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The speculation is over for Georgetown and Patrick Ewing
April 3, 2017
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Patrick Ewing is new coach of GeorgetownGeorgetown today ended the speculation and hired former Georgetown great, Knicks great, and NBA assistant coach Patrick Ewing.

You may remember that Patrick Ewing was born in Jamaica and emigrated to the United States of America as a child.

Ewing has long aspired to be the head coach of a team, seemingly any team in the NBA, including his former Knicks team.  He felt snubbed when he was overlooked for the vacant Knicks job.

However, I am certain he feels vindicated being hired by his alma-mater where he paved the way for other great “big men” centers like Alonzo Mourning and Dikembe Mutombo.

Congratulations to Ewing and Georgetown. I hope it works out for the program and for Ewing.

Monday morning quarterback and soap-box, post-#Champs2017

A huge congratulations to Calabar High and Edwin Allen High for winning Boys and Girls Champs 6 and 4 consecutive times respectively. That’s indeed a great feat. The athletes were the best, they performed well, and their coaches were the best two coaches at the event.

The results on the Boys side was not expected by many, including me BUT I always knew it was a two-horse race between eventual winners Calabar and Kingston College (KC). On the Girls side, I always felt Edwin Allen had too much fire power to be caught but Hydel High, St Jago High, and Holmwood Technical made it quite interesting for most of the championships.

I congratulate ISSA, the TVJ staff, 1SpotMedia, the student athletes, coaches, the great fans, and others for a great championships. As analyst Bruce James said at the end, and I paraphrase,

“This is the best track meet in the world… notice I didn’t say high school?”

.On behalf of Yowlink, I beseech you to come together Jamaicans… Caribbean people, and see how we can impress the world with things like #Champs2017 and the brave kids 11-18 who performed well and hard. Those things build the great nation of Jamaica and their loving, God-fearing, law-biding, competitive citizens. It’s a good place. Let’s not continue to destroy our image with murders, rape, gangs, scams, fights, and nonsense. Lets stomp out the madness with great events and participation like this. Show the world, we can root for different teams and still be “one people”.

I must thank the Yowlink staff for their contribution during the entire #Champs2017.

Beware of fake new… er… hoaxes and lies

Yesterday, I received the following message from a bredren of mine:

“Thank you sir. And you know Buju Banton is dead?”

He immediately followed up that text with what was an “article” he had read which was basically from a now defunct site http://netlivemedia.com that makes these things up.  The content of the text and the site was:

“Mark Anthony Myrie , also known as Buju Banton, a Jamaican dancehall, ragga, and reggae musician. was found dead inside his cell of the US federal prison where he was serving his 10years sentence for drug trafficking.

Reports are that he was found hanging from a rope tied to the ceiling of his jail cell, security was quickly called but it was too as he was already dead.

The news about the death of the Buju Shocked people over the US to Jamaica.

The Jamaican Government say they will not make any comments on the matter as investigation is still ongoing over Mr.Coke death.

Banton was found guilty on three counts of drug trafficking charges in 2011. He was arrested at a warehouse in South Florida in December 2009 in a drug sting operation.”

Beware of fake news, hoaxes, liesNot only was it suspicious because of the many errors including mentioning Mr.Coke (likely Christopher “Dudus” Coke) instead of Mr. Myrie and similarities to other hoaxes, but a quick search online uncovered just one site (netlivevideo.com) “reporting” such info. If it was a reputable site, I’d have dug a bit further but, I just gave up. It was confirmed that this was nonsense, just another hoax, a huge lie… not just a fake news.

I texted back my bredren with:

“I am pretty sure that is not real. They mixed up Buju (Myrie) with Dudus (Coke) in the same story.”

Eight minutes later, I followed up with:

“Looked it up and found the one site with that info (netlivemedia.com). They have a few gossip “articles” with fake news”

He replied immediately,

“OK so I guess you’re saying it’s not true.”

I replied:

“It would be big news on all Caribbean stations, blogs, pages, and many American papers, etc.”

He replied,

“OK, You’re right”

Then I cemented it with:

“Many fake news these days as you know. The Internet helps to proliferate them so I look up [a lot of what I get / read / hear].  In fact, I told peeps about a year ago that if humans live for 200 or more years, people in that future will have no idea what is real and what’s fake because of things like this on the Internet.”

Bottom line is that Mark Anthony “Buju Banton” Myrie is NOT dead as of Mar 07, 2017.  He has NOT commuted suicide.

This is not the only fake information that has been sent or told to me.  I get about 30 of hoaxes or lies via text, verbally, on the phone, or read them on the Internet each month. I usually dismiss the majority immediately. A few, I confirm their validity (fact-check them) on sites like snopes.com, etc.  I do warn my neighbors, coworkers, bredren, sistren, and relatives who forward things like these to vet them properly before passing them on to me or anyone else.  Passing them on contributes to the mis-information and con-fusion that is so pervasive in today’s society.  People truly cannot tell what is real and what is a hoax or blatant lie today.

You have been warned but I am curious what you all think.

Champs 2017 (#Champs2017) will be Mar 28 through April 01, 2017
Boys & Girls Champs 2017 #Champs2017

The ISSA/Grace Kennedy Boys & Girls Athletic Championships (“Champs”) will begin on Mar 28, 2017 at 9AM and end April 01, 2017 just after 8PM. One thing we can be sure of is that the winning schools on the boys and girls side will be no April’s fools.

You may remember that the Gibson-McCook relays was just over a week ago.

Live Stream Champs 2017

1SpotMedia reprises their coverage of Champs on Pay-Per-View.

You may purchase the event from 1SpotMedia (use the https when ordering or click link) and live stream #Champs any day from March 28 through April 1, 2017.

WARNING: It is expensive in our opinion and 1SpotMedia does well to entice us to purchase the entire event, though many do not watch the first 3 days online.

Represent Your School

Whether you are going to the National Stadium, watching on TV, listening on the radio, or live-streaming, don’t forget to represent your school here on Yowlink. If your school already has a Yow group, join and represent. Otherwise, create one.

As always, stay tuned to Yowlink for more information.