Usain Bolt won the 200 metres race at the Golden Spike meet on Tuesday, as the Jamaican star prepares for the world championships after a season marred by injuries.
Facing rain and cold at the IAAF World Challenge event, Bolt came out of the bend slightly ahead and breezed unchallenged to victory, crossing the finish line in 20.13.
The six-time Olympic champion improved on his previous season’s best of 20.20, clocked in April in Jamaica.
It was his first race in Europe this season as he gets into shape for the worlds in August in Beijing.
Isiah Young of the United States finished second in 20.35 and Lykourgos Stefanos Tsakonas of Greece was third in 20.62.
Reviewing Jamaica’s human rights record last week in Geneva, some of the world’s most powerful countries have expressed their disappointment that the country has not responded positively to recommendations particularly regarding gay rights.
Addressing mounting concerns, Minister of Justice Mark Golding attempted to assure the members of the 22nd session of the United Nations’ working group’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Jamaica human rights record that the 1962 constitution “guarantees the protection of the human rights of all Jamaicans.”
As the pressure to institute legislation that protects the rights of gays intensifies here in Jamaica , the findings of the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights, has noted several shortcomings in the battle for gay rights in Jamaica.
The team of investigators discovered many inadequacies in the Jamaican legislative landscape and declared:
• “The right to freedom from discrimination had failed to prohibit discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity and recommended that Jamaica should amend its laws with a view to prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation and gender identity.”
• “It also recommended that Jamaica should decriminalize sexual relations between consenting adults of the same sex, and put an end to prejudices and social stigmatization of homosexuality,” adding that it had also noted that the “criminalization of private, consensual same-sex sexual acts perpetuated homophobia and made HIV-prevention messaging difficult.”
The investigative known team better known as the United Nations Country Team (UNCT), also blasted what was seen as a lack of intention by Jamaica to repeal the death penalty and buggery laws respectively.
“While noting that Jamaica had made progress in lifting the mandatory death sentence for certain crimes in 2005 and that the State had not carried out judicial executions since 1988, [the UNCT] was concerned that Jamaica did not intend to abolish the death penalty,” wrote the report.
Loop News Service
Triple world record holder Usain Bolt and former 100 metres world record holder Asafa Powell are among five Jamaicans on their way to Ostrava for the IAAF World Challenge Golden Spike meeting on Tuesday.
Bolt will turn out in the men’s 200 metres for his 7th appearance at the meet and his third time contesting the 200 metres event.
Powell will be making his 4th appearance in Ostrava and will line up against British world and European Indoor champion Richard Kilty.
Edino Steele is down to compete in the men’s 400 metres event while Kerron Stewart and Sherone Simpson are listed for the Women’s 200 metres race.
Karrueche Tran has a new man that could be beefing with Chris Brown. Tyson Beckford has yet to respond to a subtle jab from Brown over a selfie he posted with Chris Brown ex-girlfriend.
This big drama started over Memorial Day Weekend when Tyson Beckford posted a selfie on Instagram of himself and Karrueche Tran hanging out in Las Vegas.
One of Chris Brown people name Kidred on Instagram quickly posted a threat to Beckford and Brown cosigned it.
“Memorial Day Weekend aka the ni**as will be out… We just came to party tho, unless a ni**a wanna trys us and that includes all u model ni**as “Cough Cough #TysonBeckford. We see everything Lil ni**a.
Chris Brown Commented on the post with an emoji that cosigned it.
Chris Brown and Tyson Beckford fans immediately started going at it but Brown then posted a old photo of himself with the caption, “#SF500 #dontplayyaselfP.”
Roots reggae singer Warrior King is in Mexico on a one-month promotional tour.
The Aint Giving Up singer was billed on the event alongside headliner, London-based reggae singer Macka B, and performed at the rocking Playa del Carmen beachside concert in front of a capacity audience of predominantly Mexican people, who have been showing increasing favour towards foundation reggae music.
Although this was not Warrior King’s first trip to that Spanish-speaking country, it was undoubtedly his best experience so far. The artiste performed for an entire hour and the fans – some of whom were ‘discovering’ him and others who remembered his from a previous visit – were very receptive, surprising him by singing many of the songs word-for-word. In fact, so good was the response that the promoter has invited Warrior King to come back in August, when he will perform in a more official capacity in the capital, Mexico City.
Warrior King, who admits that he knows Spanish and has been practising the language quite a bit lately, feels that his ability to break into the Mexican market is due largely to the fact that although he is still relatively young, his voice has that “foundation reggae feel” and his music and lyrical content are conscious roots reggae.
“From what I can see, the Mexicans appear to have a preference for roots reggae and they listen to a lot of music from foundation artistes. Of course, Bob (Marley) is way up there and so too are artistes like Dennis Brown and Culture,” Warrior King explained.
“I made the most of this opportunity by staying back at the event to sign autographs, take pictures with fans and encourage the fans to purchase my merchandise. I feel really good about this exposure and I know that the fans will spread the word,” added King, whose promo tour has been going exceptionally well.
In addition to providing quality entertainment for fans in Mexico last Sunday, the reggae singer has made stops in San Diego Beach, Tahoe City in California, Mills Valley, Cataluma, Laguna Beach, Nevada City and New Orleans, where he also quietly tapped into the college circuit. He noted that while not all the venues were capacity filled, one sure sign of success is that all the promoters have invited him back for subsequent shows.
He also did collaborations with artistes Jah Sun from Arcadia and Nico Marks from Los Angeles, both of whom did shoots for music videos for the songs. Warrior King also did a third video shoot, this time on his own for the newest single, Same Source, from his upcoming album Rootz Warrior. He wraps up this leg of this “feel-good” promo tour with an appearance at the spectacular Best of the Best Festival at Bayfront Park, Miami Beach, Florida on May 24.
Loop News Service