Jamaica threatened with expulsion from 2016 Olympics over drug testing issues

jamaicaOlympics2by Jodee Brown

The World Anti-Doping Agency, WADA has issued a stern warning to one of track and field’s most prominent nations as Jamaica could face expulsion from the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro if the local government fails to address inadequacies in its drug testing program.

British newspaper, the Telegraph reported Wednesdayevening that WADA’s general director, David Howmanhas urged Jamaica to look into is drug testing policy after explosive accusations by former Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) head, Anne Shirley that the island has not done enough to prevent drug use amongst its athletes.

In an article for Sports Illustrated, Shirley, who quit asJADCO president in February, accused Jamaican politicians and administrators of ignoring her constant warnings regarding the issue while claiming recent positive tests returned by Asafa Powell, Sherone Simpson and others were a ‘disaster’ waiting to happen. Additionally, she revealed that JADCO only did one out-of-competition drug test in five months prior to last year’s Olympics in London, England.

Following these claims, Howman has threatened that should these issues not be resolved, WADA could deem JADCO non-compliant with its code of conduct, which could affect Jamaica’s participation in the 2016 summer games as well as other, upcoming track and field events.

“Our normal approach if we have issues falling into the category of either complaint or concern is to try to work with the particular signatory – in this case the Nada [national anti-doping agency] – and remedy it,”Howman said, according to the Telegraph. “If nothing happens, we can ask our board to declare any of the signatories non-compliant and that has implications as to whether teams from the country would be admitted into various events.”

He continued, “It’s serious. And I think that if responsible people in Jamaica are looking at it then they will address it. I would be disappointed if they didn’t. But, certainly, if there’s a lack of response then it’s something that we at WADA would want to take up with the Jamaican government.”

“We’ve worked closely with Jamaica for a number of years. I was down there a few years ago to try to look after issues we felt needed to be addressed and they were then addressed by the government of the day.”

“We knew that there was a spell in Jamaica where they didn’t have a CEO and there was a spell when they were not conducting testing and we didn’t know the reason for that. But that was certainly something that we became aware of.”

Howman also added that he has a very positive relationship with Jamaica’s prime minister and former sports minister, Portia Simpson-Miller and believes they can work towards a solution that will help strengthen the country’ drug policies and testing regiments.

The Jamaican track team is coming off a nine-medal haul at the recently concluded IAAF World Championships in Moscow, Russia. Double 100m Olympic champions, Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce each walked away with three gold medals while the 4 by 400m team won silver, Warren Weir won silver in the 200m and Nesta Carter won bronze in the 100m.

Lion’s Den Reggae Music Mondays Roars to new Location Downtown Toronto

Re-introducing The Lions Den at a whole new location. Re-igniting the flame at a whole new level.

Re-introducing The Lions Den at a whole new location. Re-igniting the flame at a whole new level.

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Toronto’s Favorite Monday Night Reggae Music hang-out, Lions Den, hits Bunda Lounge with a long list of upcoming performers and some of the city’s finest Selectas spinning the latest and greatest tunes.

Toronto, ON – August , 2013 — Reggae Music advocate JuLion King of Reggae Xclusive Magazine and popular blog site CanadianReggaeWorld.com has re-introduced “The Lions Den”. The weekly night of music commonly known as “Denday” continues to build on its rich history of providing pure reggae vibes that all can enjoy.  The hot new location is Bunda Lounge at 1108 Dundas Street West. Main event selectas (DJs) include The Juiceman – Jonathan Shaw, Suppa Natty, Fyah Rootz of Atmosphere Sound alongside Amazona Sound. On the scene photos, video and promotion will be provided by TorontoDeejays.com and Time2Rize Media, Inc.  Click here to see promo video.

The Den is now welcoming all artists and entertainers to showcase their talents. In the few short weeks at their new location, numerous upcoming and well known Reggae/Dancehall artists have shown up to enjoy the vibes and have graced the microphone with their abundance of talent.  Names include: Progress, Michie Mee, Lindo P, Popa Levy, Melodic Yoza, Tonya P, Nkrumah and you never know who will show up on the very next Denday.

This event features all the flavours of Reggae music sprinkled with sounds from around the Caribbean and the world. The bar also serves up a wide selection of drinks ranging from cocktails, liquers, domestic/imported beers and refreshing non-alcoholic beverages.  “It’s typically a jam to chill to the sounds of Roots, Rastafarian Reggae with a mix of Soul, Funk, R & B, House music, Soca, and a touch of Dancehall. A vibe to chill and relax, or simply just to dance! No pretenses, just positive energy!” says JuLion King who also told the story of a friend asking him, “What are you selling at the Lion’s Den?” His answer was simply, “We sell smiles.”

Event Details:

The Lions Den Reggae Music Party

Venue: Bunda Lounge 1108 Dundas St. W. @ Ossington, Toronto, ON

Date: Every Monday (Doors Open at 10pm)

A canned food donation or $5 cover at the door

For Additional Info Contact:

JuLion King at canadianreggaeworld@gmail.com
Tygon Cowan at info@torontodeejays.com

Visit www.bundalounge.ca for directions

LIONS DEN "IGNITION" PROMOTIONAL VIDEO

LIONS DEN “IGNITION” PROMOTIONAL VIDEO

Re-introducing The Lions Den at a whole new location. Re-igniting the flame at a whole new level. Just warming up. All artists and entertainers welcome to showcase their talents. All reggae fans are welcome to join the party. Each and every Monday (Denday). Doors open @ 10pm. A canned good or $5 at the door. Party all night. Pre-party with delicious food and unforgettable moments starting very soon! Brought to you by: Canadian Reggae World with a little help from Toronto Deejays TV and Time2Rize Media, Inc.

Vybz Kartel found not guilty in murder trial after prosecution drops case

Vybz Kartel, who has been incarcerated since September 2011, has been cleared of murder charges in the Barrington 'Bossie' Burton murder trial.

Vybz Kartel, who has been incarcerated since September 2011, has been cleared of murder charges in the Barrington ‘Bossie’ Burton murder trial.

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Embattled Dancehall superstar, Adidja Palmer, more popularly known as Vybz Kartel is now one step closer to full freedom after he was officially freed of a murder charge in the Barrington ‘Bossie’ Burton trial Wednesday morning.

A 12-member jury inside the Home Circuit Court was instructed by Supreme Court judge, Bryan Sykes to return a not guilty verdict in favor of the popular entertainer after the Crown offered no further evidence to continue its case. This news comes a day after Judge Sykes denied the entry of two witness statements into evidence by the prosecution after determining that the Crown did not take enough steps to locate missing witnesses who were due to testify in the trial.

The self-professed ‘Worl’ Boss’ stood accused of murder, conspiracy to murder and illegal possession of a firearm in the July 2011 shooting of Burton, a St. Catherine-based businessman and promoter. Kartel’s co-accused, Lenburgh McDonald and Nigel Thompson were also freed of murder charges and are free to go.

However, Kartel will remain in police custody as he awaits a November trial date in the Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams case as he has yet to receive bail in the matter. Kartel and five other men are accused of participating in the death of Williams in August 2011 at a Havendale property in St. Andrew.

Kartel, his long-time protégé, Vanessa ‘Gaza Slim’ Saddler and studio engineer, Andre ‘Pim Pim’ Henry are accused of conspiracy in relation to the Williams matter.

Vybz Kartel rushed to hospital after complaining of chest pains

Vybz Kartel, seen here in an orange shirt and jeans was taken to a Kingston hospital Thursday morning after complaining of chest pains. Credits:   jamaica-gleaner.com

Vybz Kartel, seen here in an orange shirt and jeans was taken to a Kingston hospital Thursday morning after complaining of chest pains.
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Embattled Dancehall superstar, Adidja Palmer, more popularly known as Vybz Kartel, has been treated and released from a Kingston hospital after complaining of chest pains while behind bars Thursday morning.

Kartel, who is awaiting trials on two separate murder cases, was whisked away from the Horizon Remand Centre to the Kingston Public Hospital after falling ill. Dressed in an orange T-shirt and jeans with somewhat spiky hair, the deejay was met with mass fanfare upon visiting the medical facility.

He reportedly was taken into the hospital’s x-ray department and treated for a short time before being released in handcuffs and taken back to jail in a grey police vehicle.

Vybz Kartel faces several murder and conspiracy charges in separate case in which he is alleged to have participated in the killings of Barrington ‘Bossie’ Burton and Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams respectively during the summer of 2011. He has been incarcerated since September 2011, having yet to receive bail in the latter murder case.

He is expected to stand trial next month in the Burton case.

Buju Banton gun conviction dismissed as trial juror could face contempt charge

A gun charge, carrying an additional five-year prison term, has been thrown out, meaning that Buju Banton remains on course to serve out his ongoint ten-year sentence on a drug conviction.

A gun charge, carrying an additional five-year prison term, has been thrown out, meaning that Buju Banton remains on course to serve out his ongoint ten-year sentence on a drug conviction.

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Embattled Dancehall/Reggae superstar, Mark Myrie, more popularly known as Buju Banton has received a reprieve in his fight to overturn his drug conviction as a gun charge against the entertainer was dismissed during a hearing inside a Florida courtroom Wednesday afternoon.

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The ruling, handed down by Judge James Moody was made after it was determined that Terri Wright, a juror in Buju’s February 2011 drug trial, violated federal court orders by independently researching aspects of the singjay’s case. This means that Buju, currently serving a ten-year prison term on several drug-related charges, will not have to serve five additional years as a result of the gun charge, which was reinstated following a failed appeal last summer.

Judge Moody has ordered the United States government to slap a criminal contempt charge against Wright as a result of her alleged misconduct. Wright could face up to six months in prison, as well as a fine if found guilty on contempt.

Buju’s lawyer, Chokwe Lumumba maintains that he was happy about the judge’s rulings, but thinks the entire drug case against his client should have been thrown out, telling the Tampa Bay Times, “If we can’t believe her on the Pinkerton issue, we can’t believe her on anything else.”

Last October, Buju’s legal team requested that the entertainer’s drug conviction be overturned and that he be granted a new trial days after a report came out in a Florida newspaper that Wright had admitted to researching facts of Buju’s case on her laptop.

During a hearing in April, it was found that Wright has submitted the wrong hard drive to a forensic examiner hired by Buju’s legal team as they tried to determine whether Wright had researched aspects of the singer’s drug case during the February 2011 timeline. This revelation led to Wednesday’s hearing, where Wright was deemed to have lied about her behavior during the trial.

Lady Saw blasts boyfriend on Twitter, wants out of relationship

Lady Saw has hinted that she is through with her long-time boyfriend, 'John John' following numerous incidents of infidelity

Lady Saw has hinted that she is through with her long-time boyfriend, ‘John John’ following numerous incidents of infidelity

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The ‘Queen of Dancehall,’ Lady Saw has apparently reached her breaking point after a series of tweets posted recently in which she claims her long-time boyfriend has treated her unroyally for too long.

Lady Saw, whose real name is Marion Halltook to the social media website to blast famed producer Lloyd ‘John John’ James,her lover of 14 years. According to the deejay, her common-law husband’s infidelity and greed has become too much to bare, suggesting she wants out and even wants him to pay back money she contributed to the development of his new home.

“You ungrateful brute! You need to sell your apartment and pay me back all the money I gave to you to refurbish it and pay your mortgage for all these years,” she said.

This is not the first time the entertainer has blasted her now ex-beau on Twitter,confirming last October that John Johnimpregnated another woman who lived close to her. In March, she ranted once more after claiming an affair between her boyfriend and a hairdresser.

Her most recent Twitter blasts were just as poignant, insisting she was glad she did not marry John John after all these years and accusing him of only wanting to get married to gain access to her riches.

“You and your new baby mom drag my name in the mud and God pick me up and gave me a hit so I can get away from you,” she said “And now you want to pull me down again? Even after you get babies on me, my money pay for anything you give them, because I was not selfish – school fee, shoes, clothing? Come on, man!”

Lady Saw has been scarce on the local scene since the video for her hit single, Heels On in January. She said she has been absent from Jamaica in recent months as she does not want to be in the same surroundings as her man.

The prominent deejay is currently touring in Canada and will reportedly address the situation to her fans upon her return to Jamaica.

A Mother’s Love: 10 hit songs dedicated to mothers by Dancehall/Reggae acts

Bounty Killer is one of many Dancehall/Reggae acts to pay homage to their mothers, as he did with his Mom, 'Miss Ivy' following her death in February Credits:   thegullyside.com

Bounty Killer is one of many Dancehall/Reggae acts to pay homage to their mothers, as he did with his Mom, ‘Miss Ivy’ following her death in February
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As a show of respect to mothers and the struggles they had to bare, many artistes across various genres have dedicated songs to them in an effort to show their appreciation for all they sacrificed. Several Dancehall and Reggae superstars have similarly poured their hearts out to pay homage to the concept of motherhood and the burdens that came along with that responsibility.

In honor of Mother’s Day, check out this list of ten songs done by current Jamaican artistes that were dedicated to Moms or the evolving concept of motherhood.

1. Jahvinci – Mama Don’t Worry: FormerPortmore Empire singjay, Jahvinci had showcased some of his potential as a hybrid artiste with songs like Money andChristmas Story. However, his prospects first shone in the summer of 2009 withMama Don’t Worry, a song wholly dedicated towards those who promise better days for their mothers, even during the worst of times. Additionally, the songreflects on the struggles his mother went through to care for him and the emotional toll motherhood can take.

2. Jahvinci – Mama Love: Just months before his departure from the Empire, Jahvinci scored another hit while a member of the ‘Gaza’ group with Mama Love in March 2011 on the Eternal Riddim. This song was seemingly more personal for Jahvinci as he spoke to growing up in the ghetto but managing to overcome the daily struggles and dangers of the inner city thanks to the love and support of his mother. It gaveJahvinci noteworthy acclaim on the local music scene and helped build the singjay’s reputation as a promising prospect, even after leaving Vybz Kartel’s crew in May 2011.

3. Bounty Killer – Mama’s Love: Originally done in early 2011, Bounty Killer spoke highly of his love for his mother Ivy ‘Miss Ivy’ Williams, as he often did on previous singles like Mama Ivy Last Son and Mama U Know. Mama’s Love gave credence once again to the dedication and determination that mothers show while also speaking of how his mother raised him and encouraged him throughout his childhood and rise to superstardom.

The single was re-released in February of last year after Miss Ivy passed away following a long illness while the Dancehall fraternity showed strong support for Bounty Killer when holding a wake in honor of his mother.

4. Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers – Mama: During his hay day in the late 80s and early 90s, a young Ziggy Marleyshowed his love for mothers in song as he and the Melody Makers released the sizzling Reggae single, Mama. Not only did this song honor the strength and persistence that his mother showed, but Marley also described the essence of motherhood and how well they spread their love.

5. Lady Saw – Infertility: For every mother able to bare the joy of carrying a child in their womb, there are some women who’re unfortunately unable to bare children of their own. One of those women is the ‘Queen of Dancehall, Lady Saw who surprised her hardcore Dancehall following in 2007 with the release of No Less Than a Woman (Infertility), speaking candidly about her past miscarriages and sadness of not being able to have her own children.

With three adopted children of her own,Lady Saw used No Less Than a Woman as a way to inspire women who endured similar fates to keep their heads up while suggesting that there are many Jamaican children without parents, looking for mothers to love and take care of them. The song received high praise within local music circles as she spoke up for women in similar circumstances.

6. Gyptian – Mama Don’t Cry: In 2006, Gyptianbecame a household name when he released his debut album, I Am Gyptian, featuring smash hits like Serious Timesand Beautiful Lady. Another single from that album, Mama Don’t Cry painted an eloquent picture of a man who strives to make it on his own while attempting to make life better for himself and his mother.

The visuals for Mama Don’t Cry followed suit, showing how life in the inner city was a major struggle for him and his mother to the point where his mother feared the worst. However, Gyptian’s lyrics of encouragement resonated with many who were in similar situations as his scintillating voice won the hearts and support of fans across the world. Check it out here:

7. Garnett Silk – Hello Mama Africa: The concept of motherhood isn’t just limited to people. Sometimes, it can be a place which one calls a ‘mother’, as shown by late great Reggae singer, Garnett Silk in Hello Mama Africa. Paying homage to the proverbial Motherland while showing his devout beliefs in Rastafari, Silk flourished as one of Reggae’s most promising acts of the 90s with Hello Mama Africa as he speaks of one day returning to the Motherland while speaking of the joy that the continent brought to him.

A remix of the single was later done with fellow Reggae superstars and friends, Buju Banton and Anthony B and since Silk’s untimely death in December 1994, Hello Mama Africa remains one of Reggae music’s biggest hits.

8. Sizzla – Black Woman and Child: Again dealing with a greater concept of motherhood, Reggae singer, Sizzla Kalonjiascended to superstar status after the release of Black Woman and Child in 1997. Speaking of his admiration for black women raising their children through the toughest of times, Sizzla spoke to the long road that black women had to overcome dating back to the days of slavery. Additionally, he put the emphasis on one natural love and support instead of a reliance on material things.

Black Woman and Child was the title track of Sizzla’s 1997 album which was later named as a top 50 Reggae album of all time by MOJO Magazine in 2002 and is regarded by many fans as Kalonji’s best compilation to date.

9. Vybz Kartel – Mama: Easily Dancehall’s most controversial artiste, Kartel once again showed his trait of unpredictability withMama; a conscious effort dedicated towards honoring all the achievements and efforts his mother made in order to provide a better life for him and their family.

Kartel also called out those men who fail to take care of their mothers; instead spending their money on random women while leaving the main women in their lives to suffer. A chart-topping single added to his already rich résumé, Kartel referred to his mother and others as queens who should be given their rightful respect as they gave up so much just to make their children happy.

10. Sizzla – Thank You Mama: It was the first single that Sizzla ever put to visuals and still is most impactful single to date. With a simple message relaying all the pain and pressure mothers have to bear when having children, Sizzla reflected on his own days a child with his mother and the belief that he and his mother would one day overcome.

Thank You Mama dominated Reggae charts, won over fans from all corners of the world and made Sizzla a global phenomenon. The single remains a universal anthem for celebrating motherhood and will surely be played a plethora of times this Mother’s Day.