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FOX Sports
 
     
Allen Iverson has abducted his own children, the ex-wife of the former basketball star alleges in court papers.

She says Iverson did not return the children on May 26 as agreed and the former player was a no-show June 4 for another planned return.

Tawanna Iverson's filing indicates she believes the children are being kept in a hotel in Georgia and may be at risk, alleging her husband is an alcoholic who drinks around their kids.

Allen Iverson last played in the NBA for Philadelphia in 2010, the same year the couple divorced.


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General Discussion / It must have a Trini
« on: May 22, 2013, 09:22:22 AM »
Trini escapes Oklahoma tornado
By Keino Swamber Wednesday, May 22 2013

Musician Atiba Williams and his tenor pan....SCARY! This is how Trinidadian musician Atiba Williams described the thought of being caught in the path of the tornado which ripped through the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore in the United States on Monday.

Williams, 23, who four years ago moved to Norman, Oklahoma, which is about 15 minutes away from Moore, immediately sought refuge when the tornado sirens started blaring.

“There are several sirens set up in different parts of the city, and they go on and off if a tornado is going to hit,” Williams said.

“All of them were going off at the same time. That was kinda scary because you didn’t know where the storm was coming from. It was kind of disconcerting that all were going off at the same time. The fact that it didn’t hit us, we are kinda lucky.” Williams told Newsday. He was at the home of a friend when he grabbed his computer and passport, and went to “another friend’s more stable apartment that was closer to the Weather Center”.

“After a while, the tornado hit, but it was to the north-east of us. What we saw on TV, I don’t think any of us had seen before. This tornado was huge to begin with and, when it finally touched down to the north of us in Oklahoma City, it started swelling and growing, picking up rain-clouds and debris, and trees like they were toothpicks. I guess the most terrifying thing is seeing it happen, and not being able to do anything about it, but shelter.” Williams, considered a child pan-prodigy, who, prior to moving to the United States, lived with his family in San Fernando, was a student of Presentation College. He attended the University of Oklahoma and graduated with a degree in Music Composition.

He said Oklahoma experiences tornadoes every year, but was hit harder than usual by the one which tore communities apart leaving 24 dead and several injured.

“There were also other tornadoes that were part of the super cell that devastated other, less-populated areas of Oklahoma. But this one was the largest, and it also hit the most populated part of Oklahoma.”

While he is mourning the loss of life and destruction, Williams said the tornado has brought with it a blessing of sorts.

“We are having a thunderstorm now. We have had a serious drought. It is the worst drought ever for two years. We were urged to conserve water, We had to take shorter showers, and no one was allowed to wet their lawns. So on one hand we got some relief, but we can’t help but think about all those people who are grieving at this time.”

 
 

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Jokes / OUCH!
« on: May 16, 2013, 11:50:08 AM »
 
A recent article in the Kentucky Post reported that a woman, one Anne Maynard,
has sued St Luke's hospital saying that, after her husband was treated there recently....

....He had lost all interest in sex....and this was seriously affecting their life...........

A hospital spokesman replied, "Mr Maynard was actually admitted to Ophthalmology......

......all we did was correct his eyesight..."
 

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By Alexa Valiente | ABC News Blogs

Identical twins Kirstie and Kristie Bronner share practically everything: hobbies, favorite colors, favorite foods, and clothes. But now they can share the title of valedictorian.

Kirstie and Kristie, both 22, from Atlanta, Ga., will graduate May 19 as the first co-valedictorians who are also identical twins at Spelman College, in Atlanta.

"I don't think we even thought about the possibility of it," Kristie told ABCNews.com.

"We actually have prayed about it," Kirstie said. "Lord help us to make 4.0s all the way through college."

The two have the same major-music-and both have perfect 4.0 GPAs. The sisters managed to keep up their grades while juggling Spelman College's glee club and volunteering at their father's church, Word of Faith Family Worship Cathedral.

"I am extremely proud of them. They have gotten that particular status the old fashion way," their father, Bishop Dale Bronner, told ABCNews.com. "Their greatest asset is their discipline. They got their brilliance from the mother, but they got their discipline from their father."

"We prayed harder than everybody else and worked harder," Kirstie said.

For the twins, their achievement meant having to sacrifice going out on the weekends occasionally. "Our friends kind of just stopped asking," Kristie said.

The sisters attribute most of their achievements to their relationship and their similarities. "Our values are the same," Kristie said. "Our drive is the same. We spend a lot of time together so we always studied together."

In fact, their personalities are so similar that the two said that they've had many occurrences where they've written papers or taken tests and had the same thesis points or wrong answers.

Kirstie and Kristie have one distinction that helps tell them apart. Kirstie said, "I'm a little more direct. She's a little more sugarcoating."

While Kristie admits that sharing so much may get on their nerves at times, it's their teamwork that makes their dynamic successful. "In college, we discovered how different we are," Kristie said. " Our differences actually compliment each other. It helps us to get things done faster."

Kirstie added, " I think of of the biggest things that comes between twins is competition. Although we have our arguments, I think that one way that we help to eliminate competition is to be mindful of it and be secure in our individual identities."

One way the twins eliminate getting compared is by dressing alike. "You can't say one twin is the more stylish twin if we have on the same thing," Kirstie said.

After graduating, Kirstie and Kristie plan on continuing on the same path as youth counselors, youth event coordinators, and directors of music at the Word of Faith Family Worship Cathedral. Achieving the title of valedictorian wasn't enough for the girls. They also plan on writing a book with scheduling tips and releasing a gospel album.

"We don't think we achieved it based upon genius, but based upon strategy," Kirstie said.


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General Discussion / Volney names UNC 'Cabal'
« on: May 06, 2013, 08:21:16 PM »
Source: CNC3
Published Monday, May 06, 2013

Fired Justice Minister Volney today named four high-ranking Government Ministers who he said constitute the 'Cabal' in the ruling People’s Partnership Government. And according to Volney, the group has influence on the Prime Minister.

Talk of a ‘Cabal’ within the the Cabinet has been in the public domain following a year into government and has been highly criticised by resigned Minister Jack Warner and fired Justice Minister Herbert Volney.
The ‘Cabal’, as described by MP for St Joseph Volney is the select members of the Cabinet that has the “ear of the Prime Minister” Kamla Persad Bissesssar.

 
Volney names ‘Cabal’
 
Today on the CNC 3 Morning show former Justice Minister and once Supreme Court Judge Volney revealed that the Government Minister’s who constitutes the ‘Cabal' whom he said has some influence on Persad Bissessar.
 
“The Prime Minister could deny it from now to eternity but the whole country knows that there is a Cabal. Everybody knows it's Chandresh Sharma, it’s Roodal Moonilal, it’s Surujrattan Rambachan, it’s Anand Ramlogan. That’s the Cabal,” Volney stated.
 
However, Volney said that even though the group has the ear of the PM, he is certain that the Prime Minister along with her Cabinet run the country. “You can rest assured,” declared Volney.
 
 

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By: John Roberts
A father was devastated when he learned that his teenage babysitter was having sex with his 9-year-old son.

The sexual relationship lasted for six months before the father found out. Apparently, the babysitter warned the boy not tell anyone about their “relationship,” according to reports.

Jalissa Baez, 19, was branded a "threat to the community" by the police chief, who arrested her after a six-month long investigation.

Baez, who lives in Pennsylvania, was arrested for sleeping with the 9-year-old boy, after she had been hired to babysit him. Baez had sex with the boy for a period of several months, according to police reports.

The father hired Baez to babysit his son while he was at work. Instead of caring for the him, she flirted with the child and got him to have sex with her.

Baez was booked into jail on charges of involuntary sexual intercourse with a child, indecent assault, endangering the welfare of a child, corruption of a minor and indecent exposure.

Her bail was set at $25,000.


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General Discussion / Study shows bias towards ‘minorities’ in T&T
« on: April 26, 2013, 09:23:28 AM »
By Joel Julien joel.julien@trinidadexpress.com

AN INHERENT bias against members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgenders (LGBT) community exists in this country’s adjudication of homicide trials, a recently-completed report has stated.

Se-shauna Wheatle, Stipendiary Lecturer at Exeter College, Oxford, England, presented the report at the Noor Hassanali lecture theatre of the Law Faculty of the University of the West Indies’ (UWI) St Augustine campus on Wednesday.

The report is entitled “A Study of Adjudication in homicide cases involving Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) persons in the Caribbean”.

Among the Caribbean cases the study focused on the Paul Cox and Marvin Marcano murder trials in Trinidad and Tobago.

On May 23, 2003, Cox, of Coalmine Road in Sangre Grande, killed his estranged girlfriend Deidre-Ann Layne before attempting suicide.

Cox claimed Layne was in a lesbian relationship with a female friend which drove him to take her life.

And Marcano and a friend, who were both teenagers at the time, were at the home of 58-year-old fashion designer Christopher Lynch when a sexual advance triggered violence.

Lynch was chopped to death by Marcano.

Marcano was originally sentenced to hang, but an Appeal Court decision by then Chief Justice Sat Sharma and Justices Margot Warner and Wendell Kangaloo allowed Marcano to walk free.

“There could be nothing more reprehensible than a gay advance and this is the sort of thing that sends people crazy in a frenzy,” Sharma was quoted as saying in his judgment, Wheatle stated.

Wheatle said the local criminal justice system with its adjudication was “accepting and legitimising prejudices against LGBT”.

Senior Counsel Dana Seetahal said there was a bias in the local justice system toward “minorities”, including the LGBT community.

“In the many years that I have practised at the criminal bar I have, I am forced to say, noticed that there is a bias in the adjudication processes in respect of criminal cases in relation to minorities and that includes LGBT persons,” Seetahal said.

“When  an LGBT person is killed, it is the easiest thing for the offender to claim he made an advance towards me, there is no one to deny it,” she said.

Seetahal said the law does not seem to make a distinction between violent and non-violent advances by members of the LGBT community.

“The law does not seem to make much differentiation when it comes to a LGBT person and the same, of course, is not so for a heterosexual. Imagine any male or female person being charged with an offence saying ‘he made an advance toward me or she made an advance toward me of the opposite sex’.

 “The natural response would be and because that is not any reason to resort to killing, but in these jurisdictions in the Commonwealth where we are still homophobic, once you say that, that is like a red light,” Seetahal said.

“The bias is so entrenched in my view that often all it takes is for the allegation that there was an advance and that is enough,” she said.

Seetahal said it is time that inequities in the justice system are addressed.

 “It is time therefore that we confront this inequity, the current inequity (against LGBT) and I hope the group in the future will look at other inequities so far as the treatment of differently-abled persons and the mentally challenged and there are many other minorities that are not treated fairly in this society,” she said.

And Colin Robinson, executive director of the Coalition Advocating for Inclusion of Sexual Orientation (CAISO), said: “Homosexual lives have diminished value under the law.”

 


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Jokes / HOW DO COURT RECORDERS KEEP STRAIGHT FACES????
« on: April 26, 2013, 08:29:10 AM »
These are from a book called Disorder in the American Courts and are things people actually said in court, word for word, taken down and published by court reporters that had the torment of staying calm while the exchanges were taking place.

ATTORNEY: What was the first thing your husband said to you that morning?
WITNESS: He said, 'Where am I, Cathy?'
ATTORNEY: And why did that upset you?
WITNESS: My name is Susan!
_______________________________
ATTORNEY: What gear were you in at the moment of the impact?
WITNESS: Gucci sweats and Reeboks.
____________________________________________
ATTORNEY: Are you sexually active?
WITNESS: No, I just lie there.
____________________________________________
ATTORNEY: What is your date of birth?
WITNESS: July 18th.
ATTORNEY: What year?
WITNESS: Every year.
_____________________________________
ATTORNEY: How old is your son, the one living with you?
WITNESS: Thirty-eight or thirty-five, I can't remember which.
ATTORNEY: How long has he lived with you?
WITNESS: Forty-five years.
_________________________________
ATTORNEY: This myasthenia gravis, does it affect your memory at all?
WITNESS: Yes.
ATTORNEY: And in what ways does it affect your memory?
WITNESS: I forget..
ATTORNEY: You forget? Can you give us an example of something you forgot?
___________________________________________
ATTORNEY: Now doctor, isn't it true that when a person dies in his sleep, he doesn't know about it until the next morning?
WITNESS: Did you actually pass the bar exam?
____________________________________

ATTORNEY: The youngest son, the 20-year-old, how old is he?
WITNESS: He's 20, much like your IQ.
___________________________________________
ATTORNEY: Were you present when your picture was taken?
WITNESS: Are you shitting me?
_________________________________________
ATTORNEY: So the date of conception (of the baby) was August 8th?
WITNESS: Yes.
ATTORNEY: And what were you doing at that time?
WITNESS: Getting laid
____________________________________________

ATTORNEY: She had three children , right?
WITNESS: Yes.
ATTORNEY: How many were boys?
WITNESS: None.
ATTORNEY: Were there any girls?
WITNESS: Your Honor, I think I need a different attorney. Can I get a new attorney?
____________________________________________
ATTORNEY: How was your first marriage terminated?
WITNESS: By death..
ATTORNEY: And by whose death was it terminated?
WITNESS: Take a guess.
___________________________________________

ATTORNEY: Can you describe the individual?
WITNESS: He was about medium height and had a beard
ATTORNEY: Was this a male or a female?
WITNESS: Unless the Circus was in town I'm going with male.
_____________________________________
ATTORNEY: Is your appearance here this morning pursuant to a deposition notice which I sent to your attorney?
WITNESS: No, this is how I dress when I go to work.
______________________________________
ATTORNEY: Doctor , how many of your autopsies have you performed on dead people?
WITNESS: All of them. The live ones put up too much of a fight.
_________________________________________
ATTORNEY: ALL your responses MUST be oral, OK? What school did you go to?
WITNESS: Oral...
_________________________________________
ATTORNEY: Do you recall the time that you examined the body?
WITNESS: The autopsy started around 8:30 PM
ATTORNEY: And Mr. Denton was dead at the time?
WITNESS: If not, he was by the time I finished.
____________________________________________
ATTORNEY: Are you qualified to give a urine sample?
WITNESS: Are you qualified to ask that question?

______________________________________
And last:

ATTORNEY: Doctor, before you performed the autopsy, did you check for a pulse?
WITNESS: No.
ATTORNEY: Did you check for blood pressure?
WITNESS: No.
ATTORNEY: Did you check for breathing?
WITNESS: No..
ATTORNEY: So, then it is possible that the patient was alive when you began the autopsy?
WITNESS: No.
ATTORNEY: How can you be so sure, Doctor?
WITNESS: Because his brain was sitting on my desk in a jar.
ATTORNEY: I see, but could the patient have still been alive, nevertheless?
WITNESS: Yes, it is possible that he could have been alive and practicing law.

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General Discussion / Political picong in TNT at its best.
« on: April 24, 2013, 11:44:54 AM »
Herbert Volney: " I am still on the cross with Jack Warner joining me, I want to see who the third person will be."

"I just got a joke that parliament has put out a tender for the construction of backbenches" (given the number of persons moving from ministerial office to backbench).

Jack tell Volney, "de third person will be placed on my side which is vacant".

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General Discussion / Balgobin: Stolen $$ may have funded campaign
« on: April 24, 2013, 08:49:46 AM »
By Julien Neaves

INDEPENDENT Senator Dr Rolph Balgobin said if the Concacaf Integrity Committee report findings are true the People’s Partnership administration could have come into office on “stolen money”.

“If what is said in there is even half true, and if it is also half true that one of the central figures in the report actually bailed out and assisted a number of ministers and paid for...electoral campaign then you would have come to Government with stolen money,” he said.

He noted that this brought up the issue of campaign financing. The report accused former national security minister Jack Warner of being “fraudulent” in the management of the football confederation and led to his resignation on Sunday.

Balgobin spoke on the issue during his contribution to the Miscellaneous Provisions (Defence and Police Complaints) Bill yesterday at Tower D, International Waterfront Centre, Port of Spain.

He said he was “surprised” that Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar was “stunned” by the findings and her process to remove Warner was “patient” but “tested our patience”.

“But she has acted and for that any leader should be commended,” he added.

Balgobin earlier said the society was “twisted” and “wrong is right”.

“And this is why we could celebrate the machinations of our erstwhile minister of national security. If what is said, in spite of what appears to have been perpetrated, what is there to celebrate?” he asked rhetorically.

Balgobin said the Government, like all administrations over the last 15 years, had underestimated the erosion of credibility that was occurring. He added that while the Opposition has taken up issues “gleefully” it was the media that were ferreting out things.

“The Opposition is weak (and) content to wakeboard behind the accomplishments of the media,” he added.

He said the media brought about the downfall of the People’s National Movement and were initially the “darling” of the People’s Partnership but currently it appeared some viewed the media as “an enemy”.

On the bill he noted there were many cases of soldiers beating up people they found wearing camouflage and referred to the recent allegations by residents of Mon Repos Apartments who were beaten by men dressed as soldiers. 


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By Bob Sullivan, Columnist, NBC News


Sabino Fuentes-Sanchez hid $25,000 all around his house because he didn't trust banks. Lasonia Christon receives her Wal-Mart salary on a pre-paid debit card. Kim James was homeless for most of the past decade in part because she had no place to save money.
There are plenty of reasons people still live all-cash lives, but the sheer number who do it might surprise you. At a time when the majority of Americans use online banking, and some even deposit checks using their cellphone cameras, roughly eight percent of America's 115 million households don’t have a checking or savings account, according to census data compiled by the FDIC.

The numbers are far higher among minorities: More than 20 percent of African-Americans and Hispanics are essentially left out of the American banking system.

Frozen in the cash-only past, they face myriad “kick-them-while-they-are-down” situations where getting money costs money. Banks typically charge $6 to cash checks. Want to secure an apartment? Fee-based money orders are the only option. Without credit cards, they must turn to triple-digit interest rate payday loans for emergencies.

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Lasonia Christon of Jackson, Miss., tries to avoid getting paid in checks, but when her state tax refund for $231 arrived recently, she had to pay $7 to cash it at a nearby convenience store.

Christon works at Wal-Mart. Her paychecks are deposited onto a prepaid debit card -- an improvement over old-fashioned paper paychecks, which led to high check-cashing fees. It’s hardly a good substitute for direct deposit, however. One cash withdrawal per period is free, but others cost $2. She can avoid the fee by shopping at Wal-Mart and getting cash back at checkout.

She is among the 60 percent of unbanked Americans who previously had a checking account. Christon used to share one with her sister, but It cost her dearly.

"There was an overdraft here and an overdraft there, and it just didn't work out," she said.

Fuentes-Sanchez made a fairly good living working for a tree removal company in Lumber Bridge, N.C., for about 10 years. But he was skeptical of banks, and when he tried to open an account, he was surprised by the cost.

"Instead of making money, I would have to pay fees," he said, through a translator. "(So) we used to keep money in the house. We were always trying to look for ways to hide the money in the house and keep it safe."

At one time, Fuentes-Sanchez had $25,000 stashed in different places throughout the house – his Latino community had been plagued by house burglaries because neighbors did the same. When his wife got cancer, her treatments devoured all their savings. Down to their last $500, and before she passed away, she convinced him to open a bank account at Latino Community Credit Union, which was opened in part to help stem the burglary problem.

“She managed the money," and was disciplined enough to avoid spending it, said Fuentes-Sanchez, 37, who now raises five children alone. "(I) sometimes see something and I am tempted to buy it ... Now the money is in the bank.”

Saving -- putting money out of temptation's reach -- is the core concept of consumer banking. But the importance of participating in the financial system has stretched far beyond the quaint notion of interest, said Jennifer Tescher, CEO of the Center for Financial Services Innovation, who is generally regarded as the person responsible for popularizing the term unbanked.

"A bank account in a way has become like a passport or a driver's license," said Tesch. "It's a kind of access device."

James, 55, has been in and out of homelessness for several years.  She now lives at a half-way house called Dove House in Durham, N.C., and figured she could never move into her own apartment unless she could stash away the money needed for a security deposit. Without a savings account, that was a challenge.

"Cash in hand is cash spent, my mother always said," she said.

Two years ago, she met Duke University student Janet Xiao, who was part of a group named the Community Empowerment Fund, which visited Dove House offering life skills training, including a class on personal finance where she nudged women to open a bank account.  James was reluctant.

"It's really demoralizing to open up an account and have it sitting in there with no money in it," Xiao said. “I think most folks want to take one step at a time, and get a job first. Also, there is this fear of being charged fees you don't understand.”

When James got a part-time job in January, she finally took up Xiao’s offer of help.  The two set up an account with the Self-Help Credit Union on Xiao’s laptop right at the Dove House kitchen table.

"She even put the first $5 in there for me," James said. After depositing her first paycheck in person at Self-Help, Xiao said, James did a little dance.

“Now whenever I get even $10 or $20, I go to the bank and deposit it,” James said. Within a few months, she put together enough to pay her security deposit and first’s month’s rent. As soon as she saves enough for a bed, she’ll move in.

'Saving for the future'
Self-Help is part of a growing set of financial companies called Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs). Supported by the U.S. Treasury Department, their mission is to help the unbanked get into the financial system.

”You make sure people are getting products and services they need,” said Mark Pinsky ,CEO of the Opportunity Finance Network, which helps fund CDFIs. “Banks may be the best place, they may not, but we don't want to just leave them vulnerable to the predators out there.”

Christon has recently been persuaded to open an account in a different way. Her 3-year-old twins’ day-care facility was recently visited by representatives of the Mississippi College Savings Account program, who helped her open a small account for the children. She then realized she needed her own savings account.

"I want to be a good role model for them, so they can learn about savings," she said.  "I know I need to be better and show them about saving for the future."
Bob Sullivan writes The Red Tape Chronicles blog on NBCNews.com. Follow him on Twitter or Facebook.

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by Nicole Fabian-Weber

Facebook, Facebook, whatchu gonna do when it comes for you? That was meant to be sung in the vein of the Cops theme song, FYI. Cool story. Anyway! What do we got today, folks, on the Facebook catching someone doing something they shouldn't front? How about a woman finding out that the man she just married actually has another wife? Not crazy enough for you? How about a woman updating her relationship status to "married", and changing her last name to her husband's on the site, only to be contacted by the man's ... old wife? Oh, you know, just a regular day in social media.

After a 38-year-old Australian woman changed her name to "Mrs. Keyet" on Facebook, she was contacted by another Mrs. Keyet. A private message read: "Hello, new Mrs Keyet. How can you be Mrs Keyet when I am still Mrs Keyet? From the old Mrs Keyet." Turned out, the man she married had never gotten divorced from Old Mrs. Keyet, whom he had married 16 years ago. Apparently, when he was asked to produce documentation, showing their divorce before the civil ceremony with New Mrs. Keyet, he said that his previous marriage had never been valid -- and the issue was dropped. Since finding out that her husband was in fact married before -- and, actually, still is -- New Mrs. Keyet filed an application to have her marriage annulled. And it's since been granted.

It always amazes me when I hear about people who still think they can get away with shit. We live in a world where oversharing is the norm; all of our info is online; and everyone's talking to everyone non-stop, 24 hours a day. You can't get away with anything! Nothing! You are going to get caught! If not by the police, by Zuckerberg and his billion-member strong army of liking, poking, Spotify-listening minions.

It sucks that this poor woman had to go through something so crappy, but hey, thank god for Facebook. This woman could be married to a married man. Not cool.

Have you ever caught someone in a lie on Facebook?


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By Shimon Prokupecz and Lori Bordonaro, NBCNewYork.com

An off-duty New York City police officer shot to death her 1-year-old son and her boyfriend, who is believed to be the child's father, before taking her own life in a Brooklyn home early Monday, authorities said.
The officer's 19-year-old son managed to escape out a back window and find police; he was not injured.
Police responded to the home on East 56th Street in the Flatbush section after receiving reports of shots fired shortly before 8:30 a.m.

When authorities entered the first-floor apartment, they found the officer's 33-year-old boyfriend dead in the doorway. The bodies of the 43-year-old officer, a 13-year cop with the 108th precinct, and the child were found in the bedroom.
All three victims died of gunshot wounds, authorities said.

The officer's teenage son told police he spoke with his mother when he first woke up Monday morning and everything seemed fine. Then, around 8 a.m., he told police he heard a gunshot -- then more gunshots -- and he saw his mother standing in the apartment with a gun in her hand.
The teenager told police he asked his mother what was happening and she apologized, according to law enforcement sources. Then the officer went into her bedroom and placed the baby on the bed. The 19-year-old son heard another gunshot and jumped out the window to find police.

An NYPD spokesman said the officer had never had any issues with the department.
A neighbor, who identified herself as an aunt, said she could find no reason for the deaths. She said the officer was always smiling and waving to her, and seemed like a happy person.
"It's terrible," Agnes Samuel, 83, said as she choked up. "For people to take a life like that. Oh, Lord!"

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General Discussion / SUFFERING FROM NEVER THOUGHT
« on: April 14, 2013, 04:47:01 PM »
Parliament buying fine china for tea
MPs eat, drink in style
Published:
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Anika Gumbs-Sandiford
 
The Miscellaneous Service Cart which is currently being looked at for use in Parliament. It will cost between $57,000–$70,000. A service cart that costs between $57,000 and $70,000 is among the exquisite pieces of crockery and food service equipment being considered for the dining lounge used by MPs in Parliament. The Sunday Guardian learned the Miscellaneous Service Cart, serial number 5590, offered by US manufactures of hospitality and beverage products Forbes Industries, is the preferred choice as plans are on-stream to upgrade some of the kitchen utensils and food service items used for Members of Parliament.
 
 
The proposed job is being handled by Taitt’s Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Services of Abercromby Street, Port-of-Spain, and will cost close to $1 million. Three or four of the service carts are being considered to meet the demands of parliamentarians during sittings. The exorbitant price of the service cart has caused raised eyebrows among parliamentary staff, however, with some questioning the reason for even considering such a selection.
 
“A service cart is like a trolley,” a parliamentary source said. “We just do not know what on that service cart could cost that price. People must look and see for themselves if it is worth the price.” The Web site of Forbes Industries does not list a price for the service cart.
 
When the Sunday Guardian contacted Forbes Industries on Friday, sales representative Cynthia Ogaz said normally, orders from T&T were handled by Edward Don and Co, distributors of food service equipment and supplies. Ogaz said she was unable to give a price for the cart and instead provided a telephone number for sales representative Nestor Rodriguez. Rodriguez could not be reached for comment, as telephone calls went directly to his voice mail.
 
When the Sunday Guardian again contacted Ogaz she asked us to e-mail her requesting a quote for the service cart. However, up to press time there had been no reply. A quick overview of the service cart on the Web site says it is made of hardwood with cabinet and doors with raised bevelled panels. It has a Corian top surface with wood moulding, brass double gallery rails, handle, a drawer and adjustable shelf.
 
 
In addition, 150 pieces of Royal Rideau Syracuse Silk china from Libbey Food Service have been ordered. The Libbey food service Web site described this range as having a rock-hard glaze to reduce scratching, and comes with a no-chip lifetime warranty. Taitt’s Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Services submitted a quotation of US$78,462.40 (TT$470,77.04) to fill the order from the Parliament. This price did not include shipping costs.
 
 
Checks on various restaurant-supply Web sites showed a dinner plate from this range costs approximately US$170 and a teacup, US$250. There will also be additional costs, as the Parliament department has asked for its logo to be engraved on all of the china. The total cost of filling the order is estimated at approximately $850,000. There are 74 MPs in all, including the presiding officers, although both Houses of Parliament rarely gather at the same time.
 
“The price submitted does not include the 35 per cent stamp duty taxes,” a parliament source disclosed. “To engrave the logo on all the china is also very costly. After the equipment is purchased it is sent to another country to engrave the logo, then shipped to T&T. We are looking at almost $1 million.”
 
 
Taitt’s taste
Contacted on Friday, the owner of Taitt’s Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Services Ltd, Kenneth Taitt, confirmed his company had been in communication with officials at the Parliament over the selection of crockery and other food and beverage items. Not wanting to divulge too much information, Taitt only said, “I feel good, but I will have to put you on to the person who can answer your questions.”
 
Taitt then transferred the Sunday Guardian to head sales clerk Jason Lewis. Lewis said two months ago the company was approached to submit a quotation for the job. “We do not have a confirmed order as yet. They are looking at engraving the Parliament logo on the crockery,” he reported. “We are expected to supply the Parliament with crockery and meal-delivery service carts.”
 
Asked if there was a specific request for a particular model of service cart, Lewis replied, “No, just one that will be appropriate to use in the Parliament. We have a few in mind.” With regard to the crockery Lewis said, “We have a bid for Libbey Food Service.” However, Lewis said he was unable to disclose any specifics relating to the quotation submitted to Parliament.
 
Told that information obtained by the Sunday Guardian revealed that the preferred service cart to be selected for Parliament was the Miscellaneous Service Cart, Lewis said, “I am sure you will respect that I am not allowed to disclose that information,” before ending the conversation. Last year, the company also supplied the Parliament with other kitchen equipment.
 
The food and beverage manager at the Parliament, Shermaine Joseph, refused to comment when contacted on Friday, saying, “You will need to speak to the Parliament’s communications manager, Jason Elcock.” Elcock promised to respond but telephone calls and messages sent to him were not answered. House Speaker Wade Mark, when contacted, said he had no information on the issue and referred all questions to Clerk of the House Jacqui Sampson-Meiguel.
 
“I am dealing strictly with policy matters, nothing else,” Mark said. Speaking with the Sunday Guardian yesterday, Sampson-Meiguel said all ministries and departments were in the process of preparing the estimates for the next financial year. “One of the things the department and ministries will do is to look and see what they have in stock and what they likely may need,” she said.
 
“I will not know about this matter because a member of staff would have been calling around, because they would have been told by the food and beverage manager that they may need to stock up for the next year. “They call to get quotations from different companies and they will choose the most affordable quotation and they will include it in the estimates and submit to the Ministry of Finance.”
 
Sampson-Meiguel said a meeting would then be held with Ministry of Finance officials to discuss the quotation and to ascertain the need for the goods requested. “Not because we get the quotations means that we are going to purchase,” Sampson-Meiguel said. Contacted yesterday, PNM Senator Fitzgerald Hinds said matters of such a nature are not handled by the House Committee, of which he is a member in the Senate. 
 
Hinds said, “We dine there, but it is unlikely that we would take a decision on what type of wares we will use. As far as I am aware, those are administrative matters that are outside of the purview of the House Committee. The House Committee only looks at the welfare and well-being of members.” Hinds, however, said he supported the plan to engrave the logo on the crockery. “That is practised in most parliaments around the world and it may act as a deterrent to misuse,” he said.


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The Root

Cookie and I love EJ and support him in every way,”  Magic tells TMZ. “We’re very proud of him.”

Wearing what looks to be black stockings, a fur coat and carrying a red purse, EJ said that he was hoping and praying for his father’s baseball team, the L.A. Dodgers, and for the Los Angeles Lakers to be successful.

EJ is one of the basketball legend’s three children. Andre Johnson, 31, is his son from a previous relationship. He and Cookie are also parents to Elisha Johnson whom they adopted in 1995.


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Trinbago, NBA & World Basketball / Dantley working as crossing guard
« on: March 17, 2013, 09:43:05 PM »
FOX SPORTS

Before anybody assumes that this is just another story of a former professional athlete who is broke, we should mention that Adrian Dantley does not need the money.

Even though the Hall of Fame forward is now a crossing guard in Silver Spring, Md., reportedly making about $14,000 a year, he is not broke. Dantley, who retired from the NBA in 1991, is just looking for something to do. Plus, the infamously cheap six-time All-Star needs health insurance, which the job provides. Neither the NBA nor its players association provides health insurance for retired players.

The job places him outside Eastern Middle School, where a Deadspin writer recently saw Dantley intercept a student who was about to run in front of an oncoming car. Friends were not surprised that Dantley, notoriously frugal even as a player, is not willing to sit around in retirement.

“Adrian’s cheap,” an associate told Deadspin. “But he’s not going to take free money. That’s not Adrian Dantley. No matter what the job is, he’s gonna show up on time, and give other people [expletive] if they show up late.”

The transition to crossing guard was natural for Dantley. As a 6-foot-5 forward with an excellent post game, Dantley usually operated in traffic during his playing days. It makes sense that he does the same now.

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The Huffington Post

A lion reportedly attacked a man and woman having sex in a bush in Africa, killing the woman.

News website My Zimbabwe reports that Sharai Mawera and an unidentified male were having sex in a bushy area of a Zimbabwe village when a lion attacked them.

"Unfortunately the woman, who was also known as Mai Desire, was mauled to death by the lion, but her boyfriend managed to escape naked and he was only wearing a condom," a source reportedly told the outlet. "The two were having their quality time near Mahombekombe Primary School."

The man eventually notified police who, along with officials from the Zimbabwe Parks & Wildlife Management Authority, accompanied him to the scene where they allegedly found the woman's mauled body, according to the report.

The Huffington Post reached out to the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management to confirm details of the attack but did not immediately receive a response.

The story of the deadly sex -- picked up by the Telegraph, the New York Post and the Herald Sun -- may seem quite unbelievable. It is worth noting that a similar incident with an almost identical outcome was reported by the BBC in 2002.

In August 2002, the news outlet reported that a man and woman were attacked by a lion when they were having sex in a bush near their Tanzanian village. The ferocious feline attacked the woman, but the man escaped. When he returned later with other villagers, the lion had disappeared and all that was left was the woman's mauled remains.

Still, the Associated Press is reporting that the National Parks and Wildlife Authority is warning Zimbabweans living near Harare to be cautious after rogue lions mauled two people to death on the shores of Lake Kariba.

On Tuesday, a lion is reported to have attacked a man and a woman in the area, according to the AP. The man was able to escape, but the woman was killed and most of her corpse was eaten.

The AP does not offer details on the circumstances surrounding the attack.

Although wild lion populations have drastically reduced in Africa over the past decades, lion attacks are not uncommon. In Tanzania alone, lions have been known to kill 100 people each year, according to the Smithsonian.

A 2005 study by the National Science Foundation discovered that 39 percent of lion attacks occur between March and May during the harvest season, when farmers often sleep outside to protect their livestock.


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General Discussion / Did Black People Own Slaves?
« on: March 07, 2013, 07:55:31 AM »
By: Henry Louis Gates Jr
The Root

One of the most vexing questions in African-American history is whether free African Americans themselves owned slaves. The short answer to this question, as you might suspect, is yes, of course; some free black people in this country bought and sold other black people, and did so at least since 1654, continuing to do so right through the Civil War. For me, the really fascinating questions about black slave-owning are how many black "masters" were involved, how many slaves did they own and why did they own slaves?

The answers to these questions are complex, and historians have been arguing for some time over whether free blacks purchased family members as slaves in order to protect them -- motivated, on the one hand, by benevolence and philanthropy, as historian Carter G. Woodson put it, or whether, on the other hand, they purchased other black people "as an act of exploitation," primarily to exploit their free labor for profit, just as white slave owners did. The evidence shows that, unfortunately, both things are true. The great African-American historian, John Hope Franklin, states this clearly: "The majority of Negro owners of slaves had some personal interest in their property." But, he admits, "There were instances, however, in which free Negroes had a real economic interest in the institution of slavery and held slaves in order to improve their economic status." 


In a fascinating essay reviewing this controversy, R. Halliburton shows that free black people have owned slaves "in each of the thirteen original states and later in every state that countenanced slavery," at least since Anthony Johnson and his wife Mary went to court in Virginia in 1654 to obtain the services of their indentured servant, a black man, John Castor, for life.

And for a time, free black people could even "own" the services of white indentured servants in Virginia as well. Free blacks owned slaves in Boston by 1724 and in Connecticut by 1783; by 1790, 48 black people in Maryland owned 143 slaves. One particularly notorious black Maryland farmer named Nat Butler "regularly purchased and sold Negroes for the Southern trade," Halliburton wrote.

Perhaps the most insidious or desperate attempt to defend the right of black people to own slaves was the statement made on the eve of the Civil War by a group of free people of color in New Orleans, offering their services to the Confederacy, in part because they were fearful for their own enslavement: "The free colored population [native] of Louisiana … own slaves, and they are dearly attached to their native land … and they are ready to shed their blood for her defense. They have no sympathy for abolitionism; no love for the North, but they have plenty for Louisiana … They will fight for her in 1861 as they fought [to defend New Orleans from the British] in 1814-1815." 

These guys were, to put it bluntly, opportunists par excellence: As Noah Andre Trudeau and James G. Hollandsworth Jr. explain, once the war broke out, some of these same black men formed 14 companies of a militia composed of 440 men and were organized by the governor in May 1861 into "the Native Guards, Louisiana," swearing to fight to defend the Confederacy. Although given no combat role, the Guards -- reaching a peak of 1,000 volunteers -- became the first Civil War unit to appoint black officers.

 When New Orleans fell in late April 1862 to the Union, about 10 percent of these men, not missing a beat, now formed the Native Guard/Corps d'Afrique to defend the Union. Joel A. Rogers noted this phenomenon in his 100 Amazing Facts: "The Negro slave-holders, like the white ones, fought to keep their chattels in the Civil War." Rogers also notes that some black men, including those in New Orleans at the outbreak of the War, "fought to perpetuate slavery."

How Many Slaves Did Blacks Own?

So what do the actual numbers of black slave owners and their slaves tell us? In 1830, the year most carefully studied by Carter G. Woodson, about 13.7 percent (319,599) of the black population was free. Of these, 3,776 free Negroes owned 12,907 slaves, out of a total of 2,009,043 slaves owned in the entire United States, so the numbers of slaves owned by black people over all was quite small by comparison with the number owned by white people. In his essay, " 'The Known World' of Free Black Slaveholders," Thomas J. Pressly, using Woodson's statistics, calculated that 54 (or about 1 percent) of these black slave owners in 1830 owned between 20 and 84 slaves; 172 (about 4 percent) owned between 10 to 19 slaves; and 3,550 (about 94 percent) each owned between 1 and 9 slaves. Crucially, 42 percent owned just one slave.

Pressly also shows that the percentage of free black slave owners as the total number of free black heads of families was quite high in several states, namely 43 percent in South Carolina, 40 percent in Louisiana, 26 percent in Mississippi, 25 percent in Alabama and 20 percent in Georgia. So why did these free black people own these slaves?

It is reasonable to assume that the 42 percent of the free black slave owners who owned just one slave probably owned a family member to protect that person, as did many of the other black slave owners who owned only slightly larger numbers of slaves. As Woodson put it in 1924's Free Negro Owners of Slaves in the United States in 1830, "The census records show that the majority of the Negro owners of slaves were such from the point of view of philanthropy. In many instances the husband purchased the wife or vice versa … Slaves of Negroes were in some cases the children of a free father who had purchased his wife. If he did not thereafter emancipate the mother, as so many such husbands failed to do, his own children were born his slaves and were thus reported to the numerators."

Moreover, Woodson explains, "Benevolent Negroes often purchased slaves to make their lot easier by granting them their freedom for a nominal sum, or by permitting them to work it out on liberal terms." In other words, these black slave-owners, the clear majority, cleverly used the system of slavery to protect their loved ones. That's the good news.

 But not all did, and that is the bad news. Halliburton concludes, after examining the evidence, that "it would be a serious mistake to automatically assume that free blacks owned their spouse or children only for benevolent purposes." Woodson himself notes that a "small number of slaves, however, does not always signify benevolence on the part of the owner." And John Hope Franklin notes that in North Carolina, "Without doubt, there were those who possessed slaves for the purpose of advancing their [own] well-being … these Negro slaveholders were more interested in making their farms or carpenter-shops 'pay' than they were in treating their slaves humanely." For these black slaveholders, he concludes, "there was some effort to conform to the pattern established by the dominant slaveholding group within the State in the effort to elevate themselves to a position of respect and privilege." In other words, most black slave owners probably owned family members to protect them, but far too many turned to slavery to exploit the labor of other black people for profit.

Who Were These Black Slave Owners?

If we were compiling a "Rogues Gallery of Black History," the following free black slaveholders would be in it:

John Carruthers Stanly -- born a slave in Craven County, N.C., the son of an Igbo mother and her master, John Wright Stanly -- became an extraordinarily successful barber and speculator in real estate in New Bern. As Loren Schweninger points out in Black Property Owners in the South, 1790-1915, by the early 1820s, Stanly owned three plantations and 163 slaves, and even hired three white overseers to manage his property! He fathered six children with a slave woman named Kitty, and he eventually freed them. Stanly lost his estate when a loan for $14,962 he had co-signed with his white half brother, John, came due. After his brother's stroke, the loan was Stanly's sole responsibility, and he was unable to pay it.

William Ellison's fascinating story is told by Michael Johnson and James L. Roark in their book, Black Masters: A Free Family of Color in the Old South. At his death on the eve of the Civil War, Ellison was wealthier than nine out of 10 white people in South Carolina. He was born in 1790 as a slave on a plantation in the Fairfield District of the state, far up country from Charleston. In 1816, at the age of 26, he bought his own freedom, and soon bought his wife and their child. In 1822, he opened his own cotton gin, and soon became quite wealthy. By his death in 1860, he owned 900 acres of land and 63 slaves. Not one of his slaves was allowed to purchase his or her own freedom.

Louisiana, as we have seen, was its own bizarre world of color, class, caste and slavery. By 1830, in Louisiana, several black people there owned a large number of slaves, including the following: In Pointe Coupee Parish alone, Sophie Delhonde owned 38 slaves; Lefroix Decuire owned 59 slaves; Antoine Decuire owned 70 slaves; Leandre Severin owned 60 slaves; and Victor Duperon owned 10. In St. John the Baptist Parish, Victoire Deslondes owned 52 slaves; in Plaquemine Brule, Martin Donatto owned 75 slaves; in Bayou Teche, Jean B. Muillion owned 52 slaves; Martin Lenormand in St. Martin Parish owned 44 slaves; Verret Polen in West Baton Rouge Parish owned 69 slaves; Francis Jerod in Washita Parish owned 33 slaves; and Cecee McCarty in the Upper Suburbs of New Orleans owned 32 slaves. Incredibly, the 13 members of the Metoyer family in Natchitoches Parish -- including Nicolas Augustin Metoyer, pictured -- collectively owned 215 slaves.

Antoine Dubuclet and his wife Claire Pollard owned more than 70 slaves in Iberville Parish when they married. According to Thomas Clarkin, by 1864, in the midst of the Civil War, they owned 100 slaves, worth $94,700. During Reconstruction, he became the state's first black treasurer, serving between 1868 and 1878.

Andrew Durnford was a sugar planter and a physician who owned the St. Rosalie plantation, 33 miles south of New Orleans. In the late 1820s, David O. Whitten tells us, he paid $7,000 for seven male slaves, five females and two children. He traveled all the way to Virginia in the 1830s and purchased 24 more. Eventually, he would own 77 slaves. When a fellow Creole slave owner liberated 85 of his slaves and shipped them off to Liberia, Durnford commented that he couldn't do that, because "self interest is too strongly rooted in the bosom of all that breathes the American atmosphere."

It would be a mistake to think that large black slaveholders were only men. In 1830, in Louisiana, the aforementioned Madame Antoine Dublucet owned 44 slaves, and Madame Ciprien Ricard owned 35 slaves, Louise Divivier owned 17 slaves, Genevieve Rigobert owned 16 slaves and Rose Lanoix and Caroline Miller both owned 13 slaves, while over in Georgia, Betsey Perry owned 25 slaves. According to Johnson and Roark, the wealthiest black person in Charleston, S.C., in 1860 was Maria Weston, who owned 14 slaves and property valued at more than $40,000, at a time when the average white man earned about $100 a year. (The city's largest black slaveholders, though, were Justus Angel and Mistress L. Horry, both of whom owned 84 slaves.)

In Savannah, Ga., between 1823 and 1828, according to Betty Wood's Gender, Race, and Rank in a Revolutionary Age, Hannah Leion owned nine slaves, while the largest slaveholder in 1860 was Ciprien Ricard, who had a sugarcane plantation in Louisiana and owned 152 slaves with her son, Pierre -- many more that the 35 she owned in 1830. According to economic historian Stanley Engerman, "In Charleston, South Carolina about 42 percent of free blacks owned slaves in 1850, and about 64 percent of these slaveholders were women." Greed, in other words, was gender-blind.


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The Huffington Post UK 

Mo Farah is known not just nationwide but worldwide, or so we assumed after his two golds at the London 2012 Olympics. WDSU anchor LaTonya Norton evidently hadn't, when she asked the runner whether he had run before.

After winning the New Orleans half-marathon, the Olympian, who won the race in a record one hour 59 seconds, is (surely?) mistaken for an unusually plucky amateur runner

"Haven't you run before?" Norton asks.

"Sorry?" is Farah's reply, as he edges closer. She should be sorry.

"Haven't you... run before? This isn't your first time?"

Cringe away.


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For years, rumour had it that Bobby Brown had introduced Whitney Houston to drugs, but Michael Houston, one of the singer's two older brothers, has revealed to Oprah Winfrey that the real story was quite different.

According to an article published on www.latimes.com, Michael Houston said since his sister's death almost a year ago, he has been "living, but not alive".

"I feel responsible for what I let go so far," he told Oprah in a Monday interview on OWN that primarily featured mother Cissy Houston, who has a new tell-all memoir out. In that book, Cissy says she didn't understand her children doing drugs then, and she doesn't understand it now.

Said Michael Houston: "We were always, you know, being together most of the time, and her following behind me; I taught her to drive. We played together - everything that you do together as you're growing up - and then when you get into drugs, you do that together too, and it just got out of hand."

Then Oprah presented what she called "the big question": Did he introduce her to drugs?

"I would say, yeah. We did everything together, so once I was into that, then she followed suit," he said.

"So was the first time she tried freebasing coke, or cocaine, crack, whatever, … are you the one who introduced it to her?" Winfrey pressed.

DIFFERENT TIME

"I think probably the first time we ever, she ever did it was probably, you know, but you gotta understand, at the time, the '80s, it was acceptable … . In the entertainment industry it was just like, available. It wasn't like a bad word like it is now. You know what I'm saying? We didn't know. We just didn't know."

He said Whitney was in her late 20s, already famous, had money and was travelling around when they started doing drugs, long before her 1992 marriage to Brown.

"So the first time she did it, it was you, so that's the demon you live with," Winfrey said.

"Every day," Houston said. "Every day. That's something I've got to live with for the rest of my life."

Whitney Houston accidentally drowned February 11 last year in a bathtub at the Beverly Hilton hotel, the day before the Grammy Awards. The cause of death was given as drowning and effects of atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use. Traces of cocaine, marijuana, Xanax, Flexeril and Benadryl were found in her system.




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Losing Wi-Fi access is seriously annoying, but drugging your parents to surf the Internet? A Rocklin, Calif., 15-year-old and her friend have been booked into Placer County Juvenile Hall after allegedly serving her parents sleeping pill-laced milkshakes to sidestep the household's 10 p.m. Internet cutoff time. After downing about a quarter of the shakes, the parentals were out cold, leaving the girls to browse to their heart's content. A legal advice search would have been wise; when the parents woke up feeling suspiciously groggy, they picked up some $5 drug test kits and tested themselves. A quick call to the cops, and the girls were hauled off. No word on Internet access at juvie.

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Football / NIGEL DOMINIC SIMON
« on: November 22, 2012, 01:08:45 PM »
Have to be a poor pathethic fella . So the Guardian steal Lasana article( Nigel say they eh steal it)  and I mentioned on fb that I saw with my own eyes a certain Guardian sports writer (that is all them does do is write) in Germany checking for stories on sw.net.

D fella hotting up my inbox on fb bout how all he friends know he stay with the Carib crew and how he at work since Thursday to Monday covering Volleyball etc. WHO CARES Nigel .

Fact you were miles away reporting on the socawarriors and you were not close to where they were staying. Who cares if Fuentes also reported for the Guardian

Fact the Guardian is the reason the case against the players is still goin on.

Fact I paid my way to Germany  and you had a free ride. Me eh grudge yuh free ride. But doh be hotting up my inbox and chatting nonesense bout how I affect yuh character.

That is what we have reporting on sports in TNT and why people like Anil does get a free ride.

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Jokes / MITT ROMNEY JOKES
« on: November 18, 2012, 06:38:36 PM »
The night before the election, Mitt Romney was very confident & told his wife Ann:
"This time tomorrow night, you'll be sleeping with the President of the United States".

After Mitt's concession speech, they head to bed. Ann was getting undressed when she asked: "sooooo....how does this work? Is Barack coming over here or am I supposed to go over there?"

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General Discussion / One spouse at a time
« on: October 11, 2012, 12:00:12 PM »
By AZARD ALI Thursday, October 11 2012

IN ORDERING her to pay a fine of $7,000, San Fernando High Court judge Justice Geoffrey Henderson yesterday advised a woman, on trial for bigamy, that: “In this country, it is one spouse at a time.”

And commenting outside the courthouse, at the end of the trial, one of the woman’s two husbands — George Wildman — admitted to Newsday: “I nearly dropped down dead, when I found out my wife had another husband!”

Wildman, 66, of Couva married Lynette Phillips, 57, in 1995. But in saying “I do” to Wildman, Phillips was still married to Leroy Phillips. Yesterday, Henderson spoke out against the crime of bigamy.

Henderson told Lynette that were it not for the fact that this was her first brush with the law, there was a high possibility she could have been jailed for being legally married to two men at the same time.

The judge said that people’s religious belief pertaining to multiple marriages at any one time, is not recognised by law. He then ordered Lynette of Couva to pay the $7,000 fine by November or in default serve seven months imprisonment.

The court heard that Lynette got married to Leroy Phillips in 1977 and lived with him for 18 years. She later struck up a relationship with Wildman and a month after leaving her matrimonial home, Lynette married Wildman on November 7, 1995 in a simple ceremony at the Warden’s Office.

Henderson said part of the legal process of marrying at the Warden’s office entails an Oath by both partners that they are either single or in the woman’s case, a spinster. Wildman was legally divorced at the time he married Lynette.

As Lynette stood in the dock of the Fourth Assize, Henderson related that two years into Wildman’s marriage he became suspicious when his wife kept refusing to introduce him to her parents, bluntly telling him: “I don’t want any relative in my business.”

It was a woman who alerted Wildman to Lynette’s previous marriage, Henderson related, as he commented on husband number two’s predicament. “This man felt ashamed, cheated, cheap and emasculated. Imagine the injury it caused Mr Wildman. You bruised the ego of a decent man. But thankfully, you spared him the humiliation of a public trial, by pleading guilty,” Henderson said.

Wildman went to the Hall of Justice in 2006 and obtained copies of Lynette’s two marriage certificates - one showing her married to Phillips and the other, to him. He immediately went to the Couva Police Station and told PC Anand Bissoon who later charged Lynette.

At the end of the Preliminary Inquiry in the Couva Magistrates’ Court, Lynette was committed to stand trial in the High Court. She first appeared before Henderson on July 19, and pleaded guilty.

Henderson said that if there was evidence Lynette married Wildman for financial gain, the court would be compelled to impose a jail sentence based on English precedents.

“Let it not be said that bigamy is not a serious crime. There are implications on children who inherit parents’ estate, the wife who is a beneficiary of insurance and also spouses who can be afforded status in a country by virtue of being married to a citizen,” Henderson said.

At the end of the trial, Wildman said the punishment was too lenient because Lynette betrayed the love he had for her and this caused him many sleepless nights.

“When a woman told me that Lynette was a married woman, if I was not strong enough, I would have dropped dead. I loved her and that’s why I married her.

“She never told me she was married. It was a woman who met me and told me my wife was already married. I felt so ashamed,” Wildman said.

For her part, a smiling Lynette told Newsday, shortly after walking out of the courthouse: “This case put me under too much stress. There is so much crime going on in the country and they prosecute me for this? I have nothing more to say.”


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Jokes / Best patients 2 operate.
« on: September 30, 2012, 07:26:23 PM »
Five Caribbean Surgeons are discussing who makes the best patients to operate on.

The first a Cuban surgeon says,
"I like to see accountants on my operating table, because when you open them up, everything inside is numbered."

The second a Jamaican responds, "Yeah, but you should try electricians!
Everything inside them is colour coded."

The third a Barbadian surgeon says, "No, I really think librarians are the best;
everything inside them is in alphabetical order."

The fourth a Guyanese surgeon chimes in: "You know, I like construction workers...
those guys always understand when you have a few parts left over

But the fifth a Trinidadian surgeon shut them all up when he observed:
"You' re all wrong. Politicians are the easiest to operate on.
There's no guts, no heart, no balls, no brains and no spine, and the head and the butt are interchangeable.

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Jokes / The love story of Ralph and Edna
« on: September 22, 2012, 08:46:36 AM »
Just because someone doesn't love you the way you want them to, doesn't mean they don't love you with all they have. Ralph and Edna were both patients in a mental hospital. One day while they were walking past the hospital swimming pool. Ralph suddenly jumped into the deep end.

He sank to the bottom of the pool and stayed there.

Edna promptly jumped in to save him. She swam to the bottom and pulled him out. When the Head Nurse Director became aware of Edna's heroic act she immediately ordered her to be discharged from the hospital, as she now considered her to be mentally stable.

When she went to tell Edna the news she said, 'Edna, I have good news and bad news. The good news is you're being discharged, since you were able to rationally respond to a crisis by jumping in and saving the life of the person you love. I have concluded that your act displays sound mindedness..

The bad news is, Ralph hung himself in the bathroom with his bathrobe belt right after you saved him. I am so sorry, but he's dead..'

Edna replied, 'He didn't hang himself, I put him there to dry. How soon can I go home?'

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General Discussion / BEST DISCLAIMER EVER.
« on: August 31, 2012, 10:29:32 PM »
So I reading the Guardian of August 31st 1962 and I saw this disclaimer. We wish to advise our Customers and the General Public that items of Ladies Underwear bearing the National colours of TNT were not manufactured nor distributed by the Dainty Garment Factory- manufacturers of Dainty Lingerie.

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Olympic Discussion / MATCH DAY PRAYER
« on: August 05, 2012, 06:14:53 PM »
Father in the name of Jesus we thank you for the success that we have achieved thus far. Please bless us with 3 medals today. We will not fail to give you the glory honour and praise. AMEN

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What about Track & Field / GAME DAY PRAYER
« on: August 05, 2012, 06:09:20 PM »
So it is already Monday in the UK

So Eternal God and Heavenly father we thank you for the success that we have achieve to date at these olympics. Father in Jesus name we pray that you will grant us 3 medals in the events that we will take part in today.

At the end we will not fail to give you the glory, honour and praise due to you the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. This I pray in Jesus name AMEN.

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