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Here Is Why Vybz Kartel Will Not Be In Court For Appeal Trial

Vybz Kartel will not be in court this week for his appeal trial, and we have the exclusive why.

Vybz Kartel could learn his fate in the Jamaica Court of Appeal as early as this week. The trial kicked off on Monday, July 16th and was adjourned until the next Monday. The long-awaited case was also slashed by two weeks, which means it could be wrapped and a verdict reached in as little as one week.

Despite the seriousness of the case, Vybz Kartel and his three co-accused will not be in court and neither were they in court on Monday. The dancehall deejay’s attorney, Valarie Neita-Robertson, says he made the decision not to attend court. “I believe Mr Palmer is very anxious and he prefers not to be here, so we give him that option,” she said.

Neita-Robertson says Kartel is fully aware of everything that his legal team is doing and all the arguments that they will present in court and he has an input. She assured us that he has full faith in their capabilities and made the decision himself no to be in court.

Urban Islandz sources inside Kartel’s camp told us exclusively that he doesn’t want to be a distraction in the courtroom and wants to avoid the media spectacle surrounding the case. “He made the decision not to attend court and it makes perfect sense because the media and his fans will be there and he doesn’t want the distraction,” a rep for the deejay said.

Vybz Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, Shawn “Storm” Campbell, Andre St John, and Kahira Jones, are all hoping that the Court of Appeal will exonerate them of their murder conviction. The four men are serving life sentences for the murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams who cops say was beaten to death at a home in Havendale belonging to Kartel.

Prayers Up Goes Out From Mavado To Teenage Son In Jail Facing Murder Charge

Mavado is sending prayers up for his teenage son who is currently behind bars and facing life in prison if convicted for murder.

Mavado, who is currently overseas, made another post on Instagram this week where he quoted a bible verse and left a powerful message for his fans and most importantly his 16-year-old son. The teenager is currently held in a juvenile detention center in Kingston while he awaits the outcome of his bail application. His next court hearing is set for July 31stwhen he will know his fate as it relates to getting bond.

Sources told Urban Islandz that Mavado is taking his son’s legal perils very hard and is working overtime through his lawyers to beat the charges against him. “Rejoicing in Hope; patient in tribulation; and continuing instant in Prayers’. ..Romans 12:12,” Vado wrote on IG in the caption of a photo of his teenage son and daughter.

“Good morning, some of us today have had unfair things happen,” he continues. “Life has not turned out like we had hoped, but God wants us to rise up out of those ashes, put on a new attitude. He will not only bring us out, but He will bring us with twice of what we had before. God wants to perfect the things that concerns us, continue to trust Him.
Be safe, have a very Blessed day.”

There is still no idea whether or not Mavado will return to Jamaica anytime soon to meet with cops. The dancehall icon has been avoiding the island because he is in fear of his safety.

In other Mavado news, the Gullyside singjay has a new single out “Diamond Body” featuring Stefflon Don. The track was released on Friday and is featured on DJ Frass new beat Netflixx Riddim. The singer did promised his fans some new music earlier this week and he delivered a banger.

#mavado says prayers up for his son 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾

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Fans Of Ishawna Believe She’s Dating This Dancehall Artist

Fans of recording artist Ishawna believe they have uncovered her new boyfriend.

The “Equal Rights” singer was spotted in New York City over the weekend with fellow Dancehall entertainer, Masicka reigniting their dating rumors.

Dancehall insiders first shared a photo of the two in adorable matching Argentina jerseys at a party. Ishawna and the “Top Form” deejay was then spotted checking out of a hotel together.

This not the first time Ishawna and Masicka sparked dating rumors. Back in 2016, the former Downsound records artist’s ex-fiancé, Foota Hype accused the two of being together.

The outspoken Dancehall selector then blasted Masicka following the release of his “Regardless” collaboration with Ishawna.

Foota Hype then took to social media to blast Masicka calling him an overrated coward.

“Mi want si how long this likkle coward yah ago run from mi artiste wid him fake hype and fake badness wi nah buy out no radio play fi buss wi a buss,” Foota said. “@fullybadmusic di real way hardcore badman deejay style from the streets up to the stage to the world wi a rub out and murder all media hype deejay weh gwaan like dem bad so @masickamusic don’t feel special u just di fuss lyrical duppy weh@fullybadmusic ago mek then on to the next one not even Corey Todd and him money can’t save u,” He added.

Masicka then responded saying Foota Hype was just jealous of his friendship with Ishawna. He later added that the selector was carrying ‘kitty feelings’.

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Over 800 licensed guns reported lost or stolen over the last 5 years

The Firearms Licensing Authority (FLA) has revealed that over 800 licensed guns have been reported lost or stolen across the country over the last five years.

Shane Dalling, the Chief Executive Officer of the FLA, made the disclosure at a press conference at the Terra Nova Hotel in St Andrew on Friday.

The lost or stolen factor has been among those that have prompted the adoption of increased accountability measures from gun holders by the FLA.

In outlining the circumstances surrounding the situation, Dalling said:  “We have seen an increase in reports of lost and stolen firearms. Over the last five years over 800 firearms were reported lost or stolen.”

He said in 2016 alone, some 300 firearms were reported lost or stolen.

Dalling said so far this year the number of lost or stolen firearms has been higher than for the corresponding period last year. However, he did not disclose the exact figure.

Arising from increased scrutiny and accountability, including in the processing of firearm licences, the FLA has revoked the licences of almost 100 firearm holders since the start of this year, and is warning that hundreds more are being prepared for revocation.

Among its improved measures, Dalling said:  “We have increased our accountability measures as it relates to the accounting and tracking of the purchase and usage of ammunition in the country by licensed firearm holders.

“Our due diligence has seen us introducing an electronic fingerprinting system at the authority, which is connected to the criminal records office,” he elaborated.

“All our licence holder are fingerprinted electronically yearly upon their renewal, and where there is any criminal conviction detected, the firearms are taken and an investigation launched with the view of making recommendations to the board as to how to treat with the continuation of that licence.

“So far hundreds of licences have been seized and we have detected several convictions for persons who are holders of licences.

“We have increased the measure by also fingerprinting persons who are approved and who come to the authority to collect their ID (identifications). They are fingerprinted on the spot, and the results are known within seconds.

“So where persons are approved for licences and commit themselves before the licence is actually collected, the authority detects that, and it is held on to and the process of investigation takes place with a view to cancelling or revoking that very licence,” Dalling further outlined.

“We are working closely with the National Intelligence Branch (NIB), also with MOCA, and where necessary, the Financial Investigation Division (FID),” he added.

Briana Williams secures rare sprint double at World U20 Championships

Jamaican Briana Williams secured the women’s sprint double on Saturday’s fourth and penultimate day of the IAAF World Under-20 Championships in Tampere, Finland by taking the 200 metres in a championship record time and new personal best of 22.50 seconds.

Favourite Lauren Rain Williams of the United States finished second for the silver medal in 23.09. A closest battle was the one for third, with Martyna Kotwila of Poland taking bronze in 23.21, a national U20 record for Poland, over authorised neutral athlete Polina Miller, who clocked 23.32.

Just three months and few days past her 16th birthday, Williams arrived in Tampere as the youngest entrant, but will likely leave as its most memorable star as her blistering 22.50 planted her at the No. 11 spot on the all-time U20 200m list.

Lauren Rain Williams led at the bend seemingly positioned to finally take a gold medal that has so far eluded the USA at these championships. Again, the USA, by far the winningest nation in the history of the World U20 Championships, would be denied.

The Jamaican had a narrow but clear lead off the turn, and stretched it with each passing stride, coming home than half a second ahead of her US rival. The winning margin was 0.59, the second biggest ever.

“I was a bit tired and nervous before the race,” said Williams, who arrived in Tampere with a 23.11 lifetime best, set when winning her age group at the Carifta Games in early April. Now, her ambitions are clearly expanding.

“In the future, I want to be the youngest Olympic medalist in Tokyo 2020, but there are a lot of chances to succeed before then as well.”

Two days ago Williams became the youngest to win the 100m crown which today makes her the youngest to claim the 100/200m title. That’s notable enough in and of itself, but such an achievement is rare, too. Williams is just the fourth to claim the dash double in the championships’ 17 editions, following Jamaican Veronica Campbell-Brown (2000), Bulgaria’s Tezdzhan Naimova (2006) and Bahamian Anthonique Strachan (2012).

Williams’ gold improved Jamaica’s medal tally to eight and still second place on the gold medal table behind Kenya.

Jamaica’s medal tally comprises three gold, three silver and two bronze; while Kenya have secured four gold and a bronze for a tally of five.

Jamaican couple who posed as London fire victims sentenced to prison

A man and a woman, both Jamaicans, who illegally claimed more than £125,000 in relief funding by posing as victims of the Grenfell Tower fire in London, England were each sentenced to at least three years in prison on Friday.

Elaine Douglas and Tommy Brooks got themselves put up in hotels by Kensington and Chelsea council for almost a year before it was realised that where they claimed to have been living at the time of the fire did not exist.

The pair, who had been living in the UK illegally for 16 years, in May each pleaded guilty to two counts of fraud by false representation and one count of obtaining leave to remain in the UK by deception.

On Friday, Douglas was sentenced to three years in prison while Brooks was sentenced to three years and three months behind bars.

They reportedly claimed to have been together in flat 91 on the 19th floor of the tower at the time of the horror fire. But unknown to them, flat 91 is actually on the 12th floor of the tower.

Reports in court included an outline that the pair had managed to avoid immigration authorities in the UK for 16 years after entering the country illegally in the early 2000s.

A total of 72 persons died in the fire at the 24-storey Grenfell Tower in North Kensington in June of last year.

Krystal hits back at pregnancy critics :’They can’t steal my joy’

Media personality Krystal Tomlinson has responded to the tide of criticism swirling around her recent announcement of her pregnancy with dancehall superstar Beenie Man with a measure of sangfroid and an almost zenlike, sanguine calm that betrays her youthful age.

“We must learn to keep outsiders outside and as long as you are able to do that then there is no way they can steal your joy, and create stress and anxiety in your life,” Tomlinson told Loop Jamaica reporter Claude Mills.

“You have to know how to recognise a stranger separate from a friend. You have to recognise when criticism is coming from a place of love and compassion versus when it is coming from people who want to create chaos.”

Tomlinson, a former festival queen, is also the president of the People’s National Party Youth Organisation (PNPYO) and she is concerned that social media users have been shouting the term ‘bastard’ to anyone who listens.

She is concerned about any attempts, malicious and otherwise, to categorise any child as illegitimate. She believes that the practice is highly offensive, and that society should be careful not to attach that label to any child.

“I hope that children who read that post and are themselves the product of unmarried couples do not feel insignificant. You are not insignificant, it is an absolute lie, there is no truth in the lies being told,” Tomlinson said.

It is interesting to note that children who were born out of wedlock in Jamaica could not inherit property until Michael Manley piloted the act to abolish the illegitimacy law in 1975, so that “no bastard no deh again”. But certain social mores and perceptions still remain.

She urged children to develop strong filters especially against the bullying tide of social media, and suggested that they “listen with the right ear, and know when criticism is coming from a place of love and care”.

“Take guidance, discipline and chastisement from those who care, keep the outsiders outside,” she urged.

In the meantime, Tomlinson is enjoying all aspects of her pregnancy, even the minutiae, the intimate and peculiar surprises that come from a life growing inside her. On Friday morning, she tweeted: “We heard our baby’s heartbeat yesterday. My 3rd time, Mo’s first. LIIIIIIFE…. Good morning world! May your heart beat wildly, with excitement – in celebration of YOUR life today. It is a gift. Enjoy it.”

September 4 new court date for Capleton

Entertainer Capleton had his bail extended this morning and is to return to the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on September 4 .

The new mention date was scheduled after the court was told that the case file was incomplete.

Bail for the artiste, who is charged with rape, was subsequently extended.

Capleton is accused of forcibly having sexual intercourse with a female hairdresser he hired to groom his hair at a New Kingston hotel on April 28.


Engagement Rumors Sparks Between Beenie Man & Krystal Tomlinson

Just days after D’Angel confirmed her divorce from Beenie Man, it seems the veteran recording artist could be getting ready to walk down the aisle once again.

The King of Dancehall’s longtime partner, Krystal Tomlinson sparked rumors of a possible wedding earlier this week after fans spotted an alleged engagement ring during the Wray & Nephew Contender finals.

While the engagement rumors are yet to be confirmed, Beenie Man and Krystal Tomlinson are expecting their first child together.

Following months of speculation, the couple finally spilled the beans about the pregnancy with Flair Magazine.

One man killed, two others injured in St Catherine crash

Investigators assigned to the St Catherine North Police Division are probing the circumstances surrounding the fatal collision that claimed the life of a man and the injury of two others along the P.J Patterson Highway in Old Harbour, St. Catherine yesterday.

The deceased has been identified as 23-year-old ​Dorren Baker, a forklift operator of Riverside Drive, Seaforth, St Thomas.

It is reported that about 9:00 a.m. Baker was driving a Mitsubishi Gallant motor car towards May Pen.

On reaching a section of the roadway, he allegedly lost control of the vehicle and crashed into back of parked Toyota Hiace mini bus injuring the driver an another man.

All three were taken to hospital where Baker was pronounced dead, the mini bus driver treated and released and the third man.

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