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    After over 4 years, Dancehall artiste Elephant Man was today freed of rape charges after the prosecution offered no evidence against him.
    The entertainer appeared in the Home Circuit Court this morning on charges of rape, buggery and grievous sexual assault following an incident at his St. Andrew home in January 2012.
    However, the prosecution said it could offer no evidence against the artiste because the complainant has died and was buried on January 17.
    It is not clear how she died.
    It said it would not be allowed to submit the complainant’s written statement under the Evidence Amendment Act.
    Investigators said a woman filed a police report claiming that Elephant Man had sexually assaulted her.
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  • JLP mass rally victim was one of St James’ most wanted, says police


    While confirming the shooting deaths of two persons and the injury of three others at a Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) mass rally on Sunday, the St James Police have identified one of the victims as one of the parish’s most wanted criminals.

    Dead is 22-year-old Javin Campbell otherwise called ‘Javinci’, who is known to the police as a member of a gang that operates in the Flanker community in the parish.

    According to initial reports, the shooting incident occurred at approximately 10:20 pm – during the JLP mass meeting, being held at the Sam Sharpe Square in Montego Bay – following a dispute between persons who were in attendance at the mass rally.

    At the end of the shooting two men laid dead while three others received gunshot injuries and were taken to the Cornwall Regional Hospital for treatment.

    What’s more, the other deceased person has not yet been identified.

    The shooting was contained within the area where the dispute occurred and no shots were fired in the direction of the podium where Opposition Leader Andrew Holness was speaking at the time of the incident. 

    The police have launched an investigation in the matter and will provide further details.

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  • National Geographic Ranks Ackee and Salt fish 'Second Best' National Dish

    Jamaican cuisine has again found favour with international palates, and our ackeeand salt fish is ranked as the second-favourite on a top-ten list compilation of national dishes by National Geographic in their book, Food Journeys of a Lifetime: 500 Extraordinary Places To Eat Around The Globe.

    Thursday Life, ever so pleased at the culinary recognition, shares the listing.

    1. Hamburgers, US




    Although the origins of the hamburger are disputed, there is no argument over the popularity of this classic dish. Toppings and accompaniments vary from region to region, but for an original version, visit Louis' Lunch in New Haven, Connecticut, which has been serving hamburgers since 1900 and claims to be the oldest hamburger restaurant in the US.


    Planning: Louis' Lunch is open most days for lunch and some days until the early hours of the morning.

    2. Ackee and Salt fish, Jamaica


    Despite ackee's unhappy origins as slave food, Jamaicans have reclaimed it as part of their national dish. A nutritious fruit with a buttery-nutty flavour, ackee resembles scrambled egg when boiled. Jamaicans sauté the boiled ackee with salt fish (salt-cured cod), onions, and tomatoes. Sometimes the dish is served atop bammy (deep-fried cassava cakes) with fried plantains.

    Planning: Jake's, Treasure Beach, is renowned for ackee and salt fish and also offers cooking classes.

    3. Coo-Coo and Flying Fish, Barbados


    A polenta-like cornmeal and okra porridge, coo-coo pairs perfectly with flying fish, which is either steamed with lime juice, spices, and vegetables, or fried and served with a spicy sauce.

    Planning: The Flying Fish restaurant overlooking St Lawrence Bay claims to be the Barbadian national dish's home.

    4. Bulgogi, Korea


    Beef bulgogi (fire meat) is a dish of thinly sliced, prime cuts of meat marinated in a mixture of soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic, onions, ginger, sugar, and wine and then grilled. It is often eaten wrapped in lettuce or spinach leaves and accompanied by kimchi (fermented vegetable pickle). Many Korean restaurants have miniature barbecues embedded in tables where diners grill the meat themselves.

    Planning: Seoul's upmarket Byeokje Galbi chain is a bulgogi sensation.

    5. Kibbeh, Lebanon/Syria


    Dining well Levantine-style often means sticking to the delicious mezes (appetisers). Kibbeh, a versatile confection of ground lamb, bulgur, and seasonings, is a core component of mezes. It is often fried in torpedo or patty shapes, baked, boiled, or stuffed, but is tastiest raw.

    Planning: Aleppans in northern Syria are kibbeh's greatest innovators, flavouring it with ingredients like pomegranate or cherry juice.

    6. Goulash, Hungary


    Gulyás — Magyar for "herdsman"-became a national dish in the late-1800s, when Hungarians sought symbols of national identity to distinguish themselves from their partners in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. A filling stew of beef, vegetables, red onions, and spices, goulash gets its flavour from the use of slow-cooked beef shin, or similar richly flavoured cuts, and paprika.

    Planning: For a lighter version, sample gulyásleves (goulash soup).

    7. Wiener Schnitzel, Austria


    Made with the finest ingredients and served fresh, this simple dish of pounded veal cutlets breaded and lightly fried is Austria's food ambassador, despite the dish's Italian origins. Austrians typically eat Wiener schnitzel garnished with parsley and lemon slices, alongside potato salad.

    Planning: Vienna's Café Landtmann, a city institution since 1873, serves up an authentic version of the dish, as well as a dose of history and glamour: Sigmund Freud, Marlene Dietrich, and Paul McCartney have been among its famous patrons.

    8. Pot-au-Feu, France


    Originally a rustic dish that was stewed continuously all winter and topped up as needed, pot-au-feu (pot-in-the-fire) is a warming, fragrant dish of stewing steak, root vegetables, and spices. Traditionally, cooks sieve the broth and serve it separately from the meat.

    Planning: In downtown Paris, Le Pot au Feu at 59 Boulevard Pasteur (Métro: Pasteur) specialises in its namesake.

    9. Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pudding, England


    Despite England's increasingly cosmopolitan cuisine, this dish remains a much-loved Sunday lunch and national symbol. Named for England's eponymous county, Yorkshire -- or batter -- puddings originally served as fillers before the main course for those who could afford little beef. Today, the two are usually eaten together alongside gravy-soaked roast potatoes, vegetables, and horseradish sauce.

    Planning: Try the traditional British restaurant London's Rules, founded in 1798, or country pubs.

    10. Irish Stew, Ireland


    Originally a thick broth of slow-boiled mutton with onions, potatoes, and parsley, Irish stew nowadays often incorporates other vegetables, such as carrots, and many cooks brown the mutton first. It is a staple of Irish pubs worldwide.

    Planning: One place in Dublin to enjoy Irish stew and other traditional fare is Sheeben Chic, in George's Street.

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  • 3 Person Dies Following Shooting At JLP MoBay Meeting [Graphic Pictures]


    A third person has been confirmed dead while a woman is now undergoing emergency surgery arising from Sunday night's shooting at a Jamaica Labour Party mass meeting in Sam Sharpe Square, Montego Bay.

    Early this morning, the police released a statement identifying one of the victims as 22-year-old Javin Campbell otherwise called 'Javinci'.

    The police say he is a known gangster from Flanker.

    to the police five people were shot in the incident.

    Earlier reports had said four people had been shot.

    At the Cornwall Regional Hospital where the injured people were taken for medical attention, scores of persons including high-profile JLP members are now gathered. 

    "I know  one of the young men who was killed personally," said JLP General Secretary, Dr Horace Chang.

    "He is from Flanker, another one is a bus driver from S Catherine. What happened is both frightening and worrying."

    Regarding a possible motive, Chang said he did not want to speculate because any irresponsible statement from any party official could lead to other issues.

    "I am going to allow the police to investigate and come up with their own findings. We have to take a responsible approach. We can't allow ourselves to inflame an already bad situation," he said.

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  • Female vendor murdered in Ocho Rios


    A female vendor was on Saturday found dead with her throat slashed in the Pineapple community of Ocho Rios in St Ann.

    Cavena Collins, popularly known as ‘Tash’, was apparently murdered on her way home.

    The Ocho Rios Police reported being summoned to the crime scene around 9:30am, shortly after the woman’s body had been found.

    One of Collins’ sons reportedly discovered her body and alerted neighbours.

    The deceased also left behind a young baby boy.

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