Beenie Man

A high energy performance by the King of the Dancehall, Beenie Man will be the added feature to this Sunday's staging of Red Stripe BOLD Socamaloo at the Keycard Beach Village, New Kingston.

Previous weeks have seen fast paced soca music fused with hard hitting dancehall beats, fun for socaphiles and those many lovers of dancehall music.

From the selectors of Renaissance disco, DJ Kurt Riley and other guest DJ's, each has brought something special to the table.

Sunday April 12th is set to be even more exciting coinciding with Bacchanal Jamaica's road parade. Many revellers will no doubt choose Socamaloo as their after road march lyming spot.a special element

According to Safia Cooper, brand manager for Red Stripe Bold, a lot of thought has gone into the concept and particularly this week.

"Being road march Sunday, we have added a special element that we are certain will entice revellers to be a part of. After partying on the road all day what better way to maintain that party vibe than at Socamaloo, where the energy will be high," Cooper said.

"We have brought the beach to the city, not only sand, palm trees and beach umbrellas, but even an endless offering of oysters," she added.

Beenie Man has promised his round of hits, but will also be adding a few surprises as well.

"I am known for bringing the energy to any performance, but this one will be different. For Socamaloo, I will be mixing it up a bit to please all the partygoers, a fusion of genres is what I have planned," Beenie Man said.

"I will be incorporating everything in this performance. Many of the persons in the crowd will just be coming off the road march and I want to keep up to that pace. High energy, jumping beats, an intense vibe and loads of palancing, that's what's in store for Socamaloo this Sunday," he added.

Red Stripe BOLD Socamaloo is a series of parties that will continue up to April 25th. Food will be available as well as a trampoline for those daring enough to try.

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PARIS, France (AFP) -- Jamaican sprint king Usain Bolt and Chinese star hurdler Liu Xiang will headline the Shanghai meet of the IAAF Diamond League circuit on May 23, organisers announced yesterday.

The outing will be the first on the newly-launched 14-meet Diamond League for Bolt, the world and Olympic 100m and 200m champion, and world record holder in each event (9.58 and 19.19sec, respectively).

BOLT... world record holder at 100m and 200m

The track in Shanghai is already proven to be quick with 9.69 and 10.64sec the winning times in last year's men's and women's 100m sprints.

It will also be a first outdoor appearance for Liu, the 2004 Olympic and 2007 World champion at 110m hurdles.

"I am very excited that so many world-class athletes will come to China and my hometown Shanghai to participate in the IAAF Diamond League," said Liu.

"We will do our best to give outstanding performances for local and global track and field fans."

The Diamond League gets under way on May 14 in Doha and culminates in Brussels on August 27.

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Dwight Yorke…One of Manchester United’s biggest stars ever.

Retired T&T footballer Dwight Yorke is among the top six best buys ever in the English Premiership League. Yorke, Frenchman Thierry Henry, Mauro Zarate, Wilson Palacios, Zat Knight and Antonio Valencia were the six players who came from relatively unknowns to Premier League stars. Sport.co.uk took a look at the six trailblazing deals which saw the relatively unknown stars become Premier League hits without breaking the bank.

Dwight Yorke
The smiling assassin, or as he is better known, Dwight Yorke, remains the biggest footballing export of T&T to date and will probably remain so for some time. In 1989, Aston Villa were on a tour of the West Indies and played a local team for which Dwight featured. Impressed with what he saw, former Villa manager Graham Taylor offered Yorke a trial and subsequently went on to award him a permanent contract. However, it was not until the 1995-1996 season that Yorke swapped to the famed centre forward position that made him a household name. In a career that spanned over 20 years, Dwight made 232 appearances for Aston Villa, scoring 73 goals, before moving to Manchester United where he scored 47 goals in 95 appearances. Although his post-United performances were not of the same standard, Dwight still remains a household favourite and his partnership with Andy Cole while at United is still considered as one of the best strike partnerships of all time.

Mauro Zarate
When Birmingham signed this little known Argentinean from Qatari side Al-Sadd, few expected him to achieve much. However, after three goals in two weeks, Alex McLeish was touting him as the signing who would prevent their relegation. Unfortunately it did not work out that way, and Birmingham were relegated after finishing second from bottom. Nevertheless, Zarate had made his mark and his performances had grabbed the attention of many of the top teams. In the summer of 2008, after plenty of speculation surrounding his future, Mauro completed a move to Lazio initially on loan. The following year, the move was made permanent and €20 million was paid to Al-Sadd.

Wilson Palacios
Although an established and regular member of the Tottenham starting XI now, two years ago Wilson was still an unknown Honduran footballer, unfamiliar to the Premiership. However, after a recommendation from Arsene Wenger, Steve Bruce offered the 25 year old a trial at Birmingham and subsequently went on to sign him on a six month loan. His skill, pace and strength made him an appealing prospect and saw Bruce liken him to a young Paul Ince. Conversely, when Bruce joined Wigan he made Palacios, a player he had once called one of the top midfielders in the country, one of his earliest signings.

Zat Knight
Although not the first name on everyone’s mind, there can be no denying that this was one of the bargains of the century. When Zat was just 18 years of age, he was signed by Fulham during the Al-Fayed- revolution. At the time, Knight was playing for Rushall Olympic FC, a non league side based in Walsall and was on no proper contract. As such, Fulham were under no obligations to pay the club at all but, as a kind gesture, sent the club 30 tracksuits. Strong, tall and dominant in the air, Zat went on to make 150 appearances for Fulham and is currently at Bolton Wanderers.

Thierry Henry
Fast, deceptive and an incredible finisher, this Frenchman had it all. Although not a total unknown, when Arsène Wenger signed him he was struggling to adapt to Italian football and a looming career as a winger looked like it may condemn him to a life of mediocrity. However, following a £10 million move to the Emirates, he regained his form as a striker and went on to become the clubs all time leading goalscorer with 174 goals in just 254 games. To this day, Henry is still regarded as one of the greatest strikers of all time and, together with Messi and Eto’o, formed the most prolific trio in Spanish league history, scoring 72 goals between them in the 2008-2009 La Liga season.

Antonio Valencia
Although currently a star at Manchester United, when Valencia arrived in the Premier League, he was virtually unknown. Born in Lago Agrio, Ecuador, Valencia’s initial break came when he was spotted by Villarreal whilst playing for El Nacional. However, after struggling in La Liga and failing to capture a first team spot, he was loaned out, and in 2006, he joined Wigan athletic. Current Wigan manager Paul Jewell described him as a player with “skill in abundance, combined with electric pace and a high work-rate”. Antonio continued to build on his incredible start and, in 2009, his potential was spotted and snapped up by Alex Ferguson for an undisclosed fee. Still only 24 years of age, Valencia looks set to have a very prosperous and successful career.

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