Dancehall entertainer Vybz Kartel - file photo
Jerome Reynolds, Gleaner Writer
The lawyers for embattled dancehall entertainer Vybz Kartel could seek his release on bail today, when the artiste returns to the Home Circuit Court.
Kartel, who has been in custody since September last year, is accused of the murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams.
Williams was reportedly beaten and stabbed in Havendale, St. Andrew, on August 16, but the police have not located his body.
The attack on Williams was reportedly in relation to a lost firearm.
Five other men are charged jointly with Kartel in connection to the killing.
They are fellow deejay, Shawn Campbell, more popularly known as Shawn Storm, Kiro Jones, Shane Williams, Andre St. John and fashion designer Calvin Haye.
Haye is out on bail.
The police have told the court that they have video and audio recordings linking Vybz Kartel and his co-defendants to the killing.
The police said they also have eyewitness statements connecting the men to the murder.
Ce'Cile pregnant with twins?
The rumour mill is spinning again.
This time it is churning out gossip that involves Ce'Cile and Chris Martin. The rumours have it that the 'bad gyal' Ce'Cile is pregnant with twins, with the Cheater's Prayer singer Chris Martin being the father.
The rumours apparently started after a post was made on a popular website. The title of the post read: "Congratulations again, Sir Martin" with its contents being: "and Ce'cile who is pregnant with twins ... May they bring you joy and happiness."
Readers of the website made several comments under the post, leaving their views of the situation.
One reader commented "...Yes snickerboo ... God don't like ugly fe true! and Congrats Ce'cile, children are a blessing."
Efforts to contact Chris Martin were unsuccessful up to press time.
This is not the first time, Ce'Cile is rumoured to be pregnant, as in 2007 she was linked to Alliance boss Bounty Killer.
At that time, she dismissed those rumours saying that she was not pregnant and was never romantically involved with Bounty Killer.
Ce'Cile is known for songs such as I'm Waiting, Coffee and Changes. Martin is known for numbers such as Cheaters' Prayer and Paper Loving among others.
Kingstown, St Vincent – West Indies Captain, Darren Sammy hopes a winning history
at Arnos Vale Cricket Ground can help the team get off to a winning start against Australia when the first of five-match in the Digicel One-Day International Series is played today. First ball is 09:30hrs (8.30 am Jamaican Time).
West Indies have won 17 of 20 ODIs at the picturesque venue, which is nestled on St. Vincent’s southwest coast between the tiny ET Joshua airport and the Caribbean Sea.
“So far, St. Vincent has been a very good ground for us. As a West Indies team, we always get results in our favour here,” Sammy said. “For me personally, it’s a happy hunting ground. The last three games here, we won all three.”
But West Indies has gloomier, more recent history to overcome. The Caribbean men have not won an ODI against Australia since October 2006, losing 13 of 14 with one no-result. The two teams had their final preparations yesterday at the match venue and the stage is set for an action-packed series-opener.
“We’re playing Australia but we’re not going to play names, we’re just going to go out there and play good positive cricket and hopefully we could come out on top,” Sammy said. “We’ve got to believe we have it. We have some exciting players and we have depth in both batting and bowling, so we just have to go out there and execute properly.”
Sammy said key all-rounders Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard would be crucial to his side’s chances. Pollard hit his maiden ODI century against India at Chennai last December, while Bravo is returning to the national side for the first time since last June. Bravo has been entrusted with the vice-captaincy, replacing Denesh Ramdin, who withdrew after fracturing his right thumb in the pre-series training camp.
“We have a very young team and, as one of the senior players, I have to step in and make my presence felt,” the 28-year-old Bravo said. “The fire is still blazing in me. I will be bringing the same level of enthusiasm and commitment that I always had. That is the only way I know how to play, by giving my all to the team.”
Australia coach Mickey Arthur is confident his team can continue its winning run, which culminated last week with victory in the triangular ODI finals against Sri Lanka.
“We’ve evolved the team over the last month, and we’re just looking for these guys to continue to put their hands up during the series to make sure we keep going in the right direction,” the South African said. “We’re very excited about the talent we have and a lot of that talent is going to get a lot of opportunities here.”
Arthur, Australia’s first foreign coach, pinpointed dynamic opener David Warner, spinner Xavier Doherty, fast bowler James Pattinson and new wicketkeeper Matthew Wade as some of the newer players that could shine in the series.
It is the first Caribbean visit for Doherty, Pattinson and Wade, while Warner was part of the team that reached the final of the World Twenty20 on these shores back in 2010. Australia captain Shane Watson, filling in as Michael Clarke recovers from a hamstring injury, said he is keen to bring his winning experiences to his leadership.
“For me, it’s just a really enjoyable time to be able to try to bring across the way that I love playing cricket and the way I’ve seen throughout my 10 years of playing and being around international cricket with one of the most dominant Australian sides that we have produced,” Watson said.
“I’ve learnt a lot about how I think the Australian team can play at their best. So I’m just really excited about being able to lead a team of very high quality and talented individuals, but also know exactly what is required to be able to win.”
West Indies: Darren Sammy (Captain), Dwayne Bravo (vice-captain), Carlton Baugh, Tino Best, Devendra Bishoo, Darren Bravo, Johnson Charles, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Kieran Powell, Kemar Roach, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels; Head Coach: Ottis Gibson.
Australia: Shane Watson (Captain), David Warner, (vice-captain), George Bailey, Dan Christian, Xavier Doherty, Peter Forrest, Brad Haddin, Ben Hilfenhaus, David Hussey, Michael Hussey, Brett Lee, Nathan Lyon, Clint McKay, James Pattinson, Matthew Wade. Head coach: Mickey Arthur.
Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena, Peter Nero.
TV umpire: Shavir Tarapore
Fourth official: Gregory Brathwaite
ICC Match referee: Andy Pycroft