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DANCEHALL NIGHT : Thursday, July 19
INTERNATIONAL NIGHT 1: Friday, July 20
INTERNATIONAL NIGHT 2: Saturday, July 21
Artiste added to lineup for concert in New York
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Rumours have been circulating that dancehall superstar Mavado have been banned from Canada.
Chairman of the People's National Party, Robert Pickersgill says the party has no record of having received a gift from former Olint boss David Smith.
Yesterday the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) and former Prime Minister P J Patterson both issued statements reacting to media reports regarding benefits allegedly received from Smith, the jailed Jamaican who headed the collapsed investment scheme.
The statements followed reports of a Confiscation Order issued by the Supreme Court of the British Caribbean colony, Turks and Caicos, claiming that both the Opposition JLP and the ruling PNP, as well as Patterson and Daryl Vaz, benefited from donations from Smith.
In a brief statement, the Opposition party said that it was aware that Olint/David Smith "was one of many contributors to the JLP campaign over the period leading up to the September 2007 General Election". The JLP added that it was "examining the claim that US$5 million was donated to the party".
Former Prime Minister, PJ Patterson categorically denied allegations that he received US$1 million.
Patterson said he had referred Smith to PNP campaign director Donald Buchanan about contributing to the campaign. He said he did not know what resulted from those discussions.
Pickersgill said the party has also not received any formal communication in relation to the court document.
Smith was sentenced to 30 years in prison by the United States District Court in Orlando, Florida last August. He was accused of defrauding thousands of customers of more than US$220 million and was convicted after pleading guilty to 18 counts of money laundering, four counts of wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering.
Continually embracing the motto "United Against Violence" and with an unrelenting determination to unite nations through music, MIRF has designed three days of stellar programming this summer.
Included in the roster of confirmed artists are: Konshens, Khago, Assasin and Christopher Martin, Chma, Tarrus Riley and Luciano "The Messenger" who returns to North America after a five year hiatus.
To celebrate Jamaica's jubilee of independence in splendor, it is fitting that the unique and multi-talented, Honorable Jimmy Cliff (O.M) will headline this year's festival. Immortalized by the character Ivanhoe Martin in the 1972 Perry Henzell classic film, The harder They Come and its hit list soundtrack that included, You Can Get It If You Really Want, Many Rivers To Cross, Sitting In Limbo and the unforgettable title track, The Harder They Come, Jimmy Cliff also started his musical career in 1962, the year of Jamaica's independence.
The song Miss Jamaica, was one of Jimmy Cliff's earliest hits, composed in recognition of Jamaica's August 6, 1962 independence; and for 50 years since then it has remained closely linked to the lowering of the British flag and presentation of Jamaica's new colors black green and gold. Jimmy Cliff, whose real name is James Chambers, is currently the only living artist to hold the Order of Merit, the highest honor granted by the government of Jamaica for achievement in the arts and sciences.
- MARCIA GRIFFITHS EMPRESS OF REGGAE
- JUDY MOWATT FOR SPIRITUAL SERVICE THROUGH MUSIC
- FREDDIE MCGREGOR FOR 50 YEARS OF DEDICATED & UNTIRING SERVICE TO JAMAICA AND THE WORLD THROUGH MUSIC
- KEN BOOTHE- FOR BEING MOST CONSISTENT IN THE PRESERVATION OF JAMAICA'S ROCKSTEADY MUSIC
- ERIC DONALDSON - THE KING OF JAMAICAN SONG CONTEST IN PAST 50 YEARS
- CHARLES CAMERON- FOR SIXTY YEARS OF UNTIRING CONTRIBUTION TO JAMAICAN MUSIC
- COPELAND FORBES FOR 50 YEARS OF VALUABLE CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE MUSIC INDUSTRY
- BERKO AKOTO OWUSU, AFRICAN SPECTRUM- FOR OUTSTANDING JOURNALISTIC CONTRIBUTION TO AFRICAN AND WORLD MUSIC
- ONSTAGE TV- WINFORD WILLIAMS FOR MOST VALUABLE MEDIA CONTRIBUTIONS TO REGGAE IN THE LAST DECADE
- This history making 31st IRAWMA and the 20th anniversary IFOL is sponsored by NBC 5 TV- Chicago, The Chicago Park District, Chicago Office of Tourism, J.FC Jerk and Fried Chicken, Robert Scott - One Stop Studio, Rogers Park Fruit Market, Insurance Brokers, Inc, Captain Hooks Fish/Chicken and Firehouse, KCB Inc and others. The Marriott Chicago Midway Airport is the official hotel for the five days celebration. For reservation call 1-708-594-5500 and mention the code words "Festival/Awards".
Flight AA2038 was scheduled to depart at 8:45 yesterday, but never left until 7:53 p.m.
"They first told us that plane was defective and they had to get some parts from Miami, and the aircraft would leave at 10:00 a.m, then they said 2:00 p.m, which moved to 4:00 p.m and the time went on and on," says Margaret Wadsworth, a passenger who spent 13 hours waiting at the airport.
According to Wadsworth, when she and the other passengers eventually boarded the aircraft at 5:30 p.m, inside the plane was extremely hot.
"Some of us started to panic, and within minutes we were told there was an electrical problem," she said.
The airline was forced to disembark all the passengers, where further checks were made, after which the aircraft departed, but not before the 12 passengers and their bags were delisted.
An American Airlines official said once the passengers requested to be taken off, the airline was obliged to adhere to their request.
She also said there was no other flight that could accommodate the passengers all day today.
"There was nothing we could do but to have them wait until the problem was fixed."
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Sea Splash Resort is located near the beach in Negril and close to Seven Mile Beach, Kool Runnings Water Park, and Negril Hills Golf Club. Additional area points of interest include Negril Lighthouse.
Sea Splash Resort features a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool and a spa tub. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas. The property offers a roundtrip airport shuttle (surcharge). Wedding services and tour/ticket assistance are available. Guest parking is complimentary. Additional property amenities include a concierge desk, multilingual staff, and secure parking.
Air-conditioned guestrooms at Sea Splash Resort feature ceiling fans and windows that open. All accommodations have balconies. Bathrooms feature shower/tub combinations and hair dryers. In addition to safes, guestrooms offer phones with voice mail. Housekeeping is available daily.
"Our partnership will provide accessible, high-quality cancer care for a population that is underserved," said Gordon Baltzer, CEO of MEI Healthcare Inc. Baltzer will be speaking at the groundbreaking. "Currently, patients need to be treated abroad, which is costly and incredibly difficult for patients and their families. As a result, many patients have gone without treatment."
The Cancer Centre Eastern Caribbean will provide high-quality medical, radiation and surgical oncology services. The facility will include state-of-the-art technology capable of administering intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT). The centre will be used as the hub for consultation services being offered to the participating member countries.
"Nearly 1,000 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed each year in the OECS and, of those, approximately 400 will need radiotherapy at some time in their disease course," said Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister, The Hon. Baldwin Spencer in a prepared statement. "I recognize that currently there are no facilities in the Eastern Caribbean that are truly comprehensive and offer both surgery and radiation...(and) it's important for us to develop the facilities necessary to provide support to patients who have cancer."
The Hon. Arthur T. Porter, M.D., Chair of the Board of MEI and a key driver of this project, stated, "MEI insures that the Eastern Caribbean will have the technology platform to deliver modern day cancer therapy at a level commensurate with that of the USA, Canada or Europe."
During a regional healthcare symposium in 2009, government officials expressed interest in developing a partnership with the private sector to equip a cancer center in Antigua with the latest oncology services and technical expertise. The "partnered care" model being used to create the facility is a cost-effective solution to bringing the latest technology to the region.
MEI provides business development, capital equipment funding strategies and growth consulting services to physicians, hospitals and healthcare systems worldwide.
Tony Fiddy, President of the Waste to Energy Division and Regional Vice President for Europe and Africa, Naanovo Energy Inc., says waste to energy plants could lower the power costs of many nations tremendously.
"In St. Kitts we will be building a plant and selling power for US.20 cents to the government there, resulting in a huge savings that will be passed along to the consumer," said Fiddy, a panelist on the"Going Green" Invest Caribbean Now Forum organized by Felicia Persaud's Hard Beat Communications and the CTO and held on Wednesday, April 18, 2012, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at the Guyana International Conference Centre in Liliendaal, Guyana.
The forum also featured Loreto Duffy-Mayers, Project Manager for the Caribbean Hotel Energy Efficiency Action (CHENACT) Programme and Ujjwal Bhattacharjee, a specialist in renewable energy and energy efficiency with a focus on technology, investment and policy and a consultant on the CHENACT project.
The CHENACT Study found that green investments in the Caribbean hotel sector offers a sufficient critical mass to spur entrepreneurial activity and both Duffy-Mayers and Bhattacharjee expressed the hope that a Clean Energy Policy will be incorporated into the National Energy Policy of countries and replicated throughout the region.
The forum was a partnership between the CTO and Invest Caribbean Now, the brand founded by Felicia Persaud, the Guyana-born CEO of the New York-based digital media company Hard Beat Communications.
Persaud, who co-convened and moderated the forum, urged the 100 delegates to remember that "investing in clean energy is not just environmentally responsible, but good business."
"No region offers more long-term growth prospects for renewable energy than the Caribbean," said Persaud.
Last year, according to the UN Environment Program, investors pumped a record two hundred and 11 billion US dollars into renewables globally and this is projected to grow to 1.7 trillion by 2020. Of the 211 billion, $72 billion was invested in developing countries vs. $70 billion in developed economies. South and Central America secured $13.1 billion of that amount. The Caribbean was not accounted for in this study.
"And so it is a challenge to the Caribbean region to position itself to take advantage of this new sector sustainably and with transparency. Our leaders must begin to think outside the box and be unafraid to move beyond the traditional sectors - for instance out of a dying sugar industry, to ethanol," Persaud added. "We must tap investment into this sector to create new jobs and limit our dependence on the up and down prices of oil and grow our economies like our south American neighbors and really make a mark on this generation."
The Caribbean Tourism Organization has been staging its Annual Conference on Sustainable Tourism Development, otherwise known as the Sustainable Tourism Conference (STC), since 1997. The 2012 conference was presented by the CTO and hosted by the Government of Guyana from April 15-18, 2012.
Team Jamaica Bickle, Inc. is a 501(c)(3 ) not-for-profit organization, based in New York, formed in 1994 under the leadership of Irwine G. Clare Sr., to provide much needed support for Jamaican athletes who compete at the annual Penn Relays Carnival, held at the University of Pennsylvania. Team Jamaica Bickle, Inc.,has supported athletes and athletic programs for the past 17 years. Currently, TJB services extend to a delegation of approximately 750 Athletes, coaches and volunteers from Jamaica; other Caribbean countries (which includes Trinidad and Tobago and St. Vincent & The Grenadines, Grenada and Bahamas), as well as from the USA..
In 1999, Team Jamaica Bickle became the first Jamaican organization to be a participating sponsor at the Penn Relays, thus allowing us to partner with our corporate friends. As a result, the Jamaican flag became the first foreign nation's flag to be flown at the Penn Relays, a distinction unmatched. Over the years, TJB has received several proclamations and awards from numerous local and national entities.
Team Jamaica Bickle provides the following services:
- Meals and other refreshments
- Physical therapy, chiropractic, mentorship and medical services
- Transportation to and from the stadium each day
- Airport transportation: arrival & departure
- Subsidized hotel rate
- Subsidized air fare
In honor of Jamaica's & Trinidad and Tobago's 50th Anniversary of Independence, TJB's goal is to offer a $50 per night rate tot the athletes - a more than 50% discount. We are asking for your help in making this a reality. The organization needs to raise $60,000 to meet that need. Every little bit counts. This is in addition to their annual budget of approximately $95,000.
A big push is welcome over the next 3-4 days. We do appreciate the help!!
Please visit http://teamjamaicabickle.com/. There is a donate button on the home page (right side). Your donations are tax deductible!
Please confirm with me one you have made your donation. Alternately you may write a check to Team Jamaica Bickle Inc. and mail to the following address. Please state 'PRO2012', on your check so I can keep track of my records & efforts. Thank you so very much! And don't hesitate to call me if you need more information.
Please Mail to or I can make arrangements to pick-up:
Team Jamaica Bickle
c/o Irwine G. Clare
Caribbean Immigrant Services, Inc
159-05 Hillside Ave
Jamaica, NY 11432
- Building institutional capacity at all levels-- for example, supporting Katye Pam Poze's emergency risk reduction and response modules.
- Contributing to build infrastructure and processes -- from basic physical work space to the creation of a single national emergency warning system.
- Supporting knowledge and innovation - by financing university research to identify new ways to tackle risk whilst channeling efforts of the young.
- Funding research and assessments --information gathering and sharing is one of Haiti's major challenges.
- IT/online infrastructure, software and training so that databases and critical information can be shared.
- Helping build comprehensive disaster risk reduction programs in priority cities and departments since reducing risk across the whole country at the same speed is impossible.
- Build national capacity to assess, monitor and reduce risks. In particular, build on the progress made on seismic risk reduction while also strengthening cyclone/hydro capacity.
- Supporting communications and public awareness campaigns.
"The Government of Haiti is charting a new course on disaster reduction and management, one based on resilience, best practices and community integration ensuring sustainable development," concluded Mayard-Paul.
A young man believed to be in his early twenties, was stabbed at the close of Carnival Tuesday's Parade of Bands at Queens Park Savannah.
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Keecia Ellis, daughter of the late musical icon Alton Ellis, is Miss Jamaica UK 2011-12. Miss Ellis captured the title at the 22nd staging of Miss Jamaica UK a in London over the weekend. Hosted under the distinguished patronage of High Commissioner to London, Miss Ellis told RJR News that among her priorities during her reign is to initiate a greater awareness of laws relating to copyright issues within the reggae music industry. She said that such is her passion as too many reggae artists are having problems surrounding such legislation and their ability to access royalties. She also pledged to take centre stage in many Jamaican communities across Britain during 50th year of independence celebrations next year, promoting the values and cultural legacy that makes Jamaica and its people proud. Chief organizer, June Daley, highlighted the significance of Jamaica's independence celebrations in Britain next year, stating that Miss Jamaica UK will play a vital role in helping to fly the flag high. Proceeds from the pageant will go to Jamaica's Inner city Foundation and the East Africa Famine appeal.
Negril: The Miss iBlack Nude Pageant is unapologetically the most eye-popping pageant on the planet. This one-week extravaganza is a classy, jaw-dropping parade of the most sensationally beautiful black women alive and it takes place in Jamaica from September 25 to October 3, 2011. The venue is the hypnotically lush paradise resort of Hedonism 11 in Negril, located on the secluded end of the town's seven mile white sand beach.
The Miss Black Nude Pageant is broadcast on the HBO Real Sex series and this year's staging will bring together twelve of the sexiest chocolate ladies from across the United States competing for cash prizes and the coveted crown. The event is one of the most requested and repeated shows on the HBO channel.
The girls typically come from all walks of life. Some are college students, others are exotic dancers and a few from this year's bevy of beauties work in the private sector. They all are as supremely talented as they are irresistibly beautiful, but only one lucky lady can glide away with the crown.
Pageant director Delores Dickson pointed out that this year is the eighteenth renewal of the pageant, and she said that over the years, the delegates have benefitted from the competition to educate themselves and finance their college education. She noted that a recent delegate graduated from Howard University as an ophthalmologist and another qualified as a medical doctor and is now enjoying a productive career in immunology in the Washington DC area.
During this sizzling week, the twelve luscious ladies of color from multiple American cities will compete in several categories of competition: evening wear, swimsuit, talent showcase, a Burlesque routine and the all-important nude showcase. Hollywood, a celebrity choreographer from the Washington DC area will work with the girls to perfect their routines and a panel of judges will determine the eventual winner on the night of Saturday October 1.
"We are very excited to be back in beautiful Jamaica with our first-class show", Dickson beamed. When Dickson is not doing the pageant or engaged in one of her other entertainment enterprises, she spends time raising funds for cancer research. She created the Miss Black Nude pageant after watching the Miss America pageant one night, and she wanted to do a similarly classy event for women of color, but with a daring twist.
Over the years, the pageant has built a devout following of loyalists who travel to witness this thriller every year. "The Miss Black Nude pageant is my pied piper" Dicky Rockingham, a New York fan confessed. "Every year I go with my girlfriend and her friends, and to say the event is mesmerizing, magical and mouthwatering is to put it mildly. I think each year the girls are plucked from the Garden of Eden", he drooled.
Hundreds of pageant fans are expected to converge on Negril during pageant week, and guests can participate in a number of activities including fashion shows, pajama parties, body painting, toga parties, wet t-shirt contest and nude volley ball playoffs. Or one can simply daydream under the soul-warming rays of the tropical sun.
Hedonism 11 is an adult all-inclusive playground for pleasure that nourishes the body, the mind, the spirit and the soul. For over thirty years, this trend-setting resort has shattered inhibitions, pushed the limits of human endurance and brought untold joys and fulfillment to hedonists from all corners of the globe. And all the rumors, legends and myths you've heard about Hedonism are all true!
By Senator Gaylord Nelson, Founder of Earth Day
What was the purpose of Earth Day? How did it start? These are the questions I am most frequently asked.
Actually, the idea for Earth Day evolved over a period of seven years starting in 1962. For several years, it had been troubling me that the state of our environment was simply a non-issue in the politics of the country. Finally, in November 1962, an idea occurred to me that was, I thought, a virtual cinch to put the environment into the political "limelight" once and for all. The idea was to persuade President Kennedy to give visibility to this issue by going on a national conservation tour. I flew to Washington to discuss the proposal with Attorney General Robert Kennedy, who liked the idea. So did the President. The President began his five-day, eleven-state conservation tour in September 1963. For many reasons the tour did not succeed in putting the issue onto the national political agenda. However, it was the germ of the idea that ultimately flowered into Earth Day.
I continued to speak on environmental issues to a variety of audiences in some twenty-five states. All across the country, evidence of environmental degradation was appearing everywhere, and everyone noticed except the political establishment. The environmental issue simply was not to be found on the nation's political agenda. The people were concerned, but the politicians were not.
After President Kennedy's tour, I still hoped for some idea that would thrust the environment into the political mainstream. Six years would pass before the idea that became Earth Day occurred to me while on a conservation speaking tour out West in the summer of 1969. At the time, anti-Vietnam War demonstrations, called "teach-ins," had spread to college campuses all across the nation. Suddenly, the idea occurred to me - why not organize a huge grassroots protest over what was happening to our environment?
I was satisfied that if we could tap into the environmental concerns of the general public and infuse the student anti-war energy into the environmental cause, we could generate a demonstration that would force this issue onto the political agenda. It was a big gamble, but worth a try.
At a conference in Seattle in September 1969, I announced that in the spring of 1970 there would be a nationwide grassroots demonstration on behalf of the environment and invited everyone to participate. The wire services carried the story from coast to coast. The response was electric. It took off like gangbusters. Telegrams, letters, and telephone inquiries poured in from all across the country. The American people finally had a forum to express its concern about what was happening to the land, rivers, lakes, and air - and they did so with spectacular exuberance. For the next four months, two members of my Senate staff, Linda Billings and John Heritage, managed Earth Day affairs out of my Senate office.
Five months before Earth Day, on Sunday, November 30, 1969, The New York Times carried a lengthy article by Gladwin Hill reporting on the astonishing proliferation of environmental events:
"Rising concern about the environmental crisis is sweeping the nation's campuses with an intensity that may be on its way to eclipsing student discontent over the war in Vietnam...a national day of observance of environmental problems...is being planned for next spring...when a nationwide environmental 'teach-in'...coordinated from the office of Senator Gaylord Nelson is planned...."
It was obvious that we were headed for a spectacular success on Earth Day. It was also obvious that grassroots activities had ballooned beyond the capacity of my U.S. Senate office staff to keep up with the telephone calls, paper work, inquiries, etc. In mid-January, three months before Earth Day, John Gardner, Founder of Common Cause, provided temporary space for a Washington, D.C. headquarters. I staffed the office with college students and selected Denis Hayes as coordinator of activities.
Earth Day worked because of the spontaneous response at the grassroots level. We had neither the time nor resources to organize 20 million demonstrators and the thousands of schools and local communities that participated. That was the remarkable thing about Earth Day. It organized itself.
To say that YardFlex didn't party hard in T&T would be an understatement. As always, carnival delivers a plethora of colors, culture and beautiful costumes and this year D Krewe's band was no exception. YardFlex was hosting in one of the top medium sized bands to date and every year it seems to get hotter and hotter. D Krewe's band was a mixture of locals and foreigners, gays, straight and in betweens and we all had a ball! When I think of D Krewe, one thing comes to mind and that is FUN! There's a vibe that everybody has that makes this one of the premier and safest bands to spend your carnival experience with. I miss it already......I guess you can say that I have a real 'carnival tabanca' and for my non-Trinis, I'm suffering from severe carnival withdrawl. Oh well, I'll just start my countdown for next year's uper event. By the way, carnival 2k12 is February 20th and 21st. Time to wine!!!
Joe Mignon, senior programme director for Jean's Yele Foundation, says Jean was shot in the hand after 11 pm local time Saturday in the city of Delmas, just outside Port-au-Prince.
Jean's brother, Samuel, confirmed the musician was shot. Neither he nor Mignon had additional details.
The shooting came on the eve of presidential elections in Haiti. Jean is supporting fellow musician Michel Martelly.
A spokesman for the Haitian National Police could not be immediately reached for comment.
CMC - Two medical personnel have been charged with the death of a Jamaican psychiatric patient in 2008.
Prosecutors said a nurse and an aide at the sprawling Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn have been charged with allowing Esmin Green, 49, to die on the floor of the psychiatric ward and then covering up her death.
Green was recorded on a surveillance camera tape lying face-down in the emergency room for nearly an hour on June 19, 2008, ignored by staffers and security personnel.
Court documents revealed that nursing aide Easton Royal, 53, allegedly wrote in the observation sheet that Green was doing fine at 6.00 a.m., in the midst of the excruciating 57 minutes the dying woman spent on the floor.
Prosecutors said Royal was arrested on Tuesday and charged with reckless endangerment and falsifying business records. She was arraigned at Brooklyn Criminal Court and released without bail.
Another nurse, whose name was not released, had pleaded guilty last month to similar charges.
A previous report by the New York City's Department of Investigation mentioned that one nurse, identified only as Gonzalo, admitted to making false entries on Green's progress notes after she died.
The city's Medical Examiner's Office said the Jamaican immigrant, who waited some 24 hours in the hospital's psychiatric waiting room, died of blood clots.
CASTRIES, St Lucia (CMC) - The St Lucia government today that the recent attack on three gay visitors to the island appeared to be perpetrated by individuals whose views do not reflect the sentiments of the majority of law abiding citizens.
In a statement, the authorities said that they were extending "sincere apologies" and a speedy recovery to United States citizens Todd Wiggins, Michael Baker and Nick Smith, who were assaulted while on the island.
"St Lucia does not condone such acts of violence appeared to be perpetrated by individuals whose views do not reflect sentiments of the majority of law-abiding citizens.
"Whether or not this crime was motivated by anti-gay sentiment, or during the course of robbery, it is none-the-less unacceptable behaviour and our destination will not tolerate it. Our law enforcement authorities are pursuing this matter relentlessly," the statement noted.
The three visitors were attacked as they showered together in a cottage in the west coast town of Soufriere.
One of the men has since taken his story to several leading gay publications in the United States and has also documented his ordeal on various social networks, suggesting that the incident represented a hate crime directed at gays.
The visitors say that in addition to being attacked, robbed and beaten they were subjected to certain discriminatory remarks.
Police said they have arrested two of the five men involved in the incident and have recovered most of the stolen items.
In the statement, the government said that St Lucia has always been a safe destination, respectful of people's own choices for religion, beliefs and perspectives on life.
Tourism Minister Allen Chastanet over the weekend warned that the situation had the potential to tarnish the island's reputation and tourism sector.
Diamond-selling reggae act Shaggy continues his crossover surge into the international music market with the release of a brand new single entitled Fire Up / Forget The Recession which features Miami-based recording artiste Pitbull.The new single which boasts a Latin dance beat is centred around a celebration theme of making money. Fired Up comes on the wings of Shaggy & reggae vocalist Alaine's chart-topping hit single For Your Eyes Only which was released late last year.
Shaggy, who is also featured on a host of local singles including Stucky Teacher with teen reggae artist QQ and Cheap & Clean alongside Khago and Big Yard / Scikron label mate Red Fox is now focused on maintaining his presence in the music fraternity.
Shaggy is gearing up for a busy Easter and summer season with a number of bookings already confirmed.
The magazine said that those who were dropped from the list - numbering some 47 people worldwide - either experienced declines in the value of their assets, or were culled because Forbes had got new information about their holdings.
Lee-Chin, who owns a number of Caribbean assets including National Commercial Bank, narrowly made the list in 2010 when his net worth fell to US$1 billion.
He made his fortune in mutual funds, but sold out his business, AIC Limited, to Manulife in 2009.
The current list of 1,210 billionaires control an estimated US$4.5 trillion of wealth.
Mexican telecoms magnate Carlos Slim, 71, widened his lead over other billionaires on Forbes' list - the same day his flagship company said he is a victim of monopolistic practices.Slim's fortune was estimated to have risen to US$74 billion, well ahead of Bill Gates'
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Slim, the owner of Claro, gained the most in the past year.
His wealth increased US$20.5 billion from last year's estimate of US$53.5 billion by Forbes, which attributed the increase to a rise in Mexican stock prices as well as successful mining and real-estate projects carried out through his Grupo Carso conglomerate.
A total of 332 Asians made the list, surpassing Europe's 300 for the first time. Moscow, with 79 billionaires, racked up more berths on the list than any other city in the world.
The United States still has the lead in total number of billionaires, with 413 of the 1,210 on the list.
The United Kingdom immigration minister Damian Green has proposed a further increase in visa application fees.
The UK Government says the new proposed fees will be laid in Parliament in two separate regulations.
If approved, the increased fees will take effect on April 6.
The UK Government has reiterated that the new charges will not come into force until they have been debated and approved in Parliament.
According to the UK home office website under the current spending review, the ministry has to cut its budget by 20 per cent.
It says the UK Border Agency is already seeking to offset this income gap with efficiency savings of approximately £500 million by reducing support costs, increasing efficiencies, boosting productivity and targeting commercial suppliers.
But the UK home office says these measures will not go far enough, and to address the funding shortfall the UK Border Agency will need to increase fees for the 2011/2012 financial year.
According to the UK Border Agency, the proposed visa fees increase strike the right balance between maintaining secure and effective border controls and ensuring that the structure facilitates the UK's ability to attract migrants and visitors who can make a valuable contribution to the country.
An evangelist is one of two Trinidad and Tobago nationals, remanded last week, after he was found guilty of attempting to smuggle marijuana out of Jamaica.
Twenty six year-old Neptune Dyson and Keron Wilson, 29, both pleaded guilty.
They are to be sentenced on Tuesday.
Mr. Dyson was held with 15 pounds of marijuana, while Mr. Wilson was nabbed with 14 pounds as they attempted to board a Caribbean Airlines flight at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston on February 27.
Hundreds of patrons booed the announcement that Machel Montano had won the 2011 International Power Soca Monarch competition, making off with the TT$2 million first prize.
There were reports that while many patrons expressed delight over Montano's victory as they exited the stadium, even more were crying foul, saying Iwer George, who placed second, was the true winner.
During Montano's performance a large portion of the audience kept chanting "Iwer, Iwer, Iwer" every time Montano instructed the band to lower the music for him to speak to the patrons.
The police have made a breakthrough in their probe into Sunday's bomb threat that led to a ban on air cargo from Jamaica to the United States.
Detectives from the Organised Crime Investigation Division (OCID) have arrested a man in connection with the incident at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston.
A statement issued by the Jamaica Constabulary Force says he was taken into custody Wednesday afternoon and is to be interviewed by investigators on Thursday.
Wednesday's arrest came a day after the United States lifted its suspension on air cargo from Jamaica.
The ban was imposed after a report was received that an explosive could be in cargo leaving Jamaica to the US.
However, it later discovered to have been a hoax.
In a statement to Parliament on Tuesday, Mike Henry, Transport and Works Minister said preliminary investigations suggested that the report was contrived to defame an employee of an airport concessionaire.
Legal opinion is indicating that the motion filed in a Florida Court for an acquittal or new trial for reggae artiste, Buju Banton, stands a reasonable chance of being successful.
Buju's defence team filed the motion in court earlier this week.
The 37-year old Grammy winning entertainer, whose real name is Mark Myrie, was found guilty last Tuesday of three of four charges - conspiracy to possess with the intent to possess 5 or more kilograms of cocaine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense and using wires to facilitate a drug trafficking offense.
However, the 12-member jury returned a not guilty verdict on a fourth charge of attempted possession with the intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine.
United State-based attorney-at-law Oliver Smith believes the motion for acquittal may cause at least two of the counts to be overturned, and subsequently cut several years from Buju's possible sentence.
"As far as the gun count is concerned phone count, (using wires to facilitate a drug trafficking offense) I think is a real likelihood of success on those counts. I think the conspiracy count is doomed. The weapon was found on December 10, the date when Buju was not present, so it's highly unlikely, unless that there is some other evidence, that the jury could reasonably conclude that Buju would have knowledge that the person had the weapon and secondly, that that the weapon would be used in furtherance of the drug trafficking conspiracy. I think he has an excellent chance," said Mr. Smith, who was speaking Wednesday evening on RJR's current affairs discussion programme Beyond the Headlines.
The band walked away with the trophy, a cheque for US$100,000 and the title of best new band in the world, after they competed against 24 other bands from various parts of the world.
Screams erupted from the audience after Dubtonic Kru was crowned the winner.
The Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA) says the lifting of the suspension means that cargo and duty free items will now be allowed to leave Jamaica for these two countries.
However, the ban on cargo from Jamaica to the United States remains in effect until further notice.
The United States Transport Security Administration (TSA) imposed the ban Sunday night after it received a threat that an explosive device could be placed on a flight from Jamaica.
The ban was expanded to include the transportation of cargo to Canada and the Bahamas as these flights utilize US airspace.
Yardflex has it from good source that the charge against TVJ reporter Latoya Spence has been dropped. Yesterday the news spread like wildfire about the misdemeanor charge.
In celebration of Reggae month IRIE FM will hit the road again to pay homage to the legendary Peter Tosh
On Feb 27 IRIE FM will have a special outside broadcast at the Peter Tosh Museum in Bluefield, Westmorland
The media house will celebrate Peter Tosh life, work and legacy from 6 AM to 2 PM with the Running African show with Andrea Williams and Sunday Sunshine with Big A.
The IRE FM's broadcast will feature nyabinghi drummers, live performances and much more.
A series of programmes celebrating Reggae’s impact on British music, culture and society will be aired on the BBC Four Television, beginning on February 11.
The programmes are a part of the BBC Four Britannia series and will show how Reggae came from Jamaica in the 1960s to influence, over the next 20 years, both British music and society.
The series will start with the documentary Reggae Britannia and includes major artistes and performances from that era, including Big Youth, Max Romeo, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Jerry Dammers and the Specials, the Police, UB40, Dennis Bovell, lovers rock performers Carroll Thompson and Janet Kay, bands like Aswad and Steel Pulse and reggae admirers, such as Boy George and Paul Weller.
A special Reggae Britannia concert was held at the Barbican centre in London on February 5 and the broadcast of this concert will follow Friday’s opening documentary.
Other programmes in the Reggae Britannia series will include the broadcast of a special live recording of the 1973 Reggae Concert at the Edinburgh Festival, which featured the Cimarons, Winston Groovy, Dennis Alcapone, the Marvels, Nicky Thomas and the Pioneers.
The series also include the Rise Up Reggae Star programme, which followed three aspiring artistes who seek to ‘rise up’ from obscurity for their chance at success.
The Reggae Britannia series end on February 19 with the 1977 Bob Marley Exodus concert.
Fast rising artiste Baby Chris has joined I-Octane on his "My Life" tour set to cross the United States over the next few weeks. The "My Life" tour kicked off last Friday with a performance in Dallas, Texas and another at the Temptations Night Club in Brooklyn, New York Wednesday night.
The artistes will then head to Newark, New Jersey for more performances before they return to Texas.
Baby Chris says things are happening for him since he began doing a media blitz alongside I-Octane.
He has been getting some airplay for my new song on Seanizzle’s riddim, and his management team reportedly got a call that Bad Boys Records want to meet with him.
Rita Marley (third from the right) and members of the Explore.org team in Ghana, (Phot. Explore.org)
As several persons around the world and in Jamaica celebrated Bob Marley’s 66th birthday on Sunday, February 6, an online channel highlighted the work being done by the late King of Reggae's widow Rita Marley.
A team from Explore.org recently did a short film which shined a light on the Rita Marley Foundation and the amazing work that she and her organisation is doing in Ghana.
The Explore.org team joined Rita who is the official Queen of Development (Nkoso-hene) of that region as she walked through Konkonuru, a Ghanaian village that she and her foundation have worked on to rehabilitate building new medical clinic, improving the drinking water and renovating a school in Konkonuru, which Rita now calls home.
This is just one example of her fight against poverty and malnutrition in communities of less developed nations.
According to Explore.org, Rita Marley truly embodies the selflessness, compassion and love that the Marley name has come to symbolize around the world.
California — Yesterday, the author of Waiting To Exhale and How Stella Got Her Groove Back Tweeted, “It feels like the Smith children are being pimped and exploited. Or, they’re already hungry for fame. What about 4th grade?” Cue the ruckus.
McMillan also wrote:
The Smith children already act like child stars. There’s an arrogance in their demeanor and behavior. I find it incredibly sad.
A lot of A-list movie stars shielded their children from the Hollywood-world until they were old enough to decide. Look at those who didn’t.
Look at Lindsay. Phoenix. To name but a few. They miss out on childhood. It’s more important than fame.
These kids don’t already know what they “love”. Total bullshit. They’re not prodigies. They think Hollywood is real.
McMillan’s Tweets were Retweeted a bunch of times, and a hubbub ensued, with messages like, “While some of the things ur saying about Will/Jada may be true…Why do u come off so bitter? WOW” and “@MsTerryMcMillan annoys me. Get off Will and Jada’s children. Worry about your own womb, and why you haven’t written a decent book in years.” And even more rude: “@MsTerryMcMillan didn’t your man leave you for another man?”
"Margaritaville" singer Jimmy Buffett was released from an Australian hospital on Thursday, a day after falling off the stage during a concert in Sydney, his official website said.
"Jimmy has been released from the hospital and is doing well," said a brief statement on margaritaville.com.
In video footage obtained by U.S. celebrity website TMZ.com, the 64 year-old singer is seen stepping off the front of the stage at Sydney's Hordern Pavilion and plummeting to the concrete floor.
Dr. Gordian Fulde, head of the emergency department at St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney, said Buffett "really took a very nasty tumble."
"He just didn't see the drop in front of the stage," Fulde, who was at the concert on Wednesday, told Australia's Seven Network.
"I heard the crack and I thought this guy has broken his neck. He had a head injury and he lost consciousness ... (but) scans show that he's OK," Fulde added.
Buffett has released over 30 albums and has been touring since the late 70s. He is known for a country folk and island musical style which includes hit songs "Margaritaville" and "Cheeseburger in Paradise." Both songs are also the names of two restaurant chains which he owns or licenses.
Buffett also has his own satellite radio channel on Sirius XM called Radio Margaritaville.
Buffett is scheduled to play a concert in Auckland, New Zealand on Saturday, but it was not immediately clear if the event would go ahead. (Source: Reuters)
Thirty-five-year-old Jamaican, Denise McNeil, who has been in a British Prison without charge for almost a year and facing deportation, has been granted bail.
She was released following a court hearing in London this week.
Ms McNeil was identified as a ringleader at the one of Britain’s largest Immigration Centre in Bedford.
The Yarl's Wood immigration removal centre was the scene of a hunger strike against indefinite imprisonment, abuse and poor living conditions by over 70 black women, which forced the authorities to release many of them.
However, Ms Mcneil and other identified ringleaders ––Sheree Wilson from Jamaica and Aminata Camara from Guinea, were transferred to Holloway Prison in London since last February without charge.
Wilson and Camara will have their bail hearing on February 1.
McNeil, who has lived in the UK for more than 10 years, was arrested in September 2008 for possession of ganja.
She served a six-month prison sentence and was detained in Yarl's Wood upon her release in January 2009.
She still is awaiting the outcome of a judicial review of her case after being refused leave to remain in the UK.
The man who brought you ‘Hold yuh’ which was without a doubt the biggest song for 2010 was supposed to have touched down in NYC recently, but never made it.
The reggae star and hip hop artiste Maino were slated to record the video for their hot collaboration together ‘It’s You’ but can’t seem to get the project done. It’s reported that this is the second time that the two artists have attempted to meet up to record the video but without luck.
The first time it was booked Maino had to cancel due to ‘unforeseen’ legal issues. For the second time, the video team was in place, club was booked, camera people were ready only to hear that flight delays affected Gyptian.
This has prevented the project from moving forward. In fact, Gyptian was scheduled toperform later that night at an event in Queens, NY and never ever touched down in the big apple. Word on the street is that the promoter of the show never confirmed the arrangements fully with Gyptian management team if he would be able to even perform at the show and participate in the shooting.
You see what happens when promoters try to cut corners?
Gyptian has a great reputation for appearing at his shows so for him to miss a NYC performance is quite unlikely.
As the saying goes, maybe three’s a charm. We’ll see what happens at the third attempt of this video shoot.
(AllHipHop News) Canadian rapper Drake recently revealed that he is exploring the option of dropping a Reggae album, which he may start working on at the end of his European tour.
Drake appeared on the Canadian network MuchMusic, where he broke the news during an interview with T. RexXx on the Hip-Hop show Rap City.
"I wanna do something for Jamaica, because we are supposed to go out there and record after the European tour," Drake said. "I was like send me some rhythms that are poppin and I'll see what I can do. He sent me some rhythms that are poppin, so I'll see what I can do. You never know."
Drake's possible Reggae project comes on the heels of reports that he will collaborate with award-winning indie rock band Florence and The Machine, as well as The xx.
Drake is currently in negotiations to star in the financial thriller "Arbitrage" alongside veteran actor Al Pacino.
The news of a full album could quite possibly draw the wrath of the Jamaican government, who condemned Drake's last collaboration with an artist from Jamaica.
In May of 2010, Jamaica's Minster of Tourism spoke out against the portrayal of the country in Drake's hit song with dancehall artist Mavado titled "Find Your Love."
"We just have to say that care has to be taken by all, including our creative artistes, in portraying images of our destination and people," Bartlett told the Jamaican Gleaner. "Gun culture, while not unique to Jamaica, is not enhancing (the island's image)."
Today, is the great man Martin Luther king’s Jr birthday. The mn who fought so hard so that blacks could live the dream. Below are four things that not many people know about the black icon.
Defense attorney David Oscar Marcus, who represents international reggae star Buju Banton, is refuting reports that the entertainer will begin his re-trial on February 7.
Since his mistrial late last year, there has been tremendous speculation about the date of Buju's return to court.
Some sections of the media have stated that it would begin on February 7, but according to Mr. Marcus, the legal team does not know which date next month.
"No there's no court set for February 7; that was a rumour that went around. We’re waiting for a specific trial date in February. The court should be letting us know soon when they’ll be going to trial," Mr. Markus said on RJR's daily current affairs discussion programme Beyond the Headlines Thursday evening.
Buju Banton, whose given name is Mark Myrie, was released on US$250,000 bail in October after the jury in his trial for drug related charges failed to reach a unanimous verdict.
Conditions of his release included paying a private security detail for 24 hour monitoring, signing an extradition waiver ensuring his return if he flees the US, and wearing an electronic monitoring device.
He will be performing this weekend at the 'Before the Dawn' concert in downtown Miami.
Tristar Entertainment has launched accounts on social networking websites Facebook and Twitter, as they gear up for the media launch and the first event in the All-Island Carnival Series.
While not giving too much details of the campaign about to kick into high gear, organizers said that users of the social networking websites can expect to be "tastefully engulfed” in All-Island Carnival’s limitless energy.
The event now boasts rapidly growing Facebook and Twitter accounts, with a YouTube Channel soon to follow.
With this combination of social media, the organisers will involve soca fans and patrons with various activities and giveaways.
The All-Island Carnival is set to be the largest soca event in the region, with 10 fetes in 12 weeks across Jamaica starting on January 29 in Kingston at the UDC Field in New Kingston.
All-Island Carnival will visit places such as St. Mary, Portland, Negril, St. Thomas, Montego Bay and more.
Pre-sale tickets for the first event will be available soon, with the promoters promising an “attractive” admission cost.
International Entertainer Gramps Morgan has now gone into the world of American football for one season.
The entertainer said in a recent interview that he decided to get into semi professional sports because it is something he has been doing over the years and always wanted to play professionally and it is a great way to keep in shape and to show his fans that he is a good player, there will also be video footage of the games.
However, Gramps is still doing shows as a solo artist and touring around the world with his most recent stop being in Africa.
Fellow artiste Marcus Miller, Busta Rhymes, Capleton and Rick Ross, over seventy five thousand patrons turn out for the festival Gramps also stated that fans were surprised to hear him as a solo artiste.
Nevertheless, Gramps has a solo album titled “Two sides of my heart” vol 1.
US rapper Nas has said that his recent pairing with Reggae star Damian ‘Junior Gong’ Marley almost made him reconsider his solo career.
Nas told US media that he got so used to working and touring with Junior Gong that he actually considered not performing alone again.
Nas and Marley continue their 'Distant Relatives' tour this year, with new tour dates already set.
Jamaican American Hip Hop artist, Sean Kingston, has won himself a Libby.
Kingston was presented with the award at the 5th Annual Libby Awards, sponsored by peta2, the world`s largest youth animal rights organization.
He took home the award for the Most Animal-Friendly Hip-hop Artist in 2010.
`When it comes to fighting animal abuse, peta2 and today`s hottest music stars are in perfect harmony,` peta2 Director Dan Shannon told AllHipHop.com. `Sean Kingston has let dog guardians know that life on the end of a chain for a dog is no life at all.`
Kingston was featured in a peta2 campaign last year that debuted on MTV`s show Styl`D. In Kingston`s ad, the singer/rapper urged dog guardians to keep their dogs inside, as opposed to chaining them to a leash and leaving the animals outside, exposed to the elements.
It has been revealed that one of the world's largest suppliers of commodities and raw materials, Glencore International is closing in on a deal to acquire the Government's stake in the Jamalco refinery.
According to an internet report, the sale which will make the Swiss-based Glencore a 45-percent owner of the refinery, should be announced in a few weeks.
When contacted last night, Mining Minister James Robertson, declined to comment directly on the report.
One of the voices that dominated the airwaves of RJR in the early years has been silenced.
Charlie Babcock died in his hometown of Peterborough, Canada, on December 28.
His son - Charlie Babcock Jr. - told his former radio station that his body was cremated on Tuesday afternoon.
"As you know Charlie had a stroke when he was very young - at 38 years old and he has been in rehab in a retirement home since that period . So basically he was the longest living resident of that nursing home. He expired on the 28th peacefully and I was just up there to see him …and he recognised me and asked me about RJR and asked about certain people who worked there and didn't work there anymore" his son disclosed.
Charlie Babcock dubbed "the cool fool with the live jive" dominated the airwaves from the late 1950s into the 1960s.
Charlie came to RJR as a guest Disc Jockey from Canada.
According to information from RJR's archives, Charlie's impact was so great that listeners requested his return on a permanent basis.
Charlie is remembered for his little red convertible sports car, his penchant for attention, gimmicks such as riding a horse to work, and his happy-go-lucky attitude.
As Trinidad and Tobago started the year with four murders and two fatal accidents, the country's Commissioner of Police, Dwayne Gibbs, warned criminals that efforts will be made by the police to put them where they belong.
The police commissioner said that one of the goals for the police service in 2011, was the transformation of the service.
He said such a move would benefit the country, since police officers would be able to effectively and professionally serve the public.
The Commissioner said focus will be placed on rebuilding the model of policing, to get in line with the 21st century.
Commenting on the four murders on the first day of the year, the police chief said his officers will remain relentless in their pursuit of those responsible for disrupting the peace and stability of the country, as they seek to maintain law and order.
Bushman sings the Bush Doctor
Reggae artiste Bushman is seeking to come back in a big way with a new studio album and a title to match - Bushman Sings The Bush Doctor - A Tribute to Peter Tosh. Compiled in honour of reggae legend Peter Tosh, Dwight Duncan aka Bushman covers some of Tosh's greatest hits as he pays justice and tribute to the icon.
Bushman Sings The Bush Doctor is a12-track collection (15-track digital version) of classic Tosh songs, recorded with reverence and grants homage to the original classics. The album was produced in collaboration with Penthouse Productions and sees guests vocalists Buju Banton and Tarrus Riley, and musicians Robbie Lyn, Sly Dunbar, Kirk Bennett and others join Bushman on this tribute, which both honors and continues Tosh's legacy.
The lead track Legalize It was featured on the recent Greensleeves compilation Hi Grade Ganja Anthems 3. Other standouts include Don't Look Back featuring Tarrus Riley, Mawga Dog, Brand New Second Hand, and Mama Africa featuring Buju Banton.
The baritone voice of Bushman has a notable resemblance to Tosh's tone and is thus perfectly paired on this tribute to the iconic entertainer. With his own vibrant, soulful sounds, this new take on Tosh's classics is a treat for connoisseurs and new fans alike
Reigning Miss Jamaica Universe Yendi Philipps was edged out of the on-line Ideal Beauty competition.
Miss USA took home the award with 1,789 votes.
Yendi was named fourth runner up.
She thanked everyone who supported her online and congratulates Miss USA for her win.
New York police have confirmed that a Jamaican dancehall artiste who tried to break up a fight outside a Queens banquet hall was the city’s first 2011 murder victim, the Caribbean Media Corporation says.
The police said an unidentified gunman shot and killed Dwayne Haughton, 29, early on Saturday morning in the Richmond Hill section of Queens.
CMC said that Haughton, who carried the stage name “Bobby Genius”, was walking a friend to her car after she got into an argument with another woman.
The police said they found Haughton bleeding from neck and chest wounds, and he died a short time later at Jamaica Medical Center in Queens.
With a rise in flu cases in the United Kingdom, Jamaicans travelling to Britain are advised to take flu prevention precautions.
The number of flu cases in Northern Ireland has more then doubled in the past week.
H1N1, commonly known as Swine Flu, has lead to deaths in some cases.
Doctors advise that the regularly washing hands and covering noses when sneezing could save lives.
The Public Health Agency said Britons eligible for the H1N1 vaccine should see their doctor as soon as possible.
Official data show the number of cases has more than doubled from 56 to 129.
In the past month there have been 39 deaths as a result of flu infections.
Of this number, 36 were caused by Swine Flu.
The classic flu symptoms are a sudden fever, headache, muscle aches, a dry cough and sore throat.
The average duration of infection is between 10 and 14 days.
New York police have confirmed that a dancehall artiste who tried to break up a fight outside a Queens banquet hall is the city's first 2011 murder victim.
The police said an unidentified gunman shot and killed Dwayne Haughton, 29, during the early hours of Saturday morning in the Richmond Hill section of Queens.
Houghton, who carried the stage name 'Bobby Genius', was walking a friend to her car after she got into an argument with another woman, police and eyewitnesses said.
The police said they found Haughton bleeding from neck and chest wounds, and died a short time later at Jamaica Medical Centre in Queens.
Haughton had come to the party to pick up his girlfriend, Kadian Allen, when he saw a female friend get into a scuffle with another woman.
"I heard gunshots," Allen said, adding "when I ran out of the car, he was just laying there on his back, just laying there not moving.
"How do I tell my son someone shot his father because he was walking a friend to her car?" Allen added.
Miami Based Rapper Rick Ross who dominated the music charts throughout 2010, has distinguished himself from most rappers and other musicians by forming MayBach Jamaica.
This is a movement aimed at placing reggae artistes on the same competitive platform as their musical counterparts of other genres.
Rick Ross made this vision clear when he signed Magazeen, the very first dancehall artiste signed to MayBach Music Group.
Following this idea, Rick Ross went on to do a collaboration with Jah Cure and Mavado called "Like I See it", which shows the unity among hiphop and reggae artistes.
Ross has ended the year with the release of a final mix tape, entitled "Ashes to Ashes", which seems to symbolize the end of an era and the dawn of a new one.
Health officials say the death toll from the cholera outbreak in Haiti has reached 2,707.
The Haitian health ministry said nearly 130,000 people have been infected with the water-borne disease since the first case was recorded at the end of October.
The ministry estimates that 40 people are dying from the epidemic on a daily basis, despite ongoing international efforts to bring the disease under control.
Health officials said the disease has spread throughout the country, but is worse in the central province of Artibonite, where at least 813 people have died. Forty-four deaths have been reported in the southern province of Nippes.
However, in the south-west district of Grand Anse, Haitian health officials said the situation remains complicated because people associate the outbreak with voodoo spells and do not comply with the measures established for cholera cases.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned that up to 400,000 people could be infected with the disease within the next 12 months.
Cost of living getting higher, more seller than buyer...the sentiments expressed in this song is more true today than ever. According to the Bank of Jamaica despite strong growth in the amount of currency in circulation last week, the actual out turn remained below their projections.
Net currency issued last week grew by $6.6 billion.
However, that was almost 6% below the bank's projections.
The slower than expected growth in the amount of money to facilitate holiday spending mostly reflects a depressed economy.
At the end of business on Friday, December 24, about $58.4 billion was in circulation.
Declines are expected in that figure over the coming week, which is consistent with seasonal norms.
Lauryn Hill is putting herself back on the music trail and hitting the road for the new year.
The Grammy-winning artist has announced a series of intimate shows, kicking off right after Christmas and running into February.
Lauryn will appear with a live band on 17 North American dates.
Stops include New York and the famous Chicago's House of Blues, plus two dates in Canada.
Well aware that she "may never play venues of this size again," some of which she "hasn't played since the Fugees days," the star is excited "to see her loyal supporters up close and personal again."
She will perform reworked versions of Fugees classics and hits from her breakthrough solo debut album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.
The massive Reggae hit, Party Like It's Your Birthday, made waves here in Jamaica but according to word out of the Scikron Big Yard camp, the song is heating up in Atlanta as well.
The song - a collaboration with Richie Loop, D-Major and Busy Signal - was released in June and has been receiving heavy radio rotation.
Reports are the song is on the verge of making a big impact on the US east coast as the song is being played in the clubs and on respective Internet radio sites.
Busy Signal says he is happy that the song is such a huge hit and thanks the fans for the support they are giving to all three artistes.
Rihanna’s performance of “What’s My Name” on this month’s finale of the UK’s “X Factor” has launched an investigation, following claims that it was too sexy for family TV.
The “X Factor” finale aired from 7-9 PM on Saturday, December 11. Under British rules, 9PM is the “watershed hour,” after which adult content can be shown.
All those Payless Shoesource shoppers won’t have to board a flight to Miami anymore to take advantage of specials, as Payless is coming to Jamaica.
The Observer reports that the popular American chain is now in the island recruiting staff in preparation for the opening of its first store here next year.
Michael Stern, the minister of state in the Ministry of Industry and Commerce, confirmed Payless' impending investment in Jamaica, saying it represented a trend.
Some of these firms, he said, are American, while others are from within the Caribbean.
Stern said he did not have the details of the investment. However, he confirmed that the Payless representatives were working with Jampro to ensure that the investment went smoothly.
Rohan Marley, father to Lauryn Hill’s five children, is planning to press charges against an off-duty police officer who put the son of Reggae legend Bob Marley in a headlock and maced him.
A source tells TMZ that Marley mistook the man, who was moonlighting as a security guard, for a valet outside of Los Angeles hot spot Voyeur on Saturday night. The man took offense and traded words with Marley resulting in Marley being assaulted.
Marley tells TMZ that he feels the guy “went overboard” and that he plans to press charges because he “just can’t let this go.”
Jamaican nationals who visit the Cayman Islands are set to benefit from a change in visa requirements at the start of the new year.
Cayman Premier McKeeva Bush has announced that local authorities are to change the present visa requirements for Jamaicans by January.
He said the change was being made to improve his country’s business environment.
The Cayman Premier said visa exemptions will be put in place for Jamaican Nationals who hold valid United States, United Kingdom or Canadian visas.
He also announced the introduction of a new 1-5 day business visa for persons travelling to the country for legitimate business purposes.
The announcement was made at the recent Northern Caribbean Conference on Economic Co-operation held in Grand Cayman which facilitated 160 representatives of government and the private sector from across the sub-region.
Jamaica neva far from di mix up dem eeh? The latest now a how WikiLeaks a try mix wi up inna di fight against drugs. But if Cuba did have problem wid Jamaica, we nuh supposed to be good friends and neighbours, why dem haffi a complain to newspaper a England?
Wi nuh understand, but wi a listen out fi weh di government a guh sey.
Did Taurus Riley new single entitle “Shaka zulu Pickney” give him the leeway to go to Africa?
Well for the first time ever the sultry singer Taurus Riley will head to the mother land .Well it should be a great experience for the artiste.
Taurus is expected to return to the island at the end of the month
Reggae superstar Sean Paul will not appear in Zambia and Malawi as previously advertised. Fans, in these regions, who were previously promised a show will be disappointed as the promoters have been advertising the artiste in these markets December 17 and 18 respectively, without confirmed bookings. After spending the summer and fall touring the globe, entertaining audiences from Abu Dhabi to Zimbabwe, Sean Paul is back in the studio preparing his highly anticipated new album.
His recent partnership with world-renowned DJ Bob Sinclar for Tik Tok, an infectious dance-reggae track, has been making waves worldwide since its release in November. Sean Paul is also busy in studio working on a single with Grammy winning Damian “Junior Gong” Marley and is actively engaged in his own productions.
With an undeniable track record for crafting hit singles as a solo artiste, including cuts like Deport Them, Like Glue, We Be Burnin and Temperature, as well as a history of taking other artistes songs to the next level through tracks like Beyonce’s Baby Boy, Jay Sean’s Do You Remember and Eve’s Give It Up To You, Sean Paul has established himself as one of the seminal pop voices of his generation.
Reggae artiste Gyptian had to pay attention to his body signals after he almost collapsed. According to his manager Ivor Ruddock, the who issued a statement response to rumours about the health of the Reggae star, clarifying that he is suffering from dehydration following a 60-day tour of Europe and Africa.
After a hectic period of shows, interviews and promotion, the artiste, real name Windel Edwards, said that he was feeling faint after arriving in New York City earlier this week from Tanzania for two last performances. Gyptian reported feeling faint and was taken to a hospital in the city.
A decision was taken to cancel the shows but he reportedly insisted on performing. However, on completion of the last show he again reported feeling faint but with added stomach cramps and was rushed to the emergency room. A doctor there prescribed him medication and ordered him to rest and rehydrate as he was now severely dehydrated.
"To my fans in Barbados, I apologise profusely and I am currently renegotiating a date with the promoters to complete my obligations and please my fans. There is no Gyptian without my fans and I am very grateful for all the concern that has been shown but I assure everyone that I will be back to work for all of you as soon as I am back in peak form because as me seh, 'Me Nah Let Go'," said the artiste in reference to his recent international breakthrough hit, which precipitated his rise in workload.
Gyptian is returning home to rest and consult with his personal doctor and dietician. He will rest for a few days so that he can return to work in good health.
Celebrities may have wanted to consider the economy and the holiday season before agreeing to be killed off on Twitter for charity.
Stars like Kim Kardashian, Lady Gaga and Ryan Seacrest all took part in removing themselves from the social networking site on Wednesday in order to raise money for Alicia Keys’ charity Keep a Child Alive in honor of World AIDS Day.
The deal was, these tweet happy celebs were to remain silent until $1 million was raised. Only issue is, fans have only donated a total of $200,573—not even a third of the way there!
The economy could be to blame—a lot of people are still out of jobs, therefore lessening the amount of donations that they can make to organizations like this one.
The other possibility is that Black Friday just happened, followed by Cyber Monday, in which online spending surpassed $1 billion dollars!
Case in point, people are either broke, they’re spending their precious dollars on themselves loved ones or they're just happy that celebs are not tweeting about stupid stuff...and we know they do a lot of that!
It’s actually kind of a sad scenario, seeing as though it’s a great charity. Maybe they should have rethought the goal number before killing off these tweet-obsessed celebs!
HISTORY IN THE MAKING
Sunday, January 16th 2011 Martin Luther King Weekend, mark your calendars for the most highly anticipated show that will lock down any other show for the entire year, Buju Banton Live on Stage for one night and one night only. There is no other way to start 2011, but to start it with one of the leading Grammy Nominated Reggae Artist, Buju. Just when they thought Mr. Gargamel would stop to dwell on the negativity, Buju rises and comes fourth with friends for Before the Dawn Concert. With no school or work the next day there is no other reason to miss this once in a life time un-expected concert, which will not happen anywhere else in the USA. So come out and witness history as Buju hits the stage on American Soil, which most people say, may be his very last show.
Buju will be performing hits like, “Bogle”, “Destiny”, “I wanna be loved”, “Driver”, “Untold Story”, “Til I Lay to rest” tracks from his new album “Before the Dawn” and the list goes on! This show will show why he is one of the Best Reggae Artist of all time! Not only will it be a moment of truth, but a moment of Happiness for a man who does something who truly loves to do.
This concert is a show with Buju alone, but the list of acts from top Dancehall, Reggae, Hip-Hop and R&B artist that will be added will leave with a lost of words. Music will be by New Yorks’ Hot 97 finest, Massive B with Bobby Konders, Jabba and Shotta and the Host of the night, hum? Just know this is why Miami brings you nothing but the BEST of the BEST! Book your flights and get your tickets there is no other questions that needs to be asked!!!
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Protesters demanding cancellation of Haiti’s weekend presidential election clashed with U.N. peacekeepers Tuesday, the United Nations mission and Haitian radio reported.
Radio Kisekya said at least 15 people had been injured in two days of demonstrations north of the capital.
U.N. police sent reinforcements Tuesday but had no reports of injuries, police spokesman Jean-Francois Vezina said.
Rampant disorganization and allegations of fraud hang over Sunday’s critical vote for president, a third of the Senate and all of the lower house.
The winner of the presidential race will have to deal with Haiti’s crushing poverty, a cholera epidemic that has killed more than 1,700 people and post-earthquake reconstruction — including overseeing billions of promised aid dollars from the United States and other nations.
Violent protests that caused several deaths occurred across northern Haiti before the election, fed by suspicions shared by public health experts that the cholera epidemic was caused by a contingent of U.N. peacekeepers.
Bounty Killer will know tomorrow whether the court will return his passport so that he can travel to the Caribbean during the festive season.
The entertainer's passport was seized as part of his bail condition when he was offered $500,000 bail on November 27 on a charge of unlawful wounding.
The charge stemmed from his arrest in September following an alleged incident at his Oaklands apartment in Kingston, where he reportedly attacked his 19-year-old lover, Raquel Smith using a hammer, a gold chain and mosquito zapper to beat her.
On Wednesday, his attorney Christopher Townsend presented the application for the variation of bail to Resident Magistrate Lorna Shelly Williams at the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court.
However, Shelly Williams told the attorney that she would peruse the document and inform him of her decision on Friday. The deejay, whose really name is Rodney Price seemed 'cross, angry, and miserable' due to the long wait before the matter was called up, had his bail extended until Friday.
Price will face trial on January 11
International Reggae star Buju Banton has been cleared tp perfom at a concert on January 16.
Buju won an appeal against an order which denied him the right to perform at the concert.
Buju, whose given name is Mark Myrie, had applied for permission to perform at the concert on November 23 but his motion was dismissed by United States Judge Anthony Porcelli on the grounds that he was a flight risk.
However, in overturning the ruling on Wednesday Judge James Moody cited that the issue had been already addressed when Buju was released on bail in October.
Wednesday's ruling will now allow Buju to earn money to pay for his security detail which is costing US$20,000 monthly.
He is expected to perform at the concert, dubbed 'Before The Dawn', which will be held at the Bay Front Ampitheatre in downtown, Miami.
Other prominent reggae artistes are expected to perform at the concert which is being produced by Rockers Island.
Buju, Sly and Robbie, Andrew Tosh, King Isaac and Lee 'Scratch' Perry have all been nominated in the 2011 Grammy Awards. See complete list:
Best Reggae Album – Vocal or Instrumental
Before The Dawn
[Gargamel Music, Inc.]
Isaacs Meets Isaac
Gregory Isaacs & King Isaac
[King Isaac Music]
Lee "Scratch" Perry
Made In Jamaica
Bob Sinclair And Sly & Robbie
[Yellow Productions/Universal Music France]
One Pop Reggae +
Sly & Robbie And The Family Taxi
[Phase One Communications/Taxi Records]
Legacy An Acoustic Tribute To Peter Tosh
Gay and lesbian activists are planning to protest against an appearance by Jamaican performer Capleton in California on Monday night.
They say his lyrics advocate violence against them.
Capleton is scheduled to appear at a nightclub in Sacramento.
Members of Equality Action Now, a civil rights group, have called a press conference for Monday afternoon to outline plans for the protest.
The group says the club in which Capleton will be appearing first agreed to cancel the performance in response to concerns, then rescheduled it after receiving e-mails from fans who were upset it had been called off.
This is the second time in a little over a month that Capleton has faced protest by a gay group in the US.
Threats of protest by gay rights activists last month forced the cancellation of a show featuring the artiste in Chicago.
According to an internet report, some persons also felt the singer's gig was inappropriate following news of a spate of young gay people committing suicide.
The Gambia Observer featured internationally renowned Jamaican reggae dancehall star, Busy Signal, earlier Friday.
Busy is due on the Smiling Coast on 10 December 2010, ahead of his first live musical concerts in Africa.
Signal, is to perform live with his band at the Independence Stadium in Bakau on December 11 2010.
Supporting acts will constitute artistes from Jamaica, England and The Gambia including the most celebrated reggae-dancehall star, Singateh aka ‘Freaky Joe’ and other well established artistes.
The highly anticipated event is brought by Planet World and supported by Africell, one of the country's leading GSM providers.
Multiple Grammy award-winning pop-rock band Maroon 5 will headline the 15th anniversary of the Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival to be held at the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium from January 23 to 29.
The Los Angeles based group, which released its third studio album, Hands All Over, this fall, has sold over 10 million albums in the United States and 15 million worldwide.
The three-time Grammy award-winning quintet, captured the attention of audiences worldwide with Songs About Jane, a mix of hybrid-rock, funk and R&B.
The multi-platinum album spawned the Billboard hits, This Love, Harder to Breathe and She Will Be Loved.
The band's second critically acclaimed album featured collaborations with Rihanna and Mary J. Blige, and produced the smash hits Makes Me Wonder and If I Never See Your Face Again.
According to Festival organizers TurnKey Productions, the event is more than a music festival; it’s a one-of-a-kind experience that brings together thousands of friends and family for one week of pure pleasure and relaxation.
"The Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival has a special aura to it, unlike any other event with which I have been associated. It is a combination of the musicians, the people, the setting and the infectious vibe of Jamaica that creates an almost surreal experience for anyone who attends. I am looking forward to this 15th anniversary event in Jamaica and have assembled a top-quality line-up that is sure to please our patrons," stated Walter Elmore, CEO of TurnKey Productions.
The Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival started in 1996, by the national airline, Air Jamaica, in association with the Jamaica Tourist Board and several other business entities.
The Festival now attracts over 25,000 patrons annually and has been expanded to a week-long event in resort towns of Montego Bay, St. James and Ocho Rios in St. Ann.
Patrons who attended One Love Reggae Concert Winter Series show at Negril Escape on Tuesday November 23rd had a wonderful time, as they were treated to some very exciting performances.
Headline act Kymani Marley appeared on stage about 11:10 PM, clad in a white T shirt and blue jeans, much to the delight of the audience, which was mostly made up of tourist.
From the moment he opened his mouth it was pure Marley magic, as he entertained the audience with original numbers such as Dear Dad, The March, Armed and Dangerous and Warriors. He also did several of his legendary father’s timeless classics including Concrete Jungle, I Shot the Sherriff and Johnny Was A Good Man.
Earlier on the opening acts were also well received. Timmi Burrell who is based in Negril was the first of the opening acts to perform. Performing songs such as Give Me A Ounce, Chill and Hold A Vibes, Make Doh (Hustle) and Dark Shades White Tee, the silky smoothed voice singer connected well with the audience. He was followed by fast rising reggae crooner Andy Livingston who poured out his heart for the ladies in the, crowd as delivered love songs such as Love Ain’t Enough, My Promise and Searching For Love. He also delivered cultural numbers Good People and Jam Dung
A request by Buju Banton's defence team for him to perform at a Boxing Day concert in the United States has been denied.
Buju, 37, whose given name is Mark Myrie, wanted to perform at a live concert in Miami on December 26.
However, the Tampa Bay Tribune reports that US Magistrate Judge Anthony Porcelli denied that request on Tuesday.
The US Magistrate argued that any financial pressures the international reggae singer faces do not outweigh the risk that he might flee.
On Wednesday, Buju's attorney asked the judge to reconsider, saying the 24-hour security detail ordered to monitor the singer as a condition of his release, costs US$20,000 a month.
In addition, Buju's attorney argued that there was the cost of preparing for his upcoming drug trafficking retrial.
It is understood that Buju's security detail does not object to him doing the concert and would be present for the show.
The prosecutor however, has objected to the artiste's request to perform.
There is no official word yet on whether Buju will be allowed to attend the show.
Five-time Grammy Award winning producer, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Stephen Marley along-side his brothers Damian Marley and Julian Marley are proud to announce the signing of reggae music singing sensation Christopher Ellis to the growing roster of musical talent featured on the Marley brothers record label imprint , Ghetto Youths International, Inc.
Christopher Lamour Ellis was born the youngest male progeny to “The Godfather of Jamaican Rocksteady”, the late Alton Ellis. Talented in his own right, the soulful 28 year-old roots reggae, r&b crooner has been astounding audiences with his incredibly natural, smooth vocal stylings since the age of 11.
In 2009, a mutual friend introduced Stephen Marley to Christopher Ellis in Jamaica. During that fateful meeting on Hope Road, Christopher sang A Capella for the iconic reggae producer.
Coincidentally, the very same day that Stephen Marley met with Christopher Ellis, Marley was also contacted by producer Baby G, son of the legendary producer King Jammy, who had a remix track by Alton Ellis that he wanted Stephen to hear. Stephen listened to the Alton Ellis remix and immediately invited Christopher Ellis to join him at King Jammy’s studio in Jamaica to sing on the track.
The session resulted in Marley recording Christopher Ellis’ first single entitled, ‘End of Time’, produced by Baby G. ‘End of Time’ is a moving, soul-stirring track featuring beautiful vocal works by Christopher Ellis , Stephen Marley and Jah Cure, and is inspired by Alton Ellis’ rendition of ‘You Made Me So Happy’.
The magnificent opportunity of working with Stephen Marley and the Marley Family has continued in 2010 in Miami where Christopher Ellis has spent quality time working in the studio on material that is being helmed and produced by mega-producer.
“I feel so incredibly Blessed to be working on my debut album with Stephen Marley for the Ghetto Youths Records family.” comments Ellis.
To date, Stephen Marley has executive produced and recorded two singles for Ellis, including the aforementioned ‘End of Time’ and a rendition of Alton Ellis’ song entitled, ‘Willow Tree’, a sweetly seductive lover’s ballad that showcases Christopher Ellis’ versatile musicality. ‘End of Time’ has an anticipated release, while a ballad version and a reggae version of Ellis’ ‘Willow Tree’ is available now on iTunes. Later this year, a video launch accompanying Ellis’ ‘Willow Tree’ single will mark Christopher Ellis’ international debut, including in the territories of London, Jamaica and the United States.
Stephen Marley has been the driving creative force behind Ghetto Youths International, Inc. and the music created by his brothers for the family owned label. Stephen's production, performance and writing credits have earned him more Grammy Awards than any other Marley family member or reggae artist in history.Blazing his own trail in the music world, combining reggae, hip-hop, and r&b styles to create his sound as a performer, songwriter, and producer, the accomplished Stephen Marley is known to take on more of the behind-the-scenes roll.
Stephen Marley comments, "I don't want to be just another artist, I want to make a statement, and I want to continue this musical legacy with my family. Just like my brothers, I aspire to be a reckoning force, when you hear my name, when you hear the Ghetto Youths name, you know the quality that comes with that: good music, good message, and good vibe."
Ghetto Youths International was founded by Ziggy Marley and Stephen Marley in 1989. In 2002, Stephen Marley, Damian Marley and Julian Marley went on to incorporate the family owned record label. Recent projects released by the premiere, reggae and hip-hop oriented imprint include the Grammy award winning and nominated albums by Damian Marley Welcome To Jamrock, Stephen Marley’s Mind Control and Julian Marley’s Awake.
A catalogue of reggae and hip-hop influenced artists signed to the Ghetto Youths record label include: Stephen Marley, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Julian Marley, Mr. Cheeks, Illestr8, Christopher Ellis, Jonathon Malcolm, Javaughn, Black Am I , Daniel Bambaata, and Jo Mersa.
Dancehall star Munga Honourable recently returned to the island after completing a one month tour of the US. Munga, opened for 'the fireman' Capleton on the tour that saw him doing 26 performances in 15 states.
"It was just like it was back in the day when Capleton first brought me on the road with him. The tour feeling is amazing," Munga said.
The hectic tour had the artiste travelling for at least 12 to 13 hours each day in between performances. Munga performed in places like Albany, New York, Bentley House of Soul in Nashville, Tennessee, the Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh, North Corolina and many more. Yet the 'Gangsta Ras', said his most memorable performance was at the West Indian Club in Hartford, Connecticut.
"I was amazed at the welcome I received from the crowed and when I started to perform, that took the energy in the club to new level," Munga said.
Munga's set included hits like Earthquake, Gangstas do Dem Own Ting, Nuh Flesh Weh Mi Fraid A, Rise My Own, Bad From Mi Born - which was one of the most well received tracks performed while on tour. He also performed, Wanted Man and Whine Pon It, as well as newly released tracks Private Dancer, Cologne, Space Fi Di Gal Dem and Clean and Fresh which he is set to do the video for.
He returned to the island on October 26 and since then has been heavily promoting his new music. Munga has also gone into production, starting his own label, Hilltop Records, which he currently has two artistes Mad Rhymez and Nazari Bastik.
In addition to his already hectic life, the deejay has been working with the Portmore Society, which has resulted in a a track called Girl Dem Check Fi Mi recorded on the Portmore Society's Hot Is riddim.
Being on tour this time around Munga found that since his introduction into the dancehall industry, he has garnered followers from all over and his fan base has grown considerably. With all things being equal, both Europe and Africa will be seeing the 'Gangsta Ras' quite soon as he is now finalising appearances to concretise a two-month tour.
Rapper Nas and Reggae royalty Damian “Jr.Gong” Marley will return to the United Kingdom this Spring.
According to reports, Nas and Damian Marley will perform in London, Glasgow and Manchester.
The pair will perform songs from their own catalogs, as well as selections from their collaborative album, Distant Relatives.
Following his recent win at the Soul Train and MOBO awards, Gyptian has debuted on the UK Singles chart with Hold Yuh.
Hold Yuh which peaked at number 77 stateside on Billboard's Hot 100 chart and at number 69 on the Canada Hot 100 chart hops onto the UK Top 75 Singles chart at number 16.
This is the first time in four years that a Jamaican artiste is featured as lead on any single that has cracked the Top 30 portion of the UK Singles chart.
Sean Paul was the last artiste to have achieved this feat. In 2006, Temperature entered and peaked at number 11.
Hold Yuh has already peaked at number 54 on the European Hot 100.
President of the Republic of Colombia, His Excellency Dr. Juan Manuel Santos Calderón, has said that his country is willing to share its expertise with Caribbean countries, particularly Jamaica, in the fight against drug trafficking.
"We are aware that only by working together, Jamaica, Colombia and the rest of the world that are increasingly being affected by the drug cartels, that we can jointly overcome this problem," he said.
He was speaking at a public lecture at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona campus in Kingston on Friday November 19.
President Santos said that his nation continues to fight the phenomenon with more and more success, with a professional and trained police force that has been learning from over 40 years of fighting the drug cartels, adding that it has been a successful war to dismantle the big cartels.
"The subject of security and the effective fight against transnational crimes, such as drug trafficking, is a matter crucial to our nation's future. Many countries in the Caribbean and Central America are going through tremendous difficulties similar to those Colombia faced in the past because of drug trafficking and its terrible effects on society," he said.
He pointed out that, in its fight against drug trafficking, Colombia has lost some of its best politicians, police, judges and leaders, but has managed to preserve its principles and democracy, noting that it is from the lessons learnt that the country can help other nations.
President Santos said that Colombia wanted to help Jamaica become effective in the fight against drug trafficking, before it is too late.
We in Colombia committed a big mistake thinking that that problem is not such a big problem. When we discovered it was a big problem, it was too late and we had to fight very hard to overcome it. But, we are telling our Central American and our Caribbean friends, don't go into what drug and alcohol addicts usually go into, (that is) the state of denial," he said.
President Santos stated that Jamaica and Colombia share many common goals, and that his country's relationship with Jamaica and the wider Caribbean is important in tackling the problem of drug trafficking.
THE US-based Americas Society has just wrapped its inaugural symposium on Bob Marley and his legacy, in New York.
The three-day event, exploring the life and work of Marley the musician, composer, Rastafarian and world cultural icon, brought together associates and compatriots of the first third world superstar including musicians, poets, and scholars.
Among the highlights was a conversation between Chris Blackwell, the founder of Island Records who launched Marley and the Wailers internationally and John Farley, author of Before the Legend:Rise of Bob Marley (2006).
It also featured Ibo Cooper music instructor of the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, Herbie Miller of Jamaica Music Museum/Institute of Jamaica, scholars Robert Hill in a panel discussion on Marley as a consummate musician and as national hero of Jamaica. The discussion was moderated by Queens College's Christopher Winks.
Related events, was the launch of Review 81 Bob Marley and His Legacy, featuring guest editors Lorna Goodison and Christopher Winks as well as poets/writers including Jacqueline Bishop, Kwame Dawes, and Shara McCallum.
The Americas Society is the premier forum dedicated to education, debate and dialogue in the Americas. Its mission is to foster an understanding of the contemporary political, social and economic issues confronting Latin America, the Caribbean and Canada.
And to increase public awareness and appreciation of the diverse cultural heritage of the Americas and the importance of the inter-American relationships.
Olint boss David Smith is reported to be en route to the United States to face a raft of criminal charges stemming from operations surrounding his failed ponzi scheme empire.
US marshals swooped down in the Turks and Caicos Islands earlier Thursday to take custody of Smith who is now serving time in prison.
The Olint boss was sentenced to six and half years in prison after he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to money laundering and two counts of conspiracy to fraud in the Turks and Caicos.
On Thursday afternoon Mr. Smith’s lawyer, Oliver Smith says he expected is client to land in the United States where he will face criminal charges in a Florida Court.
The attorney swiftly dismissed speculation that David Smith was extradited.
“He is on his way to the United States but it is not an extradition. We have agreed for him to go up so it’s not an extradition, pursuant to a consent agreement between myself and the US Attorney’s office,”
“I don’t want it to be portrayed as an extradition, an extradition has certain connotations as if he is a fugitive. [I am expecting him to arrive in the United States] very shortly, in the next day or two,” Mr. Smith said.
Mr. Smith also said he does not know if the former Olint boss has left the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Meanwhile, legal documents filed in a Broward Country Court in Florida obtained by RJR News labelled David Smith as a self proclaimed religious genius, who convinced over one thousand investors from the US, Jamaica, St. Kitts, Panama, Greneda and the Dominican Republic, that he could produce a 10% return per month in foreign currency trading.
A collection of portraits, performance and personal shots by photographer Kim Gottlieb-Walker are now on exhibition in New York.
Through her photos, Gottlieb-Walker charts the rise of reggae with an unparalleled insight into the genre’s most iconic artists.
The images were captured in Jamaica and Southern California in the mid 1970s and many of them will go on display for the first time.
This collection of powerful and pivotal pictures features Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer, Lee “Scratch” Perry, Heptones, Inner Circle and Jacob Miller, Jimmy Cliff, Junior Murvin, Toots and the Maytals, George Harrison, Burning Spear and Third World.
The exhibition will close on November 18.
Trinidadian Prime Minister, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, has apologised to the region for recent biting comments which drew the ire of several regional heads, the business community, and media.
Addressing a press conference in Trinidad, in late October, Mrs. Persad-Bissessar said that her administration had no intention of helping CARICOM countries hit by Tropical Storm Tomas without some benefit accruing to the twin-island republic.
Angry Caribbean people described her comments as insensitive and said they went against the principles of regionalism.
There were scores of stakeholders calling for a boycott of Trinidad products.
Now more than two weeks later Mrs. Persad-Bissesar has apologised on RJR's Beyond the Headlines.
“Ah maybe, it was most unfortunate and I do apologize for the statements that have been taken in this regard. I remain committed to regional integration and to our CARICOM brothers and sisters,” Mrs. Persad-Bissesar said.
The Trinidad Prime Minister says since the controversial comments were made, her administration has extended the hand of assistance in the form of several shiploads of containers dispatched to the islands affected by the recent flood rains.
She added that Haiti is also to receive assistance despite the logistical problems.
The Trinidad Prime Minister went on to clarify her comments.
“The way I envisioned it is that, I can only give from my home, I think [St. Lucia] Prime Minister Stephenson King put it in these words and I appreciate, when he said what Kamla is saying…that we don’t expect her to go out and shop for us and so she would give us goods and supplies out of Trinidad and Tobago, that is what I meant really. It is most unfortunate the way my comments have been received and I do apologize for that,” she said.
There have been violent protests in Haiti against United Nations peacekeepers, who have been blamed for the cholera epidemic that has killed more than 900 people, a report from BBC Caribbean states.
A senior UN official briefed the agency about the violence, and says he is expecting a significant increase in the number of cholera cases, following a nationwide review.
Nigel Fisher told journalists that United Nations has been using Haitian government figures for the number of sick and dead but these are based on those who seek treatment.
Mr. Fisher said he expected to find the real number significantly higher. This is the first cholera outbreak in Haiti and it has triggered fear and confusion.
Mr. Fisher said in some cases people had protested against attempts to build cholera clinics in their neighbourhoods.
The UN peacekeeping spokesman also confirmed reports of violent demonstrations outside a UN base north of the country, he said UN troops fired tear gas at protestors throwing stones and disrupting traffic.
Some Haitians hole UN peacekeepers responsible for the cholera outbreak.
The suspicions concern a different base of soldiers located on the river system where the epidemic broke out.
Mr. Fisher repeated UN statements that no evidence has been found to justify these accusations.
Fresh on the heels of copping the Soul Train Award for Best Reggae Artiste, Gyptian will headline this week's One Love Reggae Concert tomorrow night at the Negril Escape Resort in Negril.
This will be his first appearance in Negril since he shot to international prominence earlier this year, with the smash Billboard hit Hold Yuh and his many fans in the west will no doubt expect a very exciting performance from him. The artiste, whose real name is Windel Edwards, has been having a great awards season so far, having also won the UK-based MOBO award for Best Reggae Artiste a few weeks ago.
Gyptian came to local prominence earlier this decade with the hit song Serious Times, and has since then grown steadily to become one of the consistent reggae singers in recent times. This can be attributed to quality of his songs and his electric personality along with the fact that he is a good stage performer.
Last Tuesday supporters of the weekly concert series in the resort town of Negril, were treated to a very exciting performance by veteran reggae artiste Tony Rebel. OTher Reggae acts scheduled to appear on the line-up in coming weeks are, Ky-Mani Marley, Richie Spice, Queen Ifrica, Tarrus Riley and Marcia Griffiths.
Rita Marley, widow of Reggae superstar Bob Marley, is to receive the Institute of Caribbean Studies' (ICS) 2010 Marcus Garvey Lifetime Achievement Award.
The award will be presented to her at the ICS 17th Annual Caribbean American Heritage Awards Gala this evening (November 12), at the JW Marriott Hotel in downtown Washington D.C.
According to President and Founder of ICS, Dr. Claire Nelson, Rita Marley is the perfect recipient for the award this year. She told JIS news that the award recognizes persons who, unselfishly, advocate to empower and uplift people of Caribbean and African descent.
Dr. Nelson said that throughout the life of Rita Marley, her music and actions have demonstrated an unconditional will to help lift the image of Africa on the global stage, while assisting Jamaicans.
The Marcus Garvey Lifetime Award is presented annually, by the ICS, to an individual or organization that has demonstrated a commitment to the principles of human empowerment of the people of African descent. Since its inception, recipients have included Reggae superstar, Jimmy Cliff; Trinidad and Tobago's Calypso star, Slinger Francisco (The Mighty Sparrow); and Frederick "Toots" Hibberts of Toots and the Maytals fame.
Last year, the ICS conferred the Vanguard Award on world and Olympic champion sprinter, Usain Bol.
Reggae star Gyptian continues to rack up awards around the globe.
This time the singing sensation has copped the coveted Best Reggae Artist title at the 2010 Soul Train Awards. The reggae singer also performed live at the awards ceremony which took place last night at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, Georgia.
Gyptian recently won the MOBO awards held in London and is currently gearing up to tour with the Queen of R&B Mary J Blige at the end of this month.
The Soul Train Awards hosted by Oscar-nominated actors Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson, will premiere on both CENTRIC and BET on Sunday, November 28 at 9pm.
Gyptian will now head into the studios over the next couple of weeks to record a collaboration with R&B singer Ne Yo.
Damian Marley, Mr Vegas, Jah Cure, Vybz Kartel and Gramps Morgan were the other reggae acts nominated alongside Gyptian.
International Reggae singer Buju Banton in now under house arrest at his Tamarac, Florida home after almost a year in jail.
He was released on bail from the Pinellas County jail in Tampa on Wednesday.and made the more than three hour long journey to his home in Tamarac.
Buju, 37, whose given name is Mark Myrie, left the jail covering his face and refused to comment to the media. He was in the company of his court appointed security and wearing a tracking device, left the jail
Buju will be under house arrest and will be only allowed to leave to meet his lawyers or pick up prescribed mediation.
"He can come here at the office to have lunch and prepare for the case and then he's got to go home," defence attorney David Markus said.
There will also be strict regulations governing Buju's stay at home.
The lawyer noted that the reggae singer was very grateful for the support he had received form people all over the world especially those who have been contributing to his legal funds as he prepares for his re-trial in February.
Mr. Markus also praised the solidarity shown by fellow entertainer Stephen Marley, who took out a lien on his South Florida home for the US$300,000 to help secure bond for Buju.
Buju's next hurdle is his re-trial next February.
The Association of Concerned Olint Members says it has begun to officially register Olint Depositors with the Victims Support Division of the US District Attorney’s Office.
The association says it has been formally granted representational status by the US District Attorney to act on behalf of Olint Depositors.
According to the Association, checks with US Assistant District Attorney Bruce Ambrose has revealed that legal and diplomatic formalities are now in place for the imminent removal of David Smith from the Turks and Caicos Islands prison to face criminal charges in the United States of America.
The association also says the US Assistant District Attorney has hinted that significant sums of Olint Depositors’ money have been identified in America.
The United States is reportedly closer to having convicted former Olint boss David Smith flown to America to prosecute him.
David Smith is now in a Turks and Caicos prison serving a sentence on two counts of money laundering and two counts of conspiracy to defraud.
He is also wanted in America to face charges related to the collapse of the Olint.
Oliver Smith, the lawyer for David Smith told the Gleaner yesterday that he’s aware that the US is making efforts to have his client in America.
Oliver Smith also said that US officials have been in contact with him and Turks authorities.
On September 23, David Smith was sentenced to six and half years in prison in the Turks and Caicos after he pleaded guilty to two counts of money laundering and two counts of conspiracy to defraud.
As part of the deal for him to plead guilty, 26 other fraud related charges were dropped against David Smith and his wife was freed of similar charges.
David Smith is alleged to have lost billions of dollars in investments by Olint club members in his unregulated scheme.
Jamaicans top the list of foreigners in the England and Wales prison system, who Prime Minister David Cameron wants sent home to complete their sentences.
The Daily Mail on Monday published the list which shows Jamaica holding the dubious number one position with 942 prisoners.
Nigeria is next with 727 followed by the Irish Republic with 681.
According to the article, Prime Minister Cameron, who is to spearhead a cost cutting drive, plans to tear up agreements that convicts cannot be returned home without their consent.
The article goes on to note that it costs British taxpayers £38,000 to keep someone in jail for a year, a figure that is higher than the cost to send a pupil to the prestigious Eton College.
And while the Prime Minister's move may be stymied by human rights laws, the article insisted that Mr. Cameron is determined to do everything in his power to get as many foreigners sent back to their countries of origin as possible.
Mr. Cameron is expected to speak to his counterparts in various countries and believes this will have an important effect.
Yes, Yendi has done it again! The Jamaican beauty face could be seen on US network television in the new North American Toyota campaign in a lead role.
Shot in Hollywood for Toyota's producers by well-known film director Hype Williams, this commercial is one of several Jamaican, regional and international projects being undertaken by Yendi who was placed second at the Miss Universe in Las Vegas this past August.
Specially managed by Pulse's Kingsley Cooper, in consultation with Invyte Productions, licensees for Miss Jamaica Universe, Yendi has booked several assignments in the months since Las Vegas and has been travelling to the wider Caribbean and the United States to complete these assignments.
Phillipps is in hot demand globally for appearances, event hosting, speaking engagements, commercials and film roles. While she is not at liberty to disclose most of these assignments due to contractual 'gag' orders, she will, however, be able to announce a number of them, once they have been released.
No stranger to the international spotlight, Yendi was a finalist at Miss World 2007 in China, prior to her dramatic success at Miss Universe. In Sanya, China, Yendi was the only contestant to make all five fast-track competition finals.
Over the years, Yendi Amira Phillipps has added a wide range of credits to her résumé.
These include the Pepsi Refresh commercial in the US and the Sprite campaign in India. She has been a special guest on the Food Network show Throw down with Bobby Flay and has been host/presenter of Movie Hang Time and Digicel's Rising Stars in Kingston.
Yendi has done extensive runway work and her covers and editorial credits include several Caribbean and international publications, such as Skywritings magazine, Caribbean Beat magazine, Woman & Home, Fair Lady, Buzz, Collage, Soul, Basia, Ocean Style among several others.
Since her success at Miss Universe, requests for interviews, editorials and appearances have come from almost every corner of the globe.
In this regard, relocation to Los Angeles, alternating with New York and Atlanta has become a real possibility for the beauty queen.
Serani's career continues on an upward path as his popular dancefloor track Skip to My Luu, featuring Ding Dong and Razz n Biggy, has been added to daytime rotation on America's #1 radio station HOT 97 in New York.
It's a phenomenal feat for Serani as it is his third single to get added to mainstream daytime radio in the US in the last 2 years, following on from the Billboard-charting No Games and She Loves Me.
"It really is all about hard work," said Serani. "I've been putting in the groundwork over the last two years, constantly being out there on the road. We've been working Skip for a while at radio and now its paying off. HOT 97 always shows Reggae and Dancehall a lot of love and kudos to them for introducing Dancehall records to the mainstream."
Skip to My Luu is a fun track based off the dance of the same name that was #1 in Jamaica earlier this year and still a staple at dances across the globe. It crossed into American clubs over the last couple of months and was then picked up by US radio. Skip to My Luu was produced by top tier production trio Daseca.
"It looks good so far," he said. "Crossover stations in New York, Connecticut, Philly, Boston and Miami are all showing the record some love so we are looking to take it to the next level and get the record added in those markets next. I've got a lot of promotional appearances coming up to support the Skip movement"
Buju Banton continues to get a fight from the persecution as he tries to resolve the issues surrounding his bail in his ongoing drug battle.
New details are that, the court has increased Buju’s bail from $250,000US dollars to $300,000.00US. In addition to that, the magistrate has ordered that the security company post a $25,000.00US bond.
Buju, who still remain behind bars, was given bail under strict conditions. The international reggae entertainer will be placed under 24-hour surveillance with the costs being paid by the defense, he will have to sign a waiver of extradition, undergo random drug testing, wear a GPS ankle bracelet and surrender his passport.
Buju Banton has been in lockup since December 10 of last year. The Gargamel is expected to go before the courts for a retrial in his high profile drug battle against the United States government in February 2011.
Bwoy di DJ caan get a break, look like dem really want to break him down. Buju, yuh did know what yuh singing bout when you sey is not an easy road…inna your case it bumpy nuh hell.
A state airliner filled with Cubans and travellers from Europe and Latin America crashed and burst into flames in a mountainous area after declaring an emergency and losing contact with air traffic controllers. All 40 Cubans and 28 foreigners aboard died, authorities announced early today.
AeroCaribbean Flight 883 was en route from the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba to the capital when it reported an emergency at 5:42 pm local time yesterday, then lost contact with air traffic controllers. It went down near the village of Guasimal in Santi Spiritus province, carrying 61 passengers and a crew of seven.
Cuba's Civil Aviation Authority issued a statement hours later saying there were no survivors. It released a list of passengers that included nine Argentines, seven Mexicans, three Dutch citizens, two Germans, two Austrians, a French citizen, an Italian, a Spaniard, a Venezuelan and a Japanese. The seven member crew were all Cuban, as were 33 passengers.
A photo posted on the website of the local newspaper, Escambray, showed a large piece of the plane in flames, with rescue workers in olive-green military uniforms standing around it. It said the local Communist Party chief as well as Interior Ministry and other officials were at the scene helping with the effort.
The twice-a-week flight goes from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, to Santiago de Cuba to Havana. State media said that the plane was an ATR-72 twin turboprop and that the crash site was not far from the Zaza reservoir, the largest in Cuba. It said authorities had mobilized doctors and emergency workers in the rural area, which is about 220 miles (350 kilometers) east of Havana.
At Havana's national terminal, relatives of those on board the plane were kept isolated from other passengers and journalists.
"This is very sad," Caridad de las Mercedes Gonzalez, who was manning an airport information desk, said before officials announced that everyone had been killed. "We are very worried. This has taken us by surprise."
State media gave no details on what happened to the airliner, saying only that the cause of the crash was being investigated.
Hundreds of fans along with entertainers lit candles, chanted bible verses and brought flowers at a wake in honour of the late Gregory Issacs in London Tuesday night.
Among those paying tribute were singer A. J. Franklin, who described Isaacs as a loved icon whose fans have been hit hard by his passing as he was loved by the people.
Dennis Alcapone, who performed with Isaacs in the early days, remembered the entertainer as one of the sweetest singer to have come out of Jamaica.
Gregory Issacs died on October 25 in London.
He lost his battle with lungs cancer, a year after being diagnosed.
He was 59 years old.
Isaac's funeral service is to be held in North London on November 10 before his body is flown back to Jamaica the following day for burial.
Can you imagine! I was watching the news and saw Trinidad’s female Pm saying they won’t help any CARICOm countires unless something is in it for them. Well maybe we should all remind her that we all need to lean on each other.
How about not supporting the Trinidadian businesses in the various CARICOM countries. Let’s see if Jamaicans and other CARICOM countries start boycotting anything that has its origin from Trinidad what would Miss PM say to that?
Reggae artiste Jah Cure was robbed in Dominica while there for a show on Sunday, October 31.
"It was unconditional disappointment, not unconditional love for me," the artiste said on a radio station in Roseau on Monday.
He told the listeners that the stolen items were in his bag in the hotel room and he thought it to be safe.
The singer, whose real name is Siccature Alcock, gave no indication as to the value of the stolen items, but said his room had been entered into by someone using a master key while his entire entourage was on stage.
"I still love Dominica and I will return," he said.
Jah Cure also urged listeners to help the police in the investigations.
Police said they had questioned several individuals at the hotel.
The Jamaican was one of the headline performers on the last day of the 14th World Creole Music Festival at the Windsor Park Stadium on Sunday
The retrial of international reggae singer Buju Banton is being delayed until February at the defense’s request.
Buju's defense attorneys are reported to have said that the singer hopes to make bail for the holidays.
In addition, a December trial date reportedly would have been bad for the defense attorney and witnesses.
The government did not oppose the delay.
Last Wednesday, a judge set new bail conditions for the entertainer which included a US$300,000 bond secured by the Miami-Dade County home of Stephen Marley, son of reggae legend Bob Marley.
A security company must also post a separate US$25,000 bond to keep Buju on house arrest at his home in Tamarac, Florida; fit him with a GPS monitor and install new locks and an alarm system at his house.
Buju would not get the keys or the alarm code.
Buju, whose real name is Mark Myrie, 37, is charged with conspiracy to possess five kilograms, or 11 pounds of cocaine, with intent to distribute.
His first trial ended in a mistrial in September.
St. Lucia Prime Minister Stephenson King told a local radio station that an unidentified American tourist drowned Saturday at Cas En Bas beach in the island's north and a 31-year-old St. Lucian woman also died in a road accident during the passage of Hurricane Tomas over the weekend.
High winds ripped the roofs off a hospital, a school and a stadium and toppled a large concrete cross from the roof of a century-old church, St Lucian government officials said. A landslide blocked a main highway linking the capital to the island's south.
The island was deluged by 21 hours of sustained rain starting Saturday morning. On Sunday, dead animals floated in swollen rivers and people in the capital of Castries took to streets to clear fallen branches, broken glass and other debris.
Authorities in neighbouring St. Vincent and the Grenadines also said two workers were hospitalised after they were blown off a roof by high winds.
St. Vincent Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves said fierce winds tore roofs from scores of homes and more than 1,000 people sought emergency shelter as the islands plunged into darkness. Widespread flooding triggered landslides that cut off as many as 30 roads, marooning hundreds of residents.
"I have been told that over 300 houses have suffered some level of damage," Gonsalves said Sunday. "There is also serious damage to fruit trees, bananas and other infrastructure, and this is going to cost the state millions."
Meanwhile Hurricane Tomas weakened yesterday after ripping through the eastern Caribbean. Forecasters said the storm could regain force and veer toward earthquake-stunned Haiti, where some 1.3 million people living under tarps and in tents are vulnerable to heavy rains and wind.
With maximum sustained winds of 75 mph (120 kph), Tomas was barely a hurricane. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami predicted more weakening during the next 24 hours before it begins to strengthen again around midweek.
Daniel Brown, a center forecaster, said Tomas is "likely to strengthen when it's over the central Caribbean," and Haiti could be hit by rains from outer bands in another couple of days.
Late yesterday afternoon, Tomas' center was steaming west near 12 mph (19 kph). It was expected to continue on that track for the next two days, then gradually turn toward the north.
Brown said it's too early to say how strong Tomas could be later in the week or if Haiti might suffer a direct hit, but "there's certainly going to be the threat of heavy rainfall" in the impoverished nation, where widespread deforestation and ramshackle homes mean even moderate rains can cause devastation.
Aid workers in Haiti fear the worst. Hundreds of thousands of people there have only rudimentary shelter nearly 10 months after the Jan. 12 earthquake, and a cholera epidemic has killed more than 330 and hospitalised nearly 5,000.
At least 20,000 people were without power on Martinique, and streets flooded and tree branches were down. A cruise ship carrying nearly 2,000 tourists docked instead in Dominica.
Tomas also toppled power lines and damaged houses in Barbados as a tropical storm.
In Haiti, food and fuel were being stockpiled in southern areas expected to be most directly affected by Tomas, and emergency shelter materials were being distributed to the camps in Port-au-Prince.
Tomas is the 12th hurricane of the season in the Atlantic.
They say good friend is better than pocket money and in deejay Buju Banton's case this is especially true as Stephen Marley has put up his Miami Dade house for bond in an effort to secure his friend Buju Banton's release from the Pinellas County Jail.
Two weeks ago Banton was offered bail with stringent conditions by United States Magistrate, Anthony Porcelli as he awaits a second trial for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five or more kilogrammes of cocaine.
One of the conditions stipulated that Banton had to secure a US$250,000 bond which was co-signed by his friend Joseph Chavalier, who had put up his St Petersburg home as security for the bond.
However, an appraisal of Chavalier's property revealed that its value was less than the US$250,000.
Stephen Marley then stepped up to fill the breach and has offered his house as security.
"Mr Myrie hereby notifies the Court that Stephen Marley, well-known entertainer and son of Bob Marley, and his wife Kertia DeCosta Marley, are willing to substitute as the signator for the bond in lieu of Mr Chavalier. His property is located in Miami-Dade county and has an approximate equity of $350,000.
As evidence, Mr Myrie will provide the Court with a recent appraisal of the residence, a title search, a copy of deed and mortgages, outstanding mortgage balances, and affidavits from Mr Marley and his wife," court documents filed by Markus stated.
Banton, whose real name is Mark Myrie, is set to return to the US Gibbons Court today to show that he has met the bail requirements.
He must wear a tracking device and must have a security detail at all times. Under US law, the defendant must bear the cost of the security detail.
Myrie has contacted two private security companies willing to provide the service but they have been rejected by lead prosecutor James Preston who contends that the detail must include off-duty police officers.
But Markus contends that hiring off-duty cops is too expensive and is an additional burden to his client.
A representative of the security companies, the Florida Agency Of Investigations Inc based in Key Largo, Florida, will be present at the hearing today.
The other company is Guardian Professional Security, which is located in Hollywood, Florida.
If Banton secures bail his attorney will immediately seek a bond in the Immigration Court as his entertainment visa was revoked upon his arrest.
He will also have to sign an extradition waiver.
United States R&B singer Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds is set to perform at National Indoor Sports Centre on November 13.
This is a benefit concert organized by United Way with the hope of raising awareness and money.
The show will be produced by Turnkey Productions and will be a signature event in the series of activities taking place during United Way Week from November 8 to 14 which commemorates 25 years of service in Jamaica.
Edmonds is a 10-time Grammy winner with 11 solo albums.
His music has crossed several boundaries and genres, as he has written and produced songs for many artistes including Prince, Al Green, Beyoncé, Diana Ross, Toni Braxton, Michael Jackson, Michael Bolton, Paula Abdul, Tevin Campbell, Bobby Brown, Whitney Houston, Brandy, Mary J Blige, Janet Jackson, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Madonna, Kenny G, and Lil Wayne, among others.
According to Marcia McDonnough, Marketing Manager of Turnkey Productions and volunteer on the Communications Committee of the United Way, Mr. Edmonds is an ideal icon to help to celebrate the establishment of an organisation such as the United Way of Jamaica.
"In trying to assist the United Way in planning their celebratory and fund-raising activities for this year, it seemed like a perfect match.
A superstar such as Kenny 'Babyface' Edmonds, who is so well loved in Jamaica, would naturally be able to help us not only raise funds, but also help to raise the awareness for the work that is done by this organisation.
We also know that many persons missed seeing him at the Jazz and Blues Festival and so this is the perfect opportunity for all his fans to come out and spend an evening with him," she said.
Jamaican Diana King, well known for her first hit single Shy Guy, will also perform at the show, providing a thrill to fans who have not seen her in perform locally for some time.
Fast-rising group Nomaddz and the Silver Bird Steel Orchestra, well known especially on the North Coast for their exciting and stimulating performances, and for twice winning the World Championship of the Performing Arts, join the line-up along with Abdel Wright.
Stephen Marley, son of music legend Bob Marley, has reportedly offered to post his South Florida home as bond to get reggae star Buju Banton out of jail.
According to the Tampa Tribune newspaper, Buju's attorney Tuesday notified a Florida Court of the offer.
The property is valued at US$350,000.
The newspaper says outstanding matters relating to bail granted to the entertainer, whose given name is Mark Myrie, will be heard today in court.
Stephen Marley is a Grammy winner who beat Buju for best reggae album this year.
As a non-citizen of the United States, the Immigration Court will have to decide if Buju can remain in the US as an undocumented resident since his visa was revoked at the time of his arrest.
International reggae superstar, Mark 'Buju Banton' Myrie will be heading back to the Sam M Gibbons Federal Court for the matter of his bail bond to be reviewed by Magistrate Judge Anthony E Porcelli tomorrow.
According to reports, the four-time Grammy nominee and his legal team are in a disagreement with the prosecution over the security company they want to hire for Banton’s round-the-clock security detail.
As part of his bail conditions, it was stipulated that Banton be placed under house arrest, have a 24-hour security detail, at his expense, and wear an electronic monitoring device. The security detail is to ensure that Banton does not violate the terms of his house arrest.
Judge Porcelli had also ruled that the government agree with whatever security arrangement Banton is putting in place.
Buju Banton was offered bail in the sum of $250,000 bail after his cocaine and gun trial ended in September with a hung jury.
More than a week after international reggae star, Buju Banton was granted bail in a Florida court in the United States, the artiste remains behind bars.
Buju, whose given name is Mark Myrie, has been in custody since December charged with conspiracy to traffic narcotics.
It has been over a week since the dreadlocked artiste was granted US$250,000 bail, nearly three weeks after a jury failed to reach a unanimous verdict in his trial.
The Judge also ordered, at Buju's expense, that he be placed under house arrest, employ 24-hour security and wear a monitoring device.
Buju’s lead attorney David Markus explained in a radio interview that the defence has been ensuring that he is in a position to satisfy the bail conditions.
He will then appear in Immigration Court to see if he will be allowed bond.
As a non citizen of the United States, the Immigration Court will have to decide if he can remain in the US as an undocumented resident since his visa was revoked at the time of his arrest.
If Buju fails to secure bond, he will be deported.
Mr. Markus says the team is hopeful that he will be able to meet all the criteria to secure bail next week.
The four time Grammy nominee was arrested at his Tamarac home in December and slapped with charges of conspiracy to possess and distribute five kilograms of cocaine and possession of a firearm.
A new trial is to take place in December.
Gyptian received his trophy for the 2010 MOBO Award live during the ceremony at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England on Tuesday, October 20, 2010.
Awarded the 'Best Reggae Artist of the Year,' Gyptian took the stage to accept his prestigious statue infront of a packed house and millions viewing around the world.
"It's an overwhelming feeling winning my first international award," reveals an elated Gyptian. "Give thanks to VP Records, miles ahead in reggae, give thanks to my fans, my management and everyone who has been supporting me on this incredible journey."
Gyptian's singles "Hold You" and "Nah Let Go" and the respective videos have been receiving steady airplay across the UK ever since the release of his album, Hold You, from VP Records in July 2010.
He is currently touring Europe and took a quick break to attend the MOBO Awards, which was televised live on BBC 3. Gyptian resumes his tour tonight, opening for Omarion in Manchester, and will also join Mary J. Blige for her UK tour in November, opening for her London and Birmingham shows.
Gyptian now heads to the Soul Train Awards on November 10 in Atlanta, Georgia, where he is nominated for "Best Reggae Artist" and will also be a featured performer during the show, airing on BET and CENTRIC on November 28 at 9pm.
The Music of Black Origin or MOBO Awards are held annually in the U.K. and is the first awards show in Europe to honor urban music. It attracts the largest primetime multicultural audience and reaches over 250 million people, worldwide. Gyptian shared the nomination with fellow VP Records artist, Gappy Ranks.
Heavy flooding in Haiti has killed at least 10 persons after rivers burst their banks in the capital, Port-Au-Prince, following torrential rains.
Several residents were reported missing.
Displaced people living at a tent city for the victims of the January earthquake were strengthening their makeshift homes to cope with the bad weather.
VP Records recording artiste, Gyptian, continues to rack up nominations this awards' season with his nomination for 'Best Reggae Artist' at this year's Soul Train Awards.
The reggae singer will also be performing live at the awards ceremony, taking place on Wednesday, November 10 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center in Atlanta, Georgia.
Hosted by Oscar-nominated actors Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson, the Soul Train Awards will premiere on both CENTRIC and BET on Sunday, November 28 at 9pm.
Gyptian joins a hotlist of the top entertainers in music today at CENTRIC's second undertaking of the annual awards, including Alicia Keys and Usher who both lead the pack with four nominations, Drake with three nods, and Monica, Nicki Minaj, Janelle Monae, Erykah Badu and Sade with two each.
Also joining Gyptian on stage for live performances are Ne-Yo, Rick Ross, Keyshia Cole, R. Kelly, Badu, Cee-Lo and more, proving to be an exciting night for music and for reggae's reigning star.
Gyptian currently has two songs in rotation on radio with his breakout hit "Hold You" and his new smash "Nah Let Go," both singles from his current album, Hold You, released from VP Records in July 2010.
With a solid foundation and fan base, the versatile entertainer now sees his international acclaim grow, and has already seen collaborations with the likes of Nicki Minaj, Busta Rhymes and Mary J. Blige, and will be joining Blige for her UK tour on November 2-3 in England.
This is the second major award nomination for Gyptian, as he's also nominated for the 2010 MOBO Award in the UK, also for 'Best Reggae Artist.' He will be attending the MOBO Awards on Wednesday, October 20 in Liverpool, England.
Jamaican dancehall artiste Moses Davis, more popularly known as Beenie Man, left the island with the Ruff Cut band on Tuesday for the African nation of Zimbabwe.
Beenie Man has been confirmed for one show only and will perform at the Lion Lager Summer Festival to be held at the Old Hararians Sports Club on Saturday, October 16.
The deejay, whose United States visa was revoked earlier this year, and who has seen a shrink in his global market owing to his anti-gay lyrics, has been enjoying success with a number of songs in rotation.
He and Ruff Cut are scheduled to return to the island next week,
This is just time for the Arthur Guinness celebration where he and fellow dancehall deejay, Bounty Killer, whose given name is Rodney Price, will be performing on the same stage
It is not clear exactly when embattled reggae artiste, Buju Banton, will be released from the US jail which has been his home for several months. This, despite being offered US$250,000 bail in a US Federal Court on Thursday.
Banton’s bail bond, which was secured by the equity in a friend's house, has not yet been posted and there is the issue of an immigration bond which has to be posted to prevent the entertainer from being deported. Buju Banton, whose real name is Mark Myrie has no legal status in the US as his visas were revoked following his arrest on cocaine charges there last December.
As part of the bail condition, the four-time Grammy nominee will have to wear an electronic monitor, and undergo drug testing.And there are also costs to the defence that are associated with the bail bond.
The round-the-clock security detail to scrutinise his every move, which the court has ordered, will have to be paid for by a cash-strapped Buju Banton.
Buju can only leave the house, accompanied by his security detail, to meet his lawyer, go to court, see the doctor or pick up prescribed medicine.
A pre-trial services officer will also have to approve every trip ahead of time or Buju will go back to jail.
US Magistrate, Judge Anthony Porcelli, said if Buju made bail, he would essentially be under house arrest at his home in Tamarac in Broward County as the court's main concern is a risk of flight.
If Buju's attorney manages to make the arrangements, the US government still could request another hearing before he is released.
Last month, a federal judge declared a mistrial, after jurors said they were deadlocked on charges that Buju conspired to buy five kilograms of cocaine.
JAILED Reggae artiste Buju Banton was this afternoon offered $250,000 bail in the Sam M Gibbons Federal Court in the United States.
But Banton, real name Mark Myrie, is still not in the clear as his lawyer David Oscar Markus will now have to seek bond in the immigration court to prevent his deportation to Jamaica. Banton’s entertainment visa was revoked when he was arrested last December.
As part of Banton's bail condition, he will have to wear a monitoring device and will be subject to house arrest and 24 hour security, to be paid for by the defence.
He can only leave his house for meetings with his attorney and for doctors’ appointments and to purchase medication. He will also be subjected to drug testing.
Source: Jamaica Observer
Bob Marley's Buffalo Soldier played as Victor Zamora Burgueno, one of 33 miner trapped underground in Chile since August 5, was rescued on Wednesday.
Burgueno, the 14th miner to be rescued, is a huge fan of Marley and to celebrate his safe rescue, a global news station played the song.
The last of the 33 miners trapped deep underground in northern Chile for more than two months has been rescued.
Luis Urzua, the shift supervisor who was credited with helping the men survive the first 17 days before rescue teams made contact, was greeted by his family and President Sebastian Pinera.
The six rescuers sent down to assist the miners must now be lifted through the hole in the cave.
Many of the miners have severe dental infections and some have eye problems.
One has been diagnosed with pneumonia.
However, Health Minister Jaime Manalich, stressed that all appeared to be in far better condition than expected.
The men were trapped underground when a rockfall caused a tunnel to collapse.
President Pinera meanwhile says he believed the rescue operation would change his country's image in the world.
Magistrate Anthony Porcelli will on Thursday hear follow up arguments before he makes a decision on bail for Reggae star Buju Banton at the US Gibbons Court in Tampa, Florida, a newspaper has reported.
Banton's attorney David Markus had last week applied for bail for his client after a 12 member panel of jurors failed to arrive at a united verdict which resulted in the singer's trial for drug-related offenses ending in a mistrial.
He is set to be re-tried in December and Markus is seeking to have his client released until the trial starts. But Banton's immigration status has caused some worry as he is likely to be picked up by immigration authorities even if he is granted bail.
But United States prosecutor James Preston is not letting up and has asked the court to throw out Markus' application without a hearing.
Banton , whose real name is Mark Myrie, has been in jail since December when he was arrested at his Tamarac home in South Florida on cocaine conspiracy charges.
Mack and Thomas have signed plea deal arrangements and will be sentenced next month.
The singer's supporters and fans have started a drive to get 15,000 signatures on a petition to US Attorney General Eric Holder, urging him to step in and thwart the prosecution's bid to keep him languishing in jail.
Duane Stephenson was recently invited by the World Food Programme (WFP) to perform in honour of the United States Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton. The event took place at the George McGovern Leadership Award ceremony in Washington, DC.
Stephenson was at the tail end of his US tour with the Wailers, and the two parties previously teamed up for a song that manifested a partnership with the WFP. "The Wailers and I are partners with the World Food Programme," says Stephenson. "Our song A Step for Mankind has helped to spread the message of the need for more action in addressing the issue of world hunger."
Duane Stephenson and US Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, meet in Washington, DC during a World Food Programme award ceremony.
Stephenson was thus invited to perform at the ceremony that included political dignitaries and social activists from around the world at the prestigious event, where Secretary Clinton was presented with The George McGovern Leadership Award for her work to curb global hunger.
Stephenson reveals he is humbled and excited by the experience. "It's so inspiring to be in the company of global politicians and dedicated corporate partners who share the same values and aspirations to eradicate hunger," states Stephenson.
"Food is a common bond that unites every single life form on this planet, we all require it to live, yet a billion people each night go to bed hungry and 25,000 of them die."
Stephenson disclosed his work with the World Food Programme will continue as he sees the issue of world hunger as one that is very important to him.
"I was happy to be there to see Secretary Clinton get this award as she has fought for this issue for years now.
Hunger affects a billion of our brothers, sisters and children in 80 countries. This award will bring added attention and raise awareness of the issue."
Duane Stephenson just wrapped up touring the US as the opening act for the legendary Wailers, and promoting his sophomore album Black Gold, released by VP Records on September 28, 2010.
It's not an easy road for embattled reggae entertainer Buju Banton who patiently awaits a decision for bail.
Last month Buju’s lawyer filed a motion for bond. However, after the bail hearing last week, the judge felt he needed time to access the arguments made by the prosecution and the defense before his final decision.
As previously reported, a mistrial was declared in Buju Banton’s ongoing drug battle against the United States government after the jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict.
The Gargamel, who has been in custody since December 10 of last year, had his entertainment visa revoked upon his arrest.
Buju Banton’s lawyer David Markus in his application for bail stated that the entertainer is not a flight risk or a threat to the community.
However, The Gargamel's court battle does not end there, as if Buju is granted bail he will then be turned over to immigration authorities where another bail hearing will take place, which means, long days still ahead.
Jamaica's medal count at the 19th Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India stands at six after Lansford Spence, Nickeisha Wilson and Sheree Francis landed silver and bronze respectively on Sunday's seventh day of competition.
This puts Jamaica is 13th position in the overall medal standings with two gold, three silver and one bronze.
Australia continues to lead all countries with 137 medals including 61 gold.
Spence, 28, who is better known as a quarter-miler, turned in the performance of his life in the 200 metres in Delhi, to produce 20.60 seconds in the heats, 20.54 seconds in the semifinals and 20.49 seconds, which got him on the podium.
Leon Baptiste of England took the gold in 20.45 seconds.
Rasheed Dwyer missed out on a spot in the final after finishing fifth in the semifinals in 21.13 seconds.
VP Records is showing their strength in the reggae industry.
According to a letter released from the company’s director of business affairs Alexander Threadgold, anyone who desire to exploit master recordings embodying the performances of VP records artistes must request and explicitly obtain from VP a waiver of exclusivity which VP may elect to grant or not grant in its sole discretion.
Some of the entertainers listed by VP Records include Beres Hammond, Assassin, Bounty Killa, Busy Signal, Capleton, Elephant Man, Gyptain, I-Wayne, Luciano, Sean Paul, Queen Ifrika and a host of others.
Four Bahamian passengers were treated at a Florida hospital for injures sustained in a plane crash on Wednesday.
It was the second such incident in a week.
Eight people died on Tuesday when a charter flight crashed into a Lake after taking off from the capital Nassau.
"It's an unfortunate coincidence with these two things happening one behind the other. If you look at the number of take offs and landing within the commonwealth of the Bahamas, this is a very small fraction of the numbers and our volume is much higher than anybody else in the region in terms of people traveling by air," said Vincent Vanderpool Wallace, Minister of Tourism and Aviation in the Bahamas.
"From everything we've seen, there's really no reason to be concerned about the level of air safety in the Bahamas as it is obvious from the absence of incidents over a long period of time, that it's generally very, very safe. We have a great group of people working in the civil aviation to make sure that we maintain a high safety record," he added.
Reggae star Gyptian continues to sizzle this year as he now joins forces with the iconic Mary J. Blige.
Gyptian will be breaking from his tour schedule to join the R&B queen on the England leg of her UK tour. He takes the stage on November 2 at The O2 Arena in London, the same venue Michael Jackson was slated to headline for his infamous 'This Is It' concert. Gyptian then heads with Blige to the LG Arena in Birmingham on November 3, before resuming his own tour.
Gyptian has been touring consistently since releasing his current album Hold You this summer, even joining Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley and Nas on several dates of their recent 'Distant Relatives' tour in the US.
Gyptian was enlisted for Blige's new single, “Anything You Want”, which is expected to be on her new album. The reggae-infused track also features Busta Rhymes and has been receiving steady airplay since its release in early September.
This exciting concert collaboration was secured by Planet Reggae, the new booking division of VP Records/Greensleeves Records, with AEG, the world's #1 concert production company.
"These are the opportunities that come about by having the #1 record label in reggae enter the live-touring business," states Neil Robertson, head of Planet Reggae. "Our brand lends credibility and comfort for the major international talent buyers.
When you combine that with a great artist like Gyptian and a manager like Ivor Ruddock, who both understand the bigger picture, you can expect more high profile opportunities which are good for the whole genre."
Gyptian has been heating up the UK scene recently, with his performance at BBC Radio 1Xtra Live in late September, and will return on October 20 for the MOBO Awards, where he's nominated for 'Reggae Artist of the Year.'
Once again everyone will be tuning in to the media, internet, wherever they can get news on the latest happenings in the Buju Banton case.
The will find out today if he will be granted bail by a United States court. Banton has been in custody at the Pinellas County Jail in Tampa, Florida; for almost 10 months after being hauled out of his South Florida home in December last year.
His attorney David Oscar Markus, last week filed a motion for his client to be granted bail citing that he was not a flight risk because of his popularity. Markus also said that he would apply for a bond in an Immigration Court if Banton, whose real name is Mark Myrie, was granted bail.
Banton...bail hearing set for today.
But US prosecutor James Preston, has lodged an objection to the artiste being granted bail and requested that the bail application be flung out of the US Gibbons Court without further hearing.
Yardflex will keep you posted on the latest development.
Duane Stephenson has been invited by the World Food Programme to The George McGovern Leadership Award ceremony for United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday October 5 in Washington DC.
Stephenson is being invited to join the WFP's Board of Directors, US Congressional Committee Members and Special Representative for Global Partnerships in the Office of the Secretary of State, Ambassador Elizabeth Frawley Bagley.
At the prestigious event, US Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, will be presented with The George McGovern Leadership Award for her work in addressing the issue of global hunger. This award is given to individuals who have done stellar work in tackling the issue and Mrs Clinton is the tenth awardee.
Stephenson says he is humbled and excited at the same time: "It's so inspiring to be in the company of global leaders and dedicated corporate partners who share the same values and aspirations to eradicate hunger.
Food is a common bond that unites every single life form on this planet, we all require it to live, yet a billion people each night go to bed hungry and 25,000 of them die," he stated.
Stephenson continued, "the Wailers and I are partners with the World Food Programme and our song, A Step for Mankind, has helped to spread the message of the need for more action in addressing the issue of world hunger".
The young Reggae act says his work with the World Food Programme will continue as he sees the issue of world hunger as one that is very important to him.
Duane Stephenson is currently touring the US promoting his sophomore album Black Gold which was released on September 28.
Black Gold follows Stephenson's debut album, From August Town which was release by VP Records in 2007 and was hailed as one of that year's best reggae albums.
Dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel is back on the island after an impressive performance at the second annual Amsterdam Reggae Festival in Europe.
Vybz Kartel, whose real name is Adijah Palmer, was reportedly one of the most anticipated acts at the festival with people placing bets on whether or not he would actually perform.
However, Kartel had the crowd on his side when he introduced himself to the audience in French, by declaring "Je M'apelle Kartel" before delivering a powerful performance.
Although he is not able to go to the United States, the dancehall artiste is set to fly off to Suriname in November to perform on another big show.
As the 2010 – 2011 school year kicks into full gear, the Bob Marley Foundation continues to support the educational needs of rural and inner city youths.
’Marley for Education’ the educational project funded by the Bob Marley Foundation has already paid out grants and awarded full and partial scholarships to students from inner city communities in Kingston & St. Catherine. The Foundation has assisted with their tuition fees, auxiliary fees, books and uniforms.
Mrs. Jacqueline Lynch – Stewart, the General Manager of The Bob Marley Foundation noted that “We are pleased to be able to perpetuate Bob’s legacy through the assistance provided to these students by his Foundation.”
In his childhood, the Hon. Robert Nesta Marley, O.M. attended Stepney Primary and Junior High which is located on the outskirts of his hometown, Nine Mile, St. Ann.
The Bob Marley Foundation’s main mandate is to keep the name, image and legacy of the Hon. Robert Nesta Marley O.M. alive and to continue the caring, loving and giving spirit of this great Jamaican Reggae Music Legend.
The state Department of Children and Families could have done more to protect a Riviera Beach family from an angry and violent man who killed his wife and four step-children and later killed himself Monday, according to the top agency official in Palm Beach County.
Perry Borman, DCF southeast regional director, told reporters Tuesday during a telephone conference that after investigating Patrick Alexander Dell, 41, in January for allegedly attacking his wife Natasha Whyte-Dell, 36, with a knife at a neighbor's house in December, the agency could have taken over a half dozen steps to guarantee the family's safety.
DCF officials could have followed up with the family's neighbors or relatives regarding Dell's aggressive behavior toward his wife, or could have inquired about another five domestic disturbance calls that were made from the Dell home to law enforcement before the December incident, Borman said.
Instead, the agency's investigation was closed after 30 days and concluded the children were not at "significant risk", Borman added.
"As a result of looking at this case and talking to folks involved and our management team, we have sort of uncovered some opportunities that we could have had in January that we think are missed opportunities," Borman said.
Borman also said the department's child protective investigator who looked into the abuse allegation at the Dell household in January has been placed on administrative leave, after he was arrested Sept. 14 in Plantation on charges of aggravated battery of a pregnant woman.
The investigator, George Allen Shahood, 43, who is the son of retired Fourth District Court of Appeal Chief Judge George A. Shahood, was first arrested in March on battery charges. DCF removed him from investigating cases, but reinstated him a week later after the charges were dropped, according to Borman.
But charges were re-filed this month, and Borman said Shahood was placed on administrative leave after his most recent arrest.
In his investigative report, Shahood said all seven children seemed to be well taken care of and happy to be living with their parents. Both parents said they would never harm the children, he said.
Borman said he did not want to speculate whether Shahood's domestic violence accusation interferred with his work as a child protective investigator.
"I think this case and what has transpired has given us a lot more to think about in terms of the actions that we take when in fact someone is arrested, irrespective of what the charge is," Borman said.
Dell shot and killed his wife and four step-children, and then shot himself, according to police. Whyte-Dell's 15-year-old son, Ryan Bartnett, was the only survivor of the attack, and is being treated for a gunshot wound to the neck. The couple's 1 and 3-year-old kids were unharmed.
According to Borman, Shahood's investigation in January, prompted by a call to the agency's abuse hotline, was the first time DCF had contact with the Dell family, even though Dell's violent behavior and conflicts with his wife had been chronicled in court records and police reports for the past three years.
Borman said he wonders why DCF was not notified of the restraining order issued by a judge to Whyte-Dell in May, and said the county's Domestic Violence Steering Committee was inquiring.
County Commissioner Priscilla Taylor, who on Tuesday sat through Borman's presentation about DCF's yearly activities in the county, questioned whether extending the agency's investigating period from 30 to 60 days would have made a difference.
"If the kids maybe had been removed when this man came in May, the children might be alive today," she said.
Records show Whyte-Dell asked a county judge for a restraining order against Dell in April 2008, citing abusive behavior. She said Dell would yell and swear at her and that her son Ryan would try to intervene.
Whyte-Dell filed for divorce three times between 2007 and 2008, but voluntarily dismissed each case, according to court documents. In December, Dell was arrested after attacking his wife and another woman with a knife because he suspected Whyte-Dell was cheating on him.
Borman added that this tragedy has created an opportunity to establish a communcation procedure with the county's court system regarding domestic violence cases.
(Source: Palm Beach Post News)
The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) is reporting that at least one child was washed away when the house in which the child was living was swept away in Barbican, St Andrew in the vicinity of Burger King.
Buju Banton will have to wait another week to know his fate as it related to spending the next two months incarcerated. Reports are that the hearing on the bail application filed by his lawyer has been scheduled for October 6, at 1:30p.m in Florida before Magistrate Judge Anthony Porcelli.
The prosecution in the case has also been granted until September 30, to file a response to Myrie's Motion for bail.
Buju’s lawyer filed the application on Tuesday after the judge, James Moody, declared a mistrial, when the 12-member jury was unable to reach a unanimous decision in the drug case.
The judge said a new trial is to be held in December on a date to be announced.
The lawyers are trying to secure special dispensation to allow Buju to be out on bail without facing deportation from the United States.
According to legal experts, it would be impossible for Buju to be granted bail as his US visa was cancelled and he has no legal immigration status.
The lawyer reportedly told Judge James Moodie, in giving notice of the bail request, that the Jamaican singer was not a flight risk and did not pose a threat to society.
The lawyer said the court could, if bail is granted, stipulate that the artiste wear a tracking device.
The four-time Grammy nominee, whose given name is Mark Myrie, was facing charges of conspiracy to traffic cocaine.
But after deliberating for 15 hours the jury failed to reach a unanimous verdict.
Buju's lawyer said he hopes his client will not have to spend the next three months in county jail in the Tampa area while he awaits re-trial.
The jurors in the Buju Banton trial have just told US Judge Jim Moody that they have failed to come to a unanimous decision despite almost three days of deliberations.
A new trial date is to be set and will be announced today.
Banton's lawyer David Markus has applied for bail for his client and the judge is expected to address the application later today.
After about an hour of discussion on what has been their third day of deliberation, jurors sent a note to U.S. District Judge James Moody telling him about their difficulties, according to an update in the Tampa Bay Online this morning.
"Just for informational purposes," the note said, "we are still split on a decision and after reviewing evidence, nobody has changed their minds from our original vote on Thursday."
The case went to the jury Thursday after closing arguments in a four-day trial. Jurors were allowed to go home for the weekend.
Banton, whose real name is Mark Myrie, has been held without bail since his arrest in December on federal drug and weapons charges. The defense maintains Banton, 37, was entrapped. The government is using evidence of conversations Banton had with an informant.
The U.S. drug trial of reggae star Buju Banton is the talk of Jamaica, where islanders are debating his guilt or innocence on street corners, in offices, in letters to the editor and on social networking websites, The Associated Press reported in a story yesterday.
In the Jamaican capital, some people are dissecting every detail of Banton's case, a few even comparing him to the late reggae legend Bob Marley. For others the case is more of a curiosity, a media-fed sensation that distracts from weightier news.
His most ardent fans are talking of conspiracy theories - that he was framed by the U.S. government or gay activists who have protested violent, homophobic lyrics from early in Banton's career as a brash dancehall singer.
The husky-voiced Rastafarian singer has long been a star in his homeland with the brash reggae-rap hybrid of dancehall music and, more recently, a traditional reggae sound.
"He's a major, major figure here, so his trial has dominated the media and people's conversations," Jamaican musicologist and disc jockey Bunny Goodison said. "He's been extremely important through the years because he's represented Rastafari and black consciousness in a very focused way."
On Friday, a false story that Banton had been found innocent was broadcast on an island radio station. Tumultuous applause broke out at an elite prep school when the rumor was announced as fact on the public address system. People across Kingston spread the false bulletin on Facebook and Twitter.
Banton is charged with conspiracy to possess and distribute cocaine and aiding two others in possessing a firearm during the course of cocaine distribution. He faces up to life in prison.
In closing statements Thursday, Banton's attorney argued that an undercover U.S. government informant managed to connect only the two other men, but not Banton, to the conspiracy. Banton's team of lawyers has tried to prove the singer was a victim of entrapment.
The singer testified that he talked a lot about cocaine with a U.S. government informant, but said he was just trying to impress the man, who claimed to have music industry connections.
Assistant U.S. Attorney James Preston argued that Banton's conversations with the informant put the conspiracy into motion. Prosecutors said Banton was an established drug trafficker by the time he met the informant and the singer was looking for "more, new and different money through a new conspiracy he was shopping for" in addition to drug deals he had already financed.
Banton's arrest derailed plans to tour Japan after a tumultuous U.S. tour for his Grammy-nominated 2009 album, "Rasta Got Soul." Shows in several U.S. cities were canceled because of protests over his early homophobic lyrics and unapologetic anti-gay stance through the years.
On Friday, Buju made history when he entered Twitter Trends and up to the time it was announced that the jury would reconvene today, he was trending at number six. He became the first reggae act to trend on Twitter.
There was a frenzy on Friday when one website announced erroneously that Banton had been freed. Consequently, from the time the jurors went to lunch at 12 noon, until they called it a day, there were thousands of tweets reporting that “Buju free!”
It is expected that fans and “so called fans” of Buju will again be on high alert today for any and every morsel of information coming out of the Florida courtroom.
Although the jury is still out, many persons are confident that the reggae artiste will indeed walk free.
Will he or won’t he? That’s the question that ought to be answered today when the 12-m3mb34 jury meets for the third time in a Tampa, Fl courtroom to decide the fate of reggae artiste, Mark ‘Buju Banton’ Myrie.
The cocaine trial of the Grammy-nominated singer took place in Florida last week, and the jury has been deliberating sicne Thurday evening and into Friday without deciding the young man’s fate.
Myrie’s co-defendants in the cocaine conspiracy case have already pleaded guilty and ave co-opertaed with the prosecution. Buju, however, has maintained his innocence and his lawyers say he was entrapped and his only sing was “talking too much”.
The reggae artiste took the stand on Wednesday and declared that he was “scared and embarrassed” and was only trying to impress the man he met on a flight from Spain with talk of drugs runnings. That man turned out to be an informant, who was used to try and bring him down.
Yesterday, since the jury retired to deliberate in the drug case against Reggae artiste, Buju Banton Jamaicans and Buju’s fans all over have been holding their breaths for the outcome. Seems they still have a little longer to wait as the jurors will continue their deliberations this morning.
“Mercy di wait a kill mi. A really want him fi get whey, but mi memba sey a white people him a deal wid so anyting possible,” one ardent Buju fan told Yardflex.
Yardflex will keep you posted the minute a decision is made.
Reggae star Gyptian crosses the pond to wow British fans for the annual BBC Radio 1Xtra Live, taking place at Wembley Arena in London on Saturday, September 25, a release from VP Recrds stated.
Gyptian joins a hotlist of international acts for the annual event that also includes B.O.B and Jason Derulo, in addition to local U.K. acts.
"BBC Radio continues to show me a lot of love," reveals Gyptian. "They've always supported my music and I'm looking forward to performing at 1Xtra Live."
Gyptian will be singing his tunes to even more U.K. fans during his upcoming European tour, which runs from October 13 to November 13.
Gyptian's popularity continues to skyrocket internationally, as the videos for his first smash hit, "Hold You," has now been added into rotation on MTV Base and its Major Lazer remix into play on MTV Dance, over in the UK.
He is also nominated for "Reggae Artist of the Year" at the 2010 MOBO Awards, which takes place in Liverpool on October 20. He will be competing with fellow VP Records artist, Gappy Ranks, for the honour.
Gyptian currently has two singles in rotation on U.S. radio with "Hold You" hitting Top 40 radio on Z100 in New York and his second single, "Nah Let Go" in rotation on New York's HOT97.
The "Nah Let Go" video recently premiered on BET 106 & Park as the "New Joint of the Day," fueling the buzz on this star.
WASHINGTON, United States - Drugmaker Abbott Laboratories said today that it is recalling millions of containers of its best-selling Similac infant formula that may be contaminated with insect parts.
The voluntary action affects up to 5 million Similac-brand powder formulas sold in the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam and some Caribbean countries. The company said the products may contain a small beetle or larvae, which could cause stomach ache and digestion problems.
The recall does not affect any liquid formulas or other Abbott-brand products.
A company spokeswoman said Abbott uncovered the insects last week in one section of a manufacturing plant in Sturgis, Michigan.
"We immediately shut down that one area and began an investigation," said Abbott's Melissa Brotz. "We're in the process of resolving it now." Abbott manufactures Similac at several US sites.
Brotz said the company has been consulting with the Food and Drug Administration, which determined there was no "immediate health risk" from the contamination.
Consumers can enter the lot number on their containers online to determine if they are subject to the recall. The products should be returned to Abbott for a full refund.
"Delivering anything less than the highest quality infant formula is unacceptable to us," said Brotz. "We will do whatever is necessary to maintain the trust of parents in the coming weeks."
The affected products were sold in plastic containers and various can sizes, including 8-ounce (227-gram), 12.4-ounce (352-gram) and 12.9-ounce (366-gram).
Similac is the best-selling infant formula in the US Abbott's nutritional products - which include adult brands like Ensure - had sales of US$5.3 billion last year.
Abbott expects to lose US$100 million in connection with the recall. However, the North Chicago, Illinois, company confirmed its third-quarter earnings guidance between US$1.03 and US$1.05 per share.
Shares of Abbott Laboratories fell 16 cents to US$51.99.
Rapper Busta Rhymes is heading to Jamaica. He set to unleash his slew of hits at the Arthur Guinness Celebrations set for Saturday, October 23 at the National Stadium.
The iconic rapper has been added to the already stellar line-up of dancehall and reggae pioneers which includes Grammy award-winning artiste Beenie Man, Shaggy, Bounty Killer, Mavado, Wayne Wonder and Lady Saw.
Rhymes is currently riding high in North America and Europe with his latest album Back on my BS for Universal Motown.
The 38-year-old will be unleashing some of his most recent and timeless hits such as Platinum Grammy-nominated single Whoo Hah, Got You all in Check, Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See, as well as number-one hip hop and R&B and number-three pop single What's It Gonna Be, featuring Janet Jackson.
The trip to Jamaica will be Busta Rhymes' second, after his appearance here in the late 1990s at Sting.
Since debuting in 1996 with then group, Leaders of the New School, Rhymes has steadily risen to the top of the rap game with as many as 11 albums and countless television and film appearances dating back to 1993.
His latest album features collaborations with Common, Jamie Foxx, John Legend, TI, Akon, Estelle and T-Pain.
Stephen Marley, son of reggae icon Bob Marley, appeared in court to testify on behal of his friend and colleague, Buju Banton
He said he has known Banton for 19 years and has never known him to be involved with cocaine.
"He's a close friend of mine," Marley said. "I love him."
Marley said Banton is important to Jamaica. Referring to Banton's album "Voice of Jamaica," Marley said, "That really sums up who Buju is to us."
According to prosecutors, Banton introduced Johnson to Thomas, his friend and driver, and then allowed the deal to proceed, keeping himself "in the trenches," away from the action.
The defense contends that although Banton talked a lot and tasted cocaine when the informant surprised him by showing him the drug, he is not a drug trafficker; the deal that transpired among Thomas, Mack and Johnson had nothing to do with Banton.
The trial continues today.
Reggae star Buju Banton said he's embarrassed about what he has done, afraid of losing his freedom but innocent of any involvement in drug trafficking, a story in the Tampa Bay Online stated.
"I'm just a humble musician," he testified on Wednesday in his trial on federal drug charges.
An informant's recordings capturing Banton talking about large-scale cocaine deals are all accurate, the Jamaican musician said, but they are just talk.
"I was just talking garbage with him," Banton said, referring to informant Alexander Johnson. "I was just talking straight-up garbage," Tampa Bay Online said in their report.
Banton, 37, testified that he thought Johnson, who introduced himself as "Junior," was funny and likable. Banton said he went to coach class during the flight to check on his band members and then encountered a flight attendant who blocked his return to business class.
He said he was allowed to return to his seat after Johnson interceded and vouched for him.
He said Johnson also told him he knew people in the music business in Los Angeles and might be able to help him.
"I thought I was going to see him because we were talking about my career," Banton said.
When he talked to Johnson about buying and selling cocaine, Banton said, "I was trying to impress this guy, and that's what got me in the hot seat I'm sitting in now."
Asked why he tasted cocaine when shown a kilo of the drug in a Sarasota warehouse, Banton said, "I don't know why I did that. If I could, I would rewind the hands of time."
Banton, a four-time, Grammy-nominee whose real name is Mark Myrie, has been held without bail since his arrest in December. He faces up to life in prison if convicted.
Two codefendants, James Mack and Ian Thomas, have pleaded guilty.
Hip-hop star Wyclef Jean announced Tuesday he is officially ending his bid to become president of Haiti.
The Grammy-winning artist, who was born in the quake-ravaged country and raised in Brooklyn, will not challenge an electoral commission that deemed him unqualified to run in the Nov. 28 race.
”After weeks of quiet but painstaking reflection with my wife and daughter, I have chosen to end my bid for the presidency of Haiti,” Jean said in a statement.”
West Indies vice-captain Dwayne Bravo is one of two players who have turned down central retainer contracts from the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).
CMC Sports is reporting that the 26-year-old Bravo has joined fellow Trinidadian Kieron Pollard in not signing the contracts by the September 10 deadline as stipulated by the WICB.
Captain Chris Gayle also failed to sign the contract by the deadline but wrote the WICB asking for an extension which was granted.
However, the other 22 players offered contracts have all signed, paving the way for the cream of West Indies players to be available for international duty.
Yesterday Buju Banton took the witness stand in his cocaine trial and denied that he was a trafficker or a financier of any illicit drug activities.
He admitted two things: that he was naïve, and that he was only "talking crap" when he was recorded telling Government informant Alexander Johnson that he was a drug financier, who was in search of new drug ventures.
Like my mom always say, 'Mark, you talk a lot,' and that is the consequence of it," said the 37-year-old entertainer, whose given name is Mark Myrie, during cross-examination from prosecutor Jim Preston.
Banton said he was ashamed of himself for the things he had said, but told the attentive jurors that "talking crap" did not make him a dealer.
Banton had been eagerly awaiting this moment for the past several months following his arrest last December at his home in Florida. He was charged with conspiracy to distribute five kilogrammes of cocaine. If convicted, he could be sent to prison for life and fined several million dollars.
"Are you guilty of being a cocaine trafficker?" Markus wasted no time in asking.
"No, Sir, I'm not," Banton promptly responded as he went on to deny the charges against him.
"How do you feel?" Markus asked.
"I'm scared," Banton said, managing an awkward smile. "I'm nervous. I've been waiting 10 months."
He was, however, prevented from completing the statement due to an objection from lead prosecutor Jim Preston, which was sustained by Judge Jim Moody.
At Markus' prompting Banton proceeded to recall how he met Johnson on a flight from Madrid, Spain following a tour of the European continent in July 2009 and how he got to like Johnson's company.
He said he and Johnson spoke on a number of topics during the eight-hour flight to Florida, USA and that Johnson was the one who raised the issue of drugs after both men had had a few glasses of wine which Johnson ordered.
He said both men spoke about the entertainment business and Johnson told him that he had contacts within the industry.
Banton testified that before the argument of drugs came up, Johnson had told him that he had a seafood business but that he did "a little thing on the side", which the entertainer took to mean that the "side" enterprise may have been illegal. Banton said his suspicion was further heightened when Johnson pulled a wad of cash from his pocket and showed it to him.
Nonetheless, Banton said he was having a good time talking with Johnson and that he found him quite affable.
"He was a funny guy," said the entertainer with a smile.
Banton testified that he gave his number to Johnson, who gave his name as Junior, and that he received a call from him the following day, saying that he wanted to meet the next day, which they did at a restaurant.
He said he had no idea that Johnson had invited him to the restaurant to talk about drugs, and that he had left the restaurant and was meeting outside with his realtor when Johnson approached him and asked if he had talked to his friend about the cocaine venture.
Asked by his attorney about his drug discussions with Johnson, Banton said that he was just yapping to impress Johnson and that he was not a drug dealer and was not interested in making any drug deal.
"I was talking garbage. I was just talking straight up garbage! He was trying out-talk me," Banton said, a line he would maintain throughout his close to two hours in the witness box. "I was trying to impress him."
"I'm just a humble musician. I was just talking above my head. I was trying to impress this guy and that's what got me into this hot seat," the entertainer said in a contrite tone.
Johnson had been working undercover for the us Government since 1996, following his conviction on drug-trafficking charges. He has, over a three-year period, made US$3 million as a Government informant.
Also yesterday, Reggae artiste Stephen Marley, the son of late Reggae icon Bob Marley testified on Banton's behalf. He said he had been friends with Banton for more 19 years and did not know him to be a drug dealer.
Reggae star Buju Banton said he's embarrassed about what he has done, afraid of losing his freedom but innocent of any involvement in drug trafficking, a story in the Tampa Bay Online stated.
"I'm just a humble musician," he testified on Wednesday in his trial on federal drug charges.
An informant's recordings capturing Banton talking about large-scale cocaine deals are all accurate, the Jamaican musician said, but they are just talk.
"I was just talking garbage with him," Banton said, referring to informant Alexander Johnson. "I was just talking straight-up garbage," Tampa Bay Online said in their report.
Banton, 37, testified that he thought Johnson, who introduced himself as "Junior," was funny and likable. Banton said he went to coach class during the flight to check on his band members and then encountered a flight attendant who blocked his return to business class.
He said he was allowed to return to his seat after Johnson interceded and vouched for him.
He said Johnson also told him he knew people in the music business in Los Angeles and might be able to help him.
"I thought I was going to see him because we were talking about my career," Banton said.
When he talked to Johnson about buying and selling cocaine, Banton said, "I was trying to impress this guy, and that's what got me in the hot seat I'm sitting in now."
Asked why he tasted cocaine when shown a kilo of the drug in a Sarasota warehouse, Banton said, "I don't know why I did that. If I could, I would rewind the hands of time."
Banton, a four-time, Grammy-nominee whose real name is Mark Myrie, has been held without bail since his arrest in December. He faces up to life in prison if convicted.
Two codefendants, James Mack and Ian Thomas, have pleaded guilty.
TAMPA, Fla. — A U.S. government informant testified in a Florida court this morning that reggae star Buju Banton introduced him to a friend who the musician said had contacts to sell kilograms of cocaine, The Associated Press has reported.
Authorities say that Banton tried to buy cocaine from an undercover officer in Sarasota last year.
Recordings of phone calls and other conversations between Banton and the informant, Alexander Johnson, were played in court today.
Johnson testified that Banton introduced him to Ian Thomas. Thomas pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine. He faces up to life in prison.
Banton's attorney says Johnson entrapped his client.
The selection of a jury reportedly took place this morning for the trial of international reggae artiste Mark ‘Buju Banton’ Myrie in the Middle District Court in Tampa, Florida, a report carried by RJR news stated.
The trial reportedly began at 9:00 o’clock this morning.
Buju and two co-accused, Ian Thomas and James Mack, were arrested in December last year in South Florida and charged with conspiracy to possess more than five kilograms of cocaine with intent to distribute.
A grand jury indictment also charged him with carrying a firearm during the course of a drug trafficking crime.
Thomas and Mack have since entered into a plea deal with prosecutors.
Reports reaching Yardflex are that a prayer vigil was held in Florida last night and a number of persons from the entertainment fraternity had expressed a desire to be present at today’s session.
Buju, up to last evening, was reportedly in “good spirits”.
NEW YORK, United States — Their small church had lost its leader and five other members in a van wreck, and eight others lay in hospitals. But members of the Joy Fellowship Christian Assemblies rejoiced in their faith even as they mourned yesterday, a day after the crash.
All of the victims are believed to have been born in Jamaica.
Some members of the predominantly Jamaican congregation wiped away tears at an hours-long service. But many of the roughly 100 who gathered at the storefront church raised their voices in song, their arms in praise and their hope in prayer.
"I cried enough last night. There's no reason for me to cry anymore. I have to be strong for others," said Pearl Foster, who said she had known the church's bishop, Simon White, for 29 years.
White and 13 others were on the New York State Thruway, headed to a church event near Schenectady, when a rear tire ruptured and sent their 1997 van hurtling out of control on Saturday afternoon, state police said. The van rolled over into the grassy median, throwing some of the passengers to the ground.
The bishop; his wife, minister Zelda White; pastor Titus McGhie and three others — Avril Murray, Evelyn Ferguson and Elaine Reid — died at the crash scene in Woodbury, about 55 miles (90 kilometres) north of New York City, state police said. Eight others were hurt and remained hospitalised Sunday afternoon.
"It was a tragic, tragic scene," state police Troop T commander Major Robert Meyers said Saturday.
The driver and White, the front-seat passenger, were wearing seat belts; the other passengers weren't required to wear seat belts and apparently did not, state police Trooper Brian Kieckhafer said.
Pastors from other local churches led the Joy Fellowship congregation in worship Sunday, and song and cries of "God is a great God" rang out through the church and at times could be heard outside its doors in a shopping area.
White "was a man of integrity," Michael Bennett, the pastor of another Bronx church, said in an interview. The two had worked together on revivals and a radio show, he said.
"I know that he was a man that loved God," Bennett said. "We never knew he was going to go home like this."
Bishop White founded the church in 1998 with about 20 members, according to the church's website. The congregation now has affiliate congregations in Schenectady and elsewhere in the state.
He and Zelda White had eight children, the site said.
Buju Banton, the Jamaican reggae star, was arrested on federal cocaine charges last year. Today, he is finally going to trial in Tampa, Florida a week before his album’s release in the States.
“I’ve been accused, wrongly convicted. Jah knows I’m innocent,” he sings in his gravelly voice, invoking the Rastafarian God. “I’ve been badly singled out by beloved friends … who sold me out.”
The star recorded his 10-song album last year before being arrested in his Miami-area home on conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than five kilos of cocaine. A grand jury indictment also charged him with carrying a firearm during the course of a drug trafficking crime.
According to the indictment, Banton and an associate negotiated with an informant to buy the cocaine. Along with a third man, they allegedly met with an undercover officer in Sarasota in early December to buy the drugs.
The informant told Drug Enforcement Administration agents that he also saw the singer inspecting the cocaine. Banton wasn’t alone in all of this. Two other men plead guilty to drug conspiracy charges and a weapons charge on Wednesday. They face life in prison.
The coroner has ruled that the two Jamaican farm workers who lost their lives recently on a Canadian farm, died as a result of "environmental suffocation".
Thirty-six-year old Ralston Whyte from Pike, Manchester, and 44-year-old Paul Roach from Preddie, Clarendon, were killed on Friday, September 10, when they were overcome by fumes in a tank which was processing cider vinegar on the Filsinger's Organic Foods farm where they were both employed.
In an interview with JIS News, one of the owners of the farm, Deb Becker, expressed deep sadness at what happened to the two workers.
"Ralston and Paul were good workers and very honest men. We have a small community here of about 400 persons and they were known by everyone," she said.
Mr. Roach started in the Farm Work Programme in 2004 and Mr. Whyte in 2003. From the beginning they have been working with Filsinger's Organic Foods, an orchard farm which produces sweet apple cider, apple cider vinegar, apple butter and apple sauce.
In recounting the accident, Ms. Becker said Mr. Roach, Mr. Whyte and a third Jamaican worker, Robert Samuels, were pumping about six inches of cider vinegar from one tank into another when the pump stopped working, possibly clogged by the "mother of vinegar" that had settled at the bottom. The "mother of vinegar" is a sludgy substance that develops on fermenting alcoholic liquids.
One of the workers climbed inside the tank, apparently to clear the blockage, and was overcome by fumes. The second worker went to assist and he too was overcome by the fumes.
"That smell is so strong. The first worker should not have gone inside the tank. I can understand the second one going in after seeing his friend collapse. They knew they should not go in the tank but just take out the pump, wash it off and put it back inside the tank," said Ms. Becker.
A memorial service was held on the farm for the two workers on Tuesday, September 14. It was attended by about 170 persons from the community. Ms. Becker and her two sons, Cory and Sean Becker, own the farm jointly with Brandon Weber.
She said the Jamaican men were well liked and Mr. Weber had visited Jamaica last winter and met their families. The other Jamaican worker, Mr. Samuels, will not be returning home until December.
Ms. Becker said members of the Victim Services Unit were brought in to counsel him, and he was the one who had asked that a memorial service be held.
Chief Liaison Officer at the Jamaica Liaison Service (JLS) in Ontario, Larkland Stone, said the bodies should be ready to be returned to Jamaica by next week Wednesday.
The attorney representing reggae star Buju Banton is expressing optimism that he will be freed at the end of trial, which starts on Monday.
The 37-year-old artiste has been incarcerated in a US lock-up since December when he was arrested on drug trafficking charges.
Anxiety increased among Buju's fans this week when a second co accused turned state witness.
James Mack, 48, agreed to plead guilty to multiple drug charges and is expected to face a mandatory prison term.
He agreed to a deal which will see him serving 25 years in prison instead of the life imprisonment he would have received since he's a repeat offender.
The other co-defendant, 43-year-old Ian Thomas had already entered into a plea deal, which will see him serving seven years.
But on Thursday morning Mr. Markus asserted if the former co-accused men speak the truth the artiste will be vindicated.
“If they tell the truth, we believe that will happen. Thomas and Mack were at the deal and they did the deal,” he said.
Mr. Markus insisted that his client was nowhere near the scene when the alleged drug sale occurred.
He also confirmed reports that the Rastafarian DJ had lost weight after having a difficult time with his strict diet.
However, Mr. Markus said Buju, who recently released an album, remains in excellent spiritual and physical shape.
Reggae artiste Mark Dyer aka Warrior King is on a musical high as he continues to take his conscious brand of reggae to the four corners of the earth.
The singer, who recently collected the Marcus Award for music, delivered a very exciting performance in front of a huge audience at the Anthony Nesty Sports Hall in Suriname on Friday September 3.
During his performance the audience sang along with him word for word as he belted out hits such as Virtuous Woman, Can’t Get Me Down, Jah is Always There, Where Is The Love and A Breath Of Fresh Air.
Also on the bill were Biggaton and Ginjah who were performing in Suriname for the first time, they were also well received.
Such was the magnitude of Warrior King’s performance that the promoters have invited him back to perform in the island in December.
Warrior King is also slated to visit the African continent for a series of shows before the end of the year.
Today, September 16 is being celebrated globally as International Ozone Day.
The theme for this year's celebrations is, "Ozone layer protection: governance and compliance at their best", and highlights the role of good governance in enabling successful implementation and compliance with the Montreal Protocol.
The National Ozone Unit which co-ordinates all projects and activities geared towards the phase out of ozone depleting substances in Jamaica will observe the day with a public awareness campaign including a weeklong exhibition at the Tom Redcam Library, a publication, and radio commercials.
The Montreal Protocol is an environmentally legally binding agreement to reduce ozone depleting substances (ODS) and protect the ozone layer. It is ratified by over 192 countries, and is recognized around the world as the most effective environmental agreement ever implemented.
At the signing of the Montreal Protocol in 1987 approximately 1.8 million tonnes of controlled ODS were being produced. In the twenty three years since the signing of the Montreal Protocol, production was reduced to about 83,000 tonnes. The ODS have been replaced with substitutes which do not deplete the ozone layer, such as hydro-fluorocarbons and hydrocarbons. Ozone friendly equipment has fewer leaks and is more energy efficient.
Since some ODS contribute to global warming and eventually climate change their reduction have benefited the earth's climate. Recovery of the ozone layer is expected within this century.
Jamaica ratified the Montreal Protocol in 1993, and has also ratified all the amendments.
The National Ozone Unit (NOU) which is the housed at the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) co-ordinates all projects and activities geared towards the phase out of ODS.
Through the work of the NOU, the National Ozone Commission and other key stakeholders Jamaica has achieved all its obligations under the Montreal Protocol to date, including phasing out CFCs as at January 1, 2006, four years ahead of the Montreal Protocol's 2010 schedule.
The next ODS to be phased out is hydro-chlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), for which the first reduction target has been set for 2013. HCFCs were initially used as an alternative to CFCs due to the unavailability of more suitable alternatives.
They can be found in some air-conditioning units, and refrigerators. Jamaica is currently preparing the HCFC phase out management plan which includes the planned activities and their implementation dates.
Buju Banton’s cocaine-related case hit another snag yesterday when it was reported in the Tampa Bay Online that the second of his two co-defendants has agreed to plead guilty and cooperate with the US government.
James Mack, 48, will plead guilty to charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 5 or more kilos of cocaine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense, according to a plea agreement filed in U.S. District Court.
Both charges carry up to life in federal prison. Mack previously signed an affidavit stating he never met Banton before his arrest, and that Banton had no knowledge of the money and gun that were in Mack's car.
His other co-defendant, Ian Thomas, 43, was scheduled to plead guilty yesterday afternoon to the conspiracy charge. He also has agreed to cooperate with the government.
Buju, after being jailed in Florida since December last year, goes on trial on federal drug charges Monday.
From day one, Florida-based, Jamaican attorney-at-law David Rowe had stated that he thought it was best that the Grammy-nominated Reggae artiste enter into a plea bargain in his cocaine-related case in the US.
Banton’s lawyers, however, say their client was entrapped. Now, with his two co-defendants turning State witnesses against him, Banton must be having bouts of diarrhea. The next couple of days will be crucial as Buju and his lawyers hunker down and prepare to tell previously untold stories.
Leesa Wee Tom, the cutie who plays Milan in the reality show BET’s College Hill: South Beach, told Yardflex in an exclusive interview that contrary to Internet reports, she and the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt, are not engaged.
“Usain and I are very good friends,” the beauty queen reiterated, flashing her winning smile.
So how does she explain the engagement ring she was pictured wearing last weekend while partying with friends at Fiction night club in Kingston? Or the fact that her name has been called in relation to Usain’s troublesome back injury?
“You know sometimes you have a ring that fits only one finger, well, it’s like that.
It’s really a very nice ring so I was out with friends celebrating winning the Miss Jamzone contest in Guyana and I wore it,” Milan told Yardflex.
“I don’t know who took the photo and put it on the Internet,” she said, adding again, that Usain is her “very good friend”.
However, despite gushing over the ring and describing how exquisite it was, she ducked out of answering if it was Bolt who had bought her what appears to be an engagement ring.
And, interestingly, she wasn’t wearing the ring during the Yardflex interview.
With regards to the back injury suffered by the 100 and 200 metre world record holder, Milan says it had absolutely nothing to do with her.
“As I stepped off the plane in Guyana the other day, people were pushing microphones in my face asking me if I had anything to do with Usain injuring himself. I was so shocked,” she said.
Her reply then was a simple “no comment”.
The 21-year-old, who attended Stella Maris Prep and Immaculate Conception High schools in Jamaica is now in her final year at college in Florida, where she is majoring in journalism. Quite a professional at entering beauty contests, Milan copped the crown at the Miss Jamzone International in Guyana in August.
According to her updated bio, since 1993, she is the first beauty queen to represent Jamaican on an international stage and win.
“The contest was a great. The people of Guyana treated me with lots of affection and even though Miss Guyana was in the contest, they had no problem with me being the winner,” said Milan, who has been entering beauty contests professionally since she was 14.
In between finishing up her degree and entering more beauty contest, Milan is also writing a book, which should be launched early next year.
Authorities in the United States have removed Reggae singer Buju Banton to another holding facility following the revelation that one of his co-defendants has decided to testify against him.
Banton, James Mack and Ian Thomas are facing charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 5 kilos or more of cocaine.
The move was confirmed by Banton's lawyer David Markus.
Markus told the Observer that after news surfaced last week that Thomas had struck a deal to testify against Banton, the authorities removed Banton from the Pineolas County Jail to the Citrus County Jail which is situated north of Tampa, Florida.
He said Banton, whose real name is Mark Myrie, will be transported back to the Pineolas County Jail before his trial starts in Tampa on Monday.
"He was moved for a week as they wanted to keep him and Thomas in separate facilities," Markus told the Observer.
Banton was arrested at his Tamarac home in South Florida hours after Thomas and Mack were busted attempting to purchase cocaine from Drug Enforcement Agents in December last year.
Damian Marley, Mavado, Gyptian, Vybz Kartel and Gappy Ranks are all vying for the Best Reggae title in the 2010 MOBO Awards.
Gyptain who is nominated for the first time says he’s grateful for the nomination.
Celebrating its 15th year, the MOBO Awards will be held in Liverpool, on October 20.
The MOBO Awards was established in 1996 to recognize and celebrate artists of any race or nationality performing black music. The MOBO Awards is the first Black awards show in Europe.
Two Jamaican farm workers lost their lives on a farm in Ontario, Canada, Friday (September 10).
Chief Liaison Officer in the Jamaica Liaison Service (JLS) in Toronto, Larkland Stone, would only describe it as a "job-related accident" on the Filsinger Farm in the Owen Sound area of Ontario.
The two men, 37-year-old Paul Roache of Clarendon and 43-year-old Ralston White, both regular farm workers on the Canadian Overseas Employment Programme, died in a work-related accident on the Filsinger Farm in the Owen Sound area of Ontario.
Mr. Stone added that the Canadian Ministry of Labour and police are conducting investigations, and the bodies have been removed to the morgue. Autopsies will be done on the bodies.
Jamaica's Consul General to Toronto, Seth George Ramocan, has expressed shock at the sudden death of the Jamaican workers.
"We are very saddened by the untimely loss of our two Jamaican men. Our hearts go out to the families," he said. He added that the Consulate General will monitor all the news and keep in close touch with the Jamaica Liaison Service.
The Jamaican Farm Work Programme began in Canada in 1964, and this year more than 6,000 Jamaicans were employed on over 300 Canadian farms.
Big Ship artiste Chino says his Japan sojourn couldn’t have gone better.
According to Chino, who recently returned from a tour in that reggae-loving land to promote his newly released album, Never Change, his visits to cities such as Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka, Kobe and Fukuoka were educational.
"It was a great experience, especially the Yokohama Reggae Bash in Tokyo.
The venue was filled to capacity with thousands of fans and the Big Ship family really pulled out all the stops, and I think the fans enjoyed it.
Overall, the tour went well.
Most of the record shops there have the album, have been playing it and the fans have been supporting the album. So I have to say thanks to everyone for their support."
Chino, whose correct name is Daniel McGregor, released his sophomore Japan album to rave reviews and in less than 20 hours of its release on iTune's Reggae Japan chart, Never Change has already shot to second spot on the chart.
Veteran soca artiste Arrow is reportedly in an Antigua hospital for medical treatment.
Known for the hits Hot Hot Hot and Long Time, Arrow it is reported, has been ill for sometime.
A lot of prayers are going up for the artiste who has been known for his very energetic performances.
It is the norm to see him getting the calypso loving crowd in a frenzy when he takes centrestage.
Yardflex wishes all the best
Having declared in her current single, Party Till December, that her "body's too hot to be at home just sitting back", Lady Saw, not surprisingly has been living it up in fine style.
The dancehall diva — whose album My Way had its official release on Tuesday, secured an invitation from BET's 106 & Park — to appear as a guest judge on the popular Freestyle Fridays.
Of course, she graciously accepted the invite.
"It was an honour and the spinoffs from that I am sure will be tremendous," Lady Saw said with enthusiasm. "This is good for me, as the publicity will surely help my album and it's a positive move for dancehall on a whole,"
Freestyle Friday is a segment on BET's popular show 106 & Park where two aspiring rappers compete in a freestyle battle before the studio audience and the cypher (from 2006) and three celebrity judges.
Each competitor alternates freestyling for 30 seconds in each of the two rounds. The rappers are not allowed to use profanity or sexually suggestive lyrics, such is punishable by disqualification. After the battle, the judges decide the winner, per majority vote.
The rapper who wins each week wins a prize and returns the following Friday to defend their champion title. After seven consecutive wins, however, the rapper is retired and inducted into the Freestyle Friday Hall of Fame.
The episode, which will air today at 5:00 pm local time has Lady Saw as guest judge alongside rapper Waka Flocka Flame, the American rapper signed to 1017 Brick Squad and Warner Bros.
Her recently released album, My Way, has productions from Tony 'CD' Kelly, Lloyd 'John John' James, Danny Browne, and Stephen McGregor. Among the tracks are Every Way Mi Go, Your Chick, He Is At My House (Featuring Eve), My Way, Me Hold Yuh, Muscle Control (Featuring Camar) and I Can't Wait (Featuring Ding Dong).
NEW YORK, United States – Former Tivoli Gardens don Christopher 'Dudus' Coke will return to a Manhattan court on November 16 to continue his trial on drugs and gun running charges.
According to a report by Observer correspondent Harold Bailey, who covered Tuesday’s court appearance, the former Tivoli Gardens strongman appeared to be in good spirits.
Coke's legal team has been bolstered by the inclusion of attorneys Steven Rosen and Frank Dodatto.
He was arrested on June 23 along the Mandela Highway after being on the run for almost a month. He was found in the company of popular pastor, rev Al Miller, who said he was taking Coke to the US Embassy in St Andrew. Miller has since been charged with harbouring a criminal and perverting the course of justice.
Coke is facing a long sentence if found guilty of the charges laid against him. His assets can also be seized.
He is reportedly being held under maximum security conditions and spends most of his days locked in a cramped cell.
Finally some good news about the flossing deejay Flippa Mafia. According to a story in the Weekend Star he has seemingly been given a break at last and is reportedly out on bail in the United States.
The deejay was arrested earlier this year after he was allegedly caught trying to enter the United States illegally from the Bahamas in March.
Reports however, surfaced this week that the deejay was released on bail. According to a number of sources he is out on bail and is currently in Philadelphia, where he resided when he previously lived in the United States. Friends of the deejay also claim they have spoken to him since his release.
The reports are yet to be confirmed still anyway.
If anyone has seen Flippa about the place in the Philly area, just drop Yardflex a line.
Seems there is no quick solution to the Gargamel Buju Banton’s problems.
Just as he was looking forward to his upcoming trial on Wednesday, comes the crushing blow that it has been pushed back until the end of September.
News is that the DJ is reportedly devastated behind bars after his ongoing drug battle against the United States was again postponed.
The Gargamel who was slated to stand trial on September 1 will now go before the courts September 30 where his case will officially be mentioned.
Buju Banton has been behind bars since his December 10 of last year, and has been charged with conspiracy with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine and possession of a firearm.
In relating news, Buju Banton’s new album will hit the stores on September 13.
The album dubbed “Before The Dawn” is the incarcerated reggae artiste's 9th album and features 10 influential tracks written by the Gargamel.
International news agency Reuters is reporting that US authorities want to extradite David Smith, former OLINT boss, from the Turks and Caicos Islands for his involvement in one of the Caribbean's biggest financial fraud cases.
The report quotes a US law enforcement official.
American prosecutors have filed criminal charges against Mr. Smith, who is currently under investigation but on bail in Turks and Caicos Islands.
Mr. Smith faces fraud, money laundering and other charges in the British territory.
John Briggs, Deputy senior investigator of the Turks and Caicos Islands’ Special Investigation and Prosecution Team, says it is alleged that Mr. Smith ran a Ponzi scheme involving US$300 million.
In a court filing earlier this month in Florida, prosecutors said Mr. Smith defrauded thousands of investors from Jamaica, the US and other Caribbean territories, promising them monthly average returns of 10%.
Mr. Smith is due to appear in a Turks and Caicos Islands court on September 28 to answer fraud charges.
Jamaican authorities shut down OLINT's offices four years ago, but Mr. Smith moved on to operate out of Turks and Caicos Islands.
Jamaican born, Canadian based RnB dancehall female duet Brick n Lace last Saturday performed at Barclays Bank Sports Complex in Lusaka, Zambia for its local fans.
Brick n Lace popularly known for the ‘love is wicked and Never Never songs’ performed most of their news songs on stage and managed to entertain some of their Zambian fans.
Most of the Zambian artistes who were invited to perform at the show were not allowed to mingle with their counterparts even though they performed on the same stage.
Mahogany Entertainments arranged two VIP lounges to which most of the local artistes were not amused at all.
They were two VIP lounges, one for Brick n Lace with other foreign artistes while the Zambian artistes were also made to occupy the other.
The security for the duo was very tight and the fans only managed to mingle with artistes on stage during their performance.
The media personnel were also not given the privilege of interviewing the foreign artistes as they were not allowed access to the VIP lounge as well.
The show started late but the foreign artistes tried their best to entertain the fans.
It is the first time the duo Brick n Lace (Nyanda and Nailah Thoubourne) have visited and performed in Zambia to market their music.
Members of the gay and lesbian community are again making their voices heard when it comes to reggae artistes with anti-gay messages.
The latest Jamaican act to face the verbal outbursts is reggae artiste Sizzla Kalonji who is his European tour.
The 34-year old artiste, whose give name is Miguel Collins, was scheduled to perform at this years Chiemsee Reggae Summer in Germany which the artiste recently found out was cancelled.
It was understood that there was heavy pressure for several weeks from gay groups and politicians.
The decision to cancel the tour was because of safety reasons as they could not guarantee the safety for festival-goers, as a huge amount of protestors planned to attend the festival during Sizzla's performance.
However, Sizzla's fans may see him on stage very soon, as he is scheduled to perform in Europe in September and Japan in October.
United States Ambassador-designate to Jamaica, Pamela Bridgewater has given the assurance that when she assumes her post as Ambassador, she will take steps to address the declining approval rate of visa issuance to Jamaican nationals.
Ambassador Bridgewater gave this undertaking to Jamaica's Ambassador to the United States, Her Excellency Audrey Marks, who raised the concern while in discussions during a courtesy call on Ambassador Marks at the Jamaican Embassy in Washington DC on Tuesday, August 24.
The Ambassador-designate said, "I will meet with the Consular team at the US Embassy in Jamaica along with my Consular team very early after my arrival to see how this issue can be addressed to the satisfaction of both countries."
Ambassador Marks highlighted the declining approval rates for the issuance of visas to Jamaican nationals as an area which needed continued review. She mentioned that Trinidad and Tobago for example enjoyed a visitor's visa approval rate nearly three times as high as Jamaica's.
She indicated that she had had discussions with relevant officials in the Department of State, where she had raised the worrying trend of the declining approvals.
It was explained that the US looks at a variety of factors, including the economy of the sending country as well as the state of the US economy. However, Ambassador Marks said she had been promised a review for Jamaica.
In this context, Ambassador Marks pointed to the positive economic indicators in Jamaica, which showed that economic fundamentals were going in the right direction.
She requested Ambassador Bridgewater's support of continuous reviews to increase the approval ratio. In responding, the Ambassador-designate stated that she believed that the positive economic developments in Jamaica will augur well for a review of the visa regime.
Ambassador Bridgewater who will take up her post in Jamaica shortly was accompanied by Desk Officer in the Department of State, Mr. Robert Piehel. Also present was Minister-Counsellor in the Jamaican Embassy, Mr. Franz Hall.
A former Jamaican hip hop executive was shot dead in a robbery in Brooklyn, New York Thursday night.
It is understood that that a gunman entered a liquor store about 9:30 and demanded that Robinson’s girlfriend hand over her bracelet.
When Robinson, 34, tried to protect her, the gunman shot him several times in the chest and arm.
He was then taken to Kings County Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Friends say Robinson was well known, and well-liked, in the community.
Robinson was born in Jamaica, and worked as a hip-hop executive before converting to Orthodox Judaism.
His lyrics were taken from the torah and he turned them into reggae songs.
He was working on a book about how he turned to Judaism to escape a life of drugs and violence.
A Canadian man says he is planning to file a human-rights complaint against an amusement park in the United States after security guards told him to cover up his Bob Marley t-shirt or leave the premises.
Brunaud Moise, 32, is seeking moral and punitive damages from the six flags-owned park as well as reimbursement for two entry tickets and a public apology for himself, his brother and Bob Marley’s family.
However, the amusement park insists it did not have a problem with the shirt's portrait of the late reggae legend, just the cluster of green, marijuana-shaped leaves that surround it.
Mr. Moise argues, however; that security staff singled him out because they associated a black man wearing a Bob Marley shirt with something criminal.
His attorney has noted that what happened to his client is more than unfortunate and is a violation of his human rights.
Six Flags operates nineteen amusement parks across North America.
Reports are that United States Ambassador-Designate to Jamaica, Pamela Bridgewater Awkard, has moved one step closer to confirmation, with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee giving her the nod of approval.
This should pave the way for Bridgewater Awkard to move to Kingston later this year as the top US diplomat in Jamaica.
The Senate is expected to rubber-stamp the nomination when it returns from its summer break next month.
Bridgewater Awkard has been nominated by US President Barack Obama to fill the vacancy created when Ambassador Brenda LaGrange Johnson ended her tour of duty in January 2009.
Bridgewater Awkard is a career member of the Foreign Service with the rank of minister.
She has served since 2008 as a senior inspector in the Office of the Inspector General and has served as ambassador to Benin and Ghana.
The career diplomat has served in Belgium, Jamaica, South Africa and The Bahamas.
Judy Mowatt, one of the original members of the legendary I-three was scheduled to perform at the Monterey Jazz fest, but sister Judy never even got to leave Jamaica because the promoter, up until the day she was scheduled to leave still was unable to present a contract or a deposit.
According Sister Judy in April of this year Robert Ougie of Ojama productions contacted her in regards to booking shows for the West Coast.
“I verbally agreed to be a part of the show providing the contract details be sent to me via email.
I was originally scheduled to perform here in Jamaica and declined the home-based show to go accommodate the Monterey Jazz Fest. It is standard procedure for a contract and deposit be delivered in a timely fashion.
I encountered several communication issues with the promoters including not responding to phone calls , emails or text messages. The only time I heard from the promoters was regarding the purchase of the airline tickets for myself and my back-up singers the day before I was supposed to leave Jamaica.
My daughter and manager got wind of the situation and intervened immediately via black berry with very little outcome.
I therefore had to notify my singers prior to the flight that we would no longer be heading to the festival since up until the day of travel no contract had been delivered. “
According to the singer, she had prepared herself thoroughly for this event and she extended an apology to all her fans who had turned out for the show.
“To all of my fans and supporters over the years I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for continued loved and support. For my fans over on the west coast, I was very much looking forward to the show since it has been years since I’ve performed there.
I have prepared for this tour mentally, physically and spiritually to share my heart and soul but cannot force what was not meant to be. The all mighty father is the knowing one. The Monterrey Jazz festival is not a charity event and my work over the years has been a gainful employment and was not respected.
“This is not the case with all promoters of course but one must always be cautious at all levels.
What the promoters have done was an attempt to devalue my worth as an artiste but it was unsuccessful.
He has also tried to cover his tracks by lying about the situation, but that too was unsuccessful. Again thank you all for your ongoing love and support always. One love.”
In the wake of a perceived easing of tensions between Washington and the Bruce Golding government over the extradition of Christopher "Dudus" Coke, RJR News understands that the US is to apply for the extradition of two high profile subjects.
Highly confidential sources told RJR News that the US government has prepared indictments for the extradition of two businessmen from Western Jamaica on drug trafficking charges.
One of the men is said to be connected to a well known family in Montego Bay, St. James.
Our sources reported that the US government prepared the indictments on statements given to them by a powerful Jamaican fugitive who was given a reduced sentence last year, after he decided to cut a deal with US prosecutors.
It is understood that US agents are now in the island working with local agents to monitor the movements of the fugitives.
Our sources say they do not expect any resistance from the Golding administration.
The Obama administration and the Jamaican government were reportedly at bitter odds last year over the release of Montego Bay businessman Presley Bingham, who was being sought for drug trafficking.
The initial refusal of the State to extradite Christopher Coke is also believed to have cost the Jamaican government friends in Washington.
Neither government have officially admitted to a diplomatic impasse however, Washington finally appointed a US ambassador within weeks after Christopher Coke’s extradition.
Supporters of jailed international reggae artiste Mark Anthony Myrie, popularly known as Buju Banton, have launched an official writing campaign to US. Attorney General Eric Holder.
The campaign is being described as a consolidated effort to bring even more attention to what they claim are flimsy Federal charges being wielded against the artiste.
At the same time, the supporters want to ensure that the US Government is keenly aware that the public is monitoring this case closely.
The letter to Mr. Holder noted that the incarceration of Banton without bail is unconscionable, and the charges are a result of information provided by a professional informant who relentlessly pursued Mr. Myrie for six months to participate in a drug deal.
"In our great system of justice, the accused is innocent until proven guilty, therefore, persons accused of crime are entitled to bail," the letter outlined.
The letter also outlined that Buju meets all of the requirements for bail, yet it has not been granted.
In addition, his trial has been postponed three times despite his attorney’s objections.
The supporters urged Mr. Holder to do whatever possible to end this injustice.
Organisers of the Letter Writing Campaign are encouraging friends, fans and supporters worldwide to print out this letter— or write a version of their own, sign and mail it directly to Mr. Holder.
I have, today, instructed my Attorneys that I intend to waive my right to an extradition hearing in Jamaica and to proceed directly to the United States under the terms of the Extradition Laws and treaty between Jamaica and the United States of America.
I have taken this decision of my own free will and have done so even though I am of the belief that my case would have been successfully argued in the Courts of Jamaica.
I take this decision for now I believe it to be in the best interest of my family, community of Western Kingston and in particular the people of Tivoli Gardens and above all Jamaica.
Everyone, the whole country, has been adversely affected by the process that has surrounded my extradition and I hope that my action today will go some way towards healing all who have suffered and will be of benefit to the community of Tivoli Gardens.
Above all I am deeply upset and saddened by the unnecessary loss of lives which could have been avoided, be it of members of the Security Forces and over eighty (80) residents of Tivoli or any other innocent Jamaicans that has occurred during this time.
I leave Jamaica and my family in particularly Patsy (his mom) with a heavy heart but fully confident that in due course I will be vindicated and returned to them
Pray for me and God bless Jamaica
R u truly sry 4 the lives lost...hmm U cud hav avoided that by turning ureself in from the get go. U were just delaying the inevitable. I lost family n frenz there, sry u can keep ure apology.
Singer Romain Virgo made his Billboard debut with the release of his self-titled CD, which landed at number 14 on the Reggae Album charts.
Among the producers on the 15-track album are the heavyweights Donovan Germain of Penthouse Records, Shane Brown and Omar and Dawin Brown from the Vikings label. The official launch party for the album is scheduled to take place tonight at the Knutsford Court Hotel, St Andrew.
After winning the Digicel Rising Stars Competition in 2007, Romain aligned himself with some of the industry's top producers with the help of his management camp, Vikings Productions and thereafter recorded some of Reggae's biggest recent hits including Cyaan Sleep, Wanna Go Home, Murderer, This Love (the video for which was included in VH1's rotation), Who Feels It Knows It and others.
Earth Wind & Fire and the late Bob Marley are among the 2010 inductees into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, which will hold a ceremony Thursday (today) in New York City.
David Foster, who will also be inducted Thursday, cited “After the Love Has Gone,” a song he co-wrote for Earth, Wind & Fire, as one of the defining moments of his career.
“It was the first Grammy that I had won,” the 60-year-old told the Associated Press.
Former Genesis frontman Phil Collins, already a Songwriters Hall of Fame member, will receive its highest honour, the Johnny Mercer Award.
Country sensation Taylor Swift is getting the Hal David Starlight Award for emerging songwriters, while other hall inductees include Leonard Cohen, Jesse Stone, Laura Nyro, Jackie DeShannon, Johnny Mandel, Matt Dennis and Sunny Skylar.
The hall will also honour “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” written by Paul Simon, as it celebrates its 40th anniversary. Other special tributes include one for producer Phil Ramone and publisher Keith Mardak.
The promoters are not the only ones who want to know just why Trinidad refused entry to Ding Dong in their country.
For real we would like to know just what’s the rationale behind it. I think they are just targeting Jamaican artistes out of spite.
According to a report carried in the Star Kemoni Richmond of Junglest International, organisers of 'Party Cup', which Ding Dong was scheduled to perform on, his lawyers were currently consulting with the Ministry of National Security and Immigration services in Trinidad to find out why the deejay would be placed on the 'blacklist.' On Friday night Ding Dong was unexpectedly denied entry upon arrival in the island.
'Party Cup' was to feature Ding Dong, as the main act but instead fans were treated to the Ravers Clavers crew, as well as Tony Matterhorn and Norris Man who gave last-minute performances in the place of the popular dancer-turned-deejay.
The promoter said the turnout was not as strong as it should have been approximating the loss from the event to be US$20,000.
Richmond said, "when he came here he was told he was on the list of artistes banned, which is a fact, but we the promoters didn't know about it.
I don't understand this, he is not an artiste known for profanity or violence, he even promotes abstinence in school. Everybody knows Ding Dong is a fun artiste who does dance songs."
According to Richmond, the event was being promoted on the Internet, on the radio, via flyers and in the national newspapers two months prior and they were not informed by the government that he would be unable to attend.
A first class ticket he says was also booked for Ding Dong on Caribbean Airlines.
"This is a total shock and disappointment to the country.
He's one of the biggest things in the dancehall music in Trinidad right now, (and) the country was looking forward to seeing him," he said.
Richmond said Ding Dong, who is known for songs like Holiday and Party Cup, was also booked by them in May of last year and performed with no problems.
He added, "I've heard that a lot of Jamaican artistes are on the list and the government should tell us who is on the list so we, the promoters, know who not to take bookings from. There is a lot of money involved and being lost."
The truth is that the show was being promoted all over, so why wait until the artiste is actually at immigration point to let him know.
That sucks…maybe Jamaican should start returning the ‘favour’ ban Trinidadian artistes too.
International Reggae act Sean Paul is scheduled to perform in five cities in five days across France.
The French market is Sean Paul’s second largest fan base and is in for a treat June 2-6.
The tour begins on Wednesday June 2, in Paris, at the Palais Omnisports de Paris Bercy.
The following day Sean Paul performs at Le Zenith in Toulouse, and on Friday June 4, St Herbalin at the Zenith. Saturday May 5 will see Sean Paul’s blazing entourage move to Marseille at Le Dome and the final performance takes place on Sunday June 5 at Mauguio at Le Seven Club.
Sean Paul has been touring in support of his album Imperial Blaze, which made its debut at number one in Japan and sold over 50,000 copies in its first week of release.
Tracks such as Press it up and Hold my hand continue to enjoy steady rotation on local and overseas stations and the tunes are still readily available for download at www.allseanpaul.com.
And while Sean digs into his French support this June, producer Bob Sinclair is this summer set to release a track he produced with the deejay back in October titled Made in Jamaica, with input from the Reggae giants Sly and Robbie.
Annette Howard, the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) bus operator who assisted over 100 passengers of an American Airline plane which overran the runway at the Norman Manley International Airport in December, will have her dream come through this week.
She and her family will travel to Disney World, Orlando, Florida on Thursday (May 20) fulfilling a wish she expressed to the Prime Minister, the Hon Bruce Golding, when she paid a courtesy call on him on December 31, last.
The Ministry of Transport and Works made the disclosure in a release issued Tuesday (May 18):
Annette Howard, the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) bus operator whose heroics on the night of December 22, 2009, after an American Airlines jet overran a runway at the Norman Manley International Airport, is set to reap some material reward for her self-less action that won her wide-scale public acclaim.
In the face of extreme personal danger, Miss Howard, who was first on the crash scene, scrambled to get over 100 of the distraught airplane passengers onto her bus and drove them to safety at the airport police station.
Now Miss Howard, along with her two sons and her mom, are happily scheduled to depart for Miami, en route to Orlando, on Thursday, May 20, for a three-day visit to Disney World, in fulfillment of a wish she expressed to Prime Minister Bruce Golding during a courtesy call at Jamaica House on December 31.
The PM gave instruction then, for the necessary efforts to be made to help Miss Howard to accomplish her long-time dream.
Through a concerted effort led by Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister, Hon. Daryl Vaz; Transport and Works Minister, Hon. Mike Henry; and JUTC Managing Director, Paul Abrahams, a five-day trip was realised for Miss Howard and her family.
This involved securing United States visas for the family members and sponsorship to cover the cost of air transportation, hotel accommodation and tickets to Disney World. Their other travel expenses are being met by the JUTC.
The visitors, along with a family member from Florida in the capacity of a chaperone, will be accommodated at Holiday Inn Orlando, located within the Walt Disney World Resort, from where they will have access to all the Walt Disney theme parks. They are scheduled to return to Jamaica on Labour Day,Monday, May 24.
Organizers of the 1st Annual Atlanta Music Festival took to the radio airwaves in Atlanta Georgia to address the community who queried the strength of the first Festival.
Speaking to Rico Vibes and the listeners of his ‘Weekend Mix Show’ on Atlanta’s #1 radio station, Da Flava Radio, Stitchie set the record straight by addressing the most pressing concern: “Is this a fraud show?”
Armed with signed contracts from each artiste, Stitchie made it clear that he and his partner Papa from Jabari Productions have no affiliation to a similar show that was held last year, but not a successful due to the fact that artistes were not paid.
When asked by Rico, Stichie explained: “The line up this year is very similar to that of last year, but the show is not the same.
We wanted people like Bounty and Beenie, but due to the visa situation, we had no choice but to lean with this line up.”
Further on in the interview, Freddie McGregor called into the ‘Weekend Mix Show’ speaking directly to the people. Freddie acknowledged that he and the Big Ship family were in Atlanta to perform last year, however the promoter didn’t show up the night of the event.
McGregor also went on to say that Elephant Man, Chino, Laden, Spragga Benz, Etana as well as all other artistes advertised will be on the stage for the 1st Annual Atlanta Summer Festival.
The Reggae icon even sang a dubplate live on air for the festival using the melody of Gregory Isaacs hit song “Rumours!" Chino also called in after Freddie to echo the same sentiment — the entire Big Ship family, as well as all artists advertised will be there.
Jabari Productions also announced that Lil Wayne’s Young Money members Lil Chuckee, Jae Millz and Gudda Gudda will be on the show.
Out of the Gucci Mane camp, we have So Icy Rock Boyz. We also have ATL’s own Pastor Troy. For the ladies, we have R&B sensation Pleasure P, formerly lead singer from Pretty Ricky.
The 1st Annual Atlanta Summer Festival will be staged at the James R. Hallford stadium in Atlanta (Georgia Perimeter College – 3789 Memorial College Ave.), and will be hosted by Nikki Z, Juggla and Rico Vibes.
The magic of Disney meets the magical isle of Jamaica, as Walt Disney Records readies an album of classic Disney songs newly recorded by a cross-section of top reggae musicians.
The Disney Reggae Club features songs from immortal Disney animated films — from The Little Mermaid to Jungle Book — recorded by Grammy winning reggae legend Toots (of Toots & the Maytals fame), five-time Grammy winner Ziggy Marley, reggae’s most prolific and long lasting production team Sly & Robbie, multiple Grammy winner Cedella Marley, Grammy winner Burning Spear, legendary British band UB40 and Hasidic rapper Matisyahu.
The album is set to arrive in stores and at online retailers June 8.
REGGAE superstar Sizzla Kalonji has ditched his native Jamaica and relocated to Zimbabwe after being rewarded with a farm for performing at President Robert Mugabe's 86th birthday celebrations in February.
“I am here to stay,” Sizzla told the state-owned Sunday Mail weekly newspaper. “Zimbabwe is home. I have received tremendous welcome.”
His spokesperson Olimatta Taal confirmed that rather than pay the artist in cash for performing at President Mugabe’s birthday bash Zanu-PF handed the Jamaican a farm located close to the town of Chegutu.
"Instead of giving him cash (for his performance) they gave him land. It is very honourable that he would take land instead of cash," Taal is reported as saying.
“He is in Zimbabwe because he loves Africa. He isn’t pro-Mugabe or anti-Mugabe, but he respects Mugabe as a leader.”
State-owned local media was quick to extol the development with the Sunday Mail declaring that the artist "was the latest and most important visitor to be swayed by the infectious Zimbabwean touch".
Olimatta Taal also said Sizzla’s Zimbabwe move had nothing to do with allegations that he was on the run from Jamaican authorities for gun crimes allegedly committed less than a month before President Mugabe's party.
"He (Sizzla) laughed when he heard the allegations," Olimatta Taal said. "He doesn't take it to heart."
A Jamaican online publication said the singer – born Miguel Orlando Collins – was arrested by police in Saint Andrew, Jamaica, on 29 January in connection with a shooting incident. He was released a day later when witnesses did not come forward.
A police spokesman said then that investigations were ongoing and suggested Sizzla "could be detained in the future, if the need arises".
Meanwhile Sizzla, 34, has been quite effusive in his praise for President Mugabe urging the veteran leader to "champion the cause of the return of the African people from the gates of hell they are living in Jamaica and the Caribbean."
"I think he's a good president, kind to his nation, just and true," Sizzla said of Mr Mugabe last month.
The Sunday Mail also stated that Kalonji had since been granted with a work permit and was working to consolidate business enterprises he has established locally to complement his singing profession.
“In Zimbabwe we have already started recording. I am also looking into areas Judgement Yard (his company) can invest in for the upliftment of Zimbabwean youths,” Sizzla said.
The singer said he plans to set up agro-industries on his farm to help local youths under his Jamaican social responsibility banner and has also made enquiries about investing in the local textile sector.
Kalonji has since set up a recording studio in the plush northern Harare suburb of Borrowdale where resides and is working with local reggae groups such as Transit Crew to put together his debut album on Zimbabwean soil.
According to a report on Dancehall USA Sizzla has not been home to Jamaica since he pitched up at Mugabe’s birthday party at short notice.
The 34 year old Jamaican, who has scored a number of hits and is generally popular among dancehall fans, reportedly received a large farm in Chegutu as part of his payment for playing at Mugabe’s bash and he intends to set it up as a youth development centre.
His continued presence raises questions about Zimbabwe’s commitment to background checks for issuing work permits. Sizzla’s is reported to have been pushed through in record time.
He says he intends to set up agro- industries for young people. Zimdaily paid a visit to Chegutu and discovered that locals are either ecstatic that Sizzla will be staying in the area or reluctant to talk about him as they fear reprisals since most of his work is being pushed straight from Mugabe’s office.
A few cautioned Sizzla about losing his air of superstardom once he settled in the dust of Mashonaland West.