March 2019 Archives

bujus-son-markus-asks-for-prayers-poses-with-his-father.jpgThings took a turn for the better in the Markus Myrie Buju Banton drama on Monday evening, when Markus uploaded a picture of himself and his father to his Insta Story and wrote an apology/explanation, in it telling the world that he loves his father and acknowledging his errors.

Markus, who had filed a report to the police last week, indicating that his father had assaulted him, has humbled himself and admitted that his actions were wrong. But he also noted that "when you love somebody, you tell them the truth regardless of the repercussion, for example, this ridiculous altercation."

"Your absence had nothing to do with prison and you know that," he declared in one of his posts.

"Many of you think you know the situation, but remember that he is my father, he is not yours. I ask you all to please keep the family in your prayers, as I will. I love you @bujuofficial."

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Oh what a party when Kartel is released

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vybz-kartel-photo-32.jpgIt's been four days since Vybz Kartel made a post on social media. Hopefully, the self-proclaimed Worl Boss is just chilling out and is not sick.

Therefore, that means that he has not said anything about the Buju Long Walk To Freedom concert. It would be interesting to hear what he has to say.

But despite the success of that event, many are waiting on another concert. The freedom party which will be held when Addi is finally released from prison.

Actually, some feel that Gaza Nation alone can fill the stadium and it will not be so difficult for press people to get their accreditation and all else that they need to cover the event.

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Shenseea not here for the snide Rolex comments

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shenyeng-on-instagram-si-weh-hard-work-do-me-blessed-and-too-grateful-fi-roll-vex-now-me-a-get-rolex-and-big-cheques-thanks-rvssian.jpgRecently, Shenseea showed off the Rolex she received from Rvssian and immediately the trolls crawled out of hiding and began to suggest that she gave him favours in exchange for the watch. Well, some have even gone further and are sugggesting that Rvssian and Shenseea are now an item and that this has caused a rift in her relationship with Romiech.

SHENYENG on Instagram: "Si weh hard work do!? ❄️❄️❄️ me BLESSED and too GRATEFUL fi roll vex, now me a get rolex and big cheques 🤑 thanks @rvssian 😄"





Notnice in car accident

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road-accident.jpgProducer Ainsley 'Notnice' Morris was shaken up but largely unhurt in a motor vehicle accident that occurred along Perkins Boulevard in St Andrew on Thursday afternoon. However, he has so far not mentioned this on social media, as he does everything else.The Corporate Communications Unit (CCU), the Jamaica Constabulary Force's (JCF) information arm, confirmed the collision, and said a "police service vehicle, a bike man and a BMW were involved" in the crash.

A source reported that, "He (Notnice) went to the doctor and then went home. He is okay, but the BMW wheel tear off, as the bike man ran into it."

Eyewitnesses said the police service vehicle was also damaged in the collision.





Jamaica looking to host new football tournament

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Minister of Sport Olivia Grange has revealed that plans are afoot for Jamaica to play host to a new international friendly football tournament.

Grange, who made the revelation during the official opening of the new Astro turf and facility at the UWI-JFF Captain Horace Burrell Centre of Excellence on Wednesday, pointed out that her ministry is currently taking steps to finalise the execution of the Caribbean-African Cup.

According to the minister, whose portfolio also includes cultural responsibilities, the initiative is a part of the Jamaican Government's plan to strengthen ties with the African community, and if all goes efficiently, then the tournament could be launched in the coming months.

She said the concept of the Caribbean-African Cup came about through discussions with the African Union's Ambassador to the United States Arikana Chihombori-Quao, as well as the minister of finance for Accompong.





Scott wins triple jump at int'l meet

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Jamaican Jordan Scott of the University of Virginia continued his outstanding season after winning the men's triple jump at the NCAA Division One indoors national championships, setting a facility record 16.89m at the Birmingham CrossPlex recently.

The former Campion College athlete was the only one of the 13 Jamaicans in the meet to win an individual event as Texas Tech's Odaine Lewis finished second with 16.65m to make it a Jamaican first and second in the hop, step and jump.

Scott, who is in his third year at Virginia, is on a roll after setting school records in both the long and triple jumps earlier this season after breaking the outdoors triple jump record last year.

He set another school first on Saturday, recording the first NCAA indoor field championship for the Virginia men's track and field team in school history and was the "first Cavalier to win an NCAA indoor title since Henry Wynne's mile victory in 2016 and is the first ACC male competitor to win the indoor national title in the triple jump", according to the school's website.

Scott represented Jamaica at the IAAF World Under-20 championships in Poland in 2016 and made his first national senior team last year.





Still using scandal bags? You could be fined

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plastic-bags.jpgSome persons are ignoring the plastic bag ban implemented by the government three months ago, which seeks to eliminate the use of single use plastic bags. This is supposedly an environmentally friendly move, but, the truth is that most persons were just not prepared for it.

As the ban takes effect, some retainers are crying for loss of sale, as persons who come to purchase food items either buy less or not at all.

The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) is warning that the time for allowances has expired and is not taking any excuses, they are out to prosecute those offenders.

Chief executive officer of NEPA Peter Knight emphasises that people and entities which continue to use the banned bags are in breach of the Trade Act and the Natural Resources and Conservation Authority (NRCA) Act.

The ban prohibits the importation, manufacture and distribution of all single-use plastic carrier bags of 24 inches by 24 inches and below. This includes bags commonly called scandal bags, mainly used in the retail and wholesale sectors.

The ban also extends to plastic drinking straws and expanded polystyrene foam, commonly referred to as Styrofoam™.

Knight says NEPA will have to determine the source of the plastic bags which are still in use by some vendors and retailers. "The vendors I don't think are importers of plastic bags, so is there an illegal operation going on where bags are getting to vendors, and that we will have to investigate," he stated.





US marine found dead in Jamaica

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crime-scene-tape-gloves.jpgThe police are reporting that the body of a 63-year-old United States Marine veteran was found in an apartment in Unity Hall, St James last week.

The body of Eric Washington was found about 4:15 pm after reports of a foul smell emanating from the apartment.

Officers from the Anchovy Police Station were subsequently summoned and on their arrival the body was removed to the morgue and is now awaiting a post mortem examination.





buju-banton-on-instagram-and-thank-you-one-more-time.jpgAfter his sold-out concert at the Naional Stadium on Satuday, Buju Banton on Sunday evening posted a series of pictures to his IG account and thanked his fans for the over-the-top support.

There are no official numbers in as yet, but critics say that there were more than 35 thousand persons inside the venue to watch what was surely history in the making.

The fans also thanked him in their comments:

I love you Buju, I am so proud of you, you have returned honey with vengeance, I pray for you to be restored, very yrs that was stolen.

The show sounds great sorry I won't be able to go. But have a great tour🇹🇹

Man mi hop skip and jump just fi watch #Longwalktofreedom, but no lie mi woulda dweet again 10 times over. All now mi can't stop sing because a Gargamel riveting show set. If it did badda more than that it woulden nice. What a show man!!!! Massi fadda all next year mi a review it. When you #LiveandloveJah anything is possible.

Mighty #Longwalktofreedom indeed mi bredda. #Bujufan4life

Buju Banton on Instagram: "... AND THANK YOU ONE MORE TIME!"

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... AND THANK YOU ONE MORE TIME!

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Police awaiting medical report from Markus

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police-station.jpgThe police say that although Markus Myrie, the son of Mark "Buju Banton" Myrie, has filed a report against his father alleging that he was assaulted, they cannot moved on the case until they receive an official medical report.

Persons have been saying that the police are ignoring the report because of who Buju is and what he represents.

"The police man dem nah go lock up Buju. Buju too big fi that. All dem want a couple VIP ticket to di concert," was the sentiment expressed by many persons who are ignorant of the law

This is standard procedure and has nothing to do with the accused, the police say in their defence.

Even though the report has been filed, there are procedural things that have to be done. His son, who said he was assaulted, was sent to seek medical attention. That part has to be satisfied. He has not returned yet," Leighton Gray, superintendent in charge of the St Andrew North Police is quoted as saying.





buju-banton-photo-10.jpgThe Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) of the Jamaica COnstabulary Force, is reporting that Markus Myrie, the producer son of Buju Banton filed a police report on the March 14, alleging that he was assaulted by his father. The police report say that Markuswas called to a meeting by his father, which was also attended by two other persons. There is lots of speculation now concerning who, exactly, those persons were and what was the nature of the meeting. Names have been called, but so far, the identities of the persons have not been revealed.

The police report further states that Buju Banton allegedly grabbed his son by the throat, before punching him in the mouth. He then pushed him against a wall, where he continued squeezing his throat.

Markus had promised to report his father following the confrontation, which led to him taking out his frustrations on Instagram last week Thursday night. In the now-deleted posts, Markus called his father a coke-head, a b@$$yman and said that Buju should be sent back to prison.

Buju has not responded, just like how Tony Rebel did not respond when his daughtrer Davianah used social media to lash out at him in the most savage way.





Reggae SumFest 2019 - Artiste Reveal [Mar 15th]

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buju-banton-son-markus-run-all-who-use-to-deal-with-him-because-of-his-father-photo-1.pngTwo days before his father's highly anticipated Long Walk To Freedom concert at the national arena in Kingston, Jamaica, Markus, the son of Buju banton, has spewed venom at his parent.

Unconfirmed reports are that prior to his return to Jamaica in December, Buju Banton had given instructions that his studio off Red Hills Road should be cleaned out in preparation for him. Markus has been doing all of his musical productions at the studio, under his own label, rather than his father's Gargaamel Records label.

Markus has attracted a lot of attention for his productions, with many of the leading names in dancehall, choosing to record for him.

It is still not clear exactly what caused this falling out between Buju and his son, but there is much speculation. Some reports are that there was a discrepancy about tickets for the show on Saturday and that Buju hit his son.

That, however, was the straw that broke the camel's back. Markus then went on social media and let loose.

He posted the word "Cokehead" and also told all those who used to deal with him because of his father to cease.

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Buju's son Markus cusses him off on Instagram

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buju-banton-eldest-son-markus-cusses-him-off-on-instagram-photo-1.pngIt was drama galore on IG Thursday night, as Markus, the eldest son of Buju Banton publicly cursed off his father on social media, and even promised to press charges.

"Mi mada neva grow mi fi tek disrerspect, B@$$yman u cah talk to me any way u wah," Markus said in one of the posts.

buju-banton-eldest-son-markus-cusses-him-off-on-instagram-photo-2.pngIn another of the posts which have since been deleted from his IG account, Markus stated "So much drama since December...this man need to go back to prison."

He even tagged Donald Trump, @realdonaldtrump, asking him to come fi @bujuofficial, making ti clear exactly who Buju was talking about, his father.

buju-banton-eldest-son-markus-cusses-him-off-on-instagram-photo-3.pngIt was only two weeks ago that the offspring of another entertainer, embarrassed her father on social media. Tony Rebel's daughter, Davianah, took to social media to lambast her father and spill family secrets. Rebel has not commented.





The Official Long Walk To Freedom - Jamaica

Welcome Party is Set for Mas Camp aka Ras Camp

Friday March 15th

long-walk-to-freedom-jamaica-2019-03-15-photo-1.jpgWith the enormous momentum building on the island of Jamaica and abroad, Gargamel Music, Boom Energy Drink in Association with Solid Agency & Rockers Island Productions is inviting everyone to the Official Welcome Party.

A few weeks ago the announcement was made that the official Welcome Party would be held at Kingston popular night club Fiction. Unfortunately due to the enormous response and making sure to accommodate as many persons as possible, organizers have moved the event to Mas Camp aka Ras Camp. Located directly across from the National Stadium, Mas Camp will be renamed Ras Camp as fans from all over the world meet up in Jamaica and count down to the historical event starring Grammy Award winner Buju Banton.

Music will be provided by musical messiah's, Stone Love, Massive B, Richie Feelings, JamRock and Spex Da Boss. Patrons will get a taste of some good musical vibes while reminiscing on those classic Buju Banton hits he will be performing on Saturday, March 16th. Doors open at 10 pm, tickets are 30.00 USD for General admission and 50.00 USD for VIP.

Tickets can ONLY be purchased at the door of the event.

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Canadian man, 68, vanishes in Jamaica

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A 68-Canadian man has been reported missing in Jamaica. Irie Jam News understands that the missing person - David Aarons stepped into the balmy Jamaican night and vanished.

According to reports Aarons who hails from Whitby in Canada was staying at a hotel in Kingston.

He was last around 9:15 p.m. on Monday in front of the hotel.

Cops say that efforts to find the missing man have been futile.





The early release of an Antiguan sex offender has left the father of the frustrated with the system.

It is more than the father can deal with as he told the Antigua Observer that he doesn't know what to say to his children.

The offender, Osuide Simpson only served four months of her sentence before being released.

The distraught father said he was neither consulted nor informed and no explanation given regarding the release or pardon of a child molester.

Osuide Simpson according to reports from that country was sentenced to 18 months in prison after pleading guilty to serious indecency on a three-year-old while working as a nanny at their home in 2016. Simpson confessed to being under the influence of drugs at the time of the offense.

But the father is not buying that as he believes had it been a man who had committed the same crime the results would have been different.





crime-scene-gun.jpgThe police have released the names of victims of three separate killings in Montego Bay, St James, which followed closely on the heels of a deadly robbery in the parish on Sunday. A man identified as 45-year-old Allen Walters, also known as "Beers", was shot dead in the tough Norwood community about 8:15 am.

Then about 45 minutes later, passersby reportedly stumbled upon the body of 24-year-old Kerry-Ann Campbell along the shore line of Fisherman's Beach. Her head was reportedly bashed in.

And, 38-year-old man Suneil Foskins of Bethel Town, Westmoreland was shot dead about 10:30 am in the community of Farm Hill, Montego Bay. The three killings followed the dramatic, suspected multimillion-dollar heist by heavily armed men on Jarrett Street that started to unfold about 8:00 am.

Reports are that the gunmen intercepted a marked security company vehicle that was being used to escort a minibus. Security guard Canute Earle, 61, of Norwood, and 41-year-old driver Floyd Wilson of Rosemount Gardens were killed in that attack.





Royal Caribbean looks to Jamaican workers

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Jamaicans work ethics has cruise ship Royal Caribbean making the request for more of them to be in their workforce.

Minister of Labour and Social Security Shahine Robinson said senior executives of Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines (RCCL), the second largest cruise company in the world, advised that they are in need of more Jamaican workers. Robinson was part of a delegation, led by Prime Minister Andrew Holness, which hosted a high-level team from RCCL in Kingston last week.

Robinson revealed that the discussion with the top brass from the cruise line including the CEO who informed that the company really wants Jamaicans to start filling out many of those positions."

Robinson said it is no secret that the cruise lines have been very impressed with the kind of work ethic that Jamaicans have.





Fans tell Khago to take down video with child

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khago-on-instagram-people-or-so-full-of-shit-that-video-an-my-page-2019-03-12_193905.jpgThere is an unsavoury video going around with a little girl of no more than 6 talking about the size of her mother's private parts and the curve in her father part.

Khago posted it in social media, but persons have been calling for him to take it down, but he is not having it.

"People or so full of shit . That video an my page . Why u saying take it down. The world need to see how we a live. Ef it was some artist kid u guys would have it post all over. First I don't post it for likes. It's all over the blogs so what's the difference ef me repost it. Blame the mom an dad who a fuck in front thm kids. An cops need to lock tht bitch up who video it. An hav the heart to post it. We Jamaicans or so one sided. Look 👀 an the bigger picture. I post it so you guys even my self . An be more careful with my home life."

Khago on Instagram: "People or so full of shit . That video an my page . Why u saying take it down. The world need to see how we a live. Ef it was some artist..."





buju-banton-photo-10.jpgThe organisers of Buju Banton's Long Walk To Freedom Concert set for the National Stadium in St Andrew on Saturday are encouraging patrons to come out early and make use of the park and ride shuttle service, which will be provided for patrons.

The concert is a kick off for the deejays first concert series since he was released from a United States prison in December where he served time on drug trafficking charges. In addition to Buju Banton, the entertainment package will feature Chronixx, Etana, Coco Tea, Delly Ranx, Romain Virgo, Ghost, Agent Sasco, LUST and Buju's son Jahzeil. Tickets for the bleachers section of the stadium are still available for sale at select Digicel stores.

Production manager for the event, Marlon Burke, told journalists that plans are in place to regulate the traffic in the area. This will include the close of several roads in the area surrounding the National Stadium and the regulation of traffic flow into the area of the concert. As a result, parking at the venue will be limited to essential services including the media and production teams as well as for some patrons holding Ultra VIP and VIP tickets.

"We will not be utilising the full parking capacity of the National Stadium. We're not trying to encourage any unnecessary traffic in the area and those who do not have the requisite parking stickers will be forced to used the park and ride. It is important for persons to utilise this service as we are having the Kingston City Run following the Buju Banton concert and we are trying our best to have a successful staging of both events. The parking facilities at Heroe Circle will be manned by by the JCF (police) and private security. Security won't be an issue, the venue will be properly lit and we have the backing of the KSAC (Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation bracket, the Jamaica Defence Force, the Fire Department."

Burke added that the shuttle will commence at 4:00 pm, four hours ahead of the start of the event.





solid-agency-on-instagram-saturday-march-16th-is-the-day-that-will-go.jpgSharon Burke has been unusually vocal on social instagram lately, as she thanks all the persons involved in putting on the Long Walk To Freedom concert with headliner, Buju Banton.

"Saturday March 16th is the day that will go in our history books as the largest concert ever to be held in Jamaica at the National Stadium .Thank you @bujuofficial Buju Banton aka Mr .Mark Myrie for having us as the local Producers and Promoters of the Concert We @solidagency Are elated!!!! I would personally like to say Thank you to our Hard working and Execution team Led by My Nephew and Partner @marlongb Marlon Burke who will for ever say "Aunty Sharon , Mad woman you just told the meeting that we can Move Blue Mountains over to the other side of the island . How are we going to do that" Reply You will just have to do it Boogie".,

Technical Producer Chuckles @rsconcerts okay so we are going to have Rihanna, Drake and Maroon 5 stage by the time Chuckles is finished !!!!' Dollars we say !!! @margoladouglas who is also logistics and everything that goes right at the stadium and Marlon's right hand who is always saying we have to just get it done !!!!!Mark Burke Boss of all Bosses !!!@DebrinaSmith head of H.R who is my right hand !!Don't worry I am gonna do it right now !! ArielMcFarlane@prettyeyes who is my Boss . You see from when I am saying!!!!@Makia who is to the point with payment .very precise!!! Sponsorship Manager leann Oliverre Manager Miss cool and deadly . These people are mad ,this is not even a contract!!!!Tina Davis @tinafest Ms Fix things who is very organised and support to Marlon and myself .no man, them out of order !!!!Carleene Samuels

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Saturday March 16th is the day that will go in our history books as the largest concert ever to be held in Jamaica at the National Stadium .Thank you @bujuofficial Buju Banton aka Mr .Mark Myrie for having us as the local Producers and Promoters of the Concert We @solidagency Are elated!!!! I would personally like to say Thank you to our Hard working and Execution team Led by My Nephew and Partner @marlongb Marlon Burke who will for ever say "Aunty Sharon , Mad woman you just told the meeting that we can Move Blue Mountains over to the other side of the island . How are we going to do that" Reply You will just have to do it Boogie"., Technical Producer Chuckles @rsconcerts okay so we are going to have Rihanna, Drake and Maroon 5 stage by the time Chuckles is finished !!!!' Dollars we say !!! @margoladouglas who is also logistics and everything that goes right at the stadium and Marlon's right hand who is always saying we have to just get it done !!!!!Mark Burke Boss of all Bosses !!!@DebrinaSmith head of H.R who is my right hand !!Don't worry I am gonna do it right now !! ArielMcFarlane@prettyeyes who is my Boss . You see from when I am saying!!!!@Makia who is to the point with payment .very precise!!! Sponsorship Manager leann Oliverre Manager Miss cool and deadly . These people are mad ,this is not even a contract!!!!Tina Davis @tinafest Ms Fix things who is very organised and support to Marlon and myself .no man, them out of order !!!!Carleene Samuels @goddessrockstar no bad energy around here!!cut them loose they are replaceable !!!moving right along Next !!!! No fruits or nuts around no little nothing !!!!!. @JaquiTyson "Sharon BURKE We are going to rock that Stadium and show them who we are , you seem to be forgetting who we are !!!!. Keanu Laing everyone's assistant!!!but I am working with Leanne!!!! @drewskull_ Aunty Sharon I have all the girls you need to work !!!!@. See you on March 16th I am not the Captain of the Concert , Not Buju ,Not Marlon. The Captain is GOD and our prayers will keep us safe!!!! My next post will have LWTF Pr Team!!!!

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Munga flies again

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munga-honorable.jpgMunga Honorebel, who is riding high with the song Nah Mad Ova Nuh Gal, is again able to travel to honour his overseas commitments, as his passport was returned by the courts recently.

"Munga's passport was returned to him last week. The judge granted our application based on the number of proposed dates for the artiste. Furthermore, Munga has always honoured his obligations to the court in terms of reporting conditions, and he is not considered a flight risk," Christopher Townsend, Munga's attorney-at-law, is reported as saying.

The prosecution did not oppose the application but insisted on one condition.

"The prosecution requested that all payments for overseas shows be remitted to Jamaica and held until the artiste's return," Townsend is reported as saying.

Munga recently did a show in The Bahamas, his first overseas in two years, before returning to Jamaica to perform at all-white event at the annual Britjam shows in Montego Bay.

"He has several shows all over the Caribbean during the next couple of weeks as his hit songs are dominating the charts all over," Townsend said.

In January, the deejay was briefly hospitalised following a three-way motor vehicle crash which claimed the life of a Canadian citizen.





Squash ready for show on March 29

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instagram-post-by-squash-mar-4th-2019-at-08-35-pm-utc.jpgWhile many persons are looking forward to March 16, the 6ix Boss is focusing on his March 29th show at Sabina Park in Kingston.

The '6ix Boss' is anticipating the staging of his event that will be held on March 29 at Sabina Park in Kingston.

Speaking on behalf of the DJ, Junior 'Heavy D' Fraser said,

"It was very important for squash to control and organize the circumstances under which he engages with his fans for the first time, rather than it being an official booking for a show with multiple artists where he performs a short set".

Squash whose given name is Andre Whittaker, was taken into custody on August 18, 2018, during the state of emergency in Montego Bay.

He was released on January 30.

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The 2023 Netball World Cup will held in South Africa as that country won the rights to host it.

It is a historic one for South Africa as it will be the first time the Netball World Cup will be held on the African continent.

International Convention Centre in Cape Town will be the venue for the matches.

Molly Rhone president of International Netball Federation said two exceptional bids were received from Netball New Zealand and Netball South Africa.

Rhone stated that it was an exciting time for netball and so says Irie Jam Sports.





donald-trump-photo-5.jpgThe United States will impose sanctions on foreign institutions helping to finance embattled far-left Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro, the White House said Wednesday.

The measure, announced by President Donald Trump's national security advisor John Bolton, is the latest tightening of screws in Washington's campaign to force Maduro from power.

"The United States is putting foreign financial institutions on notice that they will face sanctions for being involved in facilitating illegitimate transactions that benefit Nicolas Maduro and his corrupt network," Bolton said in a statement.

Trump is leading international pressure to have Maduro replaced by opposition leader Juan Guaido, whom Washington recognizes as the official interim president.

The government is already trying to cripple Maduro's access to finances via sanctions on state oil company PDVSA and handing control to Guaido of Venezuelan bank accounts in the United States.

More than 50 other countries have recognized Guaido as interim president, but Maduro has powerful backing from Russia and China. He describes the US-led campaign against him as an imperialist plot to seize control of the oil-rich nation.

Years of hard left rule have transformed once thriving Venezuela





Portland by-election date changed to April 4

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The date for the highly anticipated by-election in East Portland has been pushed back to Thursday, April 4, while Nomination Day will now be Friday, March 15.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness had previously announced Monday, March 25 as the date for the polls and Friday, March 8, for Nomination Day.

The new date was announced by the Office of the Prime Minister via a press release on Monday evening.

When making the earlier announcement, the Prime Minister and, or his office, apparently did not take into account Ash Wednesday, a public holiday, which is being observed this Wednesday, March 6.

According to section 21 (1A) of the Representation of the People Act, a public holiday is an "excluded day". Under the legislation, Nomination Day must be held five clear days after the announcement, meaning this requirement would not have been met since Holness only announced the date for the by-election last Friday.

The by-election became necessary following the February 2 murder of Member of Parliament, Dr Lynvale Bloomfield of the Opposition People's National Party (PNP). The PNP has held the seat since 1989 and will be represented in the upcoming election by the controversial senator, Damion Crawford.

The governing Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) will be represented by Ann-Marie Vaz, wife of Daryl Vaz, the sitting MP for the neighbouring West Portland constituency.

Political pundits expect a battle royal as the JLP seeks to widen its slender three-seat majority in the House of Representatives while the PNP will be fighting to ensure it does not lose another by-election in less than two years. The South East St Mary seat went to the JLP's Dr Norman Dunn in October, 2017 in that by-election which followed the death of the sitting MP, Dr Winston Green.





Cops seek fake doctor

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police-cars.jpgThe police are reporting that Alicia England, a woman accused of posing as a medical doctor and fleecing individuals of hundreds of thousands of dollars, is now in custody.

England has been charged by Area One Fraud Squad detectives, as well as by personnel in the Corporate Area, for several offences including forgery, uttering forged documents, obtaining money by false pretence and breaches of the Medical Act, the police said.

She is scheduled to appear in the St James Parish Court on Friday, March 22, while a date is being finalised for her to appear in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court.

Investigators are now making a public appeal for other people who may have been a victim of the woman's scam to contact the police.

Individuals in western Jamaica may contact the Area One Fraud Squad at 876-952-0552, while other people may contact the Kingston office at 876-922-2374 or 876-948-5953.





KARTEL THANKS POLICE STAFF, DOCTORS, NURSES

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king-of-the-dancehall-on-instagram-affi-big-up-the-dsc-team-from-deputy-commish-to-her-staff.jpgAfter being in hospital earlieer this week, Vybz Kartel is showing gratitude....."Affi big up The D.S.C. Team from deputy commish 💕to her staff🤜🏾🤛🏿 also the doctors😊 and nurses. 😍trust me #GazaNation gi dem a hand 👏👏👏👏please" Kartel posted on social media yesterday.

KING OF THE DANCEHALL on Instagram: "Affi big up The D.S.C. Team from deputy commish 💕to her staff🤜🏾🤛🏿 also the doctors😊 and nurses. 😍trust me #GazaNation gi dem a hand..."





I-THREE STEAL SPOTLIGHT AT JARIA AWARDS SHOW

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album-i-three.jpgRita Marley, whose speech is affected by the effects of a stroke, told the audience, "Thank you. I love you" as the I-Three appeared on stage at JaRIA's awrds on Tuesday to accept the Icon Award. One by one, they appeared; Mowatt leading, followed by Griffiths and the wheelchair-bound Marley.

They accepted framed citations and trophies from culture and entertainment minister Olivia "Babsy" Grange amidst a flurry of camera flashes. Judy Mowatt remarked that it was the first time in many years that all three were sharing a stage and gave thanks for the moment.

"It has been a hard journey for us; we worked tirelessly. Pregnant, coming off tour and just going into hospital to have the baby. But here we are. We want to just thank JaRIA for presenting us with this award. It has been over 30-odd years but indeed today, in 2019, we are still being recognised and still being awarded. We give God thanks," she said.

"This is a trinity unbroken," Griffiths chimed in. For Griffiths, it was a special moment, one which has not happened in over 15 years.





jcdc-logo.jpgThe Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) is currently on an island-wide search for empowered young women who are intelligent, culturally-aware and poised and are seeking a platform to make their contributions to nation building. An agency of the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the JCDC is seeking entrants for the 2019 Miss Jamaica Festival Queen Competition which closes on Friday, March 22.

"A signature programme of the JCDC, the Miss Jamaica Festival Queen Competition focuses on leadership, appreciation of the role of women, culture, creative talent and community involvement has produced some outstanding queens who have continued to make a significant contribution to building 'Brand Jamaica' beyond their reign," said JCDC Director of Marketing and Public Relations, Andrew Clunis.

"This competition provides holistic development for all the young women who enter. These aspiring cultural ambassadors will receive training in speech and diction, poise, talent and business and social etiquette and will leave the competition ready to lead their peers in contributing to national development," Clunis continued.

With millions in cash and prizes to be won, young women, between 18-25 years old must first compete at the parish level, before the Grand National Coronation, which forms part of the Jamaica Independence Festival.

Clunis also noted that a major component of the competition is the social outreach aspect where the contestants are encouraged to give back to their respective communities by organizing social projects, which are always well received.

Since its inception in 1963, the Miss Jamaica Festival Queen Competition has provided opportunities for outstanding young women to leave their mark on not only Jamaica's culture but all spheres of our nation's development. Some of the past queens include Dr. Marsha Barnett, Jennifer 'Jenny-Jenny' Small, Jacinth Hall-Tracey, Dahlia Harris, Krystal Tomlinson and Kaysia Johnson.

Entry forms and other details for the 2019 Miss Jamaica Festival Queen Competition can be accessed on the JCDC website at www.jcdc.gov.jm the JCDC Head Office at 3-5 Phoenix Avenue in Kingston or at any JCDC Parish Office island-wide.





Belgian man on cocaine charge

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charged.jpgA Belgian man has been arrested and charged after he was reportedly held cocaine at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, St James.

He has been identified as 55-year-old Jan Gerebern Kempen, a farmer of Belgium.

The police said Kempen checked in to board a departing flight to Brussels, Belgium about 4:30 pm on Sunday and during security screening, the cocaine was found concealed on his person.

The illicit drug has an estimated street value of $34,000.

Kempen was charged with possession of cocaine, dealing in cocaine and attempting to export cocaine.

He is scheduled to appear in the St James Parish Court on Friday.





Businessman arrested for lawyer's murder

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arrested -photo-1.jpgThe Constant Spring police have arrested and charged a St Andrew businessman with the murder of 49-year-old Gareth Forbes, an attorney-at-law, of Stilwell Road, Kingston 8, St Andrew.

The accused man has been identified as 30-year-old Kemar Marsden of Grosvenor Terrace, Kingston 8.

He has been charged with murder, conspiracy to commit murder and illegal possession of firearm and ammunition.

Reports are that on January 17, Forbes was found at his house with his hands and feet bound, lying in a pool of blood with gunshot wounds.

Subsequent investigations unearthed evidence that implicated Marsden; he was arrested and later charged on Saturday, March 2 following an interview in the presence of his attorney.

His court date will be announced later.

Investigations continue.





Sixty-eight-year-old David Aarons of Stratton Crescent, Whitby, Ontario, Canada who was staying at a hotel in Kingston, has been reported missing since Monday, March 04.

He is of a brown complexion, slim build and is about 167 centimetres (5 feet 6 inches) tall.

Reports from the New Kingston police are that Aarons was last seen at a hotel in Kingston about 9:15 pm. He was wearing a beige-coloured shirt, blue jeans pants and a pair of brown shoes.

The police said all efforts to contact him have proven futile.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of David Aarons is being asked to contact the New Kingston police at 876-926-3508, police 119 emergency number or the nearest police station.





crime-scene-gun.jpgResidents of a St James community are mourning the loss of a young boy and a man who were murdered along the Windsor main road in the parish yesterday afternoon.

According to the police, Kuwayne Hemmings, 27, was transporting six-year-old Jordain Hodges on a motorcycle about 2:30 pm, when gunmen attacked them.

The two were shot several times and subsequently died.

The police said its St James Community Safety and Security Team is now working alongside personnel from the Victim Support Unit in Adelphi, St James to offer grief counselling to residents following the murders.

Investigators are assuring that they are following strong investigative leads and are appealing to residents who may have information to contact the St James Criminal Investigations Branch at 876-953-6191 or Crime Stop at 311.





vybz-kartel-photo-30.jpgPopular dancehall deejay Vybz Kartel was reportedly a patient at the University hospital in St Andrew receiving treatment.

He was discharged fon Tuesday afternoon, however, some reports say that he was receiving treatment there since Sunday, while other reports are that he went in on Tuesday.

The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in the front of the neck. It produces hormones that control the speed of your metabolism -- the system that helps the body use energy. Thyroid disorders can slow down or rev up metabolism by disrupting the production of thyroid hormones.

Vybz Kartel, given name Adidja Palmer, is currently serving a life sentence for the murder of Clive 'Lizard' Williams.





Fan says she has no more respect for Rebel

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tony-rebel-on-instagram-i-had-to-join-these-kids-on-stage-for-my-song.jpgAs expected, the things that Rebe's daughter is saying about him, has the potential to really hurt his brand.

leigha_alli

I grew up with your songs and you were one of the few artists that I actually looked up to...until now.

I can't believe you've been such a HORRIBLE, SICKENINGLY DISGUSTING father to your daughter.

I pray you don't have anymore kids, especially not daughters. I hope that whatever path life takes your daughter on, she's strong enough to forgive you. But I honestly would not blame her if she didn't.

You're a disgrace as a da

Tony Rebel on Instagram: "I had to join these kids on stage for my song vibes of the time that was done over 25 yrs ago , kids were brilliant!!"

One fan is so upset that she says that she is no longer a fan.





rebel-ushered-his-daughter-off-stage-at-rebel-salute.jpgAvianah still has up the post of her father, Tony Rebel ushering off the stage at Rebel Salute in Jannuary because of her impy skimpy outfit.

So, i was on the stage right, half way thru my last song, pureeeeee 🔥🔥 & then this happened 😳🤭🤗☺️🤟🏽❤️❤️🔥🔥🔥🔥p.s i'll post the full video in my IGTV & my youtube channel ! #RebelSalute2019 #Princess #Music #Live #Reggae #Dancehall





Tony Rebel's daughter talk up more tings

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ras-without-locks-on-instagram-i-was-molested-by-my-brother.jpgTony Rebel's daughter, Avianah is at it again. She is posting stuff on social media that has a whole lot of people asking a whole lot of questions. Some persons believe, others are skeptical. But whatever the case, it sounds bad.

I was molested by my brother from i was 9 till my first year of high school. He told me he had a friend that liked me and i started talking to him and then he just stopped. I had no idea how to even say it to anyone. It was during one of my famous ass whoopings after my father told me he was going to send me away, i sat on the floor with my clothes ripped off and bruises oozing blood and responded to him, 'well, since i'm going away and i'm never going to see u again till i'm 18, u should know ________ use to feel me up when he thought i was sleeping. He called my brother and he said ' he doesn't know what i'm talking about, he has his girlfriend'. My father called me a lying bitch n continued to whoop my ass. My mother didn't say much. It wasn't until i was much older, during my squabbles with my brother i started to confront him. Whenever he started to get disrespectful or even when we physically fight i would just start screaming at him how he was nobody bcuz he use to feel me up and he thought i didnt know but i do. He would always walk away. Once i went there, he was mute. I remember arguing with him at the office one day and i started saying 'u r nobody, dnt forget u use to feel me up, and i heard my eldest sister say, 'laaawd Davahu, u nuh get over dat yet? So i was shocked out of my mind bcuz as far as i knew where that was concerned i was a lying bi!$h. So i went to her and said,'u know ? If u knw everybdy else knws then and she said, look frm when everybdy find out say a did true yaaa talk, u fi get over dat nw. I just walked out and left. I remember for years just walking around hoping that someone would just rescue me. Take all my pain, help me understand, help me go thru whatever the fv*k i was going thru. I felt like i was the cursed child. My uncle plays the guitar on this one and i remember my mind jus being in complete chaos and he called me out in the yard to just freestyle when he started playing as soon as he started the first thing i said was,'ITS GETTING DEEP, I'M GOING UNDER. PLEASE COME RESCUE ME'. Click the link in my bio for the full song !! #Princess 💋

💋💋Ras without Locks 💋💋 on Instagram: "I was molested by my brother from i was 9 till my first year of high school. He told me he had a friend that liked me and i started talking..."

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I was molested by my brother from i was 9 till my first year of high school. He told me he had a friend that liked me and i started talking to him and then he just stopped. I had no idea how to even say it to anyone. It was during one of my famous ass whoopings after my father told me he was going to send me away, i sat on the floor with my clothes ripped off and bruises oozing blood and responded to him, 'well, since i'm going away and i'm never going to see u again till i'm 18, u should know ________ use to feel me up when he thought i was sleeping. He called my brother and he said ' he doesn't know what i'm talking about, he has his girlfriend'. My father called me a lying bitch n continued to whoop my ass. My mother didn't say much. It wasn't until i was much older, during my squabbles with my brother i started to confront him. Whenever he started to get disrespectful or even when we physically fight i would just start screaming at him how he was nobody bcuz he use to feel me up and he thought i didnt know but i do. He would always walk away. Once i went there, he was mute. I remember arguing with him at the office one day and i started saying 'u r nobody, dnt forget u use to feel me up, and i heard my eldest sister say, 'laaawd Davahu, u nuh get over dat yet? So i was shocked out of my mind bcuz as far as i knew where that was concerned i was a lying bi!$h. So i went to her and said,'u know ? If u knw everybdy else knws then and she said, look frm when everybdy find out say a did true yaaa talk, u fi get over dat nw. I just walked out and left. I remember for years just walking around hoping that someone would just rescue me. Take all my pain, help me understand, help me go thru whatever the fv*k i was going thru. I felt like i was the cursed child. My uncle plays the guitar on this one and i remember my mind jus being in complete chaos and he called me out in the yard to just freestyle when he started playing as soon as he started the first thing i said was,'ITS GETTING DEEP, I'M GOING UNDER. PLEASE COME RESCUE ME'. Click the link in my bio for the full song !! #Princess 💋

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kartel-lashes-out-after-bountys-post-about-the-three-bs.jpgBuju, Beenie and Bounty, those are the three B's who must be respected for their contribution to dancehall. But Vybz Kartel is hopping mad and questions why these elders should be respected.

Actually, it's the simple principle of respecting those on whose shoulders we stand. And when society reaches the point where it is no longer cool to respect the elders, then it is serious times. From time immemorial, the is a principle that has ben upheld and respected, throughout all cultures, so those who have nothing significant to say should just keep quiet.

#EXILEDPHARAOH👑MANOFGOD on Instagram: "RESPECT ELDERS YES #BUT #FI #WAH? A NO UNUH START #DANCEHALL and #DANCEHALL no stop a unuh. ALL WHEN UNUH DEAD AND GONE DANCEHALL STILL A..."





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Shenseea not here for the snide Rolex comments

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shenyeng-on-instagram-si-weh-hard-work-do-me-blessed-and-too-grateful-fi-roll-vex-now-me-a-get-rolex-and-big-cheques-thanks-rvssian.jpgRecently, Shenseea showed off the Rolex she received from Rvssian and immediately the trolls crawled out of hiding and began to suggest that she gave him favours in exchange for the watch. Well, some have even gone further and are sugggesting that Rvssian and Shenseea are now an item and that this has caused a rift in her relationship with Romiech.

SHENYENG on Instagram: "Si weh hard work do!? ❄️❄️❄️ me BLESSED and too GRATEFUL fi roll vex, now me a get rolex and big cheques 🤑 thanks @rvssian 😄"





Notnice in car accident

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road-accident.jpgProducer Ainsley 'Notnice' Morris was shaken up but largely unhurt in a motor vehicle accident that occurred along Perkins Boulevard in St Andrew on Thursday afternoon. However, he has so far not mentioned this on social media, as he does everything else.The Corporate Communications Unit (CCU), the Jamaica Constabulary Force's (JCF) information arm, confirmed the collision, and said a "police service vehicle, a bike man and a BMW were involved" in the crash.

A source reported that, "He (Notnice) went to the doctor and then went home. He is okay, but the BMW wheel tear off, as the bike man ran into it."

Eyewitnesses said the police service vehicle was also damaged in the collision.





Jamaica looking to host new football tournament

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Minister of Sport Olivia Grange has revealed that plans are afoot for Jamaica to play host to a new international friendly football tournament.

Grange, who made the revelation during the official opening of the new Astro turf and facility at the UWI-JFF Captain Horace Burrell Centre of Excellence on Wednesday, pointed out that her ministry is currently taking steps to finalise the execution of the Caribbean-African Cup.

According to the minister, whose portfolio also includes cultural responsibilities, the initiative is a part of the Jamaican Government's plan to strengthen ties with the African community, and if all goes efficiently, then the tournament could be launched in the coming months.

She said the concept of the Caribbean-African Cup came about through discussions with the African Union's Ambassador to the United States Arikana Chihombori-Quao, as well as the minister of finance for Accompong.





Scott wins triple jump at int'l meet

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Jamaican Jordan Scott of the University of Virginia continued his outstanding season after winning the men's triple jump at the NCAA Division One indoors national championships, setting a facility record 16.89m at the Birmingham CrossPlex recently.

The former Campion College athlete was the only one of the 13 Jamaicans in the meet to win an individual event as Texas Tech's Odaine Lewis finished second with 16.65m to make it a Jamaican first and second in the hop, step and jump.

Scott, who is in his third year at Virginia, is on a roll after setting school records in both the long and triple jumps earlier this season after breaking the outdoors triple jump record last year.

He set another school first on Saturday, recording the first NCAA indoor field championship for the Virginia men's track and field team in school history and was the "first Cavalier to win an NCAA indoor title since Henry Wynne's mile victory in 2016 and is the first ACC male competitor to win the indoor national title in the triple jump", according to the school's website.

Scott represented Jamaica at the IAAF World Under-20 championships in Poland in 2016 and made his first national senior team last year.





Still using scandal bags? You could be fined

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plastic-bags.jpgSome persons are ignoring the plastic bag ban implemented by the government three months ago, which seeks to eliminate the use of single use plastic bags. This is supposedly an environmentally friendly move, but, the truth is that most persons were just not prepared for it.

As the ban takes effect, some retainers are crying for loss of sale, as persons who come to purchase food items either buy less or not at all.

The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) is warning that the time for allowances has expired and is not taking any excuses, they are out to prosecute those offenders.

Chief executive officer of NEPA Peter Knight emphasises that people and entities which continue to use the banned bags are in breach of the Trade Act and the Natural Resources and Conservation Authority (NRCA) Act.

The ban prohibits the importation, manufacture and distribution of all single-use plastic carrier bags of 24 inches by 24 inches and below. This includes bags commonly called scandal bags, mainly used in the retail and wholesale sectors.

The ban also extends to plastic drinking straws and expanded polystyrene foam, commonly referred to as Styrofoam™.

Knight says NEPA will have to determine the source of the plastic bags which are still in use by some vendors and retailers. "The vendors I don't think are importers of plastic bags, so is there an illegal operation going on where bags are getting to vendors, and that we will have to investigate," he stated.





US marine found dead in Jamaica

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crime-scene-tape-gloves.jpgThe police are reporting that the body of a 63-year-old United States Marine veteran was found in an apartment in Unity Hall, St James last week.

The body of Eric Washington was found about 4:15 pm after reports of a foul smell emanating from the apartment.

Officers from the Anchovy Police Station were subsequently summoned and on their arrival the body was removed to the morgue and is now awaiting a post mortem examination.





buju-banton-on-instagram-and-thank-you-one-more-time.jpgAfter his sold-out concert at the Naional Stadium on Satuday, Buju Banton on Sunday evening posted a series of pictures to his IG account and thanked his fans for the over-the-top support.

There are no official numbers in as yet, but critics say that there were more than 35 thousand persons inside the venue to watch what was surely history in the making.

The fans also thanked him in their comments:

I love you Buju, I am so proud of you, you have returned honey with vengeance, I pray for you to be restored, very yrs that was stolen.

The show sounds great sorry I won't be able to go. But have a great tour🇹🇹

Man mi hop skip and jump just fi watch #Longwalktofreedom, but no lie mi woulda dweet again 10 times over. All now mi can't stop sing because a Gargamel riveting show set. If it did badda more than that it woulden nice. What a show man!!!! Massi fadda all next year mi a review it. When you #LiveandloveJah anything is possible.

Mighty #Longwalktofreedom indeed mi bredda. #Bujufan4life

Buju Banton on Instagram: "... AND THANK YOU ONE MORE TIME!"

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... AND THANK YOU ONE MORE TIME!

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Police awaiting medical report from Markus

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police-station.jpgThe police say that although Markus Myrie, the son of Mark "Buju Banton" Myrie, has filed a report against his father alleging that he was assaulted, they cannot moved on the case until they receive an official medical report.

Persons have been saying that the police are ignoring the report because of who Buju is and what he represents.

"The police man dem nah go lock up Buju. Buju too big fi that. All dem want a couple VIP ticket to di concert," was the sentiment expressed by many persons who are ignorant of the law

This is standard procedure and has nothing to do with the accused, the police say in their defence.

Even though the report has been filed, there are procedural things that have to be done. His son, who said he was assaulted, was sent to seek medical attention. That part has to be satisfied. He has not returned yet," Leighton Gray, superintendent in charge of the St Andrew North Police is quoted as saying.





buju-banton-photo-10.jpgThe Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) of the Jamaica COnstabulary Force, is reporting that Markus Myrie, the producer son of Buju Banton filed a police report on the March 14, alleging that he was assaulted by his father. The police report say that Markuswas called to a meeting by his father, which was also attended by two other persons. There is lots of speculation now concerning who, exactly, those persons were and what was the nature of the meeting. Names have been called, but so far, the identities of the persons have not been revealed.

The police report further states that Buju Banton allegedly grabbed his son by the throat, before punching him in the mouth. He then pushed him against a wall, where he continued squeezing his throat.

Markus had promised to report his father following the confrontation, which led to him taking out his frustrations on Instagram last week Thursday night. In the now-deleted posts, Markus called his father a coke-head, a b@$$yman and said that Buju should be sent back to prison.

Buju has not responded, just like how Tony Rebel did not respond when his daughtrer Davianah used social media to lash out at him in the most savage way.





Reggae SumFest 2019 - Artiste Reveal [Mar 15th]

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buju-banton-son-markus-run-all-who-use-to-deal-with-him-because-of-his-father-photo-1.pngTwo days before his father's highly anticipated Long Walk To Freedom concert at the national arena in Kingston, Jamaica, Markus, the son of Buju banton, has spewed venom at his parent.

Unconfirmed reports are that prior to his return to Jamaica in December, Buju Banton had given instructions that his studio off Red Hills Road should be cleaned out in preparation for him. Markus has been doing all of his musical productions at the studio, under his own label, rather than his father's Gargaamel Records label.

Markus has attracted a lot of attention for his productions, with many of the leading names in dancehall, choosing to record for him.

It is still not clear exactly what caused this falling out between Buju and his son, but there is much speculation. Some reports are that there was a discrepancy about tickets for the show on Saturday and that Buju hit his son.

That, however, was the straw that broke the camel's back. Markus then went on social media and let loose.

He posted the word "Cokehead" and also told all those who used to deal with him because of his father to cease.

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Buju's son Markus cusses him off on Instagram

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buju-banton-eldest-son-markus-cusses-him-off-on-instagram-photo-1.pngIt was drama galore on IG Thursday night, as Markus, the eldest son of Buju Banton publicly cursed off his father on social media, and even promised to press charges.

"Mi mada neva grow mi fi tek disrerspect, B@$$yman u cah talk to me any way u wah," Markus said in one of the posts.

buju-banton-eldest-son-markus-cusses-him-off-on-instagram-photo-2.pngIn another of the posts which have since been deleted from his IG account, Markus stated "So much drama since December...this man need to go back to prison."

He even tagged Donald Trump, @realdonaldtrump, asking him to come fi @bujuofficial, making ti clear exactly who Buju was talking about, his father.

buju-banton-eldest-son-markus-cusses-him-off-on-instagram-photo-3.pngIt was only two weeks ago that the offspring of another entertainer, embarrassed her father on social media. Tony Rebel's daughter, Davianah, took to social media to lambast her father and spill family secrets. Rebel has not commented.





The Official Long Walk To Freedom - Jamaica

Welcome Party is Set for Mas Camp aka Ras Camp

Friday March 15th

long-walk-to-freedom-jamaica-2019-03-15-photo-1.jpgWith the enormous momentum building on the island of Jamaica and abroad, Gargamel Music, Boom Energy Drink in Association with Solid Agency & Rockers Island Productions is inviting everyone to the Official Welcome Party.

A few weeks ago the announcement was made that the official Welcome Party would be held at Kingston popular night club Fiction. Unfortunately due to the enormous response and making sure to accommodate as many persons as possible, organizers have moved the event to Mas Camp aka Ras Camp. Located directly across from the National Stadium, Mas Camp will be renamed Ras Camp as fans from all over the world meet up in Jamaica and count down to the historical event starring Grammy Award winner Buju Banton.

Music will be provided by musical messiah's, Stone Love, Massive B, Richie Feelings, JamRock and Spex Da Boss. Patrons will get a taste of some good musical vibes while reminiscing on those classic Buju Banton hits he will be performing on Saturday, March 16th. Doors open at 10 pm, tickets are 30.00 USD for General admission and 50.00 USD for VIP.

Tickets can ONLY be purchased at the door of the event.

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Canadian man, 68, vanishes in Jamaica

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A 68-Canadian man has been reported missing in Jamaica. Irie Jam News understands that the missing person - David Aarons stepped into the balmy Jamaican night and vanished.

According to reports Aarons who hails from Whitby in Canada was staying at a hotel in Kingston.

He was last around 9:15 p.m. on Monday in front of the hotel.

Cops say that efforts to find the missing man have been futile.





The early release of an Antiguan sex offender has left the father of the frustrated with the system.

It is more than the father can deal with as he told the Antigua Observer that he doesn't know what to say to his children.

The offender, Osuide Simpson only served four months of her sentence before being released.

The distraught father said he was neither consulted nor informed and no explanation given regarding the release or pardon of a child molester.

Osuide Simpson according to reports from that country was sentenced to 18 months in prison after pleading guilty to serious indecency on a three-year-old while working as a nanny at their home in 2016. Simpson confessed to being under the influence of drugs at the time of the offense.

But the father is not buying that as he believes had it been a man who had committed the same crime the results would have been different.





crime-scene-gun.jpgThe police have released the names of victims of three separate killings in Montego Bay, St James, which followed closely on the heels of a deadly robbery in the parish on Sunday. A man identified as 45-year-old Allen Walters, also known as "Beers", was shot dead in the tough Norwood community about 8:15 am.

Then about 45 minutes later, passersby reportedly stumbled upon the body of 24-year-old Kerry-Ann Campbell along the shore line of Fisherman's Beach. Her head was reportedly bashed in.

And, 38-year-old man Suneil Foskins of Bethel Town, Westmoreland was shot dead about 10:30 am in the community of Farm Hill, Montego Bay. The three killings followed the dramatic, suspected multimillion-dollar heist by heavily armed men on Jarrett Street that started to unfold about 8:00 am.

Reports are that the gunmen intercepted a marked security company vehicle that was being used to escort a minibus. Security guard Canute Earle, 61, of Norwood, and 41-year-old driver Floyd Wilson of Rosemount Gardens were killed in that attack.





Royal Caribbean looks to Jamaican workers

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Jamaicans work ethics has cruise ship Royal Caribbean making the request for more of them to be in their workforce.

Minister of Labour and Social Security Shahine Robinson said senior executives of Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines (RCCL), the second largest cruise company in the world, advised that they are in need of more Jamaican workers. Robinson was part of a delegation, led by Prime Minister Andrew Holness, which hosted a high-level team from RCCL in Kingston last week.

Robinson revealed that the discussion with the top brass from the cruise line including the CEO who informed that the company really wants Jamaicans to start filling out many of those positions."

Robinson said it is no secret that the cruise lines have been very impressed with the kind of work ethic that Jamaicans have.





Fans tell Khago to take down video with child

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khago-on-instagram-people-or-so-full-of-shit-that-video-an-my-page-2019-03-12_193905.jpgThere is an unsavoury video going around with a little girl of no more than 6 talking about the size of her mother's private parts and the curve in her father part.

Khago posted it in social media, but persons have been calling for him to take it down, but he is not having it.

"People or so full of shit . That video an my page . Why u saying take it down. The world need to see how we a live. Ef it was some artist kid u guys would have it post all over. First I don't post it for likes. It's all over the blogs so what's the difference ef me repost it. Blame the mom an dad who a fuck in front thm kids. An cops need to lock tht bitch up who video it. An hav the heart to post it. We Jamaicans or so one sided. Look 👀 an the bigger picture. I post it so you guys even my self . An be more careful with my home life."

Khago on Instagram: "People or so full of shit . That video an my page . Why u saying take it down. The world need to see how we a live. Ef it was some artist..."





buju-banton-photo-10.jpgThe organisers of Buju Banton's Long Walk To Freedom Concert set for the National Stadium in St Andrew on Saturday are encouraging patrons to come out early and make use of the park and ride shuttle service, which will be provided for patrons.

The concert is a kick off for the deejays first concert series since he was released from a United States prison in December where he served time on drug trafficking charges. In addition to Buju Banton, the entertainment package will feature Chronixx, Etana, Coco Tea, Delly Ranx, Romain Virgo, Ghost, Agent Sasco, LUST and Buju's son Jahzeil. Tickets for the bleachers section of the stadium are still available for sale at select Digicel stores.

Production manager for the event, Marlon Burke, told journalists that plans are in place to regulate the traffic in the area. This will include the close of several roads in the area surrounding the National Stadium and the regulation of traffic flow into the area of the concert. As a result, parking at the venue will be limited to essential services including the media and production teams as well as for some patrons holding Ultra VIP and VIP tickets.

"We will not be utilising the full parking capacity of the National Stadium. We're not trying to encourage any unnecessary traffic in the area and those who do not have the requisite parking stickers will be forced to used the park and ride. It is important for persons to utilise this service as we are having the Kingston City Run following the Buju Banton concert and we are trying our best to have a successful staging of both events. The parking facilities at Heroe Circle will be manned by by the JCF (police) and private security. Security won't be an issue, the venue will be properly lit and we have the backing of the KSAC (Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation bracket, the Jamaica Defence Force, the Fire Department."

Burke added that the shuttle will commence at 4:00 pm, four hours ahead of the start of the event.





solid-agency-on-instagram-saturday-march-16th-is-the-day-that-will-go.jpgSharon Burke has been unusually vocal on social instagram lately, as she thanks all the persons involved in putting on the Long Walk To Freedom concert with headliner, Buju Banton.

"Saturday March 16th is the day that will go in our history books as the largest concert ever to be held in Jamaica at the National Stadium .Thank you @bujuofficial Buju Banton aka Mr .Mark Myrie for having us as the local Producers and Promoters of the Concert We @solidagency Are elated!!!! I would personally like to say Thank you to our Hard working and Execution team Led by My Nephew and Partner @marlongb Marlon Burke who will for ever say "Aunty Sharon , Mad woman you just told the meeting that we can Move Blue Mountains over to the other side of the island . How are we going to do that" Reply You will just have to do it Boogie".,

Technical Producer Chuckles @rsconcerts okay so we are going to have Rihanna, Drake and Maroon 5 stage by the time Chuckles is finished !!!!' Dollars we say !!! @margoladouglas who is also logistics and everything that goes right at the stadium and Marlon's right hand who is always saying we have to just get it done !!!!!Mark Burke Boss of all Bosses !!!@DebrinaSmith head of H.R who is my right hand !!Don't worry I am gonna do it right now !! ArielMcFarlane@prettyeyes who is my Boss . You see from when I am saying!!!!@Makia who is to the point with payment .very precise!!! Sponsorship Manager leann Oliverre Manager Miss cool and deadly . These people are mad ,this is not even a contract!!!!Tina Davis @tinafest Ms Fix things who is very organised and support to Marlon and myself .no man, them out of order !!!!Carleene Samuels

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Saturday March 16th is the day that will go in our history books as the largest concert ever to be held in Jamaica at the National Stadium .Thank you @bujuofficial Buju Banton aka Mr .Mark Myrie for having us as the local Producers and Promoters of the Concert We @solidagency Are elated!!!! I would personally like to say Thank you to our Hard working and Execution team Led by My Nephew and Partner @marlongb Marlon Burke who will for ever say "Aunty Sharon , Mad woman you just told the meeting that we can Move Blue Mountains over to the other side of the island . How are we going to do that" Reply You will just have to do it Boogie"., Technical Producer Chuckles @rsconcerts okay so we are going to have Rihanna, Drake and Maroon 5 stage by the time Chuckles is finished !!!!' Dollars we say !!! @margoladouglas who is also logistics and everything that goes right at the stadium and Marlon's right hand who is always saying we have to just get it done !!!!!Mark Burke Boss of all Bosses !!!@DebrinaSmith head of H.R who is my right hand !!Don't worry I am gonna do it right now !! ArielMcFarlane@prettyeyes who is my Boss . You see from when I am saying!!!!@Makia who is to the point with payment .very precise!!! Sponsorship Manager leann Oliverre Manager Miss cool and deadly . These people are mad ,this is not even a contract!!!!Tina Davis @tinafest Ms Fix things who is very organised and support to Marlon and myself .no man, them out of order !!!!Carleene Samuels @goddessrockstar no bad energy around here!!cut them loose they are replaceable !!!moving right along Next !!!! No fruits or nuts around no little nothing !!!!!. @JaquiTyson "Sharon BURKE We are going to rock that Stadium and show them who we are , you seem to be forgetting who we are !!!!. Keanu Laing everyone's assistant!!!but I am working with Leanne!!!! @drewskull_ Aunty Sharon I have all the girls you need to work !!!!@. See you on March 16th I am not the Captain of the Concert , Not Buju ,Not Marlon. The Captain is GOD and our prayers will keep us safe!!!! My next post will have LWTF Pr Team!!!!

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Munga flies again

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munga-honorable.jpgMunga Honorebel, who is riding high with the song Nah Mad Ova Nuh Gal, is again able to travel to honour his overseas commitments, as his passport was returned by the courts recently.

"Munga's passport was returned to him last week. The judge granted our application based on the number of proposed dates for the artiste. Furthermore, Munga has always honoured his obligations to the court in terms of reporting conditions, and he is not considered a flight risk," Christopher Townsend, Munga's attorney-at-law, is reported as saying.

The prosecution did not oppose the application but insisted on one condition.

"The prosecution requested that all payments for overseas shows be remitted to Jamaica and held until the artiste's return," Townsend is reported as saying.

Munga recently did a show in The Bahamas, his first overseas in two years, before returning to Jamaica to perform at all-white event at the annual Britjam shows in Montego Bay.

"He has several shows all over the Caribbean during the next couple of weeks as his hit songs are dominating the charts all over," Townsend said.

In January, the deejay was briefly hospitalised following a three-way motor vehicle crash which claimed the life of a Canadian citizen.





Squash ready for show on March 29

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instagram-post-by-squash-mar-4th-2019-at-08-35-pm-utc.jpgWhile many persons are looking forward to March 16, the 6ix Boss is focusing on his March 29th show at Sabina Park in Kingston.

The '6ix Boss' is anticipating the staging of his event that will be held on March 29 at Sabina Park in Kingston.

Speaking on behalf of the DJ, Junior 'Heavy D' Fraser said,

"It was very important for squash to control and organize the circumstances under which he engages with his fans for the first time, rather than it being an official booking for a show with multiple artists where he performs a short set".

Squash whose given name is Andre Whittaker, was taken into custody on August 18, 2018, during the state of emergency in Montego Bay.

He was released on January 30.

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The 2023 Netball World Cup will held in South Africa as that country won the rights to host it.

It is a historic one for South Africa as it will be the first time the Netball World Cup will be held on the African continent.

International Convention Centre in Cape Town will be the venue for the matches.

Molly Rhone president of International Netball Federation said two exceptional bids were received from Netball New Zealand and Netball South Africa.

Rhone stated that it was an exciting time for netball and so says Irie Jam Sports.





donald-trump-photo-5.jpgThe United States will impose sanctions on foreign institutions helping to finance embattled far-left Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro, the White House said Wednesday.

The measure, announced by President Donald Trump's national security advisor John Bolton, is the latest tightening of screws in Washington's campaign to force Maduro from power.

"The United States is putting foreign financial institutions on notice that they will face sanctions for being involved in facilitating illegitimate transactions that benefit Nicolas Maduro and his corrupt network," Bolton said in a statement.

Trump is leading international pressure to have Maduro replaced by opposition leader Juan Guaido, whom Washington recognizes as the official interim president.

The government is already trying to cripple Maduro's access to finances via sanctions on state oil company PDVSA and handing control to Guaido of Venezuelan bank accounts in the United States.

More than 50 other countries have recognized Guaido as interim president, but Maduro has powerful backing from Russia and China. He describes the US-led campaign against him as an imperialist plot to seize control of the oil-rich nation.

Years of hard left rule have transformed once thriving Venezuela





Portland by-election date changed to April 4

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The date for the highly anticipated by-election in East Portland has been pushed back to Thursday, April 4, while Nomination Day will now be Friday, March 15.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness had previously announced Monday, March 25 as the date for the polls and Friday, March 8, for Nomination Day.

The new date was announced by the Office of the Prime Minister via a press release on Monday evening.

When making the earlier announcement, the Prime Minister and, or his office, apparently did not take into account Ash Wednesday, a public holiday, which is being observed this Wednesday, March 6.

According to section 21 (1A) of the Representation of the People Act, a public holiday is an "excluded day". Under the legislation, Nomination Day must be held five clear days after the announcement, meaning this requirement would not have been met since Holness only announced the date for the by-election last Friday.

The by-election became necessary following the February 2 murder of Member of Parliament, Dr Lynvale Bloomfield of the Opposition People's National Party (PNP). The PNP has held the seat since 1989 and will be represented in the upcoming election by the controversial senator, Damion Crawford.

The governing Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) will be represented by Ann-Marie Vaz, wife of Daryl Vaz, the sitting MP for the neighbouring West Portland constituency.

Political pundits expect a battle royal as the JLP seeks to widen its slender three-seat majority in the House of Representatives while the PNP will be fighting to ensure it does not lose another by-election in less than two years. The South East St Mary seat went to the JLP's Dr Norman Dunn in October, 2017 in that by-election which followed the death of the sitting MP, Dr Winston Green.





Cops seek fake doctor

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police-cars.jpgThe police are reporting that Alicia England, a woman accused of posing as a medical doctor and fleecing individuals of hundreds of thousands of dollars, is now in custody.

England has been charged by Area One Fraud Squad detectives, as well as by personnel in the Corporate Area, for several offences including forgery, uttering forged documents, obtaining money by false pretence and breaches of the Medical Act, the police said.

She is scheduled to appear in the St James Parish Court on Friday, March 22, while a date is being finalised for her to appear in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court.

Investigators are now making a public appeal for other people who may have been a victim of the woman's scam to contact the police.

Individuals in western Jamaica may contact the Area One Fraud Squad at 876-952-0552, while other people may contact the Kingston office at 876-922-2374 or 876-948-5953.





KARTEL THANKS POLICE STAFF, DOCTORS, NURSES

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king-of-the-dancehall-on-instagram-affi-big-up-the-dsc-team-from-deputy-commish-to-her-staff.jpgAfter being in hospital earlieer this week, Vybz Kartel is showing gratitude....."Affi big up The D.S.C. Team from deputy commish 💕to her staff🤜🏾🤛🏿 also the doctors😊 and nurses. 😍trust me #GazaNation gi dem a hand 👏👏👏👏please" Kartel posted on social media yesterday.

KING OF THE DANCEHALL on Instagram: "Affi big up The D.S.C. Team from deputy commish 💕to her staff🤜🏾🤛🏿 also the doctors😊 and nurses. 😍trust me #GazaNation gi dem a hand..."





I-THREE STEAL SPOTLIGHT AT JARIA AWARDS SHOW

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album-i-three.jpgRita Marley, whose speech is affected by the effects of a stroke, told the audience, "Thank you. I love you" as the I-Three appeared on stage at JaRIA's awrds on Tuesday to accept the Icon Award. One by one, they appeared; Mowatt leading, followed by Griffiths and the wheelchair-bound Marley.

They accepted framed citations and trophies from culture and entertainment minister Olivia "Babsy" Grange amidst a flurry of camera flashes. Judy Mowatt remarked that it was the first time in many years that all three were sharing a stage and gave thanks for the moment.

"It has been a hard journey for us; we worked tirelessly. Pregnant, coming off tour and just going into hospital to have the baby. But here we are. We want to just thank JaRIA for presenting us with this award. It has been over 30-odd years but indeed today, in 2019, we are still being recognised and still being awarded. We give God thanks," she said.

"This is a trinity unbroken," Griffiths chimed in. For Griffiths, it was a special moment, one which has not happened in over 15 years.





jcdc-logo.jpgThe Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) is currently on an island-wide search for empowered young women who are intelligent, culturally-aware and poised and are seeking a platform to make their contributions to nation building. An agency of the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the JCDC is seeking entrants for the 2019 Miss Jamaica Festival Queen Competition which closes on Friday, March 22.

"A signature programme of the JCDC, the Miss Jamaica Festival Queen Competition focuses on leadership, appreciation of the role of women, culture, creative talent and community involvement has produced some outstanding queens who have continued to make a significant contribution to building 'Brand Jamaica' beyond their reign," said JCDC Director of Marketing and Public Relations, Andrew Clunis.

"This competition provides holistic development for all the young women who enter. These aspiring cultural ambassadors will receive training in speech and diction, poise, talent and business and social etiquette and will leave the competition ready to lead their peers in contributing to national development," Clunis continued.

With millions in cash and prizes to be won, young women, between 18-25 years old must first compete at the parish level, before the Grand National Coronation, which forms part of the Jamaica Independence Festival.

Clunis also noted that a major component of the competition is the social outreach aspect where the contestants are encouraged to give back to their respective communities by organizing social projects, which are always well received.

Since its inception in 1963, the Miss Jamaica Festival Queen Competition has provided opportunities for outstanding young women to leave their mark on not only Jamaica's culture but all spheres of our nation's development. Some of the past queens include Dr. Marsha Barnett, Jennifer 'Jenny-Jenny' Small, Jacinth Hall-Tracey, Dahlia Harris, Krystal Tomlinson and Kaysia Johnson.

Entry forms and other details for the 2019 Miss Jamaica Festival Queen Competition can be accessed on the JCDC website at www.jcdc.gov.jm the JCDC Head Office at 3-5 Phoenix Avenue in Kingston or at any JCDC Parish Office island-wide.





Belgian man on cocaine charge

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charged.jpgA Belgian man has been arrested and charged after he was reportedly held cocaine at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, St James.

He has been identified as 55-year-old Jan Gerebern Kempen, a farmer of Belgium.

The police said Kempen checked in to board a departing flight to Brussels, Belgium about 4:30 pm on Sunday and during security screening, the cocaine was found concealed on his person.

The illicit drug has an estimated street value of $34,000.

Kempen was charged with possession of cocaine, dealing in cocaine and attempting to export cocaine.

He is scheduled to appear in the St James Parish Court on Friday.





Businessman arrested for lawyer's murder

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arrested -photo-1.jpgThe Constant Spring police have arrested and charged a St Andrew businessman with the murder of 49-year-old Gareth Forbes, an attorney-at-law, of Stilwell Road, Kingston 8, St Andrew.

The accused man has been identified as 30-year-old Kemar Marsden of Grosvenor Terrace, Kingston 8.

He has been charged with murder, conspiracy to commit murder and illegal possession of firearm and ammunition.

Reports are that on January 17, Forbes was found at his house with his hands and feet bound, lying in a pool of blood with gunshot wounds.

Subsequent investigations unearthed evidence that implicated Marsden; he was arrested and later charged on Saturday, March 2 following an interview in the presence of his attorney.

His court date will be announced later.

Investigations continue.





Sixty-eight-year-old David Aarons of Stratton Crescent, Whitby, Ontario, Canada who was staying at a hotel in Kingston, has been reported missing since Monday, March 04.

He is of a brown complexion, slim build and is about 167 centimetres (5 feet 6 inches) tall.

Reports from the New Kingston police are that Aarons was last seen at a hotel in Kingston about 9:15 pm. He was wearing a beige-coloured shirt, blue jeans pants and a pair of brown shoes.

The police said all efforts to contact him have proven futile.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of David Aarons is being asked to contact the New Kingston police at 876-926-3508, police 119 emergency number or the nearest police station.





crime-scene-gun.jpgResidents of a St James community are mourning the loss of a young boy and a man who were murdered along the Windsor main road in the parish yesterday afternoon.

According to the police, Kuwayne Hemmings, 27, was transporting six-year-old Jordain Hodges on a motorcycle about 2:30 pm, when gunmen attacked them.

The two were shot several times and subsequently died.

The police said its St James Community Safety and Security Team is now working alongside personnel from the Victim Support Unit in Adelphi, St James to offer grief counselling to residents following the murders.

Investigators are assuring that they are following strong investigative leads and are appealing to residents who may have information to contact the St James Criminal Investigations Branch at 876-953-6191 or Crime Stop at 311.





vybz-kartel-photo-30.jpgPopular dancehall deejay Vybz Kartel was reportedly a patient at the University hospital in St Andrew receiving treatment.

He was discharged fon Tuesday afternoon, however, some reports say that he was receiving treatment there since Sunday, while other reports are that he went in on Tuesday.

The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in the front of the neck. It produces hormones that control the speed of your metabolism -- the system that helps the body use energy. Thyroid disorders can slow down or rev up metabolism by disrupting the production of thyroid hormones.

Vybz Kartel, given name Adidja Palmer, is currently serving a life sentence for the murder of Clive 'Lizard' Williams.





Fan says she has no more respect for Rebel

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tony-rebel-on-instagram-i-had-to-join-these-kids-on-stage-for-my-song.jpgAs expected, the things that Rebe's daughter is saying about him, has the potential to really hurt his brand.

leigha_alli

I grew up with your songs and you were one of the few artists that I actually looked up to...until now.

I can't believe you've been such a HORRIBLE, SICKENINGLY DISGUSTING father to your daughter.

I pray you don't have anymore kids, especially not daughters. I hope that whatever path life takes your daughter on, she's strong enough to forgive you. But I honestly would not blame her if she didn't.

You're a disgrace as a da

Tony Rebel on Instagram: "I had to join these kids on stage for my song vibes of the time that was done over 25 yrs ago , kids were brilliant!!"

One fan is so upset that she says that she is no longer a fan.





rebel-ushered-his-daughter-off-stage-at-rebel-salute.jpgAvianah still has up the post of her father, Tony Rebel ushering off the stage at Rebel Salute in Jannuary because of her impy skimpy outfit.

So, i was on the stage right, half way thru my last song, pureeeeee 🔥🔥 & then this happened 😳🤭🤗☺️🤟🏽❤️❤️🔥🔥🔥🔥p.s i'll post the full video in my IGTV & my youtube channel ! #RebelSalute2019 #Princess #Music #Live #Reggae #Dancehall





Tony Rebel's daughter talk up more tings

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ras-without-locks-on-instagram-i-was-molested-by-my-brother.jpgTony Rebel's daughter, Avianah is at it again. She is posting stuff on social media that has a whole lot of people asking a whole lot of questions. Some persons believe, others are skeptical. But whatever the case, it sounds bad.

I was molested by my brother from i was 9 till my first year of high school. He told me he had a friend that liked me and i started talking to him and then he just stopped. I had no idea how to even say it to anyone. It was during one of my famous ass whoopings after my father told me he was going to send me away, i sat on the floor with my clothes ripped off and bruises oozing blood and responded to him, 'well, since i'm going away and i'm never going to see u again till i'm 18, u should know ________ use to feel me up when he thought i was sleeping. He called my brother and he said ' he doesn't know what i'm talking about, he has his girlfriend'. My father called me a lying bitch n continued to whoop my ass. My mother didn't say much. It wasn't until i was much older, during my squabbles with my brother i started to confront him. Whenever he started to get disrespectful or even when we physically fight i would just start screaming at him how he was nobody bcuz he use to feel me up and he thought i didnt know but i do. He would always walk away. Once i went there, he was mute. I remember arguing with him at the office one day and i started saying 'u r nobody, dnt forget u use to feel me up, and i heard my eldest sister say, 'laaawd Davahu, u nuh get over dat yet? So i was shocked out of my mind bcuz as far as i knew where that was concerned i was a lying bi!$h. So i went to her and said,'u know ? If u knw everybdy else knws then and she said, look frm when everybdy find out say a did true yaaa talk, u fi get over dat nw. I just walked out and left. I remember for years just walking around hoping that someone would just rescue me. Take all my pain, help me understand, help me go thru whatever the fv*k i was going thru. I felt like i was the cursed child. My uncle plays the guitar on this one and i remember my mind jus being in complete chaos and he called me out in the yard to just freestyle when he started playing as soon as he started the first thing i said was,'ITS GETTING DEEP, I'M GOING UNDER. PLEASE COME RESCUE ME'. Click the link in my bio for the full song !! #Princess 💋

💋💋Ras without Locks 💋💋 on Instagram: "I was molested by my brother from i was 9 till my first year of high school. He told me he had a friend that liked me and i started talking..."

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I was molested by my brother from i was 9 till my first year of high school. He told me he had a friend that liked me and i started talking to him and then he just stopped. I had no idea how to even say it to anyone. It was during one of my famous ass whoopings after my father told me he was going to send me away, i sat on the floor with my clothes ripped off and bruises oozing blood and responded to him, 'well, since i'm going away and i'm never going to see u again till i'm 18, u should know ________ use to feel me up when he thought i was sleeping. He called my brother and he said ' he doesn't know what i'm talking about, he has his girlfriend'. My father called me a lying bitch n continued to whoop my ass. My mother didn't say much. It wasn't until i was much older, during my squabbles with my brother i started to confront him. Whenever he started to get disrespectful or even when we physically fight i would just start screaming at him how he was nobody bcuz he use to feel me up and he thought i didnt know but i do. He would always walk away. Once i went there, he was mute. I remember arguing with him at the office one day and i started saying 'u r nobody, dnt forget u use to feel me up, and i heard my eldest sister say, 'laaawd Davahu, u nuh get over dat yet? So i was shocked out of my mind bcuz as far as i knew where that was concerned i was a lying bi!$h. So i went to her and said,'u know ? If u knw everybdy else knws then and she said, look frm when everybdy find out say a did true yaaa talk, u fi get over dat nw. I just walked out and left. I remember for years just walking around hoping that someone would just rescue me. Take all my pain, help me understand, help me go thru whatever the fv*k i was going thru. I felt like i was the cursed child. My uncle plays the guitar on this one and i remember my mind jus being in complete chaos and he called me out in the yard to just freestyle when he started playing as soon as he started the first thing i said was,'ITS GETTING DEEP, I'M GOING UNDER. PLEASE COME RESCUE ME'. Click the link in my bio for the full song !! #Princess 💋

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kartel-lashes-out-after-bountys-post-about-the-three-bs.jpgBuju, Beenie and Bounty, those are the three B's who must be respected for their contribution to dancehall. But Vybz Kartel is hopping mad and questions why these elders should be respected.

Actually, it's the simple principle of respecting those on whose shoulders we stand. And when society reaches the point where it is no longer cool to respect the elders, then it is serious times. From time immemorial, the is a principle that has ben upheld and respected, throughout all cultures, so those who have nothing significant to say should just keep quiet.

#EXILEDPHARAOH👑MANOFGOD on Instagram: "RESPECT ELDERS YES #BUT #FI #WAH? A NO UNUH START #DANCEHALL and #DANCEHALL no stop a unuh. ALL WHEN UNUH DEAD AND GONE DANCEHALL STILL A..."





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Notnice in car accident

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road-accident.jpgProducer Ainsley 'Notnice' Morris was shaken up but largely unhurt in a motor vehicle accident that occurred along Perkins Boulevard in St Andrew on Thursday afternoon. However, he has so far not mentioned this on social media, as he does everything else.The Corporate Communications Unit (CCU), the Jamaica Constabulary Force's (JCF) information arm, confirmed the collision, and said a "police service vehicle, a bike man and a BMW were involved" in the crash.

A source reported that, "He (Notnice) went to the doctor and then went home. He is okay, but the BMW wheel tear off, as the bike man ran into it."

Eyewitnesses said the police service vehicle was also damaged in the collision.





Jamaica looking to host new football tournament

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Minister of Sport Olivia Grange has revealed that plans are afoot for Jamaica to play host to a new international friendly football tournament.

Grange, who made the revelation during the official opening of the new Astro turf and facility at the UWI-JFF Captain Horace Burrell Centre of Excellence on Wednesday, pointed out that her ministry is currently taking steps to finalise the execution of the Caribbean-African Cup.

According to the minister, whose portfolio also includes cultural responsibilities, the initiative is a part of the Jamaican Government's plan to strengthen ties with the African community, and if all goes efficiently, then the tournament could be launched in the coming months.

She said the concept of the Caribbean-African Cup came about through discussions with the African Union's Ambassador to the United States Arikana Chihombori-Quao, as well as the minister of finance for Accompong.





Scott wins triple jump at int'l meet

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Jamaican Jordan Scott of the University of Virginia continued his outstanding season after winning the men's triple jump at the NCAA Division One indoors national championships, setting a facility record 16.89m at the Birmingham CrossPlex recently.

The former Campion College athlete was the only one of the 13 Jamaicans in the meet to win an individual event as Texas Tech's Odaine Lewis finished second with 16.65m to make it a Jamaican first and second in the hop, step and jump.

Scott, who is in his third year at Virginia, is on a roll after setting school records in both the long and triple jumps earlier this season after breaking the outdoors triple jump record last year.

He set another school first on Saturday, recording the first NCAA indoor field championship for the Virginia men's track and field team in school history and was the "first Cavalier to win an NCAA indoor title since Henry Wynne's mile victory in 2016 and is the first ACC male competitor to win the indoor national title in the triple jump", according to the school's website.

Scott represented Jamaica at the IAAF World Under-20 championships in Poland in 2016 and made his first national senior team last year.





Still using scandal bags? You could be fined

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plastic-bags.jpgSome persons are ignoring the plastic bag ban implemented by the government three months ago, which seeks to eliminate the use of single use plastic bags. This is supposedly an environmentally friendly move, but, the truth is that most persons were just not prepared for it.

As the ban takes effect, some retainers are crying for loss of sale, as persons who come to purchase food items either buy less or not at all.

The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) is warning that the time for allowances has expired and is not taking any excuses, they are out to prosecute those offenders.

Chief executive officer of NEPA Peter Knight emphasises that people and entities which continue to use the banned bags are in breach of the Trade Act and the Natural Resources and Conservation Authority (NRCA) Act.

The ban prohibits the importation, manufacture and distribution of all single-use plastic carrier bags of 24 inches by 24 inches and below. This includes bags commonly called scandal bags, mainly used in the retail and wholesale sectors.

The ban also extends to plastic drinking straws and expanded polystyrene foam, commonly referred to as Styrofoam™.

Knight says NEPA will have to determine the source of the plastic bags which are still in use by some vendors and retailers. "The vendors I don't think are importers of plastic bags, so is there an illegal operation going on where bags are getting to vendors, and that we will have to investigate," he stated.





US marine found dead in Jamaica

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crime-scene-tape-gloves.jpgThe police are reporting that the body of a 63-year-old United States Marine veteran was found in an apartment in Unity Hall, St James last week.

The body of Eric Washington was found about 4:15 pm after reports of a foul smell emanating from the apartment.

Officers from the Anchovy Police Station were subsequently summoned and on their arrival the body was removed to the morgue and is now awaiting a post mortem examination.





buju-banton-on-instagram-and-thank-you-one-more-time.jpgAfter his sold-out concert at the Naional Stadium on Satuday, Buju Banton on Sunday evening posted a series of pictures to his IG account and thanked his fans for the over-the-top support.

There are no official numbers in as yet, but critics say that there were more than 35 thousand persons inside the venue to watch what was surely history in the making.

The fans also thanked him in their comments:

I love you Buju, I am so proud of you, you have returned honey with vengeance, I pray for you to be restored, very yrs that was stolen.

The show sounds great sorry I won't be able to go. But have a great tour🇹🇹

Man mi hop skip and jump just fi watch #Longwalktofreedom, but no lie mi woulda dweet again 10 times over. All now mi can't stop sing because a Gargamel riveting show set. If it did badda more than that it woulden nice. What a show man!!!! Massi fadda all next year mi a review it. When you #LiveandloveJah anything is possible.

Mighty #Longwalktofreedom indeed mi bredda. #Bujufan4life

Buju Banton on Instagram: "... AND THANK YOU ONE MORE TIME!"

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Police awaiting medical report from Markus

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police-station.jpgThe police say that although Markus Myrie, the son of Mark "Buju Banton" Myrie, has filed a report against his father alleging that he was assaulted, they cannot moved on the case until they receive an official medical report.

Persons have been saying that the police are ignoring the report because of who Buju is and what he represents.

"The police man dem nah go lock up Buju. Buju too big fi that. All dem want a couple VIP ticket to di concert," was the sentiment expressed by many persons who are ignorant of the law

This is standard procedure and has nothing to do with the accused, the police say in their defence.

Even though the report has been filed, there are procedural things that have to be done. His son, who said he was assaulted, was sent to seek medical attention. That part has to be satisfied. He has not returned yet," Leighton Gray, superintendent in charge of the St Andrew North Police is quoted as saying.





buju-banton-photo-10.jpgThe Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) of the Jamaica COnstabulary Force, is reporting that Markus Myrie, the producer son of Buju Banton filed a police report on the March 14, alleging that he was assaulted by his father. The police report say that Markuswas called to a meeting by his father, which was also attended by two other persons. There is lots of speculation now concerning who, exactly, those persons were and what was the nature of the meeting. Names have been called, but so far, the identities of the persons have not been revealed.

The police report further states that Buju Banton allegedly grabbed his son by the throat, before punching him in the mouth. He then pushed him against a wall, where he continued squeezing his throat.

Markus had promised to report his father following the confrontation, which led to him taking out his frustrations on Instagram last week Thursday night. In the now-deleted posts, Markus called his father a coke-head, a b@$$yman and said that Buju should be sent back to prison.

Buju has not responded, just like how Tony Rebel did not respond when his daughtrer Davianah used social media to lash out at him in the most savage way.





Reggae SumFest 2019 - Artiste Reveal [Mar 15th]

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buju-banton-son-markus-run-all-who-use-to-deal-with-him-because-of-his-father-photo-1.pngTwo days before his father's highly anticipated Long Walk To Freedom concert at the national arena in Kingston, Jamaica, Markus, the son of Buju banton, has spewed venom at his parent.

Unconfirmed reports are that prior to his return to Jamaica in December, Buju Banton had given instructions that his studio off Red Hills Road should be cleaned out in preparation for him. Markus has been doing all of his musical productions at the studio, under his own label, rather than his father's Gargaamel Records label.

Markus has attracted a lot of attention for his productions, with many of the leading names in dancehall, choosing to record for him.

It is still not clear exactly what caused this falling out between Buju and his son, but there is much speculation. Some reports are that there was a discrepancy about tickets for the show on Saturday and that Buju hit his son.

That, however, was the straw that broke the camel's back. Markus then went on social media and let loose.

He posted the word "Cokehead" and also told all those who used to deal with him because of his father to cease.

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Buju's son Markus cusses him off on Instagram

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buju-banton-eldest-son-markus-cusses-him-off-on-instagram-photo-1.pngIt was drama galore on IG Thursday night, as Markus, the eldest son of Buju Banton publicly cursed off his father on social media, and even promised to press charges.

"Mi mada neva grow mi fi tek disrerspect, B@$$yman u cah talk to me any way u wah," Markus said in one of the posts.

buju-banton-eldest-son-markus-cusses-him-off-on-instagram-photo-2.pngIn another of the posts which have since been deleted from his IG account, Markus stated "So much drama since December...this man need to go back to prison."

He even tagged Donald Trump, @realdonaldtrump, asking him to come fi @bujuofficial, making ti clear exactly who Buju was talking about, his father.

buju-banton-eldest-son-markus-cusses-him-off-on-instagram-photo-3.pngIt was only two weeks ago that the offspring of another entertainer, embarrassed her father on social media. Tony Rebel's daughter, Davianah, took to social media to lambast her father and spill family secrets. Rebel has not commented.





The Official Long Walk To Freedom - Jamaica

Welcome Party is Set for Mas Camp aka Ras Camp

Friday March 15th

long-walk-to-freedom-jamaica-2019-03-15-photo-1.jpgWith the enormous momentum building on the island of Jamaica and abroad, Gargamel Music, Boom Energy Drink in Association with Solid Agency & Rockers Island Productions is inviting everyone to the Official Welcome Party.

A few weeks ago the announcement was made that the official Welcome Party would be held at Kingston popular night club Fiction. Unfortunately due to the enormous response and making sure to accommodate as many persons as possible, organizers have moved the event to Mas Camp aka Ras Camp. Located directly across from the National Stadium, Mas Camp will be renamed Ras Camp as fans from all over the world meet up in Jamaica and count down to the historical event starring Grammy Award winner Buju Banton.

Music will be provided by musical messiah's, Stone Love, Massive B, Richie Feelings, JamRock and Spex Da Boss. Patrons will get a taste of some good musical vibes while reminiscing on those classic Buju Banton hits he will be performing on Saturday, March 16th. Doors open at 10 pm, tickets are 30.00 USD for General admission and 50.00 USD for VIP.

Tickets can ONLY be purchased at the door of the event.

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Canadian man, 68, vanishes in Jamaica

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A 68-Canadian man has been reported missing in Jamaica. Irie Jam News understands that the missing person - David Aarons stepped into the balmy Jamaican night and vanished.

According to reports Aarons who hails from Whitby in Canada was staying at a hotel in Kingston.

He was last around 9:15 p.m. on Monday in front of the hotel.

Cops say that efforts to find the missing man have been futile.





The early release of an Antiguan sex offender has left the father of the frustrated with the system.

It is more than the father can deal with as he told the Antigua Observer that he doesn't know what to say to his children.

The offender, Osuide Simpson only served four months of her sentence before being released.

The distraught father said he was neither consulted nor informed and no explanation given regarding the release or pardon of a child molester.

Osuide Simpson according to reports from that country was sentenced to 18 months in prison after pleading guilty to serious indecency on a three-year-old while working as a nanny at their home in 2016. Simpson confessed to being under the influence of drugs at the time of the offense.

But the father is not buying that as he believes had it been a man who had committed the same crime the results would have been different.





crime-scene-gun.jpgThe police have released the names of victims of three separate killings in Montego Bay, St James, which followed closely on the heels of a deadly robbery in the parish on Sunday. A man identified as 45-year-old Allen Walters, also known as "Beers", was shot dead in the tough Norwood community about 8:15 am.

Then about 45 minutes later, passersby reportedly stumbled upon the body of 24-year-old Kerry-Ann Campbell along the shore line of Fisherman's Beach. Her head was reportedly bashed in.

And, 38-year-old man Suneil Foskins of Bethel Town, Westmoreland was shot dead about 10:30 am in the community of Farm Hill, Montego Bay. The three killings followed the dramatic, suspected multimillion-dollar heist by heavily armed men on Jarrett Street that started to unfold about 8:00 am.

Reports are that the gunmen intercepted a marked security company vehicle that was being used to escort a minibus. Security guard Canute Earle, 61, of Norwood, and 41-year-old driver Floyd Wilson of Rosemount Gardens were killed in that attack.





Royal Caribbean looks to Jamaican workers

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Jamaicans work ethics has cruise ship Royal Caribbean making the request for more of them to be in their workforce.

Minister of Labour and Social Security Shahine Robinson said senior executives of Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines (RCCL), the second largest cruise company in the world, advised that they are in need of more Jamaican workers. Robinson was part of a delegation, led by Prime Minister Andrew Holness, which hosted a high-level team from RCCL in Kingston last week.

Robinson revealed that the discussion with the top brass from the cruise line including the CEO who informed that the company really wants Jamaicans to start filling out many of those positions."

Robinson said it is no secret that the cruise lines have been very impressed with the kind of work ethic that Jamaicans have.





Fans tell Khago to take down video with child

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khago-on-instagram-people-or-so-full-of-shit-that-video-an-my-page-2019-03-12_193905.jpgThere is an unsavoury video going around with a little girl of no more than 6 talking about the size of her mother's private parts and the curve in her father part.

Khago posted it in social media, but persons have been calling for him to take it down, but he is not having it.

"People or so full of shit . That video an my page . Why u saying take it down. The world need to see how we a live. Ef it was some artist kid u guys would have it post all over. First I don't post it for likes. It's all over the blogs so what's the difference ef me repost it. Blame the mom an dad who a fuck in front thm kids. An cops need to lock tht bitch up who video it. An hav the heart to post it. We Jamaicans or so one sided. Look 👀 an the bigger picture. I post it so you guys even my self . An be more careful with my home life."

Khago on Instagram: "People or so full of shit . That video an my page . Why u saying take it down. The world need to see how we a live. Ef it was some artist..."





buju-banton-photo-10.jpgThe organisers of Buju Banton's Long Walk To Freedom Concert set for the National Stadium in St Andrew on Saturday are encouraging patrons to come out early and make use of the park and ride shuttle service, which will be provided for patrons.

The concert is a kick off for the deejays first concert series since he was released from a United States prison in December where he served time on drug trafficking charges. In addition to Buju Banton, the entertainment package will feature Chronixx, Etana, Coco Tea, Delly Ranx, Romain Virgo, Ghost, Agent Sasco, LUST and Buju's son Jahzeil. Tickets for the bleachers section of the stadium are still available for sale at select Digicel stores.

Production manager for the event, Marlon Burke, told journalists that plans are in place to regulate the traffic in the area. This will include the close of several roads in the area surrounding the National Stadium and the regulation of traffic flow into the area of the concert. As a result, parking at the venue will be limited to essential services including the media and production teams as well as for some patrons holding Ultra VIP and VIP tickets.

"We will not be utilising the full parking capacity of the National Stadium. We're not trying to encourage any unnecessary traffic in the area and those who do not have the requisite parking stickers will be forced to used the park and ride. It is important for persons to utilise this service as we are having the Kingston City Run following the Buju Banton concert and we are trying our best to have a successful staging of both events. The parking facilities at Heroe Circle will be manned by by the JCF (police) and private security. Security won't be an issue, the venue will be properly lit and we have the backing of the KSAC (Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation bracket, the Jamaica Defence Force, the Fire Department."

Burke added that the shuttle will commence at 4:00 pm, four hours ahead of the start of the event.





solid-agency-on-instagram-saturday-march-16th-is-the-day-that-will-go.jpgSharon Burke has been unusually vocal on social instagram lately, as she thanks all the persons involved in putting on the Long Walk To Freedom concert with headliner, Buju Banton.

"Saturday March 16th is the day that will go in our history books as the largest concert ever to be held in Jamaica at the National Stadium .Thank you @bujuofficial Buju Banton aka Mr .Mark Myrie for having us as the local Producers and Promoters of the Concert We @solidagency Are elated!!!! I would personally like to say Thank you to our Hard working and Execution team Led by My Nephew and Partner @marlongb Marlon Burke who will for ever say "Aunty Sharon , Mad woman you just told the meeting that we can Move Blue Mountains over to the other side of the island . How are we going to do that" Reply You will just have to do it Boogie".,

Technical Producer Chuckles @rsconcerts okay so we are going to have Rihanna, Drake and Maroon 5 stage by the time Chuckles is finished !!!!' Dollars we say !!! @margoladouglas who is also logistics and everything that goes right at the stadium and Marlon's right hand who is always saying we have to just get it done !!!!!Mark Burke Boss of all Bosses !!!@DebrinaSmith head of H.R who is my right hand !!Don't worry I am gonna do it right now !! ArielMcFarlane@prettyeyes who is my Boss . You see from when I am saying!!!!@Makia who is to the point with payment .very precise!!! Sponsorship Manager leann Oliverre Manager Miss cool and deadly . These people are mad ,this is not even a contract!!!!Tina Davis @tinafest Ms Fix things who is very organised and support to Marlon and myself .no man, them out of order !!!!Carleene Samuels

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Saturday March 16th is the day that will go in our history books as the largest concert ever to be held in Jamaica at the National Stadium .Thank you @bujuofficial Buju Banton aka Mr .Mark Myrie for having us as the local Producers and Promoters of the Concert We @solidagency Are elated!!!! I would personally like to say Thank you to our Hard working and Execution team Led by My Nephew and Partner @marlongb Marlon Burke who will for ever say "Aunty Sharon , Mad woman you just told the meeting that we can Move Blue Mountains over to the other side of the island . How are we going to do that" Reply You will just have to do it Boogie"., Technical Producer Chuckles @rsconcerts okay so we are going to have Rihanna, Drake and Maroon 5 stage by the time Chuckles is finished !!!!' Dollars we say !!! @margoladouglas who is also logistics and everything that goes right at the stadium and Marlon's right hand who is always saying we have to just get it done !!!!!Mark Burke Boss of all Bosses !!!@DebrinaSmith head of H.R who is my right hand !!Don't worry I am gonna do it right now !! ArielMcFarlane@prettyeyes who is my Boss . You see from when I am saying!!!!@Makia who is to the point with payment .very precise!!! Sponsorship Manager leann Oliverre Manager Miss cool and deadly . These people are mad ,this is not even a contract!!!!Tina Davis @tinafest Ms Fix things who is very organised and support to Marlon and myself .no man, them out of order !!!!Carleene Samuels @goddessrockstar no bad energy around here!!cut them loose they are replaceable !!!moving right along Next !!!! No fruits or nuts around no little nothing !!!!!. @JaquiTyson "Sharon BURKE We are going to rock that Stadium and show them who we are , you seem to be forgetting who we are !!!!. Keanu Laing everyone's assistant!!!but I am working with Leanne!!!! @drewskull_ Aunty Sharon I have all the girls you need to work !!!!@. See you on March 16th I am not the Captain of the Concert , Not Buju ,Not Marlon. The Captain is GOD and our prayers will keep us safe!!!! My next post will have LWTF Pr Team!!!!

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Munga flies again

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munga-honorable.jpgMunga Honorebel, who is riding high with the song Nah Mad Ova Nuh Gal, is again able to travel to honour his overseas commitments, as his passport was returned by the courts recently.

"Munga's passport was returned to him last week. The judge granted our application based on the number of proposed dates for the artiste. Furthermore, Munga has always honoured his obligations to the court in terms of reporting conditions, and he is not considered a flight risk," Christopher Townsend, Munga's attorney-at-law, is reported as saying.

The prosecution did not oppose the application but insisted on one condition.

"The prosecution requested that all payments for overseas shows be remitted to Jamaica and held until the artiste's return," Townsend is reported as saying.

Munga recently did a show in The Bahamas, his first overseas in two years, before returning to Jamaica to perform at all-white event at the annual Britjam shows in Montego Bay.

"He has several shows all over the Caribbean during the next couple of weeks as his hit songs are dominating the charts all over," Townsend said.

In January, the deejay was briefly hospitalised following a three-way motor vehicle crash which claimed the life of a Canadian citizen.





Squash ready for show on March 29

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instagram-post-by-squash-mar-4th-2019-at-08-35-pm-utc.jpgWhile many persons are looking forward to March 16, the 6ix Boss is focusing on his March 29th show at Sabina Park in Kingston.

The '6ix Boss' is anticipating the staging of his event that will be held on March 29 at Sabina Park in Kingston.

Speaking on behalf of the DJ, Junior 'Heavy D' Fraser said,

"It was very important for squash to control and organize the circumstances under which he engages with his fans for the first time, rather than it being an official booking for a show with multiple artists where he performs a short set".

Squash whose given name is Andre Whittaker, was taken into custody on August 18, 2018, during the state of emergency in Montego Bay.

He was released on January 30.

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The 2023 Netball World Cup will held in South Africa as that country won the rights to host it.

It is a historic one for South Africa as it will be the first time the Netball World Cup will be held on the African continent.

International Convention Centre in Cape Town will be the venue for the matches.

Molly Rhone president of International Netball Federation said two exceptional bids were received from Netball New Zealand and Netball South Africa.

Rhone stated that it was an exciting time for netball and so says Irie Jam Sports.





donald-trump-photo-5.jpgThe United States will impose sanctions on foreign institutions helping to finance embattled far-left Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro, the White House said Wednesday.

The measure, announced by President Donald Trump's national security advisor John Bolton, is the latest tightening of screws in Washington's campaign to force Maduro from power.

"The United States is putting foreign financial institutions on notice that they will face sanctions for being involved in facilitating illegitimate transactions that benefit Nicolas Maduro and his corrupt network," Bolton said in a statement.

Trump is leading international pressure to have Maduro replaced by opposition leader Juan Guaido, whom Washington recognizes as the official interim president.

The government is already trying to cripple Maduro's access to finances via sanctions on state oil company PDVSA and handing control to Guaido of Venezuelan bank accounts in the United States.

More than 50 other countries have recognized Guaido as interim president, but Maduro has powerful backing from Russia and China. He describes the US-led campaign against him as an imperialist plot to seize control of the oil-rich nation.

Years of hard left rule have transformed once thriving Venezuela





Portland by-election date changed to April 4

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The date for the highly anticipated by-election in East Portland has been pushed back to Thursday, April 4, while Nomination Day will now be Friday, March 15.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness had previously announced Monday, March 25 as the date for the polls and Friday, March 8, for Nomination Day.

The new date was announced by the Office of the Prime Minister via a press release on Monday evening.

When making the earlier announcement, the Prime Minister and, or his office, apparently did not take into account Ash Wednesday, a public holiday, which is being observed this Wednesday, March 6.

According to section 21 (1A) of the Representation of the People Act, a public holiday is an "excluded day". Under the legislation, Nomination Day must be held five clear days after the announcement, meaning this requirement would not have been met since Holness only announced the date for the by-election last Friday.

The by-election became necessary following the February 2 murder of Member of Parliament, Dr Lynvale Bloomfield of the Opposition People's National Party (PNP). The PNP has held the seat since 1989 and will be represented in the upcoming election by the controversial senator, Damion Crawford.

The governing Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) will be represented by Ann-Marie Vaz, wife of Daryl Vaz, the sitting MP for the neighbouring West Portland constituency.

Political pundits expect a battle royal as the JLP seeks to widen its slender three-seat majority in the House of Representatives while the PNP will be fighting to ensure it does not lose another by-election in less than two years. The South East St Mary seat went to the JLP's Dr Norman Dunn in October, 2017 in that by-election which followed the death of the sitting MP, Dr Winston Green.





Cops seek fake doctor

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police-cars.jpgThe police are reporting that Alicia England, a woman accused of posing as a medical doctor and fleecing individuals of hundreds of thousands of dollars, is now in custody.

England has been charged by Area One Fraud Squad detectives, as well as by personnel in the Corporate Area, for several offences including forgery, uttering forged documents, obtaining money by false pretence and breaches of the Medical Act, the police said.

She is scheduled to appear in the St James Parish Court on Friday, March 22, while a date is being finalised for her to appear in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court.

Investigators are now making a public appeal for other people who may have been a victim of the woman's scam to contact the police.

Individuals in western Jamaica may contact the Area One Fraud Squad at 876-952-0552, while other people may contact the Kingston office at 876-922-2374 or 876-948-5953.





KARTEL THANKS POLICE STAFF, DOCTORS, NURSES

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king-of-the-dancehall-on-instagram-affi-big-up-the-dsc-team-from-deputy-commish-to-her-staff.jpgAfter being in hospital earlieer this week, Vybz Kartel is showing gratitude....."Affi big up The D.S.C. Team from deputy commish 💕to her staff🤜🏾🤛🏿 also the doctors😊 and nurses. 😍trust me #GazaNation gi dem a hand 👏👏👏👏please" Kartel posted on social media yesterday.

KING OF THE DANCEHALL on Instagram: "Affi big up The D.S.C. Team from deputy commish 💕to her staff🤜🏾🤛🏿 also the doctors😊 and nurses. 😍trust me #GazaNation gi dem a hand..."





I-THREE STEAL SPOTLIGHT AT JARIA AWARDS SHOW

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album-i-three.jpgRita Marley, whose speech is affected by the effects of a stroke, told the audience, "Thank you. I love you" as the I-Three appeared on stage at JaRIA's awrds on Tuesday to accept the Icon Award. One by one, they appeared; Mowatt leading, followed by Griffiths and the wheelchair-bound Marley.

They accepted framed citations and trophies from culture and entertainment minister Olivia "Babsy" Grange amidst a flurry of camera flashes. Judy Mowatt remarked that it was the first time in many years that all three were sharing a stage and gave thanks for the moment.

"It has been a hard journey for us; we worked tirelessly. Pregnant, coming off tour and just going into hospital to have the baby. But here we are. We want to just thank JaRIA for presenting us with this award. It has been over 30-odd years but indeed today, in 2019, we are still being recognised and still being awarded. We give God thanks," she said.

"This is a trinity unbroken," Griffiths chimed in. For Griffiths, it was a special moment, one which has not happened in over 15 years.





jcdc-logo.jpgThe Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) is currently on an island-wide search for empowered young women who are intelligent, culturally-aware and poised and are seeking a platform to make their contributions to nation building. An agency of the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the JCDC is seeking entrants for the 2019 Miss Jamaica Festival Queen Competition which closes on Friday, March 22.

"A signature programme of the JCDC, the Miss Jamaica Festival Queen Competition focuses on leadership, appreciation of the role of women, culture, creative talent and community involvement has produced some outstanding queens who have continued to make a significant contribution to building 'Brand Jamaica' beyond their reign," said JCDC Director of Marketing and Public Relations, Andrew Clunis.

"This competition provides holistic development for all the young women who enter. These aspiring cultural ambassadors will receive training in speech and diction, poise, talent and business and social etiquette and will leave the competition ready to lead their peers in contributing to national development," Clunis continued.

With millions in cash and prizes to be won, young women, between 18-25 years old must first compete at the parish level, before the Grand National Coronation, which forms part of the Jamaica Independence Festival.

Clunis also noted that a major component of the competition is the social outreach aspect where the contestants are encouraged to give back to their respective communities by organizing social projects, which are always well received.

Since its inception in 1963, the Miss Jamaica Festival Queen Competition has provided opportunities for outstanding young women to leave their mark on not only Jamaica's culture but all spheres of our nation's development. Some of the past queens include Dr. Marsha Barnett, Jennifer 'Jenny-Jenny' Small, Jacinth Hall-Tracey, Dahlia Harris, Krystal Tomlinson and Kaysia Johnson.

Entry forms and other details for the 2019 Miss Jamaica Festival Queen Competition can be accessed on the JCDC website at www.jcdc.gov.jm the JCDC Head Office at 3-5 Phoenix Avenue in Kingston or at any JCDC Parish Office island-wide.





Belgian man on cocaine charge

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charged.jpgA Belgian man has been arrested and charged after he was reportedly held cocaine at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, St James.

He has been identified as 55-year-old Jan Gerebern Kempen, a farmer of Belgium.

The police said Kempen checked in to board a departing flight to Brussels, Belgium about 4:30 pm on Sunday and during security screening, the cocaine was found concealed on his person.

The illicit drug has an estimated street value of $34,000.

Kempen was charged with possession of cocaine, dealing in cocaine and attempting to export cocaine.

He is scheduled to appear in the St James Parish Court on Friday.





Businessman arrested for lawyer's murder

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arrested -photo-1.jpgThe Constant Spring police have arrested and charged a St Andrew businessman with the murder of 49-year-old Gareth Forbes, an attorney-at-law, of Stilwell Road, Kingston 8, St Andrew.

The accused man has been identified as 30-year-old Kemar Marsden of Grosvenor Terrace, Kingston 8.

He has been charged with murder, conspiracy to commit murder and illegal possession of firearm and ammunition.

Reports are that on January 17, Forbes was found at his house with his hands and feet bound, lying in a pool of blood with gunshot wounds.

Subsequent investigations unearthed evidence that implicated Marsden; he was arrested and later charged on Saturday, March 2 following an interview in the presence of his attorney.

His court date will be announced later.

Investigations continue.





Sixty-eight-year-old David Aarons of Stratton Crescent, Whitby, Ontario, Canada who was staying at a hotel in Kingston, has been reported missing since Monday, March 04.

He is of a brown complexion, slim build and is about 167 centimetres (5 feet 6 inches) tall.

Reports from the New Kingston police are that Aarons was last seen at a hotel in Kingston about 9:15 pm. He was wearing a beige-coloured shirt, blue jeans pants and a pair of brown shoes.

The police said all efforts to contact him have proven futile.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of David Aarons is being asked to contact the New Kingston police at 876-926-3508, police 119 emergency number or the nearest police station.





crime-scene-gun.jpgResidents of a St James community are mourning the loss of a young boy and a man who were murdered along the Windsor main road in the parish yesterday afternoon.

According to the police, Kuwayne Hemmings, 27, was transporting six-year-old Jordain Hodges on a motorcycle about 2:30 pm, when gunmen attacked them.

The two were shot several times and subsequently died.

The police said its St James Community Safety and Security Team is now working alongside personnel from the Victim Support Unit in Adelphi, St James to offer grief counselling to residents following the murders.

Investigators are assuring that they are following strong investigative leads and are appealing to residents who may have information to contact the St James Criminal Investigations Branch at 876-953-6191 or Crime Stop at 311.





vybz-kartel-photo-30.jpgPopular dancehall deejay Vybz Kartel was reportedly a patient at the University hospital in St Andrew receiving treatment.

He was discharged fon Tuesday afternoon, however, some reports say that he was receiving treatment there since Sunday, while other reports are that he went in on Tuesday.

The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in the front of the neck. It produces hormones that control the speed of your metabolism -- the system that helps the body use energy. Thyroid disorders can slow down or rev up metabolism by disrupting the production of thyroid hormones.

Vybz Kartel, given name Adidja Palmer, is currently serving a life sentence for the murder of Clive 'Lizard' Williams.





Fan says she has no more respect for Rebel

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tony-rebel-on-instagram-i-had-to-join-these-kids-on-stage-for-my-song.jpgAs expected, the things that Rebe's daughter is saying about him, has the potential to really hurt his brand.

leigha_alli

I grew up with your songs and you were one of the few artists that I actually looked up to...until now.

I can't believe you've been such a HORRIBLE, SICKENINGLY DISGUSTING father to your daughter.

I pray you don't have anymore kids, especially not daughters. I hope that whatever path life takes your daughter on, she's strong enough to forgive you. But I honestly would not blame her if she didn't.

You're a disgrace as a da

Tony Rebel on Instagram: "I had to join these kids on stage for my song vibes of the time that was done over 25 yrs ago , kids were brilliant!!"

One fan is so upset that she says that she is no longer a fan.





rebel-ushered-his-daughter-off-stage-at-rebel-salute.jpgAvianah still has up the post of her father, Tony Rebel ushering off the stage at Rebel Salute in Jannuary because of her impy skimpy outfit.

So, i was on the stage right, half way thru my last song, pureeeeee 🔥🔥 & then this happened 😳🤭🤗☺️🤟🏽❤️❤️🔥🔥🔥🔥p.s i'll post the full video in my IGTV & my youtube channel ! #RebelSalute2019 #Princess #Music #Live #Reggae #Dancehall





Tony Rebel's daughter talk up more tings

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ras-without-locks-on-instagram-i-was-molested-by-my-brother.jpgTony Rebel's daughter, Avianah is at it again. She is posting stuff on social media that has a whole lot of people asking a whole lot of questions. Some persons believe, others are skeptical. But whatever the case, it sounds bad.

I was molested by my brother from i was 9 till my first year of high school. He told me he had a friend that liked me and i started talking to him and then he just stopped. I had no idea how to even say it to anyone. It was during one of my famous ass whoopings after my father told me he was going to send me away, i sat on the floor with my clothes ripped off and bruises oozing blood and responded to him, 'well, since i'm going away and i'm never going to see u again till i'm 18, u should know ________ use to feel me up when he thought i was sleeping. He called my brother and he said ' he doesn't know what i'm talking about, he has his girlfriend'. My father called me a lying bitch n continued to whoop my ass. My mother didn't say much. It wasn't until i was much older, during my squabbles with my brother i started to confront him. Whenever he started to get disrespectful or even when we physically fight i would just start screaming at him how he was nobody bcuz he use to feel me up and he thought i didnt know but i do. He would always walk away. Once i went there, he was mute. I remember arguing with him at the office one day and i started saying 'u r nobody, dnt forget u use to feel me up, and i heard my eldest sister say, 'laaawd Davahu, u nuh get over dat yet? So i was shocked out of my mind bcuz as far as i knew where that was concerned i was a lying bi!$h. So i went to her and said,'u know ? If u knw everybdy else knws then and she said, look frm when everybdy find out say a did true yaaa talk, u fi get over dat nw. I just walked out and left. I remember for years just walking around hoping that someone would just rescue me. Take all my pain, help me understand, help me go thru whatever the fv*k i was going thru. I felt like i was the cursed child. My uncle plays the guitar on this one and i remember my mind jus being in complete chaos and he called me out in the yard to just freestyle when he started playing as soon as he started the first thing i said was,'ITS GETTING DEEP, I'M GOING UNDER. PLEASE COME RESCUE ME'. Click the link in my bio for the full song !! #Princess 💋

💋💋Ras without Locks 💋💋 on Instagram: "I was molested by my brother from i was 9 till my first year of high school. He told me he had a friend that liked me and i started talking..."

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I was molested by my brother from i was 9 till my first year of high school. He told me he had a friend that liked me and i started talking to him and then he just stopped. I had no idea how to even say it to anyone. It was during one of my famous ass whoopings after my father told me he was going to send me away, i sat on the floor with my clothes ripped off and bruises oozing blood and responded to him, 'well, since i'm going away and i'm never going to see u again till i'm 18, u should know ________ use to feel me up when he thought i was sleeping. He called my brother and he said ' he doesn't know what i'm talking about, he has his girlfriend'. My father called me a lying bitch n continued to whoop my ass. My mother didn't say much. It wasn't until i was much older, during my squabbles with my brother i started to confront him. Whenever he started to get disrespectful or even when we physically fight i would just start screaming at him how he was nobody bcuz he use to feel me up and he thought i didnt know but i do. He would always walk away. Once i went there, he was mute. I remember arguing with him at the office one day and i started saying 'u r nobody, dnt forget u use to feel me up, and i heard my eldest sister say, 'laaawd Davahu, u nuh get over dat yet? So i was shocked out of my mind bcuz as far as i knew where that was concerned i was a lying bi!$h. So i went to her and said,'u know ? If u knw everybdy else knws then and she said, look frm when everybdy find out say a did true yaaa talk, u fi get over dat nw. I just walked out and left. I remember for years just walking around hoping that someone would just rescue me. Take all my pain, help me understand, help me go thru whatever the fv*k i was going thru. I felt like i was the cursed child. My uncle plays the guitar on this one and i remember my mind jus being in complete chaos and he called me out in the yard to just freestyle when he started playing as soon as he started the first thing i said was,'ITS GETTING DEEP, I'M GOING UNDER. PLEASE COME RESCUE ME'. Click the link in my bio for the full song !! #Princess 💋

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kartel-lashes-out-after-bountys-post-about-the-three-bs.jpgBuju, Beenie and Bounty, those are the three B's who must be respected for their contribution to dancehall. But Vybz Kartel is hopping mad and questions why these elders should be respected.

Actually, it's the simple principle of respecting those on whose shoulders we stand. And when society reaches the point where it is no longer cool to respect the elders, then it is serious times. From time immemorial, the is a principle that has ben upheld and respected, throughout all cultures, so those who have nothing significant to say should just keep quiet.

#EXILEDPHARAOH👑MANOFGOD on Instagram: "RESPECT ELDERS YES #BUT #FI #WAH? A NO UNUH START #DANCEHALL and #DANCEHALL no stop a unuh. ALL WHEN UNUH DEAD AND GONE DANCEHALL STILL A..."





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