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The most important thing I can tell my players is: ‘Learn to be more
professional. Play the same way all the time.’ They need to give their
all on the pitch every time they step out there, no matter who the
opponent is. You can’t give 50 per cent sometimes and then expect to
turn it on like a switch when you need to. That’s not the spirit of a
good footballer and I am going to be sure I grind this into the lads
here.

John Barnes, Jamaica’s new football coach

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To all my Jamaican Bredrin… if a song can give a glimmer of hope, here’s one fi di dutty rock!

There are so many people across a hug swath of this Western world suffering becuse of a string of hurricanes as we all know. Especially in Haiti and Texas. Damage from Gustav was very bad in Jamaica but as far as I know there was no loss of life. Here is a story of how a community is making do without a crucial bridge. read more

A woman winces as she is splashed while piggybacking across the Hope River in Harbour View, St Andrew, for a fee of $200. – photos by Norman Grindley/acting Photography editor

Dat Bumpy Head Gyal

Dat Bumpy Head Gyal

by Jamaica’s own ‘Bumpy Head Gal’ – Joan Andrea Hutchinson

Usain mi dawlin, mi just want yuh fi know dat sake a yuh, mi marriage almost mash up di odder day, because a piece of jealousy teck my husband.
Well wah never happen in a year happen in a day
Mi kyaan believe mi eyes
Ever since Usain Bolt win di Olympics 100 metres
Fi mi husband start exercise
Yuh tink a lickle talk mi a talk to him
Bout how him belly a get big
Mi tired fi tell him how him a g et waggaty
An start to fayva pig
Mi spend mi money sign him up a gym
Steam vegetable gi him every day
Him suck him teet an say “Man must have guts”
And galang him merry way
But when Usain Bolt win di Olympic 100 metre gold
An mi start fi scream
“Usain Bolt mi love yuh, mi love yuh, mi love yuh
Yuh fulfill mi wildest dream”
Mi run up an dung inna di living room like mi mad
All liddung pon di floor
Mi say “Usain, a long time no man no excite mi so
Mi ago love yuh more and more”
Right now mi have picture of Usain Bolt pon every wall
And one beside mi bed
One pon mi t-shirt, two inna mi purse
And a Usain Bolt inna mi head
Usain Bolt full mi up wid so much pride
Mi doan even waan fi eat
And when mi talk bout how him body look good
Mi husband say m i sound like mi a cheat
Him mout long up and say mi have young bway nature
An a long time mi love mawga man
When mi tell him say Usain Bolt just meck mi feel good
Him say mi a behave like more dan fan
Him bex like bullfrog di odda morning
How mi gi him di breakfast cold
Sake a mi a watch di rerun a Usain a gi dem donkey length
Fi win di 100 metre gold
Dem show di race again when mi a cook di Satiday soup
Mi gi out “What a mawga man can run”
Mi dis hear “it come een like say sake a dis mawga man
Mi an mi Satiday soup a get bun”
Well Usain mi dawlin, dem say who bex lose
So mi say later fi him
But one ting mi know all of a sudden him start eat healty
And find himself a gym
And between mi an yuh Usain, him proud a yuh big time
But mi dear, nuh watch no face
Yuh name write pon mi heart dat Satiday when yuh get di gold
Inna di Olympics 100 metre race

An insightful piece from SI

1. Tradition: Think Notre Dame football. UCLA basketball. The
Yankees. Before the torch was lit in Beijing, Jamaica had won 41 medals
in Olympic track and field, dating back to the first two: Gold and
silver by Arthur Wint and Herb McKenley in 1948. Names like Donald Quarrie and Merlene OtteySports Illustrated visited the island in late spring for a feature story on Asafa Powell and Usain Bolt,
dozens of small children showed up for a Saturday morning youth track
practice. That was impressive. That they were all wearing spikes was
stunning.

More here

When I saw Usain winning that 100m, my heart was full of so much
happiness and I was yelling and screaming my head off – as were all my
neighbours in our complex.

Finally a true Jamaican countryman won the 100m gold and we
got the credit we deserved! I say this, as Donovan Bailey was also
Jamaican but he upped and went to go run for Canada and gave them the
gold.

Tricia ChambersI am so proud and happy for Usain. He earned it and ran a
superb race – even though he jogged the end of it! Kingston right now
is a good place to be.

People are wearing the Jamaican colours on their clothing.
It’s just awesome to see. People are just happy and smiling and when
you go into any local bar, coffeeshop – just anywhere – all everyone is
talking about is Usain and how fast he was.

Jamaicans are bonding and are just happy right now – there are no worries about crime for a change and that’s a good thing.


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