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A report by the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) has found that Jamaica remains the largest illicit producer and exporter of cannabis herb in Central America and the Caribbean.

The INCB 2014 report showed that Jamaica ccounts for approximately one third of the ganja produced in the Caribbean. It said that increased production of the drug has been noted in other countries, in particular Dominica and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

"Jamaica has also become a hub for the trafficking of cocaine, owing to the displacement of trafficking routes as a result of the strengthening of drug trafficking countermeasures in Latin America," the report stated, noting that the problem is compounded by the "fact that Jamaican criminal groups are using the elaborate networks originally established to traffick cannabis and cocaine as well.

The report, which examines the global trade in illegal drugs, noted that in Jamaica, drug trafficking takes place at airports through drug couriers, baggage and air freight and at seaports via containers, cargo vessels, underwater canisters attached to ship hulls, shipping vessels and speedboats.

"Illicit drugs are traded for money, guns and other goods, and much of the proceeds are used to foster criminal activities. The ports of Kingston and Montego Bay, which are used for the bulk movement of containerized shipments of cannabis herb and cocaine to Europe and North America, continue to experience serious issues involving corruption, violence, intimidation and the circumvention of legal controls.".





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A man is claiming he was duped into believing Chris Brown's secret baby was his own child. As Gossip Cop reported, it was revealed Tuesday that Brown is the dad of a nine-month-old girl he fathered with a model named Nia Gonzalez. There are a lot of unconfirmed rumors now going around about the situation, including the widely-reported allegation that Gonzalez led someone else to believe he was the baby's father.

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In a since-deleted Instagram post, a user by the name of @royalty_yaye_bah shared TMZ's story about Brown fathering the baby, and wrote, "The Saddest Day Of My Life." The man went on, "This lil girl meant the world To Me. I been There Through Everything I was told This Was My child How Can This Be happening A Man Just Steps in and Take Over What I Built What I lived for I Dedicated My Whole Life To This Family Now Everything Is Gone..@tmz_tv @balleralert Y Did this happen To me Now I lost My Lil Girl For Good."

The unidentified man's Instagram account, which has been entirely deleted, also featured pictures of him with the alleged baby girl.

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Falmouth gets ready for Carnival Pon Di Road

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Appleton and Digicel's Carnival Pon Di Road series heads to Trelawny tomorrow

The series, now in its third week, has already been to the Cristal Night Club parking lot in Portland and Brown's Town Square in St Ann.

"With a buzzing world-class cruise ship pier and resorts, Trelawny is one of the fastest growing tourism entertainment capitals in the Caribbean and has a wide cross section of local and international partygoers. We can't wait to reignite Jamaica's very own uptempo carnival culture there in the popular Falmouth Square along with our partners Digicel. We encourage feters to come out in their brightest Carnival colours and be prepared for Carnival foam this week," said Gary Dixon, marketing director of J Wray & Nephew Limited.

Soca and fancehall mixes, dancing games, and face jewel and painting, gave the large crowds in each community a real taste of the carnival experience.

All events are free for persons 18 and over.





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In keeping with the current momentum leading to the release of his debut album, international reggae singer Iba MaHr is rather excited to walk away with the Song of the Year award at the 6th annual Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRia) awards held on Saturday at the Courtleigh Auditorium.

Iba MaHr won for his song, Diamond Sox. Among the nominees were Protoje featuring Chronixx with Who Knows, Chronixx featuring Kabaka Pyramid for Mi Alright, Ding Dong for Syvah, and also Tarrus Riley for My Day.

As he held his award, an ecstatic Iba MaHr thanked his fans for their continued support. He also commended JaRia for the recognition, in addition to their unrelenting efforts in repositioning Jamaica as the centre of the global reggae movement and culture.

Mahr also credited his achievement to his management team and record label, stating: "A lot of this wouldn't have been possible without my managers, Roland McDermot and Jermaine Edwards. I also want to recognise and thank the producers of this single, Wayne 'Unga' Thompson and Jason Welsh of Notis Records for their time and patience in creating undoubtedly one of the most authentic dancehall rhythms of our time".

As Diamond Sox continues to gain traction internationally, a humbled Iba MaHr has expressed gratitude to his mother for the integral role she has played in guiding his musical journey, with the release of his new single, Mama Rosie, produced by Notis Records.

He also vowed to maintain consciousness with the Damian 'Jr Gong' Marley-produced Talk If Dem Want.





Prominent lawyer Michael Lorne on fraud charge

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Attorney-at-law Michael Lorne has been charged with fraud. The charges were laid by the Fraud Squad on Wednesday.

Mr Lorne says that the charges stem from allegations connected to a land transaction. He says the matter relates to a brother and sister.

According to Mr Lorne, the woman is alleging that the property was sold and she received no money and that she did not sign any document. Mr Lorne says he will be fighting the charges.





Cop who shot himself dies

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A policeman who accidentally shot himself yesterday has died.

Dead is 34-year-old Constable, Orette Williamson who was attached to the protective services branch and resided at Tangerine Road, Kingston 11.

Reports received from the Olympic Gardens police are that about 7:55 a.m., Constable Williamson was at home and was about to descend a flight of stairs when he allegedly fell. His service pistol accidentally went-off and he was shot in the abdomen.

He was taken to the Kingston public hospital where he died this morning. Meantime, the police high command is expressing condolences to Constable Williamson's family and colleagues. The JCF says counselling is also being provided for his immediate family and co-workers by the chaplaincy services branch.





A policeman is among seven persons injured in a shootout Wednesday evening between police and gunmen in downtown Kingston. However, all the gunmen escaped unhurt, while passersby were shot during the crossfire.

One of the persons is said to be in serious condition after being shot in the stomachA plain clothed policeman was grazed on the foot by one of the bullets. According to reports, at about 7:30 the police encountered armed men at the intersection of Orange and Heywood Streets.

The gunmen opened fire and this triggered a shootout. The seven persons were shot during the cross fire. The gunmen escaped.





Man held in grisly murder of St Thomas teen

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A man has been taken into custody in relation to Tuesday's killing of Kayalicia Simpson,14, of St.Thomas.

Kayalicia's body, which had several chops wounds, was found early Tuesday near her home.

Investigators are also appealing to anyone that may have information on the incident to contact the Yallahs Police at 982-5075, Crime Stop at 311, Police 119 emergency number or the nearest Police Station.

Persons may also give information using the Stay Alert App.





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Gunshots erupted in the volatile 100 Lane area of Red Hills Road in Kingston this morning and this afternoon, leaving two women dead.

YardFlex understands that one of the women, known only as 'Rose' is the mother of a prominent footballer, Marlon who plays for Tivoli Gardens. Reports are that the men in the area were angry that Marlon was "bringing strange man from Fletcher's Land to the area to play ball".

Also, according to our sources, there was a fish fry in there area and the men sent to Rose's son to collect their dues. Rose reportedly ran them from her house, telling them that "is not so fish fry money go". The men returned this morning with their gun and ammunition, ready to kill whoever was in their path. Rose shouted to her son to run and the thug proceeded to shoot her 18 times.

According to witnesses, the gunman reloaded his gun after emptying one whole round into Rose. When Rose's son returned and saw his mother's body lying in the yard, he reportedly turned over her body and said, "So Rose, a this dem do you? A nuh nutten."

Marlon, according to an eyewitness, put his hands on his mother's blood and wiped it on his cheek.

Reports are that her mother who was scheduled to leave the island,went over to her telling her daughter"Wake up!"

The other woman, identified by residents only as Donna, was reportedly approached by a group of gunmen who sprayed her with gunshots.

Police were in the area but the gunmen managed to walk across the busy thoroughfare of Red Hills Road into a waiting motorcar.

Donna was taken to hospital by police but was pronounced dead.





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Gunshots erupted in the volatile Red Hills Road area of Kingston this morning leaving one woman dead and another critically injured.

Information is sketchy at this time, but YardFlex understands that one of the women, known only as 'Rose' in the mother of a prominent footballer who plays for Tivoli Gardens.

According to our sources, there was a fish fry in there area and the men sent to Rose's's son to collect their dues. Rose reportedly cursed them and ran them from her house. The men returned this morning with their gun and ammunition, ready to kill whoever was in their path. The mother shouted to her son to run and the thug proceeded to shoot her 18 times.

According to witnesses, the gunman reloaded his gun after emptying one whole round into Rose. When he was finished, he then wiped his hands in her blood as she lay dead in her yard.

Reports are that her mother who was scheduled to leave the island,went over to her telling her daughter "Wake up!"

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Popular gang leader walks free

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Businessman and reputed gang leader Uriel James, more popularly known as Rooksie, was this week freed in the Gun Court of charges of illegal possession of firearm, shooting with intent and robbery with aggravation.

When the case was mentioned, James' lawyers, Tom and Christian Tavares Finson, told the court that the case had been dragging on for too long. The lawyers pointed out that there were 10 trial dates, that the defence was always ready for trial and that the complainant had never attended court.The prosecution conceded and offered no evidence.

James, who appeared before Justice Bertram Morrison, was told he was free to go.

It was alleged that in 2011, James and two other men held up the complainant at gunpoint and robbed him of money and other personal items. Shots were fired in the direction of the complainant while he tried to escape.

Despite being freed in the gun court, the alleged gang leader remains behinds bars as he has other matters before the courts.James is facing three murder charges in the Home Circuit Court.

The charges stemmed from separate murder incidents in 1999, 2004 and 2011.





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Curly Lox of the dynamic duo Twin of Twins is set to release his debut novel titled The Road to Zion.

The book which chronicles his journey and the death of his son Zion will be available in local book stores and on line on March 7.

The artiste/author says the book focuses on important themes like the value of good parenting, child abuse, class-ism, unity, the effects of ignorance and the value of education, the challenges of success, faith and forgiveness. He also hopes readers will learn from its content.

"I hope fans will learn from and pass on the lessons I learnt through the violence of my past and hold true to the most significant thing which is that I triumphed over failure when it came disguised as success," he added.

"The Road to Zion is named in honour of my son Zion who died in 2007", explained Curly Lox who has also changed his image to promote this individual project.

The Road to Zion will be officially launched at 5pm on March 7 at Devon House in Kingston.





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A massive Three The Hard Way '70s, '80s and '90s retro party will be hosted by the old boys' associations of Kingston College (KC), Jamaica College (JC) and Calabar High at the Karl Hendrickson Auditorium, JC, on March 20.

The inaugural staging of this historic fundraiser party will be held just four days before this year's Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Championships at the National Stadium.

Organisers of the event are hoping to set the tone for a "good vibes, exciting, camaraderie-filled and incident free" five days of Champs.

Musical juggling and entertainment will be provided at Three The Hard Way by established acts from each school. Rory from Calabar will be spinning his discs on the turntables of Stone Love, while DJ Squeeze will represent JC, while Marlon Young will don the purple and white of his alma mater, KC.

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All proceeds will be shared among the respective schools and associations. The hope is that the party will become an annual affair. Patrick Dallas, president of the Kingston College Old Boys' Association (KCOBA), is hoping for a bumper turnout as well as building the ideal "vibes for Champs".

"We are using this event to show that we are rivals, but friends. It will be a function to reunite old boys and their friends of all the three top boys' schools in the island," he said.

Dallas added that next year's staging will be hosted by KC at Clovelly Park, on North Street.

"Proceeds will be shared among the three schools and it is equally open to all of Jamaica to attend," Dallas explained, while noting that the party will be moved around among the three schools in coming years.

The five-day ISSA/Grace Kennedy Boys and Girls' Championships will be held at the National Stadium from March 24-28.





JCDC: Top 10 gospel finalists chosen

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The top 10 finalists were selected at Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) Gospel Song Competition held at the New Testament Church of God on Eastwood Park Road in St Andrew, on Ash Wednesday.

The national finals will be held at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in St Andrew, on Sunday, August 2, 2015.

"We have a diverse mix of sounds for the top ten songs in the Jamaica Gospel Song Competition. The diversity speaks to melodies and moods, from up-tempo -- celebratory, reflective, to inspirational ballads. We are excited to have two groups make final ten (one all male and one all-female). The 10 represents a wide cross section of the island, including St Ann, Clarendon and St Elizabeth," said Stephen Davidson, director of marketing and public relations.

The finalists comprise: Petrena Ariana Whyte (Kingston and St Andrew); Diamara Neil-Walker (St Ann); Jeffrey Medley (St Elizabeth); Yanique Ducasse (Clarendon); Rebecca Bissoon (Clarendon); Minister Treasure (Kingston and St Andrew); Fred Robertson (St Catherine); Unique Harmony (Kingston and St Andrew); Lashawn Wilson (Kingston and St Andrew); and Shepherd Brothers (Clarendon).

The finalists will be involved in other activities leading up to the grand finale, which includes an album production and launch, workshops, a television reality series and a social outreach project. This social outreach initiative will continue and members of the Public are invited to participate by making donations at the JCDC head office and parish office Islandwide.





Senior tax officer on 10 corruption charges

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A Senior Officer of Tax Administration of Jamaica has been hit with ten corruption related charges.

The officer - Fernando Davis, who's 51 - was charged by MOCA yesterday with Conspiracy, Uttering Forged Documents and Breach of the Corruption Prevention Act.

Davis was among three men arrested last Friday during simultaneous operations in Kingston and St. Thomas.

This, as part of a probe into irregularities in the granting of driver's licenses and other documents.

MOCA says in several of the cases examined, the correct procedures were not followed and the licenses were approved under questionable circumstances.

Davis was reportedly charged following an interview in the presence of his lawyer.





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The Constabulary Communications Unit has confirmed that a 14-year-old female student has been chopped to death. She has been identified as Kayalicia Simpson of Donald Quarrie High.

Police reports are that about 5:00 am the grade eight student, Kayalicia Simpson, went outside her house as she prepared for school. It is unclear what prompted her to leave the house, but about half-an-hour after doing so her body was found lying face down in bushes close to the one-room wooden structure in which she lived.

"The body had several chop wounds to the back of the head and neck," a police source confirmed. According to another source, Kayalicia's head was almost severed from her slender frame. This brings to 15, the number of children killed since the start of the year.

Earlier this year, Jamaicans were in anguish when another 14-year-old girl, Santoya Campbell of Frome in Westmoreland, along with three-year-old Crystal Coleman of St Mary, were murdered. Shariefa Saddler met a somewhat similar fate in January 2013.

Relatives said Kayalicia was in her school uniform when she was killed.

"All now we can't believe. The little girl go to her bed sound, so we were really left puzzled when we wake up and could not find her," said Sherika Sinclair, a cousin of the slain child.

She added that her world came crashing down when she heard that Kayalicia, who had dreams of becoming a teacher, was found dead.

Sinclair made the comment metres away from where a small group of residents gathered, whispering among themselves as news of the killing circulated. The gruesomeness of the girl's death triggered shock and anger in the normally quiet, rural community which sits near the town of Yallahs in the eastern parish.

As the cries went out in the community, 53-year-old Eloise Brown, the grandmother of the dead child sat on the step of her neighbour's house and rocked back and forth, holding a piece of cloth as if it was her granddaughter.

"Look how dem kill off mi grandpickney. Me nuh walk and trouble people; she was a girl who took to her books and this is what dem do har," said Brown as her voice trembled.

The St Thomas police yesterday said that they would be steadfast in their search from the girl's killer(s).

Meanwhile the Principal of Donald Quarrie, Talbert Weir, says he knew Kayalicia personally. He was in tears and had cried openly in front of students and staff.

He said they lived in the same community and he'd usually give her a ride to school. He says the young girl had big plans.

Mr. Weir says Kalicia - who was in grade 8 - was a promising student and the school was anticipating her becoming one its top students.





A member of the Police Protective Services Division is now in hospital after he shot himself at his Corporate Area home on Tuesday morning.

Police report that the cop was descending a flight of stairs when he stumbled and his service pistol was discharged.

The cop had unholstered the weapon when he was walking down the stairs and was shot in the stomach. He was hospitalised in critical condition.





13 injured in Portland crash

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At least 13 people were injured following a motor vehicle accident in the vicinity of St. Margaret's Bay along a section of the North Coast Highway at about 5:30 pm Monday afternoon.

It's reported that a Toyota Hiace mini bus PPV was headed westwards from Port Antonio towards Buff Bay and Annotto Bay when it slammed into the back of a parked truck in St. Margaret's Bay.

The occupants of the bus were rushed to the Port Antonio hospital where 13 persons were said to be injured. Seven school students and six adults were injured. Three persons sustained critical injuries to the head and lower body. Among the three are a female and a school student.

A large crowd gathered at the Port Antonio hospital for hours as families and friends of the injured persons awaited information on their conditions.





Tessanne Chin featured in new hair commercial

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Season five winner of The Voice, Jamaican Tessanne Chin, has been featured in a commercial for the US-based haircare line Clear Scalp & Hair, which premiered on Monday. The two-minute-long video shows Tessanne talking about finding her voice.

Clear Scalp & Hair was launched in 2012 with its line of scalp-nourishing shampoos and conditioners for women and men. The product currently sells in mass market retail stores.The haircare line is a sponsor of the American Reality TV show, The Voice.

The commercial shows Tessanne speaking about her experience on the reality show and how it taught her to take risks with her hair.

The video also shows her prepping for various performances using the Clear Scalp & Hair product, with her music playing in the background.





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Former reality TV star and billionaire heiress, Paris Hilton, is the latest in a string of high-profile celebrities that have fallen in love with Jamaica.

Paris isn't alone on the 'rock', taking a break from the cold temperatures up north. The Simple Life celeb posted a picture of herself with supermodel Naomi Campbell enjoying a lazy afternoon in Port Antonio.

"Adventures in Jamaica with @iamNaomiCampbell. ❤️ #GoodTimes #GoodVibes #LovingLife in #Paradise," Paris captioned the photo.

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Two Manchester men who were taped having sex have reportedly gone into hiding after the release of the video which has since gone viral, receiving thousands of shares on various social media sites.

Reports are that the video was shot in bushes in Porus and starred a well known 'hype' socialite from the area, who has children with at least three women. According to a source, the men, hell bent on getting into England, had concocted an elaborate scheme, claiming they were gays and were being sexually harassed. They were seeking to get asylum in the United Kingdom, using a UK-based contact.

The British contact, who turned out to be a fraud or a plain mischief maker, instructed the men to make a video to prove their sexual orientation and send same to him.Therefore, the two, along with a third party who operated the camera, put on a pornographic show before uploading the video to their British contact.

However, instead of the expected British visas, the contact began to share the video on every available media, including phones, Facebook, WhatsApp and other social media sites.

"Me know the two boy them, a same place a Porus them come from," a female viewer said. "Da one deh in the cap is the bleach out face hype-up boy from round a (street name deleted). And look pon them size, no sah."

A male viewer expressed his disgust at the video, saying: "Me hear that him say a kill him ago kill himself."





Newly selected candidate for North West St. Catherine, Newton Amos has confirmed his intention to represent the opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) at the next General Election.The retired senior police officer stated that he believes it's time for the JLP to get down to the real issues confronting Jamaicans.

Amos said he decided to come out of retirement for one specific reason.

"I cam out of retirement for one reason and for one reason only and that is to retire the incumbent for north west St. Catherine and if you don't believe me .... Just watch me......" he told a crowd of cheering supporters.

The current Member of Parliament is the People's National Party's (PNP) Robert Pickersgill.

Amos admitted that the odds of a victory are currently not in his favor. Despite this, he says when the time comes he will be ready.





Strip club owner on the run

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The owner of a Strip Club in Ulster Spring, Trelawny is now on the run after fleeing from a police operation at his place of business.The man reportedly fled the scene on the arrival of the cops. He is being sought for interrogating.

Meanwhile, a 36-year-old St Ann woman has been charged for living off the earnings of prostitution following her arrest at a nightclub in Wire Fence district, in the parish on Sunday, and a nightclub operator was also arrested and charged for breaches under the Spirit Licence Act.

The Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Intellectual Property Unit of the Counter Terrorism and Organized Crime Division reports that a team carried out an operation at a nightclub, at about 1:00 am in Albert Town, Trelawny. The operator was cited for breaching the Spirit Licence Act. He has been identified as 24-year-old Carvalho Dixon, businessman and farmer of Albert Town in the parish.

About two hours later, during a second operation at another nightclub in Ulster Spring in the parish; one female was arrested and charged for being involved in prostitution.





Congrats Konshens on the birth of your son

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Yardflex congratulates dancehall deejay Konshens on the birth of his son.

He welcomed his son a day after he celebrated his daughter's birthday. Esrly Monday morning, he posted a photo on his Facebook page, welcoming the birth of his "Prince".

"Just a day after celebrating the birthday of my princess...God blessed me with the birth of my Prince!! Or is he already A 'kinG!!" Konshens said. "THANK YOU GOD FOR THIS BLESSING. NOW..... IM HUNGRIER THAN EVER.... Weh di food at..... ‪#‎huntingseasonUP ‪#‎heirtothethrone ‪#‎balance."

Konshens has been maintaining a steady presence on the entertainment scene with songs such as My Prayer, Care Zero, The Journey and his latest, Hotel Room.





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Some members of Jamaica's national Under 17 squad currently participating in the CONCACAF under 17 Championships in San Pedro Sula Honduras received a heart stopping scare in an elevator at the team hotel.

Ten players, namely; Ajeanie Talbot, Jahmali Waite, Deshane Beckford, Jahlanie Hammond, Antoneil Mullings, Akeem Chambers, Javain Brown, Fabian Grant, Demar James and Donovan Dawkins boarded the elevator of the 3rd floor for lunch in the dining area on the ground floor.

On selecting the button for the lobby, the elevator started malfunctioning crashing to the lower level ground floor resulting in two players: Demar James and Deshane Beckford hurting their knees and back respectively. The players were rescued after a player pushed the bell button inside the elevator.

Team Doctor Bersha Cole did his daily checks on the two players and James and Beckford were still experiencing discomfort and as a precautionary measure the players were taken to hospital Bendada for x-ray.





A Jamaican detainee has filed a class-action lawsuit against the Suffolk County Sheriff's Department in Boston, saying it pays hundreds of persons in custody only US$1.00 a day to mop floors, scrub toilets, and perform other janitorial duties at the jail.

His lawyers are seeking US$4 million in unpaid wages over the last six years.

Lawyers for Anthony Whyte, a 40-year-old detainee fighting deportation to Jamaica, said he should be paid at least the state minimum wage, of $9.000 an hour, because he is in custody for alleged civil violations and not crimes. He voluntarily works in the jail's immigration unit.

Andrew Schmidt, lead counsel in the case, expressed concern that states and private companies have started using detainees for cheap labour. Steven Tompkins, a spokesman for the Suffolk County Sheriff, said inmates and immigrant detainees are paid based on where they are assigned to work. They can earn one dollar a day working indoors doing laundry or other tasks, he explained.

Convicts doing work outside of jail, such as snow-shoveling, can earn three dollars a day and a reduction of their sentence.

The civil lawsuit, filed on February 18 in Suffolk Superior Court, accuses the Sheriff's Department of wrongly classifying workers as non-employees, failing to pay overtime, and other violations of state law.





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The Jamaican police have released the names of the four men who died in Sunday's motor vehicle crash on the Braco main road in Trelawny.

The crash victims have been named as Garvin Jesus Arias, Ruiz Farael, Sergio Gonsales and Oliver Torres.

Three of the men were from the Dominican Republic and the other from Spain. They were employed as contractors at the Bahia Principe Hotel in St Ann.

The police delayed releasing the identities until today to ensure the foreign missions and families had been contacted.

The foreigners died when the car in which they were travelling crashed into a tractor trailer.

The driver of the trailer and a female passenger escaped injury.





Jamaica to set up embassy in Kuwait

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The Government of Kuwait has given a commitment to provide its Jamaican counterpart with US$27 million to establish an embassy in that country.


This provision is included in Jamaica's 2015/2016 Estimates of Expenditure, which will be reviewed by Parliament's Standing Finance Committee starting on Tuesday. The embassy will also have responsibility for bilateral relations with Bahrain, Egypt, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

In 2010, it was announced that Jamaica would establish an embassy in Kuwait City.


Jamaica began relations with Kuwait in 1974. The two countries have co-operated on several initiatives at the multilateral level and have implemented various bilateral co-operation projects.





Reports are that the man who allegedly killed 20-year-old Anika Rose - whose nude body was found Saturday morning - reportedly attempted to commit suicide.

Police officers were on their way to take him into custody.

Rose's body was discovered by residents in Danvers Pen, St Thomas, after she was reported missing on Friday.

Reports are that the deceased left her home on Thursday, February 26, about 8:00 pm to get food and failed to return. She was reported missing the following day.

Residents reportedly carried out a search on Saturday and her body was discovered with several wounds.

The police were called in and her body was removed.





T&T probes huge ganja find with Jamaican link

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The authorities in Trinidad and Tobago are investigating a large marijuana seizure with a Jamaican link.

Customs and Excise agents on Friday intercepted a container, loaded with 232 kilogrammes of high grade marijuana, en route to Suriname at Port-of-Spain.

Senior customs officials estimated the drugs at TT$3.2 million.The 40-foot container originated in China and passed through Jamaica before coming to Trinidad and Tobago en route to its final destination.

The container was offloaded at the port and was scheduled to be loaded onto another ship to be taken to Suriname.But Customs officers, acting on information, seized the container soon after it was offloaded.





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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) - The husband of slain television journalist Marcia Henville, who was charged with murder late Saturday, is scheduled to appear in court on Monday.

Sheldon Henville was slapped with the charge after investigators consulted with Director of Public Prosecutions, Roger Gaspard.

Marcia, 51, the host of TV6's Point Blank, was killed on the morning of January 23 at her home in St Augustine. She was stabbed several times all over her body and the bedroom of the townhome was set on fire. Following Marcia's murder, Sheldon, 40, was admitted to hospital where he was being treated for burns he sustained.

Last Tuesday, he was released into the custody of the police who questioned him about the incident.

Marcia who was born and raised in Notting Hill, West London, worked at various media houses here before hosting her own show "Point Blank" that showcased the lives of people in depressed areas in Trinidad and Tobago.





US firm offers to help Jamaican ganja market

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Cannabis Global Initiative (CGI) says it is now offering a "full suite of services" to assist companies wanting to be among the first to do legal cannabis business in the Caribbean, and has opened a second office in Jamaica's capital - Kingston.

"We work with businesses, municipalities, policymakers, and other cannabis-related entities in local, national, and international markets," CGI said.

"Our team is highly specialised in all aspects of cannabis and have expert inside knowledge and experience on the regulatory framework which can be customised for most municipalities," it added.

Since 2009, CGI said it has worked to bring regulation, decriminalisation and retail sales to Colorado, and has been "at the forefront of creating the laws and regulation surrounding medicinal, edible and now legal cannabis".

"With the opening of its second office and CGI's longstanding relationships with the Jamaican Government, policy stakeholders and the growing community, CGI is prepared to advise companies with placing their products and/or services in the first Caribbean country to legalise marijuana for medicinal use," the statement said.

TessMaria Leon, Director of Client Services for CGI's Caribbean team, heads CGI's Kingston office.

"We've created a robust offering to ensure the best companies are being represented and positioned correctly to do business in the Caribbean," said CGI President Wanda James.

Last month, the Jamaican Parliament gave the green light to the amendments of the Dangerous Drugs Act to make possession of two ounces or less of marijuana a non-arrestable, ticketable offence that attracts no criminal record.

The Bill also provides for the creation of a Cannabis Licensing Authority, which will be responsible for developing the regulations governing the medical marijuana industry.





4 men killed in Trelawny crash

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Four men were killed in a collision on the Braco main road in Trelawny early Sunday.

It's reported that shortly after 5 o'clock the car in which the men were traveling collided with a trailer.

They died at the scene.

The crash has pushed the number of road traffic fatalities since the start of the year to 52.





Calabar won the boys Class 1 and 2 4x100 m finals at the 39th Gibson McCook Relays at the National Stadium in Kingston on Saturday, while Kingston College (KC) took top honours in Class 3 and 4.

In Class 1, the team of Michael O'Hara on the backstretch and Edward Clarke on the leadoff leg, stormed to victory in a record 39.32 seconds, beating the previous mark of 39.61 set in 2014. St. Jago with Nathon Allen, Raheem Chambers, and Ivan Henry finished second in 39.80. Wolmer's Boys' School were third in 40.30.

In Class 2, Calabar again outclassed the field to win in 40.86 ahead of Kingston College (KC), 41.42, and Jamaica College (JC), 41.72.

Kingston College, who pulled out of Class 1, took classes 3 and 4. KC won Class 3 in 43.09, ahead of Jago, 43.12, JC, 43.51, and Wolmer's, 44.09.

In Class 4, KC topped the field in 44.44, ahead of Jago, 46.12, Calabar, 46.21 and Wolmer's, 47.05.





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There are reports that the management agency for Olympians Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson is to sue supplement company epiphany d1 for more than 8 million us dollars following the athletes failed drugs tests.

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The two sprinters tested positive for oxilofrine at the national championships in 2013 and were provisionally suspended for 18 months by the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO). However, the ban was later reduced to six months following an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) last year.

During the CAS hearing, it was argued that epiphany d1 manufacturers had failed to specify in their listed ingredients that oxilofrine was included.

Powell's agent Paul Doyle, who is the director of Doyle management, argues one of the ingredients listed on the bottle had never been put into the product.

Having had the supplement tested by the world anti-doping agency (WADA) and the food and drug administration (FDA), they were able to confirm that the banned drug was in that particular product and that their claims were correct, meaning that epiphany d1 has now been placed on the Us Anti-Doping Agency's high risk dietary supplement list.

Part of the reason for suing the company, Doyle says, is to clear the names of both athletes whose reputations have been tarnished since the failed tests were revealed.





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A memorial service was held Friday for Rev Glen Archer at Ardenne High School, a place that was "like home" for the late educator.

"He spent so much time here, it was like home for him," Marcia Archer Groves, the legendary teacher's sister, told Loop News during the ceremony.

"(Ardenne) was a special place for Glen," she said.

Glen Archer's relationship with Ardenne stretches back more than three decades. He joined the Ardenne family as a teacher in 1978 and has been instrumental in bringing numerous accolades to the school. Among them, four victories in the annual Television Jamaica School's Challenge Quiz competition and a Manning Cup (football) title. Nineteen out of the 27 Spelling Bee champions he coached were students of Ardenne High School.





A Jamaican woman who claimed she was raped by a Bahamian immigration officer, is suing the Bahamas government.

On Friday, the woman filed a civil suit, seeking damages for battery, assault, false imprisonment and the breach of her constitutional rights. In a writ filed in the Bahamas Supreme Court, the Attorney General, Minister and Director of Immigration, as well as the Commissioner of Police, were accused of being liable for the alleged unlawful conduct, committed by police and immigration officers in the incident. In her claim, the woman describes a crowded and filthy detention centre with menstruating females left to bleed out on the floor; and no sanitary napkins or washing facilities.

Immigration officer Norman Bastian, who is facing rape charges, was named as the fifth defendant. Bastian appeared in Court on Monday.The matter is set for preliminary hearing in May and June.

The alleged incident occurred in December when the woman was detained and released after an immigration raid on a bar in Nassau. It's alleged that Mr. Bastian took the woman to his house where he raped her before releasing her two days later.





St Catherine cops name 4 wanted men

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ST CATHERINE, Jamaica -- Detectives from the St Catherine North Police Division have listed several individuals as wanted. These men are wanted in connection with several murders and shootings committed in the division and are being asked to turn themselves in to the Spanish Town police or the nearest police station with their lawyers by 5:00 pm, on Monday, March 2.

They are:

1. Michael Headley, otherwise called 'Dudus', 'Tony' and 'David', who is from Salt Pond Road in Spanish Town, St Catherine. He is known to frequent the Quarry Hill, Lakes Pen, De La Vega City, Dallas Lane, and March Pen areas of Spanish Town.

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2. Duran Coleman of a March Pen Road, St Catherine address.

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3. Aston Daley, otherwise called 'Daleybwoy', 'Ricky' and 'Ricardo', who is from Shelter Rock in Spanish Town, St Catherine. He is known to frequent Old Road, Dempshire Pen, and Waterloo Villa, all in Spanish Town.

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4. Damion Gray, otherwise called 'Saint' or 'Butcha', who is from Shelter Rock in Spanish Town. He is also known to frequent the areas of Old Road, Dempshire Pen, and Waterloo Villa in Spanish Town.

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Alicia Keys welcomed baby boy Genesis Ali Dean on December 27.

And on Friday the 34-year-old finally shared the first photo of her newborn, in a black-and-white Instagram picture she posted, with the caption: 'Blessings and love!! #GenesisAliDean'.

In the picture she poses happily with her husband Swizz Beatz, his son Kasseem Dean Jr, and their older son Egypt Daoud.

Alicia cradles the two-month-old in the photo, as she, husband Swizz - real name Kasseem Dean - and son Kasseem stare down happily at him.

The little one, as well as Alicia's son Egypt, stare off at the camera, in the gorgeous family photo for which everyone is dressed to the nines.

The boys all don suits, while the Girl on Fire singer sports an ornate gown with a cinched waist, and a lightly colored head-wrap.

In a second photo shared by her husband, Swizz holds onto Genesis as all three boys look somewhere off screen.

The picture, in which the bow-tie clad boys sport nearly identical expressions, is captioned: '#Deanboyz'.

The couple, who married in 2010, announced the pregnancy on an appearance on The View back in September.

'I think he's [Egypt] super excited because he's not going to be the youngest anymore,' Alicia said of her son's reaction to her pregnancy, in an interview with People shortly before giving birth. 'He's always kissing my belly.'

On Thursday the happy new mom took to Instagram to share her love for husband Swizz with a sweet photo.

In the picture the two sport coordinating camouflage jackets as they stand in the middle of a staircase, sharing a kiss.

Alicia captioned the heartwarming photo alongside her husband of nearly five years: '4ever yours @therealswizzz' .





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The dress was designed by Roman Originals and it is currently available on their website in the BLUE AND BLACK, white and black, red and black, and pink and black. Sorry to anyone who saw it as white and gold!

"Okay so I was the first to wear this dress and just to confirm it's definitely black and blue! #thedress," Laura wrote on her Instagram account.





Jamaica and the rest of the Caribbean are being warned of another massive outbreak of the Chikungunya Virus that's expected to affect the region in a few years.

The warning has come from the Executive Director of the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) Dr James Hospedales who argues that this will be a natural cycle for the virus, which has left a trail of pain, death and controversy across the region.

According to Hospedales, the virus, which is new to Jamaica has now peaked in its intensity, so there will be a period of recession. However, he cautions that because of the prevalence of the Aedes Aegypti in the region, the massive outbreak is expected.





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Grammy winning dancehall artiste, Sean Paul, is quite happy that his 2003 Billboard chart-topper, Get Busy, will be featured in the upcoming animation flick Home, slated for release on March 27.

Home -- based on the 2007 Adam Rex's children's book The True Meaning of Smekday -- is an American 3-D comedy film starring Barbados-born international recording star Rihanna and American actor Jim Parsons. The voices Jennifer Lopez and funnyman Steve Martin are also featured in the DreamWorks Animation project.

Originally released in 2002, Get Busy is on the Steven 'Lenky' Marsden-produced Diwali riddim. The single is on Sean Paul's sophomore, Grammy-winning album Dutty Rock. That set was re-released the following year for the international market.

"That song was written by me and my brother, JigZag, and was number one on the Billboard charts for a couple of weeks. It was a big accomplishment for myself, everyone involved such as producers, other artistes on the riddim and dancehall music, in general. I am proud to be part of a big staple dancehall riddim like Diwalil," the entertainer said.

This is not the first time Get Busy will be listed in the movie credits. The song's remix was featured in Grind (2003), Chasing Liberty (2004), and Baby Mama (2008).





Etana recuperating at home in Florida

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A combination of "exhaustion, dehydration and hypertension" has been blamed for reggae singer Etana's recent stint in hospital in Florida. Etana, who is recuperating at home, has assured her fans that she is doing fine.

Etane, who had been complaining of dizzy spells and back pain before finally passing out on Wednesday evening, was released from hospital on Thursday.

"I guess my body was just telling me to slow down. I had just come back from Europe after an 11-hour flight and I still wasn't hydrating properly or eating properly," Etana said. "I just want my fans to know that I am all right. This is a warning that I have to take better care of myself, I have to get the message of truth, rights and justice out but I cannot do so if I am not healthy," she said.

Etana recently completed a three-week European gig, which saw her performing at clubs in France, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands.





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Dancehall artiste Tommy Lee Sparta was the topic of discussion on social media recently, after a photo of a partially nude female was posted on Instagram for the world to see, by a woman who is allegedly his girlfriend.

The exposed female is said to be an employee of a prominent media house, and according to the woman who posted the photo, the exposed woman was intimately involved with her spouse Tommy Lee Sparta.

After posting the photo, the seemingly upset 'girlfriend' proceeded to hurl several insults at the woman calling her a dog, among other levels of disrespect. She was also joined by some of her followers.

There was also no response in Tommy Lee Sparta's Instagram posts. However, there were photos of the alleged girlfriend on his personal Instagram page.

Tommy Lee Sparta is currently working on his debut album. The deejay also released music videos for new singles Outlaw and Crow which have each received close to a million views online.





Ex-con at centre of abduction hoax in hospital

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The ex-convict at the centre of an abduction hoax has been hospitalised under police guard after collapsing on Thursday evening.

Senior Superintendent Clifford Chambers, told RJR News the suspect became ill after the man he accused of abducting a Canadian woman at gun point, showed up at the headquarters late Thursday.The so-called abductor went to the police following the accusation.

On seeing the man, the ex-convict reportedly collapsed and had to be taken to hospital.SSP Chambers said he will be charged with public mischief following his release from hospital.

The ex-convict on Thursday told the police that a gunman hijacked his vehicle in Pembroke Hall, St. Andrew and abducted a Canadian visitor.However, the police say the report was a hoax.

The cops say the so called gunman was the key witness in a case in which the man was convicted and sent to prison. The police say he had just returned from prison and was trying to get back at the witness with the false claim.





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Deejay and football coach Glendon 'Admiral' Bailey, has been using the allegedly fraud travel documents for over 25 years, his lawyer Tom Tavares-Finson, told the media in an interview. According to Tavares-Finson, the charges brought against Admiral Bailey are a "misunderstanding".

"I am satisfied that when the matter comes before the court, we will be able to offer an explanation" Tavares-Finson is quoted as saying.

Admiral Bailey, whose given name is Glendon Bailey, was slapped with fraud-related charges when he attempted to renew a passport in the name Micheal George Sullivan at the Passport Immigration and Citizenship Agency on Monday. He is booked to appear in the Corporate Area Criminal Court on Thursday, March 5.

Admiral Bailey is charged with two counts of uttering forged documents, two counts of obtaining passport by false pretence, two counts of possession of forged documents, one count of attempting to obtain a passport by false pretence, and one count of conspiracy to defraud.

A cross-over artiste in his own right, Admiral Bailey started his career as a dancehall duo with Chaka Demus, their hit One Scotch (Boops Riddim, Jammys Records) introduced to the mainstream. As a solo act, Bailey went on to rule the 1980s and '90s with hits including Big Belly Man, Think Me Did Done, and Heathly Body. With the assistance of musician Byron Lee, he won over to soca fans with Dancehall Soca and Soca Butterfly.

He has had a successful career in football at the national level, leading Olympic Gardens to the Premiere League and making Tivoli Gardens Football Club multiple winners of the trophy.





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The Flossnig King, Andrew 'Flippa Mafia' Davis was handed a pre-trial date of March 5 to return to the Camden County Superior Court in New Jersey.

The dancehall artiste is facing conspiracy to distribute cocaine, leading a narcotics organisation, possession with intent to distribute cocaine and money-laundering charges. He has been incarcerated since September 2013.

If convicted, he faces 25 years to life in prison.

In November 2014, American defence attorney-at-law J Michael Farrell was unsuccessful in getting the wiretap evidence dismissed, but vowed to get justice for the Flossing King.

"Additional motions will be ligitated. There is an issue of consent of the confidential informant. We believe that the Government's confidential informant will support my client's innocence and that alleged consent was not voluntary, but coerced," Farrell said, at the time.

"It is because of his fame; we believe he was unjustly targeted," he continued.





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KINGSTON, Jamaica - World and Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt made a surprise showing at the 2015 Gibson Relays now under way at the National Stadium in Kingston, to open his season.

Bolt, who was a no show at the recently held Camperdown Classic, anchored the Racers Lion 4x100m team of Mario Forsyth, Warren Weir and Michael Frater to a time of 39.26 seconds.

Excelsior Community College finished second in a time of 43.50 seconds, while the Caribbean Maritime Institute team finished third in a time of 45.04 seconds.





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Several persons are in hospital following a collision involving two public passenger buses on the Christian Pen main road, in Portmore, St Catherine on Thursday.

According to the Highway and Traffic Police, the collision occurred while a JUTC bus was travelling from Christian Pen to Kingston and a sub franchise minibus was heading to Spanish Town.

The minibus reportedly made a sharp left turn to avoid a pothole when it collided with the JUTC bus.

Several passengers in the minibus, including school children, were seriously injured.

"On collision the Haice (minibus) overturned, the driver and some of the passengers were taken to the Spanish Town Hospital..." said JUTC's Communications Manager, Clinton Clarke.

The driver of the minibus and the front passenger were trapped in the vehicle and had to be removed by fire personnel.





J$247 million cocaine bust

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Members of the Jamaica Customs Contraband Enforcement Team, the police and port security seized a 251 pounds of cocaine in a shipment on Tuesday.

The drug,valued at more than J$247 million was found in three traveling bags.

No one was arrested.





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The Brown family is asking for prayers.

On Wednesday, doctors treating Bobbi Kristina Brown attempted to rouse her from a medically induced coma, but, according to CNN and People, she began having seizures when taken off the medications, and she was put back into the coma.

"Bobby [Brown] is beside himself," a source tells People of the latest development.

Bobbi Kristina, the 21-year-old daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, had remained in a medically induced coma since she was found unresponsive in a bathtub on Jan. 31. Last week, doctors removed her breathing tube, allowing Brown to be ventilated through a hole in her throat.

"This is a horrible setback. Everyone was hopeful that this was the sign that she'd turned the corner. We were so optimistic," People's source continues. "Bobby is taking this so hard; he was sure this was going to be a good day. But please, everyone needs to pray for Krissi. I don't care what religion you are, or if you have no religion at all. Send your thoughts, your prayers, your well-wishes. Send everything you've got. Please."





Look out for the Vanessa Bling Lipstick

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Dancehall artiste Vanessa Bling, formerly called Gaza Slim, is gearing up to launch a line of lipstick called Vanessa Bling lipstick. According to the artiste, the product will be available for purchase online and in selected stores islandwide.

Vanessa Bling, who is known for singles like Independent Ladies and One Man, says it is only inevitable that she should invest in products, since her mentor Vybz Kartel was also a business person.

"I love lipsticks, I am a businesswoman and I love to try different things. Sometimes the music business is very slow, so you have to try different things to back it up," Vanessa Bling said.

She further explained: "It will be distributed world-wide. I am very proud to follow in Vybz Kartel's footstep because he had his rum line and his condom line as well. It's good to know that I am the first female from his camp to be doing something like this. I am very proud of myself and I know he would be proud as well," she said.

The singer also operates her own record label called VB Records and has produced some of her own singles.

"I am also a designer, I designed the dress I wore to YVAs and it received a lot of credit from persons who saw it," she added.





etana-photo-2.jpgReggae veteran, Ibo Cooper, announced on stage at the Ranny Williams Centre last night that songbird Etana, known as 'The Strong One' would not be performing as advertised as she was not only sick, she had been hospitalised.

YardFlex understands that the singer had been complaining about dizziness and pains in the side. She fell unconscious yesterday and was rushed to the hospital where she was put on IV. Her management says that Etana is now undergoing a series of tests and they will give an update on her condition later.

Etana, who just completed a three-week tour in Europe, was one of the headline acts for JaRIA's Reggae Month celebrations last night. Also absent was Richie Stephens.

Christopher Martin, however, put on an energetic performance and proved an amazing show closer.





Unease as 2 senior cops lose their US visas

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Two high-ranking police officers have reportedly joined the list of members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) whose visas have been revoked by the United States government.

Reports are that the visas were taken away recently.

These two senior officers are said to be attached to two sensitive areas of the JCF. One climbed up the ranks of the Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) over the years, before he was recently reassigned. The other has been very active in the operational arm of the police force.

A top law-enforcement officer, who spoke with one Jamaican newspaper on condition of anonymity, confirmed yesterday that the visas of the two well-known lawmen were revoked.

While not disclosing much, the officer further stressed that more members of the JCF are likely to have their visas revoked soon.

As is protocol, the US Embassy refused to confirm the reports.

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Chris Gayle says he felt pressured to perform

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Canberra (AFP) - West Indies opener Chris Gayle became the first batsman to score a World Cup double century on Tuesday and admitted he had never felt such pressure to perform.

His double ton came off just 138 balls -- the quickest 200 in all ODI cricket -- including nine fours and 16 sixes as he surpassed the previous World Cup best of 188 not out by South Africa's Gary Kirsten against the United Arab Emirates at Rawalpindi in 1996.

Gayle was eventually out off the last delivery of the innings, having faced 147 balls, with 10 fours and 16 sixes taking his team to an imposing 372 for two in the company of Marlon Samuels, whose 133 not out was reduced to a support act.Zimbabwe were bowled out for 289 in reply to give West Indies a 73-run win on the Duckworth/Lewis method.

Left-hander Gayle's record blast meant he has now completed a career sweep of a triple century in Tests, double century in ODIs and a century in Twenty20 internationals.

"I got a bit of cramp and I was feeling a bit tired," said Gayle, fortunate to be given not out after an lbw appeal to the first ball he faced went to a review. "I didn't want to be out with the first ball -- I said 'you can't be serious?'," he said. "I was under pressure to score runs, and I kept getting messages from Twitter and on my cell phone from fans. I have never known so many people wanting Chris Gayle to do so well."

Gayle's record-shattering innings came just days after he was inadvertently caught up in an embarrassing Twitter gaffe by West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) president Dave Cameron, who retweeted a post from a spectator calling for the batsman to be pensioned off.

"I have never felt this kind of pressure, but in the end, I am sure I gave them something to talk about," said Gayle. "A lot of time people don't know what you are going through as I had some issues with injuries. I am also not getting any younger so age is definitely catching up on me."

His innings was only the fifth double century in all one-day international cricket and the first by a non-Indian, with Rohit Sharma (two), Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag the only other batsmen to achieve the feat.

Gayle and Samuels also set a new partnership record for any ODI wicket. Their unbroken stand of 372 surpassed the 331 shared by India's Rahul Dravid and Tendulkar against New Zealand at Hyderabad (Deccan) in 1999.

"Ever since Rohit got two, I have been hounded to get one as well," smiled Gayle, who even took two wickets with his gentle off-spin when Zimbabwe batted.

After collecting the man-of-the-match award, Gayle said it was key that his side now focused on Friday's crucial clash against South Africa in Sydney. "It was a fantastic day from a personal point of view, but now we have another tough game coming up against South Africa who have just beaten us 4-1 so we'll be concentrating on that," he added.

West Indies captain Jason Holder praised Gayle. "Chris is an outstanding player, it's great to have him back in form and hopefully he can carry it through to the finals," said Holder.

Zimbabwe skipper Elton Chigumbura said his side had been unfortunate with the lbw review when Gayle was on nought. "We were unlucky with the Gayle lbw but he played a massive innings today," said Chigumbura. "Gayle is the kind of player who is destructive but we just have to forget about what happened."

Gayle's innings sparked a stream of plaudits on Twitter: "Finally he's got a double hundred in one day cricket ! That doesn't surprise me who else than @henrygale what a stage to get it tho," tweeted India's Yuvraj Singh.

His boss at Indian Premier League outfit Royal Challengers, Vijay Mallya said the innings was a perfect response to those who wanted him dropped.

"@henrygale silences his critics and gives a fitting answer to all the recent comments on Twitter. Our big maan creates even more records," wrote Mallya, who also owns the Force India F1 team.

The record also did not go unnoticed in Japan, hardly a hotbed of international cricket.

"Japan Cricket must reluctantly admit that @henrygale is making it quite difficult for us to get any work done this afternoon #WIvZIM," tweeted the Japanese Cricket Association.





ncb-employee-alicia-prince-collapses-sigma.jpgAn autopsy conducted on the body of Alicia Prince, who collapsed and died during the Sigma run for charity last Sunday, has revealed that she died of cardiac failure.

The post mortem examination was conducted on Tuesday.

Prince, who was employed as a customer service representative at the National Commercial Bank at the time of her passing, collapsed on West Kings House Road during the Sigma run.

Her death has shaken former colleagues who hailed her lively spirit and charming personality.

She has also been hailed as a 'Live Wire' by government senator Lambert Brown.

The event organisers had targeted $25 million for the Jamaica Kidney Kids Foundation and the Neonatal Unit at Cornwall Regional Hospital. The event raised just over $26 million.





$100,000 Crime Stop reward

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crime-stop-errol-osborne.jpgCrime Stop is offering a reward of $100,000 for information, leading to the arrest of the killer of Errol Osborne.

Reports are that on Friday, January 2, Mr Osborne had just arrived home in Fontabelle, St. Mary when a man armed with a gun ran into his yard and pointed his gun at him.

Two workmen who were with Mr Osborne ran for cover then several explosions were heard.

Police later found Mr. Osborne inside his car with gunshot wounds all over his body.

Crime Stop says it is anxious to help the family and friends of Mr. Osborne find closure to this murder.

Anyone with information that can help the police solve this case is being asked to call Crime Stop at 311.





Technician extradited to face sex offence charges

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Homer Bishop, technician of Margarete Villa Road, Kingston 10, who is wanted in the state of New Jersey, United States of America, for aggravated sexual assault and having sexual intercourse with a minor, younger than 13, was extradited yesterday.

Reports are that on January 13, detectives from the Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch's (C-TOC) Fugitive Apprehension Team arrested the 41 -year-old Bishop on an extradition warrant. On Thursday, January 15, Bishop appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court where he was ordered extradited, after waiving his right to an extradition hearing.

He was yesterday escorted off the island to the United States of America where he will answer to the charges.





Ganja decriminalised in Jamaica

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Parliament has given the go ahead for long-awaited changes to be made to the law governing marijuana as part of plans to decriminalise the use and cultivation of the drug.

Parliamentarians last evening passed the bill to amend The Dangerous Drugs Act.

The ill, which was amended in The Senate earlier this month, will seek to decriminalise small quantities of marijuana for personal use as well as allow for the use of hemp for manufacturing purposes.

Additionally, the bill will allow for the use of marijuana for religious, therapeutic and medical purposes.

In opening the debate yesterday, Minister of National Security, Peter Bunting stated that the decriminalisation of marijuana would remove the monopoly organised gangs would have on the drug, thereby reducing the value and ultimately dismantling the drug ring.

Meanwhile, Opposition Member, Delroy Chuck stated that with the passage of this bill, Jamaica should seek to find out why the international community has made this a prohibited drug.





Michael Sharpe's assault case dismissed

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Journalist and District Constable Michael Sharpe walked free from the St. Catherine Resident Magistrate's Court Tuesday morning.

Sharpe was scheduled to answer charges of assault concerning a May 2013 incident on the Hellshire Main Road in St. Catherine.

According to reports, Sharpe went to assist the complainant in a domestic dispute, however, six months after the incident the complainant filed a report with the St. Catherine South Police. Following investigations the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions ruled that Sharpe should be charged with assault.

He pleaded not guilty in court and shortly after a submission from the Clerk of Courts the Magistrate ruled that Sharpe had no case to answer and the case was dismissed.





Video of school-girl beating vendor being probed

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A fight between a schoolgirl and a vendor, whose child was slapped repeatedly in the face in Sam Sharpe Square, Montego Bay, has left the vendor seriously injured and has attracted the attention of the police.

A three-minute video of the incident, which has gained traction on Facebook, shows the vendor and the schoolgirl having a heated argument over why the student hit the woman's child.The video was posted on February 17 and it is unclear how recent the fight was.

"Weh you box him fah if him even do nothing?" The vendor asked. The student in full view of the camera then stated, "mi never box him." Prompting the child, who is a female and who appears to attend an early childhood institution, to state, "you box mi three times."

The mother then demanded to know what her child did that would warrant her being slapped in the face three times, to which another schoolgirl said there was an incident involving the child's lunch pan.

After this exchange, the irate mother then pushed the schoolgirl in the face leading to both of them wrestling in the square, commonly referred to as 'Parade', in front of a number of persons who had gathered. Several blows were then exchanged between the vendor and the student.

After a few seconds, the vendor was seen wiping blood pouring from her face, which ended the scuffle. Persons could be heard telling the woman to go to hospital.

The Barnett Street police confirmed the incident. No charges have been laid against the student as interviews are still ongoing and the student, who is a minor, has to be interviewed in the presence of a parent or guardian.





Scammers target Tifa and Dexta Daps

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dexta-daps-tifa-jealous-ova.jpgWith their song 'Jealous Ova' gaining traction since its video release recently, dancehall artistes Tifa and Dexta Daps have become the target of scammers.

The music video was released about a week ago and already unscrupulous persons have come out of the woodworks trying to profit from their work. Reports are that persons have set up fake Facebook accounts and have been trying to collect money on behalf of both parties.

According to Craig Harrisingh of Daseca Productions, "People have created fake Facebook pages and email accounts presenting themself as Dexta Daps or as his management. They are taking people's money for dub plates and deposits for shows."

He continued, "Dexta Daps does not conduct any business whatsoever via social media. If his business doesn't go through DASECA Productions it's not real. This has been going on for about a month. In the past two weeks or so these people have started to include Tifa in their scamming deal. They are now telling promoters that they can get Dexta Daps and Tifa as a package at a ridiculous price. Daseca Productions is the sole booking agent for Dexta Daps, and Solid Agency handles all of Tifa's bookings."

Both Tifa and Dexta Daps have since made posts on their social media informing the public of the scam.

Meanwhile, Jealous Ova continues to do well having debuted at number 17 on Ernie B's Top 20 reggae chart in the UK which airs on Capital Extra, a mainstream R&B/hip-hop station in the UK.

The Daseca-produced single has been impacting radio over the past few months, and the accompanying music video, which was directed by Short Films Ja and shot on location at Lime Cay, has been getting online views and airplay.





The police in Westmoreland theorise that Monday's attack at a shop in Negril that led to the death of an 18 year old girl and injured four others was linked to lottery scammers.

Dead is Ombretta Jackson, of Lime Tree Lane in West End, Negril.

Investigators way Jackson acted as a courier for men linked to the lottery scam in Negril. It's understood that the masterminds behind the scam accused her of withholding funds.

The police report that shortly after 8pm, Jackson and others were at a shop when they were approached by two men who opened fire. A 15 year old boy is among the injured.

The gunmen escaped on a motorbike.

Two of the injured are listed in critical condition.





Dennis Brown tribute concert postponed

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The tribute concert set for Sunday, February 22, to celebrate the life and music of reggae's crown prince, Dennis Emmanuel Brown, has been postponed.

The show, which was scheduled to be held at the Kingston Waterfront has become a principal showcase in the celebration of Reggae Month during February.Brown's daughter, Marla, who was scheduled to perform, confirmed the postponement.

"I was called to a meeting yesterday (Thursday) where I was informed that the show is off. They are looking at something in July around the anniversary of dad's death," the British-born Brown said.

When pressed for a reason for the shifting in the date she offered: "I think they were coming up short on funds."

Brown died in July 1999 of pneumonia complications. He was 42.





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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. homeland security chief said on Sunday he takes seriously an apparent threat by Somali-based Islamist militants against prominent shopping sites in the West including the Mall of America in Minnesota and urged people there to be careful.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson was reacting to a video attributed to al Shabaab appearing to call for attacks on Western shopping areas, specifically mentioning Mall of America, the West Edmonton Mall in Canada, London's Oxford Street and sites in Paris.

"This latest statement from al Shabaab reflects the new phase we've evolved to in the global terrorist threat, in that you have groups such as al Shabaab and ISIL publicly calling for independent actors in their homelands to carry out attacks," Johnson told the CNN program "State of the Union," using an acronym for the militant group Islamic State.

Asked about the threat to Mall of America, which is one of the world's largest shopping areas, Johnson said: "Anytime a terrorist organization calls for an attack on a specific place, we've got to take that seriously." He advised people going to the Mall of America to be particularly careful.

One U.S. intelligence official said security officials indeed are worried about the risk of an attack on U.S. soil by a solitary militant, but al Shabaab as a group has not appeared to gain much traction with most Somalis in the West, including in Minneapolis.

"In balance, I don't think this video adds much on top of the ubiquitous 'lone offender' threat," said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Staff Sergeant Brent Meyer of Canada's Royal Canadian Mounted Police said "there is no evidence at this time of any specific or imminent threat to Canadians." In Britain, a spokesman said London police were aware of the video and were assessing it.

Mall of America and West Edmonton Mall issued statements saying they were implementing extra security measures.





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Dancehall artiste, Moses 'Beenie Man' Davis was the guest lecturer at Belmont Academy in Westmoreland which kicked off its three-day black history celebrations on Friday with a panel discussion ‎on the importance of Black History Month and a lecture.

Beenie Man's lecture, under the headline 'Life and Work of a Home Grown Hero', was centred on Peter Tosh, who grew up in the community of Belmont.

According to Beenie Man, Tosh's 1976 hit Legalize it is now a catalyst for the now fervent calls for the legalization of marijuana in Jamaica. He also hailed Tosh as one of the icons of reggae music and attributed him with some of the most powerful and potent songs ever recorded.

Panelist included Iyah V, a member of the Westmoreland Hemp and Ganja Farmers Association; Belmont community leader, Wolde Kristos; Daniela Woodbine, the deputy head girl of Belmont Academy; Shane Clarke and Lady Renae, both of Irie FM.

The discussion was centred ‎around the importance of the celebrations of black history as well as how to improve the methods of celebrations in order to engage more of the nation's youth.





Jamaican extradited on drugs charges

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Juel Dunn, who also goes by the names "Dalton Stephenson", "Dalton Calvin" and "Shortman" of Top Hill in St Elizabeth and Chambers Avenue, Granville, St James, has been extradited to the United States to face charges relating to narcotics trafficking.

He was extradited to Florida on Thursday following his arrest by the Fugitive Apprehension Team FAT, with the support of other local and international law enforcement agencies.
Dunn, who has a 14-year warrant for cocaine possession in Florida, was taken into custody by FAT in St Thomas on January 9.

He was taken before the Corporate Area Criminal Court on January 15 where he waived his right for an extradition hearing.

The Police High Command has congratulated law enforcement agents in bringing Dunn to face the courts.





NCB employee collapses and dies at Sigma Run

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ncb-employee-alicia-prince.jpg Thirty-six year-old Alicia Prince, an employee of the National Commercial Bank, died this morning during the staging of the Sagicor Sigma Corporate Run in Kingston.

Sagicor Group Jamaica Limited has extended condolences to the family, co-workers and friends of Alicia Prince.

"Our deepest sympathies are with Ms Prince's family," said Richard Byles, President and CEO of Sagicor Group Jamaica.

Sagicor explained in a release today that 36-year-old Prince, an employee at the National Commercial Bank, was this morning treated by doctors in the vicinity of West King's House Road.

"She received immediate medical treatment from a medical team including a medical doctor, two Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) and a nurse in one of several medical vehicles deployed along the route and was taken to Andrews Memorial Hospital where she received additional treatment," the release added.





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Cops assigned to the Narcotics Division have arrested and charged 29-year-old Jermaine Brown of a Kingston 12 address, after ganja weighing over 2000 pounds was seized on Second Street in Newport West.

The police reported that on February 6 at about 8:00 pm, a Toyota Hiace bus with three men aboard drove up to the main entrance of the Kingston Container Terminal and attempted to gain access.

However, the security guards became suspicious and while making further enquiries, the bus sped away. The police were alerted and the bus was later found abandoned in the area.

During a search of the vehicle, 19 knitted bags were found with a total of 398 parcels of compressed ganja. The ganja has an estimated street value of $15 million. Cops probing the find uncovered that the bus was rented from a company by Brown. He was subsequently held and charged with the offences of possession of and dealing in ganja, taking preparatory steps to and conspiracy to export ganja, as well as using vehicle as a conveyance.

Brown appeared before the Corporate Area Criminal Court on Friday, and is scheduled to reappear on Monday, March 9.





Hundreds mark 50 years since Malcolm X assassination

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Activists, actors, and politicians attended a ceremony in New York City at the place where civil rights leader Malcolm X was shot to death 50 years ago.

About 300 people gathered Saturday in Harlem to hear remarks from officials and one of Malcolm X's daughters, Ilyasah Shabazz.

The ceremony was held at the Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center, previously known as the Audubon Ballroom.

A blue light shone onto the floor in the exact spot where he was killed. A mural with images of Malcolm X adorns a wall.

Malcolm X was shot Feb. 21, 1965, as he was preparing to address his followers. By then, the Muslim leader had moderated his militant message of black separatism but remained a passionate advocate of self-respect and self-reliance.





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Bobbi Kristina Brown was allegedly under the influence of drugs on the morning she was found facedown and unresponsive in a bathtub, People reports.

Sources close to the 21-year-old claim Brown had been regularly using heroin, cocaine and Xanax in the past few months, as well as drinking excessively. No official toxicology report has been released.

Another source says Brown has been "in and out" of rehab during the last three years since her mother, Whitney Houston, died. On Feb. 11, 2012, Houston was found dead in a hotel bathtub. Though the singer had died from drowning, an autopsy confirmed that she had drugs in her system at the time.

It has now been 22 days since Brown was discovered and hospitalized. She has been on life support ever since and recently underwent a tracheotomy to prevent an infection from her breathing tube.





Ward of the state hangs himself

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A male ward who was found hanging in a bathroom at the Rio Cobre Juvenile Correctional Centre in Tredegar Park, Spanish Town on Friday, was pronounced dead at the Spanish Town Hospital in the afternoon.

The Department of Correctional Services has not provided further details. His parents have been informed of his death, however, his name has not been released as he was below age 16.

The Department of Correctional Services says the Ministry of National Security Inspectorate Unit and the police are conducting investigations.





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CEO of UIM Records, and one of dancehall's leading producers, Andrew 'Anju Blaxx' Myrie, has been ordered detained pending trial. The 30-year-old, who is charged with conspiracy, wire fraud, and money laundering in the District of North Dakota, had his bail decision overturned by a North Dakota judge last Wednesday.

According to a court order from North Dakota District Judge Daniel L Hovland, Blaxxx "poses a substantial flight risk".

He added: "The court has conducted a de novo review of the record, including the transcript of the pre-trial detention/removal hearing, and finds the Government [North Dakota Federal prosecutors] has demonstrated the defendant [Myrie] poses a substantial flight risk and no condition or combination of conditions will reasonably assure [his] appearance in the District of North Dakota," the order, read in part.

"The court notes the defendant [Myrie] is subject to an immigration detainer and possible removal to Jamaica," the order continued.

The producer was arrested by American law enforcement officers in Florida on February 6. He was ordered released at his second detention/removal hearing in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Miami, on February 11. However, that move was "stayed" pending an appeal by North Dakota prosecutors.

The UIM producer, whose hits include Bugle's No Compatible as well as the Punjabi, Purge, Sanction, Journey, Beach Bunx, Coolie Gal, Nymphomaniac, and Klappaz rhythms, is up for a YVA Producer of the Year award.

Myrie, who is being represented by attorney Nathan P Diamond, will be transported to North Dakota for arraignment in a matter of weeks and a trial date will be set in that state.





'Masicka Fi Mine Him Son' Facebook attack on deejay

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masicka-photo-2.jpgOn February 5, 2014, a Facebook group, 'Masicka Fi Mine Him Son' was created and already has 145 members. The description on the group says, "Encourage unu DJ fi mine him son" and there are several pictures of a little boy posted on the profile.

That same day, someone commented in the group and said, "go to court and tell them you want to take out a summons for him and them will deal with it from there ..., but how I don't see any pic with you and him?" To that the person who created the group responded, "He is never around so you won't see a pic of me and him."

Masicka, who recently broke ties with the Konshens-led Sunkonshus Music and has been focusing on his career, recently released the singles General A Road, Just Can't Do It and Waiting. He has not commented on any of this drama, although he has pictures of the same little boy posted on his own personal Instagram page.

The woman also took her rant to Instagram earlier this week, where she launched an attack on the artiste, but deleted the post some hours later. In that post, the woman accuses him of being a homosexual, as well as someone who engages in oral sex.

"Him buss before him. Oh wow! Waste a everything. Si mi and rush mi nuh dawg a dat yuh fi do. Loud and proud ...; defend it and mek people dead now," she said, in the Instagram post that was made on Monday.





Delacree tense after cops kill area don

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There are reports of tension in the Delacree area of the Corporate Area, following a fatal shooting by the police late Friday.

Reports are that a community leader was killed by the police during a confrontation about 9pm. Some residents who are upset about the incident, mounted a demonstration in the community.





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Devontae Sparks, the 18 year-old Holmwood student accused of killing his schoolmate, Stephan Hanson, 16, was offered bail when he appeared in the Mandeville Resident Magistrate's Court on Thursday. His bail set at J$800,000 with surety.

The court was told that Sparks and another student were involved in an altercation when Hanson intervened. He was reportedly stabbed by Sparks and was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead. Sparks was taken into custody and following questioning was charged with murder.

He is scheduled to return to the Mandeville Resident Magistrate's Court onApril 16 when his case will again be mentioned.





Budget for West Kingston Enquiry now $250 million

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The Jamaican Government has allocated J$200 million in the 2015/2016 Estimates of Expenditure to cover the cost of the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry.

This is in addition to $50 million dollars set aside in the 201/2015 Budget.

Last month, a breakdown of the budget for the Commission of Enquiry via the Access to Information Act, found that the salary of the Chairman Sir David Simmons exceeded the $50 million expenditure.

The salaries for the other two commissioners - Justice Hazel Harris and Professor Anthony Harriott; legal counsel Garth McBean; junior counsel Symone Mayhew and secretary to the Commission, Maria Jones, totalled $208.7 million.





The Senior Immigration Officer charged with the rape of a 28 year old Jamaican woman at his house in December in the Bahamas was denied bail when he appeared in court on Thursday afternoon.

Norman Bastian,53, appeared before Magistrate Andrew Forbes.

It is expected that the matter will proceed by way of a voluntary bill of indictment which means that a preliminary inquiry will be by-passed and the matter will be fast tracked to the supreme court for trial.

The incident happened when the woman was detained and released after an immigration raid on a bar in Nassau.

It's alleged the immigration officer then took the Jamaican woman to his house where he raped her before releasing her two days later.

Bastian is expected back to court on February 23.





Police walk for peace in Cassava Piece

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peace.jpgAssistant Commissioner of Police Derrick 'Cowboy' Knight, who heads the police Area 3, will lead a contingent of police on a peace walk through the community of Cassava Piece in St Andrew on Friday.

The community has been tense this week since a man was shot and injured.

For several months the community has been relatively quiet, but in recent times tensions have been flaring up between rivals based in the community.

Acting head of the St Andrew North Division, Superintendent Clive Blair, will also take part in the peace walk.





J$641 billion budget

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Finance Minister Dr. Peter Phillips has tabled a budget of J$641 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

The budget was tabled in Parliament on Tuesday, following which Phillips held a press briefing to outline his plans.The budget is a big jump from that of J$ 539 billion that is expected to be spent this year.Of this amount J$310 billion will go to debt servicing - that's roughly 48 cents out of every dollar.

The next biggest expenditure will be the public sector wage bill - J$165 billion has been set aside to pay public sector workers representing an increase of 3.4 percent. The rest of the money goes to programmes and capital expenditure.

Phillips said the authorities will be going after compliance initiatives more aggressively this year but at the end he is still expecting a financing gap of J$8 billion, an indication that new taxes to that amount will be sought.

The Finance Minister said the details will be revealed on March 12 but the early indication is that companies will be targeted heavily for the money with the public bearing less of the cost.Robinson, 37, broke down in tears on Thursday after he was sentenced to life in prison for killing Santoya Campbell.





Bobbi Kristina's breathing tube removed

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Almost three weeks after she was found unresponsive in a bathtub, Bobbi Kristina Brown is still fighting for her life. Doctors have removed her breathing tube, two sources close to the family told CNN on Thursday, one day after the procedure supposedly took place.

Brown, daughter of late singing star Whitney Houston, will now be ventilated through a hole in her throat.

"This is an indication that the patient will need this for weeks and months to come, as opposed to hours and days," said CNN's chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

He said the move lowers the risk of infection and is standard procedure.

Brown, 21, remains in a medically induced coma at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. Doctors are attempting to slowly lift her coma, according to sources close to the family. The extent of her injuries is not known.

Police have said they're treating Brown's case as a criminal investigation. She was found in a bathtub full of water on January 31 at her Roswell, Georgia, residence.





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santoya-killer-cornelius-robinson.jpgCornelius Robinson,37, has been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of 14 year old Frome Technical High School student Santoya Campbell.

Robinson who was sentenced on Thursday in the Savanna-la-Mar resident magistrate's court, will be eligible for parole in 25 years. Robinson, who operated a photo studio in Westmoreland, was charged days after the teen's body was found near her school. He was also charged with having sex with a person under 16 years old. However, that charge was withdrawn when he pleaded guilty to murder.

Robinson confessed to killing 14-year-old Santoya Campbell in Westmoreland two weeks ago. After strangling her to death, he stuffed the body of the girl in a garbage bag. The child's body was found close to the Frome Technical High School where she attended.

Justice Marvin Gayle, who presided over the case, gave Robinson the opportunity to speak at the sentencing. Robinson cried and issued an apology to the school girl's family and to those who thought highly of him.

The Family members of Campbell wept in court while the killer was being sentenced.





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A source tells ET that Bobbi Kristina Brown's family has no plans as of now to take her off life support.

The family met yesterday to decide whether the 21-year-old daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown should remain on a ventilator in a medically-induced coma. Legally, the final decision is up to Bobby and a source told ET that he was the most upbeat that they've heard him sound in a while -- and gave no indication that he's even thinking of removing his daughter from life support.

According to the source, Bobbi Kristina is making improvements, her vital signs are stable and her organs are not failing. The family did not, however, address the possibility of brain damage.

It's been almost three weeks since Bobbi Kristina was discovered unresponsive in her bathtub on Jan. 31, and was rushed to a hospital in Rosewell, Georgia. The incident came just days prior to the third anniversary of Houston's death.

While the family continues to hold out hope for Bobbi Kristina's recovery, Dr. Julian Bragg, a neurologist at Midtown Neurology in Atlanta, who is not one of Bobbi Kristina's doctors, tells ET that patients in her condition may have significant brain damage.





digicel.jpg With Bacchanal Fridays starting tomorrow at Mas Camp, telecommunications leader and title sponsor of Bacchanal, Digicel, is promising bigger, better things for socaphiles this season.

To give patrons a taste of what to expect each week, during the recent Bacchanal launch, the company featured the now popular 'selfie' sticks, which attendees used to capture their most memorable Bacchanal launch moments to share on social media using the hashtag, #SharediMoment.

"Starting this weekend with Bacchanal Fridays, we will be having loads of giveaways of smartphones and data plans so that our customers can chronicle their experience on social media while spreading the soca fever to their family and friends," said Kamal Powell, senior sponsorship and development manager at Digicel.

Digicel is also getting ready to unveil its overall campaign for the Carnival season, with its brand ambassador Yendi Phillipps as the lead. The campaign will give customers a chance to win even more prizes and take advantage of amazing phone deals.

"We know that our customers love the buzz and energy that the soca season brings, so look out for our Carnival campaign offers, which will also give customers a chance to win tickets to soca parties, plus Digicel Lijuan costumes to chip down the road with us on Road March day on April 12," Powell shared.

Patrons can also secure their costumes now to join the Digicel Lijuan band. Costumes range from US$280 for male costumes up to US$429 for female costumes.

The first stop in the Bacchanal series is scheduled for Friday with Bacchanal Fridays and will climax with Digicel Night on Friday, March 27.





Actor Boy Awards nominees announced

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The Actor Boy Awards will be held on March 30 at Courtleigh Auditorium. and with just about a month lto go the event organizers announced the nominees in each category at a brief ceremony on Sunday evening at Jampro's business auditorium in Kingston.

The year 2014 saw one of the most varied and exciting years in Jamaican theatre, with 19 productions qualifying for nomination. These plays span a range of genres and categories, including children's theatre, musical, drama, and comedy, and featured some of the best that Jamaica had to offer throughout the year.

Patrick Brown's Caught in the Net and Trevor Nairne's Saving Alligator High earned the highest number of nominations, with 11. For Best Leading Actor, Glen Campbell received two nominations for his role in Saving Alligator High and Funny Kind of Love. Other nominees in this category included Alwyn Scott, Christopher MacFarlane, and Tesfa Edwards.Nominnees for Best Leading Actress are Leonie Forbes, Suzette Barrett, Sharee-McDonald Russell, Rosie Murray and Ruth Ho-shing.

The award categories also feature those behind the scenes, including directors, choreographers, music directors, costumers and set designers, lighting and sound designers and overall technical management.





Turbo Blacks hits the spot with 'Gully Bop Attack'

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Dancehall artiste Turbo Blacks is creating quite a stir with the release of his new single titled 'Gully Bop Attack' which calls up the names of a few artites, including the man himself, Gully Bop. However, according to the Mandeville-based artiste, whose real name is Ricardo Green, he did not record the song to diss Gully Bop.

The song was produced by Turbo Blacks and released on his R&G label. Firing off lyrical shots, Turbo Blacks chants "Dem sey mad man a run di business, mash mouth new way fi have di business. Mi hear sey Ele a go pull front teeth fi run di business", in the punchline of the song.

Since its release two weeks ago, Gully Bop Attack has enjoyed heavy rotation on a number of top local radio stations. The song is also doing well online. So far, it has received several thousand hits on various YouTube channels.

"I've been in the business for a while and I've recorded a lot of positive cultural dancehall and reggae songs, but none of them has ever gotten the response Gully Bop Attack is getting. The people love it in the streets. My phone has been ringing off the hook, selectors are calling me like crazy to record dub plates for them," Turbo Blacks said.

"My song is not dissing Gully Bop or any of the other artistes mentioned it. I'm just singing about what's going on in the music business right now. When Gully Bop got his break on the net they said he was a madman. Since then, we've seen a lot of other so-called 'madmen' coming into the music business. My song is just highlighting what's happening in a humorous way," he said.





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Montego Bay will host the sixth staging of the BritJam Spring Break Festival from March 11 to 17. The seven fun-filled day and night event will feature a slew of parties across the western city, among them: Spring Rave at the Whitter Village; I Will Be There beach party; We Love The 90s at Pier One; All White Bikini Pool Party, Millbrook Villa in Spring Farm; Glamorous at Aquasol Tennis Court; Flesh at the Aqueduct, Rose Hall; Fire in the City, Cook Out at Mespow Park and Kinky Lingerie Party at Club Kokonutz.

Hundreds of spring breakers from the US, Britain and Japan are expected to fly into Montego Bay for the much-anticipated event, which will feature a number of local acts including Beenie Man, D'Angel, I-Octane, Konshens, Tifa, Spice, Aidonia, Pop Caan, RickyTeetz, Chi Ching Ching, Chilando and G-Whizz. Japanese artistes Ackee and Salt Fish and DJ Rio King Star will also appear at some of the parties.

According to Andrae 'P'Nut' Brown, a member of the event's organising committee, not only is BritJam a source of fun-filled entertainment, but it contributes to the local economy.

"What we are doing is to put ourselves out there to build Montego Bay. Everybody has it that Kingston is the entertainment capital of Jamaica, but that should not be so. How we are positioned in Montego Bay, the resources that we have to offer... Montego Bay, by right, should be the entertainment capital of Jamaica. With that said, we see that vision and we are on a mission to establish that and to bring that to life," Brown said.

Red Stripe Brand Ambassador Teika Samuda, who announced that her company this year has increased its sponsorship of the event by 50 per cent over the previous year, cited "the hard work and dedication of the BritJam team" for such a significant increase.

"They have really established the event, which is now a staple on the entertainment calendar. Jamaicans locally as well as persons internationally, are looking forward to the event," she stated.





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The Bahamas police have charged a Senior Immigration Officer with rape after a Jamaican woman alleged that he took her to his home and assaulted her. The incident happened last December when the woman was detained and released after an immigration raid on a bar in Nassau.

It's alleged the immigration officer then took the Jamaican woman to his house where he raped her before releasing her two days later.

An investigation was launched by the Bahamas Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration with the Foreign Minister Fred Mitchell, declaring at the time "the chips will fall where they may".

The Officer was charged and brought before the Criminal Court in capital Nassau earlier Thursday afternoon.





16 killed in Haiti carnival parade tragedy

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haiti-carnival-tragedy.jpg At least 16 people were killed during Haiti's national Carnival parade in an accident involving an electrical shock on a float, government officials said. An "accident following an electrical shock" happened on a parade float in Port-au-Prince at 2:48 a.m. ET Tuesday, Haitian Communications Minister Rothschild Francis Junior said.

The government spokesman did not elaborate on the accident. Seventy-eight other people were injured, the office of Haiti's Prime Minister said. Video from the scene appeared to show a power line striking a man atop a float. Chaos erupted and revelers ran in all directions.

"My sincerest sympathies (are) with the victims of the grave incident this morning at the Champ de Mars celebrating Mardi Gras Carnaval," Haitian President Michel Martelly said on Twitter.





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The man held by the police in connection with fabricated death threats against Opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) leader Andrew Holness and JLP General Secretary Dr. Horace Chang, was remanded yesterday when he appeared in court.

Maxie Robinson,47, was charged last week with creating public mischief, after an investigation revealed that his claim that a contract had been taken out on the lives of the two men was a hoax.When he appeared before the Corporate Area Criminal Court, Robinson's attorney requested copies of statements in the case.

The attorney told the court he wants the statements to determine whether to go to trial.

The Police High Command says Robinson has a long rap sheet for fraud and was recently released from prison. He is scheduled to return to court on March 10.





90 pounds of ganja seized

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Police seized about 90 pounds of ganja during an operation in Manchester and St. Elizabeth on the weekend.

The operation was carried out by officers attached to the Area Three, Transnational Crime and Narcotics Division (TCND).

Reports received are that during the operation a total of 90 pounds of ganja was seized with an estimated street value of $450 thousand. Five pounds of ganja seeds and 10 thousand seedlings were also destroyed.

No one was taken into custody in connection with the seizure.





Negarsh Dawkins, the 18-year-old a labourer of Spanish Town, who is charged for the murder of his father was offered bail when he appeared in court yesterday..

Dawkins is accused of fatally stabbing his 42-year-old father Gary Dawkins, a cabinet maker also of Old Harbour Road.

The accused was offered bail in the sum of $200 thousand with surety in The Spanish Town RM Court. As a condition of his bail, Dawkins is to report to The Portmore Police twice weekly. He is to return to court on June 9, 2015.

It is alleged that on Sunday February 8, about 4:00 a.m., the senior Dawkins was reportedly beaten by his son. The father died at hospital.





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The Jamaica Public Service (JPS) is fuming after being directed by the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR), to refund customers close to one billion dollars in foreign exchange adjustments it imposed on fuel supplied by Petrojam.

The adjustments were for the period March to December 2013.

In response, the JPS said the directive has come at a bad time and will also have financial implications for the company.

"This comes at a very very bad time. No one can afford not to be able to include the legitimate cost in the price of the goods or service sold to customers. You have to be able to include your cost or eventually you go bankrupt and that's the fundamental disagreement we are having with this regulator," said JPS CEO, Kelly Tomblin.

According to a statement from the OUR, the collection of J$973. 3 million from customers, was in contravention of the All-Island Electric Licence. JPS has seven days to provide details of how it proposes to repay, including the commencement date by which the refund will be made to customers.Customers are to be fully refunded within six months.

OUR says the decision by the JPS to pass through to customers, foreign exchange adjustments on fuel payments, was done without approval from the utilities regulator. The OUR requested clarification from the JPS regarding the inclusion of a line item in the fuel oil statements for March to December 2013. During the period, this impacted the fuel and IPP charge, which appears as a line item on customers' bills.

The OUR, having received the JPS' explanation for making the adjustments, concluded that the company had no authority to impose the additional costs on customers. The OUR says it will continue to be vigilant in safeguarding the interest of consumers, while ensuring an equitable environment for investors in utility services.





Bob Marley One Love football extravaganza today

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The Bob Marley 'One Love football extravaganza' and fun day takes place today, Ash Wednesday, at the Harbour View Mini Stadium.

The event, which is now in its 34th year, will continue to donate proceeds to basic schools and children's homes across the island.

The fun day will also see entertainers, masters and celebrities, referees while for the first time, the Tuff Gong Invitational team will face off with entertainers for the new Bob Marley One Love trophy,

Organiser of the extravaganza and fun day Clive 'Busy' Campbell says, Walter Boyd, Byron Earl, Ricardo 'Bibby' Gardener , I-Octane, Wayne Marshal, Sizzla, are all expected to be in action.

Action gets underway at 4:30 PM.





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With a bumper backside that measures 8ft around, Mikel Ruffinelli is the owner of a bottom that is large enough to make even Kim Kardashian's pale in comparison.

Yet despite being just 5ft 4" and tipping the scales at 30st, Mrs Ruffinelli, 39, from Los Angeles, says she is healthy and has a shape that other women envy.

'I have an extreme physique,' explains the mother-of-four, who has a proportionally small 40-inch waist. 'I love my curves, I love my hips, I love my attributes.

'I love my shape and I see no reason to diet because I don't have health problems. Men don't fancy skinny girls, they like an hourglass figure.'

Now she is to appear on a new documentary, World's Biggest Hips, alongside three other women who boast supersized rear ends.

Among them is Austrian Claudia Floraunce, 40, who also lives in Los Angeles and tips the scales at 23st, and Las Vegas native, Denise Souder, a 56-year-old grandmother-of-two with 74-inch hips - and who, like Mrs Ruffinelli, has turned her 'curves' into cold, hard cash.

'Growing up, I was the chubby girl,' explains Mrs Souder. 'I was always the chubbiest girl in the class but I never let it stop me from doing whatever I wanted to do.

'There are challenges - I can't get on a rollercoaster. You learn to get around your hips, you learn to embrace your hips, you learn to shop for your hips.

'If someone wants to make a comment about my hips or my size, I don't care what your opinion is.'

Mrs Ruffinelli is a relative newcomer to a supersized shape, having only gained the extra weight after having children.

'There was a time before I had kids when I had a flat stomach,' she reveals. 'I got this large because genetically, whatever happens with weight gain, goes here [hips].' Mrs Ruffinelli, for all her exhortations of love for her hips, also admits that hers cause her problems and force her to take a reinforced chair with her wherever she goes.

'Fitting in, fitting on, sitting down... Those are some of my challenges,' she says. But rather than lose weight to fit in with society, she says it's time society started fitting in with her.

'I just think that society hasn't learned that it needs to make things a bit bigger,' she says. 'It's OK to make things bigger. What's the problem?'





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Sam Smith's unrequited love is one of his three managers, Elvin Smith.

The 22-year-old singer recently revealed his Grammy-winning album - In the Lonely Hour - was inspired by a man he fell in love with but who didn't feel the same way, and the guy is believed to be the married music executive, according to The Sun newspaper.

Sam said: 'I feel nothing towards him now. I'll always love him but I'm not in love with him any more. I definitely don't crease on the floor in pain any more.

'I was the only one in the relationship. It was in my mind and was something I had to get over. I also made the record so that this doesn't happen again.

'I don't want to fall in love again with someone who doesn't love me back.'

Sam and Elvin are now said to be good pals and the 'Stay With Me' hit-maker recently admitted he would never publicly release the mystery man's name out of respect.

At the Grammy Awards earlier this month, Sam picked up four awards, Best New Artist, Record of the Year and Song of the Year for his hit 'Stay with Me' and Best Pop Vocal Album for 'In the Lonely Hour', and thanked his unrequited love in his acceptance speech.

He told the Los Angeles Staples Center audience: 'I want to thank the man who this record is about.

'Thank you so much for breaking my heart because you got me four Grammys.'

The British soul singer's million-selling debut, which climbed from four back to the top of the rankings, has yet to leave the top 10 since it was released in May 2014.

Ed Sheeran's 'X' was in second place, while the third and fourth spots were new entries: "If You're Reading This You're Too Late", a surprise release by Canadian rapper Drake on Friday, and the Irish quartet Kodaline's second studio album, 'Coming Up For Air'.





JCDC gospel song semi-final Ash Wednesday

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The Jamaica Gospel Song Competition semi-final is set for Ash Wednesday, February 18, at the Eastwood Park New Testament Church of God in Kingston 10, commencing at 6:00 p.m. This competition, organised by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), will see the 35 semi-finalists from across the island compete for a top-10 spot.

After four highly competitive auditions and eliminations that were held across the four regions from February 3-6, 2015, the participants are now eager to move on to the next phase of making the finals and entering the studios to have their original song recorded. Entries were receive from across the island from persons who wanted to become the next JCDC Gospel Ambassador.

According to Stephen Davidson, director of marketing and public relations: "The JCDC Jamaica Gospel Song competition continues to provide opportunities, both locally and internationally, for a lot persons who have entered this competition even those who were not the winner on the final night."

Davidson also stated that another aspect of the programme includes the finalists participating in an outreach programme; he is therefore encouraging the public to take non-perishable food, clothes, toys and books to the semifinal. He noted that the items collected will be donated to children in state- care facilities.

Along with the 35 semi-finalists, the evening will feature guest performances by Kimiela Issacs and Nickette Morgan, who were past finalists in Gospel Song Competition.





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Former National Security Minister, Dwight Nelson said it was not expected that anyone would have been killed during the security operation in West Kingston.

Over seventy persons died during the event.

Responding to questions from attorney representing the Tivoli Committee, Carol DaCosta,on Monday, Nelson said the operation was generally in keeping with what was expected. "It was expected that the law enforcement agencies would protect the lives and property of innocent persons.........it was expected that not one person (would have) been killed."

When asked about a comment in which he said post analyses of the operation led him to believe that there were questionable aspects - he said this was in relation to the way residents were treated and the killings.

"There were complaints from residents of Tivoli Gardens of objections to how they were treated. It has already been established that a number of persons were killed.....these were questionable areas of the operations."





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Veteran educator and longstanding Returning Officer for the Kingston Western constituency Clover Thompson is dead. Thompson who migrated to Miami in 2004, was ailing for sometime.

According to a source close to the educator, she was suffering from kidney related problems and underwent an operation in January. She was hospitalised up to the time of her passing late Sunday.

Clover Thompson was Principal of Denham Town Primary from 1968 to 1990 and left for the Denham Town High School where she led the charge from 1990 to 2003 where she went off on pre-retirement leave.She was succeeded by current Principal Audrey Williams. She was Lasco Teacher of the Year in 2003 and served as a member of the Lay Magistrates Association for many year including in the capacity of President. She also served as Returning Officer for the Kingston Western constituency during turbulent 70's and 80s.





Rita Marley recovering from secret ailment

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Rita Marley is said to be recovering from an undisclosed illness.

The widow of reggae legend Bob Marley faced some health challenges last year, but, according to her son, Ziggy, she is doing good. Describing her illness as "physical challenges", ZZiggy said that his mother is at the stage now where she's slowing down and taking things easy, but she's doing good.

Rita was noticeably absent from the celebrations to mark Marley's 70th birthday in Kingston last week.

Rita and Bob Marley were married on February 10, 1966.

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Stars were scattered throughout the Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special, but the greatest concentration may have come during a skit called The Californians.

The soap opera parody featured Taylor Swift, Bradley Cooper, Kerry Washington, and Betty White - in addition to several SNL actors.

Not only that, but Betty and Bradley finished off the number with a passionate kiss between their characters.

Extremely over-dramatic, the skit revolved around a group of Los Angeles natives who spoke with exaggerated accents and had major drama.

Kristen Wiig's character, for example, was told (by Kerry, playing a doctor) she had been impregnated by the pool boy, Greg (played by Bradley). There was also Alison (Taylor), an actress who had just been cast in some sort of science-fiction show.

'Captain, the Zargons are in pursuit, and there's aliens everywhere!' Taylor garbled as the air-headed Alison.

It wasn't until the end of the skit that Betty arrived, playing the supposedly dead character of Aunt Lana.

That character had been in a hot-air balloon accident and was only saved with the help of Greg, the pool boy.

To show her gratitude, Betty's character then locked lips with Bradley's in a rather passionate moment.

Because this was a Saturday Night Live skit, many of which don't really have a satisfying ending, The Californians simply segued into the show's famous 'buh-bye' flight attendants.

Other guest stars to appear on the special included Robert De Niro, Paul McCartney, Emma Stone, Tom Hanks, Jack Nicholson, Chevy Chase, Edward Norton, Paul Simon, Keith Richards, Melissa McCarthy, and more.





Usain Bolt is still the King of Cool

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Usain Bolt's injury-plagued 2014 may have allowed American Justin Gatlin to slip in and take advantage to become the world's top sprinter, but the Jamaican speedster showed he is still the sport's undisputed king of cool.

In a week that has seen him strike his famed 'lightning bolt' pose in front of a packed Times Square in New York, Bolt was in a more relaxed mood on Monday morning whilst sharing some downtime with fellow athlete and close friend Edino Steele.

In a one-take shot the pair were filmed showing off their latest handshake, which consisted of around 30 combinations.

Posting the video to his Instagram, the six-time Olympic gold medalist wrote: 'Friendship is different hand shake is on point @edinosteele credit to the camera lady @miss_gabymolina #greatness #happiness #manofsteele #ForeverFaster.'

After announcing that he plans to retire in 2017, with the World Championship 100 metres final in London pencilled in as his last individual race, Bolt is relishing the prospect of a fightback as he declared himself fit for the new season.

'I live for competition. I thrive on competition. I live to compete against the best,' he told Sportsmail's Matt Lawton in an exclusive interview on Friday.

'My main aim now is to stay injury free this season so I go into Rio in peak form; at my best. Because in the past I've suffered these [injury] setbacks.'





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New York: The multi award winning play 'The Black That I Am' by Jamaican actor and playwright Karl O' Brian Williams, will have its New York premiere as part of the city's Black History month cultural celebrations, with a limited run in Queens as well as Off Broadway, from February 25 to March 8.

The production will run at The Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, Queens, from February 25 through March 1, before moving Off Broadway to the Roy Arias Studio Theater in Manhattan, from March 4 through March 8.

'The Black That I Am' is a dramatic exploration of black identity seen from a Caribbean perspective. The 90 minute production unfolds through a series of monologues, woven together with movement and music, and addresses issues such as race, gender, sexuality, and nationalism. The dynamic cast- comprised of seven established and upcoming New York actors - will create nearly two dozen characters bringing the monologues to life, and includes Andrew Clarke, Shayne Powell, Ilana Warner, Jovaun Black, Shykia Fields, Christopher Bazemore, and Alana Barrett Adkins.

The show is directed by Kelly Thomas co-founder of the Akoma Newark Sister Circle, a network of women producing socially and politically relevant programming around Newark, NJ. While this will be the New York premiere of Williams' critically acclaimed work, The Black That I Am has had a highly successful production history dating back nearly a decade.

The production earned three International Theater Institute 'Actor Boy' Awards including Best New Jamaican Play. Following a highly successful 2011 New York reading directed by Kelly Thomas, the world famous National Theater of Scotland selected four monologues from the piece for one of their major theatrical production series in 2014, earning excellent reviews and giving the play its first international exposure.





Spelling Bee coach, Glen Archer, is dead

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One of Jamaica's most celebrated educators, Glen Archer is dead. The educator, spelling bee and schools challenge quiz coach died early Sunday at the University Hospital of the West Indies, where he was admitted late last year, due to kidney failure and its related complications.

Since his illness became public, friends, colleagues, formers students and associates had established an account for donations to be made to offset his medical expenses.A Facebook page had also been created called Friends of Glen Archer, to celebrate his achievements and to laud his work.

Archer,61, was a dedicated academic in Jamaica's education system, and rose to national prominence for recruiting several youngers to the World Scripps Howard Spelling Bee Championships.





Mom's lover found guilty of raping 7 year-old

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A St Catherine man is to sentenced in the St Catherine Circuit Court next month after he was found guilty last Thursday of seven counts of raping a seven-year-old child.The jury retired for one hour and returned an unanimous verdict of guilty.

The accused man was then ordered remanded by Justice Vivene Harris until March 6, 2015 when he is to be sentenced.

It was revealed that the complainant, who is now 10 years old, was being sexually molested by the accused since she was seven. Reports are that it was observed that the child' was behaving strangely and, upon enquiries, it was discovered that she was being molested. A report was made to the police who carried out investigations and and arrested the accused. He was charged with seven counts of rape.





2 Jamaicans admit to passport fraud in the US

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Two Jamaicans who tried to fraudulently acquire U.S. passports in Houston, Texas by working with rogue federal employees have admitted to their roles in the scheme.

Theodore Fox,33, and Eric Gardener,42, each pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit passport fraud when they appeared in Houston federal court on Friday. They are the last defendants to be convicted in a case that ensnared five people, including a former Houston Passport Agency manager and a former Internal Revenue Service tax examiner.

Fox, who is undocumented, is in custody under an immigration hold. Gardener, who is on bail, holds a green card. Attorney Suzanne Elmilady said the government was prepared to prove that Fox tried to use another person's birth certificate and Texas driver's license to obtain a passport in April 2010.

Gardener attempted to get a passport using documents that did not belong to him the same month.





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Former Security Minister Dwight Nelson tolf the Tivoli Enquiry that he didn't initiate an investigation into who may have tipped off Christopher 'Dudus' Coke to the fact that the police were on their way to get him, when he was observed "heading fast" into Tivoli.

"Did you try to find out who may have tipped him off?" asked Michael Lorne, one of the lawyers appearing for the Office of the Public Defender.

"No sah," Nelson said.

"Did you initiate any proceedings to find out if any official tipped off Coke?" Lorne asked.

"No I did not," Nelson responded.

Asked by Lorne if he didn't find it important to try and find out, Nelson said that he didn't initiate an investigation because he got no formal report that Coke was tipped off.

"Had I received a formal report, I would have acted accordingly," Nelson said, adding that without a formal report, talks about a tip-off would only have been rumours.





Daryl Vaz walks free; case dismissed

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KINGSTON, Jamaica - Opposition Member of Parliament Daryl Vaz was declared free to go when he appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court today, after the prosecution offered no further evidence against him.

Vaz, who was facing corruption charges, today pleased not guilty and the witness in the case, Sergeant Jubert Llewellyn said he couldn't recall everything and would not be able to assist the prosecution.Vaz, Senior Superintendent of Police James Forbes, and businessman Bruce Bicknell were charged with breaches of the Corruption Prevention Act.

Forbes was convicted on a charge of attempting to pervert the course of justice in May last year, while Bicknell was freed earlier in the year on a no-case submission at the end of the Crown's case.

It was alleged that Vaz approached Forbes to assist Bicknell, after the businessman was stopped for a traffic offence and accused of attempting to bribe a police officer.





HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!

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TODAY is the most awaited day in the month of February - Valentine's Day. We have a list of Valentine Day messages that you could send across to your loved ones through SMS, WhatsApp and Facebook messages. Mostly people express their love whenever they want to but some require a special day to do so. Happy Valentine Day to all out there!

Whatsapp reads: Love is like playing the piano. First you must learn to play by the rules, then you must forget the rules and lay from your heart. HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY

Whatsapp reads: I love you more today than I did yesterday, But not as much as I will tomorow. Happy Valentine's Day!

Whatsapp reads: V....is for Valentine ; you are my only Valentine A.....is for I will Always be yours L.....is for Love at its most extreme E.....is for Everlasting love ; Ecstatic love. N.....is for Never-ending love T.....is for we will Always be Together forever I.....is for you being Intelligent and Innocent; N....is 4 Natures naughty way of saying I luv you to E.....is for Eternity our love is so ever lasting

Whatsapp reads: Valentine's Day is the most easiest day to say "I love you" in a wonderful way

Whatsapp reads: I searched through books & leafed through cards, For words that wud convey, what I had in my heart, But when I sat down to write, all I can write was.... I Love You! Happy Valentine's Day!

Whatsapp reads: Wherever I may go; Whatever I do; On Valentine's Day I'd like to say I love you & I care for you more than you do

Whatsapp reads: No poems no fancy words I just want the world to know that I LOVE YOU my Princess with all my heart. Happy Valentines Day

Whatsapp reads: We fight. .! We seprate. . ! And then we miss each other

Whatsapp reads: My Heart To You Is Given, Oh Dear, Do Give Yours To Me, We'll Lock Them Up Together And Throw Away The Key

Whatsapp reads: Meeting you was fate, becoming your friend was choice, but falling in love with you was completely out of my control

Whatsapp reads: However Long You Live I Want To Live A Year Less. So There Is Not One Day That I Have To Live Without You. I Never Want To Feel That Pain That Others Feel Because You Are The Only One I Need. Happy Valentine's Day.

Whatsapp reads: This Is The Day Where All Confess Their Love. A Day Where You Tell That Special Someone What They Mean To Them. So Today I Will Confess To You. How Much I Have Always Loved You. Happy Valentines Day

Whatsapp reads: We Began As Strangerssms4smile And Then Became Friends. We Started To Love Each Other And Now I Want You To Know. I Will Love You Forever

Whatsapp reads: I Never Knew What Love Was Before You. I Was In The Dark And You Were The Light That Shined Its Way Into My Life My Sweet. My Love. I Want You To Know. Happy Valentine's Day

Whatsapp reads: Ever Since I First Laid Eyes On You. It Was As If My Whole World Was Turned Upside Down. Finally Today I Have The Courage To Say. Will You Be My Valentine Today?

Whatsapp reads: The Things I Feel I Can Not Express, So I Will Write Them To You In This Sweet Text. You Are Dear And You Are Mine You Are What Makes Me Shine. I Love You And Happy Valentine's Day

Whatsapp reads: My Valentine, All That I Desire Is To Be Next To You. So That I Can Provide A Shoulder For You To Lean On When You Need Me. You Are My True Love My Valentine. Happy Valentine Dear Love!

Whatsapp reads: My Valentine, I Have Seen Many Another Month, Another Tear, Another Smile. Another Summer And Another Winter. I Thank God There Will Be Another You

Whatsapp reads: We Protect Each Other Like Married Couples We Fight Together Like Siblings, We Need Each Other's Company Like First Loves, You Make My Heart Yearn For You. We Are Perfect My Valentine. Happy Valentine!

Whatsapp reads: Happy Valentines Day, How About We Take Off From Work Early, Take A Needed One Day Vacation, Get A Room, Do What We Do Best And Think About Calling In Sick Tomorrow

Whatsapp reads: My Valentine, You Kill Me That Your Soft Voice. Every Time I Hear You Whispering In My Ears, I Feel Heavens Open Up For Me. Your Soft Voice Is A Charm To My Heart. Happy Valentines Day My Love!

Whatsapp reads: My Valentine, I Love You From Deep My Heart. Its True Love Is A Crime, You Steal My Heart, And I Steal Yours. All That I Need Is To Kiss Your Lips Forever. Happy Valentines Month!

Whatsapp reads: Always Know That In My Heart Your Name Is Deeply Embedded And Not Even The Years That Come Will Ever Erase It.





SIPP online search disabled

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sipp-anthony-hylton.jpg Following concerns about public disclosure of personal information on the Security Interests in Personal Property, SIPP, Registry, Commerce Minister Anthony Hylton has instructed that the search facility be suspended until further notice.

In a release on Friday, Hylton said the suspension is to facilitate further consultations with stakeholders. A decision will be made to safeguard the accessing of information on the Registry. He said the issue is not about the information available as it is specified in the SIPP Act but who accesses it.

According to Hylton, the information was always in the public domain but has been accessed by more people since it has gone electronic. The information is uploaded to the Registry by financial institutions and not the Ministry. However, it is maintained by the Companies Office of Jamaica.

The Minister says the notice can only be registered with the authorization of the debtor.





Kidnapped UWI student rescued by police in St Ann

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Quick action by the St. Ann Police on Friday morning resulted in the rescue of a 20 year old Student of the University of the West Indies who was kidnapped by a man in Kingston earlier in the day.

According to police reports, shortly after 8:00 a.m., the young woman was in a Honda CRV, driven by her mother, who stopped at a school in downtown Kingston with a child. The culprit then jumped into the vehicle and drove off.

That triggered an all-points-bulletin issued by the police 1-1-9. The St. Ann police then activated their police officers to immediately monitor all points in and out of the parish.

The vehicle was spotted in Ocho Rios and the driver attempted to elude the police but reinforcements from other police personnel in the parish resulted in the vehicle being intercepted in the vicinity of St. Ann's Bay.

The young lady was rescued, unharmed. The suspect is now in police custody.





mundo-ravers.jpgA fundraiser to assist with the funeral expenses for late Ravers Clavers member, Mundo Ravers, will be held at Ravers Corner in Nannyville on February 27.

Mundo Ravers, one of the group's best dancers, died on January 31 following a long kidney-related illness. The thanksgiving service will be held March 1 at the Whitehall Seventh Day Adventist Church in Kingston.

Mundo, whose given name was Ricardo Gordon, first experienced kidney problems in 2007, but it got progressively worse. He lost a lot of blood when one of his veins burst, but according to family members, he was responding well to treatment.

Mundo is the creator of dance moves such as Duh Di Right Ting and Follow Thru. In December, he filmed his part in Elephant Man's video for the song Duh Di Right Ting.





denyque-photo-1.jpgA Westmoreland businessman is accused of defrauding dancehall singer Denyque of J$1 million.

He is Andre Poorman, 38, of Chantilly district in the parish. He was remanded when he appeared before Senior Magistrate Judith Pusey in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on Monday and is scheduled to return to court on February 19.

The court was told that Denyque (given name Denyque Dontre) paid a manager's cheque of $1 million on behalf of her father to Poorman, who had advertisted an investment opportunity with Ideal Car Rental Services.

Poorman told the artiste that he had bought Ideal Car Rentals and would be merging it with his company, Whitavon Tours and Shuttle Services. As result, he was seeking investors. It is alleged Poorman told her that he had a fleet of seven cars and wanted to increase it to 10. The singer was presented with a contract, which she reviewed and signed. The contract stated she would receive $80,000 monthly on her investment. Failing that, she could request a refund of the money. Poorman, however, failed to honour his obligations.

When the matter was mentioned on Monday, the prosecutor informed the court that Poorman had similar cases in St James.





Ninjaman welcomes Snow to Jamaica

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snow-ninjaman-driving.jpgAcclaimed dancehall deejay, Ninja Man, was at the airport to welcome recording artiste Snow to Jamaica earlier this week.

Ninja is a long-time friend of the Caucasian artiste, who, since his arrival in the island has been doing a number of media interviews promoting his latest single, Shame, featuring reggae legend Mykal Rose. The song is produced by Florida-based Kent Jones and Kool & Dre.

While in Jamaica, he will be shooting videos for singles from his work-in-progress EP, and he will also be recording singles with his superstar reggae and dancehall friends.

Snow got a personal and professional boost, recently when he acquired a United States visa in 2014, 11 years after his previous visa to that country was revoked in 1993.

Snow (given name Darrin O'Brien) came to prominence in 1993 after releasing his debut album, 12 Inches Of Snow which contained the mega-hit Informer, which spent seven weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.





Black History Month Feature - Zora Neale Hurston

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zora-neale-hurston.jpgBorn on January 7, 1891, in Notasulga, Alabama, writer Zora Neale Hurston created several acclaimed works of fiction, including the novel Their Eyes Were Watching God. She was also an outstanding folklorist and anthropologist who worked to record the stories and tales of many cultures, including her own African-American heritage.

Her birthplace has been the subject of some debate since Hurston herself wrote in her autobiography, Dust Tracks on a Road, that Eatonville, Florida was where she was born. But, according to many other sources, she took some creative license with that fact. She probably had no memories of Notasulga, having move to Florida as a toddler. Hurston was also known to adjust her birth year from time to time as well, according to the Zora Neale Hurston Digital Archive. Her birth day, according to Zora Neale Hurston: A Life in Letters, may not be January 7, but January 15.

Hurston was the daughter of two former slaves. Her father, John Hurston, was a pastor, and he moved the family to Florida when Hurston was very young. Following the death of her mother, Lucy Ann (Potts) Hurston, in 1904, and her father's subsequent remarriage, Hurston lived with an assortment of family members for the next few years.

To support herself and finance her efforts to get an education, Hurston worked a variety of jobs, including as a maid for an actress in a touring Gilbert and Sullivan group. In 1920, Hurston earned an associate degree from Howard University. She published one of her earliest works in the university's newspaper. A few years later, she moved to New York City's Harlem neighborhood, where she became a fixture in the area's thriving art scene.

Writing Career

Living in Harlem in the 1920s, Hurston befriended the likes of Langston Hughes and Countee Cullen, among several others. Her apartment, according to some accounts, was a popular spot for social gatherings. Around this time, Hurston experienced a few early literary successes, including placing in short-story and playwriting contests in Opportunity magazine.

Hurston also had serious academic interests. She landed a scholarship to Barnard College, where she pursued the subject of anthropology and studied with Franz Boas. In 1927, Hurston returned to Florida to collect African-American folk tales. She would later publish a collection of these stories, entitled Mules and Men (1935). Hurston also contributed articles to magazines, including the Journal of American Folklore.

Also in the mid-1930s, Hurston explored the fine arts through a number of different projects. She worked with Langston Hughes on a play called Mule-Bone: A Comedy of Negro Life--disputes over the work would eventually lead to a falling out between the two writers--and wrote several other plays, including The Great Day and From Sun to Sun.

Hurston released her first novel, Jonah's Gourd Vine, in 1934. Two years later, she received a Guggenheim fellowship, which allowed her to work on what would become her most famous work: Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937). She wrote the novel while traveling in Haiti, where she also studied local voodoo practices. That same year, Hurston spent time in Jamaica conducting anthropological research.

In 1942, Hurston published her autobiography, Dust Tracks on a Road. This personal work was well-received by critics, but her life and career soon began to falter. Hurston was charged with molesting a 10-year-old boy in 1948; despite being able to prove that she was out of the country at the time of the incident, she suffered greatly from this false accusation.

Death and Legacy

Despite all of her accomplishments, Hurston struggled financially and personally during her final decade. She kept writing, but she had difficulty getting her work published. Additionally, she experienced some backlash for her criticism of the 1955 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education, which called for the end of school segregation.

A few years later, Hurston had suffered several strokes and was living in the St. Lucie County Welfare Home. The once-famous writer and folklorist died poor and alone on January 28, 1960, and was buried in an unmarked grave in Fort Pierce, Florida.

More than a decade later, another great talent helped to revive interest in Hurston and her work: Alice Walker wrote about Hurston in the essay "In Search of Zora Neale Hurston," published in Ms. magazine in 1975. Walker's essay helped introduce Hurston to a new generation of readers, and encouraged publishers to print new editions of Hurston's long-out-of-print novels and other writings. In addition to Walker, Hurston heavily influenced Toni Morrison and Ralph Ellison, among other writers.





stone-love-for-lovers-feb-14-2015.jpgThe immortal Stone Love, featuring CEO and selector extraordinaire, Winston "Wee Pow" Powell, will take charge of the the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre on Valentine's Night, February 14, as JaRIA continues its Reggae Month series.

Also spinning classic love songs will be Mikey T from Kool FM.

As they say: "To miss is to dis."





fifty-shades-of-grey.jpgValentine's Day is less than 24 hours away. And what better why to celebrate the romantic holiday than by channeling your inner "Fifty Shades of Grey" on Saturday, Feb. 14? So, grab a pen or a pencil -- and maybe a whip -- because we've rounded up the sexiest quotes from E.L. James' erotic novel-turned-movie, Fifty Shades of Grey, which will premiere over Valentine's Day weekend. These excerpts are so hot they'll leave your loved one speechless as you recite the sassy and sensual passages:

1. "Even a pain in the a-- needs someone to care about them."

2. "You are not just a pretty face. You've had six orgasms so far and all of them belong to me."

3. "Do you want a regular vanilla relationship with no kinky f--kery at all?"

4. "I want you sore, baby."

5. "I want my world to start and end with you."

6. "Every time you move tomorrow, I want you to be reminded that I've been here. Only me. You are mine."

7. "It's taking all my self-control not to f--k you on the hood of this car, just to show you that you're mine, and if I want to buy you a f--king car, I'll buy you a f--king car."

8. "Firstly, I don't make love. I f--k... hard. Secondly, there's a lot more paperwork to do, and thirdly, you don't yet know what you're in for. You could still run for the hills. Come, I want to show you my playroom."

9. "You have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find your prince."

10. "Never trust a man who can dance."

11. "I want you. And the thought of anyone else having you is like a knife twist in my dark soul."

12. "We aim to please."

13. "I don't remember reading about nipple clamps in the Bible."

14. "I thought it was chocolate hot fudge brownie sex that we had, with a cherry on top. But hey, what do I know?"

15. "I found some baby oil. Let me rub it on your behind."

16. "I don't know whether to worship at your feet or spank the living s--t out of you."

17. "I like your kinky f--kery"

18. "I like my women sentient and receptive."

19. "You beguile me, Christian. Completely overwhelm me. I feel like Icarus flying too close to the sun."





UWI condemns attack on female student

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uwi-students-protesting.jpgThe University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona campus has condemned Tuesday's incident in which a female student was injured during an altercation involving a male student on the campus. The student was treated at hospital and released.

The male student - Stetson Rodney, 20, has been charged with assault occasioning grievous bodily harm.

In a statement the UWI said it is conducting investigations to determine what steps need to be taken. The University said it takes a zero tolerance approach to any act of violence by staff or students, and said investigations into the matter began yesterday when the report was first received.

The UWI is also consulting internal and external experts on violence and conflict resolution to determine the extent and nature of the problem and develop measures to address underlying issues.





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Golding says he learnt about it in a May 2010 television interview, given by then Police Commissioner, Rear Admiral Hardley Lewin, after which he discussed it with then Minister of National Security, Dwight Nelson.

He says he considered it a very serious allegation that demanded an investigation. He noted that, to date, there's been no evidence to corroborate the claim that Coke was tipped off.

The former prime minister denied a suggestion by attorney for the Office of the Public Defender, Lord Anthony Gifford that only he, Mr. Nelson, Rear Admiral Lewin and Major General Saunders would've known of the pending request.

He says a senior Prosecutor in the DPP's Office, Jeremy Taylor, testified at the 2011 Manatt Enquiry that the United States contacted him about the request before the alleged tip off.





Usain Bolt back in Paris

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usain-bolt-photo-12.jpgPARIS, France (CMC) - Jamaica sprint star Usain Bolt will run the 100 metres for the first time in five years here after confirming his appearance at the Areva Diamond League Meeting in July.

The news comes as a huge boon for organisers after Bolt was forced to pull out of last year's meet due to a foot injury.

A six-time Olympic champion and double sprint world record holder, Bolt will be making his fifth appearance at Stade de France. The 28-year-old holds the meet record of 9.79 seconds. He set the mark in 2009 and followed up in 2010 with a time of 9.84. He contested the 200 metres in 2011, winning in 20.03 and also took victory in 2013 with a time of 19.73.

The Paris meet is the eighth of the 2015 Diamond League season, which opens in Qatar in May.

Bolt was forced to pull out of last year's meet due to a foot injury.





Extradited 'scammer' faces Florida court today

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Damion Barrett, the 28 year-old man who on Thursday became the first Jamaican extradited to the US for alleged involvement in the lottery scam, is to face a court in Florida on Friday.

According to the US Justice Department, Barrett is charged in a 38-count indictment in the Southern District of Florida. The charges include conspiracy and various counts of wire fraud. The indictment states that Barrett and his co-conspirators fraudulently induced elderly victims in the US to send them thousands of dollars to pay purported fees for fake lottery winnings.

Barrett was indicted by a federal grand jury in Fort Lauderdale on August 9, 2012, and arrested last month in Jamaica, based on the US request that he be extradited.





5 Movies to Watch on Valentine's Day

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Valentine's Day is just around the corner and we decided to share with you some movies that are perfect to watch on this day that is dedicated to love.The list is not even nearly what you can call the perfect list of five films to watch with the love of your life while you snuggle in bed, watching the romantic films but these films can get you a new perspective on love. You can always watch the classics like The Notebook, Titanic, P.S. I Love You and the list goes on but these films will surprise you.

10 Things I Hate About You: Patrick Verona (Heath Ledger) is a high school brat who is quite moody but has a way with the ladies. He is given money by the new kid, Cameron (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) in the school to try and win over Kat (one of the outcast girls) because the new boy wants to date her sister. He has to do it because of the father of the girls has a set condition about his daughters dating. At first Patrick pursues Kat (Julia Stiles) just to make some extra cash but his forced pursuit of Kat eventually makes him fall for her and even Kat, the uptight know-it-all, starts to drop her guard with him. Everything goes south when she knows that Patrick was just pretending to love her for money but he had genuinely fallen in love with her and how he wins her back is worth watching the movie which can give quite a few one-liners that can get you out of a sticky spot.

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The Proposal: What do you do when the person who has made your life a living hell asks a favour and you finally have them by the balls? Suddenly, something changes and you end up falling for the person who you thought was just the worst. This interesting flick about the fake marriage caught by a sly immigration officer and the real marriage following the fiasco is a road trip down the reel lane that you can enjoy with your loved one as Andrew becomes the solution to Margaret's problem and his family is taken for a ride.

The Ugly Truth: Abby has a lot of qualities that she wants in her ideal man but sadly no man can measure up to her standards. Mike is rude, he is confident; he knows what men want and has a special power on how to deal with situations in a relationship to his advantage. Mike helps Abby get the man of her dreams, at least the man she thought she knew but soon Mike, the womanizer and Abby, the uptight producer at a local TV channel fall for each other on a business trip. What follows is pure bliss for lovers to watch together.

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The Vow: What happens when your wife forgets who you are after a car accident? You are still married, well legally, but you are just a strange man who shares the same space as you. What if five years of your life just disappeared due to a nasty bang on the head? Her last memory is of being engaged to her high school sweetheart who she broke off with but in her mind, she is still engaged to him. The things he has to endure are heartbreaking but he cannot give up on the love of his life. If her memory can't come back, he has to make her fall in love with him all over again. It did once right, why can't he do it again?

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Wall-E : They say opposites attract but two robots wildly different are just too cute to handle. Wall-E is a modest robot with the sole purpose of cleaning after humans who are roaming the galaxy ensuring the survival of their species. Wall-E makes piles of landfill with junk he gets but one day an angel, Eva is sent to Earth to check if there are signs of sustainable life present after 700 years of human beings leaving planet Earth. From there starts a love story that knows no interplanetary limits. Despite his primitive functions, Wall-E does everything he can to win Eva's heart and finally live happily together.





bob-simon-60-minutes.jpg60 Minutes' veteran reporter Bob Simon was killed in a car crash in New York City on Wednesday evening.

Simon, 73, was travelling in a Lincoln town car that rear-ended a Mercedes-Benz stopped at a red light on 12th Avenue near West 30th Street around 6.45pm, and then slammed into the metal barriers separating the lanes.

The CBS reporter was unconscious with head and torso injuries when he was rushed to Mount Sinai-Roosevelt Hospital in the city. He was later pronounced dead.

Investigators were planning to interview the livery cab driver to work out whether speed may have been a factor in the crash.

No arrests have been made so far. The NYPD refused to comment further to Daily Mail Online on Thursday, citing an ongoing investigation.

Police on the scene cut off the roof off the Lincoln to free Simon and the driver.

The driver of the Lincoln, a 44-year-old man, suffered two broken legs and a broken arm and was taken to Bellevue Hospital where he was in stable condition.

The 23-year-old driver of the Mercedes, who was not injured, claimed the accident was the fault of the livery cab driver.

'He swerved into me,' the driver of the Mercedes told the New York Post. 'He hit me and he looked like he lost control of the car.'





10 persons arrested in the west for lottery scamming

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Ten persons have been arrested in Westmoreland over the past seven days on suspicion of lottery scamming.

The police report that J$100 thousand and lead lists were also found during raids at premises in Bethel Town and Sterling in Grange Hill. In addition, investigators seized letters sent to victims claiming they had won large sums of money.

The police say St James and Westmoreland account for most arrests for lottery scamming.





WI cricketer caught up in revenge porn drama

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West Indies and Trinidad and Tobago batsman Lendl Simmons is being sued by a woman for posting intimate photographs of her on social networking sites. This lawsuit will be considered a landmark case as it is the first time an act of internet "revenge porn" has been litigated in Trinidad and Tobago. Revenge porn is defined as the distribution of a sexual image of someone without their permission with the intent to cause them distress.

The woman, an account executive, is seeking compensation from Simmons for breaching the confidentiality of their relationship by broadcasting the images without her permission. The breach of confidence lawsuit, came up for hearing in Port of Spain on Tuesday.

On June 5, last year, she had an injunction granted preventing Simmons from sharing any further photographs or information about her. Simmons, is arguing that they never shared a relationship and as such he does not owe her any confidentiality. The matter is set for trial on March 23.





mavado-sister-joey-brooks.jpgHer brother, David 'Mavado' Brooks, is one of the biggest stars in dancehall music and Joey Brooks is determined to follow in his footsteps.

The 28-year-old singer made her first appearance on the music scene back in 2008 with a soulful love ballad titled Heart Beat, produced by Ariff Butler and released on the Bloozic imprint.

In the ensuing years, she recorded a handful of singles that enjoyed strong rotation on local radio stations.

"After I released my first single, I recorded several other songs that were well received. Songs such as Emotions, Faraway and Waiting for You, featuring Flexxx, got a lot of airplay," she said, adding that in 2013 she went back to school to study nursing.

"Since I was a little girl I always wanted to be a nurse, but I also loved singing, too. I guess you could say that music and nursing are two of my greatest passions. When I decided to back to school and study nursing a lot people were shocked, but I just had to do it. Now that I am a certified nurse, I'm ready to pursue my music career full-time again and I am confident that if I ever decided to quit music, I have something else to fall back on."

Signed to Live MB Music Productions under the management of Michael Barracks, Brooks is confident that it won't be long before she becomes a household name. "I plan to release a lot of songs this year and I will also be doing a lot of shows," she said.

Brooks is promoting her new single, Your Love.





Was producer Anju BLaxxx a 'victim' of ZJ Wah Wa?

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anju-blaxx.jpgJA Productions head Justus Arison is warning members of the music industry who had any business dealings with ZJ Wah Wa to exercise due diligence before they travel to the United States.

Arison made the declaration after news broke that dancehall producer Andrew Sayeed Myrie, who is also known as Anju Blaxxx, will be facing lottery scamming charges in the United States.

"When ZJ Wah Wa was free, Andrew had music dealings with him. When Wah Wa got incarcerated, he started calling up Andrew's name, I am guessing to try and make himself look more legitimate saying he works with Andrew Myrie and UIM records," Arison said.

Jamaican radio disc jock ZJ Wah Wa (given name Deon-Ville O'Hara) was arrested on lottery scamming charges in Florida in May 2014. He pleaded guilty and his sentencing is scheduled for February 23, in North Dakota. "I would suggest anyone in Jamaica who has had dealings with Wah Wa of any kind to get themselves checked out and make sure that if they travel to the states, they will not be detained. Andrew is innocent, there is no evidence and he has not been charged yet. He is being victimized but by the grace of God he will make it through this nightmare as soon as possible."





Mavado uploads picture of his mansion

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singjay-mavado-mansion.jpgSingjay Mavado, who recently filed a lawsuit against MP Paul Buchanan due to an unfinished house contract being held by the MP since 2010, is now showing off his mansion to all his friends and foes.

In answer to speculations that he is back home in Jamaica (was he deported voluntarily?) the deejay posted a picture of his Jamaican crib. Sources say that the Gully deejay is currently in his home country enjoying his hard earned success and riches.

The We The Best signed artiste showed Jamaica and the rest of the world a section of his beautiful house located in the hills.





anju-blaxx.jpg An American law enforcement official has confirmed that a Jamaican, Andrew Sayeed Myrie, who is also known as Anju Blaxxx, is scheduled to appear in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Miami at 1:30 pm Wednesday on charges relating to lottery scamming.

Myrie was arrested by American law enforcement officers in Florida last Friday and is charged in North Dakota with mail and wire fraud in connection with telemarketing fraud.

This is Myrie's second appearance in court since his arrest. His first was on Monday.

Blaxxx is a music producer and CEO of UIM records and is also popularly known as Andrew Blaxxin. Interestingly, in a press release last year, he hit out at scammers who have plagued his music career.

According to UIM, "There has been a pervasive scam being done by unscrupulous persons, that has been ongoing for several months. This started since summer of last year, when Anju Blaxxx was contacted by friends that someone was soliciting cash and call credit from a fake Facebook account." The release also stated that the producer also disclosed that clients have been contacted and generally told by scammers using the Facebook page, that they are working on a rhythm and that persons should send money via Western Union. "However, Anju Blaxxx wants to make it clear that, he does not have an actual Anju Blaxxx personal Facebook account, only a Fan Page which is under UIM, also he further emphasizes that he does not use Facebook to conduct business."

Anju Blaxxx shares the same federal prosecutor working on the case involving Jamaican radio disc jock ZJ Wah Wa (given name Deon-Ville O'Hara). He was arrested on lottery scamming charges in Florida in May 2014. He pleaded guilty and his sentencing is scheduled for February 23, in North Dakota.





frome-killer.jpgThe businessman charged with the death 14-year-old Santoya Campbell, 14 of Shrewsbury, Westmoreland and Frome Technical High School, appeared in the Savanna-la-mar Resident Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

However, the matter was put off until Wednesday because of the high volume of cases.

Cornelius Mark Robinson,30, was charged last week with the death of the Frome Technical High School student. Allegations are that Robinson murdered the little girl because he was having an affair with her and got her pregnant. He reportedly didn't want his wife to find out.

An autopsy revealed she was suffocated.Her body was found near the school on January 27.





Death threat lies!

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It has been revealed that the alleged death threats against leader of the opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), Andrew Holness and JLP General Secretary Dr. Horace Chang were all fabricated.

According to the Jamaica Constabulary Force, between January 28 and February 9, the Major Investigation Task Force (MIT) conducted a probe into the matter and concluded that it was nothing but lies. A man who was arrested in connection with the false report is expected to be charged with public mischief.

However, West Portland Member of Parliament Daryl Vaz wants a further probe into the matter. According to Vaz, he and other JLP colleagues were accused of being behind the threats and this was reportedly included in the witness statement.

He says despite the police statement that the threats were fabricated the matter is not yet over.

Vaz plans to ask for a copy of the witness statement so that it can be referred to his attorney.





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Former Prime Minister Bruce Golding testified yesterday morning that he personally knew Christopher 'Dudus' Coke and had spoken with him on several occasions.

He says the last time he communicated with him was in December, 2007, when the Jamaica Constabulary Force told him that it was concerned about the presence of members of the St. James-based Stone Crusher Gang in Tivoli.

He said he surmised the police were apprehensive about going after the men in Tivoli, fearing the outcome of an operation. Mr. Golding said he sent a messenger to Coke, who sent back a message that there were no such persons in the community.

According to the former prime minister, the police insisted that their intelligence suggested suspects were in the area and carried out an operation in the area in January 2008 but the prime targets were not captured.

He said the circumstances affected his relationship with Coke.





Health Department warns against the purchase of beef

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Public Health officials in St Ann are warning citizens to be careful about the meat they purchase following reports that several heads of cattle were stolen from a farm last week.

The cows were recently treated with a substance that is poisonous to humans. Regional environmental health officer, Karen Brown, says while her office has not yet received an official report of the incident, the health department will be making the necessary checks. Ms Brown says consumers should exercise caution when purchasing beef and report any suspicious meat to the health authority.

Ms Brown says beef that is unfit for human consumption could show some signs of contamination and consumers should look out for these signs. These include changes in colour and anything that detracts from what is normal. Ms Brown is also advising consumers to only buy meat that has been certified by the health department, from licensed butchers.

Last Friday, the management of the Windalco Bauxite Plant in Ewarton, St. Catherine issued a warning to residents of Rio Hoe in St Ann and its environs to beware when purchasing beef.





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Decked in a red top and matching New York Yankees headgear, dancehall's overnight sensation, Gully Bop, was the headline act to open the 2015 McKay Security Caymanas Live Entertainment Series at Caymanas Park.

His single Wuk Offa Mi proved a hit with what has been described as the biggest crowd ever seen at Caymanas Park. Gully Bop's 20-minute performance after the last race had everybody in the Park riveted to their seats, even people in the upscale North Lounge.

Gully Bop, 50, whose freestyle went viral on YouTube in November, leading to him headlining Sting on Boxing Day, has been basking in his overnight fame.

At Caymanas Park, he doled out cash to children and the elderly. He gave away about $12,000 to $15,000. He called up five children, seven came up and he gave them $1,000 each. He also gave an old woman, who was singing his songs, word for word, $3,000.

Jason McKay, chief executive officer, McKay Security, said he knew Gully Bop would have been a winner with race fans and others curious to get a glimpse of dancehall's hot new act.





Jimmy Cliff back as Ivan in Harder They Come Part 2

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Reggae legend Jimmy Cliff says he will again play the role of Ivan in a sequel to the 1972 Jamaican cult classic The Harder They Come.

Cliff, 66, says it is on the cards for later this year.

"We don't know what we'll be calling it yet. But as with the first movie, we had called it Hard Road To Travel and somewhere along the way we called it The Harder They Come. Right now, we're calling it Many Rivers to Cross," he revealed in an interview with a local newspaper.

According to the artiste, who was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, production is slated to begin this winter and scenes will be shot in Britain and Jamaica.

Cliff said the storyline is being put together by an established Broadway writer in New York. Directed by Perry Henzell and co-written by Trevor Rhone, the low-budget film The Harder They Come made its debut in Britain in 1972. It made its American run the following year and was shown in New York City, New England and California. The flick introduced Jamaican pop culture to a rock and college audience.

Cliff starred as Ivan, a youth from rural Jamaica who moves to Kingston in search of his big break as a singer. When that fails, he turns to a life of crime.

The film is based on Ivanhoe 'Rhygin' Martin, a criminal who terrorised sections of west Kingston in the late 1940s.

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The St Andrew South Police are probing the shooting death of a Cuban national in Seaview Gardens, St Andrew.

He has been identified as Aleris Ramieres Acosta, a Contractor of a Greater Portmore address.

Shortly after 8 am on Monday, Acosta was found in his car along Artic Boulevard.

The body had a bullet wound to the right ear.





Avon terminates all Jamaican contracts

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Jamaican women who earn extra income selling Avon products no longer have that outlet to earn.

Avon recently terminated all contracts in the country.

Avon terminated the contracts on January 29 and said all recruiting for new sales representatives must stop immediately.

It also said any unsold products must be returned to Avon.





Family preparing to pull the plug on Bobbi Kristina

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Relatives of Bobbi Kristina Brown, who has been in a medically induced coma for more than 10 days, have reportedly agreed to let her die tomorrow - the same date as her mother.

The daughter of the late Whitney Houston, and singer Bobby Brown, was found face down in a bath tub and was later discovered with bruises over her body and face.

She has been in a medically induced coma ever since and relatives are now thought to be discussing allowing her to die tomorrow, Page Six reported.

Cissy Houston, grandmother to Miss Brown, suggested the family turn off the machine so that the 21-year-old could be allowed to die on Wednesday, which will be the same date as her late mother.

Whitney Houston died on February 11, 2012, after being found in a bath at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

The news that Miss Brown's family may be preparing for her death come after around 500 family members and fans gathered for an emotional candelit vigil to pray for the recovery of Miss Brown in a Shining a Light for Healing vigil, held in Georgia, on Monday evening.

Since Miss Brown was admitted to hospital the Brown and Houston families have reportedly been at loggerheads.

'This is the only thing they can agree on -- that she's gone, and there's nothing more than can be done for her,' a source told pagesix.

Bruises were discovered on Miss Brown after she was admitted into hospital, sparking a police investigation into possible domestic abuse. But friends of the 21-year-old's boyfriend, Nick Gordon, claimed the marks on her chest were made as he tried to revive her.

Miss Brown was found face down in a bathtub of a home in the 9000 block of Riverbend Manor in Roswell, Georgia, more than a week ago.

The 21-year-old has been in a medically induced coma since January 31.

No charges have been filed in the case, but police are investigating suspected abuse and drug use.





Black History Month Feature

ralph-waldo-ellison.jpgRalph Waldo Ellison was born on March 1, 1914, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and named after journalist and poet Ralph Waldo Emerson. Ellison's doting father, Lewis, who loved children and read books voraciously, worked as an ice and coal deliverer. He died from a work-related accident when Ellison was only three years old. His mother Ida then raised Ralph and younger brother Herbert by herself, working a variety of jobs to make ends meet.

In his future book of essays Shadow and Act, Ellison described himself and several of his friends growing up as young Renaissance Men, people who looked to culture and intellectualism as a source of identity. A budding instrumentalist, Ellison took up the cornet at the age of eight and years later, as a trumpeter, attended Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, where he studied music with his eye on becoming a symphony composer.

In 1936, Ellison went to New York over the summer with the intent of earning enough money to pay for his college expenses, but ended up relocating. He started to work as a researcher and writer for the New York Federal Writers Program, and was befriended by writers Richard Wright, Langston Hughes and Alan Locke, who all mentored the fledgling scribe. During this period, Ellison began to publish some of his essays and short stories, and worked as managing editor for The Negro Quarterly.

Ellison later enlisted as a Merchant Marine cook during World War II. Married briefly before, in 1946 he wed Fanny McConnell, and the two would remain together for the rest of Ellison's life.

Writing 'Invisible Man'

Ellison started writing what would become The Invisible Man while at a friend's farm in Vermont. The existential novel, published in 1952, focused on an African-American civil rights worker from the South who, upon his move to New York, becomes increasingly alienated due to the racism he encounters. Upon its release, Invisible Man became a runaway hit, remaining on bestseller lists for weeks and winning the National Book Award the following year. With millions of copies eventually printed, the novel would be regarded as a groundbreaking meditation on race and marginalized communities in America, influencing future generations of writers and thinkers.

Ellison traveled throughout Europe in the mid-1950s, and lived in Rome for two years after becoming an American Academy fellow. He continued writing--publishing a collection of essays in 1964, Shadow and Act--and taught at colleges and universities, including Bard College and New York University. He published his second collection of essays, Going to the Territory, in 1986, yet was stalled over the decades from completing his second novel, which he envisioned as a great American saga.

Literary Legacy

Ellison died from pancreatic cancer in New York City on April 16, 1994. The novel that had been working on prior to his death was released posthumously in 1999 and titled Juneteenth, with final shaping done by his literary executor, John Callahan, at the behest of McConnell. Three Days Before the Shooting, released in 2010, offered a more comprehensive look at how the novel was shaped along with a look at Ellison's full manuscript.

Ellison's literary legacy continues to be highly pronounced. A massive collection of his essays was released in the fall of 1995 and Flying Home, a collection of short stories, was released in the fall of 1996. Years later, scholar Arnold Rampersad wrote a well-received, critical biography on Ellison that was published in 2007.

Invisible Man continues to be held up as one of the most highly regarded works in the American literary canon.





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Nick Gordon was 'jealous' of Bobbi Kristina's fame and 'couldn't understand why Whitney's daughter was offered more money than him for a reality TV deal,' according to reports.

The only daughter of Whitney Houston, Bobbi Kristina Brown, 21, remains comatose at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta over a week after being found face down in the bathtub at her home - in a scene that echoed the untimely death of her mother in 2012.

It has now been claimed that the couple's fights were almost always triggered by 'Nick's jealousy over Bobbi Kristina's fame'.

While Bobbi Kristina and Gordon's violent relationship was well known among their friends, it was fueled by his jealousy of her fame, a source told TMZ.

Gordon felt he was also Whitney Houston's child and so could not understand why people focused more on Bobbi, the source claimed.

Bobbi Kristina and Gordon were brought up as brother and sister after Houston took Gordon in when he was 12. But following her death the duo announced they were in a relationship.

Whitney Houston raised him as her own son at her home outside Atlanta but never legally adopted him.

Bobbi Kristina's parents Whitney and Bobby Brown (pictured) had an famously turbulent marriage

Now sources claim he is jealous of his partner and cited a recent incident in which the couple were trying to get their own reality TV show, but Gordon wasn't offered the same deal as Bobbi Kristina so they turned it down.

Gordon has been summoned to appear in court today to answer charges of reckless driving.

A warrant for his immediate arrest will be issued if he does not turn up at Fulton County State Court in Atlanta at 9am.

Gordon, 25, was caught driving at over twice the speed limit along a suburban road in November 2012.

Suspicious injuries found on Bobbi when she was taken to hospital made them suspect foul play may have been involved, according to TMZ.

Reports have suggested Gordon will also be the focus of a police investigation into how Bobbi Kristina ended up in hospital.





JLP leader, Andrew Holness, says sorry

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Leader of the opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), Andrew Holness has publicly apologised to Arthur Williams and Dr. Christopher Tufton in the wake of Friday's ruling by the Constitutional Court that their removal from the Senate was unconstitutional as well as null and void.

Holness issued the apology this morning.

This was confirmed by the party's Media Liaison Officer, Sharon Hay Webster.

"He issued what could be regarded as a public apology to Arthury Williams and Dr. Christopher Tufton. He said these are matters that clearly have to be handled as the ruling has been made. Given that the church is the moral conscience, he used the opportunity of being in church and asking for prayers and guidance..." she said.

On the weekend, Holness disclosed t hat he asked a team of lawyers to research and advise him on the implications on the ruling handed down by the Constitutional Court on Friday in the matter of revoking senate appointments.

The court ruled that Holness was wrong when he used pre-signed, undated, resignation letters to remove two opposition Senators from the upper house.





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Youth Minister, Lisa Hanna is facing a challenge from Councillor to the Bensonton Division, Lydia Richards, for the right to be the governing PNP's candidate for South East St. Ann in the next General Election.

Hanna is the incumbent MP for the area.

Reports are that Councillor Richards told a delegates meeting in her division that she intends to offer herself to be selected as the PNP's candidate in South East St. Ann.

Richards, who has been Councillor for the Bensonton Division since 2003, says she'll write the party secretariat and formally indicate her intentions.





No visa or world tour for Gully Bop... yet

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Internet sensation, Gully Bop, has denied rumours being carried in certain newspapers and online that he has been granted visas and will be embarking on a world tour.

In an interview with OnSTage, the 50-year-old artiste said he had not yet been given a visa but his management team is working on it.

Gully Bop is reportedly in demand in parts of the US, Canada and england. He says he is "ready to fly out" and it doesn't matter where he goes first.





ziggy-marley-fly-rasta.jpgZiggy Marley, son of Reggae King, Bob Marley, won his third solo Grammy award in the reggae category at the 57th Grammy Awards held in Los Angeles on Sunday.

Marley, 46, was nominated for his album Fly Rasta.

The other nominees were Sean Paul for Full Frequency; Lee 'Scratch' Perry's Back On the Controls; Shaggy's Out of Many, One Music; Sly and Robbie's the Reggae Power; and Soja for Spicy Chocolate Amid the Noise and Haste.

YardFlex congratulates Ziggy on this achievement.





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Twenty-eight inmates escaped from a Brazilian jail after three women in sexy police costumes 'seduced' the prison wardens.

Police found three wardens naked and handcuffed inside the morning after the mass breakout at Nova Mutum public jail near Cuiaba.

Investigators say the women drugged the guards with spiked whisky after convincing them to take part in an orgy.

They arrived at around 3am on Thursday morning and asked if they could come inside to 'chat and drink', police say.

The prison guards obliged and were soon persuaded to leave their posts, before heading to the sleeping quarters with the scantily clad women.

After drugging and handcuffing the wardens, they took their keys and unlocked all the prison's cells according to police chief Angelina de Andrades Ferreira.

She told a news conference: 'The plan was to seduce them. They served them cheap whisky with some substance to knock them out, then unlocked the central gate which accesses the internal cells.

'Whoever wanted to escape left by the front door. From the moment they drank the whisky the agents don't remember a thing.

'One was found dizzy, trying to wake up. Another slept for the whole afternoon and couldn't even be questioned.'

Dozens of prisoners walked straight out the main door carrying guns and ammunition they took from the prison caches.

The inmates took three 12-calibre rifles, shotguns, two 38-calibre revolvers and munition, she said.

Police later discovered a bag of lingerie and skimpy leather police uniforms which they believe the temptresses wore to distract the wardens.




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Rihanna is reportedly worried about former boyfriend, Chris Brown's presence during the 57th annual Grammy Awards on 8 February in Los Angeles.

The 26-year-old Barbadian beauty will be joined by Kanye West and Sir Paul McCartney to perform Rihanna's new song, FourFiveSeconds, during the ceremony.

According to a report in Hollywood Life, the We Found Love singer "doesn't want Chris there."

"She has a big performance and she wants it to be her night," a source said.

"She doesn't want it to be dominated by everyone leaving the show talking about Chris and Rihanna in the same building. The Grammys are about the celebration of music and Rihanna has a job to do, she wants it to be drama free so she wants Chris not to be there."

"She will not tell him personally but feelers have been sent out that she doesn't want him there and hopefully he will listen," the insider added.

Meanwhile, Rihanna's fans are waiting to see if she will grace the red carpet with rumoured boyfriend American actor/film producer Leonardo DiCaprio.

It was previously reported that the Diamonds singer and the 40-year-old Wolf Of Wall Street star, have been spending a lot of time together, after his relationship with German model Toni Garrn officially ended.

"After his breakup, Leo started texting Rihanna again. They decided to have some fun," a source told Us Weekly. "Neither one is looking to make this anything more than fun. He's into her, and they're enjoying it.".




Who will take home the Reggae Grammy?

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At tonight's Grammy Awards presentation, Ziggy Marley's Fly Rasta will go up against the likes of Full Frequency by Sean Paul; Out of Many, One Music by Shaggy; Back on the Controls by Lee 'Scratch' Perry; The Reggae Power by Sly & Robbie and Spicy Chocolate and Amid the Noise and The Haste by acclaimed American reggae band, SOJA.

While the others have won this category in the past, SOJA has earned their very first nomination.

Amid the Noise and The Haste is one of the highest selling reggae albums of the last year, with 12,000 first-week copies sold and over 22,000 copies sold overall after initially topping the Billboard Reggae Albums chart.

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A 62 year old Jamaican man on Friday pleaded guilty to several drug offences in Barbados.

Lincoln Dennis Barnes. was charged with possession of cannabis, possession with intent to supply, trafficking and importation.

Following his guilty plea, Barnes was fined 10,000 for importation or 12 months in prison; and was convicted, reprimanded and discharged on the remaining charges.

He was arrested on Wednesday when he arrived at the Grantley Adams International Airport from Jamaica.

Barnes was interviewed by Police and taken to a hospital where he subsequently passed out 47 packages containing ganja. Should Marley win the award, not only would he be the first reggae or dancehall artist since Shabba Ranks (1992 and 1993) to win back-to-back Grammy awards, he would be the first ever to win back-to-back honours twice, having done so in 1990 and 1991 with his Melody Makers band. Marley has six in total to date.




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The police in The Bahamas say they foiled an attempt to smuggle drugs into the country after seizing US$10,000 worth of drugs at Linden Pindling International Airport (LIPA) on Thursday.

The police say they intercepted "suspicious luggage that came in on board a Caribbean Airline flight from Jamaica".

According to the authorities, 10 pounds of marijuana was discovered, but no one has been arrested in connection with the seizure.




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The married man held in connection with the killing of 14 year old school girl, Santoya Campbell in Savanna-la-mar, Westmoreland, has still not been named by the police. However, Yardflex can report that he was charged on Friday evening by the Westmoreland Police.

The accused is said to be 37 year old business operator and he will be taken to court early this week. Unconfirmed reports are that the married man was having a sexual relationship with the little 14 year-old school-girl and she became pregnant. In a desperate attempt to hide the relationship from his wife, the man carried out the heinous act.

According to the police, due to security reasons the married man's name has not been released.

Santoya, a grade eight student of Frome Technical High School, was strangled and her body placed in a garbage bag near her school two weeks ago.




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Freddy McGregor mourns the loss of his beloved mother; Sir Coxsone's son has passed.

Veteran reggae artiste and captain of the Big Ship, Freddie McGregor is mourning the loss of his mother, Miss Tiny.

Reports are that Miss Tiny, who was in her nineties and lived with her son, passed away on Thursday.

According to YardFlex sources, Freddie's mother was rushed to hospital on Thursday after family members realized that she wasn't looking well. She subsequently died in hospital.

"Freddie not taking it good. He and Miss Tiny had a special bond and it was his pleasure to care for her. She wasn't sick or anything and even though she was in her nineties, she was in good health," the source confirmed to YardFlex.

Meanwhile, reports out of New York are that Junior Dodd, the son of late record producer, Coxsone "Studio One" Dodd, has died. Junior Dodd was reportedly battling cancer.




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Bobbi Kristina's cousin has revealed that doctors do not believe her condition will improve, saying: 'The odds are against her.'

Jerod Brown took to his Instagram page on Thursday to call for prayers for the 21-year-old as her father Bobby Brown denied reports that the family is preparing for the worst.

'Though it seems the odds are against her,' Jerod Brown wrote, 'though doctors don't see any hope for change, though we might want to play detective and find out how she got there, though it looks impossible for her to stand again STILL PRAY FOR BK.'

His message is one of the first family insights into Bobbi's condition since she was found face-down in a bathtub on Saturday and put in a medically-induced coma. She is now at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.

On Thursday, there were news reports that that Bobbi's life-support machine was switched off. 'The plug on Bobbi Kristina has been pulled,' a police source said.

It is possible for a patient to survive despite artificial assistance being withdrawn.

Bobby Brown did not respond directly to the claims but slammed reports saying that the family were preparing to say goodbye to his youngest daughter.

Brown later denied the reports.

In a statement, he said: 'If we issued a statement every time the media published a false report regarding this matter, that's all we would be doing 24 hours a day.

'This is false, just as is the vast majority of the other reporting that is currently taking place.'

Bobbi's 'devastated' grandmother, gospel singer Cissy Houston, mother of Whitney, was also seen arriving at the hospital, according to Radar Online, having flown in from her New Jersey home.

'Cissy was so traumatized losing Whitney and the pain is still raw from that,' a source told the website.

'Watching Krissy in the hospital and in the coma is almost more than she can handle. This is almost too much sadness for her to bear.'

Meanwhile, Houston's mentor Clive Davis says he's been in touch the family and is praying for Bobbi.

Davis said he's offered his support and and 'they're so grateful.'

'Of course it's heartbreaking to see the family go through this pain once again,' Davis said at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, where Houston died in 2012 and where he will hold his pre-Grammy gala Saturday.

'They just ask that the public respect their privacy.'

Bobbi was moved to the Atlanta hospital from North Fulton Hospital on Monday. She had been placed in a medically-induced coma and was reported to be breathing with the help of a ventilator.

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Beware of the 'black money' scam!

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Detectives from Jamaica's Major Organized Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) are probing a fraudulent scheme which has resulted in the arrest of a Cameroon national and a Jamaican.

Steeve Logmo and David Gregory of a St. Thomas address were remanded when they appeared recently in the Corporate Area Criminal Court.

Investigators have linked both accused to what is being described as a "black money" scam.

The scam, also known as the "black dollar" scam or "wash wash" scam, involves a scam artist persuading the victim that piles of banknote-sized paper in a trunk or a safe are really monetary notes which has been dyed black or another colour to avoid detection by Customs.

The victim is persuaded to pay for chemicals to wash the "money" with a promise that he will share in the proceeds. The black scam is a variation of what is known as an advance fee fraud.

Logmo and Gregory were arrested by MOCA detectives during an operation at a hotel in Kingston on January 20. It is alleged that both men conspired to fleece a businessman of more than US$100,000. It is understood that the businessman, after being informed of the process to effect the scam, became suspicious and reported the matter to MOCA.

Both accused are scheduled to return to court on Friday.




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News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Feb. 6, 2015: Former Jamaican-American New York State Senator, Malcolm Smith, was convicted Thursday in a failed $200,000 bribery scheme to fix the Republican line in the 2013 mayoral election.

Smith, a former senator in Queens, NY, now faces up to 45 years in jail.

A White Plains federal jury took a little over two hours deliberating before convicting Smith and his accomplice, former Queens Republican Vice Chairman Vincent Tabone, on bribery charges.

Smith was once one of the state's top Democrats.

The charges arose from an undercover investigation of three distinct but related bribery schemes involving public corruption. In the first scheme, Smith arranged for cash bribes totaling $40,000 to be paid to Vincent Tabone and Joseph Savino, two New York City Republican county leaders, as part of an effort by Smith to appear on the Republican primary ballot as a mayoral candidate in the 2013 election.

Halloran received approximately $20,500 in cash bribes to act as an intermediary with Tabone and Savino on Smith's behalf. In the second scheme, Halloran received approximately $18,300 in cash bribes and $6,500 in straw donor campaign contribution checks in exchange for agreeing to steer up to $80,000 of New York City Council discretionary funding to a company he believed was controlled by those who paid him the bribes.

Under New York State law, a person seeking to run for a citywide position in New York City may not have his or her name listed as a candidate on the ballot if he or she is not a registered member of the party having the primary contest unless he or she receives the approval of at least three of the five chairmen of the county committees for that party. The approval is given in the form of what are known as Wilson Pakula certificates, which are signed by the approving chairmen.




A delivery man dressed like a woman who allegedly assaulted a policeman and ended up in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court, told the court that the cop madr a mockery of him as he was dressed in female garments.

Charged with assault occasioning bodily harm, disorderly conduct, assaulting constable, malicious destruction of property, escaping custody and resisting arrest is Michael Evans, whose fingerprints were taken.

The court heard from the accused who was apprehended by the police while in female clothing and a wig. He told the court that he was doing a delivery for his mother when upon reaching Devon House, St Andrew, he was spotted by windshield wipers, who he claimed threatened him.

He was rescued by the police and taken to the New Kingston Police Post. Evans said that while there, he fled the police's custody twice. He said he ran to a location nearby and was brought back to the station by the police.

It is said that the cross-dresser hit a policeman and tore his clothing.




A man has been sentenced to life in prison in Athens, Georgia in the death of a 76-year-old Jamaican man.

The convict, 18 year-old Anthony Jermaine Fuller, told a county court on Thursday that he shot Edward Davidson during a November 2012 burglary.

Fuller pleaded guilty to malice murder and additional charges linked to several burglaries in the weeks before Mr. Davidson's death.

The victim's son, Troy Davidson, said his father was a hard worker who moved to Georgia from Jamaica in hopes of providing a better life for his family.

Fuller apologised to Mr. Davidson's family and told the court he was not looking for sympathy.

Two other men who were arrested in Mr. Davidson's death are expected to go on trial next week.




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The first of four weekly concerts in observance of Reggae Month was held at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Complex on Wednesday. However, although the line-up was first class and the concert was free, there were too few takers.

The show, dubbed Bloodlines, celebrated the generations of singers and musicians who were keeping reggae music alive.

Reggae queen Marcia Griffiths and son Taffe offered the duets All My Life, which she originally recorded with Da'Ville and Young, Gifted and Black, which she originally recorded with Bob Andy. Going solo, Sister Marcia performed hits including Dreamland, I Shall Sing, Closer to You, Fire Burning and Land of Love.

The young members of Zinc Fence Redemption band, which includes the sons of senior musicians Desi Jones, Stephen 'Cat' Coore and singer Barbara Jones, incorporated elders Nambo Robinson and Desi Jones into their aggregation and gave a great showing. So did the night's openers Sons of Negus.

Vintage artiste BB Seaton also put in a special appearance and dropped hits including the popular My Jamaican Girl.

Queen Ifrica did not show up, but her father, reggae pioneer Derrick Morgan kept that bloodline flowing. Morgan delivered a string of reggae classics, both of his own as well as his contemporaries.

Leftside left his dad almost in rut by his absence, but the professional Lloyd Parks rose to the occasion and let his bass do the talking.

Freddie McGregor, who was the night's closing act, shared the stage with his son, Chino, daughter Yeshemabeth, and her mother reggae songstress Judy Mowatt.

The 'Captain of the Big Ship' delivered a string of hits including To be Poor, Africa Here I Come, Let Them Try, Loving Pauper and Winner were among the tracks in his set. Chino incorporated his hit Never Change within the set, while the trio of McGregor, Mowatt and Yeshemabeth delivered the touching So Much of Me.




Queen Ifrica's mother is dead

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The Rastafarian community of St James is in mourning following news that Queen Ita passed away on Wednesday. She is the mother of Dancehall artiste Queen Ifrica, whose father is singer Derrick Morgan.

Queen Ita was a promoter for several years, promoting an annual show called 'In the Valley Of Decision' that was being held in her community of Belmont in St James.

She was one of the first Rastafarian lady who visits Ron Muschett at Mello Fm on January 5,as the disc Jockey made his radio debut at that station hosting the perfect mix.

Queen Ita is pictured here with Ron just outside the Mello Fm Studio on Barnett Street.




(Below is the full text of the Prime Minister's message)

"I join all Jamaicans, and many persons from around the world in celebrating the 70th anniversary of the birth of the Honourable Robert Nesta Marley, OM.

It is fitting that Jamaica is celebrating Bob Marley's 70th birthday at the same time that we are observing Reggae Month under the theme: "The Journey is the Destination."

As we reflect on the amazing journey of Reggae Music over the years, we are mindful that, in keeping with our history, we must Get Up, Stand Up for our rights. Bob Marley was a musical giant whose voice in the wilderness rang out loud and strong during a very difficult time in our national and global journey.

* He encouraged us be strong as a people, singing the well-known anthem of resilience, No Woman No Cry.

* He assured the peoples of the world that Every Little Thing is Gonna Be Alright!

The 'legendary' Bob Marley represents us as a people of great strength, endless talent, creative genius, and advocates against oppression and injustice.

Bob Marley's philosophies live on among us.His music has remained the eternal conscience of our nation and the world:

* teaching us the glorious history of the Black race,

* encouraging us to overcome our struggles,

* making us uncomfortable with poverty and injustice, and

* urging us to correct these ills.

So much of Bob Marley's work continues to carry the profound message of National Hero, the Right Excellent Marcus Mosiah Garvey who taught us that "A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots."

As a global icon, Bob Marley transcended local issues. He was a global 'buffalo soldier, but one rooted in what has come to be known as Jamaican 'livity'; that uplifting way of being which is uniquely Jamaican, and had always been the inspiration for his positive message-music.

Voices of the world continue to sing Marley's prolific workuntil this very day. This demonstrates Reggae music's role as:

* a balm that heals our souls as a people;

* the pulsating beat in the fight against oppression and poverty; and

* the sweet drum, bass and melody that enrich our culture and give global prominence to our language and our way of life.

Today, I pay tribute to Bob Marley, his family and all our Reggae ambassadors.

Let us remember the foundation message of the music in the immortal words of Robert NestaMarley:

"One love! One heart! Let's get together and feel alright."

"Happy Birthday to the Gong! Happy 'earth strong', Bob Marley."

One Love!




Happy Birthday Bob!

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From Kingston to Tel Aviv, fans around the world of will celebrate reggae legend Bob Marley's 70th birthday today. The dreadlocked entertainer performed in many countries during his heyday, spreading his message of One Love. Marley died from cancer in May 1981 at age 36.

Wellington, New Zealand

Marley made his only appearance in New Zealand in 1979 at the Western Springs Stadium in the city of Auckland. Today, the city of Wellington celebrates his 70th with the event, Birthday with The Original Wailers. Guitarist Al Anderson and keyboardist Tyrone Downie, members of Marley's band, are special guests.

London

The British capitol was the scene of several highs for the reggae king, including his triumphant concert at the Lyceum Theatre in 1975. LEGEND: A Tribute to Bob Marley will be held at the Brooklyn Bowl tomorrow.

Bermuda

Yami Bolo and Junior Reid will perform at a Marley tribute show tomorrow at the Bermuda Athletic Association Gymnasium in Hamilton, the country's capitol.

The roots singers are headliners for the event which will also feature local singers Mitchell Trott, Ramon Clark and Rivah.

Bolo, who will be making his third appearance in the British dependent, cited Marley's impact on his career.

"Brother Bob had a tremendous influence on me. He was a great leader of humanity," said Bolo, who lists his favourite Marley songs as Jah Will be Waiting There, I Know a Place and Survival.

Dubai

The Bob Marley 70th Birthday Bash takes place at XL Beach Club tomorrow with singjay Mr Vegas as headliner.

The oil-rich Middle East country has a growing expatriate community (including Jamaicans) who are big into dancehall/reggae.

Most of the 'Jamaican' events are held at XL Beach Club. Mr Vegas (and sound systems) will do tributes to the reggae legend.

Toronto

The ninth annual Bob Marley Birthday Tribute takes place at Lee's Palace tomorrow. This is the longest running Marley tribute in the Greater Toronto Area. It features the city's upcoming reggae acts and raises 'food donations' for the Parkdale Food Bank.




Black History Month Feature

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Claude McKay - Poet, Author, Journalist (1890-1948)

Claude McKay was a Jamaican poet best known for his novels and poems, including "If We Must Die," which contributed to the Harlem Renaissance. He moved to Harlem, New York, after publishing his first books of poetry, and established himself as a literary voice for social justice during the Harlem Renaissance. He is known for his novels, essays and poems, including "If We Must Die" and "Harlem Shadows."

Early Life

Festus Claudius McKay was born in Sunny Ville, Clarendon Parish, Jamaica, on September 15, 1890. His mother and father spoke proudly of their respective Malagasy and Ashanti heritage. McKay blended his African pride with his love of British poetry. He studied poetry and philosophy with Englishman Walter Jekyll, who encouraged the young man to begin producing poetry in his own Jamaican dialect.

Literary Career

A London publishing house produced McKay's first books of verse, Songs of Jamaica and Constab Ballads, in 1912. McKay used award money that he received from the Jamaican Institute of Arts and Sciences to move to the United States. He studied at the Tuskegee Institute (now Tuskegee University) and Kansas State College for a total of two years. In 1914, he moved to New York City, settling in Harlem.

McKay published his next poems in 1917 under the pseudonym Eli Edwards. More poems appeared in Pearson's Magazine and the radical magazine Liberator. The Liberator poems included If We Must Die, which threatened retaliation for racial prejudice and abuse; this quickly became McKay's best-known piece of work. McKay then left the United States for two years of European travel. In 1920, he published a new collection of poems, Spring in New Hampshire, containing "Harlem Shadows."

McKay returned to the United States in 1921 and involved himself in various social and political causes. He worked with the Universal Negro Improvement Association and continued to explore Communism--even traveling to the Soviet Union to attend the Communist Party's Fourth Congress. After spending some time in the United States, McKay again left the country, spending what would prove to be 11 extremely productive years in Europe and North Africa; he wrote three novels--Home to Harlem, Banjo and Banana Bottom--and a short story collection during this period. Home to Harlem was the most popular of the three, though all were well received by critics.

Returning to Harlem, McKay began work on an autobiography entitled A Long Way from Home, which focuses on his experiences as an oppressed minority and agitates for a broad movement against colonialism and segregation. The book has been criticized for its less-than-candid treatment of some of McKay's more controversial interests and beliefs. His consistent denial of having joined the Communist Party, despite multiple trips to the Soviet Union, is a point of particular contention.

McKay went through several changes toward the end of his life. He embraced Catholicism, retreating from Communism entirely, and officially became an American citizen in 1940. His experiences working with Catholic relief organizations in New York inspired a new essay collection, Harlem: Negro Metropolis, which offers observations and analysis of the African-American community in Harlem at the time. McKay died of a heart attack in Chicago, Illinois, on May 22, 1948.

In 2012, a researcher discovered an unpublished Claude McKay novel, Amiable with Big Teeth, in the Columbia University archives.




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The Police are intensifying their efforts to determine the credibility of an informant who accused members of the JLP of taking out a hit on the life of Opposition Leader, Andrew Holness.

In his statement to the Police, the informant accused members of the Labour party of paying money and supplying guns to kill the JLP leader and General Secretary. The complainant also stated that he was in the company of men who he accused of being contract killers when they picked up the money and guns at a location in St. Andrew.

The statement given to the Police by the Informant has resulted in security being boosted around Mr. Holness and JLP General Secretary, Dr. Horace Chang.

Checks by the Police have disclosed that the person who gave the statement has in the past been found guilty of obtaining money by false pretence.

It's understood that a few years ago he was also convicted in relation to an allegation that a dangerous substance was in a public building in Downtown Kingston. That allegation turned out to be untrue.

Police sources say the informant was to be subjected to a polygraph test on Tuesday but it was postponed.

It's understood that the Police High Command is preparing to issue a statement which will raise doubt about the credibility of the informant.




53 police officers on murder charge

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The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM), the agency that probes abuse allegations against the island's security forces, says 53 police officers are charged with murder.

INDECOM disclosed the number of officers facing murder charges at a press conference Wednesday. Jamaican officers accused of unlawfully taking a life make up the large majority of the 84 officers before the courts.

The commission says it recorded 129 fatalities by security forces last year on the island of 2.7 million. That's a 50 per cent drop in fatalities from 2013, when 258 people were slain, and the fewest deaths at the hands of law enforcement in years.




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Former Commissioner of Police Owen Ellington is part of the probe by the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) into allegations of a police hit squad that operated in Clarendon.

However, head of communications at INDECOM, Kahmile Reid, says that the probe is a formality, because Ellington was the commissioner at the time the incidents reportedly occurred.

Reid said the investigations had to do with the reporting chain at the time...




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Dwight Coleman, the father of 3-year-old Crystal Coleman, the child who was found dead at her Frontier Heights home in Port Maria, St. Mary, last month, has been charged with her murder.

Coleman is to appear in the Port Maria Resident Magistrate's Court today.

A post-mortem revealed that little Crystal died from brain haemorrhage as a result of beatings she received.

The post-mortem also revealed injuries all over the child's body.

Coleman turned himself in to the police days after his daughter's body was discovered by a relative.




Tivoli high School student shot and killed

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A 16-year-old student of Tivoli High School is dead and an elderly man injured, following a shooting near Heroes Circle in Kingston on Wednesday afternoon.

The teenager Jamieke Smith, was a resident of Kingston Lane, Fletchers Land.

The 73 year old man has been hospitalised with bullet wounds.

Shortly after mid-day on Wednesday, about five men reportedly approached a group of persons standing at the intersection of Kingston Lane and New Cross Street.

The men reportedly opened fire, hitting Jameike and the man.

Sources say the shooting stemmed from a feud involving the teenager and men from another section of the community. It is understood that friends of Jameike on Tuesday hurled threats at another set of youngsters in a bar in the community, and guns were pulled.

The police were informed of the incident and stepped up patrols in the community.

Superintendent Michael Scott, head of the Kingston Central Division, said the police were following strong leads in relation to the shooting.




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Investigators expect to lay charges this week against the male suspect taken into custody in connection with the death of 14 year old Santoya Campbell, a grade eight student of Frome Technical High in Westmoreland, who body was found in a bag.

The suspect is scheduled to be questioned on Thursday. A police source said charges should be laid shortly after.

Unconfirmed reports are that the man, who is married, was in a relationship with the teenager and reportedly impregnated her. He then allegedly killed her in an effort to hide the relationship from his wife. There is also speculation that the killer in a policeman.

The suspect was picked up last Wednesday, one day after Santoya was strangled and her body stuffed in a garbage bag near her school.




RM arrests woman Constable in court

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Some members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force are reportedly upset over an incident in the Browns Town Resident Magistrate's Court in St. Ann on Monday in which a woman Corporal was ordered arrested and placed in the holding area in her uniform among male prisoners.

The corporal who was one of two investigating officers in an assault case, was offering an explanation when it is alleged that Senior Resident Magistrate Andrea Thomas said she did not like her tone.

The corporal was later placed in the dock of the court room where she was told she was being charged for misbehaving in court. She reportedly offered an apology to Resident Magistrate Thomas who then dropped the charge and ordered the officer to leave the court.

Meanwhile, the Police Federation which represents rank and file members of the Police Force is conducting an investigation into the incident.




Police report 97 murders in January

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There has been a 31 per cent increase in the number of reported murders for the first month of the year. Data contained in the Jamaica Constabulary Force's Periodic Serious and Violent Crimes Review for January shows that 97 murders were recorded.

This was up from 74 during the corresponding period in 2014, a trend reflecting an average of more than three murders per day.

Investigators say 55 of the murders last year were listed as gang related.

The upsurge at the start of 2015 followed a 16 per cent reduction in murders during 2014.

However, while murders continue to pose a challenge for the police the data show a double digit reduction in shootings and rapes last month.




Man in custody over murder of 14-y-o student

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A man has been taken into custody in connection with the death of 14-year-old student of Frome Technical High, Santoya Campbell.

Homicide investigators in Westmoreland say that Campbell was strangled and sexually assaulted.

The teenager's body was found in a garbage bag at a river close to the Frome Technical, which she attended.

The incident has cast a shadow of gloom over the school and the wider community.TV.




Did Kranium really steal Eklypse's style?

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Up and coming dancehall act Eklypse is adamant that deejay Kranium pinched his style of delivery for the song 'History', but Kranium and his management are strongly denying this claim.

Kranium's manager, Pee Wee, says that his artiste doesn't know who Eklypse is and furthermore, Kranium would be more likely to be influenced by Mavado and Vybz Kartel.

Reports are that Eklypse said he had a conversation with Kranium's producer last year, during which he played some of his songs for the producer to hear. He claims from that encounter, Kranium may have been exposed to his style of music.

"I reached out to his producer to voice for him because I realise that his tracks have my sound. He listened to my songs and said he liked the sound of the tracks and that I must continue the great works. Kranium release this new song. Now, when I listened to the song, I noticed that it had my sound and my style written all over it.

"I am not saying it has to be my thing, but when I heard even my slang in it and then people started to tell me that Kranium's song sounds exactly like me, I know that he bite my style," he said.

Eklypse says he has been using the words 'wow wow wow' as his slang for many years, and Kranium also used it in History. Eklypse also recorded a song called Real Talk, in which he addresses the issue. That effort was produced by Senshighj, based in France.

Eklypse is gearing up to release a music video next week for a song called Get Rich, as well as a collaboration with Kalado. His video for Voice of the People is being aired on Hype.




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Reports are that Vybz Kartel's fellow convict Shawn Campbell, alias Shawn Storm was also a target of the reported plot which was uncovered on January 17.

According to a source, about a month ago, a fellow inmate who was hurriedly transferred from the maximum-security facility after the plot was uncovered was involved in an altercation with Kartel.

Things got heated and Kartel reportedly threw water from his toilet in the face of the inmate.

Correctional Officers managed to defuse the tension however the inmate involved in the altercation with Kartel vowed that he would exact revenge.

Allegations are that the inmate was able to convince a female casual worker assigned to the maximum facility to smuggle a bottle of lotion containing two ratchet knives, and a poisonous substance.

That substance that has the ability to penetrate the skin was supposed to be used in the attack and Shawn Storm was the target.

Kartel would have been the subject of the knife attack.




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Opposition leader, Andrew Holness, Andrew Holness has shrugged of news about a million-dollar hit on his life as a probable case of classic bad mind.

Holness was speaking recently at a political event in Papine when he admitted that security forces are currently investigating information surrounding the alleged 'hit'. He confessed to being a man who prays each night and assured the crowd that he was confident, calm and unafraid.

He told the audience, "When you have a family as big as the Jamaica Labour Party nobody can trouble you," Holness joked.

The JLP leader speculated that the alleged plot to assassinate him may be linked to his favourable poll numbers.




Bodies of two children pulled from hole

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Tragedy struck on Waltham Drive in Brown's Town, St. Ann on Friday when two children drowned in a large hole at their house.

Jason Parke, 6 a grade one student of the Servite Primary School in Brown's Town and his sister Dana Lawrence, 11 a student of a special care institution in St. Anns Bay.

The police report that shortly 1pm water began gathering in the hole following heavy rain. The children were reportedly playing near the hole when they either fell in or jumped in. They were pulled from the water after an alarm was raised.

A policewoman tried to revive the children but her efforts failed.

The Office of The Children's Advocate (OCA) has extended its sympathies to the family of the two children. It has also expressed condolences to the families of the 5 year old girl found dead at her home in St. Mary last week and 14 year old Frome Technical High School student, Santoya Campbell, whose dismembered body was found near her school early this week.

The OCA is calling on Jamaicans to join forces to end atrocities against children. It says the constant reports of children being killed, raped or attacked must stop.




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A 3-year-old boy found a handgun in his mother's purse and fired just one shot that wounded both his parents at an Albuquerque motel on Saturday, police said.

According to investigators, the toddler apparently reached for an iPod but found the loaded weapon. Police believe the shooting to be accidental. The bullet first struck his father in the buttock and then hit the right shoulder of his mother, who is eight months pregnant, police said. His 2-year-old sister was present but unhurt.

Both injuries are non-life threatening, authorities said.

Justin Reynolds told KOB-TV (http://goo.gl/gRCXe0) that he and his girlfriend, Monique Villescas, were getting ready to order pizza when the toddler fired the shot.

"It was like if I was to get up shake your hand and sat back down. That's how fast it happened," Reynolds said." All of a sudden we heard a gun go off and the next minute I realized my girlfriend was bleeding. Then, I sat down and realized I was shot, too."

Reynolds said he called 911 and grabbed some towels to try to stop her bleeding.

"I was more worried about my girlfriend than myself and anything else that was going on. And my son because I didn't know if he had shot himself or not," said Reynolds. "He was shocked and crying. It was traumatizing."

Police said in a statement that the father was treated and released, while the mother was hospitalized in stable condition.

"This case will be forwarded to the DA's office and pending charges of felony criminal negligence will be reviewed on both parents," Albuquerque police Simon Drobik spokesman said.




Vybz Kartel is ahead of his peers, says Konshens

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During an interview with United States based hip-hop website VLADTV.com, dancehall artiste Konshens stated that he believes that incarcerated deejay Vybz Kartel is the most lyrical Jamaican artiste.

According to the singjay, Kartel is ahead of his peers. Konshens during the interview also disagreed with the interviewer, who said that reggae/dancehall artistes are not usually discussed in conversations based on lyrical capability. The artiste stated that Jamaican language might not be understood by a lot of countries, however, reggae/dancehall acts are very skilled with their word play.

"I think that's unfair. I think if people don't bring up dancehall and reggae acts in discussions about lyrics that is unfair. I think it's a case where most people don't understand what they are saying. But, if you really listen to some of the artistes over the years, you will be surprised. But, Vybz Kartel is definitely the most lyrical dancehall artiste ever ... for me. I don't speak for just one style of lyrics and I would say Beres Hammond is the second and I would put myself in it," Konshens said.

The singjay also said reggae music is going through a tough period commercially. However, the genre would bounce back. He also highlighted Chronixx, Javada, Darrio and Delus as promising acts.

Vybz Kartel is serving a life sentence in prison, however, the artiste has still managed to shine ahead of most of his peers in the music industry with a long list of hits including Do Di Maths, Nuh TrustPeople, Cya Test We, Ignite The World, Business and Without Money.




The police say an investigation will be conducted into complaints that Jamaican who viited the island recently from the United States was harassed and robbed by members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

The visitor had reportedly just landed at the Norman Manley International Airport and, while passing Caribbean Cement Company, was ordered to stop by the police who say that they were conducting random checks. The man claimed that the police ordered them out of the car and asked him if he had anything to declare.

"I told them no. I told them I just came into the island," he said.

It was at this point, the man claimed, that he was ordered to take his suitcase from the vehicle and put it in the pickup the policemen were driving. The gentleman refused and the police took the suitcase and put it in the pickup and took the car keys from him and placed him, along with his female friend, in their vehicle. The cops drove around them before taking them to a street unfamiliar to him and ordered them out of the vehicle in the crudest manner possible.

He claimed that relief came when a broadcast came through the police radio that there was a shoot-out in downtown, which caused the lawmen to leave them. However, the lawmen are said to have relieved the man and his friend of $US40 each.

The incident was reported to an Inspector of police and the visitors were scheduled to attend an identification parade but was unable to attend because the documents were not prepared and he had to leave the island.

The inspector of police confirmed that he was familiar with incident and stated that an investigation will be conducted into the matter. He also added that the lawmen had acted unprofessionally.




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The daughter of the late Whitney Houston remains in medically-induced coma today after she was found face down in a bath tub in a scene tragically reminiscent of her own mother's 'accidental' drug-overdose death.

And now sources close to Bobbi Kristina Brown are expressing little hope of a recovery.

'It doesn't look good,' a source told Entertainment Tonight.

That same source revealed to the TV show that it's 'no coincidence' that the 21-year-old was rushed to the hospital so close to the third anniversary of her mother's death and that her troubles are 'a lot deeper than everyone can see'.

'We don't think Bobbi Kristina is going to pull through,' another source told Hollywood Life.

Bobbi's father Bobby Brown is currently by her side, praying for her recovery with family friend Tyler Perry among others.

Her husband Nick Gordon discovered her unconscious in a bathtub at their Roswell, Georgia home around 10:25am Saturday morning - in the same home they shared with Houston.

Gordon performed CPR on his struggling wife until paramedics arrived on the scene and rushed her to North Fulton Hospital.

In an eerie co-incidence, her mother was found dead almost three years ago when she accidentally drowned in a bath tub at the Beverly Hills Hilton Hotel - she too was face down.

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Freddie McGregor headlines Musical Delights

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Freddie McGregor will lead an impressive line-up of Jamaica's finest entertainers at Musical Delights, the annual fund-raiser for the Lions Club of Kingston, scheduled for the Gardens of the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on Sunday, February 8, beginning 6:00 pm.

Among the acts are Maria Myrie, Keisha Patterson, Everton Pessoa and the Bare Essentials Band. The hilarious Professor Nuts and Leroy 'Heptone' Sibbles will make their debut this year. The MC will be Dr Michael Abrahams.

The event was conceptualised and stage by the Lions Club of Kingston in February 2008 as a tribute to music teacher and pianist extraordinaire, Lion Iris Whittaker.

"Lion Iris had faithfully provided live piano music at all Lions functions up to late 2007 when failing health prevented her from continuing to perform," said Errol Lee, member of the Lions Club of Kingston and chief organiser of the annual event.

Musical Delights has been held in the Gardens of the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on the first or second Sunday in February each year, with the proceeds going to the Sight Foundation of Jamaica and the Lions Eye Clinic at 30 Beechwood Avenue, Kingston.

Lee said that at the Lions Eye Clinic people are screened for eye defects and fitted with glasses (based on availability), or referred to an eye specialist for further treatment.




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FLORENCE HALL, (Trelawny), Jamaica - Former I-Three member, Judy Mowatt, stamped her class on the 2015 opener of the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival at the Trelawny Multi Purpose Stadium.

Belting out her smooth vocals with disarming ease, Judy Mowatt upped the tempo as Jazz and Blues 2015 started to move to a higher musical ground at the Trelawny Stadium.

Mowatt had the several hundred patrons in a trance as she delivered Black Woman, Many Are Called, Thank You Lord and a quality rendition of We Will Sing Our Own Song by the I Threes, of which she was a part. Mowatt also paid tribute to Holt by performing his Tide Is High.

Sister Judy, once a part of the I-Threes blessed the venue with 'Thank you Lord' and 'Want to be More', before moving on to 'Unconditional Love' and 'Free'.

In tribute to John Holt, she performed her rendition of the late singer's biggest hit, 'The Tide is High. Again patrons at the festival showed their appreciation for the Jamaican songbird by singing aloud. She rounded off her act with the well loved 'Black Woman' and 'Many Are Called'.




Jay Z buys music streaming company for $56 million

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Hip-hop star Jay-Z is buying a Scandinavian music streaming company for $56 million to take on Spotify and Apple and add to a business empire that has spanned clothing and sports bars.

Project Panther Bidco Ltd, a company controlled by the 45-year-old rapper, said on Friday it had agreed to buy Sweden-listed Aspiro, which runs streaming service Tidal and Wimp, for 464 million Swedish crowns ($56 million) in cash.

The deal will pit Jay-Z against Spotify, and also Dr Dre after his streaming service, Beats Music, was bought by Apple.

Jay-Z, real name Shawn Corey Carter, is one of the world's best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 100 million records. Forbes estimated last year that his net worth was $520 million. He has had a number of business interests, including 40/40 Club sports bars and Rocawear clothing.

His mix of music and entrepeneurial interests mirrors that of other rappers, including De Dre, who sold his Beats headphones business to Apple, and 50 Cent, who sold his vitamin water business to Coca-Cola.

Project Panther said it had followed the development of Aspiro for some time, believing it to be 'an innovative high-quality company with strong future growth potential'.

Norwegian media house Schibsted, Aspiro's main shareholder, said it had accepted the offer, while Aspiro's board said it was united in recommending the bid, virtually ensuring its success.




Suge Knight arrested for murder

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Marion 'Suge' Knight is being questioned over the alleged murder of a friend today after turning himself into police in the early hours of this morning.

The hip hop mogul was named as a wanted man after he was involved in a fatal hit-and-run incident in California that left one man dead and another injured. Police believe Knight and some other men were involved in an argument on the set of the upcoming N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton on Thursday afternoon.

When the men went to lunch at Tam's Burger's in Compton 20 minutes later, Knight, 49, is believed to have followed the men in his red pickup truck. The incident ended with him reversing over one man and hitting another. Both were friends of Knight and police named the dead man as Terry Carter, 55. The injured man is actor Cle Shaheed 'Bone' Sloan, 51. Mr Carter, a businessman, was a married father of two daughters. He lived with his wife Lillian, 55, near Inglewood, in Los Angeles.

Knight's lawyer said his client 'accidentally' hit the men but the incident is being treated as a homicide by police. Knight was declared to be wanted on suspicion of murder by police in Los Angeles on Thursday afternoon. A bulletin issued to all police in California said he should be considered armed and dangerous, TMZ reported.

Around 3am this morning he was seen arriving at the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department West Hollywood station with his attorney, James Blatt. Homicide detectives interviewed the Death Row Records founder for about three hours, the Los Angeles Times reported. Detectives formally 'arrested Marion 'Suge' Knight for murder'. Bail was set at $2million bail, according to a police statement.

Blatt admitted Knight was driving the truck but said he was 'confident that once the investigation is completed, he will be totally exonerated'. 'He was in the process of being physically assaulted by two men and in an effort to escape he unfortunately hit two (other) individuals. 'He was in his car trying to escape.'

Blatt said the dead man was Knight's friend, 55-year-old Terry Carter. The second victim, actor Cle Shaheed 'Bone' Sloan, 51, was not seriously hurt, ABC 7 Los Angeles reported.

Knight's empty truck was found late Thursday night in a West Los Angeles parking lot.




4 Negril cops under investigation

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Four police officers attached the Negril police station are being investigated by INDECOM, for their alleged role in the death of 23-year-old Kemar Powell.

Powell died early Thursday morning, reportedly after being beaten by police. Residents of Westmoreland mounted a major protest along the Negril Main Road. They claim Powell was hit from his bike by police officers, and then beaten near the gates of the St. Paul's Anglican Church.

Powell's aunt, Nadine Clarke, says a CT scan has revealed that his skull was cracked. Clarke claims that after the Police beat Kemar, they threw him in the back of a police van and threw his motor bike on top of his body.

However, police have said he died after crashing into a utility pole.

INDECOM's Senior Public Relations Officer Kahmeile Reid says they're also investigating reports that shots were fired by the police.

INDECOM is also appealing to anyone who witnessed the incident to call their toll-free numbers, 1-888-935-5550 or 1-888-991-5555.




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Oh Jah Jah the reggae song by actor Eddie Murphy, has topped the iTunes Reggae Top 100 Chart. The single was released two days ago by VPAL Classic, digital arm of VP Records.

Oh Jah Jah replaced Sister Nancy's resurgent 1982 hit single Bam Bam, which now holds second spot. Also in the top five are Do You Wanna by Shifta and Che'Nelle, Three Little Birds by Bob Marley and the Wailers and Matisyahu's One Day.

Oh Jah Jah is Murphy's second reggae number in 18 months. In the summer of 2013, he teamed with rapper Snoop Dogg on the song Red Light.

In an interview with the website www.voiceonline.co.uk, Murphy spoke about his love for reggae.

"My favourite [Jamaican artiste] right now is Chronixx. I also like Beenie Man and I like old stuff too. I like Garnet Silk and of course, I love Bob Marley," he said.

In 1993, Murphy collaborated with Grammy-winning deejay Shabba Ranks for the single, I Was A King. A video for that song was filmed in Portland.




Jah Cure signs deal with VP Records

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Reggae singer, Jah Cure, this week signed a two-album deal with VP Records.

According to the singer, he should have released his Ghetto Life album with VP many years ago, and that should have been his first album if someone did not release a compilation album before that time. He said he has always kept in contact with VP "even when I was down and out".

He disclosed that the album will be released in March and noted that he was pleased with the work done by persons including Llamar 'Riff Raff' Brown, Clive Hunt and Handel Tucker, who played a major role in the album. "These are the persons I chose to work with. I am trying to get the best that I know of and I am not trying to compromise on the product," he said, adding that.

Upon release of the album, he said he will be travelling to places like Russia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Israel, New Caledonia, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and parts of Africa where the album will be promoted heavily, "until I step into the US and Canada that is the biggest market," he said.




Tax dodgers BEWARE!

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Finance Minister Dr. Peter Phillips has served notice that the Jamaican tax authorities will be aggressively pursuig tax dodgers in the upcoming fiscal year.

The Minister disclosed at a special media briefing on Monday that Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) will be intensifying collections, due to the decline in revenue inflows this fiscal year.

He said the TAJ will use the increased powers available to it, legislatively, "such as the access to third-party information, the publication of offenders..." and will "undertake efforts to improve taxpayer information and education."




No bail for Scare Dem gang leader

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Leader of the Denham Town-based Scare Dem gang, Omar Spaulding, 31 and seven members of his posse were denied bail when they appeared before the Corporate Area Criminal Court Friday. They were charged two weeks ago under the Criminal Justice Suppression of Criminal Organisations Act or Anti-gang Act.

Investigators say the men - 22 year old Leon Williams: 54 year old taxi operator Anthony Wright; 22 year old Derval Findley from Buff Bay, Portland; Orlando Harris; Adrian Smith; Gerald Simpson and San Sebastian Allen - are linked to murders, shootings and extortion in the Kingston West Police Division. The Scare Dem gang was also linked to the abduction and murder of a Scotia Bank employee last year.

Spaulding was charged last year when three illegal guns were allegedly found at his house in Denham Town. He was out on bail at the time of his latest arrest.

In rejecting the bail application, Senior magistrate Judith Pusey, said she could not grant the men bail based on the nature of the allegations and the possible threat to witnesses.

Court documents reveal that Spaulding took control of the "Scare Dem" Gang last year from its original leader Omar Miller. Since then there have been violent clashes with other gangs in Denham Town and surrounding communities, leading to several murders and shootings in West Kingston.

Investigators say the Scare Dem gang, broke off from the Presidential Click Gang led by former Tivoli Gardens strongman Christopher "Dudus" Coke, following his extradition.




Ganja debate begins in the Senate

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The Jamaican Senate on Friday morning opened the debate on the Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Act with an overview of the Bill and the rationale behind Cabinet's approval of the changes to the Dangerous Drugs Act presented by Justice Minister, Senator Mark Golding.

He said it was a significant step in ensuring that persons found in possession of small quantities of ganja are subjected only to a fine and no longer attract a criminal record.

Senator Golding said the Bill will also ensure the formulation of a penalty framework for such offenses.

He also touched on how the legislative changes will aid in the development of a viable ganja industry, saying "with the increased recognition of the medicinal advantages of ganja, not only locally, but also internationally, the Bill provides for a legal regulated system for the medical, scientific and therapeutic production and use of ganja."




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Two persons of interest have been identified as the police continue to probe reports of death threats on the lives of leader of the opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP)Andrew Holness and JLP General Secretary, Horace Chang.

According to informed sources, one of the persons was reportedly picked up between Wednesday and Thursday and is in police custody.

Investigators also allegedly uncovered a planned attack last Sunday on either Holness or Chang.

It is believed that the hit men agreed to be paid J$ 7 million, of that amount, close to half was handed over to them.

Chang confirmed the threats but declined to give details.








Reggae artiste on rape charge; bail denied

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A reggae artiste/producer charged with two counts of rape and assault had his bail application denied on Friday and was further remanded in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's court until February 9.

The musician, 39, is charged with rape, grievous sexual assault and assault occasioning bodily harm.

According to his attorney, the allegations stem from a failed extortion attempt, though not stating whom it involved.

She also made mention of his shows being affected by the ongoing issue.

The court heard that the accused met the complainant on social media website Facebook and that a photo suggesting to be an individual was uploaded, which later turned out otherwise.

The investigating officer in the matter objected to bail on the grounds that the accused man's identity was not verified.

Resident Magistrate Maxine Ellis told the investigators to look carefully at all material based on the allegations.

The accused man's wife was in court at the time of the proceedings. However, she was not called, even though the attorney told the court that she had her husband's passport available to hand over to the court as part of any bail condition.

The matter will again be mentioned on February 9th.




Pinchers shot in drive-by

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Veteran Reggae Artiste Pinchers was shot Saturday night, by gun men on Molynes Road, Kingston 10, but the artiste told Yardflex that he is doing fine.

Two men were killed in the incident and another man was also injured.

The Constant Spring Police report that about 11:20 p.m., all four men were among a group of people at a shop when they were pounced upon by armed men driving in a motor car who opened fire hitting them.

The Police were summoned and all four were taken to hospital where two were pronounced dead and the other two including Pinchers are being treated at hospital.

Pinchers said his arm was badly broken due to the impact of the bullet, but he has been treated at hospital and is resting comfortably at home.




Home Depot shooter was Jamaican

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An employee at a Home Depot in Chelsea, New York who shot and killed a supervisor and then turned the gun on himself inside the store on Sunday afternoon has been identified as a Jamaican.

The 31-year-old employee shot the 38-year-old supervisor three times and then shot himself in the face.

A police source identified the shooter as Calvin Esdaile, Jr.

Police said the two men had a conversation before the shooting.

Witnesses said the shooter was looking for revenge against the supervisor.

Mr. Esdaile's father said his son arrived in the US from Jamaica in 2006 and lived in Brooklyn.




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Miss Colombia Paulina Vega was crowned Miss Universe 2015. The 22-year-old beauty beat out runner up Miss USA Nia Sanchez and finalists Miss Jamaica Kaci Fennell, Miss Ukraine Diana Harkusha and Miss Netherlands Yasmin Verheijen.

"It will be a dream come true to represent the woman of today," Vega said prior to winning the crown at the 63rd annual pageant, broadcast live on NBC from the FIU Arena in Doral, Miami. "A woman that not only cares about being beautiful and being glamorous, but also cares about being a professional, intelligent, hard-working person."

During the Q&A portion of the competition, Vega impressed the judges when asked what she thinks women can learn from men. "I believe there's still men that do believe in equality," she said through a translator. "I believe that's what women should learn from men."

While Vega's win was celebrated, many fans in the audience weren't thrilled when Miss Jamaica came in 4th. In fact, an audible portion of the audience could be heard booing as the judges announced their decision.

"Yow #MissJamaica shoulda been #MissUniverse2015 STILL!," one fan of Fennell tweeted, while another added, "Jamaica should've got 2nd runner up at least. Like c'mon now, she was the best there! smh #MissUniverse2015."




Man charged fo shooting at relative in church

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Dwayne Barrett, otherwise called "Nooksie", a resident of Rockfort, was charged on Thursday evening with illegal possession of a firearm and shooting with intent, this after opening gunfire on one of his relatives while she worshipped at a church in Rockfort, St Andrew last month.

Barrett, who was placed on the police Most Wanted list, following the incident, was captured on Monday. He is also an alleged gang leader in Rockfort and is under investigation in the guns-for-drugs trade. He's scheduled to appear before the Gun Court next week.

It's reported that on December 4, the woman was among worshippers at a church on D'Aguillar Road when he pointed a gun through the window and fired at her. Frightened worshippers scampered for cover under a hail of bullets. It's further alleged that Barrett again fired on the woman when she fled from the building.

Investigators say the incident stemmed from a family feud.




Not an easy road for Buju

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Imprisoned reggae/dancehall artiste, Mark Myrie, better known as Buju Banton will not be able to get a new trial on two of the offences for which he was found guilty.

US Court of Appeals judges, sitting in Atlanta Georgia on Wednesday ruled that they did not have the jurisdiction to hear the matter as they are without the power to dispose of the issues.

This means, that for now, Buju Banton, whose given name is Mark Myrie, will have to continue to serve his ten-year prison sentence.

Buju Banton was arrested in the US on drug charges in 2009 and convicted in 2011 on a charge of conspiracy to distribute cocaine. He is scheduled to be released in 2019.

He had filed a motion in court, in an attempt to secure an earlier release date, under a recent change in federal drug sentencing guidelines.




David Smith released from prison

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Former Olint boss, David Smith, Smith was released from jail in Grand Turk yesterday. Law enforcement officials in the Turks and Caicos are getting ready to have Smith extradited to the US. According to the TCI SUN newspaper.

His 30-year sentence will run concurrent to the prison time in Turks and Caicos, which means he will spend 24 years in a US prison. Smith was sentenced in August 2011 to six years in TCI prison. Sources said his early release from jail was due to good behaviour.

The 47-year-old Smith, who was accused of defrauding thousands of persons of more than US$220 million dollar, 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.

Well-placed sources told The SUN that Smith, who appeared before Chief Magistrate Clifton Warner in Grand Turk yesterday, was later seen at Margaritaville with his wife and lawyer Oliver Smith, who is of no relation.




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The wreckage of the small private air craft carrying US citizens, Larry and Jane Glazer, which crashed off the coast or Portland four months ago has been found.

With the cooperation and collaboration of the Government of Jamaica, through the services of the Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ) and the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority, the Managing Director of the ECLIPSE Group mobilized a highly specialized, technical and sophisticated team, utilising the platform of the specially adapted ship, the MV OCEAN PIONEER.

The salvage operation was conducted to identify and recover the remains and aircraft wreckage from the seabed, at a position 19 miles north of Port Antonio.

The operation commenced on January 13with technologically-advanced, underwater detection and recovery equipment from the vessel MV OCEAN PIONEER.

The debris from the aircraft along with human remains was recovered unto the OCEAN PIONEER, where the ECLIPSE Group team carried out post-recovery and preservation arrangements.

On Monday, the operation was terminated and the MV OCEAN POWER is now on passage to the USA, where the various authorities will observe the necessary post-incident protocols consistent with the national requirements of the USA.

The private aircraft with the Glazers onboard was reported to be unresponsive to air traffic control directions, while in flight from Rochester, New York, to Naples, Florida, USA, last year October.




JAMAICA Jazz and Blues Honoring a Musical Legend

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Organisers of the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival have tapped some of the best roots rock Reggae stalwarts to present a Tribute to the Late John Holt. Few singers have influenced generations of reggae acts than John Holt, the consummate lovers rock artiste. The tribute features nine acts is a pulsating Reggae party on Thursday, January 29 at the Trelawny Stadium.

Holt died in October in London at age 69, leaving a remarkable catalogue of music. That legacy will be recognised on opening night of the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival on January 29. The lineup includes singers Errol Dunkley, George Nooks, Judy Mowatt, Cornell Campbell, vocal group The Tamlins and deejay Josey Wales all backed by Lloyd Parks and We The People Band, each artiste will dedicate part of their set to Holt. Also on Thursday night is soca artiste Oscar B with his band Oscar B and Vibes, promising an energetic, fun-filled performance.

According to the Jazz team, Holt's enduring career and massive cache of hit songs influenced the selection of acts on opening night.

Holt hailed from Greenwich Town, a fishing community in Kingston with a rich music heritage. He set the pace for other singers from the area by winning the Vere Johns Opportunity Hour contest multiple times in the 1950s while still a student at Calabar High School.

He had numerous hits in the rocksteady era with harmony trio, The Paragons (On the Beach, The Tide is High and Danger in Your Eyes), before going on to an even more successful solo career.

As a solo act, Holt racked up hits such as Stick by Me, A Love I Can Feel, Ali Baba and Police in Helicopter. The latter announced Holt as a dancehall performer in 1981. John Holt inspired a generation of reggae singers who emerged during the 1970s, including Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs, Johnny Clarke and Freddie McGregor.

The 2015 staging of the JAMAICA Jazz and Blues Festival, The Art of Music is slated to take place from January 29 - January 31 at the Trelawny Multi-purpose Stadium. This year's Festival will feature extraordinary acts such as the multi Grammy-Award winning vocalist Mariah Carey, the energetic sibling group The Pointer Sisters, 2014 Billboard Chart toppers Magic, former lead singer of Chicago and soloist Peter Cetera, R&B Soul icon Charlie Wilson, North American based Reggae band, Soja, Bajan Saxophonist, Arturo Tappin, Roots Reggae group Morgan Heritage Reggae Crooner and Richie 'Ska Teck' Stephens.

The Festival is proudly sponsored by the Jamaica Observer, Half Moon Hotel, Jet Blue, Flow, First Global Bank, Knutsford Express, Sea Board Marine, Intelligent Media Ltd., Sunset Beach Resort and Spa, Charmin and more.
 
Tickets available at Bill Express Locations island-wide.

Visit their website at www.jamaicajazzandblues.com.

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The Bill outlining the proposed changes to the Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Act has been approved by the Cabinet and will be taken to the Senate on Friday, Justice Minister, Senator Mark Golding, has stated.

Among the recommendations are: the removal of the possession two ounces or less of ganja as a criminal offence and allowing for the cultivation of five or less ganja plants on any premises which will be regarded as being for medical or therapeutic use of the leaves or horticultural purposes.

It will also permit the possession of ganja for religious purposes as a sacrament in adherence to the Rastafarian faith.

Some events where the use of ganja is prevalent will also be exempt from prosecution.

Patients will also be allowed to use ganja for medical or therapeutic purposes as prescribed or recommended in writing from a medical or health practitioner approved by the Minister of Health.

Visitors to Jamaica will also be allowed to possess up to two pounds of ganja, once they are able to provide satisfactory evidence, along with a permit from their jurisdiction proving they use ganja for medical or therapeutic purposes.

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Clansman members will have to wait another 12 months before seeing former boss, Tesha Miller, the police are now saying. This, after the police had reported that Miller had completed his sentence would be sent back to Jamaica next week Monday.

A senior policeman confirmed to Yardflex that the Clansman gangster will be released from the Coleman penal institution in the United States on January 16, 2016.

The 35-year-old Miller, who is still a force within the Spanish Town based Clansman Gang, was convicted in the US last year on a charge of illegal entry and possessing false documents.

The police were on high alert about Miller's impending return, especially in light of the fact that another rival gangster from Spanish Town is also set to be released from prison next week. The gun slaying of Tesha's brother Craig "Gizzarda" Miller less than a week ago and reports of another brother being killed last week, were cause for great concern from the police and many residents in and around Spanish Town.




Big story of the weekend: Plot to kill Kartel in prison uncovered.

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It is being reported all over the place that prison personnel uncovered the plot to kill Kartel that involved an ancillary worker and a fellow inmate at the Horizon Adult Remand Centre. The ancillary worker confessed that she was directed by the inmate to pick up two bottles of lotion (bleaching cream perhaps?) and three ratchet knives. The bottles are reported to have contained poison which is said to be able to penetrate the skin. She managed to smuggle the items into the high-security institution. Following investigations the items were supposedly discovered in a section of the facility. The ancillary worker confessed to being involved in the plot to pass the items to the inmate who was allegedly planning to attack Kartel when both would be released from their cells. The ancillary worker is in custody and will be questioned.

Meanwhile on the streets it is being said that this story is just a ploy to keep Kartel in the news and keep him current so that he continues to dominate the music scene.

"A new single or a album soon drop... so that's why them a come with this story. Whe man a go kill man inna prison nobody nah know til it happen."

Did Kartel switch from Tesha to Blackman?

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Amid reports of a plot to kill the so called Worl Boss, Vybz Kartel in prison, there has been much talk of him switching allegiance from one Clansman gangster to another.

According to informed sources, Kartel is "protected by the Klansman (Clansman) gang which runs Spanish Town", so it is unlikely that anybody would try to put a hit on him. 

However, there are also reports that Kartel has switched allegiance from soon-to-be-deported former Klans boss, Tesha Miller to Blackman. According to one blogger: "Clansman ah get rid ah him. Dem nuh play informing businss mek bwoy dissapear dem nah protect yuh no more. From you switch from Tesha to Blackman."

Kartel and three co-accused were convicted last year and sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of Clive Lizard Williams.




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American Trudy Brown starts petition to deport Gully Gad Mavado

A concerned United States citizen named Trudy A. Brown from Gapland, Maryland, has created an online petition to the United States president Barak Obama requesting that dancehall artiste David "Mavado" Brooks be deported from the country because of his past convictions.

The petition, which was created on Sunday, January 11, was posted on a section of the White House's website called 'We the People.' It states: "Reggae artist David Brooks is a non-citizen felon residing in the USA. He was convicted in May 2012 in Jamaica for serious assault ... It is grossly unfair that undocumented immigrants with NO serious criminal records are deported daily while a convicted felon, such as Mavado, has carte blanche to live and work here."

The petition also included two links to stories about US State Department Law Enforcement Officer, David Rainsberger, who admitted to accepting expensive gifts and back stage passes to concerts and events while stationed at the US Embassy in Kingston from an entertainer known as 'D.B.' Other reports are that Mavado has asked for voluntary deportation following his alleged failure to convince immigation that his newest marriage is real.

'We the People' was created by the Obama administration to give Americans the opportunity to petition the administration's policy experts. It states that the petitions must meet a quota of approximately 10,000 signatures for it to be reviewed by the officials in the administration and then an official response would be issued.

Petition to revoke Justin Bieber's visa last year

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Mavado is not the first artiste to face this dilemma. Last year January, a petition requesting that President Obama deport Canadian pop sensation,Justin Bieber, and revoke his visa was also created.

"We the people of the United States feel that we are being wrongly represented in the world of pop culture. We would like to see the dangerous, reckless, destructive and drug abusing, Justin Bieber deported and his green card revoked," read the petition that was placed on the White House's "We The People" site.

At that time, legal expert Leo Terrell says Bieber's visa status would only come into play if he is convicted of a felony. But if Bieber wasn't Bieber, Terrell said he might not be so fortunate.

"If it was a regular Joe, the prosecution would most likely not cut a deal and seek to impose the greatest possible criminal penalty upon the person," continued Terrell. "Also, the government would also likely use the incident against the person, such as revoking his visa."




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Former boss of the notorious Spanish Town-based Klansman (also spelled Clansman) gang, Tesha Miller, is to be deported from the United States on Monday.

Miller, 35, was convicted in the US in 2014 for attempting to enter the country illegally. He has been languishing at an immigration centre awaiting his deportation to Jamaica, while reportedly still attempting to run the Klans' operation in Jamaica.

The Klansman former top man was detained in September 2013 by US immigration authorities shortly after his arrival in Miami, Florida. He was reportedly held for re-entering the US without valid papers after he allegedly travelled by boat from The Bahamas.

Miller was handed a 28-month sentence at his court appearance on June 6, 2014.

Meanwhile, well placed sources confirmed to Yardflex that Teesha Miller had applied for asylum in the United States, but his request was denied.

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Cops on high alert as Spanish Town gangstas say soon-to-be deportee Teesha Miller is 'not welcome'.

Police in St Catherine are on high alert as Teesha Miller, the former head of the feared Klansman Gang, is set to arrive in Jamaica on Monday, amid reports that he is no longer welcome in that city.

Reports reaching Yardflex are that Miller, who wielded significant influence in Spanish Town, has been usurped by another high-ranking member, who has no intention of letting go of that power. This has reportedly caused a rift in the Klans' operation as few have remained loyal to Teesha and many have switched allegiance to the rival boss.

Word on the street is that the red carpet will certainly not be rolled out in Spanish Town when Teesha returns to Jamaica on Monday. It is believed that a strong message was sent to him through the brazen killing of his brother, Craig "Gizzarda" Miller on January 6 and another brother who was allegedly gunned down on Monday.

Informed sources say that the police have been having high level meetings in preparation of possible reprisal attacks and an all-out turf war in Spanish Town come next week. Reports are that the police are also concerned that Teesha Miller's return will coincide with the release of a rival gangster from a prison in Jamaica.

"Any way you tek it, war a go bruk out," an insider told Yardflex.




Cocaine Seized at JFK on Flight from Jamaica

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Bloodlines to lead Reggae Month

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The Reggae music baton is passing.

"Reggae Music is now more then 52-years-old and one of the unique features of this genre is the passion. It is so strong that once it catches a fire in a family it passes on to succeeding generations and creates concurrent careers," Director of Reggae Month said.

Campbell, who has played a pivotal role in the growth of the Jamaica ReggaeIndustry Association's (JaRIA) flagship product Reggae Month, said special emphasis will be devoted to bringing to the fore this unique aspect of Reggae's contribution to world culture inside the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre of Wednesday, February 4.

The first JaRIA Chairman, Freddy McGregor, will appear alongside Judy Mowatt and their daughter Yashemabeth.`

Reggae royalty, Marcia Griffiths, will be joined on stage by her son Johance, who is also the son of late radio disc jockey, Errol 'E.T.' Thompson.

The popular Zinc Fence Redemption Band, which backs Reggae star Chronixx, will also be on hand with their fathers.

The band features the sons of trombonist Ronald 'Nambo' Robinson, Stephen 'Cat' Coore, master drummer Desi Jones and late Gospel artiste, Barbara Jones.

Pioneer Rastafarian drummer Ras Michael, will also appear in tandem with his granddaughter, Kamsha Morris, while veteran bass player and band leader Lloyd Parkes will perform alongside his son Leftside.

The Reggae Wednesday's series of concerts will also see performances from Third World, Rootz Radics, Pentateuch and Black as Cole on the following week in a concert entitled' Aggregations' on Wednesday, February 11.

JaRIA has expressed its commitment to continue to highlight the prowess of local musicians who have had foreigners clamouring to visit the island to record and has afforded the island's entertainment sector to sharpen its competitive edge.

The 'Progressions' concert - highlighting the branches of Reggae including Dancehall, Rock, Rap, Hip Hop and Poetry - will feature King Stitchie, Nature, the Nigerian-born Nneka who has been carving her own niche on the international Reggae circuit, Ikaya and Exco Levi. This concert will be held inside the Reggae Village at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre onFebruary 18.

To highlight the impact of Reggae music on other art forms, the 'Reggae Run Weh' concert will showcase troubadour Richie Stephens, who will be accompanied by his dance troupe. Stephens has broken uncharted ground with his modern Ska Tech style which has proven to be a hit with audiences worldwide.

Performances from Chris Martin and Jah 9 as well as fashion and dance will also be featured on the 'Reggae Run Weh' concert.

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Another man said to be the brother of reputed Klansman boss, Tesha Miller, has been killed

Reports reaching Yardflex are that the man was shot and killed in Spanish Town a short while ago.

It was only last week Tuesday night that another of Tesha's brothers, 33-year-old Craig 'Gizzarda' Mille was gunned down by criminals in March Pen Road, St Catherine. Reports are that Gizzarda was at home about 9:00 pm when gunmen invaded the premises and opened fire.

Spanish Town gangster and area leader Tesha Miller was sentenced in the United States last year to two years' imprisonment for illegally entering the country.

Miller fled the island late last year and was apprehended by US authorities after arriving in the country en route from The Bahamas.

Miller was sentenced in April 2011, in Jamaica, to 15 years for robbery with aggravation and seven years for illegal possession of firearm. However, he was freed by the Court of Appeal in March 2013.




Gospel strengthens Reggae Month

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The genre of Gospel music will inject spiritual energy into this year's roster of Reggae Month activities.

The month begins with an ecumenical service at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre on February 1.

As has been a feature of all previous editions of Reggae Month, the service is designed to highlight different aspects of Jamaica's vibrant entertainment industry, including choir music and creative dancing.

The Reggae Praise concert will be held a week later on February 8, and will see performances from Kevin Downswell, Katalys Krew, Urim 7, Jermaine Edwards and Yahnii Righteous inside the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre.

Several Gospel acts will also be presented during the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association's (JaRIA) Reggae Wednesday series including, Judy Mowatt on the Bloodlines concert to be held February 4, and King Stitchie who will appear on the Progressions concert on February 18.

Gospel acts have long clamoured to be included in the flagship Reggae Wednesday's series of concerts and not be pigeon-holed into an exclusive Gospel concert.

This bears testament to the popularity of the Reggae Wednesday's series which has grown exponentially over the last six years.

Most of Reggae music's top names began their vocal and musical practice in the church.

The church has, without doubt, always acted as an incubator and played a huge role in the development of Jamaica's popular music culture.

According to JaRIA Director of Reggae Month, Charles Campbell the plan is to keep the focus on Gospel and the positive messages that are transmitted especially from this sector of Reggae music.

"JaRIA has always used the word Reggae in its generic form, Reggae is all-encompassing. That means Gospel, Dancehall, Roots Reggae, Mento, Ska, Rock Steady and all other genres of Jamaican Reggae music will be on offer. We all know that nothing works without the Creator's input and our Gospel has come into its own over the last 20 years," Campbell said.

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Rebel Salute 2015 "The Preservation of Reggae"

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Rebel Salute is undeniably a masterpiece, which is now hailed today as a spiritual renaissance, it has become the bedrock for the exposure and celebration of Jamaican roots music.

These two nights you don't want to miss. Watch Rebel Salute live with the likes of Tony Rebel, Alborosie, Capleton, Tarrus Riley, Etana, Johnny Clarke, Junior Kelly, Third World, Cocoa Tea, Sizzla, Luciano, Freddie McGregor, Inner Circle, Queen Ifrica, Richie Spice and more.

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A Reggae King is Dead!

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THE REGGAE WORLD HAS LOST A LEGEND AND A GIANT! Best known for his song "Buffalo Soldiers", which was written for Bob Marley, Noel Williams, aka King Sporty, made his transition today, with his wife R&B Legend, Betty Wright at his bedside.

King Sporty was the Recipient of the International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) Lifetime honor in 2010 in New York and was a sponsor and presenter at the recently held 33rd IRAWMA in South Florida last October, 2014.

King Sporty was a 30 year friend of IRAWMA's producer, Ephraim Martin.

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Nina Man pulls out of Sting clash with explanation

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"I am not necessarily a man of many words when I am off the stage and over the years I have learned it is best to not respond in "the moment." The last few years of my life have taught me number of lessons and one of the most valuable ones is that I am not the Ninja Man of 10 or 15 years ago. I am not about violence, I am not about war and I certainly not about intimidation.

I believe in choices and I believe in entertainment with that said the clash artiste that Ninja Man may have been known for has evolved. I have grown... I have been there and done that time and time again. I am in a new chapter of my life... I am about making music that entertains the people and putting on shows where everybody has a good time and leaves wanting more.

With that said, I am not into having my life threatened nor scare tactics - there is no one for me to clash at STING. I have clashed every big name artiste in Jamaica ... just check YouTube. This "war" they are trying to drag me into is really going backwards for me and I am about moving forward. So it is with great thought, I announce that I will not be on STING 2014. I will instead be enjoying the Christmas with my friends and family.

Let me say thanks to Isaiah Laing for the opportunities he provided me to showcase my talent over the years and wish him a safe and successful staging of STING. My immediate focus is finalizing the plans for my annual birthday party being held in Ocho Rios at Turtle River Park on the 24th of January 2015.

I really want to thank all of my fans for their continued support over the years and through the trying times in my life and also to my family at Down Sound Records who have continued to believe in me and what I want to accomplish in my music and in my life".




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Two New York-based Jamaica-born dentists - Dr Dwight Williams and Dr Kerisa Harriott - are offering their services free of charge to ensure that new Internet dancehall sensation Gully Bop has a brighter smile.

The two professionals reached out the media with their requests.

Dr Williams, a board-certified maxillofacial surgeon and founder of the Optimum Dental Care, a multi-specialty dental group practice located in north Bronx, New York, said Gully Bop first came to his attention when his wife Morvia Reid-Williams saw his video on her Facebook page.

"While viewing the video, I was in awe of how talented Gully Bop was and then I proceeded to watch some of his interviews on YouTube. What struck me about Gully Bop was his positive approach to life and the fact that he was living in the moment and as he claimed, this was 'his time'" Dr Williams said.




Magnum Sting Tonic Wine

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Magnum Sting will be streamed live by Kariblink to audiences internationally. The production promises to have unique features and value added components.

The line-up this year features a host of exciting artistes including the Fire Man himself Capleton, Ninja Man, Aidonia, Tarrus Riley, Etana, I Wayne, Iba Mahr, Kabaka Pyramid, Tommy Lee, Gage, Demarco, Masicka, Kalado, Teflon, Droop Lion, Ryno VS Kiprich Rematch and the New Sensation Gully Bop.

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Gully Bop endorsed by Major Lazer

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Dancehall artiste Gully Bop has made what could be considered his first step into the international market after his song 'My God Dem Nuh Bad Like Me' was remixed by Walshy Fire of the group Major Lazer.

According to Gully Bop's producer, Gutty Bling of Claims Records, the song has been receiving strong attention in the United States, the Caribbean and Canada.

"Everybody thought he was a one-hit wonder, but he has shown that he has more to offer. The song has helped to push the label even further, and right now inna dancehall, apart from Vybz kartel, a Gully Bop a run di place," his manager Gutty Bling.




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"I really don't want to kill Gully Bop's little career so early because I want him to make some money to fix his teeth and his 'bosen'. I would advise his managers to focus on developing the artiste and record some good songs for him while he is hot, so that he can have a lasting career, because at the end of the day you will damage his career by putting him up against people," Ninja Man told The Media.

GULLY BOP - MY GOD DEM NUH BAD LIKE MI [ALKALINE DISS] DECEMBER 2014





Filth Rubbed on Kids' Mouths !!

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A smelly matter in which a woman used faeces to rub on to the mouths of children after it is alleged that they placed a penis in her child's mouth came to an end with the accused being sentenced to 30 days in prison yesterday.

Charged with common assault is Ruth Wilson of a Corporate Area address who was hauled before the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

The Crown led evidence that the complainant who is a guidance counsellor at a primary school in Kingston, while there was dealing with a dispute among children when Wilson was contacted.




Miss Kitty denies performing Oral sex in photo

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Radio host and emcee Khadine 'Miss Kitty' Hylton has expressed anger at unscrupulous individuals who have attempted to malign her by creating an alleged sex image.

The picture, under the guise of a video, surfaced on the Internet and allegedly contains an image of Hylton, also known as the 'Fluffy Diva', superimposed on the body of a woman performing a sex act.




Tommy Lee spews fire at Competitions

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Tommy Lee promises to slaughter Gage lyrically.

"Mi come with a new style inna music and people a try copy it, but people know the original from the followers. A me sey gothic dancehall and start wearmask and now Alkaline a wear mask and everybody dun know Gage a knock-off already, so I guess I am the trendsetter," Tommy Lee Sparta said.

Tommy Lee also dissed Alkaline for stealing his idea of wearing masks.





Nick Cannon works with Jamaican artistes

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AMERICAN actor/television personality Nick Cannon is currently in Jamaica trying get a first-hand taste and feel of the island as he seeks to promote his latest charge Kreesha Turner.

The Wild 'N Out personality, who is on his first trip to the island, is here to soak in the sights, sounds, and tastes of the island in order to inform himself as he works with Turner, who was born in Canada and raised in Jamaica. She fuses reggae and dancehall music with other influences to arrive at her sound.

"From the moment I met Kreesha, she kept telling me about Jamaica... I had been to some of the other islands, but not Jamaica... so I had to come see what it's all about," Cannon told the media.

"We are here supporting Kreesha's project, exploring the culture to make sure I touch the people in a real way," he added.

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Cannon and Turner are in the island promoting her single Sexy Gal, which also features dancehall quartet T.O.K. Turner is signed to his Ncredible Entertainment label.

Cannon disclosed that he would like to work with local acts, but is new to the culture and therefore is taking it slow.

"Right now, I'm paying attention to who's picking up in the clubs and dances because I always want to get it right. However, right now, my focus is to get Kreesha popping here in Jamaica. I believe in authenticity and being organic so I'm just paying attention and getting more engulfed in the culture before making any move like that," he stated.

He is committed to getting Turner to mainstream and, therefore, is not looking to sign another female act from Jamaica at this time in order to prevent conflicts of interest.

Cannon's Jamaican recce has seen him enjoying lobster on the beach at Hellshire in Portmore.

Kreesha Turner - MJ





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Deejays Blak Ryno and Kiprich will go head to head at this year's staging of Sting - the popular one night reggae show staged on Boxing Day.

According to Isaiah Laing, head of Supreme Promotions, organisers of the event, clashes have always been part of the history of Sting and, therefore, a match-up of this nature was inevitable.

Speaking at a press conference at his Burlington Avenue offices in the Corporate Area yesterday, Laing traced the history of clashes at the event dating back to the first ever in 1984, which featured Michael Palmer and Junior Reid. He noted that, by the following year, 1985, it was realised that the clash was the way to go and it became a signature of Sting.

"[The] clash is a hallmark of Sting. Over the years, it has become a major attraction... last year Kiprich was defeated by Ryno and so we have decided to bring them back for a rematch, and this is not something to be missed," he asserted.

Blak Ryno was absent from the press conference as it was explained that he was overseas, but his opponent Kiprich was on hand to declare that this year things will be different.

"I am more focused and prepared for a proper lyrical showdown [at] Jamworld.... He can't come with what he came with last year and expect to win... it's lyrics to the fullest. I am always happy to be part of this historical event and to be part of it as a top act a this time," said Kiprich.




Man arrested for having sex with minor

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A 37-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of having sex with a person under the age of 16.

He is also being investigated for harbouring a ward of the State.

Reports are that about 3:30 p.m. last Friday, police personnel swooped down on an address in the Rosemount community in St Catherine.

The suspect was caught inside the house having sex with the child.

Both parties were taken to the police station in Linstead.

Further investigations by the police revealed that the teenager escaped from the centre about three weeks ago.




I was abused as a child says Lady Saw

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Dancehall artiste Lady Saw has revealed that she was abused as a child. As a result, she has launched a foundation geared at assisting abused women and children.

According to the Grammy award-winning deejay, who recently released a new album called Alter Ego, half of the proceeds from album sales will go towards the Lady Saw Foundation.

"I had the idea for years now but my lawyer at the time went abroad to study; but I recently got another lawyer. The foundation will cater to women because I was abused a lot growing up as a child and as a teenager. It was a horrible experience and many persons are going through that experience," she said.

Lady Saw is also looking to put her vision in reality by opening a home-training centre for abused women.

"Many women tend to run away from their abuser, including my mom. So what I am doing is trying to find a safe haven for them. I have located a property in St Mary with a building that resembles a factory. I want to purchase the property and use it as a centre for abused women. I also want one of those centres to be in Kingston. I am probably way ahead of myself right now because I am so passionate, but we have to start somewhere," she said.

Toy drive

The deejay also spearheaded a toy drive in the US recently, where she collected seven barrels of toys in collaboration with media personality Ragashanti.

"I also visited a children's home recently with my publicist, and spent some time with some disenchanted kids, and I was really touched, so I decided to get the toys, pampers and sheets for them as well," she said.




Youths support copy cats?

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Old standards not desired by new acts

There was once a time in Jamaican music when originality and authenticity were key elements that defined the standard used to measure 'good music' and a 'great artiste'. Those who created a style or sound for themselves, were glorified for their efforts, while imitators were oftentimes ignored or not taken seriously by fans.

Several recording artistes who have found themselves in the latter, have failed to have a lasting, if any impact at all, because of the imposter label ascribed to them, many seeking to re-brand themselves in light of their fading reality.

Dancehall artiste Merciless was largely criticised by fans in the early 90s when arch-rival Bounty Killer accused the Clarendon-born artiste of copying his style. Through the years, Merciless denied in several songs and interviews that he tried to sound like Bounty Killer. However, his conflict with the Killer, perhaps did more harm than good, as Killer's loyal fanbase, supported his sentiments in Mr Wanna Be, in which he classified the artiste as an imposter.

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Recording artistes Bounty Filla and Hitlist suffered a similar fate, the latter forced to change his name to Ganggoolie and reinvent himself, in order to be accepted in the music industry under a new guise.

Reggae artiste Bascom X was also accused by Sizzla Kalonji's supporters who claimed that he was impersonating the reggae icon, while incarcerated dancehall artiste Zebra, despite his relative success in the late 90s, was always seen as a shadow of veteran deejay Tiger. He too rejected the notion that he was deliberately trying to sound like the Come Back to Me singer.

Fast forward to 2014, and fans seem to be less judgmental, as recording artistes like Gage and Alkaline, despite their obvious similarities to Tommy Lee Sparta and Vybz Kartel, still manage to wield a strong influence over dancehall fans.

One theory for the now general acceptance of 'copy cats', according to director/curator of the Jamaica Music Museum, Herbie Miller, is because standards have fallen.

celebrating mediocrity

"We celebrate that which is substandard or mediocre because we really don't know what is quality anymore. We can't even blame the fans alone, but also the education system, because culture is not taught in schools, so the youths don't have any level to aspire to. Artistes were valued based on what they could contribute, based on styles, variety and diversity, but I don't think that the cultural appreciation that was held by the older generation is even desired by the new generation," he said.




Local dancer Mumzell criticizes badmind dancers

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According to the dancer/business woman, some persons in the entertainment industry hate to see their coworkers reap success for their labor.

"We cant stop badmind. it a guh tek a lot to do that. But when a man a have him run you supposed to allow him or her to have the run without badmind. Hard work a di key to success and everybody born with a talent, but we should stop playing unfair games and allow people to bloom. Remember that Bogle said if you are a winner you don't need to be in any competition,"she said.

Mumzell has been featured in music videos for several dancehall artistes including Mr Vegas' Tek Weh Yuself and RDX's Bend Over. Both videos mentioned have received more than four million views on YouTube.com.

She is also gearing up to host a round robin at her club this Friday.




Corey Todd Shot at near his go go club

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The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) is now investigating a shooting at the Taboo Night Club in Montego Bay, St James early this morning in which two men were shot.

The incident occurred shortly after five this morning.

The Police say popular businessman and owner of the club, Corey Todd was closing the establishment when two men on a motorcycle fired shots at him, hitting him in the right hand.

A policeman who was at the location responded by firing at the gunmen.

One was hit and died on the spot.

Meanwhile, the police are theorising that the attempted murder of Todd, may have been a hit.




Gage plans to win STING clash

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Things are heating up on the local music scene as the war of words continue to escalate between Gage and Tommy Lee, leading up to their much hyped clash at Sting 2014.

Gage, aka the Burning Sun, is confident that he will emerge the victor on Boxing Day.

"Tommy Lee a try style man bout Kartel shave Gage, and him a go tun mi inna range. A dat mi hear sey him sey pon 'On Stage'. Well mi have news fi him, him done dead already, Tommy Lee dead already," he said.

"It a go be a musical massacre pon Boxing Day. Mi nuh fraid a him. Mi a go bury him and Alkaline. Dem nuh ready fi clash wid mi, dem nuh reach mi levels. A mi a di Burning Sun."

Gage recently fired a lyrical salvo titled Two Idiot in response to Tommy Lee's dis track titled Bad Man Dawg.

"Tommy Lee drop a idiot tune bout him a diss man, but mi nuh fraid a him cause him a idiot. Just listen di tune weh mi do fi him and Alkaline, di two a dem a idiot. Dem need fi stop call up mi name."

Gage, who recently performed to packed venues in Guyana, Panama, and Trinidad and Tobago, also boasted that he is now the most popular act in dancehall music.

"Right now, every weh yuh go inna di Caribbean and South America a mi a di most popular dancehall artiste. The fans are requesting me all over the world, Europe, the US, and Africa. All over di world di people dem say a just Beng. A mi run things now. Tommy Lee and Akaline fi know sey a di Burning Sun time now," the artiste said.

When contacted, Tommy lee Sparta's publicist, Keona Williams, said, "He has heard about the song but he hasn't heard it yet, to have any response towards it ... he has been so busy with the music video for Bad Man Dawg, he hasn't got a chance to listen to Gage's song as yet."




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Alia Atkinson became the first black woman to win a world swimming title when she triumphed in the 100m breaststroke at the world short-course championships in Doha on Saturday as more records tumbled.

Jamaican Atkinson, 25, claimed the title and equalled Ruta Meilutyte's world record of 1min 02.36sec in the process - although under governing body FINA rules this still equates to a new record.

She was completely unaware of what she had done, staring up at the scoreboard with an air of resignation before it gradually dawned.

"Me?," she mouthed, pointing at herself before the enormity of her achievement was absorbed and so started the celebrations.

Atkinson's role at the International Swimming Hall of Fame in Florida is to encourage greater involvement of different communities in swimming and to promote water safety.

"Hopefully my face will come out, there will be more popularity especially in Jamaica and the Caribbean and we'll see more of a rise and hopefully in the future we will see a push," Atkinson mused.




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Word on the street, is that reggae artistes Sizzla Kalonji and Teflon chased I Octane out of popular stage show West Kingston Jamboree lastnight, forcing the artiste to leave without performing.

According to an eyewitness, I Octane was about to enter the platform to perform when Sizzla and his entourage chased him from behind the stage while telling the MC that he wanted to perform.

Sizzla later called on Teflon and they both performed an extended set, Sizzla is also said to have stayed behind after his performance blocking the entrance, to ensure that I Octane did not touch the microphone.

Another eyewitness claims that I Octane was slapped around by Sizzla's entourage, however that has not been confirmed. 




Buju Banton asks to be Deported

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Efforts by dancehall superstar Buju Banton to get an early release from prison based on amendments to drug sentencing guidelines implemented recently, may be thwarted because the deejay has maintained his innocence since being arrested.

The media understands that Banton has asked that the court reduce his sentence and turn him over to immigration authorities so he can be deported back to Jamaica.




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Jamaican born, LA based actress Shauna Chin, most known for her role as Richard Blackburn's fiancée Claudine on 'The Blackburns of Royal Palm Estate' has been making a name for herself in US-based Independent Feature Films, such as '12/12/12' and 'The Necklace' just to name a few. Now add Primetime television to the actress' body of work as she lands a role on 'Criminal Minds' TV series on CBS. Chin is set to begin shooting on Dec 10, 2014. "It's only a small role, so it's not as if I'll be getting a lot of screen time" says the surprisingly shy actress. Other than the shoot date she is not able to give much more details on the gig until closer to the air date. Until then, we wish her all the best.

The rock-born actress also lends her skills behind the scenes. Her latest projects include being a Casting Associate for Lifetime's controversial film "Aaliyah: Princess of R&B" which came under severe fire from Aaliyah supporters claiming that the movie was a poor representation of the singer and did not receive approval from the singers' family. Chin was also the Casting Associate for the highly anticipated upcoming Lifetime original movie "With This Ring" by Director Nzingha Stewart, featuring Eve, Regina Hall, Jill Scott and Brooklyn Sudano with Executive Producer Gabrielle Union.

As if that's not an already hectic schedule, Chin is also an official representative of the Jamaican diaspora. In 2012, she was appointed as the first Ambassador to the National Association of Jamaican and Supportive Organizations [NAJASO], the non-governmental arm of Jamaica's diaspora representatives. For more information go to www.shaunachin.com [1] or visit the actress on social media Twitter and Facebook @shaunachin or on Instagram at @shauna_chin




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Get ready to 'drink in' the performance from Champaign at Euphoria 2014

For the First time in Jamaica, the group Champaign hits the stage to perform in Kingston at the Euphoria Charity Concert on December 14. The first staging of what will be an annual Charity event, is set to take place at the Lime Golf Academy in New Kingston.

The Concert is already shaping up to a trendsetting event with more than able performers and an enormous cause to boot; All proceeds go towards purchasing food for the over four hundred kids at the Mustard Seed Communities.

With Massive hits known worldwide such as 'How About us' and 'Try Again', the Jamaican audience should anticipate a memorable performance from the 1970's group led by Grammy Nominated, Multi-Platinum Recording Artist, and Lead vocalist Pauli Carman. Carman began performing professionally in 1977 with a group called "Coalkitchen", they released an album called "Thirsty Or Not Choose Your Flavor" for Epic Records in that year.

Since then he has appeared on such hit TV shows as Soul Train, Solid Gold, and has toured in such venues as Madison Square Gardens, Cow Palace, Disney World and many others. Most recently the Carman led group 'Champaign' has performed in the United States in Salt Lake City, Utah for 20,000 people for the Muzart World Foundation, a wonderful Foundation to keep Music and Arts in all public schools. Being a performer on the Euphoria Charity Concert is most fitting as 'giving back' is a movement avidly supported by the group.

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"I'm very proud to be a part of The Euphoria concert for the Mustard Seed Charity. I feel very strongly about helping those in need, and I am an Ambassador for many Foundations both in the U.S. and abroad such as Muzart World Foundation and The Mabuhay Foundation in the Philippines. I even have a very special page on my Website called Music for a Cause" Pauli Carman commented.

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After over thirty years on stage, Champaign has become experts at entertaining an audience with a complete package, Euphoria's audience will be no different on December 14.

"I like the one on one communication with a large audience who appreciates your music, the give and take is amazing energy, pure joy. Jamaica can anticipate "Champaign's" top hits from the past and present wrapped in to a very exciting show of love and fun." Carman added

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The Euphoria Charity Concert also features International "Superwoman" Karyn White, Freddy McGregor, Ernie Smith, Leroy Sibbles, Mr Vegas, Romaine Virgo, Kevin Downswell Christopher Martin and more.




No RDX for "RUM SATURDAYS" in Browns Town TONIGHT

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Dancehall Duo RDX would like their fans and the general public to know that they are being falsely advertised for an event this weekend in St Ann being promoted by Afterdark Entertainment.

RDX was contacted by an Afterdark Entertainment representative and preliminary discussions had begun to have the duo contracted to perform at the event held at Clemetson's Roof, Browns Town, St. Ann. The promoters however have not completed the necessary arrangement to facilitate a performance and as such RDX will not be performing at this event.

RDX would not want their dedicated fans to be misled by these promoters who are illegally using the RDX name and image to promote their event. The RDX team will be taking the necessary legal actions against Afterdark Entertainment however they are making it clear to their fans that they have not been contracted to perform at Rum Saturdaz this Saturday Night.

"We are flexible and willing to work with promoters who are willing to work with RDX but at the same time we operate a business and the business side of things has to be sorted" Renigade stated.

"Our fans deserve the correct information and we would not want it to seem that we are unprofessional or 'no shows' to an event we are booked on" Delomar added.

Fans can look out for RDX all island this month as they will be performing on the Boom Energy Drink Road Show and at gt taylor's Reggae Christmas Extravaganza.




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Dancehall/reggae artiste Teflon has released a song called Donkey Lense in which he lyrically challenges rival and former friend I Octane. The song also jabs at Alkaline Gage, Tommy Lee Sparta and Kalado.

Teflon and I Octane have been at odds for several years over a business disagreement.

Teflon - Donkey Lense (Alkaline, I Octane, Tommy Lee & Gage Diss) December 2014 @Crushroad876





Pamputtae frame by bitter mate of social media

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Dancehall deejay Pamputtae is setting the record straight and clearing her name, after an image of a woman in a compromising position has gone viral, with many claiming that it is the artiste.

It was revealed that the woman, who bares a striking resemblance to the dancehall artiste, is actually a United States-based adult film star.

The artiste revealed that she knows who is responsible for creating the image and claims that it was done out of jealousy in a bid to tarnish her reputation.

"Is she create the pic because she want the man, but me have him lock and she mad. Me need dem pictures there fi stop go roun', they need to stop and go on my Instagram or Facebook page and check before they share it and pass their remarks," she said. "I plan to sue people, me have a chop pan my hand and the girl nuh have no chop. It's just the bang (hairstyle) why people seh is me."

In response to the jab at her reputation, Pamputtae said she created the song Mud Up Mate, produced by Friends for Real Production.

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Shane Hoosong (((Official Music Vid ))) out now

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OFFICIAL RUDE GANJA REFIX VIDEO





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Since local actor Shebada went Onstage and claimed to have impregnated the ex-girlfriend a deejay whom he did not name, several names have been swirling all over the place. However the two popular names are Alkaline and Bounty Killer.

It is unconfirmed by either artiste if there is any truth to the speculations, however several memes have been circulating the internet incriminating Alkaline and Bounty Killer.

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Bunny Wailer has expressed his dissatisfaction at the slow pace the Government was moving in regards to the decriminalisation of marijuana, saying their failure to capitalise on its use has opened the doors for yet another international company to market a product with which the world associates Jamaica.

"Jamaica is still moving too slow and has been focused on the low hanging fruit," he said, pointing out that the cultural and competitive advantage that Jamaica has with marijuana must now be used to not only oppose the deal set up by the Seattle-based company, but should also send a message to other international companies.

"Only a Jamaican company incorporating local stakeholders, the Rastafarian community, local ganja farmers, medical scientists and investors should be allowed to market Brand Jamaica Ganja first-hand, every other company outside of Jamaica should follow suit."

Several states in the U.S have already legalized Marijuana.




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Kingston, Jamaica has made the UNAIDS list of ten cities worldwide where a very high proportion of people live with the dreaded HIV virus.

Kingston is the only Caribbean city to make the UNAIDS top ten list of HIV populated cities released yesterday, World AIDS Day.

Lima, Peru; Santiago, Chile and Buenos Aires, Argentina round out the others in the Americas list in 'The Cities Report.'

According to UNAIDS, there are 19,494 or 64 percent of Kingston metropolitan area's population living with the HIV virus in a city of some 30,000 people. Yet, Kingston has 10 out of 21 treatment sites in Jamaica and plays an essential role in treating and caring for people with HIV, the report said.

In Kingston, the majority of people newly diagnosed with HIV have an HIV-related illness or disease, indicating late diagnosis. According to Ministry of Health estimates, in 2013, HIV prevalence among the homeless and people who inject drugs was at 4 percent and among prison inmates was at 9 percent. Data for female sex workers and men who have sex with men is incomplete but it is estimated to stand at 4 percent and 32 percent respectively.

In Buenos Aires, a city of 83,322 people, there are 35, 745 people living with HIV while there are 29, 609 in Lima and 13, 939 in Santiago.

Researchers warn in the report that "cities will struggle to control their AIDS epidemics as long as these populations are marginalized from the benefits of city life." They recommend using a Fast-Track AIDS response, cities can improve social equality for people affected by HIV and those living with the disease, while also addressing related public health challenges in new and innovative ways to prevent disease.




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Radio DJ/record producer DJ Sunshine is fuming over the decision taken by several recording artistes to record on her popular Wul Dem Again rhythm without requesting her permission.

"I voice a rhythm and I put eleven songs on the rhythm and now several other artistes are on the rhythm illegally. Some of them are even on the streets promoting the songs which I find so unprofessional and disrespectful to me. How can you do that? They even got hold of the logo for my label and is using it to promote their music and that is damaging to my reputation," DJ Sunshine said.

"This is the kind of thing that is keeping the industry from going forward. They did not even have the decency to contact me. Cease and desist immediately and I will have you know that I find this to be disrespectful and I will not be producing you in the future as a result of this. I know the rhythm is hot and I placed two young artistes on the rhythm already because I could not full up the project with young artistes," she continued.

"I don't have no problem with you performing on the instrumental. But to voice on the rhythm and promote it that is where I have a problem. Some of the artistes should know better and I don't want my name to be attached to something that I am not apart of here are the artistes on my rhythm," she said listing out Konshens, Alkaline, Demarco, Vybz Kartel, I Octane, Mr. Vegas, Mavado, Bryka, Chillando, Aidonia and Elephant Man.

Artistes who have hijacked DJ Sunshine's rhythm include Merciless, Iyara, Patexx, Stein, Versatile, Rhyme Minista, Deablo, Dwayno, Maestro Don, Gaza Nah Nah Ice, Damion Dollar,Chapanore, Tuggawar,Bayroot,Truk Matics,Tuff Krakaz, Prince Pin, Ithermol and Choice, G Loc,Fada Price, Edy J,Nashinal, Mr. Lawigical, Eyesus,Lil Lifu, Zee K, Don Tooks,Hyporak, Keron Williams,Jahvillani, Kweffa,Engenor,Blvk Angel,Travalaunch,Maestroxity,Malish and Chrome,Shotta,Griff,T39,Cv (LNJ),Kruze 45, Mad Geeral, Di Hooligan,African,Slice Out and Badly,Zekedon,Formula, Askel Tudiworld,Roshane War, Ar J among others.

A significant amount of the songs are disses aimed at dancehall enigma Alkaline.





Acid destroys woman's life forever :(

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Twenty-eight-year-old Kassandra Smith will never forget the morning of August 17, 2014, as it was a day that caused her great agony and pain, which she is likely to endure for a lifetime.

Smith, a victim of what is believed to have been an acid attack, was doused with a burning substance, which has resulted in injuries such as severe burns, speech imparity and loss of sight.

She told THE WEEKEND STAR: "I had just finished jogging by heroes circle and went home (Arnold Road), about minutes to seven. A tenant called my attention to a man that was calling me outside. When I went to check, it was a young man about 20-27 sporting a cornrow hair and wearing a black jacket. I recognised a red bottle with a white top in his hand."

She said the man kept insisting that she go and speak to a man name 'Wayne' up the road.

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Smith explained what transpired next saying: "I just felt something flash in my forehead and I fell to the ground immediately, I got blind instantly. I was screaming for help and my dogs even rushed me and bite mi up. When help finally came, dem say I was covered in a black substance."

Police rushed Smith to the Kingston Public Hospital where she spent two months and did two surgeries, one for her face and the other for her chest. Smith was also referred to an eye specialist.

Discharged since October 18, Smith has mounting medical bills on top of which she is to attend clinic twice weekly.

This has become a financial burden for Smith, who worked as a cashier at a supermarket prior to the incident.

She said: "The bills for the two months is $839,000 and my mother managed to pay $70,000 and we got donations from customers and my previous employers. I also have an upcoming surgery that will cost $180,000."

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Now in her time of need, the only person present around her is her mother and a family friend.

When asked about other relatives, Smith said: "I'm not hearing from them. I have a nine-year-old daughter, but since the incident she has to live with friends, I don't know when I will get back on my feet again. A doctor told me it will take months and years for me to heal."

Admitting she has an idea what led to the attack, Smith said she has found it in her heart to forgive the perpetrators. "The person I thought to be the mastermind turned himself in to the police with his lawyer, he was questioned and released," she said.

The Kingston Central police said investigations into Smith's attack is ongoing.

Anyone who wishes to assist Smith may do so via NCB, Christiana Branch account number 854135945 and/or JN account number 10465133, Christiana Branch.




Maypen Breaks Magnum contestant record

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Parish has the highest number of female contestants in the history of Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall auditions.

Heavy rains did not deter the upcoming dancehall talents, mostly females, from turning out for the Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall auditions in May Pen, Clarendon, recently.

"May Pen is known as fertile ground for sourcing truly original and natural performers. The fact that we have experienced the highest female turnout from any one audition location in our eight year history is testament to this," said Sophia Bernard-Fairman, group brand manager, Fortified Wines & Liqueurs at J Wray and Nephew.

"May Pen is the birthplace of reggae greats such as Cocoa Tea, Freddie McGreggor and My Boy Lollipop hit-maker Mille Small, so it's no surprise we see strong talent here," said judge Skatta Burrell.

After showing off their skills to preliminary judges Scott Wilson, Kool Face and Scientist, 67 selected contestants went on to perform for the main judges. Main judge, Professor Nuts is passionate about finding those artistes with enormous potential. "We are still on the hunt for diamonds. We have seen great potential so far and are anxious to see what awaits us in Portmore and Kingston," he said.

In addition to the hunt for standout talent, Miss Kitty encouraged contestants to broaden their lyrical horizons, reminded that judges are looking for an original sound with a high level of creativity. "Don't come to us with just a get rich like Bill Gates lyrics, take that same get rich song and make it creative. Nuff odda man dan Bill Gates is rich, give me something new, excite me!" she said.

Former finalists from Clarendon include RC, Tiki, Medallion,Singer Jah and Garrizon.

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Gangster gays rob dancehall selector

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Drag queens were recently used as decoy to distract a motorist, who was then abducted and robbed by a group of gays in New Kingston, The Star understands.

The victim, a selector, is furious as he seeks justice to recover his personal belongings, while describing the level of support by the authorities as unsatisfactory.

The selector recalled that while making his way down Trafalgar Road, two persons dressed as women walked into the path of his car and began dancing. The dancers, he said, entered his car through the back doors, pointed something at his head and told him to drive.

"Dem tell mi fi drive down a one way and we drive to a secluded car park. Mi a try negotiate wid dem but dem have cutlass and ting. One tek up mi phone off the front seat," he revealed.

He was relieved of his jewellery and cash, while having to beg the perpetrators not to take his car.

"After everything happen and mi go a di police post, it tek mi half hour fi get anybody, di police lock up inside a sleep. Then when mi get through, mi afi wait a next 30 minutes for a vehicle to come from Half-Way Tree to go and look for the robbers dem," the selector said. "The police know some of dem by name, when we were driving we saw one of dem and di police call him and him say him never rob me, but him get $500 from the robbery."

The St Andrew Central police confirmed that the matter is under investigation's. The police also revealed that prior to the selector incident, a British citizen was robbed by drag queens of a high-end cell phone and $100,000.




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Overseas-based up-and-coming dancehall artiste, Prospec, is gearing up to release his debut album/mixtape called 'Nah Laugh'.

The artiste, who is quite excited about the release of the project, says his music is a breath of fresh air when compared to the level of lewd content which is now being promoted in dancehall music. Nah Laugh, is being released under record label Legacy Lyrics Entertainment in association with High Intention music.

Prospec, who teamed up with Legacy Lyrics a year ago, has been an acquaintance of the record label for many years. However, now marks the right time to collaborate for music.

"They are like family; it's more than music, but we have come together to do business. The album will have 10 tracks, and right now, we are picking out the 10 best." Prospec said.

The artiste disclosed that he and his management have eyes set on the dancehall market in Europe and therefore want to release an album before embarking on a European tour. "We are looking to go to Europe for a promotional tour, so we have to have new material and consistent material."

The artiste says the album puts his creativity on full display and showcases that dancehall can glorify women, while at the same time remaining classy. Nah Laugh features local recording artistes Demsi and Leoman Jaro as well as US rappers Corporal AK and William Young.

The first single to be released from the project is called Bad Mind People and is featured on Chimney Records Happy Hour rhythm.

Prospec is expected to perform at several local events in December including Road Block. He will also be releasing music videos in 2015.

Therealprospec.com and legacylyrics.com are current places where music lovers can find Prospec's music. He can also be followed on Instagram @highintentionmusiq, Prospec Davis on Facebook, and Soundcloud @prospec.




Chi Ching collaborates with Beenie Man

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With the success of his new single titled 'Way Up Stay Up', a cover of Beenie Man's 1995 hit, 'World Dance', Chi Ching has invited the 'King of The Dancehall' on the remix.

According to the artiste, he approached Beenie Man about being on the record, which also features Popcaan.

"I rate World Dance from I was a child, so it was more than a pleasure to have Beenie Man on this track. We have mutual respect for each other. When I told him I was gonna sing over his song, him shake me hand and say thank you. Beenie Man is not just a regular artiste, he is a legend, he is a Grammy winner, he is the King of the Dancehall," Chi Ching said.




Spice international popularity increases

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There's no stopping dancehall diva Spice: The famed 'Stage show Boss' is finishing 2014 on a musical high and fans everywhere love it.

Spice made recent stops in Costa Rica, Tortola, St Thomas at sold-out venues, and expects the same when she hits the stage in St Maarten (November 29), Atlanta (December 6), England (December 12-16), Boston (December 20), Antigua (December 23) and St Kitts (December 27).

"So far, the fans have been enjoying the performances, even the ones who are in countries where their first language isn't English. I was so excited to hear them sing the songs word-for-word. It has been a wonderful opportunity to perform for some of the best fans I could ask for," says Spice.

In addition to her show-topping performances, the artiste continues to break records with her musical releases. In September of this year, her single So Mi Like It raked in a cool seven million views on VEVO, while her recent release Conjugal Visit with Vybz Kartel received more than two million views in 24 hours on Worldstarhiphop.

Spice said: "I'm extremely blessed to be able to do what I love and have people love and appreciate it in return. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing my fans at the remainder of the shows and everyone can look out for bigger and better things coming from Spice in 2015."




Aidonia returns from Tour

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Dancehall star Aidonia has returned to the island following the completion of a month-long sojourn in Europe. The deejay, who departed in mid-October, says his 20-city tour was a major success despite several challenges with the weather.

Spanning the expanse of Europe, the One Voice tour made stops in the cities of Perugia, Antwerp, Rotterdam, Rennes, Lyon, Geneva, Zurich, Wuppertal and Barcelona, among several others before culminating with a massive outpouring of patrons in Montpelier, France. According to the Don Deh Yah singer, both he and labelmate Deablo were well received.

"This time of the year is very cold in Europe, but despite the inclement conditions, the fans still came out in droves and showed us a lot of love. We are very thankful and appreciative of the support. The overall tour was a major success and plans are already in motion for us to return next year," said Aidonia.

With the tour behind him, Aidonia is fully focused on promoting his latest video Love Off U Gyal, which recently premiered on national television to rave reviews. Shot in Ocho Rios, St Ann, the video was directed by Michael 'BiggzShip' Burbridge, who is also responsible for several of the entertainer's previous visuals.

"We have gotten a lot of positive feedback about the video so now that I am here again, it's time to step the campaign up another notch. Also, fans can look out for the official video for Ryder and a lot of new material coming out of the camp" Aidonia added.

As the festive season fast approaches, the deejay is slated to depart the island in the weeks ahead for several stints throughout the Caribbean and Central America.




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The shroud of mystery surrounding the death of veteran roots play actor Cleve 'Chu Chu' Warren has been removed, after the press was informed that the actor died of complications from cocaine that was found in his stomach.

Last Friday, it was reported that the 46-year-old actor died while undergoing treatment for an 'undetermined illness' at the St Ann's Bay Hospital.

However, 57 packets of cocaine were found and removed from the actor's stomach, during an autopsy that was performed on his body yesterday morning.

The actor was about to board a flight to New York and would later travel to England.




Up and coming artistes release sex pics

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Remember Ikon D Link? Yes that artiste who climbed the Zip Fm Tower for airplay?

Well he is back again seeking attention and has decided to team up with another dancehall artiste to release pictures on the internet taking part in sexual activities.

The female dancehall artiste is called Miss Chin and was a failed contestant in the Magnum Kings and Queen of dancehall competition.

The picture is currently doing rounds on social media. Miss Chin's mother must be so proud... congrats.

iKon D Link & Jozzy - Bus Pass





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Local dancer Crazy Hype and his M.O.B dance crew has been popular on the dance circuit since early 2000. However over the last three years, the dancer has become an household name in several other countries outside of Jamaica, this he credits to his work on several music videos notably Bumaye.

According to the dancer, Jamaicans don't value dancers at the level which they ought to. However in foreign countries they are nothing short of superstars.

"When I am in places in Europe, the people can't get enough of me. They recognize me from the Bumaye music video and even in the streets its like I cant walk because they recognize me," he said.

The dancer who was a friend of the late dance icon 'Bogle'. Says much of his popularity must be credited to the dance move which he did in the music video, a move which was popularized by Bogle himself.

"When people see the dance move dem a sey no sah a di living Bogle dat, because they recognize the dance and people always ask me to do that move abroad," he said.

The award winning dancer is not only known for his dancing skills, but also his writing skills and recently penned the lyrics to a new dance song which will be released in 2015. The dancer also co-wrote a single which will be featured on the album of a well-known European artiste.




Introducing Mario Marz

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Though he is fairly new on the entertainment scene, artiste Mario Marz is already establishing himself as a force to be reckoned with.

Though gravitating towards dancehall and reggae genre, Mario Marz is not ruling out anything, as he strives to put out 'good music'.

"Being a musician means that you have to put out any music that will catch people's ears, so I find my self listening to a lot of Hip Hop, R&B, EDM. I listen to anything that catches my interest," he said.

Now enrolled as a student at The University of West Indies, pursuing a degree in Marketing, the artiste has already been receiving positive feedback for his latest single 'Life It Nuh Certain'.

"I have been working on a lot of projects, mostly with the Antics team, to which I'm currently signed. I have been recording more frequently now and recently did a song titled Too Much with another artiste called Galawasp Arcus. That song speaks about social issues that are plaguing the country."

Fans of the artiste can keep up to date with his releases on his social media pages: @iammariomarz (Twitter and Instagram) and facebook.com/mariomarz

"My only plan for the future is to work harder than I am doing right now and make great music that will live on," Mario Marz said.

Mario Marz - Life It Nuh Certain [Official Music Video HD]





Tenza lashes out against Skin Bleaching

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Multi Talented songstress Tenza Di Boss Lady has release the anticipated video for her outspoken newly released single "African Empress".

Inspired by a recent African tour, Tenza penned the single in the hopes of inspiring. In a recent statement to the media she explained: "They are under the impression that if they bleached their skin tone then they will become more beautiful and accepted. Imade me sad and broke my heart, but I was even more worried for their health as young black girls bleached their skin with products designed to remove stain from clothing."

"African Empress" was produced by Suncycle Digital and TMD Records and is available on itunes. All preceding from the sales will go towards Tenza own funded "BossLady Charity" which is geared towards early childhood education for the poor and needy.

Tenza African Empress Official Promo Video 2014 TMD Records





Gays attacked by students

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A number of gays hanging out at a gully in the New Kingston area were lucky to have escaped without any major injuries after they were recently attacked by a group of students.

The STAR happened to be in the area during the melee.

A group of students who had just left a sporting event at a venue close by, were walking in the area when they approached the gays.

As they walked along Trafalgar Road, the students began to hurl abusive language at the gays.

Things got out of hand when some of the gays began telling the male students in the group, what they would like to do to them sexually.

The students began hurling stones and various objects at the gays.

Motorists travelling along Trafalgar Road had to beat a hasty retreat, trying to prevent damage to their vehicles.

Pedestrians had to scurry for cover as the drama got intense with the gays throwing faeces at the students.

Things were brought under control as a police car approached the area, and the students ran in different directions.

The gays sought refuge along the gully bank.




Versatile disses Alkaline in song

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A week after news broke that artiste Alkaline refused to voice on producer JJ Eva Frass' new rhythm, labeling the other artistes on the rhythm as gay, Versatile has responded to the diss with a song.

The song titled 'Gal Pon Him Head' has already been creating a buzz.

Versatile - Gal Pon Him Head (Raw) Alkaline Diss | November 2014





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Former Miss Jamaica World First Runner-Up Rosina Casserly endured much abuse on the Internet on Wednesday, after a video was released of the beauty telling foreign media house Physique TV that persons should visit Jamaica, where they can get the experience of being poor.

She also made fun of the country's economic problems and the chikungunya virus outbreak. "I am not singing Bob Marley, I am not doing it. Oh my gosh! In Jamaica they have chik-V, ever heard about that?" she laughed.

"It's like a disease where you get arthritis, and they made a song about it; terrible, but that's the only thing that's going on there right now. You get bitten by a mosquito - you like hobble for like three days. We also have no money, come to Jamaica, you can be poor! What else can happen if you go to Jamaica? Escaping from a robbery," she giggled.

several Jamaicans on social media found Casserly's comments very distasteful and took to Physique's personal Facebook page to express their digust. Casserly finished second to Yendi Phillipps in 2007.




RR thinks Crazy In Love will hit Billboard

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Recording artiste RR is riding high with the popularity of her single 'Crazy In Love'.

The single, produced by Andrew Blacks, has been receiving favourable airplay in the US, and in the process catching the attention of dancehall singjay Mavado, who requested to be apart of the official remix.

The remix, also called Crazy In Love, is doing rounds in the local and foreign media. The artiste has since performed alongside Mavado at the recently concluded BRT Weekend and now looks to amp up further promotion for both the single and the remix.

RR, pronounces 'Double R', believes the effort has the potential to be a Billboard hit. Also a professional dancer, she thinks she has the full package to compete with any international act, given the correct platform.

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RR Ft. Mavado - Crazy In Love (Remix) [7ven Riddim] October 2014





Mr Lexx and Supa Hype currently on European Tour

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Internationally acclaimed dancehall artiste Mr Lexx and popular selector Supa Hype is currently on a tour in Europe. The tour which began on the 6th of November will conclude on the 22nd and will see them doing a number of appearances in countries like Italy, Austria and Germany.

According to Mr Lexx, the tour has been going extremely well. "The tour a gwaan really good. Mi fans them excited bout the performances, them love it. Everywhere I go the fans dem happy to see me and that for me is great because I love to see my fans happy. That in itself make me feel satisfied say mi a do something right"

Supa Hype had this to say about the tour as well. "This has been a great experience for me and mi happy that mi get the opportunity to come to Europe and show them how we do it."

"The Wine and Dip" artiste and the 007 selector captured their audience with their electrifying performances to roaring crowds of 700 plus each time they performed.

"We have been receiving nothing but positive feedack on the tour so far and the fans are absolutely ecstatic. This is not my first time but every time mi go on stage to perform it is a new experience, it is a new feeling. Said Mr. Lexx

For Supa Hype it has been an exhilarating feeling "It really make me happy, when mi see mi fans dem happy cause that tell me say, mi a gwaan good. My fan base has grown extensively in Europe and I am truly grateful for that.

The tour features a fresh take of Mr Lexx's biggest hits over the years and some of his newest songs.

"It has been a blast performing for my fans. Mi go far back in the catalogue and reel out some a dem bad tunes deh and of course mi haffi give them some of the fresh tunes dem too." Said Mr Lexx with a vibrant smile.

The tour is wining down to a close and the two promises that they will be delivering the same high energy performance for the upcoming shows.




Masicka releases new track aimed at Konshens

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After announcing his spilt from Konshens and the Subkonshus team, artiste Masicka has released a song titled 'Loyalty' which explains why he left the team.

According to Masicka, it was Konshens who told him to diss Aidonia. (Listen song below)

Masicka - Loyalty [Reason For Leaving Subkonshus] November 2014 @Crushroad876


Artiste Deablo, responded to Konshens after hearing that he was the one who instructed Masicka to diss Aidonia. (Listen song below)

Deablo - Everything Govern (Raw) [Wul Dem Again Riddim] November 2014 @Crushroad876





Masicka, Corey Todd split from Konshens

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Popular dancehall artiste Masicka has decided to cut ties with fellow artiste Konshens and his Subkonshus record label less than eight months after initially signing the contract. Businessman Corey Todd, Masicka's manager, has also cut ties with Konshens, effectively shelving the Konz876 shoe line.

"It's not personal. Masicka is a hard-core dancehall artiste and he is concerned the image he is building will be damaged by being a part of Subkonshus; and as for me, the business part of the association was not working out, so we are going to discontinue the Konz876 brand," Todd said. "We still have a lot of inventory, and we will spit it up between the principals in the company, but the shoe line has been discontinued."

The principals, Todd, Konshens, whose real name is Garfield Spence, and a third partner will be officially winding up the sneaker line, which was launched with much fanfare earlier this year, in an amicable manner.

"We have already hammered out an agreement, everything is resolved," Todd said. For his part, Masicka has terminated his association for a number of reasons.

"Konshens and I are good. Konshens understands we just have different beliefs, he understands why I'm leaving and wishes me the best, ah just so it go. We did a few singles, but is all talk with him. Certain promises made were not fulfilled, plus him mek some shaky moves. For one, him invite certain deejay ah him annual treat weh him agree with me fi have a conflict with, ah no so the streets work. The ting look shaky bad and it ah affect my street credibility. My booking number is now 1-876-4082278 and email is Masicka.1motion@gmail.com," he said.

Konshens on the other hand, says that he and his associates were having internal differences. However he would be executing future endeavours by himself.

"Its nothing to get alarmed about. A business, a suh it guh, yu win some and yu lose some and we just have to move forward," Konshens said during a recent interview. "I have no issues with any of the partners, mi just a guh duh my thing solo now."




Singer's father assaults 18-yr-old Girlfriend

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A 37-year-old man who is accused of assaulting his 18-year-old girlfriend with a cellular phone because she questioned him about his fidelity pleaded not guilty when he appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on Monday.

The man, who is the father of a popular singer, has been charged with assault occasioning bodily harm.

According to reports, on October 20 at around 5:30 p.m. the man and the complainant were sitting in his motor vehicle along Constant Spring Road, when an argument developed after the complainant asked the accused if he had any other partners.

According to the complainant, the singer's father became upset and grabbed her by the throat and began hitting her with a blackberry phone he had on the charger in the vehicle.

It is alleged that he hit the complainant in her face, head and stomach, and bit her on her left arm.

Resident Magistrate Lorna Shelly-Williams asked the complainant how she knew the accused to which she hesitantly stated, "at a party."

He is to return to court on December 6.




Alliance calls meeting to beat ZJ Chrome for diss song?

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According to sources, members of the Alliance camp had a private meeting to discuss plans to beat ZJ Chrome.

The source claims, Alliance members were quite upset with the Alkaline diss song produced by ZJ Chrome and want to teach him a lesson. The Alliance boss already made an attempt to contact ZJ Chrome on instagram, however the ZJ made the situation worse by going on record to classify the Alliance boss as childish.

One member of the Alliance who did not want to mention his name told the source.

"Anywey wi see ZJ Chrome wi a fuck him up. True man stop beat selector yu a hype up yuself. Mek sure Alkaline deh bout fi watch yu back wen yu a play at events."

Efforts to get a comment from The Alliance boss proved futile. Yardflex is following the story.




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Record producer Jjevafrass is at odds with dancehall enigma Alkaline after the artiste re-recorded a song that was already recorded on his Frasshouse rhythm, for another producer.

According to Jjevafrass, he and Alkaline had no issues during the initial recording process, however, as soon as Alkaline was updated on the list of artistes who also recorded on the rhythm, the deejay said he did not want to be on the same rhythm with b@@@ym@n artistes.

The song, Somewhere, and is now being promoted by Lee Milla's record label as well. At the beginning of Lee Milla's version, Alkaline even shouts in his intro, "A Lee Milla mi voice it fah." Lee Milla's version also carries a similar instrumental as the one being promoted by Jjevafrass.

A seemingly upset Jjevafrass took to Instagram to express his grouse with Alkaline.

"Di man sample mi rhythm and do over the song and a come talk bout a Lee Milla him voice it fah. People Alkaline voice the song first on my rhythm which is the Frass House Rhythm. The problem is when he found out who was featured on my rhythm, he said too much b@%ymn pon the rhythm and he didn't want to be apart of it no more. So basically he disrespected me and the artiste dem, suh mi drop dat ... same way," Jjevafrass said.

Recording artiste Melloquence who is also featured on the Frass House rhythm, says Alkaline's disrespect has not gone unnoticed.

"First of all, Alkaline is not in a position to call other recording artistes b@@yman. He has done the most questionable things in dancehall such as creaming his hair to saying he wants tongue stimulation in his rear. My youth, just relax and duh music and remember the same bridges yu burn going up, you will need them coming down," he said.

Other artistes featured on the rhythm are Khago, JOP's Jayds, Versatile, Maestro Don, Mr G, Navino, Vigilant and Round Head. Versatile also took to his Instagram to warn Alkaline of a possible retaliation.




Tommy Lee Sparta to clash at Sting 2014

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At least three of the artistes now being proclaimed as the young guns in dancehall music have shown an interest in being involved in clashes at Magnum Sting 2014.

Supreme Promotions, the promoter of the event, have secured the services of Tommy Lee Sparta, his sound-a-like, Gage and Ryme Minista. The promoters are attempting to sign Alkaline.

In a release sent to yardflex, Tommy Lee Sparta stated that last year he could have taken on KipRich but he was hampered by a broken leg.

"Right now mi hear the crow them a cry, so them ready to die. Some man a talk big, so them better can back it. Gage, you better stay home; Alkaline, you seh you a the youngest but we will see who a the baddest," the deejay said.

Gage's agent, Cornelius Daley said: "Gage a the walking gun; anything test, dead. We nah back! Alkaline is just the youngest and foolest. Anybody put them foot cross dead, Tommy Lee, Alkaline, anybody."

The Sting stage has been a testing ground over the years, with some of the biggest stars solidifying themselves as icons and becoming leaders of the game.




Industry players call for better lyrical content

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Recording artiste Tapper Zukie, known for the singles Oh Lord and Natty Dread, has called for the music industry to take a stand against derogatory content. According to the artiste, while he is not fighting against any genre of music, too much slackness is being allowed to pass as music.

Tapper Zukie says veteran reggae/dancehall artistes, while they were by no means saints, they did dedicate some of their material to fighting against oppression as well as other difficulties being faced in society. The singer believes the lyrical content in contemporary music is too one-sided and sexual.

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"Dem youth yah only a fight battles in the bedroom, and they don't seem to be concerned about issues affecting the world. Every song is about their sex life, and there is more to music than that, so mi a ask the youth dem fi make some other music, too. Speak on some real issues and don't only fight war inna di bedroom, and this is not a fight against any genre of music, mi just a sey fight some worthy battles, too," the veteran said.

Curator of The Jamaica Music Museum Herbie Miller also shared similar sentiments.

"We can't just be doing music for music's sake anymore. Had it not been for music, this country would be up in flames like many other countries in the world," Miller warned.

He also advised artistes to choose worthy mentors. "I want musicians to be more diverse than just for the ethnic market. Be more like people like Burning Spear, who are appealing to the broadest market. Producers might have to look into things that they are producing in order to appeal to a wider market. I want to see broader topics like what was done by Third World and the Marleys. There is so much to sing about, like global warming, the world's financial problems, the abuse of women and so much more. We can still be sexual in our music without being downright lewd and x-rated. I want to see conscious music that is reflecting the real issues," said Miller.

In the early 90s, even the rebellious dancehall genre carried a pool of content with social commentary. However, 2014 has been flooded with material promoting various sexual acts, some quite taboo.

Notable social commentaries from dancehall includes Bounty Killer's Anytime and Look Into My Eyes, Peace by Spragga Benz, Assassin's Day In Day Out and Vybz Kartel's Emergency.

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A small plane crashed Sunday afternoon in the Bahamas, killing internationally known minister and motivational speaker Myles Munroe, his wife and several other people, Munroe's ministry said Sunday night. The Bahamian aviation ministry confirmed that there were "some fatalities" among the nine people on board.

Dave Burrows, head of youth ministries for Munroe's non-denominational Bahamas Faith Ministries International, said at a hastily convened news conference Sunday night that Munroe's wife, Ruth -- also a widely known figure in international evangelical circles -- and the ministry's senior vice president and pastor, Richard Pinder, were among those killed in the crash.

The Department of Civil Aviation said the Learjet 36 crashed at 5:10 p.m. ET while making a landing approach at Grand Bahama International Airport. Burrows said a small number of other people were on board the plane, along with two pilots, none of whom were immediately identified.

Munroe, 60, was an internationally known Christian preacher and motivational speaker. He frequently appeared before mass audiences at Christian events with other widely known preachers, like Bishop T.D. Jakes and Bishop Eddie Long, and he was associated during the early 2000s with the Promise Keepers movement, a Christian ministry focused on strengthening the role of men in Christian life. He wrote or co-wrote more than 100 inspirational and motivational books, many of which were best-sellers in the Caribbean and Africa.

Burrows said the plane was heading to Freeport for the Global Leadership Forum, a gathering organized by Munroe's ministry, which was scheduled to run through Thursday. The ministry said the conference would go on in a shortened form because "this is what Dr. Munroe would have wanted."




Beres Hammond's engineer held in the U.S.

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Beres Hammond's engineer alias "HULK" is allegedly being held @ JFK airport. We are witing for confirmation. However this is the second person from the music industry to be held in just as many weeks.

Dancehall artiste Kalado is still being held in the U.S and is said to have faced one day in court already.




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"That song is unimportant to me. The line that Alkaline said about me is more fitting to him. Anybody look pon Foota Hype see that I am a real and straight man. When I look at that creature, I see somebody that is shaky (battyman). Alkaline is the ultimate meaning of shakiness," Foota Hype said.

He also blasted Alkaline for his obsession with Vybz Kartel.

"I am the most talked about human being in dancehall right now so of course Alkaline a go call me name. Alkaline just caan handle the fact that Kartel is the hottest deejay in a dancehall. Him a dress like Kartel and a tief the man style. Him obsessed with Kartel. Dem better put him in Addi cell," Foota Hype told the media.




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The release of Legendary sees the artistes officially ending a feud which surpassed two decades. Both deejays are regarded as legends in their own rights. Beenie Man received a Grammy Award for his Art and Life album in 2001, while Bounty Killer's collaboration with No Doubt, Hey Baby, also received a Grammy Award in 2002 for Best Pop Vocal Performance by a duo or group. The effort was also certified platinum for selling over a million copies.




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Gaza producer Rvssian is distancing himself from a new Alkaline song that disses Bounty Killer and Foota Hype, as he said he only made the rhythm.

The song, Anywhere We Go, surfaced on YouTube yesterday and in most labels it is being said that the song was produced by both ZJ Chrome and Rvssian.

Quite likely to cause some controversy, Alkaline deejays, "... No gal caan clown man, after mi a nuh Killa or bman Foota Hype."

While he is yet to get any negative backlash, Rvssain said he just wants to set the record straight.

"I really haven't looked into the feedback, I just wanted to put it out there that I am not involved," "I just built the rhythm for ZJ Chrome, but when it came out I got tagged in it."he said.




Ishawna allegedly disses Skatta's girl in new song

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According to the Yardflex snitch, Ishawna and Satara were close friends until the sinjay decided to have sexual intercourse with her boyfriend Skatta Burrell.

After Satara found out about the Affair, an anonymous Instagram page was created and began to attack Ishawna accusing her of backstabbing Satara. We are not sure if the page was being operated by Satara or not. However Ishawna has since released a song sending subliminal disses at Satara.

"me and yu man cyah stop f@#k...of course am a side bitch cuz a pon the side him kotch it mek mi ride it," she sings. See song below as well as a pic of Satara.

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Ishawna - Kiss Kitty KY [Raw] [Downsound Records] [June 2014]





Dancehall artiste Kalado detained in the USA

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Dancehall artiste Kalado has been detained in the United States.

Sources say the 'Good Good Bring Life' singer has been detained on immigration issues since October 18, although it is said that his "papers are straight".

It is not clear at this time if charges have been laid against the artiste.




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Yardflex understands that Downsound records is currently watching Sting from the sidelines this year, as producer and business man Joe, has ended working relations with veteran promoter Isiah Laing.

Allegations are that Joe wanted to purchase a substantial percentage of the brand from Laing, however the veteran told the business man that the brand was not up for sale and all hell broke loose.

Joe claims he invested millions in Sting and he wanted to know that his investment was profitable. He also told the media recently that he will not be investing in outdoor events for the rest of the year.

So far nothing has been said this year about promotions of Sting, there are no ads nor an artiste lineup.

Yardflex was told that Isiah Laing felt as if he was being blackmailed to sell his lifetime work for Joe's sponsorship.




Kalado detained in U.S by Immigration

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Following his mishaps in Zimbabwe Africa last month, it seems dancehall artiste Kalado's bad luck steak continues in 2014 as Yardflex understands that the entertainer is currently being detained in Florida.

According to our Music industry players, Kalado has been in holding for approximately ten days since arriving into the country.

It's unclear if any charges have been laid but it's alleged there are some issues with Kalado's immigration papers.

When Music News contacted the deejay's manager Nancy Davis she said she was locked in a meeting. Subsequent efforts to get details were futile as her numbers went to voice mail.

Kalado publicist Ray Alexander maintains that the artiste had the correct documents.




Ishawna performs at Full Black in no Panties

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The Downsound recording artiste wore no underwear to the recent staging of Full Black. The sinjay who recently admitted to having sexual intercourse with Skatta Burrel, who was a friend and business associate of her exboyfriend Foota Hype, may have gotten strong attention at Full Black for all the wrong reasons. However her songs like Restraining Order and Need Love got favorable responses.




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Iconic reggae artiste Eek-a-Mouse has been rambling about the Marleys for quite some time. However the singer, who is known for singles like Wa Do Dem and Police in Helicopter, has finally decided to take his ranting to social media to express his grouse.

In a three-minute video posted by Lyric DVD, the artiste says Bob Marley would have preferred if more support was given to Trench Town.

"This is not reggae music, it's Marley music controlled by a family, Bob sey Trench Town Rock I will never turn my back on you. But Rita Marley run to Ghana and left us a suffa on ya," he said among other things.

The veteran also claims that his collaboration with Junior Gong and Bounty Killer, which was featured on the Welcome to Jamrock album, is one of Junior Gong's most successful songs world-wide. The effort, called Khaki Suit, was part of a Grammy award winning project and Eek-a-Mouse believes he should have benefited more for his role in the record.

The artiste also revealed that he has plans to approach Junior Gong so as to secure a better pay cheque for Khaki Suit.

"I went on the Internet a few months ago and speak mi mind," Eek-a-Mouse told the interviewer. The veteran also expressed that other reggae artistes are not necessarily in support of the Marleys, however they are afraid to speak against them because of their connections in the industry.

Eek-a-Mouse delivers a shocking accusation of intimidation and threats from the Marley brothers.





Blak Ryno receives U.S visa

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"Mi just have to give thanks to God first for this opportunity. I cannot tell you how many times mi pray about this. Last year, mi ask God for three million dollars, I never knew where it would come from, and mi go Sting and beat Kiprich in the clash and get it, and this year, many times, I asked Him to clear the path for me to get back my visa, and through all the obstacles, mi hold the faith and now mi get it back," an elated Blak Ryno said.

Blak Ryno admitted that he had to go through a lot of tribulations before he got his heart's desire.

"God is slow, but He is sure, that's all mi can say. Special big-ups to my management, Justus Arison, and my publicity and street team for everything that they are doing," he said.

Other dancehall artistes still without U.S visas include Aidonia, Munga Honorable, Bounty Killer, Popcaan, Jah Cure, Tommy Lee Sparta, Busy Signal, Flexxx among others. Alkaline and Iyara recently received visas.




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Unconfirmed reports are that the deejay was denied his U.S documents which would make him a legal citizen. Stay tuned for more updates.

The deejay recently released a collaboration with LL Cool J and is expected to perform in NY on December 19.





I Wayne says Make clean music and play clean music

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Reggae artiste I Wayne is asking the local music industry to promote more music with positive content in order to reduce the rate at which society is drifting into a path of immorality.

According to the reggae artiste, known to be an advocate against prostitution, violence and other ills in society, though reggae music is regaining popularity, smut is still overpromoted in the media.

When accused of using music to influence negativity, many artistes are known to use the popular excuse that music is art imitating life and is not a causal factor in the prevalence of crime, violence and immorality.

However, I Wayne believes artistes who use that excuse to defend their production of music with lewd content are hypocritical.

According to I Wayne, the same artistes who argue that songs with violent content do not influence society, will also tell you that positive music will influence positive behaviour whenever that excuse suits the promotion of a song with positive content.

I Wayne says if positive music can influence positive behaviour, then negative music is just as influential.

"When they do a positive song they say it is to influence the youth. Yet when they do a negative song they say it doesn't have any negative influence and how they are not responsible for parenting, and that is filth and hypocrisy. So mi a try mi best fi keep the vibes clean and sort out what mi can," the reggae artiste said.




Roman Catholic woman attacks Chronixx in Open letter

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Reggae artiste Chronixx is known for his strong social commentary in his lyrics, the singer who has dedicated much of his music speaking against slavery and racism has come under fire from a Catholic supporter who claims that the artiste is wrong for chanting in his lyrics "A nuh nutting fi mi walk inna Rome and start a fyah". The open letter reads.

"This is an open letter to the artiste known as Chronixx.Chronixx, have you ever visited Rome? On Saturday, October 18, the Catholic Youth Movement of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kingston hosted Jamaica Day, where everything Jamaican was celebrated by the youths of the six deaneries.

Deanery 4, of which I am member, won the competition and so I was in a great mood driving home. That mood was quickly changed when I heard the lyrics of a very catchy and well-produced reggae song, by you, Sir. It started with: "Ah love I an' I preaching, so every land of hate will burn," but then started to chant that "Today Rome will burn!" In what I assume to be an attempt not to implicate any specific place, the lyricist stated "When I say Rome it nuh geographic..." But then immediately goes on to say "Dem a ask how a little African, ah go burn down di whole ah inna Vatican?" Then the chorus repeated "Listen to the voice of di people, today Rome will burn!"

Now I appreciate that Jamaica is a land of contradictions, where free speech is celebrated but accountability is subjective. So, it does not surprise me that two Muslim leaders are refused entry into Jamaica, while our radio stations play songs which could incite attacks on one religious group.

Some may say I am an alarmist, and that I am taking the song too literally, but look at Boko Haram and ISIS and you can see that my concern is valid.

So Chronixx, before you burn down Rome, please pay the country a visit so that you will be fully cognizant of what you are igniting. In the event that you are not able to make such a visit, maybe a visit to Jamaican Roman-related organizations such as Brothers of the Poor, Mustard Seed Communities, Alpha Boys' Home, and all the Roman Catholic schools might make you change your mind about destroying Rome -- unless, of course, you and your religion are ready and willing to take over and continue or better the work that Rome has germinated.

"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you," Jesus Christ said in the Gospel of St Luke, chapter 6, verse 31," the writer said.

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Chronixx is yet to respond. However dancehall artiste Garrizon took to his Facebook to state that Chronixx is free to speak on social issues. He also says the artiste does not literally want to start conflict but to remind others of their history.

"Revolutionary music is not intended to start war or conflict its supposed to educate and that is exactly what Chronixx is doing. Am sure the artiste goes to Rome on a regular to sing the same song and is not placed under scrutiny...much of his fans are from Europe and other places. If this writer knew her history and respected it she would think different and be able to digest the song with more objectivity," he said.




Demarco and Gangoolie feud over 'Puppy Tail' dance

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Ever since the dance move known as Puppy Tail gained popularity within the dancehall space, several artistes have come out claiming rights to the dance with songs bearing the same name, with some demanding credit from the other artiste for being the originator.

The most popular version of the Puppy Tail song to date is from dancehall artiste Demarco, but another artiste, Ganggoolie, has come forward, claiming that Demarco pirated his work.

"Mi did av a song name Tremble Tremble weh come out from last year and did a gwaan good, so a dat dem see and copy di ting and a claim it as dem own," he told THE STAR.

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Making specific reference to Demarco, Ganggoolie said, "Mi nah put my mouth a grung an talk. Mi a di first man come out wid da song deh, but a pure politics inna di business, and when a man av a bigger name dan you and more money fi throw around. Fi dem material will always be more popular."

Drawing on one of his earlier hits, the deejay said that this wasn't the first time other artistes had copied his work. "A di same ting di man dem do wid Muscle Wine but mi nah watch nuh face because from you have talent, you will make it in the business," he said.

He had this advice for the more established artistes: "Leave the younger youth dem mek dem strive man and stop gi dem a fight."

Demarco's publicist, who had been made aware of the allegations over the past few weeks, says he knew this would happen sooner or later.




Black Ryno and Popcaan make peace!

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Dancehall artistes Popcaan and Black Ryno have rekindled their friendship following a public feud, which started in 2010 after Black Ryno announced that he was leaving Vybz Kartel's Gaza camp.

Black Ryno had released a song called Mi Lef, produced by Supa Blunt, in which he explained his experience in the camp and the reason for his exit. However, Popcaan, who was still a member of the Gaza camp at the time, decided to also release songs such as Dem Sell Wi Out ...

"Everything between me and Popcaan always been good, a just the people never see me and the artiste. But everything good else I wouldn't have turned out at his album launch recently and performed," Black Ryno said.




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FABIAN Marley, the 44-year-old Jamaican who claims to be the eldest child of reggae legend Bob Marley, is moving ahead with his musical career.

This, despite a written request from the family of the late reggae king in August last year, that he "cease and desist" proporting to be a Marley and using the name, or prove through DNA testing that he is who he claims to be.

"Dem ask me for my DNA and me do that long time and give dem, and up to now, I can't hear nothing from dem. So me just a go through with my music career," Marley told the Jamaica Observer.

He, however, said he had received some word indicating he should redo the DNA test at a lab prescribed by the family.

"Me nuh in that with them. Me do my test at Carigen at UWI and give them the result. Don't it up to them, one of the other Marley children, to do their test to match with mine? Something not right, why they don't want to do it? What them 'fraid of?" Fabian Marley questioned.

Fabian Marley claims Bunny Wailer, more popularly known as Jah B, supports his claim. Wailer was a member of The Wailers, which comprised Marley and Peter Tosh.

"Jah B a man who me know fi years. That man send me to school and he has no doubt that I am Robert's son," said Marley.

While he waits on word, Fabian Marley said he is in not arguing with the family, noting that "nothing can be done before the time, and the right time is now".

He continues his move to get his musical career off the ground and is working on material for his first album, Nature's Valentine, for which a December release is projected.

"All the tracks are ready and we have finished mixing, right now a the mastering is being done in New York and then we are ready to hit the market," he said.

"We nuh feel threatened by the family. We do what they ask us to do and provide them with my DNA result. It up to them if they want to provide somebody, another Marley, to match with mine. So right now, I just putting out my tunes and going ahead and promoting my music. Them can't stop me," he said.




Iyara and Alkaline U.S visa Nod

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After years of being sidelined by the U.S immigration service, it would appear that the pressure is slowly being lifted off the shoulders of Jamaica's dancehall artistes.

Several of the islands most popular and marketable artistes are currently without visas for unclear reasons as artistes like Aidonia, Bounty Killer. Beenie Man, Mavado, Vybz kartel, Munga Honorable among others saw their visas been revoked.

Mavado and Beenie are the only two artistes from a long list to have made it into the good books of the U.S immigration and saw them being reissued their visas. However today two more dancehjall artistes have a cause to celebrate as Alkaline and Iyara were both issued USA visas recently.

Iyara is currently advertising himself for bookings, while Alkaline is expected to perform at an event alongside Mavado in coming weeks.




Veteran Reggae artiste John Holt is dead

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John Holt, the former lead singer of The Paragons and a pioneering reggae solo artist, has died at the age of 69.

The musician, famed for singing the original version of "The Tide Is High" in 1967, which was later covered by Blondie and Gregory Isaacs, passed away yesterday.

He joined The Paragons in 1964 in Kingston, Jamaica, replacing original frontman Leroy Stamp, after making a name for himself on the talent show circuit.

His track, "Stick By Me", was one of the biggest-selling Jamaican records of 1972.

He released his last solo album, Peacemaker, in 1993.

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The Jamaican Government has issued an immediate travel ban against certain persons travelling directly or indirectly from or through the Ebola-affected West African countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

A statement from the National Security Ministry says the ban extends to persons ordinarily resident in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone as well as persons who have travelled to or transited through the countries in the past 28 days.

The travel ban also extends to Commonwealth citizens, not citizens of Jamaica, who have travelled to or transited through Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone within 28 days of their arrival to Jamaica.

The Ministry says CARICOM nationals benefitting from the free movement regime are also subject to this landing restriction which is a temporary measure necessary for the protection of human and animal health.

Jamaican citizens and residents, who have travelled to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone within 28 days of their arrival to Jamaica, will be quarantined in the interest of public health and national security upon their arrival in Jamaica.

This applies equally to any person having a right of entry pursuant to Jamaica's obligations under international organization head quarters agreements.

Jamaican citizens who have travelled to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone within 28 days of their arrival to Jamaica, will be quarantined in the interest of public health and national security upon their arrival in Jamaica. The general public is advised that the Government of Jamaica reserves the right to screen all Jamaican nationals.

According to the World Health Organization the present Ebola outbreak is the largest and most complex since the discovery of the disease in 1976; hence this decision has been made against the background of the outbreak in West Africa since March 2014, and its continued increasing threat to world health and security of Jamaican citizens.

**Source: JAMAICA GLEANER***




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The National Security Ministry is to issue a statement shortly following reports that protocols were not observed in processing a visitor who recently travelled to Liberia.

Liberia is among a trio of West African countries hardest-hit by the deadly Ebola virus.

A security official told The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre that the male visitor travelled to Jamaica from the United States yesterday.

Our sources say there was a high-level meeting a short while ago involving the national security ministry and immigration officials.




Gaza Slim denies sleeping with I Octane

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Gaza Slim denies I-Octane dating rumours. Says Vybz Kartel didn't warn her either (Websites are lying she says).

"People too wicked first and foremost. I have not received any message from Vybz Kartel complaining about me being in a relationship with I-Octane and the world done know sey me and I-Octane nuh inna nothing, even Vybz Kartel know that," she said.




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Suzie Q speaks out. Video Ally host opens up about ex-husband and his alleged grudge.

Through her public relations officer, Shuzzr Smith, the Video Alley host, in a promotional video of her show which was posted on YouTube, said she decided to speak out because the situation has intensified and has been taking a toll on her life.

"Suzie Q decided to go public because not only was the situation escalating but it was affecting her family and livelihood. It has taken a toll on her not just financially but emotionally and thus she felt compelled to use her platform to share with others and clear the air," he said.

The show was expected to be aired yesterday in the United States and Europe. In the 57-seconds promotional video, Suzie Q said her heart was full and began mentioning a few things she would talk about in the show.

"You have slept with over 20 ladies that I know about. You even slept with a 17-year-old girl you met on the plane and we were married. I have death threats with you, with your voice," the Video Alley host alleged in the promotional video.

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In another video, which lasted for 12 minutes, Suzie Q revealed an e-mail she got alleged to be coming from one of her ex-husband's women cursing her out for trying to derail his career. There are even threats of Haitian obeah and head chopping off posted in the video.




Dancehall artiste Zumjay joins the Feds

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Dancehall deejay Zumjay has successfully graduated from the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centre (FLETC) in the United States. The ceremony was held near the port of Brunswick in the state of Georgia.

"Special Thanks to LTC Tracey Williams-Staten, SSG Edward Sibaja and my wonderful family for attending my graduation. LTC Williams has been such a huge supporter from the very beginning and I am extremely appreciative. SSG Sibaja has my utmost respect for traveling all the way to Georgia to show his support. Last but not least, I am truly blessed to have an amazing wife Avi Stephens and kids who without them none of this would be possible," Zumjay said in a post on Facebook.

Zumjay moved to the US in 2007 because he wanted to be close to his wife.

The stated mission of FLETC is to "...train those who protect our homeland". It also provides training to state, local, campus, tribal, and international law enforcement agencies.

The deejay, whose real name is Rohan Stephens, joined the army reserves in 2008 because of the benefits and the solid future it would provide for himself and his family, which now includes his daughter, who is six years old.

"I joined the army to do music how I want to do music. I don't want my life to be determined by whether or not a selector or disc jock want to play my songs or if someone wants to put me on a show," Zumjay said at that time.

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Drummer 'Style' Scott KILLED

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LINCOLN 'Style' Scott, an original member of the influential Roots Radics Band, was killed at his Manchester home last Thursday evening.

The police were told that explosions were heard from Scott's home at about 10:10 pm.

No arrests have been made in the case.

Born in Chapelton, Clarendon, Scott was a member of the Jamaica Military Band who also played the north coast hotel circuit before joining the 'Radics'.

In 1979, the fledgling band also included bass player Errol 'Flabba' Holt, rhythm guitarist Eric 'Bingy Bunny' Lamont, lead guitarist Noel 'Sowell' Bailey, and keyboardist Wycliffe 'Steely' Johnson.

They were, arguably, the hottest reggae band of the late 1970s to the mid-1980s, playing on numerous hit songs by Barrington Levy Looking my Love, Bunny Wailer Rock 'N' Groove and Gregory Isaacs Night Nurse.

Along with the Radics, Scott recorded and toured with Isaacs, Wailer and roots group Israel Vibration. He is the fourth member of the band to die; Lamont, Johnson and Bailey preceded him.

In recent years, Scott toured Europe frequently as leader of the Dub Syndicate Band, which he coordinated with British reggae historian/producer Adrian Sherwood.




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(CNN) -- A second health care worker who cared for an Ebola patient at a Dallas hospital has contracted the virus herself.

The worker, a woman who lives alone, was quickly moved into isolation at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, authorities said Wednesday.

The news cast further doubt on the hospital's ability to handle Ebola and protect employees. It's the same hospital that initially sent Thomas Eric Duncan home, even though he had a fever and had traveled from West Africa. By the time he returned to the hospital, his symptoms had worsened. He died while being treated by medical staff, including the two women who have now contracted the disease.

"I don't think we have a systematic institutional problem," Dr. Daniel Varga, chief clinical officer of Texas Health Resources, told reporters Wednesday, facing questions about the hospital's actions.

Medical staff "may have done some things differently with the benefit of what we know today," he said, adding, "no one wants to get this right more than our hospital."

People in the health care worker's office building were informed when officials went door to door, and also through early morning reverse 911 calls, officials said.

The health care worker had no pets, authorities said.

Seventy-five health care workers in Dallas are being monitored for any Ebola symptoms, Varga said.

Separately, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, who is overseeing the response efforts, said 48 other people in the community still are being monitored after having contact with Duncan, who was Dallas' first Ebola patient. Those 48 are asymptomatic, and Sunday will mark the end of the window in which they could get sick.

The second worker reported a fever Tuesday and was immediately isolated, health department spokeswoman Carrie Williams said. The virus is not contagious before there are symptoms.

A preliminary Ebola test was done late Tuesday at the state public health laboratory in Austin, and the results came back around midnight. A second test will be conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

"Health officials have interviewed the latest patient to quickly identify any contacts or potential exposures, and those people will be monitored," the health department said.

The worker's apartment and car will be cleaned Wednesday, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said.

An official close to the situation says that in hindsight, Duncan should have been transferred immediately to either Emory University Hospital in Atlanta or Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.

Those hospitals are among only four in the country that have biocontainment units and have been preparing for years to treat a highly infectious disease like Ebola.

"If we knew then what we know now about this hospital's ability to safely care for these patients, then we would have transferred him to Emory or Nebraska," the official told CNN senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen.

"I think there are hospitals that are more than ready, but I think there are some that are not."

The latest infection marks the second-ever transmission of Ebola in the United States. Both stemmed from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.

Late last week, nurse Nina Pham tested positive for Ebola. She also took care of Duncan, the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States. Duncan died last week.

On Tuesday, Pham said she was doing well.

"I am blessed by the support of family and friends, and am blessed to be cared for by the best team of doctors and nurses in the world," she said.

***SOURCE: CNN***




Global Renaissance Entertainment Group, Rose Hall Estate, and the creator of the $650 million Final Destination franchise will bring the legendary story of the White Witch of Rose Hall to the silver screen.

LOS ANGELES and MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica, Oct. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Arthur Wylie of Global Renaissance Entertainment Group and Michael Rollins, Director of Rose Hall Developments, Ltd., announced that they will partner with the island of Jamaica to produce an epic trilogy of films based on the legend of Annie Palmer - The White Witch Of Rose Hall. Details were announced Friday, September 26th at a press conference in Montego Bay, Jamaica. The fact-based supernatural thrillers will be written and Executive Produced by Jeffrey Reddick, creator of the $650 million "Final Destination" franchise. The trilogy will be produced by CEO, Arthur Wylie and COO, Dale Godboldo for Global Renaissance Entertainment Group, Inc., and Co-Executive Produced by Michael Rollins, owner of the Rose Hall Estate in Montego Bay. Stephanie Denton, former President of International Sales and Distribution for Lionsgate, will handle worldwide distribution for the films, leveraging her success with "Underworld," "Saw," and "Hostel." The first film in the planned trilogy is in development with an estimated production budget of $20 million to $30 million, and will begin shooting next year in Jamaica. The trilogy adds to the catalogue of Global's multi-picture deal with Reddick, which includes the upcoming "Superstition" franchise.


"White Witch of Rose Hall" is based on a well known story in Jamaica about "Annie Palmer" - an English-Irish woman born in Haiti in the early 1800s. When her parents died of yellow fever, she was adopted by a nanny who taught her to practice witchcraft and voodoo. She moved to Jamaica and married John Palmer, owner of Rose Hall Plantation. Annie murdered Palmer along with two subsequent husbands and numerous male plantation slaves. Annie's spirit is believed to haunt the Great House of Rose Hall to this day.

"I am honored to collaborate with Michael and his family on a project that pulls from such a rich culture and vivid history," says Arthur Wylie. "We not only share a love for Jamaica and commitment to paying homage to this extraordinary tale, the Rollins also bring an unparalleled level of enthusiasm and business acumen that stems from building a billion dollar empire from industries as varied as real estate, casinos, and hotels."

"Jamaica has been near and dear to my heart," said Michael Rollins. "To have a project like this, from Jamaica, filmed in Jamaica, is something that our family has been working to realize for over fifty years now. I'm excited to be working with Arthur, Jeffrey, and Dale to finally make it a reality."

The Producers are working hand in hand with JAMPRO, an organization that works closely with local and global entrepreneurs seeking to tap into the many investment and trade opportunities in Jamaica. Global's goal is to bring additional film opportunities to Jamaica while providing employment opportunities for its residents.

"JAMPRO is pleased to be associated with a project of this magnitude," says Carole Beckford, Film Commissioner at JAMPRO. "The impact it can have on the local industry is incredible, and we anticipate a great working relationship with the team. We look forward to the end result."

To mark the announcement of the films, Global Renaissance invited both US and local media, business associates, investors, and other VIPs to a weekend filled with activities centered on the celebration of Jamaica. Guests were hosted at Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall in Montego Bay, led on island excursions by Chukka Tours, and treated to an exclusive finale party called "The Destination Experience: A Global Renaissance" at Goldeneye Resort. Sponsors included Visa Signature, Range Rover, Jaguar, Virgin Atlantic, and Magellan Jets. Transportation throughout the weekend was provided by JTL Tours.

For more information on Global Renaissance Entertainment Group, Inc.: www.theglobalrenaissance.com. For media inquiries, contact: Shehawnee Prescod of Earth Angel PR at sprecod@earthangelpr.com or 404-889-1248. Connect with us on Facebook: facebook.com/GlobalRenaissanceEntertainmentGroup and facebook.com/White-Witch-Of-Rose-Hall.

Additional pictures are available upon request.

About Global Renaissance Entertainment Group, Inc.

Global Renaissance Entertainment Group (an Arthur Wylie Enterprises company) is a film and television production company joint ventured with the principals of Cherokee Investment Partners - a $2B investment firm. Managers attached to our upcoming projects have generated over $9B in worldwide sales. GR recently partnered with Lionsgate Films' Codeblack division to launch movies adapted from Global's catalog of novels by NY Times Best Selling author, Omar Tyree (8 million readers, and $30 million generated for Simon & Schuster).





Stacious goes semi-nude to promote new mixtape

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Dancehall artiste Stacious, has raised eyebrows on social media after she decided to go almost fully topless for the promotion of her latest mixtape called Bad 45.

But despite the negative comments of some fans, Stacious says that she is not bothered, because her cover photo reflects the concept of the project.

"A lot of people shocked, but persons who know me knows that a suh mi stay. Mi head come and guh, so anything is possible. To go topless goes with the Bad 45 concept, I have 45 bad songs on the mixtape and I am just being a bad girl musically," she said.

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Ebola threat for Jamaica?

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News of the first confirmed case in the US come less than a week after the Jamaican government was forced to dispel rumours of a suspected case of the deadly virus in the island. Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dr Kevin Harvey said no suspected case of the disease is being investigated in Jamaica. He said rumours started when a doctor, who had recently returned to the island from Trinidad and Tobago, was admitted to the University Hospital of the West Indies last Thursday with a reported case of bleeding.




I-Wayne prepares for US tour

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After what seems like a deliberate hiatus from the forefront of the music industry, Reggae crooner, I-Wayne as re-emerged with nothing short of his usual dominance; and any one in attendance at either his recent cameo alongside Kabaka Pyramid at Usian Bolt's Tracks & Records, or at the Roots FM event held recently at Ashanti's restaurant in New Kingston, will attest to the fact without reservation that fya Wayne as not lost a step, but may've even mastered a few new ones; but be that what it is, the questions remain, what's new, where as he been and what as I- Wayne been up to?

"Well Fya Wayne been up to what I am normally up to, creating music and preserving life," declares I- Wayne in his no-nonsense attitude, as he instructs his band in a rehearsal for his upcoming US Tour, set to kick off in late October.

According his publicist, Karl Larmond, "the tour, (The I & I Tour) which consists of over thirty-six stops, kicks off in California on October the 22nd and ends in Florida on the 29th of November, and at the same time is also a prelude to I-Wayne's upcoming acoustic album."

"The I & I tour, is mostly a west coast, mid-west tour," explains Larmond, "which is predominantly the Reggae market in the United States, so we are focusing carefully on our target audience."

The tour will also feature upcoming Reggae act, Black-Am-I from the Ghetto Youths Camp, who has been creating waves recently with his single, Sampson Strength, which was featured on Junior Gong's Set Up Shop Volume 1 compilation.

Fans can catch I-Wayne locally at Olympia Crown Hotel in concert on October 4th, or check out his new singles on youtube or on his facebook page - Reggae Music, Versitile, featuring Kabaka Pyramid, and Love and Honour for Mama.






Jamaican in coke bust at JFK Airport

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News Americas, JFK, NY, Tues. Sept. 30, 2014: A 33-year-old Jamaican woman was last night being held without bail at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn after she was busted for cocaine in a pair of wedge heeled shoes and in her Chanel pocketbook.

Janisha Amalee Atkins , 33, was busted by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers after she arrived at New York's Kennedy Airport aboard a JetBlue flight from Montego Bay.

Atkins now faces federal narcotics smuggling charges and will be prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney's Office in the U.S. Eastern District Court of New York.

During the course of the inspection on September 19th, CBP officers said they discovered two pairs of platform shoes that felt unusually heavy in the passenger's luggage.

Atkins was escorted to a private search room where the officers probed the shoes and discovered a white powdery substance that tested positive for cocaine.

CBP officers say they continued examining the luggage and discovered a pocketbook that also felt unusually heavy. Atkins' pocketbook was probed and it also revealed a white powdery substance that also tested positive for cocaine.

Atkins was arrested for the importation of a controlled substance and was turned over to Homeland Security Investigations. The total weight of cocaine seized was approximately 3.7 lbs. with an approximate street value of more than US$64,000.

"This latest seizure demonstrates the vigilance of our CBP officers, and their excellence in detecting those who would try to smuggle these illegal substances," said Robert E. Perez, Director, Field Operations New York.

In recent months, several Caribbean nationals have been busted with cocaine at JFK including a Trinidad national who had tried to hide the drug in cooked goat meat.




Alkaline bottled and booed in Surinam

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Dancehall artiste Alkaline had to cut his set short in Surinam over the weekend, after he was booed by several patrons who didn't take kindly to the lyrics of the young artiste.

According to eye witnesses, the deejay was in the middle of performing one of his controversial songs when patrons began to boo the artiste and throw bottles on the stage. Sources say Alkaline tried to perform through the boos, however when bottles began to rain on the platform, he was forced to cut his set short.

Alkaline is known for his sexually laced lyrics and was condemned by some Jamaicans after the young deejay endorsed anal stimulation in one of his songs earlier this year.

Dancehall artiste Tommy Lee Sparta was also booked for the show.




Video: Did Ishawna admit to sleeping with Skatta????

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Danielle DI's house robbed by unknown assailants

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Armed unknown assailants invaded the home of dancehall artiste Danielle DI recently, seeking jewellery and other valuables.

The artiste is currently off the island, however her mother said.

"I have a little young man here with me. The bell rang and someone came and said there was something that wasn't signed. I told him to go and sign it. As he went and opened the gate, three of them rushed in with their big guns," the artiste's mother, who still sounded frightened, stated.

"I was in my bedroom and they came in. When I saw the men, they wanted gold and money. I said I have no gold to give you, I am an Adventist and they ransacked the place. Everybody was tied with electric wire and clothes," she continued, pointing out that the men remained 15 minutes in her bedroom.

She added that her first cousin, who was in the house on her bed at the time of the home invasion, was robbed of approximately $500,000 in chains, rings, a wrist bracelet and a watch. She was also relieved of her diabetic bracelet which she had been wearing for more than 25 years.

"They asked me for the money. I told them I do not have any. I said take my hand, bag and they opened them out onto the bed," she explained. Danielle DI's room had been searched, but only a Movado watch valued at over US$1,200 and a ring were taken.

The woman has remained at a loss as to how the men escaped, as the gate to the premises could only be opened by herself and a caretaker.

The Matilda's Corner police has confirmed the incident and said investigations are underway.

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Leftside collaborates with Intl Producer Johnny Roxx

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Dancehall artiste Leftside, has collaborated with international producer Johnny Roxx for a single called Alcohol.

The song is a EDM inspired dance hall effort and is already receiving rotation on some media outlets.


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Chronixx vs Lisa Hanna on Instagram!!

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Thieves target female artiste's home

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Reports are that thieves posing as delivery men made their way into the home of popular female artiste Danielle aka DI.

It is believed that the men made off with jewellery and money. The incident happened during the day. The artiste who is currently off the island has yet to respond to the reports.




PEMBROKE PINES, Fla., Sept. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association's (FCCA) annual keynote event, the Conference & Trade Show, has a 20-year history of increasing cruise tourism's impact for its host destinations by spotlighting their products, experiences and infrastructure to the industry's most influential decision makers-over 100 executives, presidents and CEOs from FCCA's 15 Member Lines, which operate over 100 ships in Caribbean and Latin American waters.

St. Maarten is looking to build onto their past growth by hosting their second FCCA Conference & Trade Show from October 6 - 10. The destination knows the significance of hosting this event because of their progress after their first Conference in 2003. In 2001, St. Maarten Harbour Group of Companies reported 875,540 passenger arrivals. This number rose 70 percent to 1,490,386 in 2005, just two years after hosting the Conference.

As the destination knows, these numbers extend far beyond the cruise pier; they impact the entire economy. According to the Business Research & Economic Advisors (BREA) 2012 study, Economic Contribution of Cruise Tourism to the Destination Economies, the average expenditure per passenger in St. Maarten was $185.40, which benefitted numerous industries through purchases of goods that included food and beverage at restaurants and bars, clothing, shore excursions, ground transportation, local crafts and souvenirs, watches and jewelry, perfumes and cosmetics, electronics, entertainment/night clubs/casinos, retail purchases of liquor, and telephone and internet.

However, this is hardly the only economic contribution provided by cruise tourism. The same study showed that the average expenditure per crew in St. Maarten was $135.50 for similar products and services. Plus it revealed the direct and indirect employment generated by the cruise industry, totaling 8,123 jobs and $159.8 million in employee wages.

By these numbers, St. Maarten's 70 percent increase after hosting their first Conference would represent an increase of $114 million in passenger spending alone, along with the coinciding growth of crew spending, cruise line spending, and employment.

Projecting this same growth after this year's Conference would be aggressive, considering that in 2014 St. Maarten expects 1.67 million passenger arrivals onboard 523 vessels from FCCA Member Lines alone. But a single cruise ship has a large economic wake. BREA's figures show that just one average cruise vessel-130,000 GRT, 1,040 feet long, carrying 3,000 passengers and 500 crewmembers-would generate $556,200 in passenger spending and $67,750 in crew spending, along with roughly $15,000 in port fees, totaling $638,950 in direct economic contribution, not including employment and other indirect contributions.

Projecting a more conservative growth rate of 20 percent, or 105 additional cruise ship calls, would mean an extra $67 million per year directly contributed to St. Maarten's economy. Plus a 20 percent increase in cruise tourism-impacted employment would represent 1,625 more jobs with $32 million in wages.

Considering this potential economic impact, it becomes easy to understand why St. Maarten again decided to invest in its entire destination's economy by hosting the FCCA Conference & Trade Show.

About the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association

Created in 1972, the FCCA is a not-for-profit trade organization that provides a forum for discussion on tourism development, ports, safety, security, and other cruise industry issue and builds bilateral relationships with destinations' private and public sectors. By fostering an understanding of the cruise industry and its operating practices, the FCCA works with governments, ports and private sector representatives to maximize cruise passenger, crew and cruise line spending, as well as enhance the destination experience and increase the amount of cruise passengers returning as stay-over visitors. For more information, visit F-CCA.com, the FCCA on Facebook, and @FCCAupdates on Twitter.

CONTACT: Omari Breakenridge 954 441 8881 Omari@f-cca.com




Portia-economics: 'Jamaica doing less with more $$'

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12M budget fi PNP 3 day conference and Jamaica still nah get no better. Mi hear say it did kinda empty. It look like people fed up wid di 'People Power'.

Portia make a speech an say 'Jamaica is doing less with more money', mi nuh know a which part Portia love but she clearly nuh know wha really a gwaan inna  Jamdung.

We need the government to address the rising crime rate. We need dem fi tell why why so many innocent people are being killed. We need the Government to explain how so much gun a come inna the country.

We need answers from the government.




Toll Booth Slackness

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Big big new toll booth open and dem come a collect wi hard earned money inna soup spoon. We need justice.

Wi need JUSTICE!!! Dem need fi gwaan better.




Police Constable killed in August Town

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The Corporate Communications Unit has confirmed that a Constable, attached to St Andrew Central police division, was shot and killed during an operation in the African Gardens community in August Town.

Reports are that shortly before 4:00 o'clock this afternoon a police team was on an operation in the August Town area.

On entering a section of the community known as African Gardens, the police team came under heavy gunfire from men armed with high powered weapons.

When the shooting subsided, it was discovered that the constable had been shot several times.

He was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

A strong detachment of police and soldiers are now in the area.




D'Angel gets apology from selector

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"D'Angel, mi just want you know seh mi neva intentionally diss you, and mi neva plan fi diss you; is just sup'm weh come out. By right, you shouldn't even get dragged inna this. So sorry if you tek it a way a seh mi disrespect you, no harm intended," Foota Hype said in the short video on Friday.

The video was also accompanied by text, in which he also apologised to other persons who may have been affected by what he said.

"I must send my apologies to all the innocent people who have been affected by the recent happenings in my life, especially #D'angel, who had nutt'n to do with it. This is the type of st I was trying to avoid why I was quiet the whole time, but there is only so much a man can bare. I already did Onstage, so that will be on Saturday (last weekend)," he said.

He also stressed that he will not do any other interviews on the matter for the sake of his son, Oshawn, who is also the child of Ishawna.




Foota Hype accuses Joe and Skatta of sleeping with ex

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According to the DJ he did not expect Ishawna to stoop so low and have sex with his boss and co worker. He also said Ishawna was upset with him because he didn't want to take part in threesome and oral sex.

Foota Hype Exposes Alleged Ishawna/Bogdanovich/Skatta "Love Triangle"





Foota leaves Downsound Because of Ishawna disses

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Foota Hype leaves Downsound Records because Ishawna released songs under the label disrespecting him.

"Effective this minute, rite now, @footahypemusic is no longer a part of the @downsound_music company. I QUIT, resigned, lef di work, which ever way wi can put it, on the basis of not getting the respect I deserve from the company CEO Joseph Bogdanovich, as in them producing and releasing material in the form of a song that is aimed at violating and disrespecting me and my brand," Foota hype said.

"I will not work for a company that is deliberately trying to tear down my brand, image and character in order to make another person in same company relevant. At the end of the day, I was Foota Hype before @downsound_music and will continue to be after."

Foota Hype went a bit further. He said he was disrespected by the songs Restraining Order and Cry Baby done by Ishawna.

"Mi get disrespected by Ishawna, and Joe doing nothing about it. Is like things gone from business to personal, so I decided to leave.

Foota is always Foota. When I went to Downsound, it was nowhere in dancehall like where it is now. It is my energy that bring them to the forefront. Mi find hit wid Specialist, mi find hit wid Nature. The only hit Ishawna have, is me mek it. Mi a do my work, and dem a deal wid soap opera thing, and mi nuh deh pon dat," he told the media.

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Dancehall artiste Winky D says sharing the stage with Jamaican star Kalado at Belgravia Sports Club on Saturday will provide another opportunity for him to prove his class, following an alleged bottle throwing at an event he performed at in Africa.

Jonathan Banda, the artiste's manager, told the Daily News yesterday that Winky D's international class is the main reason why he is usually the most natural choice to share the stage with touring foreign artistes.

"Winky D is regularly called to share the stage with top foreign musicians because his standard has reached international levels," said Banda.

"Winky D's camp is very happy because it shows that both music promoters and music fans have confidence in the Ninja President."

Banda also revealed that the Musarova Bigman star has benefitted from sharing the stage with several international artistes.

Apart from Winky D, the Kalado concert will also feature local dancehall favourites Dadza D and Kinnah.

Gate charges for the show have been pegged at $20 for the VIP section while tickets for the rest of the venue will go for $5.

Digital One International, the promoters of the concert have also lined up a number of activities for the Jamaican deejay at various night spots in the capital in the build-up to the concert including a welcome party that was scheduled for the Beer Engine club at Jameson Hotel last night.

Kalado, born Eton Gordon in 1984 in Kingston, is one of the rising dancehall stars on the Jamaican and global dancehall scenes in recent years since catching the eye of producer Scatta Burrell during the 2008 edition of the Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall television show.

Kalado's fortunes on the dancehall scene have flourished under the wings of Bounty Killer.

His increasing repertoire includes hits like Good Good, Body Nuh Dead, Make Me Feel, Sad Streets, Pree Money, Pay Dem No Mind, Bad Inna Bed and Take A Ride.

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