Jamaica drought conditions expected to get worse - minister
Jamaican world record holder Usain Bolt will head to Rio de Janeiro following the Commonwealth Games at Glasgow 2014 to run in a special 100m event on Copacabana beach.
July 21, 2014

Jamaican world record holder Usain Bolt will head to Rio de Janeiro following the Commonwealth Games at Glasgow 2014 to run in a special 100m event on Copacabana beach.

The Economist recently published “Crime in the Caribbean: Policing for Profit” (by M.W.), an article on private security groups, whose guards may outnumber the police on several islands (by three to one in Jamaica, for example).
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In May the Guardsman private-security group opened a new command centre in Jamaica’s capital, Kingston. Snipping the ribbon was the prime minister, Portia Simpson Miller. Looking on were her long-serving predecessor, PJ Patterson; the opposition security spokesman; and Jamaica’s then police commissioner.
Private security is a serious business across Latin America. According to a 2013 report by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), there are more private security guards than police officers in the region. The Caribbean is particularly fertile ground. […] Fear of violence and property crime is rife; so is distrust of the police. A UNDP seven-country survey published two years ago found less than a quarter of respondents believed their under-resourced police force could control robberies and burglaries; in Trinidad and Tobago, barely one-tenth thought so.
Numbers are fuzzy, but private security guards probably outnumber police by three to one in Jamaica. In Trinidad and Tobago they make up perhaps 8% of the entire workforce. Big companies have international connections, train their staff and deploy technology: Guardsman alone has 75 armoured trucks and 7,000 staff in four countries. Small outfits employ perhaps a dozen untrained guards. Businesses are the main clients. […]
Regulation is patchy on some islands, non-existent in others: the risk of using rogue firms and staff exists. But contracting tasks to reputable operators could free up resources for intelligence-led policing of serious and organized crime. Daily duty in a single low-level courtroom may tie up a dozen or more police, for example. At the more rarefied level, too, the private sector can help. Trinidad’s national security ministry last month announced a partnership with a British security……[Full article HERE]  
July 20, 2014

The Economist recently published “Crime in the Caribbean: Policing for Profit” (by M.W.), an article on private security groups, whose guards may outnumber the police on several islands (by three to one in Jamaica, for example).

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In May the Guardsman private-security group opened a new command centre in Jamaica’s capital, Kingston. Snipping the ribbon was the prime minister, Portia Simpson Miller. Looking on were her long-serving predecessor, PJ Patterson; the opposition security spokesman; and Jamaica’s then police commissioner.

Private security is a serious business across Latin America. According to a 2013 report by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), there are more private security guards than police officers in the region. The Caribbean is particularly fertile ground. […] Fear of violence and property crime is rife; so is distrust of the police. A UNDP seven-country survey published two years ago found less than a quarter of respondents believed their under-resourced police force could control robberies and burglaries; in Trinidad and Tobago, barely one-tenth thought so.

Numbers are fuzzy, but private security guards probably outnumber police by three to one in Jamaica. In Trinidad and Tobago they make up perhaps 8% of the entire workforce. Big companies have international connections, train their staff and deploy technology: Guardsman alone has 75 armoured trucks and 7,000 staff in four countries. Small outfits employ perhaps a dozen untrained guards. Businesses are the main clients. […]

Regulation is patchy on some islands, non-existent in others: the risk of using rogue firms and staff exists. But contracting tasks to reputable operators could free up resources for intelligence-led policing of serious and organized crime. Daily duty in a single low-level courtroom may tie up a dozen or more police, for example. At the more rarefied level, too, the private sector can help. Trinidad’s national security ministry last month announced a partnership with a British security……[Full article HERE]  

GUSSIE PRESENTING THE RIGHT TRACKS (JULY 22)
2CD COLLECTION TRACK LISTING
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DISC 1
1.  The Right Track - Tommy McCook
2.  Guiding Star - Leroy Sibbles
3.  Scorch Special - Simplicity People
4.  Gussie Special - Simplicity People
5.  Classical Illusion - Augustus Pablo
6.  Oh No I Can’t Believe - Gregory Isaacs
7.  Believe A Dub - Augustus Pablo
8.  Love You To Want Me - Horace Andy
9. Girl Don’t Come - Jacob Miller
10. Lying Lips - Leroy Smart
11. Schenectady’s/Schnectady’s Shock - Simplicity People
12. Logan Street Rock - Simplicity People
13. How Can I (Love Someone) - Delroy Wilson
14. Delilah - Horace Andy
15. Born To Love You - The Heptones
16. Born To Dub You (Part One) - Augustus Pablo
17. Born To Dub You (Part Two) - Augustus Pablo
18. Their Own Way - Dennis Brown
19. Pride And Ambition - Leroy Smart
20. Pride Version - Old Boys Inc./Simplicity People/Society Squad
DISC 2
1. Try Me - Roman Stewart
2. Leggo Beast - I Roy
3. Rhythm Style - Simplicity People & Big Youth
4. Stardum - Augustus Pablo
5. No, No, No - Leroy Sibbles
6. Magnificent Seven - I Roy
7. Oregan/Origan Style - Augustus Pablo
8.  KG’s Halfway Tree - Simplicity People
9.  High Jacking - I Roy
10. Skylarking - Augustus Pablo*
11. Skylarking (Part Two) - Augustus Pablo*
12. The Killer (Version) - Society Squad
13. My Time - Gregory Isaacs
14. Funny Feelings - Dennis Brown
15. Danger In Your Eyes - Mighty Diamonds
16. Danger In Your Dub - Tommy McCook*
17. Black Foundation - Augustus ‘Gussie’ Clarke
18. Proud To Be Black - Mikey Dread*
19. Love The Daughter Dem - Trinity
20. Peace Can Solve it - I Roy
*previously unreleased
GUSSIE PRESENTING THE RIGHT TRACKS (JUL 22)
VINYL TRACK LISTING
 SIDE A
1. Tommy McCook - The Right Track
2. Gregory Isaacs - Oh No I Can’t Believe
3. Horace Andy - Love You To Want Me
4. Leroy Sibbles - Guiding Star
5. Jacob Miller - Girl Don’t Come
SIDE B
1. Simplicity People - Schenectady’s Shock
2. Dennis Brown - Their Own Way
3. Delroy Wilson - How Can I Love Someone
4. Horace Andy - Delilah
5. Augustus Pablo - Born To Dub You
6. Leroy Smart - Lying Lips
GUSSIE PRESENTING THE RIGHT SEVENS (AUGUST 5)
7” VINYL BOX SET TRACK LISTING
Disc 1
A. Leroy Smart - Pride And Ambition
B. Old Boys Inc. - Pride Version
Disc 2
A. Leroy Sibbles - No, No, No
B. The Society Squad - The Killer Version
Disc 3
A. Roman Stewart - Try Me
B. Simplicity People featuring Big Youth
Disc 4
A. Leroy Sibbles - Guiding Star
B. Augustus Pablo - Classical Illusion
Disc 5
A. Gregory Isaacs - Oh No I Can’t Believe
B. Augustus Pablo - Believe A Dub
Disc 6
A. The Mighty Diamonds - Danger In Your Eyes
B. Tommy McCook - Danger In Your Dub
Disc 7
A. Mikey Dread - Proud To Be Black
B. Augustus ‘Gussie’ Clarke - Black Foundation
July 16, 2014
GUSSIE PRESENTING THE RIGHT TRACKS (JULY 22)
2CD COLLECTION TRACK LISTING

DISC 1
1.  The Right Track - Tommy McCook
2.  Guiding Star - Leroy Sibbles
3.  Scorch Special - Simplicity People
4.  Gussie Special - Simplicity People
5.  Classical Illusion - Augustus Pablo
6.  Oh No I Can’t Believe - Gregory Isaacs
7.  Believe A Dub - Augustus Pablo
8.  Love You To Want Me - Horace Andy
9. Girl Don’t Come - Jacob Miller
10. Lying Lips - Leroy Smart
11. Schenectady’s/Schnectady’s Shock - Simplicity People
12. Logan Street Rock - Simplicity People
13. How Can I (Love Someone) - Delroy Wilson
14. Delilah - Horace Andy
15. Born To Love You - The Heptones
16. Born To Dub You (Part One) - Augustus Pablo
17. Born To Dub You (Part Two) - Augustus Pablo
18. Their Own Way - Dennis Brown
19. Pride And Ambition - Leroy Smart
20. Pride Version - Old Boys Inc./Simplicity People/Society Squad

DISC 2
1. Try Me - Roman Stewart
2. Leggo Beast - I Roy
3. Rhythm Style - Simplicity People & Big Youth
4. Stardum - Augustus Pablo
5. No, No, No - Leroy Sibbles
6. Magnificent Seven - I Roy
7. Oregan/Origan Style - Augustus Pablo
8.  KG’s Halfway Tree - Simplicity People
9.  High Jacking - I Roy
10. Skylarking - Augustus Pablo*
11. Skylarking (Part Two) - Augustus Pablo*
12. The Killer (Version) - Society Squad
13. My Time - Gregory Isaacs
14. Funny Feelings - Dennis Brown
15. Danger In Your Eyes - Mighty Diamonds
16. Danger In Your Dub - Tommy McCook*
17. Black Foundation - Augustus ‘Gussie’ Clarke
18. Proud To Be Black - Mikey Dread*
19. Love The Daughter Dem - Trinity
20. Peace Can Solve it - I Roy

*previously unreleased


GUSSIE PRESENTING THE RIGHT TRACKS (JUL 22)
VINYL TRACK LISTING

 SIDE A
1. Tommy McCook - The Right Track
2. Gregory Isaacs - Oh No I Can’t Believe
3. Horace Andy - Love You To Want Me
4. Leroy Sibbles - Guiding Star
5. Jacob Miller - Girl Don’t Come

SIDE B
1. Simplicity People - Schenectady’s Shock
2. Dennis Brown - Their Own Way
3. Delroy Wilson - How Can I Love Someone
4. Horace Andy - Delilah
5. Augustus Pablo - Born To Dub You
6. Leroy Smart - Lying Lips


GUSSIE PRESENTING THE RIGHT SEVENS (AUGUST 5)
7” VINYL BOX SET TRACK LISTING

Disc 1
A. Leroy Smart - Pride And Ambition
B. Old Boys Inc. - Pride Version

Disc 2
A. Leroy Sibbles - No, No, No
B. The Society Squad - The Killer Version

Disc 3
A. Roman Stewart - Try Me
B. Simplicity People featuring Big Youth

Disc 4
A. Leroy Sibbles - Guiding Star
B. Augustus Pablo - Classical Illusion

Disc 5
A. Gregory Isaacs - Oh No I Can’t Believe
B. Augustus Pablo - Believe A Dub

Disc 6
A. The Mighty Diamonds - Danger In Your Eyes
B. Tommy McCook - Danger In Your Dub

Disc 7
A. Mikey Dread - Proud To Be Black
B. Augustus ‘Gussie’ Clarke - Black Foundation
Cemetery excavations reveal complicated Jamaican Jewish past
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This article by Maayan Jaffe appeared in the JNS.org website. Follow the link below for the original report and more photos.
Marina Delfos is on a mission. Working with a group of people who come to Jamaica each year through Caribbean Volunteer Expeditions and a handful of local volunteers, she is helping to take inventory of the area’s Jewish gravestones, trying to make sense of the 360-year-old and oft-forgotten Jamaican Jewish past.
This past March, Delfos struck stone while she was on the Way Back When (Black River Heritage Tour) trip with Allison Morris.
“I knew there had to be a cemetery in [the town of] Black River,”said Delfos, who with Morris, a seventh-generation resident of Black River, began inquiring about where the historic Jewish community would have resided there. She asked one elderly man on a bicycle if he knew where they might have resided, and he took the group into the backyard of a neighboring home a few feet away, where there were three Jewish tombstones.
Delfos had to pull back the brush and shift a heavy bed of leaves to read the tombs’inscriptions. But before leaving the backyard, she had…[Full article HERE]
July 9, 2014

Cemetery excavations reveal complicated Jamaican Jewish past

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This article by Maayan Jaffe appeared in the JNS.org website. Follow the link below for the original report and more photos.

Marina Delfos is on a mission. Working with a group of people who come to Jamaica each year through Caribbean Volunteer Expeditions and a handful of local volunteers, she is helping to take inventory of the area’s Jewish gravestones, trying to make sense of the 360-year-old and oft-forgotten Jamaican Jewish past.

This past March, Delfos struck stone while she was on the Way Back When (Black River Heritage Tour) trip with Allison Morris.

“I knew there had to be a cemetery in [the town of] Black River,”said Delfos, who with Morris, a seventh-generation resident of Black River, began inquiring about where the historic Jewish community would have resided there. She asked one elderly man on a bicycle if he knew where they might have resided, and he took the group into the backyard of a neighboring home a few feet away, where there were three Jewish tombstones.

Delfos had to pull back the brush and shift a heavy bed of leaves to read the tombs’inscriptions. But before leaving the backyard, she had…[Full article HERE]

July 6, 2014

WHY IS THIS NOT BIG NEWS?

Parchment ran 12.94 to stun world champion David Oliver and Olympic runner-up Jason Richardson. Pascal Martinot-Lagarde, who won in Lausanne on Thursday, wound up second in 13.05.

"I was not thinking to run that fast today," Parchment said. "Now, I have the feeling I can run even faster. I made some mistakes. I need to improve my technique and keep winning. Still some races to go and then trying to win Commonwealth Games."

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June 24, 2014

I’m Black and I’m Cute

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June 22, 2014

ETHIOPIA TO JAMAICA - DUB COLOSSUS

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You can imagine my excitement when their new album dropped. When anyone say’s Ethiopian jazz meets Jamaican dub I’m all ears. So the Addis To Omega saga continues not just with a brilliant new CD, but some live performances too. From the album the standout cuts are Boom Ka Boom (And The Dub Disciples)’, 'Keep on Rocking' and lead single 'Madmen.' This is their fourth album and you can catch them LIVE:

Full band (10 piece)

July 19th @ Tropical Pressure Festival, Cornwall

July 20th @ International Festival, Milton Keynes

 

Dub Colossus Sound System (4 or 5 piece)

Aug 16th @ One Love Festival, Leighton Buzzard

Really worth not just buying this CD, but seeing them live. 

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US researcher wants Ja to cooperate with Israel on medicinal marijuana - News
June 13, 2014

Jamaican tennis star Dustin Brown beats world No 1 Rafael Nadal! (Video Highlights)

WHY IS THIS NOT A BIG THING!!!?

Shame……
June 9, 2014

Shame……

June 4, 2014

WTF - Popcarnnnnnnn

Family of Legendary Reggae icon wants singer to stop claiming he is son of Bob Marley!
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A singer who goes by the name Fabian Marley may have to stop stating he is the son of the legendary Reggae singer Bob Marley until he can substantiate his claim.
According to a report by the Observer,  the singer Fabian Marley who goes by the moniker ‘Gong Kid’ gives his birth date as July 27, 1968.
He claims to be the result of a liaison between his mother Raphie Munroe and Bob Marley.
He says all his official documents, including his birth certificate, have the Marley surname.
According to the singer, six months after submitting his DNA results to the Marley family, he still hasn’t received a response.
He told the Jamaica Observer that he took the DNA test after receiving a “cease and desist” order from the family’s attorneys, Michael Hylton & Associates.
The document warned him to refrain from using the Marley name and claiming to be the son of reggae legend Bob Marley, unless he supplied concrete evidence.
June 3, 2014

Family of Legendary Reggae icon wants singer to stop claiming he is son of Bob Marley!

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A singer who goes by the name Fabian Marley may have to stop stating he is the son of the legendary Reggae singer Bob Marley until he can substantiate his claim.

According to a report by the Observer,  the singer Fabian Marley who goes by the moniker ‘Gong Kid’ gives his birth date as July 27, 1968.

He claims to be the result of a liaison between his mother Raphie Munroe and Bob Marley.

He says all his official documents, including his birth certificate, have the Marley surname.

According to the singer, six months after submitting his DNA results to the Marley family, he still hasn’t received a response.

He told the Jamaica Observer that he took the DNA test after receiving a “cease and desist” order from the family’s attorneys, Michael Hylton & Associates.

The document warned him to refrain from using the Marley name and claiming to be the son of reggae legend Bob Marley, unless he supplied concrete evidence.