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Running a marathon, half marathon, 10K with reggae

KINGSTON:A sound-off in Negril Square on Thursday will herald the start of the annual Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K, which take place next Saturday in Westmoreland.

The musical clash will feature Negril-area sound systems and from the competition, winners will to be selected for 14 music stations that will be set up along the 26.2-mile looped course.

The annual event, which had its first staging in 2001, has built a famed international reputation and is ranked by the London Times as one of the top-10 road races in the world.

Its infusion of reggae music, both on the course and in associated events – a unique blend of sports and culture – is what makes the Reggae Marathon unique. Read more

‘Most Jamaican parents could become criminals if …’

OPPOSITION LAWMAKER Delroy Chuck has argued strongly that if corporal punishment is completely removed and punished by criminal sanctions, most Jamaican parents would be exposed to criminal prosecution.

A United Nations Children’s Fund 2012 study showed that 89 per cent of Jamaican parents inflict corporal punishment on their children.

Reviewing the Sexual Offences Act during a meeting of a joint select committee of Parliament, Chuck said the removal of corporal punishment totally would result in chaos in the society.

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Welcome To Jamrock Reggae Cruise announced for 2015

Welcome To Jamrock Reggae Cruise announced plans for 2015 and you’ll have 2 chances to see this awesome reggae cruise. Norwegian Pearl ship sets sail on November 30th 2015 in Miami, Florida with two stops in Montego Bay, Jamaica before its return on December 5th 2015. The second ship leaves Miami, Florida on December 5th 2015 with stops in Falmouth and Ocho Rios, Jamaica before its return on December 10th 2015.

The lineup is going to be Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Julian “Juju Royal” Marley, Ky-Mani Marley, Bounty Killer, Capleton, Elephant Man, Barrington Levy, Third World, Morgan Heritage, Tanya Stephens, Cham T.O.K. and Christopher Ellis.

In addition to live concerts, there will be numerous sound systems and DJs on board. Stone Love, King Jammy’s, Saxon Sound featuring Tippa Irie, Papa Levi, Muslehead and Mickey Boops, Metro Media, Black Scorpio, Kingston 12 featuring Shinehead and Papalotl will be blazing vibes day and night throughout the cruise.

More artists and DJs will be announced at a later date.

Many other entertainment events will be planned to satisfy every reggae lover’s appetite. This cruise is all that is reggae, but especially all that is Jamaica.

Tickets for the general public will be available December 16, 2014. Pre-sale tickets go on sale today (December 2, 2014) for cruisers on the 2014 Welcome To Jamrock Reggae Cruise and December 9, 2014 for 2013 & 2014 wait listers. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit or call 1-800-248.7471.

Bunny Wailer calls out Marley estate on recent cannabis deal

Shereita Grizzle, Gleaner Writer

“The Marley Natural deal must be publicly opposed,” says veteran entertainer Bunny Wailer. In light of the recent deal between the Marley estate and international cannabis company Privateer Holdings, Wailer, who has long been an advocate for the legalisation of marijuana, believes that the venture should not be allowed to gain success.

Following a recent Sunday Gleaner article which highlighted the pros and cons of the deal, Wailer has come out in full opposition of the move by the Marley family. Having been intimately involved with the move to alter the island’s laws surrounding the issue, Wailer says the new deal not only has serious implications for future efforts by the country to capitalise on the economic benefits surrounding the legalisation of marijuana, but also highlights the selfishness of the Marley estate. Giving his view on the widely popular argument that Bob Marley doesn’t deserve to be the face of the world’s first global cannabis brand, Wailer agreed.

Spotlight on Selfishness

“The people are correct,” he said, pointing out that the issue of a global cannabis brand should incorporate The Wailers on a whole.

“The ganja issue can only be dealt with as The Wailers collectively, and what the Marley estate has done since Robert Marley’s death is to wipe away the collective works, catalogue, image and rights of The Wailers from public existence.” He expressed that that kind of set-up has only allowed one member of the Wailers to benefit from the group’s legacy.

“The Marley Natural brand deal has now spotlighted their (the Marley family) selfish behaviour.”

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