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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.
Profile: Asafa Powell

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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Posted by Dresonic on September 24, 2007


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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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PIECE OF THE DAY -Inna di bus- Written By Yanique

Posted by Dresonic on May 14, 2007


For all those of you who are not from Jamaica/ the Caribbean, the title simple means ‘In the bus.’ This is a topic that I’ve always stewed in my mind and now I’m just venting.

The public transportation system here in Jamaica is a joke, especially if you live in the Kingston region and you have to take the bus to school in the mornings. Unfortunatley, I was subjected to the horrible experience yesterday AND this morning also.

First of all I must say that the bus system does serve to be of some historical use as now almost more than 80% of Jamaicans have had glimpses of what it was like when the slaves were packed like sardines in ships to cross the Atlantic to the Americas. So we now have one more thing in common with our ancestors. If the bus capacity is 40, I can assure you that here in Ja that bus would fit at least 150. Ok ok, maybe I exaggerated. It might fit 100. You become intimately close to the person next to you, behind you and infront of you. You and your neighbours become one. It seems as though our national motto takes on a literal meaning…”Out of many, one people.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Sandra Bicknell [Revealed]

Posted by Dresonic on April 22, 2007

Growing up in Queens, New York within a typical Cuban-American household, Sandra Bicknell had no intention of being a model, travelling the world or being ‘cover girl’ for the fashion industry’s top glossies. In fact, she nonchalantly sums up her discovery as “just luck”.

“I had a job in Soho (West Broadway, Manhattan) in my first year of college, some agents came in and asked who’s that girl and that was it,” Sandra says as she nestles into the warm oatmeal couch, eager to share her story with SunDay. Opening what she calls her “memory trunk”, SunDay uncovers a vast collection of photos, magazines and memorabilia from her four-year stint as a model.

Sandra creates history by appearing on two Cosmo covers within three months of each other.
Sandra at her 40th birthday party.

Her whirlwind career filled with quirky moments, life lessons and a near-death experience with meningitis ended when she moved to Jamaica to start a new chapter as mother and wife.
Fast-forward to present day, Sandra is a bubbly 40-year-old, divorced mother of two. still a beautiful soul; grateful for wisdom, relationships and the opportunity to share her life. Read the rest of this entry »

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How to Tell When a Relationship is Over

Posted by Dresonic on March 22, 2007

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Are you hanging on to a Dead-End Relationship?

Posted by Dresonic on March 22, 2007

It is common for relationships to have difficulties, but there are times when a relationship has reached its dead end with irreparable problems. Many people who have invested their time and emotions into a relationship find it very hard to let go, believing that things can and will work out, regardless of whether their partner still wants to be with them or not. So what are the signs of a dead-end relationship? Read the following list:


When Consideration Fades. If one or both of you decline in your consideration of what the other needs and wants, your relationship will not last, because you are no longer working together.


Lack of Respect. Love does not conquer all. Respect plays a big role in any relationship and if your partner does not show respect for your dreams, goals, beliefs, feelings and overall individuality, then they are not accepting you for who you are-making the relationship an illusion.


When your partner wants nothing else to do with you.  When your partner says it is over, then it is over. There is nothing you can do or say to make him or her change their mind unless they truly want to make things work from their own choice and will. Being insistent will only prevent you from moving on and finding better love.


Relationship Expert Alina has written an article on How to break Up. It explains and gives you some tips if you really are thinking of breaking up and you want some tips.


Not making time to contribute to the relationship.  If you or your partner loses interest in contributing to the relationship and makes no effort to do so at any point and time, then the relationship is over. No relationship survives without frequent effort and time investment to keep things happy and clear.


 Having the Unwillingness to Compromise.  All relationships will come across their differences, but if you cannot meet in the middle and come to a compromise that you can both feel comfortable with, your compatibility is not strong enough to keep the relationship together. It can never be a one way street, for when things go only in the way one partners wants it to- resentments build up and weaken your bond as a couple.

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