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Skateboard Legend John Cardiel aka DJ Juan Love Hosts Dub Rockers Mixtape Vol. 1

The mixtape is an extension of Dub Rockers Volume 1 (Aug 28, VP Records), a groundbreaking album merging Jamaican artists with U.S. and Europe-based reggae acts including Bad Brains & Angelo Moore of Fishbone, Slightly Stoopid, Inner Circle & Capleton, John Brown’s Body & Peetah Morgan, Rebelution & I-Wayne and more.

Professional skater John Cardiel aka DJ Juan Love has a unique connection with reggae music. In 2003, he was involved in a car accident and told he may never walk again. He began DJing and immersing himself in the genre’s deep catalog and rich history. The music became an essential vehicle during his road to recovery. Today, he is a brand ambassador for Vans, judging skate contests and DJing events around the globe. Vans suggested that it would only be a natural fit to have DJ Juan Love produce the mixtape. As he puts it “while ups and downs come and go, the Dub Rockers label always brings that positive flow.”

Hollywood directs Goodyear studio project in Jamaica

The government has yet again announced plans to use the old Goodyear factory in Morant Bay, St Thomas, with industry, investment and commerce minister Anthony Hylton telling parliament that it could become the site for a film lot. Hylton said a Hollywood studio has agreed to provide oversight for the construction of the film lot, which he said would have multiple stages, outputting at Hollywood standards.

According to the minister, Real Vibez, the Hollywood group is also in discussions with a leading music and film production school in the United States to build a campus at the 24-acre Goodyear property. Hylton also said a deal to produce five films has been signed with Steven Paul producer of the films Ghost Rider and Baby Geniuses.

Angry vendors confront Kingston’s mayor Angela Brown Burke

Scores of vendors at the Redemption Arcade on Spanish Road in downtown Kingston on Monday afternoon hurled abuse at Kingston’s Mayor, Angela Brown Burke, when she visited the facility.

RJR News sources say Mayor Brown Burke led a KSAC team to the Arcade to speak to the vendors about several issues including outstanding stall fees. However, the visit was reportedly cut short as vendors became irate, demanding that the KSAC assist them in promoting the arcade, which they claimed is not being used by members of the public.

When the RJR News team arrived, Mrs. Brown Burke and her team were being ushered into their vehicles, as vendors demanded that she roll back the fees or face protest.

Nine Miles Residents treated to Health Fair at Cedella Booker Basic School

The Unlimited Resources Giving Enlightenment Foundation(URGE) partnered with Integrative Clinics International and the Bob Marley Foundation recently to host the first of two planned biannual health fairs for 2014. The fair was held at the Cedella Booker Basic School in Nine Miles, St Ann, on Thursday, May 17,2014.

An initiative launched more than a decade ago by a group of California-based doctors and nurses with a desire to serve the residents of Nine Miles was the motive for the community event.

Kelly Rowland to perform on St Kitts Music Festival

Grammy Award winning-artist Kelly Rowland will be one of the feature acts on the final night of the St. Kitts Music Festival, which takes place Thursday June 26th to Saturday June 28th, 2014.

This was announced today by Minister of Tourism & International Transport, Senator Ricky Skerritt, who said, “We are thrilled to welcome Kelly Rowland to St. Kitts for the first time. I have no doubt that Kelly’s performance will reinforce the high musical quality and variety that have made the St Kitts Music Festival such a special experience for all music lovers.” For more than two decades Kelly Rowland has had an undeniable presence in pop R&B as a member of Destiny’s Child, and as a solo artist.