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IN JAMAICA: From gang at JC and Tower Hill, to success at UTech Oneil Josephs shows how bad things can be converted to good ones

BY CHERRIES WILES Sunday Observer writer wilesc@jamaicaobserver.com Sunday, July 15, 2018
It had been over two weeks since Oneil Josephs set foot inside his office, having gone on academic leave. But a sit-down with the Jamaica Observer last Monday called for an earlier than planned return.
At 37 years old, Josephs, who is the director of industrial engineering at the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech), is much heavier than the slender, 'lightweight' figure he described himself as growing up — a trait which he said made him a target for the bigger boys in school, but one which did not stop him from fearlessly defending himself.
“I had a high temper in primary school... and didn't like when people messed around me,” he said. “I was very slim but I didn't want anybody to abuse me, physically and otherwise. And so, I got into a lot of fights.”
During the interview, a reveal of owning an Audi motor vehicle is evidence that he has come a long way from his humble days growing up with his mother and five siblings in Tower Hill, St Andrew, a community known for its history of crime and violence. His well-groomed appearance, eloquent and reasonable speech are a far cry from his past of gang violence, underperformance, and chronic gambling in high school. more
 

BUJU BANTON Tuns 45 today, Sunday, July 15, 2018

Grammy — winning reggae artiste Buju Banton celebrates his 45th birthday today.
The artiste, born Mark Anthony Myrie, is currently an inmate at McRae Correctional Facility in Georgia, United States, where he is serving a 10-year sentence on drug-related charges. Since his 2011 conviction Myrie has spent the past eight birthdays behind bars. However this birthday is scheduled to be his last, as he has only 146 days left in his sentence.
Many of his close friends and associates are eagerly anticipating his release set for December 8, as well as his first concert.
The Jamaica Observer caught up with Donovan Germain — veteran music producer and long-time collaborator with Buju Banton, who disclosed that the artiste known for a slew of hits such as Deportee, Bogle Dance, Willy, Champion, Til I'm Laid to Rest, Driver and Magic City, is not much of a birthday person, and that while he observes the milestone he would not go to extremes to mark the day. more
 

DOUBLE GOLD: Jamaica's Briana Williams completes sprint double in record fashion in Finland

BY PAUL A REID Observer Writer reidp@jamaicaobserver.com

Brianna Williams
TAMPERE, Finland — A priceless sprint double from the incomparable Briana Williams in record time and a National Junior Record run for silver from the men's 4x100m team earned another two medals for Jamaica on yesterday's penultimate day of the IAAF World Under-20 Championship in Tampere, Finland.
A sublime 22.50 seconds (0.1m/s) from the mercurial 16-year-old came like a bolt of lightning out of the blue to the delight of the fair-sized crowd on a bright and sunny day, as she completed a rare sprint double after she won the 100m on Thursday, breaking the Championships Record as well as rewrite the Jamaican national youth and junior records in one fell swoop.
Her time beats the NJR 22.71 seconds set by Simone Facey in 2004 and is the 21st best ever by an Under-20 runner. It also the erased NYR 22.72 seconds set in March this year by Kevona Davis and is the fifth-best ever for an athlete under the age of 18.
It also beat the Championship Record of 22.53 seconds (0.2m/s) set by Anthonique Strachan of The Bahamas in Barcelona, Spain, in 2012. more

GOP Sen. Susan Collins Says Anti-Roe Supreme Court Nominee Is ‘Not Acceptable’ Collins is one of a handful of swing votes who will decide the fate of President Donald Trump’s pick.

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) said on Sunday she would not support a replacement for retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy who would oppose the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion rights nationwide.
“I would not support a nominee who demonstrated a hostility to Roe v. Wade,” Collins said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
She reiterated that view on ABC’s “This Week,” describing Roe v. Wade as “settled law.”  
“A candidate for this important position who would overturn Roe v. Wade would not be acceptable to me because that would indicate an activist agenda that I don’t want to see a judge have,” Collins said.
The GOP holds a 51-49 majority in the Senate, and lack of support from two Republicans would require President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to find a Democrat to confirm a replacement for Kennedy. In the instance of a 50-50 tie, Vice President Mike Pence would cast the deciding vote.

Michael Cohen Says His ‘Silence Is Broken’ During ‘Good Morning America’ Interview “My wife, my daughter and my son have my first loyalty and always will,” Cohen told George Stephanopoulos.

Michael Cohen
President Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen was interviewed by ABC’s “Good Morning America,” teasing Monday’s broadcast with a cryptic message on Twitter, saying his “silence is broken!”
ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, in an article published before the televised segment about the interview, wrote that Trump loyalist Cohen signaled he would work with special counsel Robert Mueller and federal prosecutors, even if that meant turning on the president.
“My wife, my daughter and my son have my first loyalty and always will. I put family and country first,” Cohen said. more

SHOCKING PORTLAND, JA: 24 y-o KIMBERLY BAUGH WHO WAS 5 MONTHS PREGNANT SHOT & KILLED