The trouble for Usain Bolt in 2011 was getting out of his starting blocks too quickly – prompting his disqualification from the World Championship 100 metres final in Daegu, South Korea. In one sense at least, the world's fastest man does not intend to play a waiting game in 2012. His first race of London Olympic year will come next month.
Stephen Lawrence was ambitious, loved art and excelled at sport – but had a rebellious streak. He wanted to become an architect and was steadfastly working towards that goal. The tragedy for his family is that he was not able to realise his dreams, but has instead become a byword for racial intolerance and violence in Britain.
Jamaica's two main political parties are in a neck-and-neck race to capture a majority of the country's 63 parliamentary seats and win control of the government for the next five years.
A Jamaican drug kingpin described by US authorities as one of the world's most dangerous dealers has pleaded guilty to racketeering and assault charges, admitting his leadership in an international criminal organisation.
As a biography of the Wailers, "undisputed kings of reggae", this is a pretty good history book - as was Colin Grant's previous work, on Jamaica's first national hero, Marcus Garvey. An apt link is that Bob Marley's "Redemption Song" quotes a Garvey speech from 1937: "We are going to emancipate ourselves from mental slavery... none but ourselves can free the mind."
When 'The Wizard of Oz' opens at the London Palladium tomorrow, one man will be casting the spotlight, as he's done for a galaxy of stars over 47 years. Andrew Johnson meets Linford Hudson
His heavy brown hide was an intricate chain mesh, more like teeth than skin. Spectators gathered at the shoreline, where some wag played the music from Jaws. The audience was not helping. I wasn't sure how relaxed I felt about feeding sharks, either from the perspective of interfering with the natural world, or from the point of view of them being deadly predators intent on biting bits of me.
The notoriously cutthroat Jamaican music business of the Sixties and early Seventies was dominated by male producers like Clement “Coxsone” Dodd, Leslie Kong and Arthur “Duke” Reid, whose fierce rivalry mirrored theirbackground as sharp sound-system operators. They undercut each other, paid artists one-off fees and no royalties. The only woman producer operating in this competitive environment, Sonia Pottinger, not only survived but thrived through a combination of business practices as shrewd as the men’s, and old-fashioned charm that earned her the nickname “the first lady of reggae”.
A 44-track compendium of the music Perry released in seven-inch form on a variety of labels between 1974 and 1978, all of it recorded at his Black Ark studio.
Toots has never shrunk from his interest in American R&B (anyone remember Funky Kingston?), so it is entirely in keeping with his past that he should deliver an umpteenth album that barely skanks at all over its (rather stretched) 15-track length.
Almost twenty years ago, Michael Christopher "Dudus" Coke heard that his father, Lester, had died in a mysterious jail fire while awaiting extradition to the US on drug charges. Today, as he wakes up in a prison cell somewhere in Jamaica, the Caribbean's most wanted man is aware of just how keenly some of the local business and political élite would now like history to somehow repeat itself.
Jamaica's top police officer appealed for calm today after an alleged drugs baron was arrested.
More than 30 killed as government steps up hunt for former ally Christopher Coke
Heavily armed police patrolled the Jamaican capital yesterday after at least three people were killed in an outbreak of violence by supporters of an alleged drug lord who faces extradition to the United States.
The long-awaited extradition of drug kingpin Christopher 'Dudus' Coke to the US is now threatening to spill over into violence on the streets of Kingston. David Usborne reports
They're not really back at the Ark. It burned down in 1978.