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Authorities on alert for drug abuse with embalming fluid and ‘lean’

Local authorities are now on high alert following reports of a number of deadly drug practices emerging within the country.

Health officials said some of the reported activities involve children at a number of schools abusing substances that have been causing a number of deaths in other countries across the world.

The authorities said among the practices that they have been hearing about are criminals smoking marijuana laced with embalming fluid, and students at a number of schools using prescription drugs to create deadly mixtures in a bid to benefit from short-term euphoria.

Health officials said the emerging products that they are on the lookout for includes ‘lean’, a mixture of prescription strength cough syrup with Codeine, a popular carbonated beverage and candy.

They said when Codeine is consumed in large doses for non-prescription purposes, it can create extremely harmful side effects and, in many cases, death.

The other worrying trend is the use of marijuana or tobacco cigarettes laced with embalming fluid, something which is said to be used by some members of the criminal underworld.

Officials from the Police Narcotics Division said they have been getting reports about persons, many of them criminals, gravitating towards the product.

“Criminals who engage in this activity many times get a feeling of invincibility, immunity to pain and other side effects that even allow them to commit some of the most heinous crimes and forget about it,” a top health service officer told Loop News.

The revelations were made during a press conference at the Ministry of National Security on Friday.

Another product that authorities say they are looking out for is ‘Fentanyl’. The drug which is said to be largely responsible for a major crisis in the USA and in other countries.

“It is a very potent opioid which is primarily used as a pain medication, but is increasingly now being used as a recreational drug,” outlined a health officer.

The local authorities say while they have not seen any signs of the drug in Jamaica, they are now on the lookout for it out of fear that the product may be smuggled onto the local shores.

Another product that the authorities warned about was ganja edibles, something which they said they were getting numerous reports of, in terms of persons abusing the product.

The National Council on Drug Abuse said in a bid to spread the awareness, it has begun to roll out an aggressive campaign to warn members of the public about the dangers of the product.

Bellow are some of the photos from the Ministry of National Security and National Council on Drug Abuse press conference held in New Kingston on Friday.

Fans surprised at Flippa Mafia new appearance

Dancehall artiste Flippa Mafia stunned Dancehall fans this week, after the photo of him since his incarceration surfaced.
The dancehall artiste who visibly gained a few pounds can be seen smiling with his family.

Flippa Mafia was sentenced to 25 years in 2016 after he was found guilty of first-degree distribution of cocaine, second-degree money laundering, and second-degree conspiracy.

The Flossing King, whose given name is Andrew Davis will have to serve 12 years before being eligible for parole.

He was also ordered to pay a US$250,000 anti-money laundering profiteering penalty.

Jamaica wins top global tourism awards

Destination Jamaica continues to excel on the world stage and is the winner of three top awards in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

Jamaica copped the Best Caribbean Destination title, as voted by Canadian travel agents at Baxter Travel Media’s annual Agents’ Choice Awards Gala, and the World of Cruising Wave Award for Favourite Destination, while the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) won the 2018 TravelAge West WAVE Award for International Tourism Board Providing the Best Travel Agent Support.

Jamaica’s Director of Tourism Donovan White welcomes the latest accolades noting that the destination has much to offer travellers, which is a reason that visitors keep coming back year after year.

“Jamaica continues to be a top travel destination for many reasons. Our people are our greatest asset and continue to be a huge draw for those visiting. Not to mention that the destination offers exceptionally delicious cuisine and a diverse range of activities and accommodations that appeal to every type of traveler,” said White. “Combined with its rich cultural heritage, fantastic climate and unparalleled hospitality, Jamaica is truly a gem in the Caribbean.”

At the Agents’ Choice Awards Gala, organized by Baxter Travel Media, publisher of “Canadian Travel Press and Travel Courier”, two of the top travel trade publications in Canada, Jamaica dominated the “Best Caribbean Destination” category, garnering almost twice the number of votes of the runner up.

More than 5,500 agents voted in 43 categories.

JTB’s Business Development Officer Dian Holland accepts the 2018 WAVE Awards from Bruce Shulman, Senior Vice President/Group Publisher, Retail Group – TravelAge West

In the United States, the Jamaica Tourist Board continued its winning tradition and celebrated its most recent accolade, the 2018 TravelAge West WAVE Award in the category of “International Tourism Board Providing the Best Travel Agent Support”. The award was presented at the TravelAge West WAVE Western Agents’ Votes of Excellence Awards at the Ritz Carlton Marina Del Rey, California.  Other tourism board nominees in the category included: Tourism Ireland, Mexico Tourism Board, and Visit Britain.

In the UK, Jamaica walked away with the prestigious World of Cruising Wave Award for Favourite Destination beating out finalists Greece and Singapore to win the award. The Wave Awards celebrate excellence in the cruise industry both from a consumer and trade perspective and the winners were presented with their award at a gala held at the De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms in London’s Covent Garden. In the public vote section, more than 64,000 thousand votes were cast by the public to determine the UK’s favourite cruise lines, favourite destination and favourite cruise agent.

Cop allegedly caught red-handed selling stolen car

Investigators from the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) have arrested a police constable for reasonable suspicion of larceny of a vehicle in Spanish Town, St Catherine.

The incident allegedly occurred on Thursday, June 21.

Reports from the Spanish Town police are that about 1:45 p.m. the constable, who is attached to the St James Police Division, was in the process of selling a Nissan AD Waggon when problems emerged.

During the transaction, the prospective buyer reportedly became suspicious when discrepancies were discovered with the documents that were allegedly registered to the vehicle.

The police were called in and an investigation was immediately launched. It revealed that the vehicle had been reported stolen in Portmore, St Catherine exactly a week earlier on June 14.

The car was seized and the constable was taken into custody, but his identity has been withheld pending further investigation.

The Inspectorate of Constabulary (IOC) is also investigating the development.

Suspect arrested in the shooting death of rapper XXXTentacion

A suspect has been charged in the shooting death of rising rap star XXXTentacion, authorities in Florida said Thursday.

Dedrick Devonshay Williams, 22, of Pompano Beach was arrested shortly before 7 p.m. Wednesday, the Broward Sheriff’s Office said in a news release sent Thursday morning. Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, 20, who went by the stage name pronounced “Ex Ex Ex ten-ta-see-YAWN,” was gunned down Monday as he left an upscale motorcycle dealership near Fort Lauderdale where he was planning to make a purchase.

Authorities said the rapper was ambushed by two suspects. His attorney, David Bogenschutz, said Tuesday that investigators told him XXXTentacion had visited a bank shortly before the shooting and possibly withdrew cash to buy a motorcycle at Riva Motorsports in Deerfield Beach.

He was exiting the dealership in his luxury BMW electric car when he was shot.

Williams is charged with first-degree murder without premeditation, a probation violation and for not having a valid driver’s license. He was being held without bond in the Broward County Jail on Thursday.

Court records show Williams has been charged previously with several felonies, including grand theft auto, domestic violence, cocaine possession and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. It does not appear, however, that he has ever done prison time for these charges and some of them were dropped. Williams does not appear in the Florida Department of Corrections offender database.

An attorney for Williams isn’t listed on jail records.

Vybz Kartel Says Shorty And Him Will Never Get Back To Again

Vybz Kartel has revealed that the chances of him rekindling his relationship with Shorty is out of the question.

On Tuesday, the incarcerated Dancehall superstar finally confirmed that he called it quits with his long time common-law wife Tanesha ‘Shorty’ Johnson.

Kartel uploaded a video listening to a Whitney Houston track when a fan accused him of missing the mother of his three sons.

“Diss shorty and want har back,” the user wrote, “f**king food, get the f**k outta here.”

The ‘Fever’ deejay instantly hit back saying his relationship with Shorty is over and done, “Want back who?,” Vybz Kartel questioned. “P***y me nuh go back way ! Leave mi page and go chuck inna di darkest part a yuh mada,” he added.

Kartel’s statement comes after he cropped out Shorty during his Father’s Day post on Sunday. According to sources, the two broke up late last year.

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Bog Walk High renamed in honour of late Enid Bennett

The Bog Walk High School in St Catherine has been renamed the Enid Bennett High School in honour of the late former State minister and daughter of the parish, who was instrumental in the establishment of the institution.

Bennett played a key role in securing funds and land for the construction of the school, along with Tacius Golding High School and Lucky Valley Primary School in the 1970s under the ‘New Deal in Education’ project.

Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator Ruel Reid, in his address at the renaming ceremony on the grounds of the institution on Tuesday, hailed Bennett as an exceptional servant of the people.

“She had an outstanding record in community service and in (her) political life… and, therefore, this is a fitting opportunity for us to recognise her contribution to the nation,” he said.

He added that “it is delightful because not only do we have an opportunity to recognise the role played by a humble Jamaican who was passionate about the welfare of the less privileged in society but also to celebrate the significant growth and progress of this school since it’s founding in the 1970s”.

Principal Patrick Phillips said the school board, administration, teachers, students and other stakeholders welcome the name change.

He also informed that the uniform for the fifth-form students will be changed at the start of the upcoming new school year.

“Ordinarily, the students who are moving from grade 10 to grade 11 would not change uniform; however, with the new name, we have to have a new look, so we are going to change the uniform,” Phillips said.

Bennett’s grand-niece, Belinda-Gae Orrett, thanked the Government and the school’s administration, noting that “we the members of her family accept this honour with pride and humility”.

She said that one of her late grand-aunt’s proudest achievements was her role in the establishment of the school “to give the children a ladder whereby they can climb out of poverty. We are happy that her work has been recognised. We are happy because it means her sterling service will never be forgotten”.

Bennett was born in Linstead on May 18, 1931. She started her education at Linstead Primary School and later attended St. Helen Commercial School, where she qualified as a stenographer.

She was elected Councillor for the Sligoville division and later Member of Parliament for Central St Catherine, before moving to represent St Catherine West Central.

She served as minister of State in the Ministry of Local Government between 1980 and 1982, and minister of State in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security between 1982 and 1989. She was awarded the country’s fourth-highest honour, the Order of Jamaica, in 2012.

Bennett is hailed as a trailblazing politician, serving as Member of Parliament for 30 continuous years until her retirement in 1997 and setting a record as a female legislator in the House of Representatives.

Throughout her years of service in politics, she aimed to transform the lives of citizens and was instrumental in establishing community centres in Buxton Town and Point Hill, improving the West Central St Catherine road network and bringing electricity to several communities in the constituency.

Bennett died on December 22, 2017 at age 86 after a brief illness.

Bog Walk Junior Secondary first opened its doors on September 14, 1971 to 680 students, 16 teachers, three administrative staff members and seven ancillary staff workers. The school’s name has changed over the years to Bog Walk Secondary School, Bog Walk Comprehensive High School and Bog Walk High School.

Jamaican clients inspire designer bodies

It is not uncommon for people considering plastic surgery to take inspirational stories or images to their preliminary consultation, said Michelle Garcia, head representative for Designer Bodys, that has worked on numerous local and international celebrities.

Designer Bodys, an online community and cosmetic surgery company operating out of the Dominican Republic, has collected data to determine the most-requested celebrity features and the level of satisfaction from those who have gone under the knife.

“The most requested surgery procedures are those that will give a flatter stomach, smaller waist and enhancements on the hips and bottom – such as the tummy tuck, liposculpture and the infamous ‘BBL’, that is the Brazilian butt lift,” Garcia said.

From data collected, she said the most popular inspirations are Puerto Rican Internet model Bernice Burgos and Jamaican Sher Luxury Doll, who is an ambassador for Designer Bodys. Shauna Chyn has also sought their professional services.

“Cosmetic surgery has given some female social media influencers and those in the entertainment industry a boost in their careers, so it is becoming a very popular lifestyle choice,” she said. “As a public figure, they need to look their best whether through a general healthy lifestyle, gym usage or going down the route of cosmetic surgery; it is part of the brand they are promoting.”

Sher Luxury Doll, who has been sporting her breast lift and liposculptured body, told The STAR, “It makes me feel happy to know females all over the world desire my look.”

She added, “My Instagram inbox is filled with messages from females asking me questions about Designer Bodys.”

Garcia said Caribbean persons find it easier to travel to and from the Dominican Republic as there is no hassle to get a US visa.

“We have clients, whether in groups or individuals, travelling from all over the Caribbean islands daily to have surgery here; it has become a very popular destination,” said Garcia.

She said about 70 per cent of their clients have been from Jamaica or are of Jamaican descent.

“We have a lot of Jamaicans come in from different countries. So much so that now we do a Jamaican menu at our new recovery house,” Garcia continued.

Despite all the glamour of the finished product, Garcia stressed that cosmetic surgery is not an overnight journey.

Mavado’s Son Didn’t Show Up For His First Appearance In Court On Monday

Mavado’s son was a no show in court on Monday.

The 16-year-old, who is facing murder charges, didn’t show up to his first court hearing set for Monday (June 18). Mavado’s attorney, Tamika Harris, who is also representing the teen, says police officers were responsible for bringing the accused to court but didn’t. The case hearing will be rescheduled to a future date and we will keep you posted.

Mavado‘s son is currently facing charges including murder, conspiracy to murder, arson, shooting with intent and illegal possession of firearm and ammunition.

Cops say he and another man, 23-year-old Andre Hinds, are responsible for the gruesome murder of Lorenza Thomas in Cassava Piece, Kingston 8 on June 5, 2018.

Mavado says his son is innocent of the charges and vows to fight the case to clear his name.

Dancehall Artists Reacts To XXXTentacion’s Death

Several Dancehall entertainers including Tommy Lee Sparta, Sizzla, Sean Kingston, Gage took to social media on Monday following the news of XXXTentacion’s death.

The Jamaican-American rapper was shot and killed yesterday.

The 20-year-old rising star, whose real name is Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, was pronounced dead Monday evening at a Fort Lauderdale-area hospital, the Broward Sheriff’s Office said. He was shot earlier Monday outside a Deerfield Beach motorcycle dealership.

“Rip #xxxtentacion jah knw me no like hear them news yah jah Gide an protect all musicians #jamaicanfamily,” Sparta captioned a photo of the ‘SAD!’ rapper.

“Rip #xxxtentacion jah knw me no like hear them news yah jah Gide an protect all musicians 🙏🏼#jamaicanfamily,” Sparta captioned a photo of the ‘SAD!’ rapper.

Sizzla who collaborated with XXXTentacion on a track titled ‘I’m Yours’, reposted a snippet of the single and wrote, ‘Rest up in Zion 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾.’

While Jamaican pop singer Sean Kingston, Stefflon Don and Gage also sent out their condolences.

#TommyLeeSparta speaks 🙏

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#Sizzla sends out his condolences after #Xxxtentacion’s death.

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