December 2018 Archives

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🤴🏾🐊❤️"

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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

Emily Thornberry

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..."





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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zoblast-weekly-newsletter.jpgzoblast-world-wide-ghetto-youths-international.jpgjulian-marley-war-zone-official-video-premiere.jpgJULIAN MARLEY

WAR ZONE

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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🤴🏾🐊❤️"

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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

Emily Thornberry

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..."





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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zoblast-weekly-newsletter.jpgzoblast-world-wide-ghetto-youths-international.jpgjulian-marley-war-zone-official-video-premiere.jpgJULIAN MARLEY

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.

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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

Emily Thornberry

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..."





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