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PROUD MOMENT : Hon. Portia Simpson-Miller, former Prime Minister of Jamaica meets Yemalla Edwards, 4-time PALAS recipient at UWI-Mona Campus

Hon. Portia Simpson-Miller and Yemalla Edwards
PROUD MOMENT : Hon. Portia Simpson-Miller, former Prime Minister of Jamaica was delighted to meet Yemalla Edwards, 4-time PALAS recipient at UWI-Mona Campus (August 20th) after she heard about his amazing story of being homeless on UWI's campus as a medical student in his first year. Yemalla will complete his medical studies next year as a Medical Doctor. You may read more about Yemalla's terrific story at Truly inspirational indeed. He also received his latest PALAS award on August 13th at Pegasus hotel when 102 scholarships were awarded. PALAS awarded 384 scholarships in the past 6 years.

CONGRATULATIONS: Jamaica men's 4 by 100 won gold at the Rio Olympics (WATCH REPLAY) ‪#‎RulaBrownNetwork‬

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RIO STAR : Bolt the star attraction at Team Jamaica/Puma press conference …World’s fastest man confirms Olympic retirement, says he wants to break 200m record

 Tuesday, August 09, 2016   
The world greatest sprinter Usain Bolt says once his coach, Glen Mills is happy, things are looking positive as he hunts the unprecedented achievement of winning three gold medals in three consecutive Olympic Games at the Rio, Olympics in Brazil.
01Bolt was the star attraction at the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) Puma press conference held yesterday in Rio, and the triple record holder looked relaxed as he danced, joked around and even took selfies.
“It hasn’t been the perfect build-up, but I am in much better shape.
I was really unhappy about not competing at my Trials, because I needed those runs,” he explained.“But I have been training well and executing well in training and my coach is happy, so that the key,” Bolt added.
Bolt, along Asafa Powell, sprint hurdler Deuce Carter, and 400m hurdler Ristananna Tracey, attended the press briefing.
Also in attendance were Mike Fennell, the president of the JOA, and Dr Warren Blake, head of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association.
The man who is considered the saviour of the sport believes that athletics is heading in the right direction, despite the numerous doping scandals, and urged people to have faith.
“I think we’re going in the right direction.
“I think we are weeding out the bad ones. I personally think we are on the right track and I think we should have faith,” said Bolt.
“We have to go through some rough times, to get the good times and I personally feel that we are on the right track and in a few years the sport will be clean,” he added.
He confirmed 2016 will be his final Olympic Games.
“Yes, this is the last Olympics for sure, I have done everything, and have proven myself,” he said.
Bolt says he only feels nerves when competing in the 200-metre.
“The 100 is never stressful,” he said. He added that he would love to lower his world record mark in the 200: “I really, really want it,” he said. “I have always wanted it. It’s going to take sub-19 (seconds).” Bolt currently holds the record at 19.19 seconds.
As for the much-discussed problems in Rio, Bolt has had only one minor difficulty: “The only problem I’ve had so far is I’ve had to buy a TV myself.”
Asafa Powell, the man who has run the most sub 10 seconds, 100 metres, was very relaxed at the press conference while saying that Jamaica will do well in the 100m.
“We are here as a Jamaican team and we can’t see anyone else but Jamaica”, said Powell when asked who is the biggest threat to Bolt and Jamaica. “I see a Jamaica, one, two, three.”

George Nooks riding Billboard’s charts

Tuesday, August 09, 2016    
As a member of producer Joe Gibbs’ formidable camp in the late 1970s, George Nooks had hit songs like Tribal War and Left With A Broken Heart. As deejay Prince Mohamed, he had a massive hit for Gibbs with Fortyleg Dread.
Last week, Nooks entered the Billboard Reggae and Gospel charts at number four and 22, respectively, with the album Ride Out Your Storm.
It is Nooks’ second collection of inspirational songs.
Standing By, his first, was released in 2001 and signalled a remarkable comeback for the Dennis Brown protégé. “It’s a great feeling, it means a lot to be on Billboard, especially the Gospel chart with all those big artistes. It shows that things are happening,” said Nooks.
Ride Out Your Storm was released in February by Tads International Record. Its lead single is the title song, originally done in 2012 by American singer Betty Jean Robinson.
Nooks (as Prince Mohamed) has tasted international success before.
One Time Daughter, his toast to the Gibbs-produced Someone Loves You Honey, made European charts in 1982.
Gibbs produced most of Nooks’ early hit songs including Tribal War and Fortyleg Dread. He also recorded for Brown’s short-lived DEB label.
His cover of Al Green’s I’ll Be Standing By (as God Is Standing By) was one of the biggest songs of 2000 and marked a new phase in Nooks’ career, as a gospel artiste.
— Howard Campbell

Film festival off ib JAMAICA?

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter  Tuesday, August 09, 2016  
THE second staging of the Jamaica Film Fesitval, set for September this year, seems to have hit a snag and will not take place this year.
The event — which was first held in July last year — an initiative of the then film commissioner Carole Beckford, was to be repeated this year. However, when new film commissioner Renee Robinson took up that post in February of this year, it was announced that the July staging of the festival was being shifted to align the local festival with the international film festival calendar. It was announced that the event would take place in September following the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in Canada. This move, it was rationalised, would allow for more of the international set to participate following TIFF.
However, the Jamaica Observer understands that the board of JAMPRO (Jamaica Promotions Corporation), an agency of government in which the film commission is situated, changed following the February 25 General Election, and the new board has not signed off on the staging of the festival. The new board is expected to meet next week, and the film festival is slated as an agenda item.
Film commissioner Robinson declined to comment on the matter at this time, stating that she would be only at liberty to speak following the board meeting. Jampro and its film office hinted at the shift in its focus in a release issued at the end of June, noting that it has partnered with the Jamaica Film and Television Association (JAFTA) to support the production of five Jamaican short films to be shown at the September 2016 Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival (TTFF).
This was being done through the PROPELLA! Initiative which aims to support the talent of Jamaican filmmakers, and garner international exposure for Jamaican culture through film.
Under PROPELLA!, five projects — Origins by Kurt Wright and Noelle Kerr; Adrian Lopez’s Shock ValueShoot the Girl, the project by Tony Hendricks and Natalie Thompson; Sugar — a collaboration by Laurie Parker, Sharon Leach and Michelle Serieux, and The Silent Ones by Gregory Lopez and Janet Morrison — were chosen through a blind selection process by JAFTA and JAMPRO. These projects will receive support which includes training in pitching projects, festival strategy, script consultation, directing for short films and deal-making, as well as funding to carry the projects to the North American and Caribbean markets.