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  • Jamaican Reggae Artist Jimmy Riley dead after losing his battle with cancer

    The reggae community was plunged into mourning when news circulated that reggae singer Jimmy Riley had passed away last night after a long battle with cancer. He was 61.

    “He was in New York at the time,he had been getting treatment for the cancer. The family is devastated,” a source close to the family told

    Tarrus Rliey posted an image with the expletive, “F… Cancer” in response to his father’s death.


    Jimmy Riley was born Martin James Ziggy Norman Riley, 22 May 1954. He is best known as a solo act but had carved out a great reputation as a member of the Sensations and The Uniques.

    He had several hits in the 1970s, including Tell The Youths The TruthNyah Bingi, and Clean up the Streets, and continued to be successful in the 1980s, working with Sly & Robbie’s Taxi productions. In 1983, Riley topped the UK reggae chart with his version of Marvin Gaye’sSexual Healing. In the late 1980s, Riley moved to Miami, and put his career on hold, but returned to Jamaica in the early 1990s.

    Riley’s son Tarrus followed him into music and the success of Tarrus gave a boost to Jimmy’s career. They have performed together several times, headlining a number of festivals including the Ocho Rios Seafood Festival in 2007.

    In September 2013, he released the album Contradiction, that featured guest appearances from his son Tarrus, Sizzla, and Fantan Mojah.


    Martin James Ziggy Norman Riley also known as Jimmy Riley was born in Jonestown, Kingston, Jamaica on 22 May 1954, Riley grew up in the city’s Waterhouse district and attended Kingston Senior School along with Slim Smith. When Smith had success in The Techniques, Riley hung around with the group hoping to join, but was limited to carrying things for them and helping out with harmonies. He decided to form his own group, The Sensations, along with Cornell Campbell, Buster Riley (brother of The Techniques’ Winston Riley), and Aaron “Dego” Davis. The Sensations had a successful audition for producer Arthur “Duke” Reid, and the group had mid-1960s success with “Everyday is Just a Holiday” and “Those Guys”. On leaving the group in 1967, Riley joined Smith and Lloyd Charmers in the re-formed Uniques, having huge success with songs such as “Watch This Sound” and “My Conversation”. When the Uniques split up, Riley initially recorded as a solo artist for Bunny Lee before moving away to record independently. He began producing his own recordings and others by artists such as Slim Smith and Delroy Wilson. He had several hits in the 1970s, including “Tell The Youths The Truth”, “Nyah Bingi”, and “Clean up the Streets”, and continued to be successful in the 1980s, working with Sly & Robbie’s Taxi productions. In 1983, Riley topped the UK reggae chart with his version of Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing”. In the late 1980s, Riley moved to Miami, and put his career on hold, but returned to Jamaica in the early 1990s.


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  • Dead Granny Upset With Broke Lotto Winner

    The Woodburn, St Thomas, lottery winner who blew the bulk of his $45 million winnings has been visited by his dead grandmother, and she is far from pleased.

    Michael ‘Lotto Man’ McLean said when he won the jackpot in 2004, it was his late grandmother who revealed the numbers to him in a dream.

    She has again visited him, but not with winning numbers. This time, she has come back from the grave to tell McLean that she is very upset with him.

    “My grandmother dream me one Sunday night this year to let me know that I must try and do better because she and my (late) grandfather don’t like how me living and that they are upset with me,” McLean said.

    Still hoping to become two-time lucky, McLean goes to bed hoping the winning numbers would be revealed to him again. He also makes regular visits to gaming outlets, purchasing tickets.

    “To tell the truth, it mek mi feel a way,” McLean said of the latest dream from his grandmother. “I feel messed up to know that she turned me into a millionaire, and mi form fool and turn back myself in a pauper. When she dream me, I went to buy grandmother in CashPot and I won. I only had $100 at the time and I used it to buy the number and I ended up winning a little over $2,000.  A long time me grandmother atek care of me.”

    McLean said he has been heavily criticised since he revealed how he blew up his winnings. “A lot of people have been saying that they didn’t know that I’m broke and that they weren’t expecting me to come down to this,” he said.

    But McLean said that while he did blew most of the money, he made some wise decisions.

    “I hear some people who read the story saying a wukliss mi wukliss, but if I was wukliss everything I had would have gone down the drain. But I’m not worthless; I have a house, a van and furniture to show. Plus, I opened three bank accounts with half a million each for my three children so they also have that to show,” he said. “I tried to help others and hoped that others would have helped me because I don’t have the education, but the help that I hoped for never came through, so, because of that, I lost my winnings.”

    The STAR visited McLean yesterday as he made yet another visit to a gaming house in Yallahs, the same place he purchased his winning ticket, hoping his luck would change.

    McLean said his grandmother’s desire was to see the family in a position to help themselves financially. He reminisced on a time when he and his grandmother used to walk barefooted miles from their home to sell fish in an attempt to cater to the family’s needs.

    “She see that I was suffering and helped me out and I let her down, but I hope to change that and make her proud again,” he said.

    Down but undefeated, McLean says he will buy the lottery until he dies.

    “I’m trying to win the lottery again. I buy it all the time once I have the money to do so. I want to build a plaza so I can employ all the people who are calling me worthless, so they see that I have a good heart. Is $30 give me the $45 million that I won so I can’t tight with money. I won’t stop buying the lotto till I die because lotto can be won. People always say it can’t win but I know for sure that it can,” McLean said. “The first time I won I set up my family because I love them, but next time I am going to focus on me,” he said.

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  • PM announces 25% discount in North-South toll rates

    ST CATHERINE, Jamaica — Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced a short while ago that there will be a discount on the proposed toll rates for the North-South link of Highway 2000.

    "This morning I am pleased to announce a 25 per cent discount on the toll," he told members of the media and stakeholders gathered at the toll plaza in Caymanas Estate, St Catherine.

    He said the decision was made after two days of deliberation between the contractor’s parent company China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) and the government. He added that negotiations will continue to reach an equilibrium toll.



    The announcement comes after the public was allowed to respond to the proposed toll rates that were published last week.


    The rates go as high as $3,700, which would mean that motorists would have to pay almost $8,000 in toll fare for one round trip from Caymanas in St Catherine to Mammee Bay in St Ann. The motoring public as well as those expected to be worst hit, such as operators of public transportation, have called for the rates to be reduced.

    More information later.

    Jediael Carter

    Source The Jamaica Gleaner 

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  • Superheroes and Priests take over dancehall?

    Social media is in shambles as party goers have given a new name to dancehall.

    The Justice League and Temple are two of the titles that have been put forward by social media users in recent times as young adults can now be seen decked out in capes, overalls and gowns mimicking superheroes and priests.

    And though the vibrant Jamaicans are known to be a trendy people, this one has been rubbing the majority the wrong way.

    “And they strike again! Boy me just can't bodda really! These super heroes need some people to rescue to occupy their time. Dem too free!! Superman and Batman always have sumtn fi do. So me can't undastan! Kmt cho #‎DoYourWork,” commented one annoyed Facebook user.

    Another posted: “A Moment of silence... Break the chain of generational curse Lord!! Even now I beg and ask of you! AMEN.”

    And then there are those who are urging the creation of a dislike option.

    “Just done chat wid Zuckerberg cause him need fi work little faster on the "DisLike button" and “Everytime I activate back my Facebook I can never last 5 days good because of the picture them weh me keep on a see on here. Me TEMPTED FICOMMENT AND SAY ‘Come Man Delete This Yuh Nuh Look Good" BUT U C because me cyah fight, me affi deh yah and humble. But mark my words when me seh the ‘Dislike Button’ a come yer.”

    It is unsure where the new look came from but people are ready and willing to send it right back.

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  • Soldier killed in motor vehicle crash

    Jdf soldier Ludian Bloody Henry died in a horrific car accident on new toll road heading to MONEAGUE  camp. The soldier was from Hackers Hall,  St Catherine


    I heard was rushing in to work when his car went under a garbage disposal truck … He died instantly! Apparently the garbage truck had no reflectors, causing the soldier to miscaculate or not clearly see it’s distance.

    Mr Henry was a past student of St Mary’s College.


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