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First batch of constables pass out from university as part of JCF programme

Two hundred and ninety-three constables who were trained at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona Campus, participated in the passing-out parade and the awards ceremony held yesterday at the National Police College of Jamaica, located in Twickenham Park, St Catherine.

The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) noted in a press release that this was the first batch of new constables to graduate from the college as motorcyclists, pedal cyclists, or motor vehicle drivers.

In the keynote address, Rudyard Spencer, minister of state in the Ministry of National Security, told the graduates that their “recruitment is a part of the Government’s efforts to increase the police-to-population ratio in order to enhance security services in the country.”

The valedictorians, Constable Jahvarn Brown and Constable Kenecia Morris, spoke briefly on behalf of the graduating batch. “We propose to be gatekeepers, safeguarding lives and property. We are dedicating ourselves to the Jamaica Constabulary Force and Jamaica at large to serve, protect, and to reassure,” said Brown.

Morris shared what the graduates gained through the arts of field craft. “Field craft taught us many things. More than anything, [it taught] us [how] to adapt … . We also learned the dangers of our current profession and how to deal with them. It also developed our perseverance, patience, and willpower,” she disclosed.

The JCF pointed out that Batch 117 was the first cohort to train and graduate from the UWI, Mona Campus. The partnership with the JCF and UWI, Mona, was not solely for the training of recruits. Through the Mona School of Engineering, three members of the JCF were offered computer engineering scholarships.

In delivering remarks, UWI Registrar Dr Camille Bell-Hutchinson welcomed the partnership among the university, the Ministry of National Security and the JCF.

“I think we have have learned many lessons from this partnership, and we do hope that you, the first cohort benefited from your time at UWI, Mona,” she told the graduates.

Mis Kitty Completes Law School

Miss Kitty is now celebrating her accomplishments after completing her Law degree at the University of the West Indies.

The “Fluffy Diva” recently shared the achievement with fans during an emotional Instagram post where she thanked family members, friends, and fans who supported her throughout her journey.

For all the people who believed in and supported me I thank you. The journey is not yet complete, but I am steadfast. I try my best to inspire by doing so that you know you can do it too and even better!,” said Miss Kitty.

“Mi glad yuh see God! I have a heart full of gratitude! Many persons (fans, supporters et al) have asked and wondered what I’ve been up to, why I’ve been absent or seemingly “missing” sometimes. This is an explanation for my absences and to quell any rumour or alternative facts.🙏🙏 MANY THANKS to my family, friends, lecturers, supporters, prayer warriors and well-wishers I love and thank you all!.”

According to the media star, whose real name is Khadine Hylton, she had always wanted to pursue a career in law or politics, revealing that her introduction to media was purely coincidental.

“My time in the media was not by design i would say, but it is something that i have fallen madly in love,” said the radio personality. She went on to explain that she was never intent on becoming famous, but rather to wanted to make a difference in media broadcasting.

Congratulations on #MissKitty on completing law school 🎓⚖️🙏 #Swipe

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Jamaican prisoner bolts free from Supreme Court in the TCI

Two Caribbean nationals, a Jamaican and a Haitian, recently escaped the custody of prison officers in the Turks and Caicos Islands, with only one – guess who – being recaptured since.

The TCI media reported that Jamaican Dale Cook escaped custody while he was in the company of prison officials on the compound of the Providenciales Supreme Court. Cook allegedly arrived in the TCI illegally, with a quantity of illicit drugs in his possession.

Indications are that he made his escape while in handcuffs after having just concluded a hearing on charges of drug possession and illegal entry into the territory, both of which he pleaded guilty to.

Prison officers reportedly gave chase when Cook took off, but were unable to catch the fleet-footed Jamaican who disappeared into bushes in a rugged area behind the court building.

But aside from his illegal run to freedom, there are reports that the Jamaican had been at the losing end of his alleged activities in the territory, and was actually duped by resident crooks, leading to his troubles with the law.

Unconfirmed reports are that, after arriving in the country with a quantity of drugs, Cook was swindled out of the ‘stuff’ by local drug dealers.

Then he learnt an even bigger lesson when police and immigration officials were allegedly ‘set on him’ by the thieves, resulting in Cook being arrested, charged and taken before the courts.

In the case of the Haitian national, he jumped from a prison vehicle and ran off while on a medical escort. But not being from the ‘sprint factory’, he was ran down, wrestled to the ground, and was soon back in the vehicle.

Both escapees were in custody for illegal entry into the TCI.

Fans Shocks With “One Fact People Don’t Know About Spice”

Spice is living proof that you should never judge a book by its cover after revealing one thing people don’t know about her personal life.

Dancehall fans learned something absolutely new about Spice after Member of Parliament Lisa Hanna shared a video of herself with the “Gum” deejay to celebrate the entertainer’s birthday.

In the clip, the “Indicator” deejay, whose real name is Grace Hamilton, was asked by Hanna to disclose one thing that people dont know about her personal life.

Spice then revealed that her favorite genre of music is Dancehall but Gospel.

Watch the footage of Spice chatting with Hanna.

She said that she listens to Gospel music before going to bed at nights, attends church regular and always pray before consuming her meals.

She also stated that she particularly attends the Church of God.


Count Prince Miller, Jamaican Musician And Actor Is Dead

Jamaican music pioneer and actor, Count Prince Miller, has died.

The 85-year-old Miller who had been ailing for some time, died in hospital in the United Kingdom on Thursday morning.

Widely described as one of the greats who took Jamaican music to the world, Miller had a towering voice and a captivating personality that paved the way for his success in show business.

Perhaps best known as a musician for the hit single ‘Mule Train’, Miller, as an actor, also had some limelight, including a role in the James Bond film ‘Dr No’.

Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Minister, Olivia Grange, who visited him in a London hospital a few weeks ago, said she will cherish that meeting with him.

In expressing sadness at his passing, Grange said “Count Prince Miller had a stature, a voice, a humour that made him the quintessential showman…”

She added that “Only recently he was a part of history when he played the role of grandfather in the first nationwide television advertising campaign in the United Kingdom to feature an all-black family.”

She said Miller was a proud Jamaican, and added that “we are very proud of the way he represented our country on the world stage.”

Busy Signal Greater Than Vybz Kartel & Mavado Insisted Bounty Killer

Bounty Killer says Busy Signal is greater than Vybz Kartel and Mavado.

Bounty Killer dished out a lot on Instagram over the past weekend, and whether or not you agree with his statements, he does carry a lot of weight behind him because he brought all these artists we are talking about to the forefront of dancehall. One dancehall fan asked Killer who is the best artist out of the Alliance between Vybz Kartel and Mavado.

“No bias or disrespect but skillfully and successfully it’s Busy Signal,” Bounty Killer said. “He sold platinum with Major Lazer, toured the most even when he couldn’t go to America, he had more album sales he mastered recording and live performance. Vybz Kartel is the baddest but Busy is the best he can fit on any platform now Jamaica House, Soca you name it, he is Alliance most rounded and polished artiste.”

While a lot of fans agreed with his statement, there were some who thinks differently. Vybz Kartel fans will say he is the greatest Alliance deejay, and Mavado fans are saying he is the most successful artist out of the Alliance.

Bounty Killer gave rise to all of these artists, so he will know which of them is the best, but music sales and the charts don’t lie, and Busy Signal is selling the most music of the three.

Of the three dancehall titans, Vybz Kartel has the most fans and is the most lyrical acclaim. Bounty Killer is also correct when he says that Busy Signal is touring the most since he is almost always touring.

Mavado built a name for himself and will go down as one of the greatest of all time in dancehall. His unique singing voice gives him an edge over Busy and Kartel in the sense that he can sing and as well as deejay on the same song.

Skatta Burrell and Bounty Killer At War Over “God”

Bounty Killer and Skatta Burrell are at war because one is God-fearing and one is an atheist.

Bounty Killer has been in the headlines since last week for his onslaught on Mavado and Alkaline, but now the dancehall legend is in the media for believing in God. Yes you heard that correct, Bounty and Skatta Burrell, who is a known atheist, are at war, and both are holding firm to their beliefs.

Last weekend, Bounty Killer posted an old video of himself from an interview OnStage with Winford Williams where he opened up about being a God-fearing gangster dancehall artist. The clip was reposted from one of his fan pages on Instagram. “In a 2009 On Stage Interview, the General say just because he makes hardcore gangsta Dancehall chunes, that doesn’t mean he can’t go to church and praise God,” Killer wrote.

“The Warlord also says that one day if God tells him to leave Dancehall alone, he will do it. Bounty Killer will forever be a legend of Dancehall but he would be known as Rodney Price. Spreading the message of God in the music just like Mama Ivy always wanted him to do.”

Skatta Burrell wasn’t too happy about that and went on his Instagram Live to blast Bounty Killer for what he calls spreading a religion created by the slave masters. The Downsound producer has always been a staunch critic of Christianity and all forms of religion and every Sunday you will see him reinforcing his beliefs on social media. Pretty much, Skatta told Bounty Killer to go take up a book and educate himself before speaking about God and Christianity.

Of course, he knew that statement would anger Bounty Killer, and it did. Killer then reposted another post from his fan page blasting Skatta for chiming in. “Skatta… I mean, Chatta Burrell, made a live video and started to run his mouth off because you know he likes attention and wants to be relevant by calling up people name,” he said.

Alleged One Voice gang leader, mother killed in Hanover

A man described by the police as one of the most feared gangsters in western Jamaica and his mother were killed gangland-style at their home in Elgin Town in Hanover last night.

He is Uton ‘Bigga’ Cocket, who was said to be the leader of the much-feared One Voice gang, which has been implicated in several murders in the parish.

His mother is Carlene Graver.

It is reported that they were at home when about 9:30 p.m a gunman invaded the premises and opened fire, hitting them.

They died on the spot.

Cocket is the brother of Valdemier ‘Wingy’ Chambers, who is believed to be the first leader of the gang.

He was killed last September.

‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin has died

Aretha Franklin, the undisputed “Queen of Soul” who sang with matchless style on such classics as “Think,” ”I Say a Little Prayer” and her signature song, “Respect,” and stood as a cultural icon around the globe, has died at age 76 from advance pancreatic cancer.

Publicist Gwendolyn Quinn tells The Associated Press through a family statement that Franklin passed Thursday at 9:50 am at her home in Detroit.

The statement said “Franklin’s official cause of death was due to advance pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type, which was confirmed by Franklin’s oncologist, Dr Philip Phillips of Karmanos Cancer Institute” in Detroit.

The family added: “In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart. We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family.”

Relatives shocked at how 13-year-old girl met her demise

WHEN 13-year-old Shanoya Wray left home quietly on the night of July 15, her relatives — who quickly reported her missing — had no clue she would not return home alive.

Not once during the week in which they awaited her return did they think that she would have turned up dead and that her alleged killer would be Trinidadian teacher, Sanju Maharaj, who is currently before the court on a sex charge with her as the complainant.

“I thought she would come back home; I wasn’t thinking that [she would be dead] at all,” said Wray’s mother, Shana-Hay Hall, who was in tears as she spoke with the Jamaica Observer yesterday from her family home on Tavern Drive in Kingston.

The teen’s grandmother, Sylvia Campbell, who was also in tears, said, “Everyday we call Biffy (Shanoya), even though she nuh answer. [It seemed] the phone was locked off from the Monday, but we a say Biffy must answer.”

“ The morning after she gone we never did a tek it fi nothing, ’cause pickney go bout dem business and come back, so you expect har fi come back the Monday. You a look fi har a come in a the day or in the evening, but everytime dem call Biffy no answer,” Shanoya’s aunt Lisa-Gaye Hall.

But five days later the family’s hope quickly turned to heart-rending grief when relatives were asked to submit to DNA testing which confirmed that the skeletal remains that were found soaking in a bathtub with chemicals at premises on Walley Close, in Kingston, on July 20 belonged to the missing teenager.

Hall, who said she has been unable to eat or sleep properly since her daughter’s death, said the police were only able to recover few pieces of bone and a skull.

“The doctor say if it did stay one more day no bone wouldn’t leave, and no smell wouldn’t be there,” she said.

The police were alerted to the remains by a neighbour who was concerned about an unpleasant stench from next door after cleaning his home. The neighbour reportedly a used a ladder to climb up and peep through a window over into the premises and made the unfortunate discovery.

According to Hall, based on the state of the remains, she was informed that an autopsy could not be done. The police, she said, have since theorised that a caustic substance was used to burn the teen’s body.

She said that she was also told by the police that neighbours had allegedly seen a man burning female clothing and braids. Her daughter, she said, was wearing braids at the time she went missing

“We just can’t believe how the man burn up the child, ’cause even the bone weh left back dem say no substance no inna the bone, so if the neighbour never find it even the next 10 years we wouldn’t find her or know what happen to her, and dem would haffi just throw out the case,” said the child’s aunt, shaking her head.

A 19-year-old resident of Harbour View in Kingston, Lenardo Madden, believed to be a close friend of the Trinidadian and who was allegedly at the house when the police made the gruesome discovery was later charged along with Maharaj with murder, accessory after the fact, and misprison of felony.

The Trinidadian teacher was arrested and charged last year after Shanoya was found at his home a day after she did return home from school.

She said around October of last year her daughter, who was then a 12-year-old grade seven student at New Day All-Age School did not come home after school.

Maharaj, who was on teaching practice at the school at the time, was out on bail and had been scheduled to reappear in court this November on carnal abuse charge.

The teenager’s father, Starkey Wray, who later turned up at the home yesterday, could not hide his emotions.

“Me cyaan even tell you how I’m coping; it a mad me, it’s the worst thing ever happen to somebody I know.

“The man who kill her is really wicked; first me see a man wicked like that: how you can kill a child like that?”

Similar sentiments were expressed by Shanoya’s older sister, Correy-Ann Morgan, 15.

“It just nuh feel right just to know how she innocent and to know what she go through; maybe if a did something like sickness kill her we wouldn’t feel like we do now, ’cause we not even know how she died. We just imagine the pain that she went through before she die; it’s just hard.”

She described her sister as always pleasant.

“It’s like certain things in a life hard for me to do now. Me try me best not to think about it, but it is like something come in my head back and I can’t be happy to the fullest again,” Morgan said.

The family, meanwhile, is hoping they will get justice in the court.

The two accused are expected to appear in court tomorrow.

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