2013

BREAKING NEWS: Vybz Kartel sentenced to life in prison, to serve 35 years before parole

BREAKING NEWS: Vybz Kartel sentenced to life in prison, to serve 35 years before parole

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Dancehall artiste, Vybz Kartel, has been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams. – See more at:

Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, is to serve 35 years before he becomes eligible for parole.

He and the three other men convicted for Lizard’s murder were each given life sentences a short while ago by Justice Lennox Campbell.

Adidja Palmer – LIFE IN PRISON (35 years before eligible for parole)
Shawn ‘Shawn Storm’ Campbell – LIFE IN PRISON (25 years before eligible for parole)
Kahira Jones – LIFE IN PRISON (25 years before eligible for parole)
Andre St John – LIFE IN PRISON (30 years before eligible for parole)

Justice Campbell handed down the sentences after hearing impassioned pleas for leniency from lawyers representing the men.

On March 13, after 65 days of trial, a jury returned a ten to one guilty verdict.

On that same day, a fourth co-accused, Shane Williams was freed by the jury.

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The defence has indicated that it will be appealing the verdict.

It has cited discrepancies, inconsistencies, missing data, and mismanagement in the collection of evidence as well as the integrity of the evidence.

Kartel’s attorney, Tom Tavares-Finson says the defence has a fundamental issue with the decision of the trial judge to permit certain phone evidence, given the admission by the police that the instruments were being used after they were taken into their custody.

He says it is very significant that since the matter was heard, the Director of Public Prosecutions has ordered a change in the protocol as to how evidence is to be kept in the department.

According to the attorney, the police have also changed the protocol as to how telephones are to be kept.

Tavares-Finson said the Director of Public Prosecutions, Paula Llewellyn, has also asked prosecutor, Jeremy Taylor, to launch an investigation into the conduct of the investigators in the case.

“I am of the opinion that the department cannot investigate itself and any such investigation should be done by the Independent Commission of Investigations,” Tavares-Finson said.

Bulgarians and Romanians free to work in UK as controls end

Bulgarians and Romanians free to work in UK as controls end

Bulgarian and Romanian citizens are free to live and work in the UK after controls in place since 2007 expired.

Home Affairs Select Committee chairman Keith Vaz greeted the first flight from Romania as it landed at Luton airport on Wednesday morning.

Romanian Victor Spiersau was aboard and said: “I don’t come to rob your country. I come to work and go home.”

The UK has not released forecasts of migrant numbers, but campaigners say up to 50,000 people a year could come.

Immigration minister Mark Harper said curbs on access to benefits would ensure those heading to the UK would contribute to the economy.

Keith VazKeith Vaz, left, greets Romanian arrivals at Luton airport including Victor Spiersau, right.

Labour MP Mr Vaz, who was accompanied at Luton Airport by Tory MP Mark Reckless, said the 180-seat aircraft from the central Romanian city of Targu Mureș had only 140 passengers on board, most of whom already live and work in the UK.

“We’ve seen no evidence of people who have rushed out and bought tickets in order to arrive because it’s the 1st of January,” he said.

New arrivals

One of the plane’s passengers, Victor Spiersau, was coming to the country for the first time.

Nigel Farage: “It’s irresponsible to open the door unconditionally”

The 30-year-old said he already had a car washing job lined up that would earn him 10 euros (£8) an hour – an improvement on the 10 euros a day he received working in the construction industry at home.

“I don’t come to rob your country. I come to work and then go home,” he said. “Here you pay a lot; in Romania it’s very cheap.”

Mr Spiersau added: “I don’t want to stay here. I want to renovate my home and to make a good life in Romania because it’s much easier to live in Romania because it’s not expensive.”

A Home Office spokesman said the government was working to reduce net migration and would ensure people entering Britain were doing so for the right reasons.

However, more than 60 MPs are backing a campaign to extend the restrictions for a further five years, saying the British economy has not sufficiently recovered from the 2008 recession to cope with the change and that it will put pressure on public services and reduce job opportunities for British workers.

‘Welfare strain’

Laszlo Andor, the EU commissioner for employment, social affairs and inclusion, said there were already three million people from Bulgaria and Romania living in other European Union member states.

Analysis

image of Mark LowenMark LowenBBC News, Bucharest

It’s a special new year for Romanians and Bulgarians, finally gaining equal rights to work freely across the EU seven years after their accession.

Some, particularly Britain, fear large numbers will come, mindful that a decade ago the government expected 15,000 per year from Eastern Europe but a million and a half came.

No extra flights have been planned from Bucharest but one coach company has tripled services to London.

Many here talk of their hopes of a better life with higher salaries – but nobody knows quite how many will finally leave.

“It is unlikely that there will be any major increase following the ending of the final restrictions on Bulgarian and Romanian workers,” he said.

Mr Andor said his organisation recognised that migrant influxes could strain welfare systems in host countries but since the EU provided contingency funds for this it was no reason to put up barriers.

He said migrants were essential to economic recovery and must be protected from discrimination.

“I firmly believe that restricting the free movement of European workers is not the answer to high unemployment or a solution to the crisis,” he added.

Migration Watch – which campaigns for tighter controls on immigration – has suggested that many of the two million Romanians and Bulgarians currently working in Spain and Italy could now be tempted to come to the UK by the higher wages and access to in-work benefits such as tax credits.

It says the UK remains the “most lucrative destination” for migrants across the EU, and estimates that 50,000 people from Romania and Bulgaria will move to the UK each year for five years.

“There’s a definite possibility that some will start to shift in this direction,” Migration Watch’s co-founder, Sir Andrew Green, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.

The Bulgarian ambassador, however, has previously estimated that only about 8,000 migrants a year from Bulgaria would come to the UK.

‘Bad timing’

Sunder Katwala, director of the identity and integration think tank British Future, said most Britons accepted that hosting the new migrants was a requirement of European Union membership.

“People prefer this wasn’t happening now, the timing isn’t popular, but people understand its part of the rules of the club we’re part of,” he told BBC Radio 4’s The World at One.

Nigel Mills, a Conservative MP who led an unsuccessful campaign to extend migrant restrictions, said Britain should have the right to opt-out of EU agreements, particularly ones made prior to the recent economic crisis.

“We have to have the right to say ‘look we accept those are the rules of the club, but we were allowed to suspend free movement of Romanians and Bulgarians for seven years, let’s make that a bit longer while we sort our economy out.’

“The hallmark of a sovereign economy is we can change our mind.”

Immigration minister Mark Harper says the government has tightened up the benefit system

The government is tightening the rules to ensure that migrants cannot claim out-of-work benefits for three months after arriving and will only qualify for support after six months if they have a genuine chance of employment.

Overseas visitors and migrants are also to face new charges for some NHS services in England.

Latvia becomes 18th state to join the eurozone

Latvia becomes 18th state to join the eurozone

Latvia has begun the new year by joining the eurozone, becoming the 18th member of the group of EU states which uses the euro as its currency.

The former Soviet republic on the Baltic Sea recently emerged from the financial crisis to become the EU’s fastest-growing economy.

Correspondents report much scepticism in the country after recent bailouts for existing eurozone members.

But there is also hope that the euro will reduce dependency on Russia.

EU commissioner Olli Rehn said joining the eurozone marked “the completion of Latvia’s journey back to the political and economic heart of our continent, and that is something for all of us to celebrate”.

The government and most business owners also welcomed the single currency, saying it would improve Latvia’s credit rating and attract foreign investors.

However, some opinion polls suggested almost 60% of the population did not want the new currency.

Missing the lats

“It’s a big opportunity for Latvia’s economic development,” Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis said after symbolically withdrawing a 10-euro note as fireworks led celebrations in the capital Riga after midnight.

Newly minted Latvian euro coins on display in RigaLatvia has its own euro coins

The governor of the Latvian central bank, Ilmars Rimsevics, said: “Euro brings stability and certainty, definitely attracting investment, so new jobs, new taxes and so on. So being in the second largest currency union I think will definitely mean more popularity.”

One of those reluctant to give up Latvia’s own currency, the lats, was Zaneta Smirnova.

“I am against the euro,” she told AFP news agency. “This isn’t a happy day. The lats is ours, the euro isn’t – we should have kept the lats.”

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Latvia has begun the new year by joining the eurozone, becoming the 18th member of the group of EU states which uses the euro as its currency.

The former Soviet republic on the Baltic Sea recently emerged from the financial crisis to become the EU’s fastest-growing economy.

Correspondents report much scepticism in the country after recent bailouts for existing eurozone members.

But there is also hope that the euro will reduce dependency on Russia.

EU commissioner Olli Rehn said joining the eurozone marked “the completion of Latvia’s journey back to the political and economic heart of our continent, and that is something for all of us to celebrate”.

The government and most business owners also welcomed the single currency, saying it would improve Latvia’s credit rating and attract foreign investors.

However, some opinion polls suggested almost 60% of the population did not want the new currency.

Missing the lats

“It’s a big opportunity for Latvia’s economic development,” Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis said after symbolically withdrawing a 10-euro note as fireworks led celebrations in the capital Riga after midnight.

Newly minted Latvian euro coins on display in RigaLatvia has its own euro coins

The governor of the Latvian central bank, Ilmars Rimsevics, said: “Euro brings stability and certainty, definitely attracting investment, so new jobs, new taxes and so on. So being in the second largest currency union I think will definitely mean more popularity.”

One of those reluctant to give up Latvia’s own currency, the lats, was Zaneta Smirnova.

“I am against the euro,” she told AFP news agency. “This isn’t a happy day. The lats is ours, the euro isn’t – we should have kept the lats.”

Leonora Timofeyeva, who earns the minimum wage of 200 lats (£237; 284 euros; $392) per month tending graves in a village north of the capital Riga, said: “Everyone expects prices will go up in January.”

But pensioner Maiga Majore believed euro adoption could “only be a good thing”.

“To be part of a huge European market is important,” she told AFP. “All this talk about price rises is just alarmist.”

Alf Vanags, director of the Baltic International Centre for Economic Policy Studies, told Bloomberg news agency he personally did not like giving up the familiar lats but it was an “entirely irrational sentiment”.

Euro adoption was good for Latvia “on balance”, he argued, since it provided a mutual insurance policy that countries could draw on when they got into trouble.

Latvia, with its large ethnic Russian minority, is often seen as having closer economic ties to Russia than its fellow Baltic states Lithuania and Estonia. Russia remains an important export market while its banking system attracts substantial deposits from clients in other ex-Soviet states.

London Fireworks 2014 – New Year’s Eve Fireworks – BBC One

London Fireworks 2014 – New Year’s Eve Fireworks – BBC One

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Man dies after fatal shooting at London’s Avalon Club

Man dies after fatal shooting at London’s Avalon Club

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Shaftesbury Avenue was closed while police investigated the fatal shooting

A man has died in hospital after he was shot at a private function inside a nightclub in London’s West End.

The shooting happened at the Avalon club in Shaftesbury Avenue at about 03:00 GMT.

The victim, believed to be 31, suffered multiple gunshot wounds. Police believe they know the identity of the man but await formal identification.

A man has been arrested and is being questioned at a south London police station.

The next of kin of the man thought to be the victim had been informed, the Metropolitan Police said.

Shaftesbury Avenue has been closed while police investigate.

The Avalon Soho describes itself as a cocktail lounge with live DJs every night.

Its website says it is “a revitalised venue that oozes creativity and class”, and which brings “a unique and stylish vibe to the heart of West End’s party scene”.

Source : BBC News

New Years Party 2014 all day event at London Hott Radio Cafe

New Years Party 2014 all day event at London Hott Radio Cafe

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