony.

"We believe he was shot either once or twice, based on the amount of blood below the balcony and on the ground leading into bushes off the hotel's compound," said a police officer. "We will be carrying out further searches to see if we find him."

Based on preliminary investigations, the police have identified the gunman as Demar Scott. However, there is uncertainty about where he is from as the police have found two identification cards for him, giving two different addresses. One ID card says he is from Exchange district in Ocho Rios, St Ann while the other says he is from Comfort district in Williamsfield, Manchester.

"When we went to the location, one of the women handed over a 9mm Glock 17 pistol with serial number DTN201," said a police officer. "It was loaded with 16 live rounds of ammunition."

Confirming the incident in a statement, the management of RIU said: "Last night, September 27, there was a very unfortunate incident in the Riu Reggae Hotel in which two guests were attacked by a trainee at the entertainment department of the hotel. The man, who had been in training for only three days, was able to escape. The hotel management immediately called the police and accompanied and supported the guests with everything in this difficult moment. We are unable to share further details, both for the protection of our clients' privacy, as well as to not interfere in the investigation being already carried out by the local authorities."

Some six hours after the Riu incident, another Montego Bay hotel was also dragged into the news. At about 5:45 a.m. on Friday, the police, acting on information, went to the Hotel Gloriana on Sunset Boulevard in Montego Bay, where five men were arrested and two illegal firearms seized. The men were wanted in connection with a recent shooting in Spring Mount, also in St James.





cici-liquid-candy.jpgChildren's advocate Betty Ann Blaine, has charged that the controversial candy being sold to primary school children is another effort by the homosexual political movement to condition children.

"If you look at some of the initiatives being taken globally, children are being taught about homosexuality and transgenderisim, and it is being done at the youngest ages," Blaine told The Sunday Gleaner.

"So I am not surprised that they are packaging the homosexual agenda and ideology and focusing on the children. I am only alarmed and distressed that it has reached Jamaica, it is at our school gates, and our children, who are so innocent, gravitate to it because the minions are so popular," added Blaine.

She argued that Jamaica has to take a stance on the conditioning of the nation's children.

"Our Government has to be vigilant as far as these types of candies are concerned. I think that they should be pulled off the market and we should know who is importing them and who is monitoring what is being sold at school gates," declared Blaine.





cici-liquid-candy.jpgThe Sunday Gleaner reported that a new liquid candy being marketed to the children at primary schools across the island, with a symbol that appears to be rainbow-coloured male genitalia, has sparked outrage from some parents and children advocates. The CiCi liquid fruit candy comes in colourful packages featuring minions, the fictional yellow creatures that appear in the popular Despicable Me movie franchise.

One package of the liquid candy features a female minion, who is yet to appear in the movies. She is a seemingly young girl wearing a skirt and an exposed brassiere, with the rainbow coloured image and a 'ME&U' trademark, also on the front.

The candy is being sold in downtown Kingston in some wholesales at $220 for a pack of 12, and at school gates for between $30 and $40 each. It has two manufacturing addresses, India and China, and is described on the package as a sugar-boiled confectionery with its main ingredients being glucose syrup and citric acid.

Last week, several parents cried foul as they pointed to the rainbow-coloured image on the package.

"Even though it's not a large image, it's on the packaging nonetheless, and I really wouldn't want it giving my child any ideas," said Penny, mother of a seven-year-old girl.

"A so dem do poor people pickney all the time. Tek time influence them wid them out-a-order business. If me see my pickney wid it me a dash it weh. It don't look right," said another parent.

"If it was a liquor or something then you could understand. Me know people a go say it small and it might not be a big deal but something about it no sit right with me, especially the thing squirting out the tip, that just look wrong," added one parent.





bahamas-logo-OK.jpgA Jamaican has been fined and ordered deported from the Bahamas after pleading guilty to an immigration related offence. Gary Anthony Clarke, 43, who is from Westmoreland, appeared before a Magistrate on Thursday on a charge of overstaying.

According to court dockets, Clarke was taken into custody on October 22, accused of making threats and overstaying. Clarke was further questioned on his status to remain in The Bahamas, and it was at this time he admitted to remaining in the country for more than four years. Clarke said he overstayed in hopes of reconnecting with two children who he fathered while in The Bahamas.

The Jamaican was ordered to pay a fine of US$3,000 or serve six months in prison.Once that condition is satisfied, the Magistrate ordered Clarke be turned over to immigration officials for deportation.





crime-scene-tape-gloves.jpgThe Portmore police are awaiting the results of a post-mortem examination to determine whether a taxi operator and a female were killed and their bodies later dumped in bushes in Portmore, St Catherine.

The bodies, which were in a state of decomposition, were found along the Dyke Road in Portmore on Thursday afternoon. The police were alerted to the bodies by residents who came upon the gruesome sight.

The deceased have been identified as 34-year-old Andrew Haylett, taxi operator of Greater Portmore, and 23-year-old Monique Brown, unemployed of Daytona, also in Portmore.

The police found a motorcar belonging to Haylett a day before the discovery of his body along with that of the female.

Investigators are trying to determine whether the two were killed elsewhere.





jps.jpgGovernment has cleared its $7 billion debt owed to the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) for streetlights.

This was disclosed by Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie. He made the disclosure at a disaster preparedness and mitigation town hall in Douglas Castle near the St Ann/Clarendon border on Thursday.

In explaining the sudden move to pay off the streetlight debt that accumulated over several years of delinquency by the government, McKenzie said the state was being hit by interest charges every time it missed a payment.

Consequently, a decision was made for $4.5 billion to be paid to the light and power company over a two-month period to reduce the debt significantly and, after discussions with the finance minister and approval from Cabinet,"we have now paid off the entire debt. So, come the end of the financial year,we will not owe the JPS one cent."

McKenzie said the arrears stood in the way of residents getting defective streets lights repaired and new ones installed. He said the JPS has now committed to repairing the country's 12,000 malfunctioning streetlights by the end of the 2018/2019 financial year.





crime-scene-gun.jpgOn Sunday morning, two men were shot and killed in East Kingston, in a reported robbery attempt, involving a licensed firearm holder. One has been identified as Andre Smith of West Avenue in east Kingston.,

According to reports, Smith was among several men who held up a licensed firearm holder at her home.

It's understood that shortly before 1am, the men surprised the woman while she was about to enter her house. The armed men relieved her of her firearm and barged into the house. A relative of the woman made an alarm and another firearm holder challenged the men. During an exchange four persons were shot, including a schoolgirl.

The police were called to the scene, and all four were taken to hospital, where two of the intruders, including Smith, were pronounced dead, and the wounded householders treated.

Preliminary reports are that the stolen firearm as well as two illegal weapons had been seized from the shooting scene.

Prior to his death, rights group Jamaicans for Justice(JFJ) had declared that Smith was a subject of persistent police abuse, harassment and death threats. JFJ had called on Police Commissioner Major General Antony Anderson to take action.





Kurt Riley proud of his work on Beres' album

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beres-hammond-photo-1.jpgDJ/producer Kurt Riley is proud to be associated with the current number one album on the Billboard Reggae album chart - Beres Hammond's Never Ending. Riley produced the track My Kinda Girl which is featured on Beres Hammond's chart-topping album Never Ending.

"To be a part of a number one album by Beres Hammond is a great feeling. Tell the bartender to put all drinks on my tab. Once again, I am a part of history," Riley in a media release.

He explained that the collaboration came about by him taking a chance. "I took a chance and approached Beres with the assistance of a few people, plus he was good friends with my dad - the late Winston Riley. When we spoke, he agreed. I didn't just want to be that person who just wanted a Beres record. I wanted to produce a track that he would feel proud of when he heard and realised what it was that I could do. Like a father, I wanted him to be proud of me," said Riley.

Riley has always admired the musician's work. "I admire his love, passion, simplicity and humility towards his music. He has spoken to me about life through music, and the way he chooses his words to sit well with every melody and frequency that his voice encounters. Conversations, opinions, question and answers are what you will hear in the song - My Kinda Girl."

So far everyone seems to agree that it was a track well done. "I've been getting a lot of messages on social media, emails and phone calls from persons congratulating me on the production of the song. I got an email from someone who asked if I really produced the record because they didn't see me doing that type of production."

Earlier this year, Riley was featured on another Billboard number one album. He produced the track Trouble, which is featured on Romain Virgo's Lovesick album.





buju-banton-photo-10.jpgIn just over a month, on December 8, reggae superstar Buju Banton will have served his 10-year sentence, and the Grammy Award winning artiste is reportedly keen to get back to doing what he does best - producing music and entertaining his throng of fans on stage.

Already, plans are afoot for a lengthy series of live appearances, dubbed the 'Long Walk to Freedom Tour and, according to his publicist, Ronnie Tomlinson, Banton has already put together a competent team to manage his affairs when he re-enters society and is anticipating an explosive return to the entertainment scene.

But Banton has had to ensure that, upon his release from US federal prison, he is sent back to the land of his birth with minimal hassle and the least possible time spent in the custody of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Banton has had his legal status to travel and work in the United States rescinded as a result of his drug conviction and has hired a legal team to ensure that, unlike other convicted felons, he is not held in the custody of immigration authorities for any extended period.

His publicist, Ronnie Tomlinson, said his lawyers had made legal maneuvers to circumvent that process and he is not fighting his immigration status.

"Buju has made sure that his stay with ICE will be as short as possible. He has opted for voluntary deportation. He should be home in very short order after his sentence ends," she said.

Banton, whose real name is Mark Myrie, is said to be in good spirits and is anxiously awaiting the day he is no longer a guest of the United States penal system.

"Buju is in good spirits and is counting down the days, as we all are," Tomlinson said.

His first live appearance is slated to take place in Jamaica with a date and venue to be announced, she added.

"A concert is being arranged for Jamaica. It will be promoted by his team in cooperation with other entities," she said.

When he burst onto the scene, Buju Banton was guided by veteran artiste manager and producer Donovan Germain, and Tomlinson said the two were still in contact and are looking to resume their business relationship when he leaves prison. At present, Buju is listed as inmate number 86700-004 in the McRae Correctional Institute located in Georgia.

He was arrested at his Tamarac, Florida home in January 2009 by Drug Enforcement Agents on suspicion of conspiracy to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine. His first trial ended in a mistrial and he was found guilty after a second trial and slapped with a 10-year sentence.

He had one month reduced from his sentence after prosecutors dropped a firearm possession charge against him.

Banton has maintained his innocence and argued that he was the victim of entrapment. He claimed paid US government informant, Alex Johnson used the lure of lucrative music industry contacts to lure him into the drug deal and that he backed out of the deal before it went down.

Johnson has been reported as earning US$3.5 million as a confidential informant.

Federal prosecutors pinned their case on Banton tasting a substance in a government controlled warehouse in Tampa, Florida as evidence that he was involved in the illegal drug trade.

Banton's co-defendants, James Mack and Ian Thomas, were arrested attempting to sell 20 kilograms of cocaine to federal agents in Tampa. Banton was arrested hours after. Both Mack and Thomas copped plea deals and were given lighter sentences.





Morgan Heritage releases video shot in Africa

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morgan-heritage-photo-3.jpgGrammy-award winning reggae group Morgan Heritage have released the visuals for their latest single - Africa Jamaica. The highly anticipated music video and collaboration features Diamond Platinumz and Stonebwoy.

The video, which was released over the weekend, has already amassed more than half a million views on YouTube. According to the group, the video pays homage to African culture, and highlights where Jamaica's own colourful way of life comes from. "The video is an exciting fun display of where our culture comes from in Jamaica - the spirit, the dancing and the culture all come from Africa. It truly captures your attention from start to finish," they said, revealing that this was their first video shot on the continent. "Releasing Africa Jamaica - our first video shot in Africa - is a historic moment in our career, that will forever live in our hearts. It was a joy to work with Diamond Platinumz and Stonebwoy - Africa's best from east to west. We love discovering new sounds and making connections through our music, and I believe we are doing just that. We hope the people in Africa and around the world will love the music video."

This is not the first time Morgan Heritage has collaborated with Stonebwoy or Diamond Platinumz. The group first linked up with Diamond Platinumz for the Hallelujah collaboration that garnered over one million YouTube views in the first 24 hours of its release. Speaking on what it was like working with the reggae group again, Diamond says he believes they have created another 'mega-hit'. "It is always a vibe working with my brothers Morgan Heritage. This is our second song together, and I am excited that we have made yet another mega-hit for our fans. Last time we made a world-class hit so you definitely have to watch out for this new video," he said. Africa Jamaica is the lead single off the group's upcoming album set for release in 2019. Directed by Jordan Hoechlin and Morgan Heritage, the music video was shot in Ghana with scenes from Cape Verde.





Rvssian signs partnership deal with Interscope

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Head Concussion Records, owned by Jamaican dancehall, rap and trap producer Tarik 'Rvssian' Johnston, has signed a partnership deal with music giant Interscope Geffen A&M Records. The producer sees this as a step in making his label one that will stand the test of time.

"It's a joint venture. Head Concussion Records is now on a major platform. I can sign people directly to my label and Interscope."

The partnership is similar to others in the industry, such as Cash Money Record Label's relationship with Universal Records, or Canadian rapper Drake's OVO partnership with Warner Records. These deals take into account royalties, publishing revenues and ownership of masters.

Throughout his career, Rvssian has worked with dancehall artistes like Konshens, Tarrus Riley, Sean Paul, Shaggy, Gyptian and quite famously, Vybz Kartel. The producer rose to popularity after releasing Vybz Kartel's Life Sweet in 2010.

Rvssian's international takeover kicked off around four years ago, when Sean Paul and Puerto Rican singer Farruko collaborated for Passion Whine. Six months later, the Rvssian-produced track was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Last year, Rvssian released Krippy Kush with Farruko and another Puerto Rican artiste, Bad Bunny. The song was markedly successful, with its official music video counting over 600 million views on YouTube. The Krippy Kush remix, featuring the additional talents of Nicki Minaj and Travis Scott, amassed over 70 million views. In July, he released Pablo alongside Sfera Ebbasta. Its official music video has already attracted over 25 million views. Released earlier this month, the Pablo remix features Rich The Kid, Moneybagg Yo, and Lil Baby.





The government will know in November whether it has been successful in its efforts to have reggae music inscribed on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) Intangible Cultural Heritage Representative List. Culture Minister Olivia Grange said that UNESCO technical experts are in the process of examining Jamaica's reggae submission.

"We are awaiting the results and it will be a major achievement for Jamaica if we are successful in having the designation declared by UNESCO," she said.

Grange was speaking to JIS News at a joint press conference, involving the Ministry of Tourism, to launch the 2019 Carnival in Jamaica initiative held at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston Tuesday. Grange said her ministry has been tasked to establish an inventory of intangible heritage unique to Jamaica, "which is also one of the criteria" required by UNESCO.

Turning to the designation of certain areas across the island as entertainment zones, the culture minister informed that a list of locations will be available soon, which will include Kingston, St Andrew and St Catherine in the initial stages.

Meanwhile, Grange noted that the collaboration between the Ministries for the staging of carnival "is essential if we are to create a more authentic tourism experience."

She expressed satisfaction at the way "this entertainment product" has been evolving and attributed it to the "seamless fusion of dancehall and calypso/soca in parties and the road parades."

In his remarks, Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett said that he wants to "build out Carnival in Jamaica to make it more remarkable for both visitors and locals."

"This is in keeping with strategic steps that we are undertaking at my Ministry to strengthen Jamaica's competitiveness as an entertainment destination as we reposition and diversify our product and generate high growth."





Bombs sent to the Obamas, Clintons and CNN HQ

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Bombs have been found in the mail addressed to former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The package containing the explosive device that was addressed to Clinton was found late Tuesday, while another package addressed to Obama was found early Wednesday.

The explosive device addressed to Clinton was discovered within the vicinity of the home she shares with husband Bill Clinton in Chappaqua, New York.

Meanwhile, the device addressed for Obama's home was intercepted in Washington D.C, according to the Secret Service.

A law enforcement official told the Washington Post that investigators believe the explosive devices are the work of the same person who sent a similar package to liberal billionaire George Soros' home on Monday.

Both the packages were discovered during routine mail screenings for the Clintons and Obama. The Secret Service said the packages sent to Clinton and Obama were immediately identified as potential explosive devices and were handled as such.

They said the packages were intercepted prior to being delivered to Clinton and Obama.

'(Obama and Clinton) did not receive the packages nor were they at risk of receiving them,' a Secret Service statement said.

Authorities have launched a multi-agency investigation to identify those responsible.

Meanwhile, CNN's office in New York City was also evacuated on Wednesday following reports of a suspicious package.





Dalton has the X Factor

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On Saturday, Rising Stars graduate, Dalton Harris put on another impressive performance to wow the judges, the audience, and ultimately the voting public on the first live show of this season of the talent series X Factor UK.

Twenty-four-year-old Harris chose David Bowie Life on Mars and truly put his impressive vocals, heart and emotion into a 90-second performance which left the audience touched, and was enough take him into the top 14 performers. On Sunday two contestants, Trinidadian Olatunje Yearwood and Briton Armstrong Martins were eliminated.

Speaking of his song choice ahead of the performance, Harris noted that the song speaks to possibilities and opportunities.

"I'm singing that song because the line 'Is there life on Mars?' . I thought of Jamaica... Is that the only place that exists... No. Is there any opportunity anywhere else in the world. That song for me is the perfect song. I just need to put my soul into it the way I always do. That's the only way I can sing . That's the only way I know how to," Harris said

Following his rendition of the Bowie tune three of the four judges instantly rose to their feet, giving the youngster an ovation.

Judge Robbie Williams was the first to speak.

"I feel like you are an established act coming on to the X Factor to promote your own album. Your voice is absolutely incredible. I love you. Own it. You are a beautiful person with a beautiful voice. Congrats, I am a fan."

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beres-hammond.jpgThe sounds of Jamaican music and culture will be high on the list of entertainment during the third annual staging of the Love and Harmony Cruise set to sail away April 13-18 next year. Another strong line-up of acts is set to take to the high seas led by legendary Jamaican crooner Beres Hammond.

"I love it," Hammond said of the annual cruise, and the entertainment package for next year's voyage during a media junket at his Harmony House studios in St Andrew Tuesday.

"This year I find myself mixing with a whole host of Jamaican legends and there is nothing I like better than to share the stage with some of these folks who I think are simply fantastic. And then this year they have the Manhattans featuring Gerald Alston, kinda turn dem inna Jamaican, blend them into the whole thing, which is like icing on the cake. So what else can I say but just come out if you want and just come cruise with us," Hammond added.

R&B legend Gerald Alston, who was also in the house, said it was a no-brainer for the Manhattans to accept the call to be part of the package on Love and Harmony 2019.

"It's really like performing at home. The only difference is we are on a cruise. The truth is that with an audience like this we know the love we are gonna get from the fans. So we jumped at the opportunity to party with our fans and have a good time," Alston said.





grace-hamilton-on-instagram-ok-wendyshow.jpgDancehall deejay Spice has been given the international attention she craves following her white face stunt on Monday, this after deleting all her IG posts two weeks ago. Daily Mail, TMZ and the Wendy Williams talkshow are talking about the artiste. TMZ's headline reads, "Breaking News Love and Hip Hop star Spice goes all white face for album." Meanwhile, Fox Talkshow host Wendy Williams in her hot topic chat-up says, "I think it is a publicity stunt. Spice, you are winning. I don't know who you are, but I'm talking about you."

Daily Mail stated: "She joined the cast of VH1's Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta for this year's season seven. And on Monday, Spice - real name Grace Hamilton - made a provocative statement on social media to promote her new mixtape. The Jamaican rapper posted to Instagram a photo of herself with white skin and blonde hair and the caption: 'Nothing wrong with a fresh start.'

Spice made her debut as a white woman on Instagram Monday after an extremely white version of the entertainer appeared on Instagram Live to perform songs from her new mixtape, Captured. Her antics has landed her in the number one spot in the UK and the US in less than 36 hours.

Meanwhile many are labeling Spice actions a publicity stunt after watching the video for her new song Black Hypocrisy that was released this morning (23/10/18) in which she sings about colourism and loving her black complexion.

Spice is currently promoting her Mix Tape Captured. The new project distributed by Happilos features songs such as Under Fire, Gum, Cool it, Black Hypocrisy, Fake, and the title track Captured which sees the dancehall entertainer taking jabs at VP Records.

The self-proclaimed queen of stage who signed a five-year album deal with the label in 2009, says VP is yet to put out an album. On the track Captured, Spice belted out lyrics about being held hostage.

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grace-hamilton-on-instagram-since-the-photo-was-photoshopped-how-did.jpgSpice's returns to Instagram on Monday after she had deleted all the images and videos she had on the social media platform a couple of weeks ago has been marked with a white-face transformation designed to get people talking and her new single selling.

Sporting long blonde hair complemented by a much lighter, unblemished skin colour, Spice, who is known for being very dark-skinned, captioned the picture on Instagram page, saying: "Nothing wrong with a fresh start." After she uploaded the picture, social media went wild, with several persons speculating whether the Back Bend deejay had bleached her skin or the image was photoshopped. Interestingly, when Spice performed in Canada on the weekend, she had a darker complexion.

Mere minutes after, Spice posted her new look on social media, the #spicechallenge #freshstart challenge was born, with several person who had toned their skin or were in the process of lightening their complexion posting before and after images on Instagram, with the caption: "Nothing wrong with a fresh start." There were also dark-skinned persons who resorted to using photoshop or rubbing white substances like flour on their skin to achieve a 'whiter' look.

However, speaking on her Instagram live, during an interview with Billboard writer, Pat Meschino, she said that the 'new' Spice is a response to 'black hypocrisy' as persons from her own race often criticise her for being 'black.'

"It is not racism because racism is when another race is downplaying another race. I don't think it is so much about that now, I think it is about colourism, where it is your own race that is downplaying their own race. It's always a next black person saying: 'She black eeh. Lawd, she black till she shine. Lawd, she black till she look dirty."

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Ghetto Splash returns December 18

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The annual Ghetto Splash show returns to the Waterhouse Mini-Stadium on December 18. The free event, which aims to encourage unity in Waterhouse and surrounding communities, has been held at this venue for the last three years, and features top-tier dancehall artistes.

Founder and promoter of the 29-year-old concert, Patrick Roberts of Shocking Vibes Production says the relocation of Ghetto Splash from its original Craig Town base has helped maintain stability in Waterhouse, one of several Kingston neighbourhoods labelled a "garrison" because of its history of gang and political violence.

"Ghetto Splash has helped the community significantly by providing small income for vendors who sell at the event. It also helps to foster peace and unity in the community and it also gives the residents the opportunity of seeing so many top acts performing for free," Roberts told the Jamaica Observer.

First held in 1989, Ghetto Splash was a huge success in Craig Town where it attracted thousands of patrons. After a 17-year absence, it returned in 2013 at the Waterhouse Mini-Stadium.

Roberts says the event continues to be a major crowd-puller, despite the change in venue.

"Yes, it's still a successful event and it also continues to be incident-free. You are getting the cream of the crop of top acts, a free show and top-class production on par with an international event. Each year we continue to meet our objectives," said Roberts, who is a councillor in the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation.





beres-hammond-photo-2.jpgNew York, NY- VP Records is proud to announce that legendary reggae artist Beres Hammond's new album "Never Ending" has debuted at number one on the Billboard Reggae Chart in its first week. The album was also number one on iTunes in the US, UK, and Japan, within the first hour of its release. To launch the album, Beres participated in a whirlwind promotional tour that included media and consumer events in Jamaica, Florida and New York. Highlights included a live radio simulcast/unveiling hosted by the RJRGleaner Group, in-store meet-and-greet events at VP Records retail outlets in Miramar, Florida and Jamaica, New York and a 'Today at Apple' appearance at the SoHo, New York location where Hammond was interviewed by journalist Rob Kenner of Mass Appeal. Music at the Apple event was supplied by Massive B Sounds. All told, hundreds of fans got to meet the singer and receive autographed copies of the "Never Ending" CD and LP. Digital sales were also strong with Hammond making his strongest debut with album downloads earning him #1 rankings on the iTunes platform in the US, UK and Japan.

Another monumental achievement came last week when Apple Music, the music and video streaming service of Apple Inc., expanded its Beres Hammond Essentials playlist to highlight 75 of the lovers rock maestro's greatest songs across three playlists: Essentials, Next Steps, and Deep Cuts. Beres is the only seventh reggae artist to have such an expansive profile of his work on the streaming platform. Hammond's latest single "I'm Alive" from "Never Ending" is also featured on Apple's influential The A-List; Reggae playlist.

"Never Ending" is Hammond's third #1 album on the Billboard reggae chart. It was preceded by "A Moment in Time" released in 2008 and "One Love, One Life" released in 2012. Over the span of his three decade career, the legend has obtained 8 Top 10 hits on the Billboard Reggae Chart, including "In Control", "Love From A Distance", "A Day in the Life", "Music is Life"' and "The Ultimate Collection: Beres Hammond."

A forthcoming video for "Land of Sunshine" will be released in the coming months. The visual for "I'm Alive", directed by RD Studios, premiered on Billboard earlier this month.

"Beres Hammond continues to make music that is timeless and the 'Never Ending' album is no different," said Christopher Chin, CEO of VP Records. "We are delighted that the album has debuted at number one in the U.S. and even more excited to share this great music with the world."

"Hammond, at 63, remains an energetic and charismatic performer, his soulful, gravely vocals delivering timeless hits written about falling in and out of love and the bittersweet exchanges between those sentiments." - Billboard

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flooding-kingston.jpgTeams from the National Works Agency (NWA) have been dispatched as of Wednesday morning to investigate the cause of Tuesday's flooding along Marcus Garvey Drive in Kingston. In addition to that thoroughfare, sections of downtown Kingston as well as Waltham Park Road and Hagley Park Road were among the worst affected areas.

Marcus Garvey Drive was only recently extensively redeveloped, and Stephen Shaw, NWA Communication Manager, responding on RJR's Beyond the Headlines during the crisis, said, in relation to that thoroughfare, the agency would seek answers to various related questions such as whether some drains had been blocked or whether it was the sheer volume of water generated by heavy rain, "and with that we're also going to be looking at possible solutions to that particular issue..."

Motorists in the several sections of the Corporate Area were stranded Tuesday afternoon into late night after the downpour caused flooding and triggered major traffic gridlock.

Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie said the situation was compounded by the fact that major road redevelopment projects are taking place, "so it means that some areas are going to be affected more than (others) because of the construction work that is taking place."





84-year-old man killed in St Thomas

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA senior citizen was found murdered in St. Thomas Tuesday morning.

He has been identified as 84 year-old Nathaniel Cummings, of Danvers Pen in the parish.

Mr. Cummings' body was found at his house about 7:15.

It is reported that it had several wounds to the back.

A 12 gauge shotgun cartridge was found outside his house.

Investigators are awaiting the results of a post mortem.





police-cars.jpgThe St. Ann police have reportedly collected additional items from a premises in the Top Road community, as investigations continue into the murder of a teen girl.

This after a school bag believed to belong to the murdered teen girl, was found at the premises earlier this afternoon (Oct 23).

It's said to be close to the spot where her body was found.

The body of 14-year-old Raven Wilson of Top Road in St. Ann's Bay, was discovered with a wound to the face, in a garbage bag in her community, on Sunday.

A resident disclosed that a large crowd, including the girls relatives, gathered in the area.





Former radio talk show host shot dead in Trinidad

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crime-scene-gun.jpgPort of Spain, Trinidad, (CMC) -- Police were searching for three gunmen who shot and killed a former radio talk show host as he left his home in Santa Cruz, north of here on Friday morning.

Police said that Ricardo Welch, known as the "Gladiator", was shot as he pulled out of his driveway in the company of a 20-year-old relative, who was not injured during the attacks.

The police said that the men escaped in a waiting vehicle.

Last year, Welch, 54, was awarded TT$700,000 (One TT dollar=US$0.16 cents) plus interest in damages, after a High Court judge ruled that three of his colleagues had defamed his name when they accused him on their radio shows of being a homosexual, along with other derogatory comments.

The three had also accused him of stealing public funds by extorting money from the People's National Movement (PNM).

One of the three appealed the judgement.

So far, more than 400 people have been murdered here this year.





crime-scene-demo.jpgST ANN, Jamaica -- A 21-year-old man was stabbed to death by an angry mob in Mammee Bay, St Ann on Sunday, the police have reported.

The deceased has been identified as Akeem Harrison otherwise called 'Boysie' or 'Blacks', who the police said is of Marley District in St Ann and Red Hills Road in St Andrew.

Reports from the police's Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) are that, Harrison was attacked by the mod about 3:20 pm.

Reports are that Blacks attempted to flee the community after being accused of sexually assaulting a child there a week ago. Information is that the mother of the child confronted Harrison about the reported sexual assault, but the allegation was denied.

Harrison then reportedly decided to leave the community, but on Sunday at about 3:20 p.m., he was set upon, beaten and stabbed multiple times by an angry mob after being pointed out near Mammee Bay, St Ann. The police were alerted and on responding, found Harrison's lifeless body, which was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The St Ann police are again appealing to persons to desist from taking the law into their own hands, as they can be prosecuted for such acts. The police are conducting further investigations to locate Harrison's attackers.

The death came hours after the gruesome discovery of the body of 14-year-old Raven Wilson, a student of Ocho Rios High School, who was reported missing since Friday. The body was found in a garbage bag with wounds to the head in bushes close to her home in Top Road, St Ann's Bay in the parish.

The two killings on Sunday bring to 34 the number of homicides that have been recorded in the parish so far this year.





Reports are that the body of St Andrew businessman Jean-Pierre Rhone, of Stillwell Road in St Andrew, was discovered in the Port Royal area on Friday. Rhone, the managing director of New Era Design and Consulting, was reported missing.

The Jamaica Constabulary Force's Corporate Communication Unit (CCU was unable to provide details surrounding the murder, but said that investigators were still processing the scene.

On Friday, the police in a news release said that the 27-year-old was missing and that he was last seen at home about 5:20 pm on Wednesday.

CCU said residents stumbled upon the body shortly after 1:00 pm Friday and contacted the police's emergency centre.

It is believed that Rhone was murdered between 12:00 pm Thursday and 1:00 pm Friday.





crime-scene-tape-gloves.jpgChild rights and advocacy organisation Hear The Children's Cry is calling for more to be done to protect the nation's children from criminals and to prosecute offenders. The organisation, in a statement Monday morning, condemned the murder of 14-year-old Raven Wilson whose body was found in St Ann's Bay, St Ann on Sunday. She was reported missing on Friday after she did not return home from school.

Her death followed the killings of Shanoya Wray and Yetanya Francis, both 14, in the Corporate Area last month.

"We have not even gone ten months of the year and nearly 40 children have already been murdered during 2018. That is double the usual gruesome annual statistic," charged the organisation's founder Betty Ann Blaine.

"The truth is, children in Jamaica are at terrible peril and are at the mercy of vicious criminals on a daily basis. They are not safe in their homes, they are not safe at school, they are in danger in their communities and on the roads, they are at horrible risk on public transportation, not to mention being vulnerable targets of paedophiles when they are online," Blaine continued.

She repeated her call for Prime Minister Andrew Holness to convene a Emergency Child Summit to devise a plan to protect the nation's children.





National Junior Record holder Daeshon Gordon dies

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National Junior Record holder Daeshon Gordon passed away suddenly yesterday morning. She was 22-years old. The Florida-born 100m hurdler was completing studies for her undergraduate degree at Northwestern State University (NSU) after finishing a remarkable collegiate track and field career this spring.

NSU's director of athletics Greg Burke said: "Our hearts go out to Daeshon's family, and to our track and field family, at this extremely difficult time. "There are no words to express the feelings that so many have when a young life ends abruptly and much before its time."

Gordon smashed the Jamaican junior record at the 2015 Beijing World Championships Trials, with a personal best of 12.97 seconds to take fourth place in the final of the women's 100-metre hurdles.

She represented Jamaica at the 2014 World Junior Championships and is a two-time All-America hurdler at Louisiana State University.





Businessman shoots gun-man during robbery attempt

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA would-be robber was shot by his intended victim in downtown Kingston on Friday.

Reports are that about 5:30 p.m., the business operator was sitting in his vehicle close to his place of business when he was approached by two men armed with guns. A police source said the men held up the business operator and demanded that he hand over his money and other items of value.

Reports are that one of the men began slapping around the business operator who appeared unwilling to respond to the demands of the thugs.

What took place later has left several members of the public in shock.

"While they were there harassing the businessman he managed to pull his gun and opened fire," said one alleged eyewitness.

Shocked and confused the men who were trying to rob the business operator turned and began running from the location as the sound of gunfire rang out.

Reports are that one man from the group was shot and injured. He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead. Police from Kingston Central, who have since confirmed the reports, say they are searching for the other man who managed to escape.

The exact location of the business was withheld because of security reasons.





A Canadian citizan, 30-year-old Ailive McDonald of North Service Road, Grimbsy in the North American country, who was staying at a hotel in Rose Hall, St James, has been missing since Tuesday, October 16.

McDonald is of brown complexion, stout built, with a large tattoo on his neck.

He is about 193 centimetres (six feet four inches) tall.

Reports from the Barrett Town police in St James are that McDonald was last seen at about 8:16.p.m. wearing a white T-shirt and a pants. All efforts to contact him since then have been unsuccessful.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Ailive McDonald is being asked to contact the Barrett Town police at 876-953-7899, the police 119 emergency number, or the nearest police station.





New Era Designs managing director missing

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Businessman Jean-Pierre Rhone of Stillwell, St Andrew has been reported missing.

According to the police, 27-year-old Rhone, who is the Managing Director of New Era Design and Consulting was last seen at home about 5:20 pm on Wednesday.

He is of brown complexion, slim build and is about 168 centimetres (5 feet 6 inches) tall. His mode of dress at the time he went missing is unknown.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Jean-Pierre Rhone is being asked to contact the Constant Spring police at 924-1421 , police 119 emergency number or the nearest police station.





'Mavado is not in the island', says his lawyer

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mavado-photo-11.jpgTameka Harris, one of the lawyers for the Gully Gad, Mavado, says that the entertainer is not in the island, as is being speculated.

"I don't know about that and I doubt he is in the island because if he was, he would have shared that with me," Harris reportedly told Jamaican tabloid, Teh Star, in an interview.

The artiste left Jamaica in June after being shot at in his Cassava Piece, St Andrew, community.

According to the police, Mavado got into an argument with an individual who left the scene only to return to fire shots at the Big League singer.

Mavado escaped uninjured. Just days later, the entertainer's 16-year-old son was slapped with several charges including conspiracy to commit murder in connection to the gruesome killing of Cassava Piece resident, 23-year-old Lorenza Thomas.

The teenager is currently being held in a juvenile detention centre.





Somebody in the Education Ministry needs to answer this question....and quickly too.

Rojae Kirlew, the principal of the Cassava River Primary and Infant school in St Catherine, has reportedly objected to food with this label being distributed at his school, and there are suggestions that this rice, which will have to be cooked is the food that the ministry is giing this school, which no longer receives the popular bullas.

Kirlew, who is also the councillor for Mount Industry Division, said the school received four boxes of MannaPack Rice from Nutritional Products Limited earlier this month but none have been prepared for his students.

"I have to ask my colleagues in the cluster how this thing is prepared because we didn't know how to. This is not the first time I have seen them because I know Food for the Poor has it. Some years ago, they sent a few here, but I didn't have a problem with that because to send them to the school in general is OK. But to send them to replace the nutritional products is where I have a big problem," he said.

Manna Pack Rice is a formula created to meet the nutritional needs of children around the world who are severely malnourished. It is distributed by a Christian organisation called Feed My Starving Children.

The government has removed bullas from schools as part of a campaign to promote healthier eating among students. But Kirlew, whose school once received the popular bulla, is insisting that the MannaPack Rice will never be accepted in his institution. He said that the product is unhealthy and contains excessive sodium and starch.

"It is very high in sodium and even the chefs here was wondering how to prepare it. The nutritional snack was normally a ready snack so if a meal was going to replace it, I would expect it to be a ready snack as well. Also, something that is so high in sodium and salt cannot be beneficiary to my children," Kirlew said.





mavado-photo-12-large.jpgJennifer Messado, the real estate attorney who was disbarred last week, has paid back some of the $31 million she is alleged to have defrauded from dancehall artiste Mavado.

The entertainer's lawyer, Tamika Harris, said a portion of the money has been paid over in two instalments.

"She decided to pay that amount, she didn't receive orders from the court," said Harris. "We have already received some of the money, so now the amount is less than $20 million that she needs to pay."

Messado is currently before the courts on several fraud charges, among them being the case relating to Mavado's money. Allegations are that Mavado, whose given name is David Brooks, began making arrangements to purchase a property through his attorney, Harris.

Mavado reportedly paid Messado $30.7 million for the property, and signed a sale agreement and a document giving him possession.

However, it was later discovered that the property was not for sale.





PM Holness and Joe Bogdanoich talk entertainment

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downsound-josef-bogdanovich.jpgPrime Minister Andrew Holness is making big plans with Joe Bogdanovich on how to transform Jamaica into the premier entertainment destination in the Caribbean. The Prime Minister took to Instagram earlier this week to post a photo of himself and the Downsound Records CEO at Jamaica house holding a discussion about entertainment tourism.

"I spent some time earlier this week in discussion with one of Jamaica's main investors in the entertainment sector, Mr. Joe Bogdanovich," said Holness, "We spoke about his ideas to expand the industry, making Jamaica the premiere entertainment destination in the Caribbean. I am confident of our prospects in that regard and look forward to working with him."

Many people took to social media commending the move while also offering their own advice. "Musical theater in downtown Kingston. Live concerts. Sounds like a plan," one person posted while another said, "It's a good look for our country."

Bogdanovich, who is also the director for Reggae Sumfest, has long been one of the prime investors in the entertainment industry and has frequently advocated for the government to through their support behind Reggae/Dancehall music.





grammy-awards.jpgThe first round of voting for the 2019 Grammy Awards started Wednesday with a total of 141 albums presented in the Best Reggae Album category.

Voting from this long list will run until October 31 and the results will determine the list of nominations for reggae Grammy, usually between five and seven albums. The nominees will be announced on December 5.

To be eligible, recordings must have been released between October 1, 2017 and September 30 this year. Only voters have access to the complete list that is available on the on line ballot, however, among the main contenders on the ballot are eight-time Grammy Award winner Ziggy Marley, who is up for his seventh full-length solo studio album, Rebellion Rises, which was released on May 18. British rocker Sting and local diamond-selling artiste Shaggy are also on the ballot for their collaborative album 44/876, released in April of this year.

Hardcore deejay Popcaan is also on the reggae Grammy ballot for his album Forever which he dropped a few months ago. The Strong One -- Etana is also in on the running with her latest project Reggae Forever. Lovesick, the lover's rock project from Romain Virgo, has also been put to members of the Academy for their consideration, as is Lily of the Valley -- the début album from Jesse Royal, and Protoje's latest project A Moment in Time.

Black Uhuru, the first winner of the reggae Grammy back in 1986 for Anthem, has also made this year's long list. Should this veteran reggae band make it with a nomination for the just-released As the World Turns, this would mark their eighth nomination in the reggae Grammy category. The other projects for which they have been nominated include Brutal (1987), Now (1991), Iron Storm (1992), and Mystical Truth (1994).

International reggae acts have also contributed to this year's long list. Italian reggae artiste Alborosie and his project Unbreakable: Alborosie Meets the Wailers United is on the ballot. American acts Soja, Rebelution, and Common Kings are also up for contention. Soja is there with Poetry in Motion, Rebelution has Free Rein and Common Kings is in with their EP One Day. The perennial favourites British reggae outfit UB40 has also made it onto the ballot with A Real Labour of Love.

Past winners in the Best Reggae Album category have included Burning Spear, Sean Paul, Stephen Marley, Ziggy Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Steel Pulse, Peter Tosh, Sly and Robbie, Toots and the Maytals, Buju Banton and Damian "Junior Gong" Marley.

The 61st annual Grammy Awards will be held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, United States on Sunday, February 10.





Cannabis now legal in Canada: All You Need To Know

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ganja-use.jpgPeople in Canada are cheering, enduring long lines and honking their car horns in support as the country's first marijuana dispensaries open their doors Wednesday.

"I'm having a plaque made with the date and time and everything. This is never actually going to be smoked. I'm going to keep it forever," said Ian Power, who was among the first to buy marijuana in St. John's, a city in the country's easternmost province of Newfoundland and Labrador.internat

Canada becomes second nation in the world to legalize marijuana

Canada becomes second nation in the world to legalize marijuana

Like Power, hundreds are now legally buying recreational marijuana all over Canada, but not without adjusting to a few rules.

As marijuana enthusiasts continue celebrating this historic day for Canada, here's a quick primer to get you up to speed.

Who can buy marijuana in Canada?

Adults will be allowed to buy, use, possess and grow recreational marijuana, under the law. In Quebec and Alberta, the legal age is 18; it's 19 in the remainder of the country. The measure legalizing the recreational use of the drug passed the Senate in June.

Where can I buy it?

The supply of recreational marijuana could be limited, at least early on, in some stores.

Officials in Nova Scotia and Manitoba said they won't have a large selection, at least not on the first day, CNN affiliate CBC News reported.

"My father is going to be my first customer, and my second customer is going to be a lady who has [multiple sclerosis]," Thomas Clarke, who owns Thomas H. Clarke's Distribution cannabis retail store in Portugal Cove-St. Philip's, told CBC News.

Marijuana will not be sold in the same location as alcohol or tobacco. Consumers are expected to purchase the drug from retailers regulated by provinces and territories or from federally licensed producers when those options are not available.

Can I travel in and out of Canada with weed?

No.

Please, save yourself a lot of trouble. Whether you are entering or leaving Canada, it is illegal to have marijuana with you, and you could face criminal charges.

You can't travel across international borders with it, even if it you are going to Colorado or any of the other eight US states where it has been legalized.

What about previous pot charges?

Authorities will soon announce plans to pardon Canadians who have been convicted of possession of 30 grams or less of marijuana, CNN partner CTV reported.

The production, distribution or sale of cannabis products will still be an offense for minors.

Canada was the second country in the world -- and the first G7 nation -- to implement legislation permitting a nationwide marijuana market.

Canada was the second country in the world -- and the first G7 nation -- to implement legislation permitting a nationwide marijuana market.

Why did they legalize it?

The Canadian legislation, known as the Cannabis Act, stems from a campaign pledge of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to keep marijuana away from underage users and curb marijuana-related crime.

Some health care professionals in Canada have said they are afraid of the consequences of legalizing marijuana. Stringent rules will still govern the purchase and use of marijuana.

Canada's government also made changes to impaired driving laws to address repercussions for driving under the influence of cannabis.

Legalizing cannabis is expected to create an industry worth more than $4 billion in Canada.

Where else is it legal?

Not in many places. Canada is only the second country in the world -- and the first G7 nation-- to allow a nationwide marijuana market. In December 2013, Uruguay was the first country to legalize the production, sale and consumption of marijuana.

Nine states in the United States and the District of Columbia now allow recreational marijuana use. Medical marijuana is legal in some form in 30 states, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

The pot industry took in nearly $9 billion in sales in 2017 in the United States, according to BDS Analytics. The revenue from those sales is equivalent to the entire snack bar industry.





bail.jpgDelando Brissette, the man charged with killing a taxi driver and one of his passengers, was on Tuesday granted bail in the sum of $1 million with one or two sureties when he appeared in the St. Thomas Parish Court in Yallahs.

As part of his bail condition, he is to surrender his travel document and a stop order placed on him.

He is to report to the Yallahs police Monday to Friday.

Brissette is to return to court on December 11.

He was charged with the murder of taxi operator Jerome Bogle of Aeolus Valley and Jevaughn Russell of Pondside, Yallahs.





Former footballer on murder charge

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charged.jpgFormer Premier League football player Roberto Fletcher, popularly known as Haiti, has been charged by the Hunts Bay police with murder and wounding with intent.

He is booked to appear in court later this week. Fletcher, who played for several Premier League clubs, was arrested two weeks ago during a special police operation in Newport West.

Investigators alleged that on October 9, 2017, the 38 year-old football player and another man opened gunfire on two men along 4-40 Drive in Waterhouse, St. Andrew during a reported gang feud in the area.

One of the men, Ashley Thompson, died.

The second man was hospitalised.





Loom get-rich-quick scheme probed

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Financial Services Commission (FSC) says an investigation has started into the operations of the latest get rich quick scheme to emerge on the market. Loom, which is also advertised as the Birthday Club and a Blessing Plan, uses mainly Instagram and Facebook or direct messages through WhatsApp to attract customers, promising up to 300 per cent return on each investment.

People are invited to invest as little as $5,000 and to invite at least two more persons to join. The operators then promise that after one week of the initial investment, persons will see returns of up to $20,000.

David Geddes, Communication and International Relations Manager at the FSC, says the agency's Investigations and Enforcement Division is trying to locate the operators of the illegal scheme so it can issue a cease and desist order. Geddes pointed out that the operators of Loom would fail at any attempt to become licensed because of their unsustainable business model.





missing-teen-shavaun-wignall.jpgEighteen-year-old Shavaun Wignall of Wondy Way, Bamberry, Connecticut, USA and Lime Hall in St Ann has been missing since Monday, October 15.

He is of dark complexion, slim built, and is about 180 centimetres (five feet 11 inches) tall.

Reports from the St Ann's Bay police are that Wignall was last seen at home in Lime Hall at about 5:00 p.m. wearing a brown and white T-shirt, brown shorts and a pair of blue slippers.

All efforts to contact him since then have been unsuccessful.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Shavaun Wignall is being asked to contact the St Ann's Bay police at 876-972-2211, the police 119 emergency number, or the nearest police station.





Forex: J$132 to US$1

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The US dollar on Wednesday, October 17 ended trading at J$132.00 down by 17 cents according to the Bank of Jamaica's daily foreign exchange trading summary.

Meanwhile, the Canadian dollar ended trading at J$101.86 down from J$102.09 while the British pound ended trading at $173.39 down from J$174.44.





6 years in US prison for lottery scammer

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scam-alert.jpgLavrick Willocks who masterminded a lottery scam that defrauded at least 95 Americans out of more than US$5.8 million was sentenced Monday to six years in a US federal prison.

Prosecutors said Willocks, 29, operated the scam out of a mansion in Jamaica where he lived with his mother, Dahlia Hunter.

US authorities eventually charged 27 people and identified victims in at least five states: North Dakota, South Dakota, South Carolina, Texas and Arizona. Officials said one of the victims died by suicide.

Willocks pleaded guilty in July 2017 to conspiracy, and prosecutors dropped 65 other counts of wire fraud, mail fraud and money laundering.

He faced up to 40 years in prison, but Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan O'Konek recommended only about six years because Willocks cooperated and his plea deal prompted several other defendants to also plead guilty.

Willocks, who stood and addressed U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland, apologised for his role in the scheme but accused the government of overstating his involvement. All his co-defendants have pleaded guilty or been convicted, and most have been sentenced, including Hunter, who was sentenced last week to about 1 ½ years of time served.

The case is being prosecuted in North Dakota because the investigation began there in 2012, a year after an 82 year-old woman lost her life savings. Defense attorney Joe Johnson asked for a sentence of two years -- about the time Willocks has already served -- saying the Jamaican became a reluctant leader only because he had a college education.

Willocks will be eligible for parole after serving about another three years.





ruel-reid-photo-1.jpgEducation Minister Senator Ruel Reid has cautioned school administrators to manage their budgets wisely and not to place undue pressure on parents to plug shortfalls. Senator Reid has again reminded administrators that only voluntary contributions are to be requested of parents at the secondary level.

He was addressing the Conference of the Association of Principals and Vice Principals held on Sunday.Mr. Reid said with so many families struggling financially, the government has made efforts to give adequate funding to schools.

"We can't go back to the stage where we are forcing the parents to make the contribution and then we lock the money up in fixed deposit... It creates social problems because the same poor parents that we have to contend with out there complain. They say that they can't support that policy," argued the minister.

He said all school budgets have been received and will be scrutinised.





usain-bolt-wins-gold-200m-beijing-2015-photo-5.jpgUsain Bolt was stunned to learn he must take a drugs test despite having retired from athletics and waiting to learn if he will be given a professional contract in football.

The former sprinting star took to Instagram on Monday to show a testing notice he has received, apparently from Football Federation Australia (FFA).

"So guys, I've retired from track and field looking to become a footballer but look at this," said Bolt, before showing the letter on the video.

"How am I going to get a drug test today? I'm not even a professional footballer yet. Seriously.

"So I asked the lady: 'Why am I getting drug tested when I haven't signed for a club yet?' and she said they told her I'm an elite athlete so I have to get tested. Okay then."

Bolt is on trial with A-League side Central Coast Mariners, who are yet to offer him a contract.

The 32-year-old, who holds eight Olympic gold medals and the world records in the 100 and 200 metres.





ganja-seized.jpgThe narcotics police arrested and charged a man and woman, for breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act on Thursday, October 11. They are 19-year-old Kaydian Sheppy of Kingston and 22-year-old Osborne Rowe, a labourer of Spanish Town in St. Catherine.

Sheppy and Rowe are jointly charged with possession of ganja, dealing in ganja, taking steps preparatory to export ganja, and conspiracy.

Reports are that about 11:30 a.m., Sheppy checked in to board a flight destined to the eastern Caribbean when her luggage was searched. Police say six and a half pounds of compressed ganja was found in a false compartment.

Sheppy was taken into custody and on further investigations, Rowe who gave the suitcase to Sheppy was also taken into custody.

The drug has an estimated street value of $26,000.

They are scheduled to appear in the Corporate Area parish court on Wednesday, October 17.





Nine alleged members of the Westmoreland based King's Valley gang, which includes two females, have been transferred to Kingston, following a joint police/military operation in Westmoreland on Wednesday. The operation was carried-out in King's Valley and Peggy Barry district in Grange Hill, Westmoreland.

Head of the Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch (CTOC) Assistant Commissioner, Fitz Bailey, says the operation was conducted to curb murders in the area.

ACP Bailey says members of the King's Valley gang are wanted for various criminal activities in Westmoreland. The Assistant Commissioner says, a motor vehicle and a Taurus pistol are among items seized during the operation.

ACP Bailey has vowed to bring to justice, all other members of the king's valley gang.





Minister Bartlett orders Security Audit of Hotels

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ministry-of-tourism.jpgKINGSTON, Jamaica; October 14, 2018: Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett has ordered an intensive security audit of the tourism sector including hotels and attractions as part of efforts to strengthen destination assurance.

"I've directed the Tourism Product Development Company, which is in charge of maintaining quality assurance within the destination, to coordinate an intensive security audit of the sector so as to identify gaps and ensure that the destination remains safe, secure and seamless for visitors and locals alike. Security arrangements are part of the licensing requirements for many sector operators, so we will apply tough sanctions where breaches and or significant weaknesses are found. " said Minister Bartlett.

The Tourism Working Group established recently by Bartlett to conduct a comprehensive review of issues in the sector, and headed by PriceWaterhouseCoopers Senior Partner, Wilfred Baghaloo will also be a part of the process.

The Tourism Development Product Company, (TPDCo), through its various departments, works closely with all operators of tourism- related facilities promoting the attributes of a quality product, monitoring same and engaging the relevant authorities in a continuous effort to satisfy consumer demand and expectations. The company adopts, sets and promotes standards, guidelines and checklists for the industry in order to attain global competitiveness.

Minister Bartlett added that, "Security remains a top priority of my Ministry as this is an integral component to maintaining destination assurance. We are committed to ensuring that all visitors and locals feel safe."

The TPDCo will over the next couple of weeks review security protocols and issues across the sector and provide recommendations where needed. Tough actions where needed will follow.





MEXICO BEACH, Florida (AP): The small Gulf Coast community of Mexico Beach was known as a slice of Old Florida. Now it lies in splinters.Hit head-on by Hurricane Michael, homes in this town of about 1,190 people were shattered or ripped from their foundations. Boats were tossed like toys. The streets closest to the water looked as if a bomb had gone off. What the nine-foot storm surge didn't destroy, the 155mph (250 kph) winds finished off.

Now, rescuers and residents are struggling to get into the ground-zero town to assess the damage and search for the hundreds of people believed to have stayed behind.

Mishelle McPherson and her ex-husband looked for the elderly mother of a friend yesterday. The woman lived in a small cinderblock house about 150 yards from the Gulf and thought she would be OK.Her home was reduced to crumbled cinderblocks and pieces of floor tile.

"Aggy! Aggy!" McPherson yelled. The only sound that came back was the echo from the half-demolished building and the pounding of the surf.

"Do you think her body would be here? Do you think it would have floated away?" she asked.

As she walked down the street, McPherson pointed out pieces of what had been the woman's house: "That's the blade from her ceiling fan. That's her floor tile."

Drone footage of Mexico Beach on Thursday morning showed a stunning landscape of devastation. Few structures were unscathed. John Humphress, a storm chaser and drone pilot, arrived in Mexico Beach around 5 p.m. Wednesday, a few hours after Michael slammed into the coastline. He had one word to describe what he saw: "Apocalyptic."

State officials said 285 people in Mexico Beach had refused to leave ahead of the hurricane despite a mandatory evacuation order. A National Guard team went into the area and found 20 survivors overnight, and more crews were pushing into the area on Thursday. The fate of many other residents was unknown, authorities said.





Vanessa Bling hits Billboard

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vanessa-bling-addi.jpgDancehall artiste Vanessa Bling is rejoicing this week as her 'Still Standing' EP has made its Billboard Reggae Chart debut. Released on September 18, the six-track EP features the lead singles '10 Bags' and 'Freedom' which have been making the rounds on various radio stations locally and internationally.

Currently signed to Atlanta-based Outtaspace Entertainment and managed by En-Treeg Records, the Future Guaranteed artiste learned on Tuesday that her third EP debuted at number nine on the famed chart, earning the Hot Shot Debut Award.

"This is an amazing feeling," Bling said. "I always believed that this was where I belonged, and I am thankful for my label, my management and my entire team for believing in me as well.".

This is the first time the artiste has charted on Billboard, but she believes that she is destined for better.

"The work my team and I have been putting in is no joke. Believe me when I tell you, this is just the beginning," Bling said.

Still Standing isn't Vanessa Bling's first attempt at charting with an album. As Gaza Slim, she released Adidjaheim Records Presents: Introducing Vanessa Bling As Gaza Slim in 2011 which featured Vybz Kartel. Her second EP, Girl Boss, came out in 2012.

VANESSA BLING/.PSALM:35 on Instagram: "Lord I thank you 🙏Thanks to my amazing team and my fans for the love and support 🙏let's go #number1 #stillstandingEp @billboard #debut9..."





g-whizz.jpgSince fellow entertainer Popcaan posted a clip of the incident in which G Whizz chucked off into a not-crwded show and fell flat on his face on his Instagram page, the post has taken on life of its own with a multitude of persons commenting and reposting it.

However, G Whizz said that the Unruly Boss went further than just uploading the video.

"Big up Popcaan cause him post it and it go viral. Him actually message me after, and I was invited to his upcoming show in December in St Thomas," he said.

With another performance scheduled for tomorrow in Brown's Town, St Ann, he said he could not promise that he would not try the stunt again.

"I really don't know what to expect because sometime when yuh performing and the vibes a di whole show, things just happen. Same like how mi neva wake up and say mi a go jump off a di stage a Portmore today," he said.

For now G Whizz is looking forward to Unruly Fest scheduled for December 22.

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g-whizz.jpgEntertainer G Whizz has gone viral after a clip of him diving into fans and falling flat on his face while performing at the Release College Tour at the Portmore Community College last Monday. He sprang into the air to dive into the arms of some females who were enjoying his performance, but instead of them catching him, as he had hoped, the girls all gave him enough space to fall like a ripe breadfruit off a tree.

The "Life Soon Sort Out" singer slammed into the ground, but fortunately he says he only received a few cuts and bruises. Persons are wondering why G Whizz would have chucked off like that because there was really no crowd to catch him. In an interview with Jamaican tabloid, the Star, G Whizz is reported as saying that he was motivated by the response that he was getting from singing his hit song, he explained that he was trying to take his performance to a higher level by springing into the air, soaring like a bird for a few seconds before landing on his hands, which prevented him from suffering more severe injuries.

"The show was just full of vibes, and mi just deh deh a sing, and di crowd a sing wid mi. Di way the show get nice, mi just decide fi dweet," he told The Star.

"Before I jumped, I leaned into the crowd a couple times and the girls dem ketch mi. It was just fun, but people nuh see all a dat (his performance), dem see di drop," G Whizz added.

Now that a clip of the incident has been going viral, he said that rather than feeling embarrassed, he is laughing just as much as everybody else is.

"I was laughing when I fell, and now that it out and it gone viral and people a laugh, I am laughing too," he said.

Pointing out that it is all entertainment, G Whizz said that this is not the first time he has had a mishap while performing.

"One time when I was on stage and I was performing in Canada, my pants buss out and mi underpants a show. I was in the middle of mi show, and mi haffi continue sing. The people there were laughing too, but dem enjoy the show same way too. So a just entertainment, it come wid some spontaneous moments," he told THE STAR.





krystal-tomlinson.jpgDancehall artiste, Beenie Man and girlfriend Krystal Tomlinson have reportedly welcomed their first child together.

According to sources close to the two, Tomlinson gave birth in the last 24 hours.

Unconfirmed reports also indicate that the child, said to be a girl, is on the incubator at a prominent medical facility as the baby was a bit early.

Back in July Tomlinson announced her pregnancy for the veteran entertainer after several years of dating.

This is the first child for Tomlinson and the 12th for Beenie Man, whose real name is Moses Davis.





The teenage student from Lacovia High School in St Elizabeth who had a fight with her mother in front of the school is now missing from home. According to the police, attempts to locate the girl at her home and her relatives' houses have so far been futile.

"The girl apparently ran away from home ... at this point, we could soon be putting out a missing person report for the child," a police insider said.

The video of the tussle between the child and her mother has been circulating online. The three-minute video clip shows the girl, who is in school uniform, is seen fighting her mother at the front of Lacovia High while being jeered by a group of students looking on. During the tussle, both the Lacovia High girl and her mother fell to the ground.

The video has triggered mixed reaction from Jamaicans. Some people criticise the woman apparently going to her daughter's school to beat the child, while others say the girl was out of order for fighting her mother.





charged.jpgA teen who was taken into police custody on Sunday, following accusations that he killed his 72-year-old step-grandfather and buried him in a shallow grave has been slapped with a murder charge.

The Constant Spring police today reported that the teen, 19-year-old Sahmar Graham, will be facing the court at a date to be announced for the death of Errol Seabourne, a farmer of Burnside Hill, Red Hills in St Andrew.

Seabourne was reportedly last seen on Friday morning, when relatives who had been preparing for the funeral of another family member said it was unlike him to not show up at the "set-up" and the funeral on Saturday.

On Sunday, when one of his nieces went to Seabourne's house to make checks, she was told by Graham, who was living with him, that he had not seen him since Tuesday.

The niece detected a foul odour and raised an alarm. Residents conducted a further search that led them to an area where they saw fresh soil and the dead man's hand protruding from the dirt.





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grupo-aeroportuario-del-pacifico-will-operate-the-norman-manley-airport-in-2019.jpgKINGSTON, Jamaica, Oct. 10, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ -- The most honorable Andrew Holness, Prime Minister of Jamaica hosted the Norman Manley International Airport Public-Private Partnership Execution of the Concession Agreement to Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico (GAP).

GAP is a Mexican corporation that operates thirteen international airports in large metropolitan areas, industrial centers, and world-class leisure destinations of Mexico and Jamaica. In the last 18 years, the Group has invested over $1.2 billion US Dollars in the airports, positioning itself as one of the fastest growing airport groups of its size in the world. During 2017, the airports of the Group managed 40.7 million of passengers.

In April 2015, Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico assumed operational control of Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, investing over 191 million US Dollars to acquire a 74.5% stake in this airport. This was the largest investment of the Group outside Mexico.

GAP has developed a culture committed to customer service. One of the main objectives of the Group once it takes control of the operations of the Norman Manley International Airport next year, will be to improve the infrastructure and equipment to fulfill passengers' needs.

Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico, manages airports based on establishing strong partnerships with the airport owner, the passengers, the airlines, business developers, members in the air transportation industry and notably, with the local authorities.

"We will collaborate with the government of Jamaica in identifying tourism development opportunities and possible investors from Mexico; as well as explore potential growth for new resorts, tourism facilities and time-share business in parts of the country where the connectivity provided by the airport could be a catalyst", mentioned Raul Revuelta, Chief Executive Officer of the Group during the ceremony in which participated Hon. Robert Montague, Minister of Transport & Mining.

Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico, S.A.B. de C.V. (GAP) is a Mexican company that operates 13 international airports in the Pacific and Central Regions of Mexico and in the Caribbean:

  • Guadalajara and Tijuana, serving the main metropolitan areas.
  • Mexicali, Hermosillo, Los Mochis, Aguascalientes, Guanajuato and Morelia, serving mid-sized and developing cities.
  • La Paz, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, Manzanillo and Montego Bay, serving some of the leading tourist destinations.

In Mexico, the airports are owned by the Mexican government and were assigned 50-year concessions as part of a national initiative to privatize and improve the quality and safety of the country's airport services. In the last 18 years, GAP has invested over $1.2 billion USD in the airports. During 2017, the airports of the Group managed 40.7 million passengers.

In April 2015, GAP assumed operational control of the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay.





Sizzla to headline Chase The Cure concert

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sizzla-photo-4.jpgReggae star Sizzla will headline Chase The Cure Cancer Awareness and Benefit show next Sunday, October 14, at Turtle River Park, Ocho Rios, St Ann. The show, presented by Kloude9ine Entertainment, will also feature Tommy Lee Sparta, Macka Diamond, Lybran and Spotlight and will see the Jamaica Cancer Society benefiting with proceeds from the event.

Organiser Melvin Wright said the event came about because of experiences that family members have had with cancer.

"I'm doing this event because in late 2017 my younger sister found out that she had some cancerous abnormalities with her ovaries, and this was confirmed by four independent doctors. My sister had to schedule an emergency appointment for surgery to remove her ovaries," Wright is quoted in The Gleaner.

"Second, I currently have an uncle in Pennsylvania that is waiting to die from cancer, as not so long ago he was given less than one year to live and his health is rapidly declining," he added.

Wright, who hails from Warsop in Trelawny, has been contributing to his community in recent years. This includes donating 15 blood pressure machines, laser thermometers, chainsaws, coffee machines and other items to entities in the parish, such as medical centres and police stations.





sean-paul-photo-8.jpgSean Paul gives financial assistance to relocation of welding plant

Grammy award winning artiste, Sean Paul, having made a call for a welding plant located near the National Stadium pool, to be relocated due to the possible health hazard it presents has offered to to provide the financial assistance to the relevant authorities to complete the move.

"I am passionate about Jamaica's athletes and the energies they put into representing our country. I am also conscious of potential health and safety risks for everyone who chooses to use the facility. Not only swimmers, but netball and basketball athletes, parents, coaches, lifeguards, vendors and all staff of the stadium are equally negatively affected as they are all in close proximity to the plant. In light of this, I am petitioning for permanent removal of the welding site from the pool area to a more conducive place on the stadium grounds with very little hindrance to the workflow that, I understand, is necessary for the welding plant," he said.

Sean Paul further noted that following his recent comments on social media regarding the air pollution resulting from the welding site in close proximity to the National Stadium swimming pool, he very appreciative of the swift response by Major Desmond Brown, the general manager of Independence Park Limited -- the outfit that manages the stadium complex includes the pool.

Sean Paul is a former national waterpolo player.





Jimmy Cliff cancels shows after breaking hip

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jimmy-cliff-photo-1.jpgDr. Jimmy Cliff was forced to cancel his upcoming tour after he injured himself during a fall.

Reports are that Dr. Cliff was hospitalized after breaking his hip last month. Latifa, the wife of the legendary entertainer tells Music News that Jimmy Cliff is recovering well.

Jimmy Cliff has postponed all his shows for the month of October. His Management has apologized for the inconvenience via social media platforms.

It is not clear as to when the legendary entertainer will resume touring.





ganja-image-5.jpgDELTA, British Columbia (AP) -- Mat Beren and his friends used to drive by the vast greenhouses of southern British Columbia and joke about how much weed they could grow there. Years later, it's no joke. The tomato and pepper plants that once filled some of those greenhouses have been replaced with a new cash crop: marijuana.

Beren and other formerly illicit growers are helping cultivate it.

The buyers no longer are unlawful dealers or dubious medical dispensaries; it's the Canadian government. On October 17, Canada becomes the second and largest country with a legal national marijuana marketplace. Uruguay launched legal sales last year, after several years of planning. It's a profound social shift promised by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and fuelled by a desire to bring the black market into a regulated, taxed system after nearly a century of prohibition.

It also stands in contrast to the United States, where the federal government outlaws marijuana while most states allow medical or recreational use for people 21 and older. Canada's national approach has allowed for unfettered industry banking, inter-province shipments of cannabis, online ordering, postal delivery and billions of dollars in investment; national prohibition in the U.S. has stifled greater industry expansion there.

Hannah Hetzer, who tracks international marijuana policy for the New York-based Drug Policy Alliance, called Canada's move "extremely significant," given that about 25 countries have already legalised the medical use of marijuana or decriminalised possession of small amounts of the drug.

A few, including Mexico, have expressed an interest in regulating recreational use.

At least 109 legal pot shops are expected to open across the nation of 37 million people next Wednesday, with many more to come, according to an Associated Press survey of the provinces. For now, they'll offer dried flower, capsules, tinctures and seeds, with sales of marijuana-infused foods and concentrates expected to begin next year.





Police have launched an investigation into a physical altercation between a mother and her daughter at the front of a prominent high school in St Elizabeth.

The incident was captured on video and circulated online.

In the three-minute footage, the woman is seen fighting the girl, who is in school uniform, at the front of the educational institution while being jeered by a group of students looking on.

The tussle escalates to the point where both parties fall to the ground.

Police sources from St Elizabeth say that the law enforcement officials have since reached out to the two and are investigating the matter. According to the police insiders, personnel from the victim support unit have also gotten involved.





The community of Grange Hill in Westmoreland is now under heavy police-military security. Residents woke up this morning to find the community blanketed by soldiers and police with helicopters flying overhead.

"I have never seen anything like this in Grange Hill," said Errol Stewart, the principal of the Grange Hill High School.

"They have everything... dogs, metal detectors...you name it."

Grange Hill is currently the epicenter of the violence in Westmoreland. It has two major gangs fighting for the spoils of lottery scamming.

Earlier this year, seven murders were recorded in one night of extreme violence.





crime-scene-tape-gloves.jpgVeteran jockey, Vassel Najair died Monday from injuries sustained nearly two weeks ago at Caymanas Park. Najair was struck by getaway horse PERFECT ASSET on Wednesday, September 26, prior to the start of the seventh event. The incident occurred after three five-year-old mares bolted from the starting gate and ran onto a narrow walkway leading from the grandstand area to the winners' enclosure.

Najair suffered head injuries while trying to block the runaway horse and was rushed to the Spanish Town Hospital.

Michael Bernard, executive chairman of Supreme Ventures Racing and Entertainment Limited (SVREL), expressed his sorrow at Najair's passing.

"Both myself, as a horseman, and SVREL, regret the untimely loss of Najair. He was a very enthusiastic and dedicated member of the racing fraternity and, most recently, up to early September, an employee of SVREL," Bernard said.

Najair started riding July 29, 1967, and won a double on his first day in the saddle, partnering Gold Spoon to victory in the third race. He returned to land the ninth with Chantrelle. Najair recorded his last winner on August 7, 2017, aboard Peter McMaster's Ras Emanuel, taking his tally to 278 winners from 2,756 rides.





riu-hotel-rapist.jpgDetectives attached to the St James Criminal Investigations Branch have charged the entertainment coordinator who allegedly raped two female visitors at the RIU hotel in Montego Bay, St James.

Twenty-four-year-old Demar Dowe Scott, otherwise called 'Ninja', of Comfort district in Manchester, is charged with illegal possession of firearm, two counts of assault with intent to rob, two counts of rape, and two counts of grievous sexual assault.

He is scheduled to appear before the St James Parish Court on Wednesday.

Reports are that about 11:15 p.m on Thursday, September 27, Scott forcibly entered the hotel room of the two American women, brandished a firearm before sexually assaulting them.

It is further reported that one of the women disarmed him and shot him before he escaped.

Following investigations, Scott was arrested and subsequently charged.





Colin Powell slams Donald Trump on CNN

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donald-trump-photo-1.jpgFormer Secretary of State Colin Powell on Sunday slammed President Donald Trump, saying the United States has became 'me the president' instead of 'we the people.'

'My favorite three words in our Constitution is the first three words - 'We the People.' 'We the People.' But recently it's become 'me the president,' as opposed to 'We the People.' And you see things that should not be happening,' he said on CNN's 'Fareed Zakaria GPS.'

He also said he sees no way Trump can be a moral leader on the world stage.

'I don't know that he can do that because right now, that is not the way he is acting,' Powell said.

Powell, who head the State Department under President George W. Bush, was harshly critical of Trump's immigration policies, his treatment of the press, and the way he insults people. He challenged Trump's 'Make America Great Again' slogan, arguing the United States has always been great.

'We are great now. We always have been great,' he said. 'And so I think what we really have to do is to start changing our mode of dealing with the rest of the world and try to get a system where we are calming down, stop insulting everybody, and see if we cannot reach out.'

Powell also criticized Trump's attacks on media, who the president has dubbed the 'fake media' and 'the enemy of the press.'

'How can a president of the United States get up and say that the media is the enemy of Americans? Hasn't he read the First Amendment? You're not supposed to like everything the press says or what anyone says in the First Amendment,' Powell said.

The retired Army general also blasted the way Trump insults people.

'And I hope the president can come to the realization that he should really stop insulting people. And I used this two years ago when I said I could not vote for him in the 2016 election -- and why? He insulted everybody,' Powell said.

Trump's insults date back to the beginning of his 2016 presidential campaign, where he derided 'Crooked' Hillary Clinton and he has added on from there. He called his former FBI director 'lying' James Comey, labeled lawmaker Maxine Waters as 'crazy,' and called North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un 'rocket man.'

Powell also had strong words from Trump's 'zero tolerance' immigration policy that separated children from their families.





pope-francis.jpgThe Roman Catholic Church has recently been hit by one sexual abuse scandal after another, from Germany, to the United States, to Chile. At the same time, a deepening polarisation between conservatives and liberals in the Church has played out on social media. So the pope has now blamed the devil, but social media users are poinitng out that it must have been the "Devils in white robes" who are to be blamed

Francis' use of the term 'the great accuser' to describe Satan hit a raw nerve with one of the pope's harshest conservative critics, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the Vatican's former ambassador to Washington.

In an 11-page statement published on August 26, Viganò launched an unprecedented broadside by a Church insider against the pope and a long list of Vatican and US Church officials. He accused Francis of knowing about sexual misconduct by a former US cardinal with male adult seminarians but not doing anything about it. Viganò, concluding that his former boss had singled him out as the devil in disguise, complained in his next statement that Francis 'compared me to the great accuser, Satan, who sows scandal and division in the Church, though without ever uttering my name'.

On Sunday, a top Vatican official issued a scathing open letter accusing Viganò of mounting a 'political frame job devoid of real foundation' and contesting his accusations against the pope point by point.

Francis is so convinced that Satan is ultimately to blame for both the sexual abuse scandals and the divisions within the Church that he has enlisted the aid of St Michael the Archangel. Michael is mentioned several times in the Bible as the leader of the angels who ousted Lucifer, the fallen angel, from paradise. Catholics are being asked to recite the rosary daily in October and conclude it with a prayer to St Michael that was said after Mass until 1964 but then fell into disuse. The prayer reads: 'St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our defence against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of heavenly hosts, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan, and all evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of people.

But social media is reacting by calling all of the Pope's antic "hogwash".

"Yes, apparently Popeye doesn't believe in free will or people's ability to resist doing evil? While people might be tempted to do evil acts, they certainly have the freedom to not give in to whatever temptation. And so evil is freely committed - no one HAS to do any terrible act!"

"Well, you don't expect him to blame the men, do you? Heaven forbid!!!!"

"Yeah, Devils in White robes".

"I'm surprised it took this long to come up with that rubbish"

"A prime example of the State of Rome passing the buck yet again"

"Nice try Pope, but you're not going to dismiss the reprehensible things your employees are doing, by blaming it on the devil. Hillary didn't even use that excuse.......yet."





jamaica-prime-minister-andrew-holness-apologizes-for-inappropriate-action.jpgPrime Minster Andrew Holness has issued an apology over an 'inappropriate action' carried out on his Instagram account.

PM Holness made rounds on social media Friday after a screenshot surfaced which showed his official IG account liking a photo of a woman in a bikini uploaded to the popular media-sharing application.

The account handlers quickly unliked the images and released a statement, "An inappropriate action took place on this account today. This was done by one of our account managers," the notice read, "We have taken steps to ensure that this does not recur."





Foota Hype begs fans to help him get a new phone

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foota-hype-photo-1.jpgIs this for real?

Dancehall selector and artiste manager, Foota Hype has launched a GoFundMe account for social media users to assist in replacing his mobile device. Foota revealed over the weekend that his phone was damaged and is preventing him from during his normal Instagram live sessions.

Foota, whose given name is Oniel Thomas, launched the GoFundMe page with a target of US$1000.

"All my followers who love my [Instagram] live weh want mi get the new phone the GoFundMe up and running mek mi si if mi have real followers now," he wrote.

Foota Hype received US$120 from three donations in the first hour. He also stated in a video that he will be giving fans an address which they can ship phones to if they wish.





Hurricane Michael likely to hit Florida mid-week

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A tropical weather system that rapidly strengthened into Hurricane Michael on Monday is likely to intensify ahead of an expected strike on Florida's Panhandle by midweek, forecasters said. Michael could strengthen into a major hurricane with winds topping 111 miles per hour by Tuesday night before an expected strike on the Panhandle or Big Bend, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Since the storm will spend two to three days over the Gulf, which has very warm water temperatures and favourable atmospheric conditions, "there is a real possibility that Michael will strengthen to a major hurricane before landfall," Robbie Berg, a hurricane specialist at the Miami-based storm forecasting hub, wrote in an advisory.

Florida Governor Rick Scott issued an order for a state of emergency for 26 counties to rush preparations, freeing up resources and activating 500 members of the Florida National Guard. By mid-morning Monday, a large mound of sand in Tallahassee had been already been whittled down to a small pile as residents tried to prepare for potential flooding. A city of Tallahassee worker promised that another mound was ordered and on its way.

All indications are that it's going to be severe," said City Commissioner Gil Ziffer, adding that if the storm hits Florida's capital, there would be significant tree damage and power outages.

"Hopefully we will have no one hurt and no loss of life."

By 11 a.m. Monday, Michael's top sustained winds were around 75 miles per hour. The storm was centred about 50 miles off the western tip of Cuba, and about 140 miles east-northeast of Cozumel, Mexico.

It was moving north around seven miles per hour.





The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) is to rule whether charges are to be laid against the police corporal who was nabbed on Tuesday night, allegedly delivering firearms to gunmen in Newlands, Portmore, St Catherine. The 52 year old corporal, who is attached to the St Catherine South Police Division, was questioned for several hours Sunday in the presence of his attorney, Peter Champagnie.

A file is now being compiled for submission to the DPP.

Investigators have accused the policeman of being a member of the Umbrella Gang. He was arrested during an operation by members of the Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Branch (C-TOC). The cops intercepted his vehicle in the community of Newlands and seized an AK47 rifle, a Taurus pistol and more than 20 rounds of ammunition in his possession.

t's alleged that the policeman was delivering the guns and ammunition to members of the Umbrella Gang who are locked in a deadly feud with rival factions in Newlands.

An 18 year old boy was also arrested during the snap raid on Myers Lane.





hands-behind-bars.jpgInvestigators from the Major Investigation Division (MID) have detained the caretaker employed to the Church of God of Prophecy in Spanish Town, St Catherine, for questioning in connection with the murder of Pastor James Johnson. The caretaker was arrested Sunday during a raid at his house along Old Harbour Road in Spanish Town.

Acting Assistant Commissioner McArthur Sutherland, head of the Criminal Investigation Branch, reports that the cops went in search of the caretaker who had been eluding investigators over the last two weeks. He was found hiding in the ceiling of his house.

According to the senior investigator, the cops had been searching for the caretaker to ask him some questions about the "differing statements" he gave to investigators about the shooting death of Pastor Johnson. Investigators began preliminary questioning on Sunday, however, he is to be questioned in the presence of his attorney on Monday.

Acting ACP Sutherland declined to say whether he is a suspect.

Ballistics tests are now being conducted on the licensed firearm of the caretaker. A post mortem performed on Wednesday revealed that Pastor Johnson died after being shot in the neck and back by his assailant.

He was killed on the compound of the Church of God of Prophecy on September 23. It was reported that the 29 year old pastor was in his office at the church when he was attacked and shot. His licensed firearm was stolen.





7 years in prison for Peter Abrahams' murderer

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arrested -photo-1.jpgThe man who was last year charged for the killing of noted retired journalist and public commentator, Peter Abrahams, has been sentenced to seven years in prison for the crime.

The man - 61-year-old Norman Tomlinson - pleaded guilty to manslaughter last month, after having been charged with murder in February of last year.

Abrahams, 97, was found dead with multiple injuries at his home in Red Hill, St Andrew on January 18, 2017.

Reports were that Tomlinson, the spouse of Abrahams' household helper, visited the now deceased man and a dispute developed between the two men.

In a fit of rage, Tomlinson reportedly beat Abrahams to death.





World renowned Jamaican fashion designer Ivy Ralph passed away early this morning. She was 90 years old. Ralph, who was in Nuttall Hospital, died at approximately 3:45 am. Regarded as a pioneer of Jamaica's fashion industry, Ralph won worldwide acclaim when she created the Kareeba suit in the early 1970s.

"It was an idea I had as a child, a more comfortable style of dress for men. I wanted to help them get away from the jacket-and-tie routine, to something far more comfortably suited to the island's climate," Ralph is quoted in her biography.

Jamaica's then Prime Minister Michael Manley, the bio explained, "saw the ensemble and immediately sought out Ralph. The rest, as the saying goes, is history. It took off like wildfire, everybody wanted a Kareeba and she was busy night and day just trying to keep up with the orders, exporting to Saks Fifth Ave, B Altman, and top boutiques across the USA and the Caribbean".

The Kareeba, which was the subject of an article in the New York Times on March 24, 1976, was embraced by world leaders and celebrities, among them Barbados' Prime Minister Errol Barrow, Guyana's President Forbes Burnham, Tanzania President Julius Nyerere, the king of Swaziland, World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammed Ali, and American pop star Michael Jackson in his young days. In 1999 Ralph the Jamaican Government invested Ralph with the Order of Distinction for outstanding contribution to the promotion of fashion for export.





earthquake.jpgPORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP): The US Geological Survey (USGS) says a 5.2 magnitude aftershock rattled northern Haiti, a day after a 5.9 magnitude earthquake left at least 12 dead and 188 injured at the same location. The USGS says the aftershock's epicentre was located 15.8 kilometres (9.8 miles) north-northwest of Port-de-Paix and had a depth of 10 kilometres. It struck at about 3 p.m. local time on Sunday.

"It was an aftershock. It was at the same location," said Paul Caruso, geophysicist with the USGS. "This is the first significant aftershock."

At the time, emergency teams were bringing relief to victims of Saturday's quake, which toppled cinder-block homes and rickety buildings. Authorities said at least 12 people died and 188 were injured.

The government reported seven deaths in the Nord-Ouest province and four other deaths in the community of Gros-Morne in the province of Artibonite, the newspaper Le Nouvelliste quoted Secretary of State for Communications Eddy Jackson Alexis as saying.

The US Geological Survey said the quake hit at 8:11 p.m. Saturday night and was centred 12 miles (19 kilometres) northwest of Port-de-Paix, which is about 136 miles (219 kilometres) from the capital of Port-au-Prince. The quake was 7.3 miles (11.7 kilometres) below the surface.

The country's civil-protection agency issued a statement saying several people were injured and some houses were destroyed in Port-de-Paix, Gros Morne, Chansolme and Turtle Island. Among the structures damaged was the Saint-Michel church in Plaisance.

The civil-protection agency officially confirmed the deaths of at least 10 people.

In 2010, a vastly larger magnitude 7.1 quake damaged much of the capital and killed an estimated 300,000 people.





Social media outpouring following Elva's death

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elva-ruddock.jpgThere has been a major outpouring of grief and shock on social media following the passing of Elva Ruddock, popular stand-up comedy performer and event host. Elva passed away, after battling the autoimmune disease, Lupus. Her death left the theatre and media communities on which Ruddock left her mark in shock.

Hundreds of persons have been putting up Elva's picture on their social media statuses as a way of paying tribute to the comedienne and host of the popular Full House Fridays on FAME.

Elva always showed her bubbly side and had kept the extent of her illness private. According to social media personality Marlon Campbell, Ruddock had made him aware the first time she was hospitalised during the summer, but he never had the opportunity to visit her. He had contacted her to host an event over the past week, but Ruddock's words were "Di doctor tell me to build a likkle bit."

Theatre practitioner and comedian Owen 'Blakka' Ellis said although he was aware of her diagnosis, Ruddock had chosen to not share the full details of her health and treatment with anyone within the circle. "She would not share her illness as a means to not give it the time and space. She would have only mentioned it and say: 'Mi nah talk about it'. In addition to that, she hated sympathy," he said.

Elva was raised in Rollington Town, St Andrew, before moving to Portmore, St Catherine, and is the second of four children born to Ruby and Charles Ruddock.





elva-photo-1.jpgMedia personality and comedienne Elva Ruddock died yesterday. Reports are that she had been ailing for some time with lupus and had been hospitalised.

News of her death has shocked the entertainment, media and theatre industries on which Ruddock made her mark.

"Elva was one of those persons who could easily bring sunshine on a rainy day in anyone's life. Her bubbly personality was quite infectious. Elva was one of a kind and will always be remembered for her hilarious interactions on TV and radio. She commanded our attention with her presence and she will be greatly missed by all of us," Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia Grange said in a statement.





Benefits of turmeric thyroid

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turmeric-c-ws.jpgThe endocrine system is a network of organs and the hormones they secrete which regulate body processes such as growth, metabolism, sexual function, sleep etc. The thyroid gland is one of the largest organs belonging to this system and plays an essential role. It is located in front of the throat above the collarbone with two lobes each present on either side of the windpipe.

The hormones secreted by thyroid regulate body metabolism and activity of other hormones. The principal hormones secreted by it are triiodothyronine, thyroxine and calcitonin. The first two hormones control growth and the rate at which body burns calories while calcitonin regulates calcium levels.

The thyroid gland is controlled by the pituitary, which is considered the 'master gland' of the endocrine system. 1 in 20 people suffers from a thyroid dysfunction at some stage in life. Thyroid disorders include:

Goitre: Enlargement of thyroid gland

Thyroid treatment involves taking thyroxine supplements in case of hypothyroidism and drugs to reduce activity in case of hyperthyroidism. When this line of treatment fails, part or whole gland can be removed surgically. Thyroid cancer and nodules are treated by surgical removal or radioactive iodine. Alternative medicine and naturopathy also offer remedies to these disorders.

7 Benefits of Turmeric In Thyroid disorders

Turmeric has antioxidant benefits in various thyroid disorders.

1. It is anti-inflammatory agent

Curcumin, as well as curcumin free turmeric, have natural anti-inflammatory properties. This can benefit in conditions like thyroiditis, goitre and thyroid cancer. Curcumin acts on pro-inflammatory enzymes like COX and LOX in order to control inflammation from spreading. Unlike regular NSAIDs which act only COX enzyme, curcumin acts on both the enzymes without causing any side effects like gastric and liver toxicity. Curcumin also regulates and inhibits the activity of key players in inflammation like TNF-alpha and Nuclear factor-kappa B. By acting on these proteins as well as other biochemical targets and inflammatory pathways, curcumin relieves inflammation as effectively as conventional therapy.

What does this mean?

Turmeric and curcumin help relieve inflammation naturally in various thyroid disorders.

2. It helps as an antioxidant

Curcumin and other curcuminoids in turmeric are strong antioxidants with antioxidant activity comparable to vitamin C and E. A study published in Indian Journal of Experimental Biology,2002 reveals that turmeric extract is as effective an antioxidant as vitamin E and C in hypothyroidism. In an animal study, Samanta et.al have demonstrated that turmeric and curcumin can counteract oxidative stress (imbalance between prooxidant and antioxidant agents) caused by elevated triiodothyronine levels.

What does this mean?

As antioxidants, curcumin benefit thyroid health and balance thyroid hormone levels.

3. It benefits in hyperthyroidism

Hyperthyroidism is a condition caused by elevated thyroid hormone levels. Elevated thyroid hormone levels can cause an imbalance between prooxidant and antioxidant levels in the body. Hyperthyroidism causes oxidative stress in the brain. Jena et.al have proven that curcumin can regulate the levels of antioxidant enzyme and relieve oxidative stress induced in the brain due to hyperthyroidism. Hyperthyroidism affects the levels of liver enzyme and in turn disrupts liver function. Curcumin and vitamin E combination is found to alleviate such damage and restore liver function.

Similarly, turmeric and curcumin are found to protect kidney function due to damage caused by hyperthyroidism.

What does this mean?

Curcumin and turmeric are proven to improve antioxidant defences and protect organs from damage caused by hyperthyroidism.

4. It benefits hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism is when the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone. In an animal model of hypothyroidism, turmeric extract treatment is found to reduce atrophy (reduction in size) of thyroid glands and prevents reduction of thyroid hormone levels. It is also found to alleviate high levels of cholesterol caused by hypothyroidism. One study highlights that curcumin may have age-related effect on the thyroid gland. This study found that curcumin increases levels of thyroid hormones at a young age and reduces hormone levels in aged. Further studies are required to assess this finding.

What does this mean?

Turmeric helps stimulate thyroid hormone production in hypothyroidism.

5. Including turmeric in diet reduces risk of goitre

A study published in Indian Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism investigated the role of dietary turmeric in development of goitre. In this survey, 2335 individuals were interviewed for disease history and screened for goitre. The population had an endemic goitre and high prevalence of hyperthyroidism was observed. Interestingly goitre was less common in those individuals who consumed milk, ghee, spices, chillies and turmeric.

The researchers emphasized that turmeric use was associated with reduced goitre development and recommended inclusion of turmeric in the diet in case of goitre.

What does this mean?

Dietary intake of turmeric reduces risk of developing goitre.

6. It has immunomodulatory action

Certain thyroid disorders are autoimmune condition like Graves disease and Hashimoto's disease. These are characterized by abnormal levels of thyroid hormones and can increase the risk of developing a goitre.

In autoimmune conditions, the antibodies produced to fight infection, start attacking body tissues instead paving way for inflammation and damage to various organs. Curcumin has immunomodulatory activity- it regulates immune responses. It regulates the activity of immune cells as well as cytokines (chemicals secreted by cells) that play an important role in autoimmune reactions thereby preventing them.

What does this mean?

Curcumin benefits in autoimmune conditions that affect the thyroid gland.

7. Turmeric protects from and benefits in thyroid cancer

Turmeric and curcumin are natural anti-cancer agents. (Read Turmeric for Cancer) Research suggests that curcumin may be an effective agent in inhibiting the growth of tumors and thereby aid in the treatment of thyroid cancer. Curcumin potentiates the anti-tumor and anti-cancer effect of sorafenib and docetaxel (anti-cancer drug) in treatment of thyroid cancer.

Curcumin is proven to sensitize thyroid cancer cells to the action of radioactive iodine which is used in treatment of thyroid disorders. Curcumin manipulates a number of biochemical pathways to inhibit metastasis of thyroid cancer.

What does this mean?

Curcumin can serve as anti-cancer agent in thyroid cancer and also prevents metastasis. It also sensitizes cancer therapy.

Dosage of Turmeric For Thyroid Disorders

Dietary turmeric can benefit in reducing the risk of thyroid disorders as well as benefit in treatment. A good way of taking turmeric is Golden Paste. It includes oil and black pepper to enhance absorption of turmeric and curcumin.

You can make the Golden Paste from fresh roots.

Start with ¼-1/2 tsp a day for a week and if no side effects are observed increase gradually. The recommended dose is 1-2 tsp 2-3 times a day (precisely 1 tsp 3 times a day). The ideal dose differs with every person; depends on what suits you and benefits you.

Avoid taking Golden Paste on an empty stomach and close to the time of taking medicines (Read Does turmeric cause acid reflux? Does black pepper in golden paste interact with medicines?)

Turmeric milk and Turmeric tea are other delicious options. Need help identifying a good brand of turmeric please click here.

If taking turmeric supplements consult a doctor prior.

Precaution

Dietary turmeric is very safe but a few precautions need to be considered when it comes to turmeric supplements:

Avoid during pregnancy and lactation

Avoid if suffering from gallbladder obstruction

Avoid if suffering from a bleeding disorder

Discontinue prior to surgery

If suffering from gout or at risk of developing kidney stones, limit intake of turmeric as a spice. (Is turmeric safe in gout? Does turmeric cause kidney stone?)

Avoid taking turmeric on an empty stomach to avoid acid reflux symptoms. (Does turmeric cause acid reflux?)

If suffering from a bleeding disorder, small doses of turmeric in the diet are safe but it is best to consult a doctor before taking turmeric or turmeric supplements in this case.

A general precaution is outlined that turmeric may have drug interactions with stomach acid reducing medication, antidepressants, blood sugar reducing drugs etc. Curcumin found in turmeric is known to interfere with drug metabolism.

Hence it is advised not to take curcumin supplements concomitantly with any other medicine. Consult a health practitioner before taking turmeric supplements.

Conclusion

Turmeric is rich in powerful natural antioxidants, which makes it therapeutically effective in thyroid disorders.

It can balance thyroid hormones in hyperthyroidism as well as hypothyroidism. It can help reduce inflammation and reduce the risk of goitre. Turmeric can prevent and benefit in thyroid cancer.

We highly recommend including turmeric in the diet to manage as well as prevent thyroid disorders.

(Source: https://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-benefits/can-turmeric-help-in-thyroid-disorders)





Prayer of Jabez

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Prayer of Jabez: What is it?

The Prayer of Jabez comes from the Bible. In 1 Chronicles 4:10, we read: "And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that Thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that Thine hand might be with me, and that Thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested." The prayer is composed of four parts. First, Jabez asks God to bless him. Second, he asks God to enlarge his territory or increase his responsibility. Third, he prays that God will be with him and stay close. Lastly, Jabez asks that God keep him from harm so that he will be free from pain.

Prayer of Jabez: Why is it important?

The Prayer of Jabez reveals that Jabez understands what many people do not -- there is only one God and He should be the center of our work God wants to bless every life. But, we must first make the choice to invite God into our life and ask for His blessings. Jabez wants to succeed and increase his sphere of influence for God. The specific sphere of influence is not important. What is important is that when we want to reach for goals and accomplishments that we have God on our side. Proverbs 16:3 says, "Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established." It is critical to understand and practice this in a close relationship with God. Further, it is equally important to stay close to God and rely on His continued support and guidance throughout life. Jabez clearly knows and prays specifically to the One who can protect him from evil and pain -- God. At the end of the verse it is clear that God approved of this faithful prayer by granting it. It is also important to see that Jabez was passionate in his plea to God: "He cried out to the God of Israel." God wants to hear that we need Him through passionate prayer.

Prayer of Jabez: What does it mean to you?

The Prayer of Jabez reminds us that everybody struggles with choosing to rely on himself or God. Whether you are a focused Christian or just searching to find out more about God, life is a growing process. However, it is very clear in reviewing the Prayer of Jabez, as well as the rest of the Bible, that God is faithful in caring for those who seek Him. Jabez sets a great example of how God wants everyone to come to Him through constant and passionate prayer. If you are looking to start a relationship with God or improve your existing relationship with Him, start with prayer. God answers prayers when you trust Him (1 Chronicles 5:20). Prayers to God also please Him (Proverbs 15:8). We can all learn from Jabez and faithfully pray to God always in everything that we do.

Prayer of Jabez: The Book by Bruce Wilkinson

The Prayer of Jabez is covered in phenomenal detail by Bruce Wilkinson in his book of the same name. We highly encourage you to read this fantastic and inspiring resource, that challenges each of us to:

"Attempt something large enough that failure is guaranteed...unless God steps in!"

WHAT DO YOU THINK?

We have all sinned and deserve God's judgment. God, the Father, sent His only Son to satisfy that judgment for those who believe in Him. Jesus, the creator and eternal Son of God, who lived a sinless life, loves us so much that He died for our sins, taking the punishment that we deserve, was buried, and rose from the dead according to the Bible. If you truly believe and trust this in your heart, receiving Jesus alone as your Savior, declaring, "Jesus is Lord," you will be saved from judgment and spend eternity with God in heaven.





Comedian Mike Epps to make his Jamaica debut

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American comedian Mike Epps is scheduled to make his Jamaican debut at Outburst Stand-Up Comedy Series on October 27. The event is slated to unfold at the National Arena in Kingston at 8:00 pm.

Khalil Shirley, an executive at Hyperlinks Limited -- event organisers -- said the occasion will mark the first in a series of shows to be staged across the Caribbean.

"We're starting in Jamaica and then basically touring with Mike to other Caribbean countries like Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago before we return here," Shirley told the Jamaica Observer. "Based on each rotation, we should be doing two shows annually in Jamaica. Hopefully, when we return it'll be with a Chris Rock or Katt Williams.

Shirley said it was another American comedic, Cedric the Entertainer, who paved the way for Epps's debut.

"What happened was we initially had Cedric in mind, but he started shooting a show that would conflict the scheduled date so he got us on to Mike and did the negotiations for us."

Epps is known for his roles in movies like Next Friday, Friday After Next, Meet the Blacks and The Fighting Temptations. He has also appeared in the Netflix specials Don't Take It Personal (2015) and Underrated & Never Faded (2009).

New York-based social media comedian Majah Hype, who recently performed in Jamaica, is also on the bill. Four local acts including Dufton Shepherd and Leighton Smith are also set to perform.





beres-hammond-photo-2.jpgBeres Hammond and VP Records are hoping for greater success with Never Ending, his latest album, which is due for release on October 12.

"We're very excited to be releasing the Beres album. I believe it could be one of his best records yet," Christopher Chin, CEO of VP Records, said in a media release.

Never Ending follows a successful tour of the United States by Hammond, who turned 63 in August. So far two singles from the set have been issued: I'm Alive and Land of Sunshine. The album features 14 songs, mainly about love and social issues. Willie Lindo, Kirk Bennett, Handel Tucker, Errol "Flabba Holt" Carter, Leroy and David Heywood aka "Mafia & Fluxy", Winston "Bo Pee" Bowen, Dean Fraser, and Robbie Lyn are some of the producers and musicians who worked on the project.

Never Ending is Hammond's first album since the double-disc One Love, One Life, which was released in November 2012. That set debuted at number one on the Billboard Reggae Album Chart and, according to Nielsen Music, for which tracks sales in the United States sold 10,986 copies.

Hammond, who began his career in the early 1970s, recorded with the Zap Pow Band before going solo and working with guitarist/producer Lindo on ballads like One Step Ahead and I Miss You. In the 1990s he was signed to Elektra Records, which released his major label debut album In Control.

That album featured the hit single No Disturb Sign, which was popular on reggae charts in the US but failed to crack major Billboard charts. In Control, however, peaked at number seven on the Billboard Reggae Album Chart.





New EP from Munga Honorebel

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munga.jpgControversial 'Bad From Me Born' deejay, Munga Honorebel is back with a new EP........or possible a new album......three years after the release of 'Excuse Me'.

The EP is tentatively scheduled for release at year-end.

Among the producers working on the project are Anju Blaxx, JJ Wizzle, Portmore Society, Jr Bloodline, and Hilltop Records. According to him, the EP will represent his talent and showcase his growth as an artiste.

"Expect Munga Honorable with various styles, sounds and presentations," he said.

Born Damion Rhoden, Munga is from Islington, St Mary. He entered the Red Label Wine Superstar Competition in 1997. Four years later, he began touring with dancehall act Capleton.





A police corporal and a teenager were arrested in Newlands, Portmore, St. Catherine Tuesday night.

The 52 year-old corporal and the 18 year-old boy were held with two illegal firearms, including an AK 47 rifle and a quantity of ammunition during a snap raid in Myers Lane.

The policeman is suspected to be a member of the Umbrella Gang which operates in Newlands. Superintendent Leighton Grey, head of Operations for the St. Catherine South Police, said about 8:30 p.m. his division was contacted by the Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Division (C-TOC) for assistance.

They intercepted a motor car which was being driven by the policeman. When the vehicle was searched, an AK 47 rifle with the serial number obscured, a magazine containing fifteen rounds of ammunition and a Taurus nine millimetre pistol were found.

The policeman's licensed firearm was also seized.

A pair of licence plates was reportedly found in the trunk of the car.

A man suspected to be the intended recipient of the guns escaped. He reportedly goes by the alias Terror Blacks. The policeman and the teenager are to be questioned by detectives from C-TOC.

The Police High Commmand has ordered a top level investigation into the suspected link between the police corporal and the criminal gang.

While the cops were arresting the police corporal and teen, heavy gunfire broke out in sections of Newlands. Members of the Umbrella gang reportedly invaded a section of the community and this led to a gun battle.

A man was arrested and placed under police guard Wednesday morning when he turned up at Kingston Public Hospital with a bullet wound to his mouth. C-TOC investigators say he is a member of the Umbrella gang.

There has been a flare-up of gang violence in Newlands since last weekend.Superintendent Grey said the friction between two gangs was triggered by a robbery.





The Bog Walk Gorge in St Catherine has been re-opened following reports that is was closed.

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management says it made the decision to close the gorge for public safety reasons as rainfall continues in the hilly sections of St Catherine causing water levels in the Rio Cobre to rise.

In the meantime, the Barry route is now impassable.

Motorists are being urged to use alternative routes through Sligoville or the North-South Highway.

People are also urged to avoid flooded waterways such as fords, gullies, streams and rivers.

Despite the gorge being re-opened, motorists are advised to proceed with the usual caution.





Jamaica and France to sign air service agreement

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Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett recently departed the island for Paris, to finalise air service arrangements, which will result in the development of direct flights from Montego Bay to France.

"I am very excited to announce that Jamaica is going to be increasing connectivity with France. The Director of Tourism and I will be meeting with Air France/KLM and French Tourism Investors, to tie up an arrangement that will certainly benefit our country," said Minister Bartlett.

The discussion initially took place during a courtesy call by outgoing French Ambassador to Jamaica, Jean-Michel Despax to the Minister's New Kingston office.

During this meeting, a decision was also made for the Minister's delegation to visit officials such as the Jamaican Ambassador to France and a new marketing company.

"We are being invited to meet in France with the Minister of State for Foreign Trade, the Promotion of Tourism and French Nationals Abroad, Hon. Matthias Fekl, the French Aviation Authority, Air France and a number of investors who now have an interest in a Tourism Product in Jamaica. One of these investors is Sofitel [a chain of luxury hotels based in Paris, France, and owned by AccorHotels]," said the Minister.

According to data from the Jamaica Tourist Board, stopover arrivals from France in 2017 saw a 40.2% increase in arrivals, with 7400 visitors to the island. However, arrivals have not been consistent over the past seven years. The island had its peak in 2014 with 12,087 stopover visitors.

"We truly believe the arrivals from the French market will not only stabilise but see a significant increase once we improve the connectivity. There is a deep interest in our culture, food and music from French Nationals and of course our Jamaicans living in France. We will no doubt have to improve our marketing in this region, but I look forward to welcoming more French tourists once we have finalised this deal," said the Minister.





arrested -photo-1.jpgFour men are now behind bars after a cache of firearms, including an Uzi sub-machine gun, and more than 600 rounds of ammunition were found in a barrel at the wharf in Kingston yesterday. The police say two of the men were arrested at the wharf while the others were apprehended in secondary operations.

Law enforcement sources say the Uzi sub-machine gun, along with nine pistols, 26 magazines and the bullets were stashed in a barrel that also contained food items. The barrel was shipped from the state of Georgia in the United States and listed the recipient as a man in the Kingston 6 area, police sources revealed.

According to reports, detectives from the Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime Division (C-TOC) conducted a snap operation at Berth 7 at the Kingston Container Terminal where the barrel was scanned and "anomalies" discovered.

The weapons were found during a subsequent search.

Ammunition found

243 - 9mm bullets

100 - 5.56 bullets

100 - 7.62 bullets

130 - .40 bullets

50 - .45 bullets

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Popular female promoter from NY killed in Jamaica

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crime-scene-gun.jpgPopular dancer and female promoter who hails from Anchovy District in St. James, but resided in New York, USA, was shot and killed by gunmen in Anchovy, on Saturday, September 29, and her male companion shot and wounded.

She has been identified as Judith Annabell Miller-Warren, known to all as "Cocky Tractor". She was a popular dancehall promoter locally and abroad.

Reports by the Freeport police are that about 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Miller-Warren who recently arrived in the island, and a male companion, was travelling in a Nissan motor car in Anchovy community.

On reaching a section of the area known as Nigger Ground, they were ambushed by a group of armed men, who opened fire on the vehicle.

Miller-Warren and her male companion received multiple gunshot wounds to their upper bodies and are believed to have been robbed by their assailants.

The police were summoned and upon arrival, both victims were transported to the Cornwall Regional Hospital, where Miller-Warren was pronounced dead and the male admitted in critical condition.

Immediately following the news of her murder, a host of tributes started to roll out for Miller-Warren via social media.

"Cocky Tractor" as she was fondly called is remembered by her brilliant moves on the dance floor.

Just a few years ago, Miller-Warren now turn promoter entered the popular Dancehall Queen Contest and performed exceptionally well.





crime-scene-tape-gloves.jpgPolice Commissioner Major General Antony Anderson has condemned the killing of District Constable Mellissa Edwards-Whyte, who was assigned to Crime Stop.

Edwards-Whyte was fatally chopped during a domestic dispute at her home about 9:00 last night.

In expressing his condolences, the police chief said: "It is unfortunate that domestic violence has robbed us of another promising talent, Woman District Constable Mellissa Edwards-Whyte was met with such cruelty and callousness and no effort will be spared in bringing closure to this matter."

The Chaplaincy and Community Safety and Security Branch (CSSB) have been instructed to provide all the necessary support to colleagues and friends of the late district constable.

Members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) are also being reminded to use the resources available to the force, such as the Chaplaincy and Medical Services Branch, to assist them deal with domestic and other issues that impact their emotional, psychological and physical well-being.

In the meantime, police personnel are being encouraged to remain vigilant and undaunted as they continue to enforce law and order and build safer communities.





Alleged rapist hotel worker in police custody

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custody.jpgA Riu Hotel trainee worker who allegedly raped two female guests at gunpoint in their room on Thursday night is now in police custody.

Based on preliminary investigations, the police have identified the gunman as Demar Scott. However, there is uncertainty about where he is from as the police have found two identification cards for him, giving two different addresses. One ID card says he is from Exchange district in Ocho Rios, St Ann while the other says he is from Comfort district in Williamsfield, Manchester.

The 23-year-old suspect was held by police on Friday afternoon. In a statement, the hotel said the man had been in training for only three days before allegedly committing the dastardly act.

"Last (Thursday) night, September 27th, there was a very unfortunate incident in the Riu Reggae Hotel in which two guests were attacked by a trainee at the entertainment department of the hotel. The man, who had been in training for only three days, was able to escape," Riu said.

"The hotel management immediately called the police and accompanied and supported the guests with everything in this difficult moment," the hotel added.

The release did not reveal much details, citing protection of the guests' privacy.

"We are unable to share further details both for the protection of our clients privacy as well as to not interfere in the investigation being already carried out by the local authorities," the short statement read.

Police report that about 11pm, the gunman entered a room being occupied by two female guests at the prominent hotel through a balcony door.

The man then reportedly held up both women at gunpoint and forcibly had sexual intercourse with them, before being disarmed by one of the victims who opened fire at the suspect.

The suspect was reportedly shot in the upper body but still managed to escape through the balcony door. He remained on the lam for more than 12 hours before he was reportedly collared by cops in a central Jamaica parish early Friday afternoon





2000 pounds of ganja seized in Manchester

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ganja-seized.jpgThe Narcotics Division of the Jamaica Constabulary Force say they have placed a dent in the illicit ganja trade with the seizure of over 2,000 pounds of compressed ganja in Manchester on Friday.

Reports are that between 11:30 a.m., and 1:00 p.m. the police searched sections of the bushes along the coast line in Gutts River in the Alligator Pond area of Manchester, where several packages of marijuana were found.

No one was arrested. Members of the Narcotics Division are investigating.

The find follows Thursday's seizure of about 1300 pounds of compressed ganja in St Elizabeth.

Reports are that about about 8:00 p.m., members of the JDF Coast Guard were on patrol when they intercepted a vessel in the vicinity of Fort Charles Beach, Treasure Beach in St Elizabeth with three men aboard.

A search of the vessel revealed several packages of compressed ganja, weighing about 1300 pounds.

The men were taken into custody and the drug seized.





crime-scene-gun.jpgThe festering crime problem that has been plaguing St James jolted the tourism sector on Thursday night when a gunman barged into a hotel room in Montego Bay and raped two female tourists before he lost possession of his weapon and was shot by one of the visitors. After he was shot, the gunman allegedly jumped over a balcony and fled. The weapon, which was reportedly stolen from the room of another guest, was turned over to the police.

"Based on our initial investigations, the gunman was employed to the hotel two days ago as an entertainment coordinator, so it was not someone who walked in off the street," a police officer told The Gleaner. "The gun he had in his possession was stolen from the room of another guest, who is a licensed firearm holder."

According to police reports, at approximately 11:15 p.m., the two visitors, who are from Detroit in the United States, were in their room at the Riu Reggae Hotel in Ironshore, Montego Bay, when a man, who was armed with a handgun, walked in on them. With gun in hand, the man demanded that they perform various sexual acts on him.

While he was raping one woman, the gun reportedly fell from his hand. The other woman picked up the weapon and pointed it at him. He tried to disarm the woman, who fired two shots at him. He ran out of the room, jumped a balcony and fled. The police, who were summoned to the property, found blood stains below the balcony.

"We believe he was shot either once or twice, based on the amount of blood below the balcony and on the ground leading into bushes off the hotel's compound," said a police officer. "We will be carrying out further searches to see if we find him."

Based on preliminary investigations, the police have identified the gunman as Demar Scott. However, there is uncertainty about where he is from as the police have found two identification cards for him, giving two different addresses. One ID card says he is from Exchange district in Ocho Rios, St Ann while the other says he is from Comfort district in Williamsfield, Manchester.

"When we went to the location, one of the women handed over a 9mm Glock 17 pistol with serial number DTN201," said a police officer. "It was loaded with 16 live rounds of ammunition."

Confirming the incident in a statement, the management of RIU said: "Last night, September 27, there was a very unfortunate incident in the Riu Reggae Hotel in which two guests were attacked by a trainee at the entertainment department of the hotel. The man, who had been in training for only three days, was able to escape. The hotel management immediately called the police and accompanied and supported the guests with everything in this difficult moment. We are unable to share further details, both for the protection of our clients' privacy, as well as to not interfere in the investigation being already carried out by the local authorities."

Some six hours after the Riu incident, another Montego Bay hotel was also dragged into the news. At about 5:45 a.m. on Friday, the police, acting on information, went to the Hotel Gloriana on Sunset Boulevard in Montego Bay, where five men were arrested and two illegal firearms seized. The men were wanted in connection with a recent shooting in Spring Mount, also in St James.