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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Four men from St. Vincent & the Grenadines were rescued at sea Monday after drifting for as long as 12 days on a disabled powerboat, the U.S. Coast Guard reported.

In a statement, the Coast Guard said the four men had apparently been traveling in late August from a tiny Grenadines island to the small Caribbean country's main island of St. Vincent to pick up supplies when the outboard engine died on their 30-foot (9-meter) boat.

Some 12 days later, the Coast Guard and a St. Vincent-flagged freighter rescued them in rough waters south of Puerto Rico. They appeared to be in good health and were given blue Guard coveralls to wear and a hot meal.

"Knowing that the persons onboard the distressed vessel had been adrift for two weeks, the crew made sure they had clean clothes, blankets and a hot meal," said Lt. Nolan Cain, commanding officer of the Coast Guard cutter Farallon.

Guard spokesman Ricardo Castrodad said it was not immediately clear how the men survived during their ordeal or what kind of supplies were on the disabled boat.

The Associated Press
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“I’m excited to be a part of the Limacol Caribbean Premier League because I know cricket is huge in the Caribbean and a rich part of the region’s heritage,”said Wahlberg. “Sports and entertainment are a powerful combination, and the LCPL will appeal to a huge audience worldwide. Thanks to my dear friendAjmal Khan who introduced me to Barbados and the LCPL, I am a huge cricket fan now. ”

Wahlberg said he was also attracted to the youth development aspect of the LCPL which benefits the entire community as young men are encouraged to pursue their passions, stay focused and plan for their futures.

Ajmal Khan, Chairman of Verus International and Founder of the LCPL voiced his agreement.

“Having Mark involved with the Limacol CPL is quite a coup for us. He brings a global celebrity appeal, which adds to the party atmosphere, and anticipation that is already building in these final days before the tournament begins. Having him as an ambassador of the greatest party in sport will indeed draw the attention of current and new cricket fans across the world, and we look forward to embracing a whole new generation of cricket fans in the U.S. thanks to Mark.”

“We are thrilled that Mark has taken an equity interest in one of the Limacol CPL teams,” said Limacol CPL Chief Executive Officer Damien O’Donohoe.“He is keen to promote the tournament in any way possible, and his fame and influence will definitely raise the profile of the tournament, and bring awareness of the game to an audience that traditionally has no connection with cricket. We’re excited to see the many ways in which this partnership will benefit both Mark and the LCPL.”

Wahlberg’s newest movie, 2 Guns, in which he co-stars with Denzel Washington, is presently in theaters worldwide. He is also known for his starring roles in films such as Boogie Nights, Planet of the Apes, The Departed, The Fighter and Ted, and has been the executive producer of several successful TV series including Entourage and Boardwalk Empire.

The inaugural Limacol Caribbean Premier League started on 30 July in Barbados and concludes August 24th Trinidad.
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A 15-year-old Atlanta boy whose family had been told he didn’t qualify for a heart transplant has been added to the transplant list, the boy’s family told Channel 2 Action News.

Anthony Stokes, who doctors said has less than six months to live if he doesn’t get a new heart, was initially deemed unqualified for a heart because of a history of non-compliance. But after the story ran over the weekend—and went viral on social media—the family of the DeKalb County teen called Channel 2 with the update Tuesday afternoon, three days after the initial story aired.

“They said they don’t have any evidence that he would take his medicine or that he would go to his follow-ups,” Melencia Hamilton, Anthony’s mother, told the local Atlanta station over the weekend.

Hamilton said a transplant is the only fix for her son’s enlarged heart.
“I know it’s wrong, because if they get to know him, they would love him,” Hamilton said.

While the doctors didn’t publicly state why the teen wasn’t being put on the list, family friends told the Channel 2 News reporter that it was partly because Anthony has had low grades and trouble with the law.

“The non-compliance is fabricating, because they don’t want to give him a heart,” family friend Mack Major said. “This is unacceptable because he must lose his life because of a non-compliance.”

Christine Young Brown, president of the Newton Rockdale County SCLC, even stated that the hospital “had given him a death sentence.”

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta spokeswoman Patty Gregory said in a statement, “The well-being of our patients is always our first priority. We are continuing to work with this family and looking at all options regarding this patient’s health care. We follow very specific criteria in determining eligibility for a transplant of any kind.”
Anthony has been in the hospital since July 14.
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"In a South Carolina prison on June 16, 1944, guards walked a 14-year-old Black boy, bible tucked under his arm, to the electric chair. He used the bible as a booster seat. At 5' 1" and 95 pounds, the straps didn’t fit, and an electrode was too big for his leg. The switch was pulled, and the adult sized death mask fell from his face. Tears streamed from his wide-open, tearful eyes, and saliva dripped from his mouth. Witnesses recoiled in horror as they watched the execution of the youngest person in the United States in the past century.

George Stinney was accused of killing two White girls, 11-year-old Betty June Binnicker and 8-year-old Mary Emma Thames. Because there were no Miranda rights in 1944, Stinney was questioned without a lawyer and his parents were not allowed into the room. The sheriff at the time said that Stinney admitted to the killings, but there is only his word — no written record of the confession has been found. Reports even said that the officers offered Stinney ice cream for confessing to the crimes.

Stinney’s father, who had helped look for the girls, was fired immediately, and ordered to leave his home and the sawmill where he worked. His family was told to leave town prior to the trial to avoid further retribution. An atmosphere of lynch mob hysteria hung over the courthouse. Without family visits, the 14 year old had to endure the trial and death alone.

The court appointed Stinney an attorney — a tax commissioner preparing for a Statehouse run. There was no court challenge to the testimony of the three police officers who claimed that Stinney had confessed, although that was the only evidence the prosecution presented. There were no written records of a confession. Three witnesses were called for the prosecution: the man who discovered the bodies of the two girls and the two doctors who performed the post mortem. No witnesses were called for the defense. The trial took place before a completely White jury and audience (Blacks were not allowed entrance), and lasted two and a half hours. The jury took ten minutes to deliberate before it returned with a guilty verdict."

A few years ago, a family claimed that their deceased family member confessed to the murders of the two girls on his deathbed. The rumored culprit came from a well-known, prominent White family. Members of the man’s family served on the initial coroner’s inquest jury, which had recommended that Stinney be prosecuted.

The legal murder of George Stinney will forever haunt the American legacy. Although the world and this nation have undoubtedly changed for the better, race still often collides with justice and results in tragedy. Cases like George Stinney's cannot be erased, should never be forgotten, and are an important chapter in the story of Blacks in America.
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Overall performance in the 2013 May/June Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examination improved when compared with that of 2012. A press release from the Caribbean Examination says sixty-five per cent of subject entries achieved acceptable grades – Grades I – III, compared with 62 per cent in 2012.
“This year, performance improved on 21 of the 35 subjects offered, including the two English and two Mathematics subjects. English A saw a 10 per cent improvement in performance with 57 per cent of entries achieving Grades I – III compared with 47 per cent last year; while for English B there was a five per cent improvement with 73 per cent achieving acceptable grades compared with 68 per cent last years,” the release states.

Mathematics which was offered for the first time last year saw improved performance at its second sitting this year – 70 per cent of the entries achieved Grades I-III, compared with 58 per cent at the first sitting.

While there was a slight improvement on Mathematics over last year, performance remained below average with 35 per cent of entries achieving acceptable grades, compared with 33 per cent last year.

“The work produced by the majority of the candidates on Paper 02 was unsatisfactory,” the Subject Awards Committee reported. The Committee noted that more than 13, 000 candidates were unable to measure and state the length of a given line and determine the measure of an angle on one question.

Sciences

Of the three natural science subjects, performance improved on Biology and Chemistry and declined on Physics. For Biology, there was a marginal improvement – 73 per cent of acceptable grades this year compared with 72 per cent last year. Sixty-two per cent of entries achieved acceptable grades on Chemistry compared with 58 per cent in 2012. For Physics there was a 10-per cent decline – 66 per cent of entries achieved acceptable grades this year compared with 76 per cent last year.
There was a seven-per cent improvement in performance on Human and Social Biology with 63 per cent of entries achieving acceptable grades compared with 56 per cent last year.

Performance on Agricultural Science (Double Award) improved from 91 per cent last year to 96 per cent this year; while Agricultural Science (Single Award) remained fairly steady. This year 93 per cent of entries achieved acceptable grades compared with 92 per cent last year.

Business

Principles of Accounts was the most outstanding performer in the business subject’s cluster, showing the most significantly improved performance. Seventy-five per cent of the 23, 000 entries who took POA achieved acceptable grades compared with 56 per cent last year.

Performance on Economics also improved significantly this year, with 81 per cent of entries achieving acceptable grades compared with 65 per cent last year.

On the other hand performance on Principles of Business, Office Administration and Electronic Document Preparation and Management (EDPM) declined. The most significant decline was on EDPM, dropping from 89 per cent of acceptable grades in 2012 to 65 per cent this year. POB and Office Administration saw a three per cent and one per cent decline respectively.

Humanities

Performance on both foreign languages French and Spanish, improved by three percentage points this year when compared with 2012. For French 77 per cent of entries achieved acceptable grades compared with 2012, and for Spanish 70 per cent achieved similar grades this year compared with 67 per cent last year.

There was a marginal one per cent improvement on Caribbean History with 71 per cent of entries achieving acceptable grades compared with 70 per cent in 2012. For Social Studies there was a marginal decline in performance with 66 per cent of entries achieving acceptable grades compared with 70 per cent last year.

Expressive Arts

The subjects in the expressive arts cluster performed very well overall. Ninety-three per cent of entries for Theatre Arts achieved acceptable grades compared with 90 per cent in 2012. Visual Arts saw an eight-per cent improvement in performance with 76 per cent achieving acceptable grades compared with 68 per cent last year.

Performance on Music improved with 70 per cent of entries for Music achieving acceptable grades this year compared with 65 per cent last year.

Physical Education and Sport returned the highest percentage of acceptable grades – 96 per cent, even though performance was down slight when compared with 2012 when 98 per cent of the entries achieved similar grades.

Entries

Both candidate entries and subject entries declined this year when compared with 2012. This year 149,311 candidates registered for CSEC examinations, compared with 156,970 candidates in 2012, or just under a five per cent drop.

Subject entries fell by just over 19,000 when compared with last year. Six hundred and sixteen thousand, three hundred and forty-six subject entries were submitted this year, compared with 635,498 last year.

Mathematics continues to be the largest subject entry with 102,124 entries this year, this is down from 105,849 entries last year.

English A is the second largest subject with 98,063 entries, down from 101,022 entries last year; it is followed by Social Studies–52,772; Principles of Business– 35,430; and Human and Social Biology–32,280.

Additional Mathematics was the subject with the largest increase of entries; this year, 3,151 subject entries were submitted, up from 1,861 when the subject was first offered last year.

The 19-years old and over age group constituted 33 per cent of the candidate population this year; the 17-year age group made up 28 per cent; candidates 16-years old accounted for 19 per cent and those 18-years old constituted 15 per cent of the candidates, and candidates 15 years old represented just over three per cent of the entries.
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Will we have to call Maury up?

A male model claims he had unprotected sex with Kourtney Kardashian and that he is in fact Mason’s biological father but the reality TV star says… child please!

TMZ reported that the model, Michael Girgenti claims in legal docs — filed Thursday that he met Kourtney during a photo shoot in August 2008 and began texting each other. The site reports:

Girgenti’s suit then describes an alleged sexual encounter in Glendale, where he says they had “unprotected vaginal sex.” He adds, “I ejaculated inside [Kourtney's] vagina.”
TMI!

But the now mother of two is defending herself. Her lawyer, Todd Wilson released a statement, claiming:



He adds:



We all know the Kardashian klan is super lawyered up. You might not want to mess with them but we’ll be in tune for more developments.
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Yesterday, Team Breezy went into a frenzy after reports surfaced that Chris Brown allegedly suffered a seizure while at a recording studio in LA.

While sources such as E! News reported that he was alright and refused medical treatment once the ambulance arrived, it was still a huge scare for the 24-year-old singer.

All of us can breathe easy today, as Chris has already broken his silence by taking to his Twitter, letting us know he’s all good but maybe feeling unappreciated?

He tweeted:



Well, Chris can always think of his loyal fan base when it comes to love, so we’re sure he’s getting tons of kind words from them today.

TMZ reports that Chris’ seizure from yesterday was due to the emotional stress he’s been getting from people in recent days.

The site reports that his lawyer explained the seizure was due to ”intense fatigue and extreme emotional stress, both due to the continued onslaught of unfounded legal matters and the nonstop negativity.”

Chris better take it easy!

If anyone was freaking out over Chris’ seizure news yesterday, it seemed to be his on-and-off again girlfriend Karrueche Tran, who tweeted about it. Kae posted:





We’re glad that Chris is doing alright, and we hope that he gets plenty of rest now that he’s stable!
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She cried and wept. He was calm and steady.

Usher and his ex-wife, Tameka Foster Raymond, faced off in an Atlanta courtroom this afternoon. It was an "emergency" hearing called in the wake of this week's pool accident involving their son, Usher V, 5.

Tameka was asking for the couple's custody agreement of a year ago to be changed.

Usher's camp wanted the petition dismissed so that he can retain custody of Usher V and his brother, Naviyd, 4. The children are "thriving," Usher's lawyer, John Mayoue, told the court, noting that Usher V is "expected to be discharged on Sunday" from an Atlanta hospital.

After nearly two hours, Usher emerged victorious. The judge ruled to dismiss the petition.

And when it ended, Usher and Tameka hugged.

But the afternoon's courtroom drama included emotional testimony, with Tameka at one point breaking down after the 911 pool accident call was playing, saying, "The whole scene was chaos!"

She tried to point a finger at Rena Oden, Usher's aunt who is often with the kids and who was there on Monday when Usher V got his arm stuck in an underwater drain. "I don't believe she had any control over the kids!" Tameka told the court.

A frustrated Tameka admitted that she doesn't really know what goes on with her sons. "I don't know where my children are. I don't know who my children are with … I don't know the phone number to the house where they are. I've never seen the house. I don't know a lot."
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Tameka Raymond posted of pic of herself holding her young son, Usher Raymond V, following his near-fatal drowning accident. See the photo inside and get the deets on the Raymond vs. Raymond custody battle that's about to heat up.....

If you've been following Tameka Raymond's timeline, you've watched her face many challenges over the past few years. Recently, we've seen her go through a nasty divorce from Usher and then watched her handle the sudden death of her son Kile Glover.

And while many of us were scratching our heads when she lost custody of her sons with Usher, we're amazed that this latest incident (Cinco's near drowning) didn't have her sitting on the streets of downtown Atlanta with a sign.

She's kept her cool and calmness in a horrible situation, so it seems. But Tameka doesn't have time to go crazy because she's gearing up for battle. She's due in family court later today where she'll attempt to regain primary custody of her son (while Usher is on tour). But of course....there are still a few hurdles to jump over.

Mainly, Tameka tried to serve Usher's Aunt Rena with a subpoena, so she'd have to explain to a judge how the accident happened on her watch, seeing that she was supposed to be babysitting and all. But apparently....Aunt Rena can't be found! But that won't stop Raymond vs. Raymond from popping off later today......

And for all concerned fans and friends, Tameka posted a pic of Cinco in the hospital with a message. She thanked God and the angels who saved her son's life. She posted,

"My favorite 5 year old. What a blessing! I have always loved and appreciated my sons but tragedies and close calls make this even more evident. URV had an angel named Kile Ishmael and our Lord and true savior to look after him. Words cannot express the relief and how thankful to God I truly am. Thank you Jehovah God, Jesus and Kile...also The AV worker that saved my son is my Hero!!! Period"

We will stay on high alert and keep you posted about today's showdown in family court.