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IN JAMAICA: Extortion War: Cops Fortify Special Unit, Eye New Tactics To Cripple Criminals.


Senior Superintendent Clifford Chambers

Published: Thursday | April 24, 2014

At least a dozen police personnel are being summoned to an anti-extortion unit within the Organised Crime Investigation Division (OCID), which yesterday reported that the criminal practice is burgeoning in major towns.
The additional police personnel will bolster the output of the anti-extortion unit.
They will increase the unit's numbers from "in the teens" to a desired 25-30 members, offered Senior Superintendent Clifford Chambers, OCID's head, yesterday.
"What we are doing is expanding the unit to better inform and advise the investigators about investigating methodology, the new means and ways through which persons are extorting individuals out there, and to empower them to build a more cogent case to take to court," Chambers told The Gleaner in an interview at the OCID headquarters in downtown Kingston.
"Part of the recruitment is moving persons from other units here at OCID to that unit, and we are also looking at good, capable, bright [outside] persons who can also join the unit," he said, explaining that new recruits would receive on-the-job training from senior investigators at the division.
The training, he said, would include case analyses, sensitisation of a new extortion investigation manual, best practices to observe when dealing with extortion, and practical street training..... more

IN JAMAICA: Brothers Voldon and Roshawn Ricketts, in 42-year-old businessman's Orell Henry murder remanded. The brothers are charged along with 20-year-old Tivon Wallace

Thursday, April 24, 2014 with Tanesha Mundle    
TWO brothers implicated in the murder of a businessman last December were on Tuesday remanded in custody when they appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court.
Voldon and Roshawn Ricketts are both charged with murder and conspiracy to murder in relation to the stabbing death of 42-year-old businessman Orell Henry of Pleasant Valley in St Andrew.
The brothers are charged along with 20-year-old Tivon Wallace, who was reportedly involved in a relationship with the now deceased man. It is alleged that all three men conspired to rob and kill the businessman.
Henry, hours before his death, was reportedly last seen in the company of Wallace, who was a frequent visitor at the home. Wallace and another man were allegedly seen speeding away from the premises in Henry's Chevrolet Avalanche shortly before Henry's body was found.
Items belonging to Henry, including the Chevrolet Avalanche and a licensed firearm, were reportedly missing from his house. However, the truck was later found abandoned in Stony Hill, St Andrew.
It is alleged that on December 14, about 8:05 pm, Wallace used Henry's phone to call Henry's brother, who was also living at the premises and told him, "Mr Orell say yuh must not come home early 'cause we a go out." more

READY FOR JAIL IN TRINIDAD: Mom who beat 12-year-old daughter on Facebook will do anything to set her child right ...Girl says sorry for bringing shame to family

By Michelle Loubon

Photo: TRINIDAD: READY FOR JAIL
Mom who beat 12-year-old daughter on Facebook will do anything to set her child right ...Girl says sorry for bringing shame to family.  Read more..

http://www.trinidadexpress.com/news/READY-FOR-JAIL-256468741.htmlIn the aftermath of the posting of a video on Facebook showing her beating her 12-year-old daughter, Point Fortin mother Helen Bartlett says she is “prepared to go to jail” to set her child on the right path. 
The mother of four yesterday said her daughter was her “problem child” who might be “acting out” because of neglect on her father’s part.
Bartlett made these statements during a radio interview with journalists Dale Enoch and Tony Lee on i95.5 FM yesterday morning. They shared data which revealed about 72 per cent of the respondents support her action, while 28 per cent did not agree with the mode of discipline. 
Bartlett’s elder daughter and the 12-year-old “problem child” have since posted a counter video in support of their mother. They both said she was a good mother who just wanted what was best for her childr­en.
Bartlett’s action has sparked debate over whether she was engaging in discipline or child abuse. 
Asked if she had any regrets, Bartlett said: “No. I don’t have any regrets on the discipline, but on the views of the wider nation.” 
On the question of support, Bart­lett said: “I am getting support. And I have support from my family and from her. The child is supporting me, too.” 
Asked what could have triggered such a severe beating, she said: “She has been my problem child. You know they say in every family, there is a problem child. I have been talking to her. I have tried nume­rous methods. I have even tried to get counselling.”
Amid the chorus of condemnation, Bartlett said she was yet to hear from the child’s father—a police­man. 
She said: “I am yet to hear where is the father? I am yet to get a phone call from him. The video has gone viral. She is crying out for her father. And I am yet to see him. The video went out on Sunday. And today is Wednesday. I am doing this on my own.”
Asked if there was any communication between the child and her father, Bartlett said: “He is blatantly telling her he does not want to have anything to do with her. She just has this attachment to her dad. I believe she started acting out after the separation. She was very close to him. After the separation, that is when the problem started.” 
Bartlett said “the danger... boys like sharks on foot... was even greater” since the girl started secon­dary school. more

Jamaica Reggae Girlz: House of Marley spearheads initiative to raise US$10,000 for Girlz.....Jamaica will compete in a series of matches June 18 to 22 in the Dominican Republic.

Thursday, April 24, 2014 Jamaica Observer   
HOUSE of Marley, maker of high-quality consumer electronics inspired by the life and music of Bob Marley, has initiated a programme to support the Jamaica Reggae Girlz' current fund-raising campaign which will be hosted on the crowd-funding site GoFundMe, it was announced on Friday.
Cedella Marley (seated at centre) with officials of the JFF
 and players of the senior Reggae Girlz at a function to
officially present the daughter of late reggae king Bob Marley
 as the global ambassador of Jamaica’s women’s
programme at the JFF offices recently.
 (OBSERVER FILE PHOTO)
When individual donors go to www.gofundme.com/jamaicawomensfootball and mention House of Marley in the comments section of their donation, the company will match the amount until a cap of US$5,000 (J$550,000) is reached.
Daughter of the late reggae king and newly appointed ambassador of Jamaica's women's football programme, Cedella Marley, said that giving back is a core element of House of Marley's mission.
"The House of Marley is a living brand. It's about equality, freedom and charity. It's about giving back and doing the right thing. Joining this campaign for our Jamaica Reggae Girlz shows they also have integrity and I thank them for the support," said the CEO of the Marley Group of Companies.
The Reggae Girlz are preparing to participate in the inaugural Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Women's Caribbean Cup, which will begin with first-round qualifications in May and June. Jamaica will compete in a series of matches June 18 to 22 in the Dominican Republic.
The CFU tournament will serve as the official qualification for the Caribbean Zone for both the CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup and the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. more

KINGSTON, Jamaica : 2014 Penn Relays programme-cover celebrates 50 years of JAMAICAN high schools competing

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 | 4:51 PM by Gavay Watt 
KINGSTON, Jamaica — The cover of the programme for the 2014 Penn Relays pays tribute to Jamaican High Schools as they celebrate 50 years of competing at the relay carnival now in its 120th staging.

(Photo: Facebook)
The programme cover has two photos showing the first Jamaican high school team, Kingston College, competing at the event in 1964, and last year’s photo finish in the high school boys’ 4 x 400m relay between Javon ‘Donkey Man’ Francis of Calabar and Delano Williams of Munro College. 
In an article on the University of Pennsylvania website, http://www.upenn.edu/ by Maria Zankey, director of the relays, Dave Johnson in speaking to the 50th anniversary of Jamaican high schools competing at the event states, “the inspiration came from Herb McKenley, a great Jamaican quarter-miler who ran at the Relays in ‘46 and ‘47, and later went back to [Kingston, Jamaica] to coach at Calabar High School. He was able to convince the Jamaican high school authorities to send a team to [the Relays.] The team came here that year and won the 440-yard relay.”
This year’s event runs from Thursday, April 24, to Saturday, April 26 and has more than 18,000 competitors from more than 60 countries participating in 425 events. more

Film on Bob’s rise to fame in the works.... about the international rise of reggae legend Bob Marley and his Wailers band is reportedly in the works....Titled Buffalo Soldiers (the name of one of Marley's songs) it will be distributed by Mandalay Pictures

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 | 3:21 PM  
KINGSTON, Jamaica — A film about the international rise of reggae legend Bob Marley and his Wailers band is reportedly in the works, according to the website, indiewire.com.
Titled Buffalo Soldiers (the name of one of Marley's songs) it will be distributed by Mandalay Pictures, with writer Barry Morrow (Rain Man) and producer Cathy Schulman (Crash) reportedly assigned to the project.
According to indiewire.com, the film traces Marley and the Wailers' emergence from the rugged Kingston community of Trench Town in the 1960s, to super-stardom a decade later.
There are no production details (budget, cast) on the project, or if it has been endorsed by the Marley family who have long touted a film about its patriarch who died in May 1981 from cancer at age 36.
At one stage, A-list Hollywood director Martin Scorsese was rumoured to be in the running to oversee the biopic but that fell through.
Two years ago, Academy Award-winning director Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland) released his acclaimed documentary Marley, which revived speculation that a film on the singer/songwriter was not far off.???

17-year-old Long Island student, Kwasi Enin accepted in ALL 8 Ivy League Schools he applied to.....Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, Yale and the University of Pennsylvania...He scored 2,250 out of 2,400 on the SAT.

SHIRLEY, N.Y. (AP) — A 17-year-old Long Island student has applied to and was accepted at all eight Ivy League schools.
by Associated Press 
Kwasi Enin of Shirley began hearing from the schools on March 27.
Kwasi Enin (Photo: William Floyd School District)
Kwasi Enin (Photo: William Floyd School District)
The William Floyd High School senior tells Newsday that he couldn’t believe it when “the yesses kept coming.” Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, Yale and the University of Pennsylvania all said yes. Kwasi says he thought, “this can’t be happening.”
He scored 2,250 out of 2,400 on the SAT. That places him in the 99th percentile for all students taking the exam. He has surpassed the accomplishments of some of his uncles and cousins who were accepted to several Ivies. Kwasi hasn’t decided which college he’ll attend. He’s waiting to see what kind of financial aid he is offered.

North Carolina teen accepted into 7 Ivy League schools : Princeton University, Yale University, Columbia University, Brown University, Dartmouth College, Cornell University and the University of Pennsylvania.....With acceptance rates as low as six percent, just getting into one Ivy League is a huge accomplishment. (VIDEO)


by Janae Frazier, WECT | April 23, 2014 at 12:30 PM
WILMINGTON, North Carolina - Thousands of students apply to Ivy League schools, but very few are accepted. Wilmington native Patrick Peoples has the distinct honor of getting into seven of them.
Peoples is a senior at the Lyceum Academy of New Hanover High School and said he is thrilled to have been accepted to Princeton University, Yale University, Columbia University, Brown University, Dartmouth College, Cornell University and the University of Pennsylvania.
“No one ever expects to get in,” Peoples admitted. With acceptance rates as low as six percent, just getting into one Ivy League is a huge accomplishment.
“I just wanted to apply,” Peoples explained. “Maybe I’ll get into one, maybe just maybe.” Patrick’s AP English teacher Catherine Edmonds says Peoples has earned his spot. “He’s personable, he’s responsible, he has a complete and utter interest of what happens in the world, and he’s bound to make changes,” Edmonds said. more
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Lupita Nyong'o Is People Magazine's Most Beautiful Person 2014 , besting other gorgeous ladies like Jennifer Lawrence, Julia Roberts and Julianna Margulies.....The breakout star of "12 Years a Slave," this year's Best Picture, won an Oscar herself for Best Supporting Actress.

The Huffington Post  | by  Liat Kornowski April 23, 2014
It's official: Lupita Nyong'o is People magazine's Most Beautiful Person for 2014, besting other gorgeous ladies like Jennifer Lawrence, Julia Roberts and Julianna Margulies.
lupitaThe annual Most Beautiful cover was unveiled on the Today show Wednesday, April 23:This should come as no surprise to the magazine's readers (and to the world, really), and it's not only because Nyong'o is breathtakingly beautiful. The breakout star of "12 Years a Slave," this year's Best Picture, won an Oscar herself for Best Supporting Actress. She soon after inked a contract with Lancome Paris and constantly lands on "best dressed" lists with every red carpet appearance.
But it's the Kenyan Mexican actress' reaction to the new honor that captures her the most. "It was exciting and just a major, major compliment," Nyong'o told People after learning she's gracing this year's cover. "I was happy for all the girls who would see me on [it] and feel a little more seen."
The humble yet powerful sentiment seems to be a constant when it comes to the 31-year-old, whose speeches have become as much an inspiration as they are a gracious thanks. At the Academy Awards, she wrapped her speech up with the memorable, "I look down at this golden statue, and may it remind me and every little child that no matter where you're from, your dreams are valid."
Upon winning the Best Breakthrough Performance Award at the Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon in February, Nyong'o moved the audience by saying:
"I want to take this opportunity to talk about beauty. Black beauty. Dark beauty. I received a letter from a girl and I’d like to share just a small part of it with you: 'Dear Lupita,' it reads, 'I think you’re really lucky to be this Black but yet this successful in Hollywood overnight. I was just about to buy Dencia's Whitenicious cream to lighten my skin when you appeared on the world map and saved me.'" more