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Bill Cosby, 81, moved to general unit at Pennsylvania prison

 Thursday, February 07, 2019

COLLEGEVILLE, Pennsylvania (AP) — Bill Cosby has been moved to a general population unit as he serves three to 10 years in prison for sexual assault in Pennsylvania.
This April 18, 2018 photo shows Bill Cosby arriving for his sexual
 assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown.
 Cosby has been moved to a general population unit as
he serves three to 10 years in prison for sexual
 assault in Pennsylvania. 
The move last week came after the 81-year-old actor spent about four months in special housing as he acclimated to SCI-Phoenix in suburban Philadelphia.
Cosby, who is legally blind, now has a single cell in a two-story unit at the newly built prison in Montgomery County. Other inmates are assigned to help him throughout the day, given his age and disability, state prison spokeswoman Amy Worden said.
Inmates there can spend several hours a day in the gym or exercise yard, and other time in the library, classroom, day room or visiting area. They have a sink and toilet in their cells, and are allowed to keep a TV or tablet there if they buy them.
Inmates at Phoenix are awakened at 6:00 am and back in their cells by 8:45 pm. The prison conducts seven head counts each day, Worden said.
A jury last year convicted Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman at his home in 2004. He is appealing the conviction. His spokesman, Andrew Wyatt, did not immediately return a call for comment Thursday.
High-profile inmates — including the rapper Meek Mill and ex-Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky — are often placed in special housing initially for their own safety, Worden said. Cosby was in a single cell near the infirmary with a private day room. Cosby, a Philadelphia native, rose to fame in the 1960s as the first black actor to star in a primetime television drama with the hit show, "I Spy." He became known as "America's Dad" for his portrayal of family man Cliff Huxtable on the top-ranked "Cosby Show" from 1984 to 1992.
Dozens of women have accused him of sexual assault or misconduct over a 50-year span, including five who testified at his retrial last year. Cosby and his lawyers and agents have repeatedly called the encounters consensual.

Baseball Hall of Famer Frank Robinson Dead At 83 Robinson is still the only player to win MVP in both leagues.

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Frank Robinson
Baseball Hall of Famer Frank Robinson Dead At 83
Baseball Hall of Famer Frank Robinson died Thursday after battling a long illness, according to MASN in Baltimore. He was 83 years old.
Known for his elite talent and intense demeanor, Robinson became a central figure in advancing Major League Baseball’s integration of black players after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in 1947.
Robinson exploded on the scene in 1956 and for the next six decades established a legacy that’s second to none. That includes becoming MLB’s first black manager in 1974.
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Frank Robinson
On the field, Robinson was a history maker as well. After signing with the Cincinnati Reds in 1953, he faced a tough road filled with racist taunts and death threats. It’s a road Robinson not only overcame, but conquered en route to producing one of the greatest careers in MLB history.
Robinson is still the only player to win MVP in both leagues, earning National League honors with the Reds in 1961 and the American League award with the Baltimore Orioles in 1966. At age 20, he was voted NL Rookie of the Year after hitting a then rookie-record 38 home runs. He went on to make 14 All-Star game appearances, and currently ranks tenth on the all-time home run list with 586.

Trump Announces Short-Term Plan To Reopen Government During Funding Negotiations The announcement comes on the 35th day of the partial government shutdown.

President Donald Trump announced Friday that he has reached a deal will reopen the government for three weeks so that border security negotiations may continue without the devastating effects of the partial government shutdown.

Trump said he’s prepared to sign a bill to open the government through Feb. 15. Federal employees will get backpay “very quickly or as soon as possible,” he said.

The announcement comes on the 35th day of the longest shutdown in United States history and marks a major concession for Trump, whose impasse over the budget stems from his demands for $5.7 billion in funds for his long-promised wall al Throughout it, Trump’s reputation has suffered across parties as airports have grappled with severe delays and federal workers have gone without paychecks, putting many at risk of losing their homes, faulting on loans and missing other crucial payments. 
Trump’s statement comes a day after the Senate failed to pass his proposal to reopen the government with border wall funding in exchange for temporary legal protection to some undocumented immigrants. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was in the middle of a roundtable with Capitol Hill reporters when reports began surfacing of Trump’s support for a short-term government funding bill. She was mum on whether she considered his proposal a final deal.
“We’re going in that direction but we’re not to that place,” said Pelosi. “I’m hopeful.” ong the U.S.-Mexico border ― a project Democratic lawmakers say is a firm dealbreaker.

Florida Secretary of State Michael Ertel resigns after reveal of blackface photos

CNN Digital Expansion 2018, Caroline Kelly By Caroline Kelly, CNN  Updated 6:47 PM ET, Thu January 24, 2019
(CNN) Florida Secretary of State Michael Ertel resigned Thursday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' office confirmed, on the same day that photos of him in blackface at a party nearly 15 years ago were publicly revealed.
Images provided by the Tallahassee Democrat show Florida Secretary of State Michael Ertel in black face.
Michael Ertel
"I am submitting my resignation as Florida Secretary of State effective immediately," Ertel said in an email sent to DeSantis Thursday afternoon, provided by the DeSantis' office to CNN. "It has been an honor to serve you and the voters of Florida."
DeSantis' press office said in an email to CNN that "the governor accepted Secretary Ertel's resignation."
Ertel's resignation comes in conjunction with the release of photos of him in blackface at a private Halloween party in 2005, obtained by the Tallahassee Democrat.
    The photos show Ertel -- who is white -- in blackface, wearing red lipstick, a New Orleans Saints bandana, fake breasts and large earrings. more

    JAMAICAN Gov't urged to speed up paternity leave legislation by Danny Roberts, Head of the Hugh Shearer Labour Studies Institute

    Danny Roberts, Head of HLSI & PALAS Director
    Sunday, January 13, 2019

    KINGSTON, Jamaica — Head of the Hugh Shearer Labour Studies Institute, Danny Roberts, is calling on the Government to speed-up the passage of legislation necessary to provide a statutory right to paternity leave for Jamaican men at the workplace.
    He noted that paternity leave provisions are becoming more common across the globe and reflect evolving views about the importance of fatherhood in a child's development.
    Roberts made the call for the speeding up of the legislation on Sexual Harassment and Occupational Safety and Health as this year marks the centennial celebrations of the International Labour Organisation and the 100 anniversary of the passing of the Trade Union Act of 1919.
    He said the year should also be used to review a number of other labour legislations, including the Maternity Leave Law, where ILO standards now set the minimum period at 14 weeks, and the Labour Relations Code to strengthen the procedural measures relevant to disciplinary procedures.
    According to Roberts, enshrining a statutory right to paid paternity leave by way of legislation would signal the value the government places on the care work of women and men and would help to advance gender equality. more

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    JAMAICAN-born attorney, Winston Tucker makes difference amid Trump onslaught

    NEW YORK, United States (CMC) — Prominent Jamaican-born immigration attorney Winston Tucker is making a huge impact on the Caribbean community in the United States amid attacks on immigrants by US President Donald J Trump.
    TUCKER... the focus continues to be services to the
    community that will impact their level of participation
    in their governance [and] improve their economic circumstances
    The Queens-based Tucker told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) that he has established “a very satisfying immigration law practice” that he integrates with caring for his family, engaging in community service, teaching, and media appearances.
    Tucker, who considers himself a family and community immigration lawyer, has incorporated his immigration law practice with the ambitious agenda of the Queens-based Caribbean Immigrants Services, Inc (CIS), which he co-founded with his compatriot, Irwine Clare Sr, “to bridge the void created by the reduction in Government services to the immigrant community in general, and the Caribbean community in particular”.
    Tucker said his philosophy, shared by CIS, is that “the strength and effective function of family, businesses, communities, and nation are interrelated, and closely correlate to their level of participation in the democratic process.
    “As such, the focus continues to be services to the community that will impact their level of participation in their governance [and] improve their economic circumstances, leading to economic and political empowerment,” he said. more