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  • All island powercut leaves Jamaica in darkness

    Much of Jamaica is in darkness on Saturday evening as a result of an island-wide power outage.

    Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) confirmed the development with Loop News.

    "JPS has started to restore power supply to customers following an all-island outage," the light and power company said.

    The cause of the power failure the company said, is not yet clear.

    JPS noted that "power is expected to be restored to everyone within the next few hours."

    It is the second all island power outage to hit Jamaica this year.

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  • Gunman shot by cops after killing vendor on Princess Street

    A gunman was shot and injured by police in downtown Kingston just minutes after he shot and killed a vendor along Princess Street in downtown Kingston and was attempting to make his escape.

    Police said one firearm was seized from the attacker.

    Reports are that, at about 3:40 pm, the male vendor was standing along Princess Street when he was attacked and shot several times by a man armed with a gun.

    Police told Loop News that, minutes after the attack, the alleged shooter was making his escape when he ran up in a team of police.

    He pulled the firearm and pointed it at a police officer and was shot.

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  • St Ann man tells court he loves breaking into 'big pretty houses', gets prison time

    A habitual housebreaker- who told the court that he loved breaking into "big pretty houses"- was once again sent to prison for housebreaking.

    The man- 45-year-old Clinton Morris of Brown's Town, St Ann- was sentenced to six months for housebreaking, when he appeared before the Brown's Town chapter of the St Ann Parish Court recently.

    This was Morris' fifth conviction for housebreaking. In addition, he had convictions for simple larceny and unlawful wounding.

    Allegations are that on Thursday, August 18 at 11 pm, the female complainant arrived home to her house in Philadelphia, St Ann after visiting her elderly father.

    She went to her bedroom upstairs and later saw a dreadlocked hair man in the room.

    The woman made an alarm and the accused man jumped through a window in the room.

    The police were later summoned and a search of nearby bushes led to the discovery of the man- later identified as Clinton Morris- with various bruises and abrasions.

    Morris was taken to the hospital and treated for a broken right hand, a sprained left leg and other injuries. He received the injuries as a result of jumping from the complainant's bedroom window upstairs.

    However, Parish Judge Peter Wilson was not sympathetic to Morris when he appeared before the court with his bandages and broken hand.

    "Sir, we sent you for two psychiatric evaluations in the past and they said you aren't mad. Why can't you just stop breaking into people's houses?" Judge Wilson asked.

    "Mi just can't stop bruk inna nice big pretty house... mi love dem. Mi neva really go fi steal. Just did there fi admire it," Morris explained, without remorse.

    "Well sir, prison is a big pretty house too for criminals and there you will go again and again. You can't just see a big house and break into it," Judge Wilson told him.

    However, Morris was not affected by the mention of prison by the judge, as he smiled in the dock.

    "I can't understand how a man came from prison two months ago and finds himself committing the same crime over and over," Judge Wilson said.

    Morris was later sentenced to serve six months in prison. There was no mention of any item being reported as missing from the house.

    "Thank you Your Honor," Morris said, as he was led into the holding area.

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  • BRUCE WARNS BOLT ...Says post-Olympics reports are disturbing

    Former Prime Minister Bruce Golding has described as shocking, reports out of Brazil and the United Kingdom which paints sprint king Usain Bolt as a womaniser.

    "The reports are disturbing, and, if true, are far below what is expected of our most celebrated contemporary icon," the former prime minister said.

    Golding, who was responding to questions posed by THE WEEKEND STAR, said "Bolt's management would clearly have dropped the ball, but he himself would have to take responsibility for his actions."

    "Hopefully, this will be a wake-up call for him. I know he is smart and responsible enough to understand that he carries on his shoulders and in his persona the pride and adulation of millions of Jamaicans here and abroad, and I know him well enough to assert that he would never want to let them down," Golding said.

    "This can pass and I am counting on him to make it pass," he added.

    At age 30, Bolt is the first track athlete to have completed the triple triple after winning gold in the 100m, 200m and the sprint relay at the just concluded Rio Olympic Games. He struck gold in those very events in Beijing, 2008, and London in 2012.

    However, the bombastic sprinter has been under heavy scrutiny since he was photographed partying with a bevy of women, one of whom he was seen kissing.

    Bolt has a full-time girlfriend.

    Measnwhile, Golding feels that Bolt has not done enough to be made a National Hero.

    Golding said that the athletics achievements of the triple triple king do put him in in the same category as Paul Bogle, George William Gordon, Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Norman Manley, Sir Alexander Bustamante, Nanny of the Maroons and Samuel Sharpe.

    "The Order of National Hero is conferred on persons who have 'rendered to Jamaica service of the most distinguished nature'. There is a clear distinction between distinguished achievements and 'service of the most distinguished nature'," Golding said.

    Under Golding's watch as prime minister, Bolt in 2009, was conferred with the Order of Jamaica (OJ).

    He was also given the diplomatic title 'Ambassador-at-Large', for his outstanding achievements in the field of sports.

    One year earlier, in 2008, Bolt was conferred with the Order of Distinction in the rank of Commander.

     

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    The Order of Jamaica is conferred upon any Jamaican citizen of outstanding distinction.

    Meanwhile, Golding, when asked if it was a mistake to make Bolt a member of the Order of Jamaica so early, said no.

    "This was 2009. By then he had twice broken the 100m and 200m, records and led the relay team to break the 4x100m record. He was being awarded honours by various international organisations. Should a prophet not be without honour save in his own country? And what honour should Jamaica have bestowed if not the Order of Jamaica?," Golding questioned.

    He noted that age is not a criterion in awarding national honours, pointing out that it is the quality of one's achievement that determines this.

    "Who can dare question Bolt's outstanding distinction in 2009 and since then?" Golding asked.

     Source Loop

     
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  • Macka Diamond declares war on Spice ... Pledges to defend honour after diss song

     

    Macka Diamond has released a diss song aimed at Spice in which she claims that the 'So Mi Like It' deejay not showing respect to other female artistes.

    "Mi just tired of people who act like dem wah tek music business for a game. Me never grow up in this business and see people a try diss females, and this girl diss other females and gwaan like she don't want the rest of the females to eat any food," Macka said.

    "She diss Tifa, she diss everybody, and gwaan like she wah cow down and bully people. Mi nah ward wid dancer fi gwaan inna the road guh beat up dem front," Macka said of the self-proclaimed queen of stage show.

    Macka is the second female artiste in recent times to take issue with Spice for the way she deals with other female artistes. Recently Chin Chin, Gully Bop's one-time fiancee, said that Spice does not support female entertainers.

    "I don't think it is cool for her to act like she is the only female dancehall artiste and the others are not good," Chin Chin told THE WEEKEND STAR recently.

    Meanwhile, the tension between Macka Diamond and Spice is believed to have escalated after Team Spice dancers released a diss song aimed at Macka.

    Macka Diamond said the song is weak, but the dancers sound better than Spice. The dancers, in the song, said that Macka is simply badmind and jealous of Spice's success.

    Macka Diamond, however, feels that Spice is behind the diss directed at her.

    "She bring donkey come Sting and now she bring dancer. All now she nuh face me lyrically, mi nuh inna no gimmicks thing. Mi wah fi show Jamaica sey Macka Diamond build this business too, and my name stands tall inna this," Macka said.

    "A years now dem try cow mi dung and mi nuh deh pon it nuh more. Mi head mad ya now ... Dem not even know the ants nest weh get mad ya now. Dem have to come better and dem lyrics deh a long time. Since yu bad, don't use gimmicks. When yu go on stage show don't run, stand up like a don since yu claim sey a you run the place."

    "Macka Diamond name is global and mi create things in music weh people never do before. So before the rest of mi teeth dem drop out mi a mek sure sey mi lef mi name good inna this," the Dye Dye artiste told THE WEEKEND STAR.

     

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    Meantime, Team Spice's Stacy Xpressionz told THE WEEKEND STAR that the dancers decided to answer Macka Diamond because Spice has become a target in dancehall. She said Spice's Sumfest performance was taken out of proportion.

    "We told Spice not to answer because she is the hot topic and some artistes are just looking a hype. We are tired of people targeting Spice because nothing is going on for their careers ... It's overbearing. We are talented outside of dancing so we decided to show them this side and I just want to make it clear that Spice did not write our song," she said.

    Dancehall Queen Danger, who along with TC Stacy Xpressionz did the diss song aimed at Macka, said female artistes are jealous of Spice's success.

    "We are the Team Spice brand and they are dragging down our reputation so we are looking out for each other. Spice don't have time for them so we just answer. All we a do a work hard. We are on the road every night when they are at their house comfortable then when we get a hit song dem want to badmind and draw us down. They are also trying to play victim, play your part and do your thing. You are not handicap so get up and work hard ... Spice nah guh answer she tired a dem," Dancehall Queen Danger said.

    Source The Weekend Star 

     

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