December 2018 Archives

Tickets selling fast for Buju's Barbados show

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buju-banton-photo-10.jpgTickets for the April 27, 2019 Buju Banton concert in Barbados, have been selling rapidly.

Show promoter Al Gilkes, Director of Fas7Star, made the revelation on Thursday.

While holding the details of the concert dubbed Long Walk to Freedom close to his chest, Gilkes told members of the media that the upcoming show slated for Kensington Oval has not only attracted local support but worldwide interest.

He said Barbados' tourism sector was in line for a major boost with a large number of fans from the region and beyond expected to attend the show.

Gilkes noted that despite the fact that Banton is expected to perform in Trinidad the week before, he believes Barbados will draw a huge crowd.





police-constable.jpgMembers of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) in the Kingston Western Police Division have been placed on high alert.

This follows a recent National Intelligence Bureau report that gunmen based in West Kingston are planning attacks against JCF members in the division.

The intelligence report claimed that two criminal gangs have issued death threats against three cops assigned to the West Kingston Police Division.

According to the bulletin, members of the reputed Fatherless and Socks Gangs based in Rema and Trench Town are planning to kill a Sergeant and two Constables. It is said that the lawmen are among JCF personnel who have been involved in constant operations aimed at disrupting the gangs' activities. Members of the Fatherless and Socks Gangs have been linked to major crimes in west Kingston, including extortion, contract killing and robberies.

The intelligence report noted that based on the threats being issued, members of the two gangs need to be urgently sought out, apprehended and strongly warned against carrying out the threats.





Education minister intervenes in 'expletive' case

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ruel-reid-photo-1.jpgEducation Minister Ruel Reid is set to intervene in the case of a 13-year-old boy who has been blocked from classes at the Little London High School since November for allegedly using expletives in the presence of a teacher. The Sunday Gleaner reported the story and since then Minister Reid said he has asked Chief Education Officer Dr Grace McLean to investigate the case at the Westmoreland-based school and submit a report to him as soon as possible.

"School administrators are aware of the disciplinary procedures, and we will be vigilant to ensure conformity," said Reid.

Under the regulations, students who have been suspended from school for a maximum of 10 days without notification of any subsequent action or decision taken by the authorities during that period cannot be further punished for the same offence.

During this initial 10 days, the student must be informed of any further action taken, such as expulsion. Only the board of directors of a school has the power to expel a student.

The child's mother says that her son has been denied entry to classes since mid-November, when he was sent home with a letter that a parent would have to accompany him to a meeting before he would be allowed to return to classes.She alleges that since then, she has been trying, without success, to get the school to give her formal notification on the fate of the child.

With classes set to resume on January 7, Todd yesterday welcomed the planned intervention of the education minister as she wants clarity of the fate of her son.





crime-scene-gun.jpgGuests had to flee in panic last Friday evening as gunshots rang out at a wedding reception at the Glistening Waters Hotel in Falmouth, Trelawny.

When the shooting ended, a disc jockey, 45-year-old Paul Campbell of Florence Hall in the parish, was dead, and one of the proprietors of the establishment, 38-year-old Earl Bernard of a Montego Bay address, was left nursing gunshot wounds.

Reports are that Campbell, who was employed by the wedding couple to provide entertainment for the reception, was asked to reduce the level of the music by Bernard's mother, but he refused, telling her she had already collected her money, so she was to allow him to earn his.

It is alleged that when the elderly woman went back to him with another request for the volume to be lowered, he aggressively pointed his finger into her face and again refused. Bernard then intervened, pushing Campbell away from his mother.

During the commotion, Campbell, who is a licensed firearm holder, reportedly fell over a flower pot. According to the reports, Campbell pulled his firearm and opened fire on Bernard, hitting him in the neck. Bernard fell to the ground and lay motionless as Campbell went over him with the gun

Persons who claim to have witnessed the incident said Bernard, who is also a licensed firearm holder, then stood up and fired several shots, hitting Campbell multiple times. He died on the spot, while Bernard was taken to hospital where he was admitted. Persons close to the couple who exchanged vows earlier in the day say they are traumatised by the incident which marred their special occasion.





Male dancer shot dead in Papine Square

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA 22-year-old man was shot dead in the Papine Square in St Andrew Saturday night.

According to the police, Andre Lee, a dancer of Bedward Gardens, Kingston 7, was in the park about 7:15 pm when he was reportedly approached by three men, one armed with a firearm.

It is said that Lee attempted to flee but was shot several times.

The police were summoned and on their arrival the scene was processed and the body removed to the morgue.

Investigations continue.





MORE TRAFFIC DELAYS FOR THE NEW YEAR

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Just weeks after the completion and introduction of the Three Miles bypass road in St Andrew, motorists are being advised to brace for more traffic delays in the area, especially close to Marcus Garvey Drive, from Sunday, December 30.

The National Works Agency (NWA), on its Twitter page, announced that starting Sunday, girders will be transported from the vicinity of the Port of Kingston to the Three Miles intersection where major bridge-building works are under way.

This NWA said the activities will be part of continuing bridge works along a section of the Portmore Toll Road and Marcus Garvey Drive.

The agency said this will affect the movement of traffic between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon, and between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily.

While the Twitter posting did not give a time-frame for the new traffic challenges, it is understood that situation is scheduled to persist for a period of three months.





court-image-1.jpgThe Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), has applied to the Supreme Court for an order for the four high-end vehicles seized at the home of Chief Engineer at National Energy Solutions (NESOL), Lawrence Pommels, to be retained as criminal property.

The DPP made the application after a man claiming to be the owner of the vehicles applied to the St Catherine Parish Court for the return of his vehicles.

The vehicles, which include an Audi and BMW X6, were seized in July during a raid on Mr Pommels' home in Old Harbour, St Catherine.The cops also reportedly seized $35 million at the house.

Pommels, who is charged with money laundering, appeared in court last week Tuesday where the case was mentioned.

Two other defendants, Ricardo Harris and a supervisor at NESOL, Rayon Hamilton, also appeared in court.

The men are to return to court next month.





crime-scene-tape.jpgThe two women who died after being swept overboard a small boat that capsized off the coast of Port Royal during a pleasure trip on Thursday, have been identified.

They are Edith Betsha of Mandeville, Manchester and Jannelle Dacessers of a Kingston address.

Reports are that the two were among 13 people on the boat that encountered problems while heading from Port Royal to Lime Cay, and ended up capsizing.

The Marine Police said they received a distress call and responded along with the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) Coast Guard, and were able to remove the members of the group from the water.

The two women who were rushed to hospital in unconscious states, were later pronounced dead.

The other occupants of the boat, who were also in various degrees of distress, responded favourably to medical treatment.

The captain of the boat - Herbert Dorien - has been arrested and charged for operating the vessel without the required licence.

He was granted bail and is scheduled to appear in court on January 23.





digicel-photo-1.jpgGroup chief executive of Digicel, Alex Matuschka von Greiffenclau (47), has died suddenly whilst on holiday with his family in Germany. Businessman Denis O'Brien, the company's owner and chairman, will take up the role of interim CEO pending a formal succession process to replace Mr Matuschka von Greiffenclau, who died suddenly last Thursday. O'Brien will travel to Jamaica in January.

Mr Matuschka von Greiffenclau, who only took over as chief executive last February, joined Digicel from Dutch-based telco Veon, which was previously known as Vimpelcom. The German businessman, who replaced Colm Delves as Digicel chief executive, had served as chief performance officer for Veon.

Mr O'Brien praised what he described as "the enormous contribution to the transformation of Digicel," by Mr Matuschka von Greiffenclau, a married father of three who had just recently celebrated his 47th birthday.

"It is with a heavy heart and much sadness that I share news of the untimely death of our Group CEO, Alex Matuschka von Greiffenclau," said Mr O'Brien who will travel to Jamaica on January 2 to take up his role as interim chief executive.

"No words can adequately express our sadness at Alex's passing or our gratitude for having worked with him. Digicel has lost a committed, hard-working and exceptional Chief Executive. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know him on a personal level have lost a dear friend".

This month Digicel won bondholder acceptance for the second element of its offer to swap debt falling due in 2020 and 2022 for longer dated facilities. It follows months of negotiations. Taken together, the exchanges allow the Jamaica headquartered telecommunications group to push out repayments on a total of $3bn (€2.59bn) of outstanding debt.

Mr O'Brien said that over the coming days, colleagues will share their thoughts for a suitable commemoration of Mr Matuschka von Greiffenclau.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Julia and his three children at this very difficult time. May he rest in peace," said Mr O'Brien.

"Given the circumstances, I will be taking up the position of Group CEO on an interim basis. I will be in Jamaica on 2nd January.





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Brazil's president takes office January 1

Far-right former army captain Jair Bolsonaro officially starts his four-year term as president of Brazil after winning October's election.

Nigeria votes

February 16: Africa's most populous nation and leading economy goes to the polls, with a deadly Islamist insurgency still untamed and amid concerns about the health of President Muhammadu Buhari, who is standing for re-election

Cuban constitution poll

February 24: Cuba holds a national referendum to ratify a draft constitution that would recognise for the first time the role of the market and private sector in its heavily controlled socialist economy.

If approved, the draft --which already has the backing of parliament -- would be the first overhaul of the constitution since 1976.

Britain exits the EU

March 29: Britain leaves the European Union, after four decades of membership, at midnight (2300 GMT) in Brussels, 11:00 pm in London, becoming the first country to quit the bloc.

Algerian presidential poll

April: Presidential election planned in Algeria. Abdelaziz Bouteflika, 81, could stand for a fifth term despite his poor health.

Japan's emperor abdicates

April 30: Ailing Emperor Akihito, 84, formally steps down in the first abdication in more than two centuries in the world's oldest imperial family.

His eldest son, Crown Prince Naruhito, ascends the Chrysanthemum Throne the following day.

Indian general election

April/May: The world's most populous democracy goes to the polls, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi -- head of the rightwing and Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party -- (BJP), aiming for a second term.

New European parliament

May 23-26: Elections are held across Europe for the Strasbourg-based European Union Parliament, which will number 705 seats after the departure of Britain.

Japan hosts Rugby World Cup

September 20: Japan becomes the first country outside of rugby's traditional strongholds to host the game's World Cup, with matches in 12 cities before the final in Yokohama on November 2.

Athletics championships in Doha

September 27: The World Athletics Championships open in Qatar -- with evening-only sessions, a midnight marathon, and an air-conditioned stadium among the measures in place to beat the hot and humid conditions. The games wind up on October 6.





ishawna-on-instagram-about-to-go-stuff-my-face-merry-christmas.jpgAfter dissing the bandana costumes worn by Miss Lou as 'tablecloth' and declaring that she "doesn't dress in tablecloth like Miss Lou", Ishawna uploaded a pic of herself in a gingham tablecloth looking material dress that has fans trolling her.

Her is what they had to say:

islandgyal_krishDis look like something Ms. Lou woulda wear 🤣 @mslegendary

mz_independent_momoWait @mslegendary a table cloth setting u go 🤣🤣🤣😁 mi lub it.

"Mi like di miss lou look @mslegendary"

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Kabaka Pyramid live at Barbican Beach Friday

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kabaka-pyramid-photo-2.jpgBuild the right vibes for the new year with conscious vibrations on Friday, December 28! Join rising Ghetto Youths International artiste / Bebble Rock artiste Kabaka Pyramid live at Barbican Beach in Kingston as he performs from his 2018 album, Kontraband.

Produced by the celebrated Jamaican reggae icon, Damian "Junior Gong" Marley, the album also features Gong on the title song "Kontraband."

Kabaka's live performance will feature singers Jesse Royal, Kelissa and a special guest. Get your tickets now for just $1,500 or get them for $2,000 at the gate. Buy your presold tickets at Mega Mart in Kingston or Montego Bay, Loud Fashion, 876 Terrace Bar and Grill in Kingston, Genus Pharmacy in Portmore, Shipinville on Ward Avenue in Mandeville or Sharkies Seafood Restaurant in St. Ann.

Can't bother to brave the holiday traffic? Purchase your tickets online FirstInLineJA//KabakaPyramidLIVE The gates open at 7 pm. Showtime begins at 8 pm. The event is going to be lit!

But the weekend is not over! After soaking up the good vibes on Friday, head out to the Liguanea Club Golf Academy in New Kingston on Saturday, December 29 for Third World and Family's "Committed 45 Years" benefit concert in aid of the Lasco Releaf Environmental Awareness Program (REAP) and the Alligator Head Foundation.





third-world.jpgBusy working on their new album with Damian Marley, Third World has pulled together a medley of first-rate artistes in aid of charity. Gracing the stage will be Toots Hibbert, Luciano, Freddie McGregor, Tessanne Chin, Yellow Man, Queen Ifrica, Big Youth, Jah 9, Wayne Marshall, Sevana, Naomi Cowan, One Third, Billy Mystic, Stephen Newland, Nadine Sutherland, Tennshann Invasion and surprise guests.

The event is also commemorating 45 years in the industry from the group that brought us hits like "96 degrees in the Shade", "Now that We Found Love" and, of course, "Committed."

Tickets are $5,000 presold and $7,000 at the gate. Get yours at Fontana RX in Barbican, Rubis Halfway Tree Road and Liguanea, Lasco Money Papine and RedHills Road, Liguanea Club, Blow by Blow Loshushan, Cellaris Manor Park, Genus Pharmacy in Portmore and Total Dunrobin. Gates open at 6 pm and the show begins at 8 pm. At this event, everyone is a VIP.

"Committed 45" will be hosted by Nikki Z and Rodney Campbell and feature music by DJ Squeeze and Jason Panton.





Westmoreland cops probe businessman's murder

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crime-scene-gun.jpgThe Westmoreland police are yet to make a breakthrough into Monday night's shooting death of a businessman at his home in the parish, during which his licensed firearm was stolen.

The deceased man has been identified as Andrew Dennis, 44, of Campbellton Gardens, Westmoreland.

Reports are that about 11:00 p.m., after closing his business place, Dennis was in the process of driving into his yard when he was pounced upon and shot up by unknown assailants.

He was robbed of an undetermined sum of cash and his licensed firearm.

The police were summoned and upon their arrival, Dennis was found suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

He was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The Whithorn police are investigating.





NCB makes $3-Billion profit on sale of JMMB shares

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jamaican-money.jpgNCB Financial Group sold over $9 billion worth of shares in JMMB to lead volumes in Thursday's trading of the Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE).

"JMMB will therefore not continue to be an associated company of NCBJ and NCBFG," said the company in a notice Thursday about the sale of the shares.

NCB will recognise a gain of approximately $3 billion on the sale of the 326.3 million shares at $28.25 each.

NCB did not disclose who acquired the shares. Recently, PanJam Investment Limited acquired a 6.1 per cent stake in JMMB Group valued at $2.7 billion but did not say Thursday whether it acquired additional shares in JMMB.

Also on the day, Sygnus Credit Investments Limited USD Ordinary Shares led gains, increasing by 25 per cent to close at $0.11, followed by Paramount Trading (Jamaica) Limited (PTL), up 18.37 per cent to close at $2.90. The day's largest declining stock was JMMB Group Limited (JMMBGL), down 13.89 per cent to close at $28.26.

The JSE Combined Index declined by 6,038.89 points (1.62 per cent) to close at 367,584.38. The JSE Index declined by 6,729.08 points (1.82 per cent) to close at 361,999.33. The JSE Select Index declined by 202.77 points (2.17 per cent) to close at 9,158.90. The Junior Market Index advanced by 12.87 points (0.41 per cent) to close at 3,189.76. The JSE USD Equities Index advanced by 2.31 points (1.49 per cent) to close at 157.35.

Overall Market activity resulted from trading in 57 stocks of which 20 advanced, 26 declined and 11 traded firm. Market volume amounted to 330,597,954 units valued at over $9,330,755,550.00. JMMB Group Limited was the volume leader with 327,137,347 units (98.95 per cent) followed by Carreras Limited with 561,455 units (0.17 per cent) and Radio Jamaica Limited with 317,416 units (0.10 per cent).





crime-scene-7.jpgThe police are currently probing a suspected murder-suicide in Rollington Town, Kingston.

The deceased have been identified as 41-year-old Anika Walker, a higgler, and her boyfriend Paul Riley, who is said to be in his early 30s.

They are both of a Portland Road address.

It is reported that sometime between Wednesday night and early Thursday morning Riley used a knife to stab Walker in the neck, killing her.

He then reportedly committed suicide by hanging himself.

Relatives and neighbours stumbled upon the bodies this morning inside the couple's house and alerted the police.

Residents suspect that jealousy may have motivated the incident.





crime-scene-tape-gloves.jpgThe police Corporate Communication Unit is reporting two fatalities after a vessel with 13 people aboard capsized between Port Royal and Lime Cay,

According to the police, the occupants were rescued by the Jamaica Defence Force Coast Guard and residents of Port Royal but two women were taken to hospital in unconscious states. They were later confirmed dead.

Eleven other people were rescued and taken to the Kingston Public Hospital for treatment.

The incident happened some time after midday on Thursday.

The vessel remains submerged.





Cold-blooded killing in Cold Spring, Hanover

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crime-scene-gun.jpgTwo men, including one reportedly in a drunken state, were shot and killed by gunmen in Cold Spring, Hanover on Wednesday, Boxing Day.

The victims have been identified as 53-year-old farmer, Kenneth Hemans, and 52-year-old mason, Frank Birch, both of Cold Spring, Sandy Bay in the parish.

Reports from the Sandy Bay police are that about 2:00 a.m., residents heard explosions and alerted them.

On their arrival, the bodies of the men were seen lying on the roadway with multiple bullet wounds.

The scene was processed and the bodies removed to the morgue.

Sources from the area claimed that the men were attacked by gunmen sometime after Birch got into an argument with a group of men. Reports are that he was intoxicated at the time.

It has been claimed that Hemans went to the location to take Birch home, but both men were attacked and shot several times.

The Sandy Bay police are continuing investigations.





Tommy Lee to sue government for $20-MILLION

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tommy-lee-sparta-photo-13.jpgTommy Lee Sparta's legal team is gearing up to sue the Government in the region of $20 million in order to recover money they said the entertainer lost as a result of him being arrested and charged with lottery scamming.

"It is our intention to file action against the Attorney General's Department with regard to numerous retainers given to him, which he had to return because when the police got information that he was billed for a particular show, his name had to be scratched," defence attorney Ernest Smith said.

Tommy Lee Sparta, whose given name is Leroy Russell, and his co-accused, O'Brian Smith, were found not guilty of lottery-scamming charges in the Home Circuit Court last Thursday. The men were charged in February 2014 on suspicion of breaches of the Law Reform (Fraudulent Transaction) (Special Provisions) Act. Trial judge Caroyln Tie upheld a no-case submission made by Smith, bringing an end to the four-and-a-half year ordea

"My daughters Nesta Clair and Marsha Smith, attorneys-at-law - are doing the necessary research to file such an action," said Ernest Smith, who last year indicated that the lawsuit would be in the region of $20 million.

"Tommy Lee has been prevented on several occasions by certain police officers from engaging in his profession of entertainment. He has had to be pulled from several shows because police officers have threatened the organisers and the promoters to cancel their licences if Tommy Lee is on the show," said Ernest Smith.





dj-khaled-maxim.jpgDancehall fans are squabbling over DJ Khaled apparently snubbing newcomer Rygin King.

The American DJ, producer uploaded a photo to his Instagram story last week with veteran Dancehall entertainer Bounty Killer, Usain Bolt, Sharon Burke, Richie D and Rygin King at Usain Bolt's Tracks and Records restaurant in Kingston.

Khaled immediately raised a few eyebrows when social media users sighted that everyone was tagged in the post expect the self-proclaimed "Trap King."

"Rygin King Neva get tag 😂😂😂 even di man over the right side get tag so how Rygin King salt suh 😂," one fan wrote. "Rygin King - "them say great man always a guh get a fight...BEG KHALED FI A ONE TAG AND HIM SAY ME HYPE.....1KING 1KING.....😭," another added.

Rygin king come in like di plate wid porridge 😢 nobody Nuh want him #YaadManTing 🤣🤣🤣."

However others came to the "Legacy" deejay's defence claiming Jamaicans failed to see the bigger picture, "Who cares about him not being tagged in a photo, the fact that he is in the photo is enough," one social media user wrote.

"Unu gwan stay deh and laugh at least the man a par wid Khaled that says a lot for a young artiste who just come inna the game."





crime-scene-gun.jpgA Jamaican teen in the US, who authorities say is without legal status in the country, is facing murder charges stemming from the fatal drive-by shooting of a 12-year-old Connecticut boy killed outside his home.

Bridgeport Police Chief Armando Perez confirmed Monday to the Connecticut Post that 18-year-old Tajay Chambers has been charged with murder with special circumstances, carrying a pistol without a permit, second-degree larceny and risk of injury to a child.

Perez says three juveniles will also be charged in connection with the December 18 shooting of Clinton Howell, described as a bystander.

Chambers, who is accused of being the trigger man in the shooting, has been in custody since December 19 for an October alleged assault. A judge held him on US$500,000 bond. ICE placed a detainer on Chambers, who authorities say is a Jamaican immigrant without legal status.

He's scheduled to appear Wednesday in court. It's not clear of he has a lawyer.





police-car-on-fire.jpgTwo motor vehicles crashed into houses along Williamsfield Road in Manchester on Christmas Day and exploded. The driver of one of the vehicles, Dwayne Patterson, was burnt to death after being trapped inside his car.

According to the police, about 2:30 p.m on Tuesday Patterson was travelling in a yellow Honda Civic along the road, reportedly at high speed, heading towards Kendal Road. Patterson, who was allegedly racing a Toyota Corolla, lost control of the vehicle, which crashed into a mini mart along the road.

The vehicle then caught on fire with him inside.

"His car was burnt beyond recognition, the mini mart burnt out and a dwelling attached to the mini mart burnt out also...the persons in the house were able to escape," Superintendent Wayne Cameron is reported as telling daily newspaper, The Gleaner.

The police reported that shortly after that incident the driver of the Toyota Corolla lost control of his vehicle, which hit a utility pole and then crashed into a building with eight apartments. The driver along with a passenger managed to crawl out of the vehicle before it exploded.

They were subsequently taken to hospital where they are believed to be in serious but stable condition.

The fire from the car spread to the building.Residents escaped before it was destroyed.

"Damage is estimated at $16 million.... we had two units; one from Christina and one from Mandeville perform the cooling down operations," Cameron said.

The death comes just days after the Road Safety Unit (RSU) in the Ministry of Transport and Mining issued a call for motorists to exercise greater caution when traveling on the roads. Director of the RSU, Kenute Hare, said as the Christmas season approached, persons, particularly motorists and pedestrians, should exercise greater care on the roads.

Hare noted that since the start of the year approximately 360 deaths have been recorded from 318 fatal crashes.





Five days of PEP starting February 26; ends April 17

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The Ministry of Education has announced the five days on which the inaugural Primary Exit Profile (PEP) examinations will be conducted in 2019.

"Based on suggestions that we got to move the Performance Task from December 4 and 5, we have now shifted the Performance Task, which will be held on March 27 and 28. We will now have the Ability Test on February 26, and finally the Curriculum Based Test will be done on April 16 and 17," said Dr Grace McLean, the Chief Education Officer.

McLean was addressing the media at the ministry's quarterly press conference at its Heroes Circle offices in downtown Kingston recently.

She encouraged teachers, parents, students and other PEP stakeholders to access the PEP website at https://pep.moey.gov.jm for all information the ministry has to offer that is related to the new examination.

"We're happy for the response that we have received with the development of our website and PEP app. You can go to the play store and download the (PEP mobile) app, and the website is up and running with all the information that can assist. It has the curriculum, practice questions and lesson plans. There is also a link to various book publishers, where you can also access the information," McLean said.

"I can also assure you that in January, we will be providing additional practice questions to support our students," she added.

PEP is the series of tests which has replaced the GSAT as the national secondary school entrance examination. It is intended to provide a better and more complete profile of students' academic and critical thinking capabilities at the end of their primary-level education.





Panadol and Advil to merge

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Painkiller brands Panadol and Anadin/Advil will be bought under one roof under a giant deal between drug firms GlaxoSmithKline and Pfizer.

The firms are combining their consumer healthcare businesses into one firm with annual sales of US$12.7 billion.

Other brands involved in the deal include Aquafresh toothpaste and Chapstick lip balm.The deal still needs approval by shareholders and regulators.

Shares in GSK rose 7 per cent on the news.

GSK's consumer healthcare division used to operate as a joint venture with Swiss firm Novartis, but it acquired full control of the business nine months ago.





hakuna-matata.jpgA petition accusing Disney of "colonialism and robbery" for trademarking a phrase used in the film The Lion King has attracted more than 30,000 signatures.

"Hakuna matata" means "no problem" or "no worries" in the Swahili language, which is spoken across East Africa.

Disney first applied to trademark the catchphrase in 1994 - the same year it released The Lion King animation.

The row has arisen now amid hype over its live-action remake.

The petition is aimed at persuading the US company to abandon its "hakuna matata" trademark.





aidonia4thgenna-on-instagram-out-now.jpgDancehall deejay Aidonia has released two new singles just in time for Christmas.

The songs Caught Up and Dom Perignon address two different topics.

Dom Perignon follows the hip-hop influenced singles released so far this year, where the deejay talks about his financial growth and finessing.

Caught Up is on the softer side and is specifically for the female audience.

Aidonia has been dominating the charts this year with the hit singles Yeah Yeah, VVS and Big Baller.

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Guns, ammo seized in St James

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guns-photo-1.jpgThree firearms and over 30 rounds of ammunition were seized during separate police raids in St James yesterday morning.

No arrests were made.

In the first operation in York Bush, two of the firearms and 38 rounds of ammunition were seized.

Six .38 cartridges were also seized.

The second operation occurred in Glendevon where a disassembled pistol was seized.





The National Water Commission (NWC) says large sections of the Corporate Area now have no water or intermittent periods of low water pressure because of a combination of issues that have worsened in rerent days.

It says there is a major break on the Ferry/Mandela transmission pipeline in an area that is effectively inaccessible as it is under approximately 35 feet of dirt and road construction material.

The NWC says every effort is being made to fast-track the completion of a new replacement pipeline already being constructed as part of the road improvement project because all other options are not practical.

According to the Commission, it had considered constructing a temporary by-pass pipeline but this would require 1 mile of pipes, would be costly and could take months before completion.

The NWC says in the interim, water from other systems such as the Rio Cobre/Tulloch Springs, Havendale, Forest Hills, Constant Spring, Mona and Hope systems is being shared and re-directed to make up for the loss of the water from the Ferry System.

"This has deprived the Commission of about five million gallons of water per day," said an NWC spokesperson referring to the break in the Ferry/Mandela pipeline.

It has also disconnected a major source of supply to the following areas:

Cooreville Gardens

Duhaney Park

Washington Gardens

Patrick City

Ziadie Gardens

State Gardens

Molynes Gardens

Moreton Park

Olympic Way

New Haven

Coburn Gardens

Seaview Gardens

Washington Boulevard

Dunrobin Avenue​

Molynes Road

The NWC is also reporting that frequent breaks on the series of major pipelines along Constant Spring Road as a result of ongoing road construction.

It says this often forces the shut-down of the Constant Spring Water Treatment Plant several times each week.

The following areas are being affected:

Constant Spring Gardens

Norbrook

Cherry Gardens

Barbican

Manor Park

Shortwood

Eastwood Park Gardens

Molynes Road

Waltham Park Road

Olympic Way

Bay Farm Road

Hagley Park Road

Dunrobin Avenue

Calabar Mews

Ziadie Gardens

State Gardens

Mannings Hill Road

Red Hills Road

Constant Spring Road

Half Way Tree

Valentine Gardens

Meadowbrook

Queensborough

Roehampton ​

In the meantime, the NWC says frequent breaks on the Spanish Town Road major pipelines have been requiring shut-downs to effect repairs.

Areas impacted by this issue include:

Cooreville Gardens

Sections of Spanish Town Road and all roads leading off

Sections of Three Miles area

Downtown Kingston

Marcus Garvey Drive

Newport East and surrounding areas





PNP wants Dunn's River audit to be made public

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pnp-headquarters.jpgThe People's National Party (PNP) is calling on the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) to make the report of the audit on impropriety at Dunn's River Falls Attraction public.

The report covers the results of a probe ordered in August by the UDC after there were reports of misappropriation of funds associated with ticketing costs at the attraction.

Opposition Spokesman on Tourism, Dr. Wykeham Mcneil, says the relevant authorities need to provide clarity as to what was found in the audit and why the report was referred to C-TOC.

He says the public deserves to know the full extent of the irregularities which preceded the investigation and whether anyone will be held accountable.

He notes that it is not acceptable for the report to be buried in the files of the UDC and its subsidiaries.





Family members, living in Georgia and Massachusetts in the United States, fear that the worst has happened to Derrick Rodgers. The 60-year-old Lawrence Tavern resident disappeared on October 13.

His niece, Natalie Redman, contacted the Jamaica Observer recently saying that the family is on edge.

"We reported it to the Constant Spring police, but we were told that the family would have to physically go in and make the report. After that, we contacted the father of the church he used to attend and he was able to go in and make the report. The police say that they have since circulated a missing person report at all their precincts across the island so now we are just waiting," Redman told the Observer.

She said that the family realised that something was amiss when her mother, Rogers' sister, sent money for him through a financial institution and the money was not collected.

"He is always in contact with us. He is never out of touch. My mom always sends him money and he always calls to say thanks. When she sent the money on October 13 he never called. We called and he didn't answer. We called [financial institution] and they said that the money was not picked up.

"Right now, to be honest, we're on edge. You have to just be bracing yourself right now for the worst. There's no way something hasn't happened to him. [Getting] No response from him has us worried," Redman said.

Rodgers, who worked in media and was a former employee of Television Jamaica, Best FM, and Kool 97 FM.

Redman said that the family has been circulating photographs of her uncle on social media but has received no feedback.

"We don't have a physical presence in the island to do any rigid follow-ups. No one has seen or heard from him. They are only saying that they know he lives at Top Hill and that's in Lawrence Tavern," the woman said.

On December 10, Crime Stop Jamaica put out an alert for Rodgers, citing that he was last seen alive, according to a report from the Lawrence Tavern police, in his community.

Rodgers is of dark complexion, medium build, and is about 167 centimetres (5 feet 6 inches) tall. His mode of dress at the time he went missing is unknown.

"We are anxious. We are waiting, but we are worried. We are doing all that we can to find out what has happened to my uncle. It is unusual that he wouldn't contact us for so long," said Redman.

Anyone knowing Rodgers' whereabouts is being asked to contact the Constant Spring Police at 876- 924-1421-2 Police 119 emergency number or Crime Stop at 311.





The St Andrew South police say they were called to quash a dispute at a constituency office last week after residents traded blows during the distribution of New Year calendars and care packages. The usual holiday gesture by the political representatives islandwide reportedly took a new low in the Corporate Area after residents became violent, causing a subsequent delay in distributions.

"A years almanac a give weh and me never see this yet. What is an almanac fi people a fight over. People start fight fi put up politician inna dem house, and politics nah benefit dem," a female resident reportedly told evening tabloid the Star.

The fracas involved a man and a woman who are from different areas of the constituency.

"Likkle most the headlines coulda be woman or man killed for almanac. The sufferation is real 'cause politician nah help dem, and dem woulda kill or lose dem life fi put up one a dem inna dem house,"

Another resident surmised that the contents of the packages and the limited numbers might have led to the flaring tempers.

"The people dem must angry and heated cause dem tell di people dem fi come collect things and when you look, a scarce goods. Pound a rice, pound a flour, crackers, tin a mackerel some people a get. A Christmas now, dem must can do better. Every politician come a same ting. Step up di ting and mek di people dem feel good like how dem (politicians) feel good when dem put dem in," the woman said.





dj-khaled-on-instagram-for-motivational-inspiration-alert-only.jpgDJ Khaled has a new toy. It is a bling-encrusted, wrist piece called Big Boy Anniversary Patek. And it also tells the time.

He had this to say: "For motivational inspiration alert 🚨 only ! This my b day / Holliday / new year gift 🎁 from my SON AND MY QUEEN AND MY SELF . VERY GRATEFUL!

I Call this "THE CHANDELIER" Big Boy Anniversary Patek @pristine_Jewelers .... Everyone FOLLOW the Best Jewler in the World @pristine_jewelers !!! 2019 shine bright like a diamond 💎

They don't want me to get a gift 🎁!!!!! SO MY FAMILY SAID HERES A GIFT ! You work hard ! 🙏🏽 FATHER OF ASAHD THE ALBUM #2019 !

DJ KHALED on Instagram: "For motivational inspiration alert 🚨 only ! This my b day / Holliday / new year gift 🎁 from my SON AND MY QUEEN AND MY SELF . VERY..."





Popcaan officially a OVO artiste

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876gud-on-instagram-killy-them-outside.jpgPopcaan. The 'Unruly Boss' is slated to officially become the newest member of Drake'e OVO entertainment camp in the new year.

Drake, who was making his performance debut in Jamaica, made the revelation during his set at the inaugural Unruly Fest in the wee hours of Sunday morning. The announcement was met with loud cheers, and thunderous applause from the massive crowd at Lyssons Beach in St Thomas. "This is something we've been working on for a very long time, and I just wanna let everyone know that finally, officially 2019, Popcaan a sign to OVO label," he said before sealing the deal with a hug with the 'Unruly One'.

Drake's label is a Toronto-based record label he founded with Oliver El-Khatib, and long-time producer Noah '40' Shebib in 2012. It operates as a subsidiary of, and is distributed through Warner Music Group's Warner Bros Records. The label has acts including Drake, PARTYNEXTDOOR, Majid Jordan, OB O'Brien, Roy Woods, and dvsn, as well as in-house producers 40, Boi-1da, T-Minus, Mike Zombie, Nineteen85, and Future the Prince.

Drake and Popcaan have been close friends for years, with both often referring to each other as 'brothers'. The pair share numerous collaborations, and have always endorsed each other's work. The two shared the stage as Drake gave his first performance in Jamaica.

There was undoubtedly a camaraderie between both men, as they shared jokes and drinks backstage. The Canadian often copied Popcaan's slangs in his interaction with the crowd. His imitation of phrases like 'dem dead' and 'trouble deh deh,' were met with huge cheers of approval.

The multiple Grammy award-winning artiste heaped praises on Popcaan throughout the night as he urged the audience to continue supporting the deejay, who has helped to thrust the parish back into the spotlight with the staging of Unruly Fest. He explained that artistes who never forget their roots, deserve the love and support of their people.

During his brief set, Drake thrilled the audience with songs such as My Chargie and Controlla, both collaborations with Popcaan. He also gave the audience a taste of tracks such as In My Feelings and Fake Love.

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buju-banton-photo-10.jpgThe Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transsexual (LGBT) community in Barbados is clearly looking a major hype off Jamaican dancehall recording artist Buju Banton and some sections of the media in the island are clearly facilitating their nonsense.

Reports in Barbados Today state that the fame-hungry, attention-seeking homosexuals and queers want Buju Banton to publicly denounce one of his most popular songs ahead of a performance scheduled here next year.

Early Friday morning, music promoters Fas7Star Entertainment uploaded a poster with a picture of the artist, indicating he would headline an April 27 concert called Long Walk to Freedom at the 2019 Barbados Reggae Festiv

The news comes just two weeks after the artist - real name Mark Myrie - was released after serving 10 years in a US prison for a drug conviction.

His release has prompted celebration from many fans across the Caribbean, and mega successful producer DJ Khaled jetted into Jamaica last week specifically to meet with the Reggae legend.

While spokesperson for the local LGBT community, Ro-Ann Mohammed, welcomed the news that Buju would be headlining next year's reggae festival, she admitted that "there is some merit to how some people feel with regard to the rhetoric surrounding some of his early music, particularly the Boom Bye Bye song".

Fortunately, sensible people see this for what it is -- a savage case of bullying from a group of faggots who think that they are the only ones who have rights. How dare them! Fortunately again, this is the age of social media comments, and the responses from well-thinking persons have been swift and highly appropriate.

From as far back as 2006, Buju Banton met with the faggots and declared that he would no longer perform that song on stage. What more does the LGBTQWXYZ (have we missed out any of the letters?) want?

It's unfortunate that they are even being given the space via this medium to bring their idiocy to light. Actually, this call for Buju to denounce the song should have been locked in a closet where these intolerant, same-sex-loving, homosexuals who love to stab and kill each other in acts of passion, belong.

Whether they like it or not, "Boom Bye Bye" IS --- and forever will be-- an iconic Dancehall tune and will be an anthem for generations to come. BOOM BYE BYE.

When you all have the time, take a look at some of these comments:

DENOUNCE UNNUH MUMMA!!!..God created man & woman gayism fi stop! A it a mashup the world yuh see how much disease destruction & curse a come pon us unnuh nuh see the almost endless fire in California fi weeks & how much pple dying all over because pple are so confused these days God is so Upset with the nastiness sodomism..da lifestyle bring crosses pon di world!!!

Denounce mi bombo-pussy-claat... yow dem fish ya really a gwaan too bad now man. Unuh waan too bloodclaat much. It nuh bad enough unuh can suck out man tongue a road... now unuh waan people love unuh unwillingly. Leff di man song alone; a just a song. If it play round yuh den cut off unuh ears.

Unuh move from ya wid unuh dutty life bout unuh waa man fi succumb and big up unuh nastiness unuh set up the man ova the said song and him duh him time, unuh tink we Nuh know say unuh have a hand in him incarceration di amount a petition unuh file against him to unuh judge fren, him Nuh haffi sing da song deh when him a perform but me naw stop sing it, big up Buju caw dem can't keep a good man down a God you seh, weh dem nuh tear out the chapter dem wha denounce battyisim in the Bibles Eternal FYA fi di nastiness dem.

Unu move unu duttu BBC self and low the man ..u know how much violence Inna white people music anybody a call upon Eminem n Dem for stop sing fuxxry unu kiss BUJU raxxxxx ... Unu gay people always want shove. Unu lifestyle down people throat apologize for what.......some. Of them before Dem start have same sex relationship was singing the same damn song cause nobody nuh born gay , it's a lifestyle choice.

Y batty man dem always a gwaan like dem want to force ppl fi accept them? Unu cocky want cut off and burn kmft.

30 years ago a 15 yr old yute writes a song and those people want him to still deal with these people's insecurities? those people have enough money to go buy an island. just go away if you don't want to deal with people that don't believe what you bel...

This is the same fuckry dem people trying to pull on Comedian Kevin Hart inna farrin also. They gwaan like a lynch mob now.

Lovey Donna P you could type until your finger is tired battyman fi 💥💣if your daddy was a battyman you wouldnt be here typing shit .

Nikki Cutelips nope... he shouldn't denounce it. It's a part of his legacy. Why don't Barbados ban the song if it bother unuh so much.

Mike Sharp im gonaa give u a pass cause u looking so cute and all.

The matter has been dealt with already.How many times do they want their pound of flesh.Fall back let the Gargamel prosper.I am sure the strategy will be to ignore these parasites...

Vee Vee U nuh have nothing to denounce!!! Soon straight ppl will walk the streets because we have rights too. Soon hear unu want come in a ppl house come teach dem pickney fi pay gay. It seems like is only gay ppl live in this world.

Kim Slimmas Leave the man alone let him enjoy a bit of freedom him and is family please.

When did it became a crime to voice ones opinion. No LGBT cannot tell society what they should accept so Mr. Myrie keep doing your thing Boom Bye Bye indeed.

What a set of nastiness think them a human being, these clown really need to be purge out.

Wi need straight ppl ready fi protest ina real life not only social media.

Shan Slim Shanique Low the man ... weh yu a talk bout. If him no sing it again that's fair enough what u talking about publicly announce .... that was years ago.... A tell hunu fi tell gay and lesbian say dem fi stop the nastiness.

Dee Jay Creepa They need to let the artist breath before attacking him with bullshit... not even 3weeks good and wanna be demanding orders kmt.. so uneducated & dunce

British Unruly Everybody a try look a hype offa buju since him get release??? Every turn mi turn smaddi ave him name inna dem mouth like bubble gum This is ridiculous it's always something with these people. I don't know why they believe that when they voice how they feel it's ok. But when other people say how they feel it's an issue 🤷🏽‍♀️. Really 🙄. Why do you think you have the right to force ot...

Vee Vee This ppl love to be seen. Weh dem nuh guh weh and leave thr blasted man and him song. Damn demons! Seems there are very much against straight ppl and we nees to start demonstrating too cause we have rights.

The man went to jail for drugs.....not for singing that song leave him alone.

All battymsn fi get boom

Just like how you all have your lifestyle choice buju has his ...kmt why should he apologize ? Leave the man alone y'all act like the untouchables no one can state their mind in fear of being labeled gtfoh.

Go take several seats!!! And I'm trying to be nice!!!! Kmft

Monz Grinij To denounce this song is to denounce slavery and all other pages of the history book that we don't necessarily agree with...denounce why? The song will still be ingrained in our memories...Buju just come home and unnu wah torment the man soul Cha! LGBT kindly hold a space and leave wi man alone.

The message was already sent and received.

It was written in the Bible and him quote it as it was written.....

Go fight the Bible and ask it to apologize .

What is done, is done and can not be erased

No apologies.

Ching Ching Ellington They need to leave it in the past because it already took a total on him already, and they can't stop people from playing are listening to that song, because people still and will always remember that song and sing and play it, so for them to ask him that won't happen. So they need to get over it and move on, It's an new year for him let him live his life and stop bringing back up the past.

This man has a fantastic body of work and the focus is a song he did as a young man. Umh ok 🙄

Bumby fi all a dem an more

Athonykeepingthefaith Di man just fwd and the parasite dem start aready!! Kmft

Bum bye bye inna Batty bowy head straight naah stop seh suh..till we get rid a all uno nastiness..bullit.

Kmt..Unnu go move BBC, why should he denounce his song to please you gays. Start unnu boycott cause it wont happen this song is part of his legacy. Unnu go truck thru a window wid unnu insecuries.

Land FISH guh suck out unuh mumma

Fuck barbados

Unno start to ride him again, let the man breathe in peace man; Denounce what??





HIGHLIGHTS FROM DJ KHALED'S TRIP TO JAMAICA

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dj-khaled-on-instagram-father-of-asahd-the-album-2019.jpgDJ Khaled's son reps Jamaica in jersey and shorts

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tommy-lee-photo-3.jpg"A di first mi cry from the case start, but it was tears of joy. A di best feeling inna the world right now. Give thanks for the judge and especially my lawyer Ernest Smith the baddest lawyer inna di world. Mr Ernie Smith, respect, and give thanks to the judge same way. From my family to everybody nuff respect," Tommy Lee Sparta is quoted as telling a reporter for Jamiacan tabloid, the Star.

The Dancehall entertainer cried in the Home Circuit Court in downtown Kingston on Thursday, minutes after Justice Carolyn Tie upheld a no-case submission made on Wednesday by his attorney Ernest Smith.

The deejay, whose given name is Leroy Russell, and three others were initially charged in February 2014 on suspicion of breaches of the Law Reform (Fraudulent Transaction) (Special Provisions) Act, 2013. However, no evidence was offered for two of the accused, who were later released.

Tommy Lee and co-accused O'Brian Smith were then left to prove their innocence.

Today, they are free men.





buju-banton-on-instagram-its-truly-been-a-long-walk-to-freedom.jpgThe organisers of the Buju and Friends concert say the tickets will be affordably priced so that a wide cross-section of fans will be able to enjoy the deejay's first homecoming performance.

On March 16, 2019, Gargamel Music and Boom Energy Drink, in collaboration with Solid Agency and Rockers Island Entertainment, will stage the first leg of the deejay's Long Walk To Freedom tour at the National Stadium in St Andrew.

According to the organisers, when the tickets go on sale on January 16, 2019 on the deejay's official website, www.bujubanton.com, various price ranges will be assigned to the different sections of the stadium.

"What we will have is, for example, a bleachers presold early-bird special that can be bought for $4,000. There will be other tickets for the grandstand, general field, VIP and Ultra VIP sections for sale as well," said Sharon Burke of Solid Agency, one of the organisers of the event.

She added that the event's organisers have sought to provide the various sections and prices so that fans will be able to see Buju perform.

Since returning to the island earlier this month, the deejay has received tremendous support from the public, with hundreds of fans turning up at the airport and his studio to welcome him home.

Within 24 hours of his homecoming, Buju had 10 albums in the top 30 United States Reggae iTunes charts. He also held the number one spot on the Reggae Album iTunes chart in United States, United Kingdom, and various European countries.

The deejay's social media pages also reflect the support with his Instagram page quickly jumping to more than 500,000 followers.

Buju Banton on Instagram: "It's truly been a long walk to freedom...but I give thanks for the outpouring of love and support over the past 9 years ... I look forward..."





police-constable.jpgThe Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has commenced an investigation into a disturbing video that is being circulated on social media depicting child pornography.

Members of the public are being advised to desist from sharing this video as this action constitutes an offence under the Child Pornography (Prevention) Act and the Cyber Crimes Act.

The police cautioned that there is a strong possibility that sharing the video may result in further trauma to the child.

Members of the public are strongly urged to delete the video and any other related images.





crime-scene-gun.jpgThe St Ann's Bay police are investigating the death of a man who was found with a gunshot wound in Mammee Bay, St Ann on Wednesday, December 19.

The deceased has been identified as 34-year-old Kevin Mechado of Mango Walk, St James and Pine Wood Court, Florida, USA.

Reports from the St Ann's Bay police are that about 1:00 a.m., Mechado allegedly drove to a service station suffering from a gunshot wound to his right leg, and subsequently fell out of the vehicle clutching a firearm.

He was assisted to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

A post-mortem examination is to be conducted to determine the cause of his death.

Investigations continue into the incident.





MISSING: St Andrew businessman

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Fifty-one-year-old Howard Hare, a businessman of Meade Close in Kingston 19, has been reported missing

He is of brown complexion, medium build and is about 5 feet 8 inches tall.

The Constant Spring Police say he has not been seen or heard from since Friday, December 14.

According to the police, he was last seen in Half Way Tree in St Andrew.

His mode of dress at the time he went missing is unknown.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Howard Hare is being asked to contact the Constant Spring Police at 876-924-1421-2, police 119 emergency number or the nearest police station.





svetlana-laurel.pngA woman from Washington state has been accused of shooting and killing her 14-year-old daughter as the teenager desperately tried to call 911 during a domestic disturbance. Svetlana Laurel, 52, of Kent, Washington has been arrested and charged in the death of 14-uear-old Natalie Gulizia.

Natalie called 911 on Tuesday night to report a domestic dispute between her mother and father as the pair fought downstairs. But as she was on the phone to the emergency services, her life was cut short by allegedly by her mother who shot her in the head in a moment of madness.

natalie-gulizia.pngThe divorced mom-of-two Svetlana who works at Boeing, was apparently let into the home of her ex-husband's on Tuesday night by the couple's 12-year-old son. When her ex-husband and daughter Natalie returned home, he allegedly found 'Svetlana was holding a Taser, and used it' on him. She is then alleged to have zip-tied her ex and their son.

'Svetlana drew a pistol' and told her ex-husband' she was going to shoot him because he had ruined her life', court documents seen by KIRO allege.

The mother had recently recently lost custody of her children to the father, according to officials and the situation had placed her into a seemingly desperate situation. The couple's daughter went into her upstairs bedroom and called police to get help.

'When the mother found out she was calling 911, she shot her,' Cmdr. David Leibman of the Renton Police Department said.

The 911 operator could hear a woman saying, 'You called 911!' and then heard a woman threatening to 'blow your head off'. There followed the sound of zip-ties being secured, a loud bang, followed by screaming, according to the police report.

The 12-year-old boy, who was tied up, 'hopped' to his sister's room 'and saw that his sisters head was covered in blood,' according to court papers.

The children's father told police 'he heard the sound of a single gunshot' upstairs and Laurel went back up to the first floor of the house and tried to shoot him.

'The gun failed to fire, with Svetlana struggling to clear the malfunction in the pistol,' court papers detail.

The father then 'rammed Svetlana into the wall with his shoulder, and was able to grab the pistol.'

Laurel was originally booked on suspicion of second-degree murder but it is likely the charge will be escalated to first-degree murder.





Butch Stewart promises to sell DJ Khaled a villa

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Rygin King to headline Christmas Extravaganza

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Dancehall sensation Rygin King will headline 18th GT Taylor Christmas Extravaganza, injecting fresh energy into the annual event.

GT Taylor, founder and promoter of the event, revealed that as the demographics of patrons of entertainment events trends towards youth, he is re-jigging his event to create a party atmosphere for the annual show. He said that there will be fewer artistes onstage and more time allocated for patrons to listen to a string of reggae, dancehall, R&B and rap hits.

"The 18th staging of Jamaica's Ultimate Christmas Show GT Taylor's Christmas Extravaganza 2018 will feature Jamaica's top sounds and selectors, Chromatic Live, Bass Odyssey, Digital Chris, are going to make sure the event is lit. We are going to have a great party mix this Christmas, in addition to performances from established reggae acts," he said.

GT Taylor finessed the stage show formula to eliminate the long band changes, poor production values and overblown line ups that have plagued live shows over the years. This year, there will be more sound system play before the main dancehall acts touch the stage.

"We have been focussing on performance over the past few years -- quality not quantity, we are going to have a two hour slot in the morning before the main acts like Rygin King perform to close the show," said Taylor.

"We have cut the number of artistes down so that the patrons will get a longer performance from their favourite artistes. There will be no more than 25 acts on a show, these days are done."

Like most live shows in Jamaica, 'Extravaganza' has been known to roll into early morning with weary patrons leaving the venue before seeing the headline acts.

Taylor first staged Extravaganza in 2000 at Hendrix Wharf in Black River, St Elizabeth's chief town. What started as a dance transformed into a 'stage show' with reggae/dancehall's biggest names.

"Arrangements are in place to accommodate as many vehicles as possible inside the venue so that patrons can sit in their vehicles and watch the show. The hotels love this concept as we have created an area, with special security arrangements, where tourists can sit in a bus and enjoy the show," he said.





dj-khaled-on-instagram-bujuofficial-x-djkhaled-budafuco96-father.jpgIn one of his many, many posts on social media in the last few days, DJ Khaled posted a picture withhimself standing next to world's fastest man, Usain Bolt with the caption: "JAMAICA FATHER OF ASAHD IS HERE?" One social medis user Empress Maurica took exception and has a word of caution, even as Khaled fever is infecting some.

She says: ""@djkhaled who is ASAHD again for us to come and bow and recognize his father with that Baphomet on your chest? Are you telling us something here Khaled? Do you want us to come bow to the father of ASAHD? Why u calling Jamaica to look at this picture with you and one of our great man but ur letting it known with your horns in ur chest that FATHER OF ASAHD is here. 🤔🤔🤔 sounds sketchy to me. My Jamaican family may be sleeping but I'm not so I am going to speak for my people. We worship the Angels of our creator of this Earth hence why we are rooted and so spiritual and know a lie when we see it. Those who are blinded by vanity will see just the vanity, those who are rooted and grounded in Jah will know a lie. @usainbolt this caption sat well with you? Cause it doesn't with me and them horns on his chest telling us the truth but we're blind,and it doesn't sit well either. Khaled we love money but we love God more. @busysignal_turf @agentsasco

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buju-banton-at-the-studio.jpgBuju Banton's first major performance will be held on March 16 at National Stadium in Kingston and tickets will go on sale as early as January 16 -- two months before the highly anticipated performance by the artiste who was recently released from a United States prison after serving a near 10-year sentence on drug-related charges.

Buju Banton posted on his social media pages giving notice of the upcoming show.

"It's truly been a long walk to freedom...but I give thanks for the outpouring of love and support over the past 9 years ... I look forward to seeing and thanking you all on the Long Walk to Freedom tour, beginning March 2019," said Buju Banton.

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Has Vybz Kartel run out of bleaching products?

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vybz-kartel-photo-11-larger.jpgNew images of Vybz Kartel in prison that made the rounds on social media sent Gaza fans into a frenzy on Monday. A photo with his business partner, producer Linton "TJ" White and newcomer Sikka Rhymes surfaced on Instagram showing Kartel wearing his original black skin!!!!!

At first, some social media users chimed questioning the authenticity of the photos, while several trolls wrote that the "Fever" deejay had run out of his bleaching supplies.

However, Kartel later uploaded a picture of himself -- in all his blackness -- and many have since concluded that Black Kartel has returned.

"Wow wasn't expecting this. Love the blackness," one fan wrote. "The melanin has returned!!!," another added.

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bob-marley-large.jpg"Bob Marley And The Beautiful Game" is the title of a new short film which explores the reggae legend's love of football and his lasting influence at Ajax Football Club in Amsterdam.

The new short tells the story of a how Marley's song 'Three Little Birds' still echoes around the Johan Cruyff Arena due to a chance encounter between a Cardiff City FC DJ and the Amsterdam faithful and you can watch it above.

Entertaining and informative, Bob Marley And The Beautiful Game is a collaboration between Island Records and video makers Copa 90 and it explores the reggae icon's enduring love of football in depth.

Presented by London-based musician and lifelong football fan B.O.A.T (Boy Of All Talents), the film also features contributions from Grammy Award-winning musician Sean Paul, reggae musician Levi Roots, AFC Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana and author Weip Idzenga, who sets the tone when he says, "If [Bob Marley] had the chance, he would have been a football player instead of a musician - he loved it that much."

During the short film, Andre Onana reveals that AFC Ajax adopted Bob Marley's 'Three Little Birds' as their anthem after a friendly fixture with Welsh club Cardiff City descended into violence and fights broke out between the two teams' supporters. However, after the match DJ, Ali Yassine played Marley's evergreen reggae hit, everything calmed down and the fighting stopped. B.O.A.T interviews Yassine about that memorable day and then travels to Amsterdam to take in a football match where Marley's son Ky-Mani Marley leads the Ajax supporters in a rousing, mass sing-along of 'Three Little Birds'.

"He gave something to the world that was beautiful", Sean Paul says in his personal tribute to Bob Marley. "I salute him forever for that."





hands-behind-bars.jpgThe police say they have in custody a prime suspect in relation to the dramatic shooting death of a security guard at a business outlet in Portmore, St Catherine on December 6.

Last week the police said they were a step closer to apprehending the criminals who carried out the brazen daylight attack in the Sunshine city.

Detectives said they had collected video footage which captured the images of the men while they were carrying out the attack on the KingAlarm security officer.

"Based on footage that was captured, authorities will be using this evidence in their manhunt for the perpetrators," a police source said.

A four-minute video captured on CCTV showed two men entering the facility where the guard was working.

The men were seen waiting until all the customers had left the business outlet, after which they accosted the security guard.

The video showed that one of the eventual attackers had even borrowed a pen from the security guard to sign a document, seemingly in an attempt to hide his true intention.

The footage showed that as the men were about to carry out the attack, two customers were entering the facility. In response, one of the attackers pushed the customers outside the door and attempted to close the door.

The guard saw what was happening and moved towards the door.

One of the attackers, who was later seen holding on to the guard with one hand, with a gun in his (the attacker's) other hand, then pulled the guard outside the establishment and shot him.

The men then ran from the scene.

The shooting sent large numbers of onlookers scampering for safety.





handgun.jpgA Ruger 9mm pistol that police say belonged to Karen Cleary-Brown, who was murdered late November in Boscobel, St Mary, has been recovered by the police in the parish.

Delivering the Jamaica Constabulary Force's (JCF) report at the monthly meeting of the St Mary Municipal Corporation in Port Maria on Thursday, acting commander for St Mary, Deputy Superintendent Dalian Clarke, said that Sheldon Hewitt, the man charged with killing Brown, took the police to where the gun was located and told them it belonged to the woman.

This was before Brown's body was discovered in a shallow grave on her property in Boscobel, St Mary.

Clarke confirmed that Hewitt, a 32-year-old mason of Spanish Town, St Catherine, and Boscobel, St Mary, addresses, confessed to killing Brown and was subsequently charged. The post-mortem revealed that the woman was stabbed nine times.

He was scheduled to appear in court on Thursday.

Clarke said that Brown was not a United Kingdom (UK) resident, but a Jamaican, who was married to a British national. It is said that he was in the process of filing for her.





dj-khaled-on-instagram-working-on-father-of-asahd-bujuofficial-said-khaled.jpgSunday was Buju Banton's first day back in studio since his return to Jamaica a little over a week ago. Here is how DJ Khaled recalls the conversation:

@bujuofficial said, "Khaled today is my first day back in studio",

I SAID, "WHAT A SPECIAL DAY ! JAH WORKS! BLESS UP THE RASTA ! FAMLIY TING!"

Fans, friends and family are convinced that a big chune is in the making and everybody is waiting patiently.

DJ KHALED on Instagram: "Working on FATHER OF ASAHD @bujuofficial said Khaled today is my first day back in studio , I SAID WHAT A SPECIAL DAY ! JAH WORKS! BLESS UP..."





dj-khaled-on-instagram-bujuofficial-x-djkhaled-budafuco96-father.jpgDJ Khaled took a trip to Jamaica via private jet to talk to the most important man in Dancehall/Reggae music right now, Buju Banton. Khaled kept his followers updated all through Sunday about his secret mission which turned out to be a visit to Buju Banton at his studio off Red Hills Road in St Andrew. By the time Khaled dropped the first pic of him and Buju together very late last night, they went viral, racking up over 100-thousand views and thousands of positive comments in a few hours.

DJ KHALED on Instagram: "@bujuofficial x @djkhaled @budafuco96 FATHER OF ASAHD 🙏🏽holding a firm mediation wit my great friend my brother BUJU 🙏🏽 @budafuco96..."

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@bujuofficial x @djkhaled @budafuco96 FATHER OF ASAHD 🙏🏽holding a firm mediation wit my great friend my brother BUJU 🙏🏽 @budafuco96 -------------------------------------- There was good & evil. we chose good why raise the time of the most high his sons of men The rich man's wealth is in the city. yeah Destruction of the poor is his poverty. Lord Destruction of your soul is vanity. yeah, ay, yeah Do you hear. I and I, I wanna rule my destiny. yeah I and I, I wanna rule my destiny. Destiny, mama look from when you call me Destiny, mama look from when you calling I wanna rule my destiny yeah, yeah oh help I please Jah Jah mek mi rule my destiny. I've been blessed I've been touch I love Jah so much They keep fighting me I'm not giving up May the realms of Zion fill my spiritual cup Wisdom overstanding must never be too much Give I protection Day and night From even the pestilence that war get a daylight Destiny, mama look from when you calling Destiny, mama look from when you calling I wanna rule my destiny yeah, yeah oh help I please Jah Jah mek mi rule my destiny. Cast away their cords from us, Lord. You have them in the region in the valley of decision Restraining the heathen with a rod of iron You know not the destiny of a next man Why hold him set him free for too long I, I wanna rule my destiny Oh yeah, I & I really wanna rule my destiny Hear me call call call Destiny, mama look from when you call me Destiny, mama look from when you calling I wanna rule my destiny oh yeah, help I please really wanna rule my destiny. My destination is homeward bound Though forces try to hold I down Breaking chains has become the norm I know I must get through no matter what a gwaan Destiny, mama look from when you calling Destiny, mama look from when you calling I wanna rule my destiny Lord, & I tell you once more The rich man's wealth is in the city. oh Destruction of the poor is our poverty. yeah Destruction of your soul is vanity. wooooy Do you hear, Do you hear Destiny, Destiny

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DJ KHALED on Instagram: "FATHER OF ASAHD X @bujuofficial 🇯🇲 @djkhaled @budafuco96 -------------------------------------- Only Rasta can liberate the people Over hills and valleys too..."

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FATHER OF ASAHD X @bujuofficial 🇯🇲 @djkhaled @budafuco96 -------------------------------------- Only Rasta can liberate the people Over hills and valleys too Don't let them fool you Don't believe for a minute that they are with you Jah free the people Over hills and valleys too Don't let them fool you Don't believe for a minute, they don't like you Why try to make I unhappy Really I don't know If it was up to them my friend We would never see the sun nor the snow Through that mystical communication within We keep on coming together I love to see brothers and sisters
Looking out for one another
That's the way it should be
Not contrary, stop tearing down each other Hard drugs won't do You're just behaving like they want you to Arrogance is much different from ignorance And I know you feel the same way too Many live this life without having a clue No reason why they are so sad and blue Places to go so much things to do Not a moment to reflect on the cycle of life It hard, it hard, it hard (yeah) Mek them know we waan go home a we yard It hard, it hard, it hard (let them know) Let them know we waan go home a we yard It hard, it hard, it hard (let them know) Let them know we waan go home a we yard It hard, it hard, it hard (oh god) We waan go home

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grace-hamilton-on-instagram-this-is-my-whole-mood-repost-chrissydhk.jpgVybz Kartel, Foota Hype and a slew of Spice's followers are disappointed in her after she re-posted a video of well-known gay dancer Chrissy, gyrating to one her songs. Spice is accused of selling out the culture for "likes". Kartel, who is always defending Spice and has acknowledged her as the official Queen of the Dancehall, simply wrote "Smh" (Shake my head) in the comment section.

Then, in order to drive home his point even further, Kartel's biography on IG was then updated to state clearly: "Nah sell out mi culture fi views or hype." "...everyman grab a gyal," Kartel added, referring his smash hit 2009 collaboration "Romping Shop" with Spice.

Not surprisingly, controversial Dancehall selector Foota Hype, aka Spoonhead, also chastised Spice: "Seriously Spice a disrespect thing this eno member how wi culture set up [it] have some limits," he wrote.

Her followers were also very clear about their intense dislike of the homosexual man's shenanigans and the fact that Spice thought it appropriate to re-post it. Several persons said they wished they could unsee the video because it was so disgusting, while others took time to educate Spice on the culture as it relates to gayness.

Grace Hamilton on Instagram: "THIS IS MY WHOLE MOOD #Repost @chrissydhk • • • • • Cool It 🎅🏻 With Piece Of Ice For Di Winter @spiceofficial X @dancingrebel_official X..."





nikki-chrome-body-chromazz-on-instagram-hey-yuh-affi-tek-bad-thing.jpgDancehall 'It Girl' Nikki Chromaz is asking her followers to pray for her after reportedly receiving death threats following the crash of Birthday Club ponzi scheme, Loom.

The "Chrome White" owner took to Instagram over the weekend claiming that she has been receiving death threats after owing JMD $6.7 million following the crash of loom.

On Sunday, she uploaded a screenshot to her Instagram story sharing one of the threats, asking her over 400,000 followers to keep her in their prayers. But shortly after, she took to social media to share a video clip of a humorous Loom scenario, with the caption "Yuh affi tek bad things mek joke".

Nikki Chrome Body Chromazz😍😋 on Instagram: "Hey yuh affi tek bad things mek joke enu😂🤣🤣😂🤣😂 this kill me🤣😭 a really so me did behave enu 😭😭"

Meanwhile, Nikki is promoting her cake sale and other business enterprises. Hopefully the prayers work and the people who are owed will get their refund because the comments on social media are savage. It's Christmas and people want their money, even if they get back the sum they invested without the interest, they will be fine.

Nikki Chrome Body Chromazz😍😋 on Instagram: "Unu ready??🙌🙌🙌 15% off all chromewhite once u purchase a ticket🙌🙌🙌 cant miss this"





senior-superintendent-of-police-anthony-castelle.jpgSenior Superintendent of Police Anthony Castelle was spared jail time and was instead fined $1 million by the St James Parish Court in relation to his recent conviction on charges arising from the shooting of a pregnant woman on January 22, 2016.

Castelle, who was found guilty of unlawful wounding and misconduct in a public office on November 23, was calm as presiding judge Natalie Hart-Hines ordered him to pay the fine or spend 30 days in prison on the unlawful wounding charge.

He was admonished and discharged for misconduct in a public office.

In outlining the sentence, Hart-Hines said that based on her reading of Castelle's social enquiry report, she did not believe that he should receive a custodial sentence.

Castelle was arrested and charged by the Independent Commission of Investigations on May 18, 2016, following the shooting.

The facts are that on the day in question, a police team chased and opened fire on a motor car after the driver, a taxi operator, disobeyed an order to stop and sped off.

Janice Hines, who was a passenger in the taxi and was pregnant at the time, was shot and injured and was rushed to the Cornwall Regional Hospital.

Castelle was jointly charged with District Constable Rohan McIntosh, who was later discharged following a no-case submission on November 9.





The Jamaica Council of Churches has placed the Petrojam issue back on the front burner by suggesting that those found guilty of gross misconduct be criminally charged.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has ordered a forensic audit of Petrojam after an Auditor General report revealed that millions of dollars have been misspent at the entity.

Reverend Gary Harriott, General Secretary of the Jamaica Council of Churches, says the group is expecting further action following the forensic audit.

"Whether it means that person is going to be brought before the court to answer for the breach, but yes, we expect that as a result of those findings that persons will be held accountable," he said.

Reverend Harriott said the issues highlighted at Petrojam raise the need for more transparency in the management of public funds.

"Those who are entrusted with the public's resources need to bear in mind that this is taxpayers' funds and if we don't manage our resources well and our responsibilities, then it sets us back in terms of our advancement and development as a society," he asserted.





Bermuda gov't fighting same sex marriage

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us-supreme-court-upholds-same-sex-marriage-nationwide.jpgThe Bermuda government has launched a last-ditch legal attempt to restore a ban on same-sex marriage in the country, even though it has already lost three times in court on the issue.

Notice has been given to the Court of Appeal to ask permission to take the case to the London-based Privy Council.

The Progressive Labour Party (PLP) government said that the matter is important to the population and involves complex legal points that should be heard by the highest court of appeal for Bermuda.

Deputy Premier and Minister of Home Affairs Walter Roban said, "Constitutional issues are important issues, and this government wants to get it right."

The decision to try to take the case to the Privy Council came after a ruling by the Court of Appeal made same-sex marriage legal again last month.

The application was made just before a 21-day deadline was reached.

The Court of Appeal last month dismissed the government's claim that former Chief Justice Ian Kawaley was wrong to strike down parts of the Domestic Partnership Act (DPA), which was passed to replace same-sex marriage with a civil-partnership arrangement.

A packed courtroom erupted in cheers as Sir Scott Baker, president of the Court of Appeal, announced the decision.

The Court of Appeal also has the role of deciding if permission is given for a plaintiff to go to the Privy Council.

The Privy Council then considers if an appeal has merit and if it will hear the case or not.





donald-trump-photo-5.jpgGoogle Chief Executive Sundar Pichai has explained why searching the word "idiot" on the global search engine shows images of US President Donald Trump. Pichai appeared before a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday to explain the scenario by California Representative Zoe Lofgren.

"Right now, if you Google the word 'idiot' under images, a picture of Donald Trump comes up. I just did that," she notes. "How would that happen?"

In response, the Google CEO said the company doesn't "manually intervene" in search results and that search results are based on crawling the content of web pages.

"We provide search today for any time you type in a keyword. We, as Google, have gone out and crawled and stored copies of billions of their pages in our index, and we take the keyword and match it against the pages and rank them based on over 200 signals," Pichai said.

"Things like relevance, freshness, popularity, how other people are using it. And based on that, you know, at any given time, we try to find the best results for that query," he adds.

The house team convened the hearing to discuss whether Google's search results are politically biased.





2019 the Year of Festivals in the Caribbean

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The Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) has declared 2019 the Year of Festivals in the Caribbean.

According to the CTO, the region will celebrate the unique rhythm and tempo of each CTO destination throughout 2019.

"The Year of Festivals will focus on the fascinating events that have become an integral part of the Caribbean tourism calendar. Festivals help to energize communities across the region, while giving visitors more reasons to enjoy our destinations," said Hugh Riley, Secretary General of CTO.

"The Year of Festivals will highlight music, art, sailing, lights, food, rum, religious, literary and dance festivals celebrated throughout the region. It's a theme which can easily be embraced by all CTO member destinations," Riley noted.

"In addition to providing an opportune time for vacationers to visit, these celebrations also emphasise the unique characteristics that define the many diverse backgrounds and traditions which comprise the Caribbean's cultural tapestry," added Riley.

The 2019 Caribbean Year of Festivals will be promoted through social media and traditional media channels and will create opportunities for travellers and vacation planners to share their experiences.

"While each destination is unique and inviting in its own right, the common denominator for all Caribbean societies is a yearning to celebrate life, and each Caribbean country provides a beat that can't be replicated elsewhere," said Riley.

"The Year of Festivals will highlight music, art, sailing, lights, food, rum, religious, literary and dance festivals celebrated throughout the region. It's a theme which can easily be embraced by all CTO member destinations," Riley noted.

Throughout 2019, the CTO said it will also assist member countries with an assortment of promotional concepts and opportunities which can be implemented around the theme of festivals to appeal to consumers, travel professionals and creators of unique vacation experiences.





Popcaan, Mortimer make Apple Music 'Editor's Picks'

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shelly-brown-curran-on-instagram-when-you-speak-about-talent-let-me.jpgApple Music's charts are primarily based on streaming and purchasing data, however, alongside the official numbers, they also release their 'Editor's Picks', showcasing the 100 best and biggest tracks of the year, spanning all genres.

This year, Dun Rich by 'unruly boss' Popcaan featuring Nigerian music star Davido, and Careful by up-and-coming reggae singer-songwriter Mortimer feature on the list.

Other tracks listed on Apple's Editor's Picks list are God's Plan by Drake, Sicko Mode by Travis Scott, Stir Fry by Migos and This Is America by Childish Gambino.

Mortmer feels humbled by the selection, and he is ready to knock out some more tracks in the new year.

He said: "A lot happened this year, a lot of ups and downs and round and round. But I'm ready for work again in 2019, ready to put out some good music to uplift people's spirit and mindset. We have 'skin-out', 'buss out head back'. Now we need some vibes inna di place; upful, positive music."

Meanwhile, artiste manager, Shelly-Ann Curan has been giving Mortimer loads of props on social media

Shelly Brown - Curran on Instagram: "When you speak about talent let me tell you this @mortimermusic a it!!! Gonna live to see you be one of the biggest reggae musicians..."

Previous releases by Mortimer include Warning (2015), Ganja Train (2016), and This Feeling (2017).





JACAP puts on the pressure with lawsuits

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At least 22 companies have been sued by the Jamaica Association of Composers, Authors and Publishers (JACAP) since the start of the year for copyright infringement, and after securing a recent win in its legal battle against Mars Cable Vision Limited, the association has sounded a warning that it will explore all options to protect its members.

JACAP general manager Lydia Rose made an appeal for more compliance with copyright laws during a press conference at the association's 21 Connolley Avenue head office in Kingston this week and noted that media houses and cable providers topped its list of infringers.

JACAP, by 28 agreements, is mandated to collect royalties from anybody who uses the creativity of individuals, authors, composers, and publishers. Based on this agreement, a claim was filed and served on Mars Cable Vision Limited in October 2016.

After a protracted legal battle, the Supreme Court, on November 28, 2018, entered judgement in default against Mars Cable Vision Limited in the matter. The court further ordered specific disclosure of the audited financials of Mars Cable Vision Limited and costs of the application for judgement to be awarded to JACAP to be taxed if not agreed.

JACAP's attorney, Christopher Henry, said that an assessment for damages would need to be done before they know the amount to be awarded.

"The cable companies, for far too long, have been non-compliant, and they are now realising that JACAP has the authority, and is willing to show this said authority, and is willing to go the entire mile to ensure that the rights of our composers, authors, and publishers are protected and they are rewarded for their hard work, their creative works," he said.





crime-scene-tape.jpgMedia reports are that a member of the Jamaica Defence Force is now in police custody after allegedly stabbing his wife to death.

The deceased has been identified as Nordraka Williams-Burnett, an attorney-at-law at the law firm Townsend, Whyte and Porter.

One of the lead attorneys at the firm Christopher Townsend is reported as saying that he was informed that the husband allegedly attacked his wife sometime this morning at their Kirkland Heights home in St Andrew.

Townsend further said that he was informed that loud screams were heard coming from the couple's apartment, causing an alarm.

It is reported that a concerned resident went to enquire and discovered Williams-Burnett bleeding from stab wounds inside the apartment.

The soldier has reportedly said that "the voices in my head made me do it."

On her Facebook profile, Nordraka Williams-Burnett describes herself as "daughter of the only living God. Wife of one man. Mother of two girls. God's handiwork.".

The soldier, whose name has not been released, last year described her in a Facebook post as his "beautiful, talented, motherly, lawyerly wife."

Reports from the Red Hills police are that about 5 a.m., residents heard strange sounds and summoned the police.

On arrival of the lawmen, checks were made at the premises, and the body of Williams-Burnett was found in a room with multiple wounds. Her husband was also seen sitting inside the room. He was subsequently taken into custody.

It is further reported that the couple's two young daughters were also inside the apartment at the time of the alleged incident.

According to Townsend, the children were not harmed and are now with relatives.





Picture of Buju at studio keeps them talkin'

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buju-banton-at-the-studio.jpgThis picture of Buju Banton at the studio since his return to Jamaica on Friday has many wondering whether the Gargamel is prepping new music.

Whatever it is...it is a good look and feel.

Welcome Home again Mr Myrie.





hiv.jpgKnowingly infecting someone with HIV could soon become a crime in Jamaica.

It's one of the recommendations from the committee which reviewed Jamaica's sexual offence laws.

The Committee acknowledged that there was a deficiency in the law in relation to the deliberate spreading of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.

It noted that such an offence exists in other jurisdictions, such as Canada and the United Kingdom.

It said the Offences Against the Person Act should be amended to make it a criminal offence for someone to willfully or recklessly infect a partner with a sexually transmissible disease which can inflict serious bodily harm.





charged.jpgThe St Mary police have charged a man in relation to the recent stabbing death of a Jamaican-British woman in Boscobel in the parish.

The accused, 32-year-old Sheldon Hewitt, alias Troy, of Boscobel, was slapped with murder charges last Friday.

He is to appear before the St Mary Parish Court on Thursday, December 13.

The body of 44-year-old Karen Cleary-Brown, a beautician of Paradise Edge in Boscobel and a Pentonville Road address in London, England, was found in a shallow grave on Monday, December 3.

The body had been wrapped in a tarpaulin and was placed in a hole, which had been covered with a layer of concrete and dirt.

A post-mortem conducted on the British woman's body on Monday revealed that she had been stabbed several times, before her body was buried on her Boscobel property.

Cleary-Brown, who was born in Jamaica, but had lived in England for 20 years, was building her dream home in Boscobel. She had returned to the island recently.

It had been reported that Cleary-Brown was last seen alive at about 9:00 pm Sunday, November 25. However, according to the police, she was reported missing on November 27, 2018, by the suspect, who was both a mason and the caretaker at her premises.

The police said on December 2, inconsistencies were detected in the missing person report, causing detectives to widen and intensify their probe.

This led investigators to carry out investigations at the woman's house, where her decomposing body was found in a shallow grave about 5:30 pm on Monday, December 3.

Her death triggered an outcry from the president of the Jamaica Association for the Resettlement of Returning Residents, Percival LaTouche, who urged Jamaicans overseas not to return home due to a string of crimes committed against members of the returning resident community.

However, Minister of National Security, Dr Horace Chang, while condemning the recent murders of returning residents, said most of the cases are a result of domestic disputes.





No changes to Jamaica's sexual offences law

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The parliamentary committee which reviewed Jamaica's sexual offence laws has decided against making any recommendations to change the laws relating to forced anal sex and incest for fear of inadvertently overturning legislation outlawing buggery.

The Joint Select Committee, chaired by Justice Minister Delroy Chuck, reviewed the Sexual Offences Act, Offences Against The Person Act, the Domestic Violence Act and the Child Care and Protection Act.

One of the issues the Committee grappled with was the fact that forced intercourse with a woman could attract penalties as harsh as a life sentence, while forced anal penetration was not treated with the same level of gravity under Jamaican laws.

Recommendations were made that the penalties should be the same as forced penetration of the anus was just as traumatic as forced vaginal penetration. However the committee decided against expanding the definition of rape to reflect this.

The committee also contemplated whether forced anal penetration should be treated as an element of grievous sexual assault, which would be punishable by life imprisonment. In the end the committee decided not to make a recommendation on the issue because it was advised that any attempt to differentiate between forced anal sex and consensual anal sex could be seen as an amendment to the country's laws relating to buggery.

The committee says making the changes could result in the buggery laws losing the protection of the Savings Law Clause, which maintains pre-independence laws - this would mean the buggery laws would be open to challenge in court. The Committee also made no changes in relation to incest involving males for the same reason.

It was recommended that the laws relating to incest should be gender neutral since the crime could be perpetrated by a male or female. The committee said such matters should be decided on by the parliament. It also noted that recommending amendments to the law in relation to buggery in particular would be incompatible with the current policy position of the government to put the matter to a referendum.





JLP trolled after saying Paulwell must resign

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phillip-paulwell-technology-minister.jpgThe Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) is calling for the resignation of Opposition Spokesman on Energy Phillip Paulwell in light of his involvement in the auditor general's report of corruption at the state-owned oil refinery Petrojam.

The JLP also says that Paulwell should recuse himself from deliberations of Parliamentary oversight bodies which are likely to shortly review the auditor general's report which extends to the tenure during which he was the "Primus Inter Pares of the Energy Sector".

According to JLP General Secretary, Dr Horace Chang, it's noteworthy, that concerning issues raised in the energy sector under the current JLP administration, there has been accountability via resignations at the ministerial, board and management levels.

"However, in contrast there has been no such accountability in respect of the Opposition People's National Party's Spokesperson on Energy, who served as Minister for three of the five-year-span reviewed in the Auditor General's probe," Chang said.

"It is in this vein the Jamaica Labour Party is calling for Phillip Paulwell to resign as Opposition Spokesman on Energy, or to be fired by Opposition Leader Peter Phillips," he insisted.

While this might sound like a good argument, many persons have pointed out the flaws, noting that Wheatley had resigned under heavy public pressure and have accused Chang of "passing the buck".

"Horace Chang stop passing the buck because your party got caught up in this scandal. It wasn't Paulwell who accepted the cake, the party and gave his friends millions of dollars in contracts. Chang you has no credibility there you shouldn't be the one to speak on this matter because the contractor general just ding you on the 600 mil bushing project."

Another person commented: "The oil has labourites running scared. Paulwell's resignation can't stop the forensic audit."

"Dr Horace Chang, shut your mouth! For weeks the people of Jamaica called on the Prime Minister to relieve Wheatley of his ministerial position, but you and others in your party circled the wagon to protect Andrew's Andrew. It was only after much public pressure that Wheatley eventually reluctantly left the Cabinet. Now listen to what your Prime Minister is also hinting at, that he believes in second chances. This is read by many as a hint that he may soon be ready to readmit Wheatley to the Cabinet. Not one of you in that Party has any moral ground to call on anyone to resign. You were also all there when Golding was finding ways to protect Dudus. Did any of you resign for your role in that dastardly act of protecting the Tivoli strongman and besmirching Jamaica's good name?"

"This is yet another attempt by the Holness Administration to try to hide from the scrutiny that their collective actions in the PetroJam saga have engendered. Samuda and his cronies should know that dem can run, but dem caan hide, as the evil done in the dark will come out into the light. When the corrupt seek to hide, they must be smoked out!"





homo-sexuals.jpgAs the ears of Jamaica are tuned to a murder and suicide that took place on Sunday at the Islington Police Station in St Mary, social media went into overdrive with rumours that this was homosexual revenge attack. Reports are that the 62-year-old victim, Dawnette Maxwell, was caught in a deadly triangle created by her grandson and the gay cop who was 'looking' him.

Now, Miss Maxwell's daughter, Cicilly Bradbury, has spoken to daily newspaper, The Gleaner. She says that her mother was killed by the policeman because her son refused his homosexual advances.

admitted that her son had gotten gifts from him but had repeatedly turned down his advances.

"On the Internet, he put up something saying him and my son was in a relationship. My son say the guy like him, the guy gave him a laptop and the guy gave him a phone. My son say him nuh really in da lifestyle deh, which the guy wah get him that way. My son have him girlfriend."

Bradbury said the rumours and criticisms have made the pain of losing her mother even greater.

"Words can't explain how I feel," she said. "I wasn't looking for this at this moment because we know say she nuh inna no war with nobody. Probably if she did sick and pass away, probably we could understand, but fi know say somebody tek har life over something she not even have a clue about. She not even know the guy, she nuh know what it was about."

The grieving daughter said her mother had brought lunch for a young man in the lock-up, which she had done several times before, as he was the son a friend of hers who is abroad. Maxwell was even supposed to leave the island in a few days.

"Mi a try support mi son mek him know say, regardless of what the whole heap of critics dem a go say, we can't tek a next loss. If we shun him and tun we back pon him, we neva can tell wha might happen," Bradbury said.

The death of 62-year-old Dawnette Maxwell has rocked the closely knit community of Galina in St Mary, where she was loved and respected.

For over a decade, she held a Christmas treat for the kids of the district and also provided cooked meals for the shut-ins in the community.

Reports are that Miss Maxwell went to visit an individual who was in custody at the Islington Police Station, on behalf of a friend. She was transported to the station by a relative.

It is alleged that when she arrived at the station, Maxwell told officers there what her business was. Constable Ormsby reportedly later saw her, and enquired if she was the grandmother of a young man whom Ormsby knew. Maxwell reportedly answered in the affirmative to the question from Ormsby, who was on cell duty at the police station at the time of her visit. The elderly woman reportedly further told the Ormsby that she was to sell items at an event the same day, and consequently, urgently wanted to finish her visit to the station.

Constable Ormsby reportedly told her that after the visit, he wanted to have a conversation with her outside. It is being further alleged that shortly after Maxwell completed the visit, she spoke with Ormsby.

While police reports said the two were engaged in a "conversation", it has been otherwise reported that they had an argument, following which explosions were heard, and both persons were subsequently found suffering from gunshot wounds.

Based on the positioning of his weapon, it is suspected that the district constable killed Maxwell and then shot himself.

Ormsby died while undergoing treatment at hospital, but Maxwell died on the compound of the police station in Islington.

Several residents, passersby and motorists, who all heard the explosions, rushed to the scene in a daze as the usual quiet Sunday afternoon in St Mary was transformed into one of grief, tainted with elements of mystery and wild theories mirroring scenes from a Hollywood movie.

As investigators probe the incident, including interviewing witnesses, it is understood that Maxwell's grandson, whom Ormsby had enquired about, has been among the interviewees.





crime-scene-gun.jpgAs the shocking story of gay love, untamed passion and cold-blooded murder unfolds, the community of Galina is St Mary is in mourning over the callous murder of Dawnette Mitchell, a 62-year-old grandmother.

Many sources report that the killer, District Constable Ormsby was gay and that he wanted a relationship with Mitchell's grandson, who he had given a laptop and a phone. Other reports are that the grandson was in a relationship with Ormsby, but the mother says that's a lie. So, why then did this fellow take Ormsby's gifts? Is he licky-licky as some are suggesting? Didn't he know that the constable was looking for an intimate relationship?

Did he do something to piss off Ormsby?

Whatever the case, the real tragedy is that an innocent stalwart in Galina has been shot dead all because of the gay lifestyle which she had absolutely nothing to do with.

There are many lessons to learn here.

homo-sexuals.jpgYoung boys, please stop tekking tings from big homosexuals. It will cause the life of those around you. Go and look work and leggo di wuk. Stop wearing tight pants and stop advertising your ass in low slung pants. Men and boys...yoour ass is not your asset.

Go look a woman and settle down and leave diirty lifestyle to Babylon.





Cops seek mother who beat student in viral video

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The police are looking for the mother in this now viral video making the rounds on social media. It shows a mother whopping a young girl who has reportedly been harassing the woman's daughter. Both girls attend the same school.

However, while there is a debate about the fact that the mother should not have assaulted the young student by hitting her first and then starting a fight, other are of the opinion that the woman should be croowned 'Mother of the Year'.

The girl is seen exalting herself and telling the woman's daughteer that she will hit her in front of her mother as she wasn't afraid of anybody.

Well, at that point the mother lost it and there endeth the reading of the lesson. All attempts at having a conversation went flying through the window as Mon grabbed the defiant student and started an onslaught.

The student is obviously a good fighter and defended herself well, until she was pushed into a ditch.

Take a look!





Health benefits of sorrell

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Christmas Jamaica style means preparing and drinking a lot of sorrel. And the great thing is that sorrel is one of the healthiesst drinks one can find.

The health benefits includes supporting a healthy digestion, managing blood pressure, improves vision, supply energy and aid blood circulation, increases immunity, improves skin health, promotes healthy bones, manages diabetes, prevents cancer, treats herpes zoster, detoxify the body and supply the body with vitamin A.


What is Sorrel?

Sorrel is an annual, bushy plant and a perennial herb that comes from the Buckwheat family. It breeds in a varied range of climates, which is why it can be found in each type of weather, in different regions of the world. It is also used to make a popular drink known as Karkade, which comes from Egypt and is well-known for its health benefits. Different parts of this plant are used to make soups, spices, sauces, medicines, and jams. The most common type of sorrel that has the highest value is Hibiscus Sabdariffa, commonly referred to as Roselle, Red Sorrel, or Jamaican Sorrell.

Hibiscus is typically grown to add flavor to food due to its sharp taste, but it packs several advantages like improving vision, regulating blood pressure, boosting heart health, etc. The potent tangy taste of the plant comes from Oxalic Acid, which is similar to kiwis or wild strawberries. Oxalic acid is known to be toxic if taken in large doses but is totally safe if consumed in small, controlled portions.

Sorrel packs high amounts of dietary fiber and is loaded with vitamin C, as well as vitamin A, vitamin B6, Potassium, Calcium, and Magnesium. It is seen as an excellent anti-microbe and antioxidant, making it the primary component of the popular Essiac tea. In terms of advantageous organic ingredients, it consists of flavonoids, polyphenolic acids, and anthocyanins. All these elements present in the Sorrel plant make it surprisingly beneficial for an individual's health.

Impressive Health Benefits of Sorrel

1. Helps with Digestion

The high level of fiber present in the majority of sorrel types means that your digestive health can be enhanced by incorporating these plants into your salads and soups. Dietary fiber adds substance to food as it goes through the digestive system, enhancing your gastrointestinal health and minimizing conditions such as bloating, diarrhea, constipation, and cramping, along with gastrointestinal problems. Dietary fiber can also help decrease overall cholesterol in the body, thus reducing the risk of atherosclerosis, strokes, and heart attacks.

2. Manages Blood Pressure

Sorrel contains a high potassium level (a single cup contains 15% of your daily recommended intake), which is a key mineral for a healthy human body. Potassium is a vasodilator, and also crucial in regulating fluid balance throughout your entire body. This implies that potassium minimizes strain on the cardiovascular system by soothing the arteries and blood vessels. Lowered blood pressure minimizes the risk of dangerous or even fatal blood clotting and excess stress on the heart that can result in coronary disease and other cardiovascular complications.

3. Improves Vision

Vitamin A is a vital vitamin found in sorrel and has been closely linked with the betterment of eyesight and a reduction of cataracts and macular degeneration. Beta-carotene, an offshoot of vitamin A, acts likes an antioxidant, and when combined with other key antioxidant elements present in the body, it can significantly enhance your eye health and prevent age-related issues.

4. Energy and Circulation

The high levels of iron in sorrel mean that it increases the red blood cell production and prevents iron deficiency (anemia). Improved circulation increases oxygen levels in the important organs throughout the body, sparks hair growth, increase levels of energy, and quicken the healing process (in combination with the protein content found in sorrel).

5. Increases Immunity

The presence of vitamin C in sorrel is pretty impressive (one cup of the plant has 106% of your daily suggested intake), meaning that your immune system can be optimized. Vitamin C also referred to as ascorbic acid, increases the production of white blood cells and stimulates the immune system, which is the first line of protection against pathogens and other free radicals present in the body.

6. Improves Skin Health

Sorrel leaf is packed with vitamin C, which is extremely important in protecting our skin against wrinkles and tightening it. In addition to that, sorrel leaves are excellent for relieving itch and ringworms owing to their anti-allergic and anti-microbial properties.

7. Improves Kidney Health

Red sorrel and sheep sorrel have found to be beneficial in a study published by Washington University, in Saint Louis. The study confirms that the leaves have the ability to cure acute diseases such as kidney stones and clean out the urinary tract if the patient consumes the leaves' juice regularly. They also help prevent the formation of kidney stones, and their growth

8. Promotes Healthy Bones

A single cup of sorrel packs 123 mg of calcium. Adequate amounts of calcium in your diet help keep your teeth and bones strong and healthy. Calcium is also very important for transmitting messages from your brain to the rest of the body. A calcium deficiency increases the risk of abnormal heartbeat and osteoporosis, so make sure to stock up on sorrel and consume it in controlled portions.

9. Managing Diabetes

Sorrel comes from the oxalis family, which has been closely linked with improving the conditions of diabetes and enhancing heart health. This is probably due to the presence of organic elements and anthocyanin in sorrel, which interact with practically every bodily system to enhance their health and functionality.

10. Prevents Cancer

Even though research is ongoing regarding the antioxidant components of sorrel, there is still a good amount of evidence present suggesting that the plant indeed contains flavonoids, polyphenolic compounds, and anthocyanins, all of which act as antioxidants. The abundance of antioxidants is pretty effective at fighting free radicals and eliminating them before they can mutate healthy cells into cancerous ones.

11. Rich In Vitamin A

One cup of sorrel has 164 IU of vitamin A, which is critical for your body's optimum functions. Vitamin A helps fight bacteria and viruses that enter your body and make you sick. Moreover, it helps with reproduction, cell division and fights free radicals.

12. Treats Herpes Zoster

Varicella-zoster virus is a stubborn virus that causes herpes zoster that can remain dominant for years. The Chinese used red sorrel as a topical and oral treatment for herpes zoster and was found to be very effective.

13. Detoxifies the Body





babsy-grange-minister.jpgKINGSTON, Jamaica -- Minister of Culture, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange, has congratulated Kadijah Robinson, Jamaica's representative to the Miss World pageant, for her stellar showing as she finished in the top five of the competition held in Sanya, China.

Grange in a release from her ministry this afternoon said "It was an amazing feat securing a top five finish and gaining the Miss World Caribbean title, while being a wonderful exponent of our culture".

She noted that Robinson had the entire Asian continent doing Ding Dong popular dances to an authentic dancehall beat, which she said was "simply amazing".

"Robinson's emphatic top five finish and the dance video have ignited widespread praise from Jamaicans across the Diaspora who have commended the daughter of Black River, St Elizabeth on her performance."

Grange added that Robinson has contributed to the brand of Jamaican excellence that has dominated the world. "Kadijah is a true ambassador of our rich cultural heritage on the international stage," the minister added.

Vanessa Ponce de Leon from Mexico was declared the winner, becoming the first Mexican queen to win the coveted title.





Controversial NeSol to be closed

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andrew-holness-photo-5.jpgPrime Minister Andrew Holness has announced that the state-run entity National Energy Solutions Limited (NESol) which has been at the centre of controversy regarding its operations is to be closed. He made the announcement at Monday morning's media briefing.

Holness said the operations of other entities which fall under the Energy Ministry are also under review.

The spotlight has been on NESol following allegations that it breached government contracting guidelines when it hired Peak Energy Solutions to work on a multi-million dollar project.

Peak Energy Solutions was paid more than $12 million for work, despite the absence of a contract.

This raised questions, especially after it was revealed that former head of NESol Carolyn Warren, and the owner of Peak Energy Solutions, Lenny Gordon, were former co-workers at media entity Nationwide News Network.





Four days of celebration for Reggae Girlz

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minister-babsy-grange.jpgMinister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment & Sport, Olivia Grange, has announced a schedule of activities to honour the Reggae Girlz' historic qualification to the FIFA Women's World Cup finals.

The four days of activities will begin on Saturday, December 15 with a motorcade, the minister informed in a release this afternoon.

The Reggae Girlz, the first Caribbean team to qualify for the showpiece event, were on Saturday drawn in Group C alongside number six-ranked Australia, number 10-ranked Brazil, and Italy, ranked at number 16, making a return to the competition for the first time since 1999.

"I want them to feel very special," said Grange, noting that the motorcade will go through the Corporate Area.

"It will go into St Catherine. One of the stops will be GC Foster (College of Physical Education and Sport). Two of the girls are from Arnett Gardens, so we're going to do something there. And we want to take them to western Jamaica."

Grange said it was "important that the girls are given a hero's welcome and shown appreciation for their outstanding achievement" of qualifying for the World Cup Finals to be held in France in 2019. "We want to ensure that as many Jamaicans see them and we're asking all Jamaicans to join us in celebrating with them. We want to make sure that they go to France ready to tek it to dem".

The celebratory activities include a major praise, worship and thanksgiving concert at Emancipation Park on Sunday, December 16 featuring some of the biggest names in local gospel music including Kevin Downswell, Kukudoo, Sista Pat and Wayne Marshall.





kalado-photo-7.jpgDancehall artise Kalado had a brief encounter with the law Sunday over what police officers thought were three high-powered rifles found in his possession.

It was reported that the police apprehended the entertainer, whose given name is Eton Gordon, in Lakes Pen, Spanish Town in St Catherine as he was making his way to Portmore.

He was taken into custody, however, upon closer inspection, it was found that the weapons were fake.

"The guns weren't real, they were water guns," a district constable at the constabulary's Corporate Communications Unit (CCU).

She further disclosed that Kalado was on his way to a video shoot at the time

The artiste was subsequently released.





crime-scene-gun.jpgA 25 year-old district constable and a 62-year-old woman are dead after what investigators believe was a murder-suicide committed at Islington Police Station in St Mary Sunday. Reports are that the District Constable Toyan Ormsby shot Dawnette Maxwell then turned the gun on himself on the compound of the police station. Details were sketchy last night and it was not immediately clear what caused the incident.

However, unconfirmed reports are that Maxwell was the grandmother of Ormsby lover and the two were at odds.

The police force's communications arm, the Corporate Communications Unit (CCU), said that the constabulary's Chaplaincy Unit had been activated to offer grief counselling to all parties affected by the incident which occurred about 1:40 pm.

The CCU also said that the Community Safety and Security Branch had also been directed to offer support.





Julian Marley "War Zone" VIDEO PREMIERE!

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WAR ZONE

VIDEO PREMIERE

WATCH "WAR ZONE" VIDEO PREMIERE NOW!

Ghetto Youths International and Zojak World Wide are proud to present to you, "War Zone," from the upcoming album, "As I Am," by Julian Marley. The single is available to stream/download today, accompanied by a powerful visual depicting the hostile state of the world, live now on JulianMarleyVEVO.

CLICK HERE TO PRE-ORDER THE ALBUM!

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grammy.jpgThe 2019 Grammy nominations have just been released and with the highly anticipated 'Best Reggae Album' nominees, reggae lovers are excited to see who will take home the award. The nominees are:

As The World Turns - Black Uhuru

Reggae Forever - Etana

Rebellion Rises - Ziggy Marley

A Matter Of Time - Protoje

44/876 - Sting & Shaggy





Buju Banton to be released from prison TODAY!!!

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buju-banton-photo-11.jpgReports are that the highly anticipated release of incarcerated Jamaican entertainer Buju Banton from a United States prison has been pushed forward to today. All along, Buju's release date had been given as Saturday, December 8, 2018.

However, the new date was confirmed by a prison officer at the McRae Correctional Institution in Telfair County, Georgia, where Buju is serving his prison term.

Buju, whose real name is Mark Myrie, was slated to be released tomorrow, but the United States Bureau of Prisons update its website overnight and changed his release date from December 8, 2018, to 'unknown'.

However, checks with the prison this morning revealed that the singer's release date has been changed to December 7, 2018.

The prison officer declined to say when Buju will be sent back to Jamaica, stating that it would be a breach of security policy to reveal such information.

Buju, a Grammy award-winning entertainer, was convicted for drug trafficking on February 22, 2011, in Tampa, Florida.

He was sentenced to 10 years' imprisonment.





Popcaan hits back at Foota

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876gud-on-instagram-i-got-sold-out-arena-to-attend-to-leave-my-name-out-the-small-tasks.jpgPopcaan has responded to his name being called up by Foota Hype to excite drama.

He took to social media to inform Foota Hype and Dancehall fans that he has no time for the drama because he's currently on tour in the United Kingdom.

"I got sold out arena to attend to," the El Chapo deejay wrote on IG Wednesday. "Leave my name out the small talks please. Dem dead."

876GUD on Instagram: "I got sold out arena to attend to leave my name out the small talks please😂dem dead 😂 #unruly"





oniel-thomas-on-instagram-mi-nuh-inna-di-mix-up-unu-plz-stop-tag-mi.jpgIs this the ultimate love rectangle? When Ishawna posted a loved up pic of herself and Masicka on Tuesday, trolls immediately went over to her babyfather Foota Hype page and tagged him. Of course, they were gloating and savagely trolled "Spoonhead".

Foota remained silent for a long time -- TWO DAYS--- then he broke it to spice up the mix by telling them to tag the real person who is involved . He named Popcaan. What the...? What on earth does Papi have to do with Ishawna. Is Foota saying that the two were together?

In a post uploaded to his Instagram story, Foota Hype told social media users to stop tagging him in the photo because his relationship with Ishawna ended over five years ago.

"Unu a tag di wrong man," Foota wrote. "Mi and this girl lef 5 years ago, a Popcaan unu fi tag. I'm just cruising and minding my business," he wrote.

"Mi nuh inna di mixup unu plz stop tag me," he added in another post. "I'm old news, tag the right persons bless."

All we can say at this point is...Foota enjoy your cruise. Foota Hype is one of the selectors on the 'Welcome To Jamrock" cruise.

Oniel Thomas on Instagram: "Mi nuh inna di mix up unu plz stop tag mi I'm old news tag the right persons bless."


ishawna-on-instagram-happy-birthday-to-a-king.jpgIshawna erupted social media on Tuesday when she gave the Genahsyde deejay a special birthday shoutout on Instagram.

"Happy Birthday to a King," Ishawna wrote under three photos of the two along with a king, crocodile and heart emoji.

ISHAWNA on Instagram: "Happy Birthday to a King🤴🏾🐊❤️"

Vezi această postare pe Instagram

Happy Birthday to a King🤴🏾🐊❤️

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A BUJU A DAY... Wanna Be Loved

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No visa woes for Dalton; Daily Mail story WRONG!

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dalton-harris-on-instagram-i-want-to-say-a-big-thank-you-to-all-of-you.jpgX Factor winner Dalton Harris, is not affected by any visa issues at this time, and as a matter of fact, the current visa which allowed him to participate in the competition, is valid until January 2019.

Dalton's manager, Donovan Germain has explained that a story carried by UK Tabloid Daily Mail has misinterpreted the situation. The story, which was published on Wednesday, says Dalton will be forced to leave the UK days after winning the X Factor crown because his visa is about to expire.

Daily Mail had reported that Dalton is being "forced to leave the UK just days after his show triumph as his visa is set to expire." It also revealed that the news has put his single promotion and his place on the X Factor live tour in jeopardy. The article also said that negotiations are now underway to get Dalton to stay in the country.

Germain revealed that Dalton had received documents allowing him to remain in the country for the duration of the competition and explained that now the contest has ended, he has to follow the protocols he agreed to by returning to Jamaica and applying for a different type of visa -- a work permit.

Since Dalton will be working by participating in the X Factor tour and is scheduled to conduct interviews with the media, the 24-year-old Jamaican will now need to apply for a UK work permit.

A work permit is an official document giving a foreigner permission to take up a job in another country.

"Dalton is not having visa issues. If he's going to go on the X Factor tour and so on, he's going to have come back to Jamaica to get the work permit. That's the standard procedure," he said. "I don't know the type of visa he had, but it gave him the opportunity to go and do the show and that visa doesn't expire until in January in any case. He's not being kicked out of nowhere. He's just following protocol. That's all it is."





Reggae Sumfest, Caribbean Airline ink deal

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carribean-airlines-photo-1.jpgChairman of Downsound Entertainment and Reggae Sumfest Joe Bogdanovich has signed a deal with Caribbean Airlines, naming the airline the new presenting sponsor for Reggae Sumfest 2019.

"We are very excited about this partnership," said Bogdanovich.

"Reggae Sumfest, as a leading Jamaican brand, is proud to form this alliance with Caribbean Airlines which is not only the leading regional airline, but also partly Jamaican owned. It is fitting that we combine our strengths and resources to bring more success to the tourism industry and at the same time create first-class entertainment experiences for our shared customers. This deal is the beginning of what will be a substantial and significant relationship," added Bogdanovich.

Garvin Medera, CEO of Caribbean Airlines, made the announcement during his presentation at a reception hosted by the airline at the Spanish Court Worthington last week.

Zachary Harding, Jamaica's representative on the board of Caribbean Airlines, expressed his satisfaction and pleasure regarding the deal which he saw as strengthening the commitment and bond that Caribbean Airlines is forging with Jamaica.

The 2019 relationship between Caribbean Airlines and Reggae Sumfest is expected to be the start of a long-term association with the festival, beginning with at least two years.

"We believe that Downsound Entertainment has what it takes to support Caribbean Airlines in its continued thrust to engage with the Jamaican public and so we look forward to a true partnership even outside of Reggae Sumfest," said Bogdanovich.

Reggae Sumfest 2019, presented by Caribbean Airlines, will take place from July 14 to 20 at Catherine Hall, Montego Bay, St James.

The festival will bring one full week of events including, Inspire Awards, beach party, street dance, white party, The Blitz, Sound Clash, Sumfest Symposium, and climaxing with two festival nights.





handgun.jpgKaren Cleary-Brown, the 44-year-old British-Jamaican woman who was killed and her body buried in a shallow grave at her St Mary home, from where it was unearthed on Monday, is reported to have had a licensed firearm. Reports are that a man who the police have held as a suspect, is being questioned about the whereabouts of the weapon.

A source indicated that the firearm was reportedly taken from the home and handed over to an unknown person after the murder.

Additionally, other reports are that her unfinished house was raided two nights ago by thieves who stole suitcases and loads of valuables, while her mother and brother were hiding in a room.

Indications are that the murder arose from an argument between Cleary and an individual over money being demanded from her, and the friction ended with a knife being used to stab her several times.

It is theorised that her body was then buried close to the house.

The St Mary police exhumed the body from the grave on Monday afternoon in the Boscobel area of the parish.

The woman was missing since Sunday, November 25, and her lover, Andy Kane, revealed through his Facebook account on Monday night, that her body had been found.

The body was wrapped in a tarpaulin. It had been placed in a hole which was then covered with a layer of concrete and dirt.

A post-mortem examination is to be done to determine the cause of Cleary's death.





Body of missing London photographer found?

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crime-scene-tape-gloves.jpgThe St Elizabeth police suspect that the decomposing body of a female found close to Providence Housing Scheme in Santa Cruz this afternoon may be that of 48-year-old Barbara Findlay of nearby Beadles Boulevard and Kensington, England.

Findlay was reported missing last week.

Reports are that after detecting a foul smell, residents discovered the body in bushes close to the entrance of the Housing Scheme about 1:00 pm Wednesday and called the police.

The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) said 48-year-old photographer Barbara Findley has been missing since Thursday, November 29.

She is from Beadles Drive at Santa Cruz in St Elizabeth, as well as Lupino Count in the Lambeth Walk area of Kensington in London.

She is of dark complexion and medium build.

The JCF said: "Reports from the Santa Cruz Police are that, about 9:30pm, Findley was last seen at home in St Elizabeth. Her mode of dress is unknown. All efforts to contact her have proven futile."

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Findley should contact the Santa Cruz Police at 876-966-2289, police 119 emergency number or the nearest police station.

Investigators say they are awaiting forensics to confirm the identity of the deceased as well to determine the cause of death.





Ganja worth millions seized in Westmoreland

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ganja-seized.jpgGanja with a street value of $7.5 millio was recovered by the police during an operation in Little Bay, Little London, Westmoreland on Monday. The police say that about 6:30 a.m. a team was in the area when a two-storey unfinished house was searched and 45 knitted bags containing the illicit drug were found.

No one was arrested.





The Auditor General's Department (AGD) has provided details of the two "surprise" parties, held three months apart, for then energy minister Dr Andrew Wheatley, and Perceval Bahado-Singh, former chairman of Petrojam, which cost taxpayers over $2.5 million.

The AGD said a copy of the invoice submitted by the hotel that hosted the party for the "then portfolio minister" shows that Petrojam was charged US$2,427 for "food and beverage", US$1,000 for a "four-tiered topsy turvy chocolate cake" and US$3,802 for "1-6 bedroom, ocean view."

Additionally, the AGD has revealed that Floyd Grindley, former general manager of Petrojam, disregarded the government's procurement guidelines when he engaged a consultant, in two separate contracts totalling $31 million, "without the approval of the board."

The revelations about the two parties were contained in a comprehensive audit of both Petrojam and its parent company, Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) tabled in Parliament yesterday, and come nearly three months after The Gleaner sought details from the state-owned company about the festivities.

According to the AGD, the second soiree, described in email correspondence as a "surprise party", was held for the "then portfolio minister" at a hotel in Montego Bay, St James on January 9 this year. But the audit revealed that four days before the party, Grindley approved the payment, passing the US$11,260 price tag to taxpayers.

The other soiree, described as a 'surprise birthday party" for the board chairman, was held at a hotel, also in Montego Bay, on September 9 last year. The invoice for US$10,507 was approved by Grindley on November 17 last year.

"On November 17, 2017 and January 5, 2018, Petrojam's General Manager approved payments for invoices totalling $2.6 million (US$21,767) in relation to two parties, which were of a personal and private nature, having nothing to do with the operations of Petrojam," the audit report said.

The AGD said a copy of the invoice submitted by the hotel that hosted the party for the "then portfolio minister" shows that Petrojam was charged US$2,427 for "food and beverage", US$1,000 for a "four-tiered topsy turvy chocolate cake" and US$3,802 for "1-6 bedroom, ocean view."

The audit revealed, too, that Petrojam used the direct contracting method to hire a consultant to provide services, under two contracts dated June 22 and November 3 last year, related to its 35th anniversary planning activities.

According to the AGD, the general manager "exceeded his authority and breached the procurement guidelines in approving the two contracts valued at $14 million and $27 million, respectively."

"The general manager exceeded his authority limit in the context where the value of the contract surpassed the $1.5 million threshold and the justification provided for the use of the direct contracting methodology above the threshold was not in keeping with the allowable circumstances outlined in the procurement guidelines," the report noted.

The AGD said up to May this year, the consultant had been paid $11.7 million under the first contract. "However, we could not determine the basis on which the payments were made, given that the consultant's invoice submitted for payment only referenced the work done as 'retainer fee for public relations consultancy services," the report noted.





dalton-harris-on-instagram-i-want-to-say-a-big-thank-you-to-all-of-you.jpgX Factor winner Dalton Harris has revealed he will be forced to leave the UK just days after his show triumph as his visa is set to expire.

Speaking to The Sun, the 24-year-old The Power of Love singer, who won the competition on Sunday, said his visa only allowed him to stay in the UK for the duration of the show.

He said: 'I need to get a new visa. I will have to leave the UK for a bit as you're not allowed to just stay forever.

Show bosses are now said to be negotiating for him to stay in the country, with the latest news putting single promotion and his place on the X Factor live tour in jeopardy.

Earlier this week Dalton insisted he doesn't just want to be known as 'The X Factor guy' after being crowned the winner of this year's series.

The singer beat out fellow finalists Scarlett Lee, 21, and Anthony Russell, 28, for the crown in a nail-biting final.

Speaking exclusively to MailOnline, Dalton told how he doesn't think winning the show guarantees anyone anything, after some finalists have found greater success than some of the winners.





mr-vegas-photo-12.jpgA music-video director, who had borrowed a drone from Mr Vegas but claimed it was lost at sea, is scheduled to return to the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court in Half-Way-Tree on December 21 to make a partial payment of US$600 to the entertainer.

Wayne South, 44, had his bail of larceny by trick extended by Parish Judge Vaughn Smith last Friday.

According to Mr Vcgas, whose given name is Clifford Smith, he had lent the drone to South to use on a music-video shoot on July 7. After the shoot ended, Mr Vegas said he left the director using the equipment and went to the studio. However, later when he contacted South, he was given the runaround. South later disclosed that the drone had crashed into the sea and was lost. The director said the remote was handed over to one of his friends.

Mr Vegas said South had agreed to repay him for the drone and return the video's final cut, but defaulted on his promises.

South told the judge he needed time to repay the artiste, as he was going through a rough patch but had some jobs lined up. South also accused Mr Vegas for going online and making derogatory statements about him.

Mr Vegas gave the total cost of the drone as US1,650.





Nat King Cole - O Holy Night

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british-woman-missing-in-jamaica-2018-12-photo-1.jpgA Briitish beautician is missing feared murdered in Jamaica after travelling to the island to build her dream home. Karen Cleary, 44, from north London, disappeared from the Boscobel, St Mary's area of the island on November 25 and has not been heard of since.

Now detectives on the island have arrested a labourer working on her home on suspicion of her murder and plan to search the property and dig the garden in the hunt for her body.

Karen's partner Andy Kane flew to Jamaica on Saturday to look for her when she stopped calling home abruptly. Distraught Mr Kane, 56, a sales manager, told MailOnline that he fears the search will not 'end well'.

british-woman-missing-in-jamaica-2018-12-photo-2.jpgHe told MailOnline: 'I am currently in Jamaica assisting the local police force as they search for my girlfriend who is missing from her home since Sunday November 25.

'Today, Monday December 3, the police are planning to search her property in Boscobel, St Mary.

'Basically with the help of the suspect being held they have identified a spot where they plan to dig in the garden.

'By the end of today I believe we will at least know the outcome of the search.'

In a Facebook post Mr Kane added: 'I have heard from the local police. They are holding a "prime suspect" in the case of Karen Cleary's disappearance.

'They will be searching the property and surrounding area with a canine team.

'As much as I hate to admit it I do not believe this is going to end well. I sincerely hope I am proved wrong.'

british-woman-missing-in-jamaica-2018-12-photo-3.jpgKaren, a hairdresser and beautician, was born in Jamaica but has lived in Islington, north London, for almost 20 years. She had travelled to Jamaica to build a dream home for herself and partner Andy to share. Karen is alleged to have gone to visit Portmore, near the capital Kingston. But Mr Kane said he didn't believe she had gone there 'for one minute'.

He said: 'This disappearance is totally out of character for her.

'She would speak to her mother Valrie Williams and myself on at least a daily basis.

'She is always very cautious where she went and who she messed with as she understands the dangers in Jamaica.

'She would never go eight days without contacting her family and loved ones.'





crime-scene-gun.jpgPopular businessman, 40-year-old, Basil Bryce, businessman of Catherine Mount, Mount Salem, St. James, was shot and kille outside Taboo night club in Montego Bay, St James on Thursday morning, November 29.

Reports by the police are that about 2:30 Thursday morning, Bryce and a group of friends were at the Taboo night club, located at Fairview Complex in Montego Bay, when he went on the outside.

Bryce was in the process of entering his motor car when he was ambushed by two armed men, who brandished handguns and opened fire hitting him multiple times to his upper body.

The police were summoned and Bryce body was taken to the Cornwall Regional hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Investigations continue.





Sammy Unique British murdered in Portland

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crime-scene-tape-gloves.jpgThe body of a woman with the throat slashed was was fished from a river at the Errol Flynn Marina in Port Antonio, Portland last Sunday.

She has been identified as Amanda Napier also known as "Sammy Unique British".

Her body was partially nude, clad only in a black and red tights.

Reports from the Portland police are that, two police officers who on duty discovered a trail of blood about 2:45 a.m. and followed it to a pedestrian bridge about 50 metres away. The officers followed the trail of blood, but they were unable to uncover anything due to the darkness. Upon their return at daybreak, they realize that the blood was all over the bridge.

After canvassing the mangrove, the marine police discovered the body of the female in the river, with what appeared to be stab wounds to the neck and face.

The Portland police are investigating.





By Dotun Adebayo

(Reprinted from the Guardian)

Don't you just know that Unesco's decision to add reggae to its list of the intangible cultural heritage of humanity will be the kiss of death for any remaining semblance of "rebel music" in Jamaica? While the island's delegation at the United Nations was skanking in celebration the other night, there was no corresponding "jam out there" in the streets of Kingston, Spanish Town, Mo' Bay or Ochi. Once upon a time there would have been, but this recognition by the UN is at best too little too late and, at worst, somewhat suspect.

Suspect? Yes, when the institutions that reggae has been decrying for decades as "Babylon" - the Jamaican government and global power - are the very ones hailing it as an international cultural treasure worthy of protection and promotion. Turkeys endorsing Christmas come to mind, with the gobblers hatching a cunning plan to turn 25 December vegan. If this gong gives the Jamaican government the ownership of reggae that it craves, Unesco may be guilty of endorsing the Caribbean equivalent of John Lydon (once Johnny Rotten) appearing on a television butter advert. That moment whacked the final nail into the coffin of punk and the 1977 anarchy in the UK that roots reggae went in tandem with back when, if you were fortunate enough to be the white man in the Hammersmith Palais, you got two rebellions for the price of one. Unlike the punk thing, the political potency of reggae has endured for generations. And the Jamaican authorities certainly don't like that.

UK withdrawal from Unesco would be historical and cultural vandalism

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Jamaicans do not need the UN to endorse the soundtrack of their lives. They do not need Unesco to tell them that reggae is "cerebral, socio-political, sensual and spiritual". Jamaicans know that already. They have known for half a century that the reggae beat is their nation's heartbeat and that its lyrics are the soul and conscience of its people - from Burning Spear's Slavery Days to Damian Marley's Welcome To Jamrock.

It's not the Jamaican people but the Jamaican establishment that needs to hear that. The very same Jamaican establishment that fought against reggae for years until they realised it was bringing in more revenue than the nation's ailing bauxite industry so they had to incorporate it - minus the lock, stock and two smoking barrels, still smouldering from the days when it was inspiring revolutions from Zimbabwe to Angola to Grenada. In those days the Jamaican establishment only cared about reggae at election time, when they used it as a conduit to reach out to the masses, many of whom got their political education through the music of the Wailers, Culture, Burning Spear, the Mighty Diamonds and toasters/rappers such as Big Youth, I-Roy and, much later, Buju Banton.

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The government's contempt for reggae meant the revenue that was earned from the music worldwide went into the coffers of every other country but Jamaica.

Wherever people were oppressed, reggae provided a battle cry for change: "Get up, stand up, stand up for your rights." In Jamaica especially, reggae was accusing the authorities of being the new "slave drivers". That message was tantamount to sedition as far as the authorities were concerned and they came down hard on it. Back then, in the genre's 70s heyday, you couldn't hear a reggae tune on the state-controlled airwaves on the island. You could hear Abba and Jim Reeves, but Jamaican radio gave you no inkling that reggae was the "heart and soul" of the country, as the minister for culture, Olivia "Babsy" Grange gushed at the Unesco gathering earlier this week.

Oh the irony. Grange, a former reggae producer herself, is touting a sanitised vision of the island because that's where the money is. This was evident from the Bob Marley track her delegation chose to play to celebrate the momentous occasion - One Love, a tune that became a huge posthumous hit for the reggae king, but one that he rarely, if ever, performed live. As subversive a song as it is, its outward sweetness didn't sit well with the music maker from the ghetto of Trenchtown, when he toured the world as a superstar in the late 70s.

The government- and Unesco-sanctioned "heart and soul" of Jamaica is that of the happy tourist on a beach with a few club sodas, meditating to the music of Bob Marley. Where the reggae doesn't point fingers at the establishment that sold you that all-inclusive holiday in the sun. It is not the gritty sufferer's heart and soul - that's one the tourists will never see. This is reggae without its teeth.

• Dotun Adebayo is a BBC radio broadcaster and chair of the Bernie Grant Arts Centre in Tottenham





Police constable shot in Westmoreland

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police-constable.jpgA Police Constable was shot and wounded while on duty in Westmoreland early Monday morning.

Reports are that about 2:00 a.m., the constable was among a team of officers, who responded to explosions heard on Maylars Avenue in Savanna-la-mar.

Upon their arrival the officers came under gunfire during which the constable was reportedly shot.

He was taken to hospital where he is admitted in stable condition.

Following the incident the police say an 18-year-old male turned up at the hospital with gunshot wounds.

Based on investigations he was admitted under police guard.





British photographer reported missing

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missing-lady-2018-12.jpgFifty-eight-year-old Barbara Findley, a photographer of Beadles Drive, Santa Cruz, St Elizabeth and Lupino Count, Lambeth Walk, Kensington in London has been missing since Thursday, November 29.

The police say she's of dark complexion and medium build.

They say that Findley was last seen at home in St Elizabeth about 9:30 p.m.

Her mode of dress is unknown.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Barbara Findley is being asked to contact the Santa Cruz Police at 876-966-2289, police 119 emergency number or the nearest police station.





chris-gayle-photo-8.jpgWest Indies cricket star Chris Gayle Monday won a Aus$300,000 (US$221,000) payout from an Australian media group which claimed he exposed his genitals to a massage therapist.The all-rounder was accused by Fairfax Media, publisher of The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, in a series of stories in the newspapers in 2016.

They alleged he exposed his penis and indecently propositioned the woman in a dressing room at the 2015 World Cup in Sydney.

Gayle strenuously denied the allegations, claiming at the time that the journalists behind the story wanted to "destroy him".

is teammate Dwayne Smith, who was in the changing room at the time, also denied the incident took place.

He won his defamation case in October last year, with jurors finding Fairfax was motivated by malice and had failed to establish a defence of truth.

New South Wales Supreme Court Justice Lucy McCallum said in awarding the payout that being accused of such conduct was "very damaging to Mr Gayle's reputation", according to a report in Fairfax newspapers.

She added that Gayle's evidence on hurt to his feelings was "surprisingly compelling".

Fairfax said it planned to lodge an immediate appeal.

The publication of the stories followed an uproar after Gayle attempted to flirt with an Australian presenter on live TV, asking her out for a drink and telling her: "Don't blush, baby."





dalton-harris-on-instagram-i-have-been-trying-to-find-words-to-describe.jpgIt's nothing but love from Dalton to his fans who helped him to secure enough votes to triumph in the UK tlent contest, The X Factor.

Dalton on Sunday won the coveted prize over the other two other competitors in the final, the UK's Scarlett Lee and Anthony Russell. The winner of The X Factor is awarded a £1 million recording contract with Syco Music, in association with Sony Music.

The deal consists of a £150,000 cash advance with the balance covering the costs of recording and marketing. Dalton Harris is second Jamaican to win an international talent competition after Tessanne Chin. She won the American competition The Voice in 2013.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness was among those who immediately commended the Jamaican singer, doing so via Twitter:

"Congratulations to our Dalton Harris @harrisdalton! Winner of the X-Factor. The entire Jamaica is proud of you. Your phenomenal talent is now unleashed on the world."

Harris, winner of Television Jamaica's Digicel Rising Stars in 2010, was a firm favourite to win the X-Factor competition.

Dalton Harris on Instagram: "I have been trying to find words to describe my emotions and gratitude and thankfulness but none of them are enough. To say THANK YOU..."





Education minister intervenes in 'expletive' case

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ruel-reid-photo-1.jpgEducation Minister Ruel Reid is set to intervene in the case of a 13-year-old boy who has been blocked from classes at the Little London High School since November for allegedly using expletives in the presence of a teacher. The Sunday Gleaner reported the story and since then Minister Reid said he has asked Chief Education Officer Dr Grace McLean to investigate the case at the Westmoreland-based school and submit a report to him as soon as possible.

"School administrators are aware of the disciplinary procedures, and we will be vigilant to ensure conformity," said Reid.

Under the regulations, students who have been suspended from school for a maximum of 10 days without notification of any subsequent action or decision taken by the authorities during that period cannot be further punished for the same offence.

During this initial 10 days, the student must be informed of any further action taken, such as expulsion. Only the board of directors of a school has the power to expel a student.

The child's mother says that her son has been denied entry to classes since mid-November, when he was sent home with a letter that a parent would have to accompany him to a meeting before he would be allowed to return to classes.She alleges that since then, she has been trying, without success, to get the school to give her formal notification on the fate of the child.

With classes set to resume on January 7, Todd yesterday welcomed the planned intervention of the education minister as she wants clarity of the fate of her son.





crime-scene-gun.jpgGuests had to flee in panic last Friday evening as gunshots rang out at a wedding reception at the Glistening Waters Hotel in Falmouth, Trelawny.

When the shooting ended, a disc jockey, 45-year-old Paul Campbell of Florence Hall in the parish, was dead, and one of the proprietors of the establishment, 38-year-old Earl Bernard of a Montego Bay address, was left nursing gunshot wounds.

Reports are that Campbell, who was employed by the wedding couple to provide entertainment for the reception, was asked to reduce the level of the music by Bernard's mother, but he refused, telling her she had already collected her money, so she was to allow him to earn his.

It is alleged that when the elderly woman went back to him with another request for the volume to be lowered, he aggressively pointed his finger into her face and again refused. Bernard then intervened, pushing Campbell away from his mother.

During the commotion, Campbell, who is a licensed firearm holder, reportedly fell over a flower pot. According to the reports, Campbell pulled his firearm and opened fire on Bernard, hitting him in the neck. Bernard fell to the ground and lay motionless as Campbell went over him with the gun

Persons who claim to have witnessed the incident said Bernard, who is also a licensed firearm holder, then stood up and fired several shots, hitting Campbell multiple times. He died on the spot, while Bernard was taken to hospital where he was admitted. Persons close to the couple who exchanged vows earlier in the day say they are traumatised by the incident which marred their special occasion.





Male dancer shot dead in Papine Square

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA 22-year-old man was shot dead in the Papine Square in St Andrew Saturday night.

According to the police, Andre Lee, a dancer of Bedward Gardens, Kingston 7, was in the park about 7:15 pm when he was reportedly approached by three men, one armed with a firearm.

It is said that Lee attempted to flee but was shot several times.

The police were summoned and on their arrival the scene was processed and the body removed to the morgue.

Investigations continue.





MORE TRAFFIC DELAYS FOR THE NEW YEAR

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Just weeks after the completion and introduction of the Three Miles bypass road in St Andrew, motorists are being advised to brace for more traffic delays in the area, especially close to Marcus Garvey Drive, from Sunday, December 30.

The National Works Agency (NWA), on its Twitter page, announced that starting Sunday, girders will be transported from the vicinity of the Port of Kingston to the Three Miles intersection where major bridge-building works are under way.

This NWA said the activities will be part of continuing bridge works along a section of the Portmore Toll Road and Marcus Garvey Drive.

The agency said this will affect the movement of traffic between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon, and between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily.

While the Twitter posting did not give a time-frame for the new traffic challenges, it is understood that situation is scheduled to persist for a period of three months.





court-image-1.jpgThe Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), has applied to the Supreme Court for an order for the four high-end vehicles seized at the home of Chief Engineer at National Energy Solutions (NESOL), Lawrence Pommels, to be retained as criminal property.

The DPP made the application after a man claiming to be the owner of the vehicles applied to the St Catherine Parish Court for the return of his vehicles.

The vehicles, which include an Audi and BMW X6, were seized in July during a raid on Mr Pommels' home in Old Harbour, St Catherine.The cops also reportedly seized $35 million at the house.

Pommels, who is charged with money laundering, appeared in court last week Tuesday where the case was mentioned.

Two other defendants, Ricardo Harris and a supervisor at NESOL, Rayon Hamilton, also appeared in court.

The men are to return to court next month.





crime-scene-tape.jpgThe two women who died after being swept overboard a small boat that capsized off the coast of Port Royal during a pleasure trip on Thursday, have been identified.

They are Edith Betsha of Mandeville, Manchester and Jannelle Dacessers of a Kingston address.

Reports are that the two were among 13 people on the boat that encountered problems while heading from Port Royal to Lime Cay, and ended up capsizing.

The Marine Police said they received a distress call and responded along with the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) Coast Guard, and were able to remove the members of the group from the water.

The two women who were rushed to hospital in unconscious states, were later pronounced dead.

The other occupants of the boat, who were also in various degrees of distress, responded favourably to medical treatment.

The captain of the boat - Herbert Dorien - has been arrested and charged for operating the vessel without the required licence.

He was granted bail and is scheduled to appear in court on January 23.





digicel-photo-1.jpgGroup chief executive of Digicel, Alex Matuschka von Greiffenclau (47), has died suddenly whilst on holiday with his family in Germany. Businessman Denis O'Brien, the company's owner and chairman, will take up the role of interim CEO pending a formal succession process to replace Mr Matuschka von Greiffenclau, who died suddenly last Thursday. O'Brien will travel to Jamaica in January.

Mr Matuschka von Greiffenclau, who only took over as chief executive last February, joined Digicel from Dutch-based telco Veon, which was previously known as Vimpelcom. The German businessman, who replaced Colm Delves as Digicel chief executive, had served as chief performance officer for Veon.

Mr O'Brien praised what he described as "the enormous contribution to the transformation of Digicel," by Mr Matuschka von Greiffenclau, a married father of three who had just recently celebrated his 47th birthday.

"It is with a heavy heart and much sadness that I share news of the untimely death of our Group CEO, Alex Matuschka von Greiffenclau," said Mr O'Brien who will travel to Jamaica on January 2 to take up his role as interim chief executive.

"No words can adequately express our sadness at Alex's passing or our gratitude for having worked with him. Digicel has lost a committed, hard-working and exceptional Chief Executive. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know him on a personal level have lost a dear friend".

This month Digicel won bondholder acceptance for the second element of its offer to swap debt falling due in 2020 and 2022 for longer dated facilities. It follows months of negotiations. Taken together, the exchanges allow the Jamaica headquartered telecommunications group to push out repayments on a total of $3bn (€2.59bn) of outstanding debt.

Mr O'Brien said that over the coming days, colleagues will share their thoughts for a suitable commemoration of Mr Matuschka von Greiffenclau.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Julia and his three children at this very difficult time. May he rest in peace," said Mr O'Brien.

"Given the circumstances, I will be taking up the position of Group CEO on an interim basis. I will be in Jamaica on 2nd January.





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Brazil's president takes office January 1

Far-right former army captain Jair Bolsonaro officially starts his four-year term as president of Brazil after winning October's election.

Nigeria votes

February 16: Africa's most populous nation and leading economy goes to the polls, with a deadly Islamist insurgency still untamed and amid concerns about the health of President Muhammadu Buhari, who is standing for re-election

Cuban constitution poll

February 24: Cuba holds a national referendum to ratify a draft constitution that would recognise for the first time the role of the market and private sector in its heavily controlled socialist economy.

If approved, the draft --which already has the backing of parliament -- would be the first overhaul of the constitution since 1976.

Britain exits the EU

March 29: Britain leaves the European Union, after four decades of membership, at midnight (2300 GMT) in Brussels, 11:00 pm in London, becoming the first country to quit the bloc.

Algerian presidential poll

April: Presidential election planned in Algeria. Abdelaziz Bouteflika, 81, could stand for a fifth term despite his poor health.

Japan's emperor abdicates

April 30: Ailing Emperor Akihito, 84, formally steps down in the first abdication in more than two centuries in the world's oldest imperial family.

His eldest son, Crown Prince Naruhito, ascends the Chrysanthemum Throne the following day.

Indian general election

April/May: The world's most populous democracy goes to the polls, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi -- head of the rightwing and Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party -- (BJP), aiming for a second term.

New European parliament

May 23-26: Elections are held across Europe for the Strasbourg-based European Union Parliament, which will number 705 seats after the departure of Britain.

Japan hosts Rugby World Cup

September 20: Japan becomes the first country outside of rugby's traditional strongholds to host the game's World Cup, with matches in 12 cities before the final in Yokohama on November 2.

Athletics championships in Doha

September 27: The World Athletics Championships open in Qatar -- with evening-only sessions, a midnight marathon, and an air-conditioned stadium among the measures in place to beat the hot and humid conditions. The games wind up on October 6.





ishawna-on-instagram-about-to-go-stuff-my-face-merry-christmas.jpgAfter dissing the bandana costumes worn by Miss Lou as 'tablecloth' and declaring that she "doesn't dress in tablecloth like Miss Lou", Ishawna uploaded a pic of herself in a gingham tablecloth looking material dress that has fans trolling her.

Her is what they had to say:

islandgyal_krishDis look like something Ms. Lou woulda wear 🤣 @mslegendary

mz_independent_momoWait @mslegendary a table cloth setting u go 🤣🤣🤣😁 mi lub it.

"Mi like di miss lou look @mslegendary"

ISHAWNA on Instagram: "About to go stuff my face😝😋 #MerryChristmas"

Vezi această postare pe Instagram

About to go stuff my face😝😋 #MerryChristmas

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Kabaka Pyramid live at Barbican Beach Friday

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kabaka-pyramid-photo-2.jpgBuild the right vibes for the new year with conscious vibrations on Friday, December 28! Join rising Ghetto Youths International artiste / Bebble Rock artiste Kabaka Pyramid live at Barbican Beach in Kingston as he performs from his 2018 album, Kontraband.

Produced by the celebrated Jamaican reggae icon, Damian "Junior Gong" Marley, the album also features Gong on the title song "Kontraband."

Kabaka's live performance will feature singers Jesse Royal, Kelissa and a special guest. Get your tickets now for just $1,500 or get them for $2,000 at the gate. Buy your presold tickets at Mega Mart in Kingston or Montego Bay, Loud Fashion, 876 Terrace Bar and Grill in Kingston, Genus Pharmacy in Portmore, Shipinville on Ward Avenue in Mandeville or Sharkies Seafood Restaurant in St. Ann.

Can't bother to brave the holiday traffic? Purchase your tickets online FirstInLineJA//KabakaPyramidLIVE The gates open at 7 pm. Showtime begins at 8 pm. The event is going to be lit!

But the weekend is not over! After soaking up the good vibes on Friday, head out to the Liguanea Club Golf Academy in New Kingston on Saturday, December 29 for Third World and Family's "Committed 45 Years" benefit concert in aid of the Lasco Releaf Environmental Awareness Program (REAP) and the Alligator Head Foundation.





third-world.jpgBusy working on their new album with Damian Marley, Third World has pulled together a medley of first-rate artistes in aid of charity. Gracing the stage will be Toots Hibbert, Luciano, Freddie McGregor, Tessanne Chin, Yellow Man, Queen Ifrica, Big Youth, Jah 9, Wayne Marshall, Sevana, Naomi Cowan, One Third, Billy Mystic, Stephen Newland, Nadine Sutherland, Tennshann Invasion and surprise guests.

The event is also commemorating 45 years in the industry from the group that brought us hits like "96 degrees in the Shade", "Now that We Found Love" and, of course, "Committed."

Tickets are $5,000 presold and $7,000 at the gate. Get yours at Fontana RX in Barbican, Rubis Halfway Tree Road and Liguanea, Lasco Money Papine and RedHills Road, Liguanea Club, Blow by Blow Loshushan, Cellaris Manor Park, Genus Pharmacy in Portmore and Total Dunrobin. Gates open at 6 pm and the show begins at 8 pm. At this event, everyone is a VIP.

"Committed 45" will be hosted by Nikki Z and Rodney Campbell and feature music by DJ Squeeze and Jason Panton.





Westmoreland cops probe businessman's murder

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crime-scene-gun.jpgThe Westmoreland police are yet to make a breakthrough into Monday night's shooting death of a businessman at his home in the parish, during which his licensed firearm was stolen.

The deceased man has been identified as Andrew Dennis, 44, of Campbellton Gardens, Westmoreland.

Reports are that about 11:00 p.m., after closing his business place, Dennis was in the process of driving into his yard when he was pounced upon and shot up by unknown assailants.

He was robbed of an undetermined sum of cash and his licensed firearm.

The police were summoned and upon their arrival, Dennis was found suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

He was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The Whithorn police are investigating.





NCB makes $3-Billion profit on sale of JMMB shares

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jamaican-money.jpgNCB Financial Group sold over $9 billion worth of shares in JMMB to lead volumes in Thursday's trading of the Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE).

"JMMB will therefore not continue to be an associated company of NCBJ and NCBFG," said the company in a notice Thursday about the sale of the shares.

NCB will recognise a gain of approximately $3 billion on the sale of the 326.3 million shares at $28.25 each.

NCB did not disclose who acquired the shares. Recently, PanJam Investment Limited acquired a 6.1 per cent stake in JMMB Group valued at $2.7 billion but did not say Thursday whether it acquired additional shares in JMMB.

Also on the day, Sygnus Credit Investments Limited USD Ordinary Shares led gains, increasing by 25 per cent to close at $0.11, followed by Paramount Trading (Jamaica) Limited (PTL), up 18.37 per cent to close at $2.90. The day's largest declining stock was JMMB Group Limited (JMMBGL), down 13.89 per cent to close at $28.26.

The JSE Combined Index declined by 6,038.89 points (1.62 per cent) to close at 367,584.38. The JSE Index declined by 6,729.08 points (1.82 per cent) to close at 361,999.33. The JSE Select Index declined by 202.77 points (2.17 per cent) to close at 9,158.90. The Junior Market Index advanced by 12.87 points (0.41 per cent) to close at 3,189.76. The JSE USD Equities Index advanced by 2.31 points (1.49 per cent) to close at 157.35.

Overall Market activity resulted from trading in 57 stocks of which 20 advanced, 26 declined and 11 traded firm. Market volume amounted to 330,597,954 units valued at over $9,330,755,550.00. JMMB Group Limited was the volume leader with 327,137,347 units (98.95 per cent) followed by Carreras Limited with 561,455 units (0.17 per cent) and Radio Jamaica Limited with 317,416 units (0.10 per cent).





crime-scene-7.jpgThe police are currently probing a suspected murder-suicide in Rollington Town, Kingston.

The deceased have been identified as 41-year-old Anika Walker, a higgler, and her boyfriend Paul Riley, who is said to be in his early 30s.

They are both of a Portland Road address.

It is reported that sometime between Wednesday night and early Thursday morning Riley used a knife to stab Walker in the neck, killing her.

He then reportedly committed suicide by hanging himself.

Relatives and neighbours stumbled upon the bodies this morning inside the couple's house and alerted the police.

Residents suspect that jealousy may have motivated the incident.





crime-scene-tape-gloves.jpgThe police Corporate Communication Unit is reporting two fatalities after a vessel with 13 people aboard capsized between Port Royal and Lime Cay,

According to the police, the occupants were rescued by the Jamaica Defence Force Coast Guard and residents of Port Royal but two women were taken to hospital in unconscious states. They were later confirmed dead.

Eleven other people were rescued and taken to the Kingston Public Hospital for treatment.

The incident happened some time after midday on Thursday.

The vessel remains submerged.





Cold-blooded killing in Cold Spring, Hanover

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crime-scene-gun.jpgTwo men, including one reportedly in a drunken state, were shot and killed by gunmen in Cold Spring, Hanover on Wednesday, Boxing Day.

The victims have been identified as 53-year-old farmer, Kenneth Hemans, and 52-year-old mason, Frank Birch, both of Cold Spring, Sandy Bay in the parish.

Reports from the Sandy Bay police are that about 2:00 a.m., residents heard explosions and alerted them.

On their arrival, the bodies of the men were seen lying on the roadway with multiple bullet wounds.

The scene was processed and the bodies removed to the morgue.

Sources from the area claimed that the men were attacked by gunmen sometime after Birch got into an argument with a group of men. Reports are that he was intoxicated at the time.

It has been claimed that Hemans went to the location to take Birch home, but both men were attacked and shot several times.

The Sandy Bay police are continuing investigations.





Tommy Lee to sue government for $20-MILLION

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tommy-lee-sparta-photo-13.jpgTommy Lee Sparta's legal team is gearing up to sue the Government in the region of $20 million in order to recover money they said the entertainer lost as a result of him being arrested and charged with lottery scamming.

"It is our intention to file action against the Attorney General's Department with regard to numerous retainers given to him, which he had to return because when the police got information that he was billed for a particular show, his name had to be scratched," defence attorney Ernest Smith said.

Tommy Lee Sparta, whose given name is Leroy Russell, and his co-accused, O'Brian Smith, were found not guilty of lottery-scamming charges in the Home Circuit Court last Thursday. The men were charged in February 2014 on suspicion of breaches of the Law Reform (Fraudulent Transaction) (Special Provisions) Act. Trial judge Caroyln Tie upheld a no-case submission made by Smith, bringing an end to the four-and-a-half year ordea

"My daughters Nesta Clair and Marsha Smith, attorneys-at-law - are doing the necessary research to file such an action," said Ernest Smith, who last year indicated that the lawsuit would be in the region of $20 million.

"Tommy Lee has been prevented on several occasions by certain police officers from engaging in his profession of entertainment. He has had to be pulled from several shows because police officers have threatened the organisers and the promoters to cancel their licences if Tommy Lee is on the show," said Ernest Smith.





dj-khaled-maxim.jpgDancehall fans are squabbling over DJ Khaled apparently snubbing newcomer Rygin King.

The American DJ, producer uploaded a photo to his Instagram story last week with veteran Dancehall entertainer Bounty Killer, Usain Bolt, Sharon Burke, Richie D and Rygin King at Usain Bolt's Tracks and Records restaurant in Kingston.

Khaled immediately raised a few eyebrows when social media users sighted that everyone was tagged in the post expect the self-proclaimed "Trap King."

"Rygin King Neva get tag 😂😂😂 even di man over the right side get tag so how Rygin King salt suh 😂," one fan wrote. "Rygin King - "them say great man always a guh get a fight...BEG KHALED FI A ONE TAG AND HIM SAY ME HYPE.....1KING 1KING.....😭," another added.

Rygin king come in like di plate wid porridge 😢 nobody Nuh want him #YaadManTing 🤣🤣🤣."

However others came to the "Legacy" deejay's defence claiming Jamaicans failed to see the bigger picture, "Who cares about him not being tagged in a photo, the fact that he is in the photo is enough," one social media user wrote.

"Unu gwan stay deh and laugh at least the man a par wid Khaled that says a lot for a young artiste who just come inna the game."





crime-scene-gun.jpgA Jamaican teen in the US, who authorities say is without legal status in the country, is facing murder charges stemming from the fatal drive-by shooting of a 12-year-old Connecticut boy killed outside his home.

Bridgeport Police Chief Armando Perez confirmed Monday to the Connecticut Post that 18-year-old Tajay Chambers has been charged with murder with special circumstances, carrying a pistol without a permit, second-degree larceny and risk of injury to a child.

Perez says three juveniles will also be charged in connection with the December 18 shooting of Clinton Howell, described as a bystander.

Chambers, who is accused of being the trigger man in the shooting, has been in custody since December 19 for an October alleged assault. A judge held him on US$500,000 bond. ICE placed a detainer on Chambers, who authorities say is a Jamaican immigrant without legal status.

He's scheduled to appear Wednesday in court. It's not clear of he has a lawyer.





police-car-on-fire.jpgTwo motor vehicles crashed into houses along Williamsfield Road in Manchester on Christmas Day and exploded. The driver of one of the vehicles, Dwayne Patterson, was burnt to death after being trapped inside his car.

According to the police, about 2:30 p.m on Tuesday Patterson was travelling in a yellow Honda Civic along the road, reportedly at high speed, heading towards Kendal Road. Patterson, who was allegedly racing a Toyota Corolla, lost control of the vehicle, which crashed into a mini mart along the road.

The vehicle then caught on fire with him inside.

"His car was burnt beyond recognition, the mini mart burnt out and a dwelling attached to the mini mart burnt out also...the persons in the house were able to escape," Superintendent Wayne Cameron is reported as telling daily newspaper, The Gleaner.

The police reported that shortly after that incident the driver of the Toyota Corolla lost control of his vehicle, which hit a utility pole and then crashed into a building with eight apartments. The driver along with a passenger managed to crawl out of the vehicle before it exploded.

They were subsequently taken to hospital where they are believed to be in serious but stable condition.

The fire from the car spread to the building.Residents escaped before it was destroyed.

"Damage is estimated at $16 million.... we had two units; one from Christina and one from Mandeville perform the cooling down operations," Cameron said.

The death comes just days after the Road Safety Unit (RSU) in the Ministry of Transport and Mining issued a call for motorists to exercise greater caution when traveling on the roads. Director of the RSU, Kenute Hare, said as the Christmas season approached, persons, particularly motorists and pedestrians, should exercise greater care on the roads.

Hare noted that since the start of the year approximately 360 deaths have been recorded from 318 fatal crashes.





Five days of PEP starting February 26; ends April 17

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The Ministry of Education has announced the five days on which the inaugural Primary Exit Profile (PEP) examinations will be conducted in 2019.

"Based on suggestions that we got to move the Performance Task from December 4 and 5, we have now shifted the Performance Task, which will be held on March 27 and 28. We will now have the Ability Test on February 26, and finally the Curriculum Based Test will be done on April 16 and 17," said Dr Grace McLean, the Chief Education Officer.

McLean was addressing the media at the ministry's quarterly press conference at its Heroes Circle offices in downtown Kingston recently.

She encouraged teachers, parents, students and other PEP stakeholders to access the PEP website at https://pep.moey.gov.jm for all information the ministry has to offer that is related to the new examination.

"We're happy for the response that we have received with the development of our website and PEP app. You can go to the play store and download the (PEP mobile) app, and the website is up and running with all the information that can assist. It has the curriculum, practice questions and lesson plans. There is also a link to various book publishers, where you can also access the information," McLean said.

"I can also assure you that in January, we will be providing additional practice questions to support our students," she added.

PEP is the series of tests which has replaced the GSAT as the national secondary school entrance examination. It is intended to provide a better and more complete profile of students' academic and critical thinking capabilities at the end of their primary-level education.





Panadol and Advil to merge

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Painkiller brands Panadol and Anadin/Advil will be bought under one roof under a giant deal between drug firms GlaxoSmithKline and Pfizer.

The firms are combining their consumer healthcare businesses into one firm with annual sales of US$12.7 billion.

Other brands involved in the deal include Aquafresh toothpaste and Chapstick lip balm.The deal still needs approval by shareholders and regulators.

Shares in GSK rose 7 per cent on the news.

GSK's consumer healthcare division used to operate as a joint venture with Swiss firm Novartis, but it acquired full control of the business nine months ago.





hakuna-matata.jpgA petition accusing Disney of "colonialism and robbery" for trademarking a phrase used in the film The Lion King has attracted more than 30,000 signatures.

"Hakuna matata" means "no problem" or "no worries" in the Swahili language, which is spoken across East Africa.

Disney first applied to trademark the catchphrase in 1994 - the same year it released The Lion King animation.

The row has arisen now amid hype over its live-action remake.

The petition is aimed at persuading the US company to abandon its "hakuna matata" trademark.





aidonia4thgenna-on-instagram-out-now.jpgDancehall deejay Aidonia has released two new singles just in time for Christmas.

The songs Caught Up and Dom Perignon address two different topics.

Dom Perignon follows the hip-hop influenced singles released so far this year, where the deejay talks about his financial growth and finessing.

Caught Up is on the softer side and is specifically for the female audience.

Aidonia has been dominating the charts this year with the hit singles Yeah Yeah, VVS and Big Baller.

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Guns, ammo seized in St James

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guns-photo-1.jpgThree firearms and over 30 rounds of ammunition were seized during separate police raids in St James yesterday morning.

No arrests were made.

In the first operation in York Bush, two of the firearms and 38 rounds of ammunition were seized.

Six .38 cartridges were also seized.

The second operation occurred in Glendevon where a disassembled pistol was seized.





The National Water Commission (NWC) says large sections of the Corporate Area now have no water or intermittent periods of low water pressure because of a combination of issues that have worsened in rerent days.

It says there is a major break on the Ferry/Mandela transmission pipeline in an area that is effectively inaccessible as it is under approximately 35 feet of dirt and road construction material.

The NWC says every effort is being made to fast-track the completion of a new replacement pipeline already being constructed as part of the road improvement project because all other options are not practical.

According to the Commission, it had considered constructing a temporary by-pass pipeline but this would require 1 mile of pipes, would be costly and could take months before completion.

The NWC says in the interim, water from other systems such as the Rio Cobre/Tulloch Springs, Havendale, Forest Hills, Constant Spring, Mona and Hope systems is being shared and re-directed to make up for the loss of the water from the Ferry System.

"This has deprived the Commission of about five million gallons of water per day," said an NWC spokesperson referring to the break in the Ferry/Mandela pipeline.

It has also disconnected a major source of supply to the following areas:

Cooreville Gardens

Duhaney Park

Washington Gardens

Patrick City

Ziadie Gardens

State Gardens

Molynes Gardens

Moreton Park

Olympic Way

New Haven

Coburn Gardens

Seaview Gardens

Washington Boulevard

Dunrobin Avenue​

Molynes Road

The NWC is also reporting that frequent breaks on the series of major pipelines along Constant Spring Road as a result of ongoing road construction.

It says this often forces the shut-down of the Constant Spring Water Treatment Plant several times each week.

The following areas are being affected:

Constant Spring Gardens

Norbrook

Cherry Gardens

Barbican

Manor Park

Shortwood

Eastwood Park Gardens

Molynes Road

Waltham Park Road

Olympic Way

Bay Farm Road

Hagley Park Road

Dunrobin Avenue

Calabar Mews

Ziadie Gardens

State Gardens

Mannings Hill Road

Red Hills Road

Constant Spring Road

Half Way Tree

Valentine Gardens

Meadowbrook

Queensborough

Roehampton ​

In the meantime, the NWC says frequent breaks on the Spanish Town Road major pipelines have been requiring shut-downs to effect repairs.

Areas impacted by this issue include:

Cooreville Gardens

Sections of Spanish Town Road and all roads leading off

Sections of Three Miles area

Downtown Kingston

Marcus Garvey Drive

Newport East and surrounding areas





PNP wants Dunn's River audit to be made public

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pnp-headquarters.jpgThe People's National Party (PNP) is calling on the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) to make the report of the audit on impropriety at Dunn's River Falls Attraction public.

The report covers the results of a probe ordered in August by the UDC after there were reports of misappropriation of funds associated with ticketing costs at the attraction.

Opposition Spokesman on Tourism, Dr. Wykeham Mcneil, says the relevant authorities need to provide clarity as to what was found in the audit and why the report was referred to C-TOC.

He says the public deserves to know the full extent of the irregularities which preceded the investigation and whether anyone will be held accountable.

He notes that it is not acceptable for the report to be buried in the files of the UDC and its subsidiaries.





Family members, living in Georgia and Massachusetts in the United States, fear that the worst has happened to Derrick Rodgers. The 60-year-old Lawrence Tavern resident disappeared on October 13.

His niece, Natalie Redman, contacted the Jamaica Observer recently saying that the family is on edge.

"We reported it to the Constant Spring police, but we were told that the family would have to physically go in and make the report. After that, we contacted the father of the church he used to attend and he was able to go in and make the report. The police say that they have since circulated a missing person report at all their precincts across the island so now we are just waiting," Redman told the Observer.

She said that the family realised that something was amiss when her mother, Rogers' sister, sent money for him through a financial institution and the money was not collected.

"He is always in contact with us. He is never out of touch. My mom always sends him money and he always calls to say thanks. When she sent the money on October 13 he never called. We called and he didn't answer. We called [financial institution] and they said that the money was not picked up.

"Right now, to be honest, we're on edge. You have to just be bracing yourself right now for the worst. There's no way something hasn't happened to him. [Getting] No response from him has us worried," Redman said.

Rodgers, who worked in media and was a former employee of Television Jamaica, Best FM, and Kool 97 FM.

Redman said that the family has been circulating photographs of her uncle on social media but has received no feedback.

"We don't have a physical presence in the island to do any rigid follow-ups. No one has seen or heard from him. They are only saying that they know he lives at Top Hill and that's in Lawrence Tavern," the woman said.

On December 10, Crime Stop Jamaica put out an alert for Rodgers, citing that he was last seen alive, according to a report from the Lawrence Tavern police, in his community.

Rodgers is of dark complexion, medium build, and is about 167 centimetres (5 feet 6 inches) tall. His mode of dress at the time he went missing is unknown.

"We are anxious. We are waiting, but we are worried. We are doing all that we can to find out what has happened to my uncle. It is unusual that he wouldn't contact us for so long," said Redman.

Anyone knowing Rodgers' whereabouts is being asked to contact the Constant Spring Police at 876- 924-1421-2 Police 119 emergency number or Crime Stop at 311.





The St Andrew South police say they were called to quash a dispute at a constituency office last week after residents traded blows during the distribution of New Year calendars and care packages. The usual holiday gesture by the political representatives islandwide reportedly took a new low in the Corporate Area after residents became violent, causing a subsequent delay in distributions.

"A years almanac a give weh and me never see this yet. What is an almanac fi people a fight over. People start fight fi put up politician inna dem house, and politics nah benefit dem," a female resident reportedly told evening tabloid the Star.

The fracas involved a man and a woman who are from different areas of the constituency.

"Likkle most the headlines coulda be woman or man killed for almanac. The sufferation is real 'cause politician nah help dem, and dem woulda kill or lose dem life fi put up one a dem inna dem house,"

Another resident surmised that the contents of the packages and the limited numbers might have led to the flaring tempers.

"The people dem must angry and heated cause dem tell di people dem fi come collect things and when you look, a scarce goods. Pound a rice, pound a flour, crackers, tin a mackerel some people a get. A Christmas now, dem must can do better. Every politician come a same ting. Step up di ting and mek di people dem feel good like how dem (politicians) feel good when dem put dem in," the woman said.





dj-khaled-on-instagram-for-motivational-inspiration-alert-only.jpgDJ Khaled has a new toy. It is a bling-encrusted, wrist piece called Big Boy Anniversary Patek. And it also tells the time.

He had this to say: "For motivational inspiration alert 🚨 only ! This my b day / Holliday / new year gift 🎁 from my SON AND MY QUEEN AND MY SELF . VERY GRATEFUL!

I Call this "THE CHANDELIER" Big Boy Anniversary Patek @pristine_Jewelers .... Everyone FOLLOW the Best Jewler in the World @pristine_jewelers !!! 2019 shine bright like a diamond 💎

They don't want me to get a gift 🎁!!!!! SO MY FAMILY SAID HERES A GIFT ! You work hard ! 🙏🏽 FATHER OF ASAHD THE ALBUM #2019 !

DJ KHALED on Instagram: "For motivational inspiration alert 🚨 only ! This my b day / Holliday / new year gift 🎁 from my SON AND MY QUEEN AND MY SELF . VERY..."





Popcaan officially a OVO artiste

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876gud-on-instagram-killy-them-outside.jpgPopcaan. The 'Unruly Boss' is slated to officially become the newest member of Drake'e OVO entertainment camp in the new year.

Drake, who was making his performance debut in Jamaica, made the revelation during his set at the inaugural Unruly Fest in the wee hours of Sunday morning. The announcement was met with loud cheers, and thunderous applause from the massive crowd at Lyssons Beach in St Thomas. "This is something we've been working on for a very long time, and I just wanna let everyone know that finally, officially 2019, Popcaan a sign to OVO label," he said before sealing the deal with a hug with the 'Unruly One'.

Drake's label is a Toronto-based record label he founded with Oliver El-Khatib, and long-time producer Noah '40' Shebib in 2012. It operates as a subsidiary of, and is distributed through Warner Music Group's Warner Bros Records. The label has acts including Drake, PARTYNEXTDOOR, Majid Jordan, OB O'Brien, Roy Woods, and dvsn, as well as in-house producers 40, Boi-1da, T-Minus, Mike Zombie, Nineteen85, and Future the Prince.

Drake and Popcaan have been close friends for years, with both often referring to each other as 'brothers'. The pair share numerous collaborations, and have always endorsed each other's work. The two shared the stage as Drake gave his first performance in Jamaica.

There was undoubtedly a camaraderie between both men, as they shared jokes and drinks backstage. The Canadian often copied Popcaan's slangs in his interaction with the crowd. His imitation of phrases like 'dem dead' and 'trouble deh deh,' were met with huge cheers of approval.

The multiple Grammy award-winning artiste heaped praises on Popcaan throughout the night as he urged the audience to continue supporting the deejay, who has helped to thrust the parish back into the spotlight with the staging of Unruly Fest. He explained that artistes who never forget their roots, deserve the love and support of their people.

During his brief set, Drake thrilled the audience with songs such as My Chargie and Controlla, both collaborations with Popcaan. He also gave the audience a taste of tracks such as In My Feelings and Fake Love.

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buju-banton-photo-10.jpgThe Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transsexual (LGBT) community in Barbados is clearly looking a major hype off Jamaican dancehall recording artist Buju Banton and some sections of the media in the island are clearly facilitating their nonsense.

Reports in Barbados Today state that the fame-hungry, attention-seeking homosexuals and queers want Buju Banton to publicly denounce one of his most popular songs ahead of a performance scheduled here next year.

Early Friday morning, music promoters Fas7Star Entertainment uploaded a poster with a picture of the artist, indicating he would headline an April 27 concert called Long Walk to Freedom at the 2019 Barbados Reggae Festiv

The news comes just two weeks after the artist - real name Mark Myrie - was released after serving 10 years in a US prison for a drug conviction.

His release has prompted celebration from many fans across the Caribbean, and mega successful producer DJ Khaled jetted into Jamaica last week specifically to meet with the Reggae legend.

While spokesperson for the local LGBT community, Ro-Ann Mohammed, welcomed the news that Buju would be headlining next year's reggae festival, she admitted that "there is some merit to how some people feel with regard to the rhetoric surrounding some of his early music, particularly the Boom Bye Bye song".

Fortunately, sensible people see this for what it is -- a savage case of bullying from a group of faggots who think that they are the only ones who have rights. How dare them! Fortunately again, this is the age of social media comments, and the responses from well-thinking persons have been swift and highly appropriate.

From as far back as 2006, Buju Banton met with the faggots and declared that he would no longer perform that song on stage. What more does the LGBTQWXYZ (have we missed out any of the letters?) want?

It's unfortunate that they are even being given the space via this medium to bring their idiocy to light. Actually, this call for Buju to denounce the song should have been locked in a closet where these intolerant, same-sex-loving, homosexuals who love to stab and kill each other in acts of passion, belong.

Whether they like it or not, "Boom Bye Bye" IS --- and forever will be-- an iconic Dancehall tune and will be an anthem for generations to come. BOOM BYE BYE.

When you all have the time, take a look at some of these comments:

DENOUNCE UNNUH MUMMA!!!..God created man & woman gayism fi stop! A it a mashup the world yuh see how much disease destruction & curse a come pon us unnuh nuh see the almost endless fire in California fi weeks & how much pple dying all over because pple are so confused these days God is so Upset with the nastiness sodomism..da lifestyle bring crosses pon di world!!!

Denounce mi bombo-pussy-claat... yow dem fish ya really a gwaan too bad now man. Unuh waan too bloodclaat much. It nuh bad enough unuh can suck out man tongue a road... now unuh waan people love unuh unwillingly. Leff di man song alone; a just a song. If it play round yuh den cut off unuh ears.

Unuh move from ya wid unuh dutty life bout unuh waa man fi succumb and big up unuh nastiness unuh set up the man ova the said song and him duh him time, unuh tink we Nuh know say unuh have a hand in him incarceration di amount a petition unuh file against him to unuh judge fren, him Nuh haffi sing da song deh when him a perform but me naw stop sing it, big up Buju caw dem can't keep a good man down a God you seh, weh dem nuh tear out the chapter dem wha denounce battyisim in the Bibles Eternal FYA fi di nastiness dem.

Unu move unu duttu BBC self and low the man ..u know how much violence Inna white people music anybody a call upon Eminem n Dem for stop sing fuxxry unu kiss BUJU raxxxxx ... Unu gay people always want shove. Unu lifestyle down people throat apologize for what.......some. Of them before Dem start have same sex relationship was singing the same damn song cause nobody nuh born gay , it's a lifestyle choice.

Y batty man dem always a gwaan like dem want to force ppl fi accept them? Unu cocky want cut off and burn kmft.

30 years ago a 15 yr old yute writes a song and those people want him to still deal with these people's insecurities? those people have enough money to go buy an island. just go away if you don't want to deal with people that don't believe what you bel...

This is the same fuckry dem people trying to pull on Comedian Kevin Hart inna farrin also. They gwaan like a lynch mob now.

Lovey Donna P you could type until your finger is tired battyman fi 💥💣if your daddy was a battyman you wouldnt be here typing shit .

Nikki Cutelips nope... he shouldn't denounce it. It's a part of his legacy. Why don't Barbados ban the song if it bother unuh so much.

Mike Sharp im gonaa give u a pass cause u looking so cute and all.

The matter has been dealt with already.How many times do they want their pound of flesh.Fall back let the Gargamel prosper.I am sure the strategy will be to ignore these parasites...

Vee Vee U nuh have nothing to denounce!!! Soon straight ppl will walk the streets because we have rights too. Soon hear unu want come in a ppl house come teach dem pickney fi pay gay. It seems like is only gay ppl live in this world.

Kim Slimmas Leave the man alone let him enjoy a bit of freedom him and is family please.

When did it became a crime to voice ones opinion. No LGBT cannot tell society what they should accept so Mr. Myrie keep doing your thing Boom Bye Bye indeed.

What a set of nastiness think them a human being, these clown really need to be purge out.

Wi need straight ppl ready fi protest ina real life not only social media.

Shan Slim Shanique Low the man ... weh yu a talk bout. If him no sing it again that's fair enough what u talking about publicly announce .... that was years ago.... A tell hunu fi tell gay and lesbian say dem fi stop the nastiness.

Dee Jay Creepa They need to let the artist breath before attacking him with bullshit... not even 3weeks good and wanna be demanding orders kmt.. so uneducated & dunce

British Unruly Everybody a try look a hype offa buju since him get release??? Every turn mi turn smaddi ave him name inna dem mouth like bubble gum This is ridiculous it's always something with these people. I don't know why they believe that when they voice how they feel it's ok. But when other people say how they feel it's an issue 🤷🏽‍♀️. Really 🙄. Why do you think you have the right to force ot...

Vee Vee This ppl love to be seen. Weh dem nuh guh weh and leave thr blasted man and him song. Damn demons! Seems there are very much against straight ppl and we nees to start demonstrating too cause we have rights.

The man went to jail for drugs.....not for singing that song leave him alone.

All battymsn fi get boom

Just like how you all have your lifestyle choice buju has his ...kmt why should he apologize ? Leave the man alone y'all act like the untouchables no one can state their mind in fear of being labeled gtfoh.

Go take several seats!!! And I'm trying to be nice!!!! Kmft

Monz Grinij To denounce this song is to denounce slavery and all other pages of the history book that we don't necessarily agree with...denounce why? The song will still be ingrained in our memories...Buju just come home and unnu wah torment the man soul Cha! LGBT kindly hold a space and leave wi man alone.

The message was already sent and received.

It was written in the Bible and him quote it as it was written.....

Go fight the Bible and ask it to apologize .

What is done, is done and can not be erased

No apologies.

Ching Ching Ellington They need to leave it in the past because it already took a total on him already, and they can't stop people from playing are listening to that song, because people still and will always remember that song and sing and play it, so for them to ask him that won't happen. So they need to get over it and move on, It's an new year for him let him live his life and stop bringing back up the past.

This man has a fantastic body of work and the focus is a song he did as a young man. Umh ok 🙄

Bumby fi all a dem an more

Athonykeepingthefaith Di man just fwd and the parasite dem start aready!! Kmft

Bum bye bye inna Batty bowy head straight naah stop seh suh..till we get rid a all uno nastiness..bullit.

Kmt..Unnu go move BBC, why should he denounce his song to please you gays. Start unnu boycott cause it wont happen this song is part of his legacy. Unnu go truck thru a window wid unnu insecuries.

Land FISH guh suck out unuh mumma

Fuck barbados

Unno start to ride him again, let the man breathe in peace man; Denounce what??





HIGHLIGHTS FROM DJ KHALED'S TRIP TO JAMAICA

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dj-khaled-on-instagram-father-of-asahd-the-album-2019.jpgDJ Khaled's son reps Jamaica in jersey and shorts

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tommy-lee-photo-3.jpg"A di first mi cry from the case start, but it was tears of joy. A di best feeling inna the world right now. Give thanks for the judge and especially my lawyer Ernest Smith the baddest lawyer inna di world. Mr Ernie Smith, respect, and give thanks to the judge same way. From my family to everybody nuff respect," Tommy Lee Sparta is quoted as telling a reporter for Jamiacan tabloid, the Star.

The Dancehall entertainer cried in the Home Circuit Court in downtown Kingston on Thursday, minutes after Justice Carolyn Tie upheld a no-case submission made on Wednesday by his attorney Ernest Smith.

The deejay, whose given name is Leroy Russell, and three others were initially charged in February 2014 on suspicion of breaches of the Law Reform (Fraudulent Transaction) (Special Provisions) Act, 2013. However, no evidence was offered for two of the accused, who were later released.

Tommy Lee and co-accused O'Brian Smith were then left to prove their innocence.

Today, they are free men.





buju-banton-on-instagram-its-truly-been-a-long-walk-to-freedom.jpgThe organisers of the Buju and Friends concert say the tickets will be affordably priced so that a wide cross-section of fans will be able to enjoy the deejay's first homecoming performance.

On March 16, 2019, Gargamel Music and Boom Energy Drink, in collaboration with Solid Agency and Rockers Island Entertainment, will stage the first leg of the deejay's Long Walk To Freedom tour at the National Stadium in St Andrew.

According to the organisers, when the tickets go on sale on January 16, 2019 on the deejay's official website, www.bujubanton.com, various price ranges will be assigned to the different sections of the stadium.

"What we will have is, for example, a bleachers presold early-bird special that can be bought for $4,000. There will be other tickets for the grandstand, general field, VIP and Ultra VIP sections for sale as well," said Sharon Burke of Solid Agency, one of the organisers of the event.

She added that the event's organisers have sought to provide the various sections and prices so that fans will be able to see Buju perform.

Since returning to the island earlier this month, the deejay has received tremendous support from the public, with hundreds of fans turning up at the airport and his studio to welcome him home.

Within 24 hours of his homecoming, Buju had 10 albums in the top 30 United States Reggae iTunes charts. He also held the number one spot on the Reggae Album iTunes chart in United States, United Kingdom, and various European countries.

The deejay's social media pages also reflect the support with his Instagram page quickly jumping to more than 500,000 followers.

Buju Banton on Instagram: "It's truly been a long walk to freedom...but I give thanks for the outpouring of love and support over the past 9 years ... I look forward..."





police-constable.jpgThe Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has commenced an investigation into a disturbing video that is being circulated on social media depicting child pornography.

Members of the public are being advised to desist from sharing this video as this action constitutes an offence under the Child Pornography (Prevention) Act and the Cyber Crimes Act.

The police cautioned that there is a strong possibility that sharing the video may result in further trauma to the child.

Members of the public are strongly urged to delete the video and any other related images.





crime-scene-gun.jpgThe St Ann's Bay police are investigating the death of a man who was found with a gunshot wound in Mammee Bay, St Ann on Wednesday, December 19.

The deceased has been identified as 34-year-old Kevin Mechado of Mango Walk, St James and Pine Wood Court, Florida, USA.

Reports from the St Ann's Bay police are that about 1:00 a.m., Mechado allegedly drove to a service station suffering from a gunshot wound to his right leg, and subsequently fell out of the vehicle clutching a firearm.

He was assisted to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

A post-mortem examination is to be conducted to determine the cause of his death.

Investigations continue into the incident.





MISSING: St Andrew businessman

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Fifty-one-year-old Howard Hare, a businessman of Meade Close in Kingston 19, has been reported missing

He is of brown complexion, medium build and is about 5 feet 8 inches tall.

The Constant Spring Police say he has not been seen or heard from since Friday, December 14.

According to the police, he was last seen in Half Way Tree in St Andrew.

His mode of dress at the time he went missing is unknown.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Howard Hare is being asked to contact the Constant Spring Police at 876-924-1421-2, police 119 emergency number or the nearest police station.





svetlana-laurel.pngA woman from Washington state has been accused of shooting and killing her 14-year-old daughter as the teenager desperately tried to call 911 during a domestic disturbance. Svetlana Laurel, 52, of Kent, Washington has been arrested and charged in the death of 14-uear-old Natalie Gulizia.

Natalie called 911 on Tuesday night to report a domestic dispute between her mother and father as the pair fought downstairs. But as she was on the phone to the emergency services, her life was cut short by allegedly by her mother who shot her in the head in a moment of madness.

natalie-gulizia.pngThe divorced mom-of-two Svetlana who works at Boeing, was apparently let into the home of her ex-husband's on Tuesday night by the couple's 12-year-old son. When her ex-husband and daughter Natalie returned home, he allegedly found 'Svetlana was holding a Taser, and used it' on him. She is then alleged to have zip-tied her ex and their son.

'Svetlana drew a pistol' and told her ex-husband' she was going to shoot him because he had ruined her life', court documents seen by KIRO allege.

The mother had recently recently lost custody of her children to the father, according to officials and the situation had placed her into a seemingly desperate situation. The couple's daughter went into her upstairs bedroom and called police to get help.

'When the mother found out she was calling 911, she shot her,' Cmdr. David Leibman of the Renton Police Department said.

The 911 operator could hear a woman saying, 'You called 911!' and then heard a woman threatening to 'blow your head off'. There followed the sound of zip-ties being secured, a loud bang, followed by screaming, according to the police report.

The 12-year-old boy, who was tied up, 'hopped' to his sister's room 'and saw that his sisters head was covered in blood,' according to court papers.

The children's father told police 'he heard the sound of a single gunshot' upstairs and Laurel went back up to the first floor of the house and tried to shoot him.

'The gun failed to fire, with Svetlana struggling to clear the malfunction in the pistol,' court papers detail.

The father then 'rammed Svetlana into the wall with his shoulder, and was able to grab the pistol.'

Laurel was originally booked on suspicion of second-degree murder but it is likely the charge will be escalated to first-degree murder.





Butch Stewart promises to sell DJ Khaled a villa

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Rygin King to headline Christmas Extravaganza

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Dancehall sensation Rygin King will headline 18th GT Taylor Christmas Extravaganza, injecting fresh energy into the annual event.

GT Taylor, founder and promoter of the event, revealed that as the demographics of patrons of entertainment events trends towards youth, he is re-jigging his event to create a party atmosphere for the annual show. He said that there will be fewer artistes onstage and more time allocated for patrons to listen to a string of reggae, dancehall, R&B and rap hits.

"The 18th staging of Jamaica's Ultimate Christmas Show GT Taylor's Christmas Extravaganza 2018 will feature Jamaica's top sounds and selectors, Chromatic Live, Bass Odyssey, Digital Chris, are going to make sure the event is lit. We are going to have a great party mix this Christmas, in addition to performances from established reggae acts," he said.

GT Taylor finessed the stage show formula to eliminate the long band changes, poor production values and overblown line ups that have plagued live shows over the years. This year, there will be more sound system play before the main dancehall acts touch the stage.

"We have been focussing on performance over the past few years -- quality not quantity, we are going to have a two hour slot in the morning before the main acts like Rygin King perform to close the show," said Taylor.

"We have cut the number of artistes down so that the patrons will get a longer performance from their favourite artistes. There will be no more than 25 acts on a show, these days are done."

Like most live shows in Jamaica, 'Extravaganza' has been known to roll into early morning with weary patrons leaving the venue before seeing the headline acts.

Taylor first staged Extravaganza in 2000 at Hendrix Wharf in Black River, St Elizabeth's chief town. What started as a dance transformed into a 'stage show' with reggae/dancehall's biggest names.

"Arrangements are in place to accommodate as many vehicles as possible inside the venue so that patrons can sit in their vehicles and watch the show. The hotels love this concept as we have created an area, with special security arrangements, where tourists can sit in a bus and enjoy the show," he said.





dj-khaled-on-instagram-bujuofficial-x-djkhaled-budafuco96-father.jpgIn one of his many, many posts on social media in the last few days, DJ Khaled posted a picture withhimself standing next to world's fastest man, Usain Bolt with the caption: "JAMAICA FATHER OF ASAHD IS HERE?" One social medis user Empress Maurica took exception and has a word of caution, even as Khaled fever is infecting some.

She says: ""@djkhaled who is ASAHD again for us to come and bow and recognize his father with that Baphomet on your chest? Are you telling us something here Khaled? Do you want us to come bow to the father of ASAHD? Why u calling Jamaica to look at this picture with you and one of our great man but ur letting it known with your horns in ur chest that FATHER OF ASAHD is here. 🤔🤔🤔 sounds sketchy to me. My Jamaican family may be sleeping but I'm not so I am going to speak for my people. We worship the Angels of our creator of this Earth hence why we are rooted and so spiritual and know a lie when we see it. Those who are blinded by vanity will see just the vanity, those who are rooted and grounded in Jah will know a lie. @usainbolt this caption sat well with you? Cause it doesn't with me and them horns on his chest telling us the truth but we're blind,and it doesn't sit well either. Khaled we love money but we love God more. @busysignal_turf @agentsasco

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buju-banton-at-the-studio.jpgBuju Banton's first major performance will be held on March 16 at National Stadium in Kingston and tickets will go on sale as early as January 16 -- two months before the highly anticipated performance by the artiste who was recently released from a United States prison after serving a near 10-year sentence on drug-related charges.

Buju Banton posted on his social media pages giving notice of the upcoming show.

"It's truly been a long walk to freedom...but I give thanks for the outpouring of love and support over the past 9 years ... I look forward to seeing and thanking you all on the Long Walk to Freedom tour, beginning March 2019," said Buju Banton.

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Has Vybz Kartel run out of bleaching products?

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vybz-kartel-photo-11-larger.jpgNew images of Vybz Kartel in prison that made the rounds on social media sent Gaza fans into a frenzy on Monday. A photo with his business partner, producer Linton "TJ" White and newcomer Sikka Rhymes surfaced on Instagram showing Kartel wearing his original black skin!!!!!

At first, some social media users chimed questioning the authenticity of the photos, while several trolls wrote that the "Fever" deejay had run out of his bleaching supplies.

However, Kartel later uploaded a picture of himself -- in all his blackness -- and many have since concluded that Black Kartel has returned.

"Wow wasn't expecting this. Love the blackness," one fan wrote. "The melanin has returned!!!," another added.

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bob-marley-large.jpg"Bob Marley And The Beautiful Game" is the title of a new short film which explores the reggae legend's love of football and his lasting influence at Ajax Football Club in Amsterdam.

The new short tells the story of a how Marley's song 'Three Little Birds' still echoes around the Johan Cruyff Arena due to a chance encounter between a Cardiff City FC DJ and the Amsterdam faithful and you can watch it above.

Entertaining and informative, Bob Marley And The Beautiful Game is a collaboration between Island Records and video makers Copa 90 and it explores the reggae icon's enduring love of football in depth.

Presented by London-based musician and lifelong football fan B.O.A.T (Boy Of All Talents), the film also features contributions from Grammy Award-winning musician Sean Paul, reggae musician Levi Roots, AFC Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana and author Weip Idzenga, who sets the tone when he says, "If [Bob Marley] had the chance, he would have been a football player instead of a musician - he loved it that much."

During the short film, Andre Onana reveals that AFC Ajax adopted Bob Marley's 'Three Little Birds' as their anthem after a friendly fixture with Welsh club Cardiff City descended into violence and fights broke out between the two teams' supporters. However, after the match DJ, Ali Yassine played Marley's evergreen reggae hit, everything calmed down and the fighting stopped. B.O.A.T interviews Yassine about that memorable day and then travels to Amsterdam to take in a football match where Marley's son Ky-Mani Marley leads the Ajax supporters in a rousing, mass sing-along of 'Three Little Birds'.

"He gave something to the world that was beautiful", Sean Paul says in his personal tribute to Bob Marley. "I salute him forever for that."





hands-behind-bars.jpgThe police say they have in custody a prime suspect in relation to the dramatic shooting death of a security guard at a business outlet in Portmore, St Catherine on December 6.

Last week the police said they were a step closer to apprehending the criminals who carried out the brazen daylight attack in the Sunshine city.

Detectives said they had collected video footage which captured the images of the men while they were carrying out the attack on the KingAlarm security officer.

"Based on footage that was captured, authorities will be using this evidence in their manhunt for the perpetrators," a police source said.

A four-minute video captured on CCTV showed two men entering the facility where the guard was working.

The men were seen waiting until all the customers had left the business outlet, after which they accosted the security guard.

The video showed that one of the eventual attackers had even borrowed a pen from the security guard to sign a document, seemingly in an attempt to hide his true intention.

The footage showed that as the men were about to carry out the attack, two customers were entering the facility. In response, one of the attackers pushed the customers outside the door and attempted to close the door.

The guard saw what was happening and moved towards the door.

One of the attackers, who was later seen holding on to the guard with one hand, with a gun in his (the attacker's) other hand, then pulled the guard outside the establishment and shot him.

The men then ran from the scene.

The shooting sent large numbers of onlookers scampering for safety.





handgun.jpgA Ruger 9mm pistol that police say belonged to Karen Cleary-Brown, who was murdered late November in Boscobel, St Mary, has been recovered by the police in the parish.

Delivering the Jamaica Constabulary Force's (JCF) report at the monthly meeting of the St Mary Municipal Corporation in Port Maria on Thursday, acting commander for St Mary, Deputy Superintendent Dalian Clarke, said that Sheldon Hewitt, the man charged with killing Brown, took the police to where the gun was located and told them it belonged to the woman.

This was before Brown's body was discovered in a shallow grave on her property in Boscobel, St Mary.

Clarke confirmed that Hewitt, a 32-year-old mason of Spanish Town, St Catherine, and Boscobel, St Mary, addresses, confessed to killing Brown and was subsequently charged. The post-mortem revealed that the woman was stabbed nine times.

He was scheduled to appear in court on Thursday.

Clarke said that Brown was not a United Kingdom (UK) resident, but a Jamaican, who was married to a British national. It is said that he was in the process of filing for her.





dj-khaled-on-instagram-working-on-father-of-asahd-bujuofficial-said-khaled.jpgSunday was Buju Banton's first day back in studio since his return to Jamaica a little over a week ago. Here is how DJ Khaled recalls the conversation:

@bujuofficial said, "Khaled today is my first day back in studio",

I SAID, "WHAT A SPECIAL DAY ! JAH WORKS! BLESS UP THE RASTA ! FAMLIY TING!"

Fans, friends and family are convinced that a big chune is in the making and everybody is waiting patiently.

DJ KHALED on Instagram: "Working on FATHER OF ASAHD @bujuofficial said Khaled today is my first day back in studio , I SAID WHAT A SPECIAL DAY ! JAH WORKS! BLESS UP..."





dj-khaled-on-instagram-bujuofficial-x-djkhaled-budafuco96-father.jpgDJ Khaled took a trip to Jamaica via private jet to talk to the most important man in Dancehall/Reggae music right now, Buju Banton. Khaled kept his followers updated all through Sunday about his secret mission which turned out to be a visit to Buju Banton at his studio off Red Hills Road in St Andrew. By the time Khaled dropped the first pic of him and Buju together very late last night, they went viral, racking up over 100-thousand views and thousands of positive comments in a few hours.

DJ KHALED on Instagram: "@bujuofficial x @djkhaled @budafuco96 FATHER OF ASAHD 🙏🏽holding a firm mediation wit my great friend my brother BUJU 🙏🏽 @budafuco96..."

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@bujuofficial x @djkhaled @budafuco96 FATHER OF ASAHD 🙏🏽holding a firm mediation wit my great friend my brother BUJU 🙏🏽 @budafuco96 -------------------------------------- There was good & evil. we chose good why raise the time of the most high his sons of men The rich man's wealth is in the city. yeah Destruction of the poor is his poverty. Lord Destruction of your soul is vanity. yeah, ay, yeah Do you hear. I and I, I wanna rule my destiny. yeah I and I, I wanna rule my destiny. Destiny, mama look from when you call me Destiny, mama look from when you calling I wanna rule my destiny yeah, yeah oh help I please Jah Jah mek mi rule my destiny. I've been blessed I've been touch I love Jah so much They keep fighting me I'm not giving up May the realms of Zion fill my spiritual cup Wisdom overstanding must never be too much Give I protection Day and night From even the pestilence that war get a daylight Destiny, mama look from when you calling Destiny, mama look from when you calling I wanna rule my destiny yeah, yeah oh help I please Jah Jah mek mi rule my destiny. Cast away their cords from us, Lord. You have them in the region in the valley of decision Restraining the heathen with a rod of iron You know not the destiny of a next man Why hold him set him free for too long I, I wanna rule my destiny Oh yeah, I & I really wanna rule my destiny Hear me call call call Destiny, mama look from when you call me Destiny, mama look from when you calling I wanna rule my destiny oh yeah, help I please really wanna rule my destiny. My destination is homeward bound Though forces try to hold I down Breaking chains has become the norm I know I must get through no matter what a gwaan Destiny, mama look from when you calling Destiny, mama look from when you calling I wanna rule my destiny Lord, & I tell you once more The rich man's wealth is in the city. oh Destruction of the poor is our poverty. yeah Destruction of your soul is vanity. wooooy Do you hear, Do you hear Destiny, Destiny

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FATHER OF ASAHD X @bujuofficial 🇯🇲 @djkhaled @budafuco96 -------------------------------------- Only Rasta can liberate the people Over hills and valleys too Don't let them fool you Don't believe for a minute that they are with you Jah free the people Over hills and valleys too Don't let them fool you Don't believe for a minute, they don't like you Why try to make I unhappy Really I don't know If it was up to them my friend We would never see the sun nor the snow Through that mystical communication within We keep on coming together I love to see brothers and sisters
Looking out for one another
That's the way it should be
Not contrary, stop tearing down each other Hard drugs won't do You're just behaving like they want you to Arrogance is much different from ignorance And I know you feel the same way too Many live this life without having a clue No reason why they are so sad and blue Places to go so much things to do Not a moment to reflect on the cycle of life It hard, it hard, it hard (yeah) Mek them know we waan go home a we yard It hard, it hard, it hard (let them know) Let them know we waan go home a we yard It hard, it hard, it hard (let them know) Let them know we waan go home a we yard It hard, it hard, it hard (oh god) We waan go home

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grace-hamilton-on-instagram-this-is-my-whole-mood-repost-chrissydhk.jpgVybz Kartel, Foota Hype and a slew of Spice's followers are disappointed in her after she re-posted a video of well-known gay dancer Chrissy, gyrating to one her songs. Spice is accused of selling out the culture for "likes". Kartel, who is always defending Spice and has acknowledged her as the official Queen of the Dancehall, simply wrote "Smh" (Shake my head) in the comment section.

Then, in order to drive home his point even further, Kartel's biography on IG was then updated to state clearly: "Nah sell out mi culture fi views or hype." "...everyman grab a gyal," Kartel added, referring his smash hit 2009 collaboration "Romping Shop" with Spice.

Not surprisingly, controversial Dancehall selector Foota Hype, aka Spoonhead, also chastised Spice: "Seriously Spice a disrespect thing this eno member how wi culture set up [it] have some limits," he wrote.

Her followers were also very clear about their intense dislike of the homosexual man's shenanigans and the fact that Spice thought it appropriate to re-post it. Several persons said they wished they could unsee the video because it was so disgusting, while others took time to educate Spice on the culture as it relates to gayness.

Grace Hamilton on Instagram: "THIS IS MY WHOLE MOOD #Repost @chrissydhk • • • • • Cool It 🎅🏻 With Piece Of Ice For Di Winter @spiceofficial X @dancingrebel_official X..."





nikki-chrome-body-chromazz-on-instagram-hey-yuh-affi-tek-bad-thing.jpgDancehall 'It Girl' Nikki Chromaz is asking her followers to pray for her after reportedly receiving death threats following the crash of Birthday Club ponzi scheme, Loom.

The "Chrome White" owner took to Instagram over the weekend claiming that she has been receiving death threats after owing JMD $6.7 million following the crash of loom.

On Sunday, she uploaded a screenshot to her Instagram story sharing one of the threats, asking her over 400,000 followers to keep her in their prayers. But shortly after, she took to social media to share a video clip of a humorous Loom scenario, with the caption "Yuh affi tek bad things mek joke".

Nikki Chrome Body Chromazz😍😋 on Instagram: "Hey yuh affi tek bad things mek joke enu😂🤣🤣😂🤣😂 this kill me🤣😭 a really so me did behave enu 😭😭"

Meanwhile, Nikki is promoting her cake sale and other business enterprises. Hopefully the prayers work and the people who are owed will get their refund because the comments on social media are savage. It's Christmas and people want their money, even if they get back the sum they invested without the interest, they will be fine.

Nikki Chrome Body Chromazz😍😋 on Instagram: "Unu ready??🙌🙌🙌 15% off all chromewhite once u purchase a ticket🙌🙌🙌 cant miss this"





senior-superintendent-of-police-anthony-castelle.jpgSenior Superintendent of Police Anthony Castelle was spared jail time and was instead fined $1 million by the St James Parish Court in relation to his recent conviction on charges arising from the shooting of a pregnant woman on January 22, 2016.

Castelle, who was found guilty of unlawful wounding and misconduct in a public office on November 23, was calm as presiding judge Natalie Hart-Hines ordered him to pay the fine or spend 30 days in prison on the unlawful wounding charge.

He was admonished and discharged for misconduct in a public office.

In outlining the sentence, Hart-Hines said that based on her reading of Castelle's social enquiry report, she did not believe that he should receive a custodial sentence.

Castelle was arrested and charged by the Independent Commission of Investigations on May 18, 2016, following the shooting.

The facts are that on the day in question, a police team chased and opened fire on a motor car after the driver, a taxi operator, disobeyed an order to stop and sped off.

Janice Hines, who was a passenger in the taxi and was pregnant at the time, was shot and injured and was rushed to the Cornwall Regional Hospital.

Castelle was jointly charged with District Constable Rohan McIntosh, who was later discharged following a no-case submission on November 9.





The Jamaica Council of Churches has placed the Petrojam issue back on the front burner by suggesting that those found guilty of gross misconduct be criminally charged.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has ordered a forensic audit of Petrojam after an Auditor General report revealed that millions of dollars have been misspent at the entity.

Reverend Gary Harriott, General Secretary of the Jamaica Council of Churches, says the group is expecting further action following the forensic audit.

"Whether it means that person is going to be brought before the court to answer for the breach, but yes, we expect that as a result of those findings that persons will be held accountable," he said.

Reverend Harriott said the issues highlighted at Petrojam raise the need for more transparency in the management of public funds.

"Those who are entrusted with the public's resources need to bear in mind that this is taxpayers' funds and if we don't manage our resources well and our responsibilities, then it sets us back in terms of our advancement and development as a society," he asserted.





Bermuda gov't fighting same sex marriage

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us-supreme-court-upholds-same-sex-marriage-nationwide.jpgThe Bermuda government has launched a last-ditch legal attempt to restore a ban on same-sex marriage in the country, even though it has already lost three times in court on the issue.

Notice has been given to the Court of Appeal to ask permission to take the case to the London-based Privy Council.

The Progressive Labour Party (PLP) government said that the matter is important to the population and involves complex legal points that should be heard by the highest court of appeal for Bermuda.

Deputy Premier and Minister of Home Affairs Walter Roban said, "Constitutional issues are important issues, and this government wants to get it right."

The decision to try to take the case to the Privy Council came after a ruling by the Court of Appeal made same-sex marriage legal again last month.

The application was made just before a 21-day deadline was reached.

The Court of Appeal last month dismissed the government's claim that former Chief Justice Ian Kawaley was wrong to strike down parts of the Domestic Partnership Act (DPA), which was passed to replace same-sex marriage with a civil-partnership arrangement.

A packed courtroom erupted in cheers as Sir Scott Baker, president of the Court of Appeal, announced the decision.

The Court of Appeal also has the role of deciding if permission is given for a plaintiff to go to the Privy Council.

The Privy Council then considers if an appeal has merit and if it will hear the case or not.





donald-trump-photo-5.jpgGoogle Chief Executive Sundar Pichai has explained why searching the word "idiot" on the global search engine shows images of US President Donald Trump. Pichai appeared before a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday to explain the scenario by California Representative Zoe Lofgren.

"Right now, if you Google the word 'idiot' under images, a picture of Donald Trump comes up. I just did that," she notes. "How would that happen?"

In response, the Google CEO said the company doesn't "manually intervene" in search results and that search results are based on crawling the content of web pages.

"We provide search today for any time you type in a keyword. We, as Google, have gone out and crawled and stored copies of billions of their pages in our index, and we take the keyword and match it against the pages and rank them based on over 200 signals," Pichai said.

"Things like relevance, freshness, popularity, how other people are using it. And based on that, you know, at any given time, we try to find the best results for that query," he adds.

The house team convened the hearing to discuss whether Google's search results are politically biased.





2019 the Year of Festivals in the Caribbean

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The Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) has declared 2019 the Year of Festivals in the Caribbean.

According to the CTO, the region will celebrate the unique rhythm and tempo of each CTO destination throughout 2019.

"The Year of Festivals will focus on the fascinating events that have become an integral part of the Caribbean tourism calendar. Festivals help to energize communities across the region, while giving visitors more reasons to enjoy our destinations," said Hugh Riley, Secretary General of CTO.

"The Year of Festivals will highlight music, art, sailing, lights, food, rum, religious, literary and dance festivals celebrated throughout the region. It's a theme which can easily be embraced by all CTO member destinations," Riley noted.

"In addition to providing an opportune time for vacationers to visit, these celebrations also emphasise the unique characteristics that define the many diverse backgrounds and traditions which comprise the Caribbean's cultural tapestry," added Riley.

The 2019 Caribbean Year of Festivals will be promoted through social media and traditional media channels and will create opportunities for travellers and vacation planners to share their experiences.

"While each destination is unique and inviting in its own right, the common denominator for all Caribbean societies is a yearning to celebrate life, and each Caribbean country provides a beat that can't be replicated elsewhere," said Riley.

"The Year of Festivals will highlight music, art, sailing, lights, food, rum, religious, literary and dance festivals celebrated throughout the region. It's a theme which can easily be embraced by all CTO member destinations," Riley noted.

Throughout 2019, the CTO said it will also assist member countries with an assortment of promotional concepts and opportunities which can be implemented around the theme of festivals to appeal to consumers, travel professionals and creators of unique vacation experiences.





Popcaan, Mortimer make Apple Music 'Editor's Picks'

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shelly-brown-curran-on-instagram-when-you-speak-about-talent-let-me.jpgApple Music's charts are primarily based on streaming and purchasing data, however, alongside the official numbers, they also release their 'Editor's Picks', showcasing the 100 best and biggest tracks of the year, spanning all genres.

This year, Dun Rich by 'unruly boss' Popcaan featuring Nigerian music star Davido, and Careful by up-and-coming reggae singer-songwriter Mortimer feature on the list.

Other tracks listed on Apple's Editor's Picks list are God's Plan by Drake, Sicko Mode by Travis Scott, Stir Fry by Migos and This Is America by Childish Gambino.

Mortmer feels humbled by the selection, and he is ready to knock out some more tracks in the new year.

He said: "A lot happened this year, a lot of ups and downs and round and round. But I'm ready for work again in 2019, ready to put out some good music to uplift people's spirit and mindset. We have 'skin-out', 'buss out head back'. Now we need some vibes inna di place; upful, positive music."

Meanwhile, artiste manager, Shelly-Ann Curan has been giving Mortimer loads of props on social media

Shelly Brown - Curran on Instagram: "When you speak about talent let me tell you this @mortimermusic a it!!! Gonna live to see you be one of the biggest reggae musicians..."

Previous releases by Mortimer include Warning (2015), Ganja Train (2016), and This Feeling (2017).





JACAP puts on the pressure with lawsuits

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At least 22 companies have been sued by the Jamaica Association of Composers, Authors and Publishers (JACAP) since the start of the year for copyright infringement, and after securing a recent win in its legal battle against Mars Cable Vision Limited, the association has sounded a warning that it will explore all options to protect its members.

JACAP general manager Lydia Rose made an appeal for more compliance with copyright laws during a press conference at the association's 21 Connolley Avenue head office in Kingston this week and noted that media houses and cable providers topped its list of infringers.

JACAP, by 28 agreements, is mandated to collect royalties from anybody who uses the creativity of individuals, authors, composers, and publishers. Based on this agreement, a claim was filed and served on Mars Cable Vision Limited in October 2016.

After a protracted legal battle, the Supreme Court, on November 28, 2018, entered judgement in default against Mars Cable Vision Limited in the matter. The court further ordered specific disclosure of the audited financials of Mars Cable Vision Limited and costs of the application for judgement to be awarded to JACAP to be taxed if not agreed.

JACAP's attorney, Christopher Henry, said that an assessment for damages would need to be done before they know the amount to be awarded.

"The cable companies, for far too long, have been non-compliant, and they are now realising that JACAP has the authority, and is willing to show this said authority, and is willing to go the entire mile to ensure that the rights of our composers, authors, and publishers are protected and they are rewarded for their hard work, their creative works," he said.





crime-scene-tape.jpgMedia reports are that a member of the Jamaica Defence Force is now in police custody after allegedly stabbing his wife to death.

The deceased has been identified as Nordraka Williams-Burnett, an attorney-at-law at the law firm Townsend, Whyte and Porter.

One of the lead attorneys at the firm Christopher Townsend is reported as saying that he was informed that the husband allegedly attacked his wife sometime this morning at their Kirkland Heights home in St Andrew.

Townsend further said that he was informed that loud screams were heard coming from the couple's apartment, causing an alarm.

It is reported that a concerned resident went to enquire and discovered Williams-Burnett bleeding from stab wounds inside the apartment.

The soldier has reportedly said that "the voices in my head made me do it."

On her Facebook profile, Nordraka Williams-Burnett describes herself as "daughter of the only living God. Wife of one man. Mother of two girls. God's handiwork.".

The soldier, whose name has not been released, last year described her in a Facebook post as his "beautiful, talented, motherly, lawyerly wife."

Reports from the Red Hills police are that about 5 a.m., residents heard strange sounds and summoned the police.

On arrival of the lawmen, checks were made at the premises, and the body of Williams-Burnett was found in a room with multiple wounds. Her husband was also seen sitting inside the room. He was subsequently taken into custody.

It is further reported that the couple's two young daughters were also inside the apartment at the time of the alleged incident.

According to Townsend, the children were not harmed and are now with relatives.





Picture of Buju at studio keeps them talkin'

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buju-banton-at-the-studio.jpgThis picture of Buju Banton at the studio since his return to Jamaica on Friday has many wondering whether the Gargamel is prepping new music.

Whatever it is...it is a good look and feel.

Welcome Home again Mr Myrie.





hiv.jpgKnowingly infecting someone with HIV could soon become a crime in Jamaica.

It's one of the recommendations from the committee which reviewed Jamaica's sexual offence laws.

The Committee acknowledged that there was a deficiency in the law in relation to the deliberate spreading of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.

It noted that such an offence exists in other jurisdictions, such as Canada and the United Kingdom.

It said the Offences Against the Person Act should be amended to make it a criminal offence for someone to willfully or recklessly infect a partner with a sexually transmissible disease which can inflict serious bodily harm.





charged.jpgThe St Mary police have charged a man in relation to the recent stabbing death of a Jamaican-British woman in Boscobel in the parish.

The accused, 32-year-old Sheldon Hewitt, alias Troy, of Boscobel, was slapped with murder charges last Friday.

He is to appear before the St Mary Parish Court on Thursday, December 13.

The body of 44-year-old Karen Cleary-Brown, a beautician of Paradise Edge in Boscobel and a Pentonville Road address in London, England, was found in a shallow grave on Monday, December 3.

The body had been wrapped in a tarpaulin and was placed in a hole, which had been covered with a layer of concrete and dirt.

A post-mortem conducted on the British woman's body on Monday revealed that she had been stabbed several times, before her body was buried on her Boscobel property.

Cleary-Brown, who was born in Jamaica, but had lived in England for 20 years, was building her dream home in Boscobel. She had returned to the island recently.

It had been reported that Cleary-Brown was last seen alive at about 9:00 pm Sunday, November 25. However, according to the police, she was reported missing on November 27, 2018, by the suspect, who was both a mason and the caretaker at her premises.

The police said on December 2, inconsistencies were detected in the missing person report, causing detectives to widen and intensify their probe.

This led investigators to carry out investigations at the woman's house, where her decomposing body was found in a shallow grave about 5:30 pm on Monday, December 3.

Her death triggered an outcry from the president of the Jamaica Association for the Resettlement of Returning Residents, Percival LaTouche, who urged Jamaicans overseas not to return home due to a string of crimes committed against members of the returning resident community.

However, Minister of National Security, Dr Horace Chang, while condemning the recent murders of returning residents, said most of the cases are a result of domestic disputes.





No changes to Jamaica's sexual offences law

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The parliamentary committee which reviewed Jamaica's sexual offence laws has decided against making any recommendations to change the laws relating to forced anal sex and incest for fear of inadvertently overturning legislation outlawing buggery.

The Joint Select Committee, chaired by Justice Minister Delroy Chuck, reviewed the Sexual Offences Act, Offences Against The Person Act, the Domestic Violence Act and the Child Care and Protection Act.

One of the issues the Committee grappled with was the fact that forced intercourse with a woman could attract penalties as harsh as a life sentence, while forced anal penetration was not treated with the same level of gravity under Jamaican laws.

Recommendations were made that the penalties should be the same as forced penetration of the anus was just as traumatic as forced vaginal penetration. However the committee decided against expanding the definition of rape to reflect this.

The committee also contemplated whether forced anal penetration should be treated as an element of grievous sexual assault, which would be punishable by life imprisonment. In the end the committee decided not to make a recommendation on the issue because it was advised that any attempt to differentiate between forced anal sex and consensual anal sex could be seen as an amendment to the country's laws relating to buggery.

The committee says making the changes could result in the buggery laws losing the protection of the Savings Law Clause, which maintains pre-independence laws - this would mean the buggery laws would be open to challenge in court. The Committee also made no changes in relation to incest involving males for the same reason.

It was recommended that the laws relating to incest should be gender neutral since the crime could be perpetrated by a male or female. The committee said such matters should be decided on by the parliament. It also noted that recommending amendments to the law in relation to buggery in particular would be incompatible with the current policy position of the government to put the matter to a referendum.





JLP trolled after saying Paulwell must resign

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phillip-paulwell-technology-minister.jpgThe Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) is calling for the resignation of Opposition Spokesman on Energy Phillip Paulwell in light of his involvement in the auditor general's report of corruption at the state-owned oil refinery Petrojam.

The JLP also says that Paulwell should recuse himself from deliberations of Parliamentary oversight bodies which are likely to shortly review the auditor general's report which extends to the tenure during which he was the "Primus Inter Pares of the Energy Sector".

According to JLP General Secretary, Dr Horace Chang, it's noteworthy, that concerning issues raised in the energy sector under the current JLP administration, there has been accountability via resignations at the ministerial, board and management levels.

"However, in contrast there has been no such accountability in respect of the Opposition People's National Party's Spokesperson on Energy, who served as Minister for three of the five-year-span reviewed in the Auditor General's probe," Chang said.

"It is in this vein the Jamaica Labour Party is calling for Phillip Paulwell to resign as Opposition Spokesman on Energy, or to be fired by Opposition Leader Peter Phillips," he insisted.

While this might sound like a good argument, many persons have pointed out the flaws, noting that Wheatley had resigned under heavy public pressure and have accused Chang of "passing the buck".

"Horace Chang stop passing the buck because your party got caught up in this scandal. It wasn't Paulwell who accepted the cake, the party and gave his friends millions of dollars in contracts. Chang you has no credibility there you shouldn't be the one to speak on this matter because the contractor general just ding you on the 600 mil bushing project."

Another person commented: "The oil has labourites running scared. Paulwell's resignation can't stop the forensic audit."

"Dr Horace Chang, shut your mouth! For weeks the people of Jamaica called on the Prime Minister to relieve Wheatley of his ministerial position, but you and others in your party circled the wagon to protect Andrew's Andrew. It was only after much public pressure that Wheatley eventually reluctantly left the Cabinet. Now listen to what your Prime Minister is also hinting at, that he believes in second chances. This is read by many as a hint that he may soon be ready to readmit Wheatley to the Cabinet. Not one of you in that Party has any moral ground to call on anyone to resign. You were also all there when Golding was finding ways to protect Dudus. Did any of you resign for your role in that dastardly act of protecting the Tivoli strongman and besmirching Jamaica's good name?"

"This is yet another attempt by the Holness Administration to try to hide from the scrutiny that their collective actions in the PetroJam saga have engendered. Samuda and his cronies should know that dem can run, but dem caan hide, as the evil done in the dark will come out into the light. When the corrupt seek to hide, they must be smoked out!"





homo-sexuals.jpgAs the ears of Jamaica are tuned to a murder and suicide that took place on Sunday at the Islington Police Station in St Mary, social media went into overdrive with rumours that this was homosexual revenge attack. Reports are that the 62-year-old victim, Dawnette Maxwell, was caught in a deadly triangle created by her grandson and the gay cop who was 'looking' him.

Now, Miss Maxwell's daughter, Cicilly Bradbury, has spoken to daily newspaper, The Gleaner. She says that her mother was killed by the policeman because her son refused his homosexual advances.

admitted that her son had gotten gifts from him but had repeatedly turned down his advances.

"On the Internet, he put up something saying him and my son was in a relationship. My son say the guy like him, the guy gave him a laptop and the guy gave him a phone. My son say him nuh really in da lifestyle deh, which the guy wah get him that way. My son have him girlfriend."

Bradbury said the rumours and criticisms have made the pain of losing her mother even greater.

"Words can't explain how I feel," she said. "I wasn't looking for this at this moment because we know say she nuh inna no war with nobody. Probably if she did sick and pass away, probably we could understand, but fi know say somebody tek har life over something she not even have a clue about. She not even know the guy, she nuh know what it was about."

The grieving daughter said her mother had brought lunch for a young man in the lock-up, which she had done several times before, as he was the son a friend of hers who is abroad. Maxwell was even supposed to leave the island in a few days.

"Mi a try support mi son mek him know say, regardless of what the whole heap of critics dem a go say, we can't tek a next loss. If we shun him and tun we back pon him, we neva can tell wha might happen," Bradbury said.

The death of 62-year-old Dawnette Maxwell has rocked the closely knit community of Galina in St Mary, where she was loved and respected.

For over a decade, she held a Christmas treat for the kids of the district and also provided cooked meals for the shut-ins in the community.

Reports are that Miss Maxwell went to visit an individual who was in custody at the Islington Police Station, on behalf of a friend. She was transported to the station by a relative.

It is alleged that when she arrived at the station, Maxwell told officers there what her business was. Constable Ormsby reportedly later saw her, and enquired if she was the grandmother of a young man whom Ormsby knew. Maxwell reportedly answered in the affirmative to the question from Ormsby, who was on cell duty at the police station at the time of her visit. The elderly woman reportedly further told the Ormsby that she was to sell items at an event the same day, and consequently, urgently wanted to finish her visit to the station.

Constable Ormsby reportedly told her that after the visit, he wanted to have a conversation with her outside. It is being further alleged that shortly after Maxwell completed the visit, she spoke with Ormsby.

While police reports said the two were engaged in a