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Lawyers for jailed Jamaican entertainer Vybz Kartel are expected to make a bail application when the artiste appears in the Gun Court Division of the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court today.

Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer is charged with murder, conspiracy to commit murder and illegal possession of firearm.

The charges relate to the shooting death of St Catherine businessman and promoter Barrington Burton.

Burton was shot and killed while standing with friends in Gregory Park, St Catherine, in July.

Last night, Kartel’s lawyer, Christian Tavares-Finson said the prosecution is relying on weak circumstantial evidence to convict his client.

However, Tavares-Finson would not elaborate, saying he would further comment when he makes his case in court today.

The popular entertainer has been in custody since he was held along with three other persons at a New Kingston hotel two weeks ago for possession of ganja.

-Livern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

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Photograph by Russell James
Rihanna has no doubt creating weaves over the last two years, with her music, videos, her performances on  her "loud: tour and not to mention her mood of dress. Rihanna is not considered the " Sexiest Woman Alive 2011", a honour that she totally deserves.

In the November issue of Esquire Magazine , which will hit  stand on October 16, Rihanna pose tastefully "Nude" for the cover.

In the issue she talks about her ex-boyfriend Chris Brown. "It's incredible to see how he pulled out of it the way he did. Even when the world seemed like it was against him, you know? I really like the music he's putting out. I'm a fan of his stuff. I've always been a fan. Obviously, I had some resentment toward him for a while, for obvious reasons. But I've put that behind me. It was taking up too much of my time. It was too much anger. I'm really excited to see the breakthrough he's had in his career. I would never wish anything horrible for him. Never. I never have."

She also spoke about how she felt about the people of her native country Barbados.


Early on in your career, you used the word hate a lot when describing the way the people of Barbados responded to your success.

"I grew to realize that that hate was just pride. I realized that it's a part of our culture. I'm always representing Barbados. All over the world, no matter what I was doing, no matter what I achieved, no matter what award it was, I always shouted them out. So, I started making them feel like, "This is our girl. If people in the UK could get this excited about her, what's wrong with us?"


About her love for her Country and the place she grew up "Kensington Oval"
"I travel everywhere in the world and nothing feels like this place. And it all started two streets over from this oval where I grew up, where I was raised, right there in Westbury — singing in the shower, annoying my neighbors"

Rihanna on the topic of "sex"

At the end of a concert, I don't feel like I've been this sexy thing. Really, I don't even think about it.


Unless it's a song that really calls for it, like "Skin" or "S&M," or when I cover "Darling Nikki." There's a section that's called "Sex" in the show, which is the obvious section for sexuality.


Like, really? Honestly, even if it comes across sexual — it has to be a part of my subconscious thought. It's never deliberate in the rest of the show. I don't even really... I could see "What's My Name?" — the dancing is pretty sexy. "Rude Boy." But I don't know. I guess people find different things sexy.

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Ne-Yo (left) and producer Troyton Hinds. - Contributed

Amassing some 700,000 hits on YouTube following its release this summer, music producer Troyton Hinds has confirmed that video discussions are now underway for the hit Dancehall/R&B infused single I Know You Want Me (remix) featuring Mavado and international star Ne-Yo.

Produced and released on his Troyton Music label, the move to launch a corresponding video spells exciting times and indicates positive moves for the Jamaican music scene, Hinds said. "The song has been doing phenomenally well and this video would only serve to raise the profile of the Jamaican music industry. It's really great that international acts are taking an interest in working more frequently with Jamaican artistes and producers. I hope this leads to bigger things for our industry players."

Ahead of the upcoming video which is likely to be shot in New York, the song continues to make its global rounds, having been officially released on music networking site iTunes and Amazon through 21st Hapilos Digital Distribution a few weeks ago.

"The song is now officially out on iTunes and the reviews have been very positive so far. It's also being spun heavily on airwaves across the Diaspora including New York's Hot 97 and Power 105, Miami's 99 Jams and UK's BBC Radio1Extra. People really like how the artistes 'vibed' on the song. We have a good partnership with Ne-Yo's camp and this really was a fantastic project for us to collaborate," said Hinds in a release sent to The STAR.

Troyton's recent successes have engaged additional momentum in his camp, marking logged studio time with new UK recording artiste Jay Harmony as well as the release of the Danger Luv Riddim. Tarrus Riley, Mavado, I-Octane, Aidonia, Konshens, Bugle, Chris Martin, Lutan Fire, Mr G, Bencil T-Nez and Khago all feature on the mid tempo compilation.
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