A little boy with a big heart
Six-year-old Rio Russsell launched a secondhand football boot collection for less fortunate children in Haiti. Rio, a keen footballer himself, decided to do it after watching Haitian youngsters on television playing football barefoot.With the help of his grandma, Vickie Richardson-Grimes, the youngster collected a large haul of boots.
A new year brings a new era for charity
“Incredible” was how Chewstick founder Gavin Smith described the opening of the Chewstick Neo Griot Lounge and Café — a dream he has had since he launched the creative arts movement - exactly eight years ago.
The ground level venue opened on the corner of Elliott and Court Street and became home to live music and spoken word performances, artist showcases, workshops and lectures.
Gun crime hits record highs
Gun crime hit record levels in 2010 according to figures revealed in January.
Seven men were shot dead and a further 29 were injured in gang-related shootings.
‘Evil’ gunman is imprisoned for 25 years
Quincy Brangman was sentenced to 25 years for attempted murder after shooting a man in the neck, chest and thigh. During sentencing, Puisne Judge Carlisle Greaves said he found Brangman “spiteful, vengeful, arrogant and determined in his mission to commit murder”.
Douglas is cancer free
Actor Michael Douglas announced on US TV show that he is cancer free. He said: “I think the odds are, with the tumour gone, and what I know about this particular type of cancer, is that I’ve got it beat.” The 66-year-old former resident of Bermuda had been diagnosed with a tumour at the base of his tongue.
Five on trial on drug charges
A former Senator’s son was among five men on trial facing charges of conspiracy to importing $3.4 million of cannabis to the island. Bilal Shakir the son of former PLP Senator Cromwell Shakir, was charged along with Carlos Rogers, Kinole Simons, Shaun Johnson. The trial is ongoing. Pictured from left are Shaun Johnson, Bilal Shakir, Carlos Rogers. They are due to go on trial in 2012.
Iconic store closes
Iconic Afro-centric store True Reflections closed its doors after 20 years in business. Owner Annie Young (pictured) blamed the demise on the recession and lack of cruise ships in Hamilton.
Year in Review 2011