April 2019 Archives

Blak Ryno was not involved in any accident

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blak-ryno-photo-1.jpgLast week, fans expressed concern when it was reported that dancehall deejay Blak Ryno was in critical condition in a New York hospital following a motor vehicle accident in the wee hours this morning.

Ryno last posted on Instagram 2 am Wednesday with the caption; "The agenda change #1focus!!"

Blak Ryno, a former member of Vybz Kartel's now dismantled Portmore Empire, is currently promoting his new single, Psalm 35. He's known for songs such as 'Real Stinger', 'Dolla Coin', and 'Bike Back'.

However, day later, Ryno took to social media to admit that he had never been in the hospital and that it was all a rumour.

Fans have since blasted him for taking so long to come out and deny the rumours. Some have even gone as far as to say that he had using the so-called accident to get publicity.





ninjaman-son-corey-ballentine.jpgThe New York TImes is reporting that Corey Balleninte, who has been described as "a speedy cornerback with a knack for blocking kicks" was shot on Saturday. Other reports, however, point out the link between young Corey and incarcerated Dancehall artiste, Ninjaman, whose real name is Desmond Ballentine.

Corey, according to the NY Times, was drafted by the Giants on Saturday, it was cause for celebration at Washburn University in Kansas. No member of the Division II Washburn Ichabods had been drafted in more than a decade, and none had gone earlier in the draft since 1988.

"It's all a crazy dream until you do it," Ballentine said in a Twitter post after he was selected in the sixth round. "I can't even explain the emotions I have right now."

Just hours later, Ballentine's triumph took on a tragic note when he and a college teammate, Dwane Simmons, were shot a few blocks from Washburn's Topeka campus at a social gathering at which dozens of people were present. Ballentine was expected to make a full recovery, the university said. Simmons died.

The circumstances of the shooting, which happened in a residential neighborhood near businesses that cater to college students, remained hazy on Sunday afternoon. The Topeka police said officers had responded about 12:45 a.m. Sunday to "a disturbance with gunshots in the area" and found Simmons dead at the scene. Ballentine was taken to a hospital in a private car.

"No arrests have been made at this time," Gretchen Koenen, a spokeswoman for the Topeka police, said in an email. "Detectives are continuing to investigate."

he impact was quickly felt at Washburn, whose campus is about two miles from the Kansas Capitol. Instead of a planned Sunday afternoon news conference celebrating the selection of Ballentine, a Topeka native, grief counselors were posted on campus.

"Any time we lose a student it is a sad occasion, but it is particularly poignant to lose a student through such a senseless act," the university's president, Jerry Farley, said in a statement. "Both Dwane and Corey have been great examples and representatives of the football team and of Washburn University in general."

Simmons, 23, was a junior at Washburn, where he had started 17 games as a defensive back despite injuries. He was described by his coach, Craig Schurig, as "one of the most energetic and well-liked players" he had encountered.

Ballentine, 23, competed on the football and track and field teams at Washburn, where he holds university sprint records and was a frequent member of his conference's academic honor roll. In a statement posted on Twitter, the Giants said they were aware of the shooting.

"We have spoken to Corey, and he is recovering in the hospital," the team's statement said.

Yardflex will keep you updated.





Filming of James Bond flick begins In Jamaica

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The James Bond franchise is back in Jamaica for the 25th instalment of the popular series.

Production began in Portland Monday, with scenes also set to be shot in the Corporate Area during the month-long stint on the island.

Michael G Wilson and his sister Barbara Broccoli are co-producers of the James Bond films. Both were in Jamaica last week for the launch of Bond 25 at GoldenEye in St Mary, the location where the famous spy was created by British author Ian Flemming.

For the producers, Jamaica is Bond's spiritual home and therefore it was a no-brainer to shoot this instalment here. However, in an interview with the Jamaica Observer, both shared the need for the local authorities to follow the lead of other territories in offering incentives to lure the major studios to shoot on our shores.

"We believe that Jamaica is Bond's spiritual home and so the story begins with Bond who has left the service temporarily and is trying to enjoy life and so he comes to the place that is his home, where he wants to be when he's not working. We've built an amazing house for him here and we have his boat here... it's where he comes to remind himself of what is important in the world and find peace in all the chaos," Broccoli told the Sunday Observer.

They were, however, quick to point out that despite the sentimental connections to Jamaica, any other tropical location could have become the backdrop for this new Bond flick which will see British actor Daniel Craig reprise the role of Agent 007. Both pointed to the level of incentives being offered to film producers in other countries, something that is not available here in Jamaica.





skip-marley-photo-1.jpgSkip Marley, the Island Records reggae-hybrid prodigy for a new generation, on Friday released his latest single, 'That's Not True', featuring his uncle, Damian "Jr Gong" Marley.

"That's Not True," is Skip's first original music release since 2017 and arrived timely, the day before 4/20, when he performed at the Kaya Fest concert in Miami.

The new release kicks off a promising new year of amazing music for Skip, with additional releases to come. You can listen to the song here.

Skip is the grandson of reggae icon Bob Marley, and his songs pay homage to his deep family legacy.

"I want to spread my music to the people and help them unify," he says. "I want people to take away a message of love, of looking at the way you are living and thinking where we can work to be or better and feel better. Whatever they're feeling, I want them to be able to turn up my music and think, relax, and get good vibes."





crime-scene-tape-gloves.jpgHard on the heels of reports of the death of the elderly woman who was last week doused with gasoline and set ablaze alive in St James, another elderly woman may have suffered a somewhat similarly violent fate locally.

The Corporate Communications Unit (CCU), the police's information arm, said the Adelphi police in St James are appealing to residents of Lima district in Adelphi to assist them in their investigation into the death of 74-year-old Evelyn Blair, a member of the community who was set ablaze on Thursday, April 25.

Reports are that about 6:00 a.m., Blair was walking along the roadway in her community when a man came up to her and allegedly pour gasoline on her and set her on fire.

The man then ran off.

She was taken to hospital, where she died while being treated on Saturday, April 27.

Persons who may have information to assist in the investigation are being asked to contact the Adelphi police at 876-912-1026, the police 119 emergency number, Crime Stop at 311, or the nearest police station.

Amid that disturbing development, the body of an elderly woman was found with wounds in St Mary on Friday night.

The St Mary police are probing the death of the elderly female on a farm in Richard's Pen in the parish.

The deceased has been identified as 62-year-old Beverly Garricks, a farmer of Richard's Pen.

Preliminary reports are that about 7:00 p.m., a relative went to check on the whereabouts of Garricks and stumbled upon her body.

The police were summoned and on their arrival, the body was seen with wounds to the eye and abdomen.

The body was taken to the morgue, where a post-mortem examination is to be conducted at a later date.





police.jpgThe Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) has confirmed that three police officers were involved in a shooting incident Sunday morning at the intersection of Jobs Lane and Brunswick Avenue in Spanish Town, St Catherine which left a civilian dead.

According to INDECOM, an off duty police officer intervened in the shooting incident and was in pursuit of the occupants of an escape vehicle when a crash occurred.

A man, who turned out to be a policeman, travelling in the escape vehicle succumbed to injuries sustained in the crash, INDECOM said.

Another occupant identified as a police officer, was taken into custody, while the third cop is on the run and is being sought by the authorities, INDECOM said.

INDECOM said it has since launched an investigation into the shooting death of the civilian who has been identified as Sheldon Daley of Chedwin Park, St Catherine.

According to INDECOM, two of the officers involved in the killing of the civilian had been previously charged with murder by INDECOM and were released on bail.





fatal-crash.jpgOn May 3, Junique Chung would have celebrated her 19th birthday.he was counting down the days.

She recently joined the gym hoping to reach personal targets in anticipation of her big day, however, on Sunday, however, those plans faded. Chung was flung from the Nissan Tiida in which she was a passenger when it was reportedly rear-ended on the New Green main road, just outside the town of Mandeville. She sustained several injuries and was taken to hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Police report that about 2:30 yesterday morning, the driver of a Mitsubishi Lancer motor car travelling towards Mandeville slammed into the back of the Nissan Tiida while attempting an overtake. On impact, the driver of the Nissan Tiida reportedly lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a utility pole.

Onlookers on the accident scene yesterday morning were alarmed as they saw the vehicle in two pieces.

Up to lateSunday, the driver of the Tiida and another passenger remained in hospital.

The driver, who relatives say is the father of Chung's one-year-old daughter and an up-and-coming artiste, was reportedly in critical condition.

Chung's brother Mark Muthra says the family is in mourning.

A member of a pageant committee at Christiana High School, where Chung's partner, who goes by the name Fresh King, was a guest performer Saturday night, said that they too were in shock.

It is believed that the occupants of the Tiida were coming from the pageant when the accident occurred.

The driver of the Mitsubishi Lancer motor car, who was the only person in the vehicle, was treated in hospital.





Denham Town under curfew

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curfew-in-areas-of-west-kingston.jpgA curfew has been imposed in sections of the Denham Town Police Division.

The curfew began at 6:00 pm on yesterday and will remain in effect until 6:00 pm on Friday. The boundaries of the curfew are as follows:

NORTH: Along Race Course Lane (Blount Street) from the intersection of Little King Street travelling to the fence line forming the western periphery of the Golden Heights Housing Development, also annexing the northern and eastern sections of the said development, travelling south along paved gully and continuing to the intersection of William Street and Upper Rose Lane.

EAST: Along Rose Lane from the intersection of William Street continuing south along Roe Lane to the intersection of Beeston Street and Rose Lane.

SOUTH: Along Beeston Street from Rose Lane continuing west along Beeston Street to the intersection of Spanish Town Road and southwest along Spanish Town Road to Little King Street (excluding the Denham Town High School and Denham Town Police Station).

WEST: Along Little King Street from Spanish Town Road to the intersection of Race Course Lane (Blount Street).

The police reminded that during the hours of the curfew, all persons within the boundaries of the curfew are required to remain within their premises unless otherwise authorised in writing by the ground commander





11 more cannabis licences approved

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ganja-licence.jpgThe Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) has approved an additional 11 applications for licences in the medical cannabis industry.

Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Audley Shaw, said that "the applicants are preparing to receive their licences".

He was making his contribution to the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday.

Shaw noted that the CLA has received 627 applications from over 200 applicants as at March 31, with 33 licences issued to date.

He said that 178 applications are at the conditional approval stage, which means that the companies involved would have successfully passed the CLA's due diligence process and are now undergoing preparatory work to move to the licensing stage.

Shaw told the House that the CLA has taken steps to respond more efficiently to the growing demands within the industry. These include an increase in the staff complement and inclusion of an agricultural specialist.

"The Authority is also contemplating amendments to the existing regulations, in keeping with the development of the local and global medical cannabis industry and will, in the near future, complete drafting instructions for regulations concerning import, export and transhipment, as we move to capitalise on the opening up of greater opportunities in the international space," he said.





New Bond film to be shot on location in Jamaica

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After months of speculation it has been confirmed that the 25th installment of the James Bond spy series will be shot in Portland and Kingston.

It was made official at Golden Eye, the Jamaican home of the creator of the series, British author Ian Flemming.

According to reports, shooting will commence on Sunday.

The film, which stars Daniel Craig as Agent 007, is being directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga.

The new Bond flick is yet to be titled.





Veteran music industry trailblazer Sylvia Rhone was earlier this week named chairman and CEO of Epic Records. Epic is a division of Sony Music Entertainment and it is perhaps best known as the label that turned R&B sensation Michael Jackson into a pop legend. Rhone will lead the creative direction and management of Epic, and she will preside over the development of a contemporary wave of talent including Camila Cabello, Travis Scott, Future, 21 Savage, French Montana and DJ Khaled.

Rhone is a seasoned and experienced industry executive, and she has always had an eye on reggae and dancehall, an interest that began in the late 1980s and early 1990s when she ran the Urban Music Division at Atlantic Records in New York.

She was one of the pioneers who signed a number of artistes at that time, including Stitchie, Snow and Garnett Silk, and Terror Fabulous with the breakout smash classic Action with Nadine Sutherland. Rhone was also the first African-American and the first woman to head a US major label when she became chairman and CEO of Warner Music Group's Elektra Entertainment.

"Sylvia is a trailblazing and iconic executive who has played a critical leadership role in driving Epic's recent artiste development success," CEO of Sony Music Entertainment Bob Stringer said. "Her wealth of experience and passionate support of artistic vision will help us further grow the reach of Epic's roster around the world," Stringer added.

Prior to Sony Music, Rhone helped guide an award-winning roster at Universal Music Group for eight years, where she was president of Universal Motown Records and executive vice-president at Universal Records from 2004.

"I am excited to continue my amazing journey at Epic Records, and everything we do is a testament to our incredible artistes as we enrich the legacy of this great label," Rhone said.





instagram-of-kavell-catt-on-instagram-follow-the-bunny-she-has-all-the-chocolate -  NOT WM.jpgThe Unruly Boss lived his name rercently when an online troll called his Trinidadian lover, Kavelle Keir, "lowkey ugly" on Instagram. "@kavellkeir your head is kinda big," the troll wrote under her IG post. "It has an ugly shape. You too skinny; you need a better shape and pump up them lips girl you getting Lowkey ugly."

Popcaan quickly jumped in the comments and clapped back saying his girlfriend is so beautiful that its killing her haters, "... her beauty killing you slowly pick a casket zombie," he wrote. Kavell was here for her man defending her and wrote, "@popcaanmusic my babe so crazyyyy."

Despite multiple rumours of them breaking up, Popcaan and Kavell Keir are still going strong. The two went public with their relationship back in 2015 however are now keeping things private

Instagram Of Kavell 🇨🇦🇹🇹 on Instagram: "Follow the bunny, she has all the chocolate 🐰 ..."





Blak Ryno in hospital?

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blak-ryno.jpgBlak Ryno is reportedly in stable condition in a New York hospital following a motor vehicle i early Wednesday morning.

"He's recovering. He came out a surgery about 1:00 pm. He's in stable condition," a member of the deejay's inner circle is said to have told the Jamaica Observer last night. "He's not dead."

The source, who requested anonymity, was unable to say which hospital the deejay was admitted or details about the accident.

"I spoke to him and me neva even did ask that. But I'm planning to see him tomorrow," said the source.

However, speculation is that the deejay could possibly be pulling a fast one.

However, in November 2014, he was travelling along Molynes Road in Kingston, when his motorcycle crashed. He received treatment at the Andrews Memorial Hospital and was later released.

A former member of Vybz Kartel's Portmore Empire, Blak Ryno migrated to the United States in 2015. Kartel (given name Adidja Palmer) is currently serving a life sentence for murder.





Social media 'kills off' Blak Ryno

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blak-ryno-photo-1.jpgSocial media is currently buzzing with rumours about Dancehall artiste Blak Ryno.

Several unconfirmed reports made their way on our timelines early Wednesday morning. Its being alleged that the former Portmore Empire/Gaza member was involved in a motorcycle accident in the United States.

While several Dancehall/Gossip blogs reported that the "Bike Back" deejay passed away, others refuted the claims saying Blak Ryno he is alive and well.

Attempts to get a comment on the rumours from Blak Ryno's management team were unsuccessful.

Blak Ryno's last Instagram post was uploaded a few hours ago, "The agenda change #1focus !!," he wrote. The entertainer is currently promoting his new single titled "Psalm 35" produced by MBR Records.

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Beachorama Welcomes International Party Goers

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beachorama-flyer.jpgApril 18, 2019

PRESS RELEASE

BEACHORAMA WELCOMES INTERNATIONAL PARTY GOERS

Beenie Man set to deliver explosive performance

Hundreds of Canadian party goers will join thousands of Jamaicans for Beachorama, which takes place on Saturday, April 27 at the Bournemouth Beach Park, Downtown Kingston.

This staging of Beachorama will raise the temperature for their international guests who have been through a grueling winter season by providing the best music, beach vibes and premium beverages. Grammy Winning deejay and King of the Dancehall, Beenie Man has been confirmed as the headline act for this event. The best in Dancehall, Hip Hop and Soca Music will be provided by some of Jamaica's hottest DJ's namely Coppershot, Team Shella, Hattaklaps, and Rolexx.

This beach-themed, cooler edition staging is the first in a series of partnerships between local promoters All Starz Entertainment and Niyah of MYC Entertainment out of Canada. "We are always looking for ways to expand our reach and share the Beachorama experience with new patrons so we had a discussion with Niyah about bringing visitors to experience an authentic Jamaican party vibe and the response was amazing. We are very excited for this event and we are going all out to ensure that everybody is happy and that we give our patrons an event to remember for years to come" said Wren4life of All Starz Entertainment. There are plans to take the Beachorama experience to Canada later this year.

Beachorama, currently in its seventh year of existence, boasts maximum capacity crowds of four thousand people. Tickets for this staging start at $2000 JMD and presold tickets can be found online at firstinlineja.com and other outlets. Gates are open at 5pm on event day.

For more information, visit www.beachoramatickets.com or follow beachoramajm on all social media platforms.





rita-marley-photo-2.jpgAward-winning singer, musician, philanthropist and reggae icon, Rita Marley will release a career retrospective of her most well-known material.

The Best of Rita Marley 'Lioness of Reggae' will be released exclusively on limited edition vinyl, Friday May 3.

"I felt this was a project that needed to be done, her musical legacy, message and vibe is unique to her and an important part of reggae's history. This is a way for us to highlight and share her beautiful art," said her son, Ziggy Marley, in a news release.

Born Alpharita Anderson, she displayed a deep love of music since childhood, singing to her family while working. This passion would ultimately lead her to form The Soulettes, which led to the eventual meeting of local Trench Town musicians Robert Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Livingston - known as the Wailers.

Soon after this fateful meeting, the talented young Rita became an integral part of the Wailers musical development, as well as a constant presence and influence in her husband, Bob Marley's life and legacy including as a member of the I- Threes alongside Marcia Griffiths and Judy Mowatt.

Simultaneously, Mrs Marley forged an extraordinary career as a solo artist, known for upholding the artistic and cultural standards of reggae. Her music reflects the versatility and diversity of reggae through the smooth blends of Gospel, Rhythm & Blues, Jazz and Soca. Today, no matter where in the world, the name Marley is synonymous with reggae music and the culture of Jamaica.

Rita Marley's musical career has produced incredible albums including Who Feels It Knows It, Harambe, the 1992 GRAMMY nominated album We Must Carry On and Spectacle For Tribuffalos, as well as the classic reggae album Beginning, with the I-Threes. Her sizzling 1982 hit "One Draw" created waves around the world, was a bestseller with over two million copies sold and made history as the first reggae single to top the Billboard Dance Charts.

Rita Marley continues her legacy today with the Rita Marley Foundation - eradicating poverty and hunger, while empowering communities, in Africa, Jamaica and beyond.


THE BEST OF RITA MARLEY 'LIONESS OF REGGAE" is out May 3, 2019. Here is the tracklist:

1. Harambe

2. One Draw

3. A Jah Jah

4. That's The Way

5. Who Feels It Knows It

6. King Street

7. Thank You Jah

8. Good Morning Jah

9. I'm Still Waiting

10. Play Play





Buju Banton taking a long walk to Europe

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buju-banton-photo-10.jpgJamaican singer, Buju Banton, whose Long Walk to Freedom tour is winding its way through the Caribbean, is scheduled to perform in about eight or nine European cities from July 6.

Ronnie Tomlinson, Banton's publicist, revealed on Saturday that following the Caribbean, he is headed to Europe.

Among the places he will be performing are: Cologne, Germany at Summer Jam; Amsterdam, Netherlands; Zurich, Switzerland at Jamaica Splash; Porto, Portugal; Vertheuil, France at Reggae Sun Ska; and Geel, Belgium.

An official announcement of the European tour will be made next week.

Speaking to local media in Trinidad & Tobago ahead of Banton's I Am Legend concert in the twin island republic on Sunday, Tomlinson said there are no plans right now to hit the American market.

Banton, real name Mark Myrie, was released from a US prison on December 7 after serving eight years for drug charges. He was deported back to Jamaica immediately following his release.

Asked about the reception to the news that he will be in Europe, Tomlinson told Loop there were concerns from the LGBT community about his infamous song 'Boom Bye Bye' but, she said, once they reiterated that he won't be singing that song again, people expressed excitement about attending his shows.

Tomlinson told T&T media that since his release, Banton has stressed on love.

"What he is looking for is just to continue spreading love through his music and letting everyone know that everyone is welcomed to his concert," she said.

Asked if fans can expect anything specially tailored for T&T when he performs tomorrow, Tomlinson said he has sung different songs in Jamaica and the Bahamas so it can be expected that he will give his fans here a special show.

The I Am Legend show begins at 4 pm and is expected to finish at midnight.

Though he was billed to address the media, Banton was a no show. The singer has not done any interviews at home or otherwise since his release.

Tomlinson explained that, at this time, they are using the stage as his platform to speak to everyone with one accord.

"When he touches that stage, the message that you get, the vibe, the energy, I feel that we can bring back what we love about Buju. We can bring that music, those words, those messages that he has and seeing how he connects with his fans again, that's what we want to see right now," she said.

Following his show in T&T, Banton will be headed to Barbados on April 27, Grenada on May 11, Guyana on May 25, Tortola on June 15 and St Kitts on June 29.





Three shot in St Catherine

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA gang feud was likely behind a brazen daylight gun attack in which three persons were shot, one fatally, in the St John's Road area of Spanish Town, St Catherine on Thursday.

The deceased man has been identified as 20-year-old Shamar Smith of St John's Road.

Police reports are that at about 3:00 p.m., Smith and two other men were at a house in the St John's Road area, when men armed with guns entered the building.

The intruders opened gunfire on all three occupants before fleeing the scene.

The police were alerted and upon their arrival, Smith succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

The two injured men were assisted to the hospital, where they remain admitted.

Further investigation is ongoing into one of the latest gun attacks to hit the old capital of Spanish Town.





ganja-image-5.jpgThree Costa Ricans were arrested and charged during an operation at Ridge Pen district in Pedro Plain, St Elizabeth on Friday.

Charged are: 31-year-old Fernando Guido, fisherman of Queblo Nuevo; 31-year-old Emanuel Fernandes, taxi driver of Limon Sieneguita; and 33-year-old Henry Baez, contractor of Limon Valle, all in Costa Rica.

They have been charged with Possession of and Dealing in Ganja.

Reports are that about 2:00 a.m., lawmen conducted an operation in the area when a premises was searched.

Two parcels containing approximately six pounds of vegetable matter resembling ganja were seized.

The illicit drug has an estimated street value of $30,000.

A court date has not yet been ascertained.





Seven bags of ganja seized in Porus, Manchester

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ganja-seized.jpgThe police say several bags of ganja were seized Saturday in Porus, Manchester after the driver of a vehicle fled.

Reports are that about 8:00 p.m., a team from the Williams Field Police was on operation when the driver of a vehicle was signalled to stop. The driver did not comply and the vehicle was subsequently found abandoned in the area.

Checks were made and seven knitted bags found containing the illicit drug.

The police say the estimated weight and value of the drug have not yet been ascertained.

No one was held in connection with the seizure.





Teacher missing since Good Friday

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missing-teacher-samuel-martin.jpgForty-one-year-old teacher Samuel Martin, of Waterloo Close, Kingston 10 has been missing since Friday.

He is of dark complexion, medium build and is about 5 feet 9 inches tall.

Reports from the Matildas Corner police are that Martin was last seen about 6:30 p.m., in Mandeville, Manchester dressed in a navy blue shirt and black shorts.

He has not been heard from since and efforts to contact him have proven futile.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Martin is being asked to contact the Matildas Corner Police Station at 876-978-6003, Police 119 emergency number or the nearest police station.





missing-woman-nordia-belnavis.jpgA reward of $125,000 is being offered for any information that can lead to the whereabouts of missing St Andrew woman, Nordia Belnavis.

The cash reward was announced by Crime Stop on Thursday, noting that persons with information on Belnavis' whereabouts show call them at 311.

Belnavis, 43, of a Bronte Way, Kingston 20 address, has been missing since Saturday, March 30.

Duhaney Park police report that Belnavis was last seen at her home about 7:30am and has not been heard from since. Her mode of dress at the time she went missing is unknown.





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Chimney Records light up Billboard Reggae Chart

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chimney-records.jpgLast month, Chimney Records scored a rare feat on the Billboard Reggae Albums Chart with two compilations.

The Kingston rhythm album entered and peaked at number 14, while their St Andrew beat reached number 16. The Kingston features songs from Bounty Killer, Shenseea, Romain Virgo, Alaine and Busy Signal.

The St Andrew rhythm has songs by Morgan Heritage, Pressure Buss Pipe, Queen Ifrica and Tony Rebel.

"We decided to do a double release as somewhat of a challenge to ourselves, but it also allowed us to work with more artistes, give the fans more music and add to reggae music in general, even more than a single compilation would," said Jordan McClure of Chimney Records.

He added, "The concept was inspired by the idea of Kingston and St Andrew being the Mecca of reggae and dancehall music. Kingston embodying an urban side with St Andrew encompassing large regions of natural beauty, both of which are important influences on reggae itself."

The Fresh Paint rhythm is the latest project from Chimney Records. It was released last Friday and features Getaway by Govana, Same Stories by Jahmiel, Live Forever by Jahvillani, So Me Move by Kranium, Fresh Paint by Mavado, Temptation Overdue by Shenseea, and After 4 by Teejay.

The Chimney Records team comprises McClure and David Hayle. Their hit rhythm projects include the Sex Appeal, Retweet, Star Bwoy, Happy Hour, Summer Fling, Money Box, Tropical Escape, Chill Spot, Rising Sun, Movie Star and World Premier. The label has been around for 12 years.





Beenie Man Kartel play-off to decide who is King

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beenie-man-photo-8.jpgA New York promoter will crown Beenie Man or Vybz Kartel King of The Dancehall following The Settlement, a two-part dance scheduled for New York in May and June. Both will feature sound system selectors playing songs of both deejays throughout the events.

Walford Stewart is organiser of the dances which take place May 18 at Garage Nightclub in The Bronx, and June 7 at Mystic Lounge in Poughkeepsie.

He said fans will determine the winner, who will be named after the Mystic Lounge date. The idea to stage The Settlement came from Stewart's colleague, Jerry McDonald, who saw a recent report on Fox TV in New York crowning the incarcerated Kartel King of The Dancehall.

Given Beenie Man and Kartel's claim to regal supremacy, Stewart agreed to promote the events and let fans decide who deserves the title.

"Both have professed to be the king of the dancehall; Beenie Man released a song titled King of The Dancehall while Kartel released his own King of Dancehall album and sounded a warning to all and sundry with his song Undisputed Champion. At the end of the day, only one king can rule rule, hence the need for The Settlement to crown the real king," he said.

Stewart disclosed that 45-year-old Beenie Man and the incarcerated Vybz Kartel, 43, have strong support among different demographics in New York City. He said Beenie Man appeals to fans between 30 and 55, while Kartel commands respect among fans aged 17-35.

"Kartel is a massive superstar here in the tri-state. At any NY area party when a Kartel song is played, the response from patrons on the dance floor says it all. Kartel is controversial, plus he is a master lyricist who covers all bases with his songs," Stewart explained. "He has songs for the rude boys, he has songs to get everyone on the dance floor and keep them there and, most importantly, he has a few choice songs for the ladies. You can never go wrong with that."





marlon-james.jpgJamaican author Marlon James has been listed among Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World.

James shares the honour with United States President Donald Trump, former United States First Lady Michelle Obama, football star Mohamed Salah, golf player Tiger Woods, and Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke.

The 48-year-old author shared the news on Facebook yesterday with the caption: "So this happened."

According to Time, James is "one of the most important voices of his literary generation. He speaks out out on race, literature, gay rights and whatever else is on his mind."

A former student of Wolmer's Boys' School, James won the 2015 Man Booker Prize for his book A Brief History of Seven Killings. According to novelist Salman Rushdie, it is "highly original, its language surging with power, its imagination all-encompassing. Marlon is a writer who must be read."

A teacher at Macalester College where he is writer-in-residence, his other books include John Crow's Devil, Black Leopard, Red Wolf and The Book of Night Women. The latter won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize.





Noise Abatement Act on front burner

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Consultations with key stakeholders from the Ministries of Entertainment, Local Government, and National Security are to begin regarding amendment to the Noise Abatement Act and the hosting of entertainment activities.

Opening the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, Minister of National Security, Dr Horace Chang, said in the current legislation there is always conflict between promoters and members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).

Under the Act, entertainment sessions must end at midnight on weekdays and at 2:00 am on weekends

"I cannot ask the police to use discretion, the law says so. I have, therefore, requested the minister of entertainment to consult with the minister of local government and we will come with an appropriate amendment to the law and establish a protocol for the conduct of entertainment activities," he said.

He said standards and schedules can be established so that decibel levels can be reduced at specific times.

"If you have a house party, you know at certain times the decibel levels [can be reduced], if you are on a playfield and you are 200 yards from homes, you can have another level at 2:00 am, and if you are far away on the Dyke Road, Richmond or Catherine Hall, you can go all night and raise the decibel level, but we must lay it out in the schedule governing the law, so that they can do it legally," he said.

He said entertainment is one of Jamaica's biggest industries, which offers opportunities to many from the various socio-economic groups.

The Noise Abatement Act was last amended in 1997.





violence-prevention-alliance-vpa-jamaica.jpgThe Violence Prevention Alliance (VPA) is condemning the killing of eight-year-old Shantae Skyers, who was found dead after she went missing last week and the mob killing of man in relation to the incident.

Skyers' body was found Tuesday in bushes in Sterling Castle Heights in Red Hills, St Andrew.

The Alliance also expressed concern that such a heinous act was committed against this young and innocent child, adding that it was a reflection of the lack of value for life.

The VPA further pointed out that the society was failing to protect its young and vulnerable as too many of the nation's children were being impacted by violence.

The organisation also commended the Ministry of Education for dispatching a trauma team to provide counseling for students and teachers at Red Hills Primary School where Skyers attended.

However, the Alliance stressed that the family of Skyers will also need grief counseling and therapy to get through this difficult period.

The VPA noted that the levels of crime and violence against the nation's children were unacceptable.

The Alliance also denounced actions by a mob that beat and burnt a man in relation to the incident.

The VPA said, "Taking justice in your own hands is unacceptable. Allow the police to do their work and the law to take its course. We cannot descend to jungle justice."





$2-million bail for former lawyer

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bail.jpgA former attorney who reportedly collected US$16,366.62 for a property that was not hers to sell was Tuesday offered $2 million bail when she appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court.

The Wakefield, Trelawny, resident, Arlene Beckford, who is charged with obtaining money by false pretence and conspiracy to defraud, was offered bail after her attorney, Michael Williams, told Parish Judge Maxine Ellis that his client was sick and should have been taken to the doctor by the police but hadn't been.

Williams told the court that the doctor had visited his client on Monday night and had left a referral with the police for her to be taken to see the doctor.

"I am actually surprised that she is here today," he told the judge while adding that she had been in the hospital prior to her arrest last Wednesday.

Consequently, the judge offered her bail on condition that she report to the Wakefield Police Station every Monday, and also ordered that she be taken immediately to see the doctor.

However, before she was granted bail, the court heard that between March 2016 and April 2016, the accused, who is the director in a company, reportedly defrauded the complainant of US$16,366.62 by pretending that she was capable of selling a plot of land at Blue Castle in Mona, Kingston, to the complainant knowing that she was not authorised so to act.

The court further heard that she reportedly conspired with another person who the police are trying to locate.





Police station shot up; cop injured

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police-station.jpgBrazen gunmen on Wednesday evening shot up the Spalding Police Station in North West Clarendon, which falls within the Manchester Police Division.

Details of the incident are not available, but the attack has been confirmed by the Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).

Reports are that the station come under attack from a group of gunmen and a policeman was shot and injured in the process, and has since been hospitalised.

"We can confirm that the Spaldings Police Station came under fire from gunmen this evening. One policeman was shot. The details are sketchy at this time," a representative of the CCU told Loop News.

Spalding, which sits on the border between Clarendon and Manchester, was also the scene of high drama in February of this year when a police officer on duty in the town was attacked by a bus operator, during which the officer responded by shooting and injuring the busman.

The incident, which was dramatically captured on video, which went viral on social media, triggered protest, during which a police service vehicle was damaged and the cop in question had to seek refuge in a business establishment.

The situation was only brought under control by members of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) who came on the scene and intervened to assist the police to restore public order in the town.

At least four persons were later arrested for their suspected roles in the protest actions, and the bus operator was also slapped with a number of charges after being hospitalised for his injuries.





May 10 court date for Mavado's son

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mavado-and-son.jpgMavado's teenage son, will return to the Supreme Court on May 10th to seek bail on murder charges.

Peter Champagnie is the attorney,now representing the youngster, who has been locked up since last year

The teenager is currently being held in a juvenile detention centre in Kingston without bail.

Detectives are reportedly still interested in speaking with Mavado about the case, but the singer is currently in the United States where he is a legal permanent resident.

Last year, Mavado's son was charged jointly with 23-year-old Andre Hines for the June 5, 2018 murder of Lorenzo Thomas, otherwise called 'Israel' or 'Trulups', in Cassava Piece, St Andrew. Both were charged with conspiracy to murder, arson, shooting with intent and illegal possession of firearm and ammunition.

The teenager had also been accused of giving his co-accused, Hinds, an order to behead Thomas.

Reports were that a witness statement given to the police had alleged that Mavado's son gave the instruction.

"Memba di boss want him head," the juvenile allegedly said to Hinds.

The statement further alleged that Hinds attempted to carry out the order but only managed to partially sever Thomas's head.

The teenager denied the allegations when he appeared in the Corporate Area Criminal Court last year.





Cop killed in car crash

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crime-scene-demo.jpgA policeman was among two people who perished in a motor vehicle crash along the Dam Head main road in Spanish Town, St Catherine on Tuesday morning.

He has been identified as Constable Rammone Smith of the St Catherine North police division. The other victim, a woman, has been identified as Vanessa Natalie Johnson.

Police report that about 3:45 am, Smith was driving a Nissan AD wagon motor vehicle, with Johnson as a passenger, when it collided with the rear of a truck.

Smith and Johnson were taken to hospital where they were pronounced dead.





April 16 proclaimed Education and Sharing Day

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Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen proclaimed today as Education and Sharing Day as a day of increased focus on education in a time of increasing concern over moral standards. This is a first for Jamaica.

April 16 is used to mark the global recognition of the work of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson.

For the past 40 years, presidents, houses of congress, and local governments have recognised the date corresponding to the Rebbe's birthday on the Jewish calendar as Education and Sharing Day, honouring an individual who brought education to the forefront of public discourse.

The Rebbe emphasised the importance of paying more attention to the building of character and emphasising moral and ethical values, accentuating the values of personal rights and responsibilities and principled, just behaviour.

"Education must be more than factual enlightenment--it must enrich the character as well as the mind," said President Ronald Reagan in his 1982 proclamation for the day, echoing the Rebbe's sentiments.

In commemoration of the anniversary, the Governor-General said proclaimed April 16, 2019, as "Education Day" in Jamaica, and called for government officials, educators, volunteers, and citizens, to reach out to young people and work to create a better, brighter and more hopeful future for all.





missing-shante-skyers.jpgPolice have discovered a body which is believed to be that of eight-year-old Shante Skyers, who has been missing for nearly a week.

The Corporate Communication Unit, the information arm of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, has confirmed that a body has been found in bushes near the girl's home in Sterling Castle, Red Hills, St Andrew.

"A police team is now on location, and are waiting for the Scene of Crime investigators to come and process the area. We cannot confirm that is the body of the eight-year-old as we have to get forensic details to ascertain the identity, but it is believed that it may be the body of Shante Skyers," deputy superintendent of police Dahlia Garrick of the CCU told Loop News reporter Claude Mills.

Since last week, police as well as members of a family in St Andrew had been desperately trying to locate the eight-year-old girl who has been reported missing since Thursday in the Sterling Castle section of St Andrew.

The missing child identified as Shante Skyers is of dark complexion, slim build and about 116 centimetres (3 feet 8 inches) tall.

Reports from the Red Hills police are that about 7:00 am, Shante left home for school and has not been seen or heard from since. When last seen, she was dressed in her school uniform - a navy blue tunic, white blouse, and black shoes.





One World Rebellion will not be on the road for Carnival 2019. The band, owned by soca star Fay Ann Lyons, said it has pulled out if Jamaica's Carnival this year.

In a statement issued on Friday, the band said: "the decision is due to conflicting reports from the Jamaican organisers versus those from sponsors pertaining to receipt of funds over the last few months which requires further investigation for clarity."

The band said the investigations have halted production and with Carnival fast approaching they are unable to deliver the type of quality product it knows it can deliver in a timely fashion.

"All avenues to produce a good impact on the experience delivered to our supporters and sponsors this year have been explored. However, it has become prudent to postpone this year's presentation with the intent to re-enter the market in 2020," the band assured.

The band officially launched in December last year.

In extending its apologies to those affected by this decision, the band said it remains imperative that its fiscal position is protected and accurately accounted for in order to maintain the band's integrity, quality and the commitments to both sponsors and masqueraders.

The release made no mention of refunds to masqueraders but in response to queries on their Instagram page, the band told those making inquiries that they are currently in the process of refunding.

For those wishing to be a part of One World Rebellion, they can join the band in St Vincent, Toronto, London and Miami, among other Carnivals to be confirmed.





As expected, Aidonia is giving thanks for life.

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As expected, Aidonia is giving thanks for life.

He is home resting following a motor vehicle collision along Mannings Hill Road in Kingston early Sunday morning, while driving his white, Mercedes-Benz AMG sports utility vehicle..

"The incident happened in the wee hours of Sunday morning. He is okay and was unscathed," said a member of the deejay's inner circle. The "Big Baller" deejay sustained minor injuries after his 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE63 SUV was totaled in the crash.

On Monday, Aidonia took to his Instagram account to give thanks for life and thank everyone for their well wishes and prayers. "JAH IS REAL ! LIFE A DI GREATEST! GIVE THANKS!!!! RESPECT TO ALL A WHO REACH OUT AND ALL DA PRAYERS HEART A ❤️," Aidonia wrote under a photo.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BwSEfinF75i/

Aidonia was slated to perform at Fyah held on the University of the West Indies's Mona Campus in St Andrew on Saturday night. However, at minutes to 2:00 am, Russell "Russ Buss" Gordon -- a member of the show's organising committee -- announced that the deejay would be a no show.

"Due to circumstances beyond our control, Aidonia will not be performing tonight. The entire 4th Genna team sends its sincerest apologies," he told the crowd.

Gordon, a member of Coppershot Disco, did not give a reason.

Meanwhie. his wife, who endorsed his comments with a string of heart emojis, is busy getting her body carnival ready with waist trainer.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BwU8odAhqh1/





Females still swooning over Buju

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buju-banton-photo-12.jpg"Melanin popping...why am I swooning over this man Lord," asks one fan of the Gargamel, after he posted a picture of himself casually lounging in a pool.

Below are a few of the thousands of coments from his adoring female fans, who seem to live from one picture to the next.

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Goodness GRACIOUS!!!😍😍😘😘

Listen Buj, imma need you to keep my chocolate goodness under wraps!!! You out here showing all this skin! You don't get enough attention from me? Ok, I'll step it up. But you don't need to be out here looking you for everybody. You're mine. 😏 ❤️.

tiffii_chosenA whole snack🤤 @bujuofficial

angelbritshthe1stAyyye sah the man mek me wan turn full Rasta and stop yam pork

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STEEAAAMMM FISH AND OKRA BODY 💪😍 GARGAMEL CHOCOLATE CARMEL 😉😘

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Mr organic body❤️

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Buju stop raise up mi pressure pon a friday.... sas christ 😍😍

chiina1Butttt lawdddd of his mercy 😍😍😍😍

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JLP's Ann-Marie Vaz wins Portland by election

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The Electoral Office of Jamaica says preliminary counting of ballots for the by-election in the Portland Eastern constituency is complete. The results are as follows:


Candidate Political Party # of votes

Damion Crawford PNP 9,611

Ann Marie Vaz JLP 9,917


The voter turnout was 53.7 per cent. The voter turnout for the Portland Eastern constituency in the 2016 General Election was 43.93 per cent.

The final counting of votes will begin tomorrow, Friday, April 5 at the Port Antonio High School starting at 10 a.m.





The British government is to compensate and formally apologise to persons of the Windrush Generation who were wrongly classified as illegal immigrants.

The Windrush Generation comprises British Caribbean citizens who migrated to the United Kingdom, UK from the Commonwealth following the second World War, and whose rights were guaranteed in the Immigration Act of 1971.

Earlier today the UK Guardian reported that the Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, announced that the government will pay up to 200 million pounds in compensation to those whose lives were negatively affected by the classification.

Following the announcement, British High Commissioner to Jamaica Asif Ahmad says while no amount of money can erase the pain, he hopes it will help in some way.

Noting that the claim period will span over 2 years, he says persons who are eligible may submit a claim via email to windrushcompensationscheme@homeoffice.gov.uk





Danville Walker has decided to move on from the Jamaica Observer and pursue other interests.

The vacancy created by Walker's departure will be filled by renowned Caribbean broadcaster, journalist, and media manager Julian Rogers.

He takes up the post as managing director tomorrow fresh from Guardian Media Limited where, as managing editor, he oversaw a major redevelopment of its 102-year-old Trinidad Guardian, CNC3-TV and TBC Radio Network.

He is perhaps best known as the host and producer of the weekly Talk Caribbean show, among other programmes, with the Caribbean Broadcasting Union.

His expertise has been in developing market leaders in several countries across the region where he has served as manager, from Antigua and Barbuda to Barbados to Trinidad and Tobago.

As a media trainer, Rogers has guided the growth of multiple talents in broadcasting and journalism across the Caribbean. He was appointed a Member of the British Empire by The Queen, on the recommendation of the Government of Barbados, for his 50-year contribution to the field of broadcasting.

He was also honoured by The University of the West Indies' television service, UwiTV, for a lifetime of service in the cause of regional integration through media, information and communication.

Walker, who was managing director of the Jamaica Observer and Appliance Traders Ltd, met with staff Monday and told them of his decision.

He said he was "closing an exciting and rewarding chapter" in his life with the Gordon "Butch" Stewart-led group and "will treasure the memories and lessons learned".

Walker said he was proud to have been at the helm of the Observer when it celebrated its 25th anniversary last year March and encouraged the newspaper to continue its fine tradition of highlighting issues of national importance as well as preserving Jamaica's democracy.

Walker served as director of elections and head of the Electoral Office of Jamaica from 1997 to 2008, the same year that he was named a member of the Order of Jamaica.

In 2004, the Government appointed him chief executive officer of the Office of National Reconstruction to oversee the reconstruction efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Ivan.

In May 2008 he resigned as director of elections and was appointed commissioner of Customs the following month.

In March 2012 he was named managing director of the Observer.





Nesbeth Postpones European Tour

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nesbeth-photo-1.jpgReggae singer Nesbeth says he is somewhat "disheartened" but hopes the fans will understand following a recent announcement by his management to postpone his upcoming European tour.

Nesbeth was advised by his team that the month-long tour slated to commence at the end of March would be rescheduled due to work being undertaken on several pressing projects.

A statement from the artiste team read: "It is with regret we must inform the public and fans of Nesbeth that his upcoming European tour scheduled for April has been postponed due to numerous important projects currently being undertaken. We tried our best to make it work but unfortunately, if he had embarked on the expedition we would have to pull him for weeks at a time based on his other commitments and that would not be fair to the fans, hence the decision to suspend the tour."

Following the revelation Nesbeth issued his own statement on social media, he said: "I'm so sorry to all my fans in Europe. I am not in the habit of disappointing you like this but the matter is beyond my control. Nevertheless, I will be working very hard to be back in Europe as soon as I can. Once again, my humblest apologies to everyone. I apologise for any inconvenience this may cause those who have tickets to shows but wish to reassure fans to hold on to these existing tickets, as they will be valid for rescheduled dates, which will be announced shortly."





rihanna-white-house.jpgRihanna's Fenty Beauty make up company has been championed for its inclusivity but recently came under fire from fans who believed the beauty company's new highlighter, "Geisha Chic" is offensive.

Backlash from Fenty fans came last Friday (March 29) when the company announced the impending launch of their new Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter on Instagram. The post, which has since been taken down, featured a highlighter that Hypebae describes as "metallic brick-red."

Fans of the beauty line expressed their distaste for the newly announced shade on social media calling it "inappropriate" and the company racist.

"I'm really excited for this launch, however this shade name 'Geisha Chic' is not great because it ignores the history, full weight, and overall experience of being a geisha," one Instagram user wrote. "I've been waiting for colour like this, but I don't want to question my judgement if I purchase this product with the current name. Please change the name so I can shine this summer with this heat!"

Fenty responded to comments by thanking their followers for "educating" them, saying the product would not be released until it is renamed.

The company reiterated the product's renaming in a statement sent to INSIDER.





peter-gramps-and-denroy-morgan.jpgReggae singer Denroy Morgan has come full circle. He started out as a solo singer scoring a huge pop hit, "I'll Do Anything For You", in 1981, before dedicating his life to pushing the efforts of his children, Morgan Heritage and LMS, to international fame. Now, he has returned to the music industry, to push the careers of African reggae singers, young men who he says are members of his "extended spiritual family".

"God is showing me a balance. I am an African born in Jamaica, who spent a portion of my life in the US, my kids were born in the US and spent their developing years in Jamaica, growing and understanding the energy, and bussing with the Jamaican energy. Now, my kids are on a pioneering mission in Africa, they are the next generation of pioneers, and I am doing my part to unearth talent in Africa, and to bring their music to the Jamaica and the world," Morgan said.

Recently, Morgan resurrected his music career, returning to the stage with his band, the Black Eagles, and he also sought out recording talent from the worlds treasure chest known as Africa. He spent several months recording an EP entitled 'Missing You' , recording tracks with artistes such as Nyasha David of Zimbabwe, Latitude of South Africa, Vagavybz of Rwanda, Q-Nel of Ghana, and Bravoo of Kenya.

"These young men are my sons of the outer circle, the children of the outer circle, my spirit family, and they are incredibly talented and I have the blueprint to introduce them to the world," he said.

Morgan is the father of 30 children, 15 of whom he shares with Hyacinth Morgan, affectionately called 'Emo'. He has been able to use the sheer force of his presence and his charisma to introduce new artistes to the world. He did it first with Morgan Heritage, a reggae band formed in 1994 by five of his children namely Peter "Peetah" Morgan, Una Morgan, Roy "Gramps" Morgan, Nakhamyah "Lukes" Morgan, and Memmalatel "Mr. Mojo" Morgan. Morgan Heritage have toured internationally and released a number of reggae albums including the 2015 Grammy Award winning Strictly Roots. He also enjoyed success with the group LMS, which included his son Laza "One By One" Morgan who has had some of his own hit records as well.Morgan is confident he can do it again.

"We have a moral imperative to create that light of change, that truth to expose that indelible mark of lies that has captivated the minds of people and put us in an ignorant state of mind of our black selves. Only rasta can liberate the people," he said.

Spirituality is rooted in Morgan's music as he is very much a leader of his own religious ministry, where he is known as Ambassador Bishop Ras Denroy Morgan of the Abrahamic Covenant Family Ministry, an arm of the Ethiopian Orthodox Coptic Church of North and South America and the International Gospel Helpers Church. He is also a member of the Twelve Tribes of Israel and the American Clergy Leadership Conference with a Nyahbinghi Vibration and Bobo Shanti Tradition.

"We have to gather and unify family vibration," he said.

Morgan released his last album, Muzical Unity in 2017 on Asaph Records/ VPAL Music, and this year, he has upped the ante by pushing a new project, re-establishing his Black Eagles band with a new lead vocalist, Iambassa.

"The Black Eagles was my back up band in 1984 when I initially went solo," he explained. Earlier this month, he released a single by Iambassa called 'Sweet Kali Herb' and in the summer he will release another single by Ianbassa and the Black Eagles, 'Stand Firm', which is a tribute to Igo Levy of the original Black Eagles. He is now ready to tour the world in support of these singles, the EP and his upcoming album.





chris-martin-photo-2.jpgNew York, NY- Following the release of his single "Life", VP Records is proud to announce that Christopher Martin's album And Then will be released May 3rd. In his sophomore offering, Christopher Martin presents a well-rounded mix of ballads and up-tempo jams, showcasing his musical versatility and growth with a celebration centered around themes of love, rising above hardship and finding the good in every situation. And Then is the follow up to Martin's debut full length-album, "Big Deal", which reached the top 5 on the Reggae Billboard Charts in 2017.

Singles off the album include "Bun Fi Bun,", "Can't Dweet Again," "Come Back" and most recently "Life." The album also features a standout cover of Mr. Big's 1991 definitive track, "To Be With You." Martin's re-imagining of the love song is a sweet homage, delivering new meaning to the chart-topping single without losing sight of his powerful ability to connect with audiences across the globe and showcase his versatility as an artist not confined to one solitary genre.

With the launch of his second album, Chris was determined to give back and help raise the goals and expectations of youthful fans at home and abroad. In doing so, he teamed with the The Kulture Movement on the #NoDisrespect Campaign, which aims to educate the youth on behaviors that garner respect without resorting to violence. Shani Kulture of Hot 97.1 spearheaded the campaign with his partner Roxie Digital of Hot 103.9 FM and tapped Martin for the "School Tour," in which workshops and activities with the kids are done to spread the message of positivity and self-worth. In addition to the campaign, Martin expanded his philanthropic efforts by supporting the American Foundation for The University of the West Indies (AFUWI)'s mission of raising funds and providing scholarships for needy students at UWI's 4 campuses in 17 countries, by performing at their 2019 Legacy Awards gala held in February.

Born in St. Catherine, Jamaica, the now 32-year-old first established himself as an emerging talent following winning Jamaica's top televised talent show "Digicel Rising Stars" in 2005. Shortly after, Martin went on to navigate his undeniably destined career in music with an eagerness and dedication to establishing his own forward-thinking sound. As exemplified through his energetic live performances and feel-good lyricism, his characteristic positivity is as genuine as it is memorable, allowing him to organically make a name for himself on the beloved island and connect with audiences that stretch far beyond his backyard in the Caribbean.

"And Then is a body of work I am very proud of and it comes at a time where I am embarking into a new chapter," Martin states. "I have a newly born son and new music at the same time and that is a very special thing."





Chrisinti says yes to life

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Chrisinti, the Jamaican born veteran singer and songwriter has released his long-awaited third studio album Say Yes To Life. The first single from the album is the title track "Say Yes To Life" with a life-affirming message over an upbeat one-drop reggae rhythm. Released on his own Chrisinti Music label, the album features previously released singles and new music including the hit "Stay" (Rihanna cover) and features guest artistes including Gentleman, Jah Mason, Nesbeth and Jahranimo. The album released on February 15, 2019 and is distributed by Tuff Gong International.

Album Track List:

1. Intro

2. Say Yes To Life

3. By Any Means

4. Why Must This War Be

5. Stay

6. Struggle and Faith (featuring Gentleman)

7. Heart Of A Champion

8. Little Torch

9. From The Dust

10. Up, Up, Up (featuring Jah Mason)

11. Somewhere (featuring Jahranimo)

12. Celebrate

13. How Come (featuring Nesbeth)





Pamputtae says God always throws her the rope

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pamputtae.jpgSo all of the haters who are waiting to see Pamputtae sink, please be advised that she has an anchor.

In a recent IG post, she said: Some of y'all still waiting to see me sink in the sand but God loves me too much he always throws me the rope 🙏

👏SEXY SINGLE MOTHER

The Single Mother singer is moving on with her life and is not interested in any drama. She recently had to defend herself after she was accused of lying on Beenie Man, when she said that he attempted to assault her at a studio because she hailed up everybody except him.

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Filming of James Bond flick begins In Jamaica

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The James Bond franchise is back in Jamaica for the 25th instalment of the popular series.

Production began in Portland Monday, with scenes also set to be shot in the Corporate Area during the month-long stint on the island.

Michael G Wilson and his sister Barbara Broccoli are co-producers of the James Bond films. Both were in Jamaica last week for the launch of Bond 25 at GoldenEye in St Mary, the location where the famous spy was created by British author Ian Flemming.

For the producers, Jamaica is Bond's spiritual home and therefore it was a no-brainer to shoot this instalment here. However, in an interview with the Jamaica Observer, both shared the need for the local authorities to follow the lead of other territories in offering incentives to lure the major studios to shoot on our shores.

"We believe that Jamaica is Bond's spiritual home and so the story begins with Bond who has left the service temporarily and is trying to enjoy life and so he comes to the place that is his home, where he wants to be when he's not working. We've built an amazing house for him here and we have his boat here... it's where he comes to remind himself of what is important in the world and find peace in all the chaos," Broccoli told the Sunday Observer.

They were, however, quick to point out that despite the sentimental connections to Jamaica, any other tropical location could have become the backdrop for this new Bond flick which will see British actor Daniel Craig reprise the role of Agent 007. Both pointed to the level of incentives being offered to film producers in other countries, something that is not available here in Jamaica.





skip-marley-photo-1.jpgSkip Marley, the Island Records reggae-hybrid prodigy for a new generation, on Friday released his latest single, 'That's Not True', featuring his uncle, Damian "Jr Gong" Marley.

"That's Not True," is Skip's first original music release since 2017 and arrived timely, the day before 4/20, when he performed at the Kaya Fest concert in Miami.

The new release kicks off a promising new year of amazing music for Skip, with additional releases to come. You can listen to the song here.

Skip is the grandson of reggae icon Bob Marley, and his songs pay homage to his deep family legacy.

"I want to spread my music to the people and help them unify," he says. "I want people to take away a message of love, of looking at the way you are living and thinking where we can work to be or better and feel better. Whatever they're feeling, I want them to be able to turn up my music and think, relax, and get good vibes."





crime-scene-tape-gloves.jpgHard on the heels of reports of the death of the elderly woman who was last week doused with gasoline and set ablaze alive in St James, another elderly woman may have suffered a somewhat similarly violent fate locally.

The Corporate Communications Unit (CCU), the police's information arm, said the Adelphi police in St James are appealing to residents of Lima district in Adelphi to assist them in their investigation into the death of 74-year-old Evelyn Blair, a member of the community who was set ablaze on Thursday, April 25.

Reports are that about 6:00 a.m., Blair was walking along the roadway in her community when a man came up to her and allegedly pour gasoline on her and set her on fire.

The man then ran off.

She was taken to hospital, where she died while being treated on Saturday, April 27.

Persons who may have information to assist in the investigation are being asked to contact the Adelphi police at 876-912-1026, the police 119 emergency number, Crime Stop at 311, or the nearest police station.

Amid that disturbing development, the body of an elderly woman was found with wounds in St Mary on Friday night.

The St Mary police are probing the death of the elderly female on a farm in Richard's Pen in the parish.

The deceased has been identified as 62-year-old Beverly Garricks, a farmer of Richard's Pen.

Preliminary reports are that about 7:00 p.m., a relative went to check on the whereabouts of Garricks and stumbled upon her body.

The police were summoned and on their arrival, the body was seen with wounds to the eye and abdomen.

The body was taken to the morgue, where a post-mortem examination is to be conducted at a later date.





police.jpgThe Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) has confirmed that three police officers were involved in a shooting incident Sunday morning at the intersection of Jobs Lane and Brunswick Avenue in Spanish Town, St Catherine which left a civilian dead.

According to INDECOM, an off duty police officer intervened in the shooting incident and was in pursuit of the occupants of an escape vehicle when a crash occurred.

A man, who turned out to be a policeman, travelling in the escape vehicle succumbed to injuries sustained in the crash, INDECOM said.

Another occupant identified as a police officer, was taken into custody, while the third cop is on the run and is being sought by the authorities, INDECOM said.

INDECOM said it has since launched an investigation into the shooting death of the civilian who has been identified as Sheldon Daley of Chedwin Park, St Catherine.

According to INDECOM, two of the officers involved in the killing of the civilian had been previously charged with murder by INDECOM and were released on bail.





fatal-crash.jpgOn May 3, Junique Chung would have celebrated her 19th birthday.he was counting down the days.

She recently joined the gym hoping to reach personal targets in anticipation of her big day, however, on Sunday, however, those plans faded. Chung was flung from the Nissan Tiida in which she was a passenger when it was reportedly rear-ended on the New Green main road, just outside the town of Mandeville. She sustained several injuries and was taken to hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Police report that about 2:30 yesterday morning, the driver of a Mitsubishi Lancer motor car travelling towards Mandeville slammed into the back of the Nissan Tiida while attempting an overtake. On impact, the driver of the Nissan Tiida reportedly lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a utility pole.

Onlookers on the accident scene yesterday morning were alarmed as they saw the vehicle in two pieces.

Up to lateSunday, the driver of the Tiida and another passenger remained in hospital.

The driver, who relatives say is the father of Chung's one-year-old daughter and an up-and-coming artiste, was reportedly in critical condition.

Chung's brother Mark Muthra says the family is in mourning.

A member of a pageant committee at Christiana High School, where Chung's partner, who goes by the name Fresh King, was a guest performer Saturday night, said that they too were in shock.

It is believed that the occupants of the Tiida were coming from the pageant when the accident occurred.

The driver of the Mitsubishi Lancer motor car, who was the only person in the vehicle, was treated in hospital.





Denham Town under curfew

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curfew-in-areas-of-west-kingston.jpgA curfew has been imposed in sections of the Denham Town Police Division.

The curfew began at 6:00 pm on yesterday and will remain in effect until 6:00 pm on Friday. The boundaries of the curfew are as follows:

NORTH: Along Race Course Lane (Blount Street) from the intersection of Little King Street travelling to the fence line forming the western periphery of the Golden Heights Housing Development, also annexing the northern and eastern sections of the said development, travelling south along paved gully and continuing to the intersection of William Street and Upper Rose Lane.

EAST: Along Rose Lane from the intersection of William Street continuing south along Roe Lane to the intersection of Beeston Street and Rose Lane.

SOUTH: Along Beeston Street from Rose Lane continuing west along Beeston Street to the intersection of Spanish Town Road and southwest along Spanish Town Road to Little King Street (excluding the Denham Town High School and Denham Town Police Station).

WEST: Along Little King Street from Spanish Town Road to the intersection of Race Course Lane (Blount Street).

The police reminded that during the hours of the curfew, all persons within the boundaries of the curfew are required to remain within their premises unless otherwise authorised in writing by the ground commander





11 more cannabis licences approved

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ganja-licence.jpgThe Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) has approved an additional 11 applications for licences in the medical cannabis industry.

Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Audley Shaw, said that "the applicants are preparing to receive their licences".

He was making his contribution to the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday.

Shaw noted that the CLA has received 627 applications from over 200 applicants as at March 31, with 33 licences issued to date.

He said that 178 applications are at the conditional approval stage, which means that the companies involved would have successfully passed the CLA's due diligence process and are now undergoing preparatory work to move to the licensing stage.

Shaw told the House that the CLA has taken steps to respond more efficiently to the growing demands within the industry. These include an increase in the staff complement and inclusion of an agricultural specialist.

"The Authority is also contemplating amendments to the existing regulations, in keeping with the development of the local and global medical cannabis industry and will, in the near future, complete drafting instructions for regulations concerning import, export and transhipment, as we move to capitalise on the opening up of greater opportunities in the international space," he said.





New Bond film to be shot on location in Jamaica

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After months of speculation it has been confirmed that the 25th installment of the James Bond spy series will be shot in Portland and Kingston.

It was made official at Golden Eye, the Jamaican home of the creator of the series, British author Ian Flemming.

According to reports, shooting will commence on Sunday.

The film, which stars Daniel Craig as Agent 007, is being directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga.

The new Bond flick is yet to be titled.





Veteran music industry trailblazer Sylvia Rhone was earlier this week named chairman and CEO of Epic Records. Epic is a division of Sony Music Entertainment and it is perhaps best known as the label that turned R&B sensation Michael Jackson into a pop legend. Rhone will lead the creative direction and management of Epic, and she will preside over the development of a contemporary wave of talent including Camila Cabello, Travis Scott, Future, 21 Savage, French Montana and DJ Khaled.

Rhone is a seasoned and experienced industry executive, and she has always had an eye on reggae and dancehall, an interest that began in the late 1980s and early 1990s when she ran the Urban Music Division at Atlantic Records in New York.

She was one of the pioneers who signed a number of artistes at that time, including Stitchie, Snow and Garnett Silk, and Terror Fabulous with the breakout smash classic Action with Nadine Sutherland. Rhone was also the first African-American and the first woman to head a US major label when she became chairman and CEO of Warner Music Group's Elektra Entertainment.

"Sylvia is a trailblazing and iconic executive who has played a critical leadership role in driving Epic's recent artiste development success," CEO of Sony Music Entertainment Bob Stringer said. "Her wealth of experience and passionate support of artistic vision will help us further grow the reach of Epic's roster around the world," Stringer added.

Prior to Sony Music, Rhone helped guide an award-winning roster at Universal Music Group for eight years, where she was president of Universal Motown Records and executive vice-president at Universal Records from 2004.

"I am excited to continue my amazing journey at Epic Records, and everything we do is a testament to our incredible artistes as we enrich the legacy of this great label," Rhone said.





instagram-of-kavell-catt-on-instagram-follow-the-bunny-she-has-all-the-chocolate -  NOT WM.jpgThe Unruly Boss lived his name rercently when an online troll called his Trinidadian lover, Kavelle Keir, "lowkey ugly" on Instagram. "@kavellkeir your head is kinda big," the troll wrote under her IG post. "It has an ugly shape. You too skinny; you need a better shape and pump up them lips girl you getting Lowkey ugly."

Popcaan quickly jumped in the comments and clapped back saying his girlfriend is so beautiful that its killing her haters, "... her beauty killing you slowly pick a casket zombie," he wrote. Kavell was here for her man defending her and wrote, "@popcaanmusic my babe so crazyyyy."

Despite multiple rumours of them breaking up, Popcaan and Kavell Keir are still going strong. The two went public with their relationship back in 2015 however are now keeping things private

Instagram Of Kavell 🇨🇦🇹🇹 on Instagram: "Follow the bunny, she has all the chocolate 🐰 ..."





Blak Ryno in hospital?

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blak-ryno.jpgBlak Ryno is reportedly in stable condition in a New York hospital following a motor vehicle i early Wednesday morning.

"He's recovering. He came out a surgery about 1:00 pm. He's in stable condition," a member of the deejay's inner circle is said to have told the Jamaica Observer last night. "He's not dead."

The source, who requested anonymity, was unable to say which hospital the deejay was admitted or details about the accident.

"I spoke to him and me neva even did ask that. But I'm planning to see him tomorrow," said the source.

However, speculation is that the deejay could possibly be pulling a fast one.

However, in November 2014, he was travelling along Molynes Road in Kingston, when his motorcycle crashed. He received treatment at the Andrews Memorial Hospital and was later released.

A former member of Vybz Kartel's Portmore Empire, Blak Ryno migrated to the United States in 2015. Kartel (given name Adidja Palmer) is currently serving a life sentence for murder.





Social media 'kills off' Blak Ryno

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blak-ryno-photo-1.jpgSocial media is currently buzzing with rumours about Dancehall artiste Blak Ryno.

Several unconfirmed reports made their way on our timelines early Wednesday morning. Its being alleged that the former Portmore Empire/Gaza member was involved in a motorcycle accident in the United States.

While several Dancehall/Gossip blogs reported that the "Bike Back" deejay passed away, others refuted the claims saying Blak Ryno he is alive and well.

Attempts to get a comment on the rumours from Blak Ryno's management team were unsuccessful.

Blak Ryno's last Instagram post was uploaded a few hours ago, "The agenda change #1focus !!," he wrote. The entertainer is currently promoting his new single titled "Psalm 35" produced by MBR Records.

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Beachorama Welcomes International Party Goers

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beachorama-flyer.jpgApril 18, 2019

PRESS RELEASE

BEACHORAMA WELCOMES INTERNATIONAL PARTY GOERS

Beenie Man set to deliver explosive performance

Hundreds of Canadian party goers will join thousands of Jamaicans for Beachorama, which takes place on Saturday, April 27 at the Bournemouth Beach Park, Downtown Kingston.

This staging of Beachorama will raise the temperature for their international guests who have been through a grueling winter season by providing the best music, beach vibes and premium beverages. Grammy Winning deejay and King of the Dancehall, Beenie Man has been confirmed as the headline act for this event. The best in Dancehall, Hip Hop and Soca Music will be provided by some of Jamaica's hottest DJ's namely Coppershot, Team Shella, Hattaklaps, and Rolexx.

This beach-themed, cooler edition staging is the first in a series of partnerships between local promoters All Starz Entertainment and Niyah of MYC Entertainment out of Canada. "We are always looking for ways to expand our reach and share the Beachorama experience with new patrons so we had a discussion with Niyah about bringing visitors to experience an authentic Jamaican party vibe and the response was amazing. We are very excited for this event and we are going all out to ensure that everybody is happy and that we give our patrons an event to remember for years to come" said Wren4life of All Starz Entertainment. There are plans to take the Beachorama experience to Canada later this year.

Beachorama, currently in its seventh year of existence, boasts maximum capacity crowds of four thousand people. Tickets for this staging start at $2000 JMD and presold tickets can be found online at firstinlineja.com and other outlets. Gates are open at 5pm on event day.

For more information, visit www.beachoramatickets.com or follow beachoramajm on all social media platforms.





rita-marley-photo-2.jpgAward-winning singer, musician, philanthropist and reggae icon, Rita Marley will release a career retrospective of her most well-known material.

The Best of Rita Marley 'Lioness of Reggae' will be released exclusively on limited edition vinyl, Friday May 3.

"I felt this was a project that needed to be done, her musical legacy, message and vibe is unique to her and an important part of reggae's history. This is a way for us to highlight and share her beautiful art," said her son, Ziggy Marley, in a news release.

Born Alpharita Anderson, she displayed a deep love of music since childhood, singing to her family while working. This passion would ultimately lead her to form The Soulettes, which led to the eventual meeting of local Trench Town musicians Robert Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Livingston - known as the Wailers.

Soon after this fateful meeting, the talented young Rita became an integral part of the Wailers musical development, as well as a constant presence and influence in her husband, Bob Marley's life and legacy including as a member of the I- Threes alongside Marcia Griffiths and Judy Mowatt.

Simultaneously, Mrs Marley forged an extraordinary career as a solo artist, known for upholding the artistic and cultural standards of reggae. Her music reflects the versatility and diversity of reggae through the smooth blends of Gospel, Rhythm & Blues, Jazz and Soca. Today, no matter where in the world, the name Marley is synonymous with reggae music and the culture of Jamaica.

Rita Marley's musical career has produced incredible albums including Who Feels It Knows It, Harambe, the 1992 GRAMMY nominated album We Must Carry On and Spectacle For Tribuffalos, as well as the classic reggae album Beginning, with the I-Threes. Her sizzling 1982 hit "One Draw" created waves around the world, was a bestseller with over two million copies sold and made history as the first reggae single to top the Billboard Dance Charts.

Rita Marley continues her legacy today with the Rita Marley Foundation - eradicating poverty and hunger, while empowering communities, in Africa, Jamaica and beyond.


THE BEST OF RITA MARLEY 'LIONESS OF REGGAE" is out May 3, 2019. Here is the tracklist:

1. Harambe

2. One Draw

3. A Jah Jah

4. That's The Way

5. Who Feels It Knows It

6. King Street

7. Thank You Jah

8. Good Morning Jah

9. I'm Still Waiting

10. Play Play





Buju Banton taking a long walk to Europe

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buju-banton-photo-10.jpgJamaican singer, Buju Banton, whose Long Walk to Freedom tour is winding its way through the Caribbean, is scheduled to perform in about eight or nine European cities from July 6.

Ronnie Tomlinson, Banton's publicist, revealed on Saturday that following the Caribbean, he is headed to Europe.

Among the places he will be performing are: Cologne, Germany at Summer Jam; Amsterdam, Netherlands; Zurich, Switzerland at Jamaica Splash; Porto, Portugal; Vertheuil, France at Reggae Sun Ska; and Geel, Belgium.

An official announcement of the European tour will be made next week.

Speaking to local media in Trinidad & Tobago ahead of Banton's I Am Legend concert in the twin island republic on Sunday, Tomlinson said there are no plans right now to hit the American market.

Banton, real name Mark Myrie, was released from a US prison on December 7 after serving eight years for drug charges. He was deported back to Jamaica immediately following his release.

Asked about the reception to the news that he will be in Europe, Tomlinson told Loop there were concerns from the LGBT community about his infamous song 'Boom Bye Bye' but, she said, once they reiterated that he won't be singing that song again, people expressed excitement about attending his shows.

Tomlinson told T&T media that since his release, Banton has stressed on love.

"What he is looking for is just to continue spreading love through his music and letting everyone know that everyone is welcomed to his concert," she said.

Asked if fans can expect anything specially tailored for T&T when he performs tomorrow, Tomlinson said he has sung different songs in Jamaica and the Bahamas so it can be expected that he will give his fans here a special show.

The I Am Legend show begins at 4 pm and is expected to finish at midnight.

Though he was billed to address the media, Banton was a no show. The singer has not done any interviews at home or otherwise since his release.

Tomlinson explained that, at this time, they are using the stage as his platform to speak to everyone with one accord.

"When he touches that stage, the message that you get, the vibe, the energy, I feel that we can bring back what we love about Buju. We can bring that music, those words, those messages that he has and seeing how he connects with his fans again, that's what we want to see right now," she said.

Following his show in T&T, Banton will be headed to Barbados on April 27, Grenada on May 11, Guyana on May 25, Tortola on June 15 and St Kitts on June 29.





Three shot in St Catherine

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA gang feud was likely behind a brazen daylight gun attack in which three persons were shot, one fatally, in the St John's Road area of Spanish Town, St Catherine on Thursday.

The deceased man has been identified as 20-year-old Shamar Smith of St John's Road.

Police reports are that at about 3:00 p.m., Smith and two other men were at a house in the St John's Road area, when men armed with guns entered the building.

The intruders opened gunfire on all three occupants before fleeing the scene.

The police were alerted and upon their arrival, Smith succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

The two injured men were assisted to the hospital, where they remain admitted.

Further investigation is ongoing into one of the latest gun attacks to hit the old capital of Spanish Town.





ganja-image-5.jpgThree Costa Ricans were arrested and charged during an operation at Ridge Pen district in Pedro Plain, St Elizabeth on Friday.

Charged are: 31-year-old Fernando Guido, fisherman of Queblo Nuevo; 31-year-old Emanuel Fernandes, taxi driver of Limon Sieneguita; and 33-year-old Henry Baez, contractor of Limon Valle, all in Costa Rica.

They have been charged with Possession of and Dealing in Ganja.

Reports are that about 2:00 a.m., lawmen conducted an operation in the area when a premises was searched.

Two parcels containing approximately six pounds of vegetable matter resembling ganja were seized.

The illicit drug has an estimated street value of $30,000.

A court date has not yet been ascertained.





Seven bags of ganja seized in Porus, Manchester

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ganja-seized.jpgThe police say several bags of ganja were seized Saturday in Porus, Manchester after the driver of a vehicle fled.

Reports are that about 8:00 p.m., a team from the Williams Field Police was on operation when the driver of a vehicle was signalled to stop. The driver did not comply and the vehicle was subsequently found abandoned in the area.

Checks were made and seven knitted bags found containing the illicit drug.

The police say the estimated weight and value of the drug have not yet been ascertained.

No one was held in connection with the seizure.





Teacher missing since Good Friday

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missing-teacher-samuel-martin.jpgForty-one-year-old teacher Samuel Martin, of Waterloo Close, Kingston 10 has been missing since Friday.

He is of dark complexion, medium build and is about 5 feet 9 inches tall.

Reports from the Matildas Corner police are that Martin was last seen about 6:30 p.m., in Mandeville, Manchester dressed in a navy blue shirt and black shorts.

He has not been heard from since and efforts to contact him have proven futile.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Martin is being asked to contact the Matildas Corner Police Station at 876-978-6003, Police 119 emergency number or the nearest police station.





missing-woman-nordia-belnavis.jpgA reward of $125,000 is being offered for any information that can lead to the whereabouts of missing St Andrew woman, Nordia Belnavis.

The cash reward was announced by Crime Stop on Thursday, noting that persons with information on Belnavis' whereabouts show call them at 311.

Belnavis, 43, of a Bronte Way, Kingston 20 address, has been missing since Saturday, March 30.

Duhaney Park police report that Belnavis was last seen at her home about 7:30am and has not been heard from since. Her mode of dress at the time she went missing is unknown.





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Beenie Man & Bounty Killer

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Chimney Records light up Billboard Reggae Chart

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chimney-records.jpgLast month, Chimney Records scored a rare feat on the Billboard Reggae Albums Chart with two compilations.

The Kingston rhythm album entered and peaked at number 14, while their St Andrew beat reached number 16. The Kingston features songs from Bounty Killer, Shenseea, Romain Virgo, Alaine and Busy Signal.

The St Andrew rhythm has songs by Morgan Heritage, Pressure Buss Pipe, Queen Ifrica and Tony Rebel.

"We decided to do a double release as somewhat of a challenge to ourselves, but it also allowed us to work with more artistes, give the fans more music and add to reggae music in general, even more than a single compilation would," said Jordan McClure of Chimney Records.

He added, "The concept was inspired by the idea of Kingston and St Andrew being the Mecca of reggae and dancehall music. Kingston embodying an urban side with St Andrew encompassing large regions of natural beauty, both of which are important influences on reggae itself."

The Fresh Paint rhythm is the latest project from Chimney Records. It was released last Friday and features Getaway by Govana, Same Stories by Jahmiel, Live Forever by Jahvillani, So Me Move by Kranium, Fresh Paint by Mavado, Temptation Overdue by Shenseea, and After 4 by Teejay.

The Chimney Records team comprises McClure and David Hayle. Their hit rhythm projects include the Sex Appeal, Retweet, Star Bwoy, Happy Hour, Summer Fling, Money Box, Tropical Escape, Chill Spot, Rising Sun, Movie Star and World Premier. The label has been around for 12 years.





Beenie Man Kartel play-off to decide who is King

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beenie-man-photo-8.jpgA New York promoter will crown Beenie Man or Vybz Kartel King of The Dancehall following The Settlement, a two-part dance scheduled for New York in May and June. Both will feature sound system selectors playing songs of both deejays throughout the events.

Walford Stewart is organiser of the dances which take place May 18 at Garage Nightclub in The Bronx, and June 7 at Mystic Lounge in Poughkeepsie.

He said fans will determine the winner, who will be named after the Mystic Lounge date. The idea to stage The Settlement came from Stewart's colleague, Jerry McDonald, who saw a recent report on Fox TV in New York crowning the incarcerated Kartel King of The Dancehall.

Given Beenie Man and Kartel's claim to regal supremacy, Stewart agreed to promote the events and let fans decide who deserves the title.

"Both have professed to be the king of the dancehall; Beenie Man released a song titled King of The Dancehall while Kartel released his own King of Dancehall album and sounded a warning to all and sundry with his song Undisputed Champion. At the end of the day, only one king can rule rule, hence the need for The Settlement to crown the real king," he said.

Stewart disclosed that 45-year-old Beenie Man and the incarcerated Vybz Kartel, 43, have strong support among different demographics in New York City. He said Beenie Man appeals to fans between 30 and 55, while Kartel commands respect among fans aged 17-35.

"Kartel is a massive superstar here in the tri-state. At any NY area party when a Kartel song is played, the response from patrons on the dance floor says it all. Kartel is controversial, plus he is a master lyricist who covers all bases with his songs," Stewart explained. "He has songs for the rude boys, he has songs to get everyone on the dance floor and keep them there and, most importantly, he has a few choice songs for the ladies. You can never go wrong with that."





marlon-james.jpgJamaican author Marlon James has been listed among Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World.

James shares the honour with United States President Donald Trump, former United States First Lady Michelle Obama, football star Mohamed Salah, golf player Tiger Woods, and Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke.

The 48-year-old author shared the news on Facebook yesterday with the caption: "So this happened."

According to Time, James is "one of the most important voices of his literary generation. He speaks out out on race, literature, gay rights and whatever else is on his mind."

A former student of Wolmer's Boys' School, James won the 2015 Man Booker Prize for his book A Brief History of Seven Killings. According to novelist Salman Rushdie, it is "highly original, its language surging with power, its imagination all-encompassing. Marlon is a writer who must be read."

A teacher at Macalester College where he is writer-in-residence, his other books include John Crow's Devil, Black Leopard, Red Wolf and The Book of Night Women. The latter won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize.





Noise Abatement Act on front burner

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Consultations with key stakeholders from the Ministries of Entertainment, Local Government, and National Security are to begin regarding amendment to the Noise Abatement Act and the hosting of entertainment activities.

Opening the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, Minister of National Security, Dr Horace Chang, said in the current legislation there is always conflict between promoters and members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).

Under the Act, entertainment sessions must end at midnight on weekdays and at 2:00 am on weekends

"I cannot ask the police to use discretion, the law says so. I have, therefore, requested the minister of entertainment to consult with the minister of local government and we will come with an appropriate amendment to the law and establish a protocol for the conduct of entertainment activities," he said.

He said standards and schedules can be established so that decibel levels can be reduced at specific times.

"If you have a house party, you know at certain times the decibel levels [can be reduced], if you are on a playfield and you are 200 yards from homes, you can have another level at 2:00 am, and if you are far away on the Dyke Road, Richmond or Catherine Hall, you can go all night and raise the decibel level, but we must lay it out in the schedule governing the law, so that they can do it legally," he said.

He said entertainment is one of Jamaica's biggest industries, which offers opportunities to many from the various socio-economic groups.

The Noise Abatement Act was last amended in 1997.





violence-prevention-alliance-vpa-jamaica.jpgThe Violence Prevention Alliance (VPA) is condemning the killing of eight-year-old Shantae Skyers, who was found dead after she went missing last week and the mob killing of man in relation to the incident.

Skyers' body was found Tuesday in bushes in Sterling Castle Heights in Red Hills, St Andrew.

The Alliance also expressed concern that such a heinous act was committed against this young and innocent child, adding that it was a reflection of the lack of value for life.

The VPA further pointed out that the society was failing to protect its young and vulnerable as too many of the nation's children were being impacted by violence.

The organisation also commended the Ministry of Education for dispatching a trauma team to provide counseling for students and teachers at Red Hills Primary School where Skyers attended.

However, the Alliance stressed that the family of Skyers will also need grief counseling and therapy to get through this difficult period.

The VPA noted that the levels of crime and violence against the nation's children were unacceptable.

The Alliance also denounced actions by a mob that beat and burnt a man in relation to the incident.

The VPA said, "Taking justice in your own hands is unacceptable. Allow the police to do their work and the law to take its course. We cannot descend to jungle justice."





$2-million bail for former lawyer

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bail.jpgA former attorney who reportedly collected US$16,366.62 for a property that was not hers to sell was Tuesday offered $2 million bail when she appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court.

The Wakefield, Trelawny, resident, Arlene Beckford, who is charged with obtaining money by false pretence and conspiracy to defraud, was offered bail after her attorney, Michael Williams, told Parish Judge Maxine Ellis that his client was sick and should have been taken to the doctor by the police but hadn't been.

Williams told the court that the doctor had visited his client on Monday night and had left a referral with the police for her to be taken to see the doctor.

"I am actually surprised that she is here today," he told the judge while adding that she had been in the hospital prior to her arrest last Wednesday.

Consequently, the judge offered her bail on condition that she report to the Wakefield Police Station every Monday, and also ordered that she be taken immediately to see the doctor.

However, before she was granted bail, the court heard that between March 2016 and April 2016, the accused, who is the director in a company, reportedly defrauded the complainant of US$16,366.62 by pretending that she was capable of selling a plot of land at Blue Castle in Mona, Kingston, to the complainant knowing that she was not authorised so to act.

The court further heard that she reportedly conspired with another person who the police are trying to locate.





Police station shot up; cop injured

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police-station.jpgBrazen gunmen on Wednesday evening shot up the Spalding Police Station in North West Clarendon, which falls within the Manchester Police Division.

Details of the incident are not available, but the attack has been confirmed by the Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).

Reports are that the station come under attack from a group of gunmen and a policeman was shot and injured in the process, and has since been hospitalised.

"We can confirm that the Spaldings Police Station came under fire from gunmen this evening. One policeman was shot. The details are sketchy at this time," a representative of the CCU told Loop News.

Spalding, which sits on the border between Clarendon and Manchester, was also the scene of high drama in February of this year when a police officer on duty in the town was attacked by a bus operator, during which the officer responded by shooting and injuring the busman.

The incident, which was dramatically captured on video, which went viral on social media, triggered protest, during which a police service vehicle was damaged and the cop in question had to seek refuge in a business establishment.

The situation was only brought under control by members of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) who came on the scene and intervened to assist the police to restore public order in the town.

At least four persons were later arrested for their suspected roles in the protest actions, and the bus operator was also slapped with a number of charges after being hospitalised for his injuries.





May 10 court date for Mavado's son

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mavado-and-son.jpgMavado's teenage son, will return to the Supreme Court on May 10th to seek bail on murder charges.

Peter Champagnie is the attorney,now representing the youngster, who has been locked up since last year

The teenager is currently being held in a juvenile detention centre in Kingston without bail.

Detectives are reportedly still interested in speaking with Mavado about the case, but the singer is currently in the United States where he is a legal permanent resident.

Last year, Mavado's son was charged jointly with 23-year-old Andre Hines for the June 5, 2018 murder of Lorenzo Thomas, otherwise called 'Israel' or 'Trulups', in Cassava Piece, St Andrew. Both were charged with conspiracy to murder, arson, shooting with intent and illegal possession of firearm and ammunition.

The teenager had also been accused of giving his co-accused, Hinds, an order to behead Thomas.

Reports were that a witness statement given to the police had alleged that Mavado's son gave the instruction.

"Memba di boss want him head," the juvenile allegedly said to Hinds.

The statement further alleged that Hinds attempted to carry out the order but only managed to partially sever Thomas's head.

The teenager denied the allegations when he appeared in the Corporate Area Criminal Court last year.





Cop killed in car crash

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crime-scene-demo.jpgA policeman was among two people who perished in a motor vehicle crash along the Dam Head main road in Spanish Town, St Catherine on Tuesday morning.

He has been identified as Constable Rammone Smith of the St Catherine North police division. The other victim, a woman, has been identified as Vanessa Natalie Johnson.

Police report that about 3:45 am, Smith was driving a Nissan AD wagon motor vehicle, with Johnson as a passenger, when it collided with the rear of a truck.

Smith and Johnson were taken to hospital where they were pronounced dead.





April 16 proclaimed Education and Sharing Day

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Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen proclaimed today as Education and Sharing Day as a day of increased focus on education in a time of increasing concern over moral standards. This is a first for Jamaica.

April 16 is used to mark the global recognition of the work of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson.

For the past 40 years, presidents, houses of congress, and local governments have recognised the date corresponding to the Rebbe's birthday on the Jewish calendar as Education and Sharing Day, honouring an individual who brought education to the forefront of public discourse.

The Rebbe emphasised the importance of paying more attention to the building of character and emphasising moral and ethical values, accentuating the values of personal rights and responsibilities and principled, just behaviour.

"Education must be more than factual enlightenment--it must enrich the character as well as the mind," said President Ronald Reagan in his 1982 proclamation for the day, echoing the Rebbe's sentiments.

In commemoration of the anniversary, the Governor-General said proclaimed April 16, 2019, as "Education Day" in Jamaica, and called for government officials, educators, volunteers, and citizens, to reach out to young people and work to create a better, brighter and more hopeful future for all.





missing-shante-skyers.jpgPolice have discovered a body which is believed to be that of eight-year-old Shante Skyers, who has been missing for nearly a week.

The Corporate Communication Unit, the information arm of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, has confirmed that a body has been found in bushes near the girl's home in Sterling Castle, Red Hills, St Andrew.

"A police team is now on location, and are waiting for the Scene of Crime investigators to come and process the area. We cannot confirm that is the body of the eight-year-old as we have to get forensic details to ascertain the identity, but it is believed that it may be the body of Shante Skyers," deputy superintendent of police Dahlia Garrick of the CCU told Loop News reporter Claude Mills.

Since last week, police as well as members of a family in St Andrew had been desperately trying to locate the eight-year-old girl who has been reported missing since Thursday in the Sterling Castle section of St Andrew.

The missing child identified as Shante Skyers is of dark complexion, slim build and about 116 centimetres (3 feet 8 inches) tall.

Reports from the Red Hills police are that about 7:00 am, Shante left home for school and has not been seen or heard from since. When last seen, she was dressed in her school uniform - a navy blue tunic, white blouse, and black shoes.





One World Rebellion will not be on the road for Carnival 2019. The band, owned by soca star Fay Ann Lyons, said it has pulled out if Jamaica's Carnival this year.

In a statement issued on Friday, the band said: "the decision is due to conflicting reports from the Jamaican organisers versus those from sponsors pertaining to receipt of funds over the last few months which requires further investigation for clarity."

The band said the investigations have halted production and with Carnival fast approaching they are unable to deliver the type of quality product it knows it can deliver in a timely fashion.

"All avenues to produce a good impact on the experience delivered to our supporters and sponsors this year have been explored. However, it has become prudent to postpone this year's presentation with the intent to re-enter the market in 2020," the band assured.

The band officially launched in December last year.

In extending its apologies to those affected by this decision, the band said it remains imperative that its fiscal position is protected and accurately accounted for in order to maintain the band's integrity, quality and the commitments to both sponsors and masqueraders.

The release made no mention of refunds to masqueraders but in response to queries on their Instagram page, the band told those making inquiries that they are currently in the process of refunding.

For those wishing to be a part of One World Rebellion, they can join the band in St Vincent, Toronto, London and Miami, among other Carnivals to be confirmed.





As expected, Aidonia is giving thanks for life.

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As expected, Aidonia is giving thanks for life.

He is home resting following a motor vehicle collision along Mannings Hill Road in Kingston early Sunday morning, while driving his white, Mercedes-Benz AMG sports utility vehicle..

"The incident happened in the wee hours of Sunday morning. He is okay and was unscathed," said a member of the deejay's inner circle. The "Big Baller" deejay sustained minor injuries after his 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE63 SUV was totaled in the crash.

On Monday, Aidonia took to his Instagram account to give thanks for life and thank everyone for their well wishes and prayers. "JAH IS REAL ! LIFE A DI GREATEST! GIVE THANKS!!!! RESPECT TO ALL A WHO REACH OUT AND ALL DA PRAYERS HEART A ❤️," Aidonia wrote under a photo.

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Aidonia was slated to perform at Fyah held on the University of the West Indies's Mona Campus in St Andrew on Saturday night. However, at minutes to 2:00 am, Russell "Russ Buss" Gordon -- a member of the show's organising committee -- announced that the deejay would be a no show.

"Due to circumstances beyond our control, Aidonia will not be performing tonight. The entire 4th Genna team sends its sincerest apologies," he told the crowd.

Gordon, a member of Coppershot Disco, did not give a reason.

Meanwhie. his wife, who endorsed his comments with a string of heart emojis, is busy getting her body carnival ready with waist trainer.

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Females still swooning over Buju

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buju-banton-photo-12.jpg"Melanin popping...why am I swooning over this man Lord," asks one fan of the Gargamel, after he posted a picture of himself casually lounging in a pool.

Below are a few of the thousands of coments from his adoring female fans, who seem to live from one picture to the next.

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Goodness GRACIOUS!!!😍😍😘😘

Listen Buj, imma need you to keep my chocolate goodness under wraps!!! You out here showing all this skin! You don't get enough attention from me? Ok, I'll step it up. But you don't need to be out here looking you for everybody. You're mine. 😏 ❤️.

tiffii_chosenA whole snack🤤 @bujuofficial

angelbritshthe1stAyyye sah the man mek me wan turn full Rasta and stop yam pork

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STEEAAAMMM FISH AND OKRA BODY 💪😍 GARGAMEL CHOCOLATE CARMEL 😉😘

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Mr organic body❤️

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Buju stop raise up mi pressure pon a friday.... sas christ 😍😍

chiina1Butttt lawdddd of his mercy 😍😍😍😍

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JLP's Ann-Marie Vaz wins Portland by election

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The Electoral Office of Jamaica says preliminary counting of ballots for the by-election in the Portland Eastern constituency is complete. The results are as follows:


Candidate Political Party # of votes

Damion Crawford PNP 9,611

Ann Marie Vaz JLP 9,917


The voter turnout was 53.7 per cent. The voter turnout for the Portland Eastern constituency in the 2016 General Election was 43.93 per cent.

The final counting of votes will begin tomorrow, Friday, April 5 at the Port Antonio High School starting at 10 a.m.





The British government is to compensate and formally apologise to persons of the Windrush Generation who were wrongly classified as illegal immigrants.

The Windrush Generation comprises British Caribbean citizens who migrated to the United Kingdom, UK from the Commonwealth following the second World War, and whose rights were guaranteed in the Immigration Act of 1971.

Earlier today the UK Guardian reported that the Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, announced that the government will pay up to 200 million pounds in compensation to those whose lives were negatively affected by the classification.

Following the announcement, British High Commissioner to Jamaica Asif Ahmad says while no amount of money can erase the pain, he hopes it will help in some way.

Noting that the claim period will span over 2 years, he says persons who are eligible may submit a claim via email to windrushcompensationscheme@homeoffice.gov.uk





Danville Walker has decided to move on from the Jamaica Observer and pursue other interests.

The vacancy created by Walker's departure will be filled by renowned Caribbean broadcaster, journalist, and media manager Julian Rogers.

He takes up the post as managing director tomorrow fresh from Guardian Media Limited where, as managing editor, he oversaw a major redevelopment of its 102-year-old Trinidad Guardian, CNC3-TV and TBC Radio Network.

He is perhaps best known as the host and producer of the weekly Talk Caribbean show, among other programmes, with the Caribbean Broadcasting Union.

His expertise has been in developing market leaders in several countries across the region where he has served as manager, from Antigua and Barbuda to Barbados to Trinidad and Tobago.

As a media trainer, Rogers has guided the growth of multiple talents in broadcasting and journalism across the Caribbean. He was appointed a Member of the British Empire by The Queen, on the recommendation of the Government of Barbados, for his 50-year contribution to the field of broadcasting.

He was also honoured by The University of the West Indies' television service, UwiTV, for a lifetime of service in the cause of regional integration through media, information and communication.

Walker, who was managing director of the Jamaica Observer and Appliance Traders Ltd, met with staff Monday and told them of his decision.

He said he was "closing an exciting and rewarding chapter" in his life with the Gordon "Butch" Stewart-led group and "will treasure the memories and lessons learned".

Walker said he was proud to have been at the helm of the Observer when it celebrated its 25th anniversary last year March and encouraged the newspaper to continue its fine tradition of highlighting issues of national importance as well as preserving Jamaica's democracy.

Walker served as director of elections and head of the Electoral Office of Jamaica from 1997 to 2008, the same year that he was named a member of the Order of Jamaica.

In 2004, the Government appointed him chief executive officer of the Office of National Reconstruction to oversee the reconstruction efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Ivan.

In May 2008 he resigned as director of elections and was appointed commissioner of Customs the following month.

In March 2012 he was named managing director of the Observer.





Nesbeth Postpones European Tour

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nesbeth-photo-1.jpgReggae singer Nesbeth says he is somewhat "disheartened" but hopes the fans will understand following a recent announcement by his management to postpone his upcoming European tour.

Nesbeth was advised by his team that the month-long tour slated to commence at the end of March would be rescheduled due to work being undertaken on several pressing projects.

A statement from the artiste team read: "It is with regret we must inform the public and fans of Nesbeth that his upcoming European tour scheduled for April has been postponed due to numerous important projects currently being undertaken. We tried our best to make it work but unfortunately, if he had embarked on the expedition we would have to pull him for weeks at a time based on his other commitments and that would not be fair to the fans, hence the decision to suspend the tour."

Following the revelation Nesbeth issued his own statement on social media, he said: "I'm so sorry to all my fans in Europe. I am not in the habit of disappointing you like this but the matter is beyond my control. Nevertheless, I will be working very hard to be back in Europe as soon as I can. Once again, my humblest apologies to everyone. I apologise for any inconvenience this may cause those who have tickets to shows but wish to reassure fans to hold on to these existing tickets, as they will be valid for rescheduled dates, which will be announced shortly."





rihanna-white-house.jpgRihanna's Fenty Beauty make up company has been championed for its inclusivity but recently came under fire from fans who believed the beauty company's new highlighter, "Geisha Chic" is offensive.

Backlash from Fenty fans came last Friday (March 29) when the company announced the impending launch of their new Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter on Instagram. The post, which has since been taken down, featured a highlighter that Hypebae describes as "metallic brick-red."

Fans of the beauty line expressed their distaste for the newly announced shade on social media calling it "inappropriate" and the company racist.

"I'm really excited for this launch, however this shade name 'Geisha Chic' is not great because it ignores the history, full weight, and overall experience of being a geisha," one Instagram user wrote. "I've been waiting for colour like this, but I don't want to question my judgement if I purchase this product with the current name. Please change the name so I can shine this summer with this heat!"

Fenty responded to comments by thanking their followers for "educating" them, saying the product would not be released until it is renamed.

The company reiterated the product's renaming in a statement sent to INSIDER.





peter-gramps-and-denroy-morgan.jpgReggae singer Denroy Morgan has come full circle. He started out as a solo singer scoring a huge pop hit, "I'll Do Anything For You", in 1981, before dedicating his life to pushing the efforts of his children, Morgan Heritage and LMS, to international fame. Now, he has returned to the music industry, to push the careers of African reggae singers, young men who he says are members of his "extended spiritual family".

"God is showing me a balance. I am an African born in Jamaica, who spent a portion of my life in the US, my kids were born in the US and spent their developing years in Jamaica, growing and understanding the energy, and bussing with the Jamaican energy. Now, my kids are on a pioneering mission in Africa, they are the next generation of pioneers, and I am doing my part to unearth talent in Africa, and to bring their music to the Jamaica and the world," Morgan said.

Recently, Morgan resurrected his music career, returning to the stage with his band, the Black Eagles, and he also sought out recording talent from the worlds treasure chest known as Africa. He spent several months recording an EP entitled 'Missing You' , recording tracks with artistes such as Nyasha David of Zimbabwe, Latitude of South Africa, Vagavybz of Rwanda, Q-Nel of Ghana, and Bravoo of Kenya.

"These young men are my sons of the outer circle, the children of the outer circle, my spirit family, and they are incredibly talented and I have the blueprint to introduce them to the world," he said.

Morgan is the father of 30 children, 15 of whom he shares with Hyacinth Morgan, affectionately called 'Emo'. He has been able to use the sheer force of his presence and his charisma to introduce new artistes to the world. He did it first with Morgan Heritage, a reggae band formed in 1994 by five of his children namely Peter "Peetah" Morgan, Una Morgan, Roy "Gramps" Morgan, Nakhamyah "Lukes" Morgan, and Memmalatel "Mr. Mojo" Morgan. Morgan Heritage have toured internationally and released a number of reggae albums including the 2015 Grammy Award winning Strictly Roots. He also enjoyed success with the group LMS, which included his son Laza "One By One" Morgan who has had some of his own hit records as well.Morgan is confident he can do it again.

"We have a moral imperative to create that light of change, that truth to expose that indelible mark of lies that has captivated the minds of people and put us in an ignorant state of mind of our black selves. Only rasta can liberate the people," he said.

Spirituality is rooted in Morgan's music as he is very much a leader of his own religious ministry, where he is known as Ambassador Bishop Ras Denroy Morgan of the Abrahamic Covenant Family Ministry, an arm of the Ethiopian Orthodox Coptic Church of North and South America and the International Gospel Helpers Church. He is also a member of the Twelve Tribes of Israel and the American Clergy Leadership Conference with a Nyahbinghi Vibration and Bobo Shanti Tradition.

"We have to gather and unify family vibration," he said.

Morgan released his last album, Muzical Unity in 2017 on Asaph Records/ VPAL Music, and this year, he has upped the ante by pushing a new project, re-establishing his Black Eagles band with a new lead vocalist, Iambassa.

"The Black Eagles was my back up band in 1984 when I initially went solo," he explained. Earlier this month, he released a single by Iambassa called 'Sweet Kali Herb' and in the summer he will release another single by Ianbassa and the Black Eagles, 'Stand Firm', which is a tribute to Igo Levy of the original Black Eagles. He is now ready to tour the world in support of these singles, the EP and his upcoming album.





chris-martin-photo-2.jpgNew York, NY- Following the release of his single "Life", VP Records is proud to announce that Christopher Martin's album And Then will be released May 3rd. In his sophomore offering, Christopher Martin presents a well-rounded mix of ballads and up-tempo jams, showcasing his musical versatility and growth with a celebration centered around themes of love, rising above hardship and finding the good in every situation. And Then is the follow up to Martin's debut full length-album, "Big Deal", which reached the top 5 on the Reggae Billboard Charts in 2017.

Singles off the album include "Bun Fi Bun,", "Can't Dweet Again," "Come Back" and most recently "Life." The album also features a standout cover of Mr. Big's 1991 definitive track, "To Be With You." Martin's re-imagining of the love song is a sweet homage, delivering new meaning to the chart-topping single without losing sight of his powerful ability to connect with audiences across the globe and showcase his versatility as an artist not confined to one solitary genre.

With the launch of his second album, Chris was determined to give back and help raise the goals and expectations of youthful fans at home and abroad. In doing so, he teamed with the The Kulture Movement on the #NoDisrespect Campaign, which aims to educate the youth on behaviors that garner respect without resorting to violence. Shani Kulture of Hot 97.1 spearheaded the campaign with his partner Roxie Digital of Hot 103.9 FM and tapped Martin for the "School Tour," in which workshops and activities with the kids are done to spread the message of positivity and self-worth. In addition to the campaign, Martin expanded his philanthropic efforts by supporting the American Foundation for The University of the West Indies (AFUWI)'s mission of raising funds and providing scholarships for needy students at UWI's 4 campuses in 17 countries, by performing at their 2019 Legacy Awards gala held in February.

Born in St. Catherine, Jamaica, the now 32-year-old first established himself as an emerging talent following winning Jamaica's top televised talent show "Digicel Rising Stars" in 2005. Shortly after, Martin went on to navigate his undeniably destined career in music with an eagerness and dedication to establishing his own forward-thinking sound. As exemplified through his energetic live performances and feel-good lyricism, his characteristic positivity is as genuine as it is memorable, allowing him to organically make a name for himself on the beloved island and connect with audiences that stretch far beyond his backyard in the Caribbean.

"And Then is a body of work I am very proud of and it comes at a time where I am embarking into a new chapter," Martin states. "I have a newly born son and new music at the same time and that is a very special thing."





Chrisinti says yes to life

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Chrisinti, the Jamaican born veteran singer and songwriter has released his long-awaited third studio album Say Yes To Life. The first single from the album is the title track "Say Yes To Life" with a life-affirming message over an upbeat one-drop reggae rhythm. Released on his own Chrisinti Music label, the album features previously released singles and new music including the hit "Stay" (Rihanna cover) and features guest artistes including Gentleman, Jah Mason, Nesbeth and Jahranimo. The album released on February 15, 2019 and is distributed by Tuff Gong International.

Album Track List:

1. Intro

2. Say Yes To Life

3. By Any Means

4. Why Must This War Be

5. Stay

6. Struggle and Faith (featuring Gentleman)

7. Heart Of A Champion

8. Little Torch

9. From The Dust

10. Up, Up, Up (featuring Jah Mason)

11. Somewhere (featuring Jahranimo)

12. Celebrate

13. How Come (featuring Nesbeth)





Pamputtae says God always throws her the rope

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pamputtae.jpgSo all of the haters who are waiting to see Pamputtae sink, please be advised that she has an anchor.

In a recent IG post, she said: Some of y'all still waiting to see me sink in the sand but God loves me too much he always throws me the rope 🙏

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The Single Mother singer is moving on with her life and is not interested in any drama. She recently had to defend herself after she was accused of lying on Beenie Man, when she said that he attempted to assault her at a studio because she hailed up everybody except him.

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skip-marley-photo-1.jpgSkip Marley, the Island Records reggae-hybrid prodigy for a new generation, on Friday released his latest single, 'That's Not True', featuring his uncle, Damian "Jr Gong" Marley.

"That's Not True," is Skip's first original music release since 2017 and arrived timely, the day before 4/20, when he performed at the Kaya Fest concert in Miami.

The new release kicks off a promising new year of amazing music for Skip, with additional releases to come. You can listen to the song here.

Skip is the grandson of reggae icon Bob Marley, and his songs pay homage to his deep family legacy.

"I want to spread my music to the people and help them unify," he says. "I want people to take away a message of love, of looking at the way you are living and thinking where we can work to be or better and feel better. Whatever they're feeling, I want them to be able to turn up my music and think, relax, and get good vibes."





crime-scene-tape-gloves.jpgHard on the heels of reports of the death of the elderly woman who was last week doused with gasoline and set ablaze alive in St James, another elderly woman may have suffered a somewhat similarly violent fate locally.

The Corporate Communications Unit (CCU), the police's information arm, said the Adelphi police in St James are appealing to residents of Lima district in Adelphi to assist them in their investigation into the death of 74-year-old Evelyn Blair, a member of the community who was set ablaze on Thursday, April 25.

Reports are that about 6:00 a.m., Blair was walking along the roadway in her community when a man came up to her and allegedly pour gasoline on her and set her on fire.

The man then ran off.

She was taken to hospital, where she died while being treated on Saturday, April 27.

Persons who may have information to assist in the investigation are being asked to contact the Adelphi police at 876-912-1026, the police 119 emergency number, Crime Stop at 311, or the nearest police station.

Amid that disturbing development, the body of an elderly woman was found with wounds in St Mary on Friday night.

The St Mary police are probing the death of the elderly female on a farm in Richard's Pen in the parish.

The deceased has been identified as 62-year-old Beverly Garricks, a farmer of Richard's Pen.

Preliminary reports are that about 7:00 p.m., a relative went to check on the whereabouts of Garricks and stumbled upon her body.

The police were summoned and on their arrival, the body was seen with wounds to the eye and abdomen.

The body was taken to the morgue, where a post-mortem examination is to be conducted at a later date.





police.jpgThe Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) has confirmed that three police officers were involved in a shooting incident Sunday morning at the intersection of Jobs Lane and Brunswick Avenue in Spanish Town, St Catherine which left a civilian dead.

According to INDECOM, an off duty police officer intervened in the shooting incident and was in pursuit of the occupants of an escape vehicle when a crash occurred.

A man, who turned out to be a policeman, travelling in the escape vehicle succumbed to injuries sustained in the crash, INDECOM said.

Another occupant identified as a police officer, was taken into custody, while the third cop is on the run and is being sought by the authorities, INDECOM said.

INDECOM said it has since launched an investigation into the shooting death of the civilian who has been identified as Sheldon Daley of Chedwin Park, St Catherine.

According to INDECOM, two of the officers involved in the killing of the civilian had been previously charged with murder by INDECOM and were released on bail.





fatal-crash.jpgOn May 3, Junique Chung would have celebrated her 19th birthday.he was counting down the days.

She recently joined the gym hoping to reach personal targets in anticipation of her big day, however, on Sunday, however, those plans faded. Chung was flung from the Nissan Tiida in which she was a passenger when it was reportedly rear-ended on the New Green main road, just outside the town of Mandeville. She sustained several injuries and was taken to hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Police report that about 2:30 yesterday morning, the driver of a Mitsubishi Lancer motor car travelling towards Mandeville slammed into the back of the Nissan Tiida while attempting an overtake. On impact, the driver of the Nissan Tiida reportedly lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a utility pole.

Onlookers on the accident scene yesterday morning were alarmed as they saw the vehicle in two pieces.

Up to lateSunday, the driver of the Tiida and another passenger remained in hospital.

The driver, who relatives say is the father of Chung's one-year-old daughter and an up-and-coming artiste, was reportedly in critical condition.

Chung's brother Mark Muthra says the family is in mourning.

A member of a pageant committee at Christiana High School, where Chung's partner, who goes by the name Fresh King, was a guest performer Saturday night, said that they too were in shock.

It is believed that the occupants of the Tiida were coming from the pageant when the accident occurred.

The driver of the Mitsubishi Lancer motor car, who was the only person in the vehicle, was treated in hospital.





Denham Town under curfew

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curfew-in-areas-of-west-kingston.jpgA curfew has been imposed in sections of the Denham Town Police Division.

The curfew began at 6:00 pm on yesterday and will remain in effect until 6:00 pm on Friday. The boundaries of the curfew are as follows:

NORTH: Along Race Course Lane (Blount Street) from the intersection of Little King Street travelling to the fence line forming the western periphery of the Golden Heights Housing Development, also annexing the northern and eastern sections of the said development, travelling south along paved gully and continuing to the intersection of William Street and Upper Rose Lane.

EAST: Along Rose Lane from the intersection of William Street continuing south along Roe Lane to the intersection of Beeston Street and Rose Lane.

SOUTH: Along Beeston Street from Rose Lane continuing west along Beeston Street to the intersection of Spanish Town Road and southwest along Spanish Town Road to Little King Street (excluding the Denham Town High School and Denham Town Police Station).

WEST: Along Little King Street from Spanish Town Road to the intersection of Race Course Lane (Blount Street).

The police reminded that during the hours of the curfew, all persons within the boundaries of the curfew are required to remain within their premises unless otherwise authorised in writing by the ground commander





11 more cannabis licences approved

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ganja-licence.jpgThe Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) has approved an additional 11 applications for licences in the medical cannabis industry.

Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Audley Shaw, said that "the applicants are preparing to receive their licences".

He was making his contribution to the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday.

Shaw noted that the CLA has received 627 applications from over 200 applicants as at March 31, with 33 licences issued to date.

He said that 178 applications are at the conditional approval stage, which means that the companies involved would have successfully passed the CLA's due diligence process and are now undergoing preparatory work to move to the licensing stage.

Shaw told the House that the CLA has taken steps to respond more efficiently to the growing demands within the industry. These include an increase in the staff complement and inclusion of an agricultural specialist.

"The Authority is also contemplating amendments to the existing regulations, in keeping with the development of the local and global medical cannabis industry and will, in the near future, complete drafting instructions for regulations concerning import, export and transhipment, as we move to capitalise on the opening up of greater opportunities in the international space," he said.





New Bond film to be shot on location in Jamaica

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After months of speculation it has been confirmed that the 25th installment of the James Bond spy series will be shot in Portland and Kingston.

It was made official at Golden Eye, the Jamaican home of the creator of the series, British author Ian Flemming.

According to reports, shooting will commence on Sunday.

The film, which stars Daniel Craig as Agent 007, is being directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga.

The new Bond flick is yet to be titled.





Veteran music industry trailblazer Sylvia Rhone was earlier this week named chairman and CEO of Epic Records. Epic is a division of Sony Music Entertainment and it is perhaps best known as the label that turned R&B sensation Michael Jackson into a pop legend. Rhone will lead the creative direction and management of Epic, and she will preside over the development of a contemporary wave of talent including Camila Cabello, Travis Scott, Future, 21 Savage, French Montana and DJ Khaled.

Rhone is a seasoned and experienced industry executive, and she has always had an eye on reggae and dancehall, an interest that began in the late 1980s and early 1990s when she ran the Urban Music Division at Atlantic Records in New York.

She was one of the pioneers who signed a number of artistes at that time, including Stitchie, Snow and Garnett Silk, and Terror Fabulous with the breakout smash classic Action with Nadine Sutherland. Rhone was also the first African-American and the first woman to head a US major label when she became chairman and CEO of Warner Music Group's Elektra Entertainment.

"Sylvia is a trailblazing and iconic executive who has played a critical leadership role in driving Epic's recent artiste development success," CEO of Sony Music Entertainment Bob Stringer said. "Her wealth of experience and passionate support of artistic vision will help us further grow the reach of Epic's roster around the world," Stringer added.

Prior to Sony Music, Rhone helped guide an award-winning roster at Universal Music Group for eight years, where she was president of Universal Motown Records and executive vice-president at Universal Records from 2004.

"I am excited to continue my amazing journey at Epic Records, and everything we do is a testament to our incredible artistes as we enrich the legacy of this great label," Rhone said.





instagram-of-kavell-catt-on-instagram-follow-the-bunny-she-has-all-the-chocolate -  NOT WM.jpgThe Unruly Boss lived his name rercently when an online troll called his Trinidadian lover, Kavelle Keir, "lowkey ugly" on Instagram. "@kavellkeir your head is kinda big," the troll wrote under her IG post. "It has an ugly shape. You too skinny; you need a better shape and pump up them lips girl you getting Lowkey ugly."

Popcaan quickly jumped in the comments and clapped back saying his girlfriend is so beautiful that its killing her haters, "... her beauty killing you slowly pick a casket zombie," he wrote. Kavell was here for her man defending her and wrote, "@popcaanmusic my babe so crazyyyy."

Despite multiple rumours of them breaking up, Popcaan and Kavell Keir are still going strong. The two went public with their relationship back in 2015 however are now keeping things private

Instagram Of Kavell 🇨🇦🇹🇹 on Instagram: "Follow the bunny, she has all the chocolate 🐰 ..."





Blak Ryno in hospital?

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blak-ryno.jpgBlak Ryno is reportedly in stable condition in a New York hospital following a motor vehicle i early Wednesday morning.

"He's recovering. He came out a surgery about 1:00 pm. He's in stable condition," a member of the deejay's inner circle is said to have told the Jamaica Observer last night. "He's not dead."

The source, who requested anonymity, was unable to say which hospital the deejay was admitted or details about the accident.

"I spoke to him and me neva even did ask that. But I'm planning to see him tomorrow," said the source.

However, speculation is that the deejay could possibly be pulling a fast one.

However, in November 2014, he was travelling along Molynes Road in Kingston, when his motorcycle crashed. He received treatment at the Andrews Memorial Hospital and was later released.

A former member of Vybz Kartel's Portmore Empire, Blak Ryno migrated to the United States in 2015. Kartel (given name Adidja Palmer) is currently serving a life sentence for murder.





Social media 'kills off' Blak Ryno

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blak-ryno-photo-1.jpgSocial media is currently buzzing with rumours about Dancehall artiste Blak Ryno.

Several unconfirmed reports made their way on our timelines early Wednesday morning. Its being alleged that the former Portmore Empire/Gaza member was involved in a motorcycle accident in the United States.

While several Dancehall/Gossip blogs reported that the "Bike Back" deejay passed away, others refuted the claims saying Blak Ryno he is alive and well.

Attempts to get a comment on the rumours from Blak Ryno's management team were unsuccessful.

Blak Ryno's last Instagram post was uploaded a few hours ago, "The agenda change #1focus !!," he wrote. The entertainer is currently promoting his new single titled "Psalm 35" produced by MBR Records.

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Beachorama Welcomes International Party Goers

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beachorama-flyer.jpgApril 18, 2019

PRESS RELEASE

BEACHORAMA WELCOMES INTERNATIONAL PARTY GOERS

Beenie Man set to deliver explosive performance

Hundreds of Canadian party goers will join thousands of Jamaicans for Beachorama, which takes place on Saturday, April 27 at the Bournemouth Beach Park, Downtown Kingston.

This staging of Beachorama will raise the temperature for their international guests who have been through a grueling winter season by providing the best music, beach vibes and premium beverages. Grammy Winning deejay and King of the Dancehall, Beenie Man has been confirmed as the headline act for this event. The best in Dancehall, Hip Hop and Soca Music will be provided by some of Jamaica's hottest DJ's namely Coppershot, Team Shella, Hattaklaps, and Rolexx.

This beach-themed, cooler edition staging is the first in a series of partnerships between local promoters All Starz Entertainment and Niyah of MYC Entertainment out of Canada. "We are always looking for ways to expand our reach and share the Beachorama experience with new patrons so we had a discussion with Niyah about bringing visitors to experience an authentic Jamaican party vibe and the response was amazing. We are very excited for this event and we are going all out to ensure that everybody is happy and that we give our patrons an event to remember for years to come" said Wren4life of All Starz Entertainment. There are plans to take the Beachorama experience to Canada later this year.

Beachorama, currently in its seventh year of existence, boasts maximum capacity crowds of four thousand people. Tickets for this staging start at $2000 JMD and presold tickets can be found online at firstinlineja.com and other outlets. Gates are open at 5pm on event day.

For more information, visit www.beachoramatickets.com or follow beachoramajm on all social media platforms.





rita-marley-photo-2.jpgAward-winning singer, musician, philanthropist and reggae icon, Rita Marley will release a career retrospective of her most well-known material.

The Best of Rita Marley 'Lioness of Reggae' will be released exclusively on limited edition vinyl, Friday May 3.

"I felt this was a project that needed to be done, her musical legacy, message and vibe is unique to her and an important part of reggae's history. This is a way for us to highlight and share her beautiful art," said her son, Ziggy Marley, in a news release.

Born Alpharita Anderson, she displayed a deep love of music since childhood, singing to her family while working. This passion would ultimately lead her to form The Soulettes, which led to the eventual meeting of local Trench Town musicians Robert Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Livingston - known as the Wailers.

Soon after this fateful meeting, the talented young Rita became an integral part of the Wailers musical development, as well as a constant presence and influence in her husband, Bob Marley's life and legacy including as a member of the I- Threes alongside Marcia Griffiths and Judy Mowatt.

Simultaneously, Mrs Marley forged an extraordinary career as a solo artist, known for upholding the artistic and cultural standards of reggae. Her music reflects the versatility and diversity of reggae through the smooth blends of Gospel, Rhythm & Blues, Jazz and Soca. Today, no matter where in the world, the name Marley is synonymous with reggae music and the culture of Jamaica.

Rita Marley's musical career has produced incredible albums including Who Feels It Knows It, Harambe, the 1992 GRAMMY nominated album We Must Carry On and Spectacle For Tribuffalos, as well as the classic reggae album Beginning, with the I-Threes. Her sizzling 1982 hit "One Draw" created waves around the world, was a bestseller with over two million copies sold and made history as the first reggae single to top the Billboard Dance Charts.

Rita Marley continues her legacy today with the Rita Marley Foundation - eradicating poverty and hunger, while empowering communities, in Africa, Jamaica and beyond.


THE BEST OF RITA MARLEY 'LIONESS OF REGGAE" is out May 3, 2019. Here is the tracklist:

1. Harambe

2. One Draw

3. A Jah Jah

4. That's The Way

5. Who Feels It Knows It

6. King Street

7. Thank You Jah

8. Good Morning Jah

9. I'm Still Waiting

10. Play Play





Buju Banton taking a long walk to Europe

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buju-banton-photo-10.jpgJamaican singer, Buju Banton, whose Long Walk to Freedom tour is winding its way through the Caribbean, is scheduled to perform in about eight or nine European cities from July 6.

Ronnie Tomlinson, Banton's publicist, revealed on Saturday that following the Caribbean, he is headed to Europe.

Among the places he will be performing are: Cologne, Germany at Summer Jam; Amsterdam, Netherlands; Zurich, Switzerland at Jamaica Splash; Porto, Portugal; Vertheuil, France at Reggae Sun Ska; and Geel, Belgium.

An official announcement of the European tour will be made next week.

Speaking to local media in Trinidad & Tobago ahead of Banton's I Am Legend concert in the twin island republic on Sunday, Tomlinson said there are no plans right now to hit the American market.

Banton, real name Mark Myrie, was released from a US prison on December 7 after serving eight years for drug charges. He was deported back to Jamaica immediately following his release.

Asked about the reception to the news that he will be in Europe, Tomlinson told Loop there were concerns from the LGBT community about his infamous song 'Boom Bye Bye' but, she said, once they reiterated that he won't be singing that song again, people expressed excitement about attending his shows.

Tomlinson told T&T media that since his release, Banton has stressed on love.

"What he is looking for is just to continue spreading love through his music and letting everyone know that everyone is welcomed to his concert," she said.

Asked if fans can expect anything specially tailored for T&T when he performs tomorrow, Tomlinson said he has sung different songs in Jamaica and the Bahamas so it can be expected that he will give his fans here a special show.

The I Am Legend show begins at 4 pm and is expected to finish at midnight.

Though he was billed to address the media, Banton was a no show. The singer has not done any interviews at home or otherwise since his release.

Tomlinson explained that, at this time, they are using the stage as his platform to speak to everyone with one accord.

"When he touches that stage, the message that you get, the vibe, the energy, I feel that we can bring back what we love about Buju. We can bring that music, those words, those messages that he has and seeing how he connects with his fans again, that's what we want to see right now," she said.

Following his show in T&T, Banton will be headed to Barbados on April 27, Grenada on May 11, Guyana on May 25, Tortola on June 15 and St Kitts on June 29.





Three shot in St Catherine

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA gang feud was likely behind a brazen daylight gun attack in which three persons were shot, one fatally, in the St John's Road area of Spanish Town, St Catherine on Thursday.

The deceased man has been identified as 20-year-old Shamar Smith of St John's Road.

Police reports are that at about 3:00 p.m., Smith and two other men were at a house in the St John's Road area, when men armed with guns entered the building.

The intruders opened gunfire on all three occupants before fleeing the scene.

The police were alerted and upon their arrival, Smith succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

The two injured men were assisted to the hospital, where they remain admitted.

Further investigation is ongoing into one of the latest gun attacks to hit the old capital of Spanish Town.





ganja-image-5.jpgThree Costa Ricans were arrested and charged during an operation at Ridge Pen district in Pedro Plain, St Elizabeth on Friday.

Charged are: 31-year-old Fernando Guido, fisherman of Queblo Nuevo; 31-year-old Emanuel Fernandes, taxi driver of Limon Sieneguita; and 33-year-old Henry Baez, contractor of Limon Valle, all in Costa Rica.

They have been charged with Possession of and Dealing in Ganja.

Reports are that about 2:00 a.m., lawmen conducted an operation in the area when a premises was searched.

Two parcels containing approximately six pounds of vegetable matter resembling ganja were seized.

The illicit drug has an estimated street value of $30,000.

A court date has not yet been ascertained.





Seven bags of ganja seized in Porus, Manchester

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ganja-seized.jpgThe police say several bags of ganja were seized Saturday in Porus, Manchester after the driver of a vehicle fled.

Reports are that about 8:00 p.m., a team from the Williams Field Police was on operation when the driver of a vehicle was signalled to stop. The driver did not comply and the vehicle was subsequently found abandoned in the area.

Checks were made and seven knitted bags found containing the illicit drug.

The police say the estimated weight and value of the drug have not yet been ascertained.

No one was held in connection with the seizure.





Teacher missing since Good Friday

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missing-teacher-samuel-martin.jpgForty-one-year-old teacher Samuel Martin, of Waterloo Close, Kingston 10 has been missing since Friday.

He is of dark complexion, medium build and is about 5 feet 9 inches tall.

Reports from the Matildas Corner police are that Martin was last seen about 6:30 p.m., in Mandeville, Manchester dressed in a navy blue shirt and black shorts.

He has not been heard from since and efforts to contact him have proven futile.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Martin is being asked to contact the Matildas Corner Police Station at 876-978-6003, Police 119 emergency number or the nearest police station.





missing-woman-nordia-belnavis.jpgA reward of $125,000 is being offered for any information that can lead to the whereabouts of missing St Andrew woman, Nordia Belnavis.

The cash reward was announced by Crime Stop on Thursday, noting that persons with information on Belnavis' whereabouts show call them at 311.

Belnavis, 43, of a Bronte Way, Kingston 20 address, has been missing since Saturday, March 30.

Duhaney Park police report that Belnavis was last seen at her home about 7:30am and has not been heard from since. Her mode of dress at the time she went missing is unknown.





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Beenie Man & Bounty Killer

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Chimney Records light up Billboard Reggae Chart

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chimney-records.jpgLast month, Chimney Records scored a rare feat on the Billboard Reggae Albums Chart with two compilations.

The Kingston rhythm album entered and peaked at number 14, while their St Andrew beat reached number 16. The Kingston features songs from Bounty Killer, Shenseea, Romain Virgo, Alaine and Busy Signal.

The St Andrew rhythm has songs by Morgan Heritage, Pressure Buss Pipe, Queen Ifrica and Tony Rebel.

"We decided to do a double release as somewhat of a challenge to ourselves, but it also allowed us to work with more artistes, give the fans more music and add to reggae music in general, even more than a single compilation would," said Jordan McClure of Chimney Records.

He added, "The concept was inspired by the idea of Kingston and St Andrew being the Mecca of reggae and dancehall music. Kingston embodying an urban side with St Andrew encompassing large regions of natural beauty, both of which are important influences on reggae itself."

The Fresh Paint rhythm is the latest project from Chimney Records. It was released last Friday and features Getaway by Govana, Same Stories by Jahmiel, Live Forever by Jahvillani, So Me Move by Kranium, Fresh Paint by Mavado, Temptation Overdue by Shenseea, and After 4 by Teejay.

The Chimney Records team comprises McClure and David Hayle. Their hit rhythm projects include the Sex Appeal, Retweet, Star Bwoy, Happy Hour, Summer Fling, Money Box, Tropical Escape, Chill Spot, Rising Sun, Movie Star and World Premier. The label has been around for 12 years.





Beenie Man Kartel play-off to decide who is King

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beenie-man-photo-8.jpgA New York promoter will crown Beenie Man or Vybz Kartel King of The Dancehall following The Settlement, a two-part dance scheduled for New York in May and June. Both will feature sound system selectors playing songs of both deejays throughout the events.

Walford Stewart is organiser of the dances which take place May 18 at Garage Nightclub in The Bronx, and June 7 at Mystic Lounge in Poughkeepsie.

He said fans will determine the winner, who will be named after the Mystic Lounge date. The idea to stage The Settlement came from Stewart's colleague, Jerry McDonald, who saw a recent report on Fox TV in New York crowning the incarcerated Kartel King of The Dancehall.

Given Beenie Man and Kartel's claim to regal supremacy, Stewart agreed to promote the events and let fans decide who deserves the title.

"Both have professed to be the king of the dancehall; Beenie Man released a song titled King of The Dancehall while Kartel released his own King of Dancehall album and sounded a warning to all and sundry with his song Undisputed Champion. At the end of the day, only one king can rule rule, hence the need for The Settlement to crown the real king," he said.

Stewart disclosed that 45-year-old Beenie Man and the incarcerated Vybz Kartel, 43, have strong support among different demographics in New York City. He said Beenie Man appeals to fans between 30 and 55, while Kartel commands respect among fans aged 17-35.

"Kartel is a massive superstar here in the tri-state. At any NY area party when a Kartel song is played, the response from patrons on the dance floor says it all. Kartel is controversial, plus he is a master lyricist who covers all bases with his songs," Stewart explained. "He has songs for the rude boys, he has songs to get everyone on the dance floor and keep them there and, most importantly, he has a few choice songs for the ladies. You can never go wrong with that."





marlon-james.jpgJamaican author Marlon James has been listed among Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World.

James shares the honour with United States President Donald Trump, former United States First Lady Michelle Obama, football star Mohamed Salah, golf player Tiger Woods, and Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke.

The 48-year-old author shared the news on Facebook yesterday with the caption: "So this happened."

According to Time, James is "one of the most important voices of his literary generation. He speaks out out on race, literature, gay rights and whatever else is on his mind."

A former student of Wolmer's Boys' School, James won the 2015 Man Booker Prize for his book A Brief History of Seven Killings. According to novelist Salman Rushdie, it is "highly original, its language surging with power, its imagination all-encompassing. Marlon is a writer who must be read."

A teacher at Macalester College where he is writer-in-residence, his other books include John Crow's Devil, Black Leopard, Red Wolf and The Book of Night Women. The latter won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize.





Noise Abatement Act on front burner

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Consultations with key stakeholders from the Ministries of Entertainment, Local Government, and National Security are to begin regarding amendment to the Noise Abatement Act and the hosting of entertainment activities.

Opening the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, Minister of National Security, Dr Horace Chang, said in the current legislation there is always conflict between promoters and members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).

Under the Act, entertainment sessions must end at midnight on weekdays and at 2:00 am on weekends

"I cannot ask the police to use discretion, the law says so. I have, therefore, requested the minister of entertainment to consult with the minister of local government and we will come with an appropriate amendment to the law and establish a protocol for the conduct of entertainment activities," he said.

He said standards and schedules can be established so that decibel levels can be reduced at specific times.

"If you have a house party, you know at certain times the decibel levels [can be reduced], if you are on a playfield and you are 200 yards from homes, you can have another level at 2:00 am, and if you are far away on the Dyke Road, Richmond or Catherine Hall, you can go all night and raise the decibel level, but we must lay it out in the schedule governing the law, so that they can do it legally," he said.

He said entertainment is one of Jamaica's biggest industries, which offers opportunities to many from the various socio-economic groups.

The Noise Abatement Act was last amended in 1997.





violence-prevention-alliance-vpa-jamaica.jpgThe Violence Prevention Alliance (VPA) is condemning the killing of eight-year-old Shantae Skyers, who was found dead after she went missing last week and the mob killing of man in relation to the incident.

Skyers' body was found Tuesday in bushes in Sterling Castle Heights in Red Hills, St Andrew.

The Alliance also expressed concern that such a heinous act was committed against this young and innocent child, adding that it was a reflection of the lack of value for life.

The VPA further pointed out that the society was failing to protect its young and vulnerable as too many of the nation's children were being impacted by violence.

The organisation also commended the Ministry of Education for dispatching a trauma team to provide counseling for students and teachers at Red Hills Primary School where Skyers attended.

However, the Alliance stressed that the family of Skyers will also need grief counseling and therapy to get through this difficult period.

The VPA noted that the levels of crime and violence against the nation's children were unacceptable.

The Alliance also denounced actions by a mob that beat and burnt a man in relation to the incident.

The VPA said, "Taking justice in your own hands is unacceptable. Allow the police to do their work and the law to take its course. We cannot descend to jungle justice."





$2-million bail for former lawyer

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bail.jpgA former attorney who reportedly collected US$16,366.62 for a property that was not hers to sell was Tuesday offered $2 million bail when she appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court.

The Wakefield, Trelawny, resident, Arlene Beckford, who is charged with obtaining money by false pretence and conspiracy to defraud, was offered bail after her attorney, Michael Williams, told Parish Judge Maxine Ellis that his client was sick and should have been taken to the doctor by the police but hadn't been.

Williams told the court that the doctor had visited his client on Monday night and had left a referral with the police for her to be taken to see the doctor.

"I am actually surprised that she is here today," he told the judge while adding that she had been in the hospital prior to her arrest last Wednesday.

Consequently, the judge offered her bail on condition that she report to the Wakefield Police Station every Monday, and also ordered that she be taken immediately to see the doctor.

However, before she was granted bail, the court heard that between March 2016 and April 2016, the accused, who is the director in a company, reportedly defrauded the complainant of US$16,366.62 by pretending that she was capable of selling a plot of land at Blue Castle in Mona, Kingston, to the complainant knowing that she was not authorised so to act.

The court further heard that she reportedly conspired with another person who the police are trying to locate.





Police station shot up; cop injured

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police-station.jpgBrazen gunmen on Wednesday evening shot up the Spalding Police Station in North West Clarendon, which falls within the Manchester Police Division.

Details of the incident are not available, but the attack has been confirmed by the Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).

Reports are that the station come under attack from a group of gunmen and a policeman was shot and injured in the process, and has since been hospitalised.

"We can confirm that the Spaldings Police Station came under fire from gunmen this evening. One policeman was shot. The details are sketchy at this time," a representative of the CCU told Loop News.

Spalding, which sits on the border between Clarendon and Manchester, was also the scene of high drama in February of this year when a police officer on duty in the town was attacked by a bus operator, during which the officer responded by shooting and injuring the busman.

The incident, which was dramatically captured on video, which went viral on social media, triggered protest, during which a police service vehicle was damaged and the cop in question had to seek refuge in a business establishment.

The situation was only brought under control by members of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) who came on the scene and intervened to assist the police to restore public order in the town.

At least four persons were later arrested for their suspected roles in the protest actions, and the bus operator was also slapped with a number of charges after being hospitalised for his injuries.





May 10 court date for Mavado's son

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mavado-and-son.jpgMavado's teenage son, will return to the Supreme Court on May 10th to seek bail on murder charges.

Peter Champagnie is the attorney,now representing the youngster, who has been locked up since last year

The teenager is currently being held in a juvenile detention centre in Kingston without bail.

Detectives are reportedly still interested in speaking with Mavado about the case, but the singer is currently in the United States where he is a legal permanent resident.

Last year, Mavado's son was charged jointly with 23-year-old Andre Hines for the June 5, 2018 murder of Lorenzo Thomas, otherwise called 'Israel' or 'Trulups', in Cassava Piece, St Andrew. Both were charged with conspiracy to murder, arson, shooting with intent and illegal possession of firearm and ammunition.

The teenager had also been accused of giving his co-accused, Hinds, an order to behead Thomas.

Reports were that a witness statement given to the police had alleged that Mavado's son gave the instruction.

"Memba di boss want him head," the juvenile allegedly said to Hinds.

The statement further alleged that Hinds attempted to carry out the order but only managed to partially sever Thomas's head.

The teenager denied the allegations when he appeared in the Corporate Area Criminal Court last year.





Cop killed in car crash

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crime-scene-demo.jpgA policeman was among two people who perished in a motor vehicle crash along the Dam Head main road in Spanish Town, St Catherine on Tuesday morning.

He has been identified as Constable Rammone Smith of the St Catherine North police division. The other victim, a woman, has been identified as Vanessa Natalie Johnson.

Police report that about 3:45 am, Smith was driving a Nissan AD wagon motor vehicle, with Johnson as a passenger, when it collided with the rear of a truck.

Smith and Johnson were taken to hospital where they were pronounced dead.





April 16 proclaimed Education and Sharing Day

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Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen proclaimed today as Education and Sharing Day as a day of increased focus on education in a time of increasing concern over moral standards. This is a first for Jamaica.

April 16 is used to mark the global recognition of the work of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson.

For the past 40 years, presidents, houses of congress, and local governments have recognised the date corresponding to the Rebbe's birthday on the Jewish calendar as Education and Sharing Day, honouring an individual who brought education to the forefront of public discourse.

The Rebbe emphasised the importance of paying more attention to the building of character and emphasising moral and ethical values, accentuating the values of personal rights and responsibilities and principled, just behaviour.

"Education must be more than factual enlightenment--it must enrich the character as well as the mind," said President Ronald Reagan in his 1982 proclamation for the day, echoing the Rebbe's sentiments.

In commemoration of the anniversary, the Governor-General said proclaimed April 16, 2019, as "Education Day" in Jamaica, and called for government officials, educators, volunteers, and citizens, to reach out to young people and work to create a better, brighter and more hopeful future for all.





missing-shante-skyers.jpgPolice have discovered a body which is believed to be that of eight-year-old Shante Skyers, who has been missing for nearly a week.

The Corporate Communication Unit, the information arm of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, has confirmed that a body has been found in bushes near the girl's home in Sterling Castle, Red Hills, St Andrew.

"A police team is now on location, and are waiting for the Scene of Crime investigators to come and process the area. We cannot confirm that is the body of the eight-year-old as we have to get forensic details to ascertain the identity, but it is believed that it may be the body of Shante Skyers," deputy superintendent of police Dahlia Garrick of the CCU told Loop News reporter Claude Mills.

Since last week, police as well as members of a family in St Andrew had been desperately trying to locate the eight-year-old girl who has been reported missing since Thursday in the Sterling Castle section of St Andrew.

The missing child identified as Shante Skyers is of dark complexion, slim build and about 116 centimetres (3 feet 8 inches) tall.

Reports from the Red Hills police are that about 7:00 am, Shante left home for school and has not been seen or heard from since. When last seen, she was dressed in her school uniform - a navy blue tunic, white blouse, and black shoes.





One World Rebellion will not be on the road for Carnival 2019. The band, owned by soca star Fay Ann Lyons, said it has pulled out if Jamaica's Carnival this year.

In a statement issued on Friday, the band said: "the decision is due to conflicting reports from the Jamaican organisers versus those from sponsors pertaining to receipt of funds over the last few months which requires further investigation for clarity."

The band said the investigations have halted production and with Carnival fast approaching they are unable to deliver the type of quality product it knows it can deliver in a timely fashion.

"All avenues to produce a good impact on the experience delivered to our supporters and sponsors this year have been explored. However, it has become prudent to postpone this year's presentation with the intent to re-enter the market in 2020," the band assured.

The band officially launched in December last year.

In extending its apologies to those affected by this decision, the band said it remains imperative that its fiscal position is protected and accurately accounted for in order to maintain the band's integrity, quality and the commitments to both sponsors and masqueraders.

The release made no mention of refunds to masqueraders but in response to queries on their Instagram page, the band told those making inquiries that they are currently in the process of refunding.

For those wishing to be a part of One World Rebellion, they can join the band in St Vincent, Toronto, London and Miami, among other Carnivals to be confirmed.





As expected, Aidonia is giving thanks for life.

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As expected, Aidonia is giving thanks for life.

He is home resting following a motor vehicle collision along Mannings Hill Road in Kingston early Sunday morning, while driving his white, Mercedes-Benz AMG sports utility vehicle..

"The incident happened in the wee hours of Sunday morning. He is okay and was unscathed," said a member of the deejay's inner circle. The "Big Baller" deejay sustained minor injuries after his 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE63 SUV was totaled in the crash.

On Monday, Aidonia took to his Instagram account to give thanks for life and thank everyone for their well wishes and prayers. "JAH IS REAL ! LIFE A DI GREATEST! GIVE THANKS!!!! RESPECT TO ALL A WHO REACH OUT AND ALL DA PRAYERS HEART A ❤️," Aidonia wrote under a photo.

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Aidonia was slated to perform at Fyah held on the University of the West Indies's Mona Campus in St Andrew on Saturday night. However, at minutes to 2:00 am, Russell "Russ Buss" Gordon -- a member of the show's organising committee -- announced that the deejay would be a no show.

"Due to circumstances beyond our control, Aidonia will not be performing tonight. The entire 4th Genna team sends its sincerest apologies," he told the crowd.

Gordon, a member of Coppershot Disco, did not give a reason.

Meanwhie. his wife, who endorsed his comments with a string of heart emojis, is busy getting her body carnival ready with waist trainer.

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Females still swooning over Buju

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buju-banton-photo-12.jpg"Melanin popping...why am I swooning over this man Lord," asks one fan of the Gargamel, after he posted a picture of himself casually lounging in a pool.

Below are a few of the thousands of coments from his adoring female fans, who seem to live from one picture to the next.

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Goodness GRACIOUS!!!😍😍😘😘

Listen Buj, imma need you to keep my chocolate goodness under wraps!!! You out here showing all this skin! You don't get enough attention from me? Ok, I'll step it up. But you don't need to be out here looking you for everybody. You're mine. 😏 ❤️.

tiffii_chosenA whole snack🤤 @bujuofficial

angelbritshthe1stAyyye sah the man mek me wan turn full Rasta and stop yam pork

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STEEAAAMMM FISH AND OKRA BODY 💪😍 GARGAMEL CHOCOLATE CARMEL 😉😘

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Mr organic body❤️

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Buju stop raise up mi pressure pon a friday.... sas christ 😍😍

chiina1Butttt lawdddd of his mercy 😍😍😍😍

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JLP's Ann-Marie Vaz wins Portland by election

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The Electoral Office of Jamaica says preliminary counting of ballots for the by-election in the Portland Eastern constituency is complete. The results are as follows:


Candidate Political Party # of votes

Damion Crawford PNP 9,611

Ann Marie Vaz JLP 9,917


The voter turnout was 53.7 per cent. The voter turnout for the Portland Eastern constituency in the 2016 General Election was 43.93 per cent.

The final counting of votes will begin tomorrow, Friday, April 5 at the Port Antonio High School starting at 10 a.m.





The British government is to compensate and formally apologise to persons of the Windrush Generation who were wrongly classified as illegal immigrants.

The Windrush Generation comprises British Caribbean citizens who migrated to the United Kingdom, UK from the Commonwealth following the second World War, and whose rights were guaranteed in the Immigration Act of 1971.

Earlier today the UK Guardian reported that the Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, announced that the government will pay up to 200 million pounds in compensation to those whose lives were negatively affected by the classification.

Following the announcement, British High Commissioner to Jamaica Asif Ahmad says while no amount of money can erase the pain, he hopes it will help in some way.

Noting that the claim period will span over 2 years, he says persons who are eligible may submit a claim via email to windrushcompensationscheme@homeoffice.gov.uk





Danville Walker has decided to move on from the Jamaica Observer and pursue other interests.

The vacancy created by Walker's departure will be filled by renowned Caribbean broadcaster, journalist, and media manager Julian Rogers.

He takes up the post as managing director tomorrow fresh from Guardian Media Limited where, as managing editor, he oversaw a major redevelopment of its 102-year-old Trinidad Guardian, CNC3-TV and TBC Radio Network.

He is perhaps best known as the host and producer of the weekly Talk Caribbean show, among other programmes, with the Caribbean Broadcasting Union.

His expertise has been in developing market leaders in several countries across the region where he has served as manager, from Antigua and Barbuda to Barbados to Trinidad and Tobago.

As a media trainer, Rogers has guided the growth of multiple talents in broadcasting and journalism across the Caribbean. He was appointed a Member of the British Empire by The Queen, on the recommendation of the Government of Barbados, for his 50-year contribution to the field of broadcasting.

He was also honoured by The University of the West Indies' television service, UwiTV, for a lifetime of service in the cause of regional integration through media, information and communication.

Walker, who was managing director of the Jamaica Observer and Appliance Traders Ltd, met with staff Monday and told them of his decision.

He said he was "closing an exciting and rewarding chapter" in his life with the Gordon "Butch" Stewart-led group and "will treasure the memories and lessons learned".

Walker said he was proud to have been at the helm of the Observer when it celebrated its 25th anniversary last year March and encouraged the newspaper to continue its fine tradition of highlighting issues of national importance as well as preserving Jamaica's democracy.

Walker served as director of elections and head of the Electoral Office of Jamaica from 1997 to 2008, the same year that he was named a member of the Order of Jamaica.

In 2004, the Government appointed him chief executive officer of the Office of National Reconstruction to oversee the reconstruction efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Ivan.

In May 2008 he resigned as director of elections and was appointed commissioner of Customs the following month.

In March 2012 he was named managing director of the Observer.





Nesbeth Postpones European Tour

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nesbeth-photo-1.jpgReggae singer Nesbeth says he is somewhat "disheartened" but hopes the fans will understand following a recent announcement by his management to postpone his upcoming European tour.

Nesbeth was advised by his team that the month-long tour slated to commence at the end of March would be rescheduled due to work being undertaken on several pressing projects.

A statement from the artiste team read: "It is with regret we must inform the public and fans of Nesbeth that his upcoming European tour scheduled for April has been postponed due to numerous important projects currently being undertaken. We tried our best to make it work but unfortunately, if he had embarked on the expedition we would have to pull him for weeks at a time based on his other commitments and that would not be fair to the fans, hence the decision to suspend the tour."

Following the revelation Nesbeth issued his own statement on social media, he said: "I'm so sorry to all my fans in Europe. I am not in the habit of disappointing you like this but the matter is beyond my control. Nevertheless, I will be working very hard to be back in Europe as soon as I can. Once again, my humblest apologies to everyone. I apologise for any inconvenience this may cause those who have tickets to shows but wish to reassure fans to hold on to these existing tickets, as they will be valid for rescheduled dates, which will be announced shortly."





rihanna-white-house.jpgRihanna's Fenty Beauty make up company has been championed for its inclusivity but recently came under fire from fans who believed the beauty company's new highlighter, "Geisha Chic" is offensive.

Backlash from Fenty fans came last Friday (March 29) when the company announced the impending launch of their new Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter on Instagram. The post, which has since been taken down, featured a highlighter that Hypebae describes as "metallic brick-red."

Fans of the beauty line expressed their distaste for the newly announced shade on social media calling it "inappropriate" and the company racist.

"I'm really excited for this launch, however this shade name 'Geisha Chic' is not great because it ignores the history, full weight, and overall experience of being a geisha," one Instagram user wrote. "I've been waiting for colour like this, but I don't want to question my judgement if I purchase this product with the current name. Please change the name so I can shine this summer with this heat!"

Fenty responded to comments by thanking their followers for "educating" them, saying the product would not be released until it is renamed.

The company reiterated the product's renaming in a statement sent to INSIDER.





peter-gramps-and-denroy-morgan.jpgReggae singer Denroy Morgan has come full circle. He started out as a solo singer scoring a huge pop hit, "I'll Do Anything For You", in 1981, before dedicating his life to pushing the efforts of his children, Morgan Heritage and LMS, to international fame. Now, he has returned to the music industry, to push the careers of African reggae singers, young men who he says are members of his "extended spiritual family".

"God is showing me a balance. I am an African born in Jamaica, who spent a portion of my life in the US, my kids were born in the US and spent their developing years in Jamaica, growing and understanding the energy, and bussing with the Jamaican energy. Now, my kids are on a pioneering mission in Africa, they are the next generation of pioneers, and I am doing my part to unearth talent in Africa, and to bring their music to the Jamaica and the world," Morgan said.

Recently, Morgan resurrected his music career, returning to the stage with his band, the Black Eagles, and he also sought out recording talent from the worlds treasure chest known as Africa. He spent several months recording an EP entitled 'Missing You' , recording tracks with artistes such as Nyasha David of Zimbabwe, Latitude of South Africa, Vagavybz of Rwanda, Q-Nel of Ghana, and Bravoo of Kenya.

"These young men are my sons of the outer circle, the children of the outer circle, my spirit family, and they are incredibly talented and I have the blueprint to introduce them to the world," he said.

Morgan is the father of 30 children, 15 of whom he shares with Hyacinth Morgan, affectionately called 'Emo'. He has been able to use the sheer force of his presence and his charisma to introduce new artistes to the world. He did it first with Morgan Heritage, a reggae band formed in 1994 by five of his children namely Peter "Peetah" Morgan, Una Morgan, Roy "Gramps" Morgan, Nakhamyah "Lukes" Morgan, and Memmalatel "Mr. Mojo" Morgan. Morgan Heritage have toured internationally and released a number of reggae albums including the 2015 Grammy Award winning Strictly Roots. He also enjoyed success with the group LMS, which included his son Laza "One By One" Morgan who has had some of his own hit records as well.Morgan is confident he can do it again.

"We have a moral imperative to create that light of change, that truth to expose that indelible mark of lies that has captivated the minds of people and put us in an ignorant state of mind of our black selves. Only rasta can liberate the people," he said.

Spirituality is rooted in Morgan's music as he is very much a leader of his own religious ministry, where he is known as Ambassador Bishop Ras Denroy Morgan of the Abrahamic Covenant Family Ministry, an arm of the Ethiopian Orthodox Coptic Church of North and South America and the International Gospel Helpers Church. He is also a member of the Twelve Tribes of Israel and the American Clergy Leadership Conference with a Nyahbinghi Vibration and Bobo Shanti Tradition.

"We have to gather and unify family vibration," he said.

Morgan released his last album, Muzical Unity in 2017 on Asaph Records/ VPAL Music, and this year, he has upped the ante by pushing a new project, re-establishing his Black Eagles band with a new lead vocalist, Iambassa.

"The Black Eagles was my back up band in 1984 when I initially went solo," he explained. Earlier this month, he released a single by Iambassa called 'Sweet Kali Herb' and in the summer he will release another single by Ianbassa and the Black Eagles, 'Stand Firm', which is a tribute to Igo Levy of the original Black Eagles. He is now ready to tour the world in support of these singles, the EP and his upcoming album.





chris-martin-photo-2.jpgNew York, NY- Following the release of his single "Life", VP Records is proud to announce that Christopher Martin's album And Then will be released May 3rd. In his sophomore offering, Christopher Martin presents a well-rounded mix of ballads and up-tempo jams, showcasing his musical versatility and growth with a celebration centered around themes of love, rising above hardship and finding the good in every situation. And Then is the follow up to Martin's debut full length-album, "Big Deal", which reached the top 5 on the Reggae Billboard Charts in 2017.

Singles off the album include "Bun Fi Bun,", "Can't Dweet Again," "Come Back" and most recently "Life." The album also features a standout cover of Mr. Big's 1991 definitive track, "To Be With You." Martin's re-imagining of the love song is a sweet homage, delivering new meaning to the chart-topping single without losing sight of his powerful ability to connect with audiences across the globe and showcase his versatility as an artist not confined to one solitary genre.

With the launch of his second album, Chris was determined to give back and help raise the goals and expectations of youthful fans at home and abroad. In doing so, he teamed with the The Kulture Movement on the #NoDisrespect Campaign, which aims to educate the youth on behaviors that garner respect without resorting to violence. Shani Kulture of Hot 97.1 spearheaded the campaign with his partner Roxie Digital of Hot 103.9 FM and tapped Martin for the "School Tour," in which workshops and activities with the kids are done to spread the message of positivity and self-worth. In addition to the campaign, Martin expanded his philanthropic efforts by supporting the American Foundation for The University of the West Indies (AFUWI)'s mission of raising funds and providing scholarships for needy students at UWI's 4 campuses in 17 countries, by performing at their 2019 Legacy Awards gala held in February.

Born in St. Catherine, Jamaica, the now 32-year-old first established himself as an emerging talent following winning Jamaica's top televised talent show "Digicel Rising Stars" in 2005. Shortly after, Martin went on to navigate his undeniably destined career in music with an eagerness and dedication to establishing his own forward-thinking sound. As exemplified through his energetic live performances and feel-good lyricism, his characteristic positivity is as genuine as it is memorable, allowing him to organically make a name for himself on the beloved island and connect with audiences that stretch far beyond his backyard in the Caribbean.

"And Then is a body of work I am very proud of and it comes at a time where I am embarking into a new chapter," Martin states. "I have a newly born son and new music at the same time and that is a very special thing."





Chrisinti says yes to life

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Chrisinti, the Jamaican born veteran singer and songwriter has released his long-awaited third studio album Say Yes To Life. The first single from the album is the title track "Say Yes To Life" with a life-affirming message over an upbeat one-drop reggae rhythm. Released on his own Chrisinti Music label, the album features previously released singles and new music including the hit "Stay" (Rihanna cover) and features guest artistes including Gentleman, Jah Mason, Nesbeth and Jahranimo. The album released on February 15, 2019 and is distributed by Tuff Gong International.

Album Track List:

1. Intro

2. Say Yes To Life

3. By Any Means

4. Why Must This War Be

5. Stay

6. Struggle and Faith (featuring Gentleman)

7. Heart Of A Champion

8. Little Torch

9. From The Dust

10. Up, Up, Up (featuring Jah Mason)

11. Somewhere (featuring Jahranimo)

12. Celebrate

13. How Come (featuring Nesbeth)





Pamputtae says God always throws her the rope

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pamputtae.jpgSo all of the haters who are waiting to see Pamputtae sink, please be advised that she has an anchor.

In a recent IG post, she said: Some of y'all still waiting to see me sink in the sand but God loves me too much he always throws me the rope 🙏

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The Single Mother singer is moving on with her life and is not interested in any drama. She recently had to defend herself after she was accused of lying on Beenie Man, when she said that he attempted to assault her at a studio because she hailed up everybody except him.

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