Year: 2021

Caribbean Media Outlet REL, Eyes African Expansion

Reggae Entertainment Lifestyle (REL), a Caribbean-owned, U.S.-based media mogul, has set its sights on Africa as part of an ongoing expansion campaign for early 2022. The latest thrust by the brand is to establish a greater presence for Caribbean programming across the globe, especially with the current wave being enjoyed by the region through its exploits in academics, …

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Amid gunshots, Haiti’s PM lays floral offering in memory of Jean-Jacques Dessalines

Prime Minister of Haiti Ariel Henry says he has “deposited a floral offering” at a ceremony marking the 125th anniversary of the assassination of Jean-Jacques Dessalines, even as video recordings emerged showing that Henry and other government ministers were forced to retreat after they came under gunfire from a gang on Sunday. “On the occasion …

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Major Projects Coming to Deal With Lifestyle Diseases in Jamaica

Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr Christopher Tufton, says every effort must be made to reduce the incidents of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), as these beset too many Jamaicans. He pointed out that the coronavirus (COVID-19) has increased the vulnerability of persons to poor health outcomes, while presenting a significant challenge to the economy. Approximately 15 …

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Reggae Singer Joseph Velvet Overcomes Obstacles for Debut Album ‘Perseverance’

Against all odds, singer Joseph Velvet has released his debut album “Perseverance.” The suitably titled effort is a true testament to the talent’s long journey in the music business and overcoming numerous obstacles, including a motor vehicle accident, resulting spinal injuries, decades of rehabilitation and bouts of depression. If the name Joseph Velvet, aka Joseph …

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Sceptical Covid-19 Survivor Now Believes in Efficacy of Vaccines

Twenty-nine-year-old communications officer, Sasheena Douglas, was shocked when she tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19) in August 2020. The fitness fanatic, who maintains a healthy diet, thought that her youth and healthy lifestyle made her at very low risk for contracting the virus. Even more surprising was how ill she became, telling Jamaica Government news agency …

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How many more female dancehall artistes are left to come out of the closet?

Since alleged victim Elaine Lim came out with a video accusing popular reggae singer Richie Stephens of raping her in Australia – a claim he has denied – several female dancehall artiste are now confessing that they too were victimised in their early days. We have long heard the claims that female artistes had a hard time …

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The 7 Year Wait Is Over: Heavyweight Rockaz Delivers Debut Album

Heavyweight Rockaz, the Drum ‘n’ Bass duo, comprising Wayne “Unga Barunga” Thompson and Jason “Welsh Bass” Welsh, last Friday released their long-awaited debut album of the same name. Debuting at No.5 on the iTunes Reggae Album Chart, the 10-track compilation has been a work in progress for the past seven years and embodies the duo’s creativity. Artistically, the process entailed …

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Southern Regional Health Authority in Jamaica Receives $9 Million to Fight COVID-19

The Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA) which administrates public healthcare in Clarendon, St. Elizabeth, and Manchester has received $9 million from J. Wray & Nephew Ltd. to support the fight against the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The donation is a part of the company’s intervention called JWN Cares and will disperse $45 million to 12 …

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15 Fashion Designers vie for ‘Top Designer’ Title in Miss Jamaica World Competition

When the contestants in the Miss Jamaica World 2021 pageant grace the stage this Saturday, October 9, they will be wearing pieces created by fifteen (15) local fashion designers who have been working feverishly since August when they began the JBDC/MJW Top Designer journey with the Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC) as their guide. The …

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