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AMAZINGLY GOOD NEWS JAMAICA: Woman who lived under bridge for over 20 years weds.... “Nuff people no know say a me. When dem see me dem just stand up and look,”

BY RENAE DIXON Staff reporter  Sunday, January 21, 2018

When Lavern Edwards Ricketts, popularly called Bev, had her wedding recently it was supposed to be a small, private event.
But curious onlookers could not help themselves from stopping by the First Assembly Church of God in Ocho Rios, as the woman who lived under a bridge in Ocho Rios for more than 20 years was getting married.
Newly-weds Laverne and Ralston Ricketts leave the
First Assembly Church of God after tying the knot. 
Many expressed disbelief that they were looking at the same woman who was a cocaine addict and who lived under a bridge up to just three years ago.
“Nuff people no know say a me. When dem see me dem just stand up and look,” Ricketts told the Jamaica Observer in an interview days after her wedding.
Those who knew her years before that were left in awe.
The once skinny and poverty-stricken woman was the epitome of a truly beautiful transformation.
Ricketts, who shows photos which reveal her significant metamorphosis, said it is through God that she was able to turn her life around after more than 20 years of facing addiction and being homeless. Among the pictures which depicted her past was one carried with a Sunday Observer article which highlighted her situation in 2013. more

TRUMP'S SHUT DOWN: On The Anniversary Of Trump’s Inauguration, The Government Is Shut Down “We will no longer accept politicians who are all talk and no action,” he proclaimed at his inauguration. By Amanda Terkel

by Amanda Terkel Huffpost 1/20/18

WASHINGTON ― One year ago, Donald Trump stood at the U.S. Capitol and took his place as the nation’s 45th president. He promised to be a man of action, taking charge of a government for the people and away from the establishment. 
“We will face challenges. We will confront hardships. But we will get the job done,” Trump promised.
“We will no longer accept politicians who are all talk and no action ― constantly complaining but never doing anything about it,” he added. “The time for empty talk is over.”
But exactly a year later, on the anniversary of Trump’s big day, the federal government is shut down. Congress was unable to come to an agreement to keep the government funded by midnight Friday, resulting in the first shutdown since 2013. more

MONTEGO BAY, St James (GOOD NEWS) : Gov't gets support for public state of emergency..... Last year, approximately 335 murders were recorded in the parish.

BY MARK CUMMINGS Editor-at-Large WESTERN BUREAU  Friday, January 19, 2018

MONTEGO BAY, St James —The Government's decision to impose a state of public emergency in St James, has received overwhelming support from several individuals and groups across the western parish.
Members of the security forces making their
 presence felt on the streets of downtown Montego Bay
 yesterday. (Photo: Philip Lemonte)
“I support the move. St James has been in the news for quite some time as it relates to crime, so the state of public emergency will be of great help. It will allow the security forces to do more detentions and cordons and searches without a warrant,” argued Mayor of Montego Bay, Homer Davis.
“We need some drastic measures to deal with the crime problem, because we cannot continue like this, and I believe that we will get the necessary results that we desire from the state of emergency.”
In recent years the parish of St James has seen a marked increase in crime and violence, especially murders.
Last year, approximately 335 murders were recorded in the parish.
Since the start of the year, there have been several shooting deaths, the latest of which was the brazen daylight killing of a motorist several metres from the Sangster International Airport.
The announcement by Prime Minister Andrew Holness to call the state of public emergency came just over four months after Mount Salem in St James was declared the first Zone of Special Operations in the parish. more

GENEVA, Switzerland (AFP) : Last three years hottest on record — United Nations weather agency said Thursday

Thursday, January 18, 2018 Observer

GENEVA, Switzerland (AFP) — The last three years were the hottest on record, the United Nations weather agency said Thursday, citing fresh global data underscoring the dramatic warming of the planet.
Consolidated data from five leading international weather agencies shows that "2015, 2016 and 2017 have been confirmed as the three warmest years on record", the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) said.
It added that 2016 remains the hottest year ever measured due to the warming effect of El Nino, while 2017 was the warmest non-El Nino year, beating out 2015 by less than one hundredth of a degree.
"The long-term temperature trend is far more important than the ranking of individual years, and that trend is an upward one," WMO secretary-general Petteri Taalas said in a statement.
The 21st century has so far been a period of the hottest weather, accounting for 17 of the 18 warmest years on record.
"And the degree of warming during the past three years has been exceptional," Tasslas added. The WMO also highlighted the intensification of weather and climate related disasters, which hit record levels in the United States last year, while multiple countries were devastated by cyclones, floods and drought. more

GALLUP POLL : The World Has Officially Lost Confidence In U.S. Leadership Under Trump Even George W. Bush was more popular.

By Alana Horowitz Satlin Huffpost 1.18.18
Global views on U.S. leadership have plummeted since President Donald Trump took office, according to a Gallup poll.
Donald Trump
The poll, released Thursday, shows that only 30 percent of the public approves of U.S. leadership, down from 48 percent in 2016. At the same time, 43 percent of people expressed a negative opinion of the U.S. leadership, up from 28 percent in 2016.
The previous record for lowest global approval rating came in 2007― the first year Gallup did the polling ― during the end of George W. Bush’s administration, amid the global financial crisis. The results are based on phone and in-person interviews with approximately 1,000 people in more than 130 countries.  more