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  • Gunmen shoot up Westmoreland police station days before Montague’s visit

    A suspect is in custody following a shooting incident at the Morgan Bridge Police Station in Grange Hill, Westmoreland on Saturday morning.

    A police officer at the station sustained minor injuries, apparently from bullet fragments, during the incident.

    Reports were that around 3am, the individual who has since been detained, ran into the guardroom at the police station, on the grounds that he wanted to make a complaint.

    It is understood that while the man was making the complaint, several gunshot explosions were heard in the station yard.

    When the shooting subsided, several bullet holes were visible in the front wall and windows of the police station.

    Unconfirmed reports were that the man who ran into the station was being chased by a group of men travelling on motorbikes, who reportedly shot up the station in a bid to get to their target.

    Interestingly, the shooting incident came just days before the scheduled visit of newly appointed National Security Minister, Robert Montague, to Westmoreland for a town hall meeting.

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  • Tifa reportedly dating multi-millionaire business tycoon!

    The diva was recently spotted at a very opulent event canoodling with what is being rumoured to be her new beau. Based on information gathered, the man in question is known as a tycoon in various business circles and is said to be the heir to a multi-million dollar international company based in the US and also an avid fan of Caribbean music.

    A report further stated that, while at the event, the two were tucked away in a dimly lit private cabana overlooking Kingston as they toasted the night away. However, according to one eyewitness, “despite them trying to be discreet, it was obvious there was a lot more than mere friendship happening between them.”


    When contacted and quizzed, the Big Bumper singer seemingly surprised by the report and neither denied nor confirmed the rumour, but quickly added that what she does in her personal life is exactly that and she would appreciate it remaining that way.


    Meanwhile, back from a recent business and promotional stint in Florida, Tifa is gearing up to shoot the official video for her street bubbler Big Bumper, produced by Christopher Birch on the Moskato rhythm amid an aggressive campaign for her latest singles,DreamingBout This Love and The Champ, the latter produced by ZJ Chrome on a

    Tifa is also slated to headline a concert on Saturday, March 26th in Queen New York alongside Grammy Award winner Morgan Heritage.

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  • PHOTO:Chinese Nationals arrested for selling fake bleaching creme in Bog Walk

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    Chinese Nationals Arrested for Selling Fake Cosmetic Products


    The Bog Walk Police in St Catherine have arrested two Chinese businessmen and seized a quantity of fake bleaching crème and other items yesterday (March 18, 2016).

    The two Chinese nationals are now in custody following an operation in Bog Walk Town Centre.

    It is revealed that about 11:30AM a team of police personnel swooped down on a supermarket which is operated by the men.

    During a search the fake items were discovered and the men were then taken in custody.

    It was revealed by the police that the men will be interviewed in the presence of their lawyer.

    They are expected to be charged with breaches of the Copyright and Consumer Protection Act.

    When IRIE FM visited the police station several cases of bleaching crème such marked Idhol and other skin-lightening items were observed.

    It was revealed that the goods confiscated valued about $500,000.

    The star was informed that further investigation is being undertaken by investigators to find the origin of the fake goods.


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  • Chronixx leaves frustrated after being denied entry to ‘Blues on the Green’

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    Reggae artiste, Chronixx, casually walked away after initially being denied entry when he arrived at a VIP entrance of ‘Blues on the Green’ concert.

    The artiste arrived at the US embassy’s free concert at minutes to nine o’clock and looked frustrated as members of his entourage sought to get him into the venue.


    “I am sorry my instructions are not let anyone without an armband in, “said a polite female security, who seemed to simply be following instructions.


    “Yuh nuh see seh a Chronixx,” yelled one woman also waiting for access at the gate that seemed to spark the attention of the security guard who proceeded to get an official from the embassy.

    Chronixx, who waited for a few minutes, soon strolled away, with the security guard yelling after him to come back – however it was too late.

    The Blues on the Green was a free concert held at Emancipation Park in honour of African American history month.

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  • Jamaican Living Illegally In The US Crying To Come Home

    The sweet life that Michael Mitchell* dreamt of when he ran off in the United States (US) more than 20 years ago has not materialised, and now he, like many oeer Jamaican immigrants, is homesick with a burning desire to return home.

    But, like so many other illegal immigrants, Mitchell has no documents and finds himself stuck in New York living a life that he is desperate to escape from.

    Mitchell, now 59 years old, ran off in the US after he was granted a visitor’s visa as an entertainer in the late 1980s. For many years he sold marijuana and cocaine on the gritty streets of Bronx, New York, to survive.

    But having avoided the police’s dragnets and survived the brutality of other drug pushers from South America, and repeated shoot-outs between men he said were linked to the infamous Tivoli Gardens-headquartered ‘Shower Posse’ and men from ‘Southside’, who ran amok in the borough during the 1980s, Mitchell now wants to come home.

    “I want to go back to Jamaica. I long for Jamaica, trust me. More than 20 years now me don’t see yard and sometimes it get to me because this place will stress you out more time.

    “But me know one day I will reach back a Jamaica,” said Mitchell, who has been seeking the services of an attorney to help ‘straighten out’ his immigration issues so he can travel. But there is no telling how long that will take, he confessed.



    Mitchell is now employed as a maintenance worker at a small company in the Bronx. The job is low paying, but he cherishes it as it is among the few that illegal immigrants can secure without a passport, driver’s licence or other forms of documentation.


    His hard reality today is in stark contrast to the lavish lifestyle he planned when he ‘blew’ the entertainment visa given to him as a member of the entourage of a veteran reggae artiste in the 1980s.




    Three years after being issued the visa, and after using it to smuggle large quantities of cocaine and marijuana into the US, Mitchell ditched the entourage for a full-time life of drug dealing in the Bronx.

    “When me first come a foreign is a lot of things a go on with drugs; money a make. Cocaine and ganja have always been here all along, but is Jamaican come foreign come show foreign people how much money can make in drugs,” said Mitchell, clutching his cloak which he was using to shield a 40?C autumn chill while standing outside a house he now shares with relatives living in New York.

    “But you have some little man who get too red eye and start moving a way. Them start shoot up the place, shoot up them one another, and make the Feds (Federal Bureau of Investigations) start clamp down on the drugs certain way,” said Mitchell.

    “Man from Tivoli Gardens and man from Southside come up here and a war. Man all fly up from Jamaica come kill man and go back down. So you find a lot of man go prison, some ran away, and some rob who them get to rob and go back home to Jamaica.


    “If the man them did a hustle and not doing so much shooting, things would be different. Even the laws and those things would be different. It is the gun and the killing make ‘Uncle Sam’ get so strict,” charged Mitchell.

    He was arrested and charged with drug-related crimes in the 1990s, but escaped a prison sentence, which would have led to his deportation.

    According to Mitchell, the time he spent in jail caused him to reflect on his life of crime, and he left police custody determined to change. He spent the next several years trying to secure an arranged marriage, which could allow him to apply to live in the States legally, but those efforts failed.

    At his age, however, that option is fast fading and Mitchell is pinning his hopes to legalise his status on moves by the American authorities such as the ‘ban the box’ initiative announced by President Barack Obama.




    This initiative is aimed at stemming discrimination and assisting former prison inmates by stopping potential employers from asking about criminal records in job applications.

    But even as he waits, Mitchell knows that his chances of getting legal resident status are slim and his hope to visit his birth land is dim.

    “I miss the food, although they are importing a lot of food down there and messing up the people, but I have to have some good Jamaican food.

    “I miss the environment, I miss arcade and my friends downtown where I use to sell, and I miss the football games at stadium. I definitely have to play some ball at Hellshire (St Catherine) because I was a Hellshire man from morning. Me hear that the beach wash away, but I still have to go see for myself.”

    Mitchell is among scores of Jamaican illegal immigrants in the US who fled their home country without giving serious consideration as to how they will survive in that country, argues Jamaica-born, America-based forensic social worker Carmeta Albarus.

    “If you don’t have anything to come here with, no money, no subjects, no plans, it doesn’t make any sense. The drugs thing is not like one time; you come here, and worse you are new, you are going to end up in jail or dead,” Mitchell warned.

    For Albarus, many Jamaicans would benefit greatly from pre-migration counselling before moving to migrate.

    “Other nationalities do it, especially the Jews. So they have that sort of support system that starts there and follows them through here. So it reduces the risks of them falling through the cracks and getting into the kind of behaviour that lands them in prison, or land them on the other side of the law,” she said.

    * Name changed on request.

    Credit: Jamaica Observer | Read More Here

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