Don’t worry over late start: Bolt

Usain-BoltKingston (Jamaica), May 6 : Sprint sensation Usain Bolt is seeking to allay the fears of his fans who may be worried over his late start to the 2014 track and field season.

Bolt is yet to make his debut for the season with a quarter of the year already elapsed, reports CMC.

"There is never anything to worry about," Bolt said in an interview with the Jamaica Observer.

"For me, I take my time throughout my seasons and you know the season is never perfect -- niggles here, niggles there, but the coach will decide when I start and hopefully I'll start very soon."

Asafa Powell fails drug test, banned for 18 months

Asafa PowellKingston (Jamaica), April 11 - Jamaica's former world 100m record holder Asafa Powell has been slapped an 18-month ban for failing a dope test.

Powell, 31, took the banned stimulant oxilofrine at last year's national championships, but the suspension has been backdated and will end Dec 20, reports BBC.

Powell described the decision "unfair and unjust", and said a legal supplement he took, Epiphany D1, was contaminated.

He plans to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Fellow sprinter Sharone Simpson was also banned Tuesday by the Jamaican anti-doping disciplinary panel.

Pietersen set for CPL appearance

kevin-pietersenKingston (Jamaica), March 31 : Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen is set to showcase his talent in this year's Caribbean Premier League, after signing up for next month's draft.

Pietersen was discarded by England following the disastrous Ashes tour earlier this year and will now ply his trade in the Caribbean following his Indian Premier League
(IPL) campaign for Delhi Daredevils and English county appearances for Surrey, reports CMC.

CPL team Tallawahs appoints Arthur as coach

CPL team Tallawahs appoints Arthur as coachKingston (Jamaica), March 21 - Former Australia cricket coach Mickey Arthur will take charge of defending champions Jamaica Tallawahs for the upcoming Caribbean Premier League (CPL).

The organisers confirmed that the South African, who also coached the Proteas for several years, will replace Englishman Paul Nixon. The Tallawahs beat Guyana Amazon Warriors in the final of the inaugural event last August with Nixon at the helm of the management team.

Historic win is confidence booster for World T20: Irish coach

Historic win is confidence booster for World T20: Irish coachKingston (Jamaica), Feb 21 - Ireland's coach, Phil Simmons, has described the upset win over the West Indies as a much-needed confidence booster ahead of next month's World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.

Ireland steamrolled the World T20 champions by six wickets in the first of two T20 Internationals at Sabina Park Tuesday, reports CMC.

Simmons, the former West Indies player, has also warned his players not to rest on their Tuesday's success as they look to close out the series Friday.

Digicel extends contract with WICB

West-Indies-Cricket-Board-DigicelKingston (Jamaica), June 5 :  Telecommunications company Digicel announced that it was extending its sponsorship of the West Indies cricket team for three more years until September 2016.

Digicel’s renewed contract Tuesday sees the company retain its title as team sponsor which includes all the marketing and branding rights for the team, reports CMC.

Gayle dedicates history-making feat to Caribbean fans

Chris-GayleKingston (Jamaica), April 26 : West Indies opening batsman Chris Gayle who scored the fastest century in professional cricket says he is dedicating his history- making feat to fans in the Caribbean.

Gayle established a series of records on his way to an undefeated 175 for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) against Pune Warriors in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match Tuesday.

The Jamaican batsman scored the fastest 50 in IPL history, fastest 100 in T20 history and the highest individual score in IPL history.

Lloyd's presidency bid had no logic, says Holding

Michael-HoldingKingston (Jamaica), March 12 : Former West Indies fast bowler Michael Holding says there is no logic in Clive Lloyd's decision to run for the president of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).

Holding was reacting to decisions by at least two regional boards not to support the former West Indies cricket captain's nomination for the position.

The former Jamaica fast bowler says Lloyd's chances were hampered by his recent run-ins with the WICB over the decision by the Guyana government to setup up an Interim Management Committee (IMC) to run the sport here.

Bolt, Blake not confirmed for Jamaica invitational

Usain-Bolt-Yohan-BlakeKingston (Jamaica), March 9 : Officials here say they are unable to confirm at this time if two of the country's most celebrated athletes - Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake - would be available for the Jamaica invitational scheduled for May 4.

Bolt and Blake have confirmed their participation in overseas events close to the date of the Jamaica invitational, triggering speculation that they could miss the meet, reports CMC.

The event, now an IAAF World Challenge classified meet, has grown in stature, attracting some of the biggest names in international track and field.

Jamaican PM backs sports-culture marriage to boost economy

Portia-Simpson-MillerKingston (Jamaica), March 5 : Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller says the Jamaican government is backing a marriage between sports and the creative and cultural industries as a major driving force for the country's economic development.

Miller said while the creative and cultural industries are important, they have not been able to bring Jamaica to the heights which sport has achieved.

NBA: Bolt's east side goes under in celebrity clash

usain-boltHouston, Feb 19 : Jamaica's multiple Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt pulled off a two-handed dunk and became the biggest track-and-field star to play basketball in prime time at the weekend.

Bolt rubbed shoulders with a list of celebrities and was a star attraction during 29 minutes on court in a celebrity basketball match, a precursor to the NBA all-star game.

Bolt hit one of five shots, missed both of his free throws and totalled just two points in his time on court as his east team was thrashed 38-58 by the western team.

Jamaican makes history in martial arts

Sheckema-CunninghamKingston (Jamaica), Jan 23 : Jamaican sports minister Neita Headley has applauded Sheckema Cunningham, a rising star in World martial arts who has created history after capturing the gold at the Dutch Open in Eindhoven over the weekend.

Headley said Cunningham had placed Jamaica in the spotlight, CMC reports.

Cunningham's medal was her first European championship gold and she has become the only non-European and only black female participant to have achieved the feat in the 750-strong line-up of competitors.

Marlon Samuels returning home

Marlon Samuels returning homeKingston (Jamaica), Jan 18 - Injured West Indies middle order batsman Marlon Samuels, who was ruled out of the 15 man squad to Australia, is to return to the Caribbean, media reports here said.

Samuels, who sustained a facial injury, is expected to return home next week to continue his rehabilitation, reports CMC.

He has been sidelined since being struck by a bouncer from Lasith Malinga while playing for the Melbourne Renegades against the Melbourne stars.

Samuels has a suspected fractured eye socket.

Jamaica's capital facing major expense to bury dozens of bones

Jamaica's capital facing major expense to bury dozens of bonesAn official has revealed that a cemetery in Jamaica's capital is facing a major expense to bury dozens of bones that have been disinterred by man or nature.

The Gleaner reported on Thursday that Kingston Town Clerk Errol Green said he is aware skulls and bones are protruding from shallow graves in sections of the 200-acre May Pen Cemetery.

Many of the bones appear to come from graves that have either collapsed or were removed by humans, Green has said.

Drug lord Christopher 'Dudus' Coke arrested in Jamaica

ChristopherAuthorities said on Tuesday that fugitive suspected drug lord Christopher 'Dudus' Coke has been arrested in Jamaica.

The Jamaica Observer has said that Coke was being held in St. Catherine after the Rev. Al Miller, pastor of the Fellowship Tabernacle Church, handed him over to authorities. Police have issued an appeal for Miller to turn himself in for questioning.

The newspaper also reported that Coke was prepared to waive his right to a hearing on extradition to the United States, where he faces prosecution on drug-trafficking and gun-running charges.

Two alleged lieutenants of drug lord Christopher Coke arrested in Jamaica

Two alleged lieutenants of drug lord Christopher Coke arrested in JamaicaThey arrested two alleged lieutenants of suspected drug lord Christopher "Dudus" Coke, police in Jamaica have said.

The Daily Gleaner has reported that the two men were among nine people arrested Sunday when police and soldiers raided a house where they believed Coke was hiding in affluent Kirkland Heights in upper St. Andrew.

No gunfire or injuries were reported in the arrests and the Gleaner did not specify charges.

Prime Minister of Jamaica promises to end unrest

Prime Minister of Jamaica promises to end unrestMr. Bruce Golding, the Prime Minister of Jamaica has denounced unrest in Kingston i. e. at the capital of Jamaica. The PM has promised that the criminals would not win, after some supporters of a drug lord came on to the streets to stop his arrest and created the unrest.

One of the police stations was set on fire by the supporters to create uneasy environment.

American Airlines plane overshoots runway at Jamaica airport, injures 40

American Airlines plane overshoots runway at Jamaica airport, injures 40Kingston, Dec. 23 : An American Airlines plane has reportedly crashed after overshooting the runway at an airport in Jamaica in heavy rain.

Flight AA 331 from Miami, with about 150 people on board, is reported to have broken apart after landing at Norman Manley International Airport.

The BBC quoted Jamaican Information Minister Daryl Vaz as saying that at least 40 people were injured.

According to local journalist Roland Henry, the plane had come to rest near the beach.

Liming in Barbados

Caribbean islands Jamaica, Antigua, Trinidad, Granada, Mustique and Saint Lucia are amongst the famed Caribbean islands where holiday-makers luxuriate on palm-fringed beaches, sipping pina-coladas topped with freshly picked pineapple and hibiscus flowers. Barbados nestles amongst them — the most visited of the Caribbean islands. Here too, exists a world of aquamarine beaches, steel bands, beautiful villas and fine dining.

Bolt clone emerges in Jamaica

Bolt clone emerges in JamaicaJamaica (West Indies), Aug. 23 : Jamaican sprint star Usain Bolt may have set the race tracks around the world on fire with his record breaking feats, the latest being three golds at the World Championships in Berlin, Germany, but there is a replica in the making back home.

The Jamaican Amateur Athletics Association (JAAA) has zeroed in on 13-year-old Shawn Salmon, who also hails from Bolt’s hometown Trelawny.

According to the Sunday Express, Samon possesses the same steely determination and muscular build that top sprinters need.

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