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Pregnant Ferguson Woman, Dornella Conners Loses Eye After Cops Shoot Car With Bean Bag

 The Huffington Post | By Simon McCormack Email Posted: 11/28/2014 4:15
A Ferguson woman lost her left eye when police officers in Ferguson shot a bean bag round at the car she was in. Dornella Conners is now blind in one eye and can barely see with the other, she told KMOV.
Dornella Conners
She said she and her boyfriend pulled into a Ferguson gas station on Tuesday morning, hours after the decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the killing of Michael Brown was announced. As she and her boyfriend were driving away from the station, Conners said St. Louis County police surrounded their car.
Conners said her boyfriend was trying to avoid interfering with the police while trying to drive away from the gas station. But police said the car was heading right for them. That's when police shot a bean bag round at the car, shattering the passenger window and injuring Conners."I’m very upset, very disappointed with tactics that they used trying to get control of situation,” Donnell Conners, Dornella’s father told the station.
The story comes as #BlackoutBlackFriday protests spread across Ferguson and the nation in an effort to call attention to what supporters say was an unjust outcome in Wilson's case and to bring an end to the consumption-based day after Thanksgiving.
"In the wake of #Ferguson, it's become painfully clear that people of color, and Black people in particular, are still unjustly targeted by law enforcement and the criminal justice system," reads a statement on BlackoutBlackFriday.org. more
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BLACK FRIDAY FRENZY : Ferguson Protests Move To Stores... Chaos In Britain... Walmart Wo rkers Plan Strikes... TOYS R US MADNESS... Crowd Control... One Of The Biggest Days Of The Year For Gun Sales... More Stores Open On Thanksgiving... Does Little To Boost Sales... Growing Backlash... Best Deals Aren't Actually On Black Friday...

Shoppers head into Target just after thei doors opened at midnight on Black Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, in South Portland, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
Shoppers head into Target just after thei doors opened at midnight on Black Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, in South Portland, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
NEW YORK (AP) — Black Friday was already well underway before many awoke this morning.
The traditional kickoff to the holiday shopping season has become a two-day affair, with more stores opening before people put down their turkey legs on Thanksgiving. There's good reason for the creep; businesses know shoppers will only spend so much, and they want the first crack at those holiday budgets.
Still, millions of Americans are expected to head out in search of steep discounts today. The National Retail Federation forecasts holiday sales will grow 4.1 percent to $616.9 billion — the biggest jump since 2011.
It's a make-or-break time for many retailers, which on average get 20 percent of their annual sales during the holiday shopping season. Already, retailers have resorted to steep discounting to lure shoppers.Here's a look at what's happening this Black Friday.
Ferguson Protests Hit Stores
Dozens of protesters interrupted holiday shopping to speak out about a grand jury's decision not to indict the white officer who fatally shot Michael Brown, a black teenager.  more

IN JAMAICA: Court orders THE Urban Development Corporation (UDC) public access to Winnifred Beach in Portland ending a five-year legal battle between the residents and the entity.

Friday, November 28, 2014    
THE Urban Development Corporation (UDC) has been ordered by the court to grant public access to Winnifred Beach in Portland, ending a five-year legal battle between the residents and the entity.
People crowd the Winnifred Beach in Portland in this file photo.
The ruling, which was handed down in the Port Antonio Resident Magistrate's Court in the parish last month by Resident Magistrate Marjorie Moyston, said UDC has 90 days to create on a new title an easement for the right of the public to access the beach for bathing and recreation purposes.
Four members of the Free Winnifred Beach Benevolent Society took the matter to court five years ago, seeking a declaration of the public's absolute and indefeasible right to access the beach.
This, after news broke that the UDC intended to develop the lands on which the beach is located, under Fairy Hill Phase 2. The features of Fairy Hill Phase 2, according to the 2006 environmental impact assessment (EIA) report on the proposed development, included not only the construction of beach cottages and residential lots, but also a Fairy Hill Beach Park.
"The beach park would feature, at minimum, the following amenities: a ticket office, guard post, business offices and family-oriented recreational facilities, as well as sanitary conveniences," noted the EIA report done by consultants Technological and Environmental Management Network.
"The main feature of this development will be the 29 residential lots ranging in size from 821 to 1,505 metres-square. Beach cottages will also be constructed to provide temporary dwelling opportunities for beach patrons and other visitors to Portland who are desirous of extending their length of stay," the EIA report added. more

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THE Jamaica Observer last Wednesday lauded teachers from the eastern side of the island for their contribution to the country's education system

Andrea Givans (second right), Teacher of the Year for sales
of the Jamaica Observer’s Learning Corner/Jr Study Centre,
 collects her award from Seprod Promotions and Marketing
Co-ordinator Orville Warren (second left). Sharing the
 moment are Omar Spence of Scotiabank and Nicole
 Campbell from cable company Flow.
BY DONISHA WILLIAMS Observer writer donishaw@jamaicaobserver.com  Thursday, November 27, 2014 
THE Jamaica Observer last Wednesday lauded teachers from the eastern side of the island for their contribution to the country's education system at a special luncheon at the newspaper's headquarters in Kingston.
Danville Walker, managing director of the Observer, congratulated the awardees and thanked the teachers for supporting the newspaper's TeenAge, Study Centre, Learning Corner and Junior Learning Corner publications.
"...You, the teachers, are the key to these initiatives and we applaud your efforts. Our programmes -- Show Us Your School, Meet the School and TeenAge Expression Tours -- have been very successful since their inception. The students have enjoyed them and we have also enjoyed putting them on," Walker said.
(From left) The Jamaica Observer’s
Danville Walker and Circulation
 Manager Valerie Smith with
Oberlin High’s Audrey Francis
 and Ivy Green. The school was
 recognised for selling the
most copies of the TeenAge
 Observer in the island.
Nicole Campbell, public relations executive at Flow, took the opportunity to report on the company's activities which involve the nation's schools. Among those highlighted was the 'Building Leaders Through Technology' programme, which provides primary and secondary schools with free Internet to enhance the learning environment. She also said Flow was able, for the first time, to stream the TeenAge Expression Tour live for the benefit of teachers and students who could not attend.
Guest speaker Howard Campbell, lecturer and CEO of Howard Campbell and Associates, commended the teachers for their daily contribution to student achievement and success. more

25 y-o Phil Hughes, Australian Cricketer Dies After Strike to Head with a ball and never regained consciousness...Hughes made 26 test and 25 one-day international appearances for Australia

25 y-o Phil Hughes
(Reuters) - Phil Hughes, who died on Thursday aged 25, will forever be remembered as one of Australian cricket's free spirits.
A pugnacious left-hander brimming with self-confidence, his life was tragically cut short when he was hit on the head by a ball and never regained consciousness.
The violent manner of his death has shaken the cricket community, and the world of sport, to its core.
Hughes had been in an out of the Australian national team for the past five years but had been pushing for re-selection. As a batsman he had his flaws, but those imperfections seemed to make him even more popular.
When he was struck down on Tuesday, batting for South Australia against New South Wales, he was 63 not out and seemingly on track for a place in the national team to play India next week.
The Australian public loved his fighting spirit and boisterous nature, a kid from the bush who made it to the top but never changed as a person.
Hughes made 26 test and 25 one-day international appearances for Australia, but at just 25 there seemed plenty of time to make more as he battled to overcome his weaknesses.
His ability to score runs has never been questioned but his unorthodox batting technique, especially against short-pitched bowling, was an issue. more

MONTEGO BAY, JAMAICA: 28 y-o man, Terrence Barnett sentenced to life for murder and rape of sales rep, Toneva Forbes.... Gets forgiveness from victim’s devastated mother

BY HORACE HINES Observer West reporter  Thursday, November 27, 2014   
MONTEGO BAY, St James — FIFTY-EIGHT-YEAR-OLD Dahlia Forbes has been a nervous wreck ever since her daughter Toneva Forbes, a sales representative of Cambridge in St James, was brutally raped and murdered in a secluded section of Hague Settlement in Trelawny, two years ago.
But the distraught mother, who worships at the Lapland Seventh-day Adventist Church in St James, has unreservedly forgiven the perpetrator of the heinous crime.
58 y-o Dahlia Forbes/ 28-year-old Terrence 'Dinna' Barnett
"I forgive him because if I don't forgive him what sense does it make that I pray? God is not going to hear my prayer if I don't forgive. I would be saying my prayers in vain if I have iniquity in my heart," the distressed mother, who is also of a Cambridge, St James address, said.
Last week, 28-year-old Terrence 'Dinna' Barnett of Hague Settlement, in Trelawny was sentenced to life imprisonment in the Trelawny Circuit Court after being convicted for murdering Toneva.
Barnett will have to serve 30 years before he becomes eligible for parole.
The convict, who was reportedly also on a rape charge at the time he raped and murdered Toneva two years ago, cried openly after the verdict was read.
In the meantime, the distraught mother reacted with indifference to the conviction, citing that it will neither resurrect her daughter, nor will it assist in the maintenance of the two children she left behind.
"The judgement that them give him don't really help me because right now me have the two children to deal with. So how dem a go get support? Their mother gone, one of them don't have no father, so what a go happen to them? That is my problem," Forbes said.
The sales representative, who was affectionately called Samantha, died leaving, Oneva, now six, and Rickeem, who turned four a few months ago. Toneva was the fourth of six children for Forbes.
On Monday October 1, 2012, Toneva and a male colleague -- both employed at a Montego Bay business establishment -- entered the Hague Settlement community together, but went in different directions to conduct their sales. They were scheduled to meet later in the afternoon but when she didn't turn up and failed to answer her cellphone, the police was notified. more