Monthly Archive for November, 2005

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This man needs legal help, but …

Irie FM bans Jah Cure’s music

Basil Walters, Observer staff reporter
Thursday, November 10, 2005

JAH CURE. serving a 15-year sentence for rape robbery with aggravation and illegal possession of a firearm

Irie FM has slapped a ban on the music of Jah Cure after staff at the popular radio station received threats from persons claiming to be associated with the singer who is serving time in prison for rape, robbery with aggravation and illegal possession of a firearm.

Yesterday, marketing manager for the Ocho Rios-based all reggae radio station, Brian Schmidt, told the Observer that the station had vowed not to be intimidated by the threats.

“Over a period of time, people who are associated with Jah Cure have been calling the station issuing threats to members of staff, demanding that they play more of his music,” Schmidt said. “We have therefore taken a principled decision that we’re not to bow to any threats of any kind.”

Schmidt declined to give details about the nature of the threats, offering only that “they were threats against the personal security of staff members”.

Jah Cure, whose real name is Siccaturie Alcock, was sentenced to 15 years’ imprisonment on April 26, 1999 for two counts of rape, robbery with aggravation and illegal possession of firearm, all arising from the same incident. At the time he was 19 years old.

In recent time, specifically through the new music component of the penal system’s rehabilitation programme, Jah Cure has been given the privilege to record a number of songs which have become instant hits.

His current hit song, True Reflection, was recorded for producer Joe Bogdanavich’s Downsound Records label.
Bogdanavich could not be contacted yesterday for comment on the Irie FM action.

Jah Cure has made history of sorts, being the first entertainer who has come to national prominence while being incarcerated.

Last year, Jah Cure, who was transferred to the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre from the St Catherine Adult Correctional Centre two years ago, had an application for parole turned down despite a passionate campaign by concerned friends, family and entertainers. He had become eligible for parole on July 28, 2003.

social architecture

Charles Nesson wrote:
hello david,
i had thought i would be away november 14 in Tunis but have cancelled, which makes it possible for me to attend your social architecture event. May fern and i be invited?

David Weinberger wrote:
After extensive discussions, a vote of the governing board, and a thorough background check, we have decided to permit you and Fern to attend.
Great to have you!
David W.

JD Lasica wrote:
Susan Mernit , Leslie Rule , Brewster Kahle , Dave Toole
Re: Corporate Sponsorships
Hi folks,
Hope all’s well. I’ll be seeing Charles in Boston on Mon-Tue; meeting
with Dave next week; and thanks, Susan, for the sample business plan.

It’s been 5 1/2 weeks since our Oct. 1 get-together at KQED. After the
strategy session, I revamped the Ourmedia wiki (as I mentioned) and
created landing pages for the teams handling corporate sponsorships
and foundation support:

I’m the only one who has contributed to these pages thus far. I think
the mistake we made was in not designating a committee chair to own
this responsibility (it can’t be me).

This is a critical time for Ourmedia — we desperately need corporate
sponsorships to continue development of the site, which stopped three
months ago. From a user perspective, the site continues to be
something of a small miracle: we just passed 50,000 members and
stabilized the server situation. But for the site to thrive, we need
to get into the 2006 marketing budgets of these corporate giants.

Which is why it’s critical to make progress in this area now, before
holiday fatigue sets in.

I’ve spend the past month writing up proposals for partnerships with
Yahoo, Akamai, Microsoft, Intel and VeriSign (so far). See attached.
And I’m now working on a busines plan for the Omidyar Network; helping
with the discussions with the Media Center folks; and I set up a
Donation Center for Ourmedia that we should announce tomorrow.

But I can’t do this all alone. That was why we had the Oct. 1 summit
— to bring together not just the collective wisdom of the group for
one day, but to get a course of action in motion. We’ve made progress
in the open source programming area (thanks to Henrik) and in the
marketing arena (thanks to Carla). But the most important area remains
funding, and I need some help here.

So: Can someone volunteer to chair this effort? Can we begin pooling
our resources and knowledge? Can others begin contributing ideas or
contact names to the wiki?

Any other ideas or suggestions would be most welcomed.

Thanks very much!!

(925) 600-0639
aim: jdlas

Charles Nesson wrote:
cc  Lessig at
You are thinking of ourmedia as a software product, like wikipedia software, that creates a machine for sharing. Also think of it as a movement in the real world among people who can build machines like wikipedia and ourmedia. Realize that we ourselves are a media event unfolding in time. Fill the role. What companies do you want sponsorship from? Convene a meeting. Invite them to attend.

i volunteer as social chairman, willing to lead a committee to convene sharing intellectual events among us. Berkman Center holds the best parties. We put spirit into our events. We express ourselves in the net.

Who will volunteer committee work to make the invitation list, pick a date, find a hall, organize transportation and accommodation? For Berkman Catherine Bracy does it all. :