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MIRACLE MOM MARJORIE in JAMAICA (TRULY AMAZING) : Unemployed woman, Marjorie Crooks, feeds 12 dependents daily while caring for disabled daughter & her 84-year-old mom

BY INGRID BROWN Associate editor – special assignment browni@jamaicaobserver.com  Wednesday, July 27, 2016    
Marjorie Crooks relies on a miracle every day to put food in the mouths of the 12 dependents in her care.
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In addition to caring for a disabled daughter, Crooks – who lost two of her sons to violence – has now become caregiver and provider to four grandchildren, her 84-year-old mother who is suffering from a stroke, a 50-year-old mentally challenged man who has lived with the family since his mother died, a daughter she adopted at three months old, a god-daughter who has always lived with her, as well as her other biological children.
All this the 45-year-old single mother does without an income as she has devoted her time to caring for her daughter with cerebral palsy.
Crooks’ troubles began when one of her twin girls was diagnosed with the debilitating cerebral palsy 13 years ago. Crooks, who already had five boys, was excited at the birth of twin girls Omesha and Omoya Williams who were born premature.
But her excitement soon turned to concerns when a doctor at Spanish Town Hospital, where they were born, informed her that one was doing better than the other. Crooks said the children were on medication but she did not realise the seriousness of the illness until the doctors said they would have to change the medication as Omesha’s stomach was swollen.
Omesha, the affected twin, later developed a seizure, but Crooks said she thought little of it when the babies were both released from the hospital two weeks later. However, at five months old Omesha was not sitting up like her sister and her head always lolled to the side when she was propped up. A visit to Bustamante Hospital for Children confirmed the mother’s worst fears as she received news that Omesha would never be able to walk or talk and would require round-the-clock care as the seizure had damaged her brain.
Marjorie Crooks (centre) and some of the people who depend
 on her to provide for them every day. From left: her
grandchildren six-year-old Naomi Duncan, 11-year-old
Avalon Duncan and three-year-old Ramesh Duncan,
 god-daughter 12-year-old Timoya Handson, twin
 daughters Omoya and Omesha (in wheelchair), her adopted
 daughter 18-year-old Kayesha Jones, her other
 grandchildren seven-year-old Rachael Duncan
 and five-year-old Ruchelle Duncan and a mentally
challenged family friend 50-year-old
Victor White. (Michael Gordon)
Crooks said although she could not afford to stay home to care for her child, having no other source of income, she was determined not to put her into a group home.
“I chose not to put her in a (group) home because nowhere is better than her home, and no one would be able to give her the love and care that I can,” Crooks told the
Jamaica Observer during a recent visit to the family’s dilapidated three-room structure on Hanover Street in Spanish Town, St Catherine.
Over the years, Crooks got much-needed financial assistance from her eldest son, who had migrated to the United States as a child and who started working from an early age to help his mother and siblings.
“He was the one who helped everybody. Him help with graduation, back to school, just about everything because that boy was working since he was 12 years old,” she explained
But her troubles would only get worse when this main breadwinner of the family was murdered at his New York home.
Another adult son stepped into that role soon after, providing for the family, so that Crooks could stay home to care for Omesha.
“Omesha was his baby. He always used to walk and sell and would help with her,” she said of her second son.
But last January, Crooks suffered another blow when this son was murdered, leaving behind 10 children. Three of the children – ranging in age from three to seven years – are now her sole responsibility, as well as a fourth grandchild from a different mother, who has lived with her since birth.
Crooks, who miraculously makes every meal stretch to share for 12 mouths daily, said she still manages to provide a meal for some street people, whenever she has excess. more

DONALD TRUMP ((HACKING CALL) : ‘I Hope’ Russia Hacked Clinton’s Email Servers The Republican nominee broke a cardinal rule of American politics: Never root against the United States.

The Republican presidential nominee was referring to the widely held suspicion that Russia is responsible for hacking the Democratic National Committee’s servers, resulting in the leak of tens of thousands of emails just days before the party’s nominating convention in Philadelphia.
Trump said that he hoped the hackers had also accessed Clinton’s private email servers. “They probably have her 33,000 emails that she lost and deleted.”
Trump then addressed the rogue nation directly, saying “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing.”
By actively hoping that American servers were hacked by another nation, Trump broke an unwritten but cardinal rule of American public office: You don’t root against the United States, even when your political opponent is in power.
Regardless of party or platform, American public officials are expected to champion U.S. interests and defend U.S. national security. Trump seemed to do the opposite Wednesday. 
Within moments of Trump’s press conference, his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R), released a statement distancing himself from the nominee’s words. “If it is Russia and they are interfering in our elections, I can assure you both parties and the United States government will ensure there are serious consequences,” Pence said. 
Trump, however, doubled down on his demand for Clinton’s emails in a tweet shortly after the press conference. more

READ: Full text of Cory Booker's speech at the DNC 2016

By Jonathan D. Salant | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com 
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on July 25, 2016 at 9:58 PM, updated July 25, 2016 at 11:04 PM
PHILADELPHIA — Here is the text of U.S. Sen. Cory Booker's address to the Democratic National Convention here Monday, as prepared for delivery.
Two hundred 40 years ago, our forefathers gathered in this city and declared before the world that we would be a free and independent nation. Today, we gather here again, in challenging times, in this City of Brotherly Love, to reaffirm our values, before our nation and the world.
Our purpose is not to start a great nation, but to ensure that we continue in the best of our traditions, and with humble homage to generations of patriots before, we put forth two great Americans – our nominees for president and vice president: Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine! Our founding documents were genius. But not because they were perfect. They were saddled with the imperfections and even the bigotry of the past. Native Americans were referred to as savages, black Americans were referred to as fractions of human beings, and women were not mentioned at all.
But those facts and other ugly parts of our history don't detract from our nation's greatness. In fact, I believe we are an even greater nation, not because we started perfect, but because every generation has successfully labored to make us amore perfect union. Generations of heroic Americans have made America more inclusive, more expansive, and more just.
Our nation was not founded because we all looked alike, or prayed alike, or descended from the same family tree. But our founders, in their genius, in this, the oldest constitutional democracy, put forth on this earth the idea that all are created equal; that we all have inalienable rights.
And upon this faithful foundation we built a great nation, and today, no matter who you are – rich or poor, Asian or white, man or woman, gay or straight, any religion or none at all – you are entitled to the full rights and responsibilities of citizenship, 
In this city, our founders put forth a Declaration of Independence, but also made a historic declaration of interdependence. They knew that if this country was to survive, we had to make an unusual and extraordinary commitment to one another.
Cory BookerI respect and value the ideals of rugged individualism and self-reliance. But rugged individualism didn't defeat the British, it didn't get us to the moon, build our nation's highways, or map the human genome. We did that together.
This is the high call of patriotism. Patriotism is love of country. But you can't love your country without loving your countrymen and countrywomen. We don't always have to agree, but we must empower each other, we must find the common ground, we must build bridges across our differences to pursue the common good.
We can't devolve into a nation where our highest aspiration is that we just tolerate each other. We are not called to be a nation of tolerance. We are called to be a nation of love. Tolerance says I am just going to stomach your right to be different. That if you disappear from the face of the earth, I am no better or worse off. more

BYDGOSZCZ, Poland : Jamaica earn two more medals to place fifth in U-20 World Champs

Sunday, July 24, 2016 | 12:02 PM
BYDGOSZCZ, Poland – Jamaica finished the IAAF World Under 20 championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland on a high with a silver and bronze medal in the girls and boys 4x400m relays respectively to end the six day championships with a commendable haul of eight medals, three coming on the final day.
The eight medals, two gold, three silver and three bronze placed Jamaica fifth and was the most won since the championship in 2006 at Beijing, China and the two gold medals were achieved on six other occasions.
Despite coming into the final with the best time an adding 400m hurdles silver medallist Shannon Kalawan, the girls had to be satisfied with second in 3:31.01 seconds behind the USA who won in a world under 20 leading - 3:29.11 seconds and Canada was third in a national Under 20 record 3:32.25 seconds.
Tiffany James ran the second leg handing off to Stacey Williams while Junelle Bromfield anchored. The boys team of Anthony Carpenter, Sean Bailey, Terry Thomas and Christopher Taylor delivered a surprise bronze, running a season’s best 3:04.83 seconds. The USA won in a World Under 20 leading 3:02.39 seconds and pre race favorites Botswana who ran an African Under20 record 3:02.81 seconds.
Paul Reid

POLITICS : Democrats Agree To Compromise On Superdelegates And Other Reforms A “unity commission” proposal will strip two-thirds of superdelegates of their power to vote independently.

 07/24/2016 01:36 pm 13:36:55
The Democratic National Convention’s Rules Committee agreed on Saturday evening to create a “unity commission” that will recommend reductions in the power of superdelegates and enable wider participation in party caucuses.
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Although the commission’s recommendations would not be binding, activists who sought to eliminate superdelegates altogether are celebrating it as a significant victory given their lack of control of the Rules Committee and other key party organs.
The accord, reached after a marathon committee meeting and several rounds of voting, represents an attempt by the party to bridge the divide between supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and presumptive Democratic presidential nomineeHillary Clinton. National progressive groups and an array of Sanders delegates, along with some Clinton supporters, were pushing for the removal of all superdelegates, who are elected officials and other party insiders.
Committee members voted by a wide margin to approve the creation of a 21-member commission charged specifically with recommending that superdelegates who are not governors, senators or members of the House would become pledged delegates, losing their power to vote independently of their state’s voters. By becoming pledged delegates, they would be required to represent the proportional results of the primary or caucus in their state. In effect, some two-thirds of the current total of superdelegates would lose their influence if the commission’s recommendations are adopted.
The Sanders and Clinton campaigns had been in talks on a compromise for several days, according to a source with knowledge of the matter.
Sanders has long argued that superdelegates are a way for the Democratic Party to limit the influence of insurgent candidates. The Vermont progressive often noted that hundreds of superdelegates endorsed Clinton before he even announced his campaign. In that way, even in states where superdelegates did not change the math in Clinton’s favor, they contributed to a perception that Clinton’s nomination was inevitable, according to Sanders. more