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GUEST RUNDOWNS

Postings from special guest contributors. From commentaries, to higher reasonings, to just running-off the mouth. “Everybody has an opinion!”

DANCEHALL DIVA MACKA DIAMOND, RELEASES GOSPEL SINGLE “PRAYER!”

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December 16, 2014
DANCEHALL DIVA MACKA DIAMOND, RELEASES GOSPEL SINGLE “PRAYER!”

 Macka Diamond DANCEHALL artist Macka Diamond is pleased with public response to her gospel-flavored song Prayer. “I have been getting a lot of encouragement on social media from my fans and from ordinary Jamaicans in the streets. They say ‘Macka keep it up, we love the new song’, and I am getting a different...
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JUDGE RULES STATE FARM INSURANCE NOT LIABLE FOR PAYMENT IN TOOTS HIBBERT’S INJURY SUIT!

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December 16, 2014
JUDGE RULES STATE FARM INSURANCE NOT LIABLE FOR PAYMENT IN TOOTS HIBBERT’S INJURY SUIT!

Frederick “Toots” Hibbert, leader of the reggae band Toots and the Maytals, was hit in the head with a bottle May 18,2013, during a concert at the Dominion Riverrock festival in Richmond. —- BY FRANK GREEN Richmond Times-Dispatch— A federal judge has ruled that State Farm Fire & Casualty Company has no duty to...
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“JAMAICA MAY HAVE TO IMPORT GANJA FROM AMERICA” SAYS DRUG ACTIVIST!

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December 15, 2014
Ethan Nadelmann

Local efforts to legalise the drug moving at ‘Jamaica time’— By Balford Henry—-  KINGSTON, Jamaica – In the near future Jamaica could be importing cannabis (ganja) from the United States, says Ethan Nadelmann, founder and executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, the leading organization in the United States promoting alternatives to the war...
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RAPPER, ACTOR AND RECORD PRODUCER NICK CANNON, MAKES HIS FIRST VISIT TO JAMAICA!

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December 15, 2014
RAPPER, ACTOR AND RECORD PRODUCER NICK CANNON, MAKES HIS FIRST VISIT TO JAMAICA!

Cannon (right) and singer Kreesha Turner during a visit to the Jamaica Observer on Monday.—- KINGSTON, Jamaica —- American actor, rapper and record producer Nick Cannon is on his first visit to Jamaica, which he says is due to a new project with artist Kreesha Turner. Cannon, who was a guest at the Jamaica...
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THE MUSICAL IMPERSONATIONS OF OLD NOT TOO DESIRED BY TODAY’S ARTISTS!

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December 15, 2014
THE MUSICAL IMPERSONATIONS OF OLD NOT TOO DESIRED BY TODAY’S ARTISTS!

Veteran deejay, Tiger—– By Curtis Campbell— There was once a time in Jamaican music when originality and authenticity were key elements that defined the standard used to measure ‘good music’ and a ‘great artist’. Those who created a style or sound for themselves, were glorified for their efforts, while imitators were oftentimes ignored or...
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JAMAICA’S GOVERNMENT MINISTER LISA HANNA, CREATING BUZZ ON SOCIAL MEDIA AFTER POSTING PHOTO IN BEACH WEAR!

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December 15, 2014
JAMAICA’S GOVERNMENT MINISTER LISA HANNA, CREATING BUZZ ON SOCIAL MEDIA AFTER POSTING PHOTO IN BEACH WEAR!

Hanna in her swim wear on the beach in Westmoreland – via Facebook. Photo credit: Alexander Panton— KINGSTON, Jamaica—: The Youth and Culture Minister Lisa Hanna has been getting compliments and condemnation from social media users after posting a photograph of herself on the beach clad in swimwear. Hanna posted the picture, captured by her son, Alexander Panton, last week...
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HAITI’S PRIME MINISTER LAURENT LAMOTHE, RESIGNS AFTER ANTI-GOVERNMENT PROTESTS!

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December 14, 2014
Laurent Lamothe

By Holly Yan and Christine Theodorou— Demonstrators burn tires during anti-government protests in Port-au-Prince on December 13. STORY HIGHLIGHTS Laurent Lamothe says he is stepping down as prime minister Protesters have called for the resignations of Lamothe and President Michel Martelly Haiti has been mired in extreme poverty and instability for years (CNN) – After days of anti-government...
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WOULD-BE CARJACKERS IN FLORIDA COULD NOT DRIVE STICK SHIFT!

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December 14, 2014
WOULD-BE CARJACKERS IN FLORIDA COULD NOT DRIVE STICK SHIFT!

 OCALA, Florida (AP) — Police in Florida say two would-be carjackers almost got away with a vehicle in Ocala but didn’t know how to drive a stick shift. The Ocala Star-Banner (http://bit.ly/1yHpghG ) reports the owner of a 2014 Toyota Corolla told police he was sitting in his car talking on his cell phone...
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GRAEME GOODALL, A PIONEER OF JAMAICAN MUSIC, DIES AT 82!

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December 14, 2014
GRAEME GOODALL, A PIONEER OF JAMAICAN MUSIC, DIES AT 82!

 Top: Graeme Goodall being honored by Lisa Hanna in 2012— GRAEME Goodall, the Australian who played a pivotal role as engineer and producer in the early years of Jamaican music, has died. Goodall was a co-founder of Island Records, the company that had a significant role in exposing Jamaican music to an international audience during...
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SINGER WINSOME BENJAMIN AND U-ROY ROCK NEW KINGSTON’S REDBONES BLUES CAFE’!

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December 14, 2014
SINGER WINSOME BENJAMIN AND U-ROY ROCK NEW KINGSTON’S REDBONES BLUES CAFE’!

 Winsome Benjamin and U-Roy in performance at Redbones Blues Café in St Andrew recently.— SINGER Winsome Benjamin and veteran deejay U-Roy are from different eras of Jamaican music. But that did not stop them from clicking on ‘A Night of Splendour’ at Redbones Blues Café in Kingston recently. The show was part of the...
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