Calabar, Edwin Allen take the lead at Champs

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After seven finals, the re-run of the boys 4×100 meters class 2 heat four, the disappointment of the Jevaughn Mattherson falling to the track as a result of an ailing hamstring, and the crashing out Saquine Cameron of Edwin Allen from the Class 1 Girls semi-final when the dust finally settled Defending Champions Calabar surged into the lead with 60 points.

Calabar leads the pack with 60 points, ahead of previous leaders Jamaica College on 40, Kingston College comes next with 33, points, with St Jago on 18 and Edwin Allen rounding out the top 5 with 16 points.

The record that fell on the day belonged to 13 year old Lamar Reid of Calabar who won the Class three Boys High Jump event with a leap of 1.99 metres to break the old mark set 22 years ago.

There was massive disappointment for Kingston College when the lost the strongest man in their class two armoury, Jevaughn Mattherson whose sore hamstring prevented him from completing the 200 meters class two semi-final as he crashed to the track, and remonstrated in frustration, but was quickly consoled by Coach Neil Harrison as he wept openly. The semi-final was won Tyreke Wilson of Calabar who stopped the clock in 21.11 seconds.

Meanwhile Rasheeda Downer of Kingston College won the gold in the boys Class two shot event, after heaving the implement some 16.47 meters, Calabar won the silver and the bronze.

Michael O'hara of Calabar is the fastest qualifier through to the 200 meters class 1 final, in 20.91, while Twayne Walker of Kingston College booked his place in the final with the second fastest time. Also through to the final is the St Jago Pair of Martin Manley, and Chad Walker,

Christopher Taylor posted the fastest time in the class two semi-final running a fast 20.97 seconds, while St Jago won the re-run of the class two boys heat which ended in dis-array on Wednesday night.

On the Girls side, after 6 events scored Defending Champions Edwin Allen leads with 48 points, ahead of Hydel on 41 points, Holmwood in third place on 21 points, followed by St Jago fourth and Rusea's fifth on 12 points, Vere is next on 12 points.

St Jago's Tissana Hickling won the Class two girls long jump event with a leap of 5.95 metres, to beat Trishauna Hemmings Glengoffe 5.88 metres while the bronze went to Nhayilla Renteria of St Jago 5.73 metres.

Junele Bromfield recovered from her disappointment in the 400 metres hurdles to qualify on Wednesday night when she won semi-final three of the Class two Girls 800 meters in 2 minutes 10.70 seconds, to get home ahead of Ashani Robb of Edwin Allen 2 minutes 16.83 seconds and Kamoy Fagan of Bellfield third 2.25.35 seconds.

While Saquine Cameron bounced back from a false start in the 100 metres qualifiers to capture semi-final one of the Class 1 Girls 200 metres in 23.51 seconds, just ahead of Nathallia Whyte of St Jago 23.61 seconds, while Shian Hyde of St Catherine High was third in 24.67 seconds. Meanwhile some 24 finals are down to be contested today including the 100 metres for all classes as well as the 1500 meters and the 400 metres Open Hurdles events for both genders.





shocked.jpgTAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - A 13-year-old boy in Florida fatally shot his 6-year-old brother, wounded his 16-year-old brother and then killed himself on Wednesday during an argument over food, authorities said.

The Pasco County Sheriff's Office received a call about the shooting at 6:19 p.m. local time in the city of Hudson, some 45 miles (72 km) north of Tampa, the office said in a statement.

The three brothers were squabbling over dinner, the statement said, when the 13-year-old grabbed a handgun and shot his two brothers before killing himself. The children were home alone at the time.

The older brother was taken to a hospital and his injuries were not considered life-threatening, the statement said. The names of the children were not released by authorities.

"This is a horrific scene," Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco Chris said, according to the Tampa Bay Times newspaper. "This is a nightmare when you hear about the ages of these boys, a 6-year-old that was probably playing in his room, an argument over food and he lost his life."

The Times said that the children's mother was at work and a fourth son, who is 18-years-old, was not at the house.





INKSTER, Mich. (AP) -- A pastor leading a protest Wednesday outside a Detroit-area police department threatened to shut down the city until white officers are fired for the bloody arrest of a black man who was pulled from his car and repeatedly punched in the head.

The march in Inkster came a day after TV station WDIV aired police dashcam video of the Jan. 28 arrest of Floyd Dent, 57. In it, an officer punches Dent many times in the head while another officer tries to handcuff the motorist, who is on the ground. Dent's face and shirt were bloodied.

Police say Dent disregarded stop signs and refused to pull over, then resisted arrest and threatened them. They also say they found a bag of crack cocaine in his car.

Dent, who spent three days in the hospital with broken ribs, blood on his brain and other injuries, told reporters at a news conference that he was defending himself as an officer was "nearly choking me to death."

"I wasn't resisting arrest," he said. "When someone is beating your face, you're going to protect yourself."

Hours earlier, Rev. Charles Williams II and about 50 protesters were told to leave the police department because they were blocking the door. Inkster Police Chief Vicki Yost met them outside and said Michigan State Police would investigate the arrest. She told The Associated Press the department also was conducting an internal probe.

"I understand your concern," Yost told Williams. "Again, we're going to let the investigation play out. ... We're going to act accordingly. We're not hiding from this."

Both Dent and Williams say the officers should be fired. Yost told The Associated Press that one is on "administrative duty" but declined to elaborate.

"We will shut Inkster down until we get justice," said Williams, who added that the video "made me sick."

In the police report released by defense attorney Greg Rohl, Inkster officer William Melendez wrote that he was patrolling for "narcotics activity" when he saw Dent's Cadillac pull into a hotel parking lot. He wrote that Dent went into a hotel room for a few minutes, came out and pulled away.

Melendez said in the report that he turned on his lights after Dent failed to use a proper turn signal and disregarded a stop sign. He said Dent failed to stop for some distance. When Dent pulled over, Melendez said he approached the car with his weapon out and raised it when he thought Dent, who was unarmed, was reaching for a weapon.

An auxiliary officer pulled Dent to the ground and Melendez put the motorist in a hold and punched him in the face after Melendez said Dent bit him on the arm; Dent denies biting Melendez. Another officer used a stun gun three times to subdue Dent, the report said.

A judge has dismissed charges of fleeing and resisting police, but Dent still faces a drug charge. He says he was visiting a friend, and that the officers planted the drugs in his car. He also said he was tested at the hospital and was "clean" of alcohol or drugs.

In 2004, Melendez and seven other Detroit officers were acquitted of lying, falsifying reports and planting evidence. Federal prosecutors had accused him and another officer of being the "masterminds" of a conspiracy to "run roughshod over the civil rights of the victims."

Inkster, population 25,000, is 73 percent black.





Trini Carnival ranks 3rd in world

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trinidad-carnival.jpgFat Tuesday. Shrove Tuesday. Mardi Gras. No matter what you call it, the last day before Lent's 40 days of repentance (between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday) brings out a wild side in populations around the world.

As the party season of carnival nears its end, events heat up and online travel adviser Cheapflights offers its top ten list of places to enjoy a last fling with hedonism before it's over for 2012.

Reuters has not endorsed this list:

1. Mardi Gras - New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

Thousands of tourists flood The Big Easy annually for Mardi Gras in New Orleans, deemed "the biggest free party on earth".

The entire city loosens its (already loose) reins, and douses itself with endless strings of beads, colourful floats and costumes to celebrate the naughtiest time of year. Floats of all sizes roll through the streets in spectacular parades for two weeks prior to Mardi Gras. Endymion (Saturday), Bacchus (Sunday), Orpheus (Monday), Zulu (Tuesday morning) and Rex (Tuesday night) are the most famous of the parades, drawing rowdy attendees to partake in song and dance free of inhibition.

2. Carnival of Binche - Binche, Belgium

It's an honour for a man from Binche to be picked to join the Gilles on Shrove Tuesday.

Gilles are clown-like performers, dressed in fanciful costumes, wax masks and plumed hats, who dance throughout the city starting in the wee hours and lasting through the night.

The 1,000-plus men are the centrepiece of Binche's carnival, named a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.

3. Trinidad and Tobago Carnival - Trinidad and Tobago

Its vibrant history and French roots set the tone for Trinidad and Tobago's most significant celebration each year: Carnival. The Monday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday draw the Caribbean destination's population to the streets to show off elaborate costumes that groups take months to create. Bands compete against one another for the title of Band of the Year and claypsonians vie for the prestigious Calypso Monarch title.

4. Carnival of Brazil - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

There's really no comparison when it comes to Carnival celebrations when Rio is thrown in the mix. Brazilians take their weeks before Lent very seriously, putting on large-scale parades and festivities that in 2011 drew nearly five million people. The most famous holiday in Brazil features samba schools, or large groups of dancers and performers, who build spectacular floats and compete in one of seven divisions based on music, costumes and theme. Individual neighbourhoods more and more are seeing smaller-scale parades, blocos, which feature drum parades, samba and other high-octane sights and sounds.

5. Mardi Gras - Sydney, Australia

Sydney takes the opportunity during pre-Lent celebrations to support its LGBT community through more than 60 must-attend events at Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. The most popular spectacle, of course, is the evening parade down Oxford and Flinders streets. Other musts on the lineup include drag races on Bondi Beach, Fair Day at Victoria Park, a sunset cruise, and a harbour-side dance party on Sydney Harbour.

6. Notting Hill Carnival - London, United Kingdom

It's not until August, but London is the place to be in 2012. Though the Olympics will be most folks' focus, the Notting Hill Carnival will come a close second for more than a million visitors. Trinidadian and Tobagonian Brits lead the charge, directing musicians and participants clad in colourful costumes through Notting Hill's narrow streets.

Claustrophobic travellers should consider staying at home - Caribbean-flavoured festival lassos large crowds over the course of two - typically hot - summer days.

7. Quebec Winter Carnival - Quebec City, Quebec, Canada

Quebec City comes to life every February for the Quebec Winter Festival. Outdoor sports like snowboarding and dog sledding, snow sculpture contests and masquerade balls are all on the schedule each year as Canadians celebrate a winterised version of Carnival. Visitors bundle up during the coldest time of year for a reason: zip lines, concerts and ice skating make for tons of fun for kids and adults alike. Like with most pre-Lent celebrations, the parades - both during the day and at night - are the highlight of Quebec's ode to Carnival.

8. Carnival of Venice - Venice, Italy

Beginning 40 days before Easter, thousands of Venetians and visitors to the City of Water alike disguise themselves in ornamental masks, a site to be seen for anyone planning a trip to Italy. What used to blur the lines among social classes has evolved into a festival that could rival any other Carnival in the world. Fashion designers from around the globe sit on a panel to vote for "la maschera piu bella" or "the best mask" as events like the silent water parade and the Flight of the Angel take place across the city.

9. Mardi Gras - Universal Studios, Orlando, Florida, USA

Though Orlando may not be the first town that comes to mind when you think of Mardi Gras,

Universal Studios puts on a celebration of beads and live music that the whole family can enjoy. For nearly two months on Saturdays and certain nights, the park entertains with headliners like Kelly Clarkson, and dishes up Cajun treats like jambalaya and shrimp gumbo - a wonderful homage to New Orleans' French Quarter.

10. Carnival - Montevideo, Uruguay

Uruguayans have the longest Carnival celebration in the world, letting loose for more than 40 days every year, most vibrantly in the country's capital, Montevideo. Theatres throughout the city are assembled and locals take to the stage to present the social and political climate of the country through operas known as tablados. Taking the real spotlight, though, are two colourful parades where musicians show their skills - and African roots - through the drum-based rhythm known as candombe.

- Reuters





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"I am so happy to reach T&T for this pilgrimage."

Those were the last words of Tobago Baptist leader King Shepherd Carlton Callender yesterday as he collapsed seconds after walking out of the VIP lounge of the Piarco International Airport after arriving for a function. Minister of National Diversity and Social Integration Rodger Samuel told the T&T Guardian that he had only minutes before embraced Carlton upon his arrival from New York, along with a 120-member contingent, including Consul General Nan Ramgoolam.

The group arrived for the start of a pilgrimage on the occasion of Spiritual Shouter Baptist Liberation Day. Callender was scheduled to give greetings last evening at the Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar's dinner function celebrating Spiritual Shouter Baptist Liberation Day at the Diplomatic Centre, St Ann's. Samuel said Callender took three months to plan the pilgrimage.

"It was his dream to get people of the faith from New York to come here to T&T to experience our celebrations here and King Shepherd was looking forward and very excited. It is shocking to me knowing that I just hugged him and we spoke and laughed together," Samuel said.

After collapsing, Callender was taken to the Arima Health Facility where he was pronounced dead. Up to late last night ministry officials and some members of the American contingent were at the facility. Samuel, on behalf of his ministry, extended condolences to Callender's family and fellow members of the faith. Archbishop Barbara Gray Burke, in her greetings at the function, reminisced on the time she met with Callender in Brooklyn. She said she believed he had fulfilled his assignment here on earth and was prepared for the journey in the afterlife.





A video of a man and a large woman having sex in broad daylight has crept up on various platforms.

As of Tuesday, the video has racked up close to half-a-million views on Facebook and is being shared through messaging application, WhatsApp.

The video, which was recorded somewhere along Ripon Road, shows the large woman, believed to be a prostitute, bent over a motor vehicle as a slim man has his way with her. The road, as well as surrounding areas is viewed as a hotspot for such activities. The man, who was wearing a condom as he did his business in the video, was being boosted by his friends recording his escapade.

However, the man is being derided by the prostitute and a few others for having 'finished' too quickly. At the end of the video, the woman disposes of the condom, pushes the man away, then walks off.

Visits to the area on Wednesday afternoon showed broken magnum glass bottles and a few used condoms which tell the tale of the activities which transpire on that road, which is a location for several businesses, as well as a popular strip club.

A manager for one of the businesses close to where the video was recorded expressed anger at the situation.

"It is upsetting and frustrating. You would think it's Coronation Market. We have been complaining in silence to the police," he said.

Meanwhile, Deputy Superintendent in charge of the New Kingston Police Post, Christopher Murdock, said the police use high visibility patrol to deter such activities.





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Reports that Buju Banton has been freed and deported to Jamaica have sent the internet into a world-wind.

However, it has been revealed that Buju is still behind bars at the McRae Correctional Institution in the state of Georgia and is listed for release on January 3, 2019.

Buju Banton was arrested at his Florida home by US Marshalls in connection with drug trafficking in 2009. He was found guilty after two trials in a Tampa Court.

The Gargamel who is of the belief that he was entrapped by a US government informant; maintains his innocence.





shocked.jpg A 15 year old student is now in police custody in connection with the shooting of a 14 year old female student on Wednesday.

The police report that the injured teenager was on her way home when the incident occurred.

The other student - a male, is expected to be charged.

Head of the St. Catherine South Police Division Senior Superintendent Noel Christie says other charges are expected to be laid against individuals who filed a false report to the police regarding the incident.

The injured student has been listed in serious but stable condition.





barack-obama-photo-2.jpg National Security Minister, Peter Bunting, says the county's security forces are prepared for the upcoming visit to Jamaica of US President, Barack Obama.

President Obama is to arrive in Kingston on April 9 for what Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has said will be a State Visit.

Obama is scheduled to meet with Caricom Heads of Government while in Kingston.

When US President Ronald Reagan came to Jamaica on an Official Visit in April 1982, there were extensive security arrangements, including US law enforcement agents doing checks on some residential homes.

In a radio interview on Thursday, National Security Minister Peter Bunting said the public would soon be updated on precautions that will be put in place when President Obama arrives in Kingston.

The Security Minister said he recognized that President Obama's arrival will mean all eyes on Jamaica.