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Music Video: Morgan Heritage ‘Ends Nah Meet’ is official Theme song for Concacaf Womens Under-17

Morgan heritage

Morgan Heritage’s latest single “Ends Nah Meet,” has been selected as the official theme song for the CONCACAF Women’s Under-17 Championship, following Jamaica’s last leg of FIFA’s World Cup Trophy Tour.

“Ends Nah Meet” is a single from their most recent album Here Come The Kings, and is currently being played at all the CONCACAF Women’s Under-17 soccer events. Continue reading Music Video: Morgan Heritage ‘Ends Nah Meet’ is official Theme song for Concacaf Womens Under-17

Could you keep up with an 11 year old Fitness Instructor? Check out CJ, one of the youngest Fitness Instructors in the business

by Natalie Monique

May sound crazy, as CJ Senter may only be 12 years old, but be assured this kid has some serious business going on. One of the youngest fitness coaches around, but possessing the drive of any grown folk, truly passionate about fitness.

The well-sculpted tween, has the body of an experienced workout guru and the determination and energy to go with his well cut, ‘physique’.

Yahoo Sports spoke with his Dad, Carlos Senter who say he is constantly in shock at his son’s abilities.  He went on to highlight the fact that he climbed out of his crib at the tender age of seven months old.  He already has a workout video, which his father told sources,  is being demanded so much, he had to hire a PR, has his own website, workoutkid.com and little CJ also teaches a class in his hometown in Georgia.

Young CJ is also an avid football player and Yahoo says he actually gained this deep love for working out, one day after his football coach sent the team home and told them to do some exercising.  He saw a P90X informercial and the rest is history…

CJ’s father told Yahoo: ‘He doesn’t really eat candy…I have no idea why.‘ “This kid will score a touchdown, take the football to the ref and act like nothing ever happened…” He has already been named MVP for the state of Georgia in an Under 8 tournament and represented in an Under 10, at the age of nine.  CJ’s aim is to become an NFL player.

The aim of the workout DVD is to keep kids in shape, but I must add, adults should not have an excuse either seeing this kid’s dedication, lol..check out little Coach CJ in action below:

Read about another young star athlete, 9 year old Dominican-American  Jaffi Alexis.

 

 

NEW!! Official Video: Theme song ‘Endless’ for UEFA Euro 2012 by German-Caribbean Oceana

The multi-cultured, chart-topping singer/songwriter Oceana brings awesome energy with her catchy single, ‘Endless Summer.’ The single was selected as the Official theme song for the European Football Championship (June 8 – July 1), UEFA Euro 2012. The official video was shot in Poland and Ukraine, and directed by Jamaica’s own, Award winning director, Jay Will (Game Over).

Oceana also has French-Caribbean roots, her father being from Martinique, and is very popular known in Europe, for her 2009 No. 1 hit single, ‘Cry Cry’.

Love the energy, colors and cultural mix in this, sure to get the tournament Soccer fans in the fever, hey, even the ‘not-so-Soccer’ fans (lol) should be able to move to this one …Real Cariburban vibe…Check it out!!

Check out the Reggae version…sweet!!:)

NEW!! Jamaica Reggae Boyz and Costa Rica draw 0-0 in International Soccer Friendly

Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz Football Team drew 0-0 with Costa Rica in the recent Football Friendly game held at the National Stadium in Kingston. The Jamaican team beat new Zealand 3-2, in a previously held Football friendly game held last month in Jamaica.

These International Friendly games are in aid of preparing teams in their bid to get to the 2014 World Cup Qualifiers.

Sports Update: Jamaica Reggae Boyz beat New Zealand 3-2


by Natalie Monique

Jamaica’s Soccer team, (well, its known as Football in the Caribbean and some other parts of the world but we will leave that debate for another time) aka. known as The Reggae Boyz defeated Venezuela 3-2, in a friendly match earleir today.

Goalscorers Tramaine Stewart, Navion Boyd and Xavian Virgo all helped put the Black, Green and Gold team on top, while Chris Killen and Chris Wood, tried to fight back with a single goal each for New Zealand. The first goal was scored by Jamaica’s Virgo (his first International goal) before half time, giving the Reggae Boyz a 1-0 lead.

Sports Illustrated says, New Zealand captain Ryan Nelsen flew home for the match from his new Premier League club Tottenham and was due to return to London immediately after the final whistle. “Obviously the result didn’t go our way but we had a lot of chances and I kind of just didn’t think we were clinical enough at both ends of the park…We were sloppy defensively, myself included, and let in three soft goals. We got in some nice positions going forward, probably better positions than we normally get in and we could have been more clinical there as well.”

Reggae Boyz Stewart said his team struggled at times having only a short time to acclimatize to a different time zone. “It was very tough…the time is very different to Jamaican time but the players played competitively which is very good…..We didn’t think we were in for an easy time, regardless of the rankings. We knew we had to come out tonight and play well, work hard and try to get some early goals and we did that.”

These friendly games are to help prepare teams for the 2014 World Cup Qualifying campaign. Jamaica also recently defeated Cuba in two friendy matches held in Montego Bay (3-0) and Kingston (1-0) respectively, in Jamaica. The Reggae Boyz team is led by Head Coach and former Mid-fielder, Theodore Whitmore.

Teams for the Jamaica vs New Zealand were as follows:
Jamaica: – Dwayne Miller, Claude Davis, Damion Stewart (Adrian Reid 88th), Troy Smith, Xavian Virgo, Jermaine Taylor, Luton Shelton, Je-Vaughn Watson (Jorginho James 82nd), Keammar Daley, Omar Cummings Navion Boyd 65th), Tramaine Stewart (Richard Edwards 73rd). The substitutes not used for this game included, Jacomeno Barrett, Oneil Thompson, Keneil Moodie, Romeo Parkes.

Currently (as of Feb 15th), FIFA rankings for the Caribbean teams are as follows: 1 Jamaica (50), 2 Haiti (71), 3 Trinidad and Tobago (85), 4 Antigua and Barbuda (90), 5 Guyana (92), 6 Cuba (116), 7 St Kitts and Nevis (117), 8 Dominica (129), 9 Grenada (133), 10 Belize (135)
There are 205 teams in the FIFA rankings, and the top three to date are Spain, Germany and Netherlands respectively.

Taking the Caribbean to the world …we wish the Reggae Boyz and all the other Caribbean teams the best in moving onto the World Cup!!

NEW!! Bahamas to open new National Stadium next month…has big plans for Football


(Model of Bahamas Stadium Photo/ Bahamas Natl Stadium Facebook)
by Natalie Monique

Some call it Soccer, some Football, whatever you know it as, Bahamas has huge things in store through the game!! (Known as Soccer in the US….but Football in the Caribbean and other regions, we will leave that debate for another time:) With that said…after some delay in regards to final date agreements with the Government, the Caribbean Football Trust Limited (CFTL) and Bahamas Football Association (BFA) will be officially opening the Bahamas National Stadium on Friday, March 16, 2012. The Grand Opening, called ‘Friendship Extravaganza‘ will be a week filled with exciting Sporting, Music and Cultural events (local and International), including a huge Fireworks display and much more, lasting over the period, March 16th- March 25th, 2012.

The Friendship Extravaganza will kick off with the Official Opening Ceremony March 16, followed by the launch of of the Major League Futbol (MLF); a Friendship Cup Tournament (Male/Female), with teams from Bahamas, China, USA, Jamaica, Haiti, Mexico and Honduras ; a major ‘Beach Splash’ Party to be held at Cable Beach, in addition to various other parties to celebrate this historic moment. Entertainment throughout the period of the Event will feature acts from various islands of the Caribbean.

The Caribbean Football Trust Limited along with the BFA established the new professional Major League Futbol (MLF) in Bahamas. The main purpose being to create a new and revived cultural passion within Bahamas, further extending this fervor, to the wider Caribbean and Central American football communities. The CFTL has hopes of advancing the Marketing business aspect of local football, promoting International ‘friendly’ matches, helping Caribbean national teams in their bid to qualify for the upcoming FIFA World Tournaments (2014, 2018, 2022…), and overall enabling a vibrant Caribbean and Central American Youth Development programme and Professional Football League. According to our source, ‘CFTL will be working in association with various FIFA players agents to oversee the business interest of MLF players to obtain international transfers to various clubs in Europe and other international markets.’

After advancing to the World Cup Qualifying for the first time last year, the Bahamas National Football team in August, withdrew from the CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying, BFA President Anton Sealy explaining this was due to the incompletion of the expansion project of the Thomas Robinson Stadium. The old Thomas Robinson Stadium was up until now, the principal stadium in Bahamas, that once held only a mere 9, 100 spectators…so guess they are now roaring and ready to go now with the newly re-built venue.
This is an amazing look for the Bahamas, as well as the Caribbean as a whole! .

…What does the CFTL intend to accomplish through this huge move in the island? They mentioned: The development of sports tourism in the Bahamas, International football clubs pre-season training camps in the Bahamas, targeting international sports friendly visitors by way of offering a vacation sports/fun active package with accommodation at our 4/5 star resort facility, creating over 500 jobs for local citizens, developing Bahamas as the regional hub for international friendly sporting events, making the Bahamas the marketplace within the Caribbean region with the only facility of its kind, developing a facility that the West Indies Cricket team and other International cricket teams can use as their new training grounds, the operation of the nation’s first major sports game machine arcade open to all Bahamian youths, the operation of the Complex’ regional Caribbean TV/Radio – 24 hour sports network, and a destination retreat that will attract foreign visitors on a regular basis, especially considering the short 30 minute flight time between Florida and Bahamas.

…and how did this huge Master Plan get off the ground?

In 2009, China handed over a $30 million gift to Bahamian Government, to aid in their vision to encourage Sports Tourism in in the island.


Chinese Ambassador Hu Shan and Bahamas Cabinet Secretary Anita Bernard sign the official documents. (Photo/Peter Ramsay)


Thomas Robinson (Former Bahamian Track Olympian who the Stadium is named after) and Wang Lequan (Photo/Gena Gibbs)

CFTL also states, they are ‘in talks’ to develop a Resort and International Sports Training Complex in Freeport, Bahamas as well, which will include a 4 or 5-Star hotel/resort with 212 rooms and an International sports injury Rehab Clinic as well as a World Class Spa, Health & Wellness Centre. To be named the “Bahama Sports City”, this facility will be the first of its kind in the Caribbean region and first ‘purpose-built’ facility in the Bahamas, featuring twelve (12) outdoor magnificent sports training fields, a 12,000 seat (bleacher stands) outdoor field, a 6,000 capacity seating cricket oval, without door practice nets, a 6,000 capacity seating beach soccer and volleyball facility, a 6,000 capacity seating Futsal facility, a field hockey training field, tennis courts, a full size indoor air condition soccer field plus indoor and outdoor basketball courts and gym, a world class SPA, Health & Wellness Centre further facilitating their main objectives.

Niceeee..taking the Caribbean to the worlddd!!!