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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.

Four in a row for Edwin Allen, Six for Calabar

#Champs2017 is over with Edwin Allen Comprehensive and Calabar winning and retaining the Girls and Boys Champs respectively.

Calabar High School and KC went down to the last event, the 4x400m relay, where heavy favorites Calabar expected to win easily.  KC had 309 points to Calabar’s 305 going into the that race.  See the assessment by @TheUnnamed. However, Calabar won as expected and got 12 points but KC, needing a 3rd place or better if Calabar won the race, was out of it in 5th. Edwin Allen made it 4 in a row and 5 total Girls Championships.

Girls Champs

  1. Edwin Allen – 316.5
  2. Hydel – 265
  3. St. Jago – 246
  4. Holmwood – 243
  5. Vere – 125.5
  6. Excelsior – 113
  7. Wolmer’s Girls – 54
  8. Immaculate – 40
  9. Rusea’s, Manchester – 35

Boys Champs

  1. Calabar – 317
  2. KC – 314
  3. JC – 203
  4. St. Jago – 157
  5. STETHS – 114.5
  6. Wolmers Boys – 77
  7. Petersfield – 71
  8. Munro – 52
  9. Rusea’s – 40
  10. Edwin Allen – 32

Congratulations to the youngsters, some of whom may be representing Jamaica (Great Britain and Uganda?) in the near future..

Talk to me nuh.

KC leads Calabar by 4 points (309 – 305) with only 4x400m relays to go

It’s down to the final event, with the 4x400m to go.

Boys Championships
Here’s my understanding from Mr @csharpe:

If current leaders KC wins or comes 2nd, they win Champs regardless of where Calabar finishes. But Calabar are clear favorites with the likes of Christopher Taylor, most likely on the anchor.

If Calabar wins and KC finishes 4th or worse, Calabar wins.

If Calabar wins and KC finishes 3rd, it comes down to a tie-breaker (who wins the most medals, maybe gold medals?).

Girls Championships
Edwin Allen has an insurmountable lead and will win Girls Championships with the final event, 4x400m to run on that side.

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.