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DOG GAWN SHAME : Health Ministry could investigate alleged sale of dog meat.... at least one Chinese restaurant in Jamaica is serving up dog meat.

by Akino Ming October 26, 2016
The Ministry of Health said yesterday that it is prepared to launch an investigation into whether Chinese restaurants are serving dog meat.
In this 2015 photo, a man lights a cigarette as a
 cook roasts dogs at a restaurant in Yulin in south
 China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.
Jamaica's health ministry said it could launch in
 investigation into claims that dog meat is
being seved in Jamaican restaurants
Lundie Richards, who is acting as the country's chief medical officer, made the revelation yesterday, days after a message emerged on social media of claims that at least one Chinese restaurant in Jamaica is serving up dog meat.
"I personally don't believe that we should make a pronouncement on it without doing an investigation," Richards said.
He told THE STAR that a team of health officials will have discussions about the issue before determining the next step.
"If there are sufficient reasons for us to launch an investigation, then we will do that," Richards added.
The social media message, which has sent tongues wagging across Jamaica, contains an image of a skinned, unseasoned animal, resembling a dog, in an metal bowl. 

dicing and spicing

A person who has an in-depth understanding of public health told THE STAR that while the allegations of Chinese restaurants dicing and spicing man's best friend is not far-fetched, it is very hard to verify.
"The public health officers would have to be there at the point where they are preparing," the person said.
The health expert said that if the allegations are true, the sale of dog meat could pose danger to the health of Jamaicans because there are no guarantees that the animals being slaughtered are free of diseases.
Under Jamaica's Public Health Act, the slaughter of animals or poultry for human consumption is monitored by the health authorities.
Damion Chin, president of the Chinese Benevolent Association, said that allegations is not good for business.
"I remember sometime in the 90s there was an allegation about a business and it ruined the business," Chin said.
"I haven't heard about it, but it can't be good for business," he added.
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CON ARTIST: DONOR DOLLARS FUNNELED TOWARD DON’S BOOKS! Trump’s Donors Paid For His Jetliner, His Hotels And Now, His Books Nearly $300,000 of small donations went to “Art of the Deal” publisher. 10/24/2016 08:00 pm ET

WASHINGTON ― Donald Trump used small donors’ money to buy nearly $300,000 worth of books from the publisher of his Art of the Deal last month, continuing a pattern of plowing campaign money back into his own businesses.
The Oct. 15 Federal Election Commission filing for Trump Make America Great Again Committee does not specify which books in particular were purchased, but the committee’s own website suggests it was Trump’s 1987 business bestseller.
“I’ve signed an out-of-print, hardcover copy of ‘The Art of the Deal’ just for you, because I want you on board with Team Trump!” Trump wrote in an Aug. 2 fundraising email, which went on to offer the book for a minimum donation of $184.
Trump’s statement calling the book “out-of-print,” repeated on the committee’s website, however, is false. The Art of the Deal had a new paperback edition printed last October, and the hardcover is currently in print and available from Random House and retail booksellers. Barnes and Noble, for example, sells it for $22.35. The Trump Make America Great Again Committee is a joint fundraising operation between the Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee. An RNC spokeswoman referred a question about the books to the Trump campaign, which did not return phone calls and emails requesting comment over a period of days. Random House representatives also did not respond to Huffington Post queries.
While a second joint Trump-RNC committee concentrates on large contributions, the Trump Make America Great Again Committee focuses on small-dollar donations using online and direct-mail fundraising. As of Sept. 30, 77 percent of all the money it raised came from donors who have given less than $200.
According to the committee’s Oct. 15 FEC filing, it paid Penguin/Random House $91,866 on Aug. 30, $98,975 on Sept. 1, and another $98,975 on Sept. 22. The purpose for all three was listed as: “Collateral: Books.” more

NOT GUILTY (IN JAMAICA) : Khajeel Mais’ sister disappointed, but not surprised at not-guilty verdict in X6 murder trial Disheartened!

BY TANESHA MUNDLE Observer staff reporter  Tuesday, October 25, 2016    

Kimberly Mais said she was not surprised that the man accused of killing her brother, Khajeel, was yesterday freed in what became known as the X6 murder trial. However, she admitted that she was “really disheartened and disappointed”.
“All I can say, I am not surprised, I am not shocked, but I am disappointed. I am living in Jamaica and the justice system needs to be revamped, it is something that [Justice] Minister [Delroy] Chuck needs to look at; he needs to make some changes,” she told the
Jamaica Observer yesterday when contacted following the ruling.
Businessman Patrick Powell leaves the Supreme Court
 in downtown Kingston yesterday after he was freed in
 the X6 murder case. (Photo: Lionel Rookwood)
“We didn’t get justice here on Earth, but we will get it on that day,” Mais added. According to the outspoken Mais, she fully supports a call made by former Deputy Commissioner of Police Mark Shields for the police to digitally record the statements of key witnesses in high-profile cases to prevent them from recanting.
“It is very disheartening because there were a lot of lies told on the stand; the taxi driver does know my brother, and he does know my family, hence the reason why my brother did go into this taxi,” she said in reference to the testimony given by key witness Wayne Wright, who had denied knowing Mais and his family.
But despite the unfavourable outcome of the case, Mais said she has not given up on the justice system as she is very patriotic and wants to be part of the change. However, she is eager for the process of change to begin.
The disappointment was, however, too much for her parents, Alaina and Noel Mais, to handle as they left the Home Circuit Court in downtown Kingston without speaking to reporters.
The mother, with a look of dejection, shook her head when asked for a comment, while her husband’s only words were: “Call us in about two weeks.”
MAIS.... shot dead in a taxi in 2011
Front cover of today's paperThe St Andrew businessman, Patrick Powell, 59, who was fingered in the 2011 murder of 17-year-old Khajeel Mais, was freed yesterday after the seven-member jury was directed by Justice Lloyd Hibbert to return a not-guilty verdict on murder and shooting with intent charges.
The prosecution, led by Deputy Director of Public Prosecution Jeremy Taylor, contended that on the night of the incident Mais was travelling in a taxi, which collided with a BMW X6 motor vehicle on Highland Drive in Havendale. It is alleged that the driver of the BMW, whom the prosecution claimed was Powell, got out and fired at the taxi, hitting the boy. more

China just showcased the world's most human-like robots, and they show how close we’re coming to Westworld reality

The world's most human-like robots have been unveiled in China and the resemblance is uncanny.
They were developed by China's University of Science and Technology and were showcased at the World Robot Conference in Beijing.
One of the robots, called Jiajia, can talk with you, recognise faces, identify the gender and age of people, and detect your facial expressions.
Produced by Leon Siciliano

New York Times publishes 2-page spread of Trump Twitter insults

Colin Campbell 
The New York Times list of Donald Trump’s Twitter insults. (Photo: Colin Campbell/Yahoo News)

The New York Times’ Monday paper contains a rather striking list of Donald Trump’s Twitter attacks since he launched his presidential campaign.
The two-page spread features an alphabetized tally of the victims of Trump’s caustic social-media bombardments. His targets range from media figures (“dumb as a rock,” Trump sniped at CNN’s Don Lemon) to rival candidates (“sad sack,” Trump jabbed at Jeb Bush) and beyond.
Photo: Colin Campbell/Yahoo NewsThough feuds on Twitter are common, Trump’s freewheeling use of the social media platform has been astonishing since he began his bid for the White House.
The Times even accounts for Trump’s many attacks directed at the newspaper and its reporters, whom he has frequently accused of fabricating stories about his campaign. (“The reporting at the failing @nytimes gets worse and worse by the day,” he tweeted in August. “Fortunately, it is a dying newspaper.”)
The list is far from a complete catalog of Trump’s Twitter invective. Because it only chronicles the insults leveled by Trump since the celebrity businessman launched his campaign in the summer of 2015, it misses Trump’s years of insults directed at figures like President Obama, Rosie O’Donnell, Mark Cuban and the British business magnate Alan Sugar. (Back in 2012, Trump tweeted: “Dopey Sugar @Lord_Sugar You can’t carry @piersmorgan’s jock!”)
The Times has for months been keeping a running interactive tally of Trump’s Twitter attacks, but Monday appears to be the first time it was published in print form.
“We’ve been building out the digital presentation for months and always intended to publish it in print, but we wanted to give the fullest representation of the tweets, which amount to public statements, and to find an appropriate moment,” Tom Jolly, associate masthead editor at the Times, told Yahoo News in a statement. “The period after the debates seemed like the right time for both parts of that equation.” more

No, Donald Trump Did Not Win A Medal From The NAACP The real story is much, much weirder.

10/23/2016 07:10 pm ET
WASHINGTON — A photograph of Donald Trump, Muhammad Ali and Rosa Parks that the founder of Trump’s “diversity coalition” hailed as evidence the Republican nominee won an “NAACP medal” for “helping America’s inner cities” was actually taken at an awards ceremony organized by a business associate with an ethnic grievance.
William Fugazy, a politically well-connected businessman who later pleaded guilty to perjury, gave the awards to Trump and 79 other people, most of them white, to protest the awarding of “medals of liberty” to a group of 12 recent immigrants that included a Chinese-born architect, a Costa Rica-born astronaut, a leading expert on the psychology of race, and former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, but no “Irish, Italian, or Polish” people.
Michael Cohen, Trump’s longtime attorney, adviser and campaign surrogate, posted the photo on Twitter earlier this week of Trump, Parks and Ali, “receiving NAACP medals for helping America’s inner cities. A man for ALL people!” The NAACP has not awarded any medals to Trump for “helping America’s inner cities,” the group told HuffPost. Nor have any other civil rights groups, according to Trump’s biographers.
Here’s the real story. In 1986, as preparations began for the centennial of the Statue of Liberty, a civic committee selected a group of 12 naturalized citizens to receive “medals of liberty” from President Ronald Reagan. The final list, announced that March, included composer Irving Berlin, who emigrated from Russia; Franklin Chang Diaz, an astronaut from Costa Rica; I.M. Pei, an architect born in China; and entertainment legend Bob Hope, who was born in England.
There was an immediate outcry. Fugazy, then Trump’s real estate broker and head of the Coalition of Italo-American Associations, was angry that there were nonative-born citizens among the 12 liberty medal winners (which was inevitable, since the award was for naturalized citizens) and that the list excluded certain ethnicities, “like the Irish, Italians and Poles.” more