Hapilos awards off :According to the New York Post, Kevin Reynolds — CEO of 21st Hapilos Digital Distribution — was arrested at the John F Kennedy International Airport last Sunday

Wednesday, April 16, 2014    
SATURDAY'S 21st Hapilos Anniversary and Digital Awards has been postponed. The event was scheduled for the Chinese Benevolent Association of Jamaica Centre in St Andrew.
No reason was given for the postponement. Neither was a new date announced.
Johnny Wonder, 21st Hapilos’s executive
 vice-president (Photo: Pawty Central)
In a statement yesterday, Johnny Wonder, 21st Hapilos's executive vice-president, apologised "for any inconvenience the postponement may have caused".
"We at 21st Hapilos Digital Distribution would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone associated with the event; the Jamaican recording fraternity, our sponsors, fans, supporters and those who were slated to perform," said Wonder.
The awards recognise achievements of artistes and producers in digital distribution as well as their contributions to the music industry.
"Direct sales and streams are used to determine the winners," Wonder told the Jamaica Observer.
Categories include Top Selling Single of the Year, Lifetime Award and Producer Buzz Award. The awards were previously held in 2011 and 2012.
According to the New York Post, Kevin Reynolds — CEO of 21st Hapilos Digital Distribution — was arrested at the John F Kennedy International Airport last Sunday, after being on the run from United States law enforcement since 2002. more

Dread and Terrible lie about CHRONIXX in Paris, FRANCE....event was a success and saw great performances from Chronixx as well as Dre Island, Kelissa, Barrington Levy, Cham and Patrice.

BY CECELIA CAMPBELL-LIVINGSTON Observer reporter livingstonc@jamaicaobserver.com  Wednesday, April 16, 2014    
ANTONIE Missir — producer of Chronixx's Dread and Terrible Tour French leg -- is dismissing rumours that the artiste was assaulted by security guards at La Cigale in Paris on Sunday, April 6.
"I guarantee that there is no truth to the story," said Missir, in an email response to the Jamaica Observer yesterday.
Chronixx
According to the producer, Chronixx and his team were on stage when a minor incident happened backstage between a security guard and an unauthorised person.
"Chronixx and crew behaved very professionally and didn't clash with any security [personnel]. Nobody got injured, there were no weapons, no police," he said, adding that there are no longer any chateauxs in Paris.
Missir said the event was a success and saw great performances from Chronixx as well as Dre Island, Kelissa, Barrington Levy, Cham and Patrice.
According to a Platinum Camp email release, Chronixx and his party refused to wear the armbands and proceeded to rough up the security guards.
"After his performance, a group of guards with high-powered weapons and baseball bats were waiting in the wings for them. It was reported that the beating that Chronixx and his posse suffered was horrendous, they ran for their lives and sought refuge in a chateau. The occupants of the chateau hid them and had to call for the French authorities in order to save them," the release continued.
Chronixx Music Group, managers and booking agents for Chronixx dismissed the alleged altercation between the artiste's team and security providers. more

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Teen’s Video About Wearing Suit & Ties To Defy Black Male Stereotypes Goes Viral.....“we are not gangsters and thugs,” “we are employees and volunteers,” “we are scholars” and “we are athletes.”

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This is an inspiring story of a few teens who got tired of constantly seeing the negative stereotypes that the media has a habit of attributing to young, black males so they decided to do something about it! Check it out below…
Suited and Booted! Roland Martin spoke with high school student Hayden Hinton and counselor Tiffany Gholson about an inspiring video making the rounds on the Internet.
Black male students at Illinois’ Central High School put together “Suit & Tie in the 217″ to offer a counter-narrative for young black men. For Black History Month, they released a video of students dressed to the nines with the messages “we are not gangsters and thugs,” “we are employees and volunteers,” “we are scholars” and “we are athletes.” “The negative stories told daily in the media and in our culture about our young African-American men tend to ignore their successes and don’t tell the full story about how young Black men are becoming leaders within our community schools,” said Central High counselor Tiffany Gholson, who worked with the students on the effort. “In this video, our students reclaim the narrative of who they are and inspire other students to follow in their footsteps.” – Via NewsOne more

'Jamaica In Better Place' than it was 12 months ago... But This Fiscal Year 'Won't Be Any Less Of A Fight', Says Richard Byles.....Jamaica's reaching its primary balance target "is a very significant development for Jamaica,"

Published: Tuesday | April 15, 2014  
"There is no doubt that the Jamaican economy is in a better place today than it was 12 months ago," said Richard Byles, co-chairman of the Economic Programme Oversight Committee (EPOC).
Richard Byles
Richard Byles
But despite the improvements, it is important that no one feels "overconfident", Byles said, as the year ahead "won't be any less of a fight".
Byles was speaking at a media briefing at the Sagicor head office in New Kingston yesterday.
EPOC was responding to public statements from Finance Minister Peter Phillips that Jamaica had met the fourth-quarter primary surplus target and that he expects a positive International Monetary Fund (IMF) programme review for the end of March.
But Byles said EPOC's comments were on the presumption that the minister's information was accurate, as it had not yet seen the official preliminary or final results.
"I'm taking him on his word," Byles said.
Jamaica's reaching its primary balance target "is a very significant development for Jamaica," Byles said. "Not many people believed we could achieve this target."
"However, we still have a long way to go," he said. We should see "big challenges for this fiscal year." more 

GAMBIA, AFRICA Roots Homecoming Festival On Track as promoters bill some of Jamaica's top acts to perform at the show's 11th anniversary. this year's performers will include Jamaica's Sizzla Kalonji, Mutabaruka and Jah Cure, as well as soulful United States singer Erykah Badu.

Published: Tuesday | April 15, 2014
Plans for the 2014 staging of the Gambia Roots Homecoming Festival intensifies as promoters bill some of Jamaica's top acts to perform at the show's 11th anniversary.
Sizzla
SIZZLA
The festival, which began in 2003, will run from May 9 through to May 16 in Gambia, Africa. The festival has become known for attracting big names, and this year's performers will include Jamaica's Sizzla Kalonji, Mutabaruka and Jah Cure, as well as soulful United States singer Erykah Badu.
In addition to the impressive line-up, the festival's itinerary is also very tight.
Activities at this year's installation include an African king and queen banquet, a carnival procession of masquerades and cultural groups, and a masquerade ball.
tribute to Bob Marley
There will also be a tribute to legendary reggae artiste Bob Marley.
Patrons are asked to wear white to celebrate the day dedicated to Marley.
Titled the Reggae Beach Festival, the event will celebrate the life and legacy of the famous Marley and will include Senegalese wrestling, as well as a music sound-off between Gambian and UK deejays.
The festival, organised by the Gambian Government through the Ministryof Tourism and Culture, serves as a connecting point for Africans and those in the diaspora. more

USAIN BOLT: "I Can Break My World Records" in the 100 metres (9.58 secs) and 200 metres (19.19 secs)....."(The injury) is nothing serious ... my experience has taught me that that's just the nature of the sport," Bolt told The Gleaner.

Published: Tuesday | April 15, 2014
It has been more than five years since Jamaican superstar UsainBolt shattered his own world record marks in the 100 metres and 200 metres at the 2009 IAAF World Championships in Berlin, Germany.
Usain Bolt
Bolt
However, track and field's poster boy is convinced that he still has it in him to go even faster than the 9.59 and 19.19-second world records, and says that he is looking forward to getting up to top speed in the upcoming season, after suffering an injury recently.
The 27-year-old, who resumed training at the weekend after his manager Ricky Simms reported that his foot was sore a few weeks ago, also underlined that he is not bothered by the setback, adding that he expects to be back to his best soon.
"(The injury) is nothing serious ... my experience has taught me that that's just the nature of the sport," Bolt told The Gleaner. "Setbacks are a part of track and field. I have come to accept that a long time ago. I had mine, and (I'm) now back in training preparing for the upcoming season."
Bolt had his closest brush with his 9.58-second 100m world record in the final at the 2012 London Olympic Games, where he won the gold medal in 9.63, the only time he has gone below 9.70 since 2009, with season best times of 9.82 (2010); 9.76 (2011) and 9.77 last year. In the 200m, the sprinter ran 19.32 seconds in 2012 but has gone 19.56 (2010), 19.40 (2011) and 19.66 (2013) since running 19.19 in Berlin. more

IN JAMAICA: Education Project 1000 benefits 12 schools in Manchester.....Each school received five computers...."The placement of these computers will help in a big way to assist with the literacy and numeracy programmes in our schools,"

Sunday, April 13, 2014
TWELVE schools in northern Manchester are benefiting from computers provided through Digicel Foundation's Project 1000 initiative. Each school received five computers on February 28 at the Greenvale Computer Lab in Manchester.
Project 1000 is in keeping with the foundation's aim to meet the United Nation's Millennium Development Goal of achieving 100 per cent literacy by 2015. The ICT equipment will be used to provide additional educational resources to enhance teaching and learning in the classroom, specifically the teaching of phonics and reading. The computers are all pre-loaded with educational software and teachers are trained by the Camara Foundation to use these resources in the classroom effectively.
The handover in Manchester was carried out in conjunction with the member of parliament for North West Manchester, Mikael Phillips, who matched the computers provided by the Digicel Foundation.
"The placement of these computers will help in a big way to assist with the literacy and numeracy programmes in our schools," Phillips said. "We recognise that education is one of the main planks in growing a progressive nation and we are doing our part in North West Manchester."
The schools included in this initiative are Medina All-Age, Comfort Hall All-Age, Coley Mountain All-Age, Somerset All-Age, Fairfield Primary, Huntley All-Age, Nazareth All-Age, Bethany Primary, Harry Watch All-Age, Hatfield Primary and Jr High, Auchtembeddie Primary and Mayfield Basic School.
Samantha Chantrelle, CEO of the Digicel Foundation, emphasised the foundation's commitment to improving literacy rates across the island.
"We remain committed to ensuring the further growth and development of students across Jamaica. Since the launch of Project 1000 in April, nearly 3,000 students have benefited from this programme. We will continue to partner with communities and schools across the island until the UN target of 100 per cent literacy is achieved," she said. more

The Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ) condemns threat against journalists.....death threats were leveled against two members of the media, Karyl Walker of the Observer, and Abka Fitz-Henley of Nationwide News Network

Monday, April 14, 2014 | 7:26 PM    
KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ) a short while ago issued a statement condemning "misguided members of the public who believe violence should be their reaction at all times whenever there is news or opinions which they do not support".
The PAJ's statement was in relation to reports that death threats were leveled against two members of the media, Karyl Walker of the Observer, and Abka Fitz-Henley of Nationwide News Network.
The PAJ said that while threats against Jamaican journalists are not unusual, it views every threat seriously.
The organisation urged the police to investigate the threats and to take action to ensure the safety of Walker and Fitz-Henley.
The PAJ also reminded journalists to “continue doing their work without fear or favour, even as they make every effort to ensure their personal safety”.