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Delware Jury Acquits White Officer

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Dover police officer Thomas Webster IV was acquitted of felony assault and misdemeanor assault charges today after kicking Lateef Dickerson, in the head so hard that it broke his jaw during a 2013 arrest.

Webster testified he didn't intend to kick Lateef Dickerson in the head in August 2013 and instead was aiming for his upper body. Webster also said he feared for the safety of himself and others because officers were told Dickerson was armed with a gun, and Dickerson was slow to comply with repeated commands to get on the ground.

Jurors deliberated for about 16 hours over three days before acquitting Dover police officer Thomas Webster IV of felony assault and misdemeanor assault.

Tightrope Riddim EP Released

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Life is a tightrope, a balance between good and evil, positive and negative, one cannot exist without the other, and as music is the soundtrack of our lives, those sentiments are echoed on the "Tightrope Riddim" EP.

Produced by Christopher "Chris Lion" Mattis for Conquering Lion Records and written and composed by Devon Bradshaw , Ian Coleman and Christopher Mattis, the EP features the melodious sounds of international reggae star Capleton with "Paradise", Chezidek "Seed Of Life", Lutan Fyah "Come Away", Fantan Mojah "Stay Far", and second generation reggae royalty Garnet Silk Jr with "All I Desire".

Speaking on this musical project, producer Chris Lion explained "Well tightrope was inspired by my journey towards music production. I also view the name as a situation where one must be very cautious while walking on life's path.So the name basically depicts life's journey where one has to balance both his actions & spirituality".

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58th Annual GRAMMY Awards Reggae Nominees

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The 58th Grammy's revealed the nominees for the category of Best Reggae Album 2015. To qualify for this category albums must be released between Oct. 1, 2014 and Sept. 30, 2015. Recordings must be commercially released in general distribution in the United States.

The Grammy Awards will take place on February 15, 2016 in Los Angeles.

Album: Zion Awake
Artiste: Luciano
Label: Vpal Music

Album: Acousticalevy
Artiste: Barrington levy
Label: Doctor Dread Presents

Album: Strictly Roots
Artiste: Morgan Heritage
Label: CTBC Music Group

Album: The Cure
Artiste: Jah Cure
Label: VP Records

Album: Branches Of The Same Tree
Artiste: Rocky Dawuni
Label: Cumbancha

Dudus’s Former Lieutenant Harry Dog Acquitted

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The former lieutenant of Tivoli Gardens don Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke, Harry McLeod, was yesterday acquitted of several criminal charges as the prosecution was unable to sustain a case against him.

Harry "Harry Dog" McLeod was acquitted of charges of larceny, receiving a stolen motor vehicle, and forgery when he appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court in Jamaica. He was acquitted after the prosecution said it was unable to move forward with a case against him, prompting the court to order the return of his vehicle.

Charges against Harry Dog came after the vehicle was allegedly found in Tivoli Gardens with 4,000 rounds of ammunition in it during the May 2010 operation to apprehend Coke, who was wanted in the United States on drugs and gun running charges. The vehicle with his documents, was allegedly found in front of Coke’s Presidential Click office.

Jamaica Granted Access To US Visa Program

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The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in consultation with the Department of State, have added five Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries among others worldwide that are eligible to participate in visa programs.

The USCIS announced on Friday that Barbados, Belize, Grenada, Haiti, and Jamaica are now eligible to participate in the H-2A and H-2B Visa programs, effective January 18, 2016. Sixty-eight countries globally are eligible to participate in the visa program on that effective date.

It said H-2A and H-2B Visa programs allow US employers to bring foreign nationals to the United States to fill temporary agricultural and non-agricultural jobs, respectively.

Belgium Door To Door Search

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Belgian interior minister, Jan Jambon announced he wants a house-to-house search of every address in Molenbeek to see who is living there, noting that some addresses with two registered inhabitants have 10 people there.

The Brussels district of Molenbeek was the focus of police raids last week after the Paris attacks, and Mr Jambon said that out of 130 jihadists known to have returned from Syria, 85 are in the tiny commune of Molenbeek.

By law in Belgium, you have to register your address with the commune when you move house and put your name on the doorbell. Police will then come to establishe the people who live there are registered.

Bank of Jamaica Governor Says JA Dollar No Longer Devalued

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Bank of Jamaica Governor Brian Wynter says the Jamaican dollar is no longer overvalued and is now less susceptible to unpredictable slippage, following recommendations by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for its continued devaluation to maintain competitiveness.

The statement, which was yesterday released by the bank under the September quarter review, also indicated a two percentage point decline in the country’s inflation rate quarter over quarter — from 3.8% to 1.8% continuing on its 40-year-low trend.

The statement follows an almost 70 per cent decline in domestic financing by the Government for the September quarter when compared to the same period last year and since the beginning of the agreement with the IMF.

Additionally, a major boost is expected to occur within the financial sector following the payout of $62 billion of maturing NDX bonds to bondholders next February. The payout will provide the banking system with additional liquidity...

Prison Escapee Christopher Selby Surrenders Himself To Authorities

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Christopher Selby, 30, a prison escapee from Trinidad and Tobago, surrendered to authorities on Sunday night. He is currently being held at Barataria Police Station in Barataria, Trinidad.

Selby’s surrender was to the Criminal Gang Intelligence unit. He was one of the prison escapees involved in a violent jailbreak that occurred on Friday. Three men escaped from a prison in the country’s capital city, Port-of-Spain.


Three men escaped: Allan Martin, 42, Hassan Atwell, 41, and Selby. Shortly after the jailbreak, police shot and killed Martin on the grounds of Port-of-Spain’s General Hospital. Martin was in jail for a 2006 murder, Atwell was imprisoned awaiting extradition to the U.S. on charges involving an alleged “hostage taking” and Selby was jailed for murder.

A shootout occurred during the escape, and a prison guard, Constable...

Tourist Arrested At Jamaica's Airport

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(AP) Police in Jamaica say a U.S. tourist has been charged with illegal possession of ammunition after customs officials at an island airport allegedly found a bullet in her handbag.

A Monday police statement says the American woman was about to board a flight when she was stopped by security at Sangster International Airport in the northern tourist town of Montego Bay.

Police took her into custody and charged her with a breach of the island's firearms act after authorities say they found a 9-mm bullet in her bag.

Authorities did not immediately disclose her identity or where she is from. Before her arrest, she was about to board a flight destined for Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Jah Cure's New Album Debuts #1

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Jah Cure’s brand new album The Cure released July 10, 2015 by VP Records debuts at #1 on the U.S. Billboard Reggae Album Chart. He has delivered a “certified classic” and lands this week’s coveted chart position with the annual Soca Gold 2015 compilation nabbing the second spot.

In support of his new album, Jah Cure is currently touring Europe until end of August – closing at Spain’s renowned Rototom Festival. U.S. fans can catch him aboard the Welcome To Jamrock Reggae Cruise, leaving twice this year either on November 30 or December 5 from Miami, FL.

With his strong vocals and soulful conviction, Jah Cure effortlessly blends street poetry and sufferer’s tales with beautiful love ballads into his new album The Cure. The 13-track set is a return to roots reggae and lover’s rock with R&B and pop-fused elements.

Jah Cure co-produced the entire album with the help of reggae producers like Christopher “Sketch” Carey, Clive Hunt, Llamar “Riff Raff” Brown...

Bounty Killer Brother Pleads Guilty To Phone Theft Charges

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Wayne Price was a member Bounty Killer’s entourage traveling to St Kitts for a concert. The group was about to board a flight back to Jamaica on Sunday when the artiste brother was being checked out by a custom agent, who left her phone on the counter.

The agent then realized that her phone was missing after Price left the counter. She raised an alarm and airport security checked video surveillance footage and saw Price taking up the phone. When they search him for the device he had already removed the SIM card and battery from the device.

Wayne Price appeared in court on Monday, July 06, 2015 where he pleaded guilty to charges of larceny. The Magistrate’s Court judge in St Kitts fined him EC$3,000 which is approximately US$1,111. He also had to pay the fine before leaving court.

Jamaica to purge minor weed convictions

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Jamaica's justice minister has signed an order to expunge some marijuana-related convictions now that the island has partially decriminalized small amounts of pot. Justice Minister Mark Golding stated that he had signed an order to provide a path for people to get their criminal records purged if they have minor convictions for smoking or possessing marijuana.

In April, drug law amendments went into effect that partially decriminalized small amounts of pot and paved the way for a lawful medical marijuana sector in Jamaica.

JPS Fights illegal Connections

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Jamaica's only electricity provider says crews have pulled down nearly 10,000 illegal connections to the power grid and police have arrested over 300 people for theft so far this year. In a statement issued, the Jamaica Public Service Co. says it is "relentlessly pursuing" electricity thieves in neighborhoods where a tangle of illegal wires can often be seen tapping into power lines.

Jamaica's government has a 20 percent stake in the electricity distributor JPS, where power theft has long been rampant and overlooked for years on the island.

China first cruise ship stop in Jamaica

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Approximately 1,000 Chinese tourists have disembarked from a cruise ship in a Jamaican resort town in a groundbreaking visit.

The Chinese tourists arrived Wednesday in the northern town of Ocho Rios aboard the 12-deck cruise ship Costa Atlantica. Jamaica’s tourism ministry says the group is on an 86-day cruise that began in Shanghai on March 1. It says Jamaica is the ship’s only Caribbean port call.

Last year, Jamaica allowed visa-free travel for vacationers from China as the island tries to develop new markets for its tourism industry.

In recent years, Jamaica has also relaxed visa requirements for nationals of countries such as Russia, Venezuela and Colombia.

Guest Relations Manager of Costa Atlantica Shao Enyu said the visitors will be taken on a number of excursions across Jamaica including a visit to the world famous Dunn’s River Falls and that they are all eagerly awaiting this opportunity to see the beauty of the country.

Jamaica's passport powerless

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The Jamaican passport is ranked as one of the least valuable travel documents in the Caribbean based on the number of countries which allow its holders visa free travel through their ports of entry.

According to power rankings released on Monday by, travel and residence website passportindex.org, holders of a Jamaican passport are granted visa free access to 68 out of the 147 countries it checked around the globe.

This left the Jamaican passport with a power ranking of 50. This is the fourth lowest in the CARICOM with only Guyana, Surinam and Haiti’s passports less valuable.

In comparison, holders of a Barbadian passport are allowed visa free entry to 119 countries. This makes the Barbadian passport the most valuable in CARICOM with a power ranking of 22.

The Bahamas sits close behind Barbados with a power...

Eddie Murphy's New Song Peaks At #1 On iTunes U.S. Reggae Chart

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Eddie Murphy’s new single “Oh Jah Jah,” released Jan 27, 2015 on VPAL Music (VP Records’ distribution arm), debuts at #4 on the U.S. Billboard Reggae Digital Song Chart. According to Soundscan, Murphy’s new reggae tune charted above genre classics like Shaggy’s “It Wasn’t Me” feat. RikRok and Bob Marley and The Wailers’ “Three Little Birds.” In its first week of release “Oh Jah Jah” also peaked at #1 on iTunes Reggae Single Chart.

This song is not the first time Eddie Murphy has dabbled in the genre. “Oh Jah Jah” follows his 2013 collab “Red Light” feat. Snoop Lion. He also teamed up with the legendary Jamaican dancehall artist Shabba Ranks on his 1993 track “I Was A King.”

Murphy penned and co-produced “Oh Jah Jah,” which was recorded and mixed at Soul Mountain Studios in Beverly Hills, CA. Ralph Hawkins Jr. and Trenten Gumbs also had a hand in the production.

Trinidad TV Host Dies in Fire

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Police have confirmed the death of Marcia Henville on Saturday. she passed away in an early morning fire at her home in St Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago. Her husband escaped with severe burns to his body.

Marcia Henville was a well known media personality, having hosted programs on both Radio and Television. She was also know for her acting roles both on the big screen and on stage and her involvement in the representation of the public in various national social issues.

Marcia Henville was currently hosting the program “Point Blank” on CCN TV6.

Lady Saw Release New Album Called Alter Ego

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VPAL, VP Records’ subsidiary label and distribution arm, teams up with Lady Saw’s label Diva Records to release her new album Alter Ego, available now. The Queen of Dancehall is celebrating 25 years in the business with Alter Ego.

The album puts her creativity on full display and showcases both the racy side of “Lady Saw” and the more subdued side of “Marion Hall.” The album features collaborations with Beres Hammond, Estelle, Ali Campbell of UB40 and Flo-Rida. Judging by her latest singles, “Hoping” and “Me & Mi X”, Lady Saw is adding some extra sizzle to the holiday season and posed to ignite the charts. The Queen is back and she means business.

Alter Ego Track Listing:
1. What Kinda Man featuring Estelle
2. I Do Love You featuring Ali Campbell
3. She Has Changed featuring Beres Hammond
4. STD
5. Hate Your Guts
6. Nuh Yuh Business
7. Whine
8. Pretty Fingers
9. Mi & Mi X
10. Heels On Remix featuring Flo-Rida
11. Cockpit
12. Hoping
13. Selfie
14. Heaven

French woman arrested at Sangster

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(AP) Police in Jamaica say a French woman has been arrested at an island airport and charged with attempting to smuggle cocaine.

The Jamaica Constabulary Force on Sunday identified her as 33-year-old Emillie Legros. They say she told investigators she was a musician and gave a Jamaican address.

She was attempting to board a flight to the Belgian capital of Brussels from Sangster International Airport in the northern tourist city of Montego Bay. When her luggage was searched during screening, officials allegedly found four bottles containing a ½ pound (about a quarter kilogram) of cocaine.

Legros is due before a magistrate's court on Tuesday. It was not immediately known if she had a lawyer.

Spice Set To Release EP So Mi Like It

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Known for her daring lyrics, vivacious stage performances and fiery bravado, Jamaican dance hall sensation Spice is happy to announce the release of her eagerly awaited debut EP So Mi Like It, available December 2, 2014 on VP Records. The digital-only EP will showcase her skills with a new selection of her most buzz-worthy anthems as well as exclusive material.

On the 5 song set, Spice knows what she wants and has no qualms expressing exactly how she feels. Whether she is taking the reigns in and outside the bedroom on songs like “So Mi Like It,” “Go Go,” “Conjugal Visit” featuring Vybz Kartel and the never-before-heard track “Whine Inna Di Dance” or flipping the script on “Like A Man” – the tell all about being a female in the male-dominated industry – there is no holding back with Spice.

Spice is reaching numbers that are unprecedented in the genre. She received almost 10 million views alone on her VEVO channel for “So Mi Like It.”...