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IN JAMAICA (POWERFUL STORY) : A stout-hearted 5-year-old.... No tears from Rusheka Goodhall despite losing a leg to rare cancer at 3 y-o. Please SHARE

BY JEDIAEL CARTER Sunday Observer staff reporter  Sunday, February 07, 2016 
You would think that having lost a leg to cancer when she was just three years old, Rusheka Goodhall would be disconsolate.
Quite the opposite.
She moves around the Jamaica Observer boardroom as most children would, and elicits laughter with her unsolicited interjections during a discussion at last week’s Observer Monday Exchange.
For instance, when her mother, Shecker Anderson, began explaining how Rusheka’s leg started swelling after she hit it while playing at home two years ago, the now five-year-old cancer survivor held both arms apart, obviously exaggerating the size of the swelling, and looked around the room of adults with a broad grin. “It started to swell, she started to walk with a limp, so I took her to the doctor the next day,” the mother explained. “When she went to the doctor, she did an X-ray and it showed a fracture and they put on a cast. When the cast came off, it was swollen and they ordered her to do an MRI. She did a biopsy, a lot of things,” Anderson said, then broke down in tears.
Rusheka, seeing her mother’s pain, leaned over and hugged her. A touching moment.
It was that blow to the leg that led to Rusheka being diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare cancer of the muscle, in which a tumour attaches itself to the bone, either in the head, neck, urogenital track, arms, or legs.
The tests revealed that little Rusheka had stage 3 cancer, meaning it had spread to an organ.
“At the time when her cancer was discovered she also had some evidence that it had just spread to the abdomen,” Dr Michelle Reece Mills, paediatric oncologist at the University Hospital of the West Indies, told the Monday Exchange.
Five-year-old cancer survivor Rusheka Goodhall walks
about the Jamaica Observer boardroom last Monday.
The discussion was focused on cancer in children, given that Rusheka and other children across the island afflicted with the disease, as well as the Black River Hospital Paediatric Unit and the Jamaica Cancer Society will be the beneficiaries of this year’s Sigma Run.
Sagicor, organisers of the annual 5K scheduled for February 21 in Kingston, hope to raise $50 million to contribute to the three causes. The effort was praised by Dr Reece Mills and Jamaica Cancer Society Executive Director Yulit Gordon.
Dr Reece Mills was particularly thankful, having treated other children with cancer and witnessing first-hand the toll it takes on parents.
For instance, the doctor recalled how difficult it was for Rusheka’s mother when amputation was recommended to aggressively fight the cancer and limit its spread.
“One of the important things for some cancers is what we call local control, so in order to prevent the risk of it actually coming back, her local control was amputation. In some other instances you can do radiation to the area,” Dr Reece Mills explained. more

IN JAMAICA: Party operatives said to be behind plot to kill former Spanish Town mayor Dr Raymoth Notice....information emerged that elements from the ruling People’s National Party (PNP) and the Opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) were involved in the attempt.

The plot to kill former Mayor of Spanish Town Dr Raymoth Notice took on another dimension last night when information emerged that elements from the ruling People’s National Party (PNP) and the Opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) were involved in the attempt.
Notice was hospitalised last December after he was shot three times by three men at his home in Bog Walk, St Catherine, in a brazen, early morning attack. He has since been released from hospital.
Members of the police high command refused to comment on allegations that a member of the JLP was behind the attack, which has so far resulted in the arrest of two men, one of whom is known by Notice. Word reaching the Jamaica Observer is that the fingerprints of one of the accused men was matched by police to those found at Notice’s house.
However, one senior police source who asked that his name is not mentioned said that a probe was already underway into determining whether or not the JLP man was the brain behind the attack. 
“The matter is a delicate one and we don’t wish to speak about it at this time,” one senior police officer assigned to the St Catherine North Division told the Sunday Observer yesterday. “In any case, I don’t know who I am talking to, because anybody can call and say he is calling from the Observer,” the senior officer said.
Political Ombudsman Donna Parchment-Brown said she would not comment on whether or not a report had been sent to her about the suggestion that a senior JLP man had a hand in the attack.
Notice has also stated publicly that there was a plot to assassinate him, after he reported to the JLP that certain things were amiss within the party machinery in sections of St Catherine.
In a dramatic twist last night, it emerged also that a gun that was used in the attack on Notice has been traced to a well-known activist in the People’s National Party who is based in a rural Jamaica parish. The St Catherine police refused to confirm or deny the allegation.
Former Mayor of Spanish Town Dr Raymoth Notice
Notice, who at one time was assigned to the Department Correctional Services as a medical doctor, has served as councillor for the Bog Walk Division of the St Catherine Parish Council. He also ran, unsuccessfully, against retired Member of Parliament KD Knight in St Catherine North Central. Knight was replaced by present Cabinet minister Natalie Neita Headley.
The shooting incident involving the outspoken Notice shocked Jamaica and triggered an outpouring of sympathy from both the PNP and the JLP hierarchy, with the PNP urging the victim to tell all that he knew about the incident to the police. The suggestion was that something untoward had occurred and that Notice had knowledge of more things than met the eye at the time. more

DRAMA: Wife crashes her own funeral, horrifying her husband, who had paid to have her killed...."Surprise! I'm Still Alive!" (VIDEO)


Wife crashes her own funeral, horrifying her husband, who had paid to have her killed

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BEYONCE - "Formation" ....Beyoncé Is Back And Unapologetically Black In New Music Video...."Formation" is basically #BlackLivesMatter and #BlackGirlMagic rolled into one powerful music video.

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 It's official: BeyoncĂ© is back, she's "got hot sauce in her bag" and she's as unapologetically black as ever. 
Queen B surprised us all on Saturday by dropping "Formation," a new song and accompanying music video -- and, needless to say, both are incredible. 
The song, which runs nearly five minutes and was released the night before the singer's scheduled Super Bowl performance, is fierce, funky and freaking phenomenal. But what separates the video from most of her other mainstream work is its messages relating to race, identity and black culture. 

6:30 pm ET START FOR SUPER BOWL 50 on Sunday, Feb 7, 2016 : What time does Super Bowl 50 start tonight, what TV channel is it on and how can Carolina Panthers be stopped?

Super Bowl 50 will be hosted on February 7, 2016 at 3:25PM in the City of Santa Clara at the state-of-the-art Levi’s® Stadium, which is the greenest and most technologically advanced professional football stadium in the United States. 
Super Bowl 50Leading up to Super Bowl 50, there is a weeklong series of public events held throughout the region. including the NFL Experience and the Super Bowl City fan village, featuring activities for all ages that celebrate the game of football, as well as all that the San Francisco Bay Area has to offer from arts and culture to live entertainment, and food and drink.
The Super Bowl 50 Host Committee is focused on creating a Super Bowl that not only brings people together, but also gives back in a meaningful way and leaves a lasting impact in the Bay Area. The Host Committee seeks to make Super Bowl 50 the most giving ever, and is investing in Bay Area community initiatives and high-performing nonprofits through the 50 Fund, its signature philanthropic fund.


ST.MARY, JAMAICA (SAD NEWS) : 37 y-o mother, Charla Thompson-Young and children die from suspected carbon monoxide poisoning

BY RENAE DIXON Observer staff reporter  Friday, February 05, 2016    
RESIDENTS of Three Hills in St Mary were left in shock yesterday after a mother and her two children were found dead at their home in a suspected case of carbon monoxide poisoning.

A family photo of Charla Thompson-Young along with her
 husband and children.
The bodies of 37-year-old Charla Thompson-Young, her 12-year-old son Brandon Young and her daughter Leslie-Ann Young, age four, were found at approximately 6:00 am by one of their relatives.
Residents told the Jamaica Observer yesterday that the family had resorted to using a generator after the electricity tripped out for several hours.
Relatives and neighbours who gathered at the home — where a strong smell of the fumes was still present — rued not having found out earlier that something was wrong at the house. Young’s sister-in-law, Phoenia Young, was especially sad — having aborted a plan to get something done at the Thompson-Young’s house at about 11:00 pm on Wednesday night.
“I have to live with that,” she said yesterday, noting that she was concerned about Thompson-Young’s husband of 12 years who was working overseas. He was expected to return to the island last night.

The generator which was left on in the family's house.
She said Thompson-Young and her children returned to the island last month after spending their Christmas vacation overseas.
“She was very quiet. She nuh trouble nobody. She was a family person, genuine,” said Young of her sister-in-law.
She said the children were very loving. Brandon was in grade seven at the St Mary High School, while his sister attended a basic school in the community.
According to Young, it was not the first time Thompson-Young was using the generator, but that it was normally placed outside.
“Maybe it was too heavy so she couldn’t move it,” Young theorised.
Other people said the woman probably thought it was safe to keep it indoors as it was in an area far from their rooms.more