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Mr Vegas Responds To Spice Name-Dropping Him In New Song

Mr Vegas has responded to Spice name-dropping him in her latest single titled “Body Right.”

In a now-deleted post uploaded to social media, the veteran deejay reacted to Spice saying his fingers were small, “If the batty big and fake, them small hand yah cyaan spank it good a backside,” Vegas wrote under a photo of his hands. “But if the pu**y tight the size finger yah alright.”

On Saturday, the ‘Queen of Dancehall’ shared a snippet of “Body Right.” In the track, Spice, whose given name is Grace Hamilton, mentioned Dancehall and Reggae acts including Capleton, Beres Hammond, Sizzla Kalonji, Demarco, Tifa, Mr Vegas and Shenseea.

“Pump up mi pumpum like Kalonji…. Sizzla / P***y fat like one a Demarco shoulder / Boom pan di buddy.. buck mi bend mi up like Tifa / Mi nuh want nuh cocky likkle like Vegas finger,” Spice deejays over the hardcore Dancehall beat produced by her Spice Official Entertainment label.

“Right now mi glue pan the buddy like Pamputtae eeee…./ cause my p***y pretty like Shenseea face / Mek noise inna the house like Usain Bolt a race,” She continued.

While many Dancehall fans first suggested that the single was a diss track, Spice quickly shutdown the rumours insisting it was just lyrics and all for fun.

Female Dancer ‘Dog Rice’ Dies In Car Crash

The entertainment fraternity is mourning the death of 19-year-old dancer, Samantha ‘Dog Rice’ Herle, who was killed in a motor vehicle crash along the Dolphin Cove main road in St Ann on Saturday.

Report are that Herle, a resident of Runaway Bay, St Ann, was a passenger in a vehicle that got out of control while travelling from Ocho Rios to St Ann’s Bay at about 6:25 a.m.

It was reported that the driver lost control of the vehicle and hit an embankment, resulting in Herle being thrown from the vehicle.

She sustained several injuries and was assisted to the hospital, where she succumbed while undergoing treatment.

The driver was not injured.

“This very sad, I got the bad news that she passed off. Condolences go out to family and friends. If a selector go dance and no talk about Dog Rice, dem nah gwaan wid nothing. From St Ann, Trelawny back dah side deh, ah she govern dah side deh. She was going to buss big, she lock down social media. Our hearts go out to all those who lose a loved one,” dancehall artiste, Ganggoolie, told Loop News reporter, Claude Mills.

Ganggoolie also had a word of warning for reckless drivers on the nation’s roads.

“Drivers need to take time on the road; stop gwaan llike oonu a bionic man. The driver dem who waan drive fast, fi do so when dem alone inna the vehicle, and stop kill off people, and (the) passengers need fi wear dem seat belts. Safety comes first, the bagga proving (thing) don’t work,” Ganggoolie said.

Miss Kitty urges UWI graduates to make the world a better place

Khadine ‘Miss Kitty’ Hylton has charged fellow graduates from the University of the West Indies to use the new knowledge which they have acquired to make the world a better place.

“The world needs leaders, thinkers and problem solvers, and based on the education we have received — which is a privilege — we have to put ourselves squarely in the path to revolutionise the world, if we want a different world. Don’t just allow your degree to be something upon which you sleep or rest, but something you use to champion causes and effect change,” she challenged.

The popular radio personality made the comments as she delivered the valedictory address, themed ‘On the Cusp of Greatness’, at The University of the West Indies, Mona, on Friday. She spoke on behalf of the faculties of Law and Social Sciences.

“We are not yet lawyers, but we are on the cusp of becoming lawyers, and we have to ensure that we discharge our duties with dignity, principle and the pride that relegates this honourable profession,” she said.

Miss Kitty also shared the importance of supporting peers along their academic journey as a driver of her balancing act between academics and earning a livelihood.

“While I was at  UWI, I partnered with the CB Group UWI 5k to fund three scholarships for my classmates who were deregistered. It was distressing to me that their dreams would come to an end because of an inability to pay despite their potential. They are the first of their families to attend a tertiary institution and study law,” she said.

Speaking of what is to come, Miss Kitty said that she is continuing her pursuit of becoming an attorney-at-law at the Norman Manley Law School, but is keeping her options open in terms of an area of speciality.

“I am a very expansive thinker, so there is no specific area I’m zoned in on yet. The most important thing, for me, is to always be the best version of myself so as to inspire others to do the same. I inspire by doing. No matter what age you are, and no matter what is happening in your life, you can do it. It is possible, difficult though it may be. You are on the cusp of greatness, so push on,” she said.

Spice Finally Reveals The Truth About Her Light Skinned Photos

Spice kept her promise and reveal the truth about her viral light-skinned photos on Friday following the release of her new ‘Captured’ mixtape.

The Dancehall entertainer sent shock waves across the world last month when she debuted her a new look ahead of the release of her “Black Hypocrisy” music video.

In a lengthy post shared on Instagram, Spice confirmed that she did not bleach her skin. The “Gum” singer also made it clear that her light-skinned transformation was not a publicity stunt as she only did it to bring awareness to colorism.

“On October 22nd I posted a picture of myself where i looked like I altered my appearance and metamorphosis to match the “Eurocentric beauty standards”,” Spice wrote. “I fearlessly addressed an issue that has been swept under the rug and boldly took the stance in bringing a taboo topic to the fore front. I chose to do this in the manner I did because I believe Colorism is plagiarizing our black community.”

“While It appeared as if I had “bleached” my skin, causing a world wide debate, and even though the picture was obviously birthed around my single titled “Black hypocrisy” and my mixtape Captured. I want to openly say it was not a “publicity stunt”. I wanted to create awareness to “Colorism” and it was more so done intentionally to create shock value so that I could have the worlds undivided attention to deliver the message in my music.”

“There are dark skin women across the world complaining every day that they are being downplayed and degraded, but the raw truth is it is us “black women” and “black men” that are fighting against each other and tearing down our own race.”

“It’s evident in the social media comments every day, I myself have lived through it all being downgraded by my dark complexion. Would the message in my song have been received as well as it did world wide if I didn’t go to the extreme with the picture? The truth is no it would have probably been just another Spice hit song; so yes I had to go the extra mile to ensure my message be heard.”

“Most people got a misconception that I was boosting “Skin bleaching” but ironically it was the opposite. I used myself as an example of what people from the black community is causing other women to do because of how society makes them feel.
Yes “Black is beautiful” we say it every day but are we showing love to our black women? This topic is long and I could spread it so far but mi tired fi type Lol.”

“The fact is Colorism is happening in the homes ,school and businesses but I’ll leave it till my next post. To put a end to the debate “I DID NOT BLEACH MY SKIN” and I quote “Proud a mi color, love mi pretty black skin, respect due to mi strong melanin” words from my “Black Hypocrisy” song that I wrote from my heart,” she continued.

View Spice’s post below.

Spice Blasts Dancehall Troll For Dissing Her Fans In Washington D.C.

Spice was not here for a Dancehall trolling dissing her fans online.

The “Queen of Dancehall” went off on a critic earlier this week for attacking her loyal supporters who recently turned out to her Washington D.C. event.

Spice uploaded a video to Instagram thanking the patrons who attended her sold-out event despite the weather. “Washington DC thanks for coming out in the rain to see me. #thehowardtheatre 💙💙💙 GUM D GUM D GUM,” she wrote under the video.

Seems like a critic had some free time on their hands and wrote, “Wow. Everybody in the audience look like trash.” -That was a big mistake .-

Spice, whose given name Grace Hamilton, saw the comment and quickly responded letting her know that since everyone was trash, her mother was also in attendance, “Your mom was in the audience too bitch,” she wrote.

Spice has been making headlines for the past few days after she debuted her new light-skinned transformation and chart-topping “Black Hypocrisy” music video last week.

The entertainer is gearing up to drop new project, “Captured” on Friday, November 2.

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Ouch 😫🙈 #Spice

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Jamaica ranks #6 for ease of starting a business, World Bank Report

Jamaica ranks number six among the best globally in the area of starting a business and among the top 20 countries in the “Getting Credit Indicator”, according to the World Bank Group’s 2019 Doing Business Report.

The starting a business ranking was achieved because “it takes only two procedures and three days for an entrepreneur to start up and formally operate a business” and “comprehensive credit reporting systems” were credited for the ranking in the “Getting Credit Indicator.”

The report says economies in Latin America and the Caribbean carried out 25 reforms during the past year to improve the ease of doing business for domestic small and medium enterprises.

Of the 25 reforms, seven were in the area of “getting credit.”

This year, Jamaica, The Bahamas, Antigua and Barbuda and Grenada, the report said, all improved access to credit information through the introduction of regulations and by improving the functioning of their credit bureaus.

The Dominican Republic strengthened protection of minority investors by increasing the independence of boards of directors.

For several Caribbean countries including Jamaica, ranked at 75, there have been improvements in absolute terms on the ease of doing business, which shows that the countries are getting closer to global best practices in business regulations, said the report.

It highlighted that these are not translated into improvements in ranking due to the pace of reforms in the other economies.

Saint Star Romaine Dixon for new dior global ad campaign

Saint Star Romaine Dixon for new dior global ad campaignSaint International’s model Romaine Dixon has created fashion history with his appearance in the just-released Dior Homme global advertising campaign. Dixon became the first Jamaican male model to be featured by the iconic French label. The campaign released on Monday is the debut collection from the label’s new designer and creative director Kim Jones. The new campaign, which was shot by legendary photographer Steven Meisel, features Dixon and other models, which include Prince Nikolai of Denmark, in looks ranging from relaxed tailoring to upscale sportswear and more casual embroidered items.The titans of Parisian fashion embraced Dixon into their fold at the City of Light’s Spring/Summer 2019 men’s presentations in June. In his debut season in the global fashion market, the freckle-faced, six-foot-three inches tall Dixon was highlighted by Paris Vogue, British Vogue and Vogue Hommes as one “of the top 10 male models to keep your eye on”. He booked three of the most influential European menswear labels – Dior Homme, Maison Valentino, and Balmain Homme – walking for their individual well-reviewed collections which signal sartorial industry trends for the year to come.

INSTANT CONTRACT

The fashionable journey started last year for the Sligoville, St Catherine, native, who is a third-year logistics and supply chain management student at Excelsior Community College. He reached out to Saint International through social media, and was invited in for a casting – receiving an instant contract from Saint CEO Deiwght Peters. Dixon was signed to MP Management Paris, and his distinct visage and statuesque frame were a hit when he touched down in France earlier this month.Dixon’s first international appearance was at the Maison Valentino menswear collection on June 20, where the label’s artistic directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli sent the new Jamaican star and other models marching out in Valentino ’70s and ’80s scarf prints and overlaying them on classic fabrics.The next major moment for Dixon materialised three days later, when he became the first Jamaican male model cast for a Dior Homme runway show at the label’s Spring/Summer 2019 reveal. The front row included celebrities such as Robert Pattinson, Russell Westbrook, Giles Deacon, Lenny Kravitz, Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Virgil Abloh, Karl Lagerfeld and Victoria Beckham.Dixon closed the weekend on a high note on Sunday when he joined his Saint colleague Tami Williams on the runway for artistic director Olivier Rousteing’s latest Balmain Homme menswear collection, and walking for Christian Dada’s presentation sporting three different looks. “Paris was amazingly incredible,” Dixon said. “I loved the creativity of the different collections that I was so happy to walk for, and am humbled by all the positive feedback I have received. Going forward, I want to work with more great designers. I am pinching myself. I can’t realise I had such an amazing start for my very first season, and was able to have a big break for three very major fashion houses.”In addition to Valentino, Dior and Balmain, Dixon also strutted the Parisian runways for designers Maison Mihara Yasuhiro, Christian Dada and Sean Yuen.The Saint star was also on the runway at New York Fashionweek last month for the unveiling of the Spring/Summer 2019 collections for luxury designers Tom Ford and Hugo Boss.

Stop mining in Cockpit Country, community reps urge govt

Residents of the Cockpit Country communities are voicing their objection to continuing bauxite mining and prospecting activities near to the designated Cockpit Country Protected Area (CCPA).

At a meeting with representatives of the Government of Jamaica and the bauxite industry in Kingston on Thursday, October 25, community leaders from the Cockpit Country and civil society groups reiterated their position that there should be no mining within or near the boundary of CCPA.

The Cockpit Country stakeholder meeting was hosted by the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET), through its ‘Advancing the Protection of Jamaica’s Cockpit Country’ project, a release from JET said.

Chairman of the Gibraltar All Age School in St Ann, Bishop Robert Clarke, expressed grave concern about the health impacts dust from the bauxite mining is having on students and teachers at the school.

“There are open bauxite pits in the area measuring over 100 feet deep. We are afraid for the safety of our children as they travel to and from school past these pits,” he added.

Linsford Hamilton, a resident of Madras in St Ann also pointed to the impact mining will have on agriculture.

“This is not just about farming in St Ann,” he said. “Mining in this area will impact food supply for the entire country. We want no bauxite mining or prospecting in or around Cockpit Country.”

Cockpit Country community leaders present at the meeting also raised concerns about the impact bauxite mining has on rainwater catchment and underground water resources, sentiments which were echoed by Dr Susan Koenig, Director of Research at the Windsor Research Centre in Trelawny.

In her presentation to the meeting Koenig illustrated how removal of soil by bauxite mining would affect the ability of Cockpit Country to act as a water reservoir.

“The proposed Cockpit Country Protected Area boundary does not protect all the water resources of Cockpit Country,” said Dr Koenig.

“The government should not be allowing any activity in the area which will affect the quality and quantity of water stored in the Cockpit Country aquifer; it becomes increasingly important as we observe changes in rainfall patterns associated with Climate Change. We must protect Jamaica’s resilience to Climate Change,” she said.

The Cockpit Country is said to account for 40 per cent of western Jamaica’s water resources.

Koenig, JET and other civil society representatives including Cockpit Country community groups are advocating that the Government should establish a buffer zone around the CCPA to ensure that important groundwater reserves in and around Cockpit Country remain intact; activities which will damage the natural environment, important cultural and historical sites, and local livelihoods should be restricted within the buffer zone.

These restrictions would include, but not be limited to mining and prospecting. Several of the communities represented at the meeting – Madras and Gibraltar in St Ann, Kensington and Cambridge in St James, and Elderslie in St Elizabeth, lay very near or just outside the CCPA boundary and remain adamant that their exclusion from the designated protected area should not exclude their communities from protection from mining.

Meet Coconut Milk, Love & Hip Hop Spice Claps Back At Critics Of Her New Look

Spice isn’t allowing her haters to get to her.

The Love and Hip Hop Atlanta star shocked the dancehall community last week when she debuts her new look. At first, we thought that it would be a temporary move to promote her new single “Black Hypocrisy” and her new mixtape Captured is on the way. But now we are learning that Spice 2.0 or Coconut Milk as she’s been called will be around for quite some time. In a post on Instagram, the dancehall diva says she will keep her new alter ego around for a while.

Spice posted a photo of herself while on her way to wash her car and she was looking much lighter than what we’re used to. “Want you to know that I see all the comments,” she wrote. “Now every one begging me back for the “Black” spice but did they appreciate the “black” spice when I was repping for dark skin women for 30 years? When I should have been encouraged and thanked I was being dragged for my complexion by the same black women.”

The “Black Hypocrisy” deejay is also holding out on letting her fans know whether or not she did bleach her skin. For now, she is calling her new look Coconut Milk. “So should I haunt you with #coconutmilk for 30 more years?” Spice wrote. “I hear some say ok spice we get it now and I learn my lesson but have you? They say it’s Makeup but is it? Captured mixtape drops this Friday, Nov 2nd and so will the truth.”

Sources told Urban Islandz that Spice plans to take her alter ego, Coconut Milk, on tour with her. She believes that most of her fans didn’t appreciate her black skin until now. “They never appreciate her melanin magic until now so you know now they will appreciate other black girls,” sources said. “Colorism is a major problem and has been going on long before Spice. We all need to take a good look at ourselves.”

US media: Sexual assault rife at Jamaican hotels

A report published on Tuesday in one of the biggest daily newspapers in the United States, USA Today, has painted a damning picture of Jamaica as a tourist destination where sexual crimes against visitors, including rapes, are prevalent.

In response to the USA Today Report, Jamaica’s Ministry of Tourism said it strongly condemns incidents of assault and all other crimes against visitors and citizens alike.

“We want the public to be assured that all cases that are identified, whether they are current or of a historic nature, are being given full attention because Jamaica is committed to maintaining a safe, secure and seamless destination,” the ministry said in a statement on Tuesday afternoon.

Jamaica also has a world-leading and very high repeat visitor rate of 42 percent with an extremely low rate of crime against our visitors, according to the ministry, adding that over 20 million tourists have visited the island over the last seven years.

The article under the headline ‘Jamaica resorts facing a historic sexual assault problem’ states that over the last seven years, 78 Americans have been raped in Jamaica – roughly one U.S. citizen raped each month.

The authors list as their sources, the US Embassy, US State Department, victims and interviews with attorneys who have allegedly brought lawsuits against some of Jamaica’s leading resorts. Hotels named include the Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart-owned Sandals Resorts and the Spanish-owned Riu Resorts.

The newspaper report also detailed an incident that allegedly happened in a dark laundry room at a Sandals resort property where a 17-year-old victim from Michigan was raped by a lifeguard employed to the hotel, in the process losing her virginity.

“Behind the door, her (21-year-old) friend was being gang-raped by three resort lifeguards,” the report said. It has accused lawyers representing Sandals, of seeking to deflect blame from the hotel’s employees.

In a statement on Tuesday which was obtained by Loop News, Sandals Resorts said: “There is nothing more important than the safety of our guests, and we take these allegations very seriously. While we cannot comment further on this situation as it’s before the court, please know that we have protocols in place across our resorts and specific security measures in place at each resort to ensure guest safety.  We conduct background checks on our employees, conduct extensive training on appropriate guest interactions and we have a zero-tolerance policy for fraternizing with guests.”

Loop News did not receive a response to the US media report from Jamaica Hotel Tourism Association (JHTA) President, Omar Robinson up to the publication of this article.

Two Detroit women were allegedly raped last month at gunpoint by an employee of RIU Reggae in Montego Bay. The worker had apparently slipped through the cracks having been named by the police as a person of interest in several rape cases in the months leading up to the incident.

The rape accused, a former RIU hotel employee, Demar Scott had worked there just three days after the assault. “They are now outraged, praying for justice after the terror they encountered during what was supposed to be a fun 33rd birthday celebration,” said USA Today.

“When the women reported the rape to hotel staff, management told them that they had never heard of this type of assault happening there before. Local officials took the same position, implying that sexual assaults were rare,” the report continued.

Following the RIU case in September, the hotel released a statement saying it followed a rigorous security protocol in hiring the accused entertainment coordinator. The accused has since been arrested and charged in connection with the rape of two women during which he was disarmed by one of them and shot twice.

It has also emerged that a Justice of the Peace based in St Catherine wrote a recommendation for Scott to be employed by Riu hotel. That JP is now reportedly under investigation.

“Tourism stakeholders well aware of the problem”

Meanwhile, according to multiple victims interviewed by the Free Press, a part of the USA TODAY Network, lawyers, lawsuits and hundreds of State Department and U.S. Embassy records, Jamaica has a sexual assault problem that it is not confronting.

It said the local tourism industry is well aware of the problem.

As the State Department warned in a travel advisory this year: “Exercise increased caution in Jamaica … Sexual assaults occur frequently, even at all-inclusive resorts. Local police lack the resources to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents,” the State Department wrote in a January 10 travel advisory.

The travel advisory was not the first such alarm as for three consecutive years, the State Department issued similar warnings in 2012, 2013 and 2014 crime reports, stating: “A special concern continues to be the number of sexual assaults perpetrated by hotel employees at resort hotels on the north coast of Jamaica, and the need for forceful investigation and follow-up by the hotels and by police and other security officials.”

The USA Today report states that in 2017 Jamaica was ranked the third most dangerous country for female travelers by Trip by Skyscanner, a California-based travel research company that reviews destinations worldwide. Egypt and Morocco topped the list.

In the meantime, USA Today said the 78 US citizens raped in Jamaica over the past seven years include: A mentally handicapped woman in her 20s; an Indiand mother who was gang-raped by three Cuban soccer players in a resort bathroom stall; a 20-year-old woman raped by two men in her hotel; two Detroit mothers raped at gunpoint in their room; a Kent County teenager and her 21-year-old friend, gang-raped by lifeguards in a locked laundry room at the resort where they were staying.

The report notes that “perhaps most alarming for tourists is that sexual assaults are occurring inside gated resorts — the place they are led to believe that they are most safe.”

According to the USA Today report, the U.S. Embassy has indicated that 12 Americans were raped in Jamaica in 2017, half of them inside resorts by hotel employees.

“The U.S. government suspects this number may be higher as sexual assaults are often underreported, and the embassy figures don’t include victims from other countries,” the report said.

Authorities making progress to tackle the problem

Despite the alarming report, USA Today has acknowledged that Jamaica has made some progress in tackling the problem. It pointed out that The State Department has said that hotel sex assaults involving Americans dropped in 2016.  For example, out of 18 Americans raped in Jamaica that year, just one occurred at a resort.

But the problem crept back in 2017: Out of the dozen of Americans sexually assaulted in Jamaica that year, six were attacked in resorts allegedly at the hands of employees.

“Sexual assaults against American guests by hotel employees at resort hotels on the north coast have again risen,” the State Department wrote in a 2018 report.

And USA Today said the Jamaica Constabulary Force, did not respond to multiple requests for comment. Neither did Jamaica’s Ministry of Tourism.

Meanwhile, the U.S. State Department has questioned Jamaica’s ability to do anything about the problem, noting its police force is considered “underpaid, poorly trained and understaffed.”

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