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Paris Fireworks - World Leaders 'Shelly', Gardner Set For Hot 100m Diamond League Clash

 The line-up for the women's 100 metres at Saturday's Diamond League meeting in Paris will be very hot, with five of the women already dipping under 11 seconds this season.

This group is headed by joint world leaders Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica and the United States' English Gardener, who have recorded 10.79 seconds.
With 10.79 seconds to spearhead this very strong line-up, Fraser-Pryce's last two runs have been brilliant, as after her close win over the Ivory Coast's Murielle Ahoure at the Prefontaine Classic Diamond League meeting in Eugene, Oregon, where both clocked 10.81 seconds, she followed up that with an even more impressive run at the Jamaica National Championships last Friday.
There, she recorded a runaway victory in 10.79.

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On the same day, Gardner, competing in the semi-finals of the United States trials in Eugene, also logged 10.79 seconds to show that she is also in top form. At that same venue, Gardner clocked 10.84 seconds in edging out Jamaica's Elaine Thompson in a 100m 'B' race at the Prefontaine Classic.
After her fast clocking to win at the trials, Fraser-Pryce's coach, Stephen Francis, stated that he was not pleased with the time as he thought she did not execute well in the last 30 metres.
While both athletes have the joint fastest time, the field is loaded with speed as Ahoure, who lost to Fraser-Pryce in a photo finish when both clocked identical 10.81 seconds, will be coming to avenge that defeat, while the likes of Nigeria's Blessing Okagbare (10.87) and Dutch wonder girl Dafne Schippers, with a season best of 10.97, will also be backing themselves to win.
Also included in the field is Natasha Morrison, who finished second at the National Senior Championships in a personal best 11.03 seconds last week and will want to make her name on the big stage.

U.S. Adds 223,000 Jobs In June; Unemployment Rate Falls To 5.3%

WASHINGTON (AP) — US unemployment rate falls to 5.3 percent as employers add 223,000 jobs in June.

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WESTMORELAND, JAMAICA (BRUTAL KILLINGS) : Father, son murdered in SAVANNA-LA-MAR....19 y-o Jahboukie Wynter was found lying in a pool of blood on the street and 62 y-o Trevor ‘Pepper Rock’ Wynter was found shot in his bed

BY HORACE HINES Observer staff reporter hinesh@jamaicaobserver.com  Thursday, July 02, 2015    
SAVANNA-LA-MAR, Westmoreland — The Westmoreland football fraternity was yesterday plunged into mourning after the bullet-riddled body of Reno FC's most charismatic supporter, 62-year-old Trevor Wynter, was found in his bed, shortly after his son was discovered murdered a short distance away.
Nineteen-year-old Jahboukie Wynter was found lying in a pool
 of blood on the street. At right: Trevor ‘Pepper Rock’ Wynter
Wynter, who is affectionately known as 'Pepper Rock', lived at 45 Seaton Street with his 19-year-old son Jahboukie Wynter.
Reports are that about 3:45 yesterday morning residents of the section of Savanna-la-Mar called Grotto heard a barrage of gunshots in their community.
Shortly after, the body of the son was discovered lying along a section of the roadway in a pool of blood with what appeared to be gunshot wounds.
Residents who went to the father's house to deliver the tragic news, became suspicious on realising that the front door was wide open. When they entered the house, they saw the body of the popular football fanatic slumped in his bed, also drenched in blood.
The police who were summoned are yet to establish a motive for the double murder.
When news broke of the two murders, a large crowd converged on the street outside the deceased's house, as crime scene investigators combed inside for clues.
"Me can't believe say Pepper Rock dead," bemoaned a man of Indian descent. "Them kill him inna him bed."
Another member of the gathering who also expressed shock at the tragedies, described the elder Wynter as a peaceful individual.
"Pepper naw trouble nobody," he said.
There was great outpouring of affection for the Reno fan when the news team arrived at the Westmoreland Football Association headquarters where several mourners were gathered.
He was mostly remembered for his large Reno flags which he eagerly waved as he drummed up support for the team.
"Pepper was a man always with his big flag. He did not support Reno in an ordinary way, but an extraordinary way, especially with his big flag, which at times appears bigger than the field," said another Reno supporter who goes by the name Tanker.
"Even when the team went down, he was the only one who had the flags. He's a household name in the parish."
Meanwhile, President of the Westmoreland Football Association Everton Tomlinson recalled the "undying love and dedication" Wynter has shown for Reno Football Club".
"He always dressed in the Reno colours. It is very sad when we lose someone who dedicate his life to the spirit of the game. He was most valuable in the 1980s and 1990s in the glory days of Reno, inspiring the crowd. Those memories keep popping up this morning," Tomlinson said. more

Gregory Park fire leaves 25 homeless including eight children, the fire allegedly set by arsonists, destroyed an eight-room house in Gregory Park, St Catherine.

Thursday, July 02, 2015 -- Kimmo Matthews   
TWENTY-FIVE people, including eight children, were left homeless Tuesday night when fire, allegedly set by arsonists, destroyed an eight-room house in Gregory Park, St Catherine.
Fire victims
Police reported that about 7:30 fire was seen coming from the house, located in a tenement yard, shortly after a heated argument among a group of people in the community.
The Jamaica Fire Brigade said a team of firefighters worked hard in trying to contain the blaze but despite their attempts the house was destroyed.
The loss was particularly painful for Anita Wallace, a pregnant 20-year-old woman, who was left contemplating where she would stay with her three-year-old daughter.
"I don't know what is going to happen now; I lost everything for both my daughter and my unborn child," said Wallace, tears rolling down her cheeks.
The remains of the eight-bedroom Gregory
 Park house that was destroyed by fire
 Tuesday night. (PHOTO: KARL MCLARTY)
Her relative, Cassandra Wallace, a mother of two, shared similar sentiments.
"Right now we lost everything; the children don't have anything to wear and no food to eat. I just don't know what we will do," said the distraught woman.
"It really hard to see that I come lose everything; when the fire started I was sitting on the outside [but] I am just thankful that just before the fire my daughter, who was sleeping, woke up and came outside," said Wallace.
Residents said a few minutes after the fire started they were trying to put out the blaze but had to make a hasty retreat when a gas cylinder exploded. more

Hanover, Jamaica (GETTING FROM BAD TO WORSE) : Spike in murders rocks Hanover....an alarming 11 murders last month catapulting the tally of persons killed in the parish to 24 since the start of the year....a mother who lost 2 sons grieved, "Two one time? Two one time? Oh God! Jesus! Mama! Lawd. Mama! Oh God! Whey mi pickney dem gone? Mi two pickney gone," she wailed before collapsing.

BY HORACE HINES Observer West reporter  Thursday, July 02, 2015    
LAGOON, Hanover — THE Hanover Police Division recorded an alarming 11 murders last month catapulting the tally of persons killed in the parish to 24 since the start of the year -- four more than the corresponding period in 2014.
Mother of the murdered men Michelle James (right)
with family members. (PHOTO: PHILP LEMONTE)
"This is the worst June I have ever seen in the parish," a veteran lawman lamented. The latest murder in the parish was Monday night's killing of 47-year-old businessman Leslie Clarke, also called Big Ras, who was shot dead at the restaurant he operated across the road from the Green Island Police Station.
A police source close to the investigations told the Jamaica Observer West that Clarke's killing may have been a reprisal for Sunday morning's shooting of two brothers, 20-year-old Orane Pringle and 23-year-old Richard Hamilton, also called Blacks, at their home in the Lagoon community, near to Green Island.
(L) HAMILTON... bullet-riddled body found outside
house. (R) PRINGLE... one of two brothers shot dead.
"Word on the streets is that the businessman is related to one of the persons suspected to be involved in the killing of the brothers," a cop close to the investigations revealed. Reports are that about 3:30 am the two siblings were at home -- one in the company of a female friend -- when a group of men with 9mm pistols swooped down on the two-apartment building.
The gunmen proceeded to kick open the front door then opened a barrage of gunfire on the three occupants. When the police arrived at the scene Pringle was discovered in the house lying in a pool of blood with multiple gunshot wounds, while the blood-soaked, bullet-riddled body of his older brother was on the ground outside the wooden dwelling.
The female, who ran from the house during the shooting, was rushed to a medical facility where she is being treated for bullet wounds to one of her feet and a section of her upper body.
A distressed Michelle James (on ground)
is being assisted by family members
after she collapsed during an
interview with the Observer
West on Tuesday.
Investigators removed a number of 9mm spent shells from the scene of the incident.
When Observer West visited the Lagoon community this week, Michelle James, the distressed mother of Pringle and Hamilton -- two of her six children — fainted while being interviewed.
"Two one time? Two one time? Oh God! Jesus! Mama! Lawd. Mama! Oh God! Whey mi pickney dem gone? Mi two pickney gone," she wailed before collapsing. more

IN JAMAICA: UWI student injured in attack still serious in hospital....The victim is a resident of AZ Preston Hall

Thursday, July 02, 2015 — Candiece Knight   
A male student of the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona campus, who was stabbed and injured by an attacker on the university's campus Monday night was still in hospital in serious condition yesterday.
The student reportedly lost a lot of blood in the incident which occurred close to the Confucius Institute. The victim is a resident of AZ Preston Hall.
Yesterday, concerned students and friends rushed to give blood in his aid after an appeal was made for blood.
The police said were still investigating the incident, which was said to be a robbery attempt.
"I am extremely disappointed with the fact that this took place, and even worse, on campus," said President of the Guild of Students Davianne Tucker. "The Guild Council finds violence of any kind intolerable and will not simply allow it to fall through the cracks.
"In the short term, we will ensure that students across the campus are educated about their own safety because they also have a responsibility to secure themselves," Tucker said in a statement. "We will also be engaging the administration to find more effective ways of protecting our students through the posting of solid, actionable ideas for persons entering the campus, especially at night," he added.