Jamaica’s Praught Leer signs with Under Armour

first_imgPraught Leer…Jamaica’s steeplechase sensation Jamaica’s steeplechase sensation Aisha Praught Leer has inked a contract with sportswear manufacturer Under Armour.The signing comes less than a week after she set a new national record in the 3000-metre steeplechase at the season in the opening Diamond League meeting in Doha, Qatar,Praught Leer shaved nearly 13 seconds off her previous national record that she set in Rio, Brazil in 2016.“The Under Armour RUN team is excited to announce a new athlete to the roster – Aisha Praught Leer,” a statement from the company said Monday. “Aisha is a Jamaican Olympian finalist and recently left the Oregon Track Club in early 2017 to train with All-American athlete, Emma Coburn in Boulder, Colorado. Under Armour is thrilled to add Aisha to the team and looks forward to working with her on upcoming campaigns and providing her with the brand’s latest running footwear. She is currently running in the Miler Pro and soon-to-be-release Under Armour Charged Bandit 3.”Praught Lee was raised in the U.S, but decided to honor her Jamaican heritage and run for their national team after reconnecting with her biological father in 2013. She ran in the 2016 Olympics and was the first Jamaican runner ever to compete in the finals in the steeplechase.last_img read more

Talking life with Marlon Asher

first_imgAsk most people about Trinidad and Tobago and it’s certain they respond with something about Calypso and soca.Marlon Asher is an exception to that rule. From Enterprise in central Trinidad, the singer has been a reggae fan for most of his 43 years.Tomorrow, South Florida gets to see him perform as part of the ‘Life Of A Ghetto Youth Tour’ at Central Broward Stadium.Jamaican reggae star Sizzla, Pressure Buss Pipe of the US Virgin Islands, Izac King of Trinidad and American Ras Shiloh are also part of the show.“A show like this gives me an opportunity to spread my music on this side of the US. I’ve got a lot of new songs and I’d love the people to hear them,” said Asher.Some of those new songs are on Life Of A Ghetto Youth, a new album from Sizzla, due for release in July.They include My Life and Holding On, as well as Mary Jane which is done with Sizzla, Pressure Buss Pipe and Izac King.Marlon Asher is best known in the US to West Coast fans. He has collaborated on songs with Californian reggae and punk/reggae bands like Fortunate Youth (Pass The Herb) and Slightly Stoopid (2 AM Ganja Farmer).The latter is a fresh take on Asher’s first song, Ganja Farmer, released in 2005.Born Marlon Sobers, Asher said he was weaned on the music of Dennis Brown, Bob Marley and the ‘Chairman of the Board’ himself, Frank Sinatra.He was also inspired by the homegrown sounds of Lord Kitchener, Sparrow, Super Blue and Black Stalin. He has released two albums to date — Unconditional Love and Illusion.last_img read more

Famous faces that you did not know have Caribbean roots

first_imgEric Holder — First black Attorney General of the United States. His father was born in Barbados; mother born in New Jersey to Barbadian parents. Cicely Tyson — Stalwart actress of theater, film and television. She was born in Harlem, New York to parents from the island of Nevis. June 30 marks the end of Caribbean-Heritage Month. We look at Americans with strong West Indian ties.Sidney Poitier — Born in Miami to Bahamian parents, this legendary actor grew up on Cat Island in The Bahamas. He won an Academy Award in 1964 for Lillies Of The Field and gave outstanding performances in In The Heat Of The Night and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. Madge Sinclair — Born in Jamaica, Sinclair had breakthrough roles in Roots, Cornbread, Earl and Me, Coming to America and Trapper John MD. She died in 1995.center_img Esther Rolle — Best known for playing Florida Evans in the television comedies Maude and Good Times. She was born to Bahamian parents in Pompano Beach. Rolle died in 1998 and is buried in her hometown. Harry Belafonte — New York-born actor-singer. He had a Jamaican mother and father from Martinique. Belafonte spent some of his youth in Jamaica where he developed an appreciation for island culture which later manifested in the classic 1956 album, Calypso.last_img read more

Is dancehall at its lowest ebb?

first_imgBY Karyl WalkerWhile non-Jamaican artists such as Drake, Justin Bieber, Rihanna and Liam Payne (formerly of the group One Direction) are cashing in on the dancehall beat that originated from that Caribbean island, the future for homegrown acts looks bleak.The influence of dancehall was evident during the recent BET Music Awards in Los Angeles. The beat has been so adapted by mainstream pop culture that corporate giants Coca Cola, a major sponsor of the event, ran an advertisement using the dancehall-flavored song (I Know There’s Gonna Be Good Times) by Young Thugz featuring Jamie Foxx.But in Jamaica, where close to 700 murders have been committed since the start of 2017, major artistes seem to have lost sight of the big picture.Vybz Kartel, its biggest name, is in prison for murder with little hope for freedom. He has an appeal hearing before the courts in a few months.His likely successor, Alkaline and another rising DJ, Masicka, are under the police microscope after two music videos surfaced with questionable scenes.The videos, Afterall by Alkaline and Infrared by Masicka, depict thugs toting high-powered weapons and glorifying criminality.In Afterall, a woman dressed in a police uniform, appears to be performing a sexual act on Alkaline.There are other persons dressed in police uniforms and what appears to be a marked police vehicle in the film.Jamaica’s police commissioner has ordered a probe into the video and ordered that the ‘actors’ be found and questioned.He has promised disciplinary action against members of the force who played a part in the visual.The message of Masicka’s single leans towards robbery, as the deejay repeatedly spews, “My dog dem haffi live’. Men are seen robbing an armored vehicle in the flick.This has drawn the attention of Jamaica’s Firearm Licensing Authority which is investigating if the guns, ammunition and armored vehicle involved were authorized.All this controversy while overseas acts like Drake and Rihanna are laughing all the way to the bank.It is clear that Jamaican dancehall artists need to pull up their socks. Instead of concentrating on cashing in on dancehall’s global appeal, they seem hell-bent on promoting everything that is wrong with Jamaica.Is dancehall at its lowest ebb?last_img read more

Shelly Ann is back to winning form

first_imgJamaican former World and Olympic female sprint champion, Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce returned to winning form on Saturday when she won the 100 meters in a seasonal best 11.10 secs at the JN Racers Grand Prix meeting at Jamaica’s National Stadium in Kingston. This was her first international meet at home since she gave birth to a son last August, and she did not disappoint the large and enthusiastic crowd that turned to see the speedster nicknamed the ‘Pocket Rocket’ because of her short stature and speed. Jumping a little late out of the blocks Fraser Pryce turned on the speed at the 40meter mark and powered to the finish ahead of Jenna Prandini of the US who had a time of 11.14. Third was 16-year old Jamaican Brianna Williams in 11.26m.Last weekend Prandini had defeated Fraser Pryce at a meet in the Cayman Islands.Kirani James wins 400mGrenadian quarter-miler Kirani James also made a winning comeback at the meet. Running in his first international race since April 2017, James nipped American Fred Kerley at the tape to win in a time of 44.35, Kerley’s time was 44.36, and Grenadian Bralon Taplin third in a time of 45.11.Britain’s Zharnel Hufges wins 100m in world best time However, the most impressive performance of the meet was by Britain’s Zharnel Hughes who won the 100 meters men in a 2018 world best time of 9.91secs. “It was a great race,” said Hughes, whose previous best was 10.01 set in February, also in Kingston. “Unfortunately, my blocks slipped when I pushed off so it hampered my start a little bit, but I am in great form so I regained my composure and just relaxed while maintaining my phases and I came through successfully.”World 200m co-leader Noah Lyles closed fast to secure second in 9.93, while Jamaican Yohan Blake, the 2011 world champion, was third in a season’s best 10.00.Shaunae Miller-Ubio consistent in 200mBahamian Shaunae Miller-Uibo continued her impressive streak of victories this season winning the 200m in 22.11. over Jamaica’s Shericka Jackson in 22.62.“The 400 is my favourite event but I’m doing very well in the 200,” Miller-Uibo said gleefully. “I’m very consistent and that’s a good thing for me.”Jamaican Leah Nugent with a time of 54.67 won over her compatriot and event favorite Janieve Russell, 54.89, in the women’s 400m hurdles.In the men’s 110m hurdles Hansle Parchment produced a late burst of speed over the final two barriers to edge Ronald Levy 13.31 to 13.32.In the field events Jamaican Danniel Thomas-Dodd won the women’s shot put with a heave of 18.59m, Current world number two Raven Saunders of the US was second with 18.57. Bahamian Jamal Wilson won the men’s high jump with a jump of 2.24m, and Jamaican Shanieka Ricketts, won the triple jump with a leap of 14.39m.Reggie Jagers of the US won the men’s discuss with a toss of 65.54m, a meet record.last_img read more

Gayle humbled by UWI award

first_imgHard-hitting West Indies opening batsman Chris Gayle has expressed his delight at being recognized by the University of the West Indies for his contribution to cricket.The 38-year-old Gayle along with fast-bowler Patrick Patterson, was honored by the university during a match between a Vice Chancellor’s XI and Bangladesh at Sabina Park on Thursday.”It is always (great), whenever you get these accolades. You always feel privileged and thankful,” Gayle said. “The turnout of spectators as well has also been good and it makes you feel as if you have made a contribution to their lives.”Patterson was unable to attend the presentation ceremony and his award was collected by former West Indies and Jamaica teammate, and now Bangladesh bowling coach, Courtney Walsh.Selections were handpicked by Vice Chancellor“The selection of Gayle and Patterson was handpicked by the Vice-Chancellor (Sir Hilary Beckles) himself this year, who has an admiration for the contribution that Patterson has made by his fierce fast bowling, which he believes has dwindled a bit the Caribbean, and is something he would like to revive,” said Dr Akshai Mansingh, Dean of the Faculty of Sports at UWI.The game, which was enjoying its 19th staging, is held annually against touring Test teams. In 2017 it was presented to veteran West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul in St Kitts against touring England.Other West Indies players who have also been awarded for their contributions include legends Sir Viv Richards, Michael Holding, Gordon Greenidge, Desmond Haynes, Andy Roberts, Curtly Ambrose and Walsh.last_img read more

Goals from Jamaicans headline weekend in US Soccer League

first_imgJamaican Brian Brown netted a brace while fellow countryman Deshorn Brown scored his third of the fledgling season, as their respective teams picked up victories in the United Soccer League last weekend.At the Greater Nevada Field in Reno, homeside Reno 1868 FC came from behind to beat Austin Bold FC 2-1, courtesy of a second half strikes from Brian Brown.Veteran Brazilian striker Kleber put the visitors ahead in the 14th minute, a lead which held at half-time. However, Brian Brown pulled Reno level with virtually the first play on the resumption when he got on to the end of Raul Mendiola’s through ball and produced a clinical finish from the right-side of the 18-yard box.Minutes later, Austin missed the chance to retake the lead when when Calum Mallace hit the crossbar with the keeper beaten but Brown made them pay dearly, finishing off Brent Richards’s cross from the right with stooping head in the 78th minute.At Taft Stadium in Oklahoma City, Deshorn Brown scored the opening goal and fellow Jamaican Omar Gordon found the winner late on, as OKC Energy FC defeated Las Vegas Lights FC, 2-1.Brown was on target in the 13th minute with a rasping right-footed volley from the top of the 18-yard box, handing the hosts a 1-0 lead at the break.Javan Torre equalised in the 58th minute with powerful glancing header from a corner but Gordon secured the points for OKC in the 78th minute when he ghosted into the box to finish from close range.At the Casino Arizona Field, Jamaicans Jason Johnson and Kevaughn Frater also scored, albeit for opposing sides, in a tantalizing 3-3 draw between Phoenix Rising FC and New Mexico United.Frater netted in the 30th minute for New Mexico to restore their lead after Solomon Asante’s strike a minute earlier had cancelled out Santi Moar’s 16th minute opener, leaving the visitors ahead at half-time.Asante equalised for the second time before Moar then scored again as New Mexico remained ahead in the 55. However, Johnson snatched a share of the points for the hosts when he nodded in Jamaican Junior Flemmings deft cross in the 71st minute.last_img read more

AUDIO: Maikaba Confident of NPFL Triumph

first_imgAudio Playerhttps://www.busybuddiesng.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Maikaba-August-1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Audio Playerhttps://www.busybuddiesng.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Maikaba-2-August-1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Related Technical Adviser of Akwa United Abdu Maikaba remains optimistic his team can still win the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) this season despite trailing leaders, Plateau United by 7 points with 6 matches left to play.The 2015 Federation Cup (now Aiteo Cup) champions lost to El kanemi Warriors 1-0 on Sunday in Maiduguri to end a run of 4 matches without defeat. Despite the defeat to El Kanemi, ‘The Promise Keepers’ maintained 3rd spot on the NPFL Standings with 51 points from 32 matches.In an exclusive chat with www.busybudiesng.com, Maikaba says he is hoping the Uyo-based side would go on a winning streak that will see them climb to the top of the table as they continue their quest to claim a first league title in the top flight.“Why lose hope?” The former Wikki Tourists coach asked rhetorically. “I believe, maybe, on a good run we can win three games in a row and you’ll see us (Akwa United) on top.“Doing that at this time will help a lot because the league is coming to an end.“If we can get decent results in the next three games, I assure you that at the end of the season, we would be crowned champions of the league.”If Maikaba is to realize his dream of winning the league this season with Akwa United, he will have to do so without the services of four key players currently in the home-based Super Eagles camp in Kano preparing for the 2018 CHAN qualifying match against Benin later this month. The players are defender Emmanuel Ariwachukwu, midfielders Alhassan Ibrahim, Hafiz Aremu and Ifeanyi Ifeanyi.midfielder Alhassan IbrahimBut the soft-spoken tactician says he has capable replacements for them.“In our match against ABS FC which we won (3-0), none of the four players played,” he said. “So we have depth in our team.“Players are there waiting for their opportunity and the moment they get the opportunity, you see them performing so well.“Paterne Counou (defender) has been regular in the team but he has not been playing but he played three games in a row. That shows that we have players who can give us results whenever they are called to duty,” Maikaba statedAkwa United’s next three games are against Sunshine Stars (away), Niger Tornadoes (home) and FC IfeanyiUbah (away).last_img read more

AUDIO: Enugu Rangers Won’t Be Allowed To Relegate – Sylvanus Okpala

first_img Writer:                                                                                                                                                                  Kingsley Oyero Rangers International coach, Sylvanus Okpala has promised fans of the team that the Flying Antelopes won’t be relegated this season.The Enugu-based side got a morale boosting 1-1 draw against Gombe United last week and Okpala is confident of improving on that result this weekend.“On Sunday, we will definitely beat Sunshine but the scores is what I cannot predict now. But am sure we will come out with a clear win,” the former Super Eagles midfielder stated.“We would not allow Rangers to go on relegation. The players have made a promise and to stick to it.”“They said, from now onwards, they would never lose a match again. We believe and by the special Grace of God, we would emerge victorious.”He also appealed to fans of the club to keep supporting them as they continue to fly the colours of the team.“Am using this medium to appeal to our brothers and sisters, lovers of football in Enugu state, the supporters of Rangers International to come and watch them play on Sunday by 4: pm.“We would be grateful to see them. Rangers is for the Igbo race, it’s for the South East. It’s our pride, we would not allow it to fall,” Okpala concluded.Rangers currently sit 15th on the log and host a resurgent Sunshine Stars, who have won two of their last three away games on Sunday.Audio Playerhttps://www.busybuddiesng.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/AUD-20170811-WA0027.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Relatedlast_img read more