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UPDATE: Missing female school principal reunited with family

The school principal from Bounty Hall district in Wakefield, Trelawny, who was reported missing since Friday, December 8, has been reunited with her family.

Fifty-two-year-old Ilna Greyson, otherwise called ‘Ingrid’, reportedly went missing after advising family members that she was travelling to the parish capital, Falmouth.

The Jamaica Constabulary Force’s (JCF) Corporate Communication Unit (CCU) on Sunday officially confirmed the good news.

While claims of a reunion were in the air for some time before the official confirmation, it is understood that the police were not availed of the good news before Sunday.

The CCU said Greyson is reported to be in good health.

Buju Banton’s Daughter Shares Heartfelt Message After Reunion

Buju Banton is back in Jamaica and he’s spending some quality time with his family.

The Dancehall/Reggae icon, whose given name is Mark Myrie arrived on the island Friday evening after being released from a federal prison in Atlanta, Georgia.

On Saturday, the “Wanna Be Loved” singer’s daughter, Abihail Myrie uploaded a photo of the two with an emotional message.

“I’ve imagined what this moment would be like, replaying it be over and over again in my head but now i can stop imagining because that moment is finally here,” Myrie wrote. “It’s so real and I can’t even find the words to express how i feel. I missed you so much Im so happy to finally have you here. My heart is so full. How’d you make an exact replica of yourself though?? TWINNING!.”

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Buju Banton States The First Thing He Was Looking Forward To In Jamaica

My destination is homeward bound, though forces try hold I down. Breaking chains has become the norm. I know I must get through no matter what a gwan.” -Buju Banton “Destiny

These poignant lines from Buju Banton’s Grammy-nominated album ‘Inna Heights’, have taken on added significance as the artiste born Mark Myrie seeks to rule his own destiny, yesterday he took a giant step forward in that journey.

After serving seven years behind bars following a problematic trial and controversial conviction, the Jamaican-born artiste has at last completed his Long Walk To Freedom. On Friday, December 7th Mark Myrie was released from prison-one day early-and accepted voluntarily deportation back to his island homeland of Jamaica.

Buju Banton was filled with anticipation Friday evening over the simple things so many of us take for granted in our day-to-day lives. When asked the first thing he was looking forward to when you return home, the Banton’s response was: “A clean glass of water to flow through my system.”

The entertainer’s Delta flight from Atlanta Georgia arrived at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston shortly after 8:00pm due to a 20 minute delay.

“Ah Buju wi seh!,” the coward chanted as the “Wanna Be Loved” singer walked off the plane.

Shortly after social media was flooded with photos of the Gargamel and airport officials. He was then escorted by law enforcement officers to his residence off Red Hills Road in St Andrew where he greeted fans.

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Popcaan Responds To Rumours By Foota Hype With Ishawna

Popcaan is hitting back at Foota Hype for alleging that he is also dating his ex-lover Ishawna.

Foota Hype hinted that the former Downsound Records singer was romantically linked to the Unruly Boss on Tuesday while addressing Ishawna’s viral photo with Masicka.

“Unu a tag di wrong man, mi and this girl lef 5 years ago, a Popcaan unu fi tag. I’m just cruising and minding my business,” Foota wrote. “Mi nuh inna di mixup unu plz stop tag me,” he added in another post. “I’m old news, tag the right persons bless.”

However Popcaan is letting Foota Hype and Dancehall fans know that he has no times for the drama because he’s currently on tour in the United Kingdom, “I got sold out arena to attend to,” the El Chapo deejay wrote on IG Wednesday. “Leave my name out the small talks please. Dem dead.”

Ishawna erupted social media earlier this week when she gave Masicka a special birthday shoutout on Instagram.

“Happy Birthday to a King,” Ishawna wrote under three photos of the two along with a king, crocodile and heart emoji.

The images revealed that the entertainers have been spending a lot of quality time together in private. The first photo sees the “Equal Rights” singer on her phone as Masicka snapped a selfie of the two.

That adorable photo was followed by Masicka and Ishawna hugging while wearing matching Argentina football jerseys and another which was a little bit too close for comfort.

View Popcaan’s response and comments below.

Wheatley’s surprise birthday party had US$1,000 cake – Petrojam audit

Despite the state-owned oil refinery Petrojam facing an uncertain future, senior members of its management team threw surprise parties costing millions of dollars for then board chairman Dr Perceval Badaho-Singh and former Energy Minister Dr Andrew Wheatley – WITHOUT approval.

That is among a raft of troubling findings contained in a 114-page report from the Auditor General’s department on the affairs of Petrojam and its parent company, the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ). The report  was tabled in the House of Representatives on Tuesday.

According to the report, then General Manager Floyd Grindley approved payments for invoices totaling $2.6 million (US$21,767) in relation to two parties which were of a personal and private nature “having nothing to do with the operations of Petrojam.”

The parties were held on September 19, 2017 and January 9, 2018 at two hotels in Montego Bay for Badahoo-Singh and Wheatley respectively.

Former Energy Minister, Andrew Wheatley

“We obtained copies of the hotels’ invoices dated September 19, 2017 and January 4, 2018 along with email correspondences, which referred to both events as ‘surprise birthday party’ and ‘surprise party’, respectively,” the auditor general said in the report.

The auditor general said a copy of the invoice submitted by the hotel that hosted the party for the “then portfolio minister” shows that Petrojam was charged US$2,427 for “food and beverage”, US$1,000 for a “four-tiered topsy turvy chocolate cake” and US$3,802 for “1-6 bedroom, ocean view.”

The AG also found that Grindley exceeded his authority and breached the procurement guidelines in approving two contracts valued at $14 million and $27 million under the direct contracting methodology.

Ostensibly, Grindley engaged a consultant to provide consultancy services under two contracts pertaining to Petrojam’s 35th Anniversary planning activities. Under the first contract, Petrojam paid a consultant $11.7 million.

However, the AG said the department could not determine the basis on which the payments were made.

And the auditor general also found that the now former Human Resource manager, Yolande Ramharrack, “unilaterally utilized the direct contracting methodology to engage the services of a counsellor to provide onsite counselling services to employees and their family members. This was done at a cost of $1.3 million without a formal contract.”

As of May 2018, Petrojam made payments totaling $3.2 million and had an outstanding balance of $626,000 as of September 2018.

The AG notes that the payments were made without adequate supporting documents and as such the auditors could not verify that the employees received counselling.

As it relates to its recruitment policy, the auditor general said it is essential for Petrojam to have a good recruitment process to attract the right skill sets for its business needs.

“In employing good practices in the recruitment and selection process, especially for sensitive positions, we would expect Petrojam to first advertise the vacancy in order to obtain a pool of potential candidates with the desired knowledge, skills and experience. This would allow for the selection of the most suitable persons to fill vacant positions against defined job descriptions and specifications. In addition, Petrojam should screen potential candidates and shortlist those most suitable for interview, assessment and selection,” the AG said.

The report noted that Petrojam has policies that guide its employment and recruitment processes. But it found that Petrojam’s HR recruitment and management practices were not always consistent with its policies and good practices and lacked transparency in the selection process.

The AG’s department was one of three agencies that were called in to probe the activities at Petrojam after a corruption scandal engulfed the state-owned oil refinery in May. There were charges of massive cost overruns, numerous breaches of Government’s procurement policy as well as charges of nepotism and cronyism.

The Integrity Commission is also conducting a probe, so too the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA).

Vybz Kartel Blast Fan For Asking Him This Question

Vybz Kartel is back to his old self on the Gram.

Yesterday, Vybz Kartel made a post on Instagram wishing his collaborator Masicka a happy birthday. Things quickly got interesting when a fan decided to ask the incarcerated deejay a question about his freedom. Kartel has been very active on the Gram, and you may even notice that he recently turned his comments back on after disabling it for a while over internet trolls.

“You free,” the fan wrote to which Vybz Kartel quickly clap back saying, “You Free? Drive go s**k you mada den.” It appears that post really got Kartel’s attention and he fired off another post to make his point sinks in. “Den him drive go check him father,” the dancehall icon added.

Vybz Kartel post was purely about his friend and collaborator Masicka who celebrated his 25th birthday on Tuesday. “Happy G day me DJ more life and blessings.. they don’t know how far we’re coming from Gaza Genahsyde roll out,” he wrote with a bunch of hashtags.

Kartel and Masicka previously collaborated on the single “InfraRed” which was a massive hit in dancehall last year. They are both from Portmore so they’re from the same lineage who became huge stars in the genre.

Masicka & Ishawna Relationship, Reveals Popcaan Secret By Foota Hype

Foota Hype has finally broken his silence on Ishawna and Masicka’s alleged relationship.

The outspoken Dancehall selector took some time to respond to his ex-fiancée making rounds with the “Stay Strong” deejay, however when Foota Hype did, he dropped a bombshell.

In a post uploaded to his Instagram story, Foota Hype told social media users to stop tagging him in the photo because his relationship with Ishawna ended over five years ago.

Foota Hype then hinted that the former Downsound Records singer was romantically linked to Popcaan recently when he revealed that the “Unruly Boss” should be the one tagged in the photo.

“Unu a tag di wrong man,” Foota wrote. “Mi and this girl lef 5 years ago, a Popcaan unu fi tag. I’m just cruising and minding my business,” he wrote.

“Mi nuh inna di mixup unu plz stop tag me,” he added in another post. “I’m old news, tag the right persons bless.”

Ishawna erupted social media on Tuesday when she gave the Genahsyde deejay a special birthday shoutout on Instagram.

“Happy Birthday to a King,” Ishawna wrote under three photos of the two along with a king, crocodile and heart emoji.

The images revealed that the entertainers have been spending a lot of quality time together in private. The first photo sees the “Equal Rights” singer on her phone as Masicka snapped a selfie of the two.

That adorable photo was followed by Masicka and Ishawna hugging while wearing matching Argentina football jerseys and another which was a little bit too close for comfort.

Offset and Cardi B Separated No More A Couple

Cardi B says she and Offset have called it quits after one year of marriage.

“So everybody been bugging me and everything and you know, I’ve been trying to work things out with my baby father for a hot minute now and we’re really good friends and you know we’re really good business partners,” The “Drip” rapper explained in a video posted on Instagram Tuesday night. “He’s always somebody that I run to to talk to and we got a lot of love for each other but things just haven’t been working out between us for a long time and it’s nobody’s fault.”

She continued, “I guess we grew out of love, but we’re not together anymore. I don’t know. It might take time to get a divorce and I’m gonna always have a lot of love for him because he is my daughter’s father and yah.”

Cardi and Offset secretly married in October 2017, making the announcement public with an on-stage proposal later that month. In April Cardi revealed her pregnancy on “Saturday Night Live.” The two share a four-month-old daughter named Kulture.

Masicka and Ishawna’s Relationship Confirmed

After years of rumours, Ishawna and Masicka’s relationship has seemingly been confirmed.

Ishawna erupted social media on Tuesday when she gave the Genahsyde deejay a special birthday shoutout on Instagram.

“Happy Birthday to a King,” Ishawna wrote under three photos of the two along with a king, crocodile and heart emoji.

The images revealed that the entertainers have been spending a lot of quality time together in private. The first photo sees the “Equal Rights” singer on her phone as Masicka snapped a selfie of the two.

That adorable photo was followed by Masicka and Ishawna hugging while wearing matching Argentina football jerseys and another which was a little bit too close for comfort.

Shorty after Ishawna uploaded the photos, several Dancehall fans gave the couple their stamp of approval, “Finally they are confirming their relationship after so many years i’m so here for it!!!!!!!,” one social media user wrote. “Damn i’m so happy for them they look cute together wishing y’all the best tbh,” another added.

While others used the moment to troll Ishawna’s ex-fiancé Foota Hype, “Someone please go check pan mumma Foota because she ago drop dung when she see this yah photo yah online.”

“All mi know is wan ugly man who live inna Florida is gonna die of heart attack in a barber shop while eating a box food and strolling Instagram story.”

Time for healing between Dalton and his mom

A mother and child reunion. Is only a motion away – Paul Simon

It would be good, great actually, if X Factor UK winner Dalton Harris and his mother could mend fences.

As much as we have to say on the issue, no one can get between a mother and child, regardless of the ill feelings now simmering between them.

A lot has been said leading up to the historic win by Jamaica’s Harris about the soured relationship between him and his mother, 52-year-old Sylvia Campbell.

The troubled relationship between mother and son was revealed by Harris himself during an interview with the British media. Harris said his mother’s lover punched him through a glass window and his mother took the side of the man over her child.

He said his mother also encouraged him to lie down in the road in front of a truck and take his own life in order to relieve her of the stress he was causing her.

In the initial stages, Campbell denied Harris’ claims but, for whatever reason, she decided to come clean and admitted that she in fact did scar him physically and mentally and that her lover did in fact thump him through a window. If that is not child abuse, then nothing is.

Harris has carried that hurt for years and, in a previous Facebook post, revealed that he once harboured thoughts of killing himself and even attempted it after his successful run in Jamaica’s version of the X Factor, Digicel Rising Stars.

It is a messy situation, but not one that cannot be repaired.

The opinions about the route Harris should take going forward are two sided. The overwhelming majority of comments that I have seen on social media are leaning towards him moving on with his life and leaving his mother, the woman who gave him life, if nothing else, to wallow in her present miserable existence and get on with his life.

Forgive her and forget her, they say. The woman is toxic. Sometimes it is better to love them from afar. His best bet is to stay as far away from her as he can.

From my viewpoint, it is clear that Campbell is not the most articulate person in the world and her ignorance and fiery attitude comes rifling through whenever she interacts with the media. Her interviews have been, to be kind, pathetic, and have done nothing to help her cause. At this point, she has no sympathy from the people.

Her utterances were foolhardy at best and, on the surface of it, no one would blame Harris if he does not break wind on her.

But if Campbell is right about one thing, it is that her womb is blessed. In turn, Jamaica has been blessed and, with all the harsh words and judgments being cast her way, let us thank her for not aborting Harris. She is the mother of our latest world phenomenon and, for that, respect is due.

Who are we to tell someone how to treat their mother? Regardless of her misgivings and the mistakes she made as a parent.

That is a matter for Dalton Harris and his mother to work out and all well-thinking individuals must hope that their relationship can be repaired if even by a small measure. She does not have to live in his mansion, but her existence can be a little more comfortable if he were to step up and let bygones be bygones and show the world what true love really means. The essence of the power of forgiveness.

It is very troubling that many of the comments leaning towards Harris turning his back on his mother are coming from people who claim to believe in a higher power and have Christian upbringings.

Have they forgotten the teachings of Christ?

He or she that is without sin cast the first stone. Let us cease from discouraging a son and mother from throwing bad blood out the window and seeking a new beginning. It may not happen today or tomorrow, but time heals all wounds.

The fact that I am able to pen this column is testimony to that fact. Many Jamaican children have been the victim of unacceptable treatment and bad decisions made by their parents. The time for healing is now. Let us encourage it. What a story that would be.

There is also another troubling issue. Harris has made no mention of his father. What role did the elder Harris play in his son’s upbringing? Is it that we will now only lambast his mother?

Where was his father? Maybe some enterprising journalist could seek out the elder Harris and get his side of the story. As a father myself, I find it reprehensible that another should have to discipline my child much less abuse them physically. That is my job.

Dalton has made Jamaica proud and he can only get better.

Let us encourage him to try to take the higher ground as he has displayed he is more than equipped to accomplish.

That is my view from the outside.

Karyl Walker

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