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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...

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...

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,”...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...