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A police corporal Tuesday morning allegedly shot and killed his wife at their house in Tower Isle, St Mary.

The deceased has been identified as 45-year-old Janet Hardy-Lawrence.

It is alleged that the policeman and his wife were engaged in an argument when gunshots were heard.

The Prospect Police were alerted and on their arrival, it is alleged that the corporal was seen at the entrance of the house.

He was taken into custody.

Since the tragic incident, a voice note said to be from the cop who allegedly killed his wife has gone viral on social media.

"Mi wife a torment mi life, mi gah station last night and report [it] and from morning me a call back Corporal Johnson fi come talk to di woman. Di woman lick off mi door fi money and a torment mi life and this morning me affi kill har.

"Mi sorry, but ah so it guh. Mi nah stay fi face di judgement, so mi love di ol ah unuh. So it guh, one love," the male voice said in the message.





shocked.jpgGENEVA, Switzerland (AFP) -- The World Health Organisation on Wednesday condemned efforts by the world's biggest cigarette vendor to rebrand a day dedicated to raising awareness about the dangers of tobacco use.

Ahead of World No Tobacco Day on Friday, the UN health agency launched a campaign to highlight the devastating impact smoking continues to have on human health and urged countries to step up the fight against the dangerous habit that causes some eight million deaths annually.But it also voiced concern at attempts by Philip Morris International (PMI) to co-opt international efforts for its own campaign this week promoting new vaping and heated tobacco products as part of the solution to the world's smoking epidemic.

"We regard the PMI campaign as little more than a cynical attempt by the company to promote its deadly products," Vinayak Prasad, head of WHO's Tobacco Free Initiative, told AFP in an email.

PMI, the maker of Marlboro, insisted Tuesday that World No Tobacco Day should be renamed "World No Smoking Day", and it launched its own campaign dubbed "It's Time to Unsmoke".

The company has been working to promote its new so-called "smoke-free" products as far less harmful alternatives to traditional cigarettes, insisting its science shows they release far fewer dangerous toxins than conventional cigarettes. It maintains that it is the combustion in regular cigarettes that is the main problem, and that other forms of tobacco-use and nicotine consumption are far less harmful, and is striving to convince governments to slap fewer restrictions and taxes on its new products. But the WHO stressed that there was no independent science backing up PMI's "harm-reduction" claims, flatly rejecting that the new products could be used as a tool to help people quit smoking.

"The claim that these are cessation aids is not substantiated," Prasad said.

- Tobacco use 'deadly' -

Anti-tobacco campaigners also voiced outrage at PMI's campaign this week.

"This is the latest attempt by PMI to insinuate itself into the public health world under false pretences, and its attempts to co-opt the day are disrespectful to the millions who have and will die from using PMI's products," Michel Legendre of Corporate Accountability said in a statement.

He slammed the company's attempt "to draw some arbitrary distinction between smoking and tobacco, as if smoking is bad for your health but tobacco is not".

"Nicotine is addictive and tobacco use is deadly, period," he insisted.

WHO on Wednesday said it was focusing this year's World No Tobacco Day on the damage smoking causes to lung health, dubbing its campaign "Don't let tobacco take your breath away". It pointed out that some 3.3 million tobacco users or people exposed to second-hand smoke die each year from lung-related conditions, including 60,000 children under the age of five.





Powerful Men and Women perform June 9

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This year's Powerful Women & Men Perform for Charity Show is scheduled for the National Indoor Sports Centre in Kingston on Sunday, June 9. Showtime is 6:00 pm.

"We expect to have unlikely pairings of some of the island's most respected professionals, performing acts that will have patrons in awe, all to help raise funds for the Mustard Seed Communities. Rehearsals have been underway in earnest in recent weeks and acts are being choreographed to maximise their talents and to unveil those that have never been seen on stage in Jamaica before," said Cordel Green, chairman of the planning committee.

According to Green, this year's programme will see nearly 20 new faces. These will include: Janet Olisa, Nigerian High Commissioner; Carolyn Reid QC, who will be part of a trio with Ellan Neil of Bank of Jamaica and Dr Renae Rattray of the JN Foundation; Rev Astor Carlyle, pastor of Webster Memorial, as well as Leighton McKnight of PricewaterhouseCoopers; Don Reid, banker and Margaret Campbell, the first female principal of St George's College.

Roy Rayon and Eric Donaldson, multiple Festival Song winners, will add a special musical flavour to the show.

"The Powerful Women & Men Show will never be the same after this, especially as we look forward to our 20th anniversary in 2020 which we want to be the most outstanding so far," said Green.

Actress Camille Davis, Caroline Hay QC, Corporal Arlene McBean, Niesha-Yen Jones, Professor Donna Hope, Dr Sonjah Niaah, Notis Heavyweight Rockaz Band, Hugh "Hugo Barrington" Faulkner and Pamputee are also confirmed for this year's line-up.

Over the past 18 years, the Powerful Women & Men Perform for Charity Show, conceptualised by Thyra Heaven, has raised more than $80 million to benefit the Mustard Seed Communities, which cares for 600 abandoned and physically challenged children, some with HIV-AIDS.





buju-banton-photo-12.jpgDaniel Rose, who was charged with the December 2011 shooting of his neighbour in Lawrence Tavern, St Andrew, was today freed in the Gun Court in downtown Kingston.

The 28-year-old, who is the nephew of reggae icon, Buju Banton, was charged with shooting with intent and illegal possession of a firearm.

Allegations were that the complainant was at his house before dawn when the door to the premises was kicked in and men armed with guns opened fire.

The complainant escaped injury.

Rose was subsequently taken into custody and later charged.

The accused denied the allegations.

Under cross-examination by attorney-at-law Peter Champagnie the complainant admitted that he did not identify the voice of the accused in his written statement to the police.

He also admitted that the exterior light on his house was turned off at the time of the shooting.

Champagnie submitted that based on the evidence, the court could not be certain that it was the accused who committed the act.

The court agreed and found him not guilty.





Academic and political commentator Martin Henry died suddenly last night, sending shock waves throughout the media and education fraternities.

Henry collapsed on the premises of Television Jamaica after appearing on a special tribute programme to former Prime Minister Edward Seaga who died yesterday in Miami.

He had told his media colleagues that he was not feeling well and collapsed on his way from the studio to the front of the building.

He was rushed to Medical Associates Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Last night, Stephen Vasciannie, president of the University of Technology (UTech), Jamaica where Henry held senior positions, expressed shock at Martin's passing.

"It is distressing that Mr Henry should have died while in the prime of his life. He has made a major contribution to the university through his management of entrepreneurship projects, his work in promoting research and intellectual development, his contribution to the Journal of Arts Science and Technology, his organisation of the Research and Technology Innovation Day and, most recently, his stalwart efforts with the University of Technology Press," Vasciannie said.

He said that Henry will also be remembered for his contributions to national life and that the country should be proud of his work as chairman of National Integrity Action. "In this role, and in his public commentary, especially as a newspaper columnist in the Sunday Gleaner and in media interviews, Mr Henry was a model of clarity, precision and, most of all, integrity and honesty," Vasciannie stated.

"Today has been a sad, awful day, which has knocked the wind from our sails."





us-supreme-court-upholds-same-sex-marriage-nationwide.jpgThe Government of Bermuda has been granted permission to take its legal bid to outlaw same-sex marriage in this British Oversees Territory, to the UK based Privy Council.

According to officials in the Ministry of Home Affairs this is the latest twist in a two-year roller-coaster saga that at one stage saw Bermuda become the first country in the world to approve same-sex marriage and then take away the right, but a series of court decisions means that gay couples can currently get married here.

"The government has received leave to appeal. The Government's position concerning the appeal has not changed," said a spokeswoman from the ministry in an interview with the Royal Gazette newspaper on Wednesday

The Gazette quoted the LGBTQ charity OutBermuda, one of the respondents in the appeal, saying it expected the government to lose and for the final bill for Bermuda's taxpayers to be about US$3 million. But the Home Affairs spokeswoman said the ministry "cannot and will not speculate" on the cost of taking the case to the Privy Council, Bermuda's highest court of appeal.Bermuda's Supreme Court ruled in May 2017 that gay couples could marry here, but six months later the government passed the Domestic Partnership Act, outlawing same-sex weddings. A challenge was brought against the act by Bermudian Rod Ferguson, with OutBermuda joining the legal action.

Former Chief Justice Ian Kawaley ruled on their case in June last year, finding that the parts of the legislation that restricted marriage to opposite-sex couples were against the Bermuda constitution. He agreed to a request from the government for his decision to be "stayed" pending an appeal, meaning gay couples could no longer wed. The Court of Appeal upheld Justice Kawaley's ruling in November and allowed same-sex marriages to take place again.

"To be perfectly clear, today in Bermuda, same-sex couples are fully permitted to secure marriage licences and have their marriages recognised.

"This right was declared by the Bermuda Supreme Court in 2017 and upheld by two subsequent court decisions. The ongoing legal battle and final hearing in the Privy Council, however, is necessary to make this basic human right permanent and lasting for all Bermuda citizens," said OutBermuda.

"The government of Bermuda this week received their consent from the Court of Appeal in Bermuda to submit their formal notice of appeal to the Privy Council; that action will set into motion the rest of the steps and processes and the timing of the hearing in London," said the charity in its statement.





marlon-standing-next-to-edward-seaga.jpgPrime MInister Andrew Holness informed the House of Representatives on Tuesday that State protocol was already engaged, and arrangements are in place for Seaga's body to be flown back to Kingston, from Miami where he died, at the earliest possible time.

"We expect that he will be accompanied by his wife and other family members, and he will be received by the Government, with the appropriate honour guard in place," he said.

He also noted that Seaga's body will lie in state to be viewed over a period of time prior to his state funeral, and there will be a special sitting of Parliament to allow members to pay tribute to him and his achievements prior to the funeral.

Also expressing regret in the House of Representatives yesterday were the Leader of Government Business Karl Samuda; Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia "Babsy" Grange; and MP Ronald Thwaites, who spoke on behalf of the Opposition.

Thwaites said that he grew to admire Seaga's "graciousness, thoughtfulness, and his willingness to go beyond the normal hurly burly of partisan politics" after his retirement from active politics.

"And he displayed to me the true undeniably national spirit which had caused him to dedicate his life to Jamaica," Thwaites added.

"Today is to commend his soul to the one who made him, saved him, and sustained him for us to gather to give thanks for his life," he addd.

Grange recalled her close association with Seaga in Kingston Western where she grew up, and described him as the "kindest, most caring, most brilliant" man that she had ever known.

"I loved him dearly ...Jamaica and the world have lost a great leader. Mr Seaga loved Jamaica. He loved the Jamaican people. He understood the value of our culture and our way of life," she added.





fake-news.pngA viral voice note has been circulating with the news that the barber who recorded the brazen armed robbery of a Chinese wholesale in Clarendon on Sunday morning has been killed. However, sources have confirmed to Yardflex that this is not so.

"A man was killed, yes, but it wasn't him," the source stated.

A viral video of the shooting, has been making the rounds. In it, a man is heard giving a running commentary of the events. Although his face is not seen, persons have identified tje man as a barber in the town.





Sex predator lecturer at Edna Manley exposed

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After a Sunday Gleaner expose, on a lecturer at the Enda Manley College for the Visual and Performing Arts a lecturer at the college is reporting that for well over a decade, one of his colleagues has been engaged in sexually predatory behaviour against students and has had hundreds of victims.

Yesterday, The Sunday Gleaner quoted several female students who said they had been targeted by the professor but their complaints were being covered up.

The school administration also reported that an investigation has been launched into the allegations.

"Many of my students have come to me about the same lecturer," said a professor who requested anonymity. "He has affected hundreds and hundreds of students in the visual arts school, and he has a history and a reputation for holding back grades and putting down students in front of the class," said the source.

Another male lecturer gave a similar account.

The professor said that two years ago, his students wrote letters to the management of the institution, but those letters have disappeared.

He said some went further by speaking with board members but gave up, acknowledging that the school's leaders seemed to have accepted the educator's behaviour.





19 guns stolen from security firm

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shocked.jpgReports are that a major police investigation is underway into the theft of 19 firearms and numerous rounds of assorted ammunition from a security company in Montego Bay, St James, one of the parishes now under a state of public emergency.

It is understood that the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) is also part of the probe.

Police investigators are probing whether the break-in was facilitated by anyone linked to the company.

"As far as I know, the matter is being treated as a case of larceny, but the police are not ruling out the probability that this could have been an inside job," said one senior investigator.

Sometime between Labour Day and Friday, May 24, thieves made their way into the establishment and removed the firearms.

They also stole three motorcycles and two desktop computers, along with the recording device attached to the closed-circuit television system.

The 67-year-old director of the security company reportedly told police that he securely locked the office, located on the compound of the Ironshore Estate in Ironshore, Montego Bay, before he left the establishment on Labour Day. He reportedly returned a day later to discover that several padlocks on the grilles and doors had been broken. Further investigations revealed that the metal safe containing the company firearms had been forced open and the guns gone missing.

Police sources say the security company has been experiencing a downturn in business.They are also probing a claim that some of the firearm users' permits for security guards were not certified by the FLA.

STOLEN FIREARMS AND AMMUNITION

- Fifteen .38 revolvers

- Four shot-guns

- 12-gauge ammunition

- .38 ammunition





shocked.jpgMay Pen needs a ZOSO. As a matter of fact, it seems as if the entire Jamaica needs a ZOSO.

Reports are that two policemen were shot and injured during a confrontation with armed robbers along Main Street in May Pen, Clarendon, Sunday morning and there are pictures and video footage of the incident, The sergeant and constable, who are attached to the May Pen Police Station, are now receiving treatment at hospital. The constable reportedly received gunshot injuries to the face and shoulder, while the sergeant was shot in the abdomen and buttocks.

Reports are that about 9:20 a.m. the lawmen challenged men armed with high-powered weapons travelling in two cars in the vicinity of Guinep Tree in the Clarendon capital. The gunmen opened fire at the policemen who were hit. The service vehicle was also damaged.

One of the get away vehicles, a white Toyota Probox, later crashed along Howard Avenue.

It's not clear if any of the gunmen was captured.

Unconfirmed reports are that a woman of Chinese descent was also abducted by the gunmen who were said to be on a robbery spree in the parish capital.

Meanwhile, pictures show the heavily armed gunmen appearing to take the Chinese business owners away, while the video captures the sounds of the gunfire as the robbers wreaked havoc on the town.

"May Pen was like a ghost town yesterday," one resident told Yardflex. "My taxi man said that he got a call telling him to stay at home and don't bother touch road after the shooting.





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One of the foremost singers of Reggae music, Empress Marcia Griffiths, is continuing to break new ground. Marcia has had the incredibly good fortune of spending her formative years at Studio One, the record stable that shaped the career of other top-ranking artists such as Bob Marley and Bob Andy.

What Kind of World is sure to tantalize music fans worldwide; as it presents Marcia's sensational voice accompanied by the authentic sound of Reggae. This single is produced by Donovan Germain and executive producers Tad A. Dawkins and Tad A. Dawkins Jnr.

Available worldwide on all digital platform.





Ackee Walk and Common at war; 5 dead

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA gang war between the communities of Common and Ackee Walk in St Andrew has so far claimed the lives of five persons, the police have confirmed.The last incident occurred last week when two men were gunned down at the busy hub of Chancery Street as commuters boarded buses and taxis.

The two gangs were once living in peace for years in the communities which are within relatively close proximity to each other. The community of Common is bordered by Red Hills Road, Donmair Drive, Christopher Boulevard and a tributary of the Sandy Gully to its west.

Ackee Walk is located close to a bridge along Molynes Road in the vicinity of Queensbury and Valentines Castle Drive. Things took a turn for the worst when both gangs fell out of favour with each over the proceeds of an illegal extortion racket which has plagued the section of Chancery Street where the latest double murder took place.

A police source told Loop News that thugs target operators of minibuses which ply the Rock Hall to Chancery Street route, and route taxis operators who ply the Half-Way Tree to Chancery Street route. The extortionists are said to be very brutal to any operator who does not comply with their demands, and at least one operator has been gunned down there in recent years.

"It has been a constant problem for the St Andrew North Police. The police know that the racket is alive and well, but are powerless to stop it completely, as the operators who are the victims, are afraid to report it. If there is no complainant, there can be no charges laid," the cop said.

A few years ago, two men were arrested, charged and convicted for extortion activities in the area, but the illicit practice continues unabated.

The killings started when two men were shot and killed at Ackee Walk. Then the bloodletting continued after gunmen struck in the community of Ackee Walk and shot three men dead over a three-day period.

On Wednesday morning the police were out in their numbers, and patrolled both communities in a bid to fend off any further acts of reprisal.

That section of Chancery Street that has been most affected, has degenerated into an eyesore, and is a hazard for both motorists and pedestrians, due to the heavy traffic and the presence of loiterers in the area.

But the police have given the assurance that they will pull out all the stops to beat back the criminals and make the streets safe for law-abiding citizens to conduct their business without fear.





Canada seeking more Jamaican workers

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Canada is seeking to engage more Jamaicans to work in non-traditional areas, which will add to the current seasonal agricultural workers arrangement [farm work programme] that the island shares with the North American country.

The world power is keen on welcoming workers in fields such as research, education and home care, according to Canada's Minister of Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship, Ahmed Hussen.

Hussen, however, made it clear, that despite the need for labour in those areas, Canada isn't looking to perpetuate Jamaica's brain drain, but rather, seeks to arrive at a mutually beneficial arrangement for both countries.

"At least from Canada's perspective the need is there, but at the same time, we are a government that is sensitive to the issues around brain drain, so we don't want Canada's gain to be Jamaica's loss. We want it to be a win-win," Hussen said.

Therefore, both countries would have to look at fields that have a surplus of skilled workers in Jamaica, and sectors in Canada that require additional workers with certain requisite skills and expertise.

Hussen was speaking at a forum on immigration and refugees issues at the University of the West Indies Regional Headquarters in Mona on Monday. The discussion was organised by the Canadian High Commission in Jamaica and The UWI.

"It is a delicate balance and it would need for us to engage a little bit more with the Jamaican government to determine which sectors or which skill sets are available for that circle of migration," Hussen said.

He further revealed that persons could work under the programme without a permit.

He said: "It doesn't have to be a zero-sum game, for example, if there is a research expert in Jamaica, who is researching on robotics, for example, we have the global skill strategy, which will enable that researcher to come to Canada and work by themselves or collaborate in our research ecosystem for up 120 days without a work permit."

"That researcher may not have an ecosystem in Jamaica that is as developed as the one in Canada and so they coming to Canada and building up their skills set to the next level and then coming back to Jamaica, is a benefit for Jamaica and Canada," Hussen said.

Hussen said Canada's ageing population has resulted in the country encouraging workers from other countries to emigrate there.

Jamaica already has an advantage because of the Seasonal Agriculture Workers' Programme (SAWP) also called farm work programme in Canada.

According to the Canadian minister, the partnership between both countries is working well, with a number of Jamaicans remitting money back home, and contributing to the island's economy.





Rain and more rain forecasted

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Sections of the island will experience a welcomed relief from dry conditions this weekend into Monday.

The Meteorological Service Division is reporting that a persistent Trough across Jamaica and the central Caribbean is to being showers, which may be heavy at times, over the period.

Projections are for periods of showers and thunderstorms to affect sections of most parishes especially during the afternoons.

Fishers and other marine operators are urged to exercise caution as sea conditions will deteriorate in the vicinity of showers and thunderstorms.

24-HOUR FORECAST

This Morning... Generally cloudy, with isolated showers across sections of northern and southeastern parishes.

This Afternoon... Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms mainly across sections of central and western parishes and hilly inland areas elsewhere.

Tonight... Mostly cloudy.

3-DAY FORECAST (starting Saturday):

Saturday: Isolated morning showers eastern parishes. Scattered afternoon showers and isolated thunderstorms across sections of most parishes.

Sunday: Mostly cloudy morning. Scattered afternoon showers and isolated thunderstorms mainly across central and western parishes.

Monday: Partly cloudy morning. Widely scattered afternoon showers and isolated thunderstorms across sections of most parishes.





arrested -photo-1.jpgA judge on Friday sentenced a Brooklyn youth to 17 1/3 years in jail for killing a 22-year-old college student just before the Caribbean J'Ouvert festival in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn began in 2016.

Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Donald Leo imposed the stiff sentence on Regional Moise, 20, for shooting in the head at point-blank range, Tiarah Poyau, a graduate student in accounting at St John's University in Jamaica, Queens, New York.

The incident took place on September 5, 2016.

Poyau died after she was taken to the nearby Kings County Hospital in Central Brooklyn.

Police said Moise was intoxicated at the time of the shooting, but jurors found him guilty of criminally negligent homicide, reckless endangerment and weapons possession in Poyau's shooting death. He was acquitted of the more serious charge of murder.

"This is the most tragic case I've ever come across," said Justice Leo before imposing the sentence on Moise. "In one selfish act of idiocy, you destroyed the incredibly bright future of a promising young woman."

The victim's family had pleaded with Justice Leo to sentence Moise to consecutive - no concurrent - sentences, as Moise's lawyers had requested.

"Criminally negligent homicide is a slap in the face your honor," Poyau's mother, Valerie Brown, told the court before Moise's sentence. "It's really an insult, not just to me but to my whole entire family. Please, I beg of you, please see fit to give him the maximum that is allowed for each charge."

Before he was taken away in handcuffs, Moise apologized to the victim's family.

"I'm sorry to Ms Brown and the Poyau family for all stuff y'all have been going through," he told the court.

After the sentence, Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said in a statement that "this defendant fired four shots during what was a joyous cultural celebration, tragically killing Tiarah Poyau, a completely innocent bystander with a promising life ahead of her.

"It is a miracle that no one else was struck," he added. "Today's sentence delivered a measure of justice for Tiarah's heartbroken mother, family and many friends, and a clear message that gun violence will not be tolerated at J'ouvert."





shenyeng-on-instagram-shenyengz-which-day-can-i-release-our-new-song-blessed.jpgShenseea broke the Internet over the weekend when she uploaded pictures of herself in bed with a woman. She has since not been answering any questions relating to the raunchy post. However, she has been promoting her new song with Tyga, called blessed. But her fans are not here for it.

Just check out this exchange:

SHENYENGZ: which day can I release our new song BLESSED?? 🤔 @tyga produced by @rvssian

📸: @keysusx

rxtedty: The day you start liking man again

SHENYENG on Instagram: "SHENYENGZ which day can I release our new song BLESSED?? 🤔 @tyga produced by @rvssian 📸: @keysusx"

The lesbian looking post quickly racked up a quarter million likes, the most Shenseea has ever received for one picture.

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bxk9YDvBpQd/

Vezi această postare pe Instagram

Thanks for being here...❣️ #life #love #blessed

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Canada's immigration minister visits Jamaica

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Canada's minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Ahmed Hussen is in Jamaica for a three-day working visit to, among other things, shore up cooperation between his country and tertiary education institutions here.

His first stop was at the University of the West Indies, where, earlier this afternoon he led a guided discussion on the role of education in Canada's immigration policy, and expressed impatience with achieving more in the way of partnership.

In an obvious reference to the policies of its neighbor to the south, Hussen, himself an immigrant, stressed that Canada is seeking to build bridges, not walls, with its approach to immigration.

He is expected to travel to Trinidad on a similar mission when he leaves Jamaica.





munga-honorable.jpgMunga Honorebel's murder trial will begin on June 6 in the Supreme Court in downtown Kingston, Jamaica.

The Dancehall entertainer, whose given is Damian Rhoden, is charged in connection with the February 2017 murder of Mr. Vegas' nephew, Cleveland Smith. Munga was granted bail in June 2017 in the sum of $500,000 JMD.

Munga Honorebel's attorney, Christopher Townsend says he is now in preparation mode for the upcoming trial.

"We are in preparation for trial. The case is being managed which means we are gathering all the witnesses and ensuring that they are present. The judge will want to hear from us, so we are getting the matter ready for trial date," he told the Jamaica Observer.

According to police reports, Cleveland Smith left his Moonlight Drive address in St Andrew on his green Rambo pedal cycle to attend a session. It is alleged that he was accosted by a group of men, one of whom was armed with a gun.

Smith was shot after an altercation ensued between the men and himself. He was then rushed to the Kingston Public Hospital where he was pronounced dead.





A holy controversy over Khaled's song

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a-holy-controversy-over-khaleds-song.jpgJ Khaled's new "Holy Mountain" collaboration with Buju Banton, Mavado, Sizzla and rapper 070 Shake has sparked controversy.

The banger taken off the American DJ, producer's new 15-track album "Father Of Asahd," samples late Reggae entertainer Billy Boyo's "One Spliff a Day."

Billy Boyo was still in his teens when he emerged in the early 1980s with "One Spliff a Day" and the track still gets heavy rotation in the retro Dancehall scene.

On Monday, Billy Boyo's daughter took to social media to reveal that her father's estate was not compensated for the sample on DJ Khaled's new album.

Boyo, born Billy Rowe, died of a brain tumour on 29 October 2000, after a two-month-long struggle to beat the disease.





crime-scene-knife.jpgA Trelawny woman and her five-year-old grandson were chopped to death by a relative in Martha Brae Saturday night.

The attacker is said to be the mentally-challenged son of the woman and uncle to the child. He, too, was killed after being shot by the police when he reportedly attacked members of a police party who had gone to the location to investigate the incident.

The deceased woman has been identified as 56-year-old Jennifer Gordon, otherwise called " Coolie", a domestic helper. The five-year-old boy is identified as Levon Walker, both of Hugh Shearer Drive in Martha Brae, Trelawny.

The accused attacker is identified as 28-year-old Leon "Duval" White, of the same address.

Reports are that about 11:00 last night, residents living along Hugh Shearer Drive heard Gordon crying for help and summoned the police.

Upon the arrival of the lawmen, they attempted to enter the house when they were reportedly attacked by White, who was armed with a machete. In a bid to avoid being chopped to death by the mentally challenged man, the police were forced to shoot him.

A search led to the discovery of Gordon and her grandson who were found in separate sections of the house with multiple chop wounds.

"It is also unfortunate that when the police went to the location to subdue Mr White, he attacked them with a machete and was fatally shot," said Senior Superintendent Kirk Ricketts, the commanding officer for the Trelawny police.

"I have since gone in the area and spoke to the community members and I also spoke to the Health Department, and I was informed that White was a patient, who was treated as recently as May of this year," he added.

According to one neighbour "Duval, is very ok when he receives his medical treatment but very violent, when he is not treated. And to my knowledge he was not treated upon the most recent visit by the medical team," the neighbour added.

Ricketts said the police were providing counselling to the immediate family of the deceased, as well as community members.





Operation Restore Paradise for Mo Bay

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The St James Municipal Corporation, in collaboration with the police, will be undertaking activities aimed at restoring and maintaining law and order in the parish starting on Monday.

The initiative dubbed 'Operation Restore Paradise' will span one week, and will involve other agencies including the Ministry of Health, National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), Island Traffic Authority, Transport Authority and the Jamaica Defence Force Coast Guard.

Mayor of Montego Bay and Chairman of the St James Municipal Corporation, Councillor Homer Davis, made the announcement at a press conference held the Municipal Corporation's Office on Friday (May 17).

"We have decided to take a zero tolerance approach as it relates to law and order in the city of Montego Bay, because we think that we have a paradise and what we are seeing taking place in our paradise is not acceptable," Davis said.

"The approach will be one of sensitizing our people, one of enforcement when it becomes necessary and one of prosecution when it becomes necessary," he added.

The Mayor informed that traffic enforcement will be a major part of the operation, and persons with outstanding traffic tickets, as well as operators of Public Passenger Vehicles who operate in contravention of the Road Traffic Act will be targeted.

"For business operators who operate in the city, [we will check] their certification, as it relates to public health, and as it relates to contracts with the NSWMA to remove their garbage," Davis stated.

Meanwhile, Commanding Officer for the St James Police Division, Superintendent Vernon Ellis said the police will be ensuring that the law is adhered to.

"The security and safety of a parish is the business of everyone. The challenges we face out here, the security forces cannot arrest our way out of the challenges. Some of the solution lies with many other agencies. We have decided that this time around...that we will be using a multi-agency approach," he stated.

Superintendent Ellis also informed that the police will aim to sensitise the public on the different laws in the country.

"So we are going to de-culture persons by telling them what is right, by showing them the stuff that they are not supposed to do. Educating them on the laws, rules and regulations. We are going to sell to them the mission of restoring paradise. We are going to get the citizens to be a part of the solution to the problem that we are having out here in St James," Superintendent Ellis noted.





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tony-rebels-daughter-davianah-to-release-ep.jpgReggae artiste Davianah is applying the finishing touches to her debut seven track EP, 'Rasta Picknii'.

"The EP will have seven songs and it will be strictly reggae hence the title, 'Rasta Picknii' as it will showcase my cultural side," Davianah, whose real name is Davahu Barrett, said.

Some of the songs include 'Break My Heart', 'Stir It Up' and 'Move'. She is aiming for a summer release for the project.

The 24-year-old artiste plans to shoot a video for a separate single, 'Supergirl' next month.

"I have quite a number of new singles that I have already recorded, I haven't stopped pushing my dancehall persona, my EP is just designed to show a more cultural side of Davianah," she said.

On Sunday, Davianah released a freestyle dedicated to her mother, Norlene Cornwall, that has over 15,000 views on IG since it was posted. "Mommy you and i don't have the perfect mom and daughter story but our story will never be short of love. When everybody else turn their backs on me i knw i can count on you. I love you Mother and Happy Mothers Day to u @norlenefit and all the mothers out there," she said in the post.

Davianah doesn't have a great relationship with her superstar father, Tony Rebel. She raised eyebrows earlier this year when she performed at her father's Rebel Salute concert in a nude-coloured pantyhose and mint-green wig, and later sparked a major conflict with her father with a scathing Instagram pose accusing him of hypocrisy.

However, in her Instagram description, she continues to label herself as "Daughter of Tony Rebel."

Born July 28, 1992, Davianah debuted at Rebel Salute 2011 during Tony Rebel's set, doing a cover of Estelle's 'Come Over' that elicited a huge response from the crowd. She performed on Reggae Sumfest 2017 and 'Reggae on the Hill' in Barbados. She has become known for her melodic attractive reggae freestyles and also controversial hard-hitting hardcore freestyles that have won her numerous fans on social media.

"I am coming for everything they said I couldn't have. It is not easy being a second generation star, but I welcome the challenge," she said.





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freddie-mcgregor-photo-3.jpgLegendary Reggae singer, Freddie McGregor, who recently added another award to his collection, when he picked up an IRAWMA globe on Saturday night, is set to stage the Big Ship Music Fest in Port Charlotte, Florida on July 6.

According to the man who is acknowledged as a "Winner", that area of Florida does not get serviced by reggae acts and his research has shown that, given the demographic, there is a large market ready to appreciate the music.

"We were looking at something for mid-year and when we looked at Port Charlotte, we realised that it was originally a farmworker community and had quite a large Caribbean community, so it was just the right spot," he told the Jamaica Observer. "The venue, The Port Charlotte County Fair Grounds, is quite a landmark. It is central and easy to find so that made it the best choice. Everybody is excited about this kind of show coming to the area. Some are seeing it as their Sumfest as not many shows of this kind come to the area."

The Big Ship Music Fest will be headlined by McGregor and features Marcia Griffiths, Admiral Tibet, Everton Blender, Hopeton Lindo, Chino McGregor, Glen Washington and Perfect.

"It was an easy pick for this line-up. South Florida loves a female artiste, so I realised it was either Sister Marcia Griffiths or Etana. Sister Marcia was available and so we just went for her, then the others just fell into place," McGregor explained. "There will also be three big, band 'sounds' -- Earthquake, Legend and Felix -- to keep patrons entertained throughout. We are looking to have a really nice atmosphere where people can come out and just chill and enjoy themselves."

No stranger to promoting events, McGregor staged the Long Beach Reggae Music Jerk and Food Festival in California in 2014. Prior to that, he did Rocksteady Meets Reggae and Dancehall at the Jamalco Sports Club in Halse Hall, Clarendon in 2009.

"It is just something that I really love to do. Being in the music industry, I get something out of trying my hand at staging a show, the way it can be done and the way it should be done, I really just love being on the other side of this business," McGregor said.





krystal-tomlinson.jpgPresident of the People's National Party Youth Organisation (PNPYO), Krystal Tomlinson - who is also the mother of a child for entertainer, Beenie Man - has offered an apology of sorts for having likened Prime Minister Andrew Holness to Nazi Germany's Adolf Hitler in a series of Twitter posts on Wednesday.

In her opening tweet, Tomlinson said: "Holness' track record suggests that he is a prime minister who has scant regard for the court, the constitution and the separation of powers doctrine. Reminds me of Adolph Hitler and his approach to designing a 'New' Germany. Just be a big man and admit you were wrong, Mr Holness."

The tweet suggested that Tomlinson was referring, in particular, to the Constitutional Court's striking down in April of the controversial National Identification and Registration (NIDS) law, after deeming it to be in breach of the constitutional rights of Jamaicans.

Twitter user - 'IslandNeophyte' - responded by warning Tomlinson that she should "delete that tweet before you are called to make a public apology to the prime minister and your country."

Another user pointed to the fact that Tomlinson had spelled Hitler's first name incorrectly ('Adolph' instead of 'Adolf') as a reasonable basis to conclude that she really did not know of the man's history and what she was actually delving into in making the comparison.

While she did not directly apologise to Holness, Tomlinson expressed regret for having made the comparison. "On Wednesday, May 15, I made a tweet which drew a comparison between the constitutional violations of the Andrew Holness-led team of public servants and those of Adolf Hitler. ......I recognised that this comparison has caused great discomfiture to persons across the spectrum - from those with political interests to those who are casual observers of the governance process in this country."

"In my experience as a student of political science and communications, I accept that comparative analyses lose their effect when the audience is too disturbed by the reference to consider the possible merits of an argument.

"I would like to put on record my unequivocal apology for any offence that may have been taken to the tweet, and for conjuring up any painful images of the result of the Hitler regime, which concluded with devastating genocide, second only to what my family endured during the trans-Atlantic slave trade. It was not my intent."

The PNPYO president has, however, pledged to continue to express her perceptions of Holness' patterns of leadership of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) and the Government without any further reference to the Nazi leader.





Jamaica-born Queen's Counsel, Vincent Nelson, is due to appear in court on June 4, after he failed to appear on Thursday in the case against former attorney general Anand Ramlogan and former United National Congress (UNC) legislator, Gerald Ramdeen.

Nelson was earlier this month granted TT$100,000 (One TT dollar=US$0.16 cents) bail on corruption conspiracy charges in connection with a series of financial transactions involving legal fees during the 2010-15 period of the UNC-led People's Partnership government.

Nelson was due to appear before Justice Malcom Holdip in the High Court here Thursday, but when the matter was called, the Court was informed that the London-based attorney was not present.

The Court was told that because of the late announcement regarding the date for the hearing, Nelson was unable to return to Trinidad in time for the proceedings.

Nelson is alleged to have conspired with Ramlogan and Ramdeen to receive, conceal and transfer criminal property given to Ramlogan by Nelson as the lawyer in various matters for the State.

It is also alleged that he conspired with Ramlogan and Ramdeen for the former to misbehave in public office with Ramlogan accepting rewards from Nelson and conspired to corruptly give Ramlogan rewards as Attorney General.

On May 2, the 61-year-old Nelson accepted a plea deal and pleaded guilty before Chief Magistrate Maria Busby Earle-Caddle and agreed to be the state's main witness in its case against Ramlogan and Ramdeen under the Criminal Procedure Act.

The matter was transferred to the High Court in 14 days, in keeping with provisions of the Act.

At the magistrate's court, Nelson's attorney Tom Allen QC, had earlier argued that bail for his client was part of the agreement with the prosecution that he be granted his own bail and no restrictions placed on him to leave the country.

Allen submitted that Nelson, since October 2017, had been fully cooperating with the prosecution at an "unprecedented level" and has given several witness statements knowing full well he has incriminated himself, despite risks to himself.

Allen said Nelson was the key prosecution witness and was "safer out of this jurisdiction.

Ramlogan and Ramdeen have been released on a total of TT$2.7 million and will re-appear in court on June 28.

They have been charged with conspiracy to contravene Section 3 of the Prevention of Corruption Act; conspiracy to contravene Section 45 of the Proceeds of Crime Act and conspiracy to misbehave in public office between October 1, 2010 to September 9, 2015.





marlon-standing-next-to-edward-seaga.jpgFormer Prime Minister Edward Seaga is reportedly in good spirits as he battles the physical effects of a serious illness and receives treatment at a hospital in Miami, Florida.

On Wednesday Prime Minister Andrew Holness, who flew to the United States to visit the former prime minister on Wednesday, reported that Seaga, who headed the Government of Jamaica from 1980 to 1989, is under close medical supervision by a team of doctors, including Jamaican specialists and nurses, and is surrounded by his family.

"Mr Seaga, who will be 89 at the end of May (May 28), is in positive spirits. I assured our former prime minister that Jamaica is in a good place and that our economic recovery is being carefully managed to ensure social equity and prosperity for the working-class masses of the Jamaican people.

"I also passed on to him the many expressions of concern, love, prayers and good wishes for him from the Jamaican people and from his former constituency of West Kingston," said Holness.

He added that, among many other national and personal matters about which they spoke, Seaga enquired about football, which became a passion for him in later life.

"Minister Olivia Grange, who was also with me, updated him and it generated a light moment where we all smiled and laughed.

"At the end of the visit, we all held hands and prayed with Mr Seaga for his improvement. He thanked us for lifting his spirit by visiting him and expressed his deep gratitude and love for the Jamaican people, whom he served all his life," said Holness.

Seaga holds the record as Jamaica's longest serving member of parliament, having represented Kingston Western for almost 43 years, from 1962 until he retired in 2005.

He served as leader of the Opposition from 1974 to 1980, and again from 1989 until January 2005.





arrested.jpgA teenage boy is currently in police custody following an armed robbery in Burnside Valley in Red Hills, St AndrewThursday.

According to police reports, lawmen were patrolling the area about 9:40 pm, when they were notified that a business place was being robbed.

The responding officers said on their arrival, the suspects ran, leaving behind a .40 Smith and Wesson pistol and eight .40 cartridges.

The weapon was found after an extensive search of the area. The teen, whose identity cannot be disclosed because he is a minor, was subsequently arrested.

The police did not disclose what items were stolen from the business place.

Investigations continue.





Two women, one of British descent, were held by the Narcotics police following a cocaine seizure at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, St James on Wednesday.

According to the police, both women arrived at the airport about 12:30 pm to board a flight to Birmingham, England.

However, during routine baggage checks, packages containing more than 2.8 kilograms of cocaine were found hidden in a compartment of their luggage. The drug is estimated to be worth $5 million on the street.

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Tidal calls Dovey Magnum

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dovey-magnum.jpgFresh off her United Kingdom leg of shows, dancehall reggae artist, Dovey Magnum, has secured a major nod from international streaming service, Tidal. Dovey Magnum was selected by the streaming platform to be the face of its largest dancehall playlist titled 'Dancehall Massive' on May 10th.

This venture with Tidal and Dovey Magnum will feature the release of a new single titled "Naw Dweet" which is produced by Billion music group on VVS Riddim. This will kick off the artist summer 2019 endeavors which will see the act releasing a slew of track, collaborations, and appearance throughout North America & Europe.

Dovey Magnum states "I'm so happy that Tidal reached out and decided to give me this opportunity. It only shows that the work is paying off and we no longer on the sidelines. Nah Dweet the new track that releasing tomorrow represents a different side of me, and those females out there that refuse to cheat. People use to the 'Bawl Out' and 'Mademozelle' and this shows the transition, the growth, the alter ego but it's about respecting relationships and people at times".

The new track will be available on all major streaming platforms on May 10th but fans are encouraged to visit Tidal's playlist titled "Dancehall Massive". In the coming weeks the artist will release singles titled "Nice and Clean", "Boss Baby", "JuJu" and also visuals for the accompany singles. It's expected that summer 2019 will see Dovey Magnum artistry taking on new heights.





ruel-reid-photo-1.jpgThe probe into allegations of fraudulent activities at the Ministry of Education and connected agencies has resulted in former Minister of Education Rule Reid now being the subject of a criminal investigation.

Police Commissioner Major General Antony Anderson this morning confirmed that Reid is being investigated but provided no details on the scope of the probe.

"I can confirm that there is an investigation (but) at this point I cannot give you an update on that," Anderson told journalists in response to a question at a media briefing at the Old Hope Road headquarters of the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

"Because it is on-going and it is a financial investigation and one that is a complex investigation that involves a number of agencies. The FID (Financial Investigation Division of the Ministry of Finance), C-TOC (Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime Division and the CFU (Constabulary Financial Unit) [are] involved in this investigation so it is only proper that we continue this investigation without saying too much," added Anderson.

Just over one month ago Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced that he had fired Ruel Reid, then Minister of Education, Youth & Information.

In a statement to the media Holness said he had met with Reid regarding certain allegations in the public domain.





JFF to sign MOU with AS Roma

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President of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), Michael Ricketts, said the organisation is scheduled to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Italian giants AS Roma in the coming weeks.

Ricketts told The Gleaner in an interview yesterday that his federation met with the AS Roma officials, who are currently in the island on Tuesday, and that discussions were fruitful noting that the parties are now hoping to sign an agreement soon.

The JFF boss added that this is a major boost for local football and that the AS Roma representatives are very interested in Jamaican football.

"These gentlemen seem very interested in the product that we have here, and they (appreciate) the athleticism of our youngsters and think that partnering with us could really improve the quality of our players," said Ricketts.

"This is the route to go in identifying our youngsters from the primary and prep schools and then sometime in the summer, they will go to clubs of their choice whether it is Sweden or Italy. And then, of course, bring them back and keep them close to us in an academy setting and in an environment where they can continue their growth and development," he said.

"The meeting was very fruitful and I am highly optimistic that it will have some positive results on our football," Ricketts stated.

AS Roma currently have two Jamaican women on their roster, defender Allyson Swaby and midfielder Trudi Carter, who are both expected to feature for Jamaica at next month's FIFA Women's World Cup in France.





The Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) says it will be extending the usual period for the sale of tickets for the upcoming international friendly between Jamaica and Panama

The JFF said it has also increased the number of ticket outlets across the island for the game.

It said tickets will go on sale from tomorrow Saturday, May 11 until match day, Sunday, May 19 at select ticket outlets.

The Federation is also encouraging fans to purchase tickets early.

Meanwhile, the majority of members of the 24- member Reggae Girlz squad will arrive on Sunday, May 12 and will have their first training session on Monday, May 13 at 6:00 pm at the National Stadium.





charged.jpgA Jamaican man has been arrested and charged in relation to the deaths of two women whose bodies were found in a luxury Miami condominium on Tuesday.

According to CBS Miami, the man, 46-year-old Franklyn Williams was arrested on Wednesday and has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder.

According to reports, the bodies were discovered after Miami police received a call from Homeland Security who told them during an investigation that involved Williams, he spontaneously confessed, according to his arrest report.

It was further reported that the bodies were found with multiple stab wounds after police forced open the door of the unit which is located at the Paraiso Bay high, rise at 650 Northeast 32nd Street.

Williams reportedly told investigators that he lives in the unit and that one of the women, 35-year-old Sophia Simpson, had been his girlfriend for the last ten years, according to the police, and the other woman, 27-year-old Gabrella Griffith, lived with them.

Williams is being held without bond after an appearance in court.

He also faces charges in a separate case involving grand theft, using fake ID, money laundering and racketeering. Those issues surfaced in court and Williams said he did have a private attorney.





made-in-new-york-jamaican-movie-trailer-2019-a-jamaican-story.jpgFor the love of money, fame , fortune, for the love of Music, and for the love of Love, ... the sky is the limit for these ambitious Jamaicans living in New York struggling to survive while pursuing their Music career , made it

Redhot, very talented singer signs a recording deal with Get Rich Quick Records. Walla Walla, not taking the gangster way out finally gets a break but can't go , his terrified wife was attacked by notorious gangster who goes around intimidating selectors to play Mr Bigs tunes, C.E.O of Get Rich Quick Records.... A Thriller , with , Drama, Romance, Suspense and will also make you laugh

This is the trailer notes on a new movie about Jamaica, written and directed by Phillip Warmington, aka Papa Lover. Casting director was Zambia Carradicce.

The movie had a successful premiere in New York this week, and rolls into Atlanta at the end of the month. A Jamaica premiere is also in the works.

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UpTop Boss Teejay buys TWO high-end vehicles

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Official Teejay on Instagram: "A nuh hype mi hype people trust mi it's just to show ghetto youths that dreams can really come through and remember never you want..."





Concern as no licensed butchers in Hanover

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Animals are being slaughtered and meat being sold at various locations across the parish, there are no licensed butchers operating in Hanover.

David Gardner, the Hanover Municipal Corporation's (HMC) chief executive officer, revealed Thursday that although all butcher's licences in the western parish expired in March, no applications for butcher's licences are being processed for the month of May.

"How is it that we have no application for butcher's licence and you are inspecting so much meat?" a seemingly perplexed Mayor Sheridan Samuels asked Patricia Hall Patterson, the chief public health inspector in the parish.

"It means we have no licensed butchers, so there should be no slaughtering of animals," added Samuels.

In responding to the mayor's concern, Hall Patterson told the HMC monthly meeting that there were approximately 17 registered butchers in the parish and they were the butchers doing the inspection of meats. She also pointed out that there were some applications for butcher's licences at the Public Health Department that were being processed and should be sent the HMC in short order.





shocked.jpgAt least five people have been killed in Jamaica since March last year after being deported from the UK by the Home Office, the Guardian newspaper out of the UK is reporting in a damning expose done about Jamaica.

According to The Guardian, the killings took place after the men were sent back to Jamaica - which they report has one of the highest per capita murder rates in the world - despite strict rules prohibiting deportations to countries in which an individual's life may be in danger.

The government does not routinely monitor what happens to people who have been deported. But through interviews and archive research, the Guardian has verified the deaths of the five men and been told by other returnees that they fear for their lives.

The revelations will increase pressure on the Home Office to justify its resumption in February of deportation charter flights to Jamaica, after they were suspended following the Windrush scandal.

Some of the men had convictions for violent and drug-related offences. But Naga Kandiah, a public law solicitor at MTC & Co - which deals with many Jamaican deportation cases - said the government's human rights obligations were not dependent on past behaviour.

"The Home Office's own guidance recognises the high level of crime there due to organised gangs," he said. "Nobody is saying that these men had not committed crimes, but it is a clear breach of human rights legislation to send them back to a country where their life could be in serious danger."

Lawyers routinely use the European convention on human rights to argue deportation would pose a threat to life.

The majority of murders the Guardian has identified involving people deported from the UK to Jamaica have occurred in the past three or four months. The victims definitively established are:

Owen Clarke, 62, who was shot and killed by armed men on 23 February. Clarke, known as Father Fowl and Roy Fowl, was a music promoter and had been convicted of dealing drugs. According to Jamaican media, he was a leader of the British Link-Up Crew, a dancehall events business in the UK and Jamaica, which was allegedly a front for drug smuggling.

Dewayne Robinson, 37, known as Little Wicked, was murdered on 4 March 2018.

Alphonso Harriott, 56, known as Oney British and reportedly part of the same crew as Clarke, was murdered on 29 March.

Paul Mitchell, 50, was fatally stabbed on 31 December in the grocery store at which he worked.

Hugh Bennett, 48, a shopkeeper, was stabbed to death on 31 December.

According to the Home Office's guidance about Jamaica published in March last year, the Jamaica constabulary force is "underpaid, poorly trained, understaffed and lacking in resources". Organised criminal elements are prevalent and extremely active, the guidance states, and police only make arrests in 45% of cases, with a homicide conviction rate of 7%. Eighty per cent of murders involve firearms.

Gracie Bradley, the policy and campaigns manager at the human rights organisation Liberty, said by putting deportees in danger, the government was adding an additional punishment to that imposed by courts.

"It is incredibly disturbing that the government continues to pursue deportations at the expense of its human rights obligations, which stipulate that people must not be deported to situations where they face threats to their life, torture or ill-treatment," she said.

"These worrying incidents further highlight why the practice of deportation post-conviction is a discriminatory form of double punishment that should be scrapped."

Some of the men on the February charter flight said they knew some of the murder victims. One deportee said he was ambushed in a shop days after arriving in Jamaica by a group of armed men he knew from when he previously lived there.

"I believe I was targeted," he said. "I had had an altercation with one of those men when I was in Jamaica in 2012. A group of armed men ran into a shop I was in and they had high-powered rifles. A lot of shots were fired and another man died. I escaped into some bushes behind the shop and was lucky to survive.

"I think that people who were on that February charter flight have been targeted. Everyone knew that charter flight was coming and people keep a lookout. I think that people deported from the UK are particular targets once they reach Jamaica."

A spokeswoman for the End Deportations campaign group said: "It's sickening but sadly not surprising that people who the Home Office have deported have been killed. These deportations must be stopped immediately before more lives are lost."

A Home Office spokesman said: "We only return those with no legal right to remain in the UK, including foreign national offenders. Individuals are only returned to their country of origin when the Home Office and courts deem it is safe to do so.

"The Home Office works with a number of non-governmental organisations that provide support on arrival for returnees which includes general orientation, access to temporary accommodation, travel, vocational training, job referral and signposting services. We are committed to ensuring safe and dignified returns and reintegration is a key part of that.

"Should the Home Office receive any specific allegations that a returnee has experienced ill-treatment on return to their country of origin, these would be investigated in partnership with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office."





Former PM Edward Seaga in hospital in Miami

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marlon-standing-next-to-edward-seaga.jpgCarla Seaga, the wife of former Prime Minister Edward Seaga, is quoted as saying her ailing husband is stable and is receiving excellent medical care.

The former prime minister who had been seeking medical care for the past few weeks has been admitted to a Miami hospital.

"He is receiving excellent medical care and is sustained too by the love of his family and friends," said Mrs Seaga in a statement issued through Jamaica House.

Seaga, 88, is battling two chronic illnesses and complications associated with them.

She also said the former Prime Minister is scheduled to receive further treatment at the Miami hospital and expressed thanks to people who have offering love, prayers and support.

Edward Seaga is Jamaica's fifth prime minister and the country's longest serving member of parliament.

He was Prime Minister from 1980 to 1989 and is currently Chancellor of the University of Technology, Jamaica, where he was re-appointed to a three-year term with effect from November 7, 2017.

Seaga turns 89 on May 28, 2019.





state-of-emergency.jpgHowever, president Winston Lawson is pleading for restrictions on businesses hours to be reasonable.

It was one of the complaints last year when a similar measure was declared in St James.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness this morning announced states of public emergency for St James, Westmoreland and Hanover in response to the reported 105 murders across the three parishes since January.

The security measures will remain in effect initially for 14 days.

"Our primary concern is that lives are not lost, and we are always prepared to meet the sacrifice, but we want to hope that some consideration can be given as to how we can find some common ground in terms of the opening hours for our businesses," said Lawson.

The second-term chamber president bemoaned that three months after the earlier year-long state of emergency expired in St James, crime had again become a major problem.

"The scourge of crime was upon us again, so we welcome the move and we think it is something that will immediately address the haemorrhaging that we saw," he said.

Lawson said that chamber members have been urged to use their resources to help in the fight against crime in St James, including registering of security cameras on the JamaicaEye national security system.





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That was the caption D'Angel posted to social media that has some persons telling her that she will never get back Beenie Man, while others are applauding her for living good with her ex.

Here are some of the comments:

U na get him back kristal have him lock

@donnett.bennett come of a ig mon yuh too nuff

@donnett.bennett did she and u have a conversation about her wanting him back?ansah mi?

@dangelmusic I don't know why people don't keep there negative comments to themselves, I am like, if I don't like you or don't share the same sentiments then be silent. Keep living mama

How much for your cut and clear blouse at mobay store

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onstage-tv-on-instagram-rebroadcast-last-nights-episode-of-onstage-featuring-viral-social-media-star-mackerel-will-be-rebroadcast-tonight-at-9pm.jpgPeople were upset when mackerel's interview ended abruptly and this is what Winfird WIlliams had to say.

Last night's episode of Onstage featuring viral social media star MACKEREL WILL BE RE-BROADCAST TONIGHT AT 9pm on CVM TV, in its entirety. Once again, Onstage TV wishes to apologise to all our viewers for the ill fated broadcast of the Mackerel segment of the show last night on that channel (Saturday May 4th). - #regrann

OnstageTV on Instagram: "R E B R O A D C A S T Last night's episode of Onstage featuring viral social media star MACKEREL WILL BE RE-BROADCAST TONIGHT AT 9pm on..."





ak-47-assault-rifle-ammo.jpgSecurity forces in St James, where a state of emergency was imposed on Tuesday, are reporting that a cache of more than 1,800 rounds of ammunition was seized last week.

Reports are that personnel from the Contraband Enforcement Team of Jamaica Customs discovered irregularities during their checks of a shipment at a warehouse in the parish and summoned the police who responded and conducted a search.

The search reportedly yielded 1,859 assorted rounds and two 50-capacity Glock magazines.

The police are now reminding members of the public that under the Get the Guns campaign, they can receive rewards of up to JMD $100, 000 for information that leads to the seizure of firearms and ammunition. Citizens are urged to call 311 to give information.





The cash reward for information on the Jamaican-born suspect in the killing of a Vermont woman last year has been increased.

The US Marshals Service announced Monday that it is now offering up to US$10,000 for information that leads to the arrest of Leroy Headley, 37, who they said has ties to Jamaica, where he is originally from, and across the US and Canada. The service had previously offered US$5,000.

Headley is wanted on a second-degree murder charge in the May 3 shooting death of his partner and mother of his children, Anako "Annette" Lumumba, 33, in South Burlington.

"Headley's criminal conduct and disregard for the law has made his apprehension a top priority for the US Marshals," Bradley Rose, US marshal for Vermont, said in the written statement. "Although Headley has avoided apprehension for almost a year, this investigation remains active and intensive."

Headley's car was found on May 18 in Albany, New York.

There was some information during the investigation indicating that he was in Philadelphia at one point, deputy US Marshal Michael Barron said Tuesday. The service says it is believed he is living under an assumed name and may have shaved his head or changed appearance.

"This is an individual that certainly could be anywhere in the US," Barron said. "It's certainly possible that he's set up roots in an area that no one knows who he is and he's just doing his thing."





crime-scene-gun.jpgThe St Thomas police are probing the shooting death of a man and the injuring of his seven-year-old daughter in Lloyd's district, Yallahs in the parish on Sunday, May 5.

The dead man has been identified as Jermaine Kelly, a 35-year-old taxi operator of Lloyd's district.

Reports from the Yallahs police are that about 3:40 a.m., Kelly was alerted by a fire at his doorway.

While extinguishing the blaze, he was reportedly greeted with gunfire by armed men.

The police were summoned and upon their arrival, Kelly and his daughter were seen with gunshot wounds.

They were taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead and the child was admitted for treatment in a serious condition.

The police are asking anyone with information that can assist in their investigations to contact the Yallahs Police Station at 876-982-5075, the police 119 emergency number, or the nearest police station.





Cops taking illegal bikes off the streets

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jamaican-woman-police-officer.jpgThe St Andrew police seized a total of 16 motorcycles in just over a week, as part of efforts to clamp down on motorists in breach of the Road Traffic Act.

Officers assigned to the Public Safety and Traffic Enforcement Branch (PSTEB) and the St Andrew North Police Division seized the motorcycles during operations conducted in the said division between Wednesday, April 24 and Wednesday, May 01.

The police said the operations were as a result of public safety issues arising from the disregard of the Road Traffic Act by some motorists, including motorcyclists.

The vehicles were seized for various offences, including not being licensed and having no registration plates affixed.

The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is advising all operators of motor vehicles to ensure their vehicles are registered, updated and operating within the parameters of their prescribed licenses.

Drivers are reminded that if the various operating criteria are not met, it will result in the seizure of the vehicle and the prosecution of the offender.





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This is what she posted to IG last night:

Dear all: The "Breaking News" report is FAKE news. Please do not share, retweet or pass along that story. I am alive and well and have never even been to Canada.

Have a wonderful Sunday

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police-station.jpgThe policeman who was involved in the shooting incident last Sunday which left three persons dead in Spanish Town, St Catherine, has surrendered to the police.

The policeman, Corporal Kirk Fraser, turned himself in about 4:00 pm yesterday according to his Attorney-at-Law Valrie Neita Robertson.

The Corporal was fingered in the incident, which started with a shooting at a dance in Chedwin ParK in the parish and lead to high speed chase, a crash and more shooting.

Three people including Sheldon Junior Biggs Daley of Chedwin Park, Kevron Burrell, and Corporal Rohan Williams were killed.





Powerful Men and Women perform June 9

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This year's Powerful Women & Men Perform for Charity Show is scheduled for the National Indoor Sports Centre in Kingston on Sunday, June 9. Showtime is 6:00 pm.

"We expect to have unlikely pairings of some of the island's most respected professionals, performing acts that will have patrons in awe, all to help raise funds for the Mustard Seed Communities. Rehearsals have been underway in earnest in recent weeks and acts are being choreographed to maximise their talents and to unveil those that have never been seen on stage in Jamaica before," said Cordel Green, chairman of the planning committee.

According to Green, this year's programme will see nearly 20 new faces. These will include: Janet Olisa, Nigerian High Commissioner; Carolyn Reid QC, who will be part of a trio with Ellan Neil of Bank of Jamaica and Dr Renae Rattray of the JN Foundation; Rev Astor Carlyle, pastor of Webster Memorial, as well as Leighton McKnight of PricewaterhouseCoopers; Don Reid, banker and Margaret Campbell, the first female principal of St George's College.

Roy Rayon and Eric Donaldson, multiple Festival Song winners, will add a special musical flavour to the show.

"The Powerful Women & Men Show will never be the same after this, especially as we look forward to our 20th anniversary in 2020 which we want to be the most outstanding so far," said Green.

Actress Camille Davis, Caroline Hay QC, Corporal Arlene McBean, Niesha-Yen Jones, Professor Donna Hope, Dr Sonjah Niaah, Notis Heavyweight Rockaz Band, Hugh "Hugo Barrington" Faulkner and Pamputee are also confirmed for this year's line-up.

Over the past 18 years, the Powerful Women & Men Perform for Charity Show, conceptualised by Thyra Heaven, has raised more than $80 million to benefit the Mustard Seed Communities, which cares for 600 abandoned and physically challenged children, some with HIV-AIDS.





buju-banton-photo-12.jpgDaniel Rose, who was charged with the December 2011 shooting of his neighbour in Lawrence Tavern, St Andrew, was today freed in the Gun Court in downtown Kingston.

The 28-year-old, who is the nephew of reggae icon, Buju Banton, was charged with shooting with intent and illegal possession of a firearm.

Allegations were that the complainant was at his house before dawn when the door to the premises was kicked in and men armed with guns opened fire.

The complainant escaped injury.

Rose was subsequently taken into custody and later charged.

The accused denied the allegations.

Under cross-examination by attorney-at-law Peter Champagnie the complainant admitted that he did not identify the voice of the accused in his written statement to the police.

He also admitted that the exterior light on his house was turned off at the time of the shooting.

Champagnie submitted that based on the evidence, the court could not be certain that it was the accused who committed the act.

The court agreed and found him not guilty.





Academic and political commentator Martin Henry died suddenly last night, sending shock waves throughout the media and education fraternities.

Henry collapsed on the premises of Television Jamaica after appearing on a special tribute programme to former Prime Minister Edward Seaga who died yesterday in Miami.

He had told his media colleagues that he was not feeling well and collapsed on his way from the studio to the front of the building.

He was rushed to Medical Associates Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Last night, Stephen Vasciannie, president of the University of Technology (UTech), Jamaica where Henry held senior positions, expressed shock at Martin's passing.

"It is distressing that Mr Henry should have died while in the prime of his life. He has made a major contribution to the university through his management of entrepreneurship projects, his work in promoting research and intellectual development, his contribution to the Journal of Arts Science and Technology, his organisation of the Research and Technology Innovation Day and, most recently, his stalwart efforts with the University of Technology Press," Vasciannie said.

He said that Henry will also be remembered for his contributions to national life and that the country should be proud of his work as chairman of National Integrity Action. "In this role, and in his public commentary, especially as a newspaper columnist in the Sunday Gleaner and in media interviews, Mr Henry was a model of clarity, precision and, most of all, integrity and honesty," Vasciannie stated.

"Today has been a sad, awful day, which has knocked the wind from our sails."





us-supreme-court-upholds-same-sex-marriage-nationwide.jpgThe Government of Bermuda has been granted permission to take its legal bid to outlaw same-sex marriage in this British Oversees Territory, to the UK based Privy Council.

According to officials in the Ministry of Home Affairs this is the latest twist in a two-year roller-coaster saga that at one stage saw Bermuda become the first country in the world to approve same-sex marriage and then take away the right, but a series of court decisions means that gay couples can currently get married here.

"The government has received leave to appeal. The Government's position concerning the appeal has not changed," said a spokeswoman from the ministry in an interview with the Royal Gazette newspaper on Wednesday

The Gazette quoted the LGBTQ charity OutBermuda, one of the respondents in the appeal, saying it expected the government to lose and for the final bill for Bermuda's taxpayers to be about US$3 million. But the Home Affairs spokeswoman said the ministry "cannot and will not speculate" on the cost of taking the case to the Privy Council, Bermuda's highest court of appeal.Bermuda's Supreme Court ruled in May 2017 that gay couples could marry here, but six months later the government passed the Domestic Partnership Act, outlawing same-sex weddings. A challenge was brought against the act by Bermudian Rod Ferguson, with OutBermuda joining the legal action.

Former Chief Justice Ian Kawaley ruled on their case in June last year, finding that the parts of the legislation that restricted marriage to opposite-sex couples were against the Bermuda constitution. He agreed to a request from the government for his decision to be "stayed" pending an appeal, meaning gay couples could no longer wed. The Court of Appeal upheld Justice Kawaley's ruling in November and allowed same-sex marriages to take place again.

"To be perfectly clear, today in Bermuda, same-sex couples are fully permitted to secure marriage licences and have their marriages recognised.

"This right was declared by the Bermuda Supreme Court in 2017 and upheld by two subsequent court decisions. The ongoing legal battle and final hearing in the Privy Council, however, is necessary to make this basic human right permanent and lasting for all Bermuda citizens," said OutBermuda.

"The government of Bermuda this week received their consent from the Court of Appeal in Bermuda to submit their formal notice of appeal to the Privy Council; that action will set into motion the rest of the steps and processes and the timing of the hearing in London," said the charity in its statement.





marlon-standing-next-to-edward-seaga.jpgPrime MInister Andrew Holness informed the House of Representatives on Tuesday that State protocol was already engaged, and arrangements are in place for Seaga's body to be flown back to Kingston, from Miami where he died, at the earliest possible time.

"We expect that he will be accompanied by his wife and other family members, and he will be received by the Government, with the appropriate honour guard in place," he said.

He also noted that Seaga's body will lie in state to be viewed over a period of time prior to his state funeral, and there will be a special sitting of Parliament to allow members to pay tribute to him and his achievements prior to the funeral.

Also expressing regret in the House of Representatives yesterday were the Leader of Government Business Karl Samuda; Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia "Babsy" Grange; and MP Ronald Thwaites, who spoke on behalf of the Opposition.

Thwaites said that he grew to admire Seaga's "graciousness, thoughtfulness, and his willingness to go beyond the normal hurly burly of partisan politics" after his retirement from active politics.

"And he displayed to me the true undeniably national spirit which had caused him to dedicate his life to Jamaica," Thwaites added.

"Today is to commend his soul to the one who made him, saved him, and sustained him for us to gather to give thanks for his life," he addd.

Grange recalled her close association with Seaga in Kingston Western where she grew up, and described him as the "kindest, most caring, most brilliant" man that she had ever known.

"I loved him dearly ...Jamaica and the world have lost a great leader. Mr Seaga loved Jamaica. He loved the Jamaican people. He understood the value of our culture and our way of life," she added.





fake-news.pngA viral voice note has been circulating with the news that the barber who recorded the brazen armed robbery of a Chinese wholesale in Clarendon on Sunday morning has been killed. However, sources have confirmed to Yardflex that this is not so.

"A man was killed, yes, but it wasn't him," the source stated.

A viral video of the shooting, has been making the rounds. In it, a man is heard giving a running commentary of the events. Although his face is not seen, persons have identified tje man as a barber in the town.





Sex predator lecturer at Edna Manley exposed

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After a Sunday Gleaner expose, on a lecturer at the Enda Manley College for the Visual and Performing Arts a lecturer at the college is reporting that for well over a decade, one of his colleagues has been engaged in sexually predatory behaviour against students and has had hundreds of victims.

Yesterday, The Sunday Gleaner quoted several female students who said they had been targeted by the professor but their complaints were being covered up.

The school administration also reported that an investigation has been launched into the allegations.

"Many of my students have come to me about the same lecturer," said a professor who requested anonymity. "He has affected hundreds and hundreds of students in the visual arts school, and he has a history and a reputation for holding back grades and putting down students in front of the class," said the source.

Another male lecturer gave a similar account.

The professor said that two years ago, his students wrote letters to the management of the institution, but those letters have disappeared.

He said some went further by speaking with board members but gave up, acknowledging that the school's leaders seemed to have accepted the educator's behaviour.





19 guns stolen from security firm

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shocked.jpgReports are that a major police investigation is underway into the theft of 19 firearms and numerous rounds of assorted ammunition from a security company in Montego Bay, St James, one of the parishes now under a state of public emergency.

It is understood that the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) is also part of the probe.

Police investigators are probing whether the break-in was facilitated by anyone linked to the company.

"As far as I know, the matter is being treated as a case of larceny, but the police are not ruling out the probability that this could have been an inside job," said one senior investigator.

Sometime between Labour Day and Friday, May 24, thieves made their way into the establishment and removed the firearms.

They also stole three motorcycles and two desktop computers, along with the recording device attached to the closed-circuit television system.

The 67-year-old director of the security company reportedly told police that he securely locked the office, located on the compound of the Ironshore Estate in Ironshore, Montego Bay, before he left the establishment on Labour Day. He reportedly returned a day later to discover that several padlocks on the grilles and doors had been broken. Further investigations revealed that the metal safe containing the company firearms had been forced open and the guns gone missing.

Police sources say the security company has been experiencing a downturn in business.They are also probing a claim that some of the firearm users' permits for security guards were not certified by the FLA.

STOLEN FIREARMS AND AMMUNITION

- Fifteen .38 revolvers

- Four shot-guns

- 12-gauge ammunition

- .38 ammunition





shocked.jpgMay Pen needs a ZOSO. As a matter of fact, it seems as if the entire Jamaica needs a ZOSO.

Reports are that two policemen were shot and injured during a confrontation with armed robbers along Main Street in May Pen, Clarendon, Sunday morning and there are pictures and video footage of the incident, The sergeant and constable, who are attached to the May Pen Police Station, are now receiving treatment at hospital. The constable reportedly received gunshot injuries to the face and shoulder, while the sergeant was shot in the abdomen and buttocks.

Reports are that about 9:20 a.m. the lawmen challenged men armed with high-powered weapons travelling in two cars in the vicinity of Guinep Tree in the Clarendon capital. The gunmen opened fire at the policemen who were hit. The service vehicle was also damaged.

One of the get away vehicles, a white Toyota Probox, later crashed along Howard Avenue.

It's not clear if any of the gunmen was captured.

Unconfirmed reports are that a woman of Chinese descent was also abducted by the gunmen who were said to be on a robbery spree in the parish capital.

Meanwhile, pictures show the heavily armed gunmen appearing to take the Chinese business owners away, while the video captures the sounds of the gunfire as the robbers wreaked havoc on the town.

"May Pen was like a ghost town yesterday," one resident told Yardflex. "My taxi man said that he got a call telling him to stay at home and don't bother touch road after the shooting.





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One of the foremost singers of Reggae music, Empress Marcia Griffiths, is continuing to break new ground. Marcia has had the incredibly good fortune of spending her formative years at Studio One, the record stable that shaped the career of other top-ranking artists such as Bob Marley and Bob Andy.

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Ackee Walk and Common at war; 5 dead

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA gang war between the communities of Common and Ackee Walk in St Andrew has so far claimed the lives of five persons, the police have confirmed.The last incident occurred last week when two men were gunned down at the busy hub of Chancery Street as commuters boarded buses and taxis.

The two gangs were once living in peace for years in the communities which are within relatively close proximity to each other. The community of Common is bordered by Red Hills Road, Donmair Drive, Christopher Boulevard and a tributary of the Sandy Gully to its west.

Ackee Walk is located close to a bridge along Molynes Road in the vicinity of Queensbury and Valentines Castle Drive. Things took a turn for the worst when both gangs fell out of favour with each over the proceeds of an illegal extortion racket which has plagued the section of Chancery Street where the latest double murder took place.

A police source told Loop News that thugs target operators of minibuses which ply the Rock Hall to Chancery Street route, and route taxis operators who ply the Half-Way Tree to Chancery Street route. The extortionists are said to be very brutal to any operator who does not comply with their demands, and at least one operator has been gunned down there in recent years.

"It has been a constant problem for the St Andrew North Police. The police know that the racket is alive and well, but are powerless to stop it completely, as the operators who are the victims, are afraid to report it. If there is no complainant, there can be no charges laid," the cop said.

A few years ago, two men were arrested, charged and convicted for extortion activities in the area, but the illicit practice continues unabated.

The killings started when two men were shot and killed at Ackee Walk. Then the bloodletting continued after gunmen struck in the community of Ackee Walk and shot three men dead over a three-day period.

On Wednesday morning the police were out in their numbers, and patrolled both communities in a bid to fend off any further acts of reprisal.

That section of Chancery Street that has been most affected, has degenerated into an eyesore, and is a hazard for both motorists and pedestrians, due to the heavy traffic and the presence of loiterers in the area.

But the police have given the assurance that they will pull out all the stops to beat back the criminals and make the streets safe for law-abiding citizens to conduct their business without fear.





Canada seeking more Jamaican workers

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Canada is seeking to engage more Jamaicans to work in non-traditional areas, which will add to the current seasonal agricultural workers arrangement [farm work programme] that the island shares with the North American country.

The world power is keen on welcoming workers in fields such as research, education and home care, according to Canada's Minister of Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship, Ahmed Hussen.

Hussen, however, made it clear, that despite the need for labour in those areas, Canada isn't looking to perpetuate Jamaica's brain drain, but rather, seeks to arrive at a mutually beneficial arrangement for both countries.

"At least from Canada's perspective the need is there, but at the same time, we are a government that is sensitive to the issues around brain drain, so we don't want Canada's gain to be Jamaica's loss. We want it to be a win-win," Hussen said.

Therefore, both countries would have to look at fields that have a surplus of skilled workers in Jamaica, and sectors in Canada that require additional workers with certain requisite skills and expertise.

Hussen was speaking at a forum on immigration and refugees issues at the University of the West Indies Regional Headquarters in Mona on Monday. The discussion was organised by the Canadian High Commission in Jamaica and The UWI.

"It is a delicate balance and it would need for us to engage a little bit more with the Jamaican government to determine which sectors or which skill sets are available for that circle of migration," Hussen said.

He further revealed that persons could work under the programme without a permit.

He said: "It doesn't have to be a zero-sum game, for example, if there is a research expert in Jamaica, who is researching on robotics, for example, we have the global skill strategy, which will enable that researcher to come to Canada and work by themselves or collaborate in our research ecosystem for up 120 days without a work permit."

"That researcher may not have an ecosystem in Jamaica that is as developed as the one in Canada and so they coming to Canada and building up their skills set to the next level and then coming back to Jamaica, is a benefit for Jamaica and Canada," Hussen said.

Hussen said Canada's ageing population has resulted in the country encouraging workers from other countries to emigrate there.

Jamaica already has an advantage because of the Seasonal Agriculture Workers' Programme (SAWP) also called farm work programme in Canada.

According to the Canadian minister, the partnership between both countries is working well, with a number of Jamaicans remitting money back home, and contributing to the island's economy.





Rain and more rain forecasted

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Sections of the island will experience a welcomed relief from dry conditions this weekend into Monday.

The Meteorological Service Division is reporting that a persistent Trough across Jamaica and the central Caribbean is to being showers, which may be heavy at times, over the period.

Projections are for periods of showers and thunderstorms to affect sections of most parishes especially during the afternoons.

Fishers and other marine operators are urged to exercise caution as sea conditions will deteriorate in the vicinity of showers and thunderstorms.

24-HOUR FORECAST

This Morning... Generally cloudy, with isolated showers across sections of northern and southeastern parishes.

This Afternoon... Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms mainly across sections of central and western parishes and hilly inland areas elsewhere.

Tonight... Mostly cloudy.

3-DAY FORECAST (starting Saturday):

Saturday: Isolated morning showers eastern parishes. Scattered afternoon showers and isolated thunderstorms across sections of most parishes.

Sunday: Mostly cloudy morning. Scattered afternoon showers and isolated thunderstorms mainly across central and western parishes.

Monday: Partly cloudy morning. Widely scattered afternoon showers and isolated thunderstorms across sections of most parishes.





arrested -photo-1.jpgA judge on Friday sentenced a Brooklyn youth to 17 1/3 years in jail for killing a 22-year-old college student just before the Caribbean J'Ouvert festival in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn began in 2016.

Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Donald Leo imposed the stiff sentence on Regional Moise, 20, for shooting in the head at point-blank range, Tiarah Poyau, a graduate student in accounting at St John's University in Jamaica, Queens, New York.

The incident took place on September 5, 2016.

Poyau died after she was taken to the nearby Kings County Hospital in Central Brooklyn.

Police said Moise was intoxicated at the time of the shooting, but jurors found him guilty of criminally negligent homicide, reckless endangerment and weapons possession in Poyau's shooting death. He was acquitted of the more serious charge of murder.

"This is the most tragic case I've ever come across," said Justice Leo before imposing the sentence on Moise. "In one selfish act of idiocy, you destroyed the incredibly bright future of a promising young woman."

The victim's family had pleaded with Justice Leo to sentence Moise to consecutive - no concurrent - sentences, as Moise's lawyers had requested.

"Criminally negligent homicide is a slap in the face your honor," Poyau's mother, Valerie Brown, told the court before Moise's sentence. "It's really an insult, not just to me but to my whole entire family. Please, I beg of you, please see fit to give him the maximum that is allowed for each charge."

Before he was taken away in handcuffs, Moise apologized to the victim's family.

"I'm sorry to Ms Brown and the Poyau family for all stuff y'all have been going through," he told the court.

After the sentence, Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said in a statement that "this defendant fired four shots during what was a joyous cultural celebration, tragically killing Tiarah Poyau, a completely innocent bystander with a promising life ahead of her.

"It is a miracle that no one else was struck," he added. "Today's sentence delivered a measure of justice for Tiarah's heartbroken mother, family and many friends, and a clear message that gun violence will not be tolerated at J'ouvert."





shenyeng-on-instagram-shenyengz-which-day-can-i-release-our-new-song-blessed.jpgShenseea broke the Internet over the weekend when she uploaded pictures of herself in bed with a woman. She has since not been answering any questions relating to the raunchy post. However, she has been promoting her new song with Tyga, called blessed. But her fans are not here for it.

Just check out this exchange:

SHENYENGZ: which day can I release our new song BLESSED?? 🤔 @tyga produced by @rvssian

📸: @keysusx

rxtedty: The day you start liking man again

SHENYENG on Instagram: "SHENYENGZ which day can I release our new song BLESSED?? 🤔 @tyga produced by @rvssian 📸: @keysusx"

The lesbian looking post quickly racked up a quarter million likes, the most Shenseea has ever received for one picture.

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Canada's immigration minister visits Jamaica

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Canada's minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Ahmed Hussen is in Jamaica for a three-day working visit to, among other things, shore up cooperation between his country and tertiary education institutions here.

His first stop was at the University of the West Indies, where, earlier this afternoon he led a guided discussion on the role of education in Canada's immigration policy, and expressed impatience with achieving more in the way of partnership.

In an obvious reference to the policies of its neighbor to the south, Hussen, himself an immigrant, stressed that Canada is seeking to build bridges, not walls, with its approach to immigration.

He is expected to travel to Trinidad on a similar mission when he leaves Jamaica.





munga-honorable.jpgMunga Honorebel's murder trial will begin on June 6 in the Supreme Court in downtown Kingston, Jamaica.

The Dancehall entertainer, whose given is Damian Rhoden, is charged in connection with the February 2017 murder of Mr. Vegas' nephew, Cleveland Smith. Munga was granted bail in June 2017 in the sum of $500,000 JMD.

Munga Honorebel's attorney, Christopher Townsend says he is now in preparation mode for the upcoming trial.

"We are in preparation for trial. The case is being managed which means we are gathering all the witnesses and ensuring that they are present. The judge will want to hear from us, so we are getting the matter ready for trial date," he told the Jamaica Observer.

According to police reports, Cleveland Smith left his Moonlight Drive address in St Andrew on his green Rambo pedal cycle to attend a session. It is alleged that he was accosted by a group of men, one of whom was armed with a gun.

Smith was shot after an altercation ensued between the men and himself. He was then rushed to the Kingston Public Hospital where he was pronounced dead.





A holy controversy over Khaled's song

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a-holy-controversy-over-khaleds-song.jpgJ Khaled's new "Holy Mountain" collaboration with Buju Banton, Mavado, Sizzla and rapper 070 Shake has sparked controversy.

The banger taken off the American DJ, producer's new 15-track album "Father Of Asahd," samples late Reggae entertainer Billy Boyo's "One Spliff a Day."

Billy Boyo was still in his teens when he emerged in the early 1980s with "One Spliff a Day" and the track still gets heavy rotation in the retro Dancehall scene.

On Monday, Billy Boyo's daughter took to social media to reveal that her father's estate was not compensated for the sample on DJ Khaled's new album.

Boyo, born Billy Rowe, died of a brain tumour on 29 October 2000, after a two-month-long struggle to beat the disease.





crime-scene-knife.jpgA Trelawny woman and her five-year-old grandson were chopped to death by a relative in Martha Brae Saturday night.

The attacker is said to be the mentally-challenged son of the woman and uncle to the child. He, too, was killed after being shot by the police when he reportedly attacked members of a police party who had gone to the location to investigate the incident.

The deceased woman has been identified as 56-year-old Jennifer Gordon, otherwise called " Coolie", a domestic helper. The five-year-old boy is identified as Levon Walker, both of Hugh Shearer Drive in Martha Brae, Trelawny.

The accused attacker is identified as 28-year-old Leon "Duval" White, of the same address.

Reports are that about 11:00 last night, residents living along Hugh Shearer Drive heard Gordon crying for help and summoned the police.

Upon the arrival of the lawmen, they attempted to enter the house when they were reportedly attacked by White, who was armed with a machete. In a bid to avoid being chopped to death by the mentally challenged man, the police were forced to shoot him.

A search led to the discovery of Gordon and her grandson who were found in separate sections of the house with multiple chop wounds.

"It is also unfortunate that when the police went to the location to subdue Mr White, he attacked them with a machete and was fatally shot," said Senior Superintendent Kirk Ricketts, the commanding officer for the Trelawny police.

"I have since gone in the area and spoke to the community members and I also spoke to the Health Department, and I was informed that White was a patient, who was treated as recently as May of this year," he added.

According to one neighbour "Duval, is very ok when he receives his medical treatment but very violent, when he is not treated. And to my knowledge he was not treated upon the most recent visit by the medical team," the neighbour added.

Ricketts said the police were providing counselling to the immediate family of the deceased, as well as community members.





Operation Restore Paradise for Mo Bay

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The St James Municipal Corporation, in collaboration with the police, will be undertaking activities aimed at restoring and maintaining law and order in the parish starting on Monday.

The initiative dubbed 'Operation Restore Paradise' will span one week, and will involve other agencies including the Ministry of Health, National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), Island Traffic Authority, Transport Authority and the Jamaica Defence Force Coast Guard.

Mayor of Montego Bay and Chairman of the St James Municipal Corporation, Councillor Homer Davis, made the announcement at a press conference held the Municipal Corporation's Office on Friday (May 17).

"We have decided to take a zero tolerance approach as it relates to law and order in the city of Montego Bay, because we think that we have a paradise and what we are seeing taking place in our paradise is not acceptable," Davis said.

"The approach will be one of sensitizing our people, one of enforcement when it becomes necessary and one of prosecution when it becomes necessary," he added.

The Mayor informed that traffic enforcement will be a major part of the operation, and persons with outstanding traffic tickets, as well as operators of Public Passenger Vehicles who operate in contravention of the Road Traffic Act will be targeted.

"For business operators who operate in the city, [we will check] their certification, as it relates to public health, and as it relates to contracts with the NSWMA to remove their garbage," Davis stated.

Meanwhile, Commanding Officer for the St James Police Division, Superintendent Vernon Ellis said the police will be ensuring that the law is adhered to.

"The security and safety of a parish is the business of everyone. The challenges we face out here, the security forces cannot arrest our way out of the challenges. Some of the solution lies with many other agencies. We have decided that this time around...that we will be using a multi-agency approach," he stated.

Superintendent Ellis also informed that the police will aim to sensitise the public on the different laws in the country.

"So we are going to de-culture persons by telling them what is right, by showing them the stuff that they are not supposed to do. Educating them on the laws, rules and regulations. We are going to sell to them the mission of restoring paradise. We are going to get the citizens to be a part of the solution to the problem that we are having out here in St James," Superintendent Ellis noted.





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tony-rebels-daughter-davianah-to-release-ep.jpgReggae artiste Davianah is applying the finishing touches to her debut seven track EP, 'Rasta Picknii'.

"The EP will have seven songs and it will be strictly reggae hence the title, 'Rasta Picknii' as it will showcase my cultural side," Davianah, whose real name is Davahu Barrett, said.

Some of the songs include 'Break My Heart', 'Stir It Up' and 'Move'. She is aiming for a summer release for the project.

The 24-year-old artiste plans to shoot a video for a separate single, 'Supergirl' next month.

"I have quite a number of new singles that I have already recorded, I haven't stopped pushing my dancehall persona, my EP is just designed to show a more cultural side of Davianah," she said.

On Sunday, Davianah released a freestyle dedicated to her mother, Norlene Cornwall, that has over 15,000 views on IG since it was posted. "Mommy you and i don't have the perfect mom and daughter story but our story will never be short of love. When everybody else turn their backs on me i knw i can count on you. I love you Mother and Happy Mothers Day to u @norlenefit and all the mothers out there," she said in the post.

Davianah doesn't have a great relationship with her superstar father, Tony Rebel. She raised eyebrows earlier this year when she performed at her father's Rebel Salute concert in a nude-coloured pantyhose and mint-green wig, and later sparked a major conflict with her father with a scathing Instagram pose accusing him of hypocrisy.

However, in her Instagram description, she continues to label herself as "Daughter of Tony Rebel."

Born July 28, 1992, Davianah debuted at Rebel Salute 2011 during Tony Rebel's set, doing a cover of Estelle's 'Come Over' that elicited a huge response from the crowd. She performed on Reggae Sumfest 2017 and 'Reggae on the Hill' in Barbados. She has become known for her melodic attractive reggae freestyles and also controversial hard-hitting hardcore freestyles that have won her numerous fans on social media.

"I am coming for everything they said I couldn't have. It is not easy being a second generation star, but I welcome the challenge," she said.





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freddie-mcgregor-photo-3.jpgLegendary Reggae singer, Freddie McGregor, who recently added another award to his collection, when he picked up an IRAWMA globe on Saturday night, is set to stage the Big Ship Music Fest in Port Charlotte, Florida on July 6.

According to the man who is acknowledged as a "Winner", that area of Florida does not get serviced by reggae acts and his research has shown that, given the demographic, there is a large market ready to appreciate the music.

"We were looking at something for mid-year and when we looked at Port Charlotte, we realised that it was originally a farmworker community and had quite a large Caribbean community, so it was just the right spot," he told the Jamaica Observer. "The venue, The Port Charlotte County Fair Grounds, is quite a landmark. It is central and easy to find so that made it the best choice. Everybody is excited about this kind of show coming to the area. Some are seeing it as their Sumfest as not many shows of this kind come to the area."

The Big Ship Music Fest will be headlined by McGregor and features Marcia Griffiths, Admiral Tibet, Everton Blender, Hopeton Lindo, Chino McGregor, Glen Washington and Perfect.

"It was an easy pick for this line-up. South Florida loves a female artiste, so I realised it was either Sister Marcia Griffiths or Etana. Sister Marcia was available and so we just went for her, then the others just fell into place," McGregor explained. "There will also be three big, band 'sounds' -- Earthquake, Legend and Felix -- to keep patrons entertained throughout. We are looking to have a really nice atmosphere where people can come out and just chill and enjoy themselves."

No stranger to promoting events, McGregor staged the Long Beach Reggae Music Jerk and Food Festival in California in 2014. Prior to that, he did Rocksteady Meets Reggae and Dancehall at the Jamalco Sports Club in Halse Hall, Clarendon in 2009.

"It is just something that I really love to do. Being in the music industry, I get something out of trying my hand at staging a show, the way it can be done and the way it should be done, I really just love being on the other side of this business," McGregor said.





krystal-tomlinson.jpgPresident of the People's National Party Youth Organisation (PNPYO), Krystal Tomlinson - who is also the mother of a child for entertainer, Beenie Man - has offered an apology of sorts for having likened Prime Minister Andrew Holness to Nazi Germany's Adolf Hitler in a series of Twitter posts on Wednesday.

In her opening tweet, Tomlinson said: "Holness' track record suggests that he is a prime minister who has scant regard for the court, the constitution and the separation of powers doctrine. Reminds me of Adolph Hitler and his approach to designing a 'New' Germany. Just be a big man and admit you were wrong, Mr Holness."

The tweet suggested that Tomlinson was referring, in particular, to the Constitutional Court's striking down in April of the controversial National Identification and Registration (NIDS) law, after deeming it to be in breach of the constitutional rights of Jamaicans.

Twitter user - 'IslandNeophyte' - responded by warning Tomlinson that she should "delete that tweet before you are called to make a public apology to the prime minister and your country."

Another user pointed to the fact that Tomlinson had spelled Hitler's first name incorrectly ('Adolph' instead of 'Adolf') as a reasonable basis to conclude that she really did not know of the man's history and what she was actually delving into in making the comparison.

While she did not directly apologise to Holness, Tomlinson expressed regret for having made the comparison. "On Wednesday, May 15, I made a tweet which drew a comparison between the constitutional violations of the Andrew Holness-led team of public servants and those of Adolf Hitler. ......I recognised that this comparison has caused great discomfiture to persons across the spectrum - from those with political interests to those who are casual observers of the governance process in this country."

"In my experience as a student of political science and communications, I accept that comparative analyses lose their effect when the audience is too disturbed by the reference to consider the possible merits of an argument.

"I would like to put on record my unequivocal apology for any offence that may have been taken to the tweet, and for conjuring up any painful images of the result of the Hitler regime, which concluded with devastating genocide, second only to what my family endured during the trans-Atlantic slave trade. It was not my intent."

The PNPYO president has, however, pledged to continue to express her perceptions of Holness' patterns of leadership of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) and the Government without any further reference to the Nazi leader.





Jamaica-born Queen's Counsel, Vincent Nelson, is due to appear in court on June 4, after he failed to appear on Thursday in the case against former attorney general Anand Ramlogan and former United National Congress (UNC) legislator, Gerald Ramdeen.

Nelson was earlier this month granted TT$100,000 (One TT dollar=US$0.16 cents) bail on corruption conspiracy charges in connection with a series of financial transactions involving legal fees during the 2010-15 period of the UNC-led People's Partnership government.

Nelson was due to appear before Justice Malcom Holdip in the High Court here Thursday, but when the matter was called, the Court was informed that the London-based attorney was not present.

The Court was told that because of the late announcement regarding the date for the hearing, Nelson was unable to return to Trinidad in time for the proceedings.

Nelson is alleged to have conspired with Ramlogan and Ramdeen to receive, conceal and transfer criminal property given to Ramlogan by Nelson as the lawyer in various matters for the State.

It is also alleged that he conspired with Ramlogan and Ramdeen for the former to misbehave in public office with Ramlogan accepting rewards from Nelson and conspired to corruptly give Ramlogan rewards as Attorney General.

On May 2, the 61-year-old Nelson accepted a plea deal and pleaded guilty before Chief Magistrate Maria Busby Earle-Caddle and agreed to be the state's main witness in its case against Ramlogan and Ramdeen under the Criminal Procedure Act.

The matter was transferred to the High Court in 14 days, in keeping with provisions of the Act.

At the magistrate's court, Nelson's attorney Tom Allen QC, had earlier argued that bail for his client was part of the agreement with the prosecution that he be granted his own bail and no restrictions placed on him to leave the country.

Allen submitted that Nelson, since October 2017, had been fully cooperating with the prosecution at an "unprecedented level" and has given several witness statements knowing full well he has incriminated himself, despite risks to himself.

Allen said Nelson was the key prosecution witness and was "safer out of this jurisdiction.

Ramlogan and Ramdeen have been released on a total of TT$2.7 million and will re-appear in court on June 28.

They have been charged with conspiracy to contravene Section 3 of the Prevention of Corruption Act; conspiracy to contravene Section 45 of the Proceeds of Crime Act and conspiracy to misbehave in public office between October 1, 2010 to September 9, 2015.





marlon-standing-next-to-edward-seaga.jpgFormer Prime Minister Edward Seaga is reportedly in good spirits as he battles the physical effects of a serious illness and receives treatment at a hospital in Miami, Florida.

On Wednesday Prime Minister Andrew Holness, who flew to the United States to visit the former prime minister on Wednesday, reported that Seaga, who headed the Government of Jamaica from 1980 to 1989, is under close medical supervision by a team of doctors, including Jamaican specialists and nurses, and is surrounded by his family.

"Mr Seaga, who will be 89 at the end of May (May 28), is in positive spirits. I assured our former prime minister that Jamaica is in a good place and that our economic recovery is being carefully managed to ensure social equity and prosperity for the working-class masses of the Jamaican people.

"I also passed on to him the many expressions of concern, love, prayers and good wishes for him from the Jamaican people and from his former constituency of West Kingston," said Holness.

He added that, among many other national and personal matters about which they spoke, Seaga enquired about football, which became a passion for him in later life.

"Minister Olivia Grange, who was also with me, updated him and it generated a light moment where we all smiled and laughed.

"At the end of the visit, we all held hands and prayed with Mr Seaga for his improvement. He thanked us for lifting his spirit by visiting him and expressed his deep gratitude and love for the Jamaican people, whom he served all his life," said Holness.

Seaga holds the record as Jamaica's longest serving member of parliament, having represented Kingston Western for almost 43 years, from 1962 until he retired in 2005.

He served as leader of the Opposition from 1974 to 1980, and again from 1989 until January 2005.





arrested.jpgA teenage boy is currently in police custody following an armed robbery in Burnside Valley in Red Hills, St AndrewThursday.

According to police reports, lawmen were patrolling the area about 9:40 pm, when they were notified that a business place was being robbed.

The responding officers said on their arrival, the suspects ran, leaving behind a .40 Smith and Wesson pistol and eight .40 cartridges.

The weapon was found after an extensive search of the area. The teen, whose identity cannot be disclosed because he is a minor, was subsequently arrested.

The police did not disclose what items were stolen from the business place.

Investigations continue.





Two women, one of British descent, were held by the Narcotics police following a cocaine seizure at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, St James on Wednesday.

According to the police, both women arrived at the airport about 12:30 pm to board a flight to Birmingham, England.

However, during routine baggage checks, packages containing more than 2.8 kilograms of cocaine were found hidden in a compartment of their luggage. The drug is estimated to be worth $5 million on the street.

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Tidal calls Dovey Magnum

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dovey-magnum.jpgFresh off her United Kingdom leg of shows, dancehall reggae artist, Dovey Magnum, has secured a major nod from international streaming service, Tidal. Dovey Magnum was selected by the streaming platform to be the face of its largest dancehall playlist titled 'Dancehall Massive' on May 10th.

This venture with Tidal and Dovey Magnum will feature the release of a new single titled "Naw Dweet" which is produced by Billion music group on VVS Riddim. This will kick off the artist summer 2019 endeavors which will see the act releasing a slew of track, collaborations, and appearance throughout North America & Europe.

Dovey Magnum states "I'm so happy that Tidal reached out and decided to give me this opportunity. It only shows that the work is paying off and we no longer on the sidelines. Nah Dweet the new track that releasing tomorrow represents a different side of me, and those females out there that refuse to cheat. People use to the 'Bawl Out' and 'Mademozelle' and this shows the transition, the growth, the alter ego but it's about respecting relationships and people at times".

The new track will be available on all major streaming platforms on May 10th but fans are encouraged to visit Tidal's playlist titled "Dancehall Massive". In the coming weeks the artist will release singles titled "Nice and Clean", "Boss Baby", "JuJu" and also visuals for the accompany singles. It's expected that summer 2019 will see Dovey Magnum artistry taking on new heights.





ruel-reid-photo-1.jpgThe probe into allegations of fraudulent activities at the Ministry of Education and connected agencies has resulted in former Minister of Education Rule Reid now being the subject of a criminal investigation.

Police Commissioner Major General Antony Anderson this morning confirmed that Reid is being investigated but provided no details on the scope of the probe.

"I can confirm that there is an investigation (but) at this point I cannot give you an update on that," Anderson told journalists in response to a question at a media briefing at the Old Hope Road headquarters of the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

"Because it is on-going and it is a financial investigation and one that is a complex investigation that involves a number of agencies. The FID (Financial Investigation Division of the Ministry of Finance), C-TOC (Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime Division and the CFU (Constabulary Financial Unit) [are] involved in this investigation so it is only proper that we continue this investigation without saying too much," added Anderson.

Just over one month ago Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced that he had fired Ruel Reid, then Minister of Education, Youth & Information.

In a statement to the media Holness said he had met with Reid regarding certain allegations in the public domain.





JFF to sign MOU with AS Roma

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President of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), Michael Ricketts, said the organisation is scheduled to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Italian giants AS Roma in the coming weeks.

Ricketts told The Gleaner in an interview yesterday that his federation met with the AS Roma officials, who are currently in the island on Tuesday, and that discussions were fruitful noting that the parties are now hoping to sign an agreement soon.

The JFF boss added that this is a major boost for local football and that the AS Roma representatives are very interested in Jamaican football.

"These gentlemen seem very interested in the product that we have here, and they (appreciate) the athleticism of our youngsters and think that partnering with us could really improve the quality of our players," said Ricketts.

"This is the route to go in identifying our youngsters from the primary and prep schools and then sometime in the summer, they will go to clubs of their choice whether it is Sweden or Italy. And then, of course, bring them back and keep them close to us in an academy setting and in an environment where they can continue their growth and development," he said.

"The meeting was very fruitful and I am highly optimistic that it will have some positive results on our football," Ricketts stated.

AS Roma currently have two Jamaican women on their roster, defender Allyson Swaby and midfielder Trudi Carter, who are both expected to feature for Jamaica at next month's FIFA Women's World Cup in France.





The Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) says it will be extending the usual period for the sale of tickets for the upcoming international friendly between Jamaica and Panama

The JFF said it has also increased the number of ticket outlets across the island for the game.

It said tickets will go on sale from tomorrow Saturday, May 11 until match day, Sunday, May 19 at select ticket outlets.

The Federation is also encouraging fans to purchase tickets early.

Meanwhile, the majority of members of the 24- member Reggae Girlz squad will arrive on Sunday, May 12 and will have their first training session on Monday, May 13 at 6:00 pm at the National Stadium.





charged.jpgA Jamaican man has been arrested and charged in relation to the deaths of two women whose bodies were found in a luxury Miami condominium on Tuesday.

According to CBS Miami, the man, 46-year-old Franklyn Williams was arrested on Wednesday and has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder.

According to reports, the bodies were discovered after Miami police received a call from Homeland Security who told them during an investigation that involved Williams, he spontaneously confessed, according to his arrest report.

It was further reported that the bodies were found with multiple stab wounds after police forced open the door of the unit which is located at the Paraiso Bay high, rise at 650 Northeast 32nd Street.

Williams reportedly told investigators that he lives in the unit and that one of the women, 35-year-old Sophia Simpson, had been his girlfriend for the last ten years, according to the police, and the other woman, 27-year-old Gabrella Griffith, lived with them.

Williams is being held without bond after an appearance in court.

He also faces charges in a separate case involving grand theft, using fake ID, money laundering and racketeering. Those issues surfaced in court and Williams said he did have a private attorney.





made-in-new-york-jamaican-movie-trailer-2019-a-jamaican-story.jpgFor the love of money, fame , fortune, for the love of Music, and for the love of Love, ... the sky is the limit for these ambitious Jamaicans living in New York struggling to survive while pursuing their Music career , made it

Redhot, very talented singer signs a recording deal with Get Rich Quick Records. Walla Walla, not taking the gangster way out finally gets a break but can't go , his terrified wife was attacked by notorious gangster who goes around intimidating selectors to play Mr Bigs tunes, C.E.O of Get Rich Quick Records.... A Thriller , with , Drama, Romance, Suspense and will also make you laugh

This is the trailer notes on a new movie about Jamaica, written and directed by Phillip Warmington, aka Papa Lover. Casting director was Zambia Carradicce.

The movie had a successful premiere in New York this week, and rolls into Atlanta at the end of the month. A Jamaica premiere is also in the works.

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UpTop Boss Teejay buys TWO high-end vehicles

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Official Teejay on Instagram: "A nuh hype mi hype people trust mi it's just to show ghetto youths that dreams can really come through and remember never you want..."





Concern as no licensed butchers in Hanover

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Animals are being slaughtered and meat being sold at various locations across the parish, there are no licensed butchers operating in Hanover.

David Gardner, the Hanover Municipal Corporation's (HMC) chief executive officer, revealed Thursday that although all butcher's licences in the western parish expired in March, no applications for butcher's licences are being processed for the month of May.

"How is it that we have no application for butcher's licence and you are inspecting so much meat?" a seemingly perplexed Mayor Sheridan Samuels asked Patricia Hall Patterson, the chief public health inspector in the parish.

"It means we have no licensed butchers, so there should be no slaughtering of animals," added Samuels.

In responding to the mayor's concern, Hall Patterson told the HMC monthly meeting that there were approximately 17 registered butchers in the parish and they were the butchers doing the inspection of meats. She also pointed out that there were some applications for butcher's licences at the Public Health Department that were being processed and should be sent the HMC in short order.





shocked.jpgAt least five people have been killed in Jamaica since March last year after being deported from the UK by the Home Office, the Guardian newspaper out of the UK is reporting in a damning expose done about Jamaica.

According to The Guardian, the killings took place after the men were sent back to Jamaica - which they report has one of the highest per capita murder rates in the world - despite strict rules prohibiting deportations to countries in which an individual's life may be in danger.

The government does not routinely monitor what happens to people who have been deported. But through interviews and archive research, the Guardian has verified the deaths of the five men and been told by other returnees that they fear for their lives.

The revelations will increase pressure on the Home Office to justify its resumption in February of deportation charter flights to Jamaica, after they were suspended following the Windrush scandal.

Some of the men had convictions for violent and drug-related offences. But Naga Kandiah, a public law solicitor at MTC & Co - which deals with many Jamaican deportation cases - said the government's human rights obligations were not dependent on past behaviour.

"The Home Office's own guidance recognises the high level of crime there due to organised gangs," he said. "Nobody is saying that these men had not committed crimes, but it is a clear breach of human rights legislation to send them back to a country where their life could be in serious danger."

Lawyers routinely use the European convention on human rights to argue deportation would pose a threat to life.

The majority of murders the Guardian has identified involving people deported from the UK to Jamaica have occurred in the past three or four months. The victims definitively established are:

Owen Clarke, 62, who was shot and killed by armed men on 23 February. Clarke, known as Father Fowl and Roy Fowl, was a music promoter and had been convicted of dealing drugs. According to Jamaican media, he was a leader of the British Link-Up Crew, a dancehall events business in the UK and Jamaica, which was allegedly a front for drug smuggling.

Dewayne Robinson, 37, known as Little Wicked, was murdered on 4 March 2018.

Alphonso Harriott, 56, known as Oney British and reportedly part of the same crew as Clarke, was murdered on 29 March.

Paul Mitchell, 50, was fatally stabbed on 31 December in the grocery store at which he worked.

Hugh Bennett, 48, a shopkeeper, was stabbed to death on 31 December.

According to the Home Office's guidance about Jamaica published in March last year, the Jamaica constabulary force is "underpaid, poorly trained, understaffed and lacking in resources". Organised criminal elements are prevalent and extremely active, the guidance states, and police only make arrests in 45% of cases, with a homicide conviction rate of 7%. Eighty per cent of murders involve firearms.

Gracie Bradley, the policy and campaigns manager at the human rights organisation Liberty, said by putting deportees in danger, the government was adding an additional punishment to that imposed by courts.

"It is incredibly disturbing that the government continues to pursue deportations at the expense of its human rights obligations, which stipulate that people must not be deported to situations where they face threats to their life, torture or ill-treatment," she said.

"These worrying incidents further highlight why the practice of deportation post-conviction is a discriminatory form of double punishment that should be scrapped."

Some of the men on the February charter flight said they knew some of the murder victims. One deportee said he was ambushed in a shop days after arriving in Jamaica by a group of armed men he knew from when he previously lived there.

"I believe I was targeted," he said. "I had had an altercation with one of those men when I was in Jamaica in 2012. A group of armed men ran into a shop I was in and they had high-powered rifles. A lot of shots were fired and another man died. I escaped into some bushes behind the shop and was lucky to survive.

"I think that people who were on that February charter flight have been targeted. Everyone knew that charter flight was coming and people keep a lookout. I think that people deported from the UK are particular targets once they reach Jamaica."

A spokeswoman for the End Deportations campaign group said: "It's sickening but sadly not surprising that people who the Home Office have deported have been killed. These deportations must be stopped immediately before more lives are lost."

A Home Office spokesman said: "We only return those with no legal right to remain in the UK, including foreign national offenders. Individuals are only returned to their country of origin when the Home Office and courts deem it is safe to do so.

"The Home Office works with a number of non-governmental organisations that provide support on arrival for returnees which includes general orientation, access to temporary accommodation, travel, vocational training, job referral and signposting services. We are committed to ensuring safe and dignified returns and reintegration is a key part of that.

"Should the Home Office receive any specific allegations that a returnee has experienced ill-treatment on return to their country of origin, these would be investigated in partnership with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office."





Former PM Edward Seaga in hospital in Miami

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marlon-standing-next-to-edward-seaga.jpgCarla Seaga, the wife of former Prime Minister Edward Seaga, is quoted as saying her ailing husband is stable and is receiving excellent medical care.

The former prime minister who had been seeking medical care for the past few weeks has been admitted to a Miami hospital.

"He is receiving excellent medical care and is sustained too by the love of his family and friends," said Mrs Seaga in a statement issued through Jamaica House.

Seaga, 88, is battling two chronic illnesses and complications associated with them.

She also said the former Prime Minister is scheduled to receive further treatment at the Miami hospital and expressed thanks to people who have offering love, prayers and support.

Edward Seaga is Jamaica's fifth prime minister and the country's longest serving member of parliament.

He was Prime Minister from 1980 to 1989 and is currently Chancellor of the University of Technology, Jamaica, where he was re-appointed to a three-year term with effect from November 7, 2017.

Seaga turns 89 on May 28, 2019.





state-of-emergency.jpgHowever, president Winston Lawson is pleading for restrictions on businesses hours to be reasonable.

It was one of the complaints last year when a similar measure was declared in St James.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness this morning announced states of public emergency for St James, Westmoreland and Hanover in response to the reported 105 murders across the three parishes since January.

The security measures will remain in effect initially for 14 days.

"Our primary concern is that lives are not lost, and we are always prepared to meet the sacrifice, but we want to hope that some consideration can be given as to how we can find some common ground in terms of the opening hours for our businesses," said Lawson.

The second-term chamber president bemoaned that three months after the earlier year-long state of emergency expired in St James, crime had again become a major problem.

"The scourge of crime was upon us again, so we welcome the move and we think it is something that will immediately address the haemorrhaging that we saw," he said.

Lawson said that chamber members have been urged to use their resources to help in the fight against crime in St James, including registering of security cameras on the JamaicaEye national security system.





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That was the caption D'Angel posted to social media that has some persons telling her that she will never get back Beenie Man, while others are applauding her for living good with her ex.

Here are some of the comments:

U na get him back kristal have him lock

@donnett.bennett come of a ig mon yuh too nuff

@donnett.bennett did she and u have a conversation about her wanting him back?ansah mi?

@dangelmusic I don't know why people don't keep there negative comments to themselves, I am like, if I don't like you or don't share the same sentiments then be silent. Keep living mama

How much for your cut and clear blouse at mobay store

Michelle Downer on Instagram: "Me And My Baby Father/ Xhusband #welivingood 😊"

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onstage-tv-on-instagram-rebroadcast-last-nights-episode-of-onstage-featuring-viral-social-media-star-mackerel-will-be-rebroadcast-tonight-at-9pm.jpgPeople were upset when mackerel's interview ended abruptly and this is what Winfird WIlliams had to say.

Last night's episode of Onstage featuring viral social media star MACKEREL WILL BE RE-BROADCAST TONIGHT AT 9pm on CVM TV, in its entirety. Once again, Onstage TV wishes to apologise to all our viewers for the ill fated broadcast of the Mackerel segment of the show last night on that channel (Saturday May 4th). - #regrann

OnstageTV on Instagram: "R E B R O A D C A S T Last night's episode of Onstage featuring viral social media star MACKEREL WILL BE RE-BROADCAST TONIGHT AT 9pm on..."





ak-47-assault-rifle-ammo.jpgSecurity forces in St James, where a state of emergency was imposed on Tuesday, are reporting that a cache of more than 1,800 rounds of ammunition was seized last week.

Reports are that personnel from the Contraband Enforcement Team of Jamaica Customs discovered irregularities during their checks of a shipment at a warehouse in the parish and summoned the police who responded and conducted a search.

The search reportedly yielded 1,859 assorted rounds and two 50-capacity Glock magazines.

The police are now reminding members of the public that under the Get the Guns campaign, they can receive rewards of up to JMD $100, 000 for information that leads to the seizure of firearms and ammunition. Citizens are urged to call 311 to give information.





The cash reward for information on the Jamaican-born suspect in the killing of a Vermont woman last year has been increased.

The US Marshals Service announced Monday that it is now offering up to US$10,000 for information that leads to the arrest of Leroy Headley, 37, who they said has ties to Jamaica, where he is originally from, and across the US and Canada. The service had previously offered US$5,000.

Headley is wanted on a second-degree murder charge in the May 3 shooting death of his partner and mother of his children, Anako "Annette" Lumumba, 33, in South Burlington.

"Headley's criminal conduct and disregard for the law has made his apprehension a top priority for the US Marshals," Bradley Rose, US marshal for Vermont, said in the written statement. "Although Headley has avoided apprehension for almost a year, this investigation remains active and intensive."

Headley's car was found on May 18 in Albany, New York.

There was some information during the investigation indicating that he was in Philadelphia at one point, deputy US Marshal Michael Barron said Tuesday. The service says it is believed he is living under an assumed name and may have shaved his head or changed appearance.

"This is an individual that certainly could be anywhere in the US," Barron said. "It's certainly possible that he's set up roots in an area that no one knows who he is and he's just doing his thing."





crime-scene-gun.jpgThe St Thomas police are probing the shooting death of a man and the injuring of his seven-year-old daughter in Lloyd's district, Yallahs in the parish on Sunday, May 5.

The dead man has been identified as Jermaine Kelly, a 35-year-old taxi operator of Lloyd's district.

Reports from the Yallahs police are that about 3:40 a.m., Kelly was alerted by a fire at his doorway.

While extinguishing the blaze, he was reportedly greeted with gunfire by armed men.

The police were summoned and upon their arrival, Kelly and his daughter were seen with gunshot wounds.

They were taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead and the child was admitted for treatment in a serious condition.

The police are asking anyone with information that can assist in their investigations to contact the Yallahs Police Station at 876-982-5075, the police 119 emergency number, or the nearest police station.





Cops taking illegal bikes off the streets

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jamaican-woman-police-officer.jpgThe St Andrew police seized a total of 16 motorcycles in just over a week, as part of efforts to clamp down on motorists in breach of the Road Traffic Act.

Officers assigned to the Public Safety and Traffic Enforcement Branch (PSTEB) and the St Andrew North Police Division seized the motorcycles during operations conducted in the said division between Wednesday, April 24 and Wednesday, May 01.

The police said the operations were as a result of public safety issues arising from the disregard of the Road Traffic Act by some motorists, including motorcyclists.

The vehicles were seized for various offences, including not being licensed and having no registration plates affixed.

The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is advising all operators of motor vehicles to ensure their vehicles are registered, updated and operating within the parameters of their prescribed licenses.

Drivers are reminded that if the various operating criteria are not met, it will result in the seizure of the vehicle and the prosecution of the offender.





fake-news.pngOlympian, Elaine Thompson had to take to social media to tell the world that she is alive and well.

This is what she posted to IG last night:

Dear all: The "Breaking News" report is FAKE news. Please do not share, retweet or pass along that story. I am alive and well and have never even been to Canada.

Have a wonderful Sunday

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police-station.jpgThe policeman who was involved in the shooting incident last Sunday which left three persons dead in Spanish Town, St Catherine, has surrendered to the police.

The policeman, Corporal Kirk Fraser, turned himself in about 4:00 pm yesterday according to his Attorney-at-Law Valrie Neita Robertson.

The Corporal was fingered in the incident, which started with a shooting at a dance in Chedwin ParK in the parish and lead to high speed chase, a crash and more shooting.

Three people including Sheldon Junior Biggs Daley of Chedwin Park, Kevron Burrell, and Corporal Rohan Williams were killed.





buju-banton-photo-12.jpgDaniel Rose, who was charged with the December 2011 shooting of his neighbour in Lawrence Tavern, St Andrew, was today freed in the Gun Court in downtown Kingston.

The 28-year-old, who is the nephew of reggae icon, Buju Banton, was charged with shooting with intent and illegal possession of a firearm.

Allegations were that the complainant was at his house before dawn when the door to the premises was kicked in and men armed with guns opened fire.

The complainant escaped injury.

Rose was subsequently taken into custody and later charged.

The accused denied the allegations.

Under cross-examination by attorney-at-law Peter Champagnie the complainant admitted that he did not identify the voice of the accused in his written statement to the police.

He also admitted that the exterior light on his house was turned off at the time of the shooting.

Champagnie submitted that based on the evidence, the court could not be certain that it was the accused who committed the act.

The court agreed and found him not guilty.





Academic and political commentator Martin Henry died suddenly last night, sending shock waves throughout the media and education fraternities.

Henry collapsed on the premises of Television Jamaica after appearing on a special tribute programme to former Prime Minister Edward Seaga who died yesterday in Miami.

He had told his media colleagues that he was not feeling well and collapsed on his way from the studio to the front of the building.

He was rushed to Medical Associates Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Last night, Stephen Vasciannie, president of the University of Technology (UTech), Jamaica where Henry held senior positions, expressed shock at Martin's passing.

"It is distressing that Mr Henry should have died while in the prime of his life. He has made a major contribution to the university through his management of entrepreneurship projects, his work in promoting research and intellectual development, his contribution to the Journal of Arts Science and Technology, his organisation of the Research and Technology Innovation Day and, most recently, his stalwart efforts with the University of Technology Press," Vasciannie said.

He said that Henry will also be remembered for his contributions to national life and that the country should be proud of his work as chairman of National Integrity Action. "In this role, and in his public commentary, especially as a newspaper columnist in the Sunday Gleaner and in media interviews, Mr Henry was a model of clarity, precision and, most of all, integrity and honesty," Vasciannie stated.

"Today has been a sad, awful day, which has knocked the wind from our sails."





us-supreme-court-upholds-same-sex-marriage-nationwide.jpgThe Government of Bermuda has been granted permission to take its legal bid to outlaw same-sex marriage in this British Oversees Territory, to the UK based Privy Council.

According to officials in the Ministry of Home Affairs this is the latest twist in a two-year roller-coaster saga that at one stage saw Bermuda become the first country in the world to approve same-sex marriage and then take away the right, but a series of court decisions means that gay couples can currently get married here.

"The government has received leave to appeal. The Government's position concerning the appeal has not changed," said a spokeswoman from the ministry in an interview with the Royal Gazette newspaper on Wednesday

The Gazette quoted the LGBTQ charity OutBermuda, one of the respondents in the appeal, saying it expected the government to lose and for the final bill for Bermuda's taxpayers to be about US$3 million. But the Home Affairs spokeswoman said the ministry "cannot and will not speculate" on the cost of taking the case to the Privy Council, Bermuda's highest court of appeal.Bermuda's Supreme Court ruled in May 2017 that gay couples could marry here, but six months later the government passed the Domestic Partnership Act, outlawing same-sex weddings. A challenge was brought against the act by Bermudian Rod Ferguson, with OutBermuda joining the legal action.

Former Chief Justice Ian Kawaley ruled on their case in June last year, finding that the parts of the legislation that restricted marriage to opposite-sex couples were against the Bermuda constitution. He agreed to a request from the government for his decision to be "stayed" pending an appeal, meaning gay couples could no longer wed. The Court of Appeal upheld Justice Kawaley's ruling in November and allowed same-sex marriages to take place again.

"To be perfectly clear, today in Bermuda, same-sex couples are fully permitted to secure marriage licences and have their marriages recognised.

"This right was declared by the Bermuda Supreme Court in 2017 and upheld by two subsequent court decisions. The ongoing legal battle and final hearing in the Privy Council, however, is necessary to make this basic human right permanent and lasting for all Bermuda citizens," said OutBermuda.

"The government of Bermuda this week received their consent from the Court of Appeal in Bermuda to submit their formal notice of appeal to the Privy Council; that action will set into motion the rest of the steps and processes and the timing of the hearing in London," said the charity in its statement.





marlon-standing-next-to-edward-seaga.jpgPrime MInister Andrew Holness informed the House of Representatives on Tuesday that State protocol was already engaged, and arrangements are in place for Seaga's body to be flown back to Kingston, from Miami where he died, at the earliest possible time.

"We expect that he will be accompanied by his wife and other family members, and he will be received by the Government, with the appropriate honour guard in place," he said.

He also noted that Seaga's body will lie in state to be viewed over a period of time prior to his state funeral, and there will be a special sitting of Parliament to allow members to pay tribute to him and his achievements prior to the funeral.

Also expressing regret in the House of Representatives yesterday were the Leader of Government Business Karl Samuda; Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia "Babsy" Grange; and MP Ronald Thwaites, who spoke on behalf of the Opposition.

Thwaites said that he grew to admire Seaga's "graciousness, thoughtfulness, and his willingness to go beyond the normal hurly burly of partisan politics" after his retirement from active politics.

"And he displayed to me the true undeniably national spirit which had caused him to dedicate his life to Jamaica," Thwaites added.

"Today is to commend his soul to the one who made him, saved him, and sustained him for us to gather to give thanks for his life," he addd.

Grange recalled her close association with Seaga in Kingston Western where she grew up, and described him as the "kindest, most caring, most brilliant" man that she had ever known.

"I loved him dearly ...Jamaica and the world have lost a great leader. Mr Seaga loved Jamaica. He loved the Jamaican people. He understood the value of our culture and our way of life," she added.





fake-news.pngA viral voice note has been circulating with the news that the barber who recorded the brazen armed robbery of a Chinese wholesale in Clarendon on Sunday morning has been killed. However, sources have confirmed to Yardflex that this is not so.

"A man was killed, yes, but it wasn't him," the source stated.

A viral video of the shooting, has been making the rounds. In it, a man is heard giving a running commentary of the events. Although his face is not seen, persons have identified tje man as a barber in the town.





Sex predator lecturer at Edna Manley exposed

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After a Sunday Gleaner expose, on a lecturer at the Enda Manley College for the Visual and Performing Arts a lecturer at the college is reporting that for well over a decade, one of his colleagues has been engaged in sexually predatory behaviour against students and has had hundreds of victims.

Yesterday, The Sunday Gleaner quoted several female students who said they had been targeted by the professor but their complaints were being covered up.

The school administration also reported that an investigation has been launched into the allegations.

"Many of my students have come to me about the same lecturer," said a professor who requested anonymity. "He has affected hundreds and hundreds of students in the visual arts school, and he has a history and a reputation for holding back grades and putting down students in front of the class," said the source.

Another male lecturer gave a similar account.

The professor said that two years ago, his students wrote letters to the management of the institution, but those letters have disappeared.

He said some went further by speaking with board members but gave up, acknowledging that the school's leaders seemed to have accepted the educator's behaviour.





19 guns stolen from security firm

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shocked.jpgReports are that a major police investigation is underway into the theft of 19 firearms and numerous rounds of assorted ammunition from a security company in Montego Bay, St James, one of the parishes now under a state of public emergency.

It is understood that the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) is also part of the probe.

Police investigators are probing whether the break-in was facilitated by anyone linked to the company.

"As far as I know, the matter is being treated as a case of larceny, but the police are not ruling out the probability that this could have been an inside job," said one senior investigator.

Sometime between Labour Day and Friday, May 24, thieves made their way into the establishment and removed the firearms.

They also stole three motorcycles and two desktop computers, along with the recording device attached to the closed-circuit television system.

The 67-year-old director of the security company reportedly told police that he securely locked the office, located on the compound of the Ironshore Estate in Ironshore, Montego Bay, before he left the establishment on Labour Day. He reportedly returned a day later to discover that several padlocks on the grilles and doors had been broken. Further investigations revealed that the metal safe containing the company firearms had been forced open and the guns gone missing.

Police sources say the security company has been experiencing a downturn in business.They are also probing a claim that some of the firearm users' permits for security guards were not certified by the FLA.

STOLEN FIREARMS AND AMMUNITION

- Fifteen .38 revolvers

- Four shot-guns

- 12-gauge ammunition

- .38 ammunition





shocked.jpgMay Pen needs a ZOSO. As a matter of fact, it seems as if the entire Jamaica needs a ZOSO.

Reports are that two policemen were shot and injured during a confrontation with armed robbers along Main Street in May Pen, Clarendon, Sunday morning and there are pictures and video footage of the incident, The sergeant and constable, who are attached to the May Pen Police Station, are now receiving treatment at hospital. The constable reportedly received gunshot injuries to the face and shoulder, while the sergeant was shot in the abdomen and buttocks.

Reports are that about 9:20 a.m. the lawmen challenged men armed with high-powered weapons travelling in two cars in the vicinity of Guinep Tree in the Clarendon capital. The gunmen opened fire at the policemen who were hit. The service vehicle was also damaged.

One of the get away vehicles, a white Toyota Probox, later crashed along Howard Avenue.

It's not clear if any of the gunmen was captured.

Unconfirmed reports are that a woman of Chinese descent was also abducted by the gunmen who were said to be on a robbery spree in the parish capital.

Meanwhile, pictures show the heavily armed gunmen appearing to take the Chinese business owners away, while the video captures the sounds of the gunfire as the robbers wreaked havoc on the town.

"May Pen was like a ghost town yesterday," one resident told Yardflex. "My taxi man said that he got a call telling him to stay at home and don't bother touch road after the shooting.





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One of the foremost singers of Reggae music, Empress Marcia Griffiths, is continuing to break new ground. Marcia has had the incredibly good fortune of spending her formative years at Studio One, the record stable that shaped the career of other top-ranking artists such as Bob Marley and Bob Andy.

What Kind of World is sure to tantalize music fans worldwide; as it presents Marcia's sensational voice accompanied by the authentic sound of Reggae. This single is produced by Donovan Germain and executive producers Tad A. Dawkins and Tad A. Dawkins Jnr.

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Ackee Walk and Common at war; 5 dead

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA gang war between the communities of Common and Ackee Walk in St Andrew has so far claimed the lives of five persons, the police have confirmed.The last incident occurred last week when two men were gunned down at the busy hub of Chancery Street as commuters boarded buses and taxis.

The two gangs were once living in peace for years in the communities which are within relatively close proximity to each other. The community of Common is bordered by Red Hills Road, Donmair Drive, Christopher Boulevard and a tributary of the Sandy Gully to its west.

Ackee Walk is located close to a bridge along Molynes Road in the vicinity of Queensbury and Valentines Castle Drive. Things took a turn for the worst when both gangs fell out of favour with each over the proceeds of an illegal extortion racket which has plagued the section of Chancery Street where the latest double murder took place.

A police source told Loop News that thugs target operators of minibuses which ply the Rock Hall to Chancery Street route, and route taxis operators who ply the Half-Way Tree to Chancery Street route. The extortionists are said to be very brutal to any operator who does not comply with their demands, and at least one operator has been gunned down there in recent years.

"It has been a constant problem for the St Andrew North Police. The police know that the racket is alive and well, but are powerless to stop it completely, as the operators who are the victims, are afraid to report it. If there is no complainant, there can be no charges laid," the cop said.

A few years ago, two men were arrested, charged and convicted for extortion activities in the area, but the illicit practice continues unabated.

The killings started when two men were shot and killed at Ackee Walk. Then the bloodletting continued after gunmen struck in the community of Ackee Walk and shot three men dead over a three-day period.

On Wednesday morning the police were out in their numbers, and patrolled both communities in a bid to fend off any further acts of reprisal.

That section of Chancery Street that has been most affected, has degenerated into an eyesore, and is a hazard for both motorists and pedestrians, due to the heavy traffic and the presence of loiterers in the area.

But the police have given the assurance that they will pull out all the stops to beat back the criminals and make the streets safe for law-abiding citizens to conduct their business without fear.





Canada seeking more Jamaican workers

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Canada is seeking to engage more Jamaicans to work in non-traditional areas, which will add to the current seasonal agricultural workers arrangement [farm work programme] that the island shares with the North American country.

The world power is keen on welcoming workers in fields such as research, education and home care, according to Canada's Minister of Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship, Ahmed Hussen.

Hussen, however, made it clear, that despite the need for labour in those areas, Canada isn't looking to perpetuate Jamaica's brain drain, but rather, seeks to arrive at a mutually beneficial arrangement for both countries.

"At least from Canada's perspective the need is there, but at the same time, we are a government that is sensitive to the issues around brain drain, so we don't want Canada's gain to be Jamaica's loss. We want it to be a win-win," Hussen said.

Therefore, both countries would have to look at fields that have a surplus of skilled workers in Jamaica, and sectors in Canada that require additional workers with certain requisite skills and expertise.

Hussen was speaking at a forum on immigration and refugees issues at the University of the West Indies Regional Headquarters in Mona on Monday. The discussion was organised by the Canadian High Commission in Jamaica and The UWI.

"It is a delicate balance and it would need for us to engage a little bit more with the Jamaican government to determine which sectors or which skill sets are available for that circle of migration," Hussen said.

He further revealed that persons could work under the programme without a permit.

He said: "It doesn't have to be a zero-sum game, for example, if there is a research expert in Jamaica, who is researching on robotics, for example, we have the global skill strategy, which will enable that researcher to come to Canada and work by themselves or collaborate in our research ecosystem for up 120 days without a work permit."

"That researcher may not have an ecosystem in Jamaica that is as developed as the one in Canada and so they coming to Canada and building up their skills set to the next level and then coming back to Jamaica, is a benefit for Jamaica and Canada," Hussen said.

Hussen said Canada's ageing population has resulted in the country encouraging workers from other countries to emigrate there.

Jamaica already has an advantage because of the Seasonal Agriculture Workers' Programme (SAWP) also called farm work programme in Canada.

According to the Canadian minister, the partnership between both countries is working well, with a number of Jamaicans remitting money back home, and contributing to the island's economy.





Rain and more rain forecasted

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Sections of the island will experience a welcomed relief from dry conditions this weekend into Monday.

The Meteorological Service Division is reporting that a persistent Trough across Jamaica and the central Caribbean is to being showers, which may be heavy at times, over the period.

Projections are for periods of showers and thunderstorms to affect sections of most parishes especially during the afternoons.

Fishers and other marine operators are urged to exercise caution as sea conditions will deteriorate in the vicinity of showers and thunderstorms.

24-HOUR FORECAST

This Morning... Generally cloudy, with isolated showers across sections of northern and southeastern parishes.

This Afternoon... Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms mainly across sections of central and western parishes and hilly inland areas elsewhere.

Tonight... Mostly cloudy.

3-DAY FORECAST (starting Saturday):

Saturday: Isolated morning showers eastern parishes. Scattered afternoon showers and isolated thunderstorms across sections of most parishes.

Sunday: Mostly cloudy morning. Scattered afternoon showers and isolated thunderstorms mainly across central and western parishes.

Monday: Partly cloudy morning. Widely scattered afternoon showers and isolated thunderstorms across sections of most parishes.





arrested -photo-1.jpgA judge on Friday sentenced a Brooklyn youth to 17 1/3 years in jail for killing a 22-year-old college student just before the Caribbean J'Ouvert festival in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn began in 2016.

Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Donald Leo imposed the stiff sentence on Regional Moise, 20, for shooting in the head at point-blank range, Tiarah Poyau, a graduate student in accounting at St John's University in Jamaica, Queens, New York.

The incident took place on September 5, 2016.

Poyau died after she was taken to the nearby Kings County Hospital in Central Brooklyn.

Police said Moise was intoxicated at the time of the shooting, but jurors found him guilty of criminally negligent homicide, reckless endangerment and weapons possession in Poyau's shooting death. He was acquitted of the more serious charge of murder.

"This is the most tragic case I've ever come across," said Justice Leo before imposing the sentence on Moise. "In one selfish act of idiocy, you destroyed the incredibly bright future of a promising young woman."

The victim's family had pleaded with Justice Leo to sentence Moise to consecutive - no concurrent - sentences, as Moise's lawyers had requested.

"Criminally negligent homicide is a slap in the face your honor," Poyau's mother, Valerie Brown, told the court before Moise's sentence. "It's really an insult, not just to me but to my whole entire family. Please, I beg of you, please see fit to give him the maximum that is allowed for each charge."

Before he was taken away in handcuffs, Moise apologized to the victim's family.

"I'm sorry to Ms Brown and the Poyau family for all stuff y'all have been going through," he told the court.

After the sentence, Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said in a statement that "this defendant fired four shots during what was a joyous cultural celebration, tragically killing Tiarah Poyau, a completely innocent bystander with a promising life ahead of her.

"It is a miracle that no one else was struck," he added. "Today's sentence delivered a measure of justice for Tiarah's heartbroken mother, family and many friends, and a clear message that gun violence will not be tolerated at J'ouvert."





shenyeng-on-instagram-shenyengz-which-day-can-i-release-our-new-song-blessed.jpgShenseea broke the Internet over the weekend when she uploaded pictures of herself in bed with a woman. She has since not been answering any questions relating to the raunchy post. However, she has been promoting her new song with Tyga, called blessed. But her fans are not here for it.

Just check out this exchange:

SHENYENGZ: which day can I release our new song BLESSED?? 🤔 @tyga produced by @rvssian

📸: @keysusx

rxtedty: The day you start liking man again

SHENYENG on Instagram: "SHENYENGZ which day can I release our new song BLESSED?? 🤔 @tyga produced by @rvssian 📸: @keysusx"

The lesbian looking post quickly racked up a quarter million likes, the most Shenseea has ever received for one picture.

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Vezi această postare pe Instagram

Thanks for being here...❣️ #life #love #blessed

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Canada's immigration minister visits Jamaica

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Canada's minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Ahmed Hussen is in Jamaica for a three-day working visit to, among other things, shore up cooperation between his country and tertiary education institutions here.

His first stop was at the University of the West Indies, where, earlier this afternoon he led a guided discussion on the role of education in Canada's immigration policy, and expressed impatience with achieving more in the way of partnership.

In an obvious reference to the policies of its neighbor to the south, Hussen, himself an immigrant, stressed that Canada is seeking to build bridges, not walls, with its approach to immigration.

He is expected to travel to Trinidad on a similar mission when he leaves Jamaica.





munga-honorable.jpgMunga Honorebel's murder trial will begin on June 6 in the Supreme Court in downtown Kingston, Jamaica.

The Dancehall entertainer, whose given is Damian Rhoden, is charged in connection with the February 2017 murder of Mr. Vegas' nephew, Cleveland Smith. Munga was granted bail in June 2017 in the sum of $500,000 JMD.

Munga Honorebel's attorney, Christopher Townsend says he is now in preparation mode for the upcoming trial.

"We are in preparation for trial. The case is being managed which means we are gathering all the witnesses and ensuring that they are present. The judge will want to hear from us, so we are getting the matter ready for trial date," he told the Jamaica Observer.

According to police reports, Cleveland Smith left his Moonlight Drive address in St Andrew on his green Rambo pedal cycle to attend a session. It is alleged that he was accosted by a group of men, one of whom was armed with a gun.

Smith was shot after an altercation ensued between the men and himself. He was then rushed to the Kingston Public Hospital where he was pronounced dead.





A holy controversy over Khaled's song

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a-holy-controversy-over-khaleds-song.jpgJ Khaled's new "Holy Mountain" collaboration with Buju Banton, Mavado, Sizzla and rapper 070 Shake has sparked controversy.

The banger taken off the American DJ, producer's new 15-track album "Father Of Asahd," samples late Reggae entertainer Billy Boyo's "One Spliff a Day."

Billy Boyo was still in his teens when he emerged in the early 1980s with "One Spliff a Day" and the track still gets heavy rotation in the retro Dancehall scene.

On Monday, Billy Boyo's daughter took to social media to reveal that her father's estate was not compensated for the sample on DJ Khaled's new album.

Boyo, born Billy Rowe, died of a brain tumour on 29 October 2000, after a two-month-long struggle to beat the disease.





crime-scene-knife.jpgA Trelawny woman and her five-year-old grandson were chopped to death by a relative in Martha Brae Saturday night.

The attacker is said to be the mentally-challenged son of the woman and uncle to the child. He, too, was killed after being shot by the police when he reportedly attacked members of a police party who had gone to the location to investigate the incident.

The deceased woman has been identified as 56-year-old Jennifer Gordon, otherwise called " Coolie", a domestic helper. The five-year-old boy is identified as Levon Walker, both of Hugh Shearer Drive in Martha Brae, Trelawny.

The accused attacker is identified as 28-year-old Leon "Duval" White, of the same address.

Reports are that about 11:00 last night, residents living along Hugh Shearer Drive heard Gordon crying for help and summoned the police.

Upon the arrival of the lawmen, they attempted to enter the house when they were reportedly attacked by White, who was armed with a machete. In a bid to avoid being chopped to death by the mentally challenged man, the police were forced to shoot him.

A search led to the discovery of Gordon and her grandson who were found in separate sections of the house with multiple chop wounds.

"It is also unfortunate that when the police went to the location to subdue Mr White, he attacked them with a machete and was fatally shot," said Senior Superintendent Kirk Ricketts, the commanding officer for the Trelawny police.

"I have since gone in the area and spoke to the community members and I also spoke to the Health Department, and I was informed that White was a patient, who was treated as recently as May of this year," he added.

According to one neighbour "Duval, is very ok when he receives his medical treatment but very violent, when he is not treated. And to my knowledge he was not treated upon the most recent visit by the medical team," the neighbour added.

Ricketts said the police were providing counselling to the immediate family of the deceased, as well as community members.





Operation Restore Paradise for Mo Bay

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The St James Municipal Corporation, in collaboration with the police, will be undertaking activities aimed at restoring and maintaining law and order in the parish starting on Monday.

The initiative dubbed 'Operation Restore Paradise' will span one week, and will involve other agencies including the Ministry of Health, National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), Island Traffic Authority, Transport Authority and the Jamaica Defence Force Coast Guard.

Mayor of Montego Bay and Chairman of the St James Municipal Corporation, Councillor Homer Davis, made the announcement at a press conference held the Municipal Corporation's Office on Friday (May 17).

"We have decided to take a zero tolerance approach as it relates to law and order in the city of Montego Bay, because we think that we have a paradise and what we are seeing taking place in our paradise is not acceptable," Davis said.

"The approach will be one of sensitizing our people, one of enforcement when it becomes necessary and one of prosecution when it becomes necessary," he added.

The Mayor informed that traffic enforcement will be a major part of the operation, and persons with outstanding traffic tickets, as well as operators of Public Passenger Vehicles who operate in contravention of the Road Traffic Act will be targeted.

"For business operators who operate in the city, [we will check] their certification, as it relates to public health, and as it relates to contracts with the NSWMA to remove their garbage," Davis stated.

Meanwhile, Commanding Officer for the St James Police Division, Superintendent Vernon Ellis said the police will be ensuring that the law is adhered to.

"The security and safety of a parish is the business of everyone. The challenges we face out here, the security forces cannot arrest our way out of the challenges. Some of the solution lies with many other agencies. We have decided that this time around...that we will be using a multi-agency approach," he stated.

Superintendent Ellis also informed that the police will aim to sensitise the public on the different laws in the country.

"So we are going to de-culture persons by telling them what is right, by showing them the stuff that they are not supposed to do. Educating them on the laws, rules and regulations. We are going to sell to them the mission of restoring paradise. We are going to get the citizens to be a part of the solution to the problem that we are having out here in St James," Superintendent Ellis noted.





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tony-rebels-daughter-davianah-to-release-ep.jpgReggae artiste Davianah is applying the finishing touches to her debut seven track EP, 'Rasta Picknii'.

"The EP will have seven songs and it will be strictly reggae hence the title, 'Rasta Picknii' as it will showcase my cultural side," Davianah, whose real name is Davahu Barrett, said.

Some of the songs include 'Break My Heart', 'Stir It Up' and 'Move'. She is aiming for a summer release for the project.

The 24-year-old artiste plans to shoot a video for a separate single, 'Supergirl' next month.

"I have quite a number of new singles that I have already recorded, I haven't stopped pushing my dancehall persona, my EP is just designed to show a more cultural side of Davianah," she said.

On Sunday, Davianah released a freestyle dedicated to her mother, Norlene Cornwall, that has over 15,000 views on IG since it was posted. "Mommy you and i don't have the perfect mom and daughter story but our story will never be short of love. When everybody else turn their backs on me i knw i can count on you. I love you Mother and Happy Mothers Day to u @norlenefit and all the mothers out there," she said in the post.

Davianah doesn't have a great relationship with her superstar father, Tony Rebel. She raised eyebrows earlier this year when she performed at her father's Rebel Salute concert in a nude-coloured pantyhose and mint-green wig, and later sparked a major conflict with her father with a scathing Instagram pose accusing him of hypocrisy.

However, in her Instagram description, she continues to label herself as "Daughter of Tony Rebel."

Born July 28, 1992, Davianah debuted at Rebel Salute 2011 during Tony Rebel's set, doing a cover of Estelle's 'Come Over' that elicited a huge response from the crowd. She performed on Reggae Sumfest 2017 and 'Reggae on the Hill' in Barbados. She has become known for her melodic attractive reggae freestyles and also controversial hard-hitting hardcore freestyles that have won her numerous fans on social media.

"I am coming for everything they said I couldn't have. It is not easy being a second generation star, but I welcome the challenge," she said.





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freddie-mcgregor-photo-3.jpgLegendary Reggae singer, Freddie McGregor, who recently added another award to his collection, when he picked up an IRAWMA globe on Saturday night, is set to stage the Big Ship Music Fest in Port Charlotte, Florida on July 6.

According to the man who is acknowledged as a "Winner", that area of Florida does not get serviced by reggae acts and his research has shown that, given the demographic, there is a large market ready to appreciate the music.

"We were looking at something for mid-year and when we looked at Port Charlotte, we realised that it was originally a farmworker community and had quite a large Caribbean community, so it was just the right spot," he told the Jamaica Observer. "The venue, The Port Charlotte County Fair Grounds, is quite a landmark. It is central and easy to find so that made it the best choice. Everybody is excited about this kind of show coming to the area. Some are seeing it as their Sumfest as not many shows of this kind come to the area."

The Big Ship Music Fest will be headlined by McGregor and features Marcia Griffiths, Admiral Tibet, Everton Blender, Hopeton Lindo, Chino McGregor, Glen Washington and Perfect.

"It was an easy pick for this line-up. South Florida loves a female artiste, so I realised it was either Sister Marcia Griffiths or Etana. Sister Marcia was available and so we just went for her, then the others just fell into place," McGregor explained. "There will also be three big, band 'sounds' -- Earthquake, Legend and Felix -- to keep patrons entertained throughout. We are looking to have a really nice atmosphere where people can come out and just chill and enjoy themselves."

No stranger to promoting events, McGregor staged the Long Beach Reggae Music Jerk and Food Festival in California in 2014. Prior to that, he did Rocksteady Meets Reggae and Dancehall at the Jamalco Sports Club in Halse Hall, Clarendon in 2009.

"It is just something that I really love to do. Being in the music industry, I get something out of trying my hand at staging a show, the way it can be done and the way it should be done, I really just love being on the other side of this business," McGregor said.





krystal-tomlinson.jpgPresident of the People's National Party Youth Organisation (PNPYO), Krystal Tomlinson - who is also the mother of a child for entertainer, Beenie Man - has offered an apology of sorts for having likened Prime Minister Andrew Holness to Nazi Germany's Adolf Hitler in a series of Twitter posts on Wednesday.

In her opening tweet, Tomlinson said: "Holness' track record suggests that he is a prime minister who has scant regard for the court, the constitution and the separation of powers doctrine. Reminds me of Adolph Hitler and his approach to designing a 'New' Germany. Just be a big man and admit you were wrong, Mr Holness."

The tweet suggested that Tomlinson was referring, in particular, to the Constitutional Court's striking down in April of the controversial National Identification and Registration (NIDS) law, after deeming it to be in breach of the constitutional rights of Jamaicans.

Twitter user - 'IslandNeophyte' - responded by warning Tomlinson that she should "delete that tweet before you are called to make a public apology to the prime minister and your country."

Another user pointed to the fact that Tomlinson had spelled Hitler's first name incorrectly ('Adolph' instead of 'Adolf') as a reasonable basis to conclude that she really did not know of the man's history and what she was actually delving into in making the comparison.

While she did not directly apologise to Holness, Tomlinson expressed regret for having made the comparison. "On Wednesday, May 15, I made a tweet which drew a comparison between the constitutional violations of the Andrew Holness-led team of public servants and those of Adolf Hitler. ......I recognised that this comparison has caused great discomfiture to persons across the spectrum - from those with political interests to those who are casual observers of the governance process in this country."

"In my experience as a student of political science and communications, I accept that comparative analyses lose their effect when the audience is too disturbed by the reference to consider the possible merits of an argument.

"I would like to put on record my unequivocal apology for any offence that may have been taken to the tweet, and for conjuring up any painful images of the result of the Hitler regime, which concluded with devastating genocide, second only to what my family endured during the trans-Atlantic slave trade. It was not my intent."

The PNPYO president has, however, pledged to continue to express her perceptions of Holness' patterns of leadership of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) and the Government without any further reference to the Nazi leader.





Jamaica-born Queen's Counsel, Vincent Nelson, is due to appear in court on June 4, after he failed to appear on Thursday in the case against former attorney general Anand Ramlogan and former United National Congress (UNC) legislator, Gerald Ramdeen.

Nelson was earlier this month granted TT$100,000 (One TT dollar=US$0.16 cents) bail on corruption conspiracy charges in connection with a series of financial transactions involving legal fees during the 2010-15 period of the UNC-led People's Partnership government.

Nelson was due to appear before Justice Malcom Holdip in the High Court here Thursday, but when the matter was called, the Court was informed that the London-based attorney was not present.

The Court was told that because of the late announcement regarding the date for the hearing, Nelson was unable to return to Trinidad in time for the proceedings.

Nelson is alleged to have conspired with Ramlogan and Ramdeen to receive, conceal and transfer criminal property given to Ramlogan by Nelson as the lawyer in various matters for the State.

It is also alleged that he conspired with Ramlogan and Ramdeen for the former to misbehave in public office with Ramlogan accepting rewards from Nelson and conspired to corruptly give Ramlogan rewards as Attorney General.

On May 2, the 61-year-old Nelson accepted a plea deal and pleaded guilty before Chief Magistrate Maria Busby Earle-Caddle and agreed to be the state's main witness in its case against Ramlogan and Ramdeen under the Criminal Procedure Act.

The matter was transferred to the High Court in 14 days, in keeping with provisions of the Act.

At the magistrate's court, Nelson's attorney Tom Allen QC, had earlier argued that bail for his client was part of the agreement with the prosecution that he be granted his own bail and no restrictions placed on him to leave the country.

Allen submitted that Nelson, since October 2017, had been fully cooperating with the prosecution at an "unprecedented level" and has given several witness statements knowing full well he has incriminated himself, despite risks to himself.

Allen said Nelson was the key prosecution witness and was "safer out of this jurisdiction.

Ramlogan and Ramdeen have been released on a total of TT$2.7 million and will re-appear in court on June 28.

They have been charged with conspiracy to contravene Section 3 of the Prevention of Corruption Act; conspiracy to contravene Section 45 of the Proceeds of Crime Act and conspiracy to misbehave in public office between October 1, 2010 to September 9, 2015.





marlon-standing-next-to-edward-seaga.jpgFormer Prime Minister Edward Seaga is reportedly in good spirits as he battles the physical effects of a serious illness and receives treatment at a hospital in Miami, Florida.

On Wednesday Prime Minister Andrew Holness, who flew to the United States to visit the former prime minister on Wednesday, reported that Seaga, who headed the Government of Jamaica from 1980 to 1989, is under close medical supervision by a team of doctors, including Jamaican specialists and nurses, and is surrounded by his family.

"Mr Seaga, who will be 89 at the end of May (May 28), is in positive spirits. I assured our former prime minister that Jamaica is in a good place and that our economic recovery is being carefully managed to ensure social equity and prosperity for the working-class masses of the Jamaican people.

"I also passed on to him the many expressions of concern, love, prayers and good wishes for him from the Jamaican people and from his former constituency of West Kingston," said Holness.

He added that, among many other national and personal matters about which they spoke, Seaga enquired about football, which became a passion for him in later life.

"Minister Olivia Grange, who was also with me, updated him and it generated a light moment where we all smiled and laughed.

"At the end of the visit, we all held hands and prayed with Mr Seaga for his improvement. He thanked us for lifting his spirit by visiting him and expressed his deep gratitude and love for the Jamaican people, whom he served all his life," said Holness.

Seaga holds the record as Jamaica's longest serving member of parliament, having represented Kingston Western for almost 43 years, from 1962 until he retired in 2005.

He served as leader of the Opposition from 1974 to 1980, and again from 1989 until January 2005.





arrested.jpgA teenage boy is currently in police custody following an armed robbery in Burnside Valley in Red Hills, St AndrewThursday.

According to police reports, lawmen were patrolling the area about 9:40 pm, when they were notified that a business place was being robbed.

The responding officers said on their arrival, the suspects ran, leaving behind a .40 Smith and Wesson pistol and eight .40 cartridges.

The weapon was found after an extensive search of the area. The teen, whose identity cannot be disclosed because he is a minor, was subsequently arrested.

The police did not disclose what items were stolen from the business place.

Investigations continue.





Two women, one of British descent, were held by the Narcotics police following a cocaine seizure at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, St James on Wednesday.

According to the police, both women arrived at the airport about 12:30 pm to board a flight to Birmingham, England.

However, during routine baggage checks, packages containing more than 2.8 kilograms of cocaine were found hidden in a compartment of their luggage. The drug is estimated to be worth $5 million on the street.

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Tidal calls Dovey Magnum

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dovey-magnum.jpgFresh off her United Kingdom leg of shows, dancehall reggae artist, Dovey Magnum, has secured a major nod from international streaming service, Tidal. Dovey Magnum was selected by the streaming platform to be the face of its largest dancehall playlist titled 'Dancehall Massive' on May 10th.

This venture with Tidal and Dovey Magnum will feature the release of a new single titled "Naw Dweet" which is produced by Billion music group on VVS Riddim. This will kick off the artist summer 2019 endeavors which will see the act releasing a slew of track, collaborations, and appearance throughout North America & Europe.

Dovey Magnum states "I'm so happy that Tidal reached out and decided to give me this opportunity. It only shows that the work is paying off and we no longer on the sidelines. Nah Dweet the new track that releasing tomorrow represents a different side of me, and those females out there that refuse to cheat. People use to the 'Bawl Out' and 'Mademozelle' and this shows the transition, the growth, the alter ego but it's about respecting relationships and people at times".

The new track will be available on all major streaming platforms on May 10th but fans are encouraged to visit Tidal's playlist titled "Dancehall Massive". In the coming weeks the artist will release singles titled "Nice and Clean", "Boss Baby", "JuJu" and also visuals for the accompany singles. It's expected that summer 2019 will see Dovey Magnum artistry taking on new heights.





ruel-reid-photo-1.jpgThe probe into allegations of fraudulent activities at the Ministry of Education and connected agencies has resulted in former Minister of Education Rule Reid now being the subject of a criminal investigation.

Police Commissioner Major General Antony Anderson this morning confirmed that Reid is being investigated but provided no details on the scope of the probe.

"I can confirm that there is an investigation (but) at this point I cannot give you an update on that," Anderson told journalists in response to a question at a media briefing at the Old Hope Road headquarters of the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

"Because it is on-going and it is a financial investigation and one that is a complex investigation that involves a number of agencies. The FID (Financial Investigation Division of the Ministry of Finance), C-TOC (Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime Division and the CFU (Constabulary Financial Unit) [are] involved in this investigation so it is only proper that we continue this investigation without saying too much," added Anderson.

Just over one month ago Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced that he had fired Ruel Reid, then Minister of Education, Youth & Information.

In a statement to the media Holness said he had met with Reid regarding certain allegations in the public domain.





JFF to sign MOU with AS Roma

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President of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), Michael Ricketts, said the organisation is scheduled to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Italian giants AS Roma in the coming weeks.

Ricketts told The Gleaner in an interview yesterday that his federation met with the AS Roma officials, who are currently in the island on Tuesday, and that discussions were fruitful noting that the parties are now hoping to sign an agreement soon.

The JFF boss added that this is a major boost for local football and that the AS Roma representatives are very interested in Jamaican football.

"These gentlemen seem very interested in the product that we have here, and they (appreciate) the athleticism of our youngsters and think that partnering with us could really improve the quality of our players," said Ricketts.

"This is the route to go in identifying our youngsters from the primary and prep schools and then sometime in the summer, they will go to clubs of their choice whether it is Sweden or Italy. And then, of course, bring them back and keep them close to us in an academy setting and in an environment where they can continue their growth and development," he said.

"The meeting was very fruitful and I am highly optimistic that it will have some positive results on our football," Ricketts stated.

AS Roma currently have two Jamaican women on their roster, defender Allyson Swaby and midfielder Trudi Carter, who are both expected to feature for Jamaica at next month's FIFA Women's World Cup in France.





The Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) says it will be extending the usual period for the sale of tickets for the upcoming international friendly between Jamaica and Panama

The JFF said it has also increased the number of ticket outlets across the island for the game.

It said tickets will go on sale from tomorrow Saturday, May 11 until match day, Sunday, May 19 at select ticket outlets.

The Federation is also encouraging fans to purchase tickets early.

Meanwhile, the majority of members of the 24- member Reggae Girlz squad will arrive on Sunday, May 12 and will have their first training session on Monday, May 13 at 6:00 pm at the National Stadium.





charged.jpgA Jamaican man has been arrested and charged in relation to the deaths of two women whose bodies were found in a luxury Miami condominium on Tuesday.

According to CBS Miami, the man, 46-year-old Franklyn Williams was arrested on Wednesday and has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder.

According to reports, the bodies were discovered after Miami police received a call from Homeland Security who told them during an investigation that involved Williams, he spontaneously confessed, according to his arrest report.

It was further reported that the bodies were found with multiple stab wounds after police forced open the door of the unit which is located at the Paraiso Bay high, rise at 650 Northeast 32nd Street.

Williams reportedly told investigators that he lives in the unit and that one of the women, 35-year-old Sophia Simpson, had been his girlfriend for the last ten years, according to the police, and the other woman, 27-year-old Gabrella Griffith, lived with them.

Williams is being held without bond after an appearance in court.

He also faces charges in a separate case involving grand theft, using fake ID, money laundering and racketeering. Those issues surfaced in court and Williams said he did have a private attorney.





made-in-new-york-jamaican-movie-trailer-2019-a-jamaican-story.jpgFor the love of money, fame , fortune, for the love of Music, and for the love of Love, ... the sky is the limit for these ambitious Jamaicans living in New York struggling to survive while pursuing their Music career , made it

Redhot, very talented singer signs a recording deal with Get Rich Quick Records. Walla Walla, not taking the gangster way out finally gets a break but can't go , his terrified wife was attacked by notorious gangster who goes around intimidating selectors to play Mr Bigs tunes, C.E.O of Get Rich Quick Records.... A Thriller , with , Drama, Romance, Suspense and will also make you laugh

This is the trailer notes on a new movie about Jamaica, written and directed by Phillip Warmington, aka Papa Lover. Casting director was Zambia Carradicce.

The movie had a successful premiere in New York this week, and rolls into Atlanta at the end of the month. A Jamaica premiere is also in the works.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-DcjuhUV7Q





UpTop Boss Teejay buys TWO high-end vehicles

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Official Teejay on Instagram: "A nuh hype mi hype people trust mi it's just to show ghetto youths that dreams can really come through and remember never you want..."





Concern as no licensed butchers in Hanover

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Animals are being slaughtered and meat being sold at various locations across the parish, there are no licensed butchers operating in Hanover.

David Gardner, the Hanover Municipal Corporation's (HMC) chief executive officer, revealed Thursday that although all butcher's licences in the western parish expired in March, no applications for butcher's licences are being processed for the month of May.

"How is it that we have no application for butcher's licence and you are inspecting so much meat?" a seemingly perplexed Mayor Sheridan Samuels asked Patricia Hall Patterson, the chief public health inspector in the parish.

"It means we have no licensed butchers, so there should be no slaughtering of animals," added Samuels.

In responding to the mayor's concern, Hall Patterson told the HMC monthly meeting that there were approximately 17 registered butchers in the parish and they were the butchers doing the inspection of meats. She also pointed out that there were some applications for butcher's licences at the Public Health Department that were being processed and should be sent the HMC in short order.





shocked.jpgAt least five people have been killed in Jamaica since March last year after being deported from the UK by the Home Office, the Guardian newspaper out of the UK is reporting in a damning expose done about Jamaica.

According to The Guardian, the killings took place after the men were sent back to Jamaica - which they report has one of the highest per capita murder rates in the world - despite strict rules prohibiting deportations to countries in which an individual's life may be in danger.

The government does not routinely monitor what happens to people who have been deported. But through interviews and archive research, the Guardian has verified the deaths of the five men and been told by other returnees that they fear for their lives.

The revelations will increase pressure on the Home Office to justify its resumption in February of deportation charter flights to Jamaica, after they were suspended following the Windrush scandal.

Some of the men had convictions for violent and drug-related offences. But Naga Kandiah, a public law solicitor at MTC & Co - which deals with many Jamaican deportation cases - said the government's human rights obligations were not dependent on past behaviour.

"The Home Office's own guidance recognises the high level of crime there due to organised gangs," he said. "Nobody is saying that these men had not committed crimes, but it is a clear breach of human rights legislation to send them back to a country where their life could be in serious danger."

Lawyers routinely use the European convention on human rights to argue deportation would pose a threat to life.

The majority of murders the Guardian has identified involving people deported from the UK to Jamaica have occurred in the past three or four months. The victims definitively established are:

Owen Clarke, 62, who was shot and killed by armed men on 23 February. Clarke, known as Father Fowl and Roy Fowl, was a music promoter and had been convicted of dealing drugs. According to Jamaican media, he was a leader of the British Link-Up Crew, a dancehall events business in the UK and Jamaica, which was allegedly a front for drug smuggling.

Dewayne Robinson, 37, known as Little Wicked, was murdered on 4 March 2018.

Alphonso Harriott, 56, known as Oney British and reportedly part of the same crew as Clarke, was murdered on 29 March.

Paul Mitchell, 50, was fatally stabbed on 31 December in the grocery store at which he worked.

Hugh Bennett, 48, a shopkeeper, was stabbed to death on 31 December.

According to the Home Office's guidance about Jamaica published in March last year, the Jamaica constabulary force is "underpaid, poorly trained, understaffed and lacking in resources". Organised criminal elements are prevalent and extremely active, the guidance states, and police only make arrests in 45% of cases, with a homicide conviction rate of 7%. Eighty per cent of murders involve firearms.

Gracie Bradley, the policy and campaigns manager at the human rights organisation Liberty, said by putting deportees in danger, the government was adding an additional punishment to that imposed by courts.

"It is incredibly disturbing that the government continues to pursue deportations at the expense of its human rights obligations, which stipulate that people must not be deported to situations where they face threats to their life, torture or ill-treatment," she said.

"These worrying incidents further highlight why the practice of deportation post-conviction is a discriminatory form of double punishment that should be scrapped."

Some of the men on the February charter flight said they knew some of the murder victims. One deportee said he was ambushed in a shop days after arriving in Jamaica by a group of armed men he knew from when he previously lived there.

"I believe I was targeted," he said. "I had had an altercation with one of those men when I was in Jamaica in 2012. A group of armed men ran into a shop I was in and they had high-powered rifles. A lot of shots were fired and another man died. I escaped into some bushes behind the shop and was lucky to survive.

"I think that people who were on that February charter flight have been targeted. Everyone knew that charter flight was coming and people keep a lookout. I think that people deported from the UK are particular targets once they reach Jamaica."

A spokeswoman for the End Deportations campaign group said: "It's sickening but sadly not surprising that people who the Home Office have deported have been killed. These deportations must be stopped immediately before more lives are lost."

A Home Office spokesman said: "We only return those with no legal right to remain in the UK, including foreign national offenders. Individuals are only returned to their country of origin when the Home Office and courts deem it is safe to do so.

"The Home Office works with a number of non-governmental organisations that provide support on arrival for returnees which includes general orientation, access to temporary accommodation, travel, vocational training, job referral and signposting services. We are committed to ensuring safe and dignified returns and reintegration is a key part of that.

"Should the Home Office receive any specific allegations that a returnee has experienced ill-treatment on return to their country of origin, these would be investigated in partnership with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office."





Former PM Edward Seaga in hospital in Miami

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marlon-standing-next-to-edward-seaga.jpgCarla Seaga, the wife of former Prime Minister Edward Seaga, is quoted as saying her ailing husband is stable and is receiving excellent medical care.

The former prime minister who had been seeking medical care for the past few weeks has been admitted to a Miami hospital.

"He is receiving excellent medical care and is sustained too by the love of his family and friends," said Mrs Seaga in a statement issued through Jamaica House.

Seaga, 88, is battling two chronic illnesses and complications associated with them.

She also said the former Prime Minister is scheduled to receive further treatment at the Miami hospital and expressed thanks to people who have offering love, prayers and support.

Edward Seaga is Jamaica's fifth prime minister and the country's longest serving member of parliament.

He was Prime Minister from 1980 to 1989 and is currently Chancellor of the University of Technology, Jamaica, where he was re-appointed to a three-year term with effect from November 7, 2017.

Seaga turns 89 on May 28, 2019.





state-of-emergency.jpgHowever, president Winston Lawson is pleading for restrictions on businesses hours to be reasonable.

It was one of the complaints last year when a similar measure was declared in St James.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness this morning announced states of public emergency for St James, Westmoreland and Hanover in response to the reported 105 murders across the three parishes since January.

The security measures will remain in effect initially for 14 days.

"Our primary concern is that lives are not lost, and we are always prepared to meet the sacrifice, but we want to hope that some consideration can be given as to how we can find some common ground in terms of the opening hours for our businesses," said Lawson.

The second-term chamber president bemoaned that three months after the earlier year-long state of emergency expired in St James, crime had again become a major problem.

"The scourge of crime was upon us again, so we welcome the move and we think it is something that will immediately address the haemorrhaging that we saw," he said.

Lawson said that chamber members have been urged to use their resources to help in the fight against crime in St James, including registering of security cameras on the JamaicaEye national security system.





michelle-downer-on-instagram-me-and-my-baby-father-xhusband-welivingood.jpgMe And My Baby Father/ Xhusband #welivingood 😊

That was the caption D'Angel posted to social media that has some persons telling her that she will never get back Beenie Man, while others are applauding her for living good with her ex.

Here are some of the comments:

U na get him back kristal have him lock

@donnett.bennett come of a ig mon yuh too nuff

@donnett.bennett did she and u have a conversation about her wanting him back?ansah mi?

@dangelmusic I don't know why people don't keep there negative comments to themselves, I am like, if I don't like you or don't share the same sentiments then be silent. Keep living mama

How much for your cut and clear blouse at mobay store

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onstage-tv-on-instagram-rebroadcast-last-nights-episode-of-onstage-featuring-viral-social-media-star-mackerel-will-be-rebroadcast-tonight-at-9pm.jpgPeople were upset when mackerel's interview ended abruptly and this is what Winfird WIlliams had to say.

Last night's episode of Onstage featuring viral social media star MACKEREL WILL BE RE-BROADCAST TONIGHT AT 9pm on CVM TV, in its entirety. Once again, Onstage TV wishes to apologise to all our viewers for the ill fated broadcast of the Mackerel segment of the show last night on that channel (Saturday May 4th). - #regrann

OnstageTV on Instagram: "R E B R O A D C A S T Last night's episode of Onstage featuring viral social media star MACKEREL WILL BE RE-BROADCAST TONIGHT AT 9pm on..."





ak-47-assault-rifle-ammo.jpgSecurity forces in St James, where a state of emergency was imposed on Tuesday, are reporting that a cache of more than 1,800 rounds of ammunition was seized last week.

Reports are that personnel from the Contraband Enforcement Team of Jamaica Customs discovered irregularities during their checks of a shipment at a warehouse in the parish and summoned the police who responded and conducted a search.

The search reportedly yielded 1,859 assorted rounds and two 50-capacity Glock magazines.

The police are now reminding members of the public that under the Get the Guns campaign, they can receive rewards of up to JMD $100, 000 for information that leads to the seizure of firearms and ammunition. Citizens are urged to call 311 to give information.





The cash reward for information on the Jamaican-born suspect in the killing of a Vermont woman last year has been increased.

The US Marshals Service announced Monday that it is now offering up to US$10,000 for information that leads to the arrest of Leroy Headley, 37, who they said has ties to Jamaica, where he is originally from, and across the US and Canada. The service had previously offered US$5,000.

Headley is wanted on a second-degree murder charge in the May 3 shooting death of his partner and mother of his children, Anako "Annette" Lumumba, 33, in South Burlington.

"Headley's criminal conduct and disregard for the law has made his apprehension a top priority for the US Marshals," Bradley Rose, US marshal for Vermont, said in the written statement. "Although Headley has avoided apprehension for almost a year, this investigation remains active and intensive."

Headley's car was found on May 18 in Albany, New York.

There was some information during the investigation indicating that he was in Philadelphia at one point, deputy US Marshal Michael Barron said Tuesday. The service says it is believed he is living under an assumed name and may have shaved his head or changed appearance.

"This is an individual that certainly could be anywhere in the US," Barron said. "It's certainly possible that he's set up roots in an area that no one knows who he is and he's just doing his thing."





crime-scene-gun.jpgThe St Thomas police are probing the shooting death of a man and the injuring of his seven-year-old daughter in Lloyd's district, Yallahs in the parish on Sunday, May 5.

The dead man has been identified as Jermaine Kelly, a 35-year-old taxi operator of Lloyd's district.

Reports from the Yallahs police are that about 3:40 a.m., Kelly was alerted by a fire at his doorway.

While extinguishing the blaze, he was reportedly greeted with gunfire by armed men.

The police were summoned and upon their arrival, Kelly and his daughter were seen with gunshot wounds.

They were taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead and the child was admitted for treatment in a serious condition.

The police are asking anyone with information that can assist in their investigations to contact the Yallahs Police Station at 876-982-5075, the police 119 emergency number, or the nearest police station.





Cops taking illegal bikes off the streets

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jamaican-woman-police-officer.jpgThe St Andrew police seized a total of 16 motorcycles in just over a week, as part of efforts to clamp down on motorists in breach of the Road Traffic Act.

Officers assigned to the Public Safety and Traffic Enforcement Branch (PSTEB) and the St Andrew North Police Division seized the motorcycles during operations conducted in the said division between Wednesday, April 24 and Wednesday, May 01.

The police said the operations were as a result of public safety issues arising from the disregard of the Road Traffic Act by some motorists, including motorcyclists.

The vehicles were seized for various offences, including not being licensed and having no registration plates affixed.

The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is advising all operators of motor vehicles to ensure their vehicles are registered, updated and operating within the parameters of their prescribed licenses.

Drivers are reminded that if the various operating criteria are not met, it will result in the seizure of the vehicle and the prosecution of the offender.





fake-news.pngOlympian, Elaine Thompson had to take to social media to tell the world that she is alive and well.

This is what she posted to IG last night:

Dear all: The "Breaking News" report is FAKE news. Please do not share, retweet or pass along that story. I am alive and well and have never even been to Canada.

Have a wonderful Sunday

elaine-thompson-gold-100-final-rio.jpgElaine is a Double Olympic Gold Medalist. World Championship Silver Medalist. World Indoor Bronze Medalist. Nike Athlete. NCB & Flow Brand Ambassador.

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police-station.jpgThe policeman who was involved in the shooting incident last Sunday which left three persons dead in Spanish Town, St Catherine, has surrendered to the police.

The policeman, Corporal Kirk Fraser, turned himself in about 4:00 pm yesterday according to his Attorney-at-Law Valrie Neita Robertson.

The Corporal was fingered in the incident, which started with a shooting at a dance in Chedwin ParK in the parish and lead to high speed chase, a crash and more shooting.

Three people including Sheldon Junior Biggs Daley of Chedwin Park, Kevron Burrell, and Corporal Rohan Williams were killed.





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