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I am all right, says Etana...Reports are that the artiste was found unconscious by her husband, Andre Morris, who called in the paramedics.

 Saturday, February 28, 2015    
REGGAE singer Etana is recuperating at home in Florida after being released from hospital on Thursday.
Reports are that the artiste was found unconscious by her husband, Andre Morris, who called in the paramedics.
According to the singer, the doctors said it was a combination of "exhaustion, dehydration and hypertension".
"I guess my body was just telling me to slow down. I had just come back from Europe after an 11-hour flight and I still wasn't hydrating properly or eating properly," Etana told the Jamaica Observer.
She had been complaining of dizzy spells and back pain before finally passing out on Wednesday evening.
"I just want my fans to know that I am all right. This is a warning that I have to take better care of myself, I have to get the message of truth, rights and justice out but I cannot do so if I am not healthy," she said.
Etana recently completed a three-week European gig, which saw her performing at clubs in France, Belgium, Germany
and the Netherlands.

Sean Paul Gets Busy....This is not the first time "Get Busy" will be listed in the movie credits. The song's remix was featured in Grind (2003), Chasing Liberty (2004), and Baby Mama (2008).

Saturday, February 28, 2015  
SEAN Paul's 2003 Billboard chart-topper Get Busy is showing no signs of slowing down. The single is one of several featured in the upcoming animation flick Home, slated for release on March 27.
The international act said he was elated by the news.
Sean Paul
"I love that fact. My music is full of energy and it reflects a good time, so I'm glad people can still feel energy from it," said Sean Paul, in response to the Jamaica Observer's queries.
Front cover of today's paperOriginally released in 2002, Get Busy is on the Steven 'Lenky' Marsden-produced Diwali riddim. The single is on Sean Paul's sophomore, Grammy-winning album Dutty Rock. That set was re-released the following year for the international market.
"That song was written by me and my brother, JigZag, and was number one on the Billboard charts for a couple of weeks. It was a big accomplishment for myself, everyone involved such as producers, other artistes on the riddim and dancehall music, in general. I am proud to be part of a big staple dancehall riddim like Diwalil," he said.
This is not the first time Get Busy will be listed in the movie credits. The song's remix was featured in Grind (2003), Chasing Liberty (2004), and Baby Mama (2008).
"This only means that you've made cultural history!!! You never can tell which songs will be the big ones. You have to just love music and do work. Each player brings their own flavour to the game. There's space for everyone," he added. more

Earl Lloyd, First Black Player In The NBA, Dead At 86....Lloyd made his NBA debut in 1950 for the Washington Capitals

Earl Lloyd, the first black player in NBA history, died Thursday. He was 86.
Lloyd's alma mater, West Virginia State, confirmed the death. It did not provide details.
Lloyd made his NBA debut in 1950 for the Washington Capitals, just before fellow black players Sweetwater Clifton and Chuck Cooper played their first games.
"The State family mourns the loss of a fellow Yellow Jacket and trailblazer who was a true champion both on and off of the basketball court," West Virginia State President Brian Hemphill said in a statement. "When Earl stepped out on the court on that fateful date in 1950, this remarkable man rightfully earned his place in the historic civil rights movement and, more important, he opened the door to equality in America."
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Atlanta's Mayor, Lloyd  share moment
Lloyd helped the Syracuse Nationals win the 1955 NBA title, joining teammate Jim Tucker as the first black players to play on a championship team.
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Lloyd on da boards
The 6-foot-5 forward averaged 8.4 points and 6.4 rebounds in 560 regular-season games in nine seasons with Washington, Syracuse and Detroit. He missed the 1951-52 season while serving in the U.S. Army.

'Showcase country's best on Jamaica Day' : "We want our children to understand their culture, who they are, where they are from... in the context of their various communities."

Friday, February 27, 2015    
TODAY'S celebration of Jamaica Day in schools is an opportunity to showcase the best examples of the island, according to event convenor Amina Blackwood Meeks.
Students celebrate Jamaica Day at a Corporate Area school
"Jamaica Day is an opportunity to live one of the objectives in the Culture in Education Programme, which is to raise Jamaicans to be the best examples of Jamaicans to Jamaicans," she said.
Blackwood Meeks, who is also the director of the Culture in Education Programme at the Ministry of Education, reasoned that there is a community and education benefit to the observance of the day.
"We want our children to understand their culture, who they are, where they are from... in the context of their various communities. It (Jamaica Day) allows each of the schools to engage in community renewal projects, unique to where they are located, and build relationships with past student associations," she said.
While the majority of the schools will have the day's observance where they are located, the national focus will take place at the Norman Manley High School, in St Andrew, under the theme 'Celebrating Jamaica: Celebrating Regional Friendships From Boukman To Bolivar'.
BLACKWOOD MEEKS... we want our
 children to understand their culture,
who they are, where they are from (PHOTO: JIS)
There will be presentations from Minister of Education Ronald Thwaites; Minister of Finance and Planning Dr Peter Phillips; Mayor of Kingston Angella Brown Burke; and a representative of the Norman Manley Law School.
Guest speaker will be Venezuelan Ambassador to Jamaica, Jacqueline Mendoza Ortega.
The event will have a flag-raising ceremony, cultural presentations, as well as performances from students. more

Cricket World Cup: S Africa bat first, hit 408-5 against Windies Second highest World Cup total of all time

Friday, February 27, 2015 | 2:39 AM    
SYDNEY, Australia (AFP) — South Africa made 408 for five against the West Indies on Friday, the second-highest World Cup total of all time.
South Africa's batsman AB de Villiers (L) celebrates
 with teammate Farhaan Behardien after reaching a
 century during the 2015 Cricket World Cup Pool B match
between South Africa and the West Indies at the Sydney
 Cricket Ground on Friday. (Photos: AFP)  
In the process, South Africa captain AB de Villiers smashed the second-fastest World Cup century off 52 balls in the Pool B game at the Sydney Cricket Ground before finishing on 162 not out.
The highest World Cup total is 413 for five made by India against Bermuda, a non-Test nation, in Trinidad in 2007.
The fastest ever World Cup century was made by Ireland's Kevin O'Brien, off 50 balls, against England in Bangalore during the 2011 tournament.
 W. I.  Fans
Friday's innings was the second time in as many months that de Villiers had hammered the West Indies' attack after smashing the quickest all-time one-day international century, off just 31 balls, against them in Johannesburg on January 18.

Awful tradegy in Jamaica : 11 injured in Christian Pen, Portmore, St Catherine crash

BY KIMMO MATTHEWS Observer staff reporter matthewsk@jamaicaobserver.com  Friday, February 27, 2015    
ELEVEN people were yesterday rushed to hospital following an early morning motor vehicle collision in Christian Pen, Portmore, St Catherine.
Awful tradegy
Police report that about 5:45 am a Hiace bus with several passengers was travelling along the Christian Pen main road, heading towards Spanish Town, when it collided with a Jamaica Urban Transit Company bus travelling in the opposite direction.
People alleging to be eyewitnesses said the driver of the Hiace swerved to avoid a pothole in the road.
The impact of the crash caused the Hiace bus to overturn, pinning the driver and several other passengers inside for several hours.
It took the combined effort of residents, firefighters, and police to remove the injured from the mangled wreck.
Leroy Tomlinson, whose mother was trapped in the bus, was one of the residents who responded to the desperate cries for help.
A woman points to a section of the overturned
Hiace bus after the crash yesterday morning.
"I was in my house preparing to go on the road and I heard the loud collision; when I ran out to look I saw the people trapped in the bus. I did not hesitate, I just started to do what I could to help," said Tomlinson.
It was while he was trying to save lives that Tomlinson learnt that his mother was among the trapped victims.
"When mi go over there and look and see the people them I could hardly stand, but what made it worse was when I saw my mother among the injured," Tomlinson said. more

Bobbi Kristina suffers setback

Friday, February 27, 2015 | 12:41 AM    
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Efforts to take Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of the late Whitney Houston, out of her medical induced coma has suffered a setback, US media are reporting.
Bobbi Kristina and Gordon
Reports are that 21-year-old Brown started having seizures as soon as doctors tried taking her off various medications forcing them to keep her on them.
It is almost a month now since brown has been in a coma, after being hospitalised January 31, having been found face down and unconscious in a bathtub at her Georgia home.
Meanwhile, her estranged boyfriend, Nick Gordon, has voiced his anger on social media networking site Twitter, after continuously being barred from visiting her.
"My heart is full of anger after the Browns have shut me out," he tweeted Wednesday evening. "They don't even know her. Sabotage."
Gordon added, "I miss her so much. I seem so weak right now. You all have been so supportive! Thank you for everything." The family attorney, however, said “there is no reason for any additional discussion with" Gordon.