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Buju's sentencing pushed back CMC Friday, March 18, 2011 TAMPA, USA (CMC) — A United States federal judge in Tampa, Florida has pushed back the sentencing date for Jamaican Grammy Award-winning reggae star Buju Banton to June 23. Banton was originally scheduled to be sentenced on June 16, but federal district Judge James S Moody Jr said, without any explanation, that the reggae artiste will now be sentenced on the new date. BANTON… now to be sentenced June 23 BANTON… now to be sentenced June 23 1/1 Banton, 37, whose real name is Mark Myrie, faces up to life in prison. Last month, a 12-member federal jury found him guilty of three cocaine-related charges. The jury found him guilty of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five kilogrammes or more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine. They also found him guilty of attempting to possess five kilogrammes or more of cocaine, and for "aiding and abetting others in using a communication facility in the commission of a felony". The jury, however, did not find him guilty of "knowingly and intentionally possessing a firearm in furtherance of and during the course of a drug-trafficking crime".…
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Rikki Jai gets late call-up to join Kamla in England By Sheila Rampersad Story Created: Mar 17, 2011 at 11:45 PM ECT Story Updated: Mar 17, 2011 at 11:45 PM ECT Chutney Soca Monarch Samraj "Rikki Jai" Jaimungal left for London last evening to join Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and her contingent at events commemorating Commonwealth Week. Persad-Bissessar is current Commonwealth chairperson in office. She will be relieved in October by Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard. Speaking to the Express yesterday, Jaimungal said he was asked by the Prime Minister to join the delegation which includes Soca Monarch and Road March winner Machel Montano; the HD crew comprising Patrice Roberts, Kernel Roberts, Pravana Maharaj, and Timel Rivas; and four-time Calypso Queen Denyse Plummer. The contingent left Trinidad four days after Carnival and is scheduled to return next Monday. Jaimungal, the inaugural beneficiary of a $2 million first prize in the Chutney Soca competition, said yesterday he will not be singing his winning and controversial composition, "White Oak and Water". "I will be the chutney representative there so I won't be singing any 'rum' songs," he said. "I have enough music to present one hour of work and sing nothing about…
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March 14, 2011 | By KNews | Filed Under News The unprecedented disaster in Japan , spawned by the largest earthquake in that country’s recorded history, has deeply saddened the Caribbean Community.This is according to Ambassador Lolita Applewhaite, Acting CARICOM Secretary-General in a message to the Embassy of Japan in Trinidad and Tobago.She said that the people of the Caribbean Community shared Japan’s grief over the tragic and escalating loss of life, and the displacement of thousands of Japanese through the “unimaginable effects” of this disaster.Ambassador Applewhaite said that CARICOM joined the international community in offering deepest condolences to the families of those who perished and are missing.“Particular expressions of sympathy are extended to the residents of the coastal prefectures of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima who have been severely affected by this unprecedented disaster,” she said.“Tragedies of this magnitude, triggering tsunami warnings across the entire Pacific and numerous other countries, underscore the importance of like-minded states collaborating in the vital area of disaster mitigation and preparedness,” Ambassador Applewhaite added.The Acting CARICOM Secretary-General assured the Embassy that CARICOM stood in solidarity with the government and people of Japan in affirming their confidence that the country would overcome “these most trying times”…
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By ANNA-LISA PAUL Saturday, March 12 2011 LAUGHTER erupted in the courtroom of Port-of-Spain Magistrate Maureen Baboolal-Gafoor yesterday as Soca Monarch Machel Montano demonstrated twice, in the witness box, how Helen Ganga wined on him in the Zen Night Club on the day he is alleged to have assaulted Russell Pollonais. Montano yesterday continued his testimony in the Seventh Court as he was cross-examined by attorney Keith Scotland who is representing songwriter and producer Kernel Roberts, son of deceased Calypso legend Aldwyn “Kitchener” Roberts. Montano and Roberts, along with Joel “Zan” Fezeck and 2011 Young Kings’ Rodney “Benjai” Le Blanc are accused of assaulting Pollonais and Brandis Brown during a fracas outside the club on April 26, 2007. Montano, 36, is also charged with assaulting Janelle Lee Chee and Gerard Bowrin and for using obscene language. Questioned by Scotland as to whether he (Montano) had seen Roberts involved in the fracas, Montano denied this as he answered that he had not, nor had he seen Roberts near the scene of the alleged incident. Asked to demonstrate how Ganga wined on him, Montano re-enacted how he was first approached from behind by Ganga who held onto him and danced, while in…
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PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago — To some people here, Dean Ackin, 38, with his boyish face, is an inspiration of entrepreneurship, a bearer of this country’s evolving culture. To others, he is a threat to this nation’s most beloved social and cultural treasure: Carnival. Enlarge This Image David Wears Dean Ackin runs one of Trinidad’s most popular Carnival bands and has just started a second one. Video at nytimes.com/world. Map Mr. Ackin runs one of the country’s most popular Carnival bands, the groups of people who don costumes and masquerade — or play Mas, as locals call it — in the raucous annual two-day street parade. The roughly 5,000 spots available in Mr. Ackin’s band, Tribe, sell out every year almost as fast as they go on sale. Demand has been so high since he started Tribe in 2005 that Mr. Ackin just started a second band. But some say Mr. Ackin and others like him, who have in recent years spun profitable, year-round businesses out of organizing these bands, threaten the existence of Carnival as Trinidadians know it. By shunning the conservative, traditional costumes for cheaper, skimpier outfits that are sometimes produced outside of Trinidad, these new bands, critics…