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RJRGLEANER Group Chairman Spaulding has died

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lester-spaulding.jpgChairman of the RJRGLEANER Communications Group J Lester Spaulding has died.

Spaulding died in hospital this morning after ailing for some time.

He was 76.

He was due to retire as group chairman at the end of the year.

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donald-trump-photo-4.jpgIt holds nuclear missile codes, it's in charge of the security of the United States, and its ultimate boss, the US president, is a prolific tweeter. But when it comes to handling its own Twitter account, the Pentagon could do with improving its skills.

On Thursday the US Department of Defense accidentally retweeted a tweet calling for Donald Trump to resign as US president.

The original tweet which also called for two other US politicians to step down following sexual harassment allegations was tweeted from an account belonging to @ProudResister, an anti-Trump activist.

It said: "The solution is simple. Roy Moore: Step down from the race. Al Franken: Resign from congress, Donald Trump: Resign from the presidency. GOP: Stop making sexual assault a partisan issue. It's a crime as is your hypocrisy."

The Pentagon's main account retweeted the message to its 5.2 million followers before quickly deleting it. But the embarrassing blunder did not go unnoticed. A screen shot of the Pentagon's retweet was itself retweeted and shared, and the reaction to it was swift.

"Uh someone made a mistake," posted one Twitter user.

Another user tweeted: "Looks like that ex-Twitter employee found a new gig at the Pentagon," referring to a similar social media blunder earlier this month when a Twitter employee deactivated President Trump's account on their last day in the job.

At the time, the president brushed off the 11-minute Twitter outage, but the incident raised questions about the security of President Trump's account.

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Colin Kaepernick is GQ's 'Citizen of the Year'

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colin-kaepernick-gq-magazine.jpgColin Kaepernick, an American football player who last year started protesting police brutality against African Americans by kneeling during the US national anthem, has been named "Citizen of the Year" by GQ magazine.

The public stand of the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback has sparked a wave of similar protests across the National Football League and other athletic events.

Announcing its decision on Monday, GQ likened Kaepernick to other sports icons, including boxer Muhammad Ali, who opposed the Vietnam War.

"He's been vilified by millions and locked out of the NFL - all because he took a knee to protest police brutality," the magazine said of Kaepernick's protest. Kaepernick's determined stand puts him in rare company in sports history: Muhammad Ali, Jackie Robinson - athletes who risked everything to make a difference," it said.

Kaepernick declined to be interviewed by GQ but posed for pictures. He posted a message on Twitter, saying he was "honored' by the recognition.

Eve spills on Nicki Minaj's racy Paper cover

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nicki-minaj-paper.jpgRapper Eve just landed her new gig on 'The Talk,' and is already making waves via the daytime talk show.

The hosts all weighed in on Nicki Minaj's risqué Paper Magazine cover, featuring the Queens native engaged in a menage a trois with herself.

Eve, who has worked with Nicki on set and is also a fellow MC, revealed she was not a fan of the controversial pics.

"I worked with Nicki, I got to know her on 'Barbershop'... she's a nice person, she's an amazing rapper, and as a lyricist I respect her... but as a woman, from my point of view, personally, I would not be able to do that," Eve told the audience.

"I think in this climate, it's not good. I think every artist has a right to express themselves however they want to express themselves and I respect that as well. For me personally, as I started coming up in the business, I started realizing that young girls were looking up to me and younger people were looking up to me, and that, not that you want to be a role model, but it becomes what you become, it is what you are."


Continuing, "As I've gotten older ... I'd just rather be a voice that's uplifting... I can be a voice for those girls that might not have a voice, in a different way without showing myself off ... For the Nicki fans, I love her, respect her. Go women in hip hop. It's not my thing. I just don't think it's right. Personally. Period. That's it."

Nicki's devoted fan base immediately took to Twitter to defend the Queen of the Barbs, claiming Eve's judgmental stance was hypocritical.

"Eve is full of s--t. Instead of shaming Nicki Minaj for owning her sexuality as a GROWN woman she could have used that opportunity to talk more about the success of a fellow Black female rapper."

crime-scene-gun.jpgAn inmate of the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre was shot dead when he tried to escape custody while on a medical visit to the National Chest Hospital in St. Andrew on Thursday afternoon.

He has been named Kevin Anthony Fletcher.

According to reports, Fletcher who was convicted for murder, was taken to the Chest Hospital by prison wardens for treatment.

He escaped and was chased by the wardens who opened gunfire at him.

He fell into the gully that runs along the Chest Hospital.

Fletcher was removed from the gully and pronounced dead by doctors at the facility.

The Department of Correctional Services said the police and INDECOM are investigating the matter.

Edith Dalton James High is among five schools to receive a walk-through metal detector as well as a number of handheld devices.

The announcement was made by Education Minister Ruel Reid on Wednesday afternoon at a ceremony during which 130 handheld metal scanners and five walk-through detectors were handed over by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Edith Dalton James High will install the walk-through scanner at the entrance to the school this month.

This comes a month after a 15 year-old male student was stabbed to death by a classmate at the school.

Senator Reid, who addressed the ceremony, noted that the government was determined to ensure that there was no recurrence of the incident at the school or any other institution.

"When we did our investigation, the youngster in question had about two or three weapons on his person, and had he been through that kind of surveillance, then they would have been detected and he would have been disarmed," said the minister.

He added that the initiative was a sort of resocialisation in the school system to combat the "high levels of anti-social behaviour and violence across the country."

Other schools to receive walk-through metal detectors are Brown's Town High, Anchovy High and Norman Manley High.

hands-behind-bars.jpgAn American man is behind bars in the United States after being accused of sexually assaulting a minor at a tourist resort in Jamaica.

A statement issued by the US Attorney's office for the northern district of California says a federal grand jury on Wednesday indicted 43-year-old Douglas Peacock for travelling to a foreign country and engaging in illicit sexual conduct with a minor.

Mr. Peacock was detained in the Southern District of Florida on Wednesday morning after being arrested on the charge in Miami on November 10.

According to the indictment, Mr. Peacock, who is from Foster City, California, travelled from the US to Jamaica about June 19 this year and engaged in illicit sexual conduct with a minor who was, at the time, under 12 years of age.

It's alleged that Mr. Peacock, while in the pool of a family-friendly resort in Jamaica, molested a six-year-old US citizen. He has been charged with one count of engaging in illicit sexual conduct in foreign places. If convicted, he faces a maximum statutory sentence of 30 years.

Jamaican man wanted by cops in Antigua surrenders

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A Jamaican man who was listed as wanted by the police in Antigua-Barbuda has surrendered.

According to the online edition of the Antigua Observer, Conroy Jones turned himself in to the police this week, accompanied by a lawyer.

The Antigua & Barbuda police had issued a wanted bulletin for his arrest nearly a month ago. They said he had been accused of wounding his girlfriend in Antigua on September 16.

It is alleged that he used a machete to chop the woman, who is the mother of his children.

The woman underwent surgery for her injuries.

Jamaican serving in Kuwait dies suddenly

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jamaican-dies-us-military.jpgA Jamaican serving in the American military died in Kuwait on Tuesday morning during a tour of duty.

Hughton Brown attended Wolmer's Boys' School before migrating to the United States where he served in the military for 17 years.

It is not yet clear what are the circumstances of his death.

Relatives of Mr. Brown characterise him as vibrant, "the life of the party," and a lover of photography and motor bikes.