Archive for January, 2007

Marley’s sons plan concert to mark 62nd anniversary of his birth

Posted by Dresonic on January 31, 2007

Four of Bob Marley’s sons will hold a concert promoting peace to celebrate the 62nd anniversary of the reggae superstar’s birth, a family spokesman said Tuesday.

The Smile Jamaica concert will be held Feb. 10 at Marley’s birthplace at Nine Miles in St. Ann parish, spokesman Jerome Hamilton said.

Bob Marley is shown in a 1979 file photo. His sons will reprise his Smile Jamaica concert aimed at restoring peace between rival gangs. Bob Marley is shown in a 1979 file photo. His sons will reprise his Smile Jamaica concert aimed at restoring peace between rival gangs.
(Associated Press)

Marley, famous for hits such as No Woman, No Cry and I Shot the Sheriff, succumbed to cancer in 1981 at age 36. He was given a state funeral and buried with his guitar at Nine Mile, which has become a popular tourist spot.

The concert reprises a famous 1976 peace concert, also called Smile Jamaica, staged by Jamaican Prime Minister Michael Manley to promote harmony between politically aligned gangs.

Marley, who was recovering from gunshot wounds in an assassination attempt, was only supposed to play one song, but ended up playing for 90 minutes with his legendary band The Wailers.

During the concert, he got Manley and political rival Eddy Seaga to shake hands on stage.

Stephen Marley and his brothers Ky-Mani, Damian and Julian, will participate in the 2007 concert, but Ziggy Marley, a former member of the Melody Makers and the most famous of Marley’s children, cannot attend. Marley’s widow, Rita, also is expected to attend.

“They are trying to push a message of peace although it won’t be as hard-core as when Bob did it,” Hamilton said.

Jamaica is still plagued by gang violence.

The concert falls in Bob Marley Week, a celebration of the singer’s birth on Feb. 6, 1945, held annually in Jamaica.

In 2005, Marley’s 60th birthday celebration was held in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa. Marley was a member of Rasta, the religious movement that reveres former Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie.

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Viagra-spiked wine nearly kills husband.(excuse my grin!)

Posted by Dresonic on January 30, 2007


An Italian man keeled over with a heart attack and almost died after his wife slipped Viagra pills into his wine hoping it would improve his performance in bed.

Fifty-five-year-old construction worker Frederico di Angelino from Frosinone in central Italy said: ‘I had been under stress because of my job for quite a while and my 50-year-old wife felt a bit abandoned.

‘She tried to secretly give me a bit of extra “motivation” in bed with two pills of Viagra in a glass of wine.’

He was treated by doctors who confirmed he had suffered a massive heart attack.

Di Angelino added: ‘I’m not angry with her over it.

‘In fact, the whole episode of having a heart attack has made me cut down the stress in my life and pull back at work. And because of that our sexual relationship has got better.’

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Brandy Maybe Up For Manslaughter Charge After Death Crash

Posted by Dresonic on January 30, 2007


R&B singer Brandy is facing possible jail time over her involvement in a fatal crash.

The California Highway Patrol could charge the ‘The Boy Is Mine’ singer with vehicular manslaughter without gross negligence over the 30 December incident.

The 27-year-old, could receive up to a year in jail and $1000 fine if found guilty on the misdemeanour charge which the CHP recommended to the city attorney in Los Angeles on Monday.

The city attorney’s office will investigate the recommendation and then decide to file the charge against the former star of the sitcom ‘Moesha’.

“The office is currently reviewing the case and determining whether the evidence warrants the filing of a misdemeanour charge of vehicular manslaughter,” said spokesperson Nick Velasquez.

“We know that Brandy’s at fault for the chain reaction of the collision,” CHP spokesperson Leland Tang told People.

During the incident the Grammy winner, whose full name is Brandy Norwood, reportedly drove her 2007 model Land Rover into the back of a 2005 Toyota Corolla. In the process, she set off a chain reaction crash on Los Angeles’ 405 Freeway. Read the rest of this entry »

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Windows Vista Launched Today!!!

Posted by Dresonic on January 30, 2007


Windows Vista is officially in stores today, but before you plunk down your hard-earned cash, make sure you’re getting what you expect. With Vista’s ability to adjust its features based on the hardware it’s on, CNET reports:

Customers who pay about $233 for an upgrade copy of Vista Ultimate (or about $399 for the full version), for instance, could essentially end up running the equivalent of Vista Home Basic ($100 to $199) if Vista’s installation software finds that the computer doesn’t have the hardware to run specific Ultimate features optimally.

If you’re upgrading your existing PC, while it’s not foolproof, give your computer a once-through with the Vista Upgrade Advisor. The checker doesn’t tell you whether or not the swanky Vista features like Aero or BitLocker will work on your machine, so buying from a retailer who will back a return on the OS – like PCs for Everyone – will get you a little extra insurance. Read the rest of this entry »

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World watches as J’can stars shine on debut

Posted by Dresonic on January 28, 2007


WORLD 100-metre record-holder Asafa Powell and top female sprinter Sherone Simpson began their season with a bang yesterday, returning impressive times in the 400-metre at the Queen’s/Grace Jackson meet at the Stadium East field in Kingston.

Observed by five international media outlets – three television crews from Switzerland, Norway and the UK (Gillette World Sports) and two print teams from Japan and The Netherlands – Powell clocked a personal best 47.67 seconds to win his heat of the men’s open 400-metres.
That time shaved 0.53 of a second off the 48.20secs he did last year before going on to run 12 sub-10-second clockings in the 100 metres, including two world record-equalling 9.77secs.

Conceding that he wanted to complete the quarter-mile in an even faster time, Powell told the Sunday Observer yesterday’s run was an indicator of things to come this year.
“This is a good sign for the 200 metres even though I don’t really like it as much,” he said. “The plans for the 100-metre really is just a lot of fireworks,” Powell stated.

Powell’s time was fourth overall on the day behind Mario Foresight (47.42), Chumaine Fitten (47.60) and Leeford Green (47.61).
Simpson posted 53.40 seconds to top the women’s 400-metre open ahead of MVP teammates Brigitte Foster-Hilton (54.44) and Nyoka Cole (55.01).
The Commonwealth 200-metre champion, who ran seven sub-11-second clockings in the 100m last season, is anticipating even better things in 2007.

“Running this 400 will definitely help me in the 100 and 200 as I look forward to the World Championships in Osaka (Japan)… I’m going there to medal in the 100, 200 and also the 4×100… I’m working very hard, so I’m looking forward to that,” Simpson said. Read the rest of this entry »

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‘Prince’ Beckham unveiled by Disney

Posted by Dresonic on January 28, 2007


David Beckham as Prince Phillip from Disney’s Sleeping Beauty

David Beckham’s first endorsement since the announcement of his move to the US depicts the soccer star as a dragon-slaying prince for Disney.

Beckham’s latest makeover as Prince Phillip from Sleeping Beauty is one of three new Disney-themed celebrity portraits shot by world-renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz for the Disneyland and Walt Disney World’s Year of a Million Dreams campaign.

Pop princess Beyonce Knowles, 25, is also featured as a demure Alice in Wonderland, sitting in a whirling teacup accompanied by singer Lyle Lovett as the March Hare and actor Oliver Platt as the Mad Hatter. Read the rest of this entry »

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Barcelona back on top in Spain

Posted by Dresonic on January 28, 2007


Goals from Javier Saviola, Ronaldinho and substitute Ludovic Giuly gave the Spanish champions a hard-earned 3-1 victory which sees them stay one point clear of Sevilla.

Nene pulled a goal back for Celta from the spot midway through the second period but it was not enough to prevent a fourth straight Primera Liga defeat.

Sevilla recorded a thrilling victory against lowly Levante at Estadio Ciudad de Valencia to briefly go top before Barcelona’s win.

Frederic Kanoute fired the visitors into the lead before Alexander Kerzhakov and a Damiano Tommasi own goal put them in the driving seat.

But the hosts rallied through Frederic Dehu and Gustavo Reggi before Alejandro Alfaro secured the win.

A brace from Robert helped Real Betis move out of the Primera Liga relegation zone and bring Valencia’s run of six straight wins to an end. Read the rest of this entry »

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Samuels stars in Windies’ victory

Posted by Dresonic on January 28, 2007


CHENNAI, India (CMC) – Marlon Samuels fell two runs short of a hundred and captain Brian Lara hammered a typically fluent half-century, but West Indies were forced to survive some anxious moments at the end before pulling off a three-wicket victory over India in their third One-Day International of the four-match series yesterday. Read the rest of this entry »

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Coming Over Tonight” Cherine Anderson & Chuck Fenda

Posted by Dresonic on January 26, 2007

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Michael Jackson returns to the U.S.( like it makes a difference)

Posted by Dresonic on January 26, 2007


TOKYO (AP) — Michael Jackson is back in the United States after living in Bahrain, France and Ireland. He emerged with his spokeswoman Friday to confirm to The Associated Press that he is back after more than a year in self-imposed exile following his acquittal in a high-profile child molestation trial that ended in June 2005.

They also said he is on the comeback trail — planning a pair of “fan appreciation events” in Japan in March, one of which will charge $3,300 for the opportunity to meet the Gloved One.

“I can confirm that he is in the United States,” spokeswoman Raymone K. Bain said. “We don’t give out information regarding our client’s whereabouts because of safety, and this is just an ongoing policy.”

During the brief conference call, Jackson read a statement prepared for The Associated Press about his plans to visit Japan and allowed only one question: How are you?

“I’m fine, thank you,” was his reply.

Jackson, one of the best-selling artists of all time, said he has chosen to come back to Japan because of the strong support he enjoys there.

“My friends and fans in Japan have been so supportive of me and my family for many, many years,” he said. “My fans in Japan helped me achieve historic milestones in the music industry.”

Broderick Morris, the promoter working the Japan side of Jackson’s trip, said they have sold 220 of 300 tickets to a “platinum VIP party” on March 8. Guests will have dinner, get autographed photos and be able to “meet and greet” Jackson for 30 seconds to one minute, he said.

A less-exclusive party is scheduled for the following day. Jackson is not obligated to perform at either event, and promoters refused to comment on how much Jackson, 48, would be paid.

Jackson made his first official foray back into the spotlight after his acquittal with an appearance — again, in Tokyo — to accept MTV Japan’s “Legend Award.” Last November, he allowed the syndicated TV show Access Hollywood to film him in the studio, working on music with producer will.i.am from the Black Eyed Peas.

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‘World Cup reviving Caribbean unity’

Posted by Dresonic on January 26, 2007


With the ninth edition of the ICC Cricket World Cup roughly a month away, a renewed spirit of togetherness within the Caribbean has surfaced, according to Chris Dehring, managing director and CE of ICC Cricket World Cup West Indies 2007 Inc.

“It’s really unprecendented the kind of level of co-operation across the Caribbean… and getting things done to time lines,” Dehring told the Observer recently.

“It is unprecedented what has taken place in the Caribbean,” he reiterated, adding that that was “part of the thing that makes me proud to be involved. The things that Cricket World Cup… has been able to accomplish is nothing short of mind boggling”.

Dehring, who is seen as the man who wrote and won the rights for the West Indies to host this year’s Cricket World Cup, is spearheading a team mandated to deliver the best show in the sport’s history. Read the rest of this entry »

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Shocking defeat! Jamaica lose low-scoring game after batting collapse

Posted by Dresonic on January 26, 2007


Nain, St Elizabeth – At 39-0 in the 11th over, chasing defending champion Guyana’s 163, Jamaica seemed set for a comfortable hand ride to victory.

But as the fair-sized crowd watched in amazement, the Jamaicans squandered all 10 wickets for 74 runs in 30 overs, as Guyana, bowling with discipline and fielding like tigers, romped to their first KFC limited overs win of the season – by all of 40 runs.

Scores in the game played on a sluggish pitch at the Alpart Sports Club, Guyana 163 in 41 overs, Jamaica 123 in 41 overs and two balls.

For the Guyanese who desperately needed to win to salvage their season after dropping out of contention in the four-day Carib Beer tournament, the hero was 17-year-old man-of-the-match Veerasammy Permaul. Read the rest of this entry »

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Derivative ‘Smokin’ Aces’ packed with sleazy characters

Posted by Dresonic on January 25, 2007


“Smokin’ Aces” is so obviously derivative of Guy Ritchie’s bloody, hyperkinetic style of ensemble crime flick, it could have been called “Lock, Stock and Two Smokin’ Aces.”

Writer-director Joe Carnahan also channels Quentin Tarantino and Tony Scott with his hip dialogue and high body count. Which is a shame, because Carnahan clearly has the capability of establishing a voice of his own: his previous films include the intelligent, vastly superior detective drama “Narc” from 2002.

But amid all the freakish and sadistic hit men (and women) converging on Lake Tahoe for the $1-million prize to assassinate magician Buddy (Aces) Israel, it’s impossible to care about or root for a single one of them. They’re all such self-consciously two-dimensional villains – and that especially extends to Israel himself, played by Jeremy Piven with an obnoxious mix of coked-up bravado and bleary-eyed paranoia. (By now we are fully aware that the “Entourage” star has mastered fast-talking arrogance and abuse. He seriously needs to show us he can do something else.) Read the rest of this entry »

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Snoop Dogg Pleads Not Guilty for Baton Charges

Posted by Dresonic on January 25, 2007


Rapper Calvin Broadus, aka Snoop Dogg, pleaded not guilty in an Orange County, Calif., court to a felony charge of knowingly possessing a dangerous weapon. He was caught trying to bring a collapsible baton on an airplane in his laptop case. Security personnel discovered the baton in his bag as he went through a security checkpoint at John Wayne International Airport in Orange County, California on September 27.

His attorney, Donald Etra, entered the not guilty plea on the rapper’s behalf Wednesday. If convicted Snoop Dogg could face up to three years in prison, People magazine said. He remains free for now on $150,000 bail.

“Snoop’s not guilty plea says it all,” Etra told People, saying the item was a movie prop. “Snoop never intended it to be used as anything other than a prop.” Read the rest of this entry »

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R&B singer Brandy involved in car crash

Posted by Dresonic on January 25, 2007


R&B singer and actress Brandy was last month involved in a four-car freeway crash that left one woman dead, according to LA authorities.

A report from the California Highway Patrol said that the star, whose full name is Brandy Norwood was driving a Land Rover when she failed to slow down and hit the back of another car.

The car, driven by Awatef Aboudihaj, hit another vehicle, slid sideways, struck a centre divider and was then hit by an oncoming car. She died later in hospital.


The coroner’s office ruled her death an accident and the cause of the crash is under investigation.

Norwood, who was alone in her car, was not injured and no alcohol or drugs were involved, said California Highway Patrol spokesman Leland Tang.

A statement issued by the singer’s publicist said: ‘She wishes to publicly express her condolences to the family of the deceased.’

Norwood, whose hits include ‘Sittin’ Up in My Room’ and ‘The Boy Is Mine,’ has made five albums and won a Grammy in 1999.

Starting her recording career at 14, she starred in the US sitcom ‘Moesha’ and recently appeared as a judge on NBC’s ‘America’s Got Talent.’

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AC Milan reportedly agrees to fee for Brazilian striker Ronaldo

Posted by Dresonic on January 25, 2007


MILAN, Italy (AP) – AC Milan has made Real Madrid an offer for Ronaldo.

“We are sending an offer for Ronaldo. We are shopping so we’ll see,” Milan vice president Adriano Galliani said Thursday. “Everything of course will be down to a medical (exam), so we have plenty to do yet.” Read the rest of this entry »

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THE JAZZ RUN ……Great food, no fuss in MoBay

Posted by Dresonic on January 25, 2007


WITH all roads leading to Montego Bay, you’ll need, in addition to a Jamaica Observer Page 2 chair, a culinary map. so read on, as we reveal the best places to eat. And since you’re in the second city, all beverages are on Mark Hart of Caribbean Producers, and the bubbly of choice is Laurent Perrier.

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Windies lose 2nd one-dayer

Posted by Dresonic on January 25, 2007


CUTTACK, India (AFP) – India’s spinners stopped a tense run chase by the depleted West Indies here yesterday to help the hosts take a 2-0 lead in the four-match series. Read the rest of this entry »

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Scotiabank rejoins Jazz and Blues Festival with Scotia Blues Café

Posted by Dresonic on January 25, 2007


Scotiabank returns to the Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival in Montego Bay, January 25-27, with a special Scotiabank Blues Café, which will cater specially to VIP customers and other celebrity guests when they visit the festival.

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$5-billion C&W upgrade

Posted by Dresonic on January 25, 2007


Cable and Wireless International yesterday announced that it will pump J$5 billion into its Jamaica operations over the next year to boost its mobile, VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) and broadband services. Read the rest of this entry »

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