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Happy Birthday Gregory Isaacs!

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gregory-isaacs-foundation-on-instagram-the-cool-ruler-s-music-is-loved-all-the-over-the-world.jpgGregory Anthony Isaacs ⋆15 July 1950 in Kingston, Jamaica, ₫ 25 Oct 2010 in London, UK, was a Jamaican singer and songwriter. He recorded an enormous amount of songs in the genres (regular) reggae, lovers rock, roots reggae. His nickname was the Cool Ruler. By the late 1970s, Isaacs was one of the biggest reggae performers, regularly touring the US and the UK. Well-known songs are Night Nurse, Mr Cop, My Only Lover, Tune In, and Love Is Overdue. He became an international star 1978 after signed to Virgin Record's Front Line, and appeared in the movie Rockers with the song Slave Master. The two Front Line albums Cool Ruler and Soon Forward did, however, not sell as good as expected from someone regarded to be the third or fourth reggae artist in the world after Bob Marley, Dennis Brown, and maybe Jacob Miller (singer in the band Inner Circle). Drug problems with cocaine and crack cocaine in the early 80s decelerated Isaacs carrier substantially, but not completely. He released 73 studio albums with original material, and over 500 compilation or remix albums. He worked together with almost all big Jamaican music producers of the 70s, 80s and 90s.

Gregory Isaacs (born on 15 July 1951 in Fletchers Land, Kingston, Jamaica and died on 25 October 2010 in London) was a Reggae singer and songwriter. Gregory Anthony Isaacs is known as "The Cool Ruler" for his seductive crooning vocal style. Gregory attributed his greatest musical influences to R&B greats Sam Cooke and Percy Sledge, in addition to Delroy Wilson, Alton Ellis and Ken Boothe.

In the late 1960s, Gregory first performed in a vocal trio called The Concords, after being encouraged by Byron Lee. By 1970 the group had split up. He subsequently formed his own label, African Museum.

In the late 1970s he emerged as one of the most prolific and popular recording artists in Jamaica. He released a number of self-produced singles on his own African Museum (JA) label with Errol Dunkley. Much of Isaacs' output reflected the 'conscious' themes of Roots Reggae, but Isaacs was equally adept at interpreting more mainstream Lovers Rock material. Early hits include "My Only Lover", "Sinner Man" and "Mr. Cop", recorded at Lee Perry's Black Ark Studio.

A period in the 1970s with the GG's label and its producer Alvin Ranglin produced hits like "Border" and "Number One".

Personal problems affected him, particularly battles with a cocaine addiction and a possession charge, which prevented him from touring in North America for a significant part of his career, until a pardon could eventually be secured.

Isaacs recorded with a number of producers, including the Riddim Twin's (Sly & Robbie) Taxi Records, who gave them their first hit with 1979's "Soon Forward" , After a series of releases with Sly & Robbie, Gregory built a strong relationship with Gussie Clarke of the Music Works label. In addition to these local Jamaican labels, The Cool Ruler had had releases on Trojan, VP, Virgin's Front Line and English producer Tad A. Dawkin's Tad's Records. Isaacs would would eventually sign with Chris Blackwell's Island Records which resulted in the international release of Night Nurse (1982) and Out Deh! (1983).

Perhaps his most popular recordings in his native Jamaica are "All I Have Is Love", "Mr. Brown" and "Hard Drugs", the latter being an anti-drug anthem that dominated radio in the late 1980s and was released as a hidden track on England's Tad Records All I Have Is Love, Love Love LP.

In the 1990s Gregory's African Museum label continued to release all of Gregory Isaacs' music, and that of artists he produced. He continued to record and perform live in the 2000s, and it has been estimated that Isaacs has released over 500 records in his career, which includes singles and compilations.

Isaacs, who was 59 years old, died of lung cancer on 25 October 2010 at his home in London where he spent part of his time. A sad loss to the world.

Gregory Isaacs Foundation on Instagram: "The "Cool Ruler"'s music is loved all the over the world! Fans in England enjoying Gregory Isaacs massive hit "Night Nurse" on a summer day..."

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TORONTO - Police say there were only minor injuries after a brawl broke out and that shots were fired at the Sandz Toronto Caribbean Music Festival Sunday evening.

The Toronto Star quotes Constable David Hopkinson as saying that officers were already on the scene to provide security for the outdoor festival, and they heard shots ring out after a fight erupted.

Hopkinson says they found evidence a gun had been fired, but that no one was shot.

He says someone was hit by an object in the brawl.

The gunfire reportedly triggered a stampede.

Hopkinson says several people were assessed for minor injuries at the scene, and at least one was taken to hospital as a precaution.





Blessed Earthstrong Buju Banton

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blessed-earthstrong-buju-banton.jpgOn July 15, 1973, Grammy award winning reggae singer Buju Banton (Mark Anthony Myrie ) was born in the Kingston Jamaica. He released early dancehall singles in 1991, but came to prominence in 1992 with two albums, including Mr. Mention, which became the best-selling album in Jamaican history upon its release. Banton signed with major label Mercury Records and released Voice of Jamaica the following year. By the mid-1990s, Banton had converted to the Rastafari faith, and his music undertook a more spiritual tone. His 2010 album Before the Dawn won Best Reggae Album at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards.

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romeich-entertainment-on-instagram-dont-live-your-life-for-anyone-but.jpgRomeich has responded to Cordell 'Skatta' Burrell leaking their Whatsapp conversation to the blogs.

On Friday, Romeich and Skatta's whatsapp negotiation for Shenseea, Teejay and Ding Dong Ravers being added to this year's Reggae Sumfest lineup, made its way on our social media timelines.

Romeich called out Skatta saying he thought only women made submissions on gossip blogs before addressing his interview with The Jamaica Star. "You did interview to star say me want 1 million for each artist and you post showing now say u always tell lies cause u show the fee!!," he said.

Romeich said Skatta leaking their private Whatsapp conversation will now have Dancehall industry players losing respect for him.

"Next thing me know all music manager and artist will loose respect for you for this because we know what a good artist is valued and for you to be fighting the issue so much to Prove a point , "Its really sad cause is a crime to defend me TALENTS if i am to tell Jamaica how much uno pay the other talents they woulda now see why i fight for my figures i want but see before me talk some things and make u loose your work and show people them why and what reason is behind you continuing this dont want to pay artist and a bring feelings me ago low this yah so and call it a day!!!! Mix up and Blender make #DANCEHALL NICE 🤣🤣🤣🤣 THANK GOD ME A ME OWN BOSS MEMBA," he continued.

Romeich then went on IG and got all philosophical:

Dont live your life for anyone but your self !!!

Be happy with yourself and happiness will follow 🏃‍♂️🏃‍♂️🏃‍♂️ dont stress the youths 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

Romeich entertainment on Instagram: "Dont live your life for anyone but your self !!! Be happy with yourself and happiness will follow 🏃‍♂️🏃‍♂️🏃‍♂️ dont stress the youths 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣"





romeich.jpgHe said, she said, they said....but this is what the voice notes really said: Whatsapp conversations between Cordell 'Skatta' Burrell and Romeich Major found its way on social media timelines.The two have been beefing over the last few weeks due to Shenseea, Teejay and Ding Dong Ravers being excluded from this year's Reggae Sumfest lineup.

According to Burrell, the Sumfest team reached out to Romeich back in February to book Teejay and Shenseea for the 'Greatest Reggae Show on Earth' however they failed to come to an agreement.

Romeich reportedly wanted JMD $3 Million to book all three acts, Shenseea, Teejay and Ding Dong Ravers. "He [Romeich] did not like that we only wanted two, but when he said three of them together and gave us an ultimatum, we said let's negotiate that," Skatta said.

skatta.jpgSkatta said things hit a stonewall when he made a counteroffer to book each act for JMD $300,000 to JMD $400,000, however Romeich quickly declined.

"We cannot pay $3 million for three, you're gonna have to come down on your price. We understand that you have a brand and it's good to showcase your brand, one behind each other, but you have to come down on your price," Burrell said he told the Romeich Entertainment principal. "Let us negotiate and work together and do a good production and good showing right in front of all of these corporate people and after that your brand is gonna gain more off this festival than a few hundred thousand dollars."

Shortly after Skatta Burrell disclosed his version of the story, Romiech refuted his claims saying its all a lie. "It is a lie, I did not want $1 million for Shenseea and Teejay, I did not ask for nothing like that for none of them," Romeich told the Jamaica Star. "Me nah go guh inna di price dem, but a lie dat. And even if I wanted that, my artistes are valued that because he is paying artistes that is not in their calibre at this moment, more than that. Him a pay artiste weh nuh double hotter than them, triple dat so even if a dat me did want, a dat mi fi get."

Romeich's response seemingly forced Skatta to release their Whatsapp conversation.





mr-vegas-on-instagram-be-inspired-ready-for-the-next-step.jpg"Look who received his high school GED Diploma. It's just the beginning!" Congratulations are in order for dancehall artiste Mr Vegas, who at age 44, finally earned his high school diploma.

Almost 30 years after dropping out of school in the ninth grade the Heads High artiste decided it was time enough to finish what he started.

In a post on his IG account on Thursday the deejay proudly displayed his GED (General Education Development) certificate signifying that he had met the North American high school-level academic skills.

Vegas said he had the courage to go after his diploma as his late mother's words were still ringing in his ears, advising him that it is never too late for a shower of rain. Not having graduated high school, as he said he didn't have the luxury of receiving one, he said at the start of this year, he set out to achieve that goal.

Mr.Vegas on Instagram: "Be inspired! Ready for the next step."

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Mr.Vegas on Instagram: "Look who received his HIGH SCHOOL GED DIPLOMA. It's just the beginning!"





Popular, music producer Troyton Hinds will be breaking new ground with his gospel rhythm, Healing Project.

Available for pre-order on his Troyton Music imprint, the rhythm is will be officially released in all digital stores on Friday, through Zojak World Wide.

Featured on the rhythm are: Paul Scott with Interlude Prayer; Kevin Downswell ( Lights); Chevelle Frankyln ( It Will Get Better); Omari ( I Am Healed); Alaine ( Boast Inna God); Jesome ( What About U); Samuel Medas ( Doctor); and Jermaine Edwards ( No Weapon).

"Each artiste on the rhythm brought their own style to the project. The rhythm has a song for everyone; supporters all over the world are already sharing their favourite song all over social media," Hinds told the Jamaica Observer.

Hinds, who has made a name for himself in dancehall circles, said he always wanted to do a gospel project.

"I wanted to do something like this three years ago, but God timing is always the right timing. I present my first inspirational gospel project to the world, and I am grateful with the response I have been getting," he said.

A former University of Technology engineering student, Hinds has been producing music for more than 23 years. His credits include I Octane's I A Cry and Gal A Gimmi Bun, Tarrus Riley's She Dangerous, and Take It by Mavado and singer Karian Sang.





shenseea-photo-1.jpgJada Kingdom and Shenseea have been feuding since last year and in a drama filled live feed on social media, Jada, a former gal-pal of Dancehall artiste, Shenseea, refused to acknowledge the existence of the Trending Gyal artiste, arguing that she does not know the new person her once-upon-a-time friend Chinsea Lee, has become. Responding to questions about her broken relationship with the Trending Gyal artiste, the 20-year-old sought to clear the air, suggesting that there was no acrimony between the two, only ambivalence.

"Mek mi mek dis clear; oonu si oonu artist, Shenseea, mi no know har. Me know Chinsea Lee; so whoever is Shenseea, da new person, da new da manufactured person deh weh oonu a support or whateva, mi no know har, mi neva meet har a day inna mi life, trus mi," Jada told her followers.

"From Shenseea bus, mi no see har. But Chinsea Lee, mi know har. Dat a di girl weh me did love an rate and dat was my fren. Mi no know who Shenseea is. Stop call up har name to mi; stop call up my name to har. She no inn my way, mi no inna fi har own...cause trus' mi when dem draw mi out, a different settings. Mi an nobaddy no have sh#t; stop call up mi nm wid people," she warned.

Jada, who turns 21 in September, asserted that unlike her former friend, she had not changed one bit.

"Mi a same f$@kin me; di same ghetto bloodc$@#t gyal from Bull Bay; mi no change. Yo can ask bout mi. From back inna school days mi par wid myself, caw me know me kill people. Mi slice people neck wid jus a book leaf. Mi pree different, so me jus stay by my self," she declared.

She also bashed some of her followers who apparently told her she was "hating on Shensseea," labeling them instigators of the conflict who were "too mix up," her sharp responses punctuated with expletives.





carleen-and-beenie-man-s-daughter-part-of-bumpaz-business-venture.jpgDancehall Queen Carlene is bringing her daughter with Beenie Man, Crystal Davis, into the business of dancehall.

Last month, the dancehall ambassador made headlines when she aired out her baby daddy Beenie Man for not stepping up for their daughter. She didn't go into details, but it was enough to trigger a response from the dancehall king who was spotted at his son's graduation. Carlene is now moving on from that drama, and now she and her daughter are teaming up for her new dancehall venture Bumpaz.

Crystal Davis recently graduated from upper-level high school with honors and was accepted at the University of the West Indies to pursue a degree in Business Administration. She will also serve as a part of the management team of Bumpaz, which is a Las Vegas-style dancehall venture geared towards adults who wants to showcase sexy.

"She's part of the team, and it has nothing to do with entertainment - just the business segment," Carlene told the Star. "She will be putting events together, making sure things are in order, whatever it takes to keep it alive as a business. She knows the difference between the business of dancehall and the performance - and she's always loved the idea of presenting dancehall."

Carlene added that Bumpaz would be something like the movie, Coyote Ugly, but tailored for a dancehall audience. "It's going to be tastefully sexy. So we have a sexy themed bar where there is vibes, hot girls serving patrons, sensual dance routines, contests that rewards women for their sexuality and good clean fun," she shared.

Carlene makes it clear that she is on a mission to bring sexy back to dancehall. However, her daughter, who is now 20 years old, will manage thing from behind the scenes.





The academic appeal of Jamaican culture, particularly reggae music, continues to take root globally.

The Univeristy of Minnesota, located in Minneapolis in the United States, recently played host to an International Summer Institute for Reggae Studies, where participants were able to benefit from the experience and expertise of a number of master artistes and scholars for seminars, ensemble rehearsals, and hands-on vocal and instrumental workshops devoted to the artistic practices and aesthetic development of popular music in Jamaica since its Independence.

The International Summer Institute for Reggae Studies and the post-colonial politics of race, class, and gender.

Among the local participants were Michael Fletcher and Ian Hird, both of the School of Music at Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts; and curator of the Jamaica Music Museum, Herbie Miller.

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia "Babsy" Grange was on hand to lend her support. The university's School of Music was honoured to host the event, the first International Summer Institute for Reggae Studies in North America. The programme's head, Professor Scott Currie and other music professors welcomed Minister Grange, along with Marlon Williams, senior education officer in the Core Curriculum Unit of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, and members of their delegation.

Grange stated that the action taken by the university to explore reggae music via an academic approach is similar to programmes established at The University of the West Indies in Jamaica, which has a Reggae Studies Unit. the institute at the University of Minnesota is the first such initiative in the United States. Grange went on to say that the contribution of reggae to Jamaica's revenue and competitiveness on the international stage is well-documented but not sufficiently shared. She shared her hope that the University of Minnesota institute will enhance and contribute to the body of knowledge about reggae, and notes the "outstanding economic contribution" of the genre to the world's creative economy.





skatta.jpgA Whatsapp conversations between Cordell 'Skatta' Burrell and Romeich Major have found its way on social media, after it was allegedly leaked to a few websites. Skatta and Romeich have been feudingover the last few weeks due to Shenseea, Teejay and Ding Dong Ravers being excluded from this year's Reggae Sumfest lineup and many articles have been written and they have appeared on popular entertainment programmes to air their side of the drama.

According to Skatta, the Sumfest team reached out to Romeich back in February to book Teejay and Shenseea for the 'Greatest Reggae Show on Earth' however they failed to come to an agreement.

romeich.jpgRomeich reportedly wanted JMD $3 Million to book all three acts, Shenseea, Teejay and Ding Dong Ravers. "He [Romeich] did not like that we only wanted two, but when he said three of them together and gave us an ultimatum, we said let's negotiate that," Skatta said.

Skatta said things hit a stonewall when he made a counteroffer to book each act for JMD $300,000 to JMD $400,000, however Romeich quickly declined.

"We cannot pay $3 million for three, you're gonna have to come down on your price. We understand that you have a brand and it's good to showcase your brand, one behind each other, but you have to come down on your price," Burrell said he told the Romeich Entertainment principal. "Let us negotiate and work together and do a good production and good showing right in front of all of these corporate people and after that your brand is gonna gain more off this festival than a few hundred thousand dollars."

Shortly after Skatta Burrell disclosed his version of the story, Romiech refuted his claims saying its all a lie. "It is a lie, I did not want $1 million for Shenseea and Teejay, I did not ask for nothing like that for none of them," Romeich told the Jamaica Star. "Me nah go guh inna di price dem, but a lie dat. And even if I wanted that, my artistes are valued that because he is paying artistes that is not in their calibre at this moment, more than that. Him a pay artiste weh nuh double hotter than them, triple dat so even if a dat me did want, a dat mi fi get."

Romeich's response seemingly forced Skatta to release their Whatsapp conversation.





super-cat-diss-shaggy-wicked.jpgA viral video which sees veteran Dancehall deejay, Super Cat, blasting Shaggy is making the rounds on social media, but dancehall fans are not impressed. They say Shaggy has done more for Jamaica than super Cat, so there is no reason why Shaggy can't be an ambassador for the music and the island. They also say that as a veteran, Super Cat needs to chill, and it doesn't matter whether or not his outburst stemmed from him drinking a bit too much. After all, alcohol only gives you the courage to say things that you otherwise would only think of saying.

"Super Cat mi rate you still from way back when, but you should not be getting on Shaggy's case, who I will defend to the end. Shaggy has done so much for Jamaica outside of music that no one in their right sense of mind should be against him... mind you I am not here to sway anyone from their opinion.

If the cat would have said that Shaggy should not be THE ambassador because Bob, Dennis Brown, Peter Tosh (to name a few) were better suited.... then it would be a different story."

"Hey Super Cat, put eeen yuh false teet, sidung inah yuh rocking chair and feed yuh gran pickney dem wid porridge."

"Super Cat is living in the 80s. Him a so call old bad man. Shaggy duh way more fi Jamaica than the Cat. Him feel him can just duss anyone who he feels. One a dem day yah di wrong man going to button him up real nice"

"Some of these artists need to be mindful of the type of behavior they are exhibiting, and how they will be emulated by the youths. You cannot expect better from the youths with this type of bad behavior from the older ones."

In a video, reportedly filmed at a dancehall session in Brooklyn, New York, recently -- Super Cat takes the microphone from the emcee and launches at an expletive-laced tirade against Shaggy.

"Shaggy, how come you a talk 'bout you a reggae embassy? Hey, we no need no ambassador... Reggae no need no b**** c ambassador," said Super Cat, champagne flute in hand.

His utterances elicited laughter from the audience, especially among younger patrons.

Singer Yami Bolo, who tried to seize the microphone, also felt the brunt of the deejay's wrath.

"Hey Yami, you fi b*****c learn. Shut up before mi lick out yuh ears drum. You see Tenor Saw dead, a should a you dead... Go siddung!" said Super Cat.





digicel.jpgDigicel launched its Saucy Summa promotion on Friday, announcing that it will give away over $20 million in cash and prizes during the campaign, with the main prize being a 2020 Kia Sportage SUV.

With much fanfare, Digicel promised an exciting time during the summer for customers, with a variety of prizes on offer.

The launch, held at the Digicel retail store at the communication leader's headquarters in downtown Kingston, was streamed live on social media, where Damion Brown and Anissa Merchant won $25,000 each for answering a question on Instagram and Facebook respectively. Digicel also gave two-day unlimited social and talk plans to 25 individuals on both platforms.

There were also prizes for those who were at the store for the launch. Deneve Sweeney won a sauce-tasting contest for a Samsung S10, with Donna Young who finished second getting $20,000 and Dave Simms $10,000 in phone cards.

Michael Thomas meanwhile out ate his rivals in a spicy wings eating contest to win a smart TV as Cornelius Dunkley and Mechia Henry-McDonald won $20,000 and $10,000 for finishing second and third respectively.

According to Digicel's director of marketing, Monique McLeod, the Saucy Summa promotion is the entity's way of giving back while bringing vibes and excitement to customers. She said the campaign should stimulate discussions for a long time with the various prizes and opportunities to win.





jah-cure-on-instagram-history-was-made-in-africa-biggest-sold-out-events-in-kenya-over-20-years-in-the-industry-of-reggae-music.jpg"HISTORY WAS MADE IN AFRICA. BIGGEST SOLD OUT EVENTS IN KENYA OVER 20 YEARS IN THE INDUSTRY OF REGGAE MUSIC!! I'M SO PROUD TO BE A VESSEL.. THANK YOU JAH. THANK YOU MY FANS. THANKS FOR THE LOVE OF THE PEOPLE....#ILOVEYOUKENYA❤️ #THELOVEWASREAL #THANKSTOMYMAASAIWORRIORS

#ROYALESOLDIERTOUR2019

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This is what reports out of Nairobi say: "A poor stage performance by the main act, a malfunctioning sound address system and shortage of alcohol for the revelers is what summed up an overly underwhelming show," Nairobi News Nation reports.

Jah Cure reportedly made a dramatic entrance at exactly 2:15am in a full traditional Maasai attire, a rungu and mic on either hand and an escort of six Maasai Morans, however he did not live up to his high billing.

"Right from the start, Jah Cure got off on the wrong footing. Soon after coming on stage, Jah Cure was met with a sound glitch with his mic malfunctioning. The most annoying thing was that for almost 10 minutes he seemed not to notice until the crowd got agitated," the report continued.

"Once the mic had been fixed, Jah Cure sent the wild with his first words on the mic. The night looked promising. A few minutes later, he left the stage to go back stage for a change of clothes. But then he took long to get back, something that didn't seem to please the fans."

JAH CURE on Instagram: "HISTORY WAS MADE IN AFRICA. BIGGEST SOLD OUT EVENTS IN KENYA OVER 20 YEARS IN THE INDUSTRY OF REGGAE MUSIC!! I'M SO PROUD TO BE A VESSEL....."





jahvillani-clarks-pon-foot.jpgFast rising dancehall artiste Jahvillani has scored another hit with the single Clarks Pon Foot.

Clarks Pon Foot highlights Jamaica's unending love for the English made shoes.

Dancehall aficionados have compared Clarks Pon Foot to the timeless Clarks by Vybz Kartel, featuring Popcaan and Gaza Slim.

The buzz over Clarks Pon Foot on BBC radio in the UK, created a demand for Jahvillani to appear as a guest on Tim Westwood TV.

Clarks Orginal has since posted the video for the single on their official Instagram account, thanking the artiste and Jamaica as a whole for keeping the brand at the forefront of dancehall culture.

Jamaicans are known to favour the Dessert boot and Wallabee versions of the shoe.

Javillani, who gained recognition for the single 'Wild Side Government', is booked as part of the 6ix crew to close dancehall night of Reggae Sumfest.





Fans are loving Lila Ike's new music video

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lila-ike.jpgRising reggae singer Lila Ike has released the music video for her latest single Where I'm Coming From. Lila returned to her rural roots in Christiana, Manchester, to capture visuals for the video.

Locations seen throughout the four-minute clip include her family home, the shop her mother owns and a small room she once rented, as well as footage of Lila singing at her high school graduation.

Where I'm Coming From comes on the heels of her collaboration with mentor Protoje and Agent Sasco on the single Not Another Word.

The video is directed by Nickii Kane.

Lila will embark on her first headlining European tour on July 25 with her own band.

She also has plans to begin work on her debut EP once she returns to Jamaica at the end of her summer tours.





king-beenie-man-on-instagram-my-daughter-maiya-and-her-team-copped-a-national-gold-mesa.jpgBeenie Man left his fans shocked when he posted a picture of his daughter, simply because she is younger than Marco Dean, his son with D'Angel, who many persons thought was his last child.......before girlfriend Krystal gave birth the other day.

"My Daughter Maiya and her team copped a National Gold Mesa at this year's JCDC Festival of the Arts. ❤🙏🏾 I am so proud of you baby girl. You were always a star but now you have the trophy and medal to prove it. #JCDC #NationalGoldMedalist #IronLikeALion"

Well, it looks like it was a good thing that Carlene draw him out when she bashed him for being a deadbeat dad two weeks ago after his no-show at daughter Krystal's graduation. It seems like everyday Beenie is posing up on social media with one of his kids since then. He made a big deal of Marco Dean's recent graduation and also posed up with his baby daughter Xiah.

Gwaan do yuh ting pon IG Doctor.

King Beenie Man on Instagram: "My Daughter Maiya and her team copped a National Gold Mesa at this year's JCDC Festival of the Arts. ❤🙏🏾 I am so proud of you baby girl...."





Two weeks to Vybz Kartel Appeal Verdict?

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vybz-kartel-photo-23.jpgIn an Instagram post by Fox 5 news reporter Lisa Evers she captioned a Vybz Kartel pic with information on his appeal verdict.

She said information could come anytime within the next two weeks, attributing the information to his lawyer Tom Tavares Finson.

Check out her post - "I called him today for an update. Mr. Tavares-Finson tells me that it's been about a year since he filed the appeal. The 3 Judge Tribunal in Jamaica which will make the decision on his fate is only in session for 2 more weeks. He is optimistic the ruling will be in Kartel's favor. If the Tribunal does not issue a ruling by the time they go on summer break, it could be issued anytime after they return in October."

She also added that Tavares-Finson told her that Vybz Kartel was dealing with medical issues, but now his health has stabilized.

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#developing #update @vybzkartel murder case appeal "could come anytime within next 2 weeks" says his high powered attorney Tom Tavares-Finson. I called him today for an update. Mr. Tavares-Finson tells me that it's been about a year since he filed the appeal. The 3 Judge Tribunal in Jamaica which will make the decision on his fate is only in session for 2 more weeks. He is optimistic the ruling will be in Kartel's favor. If the Tribunal does not issue a ruling by the time they go on summer break, it could be issued anytime after they return in October. ***Tavares-Finson tells me Vybz Kartel was dealing with medical issues but now his health has stabilized. Maybe having so many chart topping hits and the prayers and support of millions of fans around the world is helping his situation. @bobbykonders @realjabba #hot97 @hot97 @yeti_boss_tv @jaradiotv @urbanislandz #fox5ny #fox5news @fox5ny

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lambert-brown.jpgOpposition Senator Lambert Brown has said household helper Doreen Miller, who has found herself at the centre of the scandal involving the former Minister of Education, Ruel Reid, has declared that she did not receive any of the nearly $4 million found in an account bearing her name.

That, and other matters involving Reid and activities at the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) over which the Ministry of Education has oversight responsibility, are now part of several investigations.

Brown's comment about Miller, and his insistence on going down a certain path during the debate on Friday on the Act to Amend the Petroleum Act, led to Senate President Tom Tavares-Finson eventually ruling that Brown could take no further part in the debate.

That led to a walkout by Opposition Senators.

The Petroleum Act was amended to allow for the transfer of J$208 billion from the PetroCaribe Fund to the Consolidated Fund. It was previously passed in the House of Representatives.

Brown started out by stating that: "The public is aware of strange payments through the CMU to a so-called household helper of the then Minister Ruel Reid.

The opposition Senator said he had used the word 'so-called' deliberately.

"I want to know if that almost $4 million allegedly instructed to be paid to Miss Doreen Miller, the so-called household helper of (former) minister Ruel Reid came out of any of that PetroCaribe money that went to the CMU," said Brown.

Stating that it was important to know whether Miller had received any of the money, Brown answered his own question.

"I don't need an answer from the government. Miss Miller has spoken to me and she said not a single cent of the money came to her," said Brown who attempted to continue but was cut off by Tavares-Finson.

"Senator Brown, with the greatest of respect, if that be the case maybe you need to give a statement to the PAAC (Public Administration and Appropriations Committee of the parliament) or to the police."

"Anybody want the statement come and ask me for it," Brown responded.

Tavares-Finson appealed to Brown to stick to the script by ensuring his presentation was relevant to the specific legislation that was being debated.

However, Brown would persist. He proceeded to ask whether Miller was asked to open a bank account for which the bank card and the bank information were controlled by a family member of Reid's.

At this time Pearnel Charles Jr., who was acting as Leader of Government Business in the Senate, rose on what was the first of a handful of points of order from him.

Charles Jr told Brown that his presentation was not relevant to the debate but the Opposition Senator insisted that clauses 4 and 6b of the bill spoke to the liability of the PetroCaribe Fund.

"And I read those and I'm therefore asking about the liability. Who has the liability for those money which went through the CMU to this fund....because I'm aware that the account of Miss Miller that she opened, was controlled by family members of the then minister so I want to know who is going to pay it back," said Brown.

He said the Opposition was not opposed to the transfer of the $208 billion from the PetroCaribe Fund to the Consolidated Fund, rather he said it was concerned about how well the money will be spent

Brown noted that the Member of Parliament for North Clarendon, Horace Dalley, during the House debate on the bill had asked the Energy Minister Fayval Williams whether any funds ($400 million) were sent to the CMU from the PetroCaribe Fund. Brown noted that the minister did not provide an answer. On Friday, Brown questioned whether the money sent to the CMU is a liability that has to be paid back.

"Given what I have heard coming out of the parliamentary committee about the CMU, (I want to know) whether any of this PetroCaribe money is part of a kickback we are operating through the CMU, a kickback scheme to a particular former minister of government," said Brown.

At this point, Tavares-Finson reminded Brown that he had already made a ruling about relevance and told him to move on.

"If you wish to deal with this issue there are other ways to deal with it," the Senate President said.

But, Brown would not relent, declaring that "it is important that we don't blame Doreen Miller for the CMU money".

When a senator enquired about his reason for mentioning Miller, Brown said: "I have permission so to do, I have permission so to do. She wants her name cleared."

Government Senator Charles Sinclair told Brown the Senate was "not the place to clear the lady's name."

"It is inappropriate for the senator (Brown) to be detailing matters that are under investigation; not only details, but he's giving particulars, arising from his own investigation which in my view, could compromise the investigation that is being carried out and it should not be permitted," said Government Senator, Ransford Braham.

At this stage, Tavares-Finson warned Brown. He said: "Senator Brown, I have made the ruling so continue down that road at your own peril." Brown fired back stating that he had no fear when he was on the quest for the truth. Tavares-Finson responded pointing out that Brown had been calling the names of people who have not been convicted before any court.

"You're calling names in a matter that the whole country knows is under investigation," he added.

At this point, Opposition Senator KD Knight told Tavares-Finson that Brown should be allowed to continue in the public interest but the president would not budge on what should be addressed in the debate to which Brown responded: "My freedom of speech is not going to be muzzled." At one stage Brown said it was his purpose to clear Miller's name.

"In relation to that aspect of your presentation if you return there I'm going to bring your presentation to a close," Tavares-Finson responded.

Still defiant, Brown said: "Mr President I don't need to engage you on this because more will come out later on."

The issue of relevance was again raised when Brown asked whether any of the $208 billion being transferred from the PetroCaribe Fund to the Consolidated Fund would be spent to upgrade the consular service. He asked the question in the context of the alleged mistreatment of five Jamaican fishermen by the United States coast guard against which the men have since taken legal action. During the numerous interventions and points of order from the government side, Opposition Senator Wentworth Skeffrey could be heard asking "how unno so nervous, how unno so nervous?"

The back and forth saw Brown asking whether the President had lost control of the Senate after he was interrupted for the umpteenth time.

"Continue and you will find out," Tavares-Finson quipped.

Fifteen minutes later, Brown proposed the setting up of a broad-based entity similar to EPOC (Economic Programme Oversight Committee) to oversee how the $208 billion is spent. He then made mention of several scandals that have dogged the Jamaica Labour Party government since the party retook the reins of government in 2016. Brown then warned that "this money could go down the drain because I have seen two ministers separated for at least mismanagement and based on what some people are saying inside the parliamentary chamber at least one could very well..."

The Opposition senator did not finish the statement as he could be heard responding to a colleague telling him to be careful by asking "careful of what?" At the same time, Senator Braham rose on a point order stating that he did not want Brown to finish the statement. Braham pointed out that Brown was at least insinuating the names of persons in wrongdoing. "It's not the function of this chamber to convict anybody ...it's a dangerous trend," Braham said.

At this point, the Senate president pointed to section 43 (1) of the standing orders and ruled that Brown discontinue his presentation resulting in the opposition senators walking out of the chamber.

While government members applauded the ruling, Brown was not done. On his way out the chamber, he could be heard shouting "the commissioner of police has said a minister is under criminal investigation."

Police Commissioner Major General Antony Anderson has said that Reid is under a criminal probe.

Following the walkout, the sitting continued and the bill was eventually passed without amendment.





andrew-holness-photo-5.jpgCARICOM sources say Prime Minister Andrew Holness stormed out a meeting at the 40th Annual Heads of Government summit in Castries, St. Lucia on Thursday.

Holness apparently disagreed with his regional colleagues on the position adopted on the contribution to be made by the so-called developed countries of CARICOM.

The Prime Minister supposedly indicated that Jamaica has financial issues to deal with and noted that a decision had been made some years ago that the country would not be part of the second tranche payment to the CARICOM Development Fund (CDF).

The CDF is mandated to provide financial or technical assistance to disadvantaged countries, regions and sectors in CARICOM.

Informed sources say Jamaica is questioning the accuracy of report of previous meetings on the matter.

Jamaica's position is reportedly to opt out of making a contribution to the CDF at this time.

However, some Caribbean countries such as Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Antigua and Barbuda, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and St. Kitts-Nevis contend that Jamaica cannot opt out and that it is an obligation of each member by way of treaty.





reggae-sumfest-on-instagram-rider-a-set-of-requests-or-demands-that-a-performer-sets-as-criteria-for-performance.jpgThis year, Reggae Sumfest has released the requests made by three of the artistes set to perform on the festival slated for July 19 and 20 at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Centre in Montego Bay. The festival's organisers took to social media and posted a list of the items requested in the rider of dancehall kingpin Beenie Man; the top-rated female deejay Spice and conscious reggae chanter Jah9.

Beenie Man will be performing on Friday, July 19 alongside his one-time arch-rival Bounty Killer in what is being billed as one of the must-see moment of Reggae Sumfest this year.

In his rider Beenie Man has requested an air conditioned, secure, well-lit backstage area complete with six fresh hand-size white towels; one quart of the popular alcoholic liqueur Campari; 24 cans of the energy drink Red Bull; three bottles of 19 Crimes red wine; one bottle of the French sparkling wine Belaire Rosé; a cheese and crackers tray, as well as chicken wings. The artiste known for dancehall anthems such as Girls Dem Sugar, King of the Dancehall and World Dance has also requested that he and his team be given at least one sound check before the performance.

Spice is arguably the hardest working female artiste coming out of Jamaica at this time. She recently extended her brand to include television, with a second season on the American reality show Love and Hip Hop Atlanta, which recently won for best in its category at the MTV Movie and TV Awards.

Spice's rider for Reggae Sumfest, as posted on the festival's Instagram page, sees her requesting champagne from the French brand Moët & Chandon; three cans of cashews; 3 cans of almonds; assorted fruit; an ice chest (igloo) with ice; 12 face/hand towels and two full-length mirrors.

Reggae Sumfest on Instagram: "📖 Rider: a set of requests or demands that a performer sets as criteria for performance. 🎙• Let's get to know @jah9online a little better!..."

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Reggae Sumfest on Instagram: "📖 Rider: a set of requests or demands that a performer sets as criteria for performance. 🎙• Wings 🍗 Wine 🍷 & AC 🌬 ... fit for the King 👑..."

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Reggae Sumfest on Instagram: "📖 Rider: a set of requests or demands that a performer sets as criteria for performance. 🎙• Take a sneak peek at what the Queen of..."





Bolt launches new champagne and riddim

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usain-s-leo-bolt-on-instagram-what-a-night-the-launch-of-the-olymperoseriddim-was-epic.jpgTrack and field legend Usain Bolt inked a deal with French champagne house GH Mumm to produce his own line of 'bubbly' called Olympe Rosé and used a dancehall riddim of the same name to launch the product to his Jamaican audience. Bolt drew on the talents of his up-and-coming producer cousin Rajah "Pluggs" Nelson to create the soundtrack of the newest champagne available locally.

Nelson, who is also from Sherwood Content, the same community in Trelawny as the double world-record holder, was naturally overjoyed when he was given what he deemed to be the opportunity of a lifetime.

"They said they wanted a rhythm for a project that they were working on. They gave me the details... champagne, olympic, celebratory so I just went from there. I know what Usain likes musically. He's into uptempo, party vibe kinda songs, so I sent them a few beats and they chose what suited them and the product. It was a fun process, but at the same time mind-blowing to see it all come to life and be part of the recordings. As an upcoming producer it really helped me a lot to understand the business and has definitely helped me to get new contacts. I now have a certain amount of leverage in the business. It's kinda hard for up-coming producers to reach out to artistes and now because of this everything has changed and people are now coming to me," he shared with the Jamaica Observer.

There are currently five artistes on the rhythm -- Munga, Chris Martin, former national footballer Ricardo "Bibi" Gardner, Ding Dong, and Dexta Daps.

Bolt has since taken to social media to post a few pictures, along with the caption: "What A Night✨🔥💥🎶🎼 🥂The launch of the #olymperoseriddim was epic. Be sure to go out the get the riddim.

Link for music in my BIO🙌🏽

Usain St.Leo Bolt on Instagram: "What A Night✨🔥💥🎶🎼 🥂The launch of the #olymperoseriddim was epic. Be sure to go out the get the riddim. Link for music in my BIO🙌🏽 📸..."

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Usain St.Leo Bolt on Instagram: "Near Music Alert🎶!!! New Music Alert!!!!🎶 Out Now!!! Out Now!!!!! 🎶Olympe Rosé Riddim🔊 ‼️ Epic launch last night of the #OlympeRose'Riddim...."





Producer, Rvssian drops a whopping fifty-five million Jamaican dollars (J$55-million) US$420,000 on a spanking new Rolls-Royce Truck, only to find out the air conditioning system isn't working.

The international recording artiste/producer in a lengthy post uploaded to Instagram, said he dropped ($55,347,600 JMD) on his RR Truck earlier this year and has been having some difficulties since.

"How would you feel if you bought a 420,000 dollar car and the AIR CONDITION doesn't even work?," he asked fans before telling them to drop the trash emoji under the dealership's IG pages.





eek-a-mouse-threatens-foota-hype-if-foota-come-over-he-svck-his-dick.jpgEek-A-Mouse continues to shock as he unleashes his one-of-a-kind attack on selector Foota Hype. Mouse , in a song, more like a chorus tells Foota that he will s@#k Foota Hype's penis. Remember, Foota lashed out at Mouse recently and called him gay. Mouse responded by saying he wasn't. Then, to top it all, yesterday, he released yet another video, in which he gives Foota extensive and detailed lessons on the vagina, and even goading Foota - "Yuh never f@#$ one small and pretty like this yet boy?" he asks. Mouse says he is the vagina specialist and coins some interesting terms for his 'profession'.

Eek-A-Mouse Threatens Foota Hype | if Foota Come Over He Svck His D!ck!!! (It Gone To Porno War!)





michael-jackson.jpgMichael Jackson fan clubs are suing two men featured in the 'Leaving Neverland' documentary for allegedly tarnishing the late singer's image.

Three separate organisations for fans of the 'Thriller' hitmaker - who passed away in 2009 - in France have hired a lawyer to put forward a case against the men featured in the HBO documentary, in which the alleged Michael had sexually abused them after befriending them as children.

According to MailOnline, the three French fan clubs - the Michael Jackson Community, the MJ Street, and On The Line - entered documents accusing the men of sullying the pop-star's image at a court in Orleans last week, with the help of lawyer Emmanuel Ludot.

Under French law, sullying the image of a dead person is a criminal offence, unlike in Britain or America where libel and defamation laws do not offer this protection.

The fan clubs claim the allegations against the 'Billie Jean' singer are "extremely serious" and "a genuine lynching" of his character.

Although the report doesn't name the two men involved in the lawsuit, the four-hour HBO documentary focuses on the testimonies by James Safechuck, 41, and Wade Robson, 36, who recounted separate but consistent accounts of how Michael had allegedly molested them at his Neverland Ranch home when they were children.

The documents state the fan clubs are seeking symbolic damages of one euro each, and their decision to hire Ludot for the case comes after he successfully sued Michael's doctor Conrad Murray for causing distress to the singer's fans by giving him the sedatives that he overdosed on.

Five fans of the 'Beat It' singer won symbolic damages of one euro each in 2014 after the court in Orleans agreed they had suffered "emotional damage" from the pop star's death, but the ruling was seen as legally dubious by experts.





Scooter Braun is "open to having a private conversation" with Taylor Swift following his acquisition of Big Machine records.

The 38-year-old entertainment manager purchased the record label - which Taylor was signed to from 2005 to 2018 - from Scott Borchetta over the weekend for a reported $300 million, and with it acquired the 'ME!' hitmaker's back catalogue of master recordings.

Following the news, 29-year-old Taylor - who has previously accused Scooter of "bullying" her - posted a lengthy statement in which she said she felt "grossed out" by the business deal, and insisted she never got a chance to buy her master recordings herself.

Since posting her statement - which detailed the deal as her "worst case scenario" - several stars have come to the defence of both Taylor and Scooter with public statements, but Scooter himself has remained silent, with sources now saying he'll only discuss the matter in private with the 'Look What You Made Me Do' singer.

An insider told Us Weekly magazine: "Scooter is open to having a private conversation with Taylor to clear up everything that went down. He reposted some messages of support on his Instagram Stories, but he has no intention of releasing a formal statement and blowing up the situation even more than it already has been. This is between Scooter and Taylor, not the world."

So far, the likes of Taylor's 'ME!' collaborator Brendon Urie, Halsey, and Cara Delevingne have publicly shared messages of support for Taylor, whilst Nicki Minaj, Adele, Miley Cyrus, Gwen Stefani, Rihanna, Lana Del Rey, Selena Gomez and Camila Cabello have all reportedly stopped following Scooter on social media since the row broke out.

Ariana Grande originally posted a message of support for Scooter - who is her manager - on her Instagram Story, but later deleted the post, while another of Scooter's artists, Justin Bieber, has publicly defended him.

Meanwhile, former Big Machine Records boss Scott Borchetta has disputed Taylor's account and insisted she was offered a new record deal which would have given her back all her "assets", including the master recordings and implied she knew about the deal before it was announced, something which the 'Bad Blood' hitmaker's representative later insisted wasn't the case.





marcia-griffiths-photos-5.jpgThe album,In her new album, Marcia Griffiths is reviving a golden age in Jamaica's music history

The album, Timeless, contains remakes of songs from the Heptones, Toots and the Maytals, The Cables and Jackie Opel to name a few.

These were among the singers and musicians who recorded under Studio One, one of Jamaica's most renowned record labels and studios which was referred to as the Motown of Jamaica.

Studio One was home to many artists including Bob Marley and the Wailers, Burning Spear, Lee Scratch Perry, the Skatalites and Griffiths herself.

"Studio One, that is where all the greats, legends, everyone came out of. It was music with substance and longevity and I figured these songs are so timeless and beautiful I would love to do my version of these songs," she told Loop in an interview via phone.

Even though she was part of the stable of stars under Studio One, Griffith, 69, said the journey into selecting songs was certainly a discovery.

"There are songs I discovered that I loved when I was a girl but I never knew they were Studio One songs. It was so hard to pick these songs because there are so many. Jackie Opel was a fantastic singer from Barbados, I did one of his tracks "Cry Me a River' I did a song from Leroy Sibbles from the Heptones "Baby be True", just to name a few," she said.

The first single from the album is "What Kind of World is This" which was first recorded in 1968 by Jamaican vocal trio, The Cables, at Studio One. Marcia Griffiths cover the single and adding her own touch to it, which is most fitting for the captive fan base Marcia has cultivated around the world.

Griffiths said she was moved to focus specifically on this music because she felt today's generation needed to be exposed to the foundation of the music.

"I just want to relive some of these songs so this generation can know where the music is coming from. We laid the foundation for everything that is happening now," she said.

Griffiths said the young people are receptive. She sang some of the songs at a few shows in Europe and th young people loved it she recalled.

"It was overwhelming," she said.

She made her first stage appearance at the tender age of 11 with Byron Lee and the Dragonaires before choosing an offer from Clement Dodd, founder of Studio One. During the course of her career, she sang backup for Bob Marley and the Wailers as a member of the I Threes and sang duets with Marley and Bob Andy among others.

As a solo artist, she saw early success with the song "Feel like Jumping'.

"It was not easy," she said of her early days.

"As a young girl in this male-dominated business, you are just out there vulnerable to these guys. When I went to Studio One I met Bob, Bunny Wailer, and Toots. With these three militant guys always watching you had to be careful with what you are doing," she said.

Griffiths said she never had any vision of singing as a profession and credits Marley for changing her view.

"I was just enjoying doing it, l loved to sing and I never took it seriously. It wasn't until I started working with Bob and I saw how seriously he took his music, it was his life. That was when I realised it was not just music or entertainment. I said this is a responsibility we have, this is our only vehicle we have to use to unite the world which is what Bob really did. I am thankful for that experience, it opened my eyes," she said.

Griffiths urged reggae singers today to remember that it is important to communicate to the world in a positive way.

"It is all about the message and it is only through the medium we can communicate to the world and teach this generation. If you are not aware and conscious of your position to make a positive contribution you will fall by the wayside.

"I will continue to do my little part and always advise my peers to try to make a positive contribution. We are the ones God chose, we are the ones who can take it to the world. I want to besiege every one of them let us make positive contribution, send positive messages to teach, educate everyone just like Bob, we would like to take the gospel to the world," she said.

Reflecting on her long career, Griffiths said it is a wonderful feeling to cross age barriers.

"Music is ageless and as long as God preserves me and I am able to do what I can, teach, uplift and educate through my music I will continue to do it. As long as I am making other people happy I am good," she said.

Timeless is produced by Donovan Germain and executive producers Tad A. Dawkins and Tad A. Dawkins Jnr. The classic renditions from this album are available on compact disc (CD), vinyl, and all digital platforms worldwide.

TIMELESS TRACKLIST

01. What Kind of World

02. Once Upon A Time

03. Baby Be True

04. True Believer

05. Love Me Forever

06. Love Is a Treasure

07. Your Love

08. I'm The Toughest

09. Ska Medley

10. Rock Steady + This Old Man

11. Home

12. My Guiding Star

13. Declaration of Rights

14. Cry Me A River

15. Stranger in Love





Commuters duck for cover

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Commuters were sent scampering for cover when a man employed by the St Ann Municipal Corporation was shot and injured at the Ocho Rios Transportation Centre on Wednesday afternoon.

The transport centre is barely 150 metres from the Ocho Rios Police Station.

The injured man has been hospitalised in a stable condition.

Preliminary reports are that sometime after 1:00 p.m., the municipal worker was collecting fees in the park when he was pounced upon and shot in the neck by an armed man.

The hoodlum managed to take a small sum of money from his victim before fleeing the scene.

The injured man was then assisted to the hospital.

The Ocho Rios police are now investigating the daring incident and searching for the attacker.





The world's second largest stock market NASDAQ, has named Guyana as the fastest growing economy in the world. In a report, NASDAQ said that with a projected growth rate of 16.3 per cent during the four-year period 2018-2021, Guyana is the fastest growing economy in the world.

NASDAQ says that with a GDP size of US$3.63 billion (2018 Rank: 160), a growth rate of 4.1 per cent in 2018 and 4.6 per cent in 2019, Guyana's economy is expected to grow by 33.5 per cent and 22.9% in 2020 and 2021 respectively.

The report added that Guyana is a middle-income country that has an abundance of resources.

The report also pointed to the ExxonMobil discoveries in Guyana and the income that will come to the country when oil production begins next year.

Exxon is expected to start producing up to 120,000 barrels of oil per day from the Liza Phase 1 development next year and the country is projected to be among the world's largest per-capita oil producers by 2025.





e-Commerce platform officially launched

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WiPay, an e-commerce platform which allows users to make, accept and process digital payments, was officially launched in Jamaica last Thursday at the AC Hotel in Kingston.

Jamaica thus became the latest Caribbean country to embrace the Trinidadian technology solutions company that aims to simplify e-commerce for micro-small, medium and large businesses.

"While consumers in the US, Europe and many other parts of the world are enjoying the convenience of e-commerce, e-payments and an overall e-world, many countries in Latin America and the Caribbean are being left behind and are still operating primarily with hard cash and other paper-based services," said chief executive officer (CEO) Aldwyn Wayne.

He acknowledged that with the Government of Jamaica's increased focus on building a modern economy through digital payments, the country is making good headway to developing the right ecosystem for economic growth through e-commerce.

Wayne then indicated that WiPay was elated to be a part of this technological advancement in Jamaica and that will move the current e-commerce system into the first world.

WiPay's online payment system caters to businesses who want to sell their products and services online, WiPay enabling them to accept both credit and debit cards, bank accounts and cash online from "anyone, anywhere, anytime".

To utilise WiPay, the company has to download the WiPay plug-in and add it on their website. Alternatively, if a company does not have an official website, then it can use the Zwillo Invoice application and send an invoice to a customer who can then pay with a credit card, bank account or with a cash voucher.





The political, business and academic communities were well represented as hundreds packed the Portmore New Testament Church of God at Bayside, Portmore, St Catherine on Saturday for the thanksgiving service for the life of Leon Thomas Jr, the son of Portmore Mayor, Leon Thomas Snr.

Thomas Jr, who died on June 4 after a brief illness, was hailed as a "model citizen" by Opposition Leader and President of the People's National Party (PNP), Dr Peter Phillips, who paid tribute on behalf of the party.

The young Thomas was a member of the PNPYO, the party's main youth organisation. He was also a past student of Calabar High School, the Portmore Community College and Excelsior Community College, where he earned a bachelor's degree in marketing.





UNIA blasts gov't over Garvey memorablia

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President General of the United Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League (UNIA-ACL), Michael Duncan, has blasted the Government over the protracted delay in restoring the birthplace of National Hero Marcus Mosiah Garvey in St Ann's Bay describing it as shameful.

In a release, Duncan said eight years after ground was broken to restore the premises, located at 32 Marcus Garvey Way in the parish capital, nothing has been done, noting that it is shameful to see the legacy of the UNIA founder and Jamaica's first National Hero Marcus Garvey being dragged around in this manner.

On October 12, 2011, Bruce Golding, then prime minister, broke ground for the establishment of what was dubbed the Marcus Garvey Park. The public was informed that based on the recommendations of the Jamaica National Heritage Trust (JNHT), the memorial park would include a memorial wall, storyboards and park furniture, as well as the restoration of the existing house.

Olivia Grange, who was then minister of youth, sports and culture, promised at the time that Marcus Garvey Park would be unveiled and officially opened a year later, in October 2012.

Duncan said that despite changes in the Government on more than one occasion since the groundbreaking, no priority has been given to the project, hence non-completion.

Describing the project as one of the most significant to be undertaken in Jamaica, Duncan said it would "open the eyes of Jamaicans and the rest of the world to the life of this great man and create a channel for more people of the world to be attracted to Jamaica.

"Go ahead and implement this project as soon as possible," he urged.

Several of Garvey's relatives still occupy the premises while they wait on the Government to find appropriate alternate residence for them, as promised. The Gleaner understands that part of the reason for the delay in relocating the occupants stems from the inability of the residents and the Government to agree on a suitable location and the number of houses to be allocated.

One relative said that the Government is proposing to hand over two houses, which would prove inadequate as there are three families currently residing on the premises





The alleged victim at the centre of sexual harassment case at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts has been given the go-ahead to address a parliamentary committee.

She's to appear before an in-camera sitting of the Public Administration and Appropriations Committee of Parliament (PAAC) next week.

Permission was granted following a vote on her appearance by PAAC members.

This morning, the alleged victim, with support from human rights lobby group Jamaicans for Justice, staged a brief protest at Gordon House to highlight the issue of sexual harassment.

She came prepared to address the committee but some PAAC members shut down that request.

PAAC Chairman, Dr Wykeham McNeill, expressed disappointment arguing that she should be heard.

He was supported by committee members Mikael Phillips, Fitz Jackson, and Phillip Paulwell.

All eight government PAAC members voted against allowing her to publicly address the committee arguing that her remarks would elicit trauma and it was not fair to the accused.

Their colleague Marisa Dalrymple-Philibert congratulated the alleged victim for coming forward, adding that persons who sexually harass others must be called out.

The matter was put to a vote with six of eight government members backing an in-camera appearance.

McNeill expressed pleasure that she will be heard.





NDM sad at passing of co-founder

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The National Democratic Movement (NDM) is expressing deep sadness at the passing of founding general secretary and co-conceptualiser, Brascoe Lee.

Lee died yesterday morning after a brief illness.

NDM President, Peter Townsend, in a statement today said Lee strongly believed that the political system was too self-serving and operated almost exclusively in the interest of the Jamaica Labour Party and People's National Party and their ruling class instead of the people of Jamaica.

"Hence, he became one of the chief architects of the formation of the National Democratic Movement (NDM) which was launched in October 1995 with an agenda to reform the Jamaican constitution and change the ugly aspects of the political culture, for the development of a better country, worthy of our great people.

"He was a fearless warrior, a patriot, and innovator. May his soul rest in peace," said Townsend.





An inmate is now dead following an incident at the Horizon Adult Remand Centre in Kingston.

A correctional officer is also hospitalised. The Department of Correctional Services confirmed the tragedy.

But, it said it would not provide further information as a probe is currently under way to ascertain the circumstances surrounding the incident.





digicel.jpgContrary to multiple media reports and statements made by the Prime Minister of Antigua & Barbuda over the last two weekends, Digicel would like to make it clear that that it has not received any approaches of any kind at any time from the Prime Minister or anyone in the Government of Antigua & Barbuda with regard to a buyout of Digicel's operations in the twin island state.

For the avoidance of doubt, any assertions to the contrary are complete fiction and represent part of an ongoing campaign by the Government of Antigua & Barbuda to distract and disseminate false information.

As such, Digicel would also like to take this opportunity to bring the focus back to the real issue at hand - namely the unfair, anti-competitive and illegal actions by the Government of Antigua & Barbuda in seeking to confiscate Digicel's legally allocated spectrum for the benefit of the state-owned operator, APUA.

With the matter before the Courts, Digicel will fight vigorously to defend its customers and its business in the interest of fair and healthy competition in Antigua & Barbuda.





Antigua wants to buy Digicel

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digicel-photo-1.jpgThe Antigua and Barbuda government says it remains committed to buying out the operations of the Irish-owned telecommunication company, Digicel, as the authorities announce new initiatives in its ongoing battle to have the company and competitor Flow, formerly the British telecommunication giant Cable and Wireless, share the spectrum space with a state-entity.

Last month, Digicel, defended its decision to secure a High Court order preventing the government from sharing any of the 850 MHz spectrum it has been allocated with the state-owned Antigua Public Utilities Authority (APUA).

But speaking on his privately-owned radio station over the last weekend, Prime Minister Gaston Browne said he believes that Digicel "is showing an inclination to have possibly a 49-51 percentage situation.

"That's the sticking point because we want the majority," he said, adding that if the Digicel officials are prepared to "look at the possibility APUA...acquiring Digicel Antigua then we may have a deal".

Earlier, Senior Counsel Anthony Astaphan told radio listeners that the government is moving to amend the Telecommunications Bill so as to provide further protection for APUA.





Barbican victim was wanted by police

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police-cars.jpgThe man who was fatally shot by an off duty policeman in Barbican, St Andrew on Friday was wanted for questioning in relation to several murders, rape and other serious crimes which were committed in and around the Corporate Area, the police are reporting.

He has since been identified as Peter Campbell o/c Peanut, a resident of a Barbican address.

Reports from the Corporate Communication Unit (CCU), are that at about 10:30 p.m., Campbell went to a section of Barbican Road where he held up a number of persons and was about to rob them when residents in the area raised an alarm.

Reports are that an off duty policeman, who was in the area, heard the distress call and responded.

Allegations are that Campbell opened fire at the policeman. A shootout ensued, the police said, and Campbell was fatally shot. A 9mm pistol was recovered from the scene, the police said.

Since the incident detectives from the St Andrew North and the St Andrew Central Division have since come out to state that Campbell was wanted for questioning in relation to a number of serious crimes, including murders, in their divisions.

Detectives also from the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences (CISOCA) are also reporting that Campbell was wanted for questioning in a rape case.

Officers from the CCU while giving an update on the investigation did not address reports from sources that the policeman was injured during the shootout.





PNP scrap plans for July delegates' confab

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pnp-headquarters.jpgThe People's National Party (PNP) has scrapped plans to stage a special delegates' conference in July to facilitate the Peter Bunting challenge for leadership of the organisation. Supporters of PNP President Dr Peter Phillips had pushed for a special delegates' conference for next month after Bunting announced plans to challenge for the leadership, but in a release last night, the party's executive said the election will take place ahead of its annual conference in September.

The release said the executive committee has recommended to the National Executive Council -- the second highest decision-making body of the party -- that the election of president and vice-presidents takes place on Saturday, September 7.

The private session of the annual conference is scheduled for Saturday, September 21, while the public session will follow on September 22. The nomination period for the election will open on Monday, July 22 and close at midday on Friday, July 26.





Tension high in Central Village

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crime-scene-gun.jpgTension remains high in Central Village, St. Catherine following a flare up of violence over the weekend which resulted in three persons being shot to death.

Senior Superintendent Clive Blair, head of the St. Catherine South Police Division, confirmed that the attacks are linked to a gang feud.

A resident of Central Village said that community members and children are fearful.

She has called for the intervention of political representatives and the security forces to prevent the situation from worsening.

Councillor for the Twickenham Park Division, Donovan Garth, told RJR News that access to services at the health centre and post office in the area is being affected due to community members being so fearful.

He has also called for an urgent fix to the issue.





shocked.jpgThe Manchester police have launched an investigation into an incident captured on video of a male student slapping a female student in the face multiple times at a prominent high school in the parish last week Wednesday (June 19).

The video which has since gone viral on social media shows the male student using both hands to slap the female student five times in the face in front of other students under a tree. The female student was repeatedly slapped despite an attempt to get away from the schoolboy, who at one point grabbed her hand.

The schoolboy while physically abusing the female student could be heard saying, "You no see me. Don't diss me. That me a tell you. Don't diss me."

The video ended showing the schoolgirl holding her face.

Head of the Manchester police Superintendent Wayne Cameron say that the police are investigating the incident.

"We have already gotten statements in this particular incident. We have been making significant strides. We intend to find that youngster and arrest him," Cameron said.

He added that the police will also be investigating the approach taken by the school to treat with the incident. "We are going to look exactly at what transpired in that school and what measures were taken by the persons responsible at that school to protect that young female at that particular time," he said.





Under the theme, 'One Nation, One People,' Jamaicans will celebrate the country's 57th anniversary of Independence, which will see many of the events being streamed live to the diaspora. The theme, which was chosen because it speaks to a very important area of focus on which the nation must pay attention, is also reminiscent of the island's motto, 'Out of Many, One People'.

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia Grange, who made the announcement, noted that while the country continues to celebrate the International Decade for People of African Ancestry, it is very important in the wider Jamaican context to observe the tenets of the national motto, 'Out of Many, One People'.

"We must always be reminded that this nation is a melting pot of cultures, built by people from many different ancestries. It is remarkable what we have been able to achieve by working together, and it is that spirit of unity that we want to engender as we celebrate our Independence and look to the future," Grange said in a press release.

Minister Grange said that Jamaicans at home and abroad should look forward to a very spirited Independence celebration as the ministry is working hard to make sure that events such as the Jamaica Festival Song Competition, the Jamaica Festival Queen Competition, the Jamaica Gospel Song Competition and the Grand Gala are spectacles to be remembered.

"This year we will welcome various heads of government for Independence and we intend to display the best of Jamaica as the eyes of the world will be upon us. We will be streaming most of our activities to the diaspora so that everyone feels a part of the Jamaica 57 celebrations. We are well advanced in our planning and things have been going well," she said.

The Jamaica Festival Song Grand Final will be held on July 27 at the National Arena in Kingston, with the Emancipation Jubilee slated for July 31 at Seville in St Ann. The National Arena will also host the Miss Jamaica Festival Queen Grand Coronation on Emancipation Day, August 1, the World Reggae Dance Championship Grand Final on August 2, Mello-Go-Roun on August 3, the Jamaica Gospel Song Grand Final on August 4, and the Pop and Variety Grand Final on August 5. Grand Gala will be held on Independence Day, August 6, at the National Stadium.





Gil Bailey, Earl Chin, Ken Williams, Jeff Barnes, Clive Hudson, Jeff Sarge, Tony Cobb, Disco Kid, Safia Seivright, Francine Chin, Pat McKay, Sister Lovely, DJ Roy, Dubb Master Chris, Gem Morrison, Ellen "Pat" Bailey and Vonnie McGowan will be honoured at this year's Merritone (Memorial) Family Fun Day. The 21st renewal of this event takes place August 11 at Heckscher State Park in Long Island, New York.

The honorees are among several disc jockeys who made their mark on radio in the tri-state area during the 1970s and 1980s

The day's theme will be 'Jamaica Radio Day'.

"These first 25 years, widely regarded as the golden years of Jamaican radio, showcased well over 60 radio contributors and independent content providers," noted Janice Julian, one of the organisers of Merritone Family Fun Day.

West Indian music and culture had little presence on radio in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut in the late 1960s when there was an influx of immigrants from that region to those states.

Pat Bailey and McGowan will be recognised posthumously.





buju-banton-photo-12.jpgBuju Banton recently linked up with Supreme New York for a T-shirt collaboration.

On Sunday, the Grammy-winning Reggae artiste uploaded a video vibing to King Tubby's dub version of the classic "Love I Can Feel" riddim while rocking the brand, "Buju Banton for Supreme," he wrote.

The "Wanna Be Loved" singer and Supreme later announced their T-shirt collaboration which was released on Thursday, June 27. Selling for $48 USD, the Buju Banton Supreme Tees were sold out within minutes.

Supreme is an American skateboarding shop and clothing brand established in New York City in April 1994. The designer brand caters to the skateboarding, hip hop, and rock cultures, as well as to the youth culture in general. The designer brand produces clothes and accessories and also manufactures skateboards. The brand currently has 11 locations.









ed-sheeran.jpgFollowing the release of the original, Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber have enlisted Koffee and Chronixx for the remix of their big hit "I Don't Care".

With the high-spirited tone of the record complementing Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber's smooth vocals on the original, Jamaican artists Koffee and Chronixx join in on the fun on the remix. As well as harmonising together, the two also take turns to showcase their vocals on the track to add to the summer vibe of the feel-good single.

"It nah go nice unless Jamaicans are on it! Recently, Recording Artist Ed Sheeran has been blessing listeners with new music, namely his upcoming "No. 6 Collaborations Project". One of the tracks that is doing its rounds is his collab with Justin Bieber titled, "I Don't Care". Today, Chronixx and Koffee combine their powers to deliver us a remix! While they give us that Dancehall Reggae vibes, Chronixx and Koffee basically own the song as Ed and Justin are left to just give us the chorus. Expect this one to make a lot of noise this summer. If she loves you like Keyshia loves Guwop, then it's real. While Ed Sheeran and Justin Biber dabbled in a lil Reggae and Dancehall in their careers, we'd love some proper Dancehall/Reggae collaborations in the future, and level the playing field. One complaint I have is, if you're going to have Jamaicans on a pop track, at least make the Youtube link playable in Jamaica (This is BS)."





Blessed Earthstrong Buju Banton

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blessed-earthstrong-buju-banton.jpgOn July 15, 1973, Grammy award winning reggae singer Buju Banton (Mark Anthony Myrie ) was born in the Kingston Jamaica. He released early dancehall singles in 1991, but came to prominence in 1992 with two albums, including Mr. Mention, which became the best-selling album in Jamaican history upon its release. Banton signed with major label Mercury Records and released Voice of Jamaica the following year. By the mid-1990s, Banton had converted to the Rastafari faith, and his music undertook a more spiritual tone. His 2010 album Before the Dawn won Best Reggae Album at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards.

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romeich-entertainment-on-instagram-dont-live-your-life-for-anyone-but.jpgRomeich has responded to Cordell 'Skatta' Burrell leaking their Whatsapp conversation to the blogs.

On Friday, Romeich and Skatta's whatsapp negotiation for Shenseea, Teejay and Ding Dong Ravers being added to this year's Reggae Sumfest lineup, made its way on our social media timelines.

Romeich called out Skatta saying he thought only women made submissions on gossip blogs before addressing his interview with The Jamaica Star. "You did interview to star say me want 1 million for each artist and you post showing now say u always tell lies cause u show the fee!!," he said.

Romeich said Skatta leaking their private Whatsapp conversation will now have Dancehall industry players losing respect for him.

"Next thing me know all music manager and artist will loose respect for you for this because we know what a good artist is valued and for you to be fighting the issue so much to Prove a point , "Its really sad cause is a crime to defend me TALENTS if i am to tell Jamaica how much uno pay the other talents they woulda now see why i fight for my figures i want but see before me talk some things and make u loose your work and show people them why and what reason is behind you continuing this dont want to pay artist and a bring feelings me ago low this yah so and call it a day!!!! Mix up and Blender make #DANCEHALL NICE 🤣🤣🤣🤣 THANK GOD ME A ME OWN BOSS MEMBA," he continued.

Romeich then went on IG and got all philosophical:

Dont live your life for anyone but your self !!!

Be happy with yourself and happiness will follow 🏃‍♂️🏃‍♂️🏃‍♂️ dont stress the youths 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

Romeich entertainment on Instagram: "Dont live your life for anyone but your self !!! Be happy with yourself and happiness will follow 🏃‍♂️🏃‍♂️🏃‍♂️ dont stress the youths 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣"





romeich.jpgHe said, she said, they said....but this is what the voice notes really said: Whatsapp conversations between Cordell 'Skatta' Burrell and Romeich Major found its way on social media timelines.The two have been beefing over the last few weeks due to Shenseea, Teejay and Ding Dong Ravers being excluded from this year's Reggae Sumfest lineup.

According to Burrell, the Sumfest team reached out to Romeich back in February to book Teejay and Shenseea for the 'Greatest Reggae Show on Earth' however they failed to come to an agreement.

Romeich reportedly wanted JMD $3 Million to book all three acts, Shenseea, Teejay and Ding Dong Ravers. "He [Romeich] did not like that we only wanted two, but when he said three of them together and gave us an ultimatum, we said let's negotiate that," Skatta said.

skatta.jpgSkatta said things hit a stonewall when he made a counteroffer to book each act for JMD $300,000 to JMD $400,000, however Romeich quickly declined.

"We cannot pay $3 million for three, you're gonna have to come down on your price. We understand that you have a brand and it's good to showcase your brand, one behind each other, but you have to come down on your price," Burrell said he told the Romeich Entertainment principal. "Let us negotiate and work together and do a good production and good showing right in front of all of these corporate people and after that your brand is gonna gain more off this festival than a few hundred thousand dollars."

Shortly after Skatta Burrell disclosed his version of the story, Romiech refuted his claims saying its all a lie. "It is a lie, I did not want $1 million for Shenseea and Teejay, I did not ask for nothing like that for none of them," Romeich told the Jamaica Star. "Me nah go guh inna di price dem, but a lie dat. And even if I wanted that, my artistes are valued that because he is paying artistes that is not in their calibre at this moment, more than that. Him a pay artiste weh nuh double hotter than them, triple dat so even if a dat me did want, a dat mi fi get."

Romeich's response seemingly forced Skatta to release their Whatsapp conversation.





mr-vegas-on-instagram-be-inspired-ready-for-the-next-step.jpg"Look who received his high school GED Diploma. It's just the beginning!" Congratulations are in order for dancehall artiste Mr Vegas, who at age 44, finally earned his high school diploma.

Almost 30 years after dropping out of school in the ninth grade the Heads High artiste decided it was time enough to finish what he started.

In a post on his IG account on Thursday the deejay proudly displayed his GED (General Education Development) certificate signifying that he had met the North American high school-level academic skills.

Vegas said he had the courage to go after his diploma as his late mother's words were still ringing in his ears, advising him that it is never too late for a shower of rain. Not having graduated high school, as he said he didn't have the luxury of receiving one, he said at the start of this year, he set out to achieve that goal.

Mr.Vegas on Instagram: "Be inspired! Ready for the next step."

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Mr.Vegas on Instagram: "Look who received his HIGH SCHOOL GED DIPLOMA. It's just the beginning!"





Popular, music producer Troyton Hinds will be breaking new ground with his gospel rhythm, Healing Project.

Available for pre-order on his Troyton Music imprint, the rhythm is will be officially released in all digital stores on Friday, through Zojak World Wide.

Featured on the rhythm are: Paul Scott with Interlude Prayer; Kevin Downswell ( Lights); Chevelle Frankyln ( It Will Get Better); Omari ( I Am Healed); Alaine ( Boast Inna God); Jesome ( What About U); Samuel Medas ( Doctor); and Jermaine Edwards ( No Weapon).

"Each artiste on the rhythm brought their own style to the project. The rhythm has a song for everyone; supporters all over the world are already sharing their favourite song all over social media," Hinds told the Jamaica Observer.

Hinds, who has made a name for himself in dancehall circles, said he always wanted to do a gospel project.

"I wanted to do something like this three years ago, but God timing is always the right timing. I present my first inspirational gospel project to the world, and I am grateful with the response I have been getting," he said.

A former University of Technology engineering student, Hinds has been producing music for more than 23 years. His credits include I Octane's I A Cry and Gal A Gimmi Bun, Tarrus Riley's She Dangerous, and Take It by Mavado and singer Karian Sang.





shenseea-photo-1.jpgJada Kingdom and Shenseea have been feuding since last year and in a drama filled live feed on social media, Jada, a former gal-pal of Dancehall artiste, Shenseea, refused to acknowledge the existence of the Trending Gyal artiste, arguing that she does not know the new person her once-upon-a-time friend Chinsea Lee, has become. Responding to questions about her broken relationship with the Trending Gyal artiste, the 20-year-old sought to clear the air, suggesting that there was no acrimony between the two, only ambivalence.

"Mek mi mek dis clear; oonu si oonu artist, Shenseea, mi no know har. Me know Chinsea Lee; so whoever is Shenseea, da new person, da new da manufactured person deh weh oonu a support or whateva, mi no know har, mi neva meet har a day inna mi life, trus mi," Jada told her followers.

"From Shenseea bus, mi no see har. But Chinsea Lee, mi know har. Dat a di girl weh me did love an rate and dat was my fren. Mi no know who Shenseea is. Stop call up har name to mi; stop call up my name to har. She no inn my way, mi no inna fi har own...cause trus' mi when dem draw mi out, a different settings. Mi an nobaddy no have sh#t; stop call up mi nm wid people," she warned.

Jada, who turns 21 in September, asserted that unlike her former friend, she had not changed one bit.

"Mi a same f$@kin me; di same ghetto bloodc$@#t gyal from Bull Bay; mi no change. Yo can ask bout mi. From back inna school days mi par wid myself, caw me know me kill people. Mi slice people neck wid jus a book leaf. Mi pree different, so me jus stay by my self," she declared.

She also bashed some of her followers who apparently told her she was "hating on Shensseea," labeling them instigators of the conflict who were "too mix up," her sharp responses punctuated with expletives.





carleen-and-beenie-man-s-daughter-part-of-bumpaz-business-venture.jpgDancehall Queen Carlene is bringing her daughter with Beenie Man, Crystal Davis, into the business of dancehall.

Last month, the dancehall ambassador made headlines when she aired out her baby daddy Beenie Man for not stepping up for their daughter. She didn't go into details, but it was enough to trigger a response from the dancehall king who was spotted at his son's graduation. Carlene is now moving on from that drama, and now she and her daughter are teaming up for her new dancehall venture Bumpaz.

Crystal Davis recently graduated from upper-level high school with honors and was accepted at the University of the West Indies to pursue a degree in Business Administration. She will also serve as a part of the management team of Bumpaz, which is a Las Vegas-style dancehall venture geared towards adults who wants to showcase sexy.

"She's part of the team, and it has nothing to do with entertainment - just the business segment," Carlene told the Star. "She will be putting events together, making sure things are in order, whatever it takes to keep it alive as a business. She knows the difference between the business of dancehall and the performance - and she's always loved the idea of presenting dancehall."

Carlene added that Bumpaz would be something like the movie, Coyote Ugly, but tailored for a dancehall audience. "It's going to be tastefully sexy. So we have a sexy themed bar where there is vibes, hot girls serving patrons, sensual dance routines, contests that rewards women for their sexuality and good clean fun," she shared.

Carlene makes it clear that she is on a mission to bring sexy back to dancehall. However, her daughter, who is now 20 years old, will manage thing from behind the scenes.





The academic appeal of Jamaican culture, particularly reggae music, continues to take root globally.

The Univeristy of Minnesota, located in Minneapolis in the United States, recently played host to an International Summer Institute for Reggae Studies, where participants were able to benefit from the experience and expertise of a number of master artistes and scholars for seminars, ensemble rehearsals, and hands-on vocal and instrumental workshops devoted to the artistic practices and aesthetic development of popular music in Jamaica since its Independence.

The International Summer Institute for Reggae Studies and the post-colonial politics of race, class, and gender.

Among the local participants were Michael Fletcher and Ian Hird, both of the School of Music at Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts; and curator of the Jamaica Music Museum, Herbie Miller.

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia "Babsy" Grange was on hand to lend her support. The university's School of Music was honoured to host the event, the first International Summer Institute for Reggae Studies in North America. The programme's head, Professor Scott Currie and other music professors welcomed Minister Grange, along with Marlon Williams, senior education officer in the Core Curriculum Unit of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, and members of their delegation.

Grange stated that the action taken by the university to explore reggae music via an academic approach is similar to programmes established at The University of the West Indies in Jamaica, which has a Reggae Studies Unit. the institute at the University of Minnesota is the first such initiative in the United States. Grange went on to say that the contribution of reggae to Jamaica's revenue and competitiveness on the international stage is well-documented but not sufficiently shared. She shared her hope that the University of Minnesota institute will enhance and contribute to the body of knowledge about reggae, and notes the "outstanding economic contribution" of the genre to the world's creative economy.





skatta.jpgA Whatsapp conversations between Cordell 'Skatta' Burrell and Romeich Major have found its way on social media, after it was allegedly leaked to a few websites. Skatta and Romeich have been feudingover the last few weeks due to Shenseea, Teejay and Ding Dong Ravers being excluded from this year's Reggae Sumfest lineup and many articles have been written and they have appeared on popular entertainment programmes to air their side of the drama.

According to Skatta, the Sumfest team reached out to Romeich back in February to book Teejay and Shenseea for the 'Greatest Reggae Show on Earth' however they failed to come to an agreement.

romeich.jpgRomeich reportedly wanted JMD $3 Million to book all three acts, Shenseea, Teejay and Ding Dong Ravers. "He [Romeich] did not like that we only wanted two, but when he said three of them together and gave us an ultimatum, we said let's negotiate that," Skatta said.

Skatta said things hit a stonewall when he made a counteroffer to book each act for JMD $300,000 to JMD $400,000, however Romeich quickly declined.

"We cannot pay $3 million for three, you're gonna have to come down on your price. We understand that you have a brand and it's good to showcase your brand, one behind each other, but you have to come down on your price," Burrell said he told the Romeich Entertainment principal. "Let us negotiate and work together and do a good production and good showing right in front of all of these corporate people and after that your brand is gonna gain more off this festival than a few hundred thousand dollars."

Shortly after Skatta Burrell disclosed his version of the story, Romiech refuted his claims saying its all a lie. "It is a lie, I did not want $1 million for Shenseea and Teejay, I did not ask for nothing like that for none of them," Romeich told the Jamaica Star. "Me nah go guh inna di price dem, but a lie dat. And even if I wanted that, my artistes are valued that because he is paying artistes that is not in their calibre at this moment, more than that. Him a pay artiste weh nuh double hotter than them, triple dat so even if a dat me did want, a dat mi fi get."

Romeich's response seemingly forced Skatta to release their Whatsapp conversation.





super-cat-diss-shaggy-wicked.jpgA viral video which sees veteran Dancehall deejay, Super Cat, blasting Shaggy is making the rounds on social media, but dancehall fans are not impressed. They say Shaggy has done more for Jamaica than super Cat, so there is no reason why Shaggy can't be an ambassador for the music and the island. They also say that as a veteran, Super Cat needs to chill, and it doesn't matter whether or not his outburst stemmed from him drinking a bit too much. After all, alcohol only gives you the courage to say things that you otherwise would only think of saying.

"Super Cat mi rate you still from way back when, but you should not be getting on Shaggy's case, who I will defend to the end. Shaggy has done so much for Jamaica outside of music that no one in their right sense of mind should be against him... mind you I am not here to sway anyone from their opinion.

If the cat would have said that Shaggy should not be THE ambassador because Bob, Dennis Brown, Peter Tosh (to name a few) were better suited.... then it would be a different story."

"Hey Super Cat, put eeen yuh false teet, sidung inah yuh rocking chair and feed yuh gran pickney dem wid porridge."

"Super Cat is living in the 80s. Him a so call old bad man. Shaggy duh way more fi Jamaica than the Cat. Him feel him can just duss anyone who he feels. One a dem day yah di wrong man going to button him up real nice"

"Some of these artists need to be mindful of the type of behavior they are exhibiting, and how they will be emulated by the youths. You cannot expect better from the youths with this type of bad behavior from the older ones."

In a video, reportedly filmed at a dancehall session in Brooklyn, New York, recently -- Super Cat takes the microphone from the emcee and launches at an expletive-laced tirade against Shaggy.

"Shaggy, how come you a talk 'bout you a reggae embassy? Hey, we no need no ambassador... Reggae no need no b**** c ambassador," said Super Cat, champagne flute in hand.

His utterances elicited laughter from the audience, especially among younger patrons.

Singer Yami Bolo, who tried to seize the microphone, also felt the brunt of the deejay's wrath.

"Hey Yami, you fi b*****c learn. Shut up before mi lick out yuh ears drum. You see Tenor Saw dead, a should a you dead... Go siddung!" said Super Cat.





digicel.jpgDigicel launched its Saucy Summa promotion on Friday, announcing that it will give away over $20 million in cash and prizes during the campaign, with the main prize being a 2020 Kia Sportage SUV.

With much fanfare, Digicel promised an exciting time during the summer for customers, with a variety of prizes on offer.

The launch, held at the Digicel retail store at the communication leader's headquarters in downtown Kingston, was streamed live on social media, where Damion Brown and Anissa Merchant won $25,000 each for answering a question on Instagram and Facebook respectively. Digicel also gave two-day unlimited social and talk plans to 25 individuals on both platforms.

There were also prizes for those who were at the store for the launch. Deneve Sweeney won a sauce-tasting contest for a Samsung S10, with Donna Young who finished second getting $20,000 and Dave Simms $10,000 in phone cards.

Michael Thomas meanwhile out ate his rivals in a spicy wings eating contest to win a smart TV as Cornelius Dunkley and Mechia Henry-McDonald won $20,000 and $10,000 for finishing second and third respectively.

According to Digicel's director of marketing, Monique McLeod, the Saucy Summa promotion is the entity's way of giving back while bringing vibes and excitement to customers. She said the campaign should stimulate discussions for a long time with the various prizes and opportunities to win.





jah-cure-on-instagram-history-was-made-in-africa-biggest-sold-out-events-in-kenya-over-20-years-in-the-industry-of-reggae-music.jpg"HISTORY WAS MADE IN AFRICA. BIGGEST SOLD OUT EVENTS IN KENYA OVER 20 YEARS IN THE INDUSTRY OF REGGAE MUSIC!! I'M SO PROUD TO BE A VESSEL.. THANK YOU JAH. THANK YOU MY FANS. THANKS FOR THE LOVE OF THE PEOPLE....#ILOVEYOUKENYA❤️ #THELOVEWASREAL #THANKSTOMYMAASAIWORRIORS

#ROYALESOLDIERTOUR2019

📸: Photo credits: @slumphotography @Le.drew_ @garang_photography

This is what reports out of Nairobi say: "A poor stage performance by the main act, a malfunctioning sound address system and shortage of alcohol for the revelers is what summed up an overly underwhelming show," Nairobi News Nation reports.

Jah Cure reportedly made a dramatic entrance at exactly 2:15am in a full traditional Maasai attire, a rungu and mic on either hand and an escort of six Maasai Morans, however he did not live up to his high billing.

"Right from the start, Jah Cure got off on the wrong footing. Soon after coming on stage, Jah Cure was met with a sound glitch with his mic malfunctioning. The most annoying thing was that for almost 10 minutes he seemed not to notice until the crowd got agitated," the report continued.

"Once the mic had been fixed, Jah Cure sent the wild with his first words on the mic. The night looked promising. A few minutes later, he left the stage to go back stage for a change of clothes. But then he took long to get back, something that didn't seem to please the fans."

JAH CURE on Instagram: "HISTORY WAS MADE IN AFRICA. BIGGEST SOLD OUT EVENTS IN KENYA OVER 20 YEARS IN THE INDUSTRY OF REGGAE MUSIC!! I'M SO PROUD TO BE A VESSEL....."





jahvillani-clarks-pon-foot.jpgFast rising dancehall artiste Jahvillani has scored another hit with the single Clarks Pon Foot.

Clarks Pon Foot highlights Jamaica's unending love for the English made shoes.

Dancehall aficionados have compared Clarks Pon Foot to the timeless Clarks by Vybz Kartel, featuring Popcaan and Gaza Slim.

The buzz over Clarks Pon Foot on BBC radio in the UK, created a demand for Jahvillani to appear as a guest on Tim Westwood TV.

Clarks Orginal has since posted the video for the single on their official Instagram account, thanking the artiste and Jamaica as a whole for keeping the brand at the forefront of dancehall culture.

Jamaicans are known to favour the Dessert boot and Wallabee versions of the shoe.

Javillani, who gained recognition for the single 'Wild Side Government', is booked as part of the 6ix crew to close dancehall night of Reggae Sumfest.





Fans are loving Lila Ike's new music video

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lila-ike.jpgRising reggae singer Lila Ike has released the music video for her latest single Where I'm Coming From. Lila returned to her rural roots in Christiana, Manchester, to capture visuals for the video.

Locations seen throughout the four-minute clip include her family home, the shop her mother owns and a small room she once rented, as well as footage of Lila singing at her high school graduation.

Where I'm Coming From comes on the heels of her collaboration with mentor Protoje and Agent Sasco on the single Not Another Word.

The video is directed by Nickii Kane.

Lila will embark on her first headlining European tour on July 25 with her own band.

She also has plans to begin work on her debut EP once she returns to Jamaica at the end of her summer tours.





king-beenie-man-on-instagram-my-daughter-maiya-and-her-team-copped-a-national-gold-mesa.jpgBeenie Man left his fans shocked when he posted a picture of his daughter, simply because she is younger than Marco Dean, his son with D'Angel, who many persons thought was his last child.......before girlfriend Krystal gave birth the other day.

"My Daughter Maiya and her team copped a National Gold Mesa at this year's JCDC Festival of the Arts. ❤🙏🏾 I am so proud of you baby girl. You were always a star but now you have the trophy and medal to prove it. #JCDC #NationalGoldMedalist #IronLikeALion"

Well, it looks like it was a good thing that Carlene draw him out when she bashed him for being a deadbeat dad two weeks ago after his no-show at daughter Krystal's graduation. It seems like everyday Beenie is posing up on social media with one of his kids since then. He made a big deal of Marco Dean's recent graduation and also posed up with his baby daughter Xiah.

Gwaan do yuh ting pon IG Doctor.

King Beenie Man on Instagram: "My Daughter Maiya and her team copped a National Gold Mesa at this year's JCDC Festival of the Arts. ❤🙏🏾 I am so proud of you baby girl...."





Two weeks to Vybz Kartel Appeal Verdict?

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vybz-kartel-photo-23.jpgIn an Instagram post by Fox 5 news reporter Lisa Evers she captioned a Vybz Kartel pic with information on his appeal verdict.

She said information could come anytime within the next two weeks, attributing the information to his lawyer Tom Tavares Finson.

Check out her post - "I called him today for an update. Mr. Tavares-Finson tells me that it's been about a year since he filed the appeal. The 3 Judge Tribunal in Jamaica which will make the decision on his fate is only in session for 2 more weeks. He is optimistic the ruling will be in Kartel's favor. If the Tribunal does not issue a ruling by the time they go on summer break, it could be issued anytime after they return in October."

She also added that Tavares-Finson told her that Vybz Kartel was dealing with medical issues, but now his health has stabilized.

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#developing #update @vybzkartel murder case appeal "could come anytime within next 2 weeks" says his high powered attorney Tom Tavares-Finson. I called him today for an update. Mr. Tavares-Finson tells me that it's been about a year since he filed the appeal. The 3 Judge Tribunal in Jamaica which will make the decision on his fate is only in session for 2 more weeks. He is optimistic the ruling will be in Kartel's favor. If the Tribunal does not issue a ruling by the time they go on summer break, it could be issued anytime after they return in October. ***Tavares-Finson tells me Vybz Kartel was dealing with medical issues but now his health has stabilized. Maybe having so many chart topping hits and the prayers and support of millions of fans around the world is helping his situation. @bobbykonders @realjabba #hot97 @hot97 @yeti_boss_tv @jaradiotv @urbanislandz #fox5ny #fox5news @fox5ny

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lambert-brown.jpgOpposition Senator Lambert Brown has said household helper Doreen Miller, who has found herself at the centre of the scandal involving the former Minister of Education, Ruel Reid, has declared that she did not receive any of the nearly $4 million found in an account bearing her name.

That, and other matters involving Reid and activities at the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) over which the Ministry of Education has oversight responsibility, are now part of several investigations.

Brown's comment about Miller, and his insistence on going down a certain path during the debate on Friday on the Act to Amend the Petroleum Act, led to Senate President Tom Tavares-Finson eventually ruling that Brown could take no further part in the debate.

That led to a walkout by Opposition Senators.

The Petroleum Act was amended to allow for the transfer of J$208 billion from the PetroCaribe Fund to the Consolidated Fund. It was previously passed in the House of Representatives.

Brown started out by stating that: "The public is aware of strange payments through the CMU to a so-called household helper of the then Minister Ruel Reid.

The opposition Senator said he had used the word 'so-called' deliberately.

"I want to know if that almost $4 million allegedly instructed to be paid to Miss Doreen Miller, the so-called household helper of (former) minister Ruel Reid came out of any of that PetroCaribe money that went to the CMU," said Brown.

Stating that it was important to know whether Miller had received any of the money, Brown answered his own question.

"I don't need an answer from the government. Miss Miller has spoken to me and she said not a single cent of the money came to her," said Brown who attempted to continue but was cut off by Tavares-Finson.

"Senator Brown, with the greatest of respect, if that be the case maybe you need to give a statement to the PAAC (Public Administration and Appropriations Committee of the parliament) or to the police."

"Anybody want the statement come and ask me for it," Brown responded.

Tavares-Finson appealed to Brown to stick to the script by ensuring his presentation was relevant to the specific legislation that was being debated.

However, Brown would persist. He proceeded to ask whether Miller was asked to open a bank account for which the bank card and the bank information were controlled by a family member of Reid's.

At this time Pearnel Charles Jr., who was acting as Leader of Government Business in the Senate, rose on what was the first of a handful of points of order from him.

Charles Jr told Brown that his presentation was not relevant to the debate but the Opposition Senator insisted that clauses 4 and 6b of the bill spoke to the liability of the PetroCaribe Fund.

"And I read those and I'm therefore asking about the liability. Who has the liability for those money which went through the CMU to this fund....because I'm aware that the account of Miss Miller that she opened, was controlled by family members of the then minister so I want to know who is going to pay it back," said Brown.

He said the Opposition was not opposed to the transfer of the $208 billion from the PetroCaribe Fund to the Consolidated Fund, rather he said it was concerned about how well the money will be spent

Brown noted that the Member of Parliament for North Clarendon, Horace Dalley, during the House debate on the bill had asked the Energy Minister Fayval Williams whether any funds ($400 million) were sent to the CMU from the PetroCaribe Fund. Brown noted that the minister did not provide an answer. On Friday, Brown questioned whether the money sent to the CMU is a liability that has to be paid back.

"Given what I have heard coming out of the parliamentary committee about the CMU, (I want to know) whether any of this PetroCaribe money is part of a kickback we are operating through the CMU, a kickback scheme to a particular former minister of government," said Brown.

At this point, Tavares-Finson reminded Brown that he had already made a ruling about relevance and told him to move on.

"If you wish to deal with this issue there are other ways to deal with it," the Senate President said.

But, Brown would not relent, declaring that "it is important that we don't blame Doreen Miller for the CMU money".

When a senator enquired about his reason for mentioning Miller, Brown said: "I have permission so to do, I have permission so to do. She wants her name cleared."

Government Senator Charles Sinclair told Brown the Senate was "not the place to clear the lady's name."

"It is inappropriate for the senator (Brown) to be detailing matters that are under investigation; not only details, but he's giving particulars, arising from his own investigation which in my view, could compromise the investigation that is being carried out and it should not be permitted," said Government Senator, Ransford Braham.

At this stage, Tavares-Finson warned Brown. He said: "Senator Brown, I have made the ruling so continue down that road at your own peril." Brown fired back stating that he had no fear when he was on the quest for the truth. Tavares-Finson responded pointing out that Brown had been calling the names of people who have not been convicted before any court.

"You're calling names in a matter that the whole country knows is under investigation," he added.

At this point, Opposition Senator KD Knight told Tavares-Finson that Brown should be allowed to continue in the public interest but the president would not budge on what should be addressed in the debate to which Brown responded: "My freedom of speech is not going to be muzzled." At one stage Brown said it was his purpose to clear Miller's name.

"In relation to that aspect of your presentation if you return there I'm going to bring your presentation to a close," Tavares-Finson responded.

Still defiant, Brown said: "Mr President I don't need to engage you on this because more will come out later on."

The issue of relevance was again raised when Brown asked whether any of the $208 billion being transferred from the PetroCaribe Fund to the Consolidated Fund would be spent to upgrade the consular service. He asked the question in the context of the alleged mistreatment of five Jamaican fishermen by the United States coast guard against which the men have since taken legal action. During the numerous interventions and points of order from the government side, Opposition Senator Wentworth Skeffrey could be heard asking "how unno so nervous, how unno so nervous?"

The back and forth saw Brown asking whether the President had lost control of the Senate after he was interrupted for the umpteenth time.

"Continue and you will find out," Tavares-Finson quipped.

Fifteen minutes later, Brown proposed the setting up of a broad-based entity similar to EPOC (Economic Programme Oversight Committee) to oversee how the $208 billion is spent. He then made mention of several scandals that have dogged the Jamaica Labour Party government since the party retook the reins of government in 2016. Brown then warned that "this money could go down the drain because I have seen two ministers separated for at least mismanagement and based on what some people are saying inside the parliamentary chamber at least one could very well..."

The Opposition senator did not finish the statement as he could be heard responding to a colleague telling him to be careful by asking "careful of what?" At the same time, Senator Braham rose on a point order stating that he did not want Brown to finish the statement. Braham pointed out that Brown was at least insinuating the names of persons in wrongdoing. "It's not the function of this chamber to convict anybody ...it's a dangerous trend," Braham said.

At this point, the Senate president pointed to section 43 (1) of the standing orders and ruled that Brown discontinue his presentation resulting in the opposition senators walking out of the chamber.

While government members applauded the ruling, Brown was not done. On his way out the chamber, he could be heard shouting "the commissioner of police has said a minister is under criminal investigation."

Police Commissioner Major General Antony Anderson has said that Reid is under a criminal probe.

Following the walkout, the sitting continued and the bill was eventually passed without amendment.





andrew-holness-photo-5.jpgCARICOM sources say Prime Minister Andrew Holness stormed out a meeting at the 40th Annual Heads of Government summit in Castries, St. Lucia on Thursday.

Holness apparently disagreed with his regional colleagues on the position adopted on the contribution to be made by the so-called developed countries of CARICOM.

The Prime Minister supposedly indicated that Jamaica has financial issues to deal with and noted that a decision had been made some years ago that the country would not be part of the second tranche payment to the CARICOM Development Fund (CDF).

The CDF is mandated to provide financial or technical assistance to disadvantaged countries, regions and sectors in CARICOM.

Informed sources say Jamaica is questioning the accuracy of report of previous meetings on the matter.

Jamaica's position is reportedly to opt out of making a contribution to the CDF at this time.

However, some Caribbean countries such as Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Antigua and Barbuda, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and St. Kitts-Nevis contend that Jamaica cannot opt out and that it is an obligation of each member by way of treaty.





reggae-sumfest-on-instagram-rider-a-set-of-requests-or-demands-that-a-performer-sets-as-criteria-for-performance.jpgThis year, Reggae Sumfest has released the requests made by three of the artistes set to perform on the festival slated for July 19 and 20 at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Centre in Montego Bay. The festival's organisers took to social media and posted a list of the items requested in the rider of dancehall kingpin Beenie Man; the top-rated female deejay Spice and conscious reggae chanter Jah9.

Beenie Man will be performing on Friday, July 19 alongside his one-time arch-rival Bounty Killer in what is being billed as one of the must-see moment of Reggae Sumfest this year.

In his rider Beenie Man has requested an air conditioned, secure, well-lit backstage area complete with six fresh hand-size white towels; one quart of the popular alcoholic liqueur Campari; 24 cans of the energy drink Red Bull; three bottles of 19 Crimes red wine; one bottle of the French sparkling wine Belaire Rosé; a cheese and crackers tray, as well as chicken wings. The artiste known for dancehall anthems such as Girls Dem Sugar, King of the Dancehall and World Dance has also requested that he and his team be given at least one sound check before the performance.

Spice is arguably the hardest working female artiste coming out of Jamaica at this time. She recently extended her brand to include television, with a second season on the American reality show Love and Hip Hop Atlanta, which recently won for best in its category at the MTV Movie and TV Awards.

Spice's rider for Reggae Sumfest, as posted on the festival's Instagram page, sees her requesting champagne from the French brand Moët & Chandon; three cans of cashews; 3 cans of almonds; assorted fruit; an ice chest (igloo) with ice; 12 face/hand towels and two full-length mirrors.

Reggae Sumfest on Instagram: "📖 Rider: a set of requests or demands that a performer sets as criteria for performance. 🎙• Let's get to know @jah9online a little better!..."

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Reggae Sumfest on Instagram: "📖 Rider: a set of requests or demands that a performer sets as criteria for performance. 🎙• Wings 🍗 Wine 🍷 & AC 🌬 ... fit for the King 👑..."

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Reggae Sumfest on Instagram: "📖 Rider: a set of requests or demands that a performer sets as criteria for performance. 🎙• Take a sneak peek at what the Queen of..."





Bolt launches new champagne and riddim

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usain-s-leo-bolt-on-instagram-what-a-night-the-launch-of-the-olymperoseriddim-was-epic.jpgTrack and field legend Usain Bolt inked a deal with French champagne house GH Mumm to produce his own line of 'bubbly' called Olympe Rosé and used a dancehall riddim of the same name to launch the product to his Jamaican audience. Bolt drew on the talents of his up-and-coming producer cousin Rajah "Pluggs" Nelson to create the soundtrack of the newest champagne available locally.

Nelson, who is also from Sherwood Content, the same community in Trelawny as the double world-record holder, was naturally overjoyed when he was given what he deemed to be the opportunity of a lifetime.

"They said they wanted a rhythm for a project that they were working on. They gave me the details... champagne, olympic, celebratory so I just went from there. I know what Usain likes musically. He's into uptempo, party vibe kinda songs, so I sent them a few beats and they chose what suited them and the product. It was a fun process, but at the same time mind-blowing to see it all come to life and be part of the recordings. As an upcoming producer it really helped me a lot to understand the business and has definitely helped me to get new contacts. I now have a certain amount of leverage in the business. It's kinda hard for up-coming producers to reach out to artistes and now because of this everything has changed and people are now coming to me," he shared with the Jamaica Observer.

There are currently five artistes on the rhythm -- Munga, Chris Martin, former national footballer Ricardo "Bibi" Gardner, Ding Dong, and Dexta Daps.

Bolt has since taken to social media to post a few pictures, along with the caption: "What A Night✨🔥💥🎶🎼 🥂The launch of the #olymperoseriddim was epic. Be sure to go out the get the riddim.

Link for music in my BIO🙌🏽

Usain St.Leo Bolt on Instagram: "What A Night✨🔥💥🎶🎼 🥂The launch of the #olymperoseriddim was epic. Be sure to go out the get the riddim. Link for music in my BIO🙌🏽 📸..."

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Usain St.Leo Bolt on Instagram: "Near Music Alert🎶!!! New Music Alert!!!!🎶 Out Now!!! Out Now!!!!! 🎶Olympe Rosé Riddim🔊 ‼️ Epic launch last night of the #OlympeRose'Riddim...."





Producer, Rvssian drops a whopping fifty-five million Jamaican dollars (J$55-million) US$420,000 on a spanking new Rolls-Royce Truck, only to find out the air conditioning system isn't working.

The international recording artiste/producer in a lengthy post uploaded to Instagram, said he dropped ($55,347,600 JMD) on his RR Truck earlier this year and has been having some difficulties since.

"How would you feel if you bought a 420,000 dollar car and the AIR CONDITION doesn't even work?," he asked fans before telling them to drop the trash emoji under the dealership's IG pages.





eek-a-mouse-threatens-foota-hype-if-foota-come-over-he-svck-his-dick.jpgEek-A-Mouse continues to shock as he unleashes his one-of-a-kind attack on selector Foota Hype. Mouse , in a song, more like a chorus tells Foota that he will s@#k Foota Hype's penis. Remember, Foota lashed out at Mouse recently and called him gay. Mouse responded by saying he wasn't. Then, to top it all, yesterday, he released yet another video, in which he gives Foota extensive and detailed lessons on the vagina, and even goading Foota - "Yuh never f@#$ one small and pretty like this yet boy?" he asks. Mouse says he is the vagina specialist and coins some interesting terms for his 'profession'.

Eek-A-Mouse Threatens Foota Hype | if Foota Come Over He Svck His D!ck!!! (It Gone To Porno War!)





michael-jackson.jpgMichael Jackson fan clubs are suing two men featured in the 'Leaving Neverland' documentary for allegedly tarnishing the late singer's image.

Three separate organisations for fans of the 'Thriller' hitmaker - who passed away in 2009 - in France have hired a lawyer to put forward a case against the men featured in the HBO documentary, in which the alleged Michael had sexually abused them after befriending them as children.

According to MailOnline, the three French fan clubs - the Michael Jackson Community, the MJ Street, and On The Line - entered documents accusing the men of sullying the pop-star's image at a court in Orleans last week, with the help of lawyer Emmanuel Ludot.

Under French law, sullying the image of a dead person is a criminal offence, unlike in Britain or America where libel and defamation laws do not offer this protection.

The fan clubs claim the allegations against the 'Billie Jean' singer are "extremely serious" and "a genuine lynching" of his character.

Although the report doesn't name the two men involved in the lawsuit, the four-hour HBO documentary focuses on the testimonies by James Safechuck, 41, and Wade Robson, 36, who recounted separate but consistent accounts of how Michael had allegedly molested them at his Neverland Ranch home when they were children.

The documents state the fan clubs are seeking symbolic damages of one euro each, and their decision to hire Ludot for the case comes after he successfully sued Michael's doctor Conrad Murray for causing distress to the singer's fans by giving him the sedatives that he overdosed on.

Five fans of the 'Beat It' singer won symbolic damages of one euro each in 2014 after the court in Orleans agreed they had suffered "emotional damage" from the pop star's death, but the ruling was seen as legally dubious by experts.





Scooter Braun is "open to having a private conversation" with Taylor Swift following his acquisition of Big Machine records.

The 38-year-old entertainment manager purchased the record label - which Taylor was signed to from 2005 to 2018 - from Scott Borchetta over the weekend for a reported $300 million, and with it acquired the 'ME!' hitmaker's back catalogue of master recordings.

Following the news, 29-year-old Taylor - who has previously accused Scooter of "bullying" her - posted a lengthy statement in which she said she felt "grossed out" by the business deal, and insisted she never got a chance to buy her master recordings herself.

Since posting her statement - which detailed the deal as her "worst case scenario" - several stars have come to the defence of both Taylor and Scooter with public statements, but Scooter himself has remained silent, with sources now saying he'll only discuss the matter in private with the 'Look What You Made Me Do' singer.

An insider told Us Weekly magazine: "Scooter is open to having a private conversation with Taylor to clear up everything that went down. He reposted some messages of support on his Instagram Stories, but he has no intention of releasing a formal statement and blowing up the situation even more than it already has been. This is between Scooter and Taylor, not the world."

So far, the likes of Taylor's 'ME!' collaborator Brendon Urie, Halsey, and Cara Delevingne have publicly shared messages of support for Taylor, whilst Nicki Minaj, Adele, Miley Cyrus, Gwen Stefani, Rihanna, Lana Del Rey, Selena Gomez and Camila Cabello have all reportedly stopped following Scooter on social media since the row broke out.

Ariana Grande originally posted a message of support for Scooter - who is her manager - on her Instagram Story, but later deleted the post, while another of Scooter's artists, Justin Bieber, has publicly defended him.

Meanwhile, former Big Machine Records boss Scott Borchetta has disputed Taylor's account and insisted she was offered a new record deal which would have given her back all her "assets", including the master recordings and implied she knew about the deal before it was announced, something which the 'Bad Blood' hitmaker's representative later insisted wasn't the case.





marcia-griffiths-photos-5.jpgThe album,In her new album, Marcia Griffiths is reviving a golden age in Jamaica's music history

The album, Timeless, contains remakes of songs from the Heptones, Toots and the Maytals, The Cables and Jackie Opel to name a few.

These were among the singers and musicians who recorded under Studio One, one of Jamaica's most renowned record labels and studios which was referred to as the Motown of Jamaica.

Studio One was home to many artists including Bob Marley and the Wailers, Burning Spear, Lee Scratch Perry, the Skatalites and Griffiths herself.

"Studio One, that is where all the greats, legends, everyone came out of. It was music with substance and longevity and I figured these songs are so timeless and beautiful I would love to do my version of these songs," she told Loop in an interview via phone.

Even though she was part of the stable of stars under Studio One, Griffith, 69, said the journey into selecting songs was certainly a discovery.

"There are songs I discovered that I loved when I was a girl but I never knew they were Studio One songs. It was so hard to pick these songs because there are so many. Jackie Opel was a fantastic singer from Barbados, I did one of his tracks "Cry Me a River' I did a song from Leroy Sibbles from the Heptones "Baby be True", just to name a few," she said.

The first single from the album is "What Kind of World is This" which was first recorded in 1968 by Jamaican vocal trio, The Cables, at Studio One. Marcia Griffiths cover the single and adding her own touch to it, which is most fitting for the captive fan base Marcia has cultivated around the world.

Griffiths said she was moved to focus specifically on this music because she felt today's generation needed to be exposed to the foundation of the music.

"I just want to relive some of these songs so this generation can know where the music is coming from. We laid the foundation for everything that is happening now," she said.

Griffiths said the young people are receptive. She sang some of the songs at a few shows in Europe and th young people loved it she recalled.

"It was overwhelming," she said.

She made her first stage appearance at the tender age of 11 with Byron Lee and the Dragonaires before choosing an offer from Clement Dodd, founder of Studio One. During the course of her career, she sang backup for Bob Marley and the Wailers as a member of the I Threes and sang duets with Marley and Bob Andy among others.

As a solo artist, she saw early success with the song "Feel like Jumping'.

"It was not easy," she said of her early days.

"As a young girl in this male-dominated business, you are just out there vulnerable to these guys. When I went to Studio One I met Bob, Bunny Wailer, and Toots. With these three militant guys always watching you had to be careful with what you are doing," she said.

Griffiths said she never had any vision of singing as a profession and credits Marley for changing her view.

"I was just enjoying doing it, l loved to sing and I never took it seriously. It wasn't until I started working with Bob and I saw how seriously he took his music, it was his life. That was when I realised it was not just music or entertainment. I said this is a responsibility we have, this is our only vehicle we have to use to unite the world which is what Bob really did. I am thankful for that experience, it opened my eyes," she said.

Griffiths urged reggae singers today to remember that it is important to communicate to the world in a positive way.

"It is all about the message and it is only through the medium we can communicate to the world and teach this generation. If you are not aware and conscious of your position to make a positive contribution you will fall by the wayside.

"I will continue to do my little part and always advise my peers to try to make a positive contribution. We are the ones God chose, we are the ones who can take it to the world. I want to besiege every one of them let us make positive contribution, send positive messages to teach, educate everyone just like Bob, we would like to take the gospel to the world," she said.

Reflecting on her long career, Griffiths said it is a wonderful feeling to cross age barriers.

"Music is ageless and as long as God preserves me and I am able to do what I can, teach, uplift and educate through my music I will continue to do it. As long as I am making other people happy I am good," she said.

Timeless is produced by Donovan Germain and executive producers Tad A. Dawkins and Tad A. Dawkins Jnr. The classic renditions from this album are available on compact disc (CD), vinyl, and all digital platforms worldwide.

TIMELESS TRACKLIST

01. What Kind of World

02. Once Upon A Time

03. Baby Be True

04. True Believer

05. Love Me Forever

06. Love Is a Treasure

07. Your Love

08. I'm The Toughest

09. Ska Medley

10. Rock Steady + This Old Man

11. Home

12. My Guiding Star

13. Declaration of Rights

14. Cry Me A River

15. Stranger in Love





Commuters duck for cover

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Commuters were sent scampering for cover when a man employed by the St Ann Municipal Corporation was shot and injured at the Ocho Rios Transportation Centre on Wednesday afternoon.

The transport centre is barely 150 metres from the Ocho Rios Police Station.

The injured man has been hospitalised in a stable condition.

Preliminary reports are that sometime after 1:00 p.m., the municipal worker was collecting fees in the park when he was pounced upon and shot in the neck by an armed man.

The hoodlum managed to take a small sum of money from his victim before fleeing the scene.

The injured man was then assisted to the hospital.

The Ocho Rios police are now investigating the daring incident and searching for the attacker.





The world's second largest stock market NASDAQ, has named Guyana as the fastest growing economy in the world. In a report, NASDAQ said that with a projected growth rate of 16.3 per cent during the four-year period 2018-2021, Guyana is the fastest growing economy in the world.

NASDAQ says that with a GDP size of US$3.63 billion (2018 Rank: 160), a growth rate of 4.1 per cent in 2018 and 4.6 per cent in 2019, Guyana's economy is expected to grow by 33.5 per cent and 22.9% in 2020 and 2021 respectively.

The report added that Guyana is a middle-income country that has an abundance of resources.

The report also pointed to the ExxonMobil discoveries in Guyana and the income that will come to the country when oil production begins next year.

Exxon is expected to start producing up to 120,000 barrels of oil per day from the Liza Phase 1 development next year and the country is projected to be among the world's largest per-capita oil producers by 2025.





e-Commerce platform officially launched

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WiPay, an e-commerce platform which allows users to make, accept and process digital payments, was officially launched in Jamaica last Thursday at the AC Hotel in Kingston.

Jamaica thus became the latest Caribbean country to embrace the Trinidadian technology solutions company that aims to simplify e-commerce for micro-small, medium and large businesses.

"While consumers in the US, Europe and many other parts of the world are enjoying the convenience of e-commerce, e-payments and an overall e-world, many countries in Latin America and the Caribbean are being left behind and are still operating primarily with hard cash and other paper-based services," said chief executive officer (CEO) Aldwyn Wayne.

He acknowledged that with the Government of Jamaica's increased focus on building a modern economy through digital payments, the country is making good headway to developing the right ecosystem for economic growth through e-commerce.

Wayne then indicated that WiPay was elated to be a part of this technological advancement in Jamaica and that will move the current e-commerce system into the first world.

WiPay's online payment system caters to businesses who want to sell their products and services online, WiPay enabling them to accept both credit and debit cards, bank accounts and cash online from "anyone, anywhere, anytime".

To utilise WiPay, the company has to download the WiPay plug-in and add it on their website. Alternatively, if a company does not have an official website, then it can use the Zwillo Invoice application and send an invoice to a customer who can then pay with a credit card, bank account or with a cash voucher.





The political, business and academic communities were well represented as hundreds packed the Portmore New Testament Church of God at Bayside, Portmore, St Catherine on Saturday for the thanksgiving service for the life of Leon Thomas Jr, the son of Portmore Mayor, Leon Thomas Snr.

Thomas Jr, who died on June 4 after a brief illness, was hailed as a "model citizen" by Opposition Leader and President of the People's National Party (PNP), Dr Peter Phillips, who paid tribute on behalf of the party.

The young Thomas was a member of the PNPYO, the party's main youth organisation. He was also a past student of Calabar High School, the Portmore Community College and Excelsior Community College, where he earned a bachelor's degree in marketing.





UNIA blasts gov't over Garvey memorablia

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President General of the United Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League (UNIA-ACL), Michael Duncan, has blasted the Government over the protracted delay in restoring the birthplace of National Hero Marcus Mosiah Garvey in St Ann's Bay describing it as shameful.

In a release, Duncan said eight years after ground was broken to restore the premises, located at 32 Marcus Garvey Way in the parish capital, nothing has been done, noting that it is shameful to see the legacy of the UNIA founder and Jamaica's first National Hero Marcus Garvey being dragged around in this manner.

On October 12, 2011, Bruce Golding, then prime minister, broke ground for the establishment of what was dubbed the Marcus Garvey Park. The public was informed that based on the recommendations of the Jamaica National Heritage Trust (JNHT), the memorial park would include a memorial wall, storyboards and park furniture, as well as the restoration of the existing house.

Olivia Grange, who was then minister of youth, sports and culture, promised at the time that Marcus Garvey Park would be unveiled and officially opened a year later, in October 2012.

Duncan said that despite changes in the Government on more than one occasion since the groundbreaking, no priority has been given to the project, hence non-completion.

Describing the project as one of the most significant to be undertaken in Jamaica, Duncan said it would "open the eyes of Jamaicans and the rest of the world to the life of this great man and create a channel for more people of the world to be attracted to Jamaica.

"Go ahead and implement this project as soon as possible," he urged.

Several of Garvey's relatives still occupy the premises while they wait on the Government to find appropriate alternate residence for them, as promised. The Gleaner understands that part of the reason for the delay in relocating the occupants stems from the inability of the residents and the Government to agree on a suitable location and the number of houses to be allocated.

One relative said that the Government is proposing to hand over two houses, which would prove inadequate as there are three families currently residing on the premises





The alleged victim at the centre of sexual harassment case at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts has been given the go-ahead to address a parliamentary committee.

She's to appear before an in-camera sitting of the Public Administration and Appropriations Committee of Parliament (PAAC) next week.

Permission was granted following a vote on her appearance by PAAC members.

This morning, the alleged victim, with support from human rights lobby group Jamaicans for Justice, staged a brief protest at Gordon House to highlight the issue of sexual harassment.

She came prepared to address the committee but some PAAC members shut down that request.

PAAC Chairman, Dr Wykeham McNeill, expressed disappointment arguing that she should be heard.

He was supported by committee members Mikael Phillips, Fitz Jackson, and Phillip Paulwell.

All eight government PAAC members voted against allowing her to publicly address the committee arguing that her remarks would elicit trauma and it was not fair to the accused.

Their colleague Marisa Dalrymple-Philibert congratulated the alleged victim for coming forward, adding that persons who sexually harass others must be called out.

The matter was put to a vote with six of eight government members backing an in-camera appearance.

McNeill expressed pleasure that she will be heard.





NDM sad at passing of co-founder

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The National Democratic Movement (NDM) is expressing deep sadness at the passing of founding general secretary and co-conceptualiser, Brascoe Lee.

Lee died yesterday morning after a brief illness.

NDM President, Peter Townsend, in a statement today said Lee strongly believed that the political system was too self-serving and operated almost exclusively in the interest of the Jamaica Labour Party and People's National Party and their ruling class instead of the people of Jamaica.

"Hence, he became one of the chief architects of the formation of the National Democratic Movement (NDM) which was launched in October 1995 with an agenda to reform the Jamaican constitution and change the ugly aspects of the political culture, for the development of a better country, worthy of our great people.

"He was a fearless warrior, a patriot, and innovator. May his soul rest in peace," said Townsend.





An inmate is now dead following an incident at the Horizon Adult Remand Centre in Kingston.

A correctional officer is also hospitalised. The Department of Correctional Services confirmed the tragedy.

But, it said it would not provide further information as a probe is currently under way to ascertain the circumstances surrounding the incident.





digicel.jpgContrary to multiple media reports and statements made by the Prime Minister of Antigua & Barbuda over the last two weekends, Digicel would like to make it clear that that it has not received any approaches of any kind at any time from the Prime Minister or anyone in the Government of Antigua & Barbuda with regard to a buyout of Digicel's operations in the twin island state.

For the avoidance of doubt, any assertions to the contrary are complete fiction and represent part of an ongoing campaign by the Government of Antigua & Barbuda to distract and disseminate false information.

As such, Digicel would also like to take this opportunity to bring the focus back to the real issue at hand - namely the unfair, anti-competitive and illegal actions by the Government of Antigua & Barbuda in seeking to confiscate Digicel's legally allocated spectrum for the benefit of the state-owned operator, APUA.

With the matter before the Courts, Digicel will fight vigorously to defend its customers and its business in the interest of fair and healthy competition in Antigua & Barbuda.





Antigua wants to buy Digicel

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digicel-photo-1.jpgThe Antigua and Barbuda government says it remains committed to buying out the operations of the Irish-owned telecommunication company, Digicel, as the authorities announce new initiatives in its ongoing battle to have the company and competitor Flow, formerly the British telecommunication giant Cable and Wireless, share the spectrum space with a state-entity.

Last month, Digicel, defended its decision to secure a High Court order preventing the government from sharing any of the 850 MHz spectrum it has been allocated with the state-owned Antigua Public Utilities Authority (APUA).

But speaking on his privately-owned radio station over the last weekend, Prime Minister Gaston Browne said he believes that Digicel "is showing an inclination to have possibly a 49-51 percentage situation.

"That's the sticking point because we want the majority," he said, adding that if the Digicel officials are prepared to "look at the possibility APUA...acquiring Digicel Antigua then we may have a deal".

Earlier, Senior Counsel Anthony Astaphan told radio listeners that the government is moving to amend the Telecommunications Bill so as to provide further protection for APUA.





Barbican victim was wanted by police

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police-cars.jpgThe man who was fatally shot by an off duty policeman in Barbican, St Andrew on Friday was wanted for questioning in relation to several murders, rape and other serious crimes which were committed in and around the Corporate Area, the police are reporting.

He has since been identified as Peter Campbell o/c Peanut, a resident of a Barbican address.

Reports from the Corporate Communication Unit (CCU), are that at about 10:30 p.m., Campbell went to a section of Barbican Road where he held up a number of persons and was about to rob them when residents in the area raised an alarm.

Reports are that an off duty policeman, who was in the area, heard the distress call and responded.

Allegations are that Campbell opened fire at the policeman. A shootout ensued, the police said, and Campbell was fatally shot. A 9mm pistol was recovered from the scene, the police said.

Since the incident detectives from the St Andrew North and the St Andrew Central Division have since come out to state that Campbell was wanted for questioning in relation to a number of serious crimes, including murders, in their divisions.

Detectives also from the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences (CISOCA) are also reporting that Campbell was wanted for questioning in a rape case.

Officers from the CCU while giving an update on the investigation did not address reports from sources that the policeman was injured during the shootout.





PNP scrap plans for July delegates' confab

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pnp-headquarters.jpgThe People's National Party (PNP) has scrapped plans to stage a special delegates' conference in July to facilitate the Peter Bunting challenge for leadership of the organisation. Supporters of PNP President Dr Peter Phillips had pushed for a special delegates' conference for next month after Bunting announced plans to challenge for the leadership, but in a release last night, the party's executive said the election will take place ahead of its annual conference in September.

The release said the executive committee has recommended to the National Executive Council -- the second highest decision-making body of the party -- that the election of president and vice-presidents takes place on Saturday, September 7.

The private session of the annual conference is scheduled for Saturday, September 21, while the public session will follow on September 22. The nomination period for the election will open on Monday, July 22 and close at midday on Friday, July 26.





Tension high in Central Village

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crime-scene-gun.jpgTension remains high in Central Village, St. Catherine following a flare up of violence over the weekend which resulted in three persons being shot to death.

Senior Superintendent Clive Blair, head of the St. Catherine South Police Division, confirmed that the attacks are linked to a gang feud.

A resident of Central Village said that community members and children are fearful.

She has called for the intervention of political representatives and the security forces to prevent the situation from worsening.

Councillor for the Twickenham Park Division, Donovan Garth, told RJR News that access to services at the health centre and post office in the area is being affected due to community members being so fearful.

He has also called for an urgent fix to the issue.





shocked.jpgThe Manchester police have launched an investigation into an incident captured on video of a male student slapping a female student in the face multiple times at a prominent high school in the parish last week Wednesday (June 19).

The video which has since gone viral on social media shows the male student using both hands to slap the female student five times in the face in front of other students under a tree. The female student was repeatedly slapped despite an attempt to get away from the schoolboy, who at one point grabbed her hand.

The schoolboy while physically abusing the female student could be heard saying, "You no see me. Don't diss me. That me a tell you. Don't diss me."

The video ended showing the schoolgirl holding her face.

Head of the Manchester police Superintendent Wayne Cameron say that the police are investigating the incident.

"We have already gotten statements in this particular incident. We have been making significant strides. We intend to find that youngster and arrest him," Cameron said.

He added that the police will also be investigating the approach taken by the school to treat with the incident. "We are going to look exactly at what transpired in that school and what measures were taken by the persons responsible at that school to protect that young female at that particular time," he said.





Under the theme, 'One Nation, One People,' Jamaicans will celebrate the country's 57th anniversary of Independence, which will see many of the events being streamed live to the diaspora. The theme, which was chosen because it speaks to a very important area of focus on which the nation must pay attention, is also reminiscent of the island's motto, 'Out of Many, One People'.

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia Grange, who made the announcement, noted that while the country continues to celebrate the International Decade for People of African Ancestry, it is very important in the wider Jamaican context to observe the tenets of the national motto, 'Out of Many, One People'.

"We must always be reminded that this nation is a melting pot of cultures, built by people from many different ancestries. It is remarkable what we have been able to achieve by working together, and it is that spirit of unity that we want to engender as we celebrate our Independence and look to the future," Grange said in a press release.

Minister Grange said that Jamaicans at home and abroad should look forward to a very spirited Independence celebration as the ministry is working hard to make sure that events such as the Jamaica Festival Song Competition, the Jamaica Festival Queen Competition, the Jamaica Gospel Song Competition and the Grand Gala are spectacles to be remembered.

"This year we will welcome various heads of government for Independence and we intend to display the best of Jamaica as the eyes of the world will be upon us. We will be streaming most of our activities to the diaspora so that everyone feels a part of the Jamaica 57 celebrations. We are well advanced in our planning and things have been going well," she said.

The Jamaica Festival Song Grand Final will be held on July 27 at the National Arena in Kingston, with the Emancipation Jubilee slated for July 31 at Seville in St Ann. The National Arena will also host the Miss Jamaica Festival Queen Grand Coronation on Emancipation Day, August 1, the World Reggae Dance Championship Grand Final on August 2, Mello-Go-Roun on August 3, the Jamaica Gospel Song Grand Final on August 4, and the Pop and Variety Grand Final on August 5. Grand Gala will be held on Independence Day, August 6, at the National Stadium.





Gil Bailey, Earl Chin, Ken Williams, Jeff Barnes, Clive Hudson, Jeff Sarge, Tony Cobb, Disco Kid, Safia Seivright, Francine Chin, Pat McKay, Sister Lovely, DJ Roy, Dubb Master Chris, Gem Morrison, Ellen "Pat" Bailey and Vonnie McGowan will be honoured at this year's Merritone (Memorial) Family Fun Day. The 21st renewal of this event takes place August 11 at Heckscher State Park in Long Island, New York.

The honorees are among several disc jockeys who made their mark on radio in the tri-state area during the 1970s and 1980s

The day's theme will be 'Jamaica Radio Day'.

"These first 25 years, widely regarded as the golden years of Jamaican radio, showcased well over 60 radio contributors and independent content providers," noted Janice Julian, one of the organisers of Merritone Family Fun Day.

West Indian music and culture had little presence on radio in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut in the late 1960s when there was an influx of immigrants from that region to those states.

Pat Bailey and McGowan will be recognised posthumously.





buju-banton-photo-12.jpgBuju Banton recently linked up with Supreme New York for a T-shirt collaboration.

On Sunday, the Grammy-winning Reggae artiste uploaded a video vibing to King Tubby's dub version of the classic "Love I Can Feel" riddim while rocking the brand, "Buju Banton for Supreme," he wrote.

The "Wanna Be Loved" singer and Supreme later announced their T-shirt collaboration which was released on Thursday, June 27. Selling for $48 USD, the Buju Banton Supreme Tees were sold out within minutes.

Supreme is an American skateboarding shop and clothing brand established in New York City in April 1994. The designer brand caters to the skateboarding, hip hop, and rock cultures, as well as to the youth culture in general. The designer brand produces clothes and accessories and also manufactures skateboards. The brand currently has 11 locations.









ed-sheeran.jpgFollowing the release of the original, Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber have enlisted Koffee and Chronixx for the remix of their big hit "I Don't Care".

With the high-spirited tone of the record complementing Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber's smooth vocals on the original, Jamaican artists Koffee and Chronixx join in on the fun on the remix. As well as harmonising together, the two also take turns to showcase their vocals on the track to add to the summer vibe of the feel-good single.

"It nah go nice unless Jamaicans are on it! Recently, Recording Artist Ed Sheeran has been blessing listeners with new music, namely his upcoming "No. 6 Collaborations Project". One of the tracks that is doing its rounds is his collab with Justin Bieber titled, "I Don't Care". Today, Chronixx and Koffee combine their powers to deliver us a remix! While they give us that Dancehall Reggae vibes, Chronixx and Koffee basically own the song as Ed and Justin are left to just give us the chorus. Expect this one to make a lot of noise this summer. If she loves you like Keyshia loves Guwop, then it's real. While Ed Sheeran and Justin Biber dabbled in a lil Reggae and Dancehall in their careers, we'd love some proper Dancehall/Reggae collaborations in the future, and level the playing field. One complaint I have is, if you're going to have Jamaicans on a pop track, at least make the Youtube link playable in Jamaica (This is BS)."





romeich-entertainment-on-instagram-dont-live-your-life-for-anyone-but.jpgRomeich has responded to Cordell 'Skatta' Burrell leaking their Whatsapp conversation to the blogs.

On Friday, Romeich and Skatta's whatsapp negotiation for Shenseea, Teejay and Ding Dong Ravers being added to this year's Reggae Sumfest lineup, made its way on our social media timelines.

Romeich called out Skatta saying he thought only women made submissions on gossip blogs before addressing his interview with The Jamaica Star. "You did interview to star say me want 1 million for each artist and you post showing now say u always tell lies cause u show the fee!!," he said.

Romeich said Skatta leaking their private Whatsapp conversation will now have Dancehall industry players losing respect for him.

"Next thing me know all music manager and artist will loose respect for you for this because we know what a good artist is valued and for you to be fighting the issue so much to Prove a point , "Its really sad cause is a crime to defend me TALENTS if i am to tell Jamaica how much uno pay the other talents they woulda now see why i fight for my figures i want but see before me talk some things and make u loose your work and show people them why and what reason is behind you continuing this dont want to pay artist and a bring feelings me ago low this yah so and call it a day!!!! Mix up and Blender make #DANCEHALL NICE 🤣🤣🤣🤣 THANK GOD ME A ME OWN BOSS MEMBA," he continued.

Romeich then went on IG and got all philosophical:

Dont live your life for anyone but your self !!!

Be happy with yourself and happiness will follow 🏃‍♂️🏃‍♂️🏃‍♂️ dont stress the youths 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

Romeich entertainment on Instagram: "Dont live your life for anyone but your self !!! Be happy with yourself and happiness will follow 🏃‍♂️🏃‍♂️🏃‍♂️ dont stress the youths 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣"





romeich.jpgHe said, she said, they said....but this is what the voice notes really said: Whatsapp conversations between Cordell 'Skatta' Burrell and Romeich Major found its way on social media timelines.The two have been beefing over the last few weeks due to Shenseea, Teejay and Ding Dong Ravers being excluded from this year's Reggae Sumfest lineup.

According to Burrell, the Sumfest team reached out to Romeich back in February to book Teejay and Shenseea for the 'Greatest Reggae Show on Earth' however they failed to come to an agreement.

Romeich reportedly wanted JMD $3 Million to book all three acts, Shenseea, Teejay and Ding Dong Ravers. "He [Romeich] did not like that we only wanted two, but when he said three of them together and gave us an ultimatum, we said let's negotiate that," Skatta said.

skatta.jpgSkatta said things hit a stonewall when he made a counteroffer to book each act for JMD $300,000 to JMD $400,000, however Romeich quickly declined.

"We cannot pay $3 million for three, you're gonna have to come down on your price. We understand that you have a brand and it's good to showcase your brand, one behind each other, but you have to come down on your price," Burrell said he told the Romeich Entertainment principal. "Let us negotiate and work together and do a good production and good showing right in front of all of these corporate people and after that your brand is gonna gain more off this festival than a few hundred thousand dollars."

Shortly after Skatta Burrell disclosed his version of the story, Romiech refuted his claims saying its all a lie. "It is a lie, I did not want $1 million for Shenseea and Teejay, I did not ask for nothing like that for none of them," Romeich told the Jamaica Star. "Me nah go guh inna di price dem, but a lie dat. And even if I wanted that, my artistes are valued that because he is paying artistes that is not in their calibre at this moment, more than that. Him a pay artiste weh nuh double hotter than them, triple dat so even if a dat me did want, a dat mi fi get."

Romeich's response seemingly forced Skatta to release their Whatsapp conversation.





mr-vegas-on-instagram-be-inspired-ready-for-the-next-step.jpg"Look who received his high school GED Diploma. It's just the beginning!" Congratulations are in order for dancehall artiste Mr Vegas, who at age 44, finally earned his high school diploma.

Almost 30 years after dropping out of school in the ninth grade the Heads High artiste decided it was time enough to finish what he started.

In a post on his IG account on Thursday the deejay proudly displayed his GED (General Education Development) certificate signifying that he had met the North American high school-level academic skills.

Vegas said he had the courage to go after his diploma as his late mother's words were still ringing in his ears, advising him that it is never too late for a shower of rain. Not having graduated high school, as he said he didn't have the luxury of receiving one, he said at the start of this year, he set out to achieve that goal.

Mr.Vegas on Instagram: "Be inspired! Ready for the next step."

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Mr.Vegas on Instagram: "Look who received his HIGH SCHOOL GED DIPLOMA. It's just the beginning!"





Popular, music producer Troyton Hinds will be breaking new ground with his gospel rhythm, Healing Project.

Available for pre-order on his Troyton Music imprint, the rhythm is will be officially released in all digital stores on Friday, through Zojak World Wide.

Featured on the rhythm are: Paul Scott with Interlude Prayer; Kevin Downswell ( Lights); Chevelle Frankyln ( It Will Get Better); Omari ( I Am Healed); Alaine ( Boast Inna God); Jesome ( What About U); Samuel Medas ( Doctor); and Jermaine Edwards ( No Weapon).

"Each artiste on the rhythm brought their own style to the project. The rhythm has a song for everyone; supporters all over the world are already sharing their favourite song all over social media," Hinds told the Jamaica Observer.

Hinds, who has made a name for himself in dancehall circles, said he always wanted to do a gospel project.

"I wanted to do something like this three years ago, but God timing is always the right timing. I present my first inspirational gospel project to the world, and I am grateful with the response I have been getting," he said.

A former University of Technology engineering student, Hinds has been producing music for more than 23 years. His credits include I Octane's I A Cry and Gal A Gimmi Bun, Tarrus Riley's She Dangerous, and Take It by Mavado and singer Karian Sang.





shenseea-photo-1.jpgJada Kingdom and Shenseea have been feuding since last year and in a drama filled live feed on social media, Jada, a former gal-pal of Dancehall artiste, Shenseea, refused to acknowledge the existence of the Trending Gyal artiste, arguing that she does not know the new person her once-upon-a-time friend Chinsea Lee, has become. Responding to questions about her broken relationship with the Trending Gyal artiste, the 20-year-old sought to clear the air, suggesting that there was no acrimony between the two, only ambivalence.

"Mek mi mek dis clear; oonu si oonu artist, Shenseea, mi no know har. Me know Chinsea Lee; so whoever is Shenseea, da new person, da new da manufactured person deh weh oonu a support or whateva, mi no know har, mi neva meet har a day inna mi life, trus mi," Jada told her followers.

"From Shenseea bus, mi no see har. But Chinsea Lee, mi know har. Dat a di girl weh me did love an rate and dat was my fren. Mi no know who Shenseea is. Stop call up har name to mi; stop call up my name to har. She no inn my way, mi no inna fi har own...cause trus' mi when dem draw mi out, a different settings. Mi an nobaddy no have sh#t; stop call up mi nm wid people," she warned.

Jada, who turns 21 in September, asserted that unlike her former friend, she had not changed one bit.

"Mi a same f$@kin me; di same ghetto bloodc$@#t gyal from Bull Bay; mi no change. Yo can ask bout mi. From back inna school days mi par wid myself, caw me know me kill people. Mi slice people neck wid jus a book leaf. Mi pree different, so me jus stay by my self," she declared.

She also bashed some of her followers who apparently told her she was "hating on Shensseea," labeling them instigators of the conflict who were "too mix up," her sharp responses punctuated with expletives.





carleen-and-beenie-man-s-daughter-part-of-bumpaz-business-venture.jpgDancehall Queen Carlene is bringing her daughter with Beenie Man, Crystal Davis, into the business of dancehall.

Last month, the dancehall ambassador made headlines when she aired out her baby daddy Beenie Man for not stepping up for their daughter. She didn't go into details, but it was enough to trigger a response from the dancehall king who was spotted at his son's graduation. Carlene is now moving on from that drama, and now she and her daughter are teaming up for her new dancehall venture Bumpaz.

Crystal Davis recently graduated from upper-level high school with honors and was accepted at the University of the West Indies to pursue a degree in Business Administration. She will also serve as a part of the management team of Bumpaz, which is a Las Vegas-style dancehall venture geared towards adults who wants to showcase sexy.

"She's part of the team, and it has nothing to do with entertainment - just the business segment," Carlene told the Star. "She will be putting events together, making sure things are in order, whatever it takes to keep it alive as a business. She knows the difference between the business of dancehall and the performance - and she's always loved the idea of presenting dancehall."

Carlene added that Bumpaz would be something like the movie, Coyote Ugly, but tailored for a dancehall audience. "It's going to be tastefully sexy. So we have a sexy themed bar where there is vibes, hot girls serving patrons, sensual dance routines, contests that rewards women for their sexuality and good clean fun," she shared.

Carlene makes it clear that she is on a mission to bring sexy back to dancehall. However, her daughter, who is now 20 years old, will manage thing from behind the scenes.





The academic appeal of Jamaican culture, particularly reggae music, continues to take root globally.

The Univeristy of Minnesota, located in Minneapolis in the United States, recently played host to an International Summer Institute for Reggae Studies, where participants were able to benefit from the experience and expertise of a number of master artistes and scholars for seminars, ensemble rehearsals, and hands-on vocal and instrumental workshops devoted to the artistic practices and aesthetic development of popular music in Jamaica since its Independence.

The International Summer Institute for Reggae Studies and the post-colonial politics of race, class, and gender.

Among the local participants were Michael Fletcher and Ian Hird, both of the School of Music at Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts; and curator of the Jamaica Music Museum, Herbie Miller.

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia "Babsy" Grange was on hand to lend her support. The university's School of Music was honoured to host the event, the first International Summer Institute for Reggae Studies in North America. The programme's head, Professor Scott Currie and other music professors welcomed Minister Grange, along with Marlon Williams, senior education officer in the Core Curriculum Unit of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, and members of their delegation.

Grange stated that the action taken by the university to explore reggae music via an academic approach is similar to programmes established at The University of the West Indies in Jamaica, which has a Reggae Studies Unit. the institute at the University of Minnesota is the first such initiative in the United States. Grange went on to say that the contribution of reggae to Jamaica's revenue and competitiveness on the international stage is well-documented but not sufficiently shared. She shared her hope that the University of Minnesota institute will enhance and contribute to the body of knowledge about reggae, and notes the "outstanding economic contribution" of the genre to the world's creative economy.





skatta.jpgA Whatsapp conversations between Cordell 'Skatta' Burrell and Romeich Major have found its way on social media, after it was allegedly leaked to a few websites. Skatta and Romeich have been feudingover the last few weeks due to Shenseea, Teejay and Ding Dong Ravers being excluded from this year's Reggae Sumfest lineup and many articles have been written and they have appeared on popular entertainment programmes to air their side of the drama.

According to Skatta, the Sumfest team reached out to Romeich back in February to book Teejay and Shenseea for the 'Greatest Reggae Show on Earth' however they failed to come to an agreement.

romeich.jpgRomeich reportedly wanted JMD $3 Million to book all three acts, Shenseea, Teejay and Ding Dong Ravers. "He [Romeich] did not like that we only wanted two, but when he said three of them together and gave us an ultimatum, we said let's negotiate that," Skatta said.

Skatta said things hit a stonewall when he made a counteroffer to book each act for JMD $300,000 to JMD $400,000, however Romeich quickly declined.

"We cannot pay $3 million for three, you're gonna have to come down on your price. We understand that you have a brand and it's good to showcase your brand, one behind each other, but you have to come down on your price," Burrell said he told the Romeich Entertainment principal. "Let us negotiate and work together and do a good production and good showing right in front of all of these corporate people and after that your brand is gonna gain more off this festival than a few hundred thousand dollars."

Shortly after Skatta Burrell disclosed his version of the story, Romiech refuted his claims saying its all a lie. "It is a lie, I did not want $1 million for Shenseea and Teejay, I did not ask for nothing like that for none of them," Romeich told the Jamaica Star. "Me nah go guh inna di price dem, but a lie dat. And even if I wanted that, my artistes are valued that because he is paying artistes that is not in their calibre at this moment, more than that. Him a pay artiste weh nuh double hotter than them, triple dat so even if a dat me did want, a dat mi fi get."

Romeich's response seemingly forced Skatta to release their Whatsapp conversation.





super-cat-diss-shaggy-wicked.jpgA viral video which sees veteran Dancehall deejay, Super Cat, blasting Shaggy is making the rounds on social media, but dancehall fans are not impressed. They say Shaggy has done more for Jamaica than super Cat, so there is no reason why Shaggy can't be an ambassador for the music and the island. They also say that as a veteran, Super Cat needs to chill, and it doesn't matter whether or not his outburst stemmed from him drinking a bit too much. After all, alcohol only gives you the courage to say things that you otherwise would only think of saying.

"Super Cat mi rate you still from way back when, but you should not be getting on Shaggy's case, who I will defend to the end. Shaggy has done so much for Jamaica outside of music that no one in their right sense of mind should be against him... mind you I am not here to sway anyone from their opinion.

If the cat would have said that Shaggy should not be THE ambassador because Bob, Dennis Brown, Peter Tosh (to name a few) were better suited.... then it would be a different story."

"Hey Super Cat, put eeen yuh false teet, sidung inah yuh rocking chair and feed yuh gran pickney dem wid porridge."

"Super Cat is living in the 80s. Him a so call old bad man. Shaggy duh way more fi Jamaica than the Cat. Him feel him can just duss anyone who he feels. One a dem day yah di wrong man going to button him up real nice"

"Some of these artists need to be mindful of the type of behavior they are exhibiting, and how they will be emulated by the youths. You cannot expect better from the youths with this type of bad behavior from the older ones."

In a video, reportedly filmed at a dancehall session in Brooklyn, New York, recently -- Super Cat takes the microphone from the emcee and launches at an expletive-laced tirade against Shaggy.

"Shaggy, how come you a talk 'bout you a reggae embassy? Hey, we no need no ambassador... Reggae no need no b**** c ambassador," said Super Cat, champagne flute in hand.

His utterances elicited laughter from the audience, especially among younger patrons.

Singer Yami Bolo, who tried to seize the microphone, also felt the brunt of the deejay's wrath.

"Hey Yami, you fi b*****c learn. Shut up before mi lick out yuh ears drum. You see Tenor Saw dead, a should a you dead... Go siddung!" said Super Cat.





digicel.jpgDigicel launched its Saucy Summa promotion on Friday, announcing that it will give away over $20 million in cash and prizes during the campaign, with the main prize being a 2020 Kia Sportage SUV.

With much fanfare, Digicel promised an exciting time during the summer for customers, with a variety of prizes on offer.

The launch, held at the Digicel retail store at the communication leader's headquarters in downtown Kingston, was streamed live on social media, where Damion Brown and Anissa Merchant won $25,000 each for answering a question on Instagram and Facebook respectively. Digicel also gave two-day unlimited social and talk plans to 25 individuals on both platforms.

There were also prizes for those who were at the store for the launch. Deneve Sweeney won a sauce-tasting contest for a Samsung S10, with Donna Young who finished second getting $20,000 and Dave Simms $10,000 in phone cards.

Michael Thomas meanwhile out ate his rivals in a spicy wings eating contest to win a smart TV as Cornelius Dunkley and Mechia Henry-McDonald won $20,000 and $10,000 for finishing second and third respectively.

According to Digicel's director of marketing, Monique McLeod, the Saucy Summa promotion is the entity's way of giving back while bringing vibes and excitement to customers. She said the campaign should stimulate discussions for a long time with the various prizes and opportunities to win.





jah-cure-on-instagram-history-was-made-in-africa-biggest-sold-out-events-in-kenya-over-20-years-in-the-industry-of-reggae-music.jpg"HISTORY WAS MADE IN AFRICA. BIGGEST SOLD OUT EVENTS IN KENYA OVER 20 YEARS IN THE INDUSTRY OF REGGAE MUSIC!! I'M SO PROUD TO BE A VESSEL.. THANK YOU JAH. THANK YOU MY FANS. THANKS FOR THE LOVE OF THE PEOPLE....#ILOVEYOUKENYA❤️ #THELOVEWASREAL #THANKSTOMYMAASAIWORRIORS

#ROYALESOLDIERTOUR2019

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This is what reports out of Nairobi say: "A poor stage performance by the main act, a malfunctioning sound address system and shortage of alcohol for the revelers is what summed up an overly underwhelming show," Nairobi News Nation reports.

Jah Cure reportedly made a dramatic entrance at exactly 2:15am in a full traditional Maasai attire, a rungu and mic on either hand and an escort of six Maasai Morans, however he did not live up to his high billing.

"Right from the start, Jah Cure got off on the wrong footing. Soon after coming on stage, Jah Cure was met with a sound glitch with his mic malfunctioning. The most annoying thing was that for almost 10 minutes he seemed not to notice until the crowd got agitated," the report continued.

"Once the mic had been fixed, Jah Cure sent the wild with his first words on the mic. The night looked promising. A few minutes later, he left the stage to go back stage for a change of clothes. But then he took long to get back, something that didn't seem to please the fans."

JAH CURE on Instagram: "HISTORY WAS MADE IN AFRICA. BIGGEST SOLD OUT EVENTS IN KENYA OVER 20 YEARS IN THE INDUSTRY OF REGGAE MUSIC!! I'M SO PROUD TO BE A VESSEL....."





jahvillani-clarks-pon-foot.jpgFast rising dancehall artiste Jahvillani has scored another hit with the single Clarks Pon Foot.

Clarks Pon Foot highlights Jamaica's unending love for the English made shoes.

Dancehall aficionados have compared Clarks Pon Foot to the timeless Clarks by Vybz Kartel, featuring Popcaan and Gaza Slim.

The buzz over Clarks Pon Foot on BBC radio in the UK, created a demand for Jahvillani to appear as a guest on Tim Westwood TV.

Clarks Orginal has since posted the video for the single on their official Instagram account, thanking the artiste and Jamaica as a whole for keeping the brand at the forefront of dancehall culture.

Jamaicans are known to favour the Dessert boot and Wallabee versions of the shoe.

Javillani, who gained recognition for the single 'Wild Side Government', is booked as part of the 6ix crew to close dancehall night of Reggae Sumfest.





Fans are loving Lila Ike's new music video

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lila-ike.jpgRising reggae singer Lila Ike has released the music video for her latest single Where I'm Coming From. Lila returned to her rural roots in Christiana, Manchester, to capture visuals for the video.

Locations seen throughout the four-minute clip include her family home, the shop her mother owns and a small room she once rented, as well as footage of Lila singing at her high school graduation.

Where I'm Coming From comes on the heels of her collaboration with mentor Protoje and Agent Sasco on the single Not Another Word.

The video is directed by Nickii Kane.

Lila will embark on her first headlining European tour on July 25 with her own band.

She also has plans to begin work on her debut EP once she returns to Jamaica at the end of her summer tours.





king-beenie-man-on-instagram-my-daughter-maiya-and-her-team-copped-a-national-gold-mesa.jpgBeenie Man left his fans shocked when he posted a picture of his daughter, simply because she is younger than Marco Dean, his son with D'Angel, who many persons thought was his last child.......before girlfriend Krystal gave birth the other day.

"My Daughter Maiya and her team copped a National Gold Mesa at this year's JCDC Festival of the Arts. ❤🙏🏾 I am so proud of you baby girl. You were always a star but now you have the trophy and medal to prove it. #JCDC #NationalGoldMedalist #IronLikeALion"

Well, it looks like it was a good thing that Carlene draw him out when she bashed him for being a deadbeat dad two weeks ago after his no-show at daughter Krystal's graduation. It seems like everyday Beenie is posing up on social media with one of his kids since then. He made a big deal of Marco Dean's recent graduation and also posed up with his baby daughter Xiah.

Gwaan do yuh ting pon IG Doctor.

King Beenie Man on Instagram: "My Daughter Maiya and her team copped a National Gold Mesa at this year's JCDC Festival of the Arts. ❤🙏🏾 I am so proud of you baby girl...."





Two weeks to Vybz Kartel Appeal Verdict?

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vybz-kartel-photo-23.jpgIn an Instagram post by Fox 5 news reporter Lisa Evers she captioned a Vybz Kartel pic with information on his appeal verdict.

She said information could come anytime within the next two weeks, attributing the information to his lawyer Tom Tavares Finson.

Check out her post - "I called him today for an update. Mr. Tavares-Finson tells me that it's been about a year since he filed the appeal. The 3 Judge Tribunal in Jamaica which will make the decision on his fate is only in session for 2 more weeks. He is optimistic the ruling will be in Kartel's favor. If the Tribunal does not issue a ruling by the time they go on summer break, it could be issued anytime after they return in October."

She also added that Tavares-Finson told her that Vybz Kartel was dealing with medical issues, but now his health has stabilized.

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#developing #update @vybzkartel murder case appeal "could come anytime within next 2 weeks" says his high powered attorney Tom Tavares-Finson. I called him today for an update. Mr. Tavares-Finson tells me that it's been about a year since he filed the appeal. The 3 Judge Tribunal in Jamaica which will make the decision on his fate is only in session for 2 more weeks. He is optimistic the ruling will be in Kartel's favor. If the Tribunal does not issue a ruling by the time they go on summer break, it could be issued anytime after they return in October. ***Tavares-Finson tells me Vybz Kartel was dealing with medical issues but now his health has stabilized. Maybe having so many chart topping hits and the prayers and support of millions of fans around the world is helping his situation. @bobbykonders @realjabba #hot97 @hot97 @yeti_boss_tv @jaradiotv @urbanislandz #fox5ny #fox5news @fox5ny

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lambert-brown.jpgOpposition Senator Lambert Brown has said household helper Doreen Miller, who has found herself at the centre of the scandal involving the former Minister of Education, Ruel Reid, has declared that she did not receive any of the nearly $4 million found in an account bearing her name.

That, and other matters involving Reid and activities at the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) over which the Ministry of Education has oversight responsibility, are now part of several investigations.

Brown's comment about Miller, and his insistence on going down a certain path during the debate on Friday on the Act to Amend the Petroleum Act, led to Senate President Tom Tavares-Finson eventually ruling that Brown could take no further part in the debate.

That led to a walkout by Opposition Senators.

The Petroleum Act was amended to allow for the transfer of J$208 billion from the PetroCaribe Fund to the Consolidated Fund. It was previously passed in the House of Representatives.

Brown started out by stating that: "The public is aware of strange payments through the CMU to a so-called household helper of the then Minister Ruel Reid.

The opposition Senator said he had used the word 'so-called' deliberately.

"I want to know if that almost $4 million allegedly instructed to be paid to Miss Doreen Miller, the so-called household helper of (former) minister Ruel Reid came out of any of that PetroCaribe money that went to the CMU," said Brown.

Stating that it was important to know whether Miller had received any of the money, Brown answered his own question.

"I don't need an answer from the government. Miss Miller has spoken to me and she said not a single cent of the money came to her," said Brown who attempted to continue but was cut off by Tavares-Finson.

"Senator Brown, with the greatest of respect, if that be the case maybe you need to give a statement to the PAAC (Public Administration and Appropriations Committee of the parliament) or to the police."

"Anybody want the statement come and ask me for it," Brown responded.

Tavares-Finson appealed to Brown to stick to the script by ensuring his presentation was relevant to the specific legislation that was being debated.

However, Brown would persist. He proceeded to ask whether Miller was asked to open a bank account for which the bank card and the bank information were controlled by a family member of Reid's.

At this time Pearnel Charles Jr., who was acting as Leader of Government Business in the Senate, rose on what was the first of a handful of points of order from him.

Charles Jr told Brown that his presentation was not relevant to the debate but the Opposition Senator insisted that clauses 4 and 6b of the bill spoke to the liability of the PetroCaribe Fund.

"And I read those and I'm therefore asking about the liability. Who has the liability for those money which went through the CMU to this fund....because I'm aware that the account of Miss Miller that she opened, was controlled by family members of the then minister so I want to know who is going to pay it back," said Brown.

He said the Opposition was not opposed to the transfer of the $208 billion from the PetroCaribe Fund to the Consolidated Fund, rather he said it was concerned about how well the money will be spent

Brown noted that the Member of Parliament for North Clarendon, Horace Dalley, during the House debate on the bill had asked the Energy Minister Fayval Williams whether any funds ($400 million) were sent to the CMU from the PetroCaribe Fund. Brown noted that the minister did not provide an answer. On Friday, Brown questioned whether the money sent to the CMU is a liability that has to be paid back.

"Given what I have heard coming out of the parliamentary committee about the CMU, (I want to know) whether any of this PetroCaribe money is part of a kickback we are operating through the CMU, a kickback scheme to a particular former minister of government," said Brown.

At this point, Tavares-Finson reminded Brown that he had already made a ruling about relevance and told him to move on.

"If you wish to deal with this issue there are other ways to deal with it," the Senate President said.

But, Brown would not relent, declaring that "it is important that we don't blame Doreen Miller for the CMU money".

When a senator enquired about his reason for mentioning Miller, Brown said: "I have permission so to do, I have permission so to do. She wants her name cleared."

Government Senator Charles Sinclair told Brown the Senate was "not the place to clear the lady's name."

"It is inappropriate for the senator (Brown) to be detailing matters that are under investigation; not only details, but he's giving particulars, arising from his own investigation which in my view, could compromise the investigation that is being carried out and it should not be permitted," said Government Senator, Ransford Braham.

At this stage, Tavares-Finson warned Brown. He said: "Senator Brown, I have made the ruling so continue down that road at your own peril." Brown fired back stating that he had no fear when he was on the quest for the truth. Tavares-Finson responded pointing out that Brown had been calling the names of people who have not been convicted before any court.

"You're calling names in a matter that the whole country knows is under investigation," he added.

At this point, Opposition Senator KD Knight told Tavares-Finson that Brown should be allowed to continue in the public interest but the president would not budge on what should be addressed in the debate to which Brown responded: "My freedom of speech is not going to be muzzled." At one stage Brown said it was his purpose to clear Miller's name.

"In relation to that aspect of your presentation if you return there I'm going to bring your presentation to a close," Tavares-Finson responded.

Still defiant, Brown said: "Mr President I don't need to engage you on this because more will come out later on."

The issue of relevance was again raised when Brown asked whether any of the $208 billion being transferred from the PetroCaribe Fund to the Consolidated Fund would be spent to upgrade the consular service. He asked the question in the context of the alleged mistreatment of five Jamaican fishermen by the United States coast guard against which the men have since taken legal action. During the numerous interventions and points of order from the government side, Opposition Senator Wentworth Skeffrey could be heard asking "how unno so nervous, how unno so nervous?"

The back and forth saw Brown asking whether the President had lost control of the Senate after he was interrupted for the umpteenth time.

"Continue and you will find out," Tavares-Finson quipped.

Fifteen minutes later, Brown proposed the setting up of a broad-based entity similar to EPOC (Economic Programme Oversight Committee) to oversee how the $208 billion is spent. He then made mention of several scandals that have dogged the Jamaica Labour Party government since the party retook the reins of government in 2016. Brown then warned that "this money could go down the drain because I have seen two ministers separated for at least mismanagement and based on what some people are saying inside the parliamentary chamber at least one could very well..."

The Opposition senator did not finish the statement as he could be heard responding to a colleague telling him to be careful by asking "careful of what?" At the same time, Senator Braham rose on a point order stating that he did not want Brown to finish the statement. Braham pointed out that Brown was at least insinuating the names of persons in wrongdoing. "It's not the function of this chamber to convict anybody ...it's a dangerous trend," Braham said.

At this point, the Senate president pointed to section 43 (1) of the standing orders and ruled that Brown discontinue his presentation resulting in the opposition senators walking out of the chamber.

While government members applauded the ruling, Brown was not done. On his way out the chamber, he could be heard shouting "the commissioner of police has said a minister is under criminal investigation."

Police Commissioner Major General Antony Anderson has said that Reid is under a criminal probe.

Following the walkout, the sitting continued and the bill was eventually passed without amendment.





andrew-holness-photo-5.jpgCARICOM sources say Prime Minister Andrew Holness stormed out a meeting at the 40th Annual Heads of Government summit in Castries, St. Lucia on Thursday.

Holness apparently disagreed with his regional colleagues on the position adopted on the contribution to be made by the so-called developed countries of CARICOM.

The Prime Minister supposedly indicated that Jamaica has financial issues to deal with and noted that a decision had been made some years ago that the country would not be part of the second tranche payment to the CARICOM Development Fund (CDF).

The CDF is mandated to provide financial or technical assistance to disadvantaged countries, regions and sectors in CARICOM.

Informed sources say Jamaica is questioning the accuracy of report of previous meetings on the matter.

Jamaica's position is reportedly to opt out of making a contribution to the CDF at this time.

However, some Caribbean countries such as Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Antigua and Barbuda, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and St. Kitts-Nevis contend that Jamaica cannot opt out and that it is an obligation of each member by way of treaty.





reggae-sumfest-on-instagram-rider-a-set-of-requests-or-demands-that-a-performer-sets-as-criteria-for-performance.jpgThis year, Reggae Sumfest has released the requests made by three of the artistes set to perform on the festival slated for July 19 and 20 at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Centre in Montego Bay. The festival's organisers took to social media and posted a list of the items requested in the rider of dancehall kingpin Beenie Man; the top-rated female deejay Spice and conscious reggae chanter Jah9.

Beenie Man will be performing on Friday, July 19 alongside his one-time arch-rival Bounty Killer in what is being billed as one of the must-see moment of Reggae Sumfest this year.

In his rider Beenie Man has requested an air conditioned, secure, well-lit backstage area complete with six fresh hand-size white towels; one quart of the popular alcoholic liqueur Campari; 24 cans of the energy drink Red Bull; three bottles of 19 Crimes red wine; one bottle of the French sparkling wine Belaire Rosé; a cheese and crackers tray, as well as chicken wings. The artiste known for dancehall anthems such as Girls Dem Sugar, King of the Dancehall and World Dance has also requested that he and his team be given at least one sound check before the performance.

Spice is arguably the hardest working female artiste coming out of Jamaica at this time. She recently extended her brand to include television, with a second season on the American reality show Love and Hip Hop Atlanta, which recently won for best in its category at the MTV Movie and TV Awards.

Spice's rider for Reggae Sumfest, as posted on the festival's Instagram page, sees her requesting champagne from the French brand Moët & Chandon; three cans of cashews; 3 cans of almonds; assorted fruit; an ice chest (igloo) with ice; 12 face/hand towels and two full-length mirrors.

Reggae Sumfest on Instagram: "📖 Rider: a set of requests or demands that a performer sets as criteria for performance. 🎙• Let's get to know @jah9online a little better!..."

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Reggae Sumfest on Instagram: "📖 Rider: a set of requests or demands that a performer sets as criteria for performance. 🎙• Wings 🍗 Wine 🍷 & AC 🌬 ... fit for the King 👑..."

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Reggae Sumfest on Instagram: "📖 Rider: a set of requests or demands that a performer sets as criteria for performance. 🎙• Take a sneak peek at what the Queen of..."





Bolt launches new champagne and riddim

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usain-s-leo-bolt-on-instagram-what-a-night-the-launch-of-the-olymperoseriddim-was-epic.jpgTrack and field legend Usain Bolt inked a deal with French champagne house GH Mumm to produce his own line of 'bubbly' called Olympe Rosé and used a dancehall riddim of the same name to launch the product to his Jamaican audience. Bolt drew on the talents of his up-and-coming producer cousin Rajah "Pluggs" Nelson to create the soundtrack of the newest champagne available locally.

Nelson, who is also from Sherwood Content, the same community in Trelawny as the double world-record holder, was naturally overjoyed when he was given what he deemed to be the opportunity of a lifetime.

"They said they wanted a rhythm for a project that they were working on. They gave me the details... champagne, olympic, celebratory so I just went from there. I know what Usain likes musically. He's into uptempo, party vibe kinda songs, so I sent them a few beats and they chose what suited them and the product. It was a fun process, but at the same time mind-blowing to see it all come to life and be part of the recordings. As an upcoming producer it really helped me a lot to understand the business and has definitely helped me to get new contacts. I now have a certain amount of leverage in the business. It's kinda hard for up-coming producers to reach out to artistes and now because of this everything has changed and people are now coming to me," he shared with the Jamaica Observer.

There are currently five artistes on the rhythm -- Munga, Chris Martin, former national footballer Ricardo "Bibi" Gardner, Ding Dong, and Dexta Daps.

Bolt has since taken to social media to post a few pictures, along with the caption: "What A Night✨🔥💥🎶🎼 🥂The launch of the #olymperoseriddim was epic. Be sure to go out the get the riddim.

Link for music in my BIO🙌🏽

Usain St.Leo Bolt on Instagram: "What A Night✨🔥💥🎶🎼 🥂The launch of the #olymperoseriddim was epic. Be sure to go out the get the riddim. Link for music in my BIO🙌🏽 📸..."

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Usain St.Leo Bolt on Instagram: "Near Music Alert🎶!!! New Music Alert!!!!🎶 Out Now!!! Out Now!!!!! 🎶Olympe Rosé Riddim🔊 ‼️ Epic launch last night of the #OlympeRose'Riddim...."





Producer, Rvssian drops a whopping fifty-five million Jamaican dollars (J$55-million) US$420,000 on a spanking new Rolls-Royce Truck, only to find out the air conditioning system isn't working.

The international recording artiste/producer in a lengthy post uploaded to Instagram, said he dropped ($55,347,600 JMD) on his RR Truck earlier this year and has been having some difficulties since.

"How would you feel if you bought a 420,000 dollar car and the AIR CONDITION doesn't even work?," he asked fans before telling them to drop the trash emoji under the dealership's IG pages.





eek-a-mouse-threatens-foota-hype-if-foota-come-over-he-svck-his-dick.jpgEek-A-Mouse continues to shock as he unleashes his one-of-a-kind attack on selector Foota Hype. Mouse , in a song, more like a chorus tells Foota that he will s@#k Foota Hype's penis. Remember, Foota lashed out at Mouse recently and called him gay. Mouse responded by saying he wasn't. Then, to top it all, yesterday, he released yet another video, in which he gives Foota extensive and detailed lessons on the vagina, and even goading Foota - "Yuh never f@#$ one small and pretty like this yet boy?" he asks. Mouse says he is the vagina specialist and coins some interesting terms for his 'profession'.

Eek-A-Mouse Threatens Foota Hype | if Foota Come Over He Svck His D!ck!!! (It Gone To Porno War!)





michael-jackson.jpgMichael Jackson fan clubs are suing two men featured in the 'Leaving Neverland' documentary for allegedly tarnishing the late singer's image.

Three separate organisations for fans of the 'Thriller' hitmaker - who passed away in 2009 - in France have hired a lawyer to put forward a case against the men featured in the HBO documentary, in which the alleged Michael had sexually abused them after befriending them as children.

According to MailOnline, the three French fan clubs - the Michael Jackson Community, the MJ Street, and On The Line - entered documents accusing the men of sullying the pop-star's image at a court in Orleans last week, with the help of lawyer Emmanuel Ludot.

Under French law, sullying the image of a dead person is a criminal offence, unlike in Britain or America where libel and defamation laws do not offer this protection.

The fan clubs claim the allegations against the 'Billie Jean' singer are "extremely serious" and "a genuine lynching" of his character.

Although the report doesn't name the two men involved in the lawsuit, the four-hour HBO documentary focuses on the testimonies by James Safechuck, 41, and Wade Robson, 36, who recounted separate but consistent accounts of how Michael had allegedly molested them at his Neverland Ranch home when they were children.

The documents state the fan clubs are seeking symbolic damages of one euro each, and their decision to hire Ludot for the case comes after he successfully sued Michael's doctor Conrad Murray for causing distress to the singer's fans by giving him the sedatives that he overdosed on.

Five fans of the 'Beat It' singer won symbolic damages of one euro each in 2014 after the court in Orleans agreed they had suffered "emotional damage" from the pop star's death, but the ruling was seen as legally dubious by experts.





Scooter Braun is "open to having a private conversation" with Taylor Swift following his acquisition of Big Machine records.

The 38-year-old entertainment manager purchased the record label - which Taylor was signed to from 2005 to 2018 - from Scott Borchetta over the weekend for a reported $300 million, and with it acquired the 'ME!' hitmaker's back catalogue of master recordings.

Following the news, 29-year-old Taylor - who has previously accused Scooter of "bullying" her - posted a lengthy statement in which she said she felt "grossed out" by the business deal, and insisted she never got a chance to buy her master recordings herself.

Since posting her statement - which detailed the deal as her "worst case scenario" - several stars have come to the defence of both Taylor and Scooter with public statements, but Scooter himself has remained silent, with sources now saying he'll only discuss the matter in private with the 'Look What You Made Me Do' singer.

An insider told Us Weekly magazine: "Scooter is open to having a private conversation with Taylor to clear up everything that went down. He reposted some messages of support on his Instagram Stories, but he has no intention of releasing a formal statement and blowing up the situation even more than it already has been. This is between Scooter and Taylor, not the world."

So far, the likes of Taylor's 'ME!' collaborator Brendon Urie, Halsey, and Cara Delevingne have publicly shared messages of support for Taylor, whilst Nicki Minaj, Adele, Miley Cyrus, Gwen Stefani, Rihanna, Lana Del Rey, Selena Gomez and Camila Cabello have all reportedly stopped following Scooter on social media since the row broke out.

Ariana Grande originally posted a message of support for Scooter - who is her manager - on her Instagram Story, but later deleted the post, while another of Scooter's artists, Justin Bieber, has publicly defended him.

Meanwhile, former Big Machine Records boss Scott Borchetta has disputed Taylor's account and insisted she was offered a new record deal which would have given her back all her "assets", including the master recordings and implied she knew about the deal before it was announced, something which the 'Bad Blood' hitmaker's representative later insisted wasn't the case.





marcia-griffiths-photos-5.jpgThe album,In her new album, Marcia Griffiths is reviving a golden age in Jamaica's music history

The album, Timeless, contains remakes of songs from the Heptones, Toots and the Maytals, The Cables and Jackie Opel to name a few.

These were among the singers and musicians who recorded under Studio One, one of Jamaica's most renowned record labels and studios which was referred to as the Motown of Jamaica.

Studio One was home to many artists including Bob Marley and the Wailers, Burning Spear, Lee Scratch Perry, the Skatalites and Griffiths herself.

"Studio One, that is where all the greats, legends, everyone came out of. It was music with substance and longevity and I figured these songs are so timeless and beautiful I would love to do my version of these songs," she told Loop in an interview via phone.

Even though she was part of the stable of stars under Studio One, Griffith, 69, said the journey into selecting songs was certainly a discovery.

"There are songs I discovered that I loved when I was a girl but I never knew they were Studio One songs. It was so hard to pick these songs because there are so many. Jackie Opel was a fantastic singer from Barbados, I did one of his tracks "Cry Me a River' I did a song from Leroy Sibbles from the Heptones "Baby be True", just to name a few," she said.

The first single from the album is "What Kind of World is This" which was first recorded in 1968 by Jamaican vocal trio, The Cables, at Studio One. Marcia Griffiths cover the single and adding her own touch to it, which is most fitting for the captive fan base Marcia has cultivated around the world.

Griffiths said she was moved to focus specifically on this music because she felt today's generation needed to be exposed to the foundation of the music.

"I just want to relive some of these songs so this generation can know where the music is coming from. We laid the foundation for everything that is happening now," she said.

Griffiths said the young people are receptive. She sang some of the songs at a few shows in Europe and th young people loved it she recalled.

"It was overwhelming," she said.

She made her first stage appearance at the tender age of 11 with Byron Lee and the Dragonaires before choosing an offer from Clement Dodd, founder of Studio One. During the course of her career, she sang backup for Bob Marley and the Wailers as a member of the I Threes and sang duets with Marley and Bob Andy among others.

As a solo artist, she saw early success with the song "Feel like Jumping'.

"It was not easy," she said of her early days.

"As a young girl in this male-dominated business, you are just out there vulnerable to these guys. When I went to Studio One I met Bob, Bunny Wailer, and Toots. With these three militant guys always watching you had to be careful with what you are doing," she said.

Griffiths said she never had any vision of singing as a profession and credits Marley for changing her view.

"I was just enjoying doing it, l loved to sing and I never took it seriously. It wasn't until I started working with Bob and I saw how seriously he took his music, it was his life. That was when I realised it was not just music or entertainment. I said this is a responsibility we have, this is our only vehicle we have to use to unite the world which is what Bob really did. I am thankful for that experience, it opened my eyes," she said.

Griffiths urged reggae singers today to remember that it is important to communicate to the world in a positive way.

"It is all about the message and it is only through the medium we can communicate to the world and teach this generation. If you are not aware and conscious of your position to make a positive contribution you will fall by the wayside.

"I will continue to do my little part and always advise my peers to try to make a positive contribution. We are the ones God chose, we are the ones who can take it to the world. I want to besiege every one of them let us make positive contribution, send positive messages to teach, educate everyone just like Bob, we would like to take the gospel to the world," she said.

Reflecting on her long career, Griffiths said it is a wonderful feeling to cross age barriers.

"Music is ageless and as long as God preserves me and I am able to do what I can, teach, uplift and educate through my music I will continue to do it. As long as I am making other people happy I am good," she said.

Timeless is produced by Donovan Germain and executive producers Tad A. Dawkins and Tad A. Dawkins Jnr. The classic renditions from this album are available on compact disc (CD), vinyl, and all digital platforms worldwide.

TIMELESS TRACKLIST

01. What Kind of World

02. Once Upon A Time

03. Baby Be True

04. True Believer

05. Love Me Forever

06. Love Is a Treasure

07. Your Love

08. I'm The Toughest

09. Ska Medley

10. Rock Steady + This Old Man

11. Home

12. My Guiding Star

13. Declaration of Rights

14. Cry Me A River

15. Stranger in Love





Commuters duck for cover

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Commuters were sent scampering for cover when a man employed by the St Ann Municipal Corporation was shot and injured at the Ocho Rios Transportation Centre on Wednesday afternoon.

The transport centre is barely 150 metres from the Ocho Rios Police Station.

The injured man has been hospitalised in a stable condition.

Preliminary reports are that sometime after 1:00 p.m., the municipal worker was collecting fees in the park when he was pounced upon and shot in the neck by an armed man.

The hoodlum managed to take a small sum of money from his victim before fleeing the scene.

The injured man was then assisted to the hospital.

The Ocho Rios police are now investigating the daring incident and searching for the attacker.





The world's second largest stock market NASDAQ, has named Guyana as the fastest growing economy in the world. In a report, NASDAQ said that with a projected growth rate of 16.3 per cent during the four-year period 2018-2021, Guyana is the fastest growing economy in the world.

NASDAQ says that with a GDP size of US$3.63 billion (2018 Rank: 160), a growth rate of 4.1 per cent in 2018 and 4.6 per cent in 2019, Guyana's economy is expected to grow by 33.5 per cent and 22.9% in 2020 and 2021 respectively.

The report added that Guyana is a middle-income country that has an abundance of resources.

The report also pointed to the ExxonMobil discoveries in Guyana and the income that will come to the country when oil production begins next year.

Exxon is expected to start producing up to 120,000 barrels of oil per day from the Liza Phase 1 development next year and the country is projected to be among the world's largest per-capita oil producers by 2025.





e-Commerce platform officially launched

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WiPay, an e-commerce platform which allows users to make, accept and process digital payments, was officially launched in Jamaica last Thursday at the AC Hotel in Kingston.

Jamaica thus became the latest Caribbean country to embrace the Trinidadian technology solutions company that aims to simplify e-commerce for micro-small, medium and large businesses.

"While consumers in the US, Europe and many other parts of the world are enjoying the convenience of e-commerce, e-payments and an overall e-world, many countries in Latin America and the Caribbean are being left behind and are still operating primarily with hard cash and other paper-based services," said chief executive officer (CEO) Aldwyn Wayne.

He acknowledged that with the Government of Jamaica's increased focus on building a modern economy through digital payments, the country is making good headway to developing the right ecosystem for economic growth through e-commerce.

Wayne then indicated that WiPay was elated to be a part of this technological advancement in Jamaica and that will move the current e-commerce system into the first world.

WiPay's online payment system caters to businesses who want to sell their products and services online, WiPay enabling them to accept both credit and debit cards, bank accounts and cash online from "anyone, anywhere, anytime".

To utilise WiPay, the company has to download the WiPay plug-in and add it on their website. Alternatively, if a company does not have an official website, then it can use the Zwillo Invoice application and send an invoice to a customer who can then pay with a credit card, bank account or with a cash voucher.





The political, business and academic communities were well represented as hundreds packed the Portmore New Testament Church of God at Bayside, Portmore, St Catherine on Saturday for the thanksgiving service for the life of Leon Thomas Jr, the son of Portmore Mayor, Leon Thomas Snr.

Thomas Jr, who died on June 4 after a brief illness, was hailed as a "model citizen" by Opposition Leader and President of the People's National Party (PNP), Dr Peter Phillips, who paid tribute on behalf of the party.

The young Thomas was a member of the PNPYO, the party's main youth organisation. He was also a past student of Calabar High School, the Portmore Community College and Excelsior Community College, where he earned a bachelor's degree in marketing.





UNIA blasts gov't over Garvey memorablia

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President General of the United Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League (UNIA-ACL), Michael Duncan, has blasted the Government over the protracted delay in restoring the birthplace of National Hero Marcus Mosiah Garvey in St Ann's Bay describing it as shameful.

In a release, Duncan said eight years after ground was broken to restore the premises, located at 32 Marcus Garvey Way in the parish capital, nothing has been done, noting that it is shameful to see the legacy of the UNIA founder and Jamaica's first National Hero Marcus Garvey being dragged around in this manner.

On October 12, 2011, Bruce Golding, then prime minister, broke ground for the establishment of what was dubbed the Marcus Garvey Park. The public was informed that based on the recommendations of the Jamaica National Heritage Trust (JNHT), the memorial park would include a memorial wall, storyboards and park furniture, as well as the restoration of the existing house.

Olivia Grange, who was then minister of youth, sports and culture, promised at the time that Marcus Garvey Park would be unveiled and officially opened a year later, in October 2012.

Duncan said that despite changes in the Government on more than one occasion since the groundbreaking, no priority has been given to the project, hence non-completion.

Describing the project as one of the most significant to be undertaken in Jamaica, Duncan said it would "open the eyes of Jamaicans and the rest of the world to the life of this great man and create a channel for more people of the world to be attracted to Jamaica.

"Go ahead and implement this project as soon as possible," he urged.

Several of Garvey's relatives still occupy the premises while they wait on the Government to find appropriate alternate residence for them, as promised. The Gleaner understands that part of the reason for the delay in relocating the occupants stems from the inability of the residents and the Government to agree on a suitable location and the number of houses to be allocated.

One relative said that the Government is proposing to hand over two houses, which would prove inadequate as there are three families currently residing on the premises





The alleged victim at the centre of sexual harassment case at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts has been given the go-ahead to address a parliamentary committee.

She's to appear before an in-camera sitting of the Public Administration and Appropriations Committee of Parliament (PAAC) next week.

Permission was granted following a vote on her appearance by PAAC members.

This morning, the alleged victim, with support from human rights lobby group Jamaicans for Justice, staged a brief protest at Gordon House to highlight the issue of sexual harassment.

She came prepared to address the committee but some PAAC members shut down that request.

PAAC Chairman, Dr Wykeham McNeill, expressed disappointment arguing that she should be heard.

He was supported by committee members Mikael Phillips, Fitz Jackson, and Phillip Paulwell.

All eight government PAAC members voted against allowing her to publicly address the committee arguing that her remarks would elicit trauma and it was not fair to the accused.

Their colleague Marisa Dalrymple-Philibert congratulated the alleged victim for coming forward, adding that persons who sexually harass others must be called out.

The matter was put to a vote with six of eight government members backing an in-camera appearance.

McNeill expressed pleasure that she will be heard.





NDM sad at passing of co-founder

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The National Democratic Movement (NDM) is expressing deep sadness at the passing of founding general secretary and co-conceptualiser, Brascoe Lee.

Lee died yesterday morning after a brief illness.

NDM President, Peter Townsend, in a statement today said Lee strongly believed that the political system was too self-serving and operated almost exclusively in the interest of the Jamaica Labour Party and People's National Party and their ruling class instead of the people of Jamaica.

"Hence, he became one of the chief architects of the formation of the National Democratic Movement (NDM) which was launched in October 1995 with an agenda to reform the Jamaican constitution and change the ugly aspects of the political culture, for the development of a better country, worthy of our great people.

"He was a fearless warrior, a patriot, and innovator. May his soul rest in peace," said Townsend.





An inmate is now dead following an incident at the Horizon Adult Remand Centre in Kingston.

A correctional officer is also hospitalised. The Department of Correctional Services confirmed the tragedy.

But, it said it would not provide further information as a probe is currently under way to ascertain the circumstances surrounding the incident.





digicel.jpgContrary to multiple media reports and statements made by the Prime Minister of Antigua & Barbuda over the last two weekends, Digicel would like to make it clear that that it has not received any approaches of any kind at any time from the Prime Minister or anyone in the Government of Antigua & Barbuda with regard to a buyout of Digicel's operations in the twin island state.

For the avoidance of doubt, any assertions to the contrary are complete fiction and represent part of an ongoing campaign by the Government of Antigua & Barbuda to distract and disseminate false information.

As such, Digicel would also like to take this opportunity to bring the focus back to the real issue at hand - namely the unfair, anti-competitive and illegal actions by the Government of Antigua & Barbuda in seeking to confiscate Digicel's legally allocated spectrum for the benefit of the state-owned operator, APUA.

With the matter before the Courts, Digicel will fight vigorously to defend its customers and its business in the interest of fair and healthy competition in Antigua & Barbuda.





Antigua wants to buy Digicel

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digicel-photo-1.jpgThe Antigua and Barbuda government says it remains committed to buying out the operations of the Irish-owned telecommunication company, Digicel, as the authorities announce new initiatives in its ongoing battle to have the company and competitor Flow, formerly the British telecommunication giant Cable and Wireless, share the spectrum space with a state-entity.

Last month, Digicel, defended its decision to secure a High Court order preventing the government from sharing any of the 850 MHz spectrum it has been allocated with the state-owned Antigua Public Utilities Authority (APUA).

But speaking on his privately-owned radio station over the last weekend, Prime Minister Gaston Browne said he believes that Digicel "is showing an inclination to have possibly a 49-51 percentage situation.

"That's the sticking point because we want the majority," he said, adding that if the Digicel officials are prepared to "look at the possibility APUA...acquiring Digicel Antigua then we may have a deal".

Earlier, Senior Counsel Anthony Astaphan told radio listeners that the government is moving to amend the Telecommunications Bill so as to provide further protection for APUA.





Barbican victim was wanted by police

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police-cars.jpgThe man who was fatally shot by an off duty policeman in Barbican, St Andrew on Friday was wanted for questioning in relation to several murders, rape and other serious crimes which were committed in and around the Corporate Area, the police are reporting.

He has since been identified as Peter Campbell o/c Peanut, a resident of a Barbican address.

Reports from the Corporate Communication Unit (CCU), are that at about 10:30 p.m., Campbell went to a section of Barbican Road where he held up a number of persons and was about to rob them when residents in the area raised an alarm.

Reports are that an off duty policeman, who was in the area, heard the distress call and responded.

Allegations are that Campbell opened fire at the policeman. A shootout ensued, the police said, and Campbell was fatally shot. A 9mm pistol was recovered from the scene, the police said.

Since the incident detectives from the St Andrew North and the St Andrew Central Division have since come out to state that Campbell was wanted for questioning in relation to a number of serious crimes, including murders, in their divisions.

Detectives also from the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences (CISOCA) are also reporting that Campbell was wanted for questioning in a rape case.

Officers from the CCU while giving an update on the investigation did not address reports from sources that the policeman was injured during the shootout.





PNP scrap plans for July delegates' confab

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pnp-headquarters.jpgThe People's National Party (PNP) has scrapped plans to stage a special delegates' conference in July to facilitate the Peter Bunting challenge for leadership of the organisation. Supporters of PNP President Dr Peter Phillips had pushed for a special delegates' conference for next month after Bunting announced plans to challenge for the leadership, but in a release last night, the party's executive said the election will take place ahead of its annual conference in September.

The release said the executive committee has recommended to the National Executive Council -- the second highest decision-making body of the party -- that the election of president and vice-presidents takes place on Saturday, September 7.

The private session of the annual conference is scheduled for Saturday, September 21, while the public session will follow on September 22. The nomination period for the election will open on Monday, July 22 and close at midday on Friday, July 26.





Tension high in Central Village

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crime-scene-gun.jpgTension remains high in Central Village, St. Catherine following a flare up of violence over the weekend which resulted in three persons being shot to death.

Senior Superintendent Clive Blair, head of the St. Catherine South Police Division, confirmed that the attacks are linked to a gang feud.

A resident of Central Village said that community members and children are fearful.

She has called for the intervention of political representatives and the security forces to prevent the situation from worsening.

Councillor for the Twickenham Park Division, Donovan Garth, told RJR News that access to services at the health centre and post office in the area is being affected due to community members being so fearful.

He has also called for an urgent fix to the issue.





shocked.jpgThe Manchester police have launched an investigation into an incident captured on video of a male student slapping a female student in the face multiple times at a prominent high school in the parish last week Wednesday (June 19).

The video which has since gone viral on social media shows the male student using both hands to slap the female student five times in the face in front of other students under a tree. The female student was repeatedly slapped despite an attempt to get away from the schoolboy, who at one point grabbed her hand.

The schoolboy while physically abusing the female student could be heard saying, "You no see me. Don't diss me. That me a tell you. Don't diss me."

The video ended showing the schoolgirl holding her face.

Head of the Manchester police Superintendent Wayne Cameron say that the police are investigating the incident.

"We have already gotten statements in this particular incident. We have been making significant strides. We intend to find that youngster and arrest him," Cameron said.

He added that the police will also be investigating the approach taken by the school to treat with the incident. "We are going to look exactly at what transpired in that school and what measures were taken by the persons responsible at that school to protect that young female at that particular time," he said.





Under the theme, 'One Nation, One People,' Jamaicans will celebrate the country's 57th anniversary of Independence, which will see many of the events being streamed live to the diaspora. The theme, which was chosen because it speaks to a very important area of focus on which the nation must pay attention, is also reminiscent of the island's motto, 'Out of Many, One People'.

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia Grange, who made the announcement, noted that while the country continues to celebrate the International Decade for People of African Ancestry, it is very important in the wider Jamaican context to observe the tenets of the national motto, 'Out of Many, One People'.

"We must always be reminded that this nation is a melting pot of cultures, built by people from many different ancestries. It is remarkable what we have been able to achieve by working together, and it is that spirit of unity that we want to engender as we celebrate our Independence and look to the future," Grange said in a press release.

Minister Grange said that Jamaicans at home and abroad should look forward to a very spirited Independence celebration as the ministry is working hard to make sure that events such as the Jamaica Festival Song Competition, the Jamaica Festival Queen Competition, the Jamaica Gospel Song Competition and the Grand Gala are spectacles to be remembered.

"This year we will welcome various heads of government for Independence and we intend to display the best of Jamaica as the eyes of the world will be upon us. We will be streaming most of our activities to the diaspora so that everyone feels a part of the Jamaica 57 celebrations. We are well advanced in our planning and things have been going well," she said.

The Jamaica Festival Song Grand Final will be held on July 27 at the National Arena in Kingston, with the Emancipation Jubilee slated for July 31 at Seville in St Ann. The National Arena will also host the Miss Jamaica Festival Queen Grand Coronation on Emancipation Day, August 1, the World Reggae Dance Championship Grand Final on August 2, Mello-Go-Roun on August 3, the Jamaica Gospel Song Grand Final on August 4, and the Pop and Variety Grand Final on August 5. Grand Gala will be held on Independence Day, August 6, at the National Stadium.





Gil Bailey, Earl Chin, Ken Williams, Jeff Barnes, Clive Hudson, Jeff Sarge, Tony Cobb, Disco Kid, Safia Seivright, Francine Chin, Pat McKay, Sister Lovely, DJ Roy, Dubb Master Chris, Gem Morrison, Ellen "Pat" Bailey and Vonnie McGowan will be honoured at this year's Merritone (Memorial) Family Fun Day. The 21st renewal of this event takes place August 11 at Heckscher State Park in Long Island, New York.

The honorees are among several disc jockeys who made their mark on radio in the tri-state area during the 1970s and 1980s

The day's theme will be 'Jamaica Radio Day'.

"These first 25 years, widely regarded as the golden years of Jamaican radio, showcased well over 60 radio contributors and independent content providers," noted Janice Julian, one of the organisers of Merritone Family Fun Day.

West Indian music and culture had little presence on radio in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut in the late 1960s when there was an influx of immigrants from that region to those states.

Pat Bailey and McGowan will be recognised posthumously.





buju-banton-photo-12.jpgBuju Banton recently linked up with Supreme New York for a T-shirt collaboration.

On Sunday, the Grammy-winning Reggae artiste uploaded a video vibing to King Tubby's dub version of the classic "Love I Can Feel" riddim while rocking the brand, "Buju Banton for Supreme," he wrote.

The "Wanna Be Loved" singer and Supreme later announced their T-shirt collaboration which was released on Thursday, June 27. Selling for $48 USD, the Buju Banton Supreme Tees were sold out within minutes.

Supreme is an American skateboarding shop and clothing brand established in New York City in April 1994. The designer brand caters to the skateboarding, hip hop, and rock cultures, as well as to the youth culture in general. The designer brand produces clothes and accessories and also manufactures skateboards. The brand currently has 11 locations.









ed-sheeran.jpgFollowing the release of the original, Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber have enlisted Koffee and Chronixx for the remix of their big hit "I Don't Care".

With the high-spirited tone of the record complementing Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber's smooth vocals on the original, Jamaican artists Koffee and Chronixx join in on the fun on the remix. As well as harmonising together, the two also take turns to showcase their vocals on the track to add to the summer vibe of the feel-good single.

"It nah go nice unless Jamaicans are on it! Recently, Recording Artist Ed Sheeran has been blessing listeners with new music, namely his upcoming "No. 6 Collaborations Project". One of the tracks that is doing its rounds is his collab with Justin Bieber titled, "I Don't Care". Today, Chronixx and Koffee combine their powers to deliver us a remix! While they give us that Dancehall Reggae vibes, Chronixx and Koffee basically own the song as Ed and Justin are left to just give us the chorus. Expect this one to make a lot of noise this summer. If she loves you like Keyshia loves Guwop, then it's real. While Ed Sheeran and Justin Biber dabbled in a lil Reggae and Dancehall in their careers, we'd love some proper Dancehall/Reggae collaborations in the future, and level the playing field. One complaint I have is, if you're going to have Jamaicans on a pop track, at least make the Youtube link playable in Jamaica (This is BS)."





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