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Jamaica Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller on Tuesday called for more measures to combat a mosquito-borne Chikungunya virus.

Describing the outbreak of Chikungunya Virus since July this year in Jamaica a "national emergency", Simpson-Miller during her meeting with parliamentarians called for mobilizing resources to control and prevent the spread of the epidemic.

The epidemic has spread to almost every corner of the country, resulting in temporary closing of some schools and factories in the past three month.

A major clean-up campaign will be started from the worst-affected areas to destroy mosquito breeding sites, she said, with some 500 million Jamaican dollars (4.46 million U.S. dollars) being allocated.
(AP) Jamaica has appointed a veteran law enforcement commander to lead its police force. National Security Minister Peter Bunting announced Monday that Carl Williams will start as police commissioner next week.

Williams led anti-drug efforts from 2000 to 2004. He developed a task force to combat lottery scammers and is the founding director of another police unit tasked with fighting organized crime. The 50-year-old Jamaican joined the police in 1984.

He takes the place of Owen Ellington, whose retirement was announced by the government in late June.

Ellington's retirement comes ahead of a fact-finding inquiry into the conduct of security forces during a bloody 2010 state of emergency. The government said...
(AP) The Jamaican agency that investigates abuse allegations against the island's security forces says a police officer has been arrested and charged with murder. The Independent Commission of Investigations says Cpl. Selvin Williams was charged Wednesday with killing a man in the southwestern parish of St. Elizabeth in December 2012.

At the time, police reported that Williams intervened in a bar fight when farmer Valbert Salmon was killed. The commission says it has evidence to warrant a murder charge.

The officer has been granted $2,000 bail. He has to surrender his travel documents and report to a police station during daylight hours. A court hearing is scheduled for January.

Earlier this year, the...
There was a lot of drama and near panic in Half Way Tree in St Andrew on Sunday after a man believed to be of insane, disarmed a police officer and shot two people. Reports from the police are that about 2 p.m., a policeman was on patrol in the area when a mad man managed to take away a gun from a policeman.

Eyewitnesses say the police was writing a motorist a traffic ticket when the man approached him and grabbed his firearm from the holster. The man began to firing at the officer and then wildly in the Half Way Tree area. The incident sent everyone in the area running for cover. An off duty police officer saw what was happening and intervened by shooting the man.

When the shooting ended, it is reported...
In an effort to expand on her brand and celebrity status, Jamaican dancehall artiste Tifa has ventured into merchandising with the release of her signature headphone line.

The project is a partnership with Sound is Genious (SIG) and is called the Tifa SIG line. The headphones is reasonably priced starting as low as $2500 each. She also released a Bluetooth headset and a travel friendly sound box.

The headphones will be distributed in select Digicel stores and electronic stores.

[Intro:]

Eeeh heh, zagga zow,
zagga now now now now now
Ziggy, yo, lets do this

[Chorus:]
Pon bed pon floor against wall
We sex dem all till dem call mi
Im di girls dem sugar dats all
Welcome di king of di dancehall
Pon bed pon floor against wall
We sex dem all till dem call mi
Im di girls dem sugar dats all
Welcome di king of di dancehall

[Verse 1:]
(Hello meet buddy gal!) Play wid dem hair
(Catch it now gimme nuh hickey gal!)
Dont yuh dare (Titty stiff eeeh?)
Remove yuh undawear
Waan mi fi ram it to stick it to jam it in widout
(Gal fi get sex though)
Who dat a ask mi why?
Gallis mi ask mi question nuh funky guy
(Whats up fattty?)
So how yuh act so shy
Mi nuh...
Easy To Love is a fine representation of lovers’ rock, an effortless blend of reggae, R&B and dance hall with universal appeal. The sophistication he brings to these tracks is the mark of true quality. His delivery and phrasing are impeccable, and his choice of material and collaborators are strategic and brilliant.

The title track was a No. 1 hit on reggae charts last summer, evidence that Maxi Priest has a gift for staying fresh. The song features the legendary Jamaican drum and bass duo Sly & Robbie, who’ve played on some of Maxi’s biggest hits, including “Wild World,” “Some Guys Have All The Luck,” “Close To You,” and “Housecall” (featuring Shabba Ranks) as well as the new album track “Every Little...
Built on his musical ability and production expertise, Alborosie’s reggae is a unique blend of vintage sounds built with old and new technology and great songwriting. Most tracks feature him playing multiple instruments and were recorded at his own Shengen Clan Studio in Kingston, Jamaica.

With songs like “Stepping Out” feat. David Hinds of Steel Pulse, “Money” feat. Horace Andy, “Guess Who’s Coming” feat. Black Uhuru and “I Can’t Stand it” feat Dennis Brown, Alborosie puts his modern day spin on these iconic hits while featuring the original artist. He also recreates Bob Marley classics including “Burnin and Lootin” and “Natural Mystic” alongside the reggae legend’s son and recording artist Ky-Mani Marley....
Bob Marley's eldest daughter Cedella has designed a soccer wear collection inspired by her late father's love of the sport. The Marley Apparel Soccer Capsule Collection 2014 will feature items linked to the reggae great's stylish soccer attire from the 1960s and '70s.

The limited edition collection features an array of soccer T-shirts and tracksuit jackets inspired by actual items worn by Marley on the soccer field and by the teams competing in the World Cup. The items are all made from hemp and organic cotton, and each piece maintains a vintage feel while infusing colors from the flags of the United States, England, Brazil, Ghana and France.
(AP) Jamaica is selling its 7 percent stake in a bauxite refinery operation, the island's energy minister announced Tuesday. Energy Minister Phillip Paulwell told Parliament that the government will sell its $11 million stake in the West Indies Alumina Company, referred to as Windalco. It is located in the central Jamaican parish of Manchester.

The money will go to Windalco's parent company, Russian aluminum giant UC Rusal. The $11 million sale will roughly halve a $21.5 million debt to the Russian company. A debt of $10.5 million remains.

Jamaica's once-flourishing bauxite industry has fallen on hard times in recent years. Globally, high levels of aluminum supplies have led to lower prices.