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Authorities in Trinidad and Tobago have extended a state of emergency by three months, citing continued security concerns since the measure was first imposed last month to dismantle gangs and decrease crime. During a rare Sunday sitting of Parliament to debate the extension, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar said the state of emergency has prevented "a criminal uprising of untold proportions" in the southern Caribbean country off Venezuela's coast. The government first issued a state of emergency last month following a spike in violent crime that saw 11 murders in 48 hours. The measure involves an 11 pm to 4 am curfew and gives security forces enhanced powers to search suspects and seize property without a warrant. Police and soldiers are patrolling crime hotspots in the two-island nation of 1.2 million people. The new time comes close to the suggestion made by businesses that the lockdown be amended to 12 am to 5 am. "The state of emergency has worked," Persad-Bissessar told the House of Representatives, who extended the measure until December because they agreed the crime crackdown was still incomplete. "Rest assured the crisis has been averted." Speaking to The Associated Press on Monday, Foreign Affairs and Communications Minister Suruj…
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Usain Bolt has joined Yohan Blake in apologising for what some Jamaicans have seen as 'antics', during the medal ceremony for the men's 4x100m this past Sunday. The code for the National Anthem, which was played during the medal ceremony, stipulates that all persons should stand at attention, (i.e. heels together) and men should remove their hats. “I would like to apologise for what could have seemed to be inappropriate behavior on the podium on the playing of the National Anthem for the 4 X 100 metres medal ceremony," Bolt said in a release. Bolt was a part of the men's 4x100m world record breaking team, which also included Yohan Blake, Michael Frater and Nesta Carter. The team ran 37.04 to improve on the old record of 37.10. "At no point I had any intention to be disrespectful to the anthem or to the people who support me. My teammates and I were extremely overjoyed that we took the world record. As an Ambassador for the sport and my country, I know my responsibilities and I will never do anything to put that in jeopardy. "I would therefore like to apologise again and will do all in my power to…
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While on the road to full recovery, deejay Miguel 'Sizzla Kalonji' Collins will be away from the music scene following his bike accident late last month. The deejay was released from hospital on Sunday. Last month, the artiste was involved in a serious bike accident in St Ann where he was hit off his bike while travelling along the Salem Runaway Bay main road in Runaway Bay, St Ann. After being admitted to the St Ann's Bay Hospital in serious but stable condition, the deejay was taken to an undisclosed hospital in Kingston where he remained for almost two weeks until his release on Sunday. several broken bones According to a statement previously released by Sizzla's publicist, Olimatta Taal, the artiste received several broken bones and had internal bleeding from a ruptured liver. A source close to the singjay told The STAR yesterday that the deejay has been recovering at home since his release. They said, "He's coming along very well, he's been taking the time to rest and let his body heal." The source further told The STAR that the deejay would be away from the music scene for an undisclosed period of time, as he will not be…
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Singer and star of hit reality TV show is accused of killing a local promoter in July. Dancehall star Vybz Kartel has been charged with the murder of Jamaican promoter Barrington Burton. Photograph: Scott Gries/Getty Images Jamaican dancehall star Vybz Kartel has been charged with murder. A police statement issued in Kingston on Monday said that the 35-year-old artist was charged with murder, conspiracy to murder and illegal possession of a firearm. Investigators accuse the rapper, whose real name is Adijah Palmer, of conspiring with others to kill a 27-year-old promoter who was murdered earlier this year. “The allegation is that on Monday, July 11, 2011, Palmer, along with other men, conspired to murder Barrington Burton o/c ‘Bossie’, a 27-year-old businessman/promoter of a Gregory Park address in St Catherine. Burton was murdered while he was standing with friends along Walkers Avenue in Gregory Park,” the police release said. A preliminary hearing is scheduled to take place on Tuesday. Kartel’s defence attorney was reported to have said that his client was prepared to fight the charges. Kartel was initially arrested on Friday for marijuana possession. Kartel has previously been arrested on charges including assault and illegal gun possession. Those charges were…
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Grammy-winning artist and activist Peter Tosh , born Winston Hubert McIntosh in Grange Hill, Westmoreland on October . 19, 1944. Today the singer who died on September 11, 1987, he was murdered at his home during a robbery would have turned 67. At the age of fifteen, Tosh went Kingston, where he met Robert Nesta (Bob) Marley and Neville O’Reilly “Bunny” Livingston, who had similar musical dreams., and formed the popular group “Wailing Wailers”, which he left in 1974 Tosh first single Legalize It, in 1976, became an instant hit, as many thought he was singing about marijuana legalization Peter Tosh continued to record international hit records for the rest of the 1970s and early 1980s, and never relaxed his intense message of revolution. After a live concert release in 1984, Peter Tosh took a few years off, and his 1987 comeback record No Nuclear War was nominated for a Grammy Award. On September 11, 1987, Tosh was gunned down at his home by three men, one of whom was an acquaintance of Peter Tosh's, Dennis Lobban. Tosh and his house guests were in the head, where Tosh died instantly, as did two of his friends, including disc jockey Jeff…