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China May Build A New Port In Jamaica

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(AP) Jamaica's environment minister stated the much-discussed transshipment port is being considered for the Caribbean island's largest protected area.

Robert Pickersgill made the disclosure in Beijing, where he is accompanying Jamaica's prime minister for a five-day visit. They are meeting with Chinese political and business leaders.

Pickersgill says the Goat Islands in Jamaica's southern protected zone of Portland Bight is "under very serious consideration" as the site for the planned port. He told Jamaican reporters traveling with the delegation that state-owned China Harbor Engineering Co. wants to build it there.

In Jamaica, conservationists said Thursday that a transshipment hub would have a devastating impact on the area's coastal environment.

The 724-square-mile (463,360-acre) Portland Bight area was protected by Jamaica in 1999 to safeguard reefs, wetlands, and fish nurseries.

Calls For Jamaica To Curb Police Killings

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(AP) A former Northern Ireland police ombudsman says Jamaican security forces must significantly curb fatal shootings of civilians if they want islanders to trust them.

Nuala O'Loan says there is, in her words, an "unparalleled level of police shootings in Jamaica." The former Northern Ireland investigator says she has never seen "police fatal shootings in the way I have seen them here."

She says there were 147 fatal shootings by Jamaican police between January and June of this year. In 2012, Jamaican security forces killed 219 people, nine more than in 2011.

Human rights activists have repeatedly criticized the number of shootings by Jamaica's police.

A commission that investigates allegations of abuse by Jamaican forces released a Monday statement with the comments made by O'Loan in a speech at Montego Bay.

Police Probe Fraud Case At Jamaica's Teachers Union

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(AP) Police in Jamaica say they are investigating a significant fraud case at the teachers union and the union's entire accounting staff has been put on leave.

The Jamaica Constabulary Force says detectives are "working around the clock" collecting statements and interviews.

In a Wednesday statement, the Jamaica Teachers Association says "accounting irregularities" were found during a recent audit. It did not disclose any specifics about the extent of the irregularities.

The union says that it is cooperating fully with police and that the fraud investigation does not involve its credit union.

Union president-elect Mark Nicely describes the fraud case as "major" and "unprecedented."

Outgoing union president Clayton Hall has not returned calls seeking comment.

Selena Gomez Sing Over Buju Banton's Song Walk Like A Champion

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Pop singer Selena Gomez has done a remake of Buju Banton’s 1995 hit tune Champion. The track starts with Buju deejaying the original lyrics for his song before Selena comes in singing.

The chorus features Selena singing the lines Walk Like A Champion.

Barbados Banned Reggae For Two Months

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The playing of reggae and dancehall music was suspended in Barbados. The suspension began on June 1 and ended today August 05, 2013 to facilitate Crop Over. Those that control the policies of the Barbados music industry are hoping that Bajans will be consuming more of their culture from the media during that period.

Crop Over is a traditional festival which began in Barbados, having had its early beginnings on the sugar cane plantations during the colonial period. The festival was originally a celebration signalling the end of the yearly sugar cane harvest. However, it has since evolved into Barbados' biggest national festival, similar to carnivals in Trinidad and Brazil.

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Tyson Gay Tested Positive Again

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(AP) United States Sprinter Tyson Gay failed more than one drug test this year, recording one of his positives at the US championships in June, where he won the 100 and 200 metres,The Associated Press learned on Friday.

Earlier this month, Gay revealed he had tested positive in an out-of-competition test he took May 16.

Three people familiar with the case told the AP that Gay had multiple positives this year.

One of those people said one positive came at nationals and the US Anti-Doping Agency has notified him of that result.

The people did not want their names used because the doping case against Gay is ongoing and the details have not been made public.

Gay’s representatives did not immediately respond to attempts by the AP to reach them.

Dancehall Duo RDX Releases New Video

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Fresh from receiving yet another accolade by winning Video Of The Year for "Kotch" at the 2013 Music Industry Achievers Awards, RDX delights their fans by releasing another hit bound video with "Right Squeeze".

Adding yet another notch on their hit list, the video premiered this past week on Entertainment Report on TVJ in Jamaica. Produced by Top Floor Videos and directed by Cwill & Abed, "Right Squeeze" pulls footage from their worldwide touring and gives a glimpse on the "madness" that is an RDX concert.

With a scheduled filled of studio and tours, the charismatic duo will be taking the stage at "The Greatest Show On Earth: Sumfest" for Dancehall night this upcoming Thursday July 25th in Jamaica. RDX will be amongst a stellar lineup alongside such stars as Grammy winner Beenie man, Lady Saw, Bounty Killer amongst and many others.

Delomar of RDX States '"its gonna be an explosion of just great music, high energy performance, creative set... we...

Bridgez Leaves Bounty Killer Alliance Camp

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Dancehall artiste Bridgett "Bridgez" Roache has decided to cut all ties with the Bounty Killer Alliance camp.

Earlier last year Bridgez had announced that she was leaving 'Alliance Next Generation' however her former manager Bounty Killer took to his twitter at the time to make it clear that the young singer was still a part of the Alliance camp itself; later giving her the title of 'Lady Alliance.'

Bridgez issued the following statement:
I don't believe in titles if you're not making an impact to live up to it; so all these titles I got didn't mean much to me. It felt like just talk, an excuse to not put in the real work a manager is to be doing. I will never be ungrateful for the experience I gained while I was in Alliance but the time has come for me to move on. I'm serious about my career and I have spent almost 4 years with this camp however I need a management team that knows how to manage a female artist."

Bridgez also added, "I am a...

Beres Hammond No Show For London Concert

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Beres Hammond was due to perform at the popular venue in Greenwich alongside fellow reggae stars Morgan Heritage and Marcia Griffiths as part of the Beres and Friends UK tour. Beres Hammond failed to show up for the concert in east London's IndigO2 on Wednesday July 17, 2013 after one of his band member was denied entry into the UK.

The drummer for Beres band was allegedly stopped at customs a few hours before Beres headline performance was supposed to be held, forcing him to make the difficult decision to stand by his friend and band member to return Jamaica.

The show went ahead without the headline act, with many fans left wondering whether the star's health was to blame for the no-show.

A statement have been issued by Base Incorporated & Bigga Tings Promotions, the names behind the sold out show, said:
Due to circumstances beyond our control Beres Hammond will not be appearing for his UK tour due start this week July 17 – 21...

Buju Banton Lawyer Is Now Mayor Of Mississippi

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Buju Banton is breathing a sigh of relief after a Federal Judge dismissed his gun charge last week, which would have attach an additional five years to his sentance. Judge James Moody also dismissed the reggae artiste application for a new trial on the grounds that the juror misconduct was not enough.

On June 26, 2013 Judge James Moody handed down a ruling holding juror Teri Wright in contempt after she admitted to a Florida journalist that she researched aspects of the case during the high profile trial. However, that was not enough for Judge James Moody to grant Buju Banton a new trial.


Chokwe Lumumba

Buju Banton is now discussing with his lawyers whether or not he should appeal the judge’s decision not to grant him a new trial. While he contemplates his next move, Buju Banton may also have to seek new legal representation since his current lawyer Chokwe Lumumba was elected mayor of Jackson, Mississippi last month...

Jr Reid's Road Manager died Last Month

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Mikey Jarrett Jr., the road manager for Reggae artiste Junior Reid ,died on Tuesday June 04, 2013 from an apperent heart attack while in Miami, Florida.

Jarrett was a part of the One Blood family for over fifteen years and was instrumental in the professional advancement of the careers of Junior Reid and his sons Andrew & Wadada Blood.

He was also instrumental in fostering relations between the Bloods and several international artistes such as M.I.M.S, Alecia Keys and Lil Wayne

Inner Circle Tour Bus Crashes in Louisiana

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A bus carrying the members of reggae group Inner Circle crashed in Louisiana on Tuesday Jun 04, 2013. The accident happened on I-10 at around 3:30 p.m.

The band was reportedly on the bus at the time of the accident, however there were no major injuries resulting from the crash. Local police reports suggest a blown tyre sent the tourbus careering into the median of the Interstate 10 freeway just outside Baton Rouge.

Inner Circle is currently in the midst of a summer tour, with the next performance scheduled for Ojai, California, on June 06, 2013. No word on if the tour bus accident will affect the band's upcoming events.

Toots Sues Former Manager For US$1.25 Mil

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Toots Hibbert of the legendary reggae band Toots and the Maytals is suing his former manager for US$1.25 million dollars.

The 70-year-old Toots Hibbert claims that he hired Marc-Antoine Chetata back in 1994 to manage Toots and the Maytals’ music and business affairs. Hibbert claims Chetata took advantage of the group lack of business knowledge.

The lawsuit claims that Toots was fooled into signing an agreement which gave his former manager 50 per cent ownership of his songs. Toots Hibbert is asking for US$1.25 million in damages as well as full ownership of rights to his songs.

Toots and the Maytals were a huge influence on ska, rock steady, reggae era. They recorded more than 30 albums since the early 1960s.

Mexico Wins Qualifier Against Jamaica

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Mexico got its first victory in CONCACAF's final round of World Cup qualifying Tuesday night, beating Jamaica 1-0 on Aldo de Nigris' goal. The Mexicans team had drawn all three previous games, but the win lifted them atop the six-team group while having played one more game than four other teams, including the United States.

Jamaica slipped to 0-2-2 and is last in qualifying. The top three teams advance to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, while the fourth-place team faces a playoff with New Zealand.

Mary J. Blige Gets Hit With Tax Lien

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Mary J. Blige and her husband, Martin Isaacs, are buried in tax and financial troubles. In February, the New Jersey tax authorities filed a state tax lien against them for $901,769. But compared to the federal tax lien of $3.4 million that's a drop in the tax bucket problems.

Their IRS liens include:
$574,907 for 2009
$2.2 million for 2010
$647,604 for 2011

The couple is being sued by various banks for more than $3 million in defaulted mortgages. Blige and Isaacs own an 18,000-square-foot mansion in Saddle River, New Jersey, and a $2.5-million house in Palisades overlooking Manhattan. The Saddle River home was purchased in 2008 for $12.5 million. They've been trying to sell it since 2011, with an original asking price of $14 million, which has now dropped back to $12.5 million.

Mary J. Blige PR team released a statement saying,
Mary has been and is continuing to work with her new team to resolve all these issues as quickly as possible.

The Skatalites Cedric Brooks Dies At 70 Years Old

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(AP) Cedric Brooks, a Jamaican saxophone player and influential roots reggae musician, has died. He was 70.

One of Brooks' sisters, Paulette Keise, said he died Friday of cardiac arrest at New York Hospital Queens. She said Saturday that he suffered from high blood pressure and diabetes and fell ill several years ago, losing his ability to speak.

Brooks began his music career in the late 1960s as a studio musician, playing in songs such as Burning Spear's "Door Peep." He also had hits with trumpet player David Madden including "Money Maker" and "Mystic Mood."

Brooks also was a member of the Jamaican ska band The Skatalites. He is survived by seven children and four sisters.

Suspect Arrested In Vincent Simpson Attack

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Jamaica's police force arrested a suspect on Monday in the beating, stabbing and robbery of Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller's older brother Vincent Simpson.

Andre Foreman, 21, of Kingston, was arraigned on charges of aggravated robbery, wounding with intent to kill and illegal possession of a firearm. He is due to appear in court on Friday.

The robbers took J$30,000 ($310), a television set, a pistol and other items from Simpson, who remains in a Kingston hospital. Two other men who were suspected to be involved in the attack remain at large.

Teenage Girls Killed Alleged Rapist

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Police in Jamaica have detained two teenage girls in the death of a 39-year-old man as they investigate accusations that he tried to rape one of them.

Police said Friday that Phillip Bell lured the two girls, ages 16 and 14, to his house to use his computer on Thursday afternoon. Police said Bell apparently tried to rape one of the girls, prompting the other girl to attack him with a machete.

The man was taken to the hospital, where he later died. No one has been charged for his death.

Lauryn Hill Sentenced To Prison On Tax Evasion Charges

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Grammy-winning singer Lauryn Hill has been sentenced to three months in prison for failing to pay about $1 million in taxes. Hill pleaded guilty last year to three counts of failing to file tax returns on more than $1.8 million between 2005 and 2007.

Before the sentencing, her attorney had said Hill had paid more than $970,000 to satisfy the state and federal tax liabilities. Hill had faced a maximum sentence of one year each on three counts. Her attorney had sought probation.

Hill must also pay penalties and taxes still owed, a $60,000 fine, serve a year on probation and possibly three months of home confinement.

She's to report to prison July 8. It's not clear where she'll serve her sentence.

Mr. Cee Arrested Trying To Solicit A Male Prostitute Again

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New York Hot 97 DJ and producer Calvin "Mr. Cee" LeBrun was arrested last night in a prostitution sting. The 46-year-old Hot 97 employee was taken into custody in Brooklyn after trying to solicit an undercover police officer who was posing as a male prostitute.

This is the DJ’s third time being arrested on prostitution related charges in the last three years. Mr Cee was busted on loitering for the purpose of engaging in a prostitution on October 8, 2010 in Lower Manhatten. He pled guilty to those charges a month later. He was arrested in March 2011 after police observed him getting oral sex from a male prostitute in a parked car. Mr. Cee pled guilty to a charge of loitering for the purpose of engaging in a prostitution offense in June of 2011.

He was ordered complete three months, or 12 sessions of counseling with a doctor.