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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.

Reggae Boyz play for pride
June 13, 2016

Tonight, Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz play their final match in the Copa America Centenario 2016 football (soccer) competition. Winless, pointless, goalless (same in 3 matches last time), can the Reggae Boyz save face with a win or tie against normally-powerful Uruguay after going down 0-1 and 0-2 to Venzuela and Mexico respectively? Can they score even once, after missing chance after chance against Mexico? Only time will tell.

I don’t know about you, but I want to see how they play tonight. They need to figure it out because they’re hanging on by a thread in World Cup Qualifying (WCQ), the penultimate group stage ending with 2 two matches vs Panama and Haiti in September. These are games the Boyz must win to improve their chances of qualifying for the final group of 6. Without insulting your intelligence, in order to win, the Boyz MUST score goals in both matches… something that seems to have eluded them much since the Gold Cup finals.

Reggae Boyz lay egg in Costa Rica

After giving up valuable points in the National Stadium on Good Friday (last week) where they gave up a 1-0 lead, the Reggae Boyz were embarrassed and outclassed by the Costa Ricans in Costa Rica.  The Boyz were hoping to salvage  at least one point but were beaten 3-0 by the Central Americans.

Adding insult to injury, Haiti held off Panama until late in that game when Panama scored that late goal to win and move into 2nd place.

So where do they stand now?  Jamaica can get a maximum of 10 points now but things are a lot worse if they are in a tie on points at the end.  The reason is their goal difference is terrible at this point (-4 vs +2 for PAN and +5 for CR).


Team Won Drawn Lost GF GA GD Pts
 CR 3 1 0 7 2 +5 10
 PAN 2 1 1 4 2 +2 7
 JAM 1 1 2 2 6 −4 4
 HAI 0 1 3 0 3 −3 1


Qualification Scenarios

The Reggae Boyz no longer control their destiny. I still think getting 10 points is their only realistic chance, one where they depend far less on the outcome of other matches (help) and don’t have to necessarily win big.  After all, why would we expect them to win big when they’ve scored 2 goals in 4 matches?

There are multiple scenarios under which Jamaica qualifies for 5th round (final CONCACAF WC qualification round), only 2 being realistic.

1. Win last two matches (vs PAN & HAI) and PAN loses or ties against CR. — realistic

2. Win last two matches by a combined +5 (+2 & +3 or +3 & +2) goals and PAN defeats CR 1-0  — realistic

3. They tie PAN and wins big vs HAI then PAN loses to CR — any combination of +4 goals for JAM — semi-realistic

4. They win big vs PAN, ties vs HAI and PAN loses to CR.  — unrealistic

5. They win big vs PAN and HAI, CR loses big to HAI and PAN — very unrealistic

6. They win big vs PAN 3-0, loses to HAI 1-0;  PAN loses to CR big (by 2+ goals)


Missed Opportunities

Clearly the Boyz didn’t take advantage of opportunities at home (yielding 1 point from 2 home games) and they have not played well BUT there still is a chance.

What do you think?  If they do make it to the next round later this year, by any scenario I outline above, what needs to change?

On the other hand, if they don’t qualify, and it’s quite possible now, is this the end for Schaeffer?  What about Capt. Burrell who won re-election unopposed?