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Issue 02 - 2018

K’Coneil Receives JUNO Award Nomination



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$270 Million Allocated to Jamaica’s Citizen Security and Justice Programme Also, the Legal Aid Council is expected to train 250 police officers and justices of the peace on legal aid issues and continue consultations in CSJP communities via the mobile unit. The Justice Training Institute is expected to conduct qualifying and advanced training for justices of the peace; and provide training for justices of the peace in mediation, court petty sessions and new legislation and policies.

The Government has allocated $270.015 million for the Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP) III. This is outlined in the 2018/19 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives. The programme seeks to enhance security and justice in targeted communities through genderresponsive justice services. For the new fiscal year, the Victim Services Division is expected

to identify and retrofit areas to accommodate victim services, provide emergency assistance grants to 50 beneficiaries, assist 110 children exposed to violence and trauma with counselling interventions, and facilitate special therapy sessions with 30 sexually abused children. The programme is also expected to train 65 court officials, police officers, and other first responders; and implement special intervention programmes to support the findings from the West Kingston Inquiry.

There are also plans to conduct training workshops for restorative justice facilitators and volunteers, and facilitate 18 restorative justice cases per quarter. The programme is also expected to conduct training workshops in Child Diversion Practices. In terms of achievements, the Victim Services Division has provided emergency assistance support to 71 victims, provided trauma and grief therapy sessions to 226 children, provided therapy sessions on abuse to 97 teens, and conducted schoolbased intervention workshops with 94

beneficiaries. The Legal Aid Council has trained 282 police officers and justices of the peace on legal aid issues, and expanded service operations with the mobile unit. The Justice Training Institute provided qualifying basic training to 881 justices of the peace, and 35 justices of the peace trained and qualified to practise in the parish of St. Andrew. In addition, the programme continued operation in nine Restorative Justice Centres; provided training to volunteers and school administrators in community justice services; hosted 357 community sensitisation workshops; and facilitated 180 restorative justice cases, of which 148 were finalised. The project is funded by the Government of Jamaica; Global Affairs Canada; Inter-American Development Bank (IDB); and the Department for International Development (DFID). By Latonya Linton


We somehow as a people are not capturing the vision that only the Jamaican (overseas) diaspora vote can counter balance the vote buying in Jamaica. The diaspora is unique in that it represents a critical mass of totally independent electorate no other country has this opportunity and that is why Jamaica stands to be the most or has the potential to

become the most democratic country on earth if the government of Jamaica can see the vision allow the vote. Gov't and Businesses must build institutions around which Jamaican diaspora investment can be protected; Vote and Good Governance. According Bob Wallace, It has been cynically said that “If “Voting

changed anything, it would have been abolished a long time ago”. That said, we work with whatever process we have to “Elect” a “Government” of choice that is most likely to represent our hopes and views and aspirations (Short/Medium & Long-Term). We “Vote” for the Candidate or Party which is most likely to represents our take on life. The “Diaspora” appears to have become a forgotten topic by the present Jamaican Government and some of its stated objectives are highly likely to work against the interests of the Diaspora. The Building of Institutions (Government and otherwise may well be more dependent on the Diaspora

than most will acknowledge. It is therefore lost to the “Detriment” of Jamaicans in general. Good Government and Good Governance are both parts of the same “Continuum”. One without the other is highly like to fail. We judge the likely Governance by the Manifesto, which is not guaranteed to see the light of day in practical terms. As a Jamaican Diaspora Resident, am I likely to Invest in Jamaica right now? That is an interesting question when we take into account that the Diaspora is rarely on the government’s radar. It does not appear to represent my Hopes and Aspirations. by Silbert Barrett

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News Work Being Done to Incorporate More Sources of Renewable Energy – PM

Jamaica’s Fiscal Administration Modernisation Program Gets $1.32 Billion were recorded in key focus areas up to December 2017.

ensure that renewables, particularly wind and solar, play a greater part in Jamaica’s energy mix. He added that there has also been a significant increase in the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the push for greater diversification. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the Administration is working to incorporate more sources of renewable energy into the country’s supply as it seeks to ensure greater energy security. “We are now at approximately18 per cent of our electricity needs being generated by renewables. We are on track to being able to supply 30 per cent of our electricity needs using renewables, and that would ensure that Jamaica has real energy security,” he said. Mr. Holness was speaking today (February 22) at a ceremony to officially name Petrojam Limited’s corporate office building on Marcus Garvey Drive in Kingston as The Edward Seaga Building. The Prime Minister noted that the Government has taken a deliberate approach to diversifying Jamaica’s energy source, and is working assiduously to

Mr. Holness said the Government is also looking at increasing the usage of biofuels renewable energy, noting that he has given a directive to the Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley to “pay more attention to developing the biofuels sector”. Turning to the status of the country’s oil refinery, the Prime Minister assured that the Government is working to upgrade the facility and has made financial commitments towards achieving this objective. “I want to assure the country that the Government is doing everything possible to ensure that our refinery is upgraded to be one of the most modern refineries in the region, to supply not just our energy needs but that of the region,” he said. Source: Photo: Yhomo Hutchinson

The Ministry of Finance and the Public Service will continue implementation of the Fiscal Administration Modernisation Programme this year with a $1.32-billion allocation in the 2018/19 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives. The project, which initially ran from 2011 to 2016, is intended to support the Administration in attaining fiscal sustainability by strengthening the Ministry’s institutional capacity to effectively improve customs and inland revenue tax collections, and manage debt and government payment operations. This is through tax administration modernisation and strengthening of customs control and security as well as the debt management and central treasury management systems. A number of notable achievements

These include capacity building of Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) staff in audit command language and software security, roll-out of phases one to three of the Integrated Tax Administration System, installation of additional video surveillance equipment at the Norman Manley and Sangster international airports, upgrading of the existing financial management system, and deployment of an Enterprise Content Management System (ECMS). Programmed activities for this year include upgrading of the Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA), implementation of the Budget Preparation and Management System and single customs electronic window, installation of video surveillance systems at five TAJ locations, implementation of a Budget Preparation and Management System, engagement of a consultant to develop a border-protection plan, upgrading the infrastructure for the Treasury Management System, and phasetwo implementation of the ECMS. The project, which has been extended to December 2018, is being jointly funded by the Government and Inter-American Development Bank. Advertisment



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Perspective: UN Turns Spotlight On Syria

Update On Ghouta, In The Syrian Conflict where 400, 000 civilians are trapped. Finally the world has turned its spotlight on Ghouta, Damascus, Syria where a humanitarian crisis is unfolding. It was Vision’s perspective dated Tuesday, February 20, 2018 that the United Nations likely saw that touched the International conscience.

We were not afraid to name and shame the UN. This has spurred them into action. The Russians, one of the perpetrators of the human tragedy and conflict in Ghouta has called for a meeting at the United Nations to discuss the crisis. This is a bit late in the day, but better late than never. Lives, especially the helpless vulnerable children will be saved. In Ghouta, Syria … some 400, 000 civilians are trapped. A humanitarian corridor must be opened now. Genocide

Our only interest in the matter to see an end to this human suffering and avert a humanitarian crisis. There is tbis potential for genocide the likes of which the world has seen before. We all remember the atrocities that led to the break up of Yugoslavia. The world stood by and did very little until it was too late. This was after the massacre of innocent civilians. The Serbs were fingered along with their Generals et al . They were subsequently hauled before the War Crimes Tribunal in the Hague. This war which started about 1991 and ended about 2010 … killing between 130, 000 -140, 000 and displacing approximately (4,000,000) four million. A human tragedy indeed. The first UN recognized genocide since World War 2.

Ethic cleansing and rape were among the atrocities committed. Commentary We can do without this conflict escalating and atrocities repeating to shameful levels. Should we not? We welcome and await the UN intervention. Let us give peace a chance. In this our final perspective on this chapter of this sordid situation in Ghouta we just wish to add that we never underestimate the power of the pen over the sword. Vision Newspaper is proud of our role in exposing this Syrian conflict. We do not gloat. The White Caps need a break. Hopeton O’Connor-Dennie is Senior International Correspondent & Photojournalist for Vision Newspaper Canada.

Perspective: Rwandan Infiltration And Criminality … Violation Of Sovreignty … Death By Hate .. Sad

For a foreign state to send its agents in a clandestine way into another sovereign state to carry out any act(s) of criminality is inexcusable. This type of cross border activity happens ever so often as a form of settling scores by desperate blood thirsty despots. Espionage It is no secret that espionage is an almost normal way that especially the Super powers like China, Russia, France, Canada and the United States use in their normal course of doing business. Spies are planted in foreign embassies and are used to get information and in this instant case even commit assassinations. Bin Ladin

You will recall that Bin Ladin was labeled by the USA as an international public enemy and so hunted. He was assassinated in Pakistan by Seals allegedly sent by Washington, USA. It was a surgical operation that was very successful. Obama was the Commander-in-Chief under whose watch the operation was executed … to takeout Bin Ladin, the perceived terrorist. Israel Unfortunately it happens ever so often across the world. Israel has well trained agents who infiltrate say the Palestinians and carry out covert acts. It should be noted that assassinations are not off limits. These operations are usually very

secretive and take a lot of resources to be executed successfully. Fake passports, or identity documents are common means used to avoid detection of agents/spies when entering a state to avoid detection. Elaborate schemes are oftentimes set up to extract operatives in event there is a capture or mission not accomplished as planned. These methods were more prevalent during the war era of say the 60s and before.


National Security

Bombs Instead Of Peace, eh!

These clandestine operations are carried out under the guise of protecting the interest of states or their national Security interests. Small nation states who may not be able to afford large spy organizations like USA who have CIA, in Canada ICIS, and in Britain has the noted MI5. The small nation states usually spy on their nationals internally only.

lt is our further perspective that the crudity of mass destruction by a pipe bomb with shrapnel hidden in same is designed to inflict mass casualties and high death toll. What a shame! This is a murderous state of affairs. Militants are known to employ such atrocious methods to kill and maim for various and unknown, if not dishonourable causes.


May we refrain from such a slippery slope as a world community. Let peace flow like an ever flowing stream spreading goodness and love to all humankind. Banish racism and or ethnic cleansing, as thus have sadly been among their misguided plans.

Some of these cross border clandestine activities are done by autocratic states or dictators to eliminate dissidents or political opponents who at times fled their country due to actual or perceived threat of persecution. Those fleeing may be marked for assassination, unlawful capture or are seized … have been known to also occur.

Poisoning has been known to be used, if other means cannot be successfully applied to get the “job” done. (ie. their dirty job). Poisoning by a mere handshake has been reported as having been used to kill victims being sought. Such a method may not be easily detected. What a tangled web … or rather what a murderous state of affairs.

Hopeton O’Connor-Dennie is Senior International Correspondent & Photojournalist for Vision Newspaper Canada.



PerspectIve: Holness Should Not Bow To Blackmail From Judges et al … No Way There is the conventional wisdom that sharing certain information with close associates should lead to better decisions, really, is this so?

Despite daggers drawn at the throat of PM Holiness the jury is still out as to whether or not the PM should bow to blackmail. There has been considerable public debate on the permanent appointment of Chief Justice Sykes. This matter is not as clear cut as some may wish us to believe that it is. It is the sole prerogative of the PM or if he chooses to consult with say his cabinet etc. Leadership at the best of times can be a lonely role to play. Whom Do You Trust?

In theory this may be so, but when confidentiality is key then the 64 million question is whom do you trust. Even in the White House with the most elaborate security system in the world, yet there are leaks. So leaders are never sure who to trust. Whether you are running a redevelopment project with a million dollar budget or just a simple church project like say a fish fry to raise funds. The control of information is critical for the ultimate success of the project. Trust me, been there, done that. Computing Interests It is my further perspective that

the known saying “man to man is so unjust, you really don’t know who to trust.” You can make that quoted statement be gender neutral if you so wish. You may genuinely be trying to share certain techniques you have developed which have found to work for you yet this technique may be stolen and used elsewhere. Much to your disappointment. This alone forms the basis in many industrial espionage law suits. Even artistes have won law suits because trusted associates have plagiarized their lyrics, chords, moves or art form. This was never expected as this was restricted accessed information. Judges Want To Dictate? What is really happening in this instant case as it relates to the appointment of a Chief justice is that certain elements in our democracy feel they have earned the right to dictate to the PM and by extension the Executive who it should appoint and when. It is surprising that the judges allowed themselves to be so

duped. You would have expected a higher level of thinking if not conduct from them. For example, withholding their services to pressure Holness et al is the last thing we would have expected. We hope we misunderstood the true motives of the judges. What a passa, passa? Blackmail In this my final perspective in this article, it is abundantly clear that for Holness to do as dictated would be tantamount to blackmail and PM Holness should not bow to blackmail. We say take as long as you wish by making sure the most thorough due diligence is done. This is no ordinary decision that has to be made. What is your perspective? This is ours. Let us get your feedback. Hopeton O’Connor-Dennie is Senior International Correspondent & Photojournalist for Vision Newspaper Canada.


Zuma Leaves Presidency Of South Africa ... New President Cyril Rhamaposa when, not if. Unwelcome Guest

Any one who has been following developments in South Africa will not be alarmed by Jacob Zuma's fall from grace with the ruling African National Council (ANC). Zuma's departure has seen coming, the writing was on the wall ... even the blind saw it ...only Zuma did not want to see the writing on the wall. It was like a freight train arriving at a train station .... the matter of

Jacob Zuma like Robert Mugabe ... had both overstayed their welcome. It is not easy to compare both characters, but for what they are worth ... we can try remotely to do so. They both died politically from self-inflicted wounds. Zuma's case was most pathetic. In my posted articles "Trials Of Black Men" when you Google this series it will give you a real insight into some of the conduct our black leaders. We invite you to search

for same in Vision Newspaper's search engine in our archives. Mugabe tarnished his legacy, although technically he left voluntarily by letter of resignation to the Speaker of the Parliament. This you will recall, was after considerable military pressure. This statement sounds crazy, eh. Yes it maybe, but that is what it is. We are glad there was no bloodshed as both transitions were seamless, and blood free operations. We congratulate the powers at be. This is demonstrating that despite our problems, a sense of maturity is developing and we are learning to manage our affairs more humanely. This is good news going forward. That was never always the case in our recent past. You will no doubt recall that there

was senseless loss of valuable lives as despots in Nigeria and Co'te d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) held on to power even after being democratically discarded. Civilians and or militias were armed resulting at times in street fighting without good reason. Even as they sucked the treasuries dry. It was selfishness, callousness and mean-spiritedness. Thank God this never happened in Zimbabwe nor South Africa. Ə We welcome South Africa's Cyril Ramaphosa, 65, their new President. He just took over from Jacob Zuma. Hopeton O'Connor-Dennie is Senior International Correspondent & Photojournalist for Vision Newspaper Canad



Statement by Minister Joly on Black History Month

OTTAWA, Feb. 1, 2018 / CNW/ - Today marks the beginning of this year's Black History Month, a time to recognize and celebrate the contributions that Black Canadians have made to this country. This year's theme, "Black Canadian Women: Stories of Strength, Courage and Vision," shines a light on the immeasurable impact that Black women have had in shaping the open and prosperous country that we enjoy today.

trailblazers and leaders who, often in the face of seemingly impossible challenges, have changed our country for the better. From Chloe Cooley, whose fierce resistance to her own enslavement led to the first legislation limiting slavery in what became Canada; to accomplished actor, broadcaster and social activist Kay Livingstone, whose efforts led to the first National Congress of Black Women in Canada; to Senator Wanda Thomas Bernard, an educator and advocate for anti-oppression and diversity who now serves as the Chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Humans Rights, Black women have often been at the forefront of the movement for social change and equal rights in Canada.

Canada's history is filled with stories of

Black History Month is an opportunity to honour

the legacies of these women and others like them across all sectors of our society, as we inspire the next generation of young Black leaders to carve out their own place in Canada's history. We also reaffirm the Government of Canada's commitment to the International Decade for People of African Descent, and to addressing the ongoing challenges and discrimination that still exist in our society today. As Minister of Canadian Heritage and Minister responsible for Multiculturalism, I encourage all Canadians to take this opportunity to share stories of strong, courageous and visionary Black women past and present that have inspired them, and have helped contribute to a better future for us all. SOURCE Canadian Heritage

Statement by the Prime Minister on Black History Month

OTTAWA, Feb. 1, 2018 /CNW/ - The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on Black History Month: "Today we begin Black History Month, a time to honour and celebrate the many achievements and contributions that Black Canadians have made to our country. "The theme for this year's Black History Month is 'Black Canadian Women: Stories of Strength, Courage and Vision'. Jean Augustine, Viola Desmond, Michaëlle Jean, Jully Black, Afua Cooper – these are just a few women of African descent who have shaped Canada into the country it is today. Yet all too often their stories go untold. "Earlier this week, the Government of Canada announced

that Canada will officially recognize the UN International Decade for People of African Descent. This International Decade, which spans from 2015 to 2024, is an opportunity to highlight and celebrate the important contributions that Black Canadians have made to Canadian society. "The International Decade also offers a framework to better address the very real and unique challenges that Black Canadians face. By working together, we can combat anti-black racism and discrimination, and deliver better outcomes for Black Canadians. "This month, I invite all Canadians to take part in community events for Black History Month, and learn more about the vital role that Black Canadians have played – and continue to play – in shaping the diverse, compassionate, and prosperous country we know today." This document is also available at SOURCE Prime Minister's Office

2018 Black History Month stamps celebrate trailblazers Lincoln M. Alexander and Kathleen (Kay) Livingstone Two prominent Black Canadians devoted their lives to promoting equality and opportunity for everyone OTTAWA, /CNW/ Canada Post maked Black History Month with stamps celebrating Lincoln M. Alexander and Kathleen (Kay) Livingstone, two prominent Black Canadians who shattered barriers for visible minorities in Canada. The stamps are available for purchase at postal outlets and "Lincoln Alexander and Kay Livingstone opened countless doors for Black Canadians and other minorities across the country. They are remarkable role models who fostered Canadian values

of diversity, respect and inclusion," says Canada Post President and CEO Deepak Chopra.

Lincoln Alexander Born in Toronto, Alexander (1922-2012) was a distinguished public servant who championed racial equality, justice and education

in Canada for decades. He was the first Black Canadian to be elected to the House of Commons (1968), appointed to the federal cabinet (1979) and named to a viceregal position in Canada, as Lieutenant Governor of Ontario (1985). He encouraged countless youth to pursue their dreams, often telling them: "I did it. You can. You will." In recognition of his extraordinary accomplishments, January 21 has been celebrated as Lincoln Alexander Day across Canada since 2015. Kathleen (Kay) Living-

stone Raised in London, Ont., Livingstone (1918-75)

lived most of her adult life in Toronto, where she was a popular radio host and became one of Canada's most prominent visionaries, activists and humanitarians. She devoted her life

to empowering Black women and is credited with coining the term "visible minority." In the 1950s, she founded the Canadian Negro Women's Association. In 1973, she organized the first National Congress of Black Women, and in 1975 launched the Congress of Black Women of Canada, a now nationwide organization dedicated to the welfare of Black women and their families. In 2011, she was named a Person of National Historic Significance by the Government of Canada. SOURCE Canada Post

Community Statement - Ministers O'Regan and Sajjan Recognize Black History Month

OTTAWA, Feb. 1, 2018 / CNW/ - The Honourable Seamus O'Regan, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, and the Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence, issued the following statement today in honour of Black History Month: "Black History Month is an opportunity to reflect upon the contributions that Canadians of African and Caribbean descent have made in every aspect of Canadian life.

Throughout our history, Black Canadians have shown courage and dedication to service, often facing adversity and discrimination. Early trailblazers, such as the First World War's No. 2 Construction Battalion, the first Black military unit in Canadian history, built trenches, roads and railways, allowing allied troops to take strategic ground in Europe. "The theme of this year's Black History Month is "Black Canadian Women: Stories of Strength, Courage, and Vision. We are proud of the brave women in uniform like Major Marguerite Downes. At the time of her passing in 2009, Major Downes was the highest ranking Black female officer in the Canadian Army Reserves in Ontario. She was also the first Black female to receive the appointment of Aide de Camp, serving


Statement by Minister Joly on Lincoln Alexander Day

five Lieutenant Governors of Ontario. Her contribution continues to inspire all Canadians. "Today, Black women and men serve in all occupations, at every level, and stand alongside fellow members in Canadian operations and missions. "Together let us celebrate the heritage of Black Canadians and honour the integral role they have played in the Canadian Armed Forces. Diversity is Canada's greatest strength, and we must always continue to build a country that embraces equality and opportunity for all. We thank Black Canadians who have served our country and continue to serve in the CAF today, and have helped make our country proud, open and accepting." SOURCE Veterans Affairs Canada

OTTAWA, Canadians across the country recently celebrated Lincoln Alexander Day, which commemorates one of the most highly respected figures in Canadian history: the Honourable Lincoln MacCauley Alexander, Canada's first Black Member of Parliament, Cabinet minister, and Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario. Born in Toronto in 1922 to immigrants from the Caribbean, Mr. Alexander dedicated his life to fighting for racial equality in Canada. Throughout his long and distinguished career, during which he served at both the provincial and federal level, he vigorously defended the causes of education, race relations and youth. Rising above the prejudices of his time, Mr. Alexander was instrumental in shaping the spirit of inclusiveness

and tolerance that we enjoy in Canada today. To honour Mr. Alexander and acknowledge his important contribution, the Parliament of Canada designated January 21, date of his birthday, as Lincoln Alexander Day. Mr. Alexander died in 2012 in Hamilton, Ontario, and was given a state funeral. As Minister of Canadian Heritage and Minister responsible for Multiculturalism, I encourage all Canadians to take advantage of Lincoln Alexander Day to learn more about the achievements of this great Canadian, and about the essential role that Black Canadians have played—and continue to play—in our country's history.

SOURCE Canadian Heritage




KC Jockey has landed a spot in the American television series Greenleaf.

K’Coneil Receives JUNO Award Nomination

New York, NY (MPR Consulting) - Already humbled by his recent nomination for BEST NEW ENTERTAINER by Martin’s International, producer of the 36th Annual International Reggae & World Music Awards (IRAWMA), K'Coneil's excitement and humbleness doubled this morning as he received the news of his nomination for a 2018 JUNO AWARD, REGGAE RECORDING OF THE YEAR! This honor was bestowed for K'Coneil's chart topping single "Love How You Whine" featuring Canadian multi-talented recording artist, model and actress Kreesha Turner. Having spent a great amount of time in Canada, From a successful promo tour in Toronto, Montreal, and Ottawa; to filming the sexy steamy video "Loving You Right" (3rd single off his EP "Love/Lust"); to an exciting memorable stage performance with Kreesha Turner and the dance kids from Canada's Jade's Hip Hop Academy at the 2017 CUT HIP HOP AWARDS, one of Canada’s premier music awards; the northern country has become a second home to the Genre Fluid * recording artist. "Canada is like a second home to me, I have made lots of fans

and friends ever since my first promo tour in Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal. That is why I initially came back to film my videos and perform. From the amazing music and creative talents, to the beautiful landscape and the everyday people, Canada has made me feel welcome. I am looking forward to coming back for the awards ceremony and celebrating this nomination. I wanna take a moment to thank Keisha Turner for sharing this platform with me and for making this record sizzle! To everyone associated with the awards, Thank you for making me feel like a honorary Canadian" - K'Coneil

The drama series is created by Craig Wright and is executive-produced by Oprah Winfrey and Lionsgate Television. The deejay said he is excited about being part of the project. “Using your talent, hobby, or profession in a way that makes you contribute something good to this world is truly the way to go,” said KC Jockey. The artiste said he was recruited by a delegation led by actor Keith David. He said he was unable to disclose the details of his role due to contractual agreements.

Genre Fluid* "The ability to float in and out of different genres, in an attempt to create a palette of sonic perfection"

Born in Kingston, KC Jockey (KarlMarx Fernandez Waite) attended Musgrave and Alvernia prep schools before migrating to the United States. He has made appearances in American Gangster (2006) and I Am Legend (2008). His songs include When U Look At Me and Single 4 One Night. “I am poised and ready to make this year a successful one. I have been in the studio working on numerous projects. I am now ready to do whatever is instilled to deliver properly, and I know my fans will appreciate what is to come,” he shared.

New Artist Alert: Jamaican/English Reggae/ Dancehall Singer GHOSTDAN AH MY BEST FRIEND”his first cd single released was “SLUM MUSIK” followed by “ME KNOW DEM TALKING”

Hosted by Michael Bublé, the 47th annual JUNO Awards ceremeony will take place on Sunday, March 25, 2018 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver and will be broadcast live will across Canada on CBC & CBC Radio and around the world on Directed by Canadian based filmmakers Fatty Soprano and Shutter, watch K'Coneil & Kreesha Turner “Love How You Whine” video and get the single smarturl. it/LoveHowYouWhine

Greenleaf follows the unscrupulous world of the Greenleaf family with scandalous secrets and lies, and their sprawling Memphis megachurch with predominantly African American members. The series' lead characters are Bishop James Greenleaf (David) and Lady Mae Greenleaf (Whitfield), who are the patriarch and matriarch of the Greenleaf family, and Grace Greenleaf (Merle Dandridge), their estranged daughter who has returned home after 20 years following the mysterious death of her sister, Faith.

Later with huge success and activity from followers on Soundcloud he published “MONEY MONEY” on the (alkaline city Riddim). GHOSTDAN is a Jamaican / English dancehall reggae singer and songwriter born in st Ann on the 19th of June 1985. He grew up in Kingston but moved to London England at a very young age where his talent was shown and he became known as one of the artists leading the contemporary dancehall movement in the UK. His first hit tribute was “GANJA

In 2014 GHOSTDAN made his first appearance in BRIT JAM with his “AUNTIE”(remix) He also has collaborated with various great artists but most notably AYO BEATZ & NAILA BOSS. In 2016 he created the record label “BALLA BELLA RECORDS. Follow Ghostdan on social media and look out for his new music coming soon.

Music International Diamond Certified Dancehall Star Charly Black Introduces JoJo on "Turn Suh" Single promotion"

Kingston, Jamaica - Among many of his impressive accolades such as Diamond selling recording artist, ASCAP honoree and topping billboard, the multi-talented dancehall artist Charly Black, has released a number of sizzling singles under his imprint label Multi-Talented Music. The latest hit bound track "Turn Suh" features JoJo. The Team Unstoppable young recording artist was recently signed to Charly's Multi-Talented Music. Since the song's release, has been blazing Jamaica's street parties and nightclubs, while gathering steam on the various airwaves. Speaking on this collaboration with the young budding star, Charly explained "There is something special about a dancehall track with

man and woman. I think it makes everyone relate and enjoy themselves on different levels. I put this song together highlighting my new artist JoJo, I want to put her out there and showcase her beautiful voice and talent. She has many other songs coming out, but I am introducing her to the world with this song. Turn Suh is fun, sexy and will make you dance. It's out now and all over the world we are getting great feedback. Big up everybody playing the song in Jamaica and around the world.Just know that Charly Black is one of those artist that's not going to go away, so don't ever feel like i went good last year and nothing this year. You're always going to get good quality music, and thanks to 21st Hapilos that distribute the song and helping with

Busy currently touring the world and bringing dancehall to the international forefront. Charly Black recently stated to the Jamaica Gleaner, "You have to remember that hip hop came from dancehall, reggaeton and afro beats came from dancehall, so naturally, people ago love it. Our genre is important and people appreciate when they get a good song. Nuff a di song dem coming out of Jamaica can't really pass the airport, so when people get a good song, dem grateful. When they gravitate to a song, it's over. It nuh matter a which artiste it a come from, whether Jamaica or not. People love good music innu. Look at Rebel Salute wah day, people came out from all over the world to come and enjoy themselves." Distributed by digital giants 21st Hapilos Digital, Charly Black feat JoJo "Turn Suh" is available on all major digital outlets such as Amazon, iTunes, Deezer, GooglePlay, Spotify.


International Reggae Artist I-Octane Teams up with Twice GRAMMY award-Nominated JBoog Fresno, Redway and Monterey.

Jamaica, U.S.A (MPR Consulting) - On the heels January 13th memorable and exciting performance at renowned stage show Rebel Salute in Jamaica, International reggae star I-Octane has premiered his new single "Pretty Loud" featuring two times nominated Reggae artist J Boog, and announced that he will join him for selected California tour dates. The latter will be in support of I-Octane's anticipated third full length album titled "Love and Life", which is set to release on March 30th, 2018. Albeit much earlier performances will be announced, the California leg of JBoog's L.O.E tour will introduce reggae star I-Octane to new fans, and deliver a dose of Jamaica's steeped vibes to San Luis Obispo, Bakersfield,

Speaking on the song's inspiration, I-Octane explained "I was in the studio talking with my brethrens about how we see some beautiful women that never can keep a man, or always change men. We all know some of them that think that because they are beautiful, they should be treated a certain way. It's like that is all they have to offer, and they come with a certain attitude and expectations from men. Of course it's not all women, I don't want to stereotype, but it's plenty of them. That basically was the inspiration. That is what the song Pretty Loud is about. The idea to work with JBoog came from my manager Wendy. We were talking about him and his accomplishments in reggae on the international front, and she suggested him for the record, and yeah he delivered as expected, his voice just fit in perfect. It's one of my favorite collaborations. I get to introduce him to my audience, and i get to know his audience. We give thanks. "

Kaya Fest Announces Partnership with OneRise Entertainment second annual Kaya Fest. Stephen Marley and David F. Alfonso co-founded the inaugural Kaya Fest held in Miami, Florida in April 2017.

MIAMI, Feb. 22, 2018 / PRNewswire/ -- Fruit of Life Productions led by eighttime Grammy award winner Stephen Marley is excited to announce a renewed strategic partnership with OneRise Entertainment to produce the

The two-day festival, making its first appearance in Southern California at NOS Events Center April 28 - 29, was originally conceived by Stephen Marley, son of the legendary musician Bob Marley, to provide an overall experience through the power of music and shine light on a way of life and overall message shared by his father. "There is an incredible movement happening for a richer understanding of kaya, not just for recreation, but for medical, industrial and, we believe, spiritual benefits,"

said Stephen Marley, producer and chief executive officer of Fruit of Life Productions. "With the support of OneRise Entertainment we can continue to educate, celebrate and honor my father, who was a lifelong leader in the movement," Marley continued. This year, Kaya Fest has big plans to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Bob Marley's album Kaya, with highly anticipated performances by Stephen, Ziggy, Damian, Julian and Ky-Mani Marley who will share the stage for the first time in Southern California in more than a decade. In addition, this year's festival is proud to announce artists such as; Ms. Lauryn Hill, Soja, Cypress Hill, Action

Bronson, Chronixx, Common Kings, Inner Circle, Third World and Toots & the Maytals, to name a few. More exciting artist announcements are forthcoming. "By design, Kaya Fest is truly a one-of-a-kind socially conscious music and awareness experience that fosters unity, one love, peace and overstanding, for all people from all over the world," said David F. Alfonso, executive producer and chairman of OneRise Entertainment. "We are proud to again join forces with Fruit of Life Productions to present a two-day festival that honors Bob Marley's legacy," Alfonso added.



2PAC's Landmark 'Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z.' Reissued Today On 25th Anniversary Of Album's Original Release includes four exclusive prints and a special red-orange marbled 2LP. Only 1,000 copies of the Deluxe Edition will be manufactured, making it a true limited-edition celebration of the album.

LOS ANGELES /PRNewswire/ -Interscope/UMe recently announced the first-ever reissue of 2PAC's Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z. on 2LP vinyl in honor of the album's 25th anniversary. Two versions of the album, both in double LP vinyl format, were released this month: The Standard Edition, available at all physical retailers, featuring the 25th anniversary edition on 180gram black vinyl. The Deluxe Edition, available exclusively on, featuring an exclusive gatefold image of 2PAC's original notebook, complete with handwritten track listings. It also

Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z. was originally released on February 16, 1993, reaching RIAA-certified Platinum, and featuring "I Get Around" and "Keep Ya Head Up" which reached 11 and 12 respectively on the Billboard Hot 100. It was 2PAC's second studio album. This is the first time the album is being reissued on 2 LPs, in partnership with 2PAC's estate. For the Deluxe Anniversary Edition of Strictly For My N.I.G.G.A.Z. head to The Standard Edition is available at retailers nationwide: VIEW THE EXCLUSIVE REISSUE HERE: https://vimeo. com/253170615/640bb09da5 SOURCE Interscope/UMe

Kaya Fest Adds Ms. Lauryn Hill to StarStudded Line-Up go even bigger - more artists, more love and more people celebrating with us from all over the world," Marley added. Ms. Lauryn Hill join notables including Stephen Marley, Ziggy Marley, Damian Marley, Julian Marley, Ky-Mani Marley, Chronixx, Cypress Hill, Action Bronson, Toots & the Maytals, Inner Circle and guitarist Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine to name a few.

MIAMI, /PRNewswire/ -- Kaya Fest announces the return of GRAMMY Award-winning, multi-platinum powerhouse Ms. Lauryn Hill to its line-up. Produced by Fruit of Life Productions and OneRise Entertainment, Kaya Fest is a two-day music and awareness festival being held at NOS Events Center April 28 - 29 in San Bernardino, California. "As we prepare to bring Kaya Fest to the west coast, we're proud to have the continued support of powerful artist Ms. Lauryn Hill," said Stephen Marley producer and chief executive officer of Fruit of Life Productions. "This year, in celebration of the 40th anniversary of my father's album Kaya, we wanted to

The current line-up, tickets and additional information can be found at ABOUT KAYA FEST Created by Stephen "Ragga" Marley of Fruit of Life Productions, Kaya Fest Music and Awareness Festival seeks to educate and celebrate the thoughtful uses for cannabis. Named one of the Top 10 Music Moments of 2017 by Miami New Times, each year Kaya Fest invites a notable roster of artists and appreciators to celebrate and get involved. More information and the full line-up can be found at




Mathew Knowles Sparks an International Conversation With His Latest Book Racism From The Eyes of a Child

HOUSTON, /PRNewswire/ -- With uncanny timing for socially charged topics, music mogul Mathew Knowles hits hard right out of the gate with his latest book Racism from the Eyes of a Child (Amazon/Ingram), released just in time for Black History Month. RFEC

is a deeply personal reflection on racism in the south, where the Gadsden, AL native was raised, and America at-large. The semi-biographical journey is seen through his and close relative's accounts of a childhood lived through the country's most separate past. From the 1950s-70s, Knowles experienced one of many firsts—from integrating all-white schools in the south, up through his experiences in the corporate, and later music world. There he helped cement music history by introducing his bloodline and managed talent to the world with Beyoncé (Destiny's Child) and Solange Knowles. His experiences as a child with police cattle prods and other such heinous practices used on protestors, all

shaped his hyper-awareness of racism—even found in households like his own, in the form of colorism. Such controversial subjects are not new; however, they have been stirring up international dialogue recently. Knowles shot to the center of the subject by asking us to consider if the music industry's own colorism issues might still be in play. By revisiting his personal experiences with racism in America, his book challenges readers to do the same. He encourages readers to comb their own family histories for heroes who fought discrimination through the years. He points to the attitudes of slave owners who first programmed colorism into

the black community due to their own preferences. Racism from the Eyes of a Child discusses the deeper causes of what appears to be a growing permanence to racism, and questions how everyone is going to cope if that is the case. A riveting read, and one that makes you peel back your own ideas about race, RFEC offers a disarming but candid conversation. By showing his own cards openly, Knowles constantly encourages honest and sometimes raw dialogue in hopes of leading to genuine solutions for this generation's children. By adding photos and the childhood accounts of friends and family members, he offers up a rich All-American Saga. For more, visit




Marvel Studios' Black Panther Grosses $35 Million For Record February Global Launch In IMAX® Theatres ence and with stellar reviews and incredibly strong wordof-mouth, we look forward to the film's continued success in IMAX – especially as it broadens to other markets." International IMAX weekend results for the film over the same period reached $11.5 million from 272 international sites. IMAX locations in Nigeria, Kenya and Indonesia all reported their best opening weekends ever with other notable overseas markets including Taiwan, Hong Kong, "Black Panther has LOS ANGELES, / Sweden, Korea become part of the PRNewswire/ -and Denmark. The zeitgeist as well as IMAX Corporation film is scheduled to a global box office (NYSE: IMAX) anopen in additional sensation," said nounced that Marterritories includGreg Foster, CEO of ing Russia (Feb. vel Studios' Black IMAX Entertainment 22), where the film Panther pounced into IMAX® theatres and Senior Execwill receive a fourwith a record-setting utive Vice Presiday-early release in $35 million four-day dent, IMAX Corp. IMAX, as well as Jaglobal debut on 676 "We extend a big pan (March 1) and congratulations to screens (excluding China (March 9). our friends, director China), making it Ryan Coogler, Kev- While Black Panther the largest opening in Feige and teams ever for an IMAX dominated the globrelease in February. Disney and Marvel, al box office, three Domestically, Black for creating a relocal-language titles Panther set a new markable film that took center stage continues to beat February and Marin China during the expectations every vel IMAX record, Chinese New Year step of the way. Au- four-day period. Degrossing $23.5 mildiences around the lion in four days on tective China Town 404 IMAX domestic world have truly em- 2, Monster Hunt 2 screens. braced the differen- and Operation Red tiated IMAX experi-

Sea shared IMAX screens and generated a combined record $18 million – representing a 60 percent increase in the IMAX box office over last year's holiday period. In total, IMAX posted a combined global box office of $53 million over the fourday period, marking the second-highest-grossing weekend in the Company's history. Foster continued: "This weekend's China results clearly highlight the benefits of our new, multi-title strategy. By providing Chinese audiences with a greater variety of high-quality content during the Chinese New Year period, we were able to capitalize on audience preference and maximize our box office returns, which were were up 60 percent over last year's holiday period. We look forward to these films' continued successful runs over the coming days as well as the upcoming release of Black Panther in China."

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Black history month - Héma-Québec reiterates its call for new blood donors from Black communities

MONTRÉAL, /CNW Telbec/ - The 2018 edition of Black History Month is an opportunity for Héma-Québec to underscore the vital support of blood donors from Black communities. These communities are especially affected by sickle cell anemia, an inherited blood disease that requires treatment with numerous transfusions at regular intervals. Consequently, donors and recipients must share a similar genetic background. ABO blood groups are the same in all human beings, but

there are also other blood groups. This needs to be taken into account to avoid transfusion reactions in persons that receive frequent transfusions. In this situation, a donor must be found who matches the recipient for these other blood groups. The probability of finding such a donor increases if the donor and the recipient are from the same ethnic background. The various initiatives put in place since 2009 to mobilize donors from Black communities have been successful: more than 6,000 new blood donors have been recruited through these efforts. In spite of these encouraging results,

however, increasing the diversity of the donor pool remains a constant challenge. Appeal for solidarity As part of the activities planned for the month, a blood drive has been organized by the Table ronde du Mois de l'histoire des Noirs for February 17, 2018. Donors will be expected between 10:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. at the Centre d'éducation des adultes, located at 2515 Delisle St., in Montréal. Donors from all horizons are invited to demonstrate their solidarity with their brothers, cousins and neighbors, by giving blood. For any questions concerning eligibility, call 1-800-847-2525.

Héma-Québec encompasses 1,300 employees, nearly 165,000 blood donors, more than 2,000 mobile blood drives per year across Québec, thousands of volunteers and more than 300,000 blood products delivered annually to Québec hospitals to meet the needs of patients. Give blood. Give life. Original text in French. SOURCE Héma-Québec

About Héma-Québec Héma-Québec's mission is to efficiently meet the needs of the Québec population for quality blood and other biological products of human origin. Advertisment

Horoscopes #ARIES (March 21-April 19) You don’t necessarily believe in coincidences, because you are one to believe more in fate. This belief system will not only increase the respect you gain from others, but it will also enhance your spirituality #TAURUS (April 20-May 20) Taurus, do not torment yourself over plans for your life that don’t seem to be unfolding. Just keep on keeping on. Even if your plans are only in your head, or only on paper and nothing is unfolding yet, don’t worry. It’s not worth the stress it will create, because with determination and discipline, you will make it. #GEMINI (May 21-June 20) Haha comical people will heighten your happiness, and make you feel the lighter side of life. Embrace them, because they will also lighten your mood.

#CANCER (June 21-July 22) Monitor your actions and reactions, and remember, it’s the calm one that gets their point across in a better manner. #LEO (July 23-August 22) Just do it, Leo. Make it happen. #VIRGO (August 23-September 22) Your basic instincts will kick in and you will respond to rude people with a ‘who cares’ attitude. #LIBRA (September 23-October 22) You are a true romantic. Distance doesn’t hold you from love, and people’s opinion of who you care to adore doesn’t affect your love either.

#SCORPIO (October 23-November 21)

#AQUARIUS (January 20-February 18)

Allow your grand ideas to carry you above the crowd. If you can be better and happier than you are now, why not do it?!

Remain concise with dealing with people who don’t get you, or understand your language. Saying less is better done right now.

#SAGITTARIUS (November 22- December 21)

#PISCES (February 19-March 20)

Happy-go-lucky Sagittarius will meet someone amazing who will trigger their interest and add pep to their step.

Allow yourself some freedom. Let your hair down, let the dogs out, or simply kick your feet up, but whatever you do, have a great time doing it.

#CAPRICORN (December 22-January 19) Overly concerned people will take you down a rabbit hole of confusion if you allow them to. So if you are experiencing a family concern, or work confusion, don’t worry, because things will work themselves out. Just don’t allow yourself to get too caught up in the worry of others. Be the one to lead them to peace and not add to their fear by joining in on their worry.

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Vision Newspaper (February 2018)  
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This issue of Vision Newspaper features upcoming reggae artist K'Coneil and his Canadian Juno nomination.