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trump-putin-s-poodle.jpgMedia outlets worldwide are mocking Donald Trump over his fawning summit with Russia's Vladimir Putin as the US President continues to face scathing criticism in his home country on all political sides.

The headlines went as far as calling the US President 'treasonous', 'weak' and labeled him an 'autocrat' following the 45-minute press conference with his Russian counterpart in Helsinki on Monday.

The UK's Daily Mirror newspaper slammed Trump as being 'Putin's Poodle' and Germany's Handelsblatt outlet called the meeting a 'summit of the autocrats'.

A headline on Spanish newspaper El Mundo read: 'Trump surrenders to Putin after humiliating Europe'.

The front page of Finnish newspaper Kauppalehti simply read: Trump 0 - Putin 1.


French outlet Le Monde ran multiple headlines saying Trump's 'weakness in front of Putin' scandalized the Republicans and also said that Putin dominated the Helsinki match against Trump.

Back in Trump's hometown, the New York Daily News hammered him by implying that his refusal to condemn Putin was 'treason'.

The cover features a cartoon of Trump holding a shirtless Putin's hand as the US president shoots Uncle Sam on 5th Avenue in New York. It was a reference to Trump's claim back in 2016 that he could shoot someone 'in the middle of 5th Avenue' and still not lose supporters.

The backlash follows Trump's extraordinary embrace of a longtime US enemy by openly questioning his own intelligence agencies' firm finding that Russia meddled in the 2016 US election to his benefit.

The White House has struggled to explain why Trump aligned so closely with Putin, and lawmakers in both major parties appeared shocked and dismayed with his suggestion that he believes Putin's denial of interfering in the 2016 elections.

Trump's decision to side with Putin left a wake of confusion and outrage in the US.

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The British Government's plan to deport a former nurse whose Windrush Generation father served in the Royal Air Force is being cited by politicians and campaigners in the UK demanding an immediate end to what they described as the government's cruel and inhumane hostile environment policy.

Sharon Vitalis has been threatened with ejection from the UK, which would separate her from her two British-born children - one of whom is just 12 years old- despite living in the country for most of her life.

According to Britain's Independent newspaper, the 45-year-old woman, who worked for the National Health Service for more than 15 years, was born in Germany while her father was deployed to the country during service with the RAF. Her family moved back to the UK months after her birth.

Unlike her UK born siblings, who have never faced problems with their status, she has been told she is not British on the ground that she was not born within the nation's boundaries.

Ms Vitalis lived in the UK until the age of six, when she moved to the Caribbean with her mother and siblings to go to school.

She returned when she was in her early 20s and began working as a nurse.

She faced no problem for 17 years, during which she gave birth to a daughter in 1999 and a son in 2005.

Her partner later moved to the US after the couple split.

In 2013, when Ms Vitalis went to collect her 15-year-old daughter from Gatwick Airport after living with her father, she was stopped by immigration officials and taken to a detention centre.

Ms Vitalis was later reunited with her daughter, but she was issued with deportation proceedings and therefore was dismissed from her National Health Service job.

She is currently waiting for an appeal decision in October and is unable to work or claim benefits in the meantime.

The case has emerged amid mounting criticism over the Home Office's hostile environment following the Windrush scandal, which exposed that thousands of Commonwealth citizens had been wrongly targeted by immigration officials, with some detained and deported, costing then Home Secretary Amber Rudd her job.

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No re-trial for Shawn Storm, urges attorney

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shawn-storm-photo-2.jpgThe attorney for imprisoned dancehall artiste Shawn Storm has urged the Court of Appeal not to order a retrial arguing that the case is rife with multiple deficiencies.

"These defects are incurable, I submit," said Bert Samuels as he concluded his legal arguments before the court this morning.

"And any attempt to cure them for retrial purposes would be to give the prosecution a second bite at an infected cherry," Samuels continued.

Added Samuels: "A second chance to make good on the evidence deficiency in the case."

Tropical Bliss, formerly Tropical Beach in Montego Bay, St James played host on Sunday to Sumfest "Colour-Fest" Beach party, the big event which mark the started of the 26th staging of Reggae Sumfest.

Hundreds of fun-loving party-goers descended on the venue for what was dubbed the . The high-energy event was hosted by the "Curvy Diva" Yanique Barrett and Noah Power and featured DJs Team Shella, Jigga and Crazy Neil.

The new spacious venue provided the room for patrons to have what was a true beach party, with title sponsors Red Stripe providing the necessary "liquid spirits" to complement the high energy music and vibes which was provided by the DJs and the hosts.

The music took patrons from ska to reggae, hip-hop, dancehall into lover's rock and even alternative as the DJs kept the vibes going and ensured that all patrons got their money's worth.

The throng of patrons at the party also included Downsound Entertainment (DSE) Chairman and CEO, Joe Bogdanovich and DSE's Deputy Chair, Robert Russell. Both expressed delight at the vibes and energy which the event brought.

According to Bogdanovich, "this is real entertainment and we are very happy that we were able to provide this level of clean entertainment to our patrons. This is a great start to the 26th staging of Reggae Sumfest - 'Our Music, Our Festival'."

Bogdanovich is expecting that the supporting events leading into the two major nights of the festival will also be well supported.

He said, "we have crafted a wonderful slate of activities for Sumfest 2018 and starting with this Beach party, we are confident that we will receive support from our valued patrons. This year we are catering to everyone - those who have paved the way for this event over the last 25 years as well as those who see music and the entertainment industry as a business. We are looking forward to the two major nights and with the cream of the crop set to perform, this will be a wonderful Sumfest."


vybz-kartel-photo-10.jpgThe metadata for one of the damning text messages which prosecutors used to convict top entertainers Vybz Kartel and Shawn Storm of murder was created six weeks before the victim's death, the Appeal Court was informed on Monday.

Bianca Samuels, one of the attorneys for Shawn Storm, was referring to the text message reportedly found on one of the mobile phones taken from Kartel in which it was said that Clive 'Lizard' Williams "chop up fine, fine."

Samuels was making her submissions in the appeal filed by the two entertainers against their conviction and prison sentence.

She said evidence presented during their 17-week murder trial that ended in April 2014 showed that the metadata was created on July 6, 2011, six weeks before prosecutors claim Williams was killed.

Samuels noted, too, that there was evidence that the mobile phones taken from Kartel were used while the instruments were in the custody of the police.

"This one has left me puzzled," said Samuels, who along with Isat Buchanan and Daynia Allen, represent Shawn Storm.

The panel of three judges hearing the appeal appeared surprised by the assertion.

"Our silence was sharing in your puzzlement," said president of the Court of Appeal Justice Dennis Morrison, who along with justices Patrick Brooks and Frank Williams, are hearing the case.

Samuels said this raises "more than a reasonable doubt" about the integrity of the evidence, which should not have been put to the jury.

Jamaica recorded its best ever medal tally at the IAAF World Under-20 Championships, with Kai Chang's discus gold and the bronze won in the women's 4x400m relay, closing the Jamaicans' campaign on 12 medals.

The country picked up its fourth gold this morning in Tampere, Finland when Calabar High school's Kai Chang won the Men's Discus event with a personal best, 62.36 metres.

Chang used his second attempt to record his winning throw, as Yauheni Bahutski of Belarus had to settle for the silver medal, with a 61.75 metres effort. The bronze medal went to Claudio Romero of Chile, who had a mark of 60.81 metres.

In the women's 4x400m relay, the Jamaican team of Janielle Josephs, Stacey-Ann Williams, Shiann Salmon and Calisha Taylor, clocked 3:31.90, to finish third behind the United States, 3:28.74 and Australia, 3:31.36.

These results pushed the country to 12 medals, which betters the 11 won in 2002, when the Championship was held in Kingston.

It also means the Jamaicans (4 gold, 5 silver, 3 bronze) ended the championship in second place behind Kenya (6 gold, 4 silver, 1 bronze), which is the only country which won more gold medals than Jamaica.

The United States, which finished third in the medal standings with 17 medals (3 gold, 8 silver, 7 bronze), is the only country that earned more medals than the Jamaicans.

The Firearms Licensing Authority (FLA) has embarked on an island-wide drive to clamp down on licensed firearm holders who are said to be using their weapons to carry out a number of illegal activities.

So far, the FLA drive has reportedly had some startling findings.

Among those, FLA authorities said, was a case in which they were able to nab a license firearm holder who was providing security services for a notorious gang leader in Spanish Town, St Catherine.

The gun holder was reportedly serving as a bodyguard for one of the warlords in the once crime-ridden old capital, which for quite some time now, has been the centre of extreme gang activities nationally, including racking up a huge murder tally.

Speaking at an FLA press conference at the Terra Nova Hotel in St Andrew on Friday of last week, Shane Dalling, the authority's Chief Executive Officer, said the licence of the firearm holder in question has been revoked since the alleged nefarious service was discovered.

Dalling said the firearm holder was among over 100 persons whose firearms licences have been revoked since the start of this year.

crime-scene-tape-gloves.jpgPolice have reported that an 18-year-old woman died this morning following injuries she sustained in a motor vehicle accident on the Gully Road in Oracabessa, St Mary.

Dead is Abigail Angus, a student at the University of the West Indies, Mona.

Reports from the Oracabessa Police are that about 4:20 am, Angus was a passenger in a grey Toyota Fortuner motor truck when the driver allegedly lost control of the vehicle which collided with a tree. Angus died while undergoing treatment at hospital.

The Oracabessa Police are investigating.


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