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DC is gearing up to swear in PE Donald Trump as President of the United States!

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Today is the day folks. The crowd is gathering at the National Mall for the   Inaugural Swearing-In Ceremony of President Elect Donald Trump that will take place at 11am.

By: Gabrielle Burgess
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It’s Finally D-Day for Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump and the Rest of the World!

The day America and the World has been waiting for is finally here, the US Presidential Election Day 2016!

I think it is safe to say we have had it with all the ads, comedic debates and the insults thrown back and forth between the 2 candidates, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump and would just like to see the outcome of the most embarrassing Presidential Election for the USA. 

Today America has to choose the better of the worse and it will also be the day we could witness history if Hillary wins and becomes the 1st Female President of the United States. 

It has been a tight race up to today so get your wine ready for the Watch party! 

Suga recommends staying tuned to CNN’s coverage. They are likely to go in depth with maps, holograms and more. Then the moment Wolf Blitzer appears, things have gotten serious and the winner of the Election is about to be called.

Based on a calculation of the most recent Public Polling, there are 11 Swing states to watch! 

1. COLORADO

2. FLORIDA

3. IOWA

4. MICHIGAN

5. NEVADA

6. NEW HAMPSHIRE

7. NORTH CAROLINA

8. OHIO

9. PENNSYLVANIA

10. VIRGINIA

11. WISCONSIN

Let Election day BEGIN and May God Bless America!

By: Gabrielle Burgess
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Who won the 3rd and Final US Presidential Debate?

Photo: CNN

Donald Trump started the 3rd and final US Presidential debate in a calm tone and was able to deliver a few blows. For instance, stating that President Obama has deported more people than any other President in history. But after about 45 minutes, Truth Trump came out. He started to take the bait from Hillary again, failed to just let things go, lost his cool and ultimately lost the debate.

The statements Trump made last night to further harm his campaign?

He refused to say he will accept election results and during one of Hillary’s statements he interrupted and called her a ‘Nasty woman’.

May God Bless America…in a bigly way.

By: Gabrielle Burgess


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Who won the 2nd Presidential Debate?

After a long, nasty debate or should I say battle that began with no handshake, Suga believes Hillary Clinton emerged as the victor by a very narrow margin.

Both candidates failed to answer questions asked, however that was significantly more the case with Donald Trump. This occurred even with the moderators reminding Trump of the question asked or asking him repeatedly to answer the question asked.

Highlights included Trump accusing Hillary as defending her husband who is a rapist and saying that one of the first things on his agenda as President would be to put her in jail.

Sadly, instead of focusing on the answering all the questions, Hillary took the bait this time around and was caught defending herself for the most part instead of completely burying Trump while he was on the decline, which was disappointing. Donald Trump interrupted her several times but to a lesser extent than the first debate.

Trump had a lot of empty statements and when it comes to fighting terrorism or defending his siding with Russia, it looks like he still has no clue. For instance, the puzzled look on his face when Clinton explained the strategy she would take in detail to get Bhaghdadi first, he was probably wondering, ‘Who’s Daddy?’.

At least the nuclear war of exchanges we experienced ended with a question that somewhat softened the candidates ending the debate with a handshake. Both were asked to name one good thing about the other and I’m not sure if it counts but Hillary spoke positively of Trump’s children, also saying he must be doing something right for them to stand by him. While Trump stated that Hillary is a fighter, although most times she may fight for the wrong things she never gives up.

Hillary should have the easier path to The White House now, but she still has to work for it for the next few weeks.

God Bless America.

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Trump plans to push back against G.O.P Critics and Focus on Bill Clinton at the Presidential debate tonight!

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Trump’s campaign took a dive after the release of a video recording on Friday that showed him speaking in vulgar and demeaning terms about women, basically saying he could do anything to women sexually because he is a celebrity.

According to The New York Times, he signaled earlier today that he is likely to make the behavior of former President, Bill Clinton an issue in the debate.

Suga thinks what was said in the video was demeaning to women, however, it is similar to if a Boys’/Men’s Locker Room Video was exposed. There are some Saints out there but what was shown was typical Man to Man talk which they don’t ever expect to ever get out or for women to hear or think that they speak that way. So Hillary can address it, remembering the history of Bill but should shift focus to other important issues the country and the world is facing.

The 2nd Presidential Debate will be tonight at the Washington University in St. Louis at 8-9:30pm EST.

Next and last Debate: October 19

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Who won the 1st Presidential Debate and why does the Loser still have a chance to win?!

I am sure most persons were glued to their televisions last night to watch the 1st US Presidential Debate with Donald Trump vs Hillary Clinton. Sadly it was mostly to see the show that Trump was likely to put on and did put on. 

Trump failed to answer questions asked, made up words such as ‘bigly’ along the way and well, was just himself. He actually didn’t do so badly in the first half hour but as he took the bait thrown to him by Hillary more and more he lost the last hour making Hillary the victor.

They clashed on taxes, law and order, terrorism and more.

Hillary’s answers showed she did her research and also had answers as to why certain ideas of Trump relating to Law and Order such as the ‘Stop and Frisk’ would not work as they didn’t before.

This is just the beginning though as there are 2 more debates to come. Suga believes the debates will be similar and may even have a similar outcome, but it may not even greatly affect the result of the election. The polls may still be marginal.

Trump threw a crucial punch last night at Hillary saying she may have a lot of experience but it is bad experience, pertaining mainly to negotiating the IRAN deal, supporting NAFTA and more.

He clearly crammed a lot of statistics as he kept stating, I just read this and I just read that, BUT the statistics he wasn’t afraid to show were the thousands of troops who he claimed just endorsed him as well as thousands of others. Instead of campaigning with ads like Hillary, Trump is talking to the people. Grassroots Politics. We all know how that works in Jamaica. So this should be a concern to Hillary in terms of the tactics she chooses to go forward with and she should be concerned about her endorsement figures as well.

Until the next debate, stay tuned…Sunday, October 9th at 8pm EST!

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Congratulations to the winner of the 63rd Miss Universe Pageant, Miss Colombia?

Miss Colombia, Paulina Vega was controversially crowned Miss Universe on Sunday night in Doral, Florida, as one of the crowd favourites Kaci Fennell, Miss Jamaica Universe placed 5th in the competition. When Jamaica was called 5th, there were resounding boos and after the crowning, half of the contestants rushed over to Miss Jamaica, lifting her up in the air as the crowed chanted ‘Jamaica ‘. Why? Did the judges get it wrong? Was Jamaica robbed of the crown or even a place in the top 3 because she did not have the traditional look with long, flowing hair?

It all comes down to the questions to determine the winner, or so we think. All 5 represented themself well in their gowns and then came the questions. The first question from the judges was a disaster for all 5 contestants. None of their answers were impressive. They either did not answer the question, that is, saying something totally irrelevant to the question asked or they gave an answer lacking in substance. It was also obvious that most of them had difficulty hearing the judges ask the question and then nerves instantly overcame them.

Miss Jamaica was the only contestant to greet the judges and the audience when answering her question. However, at that point I would say the field was leveled or the contestants that gave an answer lacking in substance, for instance, USA, had a slight edge. It was obvious Jamaica did not hear the question, even when the judge repeated the question with an accent, since Spanish is his native tongue. Saying we should come together to fight crime does not answer a question on tackling sexual abuse of women. Come together how? Maybe its best she said ‘World Peace’. But putting fun and joke aside, it was at least a start to an answer. How about education, counselling? The list goes on. But hey, she didn’t hear the question. I think it would have been better to ask the question to be repeated one last time because she couldn’t hear it clearly instead of saying she did not understand the question. Big difference in use of words.

Thankfully they had a chance to redeem themselves with the question polled from the people on Facebook, basically asking what kind of influence has their country had on the world. As USA, Colombia and Ukraine approached their question, one could instantly feel sorry for them, as the first thing that came to mind was war, racism and drugs. Then poor Netherlands, what have they really done? But Jamaica! This answer should have been textbook. She should have been trained to answer this question from the Miss Jamaica Universe Competition. She should have been prepared to answer this question in case it was asked in the Prelims or even by Donald Trump on the golf course. Any intelligent Jamaican could be asked this question at the airport or a hotel on the north coast as well. The answer should roll off of our tongues with ease. Former Miss World, Lisa Hanna and Former Miss Universe runner-up, Yendi Phillips ‘woulda mash up dat’. There is a standard way of starting each answer. For instance, Jamaica is a very small island etc. Include the pathway Bob Marley has paved for reggae music and other talented artists globally, his impact on our tourism etc. The word, culture should not be forgotten. Jamaica’s culture is so rich, not only in music but dance as well. Yes, Usain Bolt is the fastest man in the world, but for such a small country we have so much talent etc. Yes, it’s easy to sit here and say all of that without standing in front of the world, however nerves or being hard on yourself because of messing up the first question should never have an impact on this question. At this point, the judges were probably observing the composure and poise of the contestants in such a situation. SuGa thinks the expectation of a great answer which she ‘bombed’ again, put her in 5th. Basically saying Usain Bolt and Bob Marley leading and trailblazing in music and track and field then full stop cannot win the crown. She knew there was more to say and stopped abruptly leaving us wanting more. Keep talking. Let them cut you off. Don’t be afraid to say more.

Not remembering both of Colombia’s answers, she at least answered one, also lacking in substance. USA I remember, had a mediocre response for both answers, but they were still suitable answers compared to the others, hence her placing second. Should she have reached top 10 is another question, but the host country is usually in the top 5. That is just how it is with these pageants. Ukraine and Netherlands are not worth a comment. But that final walk after all questions, for the judges to see them one more time?! Colombia slayed it. She looked like a star and the winner. She was comfortable, beautiful, sang along with the performer and still modeled like she was in a pageant.

Now Kaci, it is the end of the competition, kill the fierce look for a moment, we get it, but smile all the way for that final walk. There was an awkward slip and an awkward dance. There was a serious face (Oh no I messed up) then a smile as the camera focused on her. The judges weren’t watching the television, they were able to see them at all times at all angles. It is the recovery and choosing the best out of the worse set of answers that mattered. But it’s over. ‘Coulda shoulda …never’. Jamaica was not robbed of the crown, but SuGa believes she should have placed in the top 3. Kaci may have disappointed Jamaica towards the end, but it was still bittersweet. It is not an easy task to make the top 5! Jamaica should still be tremendously proud of what she accomplished and how beautiful she was, being able to stand out amongst the rest. All the best to Kaci Fennell in the future.

 

Kaci in the National costume show at the 63rd annual Miss Universe competition

Watch Kaci Fennell represent Jamaica tonight at Miss Universe on NBC at 8pm!

Kaci in the National costume show at the 63rd annual Miss Universe competition

Kaci in the National costume show at the 63rd annual Miss Universe competition

One thing Jamaicans know how to do is to rally around those who represent us with the potential to succeed. The support for current Miss Jamaica Universe, Kaci Fennell has hiked over the past few weeks. She has become a favourite in the competition in Florida by even Non-Jamaicans. Extremely loud cheers for her in the Prelim competition seen online. She surely stands out with her short hair and facial features compared to the beauty, Audrey Hepburn. True Old Hollywood Glam. Is anybody capable of winning such a pageant with such short hair? Let’s see.

Currently, Kaci is in 1st place ahead of Miss Universe Philippines in the People’s Choice votes for the next Miss Universe online with 431,145 votes followed by a far behind, 274,223 votes. Pray for Kaci and let us all hope she continues to keep her natural composure and poise and will bring home the Miss Universe Crown, which will be a first for Jamaica.

To make her lead even more overwhelming, if you would still like to vote for Kaci for the next Miss Universe, go to http://391856.tbits.me and follow the instructions, ensuring that you click on the line to like their official Facebook page first to make your vote valid. There is still time to help her secure the majority of the votes online.

The 63rd Miss Universe Pageant airs tonight on NBC at 8pm (Jamaican time). Triple Century will be hosting a Viewing party, where will yours be?

Good Luck Kaci! Jamaica is already proud of you!