1. As a result of LA clipper’s owner Donald Sterling’s racist comments, commissioner of the NBA Adam Silver has banned him for life and fined him $2.5 million dollars.
2. Controversial dancehall artist Alkaline donated $200,000 to cancer patients to offset their medical bills.
3. Chris Gayle’s Instagram account seems to be the talk of the town. Buzzfeed published an article on May 1, 2014 to their website highlighting the West Indies cricketer’s relaxed lifestyle. See the full article here
4. Finance Minister Peter Phillips has withdrawn the much debated bank tax :D
5. Designers Dolce and Gabbana receive 18 months suspended sentence after hiding hundreds of millions of euros from tax authorities.
Picture of the Week
This picture stirred a racist/classist debate on social media last week. What do you think? Was she careless? Is carnival safe for a pregnant mother? Would it still be acceptable if she was of a darker skin tone?
Government has imposed new taxes including the transaction tax on all withdrawals from deposit-taking institutions by way of electronic banking, point of sale transactions, cheques, automated banking machine (ABM), automated teller machine (ATM), or over the counter and internet transfers. Have you already signed the petition?
2. West Kingston turns on MP
Shots were fired at Desmond McKenzie’s security team on Tuesday morning. Luckily, no one was hurt.
3. Government Error
Karen Reid sued the government for $9 million for misdiagnosing her with HIV. She now wonders if the misdiagnosis resulted in her son’s blindness.
4. “Rent a Dread MP”
Hon. Damion Crawford was ‘ganged’ on twitter for defending the newly imposed transaction tax. Followers were upset and blasted him on twitter calling him a “rent a dread”.
5. Water, a scarce commodity
As Summer draws closer, the weather gets hotter, and water restrictions become even more frequent. National Water Commission (NWC) states that less than one month’s supply of water is in the Hermitage Dam and Mona Reservoir that serve the Corporate Area.
6. Don’t make idle threats
A 14-year-old Dutch girl was arrested after making Al Qaida threats to American Airlines on twitter.
7. Psychiatric counselling needed for JCF members
Police Constable Davian Thompson, murdered his wife Latoya Campbell-Thompson just minutes before her birthday, and then killed himself shortly after.
8. Finance Minister stripped
Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips will lose the responsibility of choosing the governor of the Bank of Jamaica as well as the direct responsibility of monitoring banks and regulated financial institutions.
9. Jamaica the ‘Sprint Factory’
20 records were shattered at the UTECH classics held last weekend.
10. Letter to the Public
After articles were published in the Jamaica Observer, that convicted dancehall entertainer Vybz Kartel had offered information on wanted men and illegal guns to the police, threats were made to several journalists. The entertainer then wrote a letter to the public, telling persons to stop making these threats.
“I appeal to any misguided individual or individuals who may think it appropriate to seek to threaten or intimidate anyone, to stop it …… Such action is not helping me or my fellow appellants and is playing into the hands of the police and others who are seeking to discredit me and prejudice the fair hearing of my appeal.”
– Vybz Kartel
Event of the Week : Bacchanal Beach J’ouvert
As the soca season draws to a close, Bacchanal wouldn’t be the same without the annual Beach J’ouvert at James Bond Beach.
Video of the Week: Pharrell cried “happy” tears during an interview with Oprah
It’s Pixel Perfect’s top 10 hottest topics in local and international news.
April 5 – April 12, 2014
1. Commissioner of Police Owen Ellington asserted in an interview on TVJ’s All Angles on Wednesday night, that Vybz Kartel and his gang are responsible for over 100 murders.
2. Former 100m world record holder Asafa Powell and Olympic Silver medalist Sherone Simpson were both given 18 month bans after both were tested positive for the banned substance, oxilofrine. Both athletes intend to appeal the verdict .
3. Minister of Youth and Culture Lisa Hanna and Opposition Minister Olivia “Babsy” Grange feud in Parliament.
4. As a result of the drought, there has been a water shortage across the island. National Water Commission has resorted to water lock offs in an effort to conserve on resources.
5. A student of Northern Caribbean University was suspended for two weeks after she played the role of a male in a cheerleading routine.
6. The Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) busses are being stoned since the recent increase in sub-franchise fees for private transport operators from $280,000 to $756,000.
7. Oscar Pistorius is accused of tailoring his evidence to reflect that he is innocent.
8. UWI Mona students had an eventful week with the Dream Team and University Marketing Association first staging of Siesta as well as the CARIMAC/Aggrey Brown Distinguished Lecture and Tourism Village.
9. Usain Bolt, through the Usain Bolt Foundation, donated footwear, football gear and t-shirts to the Alpha Boy’s School Boy. The 135 year old Alpha Boy’s will be ending it’s housing service but will remain open as a day school for the boys.
10. Denham Town residents are suffering from the ongoing war within the western Kingston community. Deadly violence has left an 11 year old girl and a 12 year old boy dead after gangs feud for donship.
IG Pic of the Week
Tifa shows a fan that despite the attempt to mock her outfit on Instagram, in turn she will show him nothing but love. #LoveMore