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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.

Reggae Sumfest takes a step into the Future

Already one mainstream rapper is on the bill for the 22nd staging of Reggae Sumfest, and now the Festival has enhanced the package with the addition of American Hip-Hop star Future.

Future, whose real name is Nayvadius Cash, will be joining the likes of rap heavy weight Wiz Khalifa at Reggae Sumfest 2014 scheduled to take place in Catherine Hall, Montego Bay from July 13 – 19. The Epic Records artiste is known for Billboard Hot 100 chart-topping singles such as Racks, Turn on the Lights, Magic featuring T.I., Love Song with Rihanna and Tony Montana a collaboration with Drake and Rick Ross. Read more

Bunji, Fay-Ann shine on ’106 and Park’

Host of US cable network BET’s 106 and Park brought up last weekend’s falling-out between Bunji Garlin (Ian Alvarez), Fay-Ann Lyons-Alvarez and the Asylum Vikings and the producers of the 2014 Tobago Jazz Experience, asking Bunji if the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) had apologised for disrespecting them. Bow Wow (Shad Gregory Moss) and co-host, Keshia Chante, were interviewing Bunji and Fay-Ann following their performance of Differentology
on the show’s stage on Thursday. The BET segment was recorded on Wednesday and aired during Thursday’s live broadcast. As for the performance, Bunji and Fay-Ann had the audience going wild as they danced along, with some of them waving Trinidad and Tobago flags. Bunji threw in some freestyle chanting during the performance, eliciting even louder cheers from the audience. As they introduced Bunji and Fay-Ann, Chante said excitedly that she was eager for the performance, being a “Trini” and loving soca music and “wining”.

Education Ministry insists that overpaid teachers will be placed on repayment plan

The Ministry of Education has responded to rumblings among public sector teachers regarding a plan to recover nearly one billion dollars in overpaid salaries.

The money was paid over the past seven years and some teachers are worried that they will be hard-pressed in repaying given the wage freeze. The Education Ministry has declared that the money will be recovered.

However, Permanent Secretary, Elaine Foster-Allen, says a suitable repayment plan will be worked out based on an assessment of each teacher. The JTA had written to the Ministry asking for a halt to the recovery exercise.

JLP wants MP to apologise to Mayor of Lucea Shernette Haughton

The opposition Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP) caretaker for Eastern Hanover, Paula Kerr- Jarrett has joined those calling for Member of Parliament for Western Hanover, Ian Hayles, to apologize to the Mayor of Lucea Shernette Haughton.

Hayles made several pronouncements last week, as part of efforts to remove the Mayor from office.
In a statement, Kerr-Jarrett said the people of Hanover stand to lose the most from the current feud and allegations engulfing the Hanover Parish Council and the Council is facing a crisis. Read more