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usain-bolt-july-1.jpgThe race to sign Usain Bolt appears to be down to two, with the Australian A-League side Central Coast Mariners facing stiff competition from a new US franchise for the services of the retired Jamaican sprint king.

The incoming United Soccer League team in Austin has thrown their hat into the ring for the 31-year-old, keen to use his profile for a publicity boost as they prepare to enter the second tier of American soccer next year.

The Texas-based club is due to announce their name, colours, coach and several players on August 3.

According to the Statesman, the local newspaper in Austin, the franchise has been in discussions with Bolt's agent Ricky Simms for several months.

However, Central Coast still appears to have the inside running according to comments from the USL team's general manager Roberto Silva - but that could change in the coming days.

"The Australian team is in a better position than we are," Silva told the Statesman.

"Financially, our proposal is far away from the one (Bolt) has over there.

"I think we beat them on all other aspects of the proposal besides the financial one, and we have our sponsorship team at this moment trying to meet with some local sponsors that could bring us very, very close to having him."

Austin is the second USL team, after the Las Vegas Lights, to express interest in the eight-time Olympic champion.

Silva intends to offer him a long-term contract that reportedly goes beyond football, positioning him as a spokesperson for the team, the city of Austin and "sports overall in the US".

"Bolt is an icon. It's very confident and aggressive of him to leave come out of being the best track and field athlete in the history of the sport, and leave that and say, 'Hey, I'm going to be one of the best in another sport,'" Silva said.

"It's very bold, if I may. That's the attitude we want from our franchise."





By MATT WALSH

@MATTWALSHBLOG

The US Supreme Court ruled in favor of Jack Phillips, the Colorado baker who refused to make a cake for a gay wedding.

I wish I could say the ruling was a huge win for the First Amendment. All I can say is that it was not necessarily a loss for the First Amendment. A win would have been a decision affirming an individual's right to operate his business, and create art, in accordance with his sincerely held religious beliefs. The 7-2 decision passed down by the Court this morning does not offer any precedent so sweeping or important as that. Instead it finds, in this specific case, that the baker's rights were violated because the Colorado Civil Rights Commission showed open hostility to Phillips' religious convictions. But what if they were more subtle in their hostility? What if a Christian business owner is targeted by cleverer bullies? What about all of the other Christian business owners who have been legally penalized for refraining from participating in gay weddings? This decision has nothing to say on any of those questions. This salvo from the fascist gay Left was blocked, but there is nothing stopping them from firing another round. And then another. And then another. The fight continues.

But even if the Court basically punted on the broader questions, it is still good to pause and appreciate the fact that the innocent victim won in this case and the vindictive bullies lost. The Colorado Civil Rights Commission clearly bullied Phillips and sought to punish him for his religious views, even at one point comparing his cake refusal to the Holocaust. They have now been thoroughly humiliated, and I imagine they will face considerable backlash from their fellow liberals for squandering a golden opportunity. This is all worth celebrating.

And we should also rejoice that the other bullies -- the gay couple, David Mullins and Charlie Craig -- failed to achieve the victory and admiration they were chasing. While the Supreme Court focused its rebukes on the Civil Rights Commission, I think a hearty rebuke is owed to these two men, who targeted Jack Phillips and sought to ruin his life and his business for no good reason.

They failed. Praise God they failed. They richly deserve this failure and the public humiliation that accompanies it. But there are more bullies waiting in the wings to try and successfully accomplish what Mullins and Craig failed to do. We must remain vigilant. The First Amendment lives another day, but its long-term prospects remain in doubt.

Remember that Jack Phillips was well known for his devout Christian beliefs before that fateful day when Mullins and Craig walked in the door. Phillips would regularly refuse to create customized cakes for events he found morally problematic. Yet, of all the bakers in the area, these two gay men just so happened to seek the services of the one baker who was so orthodox that he wouldn't even make Halloween cakes. It does not take much of a logical leap to see that this was quite intentional.

It is said that Phillips "refused to serve" Mullins and Craig. That's not true. He offered to sell them any item in the store. He would have even sold them a wedding cake. The only thing he would not do -- could not do - was customize one. So, the gay men could have simply purchased a standard wedding cake. Or they could have left the store and gone to literally any other bakery in the state. Decent human beings would select either of those two options. But Mullins and Craig are not decent human begins. They opted for option three: set out on a years-long process to utterly destroy Jack Phillips, take down his business, and impoverish his family.

By MATT WALSH
@MATTWALSHBLO





Robert Nesta Morgan PR Expert My Foot!

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(Yardflex just had to republish this Letter Of The Day Published: Friday | June 1, 2018 | in the Gleaner)

THE EDITOR, Sir:

Director of communications in the Office of the Prime Minister, Robert Nesta Morgan, has declared himself a PR expert and has dashed headlong to disprove this.

In the current controversy over his declared desire or intention to enter representational politics and the reaction from Pearnel Charles Sr, had he exercised some restraint, been more careful in his choice of words and the tone of his subsequent response, he might have convinced some persons that he really is an expert.

Here is where he has gone wrong.

1. Did he consider the likely reaction of the aged Charles Sr when he posted his intention to replace him as the MP? It is true the constituency does not belong to the Charles family and Mr Morgan has every right to challenge now and in the future. The question is, as a PR expert, did he consider the implications of how he went about his announcement?

2. His reaction to Charles Sr's pushback was overflowing with arrogance and conceit. If you are a PR expert, you prove this by your work, not by blaring a trumpet. The net effect of his statements is to stir up a public brawl within his own party - one likely to impress only the most loyal.

3. He was heard on a radio clip on May 30 expressing fears publicly for his safety. Now this is a dispute among Labourites - not PNP and JLP. Is this what the PR expert wants to telegraph to the wider public - Labourite sharpening to attack another Labourite publicly? Of course, this has happened in the past, but is this what the PR expert wants to highlight now?

What is evident here is an example of someone who overreaches believing they can easily transfer the their 'expertise' in other areas. This is often a prelude to a big crash.

My advice to the young man is: Cease and settle! Go labour for the constituency by trodding the dusty roads. Get out of the social-media bubble. Don't get too impressed by the press release you wrote about yourself.

HUGO VICTOR





Crime Stop premieres Avengers: Infinity War

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infinity-wars-brian-carlo.jpgCrime Stop was first on the scene to premiere the most anticipated movie of the season, Avengers: Infinity War. The non-governmental organisation staged the private screening at the Carib 5 theatre recently as part of their annual fundraiser towards their rewards fund.

Captions: Stephen Miller (left), Carlo Redwood (second right) and Brian Schmidt share the spotlight with Crime Stop's Avenger.

Crime Stop Board member and Irie FM marketing manager, Brian Scmidt poses with the Avenger.

infinity-wars-brian-schmidt.jpg





An associate professor of history responded Tuesday night to Kanye West's argument that black people had chosen to be slaves, providing some context about the brutality of the slave trade.

"When you hear about slavery for 400 years ... for 400 years? That sounds like a choice," the rapper had said earlier in the day during an appearance on TMZ Live.

Blair L. M. Kelley, who works at North Carolina State University and has taught numerous African-American studies courses, said she has heard "uninformed people" make similar claims.

"I've had young men in my courses say 'they never would have enslaved me,'" she tweeted.

Blair LM Kelley

@profblmkelley

Haven't watched the whole Kanye event today, working my way up to it. I will say, that a milder version of the "slavery is a choice" argument is made by uninformed people all the time. I've had young men in my courses say "they never would have enslaved me."

So she decided to post a little history lesson.

"People aren't aware of the alienation of people ripped from their homes, abused, walked hundreds of miles across Africa, sometimes so far they ceased understanding the language spoken around them," she wrote.

@profblmkelley

People aren't aware of the alienation of people ripped from their homes, abused, walked hundreds of miles across Africa, sometimes so far they ceased understanding the language spoken around them...

She then referred to the slave castles of Ghana, in which people were held in windowless dungeons, or "slave holes," before being loaded onto British ships and sold in the Americas during the 18th century. Former President Barack Obama compared them to Nazi concentration camps in Germany.

@profblmkelley

People don't know the brutality of the slave castles were people were held on the coasts, branded still holding out hope for escape, or reconnection with loved one....

Kelley went on to describe the horrific conditions slaves faced, both while being transported across the ocean and after they left the ships.

@profblmkelley

Could they have survived the devastation of the middle passage, packed less humanely than animals below the deck of the ship, chained to people who were sick and dying?

@profblmkelley

Could they have survived being sold like a good at market by people in a foreign land speaking a foreign tongue? Could they have survived torturous work, in scraps of clothing eating the food that was unwanted?

She pointed out that survivors "managed to make a way to make a new culture, remake family and faith," even after enduring abuse for generations.

@profblmkelley

Not only did my ancestors and Kanye's ancestors survive, they managed to make a way to make a new culture, remake family and faith. And in the process, make a culture so formidable that it continues to change the world.

Kelley ended her thread by coming back to West's comments.

@profblmkelley

Slavery wasn't their choice at any step. We know that freedom was always their choice, resistance was their choice when they couldn't escape.

@profblmkelley

Denigrating their lives at this point for attention and spare change is such an embarrassment.





will-i-am.jpgwill.i.am broke down with emotion while discussing Kanye West's recent Twitter tirade during an appearance on Wednesday's episode of Good Morning Britain. He added: 'That statement was one of the most ignorant statements that anybody who came from the hood could ever say about their ancestors, that slavery is a choice. What are you talking about.'

The Voice judge, 43, admitted he 'wanted to cry' when he saw his friend's latest tweet, in which the rapper, 40, claimed slavery was a 'choice'.

In an impassioned rant that garnered plenty of online support, Will claimed Kanye was 'ignorant' and that his remarks were 'harmful', adding that although they were friends, he could no longer recognise Kanye as being the same person.

Kanye has been widely criticised after an appearance on Tuesday's TMZ Live, when he said: 'When you hear about slavery for 400 years ... for 400 years? That sounds like a choice' later reiterating the comment in a series of tweets.

Will hit back at the remarks, admitting: 'That broke my heart, because I thought about my grandma, who was born in 1920, and her connection with her mom who raised her, who was born in the late 1800s.

'And my grandmother's grandma, who was a slave. And when you're a slave, you're owned.

'You don't choose if you're owned. When you're a slave you're deprived of education. That's not choice, that's by force.'

Claiming that Kanye is 'ignorant', he continued: 'So I understand the need to have free thought, but if your thoughts aren't researched, that is just going to hurt those that are still in conditions where it's not choice...

'That when they go down the street and there's a liqueur store and fast-food restaurants and your education is not being funded the same way that it is being in Calabasas, when governments stifle and limit the amount of money that goes to Chicago, Bronx, Watts, 5th Ward Mississippi, East Los Angeles, where I'm from.'





Bahamas to ban plastics by 2020

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bahamas-logo-OK.jpgThe Bahamas government says it will ban plastics such as shopping bags, food utensils, straws and styrofoam food containers by 2020.

Environment and Housing Minister Romauld Ferreira, said his ministry is working to develop a phase-out plan for single-use plastics.

Ferreira noted that The Bahamas is a "delicate" country with an extensive marine environment that is fundamental to its health and economy.





The Weeknd severs ties with H&M after racist ad

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the-weeknd-h-n-m.jpgThe Weeknd has cut all ties with fashion retailer H&M.

Theapologized on Monday after a now-pulled ad depicted a black child wearing a sweatshirt that read, "Coolest monkey in the jungle." Upon learning of the spot, The Weeknd (real name Abel Tesfaye), who modeled for the brand last year, took to Twitter to reveal that he would no longer be working with H&M.

"Woke up this morning shocked and embarrassed by this photo,"the singer wrote. "I'm deeply offended and will not be working with @hm anymore..."

Though the ad has been deleted, The Weeknd and many others who were outraged have since shared the controversial photo in question on social media.

"We sincerely apologize for offending people with this image of a printed hooded top," H&M said in a statement regarding the ad. "The image has been removed from all online channels and the product will not be for sale in the United States.We believe in diversity and inclusion in all that we do and will be reviewing all our internal policies accordingly to avoid any future issues."

The brand often uses celebrities as its promoters, including Jesse Williams and Nicki Minaj, who co-starred in a holiday commercial for the fashion line late last year.

Others who spoke out against the ad include Questlove, who speculated that there may be a lack of diversity up the brand's corporate ladder.

"I'm sure the apologies are a coming. And the ads will be pulled. I'm certain there will Be media fixers and whatnot and maybe a grand gesture like a donation to some charity (donations under these circumstances are the corporate version #SomeOfMyBestFriendsAre move if there ever was one) all this tells me about @HM is that the seats in the boardroom lack something...wanna take a guess?" the Roots drummer wrote.





cnn-jamaican-american-hero.jpgThe Atlanta, Georgia-based Cable News Network (CNN) has named a Jamaican-American among its five "Young Wonders of the Year."

Seventeen year old Haile Thomas, who lives in New York, was named by the network on its "Young Wonders: A CNN Heroes Special."

CNN has described Haile as "a teen health activist."

It stated that her Healthy Active Positive Purposeful Youth (HAPPY) organisation is leading the next generation toward a healthier future by bringing cooking lessons and nutrition education to children in underserved areas.

Haile was among five "extraordinary young people" are making a difference in their communities.

She founded HAPPY when she was 12 years old to address the need for free/affordable plant-based nutrition and culinary education in underserved/at-risk communities, as well as in schools and through annual summer camps.





wasp.jpgWasp nest to treat your lady parts?

According to http://blackdoctor.org/514411/so-why-are-women-putting-wasps-nests-in-their-vagina/, there are a number of sources that claim that wasp nests promises to single-handedly tighten and clean the vagina with the added bonus of preventing cervical cancer. The tradition hails from Southeast Asia and Malaysia, where women supposedly first used the nests after childbirth to restore the elasticity of the uterine wall.

The nests, also called oak galls, are formed when a gall wasp lays eggs in a tree's leaf buds as a home for the larva to develop. The chemical substance introduced by wasps to make the galls is what retailers claim can heal the uterine wall after childbirth, repair an episiotomy cut (a surgical procedure to prevent tearing during childbirth) when the paste of the galls is applied and also clean out the vagina. Also, any burning sensation is supposed to be "proof" of that it is a powerful astringent. I'm giving a serious side eye to that theory.

These things are being sold on sites like Amazon and Etsy. Because the tree regards the larvae as an irritant, it naturally creates a hard shell around it and the little worms inside feed off the growth until they can break free. Some holistic practitioners believe that once the oak galls are ground up and mixed into a paste or boiled and used as a vaginal wash, their astringent properties will tighten and firm the muscles of the vagina, and ultimately improve elasticity.

Meanwhile, doctors are cautioning against it, insisting that it can do more harm than good. A few such unpleasant side effects include painful sex due to dryness of the vaginal wall, the diminishment of healthful bacteria (which can lead to yeast infections) and, like all intravaginal practices, an increased risk of infections, including HIV.

Also, as far as experiencing vaginal burning when anything -- wasp nests or otherwise -- is applied, that's not generally a good sign."Here's a pro tip," says Dr. Jen Gunter, a gynecologist who wrote a blog post in response to the vaginal wasp nests. "If something burns when you apply it to the vagina, it is generally bad for the vagina." Gunter has likewise voiced concerns over other methods of "vaginal rejuvenation," including V-steaming (Gwyneth Paltrow's go-to) and herbal "womb detox pearls," which can lead to toxic shock syndrome.





banana-size-penis.jpgThey say it's not the size that matters.

But many men still can't quash their feelings that they would rather something more substantial 'down there'.

A demand for larger penises has driven something of a boom in surgical enlargement operations.

And now, a New York surgeon has debuted a 10-minute Botox-style procedure - that involves injecting one's own blood into their genitals.

According to Dr Norman Rowe, the board-certified surgeon behind the 'bulge booster', patients can gain 1.5 inches in circumference.

What's more, he says, they could be in and out during their lunch break.

'There is no recovery period,' Dr Rowe insisted to Daily Mail Online.

You come in, get the injection, 20 minutes later you're walking out.'

Explaining the origins of the unique procedure, Dr Rowe said he was inspired by innovations in facial fillers and sports medicine.

'In the last 10 years, we have seen the rise of so many "quick fix" operations like Botox - for the face, for the eyes... I spend so much of my day doing fillers on women's faces.

'I started to wonder: why can't I make it work for men?'

Traditionally, penis enlargement could only be done surgically.





Man marries his CELLPHONE in Vegas chapel

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man-marries-cellphone.jpgCalifornia native, Aaron Chervenak of Los Angeles headed to Sin City last month to marry the love of his life: His cell phone.

He donned a tux and his device had a white plastic case as they got married in a ceremony at the Little Vegas Chapel.

With a specially crafted ring on the back of the phone case, Chervenak was able to slip his finger into it, thus becoming one with the device.

The video, posted on YouTube by Kaspersky Lab UK, may feel like a sequel to the 2013 Oscar-winning film Her -- when a man falls in love with his mobile device, but this was crafted to show how humans are not intertwined with their phones more than ever.

Read: Unconscious Woman Receives CPR From Bride in Her Wedding Gown: 'My Nursing Instincts Kicked In'

"In a sense my smartphone has been my longest relationship," Chervenak said in the video. "What I hope my wedding will do is somehow act as a symbolic gesture to show how precious our phones are becoming in our daily lives."

The event was non-legally binding so if the phone wants to bail on its husband, it can deactivate the relationship at any time. He's also free to see other cell phones when he's due for an upgrade.

There is no word as to where they will honeymoon.





Robert Nesta Morgan PR Expert My Foot!

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(Yardflex just had to republish this Letter Of The Day Published: Friday | June 1, 2018 | in the Gleaner)

THE EDITOR, Sir:

Director of communications in the Office of the Prime Minister, Robert Nesta Morgan, has declared himself a PR expert and has dashed headlong to disprove this.

In the current controversy over his declared desire or intention to enter representational politics and the reaction from Pearnel Charles Sr, had he exercised some restraint, been more careful in his choice of words and the tone of his subsequent response, he might have convinced some persons that he really is an expert.

Here is where he has gone wrong.

1. Did he consider the likely reaction of the aged Charles Sr when he posted his intention to replace him as the MP? It is true the constituency does not belong to the Charles family and Mr Morgan has every right to challenge now and in the future. The question is, as a PR expert, did he consider the implications of how he went about his announcement?

2. His reaction to Charles Sr's pushback was overflowing with arrogance and conceit. If you are a PR expert, you prove this by your work, not by blaring a trumpet. The net effect of his statements is to stir up a public brawl within his own party - one likely to impress only the most loyal.

3. He was heard on a radio clip on May 30 expressing fears publicly for his safety. Now this is a dispute among Labourites - not PNP and JLP. Is this what the PR expert wants to telegraph to the wider public - Labourite sharpening to attack another Labourite publicly? Of course, this has happened in the past, but is this what the PR expert wants to highlight now?

What is evident here is an example of someone who overreaches believing they can easily transfer the their 'expertise' in other areas. This is often a prelude to a big crash.

My advice to the young man is: Cease and settle! Go labour for the constituency by trodding the dusty roads. Get out of the social-media bubble. Don't get too impressed by the press release you wrote about yourself.

HUGO VICTOR





Crime Stop premieres Avengers: Infinity War

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infinity-wars-brian-carlo.jpgCrime Stop was first on the scene to premiere the most anticipated movie of the season, Avengers: Infinity War. The non-governmental organisation staged the private screening at the Carib 5 theatre recently as part of their annual fundraiser towards their rewards fund.

Captions: Stephen Miller (left), Carlo Redwood (second right) and Brian Schmidt share the spotlight with Crime Stop's Avenger.

Crime Stop Board member and Irie FM marketing manager, Brian Scmidt poses with the Avenger.

infinity-wars-brian-schmidt.jpg





An associate professor of history responded Tuesday night to Kanye West's argument that black people had chosen to be slaves, providing some context about the brutality of the slave trade.

"When you hear about slavery for 400 years ... for 400 years? That sounds like a choice," the rapper had said earlier in the day during an appearance on TMZ Live.

Blair L. M. Kelley, who works at North Carolina State University and has taught numerous African-American studies courses, said she has heard "uninformed people" make similar claims.

"I've had young men in my courses say 'they never would have enslaved me,'" she tweeted.

Blair LM Kelley

@profblmkelley

Haven't watched the whole Kanye event today, working my way up to it. I will say, that a milder version of the "slavery is a choice" argument is made by uninformed people all the time. I've had young men in my courses say "they never would have enslaved me."

So she decided to post a little history lesson.

"People aren't aware of the alienation of people ripped from their homes, abused, walked hundreds of miles across Africa, sometimes so far they ceased understanding the language spoken around them," she wrote.

@profblmkelley

People aren't aware of the alienation of people ripped from their homes, abused, walked hundreds of miles across Africa, sometimes so far they ceased understanding the language spoken around them...

She then referred to the slave castles of Ghana, in which people were held in windowless dungeons, or "slave holes," before being loaded onto British ships and sold in the Americas during the 18th century. Former President Barack Obama compared them to Nazi concentration camps in Germany.

@profblmkelley

People don't know the brutality of the slave castles were people were held on the coasts, branded still holding out hope for escape, or reconnection with loved one....

Kelley went on to describe the horrific conditions slaves faced, both while being transported across the ocean and after they left the ships.

@profblmkelley

Could they have survived the devastation of the middle passage, packed less humanely than animals below the deck of the ship, chained to people who were sick and dying?

@profblmkelley

Could they have survived being sold like a good at market by people in a foreign land speaking a foreign tongue? Could they have survived torturous work, in scraps of clothing eating the food that was unwanted?

She pointed out that survivors "managed to make a way to make a new culture, remake family and faith," even after enduring abuse for generations.

@profblmkelley

Not only did my ancestors and Kanye's ancestors survive, they managed to make a way to make a new culture, remake family and faith. And in the process, make a culture so formidable that it continues to change the world.

Kelley ended her thread by coming back to West's comments.

@profblmkelley

Slavery wasn't their choice at any step. We know that freedom was always their choice, resistance was their choice when they couldn't escape.

@profblmkelley

Denigrating their lives at this point for attention and spare change is such an embarrassment.





will-i-am.jpgwill.i.am broke down with emotion while discussing Kanye West's recent Twitter tirade during an appearance on Wednesday's episode of Good Morning Britain. He added: 'That statement was one of the most ignorant statements that anybody who came from the hood could ever say about their ancestors, that slavery is a choice. What are you talking about.'

The Voice judge, 43, admitted he 'wanted to cry' when he saw his friend's latest tweet, in which the rapper, 40, claimed slavery was a 'choice'.

In an impassioned rant that garnered plenty of online support, Will claimed Kanye was 'ignorant' and that his remarks were 'harmful', adding that although they were friends, he could no longer recognise Kanye as being the same person.

Kanye has been widely criticised after an appearance on Tuesday's TMZ Live, when he said: 'When you hear about slavery for 400 years ... for 400 years? That sounds like a choice' later reiterating the comment in a series of tweets.

Will hit back at the remarks, admitting: 'That broke my heart, because I thought about my grandma, who was born in 1920, and her connection with her mom who raised her, who was born in the late 1800s.

'And my grandmother's grandma, who was a slave. And when you're a slave, you're owned.

'You don't choose if you're owned. When you're a slave you're deprived of education. That's not choice, that's by force.'

Claiming that Kanye is 'ignorant', he continued: 'So I understand the need to have free thought, but if your thoughts aren't researched, that is just going to hurt those that are still in conditions where it's not choice...

'That when they go down the street and there's a liqueur store and fast-food restaurants and your education is not being funded the same way that it is being in Calabasas, when governments stifle and limit the amount of money that goes to Chicago, Bronx, Watts, 5th Ward Mississippi, East Los Angeles, where I'm from.'





Bahamas to ban plastics by 2020

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bahamas-logo-OK.jpgThe Bahamas government says it will ban plastics such as shopping bags, food utensils, straws and styrofoam food containers by 2020.

Environment and Housing Minister Romauld Ferreira, said his ministry is working to develop a phase-out plan for single-use plastics.

Ferreira noted that The Bahamas is a "delicate" country with an extensive marine environment that is fundamental to its health and economy.





The Weeknd severs ties with H&M after racist ad

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the-weeknd-h-n-m.jpgThe Weeknd has cut all ties with fashion retailer H&M.

Theapologized on Monday after a now-pulled ad depicted a black child wearing a sweatshirt that read, "Coolest monkey in the jungle." Upon learning of the spot, The Weeknd (real name Abel Tesfaye), who modeled for the brand last year, took to Twitter to reveal that he would no longer be working with H&M.

"Woke up this morning shocked and embarrassed by this photo,"the singer wrote. "I'm deeply offended and will not be working with @hm anymore..."

Though the ad has been deleted, The Weeknd and many others who were outraged have since shared the controversial photo in question on social media.

"We sincerely apologize for offending people with this image of a printed hooded top," H&M said in a statement regarding the ad. "The image has been removed from all online channels and the product will not be for sale in the United States.We believe in diversity and inclusion in all that we do and will be reviewing all our internal policies accordingly to avoid any future issues."

The brand often uses celebrities as its promoters, including Jesse Williams and Nicki Minaj, who co-starred in a holiday commercial for the fashion line late last year.

Others who spoke out against the ad include Questlove, who speculated that there may be a lack of diversity up the brand's corporate ladder.

"I'm sure the apologies are a coming. And the ads will be pulled. I'm certain there will Be media fixers and whatnot and maybe a grand gesture like a donation to some charity (donations under these circumstances are the corporate version #SomeOfMyBestFriendsAre move if there ever was one) all this tells me about @HM is that the seats in the boardroom lack something...wanna take a guess?" the Roots drummer wrote.





cnn-jamaican-american-hero.jpgThe Atlanta, Georgia-based Cable News Network (CNN) has named a Jamaican-American among its five "Young Wonders of the Year."

Seventeen year old Haile Thomas, who lives in New York, was named by the network on its "Young Wonders: A CNN Heroes Special."

CNN has described Haile as "a teen health activist."

It stated that her Healthy Active Positive Purposeful Youth (HAPPY) organisation is leading the next generation toward a healthier future by bringing cooking lessons and nutrition education to children in underserved areas.

Haile was among five "extraordinary young people" are making a difference in their communities.

She founded HAPPY when she was 12 years old to address the need for free/affordable plant-based nutrition and culinary education in underserved/at-risk communities, as well as in schools and through annual summer camps.





wasp.jpgWasp nest to treat your lady parts?

According to http://blackdoctor.org/514411/so-why-are-women-putting-wasps-nests-in-their-vagina/, there are a number of sources that claim that wasp nests promises to single-handedly tighten and clean the vagina with the added bonus of preventing cervical cancer. The tradition hails from Southeast Asia and Malaysia, where women supposedly first used the nests after childbirth to restore the elasticity of the uterine wall.

The nests, also called oak galls, are formed when a gall wasp lays eggs in a tree's leaf buds as a home for the larva to develop. The chemical substance introduced by wasps to make the galls is what retailers claim can heal the uterine wall after childbirth, repair an episiotomy cut (a surgical procedure to prevent tearing during childbirth) when the paste of the galls is applied and also clean out the vagina. Also, any burning sensation is supposed to be "proof" of that it is a powerful astringent. I'm giving a serious side eye to that theory.

These things are being sold on sites like Amazon and Etsy. Because the tree regards the larvae as an irritant, it naturally creates a hard shell around it and the little worms inside feed off the growth until they can break free. Some holistic practitioners believe that once the oak galls are ground up and mixed into a paste or boiled and used as a vaginal wash, their astringent properties will tighten and firm the muscles of the vagina, and ultimately improve elasticity.

Meanwhile, doctors are cautioning against it, insisting that it can do more harm than good. A few such unpleasant side effects include painful sex due to dryness of the vaginal wall, the diminishment of healthful bacteria (which can lead to yeast infections) and, like all intravaginal practices, an increased risk of infections, including HIV.

Also, as far as experiencing vaginal burning when anything -- wasp nests or otherwise -- is applied, that's not generally a good sign."Here's a pro tip," says Dr. Jen Gunter, a gynecologist who wrote a blog post in response to the vaginal wasp nests. "If something burns when you apply it to the vagina, it is generally bad for the vagina." Gunter has likewise voiced concerns over other methods of "vaginal rejuvenation," including V-steaming (Gwyneth Paltrow's go-to) and herbal "womb detox pearls," which can lead to toxic shock syndrome.





banana-size-penis.jpgThey say it's not the size that matters.

But many men still can't quash their feelings that they would rather something more substantial 'down there'.

A demand for larger penises has driven something of a boom in surgical enlargement operations.

And now, a New York surgeon has debuted a 10-minute Botox-style procedure - that involves injecting one's own blood into their genitals.

According to Dr Norman Rowe, the board-certified surgeon behind the 'bulge booster', patients can gain 1.5 inches in circumference.

What's more, he says, they could be in and out during their lunch break.

'There is no recovery period,' Dr Rowe insisted to Daily Mail Online.

You come in, get the injection, 20 minutes later you're walking out.'

Explaining the origins of the unique procedure, Dr Rowe said he was inspired by innovations in facial fillers and sports medicine.

'In the last 10 years, we have seen the rise of so many "quick fix" operations like Botox - for the face, for the eyes... I spend so much of my day doing fillers on women's faces.

'I started to wonder: why can't I make it work for men?'

Traditionally, penis enlargement could only be done surgically.





Man marries his CELLPHONE in Vegas chapel

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man-marries-cellphone.jpgCalifornia native, Aaron Chervenak of Los Angeles headed to Sin City last month to marry the love of his life: His cell phone.

He donned a tux and his device had a white plastic case as they got married in a ceremony at the Little Vegas Chapel.

With a specially crafted ring on the back of the phone case, Chervenak was able to slip his finger into it, thus becoming one with the device.

The video, posted on YouTube by Kaspersky Lab UK, may feel like a sequel to the 2013 Oscar-winning film Her -- when a man falls in love with his mobile device, but this was crafted to show how humans are not intertwined with their phones more than ever.

Read: Unconscious Woman Receives CPR From Bride in Her Wedding Gown: 'My Nursing Instincts Kicked In'

"In a sense my smartphone has been my longest relationship," Chervenak said in the video. "What I hope my wedding will do is somehow act as a symbolic gesture to show how precious our phones are becoming in our daily lives."

The event was non-legally binding so if the phone wants to bail on its husband, it can deactivate the relationship at any time. He's also free to see other cell phones when he's due for an upgrade.

There is no word as to where they will honeymoon.





Crime Stop premieres Avengers: Infinity War

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infinity-wars-brian-carlo.jpgCrime Stop was first on the scene to premiere the most anticipated movie of the season, Avengers: Infinity War. The non-governmental organisation staged the private screening at the Carib 5 theatre recently as part of their annual fundraiser towards their rewards fund.

Captions: Stephen Miller (left), Carlo Redwood (second right) and Brian Schmidt share the spotlight with Crime Stop's Avenger.

Crime Stop Board member and Irie FM marketing manager, Brian Scmidt poses with the Avenger.

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An associate professor of history responded Tuesday night to Kanye West's argument that black people had chosen to be slaves, providing some context about the brutality of the slave trade.

"When you hear about slavery for 400 years ... for 400 years? That sounds like a choice," the rapper had said earlier in the day during an appearance on TMZ Live.

Blair L. M. Kelley, who works at North Carolina State University and has taught numerous African-American studies courses, said she has heard "uninformed people" make similar claims.

"I've had young men in my courses say 'they never would have enslaved me,'" she tweeted.

Blair LM Kelley

@profblmkelley

Haven't watched the whole Kanye event today, working my way up to it. I will say, that a milder version of the "slavery is a choice" argument is made by uninformed people all the time. I've had young men in my courses say "they never would have enslaved me."

So she decided to post a little history lesson.

"People aren't aware of the alienation of people ripped from their homes, abused, walked hundreds of miles across Africa, sometimes so far they ceased understanding the language spoken around them," she wrote.

@profblmkelley

People aren't aware of the alienation of people ripped from their homes, abused, walked hundreds of miles across Africa, sometimes so far they ceased understanding the language spoken around them...

She then referred to the slave castles of Ghana, in which people were held in windowless dungeons, or "slave holes," before being loaded onto British ships and sold in the Americas during the 18th century. Former President Barack Obama compared them to Nazi concentration camps in Germany.

@profblmkelley

People don't know the brutality of the slave castles were people were held on the coasts, branded still holding out hope for escape, or reconnection with loved one....

Kelley went on to describe the horrific conditions slaves faced, both while being transported across the ocean and after they left the ships.

@profblmkelley

Could they have survived the devastation of the middle passage, packed less humanely than animals below the deck of the ship, chained to people who were sick and dying?

@profblmkelley

Could they have survived being sold like a good at market by people in a foreign land speaking a foreign tongue? Could they have survived torturous work, in scraps of clothing eating the food that was unwanted?

She pointed out that survivors "managed to make a way to make a new culture, remake family and faith," even after enduring abuse for generations.

@profblmkelley

Not only did my ancestors and Kanye's ancestors survive, they managed to make a way to make a new culture, remake family and faith. And in the process, make a culture so formidable that it continues to change the world.

Kelley ended her thread by coming back to West's comments.

@profblmkelley

Slavery wasn't their choice at any step. We know that freedom was always their choice, resistance was their choice when they couldn't escape.

@profblmkelley

Denigrating their lives at this point for attention and spare change is such an embarrassment.





will-i-am.jpgwill.i.am broke down with emotion while discussing Kanye West's recent Twitter tirade during an appearance on Wednesday's episode of Good Morning Britain. He added: 'That statement was one of the most ignorant statements that anybody who came from the hood could ever say about their ancestors, that slavery is a choice. What are you talking about.'

The Voice judge, 43, admitted he 'wanted to cry' when he saw his friend's latest tweet, in which the rapper, 40, claimed slavery was a 'choice'.

In an impassioned rant that garnered plenty of online support, Will claimed Kanye was 'ignorant' and that his remarks were 'harmful', adding that although they were friends, he could no longer recognise Kanye as being the same person.

Kanye has been widely criticised after an appearance on Tuesday's TMZ Live, when he said: 'When you hear about slavery for 400 years ... for 400 years? That sounds like a choice' later reiterating the comment in a series of tweets.

Will hit back at the remarks, admitting: 'That broke my heart, because I thought about my grandma, who was born in 1920, and her connection with her mom who raised her, who was born in the late 1800s.

'And my grandmother's grandma, who was a slave. And when you're a slave, you're owned.

'You don't choose if you're owned. When you're a slave you're deprived of education. That's not choice, that's by force.'

Claiming that Kanye is 'ignorant', he continued: 'So I understand the need to have free thought, but if your thoughts aren't researched, that is just going to hurt those that are still in conditions where it's not choice...

'That when they go down the street and there's a liqueur store and fast-food restaurants and your education is not being funded the same way that it is being in Calabasas, when governments stifle and limit the amount of money that goes to Chicago, Bronx, Watts, 5th Ward Mississippi, East Los Angeles, where I'm from.'





Bahamas to ban plastics by 2020

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bahamas-logo-OK.jpgThe Bahamas government says it will ban plastics such as shopping bags, food utensils, straws and styrofoam food containers by 2020.

Environment and Housing Minister Romauld Ferreira, said his ministry is working to develop a phase-out plan for single-use plastics.

Ferreira noted that The Bahamas is a "delicate" country with an extensive marine environment that is fundamental to its health and economy.





The Weeknd severs ties with H&M after racist ad

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the-weeknd-h-n-m.jpgThe Weeknd has cut all ties with fashion retailer H&M.

Theapologized on Monday after a now-pulled ad depicted a black child wearing a sweatshirt that read, "Coolest monkey in the jungle." Upon learning of the spot, The Weeknd (real name Abel Tesfaye), who modeled for the brand last year, took to Twitter to reveal that he would no longer be working with H&M.

"Woke up this morning shocked and embarrassed by this photo,"the singer wrote. "I'm deeply offended and will not be working with @hm anymore..."

Though the ad has been deleted, The Weeknd and many others who were outraged have since shared the controversial photo in question on social media.

"We sincerely apologize for offending people with this image of a printed hooded top," H&M said in a statement regarding the ad. "The image has been removed from all online channels and the product will not be for sale in the United States.We believe in diversity and inclusion in all that we do and will be reviewing all our internal policies accordingly to avoid any future issues."

The brand often uses celebrities as its promoters, including Jesse Williams and Nicki Minaj, who co-starred in a holiday commercial for the fashion line late last year.

Others who spoke out against the ad include Questlove, who speculated that there may be a lack of diversity up the brand's corporate ladder.

"I'm sure the apologies are a coming. And the ads will be pulled. I'm certain there will Be media fixers and whatnot and maybe a grand gesture like a donation to some charity (donations under these circumstances are the corporate version #SomeOfMyBestFriendsAre move if there ever was one) all this tells me about @HM is that the seats in the boardroom lack something...wanna take a guess?" the Roots drummer wrote.





cnn-jamaican-american-hero.jpgThe Atlanta, Georgia-based Cable News Network (CNN) has named a Jamaican-American among its five "Young Wonders of the Year."

Seventeen year old Haile Thomas, who lives in New York, was named by the network on its "Young Wonders: A CNN Heroes Special."

CNN has described Haile as "a teen health activist."

It stated that her Healthy Active Positive Purposeful Youth (HAPPY) organisation is leading the next generation toward a healthier future by bringing cooking lessons and nutrition education to children in underserved areas.

Haile was among five "extraordinary young people" are making a difference in their communities.

She founded HAPPY when she was 12 years old to address the need for free/affordable plant-based nutrition and culinary education in underserved/at-risk communities, as well as in schools and through annual summer camps.





wasp.jpgWasp nest to treat your lady parts?

According to http://blackdoctor.org/514411/so-why-are-women-putting-wasps-nests-in-their-vagina/, there are a number of sources that claim that wasp nests promises to single-handedly tighten and clean the vagina with the added bonus of preventing cervical cancer. The tradition hails from Southeast Asia and Malaysia, where women supposedly first used the nests after childbirth to restore the elasticity of the uterine wall.

The nests, also called oak galls, are formed when a gall wasp lays eggs in a tree's leaf buds as a home for the larva to develop. The chemical substance introduced by wasps to make the galls is what retailers claim can heal the uterine wall after childbirth, repair an episiotomy cut (a surgical procedure to prevent tearing during childbirth) when the paste of the galls is applied and also clean out the vagina. Also, any burning sensation is supposed to be "proof" of that it is a powerful astringent. I'm giving a serious side eye to that theory.

These things are being sold on sites like Amazon and Etsy. Because the tree regards the larvae as an irritant, it naturally creates a hard shell around it and the little worms inside feed off the growth until they can break free. Some holistic practitioners believe that once the oak galls are ground up and mixed into a paste or boiled and used as a vaginal wash, their astringent properties will tighten and firm the muscles of the vagina, and ultimately improve elasticity.

Meanwhile, doctors are cautioning against it, insisting that it can do more harm than good. A few such unpleasant side effects include painful sex due to dryness of the vaginal wall, the diminishment of healthful bacteria (which can lead to yeast infections) and, like all intravaginal practices, an increased risk of infections, including HIV.

Also, as far as experiencing vaginal burning when anything -- wasp nests or otherwise -- is applied, that's not generally a good sign."Here's a pro tip," says Dr. Jen Gunter, a gynecologist who wrote a blog post in response to the vaginal wasp nests. "If something burns when you apply it to the vagina, it is generally bad for the vagina." Gunter has likewise voiced concerns over other methods of "vaginal rejuvenation," including V-steaming (Gwyneth Paltrow's go-to) and herbal "womb detox pearls," which can lead to toxic shock syndrome.





banana-size-penis.jpgThey say it's not the size that matters.

But many men still can't quash their feelings that they would rather something more substantial 'down there'.

A demand for larger penises has driven something of a boom in surgical enlargement operations.

And now, a New York surgeon has debuted a 10-minute Botox-style procedure - that involves injecting one's own blood into their genitals.

According to Dr Norman Rowe, the board-certified surgeon behind the 'bulge booster', patients can gain 1.5 inches in circumference.

What's more, he says, they could be in and out during their lunch break.

'There is no recovery period,' Dr Rowe insisted to Daily Mail Online.

You come in, get the injection, 20 minutes later you're walking out.'

Explaining the origins of the unique procedure, Dr Rowe said he was inspired by innovations in facial fillers and sports medicine.

'In the last 10 years, we have seen the rise of so many "quick fix" operations like Botox - for the face, for the eyes... I spend so much of my day doing fillers on women's faces.

'I started to wonder: why can't I make it work for men?'

Traditionally, penis enlargement could only be done surgically.





Man marries his CELLPHONE in Vegas chapel

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man-marries-cellphone.jpgCalifornia native, Aaron Chervenak of Los Angeles headed to Sin City last month to marry the love of his life: His cell phone.

He donned a tux and his device had a white plastic case as they got married in a ceremony at the Little Vegas Chapel.

With a specially crafted ring on the back of the phone case, Chervenak was able to slip his finger into it, thus becoming one with the device.

The video, posted on YouTube by Kaspersky Lab UK, may feel like a sequel to the 2013 Oscar-winning film Her -- when a man falls in love with his mobile device, but this was crafted to show how humans are not intertwined with their phones more than ever.

Read: Unconscious Woman Receives CPR From Bride in Her Wedding Gown: 'My Nursing Instincts Kicked In'

"In a sense my smartphone has been my longest relationship," Chervenak said in the video. "What I hope my wedding will do is somehow act as a symbolic gesture to show how precious our phones are becoming in our daily lives."

The event was non-legally binding so if the phone wants to bail on its husband, it can deactivate the relationship at any time. He's also free to see other cell phones when he's due for an upgrade.

There is no word as to where they will honeymoon.





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