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Jamaican Sentenced In Bermuda For Smuggling

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A 22-year-old Jamaican man has been sentenced to six years by a Supreme Court judge after he admitted smuggling US$200,000 worth of cocaine into Bermuda. Dwayne George Watson, from the community of Mavis Bank on the outskirts of the Corporate Area in Jamaica, was caught at the L F Wade International Airport after flying to Bermuda from Jamaica via New York.

It's reported that customs officers noticed he shook while he answered questions and that the zipper of the suitcase had been shut with zip-ties.
Customs officers then drilled into the handle and found white powder inside. A further search revealed 11 packages of cocaine and cocaine freebase, also known as crack, hidden in the case's base, handle and corners.

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Morgan Heritage Set To Perform At Wallstreet

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Morgan Heritage is scheduled to perform at the New York Stock Exchange's 94th annual tree lighting ceremony on November 30.

The occasion, which opened to the public, is slated to start at 2:30 pm. The reggae band, however, is earmarked to perform at 5:35 pm.

The rock band Hollis Brown, country star Jackie Lee, singers Karen Rodriguez and Jesse Campbell, the Harlem Globetrotters, and the Radio City Rockettes are also billed to perform.

Reggae legend dies in crash after leaving show

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Oswald Caines, a reggae music legend well-known in Sarasota, Florida, died Friday morning in a multi-vehicle crash that shut down the William Howard Frankland Bridge connecting St. Petersburg to Tampa. The accident froze early-morning rush-hour traffic in the central Bay area for hours.

The 61-year-old Caines, affectionately known by his friends as “Ham,” was scheduled to play a show with his band, the Democracy Reggae Band, at the Five O’clock Club in Sarasota on Thursday night.

Friends and family, shocked by the fatherly musician’s sudden death, took to social media to offer their condolences.

Jamaican 117-year-old is now the world's oldest person

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Born in March 1900, Violet Mosses Brown says that hard work, devotion to the Baptist church and respect for family, life and people in general have helped her live a long and happy life. The new oldest person in the world eats what she wants — except for pork and chicken. And the Jamaica-born 117-year-old abstains from what she called “rum and dem tings.”

Hailing from the same part of Jamaica as Olympic champion Usain Bolt, Brown on Saturday became the world’s oldest person after the death of Emma Morano of Italy. Known affectionately as "Aunt V," Brown stated that she "likes fish and mutton and sometimes she will have cow foot." She also likes locally grown produce such as sweet potatoes, breadfruit, oranges and mangoes.

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Police Sergeant Shot To Death In Jamaica

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Sergeant Neville Bryan died after he was attacked by gunmen at a gas station in Portmore, St Catherine, early Friday morning. Bryan, who served for 20 years in the force, was shot repeatedly while he sat in his motorcar.

Alkaline Sought For Questioning

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On Tuesday the Corporate Communications Unit (CCU), the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s information arm, revealed that Alkaline was being sought for questioning in regards to the murder of Rohan Morris and has asked him to report to Area Four HQ at Harman Barracks.

Rohan Morris, a 28 year old, was murdered at his home in Maverley, St Andrew, on January 13, 2017.

Jamaica's 2008 Beijing 4x100m Team Loses Medals

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The governing body the International Olympic Committee (IOC) disqualified Jamaica's 2008 Beijing 4x100m sprint team today. Re-analysis of Carter's samples from Beijing resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substance methylhexaneamine.

Initially sold as a nasal decongestant in the US until 1983, methylhexaneamine was reclassified in 2011 as a "specified substance" and has been used more recently as an ingredient in dietary supplements.

The 31-year-old Carter has been a key member of Jamaica's relay team, running the first leg as they won gold at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games.

All four members of the team, which includes Bolt, Asafa Powell, Michael Frater and Carter, a bronze medalist at the 2013 World Championships will lose their titles.

Jamaican Bobsled Team Won Bronze Medal

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Jamaica created sports history as its women's bobsled team of Carrie Russell and Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian won bronze in the North American Cup held in Lake Placid in the United States of America (USA).

The Jamaican pair was third in 1:57.87 behind the winners Nicole Vogt and Bonnie Kilis of the USA with 1:57.70 and Canadians Julie Johnson and Janine McCue with 1:57.81.

The Jamaican bobsled team is asking for $60,000 to hire a coach through a crowdfunding campaign. The team hope to qualify men’s and women’s bobsled teams for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics, which will mark the 30-year anniversary of their Olympic debut in Calgary, which inspired the 1993 Disney film “Cool Runnings.”

Reggae Band Raging Fyah Named Jamaica's Reggae Music Ambassador

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2017 Grammy Nominee Reggae Band Raging Fyah Named " Jamaica's Reggae Music Ambassador". Adding to the prestigious honor of being nominated for 2017 Best Reggae Album by the Grammy committee, Pele, Demar, Anthony Watson, Courtland “Gizmo” White and Kumar collectively known as Raging Fyah add "Jamaica's Reggae Music Ambassador" to their numerous honors.

It was indeed a proud moment for the self-contained band to officially proudly represent their country to the world, " We have said this many times before, and it rings true to who Raging Fyah are. Jamaica is the birthplace of reggae, it is our birth place. The vibes and the sounds of our beautiful island is what we Raging Fyah carry in our soul to the world."

Members of the band met with Minister Grange on Friday, January 20, 2017, who also used the also used the opportunity to once again congratulate the band on their recent Grammy nomination and to wish them well on their upcoming tour. “We (the...

Kenyan Promoter Denies Owing Natty King

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Natty King took to Facebook accusing a Kenyan music promoter of being unprofessional. Natty King performed in Buruburu on his first show before heading to Meru for another show. But the Meru show was cancelled.

Natty King alleges that Chini Ya Mti promoters refused to pay him, hence the reason for the no-show in Meru. Chini Ya Mti Promotions CEO Juma, stated he upheld his side of the contract signed with the reggae singer. Juma stated that upon arrival in Meru, Natty King demanded an additional 30% on top of the agreed performance fees.

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We had signed a contract and there was no way I was going against it. Ask yourself this question; why was he promoting all this events if I had not paid him as agreed. Even on the event day heading to the aborted Meru show, he was promoting the event on his social media pages. There was no way he come to me in an ambush style, and demand I add him money. That's not how business is done. Actually, he owes me...

Four Companies On Panama Papers Database Links To Jamaica

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At least four company names were found in the database of Panama Papers are identified as having links to Jamaica.

A search for 'Jamaica' in the database turned up the names Ciamara Holdings, Direct Transportation and Group Logistics, Kanton Star, and Global Equity Finance, though there is no suggestion any of these entities have done anything wrong.

The Panama Papers are leaked documents about offshore companies. The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) published a searchable database of the documents on Monday, covering some 214,000 entities.

USL Bans Jamaican Forward Romeo Parkes For a Year

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The United Soccer League has suspended Jamaican forward Romeo Parkes for the remainder of the 2016 season and fined him an undisclosed amount for attacking Canadian international defender Karl Ouimette in a game Saturday.

The Pittsburgh Riverhounds had already terminated Parkes’ contract. Parkes and Ouimette, a former Impact player, were both red-carded for their part in a melee late in the game between Pittsburgh and the New York Red Bulls II. As they began to walk off the field, Parkes kicked Ouimette from behind, knocking him to the ground.

The 23-year-old from Repentigny was stretchered off, but was not seriously injured.

Hotel Collapse in Westmorland Jamaica

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Several construction workers were taken to hospital this morning after a section of a building under construction at the former Grand Lido hotel in Negril collapsed around 6 a.m on Tuesday. Three workers were trapped under the rubble of the two-storey building that was being constructed.

One worker who was trapped under the rubble had been rescued by late morning while firefighters worked feverishly to free at least two others. The status of the two remaining working is unknown at this time.

Jamaican Born Professor gets Black History Month Award

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Jamaican born Professor of Theology and Ethics at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology in Atlanta, Georgia, Dr. Noel Erskine, is the 2016 recipient of the Atlanta Jamaica Association (AJA) Black History Month Award.

Professor Noel Erskine, who hails from St. Thomas and is the former Pastor of the Ulster Spring Baptist Church in Trelawny, has been recognized for his over 35 years of service to the Jamaican and Caribbean communities in Atlanta. Dr. Erskine has also been honoured for his extensive work in chronicling black history as well as his study of black religion.

A member of the American Academy of Religion and Black Theology, Rev. Erskine also serves on the Advisory Council of the Secretariat of the Free Trade Area of the Americas in Atlanta.

In accepting the award, Professor Erskine called on members of the audience to unite and work together to make Jamaicans in the Diaspora and those at home and that God has called them to become "a...

Shauna Chin Have To Change Her Name

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Jamaica-born actress Shauna Chin served a cease and desist order to Gully Bop's ex fiance Laniece Shauna Anderson for using the name "Shauna Chin". The actress has since come under heavy scrutiny on social media by Shauna Chin's fans who were saying that she was being envious of chins success using the name.

The Actress have since stated that she had no intentions of seeking any publicity from the matter, but instead made a wise business decision to protect her brand. Laniece Anderson has since changed her stage name from 'Shauna Chin' to 'Chin Chin'.

Shauna Chin, a native of Montego Bay in St James, is most known for her guest-starring role on the Jamaican television series The Blackburns of Royal Palm Estate.

Caught With Weed Where

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Tanesha Parkins, a 27-year-old mother of two, was caught attempting to leave Jamaica with over two pounds of ganja inside her anus and stomach. On January 21, Parkins arrived at the Norman Manley International Airport to board a flight to Curacao when police observed a bulge in her crotch area. A cylindrical package was then removed from her anal cavity.

She pleaded guilty to the charges of possession of ganja, dealing in ganja and taking steps to export ganja. She was fined $10,000 or six months for possession of ganja, $20,000 or six months for dealing in ganja and $41,000 or six months for taking steps to export ganja.

Shooting at JLP Party Rally

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At least three people were killed and two injured in a shooting as hundreds gathered for the Jamaica Labour Party political rally in Monetego Bay, Jamaica, Sunday night. The gunfire rang out as former Jamaican prime minister and current JLP leader Andrew Holness was finishing a nearly hour long speech in Sam Sharpe Square.

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Jamaica's New North South Highway

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Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller helped to cut the ribbon at the Angels Toll Plaza to officially open the section of the North-South Highway from Angels, just outside Spanish Town, to Linstead in St. Catherine, to join the leg opened last year which now ends in Moneague. The recently built roadway will be open to the public for travel as of Monday February 8, 2016. Travel on the newly opened section will be free of cost for one month.

As part of the agreement for the US$720 million highway development, the government has made 1,200 acres of land available to the developer, China Harbour Engineering Company for hotels, housing and commercial developments. One of the areas slated for development, Mammee Bay will see the construction of resorts which will add more than 2,000 hotel rooms, and 500 new homes.

China Harbor Engineering Company (CHEC), the entity which is undertaking the project, has not indicated how much it will cost to use the toll...