Archive for August, 2007

R. Kelly facing up to 15 years behind bars

Posted by Dresonic on August 5, 2007

rkelly1.jpgR. Kelly, the legendary R&B singer who was charged with child pornography five years ago will face the Judge on September 17. The trial will take place in Cook County, Chicago and should last for about a month.

In 2002, tapes were found that displayed the 40-year-old singer having sex with a female who looked no older than 13. Kelly was then arrested and charged with 21 counts of child pornography.

Kelly who pleaded not guilty, attended the Cook County Criminal Courthouse two days ago with his lawyer to discuss a questionnaire of over 135 questions that will be thrown out to him for answers. If Mr. Kelly is found guilty he could face up to 15 years behind bars.

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CUs support Ja’s Para PanAm Games team

Posted by Dresonic on August 5, 2007

COK’s general manager Brenda Cuthbert (left) and JPS Credit Union’s Joydene Jarrett talk with Para Pan American Games team member Tanto Campbell, coach Errol Williams and assistant coach Neville Sinclair at yesterday’s press conference. (Photo: Bryan Cummings)

JAMAICA will field long jumpers for the first time at the 3rd Para Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from August 12-19.

First-timers Bryan Ingram and Toto Campbell will compete in the long jump, joining the seven other team members including Campbell’s brother Tanto, the world record-holder in the F56 class discus.

Campbell set the mark of 39.08m at the 2006 IPC World Athletics Championships in Assen, Netherlands.
Paralympics and Para Pan Am Games discus champion Alphanso Cunningham, Leroy Cole, Kevon Reid, Vinnette Green, Sylvia Grant and Coleen Morrison will be accompanied by chef de mission Suzanne Harris-Henry, coach Errol Williams, assistant coach Neville Sinclair, team doctor Rory Dixon and support personnel Rose Clarke-Williams.

The Jamaicans will also compete in the shot put and javelin at the Games, which are the final qualifying event for the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing, China.

Coach Neville Sinclair said he is expecting no less than two gold medals from these championships.

“The countries that are usually at the big games won’t be there and looking at figures and facts, our athletes are way above the marks, so I think it will be done,” he told the Sunday Observer.

Meanwhile, the Jamaica Co-operative Credit Union League have pitched in to help send the delegation to Brazil after the association suffered a shortfall in its over $1-million budget.
The deficit of approximately $140,000 came about from the need to re-route several team members who did not have visas to travel to South America via the United States.

This is the first time the Para Pan Am Games will be held in the same city, and immediately following the Pan American Games. The 15th edition of that event ended in Rio on July 29. Jamaica won four medals (two gold, two silver) at the last Para Pan Am Games in Mar del Plata, Argentina in 2003.
The team will leave on Tuesday and return on August 22.

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Hinds banned! J’can skipper out till year-end for alleged verbal abuse of umps

Posted by Dresonic on August 5, 2007

HINDS… allegedly verbally abused officials in Super Cup match

Wavell Hinds, Jamaica’s senior cricket captain, has been banned for the remainder of this calendar year after being found guilty of breaching the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) disciplinary code during a Super Cup match June 23-24.

Information reaching the Sunday Observer is that during the game involving the Hinds-led Kensington Cricket Club and Trelawny Parish at Kensington Park, Hinds allegedly verbally abused the officials.

On-field umpires Errington Malcolm and Desmond Edwards subsequently filed an official complaint. On Friday, July 27, the Disciplinary Committee, chaired by Justice Howard Cooke and including attorneys Jeffrey Mordecai and Dr Lloyd Barnett; former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Labour, Tony Irons; and the informal chaplin of the Jamaica Cricket Association, Rev Selvin Watson, found the 30-year-old Hinds guilty of an infringement.

Hinds, who missed last weekend’s game against Manchester Parish, has the right to an appeal, which must be filed “within 14 days”, according to Paul Campbell, first vice-president of the JCA. However, the local governing body has yet to receive an appeal from the player.

When contacted by the Sunday Observer, the JCA’s Honorary Secretary Milton Henry would not confirm or deny Hinds’ ban, but conceded “there was a hearing” on July 27, involving the player.

Hinds could not be reached for a comment.
The duration of the ban, if an expected appeal is unsuccessful, could significantly affect the stuttering career of the left-handed batsman, who last represented the West Indies in the triangular One-Day International series against Australia in India in November 2006.

With the regional cricket season tentatively set to begin later this year (October) Hinds would be ineligible for selection to the national team until next January, should the ban stand.

The ban would leave the national selectors with no option but to replace Hinds as Jamaica captain – a job he has held for the past three seasons. West Indies opener and close friend Chris Gayle who led West Indies to a surprise 2-1 One-Day International Series win over England in that country last month, and Tamar Lambert who has led Jamaica with success on occasions, are the likely contenders to replace Hinds as Jamaica captain.

Additionally, the former Camperdown High School star could also miss an opportunity to play in the Stanford Twenty20 tournament, as the Ruddy Williams-led selection panel may opt for a player who is in-form and match-ready for the January-February tournament.

Hinds’ absence is a major blow to his club Kensington, which began the defence of their domestic one-day title last weekend on a losing note.

Kensington have struggled in the two-day version of game this season – despite Hinds being one of the leading runscorers in the Super Cup competition – and have been relegated from the top flight for the second time in three years.

Meantime, it has been confirmed that Marvin James and Ricardo Howe of Police were slapped with one-match suspensions by the Disciplinary Committee after they were also found guilty of breaching the disciplinary code of the JCA during their July 7-8 Red Stripe Senior Cup match against Clarendon at Garvey Maceo High School.

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The Power of the beat

Posted by Dresonic on August 5, 2007

Tivoli High School dancers perform Celebration/Flirt Anancy at Mello Go Roun’ on Thursday night at the National Arena. (Photos: Garfield Robinson)

The 2007 Festival of the Performing Arts season culminated last Thursday night inside the National Arena in Kingston with Mello Go Roun’, the annual grand melting pot of cultural performances which allowed gold-medal winners in several categories to show off their prize-winning pieces in drama, speech, music and dance, bolstered by some powerful African drumming.

Under the theme ‘Freedom – The Roots and Branches’ and hosted by cultural icons Oliver Samuels and Fae Ellington, the show boasted a diverse line-up of performers who essentially paid tribute to the spirit of our African ancestors.
“Ancestral Riddims” featured a colourful and vibrant traditional dance presentation from Maryland All-Age (Maypole), Liberty Learning Centre (Ballroom Quadrille), Holly Hill Primary (Gerreh) and Morant Bay High (Brukumini).

The dazzling display continued in “The Riddims of Life” featuring Mineral Heights Primary (A Fi Wi Culture) and Lannaman’s Prep (A Fi Wi Rhythm). Ten-year-old Jamilia Smith brought the audience to its feet with her performance of the speech item Teacher Stress, which highlighted the challenges that teachers often face in the Jamaican classroom.

Storyteller Jean Brown performed Anancy and The Prophet followed by the Tivoli High Dance troupe, perennial medal winners, who fully won over the large audience with their Celebration/Flirt Anancy piece.

Students from Lannaman’s Prep perform A Fi Wi Rhythm at Mello Go Roun’ on Thursday night at the National Arena in Kingston.

Gospel was also represented through dance and song with Eltham High performing their riotously funny Amen Corner, blending DJ Nicholas’ What Kind Of Church Is This? with Shaggy’s controversial hit Church Heathen. Glenmuir High’s Jody-Ann Pantry (now a Digicel Rising Stars finalist) wowed the audience with a sweetly seductive rendition of the popular negro spiritual Soon Ah Will Be Done, while JCDC Gospel Festival Song winner Garfield Reid performed his winning entry Sign Of The Times.

Young Jahzan McLaughlin then took over with her Lament of a Five-Year-Old declaring that she is “running away to the back of the yard” as her life as a five-year-old is way too hard. The Glenmuir Festival Choir then encouraged everyone to Rise Up before a boisterous female trio from Rousseau Primary came on stage demanding a Name Change as too many persons with names beginning with the letter ‘B’ were being killed and they didn’t want to become victims.

The show would not have been complete without popular dance items and the Portmore Dancers (Shock The Energy) and students from Morant Bay High (Dun Di Place) were only too eager to entertain with their fancy footwork and body contortions, much to the delight of the audience.

Gunty, the winner of this year’s JCDC Popular Song Contest, brought the show to a close with his piece Woman A Di Beauty, during which he was joined onstage by the cast of performers.

But, of course, the show could not have ended without some antics from the hosts, Ellington and Samuels, who at one point treated the audience to their versions of the local dances Tek Weh Yuself and the Dutty Wine.

Overall, Mello Go Roun’ 2007 was a night of colour, energy, good vibes, rhythm and originality with emphasis on celebrating the freedom of cultural expressions, driven by the power of the beat.

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