Quick and heroic actions by two motorcyclists who were riding across the Demerara Harbour Bridge has resulted in the life of a young woman being saved.
The young woman, whose name has not been released, had just jumped from the top of the bridge into the Demerara river, when the motorcyclists hopped off their bikes and went into the river behind her and pulled her to safety. The incident took place just before 12:00noon on Tuesday.
The Demerara Harbour Bridge has a pedestrian area and the woman was spotted walking across the bridge moments before she made the suicide attempt.
General Manager at the Demerara Harbour Bridge, Rawlston Adams, told News Source that once the woman was pulled to safety, she was placed in to the custody of the Police located close by.
News Source understands that medical professionals were called to assess the woman and ensure that she was taken to a hospital for medical evaluation.
Over the past year, there were two cases of women committing suicide by jumping off of the floating Harbour bridge.
Guyana leads this part of the world in suicide cases. The Government recently launched an aggressive campaign and national conversation aimed at suicide prevention.
A national suicide hotline is also in place.
Source: Guyana News
The United States Supreme Court has indicated to some of the country's biggest clothing companies that they do not have the right to use or sell shirts bearing the image of the late reggae icon, Bob Marley.
On Monday, America's highest court let stand a lower-court ruling that merchandisers had used Marley's likeness to sell clothing at Walmart, Target and other stores without permission.
According to various online sources, Marley's heirs control the rights to the musician's image through a company called Fifty-Six Hope Road Music. In 2008, the company sued rivals AVELA Inc. and others arguing that their sales of Marley merchandise violated federal trademark law. The Marley estate won the case and was awarded more than $1 million in profits and damages by a federal court in Nevada, USA, in 2011.
This is the second appeal to be turned down by the US courts after an appeal was dismissed earlier this year. After the ruling was handed down in 2011, the defendants decided to pursue the case in an effort to get the decision overturned.
Reports also state that the Marley estate is worth an estimated US$130M. The singer died of cancer in 1981.
News Source: Jamaica Star
After much excitement on social media regarding a white Benz that was gifted to dancehall artiste Ishawna, THE WEEKEND STAR has learnt that the vehicle has been seized by the courts.
The Restraining Ordersinger's automobile was among several items handed over to the relevant authorities yesterday.
Since news of the incident broke early Thursday morning, speculations arose as to what caused the seizure. However, a press release from DownSound Records (DSR) later revealed that the automobile was seized as a result of a matter currently before the courts. The statement highlighted that several assets belonging to Joe Bogdanovich, owner of DSR, were seized as part of the court settlement in a matter involving himself, Cordel 'Skatta' Burrell and producer AndrE 'Rookie' Tyrell.
Story Credit: Jamaican Star
Up to press time last night, a high-level meeting was being held at the Horizon Adult Remand Centre, moments after authorities foiled an alleged plot to kill entertainer Vybz Kartel.
Information reaching THE STAR is that the alleged murder scheme against the popular artiste involved fellow inmates and a member of the prison's ancillary staff.
According to THE STAR efforts by their news team to speak with Commissioner of Corrections Ina Fairweather proved futile yesterday. However, when THE STAR contacted the Horizon Adult Remand Centre, they were told that the respective personnel who could speak to the media were in a meeting.
THE STAR gathered that the ancillary staff member in question allegedly confessed to being apart of the plot, in that she was instructed to take certain things inside the prison.
She reportedly told officials that she was directed by the inmates to pick up three rachet knives and two bottles allegedly containing skin poisoning disguised as lotion and take them into the facility.
Unconfirmed reports are that these items were later unearthed inside the prison.
THE STAR further understands that the alleged inmates were planning to attack the deejay at some point when both were released from their cells.
Kartel and three co-accused were convicted last year and sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of Clive 'Lizard' Williams.
Kartel has since instructed his lawyers to file an appeal.
Source: Jamaica Star
Chronixx is blazing a reggae trail with his Dread and Terrible European tour. The tour sees the young entertainer making various stops,visiting a different city every night.
The tour began on March 27 in Amsterdam, Holland, and has made its way through different countries including France, Germany, Austria, Italy and Switzerland.
He is also expected to make appearances in Portugal, Belgium, Sweden, Finland and Denmark.
According to the artiste's official website, chronixxmusic.com, the world tour should end August 1 at the Reggae Jam Festival in Bersenbruk, Germany.
Within days of the official start of the tour, Chronixx released a 10-track musical project with the same title.
The Dread & Terrible project was released on April 1 on digital platforms and was made available for free download on the artiste's website. The project is to be released on CD and vinyl, available at each concert stop. The project boasts seven tracks and three dub versions.
The 21-year-old Jamaican was the main influence behind the project and was instrumental in the outcome of the final product.
In addition to mixing and recording a few of the tracks, Chronixx wrote all the songs on the project. He was also involved in creation of the artwork and all the visuals for project.
Dread & Terrible is available for download on iTunes and includes tracks, Eternal Fire, Like a Whistle, Capture Land, Here Comes Trouble and Alpha and Omega.
Dub versions of the last three tracks are also included.
The artiste is also joined on tour by the Zincfence Redemption Band, Kelissa and Dre Island.
Source: Jamaica Gleaner
Jonathan Gutierrez kicked off his shoes and dozed off in the back of a bus traveling along a sleepy stretch of Interstate 5 near the North California town of Orland.
The trip to Humboldt State University was meant to open doors and possibilities for 17-year-old Gutierrez and dozens of other teens, all low-income or first-generation prospective college students.
It ended Thursday with at least 10 people dead and 30 injured in a fiery wreck 90 miles north of Sacramento, when a FedEx truck crossed a median and slammed head-on into one of three buses taking the teens to Humboldt State University.
"I was asleep and next thing you know I was jumping out for my life," Guttierez wrote in a Twitter post in the minutes after the crash.
10 killed when truck crosses freeway
Students killed in fiery bus crash
In another post he wrote: "Bruised leg, eyebrow cut open, scratches all over my arm. ...All my stuff that I packed is burned. I'm beyond thankful that I'm still here."
The collision killed both drivers, five students and three chaperones, Lt. Bruce Carpenter of the California Highway Patrol said Friday.
More than 30 people, primarily teenagers, were taken to local area hospitals for injuries.
Identifying the dead
"Many of them had cuts, contusions, bumps, minor burns. I know there was one person when we arrived on scene that was on fire," Officer Tracy Hoover of the California Highway Patrol told CNN affiliate KRCR-TV of Redding.
The Sacramento County Coroner's Office identified one of the victims as 26-year-old Arthur Arzola, an admissions counselor and recruiter at Humboldt State.
Arzola was based in the Los Angeles area and considered the university like family, according to his profile on the school's website.
He described himself in the profile as "hard-working, thoughtful, compassionate and friendly."
Arzola died at the hospital. Officials said it is a bigger challenge to identify those who died at the scene of the crash, partly because many suffered burns.
Dental records will be used to identify some of the bodies, Glenn County Chief Deputy Coroner Richard Warren said. If it is not possible to do it that way, officials will use DNA, which would be a longer process, he added.
Investigators are looking into the cause of the accident, which occurred at about 5:45 p.m. local time Thursday on Interstate 5, the main north-south thoroughfare that cuts through heart of California's farming country, in Orland.
Eyewitnesses have told investigators that the FedEx truck sideswiped another car before crashing into the bus. The two occupants of that vehicle were not seriously injured but were sent to a hospital for treatment.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved in the tragic accident on I-5 in California. We are cooperating fully with authorities as they investigate," FedEx spokeswoman Bonnie Kourvelas said.
NTSB agents en route
The reason the FedEx truck crossed the median remains under investigation, the CHP said. The investigation could take months, and the National Transportation Safety Board announced Friday that it is sending a team to investigate as well.
"One, we're going to be investigating the human, the machine and the environment, and what's critical for us especially in highway accidents if for us to collect perishable information, the kind of information that goes away very quickly," NTSB Member Mark Rosekind said.
"And then the most important thing we can do is issue recommendations so that these kinds of accidents don't happen again," he said.
Authorities were working Thursday to reunite parents with the surviving teens who were aboard the bus.
The more-than-40 teens, who represented 31 different Southern California high schools, were heading to "Spring Preview Plus"-- a two-day trip that invites low-income and first-generation prospective students to Humboldt State's Arcata campus.
As part of the program, students stay in residence halls, attend events and visit with staff and students from a program that helps historically underrepresented students, the university said.
The two other buses in the caravan made it to the university, and those students were placed in dorms, Humboldt State officials said.
The university is offering counseling to those students.
'Can't believe this happened'
Some on the trip, such as Gutierrez, had already been accepted to the university. Others were still in the application process or still trying to make up their minds.
Gutierrez, like many of the others, was clearly excited about the trip. He posted photos of the journey. There were snapshots of stops in Fresno and Sacramento, and one he took from the back of the bus that showed students relaxing.
But it is the photos and comments that followed that were harrowing. A snapshot of black billowing smoke from the burning bus, and then the post: "I can't believe this."
Gutierrez also posted snapshots of himself in the hospital as a way to assure friends and family he was OK.
"Seeing everyone hurt was not how (I) expected my day to go," he said.
Reality TV star Benzino was injured after being shot by his nephew on a Massachusetts highway Saturday while riding in a funeral procession for a family member, according authorities and Benzino's hip-hop magazine.
Benzino, whose real name is Raymond Scott, is a cast member of the VH1 reality show "Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta" and CEO of Hip-Hop Weekly. The magazine confirmed on its website Saturday night that Benzino had been shot.
The 48-year-old Benzino was traveling on Route 3 south of Boston just before noon when 36-year-old Gai Scott pulled alongside and fired several shots into a red SUV driven by Benzino, the Plymouth County District Attorney's Office said in a statement. Officials say there had been growing tension between the two.
Benzino, of Mansfield, Mass., got out of the SUV after being struck and was taken by a passerby to the Duxbury Police Department and then transferred to a hospital.
Hip-Hop Weekly said he was shot in an arm, and his back was grazed by a bullet.
He was listed in good condition, a spokeswoman for South Shore Hospital in South Weymouth said Sunday morning.
The magazine said Benzino was in the area to bury his mother. He was heading to a church in Plymouth at the time of the shooting, the District Attorney's Office said.
Police responding to the scene found the red SUV in the middle of Route 3 with bullet holes and a reddish brown substance believe to be blood inside the vehicle. Officials said shell casings and projectiles also were found at the scene.
Gai Scott, of Randolph, Mass., was taken into custody and charged with assault with intent to murder. He is scheduled to be arraigned Monday in the Plymouth District Court.
The "Love & Hip Hop" series is known for its over-the-top drama and fights — making it a ratings success, but also a target for criticism. The fourth season of the show's New York series ended in January. The third season of the Atlanta spinoff debuts in May.
Benzino is a former co-owner of The Source magazine. In its prime, The Source was the pre-eminent magazine for rap, and it helped fuel the rise of urban magazines such as XXL and Vibe.
Benzino left the publication in 2006 and later launched Hip-Hop Weekly, which chronicles the lives of urban music stars.
The house in which Joyce Lewis was found dead.
The battered of body of an elderly woman was discovered early Wednesday morning (March 26) by neighbours in the community of North Ruimveldt, Georgetown.
The woman has been identified as 75 – year – old Joyce Lewis, who lived alone. The discovery was made around 8:00 hrs at Christiani Street, North Ruimveldt.
iNews (www.inewsguyana.com) was informed that the woman was found with her panties below her knees and the house was ransacked. Reports indicate that she might have been raped.
The perpetrators gained entry into the house from a window.
Dead: Joyce Lewis
It is not yet clear how the woman died, however it is being speculated that her throat was slit or she might have been strangled to death. iNews (www.inewsguyana.com) was unable to confirm these reports.
This news entity (www.inewsguyana.com) was also informed that the woman’s late husband was an Inspector in the Guyana Police Force. Police and relatives are currently on the scene. More details will be provided as it becomes available.
Source: Inews Guyana
Justice Lennox Campblell’s attention is now on the prosecution star witness Llamar Chow.
The presiding judge in the Vybez Kartel murder trial is currently giving the jury his summation of the high profile trial. His review of the star witness testimony is the longest so far since he began last Thursday.
DETAILS: Vybez Kartel Trial: Attorneys and Judge Buck Heads Over Corrections
This morning Justice Campbell told the 11-member jury to determine if Llamar Chow is a credible witness. He also said that they are allowed to reach a different verdict for each accused men.
“You are the sole judges of the facts in this case,” the judge said. “It is not the judge’s verdict that is asked for, but yours and yours alone. Your verdict need not be the same for all. Review the evidence against all separately.”
Justice Lennox Campbell also told the judge to use extra care when using eyewitness and voice notes evidence.
“People sound like people,” the judge said, adding that “the danger is more acute.”
“I must, therefore, warn you to be very careful to convict anyone on eyewitness evidence,” the judge told the jury. “There have been wrongful convictions in the past.”
The judge also questioned why the star witness Llamar Chow gave the police his statement 8 days after the alleged murder took place on August 16, 2011.
The defense is arguing that the star witness concocted the statement along with the help of police officers to avoid a gun charge that could have landed him behind bars for years.
The star witness told the court during his testimony that he saw his friend Clive “Lizard” Williams lifeless body laying on the floor in Vybz Kartel’s house in Havendale on the day of the alleged murder.
Vybz Kartel, born Adidja Palmer, Shawn “Storm” Campbell, Kahira Jones, André St John, and Shane Williams are all on trial for the alleged murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams.
The Crown says Williams, who is a former associate of the accused men, was killed on August 16, 2011 over two missing guns belonging to the dancehall star.
His body has yet to be found.
If convicted the men could face life imprisonment.
Source: Urban Islandz
Ocho Rios-based record label KJ Records has released a new Spanish Guitar rhythm, which music critics have hailed as one of the best new compilations to have emerged on the music scene this year.
The rhythm sees the return of 'War Head' deejay Merciless from Clarendon. Known for his brilliant social commentary on songs such as Letter and Reply To The Letter, he delivers Serious with the same great wit. The single chronicles his time in the US, his incarceration and subsequent deportation in a very witty, humorous and insightful manner. When listening to the song you know it's classic Merciless, but you can also hear his anguish at the state of Jamaica.
"I had taken a break to spend time with my son and I have been working in the studio, and this song addresses some things that have been on my mind," Merciless said.
The song is available on iTunes and can also be seen on YouTube.
Other standout songs on the rhythm include Ras Myrdhak's Treasure Box,where the deejay shows the form that made him one of the most widely regarded deejays in the early 2000s. Ras Myrdhak's high-energy delivery and powerful lyrics make this rhythm a must-listen for dancehall fans.
Red-hot rookie Bettadayze also shows why he is one of the new exciting voices in reggae music with the single, No More. ShemDon shows good promise with the vibesy Dem No Like, while Dadda shows that he is a talent to watch in the future with Rise In Love. Diplomat rounds out the project with the witty Sleep Inna Bush.
Source:Jamaica Online Star
Guyana is featured prominently in the latest major international crack down on drug cartels in the New York area. The 15 count indictment was unsealed on Tuesday in the Eastern District of New York Federal Court and details a major drug smuggling ring that involved drug cartels in the U.S and Italy who were relying on links in Guyana to ferry more than 1000 pounds of cocaine via containers to the United States then on to Italy.
According to the Federal Bureau of Investigations seven defendants were charged with narcotics trafficking, money laundering, and firearms offenses based, in part, on their participation in a transnational heroin and cocaine trafficking conspiracy involving the ‘Ndrangheta, one of Italy’s most powerful organized crime syndicates.
“The defendants—‘Ndrangheta member Raffaele Valente, also known as “Lello”; Gambino associate Franco Lupoi; Bonanno associate Charles Centaro, also known as “Charlie Pepsi”; Dominic Ali; Alexander Chan; Christos Fasarakis; and Jose Alfredo Garcia, also known as “Freddy”—were arrested earlier Tuesday. In a coordinated operation, Italian law enforcement authorities arrested 17 members and associates of the ‘Ndrangheta in Calabria, Italy, who were involved in the narcotics trafficking conspiracy, among other crimes”, the FBI said.
The seven defendants arrested in the United States are scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday before Chief United States Magistrate Judge Steven M. Gold, at the United States Courthouse.
The FBI said that as alleged, Lupoi also set into motion a plot to transport 500 kilograms of cocaine, concealed in frozen food, in shipping containers from Guyana to Calabria.
In the course of these conspiracies, Lupoi assured his confederates of his relationship with a corrupt port official in Gioia Tauro, indicating that in return for €200,000, the official could guarantee passage of unlimited containers of contraband. In New York, Lupoi joined forces with defendants Alexander Chan and Garcia to orchestrate the Guyana-Italy cocaine conspiracy.
In conversations recorded by the undercover agent, the conspirators discussed their connections to Mexican drug cartels operating in Guyana, South America, and plotted to transport 500 kilograms of cocaine internationally, hidden in shipments of frozen fish or pineapples. On the Italian side, Ursino and his co-conspirators planned to use a fish importation company to receive the shipment. As set forth in Italian court documents, the conspiracy slowed when shipping containers originating from the same Guyanese shipping company were seized in Malaysia and found to contain more than $7 million in cocaine hidden in pineapples and coconut milk.
Guyanese drug enforcement officials are expected to conduct their own probe in wake of the latest case in the United States.
Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 6 pm EST this evening.
Locations: portions of Northeast New Jersey, the New York City Metropolitan Area, as well as Nassau and Northwest Suffolk Counties in New York.
Hazard types: Heavy snow mixing with and changing to sleet and freezing rain.
Accumulations: snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches, along with around one quarter to four tenths of an inch of ice.
Timing: snow mixing with sleet and freezing rain toward Daybreak with mainly sleet and freezing rain by later this morning and afternoon.
Impacts: travel will be extremely dangerous due to significant snow and ice accumulations. The combination of snow and ice accumulations will knock down tree limbs and power lines.
Winds: Northeast 5 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph.
Visibilities: one quarter to one half mile at times.
Temperatures: in the lower 30s.
A Winter Storm Warning means significant amounts of snow. Sleet. And ice are expected or occurring. This will make travel dangerous. Only Travel in an emergency. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food. And Water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.
Source:World Wide Web
BROWNSVILLE -- Police are looking for three men wanted in a frightening armed robbery inside a liquor store in Brooklyn, and they're hoping surveillance video will lead to arrests.
The incident happened just after midnight on January 20 at Willmohr Liquor and Wine on Willmohr Street in Brownsville.
Authorities say say the suspects entered the store and ordered everyone to get on the floor. Then they tied up the victims with duct tape.
The men stole about $45,000 in liquor in addition to thousands of dollars in lottery tickets, cash and cell phones before running off.
No injuries were reported.
The suspects are all described as black males in their 20s, all about 5-foot-10 and weighing around 160 pounds. They were all dressed in black.
Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).
The Miami Heat star, who proposed to actress, Gabrielle Union over the holidays, fathered a third son during the couple's recent breakup, Entertainment Tonight is reporting.
Sources say that Wade recently visited his new son and the child’s mother, who the baller has known for years.
Wade and Union, who began dating in 2009, have both been very open about their brief split, saying that it was due to their demanding work schedules.
"A celebrity relationship is very hard," Wade recently told Jay Leno. "This was a big year for us in our relationship from the standpoint of she was shooting her show Being Mary Jane… I was dealing with my injuries, trying to win a championship."
It’s being reported that Union was aware of Wade’s new son before she accepted his pre-holiday proposal and that the pair worked through their issues. Wade has full custody of his two sons, Zion and Zaire, with his ex-wife Siohvaughn Funches. He is also raising his nephew Dahveon.
Source: Essence Magazine
At least eight people died and dozens were forced out of their homes by heavy rain in the Caribbean islands of St Vincent and the Grenadines.
Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves has cut short his holidays and was returning from London, the government said.
Landslides and flooding also reportedly killed five people in the neighbouring island of St Lucia.
Heavy rain has also been causing destruction in Dominica, also in the eastern Caribbean Sea.
The region was expected to remain on rain alert, according to meteorological services.
Mr Gonsalves said he couldn't remember such heavy rain at Christmas.
'It came down heavy'
A woman who lives in Canada and was spending her holidays with her family in St Vincent told reporters how she got separated from her sisters and ended up losing one of them and her two-year-old niece.
"We all were going together, but the water came down heavy and it just turned us over," Colleen James told news website I-Witness Online. The extreme weather hit St Vincent on Christmas Eve, with many seeking refuge in shelters as the flooding began.
A family of five died when a house was washed into their home in the north-western region of North Leeward, local media reported.
The rain also cut off the water supply of about half of the island, authorities say.
An official government notice said Mr Gonsalves was returning from his holiday in London, where he was staying after a visit to Rome, where he met Pope Francis.
In St Lucia a policeman was killed while reportedly trying to save people who were in difficulty, after torrential rain on Christmas Eve.
Midnight religious services were cancelled and churches in the island's capital Castries were used as shelters for people displaced by flooding.
Local media reports say at least another four bodies have now been found.
St Lucia's Prime Minister Kenny Anthony said: ``I don't think I can recall when we have had such heavy rainfall on the eve of Christmas."
Hundreds of teenagers stormed and trashed a Brooklyn mall in a wild flash mob that forced the shopping center to close its doors during day-after Christmas sales, sources said on Friday.
More than 400 crazed teens grabbed and smashed jars of candy, stole cheap items such as baby balloons and beat up security guards at Kings Plaza Shopping Center in Mill Basin between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., merchants said.
A violent game of “Knockout” also broke out on the upper level of the mall — and one teen may have been carrying a gun, sources said.
The teens used social media to plan the mass looting, vowing to put the mall “on tilt” – or to raid it, according to posts on Facebook and Twitter.
Clerks, who scrambled to close up their shops, said they were terrified.
“I’ve been here seven years and I have never seen anything like this before — I’m so scared. I know they will come back,” said Abu Taleb,31, a clerk at Candy Plaza 2.
“I was begging them to stop. There were a lot of kids hundreds of kids… [Security] would chase them out one door and they would come back in another door.”
Clerks at shops such as Macy’s, Victoria’s Secret and Mac quickly rolled down metal gates as security guards tried desperately to break up the mob. The mall was closed for roughly an hour around 7 p.m., sources said.
Violent fights also broke out in front of McDonald’s and Best Buy, sources said. Video footage shows a pack of teenage girls punching each other and screaming as security guards struggled to break up the brawl.
Other teens were even more violent, sources said.
“You know they were playing the knockout game yesterday,” said perfume merchant Shante, 21, referencing a game in which teens try to knock each other out with a single punch.
“People were getting really scared. A tall white guy with a grey bubble coat was wearing a ski mask and a skull cap and he had his hand under his coat like he was holding a gun,” she said.
Some teens took to Twitter to brag about the trashing the mall.
“Kings Plaza was on tilt today,” Ray Rat Sextana wrote on Facebook.
Another teen, Mark Wallace, added, “Sh-t was crazy at Kings Plaza. So the security started shutting down the mall and kicking all teens out but it was so much of us they couldn’t get control.”
Police sources said it’s unclear what prompted the mall madness but some of the teens incorrectly believed the rapper Fabolous would be performing at the mall, according to social media posts.
Video footage also shows two security guards carrying a teenage boy out of the mall.
Other teens bragged on social media about beating up security guards and breaking bus windows on the ride home.
“Teens rioting at Kings Plaza. They just shut the mall DOWN …. Rrowdy teens fighting and running through out the mall. It was crazy!!!” one mall-goer posted.
No arrests were made.
Source: New York Post
A teenager from Brooklyn was killed on vacation in Jamaica, and now her mother is talking about what happened and how she learned the news.
While visiting relatives in Jamaica, 19-year-old Franciena Johnson and her cousin were shot and killed just one day after she arrived.
Her heartbroken mother never imagined it might be the last time she would see her child when she sent her off for winter break to stay with her grandmother. But now Suzette Clarke-Grose, of Canarsie, is dealing with unimaginable pain.
After Franciena and 18-year-old cousin Nadia Fearon vanished, police found their bodies far from the resort areas, floating in a salt marsh near May Pen on the country's south coast.
Then Franciena's grandmother made the terrible phone call.
"She said, 'Brace yourself, because your daughter is dead,'" Clarke-Grose said through tears. "I asked what happened, and she don't know, she just never came home Friday night. She and Nadia left the house to go to May Pen, and she didn't return home."
Police tell the family they are putting together bits and pieces of evidence to help find the killer. Someone heard gunshots, which led them to the bodies.
"I was told it appears they kidnapped them in a car, and the area where they took them was very lonely," Clarke-Grose said. "Nobody really knows what happened. They only know that they found them with gunshot wounds to the body."
Clarke-Grose spoke to Eyewitness News while sorting through hundreds of pictures of her photogenic daughter, who was studying to be a nurse at Kingsboro College. She was born in Jamaica and moved to the US as a child, and her mother can't understand why anyone would hurt her.
"She was a bubbly and loving girl, that's all I can say," Clarke-Grose said. "Very respectful. I can't imagine somebody doing something, because it's somebody you can't do nothing but love."
Authorities believe at least two people have been injured in a shooting Friday at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colorado, Sheriff Grayson Robinson told CNN affiliate KMGH.
The shooter is still believed to be inside the school, Robinson said.
Emergency personnel are advising parents to go to King Soopers, a grocery store in the vicinity of the school, to pick up their children, CNN affiliate KDVR reported.
The high school, with a student population of 2,229 students, has 70 classrooms. The school, which was built in 1964, is part of the Littleton Public Schools system.
All schools in the system have been put on lock down, authorities said.
Heartbroken relatives of a four-year old boy are searching for answers after the toddler died at the Georgetown Hospital early on Tuesday morning after being there for close to a week on life support.
The four-year old boy, Jaden Mars was taken to the hospital last Wednesday after he accidentally cut his tongue at home after a fall on a bucket.
His mother said he was at first taken to the clinic in the West Ruimveldt area and the nurses there after examining the cut on the tongue told the family that it would require stitches and he would need to go to the Georgetown Hospital.
He was healthy and full of energy, according to his family.
At the Georgetown Hospital, Medical officials told his mother that they would need to give him a small dose of anesthetic to allow the stitching of the tongue. It should have been a very minor surgery in the accident and emergency unit of the hospital but after three small doses of the anesthetic failed to fully numb the young boy’s tongue and put him to sleep, the medical team decided that they would need to move him to the theatre and apply more of the anesthetic in a controlled environment.
That decision proved deadly for the young boy. His mother, Natalie Caseley said her son was healthy and moving about as she accompanied him to the theatre area. “He was his old self, it was just a cut on the tongue from his teeth and it should have been a minor surgery. He was talking fine and asking questions. My son was not sick, he was healthy when he was taken there and I need justice for Jaden right now”, the grief-stricken mother told News Source in an interview from her West Ruimveldt home.
She explained that moments after the small child was taken into the theatre for the surgery, the medical team came out asking her questions about him and about herself.
She said “the entire group came out and asked me if he was my only child, I said no and it was then that they told me that his heart had crashed while the anesthetic was being administered and they were forced to resuscitate him. They told me I need to pray and believe and I was praying since then”.
The 28-year-old mother who has another child and is expecting a third said she was devastated and could not believe what they were saying. She could not understand what could have gone wrong in the surgical room with her son that would have seen a healthy bouncing toddler be thrown into an unconscious state.
She told News Source that her son who was a nursery school student, was fun-loving down to the last time she saw life in him. “While we were sitting there outside the theatre waiting on the Doctors, he was telling me that his tongue was okay and that we should leave but I told him that the surgery would be quick and he will be fine and he reached out his hand to the anesthesiologist and they walked into the room together. That was the last time I saw him full of life and its heart breaking”, she told us.
The young boy remained unconscious and was transferred to the Intensive Care Unit where he remained for the next five days until his death just after midnight on Tuesday morning. He never regained consciousness.
The mother said she never thought that she would have lost her son. She said she prayed every day while he laid in the Intensive Care Unit even as she began her search for answers. His death has devastated the family who remembers him as a loving child who adored football and loved to colour and trace.
Reflecting on her first-born, the mother said “he was the average four-year old, a chatter box who was full of energy. The day before the accident, he dressed himself for school although he missed a button in his shirt and he was so full of life. I am still shocked over this.”
The family wants a full-scale investigation into what really happened in the medical theatre.
They are convinced that too much anesthetic may have been administered which resulted in the heart attack or the process was not fully followed the way it should have been followed.
News Source understands that in cases of children, a senior anesthesiologist would have to overlook the process.
News Source has learnt that no senior anesthesiologist. The junior anesthesiologist was the only one present.
Nurses and Doctors at the hospital who are familiar with the case are also said to be devastated by the child’s death and are also searching for answers about what exactly went wrong.
The boy’s mother said all she wants is justice for her son. “I really need justice for my son. He is my first-born and I Love him dearly”, she said.
Source:News Source GY
Ja Rule took to Twitter this week to address gay rumors that suggest he left his wife for his male prison cellmate. The gossip started when the rapper's wife, Aisha Atkins, was quoted as telling MTV Ja Rule was with the man who shared his prison cell.
"He wrote all them love songs and still don’t know how to treat a b***h," she was quoted as saying by Cream Bmp Daily blog, which apparently started the rumor. "We spent ten-plus years building our marriage but it only took him two to decide he’d rather suck a d*** than be with his wife... He returned home alright – to get his s*** and leave." The Queens native, whose real name is Jeffrey Atkins, first quashed the gossip in a tweet Tuesday.
On Wednesday, he denied the gay rumors again by posting a pic with his lady love. Ja Rule was released from prison in May after serving two consecutive sentences for illegal gun possession and tax evasion. He was in protective custody for at least some of this time because of his celebrity, according to the Associated Press. The 37-year-old has previously admitted he was not always the best husband to Aisha, whom he married in 2001.
“I think we as a married couple go through what any other married couple goes through, it’s just magnified that much more because everything I do is in the media, in the spotlight," he told Hip Hollywood in October. “I’m also a target for fallacious women that, you know, want to not see me and my wife happy. You know? ... She knows me, she knows my heart, she knows I love her. We go through things like any other married couple, but I think at the end of the day, our love and our bond is stronger than any rumors of infidelity.”
Source: Huffpost Celebrity
VALENCIA, California-- Actor Paul Walker, 40, of Fast and the Furious fame has been reported as believed killed in a car accident in California.
According to the report by The Santa Clarita Valley Signal, officials arrived on scene to a vehicle engulfed in flames at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.
The vehicle was a red Porshe. (UPDATE: The car was not Walker's, as originally thought. He was the passenger in the vehicle.)
Walker and one other occupant were in the vehicle when it struck a light standard and then it went up in flames, per the report.
The initial report came from TMZ and TMZ reporter Ryan Satin says he confirmed the death with Paul Walker's representative. ABC News now also confirms the death.
Rescue workers struggled to reach ravaged towns and villages in the central Philippines on Monday as they tried to deliver aid to survivors of a powerful typhoon that killed an estimated 10,000 people and displaced more than 600,000.
The United Nations said some survivors had no food, water or medicine. Relief operations were hampered because roads, airports and bridges had been destroyed or were covered in wreckage, it said.
President Benigno Aquino, facing one of the biggest challenges of his three-year rule, deployed soldiers to the devastated city of Tacloban to quell looting and said he might impose martial law or a state of emergency to ensure security.
Super typhoon Haiyan destroyed about 70 to 80 percent of structures in its path as it tore through Leyte province on Friday, said police chief superintendent Elmer Soria. After weakening, the storm headed west towards Vietnam.
Huge waves from one of the strongest storms ever recorded swept away coastal villages. Some officials likened the destruction to the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.
"From a helicopter, you can see the extent of devastation. From the shore and moving a kilometer inland, there are no structures standing. It was like a tsunami," said Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas, who was in Tacloban, Leyte's capital, before the typhoon struck.
"I don't know how to describe what I saw. It's horrific."
The Philippines government and disaster agency have not confirmed the latest estimate of the number of deaths from the storm, whose sustained winds reached 195 miles per hour (313 km per hour) with gusts of up to 235 mph.
Soria, quoting local officials, said the estimated death toll so far was 10,000. That could climb once rescuers reach remote villages along the coast.
Nearly 620,000 people were displaced and 9.5 million "affected" across nine regions, the U.N.'s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a statement. Local officials observed one mass grave of between 300 to 500 bodies in one area of Tacloban alone, it added.
About 300 people died in neighboring Samar province, said an official of the provincial disaster agency.
Across Tacloban, men, women and children walked carefully over splintered remains of wooden houses, searching for missing loved ones and belongings. Not one building seems to have escaped damage in the coastal city of 220,000 people, about 580 km (360 miles) southeast of Manila.
Witnesses and officials described chaotic scenes. The city and nearby villages were flooded, leaving floating bodies and roads choked with debris from fallen trees, tangled power lines and flattened homes.
Survivors queued in lines, waiting for handouts of rice and water. Some sat and stared, covering their faces with rags to keep out the smell of the dead from one of the worst disasters to hit the typhoon-prone Southeast Asian nation.
One woman, eight months pregnant, described through tears how her 11 family members had vanished, including two daughters. "I can't think right now," she said. "I am overwhelmed."
U.S. MARINES ON WAY
About 90 U.S. Marines and sailors headed to the Philippines in a first wave of promised military assistance for relief efforts, U.S. officials said. President Barack Obama said the United States was ready to provide additional aid.
U.S. aid groups also launched a multimillion-dollar relief campaign. One group, World Vision, said a shipment of blankets and plastic tarpaulins would arrive from Germany on Monday as a first step in its plan to help 400,000 people.
An official of World Vision based in Cebu Province said there were early reports that as much as 90 percent of northern Cebu had been destroyed.
An aid team from Oxfam reported "utter destruction" in the northern-most tip of Cebu, the charity said.
The United Nations children's agency, UNICEF, said it was rushing emergency supplies to the Philippines.
"Reaching the worst affected areas is very difficult, with limited access due to the damage caused by the typhoon to infrastructure and communications," UNICEF Philippines Representative Tomoo Hozumi said in a statement.
Most of the storm deaths appeared to have been caused by surging sea water strewn with debris that many said resembled a tsunami. Tacloban lies in a cove where the seawater narrows, making it susceptible to storm surges.
AQUINO SENDS IN TROOPS
Aquino said the government had deployed 300 soldiers and police to restore order in Tacloban.
Looters rampaged through several stores in the city, witnesses said. A TV station said ATM machines were broken open.
Mobs attacked trucks loaded with food, tents and water on Tanauan bridge in Leyte, said Philippines Red Cross chairman Richard Gordon.
"Tonight, a column of armored vehicles will be arriving in Tacloban to show the government's resolve and to stop this looting," Aquino said on Sunday.
Aquino has shown exasperation at conflicting reports on damage and deaths. One TV network quoted him as telling the head of the disaster agency that he was running out of patience.
"How can you beat that typhoon?" said defense chief Voltaire Gazmin, when asked whether the government had been ill-prepared.
"It's the strongest on Earth. We've done everything we can, we had lots of preparation. It's a lesson for us."
The U.N.'s OCHA said aerial surveys showed significant damage to coastal areas with heavy ships thrown ashore, houses destroyed and vast tracts of agricultural land "decimated".
The destruction extended well beyond Tacloban.
Officials had yet to make contact with Guiuan, a town of 40,000 people that was first hit. Baco, a city of 35,000 in Oriental Mindoro province, was 80 percent under water, the U.N. said.
There were reports of damage across much of the Visayas, a region of eight major islands, including Leyte, Cebu and Samar.
Many tourists were stranded. "Seawater reached the second floor of the hotel," said Nancy Chang, who was on a business trip from China in Tacloban City and walked three hours through mud and debris for a military-led evacuation at the airport.
"It's like the end of the world."
Six people were killed and dozens wounded during heavy winds and storms in central Vietnam as Haiyan approached the coast, state media reported, even though it had weakened substantially since hitting the Philippines.
Vietnam authorities have moved 883,000 people in 11 central provinces to safe zones, according to the government's website.
Cee Lo Green pleaded not guilty on Monday to giving a woman ecstasy at a Los Angeles restaurant during a 2012 dinner, and prosecutors declined to file a rape count against the singer because of insufficient evidence.
Green, 38, whose real name is Thomas DeCarlo Callaway, appeared in court hours after prosecutors charged him with one felony count of furnishing a controlled substance. He could face four years in prison if convicted.
Green spoke only once during a brief arraignment hearing to acknowledge he understood the court's scheduling of his case.
He sat in a front row of the courtroom with his girlfriend while waiting for a bondsman to post his $30,000 bail. His case is due back in court on Nov. 20.
Green was pleased that the rape charge was rejected and will address the ecstasy count in court, his attorney Blair Berk wrote in a statement.
She said any sexual contact between her client and the woman was consensual.
"Mr. Green encouraged a full and complete investigation of those claims and he was confident once conducted he would be cleared of having any wrongful intent," Berk wrote. She declined further comment.
Green is the Grammy-winning singer of the hit "Forget You" and performed as part of the duo Gnarls Barkley. He appears as a judge on the NBC competition show "The Voice." The network declined comment on the charge.
Source: Huffington Post
Everyone's been talking about Miley Cyrus except Miley Cyrus.
Since she has adopted her twerking dance style, perhaps even as far back as when she cut all her Hannah Montana locks off, shaved the sides of her head and went blond, musings have been rampant. While she hasn't gone totally radio silent, she's left the mystery hanging: Why is she acting like this?
She does part of the interview while she gets "Rolling Stone" tattooed on the bottom of her feet. She also goes skydiving for the first time.
A few highlights:
• Stephen Baldwin has a tattoo of Hannah Montana ('HM') on his shoulder. He's a big fan.
• One of her neighbors, Steve Carell, is not really a fan. "He always gives me the stank-eye because I drive so fast," she says.
• On her MTV Video Music Awards performance: "No one is talking about the man behind the (derriere). It was a lot of 'Miley twerks on Robin Thicke,' but never, 'Robin Thicke grinds up on Miley.' They're only talking about the one that bent over. So obviously there's a double standard."
• On criticism that her performance was racist because her backup dancers are black: "I don't keep my producers or dancers around 'cause it makes me look cool," she says. "Those aren't my 'accessories.' They're my homies."
• The tears she shed during her Wrecking Ball video were real. Her dog had just died.
• On Justin Bieber's antics: "I do mentor him in a way. Because I've been doing this (expletive) for a long time, and I already transitioned, and I don't think he's quite done it yet."
• She went skydiving for the first time and the first person she called was her mom. "One thing about skydiving," she says, "you really know who you love, based on who you call." She almost forgot to call Liam Hemsworth. They broke up two weeks after the interview.
• About that tongue: Now people expect me to come out and twerk with my tongue out all the time. I'll probably never do that (expletive) again."
Source: USA Today
DJ Mister Cee sat down with Hot 97's program director Ebro Darden on today's morning show, September 12th, and addressed the the wild audio footage that was recently released by transgender drag queen Bimbo Winehouse. Cee was heard on audio recorded by Bimbo driving his car with the male seeking a private place in Midtown NYC to engage in various sexual acts. While the audio appears to be Cee, no one could've been completely sure until Cee announced that he would be retiring from his radio position on Hot 97 as a result from this. Twitter blew up with many of his followers sharing their opinions, and also how they felt about his decision to retire. His co-worker Ebro Daren, in particular, was not happy about Mister Cee's resignation.
Today, Ebro spoke to Mister Cee about how this is the second time in just a few months that he's had to sit down with him to explain his private interactions with transgender men, and Cee admitted to everything in full. He previously admitted to Hot 97 that he had an addiction to prostitutes and strippers when he was arrested back in May of this year, 2013, for soliciting a transgender man who was an undercover male officer. Today, Cee explained to Ebro that the audio footage that recently took the Hip-Hop world by storm was from last year, and that he hasn't attempted to solicit a prostitute since his arrest. Cee finally admitted to having engaged in oral sex with various transgender men in the past; however, he firmly believes he is not gay.
While addressing the controversial footage revealed by Bimbo Winehouse, Mister Cee stated:
"I was already in motion of repairing that and trying to move better as far as what I did in my private life. The situation that happened in May with the undercover male officer, everything that I told you back then was the god's honest truth. I went to court Monday, and the charges were dropped. I have not been involved in any type of activity since probably the beginning of the year."
This is understandably a very emotional topic and time for Cee, and he eventually broke down crying as he spoke on how the actions that he engages in during his private time affect his family and friends. Cee feels as though he's let a lot of people down by repeatedly getting caught having intimate relations with men and then denying his ties to them.
Ebro Darden was not happy when he heard that Mister Cee was resigning from Hot 97 yesterday, and urged him to remain at his position with the radio station; an offer which Cee accepted during his conversation with his co-workers on today's morning show. Peter Rosenberg and Funkmaster Flex also offered their support to Mister Cee, to carry on with his life however he chooses to live it.
Reports are that Dancehall artiste Mavado and his management team were apparently forced to put on a concert after the artiste was unable to perform at an event that he was scheduled for in Guyana because organizers supposedly failed to honour the contract.
According to reports, Mavado’s management says he was unable to perform on Saturday night at a concert organized Slingerz Entertainment because the promoters failed to pay the balance of the performance fee.
However, Mavado did not want to disappoint his fans so within just 24 hours, the artiste and his team organized a concert at the Central American country's National Stadium charging $5US.
Mavado’s management say despite the short notice, the concert was incredibly well supported.
Local sources have reported that Dancehall artiste D'Angel has landed a supporting role in the movie Jamaican Mafia, a gangster thriller made in the US, which details the experiences of Zoolian Anderson (Zoo-Zoo), a frustrated car salesman who resigns from his corporate job and descends into the Jamaican underworld as he searches for power, riches and respect.
The Dancehall artiste has landed a role as 'Robin', the sexy, seductive girlfriend of one of the high-profile gangsters and she last week shot scenes for her role in the States alongside Jamaican actor Paul Campbell.
Reports are that production of the movie is scheduled to begin in August and the idea is to target an adult audience.
D’Angel says the movie will hit theatres later this year and is said to be like the Jamaican version of Scarface.
Actor Lee Thompson Young who played the main character on Disney's "The Famous Jett Jackson" has died after what officials believe is a suicide. He was 29 years old.
Sources say that Young's body was discovered with a gunshot wound that appears to be self-inflicted.
The actor currently appears in the TNT show "Rizzoli & Isles" and it is understood that when he didn't show up to work this morning, staffers called the landlord of Young's L.A. home to check up on the actor.
It is said that when the landlord opened the door, he discovered Young's body.
Young was a rising star in Hollywood. After he made it big as a Disney star, he went on to play running back Chris Comer in the 2004 movie "Friday Night Lights."
Shortly after the body was discovered, Lee's publicist confirmed the actor had indeed killed himself, in an official report saying, "It is with great sadness that I announce that Lee Thompson Young tragically took his own life this morning ... Lee was more than just a brilliant young actor, he was a wonderful and gentle soul who will be truly missed."
The Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexual and Gays (JFLAG) is urging the Government to ensure that performers at national events do not use that platform to discriminate against segments of the society.
In a release this afternoon, JFLAG said it was very disappointed by what it says were anti-gay expressions by reggae singer Queen Ifrica at the Grand Gala yesterday.
During her performance Queen Ifrica urged the Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, who was present, not to repeal Jamaica’s anti-sodomy laws.
While expressing her disagreement with homosexuality, she stressed that Jamaica should not follow international trends in decriminalizing homosexual activities and same-sex marriage.
However, JFLAG says the expressions should never have been allowed.
JFLAG says it is surprised at the utterances, especially after the Prime Minister's Independence Day message urging respect for every person so that Jamaicans can feel a sense of belonging in the society.
The group says, Jamaica will not become the place of choice to live and raise families until respect and dignity can be given to all.
The lobby group wants the government to follow the example of reggae and dancehall promoters and their sponsors by requiring artistes to sign contracts prescribing penalties for the use of indecent language, discriminatory rhetoric and the incitement of violence.
Source: Jamaica Gleaner
A Caribbean Airlines (CAL) flight bound for Guyana out of Piarco International Airport was delayed for close to half-an-hour yesterday, after a New York-based Guyana national was escorted off the aircraft for abusive behavior toward flight attendants. Mark Anthony Wong, who boarded BW425 at the JFK International Airport in New York, was travelling with his wife and three young children at the time.
He reportedly became abusive when the flight, due to depart at 7.20 am, was delayed without explanation at Piarco. Passengers awaiting departure of the flight had initially been informed of a 6.20 am boarding time, a process that did not begin until close to 7 am. As a result of the incident, the flight was further delayed and did not leave until close to 8 am, arriving at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport shortly after 9 am. Wong had been noisily protesting the initial delay and reportedly used obscene language against the cabin crew. He was repeatedly cautioned and airline security was eventually summoned. They were followed by uniformed Airports Authority (AATT) security officers who led him off the plane.
One airline source said Wong was to be detained in order to “cool off” before being put on the next available flight. His family remained on board. The incident led to vociferous protests by other passengers who had themselves criticized the lack of an explanation for the delay. Most of them had flown into Piarco from JFK International. The flight crew, however, described Wong’s behavior as rowdy and potentially threatening. The flight was captained by pilot Sean Crooks.
Source: Trinidad Guardian
WASHINGTON, DC, United States (CMC) — The United States said yesterday that it is "proud to call" Jamaica a "partner and friend" as the island celebrates its 51st anniversary of political independence from Britain.
"On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I extend warm wishes to the people of Jamaica on the occasion of your 51st year of Independence this August 6," said US Secretary of State John Kerry.
"The United States and Jamaica enjoy a close friendship based on common values, shared history, and a vibrant Jamaican-American community," he added.
Kerry said Jamaica and the United States are working to "foster inclusive economic growth and expand social justice through initiatives, such as the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative, including the recently implemented "No Witness, No Justice" Civic Education and Social Media programme".
In addition, the US secretary of state said the two countries are "deepening" their partnership for healthier communities, through the US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.
Kerry said Jamaica's motto of "Out of Many, One People," is a reminder of the "strong unity Jamaica has maintained since its independence.
"The United States shares this belief in the strength of many people coming together for the betterment of society, and we are proud to call Jamaica a partner and friend," he said.
Meanwhile, Jamaica's Ambassador to the US Stephen Vasciannie said the island still has many challenges to overcome.
In his Independence message to nationals in the diaspora, Vasciannie said Jamaica "needs to develop its capacity not only to resist external economic shocks but also to tackle fully the serious problem of public indebtedness.
"The State must also enhance its ability to generate self-sustaining growth, even as efforts are made to ensure greater fairness and equity in the economic sphere," he said.
He said the Portia Simpson Miller Government this year completed arrangements with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and other multilateral financial institutions "that are intended to lend stability to the Jamaican economy.
"The arrangements with the Fund, when coupled with aspects of the Government's growth agenda, should help Jamaica to reduce some of its economic challenges in the near and medium term," the ambassador said.
For these challenges to be fully overcome, however, Vasciannie said the country will need to "redouble its commitment to greater productivity and increased efficiency.
"In the drive for economic and social development, Jamaica will continue to benefit from the substantial contribution of persons in the diaspora who look to the homeland for emotional and cultural sustenance," he said.
Supreme Court judge Bryan Sykes has turned down the application to accept two witness statements at the murder trial of dancehall artiste Adija 'Vybz Kartel' Palmer.
Justice Sykes handed down his ruling earlier today.
He said he was not convinced that the prosecution took enough steps to locate the witnesses.
The 12-member jury is to return to the Home Circuit Court tomorrow.
At that time, the prosecution is expected to offer no further evidence and the judge will then direct the jury to return a formal verdict of not guilty.
Kartel, Lenburgh McDonald and Nigel Thompson were taken into custody for the 2011 shooting murder of the St Catherine businessman, Barrington 'Bossy' Burton.
However Kartel will remain in custody because he has another murder case pending against him.
Source: Jamaica Gleaner
A jury is expected to be empanelled when the trial in which entertainer Vybz Kartel has been accused of killing a St Catherine businessman gets underway this afternoon.
The matter is set to come before the Home Circuit Court at 2 p.m. today July 10, 2013 following several delays.
Lenburgh McDonald and Nigel Thompson are also charged in relation to the killing of businessman Barrington ‘Bossy’ Burton.
The police say Burton was murdered while he was standing with friends along Walker's Avenue in Gregory Park, St Catherine in July 2011.
Kartel, whose given name is Adijah Palmer, McDonald and Thompson have been in custody since they were charged in October 2011.
Kartel was granted bail on that charge but cannot take up the offer because he has another murder case pending in the Home Circuit Court.
Source: The Gleaner (Jamaica W.I.)
Although he pledged his allegiance to his former mentor Vybz Kartel, dancehall artiste Popcaan has buried the hatchet and has reconciled with iconic dancehall artiste Bounty Killer.
Bounty Killer celebrated his 41st birthday last weekend at Sugarman Beach in Portmore, St Catherine. It was during selector Boom Boom’s set that the surprise came.
“Him (Popcaan) deh Canada pon tour and him send a voicenote to him sister and tell him sister fi mek sure mi get the song. Mi mek the link wid har and she burn it off pon a CD and mi just premier it at the party,” Boom Boom said.
In the voicenote, Popcaan said, “Yuh done know a Popcaan a represent fi Bounty Killer the legendary. Yuh done know today a yuh special day so mi just waan seh on behalf of me and the Unruly Gang, big up yuh damn self.” This was followed by an acapella version of one of his songs, Party Non Stop.
Bounty Killer told THE WEEKEND STAR that he was surprised by the birthday greeting.
“I was a bit surprised but it touched everybody. I went to his birthday party at the Quad too so there is a mutual understanding,” Bounty Killer said.
The Warlord went on to say that he is now more focused on music and less on war.
“My earlier days was fighting against who I didn’t like. Now in my later days, it’s all about uniting with the people. I care zero about haters,” he said.
Although speculation has been rampant that Popcaan has joined Bounty Killer’s Alliance Next Generation (ANG) camp, Bounty Killer refuted these claims.
With an arsenal of new hits under his belt, including a recent collab with I-Octane, Bounty Killer told THE WEEKEND STAR that is now focused on positivity in the music.
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Jay-Z and Samsung have teamed up for a major giveaway, passing out free copies of the artist’s forthcoming album, “Magna Carta Holy Grail” to certain Samsung smartphone owners. Getting your hands on the album is a fairly easy process, if you have the right phone.
Those who own one of three Samsung Galaxy models — the Galaxy S III, the Galaxy S 4 and the Galaxy Note II — are eligible to download a customized mobile app on June 24 for free from Google’s Play store. The app then gives its users the shot to be one of the first million users, worldwide, to download the album on July 4 at 12:01 ET, 72 hours before it goes on sale to the general
And the app itself, according to an official Web site for the album, isn’t merely a placeholder for entering the contest. It’s supposed to provide an “unprecedented inside look into the album personal stories and inspiration,” which presumable alludes to some sort of behind-the-scenes information on Jay-Z’s creative process. (But let’s face it: if you’re downloading the app, it’s probably for the chance at free music.)
The promotion was first revealed during a three-minute spot that aired during the NBA Finals, prompting plenty of Twitter chatter about whether the partnership made Jay-Z a brilliant marketer or a total sell-out.
As the Atlantic’s Connor Simpson pointed out, this is not the first time Jay-Z has incorporated some smartphone promotion into album promotion. After releasing “The Black Album” in 2003, he teamed up with Nokia on a version of its 3300 Music Phone called The Black Phone sold exclusively, Billboard reported at the time, with then-popular retail outlets Sam Goody and Media Play.
This time around, however, the promotion is causing a bit of controversy.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Samsung paid $5 million for the opportunity to release the album to its customers. But, the report said, it’s not yet clear how those million sales will figure toward the album’s sales status, i.e. if “Magna Carta Holy Grail” has already gone platinum.
Regardless of what the deal may do for Jay-Z’s reputation, it seems to be a pretty good deal for Samsung. It’s a good selling point on two fronts: offering customers access to new music and burnishing its reputation as a cool firm.
It also certainly doesn’t hurt as Apple pumps up the features for its Music app to include a radio service connected to iTunes.
If you’re interested in getting the app, you shouldn’t let the grass grow under your feet. It’s hard to say how many people will actually be entering the giveaway contest. But given that the Samsung Galaxy S 4 alone sold approximately 10 million units in its first month, chances are that more than a million folks will at least download the app.
Following closely on his historical feat of becoming the first Dancehall/Reggae act to grace the cover of an Arabian magazine, Jamaican superstar Demarco is once again in the international spotlight. The multi-talented entertainer is featured in a two page spread of ‘PULSE’; one of Africa’s most popular and respected tabloids. While in Dubai, the Kenyan based publication sat down with Demarco to quiz him on a plethora of subject matters including his upcoming album and concomitant rise to international stardom.
The thirty minutes interview culminated with what fans can expect upon his return to the motherland. To which a very jocund Demarco responded, “an eclectic performance unlike none other the continent has seen!” According to the tabloid, Kenyans are in high spirits with bountiful adulations for the singer who arrived in Nairobi on Monday, June 3rdahead of his inaugural performance at the Carnivore Grounds this weekend.
The ‘Continue Whine’ crooner will also be making three additional stops in Zimbabwe, Tanzania and Guinea later this month. Upon his return to Jamaica, Demarco is expected to launch a new educational initiative that targets students of all ages, predominantly in the inner-city communities. The campaign seeks to render well needed assistance to qualified candidates to offset academic expenses and guide them in attaining their life-long goals and aspirations.
Accomplished Reggae/Dancehall star, Gyptian has made a bit of history thanks to arguably his biggest hit as his 2010 single, Hold Yuh is now certified gold. On Thursday, it was announced that Hold Yuh was officially declared a gold record by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), meaning it has now eclipsed 500,000 copies sold. The song, produced by Ricky Blaze is the first by a Jamaican Dancehall/Reggae artist to be certified gold since Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley’s Grammy-winning single, Welcome to Jamrock achieved such status in 2005.
Hold Yuh gained Gyptian mass international recognition over the last three years; earning him a Music of Black Origin (MOBO) award for Best Reggae Act and a Soul Train award for Best Reggae Artiste in 2010. It also earned him spots on several Billboard charts and topped charts in the Caribbean, North America and Europe. Sean Paul is the only other Jamaican artist in the last 10 years to be certified gold as his singles, We Be Burning, Temperature, Give It Up To Me (feat. Keyshia Cole) and Break It Off (feat. Rihanna) all top the half-a-million mark in copies sold.
Mavado is the latest big name dancehall act to call out Jamaican authorities since passing the Noise Abatement Act into law.
The act imposed strict noise and time constrain on Jamaica’s iconic street dance culture and other forms of entertainment on the island.
According to Mavado, they are killing dancehall culture with the Noise Abatement Act.
“Everywhere in the world you go people know Jamaica for reggae music, sports and entertainment,” Mavado told Irie FM. “When you make dancehall suffer you make the youths that eat off dancehall suffer. When you lock off dancehall and those things you’re killing dancehall and your killing the culture of the country.”
These days Mavado spend most of his time in the U.S. touring and recording new material. The Gullyside singjay is also signed to Cash Money Records. Dancehall music has seen a resurgence in recent years with several hiphop artists doing crossover dancehall singles.
Rap legend Snoop Dogg, now Snoop Lion, has also made a full transformation from hip-hop to reggae with a full length reggae album. The Noise Abatement Act in Jamaica has been one of the most controversial law imposed on dancehall in recent history.
Did Vybz Kartel attempt to bribe the prosecution's main witness for JM $3 million? That is the question dancehall fans are asking after Senior Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Jeremy Taylor told a judge last week that the former Portmore Empire deejay attempted to bribe and intimidate the crowns main witness. According to Taylor, a police officer witness Vybz Kartel making the call to the witness last year offering him $3 million dollars not to testify against him. So far the witness in question has not been cooperating with prosecutors. Taylor also told the court the Vybz Kartel is the mastermind behind an underground criminal enterprise that trades weapons. Clive Williams is a casualty of the underground trade, according to Taylor. Vybz Kartel, government name is Adidja Palmer, was charged with the murder of dancer Clive “Lizard” Williams and St. Catherine promoter/businessman Barrington “Bossie” Burton. Vybz Kartel returns to court on November 18 to begin trial.
Popular international media outlet BET, recently sent out a tweet VIA their page stating that Nicki was throwing shots at Rihanna in her recent collaboration with Ciara. However Nicki Minaj says the song was a male diss song and blasted BET for the tweet, using some classic Jamaican words.
However, its not just Wailer’s disapproval of the studio that has everyone talking, but more so his stinging remarks about one of the most respected figure in reggae and Jamaican culture, Rita Marley.
Read the full letter below:
I am Neville Oriley Livingston C.D. appointed The Order Of Distinction, Class Of Commander from The Government of Jamaica respectively pka Bunny Wailer, survivor of The Wailers also consisting of the late Robert Nesta Marley O.M., Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee pka Bob Marley and Winston Hubert McIntosh pka Peter Tosh respectively.
Rita Charged for smuggling a large diamond in her Vagina
I, Bunny Wailer, am herein and hereby addressing the Government of Ghana surrounding the performancesof Lord Christopher Blackwell and Rita ‘so called’ Marley respectively. Why have the strange and questionable practices of people such as Lord Christopher Blackwell and Rita presently choosing Africa to do and accomplish their filth and abominable works. In South Africa, where Rita was caught and charged for smuggling a very large diamond/precious stone of some sort in the private part of her vagina and was bailed by Lord Christopher Blackwell for approximately the sum of $28,000,000 JAD.
Presently they have both entered and ventured into another African State of Ghana where they both have again illegally engaged themselves into another dangerous violation of African laws. For both Blackwell and Rita who have presently established a Studio one Recording and distribution company without the legitimate right and permission from the present owners and administrators in Jamaica of Studio One RecordingCompany to do so.
It has therefore become a very serious and illegal venture surrounding Lord Christopher Blackwell and Rita respectively, therefore it is the duty and responsibility for the Government of Ghana to investigate these activities surrounding both of these people in Ghana, doing what they are, without being stopped and questioned by the Government of Ghana. I personally think that Rita should be also sent to the Government of South Africa where she is wanted for smuggling.
Rita Robbed African Designer and family of their African Heritage
Rita must also be investigated based on her illegality surrounding the African designer whom she began a relationship their in Africa and robbed his family of all the African Heritage that their son and along with his family had somehow made known to Rita, who organized and robbed the African family of their traditional wealth, causing Rita’s African victim to crash and die suicidally while Rita still walks free to continue doing her vicious illegalities in Africa. This then makes Rita committing herself in three African states without being arrested and interrogated to exhibit the wrongs that Rita has been allowed to do violating the laws that governs these countries of Africa and Africans home and abroad, that both Rita and Lord Christopher Blackwell, aims to violate further, if they are not stopped and arrested for these ugly and vicious crimes that these two people are responsible for and is still set out and aiming to do to Africa, if they are not stopped, jailed and imprisoned by the African states that they have so far both together and apart robbed and also have caused the suicidal death of a free living son of Africa and robbery of his family’s wealth by Rita. Blackwell and Rita in accumulating their ‘wealth’ are suspected of committing several murders here in Jamaica and other territories of the world in the death of Robert Nesta ‘Bob’ Marley O.M., Winston Hubert McIntosh/Peter Tosn, Jeff ‘Free I’ Dixon and Wilton ‘Doc’ Brown along with injuring Carlton ‘Santa’ Davis – Peter’s Drummer, Free I’s wife Yvonne Dixon and Marlene Brown respectively.
Rita Marley Murdered her Aunt and Father?
These are the kind of vicious crimes and cruel murders suspiciously done to these people and without Blackwell and Rita being arrested and investigated for these murders and injuries done to these people with Rita using also Dennis ‘Leppo’ Lobban to commit her vicious and to be solved crimes. Even the death of Rita’s father and Aunt who also died very suspiciously under Rita’s control and performance in establishing ‘Rita Marley’s Music’ which was confiscated by the USA Government after she was being tried along with her lawyer David Steinberg and Marvin Zolt her accountant respectively, when all previous Robert Marley’s wealth of US $30,000,000 given to Rita by Don Taylor to divide among and passed on to Robert Marley’s children and family, which Rita didn’t, and ended up being tried in the USA for these vicious crimes committed by Rita and her accomplices including her Jamaican lawyer Mr. Michael Hylton in the confiscation of Robert Marley’s wealth and is still suspiciously watched by the government of the USA. Therefore Chris Blackwell and Rita are vicious criminals in as far as their actions surrounding these mentioned activities and people are concerned. It is therefore now the time for these people to be stopped before they are allowed to commit more vicious crimes of murder and otherwise in Africa and to Africans home and abroad. They must all be stopped and put away permanently.
Myself and Robert had already belonged to a family with my father Mr. Thaddeus Livingston and Robert’s mother, Mrs. Malcolm Booker, prior to her bing married and having a daughter named Pearl Livingston of whom I, Bunny Wailer and Robert Nesta Marley O.M. are Pearl’s brothers prior both Robert and myself becoming ‘The Wailers’ in 1964 professionally working with ‘Coxon Studio 1′ respectively. It wasn’t until The Wailers started to work for ‘Coxon Studio 1′ in 1964 that Robert, Peter and myself Bunny, “The Wailers” were then acquainted to Rita just having a baby named Sharon feeding from her mother Rita’s breast while still inviting a member of ‘The Wailers’ Peter Tosh to her Rita’s sexual activities. Then afterwards it was Robert having returned from the USA in 1966 after being married to Rita who tried to invite Robert and even myself Bunny to be the father of Cedella, whom in reality was Mortimo Planno’s child. Robert in his frustration surrounding Cedella, and with I also being counted as her dad already set by Rita and Planno, before I Bunny Wailer returned from Richmond Farm Prison in September 1968. Robert confused by Rita’sperformance with her daughter Cedella, scared Robert into complete frustration, making him to remove his dreadlocks from his head and threw both the ring, marriage certificate and his trimmed dreadlocks, that he Robert removed from his head, into the Caribbean Sea which I, Bunny Wailer hold as facts, until Rita have proven otherwise for I, Bunny Wailer to believe that she Rita is still a Marley.
Thirty years after killing and death of Robert Nesta Marley O.M., Blackwell is also seriously suspected as being responsible for giving to Dianne Jobson the drug that made Robert’s mom, Mrs. Malcolm Booker sleep to death in St. Ann. These and more could be their crimes if they are not stopped, arrested, charged and penalized for these ugly and vicious crimes already done by Blackwell, Rita and Dianne Jobson who must all be arrested, questioned and when proven guilty are to be all sentenced and sent to prison, or also be executed for their vicious and cruel crimes, killings, robbery and illegal establishment of The Coxon Studio One recording and distribution complex there in Ghana respectively.
It has also been brought to my attention of Rita focusing her evil plans on Ethiopia, but I would like for Ethiopia to know Rita’s deep and criminal intentions of associating herself with Lord Christopher Blackwell to do so many wrong things in their relationship with Africa, that makes me to wonder whats next.
My interest is that I have also filed a writ against CoxsoneStudio One in the USA for $30,000,000.00 USD on behalf of The Wailers respectively. I therefore look forward to seeing the wonderful land and people of Africa, which includes Ghana and South Africa, in my upcoming inaugural visit to Africa respectively.
One Love, One Heart, Lets Stay Together And Make It Right
Neville ORiley Livingston C.D. pka Bunny Wailer
Incarcerated Dancehall superstar, Adidja ‘Vybz Kartel’ Palmer will have to wait another six months before he knows his fate in one of his murder cases as the Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams murder trial has once again been postponed.
The trial has been pushed back to Nov. 18-Dec. 6 after the matter was mentioned inside the Corporate Area Resident Magistrates Court in Kingston Monday morning. Kartel was represented in court by attorney-at-law, Tom Tavares-Finson, who replaced Valerie Neita-Robertson as his lawyer in the case.
The polarizing deejay is jointly charged alongside Shawn ‘Shawn Storm’ Campbell, Calvin ‘Moonie’ Haye, Kahira Jones, Shane Williams and Andre St. John in the Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams matter. Each of the men are accused of participating in Williams’ murder at a Havendale, St. Andrew residence in August 2011, with the prosecution claiming they have video and audio evidence linking the men to the murder.
Meanwhile, Kartel’s next appearance is set for June 10th as he and two co-accused will stand trial in the Barrington ‘Bossie’ Burton murder case. The trial will reportedly commence as schedule despite a lack of cooperation on the part of its key witness. The men are charged with murder, conspiracy to murder andillegal possession of a firearm in the July 2011 murder. Burton was shot and killed while walking alongside Gregory Park in St. Catherine.
Vybz Kartel has been afforded bail in that case but has yet to receive bail in the latter case, meaning that should he win the Barrington ‘Bossie’ Burton trial before the Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams trial took place, he would still remain in custody.
New York State Senator John Sampson who has been charged with embezzling funds for his campaign is now at the center of a new investigation by the FBI of retainer fees paid to him by a Guyanese businessman.
The New York Daily News today said that Sampson is being investigated by the US Federal Bureau of Investigations for charging ‘retainers’ to businessmen whom he helped secure land. One of the businessmen named is Guyanese Lilaahar (Sammy) Bical, owner of Kristal Auto Mall, one of the biggest Cadillac dealers on the East Coast.
The report said that when constituents and others asked the Brooklyn state senator for help, he allegedly made them hire him on as their lawyer and charged fees of US$10,000. Sampson, who is of Guyanese parentage was taken to court in New York earlier this month on unrelated charges of embezzling US$440,000 in escrow funds to finance a campaign run in 2005.
According to the Daily News, the FBI is probing whether Sampson broke the law by seeking and receiving retainer fees from at least two businessmen who sought his help in dealing with the government.
Kristal Auto Mall on Kings Highway is owned by Sammy Bical. (New York Daily News photo)
In both cases, the FBI recorded the businessmen discussing their involvement with Sampson, sources say.
Three weeks ago the FBI nabbed Sampson, 47, on charges of embezzling US$440,000 in escrow funds from foreclosure sales to help fund his failed 2005 campaign for Brooklyn District Attorney.
At the time, Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch had said that her investigation of Sampson was ongoing.
The Daily News said that sources familiar with the investigation say a focus of their inquiry is the “retainer fees” Sampson demanded for work that other elected officials typically perform as part of their routine duties.
Neither Sampson nor his lawyer, Zachary Carter, responded to written questions about the retainer fees.
One of those questioned by the FBI, sources say, is Brooklyn auto dealer Bical.
The Daily News said that last year the FBI confronted Bical about Sampson’s role in helping him get past impediments to a plan to buy a city-owned plot on Flatbush Ave. near the Belt Parkway.
The report said that Bical wanted the land to expand his dealership but faced opposition from some local politicians, including then-Senator Carl Kruger (D-Brooklyn). Kruger was trying to help developer Bruce Ratner build a shopping mall on the same property. Ironically, the report said that Kruger was later indicted in an unrelated case and is now in jail.
Bical apparently turned to Sampson for help on the matter. The Daily News report said that the senator requested a US$10,000 “retainer fee” up front, and Bical wrote the cheque, sources say. Soon after, Sampson arranged a meeting with the Bloomberg administration officials at City Hall, the report added.
The report said that a spokesman for the city Economic Development Corporation (EDC), which oversaw the land transaction, confirmed that Sampson “provided legal counsel to Mr. Bical at a certain point and did meet with EDC a few times.”
Lilaahar (Sammy) Bical (New York Daily News photo)
A city official, speaking on condition of anonymity, characterised the meetings as “an awkward situation because he’s not just a lawyer — he’s also a senator”, the Daily News reported.
The meetings took place in early 2012, and in February the city sold Bical the land he had long sought. Bical forked out US$4.2 million, US$200,000 less than the city’s own appraisers valued it at.
When the FBI interrogated Bical about this, agents played a recording of him speaking to Sampson about acquiring the city land for the bigger dealership, sources said.
On Friday Bical declined leave his office at Kristal Motors, on Kings Highway, to speak with a Daily News reporter. His attorney did not return calls.
The report said that another businessman who paid Sampson a fee is Roopnarine (Rudy) Singh, owner of MSN Air Service. This company hauls freight for airlines at JFK International Airport.
Singh tried unsuccessfully for years to get the Port Authority, which runs the airport, to lease him more space so he could expand MSN, the report said. Last year, the report said that Singh contacted Sampson, and though JFK is beyond Sampson’s Brooklyn district, the senator said he would handle the situation — for a US$10,000 “retainer fee,” sources said, according to the Daily News.
Sampson eventually arranged a meeting with then state Senator Shirley Huntley (D-Queens), whose district included JFK, according to sources.
Singh met with Sampson at Huntley’s home in Jamaica, Queens.
Sampson and Singh were unaware that Huntley taped their conversation at the request of the FBI, under a deal that she hoped would lead to leniency at her sentencing for an unrelated charge of embezzling US$88,000 from a tax-payer funded charity.
According to prosecutors, Huntley demanded US$1,000 from Singh in return for her help, even though the FBI was listening in.
Singh’s attorney, Ron Kuby, said Friday his client “retained John Sampson as an attorney to assist him in expanding his business and renting additional space from the Port Authority. Mr. Singh never engaged in any unlawful transactions nor did he pay a bribe to any official.”
The Daily News said that the FBI also last week questioned the owner of a liquor store on Fulton Ave. in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, about Sampson’s financial ties to the establishment.
The partner, Jaichand Singh, was secretly recorded by the FBI discussing the store’s finances, the sources said.
Sampson listed himself as a “shareholder” in the store, Gateway Wines & Spirits, on his 2011 financial disclosure form. However Sampson is not listed as a principal on Gateway’s state liquor licence, the report said.
Jaichand Singh did not return Daily News calls seeking a comment.
The Daily News said that after Sampson’s May 6 arrest on the embezzlement charges, prosecutors said they offered him a deal to plead guilty to one count each of embezzlement and obstruction of justice that would allow him slightly less prison time.
Sampson’s lawyer, Carter, has said he discussed settling the foreclosure charges with the U.S. attorney for months, but the two sides couldn’t come to acceptable terms.
Sampson could now be facing additional charges
Source: Zip FM
Local sources have reported that dance hall superstar DeMarco created history by becoming the first dance hall act to be featured on the cover of an Arabian magazine.
Reports are that the artiste is featured on the cover and in a four-page spread of the May - June 2013 issue of Infusion Magazine, he elaborates about his introduction and timely emergence to the apex of the Jamaican music scene.
Following this report, research shows that since its inception in 2005, Infusion Magazine has set the standard in producing creative events in the United Arab Emirates. Two hundred issues and seven years later, Infusion Magazine is now the voice of Dubai's entertainment industry and continues to help with its definition.
With a scheduled performance on May 31 at the Domeland Area, in Dubai, a delighted DeMarco told local sources that he is pleased with the feature and hails the accomplishment as another milestone for dance hall.
DeMarco recently gave an entertaining hour-long performance at the Hickory House in Victoria Park, Canada over the weekend and will now turn his attention to Georgia for the Atlanta Caribbean Unity Festival on Sunday, May 26 alongside Soca stars Rupee and Kerwin Dubois.
Reggae artiste Buju Banton will have to wait a bit longer to know the outcome of his juror misconduct case in his pursuit for a new trial.
Reports are that Buju was ordered by Judge James Moody to appear in court on June 26 along with Terri Wright, the juror who is alleged to have violated court orders during the artiste’s February 2011 drug trial.
The date was set late yesterday evening, two weeks after a new development in the case in which a forensic expert hired by Buju concluded that Terri brought a desktop computer hard drive for examination of her alleged misconduct instead of a laptop she claimed to have used.
Wright's lawyer later claimed she made a mistake in calling her computer a laptop.
The accused juror admitted to a Florida newspaper that she researched aspects of the singer’s case, but later insisted this took place three weeks after the trial concluded.
She has now been summoned to court to answer the forensic expert's findings as well as issues raised in a motion filed by Buju's legal team pertaining to a new trial.
Buju is still set to serve 6 more years of a ten-year sentence on drug related charges stemming from the December 2009 incident in Florida.
A gun charge, which was thrown out during the initial ruling was reinstated following a failed appeal on his conviction and as a result, the entertainer was due to face a re-sentencing hearing and five additional years in prison in relation to the gun charge.
However, the hearing was postponed after Buju's team successfully filed an application to investigate the alleged misconduct of the juror.
Source: Zip FM
Reports are that 32 year old David Rainsberger pleaded guilty earlier this year in Federal Court in Alexandria, to receiving unlawful tokens while stationed at the US Embassy in Kingston, Jamaica.
Reports are that he is to be sentenced this week on April 19. It is understood that he received the tokens from the team of international Dancehall artiste David Brooks aka Mavado.
It is said that court papers also document that while in New York City, Mavado appeared as a guest on a radio show and publicly thanked the US government, the defendant, and others for their assistance in helping him in obtaining a visa to enter the United States.It is understood that as a show of gratitude, it is reported that Mavado purchased the defendant shoes, clothing and two Movado brand watches valued at approximately $2,500 USD.
Unscrupulous persons have reportedly been using incarcerated Dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel to squander money from persons.
According to a report given by producer Elvis Redwood of So Unique Records, persons have been claiming that they are Vybz Kartel and are requesting large sums of money to contribute to his lawyer fees. According to sources, already at least two recording artistes have received such requests from Vybz Kartel impersonators, with, only one falling victim to the scheme.
Sources also quoted Elvis as saying, “they are contacting artistes and even fans claiming that they need contribution to pay the lawyer fees”.
The So Unique Records producer added that he was only made aware of the scamming issue when one artiste contacted him, making a query about the payment of Vybz Kartel's lawyer fees. Elvis reportedly said: "The artiste sent $50,000 at first and then he was to send another $70,000, but he made contact with me first, and that was how the artiste discovered that he was being scammed. I told him straight up that I don't know of that, because Vybz Kartel is a proud person, so there is no way he would be involved in such a thing.”
Redwood is, therefore, encouraging artistes that may have been targeted by the scammers to report the matter to the police as soon as possible. The producer also shared a blackberry pin on his facebook page which he says persons should not add because it was being used by the alleged scammers.
Reggae icon Maxi Priest and soca powerhouse KES The Band unite on stage for the aptly titled Timeless concert, a musical celebration this Easter Sunday, March 31, 2013. Presented by New York City's haute nightlife tastemakers Big & Strong and The Tryst Group, this extraordinary concert takes centerstage at the ultrachic performance venue Stage 48 in the heart of Manhattan, and guarantees a timeless experience for all.New York City, New York.
"Timeless is the ultimate musical experience that transcends the bounds of musical genres and eras," state promoters Big & Strong and Tryst. "The combination of artistry, matching the excitement and the energy of KES The Band with the ageless and illimitable Maxi Priest, represent the finest in Caribbean musicality."
The Grammy Award-winning Maxi Priest and his incomparable repertoire of enduring hits, including international blockbusters"Wild World" and "Close To You," remain as relevant today as when they were first unleashed onto the musical landscape. His distinct musical styling spans temporal and spatial boundaries and capture the very essence of timelessness. "Timeless is the height of a musical journey for me," reveals Maxi Priest. "I am looking forward to taking my fans through the best of Maxi Priest and making them fall in love all over again."
With their pulsating beats, ever-infectious rhythms and engaging story-telling lyricism, KES The Band is undoubtedly the best of now, and their timeless sound will continue to resonate in the future. Their breakout smash hits "Wotless" and "Where Yuh From"catapulted them to fame beyond soca borders, and new singles like "Tuesday On The Rocks" propelled them to the front lines of the emerging island pop genre. "We are excited to be headlining Timeless with Maxi Priest," discloses Kees Dieffenthaller,frontman of KES The Band. "Our fans can rest assured that this will be KES The Band like you have never experienced before in North America!"
Both acts will be backed by full live bands, making for a timeless time, indeed. Timeless takes place from 4pm to 10pm, withshowtime set for 7pm. Stage 48 is located at 605 West 48th Street, New York, NY 10036. This event is open to 21+ with valid ID. For further information on the Timeless concert, including ticket details and locations, please log on to timelessconcert.com. Please direct all media inquires to the FOX FUSE Publicity Department at 212-300-3813 or email@example.com.
Source: Caribbean Entertainment News
Police Inspector killed after car crashes into bridge rail
- colleagues hospitalized
Another road accident on the East Coast of Demerara claimed the life of a Police Detective Inspector, yesterday, and also left two of his colleagues in a critical condition at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation last night.
Detective Inspector Mohamed Ali
Mohamed Ali, 48, of Wakenaam and Annandale, East Coast Demerera was yesterday evening pronounced dead on arrival at the Georgetown Public Hospital, while Detective Corporal Roland Beharry, 36, of Mon Repos and Constable Curtis Europe, 28, of Unity Place, Festival City are both being treated for serious injuries they sustained.
The accident occurred on the Strathspey Railway Embankment around 17:00 hours while the trio was reportedly returning from an assignment in another district along the East Coast of Demerara.
According to reports, the car they were travelling in, a Toyota Raum, which was driven by Beharry, crashed into one of the aluminium bridge rails on the embankment.
No other vehicle was involved in the accident and traffic investigators are almost convinced that Beharry lost control of his vehicle while driving at great speed.
From all indications, Ali, who was sitting in the front passenger seat, sustained the full brunt of the impact and suffered severe internal injuries.
The three men were pulled from the wreck and rushed to the hospital but by then it was too late for Ali.
His reputed wife, Raywattie Sewdat and her daughter Sabrina were unaware of Ali’s fate when this newspaper visited their home, hours after the accident.
The woman was dumbstruck when enquiries were made about the whereabouts of her husband.
She told Kaieteur News that he had left the home early yesterday morning after informing her that he and his colleagues were going to Mahaicony to do some work.
Even a neighbour recalled that Ali, who was operating from the Cove and John Police Station, promised to be back home in a few hours.
Sewdat said that she contacted Ali on his cellular phone about 15:00 hours and he informed her that he was on his way home.
She waited and after he did not show up, she decided to call him again; this time she got no answer.
After receiving news that he was in an accident, Sewdat and her daughter, accompanied by her neighbours, travelled to the Georgetown Hospital where her worst fears were confirmed.
There she met with a number of police ranks who had converged at the hospital where they too received the tragic news that the well respected Detective Inspector was dead.
Inspector Ali’s reputed wife Raywattie Sewdat is overcome with grief at the Georgetown Hospital after learning of his death.
For the 16-year-old Sabrina Sewdat, the death is a severe blow to her since she is scheduled to write the CSEC examinations in a few months.
Last night’s accident brings the road fatality figure on the East Coast of Demerara to six so far for the year.
Police are blaming too many social activities for the recent spate of road accidents.
Recently, Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee told police officers that the work that the Force has been doing to restrict the number of fatal accidents on the country’s roads is not unreasonable.
But Rohee acknowledged that the issue of speeding, inattentive driving and driving under the influence of alcohol has been identified as the principal reasons for the number of traffic accidents that have been occurring in the country.
THE seemingly unshakable bond between deejay Busy Signal and his longtime manager/producer Shane Brown, was shattered recently with news of their split.
There have been no details about what caused the parting of ways which comes five months after the entertainer was released from prison in the United States.
Following his release after three months in a Minnesota penitentiary, Busy Signal had strong praise for Brown, the man behind some of his biggest hit songs.
Brown was just as complimentary, saying he was committed to reviving the deejay's career.
Being a manager of Jamaican artistes is tough work. Entertainers are known to change managers or publicists regularly.
Splash spoke with Tommy Cowan, former manager for acts such as Dennis Brown, Israel Vibration, Junior Tucker and Inner Circle regarding the challenges of managing a reggae artiste.
"Here in Jamaica artistes seem to want a manager to get them work and spend on them. What they need is an agent to get them work," Cowan said.
He says artistes splitting with managers when they hit the big time is global with the latter most times coming away bitter.
"Sometimes an artiste gets to a position where they think they are powerful after you have spent a lot of time, they want to walk...you think they are ungrateful," he reasoned. "You need to keep all that disgust out of your system, it's not even worth it going to court 'cause sometimes they don't even have it (cash) to refund you."
Singer George Nooks has enjoyed many hits songs over the years such as God Is Standing By, Forty Legs and Tribal War. Although he has several persons handling his business affairs he is yet to find a suitable full-time manager.
"It is difficult finding someone compatible with what you are doing and what you want. Finding a good one (manager) is hard," he says. Nooks handles most of his managerial duties, but notes this extra work cuts into time where he should be doing other things.
"I'm still looking as I can't do everything," he said.
Source: Jamaica Observer
Veteran dancehall artiste Ninja Man has been admitted in hospital following a motor vehicle accident a few nights ago.
Ninja Man is at this time out on bail along with his son in the sum of $2 million each for the March 16, 2009 murder of a 20 year old man. He is expected to return to court on May 13, 2013.
Incarcerated dance hall artiste Vybz Kartel has reportedly written a letter which he supposedly released to the public today. The letter, which is said to be dated February 17, 2013, suggests that the police have masterminded a malicious and sustained smear campaign that has forever damaged his reputation. The letter allegedly begins: "This is Adidja Palmer stating the facts”.
It is said that the letter explains from the artiste’s point of view all the things that have happened with his case so far. These issues being: the statements made by witnesses against him, the DNA evidence that reportedly came back negative 7 months later, the video evidence that the police claimed to have had with him and another of his co-accused murdering Clive Williams that is yet to appear and the disparaging comments made by the police saying that since his arrest the community is a safer place.
In his letter, Vybz Kartel also allegedly described the two searches conducted by the Caribbean Search Team of his prison cell at the Gun Court Remand Center and a later one at the Horizon Remand Center on claims that he had a cell phone in his possession.
It is said that a police report that alleges that three cell phones were found in Vybz Kartel's cell during a search on January 22, 2013 and this formed the basis of the prosecution's arguments against Kartel being granted bail. The document which alleges that the cell phones were found in the artiste’s cell was supposedly handed to his lawyer on February 15th.
Keep it zip locked as we investigate if this letter is actually real.
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Feb 25, CMC – A magistrate Monday fined Trinidad and Tobago international Soca Star, Machel Montano, a total of TT$27,000 (One TT dollar = US$0.16 cents) after he had been found guilty last year of five criminal offences.
A number of artistes, performers as well as fans flocked to the court where Magistrate Maureen Baboolal-Gafoor also imposed fines totalling TT$24,000 on songwriter and producer Kernel Roberts, the son of deceased calypso legend Aldwyn “Kitchener” Roberts.
Montano had been found guilty of assaulting Russel Pollonais, Brandis Brown, Janelle Lee Chee and Gerard Bowrin, and using obscene language outside the Zen nightclub in Port of Spain April 26, 2007.
Montano, 36, who successfully defended his International Soca Monarch crown during the just concluded Carnival celebrations here, was fined TT$13, 700 dollars and also has to pay $TT13, 500 in compensation to the victims of the brawl.
Roberts, the composer of several of Montano’s hits, was also found guilty of assaulting Pollonais and Browne on the two charges of assault.
Magistrate Gafoor-Baboolal said she had taken into account Montano good character, and that he had made a valuable contribution to the country.
Earlier this year, lawyers representing the two men as well as from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions had made legal submissions to the magistrate on whether or not the two convicted men can be sentenced to community service for the offences.
However, the magistrate ruled that the two offences of assault occasioning actual bodily harm were very serious and the court had to send a message that such behaviour would not be tolerated.
She said that given the seriousness of the offences, she did not believe that community service should be imposed.
For the offence of common assault against Gerard Bowrin, Montano was fined TT$300 and ordered to pay TT$1,000 compensation. On the charge of common assault against Lee Chee, he was fined TT$300 and ordered to pay TT$1,500 in compensation.
The court ruled that he be fined TT$3,000 for beating Browneand also ordered to pay TT$3,000 in compensation. Montano was also fined TT$10, 000 and ordered to pay TT$8,000 in compensation to Pollonais.
Regarding the obscene language conviction, he was reprimanded and discharged.
Montano was told that should the fines and compensation not be paid by March 4, he could serve as much as two years in prison.
Roberts was also sentenced to pay a fine of $3,000, and pay compensation of $3,000 to Browne. He was also fined TT$10,000 for beating Pollonais and ordered to pay TT$8,000 in compensation or serve as much as two years in jail.
During the trial last year, state prosecutor George Busby questioned the tolerance level of Montano as it relates to him dealing with his fans on a constant basis and the likelihood of his becoming agitated when doing so.
Busby also stated that in Montano’s evidence, he testified that at times he would also become agitated when members of his band, The HD Family, made mistakes during their performances.
“So even after 30 years of making music and performing, he would still lose his temper when the band makes a mistake. So I find it unbelievable that on that night (of the incident) he would have been able to control himself at a time when he wanted to relax and mingle privately,” said the prosecutor.
There was an air of anticipation as the many passengers and dignitaries await at Kennedy Airport in New York, the arrival of FLY JAMAICA, for its inaugural flight. There were the usual greetings as Jamaicans gathered, but there was genuine excitement that the Jamaica Brand would be flying. There was also the genuine goodwill for the success of the venture. When FLY JAMAICA landed at Kennedy Airport on Thursday February 14, it could be clearly seen from the gate that the passengers were waiting. A roar went up, people clapped and scrambled to take photos – FLY JAMAICA had arrived. You could feel the excitement among those waiting to board the flight. As the passengers waited patiently, another round of applause started as the FLY JAMAICA Crew entered the gate area ready for the Inaugural Flight; more photos, more hugs. Then the Official Ribbon Cutting – Participating were Captain Ron Reece, Chairman/CEO of FLY JAMAICA, Mr. John Lynch, Director of Tourism, Jamaica, Mr. Will Rogers, Consultant to FLY JAMAICA, Ms. Ann Marie Francis, FLY JAMAICA’s Area Manager for the New York area, Ms. Kayla Reece, daughter of Captain Reece, Hon. Herman Lamont, Jamaica Consul General to New York. With the usual fanfare and photo op, the Boeing 757-200 Aircraft was ready for its Inaugural Flight to the Norman Washington Manley Airport in Kingston. On board, the enthusiasm among the passengers continued; Community Leaders, Media Representatives, Religious Leaders, Alumni Associations and regular passengers were all in a celebratory mood. While there was a slight delay in departure, it did not dampen the enthusiasm. The airline’s performance got high marks from those on board; the hot meals were welcomed, as were the two checked bags available on all flights with service in all cabins; the care and professionalism of the cabin crew was noticeable, and the flight, commanded by Captain Reece himself, was smooth. On board, Bishop Cecil Riley provided the Spiritual Blessings and Inaugural Certificates were given to all the passengers. There was a sense that passengers were participating in an historic occasion and look forward to real success. On arriving at Norman Manley Airport in Kingston, the flight was greeted with enthusiasm- a Reception was held and in a sense, the mission was accomplished. The Airline , with the theme “ ONE DREAM, ONE TEAM, PROMOTING NATIONAL PRIDE”, will operate four flights per week, including Sundays out of Kennedy Airport, New York, and will be looking to service the new York area and the entire community.
AN AMERICAN tourist, who was in the country of Trinidad for the recently concluded Carnival Season has become the country’s latest road fatality. According to a police report, at about 2.30 am yesterday, Bevon Richards, 31, of 9804 Flat Lands Avenue, New York was driving a green Nissan Almera car along the south bound lane of the Uriah Butler Highway when upon reaching in the vicinity of the Caroni Bridge, Caroni, the car veered off the road.
The vehicle, police said, slammed into the concrete pillar under the bridge killing Richards instantly. He was the lone occupant of the vehicle. Police believe Richards may have fallen asleep while driving.
The body was viewed by the District Medical Officer and ordered removed to the Forensic Science Centre, St James for an autopsy which was expected to be performed yesterday.
Junior a close friend of Bevon Richards commented on the tragedy. View his comments below:
"On Friday when I got the news from my supervisor that Bevon died in a car accident, I thought he was playing games with me. Then I realized he was serious. I looked online to find something about it then the calls started coming in about it.
I'm still in shock. Bevon and I planned this trip two years ago and I was supposed to go with him to Trinidad this year to carnival. I had to back out at the last minute due to unforeseeable circumstances, so he went without me.
So now I'm sitting here thinking that if I had went with him would it have been both of us or could I have saved him . Maybe if I was there things might have gone another way...smh. I can't believe you're gone Bevon. R.I.P. Bevon. You will always be in my memory bro. Meet you at the cross roads one day."
Popular, mix-up and blenda radio personality, Kingsley ‘Ragashanti’ Stewart has come out publicly with the reasons for his resignation from Link-Up Radio. It was reported last week that Raga, as he is affectionately called, had resigned from the station and speculation was rife as to what exactly prompted the separation.
In the letter posted on his website http://ragashanti.com, under the heading ‘My Resignation’, the well-loved broadcaster explained that he didn’t “need anyone to “manage” or to channel me in arenas I consider unethical” and sorely lamentss what he calls the “pettiness” at the station.
Several attempts were made but unsuccessful to reach CEO of Link-Up Media, David ‘Squeeze’ Annakie, however, the station posted the following release, dated February 5, 2013, on their website: “LinkUp Radio on WVIP 93.5FM is sad to announce that they are parting ways with “The King of Mix Up” Kingsley “Ragashanti” Stewart, a month before his contract was to end. The morning show host of “Ragashanti in di Mawning” gave his resignation to Linkup Radio, effective February 28th, 2013 for personal and business reasons.
“Ragashanti joined the LinkUp Media Group of Companies in April 2012, taking his unique brand of entertainment to the Tri-State area. The show quickly became one of the top morning shows in the New York metro area.
“David “Squeeze” Annakie, CEO of Linkup Media Group of Companies, is sad to see Ragashanti go, but the split was amicable. “I wish Raga nothing but the best in all future endeavors and hope we get to work with him again soon.” The station will be announcing a new morning show host in the near future.”
See Raga’s explanation below:
After numerous attempts to control and exploit me to make money, I made it known at all times that I am primarily a broadcaster and that I do not want my image or likeness to be exploited in ways I don’t see fit. I also made it known that I don’t need anyone to “manage” or to channel me in arenas I consider unethical. I also did not want to be so obsessively focused on money that I would be callously exploiting my fellow Jamaicans and other Caribbean nationals. This wasn’t received well by those who told me I could be the “biggest money making machine” for their company. This then led to multiple and unending manipulations for me to change my mind. They were unsuccessful. Then there were several attempts to use my image and likeness to initiate money-making initiatives without my consent through contractual agreements. I killed those. Then it reached a point of disrespectful attacks, I guess aimed at trying to get back at me in a very petty manner. They failed. Then the pettiness increased in a manner aimed at trying to “draw me out” to do something rash so that they could sue me and demolish me. Again they were not successful. It was under this climate that I thought it best to resign.
On receiving my resignation, an all-out effort was made for me to change my mind. I received non-stop pressure for me to stay. I remained firm and made them know I was absolutely leaving.
After they realized I was definitely not changing my mind, I received several unpleasantries from Squeeze – one of which was that my contract did not allow me to work in the New York City area for six months after leaving. I laughed and said I was not aware of that and then pointedly asked him, Squeeze, if he would really take it to that level to deny me the opportunity to work if I was made an offer to do so? SQUEEZE GUARANTEED ME HE WOULD NEVER DO THAT!! I repeat: SQUEEZE SAID HE WOULD NEVER TRY TO NOT LET ME WORK IN NYC IN THE 6 MONTHS AFTER I LEFT LINK UP. We then proceeded to agreeing on the terms of our intended harmonious separation.
It is therefore quite awful that a popular Caribbean newspaper is spectacularly reporting that I will not be able to work in NYC after leaving Link Up – the exact refrain that was brought to me by Squeeze. So is it a coincidence that the very thing Squeeze mentioned to me is reported in the paper?
The editor of the paper was a former employee of Squeeze. And Squeeze also told me he was in contact with the editor regarding my resignation.
And I can guarantee you, knowing how these people do their thing – you’re gonna hear them distancing themselves from the paper, suggesting, or stating, that they had nothing to do with what was published – as if you’re all idiots.
My agreement with them was that we would conduct the separation in a mature and harmonious manner. We were to stick by the line that I was resigning for personal and professional reasons. We were to also ensure that we resisted all attempts from anyone trying to get either of us to be negative about the other BY STICKING ONLY to the same line that I was leaving for personal and professional reasons.
Again, that agreement was obviously breached.
Don’t give any credibility to the chatter that there was no ill will on their part.
My calculations are, that certain elements were pissed about not being able to control me towards their personal objectives, and those elements were apparently even more upset that I had the power to simply resign. I wanted to leave immediately, but could not do so because I was contractually obligated to give a month’s notice. Since then all sorts of games were played in order to get at me. Again they failed. So what just transpired was simply another attempt to draw me out, and perhaps aimed at getting me mad to the point where I would just leave – which would make me in breach of the contract, and give them a platform to sue me. They did not succeed. After I responded to the agreement breach that occurred in the newspaper article, by making the listeners know some of what had been occurring, they ceased broadcasting me – which was strategically silly with regards to their petty objectives – given that the whole world already knows I had already submitted my resignation.
But Raga good same way….and will always be.
Some a dem a gwaan like a dem name Miss Cherry…..like a dem push me out. How dem fi stop me…wen dem neva staat mi.
Stay tuned to my website…..I shall RISE like a Phoenix!!
Monday’s announcement puts paid to rumours that Chris Brown might perform alongside Barbados’ megastar at the event.
CALIFORNIA, United States, Wednesday February 6, 2013 – Following the original announcement that Barbados’ pop princess Rihanna would perform at Sunday’s Grammy Awards, it was assumed that the Diamonds girl would take the spotlight solo.
Subsequent buzz on the celebrity gossip circuit speculated that the set might morph into a duet with Chris Brown in a public display of unity after the star-crossed lovers’ recent reconciliation.
Now it has emerged that neither of the above are on target.
On Monday, CBS announced that Rihanna will take the stage with Sting and Bruno Mars for a special performance at the 55th annual Grammy Awards.
Kelly Clarkson will also perform on music's biggest night, which will be broadcast on CBS from 8-11:30 pm ET/PT on Sunday February 10 from Staples Centre in Los Angeles.
The stars will join previously announced Grammy performers including Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert, The Black Keys, Fun., The Lumineers, Mumford & Sons, Frank Ocean, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Jack White, Elton John, Ed Sheeran, Alicia Keys, Justin Timberlake and Maroon 5.
Sixteen-time Grammy award-winner Beyonce, who blew her audience away with a stunning set at the Super Bowl XLVII half-time show on Sunday, has been added to the presenters list, which also includes Hunter Hayes, Jennifer Lopez, Pauley Perrette and Prince.
These luminaries will compliment the list of previously announced presenters including Carly Rae Jepsen, Katy Perry, Kaley Cuoco, Neil Patrick Harris, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw and Keith Urban.
LL Cool J will return to host the show which is being produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures for The Recording Academy.
Monday’s announcement puts paid to rumours that Chris Brown might perform alongside the We Found Love star at the music industry’s biggest bash.
The event organisers were said to have been concerned that a duet from the pair could cause a backlash from fans and viewers, given the celebrity couple’s turbulent history.
Brown assaulted Rihanna in his car after a pre-Grammy party in 2009. He was arrested and charged for the attack and later sentenced to six months community service and five years probation.
Despite Brown’s ongoing probation, the pair reconciled last year and have since celebrated Christmas and New Years together, as well as shared a trip to Abidjan where Brown performed at the “African Grammys”.
The Talk That Talk girl and the Don’t Judge Me guy have also duetted on two recent tracks: Birthday Cake and Nobody's Business from Rihanna's latest album Unapologetic, and are reportedly collaborating on another single.
Rihanna, 24, and Brown, 23, have both been nominated for awards at Sunday’s show.
Vybez Kartel will have to wait several more months before standing trial. Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, and his co-accused appeared before the Home Circuit Court this week where he was scheduled to stand trial.
However, the trial was rescheduled due to insufficient amount of jurors. This will mark the fourth time the trial failed to get off the ground. Vybez Kartel along with his protege Shawn 'Storm' Campbell, stylist Calvin 'Moonie' Haye, Shane Williams, Andre St. John and Kahira Jones are all charged with the murder of Clive 'Lizard' Williams.
According to police report, Williams was beaten to to death over a missing firearm. Detectives say they are in possession of video evidence linking Vybez Kartel to the murder. Clive William's body was not found. Vybez Kartel's new trial date is set for May 27, 2013.
USCIS to Close its Office in Kingston, Jamaica, on March 1
On March 1, 2013, USCIS will permanently close its field office in Kingston, Jamaica and the USCIS Field Office in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic will assume Kingston’s former jurisdiction.
The Kingston Field Office had jurisdiction over Jamaica, Anguilla, Aruba, The Bahamas, Bonaire, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Curaçao, Montserrat, Turks and Caicos Islands, and Guantanamo Bay Naval Station.
After March 1, 2013, applications or petitions previously accepted at the Kingston Field Office should be filed as directed below.
Beyonce's GQ Magazine Interview: Singer Talks Confidence And Shows More Skin For The 'Sexiest Women Of The 21st Century' Issue (PHOTOS)
Beyonce is one hot mama and she's proving that more than ever on the cover of GQ's "Sexiest Women Of The 21st Century" issue. Not only does she have the body to pull off barely-there, leopard-printed panties and some major underboob, but she's clearly got the confidence to back it up.
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“I now know that, yes, I am powerful. I’m more powerful than my mind can even digest and understand," Beyonce told GQ when asked about her tremendous influence.
We'd say so. After taking some time off to relax and give birth to her adorable daughter with Jay-Z, Blue Ivy, the 31-year-old superstar will be thrust back into the spotlight this year with her highly anticipated Super Bowl Performance and a rumored new album. But she's been tireless in working for this dazzling and seemingly endless career since she was a little girl -- and she isn't shy about admitting it.
“I worked so hard during my childhood to meet this goal: By the time I was 30 years old, I could do what I want. I’ve reached that. I feel very fortunate to be in that position. But I’ve sacrificed a lot of things, and I’ve worked harder than probably anyone I know, at least in the music industry. So I just have to remind myself that I deserve it,” Bey told GQ.
The "Love On Top" singer's younger sister, Solange Knowles, cosigns, telling the glossy that she remembers Beyonce's relentless rehearsing at the tender age of 10.
"I specifically remember her taking a line out of a song or a routine and just doing it over and over and over again until it was perfect and it was strong," Solange said. "When everybody else was ready to say, ‘Okay, I’m tired, let’s take a break,’ she wanted to continue—to ace it and overcome it.”
Sounds like the kind of work ethic that affords you the superstar status Beyonce has become accustomed to.
And lest we forgot how HOT she is (though that's doubtful), check out a few more photos photographer Terry Richardson snapped of Beyonce from her GQ editorial -- and a look at the sexy cover, again. Wowzas, right?
A jilted lover is suing Grammy Award-winning reggae artist Sean Paul in New York for $80 million — and taking intimate revenge in the process — claiming he had her illegally deported from Jamaica and drove her to attempt suicide.
Susanne Persson, a busty blonde from Sweden, said Paul “bribed Jamaican police” to oust her from the country in June 2010, the suit claims.
The documents, filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, include an illustrated, self-written, 120-page tell-all that promises on its cover to allegedly expose: “The Truth About Sean Paul’s Cocaine Dealings, Lies, Murders and Erection Problems.”
MR. SOFTEE: Grammy-winner Sean Paul (above) is being sued by an ex-lover, whose bizarre tell-all alleges the singer bribed cops to have her deported from Jamaica, drove her to a suicide attempt, and has troubles with cocaine — and getting an erection.
The work, titled “Irie Jamboree: My life in Jamaica as a jet set slave with the enormous secret of a love affair with Jamaica’s perhaps most well known Dancehall Artist,” has a childishly hand-drawn cover depicting Persson in a blue sari and Paul with his signature Mohawk.
“Ever since [Paul] started using cocaine regularly, he has had severe erection problems. If it lasts one minute, it is a good day,” Persson alleges in the 11-chapter work, which she submitted as a supporting document to her self-filed lawsuit.
Persson included her American Airlines itinerary from Kingston, Jamaica, to Stockholm, Sweden, on June 24, in the court filing. Headline Entertainment, Paul’s promotion company, made the reservation, according to the receipt. Immigration authorities forced her to board the plane, the lawsuit claims.
It’s filed in New York because Paul’s record label, Atlantic, is based in Jamaica, Paul’s lawyer denied the deportation allegations. “He would not have the power to do that,” said attorney Tom Taveres-Finson.
The day before Persson was allegedly booted from the country, she claims she attempted suicide. “I had tried to kill myself, losing more than one liter of blood from a cut on my wrist,” she wrote in the court filing. “I had shown the pictures of the cuts to Sean over the Internet. I feel he should see what he had caused.”
Persson said the singer, who turns 40 next week and whose hits include “She Doesn’t Mind” and “Get Busy,” ruined her life.
He subjected her to “starvation, homelessness, repeated suicide attempts, loss of ability to generate income,” the complaint alleges.
Persson did not return calls for comment.
In the exhibit to her filing, she brags about her “long, blonde Barbie hair” and “E-cup bra” size, claiming Paul took hundreds of nude photos of her “obtained under the pretext of a future marriage.”
( l - r )Macka Diamond Deejay Spice
After her no-show for the anticipated clash with artiste Spice, Macka Diamond is now lashing out at persons who have been saying that she ran from the clash.
The artiste told THE WEEKEND STAR that she was already booked for another show and that representatives of Sting were giving her the run-around as it related to her performance time.
"I have my usual show on Boxing Day in Kellits so I called a Downsound representative who told me I would be performing at 5:04 a.m., or 5:45 a.m. When mi look mi see 6 a.m., come and still no clash, so mi leave and go mi other show. Mi not even did aware say we did a go clash cause when mi ask, dem tell me say dem never pay mi fi clash so I wouldn't be clashing," Macka Diamond said.
She went on to say that she watched Spice's performance on the Internet.
"She bring on donkey pon stage and she sound so weak! She carry donkey pon stage and last time she carry horse pon stage, it look like she inna di animal ting. Mi not even show up and she could not even hold her own," she said.
A militant Spice came prepared for the clash but stood unopposed as she waited for Macka Diamond to appear.
After several calls and still no Macka Diamond, Spice then called out 'Farmer Joe' and a donkey, who she referred to as Macka's twin and went into singing Who Let Out The Donkey, her response to Macka Diamond's previous clash single.
After continuing her set, a young female deejay made her way to the stage, in an effort to clash Spice. She was however, quickly dismissed with a slew of insults and left the stage without making an impact.
Although rumours have been circulating that the young artiste that attempted to walk up on stage during Spice's set was orchestrated by Macka Diamond, she denied these claims.
"I don't know that girl. I swear. I don't have a clue who she is. But if Sting was honest wid me and tell me say me and Spice really a go clash, mi woulda go the other event first and den come done her at Sting."
Meanwhile, Spice's camp told The WEEKEND STAR that when it came to the real test, Macka Diamond refused to take to the stage
"I got tired of calling her out, so I called out her twin, which was the donkey and took it from there. I'm leaving Macka Diamond behind in 2012 where she belongs. She got the opportunity to try to lyrically compete with me onstage and didn't want to. That's not my problem. But she can definitely stop calling my name now because her insignificant sentence in the good chapter of my even greater book has ended."
One man drowned and ll persons arrested following the seizure of 3,000 pounds of marijuana during an anti-crime and counter narcot- ics exercise by the Jamaica con- stabulary and soldiers in St. Ann’s, recently. Police said the man drowned while trying to escape from police officers during the joint police and military operations in Ocho Rios, St. Ann’s. Reports indicate that the man and several others jumped from a boat while the police were trying to apprehend them. The man is said to have drowned while the others were taken into custody. Police say two motor boats, a truck and several motor vehicles were also seized during the operation. The drowned man’s body has since been recovered.
One of two British women, who are convinced the man accused of raping them in Barbados is innocent, has stated in court. Dr. Rachel Turner, from Hertfordshire and Diane Davies, of North Wales were attacked within days of each other in 2010. Barbadian Derek Crawford, 47, has been charged with the attacks, but the women
are certain he was not the rapist. Davies gave evidence before the magistrate in a Bridget- own court recently. She told the court Crawford “is not the man that raped me.” Davies told the BBC that at the hearing, where the press and pub- lic were excluded, she said Crawford was “the wrong age and wrong build.” “He’s not the man. For the 18 months I have been saying that. I have been totally ignored by the police,” she said. Turner also hoped to give evidence but the case has been adjourned to Dec. 13. Turner and Davies are fighting to clear Crawford’s name with solicitor Andre Pilgrim. Turner and Davies said they were concerned that while the Barbados Police Force continue to support the prosecution of Crawford, the real rapist is free to attack. The two women, who have waived their right to anonymity, say Crawford looks and sounds nothing like the man who attacked them in Holetown, St. James parish.
Outspoken Assistant Commissioner of Police David Ramnarine is suing the Guyana National Newspapers Limited, publishers of the Guyana Chronicle, for Guy$5 million, over alleged defamatory statements carried by that publication recently. Attorneys Khemraj Ramjattan and Neil Persram, acting on behalf of Ramnarine have filed an action in the High Court against the publication. According to the lawsuit, Ramnarine is seeking damages in excess of Guy$5 million for libel and defamatory statements published in the Guyana Chronicle on Nov. 6, under the captain “Corruption allegations leveled against Superin- tendent Ramnarine.” The article quoted two men, who claimed to be miners, accusing Ramnarine of improper conduct. Since the publication, which was carried on the front page of the newspaper, there has been no formal investigation by the police on the allegations made.
As police continue their investigations into the US$11.5 million worth of gold that was stolen from a Guyanese vessel a few weeks ago, acting Police Commissioner Leroy Brumell told media operatives on Wednesday that the vessel Summer Bliss last docked in Guyana in June. The acting police chief revealed that the vessel arrived in Guyana on June 17 and left on June 19, but he could not have verified if it left the local shores with the gold on board. Brumell added that so far investigations have led them to an address, but unfortunately, no one was found at the location when the investigators visited. Acting Police Commissioner Leroy Brumell They are also in receipt of the name of a businessman, and are looking at all possible leads to find the person. The Guyanese registered boat was smuggling 216kg (70 bars) of raw gold when it was robbed by a few men who posed as police officers immediately after the fishing vessel docked in Curaçao. Almost one week after the alleged robbery, Natural Resources and Environment Minister Robert Persaud reiterated the government’s zero-tolerance approach to gold smuggling and has since recommended that an independent probe be launched. As a result of the intervention, two senior officials from the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) have been deployed to the Dutch-speaking country with the intention of confirming whether or not the goods originated from Guyana.
Initial reports suggested that gold had been smuggled from Guyana, but later reports hint that the precious metal may have originated from Guyana’s sister Caricom country, Suriname. Ever since the incident, the Guyana Gold Board (GGB) has denied knowledge of the gold, citing that permission was never given for the shipment whether by sea or by air. The Guyana Gold and Diamond Mining Association (GGDMA) also denied that its members were involved in the smuggling. However, the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) has launched an investigation to verify if they are in receipt of any information or documents about the shipment. To date, the report of the findings has not been made known to the public. Meanwhile, Guyanese intelligence is trying to authenticate the story told by six crew members who were on board Summer Bliss on the day it was robbed, claiming “they do not buy the story”. Guyanese law enforcement officials strongly believe that the gold scam is linked to a recent cocaine bust that was equivalent to the same amount of money as the gold, that is, US$11.5 million. Guyana Times was told that there is no verification that the gold actually arrived at the port in Curaçao as claimed by the crew, but suggested that since Curaçao is a major transshipment point for cocaine, the possibility exists that the gold was loaded off the vessel, way before it met its final destination.
Soca Star Machel Montano Facing Prison On 5 Criminal Charges
After more than five years of bitter legal arguments, repeated adjournments andhundreds of hours of testimony, reigning Groovy and Power Soca Monarch MachelMontano was yesterday found guilty of five criminal charges by a Port of Spainmagistrate. Also being found guilty on two assault charges was Kernal Roberts,
producer, songwriter and son of the late calypsonian Lord Kitchener. Roberts was charged alongside Montano, Rodney “Benjai” LeBlanc, and Joel “Zan” Feveck in connection with the assault of four people outside the Zen nightclub in Port of Spain on April 26, 2007.
LeBlanc and Feveck, however, were both found not guilty by Magistrate Maureen Baboolal-Gafoor on the charges brought against them. Montano, 37 years old, was charged with the assault of Brandis Browne, Russell Pollonais, Janelle Lee Chee and Gerard Bowrin. He also faced an additional charge of using obscene language.
Roberts and Feveck were accused of assaulting Pollonais and Browne, while LeBlanc faced a single charge of assaulting Pollonais. Montano and Roberts will be sentenced on January 17. The men arrived at the courthouse shortly before 10 a.m., and proceeded together with their attorneys to the Seventh Court where the
matter was called several minutes later. The courtroom was packed to capacity with supporters of the men, including Montano’s mother Liz Montano and founder of the Caribbean Prestige Foundation William Munro, who sat next to each other. When the matter was called, Baboolal-Gafoor proceeded to re-read the charges before handing down her ruling. Montano and the other men stood in the
prisoners’ dock with their hands clasped behind their backs waiting for the magistrate’s decision. Whispers and gasps filled the courtroom from those sitting in the public gallery when Baboolal-Gafoor announced that Montano had been found guilty of the offences. Montano was however expressionless. Asked by
the magistrate to have a seat, Montano and Roberts sat side by side in the prisoners’ dock as Montano’s attorney Dana Seetahal SC made a plea in mitigation on his behalf. Seetahal submitted that despite her client being found guilty of five offences, all of the charges had arisen out of a single incident outside the nightclub along Keate Street.
She said since the day of the incident Montano has not had any run-ins with the law, neither did he have any pending matters before the court. ”All of this occurred out of one incident which took place five years ago. These offences have been hanging over his head for several years and since then he has had no brush with the law. He has also represented this country successfully at an
international level and is an ambassador for Trinidad and Tobago,” said Seetahal. She stated that at the time of the incident, Montano was at the nightclub along with several of his friends celebrating his earning the Road March title of that year with “Jumbie”. Seetahal said Montano was “going about his own business with his friends when he was approached to take photographs, not once, not twice, but three times and all of this was triggered by a drink
that was spilled.”
Following her mitigation plea, the matter was stood down for a brief period as the court awaited the arrival of Roberts’s attorney Keith Scotland. It was recalled shortly before 11 a.m. when Scotland arrived. He told the court Roberts had a clean criminal record and was a prolific music producer, having written five songs which resulted in the performers of those songs, including Montano, capturing Road March titles. Scotland said his client was also the father of three children, in whose lives he played an active role. Additionally, Roberts is a motivational speaker for youths in the Diego Martin and Morvant area and would usually give speeches urging those youths to steer clear from a life of crime, he said. Scotland asked that his client be ordered to serve community
service in order for him to maintain a clean criminal record. However, Baboolal-Gafoor said in order for someone to be ordered to serve community service a probation officer’s report needed to be obtained. She said the defendant also needed to agree to serve community service before adjourning the matter to January 17 for sentencing. Following the adjournment, both Montano and Roberts hastily left the courthouse without stopping to speak with
reporters. The men first appeared in the Port of Spain Court for the offences on June 4, 2007, before Magistrate Lianne Lee-Kim. During the early stages of the trial, the matter was prosecuted by Carla Brown-Antoine. She was eventually replaced by Senior State Attorney George Busby after she was appointed a High Court judge. The State’s case against Montano was that in a fit of rage he assaulted the four people outside the club after one of them spilled a drink on one of his (Montano’s) female friends while they were dancing in the club.
Montano, however, denied the accusations, saying he was the one that was attacked by the group and cursed and spat at. During his testimony which lasted ten days, Montano maintained his position, telling the court he could not have attacked any of the victims as he was constantly surrounded and protected by three bouncers at the club after the fracas broke out. Roberts had also given evidence in the matter for several days. Feveck and LeBlanc had both refused to testify. They briefly spoke with reporters after the ruling saying they would continue to support Montano and Roberts. Feveck said he had to question the outcome of the matter as he did not know if his and LeBlanc’s non-testimony worked to their benefit.
The charges Machel Montano: On April 26, 2007 at Keate Street, Port of Spain: 1. Assaulted Russell Pollonais occasioning him actual bodily harm. 2. Assaulted Brandis Browne occasioning him actual bodily harm. 3. Assaulted Gerard Bowrin. 4. Assaulted Janelle Lee Chee. 5. Used obscene language to the annoyance of persons. Kernal Roberts: On April 26, 2007 at Keate Street, Port of Spain: 1.
Assaulted Russell Pollonais occasioning him actual bodily harm. 2. Assaulted Brandis Browne occasioning him actual bodily harm. Joel “Zan” Feveck: On April 26, 2007, at Keate Street, Port of Spain: 1. Assaulted Russell Pollonais occasioning him actual bodily harm. 2. Assaulted Brandis Browne occasioning him actual bodily harm.
Rodney “Benjai” LeBlanc: On April 26, 2007, at Keate Street, Port of Spain: Assaulted Russell Pollonais occasioning him actual bodily harm.
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