Tarvia Henry

FALMOUTH, Trelawny — Forty-three-year-old Canadian teacher Paul Martin, who is charged with the attempted murder of his wife — 34-year-old Cathy-Lee Clayson Martin — was on Friday denied bail when he appeared before the Falmouth Resident Magistrate’s Court for the preliminary trial.

The preliminary trial has been postponed until January 28.

Noting that the evidence against the Canadian teacher was very strong, Resident Magistrate Icolyn Reid turned down an application for bail by defence lawyer Ernie Smith who was partnered with attorney Annmarie Brown Chattoo.

“I consider the good character references of accused man but I am not minded to grant him bail. The evidence against him is very strong. The police may have his travel documents but our borders are not secure. People can get in and out,” the magistrate noted.

In making his case for bail, Smith argued that the police were in possession of Martin’s passport, therefore he should not be considered a flight risk.

Smith also noted that his client was abused by inmates at the Clarks Town lockup where he is being held. The attorney made note of a threat to intensify the physical abuses during the month of February, which is being celebrated as Black History Month.

On Friday the court heard evidence from taxi driver Lenworth Blake, who rescued an injured Clayson Martin and took her to hospital; Jennifer Dixon, who was one of the passengers in the rear seat of the cab; and Corporal Michael Swaby who was on highway patrol and who subsequently apprehended the Caucasian teacher.

Last month, during at the beginning of the preliminary trial, Clayson Martin told the court that she and her husband Paul, with whom she has two children, arrived in the island on December 18 and were scheduled to depart on December 23, when the incident took place.

She alleged that she and her husband checked out of the hotel they were staying in at Rose Hall, St James, at about 1:00 pm on December 23, but instead of heading towards the airport in Montego Bay, her husband drove the rented Suzuki motorcar in the opposite direction.

She further alleged that when she queried as to where he was heading, he told her that was going to take pictures from a cliff.

But upon reaching Stewart Castle in Trelawny, her husband allegedly turned off the main road to a secluded spot where he allegedly slashed her throat twice with a knife and attempted to strangle her. She also received cuts to her left thumb for which she received stitches.



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JAMAICA is the top Caribbean country to live in terms of education, health, quality of life, economic competitiveness, and political environment, a Newsweek magazine ranking has said.

According to the magazine's first-ever Best Countries special issue, Jamaica ranked 47th of 100 countries while Cuba and the Dominican Republic — the only other Caribbean countries on the list — were ranked 50th and 55th respectively.

"We set out to answer a question that is at once simple and incredibly complex — if you were born today, which country would provide you the very best opportunity to live a healthy, safe, reasonably prosperous, and upwardly mobile life?" Newsweek said in its latest issue.

Newsweek said it compiled metrics within the five categories and used a weighted formula to arrive at an overall list of the world's top 100 countries.

According to Newsweek, the effort took several months, during which it received copious aid from an advisory board that included Nobel laureate and Columbia University professor Joseph E Stiglitz; McKinsey & Co Social Sector Office director Byron Auguste; McKinsey Global Institute director James Manyika; Jody Heymann, the founding director of McGill University's Institute for Health and Social Policy and a professor at the university; and Geng Xiao, director of Columbia's Global Centre for East Asia.

"They would be the first to admit that like any list, this one isn't perfect," said Newsweek. "Finding comparable data points for the world's richest and poorest countries alike was hugely constraining -- often we had to choose fewer or less-nuanced metrics in order to include the broadest array of nations. What's more, our list represents a snapshot of how countries looked in 2008 and 2009 (we always used the most recent data available for each metric), rather than a historic or predictive view."

The top 10 countries are Finland, Switzerland, Sweden, Australia, Luxembourg, Norway, Canada, Netherlands, Japan, and Denmark.

The USA is ranked 11th and Germany, which is Europe's largest economy and which has experienced a recovery from the global financial crisis, is ranked 12th.



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Deejay's lyrics said to be too violent

Popular deejay AdiDja Palmer, more popularly known as Vybz Kartel or Addi di Teacha, has been barred from performing at a show in Grenville, St Andrews, in Grenada scheduled for May 2.

The Star has learnt that the artiste was banned from the event, Rap-it-up, which was to mark the official launching of his Daggerin condoms in that island, after government officials turned down his work permit, stating that his songs were too lewd and violent.

 

facing losses

Dexter Tillock, promoter for the event, said he got the news last Friday and is now facing losses amounting to more than US$5,000 (J$445,000). "The ministry told me that they listened to his (Vybz Kartel) lyrics and they don't want him performing in Grenada," Tillock said. "Everybody was looking forward to it because he has a good following here. The people are really not happy because they were looking forward to it, everything else was in place for the show. "

The promoter said he would be seeking an audience with Grenada's Ministry of Labour on Tuesday to see if they could exercise some leniency. He said should this fall through, he will be seeking legal advice as it relates to claiming for losses as neither himself nor the artiste were aware of the government's blacklisting.

 

recent ban

Attempts to get in contact with Palmer were unsuccessful as calls to his cellphone went unanswered. Messages were left on his voicemail, however, the calls were not returned. His publicist also could not be reached.

The recent ban brings to three the number of local deejays who have been banned from performing in neighbouring islands.

Last April, veteran deejay Bounty Killer, real name Rodney Price, and singjay Mavado, real name David Brooks, were banned from entering Guyana. The country's home affairs ministry said they were blacklisted because of their lyrics, which posed a security risk.

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