Death toll from Washington School shooting rises to two

Washington state Police, have reported that the death toll from a shooting at the Marysville Pilchuck High School has climbed to two. Police stated that the lone student gunman, and a victim were killed. Three persons are now in critical condition in hospital.
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Microsoft profits beat expectations despite Nokia drag

Microsoft has reported a fall in profits as a result of costs related to job cuts and its purchase of Nokia's smartphone business earlier this
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Pope Francis advocating for the abolition of Death Penalty, Life Imprisonment

In a speech to the International Association of Penal Law, Pope Francis urged all "people of good will" to fight for the abolishment of the
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Microsoft co-founder donates $100M towards fight against Ebola

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, has today pledged $100 million towards the fight against Ebola. Allen also created a website called TackleEbola through which people can
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Florida’s Attorney General not allowing same sex divorce

Florida's attorney general isn't going to allow same-sex divorce. In a ruling this week, Pam Bondi opposed granting a divorce petition because doing so would
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25-yr-old man shot to death in St. Catherine

25-year-old Jerome Bryan o/c “Hand Cuff” of a Twickenham Park, St. Catherine address was shot to death by unknown assailants yesterday. Sometime after 7 pm, Bryan was walking with two other persons when they were approached by armed men, who opened fire on the 25-year-old man. He was shot to death by the armed men, before they escaped from the area. The other two persons were not harmed in the incident.
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'Growth not enough to lift standard of living for Jamaica' - PM Simpson-Miller

'Growth not enough to lift standard of living for Jamaica' - PM Simpson-Miller
Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller told a gathering of officials of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), other international organisations, Ministers of Finance and Central Bank Governors and other policy makers from across the Caribbean, that economic growth by itself will not be enough to lift the people of Jamaica and the Caribbean region to a significantly higher standard of living. “The growth we seek must be robust, strong and sustained. The growth we are working for must be equitable and inclusive,” Mrs. Simpson Miller said. She was speaking on Thursday (October 23), as she declared open, a high-level forum organised by the IMF focusing on “Unlocking Economic Growth in the Caribbean.” A copy of the full press release can be viewed below.
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First Ebola case confirmed in New York

Officials in New York have confirmed a doctor identified as Craig Spencer has tested positive for the deadly Ebola virus, the first such case in the U.S. city. Spencer was placed in isolation after he showed symptoms including a 103-degree Fahrenheit fever and nausea following a return from Guinea, where he treated patients suffering from Ebola. Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York has sought to calm fears by New Yorkers as he stated that the city was fully prepared to stop any spread of the deadly pathogen.
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CARILEC aids members hit by Hurricanes

Assistance has been provided to Caribbean states by the Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation (CARILEC) hit by Hurricanes recently. In the case of Bermuda, both Tropical Storm Fay and Hurricane Gonzalo ravaged the island on October 11 and 17 respectively, causing considerable damage to vegetation and their structures. There were 12 injuries reported and many roofs damaged. Bermuda Electric Light Company Limited (BELCO) reported that more than 80% of their customers were left without power. On Monday, October 13, Anguilla received a direct hit from Hurricane Gonzalo causing damage to the electricity infrastructure. CEO of Anguilla Electricity Company Limited (ANGLEC) immediately sought assistance of CARILEC to repair damaged infrastructure and restore power to their customers. Disaster response is one of the many benefits afforded to members of CARILEC, a service which is opportune during times of major disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes, flooding, and volcanic eruptions. A copy of the press release can be viewed below.
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Two shot dead in St. James

30-year-old Rohan Wilson, and his common-law wife 24-year-old Samantha Gillings a Customer Service Representative, were shot to death by unknown assailants in a section of Windsor, St. James on Wednesday. Residents summoned the Police to the area after hearing several explosions in the area, and during a search, lawmen found nothing. The bullet riddled bodied of the Wilson and Gillings, were found on Thursday by residents who alerted the Police. A motive for the double killing has yet to be ascertained.
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Hurricane Gonzalo increases forward speed after pounding Bermuda

Hurricane Gonzalo increases forward speed after pounding Bermuda
At 4:00 a.m. the centre of Hurricane Gonzalo was located near latitude 34.7 degrees north and longitude 63.2 degrees west or about 305 kilometres north-northeast of Bermuda. Gonzalo is moving towards the north-northeast at 35 kilometres per hour. This motion is expected to continue today with an increase in forward speed. A turn towards the northeast with an increase in forward speed is forecast tonight, with additional acceleration likely on Sunday. On the forecast track, the centre of Gonzalo will continue to move away from Bermuda this morning and pass just southeast of Newfoundland tonight and early Sunday. Maximum sustained winds are near 165 kilometres per hour, with higher gusts. Gonzalo is forecast to weaken during the next 48 hours. The system is expected to become an extra-tropical cyclone on Sunday. Hurricane Gonzalo is not a threat to Jamaica.
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Alcoa signs agreement to sell all its stake in Jamaica's bauxite industry

Alcoa World Alumina and Chemicals (AWAC), has signed a definitive agreement to sell its 100 percent stake in Jamaica's bauxite industry to Noble Group Ltd. The agreement sees Alcoa selling its stake for $140 million, the Caribbean News Now reported. AWAC will over the next three years continue as the managing director of the bauxite operations in Jamaica, under a compensated service agreement and employees will remain employed by Jamalco. According to the Caribbean News Now, the Noble Group does management of a portfolio of global supply chains which covers a range of energy and industrial products.
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Two cops hit with corruption charges by MOCA

Two members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) who were arrested by the Major Organized Crime & Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) on Wednesday, October 15 for Reasonable Suspicion of Breaches of the Corruption Prevention Act and Attempting to Pervert the Course of Justice were charged today. They are: Sergeant Orel Ayres and Constable Oscar Beckford. Reports are that the Policemen, both of whom are attached to the Portmore Police Station, allegedly solicited a sum of money from a serving member of the JCF, in order to dispose of a case file which implicated him. A report was made to MOCA and following investigations, both men were arrested during a sting operation after the sum of money was collected. They are scheduled to appear in the Spanish Town Resident Magistrate Court on Tuesday, October 21, 2014.
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Aguero scores four in Man City victory over Tottenham

Argentina striker Sergio 'Kun' Aguero fired Manchester City to victory over Tottenham Hotspur with a four-goal salvo despite missing a penalty, to temporarily carry them to two points from leaders Chelsea. Aguero scored two of the goals from the spot, after four penalties were given to City. Federico Fazio was sent off on his debut for Spurs, who will be disappointed that they did not get more in the exciting encounter. Chelsea can restore their five-point advantage when they play Crystal Palace later.
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Jamaica Mad to Raas!

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When did it come to this? Where do we begin to look for answers? Turns out that these are deep rooted psychological problems. And what the good Professor Hickling has concluded, might in fact be right. Jamaicans are mad people.
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Successful Asian Leader says former Jamaican PM – “Ruinous”

Successful Asian Leader says former Jamaican PM – “Ruinous”
"(Jamaican) professionals felt they had no future"
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Controversy in London

The 30th Olympiad is very much underway and of course with big Games come big controversies. I have highlighted just a few of the notables below.
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9.63s - Asafa's Pain

  9.63s was the time that flashed on the clock inside the stadium in London. Less than 10s after the starter fired the gun, the Men’s
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