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Bolt returns to action in 400m

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.

Lawrence family: A son killed, a marriage destroyed – but they never

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 election race too close to call

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.

I & I: The Natural Mystics - Marley, Tosh and Wailer, By Colin

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."

Jamaica: From swimming with sharks to dune-buggy driving, the island

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.

Sonia Pottinger: Record label owner and producer who thrived in the

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”.

Album: Toots & the Maytals, Flip and Twist (D&F)

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.

Jamaica and US to fight over captured drugs lord

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.

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