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Veteran reggae singer John Holt is dead

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John Holt died in a London hospital on Sunday. He was 69. The cause of death is yet to be announced.

John Holt still stands head and shoulders above the rest as one of Jamaica's sweetest singers and enduring songwriters. He has voiced and penned so many of the country's classics that in a way, Holt has defined the island's sound. Born in the Greenwich Farm area of Kingston, Jamaica, on July 11, 1947, the young Holt took his first steps into the music business via the talent show circuit. Talent shows have always had a massive popularity in Jamaica and the top ones were initially broadcast live on radio and later on television.

Olympic fencer Kamara James dead at 29

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Jamaican born Kamara James, who represented Team USA at the 2004 Olympic Games in fencing, has passed away at the age of 29.

James passed away in Modesto, California. She was born in Kingston, Jamaica, before moving to Queens, New York, at the age of 10. She received a full scholarship to Princeton, where she graduated in 2007. James’ first Olympics was the 2004 Athens Games when she was 19. She won bronze at the Junior World Championships in 2003 and was a member of the Senior National Team since 16.

Portia Simpson calls for combating Chikungunya virus

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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.

Jamaica New Police Commissioner

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(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 it would also allow a panel to probe allegations of police killings without "any perception of influence" on his part.

Jamaican Police Man Charged With Murder

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(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 investigative commission levied murder charges against eight police officers in a single police division in central Clarendon parish.

Mad Man Take Away Police Gun

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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 that a woman and another adult were found with gunshot wounds. The wounded man accused of starting the shooting and the two wounded bystanders were taken to hospital.

Tifa Launches New Headphones

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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.

Maxi Priest Set To Release Easy To Love Album

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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 Thing.” WATCH “Easy To Love” video.

Maxi’s been tugging on women’s heartstrings ever since the mid-80′s. New and long-term fans alike will relish hearing irresistible tributes of enduring affection like “Loving You Is Easy,” “Holiday,” “Still In Love,”...

Specialist Presents Alborosie & Friends

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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. On his new original recordings, he delivers a diverse blend of deep roots cuts (“Meditation” feat. Sizzla, “One Sound” feat. Gramps Morgan, “Celebration” feat. Gentleman and “Life” feat. Jah Cure), hard-hitting tunes (“Murderer” feat. Busy Signal and...

Cedella Marley Designs Soccer Gear

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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.

Jamaica sells stake in bauxite operation

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(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.

Jamaica to decriminalize personal marijuana use

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The Jamaican government has decided to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana, joining the trickle of countries moving to soften laws on the drug known on the Caribbean island as ganja/weed.

Minister of Justice Mark Golding made the announcement at an afternoon news conference on Thursday saying that Jamaica's Dangerous Drugs Act would be formally amended this summer.

The cabinet of Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller made the decision on June 2, he said.

Mark Golding
Cabinet approved certain changes to the law relating to ganja. These relate to possession of small quantities of ganja for personal use, the smoking of ganja in private places and the use of ganja for medical-medicinal purposes
Uruguay recently became the latest country to legalize marijuana use, joining several countries in Europe as well as the U.S. states of Colorado and Washington.

Male Jogger Raped In Jamaica

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A group of joggers reportedly found a man naked, with his hands and feet bound, sitting on the sidewalk at the foot of the hill close to Perkins Boulevard at Queen Hill in St Andrew, Jamaica.

The man reportedly parked his car at a nearby apartment complex and was about to jog when a white car drove up with two armed men who held him at gunpoint. The attackers proceeded to tear off the jogger's clothes and took turns at raping him.

St Andrew South Division Police department said they received no report of the incident. However, it was confirmed by a member of the Queen Hill community, who said the men drove a white car and were armed with a gun and a knife.

Daughter Jailed For Neglecting Mother

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Joanne Quinn will spend two years and six months behind bars for failing to provide the necessaries of life for her elderly mother.

The 51-year-old was sentenced in Napier District Court this afternoon, following a severe case of neglect never before seen in New Zealand.

Quinn was found guilty in a judge alone trial last month by Judge Down, who sentenced her to two years and six months' imprisonment today.Crown prosecutor Steve Manning said during today's submissions: "The extent of the neglect and the callous nature was so severe ... this requires a term of imprisonment."

1.6% Growth for First Quarter In Jamaica

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Jamaica recorded an estimated growth of 1.6 per cent between January and March 2014, relative to the corresponding period of 2013.

The sectors of agriculture and mining and quarrying recorded the highest growth during the period.

Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries registered the largest increase of 18.0 per cent, followed by Mining and Quarrying, which was up by 8.0 per cent and Construction, up 0.5 per cent.

For the Services sector, growth was recorded for all entities, except for Producers of Government Services, which went down by 0.2 per cent.

The transport, storage and communication sector grew by 0.5 per cent; electricity and water grew by 0.4 per cent; wholesale and retail trade, 0.2 per cent; finance and insurance services, 0.3 per cent; real estate, renting and business services, 0.3 per cent; hotels and restaurants, 0.4 per cent; and other services, 0.5 per cent.

21st Hapilos Digital New Releases

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21st Hapilos Digital Distribution is the largest digital distributor of Dancehall, Reggae and Caribbean music. We have successfully placed Reggae and Dancehall on the international digital market via iTunes, Amazon and Google Play to name a few. We have effectively brought the revenue back into Dancehall by employing aggressive marketing and cost-effective distribution strategies to maximize the earnings potential of clients.

Here are this week new releases:

  • On their latest sensual single, dancehall dynamic duo RDX calls seductively upon the ladies to come and"Whisper"to them."RDX merged the sexual prowess of Dancehall with explicit dalliances of after dark entertaining. “Whisper” in its clean version is simply a tease of male and female flirtation. The uncut chronicle has just the right amount of raunchiness to taunt our natural desires."states RDX...

Reggae Star Jahmiel Honors Real Fathers

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As mother's day is approaching our thoughts and love, and many songs are dedicated to these incredible women who gave us life.

Not wanting to over shadow or take anything away from this day, reggae crooner Jahmiel reflected on those men who play both roles. Just as on father's day single mothers get recognition, Jahmiel wanted to extend the sentiment to those "Real Father".

That song was inspired by my dad and the good fathers I know. I felt it was necessary knowing that there's mostly mother songs out there in the music industry and less for the fathers. I do have a great mom but my dad is supportive of the 7 of us too, so I represented for him and the real fathers of the Earth. BIG up Notnice who produced it and was also influential with his son where this song is concern. stated Jahmiel

Kartel and Three Co-Defendants Found Guilty

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Vybz Kartel and his three co-defendants were found guilty of murder in the Home Circuit court today, Thursday, March 13, 2014.

Adidja "Vybz Kartel" Palmer was charged jointly with fellow entertainer Shawn "Shawn Storm" Campbell, Kahira Jones, Shane Williams and André St John for the murder of Clive "Lizard" Williams . Of the four co-defendants only Shane Williams was found not guilty.

Lead attorney for Vybz Kartel, Tom Tavares-Finson stated that while the defence team accepted the ruling of the jury, they plan to appeal the guilty verdict against his client.

Jamaican Sayings

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"Mi old, but mi nuh cold"
[Do not underestimate the value of the elderly]

"Every mikkle mek a mukkle"
[Every little bit counts]

"Every dawg has his day and every puss his 4 o'clock"
[Today for me, tomorrow for you]

"Cock mouth kill cock"
[Watch your mouth, it can get in the great trouble!]

"Sorry fi mawga dog, mawga dog wi tun round bite you"
[Sometimes it is those whom we help who are the least grateful

"Duppy know who fi frighten"
[Bullies pick on those who can defend themselves the least]

"De olda de moon, de brigher it shines"
[The older a person is, the wiser]

"Hog say, 'de first dutty water mi ketch, mi wash'."
[Make use of the first opportunities that comes your way]

"One eye man a king in blind man country".
[No matter how bad your situation seems, there is always another for whom things are worse].

"Talk and taste your tongue"
[Think before you speak].

"Cockroach nuh business inna fowl fight"
[Don't get involved in this that...

Google Play Movies Expands To Jamaica

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Google has expanded access to its Google Play Movies to 13 new countries, bringing the total with access to the electronic sell and rental service to 27.

Users of Android-based devices in Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Botswana, Fiji, Hong Kong, Jamaica, Nepal, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago and Zimbabwe can now access the movie platform.