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Musical Spotlight – Click Picture For Free Music Give Away! Become a RuguNation Fan today!Nat

Posted by Dresonic on April 3, 2010

One of the many things I like to see are young people doing something positive with their lives. The musical combination RuguNation is just that. RuguNation is a musical group started by two college students a.k.a Versatyle and Price who have a strong love for music. You can listen to their music here. They are not your everyday musical talent they are beyond the norm. The songs that I have heard are of a great variety and I can tell you they are promising. Don’t take my word for it listen and be your own judge. If you like what you hear then become a fan and support our young talents, we need more youths to tap into their potential and think positive for the future ahead. “Music is the weapon of the future”

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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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Bolt opens with 400m at the 2009 Camperdown Classics

Posted by Dresonic on February 15, 2009

TRIPLE Olympic gold medallist, Usain Bolt, began his 2009 season on a winning note, clocking 46.35 seconds in the Invitational 400 metres at yesterday’s fifth Camperdown Classics at the Stadium East in Kingston.

Running in lane five of heat three, Bolt covered his competitors by the 200m mark before cruising home ahead of fast-finishing Racers Track Club teammate Yohan Blake (46.80).

Bolt told reporters, including members of the international media, he was pleased with the time when compared to his 2008 season opener of 46.96.

“It was alright. I’m not really in the best of shape, but it felt good and I’m just happy I got through it and looking forward to next week,” Bolt said.

The world record holder for the 100m (9.69secs) and 200m (19.30secs) is scheduled to run another 400 at the UWI Invitational next Saturday at the National Stadium.

“I’ll be running a couple more 400s, but the main aim (this season) is the 100 and 200,” the 2008 National Sportsman of the Year added.

Answerth Whyte, another training partner of Bolt, was third overall with 46.89, ahead of Olympic quarter-miler Ricardo Chambers, 46.96.

World Junior 200m silver medallist, Nickel Ashmeade of St Jago, was the top schoolboy with 47.98 to win heat one of the Invitational 400m.

In the relays, Calabar and Holmwood Tech won the Class One 4×100 for Boys and Girls respectively.

The team of Oshane Bailey, Ramone McKenzie, Warren Weir and Ricardo Powell clocked 40.05 to erase St Jago’s 40.14 established last year to collect the $60,000 prize.

St George’s College was second in 41.26, followed by Jamaica College, 41.69.

On the girls side, Holmwood clocked 45.7secs to win ahead of The Queen’s, 46.0, and St Andrew High, 46.9.

Meanwhile, Waquar DaCosta of JC clocked a record 1:55.68 to win the Class Two 800m, bettering Bengallo Morrison’s 2005 mark of 1:57.1. The JC pair of Earl Grant (1:57.52) and Wayne Petrie (2:03.88) were second and third.

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Asafa Powell’s team, MVP wins 4x400m at the Milo Western Relays

Posted by Dresonic on February 15, 2009

OLYMPIC sprint relay gold medallist, Asafa Powell, was in scintillating form at yesterday’s 31st Milo Western Relays, anchoring MVP Track Club to victory in the 4×100 and mile relays at GC Foster College.

Running on anchor after Ainsley Waugh, Michael Frater and Nesta Carter had given the team a lead, the former 100m world record holder sped to the finish line in a new meet record 38.72 seconds.

They shaved 0.15secs off the old mark established by another MVP quartet in 2006. Sprint Unit was a distant second with 40.12 while UTech timed 40.21.

Thirteen other records were broken at the meet which was being staged outside of Western Jamaica for the first time.

Powell, who opened his season with 47.75 seconds on January 31, ran another good 400m, this time in the mile relay to carry MVP to victory.

Collecting the baton some 10 metres behind in fourth position, he went out conservatively before sprinting the last 200m to overtake his competitors in the home stretch as MVP won in 3:10.56.

Powell, who was timed at 46.27secs on his anchor leg, told the Sunday Observer he planned to run a good 400 after taking instructions from coach Stephen Francis.

“When I saw that I was close to them coming out of the 200 metres, I knew that I would have passed them,” Powell said. “I’m feeling very good to finish the day with a 400 and run so well as a sprinter… I’m feeling very good about my performance today,” he added.

Meanwhile, Olympic 100m gold medallist Shelly-Ann Fraser gave the MVP women a splendid start as they won the 4x100m relay for Club and Institutions in record 43.37.

The other members of the team were Brigitte Foster-Hylton, Shericka Williams and Kaleise Spencer.

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Money not priority for Bolt

Posted by Dresonic on December 8, 2008

BOLT… only 22 years old and has 10 years to chase money

Chasing money on the European circuit will not be among the top priorities of the 2008 IAAF male Athlete of the Year Usain Bolt, next season. That’s the word from track and field agent, Ricky Simms, who has been managing the affairs of Jamaica’s triple Olympic gold medallist on the international scene since 2004.

“I think what is more important for Bolt is that he’s not chasing money,” Simms told the Observer in Monaco last month, where the lanky sprinter became only the third Jamaican to receive the prestigious IAAF Award Athlete of the Year.

“He’s got a programme that is progressive. Coach Mills will dictate where he runs to get him ready for the World Championships and his performance will come first as opposed to chasing money on the circuit because he’s only 22 years old and he’s got 10 years to chase money, so he doesn’t have to do that yet,” he added.

During the World Athletics Gala in Monaco last month, Bolt indicated that he would not be attempting to win the US$1-million European Golden League jackpot as he focuses on the World Championships in Germany. Read the rest of this entry »

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Jamaicans destroy Super Grand Prix – Bolt, Powell, Fraser and Walker win big at Athletissima Super GP

Posted by Dresonic on September 3, 2008

Jamaicans Shelly-Ann Fraser (left) Sherone Simpson (second left) and Kerron Stewart (second right), as well as Lauryn Williams of the US, run the women’s 100m race at the Athletissima athletics meeting in the Stade Olympique in Lausanne, Switzerland, yesterday. (Photo: AP)

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (CMC) – Jamaica’s Beijing hero Usain Bolt led a plethora of Jamaican victories at the Athletissima Super Grand Prix track and field meeting yesterday.

Easing considerably as he neared the finish, Bolt ran a fast 19.63 seconds to win the men’s 200 metres, while Asafa Powell delivered a blistering 100-metre victory and Olympic champions Melaine Walker and Shelly-Ann Fraser also recorded wins at the meet.

It was a Caribbean one-two in the men’s half-lap sprint as Churandy Martina, of the Netherlands Antilles, chased Bolt home in 20.24 seconds. American Wallace Spearmon was third in 20.54 seconds.

Jamaican Usain Bolt celebrates after winning the men’s 200 m race at the Athletissima athletics meeting in the Stade Olympique in Lausanne, Switzerland, yesterday.

Bolt’s time equals the fourth fastest time ever over the distance, but was well off his own world record 19.30 seconds at the Beijing Olympics last month.

Powell had logged a fast career-best 9.72 seconds earlier to win the men’s 100 metres.

Jamaican Asafa Powell (right) runs to win the men’s 100m race at the Athletissima athletics meeting in the Stade Olympique in Lausanne, Switzerland, yesterday. At left runs Trinidad’s Richard Thompson. (Photos: AP)

His time equals the second fastest ever run – matching Bolt’s effort at the Reebok Grand Prix in New York in May – over the distance, and was only 0.03 seconds outside Bolt’s current world mark of 9.69 seconds.

Powell had held the world 100-metre record from June 2005 – with times of 9.77 and 9.74 seconds – until Bolt’s sudden rise this year.

Powell’s superb run brought again into sharp focus his brilliance on the circuit compared to huge flops at major meets.

Britain’s Tasha Danvers (left), Jamaican Melanie Walker (centre) and US Tiffany Williams-Ross run the women’s 400m hurdles race at the Athletissima athletics meeting in the Stade Olympique in Lausanne, Switzerland, yesterday.

Just two weeks ago at the Beijing Olympics, Powell lined up as one of the gold medal favourites in the men’s 100-metre final, but finished fifth.

A year ago, after a shockingly disappointing third-placed finish at the Osaka World Championship, Powell returned to the circuit to smash his own 100-metre world record with a 9.74 run at in Rieti. Read the rest of this entry »

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Jamaican Olympians under fire by Sports Illustrate’s article

Posted by Dresonic on September 3, 2008

 5049990 ATHLETICS-WORLD-INDOORS-400-RELAYI have just read an article on the Internet that claims to have evidence of banned substances being used by Jamaican Olympians Adrian Findlay and Delloreen Ennis-London. The article was co-written by Luis Fernando Llosa and L Jon Wertheim which stated that SI (Sports Illustrate) obtained documents of transactions for the banned substances by the athletes. Llosa, who has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Toronto in Canada, is an investigative reporter for Sports Illustrated and told the Observer that he had been involved in a two-year investigation of the use of steroids in sport, especially baseball and said former heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield had also been part of his investigations.

Now take a step back and think before say another word. Since the 2008 Beijing Olympics Jamaica has become a target for the international media and those sceptics who up to this day do not believe that Jamaica has naturally talented athletes who train hard with great pride and determination to represent their country. When I see stories like the Sports Illustrate’s article I just shake my head in disbelief and great disgust. People in the media don’t give a damn about people’s life and family, a story like this just makes things even worse for us Jamaicans. I don’t care what people want to say about Jamaicans we dominate the sprints and now everyone is acting surprise when we break records and take gold medals. Thanks a lot Sports Illustrate for upsetting thousands of Jamaicans especially Dresonic readers.

On a more positive note Delloreen Ennis-London won the women’s 100m hurdles at the Super Grand Prix in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Keep yu head up Delloreen and Adrian!!!!!

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JAMAICA’S OLYMPICS TEAM SELECTIONS

Posted by Dresonic on July 2, 2008

 image image THE Jamaica Amateur Athletic Association (JAAA) yesterday named a strong 51-member athletic squad for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, August 8-24, following the National Senior Track & Field Championships last weekend.

Double sprint champion Usain Bolt heads the Men’s list and 100m champion and 200m silver medallist Kerron Stewart the Women’s.

Though the list did not specify the respective events athletes will compete in at the Games, seven of the eight finalists in both the Men’s and Women’s 100 metres were named, including Nickeisha Anderson, who finished seventh in the 100m and sixth in the 200m final.

Meanwhile, Observer sources say World 100m champion Veronica Campbell-Brown, who finished fourth in the 100m at the National Championships at the weekend after clocking a season’s best 10.88 seconds, will be an alternate in the event in accordance with JAAA team selection criteria and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Olympic Games entry standards.

The JAAA selection criteria states that “athletes placing in the first to third positions in all events will be selected, provided that they have attained the qualifying ‘A’ standard for the competition. The fourth-placed athlete will be named as an alternate for the individual event”.

According to IAAF Olympic Games entry standards rules, National Olympic Committees have until July 23 to nominate three athletes to be accredited for an event and nominate a fourth as a reserve.

“This reserve could be selected to replace an entered athlete until the time of the technical meeting for the respective event, one day prior to the first competition in the event, and the accreditation status of the replaced athlete transferred to the newly entered athlete”, the rule states.
Despite having made the ‘A’ qualifying standard (14.20m) in the prescribed period, Helsinki 2005 World triple jump champion, Trecia Smith, who leaped 13.61 metres for victory at the Trials has been omitted from the squad.

Smith, a surprise winner in Helsinki three years ago, has battled injury this season and had been doubtful for the Championships. She leaped 14.35 metres at the National Trials on June 23 last year.

However, Women’s long jump champion, Chelsea Hammond; javelin winner Olivia McKoy and Men’s 800m champion Aldwyn Sappleton – who have all attained the Olympic qualifying ‘B’ standard – were among the 25 male and 26 female athletes named.

IAAF rules specify that national associations may enter one qualified athlete per event if he or she has met the ‘B’ qualifying standard between January 1, 2007, and July 23, 2008.

Nesta Carter, who did not start in the final of the Men’s 100 metres due to cramps but finished fourth in the 200 metres, has been named.

Holmwood Technical student, Bobby Gaye Wilkins, has also been included following her fifth-placed finish in the Women’s 400 metres.

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JAMAICANS PLEASE READ THIS SH*T – WHAT A BAG OF CRAP

Posted by Dresonic on July 2, 2008

THIS ARTICLE IS NOT WORTHY OF MY SITE BUT I MUST SHOW MY FELLOW JAMAICANS HOW THE WORLD IS BIAS AND BAD MINDED ESPECIALLY THE BIG U.S. OF A.I RECENTLY SAW THIS ARTICLE ON A WEBSITE AND I MUST THIS IS THE MOST SH*T OF WRITING I HAVE EVER SEEN. THIS ARTICLE WAS CLEARLY WRITTEN BY SOME WHO KNOWS NOTHING ABOUT TRACK AND FIELD. WITH STATEMENTS LIKE THIS : “It’s the kind of computation Gay likes, because, in his way of thinking, it allows him to remain out of the media glare. Let Bolt and fellow Jamaican Asafa Powell bask in it.” IT MAKES ME MADE AS A JAMAICAN. BUT GAY WILL GET HIS ASS HANDED TO HIM WHEN THE OLYMPICS ARRIVE!!!!!


EUGENE, Ore. – Probably the guy least impressed with the fastest 100 meters in history is the guy who actually ran it.

Tyson Gay shrugged, flashed an awkward smile and was generally dismissive after winning the 100 at the U.S. Olympic Trials yesterday in a preposterous 9.68 seconds (you read that right), which would be a world record had the Hayward Field wind gauge not read plus-4.1 meters per second – over the allowable limit of 2.0 mps for record purposes.

How was his race?

“It was OK,” he said.

But this is Gay, who breaks records and also breaks the mold of your typical world-class sprinter – the trash-talking, gesture-making, self-promoting, expletive-spewing mass of tattooed muscles. Gay, 25, is a mama’s boy from Arkansas who goes to church, watches what he eats and gets to bed on time.

He speaks in a near whisper. He lets others provide the superlatives.

“Amazing,” said Harvey Glance, a gold-medal sprinter from the 1976 Olympics and now an assistant U.S. sprint coach. “That’s a pretty historic moment. I don’t care what conditions you are running in. Nine-six is extraordinary.” Read the rest of this entry »

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JAMAICA NATIONAL TRIALS – MENS 100M FINALS

Posted by Dresonic on June 29, 2008

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Powell, Bolt cruise into Jamaica semi-finals

Posted by Dresonic on June 28, 2008

THE world’s two fastest men, Usain Bolt and Asafa Powell, have cruised into the semi-finals of the men’s 100m at Jamaica’s Olympic track and field trials. Powell was the more aggressive in his heat, racing to victory in season-best 9.90 seconds.

“I am just using this as my practice going into Beijing,” Powell said.

He continued to play down a clash with Bolt. Asked about the showdown, he replied, “whatever it takes to get to Beijing, I will be there”.

Bolt, in heat one, stopped the clock in 10.19 seconds.

“I came out here this evening to get a feel of the track and the atmosphere, but will come back tomorrow to take care of business,” Bolt said.

Reigning Olympic 200m champion Veronica Campbell meanwhile booked her spot in the women’s event.
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own won heat one in 11.28 seconds but Kerron Stewart stole the show, winning heat three in 10.99 – the day’s fastest time.

Shelly-Ann Fraser (11.01) and Sherone Simpson (11.11) recorded the next-best times.

In the men’s 400m hurdles, Isa Phillips, who won heat one in a season-best 48.78 seconds, leads Markino Buckley (49.21) and Danny McFarlane, the silver medalist from Athens (49.54) into Sunday’s final (EST).

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How tiny Jamaica develops so many champion sprinters

Posted by Dresonic on June 28, 2008

– As late afternoon trade winds drift into Kingston’s National Stadium, the world’s fastest man ambles back to his starting blocks.

Usain Bolt’s performance in this training session is less than lighting-fast, however, and it fails to impress his coach, Glen Mills. “Make sure you do them good, otherwise you’ll do them tomorrow morning – early,” he barks.

A month ago, Mr. Bolt lived up to his name by breaking countryman Asafa Powell’s world record in the 100-meter dash. The two hold the five fastest recognized times in the event and will go head-to-head this weekend in Jamaica’s Olympic trials.

Yet these men are just two of dozens of top-flight Jamaican sprinters who are poised to put the tiny island nation on the map in the same way Kenyans and Ethiopians are known to dominate long-distance running. Jamaica’s Olympic track team is so deep in talent that these trials will be like watching American NBA stars vie for a spot on ™basketball’s famous Dream Team.

How does a poor Caribbean country of less than 3 million people produce such athletic riches? Improved coaching and a new system to develop raw talent at home have combined with a tradition of seeing sprinting as an inexpensive ticket out of poverty, observers say.

“Where we are today is [like] a flower,” says Anthony Davis, the sports director at Jamaica’s University of Technology (UTECH), whose programs and facilities helped shape some of Jamaica’s finest runners, including Mr. Powell and Bolt. “You’d have had to plant a seed long ago to get where we are today.”

And plant they did.

A little more than 30 years ago, former world-record sprinter Dennis Johnson decided to take what he’d learned at San Jose State University in the 1960s and set up a competitive, US-style college athletic program here in his home country. The goal: produce world-class athletes, especially track stars.

At the time, most considered this crazy talk.

Jamaica had long produced some of the world’s top high school track athletes, but then they left the island. There was no place in this former British colony’s college system for them. Postsecondary education is based on an older British model in which sports are merely a recreational break from the rigors of academia. The only hope of continuing track after high school was to get a scholarship to a foreign university.

Today, Jamaican sprinters still leave, and pad many NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) track rosters.

“In Louisiana, at a high school track meet, we’ll find maybe one or two athletes that could be good enough for [Louisiana State University’s track program],” says Dennis Shaver, head track coach of the 2008 NCAA championship LSU track team. “[But] in Jamaica, there are probably 50 women ready to fit right into the program every year.”

“Jamaicans have played a significant role in the 31 track and field championships we’ve won over the years,” he says, adding that Jamaica will be “very competitive in Beijing.”

Competing in the top US schools was, and is, a fast track out of poverty. The problem, as Mr. Johnson saw it, was that too many Jamaicans never came back home, and some even ran for other Olympic teams. (Donovan Bailey of Canada and Linford Christie of Britain are two examples of Jamaican-born Olympic champions.)

That’s why Johnson started a sports program at a two-year vocational college here, and that later became UTECH, a four-year college. Through Johnson’s work, which has since passed to Mr. Davis, the program now has 280 student athletes and houses the top professional track teams in Jamaica.

By US standards, the training facilities are second class. Jamaica’s top sprinters cram into UTECH’s tiny gym to pump rusty weights, and they often practice on the school’s basic grass track.

“We have to be creative, because we don’t have the resources,” says Davis, explaining that the lanes of the track are marked with diesel and burned because the school can’t afford the machine that lays down chalk lines every week or so. “We had a choice: complain about the resources and do nothing or work with what we have.”

Davis is pushing to attract more sponsors for UTECH’s programs. The British sports drink company Lucozade now offers two full track scholarships to UTECH, and Davis is hoping that success in Beijing will lead to funding for scoreboards and an indoor track surface. And he knows right where he’d put a new athletic center, if he ever gets the money. “We want someday to be the sports center of the Caribbean,” he says.

But UTECH’s program is only part of the reason for Jamaica’s sprinting prowess. “Coaches have played a very important role and are still playing an important role,” says Herb Elliot, a Jamaican member of the International Amateur Athletics Federation’s Medical and Anti-Doping Commission. “NCAA scouts come here in droves to recruit, but our athletes often come back [from four years at US universities] tired and mediocre,” says Mr. Elliot.

Among the most effective Jamaican coaches today is Powell’s coach, Stephen Francis, who founded the Maximizing Velocity and Power (MVP) team in 1999 after getting his MBA from the University of Michigan. “My background is different from most coaches, who were former athletes,” says the rotund Mr. Francis, explaining that the Jamaican track establishment did not appreciate his maverick style.

“My philosophy is based on doing things the hard way,” he says. “We don’t recruit superstars.” He looks for latent talent and chooses coachable sprinters who don’t have supersized egos.

Brigitte Foster-Hylton is one of Francis’s first success stories. When she started working with him in 1999, most didn’t see her potential. But she’s cut more than half a minute off her time in the 100-meter hurdles and won bronze in the event at the 2005 World Championships.

Powell – who says in a matter-of-fact manner that he is still the world’s fastest man despite Bolt’s record run – is another Francis success story.

Powell struggled as the youngest of six siblings growing up in the Jamaican countryside. He was a good sprinter in high school, but not among Jamaica’s very best. A few years ago, one brother was shot to death in a New York cab and another died of a heart attack. The tragedies might have derailed some athletes.

Both of his parents are pastors and he credits a strict upbringing for his focus. “I couldn’t miss one day in church and my mom and dad still call to see if I’m going to church,” he says. “None of this would’ve been possible without God, and I pray to him each and every day. But I know that God helps those who help themselves, so I try to help myself.”

He says he’s ready to win the Olympic gold medal that eluded him four years ago.

But given the recent convictions and confessions of steroid use by track and field athletes, some skeptics question the success of Jamaican sprinters. There have been no recent cases of Jamaicans caught using performance-enhancing drugs. “We are far in advance of the US record for [preventing] doping,” says Elliot, who’s the top enforcement official in Jamaica. “We preach, cajole, and test,” he says. Jamaica makes its athletes available for sudden testing 24/7.

Besides, Elliot says, Jamaica won’t tolerate cheats. “Sports is such a part of our culture that the disgrace [of doping] is so great that the Jamaicans that live here wouldn’t even consider it.”

For now, Jamaicans are reveling in having the world’s two fastest men heading into the Beijing Olympics.

“In the sprints, we’re as good as any,” says Fitz Coleman, a technical coach on Bolt’s team who is widely regarded as one of Jamaica’s best hurdles coaches. “In fact, we just might be the measuring stick at this point in time.”

Another reason for Jamaicans’ success: their attitude, according to Mr. Coleman. “We genuinely believe that we’ll conquer,” he says. “It’s a mindset. We’re small and we’re poor, but we believe in ourselves.”

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New CD from Versatyle “Ghetto Soldier” is out Get It Now Via Bit Torrent!!!

Posted by Dresonic on May 11, 2008

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Ghetto Soldier is Versatyle’s newest creation. The Album features hit singles such as “Crazy feat Price & Jiggy”- “African Princess” – “High Grade” – “Ghetto Soldaz” – “I Miss You feat. Japanese sensation RuRu” and many more. The Album has twenty tracks. Get it while you can freely Via bittorent. Versatyle is making his CD exclusively available to Dresonic.wordpress.com so sonic readers grab it. Dresonic is working on a direct download but still no success with that yet.

Dresonic hopes to get an exclusive interview with Versatyle we will have that up as soon as possible for the sonic readers. Give some feed back…

How To Get It: Follow link and download the torrent file (Versatyle Ghetto_Soldier_Album + Bonus Photos) and then use your favorite bittorent client Utorrent ( get it at Utorrent.com) and then you are down.

About Versatyle : Verastyle is a new upcoming Independent Jamaican Artiste making his way throught the music with his unique flavor appealing to many different people across the world. His Versatility is shown in his songs. This CD was totally written by Versatyle base on his life’s experiences.

Contact Versatyle : myspace.com/therealversatyle

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New Hit Single from Rugu Nation – Versatyle & Price

Posted by Dresonic on April 21, 2008

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ONE OF JAMAICA’S GREATEST – BOB MARLEY

Posted by Dresonic on February 6, 2008

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Today Jamaicans celebrate the birthday of the late Bob Marley. His influence has left the world in a frenzy as he was a great trend setter and leader on the musical mission. Bob Marley was one of Reggae’s most outlandish patriots and he stands today in memory for his accomplishments. Jamaica would not be the great island today if not for outstanding achievements of its greatest people, Bob Marley stands strong in this category. The legacy left behind by Bob Marley will forever live on as long as Reggae music is a live. So for today let us all say a big “happy birthday” to Bob Nesta Marley!!!!

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VYBZ KARTEL DI TEACHA – IN MY SCHEME

Posted by Dresonic on December 24, 2007

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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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Jamaica in the Pacific: Reggae’s got a hold on Guam

Posted by Dresonic on April 22, 2007

It’s a cool and breezy Marley birthday in Lower Tumon, Guam, and I’m sitting on the second story veranda of the Tumon Bay Bar and Grill. A reggae roots trio is entertaining tonight, led by Art Chan, a local reggae hero.

By Roger Steffens

Their bassist is ill tonight, so Fanai Tafari features a guest percussionist from the States named Brett, alongside Tomas, a round, sweet-faced 18-year-old ukelele virtuoso. On their first number, a soulful cover of Santana’s Europa, Tomas masterfully duplicates Carlos note-for-note, but with just four short strings. Brett has three large Polynesian-patterned congas, and a rectilinear box that makes a sound like a muffled cymbal.

Guam is an island that knows many RAW artistes, proven by Fanai Tafari’s cover of Bambu Station’s Gunsmoke. Art says, “People ask me all the time how come you love the music that’s from all the way over on the other side of the world.” He pauses, as if the answer is obvious. “It’s the message.” As for his own musical intentions, he is adamant that “the road to success is always under construction”.

I was brought to the island through the good graces of RAW’s members in Guam, a small band of true believers who meet once a week at the small apartment of Math Teacher/Reggae Fanatic Tom Pearson. Tom took over the leadership of this worldwide networking organisation following the retirement of its co-founder, Papa Pilgrim, almost a decade ago. He is a stocky, white-bearded fellow, whose life is devoted to the multi-cultural mix of students at St John’s School, the campus on which he lives.

He acts in loco parentis for at least nine of them, and – though a bachelor – seems to have his parenting skills down, a mix of discipline and a bit of nose-thumbing at authority, combined with goofy nicknames for his charges like Dirt Bag, Squishy and Gangsta. His other passion is Jah Music and the unheralded singers and players of instruments outside of Jamaica who are equally devoted, but given little chance to be heard. Thus his livication to the principles of RAW. Read the rest of this entry »

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Lara bids Adieu!

Posted by Dresonic on April 21, 2007

 Capacity crowd set for master batsman’s departure

 

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – Strangely enough, organisers are expecting a full house for the last World Cup Super Eight match between West Indies and England today at Kensington Oval which has absolutely no significance in the outcome of the competition.

West Indies captain Brian Lara raises his bat while leaving the nets during a training session at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados, yesterday. (Photo: AP)

The lines outside ticket centres in the Barbados capital were lengthy, and a match that promised very little since both teams have failed to reach the semi-finals will provide the backdrop for a grand farewell for two loyal servants of the game.

The retirement from international cricket of West Indies captain Brian Lara and influential England coach Duncan Fletcher will take centre stage when the two teams meet.
West Indies coach Bennett King spoke glowingly about Lara’s contribution to the game.

He labelled the batting superstar as “a genius”, and said he will be sorely missed from the international arena.
“He’s a genius,” King said. He’s a person who can hit balls in virtually any area of the field off the same sort of ball.
“He could do things that other people couldn’t. He was very resilient. He always stayed on the field, hardly ever comes off. He was a tough cricketer. His mental fortitude was amongst the best I’ve seen.”

King felt that Lara sometimes could be a little different to what people think with his tactics.
“With the side that we’ve got and the skills we’ve got, we have to try different things,” King said.
“Generally, it’s very hard for us to take some wickets or create opportunities to win. He was prepared to take the risk, and I always encouraged him to take a risk.

“We’re losing a wonderful cricketer, a cricketer who brought people through the turnstiles. We don’t want to create robots and certainly he was one of a kind.”

King described his relationship with Lara as “good”, despite they did not always see eye-to-eye.
“As coach, sometimes you have to speak firmly, and as captain, he speaks firmly back,” he said.

“Generally speaking, we had a good relationship. I’d certainly invite him to dinner, and I’d hope he’d invite me.
“He is something to see. He hasn’t got a Test average of 52 for nothing. He’s done it in adverse situations, most of the times when our backs are to the wall. He’s come out fighting. It’s just a wonderful trait he’s got.”

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Lankans aim to stop Aussies for semis berth

Posted by Dresonic on April 16, 2007

ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (CMC) – Sri Lanka will aim to halt Australia’s juggernaut and secure their semi-final spot when the two teams meet in their Cricket World Cup, Super 8 match today at the National Stadium here.

After losing their opening second round match to South Africa, Sri Lanka have rattled off three successive wins but meet an Australian team who are unbeaten in the tournament and who have become increasingly ruthless as the competition has worn on.

Sri Lanka’s Chaminda Vaas (left) bowls in the nets yesterday ahead of today’s Super Eight Cricket World Cup match against Australia in St George’s, Grenada. (Photo: AP)

Sri Lanka’s Australian coach Tom Moody told reporters yesterday that his side would be gunning for full points against the Aussies but would be sticking to their natural style of cricket.
“From our personal point of view it would be great to win tomorrow (today) and continue the momentum that we have had so far in this tournament,” Moody told reporters.

“We [will] concentrate on our brand of cricket and don’t try to chase Australia’s style. They play a unique style which has been successful and admired by all the cricketing world.
“But what has made Sri Lanka successful is concentrating on our brand of cricket and that’s what we’ll be bringing to the game tomorrow.”

He continued: “Australia is playing a power game at the moment. They have got a very, very strong batting line-up that’s led at the front with Hayden and Gilchrist who play a power game up front. Most teams, if at all, have one player that plays that role, they have a couple.
“They also have the depth of fast bowling and with Watson fit, [they have] the all-round option in the middle order so the way they are playing their cricket is slightly different from Sri Lanka and most other teams.”

Fast bowler Lasith Malinga, one of the tournament’s leading wicket-takers, will sit out his second successive match as Sri Lanka’s team management are not yet ready to risk the right-armer after recently recovering from an ankle injury.
Australia’s captain Ricky Ponting acknowledged Sri Lanka’s deadly bowling attack and said the key to winning would be to avoid losing early wickets. Read the rest of this entry »

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