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USAIN BOLT SUSTAINS MINOR INJURY IN CAR ACCIDENT!!!

Posted by Dresonic on April 29, 2009

WORLD 100 and 200-metre record holder Usain Bolt has been admitted to hospital, reportedly in good condition, following a motor car accident along the Vineyard Toll section of Highway 2000, St Catherine today at about 1:30 pm. Bolt’s manager Norman Peart said that based upon advice from accident and emergency doctors at Spanish Town Hospital, where the athlete is being treated, his only injury are three thorns that became stuck in his feet after he exited the vehicle. Photo: Bryan Cummings Photo: Bryan Cummings Peart said that Bolt is due to be released shortly. He could not say how long the injury might prevent Bolt from competing. He was confirmed to compete in this Saturday’s Jamaica Invitational at the National Stadium in Kingston. Bolt’s car had been travelling into Kingston from Clarendon the accident occurred. The road was slippery from afternoon showers. When this reporter arrived upon the scene at approximately 2:30 pm the BMW car was being towed from the ditch. Examination of the car by this reporter revealed no blood inside the car and no airbags had been visibly deployed. Both front tyres were punctured and the left-front wheel was almost torn off. The front windscreen was shattered while the back windscreen was totally removed. A member of a Highway 2000 wrecker crew said that there were tyre marks for about 50 metres before the car came off the road.

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Jamaica’s ports on alert against Swine Flu – Spencer

Posted by Dresonic on April 27, 2009

The island’s ports of entry have been put on alert for travellers arriving from Mexico, the US and Canada where human cases of Swine Flu have been confirmed, Health Minister Rudyard Spencer said yesterday.

“We have put the airport on alert and we are working in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism to ensure that infected persons do not enter our borders,” Spencer told the Observer.

He said he would be meeting with health officials at the ministry today to assess the situation and decide if the alert is to be heightened. The ministry is expected to issue a statement following that meeting.

The North American cases of the human Swine Flu Virus reported so far have been spread by human to human contact. Its symptoms are similar to the Influenza Virus and include high fever, aches, coughing and congestion.

The Department of Homeland Security said it would release a quarter of the 50 million units of antiviral medicine it has on reserves to the affected stage and the White House has reported that the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention has begun the process of manufacturing a vaccine against the

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Swine flu fears sweeping the world

Posted by Dresonic on April 27, 2009

GENEVA (AP) – Canada became the third country to confirm human cases of swine flu Sunday as global health officials considered whether to raise the global pandemic alert level.

Nations from New Zealand to Spain also reported suspected cases and some warned citizens against travel to North America while others planned quarantines, tightened rules on pork imports and tested airline passengers for fevers.

Nova Scotia’s chief public health officer, Dr Robert Strang said the east coast Canadian province had confirmed four “very mild” cases of swine flu in students ranging in age from 12 to 17 or 18. All were recovering, he said, adding that it was acquired in Mexico, brought home and spread.

The western province of British Columbia confirmed two further cases.

The news follows the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) decision Saturday to declare the outbreak first detected in Mexico and the United States a “public health emergency of international concern”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Hold off on that new gas tax, GCT, Patriots urges

Posted by Dresonic on April 27, 2009

The Patriots, the young professionals arm of the Opposition People’s National Party (PNP), weekend urged the Government to delay implementation of the new gas tax and GCT, saying it had found breaches that would short change many Jamaicans.

The group said it had conducted a survey of over 50 service stations Islandwide and found that several of them were operating without the proper Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ) certification stickers or with expired ones, said Raymond Pryce, head of the Patriots.

Pryce said that for some time the BSJ in carrying out its mandate under the Weights and Measures Act, had embarked upon a campaign to certify petrol pumps. The BSJ affixes a sticker on to pumps to assure consumers that the volume of petrol purchased is the actual volume of petrol received. Read the rest of this entry »

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Two Jamaican junior records established at Penns on final day

Posted by Dresonic on April 27, 2009

PHILADELPHIA, USA – Two Jamaican National Junior Records (NJR) were set yesterday as
the curtains came down on the 115th Penn Relays Carnival at Franklin Field at the University of Pennsylvania.

Jamaica College’s K’Don Samuels cleared 4.80m for a massive new personal record and NJR in the pole vault as he became the first Jamaican to win the event here.

IAAF World Junior Championships silver medallist Shermaine Williams a sophomore at Johnson C Smith University ran 13.06 seconds for second place in the College Women’s 100m hurdles setting a new national standard.

The former Alpha Academy runner eclipsed the previous record 13.07 seconds set by Gillian Russell in July 1992 and said she was surprised when her coach Lennox Graham told her about the new record moments after the end of the race.

Former St Jago High runner Natasha Ruddock, competing for Essex Community College of New Jersey was third in 13.39 seconds.

Samuels, who is in his final year as a junior, took over the record by himself after sharing 4.60m with Jabari Ennis who cleared it in 1998.

Samuels said that his new mark atoned for not doing so well at the CARIFTA Games two weeks ago and blamed that on the organisers who he said used the American high school rules instead of the IAAF rules used in Jamaica.

Nontheless, he was ecstatic for the new mark as battled cramps in his right calf as he cleared 4.80m on his final attempt after two previous misses.

Samuels, who is also the CARIFTA record holder and who was sixth here last year, first matched his previous personal best on his second attempt at the height, then cleared 4.70m on the second attempt. Read the rest of this entry »

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Bob Marley is not the greatest musician – Buju

Posted by Dresonic on April 27, 2009

Recording artiste Buju Banton says that Bob Marley is not the greatest Jamaican musician and that this fixation on the reggae icon has hurt the growth of the music.

Banton… I want Jamaican music to be seen not through the pretext of some man that died 20 years ago

Banton respects Marley’s music but argued that calling him the greatest logically implies that no better can follow.

“I want Jamaican music to be seen not through the pretext of some man that died 20 years ago, but as a pretext of a living being, working earnestly. If man cannot do what others have done in these times we might as well die,” he told a mixed crowd at the launch of Rasta Got Soul, his new album, at the University of the West Indies on Thursday. “You know they say that the greatest musician in Jamaica is Bob Marley. I don’t believe that, because we have greater musicians to come. Bob was the most promoted, and well promoted and we have to appreciate that because its our culture but don’t kill our culture with one living one. Enough is Enough.”

Currently Bob Marley’s album Legend continues to top iTunes reggae charts in every major reggae market except Japan, even as Mavado, Banton and Jah Cure released new albums this month. Downloaders in 19 of the 22 listed countries are buying Marley’s 1984 album above any other reggae album on iTunes, arguably the Internet’s most popular online music store. These online sales will add to the album’s sales which have surpassed 20 million. Comparatively, the average reggae album sells some 5,000 units worldwide.

Bob Marley

Banton’s comments received claps from the crowd. He then evidenced his point with reference to Marley’s sons who receive the brunt of the comparisons. “Bob had nine sons, allow the youths to be who they are destined to be, because once you do that they automatically fade away. Don’t line me up with anybody. Don’t parallel me and then you find you kill I. I can learn from the great ones and can learn by the wheel, but I don’t want to be that someone who you only see in that shadow,” said Banton who had been compared to Marley with his 1995 release Til Shiloh.

That album had songs in the reggae folk tradition with Untold Stories being its classic hit. Even 14 years after the release it’s frequently compared with Marley’s Redemption Song. Til Shiloh had set the standard for subsequent Banton releases, but Banton has been torn between two lovers: dancehall and reggae. But on his new 15 track album both genres are included. Banton released Reggae Got Soul via his own record label Gargamel Music Inc, via a Tommy Boy distribution deal.

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